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7th Apr '18 4:24:04 PM AuraGuardian
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* In Creator/JimButcher's Literature/TheDresdenFiles novel ''Summer Knight'', [[TheHero Harry Dresden]] was tasked with finding the one who stole something from [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Sidhe Queen Mab, the Winter Queen, Queen of Air and Darkness.]] [[spoiler:He was tasked because he must prove himself to his people or be stripped of title and be tossed over to the enemy.]] Eventually he finds evidence to prove the ExactWords of Mab's request but if he continues he would be walking into [[spoiler:a battle between the Fae Courts, and to come out he must stop the thief (another Fairy Queen, there are six in total) and save the life of a young maiden.]] One of the Senior Council, the ruling body of wizards, the Gatekeeper urges Dresden to give up because the task is far too large for him; the Council would never send a single wizard to do it. When he refuses, the Gatekeeper [[spoiler: promises him his vote. And says had he walked away, the Gatekeeper would have killed on the spot, since it would be the same effect as voting against him.]]

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* In Creator/JimButcher's Literature/TheDresdenFiles novel ''Summer Knight'', [[TheHero Harry Dresden]] was tasked with finding the one who stole something from by [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Sidhe Queen Mab, the Winter Queen, Queen of Air and Darkness.]] Darkness]] with finding the one who stole something from their sister, Titania. [[spoiler:He was tasked because he must prove himself to his people or be stripped of title and be tossed over to the enemy.]] Eventually he finds evidence to prove the ExactWords of Mab's request but if he continues he would be walking into [[spoiler:a battle between the Fae Courts, and to come out he must stop the thief (another Fairy Queen, there are six in total) and save the life of a young maiden.]] One of the Senior Council, the ruling body of wizards, the Gatekeeper urges Dresden to give up because the task is far too large for him; the Council would never send a single wizard to do it. When he refuses, the Gatekeeper [[spoiler: promises him his vote. And says had he walked away, the Gatekeeper would have killed on the spot, since it would be the same effect as voting against him.]]
12th Jan '18 10:01:28 PM Qussow
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* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]], a djinn offers Dean a life where his mother lived, he has a beautiful girlfriend, and Sam is marrying Jessica, only none of the Winchesters are hunters and those whom they had saved are now dead.

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* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E20WhatIsAndWhatShouldNeverBe "What Is And What Should Never Be" (S02, Ep20)]], a djinn offers Dean a life where his mother lived, he has a beautiful girlfriend, and Sam is marrying Jessica, only none of the Winchesters are hunters and those whom who they had saved are now dead.
17th Dec '17 6:23:50 PM GoblinCipher
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* At almost the very end of ''VideoGame/StarControl III'', the [[TheGreys Arilou]] appear and tell you your quest to save the galaxy from the Eternal Ones is futile. They offer to spirit you and as many humans as they can out of the galaxy to a safe home elsewhere. [[spoiler: The Arilou are 100% sincere, completely capable of fulfilling their end of the bargain, and what they want in return is sorta creepy but basically inconsequential. Humanity will survive and thrive [[NonStandardGameOver if you take the offer]]. Of course, [[WhatTheHellHero every other sentient life form in the galaxy will die screaming]].]]
1st Dec '17 11:04:42 AM MetaFour
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See also TheFinalTemptation, when this is part of a LotusEaterMachine used to trap a hero. In a video game, may lead to a NonstandardGameOver if intentionally included, SidetrackedByTheGoldenSaucer otherwise. Can be a SecretTestOfCharacter.

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See also TheFinalTemptation, when this is part of a LotusEaterMachine used to trap a hero. This test can come from the villain offering a LastChanceToQuit. In a video game, may lead to a NonstandardGameOver if intentionally included, SidetrackedByTheGoldenSaucer otherwise. Can be a SecretTestOfCharacter.
13th Nov '17 5:48:35 AM GuiRitter
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* In ''Anime/{{K}}: Return of Kings'', when [[spoiler:Saruhiko Fushimi]] infiltrates Jungle, the Green King offers him to opportunity to join them for real, right as he is about to [[spoiler:open the the gates to the secret base and let his TrueCompanions in]]. His response? [[spoiler: "So then I'll never have to deal with annoying teammates or overbearing superiors giving orders on their whims? Then my answer's clear - no thanks." And he opens the gate.]]

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* In ''Anime/{{K}}: Return of Kings'', when [[spoiler:Saruhiko Fushimi]] infiltrates Jungle, the Green King offers him to opportunity to join them for real, right as he is about to [[spoiler:open the the gates to the secret base and let his TrueCompanions in]]. His response? [[spoiler: "So then I'll never have to deal with annoying teammates or overbearing superiors giving orders on their whims? Then my answer's clear - no thanks." And he opens the gate.]]
28th Oct '17 11:36:48 PM Nicoaln
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* This is attempted in ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'', in which Velvet returns to her DoomedHometown to find that literally everything is just as it was three years ago. It almost works for a bit since Velvet doesn't want to leave, even telling off Eizen and Rokurou, while Magilou [[OutOfCharacterMoment seems to be taking things more seriously]]. Turns out, [[spoiler: Melchior had attempted to trap Velvet in a LotusEaterMachine - using the same arte that he had used on Magilou in the past, which was why Magilou suddenly took things more seriously]].
18th Oct '17 12:13:33 AM StrixObscuro
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* In ''Anime/{{K}}: Return of Kings'', when [[spoiler: Saruhiko Fushimi]] infiltrates Jungle, the Green King offers him to opportunity to join them for real, right as he is about to [[spoiler: open the the gates to the secret base and let his TrueCompanions in]]. His response? [[spoiler: "So then I'll never have to deal with annoying teammates or overbearing superiors giving orders on their whims? Then my answer's clear - no thanks." And he opens the gate.]]
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' features an option on the 100 points menu to return to a normal life at the expense of all Gantz-related memories

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* In ''Anime/{{K}}: Return of Kings'', when [[spoiler: Saruhiko [[spoiler:Saruhiko Fushimi]] infiltrates Jungle, the Green King offers him to opportunity to join them for real, right as he is about to [[spoiler: open [[spoiler:open the the gates to the secret base and let his TrueCompanions in]]. His response? [[spoiler: "So then I'll never have to deal with annoying teammates or overbearing superiors giving orders on their whims? Then my answer's clear - no thanks." And he opens the gate.]]
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' features an option on the 100 points menu to return to a normal life at the expense of all Gantz-related memoriesmemories.



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* In ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'', Shining Knight is periodically offered the chance to abandon their quest for the Holy Grail. They have consistently turned such offers down, despite knowing full well that continuing on will lead to more pain and suffering.
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* In the Transformers fanfic ''Fanfic/AChildShallLeadThem'', Unicron tries this on Pterodactus Prime (aka Swoop), offering to destroy the Matrix for him and letting him go back to the Dinobots instead of serving as the Autobot Leader. [[spoiler: He ends up going too far when he drags Grimlock into it, though...]]

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* In the Transformers fanfic ''Fanfic/AChildShallLeadThem'', Unicron tries this on Pterodactus Prime (aka Swoop), offering to destroy the Matrix for him and letting him go back to the Dinobots instead of serving as the Autobot Leader. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He ends up going too far when he drags Grimlock into it, though...]]



* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', [[spoiler: after Moana and Maui's first attempt at returning the Heart and saving the world ends in failure and Maui leaving her, Moana is left completely discouraged and alone, loses all resolve in her mission and gives the Heart back to the ocean, telling it to choose someone else to return the Heart. Then the ghost of her Grandmother Tala appears and tells Moana that if she is ready to go home "I will be with you". This is an interesting variation of the trope in that the scene plays out quietly with a genuine offer instead of a temptation. Gramma Tala is there to provide loving support to insure that Moana is doing what she truly wants. This leads to a further pep talk from Tala, a visit from the spirits of her ancestors, and Moana's own love for the ocean and desire to save her people all combining to encourage her to press on and try again.. This time, she (and Maui who returns) is successful in returning the heart.]]

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* In ''Disney/{{Moana}}'', [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after Moana and Maui's first attempt at returning the Heart and saving the world ends in failure and Maui leaving her, Moana is left completely discouraged and alone, loses all resolve in her mission and gives the Heart back to the ocean, telling it to choose someone else to return the Heart. Then the ghost of her Grandmother Tala appears and tells Moana that if she is ready to go home "I will be with you". This is an interesting variation of the trope in that the scene plays out quietly with a genuine offer instead of a temptation. Gramma Tala is there to provide loving support to insure that Moana is doing what she truly wants. This leads to a further pep talk from Tala, a visit from the spirits of her ancestors, and Moana's own love for the ocean and desire to save her people all combining to encourage her to press on and try again.. This time, she (and Maui who returns) is successful in returning the heart.]]



* In ''Film/{{Chocolat}}'', Vianne and her daughter Anouk have gypsy blood and are "cursed to wander", just as Vianne and her own mother did when Vianne was a child, which is why they entered the village. At the end, Vianne tries to force Anouk to leave, but in the process she drops the urn containing her mother's ashes and they are scattered to the wind. Depending on the interpretation you prefer, this either breaks a literal spell or reminds Vianne that her mother is dead and cannot control her any more. In any event, subsequently Vianne ignores the North Wind's urging to leave, letting someone else fight the battles to be fought.

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* In ''Film/{{Chocolat}}'', Vianne and her daughter Anouk have gypsy Romani blood and are "cursed to wander", just as Vianne and her own mother did when Vianne was a child, which is why they entered the village. At the end, Vianne tries to force Anouk to leave, but in the process she drops the urn containing her mother's ashes and they are scattered to the wind. Depending on the interpretation you prefer, this either breaks a literal spell or reminds Vianne that her mother is dead and cannot control her any more. In any event, subsequently Vianne ignores the North Wind's urging to leave, letting someone else fight the battles to be fought.
10th Oct '17 6:01:00 PM nombretomado
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* In JimButcher's Literature/TheDresdenFiles novel ''Summer Knight'', [[TheHero Harry Dresden]] was tasked with finding the one who stole something from [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Sidhe Queen Mab, the Winter Queen, Queen of Air and Darkness.]] [[spoiler:He was tasked because he must prove himself to his people or be stripped of title and be tossed over to the enemy.]] Eventually he finds evidence to prove the ExactWords of Mab's request but if he continues he would be walking into [[spoiler:a battle between the Fae Courts, and to come out he must stop the thief (another Fairy Queen, there are six in total) and save the life of a young maiden.]] One of the Senior Council, the ruling body of wizards, the Gatekeeper urges Dresden to give up because the task is far too large for him; the Council would never send a single wizard to do it. When he refuses, the Gatekeeper [[spoiler: promises him his vote. And says had he walked away, the Gatekeeper would have killed on the spot, since it would be the same effect as voting against him.]]

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* In JimButcher's Creator/JimButcher's Literature/TheDresdenFiles novel ''Summer Knight'', [[TheHero Harry Dresden]] was tasked with finding the one who stole something from [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Sidhe Queen Mab, the Winter Queen, Queen of Air and Darkness.]] [[spoiler:He was tasked because he must prove himself to his people or be stripped of title and be tossed over to the enemy.]] Eventually he finds evidence to prove the ExactWords of Mab's request but if he continues he would be walking into [[spoiler:a battle between the Fae Courts, and to come out he must stop the thief (another Fairy Queen, there are six in total) and save the life of a young maiden.]] One of the Senior Council, the ruling body of wizards, the Gatekeeper urges Dresden to give up because the task is far too large for him; the Council would never send a single wizard to do it. When he refuses, the Gatekeeper [[spoiler: promises him his vote. And says had he walked away, the Gatekeeper would have killed on the spot, since it would be the same effect as voting against him.]]
4th Jul '17 6:02:05 PM Goldfritha
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However, sometimes heroes ''do'' give in. In these cases, they usually get a vision warning them to leave, see an injustice and realize they can't stand idly by, they see the pile of cannibalized heroes in the cellar, or their new home gets [[WatchingTroyBurn razed]]. It's worth noting that a hero legitimately at the end of their quest may feel tempted to [[ChronicHeroSyndrome keep on "Heroing"]], and be dissuaded in favor of [[PassingTheTorch letting someone else pick up the banner]] so they can enjoy a HappilyEverAfter.

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However, sometimes heroes ''do'' give in. In these cases, they usually get a vision warning them to leave, see an injustice and realize they can't stand idly by, they see the pile of cannibalized heroes in the cellar, or their new home gets [[WatchingTroyBurn razed]].

It's worth noting that a hero legitimately at the end of their quest may feel tempted to [[ChronicHeroSyndrome keep on "Heroing"]], and be dissuaded in favor of [[PassingTheTorch letting someone else pick up the banner]] so they can enjoy a HappilyEverAfter.
HappilyEverAfter. Or he can keep on with the adventures, which may even be deemed a failure of his part, because he would have done more good in a more mundane but less InHarmsWay life.


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* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/MothAndCobweb Green Knight's Squire]]'', Gil faces several, including being in prison and realizing that unless he left the next day he would be utterly unable to make it; his mother's forbidding it; Nerea's trying to talk him out of it (though Gil does manage to persuade her that as the lady of KnightErrant, it's her duty to encourage him); a man telling him it was tantamount to suicide and so a sin; and more.
2nd Jul '17 2:06:50 AM LinTaylor
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* In ''TabletopGame/TheApocalypseStone'' (an ''Advanced TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' campaign), as the players try to restore the titular ArtifactOfDoom, they're presented by several groups of people in need of heroes. It turns out these are all tests by the gods in order to see if the heroes are worthy; the correct answer is to ignore all distractions (up to and including the Tarrasque, ''D&D''[='s=] equivalent to Franchise/{{Godzilla}}) and keep going to replace the stone. The fact that [[SkewedPriorities the gods feel the need to test the heroes rather than helping them try to avert]] TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is one aspect of the module that bothers some players, [[spoiler:especially since no matter what the party does, there's no way to save the universe; the campaign was designed to be unwinnable]].
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