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17th Sep '17 3:08:45 AM Doug86
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* Early on in Dante's ''Literature/DivineComedy'', he meets the Uncommitted, who refused to choose good or evil in life. As a punishment, they are forced to eternally chase after a banner while being stung by wasps.

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* Early on in Dante's ''Literature/DivineComedy'', ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', he meets the Uncommitted, who refused to choose good or evil in life. As a punishment, they are forced to eternally chase after a banner while being stung by wasps.
6th Aug '17 5:26:53 PM Fighteer
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* Often immediately after elections in the United States, people [[TakeAThirdOption vote for a third party or don't vote at all]] [[WhatTheHellHero get called out]] for their decision by those sharing their political beliefs. This is particularly prominent when the election results in the party elected has in little in common with the non-voter's beliefs. The people who do vote often feel that the non-voter split the vote and allowed the lesser evil win. However, the non-voter is quick to point off that they [[HonorBeforeReason let their conscience guide them]] because they are basically retarded.

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* Often immediately after elections in the United States, people [[TakeAThirdOption vote for a third party or don't vote at all]] [[WhatTheHellHero get called out]] for their decision by those sharing their political beliefs. This is particularly prominent when the election results in the party elected has in little in common with the non-voter's beliefs. The people who do vote often feel that the non-voter split the vote and allowed the lesser evil win. However, the non-voter is quick to point off that they [[HonorBeforeReason let their conscience guide them]] because they are basically retarded.them]].
9th Jul '17 3:52:49 PM nombretomado
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* Belgium attempted to be neutral during the opening years of WorldWarII, even refusing the Allies to build any defence lines inside their borders or let them to land on their beaches; so when Germany invaded Belgium, they didn't have anyone to help them defend their country from German conquest.

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* Belgium attempted to be neutral during the opening years of WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, even refusing the Allies to build any defence lines inside their borders or let them to land on their beaches; so when Germany invaded Belgium, they didn't have anyone to help them defend their country from German conquest.



* The Norwegians attempted to be neutral at the beginning of WorldWarII. Both British and Germans would have preferred that they stayed neutral, too--as long as the neutrality would be bent to their own advantage. When it became clear that their enemies would happily violate Norwegian neutrality when it suited them and Norwegians lacked both ability and willingness to resist meaningfully, both British and Germans decided to intervene militarily in Norway.
* Averted with Sweden, who actually did stay officially [[note]]unofficially, the Swedes were a little too friendly with the Nazis for comfort[[/note]] neutral during WorldWarII and didn't suffer any harm from it.

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* The Norwegians attempted to be neutral at the beginning of WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Both British and Germans would have preferred that they stayed neutral, too--as long as the neutrality would be bent to their own advantage. When it became clear that their enemies would happily violate Norwegian neutrality when it suited them and Norwegians lacked both ability and willingness to resist meaningfully, both British and Germans decided to intervene militarily in Norway.
* Averted with Sweden, who actually did stay officially [[note]]unofficially, the Swedes were a little too friendly with the Nazis for comfort[[/note]] neutral during WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and didn't suffer any harm from it.
6th Jul '17 6:58:54 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' Jarl Balgruuf attempts to remain neutral in the conflict between the Imperials and the Stormcloaks, but the city winds up subject to a siege regardless and depending on which side you pick Balgruuf may wind up losing his position.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The Hist, a race of [[TimeAbyss ancient]], [[WiseTree sentient]], and possibly {{omniscient}} trees chose to be neutral during the [[TimeOfMyths Dawn Era]] "War of the [[{{Precursors}} Ehlnofey]]". Despite their neutrality, much of their realm was destroyed in the conflict. Their modern home of Black Marsh is said to be a fragment of their realm which survived.
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In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' [[TheGoodKing Jarl Balgruuf Balgruuf]] attempts to remain neutral in the conflict between the Imperials and the Stormcloaks, but the city winds up subject to a siege regardless and and, depending on which side you pick pick, Balgruuf may wind up losing his position.
15th Jun '17 8:16:37 AM Odacon_Spy
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': In one episode, Mallory states that she hates the Irish because or Ireland's neutrality during WWII, to the point that Archer grew up honestly believing that Ireland was on [[WithUsOrAgainstUs the]] ''[[WithUsOrAgainstUs Axis]]'' [[WithUsOrAgainstUs side]]. This is obviously just a flimsy excuse for her flagrant bigotry, however, as Mallory has no trouble associating with people from other neutral countries or even former Axis countries.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': In one episode, Mallory states claims that she hates the Irish because or of Ireland's neutrality during WWII, to the point that Archer grew up honestly believing that Ireland was on [[WithUsOrAgainstUs the]] ''[[WithUsOrAgainstUs Axis]]'' [[WithUsOrAgainstUs side]]. This is obviously just a flimsy excuse for her flagrant bigotry, however, as Mallory has no trouble associating with people from other neutral countries or even former Axis countries.
15th Jun '17 8:15:31 AM Odacon_Spy
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Mallory, in one episode, states that she hates Irish because Ireland was a neutral country in WWII, to the point that Archer grew up honestly believing that Ireland was an ''Axis'' power. This is obviously just a flimsy excuse for her flagrant bigotry, however, as Mallory has no trouble associating with people from other neutral countries or even former Axis countries.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Mallory, in In one episode, Mallory states that she hates the Irish because Ireland was a neutral country in or Ireland's neutrality during WWII, to the point that Archer grew up honestly believing that Ireland was an ''Axis'' power.on [[WithUsOrAgainstUs the]] ''[[WithUsOrAgainstUs Axis]]'' [[WithUsOrAgainstUs side]]. This is obviously just a flimsy excuse for her flagrant bigotry, however, as Mallory has no trouble associating with people from other neutral countries or even former Axis countries.
9th Jun '17 4:10:57 PM FeatheredSun
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* Often immediately after elections in the United States, people [[TakeAThirdOption vote for a third party or don't vote at all]] [[WhatTheHellHero get called out]] for their decision by those sharing their political beliefs. This is particularly prominent when the election results in the party elected has in little in common with the non-voter's beliefs. The people who do vote often feel that the non-voter split the vote and allowed the lesser evil win. However, the non-voter is quick to point off that they [[HonorBeforeReason let their conscience guide them]].

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* Often immediately after elections in the United States, people [[TakeAThirdOption vote for a third party or don't vote at all]] [[WhatTheHellHero get called out]] for their decision by those sharing their political beliefs. This is particularly prominent when the election results in the party elected has in little in common with the non-voter's beliefs. The people who do vote often feel that the non-voter split the vote and allowed the lesser evil win. However, the non-voter is quick to point off that they [[HonorBeforeReason let their conscience guide them]].them]] because they are basically retarded.
6th Mar '17 10:55:29 PM Timjames98
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However this trope can be Subverted at times, in some situations staying Neutral and out of the way can often be the safest (and wisest) choice for one to survive.

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However this trope can be Subverted at times, in some situations staying Neutral and out of the way can often be the safest (and wisest) choice for one to survive.
survive. It can even at times (such as when the conflict is EvilVersusEvil) be more ethical to choose neutrality than to pick a side.
28th Feb '17 11:28:48 PM Timjames98
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Compare with PacifismBackfire, NoPointsForNeutrality and AlienNonInterferenceClause. Can overlap with the GoldenMeanFallacy, StupidNeutral and BystanderSyndrome.

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Compare with PacifismBackfire, NoPointsForNeutrality and AlienNonInterferenceClause. Can overlap with the GoldenMeanFallacy, StupidNeutral and BystanderSyndrome.
BystanderSyndrome. If the neutral party is attacked by the bad side because it is vulnerable without a potential ally, then this is a case of HeadInTheSandManagement. If the neutral party is attacked as retaliation for not aiding the good side, then it is a case of AccompliceByInaction.
18th Feb '17 7:23:42 AM Odacon_Spy
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': The episode "[[Recap/ArcherS3E8LoScandalo Lo Scandalo]]" reveals that one Mallory's reasons for hating the Irish is because Ireland was a neutral country in WWII, and her hatred is such that Archer grew up honestly believing that Ireland was an Axis power. This is just a flimsy excuse, however, as Mallory has no trouble associating with people from other neutral countries or even former Axis countries.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': The episode "[[Recap/ArcherS3E8LoScandalo Lo Scandalo]]" reveals Mallory, in one episode, states that one Mallory's reasons for hating the she hates Irish is because Ireland was a neutral country in WWII, and her hatred is such to the point that Archer grew up honestly believing that Ireland was an Axis ''Axis'' power. This is obviously just a flimsy excuse, excuse for her flagrant bigotry, however, as Mallory has no trouble associating with people from other neutral countries or even former Axis countries.
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