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25th Aug '16 5:56:15 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* A two-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' involves the heroes ending up in an AlternateReality where Cobra rules the world. The two-parter ends with the Baroness (who is a double agent in this reality and on the good guys' side) having engineered the "first Cobra civil war" in the first step towards building a resistance movement. (How it actually ends is never seen, but it provides a RayOfHopeEnding for that reality.)
16th Aug '16 1:57:01 AM PaulA
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* Two books in Creator/DennisLehane'sLiterature/KenzieAndGennaroSeries have this. ''A Drink Before the War'' features the warring gang leaders Roland Angeline and Marion Socia, both of whom try to kill Patrick Kenzie to get the MacGuffin. ''Sacred'' featured the CorruptCorporateExecutive Trevor Stone and [[spoiler: his daughter Desiree]], who both try to manipulate Kenzie into killing the other.

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* Two books in Creator/DennisLehane'sLiterature/KenzieAndGennaroSeries Creator/DennisLehane's Literature/KenzieAndGennaroSeries have this. ''A Drink Before the War'' features the warring gang leaders Roland Angeline and Marion Socia, both of whom try to kill Patrick Kenzie to get the MacGuffin. ''Sacred'' featured the CorruptCorporateExecutive Trevor Stone and [[spoiler: his daughter Desiree]], who both try to manipulate Kenzie into killing the other.
16th Aug '16 1:55:53 AM PaulA
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* In ''Cetaganda'' [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] works very hard to prevent the enemy Cetagandan Empire from breaking up, because he reasons that multiple Cetagandan warlord-states will be even ''more'' dangerous, rather like a tumor metastasizing. Instead of the relatively stable Cold-War type peace between the Barrayaran and Cetagandan Empires, each of the now-independent Cetagandan satrapies will start aggressively trying to expand.

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* In ''Cetaganda'' [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga ''Literature/{{Cetaganda}}'', Miles Vorkosigan]] Vorkosigan works very hard to prevent the enemy Cetagandan Empire from breaking up, because he reasons that multiple Cetagandan warlord-states will be even ''more'' dangerous, rather like a tumor metastasizing. Instead of the relatively stable Cold-War type peace between the Barrayaran and Cetagandan Empires, each of the now-independent Cetagandan satrapies will start aggressively trying to expand.
7th Aug '16 11:02:02 AM nombretomado
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* In TheDCU, the mini-series ''ReignInHell'' features a civil war for the control of Hell fought between the demon princes Neron and Lord Satanus.

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* In TheDCU, Franchise/TheDCU, the mini-series ''ReignInHell'' features a civil war for the control of Hell fought between the demon princes Neron and Lord Satanus.
5th Aug '16 10:16:19 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** In the novel ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'', which takes place after ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the UNSC's Office of Naval Intelligence ''thinks'' they're creating one. Basically, ONI sends a squad of [[BadassNormal ODSTs]], a [[SuperSoldier Spartan]], and a [[AIIsACrapshoot crazy AI]] to Sanghelios (the Elite homeworld) in order to fuel the fires of a civil war in order to keep them unbalanced while the UNSC rebuilds ([[RightHandVersusLeftHand all of this is without the approval or even knowledge of UNSC High Command]]). However, Sanghelios's most prominent leader, the Arbiter, is actually trying to get his people to ''not'' attack humanity; all ONI is doing is making his job harder. The sequel ''Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar'' shows that events don't go as planned by ONI. The ONI-backed Elites don't get enough support but still start the fight, but it looks like the Arbiter is going to win. However, the Arbiter then permits the above-mentioned team to enter a Forerunner relic on Sanghelios in order to retrieve a human scientist captured by the rebels. This ends up turning a large portion of the Sangheili against the Arbiter, and it looks like the rebels may win in a very short while. This is also not the result ONI wants, as the rebels are religious fanatics who hate the humans with a passion. Admiral Margaret Parangosky, the head of ONI, convinces Admiral Terrence Hood to bring UNSC ''Infinity'', the fleet's newest flagship and the most powerful vessel in known space, to Sanghelios and rain DeathFromAbove on the fanatics. However, in order to maintain the strife, ONI proceeds to destroy equal numbers of ships both those loyal to the Arbiter and the fanatics. Despite the mess, the Arbiter is eventually able to solidify himself as the main leader of the Elites, and [[spoiler:manages to wipe out all the fanatics on Sanghelios by the end of ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'']].

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** In the novel ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'', which takes place after ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the UNSC's Office of Naval Intelligence ''thinks'' they're creating one. Basically, ONI sends a squad of [[BadassNormal ODSTs]], a [[SuperSoldier Spartan]], and a [[AIIsACrapshoot crazy AI]] to Sanghelios (the Elite homeworld) in order to fuel the fires of a civil war in order to keep them unbalanced while the UNSC rebuilds ([[RightHandVersusLeftHand all of this is without the approval or even knowledge of UNSC High Command]]). However, Sanghelios's most prominent leader, the Arbiter, is actually already trying to get his people to ''not'' attack humanity; all ONI is doing is making his job harder. The sequel ''Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar'' shows that events don't go as planned by ONI. The ONI-backed Elites don't get enough support but still start the fight, but it looks like the Arbiter is going to win. However, the Arbiter then permits the above-mentioned team to enter a Forerunner relic on Sanghelios in order to retrieve a human scientist captured by the rebels. This ends up turning a large portion of the Sangheili against the Arbiter, and it looks like the rebels may win in a very short while. This is also not the result ONI wants, as the rebels are religious fanatics who hate the humans with a passion. Admiral Margaret Parangosky, the head of ONI, convinces Admiral Terrence Hood to bring UNSC ''Infinity'', the fleet's newest flagship and the most powerful vessel in known space, to Sanghelios and rain DeathFromAbove on the fanatics. However, in order to maintain the strife, ONI proceeds to destroy equal numbers of ships both those loyal to the Arbiter and the fanatics. Despite the mess, the Arbiter is eventually able to solidify himself as the main leader of the Elites, and [[spoiler:manages to wipe out all the fanatics on Sanghelios by the end of ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'']].
5th Aug '16 10:15:36 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The big one is the Great Schism (or the Covenant Civil War) in ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}'', which results in a StrangeBedfellows situation between the Humans, the Elites, and some of the Grunts and Hunters who joined them.
** In the novel ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'', which takes place after ''Halo 3'', the UNSC's Office of Naval Intelligence ([[RightHandVersusLeftHand without the approval or even knowledge of UNSC High Command, at that]]) sends a squad of [[BadassNormal ODSTs]], a [[SuperSoldier Spartan]], and a [[AIIsACrapshoot crazy AI]] to Sanghelios (Elite homeworld) in order to fuel the fires of a civil war in order to keep them unbalanced while UNSC rebuilds. The Arbiter desperately tries to hold his people together. The sequel ''Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar'' shows that events don't go as planned by ONI. The religious fanatics don't get enough support but still start the fight, but it looks like the Arbiter is going to win. However, the Arbiter then permits the above-mentioned team to enter a Forerunner relic on Sanghelios in order to retrieve a human scientist captured by the fanatics. This ends up turning the vast majority of the Sangheili against the Arbiter, and it looks like the fanatics may win in a very short while. This is also not the result ONI wants, as the fanatics hate the humans with a passion. Admiral Margaret Parangosky, the head of ONI, convinces Admiral Terrence Hood to bring UNSC ''Infinity'', the fleet's newest flagship and the most powerful vessel in known space, to Sanghelios and rain DeathFromAbove on the fanatics. However, in order to maintain the strife, ONI proceeds to destroy equal numbers of ships both those loyal to the Arbiter and the fanatics.

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** The big one is the Great Schism (or the Covenant Civil War) which began in ''{{VideoGame/Halo 2}}'', which results resulting in a StrangeBedfellows situation between the Humans, the Elites, and some of the Grunts and Hunters who joined them.
** In the novel ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'', which takes place after ''Halo 3'', ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', the UNSC's Office of Naval Intelligence ([[RightHandVersusLeftHand without the approval or even knowledge of UNSC High Command, at that]]) ''thinks'' they're creating one. Basically, ONI sends a squad of [[BadassNormal ODSTs]], a [[SuperSoldier Spartan]], and a [[AIIsACrapshoot crazy AI]] to Sanghelios (Elite (the Elite homeworld) in order to fuel the fires of a civil war in order to keep them unbalanced while the UNSC rebuilds. The Arbiter desperately tries rebuilds ([[RightHandVersusLeftHand all of this is without the approval or even knowledge of UNSC High Command]]). However, Sanghelios's most prominent leader, the Arbiter, is actually trying to hold get his people together.to ''not'' attack humanity; all ONI is doing is making his job harder. The sequel ''Literature/HaloTheThursdayWar'' shows that events don't go as planned by ONI. The religious fanatics ONI-backed Elites don't get enough support but still start the fight, but it looks like the Arbiter is going to win. However, the Arbiter then permits the above-mentioned team to enter a Forerunner relic on Sanghelios in order to retrieve a human scientist captured by the fanatics. rebels. This ends up turning the vast majority a large portion of the Sangheili against the Arbiter, and it looks like the fanatics rebels may win in a very short while. This is also not the result ONI wants, as the rebels are religious fanatics who hate the humans with a passion. Admiral Margaret Parangosky, the head of ONI, convinces Admiral Terrence Hood to bring UNSC ''Infinity'', the fleet's newest flagship and the most powerful vessel in known space, to Sanghelios and rain DeathFromAbove on the fanatics. However, in order to maintain the strife, ONI proceeds to destroy equal numbers of ships both those loyal to the Arbiter and the fanatics. Despite the mess, the Arbiter is eventually able to solidify himself as the main leader of the Elites, and [[spoiler:manages to wipe out all the fanatics on Sanghelios by the end of ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'']].
1st Jul '16 1:41:14 AM PaulA
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* One of the advantages the Nations of the West in Creator/DavidEddings's Literature/TheBelgariad had is that despite the Angaraks being lumped together in their minds, they were really five different tribes and a bunch of client/servant races which rarely got along. Things really came to a head, though, when the Armies of the West go to distract the Angarak forces from what Garion, Silk and Belgarath are doing, only to find out too late that the Murgos and Malloreans would have just as happily beaten upon each other due to their rabid hatred of one another. And as an example that explains why the Mallorean Emperor was perfectly happy annihilating his fellow Angaraks, [[spoiler: Murgo king Taur Urgas had ordered a girl Mallorean emperor Zakath had loved to assassinate him. Zakath had her executed, but did not realize until too late that she refused to perform the assassination.]] Much of the sequel series, ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', is composed of a huge MeleeATrois between [[TheEmperor 'Zakath]], [[VainSorceress Zandramas]] and [[AGodAmI Urvon]] for control of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Sardion]], with [[DarkMessiah Mengha]] and [[EvilSorceror Agachak]] looking to get involved from the outside, and the Demons [[PsychoForHire working for whoever summons them]]. Ultimately Mengha allies with Urvon (who he and [[DragonInChief Nahaz]] start plotting against), [[spoiler: 'Zakath [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]]]] and Zandramas secures her position as the BigBad with the deaths of Urvon, Agachak, and Mengha, and the banishment of Nahaz, in one of the most stunning examples of EvilerThanThou in fiction. Whew.

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One of the advantages the Nations of the West in Creator/DavidEddings's Literature/TheBelgariad ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' had is that despite the Angaraks being lumped together in their minds, they were really five different tribes and a bunch of client/servant races which rarely got along. Things really came to a head, though, when the Armies of the West go to distract the Angarak forces from what Garion, Silk and Belgarath are doing, only to find out too late that the Murgos and Malloreans would have just as happily beaten upon each other due to their rabid hatred of one another. And as an example that explains why the Mallorean Emperor was perfectly happy annihilating his fellow Angaraks, [[spoiler: Murgo king Taur Urgas had ordered a girl Mallorean emperor Zakath had loved to assassinate him. Zakath had her executed, but did not realize until too late that she refused to perform the assassination.]] Much of the sequel series, ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', is composed of a huge MeleeATrois between [[TheEmperor 'Zakath]], [[VainSorceress Zandramas]] and [[AGodAmI Urvon]] for control of the [[ArtifactOfDoom Sardion]], with [[DarkMessiah Mengha]] and [[EvilSorceror Agachak]] looking to get involved from the outside, and the Demons [[PsychoForHire working for whoever summons them]]. Ultimately Mengha allies with Urvon (who he and [[DragonInChief Nahaz]] start plotting against), [[spoiler: 'Zakath [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]]]] and Zandramas secures her position as the BigBad with the deaths of Urvon, Agachak, and Mengha, and the banishment of Nahaz, in one of the most stunning examples of EvilerThanThou in fiction. Whew.



*** Aside from the infinitely large house, every one of these points also applies to TheTamuli, although ''several'' gods are actively supporting the heroes here.

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*** ** Aside from the infinitely large house, every one of these points also applies to TheTamuli, ''Literature/TheTamuli'', although ''several'' gods are actively supporting the heroes here.
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.
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