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28th Apr '16 9:19:26 AM JoeMerl
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* ''Disney/BrotherBear 2'' is based on an [[AccidentalMarriage accidental]] version--as children, Kenai gave a necklace to his friend, Nita, and the two swore to be best friends forever, despite living in different villages. Apparently the spirits considered them betrothed now, because years later they interrupt Nita's wedding, and won't allow the new marriage unless she tracks down Kenai and performs a ritual to annul the agreement. (They don't particularly care that Kenai is no longer human.)

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* ''Disney/BrotherBear 2'' is based on an [[AccidentalMarriage accidental]] version--as children, Kenai gave a necklace to his friend, Nita, and the two swore to be best friends forever, despite living in different villages. Apparently the spirits considered them betrothed now, because years later they interrupt Nita's wedding, and won't allow the new marriage unless she tracks down Kenai and performs a ritual to annul the agreement. (They don't particularly care that You'd think Kenai is no longer human.)
choosing to live the rest of his life as a bear would have done that already, but no.
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* In Denmark, a very young couple, both 18 years old, got married. Turns out that they've known each other since kindergarden and around their early teens started dating each other after remembering that they made a promise.

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* In Denmark, a very young couple, both 18 years old, got married. Turns out that they've known each other since kindergarden kindergarten and around their early teens started dating each other after remembering that they made a promise.
28th Apr '16 9:12:03 AM JoeMerl
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* ''Disney/BrotherBear 2'' is based on an [[AccidentalMarriage accidental]] version--as children, Kenai gave a necklace to his friend, Nita, and the two swore to be best friends forever, despite living in different villages. Apparently the spirits considered them betrothed now, because years later they interrupt Nita's wedding, and won't allow the new marriage unless she tracks down Kenai and performs a ritual to annul the agreement. (They don't particularly care that Kenai is no longer human.)

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1st Apr '16 1:12:13 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Nunnally and Euphemia have a good old laugh when they remember the times they fought as children over who would get to marry Lelouch. Considering they are, respectively, his sister and his half-sister, and further considering he has a metric ton of SubText with Nunnally (lampshaded more than once) and actually calls Euphemia his 'first love', it's probably for the best that they never mention this conversation to him.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Nunnally and Euphemia have a good old laugh when they remember the times they fought as children over who would get to marry Lelouch. Considering they are, respectively, his [[BrotherSisterIncest sister and his half-sister, half-sister]], and further considering he has a metric ton of SubText IncestSubtext with Nunnally (lampshaded more than once) and actually calls Euphemia his 'first love', it's probably for the best that they never mention this conversation to him.



* Referenced in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5KGbxNTDB8 Smoke And Mirrors]]" by Jayn. The {{yandere}} VillainProtagonist is in love with her childhood friend but loathes his female friends.

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* Referenced in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5KGbxNTDB8 Smoke And Mirrors]]" by Jayn. The {{yandere}} VillainProtagonist is in love with her childhood friend but loathes his female friends.wife.
1st Apr '16 11:42:07 AM Pichu-kun
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* A candy commercial a few years ago featured a little boy asking a little girl to marry him, and giving her a Life Saver as an engagement ring.
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* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' Holy Roman Empire to North Italy. [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming D'awwwww...]] [[spoiler: Which, if the "Germany is HRE" theory is correct, makes Germany's awkward proposal in the Valentine's Day strip]] even more sweet and hilarious.

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* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
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Holy Roman Empire to North Italy. [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming D'awwwww...]] [[spoiler: Which, if the "Germany is HRE" theory is correct, makes Germany's awkward proposal in the Valentine's Day strip]] even more sweet and hilarious.



* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': Kyou's promise to Kagura was extracted by her threatening him with a knife (or a large rock in the anime). By the time of the story, he's interested in someone else.

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* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': Kyou's ''Manga/FruitsBasket'':
** Kyo's
promise to Kagura was extracted by her threatening him with a knife (or a large rock in the anime). By the time of the story, he's interested in someone else.



* A bonus story in ''Literature/HalfPrince'' shows that Zhou/Wicked fell in love with Lan when she (then twelve) asked her to marry him.

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* A bonus story in ''Literature/HalfPrince'' shows that Zhou/Wicked fell in love with Lan when she (then (than twelve) asked her to marry him.



* In ''Manga/LoveHina'', Keitaro is determined to find the girl he pledged to marry as a child, although he can't for his life remember who she is. ([[spoiler:All evidence points to either Naru or Mutsumi -- or both. Mutsumi claims it was Naru.]])

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* In ''Manga/LoveHina'', ''Manga/LoveHina'':
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Keitaro is determined to find the girl he pledged to marry as a child, although he can't for his life remember who she is. ([[spoiler:All evidence points to either Naru or Mutsumi -- or both. Mutsumi claims it was Naru.]])



* ''Manga/MakenKi'': The promise between Takeru and Inaho plays out differently, depending on whether you're reading the manga, or watching the anime.

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* ''Manga/MakenKi'': The promise between Takeru and Inaho plays out differently, depending on whether you're reading the manga, or watching the anime.anime:



* This was the basis of the {{Manhwa}} ''Manhwa/PigBride'', with the added twist that it's based on [[spoiler:a ReincarnationRomance.]]




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* This was the basis of the {{Manhwa}} ''Manhwa/PigBride'', with the added twist that it's based on [[spoiler:a ReincarnationRomance.]]
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* A candy commercial a few years ago featured a little boy asking a little girl to marry him, and giving her a Life Saver as an engagement ring.
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* Referenced in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5KGbxNTDB8 Smoke And Mirrors]]" by Jayn. The {{yandere}} VillainProtagonist is in love with her childhood friend but loathes his female friends.
-->You said you'd always be my friend
-->That we'd get married when we both got older
-->I've never heard those words before.
-->You made me long for something more, but then she tried to steal your love.
13th Mar '16 1:08:57 AM GrammarNavi
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A common staple of stories featuring ChildhoodFriends is the Childhood Marriage Promise. Years ago, when two of the main characters were small children, they promised to marry each other when they grew up. Now they're in HighSchool or university, and SheIsAllGrownUp. Sometimes, the couple fall in love for real and [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend they finally fulfil that promise.]] Other times, one of them is the UnluckyChildhoodFriend whose heart gets broken.

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A common staple of stories featuring ChildhoodFriends is the Childhood Marriage Promise. Years ago, when two of the main characters were small children, they promised to marry each other when they grew up. Now they're in HighSchool or university, and SheIsAllGrownUp. Sometimes, the couple fall in love for real and [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend they finally fulfil fulfill that promise.]] Other times, one of them is the UnluckyChildhoodFriend whose heart gets broken.



* Invoked in TeresaEdgerton's ''[[Literature/{{Celydonn}} The Castle of the Silver Wheel]]'', in which [[TheWisePrince Prince Tryffin]] pulls a SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace in the nick of time to prevent Gwenlliant from being forced into an ArrangedMarriage with a notoriously abusive man. When asked if they have a ChildhoodMarriagePromise (which would constitute a pre-contract, thus acting as an impediment), Gwenlliant claims that they do - because Tryffin CannotTellALie, so she has to do it.

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* Invoked in TeresaEdgerton's Creator/TeresaEdgerton's ''[[Literature/{{Celydonn}} The Castle of the Silver Wheel]]'', in which [[TheWisePrince Prince Tryffin]] pulls a SpeakNowOrForeverHoldYourPeace in the nick of time to prevent Gwenlliant from being forced into an ArrangedMarriage with a notoriously abusive man. When asked if they have a ChildhoodMarriagePromise (which would constitute a pre-contract, thus acting as an impediment), Gwenlliant claims that they do - because Tryffin CannotTellALie, so she has to do it.
7th Feb '16 10:11:35 AM nombretomado
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* St. Elizabeth of Thuringia, the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary, was betrothed to the 10-year-old Louis of Thuringia at the age of 4; they were married 4 years later. [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage Their marriage]] [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend was extremely happy]] until Louis died on [[TheCrusades crusade]]. She [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere left the Thuringian court]] to escape [[BigScrewedUpFamily the family intrigues]], died at the age of 24 [[PrincessInRags in (most likely self-imposed) great poverty]], and was canonized 4 years later in 1235.

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* St. Elizabeth of Thuringia, the daughter of King Andrew II of Hungary, was betrothed to the 10-year-old Louis of Thuringia at the age of 4; they were married 4 years later. [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage Their marriage]] [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend was extremely happy]] until Louis died on [[TheCrusades [[UsefulNotes/TheCrusades crusade]]. She [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere left the Thuringian court]] to escape [[BigScrewedUpFamily the family intrigues]], died at the age of 24 [[PrincessInRags in (most likely self-imposed) great poverty]], and was canonized 4 years later in 1235.
27th Jan '16 4:27:01 PM nombretomado
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* The live-action segment of one ''SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode plays with this: Mario receives a letter from one "Roxanne", reminding him of "his promise" made 15 years prior. Mario and Luigi are both assuming it's along the lines of this trope, but at the end it's revealed that Roxanne is already married with five kids; Mario's promise was instead to sell her plumbing supplies at wholesale price.

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* The live-action segment of one ''SuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' episode of ''Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow'' plays with this: Mario receives a letter from one "Roxanne", reminding him of "his promise" made 15 years prior. Mario and Luigi are both assuming it's along the lines of this trope, but at the end it's revealed that Roxanne is already married with five kids; Mario's promise was instead to sell her plumbing supplies at wholesale price.
22nd Jan '16 2:47:58 PM TastySauce
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->'''Kagura''': ''You promised you'd marry me!''\\
'''Kyo''': ''Because you threatened me!''

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->'''Kagura''': ''You You promised you'd marry me!''\\
me!\\
'''Kyo''': ''Because Because you threatened me!''me!



A common staple of stories featuring ChildhoodFriends is the ChildhoodMarriagePromise. Years ago, when two of the main characters were small children, they promised to marry each other when they grew up. Now they're in HighSchool or university, and SheIsAllGrownUp. Sometimes, the couple fall in love for real and [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend they finally fulfill that promise.]] Other times, one of them is the UnluckyChildhoodFriend whose heart gets broken.

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A common staple of stories featuring ChildhoodFriends is the ChildhoodMarriagePromise.Childhood Marriage Promise. Years ago, when two of the main characters were small children, they promised to marry each other when they grew up. Now they're in HighSchool or university, and SheIsAllGrownUp. Sometimes, the couple fall in love for real and [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend they finally fulfill fulfil that promise.]] Other times, one of them is the UnluckyChildhoodFriend whose heart gets broken.



* Explorer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranulph_Fiennes#Personal_life Sir Ranulph Fiennes]] (a cousin of the actor [[TheEnglishPatient Ralph Fiennes]]) met his future wife when she was 9 and he was 12. They remained married for 34 years.

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* Explorer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranulph_Fiennes#Personal_life Sir Ranulph Fiennes]] (a cousin of the actor [[TheEnglishPatient Ralph Fiennes]]) Fiennes) met his future wife when she was 9 and he was 12. They remained married for 34 years.
20th Jan '16 12:10:44 PM rafi
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* In ''Manga/LoveHina'', Keitaro is determined to find the girl he pledged to marry as a child, although he can't for his life remember who she is. ([[spoiler:All evidence points to either Naru or Mutsumi -- or both. Mutsumi claims it was Naru.]])
** The end of the manga reveals that as a child, [[spoiler:he wanted to marry Mutsumi at first, but she made him promise Naru that he'd marry her -- because Mutsumi knew Naru was also in love with him, and she wanted them both to be happy. Since the entire manga plays on Urashima Taro, it was ultimately Mutsumi, the fated girl, who said "ScrewDestiny" and gave away the guy as far back as when they were preschoolers, and the whole manga is just the fallout of that choice. Given that his aunt beats him to "Toudai", ScrewDestiny is very much in play throughout the manga.]]
** This is also played with at the end of the manga when he asks his grandmother who his promise was with and she yells out (while boarding a helicopter) that the girl he promised has been with him 'all along' prompting EVERY GIRL AT HINATA SOU to proclaim that she's the one!
* Hazumu and Tomari in ''KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'', with the added complication that Hazumu is now a girl. Amusingly, the original promise was Hazumu promising to be Tomari's ''bride'', which received an angry response from Tormari that as a boy, he'd have to be the groom. [[GenderBender Oh, how things can change...]]



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', James made one with Jessiebelle but he didn't know her real personality and once she showed her colors, he didn't want anything to do with her.
* Chihiro and Ritsuko in ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance''. Of course, considering the source, it's an AffectionateParody.
* It eventually turns out that Ranma and Ukyo in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' have one of these, made when Ukyo tried to make some of her family's okonomiyaki sauce while they were kids. She promised to let Ranma taste it when it finished aging after ten years, if Ranma would vow to "look after her for the rest of her life" if it turned out good. Of course, at the time, Ranma didn't know either that Ukyo was actually a girl or what he was promising, and through a lot of confusion the promise ends up being broken when it comes up again. Unfortunately for Ranma, Genma and Ukyo's father had brokered an ArrangedMarriage shortly after he and Ukyo made their ChildhoodMarriagePromise (which Genma tried to run out on), meaning Ukyo still persists that she has a claim to his hand. Because she does. This is further complicated by the fact that Genma has promised Ranma's hand in marriage to several girls (and in the anime to a couple others as well) because he's a jerk.



* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' Holy Roman Empire to North Italy. [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming D'awwwww...]] [[spoiler: Which, if the "Germany is HRE" theory is correct, makes Germany's awkward proposal in the Valentine's Day strip]] even more sweet and hilarious.
** Another one for North Italy, though this one is a bit weird. When N. Italy and Romano were little kids Spain was an adult already. Spain said he would marry N.Italy when N.Italy grew up (and gay marriage was legal), then Romano got upset wondering what would happen to him if they got married. Spain than says he'll marry both of them. Centuries later, Gay marriage is legalized and N. Italy doesn't remember his promise to Spain, so Spain dejectedly tries to ask Romano. Romano doesn't say no, but he doesn't say yes either. And it's never mentioned again.
* ''Boku Wa Imouto Ni Koi O Suru'' features a marriage promise between [[FatherIWantToMarryMyBrother Yori and Iku]]. Despite the fact that they're [[BrotherSisterIncest twins]] they later decide to make good on the promise.
%%* Mayu and Takuma in ''Manga/BokuNoHatsukoiWoKimiNiSasagu''.



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Nunnally and Euphemia have a good old laugh when they remember the times they fought as children over who would get to marry Lelouch. Considering they are, respectively, his sister and his half-sister, and further considering he has a metric ton of SubText with Nunnally (lampshaded more than once) and actually calls Euphemia his 'first love', it's probably for the best that they never mention this conversation to him.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Chichi and Goku first meet as children, and Goku promises to marry her, [[IsItSomethingYouEat thinking marriage is a kind of food.]] He says so when an [[TsunDere angry]] and [[SheIsAllGrownUp all grown-up Chi-Chi]] brings it up in the Tenkaichi Budokai; Chichi is saddened upon realising that she had been sort-of waiting in vain... but Goku then adds that he doesn't want her to be sad ''and'' that [[IGaveMyWord he takes his promises seriously]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming so he officially asks her to marry him right there]].
* In a bit of a twist, in ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'', Lachesis promises to marry Ladios/Amaterasu when she's 10 or so... and he's over 100. But then, he's a god, she's an ArtificialHuman (and possibly an incarnation of a goddess) & they're both immortal, so it's not nearly as {{Squick}}y as it sounds.



* ''Manga/MakenKi'': The promise between Takeru and Inaho plays out differently, depending on whether you're reading the manga, or watching the anime.
** Inaho initially claimed to be [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/1/41/ Takeru's fiancee]], which he [[ForgottenFirstMeeting had no recollection of.]] It doesn't get sorted out until chapter 59, where Takeru finally remembered having promised to always be together with her. But Inaho said she should be the one to apologize since, [[spoiler: [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/59/16/ she never actually said she'd marry him.]] It was simply an idea she latched onto as she grew older]].
** The anime differs by explicitly having Inaho promise to marry Takeru, during a flashback in episode 3. During which, Takeru swore he'd become strong enough to protect Inaho forever. Unlike the manga, he never recovered his memory of it and it was never brought up again. So it was simply {{left hanging}}.
%%* ''[[RevolutionaryGirlUtena Shoujo Kakumei Utena]]'', in which Utena starts out the series looking for the prince on a white horse who rescued her as a child and gave her his ring, only to find... [[MindScrew well, it's kind of complicated]].
* The whole point Milk is obsessed with--and creepily stalking--Reiner in ''LightNovel/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes''.
* In the anime version of ''Manga/InuYasha'', Koga lightheartedly promises to marry wolf-girl (and granddaughter of a very powerful wolf youkai [[OldMaster whom he quite respects]]) Ayame, then still a young child, after [[RescueRomance he saves her from being killed]]. She reappears [[SheIsAllGrownUp all grown-up]] and demands he fulfill his promise, but he's already in a {{Love Triangle}} with Kagome and Inu Yasha. Even worse, the poor guy doesn't remember a thing about it, and Ayame not only is hurt and angry as Hell with quite the reason, but ''Kagome'' is pissed at him too [[ShipperOnDeck because she supports Ayame's bid for Koga's affections]]. [[spoiler: (Though it's hinted that Koga ''fakes'' not remembering, since he doesn't want Ayame [[ItsNotYouitsMyEnemies to become Naraku's target]])]] By the end of the series, [[spoiler:Koga finally fulfills his promise to Ayame, and they're HappilyMarried]].
* A somewhat similar variation shows up in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. Years ago Sakaki promised the young daughter of a friend he would marry her (he was drunk at the time). But now Jenny Grey wants to hold him to that promise.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Chichi and Goku first meet as children, and Goku promises to marry her, [[IsItSomethingYouEat thinking marriage is a kind of food.]] He says so when an [[TsunDere angry]] and [[SheIsAllGrownUp all grown-up Chi-Chi]] brings it up in the Tenkaichi Budokai; Chichi is saddened upon realising that she had been sort-of waiting in vain... but Goku then adds that he doesn't want her to be sad ''and'' that [[IGaveMyWord he takes his promises seriously]], [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming so he officially asks her to marry him right there]].
* In a bit of a twist, in ''Manga/TheFiveStarStories'', Lachesis promises to marry Ladios/Amaterasu when she's 10 or so... and he's over 100. But then, he's a god, she's an ArtificialHuman (and possibly an incarnation of a goddess) & they're both immortal, so it's not nearly as {{Squick}}y as it sounds.



* Sanpeita, the protagonist of ''Manga/KemekoDeluxe'' made one ten years ago with a girl he knew. Ten years later, a girl who looks strangely like her in some sort of PoweredArmor returns to protect him...and also claims to be his wife.
* The promise is made between Ryouta and Chika when they are children in ''Kyou no Go no Ni''. A bit unique in that they're ''still'' kids by the time of the anime, just slightly older, and it's actually the male half of the pair who remembers it.

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* Sanpeita, ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. A LonelyRichKid, in [[PrecociousCrush his attempt to woo]] Chidori, tells her about a recent tragedy that has [[ButtMonkey shattered his spirit]]. His tale begins as a clichéd romance thwarted by a terrible car accident. Then it turns out that the protagonist of ''Manga/KemekoDeluxe'' made one ten years ago 'tragedy' is that the girl in question eloped with a girl he knew. Ten years later, a girl who looks strangely like her boy she met in some sort of PoweredArmor returns to protect him...the accident, and also claims moved to be his wife.
* The promise is made between Ryouta and Chika when they are children in ''Kyou no Go no Ni''. A bit unique in that they're ''still'' kids by the time of the anime, just slightly older, and it's actually the male half of the pair who remembers it.
Amsterdam. He still gets postcards.



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Nunnally and Euphemia have a good old laugh when they remember the times they fought as children over who would get to marry Lelouch. Considering they are, respectively, his sister and his half-sister, and further considering he has a metric ton of SubText with Nunnally (lampshaded more than once) and actually calls Euphemia his 'first love', it's probably for the best that they never mention this conversation to him.
* In ''Manga/HoneyCrush'', Kyouko and Madoka shared one when they were younger. They're both female but Madoka thought that Kyouko was a [[UnsettlingGenderReveal boy at the time]].
* ''Manga/TheLaughingTarget'' has a Childhood Marriage Promise that jump starts the plot. One partner's determination to uphold the promise is shown to be creepy and unhealthy [[spoiler: and that's on top of her being a {{Yandere}} with supernatural powers]]. It's ''not'' cute and romantic.
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. A LonelyRichKid, in [[PrecociousCrush his attempt to woo]] Chidori, tells her about a recent tragedy that has [[ButtMonkey shattered his spirit]]. His tale begins as a clichéd romance thwarted by a terrible car accident. Then it turns out that the 'tragedy' is that the girl in question eloped with a boy she met in the accident, and moved to Amsterdam. He still gets postcards.



* A bonus story in ''Literature/HalfPrince'' shows that Zhou/Wicked fell in love with Lan when she (then twelve) asked her to marry him.



* Referenced in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. When Yusuke proposes to Keiko, she looks stunned... until her dad starts laughing and reminiscing about how Yusuke ''always'' tried to make up with her after a fight by asking her to marry him.
* This was the basis of the {{Manhwa}} ''Manhwa/PigBride'', with the added twist that it's based on [[spoiler:a ReincarnationRomance.]]
* Happens between Tagaki and Rei as a pinky swear in ''HighSchoolOfTheDead'' .
* Yuuto of ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' had made the DeclarationOfProtection (or more accurately, I Will Definitely Watch Your Back, as they were planning to be demon hunters, and her spells only go forward) version to Kuesu in his youth while their families worked out a betrothal between them. Then they separate for about a decade. When they next meet, he had completely forgotten her, completely rethought his views on demon hunting, and acquired an UnwantedHarem, most of whom are members of the demon races that they had originally planned to exterminate in their youth (And which Kuesu still wanted to do). It makes for a rather bumpy reunion.
* The events of the first ''Anime/UruseiYatsura'' movie, ''Only You'', were set in motion when as a child Ataru played a game of shadow tag with a girl who turned out to be an alien; it is a custom on her planet that stepping on someone's shadow counts as a marriage proposal. 11 years later she turns up with an interstellar battleship to claim her husband...
* According to some side materials, a very young Dorothy Catalonia from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' made one with her distant cousin and her father's favorite pupil, Treize Krushrenada. [[spoiler: We don't know if Dorothy ''actually'' wanted Treize to fulfill it, though she ''did'' show affection for him. And considering that he died at the end of the series...]]
* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' Holy Roman Empire to North Italy. [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming D'awwwww...]] [[spoiler: Which, if the "Germany is HRE" theory is correct, makes Germany's awkward proposal in the Valentine's Day strip]] even more sweet and hilarious.
** Another one for North Italy, though this one is a bit weird. When N. Italy and Romano were little kids Spain was an adult already. Spain said he would marry N.Italy when N.Italy grew up (and gay marriage was legal), then Romano got upset wondering what would happen to him if they got married. Spain than says he'll marry both of them. Centuries later, Gay marriage is legalized and N. Italy doesn't remember his promise to Spain, so Spain dejectedly tries to ask Romano. Romano doesn't say no, but he doesn't say yes either. And it's never mentioned again.
* ''Boku Wa Imouto Ni Koi O Suru'' features a marriage promise between [[FatherIWantToMarryMyBrother Yori and Iku]]. Despite the fact that they're [[BrotherSisterIncest twins]] they later decide to make good on the promise.
* In ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'', Yusaku Godai made such a promise with his [[KissingCousins cousin]] Akira, who in the present day is taking care of Yusaku while he's in the hospital with a broken leg. He's worried that she remembers the promise and will try to keep it, [[spoiler:but actually she's secretly engaged to another guy who she's planning to elope with]].
* In ''Manga/{{Nisekoi}}'', the main character Ichijou Raku wears a pendant with a lock from the time he was 5 years old. He spent summer playing with his first love and when they had to say goodbye, they promised to each other that when they meet again when they're grown up, they will open the pendant using her key and get married. Things get complicated because [[spoiler:he spent that summer with three different girls and made the same promise to all of them]].
* A bonus story in ''Literature/HalfPrince'' shows that Zhou/Wicked fell in love with Lan when she (then twelve) asked her to marry him.
* Eita and [[spoiler: Ai]] do this in ''LightNovel/{{Oreshura}}''. While he totally forgot about it, she remembered it very well, and even shows him the "marriage certificate" they made as kids. HilarityEnsues as he runs from her while she tries to get him to stamp the certificate.

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* Referenced in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. When Yusuke proposes to Keiko, she looks stunned... until her dad starts laughing Happens between Tagaki and reminiscing about how Yusuke ''always'' tried to make up with her after Rei as a fight by asking her pinky swear in ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead'' .
* In ''Manga/HoneyCrush'', Kyouko and Madoka shared one when they were younger. They're both female but Madoka thought that Kyouko was a [[UnsettlingGenderReveal boy at the time]].
* In the anime version of ''Manga/InuYasha'', Koga lightheartedly promises
to marry him.
* This was
wolf-girl (and granddaughter of a very powerful wolf youkai [[OldMaster whom he quite respects]]) Ayame, then still a young child, after [[RescueRomance he saves her from being killed]]. She reappears [[SheIsAllGrownUp all grown-up]] and demands he fulfill his promise, but he's already in a {{Love Triangle}} with Kagome and Inu Yasha. Even worse, the basis poor guy doesn't remember a thing about it, and Ayame not only is hurt and angry as Hell with quite the reason, but ''Kagome'' is pissed at him too [[ShipperOnDeck because she supports Ayame's bid for Koga's affections]]. [[spoiler: (Though it's hinted that Koga ''fakes'' not remembering, since he doesn't want Ayame [[ItsNotYouitsMyEnemies to become Naraku's target]])]] By the end of the {{Manhwa}} ''Manhwa/PigBride'', series, [[spoiler:Koga finally fulfills his promise to Ayame, and they're HappilyMarried]].
* Hazumu and Tomari in ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'',
with the added twist complication that it's based on [[spoiler:a ReincarnationRomance.Hazumu is now a girl. Amusingly, the original promise was Hazumu promising to be Tomari's ''bride'', which received an angry response from Tormari that as a boy, he'd have to be the groom. [[GenderBender Oh, how things can change...]]
* Happens between Tagaki and Rei as a pinky swear in ''HighSchoolOfTheDead'' .
* Yuuto
Sanpeita, the protagonist of ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' had ''Manga/KemekoDeluxe'' made the DeclarationOfProtection (or more accurately, I Will Definitely Watch Your Back, as they were planning to be demon hunters, and her spells only go forward) version to Kuesu in his youth while their families worked out a betrothal between them. Then they separate for about a decade. When they next meet, he had completely forgotten her, completely rethought his views on demon hunting, and acquired an UnwantedHarem, most of whom are members of the demon races that they had originally planned to exterminate in their youth (And which Kuesu still wanted to do). It makes for a rather bumpy reunion.
* The events of the first ''Anime/UruseiYatsura'' movie, ''Only You'', were set in motion when as a child Ataru played a game of shadow tag
one ten years ago with a girl who turned out to be an alien; it is a custom on her planet that stepping on someone's shadow counts as a marriage proposal. 11 he knew. Ten years later she turns up with an interstellar battleship to claim her husband...
* According to some side materials, a very young Dorothy Catalonia from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' made one with her distant cousin and her father's favorite pupil, Treize Krushrenada. [[spoiler: We don't know if Dorothy ''actually'' wanted Treize to fulfill it, though she ''did'' show affection for him. And considering that he died at the end of the series...]]
* In ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' Holy Roman Empire to North Italy. [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming D'awwwww...]] [[spoiler: Which, if the "Germany is HRE" theory is correct, makes Germany's awkward proposal in the Valentine's Day strip]] even more sweet and hilarious.
** Another one for North Italy, though this one is a bit weird. When N. Italy and Romano were little kids Spain was an adult already. Spain said he would marry N.Italy when N.Italy grew up (and gay marriage was legal), then Romano got upset wondering what would happen to him if they got married. Spain than says he'll marry both of them. Centuries
later, Gay marriage is legalized a girl who looks strangely like her in some sort of PoweredArmor returns to protect him...and N. Italy doesn't remember also claims to be his promise to Spain, so Spain dejectedly tries to ask Romano. Romano doesn't say no, but he doesn't say yes either. And it's never mentioned again.
* ''Boku Wa Imouto Ni Koi O Suru'' features a marriage promise between [[FatherIWantToMarryMyBrother Yori and Iku]]. Despite the fact that they're [[BrotherSisterIncest twins]] they later decide to make good on the promise.
* In ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'', Yusaku Godai made such a promise with his [[KissingCousins cousin]] Akira, who in the present day is taking care of Yusaku while he's in the hospital with a broken leg. He's worried that she remembers the promise and will try to keep it, [[spoiler:but actually she's secretly engaged to another guy who she's planning to elope with]].
* In ''Manga/{{Nisekoi}}'', the main character Ichijou Raku wears a pendant with a lock from the time he was 5 years old. He spent summer playing with his first love and when they had to say goodbye, they promised to each other that when they meet again when they're grown up, they will open the pendant using her key and get married. Things get complicated because [[spoiler:he spent that summer with three different girls and made the same promise to all of them]].
* A bonus story in ''Literature/HalfPrince'' shows that Zhou/Wicked fell in love with Lan when she (then twelve) asked her to marry him.
* Eita and [[spoiler: Ai]] do this in ''LightNovel/{{Oreshura}}''. While he totally forgot about it, she remembered it very well, and even shows him the "marriage certificate" they made as kids. HilarityEnsues as he runs from her while she tries to get him to stamp the certificate.
wife.



* In ''Anime/WorldConquestZvezdaPlot'', it's revealed in a flashback that Jimon Asuta proposed marriage to Shirasagi Miki when they were both children. She turned him down, and only brings it up in the present to embarrass him.
* Mayu and Takuma in ''Manga/BokuNoHatsukoiWoKimiNiSasagu''.

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* In ''Anime/WorldConquestZvezdaPlot'', A somewhat similar to ''Manga/InuYasha'' case shows up in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. Years ago Sakaki promised the young daughter of a friend he would marry her (he was drunk at the time). But now Jenny Grey wants to hold him to that promise.
* Chihiro and Ritsuko in ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance''. Of course, considering the source,
it's revealed an AffectionateParody.
* The promise is made between Ryouta and Chika when they are children
in a flashback ''Kyou no Go no Ni''. A bit unique in that Jimon Asuta proposed marriage they're ''still'' kids by the time of the anime, just slightly older, and it's actually the male half of the pair who remembers it.
* ''Manga/TheLaughingTarget'' has a Childhood Marriage Promise that jump starts the plot. One partner's determination
to Shirasagi Miki uphold the promise is shown to be creepy and unhealthy [[spoiler: and that's on top of her being a {{Yandere}} with supernatural powers]]. It's ''not'' cute and romantic.
* The whole point Milk is obsessed with--and creepily stalking--Reiner in ''LightNovel/TheLegendOfTheLegendaryHeroes''.
* In ''Manga/LoveHina'', Keitaro is determined to find the girl he pledged to marry as a child, although he can't for his life remember who she is. ([[spoiler:All evidence points to either Naru or Mutsumi -- or both. Mutsumi claims it was Naru.]])
** The end of the manga reveals that as a child, [[spoiler:he wanted to marry Mutsumi at first, but she made him promise Naru that he'd marry her -- because Mutsumi knew Naru was also in love with him, and she wanted them both to be happy. Since the entire manga plays on Urashima Taro, it was ultimately Mutsumi, the fated girl, who said "ScrewDestiny" and gave away the guy as far back as
when they were both children. She turned preschoolers, and the whole manga is just the fallout of that choice. Given that his aunt beats him down, to "Toudai", ScrewDestiny is very much in play throughout the manga.]]
** This is also played with at the end of the manga when he asks his grandmother who his promise was with
and only brings it up she yells out (while boarding a helicopter) that the girl he promised has been with him 'all along' prompting EVERY GIRL AT HINATA SOU to proclaim that she's the one!
* In ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'', Yusaku Godai made such a promise with his [[KissingCousins cousin]] Akira, who
in the present to embarrass him.
* Mayu
day is taking care of Yusaku while he's in the hospital with a broken leg. He's worried that she remembers the promise and Takuma will try to keep it, [[spoiler:but actually she's secretly engaged to another guy who she's planning to elope with]].
* ''Manga/MakenKi'': The promise between Takeru and Inaho plays out differently, depending on whether you're reading the manga, or watching the anime.
** Inaho initially claimed to be [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/1/41/ Takeru's fiancee]], which he [[ForgottenFirstMeeting had no recollection of.]] It doesn't get sorted out until chapter 59, where Takeru finally remembered having promised to always be together with her. But Inaho said she should be the one to apologize since, [[spoiler: [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/59/16/ she never actually said she'd marry him.]] It was simply an idea she latched onto as she grew older]].
** The anime differs by explicitly having Inaho promise to marry Takeru, during a flashback
in ''Manga/BokuNoHatsukoiWoKimiNiSasagu''.episode 3. During which, Takeru swore he'd become strong enough to protect Inaho forever. Unlike the manga, he never recovered his memory of it and it was never brought up again. So it was simply {{left hanging}}.
* According to some side materials, a very young Dorothy Catalonia from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'' made one with her distant cousin and her father's favorite pupil, Treize Krushrenada. [[spoiler: We don't know if Dorothy ''actually'' wanted Treize to fulfill it, though she ''did'' show affection for him. And considering that he died at the end of the series...]]
* In ''Manga/{{Nisekoi}}'', the main character Ichijou Raku wears a pendant with a lock from the time he was 5 years old. He spent summer playing with his first love and when they had to say goodbye, they promised to each other that when they meet again when they're grown up, they will open the pendant using her key and get married. Things get complicated because [[spoiler:he spent that summer with three different girls and made the same promise to all of them]].
* Yuuto of ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' had made the DeclarationOfProtection (or more accurately, I Will Definitely Watch Your Back, as they were planning to be demon hunters, and her spells only go forward) version to Kuesu in his youth while their families worked out a betrothal between them. Then they separate for about a decade. When they next meet, he had completely forgotten her, completely rethought his views on demon hunting, and acquired an UnwantedHarem, most of whom are members of the demon races that they had originally planned to exterminate in their youth (And which Kuesu still wanted to do). It makes for a rather bumpy reunion.
* Eita and [[spoiler: Ai]] do this in ''LightNovel/{{Oreshura}}''. While he totally forgot about it, she remembered it very well, and even shows him the "marriage certificate" they made as kids. HilarityEnsues as he runs from her while she tries to get him to stamp the certificate.



* This was the basis of the {{Manhwa}} ''Manhwa/PigBride'', with the added twist that it's based on [[spoiler:a ReincarnationRomance.]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', James made one with Jessiebelle but he didn't know her real personality and once she showed her colors, he didn't want anything to do with her.
* It eventually turns out that Ranma and Ukyo in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' have one of these, made when Ukyo tried to make some of her family's okonomiyaki sauce while they were kids. She promised to let Ranma taste it when it finished aging after ten years, if Ranma would vow to "look after her for the rest of her life" if it turned out good. Of course, at the time, Ranma didn't know either that Ukyo was actually a girl or what he was promising, and through a lot of confusion the promise ends up being broken when it comes up again. Unfortunately for Ranma, Genma and Ukyo's father had brokered an ArrangedMarriage shortly after he and Ukyo made their ChildhoodMarriagePromise (which Genma tried to run out on), meaning Ukyo still persists that she has a claim to his hand. Because she does. This is further complicated by the fact that Genma has promised Ranma's hand in marriage to several girls (and in the anime to a couple others as well) because he's a jerk.
%%* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', in which Utena starts out the series looking for the prince on a white horse who rescued her as a child and gave her his ring, only to find... [[MindScrew well, it's kind of complicated]].
* The events of the first ''Anime/UruseiYatsura'' movie, ''Only You'', were set in motion when as a child Ataru played a game of shadow tag with a girl who turned out to be an alien; it is a custom on her planet that stepping on someone's shadow counts as a marriage proposal. 11 years later she turns up with an interstellar battleship to claim her husband...
* In ''Anime/WorldConquestZvezdaPlot'', it's revealed in a flashback that Jimon Asuta proposed marriage to Shirasagi Miki when they were both children. She turned him down, and only brings it up in the present to embarrass him.
* Referenced in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. When Yusuke proposes to Keiko, she looks stunned... until her dad starts laughing and reminiscing about how Yusuke ''always'' tried to make up with her after a fight by asking her to marry him.



* In ''Aggressors Of Dark Kombat'', [[CuteBruiser Kisarah Westfield]]'s reason to enter the ADK tournament is that she wants [[TheHero Joe Kusanagi]] to acknowledge the one they made as children. She succeeds, but only [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/b/agreki.htm in her own ending]]. [[spoiler:And in ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'', [[spoiler:in Carrie's bad ending, [[CreepyChild Malus]] gets [[KidHero Carrie]] to make a promise to marry him when the two are old enough... and then ominously says, "Now we have a binding contract..."]] For those not in the know, [[spoiler:''Malus is Dracula'': essentially, the promise is the cornerstone of UnholyMatrimony ''and poor Carrie hasn't the faintest idea''.]]
* ''FireEmblem 7'' (the first released Stateside on GBA) has Priscilla and Raven, which looks kinda cute until you realize that they're [[BrotherSisterIncest siblings]].
** These also happen in supports, if you squint. One example from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. Note that these two could be anywhere from the age of [[ChildSoldiers 12- 15 at the time of gameplay]]:
--> '''[[NiceGuy Franz:]]'''I don't know what it is you plan to do with your life, but as long as we travel the same path, would you let me walk beside you?
-->......
--> '''[[NaiveEverygirl Amelia:]]''' ...let me be your shield to protect you...
--> '''Franz:''' And I will be your sword and fight for you. From now on.
** Amelia's other two romantic endings also involve said promises: [[HotBlooded Ross]] will ask her to help him reconstruct his DoomedHometown and settle down with him, [[ChildMage Ewan]] will promise to take her with him as he goes WalkingTheEarth. Since they also happen at the A support time, the endings will have Amelia accept and live happily with any of her three possible husbands.
* In ''[[Literature/HaloEvolutions Palace Hotel]]'', one of the stories from the expanded universe of the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, it is revealed that John-117 (The Master Chief) had a childhood friend named Parisa. The two became friends after John saved her from drowning in a lake, and later John promised to marry her and keep her safe. He was [[spoiler:never able to keep it, however, as he was abducted two weeks later for the Spartan Program and replaced with a flash clone which died not long after. Due to this, Parisa believed that John had died, though she kept with her a picture of herself and John taken by their parents. Years later, John would meet her again during the Battle of New Mombasa. At the time, Parisa was holding the picture of herself and John as children [[http://images.wikia.com/halo/images/4/44/Evo_PHotel_Chua.jpg as seen here]]. Just as John was intending to remind Parisa to not bring personal items to a combat zone, he recognized the picture. Parisa, obviously not recognizing John because of his armor, explained the story behind the picture to him and said that although it was silly and John was "dead", she intended to hold him to that promise. Despite the sudden flood of memories, John couldn't bring himself to reveal who he was, knowing that doing so would be a massive security breach. Instead he maintained his stoic facade and the two of them began planning a counterattack on the Covenant.]]
* In ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'', the goal of the game was to revive your dead grandfather's old farm that you had been to as a child. While there, you met a girl and promised to come back and marry her.



* In ''[[Literature/HaloEvolutions Palace Hotel]]'', one of the stories from the expanded universe of the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, it is revealed that John-117 (The Master Chief) had a childhood friend named Parisa. The two became friends after John saved her from drowning in a lake, and later John promised to marry her and keep her safe. He was [[spoiler:never able to keep it, however, as he was abducted two weeks later for the Spartan Program and replaced with a flash clone which died not long after. Due to this, Parisa believed that John had died, though she kept with her a picture of herself and John taken by their parents. Years later, John would meet her again during the Battle of New Mombasa. At the time, Parisa was holding the picture of herself and John as children [[http://images.wikia.com/halo/images/4/44/Evo_PHotel_Chua.jpg as seen here]]. Just as John was intending to remind Parisa to not bring personal items to a combat zone, he recognized the picture. Parisa, obviously not recognizing John because of his armor, explained the story behind the picture to him and said that although it was silly and John was "dead", she intended to hold him to that promise. Despite the sudden flood of memories, John couldn't bring himself to reveal who he was, knowing that doing so would be a massive security breach. Instead he maintained his stoic facade and the two of them began planning a counterattack on the Covenant.]]

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* In ''[[Literature/HaloEvolutions Palace Hotel]]'', one of ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'': Neither party has any interest in going through with the stories from the expanded universe of the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, it is revealed promise... except that John-117 (The Master Chief) had a childhood friend named Parisa. The two became friends after John saved her from drowning in a lake, and later John promised to marry her and keep her safe. He was [[spoiler:never able to keep it, however, as he was abducted two weeks later for [[AccidentalMarriage the Spartan Program and replaced with a flash clone which died choice may not long after. Due be up to this, Parisa believed that John had died, though she kept with her a picture of herself and John taken by their parents. Years later, John would meet her again during the Battle of New Mombasa. At the time, Parisa was holding the picture of herself and John as children [[http://images.wikia.com/halo/images/4/44/Evo_PHotel_Chua.jpg as seen here]]. Just as John was intending to remind Parisa to not bring personal items to a combat zone, he recognized the picture. Parisa, obviously not recognizing John because of his armor, explained the story behind the picture to him and said that although it was silly and John was "dead", she intended to hold him to that promise. Despite the sudden flood of memories, John couldn't bring himself to reveal who he was, knowing that doing so would be a massive security breach. Instead he maintained his stoic facade and the two of them began planning a counterattack on the Covenant.]]them]].



* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Luke and [[KissingCousins his cousin Natalia]] made a mutual ChildhoodMarriagePromise at a young age. Shortly after, he was kidnapped and lost all his memories, forgetting all about it.
* ''FireEmblem 7'' (the first released Stateside on GBA) has Priscilla and Raven, which looks kinda cute until you realize that they're [[BrotherSisterIncest siblings]].
** These also happen in supports, if you squint. One example from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. Note that these two could be anywhere from the age of [[ChildSoldiers 12- 15 at the time of gameplay]]:
--> '''[[NiceGuy Franz:]]'''I don't know what it is you plan to do with your life, but as long as we travel the same path, would you let me walk beside you?
-->......
--> '''[[NaiveEverygirl Amelia:]]''' ...let me be your shield to protect you...
--> '''Franz:''' And I will be your sword and fight for you. From now on.
** Amelia's other two romantic endings also involve said promises: [[HotBlooded Ross]] will ask her to help him reconstruct his DoomedHometown and settle down with him, [[ChildMage Ewan]] will promise to take her with him as he goes WalkingTheEarth. Since they also happen at the A support time, the endings will have Amelia accept and live happily with any of her three possible husbands.



* In ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'', the goal of the game was to revive your dead grandfather's old farm that you had been to as a child. While there, you met a girl and promised to come back and marry her.

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* In ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'', the goal of the game ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', Luke and [[KissingCousins his cousin Natalia]] made a mutual ChildhoodMarriagePromise at a young age. Shortly after, he was kidnapped and lost all his memories, forgetting all about it.
* In ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'', kid Miis can't get married, but they still can fall in love. Instead of proposing marriage
to revive your dead grandfather's old farm that their sweetheart like adults do, kid Miis instead promise to get married when they become grown-ups (a process you had been to as a child. While there, can accelerate by spraying them with [[OvernightAgeUp Age-o-Matic Spray]]).
* One sidequest in ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' has
you met fetching a girl and promised ring for a little boy who wants to come back and marry her. propose to his "girlfriend." The sidequest is even called "Marry Me Someday?"



* ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'': Neither party has any interest in going through with the promise... except that [[AccidentalMarriage the choice may not be up to them]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Castlevania 64}}'', [[spoiler:in Carrie's bad ending, [[CreepyChild Malus]] gets [[KidHero Carrie]] to make a promise to marry him when the two are old enough... and then ominously says, "Now we have a binding contract..."]] For those not in the know, [[spoiler:''Malus is Dracula'': essentially, the promise is the cornerstone of UnholyMatrimony ''and poor Carrie hasn't the faintest idea''.]]
* In ''Aggressors Of Dark Kombat'', [[CuteBruiser Kisarah Westfield]]'s reason to enter the ADK tournament is that she wants [[TheHero Joe Kusanagi]] to acknowledge the one they made as children. She succeeds, but only [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/b/agreki.htm in her own ending]]. [[spoiler:And in ''VideoGame/NeoGeoBattleColiseum''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'', kid Miis can't get married, but they still can fall in love. Instead of proposing marriage to their sweetheart like adults do, kid Miis instead promise to get married when they become grown-ups (a process you can accelerate by spraying them with [[OvernightAgeUp Age-o-Matic Spray]]).
* One sidequest in ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' has you fetching a ring for a little boy who wants to propose to his "girlfriend." The sidequest is even called "Marry Me Someday?"
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* ''MagicalDiary'': Neither party has any interest in going through with the promise... except that [[AccidentalMarriage the choice may not be up to them]].

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* ''MagicalDiary'': ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary'': Neither party has any interest in going through with the promise... except that [[AccidentalMarriage the choice may not be up to them]].
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