Created By: Superior on August 21, 2010 Last Edited By: Superior on August 21, 2010
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Standing Between The Enemies

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Right before a duel, brawl, battle, or war would start between two misled fractions, the protagonists arrive just in time, and tell everyone to try and be friends instead.

They might reveal some sinister Big Bad who manipulated them into the fight, explain them how the Cycle of Hatred leads nowhere, or just break the ice by being heartwarmingly idealistic. The speech itself may share rhetorical devices with the Whoopi Epiphany Speech, the Kirk Summation, Shaming the Mob, or a Not So Different speech.

It could be considered a Missed Moment of Awesome if you would prefer to watch a badass battle, but also a Crowning Moment of Awesome for the characters at the middle, who dared to stand up against two forces that are who are stronger than themselves.

A common subversion is a Shut Up, Kirk! reply from the opposing leaders, who will then start the battle anyways. This is often Played for Laughs.

The pacifist counterpart of the Rousing Speech.


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  • Batman gives one in The Dark Knight Returns, starting with a Big "NO!" that occupies an entire panel.
  • Happened at the climax of Alan Moore's D.R. & Quinch Get Drafted with the entire gang caught between the enemy Ghoyogian Army and their own Space Marines platoon with whom they're in trouble for creating a friendly fire incident with a tactical nuke. Waldo attempts one plea for sanity by stepping up to "cry out at the horror and injustice of war..." It doesn't work.
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[[folder:Films]]
  • At the climax of Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Ace stops two mounting armies by running between them holding the sacred bat they had been about to fight over.
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[[folder:Literature]]
  • Near the beginning of The Malloreorn, the sequel-series to David Eddings' Belgariad, Belgarion pulls this, mostly to demonstrate how much he's grown up since the previous series. He stops a civil war in Mimbre by basically riding out between the two armies, unhorsing everyone who gets in his way, and then calling down a cataclysmic thunderstorm between them, while suggesting that anyone who wants to start fighting, can start by fighting HIM. Considering how eager Mimbrates are to go to war, nothing less would have done the trick, probably.
  • At the end of American Gods, Shadow manages to stop the battle between the Old and New Gods by telling them both how they were manipulated into fighting by Mr. Wednesday and Loki so that they could gain power from the deaths of the other gods.
  • In The Hobbit, Gandalf stood between the Three Armies (Human, Elf, and Dwarf) to point out their common enemies the Goblins were approaching on Worg-Back.
  • In Men at Arms, Carrot had a truly epic example when he successfully shamed two armies of trolls and dwarves. They were ready to rip each other apart until he came and basically told them that their dear old mothers would not be proud.
    • There is also a similar event in Jingo when Vimes places himself between two armies by arresting the generals. After that, Carrot organizes a football match for them instead.
  • Ronnie from The Last Song stood between Marcus and Scott to stop them from figthing.
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[[folder:Video Games]] From Fire Emblem 10: Elincia tries to prevent the Begnion Army and the Laguz Alliance from fighting. It doesn't work, but at least she could convince the Laguz that not all Humans Are Bastards. [[/folder]]

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[[folder: Other]]
  • Obi-Wan, Luminara Unduli and her apprentice attempt that in Star Wars Expanded Universe. The armies attack THEM instead, but they somehow manage to destroy all their weapons without killing anyone. Must be the Force. *shrug*
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Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • May 24, 2010
    Duncan
    May overlap with Whoopi Epiphany Speech.
  • May 24, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    may overlap with Shaming The Mob
  • May 24, 2010
    CAD
    I'd say split from Whoopi Epiphany Speech, since we all know that a character's IQ and background don't actually have to have anything to do with their motive for making a speech.

    I'd say call this Why Can't We All Just Get Along.
  • May 24, 2010
    JCCyC
    Batman gives one in The Dark Knight Returns, starting with a Big No that occupies an entire panel.
  • May 25, 2010
    Superior
    ^^ I would prefer the current title, at least it points out the main difference between this and the above mentioned sister tropes, that this one actually happens while physically standing between the two fractions that are in arms.
  • May 30, 2010
    Superior
    Bump
  • August 19, 2010
    Vree
    I love the first sentence. xD
  • August 19, 2010
    Geargrinder
    Obi-Wan, Luminara Unduli and her apprentice attempt that in Star Wars Expanded Universe. The armies attack THEM instead, but they somehow manage to destroy all their weapons without killing anyone. Must be the Force. *shrug*
  • August 19, 2010
    VincentGaribaldi
    Would Jingo count? He didn't make the armies become friends, but he did give a speech, and arrest all of them.
  • August 19, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
    Happened at the climax of Alan Moore's D.R. & Quinch Get Drafted with the entire gang caught between the enemy Ghoyogian Army and their own Space Marines platoon with whom they're in trouble for creating a friendly fire incident with a tactical nuke. Waldo attempts one plea for sanity by stepping up to "cry out at the horror and injustice of war..." It doesn't work.
  • August 19, 2010
    alfredo094
    From Fire Emblem 10: Elincia tries to prevent the Begnion Army and the Laguz Alliance from fighting. It doesn't work, but at least she could convince the Laguz that not all Humans Are Bastards.
  • August 19, 2010
    Tiiba
    In one of the Discworld City Watch novels, forgot which, but I think it was Guards! Guards!, Carrot had a truly epic example when he successfully shamed two armies of trolls and dwarves. They were ready to rip each other apart until he came and basically told them that their dear old mothers would not be proud. Other characters remark that they'd just be added to the body count if they tried it while not being named Carrot.
  • August 19, 2010
    BlackDragon
    Near the beginning of The Malloreorn, the sequel-series to David Eddings' Belgariad, Belgarion pulls this, mostly to demonstrate how much he's grown up since the previous series. He stops a civil war in Mimbre by basically riding out between the two armies, unhorsing everyone who gets in his way, and then calling down a cataclysmic thunderstorm between them, while suggesting that anyone who wants to start fighting, can start by fighting HIM. Considering how eager Mimbrates are to go to war, nothing less would have done the trick, probably.
  • August 19, 2010
    Generality
    At the climax of Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Ace stops two mounting armies by running between them holding the sacred bat they had been about to fight over.
  • August 19, 2010
    RedWren
    • In The Lion King II, Kiara and Kovu burst out to stop the fighting, just after it has narrowed down to a Simba vs. Zira duel to the death. Both are told to get out of the way, though Zira is less polite.
    • In a South Park episode, Jimmy and Timmy get the Bloods and Krips together for a lock-in in the gym, then stand between them while Jimmy gives a speech. It works about as well as you'd expect such a thing to work in real life. Don't worry, just like Jimmy told you, a gym lock-in always works.
  • August 19, 2010
    SeanMurrayI
  • August 19, 2010
    Ronka87
    A re-sized version of this painting for the page image? (It's "The Intervention of the Sabine Women" by Jacques-Louis David)
  • August 20, 2010
    Warlock
    From The Hobbit, Gandalf stood between the Three Armies (Human, Elf, and Dwarf) to point out their common enemies the Goblins were approaching on Worg-Back.
  • August 20, 2010
    Arivne
    Anime And Manga
    • This happened to the title characters in an episode of the 1960's The Amazing Three anime.
  • August 20, 2010
    Koveras
    • The Three Ships Alliance does this to the Earth and ZAFT armies in Gundam SEED, but it soon devolves into a Melee A Trois.
    • They try to do the same thing in Gundam SEED Destiny, too, and mostly fail (until the final episodes).
  • August 20, 2010
    dotchan
    I seem to remember this happening in one of the Godzilla movies, with the kids talking down the army and Godzilla Jr. talking down Godzilla.
  • August 20, 2010
    TheJackal
    At the end of American Gods, Shadow manages to stop the battle between the Old and New Gods by telling them both how they were manipulated into fighting by Mr. Wednesday and Loki so that they could gain power from the deaths of the other gods.
  • August 20, 2010
    RegShoe
    It was Guards! Guards! when Carrot stood between the two armies. There is also a similar event in Jingo when Vimes places himself between two armies by arresting the generals.
  • August 20, 2010
    CrypticMirror
    In Classic Doctor Who Battlefield the Doctor manages to temporarily stop a battle by running into the middle of them and yelling "STOP!".
  • August 20, 2010
    DaibhidC
    In Guards Guards Carrot stands between a mob and a subdued dragon, and gets himself in the middle of a Bar Brawl, neither of which is really this trope, although the first one would have been Shaming The Mob had it entirely worked. Men At Arms is the one with the trolls and dwarfs. He also organises a football match between the Morporkians and Klatchians in Jingo, although that's after Vimes has stood between the armies.
  • August 20, 2010
    alfredo094
    She didn't stand between armies, but Ronnie from The Last Song stood between Marcus and Scott to stop them from figthing.
  • August 20, 2010
    Pickly
    Guild Wars: Something similar to this idea take place at the end of the Gyala Hatchery mission.
  • August 21, 2010
    DracMonster
    • In Escaflowne, as Van's Humongous Mecha is getting Curb Stomped by the Phlebotium-enhanced leopard twins, Merle runs out and interposes her tiny little self in front of him. The twins back off from delivering the killing stroke because she's a catgirl like them.

    This might need a different title if it can encompass just a fistfight as well. Standing Between The Enemies maybe
  • August 21, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    If it's trying to stop a fight between people, and not just armies, Romeo would count, though it doesn't end well for Mercutio.
  • August 21, 2010
    AceNoctali
    Another example of fight between two people and not two armies, and those two are actually antagonists :

    In Mitsumete Knight, in order to avoid a bloodshed, the heroine of the game, Sophia, interposes between the man she loves, the Asian (aka the player character), and her promised fiance, Johan, as Johan, defeated in the duel for Sophia's hand, begs to be given the Coup De Grace, and the Asian was about to oblige.
  • August 21, 2010
    Irrisia
    If it's a fight between two people, more than likely over a love interest, and the love interest or a side character intervenes at the wrong moment, this trope can lead to a What Have I Done moment. The Mercutio example above would be the non-romantic version.
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