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31st Aug '17 1:20:09 PM Silverblade2
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* During the final confrontation between Franchise/{{Superman}} and ComicBook/LexLuthor prior to ''ComicBook/TheNew52'', Luthor has gained god-like power and has actually brought total peace to the cosmos. However, the Lois Lane android with him warns him that he can't do negative things like, say, ''kill Superman''. Luthor actually agonizes over before finally deciding that killing Superman is the lesser evil. All the while SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is laughing back in Arkham, realizing that Luthor had all of that power and he ''threw it all away''.

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* During the final confrontation between Franchise/{{Superman}} and ComicBook/LexLuthor prior to ''ComicBook/TheNew52'', Luthor has gained god-like power and has actually brought total peace to the cosmos. However, the Lois Lane android with him warns him that he can't do negative things like, say, ''kill Superman''. Luthor actually agonizes over before finally deciding that killing Superman is the lesser evil. All the while SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker is laughing back in Arkham, realizing that Luthor had all of that power and he ''threw it all away''.
31st Aug '17 10:37:54 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the '''only''' way to gain all fifteen Daedric artifacts for the "Oblivion Walker" achievement involves [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder stabbing your ally]] [[KickTheDog in the back]] in most of their associated quests, or else [[PermanentlyMissableContent losing the chance]] to gain the artifact involved. Understandable, since the Daedra are for the most part, a collection of JerkassGods.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the '''only''' way to gain all fifteen Daedric artifacts for the "Oblivion Walker" achievement involves [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder stabbing your ally]] [[KickTheDog in the back]] in most of their associated quests, or else [[PermanentlyMissableContent losing the chance]] to gain the artifact involved. Understandable, since the Daedra are [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]] are, for the most part, a collection of JerkassGods.JerkassGods. The most brutal decision is probably the one in the quest for Vaermina, the Daedric Prince of [[YourWorstNightmare Nightmares]]. If you want her artifact and the achievement, you must [[spoiler:kill Erandur, an EnsembleDarkhorse companion and one of the few in the game to actually level up with you]]. By saving this as the last Daedric quest you do, you can, through SaveScumming, get the achievement ''and'' keep [[spoiler:Erandur]] alive, but you lose out on the artifact.
10th Aug '17 11:30:39 AM TrendingToon1
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** In the climax of ''WesternAnimation/Cars3'', [[spoiler:Lightning realizes his former trainer Cruz Ramirez wanted to be a racer just like he is, and resigns from the race halfway through so she can take over. When she wins, she turns down the deal to race for Sterling and chooses to race for Dinoco instead, and when Lightning is about to accept his fate that he didn't win the race and has to retire immediately, he is considered a winner along with Cruz due to both sharing the number, thus he wins the bet and gets to keep racing. Not only does he help a friend, he gets the idol as well!]]
26th Jul '17 7:50:56 PM MoPete
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode "Fuzzy Puppy Buddies," Amy puts Eggman in one of these: Either he returns the Fancy Poodle he stole, or she'll call off their ''Fuzzy Puppy'' friendship. Eggman chooses "friend" and returns the stolen Fancy Poodle.
3rd Jul '17 11:31:12 PM HeroGal2347
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E26TheGoldenFleecing The Golden Fleecing]]", Scrooge twice has to make a decision between saving Launchpad and successfully taking the fleece. The first time, he ditches his friend in an attempt to escape with the treasure, but ultimately he can't sit by and watch Launchpad be killed.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E26TheGoldenFleecing The Golden Fleecing]]", Scrooge twice has to make a decision between saving Launchpad and successfully taking the fleece. The first time, he ditches his friend in an attempt to escape with the treasure, but ultimately he can't sit by and watch Launchpad be killed.
21st Jun '17 1:24:38 PM MoonPumpkin
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* VideoGame/JurassicParkTheGame ends on Nima having to choose whether to save Jess from the T-Rex or the can of dinosaur embryos she can sell for enough money to get herself and her daughter out of poverty for good. The will lead the player to different endings. [[spoiler: In a subversion, if Nima chooses the can, she's the one who dies.]]
10th Jun '17 8:56:55 AM HighCrate
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Elan uses his GenreSavvy to correctly predict that such a decision will occur. Partial subversion when he finds out he will be the hostage, or as he puts it: "Awwww, man! I didn't know * I* was going to be [[TheChick the girl]]."
* [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/3/13/ This]] ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' strip suggests that such a decision happens at the end of ''Blood on the Sand'', then subverts it.
4th Jun '17 8:26:27 AM tropower
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* In the Jigokiller two-parter of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', the titular creatures have gathered around an important water reservoir. G-3 had been captured by one of the flowers very recently. G-1 has to choose between burning the flowers, ''knowing'' his teammate will almost certainly die, and leave them, allowing them to spread. [[spoiler: He chooses burning, earning a punch from G-2 and protests from 4 and 5, although they later back him up. ''Double''-subverted in that burning the flowers makes them release their dandelion-like seeds, and that G-3, who had been wearing an experimental protection suit, had survived, attracted Galactor's attention, and was in their custody.]] Incidentally, the Gatchaman and Guardians of Space versions killed women, while the Battle of the Planets species killed anyone.

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* In the Jigokiller two-parter of ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'', the titular creatures have gathered around an important water reservoir. G-3 (Jun the Swan) had been captured by one of the flowers very recently. G-1 (Ken the Eagle) has to choose between burning the flowers, ''knowing'' his teammate will almost certainly die, and leave them, allowing them to spread. [[spoiler: He chooses burning, earning a punch from G-2 (Joe the Condor) and protests from 4 (Jinpei the Swallow) and 5, 5 (Ryu the Horned Owl), although they later back him up. ''Double''-subverted in that burning the flowers makes them release their dandelion-like seeds, and that G-3, who had been wearing an experimental protection suit, had survived, attracted Galactor's attention, and was in their custody.]] Incidentally, the Gatchaman and Guardians of Space versions killed women, while the Battle of the Planets species killed anyone.
18th May '17 8:21:48 PM Prometheus117
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** It seems to run in the family. His great-grandfather Sozin had to choose [[spoiler:between saving his former best friend's life or letting him die to the poisonous gases of a volcanic eruption to pursue his dreams of conquest. Said friend was Avatar Roku, who had previously spared his life when he first began his world conquest and saved his life again during their joint efforts to stop said eruption. He chose ambition, [[HeelRealization though he would realize near his own life's end that it wasn't worth it]]]].
18th Apr '17 5:29:29 PM nombretomado
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* Near the end of ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', [[spoiler: Charlie is forced to choose between saving Anne Marie from drowning or his watch from sinking. Keep in mind he's literally living on borrowed time -- he stole the watch from heaven to ressurect himself after being killed by a car, and if the watch stops, as watches tend to do in water, he will die. And worse, he'll be sent to Hell since he "can never come back". Ultimately, he chooses saving Anne Marie while sacrificing both the watch and his life, earning his way back to Heaven.]]

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* Near the end of ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', [[spoiler: Charlie is forced to choose between saving Anne Marie from drowning or his watch from sinking. Keep in mind he's literally living on borrowed time -- he stole the watch from heaven to ressurect resurrect himself after being killed by a car, and if the watch stops, as watches tend to do in water, he will die. And worse, he'll be sent to Hell since he "can never come back". Ultimately, he chooses saving Anne Marie while sacrificing both the watch and his life, earning his way back to Heaven.]]



* In ''The StrawberryShortcake Movie: Sky's the Limit'', Strawberry has to rescue her friend Mr. Longface Caterpillar and The Great Geyser Stone (which will provide water for her town) after both fall over the side of a cliff, landing on a ledge. In order to do so, her friends lower her, using a rope, so she can grab the stone first, and then Mr. Caterpillar. However, as she's being lifted with the stone, the ledge that Mr. Caterpillar is standing on crumbles, and he starts to fall. She grabs hold of his hand with her free hand, but can't hold onto him with just one hand. She briefly considers which to give up, but drops the stone in favor of her friend.

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* In ''The StrawberryShortcake WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake Movie: Sky's the Limit'', Strawberry has to rescue her friend Mr. Longface Caterpillar and The Great Geyser Stone (which will provide water for her town) after both fall over the side of a cliff, landing on a ledge. In order to do so, her friends lower her, using a rope, so she can grab the stone first, and then Mr. Caterpillar. However, as she's being lifted with the stone, the ledge that Mr. Caterpillar is standing on crumbles, and he starts to fall. She grabs hold of his hand with her free hand, but can't hold onto him with just one hand. She briefly considers which to give up, but drops the stone in favor of her friend.



* In the climax of ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', Count Dooku destroys a pillar to escape. Two Jedi are underneath the pillar, and would be killed if it fell. But Yoda needs to kill Dooku to end the war. Of course, Yoda saves the two Jedi. Though it's possible he missed the trick of throwing the pillar at Dooku's ship.
* In the climax of the ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' , Darth Vader must make the choice between obeying his master Palpatine, or saving his son Luke. In the end he chooses to save his son by throwing Palpatine down the reactor shaft at the cost of his own life.

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In the climax of ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'', Count Dooku destroys a pillar to escape. Two Jedi are underneath the pillar, and would be killed if it fell. But Yoda needs to kill Dooku to end the war. Of course, Yoda saves the two Jedi. Though it's possible he missed the trick of throwing the pillar at Dooku's ship.
* ** In the climax of the ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' , Darth Vader must make the choice between obeying his master Palpatine, or saving his son Luke. In the end he chooses to save his son by throwing Palpatine down the reactor shaft at the cost of his own life.
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