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* OlderThanRadio: Quoth Scott Higgins' article in Cinema Journal 47, No. 2: "Brewster and Jacobs invoke Sheridan’s parody of this warhorse of situations in his 1779 play ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''. Sheridan mocks melodramatic convention by having a fictional playwright concoct a scene in which two women hold the man they both love at dagger’s point; the man, in turn, draws two daggers and holds them on the women, at which point their two uncles enter and draw their swords against the lover. The standoff is resolved when, unexpectedly, a Beefeater enters and orders "In the Queen’s Name, I charge you all to drop your swords and Daggers."

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* OlderThanRadio: Quoth Scott Higgins' article in Cinema Journal 47, No. 2: "Brewster and Jacobs invoke Sheridan’s parody of this warhorse of situations in his 1779 play ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''.''Theatre/TheCritic''. Sheridan mocks melodramatic convention by having a fictional playwright concoct a scene in which two women hold the man they both love at dagger’s point; the man, in turn, draws two daggers and holds them on the women, at which point their two uncles enter and draw their swords against the lover. The standoff is resolved when, unexpectedly, a Beefeater enters and orders "In the Queen’s Name, I charge you all to drop your swords and Daggers."


** The game features a three-way Mexican Standoff between [[spoiler:Gippal, Nooj, and Baralai]]. Actually, it happens *twice*, if you go around getting the optional scenes.
** There's also a very brief Mexican Standoff between [[spoiler:Yuna, Rikku, and Paine when the latter two are [[DemonicPossession temporarily possessed by Shuyin]] in the Den of Woe.]] Probably not a true Standoff in the way that at least one party had no intention of harming the others.

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** The game features a three-way Mexican Standoff between [[spoiler:Gippal, Nooj, and Baralai]]. Actually, it happens *twice*, twice, if you go around getting the optional scenes.
** There's also a very brief Mexican Standoff one between [[spoiler:Yuna, Rikku, and Paine when the latter two are [[DemonicPossession temporarily possessed by Shuyin]] in the Den of Woe.]] Probably not a true Standoff in the way that at least one party had no intention of harming the others.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{GI Joe}}'' plays with this bit when Shipwreck is confronted by Destro and the Dredknoks just after he dumped a chemical that makes water explode down the drain. To hold them off, Shipwreck has a lit match and threatens to ignite the treated water. Destro confidently tells him that's pointless since a triggering explosion is needed to set off the water. Shipwreck calls it a bluff and Destro dares him to find out. Shipwreck does and drops the match down the drain, only to learn he was not bluffing as nothing happens. Now with the Joe's trump card now worthless, the Dredknoks open fire, but Shipwreck dodges and that weapons fire provides the triggering explosion to set the water off.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{GI Joe}}'' plays with this bit when Shipwreck is confronted by Destro and the Dredknoks just after he dumped a chemical that makes water explode down the drain. To hold them off, Shipwreck has a lit match and threatens to ignite the treated water. Destro confidently tells him that's pointless since a triggering explosion is needed to set off the water. Shipwreck calls it a bluff and Destro dares him to find out. Shipwreck does and drops the match down the drain, only to learn he was not bluffing as nothing happens. Now with the Joe's trump card now worthless, the Dredknoks open fire, but Shipwreck dodges and that weapons fire provides the triggering explosion to set the water off.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' took this trope to comedic excess in the episode "Let 'em Eat Corn", which climaxed in a 5-way Mexican Standoff, with each faction armed with a nuclear missile. It then ''anti''-climaxed when they all fire, and find out the nukes (all bought from the British) are duds.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' [[ParodiedTrope took this trope to comedic excess excess]] in the episode "Let 'em Eat Corn", which climaxed in a 5-way Mexican Standoff, with each faction armed with a nuclear missile. It then ''anti''-climaxed when they all fire, and find out the nukes (all bought from the British) are duds.


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* Gloriously averted in an issue of ComicBook/{{Fray}} when Fray and a mook are pointing guns into each other's faces:
---> '''Mook:''' Well, it appears we have a standoff.
---> ''Fray shoots him in the face''
---> '''Fray:''' ''I'' don't have a standoff.

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* Gloriously averted in an issue of ComicBook/{{Fray}} ''ComicBook/{{Fray}}'' when Fray and a mook are pointing guns into each other's faces:
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'''Fray:''' ''I'' don't have a standoff.



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* ''Film/DeltaFarce'': "Here, we just call it a standoff."

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* Creator/JossWhedon seems to like subverting this a lot:
** In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode, "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E21TwoToGo Two to Go]]", Xander, Andrew, and Jonathan are caught in a two-sided Mexican stand-off when Andrew holds Xander at swordpoint, and Jonathan, trying to keep Andrew from killing Xander, puts his own sword to Andrew's neck.
** In the Franchise/{{Buffyverse}} comic book miniseries ''{{ComicBook/Fray}}'', Melaka and one of the two random goons after the same prize end up pointing laser pistols at each other, causing the goon to state "It appears we have a standoff." Melaka's response? "What standoff?" BLAM.
** Also subverted rather beautifully in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "[[Recap/FireflyE01Serenity Serenity]]", where River is taken hostage by the Alliance mole, who has a gun to her head, and Mal is walking back up from their latest illegal dealing. Considering he, Jayne, and Zoe just came back from an outing during which they were all heavily armed, and considering the fed had allegedly called for backup, this could easily have led to a Mexican standoff, especially given that Jayne is prone to betrayal at the drop of a hat if given enough money. Instead, Mal and the others almost completely ignore the man's threats, with Mal simply shooting him in the face as soon as he catches sight of him without even slowing his pace or being fazed one bit.
** ''Serenity'', the [[TheMovie Big Damn Movie]] of ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. This happens twice between Captain Mal and River Tam: the first time in the bar after River has demonstrated her martial arts abilities, and the second after River escapes custody and goes to the bridge.
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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E5RevengeOfTheCybermen "Revenge of the Cybermen"]], Dr. Kellerman and the commander face off. [[spoiler:The other surviving crewman jumps Kellerman.]]
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks "Destiny of the Daleks"]], one occurs when a squad of Daleks corner the Doctor, but he threatens to blow up Davros if they don't "[[UnusualEuphemism spack off!]]" When they do stand down momentarily, the Doctor says "I believe this is what's called a Mexican Standoff".
** A Time Lords one at the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], with the Doctor versus [[spoiler:the Master and Rassilon.]]
** Again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]], when the Daleks gloat at the Doctor at gunpoint while he holds ''them'' hostage by threatening to blow up the TARDIS and take the Dalek ship with it. Eventually, however, the Daleks figure out that the self-destruct device the Doctor's been threatening them with is actually a jammy dodger, and everything goes to hell in a handbasket.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E5RevengeOfTheCybermen "Revenge of the Cybermen"]], Cybermen"]]: Dr. Kellerman and the commander face off. [[spoiler:The other surviving crewman jumps Kellerman.]]
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks "Destiny of the Daleks"]], one Daleks"]]: One occurs when a squad of Daleks corner the Doctor, but he threatens to blow up Davros if they don't "[[UnusualEuphemism spack off!]]" When they do stand down momentarily, the Doctor says "I believe this is what's called a Mexican Standoff".
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** A Time Lords one at the end of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]], Time"]]: A Time Lord one occurs near the end, with the Doctor versus [[spoiler:the Master and Rassilon.Rassilon]]. The Doctor has [[BatmanGrabsAGun a gun]], [[spoiler:Rassilon has his Gauntlet of Doom and the Master has his resurrection-induced lightning powers.]] It's resolved when [[spoiler:the Doctor takes a [[TakeAThirdOption third option]] and shoots the diamond creating the connection between Gallifrey and Earth. The Master then attacks Rassilon in revenge, leaving the Doctor on Earth as Gallifrey and the other Time Lords are sucked back into the Time Lock.]]
** Again in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]], when the Daleks"]]: The Daleks gloat at the Doctor at gunpoint while he holds ''them'' hostage by threatening to blow up the TARDIS and take the Dalek ship with it. Eventually, however, the Daleks figure out that the self-destruct device the Doctor's been threatening them with is actually a jammy dodger, and everything goes to hell in a handbasket.



** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS38E3Orphan55 "Orphan 55"]]: When the Doctor locks herself, a human called Bella, and an alien called a Dreg in a sealed room, she points out that they're keeping each other alive since [[spoiler:the Dreg breathes carbon dioxide and exhales oxygen, and that if it kills the Doctor or Bella it'll suffocate before it can escape]]. The Dreg realises that co-operating with the Doctor is the only way out of this situation, and stops attacking the Doctor long enough for her to open the door.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS38E3Orphan55 "Orphan 55"]]: When the Doctor locks herself, a human called Bella, and an alien called a Dreg in a sealed room, she points out that they're keeping each other alive since [[spoiler:the Dreg breathes carbon dioxide and exhales oxygen, and that so if it kills the Doctor or Bella it'll suffocate before it can escape]]. The Dreg realises that co-operating with the Doctor is the only way out of this situation, and stops attacking the Doctor long enough for her to open the door.



* Creator/JossWhedon seems to like subverting this a lot:
** In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode, "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E21TwoToGo Two to Go]]", Xander, Andrew, and Jonathan are caught in a two-sided Mexican stand-off when Andrew holds Xander at swordpoint, and Jonathan, trying to keep Andrew from killing Xander, puts his own sword to Andrew's neck.
** In the Franchise/{{Buffyverse}} comic book miniseries ''{{ComicBook/Fray}}'', Melaka and one of the two random goons after the same prize end up pointing laser pistols at each other, causing the goon to state "It appears we have a standoff." Melaka's response? "What standoff?" BLAM.
** Also subverted rather beautifully in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "[[Recap/FireflyE01Serenity Serenity]]", where River is taken hostage by the Alliance mole, who has a gun to her head, and Mal is walking back up from their latest illegal dealing. Considering he, Jayne, and Zoe just came back from an outing during which they were all heavily armed, and considering the fed had allegedly called for backup, this could easily have led to a Mexican standoff, especially given that Jayne is prone to betrayal at the drop of a hat if given enough money. Instead, Mal and the others almost completely ignore the man's threats, with Mal simply shooting him in the face as soon as he catches sight of him without even slowing his pace or being fazed one bit.
** ''Serenity'', the [[TheMovie Big Damn Movie]] of ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. This happens twice between Captain Mal and River Tam: the first time in the bar after River has demonstrated her martial arts abilities, and the second after River escapes custody and goes to the bridge.



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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Castlevania}}'' ends the fight between Trevor and Alucard like this -- Trevor has a knife partially buried in Alucard's sternum, but wouldn't be able to fully stake him before Alucard rips his throat out with his fangs. The fact that Trevor's [[TakingYouWithMe perfectly willing to go through with it]] impresses Alucard enough that he ends the fight and agrees to work with Trevor against Dracula.



* ''WesternAnimation/FinalSpace'': In Episode 6, Avocato and Quinn both draw guns on each other when the former wants to go rescue his son while the latter wants to close the breach first. Then they both aim their guns at Gary to force him to choose which mission comes first. KVN tries to join in by drawing two guns of his own, but is quickly disarmed.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Castlevania}}'' ends the fight between Trevor and Alucard like this -- Trevor has a knife partially buried in Alucard's sternum, but wouldn't be able to fully stake him before Alucard rips his throat out with his fangs. The fact that Trevor's [[TakingYouWithMe perfectly willing to go through with it]] impresses Alucard enough that he ends the fight and agrees to work with Trevor against Dracula.
* ''WesternAnimation/FinalSpace'': In Episode 6, Avocato and Quinn both draw guns on each other when the former wants to go rescue his son while the latter wants to close the breach first. Then they both aim their guns at Gary to force him to choose which mission comes first. KVN tries to join in by drawing two guns of his own, but is quickly disarmed.


** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS38E3Orphan55 "Orphan 55"]]: When the Doctor locks herself, a human called Bella, and an alien called a Dreg in a sealed room, she points out that they're keeping each other alive since the Dreg breathes carbon dioxide and exhales oxygen, and that if it kills the Doctor or Bella it'll suffocate before it can escape. The Dreg realises that co-operating with the Doctor is the only way out of this situation, and stops attacking the Doctor long enough for her to open the door.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS38E3Orphan55 "Orphan 55"]]: When the Doctor locks herself, a human called Bella, and an alien called a Dreg in a sealed room, she points out that they're keeping each other alive since the [[spoiler:the Dreg breathes carbon dioxide and exhales oxygen, and that if it kills the Doctor or Bella it'll suffocate before it can escape.escape]]. The Dreg realises that co-operating with the Doctor is the only way out of this situation, and stops attacking the Doctor long enough for her to open the door.

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS38E3Orphan55 "Orphan 55"]]: When the Doctor locks herself, a human called Bella, and an alien called a Dreg in a sealed room, she points out that they're keeping each other alive since the Dreg breathes carbon dioxide and exhales oxygen, and that if it kills the Doctor or Bella it'll suffocate before it can escape. The Dreg realises that co-operating with the Doctor is the only way out of this situation, and stops attacking the Doctor long enough for her to open the door.


* In this PowerRangers [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1910801/1/Constants fanfiction]], it's referenced by name.
* In the Halo fanfiction Fanfic/TheLife, Frank, Pavel, and two [[RedShirt redshirts]] get into a short one with a Spartan III team. The misunderstanding is quickly fixed, though. Through talking, not shooting.

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* In this PowerRangers ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1910801/1/Constants fanfiction]], it's referenced by name.
* In the Halo ''Halo'' fanfiction Fanfic/TheLife, Frank, Pavel, and two [[RedShirt redshirts]] get into a short one with a Spartan III team. The misunderstanding is quickly fixed, though. Through talking, not shooting.

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* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/RainbowSix Vegas 2'' tries to do this at the end of the game. Unfortunately for him, your reflexes are way better than his, even if you let him get far enough into his MotiveRant to actually draw his weapon on you.


* Happens and even gets referenced by name in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''. During the scene where they believe the Decepticons are targeting Sentinel Prime, the Autobots protect him as they get him to NEST headquarters where the Pillars are located. When two of the Dreads show up with their guns, [[TheBigGuy Iron hide]] and Sideswipe counter with their own. After Sideswipe Lampshades it, he and Ironhide offer to let the Dreads 'put down their guns and leave with their dignity still intact'. The Dreads do as they say, and so do the Autobots, then [[WhatAnIdiot the Dreads try to use their hidden weapons.]] Sides' and 'Hide proceed to kick the metal shit out of them ''without'' their guns.

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* Happens and even gets referenced by name in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon''. During the scene where they believe the Decepticons are targeting Sentinel Prime, the Autobots protect him as they get him to NEST headquarters where the Pillars are located. When two of the Dreads show up with their guns, [[TheBigGuy Iron hide]] Ironhide]] and Sideswipe counter with their own. After Sideswipe Lampshades it, he and Ironhide offer to let the Dreads 'put down their guns and leave with their dignity still intact'. The Dreads do as they say, and so do the Autobots, then [[WhatAnIdiot the Dreads try to use their hidden weapons.]] Sides' and 'Hide proceed to kick the metal shit out of them ''without'' their guns.



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Not to be confused with Mexican rugby fly-halves. That is a stand-off that happens to be Mexican.


* In ''VideoGame/SplinterCellChaosTheory'', one of these occurs between Sam and [[spoiler:Douglas Shetland. Shetland]] decides that [[GunpointBanter this is a good time to embark on a]] MotiveRant. It ends when [[spoiler:Shetland lowers his gun, saying, "I know you wouldn't shoot an old friend," at which point Sam (controlled by the player) shoots him in the head and [[BondOneLiner replies]], "You're right. I ''wouldn't'' shoot an old friend."]]

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* In ''VideoGame/SplinterCellChaosTheory'', ''VideoGame/SplinterCell: Chaos Theory'', one of these occurs between Sam and [[spoiler:Douglas Shetland. Shetland]] decides that [[GunpointBanter this is a good time to embark on a]] MotiveRant. It ends when [[spoiler:Shetland lowers his gun, saying, "I know you wouldn't shoot an old friend," at which point Sam (controlled by the player) shoots him in the head and [[BondOneLiner replies]], "You're right. I ''wouldn't'' shoot an old friend."]]


* The comic ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' contains numerous examples of Mexican Standoffs.

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When this kind of standoff happens in HeroicBloodshed movies or more recent Hollywood fare, it usually takes the form of [[GunpointBanter two characters with their guns in each other's faces at point blank range]]. Another version of the MexicanStandoff have three or more participants with guns leveled in ring-around-the-rosy fashion, so the person you've got covered is not the one covering you. Or blades could be substituted instead of guns, meaning the person you've got covered just might survive long enough to retaliate.

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When this kind of standoff happens in HeroicBloodshed movies or more recent Hollywood fare, movies, it usually takes the form of [[GunpointBanter two characters with their guns in each other's faces at point blank range]]. Another version of the MexicanStandoff have has three or more participants with guns leveled in ring-around-the-rosy fashion, so the person you've got covered is not the one covering you. Or blades Blades could be substituted instead of for guns, meaning the person you've got covered just might survive long enough to retaliate.


* Short ones often occur in ''MagicTheGathering'' when either player making a move would give the other an opportunity to kill them. It generally lasts until one player draws the right card.

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* Short ones often occur in ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' when either player making a move would give the other an opportunity to kill them. It generally lasts until one player draws the right card.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': In "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E66Two Two]]", the man and woman find discarded weapons and briefly point them at each other in spite of their attempts to get along.

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* ''Film/MenInBlack3'': Parodied when J and 1969!K go to a bowling alley for information, and K gets into a standoff with one of the aliens. K has his single gun, and the alien has four arms, one gun in each of them. It's resolved by J knocking the alien out from behind.
-->'''K:''' Looks like we've got ourselves a standoff.
-->'''Alien:''' Looks that way.

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