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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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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.
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* 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.
9th Feb '17 2:40:46 AM azul120
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** [[spoiler: Captain Jurgen of the battleship Izumo, a major antagonist through most of the series, plays this trope in its most classic and literal sense when he learns about the true nature of Dewey's Project Ageha. His crew, of course, all joins him in the HeelFaceTurn.]]

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** [[spoiler: Captain [[spoiler:Captain Jurgen of the battleship Izumo, a major antagonist through most of the series, plays this trope in its most classic and literal sense when he learns about the true nature of Dewey's Project Ageha. His crew, of course, all joins him in the HeelFaceTurn.]]



* In ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'' (the light novels and the manga, [[{{Spoiler}} not yet the anime]]), after [[spoiler:Amalgam all but annihilates Mithril, Tessa does a LineInTheSand 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 LineInTheSand 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.]]
23rd Jan '17 8:56:28 PM GrammarNavi
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* Invoked before the big battle of ''A Wizard Abroad'' in the YoungWizards series: Wizards from all over Ireland and Europe have converged to fight a major battle against the Lone Power's forces, and Johnny, the European Senior, gives them the "think about your dependents or pre-existing wizardly obligations and be absolutely sure you can do this before crossing" version, given that people being killed would be a certainty.

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* Invoked before the big battle of ''A Wizard Abroad'' in the YoungWizards Literature/YoungWizards series: Wizards from all over Ireland and Europe have converged to fight a major battle against the Lone Power's forces, and Johnny, the European Senior, gives them the "think about your dependents or pre-existing wizardly obligations and be absolutely sure you can do this before crossing" version, given that people being killed would be a certainty.
27th Oct '16 10:47:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''By the Sword'', a [[HeraldsOfValdemar Valdemar]] novel by MercedesLackey, the noble mercenary captain Kerowyn offers her company a vote: to stay and help the Valdemarans against overwhelming odds or to work their way to the edge of the fighting and try to escape. Every single member votes to stay.
* Played straight in the second book of ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', when Theon Greyjoy, preparing to make the LastStand in hostile territory, offers the choice to his men. 17 out of 20 stay.

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* In ''By the Sword'', a [[HeraldsOfValdemar [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Valdemar]] novel by MercedesLackey, Creator/MercedesLackey, the noble mercenary captain Kerowyn offers her company a vote: to stay and help the Valdemarans against overwhelming odds or to work their way to the edge of the fighting and try to escape. Every single member votes to stay.
* Played straight in the second book of ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', when Theon Greyjoy, preparing to make the LastStand in hostile territory, offers the choice to his men. 17 out of 20 stay.
24th Sep '16 6:11:20 PM Bisected8
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* In WorldWarII, when officers asked for volunteers for kamikaze missions, the men were so eager that they had to resort to their own selection.
** That's not true. Most kamikazi pilots weren't volunteers. They were mostly young and inexperienced teens who could barely pilot an aircraft. There ''were'' units of Japanese schoolgirls assigned to give pilots one last comfort before they went into a battle against impossible odds. My college roomate's grandmother was one of those schoolgirls and, when I met her, she was quite aware of why Kyoto wasn't nuked.
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