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13th Jun '17 7:44:07 PM Linda58
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* The ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "2001" features an odd inversion. Carter is dangling from the ledge with Faxon above her, but cutting the rope actually saves ''her'' life rather than his, as she's suspended over an open wormhole to Earth while he is left behind on Volia.
13th Jun '17 4:38:09 PM Linda58
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* ''Film/VerticalLimit'': Happens to the main character's father in the prologue, causing the friction between him and his sister. All the more heartbreaking as it was the son who cut the rope at his father's insistence just moments before the sister was able to attach additional securing that might have saved them. Repeated with an IronicEcho at the end of the film when TheMentor sacrifices both himself and the SmugSnake (unwillingly) to save the others.

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* ''Film/VerticalLimit'': Happens to the main character's father in the prologue, causing the friction between him and his sister. All the more heartbreaking as it was the son who cut the rope at his father's insistence (he didn't have a knife) just moments before the sister was able to attach additional securing that might have saved them. Repeated with an IronicEcho at the end of the film when TheMentor sacrifices both himself and the SmugSnake (unwillingly) to save the others.
9th Apr '17 5:10:30 PM nombretomado
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* Attempted by Seiya in SaintSeiya. When he and Shun are attacked by [[EvilTwin Dark Andromeda]] right next to a cliff, Shun is stuck between protecting the very weakened Seiya, whose survival hangs solely on how half of Shun's Armor chains are wrapped around his arm, and defending himself from [[BloodKnight Dark Andromeda's]] [[AttackAttackattack attacks.]] When Seiya realises this, [[TakeAThirdOption he decides]] to [[HeroicSacrifice cut the the chains and let himself plummet to what's surely his death]] so Shun can survive; between the [[BreakTheCutie shock of almost surely losing his friend]] and [[KickTheDog Dark Andromeda mocking them]], [[SilkhidingSteel Shun]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes snaps MASSIVELY on Dark Andromeda]] [[TheDogBitesBack and bloodily kills him]]. [[SubvertedTrope Seiya ultimately survives, but barely]].

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* Attempted by Seiya in SaintSeiya.''Manga/SaintSeiya''. When he and Shun are attacked by [[EvilTwin Dark Andromeda]] right next to a cliff, Shun is stuck between protecting the very weakened Seiya, whose survival hangs solely on how half of Shun's Armor chains are wrapped around his arm, and defending himself from [[BloodKnight Dark Andromeda's]] [[AttackAttackattack attacks.]] When Seiya realises this, [[TakeAThirdOption he decides]] to [[HeroicSacrifice cut the the chains and let himself plummet to what's surely his death]] so Shun can survive; between the [[BreakTheCutie shock of almost surely losing his friend]] and [[KickTheDog Dark Andromeda mocking them]], [[SilkhidingSteel Shun]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes snaps MASSIVELY on Dark Andromeda]] [[TheDogBitesBack and bloodily kills him]]. [[SubvertedTrope Seiya ultimately survives, but barely]].
8th Feb '17 9:56:07 AM FuzzyBoots
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* The version of this where [[http://lawcomic.net/guide/?p=759 the OTHER person cuts the rope is deconstructed]] in ''The Illustrated Guide to Law'' in their section on murder. Namely? If you cut the rope on someone else... it's murder. (The law doesn't consider this self-defense.) If they cut the rope themselves, it's gonna be VERY hard to prove you didn't do it.

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* The version of this where [[http://lawcomic.net/guide/?p=759 the OTHER person cuts the rope is deconstructed]] in ''The Illustrated Guide to Law'' ''Webcomic/TheIllustratedGuideToLaw'' in their section on murder. Namely? If you cut the rope on someone else... it's murder. (The law doesn't consider this self-defense.) If they cut the rope themselves, it's gonna be VERY hard to prove you didn't do it.
8th Feb '17 9:55:23 AM FuzzyBoots
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* The version of this where the OTHER person pulls the rope is deconstruced in LawComic.net in their section on murder. Namely? If you cut the rope on someone else...it's murder. (The law doesn't consider this self-defense.) If they cut the rope themselves, it's gonna be VERY hard to prove you didn't do it.

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* The version of this where [[http://lawcomic.net/guide/?p=759 the OTHER person pulls cuts the rope is deconstruced deconstructed]] in LawComic.net ''The Illustrated Guide to Law'' in their section on murder. Namely? If you cut the rope on someone else... it's murder. (The law doesn't consider this self-defense.) If they cut the rope themselves, it's gonna be VERY hard to prove you didn't do it.
8th Feb '17 9:46:15 AM Gan_HOPE326
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** Before that, there is a bait and switch using this trope in an earlier confrontation between the same three characters. Ling is running from Wrath while carrying an injured Lan Fan who has lost the use of her arm. Lan Fan complains that her weight will only slow him down, preventing him from escaping, but Ling doesn't want to let her go. We're then treated to a frame of Lan Fan with a resigned smile pulling out a knife and talking about how "sometimes sacrifices have to be made", followed by an off screen blood spurt. One might think she killed herself in order to convince Ling to drop her corpse, but instead we find out that [[spoiler:she actually only cut her *arm* and tied it to a dog so that the trail of blood would deceive the pursuer leading him into a dead end. They both make it alive and she later gets the aforementioned automail to replace the lost limb]].
7th Feb '17 7:44:15 PM PaulA
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* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Heroes of Olympus}}'', where instead of letting Annabeth fall by herself, Percy lets go of the ledge he was holding onto, sending them both into Tartarus.

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* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Heroes of Olympus}}'', ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'', where instead of letting Annabeth fall by herself, Percy lets go of the ledge he was holding onto, sending them both into Tartarus.
15th Jan '17 11:44:10 PM JackG
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* Inverted in ''The Eiger Sanction''. Creator/ClintEastwood's character is hung up on his own safety rope, and the only way to survive is to cut it so his friend can haul him to safety using another rope. The dilemma is [[spoiler:Eastwood has just found out his friend is TheMole. Is he planning to save him, or kill him?]]

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* Inverted in ''The Eiger Sanction''. Creator/ClintEastwood's character is hung up on his own safety rope, and the only way to survive is to cut it so his friend can haul him to safety using another rope. rope. The dilemma is [[spoiler:Eastwood has just found out his friend is TheMole. TheMole. Is he planning to save him, or kill him?]]



* Averted in ''High Citadel'' by Desmond Bagley. The DirtyCoward of the team starts cutting through the rope to save himself, only for the lead man to throw a climbing axe into his head. That was a case of someone panicking rather than a ColdEquation type-decision though.

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* Averted in ''High Citadel'' by Desmond Bagley. The DirtyCoward of the team starts cutting through the rope to save himself, let the man below fall to his death, only for the lead man climber to throw a climbing an axe into his head. That was a case of someone panicking rather than a ColdEquation type-decision though.
15th Jan '17 11:42:08 PM JackG
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* Inverted in ''The Eiger Sanction''. Creator/ClintEastwood's character is hung up on his own safety rope, and the only way to survive is to cut it so his friend can haul him to safety using another rope. The dilemma is [[spoiler:Eastwood has just found out his friend is TheMole. Is he planning to save him, or kill him?]]
22nd Dec '16 7:16:11 PM MitchellTF
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* The version of this where the OTHER person pulls the rope is deconstruced in LawComic.net in their section on murder. Namely? If you cut the rope on someone else...it's murder. (The law doesn't consider this self-defense.) If they cut the rope themselves, it's gonna be VERY hard to prove you didn't do it.
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