->''"And just like that, [[AwfulWeddedLife all the hatred they had for each other]] was instantly directed at me."''
-->-- '''[[ButtMonkey JD]]''', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''

Everyone knows when you see two dogs tearing into each other, the last thing you should do is try to [[StandingBetweenTheEnemies get between them]]. What some don't realise is that the same can be true of people, too.

This trope is when two characters in the middle of a bitter argument make up their differences over a common love of abusing someone else -- usually the first person who intervenes to get them to make up. They'll tend to start out with grudging DumbassHasAPoint and ActuallyPrettyFunny's, before really warming to the tag-team beatdown.

Can cross over with TruthTellingSession.

Subtrope of NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished, and related to StopHelpingMe. Inversion of AppleOfDiscord, when a third party makes two allies ''start'' arguing - this is about making two arguers temporarily join forces against the intruder. Compare/contrast EnemyMine, when two mortal enemies join forces to defeat a mutual threat, and GenghisGambit (where the mediator deliberately invokes this).
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!!Examples.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* As Revy and Roberta are beating the nine hells out of each other in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Rock gets the bright idea to try to get them to talk about their problems. Being as both of them are in full-on violent mode, the response from the two is unsurprising:
-->'''Revy and Roberta:''' (''simultaneously'') STAY THE FUCK OUT OF THIS!
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': When Gosunkugi gets ahold of paper dolls capable of controlling anyone he wishes, he tries to use this opportunity to win Akane's heart. Unfortunately, after he test-drives a few of his dolls on Ranma to see if they actually work, Ranma's suspicions are raised to the point where he openly confronts him about it. Akane immediately rushes to Gosunkugi's defence and our two opposing sides begin to bicker.
--> '''Ranma:''' How come you're bein' so stupid, stupid?!
--> '''Akane:''' Speaking of stupid, look in a mirror!
--> '''Gosunkugi:''' Um, Akane? Ranma? Please calm down. I haven't put the doll on, so can you not fight until I-
--> ''*both Ranma and Akane send him airborne*''
--> '''Ranma:''' You stay outta this!
--> '''Akane:''' This is between me and Ranma!
* In the ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' comic strip, [[KindheartedCatLover Sakaki]] once sees two cats about to fight. She instantly rushes in to stop them, but since [[AnimalsHateHim the affection is pretty much one-sided]] [[TheWoobie on Sakaki's part]], they both settle for chomping her hands instead.
* This is a pretty common fate for anyone who steps in between [[TenchiMuyo Ryoko and Ayeka]]. The biggest one comes towards ''Tsunami'', who finds her explanation about herself and Sasami interrupted because the two are more worried that [[SheIsAllGrownUp Tsunami is gonna be Sasami in the future]] and when she tries to get their attention, they both tell her to shut up!
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode "Showdown at Dark City," Ash and his friends decide to break up a gang war between rival gyms that's destroying the titular city. After he gives them TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, the leaders of both gyms bury the hatchet--and decide to attack Ash. Good thing [[HospitalHottie Nurse Joy]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext was there to save the day]].

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the Robert Asprin book ''[[Literature/MythAdventures The Sweet Myth-tery of Life]]'', Guido describes this as an inevitable result of getting involved in a domestic dispute.
** As previously shown by Skeeve in ''Hit or Myth'', when he got the reluctantly married king and queen to get along by telling off both of them. (And wisely brought bodyguards when he did it.)
* Very deliberately {{invoked|Trope}} by Creator/{{Saki}} in "Excepting Mrs. Pentherby".
* In ''Literature/DresdenFiles'', Harry tries to defuse what's about to go down between Ebenezer [=McCoy=] and Jaren Kincaid. He ends up with a gun pointed at his face and his spine.
* Discussed and defied by the Feegles in ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'' - "Any man who interferes with the arguin' of women is gonnae find himself with both of them jumpin' up and doon on him in a matter of seconds".

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* In ''BlackBooks'', Bernard and Mannie take time out from an argument to insult Fran, and end up resolving their own differences in the process. Until Fran leaves the room, at which point things go back to normal.
* From ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' after JD intervenes in an argument between [[SlapSlapKiss Dr. Cox and Jordan]];
-->'''[[ButtMonkey JD]]:''' And just like that all the hatred they had for each other was instantly directed at me.
* In the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "Been There, Done That", Joxer attempts to invoke this trope in order to stop the feuding families. He gets a couple dozen arrows to his face for his trouble (but again, this being a GroundhogDayLoop, he gets better).
* Played with on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''; Frasier sits Roz and Julia down in the cafe to try to get them to make nice, and when they find common ground insulting him, he graciously leaves them to it. The moment he's gone, though, they both get up to leave, and are bickering again before they reach the door.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* This trope, along with TheMasochismTango, is the entire point of the Edward Albee play ''Theatre/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf''. George and Martha attack each other at every turn, but take more delight in ganging up to tear apart the innocent young couple they invite round for drinks, ([[TheAlcoholic lots and lots]] [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl of drinks]]). It's heavily implied they do this all the time to keep them from killing each other.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''Flame Warriors''' typically verbose description of forum users has this to say about the archetype they call Diplomat:
-->Diplomat butts into hot disputes, presuming that the combatants will welcome and appreciate his even-handed and eminently reasonable mediation. Frankly, he gets what he deserves.
* Invoked by ED-tan in [[http://www.gaiaonline.com/forum/gaia-community-projects/2k7-summer-plot-serious-business-part-2-complete/t.31360233/ this]] user-created GaiaOnline comic episode.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''FamilyGuy'', Peter is upset that he can't find way to bond with Stewie, until he discovers that [[RefugeInAudacity beating up Lois]] is the perfect way to do it. CrossesTheLineTwice when they lock her in the trunk of a car and ''sink it in a lake''.
* On ''TheSimpsons'' when Marge went after Itchy and Scratchy, the series staff did an episode where a squirrel character based on Marge tries to stop a fight, but the duo decides to knock her head off instead. Given that the only other time they've worked together against someone else was an old wartime special where they beat up Hitler...
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig Zagged]] in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Over A Barrel": Pinkie Pie tries to settle tensions between the settlers and the buffalo with a song-and-dance number. They briefly agree... that it's the worst song they've ever heard... and then go back to fighting. Later, just as the buffalo are about to give up their stampede, she reprises it... and they decide to go through with the stampede as a result.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "The Other Patty", Mr. Krabs and Plankton grudgingly team up to try and steal a new competitor's secret formula. Throughout the episode, the two spend their time disagreeing and bickering with each other. It's eventually revealed that [=SpongeBob=] started the competing restaurant to help Krabs and Plankton's friendship. The two respond by chasing after him, with intent to beat him up.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Witness any police intervention in a domestic argument. (Or anybody else's, of course, but the police are the only ones professionally obliged to stick their heads over the parapet.) What they tend to really hate about such jobs is that even when one partner is clearly being abused, they'll often [[StockholmSyndrome firmly take their abuser's side]].
* This can happen on many internet forums. Trying to end a FlameWar between two or even more users will result in them to take out their frustration on you with heaping insults. Considering that [[{{GIFT}} it's the internet]], this is no surprise at all.
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