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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.
24th Sep '16 6:53:08 AM eroock
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->''A hundred and eighty were challenged by Travis to die\\

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->''A ->''"A hundred and eighty were challenged by Travis to die\\



And over the line crossed a hundred and seventy-nine''

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And over the line crossed a hundred and seventy-nine''seventy-nine."''
7th Sep '16 2:44:21 AM kouta
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** 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.
8th Aug '16 5:53:16 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', when Jaume sees that his Empire is slowly turning into a deranged dictatorship, he tells his men that he's going to try and set things right, but considering what they'll likely be asked to do, he will not hold it against them if they choose to leave - and in fact, releases them from their oaths, should they not go with him. Three opt out, but the rest remains.
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.
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