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9th Apr '17 9:50:55 AM MrUnderhill
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** Spoofed to Hell and back: one night gets his favourite colour ''wrong'', one is asked a surprisingly difficult question rather than the three easy ones he is expecting, and finally the Bridgekeeper himself is flung to his death after himself failing to answer a question.

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** Spoofed to Hell and back: one night gets his favourite colour ''wrong'', one right after Lancelot, Sir Robin is asked a surprisingly difficult question rather than the three easy ones he is expecting, expected from watching the former, and finally is flung to his death. Sir Galahad gets the same favorite color question as Lancelot and somehow ''[[EpicFail still]]'' gets it wrong, and is flung to his death. Finally, King Arthur gets another tricky question about the airspeed of an unladen swallow, but when he asks the Bridgekeeper himself to be more specific, it turns out ''he'' doesn't know the answer either, and [[RuleOfThree is flung to his death after himself failing to answer a question.death.]]
5th Mar '17 6:32:23 AM Jgorgon
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** Spoofed to Hell and back: one night gets his favourite colour ''wrong'', one is asked a surprisingly difficult question rather than the three easy ones he is expecting, and finally the Bridgekeeper himself is flung to his death after himself failing to answer a question.
13th Nov '16 2:47:39 PM animenutcase
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* As you approach the endgame of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', you find yourself in the Final Corridor, where the lazy skeleton Sans is blocking the way to judge you for all that you've done throughout the game. If you pass with flying colors, he [[SoProudOfYou congratulates you]] and wishes you luck. If you've engaged in some VideoGameCrueltyPotential, he'll [[WhatTheHellHero call you out on it]], particularly if you [[spoiler:[[PlayerPunch killed his brother]]]]. If you've gone full [[KillEmAll No Mercy]], well... [[spoiler:He ''did'' warn you that if you kept going down that road, you'd end up [[ThatOneBoss having a]] [[SNKBoss bad time]].]]
7th Oct '16 7:05:33 PM Dravencour
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* ''SpecOpsTheLine'': The game's defining moment counts as a ThresholdGuardian.

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* ''SpecOpsTheLine'': The game's defining moment counts as a ThresholdGuardian. [[spoiler:And Captain Walker fails to measure up to it and own his TragicMistake, instead blaming everything on someone who turns out to be dead]].
22nd Sep '16 8:23:33 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''ComicBook/TheThessaliad'', the Sphinx and Lester are both supposed to serve as threshold guardians on Thessaly's quest. Thessaly, being Thessaly, cheats her way past both of them, answering the Sphinx's riddle before she even has a chance to ask it (and then providing her with an unsolvable riddle in return) and shrinking Lester into a normal-sized human before dashing his head in with his own ax.
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22nd Sep '16 7:54:52 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Similar to the ''Fight Club'' example above, the penultimate scene of ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' has [[spoiler:Wonka exploding at Charlie and refusing to give him the promised prize of a lifetime supply of chocolate. This turns out to be a test of Charlie's loyalty, which Charlie passes by returning Wonka's gobstopper instead of selling it to the rival candy maker Arthur Slugworth. Even better, the man we thought was Slugworth was actually an actor named Mr. Wilkinson, hired by Wonka as part of the test. After demonstrating his loyalty, Charlie not only earns a lifetime supply of chocolate but also becomes the heir to Wonka's company.]]
18th Sep '16 1:21:34 PM Goldfritha
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In the [[ProppsFunctionsOfFolktales work of Vladimir Propp]], this character is the ''donor'', laying more emphasis on the benefits gain than the testing to get them.
27th Jul '16 12:10:13 AM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'', graduating from the school of magic in Roke begins with the realization that it ''has'' a Threshold Guardian.

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* In the ''Literature/EarthseaTrilogy'', ''Literature/AWizardOfEarthsea'', graduating from the school of magic in Roke begins with the realization that it ''has'' a Threshold Guardian.
9th Jul '16 12:25:29 PM dasuberkaiser
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* The wonderflonium heist and death ray construction in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' each represent thresholds on Dr. Horrible's StartOfDarkness. The hesitation in the first -- and lack of hesitation in the second -- signal exactly how far down the slippery slope the hero (er, [[CardCarryingVillain protagonist]]) has gone.
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* The wonderflonium heist and death ray construction in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' each represent thresholds on Dr. Horrible's StartOfDarkness. The hesitation in the first -- and lack of hesitation in the second -- signal exactly how far down the slippery slope the hero (er, [[CardCarryingVillain protagonist]]) has gone.
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4th Jul '16 2:36:50 AM shamblingdead2
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* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' : The Leviathan guards the entrance to Atlantis. It's very good at its job, as there are sunken ships there from "every era."
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