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21st May '16 12:48:43 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''YuYuHakusho'': Yusuke's mentor Genkai tells him that the only way he can master her ultimate technique, which he absolutely needs to do if he wants to survive the coming battles, is by killing her. Yusuke spends some time agonizing about it, then tells Genkai that he can't do it. It turns out he did exactly the correct thing, because by refusing to kill her he proved that he was a moral person ''and'' by not rejecting her request immediately proved he wasn't too wimpy to try to master it.

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* ''YuYuHakusho'': ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Yusuke's mentor Genkai tells him that the only way he can master her ultimate technique, which he absolutely needs to do if he wants to survive the coming battles, is by killing her. Yusuke spends some time agonizing about it, then tells Genkai that he can't do it. It turns out he did exactly the correct thing, because by refusing to kill her he proved that he was a moral person ''and'' by not rejecting her request immediately proved he wasn't too wimpy to try to master it.
10th May '16 9:43:36 AM NOYB
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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Snow wants to give Regina (The Evil Queen) a second chance. [[spoiler:To test her and see if she still has some good in her, Snow and Charming give [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Regina]] a knife which was enchanted by [[MagnificentBastard Rumplestiltskin]]]]. Not surprisingly, [[PacifismBackfire Regina tries to kill Snow]] and fails, so is banished.

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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Snow wants to give Regina (The Evil Queen) a second chance. [[spoiler:To test her and see if she still has some good in her, Snow and Charming give [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Regina]] a knife which was enchanted (after a spell has been cast by [[MagnificentBastard Rumplestiltskin]]]].Rumplestiltskin]] so that Regina can't harm them)]]. Not surprisingly, [[PacifismBackfire Regina tries to kill Snow]] and fails, so is banished.
10th May '16 9:37:50 AM NOYB
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** G'Kar has been on a receiving end of such a test himself. In one scene in "Comes the Inquisitor", Garibaldi found out that G'Kar was smuggling weapons for the [[LaResistance Narn Resistance]] through the station. So he confronts G'Kar. G'Kar,knowing that Garibaldi would never confront someone without proof, decides to save time by admitting it outright. Garibaldi rewards his honesty by [[spoiler:providing an alternate way to smuggle weapons without involving Babylon 5 in it.]] When G'Kar asks why, Garibaldi replies:

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** G'Kar has been on a receiving end of such a test himself. In one scene in "Comes the Inquisitor", Garibaldi found out that G'Kar was smuggling weapons for the [[LaResistance Narn Resistance]] through the station. So he confronts G'Kar. G'Kar,knowing G'Kar, knowing that Garibaldi would never confront someone without proof, decides to save time by admitting it outright. Garibaldi rewards his honesty by [[spoiler:providing an alternate way to smuggle weapons without involving Babylon 5 in it.]] When G'Kar asks why, Garibaldi replies:
10th May '16 9:35:20 AM NOYB
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** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Inquisition", has one of these, where Bashir was covertly put into a holodeck simulation to see if he was a spy, by [[GovernmentConspiracy Section 31]]. Subverted slightly in that Bashir didn't so much prove his innocence as spot a flaw in the program which exposed the ruse, but his performance was good enough that they figured he was on the level anyway. He was offered a position in the organization as a result, which he vehemently declined, though they left the offer open should he ever change his mind.

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** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "Inquisition", has one of these, where Bashir was covertly put into a holodeck simulation to see if he was a spy, by [[GovernmentConspiracy Section 31]]. Subverted slightly in that Bashir didn't so much prove his innocence as spot a flaw in the program program, which exposed the ruse, but his performance was good enough that they figured he was on the level anyway. He was offered a position in the organization as a result, which he vehemently declined, though they left the offer open should he ever change his mind.
7th May '16 12:24:14 PM nombretomado
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* An episode of the ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'' has the manager forcing George to fire one of the two teams he's in charge of. One of them has his mom on it, but he fires that team anyway since the other team has been working better. Turns out the manager was merely testing if he'd fire his mom.

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* An episode of the ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'' ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'' has the manager forcing George to fire one of the two teams he's in charge of. One of them has his mom on it, but he fires that team anyway since the other team has been working better. Turns out the manager was merely testing if he'd fire his mom.
2nd May '16 2:55:13 PM KatanaCat
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*** The second test has Aang go retrieve the king's beloved pet Flopsie. Aang is sent into a courtyard and begins chasing after a harmless bunny, and is forced to try and avoid a violent, rampaging Goat-Gorilla. Aang quickly realizes the best is Flopsie, who's quite affectionate to Aang once he stops running away from him.
*** The third test is actually a subversion. Aang is brought before the King standing among a group of large, muscular men holding dangerous weapons. Aang's told he must win combat against any one of them of his own choose. But since the King stands among them, Aang points to him..... Only for the King (who until now looked like a withered old man), removes his robes and stands up straight, revealing he's the strongest of all. The test was a double-bluff.

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*** The second test has Aang go retrieve the king's beloved pet Flopsie. Aang is sent into a courtyard and begins chasing after a harmless bunny, and is forced to try and avoid gets chased around by a violent, huge rampaging Goat-Gorilla. Aang quickly realizes the best [[FluffyTheTerrible beast is Flopsie, Flopsie]], who's [[GentleGiant quite affectionate to affectionate]] one Aang once he stops running away from him.
*** The third test is actually a subversion. Aang is brought before the King standing among a group of large, muscular men holding dangerous weapons. Aang's told he must win combat against any one of them of his own choose. choosing. But since the King stands among them, [[TakeAThirdOption Aang points to him..... Only for him]]... and the King (who until now looked like a withered old man), man) says "wrong choice", removes his robes and stands up straight, revealing he's the strongest of all. The test was a double-bluff.
26th Apr '16 8:12:56 PM TheSinful
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11157943/6/I-Still-Haven-t-Found-What-I-m-Looking-For I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For]]'', Harry Potter refuses to train [[Franchise/StarWars Aayla Secura]] in magic until she angrily confronts him over the countless deaths she knows (via Force Vision) will occur. When he coldly asks what it matters as they'll be "one with the Force" and who cares if a few more innocents die when they die every day, Aayla shouts at him that she cares, at which point Harry agrees to train her. Even after realizing it ''was'' a test, Aayla isn't sure ''what'' the test was specifically.
24th Apr '16 7:53:20 PM superkeijikun
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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has what seems to be a fairly straightforward entrance for UA Academy, with each prospective hero tasked with gathering points by defeating mock villains. Little do they know, another score is tallied in secret by a panel of judges: a "rescue score" measuring each entrant's willingness to save others in spite of the fact that there was no reward or glory in it. Izuku Midoriya's rescuing a fellow entrant from a mock villain that gave no points earned him a high enough score from rescue points that, even with no points from defeating other mock villains, allow him to pass the test.
24th Apr '16 5:19:00 PM Narsil
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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein was a fan of these. In ''Literature/SpaceCadet'', the aspiring Space Patrol candidate is given a test where he must drop beans into a small bottle at his feet - with his eyes closed. He's disappointed that he only managed to get one bean, where others had many more. Afterwards, the examiner heavily implies that what they're actually testing is trustworthiness; only the cadets that kept their eyes closed pass. The hero's roommate thinks it's actually a [[HiddenPurposeTest secret test of]] ''[[HiddenPurposeTest intelligence]]'', to weed out the cadets who don't figure out that getting a good score would be proof that you cheated; he trusts that there'll be other tests to weed out the dull-but-honest candidates. Of course, he has it backwards--there are other ways to weed out the clever cynics. Although, both interpretations are probably right -- cheating in such an obvious manner doesn't say much for one's ethics ''or'' intelligence.

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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein was a fan of these. In ''Literature/SpaceCadet'', the aspiring Space Patrol candidate is given a test where he must drop beans into a small bottle at his feet - with his eyes closed. He's disappointed that he only managed to get one bean, where others had many more. Afterwards, the examiner heavily implies that what they're actually testing is trustworthiness; only the cadets that kept their eyes closed pass. The hero's roommate thinks it's actually a [[HiddenPurposeTest secret test of]] ''[[HiddenPurposeTest intelligence]]'', to weed out the cadets who don't figure out that getting a good score would be proof that you cheated; he trusts that there'll be other tests to weed out the dull-but-honest candidates. Of course, he has it backwards--there are other ways to weed out the clever cynics. Although, Possibly both interpretations are probably right correct -- cheating in such an obvious manner doesn't say much for one's ethics ''or'' intelligence.
23rd Apr '16 11:51:48 AM TVRulezAgain
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* In an episode of ''TheLandBeforeTime'' Littlefoot is tested on his ability to one day become the leader of a herd. One test involves retrieving a red leaf from a small island in the middle of a lava pit. After much deliberating, Littlefoot finally concedes that he can't find any safe way across. He is then informed that that was the test and that the point of leading a herd is to put their safety first.

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* In an episode of ''TheLandBeforeTime'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' Littlefoot is tested on his ability to one day become the leader of a herd. One test involves retrieving a red leaf from a small island in the middle of a lava pit. After much deliberating, Littlefoot finally concedes that he can't find any safe way across. He is then informed that that was the test and that the point of leading a herd is to put their safety first.
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