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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.
31st May '17 7:35:26 PM Renicula
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Guenevere}}'', [[KnightInShiningArmor Lancelot]] vows to always do everything in his power to protect Guenevere, to dedicate his every victory to her glory, and to never ask anything from her in return.
20th May '17 1:19:04 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'' ''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.
20th May '17 1:17:25 PM mouschilight
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*** In ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' he makes another one to Hinata, only this time it's [[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 makes made another one to Hinata, only this time it's it was [[spoiler:to save her from [[BigBad Toneri]] and properly return her love for him.]] He also succeeded.
20th May '17 1:15:43 PM mouschilight
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*** After Sakura delivered her [[NeverLiveItDown infamous]] [[FalseConfession fake love confession]] to Naruto to [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim relieve him of the promise]], not only does [[WhatTheHellHero Naruto call her out for lying]] and then [[ShipSinking reject her outright]] by telling her that he '''hates''' people who lie to themselves, he also tells her that his promise to her was no longer the reason why he wants to bring Sasuke back; he has [[TrueCompanions his own reasons]] now.

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*** After Sakura delivered her [[NeverLiveItDown infamous]] [[FalseConfession fake love confession]] to Naruto to [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim relieve him of the promise]], not only does [[WhatTheHellHero Naruto call her out for lying]] and then [[ShipSinking reject her outright]] by telling her that he '''hates''' people who lie to themselves, he also tells her that his promise to her ThePromise was no longer the reason why he wants to bring Sasuke back; he has [[TrueCompanions his own reasons]] now.
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