Created By: hbi2k on July 15, 2013 Last Edited By: hbi2k on July 15, 2013
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Choose Your Doom

Heroes must choose how they (and possibly others) will die.

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You know, that thing where the villain forces the heroes to choose the form their doom will take. Possible alternate title: How Do You Want to Die?

The options may be limited ("Do you want to be executed by the electric chair or the firing squad?") or limitless (as in Ghostbusters, where anything the heroes imagine would be the instrument of their destruction), but the ostensible outcome if the hero(es) don't manage to avert it is always the same: the death of the hero(es) (and possibly others, up to and including the entire world).

Compare with Sadistic Choice, where the outcome of the choice is different depending on what the hero(es) choose.

  • The most famous example would be Ghostbusters, where Gozer forces the titular characters to choose how New York will be destroyed and pulls the image of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from Ray's mind.
  • In The Cabin in the Woods, the Five-Man Band is given a number of spooky artifacts to play with; the first one activated determines what sort of threat they will face.
  • Played with in A Song of Ice and Fire when a tribesman asks Tyrion how he wants to die. Tyrion, quick with a quip, replies that he prefers to die at the age of 80, in his own bed, with a girl's mouth around his cock.
Community Feedback Replies: 7
  • July 15, 2013
    DracMonster
    We got this one: Sadistic Choice.
  • July 15, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ To be honest, I don't really think they are the same thing. The reason that makes the Sadistic Choice sadistic is that it's not the hero but his/her loved ones that suffer from it. Like its description says:

    "However it is set up, it presents a moral and/or ethical dilemma that will inevitably cost the character something that they hold dear unless they Take A Third Option."

    Deciding how you want to die is not a Moral Dilemma.
  • July 15, 2013
    hbi2k
    This could be considered a subtrope of Sadistic Choice, since the ostensible outcome (providing the hero(es) don't find a way to Take A Third Option) will always be the death of the hero(es) (and possibly others as well). So the traditional Sophie's Choice (which of your children will die?) would count as a Sadistic Choice, but not this trope.
  • July 15, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    On another note, you need to change the laconic. It's supposed to give us a brief explanation on the nature of this trope. "Exactly What It Says On The Tin" is not a valid laconic.
  • July 15, 2013
    hbi2k
    Good input. Trope description and laconic descriptions updated.
  • July 15, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    I was wrong, we actually do have this one: How Would You Like To Die.
  • July 15, 2013
    hbi2k
    Ah! So we do. I figured we must for a trope this basic. Discarding.
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