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.
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