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25th Jun '16 12:04:35 PM Prfnoff
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** Happens in one point in ''AssassinsCreedIII'' when [[spoiler:Benjamin Church]] abandons the Templars and steals their resouces for his own profits, causing the Assassins and the Templars to have a rare EnemyMine moment when fighting him.
* Storywise, happens frequently in ''SwordOfTheStars'' with the [[BugWar Hiver]] race between the many Princesses vying for power (from the viewpoint of another race, of course). Also entirely possible with any race, as brilliantly worked into the {{backstory}} by Arinn Dembo, the game's writer. [[HumansAreBastards Humans]], as we know, can easily split into factions and fight amongst each other for trivial reasons. The same is true for the [[LizardFolk Tarka]]. The [[SapientCetaceans Liir]] will fight anyone they believe has become [[EldritchAbomination Suul'ka]], even members of their own race. [[spoiler: Which makes a lot of sense in light of the sequel revealing exactly what the Suul'ka are.]] The [[AncientAstronauts Morrigi]] have never been a unified species. The [[PlanetLooters Zuul]], being [[KnightTemplar religious fanatics]], worship their [[AbusivePrecursors creators]]; and, of course, no one has ''[[SarcasmMode ever]]'' split into factions if they believe in the same deity.

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** Happens in one point in ''AssassinsCreedIII'' ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII'' when [[spoiler:Benjamin Church]] abandons the Templars and steals their resouces for his own profits, causing the Assassins and the Templars to have a rare EnemyMine moment when fighting him.
* Storywise, happens frequently in ''SwordOfTheStars'' ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'' with the [[BugWar Hiver]] race between the many Princesses vying for power (from the viewpoint of another race, of course). Also entirely possible with any race, as brilliantly worked into the {{backstory}} by Arinn Dembo, the game's writer. [[HumansAreBastards Humans]], as we know, can easily split into factions and fight amongst each other for trivial reasons. The same is true for the [[LizardFolk Tarka]]. The [[SapientCetaceans Liir]] will fight anyone they believe has become [[EldritchAbomination Suul'ka]], even members of their own race. [[spoiler: Which makes a lot of sense in light of the sequel revealing exactly what the Suul'ka are.]] The [[AncientAstronauts Morrigi]] have never been a unified species. The [[PlanetLooters Zuul]], being [[KnightTemplar religious fanatics]], worship their [[AbusivePrecursors creators]]; and, of course, no one has ''[[SarcasmMode ever]]'' split into factions if they believe in the same deity.



* Can occur in ''{{Conduit 2}}'' when aliens of opposition factions engage each other.

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* Can occur in ''{{Conduit ''VideoGame/{{Conduit 2}}'' when aliens of opposition factions engage each other.
13th Jun '16 1:34:21 AM Nejiiuyn
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** In the penultimate episode of the series, the Legion of Doom splinters apart when Gorilla Grodd and his supporters mutiny against Lex Luthor. It ended up being one of the best episodes of the series, and unlike several other episodes with this trope, it is notable for not actually featuring the heroes until the very end when Darkseid returns.

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** In the penultimate episode of the series, the Legion of Doom Secret Society splinters apart when Gorilla Grodd and his supporters mutiny against Lex Luthor. It ended up being one of the best episodes of the series, and unlike several other episodes with this trope, it is notable for not actually featuring the heroes until the very end when Darkseid returns.
31st May '16 3:09:40 PM skteosk
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** Arguably the most protracted civil war occurred in the Marvel UK "Earthforce" storyline, where two Decepticon factions led by Megatron and Shockwave are active on Earth and spend most of their time fighting each other. The Autobots are happy to encourage this: When the two factions hold peace talk, the Autobots quickly get them fighting again by making it look like Shockwave set the whole thing up to assassinate Megatron. It eventually ends with their respective lieutenants, Soundwave and (naturally) Starscream, deposing their leaders and uniting the factions themselves.
16th May '16 9:45:38 AM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight," ConanTheBarbarian lives long enough to be rescued by Olivia because the {{Pirate}}s quarrel.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight," ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian lives long enough to be rescued by Olivia because the {{Pirate}}s quarrel.
8th Apr '16 7:56:34 AM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': In Season 4, a brief civil war occurs amongst the League of Assassins, between those loyal to the [[LegacyCharacter new Ra's al Ghul]] [[spoiler: Malcolm Merlyn]], and those loyal to Nyssa, who felt that she was owed the position as the daughter of the previous Ra's. Team Arrow eventually intervenes in order to stop the fighting from spilling over into the streets and costing the lives of innocents; when a truce fails, they instead [[spoiler: help Nyssa beat Malcolm and take control, at which point she has the League dissolved.]]
7th Apr '16 8:49:40 PM Geostomp
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* This is a very common element in any ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series.

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* This is a very common element in any ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series.series thanks to the [[SocialDarwinist "eat-or-be-eaten"]] values Decepticons and Predacons live by exalting betrayals (and ability to combat betrayal) as indicators of a leader's worth.



** The second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' was a giant clusterfuck battle between the respective followers of Megatron, Starscream, and Optimus Prime.

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** The second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' was a giant clusterfuck battle brawl between the respective followers of Megatron, Starscream, and Optimus Prime.



* It is revealed in Ben10UltimateAlien that the Forever Knights had splintered some time ago into factions led by different leaders with clashing goals. Cue to their original founder [[BadassGrandpa Old George]] joining them and [[EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily reuniting them all under his leadership]].

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* It is revealed in Ben10UltimateAlien that the Forever Knights had splintered some time ago into factions led by different leaders with clashing goals. Cue to their original founder [[BadassGrandpa Old George]] joining them and [[EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily reuniting them all under his leadership]].leadership]], immediately undoing the [[VillainDecay loss of luster]] that had long set in by that point, and turning the united Forever Knights into a very credible threat.
3rd Apr '16 10:20:58 AM molokai198
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* The first arc of ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' centers around the protagonists trying to stop a civil war between the three [=SandWing=] queens, all of whom are simultaneously trying to manipulate them or get them killed (well, [[BrainlessBeauty Blaze]] isn't, but her ally Queen Glacier certainly is).
31st Mar '16 4:14:57 PM DoctorCooper
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Because this trope is about evil persons and organizations, NoRealLifeExamplesPlease! Those belong [[RealLife/WeAREStrugglingTogether here.]]

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Because this trope is specifically talks about evil persons and organizations, NoRealLifeExamplesPlease! [[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease don't add real life examples]]. Those belong [[RealLife/WeAREStrugglingTogether here.]]
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* Western intel groups like the CIA figured that this trope would keep Sunni (like al-Qaeda) and Shi'a (like Hezbollah) terrorist groups from ever working together. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
** After Bin Laden's death, pundits are now speculating whether al-Qaeda's various nationalist factions will start invoking this trope over who'll inherit control of the terrorist network.
* Iran never liked the various forces backed by the US during the Cold War, which included secular Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein as well as the fundamentalist anti-Soviet Taliban of Aghanistan. The WarOnTerror is a blessing for them in a way that no one expected: the US is bogged down fighting the myriad factions in Iraq and the Taliban remnants in Afghanistan, leaving the US unable to harm Iran in any meaningful way.
* Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is locked in a deadly war against the rebels, which are backed by various foreign interests. However, the rebels are not a united force: some of them openly pledge loyalty to transnational fundamentalist force that is al-Qaeda, and some of them are backed by Western and/or GCC countries. Understandably, the fundamentalists are not willing to let foreign infidels into Syria while the Western countries are not willing to hand the guns to the terrorists. The rebels end up fighting each others as much as they fight Assad.
* ''Both sides'' in the Jewish-Roman War of 66-73 AD (the one that destroyed the Second Temple). The Romans were fairly united until around 68 or 69 when Nero's death led to the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Year of Four Emperors]], but they got things settled pretty quickly. The Jews, on the other hand, spent most of the war fighting each other as much as the Romans. The biggest split was between those who wanted to fight to the death and those who wanted to surrender.
* The IRA, that being the original IRA, the anti-treaty IRA, the Official IRA, the Provisional IRA, the Continuity IRA, the Irish Republican Liberation Army, Irish People's Liberation Organisation, Republican Sinn Féin and the Real IRA; this was the source of the parody in Monty Python's Life of Brian.
** Any time the British security services went up against the Ulster Defence Volunteers must have counted from the IRA's point of view, though the official line was always that the latter was an illegal organisation. There was also a degree of in-fighting between the Loyalist paramilitary groups, though to a lesser extent.
* The Republican side in the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar. One of the main reasons why the Fascists won was that Communists and Anarchists were at each others' throats, and fought each other with as much fervour as they fought the [[UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco Francoists]].
* During the UsefulNotes/FrenchRevolution there were many such conflicts involving royalists, defeated and dissident revolutionary factions, and Corsican nationalists. The foreign powers opposing France supported some of them and tried to take advantage of them, but usually without more than short-term success.
* Often a SuccessionCrisis in one country leads to such a situation:
** The Mongol empire which split into four country caused by the civil war between Kublai Khan and Ariq Boke, a conflict that had its roots in doubts about the [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe paternity]] of UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan's eldest son since his mother had been abducted and raped by a rival chieftain around the time he was conceived.
** Upon his death Alexander the Great's empire collapsed into infighting in what was known as the Wars of the Diadochi.
** During the UsefulNotes/HundredYearsWar, King Henry V of England was able to exploit the bloody conflict between two lines of the House of Valois, the Armagnacs and the Bourgignons, for his own ends by allying himself with the powerful Duke of Burgundy. Some time later French kings would retaliate by intervening from time to time in the UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses.
** In 1808 Napoleon tried to exploit the conflict between Charles IV, King of Spain, and his son and heir Ferdinand (which had already led to an attempted coup by Ferdinand's supporters) to depose the Bourbons and install his brother Joseph as the new king of Spain. It did not end well.
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30th Mar '16 6:27:46 AM Tron80
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* In ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'', both [[TheDragon Royal Guard Commander Hy Shaltat]] and General Zaba work for Marder, but they don't like each other at all. Hy thinks that Zaba is an idiot and he ignores him completely or hits him if he gets in his way. For his part, Zaba would love an excuse to get Hy executed.
29th Mar '16 11:49:24 AM Berrenta
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This is usually because an enemy faction is rarely if at all fleshed out, [[AlikeAndAntitheticalAdversaries making them appear completely homogeneous]], but naturally the more information we get about these guys the more interesting they become. A side effect of this can lead to an EnemyCivilWar. Rather than wait for the BigBad to keel over, one or more factions in the evil empire break off and start fighting the main group for power. Note, nowhere in that sentence was there a HeelFaceTurn. The second group ''may'' do such, but it's likelier they'll simply be either slightly less evil than the [[EvilerThanThou "loyalists"]], or at the least more open to an EnemyMine with the heroes (or, alternately, they'll be complaining that the Evil Overlord isn't evil ''[[EvilerThanThou enough]]''.) For extra fun, the factions may take turns trying EnemyMine.

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This is usually because an enemy faction is rarely if at all fleshed out, [[AlikeAndAntitheticalAdversaries making them appear completely homogeneous]], but naturally the more information we get about these guys the more interesting they become. A side effect of this can lead to an EnemyCivilWar.Enemy Civil War. Rather than wait for the BigBad to keel over, one or more factions in the evil empire break off and start fighting the main group for power. Note, nowhere in that sentence was there a HeelFaceTurn. The second group ''may'' do such, but it's likelier they'll simply be either slightly less evil than the [[EvilerThanThou "loyalists"]], or at the least more open to an EnemyMine with the heroes (or, alternately, they'll be complaining that the Evil Overlord isn't evil ''[[EvilerThanThou enough]]''.) For extra fun, the factions may take turns trying EnemyMine.



** In both ''Medieval'' and ''[[VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar Medieval 2]]'', Catholic factions who have been excommunicated may suffer from widespread hostility from Papal loyalists, which can be seen as an EnemyCivilWar from the perspective of any Muslim factions holding the Holy Land at that point. When the French are sending crusaders to Frankfurt, they're not sending them to Jerusalem...

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** In both ''Medieval'' and ''[[VideoGame/MedievalIITotalWar Medieval 2]]'', Catholic factions who have been excommunicated may suffer from widespread hostility from Papal loyalists, which can be seen as an EnemyCivilWar Enemy Civil War from the perspective of any Muslim factions holding the Holy Land at that point. When the French are sending crusaders to Frankfurt, they're not sending them to Jerusalem...
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