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This is an index of people, places, things, and tropes that will almost always lead to conflict, whether it be a Flame War, Bar Brawl, Blast Out, or even a full scale actual war.

These Stock Characters and people are looking for trouble.

This place is just bad news.

That thing looks dangerous.

Why did you have to invoke that?

  • Any of the "All X are Y" tropes. This includes such tropes as All Gays Are Pedophiles - stating straight belief in them around anyone who is part of the X group but not the Y group will almost always start a fight (or at least lead to very uncomfortable silence)
  • Axes at School: Unless it's a school of warfare (and even then sometimes) bringing a weapon into school will cause major trouble. (Hello, Ax-Crazy!)
  • Commie Nazis: Conflate "Commies" and "Nazis" to a Russian who remembers how hard the Communists fought the Nazis (or to any other anti-fascist Communist or Marxist, specifically, Soviet Russia lost more civilians and soldiers and did more of the on the ground fighting of World War II than the USA, and many anti-Fascist/anti-Nazi movements exist among Marxists), get anything from slapped to a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Fist of Rage: Something is making someone angry, and their clenched fist signals they may well be seeking vengeance.
  • Guns in Church: In some settings, and in MOST settings in Real Life, openly carrying or especially brandishing a firearm will lead to an arrest, a fight, or sudden death.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: If someone decides to invoke this, of course there will be conflict.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Can start a war. Sometimes literally.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: One decides to set things right despite what the law says, even if it means killing someone to save another
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Invoking this to most women who don't believe in it will start a fight
  • Strawman Political: Invoking this will almost always start a fight
  • Urban Hellscape: A look 20 Minutes into the Future, where the city is infested with violent criminals, and the police are either too ineffectual to stop them or can only do so by being that much more brutal.
  • Violence is the Only Option: Obviously, if someone thinks this, there is going to be violence.