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See also AHouseDivided, WithUsOrAgainstUs, MisfitMobilizationMoment, RightHandVersusLeftHand, InterserviceRivalry, EnemyCivilWar. And expect both (if not more) parties to subject each other to [[PretenderDiss Poser Hating]]. Also compare JurisdictionFriction for when two factions are bickering over a common goal from within one or more government agencies. Compare NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering, WithFriendsLikeThese.

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See also AHouseDivided, WithUsOrAgainstUs, MisfitMobilizationMoment, RightHandVersusLeftHand, InterserviceRivalry, CivilWar, EnemyCivilWar. And expect both (if not more) parties to subject each other to [[PretenderDiss Poser Hating]]. Also compare JurisdictionFriction for when two factions are bickering over a common goal from within one or more government agencies. Compare NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering, WithFriendsLikeThese.


* This is the main theme of ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'': Even though the evil overlord has successfully conquered the world, there are now job openings for governors and mayors of the multiple conquered districts, and all the former generals are throwing their armies at each other trying to grab these claims. Meanwhile, the forces of 'good' suffer from this problem even more because their deep-seated grudges have left them isolated enough for the overlord's armies to bulldoze through. You play as a commissar who was sent to deliver a message to the two overlord armies (one is Viking Nazis and the other is Wasteland Bandits) that are infighting over the last disputed district: work together and get the job done, or the Overlord will use their limit break to destroy the district, killing both armies and the last of the resistance. They don't. It's up to YOU to be the tyrant, pick a side, and unify them properly, or everyone dies.

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* This is the main theme of ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}'': Even though the evil overlord has successfully conquered the world, there are now job openings for governors and mayors of the multiple conquered districts, and all the former generals are throwing their armies at each other trying to grab these claims. Meanwhile, the forces of 'good' suffer from this problem even more because their deep-seated grudges have left them isolated enough for the overlord's armies to bulldoze through. You play as a commissar who was sent to deliver a message to the two overlord armies (one is Viking Nazis and the other is Wasteland Bandits) that are infighting over the last disputed district: work together and get the job done, or the Overlord will use their limit break to destroy the district, killing both armies and the last of the resistance. They don't. It's up to YOU to be the tyrant, pick a side, and unify them properly, or everyone dies. [[spoiler: Or you could take a Third Option and join the Rebels. When your boss later calls on you to explain yourself, you can cite this trope for justification... and [[RefugeinAudacity IT ACTUALLY WORKS]].]]


* Happens with the chickens in ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun''.

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* Happens with the chickens in ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun''. Ginger is TheLeader among the chickens trying to organize an escape, but finds herself butting heads with Bunty who's more resigned to being on the chicken farm. The eventually do pull together to escape, but it takes a lot of work.


** ''Film/TheLastJedi'': Kylo Ren and General Hux really hate each other. Even though they hold the same rank within the First Order, serving as CoDragons to [[BigBad Supreme Leader Snoke]], Hux repeatedly antagonizes Kylo Ren and [[spoiler:tries to kill an unconscious Kylo]]. The only thing preventing Kylo from killing Hux is Snoke and when [[spoiler:Snoke dies]], Ren happily uses the Force to knock Hux down a peg.

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** ''Film/TheLastJedi'': Kylo Ren and General Hux really hate each other. Even though they hold the same rank within the First Order, serving as CoDragons to [[BigBad Supreme Leader Snoke]], Hux repeatedly antagonizes Kylo Ren and [[spoiler:tries to kill an unconscious Kylo]]. The only thing preventing Kylo from killing Hux is Snoke and when [[spoiler:Snoke dies]], Ren happily uses the Force to knock Hux down a peg. By the time of ''Film/TheRiseOfSkywalker'', Hux so despises Ren that [[spoiler:he starts feeding information to the Resistance, ''just to spite him'']].


--->'''Captain:''' They busted in, a dozen [[MoCapMecha echoes]] leading the way, and tossed a grenade at our supplies. The Alphas are trying to bring more in, but you known they're like cats in a bag on a good day.

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--->'''Captain:''' They busted in, a dozen [[MoCapMecha echoes]] leading the way, and tossed a grenade at our supplies. The Alphas are trying to bring more in, but you known know they're like cats in a bag on a good day.


* ''Series/ProvenInnocent'': "The Struggle for Stonewall" notes how many in the LGBT rights movement during the 1980s rejected transgender people, believing they would hurt their progress. One of the gay activists who had expresses remorse for it in the present.


** ''Film/TheLastJedi'': Kylo Ren and General Hux really hate each other. Even though they hold the same rank within the First Order, serving as CoDragons to [[BigBad Supreme Leader Snoke]], Hux repeatedly antagonizes Kylo Ren and [[spoiler:tries to kill an unconscious Kylo]]. The only thing preventing Kylo from killing Hux is Snoke and when [[spoiler:Snoke dies]], Ren happily uses the force to knock Hux down a peg.

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** ''Film/TheLastJedi'': Kylo Ren and General Hux really hate each other. Even though they hold the same rank within the First Order, serving as CoDragons to [[BigBad Supreme Leader Snoke]], Hux repeatedly antagonizes Kylo Ren and [[spoiler:tries to kill an unconscious Kylo]]. The only thing preventing Kylo from killing Hux is Snoke and when [[spoiler:Snoke dies]], Ren happily uses the force Force to knock Hux down a peg.


* Superheroes in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse since the ComicBook/CivilWar have spent about as much time [[LetsYouAndHimFight fighting each other]] as they have fighting super villains. One of the reassurances for ''The Secret Empire'' event was that it'd feature straight up bad guys as the opposition, after mixed reception to readers watching their heroes beat the snot out of each other again in ''Comicbook/CivilWarII''

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* Superheroes in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse since the ComicBook/CivilWar have spent about as much time [[LetsYouAndHimFight fighting each other]] as they have fighting super villains. One of the reassurances for ''The Secret Empire'' the ''ComicBook/SecretEmpire'' event was that it'd feature straight up bad guys as the opposition, after mixed reception to readers watching their heroes beat the snot out of each other again in ''Comicbook/CivilWarII''


* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' mentions that after the Cardassian occupation ended, Bajoran factions that had fought in unity against them began struggling for power. A good portion of the first couple seasons talked about how "provisional" the Provisional Government was. The second season began with an attempted coup against them. It's eventually discovered that the Cardassians [[DivideAndConquer secretly backed the group]] attempting the coup, by providing them weapons through a neutral intermediary.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' mentions that after the Cardassian occupation ended, Bajoran factions that had fought in unity against them began struggling for power. A good portion of the first couple seasons talked about how "provisional" the Provisional Government was. The second season began with an attempted coup against them. It's eventually discovered that the Cardassians [[DivideAndConquer secretly backed the group]] attempting the coup, by providing them weapons through a neutral intermediary.intermediary and then encouraging the coup through careful manipulation by spies.


* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' mentions that after the Cardassian occupation ended, Bajoran factions that had fought in unity against them began struggling for power. A good portion of the first couple seasons talked about how "provisional" the Provisional Government was. The second season began with an attempted coup against them. It's eventually discovered that the Cardassians [[DivideAndCounquer secretly backed the group]] attempting the coup, by providing them weapons through a neutral intermediary.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' mentions that after the Cardassian occupation ended, Bajoran factions that had fought in unity against them began struggling for power. A good portion of the first couple seasons talked about how "provisional" the Provisional Government was. The second season began with an attempted coup against them. It's eventually discovered that the Cardassians [[DivideAndCounquer [[DivideAndConquer secretly backed the group]] attempting the coup, by providing them weapons through a neutral intermediary.


* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' mentions that after the Cardassian occupation ended, Bajoran factions that had fought in unity against them began struggling for power. A good portion of the first couple seasons talked about how "provisional" the Provisional Government was. The second season began with an attempted coup against them.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' mentions that after the Cardassian occupation ended, Bajoran factions that had fought in unity against them began struggling for power. A good portion of the first couple seasons talked about how "provisional" the Provisional Government was. The second season began with an attempted coup against them. It's eventually discovered that the Cardassians [[DivideAndCounquer secretly backed the group]] attempting the coup, by providing them weapons through a neutral intermediary.


Such factionalism is [[TruthInTelevision very common in the real world]], and is usually very depressing, even deadly. Crank it up a notch, and it's [[CrossesTheLineTwice comedy gold]].

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Such factionalism is [[TruthInTelevision very common in the real world]], and is usually very depressing, even deadly. Crank it up a notch, however, and it's [[CrossesTheLineTwice comedy gold]].


* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' mentions that after the Cardassian occupation ended, Bajoran factions that had fought in unity against them began struggling for power. A good portion of the first couple seasons talked about how "provisional" the Provisional Government was. The second season began with an attempted coup against them. The Cardassian Resistance during the Dominion War had some cracks in it, mainly between hard-liners who wanted to just reinstall the old Cardassian Union, and the faction led by Damar that understood the old government's corruptions allowed the Dominion in.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' mentions that after the Cardassian occupation ended, Bajoran factions that had fought in unity against them began struggling for power. A good portion of the first couple seasons talked about how "provisional" the Provisional Government was. The second season began with an attempted coup against them. them.
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The Cardassian Resistance during the Dominion War had some cracks in it, mainly between hard-liners who wanted to just reinstall the old Cardassian Union, and the faction led by Damar that understood the old government's corruptions allowed the Dominion in.in. It ends when [[spoiler:everyone in the Resistance except Kira, Damar, and Garak is wiped out]]. Damar ends up leading a new Resistance made up of civilians, who look to him as their leader and are willing to go along with what he says, avoiding most of the infighting of the previous attempt.

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* This is basically the nature of the Legion of Doom ([[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica No, not that one]], or [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} that one]]) from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Grogar recruits a team of villains telling them the reason they failed as individuals against the ponies is that the ponies are strong as a team, wanting them to pull the [[VillainousFriendship villainous variant]] of ThePowerOfFriendship to take them down. King Sombra refusing and going off on his own, and getting a ''[[KilledOffForReal brutal on-screen death]]'' for it, hammers the point home and the rest agree to at least attempt to work together. In ''Frenemies'' it works a little too well, and Chrysalis, Cozy Glow, and Tirek decide to team up against Grogar as well as the ponies, but they're still insistent that they're not friends.

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** The Lemurians over in fanmade ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' are all [[ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder insane]], refuse to ''admit'' they're insane, and their insanity leads to unique and wildly contradictory worldviews that they're absolutely convinced are true. The only thing that loosely holds them together is a few general ideas about where they think humanity went wrong, and the notion that there's a unified theory where all their viewpoints are valid.


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* With all the backstabbing and general politicking in ''TabletopGame/{{Munchkin}}'', it can be easy to forget that you're playing as a party of adventurers who are supposedly working together.

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