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3rd Nov '17 5:18:14 PM VulgarBee
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The Wild Card is so used to swinging between teams that they have no default "good" or "evil" CharacterAlignment or even a "home team." They truly aren't interested in consistently remaining with either side, and will very often simply want both to leave them alone. they can be the sort of person who will stay out of things entirely, until someone else (usually the hero or other sympathetic character) asks them for help.

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The Wild Card is so used to swinging between teams that they have no default "good" or "evil" CharacterAlignment or even a "home team." They truly aren't interested in consistently remaining with either side, and will very often simply want both to leave them alone. they They can be the sort of person who will stay out of things entirely, until someone else (usually the hero or other sympathetic character) asks them for help.
3rd Nov '17 3:51:06 PM samhuddy
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** [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} France]]. After the Second World War, the United States pressured the country into withdrawing from Vietnam. France responded by threatening to re-align itself with the SovietUnion. In 1965, CharlesDeGaulle had his government cash its entire reserve of US Dollars in exchange for gold, which helped end the Gold Standard. Finally, in 1966, De Gaulle effectively withdrew France from NATO in protest of the "special relationship" between France and Britain (it rejoined in 2009).

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** [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} France]]. After the Second World War, the United States pressured the country into withdrawing from Vietnam. France responded by threatening to re-align itself with the SovietUnion. In 1965, CharlesDeGaulle had his government cash its entire reserve of US Dollars in exchange for gold, which helped end the Gold Standard. Finally, in 1966, De Gaulle effectively withdrew France from NATO in protest of the "special relationship" between France the United States and Britain (it rejoined in 2009).
3rd Nov '17 7:10:48 AM samhuddy
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** [[UsefulNotes/{{Yugoslavia}}]] began the Cold War as a Communist state and strong Soviet ally. However, because Yugoslavia had expelled the Germans independently, the Soviets had never had the opportunity to establish their own satellite regime there. The Yugoslav leader Tito strongly opposed Stalin's nationalist tendencies and opted to participate in the Marshall Plan, leading the Soviets to expel Yugoslavia from the Communist Information Bureau. The two countries somewhat improved relations after Stalin's death, but Yugoslavia never joined the Warsaw Pact, remained neutral, and opened trade and travel with the west.

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** [[UsefulNotes/{{Yugoslavia}}]] [[UsefulNotes/{{Yugoslavia}} Yugoslavia]] began the Cold War as a Communist state and strong Soviet ally. However, because Yugoslavia had expelled the Germans independently, the Soviets had never had the opportunity to establish their own satellite regime there. The Yugoslav leader Tito strongly opposed Stalin's nationalist tendencies and opted to participate in the Marshall Plan, leading the Soviets to expel Yugoslavia from the Communist Information Bureau. The two countries somewhat improved relations after Stalin's death, but Yugoslavia never joined the Warsaw Pact, remained neutral, and opened trade and travel with the west.
3rd Nov '17 7:09:55 AM samhuddy
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* The [[{{Retronym}} First]] [[UsefulNotes/{{TheColdWar}} Cold War]] provides several examples:
** [[UsefulNotes/{{China}} The People's Republic of China]]. After the death of JosefStalin, the political philosophies of China and the Soviet Union began to diverge, with the Soviets becoming (relatively) more moderate. This culminated in 1969, when the two countries briefly fought a war with each other over a disputed island on the border. Three years later, China withdrew from the Eastern Bloc, opened relations with the United States (ironically for being the more radical government), and began fighting against/supporting enemies of Soviet-aligned countries such as Vietnam and Ethiopia; a massive turning point in the Cold War from which the Soviets never recovered.
** [[UsefulNotes/{{France}} France]]. After the Second World War, the United States pressured the country into withdrawing from Vietnam. France responded by threatening to re-align itself with the SovietUnion. In 1965, CharlesDeGaulle had his government cash its entire reserve of US Dollars in exchange for gold, which helped end the Gold Standard. Finally, in 1966, De Gaulle effectively withdrew France from NATO in protest of the "special relationship" between France and Britain (it rejoined in 2009).
** [[UsefulNotes/{{Iran}} Iran]]. Before the 1979 Revolution, Iran was an ally of the United States by way of the British-led CENTO bloc and a major regional supporter of western-aligned Israel (both mutually opposing the influence of neighboring Arab countries). After the Revolution, the Soviet Union became the first country to recognize the Islamic Republic in the hope of gaining a new ally. Instead, Ayatollah Khomeini denounced Communism as incompatible with Islam, leading the US and USSR to [[EnemyMine join forces in support of]] [[UsefulNotes/{{IranIraqWar}} Iran's pro-Soviet enemy, Iraq.]]
** [[UsefulNotes/{{Yugoslavia}}]] began the Cold War as a Communist state and strong Soviet ally. However, because Yugoslavia had expelled the Germans independently, the Soviets had never had the opportunity to establish their own satellite regime there. The Yugoslav leader Tito strongly opposed Stalin's nationalist tendencies and opted to participate in the Marshall Plan, leading the Soviets to expel Yugoslavia from the Communist Information Bureau. The two countries somewhat improved relations after Stalin's death, but Yugoslavia never joined the Warsaw Pact, remained neutral, and opened trade and travel with the west.
30th Oct '17 8:57:22 AM Njein
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* PlayingBothSides: "Why should I pick a side when I can play both of them against each other without them knowing I'm the one responsible? Let them kill each other, then I'll pick up the slack."



* ''Franchise/JamesBond'': Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE, likes to PlayBothSides by loaning out his services to any nation that is willing to pay him while secretly enabling them to weaken each other so SPECTRE could take over the reins. Being a [[PrivateMilitaryContractor mercenary]], he has no regard for ideology or the henchmen he hires, but how much his organization is going to profit from their {{Evil Plan}}s. Throughout the franchise, it's shown that both sides of the Cold War are using SPECTRE's services, such as [[Film/{{Thunderball}} rubbing out defectors]], [[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice conducting nuclear blackmail]], etc.

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* ''Franchise/JamesBond'': Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE, likes to PlayBothSides PlayingBothSides by loaning out his services to any nation that is willing to pay him while secretly enabling them to weaken each other so SPECTRE could take over the reins. Being a [[PrivateMilitaryContractor mercenary]], he has no regard for ideology or the henchmen he hires, but how much his organization is going to profit from their {{Evil Plan}}s. Throughout the franchise, it's shown that both sides of the Cold War are using SPECTRE's services, such as [[Film/{{Thunderball}} rubbing out defectors]], [[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice conducting nuclear blackmail]], etc. to cover their tracks.
21st Oct '17 8:59:12 PM Njein
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* ''Franchise/JamesBond'': Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE, likes to PlayBothSides by loaning out his services to any nation that is willing to pay him while secretly enabling them to weaken each other so SPECTRE could take over the reins. Being a [[PrivateMilitaryContractor mercenary]], he has no regard for ideology or the henchmen he hires, but how much his organization is going to profit from their {{Evil Plan}}s. Throughout the franchise, it's shown that both sides of the Cold War are using SPECTRE's services, such as [[Film/{{Thunderball}} rubbing out defectors]], [[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice conducting nuclear blackmail]], etc.
10th Oct '17 9:19:07 AM Flame
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* ''Series/KamenRiderBlade:'' Hajime Aikawa/Kamen Rider Chalice was initially the neutral variety, having unclear motivation and fighting both [[MonsterOfTheWeek Undead]] and riders alike.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDouble:'' Shotaro Hidari is SpannerInTheWorks of many plans going on in [[CityOfAdventure Fuuto]] and uses the Joker memory as left half of Kamen Rider Double.


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* ''Series/UchuuSentaiKyuranger'' has [[PoisonousPerson Stinger]]/Sasori Orange. He attacks the team in his first appearance, joins them for a single fight later on and opposes them again afterwards. He joins the team later on, but keeps his independence. [[spoiler: The initial mess was an [[TheMole act]] while the rest was apparently a [[IWorkAlone lack of trust]] on [[IneffectualLoner his side]].]]
7th Oct '17 5:58:44 PM __Vano
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Particularly wild Wild Cards tend to fall under [[ItAmusedMe For the Lulz]].

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Particularly wild Wild Cards tend to fall under [[ItAmusedMe For the Lulz]].
Lulz]] and ChaoticNeutral.
16th Sep '17 1:40:44 PM nombretomado
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* Wrestling/KurtAngle will often be cheered regardless of his status as a face or heel due to his incredible in-ring ability. In fact, he once cut a promo proving exactly this: After saying that the US should lose in Iraq, France is better, he dislikes "the black people", and would make JesusChrist tap out, he said people ("idiots") ''still'' would cheer him, because they knew he was the best in the world. [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6oyft_kurt-angle-dislikes-black-people-an_sport The crowd promptly cheered]].

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* Wrestling/KurtAngle will often be cheered regardless of his status as a face or heel due to his incredible in-ring ability. In fact, he once cut a promo proving exactly this: After saying that the US should lose in Iraq, France is better, he dislikes "the black people", and would make JesusChrist UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} tap out, he said people ("idiots") ''still'' would cheer him, because they knew he was the best in the world. [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6oyft_kurt-angle-dislikes-black-people-an_sport The crowd promptly cheered]].
13th Sep '17 7:50:27 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has Spider Daedra, which, as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin their name might imply]], are a SpiderPeople form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]]. Spider Daedra are [[MagicKnight equally formidable with melee attacks and destruction magic]], particularly ranged [[PoisonousPerson Poison]] and [[ShockAndAwe Shock]] spells. Due to their unpredictability, few mortals are willing to summon them for fear that they will disobey orders. Given that they are servants of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] Mephala, essentially the patron deity of the ManipulativeBastard trope, this trait is rather understandable.
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