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21st May '16 3:41:20 PM MisterBeeg
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** One ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip had Paige asking Peter this question. Peter simply takes the glass, drinks it, and says "empty."

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** * One ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip had Paige asking Peter this question.whether a glass of soda in front of her is half-full or half-empty. Peter simply takes the glass, drinks it, and says "empty."
21st May '16 3:38:58 PM MisterBeeg
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** One ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' strip had Paige asking Peter this question. Peter simply takes the glass, drinks it, and says "empty."
19th May '16 11:28:18 PM Freezer
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** Invoked again when Critic and Hyper Fangirl have a tie in their New vs. Old debate on Disney's [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} classic animated Cinderella]] vs. [[Film/Cinderella2015 the 2015 live-action remake]]. When they ask Devil Boner and Benny the Assassin to break the tie which Cinderella movie is best, they both give the same answer: ''Film/EverAfter.''

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** Invoked again when Critic and Hyper Fangirl have a tie in their Old Vs. New vs. Old debate on Disney's [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} classic animated Cinderella]] vs. [[Film/Cinderella2015 the 2015 live-action remake]]. When they ask Devil Boner and Benny the Assassin to break the tie as to which Cinderella movie is best, they both give the same answer: ''Film/EverAfter.''
19th May '16 11:27:07 PM Freezer
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** Invoked again when Critic and Hyper Fangirl have a tie in their New vs. Old debate on Disney's [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} classic animated Cinderella]] vs. [[Film/Cinderella2015 the 2015 live-action remake]]. When they ask Devil Boner and Benny the Assassin to break the tie which Cinderella movie is best, they both give the same answer: ''Film/EverAfter.''
18th May '16 3:25:09 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 [[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 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 [[MarvelCinematicUniverse [[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.
11th May '16 9:09:23 AM HeroGal2347
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[[folder:Mythology & Religion]]
* Taking the Third Option is one of the central, if not even the single most important principle of Buddhism. Born as a prince and having lived all his life in a palace, Siddhartha Gautama lost all joy in the riches and pleasures of his life when he realized that all people will eventually become old, sick, and die. So he became a wandering ascetic, hoping to find spiritual happiness by ignoring everything material and only meditating all the time. But even though he tried harder than anyone else, it only made him starve and become sick, so he gave it up as well and started to eat again and take care of his health. Only when he tried to find a balance between comfort and living a simple life did he gain enightenment and became the Buddha. Teaching this Middle Way to the other ascetics that he was living with is regarded as the birth of the Buddhist community.
* Similar story to the previous: Some time ago, a prince offered those who had committed a crime a chance to either die by being hanged or being decapitated with a sword (which was considered honorable), which consisted in saying something true, non-related to the prince. Most people failed due to the prince, who just declined everything said and condemned them to die by the mob. One day, an old man was being judged, after being asked the question, he said "I'll be hanged". If he got hanged, then what he said would be a truth, so he should be decapitated. But then if he was decapitated, he would have been saying a lie. The prince was impressed by such a demonstration of wit, and let the old man live.
** Or you could hang him [[SuddenDownerEnding AND decapitate him]]...
* When Kuchisake-onna asks you if you think she's pretty, especially after she reveals her GlasgowGrin, honesty is just plain [[TooDumbToLive suicidal]]. Telling her she DOES look pretty isn't a good idea either (as "kirei", the word she uses for "pretty", also means "to cut with a knife", and she is apparently powered by bad puns). However, you can...
** ... tell she looks "so-so", "okay", or "average" (confusing her).
** ... ask if she thinks ''you're'' pretty (confusing her).
** ... [[SweetTooth distract her with candy]].
** ... say that you're in a hurry to be somewhere and don't have time to chat ([[JapanesePoliteness she will apologize for bothering you]]).
* There's an old story about a princess that was forced by an evil witch to marry one of her ugly sons, so they will become king. The princess must make a statement, and if that statement is true, she will marry son A. If it's false, she'll marry son B. After some deliberation, the princess says [[LogicBomb "I will marry son B".]] The evil witch is unable to come up with a solution, and lets the princess go free.
** This LogicBomb appears in other forms. One variant is a condemned being given a choice between two methods of execution depending on the truth of his next statement. The condemned then states he will be subject to the execution for lying.
* There's a fairy tale in which a farmer brags about his clever daughter, and the king agrees to marry her if she can solve a riddle; else the farmer has to pay for his bragging. The riddle is that she must come to his palace to meet him neither during the day nor night, neither naked nor clothed, neither hungry nor fed, neither on foot or with a ride, and neither on the road nor off it. The farmer's daughter arrives [[spoiler: at dawn/dusk depending on the story, with a fishnet wrapped around her, having drunk her fill of water, being dragged by a horse on the edge of the road]]. The king marries her.
** There's a similar story where, instead of arriving like that, the daughter simply didn't show.
** In another version the requirements were neither nude nor clothed, neither riding nor walking, neither day nor night, and she must bring a "gift that is not a gift". She comes at dusk/dawn with a blanket covering her so she was neither clothed nor nude, with one leg over a goat so she was not quite riding yet not quite walking, and in a small cage she had a bird that as she gave it to him she let it go free. On their wedding day the king made her promise not to interfere with his kingly duties, one day she does and her punishment is to be sent back to her father, but as the king still loves her, he allows her to take with her one gift. She chooses to take him. The king decides not to make her leave.
** A solution in another version is to come during a solar eclipse, with a blanked wrapped on, having drunk milk, and arriving either by horse-drawn sleigh astride the road edge, or arriving by a boat. The king marries her.
* In the story, ''The King's Equal,'' a dying king tells his son that he can't take the throne until he marries a woman who he admits is as beautiful, intelligent, and rich as he is. Eventually, a gorgeous young peasant girl shows up, and the prince says that she's "the most beautiful creature [he's] ever seen." She doesn't want anything because she has her friends, while he wants the crown. And she knows something he doesn't -he's very lonely. The prince admits that she's his equal... and the woman announces that, in fact, he has just admitted that she's better than him in every way, and sends him off to care for her goats for a year while she gets the kingdom back in order. He comes back a better person and they get married.
* A 14-year-old Lebanese girl named Rafqa Pietra Choboq Ar Rayès was stuck between two possible {{Arranged Marriage}}s. Her stepmother said she should marry her brother (aka the kid's uncle); her maternal aunt, however, said the girl should marry [[KissingCousins her son]]. After witnessing the two women fight it out, Rafqa locked herself in her room to pray and think about what she should do... and took the third option she had left: becoming a nun, not just to escape the marriages but because she already wanted to do so. She became the first Lebanese female Catholic saint.
* There is a Russian folk story of an old man sentenced to death by Czar. The Czar grants him one wish. The man says: "Give me five years and if I manage to teach a horse to speak, let me free". Some of his friends protest and say he should have gone to death proudly while some say he should have pleaded mercy from Czar. The man replies: "See, I am an old man, and within five years a lot of things may happen. I may die, the horse may die or the Czar may die. And there is always the chance that the horse will learn to speak."
** ''Fables'' references this, even rephrasing the answer of the old man.
* Literature/TheBible:
** The Pharisees tried several times to try and turn Jesus' popularity against him. In one example, they asked whether the Jews should pay the oppressive taxes imposed on them by their Roman overlords. Answering yes would anger the Jews; answering no would bring down the wrath of the Romans. Jesus pointed to Caesar's face on a coin and advised the listeners to "Give Caesar what is Caesar's and God what is God's." Since both sides at least claimed not to be interested in what was the other's, everyone was happy... No one found anything to complain about.
** The Pharisees tried again with a woman caught committing adultery, whom they presented before Jesus. According to Mosaic Law, the penalty for adultery was stoning, so the Pharisees asked Jesus what should be done with her. They had hoped to trap Him into doing something incriminating (note that they only presented the woman; adultery is not a sin that can be committed alone) - say that she should not be stoned would disregard the law of Moses; saying that she should be stoned would incur the wrath of the Romans as they were the only ones with the legal authority to execute someone. Jesus eventually replied to "let he who is without sin cast the first stone", setting the bar so high that no one could stone her. Everyone eventually left but the woman, whom Jesus told to GoAndSinNoMore.
** The chief of priests asked Jesus what authority he had to teach and perform miracles. If he answered that God gave him authority, he would be accused of blasphemy. If he answered anything else, he would be lying. So Jesus asks the chief priests if John's baptism was of heavenly or human origin. The priests consulted with themselves and realized that Jesus has given them a loaded question; if they said "from heaven", Jesus would ask them why they didn't believe, and if they said "from men", then the crowd would stone them. Unable to come up with a third option, they said that they don't know. Jesus then said that since they wouldn't answer him, he wouldn't answer either.
** Two young women who lived in the same house and who both had an infant son came to Solomon for a judgement. One of the women said that the other, after accidentally smothering her own son while sleeping, had exchanged the two children to make it appear that the living child was hers. The other woman denied this and so both women claimed to be the mother of the living son and said that the dead boy belonged to the other. After some thought, King Solomon called for a sword to be given to him. He declared that there is only one fair solution: the live son must be split in two, each woman receiving half of the child. [[spoiler: Upon hearing this terrible verdict, the boy's true mother cried out, "Please, My Lord, give her the live child—do not kill him!" However, the liar, in her bitter jealousy, exclaimed, "It shall be neither mine nor yours—divide it!" Solomon instantly gave the live baby to the real mother, realizing that the true mother's instincts were to protect her child, whatever the cost, while the liar revealed that she did not truly love the child.]]
** In The Book of Esther, after Aman is executed, the king cannot cancel the order to kill the Jews, since that was a signed and sealed royal order. He also cannot allow the order to be carried out. So he issues an edict allowing Jews to fight back.
* In Myth/JapaneseMythology, the [[WorldsMostBeautifulWoman beautiful]] Kaguya-hime has five princes asking for her hand in marriage. She cannot outright refuse since that would reveal [[spoiler: her origins as the Moon Princess]] to the public, but she can't choose a husband among them for exactly that same reason... so she decides to give each one a practically impossible to fulfill EngagementChallenge, [[PleaseDumpMe in hopes that they'd give up and look for more suitable brides]]. If any of them tried to cheat his way out, the GenreSavvy Kaguya and her OverprotectiveDad would simply point out ''how'' they cheated.
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11th May '16 9:07:53 AM HeroGal2347
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11th May '16 9:04:50 AM HeroGal2347
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* In the early [[TheNineties 90s]], Miller Light had a television campaign based around this. For example in one 1993 commercial, a couple is arguing over whether to watch a dog show or drag racing. They then put Miller Light on top of the television, which apparently allows them to watch both. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rsM6vrTEvg The result]] is more absurd than you'd expect.
* One of the early PlayStationVita ads addresses the dilemma of gaming vs. leaving for work with the cross-play option:
--> "It's a problem as old as gaming itself. Stay home and just keep playing, or get to work on time so your coffee-breathed boss doesn't ride like you like a rented scooter."
--> (person stops playing on [=PS3=], continues his game on his Vita while leaving for work) "Who says you have to choose?"
* One Pepsi commercial in the Philippines has one of these. A guy travels down a road and encounters two stalled vehicles. One is owned by a couple of cute cheerleaders. The other belongs to a band, who offer an ice box with the titular product. There comes a dilemma on who will hitch a ride with the guy? The commercial shows '''three''' different options. All of them involve the guy getting the Pepsi.
** One has the guy offer the band his car, then use the cold water of the ice box to get the cheerleaders' van to run again.
** Another is for the cheerleaders to ride inside the car while the band set themselves ''on top of the roof'' (a dangerous choice especially once they encounter a sign bend low enough)
** The third is that all of them lay down on the road and form HELP with their bodies while sharing Pepsi with one another. Near the end of the commercial, a helicopter can be seen.
* An Old El Paso commercial has taken this to MemeticMutation levels: A family is trying to decide whether to have hard or soft tacos. Cue the little girl saying "¿Por que no los dos?" ("Why not both?")
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJWZrkwFqy8 one Nestea ad]], a young man on vacation [[HeadsOrTails spins an iced tea bottle]] to decide between two activities: a jungle canopy tour with some girls, or kayaking with some guys. [[HeadsTailsEdge The bottle stops halfway in between]], pointing at [[spoiler:a wild-looking jungle man. So he heads off with the jungle man]].
* A commercial for the Xfinity X1 Voice Remote featuring the [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe Minions]] has two of them arguing over whether to watch soccer or ''TopChef.'' After both minions summon their supporters and prepare for a fight, a third minion shows up and changes the channel to disco, which satisfies all parties involved.

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[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In the early [[TheNineties 90s]], Miller Light had a television campaign based around this. For example in one 1993 commercial, a couple is arguing over whether to watch a dog show or drag racing. They then put Miller Light on top of the television, which apparently allows them to watch both. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rsM6vrTEvg The result]] is It's really more absurd than you'd expect.
* One
of the early PlayStationVita ads addresses the dilemma of gaming vs. leaving for work with the cross-play option:
--> "It's
a problem as old as gaming itself. Stay home and just keep playing, or get to work on time so your coffee-breathed boss doesn't ride like you like a rented scooter."
--> (person stops playing on [=PS3=], continues his game on his Vita while leaving for work) "Who says you have to choose?"
* One Pepsi commercial
''sixth'' option, but in the Philippines has one of these. A guy travels down a road and encounters two stalled vehicles. One is owned by a couple of cute cheerleaders. The other belongs to a band, who offer an ice box with "The Five Sons" the titular product. There comes group have rescued a dilemma on who will hitch a ride with princess, and each has an equal right to marry her. After much argument and rumination, the guy? The commercial shows '''three''' different options. All of them involve king decides to marry the guy getting the Pepsi.
** One has the guy offer the band his car, then use the cold water of the ice box
princess off to get the cheerleaders' van to run again.
** Another is for the cheerleaders to ride inside the car while the band set themselves ''on top of the roof'' (a dangerous choice especially once they encounter a sign bend low enough)
** The third is that all of them lay down on the road and form HELP with
their bodies while sharing Pepsi with one another. Near ''father'', since he'd technically had the end of biggest role in her rescue (by fathering the commercial, a helicopter can be seen.
* An Old El Paso commercial has taken this to MemeticMutation levels: A family is trying to decide whether to have hard or soft tacos. Cue the little girl saying "¿Por que no los dos?" ("Why not both?")
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJWZrkwFqy8 one Nestea ad]], a young man on vacation [[HeadsOrTails spins an iced tea bottle]] to decide between two activities: a jungle canopy tour with some girls, or kayaking with some guys. [[HeadsTailsEdge The bottle stops halfway in between]], pointing at [[spoiler:a wild-looking jungle man. So he heads off with the jungle man]].
* A commercial for the Xfinity X1 Voice Remote featuring the [[WesternAnimation/DespicableMe Minions]] has two of
kids and urging them arguing over whether to watch soccer or ''TopChef.'' After both minions summon their supporters and prepare for a fight, a third minion shows up and changes the channel to disco, which satisfies all parties involved.[[EigenPlot go find useful trades]]).



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Ratchet in the 80s ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' comic makes a direct reference:
-->"Trusting Megatron doesn't seem a particularly wise course of action. And using this opportunity to escape is no alternative either--he still holds my comrades! I must think like a warrior, as Optimus Prime instructed me. I must think of a '''third''' option!"
* In ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'', the titular [[TheDevil devil]] is given ''two'' dilemmas in a row, as a ruse in which each choice will insult his hosts and give them an excuse to kill him. He's warned by one of their servants beforehand, and manages to come up with a solution to both of them.
** Also at the end, God presents Elaine Belloc and Lilith two possible outcomes--that he would either destroy the Creation, which is crumbling in his absence, or restore it to as it was. Lucifer interferes and offers a third option: [[spoiler:to do nothing--the most difficult thing for an omnipotent being. God accepts, and leaves Elaine to replace him as the power that binds the universe together.]]
* ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' Hal Jordan, in a story arc concerning the [[DatingCatwoman Star Sapphire]], which had, throughout the arc, [[BodySnatcher taken over]] both Carol Ferris, his perennial love interest, and Jill "Cowgirl" Pearlman, his current love interest. The Zamarons, who sent the Star in the first place, held them captive and had Hal choose which one to be his mate. In response, Hal kissed one of the Zamaron captors, causing the Star to bond with her, go berserk, and forcing the other Zamarons to take her home to remove the stone.
** The panel where Hal kisses the Zamaron queen immediately found its way to the Internet with the caption "[[MemeticMutation Hal Jordan Will Fuck Anything]]", and we're ''still'' having fun with that.
** The third option was lampshaded in an earlier story arc where Kyle Rayner met up with a younger Hal Jordan. Kyle let the villain Sinestro go when he saved Hal instead of pursuing the villain. Hal admonished him by saying he let Sinestro trick him into making a choice when all he had to do was cut the ring-generated rope hanging Hal.
* Subverted in the conclusion of ''Final Crisis:Rogue's Revenge'' when Libra forces Weather Wizard to either pledge allegiance to the Secret Society of Supervillains or watch Libra kill his son. In the end [[spoiler:the kid still dies because Inertia gets fed up with the situation and blows him up.]] Even Libra is dumbfounded after this.
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] figures out an appropriate third option [[spoiler: between all the superhumans dying and their battle rampaging over the whole world]] in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. [[spoiler: [[TearJerker Sadly, he doesn't survive the results]].]] Come to that, Captain Marvel ''is'' a Third Option.
-->'''Superman:''' And that choice--\\
'''Norman [=McCay=]'s inner monologue:''' That choice is too big for me. I'm not a '''god'''--\\
'''Superman:''' ''(oblivious)''-- I'm not a man. But you, Billy… you're '''both'''.
* ''The Rebels'', a futuristic spin-off of ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', offers [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/RB/RB12/DisplayRB12.html?page=23 this one]].
** As well as [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ18/DisplayOQ18.html?page=7 this]] in ''Quest's End''.
* When [[AntiHero Jason Todd]] (who had been Robin II) came BackFromTheDead and went on his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, he forced [[ThouShaltNotKill Batman]] to choose between letting Joker die and killing Jason himself. Batman responded by sending a batarang to cut the side of Jason's throat to send him into shock.
-->'''Jason''': If you won't kill this psychotic piece of filth… I ''will''. You want to [[SaveTheVillain stop me]]? You're going to have to kill me.\\
'''Batman''': Stop this. Enough. You know I won't--\\
'''Jason''': All you've got is a headshot. I'm going to blow out his addled, deranged brains out--and if you want to stop it… you're going to have to shoot ''me''. Right in my ''face''. [...] [[MiddleChildSyndrome It's him or me. You have to decide.]]\\
'''[Batman sends the Batarang. Jason collapses.]'''\\
'''Joker''': You ''got'' him!! You expert, rooting-tooting, eagle-eyed, goth marskman sonofa*** ! Ya banked that bat-thingie off the pipe!!! Oh, ''god''!! I love it!! You managed to find a way to win… [[PyrrhicVictory and everybody still loses]]!! Except ''me'', my dark little pumpkin pies.
* In IDW's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'', the defeat of Nemesis Prime leads to an entity called the Darkness to start possessing Optimus Prime. Galvatron gives Optimus a choice: throw himself into a sun before the Darkness takes away his free will, or give it to Galvatron. Optimus's choice? Give Galvatron the Darkness and throw ''him'' into a sun.
* In a recent ''ComicBook/XForce'' issue, [[spoiler: as Rahne Sinclair lay dying of apparent complications from pregnancy with a [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor half-Asgardian]] child, her lover Hrimhari begs a boon of his many-times-great-aunt the Death Goddess Hela and was told that if he surrendered his soul to her she would [[SadisticChoice save the life of either his love or their child]] (never mind the question of how [[FridgeLogic a first-trimester fetus is going to survive the death of it's mother]]). He agonized over it for a moment, then pointed at the next bed over to indicate the unconscious form of [[HealingHands Josh "Elixir" Foley]].]]
* In ComicBook/TheSandman volume ''The Doll's House'', Dream's [[{{Hermaphrodite}} sister-brother]], Desire launches a XanatosGambit to hurt him by tearing apart his realm: [[spoiler: during Dream's imprisonment, Desire discovered that the comatose Unity Kinkaid was a "vortex" (a mortal whose existence causes the Dreaming to break down, destroying the world unless he or she is killed,) but was currently harmless because she was unconscious. Desire secretly raped and impregnated the sleeping Unity, which, unbeknownst to Dream, caused the power of the Vortex to be passed on to Desire and Unity's granddaughter, Rose Walker. If Dream did not kill Rose, the vortex would tear apart the Dreaming, but if he had killed her then shedding the blood of a family member (even if he didn't know she was family,) would have unleashed the Furies to ravage the Dreaming anyway]]. They end up taking a third option [[spoiler: where the elderly and dying Unity is able to track down her granddaughter in the Dreaming and take the power of the vortex into herself again, and willingly lets Dream kill her and stop the vortex]]. Unusually for this trope, none of the characters were actually aware that they were foiling a plan; Dream only worked out Desire's machinations some time after the problem had been solved, and at the time all the various pawns thought that the existence of the vortex was simply a random occurrence that happened every eon or so.
* Slade "ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}" Wilson was supposed to choose between his professional honor as a hitman and his son's life; the enemy holding little Joey hostage wanted the information, really, but he hated Slade enough to be perfectly happy to kill the kid. Deathstroke tried to Take a Third Option and kill Jackal. Joey got his throat cut. And now you know [[TheVoiceless why Jericho can't talk]] in ComicBook/TeenTitans.
** Adeline Wilson shot her husband in the face and divorced him in reaction. And now you know why Deathstroke has only one eye. This kind of thing works better for heroes.
* ''ComicBook/PS238'': Emerald Gauntlet II (Kevin) and 84 (Julie) [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/?p=1301/ explicitly invoke this trope]] in the "When Worlds Go Splat!" arc.
* ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'': When Superman falls under the influence of black Kryptonite, the leader of P.R.O.J.E.C.T. suggests sending him to the PhantomZone, an option that ComicBook/JimmyOlsen refuses for being too permanent. At the same time, he can't run free. Jimmy's third option? [[spoiler: Turning himself into [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Doomsday]] and fighting his corrupted friend to a standstill. [[Awesome/AllStarSuperman He won.]]]]
* In ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', the North Wind faced a dilemma when he discovered that one of his grandchildren Ghost was a zephyr. Long ago he swore an oath to slay any zephyr he encountered. The North Wind knew that if he killed Ghost, he would forever alienate himself from his son (who already hated him) and his grandchildren. Faced with the impossible choice between breaking his oath and destroying his own family, the North Wind takes another option: [[spoiler:he sacrifices himself to defeat Mr. Dark, both to save his son and his grandchildren and to free himself from his oath.]]
* In ''[[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} Knightquest]]'', the Jean-Paul Valley Batman chases down the serial killer Abattoir into a steel mill factory. In the chaos, Abattoir ends up falling down and is saved by a hanging chain dangling over a molten pit. The ghosts of Saint Dumas and Jean-Paul's father give him two choices: shoot him and let him die or fire his grappling line and try to save him. Torn between both actions, Jean-Paul chooses a third option: to walk away from it all and let ''them'' fight it out. This causes Abattoir to fall into the pit on his own.
* In ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'', after their evil future self told them that they'll be the ''God of Lies'' no matter what they do, Loki was sent to the metaphorical realm to choose their destiny: A) [[StatusQuoIsGod Become like their evil past self]] B) [[IDieFree Die like their predecessor]] and [[HeroicSuicide save the world from themself]]. Well, Loki being Loki they opted for [[spoiler:[[LoopholeAbuse reinterpreting]] ''God of Lies'' as ''[[MeaningfulRename God of Stories]]'' and remaking themself by burning away everything unnecessary. Which meant they only kept their love for their brother and their {{only friend}}ship.]] This. Broke. The. Timeline!

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[[folder:Game Theory]]
* Ratchet in A classic from Mathematics: the 80s ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' comic makes [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truel Truel]], a direct reference:
-->"Trusting Megatron doesn't seem a particularly wise course of action. And using this opportunity to escape is no alternative either--he still holds my comrades! I must think like a warrior, as Optimus Prime instructed me. I must think of a '''third''' option!"
* In ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'', the titular [[TheDevil devil]] is given ''two'' dilemmas in a row, as a ruse in which each choice will insult his hosts and give them an excuse to kill him. He's warned by one of their servants beforehand, and manages to come up
duel with three participants. Mr. White has a solution to both one in three chance of them.
** Also at the end, God presents Elaine Belloc
hitting his target, Mr. Grey a two in three chance, and Lilith two possible outcomes--that he would either destroy the Creation, which Mr. Black is crumbling in his absence, or restore it to as it was. Lucifer interferes and offers a third option: [[spoiler:to do nothing--the most difficult thing for an omnipotent being. God accepts, and leaves Elaine to replace him as the power that binds the universe together.]]
* ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' Hal Jordan, in a story arc concerning the [[DatingCatwoman Star Sapphire]], which had, throughout the arc, [[BodySnatcher taken over]] both Carol Ferris, his perennial love interest, and Jill "Cowgirl" Pearlman, his current love interest. The Zamarons, who sent the Star in
perfect shot. To make things fair, Mr. White has the first place, held them captive and had Hal choose which one to be his mate. In response, Hal kissed one of the Zamaron captors, causing the Star to bond with her, go berserk, and forcing the other Zamarons to take her home to remove the stone.
shot. Who should he shoot?
** The panel where Hal kisses the Zamaron queen immediately found its way to the Internet with the caption "[[MemeticMutation Hal Jordan Will Fuck Anything]]", and we're ''still'' having fun with that.
** The third option was lampshaded in an earlier story arc where Kyle Rayner met up with a younger Hal Jordan. Kyle let the villain Sinestro go when
If he saved Hal instead of pursuing the villain. Hal admonished him by saying shoots at Mr. Grey, he let Sinestro trick him into making a choice when all he had to do was cut the ring-generated rope hanging Hal.
* Subverted in the conclusion of ''Final Crisis:Rogue's Revenge'' when Libra forces Weather Wizard to either pledge allegiance to the Secret Society of Supervillains or watch Libra
might kill his son. In the end [[spoiler:the kid still dies because Inertia gets fed up with the situation and blows him up.]] Even Libra is dumbfounded after this.
* [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] figures out an appropriate third option [[spoiler: between all the superhumans dying and their battle rampaging over the whole world]] in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. [[spoiler: [[TearJerker Sadly, he doesn't survive the results]].]] Come to that, Captain Marvel ''is'' a Third Option.
-->'''Superman:''' And that choice--\\
'''Norman [=McCay=]'s inner monologue:''' That choice is too big for me. I'm not a '''god'''--\\
'''Superman:''' ''(oblivious)''-- I'm not a man. But you, Billy… you're '''both'''.
* ''The Rebels'', a futuristic spin-off of ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', offers [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/RB/RB12/DisplayRB12.html?page=23 this one]].
** As well as [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ18/DisplayOQ18.html?page=7 this]] in ''Quest's End''.
* When [[AntiHero Jason Todd]] (who had been Robin II) came BackFromTheDead and went on his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, he forced [[ThouShaltNotKill Batman]] to choose between letting Joker die and killing Jason himself. Batman responded by sending a batarang to cut the side of Jason's throat to send him into shock.
-->'''Jason''': If you won't kill this psychotic piece of filth… I ''will''. You want to [[SaveTheVillain stop me]]? You're going to have to kill me.\\
'''Batman''': Stop this. Enough. You know I won't--\\
'''Jason''': All you've got is a headshot. I'm going to blow out his addled, deranged brains out--and if you want to stop it… you're going to have to shoot ''me''. Right in my ''face''. [...] [[MiddleChildSyndrome It's him or me. You have to decide.]]\\
'''[Batman sends the Batarang. Jason collapses.]'''\\
'''Joker''': You ''got'' him!! You expert, rooting-tooting, eagle-eyed, goth marskman sonofa*** ! Ya banked that bat-thingie off the pipe!!! Oh, ''god''!! I love it!! You managed to find a way to win… [[PyrrhicVictory and everybody still loses]]!! Except ''me'', my dark little pumpkin pies.
* In IDW's ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'', the defeat of Nemesis Prime leads to an entity called the Darkness to start possessing Optimus Prime. Galvatron gives Optimus a choice: throw himself into a sun before the Darkness takes away his free will, or give it to Galvatron. Optimus's choice? Give Galvatron the Darkness and throw ''him'' into a sun.
* In a recent ''ComicBook/XForce'' issue, [[spoiler: as Rahne Sinclair lay dying of apparent complications from pregnancy with a [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor half-Asgardian]] child, her lover Hrimhari begs a boon of his many-times-great-aunt the Death Goddess Hela and was told that if he surrendered his soul to her she would [[SadisticChoice save the life of either his love or their child]] (never mind the question of how [[FridgeLogic a first-trimester fetus is going to survive the death of it's mother]]). He agonized over it for a moment,
him, then pointed at Mr. Black has the next bed over to indicate shot. [[OhCrap Oops]].
** If he shoots at Mr. Black, seemingly
the unconscious form of [[HealingHands Josh "Elixir" Foley]].]]
* In ComicBook/TheSandman volume ''The Doll's House'', Dream's [[{{Hermaphrodite}} sister-brother]], Desire launches a XanatosGambit to hurt him by tearing apart his realm: [[spoiler: during Dream's imprisonment, Desire discovered that the comatose Unity Kinkaid was a "vortex" (a mortal whose existence causes the Dreaming to break down, destroying the world unless
better option, he or she is killed,) but was currently harmless because she was unconscious. Desire secretly raped and impregnated the sleeping Unity, which, unbeknownst to Dream, caused the power of the Vortex to be passed on to Desire and Unity's granddaughter, Rose Walker. If Dream did not might kill Rose, the vortex would tear apart the Dreaming, but if he had killed her him, then shedding Mr. Grey has the blood next shot. Oh dear.[[note]]Mr. White has a 1-in-7 chance of a family member (even if survival here.[[/note]]
** If
he didn't know she was family,) would have unleashed the Furies to ravage the Dreaming anyway]]. They end up taking takes a third option [[spoiler: where the elderly and dying Unity is able to track down her granddaughter in the Dreaming and take the power of the vortex into herself again, and willingly lets Dream kill her and stop the vortex]]. Unusually for this trope, none of the characters were actually aware that they were foiling a plan; Dream only worked out Desire's machinations some time after the problem had been solved, and at the time all the various pawns thought that the existence of the vortex was simply a random occurrence that happened every eon or so.
* Slade "ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}}" Wilson was supposed to choose between his professional honor as a hitman and his son's life; the enemy holding little Joey hostage wanted the information, really, but he hated Slade enough to be perfectly happy to kill the kid. Deathstroke tried to Take a Third Option and kill Jackal. Joey got his throat cut. And now you know [[TheVoiceless why Jericho can't talk]] in ComicBook/TeenTitans.
** Adeline Wilson shot her husband in the face and divorced him in reaction. And now you know why Deathstroke has only one eye. This kind of thing works better for heroes.
* ''ComicBook/PS238'': Emerald Gauntlet II (Kevin) and 84 (Julie) [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/?p=1301/ explicitly invoke this trope]] in the "When Worlds Go Splat!" arc.
* ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'': When Superman falls under the influence of black Kryptonite, the leader of P.R.O.J.E.C.T. suggests sending him to the PhantomZone, an option that ComicBook/JimmyOlsen refuses for being too permanent. At the same time, he can't run free. Jimmy's third option? [[spoiler: Turning himself into [[ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman Doomsday]] and fighting his corrupted friend to a standstill. [[Awesome/AllStarSuperman He won.]]]]
* In ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', the North Wind faced a dilemma when he discovered that one of his grandchildren Ghost was a zephyr. Long ago he swore an oath to slay any zephyr he encountered. The North Wind knew that if he killed Ghost, he would forever alienate himself from his son (who already hated him) and his grandchildren. Faced with the impossible choice between breaking his oath and destroying his own family, the North Wind takes another option: [[spoiler:he sacrifices himself to defeat Mr. Dark, both to save his son and his grandchildren and to free himself from his oath.]]
* In ''[[ComicBook/{{Knightfall}} Knightquest]]'', the Jean-Paul Valley Batman chases down the serial killer Abattoir into a steel mill factory. In the chaos, Abattoir ends up falling down and is saved by a hanging chain dangling over a molten pit. The ghosts of Saint Dumas and Jean-Paul's father give him two choices: shoot him and let him die or fire his grappling line and try to save him. Torn between both actions, Jean-Paul chooses a third option: to walk away from it all and let ''them'' fight it out. This causes Abattoir to fall
shoots into the pit on his own.
* In ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'', after their evil future self told them that they'll be
air, Mr. Grey and Mr. Black shoot at each other until one dies (each would consider the ''God of Lies'' no matter what they do, Loki was sent to other the metaphorical realm to choose their destiny: A) [[StatusQuoIsGod Become like their evil past self]] B) [[IDieFree Die like their predecessor]] and [[HeroicSuicide save greater threat), then Mr. White has the world from themself]]. Well, Loki being Loki they opted for [[spoiler:[[LoopholeAbuse reinterpreting]] ''God first shot in a ''duel''.[[note]]Odds of Lies'' as ''[[MeaningfulRename God of Stories]]'' and remaking themself by burning away everything unnecessary. Which meant they only kept their love for their brother and their {{only friend}}ship.]] This. Broke. The. Timeline!Mr. White's survival here is 39.7%.[[/note]]



[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* It's really more of a ''sixth'' option, but in "The Five Sons" the titular group have rescued a princess, and each has an equal right to marry her. After much argument and rumination, the king decides to marry the princess off to their ''father'', since he'd technically had the biggest role in her rescue (by fathering the kids and urging them to [[EigenPlot go find useful trades]]).

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* It's really more of a ''sixth'' option, but in "The Five Sons" [[YourMom Yo momma]] is so stupid, she took the titular group have rescued a princess, Pepsi Challenge and each has an equal right to marry her. After much argument and rumination, the king decides to marry the princess off to their ''father'', since he'd technically had the biggest role in her rescue (by fathering the kids and urging them to [[EigenPlot go find useful trades]]).chose Jif.



[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Many fanfiction writers, when faced with LoveTriangle issues, will decide not to go with a OneTruePairing, but instead a OneTrueThreesome.
* Likewise, you have two (or more) continuities in a fandom and you like them both too much to disregard one canon entirely? Go with PatchworkFic.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Due to her growing bond with Asuka and Shinji Rei considers neither [[AssimilationPlot Gendo's way nor SEELE's way]] are aceptable anymore, and she will find another way to protect her friends:
-->''Decision firmed in her chest. Her friends. Their love. The possibility of her own one day... They had to be protected. Rei no longer wanted to see a world where any of those things could not exist. The Commander's Scenario for Instrumentality was no longer acceptable. Nor was SEELE's. There had to be another way. And Rei would fight for that path, the path that ensured her friends would live to be happy.''
* In ''Fanfic/RiseOfEmpressMidnight'', Twilight gives Midnight the option to either [[spoiler: stay in her destroyed world or join Twilight and reform herself.]] Midnight instead calls for a third option [[spoiler: and attempts to kill of Twilight and herself via the destroyed world.]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'':
** Take A Third Option: Haruhi can't unbottle her feelings about the consequences of her powers because it will cause even more strain to others, and she can't ignore it either because she cares about the SOS Brigade. In order to prevent a HeroicBSOD she [[spoiler: runs a MemoryGambit on herself so she doesn't destroy the world on an accidental whim.]]
** [[spoiler:What do you do if you are part of a [[HaremGenre Harem]] but don't want anybody to lose? MarryThemAll.]]
* In ''FanFic/{{Exoria}}'', Leonore wants Zelda to stay in her safe room during the Valentine invasion and wait for rescue teams to arrive. Zelda wants to [[HonorBeforeReason find her military and lead them as commander-in-chief, even if it means risking capture]]. They eventually reach a compromise; Zelda will go to Gerudo to cement an alliance with Ganondorf and command her forces from there.
* Harry Potter SSHG fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6408692/1/The_Occluded_Soul The Occluded Soul]]. It's all about Snape's Third Choice.
* In another HP fic, [[http://hdworldcup.marteler-le-ciel.com/2009AU/primummobile.html primum mobile, or ten forgotten things ]], Draco Malfoy realizes he may have [[spoiler:moved he and Harry Potter to a reality where the Wizarding World does not exist]] as a subconscious example of Taking a Third Option:

-->'''The Dark Lord gave me [[SadisticChoice two choices]]: one bad, the other worse. I suppose this is door number three.

-->Eventually, [[spoiler:both Draco and Harry begin to [[IdentityAmnesia forget the Wizarding World altogether.]]]]

* The WisePrince protagonist of [[DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns this]] expansive ''Franchise/DragonAge'' fanfic actually started off by ''creating'' a third option for a certain situation that came to pass later, after his [[spoiler:ZeroApprovalGambit.]]
* In ''FanFic/RainboomsAndRoyalty'', after Rainbow rejects Nightmare Moon's [[TheFinalTemptation temptation]], the dark alicorn, after restraining Fluttershy's wings and preventing Twilight Sparkle and Rarity from using their magic, hurls the Mane Cast sans Rainbow to their deaths. Nightmare Moon then taunts Rainbow to choose who to save, because as fast as she is, she can't save all of them. [[spoiler: Rainbow manages to pull off a Sonic Rainboom for the first time since her fillyhood, and ''does'' fly fast enough to save all of them.]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}[=/=]WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' {{crossover}} Fanfic/AStickySituation, Aayla is kidnapped by Cad Banes and questioned for useful information before he intends to kill her on Darth Sideous's orders. The clear choices are for her to submit to the torture and share a secret that could alter the entire war if the Separatist find out (and die) or remain silent while suffer intense pain at the hands of the bounty hunter (and die). Instead, because she has learned to think outside of the box thanks to her time with the digimon and tamers, [[spoiler:she decides to ''pay'' her captor more than Darth Sideous did and have him both release her, keep the digimon a secret, and start working for the Jedi]].
* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': During the second arc of ''Mare of Steel'', ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} sets up Rainbow Dash/Supermare with a SadisticChoice: [[spoiler: either save Cloudsdale from a bomb capable of destroying the whole city, or save Scootaloo from being electrocuted]]. Being a creature that runs on pure logic, Brainiac [[EvilCannotComprehendGood is unable to anticipate]] that Rainbow Dash would be unwilling to let ''either'' happen, and thus acting to prevent both.
* In the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive''[=/=]''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' {{crossover}} ''FanFic/DeadOrAlive4TheDevilFactor'', this is Dante's reaction to Kasumi's [[SadisticChoice dilemma]] (be pursued by her former brethren in the Mugen Tenshin for the rest of her life, or enter into an ArrangedMarriage and sever all ties to her clan for good, thus never being able to return home). He explicitly says that when someone only gives him an A-and-B choice, he'll choose C every time.
* Calvin [[DefiedTrope defies]] this in the original version of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheMovie''.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', when faced with a SadisticChoice, the President decides to stall Dr. Wily until help can arrive.
* ''Fanfic/ReimaginedEnterprise'': Meta-example. Many fans disliked the overly [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]-like aesthetic from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' and most fan reimaginings give ''Enterprise'' a more [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]]-like aesthetic instead. Rather than doing this, [=BlackWave=] instead created his own 22nd century aesthetic that's halfway between contemporary spacecraft like the Space Shuttle or Dream Chaser and TOS, logically enough.
* During the events of ''Fanfic/TheTeacherOfAllThings'', Tai and the other V-Tamers are left with a conundrum: When you can't get to Odaiba because the bridge has collapsed and the waters are too full of enemies to swim- not that Greymon are great swimmers anyway- and flying in would only get you noticed and mean you have to fight off an entire army at once... what do you do? [[spoiler: Why, take the still-under-construction tunnel, of course!]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7003562/19/Harry-Potter-and-the-Chalice-of-the-Moon Harry Potter and the Chalice of the Moon]]'' the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets, due to a centaur prophecy that death would take place on that day, was faced with either killing Harry's twin brother Mark or letting him kill her with the Sword of Gryffindor, costing Harry a mentor figure and important ally. At the last second she decided to knock Mark out and kill the only one for whom death wouldn't be permanent - Dumbledore's phoenix, Fawkes.
* In the ''FanFic/Gensokyo20XX series, earlier we have it where Ran, Chen, and Flandre encounter a starving Reimu. At first, Ran has the notion to take Reimu to a hospital but acknowledges that cannot really be done without either Reimu dying en route from the cold, as a hospital is a long ways off from where they were, or having a risk of being captured for being youkai, something that could lead to their demises, so Ran decides to eliminate both possibilities by placing her under a hibernation spell (Think Sleeping Beauty) that wasn't to be broken until Yukari returns.
* ''Fanfic/{{Sight}}'' has Ichigo's hollow try and fight for control. If Ichigo loses, the hollow takes over his body and if he wins, the hollow doesn't try anything for awhile. To everyone's surprise, Ichigo vehemently refuses to fight at all, which results in a forced truce where the hollow can't fight him, but still hangs around. It's also lampshaded.
-->"Where do ya get off choosin' a third option?"
* In Labyrinth fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/170403/chapters/248828 Her Kingdom As Great]]'' Sarah is embodient of the third option, and doesn't understand how one would not choose it:
-->"That too. But no, I still think it's a false alternative. He made a choice between the two dreams, forsaking one to have the other, because you told him he could only have one and he believed you. When you told me the same thing, I believed you too, for a time. Then I decided I could have both, and so I can. But here he is sixty years later and he still thinks his ability to write poetry is lost."
* In ''Fanfic/HalkegeniaOnlineZeroHour'', Shino is confronted by the Laughing Coffin guild and is given the choice of joining them or being killed by them. Instead she chooses to kill them all.
* ''Fanfic/{{Intercom}}'': In chapter 13, Riley admits about Tracey accusing her of being Schizophrenic. When Bill probes on whether she's hearing voices, Riley mentally thinks that if she lies, she'll be found out. But if she tells the truth, they might send her off to a psychologist. So instead, she storms out on them, fuming that they'd never believe her if she told the truth.
* In ''Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree'', Sunset does this when cornered by guards on the train to Ponyville, [[HighDiveEscape teleporting off a bridge]] rather than either fighting them or talking to them.
-->'''Guard:''' There isn’t anywhere to run, so you can either listen peacefully or we can do things the hard way.
-->'''Sunset:''' There's always a choice, as long as you’re willing to accept the consequences.

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[[folder:Fan Works]]
[[folder:Manhwa]]
* Many fanfiction writers, In ''Manhwa/TheBreaker'', [[BadassTeacher Chun-Woo Nine-dragons]] makes one, when faced with LoveTriangle issues, will decide not to go with a OneTruePairing, but instead a OneTrueThreesome.
* Likewise, you have two (or more) continuities in a fandom and you like them both too much to disregard one canon entirely? Go with PatchworkFic.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Due to her growing bond with Asuka and Shinji Rei considers neither [[AssimilationPlot Gendo's way nor SEELE's way]] are aceptable anymore, and she will find another way to protect her friends:
-->''Decision firmed in her chest. Her friends. Their love. The possibility of her own one day... They had to be protected. Rei no longer wanted to see a world where any of those things could not exist. The Commander's Scenario for Instrumentality was no longer acceptable. Nor was SEELE's. There had to be another way. And Rei would fight for that path, the path that ensured her friends would live to be happy.''
* In ''Fanfic/RiseOfEmpressMidnight'', Twilight gives Midnight the option to either
[[spoiler: stay in her destroyed world or join Twilight and reform herself.]] Midnight instead calls for a third option [[spoiler: and attempts to kill of Twilight and herself via the destroyed world.]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'':
** Take A Third Option: Haruhi can't unbottle her feelings about the consequences of her powers because it will cause even more strain to others, and she can't ignore it either because she cares about the SOS Brigade. In
[[BigBad Alliance Chief]] takes [[TheApprentice Shi-Woon]] as a hostage in order to prevent a HeroicBSOD she [[spoiler: runs a MemoryGambit on herself so she doesn't destroy extort Nine-Dragon's [[SecretArt "Black Heaven and Earth technique"]]]]. Here he's presented the world on an accidental whim.]]
** [[spoiler:What do you do if you are part of a [[HaremGenre Harem]] but don't want anybody to lose? MarryThemAll.]]
* In ''FanFic/{{Exoria}}'', Leonore wants Zelda to stay in her safe room during the Valentine invasion and wait for rescue teams to arrive. Zelda wants to [[HonorBeforeReason find her military and lead them as commander-in-chief, even if it means risking capture]]. They eventually reach a compromise; Zelda will go to Gerudo to cement an alliance with Ganondorf and command her forces from there.
* Harry Potter SSHG fic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6408692/1/The_Occluded_Soul The Occluded Soul]]. It's all about Snape's Third Choice.
* In another HP fic, [[http://hdworldcup.marteler-le-ciel.com/2009AU/primummobile.html primum mobile, or ten forgotten things ]], Draco Malfoy realizes he may have [[spoiler:moved he and Harry Potter to a reality where the Wizarding World does not exist]] as a subconscious example of Taking a Third Option:

-->'''The Dark Lord gave me
[[SadisticChoice two choices]]: one bad, sadistic choices]] of either [[spoiler:saving Shi-Woon by handing over the other worse. I suppose this is door number three.

-->Eventually, [[spoiler:both Draco
secret technique or either doing a HeroicSacrifice, like his own master Unwol did for him in a similar situation and Harry begin to [[IdentityAmnesia forget the Wizarding World altogether.]]]]

* The WisePrince protagonist of [[DragonAgeTheCrownOfThorns this]] expansive ''Franchise/DragonAge'' fanfic actually
started off by ''creating'' his {{RoaringRampageOfRevenge}}. To avert this from happening to Shi-Woon too, he takes a third option for a certain situation that came to pass later, after his [[spoiler:ZeroApprovalGambit.]]
* In ''FanFic/RainboomsAndRoyalty'', after Rainbow rejects Nightmare Moon's [[TheFinalTemptation temptation]],
of killing the dark alicorn, after restraining Fluttershy's wings Chief and preventing Twilight Sparkle and Rarity from using their magic, hurls the Mane Cast sans Rainbow to their deaths. Nightmare Moon then taunts Rainbow to choose who to save, because as fast as she is, she can't save all of them. [[spoiler: Rainbow manages to pull off a Sonic Rainboom for the first time since her fillyhood, and ''does'' fly fast enough to save all of them.]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}[=/=]WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' {{crossover}} Fanfic/AStickySituation, Aayla is kidnapped by Cad Banes and questioned for useful information before he intends to kill her on Darth Sideous's orders. The clear choices are for her to submit to the torture and share a secret that could alter the entire war if the Separatist find out (and die) or remain silent while suffer intense pain at the hands of the bounty hunter (and die). Instead, because she has learned to think outside of the box thanks to her time with the digimon and tamers, [[spoiler:she decides to ''pay'' her captor more than Darth Sideous did and have him both release her, keep the digimon a secret, and start working for the Jedi]].
* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'': During the second arc of ''Mare of Steel'', ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} sets up Rainbow Dash/Supermare with a SadisticChoice: [[spoiler: either save Cloudsdale from a bomb capable of
[[GiveHimANormalLife destroying the whole city, or save Scootaloo from being electrocuted]]. Being a creature that runs on pure logic, Brainiac [[EvilCannotComprehendGood is unable to anticipate]] that Rainbow Dash would be unwilling to let ''either'' happen, and thus acting to prevent both.
* In the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive''[=/=]''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' {{crossover}} ''FanFic/DeadOrAlive4TheDevilFactor'', this is Dante's reaction to Kasumi's [[SadisticChoice dilemma]] (be pursued by her former brethren
ki-center]] of his [[TheApprentice apprentice]] in the Mugen Tenshin for the rest of her life, or enter into an ArrangedMarriage and sever all ties to her clan for good, thus never being able to return home). He explicitly says that when someone only gives him an A-and-B choice, he'll choose C every time.
* Calvin [[DefiedTrope defies]] this in the original version of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheMovie''.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', when faced with a SadisticChoice, the President decides to stall Dr. Wily until help can arrive.
* ''Fanfic/ReimaginedEnterprise'': Meta-example. Many fans disliked the overly [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]-like aesthetic from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' and most fan reimaginings give ''Enterprise'' a more [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]]-like aesthetic instead. Rather than doing this, [=BlackWave=] instead created his own 22nd century aesthetic that's halfway between contemporary spacecraft like the Space Shuttle or Dream Chaser and TOS, logically enough.
* During the events of ''Fanfic/TheTeacherOfAllThings'', Tai and the other V-Tamers are left with a conundrum: When you can't get to Odaiba because the bridge has collapsed and the waters are too full of enemies to swim- not that Greymon are great swimmers anyway- and flying in would only get you noticed and mean you have to fight off an entire army at once... what do you do? [[spoiler: Why, take the still-under-construction tunnel, of course!]]
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7003562/19/Harry-Potter-and-the-Chalice-of-the-Moon Harry Potter and the Chalice of the Moon]]'' the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets, due to a centaur prophecy that death would take place on that day, was faced with either killing Harry's twin brother Mark or letting him kill her with the Sword of Gryffindor, costing Harry a mentor figure and important ally. At the last second she decided to knock Mark out and kill the only one for whom death wouldn't be permanent - Dumbledore's phoenix, Fawkes.
* In the ''FanFic/Gensokyo20XX series, earlier we have it where Ran, Chen, and Flandre encounter a starving Reimu. At first, Ran has the notion to take Reimu to a hospital but acknowledges that cannot really be done without either Reimu dying en route from the cold, as a hospital is a long ways off from where they were, or having a risk of being captured for being youkai, something that could lead to their demises, so Ran decides to eliminate both possibilities by placing her under a hibernation spell (Think Sleeping Beauty) that wasn't to be broken until Yukari returns.
* ''Fanfic/{{Sight}}'' has Ichigo's hollow try and fight for control. If Ichigo loses, the hollow takes over his body and if he wins, the hollow doesn't try anything for awhile. To everyone's surprise, Ichigo vehemently refuses to fight at all, which results in a forced truce where the hollow can't fight him, but still hangs around. It's also lampshaded.
-->"Where do ya get off choosin' a third option?"
* In Labyrinth fanfic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/170403/chapters/248828 Her Kingdom As Great]]'' Sarah is embodient of the third option, and doesn't understand how one would not choose it:
-->"That too. But no, I still think it's a false alternative. He made a choice between the two dreams, forsaking one to have the other, because you told him he could only have one and he believed you. When you told me the same thing, I believed you too, for a time. Then I decided I could have both, and so I can. But here he is sixty years later and he still thinks his ability to write poetry is lost."
* In ''Fanfic/HalkegeniaOnlineZeroHour'', Shino is confronted by the Laughing Coffin guild and is given the choice of joining them or being killed by them. Instead she chooses to kill them all.
* ''Fanfic/{{Intercom}}'': In chapter 13, Riley admits about Tracey accusing her of being Schizophrenic. When Bill probes on whether she's hearing voices, Riley mentally thinks that if she lies, she'll be found out. But if she tells the truth, they might send her off to a psychologist. So instead, she storms out on them, fuming that they'd never believe her if she told the truth.
* In ''Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree'', Sunset does this when cornered by guards on the train to Ponyville, [[HighDiveEscape teleporting off a bridge]] rather than either fighting them or talking to them.
-->'''Guard:''' There isn’t anywhere to run, so you can either listen peacefully or we can do things the hard way.
-->'''Sunset:''' There's always a choice, as long as you’re willing to accept the consequences.
process]].



[[folder:Game Theory]]
* A classic from Mathematics: the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truel Truel]], a duel with three participants. Mr. White has a one in three chance of hitting his target, Mr. Grey a two in three chance, and Mr. Black is a perfect shot. To make things fair, Mr. White has the first shot. Who should he shoot?
** If he shoots at Mr. Grey, he might kill him, then Mr. Black has the next shot. [[OhCrap Oops]].
** If he shoots at Mr. Black, seemingly the better option, he might kill him, then Mr. Grey has the next shot. Oh dear.[[note]]Mr. White has a 1-in-7 chance of survival here.[[/note]]
** If he takes a third option and shoots into the air, Mr. Grey and Mr. Black shoot at each other until one dies (each would consider the other the greater threat), then Mr. White has the first shot in a ''duel''.[[note]]Odds of Mr. White's survival here is 39.7%.[[/note]]
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* [[YourMom Yo momma]] is so stupid, she took the Pepsi Challenge and chose Jif.
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* In ''Manhwa/TheBreaker'', [[BadassTeacher Chun-Woo Nine-dragons]] makes one, when [[spoiler: the [[BigBad Alliance Chief]] takes [[TheApprentice Shi-Woon]] as a hostage in order to extort Nine-Dragon's [[SecretArt "Black Heaven and Earth technique"]]]]. Here he's presented the [[SadisticChoice sadistic choices]] of either [[spoiler:saving Shi-Woon by handing over the secret technique or either doing a HeroicSacrifice, like his own master Unwol did for him in a similar situation and started his {{RoaringRampageOfRevenge}}. To avert this from happening to Shi-Woon too, he takes a third option of killing the Chief and [[GiveHimANormalLife destroying the ki-center]] of his [[TheApprentice apprentice]] in the process]].
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However, sometimes the hero can respond with, "I don't like those choices, I'm taking a third option!" It is usually something completely unorthodox or seemingly suicidal. Yet this typically turns out to be the best choice after all, EverybodyLives, and the day is saved completely.

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However, sometimes the hero can respond with, "I don't like those choices, choices; I'm taking a third option!" It is usually something completely unorthodox or seemingly suicidal. Yet this typically turns out to be the best choice after all, EverybodyLives, and the day is saved completely.


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