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3rd Mar '17 6:09:43 PM sgamer82
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Peridot initially cooperates with the Crystal Gems in an EnemyMine because she's in just as much danger from a world ending superweapon called the Cluster as they are. In the process, she grows to like both the Earth and the Crystal Gems, but she never loses her loyalty to Homeworld or her leader, Yellow Diamond. This results in Peridot trying to convince Yellow Diamond to terminate the Cluster and spare the Earth without exposing the existence of the Crystal Gems. When Yellow Diamond fails to be swayed by the objective logic Peridot prizes and reveals that no potential benefit outweighs her desire to see Earth gone, Peridot's conflict resolves itself in the form of her calling Yellow Diamond a clod, Peridot's trademark insult.
5th Feb '17 1:59:00 PM starlight9
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* ''Literature/NightfallSeries'': Myra is loyal to the Resistance. Still,[[spoiler: she won’t let them kill Vladimir and helps him escape from the cave.]]
27th Jan '17 10:33:13 PM Discar
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', Jillian is in love with [[BiTheWay both Ansom and Wanda]], which is rather awkward when the two are on opposite sides of a war.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'':
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Jillian is in love with [[BiTheWay both Ansom and Wanda]], which is rather awkward when the two are on opposite sides of a war.war.
** When Wanda begins "decrypting" people (think a creepy form of resurrection) using the divine Arkenpliers, this happens a lot. The decrypted are automatically loyal to her, but retain all their old memories. While they are compelled to serve her above all else, this can cause serious friction with their old Loyalty. Royals especially have trouble, since Wanda is part of a Side that has denied the DivineRightOfKings. [[spoiler:Ossomer]] ends up turning back to his original Side over this.
** Lilith mentions that many of the decrypted archons still love Charlie, their old boss. Since he used the divine Arkendish to pop them, they were loyal to him in the same way that the decrypted are loyal to Wanda; the archons do serve her above all else, but they spend quite a bit of time whispering about what Charlie would have done differently.
** Lilith herself is both a subversion and a straight example; she has no Loyalty left for Charlie, which is why she is happy she is the one he managed to capture. Some of her decrypted sisters still loved him and would have begged to be let back into the fold, and [[spoiler:he would have dissected them anyway]]. Later, Wanda does something very stupid by countermanding one of Parson's orders. When Parson asks Lilith what happened, Lilith thinks to herself that sometimes you don't know which way your Loyalty is going to fall until a choice actually appears in front of you. [[spoiler:Then she tells Parson the truth, that it was Wanda's fault]].
** Bonnie is another subversion. After she gets decrypted, she really hates her new Side, but not because she misses Charlie specifically. She just misses the organization he was able to bring to his Side. It certainly doesn't help that her new Ruler is an idiot, the entire leadership corp is a mess, and everyone keeps insisting that the most important unit is some low-level warlord who managed to get them into two impossible wars at the same time.
4th Jan '17 3:51:10 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Jaime Lannister provides the trope quote. If you've sworn to defend both the king and the innocent, what do you do when the king massacres the innocent? He faces this dilemma again in Season 4 when he must choose between his brother and the rest of his family and between protecting Sansa and pleasing Cersei.
** Ned Stark consistently chooses HonorBeforeReason no matter the cost until he must choose between his honour and his other core value: his family.
** Jon Snow is constantly caught between his duty to Night's Watch and family, justice, and love. First he wants to go to war beside his family, then the needs of the Watch require he overlook the crimes of Craster, then he falls in love with a wildling.
** Theon Greyjoy gets caught between the Starks who held him hostage but treat him somewhat kindly and the Greyjoys who despise him as a symbol of weakness and failure. Since he finds he cannot fully be a Stark, he tries to be a Greyjoy, only to realize too late that he chose wrong.
** In one of the ''Histories and Lore'' segments, Stannis describes the choice between his lawful king and his elder brother as the hardest choice he ever made. Since he is both of these to Renly, he views Renly's refusal to support him as doubly treacherous.
** Walder Frey parleys the question of loyalty to the king vs. loyalty to his lord into an advantageous deal with Robb Stark in "Baelor".
29th Dec '16 10:20:33 AM nombretomado
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* ''ChariotsOfFire'': "God knows I love my country. But I can't make that sacrifice." (Eric refusing to run on Sunday)
* ''LawrenceOfArabia'':

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* ''ChariotsOfFire'': ''Film/ChariotsOfFire'': "God knows I love my country. But I can't make that sacrifice." (Eric refusing to run on Sunday)
* ''LawrenceOfArabia'':''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'':
13th Dec '16 3:34:20 PM purplequeen15
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* In the Sith Warrior's story in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', this ends up being the reason that [[spoiler: Quinn betrays you]]. Whether you simply view them as TheMole or as a more nuanced case of conflicting loyalties depends partly on your choices.
3rd Dec '16 5:59:47 AM cherrychels
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** Like in canon, Theon has this between his Iron Born family and his mainlander friends. Unlike in canon, however, [[spoiler: he chooses his friends]].

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** Like in canon, Theon has experiences this conflict between his Iron Born family and his mainlander friends. Unlike in canon, however, [[spoiler: he chooses his friends]].



* This is a major problem for undercover LAPD Officer Brian O'Connor in the first ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' movie, assigned to get evidence against Dominic Toretto and his team who are truck jackers. He ends up falling for Toretto's sister and becomes Toretto's friend. In the end, he chooses to let Toretto go.

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* This is a major problem for undercover LAPD Officer Brian O'Connor in the first ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' movie, who is assigned to get obtain evidence against Dominic Toretto and his team who are of truck jackers. He ends up falling for Toretto's sister and becomes Toretto's friend. In the end, he chooses to let Toretto go.



** Two books later, his son faces the dilemma as well. [[spoiler:He must choose between a vow he'd made to take a wife from one of his bannermen or to protect the honor of a girl he slept with. He chooses to protect the girl's honor, but not without vast, far-reaching consequences.]]
** Jaime Lannister is known across Westeros as the [[TheOathbreaker Kingslayer]] for killing the king he swore to protect. Once the readers get to know him, they learn that Jaime can actually be very loyal, if his loyalty is earned. (Or if [[FoolForLove you sleep with him enough]].) When he killed the king, he chose between his duty to his king and to his father and family; the fact that choosing his family also meant saving thousands of innocent lives is what tipped the balance. He also debates with a fellow Kingsguard whether their vow to protect the royal family extends to [[MaritalRapeLicense protecting the Queen from the King]].

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** Two books later, his son faces In order to gain the dilemma as well. [[spoiler:He political support of the Freys, Robb [[spoiler:vows to marry a daughter from the Frey family. However, when he sleeps with a girl while he is pledged to the Frey daughter, he must choose between a to either keep his vow he'd made to take a wife from one of his bannermen marry the Frey daughter or to protect the honor of a girl he slept with. He chooses to protect the girl's honor, but not without vast, honor and breaks his oath to the Freys -- resulting in far-reaching consequences.]]
** Jaime Lannister is known across Westeros as the [[TheOathbreaker Kingslayer]] for killing the king he swore to protect. Once the readers get to know him, they learn that Jaime can actually be very loyal, if his loyalty is earned. (Or if [[FoolForLove you sleep with him enough]].) When he killed the king, he chose between his duty to his king and to his father and family; family. Also, the fact that choosing his family also meant saving thousands of innocent lives is what tipped the balance.balance for him. He also debates with a fellow Kingsguard whether their vow to protect the royal family extends to [[MaritalRapeLicense protecting the Queen from the King]].



** Jon Snow gets this a few times. At first it's always between the Watch and something else: family, love, home, friends. In the first book, he has a conversation with Maester Aemon about this conflict. Later, once [[spoiler:he becomes Lord Commander]], it's between his commitment not to interfere in the affairs of the realm and his desire to protect innocents and right wrongs.

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** Jon Snow gets this a few times. At first first, it's always between the Watch and something else: family, love, his [[RelativeButton family]] he loves, the girl he loves, his home, his friends. In the first book, he has a conversation with Maester Aemon about this conflict.conflict, who once faced the very same situation Jon does. Later, once [[spoiler:he becomes Lord Commander]], it's between his commitment not to interfere in the affairs of the realm and his desire to protect innocents and right wrongs.
30th Nov '16 9:21:32 PM Renicula
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* Lancelot in ''VideoGame/{{Guenevere}}'' is (like his [[KingArthur classical inspiration]]) torn between his loyalty to KingArthur and his love for Arthur's wife.
** Guen herself can be played as dutiful and dedicated to being a good wife and queen, but still in love with Lance or Arthur's sister Morgana.
23rd Nov '16 6:52:05 AM MsZephy7
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* In the anime/manga of ''Literature/TheHeroicLegendOfArslan'', Bahman was conflicted after receiving a letter from commander-in-chief Vahriz about [[spoiler: the possibility that Arslan isn't of royal blood]] and finding out that [[spoiler: Silvermask is the former Prince Hermes]]. He was torn between wanting to support [[spoiler: Prince Hermes]] or continue to stand by Arslan.
16th Nov '16 8:33:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ringo Lam's ''City On Fire'' is all about this, as Chow Yun-Fat plays an undercover cop who has to choose between loyalty to his fellow cops and loyalty to the triad gang that he's infiltrated.

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* Ringo Lam's ''City On Fire'' ''Film/CityOnFire'' is all about this, as Chow Yun-Fat plays an undercover cop who has to choose between loyalty to his fellow cops and loyalty to the triad gang that he's infiltrated.



* This is a major problem for undercover LAPD Officer Brian O'Connor in the first TheFastAndTheFurious movie, assigned to get evidence against Dominic Toretto and his team who are truck jackers. He ends up falling for Toretto's sister and becomes Toretto's friend. In the end, he chooses to let Toretto go.

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* This is a major problem for undercover LAPD Officer Brian O'Connor in the first TheFastAndTheFurious ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' movie, assigned to get evidence against Dominic Toretto and his team who are truck jackers. He ends up falling for Toretto's sister and becomes Toretto's friend. In the end, he chooses to let Toretto go.
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