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27th Mar '18 3:13:15 PM TMNTFanGirl
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This occurs when a character is given two choices; one of which sounds much easier, safer or more pleasant than the other. When the "better" option is chosen, it is subsequently revealed that they've actually picked the ''worse'' option without realizing it until it's too late.

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This occurs when a character is given two choices; one of which sounds much easier, safer or more easier/safer/more pleasant than the other.other option. When the "better" option is chosen, it is subsequently revealed that they've actually picked the ''worse'' option without realizing it until it's too late.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', Cera and the other dinosaurs refuse to follow Littlefoot's instructions on where to go to find the Great Valley, instead taking an easier path. Their "easier path" winds up trapping them all in a deadly lava flow.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', Cera and the other dinosaurs refuse to follow Littlefoot's instructions on where to go to find the Great Valley, instead taking an easier path. Their "easier path" winds up trapping them all in a deadly lava flow.flow and nearly gets them killed until Littlefoot saves them.
23rd Feb '18 11:09:42 AM doomquokka
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* [[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja Dr. McNinja]] [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/28p21/ encounters]] a choice in the White House Negazone. It turns out the Negazone [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/28p22/ likes to play tricks]].

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8th Feb '18 5:54:11 AM GoblinCipher
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* In the packed-in adventure Rivers of Light in the classic 8-bit computer game Adventure Construction Set, you face an area called Hell on your trip through the afterlife. All the paths through are fire, and do horrific damage. However, there is one very long path around the perimeter of the room that, after one or two tiles of bad damage tame down to a much lower level that can be managed with healing items. It is the only path through that is survivable, while the shorter ones are certain death.

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* In the packed-in adventure Rivers ''Rivers of Light Light'' in the classic 8-bit computer game Adventure Construction Set, you face an area called Hell on your trip through the afterlife. All the Two paths through are fire, visible, one which is blank and the other which is on fire. Adventure Construction Set allows you to make any tile have any appearance; in this case, the "fire" tiles do minor damage that you can survive if you rest frequently or use healing items, while the "blank" tiles do horrific damage. However, there is one very long path around the perimeter of the room that, after one or two tiles of bad damage tame down to a The clue was found much lower level earlier in the game -- an inscription saying that can be managed with healing items. It [[ExactWords nothing is worse than the only path through that is survivable, while the shorter ones are certain death.fires of Hell]].
17th Dec '17 12:14:57 PM NNinja
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* There's another where a tribal chief mentions he had five wives. Four died eating poisonous mushrooms and one died from a skull fracture... because she refused to eat the mushrooms.
27th Nov '17 6:15:49 PM Darth_Meow_504
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* In the packed-in adventure Rivers of Light in the classic 8-bit computer game Adventure Construction Set, you face an area called Hell on your trip through the afterlife. All the paths through are fire, and do horrific damage. However, there is one very long path around the perimeter of the room that, after one or two tiles of bad damage tame down to a much lower level that can be managed with healing items. It is the only path through that is survivable, while the shorter ones are certain death.
14th Nov '17 4:48:52 AM NNinja
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* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Dr Crane, a.k.a Scarecrow, ends up running a KangarooCourt. The accused gets to choose between death or exile. It turns out "exile" requires crossing the frozen ocean around Gotham, which nearly always results in falling through the ice to one's death. A later group that chooses death saying "do you think we're going to go out onto that ice willingly?" gets sentenced to [[MortonsFork "death... by exile."]]
30th Aug '17 6:56:17 AM SAMAS
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** Cain does see this coming, sometimes. On many occasions, he has stood his ground or done something brave rather than take what many would consider the easier or cowardly way because he already realized the latter would ''definitely'' get him killed, while the other way at least stood a chance of survival.
19th Aug '17 8:26:26 PM infernape612
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* A borderline-literal example happens in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' where Cloud is asked if he wants to [[BigDamnHeroes storm into the heavily-guarded Shinra HQ]], or sneak in. Storming the building involves a handful of easy battles, a couple of floors to climb and a lot of fun things to see and do on the way, including a car advert FMV. Sneaking in involves climbing up 60 storeys of identical staircase, [[LeaveTheCameraRunning in real time]] (there's some amusing party banter, though).

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* A borderline-literal example happens in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' where Cloud is asked if he wants to [[BigDamnHeroes storm into the heavily-guarded Shinra HQ]], or sneak in. Storming the building involves a handful of easy battles, a couple of floors to climb and a lot of fun things to see and do on the way, including a car advert FMV. Sneaking in involves climbing up 60 storeys stories of identical staircase, staircases, [[LeaveTheCameraRunning in real time]] (there's some amusing party banter, though).
31st Jul '17 5:41:34 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* One of the main RunningGags in ''Literature/CiaphasCain''. Every time Cain makes a decision that looks like he chose the easy way out at the risk of damaging his '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM''' reputation, he always stumbles on some unsuspected danger or vital clue that reveals the greater enemy. In one he doesn't go on the frontline to fight orks and thus discovers they're on a Necron tomb world, in another he joins a recon group only to find out the rebel factions are actually genestealers, or takes a squad with him away from a battle on a hunch and ends up disturbing a daemonic summoning ritual.

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* One of the main RunningGags in ''Literature/CiaphasCain''. Every time Cain makes a decision that looks like he chose the easy way out at the risk of damaging his '''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM''' reputation, he always stumbles on some unsuspected danger or vital clue that reveals the greater enemy. In one he doesn't go on the frontline to fight orks and thus discovers they're on a Necron tomb world, in another he joins a recon group only to find out the rebel factions are actually genestealers, or takes a squad with him away from a battle on a hunch and ends up disturbing a daemonic summoning ritual.
ritual. It's so consistent that Jurgen, who fought next to him for more than a century, is convinced that Cain's doing it on purpose.
14th Apr '17 3:15:05 PM Gosicrystal
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* A borderline-literal example happens in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' where Cloud is asked if he wants to [[BigDamnHeroes storm into the heavily-guarded Shinra HQ]], or sneak in. Storming the building involves a handful of easy battles, a couple of floors to climb and a lot of fun things to see and do on the way, including a car advert FMV. Sneaking in involves climbing up 60 storeys of identical staircase, [[LeaveTheCameraRunning in real time]]. (At least this option results in some [[CrowningMomentOfFunny of the funniest party banter in the game]].)

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* A borderline-literal example happens in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' where Cloud is asked if he wants to [[BigDamnHeroes storm into the heavily-guarded Shinra HQ]], or sneak in. Storming the building involves a handful of easy battles, a couple of floors to climb and a lot of fun things to see and do on the way, including a car advert FMV. Sneaking in involves climbing up 60 storeys of identical staircase, [[LeaveTheCameraRunning in real time]]. (At least this option results in time]] (there's some [[CrowningMomentOfFunny of the funniest amusing party banter in the game]].)
banter, though).
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