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6th Oct '17 6:59:36 AM JackG
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** Not that Avon isn't above ExactWords when giving his word. In "Rumors of Death" he promises a TortureTechnician a "way out" of his SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere if he talks. He does so, and Avon decides to LeaveBehindAPistol.
26th Sep '17 12:58:20 AM PaulA
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* At the end of Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Heir of Sea and Fire'', the second book of ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy'', Raederle swears by the ghost of Ylon that she will not leave Morgon. [[spoiler:When, in the next book, she does leave him, Morgon tracks her down, worried that the ghost must already be troubling her for breaking it.]]

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* At the end of Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Heir of Sea and Fire'', ''Literature/HeirOfSeaAndFire'', the second book of ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy'', Raederle swears by the ghost of Ylon that she will not leave Morgon. [[spoiler:When, in the next book, she does leave him, Morgon tracks her down, worried that the ghost must already be troubling her for breaking it.]]
25th Sep '17 12:41:33 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* About three quarters through ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', you can have an encounter with Sans in which he tells a story about his befriending someone who asked him to protect any humans who entered the Underground. Despite his claim that he hates making promises, he agrees and reveals it's the only reason he didn't [[spoiler:kill you on sight]] earlier in the game. The only thing that will force him to break his promise is the sheer carnage you wreak in a No Mercy run, at which point he apologizes to the one he made his promise to before [[spoiler:fighting you as the final boss]].

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* About three quarters through ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', you can have an encounter with Sans in which he tells a story about his befriending someone who asked him to protect any humans who entered the Underground.Underground, with clear implications that certain someone was [[spoiler:Toriel]]. Despite his claim that he hates making promises, he agrees and reveals it's the only reason he didn't [[spoiler:kill you on sight]] earlier in the game. The only thing that will force him to break his promise is the sheer carnage you wreak in a No Mercy run, at which point he apologizes to the one he made his promise to before [[spoiler:fighting you as the final boss]].
18th Sep '17 6:54:27 AM BeerBaron
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* Played with in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. [[TheDragon Odahviing]] acts offended when the PlayerCharacter questions his sincerity, as he is a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Dovah]] and has given his word. The player can point out that he had just tried to trick them barely a minute ago. Ultimately, however, he does do as he promised.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'':
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Played with in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. With when [[TheDragon Odahviing]] acts offended when the PlayerCharacter [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] questions his sincerity, as he is a [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Dovah]] ("[[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]]" in the draconic language) and has given his word. The player can point out that he had just tried to trick them barely a minute ago. Ultimately, however, he does do as he promised.promised.
** In the ''Dragonborn'' DLC, in keeping with his preferred recruitment method of tempting potential followers with gifts of knowledge, [[EldritchAbomination Hermaeus Mora]] (the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Knowledge]] keeps just about every promise he makes and holds his end of every bargain, both in spirit as well as word. [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Doesn't mean he won't toss you aside when he doesn't need you anymore]], however.
17th Sep '17 5:17:18 AM IamTheCaligula
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** Much like the Greek gods above, the Norse gods, giants, spirits and monsters were, in general, bound to their vows as intangible things are impossible to break... which is why Odin was TheDreaded to many: Because he could bind people to his service by extracting vows from them, but could somehow break whatever promises he made to them. One of Odin's many names thus became "[[TheOathbreaker Oathbreaker]]."
15th Sep '17 2:36:51 PM tromag
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* Niska, in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' believes in this, not out of a sense of honor, but because he takes his reputation very, very seriously. He wants everyone to know that he keeps the deals he makes, and that he'll brutally punish anyone who doesn't keep a deal with him.
12th Sep '17 5:27:27 PM LadyNorbert
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** Captain Hook himself uses this, albeit in a sneaky, loophole-abusive way. "I have given me word not to lay a finger, or a hook, on Peter Pan. And Captain Hook never breaks a promise..." as he's lowering a bomb into Peter's hideout.

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** Captain Hook himself uses this, albeit in a sneaky, loophole-abusive way. "I have given me word not to lay a finger, or a hook, on Peter Pan. And Captain Hook never breaks a promise..." He says this as he's lowering a bomb into Peter's hideout.



** Though earlier on she promises never to ''ask'' to leave the tower again, so she's free to actually leave without asking (although she does feel guilty about it).
* ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'': Ultimately Wilbur Robinson. He makes a promise under duress to take Lewis [[spoiler:really his father's younger self]] back to see his [[MissingMom biological mom]], and despite assorted happenings that make it clear that said course of action could potentially be dangerous, not to mention the fact that it seemed likely that he never intended to follow through on the promise... he follows through on the promise.

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** Though earlier on earlier, she promises never to ''ask'' to leave the tower again, so she's free to actually leave without asking (although she does feel guilty about it).
* ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'': Ultimately Ultimately, Wilbur Robinson. He makes a promise under duress to take Lewis [[spoiler:really [[spoiler:(really his father's younger self]] self)]] back to see his [[MissingMom biological mom]], and despite assorted happenings that make it clear that said course of action could potentially be dangerous, not to mention the fact that it seemed likely that he never intended to follow through on the promise... he follows through on the promise.



-->'''Jerry:''' "Tell me you didn't sign. Tell me you didn't sign because I'm still rather moved by that whole "Stronger than oak" thing."

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-->'''Jerry:''' "Tell Tell me you didn't sign. Tell me you didn't sign because I'm still rather moved by that whole "Stronger than oak" thing."



* In ''Film/{{Twins}}'', when Vincent delivers the stolen jet engine to Beetroot, Beetroot has realized by now that Vincent obviously got ahold of it by accident, and probably doesn't even "know what the hell this thing is". Vincent assumes for a minute that Beetroot is going to kill him, but he doesn't - after explaining to him what the "thing" is, he leaves Vincent the promised $5 million and takes the goods. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Beetroot and his assistant are quickly gunned down by [[BigBad Webster]] just as Julius arrives, leading to the final showdown of the movie.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Twins}}'', when Vincent delivers the stolen jet engine to Beetroot, Beetroot has realized by now that Vincent obviously got ahold hold of it by accident, and probably doesn't even "know what the hell this thing is". Vincent assumes for a minute that Beetroot is going to kill him, but he doesn't - after explaining to him what the "thing" is, he leaves Vincent the promised $5 million and takes the goods. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, Beetroot and his assistant are quickly gunned down by [[BigBad Webster]] just as Julius arrives, leading to the final showdown of the movie.]]



* ''Film/TheFourMusketeers:MiladysRevenge'': D'artagnan is facing Cardinal Richelieu who is about to hang him for a variety of illegal acts which destroyed the Cardinal's plan. D'artagnan hands Richelieu a note which says "By my order and for the good of the state, the bearer has done what has been done", basically a "get out of jail free" card. Richelieu accepts it, says "Be careful what you write, and be careful whom you give it to" (causing D'artagnan and the audience a moment of concern, thinking he is going to rip it up), but then follows this trope straight by honoring the document he himself wrote and releasing D'artagnan, even though it was intended as a blanket pardon to excuse Milady deWinter from her acts which would have advanced the Cardinal's plan.

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* ''Film/TheFourMusketeers:MiladysRevenge'': D'artagnan is facing Cardinal Richelieu who is about to hang him for a variety of illegal acts which destroyed the Cardinal's plan. D'artagnan hands Richelieu a note which says "By my order and for the good of the state, the bearer has done what has been done", basically a "get out of jail free" card. Richelieu accepts it, says "Be careful what you write, and be careful whom you give it to" (causing D'artagnan and the audience a moment of concern, thinking he is going to rip it up), but then follows this trope straight by honoring the document he himself wrote and releasing D'artagnan, even though it was intended as a blanket pardon to excuse Milady deWinter de Winter from her acts which would have advanced the Cardinal's plan.



* In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'', Sunshine grows worried when Constantine does not show up at the time he stated.

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In Creator/RobinMcKinley's ''Literature/BeautyARetellingOfBeautyAndTheBeast'', Beauty's family tries to persuade her not to go back to the Beast's castle at the end of her week's visit. She points out, gently, that "I ''promised.''" Since Beauty's real name is actually Honour, her father resigns himself to it and adds, "You were well named."
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''Literature/{{Sunshine}}'', Sunshine grows worried when Constantine does not show up at the time he stated.



* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', while on Mordin's recruitment mission, you can find Mordin's assisstant being threatened by some angry batarians. If you use the paragon option, you tell them that if they let him go, then you'll let them live. If you actually do so, then Shepard can basically say that they gave their word.

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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', while on Mordin's recruitment mission, you can find Mordin's assisstant assistant being threatened by some angry batarians. If you use the paragon option, you tell them that if they let him go, then you'll let them live. If you actually do so, then Shepard can basically say that they gave their word.



* In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' games, this is the reason Varric gives for why he won't tell anyone why his crossbow is named Bianca. "There was a girl, and I made a promise; it's the one story I can never tell." He does finally admit ''part'' of the story to [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition the Inquisitor]], but only because circumstances sort of force it.



* Done in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', where Scrooge gives his word not to leave the Beagle Boys behind on a pirate isle. And, he keeps his word, going back for them when he could have escaped. As Scrooge himself says, "Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s word is as good as gold." (The Beagle Boys still go to jail when they get back, however.)

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* Done in ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', where Scrooge gives his word not to leave the Beagle Boys behind on a pirate isle. And, he He keeps his word, going back for them when he could have escaped. As Scrooge himself says, "Scrooge [=McDuck=]'s word is as good as gold." (The Beagle Boys still go to jail when they get back, however.)



* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', when Zatara is trying to convince ComicBook/DoctorFate to release his daughter ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} and offers himself up as an alternate host, Fate asks what guarantee he has that Zatara will actually put on the helmet. Zatara simply says "My word." That's enough for Fate, and Zatara does indeed allow Fate to possess him for the remainder of the series.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', when Zatara is trying to convince ComicBook/DoctorFate to release his daughter ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} and offers himself up as an alternate host, Fate asks what guarantee he has that Zatara will actually put on the helmet. Zatara simply says says, "My word." That's enough for Fate, and Zatara does indeed allow Fate to possess him for the remainder of the series.



* A sing-along sengment of ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' has Ringo interrupting Paul's introduction of a song with the diction lessons he's taking.

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* A sing-along sengment segment of ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' has Ringo interrupting Paul's introduction of a song with the diction lessons he's taking.



* This is one of [[NobleDemon Shere Khan's]] defining traits in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin.'' Yes, he's a ruthless, insanely wealthy businessman who isn't afraid to use underhanded business practices to grow richer and more powerful, but he invariably keeps his word, to the point where his personal credo is: "I always pay my debts, and I ''never'' go back on a deal." It's part of what makes him an AntiVillain; he's probably the least likely person to try double-crossing the heroes (and himself ''despises'' being deceived), and treats his workers with genuine respect so long as they're doing their jobs right.

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* This is one of [[NobleDemon Shere Khan's]] defining traits in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin.'' Yes, he's a ruthless, insanely wealthy businessman who isn't afraid to use underhanded business practices to grow richer and more powerful, but he invariably keeps his word, to the point where his personal credo is: "I always pay my debts, and I ''never'' go back on a deal." It's part of what makes him an AntiVillain; he's probably the least likely person to try double-crossing the heroes (and himself ''despises'' being deceived), and treats his workers with genuine respect so long as they're doing their jobs right.



* Curious historical etymology- partly why (until very recently) Bankers were held in such high esteem was that they were punctilious about keeping their word. The London Stock Exchange itself has the motto, "My word is my bond" inscribed over the entrance, which is the origin of the phrase. Because there were so few bankers in a very close knit professional community, breaking your word led you to very soon to be unable to practice as a Banker in England. Incidentally the lack of documents inherent in such Gentlemen's agreements led to very frustrated English Lawyers, but that's another story.

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* Curious historical etymology- partly why (until very recently) Bankers were held in such high esteem was that they were punctilious about keeping their word. The London Stock Exchange itself has the motto, "My word is my bond" inscribed over the entrance, which is the origin of the phrase. Because there were so few bankers in a very close knit professional community, breaking your word led you to very soon to be unable to practice as a Banker in England. Incidentally Incidentally, the lack of documents inherent in such Gentlemen's agreements led to very frustrated English Lawyers, but that's another story.
5th Sep '17 6:48:34 AM Gowan
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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'': In a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, one of the Emperor's bodyguards tells him that he would [[HeroicVow ''never'' betray him.]] As ''all'' of the Emperor's bodyguards swear loyalty and are required to ''commit ritual suicide'' if the Emperor is killed through their actions ''or'' failure, the man quickly adds "... even if I had not sworn an oath on it."

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* Subverted in ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'': In a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, one of the Emperor's bodyguards tells him that he would [[HeroicVow ''never'' never betray him.]] As ''all'' of the Emperor's bodyguards swear loyalty and are required to ''commit ritual suicide'' if the Emperor is killed through their actions ''or'' failure, the man quickly adds "... even if I had not sworn an oath on it."
5th Sep '17 6:47:34 AM Gowan
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* Justified and exaggerated in ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'': In a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, one of the Emperor's bodyguards tells him that he would [[HeroicVow ''never'' betray him.]] As ''all'' of the Emperor's bodyguards swear loyalty and are required to ''commit ritual suicide'' if the Emperor is killed through their actions ''or'' failure, the man quickly adds "... even if I had not sworn an oath on it."

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* Justified and exaggerated Subverted in ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'': In a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, one of the Emperor's bodyguards tells him that he would [[HeroicVow ''never'' betray him.]] As ''all'' of the Emperor's bodyguards swear loyalty and are required to ''commit ritual suicide'' if the Emperor is killed through their actions ''or'' failure, the man quickly adds "... even if I had not sworn an oath on it."
5th Sep '17 6:45:48 AM Gowan
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* In [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/10487325/chapters/23135733 this]] ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'' fanfic, Beshelar attended an engagement ceremony as best man, and as part of the traditional ceremony promised to replace the husband-to-be if anything should happen. What happens is that his friend runs away on the morning of the wedding. Cue Beshelar acquiring a wife and [[GiveTheBabyAFather child.]] The bride's family had not [[ReleasingFromThePromise expected]] for him to keep his word, but when he makes the offer, the bride briefly thinks about it and then decides to accept, as her being an unmarried mother could ruin the whole family's reputation. Cala is not at all surprised that the bride decides to go through with marrying Beshelar.

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* In [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/10487325/chapters/23135733 this]] ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'' fanfic, Beshelar attended an engagement ceremony as best man, and as part of the traditional ceremony promised to replace the husband-to-be if anything should happen. What happens is that his friend runs away on the morning of the wedding. Cue Beshelar acquiring a wife and [[GiveTheBabyAFather child.]] The bride's family had not [[ReleasingFromThePromise expected]] for him to keep his word, but when he makes the offer, the bride briefly thinks about it and then decides to accept, as her being an unmarried mother could ruin the whole family's reputation. Cala is not at all surprised that the bride decides to go through with marrying Beshelar.


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* Justified and exaggerated in ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'': In a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, one of the Emperor's bodyguards tells him that he would [[HeroicVow ''never'' betray him.]] As ''all'' of the Emperor's bodyguards swear loyalty and are required to ''commit ritual suicide'' if the Emperor is killed through their actions ''or'' failure, the man quickly adds "... even if I had not sworn an oath on it."
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