Follow TV Tropes

Following

History WhatYouAreInTheDark / WesternAnimation

Go To



* The "Between Brothers" episode of ''WesternAnimation/Thundercats2011'' has this. When a young Lion-O and Tygra are playing as kids, Lion-O is crossing a tree trunk bridge over a pit. Tygra, as a child, breaks the edge of the bridge with his foot causing Lion-O to fall in. Young Lion-O doesn't see him do this (although present day Lion-O does, as he watches this memory) and falls into the pit. Tygra appears to abandon him, so if Lion-O were to die down there, no one would know it was Tygra's fault... although present day Tygra reveals that he ''did'' feel guilty afterward and immediately ran to their father for help.

to:

* The "Between Brothers" episode of ''WesternAnimation/Thundercats2011'' has this. When a young Lion-O and Tygra are playing as kids, Lion-O is crossing a tree trunk bridge over a pit. Tygra, as a child, breaks the edge of the bridge with his foot causing Lion-O to fall in.in (the two of them [[SiblingRivalry didn't exactly have the best relationship]] when they were younger). Young Lion-O doesn't see him do this (although present day Lion-O does, as he watches this memory) and falls into the pit. Tygra appears to abandon him, so if Lion-O were to die down there, no one would know it was Tygra's fault... although present day Tygra reveals that he ''did'' feel guilty afterward and immediately ran to their father for help.

Added DiffLines:

* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', the conclusion of Dinobot's character arc has a moment like this. Dinobot - a Predacon-turned-Maximal who had been struggling with his allegiance and actions over several episodes - observes [[BigBad Megatron]] discover the mutability of the future, and subsequently sending his entire Predacon force to wipe out the ancestors of the human race to change the future in their favor. [[HeroicSacrifice With the incredibly high likelihood of death should he take them all on by himself]], Dinobot could have chosen to stand back and save himself at the cost of the proto-humans...except that for him, [[HeroicSpirit that was never an option]].
-->'''Dinobot''': The question that once haunted my being has been answered. The future is not fixed, and my choices are my own. And yet, how ironic... for now I find I have no choice at all.

Added DiffLines:

* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' that introduced Kang the Conqueror, Iron Man, having spent all episode trying and failing to keep up with Kang's futuristic weaponry, has entered a room full of them. Black Widow notes that any single device present would keep Stark on top of the tech game for decades, but Tony remarks that he could never live with taking credit for somebody else's work, and promptly [[MacrossMissileMassacre opens fire]] on the arsenal.

Added DiffLines:

* [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Gumball Watterson]] falls into this trope after he ejects [[TragicVillain Rob]] into The Void in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' episode "The Rerun". The world is frozen and he has the remote that can fix everything, plus Rob did try to destroy him and everyone he loved. No one would blame him if he left him in there, but he decides that what he did isn't right and he has to save him. So he follows him into The Void. Rob is so touched by this that he ends up saving Gumball in return.

Added DiffLines:

* WesternAnimation/HerculesTheAnimatedSeries: In the episode "Hercules and the Prince of Thrace", Adonis disturbs Gaia, so Gaia places a curse on him to die which can only be removed by the Golden Apples in the garden of the Hesperides, which only a god can retrieve. After Hercules fails to get one, they have Atlas get it instead, while Hercules holds up the sky. Despite a chance to abandon Hercules when Atlas suggests that they leave Hercules, Adonis instead tricks Atlas into holding up the sky again and free Hercules.


* In the second part of [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Awakening]], Goliath has only a brief second to choose between justice and vengeance before losing his chance at either; he chooses to save the princess's life, and though it pains him dearly not to have killed the traitor himself, he knows he made the right decision.

to:

* In the second part of [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Awakening]], the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' pilot episode, Goliath has only a brief second is forced to choose between justice and vengeance before losing vengeance, or lose his chance at either; he chooses to save the princess's life, and though it pains him dearly not to have killed the traitor himself, he knows he made the right decision.

Added DiffLines:

* In the second part of [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Awakening]], Goliath has only a brief second to choose between justice and vengeance before losing his chance at either; he chooses to save the princess's life, and though it pains him dearly not to have killed the traitor himself, he knows he made the right decision.


* Halfway through the last season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko has finally gotten everything he ''said'' he wanted; he's Prince of the Fire Nation again, he's wealthy and respected, he has his father's praise, he even has a girl he loves. Then, [[spoiler:he finds out his father is about to ''kill an entire continent and SaltTheEarth.'' He immediately flees the capitol with nothing but the clothes on his back, throwing himself on the heroes' mercy because he can't abide it, knowing full well that they're ''really'' pissed at him; he ''[[LiteralMetaphor literally]]'' chased them clear across the world, made a global catastrophe possible that a dear friend of the heroes had to make a HeroicSacrifice to stop, then threw their previous offer of redemption in their face and ''got TheMessiah killed'' ([[BackFromTheDead temporarily]]). They're not ''too'' harsh on him; they throw him out again and ignore him until he helps save them from an assassin... that he hired earlier]]. [[HeroWithAnFInGood Yeah]].

to:

* Halfway through the last season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko has finally gotten everything he ''said'' he wanted; he's Prince of the Fire Nation again, he's wealthy and respected, he has his father's praise, he even has a girl he loves. Then, [[spoiler:he finds out his father is about to ''kill an entire continent and SaltTheEarth.'' He immediately flees the capitol with nothing but the clothes on his back, throwing himself on the heroes' mercy because he can't abide it, knowing full well that they're they'd be ''really'' pissed at him; him by now given all that he's done while fighting for the Fire Nation; he ''[[LiteralMetaphor literally]]'' chased them clear across the world, made a global catastrophe possible that a dear friend of the heroes had to make a HeroicSacrifice to stop, then threw their previous offer of redemption in their face and ''got TheMessiah killed'' ([[BackFromTheDead temporarily]]). They're [[JustForPun Aang and the Gaang]] are not ''too'' harsh on him; they simply throw him out again and ignore him until he helps save them from an assassin... that he hired earlier]]. [[HeroWithAnFInGood Yeah]].


* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Inhuman Torch", Bender is accused of starting fires in order to put them out and look like a hero, but it was actually started by a fire creature from the sun (whom Bender names Flamo). In order to keep Flamo from burning the Earth into a small star, Bender takes it to the Arctic Circle, where no one will find him, know about the fate he spared them from, and most importantly, [[HiddenHeartOfGold he won't be hailed as a hero.]]

to:

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
**
In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode pilot, Leela fell into Fry's old cryonic tube while trying to give him his career chip; even though he just met her and has no reason to specifically think well of her, Fry resets the dial from a thousand years to five minutes.
** In
"The Inhuman Torch", Bender is accused of starting fires in order to put them out and look like a hero, but it was actually started by a fire creature from the sun (whom Bender names Flamo). In order to keep Flamo from burning the Earth into a small star, Bender takes it to the Arctic Circle, where no one will find him, know about the fate he spared them from, and most importantly, [[HiddenHeartOfGold he won't be hailed as a hero.]]

Added DiffLines:

* On ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Roger invokes this to be a jerk to Steve after Steve, who had repeatedly masturbated with a portrait of a nude woman Roger painted, learned that the portrait was of Hailey (her face was obscured in the painting). Steve freaks out and rationalizes that only he, Roger, and Hailey know, and Roger states that both God and ''Creator/JamesDoohan'' saw, and that the only way to make it right is to kill himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has a parody of this, when Pam is desperately trying to get someone (''anyone'') in the office to have sex with her. She actually uses the words "Nobody will know", even if she's got a dolphin puppet on her hand while saying it. Needless to say, Brett, the man she propositions, turns her down (he uses the "I'll know" response.) Even more ironic considering in the same episode, he paid Lana $600 simply to brag about having sex with her, not actually doing the deed. Of course, Pam's claim of anonymity is very dubious, as she's the biggest gossip in the office ([[NoSuchThingAsHR even though she's supposed to be in charge of Human Resources]]).
* Halfway through the last season of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko has finally gotten everything he ''said'' he wanted; he's Prince of the Fire Nation again, he's wealthy and respected, he has his father's praise, he even has a girl he loves. Then, [[spoiler:he finds out his father is about to ''kill an entire continent and SaltTheEarth.'' He immediately flees the capitol with nothing but the clothes on his back, throwing himself on the heroes' mercy because he can't abide it, knowing full well that they're ''really'' pissed at him; he ''[[LiteralMetaphor literally]]'' chased them clear across the world, made a global catastrophe possible that a dear friend of the heroes had to make a HeroicSacrifice to stop, then threw their previous offer of redemption in their face and ''got TheMessiah killed'' ([[BackFromTheDead temporarily]]). They're not ''too'' harsh on him; they throw him out again and ignore him until he helps save them from an assassin... that he hired earlier]]. [[HeroWithAnFInGood Yeah]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Danny foils some minions attempt to steal jewelry from a store, but when they take off, all the security guards see is him holding the loot. When he leaves, one guard says to the other, "You want to keep this stuff and blame the ghost boy?" The other just sighs and says, "You're under arrest."
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheDoverBoys'', with Dan Backslide's quote.
-->'''Dan Backslide:''' A runabout! I'LL STEAL IT! '''[[NoIndoorVoice NO ONE]]''' '''[[WithCatlikeTread WILL EVER KNOW!]]'''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Inhuman Torch", Bender is accused of starting fires in order to put them out and look like a hero, but it was actually started by a fire creature from the sun (whom Bender names Flamo). In order to keep Flamo from burning the Earth into a small star, Bender takes it to the Arctic Circle, where no one will find him, know about the fate he spared them from, and most importantly, [[HiddenHeartOfGold he won't be hailed as a hero.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GoodVibes'' episode "Floatopia" Mondo declines sex with Jeena when she's too drunk to properly consent.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' gives us Helga Pataki, who's ostensibly a bully. However, in the Christmas episode, she gives up a pair of boots (that she wanted more than anything, and that her mother said "was the last pair in the city" and waited in line all day for them), to a man in exchange for him helping track down the daughter of Mr. Hyunh for Arnold. And Arnold has [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold no idea it was her, no one knows she was the one who did it.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** The episode [[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS1E7TheGreatestStoryNeverTold "The Greatest Story Never Told"]], is this for Booster Gold, who has to deal with a black hole while the more prominent members are dealing with a bigger threat offscreen.
** Happens in the finale. After [[spoiler:Flash defeats Lexiac and vanishes into the Speed Force]], Luthor taunts the heroes that he did kill him after all. Superman picks him up by the neck and readies the laser vision. Wonder Woman starts to rush forward, but Batman holds her off.
---> [[spoiler:'''Superman:''' I'm not the man who killed President Luthor. Right now I wish to Heaven that I was, but I'm not.]]
*** That was definitely a BatmanGambit. Superman had been struggling throughout the arc with the actions of his alternate universe counterpart, while also dealng with the fallout of having been mind-controlled by Darkseid just before the start of the show (around the end of Superman the Animated series). Batman wanted to give Superman the chance to affirm his character. With the opportunity, Supes shows just how strong he truly is.
* In Season 1 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[DaChief Lin]] [[IronLady Beifong]] is captured by the Equalists and brought to [[ArcVillain Amon]]. Amon offers to let her keep her Bending if she gives up Korra's location, and being as there are no heroes around Lin could easily come up with some story about escaping. Instead, Lin [[ShutUpHannibal all but spits in his face]] and accepts her fate with dignity.
* Janet of ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' ''fails'' this trope when she's alone in a room save for a bug (actually Miss Frizzle's class aboard the shrunken bus) and decides to gleefully sabotage the class's entry for a scent competition instead of playing fair. ''No one'' is happy with her and [[FanNickname the Frizz Kids]] beating her and subtly calling her out is perfectly LaserGuidedKarma.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'':
** Jenny gets accosted by Killgore, a sentient wind-up toy that, [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain while completely harmless as a villain]], [[TormentByAnnoyance annoys her to death]] with frequent demands to "SURRENDER!" Problem is, she can't attack him, because too many people find him cute. Jenny eventually catches Killgore at night, but finds she doesn't have it in heart to attack a helpless, if annoying, creature.
** Jenny generally [[PunchClockHero considers her role as superhero a chore]], and [[IJustWantToBeNormal wants to have a regular teenager's social life]]. In ''[[TheMovie Escape From Cluster Prime]]'', she loses her memory, along with most of her powers, and starts living on a planet of robots--essentially the life she'd always asked for. Yet Jenny ''still'' decides to become a superhero when she sees people who need help, even though she now longer has anyone pressuring her into it (and even becomes wanted as a vigilante).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** In the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E17TheTimesTheyAreAChangeling The Times They Are A Changeling"]], Thorax has been assumed to be evil by all the ponies, while Spike, his only friend, [[EtTuBrute abandoned him at a critical moment]]. When, later, Spike is in mortal danger and calls out for Thorax's help with nobody else around, he has a brief ThenLetMeBeEvil moment, asking Spike why, as an "evil changeling", he should do anything to help him. It only lasts a few seconds, though, and Thorax saves Spike even though nothing about the circumstances compels him to.
** In the ChristmasEpisode ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyBestGiftEver'', Pistachio figures out that Rarity's custom-made hat wasn't for him, and tries to give it back to her. Even though Rarity has every right to take the hat back, and no one else would ever know about the mix-up, she saw how much Pistachio and the Acorn family appreciated the gift. As such, Rarity not only lets Pistachio keep the hat, but invites him to be her guest at an upcoming fashion show to further his passions.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** A uncompromisingly silly example: In "Marge Be Not Proud", Nelson claims that shoplifting and ''punching someone in the dark'' are "[[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught victimless crimes]]", and seemed completely earnest in saying so.
** "Treehouse Of Horror: XXI" has one of its stories based on a murder mystery. Marge and Homer are out in unexplored waters for a little honeymoon. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Through circumstances, Homer ends up killing a man he thought he previously killed, as well as several other passengers on The Albatross]]. Homer says that, with no witnesses of their crimes left, they can just return and keep on living. Marge gives off the line "We'll know" and eats the poisoned pie, because she cannot live with the guilt.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', [[JerkJock Flash Thompson]] learns that during a football tournament his team won one of the players was taking a performance-enhancing drug. He's told that by that very player, in a one-on-one conversation, and he knows, that should the word get out, their championship (that he ruined his leg achieving and thus ruining a chance for a good scholarship) would be disqualified. The word still gets out... from Flash himself, because to him an unfair victory isn't worth much.
** Then there is, of course, Spider-Man confronting Uncle Ben's killer becoming this for the show. As seen in episode 12, Peter had a good chance to let the burglar fall to his death, but saved him because he knew [[MoralityChainBeyondTheGrave Uncle Ben wouldn't approve]].
** Later Spider-Man confronts Uncle Ben's killer again. He's The Cat, aka '''Black Cat's father.''' Black Cat was trying to break him out while Peter was there testing the prison's new security system at request from management since it was used to contain superhumans (though the system has been hijacked by Green Goblin, kickstarting the plot.) Mr. Hardy actually takes Spidey's place to fix the system and insists on staying, fully knowing what he did and to atone for his crimes (and possibly even knowing Spider-Man is Peter Parker.) Unfortunatley, this also strains Black Cat's relation with Spidey as she blames his influence for him staying in prison.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E15TheHonorableOnes "The Honorable Ones"]], [[EnemyMine Zeb and Agent Kallus are stranded on an ice moon attempting to climb out of a cave up to the surface to be rescued]]. When some large predatory animals attack them, Zeb manages to get Kallus up to the safety of the surface. [[spoiler:Kallus finds Zeb's bo-rifle and realizes he has an opportunity to shoot Zeb, but after a moment's hesitation he opts to shoot the creature attacking Zeb instead.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' special [[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E20Bismuth "Bismuth"]] was this for Steven. After defending himself from [[spoiler:Bismuth]] for refusing to use the Breaking Point or letting her use it, Steven promises to tell the Gems what happened to her. [[spoiler:His mother Rose Quartz failed this test when the same thing happened to her, choosing to hide Bismuth away for thousands of years to protect her cause and ensure peace instead. Bismuth tearfully admits that this makes Steven a better person than his mother ever was.]]
* The "Between Brothers" episode of ''WesternAnimation/Thundercats2011'' has this. When a young Lion-O and Tygra are playing as kids, Lion-O is crossing a tree trunk bridge over a pit. Tygra, as a child, breaks the edge of the bridge with his foot causing Lion-O to fall in. Young Lion-O doesn't see him do this (although present day Lion-O does, as he watches this memory) and falls into the pit. Tygra appears to abandon him, so if Lion-O were to die down there, no one would know it was Tygra's fault... although present day Tygra reveals that he ''did'' feel guilty afterward and immediately ran to their father for help.

Showing 10 edit(s) of 10

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report