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11th Jan '17 11:00:29 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/FlashGordon''. Princess Aura asks Dale Arden to put a poison pill in Ming's drink. Dale declines, saying she gave her word to Ming to be a good wife to him if he'd spare Prince Barin and Hans Zarkov.
--> '''Princess Aura''': ''My father never kept an oath in his life!''\\
'''Dale''': ''I can't help that. I have to keep my word. It's one of the things that makes us better than you.''

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* ''Film/FlashGordon''.''Film/{{Flash Gordon|1980}}''. Princess Aura asks Dale Arden to put a poison pill in Ming's drink. Dale declines, saying she gave her word to Ming to be a good wife to him if he'd spare Prince Barin and Hans Zarkov.
--> '''Princess Aura''': ''My -->'''Princess Aura:''' My father never kept an oath in his life!''\\
'''Dale''': ''I
life!\\
'''Dale:''' I
can't help that. I have to keep my word. It's one of the things that makes us better than you.''
30th Dec '16 4:01:48 PM Taskmaster123
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** Although it must be noted that with Thanos, he will usually only fall back on ExactWords when he's dealing with an asshole like Mephisto. He once promised Mephisto that he would bring him a Cosmic Cube, and he did, but in was an inoperative one that could only be used as a paperweight. Mephisto was pissed, but Thanos pointed out that he never specified that it be a working Cosmic Cube, and anyway he regarded Mephisto as enough of a threat already, there was no need to bring a Cosmic Cube into the equation. When dealing with others, he keeps his word honorably and usually makes an effort to abide by the spirit of the agreement.
16th Dec '16 12:00:20 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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--->'''Ching''':''"If he promised you, then it will be so, […] He may bring her forward in time whenever we return so she doesn't have to wait for you, or take you back to just before she wakes, or some other way. However they make it happen, the Lord and Lady will keep their promises to you, don't worry."''

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--->'''Ching''':''"If he promised you, then it will be so, […] [...] He may bring her forward in time whenever we return so she doesn't have to wait for you, or take you back to just before she wakes, or some other way. However they make it happen, the Lord and Lady will keep their promises to you, don't worry."''



--> '''Rancor''': You can trust 'em. The last [[UnPerson ___]] who promised on Mom's name and didn't keep their end...well, even if you knew who __ was, [[RetGone you wouldn't remember now.]]

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--> '''Rancor''': You can trust 'em. The last [[UnPerson ___]] who promised on Mom's name and didn't keep their end... well, even if you knew who __ was, [[RetGone you wouldn't remember now.]]



** 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…" promise..." as he's lowering a bomb into Peter's hideout.



* ''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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* ''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 promise... he follows through on the promise.



** Captain Barbossa in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl The Curse of the Black pearl]]'' is another one of those who keeps to the word of his promise but not the spirit; he has gotten grievously offended by both Elizabeth's and Will's accusation that he didn't fulfill his part of the bargain he made to them, and tells them if they have a problem with how he did it, [[ExactWords it's their fault for not being specific in the agreement.]]

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** Captain Barbossa in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl The Curse of the Black pearl]]'' ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'' is another one of those who keeps to the word of his promise but not the spirit; he has gotten grievously offended by both Elizabeth's and Will's accusation that he didn't fulfill his part of the bargain he made to them, and tells them if they have a problem with how he did it, [[ExactWords it's their fault for not being specific in the agreement.]]



--> '''Biker''': You...you said you were gonna...hit me in the face.

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--> '''Biker''': You... you said you were gonna...gonna... hit me in the face.



** Of course, he never said Gaunt wouldn't be ''arrested'' for pulling that stunt...

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** Of course, he never said Gaunt wouldn't be ''arrested'' for pulling that stunt...stunt....



** Mark experiences the effect saying "My word as Vorkosigan" can have in ''Literature/MirrorDance''. He says it lightly, when promising Kareen a dance at a later date, and when she gives him a huge smile...

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** Mark experiences the effect saying "My word as Vorkosigan" can have in ''Literature/MirrorDance''. He says it lightly, when promising Kareen a dance at a later date, and when she gives him a huge smile...smile....



* In C.S. Friedman's ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy'', the Hunter Gerald Tarrant ''always'' keeps his word. Breaking it actually causes him anguish and seems to threaten what little humanity he has left. The only reason he joins the main characters on their quest in the first book was due to this. Under the influence of a powerful Tidal-based Working that exposes a person's true self ([[TheHero Damien]] displayed his KnightInShiningArmor tendencies and Senzei...isn't proud of whatever it was he did), Tarrant succumbed to his inherent predatory nature and attacked Ciani -- and he had earlier promised Karril that he would never harm her. He spends the rest of the book trying to make it up to her, and suffers a great deal in the process, [[spoiler: culminating in a near HeroicSacrifice, although he recovered eventually]]. Near the end of the first book, [[spoiler: BigBad Calesta]] nearly tricks Tarrant into breaking his word again [[spoiler: by offering him as a sacrifice a girl whom Tarrant hard earlier assured on a whim he would not hurt. Tarrant barely catches himself this time]]. This pisses him off so badly he joins Damien on his new quest in order to hunt down [[spoiler: Calesta]].

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* In C.S. Friedman's ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy'', the Hunter Gerald Tarrant ''always'' keeps his word. Breaking it actually causes him anguish and seems to threaten what little humanity he has left. The only reason he joins the main characters on their quest in the first book was due to this. Under the influence of a powerful Tidal-based Working that exposes a person's true self ([[TheHero Damien]] displayed his KnightInShiningArmor tendencies and Senzei... isn't proud of whatever it was he did), Tarrant succumbed to his inherent predatory nature and attacked Ciani -- and he had earlier promised Karril that he would never harm her. He spends the rest of the book trying to make it up to her, and suffers a great deal in the process, [[spoiler: culminating in a near HeroicSacrifice, although he recovered eventually]]. Near the end of the first book, [[spoiler: BigBad Calesta]] nearly tricks Tarrant into breaking his word again [[spoiler: by offering him as a sacrifice a girl whom Tarrant hard earlier assured on a whim he would not hurt. Tarrant barely catches himself this time]]. This pisses him off so badly he joins Damien on his new quest in order to hunt down [[spoiler: Calesta]].



* Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has only once ever gone back on a deal, and it's possible that [[TheAtoner he's been trying to make]] [[MyGreatestFailure up for it ever since]]. This is not to say that he won't [[ExactWords twist the bargain]] [[ManipulativeBastard to his own ends]], as he does when [[spoiler: he ''fakes'' the murder Regina wanted him to frame Mary for, claiming that Regina never explicitly ''told him'' to kill the would-be victim]]. And even if you [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor get exactly what you want from him]], the price you'll have to pay may be far greater than you imagine...''especially'' if you try to cheat him out of his end.

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* Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold of ''Series/OnceUponATime'' has only once ever gone back on a deal, and it's possible that [[TheAtoner he's been trying to make]] [[MyGreatestFailure up for it ever since]]. This is not to say that he won't [[ExactWords twist the bargain]] [[ManipulativeBastard to his own ends]], as he does when [[spoiler: he ''fakes'' the murder Regina wanted him to frame Mary for, claiming that Regina never explicitly ''told him'' to kill the would-be victim]]. And even if you [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor get exactly what you want from him]], the price you'll have to pay may be far greater than you imagine... ''especially'' if you try to cheat him out of his end.



* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', a devil (LawfulEvil beastie) does not give his word often, but when he does, you know for certain that he will keep it. However [[JackassGenie how he keeps it is another matter entirely]]...

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* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', a devil (LawfulEvil beastie) does not give his word often, but when he does, you know for certain that he will keep it. However [[JackassGenie how he keeps it is another matter entirely]]...entirely]]....
12th Dec '16 1:33:04 AM k410ren
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** In the Season 6 finale, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Ned Stark promised his dying sister Lyanna that he would protect her baby son (who would become Jon Snow), offspring of her and Rhaegar Targaryen, that he would lie to his friend King Robert and sully his own name to protect the child.]]

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** In the Season 6 finale, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Ned Stark promised his dying sister Lyanna that he would protect her baby son (who would become Jon Snow), offspring of her and Rhaegar Targaryen, that he Targaryen. Ned would lie to his friend King Robert and sully his own name to protect the his sister's child.]]
6th Dec '16 9:00:26 AM k410ren
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' Tyrion Lannister on two occasions offers to pay considerable sums when his life is threatened. First, he offers a purse of gold to Mord, his jailer when he is held captive in The Eyrie. Second, he offers a wealth of weaponry to various hill tribe warriors when they threaten to kill him. Despite being quite capable of screwing over both parties, Tyrion honours his promises in keeping with his family's unofficial motto "a Lannister always pays his debts." He even utters this phrase when paying back Mord.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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Tyrion Lannister on two occasions offers to pay considerable sums when his life is threatened. First, he offers a purse of gold to Mord, his jailer when he is held captive in The Eyrie. Second, he offers a wealth of weaponry to various hill tribe warriors when they threaten to kill him. Despite being quite capable of screwing over both parties, Tyrion honours his promises in keeping with his family's unofficial motto "a Lannister always pays his debts." He even utters this phrase when paying back Mord.Mord.
** In the Season 6 finale, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Ned Stark promised his dying sister Lyanna that he would protect her baby son (who would become Jon Snow), offspring of her and Rhaegar Targaryen, that he would lie to his friend King Robert and sully his own name to protect the child.]]
30th Nov '16 6:17:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in ''Film/TheReplacements'', when team owner Edward O'Neil re-hires coach Jimmy [=McGinty=] and asks him to put together a team of replacement players while the real players are on strike, [=McGinty=] agrees on the condition that he will have no interference from O'Neil on his player choices. O'Neil is reluctant but answers with "my word is my bond". [=McGinty=], knowing O'Neil, asks for it in writing. Later on, O'Neil breaks his promise and demands that [=McGinty=] switch quarterbacks.

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* Subverted in ''Film/TheReplacements'', ''Film/TheReplacements2000'', when team owner Edward O'Neil re-hires coach Jimmy [=McGinty=] and asks him to put together a team of replacement players while the real players are on strike, [=McGinty=] agrees on the condition that he will have no interference from O'Neil on his player choices. O'Neil is reluctant but answers with "my word is my bond". [=McGinty=], knowing O'Neil, asks for it in writing. Later on, O'Neil breaks his promise and demands that [=McGinty=] switch quarterbacks.
19th Nov '16 12:02:51 PM KenMoreau
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* ''Film/TheFourMusketers: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/TheFourMusketers:MiLadysRevenge'': ''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. 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. 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 Milady deWinter from her acts which would have advanced the Cardinal's plan.
19th Nov '16 11:57:00 AM KenMoreau
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* ''Film/TheFourMusketers:MiLady'sRevenge'': D'artagnan is facing Cardinal Richelieu who is about to hang him for a variety of illegal acts which destroy 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 to excuse MiLady deWinter from her acts which would have advanced the Cardinal's plan.

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* ''Film/TheFourMusketers:MiLady'sRevenge'': ''Film/TheFourMusketers:MiLadysRevenge'': D'artagnan is facing Cardinal Richelieu who is about to hang him for a variety of illegal acts which destroy destroyed the Cardinal's plan. 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". 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.
19th Nov '16 11:55:04 AM KenMoreau
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* ''Film/TheFourMusketers:MiLady'sRevenge'': D'artagnan is facing Cardinal Richelieu who is about to hang him for a variety of illegal acts which destroy 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 to excuse MiLady deWinter from her acts which would have advanced the Cardinal's plan.
12th Nov '16 3:56:43 AM TheSinful
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* A fair number of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' stories have Hidan keeping his word in any deal he makes, [[PragmaticVillainy if only because no one would be willing to deal with a man who's known for going back on his word]].

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* A fair number of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' stories have Hidan Kakuzu keeping his word in any deal he makes, [[PragmaticVillainy if only because no one would be willing to deal with a man who's known for going back on his word]].


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* During a debate over honoring an agreement made with two military powers in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11577216/3/A-Horse-For-the-Force A Horse for the Force]]'', Master Dooku (currently still a Jedi) speaks up that he doesn't care if the Jedi Council agrees to honor it; he gave his word that he would do so and if they won't help him, he'll do it by himself.
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