History Main / ConflictingLoyalty

10th Aug '16 4:22:04 AM LentilSandEater
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'''[[NamestoRunAwayFromReallyFast Hisek the Swarmkeeper]]''': Grand Empress Zek'hara masked her true intentions behind the guise of matronly worry. She claimed her overbearing ways were necessary to protect us.When she tried to forbid [[TrainingFromHell the swarm]], it was to prevent, as she put it, [[WhatASenselessWasteofHumanLife "a senseless loss of life."]]In reality, she was obsessed with control. [[BlueandOrangeMorality She aspired to stay in power long past her time, and was willing to sacrifice our eternal cycle to achieve that]]. [[IDidWhatIHadtoDo We had no choice but]] [[DeadlyEuphemism to end her]]. How does it feel? [[IRegretNothing I have no regrets, if that is what you are asking]]. I am honored to serve the will of the Klaxxi. [[LampshadeHanging And having seen what Grand Empress Shek'zeer is doing to our land...]] [[PayEviluntoEvil I need no convincing.]]

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'''[[NamestoRunAwayFromReallyFast Hisek the Swarmkeeper]]''': Grand Empress Zek'hara masked her true intentions behind the guise of matronly worry. She claimed her overbearing ways were necessary to protect us.When she tried to forbid [[TrainingFromHell the swarm]], it was to prevent, as she put it, [[WhatASenselessWasteofHumanLife "a senseless loss of life."]]In reality, she was obsessed with control. [[BlueandOrangeMorality She aspired to stay in power long past her time, and was willing to sacrifice our eternal cycle to achieve that]]. [[IDidWhatIHadtoDo We had no choice but]] [[DeadlyEuphemism to end her]]. How does it feel? [[IRegretNothing I have no regrets, if that is what you are asking]]. I am honored to serve the will of the Klaxxi. [[LampshadeHanging And having seen what Grand Empress Shek'zeer is doing to our land...]] land... [[PayEviluntoEvil I need no convincing.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a slight example of this in the third season. [[spoiler:Mai has to choose between her love of Zuko and her fear of Azula in "Boiling Rock," and chooses her love of Zuko. When Azula goes to kill her for this, Ty Lee makes a quick choice between her friendship-based love of Mai and ''her'' fear of Azula, and she ''also'' chooses the love. Either Azula isn't really that scary ([[MagnificentBastard which, let's be honest, isn't completely true]]), or both of her friends are much more loyal (to other people) than Azula previously thought.]]
** [[spoiler:Lampshaded in Mai's case, since she outright confirms which side of this trope she was on in the exact same scene.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a slight ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
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example of this in the third season. [[spoiler:Mai has to choose between her love of Zuko and her fear of Azula in "Boiling Rock," and chooses her love of Zuko. When Azula goes to kill her for this, Ty Lee makes a quick choice between her friendship-based love of Mai and ''her'' fear of Azula, and she ''also'' chooses the love. Either Azula isn't really that scary ([[MagnificentBastard which, let's be honest, isn't completely true]]), or both of her friends are much more loyal (to other people) than Azula previously thought.]]
** [[spoiler:Lampshaded in Mai's case, since she outright confirms which side of this trope she was on in the exact same scene.
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18th Jul '16 6:27:21 PM Tir
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* The early days of the Irish War of Independence constituted this for many Irish policemen, who were primary targets of the UsefulNotes/{{IRA}}. As one history book put it "the Irish policemen needed to decide if their loyalty lay with the British who payed their wages, or their fellow Irishmen who were shooting at them". Even more pronounced in the Irish Civil War (which began less than a year after the end of the War of Independence, and was the culmination of tensions which had been building since that time), which, as a result of the split in the UsefulNotes/{{IRA}}, meant that many men who had been comrades only a short time before were now fighting one another. It has been speculated that part of the reason the anti-government forces got such an early foothold was because Michael Collins was unwilling to use maximum force against people who had recently been his close friends.

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* The early days of the Irish War of Independence constituted this for many Irish policemen, who were primary targets of the UsefulNotes/{{IRA}}. As one history book put it "the Irish policemen needed to decide if their loyalty lay with the British who payed paid their wages, or their fellow Irishmen who were shooting at them". Even more pronounced in the Irish Civil War (which began less than a year after the end of the War of Independence, and was the culmination of tensions which had been building since that time), which, as a result of the split in the UsefulNotes/{{IRA}}, meant that many men who had been comrades only a short time before were now fighting one another. It has been speculated that part of the reason the anti-government forces got such an early foothold was because Michael Collins was unwilling to use maximum force against people who had recently been his close friends.
3rd Jul '16 11:19:37 AM ZimFan89
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* ''FanFic/SonOfTheSevenKingdoms'': Farengar Secret-Fire is one of Prince William's Blades, sent to [[TheMole spy on Daenerys]]. However, over time, he comes to admire her as a ruler as much as his Black Prince, and he eventually admits [[spoiler: when outing himself]] that if it ever comes down to it, he wouldn't be able to pick a side between the two of them and would have to stay neutral.
** Like in canon, Theon has this between his Iron Born family and his mainlander friends. Unlike in canon, however, [[spoiler: he chooses his friends]].
15th Jun '16 8:34:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Temeraire}}'': At the end of ''Empire of Ivory'', [[spoiler: the British government has sent a dragon infected with a highly contagious disease to France, where it will infect Napoleon's dragons -- and from where the disease will likely spread and kill off most of the dragons in the world. [[OfficerAndAGentleman Laurence]] and Temeraire bring Napoleon the cure, an act of treason against Great Britain. Then Laurence [[HonorBeforeReason goes back to England, fully intending to let them hang him for it.]]]]

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* ''{{Temeraire}}'': ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'': At the end of ''Empire of Ivory'', [[spoiler: the British government has sent a dragon infected with a highly contagious disease to France, where it will infect Napoleon's dragons -- and from where the disease will likely spread and kill off most of the dragons in the world. [[OfficerAndAGentleman Laurence]] and Temeraire bring Napoleon the cure, an act of treason against Great Britain. Then Laurence [[HonorBeforeReason goes back to England, fully intending to let them hang him for it.]]]]
15th Jun '16 5:01:31 PM JudasZala
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* In ''Series/AmericanCrimeStory: The People v. O.J. Simpson'', Robert Kardashian is close friends with O.J., Simpson and even became one of his "Dream Team" lawyers, but over the series, Kardashian began to have increasing doubts about defending his friend, especially after DNA evidence was introduced, which shows that O.J. could be the killer. At the end of the series, Kardashian ends his friendship with O.J. after O.J. announced his intention to search for the real killers. According to the epilogue, they didn't speak to each other again after Kardashian died in 2003.
8th Jun '16 12:49:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* In [[{{Dragonlance}} Brothers In Arms]] one of the commanders mentions that this is why he didn't want to be a knight. He feared the potential for his lord and his god to demand conflicting things of him.
* In WarOfTheSpiderQueen, half-demon BloodKnight isn't partial about who is giving him orders as long as he can brutaly tear someone to shreds. He is ordered by his mother, the high priestess of Menzoberanzan, to accompany his aunt Quenthel on her quest and follow her orders without question. However, when Quenthel starts to eat herself up with doubt and loses her faith in the Spider Goddess, he is conflicted between his loyalty and his believe that AsskickingEqualsAuthority, which is the foundation for their races entire society. Danifae however, who as a slave is nominally the groups lowest ranking member, proves herself to be a [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]] who plays the game of lying, betraying, and instilling fear like no-one else. [[spoiler:When Jegrred finally switches his loyalty, Quenthel helplessly resigns and doesn't try to stop them, but when she gets all her powers back, she sacrifices him for punishment.]]

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* In [[{{Dragonlance}} ''[[Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Brothers In Arms]] Arms]]'' one of the commanders mentions that this is why he didn't want to be a knight. He feared the potential for his lord and his god to demand conflicting things of him.
* In WarOfTheSpiderQueen, ''Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen'', half-demon BloodKnight isn't partial about who is giving him orders as long as he can brutaly tear someone to shreds. He is ordered by his mother, the high priestess of Menzoberanzan, to accompany his aunt Quenthel on her quest and follow her orders without question. However, when Quenthel starts to eat herself up with doubt and loses her faith in the Spider Goddess, he is conflicted between his loyalty and his believe that AsskickingEqualsAuthority, which is the foundation for their races entire society. Danifae however, who as a slave is nominally the groups lowest ranking member, proves herself to be a [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]] who plays the game of lying, betraying, and instilling fear like no-one else. [[spoiler:When Jegrred finally switches his loyalty, Quenthel helplessly resigns and doesn't try to stop them, but when she gets all her powers back, she sacrifices him for punishment.]]



* This is a common theme in ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.

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* This is a common theme in ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.



* In the third book of ''TheQueensThief'' series, Costis finds his loyalty torn between his queen and king. He wonders what he would do if they should ever go against each other.

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* In the third book of ''TheQueensThief'' ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' series, Costis finds his loyalty torn between his queen and king. He wonders what he would do if they should ever go against each other.
16th May '16 7:34:55 PM HeroGal2347
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* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen suffers from this in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} story "The Betrayal of Superman" - does he keep his pal's SecretIdentity secure or keep his promise to a sick friend to take over his case? Fortunately, he manages to TakeAThirdOption.

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* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen suffers from this in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} story "The Betrayal of Superman" - when he agrees to take on a missing persons case for a sick friend, only to find that the "missing person" is Supes' other persona -- does he keep his pal's SecretIdentity secure or keep his promise to a sick friend to take over his case? other friend? Fortunately, he manages to TakeAThirdOption.
16th May '16 1:42:25 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* A major theme of ''[[TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Stone Prince]]'', in which a great deal of bloodshed is caused by characters torn between love and duty.

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* A major theme of ''[[TalesOfTheBranionRealm ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Stone Prince]]'', in which a great deal of bloodshed is caused by characters torn between love and duty.
13th May '16 8:00:55 PM HeroGal2347
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* In the (now non-canon) ''ComicBook/DuckTales'' [=/=] ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' crossover "Dangerous Currency", Scrooge comes to St. Canard, and he and Darkwing ''really'' do not get along. The fact that his "two best friends hate each other" is stressful for Launchpad, who worries that they'll never get it sorted out and he'll be forced to pick one or the other. This is even represented on one of the covers, with Scrooge and Darkwing pulling on opposite sides of Launchpad's pilot's helmet. Fortunately, the two ultimately become VitriolicBestBuds and the situation is resolved.
* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen suffers from this in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} story "The Betrayal of Superman" - does he keep his pal's SecretIdentity secure or keep his promise to a sick friend to take over his case? Fortunately, he manages to TakeAThirdOption.



* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen suffers from this in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} story "The Betrayal of Superman" - does he keep his pal's SecretIdentity secure or keep his promise to a sick friend to take over his case? Fortunately, he manages to TakeAThirdOption.
11th May '16 4:22:59 AM WillBGood
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', An issue for [[AntiVillain Fuschia]], BabyBlue, and {{Tome|OfEldritchLore}}y. [[spoiler:Or rather, [[HighHeelFaceTurn it WAS an issue for Fuschia]].]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', An issue for [[AntiVillain Fuschia]], BabyBlue, Baby Blue, and {{Tome|OfEldritchLore}}y. [[spoiler:Or rather, [[HighHeelFaceTurn it WAS an issue for Fuschia]].]]
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