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* Overlaps with NeutralityBacklash in ''Fanfic/TheLastSon''. Thousands of years ago, the [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kryptonians]] came across the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Kree-Skrull]] conflict, and attempted to mediate between them to end it peacefully. Neither side wanted to yield, and instead they tried to sway the Kryptonians to their side, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere so they ultimately gave up and abandoned the conflict altogether.]] It's partially subverted because, when the Kree and Skrulls tried to destroy Krypton in revenge, they were utterly ''[[CurbStompBattle decimated]]'' by their Battlestation Sentrius.


* From ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' after J.D. intervenes in an argument between [[BelligerentSexualTension Dr. Cox and Jordan]];
-->'''[[ButtMonkey J.D.]]:''' And just like that all the hatred they had for each other was instantly directed at me.

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* From ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' after ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
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J.D. intervenes in an argument between [[BelligerentSexualTension Dr. Cox and Jordan]];
-->'''[[ButtMonkey --->'''[[ButtMonkey J.D.]]:''' And just like that all the hatred they had for each other was instantly directed at me.me.
** In a ColdOpen, J.D. gets an earful from Carla and Elliot after commenting on their argument. When he realizes what he's gotten into, an ImagineSpot shows him pulling a lever that rewinds time to before he to involved. [[HereWeGoAgain He makes the same commments and gets roped in again]].

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* One ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' strip had Garfield and Odie facing each other, ready to fight, when Jon comes in and tells them that they should get along by focusing on something they have in common. They face Jon and angrily leer at him.


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* In the ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' episode where [[EvilOldFolks Granmda Ida]] loses a leg [[PetTheDog after saving Dewey, one of her grandsons, from being run over by a truck,]] Lois forces her oldest son, Francis, to take care of Ida until she fully recovers, citing that since he's unemployed at the time he has plenty of time to do so. Francis tells Lois that's a terrible idea because of how much they hate each other, but Lois responds that she doesn't care what it takes for them to get along but he's going to stay with Ida no matter what. When Francis starts pointing out Lois' flaws, Ida adds several other flaws that she's noticed while raising her.

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* In ''WebComic/TheClassMenagerie'', Tony at one point tries to get his best friend Kevin and his roommate Brad to stop flinging YourMom jokes at each other by pointing out that neither of them even ''likes'' their mothers. They promptly switch to flinging "your roommate" jokes and "your best friend" jokes (respectively) at each other instead. (which is admittedly a sort of stealth compliment, but Tony still clearly wishes that he'd never gotten involved)
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* One ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strip sees an exchange of snowballs over Snoopy's dog house while he's lying on it. He stands up and gently cautions, "peace." Cue a ''hail'' of snowballs striking him from both sides.


* The whole point of an SF story: A scientist sees this trope happen, has an epiphany and fakes an alien invasion to unite mankind. It works, even if it all comes out at the end.

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* Literature/TheBible (Proverbs 26:17) -- "Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own."


Subtrope of NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished, and related to UnwantedAssistance. Inversion of AppleOfDiscord, when a third party makes two allies ''start'' arguing - this is about making two arguers temporarily join forces against the intruder. Compare/contrast EnemyMine, when two mortal enemies join forces to defeat a mutual threat, GenghisGambit (where the mediator deliberately invokes this), and ContemptCrossfire.

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Subtrope of NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished, and related to UnwantedAssistance.UnwantedAssistance and ContemptCrossfire. Inversion of AppleOfDiscord, when a third party makes two allies ''start'' arguing - this is about making two arguers temporarily join forces against the intruder. Compare/contrast EnemyMine, when two mortal enemies join forces to defeat a mutual threat, threat and GenghisGambit (where the mediator deliberately invokes this), and ContemptCrossfire.this).


Subtrope of NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished, and related to UnwantedAssistance. Inversion of AppleOfDiscord, when a third party makes two allies ''start'' arguing - this is about making two arguers temporarily join forces against the intruder. Compare/contrast EnemyMine, when two mortal enemies join forces to defeat a mutual threat, and GenghisGambit (where the mediator deliberately invokes this).

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Subtrope of NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished, and related to UnwantedAssistance. Inversion of AppleOfDiscord, when a third party makes two allies ''start'' arguing - this is about making two arguers temporarily join forces against the intruder. Compare/contrast EnemyMine, when two mortal enemies join forces to defeat a mutual threat, and GenghisGambit (where the mediator deliberately invokes this).this), and ContemptCrossfire.


* In the Robert Asprin book ''[[Literature/MythAdventures The Sweet Myth-tery of Life]]'', Guido describes this as an inevitable result of getting involved in a domestic dispute.
** As previously shown by Skeeve in ''Hit or Myth'', when he got the reluctantly married king and queen to get along by telling off both of them. (And wisely brought bodyguards when he did it.)
* Very deliberately {{invoked|Trope}} by Creator/{{Saki}} in "Excepting Mrs. Pentherby".

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* In the Robert Asprin book ''[[Literature/MythAdventures The Sweet Myth-tery of Life]]'', Guido describes this as an inevitable result of getting involved in a domestic dispute.
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dispute. As previously shown by Skeeve in ''Hit or Myth'', when he got the reluctantly married king and queen to get along by telling off both of them. (And wisely brought bodyguards when he did it.)
* Very deliberately {{invoked|Trope}} %%* {{Invoked|Trope}} by Creator/{{Saki}} in "Excepting Mrs. Pentherby".


* In an early ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' comic strip, activist Mark Slackmeyer tries to quiet down an unruly crowd of disorganized and divied protesters by having them unite under a common goal, and they end up shouting "KILL THE MODERATOR!"

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* In an early ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' comic strip, activist Mark Slackmeyer tries to quiet down an unruly crowd of disorganized and divied divided protesters by having them unite under a common goal, and they end up shouting "KILL THE MODERATOR!"


* In an early ''ComicStrip/Doonesbury'' comic strip, activist Mark Slackmeyer tries to quiet down an unruly crowd of disorganized and divied protesters by having them unite under a common goal, and they end up shouting "KILL THE MODERATOR!"

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* In an early ''ComicStrip/Doonesbury'' ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' comic strip, activist Mark Slackmeyer tries to quiet down an unruly crowd of disorganized and divied protesters by having them unite under a common goal, and they end up shouting "KILL THE MODERATOR!"

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* In an early ''ComicStrip/Doonesbury'' comic strip, activist Mark Slackmeyer tries to quiet down an unruly crowd of disorganized and divied protesters by having them unite under a common goal, and they end up shouting "KILL THE MODERATOR!"

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* Simon Munnery's character Alan Parker, Urban Warrior, told a story about how he found himself in a pub in Glasgow and witnessed an argument between two men, fans of bitter rivals Rangers and Celtic. Alan stepped in, telling them that they shouldn't be fighting each other, but instead unite against the capitalist oppressors. He then took their scarves off them, tore them in half and then tied them back together so that they now read "Celgers" and "Rangtic". And do you know what those men did? They attacked him: Together! To be clear, Alan considered this a success.
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* Implicitly defied by Ash in Chapter 16 of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines. He overhears Misty and Iris having an argument about clothes, and decides not to get between them presumably for fear of this happening.

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* Implicitly defied by Ash in Chapter 16 of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines.''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines''. He overhears Misty and Iris having an argument about clothes, and decides not to get between them presumably for fear of this happening.

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