History Main / SillyReasonForWar

25th Jul '16 3:30:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''MysticArk''. We never find out [[NoodleIncident exactly what started]] the longstanding feud between the crews of the Bloodhook and the Gunboss, but when the captains of the two ships are asked just what they were fighting for, neither one can offer any answer other than embarrassed silence.

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* ''MysticArk''.''VideoGame/MysticArk''. We never find out [[NoodleIncident exactly what started]] the longstanding feud between the crews of the Bloodhook and the Gunboss, but when the captains of the two ships are asked just what they were fighting for, neither one can offer any answer other than embarrassed silence.
19th Jul '16 7:00:13 PM ultimomant
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* In [[FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse An Awkward Day]], Princess Mi Amore Cadenza of Cavallia is completely dumbstruck when she learns that Equestrian armies are massing on the border between the two realms. Equestria and Cavallia have been close allies for fifteen hundred years, and Cadenza is a close friend of Princess Luna. The only explanantion she can think of is that Luna is falling into the same madness that took Celestia a few centuries previously. She flies to Canterlot, and there finds out what happened. The castle major-domo had staged ''a fake coup'' in order to convince Luna that she needed to install some stairs to her room. The coup's armies weren't even supposed to go to Cavallia, they were supposed to go to Caballeria.

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* In [[FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse ''[[FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse An Awkward Day]], Day]]'', Princess Mi Amore Cadenza of Cavallia is completely dumbstruck when she learns that Equestrian armies are massing on the border between the two realms. Equestria and Cavallia have been close allies for fifteen hundred years, and Cadenza is a close friend of Princess Luna. The only explanantion she can think of is that Luna is falling into the same madness that took Celestia a few centuries previously. She flies to Canterlot, and there finds out what happened. The castle major-domo had staged ''a fake coup'' in order to convince Luna that she needed to install some stairs to her room. The coup's armies weren't even supposed to go to Cavallia, they were supposed to go to Caballeria.Caballeria.
* In ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', Prince Blueblood mentions that during his career as a diplomat, he's encountered people who would declare war over getting their grandparents names wrong and other, equally stupid things.
13th Jul '16 3:43:45 PM Bissek
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* Downplayed in 1859 with "the Pig War", when an American farmer on the San Juan Islands near Vancouver, Canada, disputed between the US and Britain, killed a British-owned pig rooting in his garden. British authorities tried to arrest the farmer, and the American community on the islands called for US protection. When both sides realized that it was insane to "involve two great nations in a war over a squabble about a pig," in the words of the British commander on the scene, they set up a joint military presence and called in German mediation. (Which eventually decided in favor of the Americans.)

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* Downplayed in 1859 with "the Pig War", when an American farmer on the San Juan Islands near Vancouver, Canada, disputed between the US and Britain, Britain (The most recent treaty between the US and UK regarding that region clearly marked the border between America and Canada on the mainland, but was vague as to who owned which coastal islands near said border, and where the territorial waters of the islands owned by one side ended and the territorial waters of the islands owned by the other side began), killed a British-owned pig rooting in his garden. British authorities tried to arrest the farmer, and the American community on the islands called for US protection. When both sides realized that it was insane to "involve two great nations in a war over a squabble about a pig," in the words of the British commander on the scene, they set up a joint military presence and called in German mediation. (Which eventually decided in favor of the Americans.)
6th Jul '16 8:19:26 PM Grade0
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* ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG'':
-->625. I must remember before the next time I shave off the sleeping dwarf's beard and glue it to the sleeping elf, wars have been started that way.
30th Jun '16 10:09:23 PM dotchan
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. The two brothers destroyed Unova in a battle over what was arguably a theoretical debate on philosophy.
** Not even that. The brothers were fighting over whether it was better to live your life according to your ideals, or to live your life searching for the truth. The brothers weren't even fighting over ''specific ideals''; they were just fighting over the ''concept'' of ideals themselves. The sequel reveals that they were incited to war by their own ambitions, as anthropomorphized by another legendary Pokemon.
** While we're on the topic of ''{{Pokemon}}'', let's not even get into the idiocy that is the Team Magma / Team Aqua war. One side wants to dry up all the oceans because more land is good for Pokemon. The other wants to flood the entire landmass because more water is good for Pokemon. The result? Either the sun turns baking hot, the rain falls uncontrollably, or you get ''both'' ridiculous weather conditions alternating rapidly back and forth. No matter what happens the entire Hoenn region is almost rendered unlivable for both Pokemon and humans alike.

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* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. The two brothers destroyed Unova in a battle over what was arguably a theoretical debate on philosophy.
** Not even that. The brothers
philosophy--or, rather, they were fighting over whether it was better to live your life according to your ideals, or to live your life searching for the truth. truth. The brothers weren't even fighting over ''specific ideals''; they were just fighting over the ''concept'' of ideals themselves. The sequel reveals that they were incited to war by their own ambitions, as anthropomorphized by another legendary Pokemon.
** * While we're on the topic of ''{{Pokemon}}'', let's not even get into the idiocy that is the Team Magma / Team Aqua war.war as seen in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', its UpdatedRerelease ''Pokemon Emerald'', and its remakes ''Alpha Sapphire'' and ''Omega Ruby''. One side wants to dry up all the oceans because more land is good for Pokemon. The other wants to flood the entire landmass because more water is good for Pokemon. The result? Either the sun turns baking hot, the rain falls uncontrollably, or you get ''both'' ridiculous weather conditions alternating rapidly back and forth. No matter what happens the entire Hoenn region is almost rendered unlivable for both Pokemon and humans alike.alike if not for the timely intervention of our heroes.
28th Jun '16 11:46:30 AM Sunburst
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* ''The Battle Of Epping Forest'', by Genesis, describes a battle between two gangs over "gangland boundary". By the middle of the song, though, one of the gangsters says "I'm breaking the legs of the bastard that got me framed!", thus revealing the pretext of the fight. [[AndThatsTerrible This is a bad reason to fight over]], [[spoiler: more so since all of the so-called soldiers die and the gang bosses settle the matter with a coin toss anyway.]]
21st Jun '16 11:46:53 PM Adept
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* The [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1939]] FleischerStudios animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels'', the holy war over egg ends was changed to a fight over which sappy love song should be played at the wedding of the Prince of Blefescu and Princess of Lilliput: "Faithful" or "Forever". In theory, this is supposed to have been a nod to the satirical tone of the source material, but the film plays it ''completely serious''. [[spoiler: Gulliver suggests that the couple [[TakeAThirdOption combine both songs]] to settle the matter, and it works.]]

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* The [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1939]] FleischerStudios Creator/FleischerStudios animated adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels'', the holy war over egg ends was changed to a fight over which sappy love song should be played at the wedding of the Prince of Blefescu and Princess of Lilliput: "Faithful" or "Forever". In theory, this is supposed to have been a nod to the satirical tone of the source material, but the film plays it ''completely serious''. [[spoiler: Gulliver suggests that the couple [[TakeAThirdOption combine both songs]] to settle the matter, and it works.]]
15th Jun '16 10:41:56 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' starts with a dispute over tariffs that make the Trade Federation upset enough to blockade Naboo as a means of protest. It could possibly have been resolved peacefully had Darth Sideous not been a TreacherousAdvisor to them who convinced them to take their grievance much further into unethical and immoral actions, which eventually triggered the Clone Wars, Order 66,and Palpatine's rise to power.
14th Jun '16 6:36:00 PM Discar
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' encourages this when players need to justify why the Ultramarines and Salamanders, two undisputably good SpaceMarine chapters in a setting filled with BlackAndGrayMorality, are fighting each other. Obviously they were sent to retrieve a holy relic independently of each other or something like that, now roll to see who goes first.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' 40000}}'':
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encourages this when players need to justify why the Ultramarines and Salamanders, two undisputably good SpaceMarine chapters in a setting filled with BlackAndGrayMorality, are fighting each other. Obviously they were sent to retrieve a holy relic independently of each other or something like that, now roll to see who goes first.



*** At least Dark Crusade took some effort to justify confrontation[[note]]Relics could prove Blood Ravens being Traitor Legion successor, while Alexandr could have been influenced by a daemon bound to Titan's canon in his base.[[/note]]. Soulstorm was worse. The plot sums up to Sisters (backed up by Inquisition) being self righteous zealots with no common or military sense whatsoever and Boreale being a complete idiot.

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*** ** At least Dark Crusade took some effort to justify confrontation[[note]]Relics the confrontation. Relics that could prove Blood Ravens being are descended from a Traitor Legion successor, have been found, while Alexandr could have been influenced by a daemon bound to Titan's canon cannon in his base.[[/note]]. Soulstorm was worse. The plot sums up to Sisters (backed up by Inquisition) being self righteous zealots with no common or military sense whatsoever and Boreale being a complete idiot.



*** The backstory of the late 90's [[GaidenGame spin-off game]] ''TabletopGame/{{Gorkamorka}}'' involved a load of Orks stranded on a desert planet after their ship crash-landed. Repairs slowed as a civil war spread over which deity the vessel better resembled, to the point that the ship was destroyed. Afterward the name ''Gorkamorka'' was chosen as a compromise, and reconstruction nominally continued, though the "Gorkers" and "Morkers" kept fighting. A DownerEnding in any other universe, but here, it just kind of makes sense. [[ShootTheShaggyDog Oh, and the world they landed on is strongly hinted to be a]] [[SealedEvilInACan Necron Tomb World]].

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*** ** The backstory of the late 90's [[GaidenGame spin-off game]] ''TabletopGame/{{Gorkamorka}}'' involved a load of Orks stranded on a desert planet after their ship crash-landed. Repairs slowed as a civil war spread over which deity the vessel better resembled, to the point that the ship was destroyed. Afterward the name ''Gorkamorka'' was chosen as a compromise, and reconstruction nominally continued, though the "Gorkers" and "Morkers" kept fighting. A DownerEnding in any other universe, but here, it just kind of makes sense. [[ShootTheShaggyDog Oh, and the world they landed on is strongly hinted to be a]] [[SealedEvilInACan Necron Tomb World]].
4th Jun '16 2:15:16 AM erforce
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* ''Film/LifeOfBrian'': [[LaResistance The People's Front of Judea]], The Judean People's Front and the Campaign for Free Galilee [[WeAREStrugglingTogether all seem to hate one another]], possibly because they can't agree on who hates the Romans the most, to the point where the People's Front of Judea and the Campaign for Free Galilee start fighting one another over who gets to carry out a stealth mission to weaken the Romans… while already on said mission and surrounded by enemy soldiers. When Brian urges them to unite against their common enemy they all assume he's talking about the Judean People's Front.
* Played for absurdly dark laughs (if not flat-out chillingly straight) with the TropeNamer GeneralRipper in ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'': his reason to send bombers into Russian airspace with orders to nuke everything that moves is because, essentially, he's blaming them for ''his sexual impotence''.

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* ''Film/LifeOfBrian'': ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'': [[LaResistance The People's Front of Judea]], The Judean People's Front and the Campaign for Free Galilee [[WeAREStrugglingTogether all seem to hate one another]], possibly because they can't agree on who hates the Romans the most, to the point where the People's Front of Judea and the Campaign for Free Galilee start fighting one another over who gets to carry out a stealth mission to weaken the Romans… while already on said mission and surrounded by enemy soldiers. When Brian urges them to unite against their common enemy they all assume he's talking about the Judean People's Front.
* Played for absurdly dark laughs (if not flat-out chillingly straight) with the TropeNamer GeneralRipper in ''Film/DoctorStrangelove'': ''Film/DrStrangelove'': his reason to send bombers into Russian airspace with orders to nuke everything that moves is because, essentially, he's blaming them for ''his sexual impotence''.
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