Created By: DragonmouthSeptember 5, 2011

Induced Friendly Fire

A character tricks two enemies into destroying each other.

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Trope
The hero has one enemy on one side and another enemy on the other side. The two enemies attack but at the last moment, the hero jumps out of the way causing the enemies to destroy each other.
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • September 5, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Instead of saying the hero does this, shouldn't it say a character does this? Unless it's restricted to heroes (which seems to be a pointless restriction) that would be a more fitting wording.

    Also, do the two enemies have to attack at the same time? In Grand Theft Auto II you can go into the territory of a gang that hates the player character while the cops are after him, and the gang members and cops will be shooting each other. (Gang members will be shot by the cops for shooting the player character, cops will be shot by the gang members for shooting them.)
  • September 5, 2011
    Earnest
  • September 5, 2011
    BOFH
    Video Games
  • September 5, 2011
    PaulA
    • Near the end of FX, the protagonist infiltrates the villains' hideout, and tricks the guards into shooting each other while they're trying to shoot him.
  • September 5, 2011
    dalek955
  • September 5, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    film:
    • In The Black Hole, Captain Holland, Dr. McCrae, V.I.N.CENT and B.O.B. square off with a squad of sentry robots. With the sentries whittled down to two, B.O.B., in a Crowning Moment Of Awesome, flies between them to invoke this trope as a Coup De Grace. Unfortunately, one sentry is not completely destroyed and takes out B.O.B.'s antigravity pod before being silenced by Dr. McCrae.
  • September 6, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    In the (how do you call those machines where you have to insert coin to play?) Sailor Moon game it was actually possible, if your character ducked to pick up a bonus just as an opponent prepared a charged attack - it would shoot over her head and possibly hit someone else.
  • September 6, 2011
    Bisected8
    If you did this in Doom it would lead to Set A Mook To Kill A Mook, with the right enemies.
  • September 7, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Does it count if illussions are used? There was an older YKTTW about illusionist villians tricking characters into hitting each other or innocent bystanders.
  • September 8, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Total Recall. Melina uses a hologram to trick two of Cohaagen's troops into shooting each other.
  • September 8, 2011
    Koveras
    This is the whole point of Violet's Gun Kata in Ultraviolet.
  • September 8, 2011
    Rainbow
    The Sailor Senshi did this to Cyprine and Ptilol, the last "two" of the Witches 5. (Example from Sailor Moon, of course)
  • May 2, 2014
    robbulldog
    Film
    • Cloak And Dagger introduces us to the "Crossfire Gambit". The kid hides and lets one of the two mooks chasing him get past him. He then jumps out of his hiding place, eggs on the machine-gun armed Big Bad, and runs like hell - right past the unsuspecting mook, who ends up getting killed by the machine gun fire.
  • May 2, 2014
    crazysamaritan
  • May 2, 2014
    boone
    Yes I think we should broaden it to any method of tricking enemies into shooting each other. Other methods:
    • Mess with their IFF system, hacking it or physically moving a transponder.
    • Convince half of the bad guys that the other half are plotting against them. Turn the Mexican Standoff into a shootout.
    • Character has snuck up on the bad guys, then shoots one from an angle that makes it look like the other one shot at him.

    TV
    • Buffy takes out a pair of armed-to-the-teeth mercenaries by sticking a tracking device she removed from herself on one of them. His partner shoots at "Buffy" through the wall, and the confused merc returns fire.
    • In Stargate Atlantis, Shepard pulls a Batman Gabit to get two Wraith hiveships to shoot each other. First, when captured and interrogated by the queen, he "confesses" that he's working for the other ship's queen, who's plotting against her. Tensions rise. Then, he escapes, hijacks a fighter, and shoots at the ship. It "returns fire", and they destroy each other.
  • May 2, 2014
    DAN004
    "Destroying each other" in broad sense, or narrow sense?

    For the former we have Lets You And Him Fight and False Flag Operation. For the latter we have Deadly Dodging, Interface Screw, Set A Mook To Kill A Mook?
  • May 2, 2014
    Chabal2
    Ciaphas Cain: When facing three combat servitors, Cain manages to get one to shoot the another. Identifying it as the higher threat, both servitors attack each other.
  • May 2, 2014
    Mr.Movie
    How is this not already covered by Deadly Dodging? I mean, the description says,

    "Deadly Dodging is a short term in-combat form of Batman Gambit. Arrange things so that the enemy attempts to hit you, but move at the last minute, causing them to hit whatever you conveniently arranged to be behind you. Common targets include: • other Mooks;"

    Would this be a subtrope then?

  • May 2, 2014
    bitemytail
    Motioning to discard. We have several tropes that examples could fall under.

    Maybe remake it as a supertrope or index, but it's no good presently.
  • May 2, 2014
    crazysamaritan
    Boone: all of your suggestions are False Flag Operation.
  • May 2, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • Magicians of Gor: Tarl is trapped between two enemies in a dark narrow passageway (which also has several alcoves leading off it). He knows they are planning to ambush him, so he makes noise telling them where he is, then ducks into an alcove while his two enemies rush to attack him, actually attacking each other. One is severely injured and the other dies; Tarl kills the injured one so as not to leave an enemy behind him.
    • The Benny Hill Show: Benny plays a man about to be executed by firing squad, and to keep him from escaping the squad stands in a circle around him. When the order is given to "Fire!" Benny drops to the ground and the firing squad all shoot each other, leaving him to walk away.

    EDIT: Oh wait, that's all Deadly Dodging (as previously mentioned).
  • May 3, 2014
    needsanewhobby
    • The Doctor Who episode Blink features a species known as the Weeping Angels, who cannot move while someone is watching them. The Doctor incapacitates them by tricking them into looking at each other.
  • May 3, 2014
    crazysamaritan

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