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* ''Film/JurassicWorld'': Is an I-rex threatening you and your family? No problem. Just [[spoiler: [[WhamLine open Paddock 9]] and let [[TyrannosaurusRex Rexy]] handle it. Bonus points if you can get a semi-trained [[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]] and a [[SeaMonster Mosasaurus]] to lend a hand]].

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* ''Film/JurassicWorld'': Is an I-rex threatening you and your family? No problem. Just [[spoiler: [[WhamLine open Paddock 9]] and let [[TyrannosaurusRex [[UsefulNotes/TyrannosaurusRex Rexy]] handle it. Bonus points if you can get a semi-trained [[RaptorAttack Velociraptor]] and a [[SeaMonster Mosasaurus]] to lend a hand]].


* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Batman and Superman are manipulated [[spoiler: and partly forced, due to Lex's kidnapping of Martha Kent]] by Lex Luthor into conflict.
* 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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* Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse:
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In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', Batman and Superman are manipulated [[spoiler: and (and partly forced, due to Lex's kidnapping of Martha Kent]] Kent)]] by Lex Luthor into conflict.
* ** In ''Film/JusticeLeague2017'', [[spoiler:after ''Film/{{Justice|League 2017}} [[Film/ZackSnydersJusticeLeague League]]'', after Superman comes back to life, he wanders the city is [[ResurrectionSickness confused and disoriented with amnesia. 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.


* ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'': [[spoiler:The war between the Osean Federation the Union of Yuktobanian Republics (the [[FictionalEarth Strangereal]] [[FantasyCounterpartCulture equivalents]] of the [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics]] respectively) is revealed to be orchestrated by a third faction: the Grey Men, a conspiracy of rich Belkan nationalists and FormerRegimePersonnel who seek revenge on the two superpowers for [[EnemyMine their role]] in the defeat of their Fatherland during the [[VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar Belkan War]] fifteen years ago. Even after the Grey Men are foiled, Belka's desire for revenge leads it to continue meddling in world affairs through subtler methods such as supplying new technologies for other nations to start wars with,]] [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/AceCombat7SkiesUnknown the Kingdom of Erusea being one of them]].]]

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* ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'': [[spoiler:The war between the Osean Federation the Union of Yuktobanian Republics (the [[FictionalEarth Strangereal]] [[FantasyCounterpartCulture equivalents]] of the [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics]] respectively) is revealed to be orchestrated by a third faction: the Grey Men, a conspiracy of rich Belkan nationalists and FormerRegimePersonnel who seek revenge on the two superpowers for [[EnemyMine their role]] in the defeat of their Fatherland during the [[VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar Belkan War]] fifteen years ago. Even after the Grey Men are foiled, Belka's desire for revenge leads it to continue meddling in world affairs through subtler methods such as supplying new technologies for other nations to start wars with,]] [[spoiler: with, [[VideoGame/AceCombat7SkiesUnknown the Kingdom of Erusea being one of them]].]]



** In the Subspace Emissary, Mario and Pit fight Link and Yoshi when one team finds the other standing over the dissolving fake trophy of either Zelda or Peach. Which team finds which depends on the player's actions. In both cases, the misunderstanding is eventually cleaned up and they join forces. This is one of several such misunderstandings that occur throughout the Subspace Emissary, most of which involving Meta Knight (i.e., Marth, Lucario, almost with Snake). There's almost one between Fox and Sheik, but it is [[DefiedTrope broken up]] by [[TheChick Peach]]. ''With tea.'' The use of this strategy by a player, during a multiplayer match, is the bane of StopHavingFunGuys everywhere.

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** In the Subspace Emissary, Mario and Pit fight Link and Yoshi when one team finds the other standing over the dissolving fake trophy of either Zelda or Peach. Which team finds which depends on the player's actions. In both cases, the misunderstanding is eventually cleaned up and they join forces. This is one of several such misunderstandings that occur throughout the Subspace Emissary, most of which involving Meta Knight (i.e., Marth, Lucario, almost with Snake). There's almost one between Fox and Sheik, but it is [[DefiedTrope broken up]] before an actual fight can occur by [[TheChick Peach]]. ''With tea.'' The use of this strategy by a player, during a multiplayer match, is the bane of StopHavingFunGuys everywhere.



* In the Story Mode of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', the heroes get into fights with each other a lot, either via misunderstandings or just plain getting angry at one another. (Most of the latter examples involve Johnny Cage, who acts like a jerk a ''lot'' over the course of the story.)

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* In the Story Mode of ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', the heroes get into fights with each other a lot, either via misunderstandings or just plain getting angry at one another. (Most Most of the latter examples involve Johnny Cage, who acts like a jerk a ''lot'' over the course of the story.)



** ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry3DantesAwakening'' has this to an extent. [[spoiler: Arkham was playing Lady, Vergil and Dante, and trying to get them to fight each other, and weaken each other so that he could come out on top, and open the gate to hell. Dante and Vergil do end up fighting each other in the end, though Lady and Dante end up sort of on the same side.]]

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** ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry3DantesAwakening'' has this to an extent. [[spoiler: Arkham was playing Lady, Vergil and Dante, and trying to get them to fight each other, and weaken each other so that he could come out on top, and open the gate to hell. Dante and Vergil do end up fighting each other in the end, though Lady and Dante end up sort of on the same side.]]



** In ''Imperishable Night'', the 4th stage boss is either [[TheProtagonist Reimu or Marisa]], who attack your party for causing the titular imperishable night. In truth, the team you pick ''did'' do this, but only because of the ''real'' incident: the corrupted moon, and are trying to buy time. Not that Reimu and Marisa are willing to ''listen'' to that reasoning, though. In fact, they are either oblivious to the moon problem, or immediately blame ''you'' for the moon problem, once you bring it up.

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** In ''Imperishable Night'', the 4th stage boss is either [[TheProtagonist Reimu or Marisa]], who attack your party for causing the titular imperishable night. In truth, the team you pick ''did'' do this, but only because of the ''real'' incident: the corrupted moon, and are trying to buy time. Not that Reimu and Marisa are willing to ''listen'' to that reasoning, though. In fact, they are either oblivious to the moon problem, or immediately blame ''you'' for the moon problem, it once you bring it up.



* ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' has the vigor "Possession," which when used not only makes [[SentryGun automata]] to gun down enemy {{Mooks}} but also allows {{Mooks}} to fight each other until the effect wears off.

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* ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' has the vigor "Possession," which when used not only makes [[SentryGun automata]] to gun down enemy {{Mooks}} but also allows {{Mooks}} mooks to fight each other until the effect wears off.


* "Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly" This is how Broly comes to blows with Goku and Vegeta. [[spoiler: The saiyans exile Broly to planet Vampa, where he and his father Paragus live for 41 years. The newly resurrected Frieza, in the process of rebuilding his empire, finds and recruits them. He offers Paragus the chance to get revenge on Vegeta, the son of the king who exiled Broly. Even though Broly doesn't want to fight, his desire to escape Vampa, and his father's desire for revenge, allows Frieza to manipulate Broly into attacking his most hated enemies.]]

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* "Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly" ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'': This is how Broly comes to blows with Goku and Vegeta. [[spoiler: The saiyans exile Broly to planet Vampa, where he and his father Paragus live for 41 years. The newly resurrected Frieza, in the process of rebuilding his empire, finds and recruits them. He offers Paragus the chance to get revenge on Vegeta, the son of the king who exiled Broly. Even though Broly doesn't want to fight, his desire to escape Vampa, and his father's desire for revenge, allows Frieza to manipulate Broly into attacking his most hated enemies.]]


* ''Manga/CityHunter'': Mick Angel and Ryo's way to say hello when they met after very long time? Shoot at each other until they emptied their guns. Then they started laughing like idiots, and, after Mick revealed he had been hired to kill Ryo, they hit a few pubs.



* ''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.



* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun'': Benjamin Boom Boom, the patriarch of the murderous Boom Boom Family, uses his iteration of the Boom Booms' shared Stand [[MagnetismManipulation Tomb of the Boom]] to manipulate the iron implants in his face and disguise himself as Johnny Joestar, then attacks Mountain Tim[[note]]who was investigating murders committed by the Boom Booms[[/note]] and flees, hoping to turn Mountain Tim against Johnny and Gyro and lead all three of them into a trap. [[spoiler:It ''almost'' works, but fortunately Tim realizes just in time that he, Johnny, and Gyro have been magnetized by the Boom Booms, and the three join forces.]]



%% * ''Anime/SonicX'', "Cracking Knuckles", carrying on a tradition from the [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog video games]]. Knuckles manages to believe the villain way too often for his own good.

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%% * ''Anime/SonicX'', "Cracking Knuckles", carrying on a tradition from the [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog video games]]. ''Anime/SonicX'': Knuckles manages to believe the villain way too very often attacks Sonic and friends due to believing Dr. Eggman's lies.
* ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': Kirito was rendered catatonic and is cared
for his own good.by Alice. Kirito's wife Asuna eventually arrives and tries to see him, but Alice has no idea who she is and attacks her, thinking she is either an assassin or a stalker about to attack him. It doesn't help that Asuna doesn't try to explain herself and just keeping demanding "My Kirito", which further convinces Alice that she is a stalker. The fight is broken up by a third party, then they are eventually able to come to an understanding.



* ''Manga/CityHunter'': Mick Angel and Ryo's way to say hello when they met after very long time? Shoot at each other until they emptied their guns. Then they started laughing like idiots, and, after Mick revealed he had been hired to kill Ryo, they hit a few pubs.



* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureSteelBallRun'': Benjamin Boom Boom, the patriarch of the murderous Boom Boom Family, uses his iteration of the Boom Booms' shared Stand [[MagnetismManipulation Tomb of the Boom]] to manipulate the iron implants in his face and disguise himself as Johnny Joestar, then attacks Mountain Tim[[note]]who was investigating murders committed by the Boom Booms[[/note]] and flees, hoping to turn Mountain Tim against Johnny and Gyro and lead all three of them into a trap. [[spoiler:It ''almost'' works, but fortunately Tim realizes just in time that he, Johnny, and Gyro have been magnetized by the Boom Booms, and the three join forces.]]
* ''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.


* Played for laughs in ''Film/TheyCallMeBruce'' The protagonist is called "Bruce" and though he does not practice martial arts, he is assumed to by everyone due to being Asian and having a very superficial resemblance to the late Bruce Lee, and having accidentally foiled a convenience store robbery. He is accosted by a grup of thugs who wish to test his martial arts skills. [[spoiler:When one thug demonstrates he himself is proficient at martial arts, Bruce compliments him on his skill and asks who his teacher was. When the thug answers, Bruce claims to have studied under the same sensei and says that because of "the code" it means they can't fight each other. Then, when a second thug tells him that he studied under a different sensei, Bruce says "that's great, that means you two can fight each other!" and goads them into doing so while he quietly slips away.]]

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* Played for laughs in ''Film/TheyCallMeBruce'' The protagonist is called "Bruce" and though he does not practice know martial arts, he is assumed to by everyone due to being Asian and having a very superficial resemblance to the late Bruce Lee, and having accidentally foiled a convenience store robbery. He is accosted by a grup group of thugs who wish to test his martial arts skills. [[spoiler:When one thug demonstrates he himself is proficient at martial arts, Bruce compliments him on his skill and asks who his teacher was. When the thug answers, Bruce claims to have studied under the same sensei and says that because of "the code" it means they can't fight each other. Then, when a second thug tells him that he studied under a different sensei, Bruce says "that's great, that means you two can fight each other!" and goads them into doing so while he quietly slips away.]]


* Played for laughs in ''Film/TheyCallMeBruce'', where the protagonist (who is referred to as "Bruce" and does not practice martial arts but is assumed to by everyone due to being Asian and having a very superficial resemblance to the late Bruce Lee) tries to scare off one of two thugs by claiming he can kill him with his martial arts prowess (it had actually worked earlier in the film). [[spoiler:When the thug demonstrates he's proficient at martial arts, Bruce compliments him on his skill and asks who his teacher was. When the thug tells him, Bruce claims to have studied under the same sensei and says that it means they can't fight each other. Then, when the second thug tells him that he studied under a different sensei, Bruce says "that's great, that means you two can fight each other!" and goads them into doing so while he quickly slips away.]]

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* Played for laughs in ''Film/TheyCallMeBruce'', where the ''Film/TheyCallMeBruce'' The protagonist (who is referred to as called "Bruce" and though he does not practice martial arts but arts, he is assumed to by everyone due to being Asian and having a very superficial resemblance to the late Bruce Lee) tries to scare off one Lee, and having accidentally foiled a convenience store robbery. He is accosted by a grup of two thugs by claiming he can kill him with who wish to test his martial arts prowess (it had actually worked earlier in the film). skills. [[spoiler:When the one thug demonstrates he's he himself is proficient at martial arts, Bruce compliments him on his skill and asks who his teacher was. When the thug tells him, answers, Bruce claims to have studied under the same sensei and says that because of "the code" it means they can't fight each other. Then, when the a second thug tells him that he studied under a different sensei, Bruce says "that's great, that means you two can fight each other!" and goads them into doing so while he quickly quietly slips away.]]


* ''Fanfic/CodePrimeR1'': Megatron mostly ignores Britannia beyond assisting Charles with finding Energon because he wants the humans to find Optimus, and believes that backing Britannia is the most effective method of doing so - he knows Optimus won't allow innocents to be subjected to the cruelty Britannia practices on a daily basis and is waiting for Prime to take a stand. [[spoiler: Optimus finally obliges during Chapter 5, to Megatron's delight]].

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* ''Fanfic/CodePrimeR1'': ''Fanfic/CodePrime'': Megatron mostly ignores Britannia beyond assisting Charles with finding Energon because he wants the humans to find Optimus, and believes that backing Britannia is the most effective method of doing so - he knows Optimus won't allow innocents to be subjected to the cruelty Britannia practices on a daily basis and is waiting for Prime to take a stand. [[spoiler: Optimus finally obliges during Chapter 5, to Megatron's delight]].


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* ''Fanfic/AvengersAndTrollhunters'': The Avengers are only in Arcadia because they picked up the energy from Claire's shadow portals and mistook it for some sort of backup plan of Loki's. Therefore, they're already on edge and quick to confront Jim and his friends when they realize the group is hiding something; the teens, already paranoid about potential Changeling infiltration, just as quickly lash out when confronted, leading to a fight that results in Claire getting hurt before anyone can calm things down.

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* ''Film/GodzillaVsKong'': A more complicated example than usual because, unlike [[Film/KingKongVsGodzilla the original crossover]], the humans don't actually ''want'' the two to fight, but by transporting Kong off of Skull Island (for unrelated reasons), Godzilla immediately sees Kong as a rival intruding on his territory, while eventually Kong has enough of Godzilla's repeated attacks, and in the end, [[CoolVersusAwesome you get what you came for]].

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* ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'':
** When the heroes travel to the Orleans Singularity in 1431, Mash attempts to ask some passing French soldiers what is going on, but she addresses them in English. This makes the soldiers think they are part of the English army and attack them. Also, because [[EvilKnockoff Jeanne Alter]] looks like Jeanne d'Arc, this makes the the French hate and fear Jeanne, often forcing her to hide.
** In the crossover with ''LightNovel/FateRequiem'', Erice Utsumi is very hostile to the heroes because she doesn't understand what they are doing and thinks that they enslave Servants. When she sees Voyager working for them, she goes berserk and thinks they stole him from her, not knowing he is a different version of him. When she later finds out Chaldea's mission to save the world, she apologizes.


* It seems a mandatory part of every entry of the Heisei ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series (except maybe ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'') that every single pair of Riders must fight each other at least once in the series. Made the entire point of ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', where ThereCanBeOnlyOne.

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* It seems a mandatory part of every entry of the Heisei ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series (except maybe ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'') ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' (which only had one Rider) and ''Series/KamenRiderHibiki'' (which had no Riders fighting one another)) that every single pair of Riders must fight each other at least once in the series. Made the entire point of ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', where ThereCanBeOnlyOne.


* ''Fanfic/CodePrimeR1Rebellion'': Megatron mostly ignores Britannia beyond assisting Charles with finding Energon because he wants the humans to find Optimus, and believes that backing Britannia is the most effective method of doing so - he knows Optimus won't allow innocents to be subjected to the cruelty Britannia practices on a daily basis and is waiting for Prime to take a stand. [[spoiler: Optimus finally obliges during Chapter 5, to Megatron's delight]].

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* ''Fanfic/CodePrimeR1Rebellion'': ''Fanfic/CodePrimeR1'': Megatron mostly ignores Britannia beyond assisting Charles with finding Energon because he wants the humans to find Optimus, and believes that backing Britannia is the most effective method of doing so - he knows Optimus won't allow innocents to be subjected to the cruelty Britannia practices on a daily basis and is waiting for Prime to take a stand. [[spoiler: Optimus finally obliges during Chapter 5, to Megatron's delight]].


* ''FanFic/{{Cenotaph}}'' features resident teen [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] Skitter, manipulating [[spoiler: Lung and Kaiser]] into a battle to the death. Then, when it looks like Kaiser might get away, she makes sure he is distracted and off-balence at a crucial moment. Kaiser was the one she thought would be harder to take down, ultimately.

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* ''FanFic/{{Cenotaph}}'' ''Fanfic/{{Cenotaph}}'' features resident teen [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] Skitter, manipulating [[spoiler: Lung and Kaiser]] into a battle to the death. Then, when it looks like Kaiser might get away, she makes sure he is distracted and off-balence at a crucial moment. Kaiser was the one she thought would be harder to take down, ultimately.



* During ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness'', Suika Ibuki accuses Coop--and Megas by extension--of stealing her prized sake gourd. Not knowing who she was or what she was talking about, Coop denies it and rebuffs Alice when she tries to warn him that it wasn't an ordinary little girl he was dealing with. This prompts Suika to super-size herself and punch Megas away from her, followed by her reciting the trope name almost word for word:

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* During ''FanFic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness'', ''Fanfic/FantasyOfUtterRidiculousness'', Suika Ibuki accuses Coop--and Megas by extension--of stealing her prized sake gourd. Not knowing who she was or what she was talking about, Coop denies it and rebuffs Alice when she tries to warn him that it wasn't an ordinary little girl he was dealing with. This prompts Suika to super-size herself and punch Megas away from her, followed by her reciting the trope name almost word for word:



* ''FanFic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster'': Ben and his servant Avenger against Saber and Archer. Ben and Avenger are always the one '''being''' attacked and are just defending themselves (with one exception, and even then there was a justification). Saber, Archer and Rin are too busy seeing him as a threat (actually outright attacking him on sight) to [[PoorCommunicationKills actually stop and talk with him and realise he]] doesn't want to win the Grail and is wary of it's [[JerkassGenie wish granting ability]].

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* ''FanFic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster'': ''Fanfic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster'': Ben and his servant Avenger against Saber and Archer. Ben and Avenger are always the one '''being''' attacked and are just defending themselves (with one exception, and even then there was a justification). Saber, Archer and Rin are too busy seeing him as a threat (actually outright attacking him on sight) to [[PoorCommunicationKills actually stop and talk with him and realise he]] doesn't want to win the Grail and is wary of it's [[JerkassGenie wish granting ability]].



* In the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' [[BadFuture Dark World Series]], Twilight's group ''does'' end up fighting with the rest of the mane six due to the others being BrainwashedAndCrazy until Discord's spell was broken. However, this is averted with Applejack and Twilight, who broke Discord's spell independently of one another and when they run into each other mistake the other as still being brainwashed. While Applejack does panic and kick her (leading to a comical moment of Twilight ending up under a Dirt Maid's skirt and being kicked back onto Applejack), they quickly put two and two together (such as Twilight calling her ''Applejack'' instead of Liarjack and Applejack having washed her CoolHat for the first time since the Day of Chaos) and realize the other isn't acting like Twilight Tragedy[=/=]Liarjack. They each quickly realize the others pulled a HeelFaceTurn and decide to trust each other and team up.

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* In the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' [[BadFuture Dark World Series]], Twilight's group ''does'' end up fighting with the rest of the mane six due to the others being BrainwashedAndCrazy until Discord's spell was broken. However, this is averted with Applejack and Twilight, who broke Discord's spell independently of one another and when they run into each other mistake the other as still being brainwashed. While Applejack does panic and kick her (leading to a comical moment of Twilight ending up under a Dirt Maid's skirt and being kicked back onto Applejack), they quickly put two and two together (such as Twilight calling her ''Applejack'' instead of Liarjack and Applejack having washed her CoolHat for the first time since the Day of Chaos) and realize the other isn't acting like Twilight Tragedy[=/=]Liarjack. They each quickly realize the others pulled a HeelFaceTurn and decide to trust each other and team up.



* ''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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* ''FanFic/TheFlashSentryChronicles'': ''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.



** Much of ''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]].

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** ''Literature/ForestKingdom'': Much of ''Literature/GuardAgainstDishonor'' the ''Hawk & Fisher'' spinoff series' book 5 (''Guard Against Dishonor'') 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]].

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* Played for laughs in ''Film/TheyCallMeBruce'', where the protagonist (who is referred to as "Bruce" and does not practice martial arts but is assumed to by everyone due to being Asian and having a very superficial resemblance to the late Bruce Lee) tries to scare off one of two thugs by claiming he can kill him with his martial arts prowess (it had actually worked earlier in the film). [[spoiler:When the thug demonstrates he's proficient at martial arts, Bruce compliments him on his skill and asks who his teacher was. When the thug tells him, Bruce claims to have studied under the same sensei and says that it means they can't fight each other. Then, when the second thug tells him that he studied under a different sensei, Bruce says "that's great, that means you two can fight each other!" and goads them into doing so while he quickly slips away.]]


* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', the first fight between Negi and Setsuna (in the {{furo|Scene}}) has distinct overtones of this. Negi loses. [[GroinAttack Painfully]].

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* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/NegimaMagisterNegiMagi'', the first fight between Negi and Setsuna (in the {{furo|Scene}}) has distinct overtones of this. Negi loses. [[GroinAttack Painfully]].



* Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' show us the kind of person who would use this trope: Megumi is TheBully / SchoolYardBullyAllGrownUp / TheRival for Miki, and her personal definition of ''a friend'' is: ''Someone whom Megumi can manipulate to beat Miki''. Just after Megumi hears Miki describing to his mother a powerful enemy at the Endou house, while being punished for constantly CarryingACake:

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* Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' ''Manga/RamenFighterMiki'' show us the kind of person who would use this trope: Megumi is TheBully / SchoolYardBullyAllGrownUp / TheRival for Miki, and her personal definition of ''a friend'' is: ''Someone whom Megumi can manipulate to beat Miki''. Just after Megumi hears Miki describing to his mother a powerful enemy at the Endou house, while being punished for constantly CarryingACake:

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