Created By: DrakeClawfang on July 7, 2014 Last Edited By: DrakeClawfang on July 7, 2014

How Dare You Try To Be The Bigger Man!

two characters arguing try to be the more mature party by letting the other win, and they end up arguing over that instead

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Alice and Bob are arguing over which movie to see on their date. Bob decides to be a gracious date and let Alice see her movie. Alice responds n, she will be the gracious date and let Bob see his movie. The two quickly begin arguing over who should be the better date by letting the other win.

The humor here is the characters are acting childish and petty over the idea that letting the argument go makes them the more mature party and/or the better person for it. When this trope happens expect lots of Passive Aggressive Combat.

Compare Duck Season, Rabbit Season, if the two characters end up actively arguing for the other's side. See also "Gift of the Magi" Plot.



  • Frasier, the titular character is feuding with his Sitcom Archnemesis Cam Winston. When they think their parents have begun dating, Frasier decides to bury the hatchet and call a truce, only for his phone to ring: Cam had the same idea. Frasier feigns a bad signal as a pretense to hang up, furious that "that son-of-a-bitch is trying to steal my high ground!"

Western Animation

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the episode "Trade Ya!" involves Rarity and Applejack each wanting to barter all their trade goods for an item they want. They then end up arguing over who's the better friend that's going to let the other have what she wants.

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