History SadisticChoice / LiveActionTV

19th Jul '17 7:05:11 PM TheWanderer
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** Niska captures [[TheCaptain Mal]] and Wash, and has Zoe choose between them. It's subverted when she chooses her husband without stopping to think, ''before he even finishes asking her to choose''. Niska is so irritated at being interrupted in mid-taunt that he decides to be ''extra'' generous and throw in Mal's ''ear''. The director's commentary points out that while sadistic, it's not much of a choice: Not only is choosing Wash the emotional choice, but the pragmatic one as well (since Mal has a greater chance of making his own escape, is more capable of resisting torture, and if the crew is unable to rescue the remainder, Wash's piloting skills in the getaway would be invaluable.)

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** Niska captures [[TheCaptain Mal]] and Wash, [[AcePilot Wash]], and has Zoe choose between them. It's subverted when she chooses her husband Wash without stopping to think, ''before he even finishes asking her to choose''. Niska is so irritated at being interrupted in mid-taunt that he decides to be ''extra'' generous and throw in Mal's ''ear''. The director's commentary points out that while sadistic, it's not much of a choice: Not only is choosing Wash the emotional choice, but the pragmatic one as well (since Mal has a greater chance of making his own escape, is more capable of resisting torture, and if the crew is unable to rescue the remainder, Wash's piloting skills in the getaway would be invaluable.))
--->'''Niska:''' They are perhaps... damaged now. Are they worth so much to you?\\
'''Zoe:''' Yes.\\
'''Niska:''' And to me they are worth more. I think this ''[he gestures towards ransom money Zoe brought with her]'' is not enough. Not enough for two, but sufficient perhaps for one. ''[[[PsychoticSmirk he smirks]]]'' Ah! You now ha-\\
'''Zoe:''' Him. ''[she points at Wash]'' Sorry, you were going to ask me to choose, right? Do you want to finish?
20th Jun '17 8:24:52 AM WillBGood
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* ''Series/{{Mash}}'': In one episode, B.J. is forced to choose between cutting a rope that a wounded soldier is using to climb up into the helicopter he's riding in, or let the helicopter be shot down. He chooses to cut the rope. This drives him into a deep funk, especially after he tries and fails to find out whether or not the guy made it out alive. Then the Army awards him the Bronze Star...

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* ''Series/{{Mash}}'': ''Series/{{MASH}}'': In one episode, B.J. is forced to choose between cutting a rope that a wounded soldier is using to climb up into the helicopter he's riding in, or let the helicopter be shot down. He chooses to cut the rope. This drives him into a deep funk, especially after he tries and fails to find out whether or not the guy made it out alive. Then the Army awards him the Bronze Star...
13th Jun '17 4:32:12 PM Linda58
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** "The Crossing" has a case where the villains ''didn't'' deliberately set this up. Shaw realizes that [[DirtyCop HR]] is going to kill noth Lionel Fusco and his son, and that she will only be able to save one of them. She chooses the latter, saying she believes it is what he would want, and apologizes to him. [[spoiler:Fusco tells her that was the right choice, and then manages to save himself]].

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** "The Crossing" has a case where the villains ''didn't'' deliberately set this up. Shaw realizes that [[DirtyCop HR]] is going to kill noth both Lionel Fusco and his son, and that she will only be able to save one of them. She chooses the latter, saying she believes it is what he would want, and apologizes to him. [[spoiler:Fusco tells her that was the right choice, and then manages to save himself]].
7th Jun '17 5:37:36 PM Linda58
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** In "The Crossing", Shaw only has time to save Lionel Fusco or his son from being killed by HR. She chooses the latter. [[spoiler:Fusco tells her that was the right choice, and then manages to save himself]].

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** In "The Crossing", Crossing" has a case where the villains ''didn't'' deliberately set this up. Shaw only has time realizes that [[DirtyCop HR]] is going to save kill noth Lionel Fusco or and his son from being killed by HR. son, and that she will only be able to save one of them. She chooses the latter.latter, saying she believes it is what he would want, and apologizes to him. [[spoiler:Fusco tells her that was the right choice, and then manages to save himself]].
7th Jun '17 5:35:10 PM Linda58
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* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E5AHenInTheWolfHouse "A Hen in the Wolf House"]], Raina offers one to Coulson - give up Skye to her (she hopes doing will have him protect her from Whitehall), or Raina will expose to Comicbook/{{HYDRA}} that Simmons is a ReverseMole for Comicbook/{{SHIELD}}, complete with a timer counting down before Simmons is exposed. She's [[Didn'tSeeThatComing taken aback]] when he refuses to play ball and coldly lets the timer run out [[spoiler:because his ''other'' ReverseMole Bobbie Morse is ready [[TakeAThirdOption to get Simmons out]]]].

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* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E5AHenInTheWolfHouse "A Hen in the Wolf House"]], Raina offers one to Coulson - give up Skye to her (she hopes doing will have him protect her from Whitehall), or Raina will expose to Comicbook/{{HYDRA}} that Simmons is a ReverseMole for Comicbook/{{SHIELD}}, complete with a timer counting down before Simmons is exposed. She's [[Didn'tSeeThatComing [[DidntSeeThatComing completely taken aback]] when he refuses to play ball and coldly lets the timer run out [[spoiler:because his ''other'' ReverseMole Bobbie Morse is ready [[TakeAThirdOption to get Simmons out]]]].
7th Jun '17 5:33:53 PM Linda58
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* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E5AHenInTheWolfHouse "A Hen in the Wolf House"]], Raina offers one to Coulson - give up Skye to her father, or Raina will expose to Comicbook/{{HYDRA}} that Simmons is a ReverseMole for Comicbook/{{SHIELD}}.

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* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E5AHenInTheWolfHouse "A Hen in the Wolf House"]], Raina offers one to Coulson - give up Skye to her father, (she hopes doing will have him protect her from Whitehall), or Raina will expose to Comicbook/{{HYDRA}} that Simmons is a ReverseMole for Comicbook/{{SHIELD}}.Comicbook/{{SHIELD}}, complete with a timer counting down before Simmons is exposed. She's [[Didn'tSeeThatComing taken aback]] when he refuses to play ball and coldly lets the timer run out [[spoiler:because his ''other'' ReverseMole Bobbie Morse is ready [[TakeAThirdOption to get Simmons out]]]].
30th May '17 10:21:42 PM dbdude01
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* In ''Series/DarkAngel'', Max and Logan CantHaveSexEver, and Max blows her chance at finding a workaround in order to save JerkAss Logan's life.

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* In ''Series/DarkAngel'', Max and Logan CantHaveSexEver, and Max blows her chance at finding a workaround in order to save JerkAss Logan's Alec's life.
23rd Mar '17 6:02:41 PM RustyBill
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*** In the episode "Children of Time", Ben Sisko discovers a planet inhabited by descendants of his crew as a result of the Reliant being thrown back in time 200 years by a temporal event and crash landing there. Now that he knows what causes the event, he has the opportunity to avoid it and prevent his crew from being marooned on an unoccupied planet 200 years in the past. However, avoiding the accident would cause the current inhabitants of the planet to be erased from existence, since they only exist as a result of the crash. Thus he is faced with the choice of whom to protect. Himself and his 48 crewmen on the Reliant, or the 8,000 people who would be lost if the accident is avoided.

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*** In the episode "Children of Time", Ben Sisko discovers a planet inhabited by descendants of his crew as a result of the Reliant Defiant being thrown back in time 200 years by a temporal event and crash landing there. Now that he knows what causes the event, he has the opportunity to avoid it and prevent his crew from being marooned on an unoccupied planet 200 years in the past. However, avoiding the accident would cause the current inhabitants of the planet to be erased from existence, since they only exist as a result of the crash. Thus he is faced with the choice of whom to protect. Himself and his 48 crewmen on the Reliant, Defiant, or the 8,000 people who would be lost if the accident is avoided.
23rd Mar '17 5:32:04 PM gb00393
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** How Ned feels upon learning of the illegitimacy of the Royal Children. He can be loyal to his friend Robert, tell him the truth, and drive him into an insane fury that would most likely cause him to kill not only Cersei and Jaime, but also Joffrey, Tommen and Myrcella, who, upon being declared as abominations, will be murdered as well, or he can listen to Cersei and ignore the issue altogether and allow the Lannisters to install their inbred corrupt dynasty. In the end, he gets killed by the very boy-king, Joffrey, whose life he hoped to spare.
** When he finds Lyanna on her deathbed with her newborn child (Jon), Ned has the following choices: He can allow the world to know his sister had a child with Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, the man King Robert hated more than anyone, which would put his sisterís son in fatal danger from Robert or Ned can protect his nephew, honor his sisterís DyingWish, and put himself in the line of fire out of love for Lyanna and Jon. Ned brings his nephew home with him to Winterfell and claims Jon as his bastard son to protect Jon from their familyís enemies. Ned loves Jon and raises him as his own alongside his true born children but Ned's lie tarnishes his reputation, strains his marriage, and Jon experiences a series of issues related to his bastard-status and never knowing about his mother because it is too dangerous for Ned to reveal the truth.
23rd Mar '17 1:46:31 PM skidoo23
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** In "Mummy on the Orient Express", the Doctor addresses this trope directly in all but name.
-->'''Twelfth Doctor:''' Sometimes the only choices you have are bad ones. But you still have to choose.


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** In "Hell Bent", in order to prevent the coming of the Hybrid, either the Doctor or Clara has to have their memories of the other blocked. It comes down to essentially a flip of a coin, with no winner.
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