Playing With / Aggressive Negotiations

Basic Trope: Characters show a lack of respect for the "don't kill people" rule of negotiations.
  • Straight: People are attacked during negotiations.
  • Exaggerated: Negotiations fail spectacularly and result in an all-out war.
  • Downplayed: One ambassador tries to pick a fight, and harsh words are exchanged, but the meeting is otherwise peaceful.
  • Justified:
    • This universe's society looks down upon negotiation, making this trope extremely frequent.
    • Shows of force play into negotiations as a way to put pressure on the negotiators' bosses.
    • The law of the jungle is consistent.
  • Inverted:
    • What starts out as a fight ends up into a peaceful negotiation.
    • Two opposing armies decide to have a peaceful negotiation instead of a war.
  • Subverted: The meeting is extremely tense, with hands on weapons, but nothing ever happens.
  • Double Subverted: Just when it seems like a tense meeting is about to end without a hitch, a fight breaks out.
  • Parodied: The negotiation goes fine until one of the negotiators inadvertently farts. Both sides immediately begin exchanging gunfire.
  • Zig Zagged: The tense meeting almost completes without a fight, however, one breaks out at the last minute. Despite this, several people are able to keep their presence of mind long enough to coordinate a new meeting. The next meeting is quite tense...
  • Averted:
    • Diplomacy is peaceful.
    • No diplomacy is shown or mentioned.
  • Enforced: The writers advocate taking opponents head on and not showing any mercy, and disapprove of negotiation.
  • Lampshaded: A character complains that negotiations always break out into fights.
  • Invoked: A leader intentionally sends a badass with a Hair-Trigger Temper, either to intimidate the other side, or in the hope that it all falls apart, the other side gets annihilated, and he can blame the negotiator.
  • Exploited: A character uses the fight as an excuse to murder the diplomat who banged his wife, saying it was self-defense even though absolutely no one attacked him.
  • Defied: A leader sends the best negotiation team he has, who have researched the other side and know exactly what they want and how to avoid offending them.
  • Discussed: "It is important to arrange the meet in such a way as to assure the negotiators that they will not be subject to physical attack."
  • Conversed: "Why do people in these shows expect villains to behave honorably during negotiations? It's not like they behave honorably at any other times."
  • Deconstructed: As a result of always becoming attacked, no messengers or diplomats of any kind exist.
  • Reconstructed: Due to regular backstabbing, all diplomats are brave souls with enough countermeasures to be fairly called "paranoid". In order to serve their country, they the face risk and danger.

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