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22nd Mar '17 11:31:55 AM DarkHunter
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* In the early days of the United States of America, just after securing their independence, it was suggested that this trope be codified into law when it came to declarations of war: any legislator who voted to go to war with another nation would, if the vote succeeded, also automatically volunteer himself for military service in said war. This idea did not pan out, and was never put into law.
17th Mar '17 6:35:39 PM eroock
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-->--Aesop

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-->--Aesop
-->-- Aesop
15th Mar '17 9:31:47 PM FullmetalHeart20
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* Occurs in the pro-mage ending, too. A small army of Templars arrive after you just killed Knight-Commander Meredith. They back up in fear.
6th Feb '17 10:29:33 AM Qube
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* This is a common problem in multiplayer ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering. One player will have enough power on the board to remove any one player from the game if they are attacked, but not enough to win outright. The other players then must face the choice of either belling the cat and provoking that player's ire or holding out for another answer, possibly giving the "cat" player a VictoryThroughIntimidation.

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* This is a common problem in multiplayer ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering.''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. One player will have enough power on the board to remove any one player from the game if they are attacked, but not enough to win outright. The other players then must face the choice of either belling the cat and provoking that player's ire or holding out for another answer, possibly giving the "cat" player a VictoryThroughIntimidation.
3rd Dec '16 11:32:37 AM Nazetrime
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* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': the action in question fortunately never has to be carried, but a scene has Sigrun get the idea that her scout Lalli, whose cousin Tuuri is on her small crew as well, got eaten by a monster. She turns to Mikkel and Emil who are behind her and asks who of them wants to break the news to Tuuri. This causes Emil, who's good friends with Lalli, to check things out himself and notice that Lalli's tracks go on much further than Sigrun thought they did.
22nd Oct '16 9:05:48 PM Gideoncrawle
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-> ''Once, all the mice agreed that life would be better if the cat wore a bell to warn of his coming--until a wise old mouse asked, "[[TropeNamer Who will bell the cat]]?"''[[note]]In RealLife, cats can learn to stalk without ringing the bell, but the fable (and by extension, the general premise) hasn't died.[[/note]]

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-> ''Once, all the mice agreed that life would be better if the cat wore a bell to warn of his coming--until a wise old mouse asked, "[[TropeNamer Who "Who will bell the cat]]?"''[[note]]In cat?"''[[note]]In RealLife, cats can learn to stalk without ringing the bell, but the fable (and by extension, the general premise) hasn't died.[[/note]]
11th Oct '16 1:40:46 AM MadSpy
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' gives us a memory from Cersei Lannister, showing that EvenEvilHasLovedOnes. While she was in labour before giving birth to her son, Joffery, Cersei's brother Jaime (widely recognized as one of the greatest swordsmen in the kingdom) was informed he could not be in the room.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' gives us a memory from Cersei Lannister, showing that EvenEvilHasLovedOnes. While she was in labour before giving birth to her son, Joffery, Joffrey, Cersei's brother Jaime (widely recognized as one of the greatest swordsmen in the kingdom) was informed he could not be in the room.
6th Oct '16 7:06:07 PM SteveMB
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This can range from the realization that it is a SenselessSacrifice that will fail and so not achieve the end, to TheHero or TheLeader refusing to harm the ReluctantMonster and putting it on the DirtyCoward to do it himself, [[HoldingOutForAHero at which point the coward melts off]]. It usually has to be ''one'' person who does it, sticking at the selection point, but being endangered ''en masse'' is also possible. Of course, in some shows the ButtMonkey always gets this kind of job (which usually means a CrowningMomentOfAwesome). This is also a common issue for TheBait. Another common variant is when the hero, faced with a crowd of people who mean him or her harm or death, points out or demonstrates that he / she isn't going to go down quietly and that while they might eventually prevail, several of ''them'' are going to be dead or seriously hurt by the end of it -- leading to the would-be attackers realising that none of them really want to risk ending up in the 'dead or seriously hurt' category.

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This can range from the realization that it is a SenselessSacrifice that will fail and so not achieve the end, to TheHero or TheLeader refusing to harm the ReluctantMonster and putting it on the DirtyCoward to do it himself, [[HoldingOutForAHero at which point the coward melts off]]. It usually has to be ''one'' person who does it, sticking at the selection point, but being endangered ''en masse'' is also possible. Of course, in some shows the ButtMonkey always gets this kind of job (which usually means a CrowningMomentOfAwesome). This is also a common issue for TheBait. Another common variant is when the hero, faced with a crowd of people who mean him or her harm or death, points out or demonstrates that he / she isn't going to go down quietly and that while they might eventually prevail, several of ''them'' are going to be dead or seriously hurt by the end of it -- leading to the would-be attackers realising that [[VictoryThroughIntimidation none of them really want to risk risk]] ending up in the 'dead or seriously hurt' category.
14th Sep '16 4:27:52 PM Mechamorph2
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** A variation of the joke is that the reason Jesus uses the male pronoun is because his mother [[ExactWords does not count as a "he"]].
22nd Aug '16 9:21:55 PM Yuihime
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* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', a retired adventurer known as the Wise Old Man has turned to armed bank robbery for amusement and profit, because his past quests were undertaken for EXP and not fiscal reward. Since none of the Draynor locals are equipped to deal with such a powerful mage, they are unable to arrest him or press charges. The best they can do is station guards to watch his house at all times, and hope that he doesn't actually ''do'' anything.
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