Quotes / Take a Third Option

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    Anime & Manga 

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." You can't gain something without sacrificing something else.
Alphonse: I wonder... Why are there only two choices? "Save yourself and abandon everyone else." "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. That would mean there is a FOURTH option... "You lose your chance to return to normal, AND you fail to save the world."

    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.
Airplane!!

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

    Literature 

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…
Dexter

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?
Judy: Computer's broken.
Roy: Is it a PC or a Mac?
Judy: …yes.

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, The Muppets

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

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 the man in Washington, "it belongs to the poor."
"No!" says the man in the Vatican, "it belongs to God."
"No!" says the man in Moscow, "it belongs to everyone!"
I rejected those answers. Instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose... RAPTURE! A city where the artist would not fear the censor, where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality, where the great would not be constrained by the small! And with the sweat of your brow, Rapture can become your city as well.

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.

Liu Kang: Ermac…
Ermac: Retreat, or be destroyed.
Liu Kang: There is a third option: Your demise!

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

    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.
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 
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 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: Hmhm… WRONG CHOICE!!! (removes his cloak to reveal a muscular body, then sends Aang flying 50 feet into the air)

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 or 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


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