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14th Aug '16 11:09:33 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', the Arbiter attempts to talk Tartarus out of activating the Halos. After presenting evidence (in the form of an "Oracle", Guilty Spark, even) of the true purpose of the rings, Tartarus seems to consider stopping... but instead knocks Johnson away with Spark, forces Miranda Keyes to insert the Activation Index, and haughtily claims that his race will rise above the Elites.
** Notable in that the Elites and Brutes are at each others' throats at the best of times, yet the Arbiter gives him a chance to step away without a fight even when he's about to destroy all life in the galaxy and orchestrated the death of hundreds of Elite elders. It shows the Arbiter's nobility, even compared to other Elites.

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In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', the Arbiter attempts to talk Tartarus out of activating the Halos. After presenting evidence (in the form of an "Oracle", Guilty Spark, even) of the true purpose of the rings, Tartarus seems to consider stopping... but instead knocks Johnson away with Spark, forces Miranda Keyes to insert the Activation Index, and haughtily claims that his race will rise above the Elites.
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Elites. Notable in that the Elites and Brutes are at each others' throats at the best of times, yet the Arbiter gives him a chance to step away without a fight even when he's about to destroy all life in the galaxy and already orchestrated the death of hundreds of Elite elders. Councilors . It shows the Arbiter's nobility, even compared to other Elites.Elites.
** The Arbiter does this again in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', when he tries to convince a group of Drones that Truth is just leading them to their doom. It fails, and you have to help him kill them all.
21st Jul '16 7:53:11 AM Morgenthaler
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** Earlier in the same book, Nicodemus specifically has the Genoskwa distract Michael [[spoiler: as Deirdre sacrifices herself]] because [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he knows]] Michael would offer [[spoiler: Deirdre]] the last-second chance, and -in her final moments and facing a FateWorseThanDeath- she might actually accept.

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** Earlier in the same book, Nicodemus specifically has the Genoskwa distract Michael [[spoiler: as Deirdre sacrifices herself]] because [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy he knows]] knows Michael would offer [[spoiler: Deirdre]] the last-second chance, and -in her final moments and facing a FateWorseThanDeath- she might actually accept.
17th Jul '16 2:07:07 AM Will
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* [[BastardBastard Ferron]] in ''Series/TheMusketeers'' is an odd example, not least because King Louis doesn't ''realise'' he's offering a shot at redemption. Louis thinks he's just asking his beloved half-brother to become guardian to his son; for Ferron, it's a display of love and trust that makes him abandon his plans to murder the King (he literally had the dagger in his hand when Louis hugged him), and instead deliberately seek out RedemptionEqualsDeath.
29th May '16 1:51:29 PM eroock
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* In ''[[VideoGame/GabrielKnight Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers]]'', the player [[spoiler: has a choice to either try to kill or save Malia at the end. Choosing the latter has her refusing to be saved as she sacrifices herself to destroy Tetelo.]]
18th May '16 6:23:11 AM ReaderAt2046
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* In the penultimate chapter of ''[[FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse Boast Busted]]'', after Twilight has been caught summoning the Ursa Minor that trashed Ponyville, Trixie offers her a chance to surrender herself and come quietly. Unfortunately, Trixie's apology for baiting Twilight earlier in the fic convinces Twilight that she's completely blameless, and Twilight runs instead of facing her crimes.
9th May '16 12:41:54 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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If your villain is [[AntiVillain tragic,]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity insane]], infected with some kind of [[TheVirus horrible, mutating, alien virus]] or otherwise not entirely responsible for his actions, and your hero isn't a complete [[DesignatedHero meanie]], then you might want to include the Last-Second Chance scene, in which the hero offers to help the villain put things right and/or cure his affliction. "It is not too late yet" is a common stock phrase.

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If your villain is [[AntiVillain tragic,]] tragic]], [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity insane]], infected with some kind of [[TheVirus horrible, mutating, alien virus]] or otherwise not entirely responsible for his actions, and your hero isn't a complete [[DesignatedHero meanie]], then you might want to include the Last-Second Chance scene, in which the hero offers to help the villain put things right and/or cure his affliction. "It is not too late yet" is a common stock phrase.



* [[spoiler: Lyle Dylandy]] offers this to [[spoiler: Ali al-Saachez]] in episode 24 of Season 2 of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. It doesn't work... however he's GenreSavvy enough not to lower his gun, [[spoiler:allowing him to immediately shoot Ali when the latter attempts to turn around and fire at him.]]

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* [[spoiler: Lyle Dylandy]] offers this to [[spoiler: Ali al-Saachez]] in episode 24 of Season 2 of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. It doesn't work... however he's GenreSavvy smart enough not to lower his gun, [[spoiler:allowing him to immediately shoot Ali when the latter attempts to turn around and fire at him.]]
12th Apr '16 1:30:33 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the 2000 version of ''JesusChristSuperstar'', after a much more taunting version of the climactic song than usual, Jesus reaches out to Judas, who rejects him one last time. Once Jesus is back in the physical world, the demonic showgirls vanish, and the last we see of Judas is of him suffering in Hell.

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* In the 2000 version of ''JesusChristSuperstar'', ''Film/JesusChristSuperstar'', after a much more taunting version of the climactic song than usual, Jesus reaches out to Judas, who rejects him one last time. Once Jesus is back in the physical world, the demonic showgirls vanish, and the last we see of Judas is of him suffering in Hell.



* ''Film/{{Taken}} 2'': Bryan Mills tries to offer the BigBad Murad a chance to walk away in exchange for leaving his family in peace. Murad blows it.
* At the end of ''IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' Dr. Elsa Schneider had a second chance when Indiana dove for her hands as she almost fell into an abyss. All she had to do was let him lift her up to safety; instead, she pried one of her hands free to reach the grail underneath her. As she stretched, the glove on her other hand came off slowly but surely, resulting in a fatal plunge.

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* ''Film/{{Taken}} 2'': ''Film/{{Taken 2}}'': Bryan Mills tries to offer the BigBad Murad a chance to walk away in exchange for leaving his family in peace. Murad blows it.
* At the end of ''IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' Dr. Elsa Schneider had a second chance when Indiana dove for her hands as she almost fell into an abyss. All she had to do was let him lift her up to safety; instead, she pried one of her hands free to reach the grail underneath her. As she stretched, the glove on her other hand came off slowly but surely, resulting in a fatal plunge.
29th Feb '16 12:19:08 AM Scrounge
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** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E2TheCutieMapPart2 The Cutie Map Part 1]]'', Twilight gives a speech to Starlight Glimmer explaining real friendship, but Starlight refuses her words and teleports off to parts unknown.

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** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E2TheCutieMapPart2 The Cutie Map Part 1]]'', 2]]'', Twilight gives a speech to Starlight Glimmer explaining real friendship, but Starlight refuses her words and teleports off to parts unknown.unknown.
*** However, back in ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Equestria Girls]]'', a similar speech ''did'' get through to Sunset Shimmer. In fact, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames two movies later]], it's Sunset's turn to give that speech to [[spoiler:[[HourglassPlot Twilight's]] [[AlternateSelf human counterpart]]]].
26th Feb '16 3:40:08 PM billybobfred
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* If you do a No Mercy run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', the game gives you multiple chances to back out of it. Papyrus telling you that he believes you're still a good person at heart and sparing you instead of fighting you fits the most traditional variation of this trope the best, but the absolute last chance you have to stop short of destroying everything in the game world is the fight against Mettaton NEO: if you whiff your attack against him, he'll still die but give a speech about how you not putting your whole heart into the attack shows that you're not irredeemably evil after all and won't destroy everyone -- and your character indeed doesn't. The final chance is in the final boss fight ([[spoiler:against Sans]]), where he will spare you and practically beg you to stop fighting. If you agree and spare him in turn, [[spoiler:he one-hit kills you while your guard's down because you're far too dangerous to be allowed to live.]]

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* If you do a [[KillEmAll No Mercy Mercy]] run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', the game gives you multiple chances to back out of it. it.
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Papyrus telling you that he believes you're still a good person at heart and sparing you instead of fighting you fits the most traditional variation of this trope the best, but the absolute last chance best.
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you have rush to stop short of destroying everything in the game world is the fight against Mettaton NEO: if you whiff your attack against him, NEO without fully depopulating the Hotlands+CORE area, he'll still die but give a speech about how you not putting your whole heart into the attack shows that he can tell you're not irredeemably evil after all and won't destroy everyone -- and your character indeed doesn't. doesn't.
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The final chance is in the final boss fight ([[spoiler:against Sans]]), where he will spare you and practically beg you to stop fighting. If you agree and spare him in turn, [[spoiler:he one-hit kills you while your guard's down because you're far too dangerous to be allowed to live.live -- but as he points out, if you really regret your actions, you can reset instead of continuing.]]
** If you didn't take that one, there's still one more last chance, but this one is more meta. [[spoiler:The Fallen Child takes control during most of the final cutscene and murders Asgore without your input. But just before murdering Flowey, they falter, making you press the button to prod them into finishing the job... or instead, you can hold ESC and quit the game.
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25th Feb '16 6:40:12 PM DarkHunter
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* If you do a No Mercy run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', the game gives you multiple chances to back out of it. Papyrus telling you that he believes you're still a good person at heart and sparing you instead of fighting you fits the most traditional variation of this trope the best, but the absolute last chance you have to stop short of destroying everything in the game world is the fight against Mettaton NEO: if you whiff your attack against him, he'll still die but give a speech about how you not putting your whole heart into the attack shows that you're not irredeemably evil after all and won't destroy everyone -- and your character indeed doesn't. The final chance is in the final boss fight against Sans, where he will spare you and practically beg you to stop fighting. If you agree and spare him in turn, he one-hit kills you while your guard's down because you're far too dangerous to be allowed to live.

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* If you do a No Mercy run in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', the game gives you multiple chances to back out of it. Papyrus telling you that he believes you're still a good person at heart and sparing you instead of fighting you fits the most traditional variation of this trope the best, but the absolute last chance you have to stop short of destroying everything in the game world is the fight against Mettaton NEO: if you whiff your attack against him, he'll still die but give a speech about how you not putting your whole heart into the attack shows that you're not irredeemably evil after all and won't destroy everyone -- and your character indeed doesn't. The final chance is in the final boss fight against Sans, ([[spoiler:against Sans]]), where he will spare you and practically beg you to stop fighting. If you agree and spare him in turn, he [[spoiler:he one-hit kills you while your guard's down because you're far too dangerous to be allowed to live.]]
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