Playing With / Friend or Foe

Basic Trope: Characters in a conflict can't tell who's on their side.
  • Straight: Characters shoot at, or avoid, their own friends, or allies.
  • Exaggerated: Characters Shoot Everything That Moves even though they know they have friends about.
  • Downplayed: Characters hold their gun to the other's face, but don't shoot.
  • 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.
  • Parodied:
    • 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: The enemy deliberately misinforms soldiers about spies being in their ranks, designating comrades of theirs as The Mole.
  • Exploited: One character is The Mole, who takes advantage of the confusion of battle to murder a target.
  • 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.

Back to Friend or Foe, scumbag! Or I'll-oh! Sorry, sir! Thought you were one of them, y'see..