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9th Sep '17 4:21:04 AM SeptimusHeap
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The term comes from the work of comparative mythologist [[TheHerosJourney Joseph Campbell]] -- next, the hero will end up in the BellyOfTheWhale.

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The term comes from the work of comparative mythologist [[TheHerosJourney Joseph Campbell]] -- next, the hero will end up in the BellyOfTheWhale.
CantRefuseTheCallAnymore.



* Yunan, the wandering Magi is this to [[spoiler:Morgiana]] in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic''. She meets him in the [[BellyOfTheWhale Great Cliff]] between the Dark Continent ([[spoiler:the homeland she longs to see]]) and tells her that [[spoiler:there's some Fanalis left in there]]. But he declares that once she crosses, she'll never come back since war will start soon in the realms from where she comes, where her friends remain. [[spoiler:She chooses to return and help her friends instead of finding her origins, and Yunan decides to join her to help.]]

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* Yunan, the wandering Magi is this to [[spoiler:Morgiana]] in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic''. She meets him in the [[BellyOfTheWhale [[CantRefuseTheCallAnymore Great Cliff]] between the Dark Continent ([[spoiler:the homeland she longs to see]]) and tells her that [[spoiler:there's some Fanalis left in there]]. But he declares that once she crosses, she'll never come back since war will start soon in the realms from where she comes, where her friends remain. [[spoiler:She chooses to return and help her friends instead of finding her origins, and Yunan decides to join her to help.]]



* Aang from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' goes through this in his backstory. The Air Nomads elders decide to take him away from his guardian Gyatso, as they feel that Gyatso is impeding Aang's progress as the Avatar. Aang is one of the heros who is defeated and symbolically killed at the Threshold, as fleeing the Threshold Guardians gets him frozen in ice for a hundred years until he wakes up in the BellyOfTheWhale.

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* Aang from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' goes through this in his backstory. The Air Nomads elders decide to take him away from his guardian Gyatso, as they feel that Gyatso is impeding Aang's progress as the Avatar. Aang is one of the heros who is defeated and symbolically killed at the Threshold, as fleeing the Threshold Guardians gets him frozen in ice for a hundred years until he wakes up in the BellyOfTheWhale.crisis.
10th Aug '17 9:34:14 AM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'': Has one in the main game in the form of Lucien Lachance, your ticket into the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]], and a second in its ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, in the form of ServileSnarker / OnlySaneMan Haskill. Both these characters greet you in a conversation after passing a prerequisite for their respective factions, and offer you the archetypal choice of turning your back on them and leading a normal life or undertaking their quests.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': To even ''enter'' the College of Winterhold you must demonstrate to Faralda some skill in magic by casting a relatively basic spell of her request. If you don't have the spell at hand, she'll teach it to you for a very small price. Alternatively, Shouting will be enough to impress her. Also, gaining admittance to the Dark Brotherhood involves Astrid ordering you to kill one of three individuals she's captured and bound up at the moment (though you can also use this opportunity to [[TakeAThirdOption kill Astrid]], setting you up for the quest to destroy the Dark Brotherhood instead). Also, [[spoiler:when you enter Sovngarde, you must defeat Tsun, shield-thane of Shor in order to enter the Halls of Valor.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'': Has ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' has
one in the main game in the form of Lucien Lachance, your ticket into the [[MurderInc Dark Brotherhood]], and a second in its ''Shivering Isles'' expansion, in the form of ServileSnarker / OnlySaneMan ServileSnarker[=/=]OnlySaneMan Haskill. Both these characters greet you in a conversation after passing a prerequisite for their respective factions, and offer you the archetypal choice of turning your back on them and leading a normal life or undertaking their quests.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': ** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
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To even ''enter'' the [[WizardingSchool College of Winterhold Winterhold]] you must demonstrate to Faralda some skill in magic by casting a relatively basic spell of her request. If you don't have the spell at hand, she'll teach it to you for a very small price. Alternatively, Shouting using a [[LanguageOfMagic Thu'um]] [[MakeMeWannaShout Shout]] will be enough to also impress her. Also, gaining her.
*** Gaining
admittance to the Dark Brotherhood involves Astrid ordering you to kill one of three individuals she's captured and bound up at the moment (though you can also use this opportunity to [[TakeAThirdOption kill Astrid]], setting you up for the quest to destroy ''destroy'' the Dark Brotherhood instead). Also, [[spoiler:when you enter Sovngarde, instead).
*** When in [[spoiler:[[WarriorHeaven Sovngarde]]]] as part of the main quest,
you must defeat Tsun, shield-thane the old Nordic god of Shor "trials against adversity" and [[BodyguardingABadass shield-thane]] to [[TopGod Shor]] in [[DuelBoss single combat]] in order to prove your worthiness to enter the Halls Shor's Hall of Valor.]]
7th Aug '17 8:20:16 PM Abodos
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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has the Old Man on the Great Plateau, who tasks Link with completing the four Shrines on the Plateau while promising to give the Paraglider in return. The Old Man also uses this opportunity to gauge Link's willingness to defeat Calamity Ganon.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has the Old Man on the Great Plateau, who tasks Link with completing the four Shrines on the Plateau while promising to give the Paraglider in return. The Old Man also uses this opportunity to gauge Link's willingness to defeat Calamity Ganon. Link is stuck on the Great Plateau without the Old Man's help.
7th Aug '17 8:18:52 PM Abodos
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': [[ExpositionFairy Midna]] serves as this in her first appearances and again, the statues in the [[LostWoods Sacred Grove]] are a more literal version.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'': The first encounters with both the [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything pirates]] and [[CoolBoat the King of Red Lions]] place them in this role, with the latter asking pretty much the same questions as the page quote. Later on, the Tower of the Gods in its entirety is a more literal version of this trope.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': [[ExpositionFairy Midna]] serves as this in her first appearances and again, the statues in the [[LostWoods Sacred Grove]] are a more literal version.
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''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
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''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'': The first encounters with both the [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything pirates]] and [[CoolBoat the King of Red Lions]] place them in this role, with the latter asking pretty much the same questions as the page quote. Later on, the Tower of the Gods in its entirety is a more literal version of this trope.trope.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': [[ExpositionFairy Midna]] serves as this in her first appearances and again, the statues in the [[LostWoods Sacred Grove]] are a more literal version.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has the Old Man on the Great Plateau, who tasks Link with completing the four Shrines on the Plateau while promising to give the Paraglider in return. The Old Man also uses this opportunity to gauge Link's willingness to defeat Calamity Ganon.
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.]]
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