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21st Feb '17 2:21:56 PM AutumnLeaves
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* Some people view the ending to ''Jenufa'' as an example. As the heroine ends up scarred and dishonored, she can hardly find a husband in a patriarchal 19th century village, therefore she has no option but to settle for the neurotic and jealous StalkerWithACrush Laca who scarred her, because at least he's honest and constant in his love, unlike the selfish drunkard Števa who knocked her up and left her for good, refusing even to look at his son. For other viewers, it's a subversion of the trope: it's all a question of believing or not believing that Laca genuinely repents and reforms.
31st Jan '17 2:46:01 AM azul120
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The hero is in a situation with two unpleasant alternatives and [[SadisticChoice no other options]] are available to him. Begrudgingly, he holds to his moral code and chooses the lesser of two evils.

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The hero is in a situation with [[MortonsFork two unpleasant alternatives alternatives]] and [[SadisticChoice no other options]] are available to him. Begrudgingly, he holds to his moral code and chooses the lesser of two evils.



* In one Creator/CarlBarks story, Donald Duck chooses to leap into a pool of sharks rather than confront Daisy and her sewing friend [[ItMakesSenseInContext about the crochets he made.]] He cites this trope word to word.
* {{Defied| Trope}} in ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'', when Huey is knocked on his behind by his reflection for daring to side with a Democrat (John Kerry) just because he is slightly better than his Republican opponent (George W. Bush).

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* In one Creator/CarlBarks story, Donald Duck chooses to leap into a pool of sharks rather than confront Daisy and her sewing friend [[ItMakesSenseInContext about the crochets he made.]] made]]. He cites this trope word to word.
* {{Defied| Trope}} {{Defied|Trope}} in ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'', when Huey is knocked on his behind by his reflection for daring to side with a Democrat (John Kerry) just because he is slightly better than his Republican opponent (George W. Bush).
12th Jan '17 7:00:16 AM ZimFan89
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* ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'': Jade, stuck in the life of the Queen of the Shadowkhan, knows that she's expected to restart the paused war with the human territories of Japan, and if she doesn't she'll blow her cover. So she devises a war plan that she hopes will minimize human casualties and give the heroes she believes are at Tobe a chance to defeat the Shadowkhan.

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* ''FanFic/QueenOfShadows'': Jade, stuck in the life of the Queen of the Shadowkhan, knows that she's expected to restart the paused war with the free human territories of Japan, Kyushu, and if she doesn't she'll blow her cover. So she devises a war plan that she hopes will minimize human casualties and give the heroes she believes are at Tobe a chance to defeat the Shadowkhan.Shadowkhan.
** She faces the same dilemma later, as the Shadowkhan become determined to launch an attack on Awaji Island as revenge against the [[LaResistance Shogunate in the Shadows]] for [[spoiler: attempting to kill Jade]]. She ultimately decides on giving the responsibility to [[ImAHumanitarian General Tsume]], as she figures while it'll cause many innocent lives, it'll give the heroes a chance to fight back decisively, hopefully saving many more lives in the long run.
2nd Dec '16 1:34:58 PM LaptopGuy
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* A common setup for a HeelFaceTurn is by presenting a wrestler as the "lesser of two evils" in a heel vs. heel feud. In these cases, the "lesser evil" is usually an established star and the "greater evil" a fast-rising newcomer or an ex-face who just recently turned. With this technique, a promotion can get both "lesser evils" over as faces and "greater evils" over as heels.
* During Wrestling/TheNexus's domination of RAW during the summer of 2010, several of the brand's top heels like Wrestling/{{Edge}}, Wrestling/ChrisJericho, and Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}, although remaining on the bad side, were cast as "lesser evils" compared to the Nexus. The one exception though was Wrestling/TheMiz, who was seen as an equal although separate evil waiting on the sidelines to strike. Edge went face and Jericho took a break shortly afterwards, but Sheamus stayed heel for a while before getting his own "lesser of two evils" HeelFaceTurn by standing up to Wrestling/MarkHenry.
* Wrestling/TheShield's HeelFaceTurn in 2014 was conducted in this manner by portraying them as a "lesser evil" to both the rest of Wrestling/TheAuthority and Wrestling/TheWyattFamily.
* This was how Wrestling/RandySavage's HeelFaceTurn was executed in a scenario of WebOriginal/WrestleCrap's "Rewriting the Book". Savage was one of two wrestlers left standing in a battle royal for the WWF Championship -- the other was Paul Orndorff, the man who had seemingly sent Wrestling/HulkHogan into permanent retirement. The fans hated Orndorff so much that they were willing to root for anyone who would possibly keep him from winning the title, even someone who had only months before broke Wrestling/RickySteamboat's throat.
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25th Oct '16 8:47:27 PM DoctorCooper
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Also, NoRealLifeExamplesPlease This trope is used too often in real life (especially in politics).
24th Oct '16 6:26:03 PM DarkPaladinX
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Also, NoRealLifeExamplesPlease This trope is used too often in real life (especially in politics).
14th Sep '16 6:31:09 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* The season 1 finale of ''Series/{{Gotham}}'' has Jim Gordon reluctantly work together with Don Valcone, only because Valcone is the one person who can put an end to the gang war.
17th Aug '16 12:54:28 AM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', Prince Serg is so [[UpToEleven outrageously]] [[TheCaligula psychopathic]] that his father considers it necessary to both start an unprovoked war and then lose it deliberately just so Prince Serg and his supporters can be killed in the process.

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* In ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', Prince Serg is so [[UpToEleven outrageously]] [[TheCaligula psychopathic]] that his father considers it necessary to both start an unprovoked war and then lose it deliberately just so Prince Serg and his supporters can be killed and discredited in the process.
2nd Aug '16 5:09:36 PM ThatBitterTase
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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'': A minor example in ''Stardust Crusaders''. When Kakyoin and Polnareff are fighting J. Geil, they see the Hanged Man appear in people's eyes (it can hurt people by attacking their reflections - and the human cornea is a reflective surface) on a few occasions. To their dismay, the best way to protect themselves is to kick sand in those people's eyes. It makes them look like assholes, but it beats getting stabbed or having to hurt someone innocent.
2nd Aug '16 11:24:25 AM gophergiggles
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* Played with in the ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' series. The Metroids which kill everything they encounter and are a notoriously difficult to control potential bioweapon prey on and keep in check the [[GrayGoo X-Parasites]], which kill everything ''period'', reproduce asexually like bacteria, [[ItCanThink absorb knowledge from their victims]], and are an ''impossible to control'' potential bioweapon that could easily overtake and destroy all life in existence. The catch is Samus doesn't learn this until [[NiceJobBreakingItHero she's already eradicated the Metroids]]: the entire plot of ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' involves her nearly dying, being hunted by a superpowered clone of herself, and trying to stay alive on a [[AbandonedLaboratory dead space station]] long enough to wipe the things out.
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