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"I know you are quick, but you can’t get to both of them at the same time."
Morgan Edge, Smallville, "Phoenix"

"Swear allegiance to me and I'll allow the ones you love the most to live. Kneel Before Zod."
Zod (possessing Lex), Smallville, "Zod"

"I give you my word, Ms. Lang. If you don't honor the promise that you made to my son, or I find out you told anyone about this conversation, I will kill Clark Kent."
Lionel Luthor, Smallville, "Promise"

"It's time for you to face your defining moment. You can walk away, sacrificing innocent lives to stay together, or defuse the bomb...and sacrifice your love forever."
Lex Luthor, Smallville, "Requiem"

(Zatanna's spell is about to resurrect her father at the cost of Chloe's life)
Zatanna: No! It is supposed to be me.
Clark Kent: We don't get to choose. But we do get to choose how we live the life that we've been given.
Zatanna: I'm sorry. (She is saying sorry to her father, not Chloe.)
Smallville, "Hex"

Armada Waller: Maybe this will help your indecisiveness. (screen shows Chloe Sullivan Bound and Gagged and held at gunpoint)
Clark Kent: Let her go.
Armada Waller: I'm not being unreasonable. If you step forward, out of the shadows, I will let Watchtower go.
Clark Kent: (steps forward) Release her now.
Armada Waller: You sure are nice to look at. But I like to have my cake and eat it too. I want your loyalty to Checkmate. Anything happens to me, and bye-bye blondie. I know you're fast, but you can't stop a bullet when you don't know where she is.
Clark Kent: That would be murder.
Armada Waller: It's not murder, it's strategy. [...] The Blur...he lets his most valuable ally fend for herself. [...] All you have to do to save her is to give me one simple address. (Clark uses superhearing to find Chloe, uses superspeed to get to her and curb stomps the government agents)
Smallville, "Checkmate"

John Jones: You don't have to join her.
Clark: No. But, like, she said, eventually I'll have to choose sides.
Smallville, "Checkmate"

"There's an explosion rocking the roof of the Daily Planet. You can stop the beacon from plummeting into the rush hour traffic, or you can save the woman you love. [...] Even you aren't fast enough to save both. Today, the world will finally lose faith in its heretic hero! And it will destroy you."
LX-13, Smallville, "Lazarus"

Marlene: Once they remove it, they'll be able to reverse engineer a vaccine. A vaccine.
Joel: But it grows all over the brain.
Marlene: does.
Joel: Find someone else.
Marlene: There is no one else. [...] I get it. But whatever it is you think you're going through right now is nothing to what I have been through. I knew her since she was born. I promised her mother I would look after her.
Joel: Then why are you letting this happen?
Marlene: Because this isn't about me! Or even her. There is no other choice here!
Joel: Yeah, you keep telling yourself that bullshit.

"Sometimes, the only choices you have are bad ones, but you still have to choose."
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "Mummy on the Orient Express"

Justice Lord Superman: Everything he does from now on is your fault!
Superman: It's a high price, but it's better than the alternative.
Justice League, "A Better World"

"Listen, we don't have a lot of time. They told me that only one of us was going to make it, and that they were going to let our friends choose."
Rachel Dawes (to Harvey Dent), The Dark Knight

"Don't worry, I'm going to tell you where they are, both of them. And that's the point. You'll have to choose."

"Which of my friends do I condemn to death?"
Captain Kirk, Star Trek: The Original Series, during "The Immunity Syndrome" (S02E18) in particular.

Here is your final test. Take this gun... And shoot one of these two people! Your beloved girfriend Sheila or your beloved dog, Salty!
Some evil person, this Nedroid strip

"So...? Which of you instigated it? Hatsuharu? You? Which of you will incur my displeasure? You see, when I get mad, I can't really see what's around me. Hatori's left eye - that was unfortunate."
Akito, Fruits Basket

Optimus: "Give up the Allspark, or give up the Earth. How am I supposed to decide?"
Ratchet: "Heroes are the ones who make the hard choices."

"A weighty choice is yours to make: / The right selection or a big mistake. / If the wrong choice you choose to pursue, / the foundations of home will crumble without you."

Sgt. Will Strausser: "Mrs. Matheson, I'm sorry, but you need to choose which one of your children I'm going to kill."

"Look, three options. One, I let the star whale continue in unendurable agony for hundreds more years. Two, I kill everyone on this ship. Three, I murder a beautiful and innocent creature as painlessly as I can. And then I find a new name, 'cos I won't be the Doctor any more."
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Beast Below"

(Quackerjack, Louie, and Dewey are near the gondola system.)
Quackerjack: Behold! My master plan! On one gondola, dozens of innocent citizens. On the other, convicted criminals. And both gondolas are filled with high explosives. Hehehehe!
Dewey: So?
Quackerjack: So, I gave the people on each gondola a detonator for the other. Now, each side is faced with a moral dilemma. Kill or be killed, and they have 15 minutes to decide before I do! Hahaha!
(A gondola blows up.)
Quackerjack: What the...?! What just happened?!
Louie: Looks like the criminals blew up the civilians.
Quackerjack: But they weren't supposed to do that! I wanted to push the button!
Dewey: Then you shouldn't have given them detonators.
Louie: Especially to the criminals.
Ducktalez 6: The Duck Knight

SS officer: You may keep one of your children.
Sophie: I beg your pardon?
SS officer: You may keep one of your children. The other must go away.
Sophie: You mean, I have to choose?
SS officer: You are a Polack, not a Yid. That gives you a privilege, a choice.
Sophie: I can't choose. I can't choose!

"Time for you to make a choice, Mr. Fudd... Between the ACME Automatic Haircutting Machine or the B2000 Gadgetized Galvanized Beauty Salon in A Box! All parts not under warranty, offer may not be valid in your area."
Top Salesman, The Matwix

"Captain Blazkowicz, help me make a choice. In your opinion, which one of these two varieties would best support my research? I have inadequate room for samples. Should you decline my appeal, I shall have to put the scalpel to both of them, and we'd be here all day. I'll make matters simple. All you need to do is look to the one you would have me dissect."
Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strasse, Wolfenstein: The New Order

Misato: I don't want to heal them. I know I can't do that. I just want to protect them. Just talking about it isn't going to make that happen. I had a plan, but now that plan means abandoning other people who depend on me. No matter what I do, someone is going to get hurt.
Rei: That is always going to happen. The only thing you can do is choose. We all have.

"In 3 minutes, this building will be demolished. I can get out easily. Now you have a choice: Die trying to save her or save yourself and live with the pain."
Franz Oberhauser/Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Spectre

"Even you cannot save everyone. Outlander. By choosing who shall live, you also choose who shall die. Are you ready for that burden?"

"When individuals put themselves above the squad, this can lead to failure and death. For example..." [puts a kunai to Sasuke's throat] "Sakura! Kill Naruto now or Sasuke dies! ...That's what happens on a mission. The enemy takes a hostage, and you've got an impossible choice... and someone ends up dead."
Kakashi Hatake, Naruto

"Before you, I place a choice. Walk through the blue door, and continue to face even more failures at saving those closest to you. Your race will live on borrowed time and will, through your violent arrogance, wind up extinct. Walk through the red door, however, and I will release the humans whom I have collected. I will give them amnesty, and even a ship from my fleet to do with as they see fit. However, in choosing this door, you will willingly submit yourself to execution. This is the moment where you can choose to be the savior of humanity, or its absolute destroyer."
Zinyak, Saints Row IV

When we were back on Earth, you picked up certain germs on your person, common bacteria from the air. These germs would normally perish during your voyages from one planet to the next, but this time I teleported you directly to Salaria. Microscopic life, harmless to you and all Earth creatures... but quite deadly to the inhabitants of Salaria. The plague should be well established within the Salarian community by now. During our teleportation sessions, I took the liberty of manipulating our position in the time flow. I calculate that nearly 50% of Salaria's population has perished by now. But if you hurry, you can still save the other half. Or you can waste time pitting your powers against mine.
Thanos, Silver Surfer: Rebirth Of Thanos

"The second I'm away, I'll hit the remote and blow the ship to bits...[Satine,] if you shoot me, you'll prove yourself a hypocrite to every pacifist ideal you hold dear. And you, Kenobi, you are no stranger to violence. You'd be hailed as a hero by everyone on this ship. ALMOST everyone. Come on then! Who will strike first and brand themselves a cold-blooded killer?"

Crayak: Their orbit is badly destabilized. You can see that they will slip slowly, then faster, wobbling, tom by shattering earthquakes, slide down and down the gravity well, atmosphere boiling away, suffocating, a few surviving in trapped pockets of air - until of course they are roasted alive by their own sun.
The Ellimist: Some of them can still be saved!
Crayak: Yes. And you can stay here and save them, Ellimist. Or you can follow me to the next game. Save a few of these creatures, or perhaps save entire worlds. Your choice. It's all a part of the game.
Animorphs - The Ellimist Chronicles


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