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8th Jul '16 3:50:22 PM manofwarb
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* A popular FanTheory to better explain the [[AudienceAlienatingPremise infamous]] [[EndingAversion endings ]] of VideoGame/MassEffect3 relies upon this trope. The Indoctrination Theory posits that the blue and green endings i.e. Control and Synthesis are representative of the blue pill, where the PlayerCharacter succumbs to [[MoreThanMindControl Reaper indoctrination]], while the red ending i.e. Destroy represents Shepard taking the red pill and breaking free of indoctrination.
26th Jun '16 10:21:06 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Throne of Bhaal'', the expansion pack to ''[[BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II]]'', your character, in one of his explorations of self, is confronted by... Your innocence. It presents you with the choice to accept your innocence and go back to the blissful ignorance of not having killed, of not knowing who and what you are. [[ButThouMust You must refuse either way]], causing your innocence to become the Slayer and attack you. In other words, [[{{Anvilicious}} You must destroy your innocence]] to proceed.

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* In ''Throne ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGateIIThroneOfBhaal Throne of Bhaal'', Bhaal]]'', the expansion pack to ''[[BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II]]'', ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', your character, in one of his explorations of self, is confronted by... Your innocence. It presents you with the choice to accept your innocence and go back to the blissful ignorance of not having killed, of not knowing who and what you are. [[ButThouMust You must refuse either way]], causing your innocence to become the Slayer and attack you. In other words, [[{{Anvilicious}} You must destroy your innocence]] to proceed.
4th Jun '16 9:34:30 PM nombretomado
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* The entire Taraimawashi-hen arc of the PS2 version ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is treated as a blue pill by the game, as evidenced by the poem at its outset. Basically, if you don't set off any of the triggers of your friends' insanity, then you wind up in that arc, where everyone goes insane around you, but you just don't get involved. [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive The Call does not approve.]]

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* The entire Taraimawashi-hen arc of the PS2 [=PS2=] version ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is treated as a blue pill by the game, as evidenced by the poem at its outset. Basically, if you don't set off any of the triggers of your friends' insanity, then you wind up in that arc, where everyone goes insane around you, but you just don't get involved. [[TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive The Call does not approve.]]
16th May '16 3:28:02 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Used in an episode of ''TheProudFamily''. Instead of the pills, Penny is given a choice between a red computer mouse or a blue one to click on.

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* Used in an episode of ''TheProudFamily''.''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''. Instead of the pills, Penny is given a choice between a red computer mouse or a blue one to click on.
20th Mar '16 2:30:05 PM Prfnoff
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* ''Hyouka'' features a hallucination in episode 3 in which The lead Character, [[TheQuietOne Houtarou Oreki]] is forced to choose between two menus ('rose-coloured life' and 'grey-coloured life'). Of course, it does not help that the imaginary [[ConstantlyCurious Eru Chitanda]] 'recommends' (forcibly) that he choose the rose-coloured life.

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* ''Hyouka'' ''Literature/{{Hyouka}}'' features a hallucination in episode 3 in which The lead Character, [[TheQuietOne Houtarou Oreki]] is forced to choose between two menus ('rose-coloured life' and 'grey-coloured life'). Of course, it does not help that the imaginary [[ConstantlyCurious Eru Chitanda]] 'recommends' (forcibly) that he choose the rose-coloured life.
20th Mar '16 2:29:38 PM Prfnoff
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* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', [[BigBad Fate]] offers Negi the "this doesn't concern you" version; he and his students would be allowed to return to the real world unharmed, and in exchange he doesn't interfere with Fate's plan. In a twist, it's discovered that a hidden magical device would have made the agreement magically binding, ExactWords and all that.

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* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[BigBad Fate]] offers Negi the "this doesn't concern you" version; he and his students would be allowed to return to the real world unharmed, and in exchange he doesn't interfere with Fate's plan. In a twist, it's discovered that a hidden magical device would have made the agreement magically binding, ExactWords and all that.



* One of these choices caps off the first chapter of ''CrossboneGundam''. The protagonist, a foreign exchange student, accidentally discovers poison gas canisters on the cruise ship and gets attacked by his former teacher, only to be saved by the SpacePirates he assumed were villains. The lead pirate tells him that he can either go home and forget everything he's seen so far, or join the pirates to learn the truth. No points for guessing what he chooses.

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* One of these choices caps off the first chapter of ''CrossboneGundam''.''Manga/MobileSuitCrossboneGundam''. The protagonist, a foreign exchange student, accidentally discovers poison gas canisters on the cruise ship and gets attacked by his former teacher, only to be saved by the SpacePirates he assumed were villains. The lead pirate tells him that he can either go home and forget everything he's seen so far, or join the pirates to learn the truth. No points for guessing what he chooses.
14th Feb '16 10:38:10 AM SovereignGFC
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* The FeaturelessProtagonist from ''Fanfic/HeroesOfTheDesk'' who inadvertantly created the Heroes in the first place opts for the "blue pill" route in ''FanFic/HeroesOfTheDeskRepercussions'' because [[IJustWantToBeNormal they just want to be normal]].[[note]]...and the author figured writing more dialogue and story around such a person would be [[RealLifeWritesThePlot difficult]] to say the least. Remember [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Uncle Max?]][[/note]]
26th Jan '16 10:23:32 AM KamenRiderOokalf
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* Although ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' had Raising Heart thrust upon her in an emergency, Yuuno later asked if she was ''absolutely sure'' she didn't want to give it back and be a normal girl. Of course, she decided to stay, and prove that she wouldn't be a burden, leading to the TrainingFromHell she willingly puts herself through day in and day out. [[TheAce It pays off.]]
* Happens with frequency in ''Anime/PrettyCure''. Of particular note is Rin in ''Anime/YesPrecure5'', whose response was "No thanks, I'll pass" (and she tried to get Nozomi, who had JumpedAtTheCall, to change her answer to the same). Eventually the Call got its way by taking a hostage.

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* Although ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' had Raising Heart thrust upon her in an emergency, Yuuno later asked if she was ''absolutely sure'' she didn't want to give it back and be a normal girl. Of course, she decided to stay, and prove that she wouldn't be a burden, leading to the TrainingFromHell she willingly puts herself through day in and day out. [[TheAce It pays off.]]
* Happens with frequency in ''Anime/PrettyCure''. ''Franchise/PrettyCure''. Of particular note is Rin in ''Anime/YesPrecure5'', ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'', whose response was "No thanks, I'll pass" (and she tried to get Nozomi, who had JumpedAtTheCall, to change her answer to the same). Eventually the Call got its way by taking a hostage.
4th Jan '16 2:03:59 PM nombretomado
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* There was a ''PearlsBeforeSwine'' strip where [[AuthorAvatar Pastis]] was sending several crocs across the USA to find anyone who took offense at ''Pearls'', resulting in this exchange:

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* There was a ''PearlsBeforeSwine'' ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' strip where [[AuthorAvatar Pastis]] was sending several crocs across the USA to find anyone who took offense at ''Pearls'', resulting in this exchange:
21st Nov '15 10:15:18 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{Candorville}}'' parodies the trope-naming scene, but with only one pill and a bit of uncertainty which it is. The psychiatrist says that it's an anti-psychotic, and that it will eliminate Lemont's [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment hallucinations of monsters]]. Lemont doesn't believe his health insurance would cover mental illness, so he thinks he can't really be in a sanitarium and there must be something else going on. (Also, he has a strong gag reflex and needs a chewable pill.)

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* ''{{Candorville}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Candorville}}'' parodies the trope-naming scene, but with only one pill and a bit of uncertainty which it is. The psychiatrist says that it's an anti-psychotic, and that it will eliminate Lemont's [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment hallucinations of monsters]]. Lemont doesn't believe his health insurance would cover mental illness, so he thinks he can't really be in a sanitarium and there must be something else going on. (Also, he has a strong gag reflex and needs a chewable pill.)
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