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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'.
10th Aug '15 3:31:56 PM MCanter89
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** The only ones who don't draw are the pilots, as they're needed to fly and land the shuttle, and Rockhound, who ''wants'' to do it; but as he's gone crazy, no one will let him.

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** The only ones who don't draw are the pilots, as pilots (as they're needed to fly and land the shuttle, shuttle) and Rockhound, who Rockhound (who ''wants'' to do it; it, but as he's gone crazy, no one will let him.him).
8th Aug '15 10:21:06 AM MCanter89
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* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'': Harry initially rejects this idea, insisting he be the one to stay behind and detonate the bomb, but the others refuse and demand that they all draw. [[spoiler:AJ ends up with the short straw, but Harry pulls out one of AJ's breathing tube preventing him from being able to go so Harry can make the sacrifice instead, because he thinks it's more important that his daughter gets to keep her fiancé than her father.]]

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* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'': Harry initially rejects this idea, insisting he be the one to stay behind and detonate the bomb, but the others refuse and demand that they all draw. [[spoiler:AJ ends up with the short straw, but Harry pulls out one of AJ's breathing tube tube, preventing him from being able to go so Harry can make the sacrifice instead, because he thinks it's more important that his daughter gets to keep her fiancé than her father.]]
8th Aug '15 10:20:10 AM MCanter89
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* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'': Harry initially rejects this idea, insisting he be the one to stay behind and detonate the bomb, but the others refuse and demand that they all draw. [[spoiler: AJ ends up with the short straw but Harry pulls out one of AJ's breathing tube preventing him from being able to go so Harry can make the sacrifice instead, because he thinks it's more important that his daughter gets to keep her fiancee than her father.]]
** The only ones who don't draw are the pilots, as they're needed to fly and land the shuttle, and Rockhound, who ''wants'' to do it; but as he's gone crazy no one will let him.

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* ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'': Harry initially rejects this idea, insisting he be the one to stay behind and detonate the bomb, but the others refuse and demand that they all draw. [[spoiler: AJ [[spoiler:AJ ends up with the short straw straw, but Harry pulls out one of AJ's breathing tube preventing him from being able to go so Harry can make the sacrifice instead, because he thinks it's more important that his daughter gets to keep her fiancee fiancé than her father.]]
** The only ones who don't draw are the pilots, as they're needed to fly and land the shuttle, and Rockhound, who ''wants'' to do it; but as he's gone crazy crazy, no one will let him.



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* In Myth/GreekMythology, Zeus knew that since Hades was the eldest brother, he would get his pick over which kingdom to rule. Zeus instead persuaded both his brothers to draw straws for their kingdoms, ending with Hades drawing the short straw and getting rule over the land of the dead. Poseidon, of course, got the kingdom of the sea, and Zeus became the king of gods with command over the heavens.

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* In Myth/GreekMythology, Zeus knew that since Hades was the eldest brother, he would get his pick over which kingdom to rule. Zeus instead persuaded both his brothers to draw straws for their kingdoms, ending with Hades drawing the short straw and getting rule over the land of the dead. Poseidon, of course, got the kingdom of the sea, and Zeus became the king of the gods with command over the heavens.



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4th Aug '15 4:49:08 AM Athgaar
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A common parody of this trope is to have people literally draw straws, and then judge the pictures by some criteria.

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A common parody of this trope is to have people literally draw illustrate ([[VisualPun draw]]) straws, and then judge the pictures by some criteria.
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