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* One ''ComicStrip/{{Herman}}'' strip shows a guy checking into an emergency room while [[JugglingDangerously frantically juggling axes]], saying "I can't stop."
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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': Mistress Poulin, the ruler of the town of Sahrnia in Emprise du Lion, let the Templars mine her quarry and hire the locals to help. The town was dying due to the Orlesian Civil War and desperately needed the money. She learned too late that they were Red Templars in service to [[BigBad Corypheus]] and the people she was sending them were being killed in the process of mining the red lyrium. She knew that if she refused to send anyone else to work the quarry, the Red Templars would just attack the town and take everyone at once. [[ColdEquation She sold the weak, elderly, sick, and anyone else that was likely to die soon anyway.]] She used the coin to help the survivors and hoped that someone would come along save them before they all get killed anyway.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': Mistress Poulin, the ruler of the town of Sahrnia in Emprise du Lion, let the Templars mine her quarry and hire the locals to help. The town was dying due to the Orlesian Civil War and desperately needed the money. She learned too late that they were Red Templars in service to [[BigBad Corypheus]] and the people she was sending them were being killed in the process of mining the red lyrium. She knew that if she refused to send anyone else to work the quarry, the Red Templars would just attack the town and take everyone at once. [[ColdEquation She sold the weak, elderly, sick, and anyone else that was likely to die soon anyway.]] She used the coin to help the survivors and hoped that someone would come along to save them before they all get got killed anyway.


Unlike with IveComeTooFar and SunkCostFallacy, it's not a matter of the character not wanting their efforts or expenses to go to waste. It's that they will die or otherwise suffer terribly if 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.

See also GodzillaThreshold, which can involve knowingly getting into this; and FawltyTowersPlot and CrimeAfterCrime, which can be this depending on the circumstances (although the former is usually more lighthearted in the stakes.) This can sometimes be a MortonsFork if disaster from stopping or carrying on seems equally inevitable.

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

See also GodzillaThreshold, which can involve knowingly getting into this; and FawltyTowersPlot and CrimeAfterCrime, which can be this depending on the circumstances (although the former is usually more lighthearted in the stakes.) stakes). This can sometimes be a MortonsFork if disaster from stopping or carrying on seems equally inevitable.


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* A version involving a literal tiger occurs in ''Disney/TheJungleBook''. Baloo arrives just in time to grab Shere Khan by the tail when he charges at Mowgli. After the vultures have air-lifted Mowgli away, one of them tells Baloo he can release Shere Khan's tail now.

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* A version involving a literal tiger occurs in ''Disney/TheJungleBook''.''WesternAnimation/TheJungleBook1967''. Baloo arrives just in time to grab Shere Khan by the tail when he charges at Mowgli. After the vultures have air-lifted Mowgli away, one of them tells Baloo he can release Shere Khan's tail now.


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

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-->-- '''Creator/TerryPratchett''', ''Discworld/MenAtArms''
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** ''Discworld/GuardsGuards:'' Lupine Wonse summons a dragon in a plot to usurp control of Ankh-Morpork. When the dragon escapes his control, rather than eating him, it makes him its servant, and he ends up living in constant terror of it, but also in terror of what will happen to him if he tries to escape.
** ''Discworld/MenAtArms:'' An shown in the above quote, when Nobby starts swinging around his EpicFlail, he finds he can't safely stop. Fortunately, Carrot is big enough to safely intervene.

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** ''Discworld/GuardsGuards:'' ''Literature/GuardsGuards:'' Lupine Wonse summons a dragon in a plot to usurp control of Ankh-Morpork. When the dragon escapes his control, rather than eating him, it makes him its servant, and he ends up living in constant terror of it, but also in terror of what will happen to him if he tries to escape.
** ''Discworld/MenAtArms:'' ''Literature/MenAtArms:'' An shown in the above quote, when Nobby starts swinging around his EpicFlail, he finds he can't safely stop. Fortunately, Carrot is big enough to safely intervene.


Perhaps the character started a protest movement that has become violently fanatical, and would execute them as a traitor if 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 them if they ever try to disembark.

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Perhaps the character started a protest movement that has become violently fanatical, and would execute them as a traitor if 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 becomes such a MurderousMalfunctioningMachine that it would love to try out on them if they ever try to disembark.


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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.

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