History Main / NeutralNoLonger

7th Sep '17 7:07:45 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Literature/AMorePersonalUnion'': Shortly before the Great War breaks out, Poland signs a nonaggression pact with the Holy Roman Empire, but doesn't outright join the Catholic League. Then, more than midway through the war, [[spoiler: they stab the Empire in the back, no longer being willing to play second fiddle to the Habsburgs.]]
5th Sep '17 12:12:48 PM 313Bluestreak
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If the neutral faction happens to be able to crush both sides if they really wanted to, then someone has [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant Awakened The Sleeping Giant]], and chances are, it's about to [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomp]] someone.

Here's hoping it's not ''you''.

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If the neutral faction happens to be able to crush both sides if they really wanted to, then someone has [[AwakeningTheSleepingGiant Awakened The Sleeping Giant]], and chances are, it's about to [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomp]] someone.

Here's hoping it's not ''you''.
everyone in their way.
26th Aug '17 10:22:47 PM infernape612
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* '''Webcomic/BreakfastOfTheGods'': [[ItMakesSenseInContext Toucan Sam]] throws his lot in with Tony and the rest of the kingdom's defenders, after witnessing Count Chocula [[spoiler: set Cap'n Crunch up to be murdered.]]
* '''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2004/01/14/ There's no way to be neutral with demons]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}, the Spinster is a powerful spider-like telepath who is uninterested in taking sides in the fight between Earthsong and Beluosus, and will provide his handmade clothing to both sides since he can enforce his privacy through his spiderwebs. After befriending Willow, he decides to change his policy and sides with Earthsong. [[spoiler:He dies in defense of Haven when Beluosus invades it.]]

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* '''Webcomic/BreakfastOfTheGods'': ''Webcomic/BreakfastOfTheGods'': [[ItMakesSenseInContext Toucan Sam]] throws his lot in with Tony and the rest of the kingdom's defenders, after witnessing Count Chocula [[spoiler: set Cap'n Crunch up to be murdered.]]
* '''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'': ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2004/01/14/ There's no way to be neutral with demons]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}, ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}'', the Spinster is a powerful spider-like telepath who is uninterested in taking sides in the fight between Earthsong and Beluosus, and will provide his handmade clothing to both sides since he can enforce his privacy through his spiderwebs. After befriending Willow, he decides to change his policy and sides with Earthsong. [[spoiler:He dies in defense of Haven when Beluosus invades it.]]
26th Aug '17 8:17:21 AM LordInsane
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** Old canon and new canon, the events of ''A New Hope'' was a watershed moment of this across the galaxy, pushing entire ''systems'' into actively aiding the Rebel Alliance as the destruction of Alderaan and the dissolution of the Senate crippled the Empire's legitimacy and reputation while the destruction of the Death Star showed that the Rebel Alliance was capable of confronting and defeating the Empire.
20th Jul '17 10:59:56 PM Madrugada
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*** So, yeah, this trope could easily be given the alternate title of "American Foreign Policy." It's a double-edged sword though; sometimes America takes flak for trying to stay out of other people's conflicts ("How can you stand aside and watch this happen?!"), while at other times it is criticized for trying to play policeman to the world ("What gives you the right to interfere in other countries?!"). Historically speaking, American foreign policy gave up on ''actually'' being neutral in international affairs after WWII, when isolationism among the various world powers gave Nazi Germany a head start on world conquest because nobody wanted to get involved when they started rolling over small neighbor countries.
** Also happens ''within'' the United States - at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Kentucky was a slave-holding state that identified culturally with the South but one that didn't have much appetite for secession (its governor Beriah Magoffin was Southern-sympathizing and bristled at President Lincoln's call for troops to serve in Union armies but believed slave states should remain in the Union and the Constitution). For the first several months it tried to stay neutral, its legislature refusing to vote on a bill of secession and instead passed bill asking both side to leave them alone. Then Confederate General Leonidas Polk occupied the town of Columbus that summer, spurring the legislature (which at this point had become pro-Union enough to override the governor's vetoes) to start passing legislation blatantly against Confederate efforts but not the Union's - ''this'' in turn pissed off pro-Confederates in the western and central parts of the state, who [[StartMyOwn established their own state government]] that joined the Confederacy that December. Kentucky's stance was sorted out by 1862, with the state effectively in Union hands thanks to General Ulysses Grant, the original pro-Union government remaining in effective control, Governor Magoffin resigning, and the rival pro-Confederate government existing only on paper having been forced to flee to Tennessee.

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*** So, yeah, this trope could easily be given the alternate title of "American Foreign Policy." It's a double-edged sword though; sometimes America takes flak for trying to stay out of other people's conflicts ("How can you stand aside and watch this happen?!"), while at other times it is criticized for trying to play policeman to the world ("What gives you the right to interfere in other countries?!"). Historically speaking, American foreign policy gave up on ''actually'' being neutral in international affairs after WWII, when isolationism among the various world powers gave Nazi Germany a head start on world conquest because nobody wanted to get involved when they started rolling over small neighbor countries.
** Also happens ''within'' the United States - at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Kentucky was a slave-holding state that identified culturally with the South but one that didn't have much appetite for secession (its governor Beriah Magoffin was Southern-sympathizing and bristled at President Lincoln's call for troops to serve in Union armies but believed slave states should remain in the Union and the Constitution). For the first several months it tried to stay neutral, its legislature refusing to vote on a bill of secession and instead passed a bill asking both side to leave them alone. Then Confederate General Leonidas Polk occupied the town of Columbus that summer, spurring the legislature (which at this point had become pro-Union enough to override the governor's vetoes) to start passing legislation blatantly against Confederate efforts but not the Union's - ''this'' in turn pissed off pro-Confederates in the western and central parts of the state, who [[StartMyOwn established their own state government]] that joined the Confederacy that December. Kentucky's stance was sorted out by 1862, with the state effectively in Union hands thanks to General Ulysses Grant, the original pro-Union government remaining in effective control, Governor Magoffin resigning, and the rival pro-Confederate government existing only on paper having been forced to flee to Tennessee.
16th Jul '17 11:11:49 AM kazokuhouou
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* In ''Film/TheGodfather'' Michael is drawn into the family business when his father Vito is shot by a rival who would keep trying until Vito is dead. Ironically, America declaring itself Neutral No Longer in World War II was what led Michael to declare his neutrality in the family in the first place, by joining the military.
3rd Jul '17 10:21:39 PM AHI-3000
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** UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}} was neutral in WWI and would probably had been that in WWII as well, if it hadn't been for Germany invading the country in 1940, making them technically no longer neutral.

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** UsefulNotes/{{Denmark}} {{UsefulNotes/Denmark}} was neutral in WWI and would probably had been that in WWII as well, if it hadn't been for Germany invading the country in 1940, making them technically no longer neutral.neutral.
** {{UsefulNotes/Belgium}} initially declared neutrality in both World Wars, only to be ''twice'' invaded by Germany on their way to France.
25th Jun '17 12:27:59 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Wyman stood out of the war in the North to avoid the loss of life by his men. By the end of the season, he is now firmly a follower of House Stark.
22nd Apr '17 1:34:40 PM nombretomado
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* Many of the characters in the original ''{{Suikoden}}'' are TrueNeutral and forced out of retirement. Most of them join LaResistance because TheEmpire attacked/drafted them, but one notable occasion has LaResistance itself drafting a forger who [[{{Ijustwanttobenormal}} wants live a quiet life]].
** And in ''SuikodenV'', one of the Stars is a doctor who struggles to remain neutral in the civil war due to a desire to help the wounded and ill on both sides. Eventually, however, he begins to realize that the Godwin's absolutely ''have'' to be stopped, and promptly joins the Prince's army.
** ''SuikodenV'' also has the Oboro Detective Agency, who go through several layers of this. First, Oboro must be convinced to officially join the Prince, which can go very easily if he was impressed by the Prince helping out their investigation earlier or poorly if the Prince [[GuideDangIt made a wrong choice or two]] (or missed out on the investigation entirely). When he finally does join, [[StepfordSmiler Sagiri]] chooses to OptOut, staying with the agency but refusing to join the war effort... unless the Prince finds ''somebody else'' and tries to recruit ''them'', leading to Sagiri revealing her [[DarkAndTroubledPast reasons for not wanting to fight]] before deciding to sign on anyway.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'':
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Many of the characters in the original ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden|I}}'' are TrueNeutral and forced out of retirement. Most of them join LaResistance because TheEmpire attacked/drafted them, but one notable occasion has LaResistance itself drafting a forger who [[{{Ijustwanttobenormal}} [[IJustWantToBeNormal wants live a quiet life]].
** And in ''SuikodenV'', In ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'', one of the Stars is a doctor who struggles to remain neutral in the civil war due to a desire to help the wounded and ill on both sides. Eventually, however, he begins to realize that the Godwin's absolutely ''have'' to be stopped, and promptly joins the Prince's army.
** ''SuikodenV'' also ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' has the Oboro Detective Agency, who go through several layers of this. First, Oboro must be convinced to officially join the Prince, which can go very easily if he was impressed by the Prince helping out their investigation earlier or poorly if the Prince [[GuideDangIt made a wrong choice or two]] (or missed out on the investigation entirely). When he finally does join, [[StepfordSmiler Sagiri]] chooses to OptOut, staying with the agency but refusing to join the war effort... unless the Prince finds ''somebody else'' and tries to recruit ''them'', leading to Sagiri revealing her [[DarkAndTroubledPast reasons for not wanting to fight]] before deciding to sign on anyway.
22nd Apr '17 3:39:12 AM CountDorku
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* ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' begins with this. The player characters are Vault Hunters - basically mercenary adventurers employed to open Eridian Vaults. While they had their ''reasons'' for being on Pandora, only two really had any meaningful ties to anything there - Salvador was born on Pandora, and Krieg had an old enmity with Hyperion and was only there because of Maya. The initial driver of the plot is Handsome Jack betraying the player characters and leaving them for dead, which is one of those things that influences people without making friends and successfully motivated them all to side with his enemies, the Crimson Raiders.

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* ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' begins with this. The player characters are Vault Hunters - basically mercenary adventurers employed to open Eridian Vaults. While they had their ''reasons'' for being on Pandora, only two really had any meaningful ties to anything there - Salvador was born on Pandora, and Krieg had an old enmity with Hyperion and was only there on the train because of Maya. The initial driver of the plot is Handsome Jack betraying the player characters and leaving them for dead, which is one of those things that influences people without making friends and successfully motivated them all to side with his enemies, the Crimson Raiders.
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