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23rd Sep '16 12:28:15 AM Diask
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It's not always easy to get people to do what you want them to do. Some people have their own reasons for not completing a task -- too dangerous, too counterproductive, too [[StupidestThingIveEverHeard stupid]], or maybe they just plain [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond don't like you]].

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It's not always easy to get people to do what you want them to do. Some people have their own reasons for not completing a task -- too dangerous, too counterproductive, too [[StupidestThingIveEverHeard stupid]], {{stupid|estThingIveEverHeard}} or maybe they just plain [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond don't like you]].



* The groomsmen in ''HarpersIsland'' use this method to chose who buries the bag of money, alone at night in the middle of unfamiliar woods. It goes to poor [[HollywoodNerd Booth]] of course and he ends up [[spoiler:shooting himself in fright when a friend turns up to help and bleeding to death]]. It's an [[IdiotPlot Idiot Subplot]].

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* The groomsmen in ''HarpersIsland'' ''Series/HarpersIsland'' use this method to chose who buries the bag of money, alone at night in the middle of unfamiliar woods. It goes to poor [[HollywoodNerd Booth]] of course and he ends up [[spoiler:shooting himself in fright when a friend turns up to help and bleeding to death]]. It's an [[IdiotPlot Idiot Subplot]].



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* In ''VideoGame/FTLFasterThanLight'', you may come across a pirate ship whose crew will demand that you hand over to them someone from your ship. You can have your crew draw straws, losing a randomly selected crewmember. Or you can refuse, resulting in a battle that may end with ''them'' handing over one of their slaves to save their sorry asses.
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* Played with in ''{{Chowder}}'', where the cast [[LiteralMetaphor literally draw straws]].

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* Played with in ''{{Chowder}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', where the cast [[LiteralMetaphor literally draw straws]].
13th Sep '16 2:11:11 AM Menarker
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** This is only in some (often more modern) versions. Hades' realm is not merely the land of the dead, but everything underground, gaining the wealthiest part of the inheritance.

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** This is only in some (often more modern) versions. Hades' realm is not merely the land of the dead, but everything underground, underground including the minerals and ore, gaining the wealthiest part of the inheritance.
10th Aug '16 8:09:40 PM PaulA
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* Near the beginning of ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', the local daimyo orders the Dutch sailors to choose one of their number to be executed, and they use this method.

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* Near the beginning of ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'', ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'', the local daimyo orders the Dutch sailors to choose one of their number to be executed, and they use this method.



* ''Samurai Swords'' (originally named ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'') used this as a game mechanic. At the start of each turn, the players drew plastic katanas and the order of play is based on the pips on the individual swords.

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* ''Samurai Swords'' (originally named ''[[Literature/AsianSaga Shogun]]'') ''Literature/{{Shogun}}'') used this as a game mechanic. At the start of each turn, the players drew plastic katanas and the order of play is based on the pips on the individual swords.
29th May '16 7:05:34 AM Generality
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* Episode 5 of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' finds the main party in an underground village where, by the creed of its religion ([[spoiler:really a bid by the village's leader to conserve limited resources]]), their population is capped at 50. Anytime this cap is exceeded, the leader has everyone in town draw lots to determine who gets to stay, while the losers are sent to the surface, where they would likely be killed by Beastmen. [[spoiler:When one of the villagers gives birth to twins, the leader rigs this lottery such that {{Street Urchin}}s Darry and Gimmi are sent away, rationalising that, since they have no family besides each other, they would be the easiest for everyone to let go.]]

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* Episode 5 of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' finds the main party in an underground village where, by the creed of its religion ([[spoiler:really a bid by the village's leader to conserve limited resources]]), their population is capped at 50. Anytime this cap is exceeded, the leader has everyone in town draw lots to determine who gets to stay, while the losers are sent to the surface, surface and told that it's paradise, while in fact it's a wasteland where they would likely be killed by Beastmen. [[spoiler:When one of the villagers gives birth to twins, the leader rigs this lottery such that {{Street Urchin}}s Darry and Gimmi are sent away, rationalising that, since they have no family besides each other, they would be the easiest for everyone to let go.]]
2nd Feb '16 4:47:40 PM TheHeroHartmut
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* Episode 5 of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' finds the main party in an underground village where, by the creed of its religion ([[spoiler:really a bid by the village's leader to conserve limited resources]]), their population is capped at 50. Anytime this cap is exceeded, the leader has everyone in town draw lots to determine who gets to stay, while the losers are sent to the surface, where they would likely be killed by Beastmen. [[spoiler:When one of the villagers gives birth to twins, the leader rigs this lottery such that {{Street Urchin}}s Darry and Gimmi are sent away, rationalising that, since they have no family besides each other, they would be the easiest for everyone to let go.]]
31st Jan '16 1:58:27 PM MikeW
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* A unique take in a 1930's story of ''ComicStrip/DickTracy.'' Discovering their beloved mayor was murdered and replaced by a criminal imposter, the outraged people of Chinatown decide to settle things their way. They draw from a jar of white marbles, one holding a black one but not saying who that is. The group go to the police station to confront the imposter, holding kerchiefs before their faces with one blowing a poison-tipped blowdart to kill the criminal. They're all arrested but only the guilty party knows who the killer was so the police are forced to let them all go.
13th Jan '16 3:09:02 AM K
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* Used routinely in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. To be fair, it's probably [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that they are doing most everything on the fly, and have to make decisions quickly if no one volunteers.

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* Used routinely in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''.''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', hence the page quote. To be fair, it's probably [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in that they are doing most everything on the fly, and have to make decisions quickly if no one volunteers. In #27, ''The Exposed'', Tobias uses his position in the air and his hawk eyesight to see which of the straws is shortest. When his girlfriend, Rachel, glares him into telling her which it is, so she can have the most dangerous job and be the one who gets the mission back on track, he gives himself the second-shortest so that he ends up being the one to accompany her and make sure she doesn't get killed.
9th Jan '16 10:35:35 PM Trellwolf
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* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', when the team ends up trapped underwater, one of them proposes drawing straws to decide which one of them goes out in a mini-submachine to find a way up to the surface. Cody/Iori, who happens to have a phobia of water, is forced to draw first and when he gets the red-tipped straw, he gets suspicious and knocks the straw-holder's hand open to reveal that they gave all the straws red tips. They still force him to do it.
7th Jan '16 10:58:59 AM nombretomado
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* In ''SoraNoWoto'', it's a tradition that one of the girls of the garrison plays the part of the Maiden of Fire in Seize's Water Splashing Festival. She's chosen drawing straws [[spoiler:although the officer cheats to have one particular girl to do it]].

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* In ''SoraNoWoto'', ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'', it's a tradition that one of the girls of the garrison plays the part of the Maiden of Fire in Seize's Water Splashing Festival. She's chosen drawing straws [[spoiler:although the officer cheats to have one particular girl to do it]].
6th Nov '15 11:38:14 PM foxley
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* ''Series/TheGoodies'': In "The End", the boys draw straws to decide [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty which one of them will be killed and eaten]] after they are sealed inside a block of concrete. Bill, who does not know what they are drawing for, is the 'winner'.
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