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20th Feb '18 2:28:48 AM Cryoclaste
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* Before passing through the Betrayer's Gate in VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2, this is one of your options when dealing with your party members. Their reaction depends upon your Influence score with each of them, but the affirmative responses (especially from Gann or Safiya if you complete the romance subplot) are all SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments.

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* Before passing through the Betrayer's Gate in VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2, ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2,'' this is one of your options when dealing with your party members. Their reaction depends upon your Influence score with each of them, but the affirmative responses (especially from Gann or Safiya if you complete the romance subplot) are all SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments.
20th Feb '18 2:27:57 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''FireEmblem: Sword of Seals'', Brenya, an enemy general of the now fallen Bern, tells this to all her troops. They all choose to stay. This in only in the secret chapters needed for the true ending.

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* In ''FireEmblem: Sword of Seals'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemSwordOfSeals'', Brenya, an enemy general of the now fallen Bern, tells this to all her troops. They all choose to stay. This in only in the secret chapters needed for the true ending.
12th Dec '17 10:55:27 AM PaladinPhoenix
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** Used several times in the ''Literature/{{Ryanverse}}'', but almost always framed in such a way that the line in the sand is a challenge rather than a decision: telling soldiers their mission would be dangerous and possibly illegal, but pointing out that they're badasses, for example, to play to their ego. The only time anyone opts out is is ''Literature/WithoutRemorse'', when Green Berets are asked to volunteer for a very dangerous mission without being told what it is, during the Vietnam War. The ones who opt out are those that had already served three tours in Vietnam and didn't want to punch their luck any further.
6th Nov '17 8:11:37 PM Angeldeb82
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A SubTrope of OptOut. The villain occasionally gets a version, with the exception that anyone who opts out is ThrownFromTheZeppelin. And some soldiers, on either side, will just say "ScrewThisImOuttaHere," and leave without their general's permission.

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A SubTrope of OptOut. The villain occasionally gets a version, with the exception that anyone who opts out is ThrownFromTheZeppelin. And some soldiers, on either side, will just say "ScrewThisImOuttaHere," "ScrewThisImOuttaHere" and leave without their general's permission.



* In ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' (the light novels and the manga, [[{{Spoiler}} not yet the anime]]), after [[spoiler:Amalgam all but annihilates Mithril, Tessa does a Line In The Sand speech to the CoolShip's crew, telling everyone who wants to leave to come up to the flight deck in two hours' time. No one takes the offer.]]

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* In ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' (the light novels and the manga, [[{{Spoiler}} not yet the anime]]), after [[spoiler:Amalgam all but annihilates Mithril, Tessa does a Line In The Sand speech to the CoolShip's crew, telling everyone who wants to leave to come up to the flight deck in two hours' time. No one takes the offer.]]offer]].



* Happened frequently in ComicBook/SecretSix. Given [[DeathSeeker the]] [[CloudCuckooLander character]] of much of the team, they rarely refused a mission. Although [[TagalongKid Black Alice]] notably quit the Six rather than going on a mission to Hell.

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* Happened frequently in ComicBook/SecretSix. Given [[DeathSeeker the]] [[CloudCuckooLander character]] {{c|loudcuckoolander}}haracter of much of the team, they rarely refused a mission. Although [[TagalongKid Black Alice]] notably quit the Six rather than going on a mission to Hell.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'', when Linguini finally reveals the secret of his apparent ultracompetence as a chef, to the rest of the kitchen staff, just as they're getting ready to brave the critique of Antoine Ego, the most feared food-reviewer in Paris. He asks who will stand with him. They all leave. [[spoiler: The love-interest and TokenGirl comes back, though.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'', when Linguini finally reveals the secret of his apparent ultracompetence as a chef, to the rest of the kitchen staff, just as they're getting ready to brave the critique of Antoine Ego, the most feared food-reviewer in Paris. He asks who will stand with him. They all leave. [[spoiler: The love-interest and TokenGirl [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Token Girl]] comes back, though.]]



** Later this turns into a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming when Max's men decide to stay of their own volition.

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** Later this turns into a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} when Max's men decide to stay of their own volition.



--->'''Mal''': You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now Iím asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything, I know this: they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten, they'll swing back to the belief that [[spoiler: they can make peopleÖ better]]. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. '''I aim to misbehave.'''

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--->'''Mal''': You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now Iím asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything, I know this: they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten, they'll swing back to the belief that [[spoiler: they can make peopleÖ people... better]]. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. '''I aim to misbehave.'''



* A smaller scale version happens in ''Film/ThePatriot''. Right before the final battle, Dan and Occam and the rest of the American militia are facing down the superior British Army. Dan points out to Occam that he already served his required enlistment and that he could leave at any time. Occam confirms this [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and decides to stay anyways so he can fight beside his comrades]].

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* A smaller scale version happens in ''Film/ThePatriot''. Right before the final battle, Dan and Occam and the rest of the American militia are facing down the superior British Army. Dan points out to Occam that he already served his required enlistment and that he could leave at any time. Occam confirms this [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments and decides to stay anyways so he can fight beside his comrades]].



--->'''Kirk''': My friends, I can't ask you to go any further. Dr. [=McCoy=] and I have to do this, [[OptOut the rest of you do not.]]

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--->'''Kirk''': My friends, I can't ask you to go any further. Dr. [=McCoy=] and I have to do this, [[OptOut the rest of you do not.]]not]].



--->'''Scotty''': [[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming I'd be grateful, Admiral, if you'd give the word.]]
--->'''Kirk''': [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Gentlemen... may the wind be at our backs. Stations, please.]]

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--->'''Scotty''': [[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments I'd be grateful, Admiral, if you'd give the word.]]
--->'''Kirk''': [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Gentlemen... may the wind be at our backs. Stations, please.]]



* Discussed in a deleted scene from ''[[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan the Barbarian]]'', just before the final battle:

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* Discussed in a deleted scene from ''[[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan ''Film/{{Conan the Barbarian]]'', Barbarian|1982}}'', just before the final battle:



'''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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'''Subotai:''' "No. [[YouCantFightFate It would only lead me back here another day]]. day.]] [[VitriolicBestBuds In even worse company]]."\\
company.]]"\\
'''Conan:''' "For us, there is no spring. [[AStormIsComing Just the wind that smells fresh before the storm]]."storm.]]"



* In ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Shatterpoint]]'', General Windu asks one of his higher-ranking clone troopers for the best pilots under his command, then changes his order and asks for volunteers, since it's one of those situations where hardly anyone's getting out alive. The trooper tells him that they'll all volunteer. It's [[CloningBlues what they're bred for.]]

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* In ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Shatterpoint]]'', ''Franchise/{{S|tarWarsExpandedUniverse}}hatterpoint'', General Windu asks one of his higher-ranking clone troopers for the best pilots under his command, then changes his order and asks for volunteers, since it's one of those situations where hardly anyone's getting out alive. The trooper tells him that they'll all volunteer. It's [[CloningBlues what they're bred for.]]for]].



* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "The 37's", the crew find a planet that was colonized by 20th century humans who were [[AlienAbduction abducted]], and who defeated their captors. At the end of the episode, Capt. Janeway gives her crew the option of staying on the planet, or continuing their long, difficult journey back to Earth. When she time comes, everyone stays on Voyager.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "The 37's", the crew find a planet that was colonized by 20th century humans who were [[AlienAbduction abducted]], {{a|lienAbduction}}bducted, and who defeated their captors. At the end of the episode, Capt. Janeway gives her crew the option of staying on the planet, or continuing their long, difficult journey back to Earth. When she time comes, everyone stays on Voyager.



* In the season 3 finale of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Arthur sits Gwen, Merlin, Gaius, Elyan, Percival, Gwaine, Lancelot, and Leon down around a round table, tells them they're all equals, and asks if anyone will help him rescue his father. Despite the fact that most of them have good reason to hate Uther, they all join him without hesitation. Well, except Merlin, but that's just to squeeze in a CrowningMomentOfFunny.

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* In the season 3 finale of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Arthur sits Gwen, Merlin, Gaius, Elyan, Percival, Gwaine, Lancelot, and Leon down around a round table, tells them they're all equals, and asks if anyone will help him rescue his father. Despite the fact that most of them have good reason to hate Uther, they all join him without hesitation. Well, except Merlin, but that's just to squeeze in a CrowningMomentOfFunny.SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}.



* OlderThanFeudalism: Appears in the [[Literature/TheBible biblical]] Book of Judges, 7:3. God commands Gideon to issue two tests in order to thin out the ranks of the Israelite army so that it would be apparent that the victory was won by God's power, not simply superior military might. In addition to permitting those who were afraid to participate in the upcoming battle to leave, Gideon also observed how the soldiers drank from a river; those who knelt down to drink were sent home[[note]] Some scholars believe that this test was meant to single out those who were most alert and battle-ready; the soldiers who knelt would have been at a greater disadvantage should they have been ambushed at that point.[[/note]]. These two tests thinned the Israelite army down from 32,000 to a mere 300. Oh yeah, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and they won too]].

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* OlderThanFeudalism: Appears in the [[Literature/TheBible biblical]] Book of Judges, 7:3. God commands Gideon to issue two tests in order to thin out the ranks of the Israelite army so that it would be apparent that the victory was won by God's power, not simply superior military might. In addition to permitting those who were afraid to participate in the upcoming battle to leave, Gideon also observed how the soldiers drank from a river; those who knelt down to drink were sent home[[note]] Some scholars believe that this test was meant to single out those who were most alert and battle-ready; the soldiers who knelt would have been at a greater disadvantage should they have been ambushed at that point.[[/note]]. These two tests thinned the Israelite army down from 32,000 to a mere 300. Oh yeah, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome and they won too]].



* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''HenryV'' features Henry's rousing "St. Crispin's Day Speech," including the coining of the phrase, "band of brothers."

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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''HenryV'' ''Theatre/HenryV'' features Henry's rousing "St. Crispin's Day Speech," including the coining of the phrase, "band of brothers."
6th Oct '17 2:16:30 PM nighttrainfm
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* Played straight, for a wonder, in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/NightWatch''. Commander Vimes, pretending to be Sergeant Keel, draws a line and asks who will defend the Watch House with him. Barely a dozen men cross, although of course he knew who would. He mentions that later accounts will claim no one left.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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Played straight, for a wonder, in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/NightWatch''. Commander Vimes, pretending to be Sergeant Keel, draws a line and asks who will defend the Watch House with him. Barely a dozen men cross, although of course he knew who would. He mentions that later accounts will claim no one left.
4th Oct '17 9:00:24 PM bwburke94
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* Before passing through the Betrayer's Gate in VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2, this is one of your options when dealing with your party members. Their reaction depends upon your Influence score with each of them, but the affirmative responses (especially from Gann or Safiya if you complete the romance subplot) are all CrowningMomentsOfHeartwarming.
* Auron in VideoGame/FinalFantasyX gives a speech to this effect about three quarters through. It is also right before a nice juicy treble-boss fight.

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* Before passing through the Betrayer's Gate in VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2, this is one of your options when dealing with your party members. Their reaction depends upon your Influence score with each of them, but the affirmative responses (especially from Gann or Safiya if you complete the romance subplot) are all CrowningMomentsOfHeartwarming.
SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments.
* Auron in VideoGame/FinalFantasyX ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' gives a speech to this effect about three quarters through. It is also right before a nice juicy treble-boss fight.
12th Sep '17 1:49:11 AM aerojockey
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* In ''Film/ThreeAmigos'', Ned draws a [[LiteralMetaphor literal line in the sand]] and challenges Lucky and Dusty to cross it and go with him to face El Guapo.
17th Aug '17 12:41:53 AM DrFraud
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* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8184311/chapters/18750956 Secrets]]'':
-->'''Harry:''' The final battle will be fought on Saturday, three days from now. Anyone not wishing to be involved is welcome to leave now. Be aware that by staying, you will be committing yourself.



** Later this turns into a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming when Max's men decide to stay on their own volition.
* In the Japanese film ''Film/IchiTheKiller'', when heading into the final confrontation, the sadomachistic gang leader gives all of his henchmen the opportunity to back out. One of them takes him up on it, telling him that "it's time to hand back this sake cup we drank in friendship." The gangster responded by stabbing a spike through the henchman's foot and dragging him along anyway, spike and all. None of the other henchmen tried to leave.

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** Later this turns into a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming when Max's men decide to stay on of their own volition.
* In the Japanese film ''Film/IchiTheKiller'', when heading into the final confrontation, the sadomachistic gang leader gives all of his henchmen the opportunity to back out. One of them takes him up on it, telling him that "it's time to hand back this sake cup we drank in friendship." The gangster responded responds by stabbing a spike through the henchman's foot and dragging him along anyway, spike and all. None of the other henchmen tried try to leave.
28th Apr '17 2:20:11 AM CountDorku
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* Attempted when ''WebVideo/OutsideXbox'' plays ''Frachise/StarTrek Bridge Crew''. It goes poorly.
-->'''Luke:''' If anyone's not entirely comfortable with this...[[ThrownOutTheAirlock go out the airlock]] or something, I don't really care.
12th Mar '17 7:30:50 PM LinTaylor
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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'' has this multiple times, since Tekkadan's boss Orga has a standing policy that anyone who wants to quit is free to do so with his blessing, and it usually gets reiterated before major battles. However, because the entire group is practically family and fiercely loyal to Orga, almost nobody ever takes him up on the offer. One exception is [[spoiler:Takaki Uno]], who resigns early in the second season after going through a major TraumaCongaLine. Late in the second season it happens again before the FinalBattle (which looks incredibly bleak); most of the group reaffirms their loyalty, but [[ThoseTwoGuys Zack]] [[WhatTheHellHero calls them out]] on their blind, suicidal loyalty. Later on he's still with the group, seemingly the result of a conversation with his friend Dane who explains that for most of them, Tekkadan is literally all they have.
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