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25th Aug '16 9:33:00 PM ultimomant
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* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': In the backstory, Anguirus once had a choice to either absorb some mana crystals to gain his full potential, or allow Baragon to absorb them to heal his fatal injuries. He chose to save Baragon, deciding power was worthless without his friends.
28th Jul '16 8:21:08 AM Willbyr
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* In the ''RecordOfLodossWar'' {{OVA}} there is a great example of this trope starring the villains. When Black Knight Ashram is given the chance to take the Scepter of Domination before the good guys can or save the life of dark elf Pirotess he [[spoiler: actually picks saving her over the scepter. She dies anyway, unfortunately.]]

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* In the ''RecordOfLodossWar'' ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' {{OVA}} there is a great example of this trope starring the villains. When Black Knight Ashram is given the chance to take the Scepter of Domination before the good guys can or save the life of dark elf Pirotess he [[spoiler: actually picks saving her over the scepter. She dies anyway, unfortunately.]]



* Before the ''{{Naruto}}'' timeline begins, Sakumo Hatake faced a choice between his comrades or a mission. He abandoned the mission, saved their lives and was ostracised by his entire country. Eventually he committed {{seppuku}}, and his son got the wrong message and spent the next few years of his life turning himself into an emotionless and ''successful'' weapon. Life can be stupid.
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' - Played literally with Miki in episode 24 when she has a chance to become the solo MC of the show to be aired in the timeslot that would succeed the [[ShowWithinAShow "Are we live?"]] show.

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* Before the ''{{Naruto}}'' ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' timeline begins, Sakumo Hatake faced a choice between his comrades or a mission. He abandoned the mission, saved their lives and was ostracised by his entire country. Eventually he committed {{seppuku}}, and his son got the wrong message and spent the next few years of his life turning himself into an emotionless and ''successful'' weapon. Life can be stupid.
* ''[[Anime/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' - Played literally with Miki in episode 24 when she has a chance to become the solo MC of the show to be aired in the timeslot that would succeed the [[ShowWithinAShow "Are we live?"]] show.
17th Jun '16 12:58:10 AM gewunomox
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* In the ConceptAlbum ''TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'' by Music/{{Genesis}}, the protagonist [[UnreliableNarrator Rael]] is ultimately confronted with a situation where he can either escape from the mad dream he has been caught in and go back to his normal life in New York City, or risk dangerous rapids to rescue his drowning brother John (who has repeatedly refused to help Rael in his times of need). [[spoiler: He decides to save John from the rapids, but during the confusion and peril of the struggle, the mad dream takes another turn and Rael finds that he and John are actually the same person]]. See also: [[spoiler: TomatoInTheMirror]], [[spoiler: TwistEnding]], and [[spoiler: ItWasHisSled]].

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* In the ConceptAlbum ''TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'' ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'' by Music/{{Genesis}}, the protagonist [[UnreliableNarrator Rael]] is ultimately confronted with a situation where he can either escape from the mad dream he has been caught in and go back to his normal life in New York City, or risk dangerous rapids to rescue his drowning brother John (who has repeatedly refused to help Rael in his times of need). [[spoiler: He decides to save John from the rapids, but during the confusion and peril of the struggle, the mad dream takes another turn and Rael finds that he and John are actually the same person]]. See also: [[spoiler: TomatoInTheMirror]], [[spoiler: TwistEnding]], and [[spoiler: ItWasHisSled]].
16th Jun '16 3:59:16 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''Anime/PrettySammy'' storyline in the ''[[TenchiMuyo No Need for Tenchi]]'' manga series, Pixy Misa had set things up for Tenchi to learn Sasami was Pretty Sammy, then turned him into a monster during a school play about Pretty Sammy (with Sasami as the heroine, natch). Pixy Misa forced Sasami to chose between revealing her identity and stopping the monster or letting the monster go on its rampage and maintain her identity (either way, Rumia would end up winning). [[TakeAThirdOption Tsunami, then, steps in,]], [[SpannerInTheWorks disguised as Pretty Sammy]], allowing Sasami to swap up and save the day.

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* In the ''Anime/PrettySammy'' storyline in the ''[[TenchiMuyo ''[[Anime/TenchiMuyo No Need for Tenchi]]'' manga series, Pixy Misa had set things up for Tenchi to learn Sasami was Pretty Sammy, then turned him into a monster during a school play about Pretty Sammy (with Sasami as the heroine, natch). Pixy Misa forced Sasami to chose between revealing her identity and stopping the monster or letting the monster go on its rampage and maintain her identity (either way, Rumia would end up winning). [[TakeAThirdOption Tsunami, then, steps in,]], [[SpannerInTheWorks disguised as Pretty Sammy]], allowing Sasami to swap up and save the day.
7th Jun '16 7:45:44 PM Tallens
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* ''Film/K2SirenOfTheHimalayas'': Team leader Fabrizio Zangrilli on one of his climbs up K2 was within an hour of the summit, but saw a porter that had suffered a stroke, so the priority became getting him down the mountain.
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.]]
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