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Basic Trope: Two characters put aside their differences in abusing another who tries to mediate between the two.

  • Straight: Bob tries to stop Katie and Gary from arguing, but the two reconciled by abusing Bob.
  • Exaggerated: Bob tries to stop Katie and Gary from nearly killing each other, but this causes them to reconcile and make Bob's life a living hell.
  • Downplayed: Bob tries to end Katie and Gary's bickering, only for them to tell him to stay out of their business.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: It were to look like Bob were to get abused by Katie and Gary, but they relent and thanked him for bringing them together.
  • Double Subverted: Just right before they throttle him just to make sure he doesn't get involved in their arguments ever again.
  • Parodied: Katie is the main heroine while Gary is the main villain. Bob, the neutral guy, seeks to have them make a truce. Katie and Gary treat this as though it was the worst thing to ever happen. They both forged a temporary alliance to destroy the "bigger threat" in Bob.
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob manages to bring Katie and Gary in common ground without getting himself beaten for it.
  • Enforced: "I'm tired of mediators always making peace. I'm gonna show everyone there are consequences in getting involved in conflict."
  • Lampshaded: "So after I tried to bring you guys together, I get this?!"
  • Invoked: Katie and Gary knew Bob would always get in between their arguments, so they come up with a plan to get rid of him.
  • Exploited: Bob can easily take the worst Katie and Gary can do to him. He deliberately directs their anger towards him so that they won't hurt themselves before they cool down.
  • Defied:
    • Katie and Gary find it ridiculous in lashing out on Bob for getting them to stop arguing, so they decide to get along and take heed to Bob's advice.
    • Bob decides not to butt in their arguments believing that this trope will be in effect.
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  • Discussed: "Note to self: Never get involve in arguments."
  • Conversed: "So the writers are teaching us that being the peacemaker will backfire?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • After being abused by Katie and Gary for getting in between their argument, Bob decides that he had enough and abandons them.
    • Alternatively, Bob decides enough is enough, and kills both Katie and Gary. Bonus points if they were in the middle of another argument.
    • In light of their new-found friendship, Katie and Gary decide to mistreat not only Bob, but also everyone else around them.

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