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* In ''Film/TheGuilty'', Rashid doesn't particularly want to keep lying about his partner Asger's killing of a suspect to protect him, but fears what might happen if he were to change his story.
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* Volume 1 of ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' ends when the BigBad, [[spoiler:Moriarty]], impulsively grabs the cavorite after its container has been shattered. The anti-gravity metal shoots into the sky, and [[spoiler: Moriarty]] realizes an instant too late that he's too high up to let go. [[spoiler:Moriarty's frozen corpse, still holding the cavorite, shows up in a later volume.]]
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A character (possibly with the best of intentions,) has started or gotten involved in something which has become dangerous or taken an evil turn, but which they cannot just stop doing or walk away from without facing terrible consequences. This can be a case of either GoneHorriblyWrong or GoneHorriblyRight depending on the circumstances. The idiom comes from the idea that if you catch a tiger by the tail, you can never let go unless you want to be eaten. Also known as "riding a tiger" from the Chinese idiom "riding a tiger and unable to get off."

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A character (possibly with the best of intentions,) intentions) has started or gotten involved in something which has become dangerous or taken an evil turn, but which they cannot just stop doing or walk away from without facing terrible consequences. This can be a case of either GoneHorriblyWrong or GoneHorriblyRight depending on the circumstances. The idiom comes from the idea that if you catch a tiger by the tail, you can never let go unless you want to be eaten. Also known as "riding a tiger" from the Chinese idiom "riding a tiger and unable to get off."


-->'''Baloo:''' Are you kiddin'?! There's ''teeth'' on the other end!

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-->'''Baloo:''' Are you kiddin'?! There's ''teeth'' on in the other end!


-->'''Baloo:''' Are you kiddin'?! There's ''teeth'' in the other end!

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-->'''Baloo:''' Are you kiddin'?! There's ''teeth'' in on the other end!

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* In season five of ''Series/TheWalkingDead'', the Atlanta Police Department and the surviving doctors of the main hospital have created a system where they "rescue" people but force them into servitude to pay their weight. The leader of the cops, Dawn, seems to realize it's gone too far but can't stop it without risking a mutiny.


Perhaps the character started a protest movement that has become violently fanatical, and would execute him or her as a traitor if s/he tried to mitigate its behavior. Maybe they {{stumbled into|ThePlot}} a MacGuffin and the government is now after them until they ClearTheirName, or they jumped into the pilot seat of a HumongousMecha to repel the alien invasion, only to find ItWontTurnOff, and has CrushKillDestroy tendencies it would love to try out on him if he ever tries to disembark.

Unlike with IveComeTooFar and SunkCostFallacy, it's not a matter of the character not wanting his efforts or expenses to go to waste. It's that he will die or otherwise suffer terribly if he doesn't carry on. If a good guy gets into this situation (and the work isn't cynical,) there will usually turn out to be a [[TakeAThirdOption third option]], or outside intervention to help him.

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Perhaps the character started a protest movement that has become violently fanatical, and would execute him or her them as a traitor if s/he they tried to mitigate its behavior. Maybe they {{stumbled into|ThePlot}} a MacGuffin and the government is now after them until they ClearTheirName, or they jumped into the pilot seat of a HumongousMecha to repel the alien invasion, only to find ItWontTurnOff, and has CrushKillDestroy tendencies it would love to try out on him them if he they ever tries try to disembark.

Unlike with IveComeTooFar and SunkCostFallacy, it's not a matter of the character not wanting his their efforts or expenses to go to waste. It's that he they will die or otherwise suffer terribly if he doesn't they don't carry on. If a good guy gets into this situation (and the work isn't cynical,) there will usually turn out to be a [[TakeAThirdOption third option]], or outside intervention to help him.


-->'''Ty Bradley''': But I can tell they're scared out of their wits by that thing they got locked upstairs. Yes, sir. They got a tiger by the tail, and they don't know whether to hang on...or run.

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-->'''Ty Bradley''': But I can tell they're they scared out of their wits by that thing they got locked upstairs. Yes, sir. They got a tiger by the tail, and they don't know whether to hang on...or run.


->Ty Bradley: But I can tell they scared out of their wits by that thing they got locked upstairs. Yes, sir. They got a tiger by the tail, and they don't know whether to hang on...or run.

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->Ty Bradley: -->'''Ty Bradley''': But I can tell they they're scared out of their wits by that thing they got locked upstairs. Yes, sir. They got a tiger by the tail, and they don't know whether to hang on...or run.


A character (possibly with the best of intentions,) has started or gotten involved in something which has become dangerous or taken an evil turn, but which they cannot just stop doing or walk away from without facing terrible consequences. This can be a case of either GoneHorriblyWrong or GoneHorriblyRight depending on the circumstances. The idiom comes from the idea that if you catch a tiger by the tail, you can never let go unless your want to be eaten. Also known as "riding a tiger" from the Chinese idiom "riding a tiger and unable to get off."

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A character (possibly with the best of intentions,) has started or gotten involved in something which has become dangerous or taken an evil turn, but which they cannot just stop doing or walk away from without facing terrible consequences. This can be a case of either GoneHorriblyWrong or GoneHorriblyRight depending on the circumstances. The idiom comes from the idea that if you catch a tiger by the tail, you can never let go unless your you want to be eaten. Also known as "riding a tiger" from the Chinese idiom "riding a tiger and unable to get off."



Unlike with IveComeTooFar and SunkCostFallacy, it's not a matter of the character not wanting his efforts or expenses to go to waste. It's that he will die or otherwise suffer terribly if he doesn't carry on. If a good guy gets into this situation (and the work is idealistic,) there will usually turn out to be a [[TakeAThirdOption third option]], or outside intervention to help him.

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Unlike with IveComeTooFar and SunkCostFallacy, it's not a matter of the character not wanting his efforts or expenses to go to waste. It's that he will die or otherwise suffer terribly if he doesn't carry on. If a good guy gets into this situation (and the work is idealistic,) isn't cynical,) there will usually turn out to be a [[TakeAThirdOption third option]], or outside intervention to help him.


Perhaps the character started a protest movement that has become violently fanatical, and would execute him as a traitor if he tried to mitigate its behavior. Or he may have jumped into the pilot seat of a HumongousMecha to repel the alien invasion, only to find ItWontTurnOff, and has CrushKillDestroy tendencies it would love to try out on him if he ever tries to disembark.

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Perhaps the character started a protest movement that has become violently fanatical, and would execute him or her as a traitor if he s/he tried to mitigate its behavior. Or he may have Maybe they {{stumbled into|ThePlot}} a MacGuffin and the government is now after them until they ClearTheirName, or they jumped into the pilot seat of a HumongousMecha to repel the alien invasion, only to find ItWontTurnOff, and has CrushKillDestroy tendencies it would love to try out on him if he ever tries to disembark.


-->--Creator/TerryPratchett, ''Discworld/MenAtArms''

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-->--Creator/TerryPratchett, -->-- '''Creator/TerryPratchett''', ''Discworld/MenAtArms''






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* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite:'' While Booker is infiltrating Monument Island to rescue Elizabeth, he learns that the rulers of Columbia have expended a great deal of money and effort to imprison her. She has tremendous power they want to control, but are also scared of. He finds a voxophone left by a janitor who works there. Its message explains the dilemma the Columbian leaders are in.

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* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite:'' ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'': While Booker is infiltrating Monument Island to rescue Elizabeth, he learns that the rulers of Columbia have expended a great deal of money and effort to imprison her. She has tremendous power they want to control, but are also scared of. He finds a voxophone left by a janitor who works there. Its message explains the dilemma the Columbian leaders are in.



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[[caption-width-right:319:OK, now just hang on... ''forever.'']]

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[[caption-width-right:319:OK, [[VisualPun now just hang on... on...]] ''forever.'']]

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