Playing With / Mexican Standoff

Basic Trope: Two or more people pull weapons on one another simultaneously, causing a stalemate.
  • Straight: During an argument in a Wild West saloon, Alice and Bob stand up and point guns at each other.
  • Exaggerated: Every single person in the room stands up and points guns at one another simultaneously. One guy even points a gun at himself.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob point water pistols at each other and neither wants to get wet.
  • Justified: Alice and Bob drew their guns in response to the same jilt, and have fairly equal reflexes.
  • Inverted: Back-to-Back Badasses
  • Subverted:
    • Alice and Bob suddenly stand up... and order some more drinks before sitting down again.
    • Alice's partner Charlie backs up Alice with a *Click* Hello.
  • Double Subverted:
    • And a few seconds later, they pull their weapons for real.
    • Then Bob's partner Diane does the same to Alice.
  • Parodied: Alice pulls her gun, but Bob's gun is caught in its holster. Alice puts her gun away and helps Bob with his holster so they can have a standoff.
  • Zig Zagged: Multiple parties join the standoff giving advantage to one side, only for someone else to join the other side bringing the balance back. Eventually a neutral party threatens both sides with a bomb.
  • Averted:
    • They stand up as if for a standoff but instead start to brawl.
    • Either Alice or Bob manages to get the gun out first and shot the other person.
  • Enforced: The argument and standoff is inserted by executives despite it having no relevance to the plot.
  • Lampshaded: "Oh, come on. Just once can't one of us gain a proper upper hand over the other?"
  • Invoked: Felicia, a Manipulative Bitch who wants Alice and Bob to be dead, paid the bouncer not to take their guns and set up the argument hoping the two would kill each other.
  • Exploited: During the standoff, George, the Big Bad, who was stealing money from the barkeep when the standoff began, makes off with the money, with everybody else too distracted by the standoff to notice him.
  • Defied:
    • Alice and Bob deliberately leave their guns at the door so they won't pull them on one another.
    • Alice or Bob shots the other person, not caring about being shot, due to having a Bullet Proof Vest or considering killing them worth dying for.
  • Discussed: "Here, we just call it a standoff, señor."
  • Conversed: Bob and Alice are just watching a movie in which this happens and argue on whether or not the trope has gotten overplayed or if it is still cool.
  • Deconstructed: A moment after they both pull their guns, Alice decides "Screw this" and shoots Bob.
  • Reconstructed: Alice can't do that; she knows Bob's reflexes are good enough that she'd get a bullet too if she tried that.
  • Played For Laughs: Mr. Harleson is a teacher living in modern times. When he sees two students, Isaac and Keith, having an argument, he gives them guns and tells them point the guns at each other and just stand still and generally do nothing at all. This goes on for the rest of the day.
  • Played For Drama: During the standoff, Alice/Bob accidentally shoots and kills Bob/Alice.

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