Tensions have been increasing for many years, and open conflict could break out at any time. Now it seems that time has come. Angry mobs pour out onto the streets. Internal security forces gather. Armies and fleets mobilize for war. It looks like this can only end badly. But what's this? The leaders of the opposing sides are calling for ''passive'' resistance? Moments ago, it looked like only a long and bloody war could possibly end the long-simmering conflict, but change comes relatively peacefully instead. Sometimes violence does occur, but instead of thousands of bodies in the streets only a few hundred are seriously injured.

A {{Subversion}} of the FinalBattle, sometimes using a DeusExMachina, and can be used as a HappyEnding. It can also be a BittersweetEnding, as TheHero, TheMentor, a highly sympathetic AntiVillain, etc. may be among the relatively few casualties or may sacrifice their home, fortune, dreams, etc., for peace.

What happens after can vary:
Scenario 1. It's peaceful now, but a standoff is taking place, and violence is expected. It never comes. The conflict just... ends. At worst a few were trampled in the confusion.

Scenario 2. A bloody war is already underway, but a relatively bloodless internal coup, unexpected surrender, etc. resolves the conflict suddenly without too many more deaths.

Scenario 3. Violence occurs, and while it left bodies in the streets an lengthy conflict is averted. A war that might have lasted several years, killed several percent of the population, and plunged the country into debt and bitterness for generations to come is resolved in a single campaign that kills only a (tiny) fraction of that number.

Compare ReconcileTheBitterFoes, and (in Wiki/TheOtherWiki) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quiet_Revolution Quiet Revolution]]. Contrast TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized and TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified. The ReignOfTerror is what happens when it goes wrong.

'''Often used as an EndingTrope or major plot twist, so beware of spoilers!'''




[[folder: A standoff takes place, but violence is averted ]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'': Tails's father Amadeus starts advocating the end of the monarchy, and after tensions rise he ends up facing Elias one-on-one. Before they really get into it, however, [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Sally]] steps in and tells them to knock it off. By the time Sonic and Tails show up, the two have come to an agreement.

* In ''Film/VForVendetta'' (the movie): The government troops are understandably uneasy about firing on the populace [[spoiler:and an order saying they ''must'' fire never comes.]]
** The ''Film/VForVendetta'' case is probably based on the Czechoslovakia one (see RealLife, below). Both had similar amounts of people (about 100,000) advancing on a heavily-defended central government building. In both cases the defenders were police, who avoided shooting because a) they were greatly outnumbered and b) they were police, not soldiers.
* The live-action scene closing the 2011 documentary/activist film ''Zeitgeist: Moving Forward'' depicts such a scenario.

* In Literature/TheBible, some of Jesus's followers expect a bloody revolution; instead Jesus surrenders peacefully. The whole thing is, of course, all part of {{God}}'s [[AllAccordingToPlan plan]]....
* ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Breaking Dawn]]'' has [[spoiler:the Volturi leaving peacefully without any fighting whatsoever]].
* ''Discworld/NightWatch''. No more cake? However, [[spoiler:a few dozen or so people are killed, including several policemen and at least one main character.]]
** Similar ending to ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''. Two whole armies are technically arrested and [[MagnificentBastard Vetinari]] has to manipulate the situation, but the war doesn't actually start. The nearest they get is a football game.
* Literature/EvaLuna's country manages to mostly pull this off, though there's still [[TheResistance the guerrilla]] led by Commander Rogelio [[spoiler: aka Eva's FirstLove Huberto]] to deal with.
* In Philip K. Dick's short story "The Defenders": When nuclear war breaks out between the USA and the USSR, everyone on both sides goes into huge bunkers deep under ground and set robots to wage the war on their behalf. At the time of the story, no one has been above ground for eight years. In reality, [[spoiler: the robots ended the war as soon as all of the people were underground; all of the reports, photographs, and so forth that show the war's progress have been faked. The robots are waiting until the people are so tired of the war that they are willing to form one world government; in the meantime, they have repaired all of the cities and are keeping them in perfect condition.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', the dockworkers threaten to go on strike, the senior staff has been kicked out of their own quarters due to a legal technicality, and the nightwatch is running amuck. A reallocation of funds solves the legal issues, and life returns to normal... for a few episodes.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode, ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E2TheHappinessPatrol The Happiness Patrol]]'', the Doctor brings down an entire Fascist regime overnight.
* One story arc in ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' has a WellIntentionedExtremist faction attempt a palace coup against Her Majesty's Government to install a more authoritarian system. Harry Pierce's MI-5 team manages to counter them amid massive peaceful protests against the coup leaders, despite their attempts to turn the protests violent. In the end there are only two casualties, one MI-5 analyst murdered by the coup faction, one protester shot by a police officer misled by them, and the bad guys all land in jail.

* The video for Music/DuranDuran's "New Moon On Monday" depicts the band as part of LaResistance in a city led by an oppressive regime. It culminates in a protest in the central square where fireworks, torches, and a kite are used to chase the horseback soldiers out of town.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}}'', this is one possible way for your Presidente to rise to power. Intellectuals and the United States love it, but the people will be rather miffed if it doesn't lead to democracy. In Tropic 4, it also pisses off China.
* In ending route [[GoldenEnding 4B (Égalité)]] of ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' an ugly escalation on both sides is averted, reason prevails, and the lawyer heroes go and prosecute and punish [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating the King of France]] preemptively to satisfy the revolutionaries. The saboteurs who so badly want a bloody revolt are the only casualties, even when explosives are used.
* In ''VideoGame/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'' the final case, Turnabout Revolution, has [[spoiler: [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Garan]] sic her guards on everyone who had gathered their to protest her regime and its corrupt criminal justice system. Apollo Justice and the defense team are literally held at gun point. Naturally as this game is still about lawyers the Queen is defeated not by violent means, but by Apollo exposing her inability to channel spirits. This makes her an illegitimate queen according to Kura'inese law. Afterwords her niece, the fourteen-year old Rayfa takes over the throne, with her older brother Nahyuta acting as her regent until she's old enough to rule.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The end of the Cold War and the Eastern Bloc, in comparison to the nuclear cataclysm many had expected the cold war to end in, was relatively bloodless. (Keyword being "relative")
** The {{Trope Namer|s}} comes from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czechoslovakia former state of Czechoslovakia]], where the transition from one communist state in 1989 to two non-communist ones in 1993 was accomplished bloodlessly.
*** In fact, the idea for the YKTTW for this trope came from [[http://news.deviantart.com/article/100364/ this article]]; see also Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} on this trope [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velvet_Revolution here]].
** It looked like things were going to turn out this way twenty odd years before, during the Prague Spring. Then the [[DownerEnding Soviet tanks rolled in.]]
** Similarly, the collapse of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Wall Berlin Wall]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_reunification reunification of Germany]].
** Unfortunately, {{Subverted|Trope}} in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_Revolution_of_1989 Romania]] and later [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yugoslav_Wars Yugoslavia]].
** But played straight in UsefulNotes/{{Estonia}}, and nearly so in the other Baltic Countries. The Baltics are interesting, in that they are quite possibly the only countries in history to win their independence by ''[[LiteralMetaphor literally]]'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltic_Way holding hands and singing]].
* UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa_under_apartheid#Final_years_of_apartheid elimination of the Apartheid system]].
* The "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_Power_Revolution People Power Revolution]]" in the Philippines.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in China in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square_protests_of_1989 Tiananmen Square]]: students had hoped to stage a Velvet Revolution, but the army didn't back down.
* UsefulNotes/{{Chile}}'s transition from dictatorship to democracy in the late 80s/early 90s. Pinochet ended up recognizing the results of the referendum on his rule (he lost) and about a year later, a new president (Patricio Aylwin) was elected.
** It's still discussed, however, whether Pinochet ''actually'' recognized the results as the "best" way out, or ''only'' did it because the dictatorship had lost almost all support in the world and wouldn't survive if he refused to back down.
* In the [[UsefulNotes/MiddleEastUprising2011 Arab Spring]], Tunisia's revolution played like this. Admittedly, there were several hundred dead bodies, but the anticlimactic departure of Ben Ali just hours after his official declaration that he had no intention of leaving means it counts.
** It's also fair to say that this is how the revolutionaries in all the other countries wanted things to play out, but:
*** Subverted in UsefulNotes/{{Libya}}, where [[DefectorFromDecadence the leadership turned against itself]], and violence by Gaddafi's forces encouraged the protest movement to arm itself, turning the revolution into all-out CivilWar;
*** Famously and tragically subverted in UsefulNotes/{{Syria}}, the government found that the Tiananmen option wouldn't work (the opposition is too spread-out), so they cracked down more generally. This caused [[DefectorFromDecadence defections]] all the way up to the level of ''Prime Minister'' and caused an all-out CivilWar.
*** In UsefulNotes/{{Bahrain}}, it was subverted the other way; the government went all Tiananmen on the protesters, bringing out the Army plus [[SummonBiggerFish Saudi and Emirati troops]] to crush the uprising; and...
*** In several other countries, the demands weren't that great to start with, with the exception of Egypt and Yemen (for which see Case 3).
* So far, the Occupy Wall Street movement is hoping to be this, supposedly following the examples of the Arab Spring.
** Likewise the UsefulNotes/RonPaul 2012 presidential campaign styled itself as this, hence the phrase "Ron Paul R3volution", though their methods of protest were less based on the examples of the Arab Spring and the Occupy Movement (through there are some similarities) but more on the Tea Party protests.
* The "Constitutional standoff" in Norway during the breakthrough of parliamentarism in the early 1880s. Not a single shot was fired, but the leftists (who ''had'' the public on their side) were under surveillance, and the king and government plotted on countermeasures in case things got out of hand. Sensible people on all sides talked the parts from going militant (but the government secured the army rifles in case they might be used by the other fraction).


[[folder: A bloody war is suddenly resolved without further casualty ]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', after years of bloody conflict, [[spoiler:the Invid Regis, and the remaining invid, just... leave. But according to ''WesternAnimation/RobotechTheShadowChronicles'', they leave with the Earth's entire supply of protoculture, and their own means to produce more, which is why they had come to Earth in the first place, so it's not like they leave empty-handed]].
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch arranges things so that [[spoiler:Britannia ends up letting the Black Knights go.]]
* In ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'', a battle ensues for control of the entertainment district, Kabuki Road. Clair and his team fight against Judoh's military, while Daisuke confronts his brother, who is [[spoiler: the one behind all this.]] Long story short, everything goes back to normal.
* ''Manga/RideBack'': The GGP, the world's leading military superpower, decide to accede to terrorist demands and loosen their iron grip on the world, starting with Japan. This is mostly because they started out as an insurgent cell doomed to failure, won a one-in-a-million death-wish battle that surprised themselves, and just rolled with it until they conquered the entire world. They've been growing up for the past decade and started playing the part of TheEmpire once they realized nobody would want to tear them down if they stopped being so fascist.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
%%* Creator/MarvelComics' ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' ends with a type 2.
* ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} Tintin and the Picaros]]'' ends with a peaceful coup (on Tintin's repeated insistance) after a longer period of guerrilla warfare.

* The ending of ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', in which the war against the machines ends in something of a draw. The machines agree that anyone who wishes to leave the Matrix is free to do so. Of course, according to Morpheus's speech in the first film, most adults aren't likely to leave the comfortable virtual prison for the grim underground reality. The specifics of how precisely this truce would be implemented are not explored.
* The crisis that sparks the events of ''Film/CrimsonTide'' ends when Radchenko's forces in the Russian Far East surrender to loyalist Russian forces. Total casualties number less than a hundred, much lower than what could have potentially been.

* In Creator/TomClancy's ''[[Literature/JackRyan The Bear and the Dragon]]''. The Chinese government starts a war with Russia over gold and oil reserves in Siberia, and conceals information about when it starts going badly. A bunch of students find out what's really going on from the internet, and eventually bring down the government.
* In ''Literature/RedStormRising'', a relatively bloodless coup by the Soviet army over the civilian government that had started the non-nuclear WorldWarIII ends the war.
* Bloodily subverted in ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'': Mace Windu hopes to end the Summertime War swiftly by capturing the Geptun, the militia leader. [[spoiler:When he finally catches up to Geptun, he surrenders without a fight, but a rogue agent on Mace's side has already begun sacking the city]].
** Not just any [[spoiler:rogue agent but his own clanmate]].
* ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' features the [[FallenStatesOfAmerica final end]] of the decaying future United States as this. While the preceding civil war is often extremely brutal, it ends with a whimper rather than a bang, as the Federal Government largely ceases to work after being forced to abandon Washington. [[DragonAscendant General Wesley]] and his [[TheRemnant hard-core cadre]] excepted, most of their remaining loyalists either desert, surrender or defect to the [[DeepSouth New Confederacy]], rather than making a last stand.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* On ''Series/BabylonFive'', the Earth - Minbari War ends when the Minbari, who had been [[CurbStompBattle winning very handily]], inexplicably surrendered. [[spoiler:The real explanation is that the Minbari discovered that Minbari and Human souls are one and the same, and realized in horror that [[ApeShallNeverKillApe they were slaughtering their distant kinsmen]].]]
** Also, the Shadow War is ended when Sheridan's [[PatrickStewartSpeech "Now get the hell out of our galaxy!" speech]] convinces the Shadows and Vorlons that neither of them can truly win: the younger races might be destroyed, but [[ScrewYouElves they can no longer be manipulated]].
** RuleOfThree: In the climactic battle of the Earth Alliance Civil War, a massive fleet of ''Omega''-class destroyers are arrayed defending the Sol system under [[PresidentEvil Clark-loyalist]] [[MyCountryRightOrWrong General Lefcourt]]. [[TheCaptain Sheridan's]] rebel fleet is much smaller, but is backed by a larger force from the League of Nonaligned Worlds. Neither leader really wants things to end in a bloodbath, but they won't back down either. Fortunately, Sheridan is able to arrange for [[spoiler:several [[TouchedByVorlons Shadow-augmented telepaths]] [[ChekhovsGun seen in a previous episode]]]] to be [[TheInfiltration smuggled aboard]] Lefcourt's key warships, drawing them out of position and crippling their engines. With the loyalist fleet thus occupied, the rebels jump directly to Earth. Clark, knowing the jig is up, [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled kills himself]] before the loyalists can get back into the fight.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' ''kind of'' ends this way, after 2+ years of war with the Dominion, [[spoiler:when the Dominion surrenders abruptly following Odo's intercession and offer to cure the Founders]]. "Kind of" because the Dominion forces on the capital in the Alpha quadrant had already destroyed several major ''cities'' and killed millions of civilians in retaliation for the people rising up against them. Relative to the Founder's plan to eradicate ''everyone'' on the planet, this still probably counts.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': [[spoiler:Aang defeats [[strike:Fire Lord]] Phoenix King Ozai, Zuko and Katara take down [[strike:Princess]] Fire Lord Azula]], and the Fire Nation's war of conquest ends.
** Of course Zuko was immediately installed as Firelord afterwards, and he had become opposed to the war.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem Radiant Dawn'' (Wii) has a long and bloody battle stopped short by [[spoiler:almost everyone being turned into stone]].
* In [[BittersweetEnding 4C (Fraternité)]] of ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' the deescalation mentioned above fails and people die. A hard-working protagonist can persuade the RebelLeader that she should stick to the ideals she considers impractical, which winds up persuading the police that there's no need for violence. Unfortunately [[ThanatosGambit those saboteurs]] work to avert this horribly at the last minute.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrender_of_Japan surrender of Japan]] in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, when an invasion of the home islands seemed inevitable, must have seemed this way to many who would have been involved. In reality, it only occurred after (atomic) bombings and invasions of territory controlled by the Japanese by US ''and'' Soviet forces, each of which killed many thousands. Still, Emperor Hirohito and his staff had to defy their own army to declare the war actually over.
* The fall of UsefulNotes/{{Venezuela}}n dictator Marcos Pérez Jiménez in the 50's.
* The UsefulNotes/{{Portug|al}}uese [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnation_Revolution Carnation Revolution]] planned by the Armed Forces that brought an end to 60 years of dictatorship and the Colonial War was almost bloodless. The Carnation became the symbol of the revolution due to the soldiers marching the streets with those flowers on the tip of their guns. Only four people were killed by the state police before surrendering. Also, the start of the revolution was signaled by playing Portugal's [[Series/EurovisionSongContest Eurovision]] entry.


[[folder: Violence occurs, but a long bloody war is averted ]]

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': This is how the Alabasta arc ends for said kingdom. There are probably thousand of casualties, but there were about ''two and a half million people fighting.'' Kohza was trying to keep things from getting too bad the entire time, and the king was trying to avoid fighting at ''all.''
* In ''Anime/HeatGuyJ'', [[spoiler:Daisuke's brother Shun]] takes over the city of [[CityOfEverywhere Judoh]] and places it under [[PoliceState martial law]]. The various Mafia factions, as well as an underground group from the AbsurdlySpaciousSewer fight his forces in the streets (actually, just one, Kabuki Road, the entertainment district). Meanwhile, [[HotScientist Antonia]] helps Daisuke infiltrate the government building, and he fights [[spoiler:Shun]] with both words and martial arts. Yes, things got violent, but not as violent as anyone InUniverse expected, and the events appear to cover only a day or two.

* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' fanfic ''The First Tile'' ends with one of these. Prime Minister Odan was aiming to resolve things bloodlessly by coming out of hiding and making a speech supporting sweeping reform of the Trill government, but it quickly escalates when [[spoiler:The Azure Guard decides to try and assassinate her and Dr. Crusher in full public view]]. There are still plenty of deaths and casualties, but the revolt is thankfully brief, with [[spoiler:the monarch's son and an old general deciding enough is enough and ordering a stand-down]].

* In the ''Literature/FarsalaTrilogy'', this is one of the Hrum army's policies. After conquering a nation in a lengthy war that all but destroyed both armies, the Hrum made a law that they can only have one year to conquer another country by force. When the year is up, victory is granted to the defending country.
* ''Discworld/SmallGods'' '''almost''' breaks into war thanks to Omnia's rather nasty actions, but a kind prophet and a god who has learned compassion manage to force a peaceful resolution.
* ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' has this as a series premise. The raka could take back their country from the luarin but the war would be so long and bloody they'd probably destroy themselves trying. Instead they hid their royal family as a minor house for centuries, until eventually their descendants were a position to inherit the luarin throne. Meanwhile, they create a huge, complex [[LaResistance underground resistance]] to handle the political and social revolution needed for a biracial woman to rule their country and free the slaves. A few battles are fought and people are killed, but all out war is avoided.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The rebellion in ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' can become this if you have done enough deeds for all the lords of that faction to like you, so you only have to conquer the last city belonging to the king, who will never surrender to you.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The end of the Cold War, as stated above.
** In Romania, the leadership ordered the army and secret police to put down the revolution. The army commanders refused to fire on unarmed civilians. The Romanian Revolution did leave a lot of dead bodies, yet maybe not so many as might have been. About 1,000 people died in the violence.
* The EDSA Revolution of 1986 in the Philippines was also a case of this. President Marcos ordered to crush troops loyal to former Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile and then General Fidel Ramos as they both questioned the results of the 1986 snap elections. Marcos also had troops ready to train at the protesters in EDSA Avenue. Bloodshed is mostly averted, apart from a seizure by pro-Enrile rebels of a pro-government TV station which left a TV cameraman having a heart attack and died, and Marcos quietly left the Philippines.
* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_Revolution October Revolution]] went down with very little bloodshed, later propaganda films added a lot more resistance to make the Revolution seem more effective.
** That tends to happen when one of the sides deserts. Even in the propaganda it was barely a skirmish.
* In the [[UsefulNotes/MiddleEastUprising2011 Arab Spring]], [[UsefulNotes/ModernEgypt Egypt's]] revolution played out like this.
** UsefulNotes/{{Yemen}} seemed to be going this way -- or at least as close to this way as possible in a country where there were already not one but ''two'' unrelated insurgencies before anything started -- but in the end, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yemeni_Civil_War_(2015%E2%80%93present) it]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Arabian-led_intervention_in_Yemen didn't]].
* Israel has been on the verge of a civil war during the Altanela incident, and several times since then, most notably during the Oslo Treaties’ signing and the Disengagement.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_Revolution Iranian Revolution]] played out like this. [[FullCircleRevolution Unfortunately, the revolutionary government]] [[ReignOfTerror turned out to be little better than the monarchy before it.]]
* The Glorious Revolution in England in 1688 gained its name precisely because of how bloodless it was. A few soldiers did die in minor skirmishes, but an all-out civil war was avoided, at least for a little while, then the UsefulNotes/HanoverStuartWars broke out anyway.
* The Norwegian "Cat war" in August 1814 was the only real bloodshed during the transition from Danish totalitarian rule to a budding democracy under Swedish rule. The whole thing was so civilized we hardly called it a revolution at all. But the war in August cost some hundred lives both on the Swedish and Norwegian side. For a more detailed account on this, see UsefulNotes/NorwegianConstituentAssembly.
* Slovenian War of Independence, also known as Ten-Day War, especially compared to years of brutal warfare that ensued later in the rest of UsefulNotes/{{Yugoslavia}}.