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11th Jun '16 8:02:24 AM DoctorNemesis
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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.

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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.
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.
4th Jun '16 6:04:40 PM Goldfritha
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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 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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-->--Aesop
29th May '16 9:31:21 PM PaulA
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'''Prime Minister DuHavel:''' Yes, Your Majesty.\\

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'''Prime Minister DuHavel:''' [=DuHavel=]:''' Yes, Your Majesty.\\
29th May '16 9:31:04 PM PaulA
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* {{Invoked}} by [[Literature/HonorHarrington Her Modesty Berry Zilwicki]] when she has to leave her boyfriend behind to run the government in her absence (she needs to bring most of her Cabinet with her) and it's pointed out that this might provoke some protests, given that he doesn't actually have any kind of government position.
-->'''Berry:''' The law says I can order one person exiled every year, right? Totally at my discretion? No appeals, no arguments, no ifs, ands, or buts. I am correct, am I not?
-->'''Prime Minister DuHavel:''' Yes, Your Majesty.
-->'''Berry:''' Fine. Spread the word far and wide--have it announced on all the news stations, hire people to shout it from the rooftops--that the first jackass who questions Hugh's right to run the show while we're gone is immediately exiled.

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* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': {{Invoked}} by [[Literature/HonorHarrington Her Modesty Berry Zilwicki]] Zilwicki when she has to leave her boyfriend behind to run the government in her absence (she needs to bring most of her Cabinet with her) and it's pointed out that this might provoke some protests, given that he doesn't actually have any kind of government position.
position.
-->'''Berry:''' The law says I can order one person exiled every year, right? Totally at my discretion? No appeals, no arguments, no ifs, ands, or buts. I am correct, am I not?
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not?\\
'''Prime
Minister DuHavel:''' Yes, Your Majesty.
-->'''Berry:'''
Majesty.\\
'''Berry:'''
Fine. Spread the word far and wide--have it announced on all the news stations, hire people to shout it from the rooftops--that the first jackass who questions Hugh's right to run the show while we're gone is immediately exiled.
25th May '16 8:26:31 PM LeeM
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* In Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', when the head wolf fails to take down the prey, the pack can take him on -- but, as he reminds them, it is his right that they come one by one.

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* In Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', when the head wolf fails to take down the prey, the pack can take him on -- but, as he reminds them, it is his right that they come one by one. (Almost averted when he tells them he won't fight back if they let Mowgli go, and then averted by Mowgli himself taking charge of the situation.)
11th May '16 12:39:03 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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 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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8th May '16 12:08:08 PM ReaderAt2046
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* {{Invoked}} by [[Literature/HonorHarrington Her Modesty Berry Zilwicki]] when she has to leave her boyfriend behind to run the government in her absence (she needs to bring most of her Cabinet with her) and it's pointed out that this might provoke some protests, given that he doesn't actually have any kind of government position.
-->'''Berry:''' The law says I can order one person exiled every year, right? Totally at my discretion? No appeals, no arguments, no ifs, ands, or buts. I am correct, am I not?
-->'''Prime Minister DuHavel:''' Yes, Your Majesty.
-->'''Berry:''' Fine. Spread the word far and wide--have it announced on all the news stations, hire people to shout it from the rooftops--that the first jackass who questions Hugh's right to run the show while we're gone is immediately exiled.
26th Apr '16 3:46:25 PM GMon
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* After the death of Pope Nicholas IV in 1292, the deliberating cardinals [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papal_election,_1292%E2%80%931294 took over two years to choose a successor]]. A pious hermit named Pierro de Morrone sent the cardinals a letter warning that [[BoltOfDivineRetribution God would punish them]] if they didn't get the job done. They responded by electing ''him'' Pope, much to his dismay. After initially trying to refuse, he accepted the Papacy (as Celestine V), only to resign five months later.

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* After the death of Pope Nicholas IV in 1292, the deliberating cardinals [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papal_election,_1292%E2%80%931294 org/wiki/Papal_election,_129294 took over two years to choose a successor]]. A pious hermit named Pierro de Morrone sent the cardinals a letter warning that [[BoltOfDivineRetribution God would punish them]] if they didn't get the job done. They responded by electing ''him'' Pope, much to his dismay. After initially trying to refuse, he accepted the Papacy (as Celestine V), only to resign five months later.
1st Apr '16 2:57:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', a group of men from a mob approach Cohen the Barbarian and one of them tells him to surrender, as he says Cohen can't kill them all. Cohen replies, "Perhaps so, but '''you''' will be dead." The group suddenly decides that someone else can deal with Cohen.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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In ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', a group of men from a mob approach Cohen the Barbarian and one of them tells him to surrender, as he says Cohen can't kill them all. Cohen replies, "Perhaps so, but '''you''' will be dead." The group suddenly decides that someone else can deal with Cohen.



** In another Pratchett work, the ''Literature/NomesTrilogy'', a PowderKegCrowd of nomes talk about getting revenge on humans by torturing a captive human. Grimma stops them by asking individuals suggesting tortures to do it themselves. "Well I didn't mean ''me''..."

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** * In another Pratchett work, the ''Literature/NomesTrilogy'', a PowderKegCrowd of nomes talk about getting revenge on humans by torturing a captive human. Grimma stops them by asking individuals suggesting tortures to do it themselves. "Well I didn't mean ''me''..."
2nd Mar '16 4:47:22 PM johnsmithxxi
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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': If a favor or a request for additional funds is to be made at Madison High School . . . it is Miss Brooks who is inevitably nominated to convey the demand to Principal Conklin. The episodes "Blue Goldfish" and "Stretch is in Love Again" are cases in point.
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