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15th Jun '16 8:34:16 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Temeraire}}'': At the end of ''Empire of Ivory'', [[spoiler: the British government has sent a dragon infected with a highly contagious disease to France, where it will infect Napoleon's dragons -- and from where the disease will likely spread and kill off most of the dragons in the world. [[OfficerAndAGentleman Laurence]] and Temeraire bring Napoleon the cure, an act of treason against Great Britain. Then Laurence [[HonorBeforeReason goes back to England, fully intending to let them hang him for it.]]]]

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* ''{{Temeraire}}'': ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'': At the end of ''Empire of Ivory'', [[spoiler: the British government has sent a dragon infected with a highly contagious disease to France, where it will infect Napoleon's dragons -- and from where the disease will likely spread and kill off most of the dragons in the world. [[OfficerAndAGentleman Laurence]] and Temeraire bring Napoleon the cure, an act of treason against Great Britain. Then Laurence [[HonorBeforeReason goes back to England, fully intending to let them hang him for it.]]]]
15th Jun '16 5:01:31 PM JudasZala
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* In ''Series/AmericanCrimeStory: The People v. O.J. Simpson'', Robert Kardashian is close friends with O.J., Simpson and even became one of his "Dream Team" lawyers, but over the series, Kardashian began to have increasing doubts about defending his friend, especially after DNA evidence was introduced, which shows that O.J. could be the killer. At the end of the series, Kardashian ends his friendship with O.J. after O.J. announced his intention to search for the real killers. According to the epilogue, they didn't speak to each other again after Kardashian died in 2003.
8th Jun '16 12:49:59 AM Morgenthaler
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* In [[{{Dragonlance}} Brothers In Arms]] one of the commanders mentions that this is why he didn't want to be a knight. He feared the potential for his lord and his god to demand conflicting things of him.
* In WarOfTheSpiderQueen, half-demon BloodKnight isn't partial about who is giving him orders as long as he can brutaly tear someone to shreds. He is ordered by his mother, the high priestess of Menzoberanzan, to accompany his aunt Quenthel on her quest and follow her orders without question. However, when Quenthel starts to eat herself up with doubt and loses her faith in the Spider Goddess, he is conflicted between his loyalty and his believe that AsskickingEqualsAuthority, which is the foundation for their races entire society. Danifae however, who as a slave is nominally the groups lowest ranking member, proves herself to be a [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]] who plays the game of lying, betraying, and instilling fear like no-one else. [[spoiler:When Jegrred finally switches his loyalty, Quenthel helplessly resigns and doesn't try to stop them, but when she gets all her powers back, she sacrifices him for punishment.]]

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* In [[{{Dragonlance}} ''[[Literature/{{Dragonlance}} Brothers In Arms]] Arms]]'' one of the commanders mentions that this is why he didn't want to be a knight. He feared the potential for his lord and his god to demand conflicting things of him.
* In WarOfTheSpiderQueen, ''Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen'', half-demon BloodKnight isn't partial about who is giving him orders as long as he can brutaly tear someone to shreds. He is ordered by his mother, the high priestess of Menzoberanzan, to accompany his aunt Quenthel on her quest and follow her orders without question. However, when Quenthel starts to eat herself up with doubt and loses her faith in the Spider Goddess, he is conflicted between his loyalty and his believe that AsskickingEqualsAuthority, which is the foundation for their races entire society. Danifae however, who as a slave is nominally the groups lowest ranking member, proves herself to be a [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bitch]] who plays the game of lying, betraying, and instilling fear like no-one else. [[spoiler:When Jegrred finally switches his loyalty, Quenthel helplessly resigns and doesn't try to stop them, but when she gets all her powers back, she sacrifices him for punishment.]]



* This is a common theme in ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.

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* This is a common theme in ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.



* In the third book of ''TheQueensThief'' series, Costis finds his loyalty torn between his queen and king. He wonders what he would do if they should ever go against each other.

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* In the third book of ''TheQueensThief'' ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' series, Costis finds his loyalty torn between his queen and king. He wonders what he would do if they should ever go against each other.
16th May '16 7:34:55 PM HeroGal2347
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* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen suffers from this in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} story "The Betrayal of Superman" - does he keep his pal's SecretIdentity secure or keep his promise to a sick friend to take over his case? Fortunately, he manages to TakeAThirdOption.

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* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen suffers from this in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} story "The Betrayal of Superman" - when he agrees to take on a missing persons case for a sick friend, only to find that the "missing person" is Supes' other persona -- does he keep his pal's SecretIdentity secure or keep his promise to a sick friend to take over his case? other friend? Fortunately, he manages to TakeAThirdOption.
16th May '16 1:42:25 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* A major theme of ''[[TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Stone Prince]]'', in which a great deal of bloodshed is caused by characters torn between love and duty.

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* A major theme of ''[[TalesOfTheBranionRealm ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Stone Prince]]'', in which a great deal of bloodshed is caused by characters torn between love and duty.
13th May '16 8:00:55 PM HeroGal2347
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* In the (now non-canon) ''ComicBook/DuckTales'' [=/=] ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' crossover "Dangerous Currency", Scrooge comes to St. Canard, and he and Darkwing ''really'' do not get along. The fact that his "two best friends hate each other" is stressful for Launchpad, who worries that they'll never get it sorted out and he'll be forced to pick one or the other. This is even represented on one of the covers, with Scrooge and Darkwing pulling on opposite sides of Launchpad's pilot's helmet. Fortunately, the two ultimately become VitriolicBestBuds and the situation is resolved.
* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen suffers from this in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} story "The Betrayal of Superman" - does he keep his pal's SecretIdentity secure or keep his promise to a sick friend to take over his case? Fortunately, he manages to TakeAThirdOption.



* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen suffers from this in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} story "The Betrayal of Superman" - does he keep his pal's SecretIdentity secure or keep his promise to a sick friend to take over his case? Fortunately, he manages to TakeAThirdOption.
11th May '16 4:22:59 AM WillBGood
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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', An issue for [[AntiVillain Fuschia]], BabyBlue, and {{Tome|OfEldritchLore}}y. [[spoiler:Or rather, [[HighHeelFaceTurn it WAS an issue for Fuschia]].]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', An issue for [[AntiVillain Fuschia]], BabyBlue, Baby Blue, and {{Tome|OfEldritchLore}}y. [[spoiler:Or rather, [[HighHeelFaceTurn it WAS an issue for Fuschia]].]]
21st Apr '16 11:54:08 AM mzytryck01
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** Avelline's duties as member of the city guard sometimes are at odds with Hawkes activies, who can be a good friend of hers whom she owes her life.

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** Avelline's Aveline's duties as member of the city guard sometimes are at odds with Hawkes activies, who can be a good friend of hers whom she owes her life.


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** As tensions between the mages and templars mount, Varric is fully aware that he will have problems with this, though in his case his loyalty is to individual people rather than overarching principles. Summed up perfectly in the following conversation:
--> Merrill: How do you do it, living in the city without picking a side? Doesn't it matter to you?
--> Varric: Of course it does. That's why I don't take sides.
--> Merrill: That doesn't make any sense.
--> Varric: I've got you and Aveline, Fenris and Anders. Hawke. Isabela. I've got friends in the Circle and drinking buddies in the templars. All of them matter.
--> Merrill: But you're going to fight. If it comes to that, I mean.
--> Varric: I fought my own brother, Daisy. Nobody said this was going to be happy story.


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** In the first game, [[CowboyCop Garrus]] has trouble reconciling his decision to go rogue and fight alongside Shepard with the [[ByTheBookCop typical Turian ideology]]. He ultimately accepts the fact that he's "not a very good Turian" and settles for being an ''extremely'' good [[TheLancer lancer]] to the galaxy's best chance of avoiding extinction.
24th Feb '16 6:41:41 AM XSpectreGreyX
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* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} is both a member of the X-Men and the Avengers. He's stated that he sees the Avengers as work and the X-Men as his family. However, in ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen, he sides more with the Avengers than the X-Men.
21st Feb '16 6:55:39 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'':
** In "The Big Game", Miss Brooks wants to maintain academic standards . . . but give long-ago Madison football hero Gus Geary his diploma so he can remain Assistant Coach. Miss Brooks [[LoopholeAbuse relies on a loophole]] to [[TakeAThirdOption evade the tricky ethical dilemma]].
** Again, in "The Yodar Kritch Award", Miss Brooks relies upon LoopholeAbuse to give [[DumbJock Bones Snodgrass]] the eponymous award.
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