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8th Oct '17 8:30:25 AM fruitstripegum
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Compare LoopholeAbuse and StealTheSurroundings, which can be used to utilize this trope.

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Compare LoopholeAbuse and StealTheSurroundings, which can be used to utilize this trope. ThirdOptionLoveInterest is when this trope applies to romance.
29th Sep '17 1:25:01 PM CheeseDogX
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** Mad Magazine had a gag where a man refreshes his alcoholic beverage after declaring it's "at the halfway point." One man mentions the "optimist/pessimist" dichotomy, and says since the guy said neither, what does it make him? The response? "A drunk."
5th Jun '17 8:16:00 AM Matthewbr523
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* The glass with water in half of it. Half full, or half empty? A joke says that an engineer will answer, "The glass is twice as large as it needs to be."
** It's just 100% margin of safety.
** Other people would just [[Series/NCISLosAngeles ponder why it should be glass, break the glass when they lay their feet on the table, or drink straight out of the bottle]]
** It's completely full. Half full with water and half full with ''air''.
** It depends on whether you're drinking it or pouring it.
** It is neither half-full, nor half-empty; it is simply ''half a glass of water''.
** Drink the water. Now it's empty.
** One person on Dear Blank Please Blank said that the glass was half full... of rat poison.
** [[{{Squick}} Pee in the glass till it's full.]]
** "Dear optimist, pessimist and realist, while you were arguing about the water in the glass, I drank it." - The opportunist



* The glass with water in half of it. Half full, or half empty? A joke says that an engineer will answer, "The glass is twice as large as it needs to be."
** It's just 100% margin of safety.
** Other people would just [[Series/NCISLosAngeles ponder why it should be glass, break the glass when they lay their feet on the table, or drink straight out of the bottle]]
** It's completely full. Half full with water and half full with ''air''.
** It depends on whether you're drinking it or pouring it.
** It is neither half-full, nor half-empty; it is simply ''half a glass of water''.
** Drink the water. Now it's empty.
** One person on Dear Blank Please Blank said that the glass was half full... of rat poison.
** [[{{Squick}} Pee in the glass till it's full.]]
** "Dear optimist, pessimist and realist, while you were arguing about the water in the glass, I drank it." - The opportunist
13th May '17 4:04:07 PM nombretomado
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* A skit for {{MTV}}'s website had Creator/AnthonyMackie and Creator/PaulBettany both trying to convince Josh Horowitz to buy an action figure of the respective [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avenger]] they portray in the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse movies]] (Comicbook/TheFalcon for Mackie and Comicbook/TheVision for Bettany) for his nephew. After several minutes of both actors arguing and taking shots at each other's careers, Josh buys an Comicbook/IronMan figure instead. This causes Mackie and Bettany to angrily yell "[[Creator/RobertDowneyJr Downey!]]" in unison.

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* A skit for {{MTV}}'s Creator/{{MTV}}'s website had Creator/AnthonyMackie and Creator/PaulBettany both trying to convince Josh Horowitz to buy an action figure of the respective [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Avenger]] they portray in the [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse movies]] (Comicbook/TheFalcon for Mackie and Comicbook/TheVision for Bettany) for his nephew. After several minutes of both actors arguing and taking shots at each other's careers, Josh buys an Comicbook/IronMan figure instead. This causes Mackie and Bettany to angrily yell "[[Creator/RobertDowneyJr Downey!]]" in unison.
30th Apr '17 2:23:02 AM Laevatein
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** One variant is set in Belfast during UsefulNotes/TheTroubles. The man is asked "Are you Catholic or Protestant?" He replies, "Neither, I'm Jewish". The gunman grins and says, "Gee, I must be the luckiest Palestinian in all of Ireland!"
30th Apr '17 1:53:34 AM shokoshu
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* A man stumbles into a big fight. He's questioned at gunpoint: "Are you <insert your local loons 1 here> or <insert your local loons 2 here>?" Unfortunately, it's not evident whether the gun belongs to 1 or 2, so his answer is: "I'm a tourist!"
** A variant of the joke, when even the options are only implicit: "What is your political opinion?" "Oh, as chance will, exactly the same as the gentleman over there with the tommy gun."
29th Apr '17 7:45:00 AM Mineboot45
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19th Apr '17 4:34:19 PM jtierney50
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* In ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', Alexander takes the third option when Burr refuses to promise to keep his silence about Alexander's affair with Maria Reynolds. Instead of letting Burr hold it over him or letting himself fall to the treason accusations, Alexander instead decides to publically announce the affair, thus allowing himself to explain himself on his own terms. It ... doesn't go well.
17th Apr '17 12:07:58 PM Madrugada
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* In an Creator/EddieIzzard routine people is asked if they would like "Cake or death?" Everyone responds "Cake" and eventually the cake runs out. To which the next person replies "So my choices are... or death?? I'll take the chicken."
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*** Or it's completely ''empty''. Half empty of water and half empty of air.



** Who's the jerk that drank half my water!?
** Played with in a classic ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' cartoon. The first two people say "half empty" and "half full" respectively, a third goes back and forth between the two before forgetting the question, while a fourth looks at the glass and goes, "HEY! I ordered a cheeseburger!"
*** In the same vein: [[VideoGame/JurassicParkTheGame "Hey, I ordered a beer!"]]



*** Or is it half a glass of air?
** Drink the water and ''take the glass with you''.
** Completely empty! (burp)

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*** Or is it half a glass of air?
** Drink the water and ''take the glass with you''.
** Completely empty! (burp)
water. Now it's empty.



** It's 50% water, 50% air.
*** "Dear optimist, pessimist and realist, while you were arguing about the water in the glass, I drank it." - The opportunist
*** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1426 "While you were discussing it, I slept with your moms."]]
** Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'s "What If?" section had a post about this. [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/6/ What if the glass is LITERALLY half empty?]]
*** "The lesson: If the optimist says the glass is half full, and the pessimist says the glass is half empty, the physicist ducks."
** The surrealist says the glass is a giraffe wearing a necktie
** The optimist says, the glass is half-full. The pessimist says the glass is half-empty. The realist says "Yep. That sure is a glass alright." The idealist says one day, cold fusion from the glass will provide unlimited energy and end wars. The capitalist says if he bottles the glass and gives it a New Age-y name, he can make a fortune. The communist says the glass belongs to everyone in equal measure. The sexist says the glass isn't going to fill itself, honey-bun. The nihilist says the glass does not exist and neither does he. The opportunist says he knows there's a T-shirt in here somewhere. (This is a famous T-shirt).
** The liar says the glass is all the way full.
* In an Creator/EddieIzzard routine people is asked if they would like "Cake or death?" Everyone responds "Cake" and eventually the cake runs out. To which the next person replies "So my choices are... or death?? I'll take the chicken."

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** It's 50% water, 50% air.
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"Dear optimist, pessimist and realist, while you were arguing about the water in the glass, I drank it." - The opportunist
*** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1426 "While you were discussing it, I slept with your moms."]]
** Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'s "What If?" section had a post about this. [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/6/ What if the glass is LITERALLY half empty?]]
*** "The lesson: If the optimist says the glass is half full, and the pessimist says the glass is half empty, the physicist ducks."
** The surrealist says the glass is a giraffe wearing a necktie
** The optimist says, the glass is half-full. The pessimist says the glass is half-empty. The realist says "Yep. That sure is a glass alright." The idealist says one day, cold fusion from the glass will provide unlimited energy and end wars. The capitalist says if he bottles the glass and gives it a New Age-y name, he can make a fortune. The communist says the glass belongs to everyone in equal measure. The sexist says the glass isn't going to fill itself, honey-bun. The nihilist says the glass does not exist and neither does he. The opportunist says he knows there's a T-shirt in here somewhere. (This is a famous T-shirt).
** The liar says the glass is all the way full.
* In an Creator/EddieIzzard routine people is asked if they would like "Cake or death?" Everyone responds "Cake" and eventually the cake runs out. To which the next person replies "So my choices are... or death?? I'll take the chicken."
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11th Mar '17 4:04:56 PM nombretomado
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* When the titular character in ''Theatre/Giselle'' is forced to choose between [[spoiler: dancing Albrecht to death]] or [[spoiler: definitely dying]] by [[spoiler: Myrtha the Queen of the Willis]], her decision is... [[spoiler: dancing slowly enough for Albrecht to keep up and reviving him when he's exhausted and near death. That way, Albrecht survives and Giselle manages to free herself from the willis, passing on in peace.]]

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* When the titular character in ''Theatre/Giselle'' ''{{Theatre/Giselle}}'' is forced to choose between [[spoiler: dancing Albrecht to death]] or [[spoiler: definitely dying]] by [[spoiler: Myrtha the Queen of the Willis]], her decision is... [[spoiler: dancing slowly enough for Albrecht to keep up and reviving him when he's exhausted and near death. That way, Albrecht survives and Giselle manages to free herself from the willis, passing on in peace.]]
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