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Basic Trope: Characters in a conflict can't tell who's on their side.

  • Straight: Characters shoot at, or avoid, their own friends.
  • Exaggerated: Characters shoot everything that moves even though they know they have friends about.
  • Justified: As in Real Life, the Fog of War can make it very hard to tell.
  • Inverted: The Medic with the Healing Shiv wants to shoot only his friends, but finds it hard to tell which ones.
  • Subverted: Uniforms make it clear.
  • Double Subverted: Until Dressing as the Enemy occurs.
  • Parodied: Characters are baffled in a paintball fight -- where the balls shoot Instant Allegiance Artifact.
  • Deconstructed: The characters have been rendered so paranoid by war that they can't tell who is who anymore.
  • Reconstructed: That's because of how hard it is to detect.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Friendly Fireproof
  • Enforced: "We don't want to glamorize war, so let's depict battles as gritty, confusing scenes where the hero can't even recognize his best friends."
  • Lampshaded: A character asks "Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him"
  • Invoked: One character is The Mole, who takes advantage of the confusion of battle to murder a target.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

Back to Friend or Foe, scumbag! Or I'll-oh! Sorry, sir! Thought you were one of them, y'see..

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