Quotes: Take a Third Option

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    Comic Books 

There's always another way.
Captain Atom, Captain Atom: Armageddon

    Film - Animated 

Dr. Porkchop: You must choose, Sheriff Woody. How shall she die!? Shark!? Or death by monkeys!? CHOOSE.
Woody: I choose... BUZZ LIGHTYEAR!
Dr. Porkchop: WHAT!? That's not a choice!

    Film - Live-Action 

Dr. Rumack: What was it we had for dinner tonight?
Elaine Dickinson: Well, we had a choice of steak or fish.
Dr. Rumack: Yes, yes, I remember. I had the lasagna.

There is a third option. It involves... murder.

Then I will execute the Law. I have no tribe... and no one is offended.

Trinity: Neo... nobody has ever done anything like this before.
Neo: That's why it's going to work.

A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.
Joshua, WarGames


David: What? There's a third option? Crazy and daring?
Fatebane: Daring, definitely daring... possibly fatal...
David: So what else is new?

VII. And Grimma said, We have two choices.
VIII. We can run, or we hide.
IX. And they said, Which shall we do?
X. She said, We shall Fight.
The Book of Nome, Quarries, Chap. 3, v. VII-X, Diggers

It may be better to be a live jackal than a dead lion, but it's better still to be a live lion. And often easier.

    Live-Action TV 

Well either one or the other is going to happen. There's no weird third thing.
Liz, 30 Rock

Doakes said I had two choices - kill him or let him go. But he neglected to look behind door number three...

Varys: You have a choice, my friend. You can stay here at Illyrio's palace and drink yourself to death, or you can ride with me to Meereen, meet Daenerys Targaryen, and decide if the world is worth fighting for.
Tyrion: ...Can I drink myself to death on the road to Meereen?

Roy: Hello Judy. What can I do for you?
Roy: Is it a PC or a Mac?
Judy: ...YES.

There's an old Talaxian expression. "When the road before you splits in two... take the third path."
Neelix, Star Trek: Voyager

    Video Games 

Bard: All right... I've made my choice.
Fionnaoch: Well it's about bloody time.
Bard: Don't get too excited. I didn't choose you.
Fionnaoch: You choose Caleigh?
Bard: I didn't say that either.
Caleigh: Tell us my champion, whom do you choose?
Bard: A very logical choice... me.
The Bard's Tale, neutral ending

Hey, my bad, homie. I picked "C". Ain't that a bitch?
Franklin Clinton, Grand Theft Auto V

Choosing isn't always right! Sometimes, not choosing is the correct answer! It may be referred to as the "harem" option!
Red, Hyperdimension Neptunia (optional skit)

Riku: What are you making me choose now?
DiZ: Will you take the road to light or the road to darkness?
Riku: Neither. I'm taking the middle road.
DiZ: You mean the twilit road to nightfall?
Riku: No... The road to dawn.
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (technically taking the fourth option)

Kain: Thirty years hence, I am presented with a dilemma. Let's call it a two-sided coin. If the coin falls one way, I sacrifice myself, and thus restore the Pillars. But as the last surviving Vampire in Nosgoth, this would be the annihilation of our species. Moebius made sure of that. If the coin lands on the reverse, I refuse the sacrifice, and thus doom the Pillars to an eternity of collapse. Either way, the game is rigged.
Raziel: We agree, then, that the Pillars are crucial, and must be restored.
Kain: Yes, Raziel. That's why we've come full-circle to this place.
Raziel: So after all this, you make my case for me? To end this stalemate, you must die so that new Guardians can be born.
Kain: The Pillars don't belong to them, Raziel. They belong to us.
Raziel: (sighs) Your arrogance is boundless, Kain.
Kain: (chuckles) There's a third option. A monumental secret, hidden in your very presence here. But it's a secret you have to discover for yourself. Unearth your destiny, Raziel. It's all laid out for you here.
Raziel: You said it yourself, Kain. There are only two sides to your coin.
Kain: Apparently so. But suppose you throw a coin enough times. Suppose one day... it lands on its edge.

Manikin Kid: What Reason are you here to cheer on?
Demi-Fiend: None of them.
Manikin Kid: That's an option too.
Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, conversation on level 162 of Kagutsuchi


There's a funny thing that happens when you know the correct answer. It throws you when you get a different answer that's not wrong.
Doctor Bowman, Freefall

Russia, Japan, must you kill each other so? We can negotiate! Or, if you want to, we can safari. FUCK IT LET'S DO BOTH.

    Web Original 

Serenity: Okay, Nesbitt! Which came first: the chicken or the egg?
Nesbitt: The rocket-powered fist!
Serenity: But, that wasn't one of the- (WHAM)

When forced to choose between the universe and the woman you love, choose both and have the courage to back it up.
— The Laws of Super Robot Anime

    Western Animation 

Harley Quinn: Gee, Batman, what are you gonna do? Kick me around or save your kitty? You've only got time for one.
(without letting go of her, Batman silently opens a nearby electrical panel and flips the master switch, shutting down the machine Catwoman is tied to)
Harley Quinn: Heh-heh... good call. Help!
Batman: The Animated Series: "Almost Got 'im"

Batman: I've made my choice... none of the above!
D.A.V.E.: How very predictable. I anticipated you would try to create a third, more favourable option.

My vengeance will be neither swift nor entertaining! I will mete it out over decades, so that you will wonder if the misery in your life is manifest, the machinations of Leonardo Leonardo, or... some third thing. Good day!
Leonardo Leonardo, Clerks: The Animated Series

    Real Life 

One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full. And he said, "Is it half full or half empty?" So I drank the water. No more problem.
Alexander Jodorowsky