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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]

->'''[[ThePhilosopher Kimblee]]''': You would have no trouble escaping this situation with the stone at your beck and call. And once you were in a safe place, you could BOTH have your old bodies back. That's how your whole journey was supposed to end, wasn't it?\\
'''Alphonse''': ...But then we wouldn't save everyone else.\\
'''Kimblee''': "The greater good." [[EquivalentExchange You can't gain something without sacrificing something else.]]\\
'''Alphonse''': I wonder... Why are there only two choices? [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere "Save yourself and abandon everyone else."]] [[HeroicSacrifice "Give up on returning to normal and save the world."]] Why are those the only options? Why can't I choose "Save the world AND get our original bodies back?"\\
'''Kimblee''': I see. Experiment thoroughly enough, and you may discover NEW laws that the world must then abide by. [[DeconstructedTrope That would mean there is a FOURTH option...]] [[DownerEnding "You lose your chance to return to normal, AND you fail to save the world."]]
-->-- ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''

->'''Hunter Exam Proctee''': Your mom and your beloved are dying. You have time to save one. Who will you save?\\
'''Gon''': (''silent and glaring furiously at the lady'')\\
'''Proctee''': You pass. Go through the left door to the next stage.[[note]]This is notable for being a trick question. Any candidate who answers either mother or the beloved do go through, but they are immediately failed. As the real purpose of the question was to see what happens if such situation does happen in real life[[/note]].
-->-- ''Manga/{{Hunter X Hunter}}''

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[[folder:Comic Books]]

->There's always another way.
-->-- '''ComicBook/CaptainAtom''', ''Captain Atom: Armageddon''

->None of this works for me. Give me a third option.
-->-- '''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica''', ''Ultimate Comics: The Ultimates''

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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]

->'''Dr. Porkchop:''' You must choose, Sheriff Woody. How shall she die!? [[EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks Shark!?]] [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Or death by monkeys!?]] [[SadisticChoice CHOOSE]].\\
'''Woody:''' I choose… [[TheCavalry BUZZ LIGHTYEAR!]]\\
'''Dr. Porkchop:''' [[BigWhat WHAT!?]] [[LampshadeHanging That's not a choice!]]
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2''

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[[folder: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.
-->-- ''Film/{{Airplane}}!''

->There is a third option. It involves... ''[[MurderIsTheBestSolution murder]]''.
-->-- '''Film/TheCatInTheHat'''

->Then I will execute the [[CoupDeGrace Law]]. I have no tribe... and [[PunctuatedForEmphasis no one is]] [[CycleOfRevenge offended.]]
-->-- '''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'''

->'''Trinity:''' Neo... nobody has ever done anything like this before.\\
'''Neo:''' [[CrazyEnoughToWork That's why it's going to work]].
-->-- ''Film/TheMatrix''

->'''Buttercup:''' And to think... all this time [[PoisonedChaliceSwitcheroo it was your cup that was poisoned]].\\
'''The Man in Black:''' They were both poisoned. [[CrazyPrepared I spent the last few years]] building up an immunity to iocane powder.
-->-- ''Film/ThePrincessBride''

->[[AC:[[WorldWarIII A strange game]]. The only winning move is not to play.]]
-->-- '''Joshua''', ''Film/WarGames''

->'''Steve:''' You're not the guy to make a sacrifice play. To lay down on a wire and let the other guy crawl over you.\\
'''Tony:''' I think I would just cut the wire.
-->-- ''Film/TheAvengers2012''

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[[folder:Literature]]

->'''David''': What? There's a third option? Crazy and daring?\\
'''Fatebane''': Daring, definitely daring… possibly fatal…\\
'''David''': So what else is new?
-->-- ''Literature/AssociatedSpace''

->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, ''Literature/{{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.
-->-- ''Literature/TimeEnoughForLove''

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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]

->Well either one or the other is going to happen. There's no weird third thing.
-->-- '''Liz''', ''Series/ThirtyRock''

->Doakes said I had two choices--kill him or let him go. But he neglected to look behind door number three…
-->-- '''Series/{{Dexter}}'''

->'''Varys:''' You have a choice, my friend. You can stay here at Illyrio's palace and [[DrowningMySorrows drink yourself to death]], or you can ride with me to Meereen, meet Daenerys Targaryen, and [[KnightInSourArmor decide if the world is worth fighting for.]]\\
'''Tyrion:''' ...can I drink myself to death on the road to Meereen?
-->-- ''Series/GameOfThrones'', [[Recap/GameOfThronesS5E1TheWarsToCome "The Wars To Come"]]

->'''Roy''': Hello Judy. What can I do for you?\\
'''Judy''': '''[[NoIndoorVoice Computer's broken.]]'''\\
'''Roy''': Is it a PC or a Mac?\\
'''Judy''': ...'''[[MathematiciansAnswer yes]]'''.
-->-- ''Series/TheITCrowd''

->Since we can't do the one thing and we can't do the other thing, then all we have to do is think of a third thing that makes everyone happy.
-->-- '''Fozzie''', ''Series/TheMuppets''

->There's an old Talaxian expression. "When the road before you splits in two… take the ''third'' path."
-->-- '''Neelix''', ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''

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[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]

->"Cake or death?"\\
"Um... cake, please."\\
"Well, we're ''out of cake!'' We only had three bits, and we didn't expect such a rush. So what do you want?"\\
"So my choice is 'or death?' Well, I'll have the chicken then, please."
-->-- '''Creator/EddieIzzard'''

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[[folder: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.
-->-- ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'', neutral ending

->I am Andrew Ryan, and I'm here to ask you a question: Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?\\
"No!" says [[TheGovernment the man in Washington]], "it belongs to the poor!"\\
"No!" says [[UsefulNotes/ThePope the man in the Vatican]], "it belongs to God!"\\
"No!" says [[DirtyCommies the man in Moscow]], "it belongs to everyone!"\\
I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose... [[UnderwaterCity RAPTURE!]] A city where [[MadArtist the artist would not fear the censor,]] where [[ForScience the scientist would not be bound by petty morality,]] where [[TheSocialDarwinist the great would not be constrained by the small!]] And with the sweat of your brow, Rapture can become your city as well.
-->-- ''{{Videogame/BioShock|1}}''

->'''???:''' Tough choice ahead of you, ''bratan''. The prisoners... or whistleblower. You can't save both.\\
'''Jensen:''' Wha- the hacker, from the ship. You've been listening this whole time?\\
'''???:''' Like ''detka'' said, "Everything's connected." Right now, [[DeadlyGas the gas]] is set to disperse evenly between the prison and the lab. All you can do in here is redirect flow out of one area, into the other. Do nothing, everybody dies. Do something...\\
'''Jensen:''' Someone dies faster.\\
'''???:''' Precisely. But if you want to bring down Belltower, the choice is clear.\\
(''instead, Jensen [[spoiler:crawls into the air ducts and destroys the device pumping the gas]]'')\\
'''???''': ''Obaldet!'' The toxicity level is dropping! You found a way to save everyone, ''bratan!''\\
''Achievement Unlocked: All of the Above''
-->-- ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution''

->Hey, my bad, homie. [[IronicEcho I picked "C".]] Ain't that a bitch?
-->-- '''Franklin Clinton''', ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV''

->Choosing isn't always right! Sometimes, not choosing is the correct answer! It may be referred to as the [[MarryThemAll "harem" option!]]
-->-- '''Red''', ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia'' (optional skit)

->With the invasion over, [[ThouShaltNotKill Bruce]] and [[WellIntentionedExtremist Superman]] started fighting again. I wasn't down with either of them. On the one hand, the Regime's right; [[TheEndJustifiesTheMeans scumbag murderers and rapists deserve to die]]. But on the other hand, I'm no fan of government authority, especially the [[KnightTemplar dictatorial variety]]. So while the World's Finest fight each other, I fight for the people. The weak, the innocent, anyone who can't protect themselves. When they cry out for a saviour, I'll answer. As for the criminals who threaten them? They need to know that their actions have consequences. That the Red Hood is coming for them.
-->-- '''Red Hood''' narrating his arcade ending in ''[[VideoGame/Injustice2 Injustice 2]]''

-> '''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.
-->-- ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' (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, [[HeroicSacrifice I sacrifice myself]], and thus restore the Pillars. But as [[LastOfHisKind 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. [[XanatosGambit 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 ''[[HeadsTailsEdge edge.]]''
-->-- ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain''

->'''Liu Kang:''' Ermac...\\
'''Ermac:''' Retreat, or be destroyed.\\
'''Liu Kang:''' There is a third option: [[PreAssKickingOneLiner Your demise]]!
-->-- ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''

->'''[[NonPlayerCharacter Manikin]] Kid:''' What Reason are you here to cheer on?\\
'''[[TheHero Demi-Fiend]]:''' None of them.\\
'''Manikin Kid:''' That's an option too.
-->-- ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiNocturne'', conversation on level 162 of Kagutsuchi

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[[folder:Webcomics]]

->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''.
-->-- '''[[spoiler: Doctor Bowman]]''', ''Webcomic/{{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.
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt''', ''WebComic/HarkAVagrant''

->If someone can't handle an unpleasant truth? '''Lie''' to them. If somone won't listen to reason? '''Make''' them. If people don't choose to live peaceably—don't give them a '''choice.''' If you don't like the rules—'''change the game.'''
-->-- '''Tarvek Sturmvoraus''', ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''

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[[folder:Web Original]]

->I'm not going to deal with this now. It's like [[GeniusBruiser the classic debate of why measuring the position of an electron changes its momentum and vice-versa.]] The only correct answer is to [[TheAlcoholic get drunk]] and [[{{Pyromaniac}} set fire to things]].
-->-- '''[[VideoGame/HalfLife Gordon Freeman]]''', ''Machinima/FreemansMind''

->'''Serenity:''' Okay, Nesbitt! [[LogicBomb Which came first: the chicken or the egg?]]\\
'''Nesbitt:''' The [[RocketPunch rocket-powered fist!]]\\
'''Serenity:''' But, that wasn't one of the-- (''WHAM'')
-->-- ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', Episode 51: "The Death of Tristan Taylor"

->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 [[SuperRobotGenre Super Robot Anime]]

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[[folder:Western Animation]]

->'''King of Omashu''': Your final test is a duel. And, as a special treat, you may choose your opponent. (''two muscular warriors enter'') Point and choose.\\
'''Aang''': So you're saying [[ExactWords whoever I point to... that's the person I get to fight?]]\\
'''King of Omashu''': Choose wisely...\\
'''Aang''': I... choose... you! (''points at the king'')\\
'''King of Omashu''': [[SubvertedTrope Hmhm...]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking WRONG CHOICE!!!]] (''removes his cloak to reveal a muscular body, then sends Aang flying 50 feet into the air'')
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''

->'''ComicBook/HarleyQuinn:''' [[EvilGloating Gee, Batman, what are you gonna do?]] [[SadisticChoice Kick me around or save your kitty?]] [[TemptingFate 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:''' [[{{Touche}} Heh-heh… good call.]] [[OhCrap Help!]]
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', "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.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', "[[Recap/TheBatmanS3E13GothamsUltimateCriminalMastermind Gotham's Ultimate Criminal Mastermind]]"

->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 or the machinations of Leonardo Leonardo! Or... some third thing. Good day!
-->-- '''Leonardo Leonardo''', ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries''

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[[folder:Real Life]]

->There's always a third way, and it's not a combination of the other two ways. It's a ''different'' way.
-->-- '''David Carradine'''

->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'''

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