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* This can be used in levels in the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' series that contain patrols other than guards ([[BearsAreBadNews Bears in Canada]], Wolves in Holland, and Carmelita to escape detection. When a guard spots you, you can alert said patrols and the two of them will typically fight it out while you run away.
* ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' uses a rivalry system to organize the roster, and while some of them make sense (Franchise/RatchetAndClank vs. VideoGame/JakAndDaxter) most of them come so far out of left-field that justifying their fighting requires a number of pretzel-like twists in logic to work. Besides [[VideoGame/{{Uncharted}} Nathan Drake]] and Franchise/SlyCooper's rivalry (which is quite [[ItsPersonal personal]]) the vast majority of the rivalries have the characters stepping on one-another's egos or being needlessly argumentative/callous.

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* This can be used in levels in the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' ''VideoGame/SlyCooper'' series that contain patrols other than guards ([[BearsAreBadNews Bears in Canada]], Wolves in Holland, and Carmelita to escape detection. When a guard spots you, you can alert said patrols and the two of them will typically fight it out while you run away.
* ''VideoGame/PlayStationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' uses a rivalry system to organize the roster, and while some of them make sense (Franchise/RatchetAndClank vs. VideoGame/JakAndDaxter) most of them come so far out of left-field that justifying their fighting requires a number of pretzel-like twists in logic to work. Besides [[VideoGame/{{Uncharted}} Nathan Drake]] and Franchise/SlyCooper's VideoGame/SlyCooper's rivalry (which is quite [[ItsPersonal personal]]) the vast majority of the rivalries have the characters stepping on one-another's egos or being needlessly argumentative/callous.

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* In Literature/{{Kane}} novel ''Bloodstone'' [[VillainProtagonist Kane]] manipulates two neighboring and already hostile nations of Selonari and Breimen into outright war, while the titular [[ArtifactOfDoom Bloodstone]] is gaining enough power to crush them both.

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** Two in ''Film/AvengersEndgame'':
*** The first is largely played for laughs and fanservice. [[spoiler:A time-traveling Captain America runs into himself from the year 2012. 2012!Cap assumes that Present!Cap is Loki in disguise, and a MirrorMatch breaks out before Present!Cap can explain himself.]]
*** The second is absolutely played for drama. [[spoiler:Black Widow and Hawkeye learn that the only way to access the Soul Stone is to exchange "[[HumanSacrifice a soul for a soul]]". [[PlatonicLifePartners Neither wants the other to die]], and a fight breaks out as they both try to offer themselves up first and spare the other. In the end, Widow [[HeroicSacrifice "wins"]].]]


When two people fight each because someone {{manipulat|iveBastard}}ed them into the struggle, it is an example of Let's You And Him Fight.

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When two people fight each because someone {{manipulat|iveBastard}}ed them into the struggle, it is an example of Let's You And Him Fight.


* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', Jack Sparrow uses this tactic to escape Will and Norrington.

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* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', Jack Sparrow uses this tactic to escape Will and Norrington.Norrington by goading Norrington into directing his anger at Will and attack him.



** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Zemo's plan is to turn the Avengers against each other by framing Bucky Barnes for a terrorist attack. As relations among the team are already strained due to disagreements over a SuperRegistrationAct, it works only too well. His masterstroke: [[spoiler: revealing that Bucky killed Tony's parents while under HYDRA's control, leading to an all-out brawl involving Tony, Cap and Bucky]].

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** In ''Film/AntMan'', Scott is infiltrating a warehouse to get a piece of tech, only to realize too late that it's now an Avengers facility. When [[spoiler:the Falcon]] responds to the intruder alarm, Scott tries to introduce himself and talk his way in, but [[spoiler:Falcon]] rightly doesn't trust the stranger and a fight starts.
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Zemo's plan is to turn the Avengers against each other by framing Bucky Barnes for a terrorist attack. As relations among the team are already strained due to disagreements over a SuperRegistrationAct, it works only too well. His masterstroke: [[spoiler: revealing [[spoiler:revealing that Bucky killed murdered Tony's parents while under HYDRA's control, leading to an all-out brawl involving Tony, Cap where Steve tries to stop Tony from killing Bucky]].
** In ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', Thor is forced into GladiatorGames
and Bucky]].finds his opponent is the Hulk. Thor is overjoyed at seeing a familiar face, but Hulk doesn't care and starts smashing him.


When two people fight each other due to some misunderstanding because someone {{manipulat|iveBastard}}ed them into the struggle, it is an example of Let's You And Him Fight.

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When two people fight each other due to some misunderstanding because someone {{manipulat|iveBastard}}ed them into the struggle, it is an example of Let's You And Him Fight.

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* In ''Film/TheTerrorOfTinyTown'': Bat Haines is attempting to manipulate Pop Lawson and Tex Preston into a range war, so he will be able to easily acquire both properties afterwards.

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* In the ''Fanfic/ArcVedProtagonists'' story, "Coming Right Back" Yuya is never made aware that the reason why he is dueling Yugi is because his mom wanted Yugi to be a WarriorTherapist for him.

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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': Cherrymon tries to prey on Matt's feelings of insecurity to get him into a fight against Tai, so as to get [=WarGreymon=] and [=MetalGarurumon=] to hopefully kill each other. While it ultimately failed, the aftermath of that battle did cause the group´to temporarily split up.


* [[VillainSue Naraku]] from ''Manga/InuYasha'' should have won an Oscar for the number of times he plotted his enemies (and allies) against each other. One particularly nasty example is when he told Sango that Inuyasha slaughtered everyone in her village, leading her to almost kill herself trying to get revenge. Another such instance is when Naraku lures both Koga and Inuyasha to his castle and sets them up to make Koga believe Inuyasha wiped out his clan, tricking them into a life-and-death battle; then sends in his subordinates to kill the survivor. Of course, in both cases, he had arranged the massacre himself.

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* [[VillainSue Naraku]] Naraku from ''Manga/InuYasha'' should have won an Oscar for the number of times he plotted his enemies (and allies) against each other. One particularly nasty example is when he told Sango that Inuyasha slaughtered everyone in her village, leading her to almost kill herself trying to get revenge. Another such instance is when Naraku lures both Koga and Inuyasha to his castle and sets them up to make Koga believe Inuyasha wiped out his clan, tricking them into a life-and-death battle; then sends in his subordinates to kill the survivor. Of course, in both cases, he had arranged the massacre himself.


When two people fight each other due to some misunderstanding because someone [[ManipulativeBastard manipulated]] them into the struggle, it is an example of Let's You And Him Fight.

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When two people fight each other due to some misunderstanding because someone [[ManipulativeBastard manipulated]] {{manipulat|iveBastard}}ed them into the struggle, it is an example of Let's You And Him Fight.



** Invoked and played straight at the same time by Schneizel [[spoiler: turning the Black Knights against Zero by careful manipulation of facts and a few lies toss in to make them betray him.]]
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''

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** Invoked and played straight at the same time by Schneizel [[spoiler: turning the Black Knights against Zero by careful manipulation of facts and a few lies toss in to make them betray him.]]
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''''Anime/DragonBallZ'':



* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' Quattro tricks/brainwashes Vivio into fighting Nanoha. [[spoiler:Nanoha holds out just long enough for her Wide Area Search to pinpoint Quattro before using a restraint spell on Vivio and [[DungeonBypass unleashing]] her full MamaBear wrath on Quattro's ass]].

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' Quattro tricks/brainwashes Vivio into fighting Nanoha. [[spoiler:Nanoha holds out just long enough for her Wide Area Search to pinpoint Quattro before using a restraint spell on Vivio and [[DungeonBypass unleashing]] her full MamaBear wrath on Quattro's ass]].ass.]]



** In ''Film/IronMan2'', [[spoiler:Rhodey suits up in a spare Iron Man suit to rein in Crazy Drunken Self-Destructive Tony]]. It seems played for laughs at first, but gradually turns very un-funny. They fight a second time, unwillingly, [[spoiler: when Vanko hacks Rhodey's suit, newly upgraded into the War Machine armor, while Rhodey is still inside. Fortunately, Black Widow is able to remove the hack just in time for them to team up against Vanko.]]

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** In ''Film/IronMan2'', [[spoiler:Rhodey suits up in a spare Iron Man suit to rein in Crazy Drunken Self-Destructive Tony]]. It seems played for laughs at first, but gradually turns very un-funny. They fight a second time, unwillingly, [[spoiler: when Vanko hacks Rhodey's suit, newly upgraded into the War Machine armor, while Rhodey is still inside. Fortunately, Black Widow is able to remove the hack just in time for them to team up against Vanko.]]Vanko]].



** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Zemo's plan is to turn the Avengers against each other by framing Bucky Barnes for a terrorist attack. As relations among the team are already strained due to disagreements over a SuperRegistrationAct, it works only too well. His masterstroke: [[spoiler: revealing that Bucky killed Tony's parents while under HYDRA's control, leading to an all-out brawl involving Tony, Cap and Bucky.]]

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** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'', Zemo's plan is to turn the Avengers against each other by framing Bucky Barnes for a terrorist attack. As relations among the team are already strained due to disagreements over a SuperRegistrationAct, it works only too well. His masterstroke: [[spoiler: revealing that Bucky killed Tony's parents while under HYDRA's control, leading to an all-out brawl involving Tony, Cap and Bucky.]]Bucky]].



* In ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'', [[spoiler:after Superman comes back to life, he wanders the city confused and disoriented with amnesia. When the rest of the Justice League approach him, his XRayVision activates by itself and he becomes frightened at seeing walking skeletons. Then Cyborg's defense systems activate and he involuntarily blasts Superman, enraging him into attacking them. It isn't until Lois Lane shows up that he calms down.]]

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* In ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'', [[spoiler:after Superman comes back to life, he wanders the city confused and disoriented with amnesia. When the rest of the Justice League approach him, his XRayVision activates by itself and he becomes frightened at seeing walking skeletons. Then Cyborg's defense systems activate and he involuntarily blasts Superman, enraging him into attacking them. It isn't until Lois Lane shows up that he calms down.]]down]].



* In a Russian short story, after a devastating interstellar war, humanity and a race of human-sized insects wipe out each other (humans cause the bugs' star to go nova, while the bugs nuke Earth). The few remaining humans are helped by a race of benevolent aliens. When the aliens offer one of the humans (a clone, actually) a chance to fight a cloned bug, he readily agrees. During the fight, though, the bug (who has GeneticMemory) reveals that the supposed "benefactors" are, in fact, the masterminds behind the failed FirstContact between humand and bugs. Apparently, whenever they encoutner a violent race that can potentially threaten them, they find another violent race and pit them against each other to mutual annihilation.
* Much of Simon R. Green's ''Literature/GuardAgainstDishonor'' is set up so as to get that series' married-cop protagonists, [[BattleCouple Hawk and Fisher]], to fight one another, as the bad guys implicate Fisher in police corruption while alleging Hawk has gone rogue and is killing innocent people. When they finally meet, [[spoiler: it's subverted, because they both care about each other more than about their duty as cops, so wouldn't have attacked each other even if the allegations had been true]].
* Simon R. Green's ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' series has this as a favorite tactic of the main character.
--> '''Count Video''' (on sending agents of hell against the Walking Man): "Let's you and him fight, I like it."

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* In a Russian short story, after a devastating interstellar war, humanity and a race of human-sized insects wipe out each other (humans cause the bugs' star to go nova, while the bugs nuke Earth). The few remaining humans are helped by a race of benevolent aliens. When the aliens offer one of the humans (a clone, actually) a chance to fight a cloned bug, he readily agrees. During the fight, though, the bug (who has GeneticMemory) reveals that the supposed "benefactors" are, in fact, the masterminds behind the failed FirstContact between humand humans and bugs. Apparently, whenever they encoutner encounter a violent race that can potentially threaten them, they find another violent race and pit them against each other to mutual annihilation.
* Creator/SimonRGreen:
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Much of Simon R. Green's ''Literature/GuardAgainstDishonor'' is set up so as to get that series' married-cop protagonists, [[BattleCouple Hawk and Fisher]], to fight one another, as the bad guys implicate Fisher in police corruption while alleging Hawk has gone rogue and is killing innocent people. When they finally meet, [[spoiler: it's subverted, because they both care about each other more than about their duty as cops, so wouldn't have attacked each other even if the allegations had been true]].
* Simon R. Green's ** The ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' series has this as a favorite tactic of the main character.
--> ---> '''Count Video''' (on sending agents of hell against the Walking Man): "Let's you and him fight, I like it."



* This happens in [[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Granite Shield]], in which a weak and tiny expy of [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Protestant Wales]] distracts all of Europe by [[spoiler: assassinating the equivalent of the Pope]], thus plunging its many, many enemies into a decade of war.

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* This happens in [[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Granite Shield]], Shield]]'', in which a weak and tiny expy of [[FantasyCounterpartCulture Protestant Wales]] distracts all of Europe by [[spoiler: assassinating the equivalent of the Pope]], thus plunging its many, many enemies into a decade of war.



* ''Series/TheGreenHornet'' {{Crossover}} episode of ''Series/{{Batman}}'' included a classic "ignorant good guys beat the crap out of each other" scene. Given that the Green Hornet's cover story is that only a few people know that he isn't a bad guy - and solves many of his cases by intimidating the real bad guy into "cutting him in on the profits" - this one was pretty easy to script even by Batman standards.

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* ''Series/TheGreenHornet'' {{Crossover}} episode of ''Series/{{Batman}}'' ''Series/{{Batman|1966}}'' included a classic "ignorant good guys beat the crap out of each other" scene. Given that the Green Hornet's cover story is that only a few people know that he isn't a bad guy - and solves many of his cases by intimidating the real bad guy into "cutting him in on the profits" - this one was pretty easy to script even by Batman standards.



** In "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E7Angel}} Angel]]", Darla concocts a {{plan}} to entice Angel "back to the fold" by arranging to have him kill Buffy.

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** In "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E7Angel}} Angel]]", Darla concocts a {{plan}} [[ThePlan plan]] to entice Angel "back to the fold" by arranging to have him kill Buffy.



** "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E18DirtyGirls}} Dirty Girls]]" has a quite amusing variation as Spike and Faith, both former villains, fight each other because each is unaware that the other has gone through a HeelFaceTurn.

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** "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E18DirtyGirls}} "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E18DirtyGirls Dirty Girls]]" has a quite amusing variation as Spike and Faith, both former villains, fight each other because each is unaware that the other has gone through a HeelFaceTurn.



* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' a large part of Sheridan's strategy is to arrange this for the Shadows and Vorlons.
** Likewise, this trope was essentially the Shadow's philosophy: to get the younger races to fight amongst each other, so that the survivors would be stronger.
* Rare heroic example in season 5 of ''Series/TwentyFour'': Jack Bauer is inside a bank retrieving evidence [[spoiler:that will implicate the President of the United States in the day's conspiracy]] from a safety deposit box when Christopher Henderson's men manage to find him and surround the bank, but due to the fact that all the windows and walls are bulletproof, Jack's safe as long as he remains in the building--''but only then''. He has the bank president set off the silent alarm to call the police to the bank, and since Henderson can't allow that evidence to reach CTU (which it undoubtedly would if Bauer was arrested), his men open fire on the policemen, allowing Jack to escape in the confusion. In a police car, no less.

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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' a large part of Sheridan's strategy is to arrange this for the Shadows and Vorlons.
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Vorlons. Likewise, this trope was essentially the Shadow's philosophy: to get the younger races to fight amongst each other, so that the survivors would be stronger.
* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
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Rare heroic example in season 5 of ''Series/TwentyFour'': 5: Jack Bauer is inside a bank retrieving evidence [[spoiler:that will implicate the President of the United States in the day's conspiracy]] from a safety deposit box when Christopher Henderson's men manage to find him and surround the bank, but due to the fact that all the windows and walls are bulletproof, Jack's safe as long as he remains in the building--''but only then''. He has the bank president set off the silent alarm to call the police to the bank, and since Henderson can't allow that evidence to reach CTU (which it undoubtedly would if Bauer was arrested), his men open fire on the policemen, allowing Jack to escape in the confusion. In a police car, no less.



* In the final season of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Locke/the Smoke monster tries to manipulate Kate and Claire into killing each other over Aaron.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
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In the final season of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', season, Locke/the Smoke monster tries to manipulate Kate and Claire into killing each other over Aaron.



* Explicitly invoked in ''Series/ThreeKingdoms'' to explain the Huarong Valley incident: the victorious naval commander Zhou Yu reveals to his lord Sun Quan that he set up the pursuit so that Cao Cao would be chased into the forces of Sun Quan's nominal ally Liu Bei, intending for Cao Cao's successors to blame Liu Bei for his death and primarily target Liu Bei's force, leaving Sun Quan's force free to operate more freely. However, Liu Bei's military advisor Zhuge Liang revealed this plot to his lord, and that he'd deliberately left Guan Yu on that route ''because'' Guan Yu's honor debt for Cao Cao's past generosity to him meant that [[HonorBeforeReason he would let Cao Cao escape]], so as to escape Zhou Yu's plot (since apparently chasing Cao Cao back into the arms of Sun Quan/Zhou Yu's force wasn't an option).

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* ''Series/ThreeKingdoms'':
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Explicitly invoked in ''Series/ThreeKingdoms'' to explain the Huarong Valley incident: the victorious naval commander Zhou Yu reveals to his lord Sun Quan that he set up the pursuit so that Cao Cao would be chased into the forces of Sun Quan's nominal ally Liu Bei, intending for Cao Cao's successors to blame Liu Bei for his death and primarily target Liu Bei's force, leaving Sun Quan's force free to operate more freely. However, Liu Bei's military advisor Zhuge Liang revealed this plot to his lord, and that he'd deliberately left Guan Yu on that route ''because'' Guan Yu's honor debt for Cao Cao's past generosity to him meant that [[HonorBeforeReason he would let Cao Cao escape]], so as to escape Zhou Yu's plot (since apparently chasing Cao Cao back into the arms of Sun Quan/Zhou Yu's force wasn't an option).



* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': The Arrow and The Flash get into a fight after the latter has been infected with a HatePlague. It ends with a draw, as Arrow is able to stall Flash long enough for their allies to come up with a cure.

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* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': The Arrow and The Flash get into a fight after the latter has been infected with a HatePlague. It ends with in a draw, as Arrow is able to stall Flash long enough for their allies to come up with a cure.



* In the sixth episode of ''Series/BlackLightning'', Anissa (the title character's oldest daughter) goes to rescue her mother from Lady Eve's goons. Black Lightning soon arrives, but after seeing Anissa standing over his BoundAndGagged ex-wife, assumes that Anissa (whose face identity is hidden by her costume) is the kidnapper. A fight ensues, and Black Lightning only realizes that his opponent is his daughter ''after'' he's injured her.

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* In the sixth episode of ''Series/BlackLightning'', ''Series/BlackLightning2018'', Anissa (the title character's oldest daughter) goes to rescue her mother from Lady Eve's goons. Black Lightning soon arrives, but after seeing Anissa standing over his BoundAndGagged ex-wife, assumes that Anissa (whose face identity is hidden by her costume) is the kidnapper. A fight ensues, and Black Lightning only realizes that his opponent is his daughter ''after'' he's injured her.



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''

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** The plot of the infamous episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E19InThePaleMoonlight}} In the Pale Moonlight]]" is to set up a scenario that lets the Dominion and the Romulans fight.
** In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E11Homefront}} Homefront]]"/"[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E12ParadiseLost}} Paradise Lost]]", InsaneAdmiral Leyton is planning a coup against President Jaresh-Inyo. When the ''Defiant'' heads for Earth with crucial evidence, Leyton sends the ''Lakota'' to stop them by saying that the ''Defiant'' has been taken over by Changelings.

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** The plot of the infamous episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E19InThePaleMoonlight}} "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E19InThePaleMoonlight In the Pale Moonlight]]" is to set up a scenario that lets the Dominion and the Romulans fight.
** In "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E11Homefront}} Homefront]]"/"[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E12ParadiseLost}} Homefront]]"/"[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E12ParadiseLost Paradise Lost]]", InsaneAdmiral Leyton is planning a coup against President Jaresh-Inyo. When the ''Defiant'' heads for Earth with crucial evidence, Leyton sends the ''Lakota'' to stop them by saying that the ''Defiant'' has been taken over by Changelings.



* Wrestling/ElGenerico, Excess 69 and Wrestling/KevinSteen all competed with each other to have the least amount of time in the ring with Wrestling/SamoaJoe during a northern Championship wrestling four corner's match (and to a lesser extent, to be out of the ring in general as winner had to face Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH champion Wrestling/AustinAries) in January of 2005. 69 didn't want to be in the ring with Steen either, which in turn let Generico outmaneuver Steen.
* Wrestling/{{Raven}}'s plan for Wrestling/KurtAngle, Wrestling/{{Christian}} and Wrestling/SamoaJoe in Wrestling/{{TNA}} during early 2005 while he bid his time messing with Abyss until the time was opportune to enter the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA World Heavyweight Title picture and [[BecauseDestinySaysSo fulfill his destiny]].

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* Wrestling/ElGenerico, [[Wrestling/SamiZayn El Generico]], Excess 69 and Wrestling/KevinSteen all competed with each other to have the least amount of time in the ring with Wrestling/SamoaJoe during a northern Championship wrestling four corner's match (and to a lesser extent, to be out of the ring in general as winner had to face Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH champion Wrestling/AustinAries) in January of 2005. 69 didn't want to be in the ring with Steen either, which in turn let Generico outmaneuver Steen.
* Wrestling/{{Raven}}'s plan for Wrestling/KurtAngle, Wrestling/{{Christian}} and Wrestling/SamoaJoe in Wrestling/{{TNA}} during early 2005 while he bid his time messing with Abyss Wrestling/{{Abyss}} until the time was opportune to enter the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA World Heavyweight Title picture and [[BecauseDestinySaysSo fulfill his destiny]].



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* Mega Man first met his brother, Protoman, under these circumstances in ''VideoGame/MegaMan3''. Also, Duo for ''VideoGame/MegaMan8''.
** Also, an impending fight between ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' and Zero has been hinted upon ever since X2. (Though in a non-canon process just before the final battle in that case.) It was again touched upon in X4 before finally taking place in X5, and by extension, both X6. (And not ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 1'' and ''3'', since [[spoiler:that's a copy]].)

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* Mega Man first met his brother, Protoman, under these circumstances in ''VideoGame/MegaMan3''. Also, Duo for ''VideoGame/MegaMan8''.
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''VideoGame/MegaMan8''. Also, an impending fight between ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' and Zero has been hinted upon ever since X2. (Though in a non-canon process just before the final battle in that case.) It was again touched upon in X4 before finally taking place in X5, and by extension, both X6. (And not ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 1'' and ''3'', since [[spoiler:that's a copy]].)



* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''

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** The ''VideoGame/SonicRivals'' series is full of this. In the first game, 4 of the main characters - Sonic, Knuckles, Shadow, and Silver - fight each other because they want to be the first to confront Eggman [[spoiler:who turns out to be Eggman Nega later on.]] In the second game, the same 4 characters fight each other again, this time with a companion on their side (Tails, Rouge, Metal Sonic, and Espio respectively). Even [[AntiHeroTeam Team Dark]] teammates Shadow and Rouge fought each other.

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** The ''VideoGame/SonicRivals'' series is full of this. In the first game, 4 of the main characters - Sonic, Knuckles, Shadow, and Silver - fight each other because they want to be the first to confront Eggman [[spoiler:who turns out to be Eggman Nega later on.]] on]]. In the second game, the same 4 characters fight each other again, this time with a companion on their side (Tails, Rouge, Metal Sonic, and Espio respectively). Even [[AntiHeroTeam Team Dark]] teammates Shadow and Rouge fought each other.



*** In a storyline-driven example, crossing over with EnemyCivilWar, it's revealed that the Thalmor-led [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] have been carefully manipulating the Stormcloaks and Empire into a war with one another, as part of a grander plot to [[spoiler:weaken them both for an inevitable Second Great War, and eventually, exterminate [[KillAllHumans all of mankind]] as part of an ''even greater plot'' to [[OmnicidalManiac unmake the mortal world]]...]]

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*** In a storyline-driven example, crossing over with EnemyCivilWar, it's revealed that the Thalmor-led [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] have been carefully manipulating the Stormcloaks and Empire into a war with one another, as part of a grander plot to [[spoiler:weaken them both for an inevitable Second Great War, and eventually, exterminate [[KillAllHumans all of mankind]] as part of an ''even greater plot'' to [[OmnicidalManiac unmake the mortal world]]...]]world]]..]].



* ''WebComic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' [[http://arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0570.htm here]], partly for the pun and [[spoiler:partly as part of a quick little {{plan}} by Morgan]].

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* ''WebComic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'' [[http://arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0570.htm here]], partly for the pun and [[spoiler:partly as part of a quick little {{plan}} [[ThePlan plan]] by Morgan]].



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', an Immortal deliberately set up a fight between Elliot and a griffin named Tara in hopes of [[spoiler:getting Elliot killed.]] This method was chosen, as Immortals are forbidden from acting directly.

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', an Immortal deliberately set up a fight between Elliot and a griffin named Tara in hopes of [[spoiler:getting Elliot killed.]] killed]]. This method was chosen, as Immortals are forbidden from acting directly.



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'', ComicBook/{{Usagi|Yojimbo}} is forced to attack the titular turtles by a bad guy who tells him his sensei will be killed if he does not.

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* ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'':
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In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'', [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 series]], ComicBook/{{Usagi|Yojimbo}} is forced to attack the titular turtles by a bad guy who tells him his sensei will be killed if he does not.not.
** [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 The 2003 series]] has Leonardo and Raphael getting into this in episodes like "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003S1E2ABetterMousetrap A Better Mousetrap]]" and "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003S2E14CityAtWarPart1 City at War]]".



* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' episode "''Panther's Quest''".
** In the 90s ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' series, Panther did it ''without'' a misunderstanding. It looked very much like he woke up one morning thinking hunting them would be fun. If completely unfamiliar with the character, you'd have thought he was a villain in the vein of [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame Kraven the Hunter]], but it turns out that he's, well, ComicBook/BlackPanther, and he's testing the Four's strength to see if they were badass enough to help him out.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' episode "''Panther's Quest''".
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Quest''". In the 90s ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFour'' series, Panther did it ''without'' a misunderstanding. It looked very much like he woke up one morning thinking hunting them would be fun. If completely unfamiliar with the character, you'd have thought he was a villain in the vein of [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame Kraven the Hunter]], but it turns out that he's, well, ComicBook/BlackPanther, and he's testing the Four's strength to see if they were badass enough to help him out.



* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' has Leonardo and Raphael getting into this in episodes like "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003S1E2ABetterMousetrap A Better Mousetrap]]" and "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003S2E14CityAtWarPart1 City at War]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'' has Leonardo and Raphael getting into this in episodes like "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003S1E2ABetterMousetrap A Better Mousetrap]]" and "[[Recap/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003S2E14CityAtWarPart1 City at War]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Tweek vs. Craig", the boys keep on trying to let Tweek and Craig fight.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Tweek vs. Craig", the boys keep on trying make up stories to let get Tweek and Craig fight.to fight.



* There are cases of bar fights starting this way. A DirtyCoward troublemaker will rile up a huge crowd and then run away.

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* There are cases of [[BarBrawl bar fights fights]] starting this way. A DirtyCoward troublemaker will rile up a huge crowd and then run away.

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* ''FanFic/TheFlashSentryChronicles'': This is the first part of Lightning Blitz's plan in The Battle of Canterlot. After taking the entire city hostage and daring every citizen to try to find him and his companions, he and his friends set up enchanted runes around town that ensnare several victims at once. The ponies caught in the enchantment are trapped until the strongest is determined by a fight, forcing the groups to turn on each other and knock each other out in order to continue. This dwindles the heroes numbers while simultaneously exhausting them and damaging the trust and friendship between them.

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** Invoked and played straight at the same time by Schneizel [[spoiler: turning the Black Knights against Zero by careful manipulation of facts and a few lies toss in to make them betray him.]]


* ''Series/TheGreenHornet'' {{Crossover}} episode of ''Series/{{Batman}}'' included a classic "ignorant good guys beat the crap out of each other" scene.

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* ''Series/TheGreenHornet'' {{Crossover}} episode of ''Series/{{Batman}}'' included a classic "ignorant good guys beat the crap out of each other" scene. Given that the Green Hornet's cover story is that only a few people know that he isn't a bad guy - and solves many of his cases by intimidating the real bad guy into "cutting him in on the profits" - this one was pretty easy to script even by Batman standards.


* In ''VideGame/MassEffect3'', [[TotalitarianUtilitarian Cerberus]] attempts to incite a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Krogan]] [[SpaceRomans Turian]] war by detonating an extremely powerful bomb on the Krogan home world - a bomb placed there by the turians a thousand years ago as a failsafe.

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* In ''VideGame/MassEffect3'', ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[TotalitarianUtilitarian Cerberus]] attempts to incite a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Krogan]] [[SpaceRomans Turian]] war by detonating an extremely powerful bomb on the Krogan home world - a bomb placed there by the turians a thousand years ago as a failsafe.

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