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26th Jun '17 6:12:06 PM Vir
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** This is basically the essence of being a l'Cie in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. Fail your [[MissionFromGod Focus]] or give up on it? You get turned into a nightmarish shambling monster called a Cie'th, that eventually degrades into a LivingStatue, and [[AndIMustScream suffers forever]]. Succeed in your Focus? You get turned into [[TakenForGranite crystal statue]] forever, or until the fal'Cie decide to give you another Focus. Admittedly in the sequel a character that was decrystalized at the end of the first game notes having had pleasant dreams while in that state so it's not quite as bad as being a Cie'th, but it's still means you are pretty much going to lose everything and have no life other than being a slave for the fal'Cie, so you are still pretty much screwed whatever happens.

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** This is basically the essence of being a l'Cie in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. Fail your [[MissionFromGod Focus]] or give up on it? You get turned into a nightmarish shambling monster called a Cie'th, that eventually degrades into a LivingStatue, and [[AndIMustScream suffers forever]]. Succeed in your Focus? You get turned into [[TakenForGranite turned into a crystal statue]] forever, or until the fal'Cie decide to give you another Focus. Admittedly in the sequel a character that was decrystalized at the end of the first game notes having had pleasant dreams while in that state so it's not quite as bad as being a Cie'th, but it's still means you are pretty much going to lose everything and have no life other than being a slave for the fal'Cie, so you are still pretty much screwed whatever happens.



** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', the ShowWithinAShow Opera has the main character Maria stuck between those. If she chooses her lover Draco, he will be killed by her fiancé Raul. If she chooses Raul, then Draco will kill himself out of heartbreak. She [[TakeAThirdOption takes a third option]] and loudly laments that she can't choose, resulting in the men duelling, Draco winning and the two lovers leaving as Raul laments that he had truly loved Maria.

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** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', the ShowWithinAShow Opera has the main character Maria stuck between those. If she chooses her lover Draco, he will be killed by her fiancé Raul. If she chooses Raul, then Draco will kill himself out of heartbreak. She [[TakeAThirdOption takes a third option]] and loudly laments that she can't choose, resulting in the men duelling, dueling, Draco winning and the two lovers leaving as Raul laments that he had truly loved Maria.
26th Jun '17 6:07:17 PM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Interfection" the Aqua Teens' house is invaded by giant pop-up adds because Shake signed up for a 30-day trial for an extravagant internet service. When Frylock declines being offered a full subscription, he finds that clicking no just means that the trial is extended by another 90 days before they're signed up anyway.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Interfection" the Aqua Teens' house is invaded by giant pop-up adds ads because Shake signed up for a 30-day trial for an extravagant internet service. When Frylock declines being offered a full subscription, he finds that clicking no just means that the trial is extended by another 90 days before they're signed up anyway.
26th Jun '17 6:06:42 PM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Interfection" the Aqua Teens' house is invaded by giant pop-up adds because Shake signed up for a 30-day trial for an extravagant internet service. When Frylock declines being offered a full subscription, he finds that clicking no just means that the trial is extended by another 90 days.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Interfection" the Aqua Teens' house is invaded by giant pop-up adds because Shake signed up for a 30-day trial for an extravagant internet service. When Frylock declines being offered a full subscription, he finds that clicking no just means that the trial is extended by another 90 days.days before they're signed up anyway.
17th Jun '17 10:30:59 AM nombretomado
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* New Zealand RugbyUnion player Grant Fox said of England, "The English know no humility in victory or defeat. If you beat them, it's because you cheat. If they beat you, it's because they've overcome your cheating."

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* New Zealand RugbyUnion UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion player Grant Fox said of England, "The English know no humility in victory or defeat. If you beat them, it's because you cheat. If they beat you, it's because they've overcome your cheating."
14th Jun '17 6:59:28 AM Trueman001
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* Creator/WilliamTenn's "Of All Possible Worlds" is about two catastrophic futures in which time-travel is invented, and a guy (essentially the same one) sent back from each to the moment when an ICBM test [[IdiotBall with a live nuclear warhead]] is carried out. The traveller's task is to change the position of the critical switch on the control panel. If in the correct position, the missile detonates in the middle of the Pacific as intended, leading to an epidemic which almost totally destroys human fertility; if in the only other possible position, it detonates in the Brazilian jungle, leading to a blight which wipes out the world's food crops.
12th Jun '17 10:50:12 PM immblueversion
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** In the two-parter "The Return of Harmony", Discord gets five of the [[FanNickname Mane]] [[TrueCompanions Six]] into a Morton's Fork where they are meant to fall for his [[BreakThemByTalking breaking speech]] trick and abandon their element due to his use of MoreThanMindControl. In the lone case where one of the ponies (Fluttershy) doesn't fall for this, he just {{Mind Rape}}s her in order to rid her of all traces of her element by [[BreakTheCutie breaking her perforce]]. Especially worth noting is the SadisticChoice he gave to Rainbow Dash. Her element is loyalty, so he informed her that her hometown of Cloudsdale was about to be destroyed and that the only way for her to save it was to take her wings back and leave the maze (which means he wins). Whatever RD did at this point, she would either be turning her back on her friends or turning her back on her home town, meaning she would lose her element no matter what.
** "The Crystal Empire" gives us several, courtesy of [[SorcerousOverlord King]] [[MagnificentBastard Sombra]]. Celestia and Luna were forced to seal him away in order to prevent him from using the Empire's special powers to become an uber-FisherKing over all of Equestria, but the sealing inadvertently triggered his backup curse to make the Empire vanish until his return. Shining must hold him off long enough for Twilight's group to make it to safety, but Shining's efforts only earn him a PowerNullifier curse and uselessness for nearly the rest of the episode(s). Cadance is absolutely exhausting herself in trying to maintain her DeflectorShields to keep Sombra at bay, but her taking a breather will only allow him to return to the Empire that much sooner. Twilight and Spike must find the Crystal Heart -- the only surefire way to stop Sombra -- before Cadance's time runs out, but the Heart is guarded by several {{Booby Trap}}s that only a rare few can pass... and even when Twilight and Spike find it anyway, they trigger a backup curse that not only imprisons her but prevents her from using her magic to escape as well (effectively putting her in Shining's predicament). Either way, Sombra ultimately returns to the Empire, and the only ones capable of stopping him are now incapacitated while he remains fresh due to all of his waiting. Only some '''''very''''' desperate last-second actions by Spike, Shining Armor, and Cadance manage to avert a DownerEnding.

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** In the two-parter "The Return of Harmony", Discord gets five of the [[FanNickname Mane]] [[TrueCompanions Six]] into a Morton's Fork where they are meant to fall for his [[BreakThemByTalking breaking speech]] trick and abandon their element due to his use of MoreThanMindControl. In the lone case where one of the ponies (Fluttershy) doesn't fall for this, he just {{Mind Rape}}s [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashes]] her in order to rid her of all traces of her element by [[BreakTheCutie breaking her perforce]]. Especially worth noting is the SadisticChoice he gave to Rainbow Dash. Her element is loyalty, so he informed her that her hometown of Cloudsdale was about to be destroyed and that the only way for her to save it was to take her wings back and leave the maze (which means he wins). Whatever RD did at this point, she would either be turning her back on her friends or turning her back on her home town, meaning she would lose betray her element no matter what.
** "The Crystal Empire" gives us several, courtesy of [[SorcerousOverlord King]] [[MagnificentBastard Sombra]]. Celestia and Luna were forced to seal him away in order to prevent him from using the Empire's special powers to become an uber-FisherKing over all of Equestria, but the sealing inadvertently triggered his backup curse to make the Empire vanish until his return. Shining Armor must hold him off long enough for Twilight's group to make it to safety, but Shining's Shining Armor's efforts only earn him a PowerNullifier curse and uselessness for nearly the rest of the episode(s).episodes. Cadance is absolutely exhausting herself in trying to maintain her DeflectorShields to keep Sombra at bay, but her taking a breather will only allow him to return to the Empire that much sooner. Twilight and Spike must find the Crystal Heart -- the only surefire way to stop Sombra -- before Cadance's time runs out, but the Heart is guarded by several {{Booby Trap}}s that only a rare few can pass... and even when Twilight and Spike find it anyway, they trigger a backup curse that not only imprisons her but prevents her from using her magic to escape as well (effectively putting her in Shining's Shining Armor's predicament). Either way, Sombra ultimately returns to the Empire, and the only ones capable of stopping him are now incapacitated while he remains fresh due to all of his waiting. Only some '''''very''''' desperate last-second actions by Spike, Shining Armor, and Cadance manage to avert a DownerEnding.
7th Jun '17 10:35:14 AM lillolillo
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** The climax of the preliminaries in the Battle City arc is a deathmatch between Yugi and [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight a mind-controlled Jounouchi]]. The match has been set up so that both players are chained to an anchor that will fall after a set time. The only way to win is to defeat the other person first, in which case the winner gets a key that can unlock the chains. Either Yugi loses and dies, Yugi wins and his best friend Jounouchi dies, or Yugi runs out the clock and they both die. [[spoiler: Eventually, they manage to force a draw.]] And as an extra measure, a mind-controlled Anzu was going to ingest a cyanide pill, or get crushed by a giant block, depending on if it's [[Manga.YuGiOh the manga]] or [[Anime.YuGiOh anime]].

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** The climax of the preliminaries in the Battle City arc is a deathmatch between Yugi and [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight a mind-controlled Jounouchi]]. The match has been set up so that both players are chained to an anchor that will fall after a set time. The only way to win is to defeat the other person first, in which case the winner gets a key that can unlock the chains. Either Yugi loses and dies, Yugi wins and his best friend Jounouchi dies, or Yugi runs out the clock and they both die. [[spoiler: Eventually, they manage to force a draw.]] And as an extra measure, a mind-controlled Anzu was going to ingest a cyanide pill, or get crushed by a giant block, depending on if it's [[Manga.YuGiOh the manga]] manga or [[Anime.YuGiOh anime]].anime.



* As a character, Shinji Ikari is example across the continuities of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion''. He starts out as an insecure, socially awkward NiceGuy who has trouble dealing with people, but also has plenty of untapped strength and potential. Once he becomes an EVA pilot, though, he experiences [[BreakTheCutie serious psychological trauma]] fighting the Angels. By the end, [[spoiler: after Kaworu's death, he's become a self-loathing wreck, lost all hope and begs for others to help him. He's about ready to allow Third Impact and [[AssimilationPlot instrumentality]] to happen, just so he can stop dealing with all the misery and loneliness in his life]]. ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' has Shinji become much more assertive and powerful than his anime counterpart. What happens here? [[spoiler: In trying to save Rei from Zeruel, ''he'' ends up triggering Third Impact through his sheer determination, killing most of what was left of humanity and damaging the Earth's biosphere even more severely. When he awakens 14 years in the future, he's the most hated person in the entire world.]] Poor kid just can't catch a break.

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* As a character, Shinji Ikari is example across the continuities of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' and ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion''. He starts out as an insecure, socially awkward NiceGuy who has trouble dealing with people, but also has plenty of untapped strength and potential. Once he becomes an EVA pilot, though, he experiences [[BreakTheCutie serious psychological trauma]] fighting the Angels. By the end, [[spoiler: after Kaworu's death, he's become a self-loathing wreck, lost all hope and begs for others to help him. He's about ready to allow Third Impact and [[AssimilationPlot instrumentality]] to happen, just so he can stop dealing with all the misery and loneliness in his life]]. ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' has Shinji become much more assertive and powerful than his anime counterpart. What happens here? [[spoiler: In trying to save Rei from kill Zeruel, ''he'' ends up triggering Third Impact through his sheer determination, killing most of what was left of humanity and damaging the Earth's biosphere even more severely. When he awakens 14 years in the future, he's the most hated person in the entire world.severely.]] Poor kid just can't catch a break.



* Gerry Conway says [[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied the death of Gwen Stacy]] in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' was meant to be this. Since Spider-Man tried to catch her with his web, the whiplash effect caused her neck to snap, killing her. But he couldn't have swung down to save her in time, and if he did nothing, she would have died when she hit the water anyway. A ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' story has him TakeAThirdOption by jumping off the bridge, catching her, and swinging them both to safety. As is typical of ''What If?'', bad things still result, but Gwen survives.

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* Gerry Conway Creator/GerryConway says [[ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied the death of Gwen Stacy]] in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' Franchise/SpiderMan was meant to be this. Since Spider-Man tried to catch her with his web, the whiplash effect caused her neck to snap, killing her. But he couldn't have swung down to save her in time, and if he did nothing, she would have died when she hit the water anyway. A ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' story has him TakeAThirdOption by jumping off the bridge, catching her, and swinging them both to safety. As is typical of ''What If?'', bad things still result, but Gwen survives.



* A ''Franchise/{{Superman}} Family'' issue has Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} depowered and trapped by Comicbook/LexLuthor in a cell. The only way out are two doors. One of them leads to a pit whose bottom is a bed of steel spikes. The other door opens onto a blast-furnace.
-->'''Supergirl:''' Just the kind of duplicity I'd expect from Luthor. Both doors spell disaster! And either way, I lose... unless I go back the way I came!



** "Darth Valer" demands that Ebony [[MindScrew "kill him or I shall kill him anyway."]]

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** "Darth Valer" demands that Ebony [[MindScrew "kill him or I shall kill him anyway."]]"
5th Jun '17 12:12:12 PM Vir
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** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'': In Lysandre Labs, Xerosic presents you with a red button and a blue button, which will respectively activate the Ultimate Weapon or leave it dormant. If you press the blue button, Xerosic will remotely activate it anyway. When you go to their secret base in Geosenge Town later on, Lysandre will apologize for the Ultimate Weapon being activated despite your choice.

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'': In Lysandre Labs, Xerosic presents you with a red button and a blue button, which will respectively activate the Ultimate Weapon or leave it dormant. If you press the blue button, Xerosic will remotely activate it the weapon anyway. When you go to their Team Flare's secret base in Geosenge Town later on, Lysandre will apologize for the Ultimate Weapon being activated despite your choice.
4th Jun '17 4:09:24 PM HawkbitAlpha
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* UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel, Field Marshal of Nazi Germany, was faced with one of these upon being implicated as a supporter of the 20 July plot to assassinate UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Rommel was given the option of committing suicide, and receiving [[DueToTheDead a hero's state funeral back]][[note]]the official explanation for his death being that he succumbed to wounds sustained in an Allied strafing run[[/note]], or choosing to stand trial and be executed anyway. In the latter case, [[MisplacedRetribution his family would have been included in being punished as well.]] Logically, he chose the former, killing himself with a CyanidePill.

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* UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel, Field Marshal of Nazi Germany, was faced with one of these upon being implicated as a supporter of the 20 July plot to assassinate UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Rommel was given the option of committing suicide, and receiving [[DueToTheDead a hero's state funeral back]][[note]]the funeral]][[note]]the official explanation for his death being that he succumbed to wounds sustained in an Allied strafing run[[/note]], or choosing to stand trial and be executed anyway. In the latter case, [[MisplacedRetribution his family would have been included in being punished as well.]] Logically, he chose the former, killing himself with a CyanidePill.
31st May '17 5:59:29 PM HawkbitAlpha
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* UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel, Field Marshal of Nazi Germany, was faced with one of these upon being implicated as a supporter of the 20 July plot to assassinate UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Rommel was given the option of committing suicide, and receiving [[DueToTheDead a hero's state funeral back]][[note]]the official explanation for his death being that he succumbed to wounds sustained in an Allied strafing run[[/note]], or choosing to stand trial and be executed anyway. In the latter case, [[MisplacedRetribution his family would have been included in being punished as well.]] Logically, he chose the former, killing himself with a CyanidePill.
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