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22nd Jun '16 3:01:08 AM gretelwonderland
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* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', when Daikoku is asking for help to save Yato and Yukine, Mayu is the only one of Tenjin's shinki to volunteer.

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* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', when Daikoku is asking for help to save Yato and Yukine, Mayu is the only one of Tenjin's shinki to volunteer. It helps since Mayu was Yato's former shinki under the name of Tomone/Hanki. And on a serious note, the ablution can be a tiring and not to mention a dangerous process, something that Tenjin and his shinki know.
17th Jun '16 1:37:47 PM Willbyr
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* In ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'', at the start of the "Death March" arc, Sakaki offers the Devil Bats a choice: either go back to Japan and take it easy over their summer break, or join Hiruma, Kurita, and himself on their trek across America and risk a career-ending injury. Naturally, they all opt to take the risk.

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* In ''{{Eyeshield ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', at the start of the "Death March" arc, Sakaki offers the Devil Bats a choice: either go back to Japan and take it easy over their summer break, or join Hiruma, Kurita, and himself on their trek across America and risk a career-ending injury. Naturally, they all opt to take the risk.



* Played with in the ''GiantRobo'' OVA: In the prelude to the final battle, Daisaku (TheKidWithTheRemoteControl for the titular HumongousMecha) suffers a HeroicBSOD because he can't bring himself to ShootTheDog -- or the CoolBigSis, who may or may not have [[FaceHeelTurn joined the enemy]]. The SupportingLeader, disgusted, draws a line with his sword for Daisaku to cross when he's ready. Because of the battle's choreography, Daisaku doesn't need to cross the line to send Giant Robo into a FoeTossingCharge JustInTime. However, when Robo's damaged, Daisaku refuses the order to retreat -- across the line, mind you -- to a shelter, and charges directly into the FinalBattle to save Robo.

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* Played with in the ''GiantRobo'' ''Manga/GiantRobo'' OVA: In the prelude to the final battle, Daisaku (TheKidWithTheRemoteControl for the titular HumongousMecha) suffers a HeroicBSOD because he can't bring himself to ShootTheDog -- or the CoolBigSis, who may or may not have [[FaceHeelTurn joined the enemy]]. The SupportingLeader, disgusted, draws a line with his sword for Daisaku to cross when he's ready. Because of the battle's choreography, Daisaku doesn't need to cross the line to send Giant Robo into a FoeTossingCharge JustInTime. However, when Robo's damaged, Daisaku refuses the order to retreat -- across the line, mind you -- to a shelter, and charges directly into the FinalBattle to save Robo.



* In the Whitebeard War arc of ''OnePiece'', [[spoiler:when Whitebeard is accused of selling out his commanders, he creates an escape route and tells anyone who wants to leave to use it, otherwise they can stay and die in battle. Everyone fights.]]

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* In the Whitebeard War arc of ''OnePiece'', ''Manga/OnePiece'', [[spoiler:when Whitebeard is accused of selling out his commanders, he creates an escape route and tells anyone who wants to leave to use it, otherwise they can stay and die in battle. Everyone fights.]]
30th May '16 4:45:58 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''TheSwordOfTruth'' Kahlan makes the escape offer to a hopelessly outnumbered force of soldiers. Then has the people who didn't choose to stick with her killed. Variants on this actually happen several times over the course of the series, due to their WithUsOrAgainstUs mentality.

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* In ''TheSwordOfTruth'' ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth'' Kahlan makes the escape offer to a hopelessly outnumbered force of soldiers. Then has the people who didn't choose to stick with her killed. Variants on this actually happen several times over the course of the series, due to their WithUsOrAgainstUs mentality.
6th Mar '16 7:53:28 PM Nohbody
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* ''Literature/WithoutRemorse'': At the briefing for [[OperationBlank Operation Boxwood Green]], the Marines are informed that they won't learn the details of the mission until after they volunteer. Most of the older Marines, who've already served multiple tours in Vietnam and now have families of their own, decide not to go because of this. It's noted that if they had known that it was a rescue mission for American prisoners of war left behind in Vietnam, every single Marine would've volunteered.
28th Feb '16 1:50:05 PM Will
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* In an unusual version, Rek makes this offer towards the end of the siege of Dross Delnoch in ''[[Creator/DavidGemmell Legend]]'' -- and 650 men (out of a total surviving force of 2,690) take him up on the offer. Rek makes it clear that he's making this offer in order to avoid forcing brave men to choose between death and dishonour.

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* In an unusual version, Rek makes this offer towards the end of the siege of Dross Delnoch in ''[[Creator/DavidGemmell Legend]]'' -- and 650 almost one quarter of his men (out (650 out of a total surviving force of 2,690) take him up on the offer. Rek makes it clear that he's making giving them this offer option in order to avoid forcing brave men to choose between death and dishonour.
27th Feb '16 8:08:28 AM Will
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* Discussed in a deleted scene from ''[[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan the Barbarian]]'', just before the final battle:
-->'''Conan:''' "Almost 20 years of pitiless cumber! No rest, no sleep like other men. And yet the spring wind blows, Subotai. Have you ever felt such a wind?"\\
'''Subotai:''' "They blow where I live, too. In the north of every man's heart."\\
'''Conan:''' "It's never too late, Subotai."\\
'''Subotai:''' "No. [[YouCantFightFate It would only lead me back here another day]]. [[VitriolicBestBuds In even worse company]]."\\
'''Conan:''' "For us, there is no spring. [[AStormIsComing Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm]]."


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* In an unusual version, Rek makes this offer towards the end of the siege of Dross Delnoch in ''[[Creator/DavidGemmell Legend]]'' -- and 650 men (out of a total surviving force of 2,690) take him up on the offer. Rek makes it clear that he's making this offer in order to avoid forcing brave men to choose between death and dishonour.
-->"He has played his part and fought like a man. It is criminal that he should feel the need to flee in shame."
16th Jan '16 1:27:31 PM fruitstripegum
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* The Droopy Dog cartoon ''Northwest Hounded Police'' has the step backward variation.

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* The Droopy Dog cartoon ''Northwest Hounded Police'' ''WesternAnimation/NorthwestHoundedPolice'' has the step backward variation.
13th Jan '16 9:10:05 AM Zephyr7
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* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}, when Daikoku is asking for help to save Yato and Yukine, Mayu is the only one of Tenjin's shinki to volunteer.

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* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}, ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'', when Daikoku is asking for help to save Yato and Yukine, Mayu is the only one of Tenjin's shinki to volunteer.
13th Jan '16 9:07:07 AM Zephyr7
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* In ''Manga/{{Noragami}}, when Daikoku is asking for help to save Yato and Yukine, Mayu is the only one of Tenjin's shinki to volunteer.
4th Dec '15 9:04:43 PM MitchellTF
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** Well that first time may have been justified, she wanted to be sure the deserters weren't going to betray them to the enemy, and when those sent to kill the deserters caught up to them, they were making straight for the enemy camp. Very convenient for her, given that she made this decision based on ''no'' evidence beyond them not wanting to be commanded by a strange woman who just showed up a few hours ago. To be fair to her, she's the leader of all the Midlands, it's reasonable to expect total compliance. Besides, if she was wrong, she killed fifty-some people who essentially deserted their service. If she was right and didn't act on it, she doomed the army and all the nearby cities. It's a pretty crappy choice, but that's the reality of it.
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