Silly Reason for War/Playing With

    Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.


    • Basic Trope: Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Two (or more) nations or tribes go to war over something trivial.
    • Played Straight: Tropestan goes to war with Wikistan over the issue of whether it should be Alice and Bob or Bob and Alice.
    • Exaggerated: World War III breaks out over whether it should be Alice and Bob or Bob and Alice.
    • Justified: The issue really is Serious Business.
    • Inverted: Tropestan and Wikistan sign a peace treaty in order that the soldiers can go home and watch the new season of TV shows.
      • Alternatively, Tropestan and Wikistan go to war over something serious.
    • Subverted: Tropestan and Wikistan come to an agreement over the Alice and Bob issue.
    • Double Subverted: But Tropestan declares war because the ambassador from Wikistan put his elbows on the table at the celebratory dinner.
    • Deconstructed: Leads to a lot of loss of lives and resources (not to mention long-held grudges) over something...trivial!
    • Reconstructed: Tropestan and Wikistan have peace talks and resolve their differences without further conflict.
    • Parodied: See "Double Subverted"
    • Lampshaded: "All this...because two Wiki Nations have such Insistent Terminology?"
    • Averted: Tropestan and Wikistan don't go to war.
    • Enforced:
    • Invoked: The Ass in Ambassador makes a critical mistake when addressing King Bob the Nth and his wife Queen Alice.
    • Defied: King Bob the Nth and Queen Alice decide it's not worth going to war over. It might still be a Rant-Inducing Slight, though.
    • Discussed:
    • Conversed:
    • Played For Laughs: Almost always is, though it may be Gallows Humor or Dead Baby Comedy.
    • Played For Drama: See "Deconstructed"