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* The Cruiser Night Action in Ironbottom Sound off Guadalcanal on November 13th, 1942 (which happened to be a Friday), one of two naval engagements on consecutive nights that are sometimes lumped together as the "Naval Battle of Guadalcanal" (though there were at least a half-dozen of those; the island was hotly contested). A force of American cruisers and destroyers met a force of Japanese battleships, cruisers, and destroyers. The Japanese outgunned the Americans, but the Americans had radar, though the advantage wasnít exploited because the American commander didnít trust the technology. The two fleets were less than 3,000 yards apart when a Japanese destroyer shined a searchlight on the light cruiser USS ''Atlanta''. The cruiser's captain ordered his own lights to counterilluminate the contact, but a gunnery officer with better common sense replied[[note]] These are his exact words as recorded in the log[[/note]], "Fuck that! Open fire!" ''Atlanta'' tore the destroyer apart in seconds, and both fleets opened up at rapidly-decreasing range. Both sides' battle lines broke down, multiple ships collided, and every ship on both sides suffered hits from friendly fire. Within minutes, Ironbottom Sound became a maelstrom of twisted steel, burning oil, and dying men. By morning, the only ships of either fleet left in the sound were either dead in the water or on the bottom, with the rest having retreated in disarray.

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* The Cruiser Night Action in Ironbottom Sound off Guadalcanal on November 13th, 1942 (which happened to be a Friday), one of two naval engagements on consecutive nights that are sometimes lumped together as the "Naval Battle of Guadalcanal" (though there were at least a half-dozen of those; the island was hotly contested). A force of American cruisers and destroyers met a force of Japanese battleships, cruisers, and destroyers. The Japanese outgunned the Americans, but the Americans had radar, though the advantage wasnít exploited because the American commander didnít trust the technology. The two fleets were less than 3,000 yards apart when a Japanese destroyer shined a searchlight on the light cruiser USS ''Atlanta''. The cruiser's captain ordered his own lights to counterilluminate the contact, but a gunnery officer with better common sense replied[[note]] These are his exact words as recorded in the log[[/note]], "Fuck that! Open fire!" ''Atlanta'' tore the destroyer apart in seconds, and both fleets opened up at rapidly-decreasing range. Both sides' battle lines broke down, multiple ships collided, and every ship on both sides suffered hits from friendly fire. Within minutes, Ironbottom Sound became a maelstrom of twisted steel, burning oil, and dying men. By morning, the only ships of either fleet left in the sound were either dead in the water or on the bottom, with the rest having retreated in disarray. By the numbers, the Japanese technically won, having sunken or rendered combat-ineffective all but two of the Americans' ships, but strategically it came out as a draw. While Japan likely would have encountered little more resistance had they pressed their advantage and moved to bombard Guadalcanal, they were disoriented and had expended much of their ammo in the battle; using the rest of it to bombard Henderson field would disable American air cover and clear the way for Japanese troop transports, but it would leave them and the transports vulnerable to American naval aircraft. Compounding this was that the ship carrying the Japanese naval commander had been heavily damaged, with much of the command staff dead and the radio barely operational, meaning there was almost no way to coordinate for an attack or even know how many ships he had available in the first place.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' has a gameplay mechanic for the 'Shoot Out' scenario sees each player make a Nerve check for their gang[[note]]in 1st and 2nd Edition[[/note]] or a Cool check for each fighter[[note]]in 3rd Edition[[/note]] each turn. To represent the building tension, these tests are cumulative and once the result reaches a specific value someone snaps and goes for their gun, causing all hell to break loose.
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Someone has just pulled a trigger in an unstable situation. Everyone freaks out and starts blasting at each other. For this trope to work right, the outcome has to be truly up for grabs. If someone in a MexicanStandoff starts shooting, this is the expected result.

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Someone has just pulled a trigger in an unstable situation. situation where everyone is armed. Everyone freaks out and starts blasting at each other.other, often wildly and at very close range. For this trope to work right, the outcome has to be truly up for grabs. If someone in a MexicanStandoff starts shooting, this is the expected result.


Someone pulled a trigger in an unstable situation. Everyone starts blasting. For this trope to work right, the outcome has to be truly up for grabs. Usually happens in a MexicanStandoff.

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Someone has just pulled a trigger in an unstable situation. Everyone freaks out and starts blasting.blasting at each other. For this trope to work right, the outcome has to be truly up for grabs. Usually happens If someone in a MexicanStandoff.
MexicanStandoff starts shooting, this is the expected result.

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* In ''[[Literature/LeviathanWakes Caliban's War]]'', Prax, who is searching for his kidnapped daughter, is in the middle of a tense standoff that looks like it might actually end peacefully -- he then tries performing a dramatic gun cock because that's what heroes in action films always do -- and inadvertently turns the MexicanStandoff into a BlastOut.


* In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' storyline "War Games", the gang war kicked off when Stephanie Brown organised a metting of Gotham's gang bosses in an attempt to unite them under "Matches" Malone. When Matches did not show, the meeting grew increasingly tense. Then one of the bosses made the mistake of reaching into his jacket for his cigar case in a room full of nervous gang boses and their trigger happy bodyguards. A firefight quickly erupted.

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* In the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' storyline "War Games", the gang war kicked off when Stephanie Brown organised organises a metting meeting of Gotham's gang bosses in an attempt to unite them under "Matches" Malone. When Matches did does not show, show ó being that Matches is an alias of Bruce Wayne, a fact Stephanie is at this point does not know ó the meeting grew grows increasingly tense. Then one of the bosses made the mistake of reaching reaches into his jacket for his cigar case in a room full of nervous gang boses bosses and their trigger happy bodyguards. A firefight quickly erupted.erupts, starting the gang war the plot revolves around.

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* The Cruiser Night Action in Ironbottom Sound off Guadalcanal on November 13th, 1942 (which happened to be a Friday), one of two naval engagements on consecutive nights that are sometimes lumped together as the "Naval Battle of Guadalcanal" (though there were at least a half-dozen of those; the island was hotly contested). A force of American cruisers and destroyers met a force of Japanese battleships, cruisers, and destroyers. The Japanese outgunned the Americans, but the Americans had radar, though the advantage wasnít exploited because the American commander didnít trust the technology. The two fleets were less than 3,000 yards apart when a Japanese destroyer shined a searchlight on the light cruiser USS ''Atlanta''. The cruiser's captain ordered his own lights to counterilluminate the contact, but a gunnery officer with better common sense replied[[note]] These are his exact words as recorded in the log[[/note]], "Fuck that! Open fire!" ''Atlanta'' tore the destroyer apart in seconds, and both fleets opened up at rapidly-decreasing range. Both sides' battle lines broke down, multiple ships collided, and every ship on both sides suffered hits from friendly fire. Within minutes, Ironbottom Sound became a maelstrom of twisted steel, burning oil, and dying men. By morning, the only ships of either fleet left in the sound were either dead in the water or on the bottom, with the rest having retreated in disarray.


* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. Mack Bolan sets this up on several occasions, making one faction suspicious of another faction, and when they meet to hash things out (with [[ProperlyParanoid their weapons and mooks]], of course) he'll open fire with a sniper rifle to make it look like they've been LuredIntoATrap by the other side.

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* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. Mack Bolan sets this up on several occasions, making one Mafia faction suspicious of another faction, and when they meet to hash things out (with [[ProperlyParanoid their weapons and mooks]], of course) he'll open fire with a sniper rifle to make it look like they've been LuredIntoATrap by the other side.

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* ''Literature/TheExecutioner''. Mack Bolan sets this up on several occasions, making one faction suspicious of another faction, and when they meet to hash things out (with [[ProperlyParanoid their weapons and mooks]], of course) he'll open fire with a sniper rifle to make it look like they've been LuredIntoATrap by the other side.

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* In ''Film/{{Circus}}'', the MexicanStandoff in the GreasySpoon looks like it is going to be resolved amicably, with everyone starting to lower their weapons, when an employee works through the back door at the wrong moment. One of Bruno's hired guns starts shooting, and a firefight erupts. [[spoiler:At least, according to Julius's version of events.]]

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* ''Series/BreakingBad'': "To'hajiilee" ends with a shoot-out between a group of Neo-Nazis and Hank with Gomez. [[spoiler:When the next episode begins, Gomez is dead and Hank is wounded.]]


* ''Film/WindRiver'': The situation between the deputies and the [[spoiler: security guards]] at the drill site is extremely tense, and one MexicanStandoff has already been talked down. Then someone thinks can get the drop on Jane by firing when she is not expecting it. A massive firefight ensues, with Jane ironically being of the few survivors.

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* ''Film/WindRiver'': The situation between the deputies and the [[spoiler: security guards]] at the drill site is extremely tense, and one MexicanStandoff has already been talked down. Then someone thinks he can get the drop on Jane by firing when she is not expecting it. A massive firefight ensues, with Jane ironically being of the few survivors.survivors.
* At the start of ''Film/DenOfThieves'', Merriman and his crew are holding the armoured car guards at gunpoint while they hijack the armoured car. Things are going according to plan till one of the guards goes for his gun (or possibly just drops his coffee). Bosco shoots, a firefight kicks off that leaves one robber, most of the guards and several cops dead, and several others injured.


* Creator/DavidWeber's ''HellsGate'' series includes this. Two populations have been exploring the multiverse for decades without encountering anyone, so neither side is prepared when they both enter the same universe at the same time. Two scouts meet in the forest, we see the situation from both their perspectives - they're justifiably tense - and then the story cuts away so not even the reader knows what happens. Both end up dead, and a series of mistakes, bad decisions, and lack of communication sends things FromBadToWorse.

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* Creator/DavidWeber's ''HellsGate'' ''Literature/HellsGate'' series includes this. Two populations have been exploring the multiverse for decades without encountering anyone, so neither side is prepared when they both enter the same universe at the same time. Two scouts meet in the forest, we see the situation from both their perspectives - they're justifiably tense - and then the story cuts away so not even the reader knows what happens. Both end up dead, and a series of mistakes, bad decisions, and lack of communication sends things FromBadToWorse.


* Deliberately invoked by Gene(aka Viper) in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. Using his MoreThanMindControl, he plants feels of paranoia amongs a large platoon of defectors, creating a PowderKegCrowd, until inevitably one pulls the trigger on their rifle, causing the entire group to start gunning each other down to a man. Only Big Boss and Johnathan where unaffected.

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* Deliberately invoked by Gene(aka Viper) in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps. Using his MoreThanMindControl, he plants feels feelings of paranoia amongs amongst a large platoon of defectors, creating a PowderKegCrowd, until inevitably one pulls the trigger on their rifle, causing the entire group to start gunning each other down to a man. Only Big Boss and Johnathan where unaffected.

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* Deliberately invoked by Gene(aka Viper) in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. Using his MoreThanMindControl, he plants feels of paranoia amongs a large platoon of defectors, creating a PowderKegCrowd, until inevitably one pulls the trigger on their rifle, causing the entire group to start gunning each other down to a man. Only Big Boss and Johnathan where unaffected.

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