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26th May '17 8:09:51 PM wedekit
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* In ''Literature/ASongofIceandFire'', during the second book Jon Snow goes on a ranging mission with Qhorin Halfhand and two other veteran rangers. After being spotted, they begin traveling back to the camp and are pursued by Wildlings. When it is only Qhorin Halfhand and Jon Snow left, Qhorin orders Jon Snow to pretend to defect to the Wildlings in order to gather intelligence. Jon Snow, torn by the idea of betraying his vows (even if it's a farse) asks Qhorin if he will let their Lord Commander know that he did not break his oath. Qhorin, knowing that the Wildlings will kill him when they catch up to them, responds "''When I see him next. I swear it.''


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* In ''Literature/ASongofIceandFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', during the second book Jon Snow goes on a ranging mission with Qhorin Halfhand and two other veteran rangers. After being spotted, they begin traveling back to the camp and are pursued by Wildlings. When it is only Qhorin Halfhand and Jon Snow left, Qhorin orders Jon Snow to pretend to defect to the Wildlings in order to gather intelligence. Jon Snow, torn by the idea of betraying his vows (even if it's a farse) false betrayal) asks Qhorin if he will let their Lord Commander know that he did not break his oath. Qhorin, knowing that the Wildlings will kill him when they catch up to them, responds "''When I see him next. I swear it.''

26th May '17 8:07:35 PM wedekit
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* In ''Literature/ASongofIceandFire'', during the second book Jon Snow goes on a ranging mission with Qhorin Halfhand and two other veteran rangers. After being spotted, they begin traveling back to the camp and are pursued by Wildlings. When it is only Qhorin Halfhand and Jon Snow left, Qhorin orders Jon Snow to pretend to defect to the Wildlings in order to gather intelligence. Jon Snow, torn by the idea of betraying his vows (even if it's a farse) asks Qhorin if he will let their Lord Commander know that he did not break his oath. Qhorin, knowing that the Wildlings will kill him when they catch up to them, responds "''When I see him next. I swear it.''

2nd Apr '17 1:08:48 PM nombretomado
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* Played for all its [[TearJerker tear-jerking]] worth in ''{{Persona 3}}''. Aigis tearfully promises that [[spoiler: she'll devote her life to protecting the main character while, depending on your dialogue choices, he asks her not to cry and tells her it'll be okay. In reality, he's dying in her arms, and, though not outright said, it's likely they both know it]].

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* Played for all its [[TearJerker tear-jerking]] worth in ''{{Persona 3}}''.''VideoGame/Persona3''. Aigis tearfully promises that [[spoiler: she'll devote her life to protecting the main character while, depending on your dialogue choices, he asks her not to cry and tells her it'll be okay. In reality, he's dying in her arms, and, though not outright said, it's likely they both know it]].
19th Sep '16 8:07:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''WesternAnimation/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]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/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]].
19th Sep '16 8:07:06 AM Morgenthaler
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19th Sep '16 7:30:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the sixteenth-century text ''ThePrince'', author Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli explicitly states that at times it is necessary for a ruler to make empty promises for the sake of his country.

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* In the sixteenth-century text ''ThePrince'', ''Literature/ThePrince'', author Creator/NiccoloMachiavelli explicitly states that at times it is necessary for a ruler to make empty promises for the sake of his country.
18th Sep '16 6:54:39 PM xelldx
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** Actually the Voltron in question was actually Vehicle Voltron.
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.
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