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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."
31st May '16 11:18:59 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Each of the planets in ''TransformersCybertron'' involves an encounter with a threshold guardian, as well as several other points in the show. The most interesting example is Override, whose challenge was neither an illusion nor a fight, but a ''race'' that served as a coming of age for the rookie Hot Shot. Optimus Prime tended to face the other ThresholdGuardians, generally with Leobreaker or Wing Saber.

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* Each of the planets in ''TransformersCybertron'' ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' involves an encounter with a threshold guardian, as well as several other points in the show. The most interesting example is Override, whose challenge was neither an illusion nor a fight, but a ''race'' that served as a coming of age for the rookie Hot Shot. Optimus Prime tended to face the other ThresholdGuardians, generally with Leobreaker or Wing Saber.
29th May '16 4:40:25 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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Compare with SecretTestOfCharacter, in which the obstacle put before the character is a moral one. Although this can shade into that, when the guardian is testing courage, perservance, willingness to listen to advice, or courtesy.

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Compare with SecretTestOfCharacter, in which the obstacle put before the character is a moral one. Although this can shade into that, when the guardian is testing courage, perservance, willingness to listen to advice, or courtesy.
courtesy. Also compare with RedPillBluePill, which is a similar event meant to test the hero's willingness to embark on his adventure in the first place.
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