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* This trope is how the term "white elephant" came into being: according to legend, the King of [[UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}} Siam]] would give an obnoxious courtier a white elephant as a punishment. Since white elephants were (and are) considered sacred and symbols of royalty, the courtier could not put them to use doing normal tame-elephant stuff (hauling things, carrying important people, maybe some fighting if the strategy called for war elephants). For the same reason, the courtier could not return it or give it away. Hence, their only option would be to keep the animal as a drain on their resources.

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* This trope is how the term "white elephant" came into being: according to legend, the King of [[UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}} Siam]] would give an obnoxious courtier a white elephant as a punishment. Since white elephants were (and are) considered sacred and symbols of royalty, the courtier could not put them to use doing normal tame-elephant stuff (hauling things, carrying important people, maybe some fighting if the strategy called for war elephants).WarElephants). For the same reason, the courtier could not return it or give it away. Hence, their only option would be to keep the animal as a drain on their resources.


* This trope is how the term "white elephant" came into being: according to legend, the King of [[UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}} Siam]] would give an obnoxious courtier a white elephant as a punishment. Since white elephants were (and are) considered sacred and symbols of royalty, the courtier could not use them in practical use. For the same reason, the courtier could not return it or give it away. Hence, their only option would be to keep the animal as a drain on their resources.

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* This trope is how the term "white elephant" came into being: according to legend, the King of [[UsefulNotes/{{Thailand}} Siam]] would give an obnoxious courtier a white elephant as a punishment. Since white elephants were (and are) considered sacred and symbols of royalty, the courtier could not use put them in practical use.to use doing normal tame-elephant stuff (hauling things, carrying important people, maybe some fighting if the strategy called for war elephants). For the same reason, the courtier could not return it or give it away. Hence, their only option would be to keep the animal as a drain on their resources.


* Having an online social media presence, especially if you have a high-profile career, and/or work in a creative field. Don't have one, and it makes it harder to get work. Have one, and it makes it harder to have privacy...plus, puts your safety at risk if online drama bleeds over into your real life. (Especially so if you are a woman, LGBTQ+, a racial or ethnic minority, a religious minority, mentally ill, neurodivergent, disabled, poor, or any combination thereof.)

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* Having an online social media presence, especially if you have a high-profile career, and/or work in a creative field.
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Don't have one, and it makes it harder to get work. Have one, and it makes it harder to have privacy...plus, puts your safety at risk if online drama bleeds over into your real life. (Especially so if you are a woman, LGBTQ+, a racial or ethnic minority, a religious minority, mentally ill, neurodivergent, disabled, poor, or any combination thereof.) )
** Maintaining your content also becomes stressful. If you take time off work due to illness or to just have a holiday. Then people may complain about your scedule or complain about a lack of content. If you don't take time off work, then your overal quality of content will be effected.


* Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox found themselves in this situation regarding the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' film rights: the main reason why they produced [[Film/FantasticFour2015 the 2015 film]] was to [[AshcanCopy prevent the character rights]] from reverting back to Creator/MarvelStudios. When the movie came out, it [[BoxOfficeBomb flopped critically and commercially]], [[StillbornFranchise effectively killing off the possibility of a sequel or another reboot]], leaving Fox with the only option of giving back the rights to Marvel. Here is where this trope comes into play: if Fox churns out another ''Fantastic Four'' movie within the next few years, they would likely lose money on it, forcing them to give up the rights. If they sit on the rights for too long, they would lose them (and any money as a result). In the end, [[ShaggyDogStory the whole thing was rendered moot]] in 2018, when Creator/{{Disney}} [[note]]Who bought Marvel in 2009[[/note]] bought Fox's film assets, thus acquiring the Fantastic Four rights, meaning they can now be placed back into Marvel Studios.[[note]]Besides the Fantastic Four, the acquisition also merges Deadpool and the X-Men back into Marvel Studios.[[/note]]

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* Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox found themselves in this situation regarding the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' film rights: the main reason why they produced [[Film/FantasticFour2015 the 2015 film]] was to [[AshcanCopy prevent the character rights]] from reverting back to Creator/MarvelStudios. When the movie came out, it [[BoxOfficeBomb flopped critically and commercially]], [[StillbornFranchise effectively killing off the possibility of a sequel or another reboot]], leaving Fox with the only option of giving back the rights to Marvel. Here is was where this trope comes came into play: if Fox churns out another ''Fantastic Four'' movie within the next few years, they would likely lose money on it, forcing them to give up the rights. If Had they sit sat on the rights for too long, they would have lose them the rights (and any money as a result). In the end, [[ShaggyDogStory the whole thing was rendered moot]] in 2018, when Creator/{{Disney}} [[note]]Who bought Marvel in 2009[[/note]] bought Fox's film and TV assets, thus acquiring the Fantastic Four rights, meaning they can now be placed back into Marvel Studios.[[note]]Besides the Fantastic Four, the acquisition also merges Deadpool and the X-Men back into Marvel Studios.[[/note]]

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* The Creator/ArthurCClarke quote (and the page quote for UsefulNotes/FermiParadox): "There are two possibilities: Either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."

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* Having an online social media presence, especially if you have a high-profile career, and/or work in a creative field. Don't have one, and it makes it harder to get work. Have one, and it makes it harder to have privacy...plus, puts your safety at risk if online drama bleeds over into your real life. (Especially so if you are a woman, LGBTQ+, a racial or ethnic minority, a religious minority, mentally ill, neurodivergent, disabled, poor, or any combination thereof.)


** Being bullied or harassed by a tween as an adult (or teen). Not many people will take your claim seriously due to the age gap and adult responsibility (i.e use your words, be the bigger man or handle it yourself). In an extreme case where you get into a fight (in self-defense or otherwise), it'll come down to this: If you win, you've beaten up a child; if you lose, you got beaten up by a child.

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** Being bullied or harassed by a tween as an adult (or teen). Not many people will take your claim seriously due to the age gap and adult responsibility (i.e use your words, be the bigger man or handle it yourself). In an extreme case where you get into a fight (in self-defense or otherwise), it'll come down to this: If you win, you've beaten up a child; if you lose, you got beaten up by a child. [[note]]One way to TakeAThirdOption is to solely defend oneself from a combative child until someone else intervenes: blocking and dodging but not retaliating. This paints you as holding your ground while also not stooping to the kid's level: both signs of maturity.[[/note]]


* Some international lawyers have been appealing the [[JustFollowingOrders Nuremberg defense]] on the grounds that its rejection places soldiers in a Morton's Fork situation: either follow the orders and be thrown in prison and possibly executed for war crimes by the other side later, or refuse to follow the orders and be thrown in prison and probably executed for insubordination by your own superiors now. That's why nowadays there is a clause that allows the Nuremberg defence if the defendant did not have a moral choice. The Nuremberg Defence is named after the trials after [=WWII=]. In the German army at the time soldiers had the right (but not duty) to refuse to carry out any illegal orders. There were German soldiers who refused to carry out such orders with little consequences, which was why the Nuremberg Trial was as harsh as they were; if those men had the ability to refuse orders, then those trying to claim JustFollowingOrders had the same ability to and chose not to.
* In ancient Rome, UsefulNotes/MarcusLiciniusCrassus set up the world's first organised fire brigade in response to the high risk of fire. But it was entirely privately owned and not really a blessing for the victims; Whenever a fire broke out, Crassus would move out and give the burning house's owner the choice: He could sell Crassus his house for a ridiculously cheap price, and Crassus would ''then'' put out the fire, or not, in which case Crassus would just let it burn to the ground. Neither option was, of course, in any way favourable for the (former) owner.

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* Some international lawyers have been appealing the [[JustFollowingOrders Nuremberg defense]] on the grounds that its rejection places soldiers in a Morton's Fork situation: either follow the orders and be thrown in prison and possibly executed for war crimes by the other side later, or refuse to follow the orders and be thrown in prison and probably executed for insubordination by your own superiors now. That's why nowadays there is a clause that allows the Nuremberg defence if the defendant did not have a moral choice. The Nuremberg Defence is named after the trials after [=WWII=]. In the German army at the time soldiers had the right (but not duty) to refuse to carry out any illegal orders. There were German soldiers who refused to carry out such orders with little consequences, which was why the Nuremberg Trial was as harsh as they were; if those men had the ability to refuse orders, then those trying to claim JustFollowingOrders they were just following orders had the same ability to refuse orders and chose not to.
* In ancient Rome, UsefulNotes/MarcusLiciniusCrassus set up the world's first organised fire brigade in response to the high risk of fire. But it was entirely privately owned and not really a blessing for the victims; victims. Whenever a fire broke out, Crassus would move out and give the burning house's owner the choice: He could sell Crassus his house for a ridiculously cheap price, and Crassus would ''then'' put out the fire, or not, in which case Crassus would just let it burn to the ground. Neither option was, of course, in any way favourable for the (former) owner.



* In the period leading to the 2003 invasion of Iraq UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein's regime was accused of manufacturing and stockpiling weapons of mass destruction. Saddam responded to the accusations with a mixture of bluster and bluff, and in retrospect he was faced with an impossible situation. If he had explicitly denied possessing such weapons the international community would not have believed him, and furthermore he would have appeared weak in the face of other Middle Eastern powers and Iraq's majority Shia population, who were kept from overthrowing Saddam by fear. If he had ''admitted'' to producing such weapons - a tactic used later by the Syrian regime - he would have been compelled to publicly dispose of them, which was impossible, as he had none to dispose. In retrospect nothing short of voluntarily relinquishing power would have saved Saddam's Iraq from invasion and military occupation.

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* In the period leading to the 2003 invasion of Iraq Iraq, UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein's regime was accused of manufacturing and stockpiling weapons of mass destruction. Saddam responded to the accusations with a mixture of bluster and bluff, and in retrospect he was faced with an impossible situation. If he had explicitly denied possessing such weapons the international community would not have believed him, and furthermore he would have appeared weak in the face of other Middle Eastern powers and Iraq's majority Shia population, who were kept from overthrowing Saddam by fear. If he had ''admitted'' to producing such weapons - a tactic used later by the Syrian regime - he would have been compelled to publicly dispose of them, which was impossible, as he had none to dispose.dispose of. In retrospect nothing short of voluntarily relinquishing power would have saved Saddam's Iraq from invasion and military occupation.


-->'''[[DrillSergeantNasty Officer]]:''' Can you ski?
-->'''Recruit #1:''' Yes, sir!
-->'''Officer:''' You will be sent to Boden. Next! Can you ski?
-->'''Recruit #2:''' No, sir!
-->'''Officer:''' You will be sent to Boden, for ski training. Next!
* Employment:
** "Resign or be fired" ultimatums. When given these options, the employee knows that he or she will inevitably be out of the company's map in the future.[[note]]This isn't so bad in modern times- employment laws require that an employer compensate the fired person with several months' pay. This makes getting fired the more acceptable option at the cost of a black mark on a person's clean CV, which can be [[CanonDiscontinuity whited out]]. Besides, if your boss is going to be nasty to you, you might as well go somewhere where people will respect you instead and leave this one off to die.[[/note]]

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-->'''[[DrillSergeantNasty Officer]]:''' Can you ski?
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'''Recruit
#1:''' Yes, sir!
-->'''Officer:'''
sir!\\
'''Officer:'''
You will be sent to Boden. Next! Can you ski?
-->'''Recruit
ski?\\
'''Recruit
#2:''' No, sir!
-->'''Officer:'''
sir!\\
'''Officer:'''
You will be sent to Boden, for ski training. Next!
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"Resign or be fired" ultimatums. When given these options, the employee knows that he or she will inevitably be out of the company's map in the future.[[note]]This isn't so bad in modern times- times - employment laws require that an employer compensate the fired person with several months' pay. This makes getting fired the more acceptable option at the cost of a black mark on a person's clean CV, which can be [[CanonDiscontinuity whited out]]. Besides, if your boss is going to be nasty to you, you might as well go somewhere where people will respect you instead and leave this one off to die.[[/note]]
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* Writers of various media have increasingly come under fire for a lack of diversity in their work (i.e. not enough characters of color and/or LGBTQ characters). When those same writers have attempted to introduce more diverse characters, they are criticized for writing characters that fall outside of their mostly white and heteronormative experiences.


* Some international lawyers have been appealing the [[JustFollowingOrders Nuremberg defense]] on the grounds that its rejection places soldiers in a Morton's Fork situation: either follow the orders and be thrown in prison and possibly executed for war crimes by the other side later, or refuse to follow the orders and be thrown in prison and probably executed for insubordination by your own superiors now. That's why nowadays there is a clause that allows the Nuremberg defence if the defendant did not have a moral choice. The Nuremberg Defence is named after the trials after [=WWII=]. In the German army at the time soldiers had the right (but not duty) to refuse to carry out any illegal orders. There were German soldiers who refused to carry out such orders with little consequences.

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* Some international lawyers have been appealing the [[JustFollowingOrders Nuremberg defense]] on the grounds that its rejection places soldiers in a Morton's Fork situation: either follow the orders and be thrown in prison and possibly executed for war crimes by the other side later, or refuse to follow the orders and be thrown in prison and probably executed for insubordination by your own superiors now. That's why nowadays there is a clause that allows the Nuremberg defence if the defendant did not have a moral choice. The Nuremberg Defence is named after the trials after [=WWII=]. In the German army at the time soldiers had the right (but not duty) to refuse to carry out any illegal orders. There were German soldiers who refused to carry out such orders with little consequences.consequences, which was why the Nuremberg Trial was as harsh as they were; if those men had the ability to refuse orders, then those trying to claim JustFollowingOrders had the same ability to and chose not to.

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*One of the criticisms of the [=FOSTA-SESTA=] package involves this. To go a bit into some details, if a site is reported to have sex-trafficking through it, the admins get legal trouble and, unfortunately, the admins can't report that there's sex trafficking as, doing that means they have to acknowledge that there's sex trafficking on the site, leading to, again, legal trouble. [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment We're not going to say how it went.]]


* College. Don't go, and you won't be able to get a job that isn't something like [[BurgerFool food service]] or [[SoulSuckingRetailJob retail]]. Go to school and get a degree, but come out with tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of dollars in student loans...and you ''still'' might not be able to get a job that isn't food service or retail, depending on what the job market is like when you graduate. Even a STEM degree could be rendered ADegreeInUseless.

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* College.
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Don't go, and you won't be able to get a job that isn't something like [[BurgerFool food service]] or [[SoulSuckingRetailJob retail]]. Go to school and get a degree, but come out with tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of dollars in student loans...and you ''still'' might not be able to get a job that isn't food service or retail, depending on what the job market is like when you graduate. Even a STEM degree could be rendered ADegreeInUseless.
** Attendance in college also suffers from this. Don't attend class because of outside factors like illness, family, or unexpected problems? Teacher will likely not cut you any slack and mark it as a permanent tardy that will catch up and get you dropped from the class if it happens too often, on top of being behind in assignments and grade. Show up anyway despite delays? Some professors won't count you in attendance despite perhaps a valid reason for being late, and you'll waste your time and money to get there, on top of missing some of the lecture anyway.


* Helping a vilified criminal turn their life around. If you associate yourself with them, [[GuiltByAssociation you'll be vilified yourself]]. If you're not willing to risk your reputation, said criminal isn't getting the help they need.

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* Helping a vilified criminal turn their life around. If you associate yourself with them, [[GuiltByAssociation you'll be vilified yourself]]. If you're not willing to risk your reputation, said criminal isn't getting the help they need.need and there is the possibility you might be punished for BystanderSyndrome.


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* Being pulled over while driving in the U.S. often has this issue for a driver. When the officer asks "Do you know why I pulled you over?", the driver is put into a bad situation where they can either say no, which usually leads to the officer trapping the driver into being told what they did wrong and thus getting a ticket out of ignorance, or say yes, which essentially is them admitting they know they did something wrong and getting a ticket for ignoring the rules. There are ways to get around this issue a little bit, such as answering that you have an idea but are not sure, or just in general seeming apologetic, but in most cases, its recommended to simply admit to not knowing what you did as in some cases they might instead give a warning if you provide a reasonable reason why (Ex; being out of state/country).

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* Similarly, during the writing and casting of ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'', Marvel were faced with a dilemma regarding the Ancient One, Strange's tutor. If a male actor was cast, matching the Ancient One's gender in the comics, the film would be accused of under-representing women (the only other major female character was Christine Palmer, Strange's ex-girlfriend). If an Asian actress was cast, matching the Ancient One's race in the comics, the film would have been accused of [[DragonLady racial stereotyping]]. Marvel thus cast Creator/TildaSwinton in the role... and the film was then accused on whitewashing, not to mention [[TheyChangedItSoItSucks the usual criticisms about straying from the source material]].

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