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22nd May '18 10:59:52 AM bunnyofdoomo
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* ''ComicBook/DarkNightsMetal'' reveals that the seven Dark Knights of the Dark Multiverse are aspects and fears of Batman twisted to a murderous extreme:
** The Red Death, a Batman bonded with the Speed Force, is his dedication to justice and paternal feelings towards the Robins.
** The Murder Machine, a Batman lost in Apokalyptic technology and ran by an Alfred AI, is his love and dependence towards his beloved butler
** The Dawnbreaker, a Batman armed with a twisted and broken Green Lantern ring, is his willpower and the despair of his dead parents.
** The Drowned, a gender-bent Batman turned Atlantian, is his love for Catwoman and his distrust towards others, metahumans in particular.
** The Merciless, a Batman who wears the armor of Ares, is his love for Wonder Woman and the fear of breaking his no-killing rule.
** The Devastator, a Batman transformed into a Doomsday-like beast, is his friendship towards Superman and the Kents, the compassion and hope the man brings and the fear of what may happen if Superman ''ever'' crossed the line.
** The Batman Who Laughs, a Batman transformed into the Joker, is the embodiment of chaos that the Joker represents and Batman's desire to kill the clown once and for all.

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* ''ComicBook/DarkNightsMetal'' reveals that the seven Dark Knights of the Dark Multiverse are aspects and fears of Batman twisted to a murderous extreme:
** The Red Death, a Batman bonded with the Speed Force, is his dedication to justice and paternal feelings towards the Robins.
** The Murder Machine, a Batman lost in Apokalyptic technology and ran by an Alfred AI, is his love and dependence towards his beloved butler
** The Dawnbreaker, a Batman armed with a twisted and broken Green Lantern ring, is his willpower and the despair of his dead parents.
** The Drowned, a gender-bent Batman turned Atlantian, is his love for Catwoman and his distrust towards others, metahumans in particular.
** The Merciless, a Batman who wears the armor of Ares, is his love for Wonder Woman and the fear of breaking his no-killing rule.
** The Devastator, a Batman transformed into a Doomsday-like beast, is his friendship towards Superman and the Kents, the compassion and hope the man brings and the fear of what may happen if Superman ''ever'' crossed the line.
** The Batman Who Laughs, a Batman transformed into the Joker, is the embodiment of chaos that the Joker represents and Batman's desire to kill the clown once and for all.
20th May '18 6:42:20 PM MJaxon
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* In ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', [[spoiler: M'Baku and his men]] save a critically injured [[spoiler: T'Challa]] despite the fact their last encounter was them fighting and the former had no reason/benefit to do so. Later when [[spoiler: T'Challa's family]] comes seeking help, [[spoiler: M'Baku]] could have easily hidden [[spoiler: T'Challa]]'s presence but chose to do otherwise.

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* In ''Film/BlackPanther2018'', [[spoiler: M'Baku and his men]] save a critically injured [[spoiler: T'Challa]] despite the fact their last encounter was them fighting and the former had no reason/benefit to do so. Later when [[spoiler: T'Challa's family]] comes seeking help, [[spoiler: M'Baku]] could have easily hidden [[spoiler: T'Challa]]'s presence but chose to do otherwise.otherwise, [[spoiler: even when T'Challa's family came and initially offered him the herb and a golden opportunity to become king]].
3rd May '18 10:10:49 AM Onlythrice
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** [[spoiler: The Desire Demon possessing Connor.]] The wholly right and moral decision is to [[spoiler: refuse any deal and fight the demon/scare it into leaving for good.]] The only reward is some experience and whatever loot it drops. What do you get for [[spoiler: agreeing to the deal]]? The only chance to unlock [[spoiler: BloodMagic]]. And the only ones who would know either way are you [[spoiler: and the demon]]. Though in that case there is [[TakeAThirdOption another choice]]: if you have Master Coercion, you can [[spoiler: intimidate the demon into bribing you to let her leave without a fight]].
** Unlocking a class in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' permanently unlocks it for every playthrough regardless of the decision. There was nothing preventing you from unlocking it and then immediately resetting it and solving the quest in a different way.
** The game's most pivotal moment. [[spoiler: You find out that the Grey Warden who kills the Archdemon must die with it, but [[TokenEvilTeammate Morrigan]] privately offers a way out through DeusSexMachina, and absorbing the Archdemon's soul into the baby conceived. However, she refuses to tell you what she plans on doing with the child afterwards.]]

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** [[spoiler: The Desire Demon possessing Connor.]] The wholly right and moral decision is to [[spoiler: refuse any deal and fight the demon/scare it into leaving for good.]] The only reward is some experience and whatever loot it drops. What do you get for [[spoiler: agreeing to the deal]]? deal]] (if playing as a mage)? The only chance to unlock [[spoiler: BloodMagic]]. And the only ones who would know either way are you [[spoiler: and the demon]]. Though in that case there is [[TakeAThirdOption another choice]]: if you have Master Coercion, you can [[spoiler: intimidate the demon into bribing you to let her leave without a fight]].
** Unlocking However, unlocking a class in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' permanently unlocks it for every playthrough regardless of the decision. There was is nothing preventing you from unlocking it and then immediately resetting it and solving resolving the quest in a different way.
way. In addition, the Awakening expansion adds a manual that unlocks it.
** The game's most pivotal moment. [[spoiler: You find out that the Grey Warden who kills the Archdemon must die with it, but [[TokenEvilTeammate Morrigan]] privately offers a way out through DeusSexMachina, and absorbing the Archdemon's soul into the baby conceived. However, she refuses to tell you what she plans on doing with the child afterwards. VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition shows that she actually makes a pretty good mother, and if the player romanced her and went through the Eluvian at the end of ''Witch Hunt'' he sticks around for a while to help raise Kieran.]]
29th Apr '18 8:14:56 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* In the ''Series/{{Westworld}}'' season two episode "Reunion", this is a key part of William's pitch to potential investors in the titular park, beyond just creating a massive pleasure resort where people could drink, fight, and fornicate at will. He argues that observing people's impulses when they're not bound by the conventions of society, instead interacting only with androids programmed to serve their whims, could be a gold mine for market research and data mining. William's own character arc over the show, [[spoiler:having been revealed in the first season to eventually grow up into the Man in Black in his old age]], winds up teaching him a thing or two about this trope.
25th Apr '18 9:19:57 PM Grobi
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* In ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Knights Of The Old Republic II]]'', the Tomb of Ludo Kressh on Korriban is this for the Jedi Exile. She goes in there alone to face the demons from her past and relive the decisions she made during the Mandalorian Wars. She's also given a test: join her party members in killing her EvilMentor, or try to save that mentor from the dark side. If [[BystanderSyndrome she chooses not to interfere]], [[ApathyKilledTheCat they ''all'' turn on her]].

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* In ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Knights Of The Old Republic II]]'', ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'', the Tomb of Ludo Kressh on Korriban is this for the Jedi Exile. She goes in there alone to face the demons from her past and relive the decisions she made during the Mandalorian Wars. She's also given a test: join her party members in killing her EvilMentor, or try to save that mentor from the dark side. If [[BystanderSyndrome she chooses not to interfere]], [[ApathyKilledTheCat they ''all'' they]] ''[[ApathyKilledTheCat all]]'' [[ApathyKilledTheCat turn on her]].
22nd Apr '18 1:00:54 AM TheSinful
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* [[Anime/CodeGeass Zero/Lelouch]] decides in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12290311/3/The-Black-Emperor The Black Emperor]]'' that converting Suzaku is a lost cause when the latter refers to the Japanese as Elevens in a discussion between the two of them. Even though the only people around were those sympathetic to the Japanese, he still refers to them by the "name" given to them by Britannia.
11th Apr '18 8:26:11 AM AmuckCricetine
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** Played subtly straight and strongly backwards in the episode "The Zeppo", while the rest of the Scooby Gang is busy taking care of [[NoodleIncident a huge, horrific, wide-scale, apocalyptic, personally heartwrenching catastrophe]], an undead delinquent jock who runs into Xander decides to blow up the high school for kicks. This would kill the Scooby Gang, and leave the Hellmouth open, ending the world. Xander, not wanting to risk getting the world destroyed by distracting his more powerful friends from their own disaster, decides to take care of the problem instead, after Faith screws his brains out he singlehandedly chases down and corners the jock; and by refusing to be swayed in the face of near-certain death, intimidates him into backing down. Afterwards, even though most of the episode revolved around Xander's feelings of inferiority, he feels no need to mention the escapade to his friends or stand up to [[AlphaBitch Cordelia]] to prove his badassery, as it's enough that ''he'' knows what he did.
** 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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** Played subtly straight and strongly backwards in the episode "The Zeppo", "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E13TheZeppo The Zeppo]]", while the rest of the Scooby Gang is busy taking care of [[NoodleIncident a huge, horrific, wide-scale, apocalyptic, personally heartwrenching catastrophe]], an undead delinquent jock who runs into Xander decides to blow up the high school for kicks. This would kill the Scooby Gang, and leave the Hellmouth open, ending the world. Xander, not wanting to risk getting the world destroyed by distracting his more powerful friends from their own disaster, decides to take care of the problem instead, after Faith screws his brains out he singlehandedly chases down and corners the jock; and by refusing to be swayed in the face of near-certain death, intimidates him into backing down. Afterwards, even though most of the episode revolved around Xander's feelings of inferiority, he feels no need to mention the escapade to his friends or stand up to [[AlphaBitch Cordelia]] to prove his badassery, as it's enough that ''he'' knows what he did.
** In "Who "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E16WhoAreYou}} 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.



** In Season 5's "Intervention," Spike is captured by Glory, who [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique brutally tortures him]] for information on [[MacGuffin the Key]]. Spike knows that Dawn is the Key, and all of the Scoobies, Buffy included, firmly believe that Spike will sell them out and that they have to [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade kill him before he does]]. Instead, Spike endures the torture and [[DefiantToTheEnd openly mouths off to Glory]], later confessing to Buffy (who was posing as Spike's [[SexBot Buffybot]] at the time) that he couldn't live with himself if anything happened to Dawn and was perfectly willing to ''let'' Glory kill him first.
** In Season 7's episode "Potential", Xander gives a speech to Dawn all about this:

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** In Season 5's "Intervention," "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS5E18Intervention}} Intervention]]", Spike is captured by Glory, who [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique brutally tortures him]] for information on [[MacGuffin the Key]]. Spike knows that Dawn is the Key, and all of the Scoobies, Buffy included, firmly believe that Spike will sell them out and that they have to [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade kill him before he does]]. Instead, Spike endures the torture and [[DefiantToTheEnd openly mouths off to Glory]], later confessing to Buffy (who was posing as Spike's [[SexBot Buffybot]] at the time) that he couldn't live with himself if anything happened to Dawn and was perfectly willing to ''let'' Glory kill him first.
** In Season 7's episode "Potential", "[[{{Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS7E12Potential}} Potential]]", Xander gives a speech to Dawn all about this:
5th Apr '18 9:35:39 AM Rytex
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* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', while the Second Task is the same between book and movie, the climactic Third Task, a maze where the enemies are dangerous magical creatures, is replaced with a shifting maze, in which the enemy is human nature. Harry is given the temptation of letting Cedric be taken and subdued by magical vines and guaranteeing winning the Triwizard Tournament, but he instead chooses to save Cedric, possibly costing him the tournament victory as a result.


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* A defining character trait of several ''Literature/HarryPotter'' characters:
** In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', Harry finds himself having to rescue Ron Weasley from the merpeople under the Black Lake as part of the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament. Rather than simply rescue his own hostage and return, guaranteeing himself a high score, he stays behind to make sure everyone is rescued, including rescuing both Ron and Gabrielle Delacour after Hermione Granger and Cho Chang are safely rescued, resulting in him returning last. He did not recognize that this was all planned, and thus no one was actually in any danger, though. His decision is rewarded by the tournament judges for showing great moral fiber.
** Hermione steals food multiple times while invisible to keep the group alive in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', but always takes the time to ensure the shopkeeper is compensated in some way.


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** Lancel Lannister did not have the easiest time in his life, being the butt of Robert Baratheon's pranks, manipulated like a pawn by Tyrion, and not taken seriously by anyone. But then he becomes a member of the Faith Militant and finds himself chasing a suspicious child, who leads him to a cache of Wildfire set to explode. The child stabs him, leaving him unable to stand. When he sees how the wildfire cache is set to go off, he makes every effort he can to stop it, despite knowing he is going to die, likely never to be found. Unfortunately, he fails.
3rd Apr '18 8:31:56 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Jaime's most compassionate acts in his life are known only to Brienne. In the first case he killed the Mad King to save King's Landing from a wildfire explosion that would have murdered hundreds of thousands of innocents, and in the second he lied to Locke to spare Brienne's life.

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Jaime's most compassionate acts in his life are known only to Brienne. In the first case he killed the Mad King to save King's Landing from a wildfire explosion that would have murdered hundreds of thousands of innocents, and in the second he lied to Locke to spare Brienne's life.life.
** Jorah both plays this straight and deconstructs it. On one hand, given an opportunity to come back to Westeros with a full pardon and leave the hard life of Essos for good, he chose to remain loyal to Dany and personally foil an attack. On the other hand, as Dany and Tyrion note, given ample opportunity during several years service, he never once divulged his past to her. Dany all but implies that had it not come to light in the shameful way that it did (being outed by Tywin) and had Jorah been honest from the start, she would have forgiven him.
22nd Mar '18 9:09:49 PM Gamermaster
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* Halfway through the last season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko has finally gotten everything he ''said'' he wanted; he's Prince of the Fire Nation again, he's wealthy and respected, he has his father's praise, he even has a girl he loves. Then, [[spoiler:he finds out his father is about to ''kill an entire continent and SaltTheEarth.'' He immediately flees the capitol with nothing but the clothes on his back, throwing himself on the heroes' mercy because he can't abide it, knowing full well that they're ''really'' pissed at him; he ''[[LiteralMetaphor literally]]'' chased them clear across the world, made a global catastrophe possible that a dear friend of the heroes had to make a HeroicSacrifice to stop, then threw their previous offer of redemption in their face and ''got TheMessiah killed''([[BackFromTheDead temporarily]]). They're not ''too'' harsh on him; they throw him out again and ignore him until he helps save them from an assassin... that he hired earlier]]. [[HeroWithAnFInGood Yeah]].

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* Halfway through the last season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko has finally gotten everything he ''said'' he wanted; he's Prince of the Fire Nation again, he's wealthy and respected, he has his father's praise, he even has a girl he loves. Then, [[spoiler:he finds out his father is about to ''kill an entire continent and SaltTheEarth.'' He immediately flees the capitol with nothing but the clothes on his back, throwing himself on the heroes' mercy because he can't abide it, knowing full well that they're ''really'' pissed at him; he ''[[LiteralMetaphor literally]]'' chased them clear across the world, made a global catastrophe possible that a dear friend of the heroes had to make a HeroicSacrifice to stop, then threw their previous offer of redemption in their face and ''got TheMessiah killed''([[BackFromTheDead killed'' ([[BackFromTheDead temporarily]]). They're not ''too'' harsh on him; they throw him out again and ignore him until he helps save them from an assassin... that he hired earlier]]. [[HeroWithAnFInGood Yeah]].
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