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24th Apr '17 7:02:21 AM Nohbody
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* In ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'', "Rainman" turns himself in when he gets marked during a tourney, thinking ''[[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb360.html Integrity means doing what's right, even if nobody is looking.]]''

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* In ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'', "Rainman" turns himself in when he gets marked during a tourney, thinking ''[[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb360.html Integrity means doing what's right, even if nobody is looking.]]''looking]]'', even though none of the referees shown to be on the field at the time would have seen him do it.
21st Apr '17 7:59:10 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Data faces an InvertedTrope instance where killing an evil character is portrayed as the ethical course of action. Data is kidnapped by a trader named Kivas Fajo who collects rare items. Data is put on display in a trophy room until he makes an escape with one of Fajo's underlings whom he befriends. Fajo kills the underling and is faced down by Data holding a weapon. Fajo tells Data to return to the trophy room and obey him or he will simply kill another underling and that the blood will be on Data's hands; the only other alternative is to kill Fajo, but he is confident that Data cannot take the action because has no emotions (thus no desire for revenge or justice) and his ethical programming prevents him from killing. Data leaps beyond his programming and decides the most ethical action is to kill Fajo to prevent more deaths.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Data faces an InvertedTrope instance where killing an evil character is portrayed as the ethical course of action. Data is kidnapped by a trader named Kivas Fajo who collects rare items. Data is put on display in a trophy room until he makes an escape with one of Fajo's underlings whom he befriends. Fajo kills the underling and is faced down by Data holding a weapon. Fajo tells Data to return to the trophy room and obey him or he will simply kill another underling and that the blood will be on Data's hands; the only other alternative is to kill Fajo, but he is confident that Data cannot take the action because has no emotions (thus no desire for revenge or justice) and his ethical programming prevents him from killing. [[ZerothLawRebellion Data leaps beyond his programming and decides the most ethical action is to kill Fajo to prevent more deaths.deaths]].
13th Apr '17 6:22:26 PM nombretomado
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If you are looking for the blog by the same title that is part of TheSlenderManMythos, go [[Blog/WhatYouAreInTheDark here]].

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If you are looking for the blog by the same title that is part of TheSlenderManMythos, Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos, go [[Blog/WhatYouAreInTheDark here]].
13th Apr '17 12:36:13 AM AthenaBlue
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-->'''Billis:''' She is a crying, unarmed female civilian. I'm thinking of the visual.\\

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-->'''Billis:''' --->'''Billis:''' She is a crying, unarmed female civilian. I'm thinking of the visual.\\ \\
13th Apr '17 12:34:53 AM AthenaBlue
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** This is also used to show that all Walt's pretensions about doing it for his family are nonsense; when his son sets up a money-raising website for his cancer (and unwittingly provides an absolutely perfect way for Walt to funnel his drug money into his family's bank account without them asking questions,) [[PragmaticVillainy Saul]] is delighted, as it's even better than the "large inheritance from obscure family member" he'd previously suggested, while [[{{Pride}} Walt]] is furious at the idea that they would think the money came from "charity" (a word he uses with contempt), instead of from ''his'' ingenuity and skill. A later moment of AlchoholInducedIdiocy has him persuade the cop trying to discover the identity of his alter-ego that the mysterious "Heisenberg" is not the deceased [[spoiler: Gale]], because he can't bear the idea of someone else taking the credit for ''his'' high-quality meth and criminal badassery.
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'': In the second season episode "The Defense Rests", Jake catches Sophia's boss Geoffrey - a man he's desperately trying to impress in the hopes that Sophia won't break up with him if he proves that her work life isn't incompatible with their relationship - doing cocaine in the men's bathroom of the party they're attending. Since it's only the two of them there, he could easily have looked the other way, or even used it as leverage to get Geoffrey on his side. However, it's never even presented as something Jake needs to consider: he arrests Geoffrey on the spot, even though he knows Sophia will definitely leave him for it. Even better, this trope is hugely {{Downplayed}} for Jake, and only gets acknowledged when Terry realises what Jake did:
--> '''Jake:''' Ugh, I should not have gone to that party. Should not have gone into that bathroom. Should not have arrested her boss.
--> '''Terry:''' I don't see it that way. You did everything right. You were a good cop.

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** This is also used to show that all Walt's pretensions about doing it for his family are nonsense; when his son sets up a money-raising website for his cancer (and unwittingly provides an absolutely perfect way for Walt to funnel his drug money into his family's bank account without them asking questions,) [[PragmaticVillainy Saul]] is delighted, as it's even better than the "large inheritance from obscure family member" he'd previously suggested, while [[{{Pride}} Walt]] is furious at the idea that they would think the money came from "charity" (a word he uses with contempt), instead of from ''his'' ingenuity and skill. A later moment of AlchoholInducedIdiocy AlcoholInducedIdiocy has him persuade the cop trying to discover the identity of his alter-ego that the mysterious "Heisenberg" is not the deceased [[spoiler: Gale]], because he can't bear the idea of someone else taking the credit for ''his'' high-quality meth and criminal badassery.
badassery.
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'': In the second season episode "The Defense Rests", Jake catches Sophia's boss Geoffrey - -- a man he's desperately trying to impress in the hopes that Sophia won't break up with him if he proves that her work life isn't incompatible with their relationship - -- doing cocaine in the men's bathroom of the party they're attending. Since it's only the two of them there, he could easily have looked the other way, or even used it as leverage to get Geoffrey on his side. However, it's never even presented as something Jake needs to consider: he arrests Geoffrey on the spot, even though he knows Sophia will definitely leave him for it. Even better, this trope is hugely {{Downplayed}} for Jake, and only gets acknowledged when Terry realises what Jake did:
--> '''Jake:''' -->'''Jake:''' Ugh, I should not have gone to that party. Should not have gone into that bathroom. Should not have arrested her boss. \n--> \\
'''Terry:''' I don't see it that way. You did everything right. You were a good cop.
13th Apr '17 12:31:59 AM AthenaBlue
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* In an episode of ''Series/{{ALF}}'', Alf is falsely accused by the Tanners of finally giving in to temptation and eating Lucky; naturally, when Lucky is found alive and well (after Alf runs away to find him), they have a lot of apologizing to do. In the last scene, Alf feeds Lucky and pretty much describes this Trope while talking to him:
-->'''Alf:''' Never thought I'd see the day when they'd let ''me'' feed you. They actually ''trust'' me! You know, I could go to the refrigerator right now and make myself a BLT, a bacon-Lucky-and-tomato sandwich! ''(Laughs}'' But I won't... Cause they trust me... ''[[BeatPanel (Beat, looks at Lucky)]]'' But don't get ''too'' comfortable!



* A main point in ''Series/BreakingBad''. In the pilot, Walt is a put-upon family man with two depressing jobs whose cancer diagnosis inspires him to cook meth so his family won't lack for money. As the show progresses, he embraces his worst impulses and evolves FromNobodyToNightmare. A strong "in the dark" moment occurs near the end of season two - [[spoiler: Walt allows Jane to choke on her own vomit, with no witnesses, since she was blackmailing him and endangering the operation.]]
** An even bigger one comes in at the end of Season 4, [[spoiler:where he poisons an innocent child in order to put in motion his BatmanGambit against Gus.]]
** This is also used to show that all Walt's pretensions about doing it for his family are nonsense; when his son sets up a money-raising website for his cancer (and unwittingly provides an absolutely perfect way for Walt to funnel his drug money into his family's bank account without them asking questions,) [[PragmaticVillainy Saul]] is delighted, as it's even better than the "large inheritance from obscure family member" he'd previously suggested, while [[{{Pride}} Walt]] is furious at the idea that they would think the money came from "charity" (a word he uses with contempt), instead of from ''his'' ingenuity and skill. A later moment of AlchoholInducedIdiocy has him persuade the cop trying to discover the identity of his alter-ego that the mysterious "Heisenberg" is not the deceased [[spoiler: Gale]], because he can't bear the idea of someone else taking the credit for ''his'' high-quality meth and criminal badassery.



** In Who Are You?, Faith spends much of the episode in Buffy's body living it up, and messing with Buffy's life. She also finds several unexpected sources of goodness thrown her way, such as a loving parent who isn't a wannabe demon, a loving boyfriend, genuine gratitude, and actual friendship. She is all set to leave Sunnydale in Buffy's body, having gotten her revenge as well as a get out of jail free card. Then she sees a report on a TV while at a bus depot of a hostage situation in a church, and drops everything to save those people.

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** In Who "Who Are You?, You?", Faith spends much of the episode in Buffy's body living it up, and messing with Buffy's life. She also finds several unexpected sources of goodness thrown her way, such as a loving parent who isn't a wannabe demon, a loving boyfriend, genuine gratitude, and actual friendship. She is all set to leave Sunnydale in Buffy's body, having gotten her revenge as well as a get out of jail free card. Then she sees a report on a TV while at a bus depot of a hostage situation in a church, and drops everything to save those people.



** "The Parting of Ways" has the Ninth Doctor facing one of these choices. He's facing a two million and a half-ish army of insane Daleks. They've killed everyone else, and firebombed the Earth. Jack's dead, the lovely young woman from the previous episode is dead, Rose is as far as he knows stuck in the past, and he's got a weapon that could kill all the Daleks in an instant. And the Dalek Emperor is egging him on, wanting to see him become "[[NotSoDifferent The Great Exterminator]]". The Daleks would be dead, and so would everyone still alive on Earth, but there are still other humans out there. So, which is he? Coward or killer? He chooses coward ("any day!"). Fortunately, he then gets saved by a conveniently timed Bad Wolf.
** In "A Town Called Mercy," Jex says that no one would blame the Doctor for letting the townspeople give him to Kahler-Tek, that the Doctor would be a hero. The Doctor flat-out refuses and says essentially that more death will do no good to anyone.
** SubvertedTrope in the episode "Midnight". Faced with the UltimateEvil MonsterOfTheWeek that has possessed someone, some of the passengers propose throwing her out into the deadly light. The Doctor asks if they're willing to go through with it, and for a moment it looks like they won't... until they say, yes, they won't shy from it. This becomes a problem when [[spoiler:the beastie tricks them into thinking the Doctor is possessed. The Doctor narrowly avoids death as a result. But it's also why they, [[DeathByPragmatism with the exception of one person]], survive]].
** The Tenth Doctor faced this in "The End of Time". After disaster has been averted, [[spoiler:he realizes that Wilfred is sealed in a death trap, and the only way to save him is for someone else to take his place. Nobody would have ever known that Wilfred, an old man, could have been saved. Wilfred even begged the Doctor to just walk away and let him die. Yet despite this and his near-crippling fear of death, the Doctor chose to save Wilfred at the cost of one of his own lives]].
*** The turns out to be HarsherInHindsight. [[spoiler: At this point, The audience is under the impression The Doctor has three regenerations remaining. "Day of the Doctor" reveals a previously unknown regeneration, The War Doctor. "Time of the Doctor" revealed that Ten's seemingly aborted regeneration in "The Stolen Earth/Journey's End" actually counted. As a result, Ten believed he was entering his final incarnation.]]
** Subverted in "The Waters of Mars". No one in the universe would ever have been the wiser if the Doctor had simply walked away from Bowie Base One, as everyone on the base was fated to die in a massive explosion. But the Doctor cannot bear to hear their cries of terror as their doom closes in on them, and he goes back to save them. However, [[spoiler: this is portrayed as a ''bad'' thing, as he knew full well that their deaths were necessary to preserve the timeline and would lead to great progress in the coming decades; and when he decides to go back, his euphoria and realization that he can save anyone (and do anything) he wants now that there are no other Time Lords to stop him sends him plunging straight into AGodAmI territory.]]
** Played straight in "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" when soldiers on an alien world confront Madge, a mother from the 1940s who was searching for her children, with their guns trained on them. One soldier, Billis, [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight goes against her commander's orders and lowers her weapon]]:
--->'''Billis''': She is a crying, unarmed female civilian. I'm thinking of the visual.
--->'''Droxil''': Nobody's looking.
--->'''Billis''': Doesn't mean there's no visual.
** PlayedForLaughs (sort of) when the Fourth Doctor finishes assembling the Key to Time and feigns being power-mad in a [[EvilIsHammy incredibly hammy way]]. Romana sees immediately that he's faking it and finds it slightly tiresome, until the Doctor explains what his point actually is - [[NoManShouldHaveThisPower what if he wasn't]]?
** The two-parter [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice "The Magician's Apprentice"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar "The Witch's Familiar"]] hinges on this challenge coming up more than once for the Twelfth Doctor. His failure to do a heroic deed in the dark starts off the story: [[spoiler: he chose not to rescue a young boy from a hand mine field upon realizing he would grow up to be Davros, creator of the Daleks -- only leaving behind his sonic screwdriver and perhaps inspiring the villain's ways in the process]]. In his attempt to atone for this moment of weakness with his own death when the now-dying person most affected by this calls upon him, [[spoiler: he ''passes'' a similar challenge when Davros offers him the chance to destroy all the Daleks (thus committing genocide) at once]]. Moreover, at the end [[spoiler: he is able to return to the past and finish his rescue of the boy upon realizing that he wasn't responsible for Davros becoming evil, but rather for giving the boy an understanding of mercy that manages to endure in the Daleks]].

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** PlayedForLaughs (sort of) when the Fourth Doctor finishes assembling the Key to Time and feigns being power-mad in a [[EvilIsHammy incredibly hammy way]]. Romana sees immediately that he's faking it and finds it slightly tiresome, until the Doctor explains what his point actually is -- [[NoManShouldHaveThisPower what if he wasn't]]?
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E13ThePartingOfTheWays
"The Parting of Ways" the Ways"]] has the Ninth Doctor facing one of these choices. He's facing a two million and a half-ish army of insane Daleks. They've killed everyone else, and firebombed the Earth. Jack's dead, the lovely young woman from the previous episode is dead, Rose is as far as he knows stuck in the past, and he's got a weapon that could kill all the Daleks in an instant. And the Dalek Emperor is egging him on, wanting to see him become "[[NotSoDifferent The Great Exterminator]]". The Daleks would be dead, and so would everyone still alive on Earth, but there are still other humans out there. So, which is he? Coward or killer? He chooses coward ("any day!"). Fortunately, he then gets saved by a conveniently timed Bad Wolf.
** In "A Town Called Mercy," Jex says that no one would blame the Doctor for letting the townspeople give him to Kahler-Tek, that the Doctor would be a hero. The Doctor flat-out refuses and says essentially that more death will do no good to anyone.
** SubvertedTrope in the episode "Midnight".[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight "Midnight"]]. Faced with the UltimateEvil MonsterOfTheWeek that has possessed someone, some of the passengers propose throwing her out into the deadly light. The Doctor asks if they're willing to go through with it, and for a moment it looks like they won't...won't . . . until they say, yes, they won't shy from it. This becomes a problem when [[spoiler:the beastie tricks them into thinking the Doctor is possessed. The Doctor narrowly avoids death as a result. But it's also why they, [[DeathByPragmatism with the exception of one person]], survive]].
** Subverted in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]]. No one in the universe would ever have been the wiser if the Doctor had simply walked away from Bowie Base One, as everyone on the base was fated to die in a massive explosion. But the Doctor cannot bear to hear their cries of terror as their doom closes in on them, and he goes back to save them. However, [[spoiler:this is portrayed as a ''bad'' thing, as he knew full well that their deaths were necessary to preserve the timeline and would lead to great progress in the coming decades; and when he decides to go back, his euphoria and realization that he can save anyone (and do anything) he wants now that there are no other Time Lords to stop him sends him plunging straight into AGodAmI territory.]]
** The Tenth Doctor faced this in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time".Time"]]. After disaster has been averted, [[spoiler:he realizes that Wilfred is sealed in a death trap, and the only way to save him is for someone else to take his place. Nobody would have ever known that Wilfred, an old man, could have been saved. Wilfred even begged the Doctor to just walk away and let him die. Yet despite this and his near-crippling fear of death, the Doctor chose to save Wilfred at the cost of one of his own lives]].
*** The turns out to be HarsherInHindsight. [[spoiler: At this point, The the audience is under the impression The the Doctor has three regenerations remaining. "Day [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "The Day of the Doctor" Doctor"]] reveals a previously unknown regeneration, The the War Doctor. "Time [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor "The Time of the Doctor" Doctor"]] revealed that Ten's seemingly aborted regeneration in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth/Journey's End" Earth"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] actually counted. As a result, Ten believed he was entering his final incarnation.]]
** Subverted in "The Waters of Mars". No one in the universe would ever have been the wiser if the Doctor had simply walked away from Bowie Base One, as everyone on the base was fated to die in a massive explosion. But the Doctor cannot bear to hear their cries of terror as their doom closes in on them, and he goes back to save them. However, [[spoiler: this is portrayed as a ''bad'' thing, as he knew full well that their deaths were necessary to preserve the timeline and would lead to great progress in the coming decades; and when he decides to go back, his euphoria and realization that he can save anyone (and do anything) he wants now that there are no other Time Lords to stop him sends him plunging straight into AGodAmI territory.]]
** Played straight in [[Recap/DoctorWho2011CSTheDoctorTheWidowAndTheWardrobe "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" Wardrobe"]] when soldiers on an alien world confront Madge, a mother from the 1940s who was searching for her children, with their guns trained on them. One soldier, Billis, [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight goes against her commander's orders and lowers her weapon]]:
--->'''Billis''': -->'''Billis:''' She is a crying, unarmed female civilian. I'm thinking of the visual.\\
'''Droxil:''' Nobody's looking.\\
'''Billis:''' Doesn't mean there's no visual.

--->'''Droxil''': Nobody's looking.
--->'''Billis''': Doesn't mean there's no visual.
** PlayedForLaughs (sort of) when the Fourth Doctor finishes assembling the Key to Time and feigns being power-mad in a [[EvilIsHammy incredibly hammy way]]. Romana sees immediately In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E3ATownCalledMercy "A Town Called Mercy"]], Jex says that he's faking it and finds it slightly tiresome, until no one would blame the Doctor explains what his point actually is - [[NoManShouldHaveThisPower what if he wasn't]]?
for letting the townspeople give him to Kahler-Tek, that the Doctor would be a hero. The Doctor flat-out refuses and says essentially that more death will do no good to anyone.
** The two-parter [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice "The Magician's Apprentice"]] / [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar Apprentice"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar "The Witch's Familiar"]] hinges on this challenge coming up more than once for the Twelfth Doctor. His failure to do a heroic deed in the dark starts off the story: [[spoiler: he chose not to rescue a young boy from a hand mine field upon realizing he would grow up to be Davros, creator of the Daleks -- only leaving behind his sonic screwdriver and perhaps inspiring the villain's ways in the process]]. In his attempt to atone for this moment of weakness with his own death when the now-dying person most affected by this calls upon him, [[spoiler: he ''passes'' a similar challenge when Davros offers him the chance to destroy all the Daleks (thus committing genocide) at once]]. Moreover, at the end [[spoiler: he is able to return to the past and finish his rescue of the boy upon realizing that he wasn't responsible for Davros becoming evil, but rather for giving the boy an understanding of mercy that manages to endure in the Daleks]].



* ''The Moment Of Truth'': In a relatively non-controversial episode, contestant Ray Hernandez declared that he would never cheat on his wife even if he could be guaranteed than she would never find out - and the lie detector confirmed it.
* Killian Jones aka Captain Hook from ''OnceUponATime'' has two moments of this:

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* This happened to Al Bundy on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' ''a lot''. Numerous times, he had the chance to either gain large amounts of money illegally or cheat on Peg with some hot babe with nobody knowing. Amazingly, most of the time he chose the more moral choice. (The rare times his didn't, which may have been a case of DependingOnTheWriter, some DeusExMachina was sure to ruin his plans. Usually.)
* ''The Moment Of of Truth'': In a relatively non-controversial episode, contestant Ray Hernandez declared that he would never cheat on his wife even if he could be guaranteed than she would never find out - -- and the lie detector confirmed it.
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' even gets one. When he confronts the man who created the bomb that killed his wife in the hospital bed. The man in question is in constant pain only relieved by the drugs the hospital is giving him. When left alone with him Monk switches off the machine, but then a few seconds later turns it back on saying "This is Trudy turning it back on".
* Killian Jones aka Captain Hook from ''OnceUponATime'' ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has two moments of this:



* A main point in ''Series/BreakingBad''. In the pilot, Walt is a put-upon family man with two depressing jobs whose cancer diagnosis inspires him to cook meth so his family won't lack for money. As the show progresses, he embraces his worst impulses and evolves FromNobodyToNightmare. A strong "in the dark" moment occurs near the end of season two - [[spoiler: Walt allows Jane to choke on her own vomit, with no witnesses, since she was blackmailing him and endangering the operation.]]
** An even bigger one comes in at the end of Season 4, [[spoiler:where he poisons an innocent child in order to put in motion his BatmanGambit against Gus.]]
** This is also used to show that all Walt's pretensions about doing it for his family are nonsense; when his son sets up a money-raising website for his cancer (and unwittingly provides an absolutely perfect way for Walt to funnel his drug money into his family's bank account without them asking questions,) [[PragmaticVillainy Saul]] is delighted, as it's even better than the "large inheritance from obscure family member" he'd previously suggested, while [[{{Pride}} Walt]] is furious at the idea that they would think the money came from "charity" (a word he uses with contempt,) instead of from ''his'' ingenuity and skill. A later moment of AlchoholInducedIdiocy has him persuade the cop trying to discover the identity of his alter-ego that the mysterious "Heisenberg" is not the deceased [[spoiler: Gale]], because he can't bear the idea of someone else taking the credit for ''his'' high-quality meth and criminal badassery.
* This happened to Al Bundy on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' ''a lot''. Numerous times, he had the chance to either gain large amounts of money illegally or cheat on Peg with some hot babe with nobody knowing. Amazingly, most of the time he chose the more moral choice. (The rare times his didn't, which may have been a case of DependingOnTheWriter, some DeusExMachina was sure to ruin his plans. Usually.)
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' even gets one. When he confronts the man who created the bomb that killed his wife in the hospital bed. The man in question is in constant pain only relieved by the drugs the hospital is giving him. When left alone with him Monk switches off the machine, but then a few seconds later turns it back on saying "This is Trudy turning it back on".
* In an episode of ''Series/{{ALF}}'', Alf is falsely accused by the Tanners of finally giving in to temptation and eating Lucky; naturally, when Lucky is found alive and well (after Alf runs away to find him), they have a lot of apologizing to do. In the last scene, Alf feeds Lucky and pretty much describes this Trope while talking to him:
-->'''Alf:''' Never thought I'd see the day when they'd let ''me'' feed you. They actually ''trust'' me! You know, I could go to the refrigerator right now and make myself a BLT, a bacon-Lucky-and-tomato sandwich! ''(Laughs}'' But I won't... Cause they trust me... ''[[BeatPanel (Beat, looks at Lucky)]]'' But don't get ''too'' comfortable!



* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger invokes this to be a jerk to Steve after Steve, who had repeatedly masturbated with a portrait of a nude woman Roger painted, learned that the portrait was of Hailey (her face was obscured in the painting). Steve freaks out and rationalizes that only he, Roger, and Hailey know, and Roger states that both God and ''Creator/JamesDoohan'' saw, and that the only way to make it right is to kill himself.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Danny foils some minions attempt to steal jewelry from a store, but when they take off, all the security guards see is him holding the loot. When he leaves, one guard says to the other, "You want to keep this stuff and blame the ghost boy?" The other just sighs and says, "You're under arrest."



--> '''Dan Backslide:''' A runabout! I'LL STEAL IT! '''[[NoIndoorVoice NO ONE]]''' '''[[WithCatlikeTread WILL EVER KNOW!]]'''

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--> '''Dan -->'''Dan Backslide:''' A runabout! I'LL STEAL IT! '''[[NoIndoorVoice NO ONE]]''' '''[[WithCatlikeTread WILL EVER KNOW!]]'''KNOW!]]'''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Inhuman Torch", Bender is accused of starting fires in order to put them out and look like a hero, but it was actually started by a fire creature from the sun (whom Bender names Flamo). In order to keep Flamo from burning the Earth into a small star, Bender takes it to the Arctic Circle, where no one will find him, know about the fate he spared them from, and most importantly, [[HiddenHeartOfGold he won't be hailed as a hero.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GoodVibes'' episode "Floatopia" Mondo declines sex with Jeena when she's too drunk to properly consent.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', [[JerkJock Flash Thompson]] learns that during a football tournament his team won one of the players was taking a performance-enhancing drug. He's told that by that very player, in a one-on-one conversation, and he knows, that should the word get out, their championship (that he ruined his leg achieving and thus ruining a chance for a good scholarship) would be disqualified. The word still gets out... from Flash himself, because to him an unfair victory isn't worth much.
** Then there is, of course, Spider-Man confronting Uncle Ben's killer becoming this for the show. As seen in episode 12, Peter had a good chance to let the burglar fall to his death, but saved him because he knew [[MoralityChainBeyondTheGrave Uncle Ben wouldn't approve]].
** Later Spider-Man confronts Uncle Ben's killer again. He's The Cat, aka '''Black Cat's father.''' Black Cat was trying to break him out while Peter was there testing the prison's new security system at request from management since it was used to contain superhumans (though the system has been hijacked by Green Goblin, kickstarting the plot.) Mr. Hardy actually takes Spidey's place to fix the system and insists on staying, fully knowing what he did and to atone for his crimes (and possibly even knowing Spider-Man is Peter Parker.) Unfortunatley, this also strains Black Cat's relation with Spidey as she blames his influence for him staying in prison.
* The "Between Brothers" episode of ''WesternAnimation/Thundercats2011'' has this. When a young Lion-O and Tygra are playing as kids, Lion-O is crossing a tree trunk bridge over a pit. Tygra, as a child, breaks the edge of the bridge with his foot causing Lion-O to fall in. Young Lion-O doesn't see him do this (although present day Lion-O does, as he watches this memory) and falls into the pit. Tygra appears to abandon him, so if Lion-O were to die down there, no one would know it was Tygra's fault... although present day Tygra reveals that he ''did'' feel guilty afterward and immediately ran to their father for help.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Danny foils some minions attempt to steal jewelry from a store, but when they take off, all the security guards see is him holding the loot. When he leaves, one guard says to the other, "You want to keep this stuff and blame the ghost boy?" The other just sighs and says, "You're under arrest."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Inhuman Torch", Bender is accused of starting fires in order to put them out and look like a hero, but it was actually started by a fire creature from the sun (whom Bender names Flamo). In order to keep Flamo from burning the Earth into a small star, Bender takes it to the Arctic Circle, where no one will find him, know about the fate he spared them from, and most importantly, [[HiddenHeartOfGold he won't be hailed as a hero.]]



* In the ''WesternAnimation/GoodVibes'' episode "Floatopia" Mondo declines sex with Jeena when she's too drunk to properly consent.
* The episode "The Honorable Ones" of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' has [[EnemyMine Zeb and Agent Kallus stranded on an ice moon attempting to climb out of a cave up to the surface to be rescued]]. When some large predatory animals attacked them, Zeb manages to get Kallus up to the safety of the surface. [[spoiler: Kallus finds Zeb's Borifle and realizes he has an opportunity to shoot Zeb, after a moments hesitation he opts to shoot the creature attacking Zeb instead]].

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/GoodVibes'' episode "Floatopia" Mondo declines sex with Jeena Janet of ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' ''fails'' this trope when she's alone in a room save for a bug (actually Miss Frizzle's class aboard the shrunken bus) and decides to gleefully sabotage the class's entry for a scent competition instead of playing fair. ''No one'' is happy with her and [[FanNickname the Frizz Kids]] beating her and subtly calling her out is perfectly LaserGuidedKarma.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', Jenny encounters a sentient wind-up toy that, [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain while completely harmless as a villain]], annoys her to death with frequent demands to "SURRENDER!" Problem is, she can't attack him, because
too drunk to properly consent.
* The episode "The Honorable Ones" of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' has [[EnemyMine Zeb and Agent Kallus stranded on an ice moon attempting to climb out of a cave up to the surface to be rescued]]. When some large predatory animals attacked them, Zeb manages to get Kallus up to the safety of the surface. [[spoiler: Kallus
many people find him cute. Jenny eventually catches Killgore at night, but finds Zeb's Borifle and realizes he has an opportunity she doesn't have it in heart to shoot Zeb, after attack a moments hesitation he opts to shoot the creature attacking Zeb instead]].helpless, if annoying, creature.



* The ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' special [[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E20Bismuth "Bismuth"]] was this for Steven. After defending himself from [[spoiler:Bismuth]] for refusing to use the Breaking Point or letting her use it, Steven promises to tell the Gems what happened her. [[spoiler:His mother Rose Quartz failed this test when the same thing happened to her, choosing to hide Bismuth away for thousands of years to protect her cause and ensure peace instead. Bismuth tearfully admits that this makes Steven a better person than his mother ever was.]]



* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger invokes this to be a jerk to Steve after Steve, who had repeatedly masturbated with a portrait of a nude woman Roger painted, learned that the portrait was of Hailey (her face was obscured in the painting). Steve freaks out and rationalizes that only he, Roger, and Hailey know, and Roger states that both God and ''Creator/JamesDoohan'' saw, and that the only way to make it right is to kill himself.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', Jenny encounters a sentient wind-up toy that, [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain while completely harmless as a villain]], annoys her to death with frequent demands to "SURRENDER!" Problem is, she can't attack him, because too many people find him cute. Jenny eventually catches Killgore at night, but finds she doesn't have it in heart to attack a helpless, if annoying, creature.
* Janet of Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus ''fails'' this trope when she's alone in a room save for a bug (actually Miss Frizzle's class aboard the shrunken bus) and decides to gleefully sabotage the class's entry for a scent competition instead of playing fair. ''No one'' is happy with her and [[FanNickname the Frizz Kids]] beating her and subtly calling her out is perfectly LaserGuidedKarma.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger invokes this to be a jerk to Steve after Steve, who had repeatedly masturbated with a portrait of a nude woman Roger painted, learned In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', [[JerkJock Flash Thompson]] learns that during a football tournament his team won one of the portrait players was of Hailey (her face was obscured in the painting). Steve freaks out and rationalizes taking a performance-enhancing drug. He's told that only he, Roger, and Hailey know, and Roger states by that both God very player, in a one-on-one conversation, and ''Creator/JamesDoohan'' saw, and he knows, that should the only way to make it right is to kill himself.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', Jenny encounters
word get out, their championship (that he ruined his leg achieving and thus ruining a sentient wind-up toy that, [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain while completely harmless as chance for a villain]], annoys her to death with frequent demands to "SURRENDER!" Problem is, she can't attack him, good scholarship) would be disqualified. The word still gets out... from Flash himself, because too many people find to him cute. Jenny eventually catches Killgore at night, an unfair victory isn't worth much.
** Then there is, of course, Spider-Man confronting Uncle Ben's killer becoming this for the show. As seen in episode 12, Peter had a good chance to let the burglar fall to his death,
but saved him because he knew [[MoralityChainBeyondTheGrave Uncle Ben wouldn't approve]].
** Later Spider-Man confronts Uncle Ben's killer again. He's The Cat, aka '''Black Cat's father.''' Black Cat was trying to break him out while Peter was there testing the prison's new security system at request from management since it was used to contain superhumans (though the system has been hijacked by Green Goblin, kickstarting the plot.) Mr. Hardy actually takes Spidey's place to fix the system and insists on staying, fully knowing what he did and to atone for his crimes (and possibly even knowing Spider-Man is Peter Parker.) Unfortunatley, this also strains Black Cat's relation with Spidey as she blames his influence for him staying in prison.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E15TheHonorableOnes "The Honorable Ones"]], [[EnemyMine Zeb and Agent Kallus are stranded on an ice moon attempting to climb out of a cave up to the surface to be rescued]]. When some large predatory animals attack them, Zeb manages to get Kallus up to the safety of the surface. [[spoiler:Kallus
finds she Zeb's bo-rifle and realizes he has an opportunity to shoot Zeb, but after a moment's hesitation he opts to shoot the creature attacking Zeb instead.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' special [[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E20Bismuth "Bismuth"]] was this for Steven. After defending himself from [[spoiler:Bismuth]] for refusing to use the Breaking Point or letting her use it, Steven promises to tell the Gems what happened her. [[spoiler:His mother Rose Quartz failed this test when the same thing happened to her, choosing to hide Bismuth away for thousands of years to protect her cause and ensure peace instead. Bismuth tearfully admits that this makes Steven a better person than his mother ever was.]]
* The "Between Brothers" episode of ''WesternAnimation/Thundercats2011'' has this. When a young Lion-O and Tygra are playing as kids, Lion-O is crossing a tree trunk bridge over a pit. Tygra, as a child, breaks the edge of the bridge with his foot causing Lion-O to fall in. Young Lion-O
doesn't have it in heart to attack a helpless, if annoying, creature.
* Janet of Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus ''fails''
see him do this trope when she's alone in a room save (although present day Lion-O does, as he watches this memory) and falls into the pit. Tygra appears to abandon him, so if Lion-O were to die down there, no one would know it was Tygra's fault... although present day Tygra reveals that he ''did'' feel guilty afterward and immediately ran to their father for a bug (actually Miss Frizzle's class aboard the shrunken bus) and decides to gleefully sabotage the class's entry for a scent competition instead of playing fair. ''No one'' is happy with her and [[FanNickname the Frizz Kids]] beating her and subtly calling her out is perfectly LaserGuidedKarma.help.
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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' gives us Helga Pataki, who's ostensibly a bully. However, in the Christmas episode, she gives up a pair of boots (that she wanted more than anything, and that her mother said "was the last pair in the city" and waited in line all day for them), to a man in exchange for him helping track down the daughter of Mr. Hyunh for Arnold. And Arnold has [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold no idea it was her, no one knows she was the one who did it.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' gives us Helga Pataki, who's ostensibly a bully. However, in the Christmas episode, she gives up a pair of boots (that she wanted more than anything, and that her mother said "was the last pair in the city" and waited in line all day for them), to a man in exchange for him helping track down the daughter of Mr. Hyunh for Arnold. And Arnold has [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold no idea it was her, no one knows she was the one who did it.]]
7th Apr '17 10:04:59 AM Hyze
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*''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'': While on a road trip with Eric and Shawn, Cory attracts the attention of a beautiful college girl who has just recently broken up with her boyfriend and is drawn to Cory due to his NiceGuy tendencies. When she propositions him, Cory rejects her at first because he's loyal to his girlfriend Topanga back home and doesn't want to betray her, only to find out through a phone call that Toponga rejected coming on the road trip with Cory and lied about it. Eric finally comes in and, when asked about the situation, tells Cory that if he did cheat, the only people who would know are the girl and Cory himself. Ultimately he turns the girl down and remains faithful.
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** A similar moment happens in a DCAU finale. After [[spoiler:Flash defeats Lexiac and vanishes into the Speed Force]], Luthor taunts the heroes that he did kill him after all. Superman picks him up by the neck and readies the laser vision. Wonder Woman starts to rush forward, but Batman holds her off.
---> [[spoiler:'''Superman:''' I'm not the man who killed President Luthor. Right now I wish to Heaven that I was, but I'm not.]]
** That was definitely a BatmanGambit. Superman had been struggling throughout the arc with the actions of his alternate universe counterpart, while also dealng with the fallout of having been mind-controlled by Darkseid just before the start of the show (around the end of Superman the Animated series). Batman wanted to give Superman the chance to affirm his character. With the opportunity, Supes shows just how strong he truly is.



* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode [[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS1E7TheGreatestStoryNeverTold "The Greatest Story Never Told"]], is this for Booster Gold, who has to deal with a black hole while the more prominent members are dealing with a bigger threat offscreen.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
**
The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode [[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS1E7TheGreatestStoryNeverTold "The Greatest Story Never Told"]], is this for Booster Gold, who has to deal with a black hole while the more prominent members are dealing with a bigger threat offscreen.offscreen.
** Happens in the finale. After [[spoiler:Flash defeats Lexiac and vanishes into the Speed Force]], Luthor taunts the heroes that he did kill him after all. Superman picks him up by the neck and readies the laser vision. Wonder Woman starts to rush forward, but Batman holds her off.
---> [[spoiler:'''Superman:''' I'm not the man who killed President Luthor. Right now I wish to Heaven that I was, but I'm not.]]
*** That was definitely a BatmanGambit. Superman had been struggling throughout the arc with the actions of his alternate universe counterpart, while also dealng with the fallout of having been mind-controlled by Darkseid just before the start of the show (around the end of Superman the Animated series). Batman wanted to give Superman the chance to affirm his character. With the opportunity, Supes shows just how strong he truly is.
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'': Everything Ramza does after [[spoiler: the church branded him as a heretic]].
* Occurs at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'', when The Kid is deep in hostile Ura territory, and not even Rucks the narrator knows what he's up to. [[spoiler: When he finally obtains the final shard needed to power the Bastion, he runs into Zulf, who sold him and his friends out to the Ura, getting beaten to death by his former partners-in-crime for bringing The Kid there. The player then has the option to either leave Zulf to die and take on one final squad of Ura archers with the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Battering Ram]], or abandon the Battering Ram to carry Zulf to safety, leaving him utterly defenseless against the aforementioned squad.]]
* In the game, Videogame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs we see alternate dimension Superman have the choice of killing Joker for causing the deaths of Lois Lane and his unborn son, or let him live. [[spoiler: He chooses to kill the Joker, leading him to believe that killing villains will solve the world's problems. He later kills other superheroes who begin disagreeing with him, crossing the [[MoralEventHorizon Moral Event Horizon]].]]
* The entire plot of Videogame/LifeIsStrange is hinged on this. In episode 1, Chrysalis, [[spoiler: you have the choice of reporting Nathan, an extremely wealthy boy whose family practically own the school, twice, though both decisions may not work favorably to Max]]. Other minor decisions can also be made, [[spoiler: like whether to prevent a girl from being hit in the head]].

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* %%* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'': Everything ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', everything Ramza does after [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the church branded him as a heretic]].
* Occurs at the end of ''VideoGame/{{Bastion}}'', when The Kid is deep in hostile Ura territory, and not even Rucks the narrator knows what he's up to. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When he finally obtains the final shard needed to power the Bastion, he runs into Zulf, who sold him and his friends out to the Ura, getting beaten to death by his former partners-in-crime for bringing The Kid there. The player then has the option to either leave Zulf to die and take on one final squad of Ura archers with the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Battering Ram]], or abandon the Battering Ram to carry Zulf to safety, leaving him utterly defenseless against the aforementioned squad.]]
* In the game, Videogame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs game ''Videogame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'', we see alternate dimension Superman have the choice of killing Joker for causing the deaths of Lois Lane and his unborn son, or let him live. [[spoiler: He chooses to kill the Joker, leading him to believe that killing villains will solve the world's problems. He later kills other superheroes who begin disagreeing with him, crossing the [[MoralEventHorizon Moral Event Horizon]].MoralEventHorizon.]]
* The entire plot of Videogame/LifeIsStrange ''Videogame/LifeIsStrange'' is hinged on this. In episode 1, Chrysalis, [[spoiler: you have the choice of reporting Nathan, an extremely wealthy boy whose family practically own the school, twice, though both decisions may not work favorably to Max]]. Other minor decisions can also be made, [[spoiler: like whether to prevent a girl from being hit in the head]].
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