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22nd Aug '16 4:12:17 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', Sam Vimes will stop whatever he's doing and go home to read "Where's My Cow?" to his son at 6 o'-clock... even if he's halfway across town or buried underground at the time.

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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
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''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', Sam Vimes will stop whatever he's doing and go home to read "Where's My Cow?" to his son at 6 o'-clock... even if he's halfway across town or buried underground at the time.



** The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels also suggest that this is the only reason Granny Weatherwax doesn't become a stereotypical WickedWitch.

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** The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels also suggest that this is the only reason Granny Weatherwax doesn't become a stereotypical WickedWitch.



* Sparhawk of Creator/DavidEddings' ''{{Elenium}}'', 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 ''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.

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* Sparhawk of Creator/DavidEddings' ''{{Elenium}}'', ''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 ''TheWheelOfTime'' ''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.
5th Aug '16 4:33:03 AM eowynjedi
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* In ''Series/WolfHall'' this is more of an Anti-Heroic vow, given who speaks it, however. When George Cavendish tearfully relates the story of Cardinal Wolsey's sudden arrest for high treason and his fatal illness, which he implies was [[DeathByDespair brought on by the shock and hurt]], he prays God to take revenge on the Boleyns and the other men who brought Wolsey down. Thomas Cromwell's reply sets the stage for the rest of the series.
--> "No need to trouble God, George. I'll take it in hand."
15th Jun '16 10:00:08 PM Gamermaster
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* Even though they were the [[HeroAntagonist antagonists]] at the time, the [[AntiVillain Wolkenritter]] swore during ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' that [[ThouShaltNotKill they wouldn't kill anyone]] during their quest to fill the [[ArtifactOfDoom Book of Darkness]] since it would taint [[MoralityPet Hayate's]] name with blood.
12th Jun '16 4:02:12 PM nombretomado
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* In the Windham Classics text-adventure adaptation of ''TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', the TinMan swears an oath to "Guard [the party] with my axe, and shield you with my tin" upon being recruited.

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* In the Windham Classics text-adventure adaptation of ''TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', the TinMan swears an oath to "Guard [the party] with my axe, and shield you with my tin" upon being recruited.
4th Apr '16 6:09:29 AM isoycrazy
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* ''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.
2nd Mar '16 11:14:54 AM ReaderAt2046
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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?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=407650 Oath of Nissa:]]''' "For the life of every plane, 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."
20th Dec '15 9:01:55 AM GoldenDarkness
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*** In ''[[Naruto7TheLast The Last]]'' he makes ''yet'' another one to her:[[spoiler: to save her from Toneri and properly return her love.]]

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*** In ''[[Naruto7TheLast The Last]]'' ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' he makes ''yet'' another one to her:[[spoiler: to save her from Toneri and properly return her love.]]
4th Dec '15 11:29:18 AM SanDemonMax
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---> '''Villain:''' "The anger of a good man is not a problem. Good men have too many rules."
---> '''The Doctor:''' "''Good'' men don't need ''rules''. Today is not the day to find out why ''I'' have so many..."

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---> '''Villain:''' '''Madame Kovarian:''' "The anger of a good man is not a problem. Good men have too many rules."
---> '''The Eleventh Doctor:''' "''Good'' ''([[TranquilFury calmly]])'' "Good men don't need ''rules''. rules. Today is not the day to find out why ''I'' I have so many..."
13th Nov '15 11:11:15 AM Willbyr
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* Many heroes [[ThouShaltNotKill refrain from killing]], but RurouniKenshin is very, ''very'' serious about the topic -- to the point of preventing ''other'' people from killing if at all possible. It's {{justified|Trope}} by the fact that it's pretty much all that prevents him from regressing back to his "Hitokiri Battousai" persona: A emotionless killer who is utterly remorseless about any and all lives that he takes. He took the vow after [[HeelRealization realizing just how far]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he had fallen]] in his service to the Meiji revolution/government as an anti-Shogunate/pro-Meiji assassin during the Bakumatsu period.
* Also in the ThouShaltNotKill camp, Vash from ''{{Trigun}}''.

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* Many heroes [[ThouShaltNotKill refrain from killing]], but RurouniKenshin ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is very, ''very'' serious about the topic -- to the point of preventing ''other'' people from killing if at all possible. It's {{justified|Trope}} by the fact that it's pretty much all that prevents him from regressing back to his "Hitokiri Battousai" persona: A emotionless killer who is utterly remorseless about any and all lives that he takes. He took the vow after [[HeelRealization realizing just how far]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he had fallen]] in his service to the Meiji revolution/government as an anti-Shogunate/pro-Meiji assassin during the Bakumatsu period.
* Also in the ThouShaltNotKill camp, Vash from ''{{Trigun}}''.''Manga/{{Trigun}}''.



* {{Naruto}}'s vow to bring Sasuke back to Konoha. Arguably in the series ''every'' character has one, but Naruto's is the most important plotwise.

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* {{Naruto}}'s Manga/{{Naruto}}'s vow to bring Sasuke back to Konoha. Arguably in the series ''every'' character has one, but Naruto's is the most important plotwise.
5th Sep '15 10:20:53 AM Valance47
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* Kenzou Tenma in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' is bound and resolved to do two things: save every life he possibly can (as a wanted fugitive, he more than once has to hold people at gunpoint in order to get them the emergency care they need), and kill Johan. The inconsistency between these two vows is not missed, to put it mildly.

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* Kenzou Dr. Kenzo Tenma in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' is bound and resolved to do two things: save every life he possibly can (as a wanted fugitive, he more than once has to hold people at gunpoint in order to get them the emergency care they need), and kill Johan. The inconsistency between these two vows is not missed, to put it mildly.
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