History TakeAThirdOption / WesternAnimation

20th May '16 1:15:10 PM Vir
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* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' has a meta example: Tiana is the first African-American Disney princess, so how do they go about portraying the prince? They couldn't make him white, since that would be telling African-American boys that they will never be good enough to be princes. They couldn't make him African-American either, since that would reinforce the stereotype that only African-Americans can fall in love with and marry other African-Americans.[[note]]There were some people who were behind this idea, pointing to [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama the first African-American couple in the White House]].[[/note]] Disney's solution: make him Middle Eastern, leading to the creation of Prince Naveen of Maldonia.
11th May '16 9:16:57 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.
30th Apr '16 3:29:31 PM Geoduck
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* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer]] [[RabbitSeasonDuckSeason Season]].

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* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Elmer]] [[RabbitSeasonDuckSeason [[WesternAnimation/RabbitFire Elmer Season]].
22nd Apr '16 4:07:08 PM Vir
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** A later episode had Steve faced with a bully his own age. He tries to solve the problem by hiring Stelio again, but the younger bully fanboys out on the legendary Stelio and then they team up to give Steve an even worse beating (after recording a re-mix of Stelio's theme song).

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** A later episode had Steve faced with a bully his own age. He tries to solve the problem by hiring Stelio again, but the younger bully fanboys out on the legendary Stelio and then they team up to give Steve an even worse beating (after recording a re-mix remix of Stelio's theme song).
31st Mar '16 2:22:48 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:Korra and Asami walking 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:Korra [[spoiler: Mako and Korra staying as JustFriends... while Korra and Asami walking 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 healing powers would create antibodies to counter the virus, thus giving it a cure. This allows Cable to save the future ''and'' the present.
* Utilized (rather unfairly from a viewer's POV) in the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/DragonsLair'' cartoon. The show would often go into commercial breaks with Dirk facing an A or B choice. In the original video game, one would mean safe passage the other, instant, hideous death. In the cartoon, ''both'' meant death. But, as the narration would smugly inform us, "Dirk saw there was a better way".

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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}} to the virus so his healing powers HealingFactor would create antibodies to counter the virus, thus giving it a cure. This allows Cable to save the future ''and'' the present.
* Utilized (rather unfairly from a viewer's some viewers' POV) in the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/DragonsLair'' cartoon. The show would often go into commercial breaks with Dirk facing an A or B choice. In the original video game, one would mean safe passage the other, instant, hideous death. In the cartoon, ''both'' meant death. But, as the narration would smugly inform us, "Dirk saw there was a better way".
30th Mar '16 2:52:51 PM Vir
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* From ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''

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* From ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
30th Mar '16 2:52:33 PM Vir
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** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E26TheCutieRemarkPart2 The Cutie Remark Part 2]]" presents Twilight with a problem. Her attempts to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong have been futile due to [[InSpiteOfANail Starlight Glimmer stopping her at every turn]]. Thus Twilight can either stop trying to stop Starlight and let the future go to hell or she can keep going back in time and [[SealedEvilInADuel fighting Starlight forever]]. Instead, Twilight grabs Starlight and brings her to one of their possible futures, [[BadFuture a barren wasteland]]. It sets off Starlight's VillainousBreakdown, allowing Twilight to talk her down.

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** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E26TheCutieRemarkPart2 The Cutie Remark Remark, Part 2]]" presents Twilight with a problem. Her attempts to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong have been futile due to [[InSpiteOfANail Starlight Glimmer stopping her at every turn]]. Thus Twilight can either stop trying to stop Starlight and let the future go to hell or she can keep going back in time and [[SealedEvilInADuel fighting Starlight forever]]. Instead, Twilight grabs Starlight and brings her to one of their possible futures, [[BadFuture a barren wasteland]]. It sets off Starlight's VillainousBreakdown, allowing Twilight to talk her down.
18th Feb '16 9:15:23 AM Geoduck
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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, "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, "Good "[[OhCrap heh heh]]... Good call--Help!"
26th Jan '16 6:38:30 PM JoeG
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Keystone Motel", [[RedOniBlueOni Ruby and Sapphire]] argue over how to deal with Pearl: they can't just ''forgive'' Pearl's actions, because they hurt [[spoiler:Garnet]] so deeply. But equally, they can't ignore the problem (because doing so hurts ''[[TrueCompanions everyone else]]''). Eventually they reach a compromise (signified by [[spoiler:the two fusing back into Garnet]]): they'll stop giving Pearl the silent treatment, but they won't accept her apology yet.

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In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Keystone Motel", [[RedOniBlueOni Ruby and Sapphire]] argue over how to deal with Pearl: they can't just ''forgive'' Pearl's actions, because they hurt [[spoiler:Garnet]] so deeply. But equally, they can't ignore the problem (because doing so hurts ''[[TrueCompanions everyone else]]''). Eventually they reach a compromise (signified by [[spoiler:the two fusing back into Garnet]]): they'll stop giving Pearl the silent treatment, but they won't accept her apology yet.yet.
** In "Message Received", Peridot is trying to help the Crystal Gems destroy the Cluster that threatens to destroy the Earth, but she is torn between her friendship with Steven and her loyalty to Yellow Diamond, who created the Cluster. So she [[spoiler: contacts Yellow Diamond directly and tries to give her logical reasons why the Earth should not be destroyed.]]
26th Jan '16 3:36:08 PM Vir
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* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', Mother Gothel is about to forcefully take Rapunzel away, but Rapunzel promises she'll go with Mother Gothel willingly if she can use her hair to heal a fatally injured Flynn first. Flynn quickly takes a third option by ''cutting Rapunzel's hair before she can heal him'', allowing Rapunzel her freedom while denying Mother Gothel from her source of eternal youth ''and'' denying himself a chance to be healed from his mortal injury. He dies, but then the SwissArmyTears kick in and he's revived.
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