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* Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses: In the fifth series finale "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", Del Boy decides to stay in England with Rodney and Uncle Albert, rather than go to Australia with his friend Jumbo Mills to run a car business.

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* Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses: ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'': In the fifth series finale "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", Del Boy decides to stay in England with Rodney and Uncle Albert, rather than go to Australia with his friend Jumbo Mills to run a car business.
19th Jun '17 8:29:16 AM DeepthroatGhoul
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* Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses: In the fifth series finale "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?", Del Boy decides to stay in England with Rodney and Uncle Albert, rather than go to Australia with his friend Jumbo Mills to run a car business.
7th Jun '17 9:11:50 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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* After Steven and Lars from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' get [[spoiler: stuck on Homeworld]], Lars [[spoiler: gains the ability to let Steven access Rose's pocket dimension through his hair. Steven discovers he can enter through Lars's hair and exit through Lion's mane, giving them an escape to Earth. But since Lars can't go through his own hair, he remains stranded on Homeworld. The Off Colors - who had been incredibly excited about going to Earth - decide to stay behind and protect him while they think of another way to leave Homeworld.]]
* In the season six finale of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Finn [[spoiler:politely declines an invitation to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence]] because he "put a lot of work into this meat reality."
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* In ''VideoGame/AStoryAboutMyUncle'': After thinking about it for some time [[spoiler:Maddie]] decides to stay with [[spoiler:the Strays]]. The same thing happens to [[spoiler:Fred]], after the main character convinced him to.
1st Jun '17 2:19:31 PM Siempie
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* After Steven and Lars from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' get [[spoiler: stuck on Homeworld]], Lars [[spoiler: gains the ability to let Steven access Rose's pocket dimension through his hair. Steven discovers he can enter through Lars's hair and exit through Lion's mane, giving them an escape to Earth. But since Lars can't go through his own hair, he remains stranded on Homeworld. The Off Colors - who had been incredibly excited about going to Earth - decide to stay behind and protect him while they think of another way to leave Homeworld.]]
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* In ''Anime/KurageNoShokudo'', Youtarou decides to stay with Arashi rather than go back home. Before he makes it official, Arashi tells Youtarou to contact his parents to let them know that he's safe.
17th May '17 1:47:17 PM AthenaBlue
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*** Mickey Smith in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel "The Age of Steel"]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that in the alternate reality Mickey he replaced wasn't an aimless loser, and his beloved Gran was still alive. He had a lot more to live for there than in normal reality. He later return to his home universe after the alternate Gran died.

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*** Mickey Smith in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel "The Age of Steel"]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that in the alternate reality Mickey he replaced wasn't an aimless loser, and his beloved Gran was still alive. He had a lot more to live for there than in normal reality. He later return returned to his home universe after the alternate Gran died.
17th May '17 1:46:40 PM AthenaBlue
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* Disney likes this trope a lot.

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* Disney Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInTheNutcracker''. [[spoiler: The lead female decides she doesn't want to go home, but then the BigBad, having been thought to be defeated, returns and activates the device she'd been given to send her home. She then vanishes and [[AllJustADream wakes up]] in the real world]].
* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]]
likes this trope a lot.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado,'': Miguel decides to stay in El Dorado ("isn't king kind of a step-down from god?") but at the last second he has to jump onboard Tulio's ship to help him make a clean getaway (they were sealing the city as they left because a conquistador was on his way). Regardless, they decide to blaze another trail in America instead of returning to Europe.



* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInTheNutcracker''. [[spoiler: The lead female decides she doesn't want to go home, but then the BigBad, having been thought to be defeated, returns and activates the device she'd been given to send her home. She then vanishes and [[AllJustADream wakes up]] in the real world]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'': Miguel decides to stay in El Dorado ("isn't king kind of a step-down from god?") but at the last second he has to jump onboard Tulio's ship to help him make a clean getaway (they were sealing the city as they left because a conquistador was on his way). Regardless, they decide to blaze another trail in America instead of returning to Europe.



* A strange version of this in the ''Film/StarTrek'' reboot movie. After the [[EarthShatteringKaboom demise of Vulcan]], Spock is ready to leave Starfleet and help with reestablishing a new Vulcan society. After some words with a very [[AlternateUniverse wise old man]], Spock reconsiders, remains in Starfleet, reclaiming his place as First Officer of the ''Enterprise''.
* The movie version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'': Arthur is offered the opportunity to return to a recreation of his home on Earth, exactly (well, without the imminent demolition by Prosser) like he left it. He chooses to stay with Ford, Zaphod and Trillian and continue exploring the galaxy.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'': Giselle decides to stay in "real world" New York instead of returning to the fantasy world Andalasia, because that is where her real true love lives. She even starts up a boutique. She effectively switches places with her romantic rival, who runs off to Andalasia with the prince.

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* A strange version of this in In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPriscillaQueenOfTheDesert'' the ''Film/StarTrek'' reboot movie. After the [[EarthShatteringKaboom demise of Vulcan]], Spock is ready to leave Starfleet and help with reestablishing a new Vulcan society. After some words with a very [[AlternateUniverse wise old man]], Spock reconsiders, remains in Starfleet, reclaiming his place as First Officer of the ''Enterprise''.
* The movie version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'': Arthur is offered the opportunity to return to a recreation of his home on Earth, exactly (well, without the imminent demolition
character played by Prosser) like he left it. He Terence Stamp chooses to stay in the outback with Ford, Zaphod and Trillian and continue exploring the galaxy.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'': Giselle decides to stay in "real world" New York
a new love interest instead of returning going back to Sydney.
* In James Cameron's ''Film/{{Avatar}}'',
the fantasy world Andalasia, because that is where her real true love lives. She even starts up a boutique. She effectively switches places with her romantic rival, characters who runs off stay behind really do not have much of a choice. If they leave they will most likely be arrested and tried for crimes against mankind. Once they committed to Andalasia with helping the prince. Na'vi they really had nowhere else to go. Jake feels otherwise. He joins the Na'vi in the most literal sense.
%%* Casey Brown in ''{{Candleshoe}}''.



* At the end of ''Film/{{Congo}}'', Amy decides to stay with the gorillas she found, leaving behind a parting gift of a flower to her "mama" Peter.
* In ''Film/{{Crossworlds}}'', Joe, excuse me, ''[[DoNotCallMePaul Joseph]]'' is reluctantly pulled into the fight between the EvilSorcerer Ferris and LaResistance, even though it's made clear that, should Ferris get his hands on the scepter, he'll use it to collapse TheMultiverse into a MergedReality that he would then conquer. By the end, though, ''Joe'' has accepted his role in all this and accepts LaResistance's offer to continue working for them as their agent in our world. As a bonus point, he gets the hot blonde ActionGirl he's been seeing in his dreams.



* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' ends with Daniel Jackson choosing to stay on Abydos. This example's a bit different in that Daniel's life back on Earth was fairly crappy -- he was the laughingstock of the archaeological community, he'd just been evicted from his apartment and was carrying everything he owned in two suitcases -- while on Abydos he was considered a hero and married to the Abydonian leader's daughter. [[Series/StargateSG1 Too bad for him it didn't stick...]]
* The 2007 ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie has the Autobots staying on Earth. [[DoomedHometown Not that they really had anywhere else to go]] in that particular continuity.
** Also notable is [[spoiler:one of Bumblebee's only spoken lines: "I wish to stay with the boy."]]

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* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' ends with Daniel Jackson choosing Maybe not the happiest version, but in ''Film/{{Doomsday}}'', [[spoiler:Eden, a native Scot whose mother managed to get her out just ahead of the border being sealed, decides to stay on Abydos. This example's a bit different in that Daniel's life back on Earth was fairly crappy -- he was after her mission is complete, and apparently becomes the laughingstock ruler of the archaeological community, he'd just been evicted from his apartment and was carrying everything he owned in two suitcases -- while on Abydos he was considered a hero and married to the Abydonian leader's daughter. [[Series/StargateSG1 Too bad for him it didn't stick...tribe of wild cannibal people by [[KlingonPromotion killing her predecessor]].]]
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'': Giselle decides to stay in "real world" New York instead of returning to the fantasy world Andalasia, because that is where her real true love lives. She even starts up a boutique. She effectively switches places with her romantic rival, who runs off to Andalasia with the prince.
* Creator/HGWells' ''Film/TheFirstMenInTheMoon'' (1964). As the Earthlings prepare to escape the Moon, Cavor decides to stay behind with the Selenites.
* ''Film/GroundhogDay'': At the end of the film, when the looping stops and the storm ends, Phil declares "Let's live here!"
* The 2007 ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie has version of ''Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'': Arthur is offered the Autobots staying opportunity to return to a recreation of his home on Earth. [[DoomedHometown Not that they really had anywhere else to go]] in that particular continuity.
** Also notable is [[spoiler:one of Bumblebee's only spoken lines: "I wish
Earth, exactly (well, without the imminent demolition by Prosser) like he left it. He chooses to stay with Ford, Zaphod and Trillian and continue exploring the boy."]]galaxy.



* Happens at the end of the 2002 film adaptation of ''Film/{{The Time Machine|2002}}''. This is partly because he's lost everything he values in his original time, and partly because he had to blow up the Time Machine to destroy the Morlocks.
** However, the act of blowing up the time machine instead of using it to escape himself qualifies as this trope.
** The end of the film also overlays Alexander's future with his past, showing his friend visiting his now-empty house and offering a job to his house maid. He then tells her that he hopes Alexander never comes back, since it would mean that chose to stop living in misery and employed this trope.

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* Happens at In ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'', [[spoiler:Lou chooses to stay his younger self in 1986 [[TheSlowPath and relive his life]], instead of going back to 2010 with his friends. Adam also chooses to stay behind, but ends up falling into the end of hot tub during the 2002 film adaptation of ''Film/{{The Time Machine|2002}}''. This is partly because he's lost everything he values return trip]].
* Subverted
in his original time, ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. Joe and partly because he had Rita decide to blow up stay in the Time Machine crapsack world future rather than take a time machine back to destroy the Morlocks.
** However, the act of blowing up
year 2005. [[spoiler:Although it turns out the time machine instead of using it to escape himself qualifies as this trope.
** The end of
is actually an amusement park ride called the film also overlays Alexander's future with his past, showing his friend visiting his now-empty house and offering "Time Masheen", [[FutureImperfect which offers a job to his house maid. He then tells her that he hopes Alexander never comes back, since it would mean that chose to stop living in misery and employed this trope.strange take on history]].]]



* Film/JohnCarter spends half the film trying to figure out a way to get back to Earth/Jasoom, but, at the end, he decides to stay on Mars/Barsoom. [[spoiler:As soon as he throws away the transportation medallion, he's ambushed and sent back by [[BigBad Matai Shang]]. He then spends a decade trying to find a way back to Mars]].
* Will stays in the ''Film/LandOfTheLost'' in the 2009 film adaptation.
* Captain Algren returns to the samurai village where he had been held after capture in ''Film/TheLastSamurai''.
* Occurs in ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', where Alex overcomes his original reluctance to get involved with Xur and stays with the Star League.
* Subverted in ''Lost Treasures of the Grand Canyon''. Doctor Thain offers to stay with the natives in exchange for his team being spared and set free, even though it means he'll die once they realize he isn't a god. As the group leaves the secret city, weeping at the loss of their friend, Thain comes careening down the hill and quickly explains that he decided not to stay after all, distracted his captors by setting a suit of armor on fire and making it seem like it was himself, and that they'd all better hurry up and get out of there before they figure it out. All in the span of about two minutes.



%%* Also ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing,'' except not quite. Disappointed natives are a bitch, aren't they?



* In ''Film/TropicThunder'', Tugg Speedman decides to stay behind the village, believing he can become an adoptive father to a local child. Turns out the child happens to be utterly bloodthirsty, and he changes his mind.
* Also ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing,'' except not quite. Disappointed natives are a bitch, aren't they?
* Captain Algren returns to the samurai village where he had been held after capture in ''Film/TheLastSamurai''.

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* In ''Film/TropicThunder'', Tugg Speedman Subverted and played straight in ''Film/MidnightInParis''.
** Adrianna travels back in time from Paris in the 1920s to the 1890s, which she views as the city's GoldenAge, and
decides to stay behind stay.
** Gil, having travelled from his present of 2010 to meet Adrianna in
the village, believing he can become an adoptive father 1920s (''his'' idea of Paris' GoldenAge) and then gone further back with her to a local child. Turns out the child happens to be utterly bloodthirsty, 1890s, realises the danger of nostalgia and he changes his mind.
* Also ''Film/TheManWhoWouldBeKing,'' except not quite. Disappointed natives are a bitch, aren't they?
* Captain Algren
returns to the samurai village where he had been held his present.
* This is what Gonzo in ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'' decides
after capture meeting his long-lost family. While he's grateful for his fellow Gonzos for going through the trouble of locating and visiting him on Earth, he can't go with them, as he wants to stay with his fellow MuppetShow castmates.
* ''Film/ThePatriot'' has a rare villainous example. Colonel Tavington, who has little regard for TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar, agrees to take responsibility for his own war crimes while hunting down the Colonial Militia so Cornwallis can keep his record clean. He is unconcerned that this will dishonor him back home
in ''Film/TheLastSamurai''.England, since he has already decided to settle in America once the war is over.



* Subverted in ''Lost Treasures of the Grand Canyon''. Doctor Thain offers to stay with the natives in exchange for his team being spared and set free, even though it means he'll die once they realize he isn't a god. As the group leaves the secret city, weeping at the loss of their friend, Thain comes careening down the hill and quickly explains that he decided not to stay after all, distracted his captors by setting a suit of armor on fire and making it seem like it was himself, and that they'd all better hurry up and get out of there before they figure it out. All in the span of about two minutes.
* Creator/HGWells' ''Film/TheFirstMenInTheMoon'' (1964). As the Earthlings prepare to escape the Moon, Cavor decides to stay behind with the Selenites.
* ''Film/GroundhogDay'': At the end of the film, when the looping stops and the storm ends, Phil declares "Let's live here!"
* In James Cameron's ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the characters who stay behind really do not have much of a choice. If they leave they will most likely be arrested and tried for crimes against mankind. Once they committed to helping the Na'vi they really had nowhere else to go. Jake feels otherwise. He joins the Na'vi in the most literal sense.
* Will stays in the ''Film/LandOfTheLost'' in the 2009 film adaptation.

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* Subverted in ''Lost Treasures of ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'': The coachman [[spoiler:gives Sonny the Grand Canyon''. Doctor Thain offers chance to join him, no questions asked. Sonny opts to stay in Refuge, with Rose]].
* Two times in ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' [[spoiler:when Caesar chose
to stay with the natives in exchange for his team being spared fellow simians and set free, even though it means he'll die once they realize he isn't a god. As the group leaves the secret city, weeping at the loss of their friend, Thain comes careening down the hill and quickly explains that he decided not lead them rather than return home with Will]].
* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' ends with Daniel Jackson choosing
to stay after all, distracted his captors by setting a suit of armor on fire and making it seem like it was himself, and Abydos. This example's a bit different in that they'd all better hurry up Daniel's life back on Earth was fairly crappy -- he was the laughingstock of the archaeological community, he'd just been evicted from his apartment and get out was carrying everything he owned in two suitcases -- while on Abydos he was considered a hero and married to the Abydonian leader's daughter. [[Series/StargateSG1 Too bad for him it didn't stick...]]
* A strange version
of there before they figure it out. All this in the span of about two minutes.
* Creator/HGWells' ''Film/TheFirstMenInTheMoon'' (1964). As
''Film/StarTrek'' reboot movie. After the Earthlings prepare [[EarthShatteringKaboom demise of Vulcan]], Spock is ready to escape the Moon, Cavor decides to stay behind leave Starfleet and help with reestablishing a new Vulcan society. After some words with a very [[AlternateUniverse wise old man]], Spock reconsiders, remains in Starfleet, reclaiming his place as First Officer of the Selenites.
''Enterprise''.
* ''Film/GroundhogDay'': At the end of the film, when the looping stops and the storm ends, Phil declares "Let's live here!"
* In James Cameron's ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', the characters who
live-action ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII'', Michelangelo decides he wants to stay behind really do not have much of a choice. If they in feudal Japan, but the other turtles and April convince him to leave they will most likely be arrested and tried for crimes against mankind. Once they committed to helping while the Na'vi they really had nowhere else to go. Jake feels otherwise. He joins the Na'vi in the most literal sense.scepter is being activated.
* Will stays in At the ''Film/LandOfTheLost'' in end of ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', Thor decides to [[spoiler: go back to earth]] to be with Jane. He even abdicates the 2009 film adaptation.throne of Asgard to do so.



* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPriscillaQueenOfTheDesert'' the character played by Terence Stamp chooses to stay in the outback with a new love interest instead of going back to Sydney.
* Occurs in ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', where Alex overcomes his original reluctance to get involved with Xur and stays with the Star League.
%%* Casey Brown in ''{{Candleshoe}}''.
* This is what Gonzo in ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'' decides after meeting his long-lost family. While he's grateful for his fellow Gonzos for going through the trouble of locating and visiting him on Earth, he can't go with them, as he wants to stay with his fellow MuppetShow castmates.
* Maybe not the happiest version, but in ''Film/{{Doomsday}}'', [[spoiler:Eden, a native Scot whose mother managed to get her out just ahead of the border being sealed, decides to stay after her mission is complete, and apparently becomes the ruler of the tribe of wild cannibal people by [[KlingonPromotion killing her predecessor]].]]
* Subverted and played straight in ''Film/MidnightInParis''.
** Adrianna travels back in time from Paris in the 1920s to the 1890s, which she views as the city's GoldenAge, and decides to stay.
** Gil, having travelled from his present of 2010 to meet Adrianna in the 1920s (''his'' idea of Paris' GoldenAge) and then gone further back with her to the 1890s, realises the danger of nostalgia and returns to his present.
* In ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'', [[spoiler:Lou chooses to stay his younger self in 1986 [[TheSlowPath and relive his life]], instead of going back to 2010 with his friends. Adam also chooses to stay behind, but ends up falling into the hot tub during the return trip]].
* At the end of ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', Thor decides to [[spoiler: go back to earth]] to be with Jane. He even abdicates the throne of Asgard to do so.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. Joe and Rita decide to stay in the crapsack world future rather than take a time machine back to the year 2005. [[spoiler:Although it turns out the time machine is actually an amusement park ride called the "Time Masheen", [[FutureImperfect which offers a strange take on history]].]]
* At the end of the live-action ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII'', Michelangelo decides he wants to stay in feudal Japan, but the other turtles and April convince him to leave while the scepter is being activated.
* Two times in ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' [[spoiler:when Caesar chose to stay with his fellow simians and lead them rather than return home with Will]].
* At the end of ''Film/{{Congo}}'', Amy decides to stay with the gorillas she found, leaving behind a parting gift of a flower to her "mama" Peter.
* Film/JohnCarter spends half the film trying to figure out a way to get back to Earth/Jasoom, but, at the end, he decides to stay on Mars/Barsoom. [[spoiler:As soon as he throws away the transportation medallion, he's ambushed and sent back by [[BigBad Matai Shang]]. He then spends a decade trying to find a way back to Mars]].
* In ''Film/{{Crossworlds}}'', Joe, excuse me, ''[[DoNotCallMePaul Joseph]]'' is reluctantly pulled into the fight between the EvilSorcerer Ferris and LaResistance, even though it's made clear that, should Ferris get his hands on the scepter, he'll use it to collapse TheMultiverse into a MergedReality that he would then conquer. By the end, though, ''Joe'' has accepted his role in all this and accepts LaResistance's offer to continue working for them as their agent in our world. As a bonus point, he gets the hot blonde ActionGirl he's been seeing in his dreams.
* ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'': The coachman [[spoiler:gives Sonny the chance to to join him, no questions asked. Sonny opts to stay in Refuge, with Rose]].
* ''Film/ThePatriot'' has a rare villainous example. Colonel Tavington, who has little regard for TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar, agrees to take responsibility for his own war crimes while hunting down the Colonial Militia so Cornwallis can keep his record clean. He is unconcerned that this will dishonor him back home in England, since he has already decided to settle in America once the war is over.

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* In ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPriscillaQueenOfTheDesert'' Happens at the character played by Terence Stamp chooses to stay in end of the outback with a new love interest instead 2002 film adaptation of going back to Sydney.
* Occurs
''Film/{{The Time Machine|2002}}''. This is partly because he's lost everything he values in ''Film/TheLastStarfighter'', where Alex overcomes his original reluctance to get involved with Xur time, and stays with partly because he had to blow up the Star League.
%%* Casey Brown in ''{{Candleshoe}}''.
* This is what Gonzo in ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'' decides after meeting his long-lost family. While he's grateful for his fellow Gonzos for going through
Time Machine to destroy the trouble of locating and visiting him on Earth, he can't go with them, as he wants to stay with his fellow MuppetShow castmates.
* Maybe not
Morlocks.
** However,
the happiest version, but in ''Film/{{Doomsday}}'', [[spoiler:Eden, a native Scot whose mother managed to get her out just ahead act of the border being sealed, decides to stay after her mission is complete, and apparently becomes the ruler of the tribe of wild cannibal people by [[KlingonPromotion killing her predecessor]].]]
* Subverted and played straight in ''Film/MidnightInParis''.
** Adrianna travels back in time from Paris in the 1920s to the 1890s, which she views as the city's GoldenAge, and decides to stay.
** Gil, having travelled from his present of 2010 to meet Adrianna in the 1920s (''his'' idea of Paris' GoldenAge) and then gone further back with her to the 1890s, realises the danger of nostalgia and returns to his present.
* In ''Film/HotTubTimeMachine'', [[spoiler:Lou chooses to stay his younger self in 1986 [[TheSlowPath and relive his life]], instead of going back to 2010 with his friends. Adam also chooses to stay behind, but ends
blowing up falling into the hot tub during the return trip]].
* At the end of ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', Thor decides to [[spoiler: go back to earth]] to be with Jane. He even abdicates the throne of Asgard to do so.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. Joe and Rita decide to stay in the crapsack world future rather than take a time machine back to the year 2005. [[spoiler:Although it turns out
the time machine is actually an amusement park ride called the "Time Masheen", [[FutureImperfect which offers a strange take on history]].]]
* At the
instead of using it to escape himself qualifies as this trope.
** The
end of the live-action ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIII'', Michelangelo decides he wants to stay in feudal Japan, but the other turtles film also overlays Alexander's future with his past, showing his friend visiting his now-empty house and April convince him offering a job to leave while the scepter is being activated.
* Two times in ''Film/RiseOfThePlanetOfTheApes'' [[spoiler:when Caesar
his house maid. He then tells her that he hopes Alexander never comes back, since it would mean that he chose to stay with his fellow simians stop living in misery and lead them rather than return home with Will]].
employed this trope.
* At The 2007 ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' movie has the end Autobots staying on Earth. [[DoomedHometown Not that they really had anywhere else to go]] in that particular continuity.
** Also notable is [[spoiler:one
of ''Film/{{Congo}}'', Amy decides Bumblebee's only spoken lines: "I wish to stay with the gorillas she found, leaving behind a parting gift of a flower to her "mama" Peter.
boy."]]
* Film/JohnCarter spends half the film trying to figure out a way to get back to Earth/Jasoom, but, at the end, he In ''Film/TropicThunder'', Tugg Speedman decides to stay on Mars/Barsoom. [[spoiler:As soon as he throws away behind the transportation medallion, he's ambushed village, believing he can become an adoptive father to a local child. Turns out the child happens to be utterly bloodthirsty, and sent back by [[BigBad Matai Shang]]. He then spends a decade trying to find a way back to Mars]].
* In ''Film/{{Crossworlds}}'', Joe, excuse me, ''[[DoNotCallMePaul Joseph]]'' is reluctantly pulled into the fight between the EvilSorcerer Ferris and LaResistance, even though it's made clear that, should Ferris get
he changes his hands on the scepter, he'll use it to collapse TheMultiverse into a MergedReality that he would then conquer. By the end, though, ''Joe'' has accepted his role in all this and accepts LaResistance's offer to continue working for them as their agent in our world. As a bonus point, he gets the hot blonde ActionGirl he's been seeing in his dreams.
* ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'': The coachman [[spoiler:gives Sonny the chance to to join him, no questions asked. Sonny opts to stay in Refuge, with Rose]].
* ''Film/ThePatriot'' has a rare villainous example. Colonel Tavington, who has little regard for TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar, agrees to take responsibility for his own war crimes while hunting down the Colonial Militia so Cornwallis can keep his record clean. He is unconcerned that this will dishonor him back home in England, since he has already decided to settle in America once the war is over.
mind.
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* Chris Christie was a fairly popular governor in NewJersey (and a rare Republican one at that) in 2011 when there was speculation that he might run for President. Christie had to have a press conference to say he was not going to run, citing that he felt it was better to put his duties as governor and the state rather than use his short stint as govenor to springboard to a better office.

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* Chris Christie was a fairly popular governor in NewJersey UsefulNotes/NewJersey (and a rare Republican one at that) in 2011 when there was speculation that he might run for President. Christie had to have a press conference to say he was not going to run, citing that he felt it was better to put his duties as governor and the state rather than use his short stint as govenor to springboard to a better office.
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In "Two Swords," Jaime outright refuses Tywin's ''command'' that he accept a release from the Kingsguard to become Lord Paramount of the Westerlands.
** In "First of His Name," Daenerys chooses to remain in Slaver's Bay to deal with the chaos her campaign has wrought.
** Jon turns down Stannis's offer to legitimize him as Jon Stark, something he has wanted his whole life, out of his sense of duty to the Nightís Watch and realizing that the political squabbling among the kingdoms is nothing compared to the impending threat of the White Walkers and their army of the dead.
* ''Series/LostInAusten'': Amanda and Elizabeth Bennet changed places; Amanda going to Regency England and Elizabeth to modern-day London in the New Tens. Both decided to stay in the new place.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
** The most prominent example probably comes from the series finale, where Max Klinger, after spending the entire series trying to get discharged from the Army to return home from Korea, elects to stay with his new bride. This was a temporary thing so Soon-Lee (''Star Trek'' alum Rosalind Chao) could find her family, if they were even still alive. In the sequel they found them living in, no surprise, deplorable conditions, helped them out a bit, and when they came to the US, sent money back and tried to arrange for immigration status. The shock came not from Klinger moving to Korea for good. It came from him not bolting back to Toledo the instant the war ended.
** In "The Late Captain Pierce", Hawkeye gets an opportunity to leave when the Army declares him officially dead. He nearly does so, but at the last minute changes his mind. (Although, to be fair, this is depicted as owing to Hawkeye's sense of duty as a physician rather than any newly-discovered affection for his surroundings.) And the fact that the army would have charged him with desertion, once they got their paperwork straightened out, had nothing to do with it.
** Radar nearly does this in his final episode, fearing that the unit will fall apart without him. However, when he realizes that Klinger is able to adequately fill what had been Radar's role, he happily takes his discharge.
* In a rather excellent episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' named "Carbon Creek", a group of Vulcans get trapped on Earth in the 1950's, specifically in a Pennsylvania mining town. While the other two Vulcans cannot wait to get off this primitive and backward rock, the third Vulcan becomes enamored of the planet, developing a fondness for baseball, ''Series/ILoveLucy'', and even getting something of a human girlfriend. Of course, by the time the Vulcans send a ship to retrieve them, he claims this trope.
* Played straight: ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}'', where after getting his life back in London Above, Richard decides to go back to London Below. To be fair, there's a certain amount of ambiguity as to whether Richard really went back or just totally lost it.
* Jonas Quinn from ''Series/StargateSG1''. He later undoes this with a ButNowIMustGo.

to:

* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
**
In "Two Swords," Jaime outright refuses Tywin's ''command'' that he accept a release from the Kingsguard to become Lord Paramount of the Westerlands.
** In "First of His Name," Daenerys
''Series/TheTenthKingdom'', Virginia chooses to remain in Slaver's Bay go back to deal New York ([[YourUniverseOrMine with Wolf, who is from the chaos Nine Kingdoms]]), but her campaign has wrought.
** Jon turns down Stannis's offer to legitimize him as Jon Stark, something he has wanted his whole life, out of his sense of duty to the Nightís Watch and realizing that the political squabbling among the kingdoms is nothing compared to the impending threat of the White Walkers and their army of the dead.
* ''Series/LostInAusten'': Amanda and Elizabeth Bennet changed places; Amanda going to Regency England and Elizabeth to modern-day London in the New Tens. Both decided
dad Tony decides to stay in the new place.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
** The most prominent example probably comes from the series finale, where Max Klinger, after spending the entire series trying to get discharged from the Army to return home from Korea, elects to stay with his new bride. This was a temporary thing so Soon-Lee (''Star Trek'' alum Rosalind Chao) could find her family, if they were even still alive. In the sequel they found them living in, no surprise, deplorable conditions, helped them out a bit, and when they came to the US, sent money back and tried to arrange for immigration status. The shock came not from Klinger moving to Korea for good. It came from him not bolting back to Toledo the instant the war ended.
** In "The Late Captain Pierce", Hawkeye gets an opportunity to leave when the Army declares him officially dead. He nearly does so, but at the last minute changes his mind. (Although, to be fair, this is depicted as owing to Hawkeye's sense of duty as a physician rather than any newly-discovered affection for his surroundings.) And
Nine Kingdoms. Considering the fact that the army would have charged him he's a national hero who is good friends with desertion, once they got their paperwork straightened out, had nothing to do with it.
** Radar nearly does this in his final episode, fearing that the unit will fall apart without him. However, when he realizes that Klinger is able to adequately fill what had been Radar's role, he happily takes his discharge.
* In a rather excellent episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' named "Carbon Creek", a group of Vulcans get trapped on Earth
King Wendell in the 1950's, specifically in a Pennsylvania mining town. While the other two Vulcans cannot wait to get off this primitive Nine Kingdoms and backward rock, the third Vulcan becomes enamored of the planet, developing a fondness janitor who's wanted for baseball, ''Series/ILoveLucy'', and even getting something of a human girlfriend. Of course, by the time the Vulcans send a ship to retrieve them, he claims this trope.
* Played straight: ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}'', where after getting his life back
armed robbery in London Above, Richard decides to go back to London Below. To be fair, there's New York, it was probably a certain amount of ambiguity as to whether Richard really went back or just totally lost it.
* Jonas Quinn from ''Series/StargateSG1''. He later undoes this with a ButNowIMustGo.
wise decision.



* ''Series/QuantumLeap'': In the final episode, Sam is told he could go back home anytime he wanted to, but the last words of the show reveal that he never did. It's implied that he would go back in a second, if he remembered that he still had a wife waiting for him in his own time.
* In the ''Series/StargateUniverse'' episode "Twin Destinies", when the crew of Destiny are about to go home, Rush asks for 10 people to join him and Young in staying behind. Most of the main cast elect to do so. [[spoiler:It was an AlternateUniverse, and they all ended up on a random planet 2000 years in the past.]]
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', a number of the Doctor's companions leave the TARDIS by choosing to stay somewhere they visit on their travels (though not necessarily ''hating'' it when they first get there) instead of going home again, including:
** Mickey Smith in "The Age of Steel". [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that in the alternate reality Mickey he replaced wasn't an aimless loser, and his beloved Gran was still alive. He had a lot more to live for there than in normal reality. He later return to his homeworld after the alternate Gran died.
** Susan (Earth in ''The Dalek Invasion of Earth'', bearing in mind that Earth isn't her home planet, though arguably the Doctor makes the decision for her)
** Vicki (ancient Troy in ''The Myth Makers'')
** Steven (the planet of the Elders and ''The Savages'')
** Victoria (with the Harris family in 20th century Earth in ''Fury From the Deep'')
** Leela (Gallifrey in ''The Invasion of Time'')
** Romana (E-Space in ''Warriors' Gate'' Though this is her official departure on-screen, it is well-chronicled in the ExpandedUniverse that she eventually comes back and becomes Lady President of Gallifrey.)
** Nyssa (Terminus in ''Terminus'', although [[spoiler: she doesn't have a home to go back to anyway.]])
** Mel (Iceworld in ''Dragonfire'')
** The Doctor himself was once an example of this trope. He has always loved Earth, but the Third Doctor hated being exiled there and was constantly trying to get the Tardis working again. After the exile was lifted, however, he decided that he liked having a home and continued to spend most of his time on twentieth-century Earth. It wasn't until he regenerated into the Fourth Doctor that he decided to resume his wanderings.
* Lots of characters on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' choose to stay on the island, and some of those who've left want to ''go back''. The first to declare that they're going to stay (before the Jack/Locke split) are Rose and Bernard, who join Jack's group but have no interest in leaving because [[spoiler:Rose's cancer is cured on the Island and she would die if she left. Eventually, they "retire" to a cabin in the jungle.]] In the GrandFinale, [[spoiler:Jack, Hurley, and Ben choose to stay behind to save the Island from the Man in Black's EvilPlan. Jack [[HeroicSacrifice dies heroically]] and Hurley and Ben choose to stay behind and take up his charge as the caretakers of the Island. And then in the "flash-sideways" afterlife, everyone decides to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence except for Ben, who decides he's going to stay behind and work things out with Alex and Danielle before he joins everyone else in wherever they all end up]].
* In the final episode of ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'', [[spoiler: Sam finally gets back to 2006 - but finds himself bored and unsatisfied there, so returns to rescue his friends in 1973. By jumping off a building and killing himself.]]
* In ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', after Darien has the Quicksilver gland implanted in his brain, he's forced to work for the Agency because the gland has the inconvenient side effect of causing insanity and eventual death, and they have the only antidote, which needs to be administered regularly. He spends two seasons trying to find a way to either have the gland removed (which they can't do without killing him) or fix the (deliberate) design flaw. Then, in the series finale, [[spoiler: the gland is fixed and he doesn't need the antidote anymore, so he leaves to work for the FBI. Then he realizes the FBI are woefully inadequate at dealing with the unbelievable threats he's accustomed to, so he agrees to come back to the Agency and [[HoYay his partner]] at the end, albeit with some demands.]]
* Subverted in one episode of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'': The TV Series. Amy develops a boyfriend after she time travels into the '60s. However her time watch has a fail safe that'll activate and transport her home after a given time. After a bit of this, Amy decides to stay in the past permanently, sending her watch back in the process. However we find out that the fail-safe was due to the fact that anyone who stayed in the past for too long would be frozen and combust (sorta the timeline's own failsafe). Wanye is force to go back into the past and retrieve her before that happens.
* The first 3 1/2 seasons of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' are all about John's efforts to get back to Earth. However, when he finally gets there, he realizes that A) he's changed too much to stick around and B) the bad guys aren't going to stop going after him so he has to leave to protect Earth. He takes it a step further in the series finale when he [[spoiler: closes the wormhole to Earth permanently so the bad guys can't get there...but that means he can never go back. Made even worse since he knows that it's his fault that the Scarrans are even after Earth, having accidentally told their Emperor that there's plenty of their mind-boosting plant on Earth]].
* In ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', Joan at the end of "M" [[spoiler: calls Sherlock's father to ask for an extension after her six weeks with Sherlock was over. Her request is denied but she continues to stay without pay anyways. She lies to Sherlock that his father granted her extension, but he figures out the truth and offers her to stay on as his apprentice]].
* In ''Series/FreeSpirit'', Winnie comes to Earth solely to perform "public service" by helping Gene Harper win a bowling tournament. However, after he wins the tournament, she decides to stick around as a MagicalNanny and housekeeper.
* In ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'', Virginia chooses to go back to New York ([[YourUniverseOrMine with Wolf, who is from the Nine Kingdoms]]), but her dad Tony decides to stay in the Nine Kingdoms. Considering the fact that he's a national hero who is good friends with King Wendell in the Nine Kingdoms and a janitor who's wanted for armed robbery in New York, it was probably a wise decision.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** A number of the Doctor's companions leave the TARDIS by choosing to stay somewhere they visit on their travels (though not necessarily ''hating'' it when they first get there) instead of going home again, including:
*** Susan (Earth in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth "The Dalek Invasion of Earth"]], bearing in mind that Earth isn't her home planet, though arguably the Doctor makes the decision for her)
*** Vicki (ancient Troy in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E3TheMythMakers "The Myth Makers"]])
*** Steven (the planet of the Elders and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E9TheSavages "The Savages"]])
*** Victoria (with the Harris family in 20[[superscript:th]] century Earth in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E6FuryFromTheDeep "Fury From the Deep"]])
*** Leela (Gallifrey in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E6TheInvasionOfTime "The Invasion of Time"]])
*** Romana (E-Space in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E5WarriorsGate "Warriors' Gate"]]. Though this is her official departure on-screen, it is well-chronicled in the ExpandedUniverse that she eventually comes back and becomes Lady President of Gallifrey.)
*** Nyssa (Terminus in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E4Terminus "Terminus"]], although [[spoiler:she doesn't have a home to go back to anyway.]])
*** Mel (Iceworld in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS24E4Dragonfire "Dragonfire"]])
*** Mickey Smith in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E6TheAgeOfSteel "The Age of Steel"]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that in the alternate reality Mickey he replaced wasn't an aimless loser, and his beloved Gran was still alive. He had a lot more to live for there than in normal reality. He later return to his home universe after the alternate Gran died.
** The Doctor himself was once an example of this trope. He has always loved Earth, but the Third Doctor hated being exiled there and was constantly trying to get the TARDIS working again. After the exile was lifted, however, he decided that he liked having a home and continued to spend most of his time on twentieth-century Earth. It wasn't until he regenerated into the Fourth Doctor that he decided to resume his wanderings.
* In ''Series/{{Elementary}}'', Joan at the end of "M" [[spoiler: calls Sherlock's father to ask for an extension after her six weeks with Sherlock was over. Her request is denied but she continues to stay without pay anyways. She lies to Sherlock that his father granted her extension, but he figures out the truth and offers her to stay on as his apprentice]].
* The first 3 1/2 seasons of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' are all about John's efforts to get back to Earth. However, when he finally gets there, he realizes that A) he's changed too much to stick around and B) the bad guys aren't going to stop going after him so he has to leave to protect Earth. He takes it a step further in the series finale when he [[spoiler:closes the wormhole to Earth permanently so the bad guys can't get there... but that means he can never go back. Made even worse since he knows that it's his fault that the Scarrans are even after Earth, having accidentally told their Emperor that there's plenty of their mind-boosting plant on Earth]].
* In ''Series/FreeSpirit'', Winnie comes to Earth solely to perform "public service" by helping Gene Harper win a bowling tournament. However, after he wins the tournament, she decides to stick around as a MagicalNanny and housekeeper.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In "Two Swords", Jaime outright refuses Tywin's ''command'' that he accept a release from the Kingsguard to become Lord Paramount of the Westerlands.
** In "First of His Name", Daenerys chooses to remain in Slaver's Bay to deal with the chaos her campaign has wrought.
** Jon turns down Stannis' offer to legitimize him as Jon Stark, something he has wanted his whole life, out of his sense of duty to the Nightís Watch and realizing that the political squabbling among the kingdoms is nothing compared to the impending threat of the White Walkers and their army of the dead.
* Subverted in one episode of ''Series/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'': The TV Series. Amy develops a boyfriend after she time travels into the '60s. However her time watch has a fail safe that'll activate and transport her home after a given time. After a bit of this, Amy decides to stay in the past permanently, sending her watch back in the process. However we find out that the fail-safe was due to the fact that anyone who stayed in the past for too long would be frozen and combust (sorta the timeline's own failsafe). Wayne is force to go back into the past and retrieve her before that happens.
* In ''Series/TheInvisibleMan'', after Darien has the Quicksilver gland implanted in his brain, he's forced to work for the Agency because the gland has the inconvenient side effect of causing insanity and eventual death, and they have the only antidote, which needs to be administered regularly. He spends two seasons trying to find a way to either have the gland removed (which they can't do without killing him) or fix the (deliberate) design flaw. Then, in the series finale, [[spoiler: the gland is fixed and he doesn't need the antidote anymore, so he leaves to work for the FBI. Then he realizes the FBI are woefully inadequate at dealing with the unbelievable threats he's accustomed to, so he agrees to come back to the Agency and [[HoYay his partner]] at the end, albeit with some demands.]]
* In the final episode of ''Series/{{Life on Mars|2006}}'', [[spoiler: Sam finally gets back to 2006 -- but finds himself bored and unsatisfied there, so returns to rescue his friends in 1973. By jumping off a building and killing himself.]]
* Lots of characters on ''Series/{{Lost}}'' choose to stay on the island, and some of those who've left want to ''go back''. The first to declare that they're going to stay (before the Jack/Locke split) are Rose and Bernard, who join Jack's group but have no interest in leaving because [[spoiler:Rose's cancer is cured on the Island and she would die if she left. Eventually, they "retire" to a cabin in the jungle.]] In the GrandFinale, [[spoiler:Jack, Hurley, and Ben choose to stay behind to save the Island from the Man in Black's EvilPlan. Jack [[HeroicSacrifice dies heroically]] and Hurley and Ben choose to stay behind and take up his charge as the caretakers of the Island. And then in the "flash-sideways" afterlife, everyone decides to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence except for Ben, who decides he's going to stay behind and work things out with Alex and Danielle before he joins everyone else in wherever they all end up]].
* ''Series/LostInAusten'': Amanda and Elizabeth Bennet changed places; Amanda going to Regency England and Elizabeth to modern-day London in the New Tens. Both decided to stay in the new place.
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
** The most prominent example probably comes from the series finale, where Max Klinger, after spending the entire series trying to get discharged from the Army to return home from Korea, elects to stay with his new bride. This was a temporary thing so Soon-Lee (''Star Trek'' alum Rosalind Chao) could find her family, if they were even still alive. In the sequel they found them living in, no surprise, deplorable conditions, helped them out a bit, and when they came to the US, sent money back and tried to arrange for immigration status. The shock came not from Klinger moving to Korea for good. It came from him not bolting back to Toledo the instant the war ended.
** In "The Late Captain Pierce", Hawkeye gets an opportunity to leave when the Army declares him officially dead. He nearly does so, but at the last minute changes his mind. (Although, to be fair, this is depicted as owing to Hawkeye's sense of duty as a physician rather than any newly-discovered affection for his surroundings.) And the fact that the army would have charged him with desertion, once they got their paperwork straightened out, had nothing to do with it.
** Radar nearly does this in his final episode, fearing that the unit will fall apart without him. However, when he realizes that Klinger is able to adequately fill what had been Radar's role, he happily takes his discharge.
* Played straight: ''Series/{{Neverwhere}}'', where after getting his life back in London Above, Richard decides to go back to London Below. To be fair, there's a certain amount of ambiguity as to whether Richard really went back or just totally lost it.
* ''Series/QuantumLeap'': In the final episode, Sam is told he could go back home anytime he wanted to, but the last words of the show reveal that he never did. It's implied that he would go back in a second, if he remembered that he still had a wife waiting for him in his own time.
* Jonas Quinn from ''Series/StargateSG1''. He later undoes this with a ButNowIMustGo.
* In the ''Series/StargateUniverse'' episode "Twin Destinies", when the crew of ''Destiny'' are about to go home, Rush asks for 10 people to join him and Young in staying behind. Most of the main cast elect to do so. [[spoiler:It was an AlternateUniverse, and they all ended up on a random planet 2000 years in the past.]]
* In a rather excellent episode of ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' named "Carbon Creek", a group of Vulcans get trapped on Earth in the 1950's, specifically in a Pennsylvania mining town. While the other two Vulcans cannot wait to get off this primitive and backward rock, the third Vulcan becomes enamored of the planet, developing a fondness for baseball, ''Series/ILoveLucy'', and even getting something of a human girlfriend. Of course, by the time the Vulcans send a ship to retrieve them, he claims this trope.



-->Dutchmiller: I'm not going. My place is here now.
-->Catherine: Oh Dutch, do you really mean that?
-->Dutchmiller: Are we still in danger of being burned alive?
-->Catherine: No.
-->Dutchmiller: Then absolutely.

to:

-->Dutchmiller: -->'''Dutchmiller:''' I'm not going. My place is here now.
-->Catherine:
now.\\
'''Catherine:'''
Oh Dutch, do you really mean that?
-->Dutchmiller:
that?\\
'''Dutchmiller:'''
Are we still in danger of being burned alive?
-->Catherine: No.
-->Dutchmiller:
alive?\\
'''Catherine:''' No.\\
'''Dutchmiller:'''
Then absolutely.



-->In the Land of the Lost
-->In the Land of the Lost I rock
-->And Iím never going back, never going back
-->Cause now I rock in the Land of the Lost

to:

-->In the Land of the Lost
-->In
Lost\\
In
the Land of the Lost I rock
-->And
rock\\
And
Iím never going back, never going back
-->Cause
back\\
Cause
now I rock in the Land of the Lost



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