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9th Mar '17 12:13:45 AM Lanes17B
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has the episode "Treats." When Garry's favorite snail treat is discontinued he hounds Spongebob to scour the world to find the treats. When there are none to be found anywhere, Spongebob takes Patrick's advice to tell Garry "no." Garry then goes to bed happy to know Spogebob can finally say "no."
12th Feb '17 5:26:30 AM Arivne
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** 2nd Edition TabletopGame/DarkSun boxed set Rule Book. When elves encounter a stranger they will set up tests of the stranger's friendliness and trustworthyness. These tests range from leaving out a valuable object to see if the stranger steals it up to a life-threatening situation.

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** 2nd Edition TabletopGame/DarkSun boxed set Rule Book.rule book. When elves encounter a stranger they will set up tests of the stranger's friendliness and trustworthyness. These tests range from leaving out a valuable object to see if the stranger steals it up to a life-threatening situation.situation.
** 2nd Edition ''Monstrous Manual'' supplement. When a Talking Owl first encounters a party of {{PC}}s, it will pretend that one of its wings is broken and see how they react. If they try to kill it, it will know that they're evil and therefore enemies.
12th Jan '17 12:14:33 AM PaulA
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* ''Film/FlashGordon'' (1980). Emperor Ming puts the entire human race through one of these.

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* ''Film/FlashGordon'' ''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}'' (1980). Emperor Ming puts the entire human race through one of these.
2nd Nov '16 8:21:03 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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*** This was actually a ''{{SubvertedTrope subversion}}'' as the hard-bitten Col. Phillips was trying to prove to Erskine that what a soldier needs is "guts"; the test was supposed to be of the trainees' clear-headedness and reflexes. The point still stands, though.

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*** This was actually a ''{{SubvertedTrope subversion}}'' ''[[SubvertedTrope subversion]]'' as the hard-bitten Col. Phillips was trying to prove to Erskine that what a soldier needs is "guts"; the test was supposed to be of the trainees' clear-headedness and reflexes. The point still stands, though.
2nd Nov '16 8:20:36 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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*** This was actually a ''{{SubvertedTrope subversion}}'' as the hard-bitten Col. Phillips was trying to prove to Erskine that what a soldier needs is "guts"; the test was supposed to be of the trainees' clear-headedness and reflexes. The point still stands, though.
6th Oct '16 2:23:16 AM eroock
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* The BackStory of the Disney version of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' involves a rare failure of such a test. The prince was turned into a beast as punishment for refusing to shelter an old beggar woman (actually a beautiful sorceress in disguise) on a cold night.



* In the "Merlin's Crystal" quest in ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'', there's a portion where the PlayerCharacter visits [[ArthurianLegend the Lady of the Lake in a quest to find Excalibur]]. She instructs you to visit a jewelry shop. On your way, you're approached by a beggar who asks you for food. If you give him a loaf of bread, he reveals himself as the Lady of the Lake in disguise and tells you that you've proven yourself to be generous and pure of heart and thus worthy of wielding Excalibur.



* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', November meets an old beggar woman. She gives her some of her food the first time she asks, and then the second, but the third, she gets angry. As a consequence, the old woman both gives her the information about TheQuest and curses her.
6th Oct '16 2:04:10 AM eroock
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Compare HiddenPurposeTest (where the hero knows he's being tested but not what he's being tested on), UnwinnableTrainingSimulation (where the hero doesn't know there's no way to beat it), and DangerRoomColdOpen (where the ''audience'' doesn't know the hero's being tested).

SecretTestOfCharacter is the common special case where the character may think they're being tested about one thing, but what's actually being tested is the strength of the hero's moral conviction. Other common cases include secret tests of skill, intelligence, supernatural powers and true love.

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Compare HiddenPurposeTest (where the hero knows he's being tested but not what he's being tested on), UnwinnableTrainingSimulation (where the hero doesn't know there's no way to beat it), and DangerRoomColdOpen (where the ''audience'' doesn't know the hero's being tested).

SecretTestOfCharacter is the
!!Compare with:
* SecretTestOfCharacter: The
common special case where the character may think they're being tested about one thing, but what's actually being tested is the strength of the hero's moral conviction. Other common cases include secret tests of skill, intelligence, supernatural powers and true love.
** OldBeggarTest: The hero's moral capacities are being tested by a powerful figure disguised in rags
* HiddenPurposeTest: The hero knows he's being tested but not what he's being tested on
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: The hero doesn't know there's no way to beat it
* DangerRoomColdOpen: The ''audience'' doesn't know the hero's being tested



3rd Sep '16 3:26:35 PM FoominBlue
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* ''VideoGame/LunarWalkingSchool'': When Ellie, Lena and the rest of the new freshmen first arrive at [[WizardingSchool Iyen]], it appears to be completely deserted. While they set out to secure food and shelter, the boys immediately turn condenscending, and steal all of the girls' food and extra clothes, prompting the heroines to kick their butts. None of the students face any consequences after the truth is revealed.
21st Aug '16 6:46:16 AM Arivne
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** ''Ka•Ge'' magazine Vol. 1 Issue 4 (2nd quarter 1992), adventure "The Retching Rat". The {{PC}} shadowrunners are hired to retrieve a spirit focus (magic item). If they astrally scan the focus after they retrieve it they discover that it's specifically used to summon and control toxic (evil) spirits. If they tell the fixer who hired them what they've discovered he congratulates them and pays them a bonus, as well as promising them a larger payment for their next job.

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** ''Ka•Ge'' magazine Vol. 1 Issue 4 (2nd quarter 1992), adventure "The Retching Rat". The {{PC}} shadowrunners are hired to retrieve a spirit focus (magic item). If they astrally scan the focus after they retrieve it it, they discover that it's specifically used to summon and control toxic (evil) spirits. If they tell the fixer who hired them what they've discovered discovered, he congratulates them and pays them a bonus, as well as promising them a larger payment for their next job.
12th Aug '16 1:48:07 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[{{Conqueror}} Lords of the Bow]]'', Chen Yi once paid a boatman to offer Quishan safe passage away from Baotou, shortly after Quishan became a slave to Chen Yi to [[WorkOffTheDebt pay off a debt]]. Quishan refused out of honour - good thing too, as he would have had his throat slit if he said yes.

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* In ''[[{{Conqueror}} ''[[Literature/{{Conqueror}} Lords of the Bow]]'', Chen Yi once paid a boatman to offer Quishan safe passage away from Baotou, shortly after Quishan became a slave to Chen Yi to [[WorkOffTheDebt pay off a debt]]. Quishan refused out of honour - good thing too, as he would have had his throat slit if he said yes.



* ''ASongOfIceAndFire''. In order to demonstrate the difference between looking and seeing, Syrio Forel tells Arya Stark how he was chosen as the First Sword of Braavos. The ruler of Braavos (a trading kingdom) invited all the candidates to admire the latest beast brought back by his merchant ships -- a large cat-like creature with no ears. Syrio was the only one to correctly identify it as an ordinary male (despite being told "Isn't ''she'' magnificent?") cat which had lost its ears in a fight and been fed too much as a pet.

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* ''ASongOfIceAndFire''.''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. In order to demonstrate the difference between looking and seeing, Syrio Forel tells Arya Stark how he was chosen as the First Sword of Braavos. The ruler of Braavos (a trading kingdom) invited all the candidates to admire the latest beast brought back by his merchant ships -- a large cat-like creature with no ears. Syrio was the only one to correctly identify it as an ordinary male (despite being told "Isn't ''she'' magnificent?") cat which had lost its ears in a fight and been fed too much as a pet.



* Aviendha's final test before she could become a Wise One in ''TheWheelOfTime'': [[spoiler: The Wise Ones supervising her kept giving her humiliating punishments without telling her what she'd done wrong. Finally, she decided she was sick of it and declared that she'd done nothing wrong, she was as good as any of them, and ''they'' ought to be the ones who were ashamed of themselves. The willingness to declare herself a Wise One and stand up for herself even in the face of hostility from the others was what her teachers were looking for.]]

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* Aviendha's final test before she could become a Wise One in ''TheWheelOfTime'': ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': [[spoiler: The Wise Ones supervising her kept giving her humiliating punishments without telling her what she'd done wrong. Finally, she decided she was sick of it and declared that she'd done nothing wrong, she was as good as any of them, and ''they'' ought to be the ones who were ashamed of themselves. The willingness to declare herself a Wise One and stand up for herself even in the face of hostility from the others was what her teachers were looking for.]]
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