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28th Mar '18 3:32:17 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* These are a major element in C.J. Cherryh's ''Literature/MorgaineCycle''. They form a big part of Vanye's characterization due to his [[InTheBlood Nhi]] obsession with [[HonorBeforeReason honor]], and when he does something stupid to keep his honor he's generally [[GenreSavvy well aware]] of the stupidity of what he's doing. Oaths, their making, their consequences and the attendant difficulties, anguish and so on make for some major drama.

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* These are a major element in C.J. Cherryh's ''Literature/MorgaineCycle''. They form a big part of Vanye's characterization due to his [[InTheBlood Nhi]] obsession with [[HonorBeforeReason honor]], and when he does something stupid to keep his honor he's generally [[GenreSavvy well aware]] aware of the stupidity of what he's doing. Oaths, their making, their consequences and the attendant difficulties, anguish and so on make for some major drama.
18th Feb '18 1:59:02 PM Jeduthun
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* CelibateHero (will not have romantic or sexual relationships)

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* CelibateHero (will not have [[VowOfCelibacy romantic or sexual relationships)relationships]])
23rd Jan '18 1:27:57 AM CountDorku
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-->'''Ajani:''' "[[AmbitionIsEvil I have seen tyrants whose ambitions knew no limits]]. [[RageAgainstTheHeavens Creatures who styled themselves gods]], or [[AssimilationPlot praetors]], or [[BigBrotherIsWatching consuls]], but thought only of their own desires, not of those they ruled. Whole populations deceived. Civilizations plunged into war. People who were simply trying to live...made to suffer. To...to die. Never again. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=423798 Until all have found their place, I will keep watch.]]"

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-->'''Ajani:''' -->'''Ajani Goldmane:''' "[[AmbitionIsEvil I have seen tyrants whose ambitions knew no limits]]. [[RageAgainstTheHeavens Creatures who styled themselves gods]], or [[AssimilationPlot praetors]], or [[BigBrotherIsWatching consuls]], but thought only of their own desires, not of those they ruled. Whole populations deceived. Civilizations plunged into war. People who were simply trying to live...made to suffer. To...to die. Never again. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=423798 Until all have found their place, I will keep watch.]]"
23rd Jan '18 1:26:42 AM CountDorku
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* The titular Oath of [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Oath Of The Gatewatch]]. Each of the four founding members has their own personal version.
-->'''[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Oath%20of%20Ajani Oath of Ajani:]]''' "Until all have found their place, I will keep watch."
-->'''[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407623 Oath of Chandra:]]''' "If it means that people can live in freedom, yeah, I'll keep watch."
-->'''[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407540 Oath Of Gideon:]]''' "For justice and peace, I will keep watch."
-->'''[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407570 Oath of Jace:]]''' "For the sake of the Multiverse, I will keep watch."
-->'''[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407650 Oath of Nissa:]]''' "For the life of every plane, I will keep watch".
-->'''[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=oath%20of%20liliana Oath of Liliana:]]''' "I'll keep watch. Happy now?"

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* The titular Oath of [[TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering Oath Of The Gatewatch]]. Each of the four founding members has their own personal version.
-->'''[[http://gatherer.-->'''Gideon Jura:''' "I have seen civilization fall. When [[EldritchAbomination the Eldrazi]] destroyed Sea Gate, they threatened all I believe. The people of ZendikarŚmy whole armyŚwere nothing more than stinging flies in their path. Never again. Not just the Eldrazi, and not just Zendikar. Never again, not on any world. This I swear: For Sea Gate, for Zendikar and all its people, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=Oath%20of%20Ajani Oath of Ajani:]]''' "Until all have found their place, aspx?multiverseid=407540 for justice and peace, I will keep watch."
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-->'''Nissa Revane:''' "I have seen a world laid waste. As the Eldrazi sweep over Zendikar, the land is reduced to dust and ash. Left unchecked, they will consume it and everything on it. Never again. For Zendikar and the life it nurtures, [[http://gatherer.
wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407623 Oath aspx?multiverseid=407650 for the life of Chandra:]]''' "If it means that people can live in freedom, yeah, I'll every plane, I will keep watch."
-->'''[[http://gatherer.
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-->'''Jace Beleren:''' "I have seen a greater danger than I could have imagined. The Eldrazi don't threaten just Zendikar. If we leave here, if we leave them alone, they could consume plane after plane until even Ravnica is laid waste. At this moment, Emrakul could be drifting through the Blind Eternities, looking for another plane to devour. Never again. [[http://gatherer.
wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407540 Oath Of Gideon:]]''' "For justice and peace, aspx?multiverseid=407570 For the sake of the Multiverse, I will keep watch."
-->'''[[http://gatherer.
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-->'''Chandra Nalaar:''' "Every world has its tyrants, following their own desires with no concern for the people they step on. They're no different from the Eldrazi. So I'll say it: never again. [[http://gatherer.
wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407570 Oath of Jace:]]''' "For the sake of the Multiverse, I will aspx?multiverseid=407623 If it means that people can live in freedom, yeah, I'll keep watch."
-->'''[[http://gatherer.
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-->'''Liliana Vess:''' "I see that together we're more powerful than we are alone. If that means I can do what needs to be done without relying on the Chain Veil, then [[http://gatherer.
wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=407650 Oath of Nissa:]]''' "For the life of every plane, I will aspx?multiverseid=414395 I'll keep watch".
-->'''[[http://gatherer.
watch. Happy now?]]"
-->'''Ajani:''' "[[AmbitionIsEvil I have seen tyrants whose ambitions knew no limits]]. [[RageAgainstTheHeavens Creatures who styled themselves gods]], or [[AssimilationPlot praetors]], or [[BigBrotherIsWatching consuls]], but thought only of their own desires, not of those they ruled. Whole populations deceived. Civilizations plunged into war. People who were simply trying to live...made to suffer. To...to die. Never again. [[http://gatherer.
wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?name=oath%20of%20liliana Oath of Liliana:]]''' "I'll aspx?multiverseid=423798 Until all have found their place, I will keep watch. Happy now?"watch.]]"
16th Jan '18 3:11:34 PM DustSnitch
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* Two major ones from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. Firstly, the kids will never morph a sentient species without the individual's express permission. The other vow is a little more vague: The kids "fight Yeerks, but won't become them". This essentially means the kids agree to not use the same underhanded tactics Yeerks use (cold-blooded murder, ganging up on a single enemy, etc.) [[spoiler:They end up breaking both of these vows.]]
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': In "Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader", Reepicheep pledges to find Aslan's country. Caspian also vowed at his coronation to search for the seven missing lords.



* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'': The reason {{The|Oathbreaker}}s have the lowest place in Heaven is that freedom is the greatest treasure a person can give to God, making vows of celibacy and service matters of incredible heroism and seriousness.
-->''"For when a pact is drawn between a man\\
and God, then through free will, a man gives up\\
what I have called his treasure, his free will."''
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' have the Knights of the Cross. They are three paladins in the modern world wielding a Sword that carries in its hilt a Nail that pierced Jesus Christ. Their Swords are called ''Fidelacchius'' aka the Sword of Faith, ''Esperacchius'' aka the Sword of Hope, and ''Amoracchius'' aka the Sword of Love. While they each get missions and intuitions from the Lord-On-High or His administration, non-Christians may be Knights. Their vow isn't to the doctrine of Christianity, but rather an accepting that people need help and they will help them, even at the risk of their own life to help people. They will not harm the innocent. They will follow the ideals that particular Sword invokes.[[note]] A half-human vampire woman who was once burned by touching the Sword of Faith is later able to wield the Sword of Love when she is protecting the life of her daughter[[/note]] And most importantly, the first mission of any Knight is to ''save and redeem'' the lives of those who are possessed by {{Fallen Angel}}s, not to strike them down. It isn't their place to judge. Failing these vows means risking the Power of the Sword itself as acting against the nature of the Sword could rob the power from the Sword. That said, it is possible another could take up the Sword and reawaken the dormant power.
* Sparhawk of Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheElenium'', who maintains an ironclad sense of personal honor and dignity despite his own world-weary cynicism and the criminals and evils he has to deal with.
* In the ''Literature/ElephantAndPiggie'' book "Can I Play Too?", Piggie vows to find a way so Snake can play catch with them, even though he lacks any appendages to do so.



* Sparhawk of Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheElenium'', who maintains an ironclad sense of personal honor and dignity despite his own world-weary cynicism and the criminals and evils he has to deal with.
* Gawyn Trakand from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' swears an oath to protect his sister to the death, even when she makes his childhood a living hell with her antics, she runs off in the middle of training twice, leaving him behind. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse,]] yet he never waivers.
* Two major ones from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. Firstly, the kids will never morph a sentient species without the individual's express permission. The other vow is a little more vague: The kids "fight Yeerks, but won't become them". This essentially means the kids agree to not use the same underhanded tactics Yeerks use (cold-blooded murder, ganging up on a single enemy, etc.) [[spoiler:They end up breaking both of these vows.]]

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* Sparhawk of Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheElenium'', who maintains an ironclad sense of personal honor and dignity despite his own world-weary cynicism and Surprisingly defied in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' when the criminals and evils he has Fellowship is formed. Gimli wants the Fellowship to deal with.
* Gawyn Trakand from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' swears
swear an oath to protect his sister to Frodo and get the death, even when she makes his childhood Ring to Mount Doom, but Elrond refuses to allow it. "No oath, no bond is laid on you to go further than you will." Turns out to be a living hell with her antics, she runs off good thing in the middle end, since it allows most of training twice, leaving him behind. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse,]] yet he never waivers.
* Two major ones
the Fellowship to part from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. Firstly, the kids will never morph a sentient species Frodo (due to circumstance and necessity) without the individual's express permission. The other vow is a little more vague: The kids "fight Yeerks, but won't become them". This essentially means the kids agree to not use the same underhanded tactics Yeerks use (cold-blooded murder, ganging up on a single enemy, etc.) [[spoiler:They end up breaking both of these vows.]]becoming TheOathBreaker.



* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', Blake Thorburn swears to Evan Matthieu, the [[UndeadChild ghost of a murdered child]], that he will kill monsters like the one that killed Evan. Blake keeps this oath even after being made an {{Unperson}} by a demon and [[HeWhoFightsMonsters losing his humanity]], though he later redefines his definition of "monster" to include monstrous ''people''.



* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': In "Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader", Reepicheep pledges to find Aslan's country. Caspian also vowed at his coronation to search for the seven missing lords.
* Morley's Code of Ethical Behavior from ''Literature/BurntEmpire''.
-->Rule One: Don't kill anyone, ever.
-->Rule Two: Never blackmail, especially not for anything disgusting.
-->Rule Three: Never steal, ever.
-->Rule Four: [[ThereIsNoRuleSix There is no Rule Four]].
-->Rule Five: Don't insult anyone who doesn't deserve it.
* John Galt's oath in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'':
-->"I swear--by my life and my love of it--that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
* In the ''Literature/ElephantAndPiggie'' book "Can I Play Too?", Piggie vows to find a way so Snake can play catch with them, even though he lacks any appendages to do so.



* Surprisingly defied in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' when the Fellowship is formed. Gimli wants the Fellowship to swear an oath to protect Frodo and get the Ring to Mount Doom, but Elrond refuses to allow it. "No oath, no bond is laid on you to go further than you will." Turns out to be a good thing in the end, since it allows most of the Fellowship to part from Frodo (due to circumstance and necessity) without becoming TheOathBreaker.
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', Blake Thorburn swears to Evan Matthieu, the [[UndeadChild ghost of a murdered child]], that he will kill monsters like the one that killed Evan. Blake keeps this oath even after being made an {{Unperson}} by a demon and [[HeWhoFightsMonsters losing his humanity]], though he later redefines his definition of "monster" to include monstrous ''people''.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' have the Knights of the Cross. They are three paladins in the modern world wielding a Sword that carries in its hilt a Nail that pierced Jesus Christ. Their Swords are called ''Fidelacchius'' aka the Sword of Faith, ''Esperacchius'' aka the Sword of Hope, and ''Amoracchius'' aka the Sword of Love. While they each get missions and intuitions from the Lord-On-High or His administration, non-Christians may be Knights. Their vow isn't to the doctrine of Christianity, but rather an accepting that people need help and they will help them, even at the risk of their own life to help people. They will not harm the innocent. They will follow the ideals that particular Sword invokes.[[note]] A half-human vampire woman who was once burned by touching the Sword of Faith is later able to wield the Sword of Love when she is protecting the life of her daughter[[/note]] And most importantly, the first mission of any Knight is to ''save and redeem'' the lives of those who are possessed by {{Fallen Angel}}s, not to strike them down. It isn't their place to judge. Failing these vows means risking the Power of the Sword itself as acting against the nature of the Sword could rob the power from the Sword. That said, it is possible another could take up the Sword and reawaken the dormant power.

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* Surprisingly defied in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' when the Fellowship is formed. Gimli wants the Fellowship to swear Gawyn Trakand from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' swears an oath to protect Frodo and get the Ring to Mount Doom, but Elrond refuses to allow it. "No oath, no bond is laid on you to go further than you will." Turns out to be a good thing in the end, since it allows most of the Fellowship to part from Frodo (due to circumstance and necessity) without becoming TheOathBreaker.
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', Blake Thorburn swears to Evan Matthieu, the [[UndeadChild ghost of a murdered child]], that he will kill monsters like the one that killed Evan. Blake keeps this oath even after being made an {{Unperson}} by a demon and [[HeWhoFightsMonsters losing
his humanity]], though he later redefines his definition of "monster" to include monstrous ''people''.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' have the Knights of the Cross. They are three paladins in the modern world wielding a Sword that carries in its hilt a Nail that pierced Jesus Christ. Their Swords are called ''Fidelacchius'' aka the Sword of Faith, ''Esperacchius'' aka the Sword of Hope, and ''Amoracchius'' aka the Sword of Love. While they each get missions and intuitions from the Lord-On-High or His administration, non-Christians may be Knights. Their vow isn't
sister to the doctrine of Christianity, but rather an accepting that people need help and they will help them, death, even at the risk of their own life to help people. They will not harm the innocent. They will follow the ideals that particular Sword invokes.[[note]] A half-human vampire woman who was once burned by touching the Sword of Faith is later able to wield the Sword of Love when she is protecting makes his childhood a living hell with her antics, she runs off in the middle of training twice, leaving him behind. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse,]] yet he never waivers.
%%* Morley's Code of Ethical Behavior from ''Literature/BurntEmpire''.
%%-->Rule One: Don't kill anyone, ever.
%%-->Rule Two: Never blackmail, especially not for anything disgusting.
%%-->Rule Three: Never steal, ever.
%%-->Rule Four: [[ThereIsNoRuleSix There is no Rule Four]].
%%-->Rule Five: Don't insult anyone who doesn't deserve it.
%%* John Galt's oath in ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'':
%%-->"I swear--by my
life and my love of her daughter[[/note]] And most importantly, it--that I will never live for the first mission sake of any Knight is to ''save and redeem'' the lives of those who are possessed by {{Fallen Angel}}s, not to strike them down. It isn't their place to judge. Failing these vows means risking the Power of the Sword itself as acting against the nature of the Sword could rob the power from the Sword. That said, it is possible another could take up the Sword and reawaken the dormant power.man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
28th Nov '17 10:20:22 AM FoxBluereaver
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* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Ash suffers a HeroicBSOD when he learns [[spoiler: that Iris, Dawn and Cilan might be dead in the new timeline.]] After snapping out of it, [[DeclarationOfProtection he vows to become stronger to protect the friends he still has.]]
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1st Oct '17 8:55:19 PM KeithM
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* There are assorted variation of the speech Shepard can give in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' before the final assault on the Collector Base, but most of them come out as one.
-->'''Shepard:''' We don't know how many the Collectors have stolen. Thousands, hundreds of thousands. It's not important. What matters is this: Not. One. More. That's what we can do here, today. It ends with us. They want to know what we're made of? I say we show them, on our terms. Let's bring our people home.
10th Jul '17 3:52:06 PM Orbiting
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* In ''{{Exalted}}'', the Charm Righteous Lion Defense causes a magically enforced version of this: one of the character's Intimacies becomes utterly inviolate, and nothing, not even MindControl, can persuade him to act against it.

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* In ''{{Exalted}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', the Charm Righteous Lion Defense causes a magically enforced version of this: one of the character's Intimacies becomes utterly inviolate, and nothing, not even MindControl, can persuade him to act against it.
27th Jun '17 4:43:34 PM Discar
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---> '''Madame Kovarian:''' "The anger of a good man is not a problem. Good men have too many rules."
---> '''The Eleventh Doctor:''' ''([[TranquilFury calmly]])'' "Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many..."

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---> '''Madame Kovarian:''' "The The anger of a good man is not a problem. Good men have too many rules."
--->
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'''The Eleventh Doctor:''' ''([[TranquilFury calmly]])'' "Good Good men don't need ''need'' rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many..."''so many''.
5th Jun '17 6:44:03 PM mouschilight
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*** In ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', he made another one to Hinata, only this time it was [[spoiler:to save her from [[BigBad Toneri]] and properly return her love for him.]] He also succeeded.

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*** In ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', he made another one to Hinata, only this time it was [[spoiler:to save her from [[BigBad Toneri]] and properly return her love for him.]] him]]. He also succeeded.
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