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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.
10th Jul '16 5:04:55 AM Morgenthaler
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19th Jun '16 8:28:03 AM thatother1dude
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** Further played with in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'': Moist is given the same choice, and referred to the same door, on being offered a new job. Having ostentatiously repeated his previous actions, he discovers the room now has a perfectly normal floor. When he asks what happened to it, Vetinari claims to have no idea what he's talking about. (Playing With PlayingWithATrope? Where will it end?!!)

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** Further played with in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'': Moist is given the same choice, and referred to the same door, on being offered a new job. Having ostentatiously repeated his previous actions, [[ParanoiaGambit he discovers the room now has a perfectly normal floor.floor]]. When he asks what happened to it, Vetinari claims to have no idea what he's talking about. (Playing With PlayingWithATrope? Where will it end?!!)
4th May '16 12:11:32 PM Paranoia
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* Subverted and then completely lampshaded in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''. Captain Taggert sees the path between himself and the Berylium Sphere he needed for his ship is clear. Suspecting the Window or the Stairs, he begins taking the 'window' by dodging from boulder to boulder and rolling behind cover. Meanwhile the other characters simply stroll unmolested up the path. Gwen [=DeMarco=] looks over at him as they do and comments, "Does the rolling help actually?" Capt. Taggerty stands up and dusts himself off. unwilling to admit defeat he says, "Uh huh. It helps." Then she points out that during his summersaults he actually dropped his rayon.

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* Subverted and then completely lampshaded in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''. Captain Taggert sees the path between himself and the Berylium Sphere he needed for his ship is clear. Suspecting the Window or the Stairs, he begins taking the 'window' by dodging from boulder to boulder and rolling behind cover. Meanwhile the other characters simply stroll unmolested up the path. Gwen [=DeMarco=] looks over at him as they do and comments, "Does the rolling help actually?" Capt. Taggerty stands up and dusts himself off. unwilling to admit defeat he says, "Uh huh. It helps." Then she points out that during his summersaults he actually dropped his rayon.raygun.
4th May '16 12:10:48 PM Paranoia
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* Subverted and then completely lampshaded in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''. Captain Taggert sees the path between himself and the Berylium Sphere he needed for his ship is clear. Suspecting the Window or the Stairs, he begins taking the 'window' by dodging from boulder to boulder and rolling behind cover. Meanwhile the other characters simply stroll unmolested up the path. Gwen [=DeMarco=] looks over at him as they do and comments, "Does the rolling help actually?" Capt. Taggerty stands up and dusts himself off. unwilling to admit defeat he says, "Uh huh. It helps."

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* Subverted and then completely lampshaded in ''Film/GalaxyQuest''. Captain Taggert sees the path between himself and the Berylium Sphere he needed for his ship is clear. Suspecting the Window or the Stairs, he begins taking the 'window' by dodging from boulder to boulder and rolling behind cover. Meanwhile the other characters simply stroll unmolested up the path. Gwen [=DeMarco=] looks over at him as they do and comments, "Does the rolling help actually?" Capt. Taggerty stands up and dusts himself off. unwilling to admit defeat he says, "Uh huh. It helps." Then she points out that during his summersaults he actually dropped his rayon.
25th Apr '16 8:52:02 AM pinkdalek
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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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