History IDidWhatIHadToDo / LiveActionTV

23rd Jul '16 12:57:59 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/WaywardPines'': Dr. Pilcher [[spoiler:predicts that humanity would doom itself in a matter of centuries]]. His attempts to warn the world community result in him being the laughingstock of the world. Being already wealthy, he starts a project to [[spoiler:use [[HumanPopsicle cryogenics]] to preserve the best and the brightest to repopulate the human race about 2000 years later]]. Unfortunately for him, most refuse his offer, so he [[spoiler:uses various methods to kidnap people and freeze them against their will]]. This also applies to anyone who starts looking at the mysterious disappearances in Wayward Pines, Idaho. [[spoiler:Fast-forward to the year 4028, some of the people have been woken up and live in the town, although very few know the truth]]. Most adults think they were in some sort of car accident and woke up in the town hospital. There are several cardinal rules in Wayward Pines: don't try to leave, don't speak of the past, always answer the phone, etc. Disobeying the rules can result in a public execution. Some of the children are told the truth but are warned to keep it secret even from their parents. Why? [[spoiler:Two reasons: 1) Everyone currently living in the town belongs to Group B. Group A was awakened first and were immediately told the truth. After a few months, DespairEventHorizon kicked in, and most committed suicide rather than live with the truth that they are all that's left of human civilization. 2) There are vicious humanoid creatures living outside the massive walls of the town, nicknamed Aberrations or Abbies by Pilcher, what's left of humanity]]. Unfortunately, Pilcher's policies (including BigBrother-like monitoring) have resulted in a secret group deciding to find a way out no matter the cost, including blowing up a chunk of the wall. Given the second reason stated above, that would be a [[{{Understatement}} really bad idea]].

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* ''Series/WaywardPines'': Dr. Pilcher [[spoiler:predicts that humanity would doom itself in a matter of centuries]]. His attempts to warn the world community result in him being the laughingstock of the world. Being already wealthy, he starts a project to [[spoiler:use [[HumanPopsicle cryogenics]] to preserve the best and the brightest to repopulate the human race about 2000 years later]]. Unfortunately for him, most refuse his offer, so he [[spoiler:uses various methods to kidnap people and freeze them against their will]]. This also applies to anyone who starts looking at the mysterious disappearances in Wayward Pines, Idaho. [[spoiler:Fast-forward to the year 4028, some of the people have been woken up and live in the town, although very few know the truth]]. Most adults think they were in some sort of car accident and woke up in the town hospital. There are several cardinal rules in Wayward Pines: don't try to leave, don't speak of the past, always answer the phone, etc. Disobeying the rules can result in a public execution. Some of the children are told the truth but are warned to keep it secret even from their parents. Why? [[spoiler:Two reasons: 1) Everyone currently living in the town belongs to Group B. Group A was awakened first and were immediately told the truth. After a few months, DespairEventHorizon kicked in, and most committed suicide rather than live with the truth that they are all that's left of human civilization. 2) There are vicious humanoid creatures living outside the massive walls of the town, nicknamed Aberrations or Abbies by Pilcher, what's left of humanity]]. Unfortunately, Pilcher's policies (including BigBrother-like [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]]-like monitoring) have resulted in a secret group deciding to find a way out no matter the cost, including blowing up a chunk of the wall. Given the second reason stated above, that would be a [[{{Understatement}} really bad idea]].
17th Jun '16 11:34:26 PM DoctorNemesis
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** Comes up again in "The Zygon Inversion". In the final confrontation, Bonnie the Zygon tries to blame the Doctor for creating the circumstances that led to the Zygon uprising and all the pain and suffering involved. The Doctor points out that, since she's the one ''leading'' the Zygon uprising, she has no small amount of responsibility for what's happened as well. Bonnie invokes this trope, but the Doctor throws it back in her face; both of them felt that what they were doing was necessary at the time, so if she tries to use this to deflect responsibility for her own actions onto others, then so can he.
17th Apr '16 5:14:04 AM nighttrainfm
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--->'''Maxwell:''' ''We had to act!''

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--->'''Maxwell:''' ''We had to act!''act now!''
7th Apr '16 3:35:01 AM TinMan
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** At the end of the episode "Inter Arma Enin Silent Leges", Admiral Ross uses this as his justification for working with [[NoSuchAgency Section 31]] to frame a Romulan senator, who was Ross' personal friend, for treason so a Federation mole could take her place. If the senator had remained in place, she would've been willing to sell out the Federation in exchange for a separate, more favorable peace with the Dominion, while the Federation mole would argue for continued support for the war.
-->'''Ross:''' I don't like it. But I've spent the last year and a half of my life ordering young men and young women to die. I like that even less.
13th Mar '16 6:45:57 PM FastFuriousFan
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** In "Happy Anniversary," Angel admits to Lorne (then known as "The Host") that he fired his team for their own good because the kind of dark territory he was treading would [[DespairEventHorizon damage them internally]], and his mission to bring down Wolfram & Hart would have endangered their lives. Unfortunately, [[WhatTheHellHero none of them bought that, particularly Cordelia.]]

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** In "Happy Anniversary," Angel admits to Lorne (then known as "The Host") that he fired his team and severed all ties with them for their own good because the kind of dark territory he was treading would [[DespairEventHorizon damage them internally]], internally]] and [[GuiltRiddenAccomplice compromise their morality (while he was compromising his)]], and his mission to bring down Wolfram & Hart would have endangered their lives. Unfortunately, So he had to make that he didn't care about them so they wouldn't worry about his well-being and that he'd do something as extreme as letting Darla and Drusilla massacre the Wolfram & Hart lawyers, including Holland Manners, for making Darla a vampire again and ruining his chance of redeeming her. He was willing to allow his team to hate him and consider it a betrayal [[WhatTheHellHero none of (and they did, especially Cordelia)]] just to keep them bought that, particularly Cordelia.]]from getting darker as well and instead stick to the good fight he'd given up on.



** Geppetto sent his son Pinocchio through a second portal in order to save him from possibly turning back to wood as the Dark Curse was cast. In this case doing what he 'has to do' is separating a mother from her child (as Snow could have used the second portal to go with Emma). And in this case it acts as a StartOfDarkness for Pinocchio, since his father is still abandoning a young boy to fend for himself.

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** Geppetto sent his son Pinocchio through a second portal in order to save him from possibly turning back to wood as the Dark Curse was cast. In this case doing what he 'has to do' is separating a mother from her child (as Snow could have used the second portal to go with Emma). And in this case it acts as a StartOfDarkness for Pinocchio, since his father is still abandoning a young boy to fend for himself.
21st Jan '16 3:57:44 PM Discar
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* ''Series/SecondChance2016'': Sheriff Pritchard never made any apologies for what he did to keep his city safe, even at his corruption trial.
1st Jan '16 6:49:05 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Smallville}}'':
** ''Requiem'': Oliver's response when Chloe is appalled by his decision to [[spoiler:kill Lex and frame Toyman.]]
** ''Pandora'': Ironically enough, in the BadFuture, Chloe says this to Oliver after she [[spoiler:shoots Tess]].
** ''Collateral'': [[spoiler:Chloe when it turns out she is working with the [[GovernmentConspiracy Suicide Squad]].]]

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* ''{{Smallville}}'':
''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** ''Requiem'': "Requiem": Oliver's response when Chloe is appalled by his decision to [[spoiler:kill Lex and frame Toyman.]]
** ''Pandora'': "Pandora": Ironically enough, in the BadFuture, Chloe says this to Oliver after she [[spoiler:shoots Tess]].
** ''Collateral'': "Collateral": [[spoiler:Chloe when it turns out she is working with the [[GovernmentConspiracy Suicide Squad]].]]
7th Dec '15 11:13:33 PM PaulA
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Averted in the episode ''Hobo Jungle''. Miss Brooks intends to inform on an honour student who is living with his father (a ruined mechanic) in a hobo encampment, but decides against it giving how devoted they are to one another.

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Averted in the episode ''Hobo Jungle''."Hobo Jungle". Miss Brooks intends to inform on an honour student who is living with his father (a ruined mechanic) in a hobo encampment, but decides against it giving how devoted they are to one another.
11th Sep '15 12:03:23 PM fearlessnikki
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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' deconstructs this repeatedly:
** The main plot has Snow White and the prince sending their newborn daughter through a portal to another world, to help her escape the Dark Curse. While she grows up into TheChosenOne and [[spoiler: breaks the curse]], she still has huge amounts of resentment from having to grow up without parents. And she points out that if they hadn't done "what they had to do", she would have at least grown up happily. It's three seasons before she properly comes to terms with these issues.
** Snow uses a pragmatic choice to [[spoiler: trick Regina into killing Cora, thereby saving Mr Gold and getting rid of a powerful villain]]. Although this is in fact the best option, Snow suffers MyGodWhatHaveIDone - especially since [[spoiler: she manipulated Regina into murdering her own mother]]. It's established that using this rationale does not excuse one from the consequences. Snow later defies this trope by saying she did what was ''easy'', not what she had to do.
** Rumpelstiltskin's master plan involved getting Regina to cast the Dark Curse so he could be reunited with his son. The show never hesitates to point out how he effectively ruined countless lives in order to get what he wanted - as honorable as his motives were. [[spoiler: When he's reunited with his son, the son]] reacts with disgust at what happened.
** Geppetto sent his son Pinocchio through a second portal in order to save him from possibly turning back to wood as the Dark Curse was cast. In this case doing what he 'has to do' is separating a mother from her child (as Snow could have used the second portal to go with Emma). And in this case it acts as a StartOfDarkness for Pinocchio, since his father is still abandoning a young boy to fend for himself.
8th Aug '15 6:11:19 PM ChaoticNovelist
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** Which led to a rather moving case of HeroicWillpower by her later.
** The Doctor usually busts out this defense with regards to the [[NoodleIncident Time War]] that took place between the classic series and the revival. He committed genocide twice over -- he wiped out his entire race and destroyed his home planet -- in order to end the universe-threatening war and wipe out the Daleks ([[spoiler:though it didn't work]]). Mind you, saying that the Doctor feels bad about his actions is like saying that tsunamis are a bit soggy. That and the Episodes "End of Time" reveal he really did have to do it because the Time Lords had become just as dangerous to the universe as the Daleks.
** Crops up again in "The Name of the Doctor." [[spoiler: John Hurt's character uses this as a justification for unspecified actions so antithetical to the nature of the Doctor that subsequent regenerations have effectively disavowed his existence. Note that the Eleventh Doctor ''does'' accept that whatever happened really was necessary—just not "[[OldShame in the name of The Doctor]]".]]
** And the trope is the backbone motivation of "The Day of the Doctor".

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** Which led to a rather moving case of HeroicWillpower by her later.
** The Doctor usually busts out this defense with regards to the [[NoodleIncident Last Great Time War]] that took place between the classic series and the revival. He committed genocide twice over -- he wiped out his entire race and destroyed his home planet -- in order to end the universe-threatening war and wipe out the Daleks ([[spoiler:though it didn't work]]). Mind you, saying that the Doctor feels bad about his actions is like saying that tsunamis are a bit soggy. That and the Episodes "End of Time" reveal he really did have to do it because the Time Lords had become just as dangerous to the universe as the Daleks.
** Crops up again in "The Name of the Doctor." [[spoiler: John Hurt's character The War Doctor uses this as a justification for unspecified actions how he ended the Last Great Time War; "What I did I did without choice; in the name of peace and sanity". It was so antithetical to the nature of the Doctor that subsequent regenerations have effectively disavowed his existence. Note that the Eleventh Doctor ''does'' accept that whatever happened really was necessary—just not "[[OldShame in the name of The Doctor]]".]]
** And the The trope is the backbone motivation of "The Day of the Doctor".Doctor". [[spoiler: This is where the War Doctor ends the Last Great Time War. The Moment spends the story convincing him that he does not have to do this. In the end, the three Doctors find a third option.]]
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