History TakeAThirdOption / WesternAnimation

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.
1st Jul '17 7:47:27 PM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode "Journey to the Center of Nowhere", the two leaders of the sentient eggplants are divided on whether they should fry Muriel or grill her, until another eggplant walks up and suggests they bake her.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode "Journey to the Center of Nowhere", the two leaders of the sentient eggplants are divided on whether they should fry Muriel or grill her, until another eggplant walks up and suggests they bake her.her.
* 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.
4th Mar '17 10:18:31 PM LinTaylor
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** In another episode, Peggy is arrested for kidnapping a Mexican girl after a misunderstanding stemming from [[MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels her poor Spanish skills]]. Of course Hank doesn't want his wife going to jail, but he's worried that if he just straight-up testifies that her Spanish is bad it'll hurt her ego. His solution? Convince Peggy to speak in her own defense; the judge witnesses her poor Spanish first-hand, realizes it was a misunderstanding, and declares her not guilty, while Peggy remains convinced that impassioned plea managed to sway him.
30th Jan '17 8:41:01 AM Vir
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* Over the course of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'''s run, the viewer is left wondering whether Mordecai will get together with Margaret or CJ. [[spoiler: In the show's final episode, he's shown married to an unnamed bat.]]

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* Over the course of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'''s run, the viewer is left wondering whether Mordecai will get together with Margaret or CJ. [[spoiler: In the show's final episode, he's shown married to an unnamed bat.]]]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episode "Journey to the Center of Nowhere", the two leaders of the sentient eggplants are divided on whether they should fry Muriel or grill her, until another eggplant walks up and suggests they bake her.
16th Jan '17 4:04:39 PM Vir
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/EllaTheElephant'', the island is hosting a soap box derby, and Frankie and Ella decide to work together on their kart. However, Frankie doesn't listen to any of Ella's design ideas, only using his own, causing her to quit the team. Frankie later reconciles with Ella by opting for a third option - a kart that is half Ella's and half Frankie's design.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/EllaTheElephant'', the island is hosting a soap box derby, and Frankie and Ella decide to work together on their kart. However, Frankie doesn't listen to any of Ella's design ideas, only using his own, causing her to quit the team. Frankie later reconciles with Ella by opting for a third option - a kart that is half Ella's and half Frankie's design.design.
* Over the course of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'''s run, the viewer is left wondering whether Mordecai will get together with Margaret or CJ. [[spoiler: In the show's final episode, he's shown married to an unnamed bat.]]
18th Nov '16 11:02:20 AM Vir
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-->'''Nudar:''' You have two choices: unconditional surrender...
-->'''Leela:''' Never!
-->'''Nudar:''' Or total annihilation.
-->'''Leela:''' Also never!
-->'''Nudar:''' You have thirty seconds to decide.
-->'''Leela:''' [[RuleOfThree NEVER]]!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' episode, "Zorak", Zorak kidnaps Space Ghost's teen sidekicks and forces him to fight his giant hornets without his power bands, or his sidekicks will die. After fighting the wasps for a few minutes, Space Ghost puts his power bands back on and defeats the hornets, saving his sidekicks shortly after. The third option, if you missed it, was "remember that all your enemies are idiots," or "both" for short.

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-->'''Nudar:''' You have two choices: unconditional surrender...
-->'''Leela:''' Never!
-->'''Nudar:'''
surrender...\\
'''Leela:''' Never!\\
'''Nudar:'''
Or total annihilation.
-->'''Leela:'''
annihilation.\\
'''Leela:'''
Also never!
-->'''Nudar:'''
never!\\
'''Nudar:'''
You have thirty seconds to decide.
-->'''Leela:'''
decide.\\
'''Leela:'''
[[RuleOfThree NEVER]]!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' episode, episode "Zorak", Zorak kidnaps Space Ghost's teen sidekicks and forces him to fight his giant hornets without his power bands, or his sidekicks will die. After fighting the wasps for a few minutes, Space Ghost puts his power bands back on and defeats the hornets, saving his sidekicks shortly after. The third option, if you missed it, was "remember that all your enemies are idiots," or "both" for short.



-->'''Kodos''': It's true, we are aliens. But what are you going to do about it? It's a two-party system; you have to vote for one of us.
-->'''Man 1''': He's right, this is a two-party system.
-->'''Man 2''': Well, I believe I'll vote for a third-party candidate.
-->'''Kang''': Go ahead; ''throw your vote away!''

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-->'''Kodos''': It's true, we are aliens. But what are you going to do about it? It's a two-party system; you have to vote for one of us.
-->'''Man
us.\\
'''Man
1''': He's right, this is a two-party system.
-->'''Man
system.\\
'''Man
2''': Well, I believe I'll vote for a third-party candidate.
-->'''Kang''':
candidate.\\
'''Kang''':
Go ahead; ''throw your vote away!''



--> '''Spacely:''' I could make you vice-president, or give you stock in the company, but I've come up with a better idea.
--> '''George:''' Oh, what's that, sir?
--> '''Spacely:''' I'm not going to dock your pay, for the time you were gone from your job!
--> '''George:''' Oh.....thank you, sir...

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--> '''Spacely:''' -->'''Spacely:''' I could make you vice-president, vice president, or give you stock in the company, but I've come up with a better idea.
-->
idea.\\
'''George:''' Oh, what's that, sir?
-->
sir?\\
'''Spacely:''' I'm not going to dock your pay, for the time you were gone from your job!
-->
job.\\
'''George:''' Oh.....thank Oh. Thank you, sir...sir.
27th Jul '16 9:36:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* Defied in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', where D.A.V.E., a robot programmed as "Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind", forces Batman to choose between Alfred's life and his secret identity. Batman tries to free Alfred through different means, only for D.A.V.E. to slam him against the wall of the Batcave, shouting that he ''[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy knew]]'' he would try to take a third, more favorable option.

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* Defied in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', where D.A.V.E., a robot programmed as "Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind", forces Batman to choose between Alfred's life and his secret identity. Batman tries to free Alfred through different means, only for D.A.V.E. to slam him against the wall of the Batcave, shouting that he ''[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy knew]]'' ''knew'' he would try to take a third, more favorable option.
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