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28th May '16 6:08:04 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi is forced to either stay behind and fight a giant monster so his students can escape with a magical book that can make them smarter (for the big exams) or dump the book so they can all escape safely. [[spoiler: Subverted in that Negi ends up ''trying'' to stay behind, but Asuna decides to make the "right" choice for him anyway.]]

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* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi is forced to either stay behind and fight a giant monster so his students can escape with a magical book that can make them smarter (for the big exams) or dump the book so they can all escape safely. [[spoiler: Subverted in that Negi ends up ''trying'' to stay behind, but Asuna decides to make the "right" choice for him anyway.]]
22nd May '16 5:55:41 PM Psi001
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* The ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' episode "Jumping Rocket Ship" has an interesting villainous Reconstruction. When Meowth pulls a HeelFaceMole scheme against the heroes, they discuss his potential as a talking Pokemon, with Dawn even offering him media ties via Rhonda. Starstruck at the idea of becoming a potential TV star, he ponders whether to ditch Team Rocket for real. However, when Jessie and James find Meowth and suffer their usual CurbstompBattle against Ash's group, he realises he doesn't have the heart to abandon them, turning on the heroes and happily joining his team in another blasting off.
16th May '16 1:53:44 PM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/JewelsOfGwahlur", ConanTheBarbarian faces it:

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/JewelsOfGwahlur", ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian faces it:
10th May '16 12:03:48 AM HeroGal2347
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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.

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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.
too. Depending on how important the "idol" is to the hero, this trope may overlap with ActOfTrueLove.
28th Apr '16 12:27:20 PM aye_amber
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* In ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE'' both Napoleon and Illya are forced into this position by the end of the movie: retrieve the tape containing sensitive information at all costs, including, if necessary, killing the other to do so. Yet to do so would mean killing a man they've come to respect. [[spoiler: After Napoleon gives Illya his father's watch (which had been stolen from a mook, and Napoleon found during the raid), they TakeAThirdOption and burn the tape altogether. Immediately after Mr. Waverly comes to them with a job offer to join U.N.C.L.E.]]

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* In ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE'' ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015'' both Napoleon and Illya are forced into this position by the end of the movie: retrieve the tape containing sensitive information at all costs, including, if necessary, killing the other to do so. Yet to do so would mean killing a man they've come to respect. [[spoiler: After Napoleon gives Illya his father's watch (which had been stolen from a mook, and Napoleon found during the raid), they TakeAThirdOption and burn the tape altogether. Immediately after Mr. Waverly comes to them with a job offer to join U.N.C.L.E.]]
28th Apr '16 10:51:26 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Ataidar's royal sentinel defies this trope. His 42nd emergency procedure involves turning control of his armor over to an AI so it can act independently; it can go after the idol while he himself goes after the friend.

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Ataidar's royal sentinel sentinel, Fairtheora, defies this trope. His 42nd emergency procedure involves turning control of his armor over to an AI so it can act independently; it can go after the idol while he himself goes after the friend.
27th Apr '16 9:58:14 PM TrendingToon1
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* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' had Aisha earning her Enchantix through such a decision. But considering how they are earned (through a sacrifice), perhaps there should have been more.

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* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' had Aisha earning her Enchantix through such a decision.decision (heal her eyesight or the dying mermaid queen, she chose the latter). But considering how they are earned (through a sacrifice), perhaps there should have been more.
27th Apr '16 12:35:13 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', during a chaotic fight, May Chang has to choose between going for the Philosopher's Stone, which she needs to complete her quest to save her clan, or stop [[spoiler:Hawkeye]] from bleeding to death, someone whom she barely knows. She chooses the latter, only to see that [[spoiler:Wrath]] has seized the stone.

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'',
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during a chaotic fight, May Chang has to choose between going for the Philosopher's Stone, which she needs to complete her quest to save her clan, or stop [[spoiler:Hawkeye]] from bleeding to death, someone whom she barely knows. She chooses the latter, only to see that [[spoiler:Wrath]] has seized the stone.



*** Yet perhaps the ''wrong'' choice. [[spoiler:Father needed Al's soul to return to the armor to make his EvilPlan work.]]
*** Well Father would have still been unstoppable had his EvilPlan not worked then due to [[spoiler:Hohenheim's trap not being able to work unless Father succeeded even if it would only be temporary.]] Plus Al returning, period, would have given Father what he wanted as he only needed a soul who was capable of returning from the gate. It really didn't matter which form he returned in. Plus his choice did [[spoiler:save Ed's life because it enabled him to make a HeroicSacrifice later.]]



*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Ataidar's royal sentinel defies this trope. His 42nd emergency procedure involves turning control of his armor over to an AI so it can act independently; it can go after the idol while he himself goes after the friend.



* Mulder has to choose between saving Scully or finding his abducted little sister several times over the course of ''Series/TheXFiles''. He always chooses Scully, but it's a close thing in the first few seasons.
* The entire "lost in space" element of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was borne of such a decision in the pilot. And that wasn't even a friend, being as Voyager had just arrived there.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Mulder has to choose between saving Scully or finding his abducted little sister several times over the course of ''Series/TheXFiles''.times. He always chooses Scully, but it's a close thing in the first few seasons.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
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The entire "lost in space" element of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' was borne of such a decision in the pilot. And that wasn't even a friend, being as Voyager had just arrived there.



* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Choices" the gang is faced with just such a decision. Buffy and Xander immediately and very vocally choose to trade the Big Bad's evil artifact back to him in exchange for Willow, while Wesley wants to continue with the plan to destroy it. While they're arguing, Oz (Willow's boyfriend) smashes the mystic urn that was necessary for the artifact's destruction.

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* In the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Choices" the gang is faced with just such a decision. Buffy and Xander immediately and very vocally choose to trade the Big Bad's evil artifact back to him in exchange for Willow, while Wesley wants to continue with the plan ThePlan to destroy it. While they're arguing, Oz (Willow's boyfriend) smashes the mystic urn that was necessary for the artifact's destruction.



* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': In The Hub, Skye has the choice between searching out an unredacted version of the report on her being left at an orphanage or detail on Ward and Fitz's mission and extraction. Subverted as she only chooses to get the mission details when it becomes clear she doesn't have time to get the report but she does have time to get the mission details.

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': In The Hub, Skye has the choice between searching out an unredacted version of the report on her being left at an orphanage or detail on Ward and Fitz's mission and extraction. Subverted as she She only chooses to get the mission details but only when it becomes clear she doesn't have time to get the report but she does have time to get the mission details.report.



* In the second part of the two part pilot for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', [[ArcVillain Nightmare Moon]] tempts Rainbow Dash to abandon her friends for the chance to live her dream and lead the Shadowbolts (dark versions of her idols, the Wonderbolts, but the idol part still plays in). Rainbow Dash quickly refuses and sides with her friends.
** In the ninth episode of the second season, Rarity gets put in this position, being forced to choose between maintaining some rather important upper-class connections, and hanging out with her lower-class friends. She ends up [[TakeAThirdOption splitting the difference]].
*** Also, unlike most cases, when the Friends found out, they encouraged her to go for the Idol since it really was a genuinely good opportunity for her.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
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In the second part of the two part pilot for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', pilot, [[ArcVillain Nightmare Moon]] tempts Rainbow Dash to abandon her friends for the chance to live her dream and lead the Shadowbolts (dark versions of her idols, the Wonderbolts, but the idol part still plays in). Rainbow Dash quickly refuses and sides with her friends.
** In the ninth episode of the second season, Rarity gets put in this position, being forced to choose between maintaining some rather important upper-class connections, and hanging out with her lower-class friends. She ends up [[TakeAThirdOption splitting the difference]].
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difference]]. Also, unlike most cases, when the Friends found out, they encouraged her to go for the Idol since it really was a genuinely good opportunity for her.



* Max Tennyson from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' experiences one of these in the episode "Ultimate Weapon". The episode centers around Max chasing after the only [[AncientArtifact object]] he failed to acquire during his time as a Plumber. Near the end he has the choice of grabbing it or saving Ben. Obviously he saves his grandson. The artifact later is revealed to have aged to the point of crumbling into dust when the leader of the [[ArtifactCollectionAgency Forever]] [[KnightTemplar Knights]] holds it.

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* Max Tennyson from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' 10}}'': Max Tennyson experiences one of these in the episode "Ultimate Weapon". The episode centers around Max chasing after the only [[AncientArtifact object]] he failed to acquire during his time as a Plumber. Near the end he has the choice of grabbing it or saving Ben. Obviously he saves his grandson. The artifact later is revealed to have aged to the point of crumbling into dust when the leader of the [[ArtifactCollectionAgency Forever]] [[KnightTemplar Forever Knights]] holds it.
20th Apr '16 12:29:07 AM erforce
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* At the end of ''Film/TheLastCrusade'', Indy had to choose between getting the Holy Grail or taking his father's hand, thus allowing Indy to survive. [[spoiler: He chooses to "let it go". The Nazi-lady doesn't.]]

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* At the end of ''Film/TheLastCrusade'', ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', Indy had to choose between getting the Holy Grail or taking his father's hand, thus allowing Indy to survive. [[spoiler: He chooses to "let it go". The Nazi-lady doesn't.]]
17th Apr '16 10:27:25 AM memetron
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*''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'' is rife with these, but only when you're playing as Rhys.
** An interesting subversion, where at the end of episode 2, you must make Rhys choose who to trust to save your friends Vaughn and Sasha who are being held at gunpoint: Fiona, who has a plan that's mostly just winging it, or the psychopathic Handsome Jack, who has a definite plan, but will lead to him gaining dangerous control of your body.
** Episode 4 ends with the choice and ramifications of a deal that Jack offers Rhys: he offers to get out of Rhys' head to become part of the Helios system and make Rhys the CEO, which has been his dream since he was a kid, or to reject the deal to stay with his friends. Whether or not you accept it can lead to the episode ending in very different ways.
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