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Basic Tropes: Tension and differences between revolutionary movements affects their ability to effectively engage with the Evil Overlord.

  • Straight: There are several different revolutionary movements dedicated to overthrowing Emperor Evulz, but their suspicion of and tensions with each other lead to friction and on many occasions a lack of cooperation.
  • Exaggerated: The revolutionary movements spend more time fighting against each other than they do against Evulz.
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  • Downplayed: The movements spend a fair amount of time bickering, but it doesn't usually get in the way of their revolutionary activities.
  • Justified:
    • There are valid and genuine differences in philosophy, approach and beliefs between revolutionary movements.
    • The heroes don't want a So What Do We Do Now? ending.
  • Inverted: A tightly-knit group of revolutionaries are pitted against several dominant yet fractious groups of oppressors.
  • Subverted: The revolutionaries appear to be divided, but it's a plot to lull Evulz into a false sense of security.
  • Doubly Subverted: Genuine differences do exist, and the cracks between the groups begin to widen.
  • Parodied:
    • The differences between the numerous revolutionary groups and their philosophies, aims and objectives are all but imperceptible, except for certain trivial differences which provoke bitter and over-the-top rivalry.
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    • After one of the movements defeats all others, its members call victory and don't even bother fighting Evulz.
  • Zig Zagged: The allegiances, tensions and issues between the revolutionary movements and Emperor Evulz keep shifting; at one point they're locked in bitter rivalry with each other, at another they're happily working alongside each other, at another they're uneasy allies.
  • Averted: We only see or hear of one relative unified movement against Emperor Evulz.
  • Enforced: "Having one unified opposition to Evulz makes it a bit easy for the resistance to overthrow him. It'd be a lot more difficult if the resistance was fractured."
  • Lampshaded: "I swear, we spend more time fighting against each other than we do against the people we're supposed to be fighting!"
  • Invoked: Evulz has arranged for his undercover agents to infiltrate the resistance and spread the seeds of discontent and disharmony between them, causing the movements to fracture.
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  • Exploited: Evulz uses the infighting to build up his armies and think of plans to finally crush all opposition.
  • Defied: The leaders of the various factions of the resistance from the outset pledge to put aside their differences until Evulz is overthrown, forming a single movement with that in mind.
  • Discussed: "I see the People's Revolutionary Party, the Revolutionary Party of the People and the Party of Revolutionary Peoples are up in arms against each other again."
  • Conversed: "You'd think the rebels in this story would realize they'd be able to overthrow Evulz if they just worked together, but apparently not..."
  • Deconstructed: The squabbling between the resistance groups represents a significant failure to effectively challenge Evulz, and suggests that they are Not So Different, since they are ultimately more occupied with relatively trivial differences between each other rather than pulling together to do the right thing.
  • Reconstructed: Whilst some of the resistance groups actually are Not So Different from Evulz, there are genuinely decent people who oppose both Evulz and those opponents who would be just like him.
  • Played For Laughs: The reason why they keep fighting themselves to without truce nor mercy despite having a common enemy?! Ship-to-Ship Combat over their favorite pairings! No, seriously! Doubles as a brutal Take That! directed towards certain groups of fans...

Damn it, main page! What do you mean, we’re supposed to be struggling together? We ARE Struggling Together!

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