- “Looks like we have a bit of a sticky situation here!”
- ―Dieter Hellstrom
The tactics for such a confrontation are substantially different than for a duel, where the first to shoot has the advantage. In a confrontation among three mutually hostile participants, the first to shoot is at a tactical disadvantage. If opponent A shoots opponent B, then while so occupied, opponent C can shoot A, thus winning the conflict. Since it is the second opponent to shoot that has the advantage, no one wants to go first.
In Inglourious BasterdsEdit
After Archie Hicox blows his cover, Hellstrom points his gun at him, only that Hicox, Stiglitz and most likely Wicki were also pointing their guns at him as well. Hellstrom also points out that if they were to open fire, Wilhelm and his friends will also retaliate.
When Aldo Raine tells Wilhelm that they're in a Mexican standoff, the former tells him that in order to be a Mexican standoff, they must also have weapons pointed at him. Aldo however tells him that if he shoots to kill them, they'll drop grenades and he will die as well.