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DamselOfDistress, it\'s completely possible to play a trope straight and avert it in the same work, even in the same scene, even at the same moment. That\'s not a contradiction. Just because it\'s an AvertedTrope doesn\'t mean that in the entire work the trope must never appear. It just means there is an incident where the trope is averted.
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And stopping Alistair isn\'t taking a third option. You actually don\'t have any option when he sacrifices himself to kill the archdemon. More to the point, however, the \