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Oct 24th 2015 at 9:53:12 AM •••

Can we change the picture to something that's not depicting Muhammad? There's no need to alienate Muslim tropers this way.

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Oct 25th 2015 at 2:31:33 AM •••

I don't think so. We can't accomodate all people's preferences.

Nov 10th 2015 at 7:36:29 AM •••

Are you saying that it's far too much trouble to replace a single image to avoid an issue that's controversial to one of the world's largest religions?

Like I'm not asking you to change an image like "some people don't like pink so we shouldn't have a pink image" I'm saying this is kind of like an actual SACRILEGE to many Islamic people, and its something we can very easily amend. I'm not asking you to bend over backwards here.

I could understand this being part of a trope related to sacrilege, but this trope isn't on of them

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Nov 11th 2015 at 12:34:51 AM •••

The image is about the sacrilege aspect - it's the imaging that triggers the Enemy Mine reaction.

Nov 5th 2017 at 1:11:49 PM •••


A lot of stuff is sacrilege to some religions. Do we need to accommodate them all?

Why? Why not?

Jan 21st 2015 at 7:55:22 AM •••

Why is there a title like this? Is it a failed attempt to create a good name that accidentally became the actual title? Is it a reference to the film Enemy Mine? or was someone just drunk?

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Jan 21st 2015 at 9:05:03 AM •••

It's explained right in the first paragraph of the description.

Jan 21st 2015 at 10:16:59 AM •••

It's horrendously awkward, I must say. I can't believe no one could come up with a cleaner version of it, honestly.

Nov 5th 2017 at 11:38:21 AM •••

It isn't explained at all. It mentions a supposedly shorter version of a Sanskrit proverb, but said shorter version isn't used at all out of this wiki, as opposed to the redirect "enemy of my enemy", which is actually used all the time.

Mar 10th 2019 at 5:52:34 PM •••

^ That’s my thoughts exactly. Given that so many trope names – even long-established ones for commonly-used pages – have been cleaned up over the past few years because they were jargony, niche references or otherwise non-indicative, it baffles me why this weird one still remains. People were querying this on this very page in 2010, for heaven’s sake.

As morenohijazo says, it simply isn’t a phrase. Enemy Of My Enemy is an actual phrase that is in common usage to mean what this trope means, and would make a far better title. And it doesn’t include the word “mine”, so how it can be said to shorten to Enemy Mine I have no idea. You might as well have ‘shortened’ it to Enmity My, as that would make no more or less sense.

For what it’s worth – when I was first using TV Tropes, whenever I saw the term I always assumed an “enemy mine” must mean some sort of resource where fresh supplies of opponents spring from for the heroes to face: i.e. a ‘mine’ of enemies. In other words, any location (seen, unseen, implied or presumed) where it seems the hordes of Mooks, the latest Monster Of The Week or each addition to an ever-growing Rogues Gallery must pop out of, in order for the protagonists to keep having things to deal with. Onscreen examples would be Orthanc or the Barad-Dûr in The Lord Of The Rings spawning endless legions of Uruks, Orcs and so forth, or the Kamino cloning facilities in Attack Of The Clones churning out legions of troopers for the Galactic Republic.

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Oct 15th 2012 at 9:44:14 PM •••

I can't remember it well enough to add it, but there's a bit in one of the Revenge Of The Nerds movies where the jocks and the nerds get together.. the jock says "When it's us against you, fuck you, when it's us against them, fuck them." if someone with a better memory wants to add it.

Oct 13th 2010 at 9:44:18 PM •••

Okay, someone want to explain how Start of Darkness is the Trope Namer here?

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Dec 13th 2010 at 5:30:26 PM •••

It's not, the movie Enemy Mine is. I've removed the claim.

Sep 28th 2010 at 9:55:42 AM •••

Added a little more to the caption to avoid Just A Face And A Caption (yes I know it's more than one face, but it still lacks context).

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May 6th 2011 at 10:54:11 PM •••

It completely lacks context. The whole point of Just A Face And A Caption is that the images shouldn't need captions to make sense; not knowing the show, these could be the main cast.

Aug 9th 2010 at 8:52:59 PM •••

I don't get it. How does "the enemy of my enemy" get shortened to "enemy mine"?

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Aug 9th 2010 at 10:25:42 PM •••

I'm not sure either. There are trope titles that are longer than "Enemy Of My Enemy", which would make more sense.

This probably doesn't have anything to do with anything, but when looking at the trope title I noticed that it's almost a palindrome.

May 17th 2010 at 12:28:38 PM •••

I really have absolty no clue what the text under the image means. Anyone want to translate?

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Oct 13th 2010 at 9:41:59 PM •••

...To what? It makes perfect sense to me. Perhaps you should be more specific...

Jun 30th 2011 at 11:25:48 AM •••

So when do we get to see the playing with section for this trope? I'd like to see the justification cases listed, as well as the Up To Eleven scenario being played on.

Type the word in the image. This goes away if you get known.
If you can't read this one, hit reload for the page.
The next one might be easier to see.

How well does it match the trope?

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