"I know you are quick, but you canít get to both of them at the same time."
"Swear allegiance to me and I'll allow the ones to love the most to live. Kneel Before Zod."
"I give you my word, Ms. Lang. If you don't honor the promise that you made to my son, or I find out you told anyone about this conversation, I will kill Clark Kent."
Clark Kent: What did you do to Lana?
Brainiac: A little adjustment to her central nervous system. Absolutely irreversible by any human standards. Completely reversible by me.
Kara: Whatever you want me to do, just don't let Lana suffer.
Brainiac: I'm afraid that she is suffering. There's part of Lana that is completely aware of what's happening around her, but she has no control of her body. Her motor skills, her speech, every breath she takes is controlled by me.
Clark Kent: Leave Lana out of this.
Brainiac: Did I mention that Lana is in excruciating pain? She just can't express it.
- Smallville, "Veritas"
"It's time for you to face your defining moment. You can walk away, sacrificing innocent lives to stay together, or defuse the bomb...and sacrifice your love forever."
(Zatanna's spell is about to resurrect her father at the cost of Chloe's life)
Zatanna: No! It is supposed to be me.
Clark Kent: We don't get to choose. But we do get to choose how we live the life that we've been given.
Zatanna: I'm sorry. (She is saying sorry to her father, not Chloe.)
- Smallville, "Hex"
Armada Waller: Maybe this will help your indecisiveness. (screen shows Chloe Sullivan Bound and Gagged and held at gunpoint)
Clark Kent: Let her go.
Armada Waller: I'm not being unreasonable. If you step forward, out of the shadows, I will let Watchtower go.
Clark Kent: (steps forward) Release her now.
Armada Waller: You sure are nice to look at. But I like to have my cake and eat it too. I want your loyalty to Checkmate. Anything happens to me, and bye-bye blondie. I know you're fast, but you can't stop a bullet when you don't know where she is.
Clark Kent: That would be murder.
Armada Waller: It's not murder, it's strategy. [...] The Blur...he lets his most valuable ally fend for herself. [...] All you have to do to save her is to give me one simple address. (Clark uses superhearing to find Chloe and curb stomps the government agents)
- Smallville, "Checkmate"
"There's an explosion rocking the roof of the Daily Planet. You can stop the beacon from plummeting into the rush hour traffic, or you can save the woman you love. [...] Even you aren't fast enough to save both. Today, the world will finally lose faith in its heretic hero! And it will destroy you."
Superman: It's a high price, but it's better than the alternative.
- Justice League, "A Better World"
"Listen, we don't have a lot of time. They told me that only one of us was going to make it, and that they were going to let our friends choose."
- Rachel Dawes to Harvey Dent, from The Dark Knight
"Don't worry, I'm going to tell you where they are, both of them. And thats the point. You'll have to choose."
"Which of my friends do I condemn to death?"
- Captain Kirk from the Star Trek: The Original Series series, during "The Immunity Syndrome" (S02E18) in particular.
Here is your final test. Take this gun... And shoot one of these two people! Your beloved girfriend Sheila or your beloved dog, Salty
"So...? Which of you instigated it? Hatsuharu? You? Which of you will incur my displeasure? You see, when I get mad, I can't really see what's around me. Hatori's left eye - that was unfortunate."
Akito, from Fruits Basket
Optimus: "Give up the Allspark, or give up the Earth. How am I supposed to decide?"
Ratchet: "Heroes are the ones who make the hard choices."
"A weighty choice is yours to make: / The right selection or a big mistake. / If the wrong choice you choose to pursue, / the foundations of home will crumble without you."
Discord from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
Sgt. Will Strausser: "Mrs Matheson, I'm sorry, but you need to choose which one of your children I'm going to kill."
"Look, three options. One, I let the star whale continue in unendurable agony for hundreds more years. Two, I kill everyone on this ship. Three, I murder a beautiful and innocent creature as painlessly as I can. And then I find a new name, 'cos I won't be the Doctor any more."
— The Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Beast Below"
(Quackerjack, Louie and Dewey are near the gondola system.)
Quackerjack: Behold! My master plan! On one gondola, dozens of innocent citizens. On the other, convicted criminals. And both gondolas are filled with high explosives. Hehehehe!
Quackerjack: So, I gave the people on each gondola a detonator for the other. Now, each side is faced with a moral dilemma. Kill or be killed, and they have 15 minutes to decide before I do! Hahaha!
(A gondola blows up.)
Quackerjack: What the...?! What just happened?!
Louie: Looks like the criminals blew up the civilians.
Quackerjack: But they weren't supposed to do that! I wanted to push the button!
Dewey: Then you shouldn't have given them detonators.
Louie: Especially to the criminals.
—Ducktalez 6: The Duck Knight
SS officer: You may keep one of your children.
Sophie: I beg your pardon?
SS officer: You may keep one of your children. The other must go away.
Sophie: You mean, I have to choose?
SS officer: You are a Polack, not a Yid. That gives you a privilege, a choice.
Sophie: I can't choose. I can't choose!