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26th Jan '17 10:15:06 PM PaulA
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* A situation like this is [[InvokedTrope deliberately engineered]] in ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation's Edge]]'' so as to allow a KingmakerScenario -- Gaia doesn't trust their own judgement about the future of the galaxy, so they arrange a situation where [[spoiler: a representative of the First Foundation in a gravitic warship and a representative of the Second foundation on a ship carrying a (previously clandestine) Gaian both arrive in their home-system. The warship could easily blow the other ship to pieces, and its psychic static device is just strong enough that unless Gaia or the Second Foundationer (backed by a Second Foundation mental gestalt) specifically focus on them the crew is protected from permanent alteration or being made to do something while still being hindered from acting to destroy the other ship. Gaia and the Second Foundation can't put their full focus on breaking through the psychic static, as then the other one would be able to overwhelm them, and they can't focus on the other one as then the First Foundation warship would be free to act.]] The chosen Kingmaker is Golan Trevize, on the scene in [[spoiler: his own ship, equipped with a computer he can mentally link to. By linking to the computer and making a choice he would add ''just'' enough psychic power to any one of the three to break the stalemate -- Gaia and the Second Foundation would be able to keep the First Foundation at bay while dealing with the other one, and the First Foundation's psychic static would be strengthened enough to allow them to blast the other ship.]]

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* A situation like this is [[InvokedTrope deliberately engineered]] in ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation's Edge]]'' ''Literature/FoundationsEdge'' so as to allow a KingmakerScenario -- Gaia doesn't trust their own judgement about the future of the galaxy, so they arrange a situation where [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a representative of the First Foundation in a gravitic warship and a representative of the Second foundation on a ship carrying a (previously clandestine) Gaian both arrive in their home-system. The warship could easily blow the other ship to pieces, and its psychic static device is just strong enough that unless Gaia or the Second Foundationer (backed by a Second Foundation mental gestalt) specifically focus on them the crew is protected from permanent alteration or being made to do something while still being hindered from acting to destroy the other ship. Gaia and the Second Foundation can't put their full focus on breaking through the psychic static, as then the other one would be able to overwhelm them, and they can't focus on the other one as then the First Foundation warship would be free to act.]] The chosen Kingmaker is Golan Trevize, on the scene in [[spoiler: his [[spoiler:his own ship, equipped with a computer he can mentally link to. By linking to the computer and making a choice he would add ''just'' enough psychic power to any one of the three to break the stalemate -- Gaia and the Second Foundation would be able to keep the First Foundation at bay while dealing with the other one, and the First Foundation's psychic static would be strengthened enough to allow them to blast the other ship.]]
23rd Jan '17 1:02:05 PM OlmoJV
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** In the 28th chapter, Irvin Worst places his ax against [[BigBad Dufayel's]] throat, but Dufayel is unconcerned because he has placed his revolver against the lizard's gut. Before the stalemate can get messy, the fox starts talking business, prompting Worst to back off.
22nd Jan '17 2:10:30 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/WelcomeToDongmakgol'': The one between the North and South Korean soldiers in the village lasts all afternoon, all night, and into the next day, and only ends when a North Korean soldier falls asleep on his feet and drops his grenade.
13th Jan '17 12:38:19 PM MagBas
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** A smaller scale example would also be [[VillainSue Clio Gabriella]] vs [[LandDownUnder Brendan Wallace]]. Both with guns pointed at each other's heads. It lasts for several minutes, while Brendan manages to talk Clio out of doing anything rash, proclaiming that if she were to pull the trigger, he could pull the trigger on his gun just as fast, leaving them both dead. After a while, she runs off, and Brendan looks inside the gun to find there's not a single round inside. Cue LONG sigh of relief.

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** A smaller scale example would also be [[VillainSue Clio Gabriella]] Gabriella vs [[LandDownUnder Brendan Wallace]]. Both with guns pointed at each other's heads. It lasts for several minutes, while Brendan manages to talk Clio out of doing anything rash, proclaiming that if she were to pull the trigger, he could pull the trigger on his gun just as fast, leaving them both dead. After a while, she runs off, and Brendan looks inside the gun to find there's not a single round inside. Cue LONG sigh of relief.
7th Jan '17 8:58:33 AM nombretomado
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* Stan Smith in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' references this, as it's part of the [[GoingThroughTheMotions procedure]] [[SlapSlapKiss of arguing with his wife]]. Though here, he refers to it as a "JohnWoo stand-off."

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Stan Smith in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' references this, as it's part of the [[GoingThroughTheMotions procedure]] [[SlapSlapKiss of arguing with his wife]]. Though here, he refers to it as a "JohnWoo "Creator/JohnWoo stand-off."
30th Dec '16 5:06:19 AM GojiBiscuits
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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' - "The Wrap Up" climaxes with a crazy standoff wherein a half-dozen parties end up with guns pointed at each other, including the criminal protagonist, a corrupt FIB agent, a less-corrupt FIB agent, a rogue FIB agent with an entire HRT for backup, a group of IAA agents and a private militia complete with helicopter support. One of the FIB men gets twitchy, shoots, and a massive BlastOut ensues.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' - "The Wrap Up" climaxes with a crazy standoff wherein a half-dozen parties end up with guns pointed at each other, including the criminal protagonist, a corrupt FIB agent, a less-corrupt FIB agent, Michael, Steve Haines, Dave, a rogue FIB agent with an entire HRT for backup, a group of IAA agents including the BigGood from GrandTheftAutoIV and a private militia complete with helicopter support. One of the FIB men Steve gets twitchy, shoots, and a massive BlastOut ensues.
25th Dec '16 11:35:20 PM Daeolus
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* In ''Devil'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and Santa Christ have one to parody the movie, but actually comes off better because they have a history.

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* In While reviewing ''Devil'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic and Santa Christ have one to parody the movie, but this one actually comes off better because they have a history.
13th Dec '16 3:13:13 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Manga/RaveMaster'', Elie and a villain get into one. [[GenreSavvy Elie pulls the trigger while the guy is talking]]. [[MadeOfIron He survives]].

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* In ''Manga/RaveMaster'', Elie and a villain get into one. [[GenreSavvy Elie pulls the trigger while the guy is talking]]. talking. [[MadeOfIron He survives]].survives.]]
4th Dec '16 11:16:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the third episode of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', Guts and Griffith have their first fight, which ends with Guts and Griffith presumably in a standoff, neither able to move without putting themselves at a disadvantage. However, [[spoiler:Griffith manages to pull an ingenious move and win the day, which is very {{Badass}}]].

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* In the third episode of ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', Guts and Griffith have their first fight, which ends with Guts and Griffith presumably in a standoff, neither able to move without putting themselves at a disadvantage. However, [[spoiler:Griffith manages to pull an ingenious move and win the day, which is very {{Badass}}]].badass]].
30th Nov '16 2:50:28 AM LordInsane
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* A situation like this is [[InvokedTrope deliberately engineered]] in ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation's Edge]]'' so as to allow a KingmakerScenario -- Gaia doesn't trust their own judgement about the future of the galaxy, [[spoiler: so they arrange a situation where a representative of the First Foundation in a gravitic warship and a representative of the Second foundation on a ship carrying a (previously clandestine) Gaian both arrive in their home-system. The warship could easily blow the other ship to pieces, and its psychic static device is just strong enough that unless Gaia or the Second Foundationer (backed by a Second Foundation mental gestalt) specifically focus on them the crew is protected from permanent alteration or being made to do something while still being hindered from acting to destroy the other ship. Gaia and the Second Foundation can't put their full focus on breaking through the psychic static, as then the other one would be able to overwhelm them, and they can't focus on the other one as then the First Foundation warship would be free to act.]] The chosen Kingmaker is Golan Trevize, on the scene in [[spoiler: his own ship, equipped with a computer he can mentally link to. By linking to the computer and making a choice he would add ''just'' enough psychic power to any one of the three to break the stalemate -- Gaia and the Second Foundation would be able to keep the First Foundation at bay while dealing with the other one, and the First Foundation's psychic static would be strengthened enough to allow them to blast the other ship.]]

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* A situation like this is [[InvokedTrope deliberately engineered]] in ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation's Edge]]'' so as to allow a KingmakerScenario -- Gaia doesn't trust their own judgement about the future of the galaxy, [[spoiler: so they arrange a situation where [[spoiler: a representative of the First Foundation in a gravitic warship and a representative of the Second foundation on a ship carrying a (previously clandestine) Gaian both arrive in their home-system. The warship could easily blow the other ship to pieces, and its psychic static device is just strong enough that unless Gaia or the Second Foundationer (backed by a Second Foundation mental gestalt) specifically focus on them the crew is protected from permanent alteration or being made to do something while still being hindered from acting to destroy the other ship. Gaia and the Second Foundation can't put their full focus on breaking through the psychic static, as then the other one would be able to overwhelm them, and they can't focus on the other one as then the First Foundation warship would be free to act.]] The chosen Kingmaker is Golan Trevize, on the scene in [[spoiler: his own ship, equipped with a computer he can mentally link to. By linking to the computer and making a choice he would add ''just'' enough psychic power to any one of the three to break the stalemate -- Gaia and the Second Foundation would be able to keep the First Foundation at bay while dealing with the other one, and the First Foundation's psychic static would be strengthened enough to allow them to blast the other ship.]]
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