History TakeAThirdOption / WesternAnimation

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.
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".
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