History Main / RunningBothSides

8th Apr '17 5:16:46 AM WillBGood
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* ''RockyAndBullwinkle'': Boris Badenov did this in "Missouri Mish-Mash."
* In the animated, set-in-the-future adaptation of ThePartridgeFamily, the family gets taken to play a gig on a planet called Texxas (the two X's are deliberate on the part of its supremely stereotyped founder; feels the real Texas is too small for his tastes). When they find the owner will not let them leave, they find some cattle rustlers and try to see if they can get them off the planet. Surprise! In order to make his Texxas even more Texas than Texas, the owner runs all the outlaw gangs as well. In short, the family has to find another way off.

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* ''RockyAndBullwinkle'': ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'': Boris Badenov did this in "Missouri Mish-Mash."
* In the animated, set-in-the-future The adaptation of ThePartridgeFamily, ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily'' InSpace: the family gets taken to play a gig on a planet called Texxas (the two X's are deliberate on the part of its supremely stereotyped founder; feels the real Texas is too small for his tastes). When they find the owner will not let them leave, they find some cattle rustlers and try to see if they can get them off the planet. Surprise! In order to make his Texxas even more Texas than Texas, the owner runs all the outlaw gangs as well. In short, the family has to find another way off.
17th Mar '17 9:20:25 AM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'':
** If you join [[ProudMerchantRace Great]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder House]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Hlaalu]], one of their last assignments will be to wrestle control of the [[TheSyndicate Camonna]] [[TheMafia Tong]] from Orvas Dren. If you then complete the ThievesGuild storyline, you become their top dog, as well. Congratulations, you are now running both sides in a decades-long MobWar between two organized crime networks!
** In a case that causes some GameplayAndStorySegregation, you can do this for the [[WizardingSchool Mages Guild]] and [[TheMagocracy Great]] [[MightMakesRight House]] [[KlingonPromotion Telvanni]]. Unfortunately, the game doesn't recognize that you may already be the leader of the opposing faction when giving you a quest that would harm that faction. For example, a House Telvanni quest asks you to get the Mages Guild monopoly on magical training lifted. Likewise, a Mages Guild quest has you root out a Telvanni spy in their midst. If you're in charge of House Telvanni, that spy technically works for ''you''. And because both factions cater to magic-using characters, it is likely that you'll want to join both if playing as a Mage.
15th Mar '17 3:16:03 PM Godzillawolf
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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy, Palpatine [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready ends up in charge of both]] the Republic as Supreme Chancellor and the Separatists as Darth Sidious. As chancellor, the conflict is his means of securing total and eternal power and destroying the Jedi Knights. As Sidious, he provides the external threat used to justify his expansion of government power.

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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequel trilogy, Palpatine [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready ends up in charge of both]] the Republic as Supreme Chancellor and the Separatists as Darth Sidious. As chancellor, the conflict is his means of securing total and eternal power and destroying the Jedi Knights. As Sidious, he provides the external threat used to justify his expansion of government power. Given he ran both sides of the conflict, this effectively means [[XanatosGambit the outcome of the war was completely irrelevant]], as no matter who won he'd rule the galaxy and wipe out the Jedi, the war itself was just a means to an end.
17th Jan '17 8:48:59 AM hszmv1
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* During the 2016 US Presidential Election, some conspiracy prone commentators wondered if Donald Trump was being deliberately outrageous in his comments to undermine fellow Republican candidates and turn voters on the fence towards Hilary Clinton (Trump having given to the Clintons in previous campaigns being a prime piece of evidence). It died down as the General Election neared and Trump was shown to be as aggressive and outrageous against Clinton as he had been against any Republican contender, though it did get a nod in some of his more political missteps. Ultimately, if this was the play, it WentHorriblyWrong.
6th Oct '16 7:11:03 AM Bosco13
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* In ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentleman'', [[Franchise/JamesBond M]] turns out to be [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Moriarty.]] He was recruited by the government in order to help control the criminal underworld. He can't decide if he's a government agent who controls the criminals, a criminal who controls a government agency or both.

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* In ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentleman'', ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', [[Franchise/JamesBond M]] turns out to be [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Moriarty.]] He was recruited by the government in order to help control the criminal underworld. He can't decide if he's a government agent who controls the criminals, a criminal who controls a government agency or both.
6th Oct '16 7:10:30 AM Bosco13
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* In ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentleman'', [[Franchise/JamesBond M]] turns out to be [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Moriarty.]] He was recruited by the government in order to help control the criminal underworld. He can't decide if he's a government agent who controls the criminals, a criminal who controls a government agency or both.
21st Aug '16 11:08:10 AM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Drowtales}}'', it turns out that the mysterious Nidraa'chal leader who lead them against the ruling Sharen family is actually [[spoiler:Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen, the eldest daughter of the empress, and two of her sisters were in on the plot as well in order to get rid of their mother.]]

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* In ''{{Drowtales}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', it turns out that the mysterious Nidraa'chal leader who lead them against the ruling Sharen family is actually [[spoiler:Snadhya'rune Vel'Sharen, the eldest daughter of the empress, and two of her sisters were in on the plot as well in order to get rid of their mother.]]
31st Jul '16 1:37:49 PM nombretomado
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* The alternate reality from [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses You're A Rotten Dirty Bastard]] has {{Marvel}} and DCComics owned by [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], who wants a faithful adaptation of IronMan vs. Franchise/{{Batman}} III.

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* The alternate reality from [[Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses You're A Rotten Dirty Bastard]] has {{Marvel}} Creator/{{Marvel|Comics}} and DCComics Creator/DCComics owned by [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], who wants a faithful adaptation of IronMan vs. Franchise/{{Batman}} III.
2nd Jul '16 11:06:26 AM Psyclone
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** In the backstory [[spoiler:the Templars were behind both the Allies and the Axis during World War 2. Churchill and Hitler were both part of the Order.]]

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** In the backstory [[spoiler:the Templars were behind both the Allies and the Axis during World War 2. Churchill Churchill, Hitler, Stalin and Hitler FDR were both ''all'' part of the Order.]]
28th Jun '16 12:14:23 AM bwburke94
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* Part of TheReveal in Creator/GKChesterton's novel [[spoiler:''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'']], used for MindScrew and EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory purposes.

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* Part of TheReveal in Creator/GKChesterton's novel [[spoiler:''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'']], ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'', used for MindScrew and EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory purposes.
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