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17th Aug '17 9:29:27 PM Discar
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** In "The Zygon Inversion," the Doctor himself invokes one: He gives two opposing sides each a box containing two buttons. One of the buttons does what they want (which will result in genocide against the other side) while the other will screw over their own side. The buttons are, of course, not labeled. [[spoiler:Actually, none of the buttons do anything. It was all a trap to draw out any radical elements so that they'll search for a supposed instant victory (and hopefully learn a few things in the process) instead of just waging a normal, violent campaign]].
--->'''The Doctor:''' Because it's not a game, Kate! This is a scale model of war! Every war ever fought right there in front of you! Because it's always the same! When you fire that first shot, no matter how right you feel, you have no idea who's going to die! You don't know whose children are going to scream and burn! How many hearts will be broken! How many lives shattered! How much blood will spill until everybody does what they were always going to have to do from the very beginning: '''''SIT DOWN AND TALK!'''''
11th Aug '17 2:09:07 PM Discar
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-->'''Son of Mine:''' Which one of them do you want us to kill? Maid or matron? Your friend, or your lover? Your choice.

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-->'''Son --->'''Son of Mine:''' Which one of them do you want us to kill? Maid or matron? Your friend, or your lover? Your choice.



-->'''Supreme Dalek:''' Then choose, Doctor. Destroy the Daleks or save the Earth.
** In the Series 5 episode "Amy's Choice", the Dream Lord forces Amy to choose between her nice, reliable, dull boyfriend Rory and the dashing, unreliable, charismatic Doctor.
** Amy ends up with the same choice at the end of "The Angels Take Manhattan" after Rory was stranded in the past by the last Weeping Angel. With the added twist that, if she chooses Rory, she would be forever parted from not only the Doctor, but the familiar life she knew in the early 21st century. Without hesitation, she chooses Rory again.

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-->'''Supreme --->'''Supreme Dalek:''' Then choose, Doctor. Destroy the Daleks or save the Earth.
** In the Series 5 episode "Amy's Choice", the Dream Lord forces Amy to choose between her nice, reliable, dull boyfriend Rory and the dashing, unreliable, charismatic Doctor.
Doctor. [[spoiler:When Rory apparently dies, Amy immediately kills herself--either it's a dream world and she'll wake up, or it's not and she ''refuses'' to live in a world without Rory (thankfully, it was a dream)]].
** Amy ends up with the same choice at the end of "The Angels Take Manhattan" after Rory was stranded in the past by the last Weeping Angel. With the added twist that, if she chooses Rory, she would be forever parted from not only the Doctor, but the familiar life she knew in the early 21st century. Without [[spoiler:Without hesitation, she chooses Rory again.again]].



-->'''Twelfth Doctor:''' Sometimes the only choices you have are bad ones. But you still have to choose.

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-->'''Twelfth --->'''Twelfth Doctor:''' Sometimes the only choices you have are bad ones. But you still have to choose.choose.
** In "Death in Heaven," the Doctor has a choice of letting everyone on Earth die or forcing free-willed Cyberman [[spoiler:Danny Pink]] to give up his emotions by connecting to the Cybernetwork so they can learn their plan. The Cyberman in question, who has always disliked the Doctor, mocks him for this. "Watch as his morals disappear in the face of ''tactical advantage''." [[spoiler:The Doctor can't do it... so Clara, Danny's girlfriend, does it instead]].
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.
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