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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.
3rd Apr '17 6:25:09 PM nombretomado
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* The ''PunkyBrewster'' episode "Be My Glomley" has Glomer and a female glomley called Glomine using their combined magic and some gadgetry by Punky and her pals to create a rainbow gate to their home land of Chaundoon. But a rope in the hot air balloon Punky is in snaps, leaving Punky dangling from the side. Faced with whether to finally return home or rescue Punky, Glomer sends Glomine back ("Tell momly and dadly I love them!") and effects the rescue. By that time, the rainbow disappears and Glomer remains stranded. But he's not ''too'' disappointed--he joyfully leaps into Punky's arms and hugs her.

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* The ''PunkyBrewster'' ''WesternAnimation/PunkyBrewster'' episode "Be My Glomley" has Glomer and a female glomley called Glomine using their combined magic and some gadgetry by Punky and her pals to create a rainbow gate to their home land of Chaundoon. But a rope in the hot air balloon Punky is in snaps, leaving Punky dangling from the side. Faced with whether to finally return home or rescue Punky, Glomer sends Glomine back ("Tell momly and dadly I love them!") and effects the rescue. By that time, the rainbow disappears and Glomer remains stranded. But he's not ''too'' disappointed--he joyfully leaps into Punky's arms and hugs her.
2nd Apr '17 9:44:29 AM NintenFan98
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' Dodgers is shown to be obsessed with winning prizes (whether they are useful or not). Dodgers wins a game show later on and has to choose between two prizes. The mystery grand prize or the lives of his fellow competitors (which include his friends and frenemies). [[spoiler: He choose the prize, but pressed the wrong button and set his friends free]].
1st Apr '17 5:01:33 PM eroock
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See also HostageForMcGuffin. A [[SubTrope specific form]] of the SadisticChoice and a classic MoralDilemma. Happier cases overlap with SecretTestOfCharacter or SweetAndSourGrapes, where saving the friend means winning the idol too. Depending on how important the "idol" is to the hero, this trope may overlap with ActOfTrueLove.

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See also HostageForMcGuffin. A [[SubTrope specific form]] of the SadisticChoice and a classic MoralDilemma. Happier cases overlap with SecretTestOfCharacter or SweetAndSourGrapes, where saving the friend means winning the idol too. Depending on how important the "idol" is to the hero, this trope may overlap with ActOfTrueLove.
ActOfTrueLove. Compare DeathByMaterialism when a character chooses the idol over something immaterial which marks them for certain death.
22nd Mar '17 12:02:48 PM contrafanxxx
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* In ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', Charlie finds himself faced with this in the final stretch. As the factory tour ends, turns out that Willy Wonka knew that Charlie and Grandpa Joe stole Fizzy Lifting Drinks, and due to violating a (very small!) clause in the contract they signed at its start, Charlie will not receive a lifetime supply of chocolate. But if he sells the Everlasting Gobstopper he received to Mr. Wonka's rival Slugworth, he'll get enough money to lift his family out of poverty, which he wants more than anything else...but he promised Mr. Wonka he'd never do such a thing when he got it. [[spoiler: He decides to apologize for what he did by giving the Gobstopper back to Mr. Wonka, who then reveals that this was actually a Secret Test of Character that Charlie passed. Now Charlie will not only get the chocolate, but ''become his heir'', so Charlie gets even more than he wanted for doing good!]]

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* In ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', Charlie finds himself faced with this in the final stretch. As the factory tour ends, turns out that Willy Wonka knew that Charlie and Grandpa Joe stole Fizzy Lifting Drinks, and due to violating a (very small!) clause in the contract they signed at its start, Charlie will not receive a lifetime supply of chocolate. But if he sells the Everlasting Gobstopper he received to Mr. Wonka's rival Slugworth, he'll get enough money to lift his family out of poverty, which he wants more than anything else...but he promised Mr. Wonka he'd never do such a thing when he got it. [[spoiler: He decides to apologize for what he did by giving the Gobstopper back to Mr. Wonka, who then reveals that this was actually a Secret Test of Character SecretTestOfCharacter that Charlie passed. Now Charlie will not only get the chocolate, but ''become his heir'', so Charlie gets even more than he wanted for doing good!]]
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