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* In ''Machinima/FreemansMind'', this is a RunningGag with the HECU marines, along with other military stupidities. The soldiers have a tendency to shoot, blow up, and call down airstrikes on their buddies. Freeman has four theories about this behavior: 1) The soldiers all hate each other and are shooting each other on purpose, 2) The military are being covered up along with the scientists ([[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight which is actually true]], [[RightForTheWrongReasons but wasn't the cause of all the friendly fire]]- the black ops/"ninjas" were behind it), 3) Everyone's on drugs, and 4) The soldiers are just really, really stupid.

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* In ''Machinima/FreemansMind'', this is a RunningGag with the HECU marines, along with other military stupidities. The soldiers have a tendency to shoot, blow up, and call down airstrikes on their buddies. Freeman has four theories about this behavior: 1) The soldiers all hate each other and are shooting each other on purpose, 2) The military are being covered up along with the scientists ([[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight which is actually true]], [[RightForTheWrongReasons but wasn't the cause of all the friendly fire]]- the black ops/"ninjas" were behind it), 3) Everyone's on drugs, and 4) The soldiers are just really, really stupid. The actual reason is ArtificialStupidity- among other things, the HECU enemies aren't programmed to be cautious of their fellow soldiers when using grenades or to acknowledge the grenades that other marines threw, resulting in a lot of running over a just-thrown grenade to get at Freeman and getting blown up.

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* ''Anime/AfterWarGundamX'': In one episode, the Frost brothers kill off an allied Newtype pilot as part of their "revenge" for being designated failures; Olba even [[LampshadeHanging quips]] "There's always friendly fire on the battlefield" when they do so.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'': While the game normally uses FriendlyFireproof for both sides, the "Radiation" status effect turns this off, in order to simulate confusion. Due to heavy HealthDamageAsymmetry, often times the first sign that a player has been affected by Radiation is when everyone else in the team is suddenly downed, as the player's overpowered weapons kill everyone in one hit.


* In the Moscow arc of ''Fanfic/PanopticonQuest'', Panopticon drop a jamming field on Jamelia's location, then fake a distress signal calling for danger close fire support to give themselves an excuse to fire on her.


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* In the Moscow arc of ''Roleplay/PanopticonQuest'', Panopticon drop a jamming field on Jamelia's location, then fake a distress signal calling for danger close fire support to give themselves an excuse to fire on her.
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* During the ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' tie-in to ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'', Bullseye kills one of his handlers with a dagger (Subverted, in that he does it right after their attackers are killed).

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* During the ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' tie-in to ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'', Bullseye kills one of his handlers with a dagger (Subverted, in that he does it right after their attackers are killed).dagger.


** in Robinson's trilogy of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI]] air novels, Hornet Squadron are incensed when one of their number is shot dowm, in a confused air battle, by a French fighter pilot. They agree that one particular French squadron has done this so often that it cannot be put down to accident or bad aircraft recognition. They set aside their war with the Germans for just long enough to ambush a French patrol and fight an older war between Britain and France. Just to make the point.

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** in Robinson's trilogy of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI World War I]] air novels, Hornet Squadron are incensed when one of their number is shot dowm, in a confused air battle, by a French fighter pilot. They agree that one particular French squadron has done this so often that it cannot be put down to accident or bad aircraft recognition. They set aside their war with the Germans for just long enough to ambush a French patrol and fight an older war between Britain and France. Just to make the point.


** in Robinson's trilogy of [WW1] air novels, Hornet Squadron are incensed when one of their number is shot dowm, in a confused air battle, by a French fighter pilot. They agree that one particular French squadron has done this so often that it cannot be put down to accident or bad aircraft recognition. They set aside their war with the Germans for just long enough to ambush a French patrol and fight an older war between Britain and France. Just to make the point.

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** in Robinson's trilogy of [WW1] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI]] air novels, Hornet Squadron are incensed when one of their number is shot dowm, in a confused air battle, by a French fighter pilot. They agree that one particular French squadron has done this so often that it cannot be put down to accident or bad aircraft recognition. They set aside their war with the Germans for just long enough to ambush a French patrol and fight an older war between Britain and France. Just to make the point.


** Kharn didn't get his title "the Betrayer" for nothing; the particular incident was when he grabbed a flamer and started attacking friendly and enemy forces alike after they had bunkered down to wait out a severe snowstorm (his actions shattered both the World Eaters and Emperor's Children Legions into small warbands). On the Tabletop, Kharn always hits in combat, but rolls of 1 mean he hits one of his retinue instead of the enemy.

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** Kharn didn't get his title "the Betrayer" "[[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder the Betrayer]]" for nothing; the particular incident was when he grabbed a flamer and started attacking friendly and enemy forces alike after they had bunkered down to wait out a severe snowstorm (his actions shattered both the World Eaters and Emperor's Children Legions into small warbands). On the Tabletop, Kharn always hits in combat, but rolls of 1 mean he hits one of his retinue instead of the enemy.

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** in Robinson's trilogy of [WW1] air novels, Hornet Squadron are incensed when one of their number is shot dowm, in a confused air battle, by a French fighter pilot. They agree that one particular French squadron has done this so often that it cannot be put down to accident or bad aircraft recognition. They set aside their war with the Germans for just long enough to ambush a French patrol and fight an older war between Britain and France. Just to make the point.


The TeamKiller is a character (or player) who engages in unfriendly fire. See also TheUriahGambit for purposely sending an underling to his death. A video game's rules on the issue sometimes result in FriendlyFireproof or a NonstandardGameOver.

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The TeamKiller is a character (or player) who engages in unfriendly fire. See also TheUriahGambit UriahGambit for purposely sending an underling to his death. A video game's rules on the issue sometimes result in FriendlyFireproof or a NonstandardGameOver.



* The ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'' book ''One Corpse Too Many'' uses a variation on both this and TheUriahGambit. After a mass hanging there is an extra corpse hidden among them. [[spoiler:The extra corpse was strangled, not hanged -- but it turns out that one of those hanged was TheMole and was meant to have been spared, and the villain deliberately set him up to be hanged as well, so as not to have to share the treasure.]]

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* The ''Literature/BrotherCadfael'' book ''One Corpse Too Many'' uses a variation on both this and TheUriahGambit.UriahGambit. After a mass hanging there is an extra corpse hidden among them. [[spoiler:The extra corpse was strangled, not hanged -- but it turns out that one of those hanged was TheMole and was meant to have been spared, and the villain deliberately set him up to be hanged as well, so as not to have to share the treasure.]]



** Sharpe himself was the target of this or TheUriahGambit several times, usually by [[BlueBlood aristocratic]] officers who had been embarrassed by him.

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** Sharpe himself was the target of this or TheUriahGambit UriahGambit several times, usually by [[BlueBlood aristocratic]] officers who had been embarrassed by him.



* The ''Series/{{Cadfael}}'' episode "One Corpse Too Many" uses a variation on both this and TheUriahGambit. After a mass hanging there is an extra corpse hidden among them. [[spoiler:The extra corpse was strangled, not hanged -- but it turns out that one of those hanged was TheMole and was meant to have been spared, and the villain deliberately set him up to be hanged as well, so as not to have to share the treasure.]]

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* The ''Series/{{Cadfael}}'' episode "One Corpse Too Many" uses a variation on both this and TheUriahGambit.UriahGambit. After a mass hanging there is an extra corpse hidden among them. [[spoiler:The extra corpse was strangled, not hanged -- but it turns out that one of those hanged was TheMole and was meant to have been spared, and the villain deliberately set him up to be hanged as well, so as not to have to share the treasure.]]


* Attempted but not followed through on in ''Film/TheLastJedi''; [[spoiler:after Snoke and his Praetorian Guard are killed, Hux walks in and discovers the carnage, as well as an unconscious Kylo Ren. Seeing an obvious opportunity, Hux gets ready to pull his blaster and use the chaos to bump off his only competitor for title of Supreme Leader. Unfortunately for him, Ren wakes up and Hux has to hurriedly holster his weapon.]]

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in ''Film/ANewHope'', a Stormtrooper is done in in this fashion just before the Millennium Falcon takes off from Docking Bay 94.
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Attempted but not followed through on in ''Film/TheLastJedi''; [[spoiler:after Snoke and his Praetorian Guard are killed, Hux walks in and discovers the carnage, as well as an unconscious Kylo Ren. Seeing an obvious opportunity, Hux gets ready to pull his blaster and use the chaos to bump off his only competitor for title of Supreme Leader. Unfortunately for him, Ren wakes up and Hux has to hurriedly holster his weapon.]]


* In ''ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn'' from [[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX Marvel MAX line]], an account of Frank Castle's time in Vietnam before he became Comicbook/ThePunisher, Frank eliminates an officer by recommending the view from a hilltop while [[MagnificentBastard standing in front of a sniper warning sign]]. Such situations are a RunningGag.

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* In ''ComicBook/ThePunisherBorn'' from [[Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX Marvel MAX line]], an account of Frank Castle's time in Vietnam before he became Comicbook/ThePunisher, Frank eliminates an officer a general trying to shut down Firebase Valley Forge by recommending the view from a hilltop while [[MagnificentBastard standing in front of a sniper warning sign]]. Such situations are a RunningGag.

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* ''ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass'': Optimus Prime and his bodyguard Ricochet are traveling between bases when Remote Patrol Six suddenly drive up to them despite Optimus assigning them elsewhere. Prime begins to ask them what’s going on, only to realize ''[[OhCrap they’re charging up their weapons]]''. Cue attempted fragging. [[spoiler:[[AssassinOutclassin It doesn’t go well for Remote Patrol Six]].]]

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** After one of the Battles in Sharpe's Enemy, Sharpe is informed that A: a major was killed and B: he was rather obviously shot in the back. Sharpe asks if the man was unpopular and when informed that he was extremely hated simply shrugs and notes, "It happens."
** In the same scene Sharpe also reminiscies on some other incidents he recalls, including an officer so hated he begged the men to at least let the enemy kill him. Sharpe is reasonably certain they granted his wish...
** Despite his best efforts (including no fewer than three prior attempts) Sharpe's killing of Hakeswill isn't a case of this. When he finally rids himself of the loathsome sergeant its by administration of the coup de grace after a firing squad didn't quite finsh the job of killing the now convicted deserter.


* In ''Machinima/FreemansMind'', this is a RunningGag with the HECU marines, along with other military stupidities. The soldiers have a tendency to shoot, blow up, and call down airstrikes on their buddies. Freeman has four theories about this behavior: 1) The soldiers all hate each other and are shooting each other on purpose, 2) The military are being covered up along with the scientists, 3) Everyone's on drugs, and 4) The soldiers are just really, really stupid.

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* In ''Machinima/FreemansMind'', this is a RunningGag with the HECU marines, along with other military stupidities. The soldiers have a tendency to shoot, blow up, and call down airstrikes on their buddies. Freeman has four theories about this behavior: 1) The soldiers all hate each other and are shooting each other on purpose, 2) The military are being covered up along with the scientists, scientists ([[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight which is actually true]], [[RightForTheWrongReasons but wasn't the cause of all the friendly fire]]- the black ops/"ninjas" were behind it), 3) Everyone's on drugs, and 4) The soldiers are just really, really stupid.

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