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29th Nov '15 11:03:47 PM DarkSoldier
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* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' uses it in a horrifically bleak, though still funny, BlackComedy way, as {{Voltron}}'s CombiningMecha sequence is taking so long that the enemy's destroying the space station that'd called for help in the meantime. The general's young sidekick is dying in the wreckage, blind and crippled from his injuries, and asks if Voltron's arrived. The general lies and tells him yes, Voltron's here and it's all going to be okay now, before [[MercyKill shooting him]] so he'll die painlessly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', this trope is subverted. When Enzo appears to be losing a game against the user, Andrala promises Frisket everything will be ok, and resets their icons. When the game cube vanishes, it appears as though Andrala had made an empty promise, which is partly true; by resetting their icons to game sprite mode, she ensured the three of them would live even if they lost the game, but they wouldn't be able to return to Mainframe.
* In TitanAE, Cale's father's last words to him are "I will see you again. I promise", despite the fact that he must know it's likely that he won't. [[spoiler: Sure enough, Cale later encounters a recorded message from his father confirming that if it was activated, he is dead. The message then asks Cale to forgive him for breaking his promise]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': In the episode where [[spoiler:Jet]] dies, he tells his friends he'll be fine. Unfortunately, LivingLieDetector Toph is nearby, and although she waits to be out of earshot of the other two...

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* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' uses it in a horrifically bleak, though still funny, BlackComedy way, as {{Voltron}}'s Anime/{{Voltron}}'s CombiningMecha sequence is taking so long that the enemy's destroying the space station that'd that had called for help in the meantime.help. The general's young sidekick is dying in the wreckage, blind and crippled from his injuries, and asks if Voltron's arrived. The general lies and tells him yes, Voltron's here and it's all going to be okay now, before [[MercyKill shooting him]] so he'll die painlessly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', this trope is subverted. When Enzo appears to be losing a game against the user, Andrala User, [=AndrAIa=] promises Frisket everything will be ok, ok and resets their icons. When The Game Cube vanishes and the game cube vanishes, system announces "Game over, User wins," so it appears as though Andrala [=AndrAIa=] had made an empty promise, which is partly true; true: by resetting their icons to game sprite mode, she ensured the three of them would live even if they lost the game, but they wouldn't be able to return to Mainframe.
game by leaving Mainframe with the Cube.
* In TitanAE, ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'', Cale's father's last words to him are "I will see you again. I promise", promise," despite the fact that he must know it's likely that he won't. [[spoiler: Sure enough, Cale later encounters a recorded message from his father confirming that if it was activated, he is dead. The message then asks Cale to forgive him for breaking his promise]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode where [[spoiler:Jet]] dies, [[spoiler:Jet dies]], he tells his friends he'll be fine. Unfortunately, LivingLieDetector Toph is nearby, and although she waits to be out of earshot of the other two...


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* In the wake of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn SovietUnion]] promised the Allies that they would allow free elections in the territories they occupied. Nobody was surprised when those "elections" put Communist parties in power that declared their allegiance to Moscow. Stalin managed to avert this at the same time by keeping his promise to leave Greece in the Allied sphere of influence by not actively supporting the communists in the Greek Civil War.
14th Nov '15 4:23:56 PM nombretomado
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* ''RobotChicken'' uses it in a horrifically bleak, though still funny, BlackComedy way, as {{Voltron}}'s CombiningMecha sequence is taking so long that the enemy's destroying the space station that'd called for help in the meantime. The general's young sidekick is dying in the wreckage, blind and crippled from his injuries, and asks if Voltron's arrived. The general lies and tells him yes, Voltron's here and it's all going to be okay now, before [[MercyKill shooting him]] so he'll die painlessly.

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* ''RobotChicken'' ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' uses it in a horrifically bleak, though still funny, BlackComedy way, as {{Voltron}}'s CombiningMecha sequence is taking so long that the enemy's destroying the space station that'd called for help in the meantime. The general's young sidekick is dying in the wreckage, blind and crippled from his injuries, and asks if Voltron's arrived. The general lies and tells him yes, Voltron's here and it's all going to be okay now, before [[MercyKill shooting him]] so he'll die painlessly.
31st Aug '15 4:43:54 AM Chabal2
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': In the episode where [[spoiler:Jet]] dies, he tells his friends he'll be fine. Unfortunately, LivingLieDetector Toph is nearby, and although she waits to be out of earshot of the other two...
--> '''Toph:''' He's lying.
28th Aug '15 11:15:41 AM Willbyr
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* Kazuki of ''BusouRenkin'' promised Tokiko they'd fight Victor together, even if it meant they would be killed. Ultimately he valued her life too much, and broke the promise to [[SealedEvilInADuel fight Victor one-on-one]].

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* Kazuki of ''BusouRenkin'' ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' promised Tokiko they'd fight Victor together, even if it meant they would be killed. Ultimately he valued her life too much, and broke the promise to [[SealedEvilInADuel fight Victor one-on-one]].



* In You's route in ''{{Ever17}}'', You and the Kid are discussing the Kid's apparent ability to predict the future when the Kid says they'll definitely be rescued. You asks if that's a premonition; the Kid says that it's a promise. If you get the BadEnd, the Kid ends up lamenting his inability to keep his promise as they both die.

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* In You's route in ''{{Ever17}}'', ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'', You and the Kid are discussing the Kid's apparent ability to predict the future when the Kid says they'll definitely be rescued. You asks if that's a premonition; the Kid says that it's a promise. If you get the BadEnd, the Kid ends up lamenting his inability to keep his promise as they both die.
29th Jun '15 12:13:30 PM nombretomado
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* Helo from the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' loves this one, although other characters do their fair share as well.

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* Helo from the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' Galactica|2003}}'' loves this one, although other characters do their fair share as well.
9th Apr '15 7:34:38 PM HeroGal2347
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* In ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', Kirk wants to tell [[spoiler: T'Pau]] that they're not going to die, but he feels as though the sheer blatant falsehood of it would be insulting.

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* In ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', Kirk wants to tell [[spoiler: T'Pau]] that they're not going to die, but he feels as though the sheer blatant falsehood of it it, given said character's condition, would be insulting.
9th Apr '15 7:33:38 PM HeroGal2347
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* In ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', Kirk wants to tell [[spoiler: T'Pau]] that they're not going to die, but he feels as though the sheer blatant falsehood of it would be insulting.
29th Mar '15 9:10:28 PM nombretomado
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* In {{Fables}} book ''Peter and Max'', Peter wants to leave to fight his evil (and extremely powerful) brother, while his wife Bo wants him to leave it to the better fighters. Bo lampshades this trope by saying that him promising her he would come back is useless to her; either he does return in which case the fulfilled HeroicVow only serves to amplify his status as the big hero, or (more likely,) he gets himself pointlessly killed, and she wouldn't even be allowed to resent him for breaking his promise when he had "heroically" died trying to do the right thing. Either way, the promise would only serve to make ''him'' feel better about what he was doing, and would do absolutely nothing to help her, regardless of the outcome.

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* In {{Fables}} {{ComicBook/Fables}} book ''Peter and Max'', Peter wants to leave to fight his evil (and extremely powerful) brother, while his wife Bo wants him to leave it to the better fighters. Bo lampshades this trope by saying that him promising her he would come back is useless to her; either he does return in which case the fulfilled HeroicVow only serves to amplify his status as the big hero, or (more likely,) he gets himself pointlessly killed, and she wouldn't even be allowed to resent him for breaking his promise when he had "heroically" died trying to do the right thing. Either way, the promise would only serve to make ''him'' feel better about what he was doing, and would do absolutely nothing to help her, regardless of the outcome.
9th Mar '15 3:27:29 PM mzytryck01
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* In {{Fables}} book ''Peter and Max'', Peter wants to leave to fight his evil (and extremely powerful) brother, while his wife Bo wants him to leave it to the better fighters. Bo lampshades this trope by saying that him promising her he would come back is useless to her; either he does return in which case the fulfilled HeroicVow only serves to amplify his status as the big hero, or (more likely,) he gets himself pointlessly killed, and she wouldn't even be allowed to resent him for breaking his promise when he had "heroically" died trying to do the right thing. Either way, the promise would only serve to make ''him'' feel better about what he was doing, and would do absolutely nothing to help her, regardless of the outcome.




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* In TitanAE, Cale's father's last words to him are "I will see you again. I promise", despite the fact that he must know it's likely that he won't. [[spoiler: Sure enough, Cale later encounters a recorded message from his father confirming that if it was activated, he is dead. The message then asks Cale to forgive him for breaking his promise]].
24th Sep '14 7:51:30 PM Greenygal
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* Miles Edgeworth [[ThatLiarLies makes one of these]] in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney: Investigations'' every time he infers that [[EndingFatigue the current confrontation with the]] BigBad [[EndingFatigue will be the final one]].

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* Miles Edgeworth [[ThatLiarLies makes one of these]] in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney: Investigations'' ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' every time he infers that [[EndingFatigue the current confrontation with the]] BigBad [[EndingFatigue will be the final one]].
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