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14th Jan '18 2:26:16 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', this is Twilight's justification to the rest of the Mane 6 for [[spoiler: attempting to steal the hippogriffs' Pearl of Transformation -- every attempt at using the power of friendship outside of Equestria so far [[NiceJobBreakingItHero has only gotten the ponies in more trouble]], so she decided to forgo it entirely. [[WhatTheHellHero This]] [[RageBreakingPoint backfires]] [[PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure horribly]].]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', this is Twilight's justification to the rest of the Mane 6 for [[spoiler: attempting to steal the hippogriffs' Pearl of Transformation -- every attempt at using the power of friendship outside of Equestria so far [[NiceJobBreakingItHero has only gotten the ponies in more trouble]], so she decided to forgo it entirely. [[WhatTheHellHero This]] [[RageBreakingPoint backfires]] [[PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure This backfires horribly]].]]



** Inverted in the first Film/ResidentEvil movie. The infectee even receives the cure... and still turns into a zombie at THE WORST POSSIBLE MOMENT.

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** Inverted in the first Film/ResidentEvil ''Film/ResidentEvil'' movie. The infectee even receives the cure... and still turns into a zombie at THE WORST POSSIBLE MOMENT.
14th Jan '18 2:18:45 PM bwburke94
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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** Alexandria justifies abducting innocents from other worlds, most of whom were about to die, and then experimenting on them in order to better develop Cauldron's super serum with this.
** Later, Khepri tells Contessa that, while she would have taken other actions given the choice, she does not regret what she's done.
13th Jan '18 4:26:27 AM Rhivana
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Generally associated with OOCIsSeriousBusiness. Compare WellIntentionedExtremist and ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime. When the character's motivation is her responsibility to those under her command, see TheChainsOfCommanding. If the consequences shown actually ''justify'' the action, then that's TheExtremistWasRight. A character growing too comfortable with 'doing what I had to do' is guilty of a ReverseSlipperySlopeFallacy. Can be a MoralEventHorizon if it was particularly cruel or if they're particularly callous and nonchalant about it when confronted. If invoked large-scale by a visionary villain, it's UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.

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Generally associated with OOCIsSeriousBusiness. Compare WellIntentionedExtremist and ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime. When the character's motivation is her responsibility to those under her command, see TheChainsOfCommanding. If the consequences shown actually ''justify'' the action, then that's TheExtremistWasRight. A character growing too comfortable with 'doing what I had to do' is guilty of a ReverseSlipperySlopeFallacy. Can be a MoralEventHorizon if it was particularly cruel or if they're particularly callous and nonchalant about it when confronted. If invoked large-scale by a visionary villain, VisionaryVillain, it's UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.
12th Jan '18 1:11:23 AM Cryoclaste
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* Franchise/WonderWoman ends up having to say this a lot after killing Maxwell Lord (with the whole thing recorded and broadcast to boot), who was controlling Superman (and who could've killed everyone present in the time it took to come up with a better plan). The whole thing sets off the CrisisCrossover, InfiniteCrisis.

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* Franchise/WonderWoman ends up having to say this a lot after killing Maxwell Lord (with the whole thing recorded and broadcast to boot), who was controlling Superman (and who could've killed everyone present in the time it took to come up with a better plan). The whole thing sets off the CrisisCrossover, InfiniteCrisis.''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''.
11th Jan '18 10:51:26 AM erforce
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* ''Film/XMen'':

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* ''Film/XMen'':''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
1st Jan '18 9:23:47 PM TheGreatConversation
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Generally associated with OOCIsSeriousBusiness. Compare WellIntentionedExtremist and ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime. When the character's motivation is her responsibility to those under her command, see TheChainsOfCommanding. If the consequences shown actually ''justify'' the action, then that's TheExtremistWasRight. A character growing too comfortable with 'doing what I had to do' is guilty of a ReverseSlipperySlopeFallacy. Can be a MoralEventHorizon if it was particularly cruel or if they're particularly callous and nonchalant about it when confronted.

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Generally associated with OOCIsSeriousBusiness. Compare WellIntentionedExtremist and ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime. When the character's motivation is her responsibility to those under her command, see TheChainsOfCommanding. If the consequences shown actually ''justify'' the action, then that's TheExtremistWasRight. A character growing too comfortable with 'doing what I had to do' is guilty of a ReverseSlipperySlopeFallacy. Can be a MoralEventHorizon if it was particularly cruel or if they're particularly callous and nonchalant about it when confronted. If invoked large-scale by a visionary villain, it's UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.
19th Dec '17 2:06:34 PM JJHIL325
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*** This then gets deconstructed when Applejack points out that this trope sounds pretty extreme. Celestia agrees that it's a slippery slope and that way too many abuse it as an excuse for their actions. She and Luna proceed to explain that while leaders [[ShootTheDog sometimes had to get their hands dirty when it comes to tough decisions]], it's easy to become a monster when you think certain actions (such as murder, false imprisonment, and theft) are justified, and even the best-intentioned actions can have unintended side-effects, which is why you had to use the "I did what I had to do" option as an absolutely last resort. In fact, when Luna sees that Twilight's friends are fearful of possibly having to ShootTheDog in the future, she actually considers it a good thing because they'll be able to handle the burden of leadership better than most ponies.

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*** This then gets deconstructed when Applejack points out that this trope sounds pretty extreme. Celestia agrees that it's a slippery slope slope, and that way too many abuse it as an excuse for their actions. She she and Luna proceed to explain that while leaders [[ShootTheDog sometimes had to get their hands dirty when it comes to tough decisions]], it's easy to become a monster when you think certain actions (such as murder, false imprisonment, and theft) are justified, justified. They cite several examples of previous villains that were dealt with in the canon show who abused this trope as an excuse for their villainous actions to establish this point. The sisters then say that even when you have no other option, it's easy to go too far and even the best-intentioned actions can have unintended side-effects, which side-effects. This is why you had to use the "I did what I had to do" option as an absolutely last resort. In fact, when Luna sees that Twilight's friends are fearful of possibly having to ShootTheDog in the future, she actually considers it a good thing because they'll be able to handle the burden of leadership better than most ponies.
19th Dec '17 2:00:08 PM JJHIL325
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** Inverted, as Celestia assures Twilight that [[spoiler: [[{{Retgone}} retgoning]] the adult Starlight and changing the timeline by adopting the filly Starlight out of her OrphanageOfFear without knowing the full consequences]], while dangerous, was necessary [[ShootTheDog and that she had no other choice]].
*** This gets discussed when Applejack points out that this trope sounds pretty extreme. Celestia agrees that it's a slippery slope and that way too many abuse it as an excuse for their actions. She and Luna proceed to explain that while leaders [[ShootTheDog sometimes had to get their hands dirty when it comes to tough decisions]], it's easy to become a monster when you think certain actions (such as murder, false imprisonment, and theft) are justified, and even the best-intentioned actions can have unintended side-effects. That's why you had to use the "I did what I had to do" excuse as an absolutely last resort.
** Played straight when Human Rainbow Dash kicks one of the Changelings [[GroinAttack below the belt]] to save [[spoiler: Sci-Twi]], an action that [[RealityEnsues ended up with him needing immediate medical attention]]. Apple Bloom is shocked when she heard about it, since her dad taught her it was ''never'' okay to do something like that to a guy. Dash proceeds to explain to the younger girl that in a dangerous situation, you sometimes have to resort to dirty tactics to survive and that if she ''didn't'' do it, Rainbow probably would have gotten stabbed and [[spoiler: the kidnappers would have suceeded in taking away Sci-Twi]].

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** Inverted, as Inverted; Celestia assures the guilt-ridden Twilight that while [[spoiler: [[{{Retgone}} retgoning]] the adult Starlight and changing rewriting the timeline by adopting the filly Starlight out of her OrphanageOfFear OrphanageOfFear]] without knowing the full consequences]], while consequences was extremely dangerous, it was necessary [[ShootTheDog and that because she ultimately had no other choice]].
*** This then gets discussed deconstructed when Applejack points out that this trope sounds pretty extreme. Celestia agrees that it's a slippery slope and that way too many abuse it as an excuse for their actions. She and Luna proceed to explain that while leaders [[ShootTheDog sometimes had to get their hands dirty when it comes to tough decisions]], it's easy to become a monster when you think certain actions (such as murder, false imprisonment, and theft) are justified, and even the best-intentioned actions can have unintended side-effects. That's side-effects, which is why you had to use the "I did what I had to do" excuse option as an absolutely last resort.
resort. In fact, when Luna sees that Twilight's friends are fearful of possibly having to ShootTheDog in the future, she actually considers it a good thing because they'll be able to handle the burden of leadership better than most ponies.
** Played straight when Human Rainbow Dash kicks one of the Changelings Changeling mobsters [[GroinAttack below the belt]] to save [[spoiler: Sci-Twi]], an action that [[RealityEnsues ended up with him needing immediate medical attention]]. Apple Bloom is shocked when she heard about it, since her dad taught her it was ''never'' okay to do something like that to a guy. Dash proceeds to explain to the younger girl that in a dangerous situation, you sometimes have to resort to dirty tactics to survive and that if she ''didn't'' do it, Rainbow probably would have gotten stabbed and [[spoiler: the kidnappers would have suceeded succeeded in taking away Sci-Twi]].
16th Dec '17 4:34:17 PM nombretomado
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* ''HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences'': John Freeman claims he [[RougeAnglesOfSatin "MUST DO WHAT HAS TOBE DONE"]],

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* ''HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences'': ''Fanfic/HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences'':
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John Freeman claims he [[RougeAnglesOfSatin "MUST DO WHAT HAS TOBE DONE"]],
14th Dec '17 7:22:40 PM Zazie122
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*** [[spoiler:Reiner Braun]] is also of this philosophy, as both of them [[spoiler:(and Annie) are part of the Kingdom of Marley's TykeBomb ChildSoldier training program in which they, along with Marcel, were sent on a mission to Paradis Island in order to retrieve the Founding Titan from within its walls]]. After [[spoiler:Reiner meets up with Eren for the first time in four years, Eren uses this trope ''against'' Reiner, saying [[NotSoDifferent "I'm just like you"]] and that he's simply playing his role in life just as Reiner, Bertolt and Annie were playing theirs]]. He then [[spoiler:turns into his Titan form and kills Willy Tybur, the true ruler of Marley]].
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