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Rallying Friends And Family

In great stories, there comes a time when the hero or heroine rallies friends and family to help them or carry out a mission. This is a positive alternative to when the villain summons monsters and henchmen to do their bidding. The protagonist can rally loved ones for these reasons:

  • To prepare for a happy day.
  • To prepare for a battle to save their homeland.
  • To help other people get along or broker peace.
  • To form a club or organization.
  • To form an alliance or army.
  • To carry out a revolution against the enemy.

Examples

  • La Petite Ballerina rallies all the captured toys to fight back against the Cat army and put an end to the King of the Cats' tyranny once and for all.
  • Joy rallies the emotions to prepare for Riley's first day of school.
  • Jake Sully brings the Na'vi tribe together to save Pandora from Colonel Quaritch and his army.
  • Doc brings the dwarves together to get scrubbing.
  • Chief Bogo rallies his cops before giving out assignments - one of which being parking duty for Judy Hopps.
  • Lars brings the polar animals together to help the polar bears and seals get along by sharing fish, rekindling his relationship with Robbie.
  • Mike rallies the Oozma Kappa gang to form a team.
  • Miss Piggy rallies the Muppets to capture a celebrity to save their theater.
  • Jason Johnston rallies his brother, Gunther and his friends, Evelyn, Seth and Thomas to prove his innocence, later defeat Quincy Maroone and save everyone in Nevada.
  • Simba and his friends carry out a plan to create a diversion and rally the lionesses to prepare for battle against Scar.
  • Jimmy Neutron rallies his friends to go to Planet Yolkus to save their kidnapped parents.
  • Lt. Aldo Raine rallies his men to hunt down Nazis.
  • Danny Cat rallies the animals to form a band while reminding them why they came to Hollywood in the first place.
  • Goku passively explains to both Trunks and Goten that they have to learn how to perform the Fusion Dance in order to defeat Majin Buu for good.
  • Andi and Bruce recruit Dave, Heather and Mark to help and rescue every stray dog from animal control.
  • Optimus Prime hires Lockdown's prisoners, the Legendary knights (Now known as the Dinobots) to help Prime and the Autobots defeat Galvatron and his KSI Decepticons from getting "The Seed".
  • Sam Brenner, Will Cooper and Ludlow Lumonsoff recuits Eddie Plant to defeat the Aliens (In their 80s arcade forms) to save the world.
  • Luke, Han, Chewie, Leia, R2, and C-3PO recruits the Ewoks to defeat the Galactic Empire.
  • Queen Amidala, Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan, Jar-Jar, Anakin, R2, Captain Panaka, etc. rallies the Gungan tribe to defeat the Trade Federation droid army.
  • Nick Fury hires Iron Man, Black Widow, Hulk and Captain America to stop Loki from using the Tesseract to bring the Chitauri to Earth.
  • Woody recruits the mutant toys to stop Sid Phillips from destroying his friend, Buzz Lightyear.
  • Snow White's animal friends rally the Seven Dwarfs to help save her from the Evil Queen.

Quotes

(Heather: Oh, poop! Literally! What is going on here? I mean, who poops on the floor?) (Bruce: - Sorry. I need to work on that.) (Dave: - How did you find us?) (Heather: I followed the van with the ears and the tail.) (Bruce: You're not gonna tell anyone, are you?) (Heather: Why would I tell? I'm gonna help you guys.) (Andi: - Really?) (Heather: - Yeah. I love dogs, and there's a lot more to taking care of them than throwing a stick and feeding them. You guys need me.) (Georgia fetching the stick and putting it down in front of Heather) (Bruce: I say she's in.) (Andi: Okay. I mean, how much trouble can they be?) (Andi: Come on, guys.) (Andi: Do you really think we can do this, like, every day?) (Bruce: Yeah, why not? This is a piece of cake.) (Bruce: - Guys, come back! Come back!) (Dave: - Guys, stop. Stop, stop, stop.) (Andi: Treat! Who wants a treat? Friday, no! Where is Romeo?) (Dave: Okay, Heather, you go that way, I'll go this way.) (Andi: Aren't we supposed to be wearing them out?) (Heather: This is totally normal.) (Heather stepping in dog poop, before Andi laughs) (Heather: - Oh, so you think this is funny?) (Andi: - No, no, not at all. Actually, I was just about to thank you for reminding me to watch where I... ...step. (Andi stepping in dog poop, before Heather laughs back) (Andi: You know, I think we might be in a little over our heads.) (Dave: It's 4-6, we're outdogged.) (Bruce: Guys, it's really not that bad. I mean, if you look at it, dogs have three basic needs. That's eating, sleeping and then peeing and pooping.) (Andi: - That's four.) (Bruce: - No, I think peeing and pooping's one.) (Heather: I've stepped in both, and I'd have to disagree.) (Bruce: Look, guys, I'm serious. I really think I can make this work.) (Andi: How?) (Andi: That's disgusting.) (Heather: That has to be the grossest thing I've ever seen.) (Mark: That's awesome.) (Andi: We just wandered in here. I'm not really sure what that thing was.) (Mark: Don't worry. I'm not gonna tell anyone. In fact, if you let me, I'd love to help you guys. I just work down the street, you know, I could keep an eye on the fuzz, could run interference, massage your shoulders.) (Heather: - Okay, easy there, tiger.) (Dave: - Yeah. Thanks for the offer, but I think we got it under control.) (Mark: Could I have a word with you? All right. I've got to be honest. I'm at a critical point in my social development and those are two fine-looking, hot women you have behind you, and let's face it, you can't date them both. So, who do you have dibs on?) (Dave: Dibs? I don't have dibs, per se.) (Mark: Gotcha. Name's Mark.) (Heather: Hi, Mark. You're on poop duty.) (Mark: Okay. So, how many dogs are we talking here?) (Andi: - Just six.) (Bruce: - Seven.) (Andi: What is that?) (Bruce: Actually, this is the newest member of our family. This is Henry. The poor guy was scrounging for food in the junkyard.) (Andi: - Bruce, that...) (Heather: - Andi. Honestly, we have enough room. We could take one more.) (Dave: One more? We can fit, like, 10 more. Think about that.) (Andi: Oh, yeah, why don't we just wander the streets and rescue every stray we see?) (Heather and Mark both laugh) (Mark: That was funny.)
~ Andi and Bruce recruit Dave, Heather and Mark to help all the innocent dogs


TOYS! FOR FREEDOM!!
~ La Petite Ballerina rallies all the captured toys to fight back the Cat army and put an end to the King of the Cats' tyranny once and for all.


FOR NARNIA! AND FOR ASLAN!
~ Peter Pevensie bringing his army together, ready to lead the charge against the White Witch's army.


(Hippo Cop: Atten-HUT!) (The burly cops begin pounding their beefy fists on the table and chanting as Chief Bogo enters the room.) All right, everybody sit. (The cops sit down and so does Judy.) I've got three items on the docket. First, we need to acknowledge the elephant in the room. Francine. (A female elephant arises.) Happy birthday. (The cops laugh and playfully pound Francine on the back.) Number two: There are some new recruits with I should introduce, but I'm not going to because... I don't care. Finally... (Bogo gestures to a bulletin board showing pictures of missing predators.) ...we have fourteen missing mammal cases. All predators, from a giant polar bear to a teensy little otter. And City Hall is RIGHT up my tail to find 'em. This is priority number one. (Chief Bogo pulls out an assignment sheet and puts on his glasses.) Assignments. Officers Grizzoli, Fangmire, Delgato, your teams take missing mammals from the Rainforest District. Officers McHorn, Ryan Spitz, Wolfard, your teams take Sahara Square. Officers Higgins, Snarlov, Trunkaby, Tundratown. (Judy holds her hands together, hoping she will take part in the case.) And finally, our first bunny, Officer Hopps. Parking duty. Dismissed. (Judy: Parking duty?) (Judy runs over to her boss.) (Judy: Chief? Chief Bogo? Sir. You said there were fourteen missing mammal cases.) So? (Judy: So, I can handle one. You probably forgot, but I was top of my class at the academy.) Didn't forget. Just don't care. (Judy: Sir, I'm not just some token bunny.) Well then, writing a hundred tickets a day should be easy. (As Bogo leaves, Judy taps her foot.) (Judy: A hundred tickets. I'm not gonna write one hundred tickets. I'm gonna write TWO hundred tickets. Before noon.)
~ Chief Bogo rallying his squad before assigning Judy Hopps to parking duty.


We're going to be doing one thing, and one thing only: Killin' Nazis.
~ Aldo Raine rallying his men to hunt down Nazis.


All right, listen up, you freaks! I didn't come 5,000 miles to NOT be on TV! All we need is one stinking celebrity and by any means necessary!
~ Miss Piggy rallying the Muppets to nab a celebrity to save the Muppet theater.


Gentlemen, this is what we've been waiting for. The world's most valuable object is on its way to Syracuse. It's a shame it'll never get there. After today, we retire to Fiji.
~ Sinbad rallying his crew to steal the Book of Peace.


First day of school, very very exciting! I was up late last night, figuring out a new plan. Here it is! Fear! I need all the possible negative outcomes on the first day at a new school. (Fear: Way ahead of you there. Does anyone know how to spell "meteor?") Disgust, make sure Riley stands out today, but also blend in. (Disgust: When I'M through, Riley will look so good the other kids will just look at their own outfits and BARF.) Joy! Yes, Joy. You'll be in charge of the console, keeping Riley happy all day long. And may I add? I love your dress. It's adorable. Oh, this old thing? Thank you so much. I love the way it rolls. (A train horn is heard.) Train of thought! Right on schedule. Anger, unroll the daydreams. I ordered extra in case things things get slow in class. (Anger: Might come in handy, if this new school is full of boring, useless classes. WHICH there probably WILL be...) Oh! Sadness. I have a super important job, just for you. (Sadness: Really?) Mm-hm. Follow me! (Joy draws a circle in the floor with a chalk.) (Sadness: What are you doing?) And there. Perfect. THIS is the circle of sadness. YOUR job is to make sure that all the sadness stays inside of it.
~ Joy rallying the emotions for Riley's first day of school.


Simple game. Four players. Exfil opens the pocket, Cyber Ops lifts the wallet. (Kreiger: Bank?) IMF mainframe. (Kreiger: Where exactly is it?) In Langley. (Stickell: In Langley? The one-in-Virginia Langley?) (Kreiger: Inside CIA Headquarters in Langley? Is he serious?) (Claire: Always.) (Krieger: If we're going to Virginia, why don't we drop by Fort Knox? I can fly a helicopter right down through the lobby and set it down inside the vault. And it would be a heck of a lot easier than breaking into the g*****n CIA.) (Stickell: What are we downloading?) Information. (Stickell: What kind?) Profitable. (Claire: Payment on delivery.) (Stickell: I don't know. I just don't know.) Well, this doesn't sound like the Luther Stickell I've heard of. What did they use to call you? The Net Ranger? Phineas Phreak? The only man alive who actually hacked NATO Ghost Com. (Stickell: There was never any physical evidence that I had anything to do with that...with that...exceptional piece of work!) He-he, you don't know what you're missing. This is the Mount Everest of hacks. (Stickell: You're all kidding yourselves. Even with top of the line crypto, Cray access... (Claire: Kreiger can get it, right?) (Kreiger: It may take a little time.) What the heck do you mean "a little time"? That's not what Claire tells me about you. (Stickell: Thinking Machine laptops? I'm talking about the 686 prototypes, with the artificial intelligence RISC chip.) (Kreiger: 24 hours.) (Stickell: And, uh, I get to keep the equipment when we're done.) Well, Luther, I guess you're all out of excuses. (Stickell: Look, I just can't hack my way in. See, there's no modem access to the mainframe. It's in what we call a stand-alone, which means I'd have to be physically at the terminal.) Relax, Luther, it's much worse than you think. The terminal is in a black-vault lock-down. The only person allowed in the room has to pass a series of security checks. The first is a voiceprint identification and a six-digit access code. This only gets him into the outer room. Next, he has to pass a retinal scan. And finally, the intrusion countermeasures are only deactivated by a double electronic keycard, which we won't have. Now, inside the vault, there are three systems that operate whenever technician is out of the room. First is voice sensitive. Anything above a whisper, will set it off. The second one is temperature-sensitive. Even the body heat of an unauthorized person in the room can set it off if the temperature rises by a single degree. Now, that temperature is controlled by the air-conditioning, coming in through an overhead duct, 30 feet above the floor. The vent is guarded by a laser net. The third one is on the floor, and it's pressure sensitive. The slightest increase in weight will trigger the alarm. If any one of these systems gets set off, it will activate an automatic lock-down. Now, believe me when I tell you, gentlemen, that all three systems, are state of the art. (Stickell: And you really think we can do this?) We're going to do it.
~ Ethan Hunt and Claire Phelps recruiting Luther Stickell and Franz Kreiger for a new mission.


In a way, I'm almost glad that flood interrupted us, because I don't like the toast I was giving. I'm going to start over. (switches on his pocket radio and Georges Delrue's Le Grand Choral plays) When I look down this table, with the exquisite feast set before us, I see two terrific lawyers, a skilled paediatrician, a wonderful chef, a savvy real estate agent, an excellent tailor, a crack accountant, a gifted musician, a pretty good minnow fisherman and possibly the best landscape painter working on the scene today. Maybe a few of you might even read my column from time to time, who knows, I tend to doubt it. I also see a room full of wild animals. Wild animals with true natures and pure talents. Wild animals with scientific-sounding Latin names that mean something about our DNA. Wild animals each with his own strengths and weaknesses due to his or her species. Anyway, I think it may very well be all the beautiful differences among us that might just give us the tiniest glimmer of a chance of saving my nephew and letting me make it up to you for getting us into this crazy...whatever-it-is. I don't know. It's just a thought. Thank you for listening. Cheers, everyone. (pretends to drink from a glass and smash it on the floor.)
~ Mr. Fox rallying his family and friends to save his nephew.


The Sky People have sent us a message...that they can take whatever they want, that no one can stop them. Well, we will send THEM a message. You ride out as fast as the wind can carry you. You tell the other clans to come. Tell them Toruk Macto calls to them! You fly now, with me! My brothers! Sisters! And we will show the Sky People...that they CANNOT take whatever they want! And that THIS...THIS IS OUR LAND!
~ Jake Sully rallying the Na'vi to form an alliance against Quaritch and his army.


(Alex marches up to the captain and shakes his hand.) (Captain: Is everyone all right?) Yes, sir, we're okay. You men have given so much to your country, and no-one has the right to ask any more of you, but I'm asking. (Captain: What do you need, son?) I need to borrow your boat.
~ Alex Hopper gathering the USS Missouri and its retired crew for a last stand.


(Davies: Stop! He's done, he's done! Back off, take it easy!) (Banning leaves the injured terrorist.) (Davies: You've got to be Banning. Will Davies, Captain 22, SAS. Trumbull sent us, code "Jekyll Island".) President Asher has just been taken, and these a**holes intend to publicly execute him. (Davies: We know. At 8 PM, it's all over the Internet. Move out!) Hey, hey, hey, wait! (grabs a gun from the remains of Jax's car.) (Davies: Look, we cannot let you come with us, mate.) How many times have you saved this man's a**? Now, I'm gonna go and get him, and you can either come with me or kill me, but it ain't gonna go any other way. (pause) (Davies: After you.)
~ Mike Banning rallying Will Davies and his SAS squadron for a last stand to save President Asher.


All right, you petty thieves, bring me your loot.
~ Winnie Portley-Rind rallying the boxtrolls to prepare a suit for Eggs to help him transcend from boxtroll to boy.


Look, if you're gonna accept what they think of you, then you can go. I almost did. (Cranston: Well, you should have. Life here for animals is the pits. We're always playing the scapegoat.) (Woolie Mammoth: Quickly forgotten.) (Frances: Working for scale.) Then why are you still here? (Everyone stays silent, not sure of what to answer) Because you can't get over that feeling, can you? That feeling you get when... when you two dance together. When you play. When you sing. They cursed you, humilliated you, even slammed the door on your face, but they haven't made you forget. Have they? (: They can smash your cookie, but... But you'll always have your fortune. Huh.) C'mon. Lets go show them what we can do.
~ Danny Cat rallying the animals to form a band while reminding them why they came to Hollywood in the first place.


I knew it. I knew it was foolish to get our hopes up. (Lumiere: Maybe it would have been better if she had never come at all.) (Sultan barks out the castle window.) (Lumiere: Could it be?) (Mrs. Potts: Isn't she?) (Lumiere, realizing that it was an angry mob led by Gaston: Sacre bleu! Invaders!) Encroachers! (Mrs. Potts, seeing Gaston: And they have the mirror!) Warn the master. If it's a fight they want, we'll be ready for them. Who's with me?
~ Cogsworth rallying the castle servants to fight Gaston and the angry mob.


You guys, I can't let that lady marry my daddy! It's like you always say, Tommy: "a baby's gotta do, what a baby's gotta do!" And we gots to stop that wedding!"
~ Chuckie Finster rallying his friends to stop the evil Coco LaBouche from marrying his dad.


(Manny, Sid and Diego watch afar as Gutt brutally bullies hyraxes into making his new ship) Manny: So, what do you think? Sid: Two words: Anger management. (Manny slaps him) OW! Manny: I'm talking about the current! Diego's right! We've found a way home! (The gang views the current sailing out towards the continent) Sid: Yeah, that's great. Too bad we don't have a ship. Manny: Sure, we do! It's right there. (Points towards Gutt's ship) (Shira's imprisioned in a tree trunk) Shira [sarcastically]: Well, that's a flawless plan. You wanna pirate a pirate ship from pirates. Diego: It pains me to say this, but...our prisoner has a point. Manny: Yeah?! Well--Sid: Guys, guys! [whispering]... The trees have ears! (Sid points to a stump and two hyraxes pop out; several more hyraxes pop out from a tree. Dozens more hyraxes surround the herd. Manny sees Gutt cracking his whip at the enslaved hyraxes below; Manny has an idea) Manny: Wait a minute! Maybe we can help each other! (Hyraxes chitter) Hey, little fellas. Come out! Don't worry we won't hurt ya. (The lead hyrax walks toward Manny) How 'bout you and us against the pirates, huh? (The Hyrax Chief blinks at him) You've got no idea what I'm sayin', do you? Okay...um...ship...me want! Shira(sarcastically): Nice try, Jungle Jim! Manny: Oh, go ahead, make fun. He got it. (The Hyrax Chief hands him a banana) Uh...thank you. Sid [stepping in]: Uh, may I try? Manny: Yeah, knock yourself out. Sid: Okay, watch this! Meme-me-! Six sloths sip broth, six sloths sip broth. Ahem. (Sid starts babbling and gibbering, and pantomiming as the hyraxes watch his every move. Sid grabs a branch and puts it under his chin, to resemble Gutt which the Hyraxes snarl at; Sid spins in circles and continues gibbering then spins to a stop) Tada! (The hyraxes nod) Diego: That, they got? (The Hyrax Chief plants Bravehart facepaint on himself and he and his buddies do a war cry) Sid: Yep, they're in! Manny: Great! We'll free your buddies, and we can all work together to kick a little pirate booty!
~ Sid using gibberish to get Hyraxes to understand him and help him, Manny and Diego steal Gutt's ship to get back to the continent


(Hopper grabs Dot having discovered the bird is a decoy. He stomps to the crowd) (Hopper: WHOSE IDEA WAS THIS?! Huh?!) (No one moves; Hopper turns his attention to Atta) (Hopper: Was it yours, Princess?) (Princess Atta (standing her ground with the girls behind her): Just get behind me, girls. It'll be OK!) Leave her alone, Hopper! (Flik jumps out of the fake bird) The bird was MY idea! I'M the one you want! (Hopper drops Dot and snaps his fingers; Suddenly, Thumper attacks Flik, beating him senselessly, making the ants, Circus Bugs, and even some of the grasshoppers cringe; Hopper snaps his fingers again to stop the beating, leaving a weak, injured, and groaning Flik on the ground) (Hopper: Where do you get the gall to do this to me?!) You were... you were gonna squish the Queen. (The ants gasp) (Dot: It's true!) (Hopper: I hate it when someone gives away the ending. (snaps his finger and Thumper kicks Flik again.) You piece of dirt! No, I'm wrong. You're lower than dirt. You're an ANT! Let this be a lesson to all you ants! Ideas are very dangerous things! You are mindless, soil-shoving losers, put on this earth to serve us!) You're wrong, Hopper. (Injured Flik stands up, then inhales deeply) Ants are NOT meant to serve grasshoppers! (Hopper growls and slowly but menacingly marches towards Flik) I've seen these ants do great things. And year after year, they somehow manage to gather food for themselves and YOU! (The ants are amazed with Flik's speech) S-So who's the weaker species?! Ants don't serve grasshoppers! It's YOU who need US! We're a lot stronger than you say we are! And you know it, don't you? (Hopper swats Flik to the ground then prepares to squish him, when Atta intervenes) (Hopper (lowering his foot): Well, princess...) (Molt: Uh, Hopper, I hate to interrupt, but umm...) (The ants are scowling ready to attack) (Hopper: YOU ANTS STAY BACK!) (The ants and circus bugs join arms ready to attack) (Molt: Oh, this was such a bad idea!) (Princess Atta: You see, Hopper, nature has a certain order. The ants pick the food, the ants keep the food, and the grasshoppers...leave!)
~ Flik's epic speech that leads the colony rally each other and fight back Hopper's tyranny once and for all.


Sons of Gondor! Of Rohan! My brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of Men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the Age of Men comes crashing down, but it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!
~ Aragorn, rallying his army to fight Sauron's orcs.


I am William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You've come to fight as free men... and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight? (Veteran: Fight? Against that? No! We will run. And we will live.) Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!
~ William Wallace rallying his soldiers


Citizens of Paris! Frollo has persecuted our people! Ransacked our city! And now, he has declared war on Notre Dame herself! WILL WE ALLOW IT?!!? (Crowd, charging: NOOOO!!!!!)
~ Phoebus rallying the citizens and Gypsies to fight back and end Frollo's tyranny once and for all.


People! Monsters! We must be steadfast and strong, for we are about to embark upon a new era! Let us make Townsville a beacon of brotherhood and love - calling to all the earth: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe fire." Let us make Townsville a lesson in tolerance and acceptance...and demonstrate to everyone that people...and monsters...despite their differences, can live peacefully...as friends, as brothers, as one.
~ Blossom, rallying the monsters and people of Townsville


All right, this is it! We're going to rescue the princess. We're going to save Atlantis. Or we're going to die trying. Now let's do it!
~ Milo Thatch, rallying the explorers and Atlanteans to fight Rourke


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