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20th Jun '17 1:12:45 AM MetalSmasher86
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'' episode "Rocket Rescue", Tito falls off the pier while filling a bucket with sea water. Otto calls out for help, and Twister and Sam, two junior lifeguards in training, immediately spring into action. After untangling Tito and bringing him back to shore with their surfboard, Lieutenant Tice Ryan reveals that Tito was a lifeguard himself and he'd sometimes surprise new recruits with a pop quiz like the one Twister and Sam had just passed.
9th Jun '17 3:07:19 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in a WhateleyUniverse story: Dr. Bellows appears to be offering Lapin two minor character tests to see how well she's coping with her severe impulse control disorder when he's actually verifying the effectiveness of the medications she takes to control it.

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* Subverted in a WhateleyUniverse Literature/WhateleyUniverse story: Dr. Bellows appears to be offering Lapin two minor character tests to see how well she's coping with her severe impulse control disorder when he's actually verifying the effectiveness of the medications she takes to control it.
2nd Jun '17 7:26:42 PM MasterN
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*** And in another version, the first two, the ones that refused to kill, were male. The third, the one that went through with it using the chair, was female.

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*** And in another version, the first two, the ones that refused to kill, were male. The third, the one that went through with it using the chair, was [[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale female.]]
1st Jun '17 1:26:20 AM PaulA
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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. Possibly both interpretations are correct -- cheating in such an obvious manner doesn't say much for one's ethics ''or'' intelligence.
* Another Heinlein example. In ''Starman Jones'', the eponymous character is working on a spaceship in the cargo bay. Ships are run by guilds with very strict entrance rules, so Jones had to use fake paperwork to get on board. When he's being considered for a promotion, he's called to a superior's office. The man has read over his file, which is full of fake posts Jones had supposedly served on before. He asks Jones if it's an accurate accounting. Jones, deciding he's sunk anyway, admits that the whole thing is a pack of lies. The superior informs Jones that he knew that the whole time, and if Jones had tried to lie, he would have thrown him in the brig.

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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein was a fan of these. Creator/RobertAHeinlein:
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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. Possibly both interpretations are correct -- cheating in such an obvious manner doesn't say much for one's ethics ''or'' intelligence.
* Another Heinlein example. ** In ''Starman Jones'', ''Literature/StarmanJones'', the eponymous character is working on a spaceship in the cargo bay. Ships are run by guilds with very strict entrance rules, so Jones had to use fake paperwork to get on board. When he's being considered for a promotion, he's called to a superior's office. The man has read over his file, which is full of fake posts Jones had supposedly served on before. He asks Jones if it's an accurate accounting. Jones, deciding he's sunk anyway, admits that the whole thing is a pack of lies. The superior informs Jones that he knew that the whole time, and if Jones had tried to lie, he would have thrown him in the brig.
31st May '17 12:24:38 PM Zeke
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* ''Horribly'' played with in [[http://www.detectiveconanworld.com/wiki/The_Farewell_Wine_Murder_Case a case of]] ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', where a rich man tries to test his two daughters and potential heiresses' love for him by pretending to have a heart attack and seeing how they react, while paralelly hiring Kogoro to keep an eye on them as well. [[spoiler: His doctor, who also happens to be the son of his dead and ruined business partner, gets PISSED and kills the old man instead -- he was able to withstand the crisis coming from his dad's ruin, but lost it when the person who ruined his family told him about his plans and decided to murder him for being a sonuvabitch who thought he could test people's love. It really didn't help that one of the daughters ''[[SelfMadeOrphan was]]'' [[SelfMadeOrphan planning to kill him already]].]]

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* ''Horribly'' played with in [[http://www.detectiveconanworld.com/wiki/The_Farewell_Wine_Murder_Case a case of]] ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', where a rich man tries to test his two daughters and potential heiresses' love for him by pretending to have a heart attack and seeing how they react, while paralelly also hiring Kogoro to keep an eye on them as well.them. [[spoiler: His doctor, who also happens to be the son of his dead and ruined business partner, gets PISSED and kills the old man instead -- he was able to withstand the crisis coming from his dad's ruin, but lost it when the person who ruined his family told him about his plans and decided to murder him for being a sonuvabitch who thought he could test people's love. It really didn't help that one of the daughters ''[[SelfMadeOrphan was]]'' [[SelfMadeOrphan planning to kill him already]].]]



* About three-quarters of the way through ''VideoGame/InFAMOUS'', Cole is given a [[SadisticChoice decision]]: save his girlfriend Trish, or five doctors. It's a SecretTestOfCharacter because [[spoiler:no matter what you do, Trish dies. The only thing it affects is your KarmaMeter]]. Kessler, the BigBad of the first game orchestrated the whole thing [[spoiler:so that Cole would be ready to fight [[BiggerBad the Beast]], mainly so he wouldn't be burdened by having a family (and not meeting the challenge head-on) in the BadFuture Kessler comes from]].

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* About three-quarters of the way through ''VideoGame/InFAMOUS'', Cole is given a [[SadisticChoice decision]]: save his girlfriend Trish, or five six doctors. It's a SecretTestOfCharacter because [[spoiler:no matter what you do, Trish dies. The only thing it affects is your KarmaMeter]]. Kessler, the BigBad of the first game orchestrated the whole thing [[spoiler:so that Cole would be ready to fight [[BiggerBad the Beast]], mainly so he wouldn't be burdened by having a family (and not meeting the challenge head-on) in the BadFuture Kessler comes from]].
30th May '17 6:10:52 PM Kereea1
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** The one planned by Rasa, the Fourth Kazekage, for his youngest child Gaara failed ''miserably.'' Rasa wanted to test his six year old son's ability to control the Tailed Beast inside him. How to go about it? Order the boy's uncle, his caretaker and only person in the world he really has, to assassinate him and tell him that his mother (who died giving birth to Gaara) never loved him. Presumably the idea was that if Gaara could keep control after all that then all was well. Instead it just drove Gaara over the edge, something he wouldn't recover from until after Rasa's death six years later.
22nd May '17 11:12:00 PM Gravidef
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22nd May '17 11:11:59 PM Gravidef
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** Season 1's ValentinesDayEpisode has Sabrina enduring a series of tests to determine whether she feels true love for Harvey. The second test has a {{Hunk}} by a pool offering her a desert while she waits for it - when she refuses, it turns out it was a test of fidelity. When Hilda takes the same test...cut to her surrounded by deserts, enjoying them with the guy.
** The Season 3 finale features Sabrina and her twin Katrina, who are informed that one of any given pair of twin witches is good and one is {{evil|Twin}}. After it is determined which is which, the good twin must push the evil one into an active volcano -- one of the few ways to destroy a witch, according to the episode. After various tests, Katrina is chosen as the good twin, and when they get to the volcano, she pushes Sabrina in without a second thought. Oops, turns out that was the final test, and Katrina just failed. (Fortunately for Sabrina, she managed to grab the rocky ledge on the way down.) And it turns out they were lying about the whole "lava being fatal to witches" thing, too. It's also noted that this was the first time the one considered the good twin ever pushed off the bad twin, though one of Sabrina's aunts did come close to doing it.

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** Season 1's ValentinesDayEpisode has Sabrina enduring a series of tests to determine whether she feels true love for Harvey. The She passes through the door of the second test has and finds herself by a poolside. An [[MrFanservice extremely handsome]] {{Hunk}} by a then emerges from the pool offering and tells her that the test will begin in a desert while. The two chat, and the warlock flatters Sabrina and asks if she'd like some chocolate cake while she waits for it - waits. Sabrina's about to dig in when she refuses, it realizes that the guy is trying to get her to forget about Harvey, and refuses to take even a single bite. It turns out it that this was a test the "Test of fidelity. When Fidelity," and by not giving into temptation, she's passed.
*** Humorously, Aunt
Hilda takes later tries to take the same test...cut test to prove her surrounded by deserts, enjoying them love for her longtime on-again, off-again boyfriend Drell, only to end up eating dozens of desserts with the guy.
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** The Season 3 finale features Sabrina and her twin Katrina, who are informed that one of any given pair of twin witches is good and one is {{evil|Twin}}. After it is determined which is which, the good twin must push the evil one into an active volcano -- one of the few ways to destroy a witch, according to the episode. After various tests, Katrina is chosen as the good twin, and when they get to the volcano, she pushes Sabrina in without a second thought. Oops, Oops: turns out that was the final test, and Katrina just failed. (Fortunately for Sabrina, she Fortunately, Sabrina managed to grab the a rocky ledge on the way down.) down, keeping her alive. And it turns out they were lying about the whole "lava being fatal to witches" thing, too. It's also noted that this was the first time the one considered the good twin ever pushed off the bad twin, though one apparently a witch named Hilda once came dangerously close...
** The first test of the good/evil trial also counts. As the judge asks a long, complicated question, a stray dog wanders onto the beach where the challenge is being held. Sabrina immediately gets up and asks if the dog's owner is present, which makes her stop paying attention to the question and in turn get it wrong. Katrina gives a perfect answer...and it's revealed that ''Sabrina'' won the first test by caring more about a living creature than earning points.
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of Sabrina's aunts did come close quizzes in Season Two work this way. In "Oh What a Tangled Spell She Weaves," she has to doing it.admit that she was wrong about casting sloppy spells; in another episode, she had to embrace her fears of public speaking rather than trying to develop a magical solution to them. In general, the tests were more about her character than her skill in witchcraft, as it seemed more important to use magic ''right'' rather than technically well.


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* One folktale from Europe has a poor woodcutter losing his ax in a river. The guardian spirit of the river then rises up and presents axes made of pure gold and silver, asking if the woodcutter has lost them; the woodcutter denies the riches and repeatedly asks for his own ax back. The spirit is pleased with his honesty and rewards the man with all three axes as a prize. Some versions add an ending where a greedy woodcutter tries the same trick and excitedly declares the golden ax his own, at which point the guardian spirit punishes him.
22nd May '17 10:57:45 PM Gravidef
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** In another ''Friendship is Magic'' book, [[GodEmperor Princess Celestia]] announces that she will be coming to Ponyville soon, so all of the Mane Six prepare elaborate gifts and treats for her. On the day of the visit in question, a pony [[PaperThinDisguise who looks suspiciously like Celestia wearing a brown cloak with a hood]] appears and visits each of them, asking for some of what they have for the princess. Though they're slightly reluctant, they all end up sharing with the mystery pony...which, of course, turns out to be the real test. Celestia wanted to see if her subjects would show friendship to ''everypony'', not just royalty.


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** The main story arc of Season Four centered on this, though it's never told who in the heck set up the challenge in the first place. In the season premiere, the Mane Six comes across a mysterious chest sealed with six locks. Later, each of the ponies gets [[ADayInTheLimelight an episode all about her particular element]] and the challenges associated with it; for example, Rarity, who wields the Element of Generosity, must choose between winning a fashion design contest or going to apologize to her friends for mistreating them, while Pinkie Pie, the holder of the Element of Laughter, has to decide whether or not winning a party-planning contest is worth hurting a friend's feelings. Inevitably, each of the Six chooses to honor their element even if it means making a personal sacrifice, and as a reward for making the right decision, they're granted small, seemingly mundane items. When these six items are placed on the chest, they transform into the keys needed to unlock it and free the incredible Rainbow Power inside, granting them the ability to defeat [[BigBad {{Tirek}}]] and undo his massive destruction.
20th May '17 11:57:57 AM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' games from ''[[VideoGame/UltimaIV IV]]'' onward had a test that was unique in that there were no wrong answers. The purpose was to decide what class the player would get.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' games from ''[[VideoGame/UltimaIV IV]]'' onward had a test that was unique in that there were no wrong answers. The purpose was to decide what class the player would get.
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