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[[caption-width-right:350:Don't fight! Or, at least, [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn put some pants on]].]]

Right before a duel, brawl, battle, or war would start between two misled factions, the heroes arrive just in time, give a BattleInterruptingShout, and tell everyone to try and be friends instead. They might reveal some sinister BigBad who manipulated them into the fight, explain to them how the CycleOfHatred leads nowhere, or just [[ShamingTheMob break the ice by being heartwarmingly idealistic]]. The speech itself may share rhetorical devices with the WhoopiEpiphanySpeech, the KirkSummation, ShamingTheMob or a NotSoDifferent speech.

It could be considered a [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot missed opportunity]] if you would prefer to watch a badass battle, but also a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for the characters in the middle, who dared to stand up against two forces that are stronger than them.

If it's a fight between two people, more than likely [[CockFight over a love interest]], and the love interest or a side character intervenes at the wrong moment, this trope can lead to a WhatHaveIDone moment.

A common subversion is a ShutUpKirk reply from the opposing leaders, who will then start the battle anyway, or for the two belligerents to [[MediationBackfire unite against the interloper trying to tell them what to do]]. This is often PlayedForLaughs.

The pacifist counterpart of the RousingSpeech.



[[folder: Advertising]]
* In an ad for a Snickers commercial, two opposing medieval armies are rushing at each other with the obvious intent to fight. Right when they are about to collide, they stop when they see a guy with modern clothes standing in the middle of them. He then proceeds to get them to agree that they're not really angry, but hungry.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'', [[spoiler:Sorami stops a battle by playing AmazingFreakingGrace ]]
* This happened to the title characters in an episode of the 1960s ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazing_Three The Amazing Three]]'' anime.
* Franchise/{{Gundam}}:
** The Three Ships Alliance does this to the Earth and ZAFT armies in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', but it soon devolves into a MeleeATrois.
** They try to do the same thing in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', too, and mostly fail (until the final episodes).
* In ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'', as Van's HumongousMecha is getting [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomped]] by the Phlebotium-enhanced leopard twins, Merle runs out and interposes her tiny little self in front of him. The twins back off from delivering the killing stroke because she's a catgirl like them.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash tries this in ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie''. It ''does'' stop the battle, though he probably should have waited until ''after'' the BeamOWar had ended before running in. [[spoiler: He is [[TakenForGranite petrified]]. Momentarily.]]
** In ''Anime/PokemonTheRiseOfDarkrai'', the [[OlympusMons Legendary Pokémon]] Dialga and Palkia are battling over Alamos Town, putting the whole place in danger of metaphysical annihilation. Just before two of their attacks clash, Darkrai flies between them and uses its own powers to stop the attacks and temporarily freeze both of them in place.
* In the end of the first season of ''Anime/{{K}}'', [[spoiler: Shiro does this to the Red and Blue Kings, who are fighting - but he does it intentionally to get killed, because he's holding the body-snatching Colorless King in his mind.]] And to twist it even further, [[spoiler: it makes matters worse - taking on the burden of killing a King causes the Red King's SwordOfDamocles to fall, and to prevent the destruction that would cause, the Blue King has to kill ''him'', and take on the same burden, which becomes a threat in the second season.]]
* In the end of ''Anime/CodeGeassAkitoTheExiled'', [[spoiler: Jean does this between brothers Shin (the BigBad) and Akito (TheHero) - with Shin killing her instead of Akito. And she shoots Shin at the same time. And confesses her love before dying. He dies holding hands with her, and Akito survives.]]
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. After the terrorist BigBad has been captured, the Italian government decides the Social Welfare Agency has outlived its usefulness and sends in the army to destroy them. Cyborg girl Claes however takes the guns off the SWA personal, walks out to the armoured personnel carriers facing the compound and calls on them not to fire. The soldiers are reluctant to shoot a little girl, so the SWA is able to surrender peacefully. The act is particularly significant as the cyborg girls were created to take advantage of the WouldntHurtAChild trope to kill their enemies.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} gives one in ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'', starting with a BigNo that occupies a panel.
* Happened at the climax of Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/DRAndQuinch Get Drafted'' with the entire gang caught between the enemy Ghoyogian Army and their own Space Marines platoon [[spoiler: with whom they're in trouble for creating a friendly fire incident with a tactical nuke]]. Waldo attempts one plea for sanity by stepping up to "cry out at the horror and injustice of war..." It doesn't work.
* Performed by Comicbook/{{Rogue}} a number of times, for instance she stood between Comicbook/{{Magneto}} and a group of trigger-happy soldiers on two occasions with the same issue-number (in both cases she was not bullet-proof), first in ''Uncanny X-Men'' #274 in the Savage Land with a S.H.I.E.L.D. and Russian squad and later in ''X-Men Legacy'' #274 in Washington, D.C., with a group of U. S. soldiers and police.
* In a Bronze Age Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} story, Supergirl's landlady Ida Berkowitz stands between the titular heroine and the super-villain Blackstarr, Mrs. Berkowitz's own daughter, to keep them from killing each other.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/TheVow'', an AlternateUniverseFic of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'': Lady Lianne does this in order to stop the fireworks factory duel between Lord Shen and Po, refusing to stand by and allow the [[DatingCatwoman villain she loves]] and the Dragon Warrior to kill each other. Ultimately [[InSpiteOfANail it makes no difference in the canon outcome]]; [[spoiler:Shen simply fires his cannon at Po while [[DivingSave tackling Lianne out of the way]]]].

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* In ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', Kiara and Kovu burst out to stop the fighting, just after it has narrowed down to a Simba vs. Zira duel to the death. Both are told to get out of the way, though [[EvilIsPetty Zira is less polite]].
* In the ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' sequel, the titular heroine does this when it looks like the natives and the colonists are about to get into a battle. It doesn't seem to work until John Rolfe orders his side to stand down, prompting the natives to do the same.

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* At the climax of ''Film/AceVentura: When Nature Calls'', Ace stops two mounting armies by running between them holding the sacred bat they had been about to fight over.
** He was also [[BattleInterruptingShout yelling said bat's sacred name]] (which everyone instantly bows to upon hearing it earlier in the film) at the top of his lungs for maximum effect.
* In ''Film/GodzillaFinalWars'', Godzilla's son Minya and the boy who befriended him simultaneously stand between the furious Godzilla and the armies amassed to fight the beast.
* Mr Pink gets between Mr Blonde and Mr White, who are approaching each other with murderous intent, in ''Film/ReservoirDogs''.
* ''WebVideo/StarWarsDownunder''. After killing the evil Darth Drongo who has been hoarding all the beer on the planet, Jedi Knight Merve Bushwacker emerges from his base brandishing a beer can, and calls on Drongo's mooks and the rebel forces to stop fighting.
-->'''Merve:''' Look! Look at it! It's cold! It's frosty! [[{{beergasm}} It's beautiful!]] And you're all about to kill each other for it! Stop this madness now, ya boofheads! ''There is enough for everyone!''
* Subverted twice in ''Film/TheLegendOfFrenchieKing''. When Louise and Maria face each other in the bar, the sheriff comes in to try to stop them but trips and falls down. Later, the same women are having a CatFight and the sheriff tries to cut in between them; he gets punched as a result and the fight continues as if he was never there.
* Subverted in ''Sword of Gideon'' (1986). A priest throws himself between the Israeli assassination squad and their target, the terrorists who've taken sanctuary in his church. The terrorists simply fire around this convenient HumanShield.

* Near the beginning of ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', the sequel-series to Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', Belgarion pulls this, mostly to demonstrate how much he's grown up since the previous series. He stops a civil war in Mimbre by basically riding out between the two armies, unhorsing everyone who gets in his way, and then calling down a cataclysmic thunderstorm between them, while suggesting that anyone who wants to start fighting, can start by fighting HIM. Considering how eager [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Mimbrates]] are to go to war, nothing less would have done the trick, probably.
* At the end of ''Literature/AmericanGods'', [[spoiler:Shadow manages to stop the battle between the Old and New Gods by telling them both how they were [[PlayingBothSides manipulated into fighting by Mr. Wednesday and Loki]] so that they could gain power from the deaths of the other gods.]]
* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Gandalf stood between the Three Armies (Human, Elf, and Dwarf) to point out their common enemies the Goblins were approaching on Warg-Back.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', Carrot had a truly epic example when he successfully shamed two armies of trolls and dwarves. They were ready to rip each other apart until he came and basically told them that their dear old mothers would not be proud.
** There is also a similar event in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' when Vimes places himself between two armies by [[RefugeInAudacity arresting the whole of both sides]]. After that, Carrot organizes a football match for them instead.
** Brutha in ''Discworld/SmallGods'' arrives alone on the beach where the armies of half a continent are expecting to fight the Omnian Divine Legion, and explains that the reasons for the war have gone. Almost subverted when one of the enemy generals explains, not unkindly, that sometimes there's just going to be a war and there's nothing anyone can do about it, certainly not by invoking "reasons" or lack thereof. Luckily Brutha has [[PhysicalGod more persuasive allies]].
** In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', Vimes and the Watch stand guard on a barricade between large mobs of dwarfs and trolls intend on "reenacting" Koom Valley. Of course, [[GuileHero Vimes being Vimes]], they manage to arrange things so a minimum of actual fighting is required.
* Played with in "The Dance of the Hours", one of Giovannino Guareschi's ''[[Literature/DonCamillo Don Camillo]] stories. Things between FriendlyEnemies Don Camillo and Peppone escalate quickly and both grab a bench to clobber the other with; one of Peppone's men, Smilzo, is the only one who keeps his head and tries in vain to stop Peppone until he's right between the two benches. The fight is broken up by something entirely unrelated, and Smilzo is left standing alone in the middle of the square. Then, since nobody's watching, he goes to [[INeedAFreakingDrink get himself a Coca-Cola]].
* Ronnie from ''Literature/TheLastSong'' stood between Marcus and Scott to stop them from fighting.
* The first ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo: Ring of Fire'' anthology contains a story entitled ''Between the Armies'' which is this trope grown to a europe-wide scale. It features Jules Mazarin, see Real Life, below.
* The climax of the Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar book ''Owlsight'' consists of two powerfully spiritual creatures (a [[SapientSteed Valdamaran Companion]], and a totemic tribal spirit) holding off their respective armies long enough for the protagonists to solve their grievance.
* In ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Mockingjay]]'', Katniss tries this to prevent a fight between Capitol loyalists and revolutionaries in District 2. [[spoiler:She nearly succeeds, but then someone from the loyalists decides to go the [[TalkToTheFist Talk To The Bullet]] way on her. At least, the ensuing fight turns out to be shorter and less bloody than possible; rather than fight with the District 13 forces, most of the District 2 natives turned on those from the Capitol.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', Trip (currently commanding the Enterprise, as Archer and T'Pol are on the surface) stops the Vulcan and Andorian ships from firing on each other by targeting both sides, and saying that he will fire on whoever shoots first.
** He does the same thing two seasons later. Again, it involves Vulcan and Andorian fleets. (One internet reviewer calls this the Tucker Maneuver.)
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Subverted in "Redemption" when Worf tries to break up a fight between Gowron [[KlingonPromotion and a challenger]]. Gowron uses the opportunity to stab his opponent while he's distracted.
* Buffy does this once with Angel and Riley in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' , saying she'd put them (well, Riley, since Angel is a vampire) in the hospital if they kept arguing and wanting to get physical.
** Xander tries to intervene in a fight between fellow slayers Buffy and Faith, only for Faith to toss him across the room.

[[folder:Music Video]]
* Music/MichaelJackson does this in the video for "Beat It" (and Music/WeirdAlYankovic for "Eat It") when he interrupts a brawl between two gangs and has them join together in the song's closing dance.

* Romeo does this to Tybalt and Mercutio in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', but things go awry when his interference results in Mercutio getting fatally wounded:
--> Why the devil came you between us? I was hurt under your arm.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* From ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem 10]]'': Elincia tries to prevent the Begnion Army and the Laguz Alliance from fighting. It succeeds as far as averting the battle by convincing the generals of both sides to back off, but then Senator Valtome of Begnion gets so mad that she thwarted the battle that he sends his own personal troops for her head.
* From ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemFates Fire Emblem 14]]'': In the diverging path chapter of Fates Corrin plays this role, unsuccessfully, between Xander and Ryoma. Subverted when Corrin chooses a particular side in Birthright and Conquest, and confirmed in Revelation by continuing throughout the game to stand, metaphorically and physically, between Hoshido and Nohr.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has this, at the end of the Gyala Hatchery mission.
* In ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'', in order to avoid a bloodshed, the heroine of the game, Sophia, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRYr2tERs2c interposes between]] the man she loves, the Asian (aka the player character), and [[ArrangedMarriage her promised fiancée]], [[AristocratsAreEvil Johan]], as Johan, defeated in the duel for Sophia's hand, begs to be given the CoupDeGrace, and the Asian was about to oblige.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', if your PlayerCharacter chooses to spare Freyyr and give him Bacca's Blade, the party will enter the Chieftain's Hall to find Chuundar standing with his Czerka allies on one side, Freyyr and some Wookiee loyalists on the other, and Zaalbar trying to keep his brother and father from killing one another. You can't prevent the inevitable brawl, though trying will net you some light side points, but you can tip the balance in favor of one of the factions.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', [[spoiler: Yukine stopped two gangs from fighting by revealing that her brother was DeadAllAlong]].
* During Miyako's storyline in ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'', in order to atone for having let things get so far out of hand while [[spoiler: Cap was away]], Yamato stops a four-way fight between [[spoiler: Wanko, Miyako, Mayucchi, and Chris]] - with his body. [[spoiler: Mayucchi]] reacts fast enough to pull back at the last moment, but between the other three, Yamato is very much Not OK.

* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0409.html #409]]: Hinjo stands between Miko and Belkar just before she can kill him. Only two characters and not two armies, but the lines are awesome:
--->'''Miko:''' You would stand between me and this murderer?\\
'''Hinjo:''' I'll stand between any two murderers I wish.
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0929.html #929]]: Elan attempts this by telling his ArchnemesisDad (who is trying to kill the leader of Elan's team because TheyWereHoldingYouBack) that "If you want Roy dead, you'll have to kill me first." Bone-chillingly [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when the dad stabs his sword ''through Elan and into Roy'', after confirming that Elan is [[RPGMechanicsVerse at full health and hence will survive the blow.]]
* In ''{{Webcomic/Oglaf}}'', The two priests of Sithrak try to prevent a battle, reasoning that their god tortures everybody after death, so killing isn't okay. [[http://oglaf.com/outreach/ It doesn't end well.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In a ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode, Jimmy and [[TheUnintelligible Timmy]] get the Bloods and Krips together for a lock-in in the gym, then stand between them while Jimmy gives a speech. It works about as well as you'd expect such a thing to work in real life. [[spoiler:Don't worry, just like Jimmy told you, a gym lock-in always works.]]
** In most other episodes, it doesn't work that well.
* An episode from the AnimatedAdaptation of ''WesternAnimation/BackToTheFuture'', the gang traveled to the American Civil War and saw [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XII_5mwUBVA#t08m18s Jules and Vern caught between Union and Confederate armies]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheProblemSolverz'' episode "Breakfast Warz", the titular trio does this when Danny's mom and Professor Sugar Fish begin fighting. Horace then gives a speech about compromise, with "Pomp and Circumstance" playing in the background.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersBeastWars'' episode "Transmutate", Transmutate tries to stop its new friends Silverbolt and Rampage from killing each other by standing between them and holding off their missiles. [[spoiler:It ends tragically with Transmutate exploding. Transmutate's head lasts long enough to say goodbye to its friends. This does briefly stop the violence as Rampage howls in anguish and Silverbolt convinces the other Maximals to leave him alone since "for the moment, we are brothers".]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The almost-battle of Casal, October 26, 1630. The Spanish and French armies (about 50 thousand soldiers put together) had already begun to exchange cannon fire when Vatican diplomat Jules Mazarin rode out between them declaring that peace had been made. It hadn't been yet, but he delayed things enough that it was made later on.
* One of the stories about [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/CrazyAwesome/RealLife Emperor Norton]] is the time when a crazed mob made its way to the Chinese ghetto. Norton took a knee between the angry mob, and the Chinese gathered to defend their home, and started reciting the Lord's Prayer. The rioters dispersed in shame.