: Characters in a conflict can't tell who's on their side.
- Straight: Characters shoot at, or avoid, their own friends.
- Exaggerated: Characters shoot everything that moves even though they know they have friends about.
- Downplayed: ???
- Justified: As in Real Life, the fog of war can make it very hard to tell.
- Inverted: The Medic with the Healing Shiv wants to shoot only his friends, but finds it hard to tell which ones.
- Subverted: Uniforms make it clear.
- Double Subverted: Until Dressing as the Enemy occurs.
- Characters are baffled in a paintball fight — where the balls shoot Instant Allegiance Artifact.
- Both sides are wearing either pink or orange uniforms amid a dull background, and characters still get them mixed up.
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Averted: Friendly Fire Proof
- Enforced: "We don't want to glamorize war, so let's depict battles as gritty, confusing scenes where the hero can't even recognize his best friends."
- Lampshaded: A character asks "Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?"
- Invoked: One character is The Mole, who takes advantage of the confusion of battle to murder a target.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: Both sides are color-coded.
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: ???
- Deconstructed: The characters have been rendered so paranoid by war that they can't tell who is who anymore.
- Reconstructed: That's because of how hard it is to detect.
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