->''"His name is Dean. We like Dean."''
-->-- '''Hogarth''' to WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant

The hero is a peace maker. Smoothing over conflicts between warring people. And sometimes this hits closer to home.

Our hero has two sets of friends. They both like him, but they are unfamiliar with each other. Maybe they have never seen each other. Perhaps they have good reason to avoid the other. Ultimately the two meet, and it can get violent. Neither side is inherently evil, they just don't know each other. They may be trained to think of them as the enemy, or they might think they are a threat to themselves or to our Hero. Perhaps one side is a peaceful member of the side that the other demonizes.

Our Hero demonstrates his peacemaking skills and steps in quickly to smooth things over between the two. He introduces the two usually say something like "He's a friend." He shows that they are not enemies. This usually leads to the two sides making up quickly. Or not.

In short, two of the Hero's friends are fighting/aggressive, then the Hero steps in to introduce them to each other. Compare CharacterWitness for when a less important character vouches for the hero.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'': Inverted. San explains to Ashitaka's pet elk that she is a friend.
* When Brandon Heat and Bunji first meet in ''Anime/{{Gungrave}}'', they were in a middle of a gunfight and they ended up pointing guns at each other suspiciously but immediately stopped when Harry told Brandon that Bunji is working for him now.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', not on the battlefield, but in high school - when Suzaku transfers into Ashford Academy, he wants Lelouch to pretend to not know him, to avoid causing trouble, but when the students react to Suzaku, Lelouch does one of these to help him.


[[folder: Fan Works ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'''s [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6918189/1/Collide Collide]] has Robin assuring the rest of the team that an alternate dimension Jason Todd is a friend. Superboy was initially against the idea because Jason had earlier attacked Robin and "[he] don't like people who hurt [his] friends."
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Tony Stark attempts to end the hostility between Superwoman and the Avengers -- not to mention getting the Federal government off her back -- by recruiting her into the Avengers team. The first non-hostile encounter between both sides goes pretty well, up until the point that [[{{Jerkass}} Carol Danvers]] shows up and ruins it all with her bad attitude.

[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': When Edna goes through her security system's identity check, a gun drops down in front of Helen, prompting Edna to quickly assure the system that Helen's a guest.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'': Hogarth, Dean and Giant. "His name is Dean, we like Dean."
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'':
** Hiccup says "She's a friend" to Toothless in order to calm him down and stop him from attacking Astrid.
** "Astrid, Toothless. Toothless, Astrid"
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Simba introduces Timon and Pumbaa to Nala.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'': Hal the Roach gestures to EVE that WALL-E shouldn't be blasted.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'', the dog starts acting threatening toward the prince who came to visit, until the title character remembers and curtsies to him, telling the dog he's a guest, not an intruder.
-->'''Thumbelina:''' Oh! Ah, [curtsying] how do you do? How nice of you to come visit!
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': After Buzz first meets Woody, several other toys appear. Buzz does a DivingSave on Woody and threatens the other toys with his "laser". Woody explains that the other toys are Andy's.
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''. When Andy's other toys arrive to rescue Woody from Al's apartment, they see Jessie tickling him and think he's being attacked. They charge in and threaten Jessie and Bullseye, but Woody defuses the situation.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* ''Film/{{Garfield}}'' does this for Odie and Luca after the former saves him by licking the latter. He said "Luca, this is Odie. Odie, Luca, Luca, Odie."
* Occurs in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', first in the hospital and then in a later scene in the extended cut where Sarah wants to destroy the T-800.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** [[EvilDetectingDog Mouse]] growls at [[SheIsAllGrownUp Molly]].
-->'''Harry:''' [firmly] ''Be polite. She's a friend.''
** In an earlier book, Harry had to do the same thing between Ebenezar and Kincaid. Ebenezar is Harry's mentor and one of the better father figures in his life; Kincaid an utterly amoral mercenary. The fact that Kincaid is willing to shoot Ebenezar is no big deal, but the fact that he has a reason to was definitely a surprise to Harry and the reader. Ebenezar's DarkAndTroubledPast (and present) became a plot point from then on.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark tries to do this between his cousin Kara -alias Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}- and ComicBook/MartianManhunter. [[spoiler:It didn't end well.]]
* The Doctor has to do this for [[spoiler:Rory]] in the series 5 finale of ''Series/DoctorWho'', since as far as River knows, [[spoiler:Rory]] is an evil plastic-alien in the shape of a human. And while he technically ''is'', [[spoiler:he was human first.]]
--> ''He's on our side now.''\\
''Oh. I dated a Nestene Duplicate once. Swappable heads. Did keep things fresh.''
** Turns out to actually be a subversion, since we discover half a season later that [[spoiler: Rory was actually River's dad, and she knew ''exactly'' who he was, and was just pretending so as not to give away any [[CatchPhrase spoilers]].]] In retrospect, he probably wouldn't have appreciated the sexual innuendo.
** In the classic episode "The Invisible Enemy", K-9 initially regards Leela as a threat until Professor Marius, who had been helping the Doctor, informs K-9 that Leela is a friend.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** ''{{VideoGame/Halo 3}}'': When the Master Chief jams a gun under the Arbiter's chin, Johnson stops him with:
-->'''Sgt Johnson:''' "[[SuperSoldier Chief]], ''wait!'' [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy The Arbiter's]] with us!"
** Done even earlier in ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', where Chief tells [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Cortana]] this about 343 Guilty Spark after he and Cortana were separated for the previous two levels. And then promptly subverted, because Cortana rapidly fills John in on some things Spark neglected to mention. [[spoiler: Like the fact that he'd nearly been conned into annihilating all living organisms large enough to targets for [[PuppeteerParasite the Flood]] within a radius of ''twenty-five thousand light-years'' because ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure.]]
* Similarly done in the ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' DLC ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'', when Liara pulls a gun on Vasir. Liara immediately declares that no she is ''not''.
** Also happens [[RunningGag several times]] if the player delays recruiting Tali to the point where they can bring [[RobotBuddy Legion]] along. Maybe taking a Geth on a mission to rescue the AI-hating aliens from hordes of its identical evil cousins wasn't such a great idea, Shepard?
** This happens ''to'' Liara early in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. After watching her efficiently double-taps Cerberus mooks, new squaddie James Vega approaches her with his rifle still up. "Easy there, Lieutenant. She's with us."
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', when [[spoiler:Mario and Doopliss have switched identities, his partners are tricked into fighting him, and it doesn't help that Vivian (who had [[HeelFaceTurn previously]] fought against Mario) is fighting alongside him. After Mario and Vivian defeat Doopliss, one of his partners asks him why Vivian is accompanying him. Vivian starts to explain, but Mario steps in and [[HeroicMime apparently tells them the whole story]], convincing them to accept her.]]
* A subtler example in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Fenris and Anders spend the entire game barely tolerating each other; Fenris strongly believes that mages (whom in this setting are inherently prone to [[DemonicPossession possession]]) must be locked away in a Mage's Circle or even killed to prevent them from harming regular people, while Anders (who has escaped from such an environment) rejects the notion that locking mages away for life solves anything and actively fights for their freedom. Despite this, when another character points out that Fenris could just report Anders to the Circle to get him locked up again, he rejects the idea:
--> '''Fenris:''' I don't [trust him]. But Hawke trusts him, and I trust Hawke.
* Done in ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' when B.J., Anya, and Fergus or Wyatt first arrive together at the Kreisau Circle headquarters, and B.J. tackles Klaus to the ground on sight because of the swastika tattoos on his shoulders. Fergus/Wyatt then has to explain that he ''used'' to be a Nazi, but things happened and he isn't one anymore.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Bruce's dog, Ace, takes some time to warm up to Terry.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''' second season, when El Toro, a one shot ally from the previous season, turns up, he attacks Tohru (since the last time they met him was before his HeelFaceTurn) until the situation's explained.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS.
** "Werewolf of the Timberland". The wolf Gray One has just saved Dr. Quest and Race Bannon from being attacked by the "werewolf" ([[ScoobyDooHoax a man in a werewolf suit]]), but they don't realize this and Race Bannon prepares to shoot the wolf. Jonny and Hadji arrive and call out to them, telling them that the wolf is a friend.
** "Calcutta Adventure". Pasha Peddler shows up in his helicopter right after the team has been attacked by a {{mook}} in a plane. Race thinks he might be an enemy, but Hadji tells them he's a friend.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Sokka has to do this for [[TheAtoner Zuko]] ''twice'' during "The Boiling Rock," once for Suki, who remembered him from when he destroyed her village, and once for his father Hakoda.