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16th Apr '16 2:44:15 PM ading
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' the Unforgivable Curses are so bad that using them on a human gets a life sentence in [[TheAlcatraz Azkaban]]. In the fifth book, [[TheHero Harry]] briefly uses the [[ToThePain Cruciatus Curse]] on [[TheDragon Bellatrix]] after she [[spoiler:kills [[ParentalSubstitute Sirius]]]]. Okay, it was an extreme situation...and then he tries to use it on [[spoiler:[[AmbiguouslyEvil Snape]]]] in the next book. Okay, don't make a habit of this, Harry. Then, in the final book, he uses the [[MindControl Imperius Curse]] to avoid being caught by a villain. Well, it was life or death... And then he uses the Cruciatus again when a bad guy [[DisproportionateRetribution spits on]] [[IronLady McGonagall]]. [[WhatTheHellHero And she praises him for it]]. "Unforgivable" my ass.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' the Unforgivable Curses are so bad that using them on a human gets a life sentence in [[TheAlcatraz Azkaban]]. In the fifth book, [[TheHero Harry]] briefly uses the [[ToThePain Cruciatus Curse]] on [[TheDragon Bellatrix]] after she [[spoiler:kills [[ParentalSubstitute Sirius]]]]. Okay, it was an extreme situation...and then he tries to use it on [[spoiler:[[AmbiguouslyEvil Snape]]]] in the next book. Okay, don't make a habit of this, Harry. Then, in the final book, he uses the [[MindControl Imperius Curse]] to avoid being caught by a villain. Well, it was life or death... And then he uses the Cruciatus again when a bad guy [[DisproportionateRetribution spits on]] [[IronLady McGonagall]]. [[WhatTheHellHero And she praises him for it]]. "Unforgivable" my ass.it.
9th Jan '16 5:17:19 PM JoeMerl
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter,'' the Unforgivable Curses are so bad that using them on a human gets a life sentence in [[TheAlcatraz Azkaban]]. In the fifth book, [[TheHero Harry]] briefly uses the [[ToThePain Cruciatus Curse]] on [[TheDragon Bellatrix]] after she [[spoiler:kills [[ParentalSubstitute Sirius]]]]. Okay, it was an extreme situation...and then he tries to use it on [[spoiler:[[AmbiguouslyEvil Snape]]]] in the next book. Okay, don't make a habit of this, Harry. Then, in the final book, he uses the [[MindControl Imperius Curse]] to avoid being caught by a villain. Well, it was life or death... And then he uses the Cruciatus again when a bad guy [[DisproportionateRetribution spits on]] [[IronLady McGonagall]]. [[WhatTheHellHero And she praises him for it]]. "Unforgivable" my ass.
8th Sep '15 10:14:36 AM HighCrate
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* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Captain Kirk's willingness to break the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]] whenever he needed to save the ''Enterprise'' and/or a "stagnant" culture is well known. He was also a hypocrite on the issue, condemning Captain Tracy in "The Omega Glory" for doing something he had done before and would do again. Note that Mr. Spock was also guilty for not arresting Kirk each time he did it (as noted in "The Omega Glory", any Starfleet officer who doesn't take action is as guilty as the person committing the offense).
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Subsequent]] [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine captains]] [[Series/StarTrekVoyager weren't]] much better.

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''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries''. Captain Kirk's willingness to break the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]] whenever he needed to save the ''Enterprise'' and/or a "stagnant" culture is well known. He was also a hypocrite on the issue, condemning Captain Tracy in "The Omega Glory" for doing something he had done before and would do again. Note that Mr. Spock was also guilty for not arresting Kirk each time he did it (as noted in "The Omega Glory", any Starfleet officer who doesn't take action is as guilty as the person committing the offense).
** [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Subsequent]] [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine captains]] [[Series/StarTrekVoyager weren't]] much better.
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24th Mar '15 9:19:45 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[FateStayNight Fate/Unlimited Blade Works]]'' focuses on [[WideEyedIdealist Shirou]] coming face to face with the reality that his ambition to save everyone is impossible, and his failures in pursuing it may ultimately destroy him. Despite knowing it is impossible, [[KnightInSourArmor Shirou resolves to do his best to uphold the ideal regardless]].

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* ''[[FateStayNight ''[[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Fate/Unlimited Blade Works]]'' focuses on [[WideEyedIdealist Shirou]] coming face to face with the reality that his ambition to save everyone is impossible, and his failures in pursuing it may ultimately destroy him. Despite knowing it is impossible, [[KnightInSourArmor Shirou resolves to do his best to uphold the ideal regardless]].
10th Mar '15 6:44:17 AM Gowan
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** And then there is the whole Hurog family, whose holy duty is to protect dragons. They have been doing a pretty bad job for a very, very, very long time. Ward, the protagonist, is the first one to actually do some dragon-protecting.

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** And then there is the whole Hurog family, whose holy duty is to protect dragons. They have been doing a pretty bad job for a very, very, very long time. Ward, the protagonist, is the first one to actually do some dragon-protecting. (One of his ancestors ''killed'' a dragon, and the ones that came after that liked the title, but never made a real effort to find out what happened to the dragons.
10th Mar '15 6:42:01 AM Gowan
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** And then there is the whole Hurog family, whose holy duty is to protect dragons. They have been doing a pretty bad job for a very, very, very long time. Ward, the protagonist, is the first one to actually do some dragon-protecting.
10th Mar '15 6:40:25 AM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' it is mentioned that oaths of allegiance are considered cheap and no one takes them seriously, least of all the high king Jakoven. When an elderly nobleman starts a plea to the king by saying that he has sworn by his life-blood to be loyal to the king, every decent person present pities him for being so naive as to believe that the king would actually honour his promises. It's all about power, if you have power, you can break your promises all you like. [[spoiler: Or that's what Jakoven thinks ... until the nobles have had enough and start a revolution.]]



* Likewise, some Catholic bishops release priests from their duties and vows of celibacy, because they've fallen in love and want to get married. It's a relatively long process because of the seriousness of the change and the awareness that often such feelings pass and fade as above, but there is a process in place.

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* Likewise, some Catholic bishops release priests from their duties and vows of celibacy, because they've fallen in love and want to get married. It's a relatively long process because of the seriousness of the change and the awareness that often such feelings pass and fade as above, but there is a process in place.place.
* Averted by the Quakers (a religious group, also called "The society of friends"), who take the Bible's word on not swearing oaths seriously. Thus, they manage to stick to the principles that are in the Bible, the ones of their own religious society (there are several cases in history where Quakers got in trouble for refusing to swear oaths), and don't get into the predicament of having to break vows, as they never made them in the first place.
26th Jan '15 3:29:39 AM StFan
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* In ''{{Bakuman}}'', Mashiro and Azuki promise to never see each other until their dreams come true, but this is broken on a few occasions, such as when Mashiro is hospitalized or when Azuki receives an offer to be the female lead in Natural+, resulting in Mashiro having to come to see her, inspiring her to act on her desire to turn it down. They lampshade how often they've seen each other in spite of their promise, but note that the cases have been emergencies. Azuki decides that they will kiss the next time they see each other so that they will commit to their promise. [[spoiler:The next time they meet is after Azuki becomes the female lead for Mashiro and Takagi's anime]].

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* In ''{{Bakuman}}'', ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', Mashiro and Azuki promise to never see each other until their dreams come true, but this is broken on a few occasions, such as when Mashiro is hospitalized or when Azuki receives an offer to be the female lead in Natural+, resulting in Mashiro having to come to see her, inspiring her to act on her desire to turn it down. They lampshade how often they've seen each other in spite of their promise, but note that the cases have been emergencies. Azuki decides that they will kiss the next time they see each other so that they will commit to their promise. [[spoiler:The next time they meet is after Azuki becomes the female lead for Mashiro and Takagi's anime]].
14th Jan '15 6:59:35 AM Vox
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* Used frequently in ''{{A Song of Ice and Fire}}'', even to the point of RunningGag extremes. Many major groups in the setting take vows of chastity (Maesters of the Citadel, Black Brothers of the Night's Watch, brothers of the Kingsguard, etc.) and few of them take the vow even a little bit seriously. (The Night's Watch gets by on a bit of LoopholeAbuse: their vow is to [[ExactWords "father no children,"]] and given the ubiquity of [[FantasyContraception moon tea and tansy]] in the setting, as long as they stick to whores who know their business, there's relatively little chance of that.)

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* Used frequently in ''{{A Song of Ice and Fire}}'', even to the point of RunningGag extremes. Many major groups in the setting take vows of chastity (Maesters of the Citadel, Black Brothers of the Night's Watch, brothers of the Kingsguard, etc.) and few of them take the vow even a little bit seriously. (The Night's Watch gets by on a bit of LoopholeAbuse: their vow is to [[ExactWords "father "take no wife and father no children,"]] and given the ubiquity of [[FantasyContraception moon tea and tansy]] in the setting, as long as they stick to whores who know their business, there's relatively little chance of that.)
26th Dec '14 9:14:22 AM Nazetrime
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* In the fifth Season of ''Series/{{Noob}}'', one of the players gets a job that amounts to making a NonPlayerCharacter that is an important part of the game's story be controlled by a real person rather than artificial intelligence. He promises his new boss to never break characer while on the job, but between getting used to the character's World Boss statistics, making players that know him aware of the situation and other incidents, there are only one or two scene showing him ''not'' breaking character.

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* In the fifth Season of ''Series/{{Noob}}'', one of the players gets a job that amounts to making a NonPlayerCharacter that is an important part of the game's story be controlled by a real person rather than artificial intelligence. He promises his new boss to never break characer character while on the job, but between getting used to the character's World Boss statistics, making players that know him aware of the situation and other incidents, there are only one or two scene scenes showing him ''not'' breaking character.
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