Playing With: Neutrality Backlash
Basic Trope: Choosing neither side doesn't work out well for the character.
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- Straight: Alice and Bob start a war. Everyone picked a side except for Charlie. Because of this, Alice and Bob decided to ambush him.
- Exaggerated: Alice and Bob start a war. Everyone picked a side except for Charlie. Because of this, Charlie is beaten by not only Alice and Bob, but also the rest of those who picked a side.
- Downplayed: Alice and Bob start a war. Everyone picked a side except for Charlie. Because of this, Alice and Bob declare their hatred for Charlie.
- Alice and Bob believe that there is no middle ground, and Charlie was being insubordinate.
- Charlie thinks that Alice and Bob are fighting for unimportant things, but Alice and Bob see it as Serious Business and are indignant on what Charlie had said.
- Charlie outwitted both sides for his personal gain.
- Charlie's refusal of taking sides had serious consequences for both Alice and Bob, and they hold him responsible for them.
- Charlie had previously implied that he would help both sides without the other's knowledge, meaning he's breaking a promise to each of them by staying neutral.
- Alice and Bob start a war. Everyone picked a side except for Charlie. As a result, Charlie gets rewarded for being neutral!
- Charlie picks a side and this had severe consequences.
- Charlie is confronted by a pissed off Alice and Bob, but they've eventually forgive him.
- Alice and Bob both turn on Charlie- but it turns out that they've worn themselves down and depleted their resources fighting each other. Charlie, who is fresh and fully supplied, has a massive advantage...
- Double Subverted:
- ...except that they gave him a beatdown anyways.
- ...but it also turns out that all that time fighting each other has made Alice and Bob really good at fighting- practice makes perfect, after all- and Charlie is either totally inexperienced or very rusty thanks to staying out of fights.
- Parodied: Alice and Bob fight over a water bottle. As Charlie refuses to choose who should take the water bottle, Alice and Bob give him a wedgie.
- Zig Zagged: Charlie's neutrality sometimes backfires on him, but over the course of the story, it also sometimes allows him to act as a peacemaker between Alice and Bob.
- Charlie doesn't suffer the consequences for choosing no sides.
- Or, Charlie picks a side with no problems.
- Enforced: The author wants to make a Space Whale Aesop that choosing no side is just as bad as siding with evil.
- Lampshaded: "That's what you get for choosing no side, Charlie!"
- Invoked: "Say, Alice, since Charlie isn't picking a side, mind if we team up to throttle him?"
- Exploited: Charlie has a plan to defeat Alice and Bob, but it will only work if they attack him together at a time of his choosing. Under the appropriate circumstances he goads them both into fighting and refuses to help either.
- "Seriously, I'm not gonna let you two kick my ass for being neutral. I'm gonna kick both of yours!" *beats up both Alice and Bob*
- "Can't let me be neutral, eh?" *Shoots both Alice and Bob*
- Discussed: "I feel sorry for anyone else who refuses to pick a side."
- Conversed: ???
- Alice and Bob gave Charlie a terrible assault only because he wanted them to stop their trivial fighting. Because of this, Alice and Bob have buried the hatchet and forged a friendship based on abusing Charlie.
- The above results in Charlie deciding that Alice and Bob must die.
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