History TakeAThirdOption / WesternAnimation

22nd Apr '18 1:12:25 PM Theriocephalus
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** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS8E6SurfAndOrTurf Surf and/or Turf]]": After the Storm King's defeat, the seaponies of Seaquestria are free to leave the cavern where they'd been hiding, transform back into hippogriffs and reclaim their old home on Mount Aris. However, some have come to enjoy their new lives enough to prefer to stay seaponies. A young hippogriff named Terramar finds himself torn between the two species and worlds, [[ChildOfTwoWorlds as he loves both places and has family on each side]]. In a particularly depressed moment, he decides to squat by himself in a tree so he won't have to choose land or sea. In the end, [[spoiler:he takes a different third option when he realized that no one is actually trying to make him choose anything, and opts to keep transforming freely between the two forms and live in both places at once]].
8th Apr '18 10:21:56 PM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' there comes an episode where [[TheHero Lion-O]] has to get a copy of [[TheBigGuy Panthro]] out of a wrestling ring. After many failed attempts at doing so, he remembers [[IForgotICouldFly he is the king]] and Panthro is his [[FourStarBadass General.]] He then orders him to leave the ring.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' there comes an episode where [[TheHero Lion-O]] has to get a copy of [[TheBigGuy Panthro]] out of a wrestling ring. After many failed attempts at doing so, [[RememberedICouldFly he remembers [[IForgotICouldFly he is the king]] and Panthro is his [[FourStarBadass General.]] He then orders him to leave the ring.
7th Feb '18 9:31:42 AM HeroGal2347
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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E17LaunchpadsFirstCrash Launchpad's First Crash]]": While the men and women are willing to cooperate with one another to rescue Grunta, they spend some time arguing over whether the head woman or the head man should lead the expedition. Launchpad proposes a third option which everyone agrees with he'll lead the rescue mission.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E17LaunchpadsFirstCrash Launchpad's First Crash]]": While the men and women are willing to cooperate with one another to rescue Grunta, they spend some time arguing over whether the head woman or the head man should lead the expedition. Launchpad proposes a third option which everyone agrees with he'll lead the rescue mission.
19th Nov '17 10:17:27 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', some Buddhist monks are looking for the {{reincarnation}} of their lama. The test to determine the new lama involves candidates picking out one item owned by the previous lama from a collection of other random things. Bobby passes by accident, and he needs to take another test to confirm whether it was a coincidence or not. Upon learning that lamas are celibate, he doesn't want to proceed, but his Buddhist girlfriend, Connie, says that he has to or she can never be sure if their relationship is against her religion or not. When presented with another collection items and told to pick whatever he wants, he notices a mirror with Connie's reflection in it [[ExactWords and picks her]], which the head monk says is a valid option. [[spoiler:The episode ends with the monks noting that the mirror was, in fact, the correct item]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', some Buddhist monks are looking for the {{reincarnation}} of their lama. The test to determine the new lama involves candidates picking out one item owned by the previous lama from a collection of other random things. Bobby passes by accident, and he needs to take another test to confirm whether it was a coincidence or not. Upon learning that lamas are celibate, he doesn't want to proceed, but his Buddhist girlfriend, Connie, says that he has to or she can never be sure if their relationship is against her religion or not. When presented with another collection items and told to pick whatever he wants, he notices a mirror with Connie's reflection in it [[ExactWords and picks her]], which the head monk says is a valid option. [[spoiler:The episode ends with the monks privately noting that the mirror was, in fact, the correct item]].
19th Nov '17 10:15:23 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Bobby passes a test presented by a group of Buddhist monks (where an array of items are laid down on a blanket), and he is thought to be the reincarnation of the Lama Sanglung because he picked up the lama's cane. Before Bobby is confirmed to be the lama's reincarnation, though, he needs to take another test. Bobby learns that if he really is the lama, he and Connie can no longer date, but if he doesn't take the test, Connie will dump him anyway. When Bobby is told to pick an item on the blanket to confirm if he really is the reincarnation of the lama, he picks [[ExactWords Connie's reflection in the mirror]]. The head monk accepts his choice (but doesn't tell them it was the lama's mirror).

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* In ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', Bobby passes a test presented by a group of some Buddhist monks (where an array of items are laid down on a blanket), and he is thought to be looking for the reincarnation {{reincarnation}} of their lama. The test to determine the Lama Sanglung because he picked up new lama involves candidates picking out one item owned by the lama's cane. Before previous lama from a collection of other random things. Bobby is confirmed to be the lama's reincarnation, though, passes by accident, and he needs to take another test. Bobby learns test to confirm whether it was a coincidence or not. Upon learning that if he really is the lama, he and Connie can no longer date, but if lamas are celibate, he doesn't take the test, Connie will dump him anyway. want to proceed, but his Buddhist girlfriend, Connie, says that he has to or she can never be sure if their relationship is against her religion or not. When Bobby is presented with another collection items and told to pick an item on the blanket to confirm if whatever he really is the reincarnation of the lama, wants, he picks [[ExactWords notices a mirror with Connie's reflection in it [[ExactWords and picks her]], which the mirror]]. The head monk accepts his choice (but doesn't tell them it was says is a valid option. [[spoiler:The episode ends with the lama's mirror).monks noting that the mirror was, in fact, the correct item]].
24th Oct '17 5:22:13 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** In the sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', this is how the LoveTriangle of [[BettyAndVeronica Mako having to choose between Korra or Asami]] is ultimately resolved, with [[spoiler: Mako and Korra staying as JustFriends... while Korra and Asami walk off into the sunset together.]] The "third option" nature of this is hilariously portrayed [[http://media.tumblr.com/2006345c36171bc4db66cd5a70c70ef5/tumblr_inline_nguf1jYlwG1qm2zzr.jpg here]].

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** In the sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', this is how the LoveTriangle of [[BettyAndVeronica Mako having to choose between Korra or Asami]] is ultimately resolved, with [[spoiler: Mako and Korra staying decciding to stay as JustFriends... while Korra and Asami walk off into the sunset together.]] The "third option" nature of this is hilariously portrayed [[http://media.tumblr.com/2006345c36171bc4db66cd5a70c70ef5/tumblr_inline_nguf1jYlwG1qm2zzr.jpg here]].



* In the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series, Bishop goes back in time to stop Apocalypse from causing a global plague. But in Cable's time (further into the future), Cable realizes that if Bishop saves the present, it would doom his future. The plague would allow humanity to develop antibodies that would help the people in Cable's time survive further plagues. So, if Cable wants to save his people, he has to help Apocalypse win. His third option? Expose ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} to the virus so his HealingFactor would create antibodies to counter the virus, thus giving it a cure. This allows Cable to save the future ''and'' the present.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' animated series, Bishop goes back in time to stop Apocalypse from causing a global plague. But in Cable's time (further into the future), Cable realizes that if Bishop saves the present, it would doom his future. The plague would allow humanity to develop antibodies that would help the people in Cable's time survive further plagues. So, if Cable wants to save his people, he has to help Apocalypse win. His third option? Expose ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' to the virus so his HealingFactor would create antibodies to counter the virus, thus giving it a cure. This allows Cable to save the future ''and'' the present.
2nd Sep '17 5:23:26 AM nighttrainfm
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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', where the extremely aged and hunchbacked King Bumi gives Aang a choice between two equally fearsome looking opponents. Feeling clever, Aang picks Bumi himself, who turns out be one of the most powerful Earthbenders in the world and promptly kicks Aang around the arena like a football. The [[SecretTestOfCharacter whole point]] of this and the other exercises were trying to think outside-the-box, and Bumi made the third option so obvious by saying "choose your opponent" and standing right in front of him that taking the third wasn't really that creative.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
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Played with in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', "The King of Omashu", where the extremely aged and hunchbacked King Bumi gives Aang a choice between two equally fearsome looking opponents. Feeling clever, Aang picks Bumi himself, who turns out be one of the most powerful Earthbenders in the world and promptly kicks Aang around the arena like a football. The [[SecretTestOfCharacter whole point]] of this and the other exercises were trying to think outside-the-box, and Bumi made the third option so obvious by saying "choose your opponent" and standing right in front of him that taking the third wasn't really that creative.
9th Jul '17 5:27:10 PM KenmonoBrettSmith
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* Done for humor in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Almost Got 'Im". Harley Quinn captures Catwoman and ties her to a conveyor belt heading for a massive meat grinder. Batman arrives, and catches Harley, who then taunts that he can either bring her in, or rescue Catwoman, but not both. Batman then... nonchalantly reaches over to the circuit breaker and shuts off the power to the grinder, to which Harley responds, "[[OhCrap heh heh]]... Good call--Help!"


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* Done for humor in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Almost Got 'Im". Harley Quinn captures Catwoman and ties her to a conveyor belt heading for a massive meat grinder. Batman arrives, and catches Harley, who then taunts that he can either bring her in, or rescue Catwoman, but not both. Batman then... nonchalantly reaches over to the circuit breaker and shuts off the power to the grinder, to which Harley responds, "[[OhCrap heh heh]]... Good call--Help!"
1st Jul '17 8:05:16 PM Vir
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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'' Bea is working at a pretzel kiosk and her manager makes her decide between firing Milo or Oscar. At the end she tries to fire the manager, but of course she can't and the manager fires all three of them.

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* In {{Subverted|Trope}} in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'' ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'': Bea is working at a pretzel kiosk and her manager makes her decide between firing Milo or Oscar. At the end she tries to fire the manager, but of course she can't and the manager fires all three of them.
1st Jul '17 8:03:33 PM Vir
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' episode "In-Tents Debate", Lincoln is put in charge of deciding where the family will go on vacation. Half of his sisters want to go to an amusement park while the other half want to go to a beachfront resort, and each side tries to win over his favor and sabotage the other. In the end, Lincoln decides on them going to the campground that they were originally going to go to.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' episode "In-Tents Debate", Lincoln is put in charge of deciding where the family will go on vacation. Half of his sisters want to go to an amusement park while the other half want to go to a beachfront resort, and each side tries to win over his favor and sabotage the other. In the end, Lincoln decides on them going to the campground that they were originally going to go to.to.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' episode "Wish Fixers", Timmy signs up for a program by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive HP]] to get him to stop making bad wishes. Not only does he he completely fail to curb his streak, every time he makes a wish that ends in catastrophe Cosmo and Wanda are electrocuted with {{Shock Collar}}s that are turned up higher with each use, and the highest setting will destroy them. HP gives Timmy a list of pre-approved wishes and the only wish on it is to sign over control of Fairy World to the pixies, which will result in Cosmo and Wanda being replaced with pixies, so Timmy is sunk either way. His solution: wish that Cosmo and Wanda were made of rubber, which is non-conductive, and since it was done for their safety he technically broke his bad wishing streak.
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