The villains mocks the idea of relying on others, insisting that friends make you weak and only fear brings servitude.

Then the main antagonist discovers to his extreme shock and dismay that the hero's friends really do stand up for him and this really does enable the hero to kick the crap out of the bad guy. Having friends makes you strong, being alone makes you weak.

The Power of Friendship happens in every aspect of a story. For example, people are also reminded that they will always be friends, no matter what happens.


(Infinite: Impossible. I cannot be defeated.) Wrong, loser! The things that can't be defeated are heart, soul, and the bonds of friendship. Three things you and your counterfeit cronies lack!) (Infinite, starting to fade away from existence: No, wait! I can still fight! [disappears and the Phantom Ruby retreats into the distance.]
~ Sonic to Infinite in the villain's final moments.

I used to say I live my life a quarter mile at a time. And I think that's why we were brothers...because you did, too. No matter how far away you are, whether it's a quarter mile away, or halfway across the world, you'll always be with me. You'll always be my brother.
~ Dom Toretto reminding Brian O'Connor that they will always be brothers.

You're wrong, Lyric! They're not my weakness, they're my strength!
~ Sonic told Lyric that his friends are his strength