Created By: ilritmo on April 24, 2012 Last Edited By: ilritmo on April 30, 2012

Obvious Best Choice

Two (or more) options where only one is clearly better.

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Thanks to my replies, I've gone with another title and snipped the other stuff out.

This is something like a downplayed version of the "Two Roads Before You" trope.

Advertising Example: This Geico commercial ( and its variants is a straight example. Although it may count as more of a 'played with' trope only because it IS an ad and they're trying to sell their product.
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  • April 24, 2012
    I think this should be renamed.
  • April 25, 2012
    Doll Test is a Bad Trope Namer because (a) the Real Life Doll Tests are not exactly common knowledge and (b) Even if someone has heard of the Doll Tests, they won't realize what this trope is about (a test where one choice is clearly better than the others) from it.

    Obvious Best Choice Test?

    Do we already have a Super Trope for any kind of biased/loaded test?

    That said, I think this is a valid trope. I just wish I could remember some examples.
  • April 25, 2012
    Obvious Best Choice Test is pretty great, if only because it rhymes with itself.

    TV shows where makeovers are involved invoke this whenever they use Before And After shots, a technique that implicitly asks us to choose what look is best. For example, on makeover episodes of Americas Next Top Model they compare a "before" picture of how the girls look when they walk into the salon with no special make up or lighting, and an "after" picture that comes from a real photoshoot.

    I'm trying to think of examples but all I can come up with is the fact that this is common in advertising, and in situations where the Smug Snake is trying to persuade the protagonist to make a bad choice.
  • April 25, 2012
    Thank you Arvine, I understand where you're coming from! But that's why I felt it necessary to mention the "biased" portion of it. However, I'm sure there is a better term for this I just can't remember it for the life of me.
  • April 25, 2012
    animeg3282, what do you have in mind?
  • April 25, 2012
    I agree with the obvious best choice test, and snip all the blather about the doll test. The trope here is that one choice is being biased towards whether through better presentation or what.
  • April 25, 2012
    That's right animeg, I guess what I'm trying to say is that if someone is presented with a choice between two or more things, but within all of those choices only one of them are clearly beneficial or whatnot.

    Like for example, if a car comes speeding out of control and it's headed towards me; I have the option to either stand there, run (while still in it's direction), or move out of the way all together. As we all know, moving out of it's path altogether would be better choice.

    I hope this makes sense. :)
  • April 25, 2012
    Seen It A Million Times--often with the twist that the person choosing picks the other option on the grounds that something so obvious must be a trick.
  • April 26, 2012
    • Parodied on Monty Pythons Flying Circus (in an ad for Whizzo Butter):
      Pepperpot #1: I can't tell the difference between Whizzo butter and this dead crab.
      Interviewer: Yes, we find that 9 out of 10 British housewives can't tell the difference between Whizzo Butter and a dead crab.
      Various Pepperpots: It's true... We can't... No.
      Pepperpot #2: Here. Here! You're on television, aren't you?
      Interviewer: [humbly] Yes, yes...
      Pepperpot #2: He does the thing with one of those silly women who can't tell Whizzo Butter from a dead crab.
      Various Pepperpots: Yeah, yeah.
      Pepperpot #3: You try that around here, young man, and we'll slit your face.
      Pepperpot #4: Yeah, with a razor.
  • April 26, 2012
    The Goodies advertising episode had them making an ad where a dog had to chose between a bowl of their client's dog food and a bowl of broken glass.
  • April 26, 2012
    Good example foxley!
  • Played for comedic effect in Get to Work, Hercules when Hercules is given the choice between the easy path and the hard path. The easy path is a life with riches, servants, fine meats and cheeses, etc., wheras the hard path entails hard labor and doing difficult deeds with little but gratitude from the innocent. Hercules says, "That's a no-brainer! I choose the hard path!" because he's had more than enough cheese, having lived on a cow farm for eight years.
  • April 27, 2012
    Compare with Lopsided Dichotomy, where one explanation is likely if not obvious and the other implausible if not impossible.
  • April 30, 2012
    Zigzaged example: [1]

    ilritmo, this has been edited by Telcontar -- don't hotlink images in YKTTW replies. To remove Telcontar's name from this comment, simply edit it yourself, for example by deleting this paragraph.