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Besides the Conflict between the protagonist and antagonist/situation, the most common form of conflict is between allies. It would not only take away the suspense, but also the depth, to have everyone on one side working as one, with no problems. Thus the heroes and the villains have conflict with each other, and the side that usually wins is the first to Overcome Their Differences.

This isn't always easy to pull off. Done wrong it looks like the writers are just handing out Conflict Balls. Or it's so Anvilicious the drama is undermined.

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The difference can be between allies, between friends, between leaders and subordinates, between lovers or between those who are falling in love.

But it's still essential in many stories. It looks all the more triumphant for the winning side to get past such a major obstacle. This is especially true when the differences are the antagonist of the story instead of a person, such as in many romantic comedies, and every Buddy Cop Show and movie.


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  • The super-villain duo Hammer And Anvil in The Incrdible Hulk were a white racist who was chained to a black man who hated everyone but they hated prison more and worked together to escape, the results of which led them to an alien giving them super-human powers by transforming their prison chain into a source of powers for them. While they hated each other they overcame those differences because it benefited them overall.

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  • The basis beyond several Teen Titans episodes such as "Divide and Conquer", "Forces of Nature", and "Switched".


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