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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).
26th Dec '16 6:09:35 PM TSBasilisk
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* In ''FanFic/FateRevelationOnline'' [[spoiler:"dead" players]] are given the choice of working as beta-testers for upcoming content or death. Kayaba is too stingy to actually kill anyone who chooses the latter option, instead using them as [[FateWorseThanDeath test subjects for direct soul modification]]. The one seen after such a procedure was [[EmptyShell catatonic]].

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17th Nov '16 5:43:47 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheKingOfOmashu "The King of Omashu"]], the eponymous King is putting Aang through a series of tests. For the last one, he tells Aang to choose one of two warriors to fight. [[spoiler:Aang tries to TakeAThirdOption and choose the old, crazy King himself - but he was expecting this, informing Aang that he's an incredibly powerful earthbender and tougher opponent than both of the warriors presented. In fact, he's the strongest in the entire series until Toph comes along, and even then it's debatable.]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheKingOfOmashu "The King of Omashu"]], the eponymous King is putting Aang through a series of tests. For the last one, he tells Aang to choose one of two warriors to fight. [[spoiler:Aang tries to TakeAThirdOption and choose the old, crazy King himself - but he was expecting this, informing Aang that he's an incredibly powerful earthbender and tougher opponent than both of the warriors presented. In fact, he's one of the two strongest earthbenders in the entire series until series, the other one being Toph comes along, and even then it's debatable.Beifong.]]
15th Jul '16 3:40:50 PM Milarqui
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* In ''Film/Frequency'', the main character's father died in a burning building because he found himself in this situation (one corridor in fire, another with just smoke) and picked the easy way. When the main character tells him he has to go the other way, the father goes through the fire, which leads to a faster way out of the building.

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* In ''Film/Frequency'', ''Film/{{Frequency}}'', the main character's father died in a burning building because he found himself in this situation (one corridor in fire, another with just smoke) and picked the easy way. When the main character tells him he has to go the other way, the father goes through the fire, which leads to a faster way out of the building.
15th Jul '16 3:40:15 PM Milarqui
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* In ''Film/Frequency'', the main character's father died in a burning building because he found himself in this situation (one corridor in fire, another with just smoke) and picked the easy way. When the main character tells him he has to go the other way, the father goes through the fire, which leads to a faster way out of the building.
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