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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.
24th Feb '17 8:15:03 AM gb00393
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', TheCaligula King Joffrey learns of a song poking fun of the late King Robert, his father [[spoiler:(or so he believes)]] and summons the singer to play the song in his throne room before giving him a choice of which body part will be cut off as punishment.

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TheCaligula King Joffrey learns of a song poking fun of the late King Robert, his father [[spoiler:(or so he believes)]] and summons the singer to play the song in his throne room before giving him a choice of which body part will be cut off as punishment.


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** You're free to leave your cell in the Eyrie at any time; the cells only have three walls. Of course, the missing fourth wall is also the one that would keep you from falling to your death. Lysa Arryn also implies that the cells have sloped floors to pull prisoners toward the edge, as Tyrion discovers when he nearly rolls out in his sleep.
** Stannis has one of these forced upon him in Season 5. After Ramsay Bolton leads a raid on Stannis' camp that results in the destruction of his food stores and siege weapons, Stannis is faced with the likely possibly of his entire army starving and freezing to death in the Northern wilderness. The only apparent chance for victory lies in Melisandre's magic, but using that option comes at a terrible price: Stannis must give his only daughter up as a blood sacrifice. It's a brutal lose/lose situation.
21st Feb '17 5:18:51 PM StarTropes
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* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': In the opener of the episode "Requiem," Tony is presented with a difficult decision (although it wasn't forced on him by an enemy). Gibbs and the childhood best friend of his deceased daughter are in a car that goes off a dock. Tony dives in and pulls both of them out, but neither is breathing. He begins CPR on Gibbs, and then looks over at the young woman lying on the dock. He goes over to her, glances back to Gibbs, who still isn't breathing. Tony makes the agonizing decision to begin CPR on the girl, instead of continuing with Gibbs. It's a subtle moment, but an important one: it shows that Tony knows Gibbs well enough to know that Gibbs would not want to be saved at the cost of the young woman's life, and that [[HandsomeLech the womanizing]], [[ObfuscatingStupidity goofy]], [[JerkJock often annoying]] NCIS agent is mature enough to make the hard choice. Fortunately for everyone involved, both Gibbs and the girl are saved.

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In the opener of the episode "Requiem," Tony is presented with a difficult decision (although it wasn't forced on him by an enemy). Gibbs and the childhood best friend of his deceased daughter are in a car that goes off a dock. Tony dives in and pulls both of them out, but neither is breathing. He begins CPR on Gibbs, and then looks over at the young woman lying on the dock. He goes over to her, glances back to Gibbs, who still isn't breathing. Tony makes the agonizing decision to begin CPR on the girl, instead of continuing with Gibbs. It's a subtle moment, but an important one: it shows that Tony knows Gibbs well enough to know that Gibbs would not want to be saved at the cost of the young woman's life, and that [[HandsomeLech the womanizing]], [[ObfuscatingStupidity goofy]], [[JerkJock often annoying]] NCIS agent is mature enough to make the hard choice. Fortunately for everyone involved, both Gibbs and the girl are saved.saved.
** "A Many Splendored Thing" starts with a navy officer being told to kill herself or her daughter will be killed. Two scenes later, NCIS is examining her body.
19th Feb '17 2:37:48 AM F1Krazy
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* Late in the fourth season of ''Series/TheWire'', Carcetti, the newly elected mayor of Baltimore, finds out the public schools are running at a $54 million dollar deficit. The Maryland governor has offered Carcetti the money to bail out the schools, but if he takes it, there will be more state control of the schools (which includes allowing the school board to remove tenured faculty for cause), and Carcetti will end up pissing off DC voters, middle-class African-American voters, and the teachers. However, if Carcetti doesn't take the money, the schools and the kids are screwed. Unfortunately, since this is

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* Late in the fourth season of ''Series/TheWire'', Carcetti, the newly elected mayor of Baltimore, finds out the public schools are running at a $54 million dollar deficit. The Maryland governor has offered Carcetti the money to bail out the schools, but if he takes it, there will be more state control of the schools (which includes allowing the school board to remove tenured faculty for cause), and Carcetti will end up pissing off DC voters, middle-class African-American voters, and the teachers. However, if Carcetti doesn't take the money, the schools and the kids are screwed. Unfortunately, since this is ''Series/TheWire'', there's no way for Carcetti to TakeAThirdOption.



* ''Series/TheWire'', there's no way for Carcetti to TakeAThirdOption.
19th Feb '17 2:14:53 AM F1Krazy
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* The main character of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' can resurrect the dead with a single touch, but is then faced with one of these every time. If he touches the revived person again, ''ever'', they die again, permanently. If he ''doesn't'' touch them again within about five minutes, then someone else in the vicinity will die. He manages to avoid this by using his power to revive murder victims, ask them about their deaths, then un-revive them, but when his childhood sweetheart shows up in the morgue in the pilot episode, the choice gets a lot harder. He chooses to let her live, and the morgue's owner dies of a heart attack on the toilet.



** "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E6SexAndDrugs Sex and Drugs]]" reveals that Drexel is fond of these. First, he put Charlie up to killing Bill O'Halloran in exchange for Nora Clayton's life...and revealing later that Charlie will never get out of the O'Halloran's house alive as a result. Then, when Miles went off to stop Charlie, Drexel puts Nora and Aaron Pittman in a pistol duel in retaliation. Aaron solves this problem by supposedly shooting himself in the chest, and when Drexel got close enough, Aaron killed him off, revealing that his metal canteen is covering his chest and is bullet-proof.

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** "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E6SexAndDrugs Sex and Drugs]]" reveals that Drexel is fond of these. First, he put Charlie up to killing Bill O'Halloran in exchange for Nora Clayton's life... and revealing later that Charlie will never get out of the O'Halloran's house alive as a result. Then, when Miles went off to stop Charlie, Drexel puts Nora and Aaron Pittman in a pistol duel in retaliation. Aaron solves this problem by supposedly shooting himself in the chest, and when Drexel got close enough, Aaron killed him off, revealing that his metal canteen is covering his chest and is bullet-proof.
15th Feb '17 6:55:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''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 ''DarkAngel'', ''Series/DarkAngel'', Max and Logan CantHaveSexEver, and Max blows her chance at finding a workaround in order to save JerkAss Logan's life.
2nd Feb '17 11:05:04 AM MikeW
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* On ''Series/Lucifer'', Dr. Carlisle had his life fall apart when he was in a car accident and chose to save a briefcase containing an important project rather than the driver, who was killed when the car exploded. Carlisle was fired, vilified and his wife left him. He thus sets out to prove that anyone would make the same choice of their profession over the life of a stranger. He kidnaps a random person and injects them with a designer poison then tells someone else he'll provide the cure in exchange for them ruining what makes them successful.

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* On ''Series/Lucifer'', ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'', Dr. Carlisle had his life fall apart when he was in a car accident and chose to save a briefcase containing an important project rather than the driver, who was killed when the car exploded. Carlisle was fired, vilified and his wife left him. He thus sets out to prove that anyone would make the same choice of their profession over the life of a stranger. He kidnaps a random person and injects them with a designer poison then tells someone else he'll provide the cure in exchange for them ruining what makes them successful.
2nd Feb '17 11:04:35 AM MikeW
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* On ''Series/Lucifer'', Dr. Carlisle had his life fall apart when he was in a car accident and chose to save a briefcase containing an important project rather than the driver, who was killed when the car exploded. Carlisle was fired, vilified and his wife left him. He thus sets out to prove that anyone would make the same choice of their profession over the life of a stranger. He kidnaps a random person and injects them with a designer poison then tells someone else he'll provide the cure in exchange for them ruining what makes them successful.
** His first target proves Carlisle right: An actor who is unable to carve up his face and is overcome with guilt when told that the poisoned woman died.
** A surgeon is told the cops have found the next victim but still poisoned. So, she jams her own hand into a garbage disposal. Feeling she "won," Carlisle does provide the cure.
** When he realizes the cops are onto him, Carlisle ups the stakes: He has one victim hooked to a plastic drip with the poison. The other (a track star) can yank the drip out...but in doing so, will set off a guillotine that will cut his legs off. When Chloe and Lucifer show up, Carlisle offers them the chance to save both men...by crossing a room filled with the poison gas. [[spoiler: Lucifer is able to convince Chloe to chase Carlisle, giving him the chance to become immune to the gas and save the men.]]
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