Playing With / Sadistic Choice

Basic Trope: Both choices given have negative consequences.
  • Straight: Draco kidnaps Alice and Carol, and gave their love interest Bob a choice of saving one, while he kills the other.
  • Exaggerated: Draco is holding everyone Bob holds dear at ransom, as well as the entire world. Bob can only save one.
  • Downplayed: Draco kidnaps Alice and Carol, and gave their love interest Bob a choice of saving one, while he leaves the other alone, in Detroit.
  • Justified: Draco wants to hit Bob where it REALLY hurts.
  • Inverted:
    • Draco gave Bob pizza and vanilla-flavored ice-cream, both his favorite food. Bob was given a choice to eat one of them first.
    • Draco torments Bob by preventing him from choosing anything, instead deciding for him.
  • Subverted: Draco purports to have captured Alice and Carol. Bob gets there only to find that they have freed themselves.
  • Double Subverted: ...only to be kidnapped again.
  • Parodied: Draco got hold of a fire-truck toy and a spinning top, and gave their owner Bob a choice of 'saving' one, while he puts the other in a toy box.
  • Zig Zagged: Draco kidnaps Alice and Carol, but it turns out Bob doesn't really much care for either of them, but since he's a victim of Chronic Hero Syndrome, he still find it necessary to save them anyway, only to have them save themselves and hold both Bob and Draco prisoner instead.
  • Averted: Bob does not have to make a choice of such magnitude.
  • Enforced: "We have to establish what Bob values the most."
  • Lampshaded: "Dammit, dammit, dammit. I should've known you'd kidnap them, of all people! And you say you'll kill the other?"
  • Invoked: Knowing about Bob's 2-love interests, Draco kidnaps Alice and Carol first.
  • Exploited: This leads Bob into a Heroic B.S.O.D., making his defeat easier.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs: While trying to persuade Bob to free one of them, Alice and Carol get into an argument, which eventually devolves into a series of No, You accusations. It becomes clear that if they weren't in separate cages, they'd be literally at each other's throats.
  • Played For Drama: The device holding them captive is rigged so that the second one is freed, the other will die a horrible death, in full view of Bob and whichever one he rescues. After the choice is made, he and his rescuee are Forced to Watch the unfortunate woman die in a gratuitously horrendous fashion, along with all that would normally come with such a demise. Bob suffers a Heroic B.S.O.D. afterwards.

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