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Basic Trope: The good guys are hampered by infighting.

  • Straight: The Rival refuses to support The Hero's plan against the Dark Lord.
  • Exaggerated: The Rival throws a fit over The Hero being given the only weapon that can be used against the Dark Lord when he's coming into the castle.
  • Justified:
    • The Hero has not thought through his plan; The Rival sees legitimate flaws.
    • The good guys don't have goals that precisely line up - certain details of the plan would further The Hero's goals but hinder The Rival's.
    • The Rival is a jerk.
  • Inverted: Enemy Civil War
  • Subverted: The Rival is really The Mole and intentionally sabotaging it.
  • Double Subverted: Except that The Mole framed him for it.
  • Parodied: The good guys are hampered by infighting over the most petty things. Meanwhile the villains are hampered just as badly by far more serious concerns.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • They realize what they are doing and learn to work together.
    • Or The Hero uses it to filter out those whose Pride will keep them from being good team players. It results in a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits.
  • Zig Zagged: The Hero never knows which allies will support him and which will sulk over his plan on any given day.
  • Averted: The heroes all work together.
  • Enforced: "The Hero's plan will work in five minutes -- we need to drag this out for the rest of the episode -- let's make his allies argue with him!"
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Defied: For the purpose of defeating the Evil Overlord, The Hero and The Rival set aside their differences and work together as a single united team.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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