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1st Dec '16 11:54:34 PM mitreya
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* ''Literature/DiamondSwordWoodenSword'' has a hermit, imprisoned under the foundation of the Temple of Cold Flame since time immemorial, who turns out to be formerly [[spoiler:Merlin, the True Mage]]. He remained in exile up until deciding that it is time to get involved to help [[spoiler:Tavi]] -- and turned out to be far more powerful than any of the current generation's mages. [[spoiler:Of course he redeemed/sacrificed himself to stop Chaos and save the current world]]
30th Nov '16 9:32:00 AM ZimFan89
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* In ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', [[CloudCuckoolander Courageous Conrad]] considers himself a TrueNeutral in matters of good vs evil, as it's a better attitude for business, and as such aids both the Shadow Hand and the J-Team when they cross paths with him on the hunt for the final tablet. But then [[TheDragon Hebi's]] kleptomania causes her to steal from Conrad's store, enraging him and making him [[GuestStarPartyMember aid the J-Team directly]].
17th Nov '16 9:31:13 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* The smugglers of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' 'verse are typically neutral - they'll take any job you happen to want, regardless of faction, and then take your competitors' tomorrow.. until the Empire starts encroaching just a little on their line of work. First they take Talon Karrde prisoner to keep him from revealing (i.e. selling) the location of the Katana fleet. After he gets broken out of prison, Karrde promptly turns around and gives it to the New Republic. Then the Empire hires a mole to stop the smugglers from banding together, who promptly [[TooDumbToLive ordered a hit on a smuggler meeting]] that [[AndYourLittleDogToo killed the one unarmed guy in the room]] and approximately no one else. Turns out upsetting an entire underworld's worth of cutthroat low-lives is a ''bad idea''.

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* The smugglers of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' 'verse are typically neutral - they'll take any job you happen to want, regardless of faction, and then take your competitors' tomorrow.. until the Empire starts encroaching just a little on their line of work. First they take Talon Karrde prisoner to keep him from revealing (i.e. selling) the location of the Katana fleet. After he gets broken out of prison, Karrde promptly turns around and gives it to the New Republic. Then the Empire hires a mole to stop the smugglers from banding together, who promptly [[TooDumbToLive ordered a hit on a smuggler meeting]] that [[AndYourLittleDogToo killed the one unarmed guy in the room]] and approximately no one else. Turns out upsetting an entire underworld's worth of cutthroat low-lives is a ''bad idea''. His Imperial handlers had actually instructed him not to do anything like that, for this exact reason; he was just an idiot.
10th Nov '16 6:24:09 PM Sonofstranger
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* ''Night'' by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel pleads the readers to turn to this trope.

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* ''Night'' ''{{Literature/Night}}'' by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel pleads the readers to turn to this trope.
6th Nov '16 5:25:43 PM Zaptech
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6th Nov '16 5:19:20 PM Zaptech
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* The theme continues in both ''Videogame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' and ''Videogame/TheWitcher3WildHunt'', where Geralt finds he's typically stuck in the middle between two hostile factions, and he ''has'' to pick someone to side with, as he needs their help. Early in the second game, for example, Geralt is accused of assassinating the king of Temeria, and has to side with either Vernon Roche, head of Temeria's special forces, or Iorveth, leader of a Scoia'tael guerilla force, in order to keep from being executed and find the true killers.
27th Oct '16 3:42:41 PM DustSnitch
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* A running theme in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''. Geralt of Rivia is smart enough to know he gains nothing from getting involved in the war between [[KnightTemplar the Order of the Flaming Rose]] and [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized the Scoia'tael]] and would rather get on with his personal quest. But everyone recognizes what a {{Badass}} Geralt is and tries to persuade him to join their side, and those that don't try to persuade Geralt berate Geralt for thinking he can stroll through the middle of a war zone and not get involved. It's possible to avert this trope, but it is very difficult and involves some VideoGameCrueltyPotential.

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* A running theme in ''VideoGame/TheWitcher''. Geralt of Rivia is smart enough to know he gains nothing from getting involved in the war between [[KnightTemplar the Order of the Flaming Rose]] and [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized the Scoia'tael]] and would rather get on with his personal quest. But everyone recognizes what a {{Badass}} badass Geralt is and tries to persuade him to join their side, and those that don't try to persuade Geralt berate Geralt for thinking he can stroll through the middle of a war zone and not get involved. It's possible to avert this trope, but it is very difficult and involves some VideoGameCrueltyPotential.
21st Sep '16 7:32:55 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Literature/TheFalconCannotHear'': After [[spoiler: the death of [=MacArthur=]]], Admirals Fletcher and Bloch use the Atlantic Squadron to set up an American exile community in Guantanamo Bay, declaring themselves separate from any of the factions in the CivilWar. This lasts until Japan invades the West Coast; this pisses off the Admirals enough that they join TheAlliance against the Japanese and their allies, the fascist White faction.
** The Japanese invasion actually triggers another example: [[spoiler: Canada had up until this point been officially neutral, albeit running supplies to the more democratic factions. Shortly after the invasion, Canada declares war on Japan and floods the occupied Northwest with troops.]]
3rd Sep '16 9:33:17 AM comicwriter
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* A plot point in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' is that the isolationist nation of Wakanda finally renews diplomatic ties with the rest of the world in the aftermath of ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''.
17th Aug '16 9:01:42 PM PaulA
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* ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'' has a non-combat example; Miles isn't especially interested in the inheritance conflict between two heirs to a Countship...until one of them threatens to have a murder charge laid against him if Miles doesn't vote for him. Miles promptly throws his full support behind the other heir.

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* ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]]'' ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'' has a non-combat example; Miles isn't especially interested in the inheritance conflict between two heirs to a Countship...until one of them threatens to have a murder charge laid against him if Miles doesn't vote for him. Miles promptly throws his full support behind the other heir.
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