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1st May '16 9:01:27 PM Traze
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**Conscience has nothing to do with it, non-voters are usually either lazy/uninterested, protesting something, or simply don't like any of the candidates.
7th Apr '16 4:00:13 PM Steven
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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]].
* Many heated debates online will always have people taking a side and sticking with it. People that try to TakeAThirdOption or try to make fun of both sides for their extremes will usually get called out by both sides for wasting everyone's time.
1st Apr '16 2:38:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of AesopsFables, ''The Bat, the Birds, and the Beasts'', tells of a Bat who refused to take sides in a coming war between the Birds and the Beasts. The war is avoided at the last moment, but when the Bat tries to join in the revelry, both sides threaten to tear him apart. Probably the UrExample of this trope.

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* One of AesopsFables, Literature/AesopsFables, ''The Bat, the Birds, and the Beasts'', tells of a Bat who refused to take sides in a coming war between the Birds and the Beasts. The war is avoided at the last moment, but when the Bat tries to join in the revelry, both sides threaten to tear him apart. Probably the UrExample of this trope.
22nd Feb '16 4:16:14 AM thatmadork
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/EndWar''. Britain... Uh, sorry, the "New Commonwealth", had pretensions to be neutral in the outbreak of WorldWarIII, but then allowed European Federation troops to garrison the ICBM-shield Uplink clusters on British soil. After that, all bets are off, and Britain is now fighting for survival alongside the other European nations. {{Averted|Trope}} by Israel, who manage to remain neutral throughout the war with no lasting repercussions.
8th Jan '16 9:17:28 PM Blazer
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* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', we have Side 6, a group of colonies who not only gain independence from the Earth Federation, it declared neutrality from the One Year War. Despite this, Zeon wasn't too keen on letting it stay up if they ever backed the Federation, leading to a few attacks in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0080WarInThePocket'' when the Gundam Alex is moved into a colony there. Eventually, Side 6 was reclaimed by the Federation after the war.
19th Dec '15 7:10:52 AM HighCrate
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* In film version of ''Film/TheTwoTowers'', Treebeard initially doesn't want to take side in the Middle-Earth conflict since nobody actually cares for trees. That is, until Pippin and Merry show him quite clearly that if Saruman wins, the forests will be felled altogether.
5th Dec '15 6:41:50 PM Shimon_Says
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...[[SophisticatedAsHell except for]] ''[[SophisticatedAsHell that]]'' [[SophisticatedAsHell prick! And when the war was over, boy, did]] ''[[SophisticatedAsHell he]]'' [[SophisticatedAsHell get what was comin' to him]]!

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...[[SophisticatedAsHell except for]] ''[[SophisticatedAsHell that]]'' [[SophisticatedAsHell for that one prick! And when the war was over, boy, did]] ''[[SophisticatedAsHell he]]'' [[SophisticatedAsHell did he get what was comin' to him]]!
him!]]
1st Dec '15 2:48:53 AM Baeraad555
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* 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.
19th Nov '15 7:54:37 AM StFan
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* The ''MagicTheGathering'' novel ''The Prodigal Sorcerer'' inverts the trope. A sorcerer from an order of [[{{AlienNon-InterferenceClause}} true neutral]] sorcerers comes down from his mountain to bring a quick end to a long-running three-way war. While he succeeds in this, attempts to forge a permanent peace in the aftermath go ''very'' badly and the sorcerer is manipulated by outside forces into nearly letting a foreign army in to curbstomp ''everyone''. Arguably all sides, and especially the mage, would have been much better off if he'd just stayed out of it.

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* The ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novel ''The Prodigal Sorcerer'' inverts the trope. A sorcerer from an order of [[{{AlienNon-InterferenceClause}} [[AlienNonInterferenceClause true neutral]] sorcerers comes down from his mountain to bring a quick end to a long-running three-way war. While he succeeds in this, attempts to forge a permanent peace in the aftermath go ''very'' badly and the sorcerer is manipulated by outside forces into nearly letting a foreign army in to curbstomp ''everyone''. Arguably all sides, and especially the mage, would have been much better off if he'd just stayed out of it.
19th Nov '15 7:45:01 AM StFan
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* [[ComicBook/TheWatcher Uatu the Watcher]] from the Marvel Universe usually inverts the trope. When he maintains his {{Alien Non-Interference Clause}} he's generally fine. He's far more likely to come to harm, or run afoul of his people's laws, when he gets involved in Earth affairs. Or stands too close to the ComicBook/RedHulk.

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* [[ComicBook/TheWatcher Uatu the Watcher]] from the Marvel Universe Franchise/MarvelUniverse usually inverts the trope. When he maintains his {{Alien Non-Interference Clause}} AlienNonInterferenceClause he's generally fine. He's far more likely to come to harm, or run afoul of his people's laws, when he gets involved in Earth affairs. Or stands too close to the ComicBook/RedHulk.



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