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30th Nov '16 9:01:02 AM Qamikace
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* Dowman Sayman's ''Frog Curse'' is a short story about a girl looking for a way to break the titular curse upon herself via TrueLovesKiss. The catch is that she was turned into a poison dart frog; unprotected contact could potentially kill anyone who tried to kiss her.
30th Oct '16 9:43:45 AM nombretomado
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* For game balance reasons this is required for any "permanent" effect in ''{{GURPS}}''.

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* For game balance reasons this is required for any "permanent" effect in ''{{GURPS}}''.''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}''.
14th Oct '16 6:25:49 AM KingLyger
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* In ''FanFic/LongRoadToFriendship'', Sunset Shimmer is cursed by the Elements of Harmony to [[CanNotTellALie always tell the truth]], and to do whatever's asked of her if she's asked politely. Also, as Sunset later finds out, she can't tell anyone about the curse, even if she wants to. The Elements say the curse will be broken once Sunset learns to trust people and be trusted in return, which Sunset does once she unites Canterlot High School at the Winter Ball.
11th Oct '16 8:32:17 PM PaulA
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* A Creator/BruceCoville features an inversion: a ghost of a seafarer who simply could not stop wandering the world, much to the annoyance of his wife. Since she was a witch, she put a curse on him, that his ghost would only rest once man had walked on the moon, and he was told about it. However, he's not in much of a hurry to move on, as he's found a young boy who's eager to hear his stories (and the boy's friend almost spills the beans before he knows that).
** Another Coville novel, ''Juliet Dove, Queen of Love'', has the titular Juliet Dove end up with a magic locket stuck around her neck. Because the locket magically causes all men to become obsessed with her [[spoiler:and is the prison of Eros, god of love]], she ''really'' wants to get rid of it. Unfortunately, she can't break the love spell on it until a "mouse roars like a lion" and can't get the locket off with a "mother's touch". [[spoiler:The mouse roaring like a lion refers to her overcoming her shyness and improvising a poem in front of an auditorium of people. The mother's touch is fulfilled when Aphrodite, mother of Eros, touches the locket while acknowledging she was wrong to separate him from Psyche.]]

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features an inversion: a ghost of a seafarer who simply could not stop wandering the world, much to the annoyance of his wife. Since she was a witch, she put a curse on him, that his ghost would only rest once man had walked on the moon, and he was told about it. However, he's not in much of a hurry to move on, as he's found a young boy who's eager to hear his stories (and the boy's friend almost spills the beans before he knows that).
** Another Coville novel, ''Juliet Dove, Queen of Love'', has the titular In ''Literature/JulietDoveQueenOfLove'', Juliet Dove end up with gets a magic locket stuck around her neck. Because the locket magically causes all men to become obsessed with her [[spoiler:and is the prison of Eros, god of love]], she ''really'' wants to get rid of it. Unfortunately, she can't break the love spell on it until a "mouse roars like a lion" and can't get the locket off with without a "mother's touch". [[spoiler:The mouse roaring like a lion refers to her overcoming her shyness and improvising a poem in front of an auditorium of people. The mother's touch is fulfilled when Aphrodite, mother of Eros, touches the locket while acknowledging she was wrong to separate him from Psyche.]]
28th Jun '16 6:26:12 PM Adept
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* Lampshaded then averted in the AGDInteractive VideoGame/KingsQuest games. The BigBad ''did'' put Graham under a curse. All parts of the curse (the family in danger, Graham's heart attack, Rosella and Alexander not inheriting the throne) came true, but not in the way the BigBad wanted!

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* Lampshaded then averted in the AGDInteractive Creator/AGDInteractive VideoGame/KingsQuest games. The BigBad ''did'' put Graham under a curse. All parts of the curse (the family in danger, Graham's heart attack, Rosella and Alexander not inheriting the throne) came true, but not in the way the BigBad wanted!
25th Jun '16 1:14:55 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Fanfic/YugiohTheThousandYearDoor'':

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* In ''Fanfic/YugiohTheThousandYearDoor'': ''Fanfic/YuGiOhTheThousandYearDoor'':
1st Jun '16 11:39:51 AM LadyNorbert
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* {{Invoked}} in the [[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos]] series. The [[FairyGodmother Fairy Godfather]] explains that the magic which prevents WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} from saying his own name is, in fact, not a curse as he had believed - the fact that there is no CurseEscapeClause is proof.



* Disney's adaptation of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' involved a deal made between Hercules and Hades where Hercules would give his powers up for 24 hours in exchange for the safety of his LoveInterest Megara. After a fight between Hercules and the Cyclops, a pillar was knocked onto Meg, killing her. As a result, Hercules' powers were restored.

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* Disney's adaptation of ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' involved a deal made between Hercules and Hades where Hercules would give his powers up for 24 hours in exchange for the safety of his LoveInterest Megara. After a fight between Hercules and the Cyclops, a pillar was knocked onto Meg, killing fatally injuring her. As a result, Hercules' powers were restored.



* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' has the eponymous curse laid on the gold by the Aztec gods: Any man who removes but a single piece from the chest is cursed for all eternity. The only way to break the curse is to return not only every single gold piece to the chest, but also blood from the one who took it. Merely ''possessing'' a piece from the chest is not sufficient to suffer the curse, [[ExactWords it only affects those who actually remove the gold themselves]]. Both the curse itself and the escape clause are employed strategically by Jack during the final battle.

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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' has the eponymous curse laid on the gold by the Aztec gods: Any man who removes but a single piece from the chest is cursed for all eternity. The only way to break the curse is to return not only every single gold piece to the chest, but also blood from the one who took it. Merely ''possessing'' a piece from the chest is not sufficient to suffer the curse, curse; [[ExactWords it only affects those who actually remove the gold themselves]]. Both the curse itself and the escape clause are employed strategically by Jack during the final battle.


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* Because the ''VideoGame/DarkParables'' are based on classic fairy tales, there are a number of {{curse}}s in them which don't quite work the way they were originally written. The escape clauses, therefore, are similarly turned on their heads, and the [[PlayerCharacter Fairy Tale Detective]] has to fix things in order for the assorted characters to live HappilyEverAfter.
16th May '16 12:01:35 PM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight" when a PhysicalGod used TakenForGranite on his son's murderers, for [[PlotHole some reason]] he let them move in the moonlight -- which lets them plague people during that time. [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy Fortunately, Olivia deduces this from her dream]].

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight" when a PhysicalGod used TakenForGranite on his son's murderers, for [[PlotHole some reason]] he let them move in the moonlight -- which lets them plague people during that time. [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy Fortunately, Olivia deduces this from her dream]].
16th Mar '16 12:24:05 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''MarriedWithChildren'': To exact DisproportionateRetribution against the blacksmith who insulted her, a witch cursed the village where they lived into never receiving sunlight again. The curse was set to last until the blacksmith and all his male descendants were killed within the village limits. Four hundred years later, the trope was averted when Al Bundy (descendant of the blacksmith) defeated Igor (descendant of the witch) and it ended the curse without fulfilling the conditions set by the witch.

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* ''MarriedWithChildren'': ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'': To exact DisproportionateRetribution against the blacksmith who insulted her, a witch cursed the village where they lived into never receiving sunlight again. The curse was set to last until the blacksmith and all his male descendants were killed within the village limits. Four hundred years later, the trope was averted when Al Bundy (descendant of the blacksmith) defeated Igor (descendant of the witch) and it ended the curse without fulfilling the conditions set by the witch.
13th Mar '16 11:26:35 AM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight" when a PhysicalGod used TakenForGranite on his son's murderers, for [[PlotHole some reason]] he let them move in the moonlight -- which lets them plague people during that time. [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy Fortunately, Olivia deduces this from her dream]].

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ShadowsInTheMoonlight" when a PhysicalGod used TakenForGranite on his son's murderers, for [[PlotHole some reason]] he let them move in the moonlight -- which lets them plague people during that time. [[DreamingOfTimesGoneBy Fortunately, Olivia deduces this from her dream]].
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