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7th Feb '17 2:09:59 PM JoeMerl
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* {{Implied}} in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanShazamTheReturnOfBlackAdam.'' Early in the short, [[KidHero Billy]] stands up to some thugs who are harassing a [[CrazyHomelessPeople seemingly loopy homeless man]]; he gets [[CurbStompBattle Curb-Stomped]], but the homeless man thanks him and gives him a subway token. Later, the token disappears from his hand as the subway takes him to meet [[TheChooserOfTheOne the Wizard Shazam]]. At the end, the homeless man is revealed to be Tawky Tawny, a shape-shifting spirit who works for the Wizard; it's never stated, but presumably Billy was meant to earn his passage to the Wizard by helping him.

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* {{Implied}} in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanShazamTheReturnOfBlackAdam.'' Early in the short, [[KidHero Billy]] stands up to some thugs who are harassing a [[ObfuscatingInsanity seemingly loopy]] [[CrazyHomelessPeople seemingly loopy homeless man]]; he gets [[CurbStompBattle Curb-Stomped]], but gives the homeless man thanks him and gives him a subway token. Later, the token, which he later returns. The token disappears from his hand as the subway takes him allows Billy to meet [[TheChooserOfTheOne the Wizard Shazam]]. At the end, the homeless man is revealed to be Tawky Tawny, a shape-shifting spirit who works for the Wizard; it's never stated, but presumably Billy was meant to earn his passage to the Wizard by helping him. Wizard.
6th Feb '17 10:43:15 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** In short, the show relied so heavily on this trope that by the midway point of the first season, the contestants had [[GenreSavvy started catching on]]; in the above "elimination challenge" example, contestant Lemuria bragged in a private interview that she had easily seen through the trick. The producers learned their lesson and, in the second season, deliberately designed challenges to make the would-be heroes WrongGenreSavvy. For example, in one episode, the heroes were captured by supervillainess Queen Bee, divided into teams, and forced to participate in a spelling contest; every time the letter "b" appeared in a word, the contestant had to spell out the word "b-e-e" instead, or Queen Bee would release more bees into the booths where the teams stood. A contestant named Mindset repeatedly ignored Queen Bee's rule, thinking that the "real" challenge was to not cave to a supervillain's demands. He was wrong, and ended up getting eliminated for his trouble.

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** In short, the show relied so heavily on this trope that by the midway point of the first season, the contestants had [[GenreSavvy started catching on]]; on; in the above "elimination challenge" example, contestant Lemuria bragged in a private interview that she had easily seen through the trick. The producers learned their lesson and, in the second season, deliberately designed challenges to make the would-be heroes WrongGenreSavvy. For example, in one episode, the heroes were captured by supervillainess Queen Bee, divided into teams, and forced to participate in a spelling contest; every time the letter "b" appeared in a word, the contestant had to spell out the word "b-e-e" instead, or Queen Bee would release more bees into the booths where the teams stood. A contestant named Mindset repeatedly ignored Queen Bee's rule, thinking that the "real" challenge was to not cave to a supervillain's demands. He was wrong, and ended up getting eliminated for his trouble.
5th Feb '17 12:20:47 PM superkeijikun
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza 4}}'', tests of character is at the heart of Shun Akiyama's loan shark business: he will lend any amount of money to anyone without interest or the need for collateral, but only if they can pass his tests.
1st Feb '17 7:37:14 PM ZimFan89
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* ''Series/{{Incorporated}}'': In the first season finale, Ben is abducted and tortured for information on the Everclear device, but doesn't crack, and is even willing to let them kill his wife. This is because he's [[AGlitchInTheMatrix realized]] he's in a holographic simulation being used as a vetting process to see if he's a security risk. Since he passed, he's promoted.
28th Jan '17 7:38:17 AM Nyame
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* ''FanFic/SecondChances'': [[spoiler:All souls in {{hell}} are given one. If they pass, they earn another chance at life in the third world. If they fail, they stay in hell forever. Thus far, it's confirmed that Misa Amane, Teru Mikami, Emma Wakefield (though she may have had help), Rebecca Remira (Rem), and Light Yagami (Rae) have all passed their tests and moved on to the third world. The only one shown to have failed is Kiyomi Takada]].
27th Jan '17 4:21:55 PM Anicomicgeek
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* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Patriot Act" sees Shining Knight recount a time KingArthur asked him to slaughter a village, which Knight refused. When General Eiling told Knight he was a horrible soldier for not doing so, Knight retorted that Arthur thanked him, revealing that the "order" was in fact a test.
26th Jan '17 3:13:25 PM Frem3
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** Sesshoumaru's entire journey turns out to be a secret test of character beginning with his father arranging for Inuyasha to inherit Tessaiga and Sesshoumaru to inherit Tenseiga, not only because Tessaiga is Inuyasha's RestrainingBolt, but also because Sesshoumaru needs to learn a massive lesson about compassion. Tenseiga's secret weapon attack can only be unlocked when Sesshoumaru's heart grieves for the death of someone he deeply cared about, [[spoiler: which ultimately turns out to be Kagura]]. Tenseiga and its attack can only be strengthened through him learning to put the lives of others before his own personal ambitions [[spoiler: Rin's second death is overturned when his mother is satisfied he's learned the lesson]]. Then he learns that he has been training the weapon attack to give it to Inuyasha all along, which is a test designed to put an end to his obsession with Tessaiga and accept Inuyasha for who and what he is. Lastly, in a battle where he ends up openly protecting everyone in both his group and Inuyasha's group, his true power finally manifests. Turns out the point of all these tests was that, when Sesshoumaru finally discovered he was a ChainReactionDestruction OneManArmy with a WeaponOfMassDestruction, he'd have accepted the importance of ComesGreatResponsibility.

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** Sesshoumaru's Sesshomaru's entire journey turns out to be a secret test of character beginning with his father arranging for Inuyasha to inherit Tessaiga and Sesshoumaru Sesshomaru to inherit Tenseiga, not only because Tessaiga is Inuyasha's RestrainingBolt, but also because Sesshoumaru Sesshomaru needs to learn a massive lesson about compassion. Tenseiga's secret weapon attack can only be unlocked when Sesshoumaru's Sesshomaru's heart grieves for the death of someone he deeply cared about, [[spoiler: which ultimately turns out to be Kagura]]. Tenseiga and its attack can only be strengthened through him learning to put the lives of others before his own personal ambitions [[spoiler: Rin's second death is overturned when his mother is satisfied he's learned the lesson]]. Then he learns that he has been training the weapon attack to give it to Inuyasha all along, which is a test designed to put an end to his obsession with Tessaiga and accept Inuyasha for who and what he is. Lastly, in a battle where he ends up openly protecting everyone in both his group and Inuyasha's group, his true power finally manifests. Turns out the point of all these tests was that, when Sesshoumaru Sesshomaru finally discovered he was a ChainReactionDestruction OneManArmy with a WeaponOfMassDestruction, he'd have accepted the importance of ComesGreatResponsibility.
24th Jan '17 2:05:48 PM Willbyr
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* In one story of ''PetshopOfHorrors'', there was a man Roger running for president. Though charismatic, he was also arrogant and ungrateful, in contrast to his kind assistant Kelly who lacked Roger's charm. Kelly was in love with Roger's fiance Nancy but they couldn't be together. But then Roger received a Kirin, a powerful beast that could grant wishes. On the ride home, Kelly saw a bus full of children in danger and quickly stopped the bus from going over the cliff, but at the cost of his car going over. That was when the Kirin asked Kelly his wish. For a moment, Kelly thought of wealth, power and fame, but remembered Nancy and simply wanted to see her smile again. When he woke up, he was confused why [[spoiler: Nancy was calling him Roger and telling him that Kelly was dead. Then he found out that he was in Roger's body. Because of his HeroicSacrifice, he was guaranteed to become president and Nancy was technically now '''his''' fiance. The Kirin saw that he passed the test and granted him everything.]]

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* In one story of ''PetshopOfHorrors'', ''Manga/PetshopOfHorrors'', there was a man Roger running for president. Though charismatic, he was also arrogant and ungrateful, in contrast to his kind assistant Kelly who lacked Roger's charm. Kelly was in love with Roger's fiance Nancy but they couldn't be together. But then Roger received a Kirin, a powerful beast that could grant wishes. On the ride home, Kelly saw a bus full of children in danger and quickly stopped the bus from going over the cliff, but at the cost of his car going over. That was when the Kirin asked Kelly his wish. For a moment, Kelly thought of wealth, power and fame, but remembered Nancy and simply wanted to see her smile again. When he woke up, he was confused why [[spoiler: Nancy was calling him Roger and telling him that Kelly was dead. Then he found out that he was in Roger's body. Because of his HeroicSacrifice, he was guaranteed to become president and Nancy was technically now '''his''' fiance. The Kirin saw that he passed the test and granted him everything.]]
23rd Jan '17 12:01:53 PM StongRadd
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* [[http://luckycharmer.tumblr.com/post/153922919591/actual-conversation-at-a-party-last-night "Dude he said he doesn't care that means he's a real punk"]]
19th Jan '17 4:16:41 PM TheSinful
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5858832/1/HJG-The-Smartest-Witch-of-Her-Age HJG: The Smartest Witch of Her Age?]]'' it's revealed that every year a student at Hogwarts is given a time-turner to attend all their classes and told to only use it to attend class. The Department of Mysteries is actually keeping an eye on them to see what they do with it; in over 500 years, she and Percy Weasley are the only ones to fail the test by only using their time-turner to attend classes.
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