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29th Aug '17 10:48:39 AM Eievie
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Ever since the dawn of humanity people have wrestled with their ethical dilemmas - to [[AsTheGoodBookSays eat that delicious fruit]] despite God telling you not to, to [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim kill someone who has threatened you]], or to [[CowardlyLion help someone at the possible cost of your own safety]]. There's no choice more eternal and more obnoxiously inescapable as the moral dilemma, and that's why it's been featured in every kind of media ever created. [[SpaceWhaleAesop Even the ones that wouldn't normally apply]].

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Ever since the dawn of humanity people have wrestled with their ethical dilemmas - to dilemmas--to [[AsTheGoodBookSays eat that delicious fruit]] despite God telling you not to, to [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim kill someone who has threatened you]], or to [[CowardlyLion help someone at the possible cost of your own safety]]. There's no choice more eternal and more obnoxiously inescapable as the moral dilemma, and that's why it's been featured in every kind of media ever created. [[SpaceWhaleAesop Even the ones that wouldn't normally apply]].



Naturally, the 'right' choice (if there [[AboveGoodAndEvil is one]]) will vary depending on the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism tone of the work]], the [[CharacterDevelopment character in question]], the [[ShadesOfConflict morality involved]], the [[WhatTheHellHero reactions of the characters or audience]], the [[ValuesDissonance morality of the culture]], and much, much more. To say that the possibilities are endless is an understatement (even if you TakeAThirdOption).

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Naturally, the 'right' "right" choice (if there [[AboveGoodAndEvil is one]]) will vary depending on the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism tone of the work]], the [[CharacterDevelopment character in question]], the [[ShadesOfConflict morality involved]], the [[WhatTheHellHero reactions of the characters or audience]], the [[ValuesDissonance morality of the culture]], and much, much more. To say that the possibilities are endless is an understatement (even if you TakeAThirdOption).



Unsurprisingly, moral dilemmas are rich with {{Aesop}}s. There's always a lesson to be learned if someone [[GoodFeelsGood makes the right choice]] - or makes the [[NiceJobBreakingItHero wrong choice and screw themselves over]]. There can be an {{Aesop}} to be learned just by the moral dilemma itself; obviously someone wouldn't be torn over whether or not to cheat unless they thought cheating was okay on some level.

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Unsurprisingly, moral dilemmas are rich with {{Aesop}}s. There's always a lesson to be learned if someone [[GoodFeelsGood makes the right choice]] - or choice]]--or makes the [[NiceJobBreakingItHero wrong choice and screw themselves over]]. There can be an {{Aesop}} to be learned just by the moral dilemma itself; obviously someone wouldn't be torn over whether or not to cheat unless they thought cheating was okay on some level.
5th Feb '17 11:07:57 AM MitchellProductions
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* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Having to choose between good and evil.
19th Jul '16 11:30:12 AM Ea4g
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->"''Take the high road or the easy street. The choice is yours to make.''"

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->"''Take ->''This road is full of choices,
->Tough decisions,
->Rough mistakes.
->Take
the high road or the easy street. The street.
->The
choice is yours to make.''"''
18th Jul '16 11:44:58 AM Ea4g
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-->'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9ftp85HLdk Todrick Hall Papi]]

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18th Jul '16 11:43:50 AM Ea4g
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->"''Take the high road or the easy street. The choice is yours to make.''"
-->'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9ftp85HLdk Todrick Hall Papi]]
2nd Jan '15 5:25:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* GenocideDilemma: Having to choose between destroying the evil enemy race or letting them wreak havoc.
9th Jun '14 8:30:02 PM Galacton
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And since there's always a lesson to be learned, moral dilemmas are major turning points for character development. A hero character that ultimately chooses to do something immoral can [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jump off the slippery slope]] or even push themselves straight into being an AntiHero. A villain who chooses to do the right thing can be elevated to a NobleDemon or even [[HeelFaceTurn redeem himself]] - because sometimes EvenEvilHasStandards.

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And since there's always a lesson to be learned, moral dilemmas are major turning points for character development. A hero character that ultimately chooses to do something immoral can may shift into an AntiHero or go [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jump jumping off the slippery slope]] or even push themselves straight into being an AntiHero.entirely. A villain who chooses to do the right thing can be elevated to a NobleDemon or even [[HeelFaceTurn redeem himself]] - because sometimes EvenEvilHasStandards.
24th Jul '12 2:31:36 AM FELH2
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10th Oct '11 9:05:56 PM Oreochan
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Naturally, the 'right' choice (if there [[AboveGoodAndEvil is one]]) will vary depending on the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism tone of the work]], the [[CharacterDevelopment character in question]], the [[ShadesOfConflict morality involved]], the [[WhatTheHellHero reactions of the characters or audience]], the [[ValuesDissonance morality of the culture]], and much, much more. To say that the possibilities are endless is an {{Understatement}} (even if you TakeAThirdOption).

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Naturally, the 'right' choice (if there [[AboveGoodAndEvil is one]]) will vary depending on the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism tone of the work]], the [[CharacterDevelopment character in question]], the [[ShadesOfConflict morality involved]], the [[WhatTheHellHero reactions of the characters or audience]], the [[ValuesDissonance morality of the culture]], and much, much more. To say that the possibilities are endless is an {{Understatement}} understatement (even if you TakeAThirdOption).
28th Mar '11 11:42:09 PM Deboss
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