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2nd May '18 11:03:21 AM jccw227
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* In ''Film/{{Superman}}'', Luthor has sent off two missile, one to the San Andres fault, which could potentially destroy California, and another to the town of Hackensack, New Jersey, knowing that Superman could not stop both. As added insurance, he leaves Superman with a chunk of Kryptonite to prevent him from saving anyone. Eve Teschmacher, however [[MookFaceTurn saves Superman on the condition that he promises stops the missile headed towards Hackensack.]] The reasoning? [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Her mother lives out there.]] Superman keeps his word.

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* In ''Film/{{Superman}}'', Luthor has sent off two missile, one to the San Andres fault, which could potentially destroy California, and another to the town of Hackensack, New Jersey, knowing that Superman could not stop both. As added insurance, he leaves Superman with a chunk of Kryptonite to prevent him from saving anyone. Eve Teschmacher, however [[MookFaceTurn saves Superman on the condition that he promises stops the missile headed towards Hackensack.]] The reasoning? reason? [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Her mother lives out there.]] Superman keeps his word.
2nd May '18 11:00:38 AM jccw227
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* In ''Film/{{Superman}}'', Luthor has sent off two missile, one to the San Andres fault, which could potentially destroy California, and another to the town of Hackensack, New Jersey, knowing that Superman could not stop both. As added insurance, he leaves Superman with a chunk of Kryptonite to prevent him from saving anyone. Eve Teschmacher, however [[MookFaceTurn saves Superman on the condition that he promises stops the missile headed towards Hackensack.]] The reasoning? [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes Her mother lives out there.]] Superman keeps his word.
2nd May '18 10:47:59 AM jccw227
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* ''[[Literature/HortonHatchesTheEgg Horton Hatches the Egg]]'', by Creator/DrSeuss: "I meant what I said, and I said what I meant; an elephant's faithful, one hundred percent." Horton sticks with his agreed-upon egg-sitting, no matter how much suffering it puts him through, and no matter how much the bird is abusing it.

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* ''[[Literature/HortonHatchesTheEgg Horton Hatches the Egg]]'', by Creator/DrSeuss: "I meant what I said, and I said what I meant; [[HonorableElephant an elephant's faithful, one hundred percent." ]]" Horton sticks with his agreed-upon egg-sitting, no matter how much suffering it puts him through, and no matter how much the bird is abusing it.
26th Apr '18 8:48:43 PM merotoker
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** Oddly enough, [[spoiler:'''Crocodile'''. This guy has ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, but as proven in the Impel Down Arc (where he had numerous opportunities to go back on his promise and get away with it) he honored the deal he made with his reluctant allies and sticks to it.]]

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** Oddly enough, [[spoiler:'''Crocodile'''. This guy has ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, but as proven in the Impel Down Arc (where he had numerous opportunities to go back on his promise and get away with it) he honored the deal he made with his reluctant allies and sticks to it.]]it]].



* {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} and ComicBook/{{Thanos}} both will keep the literal word of any agreement, but they are not above violating the spirit of an agreement. This is common for super-villains who want to appear to have some degree of honor to set themselves above others, but can twist it to still be villains. So even if they give their word you cannot trust them.
** 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.

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* {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} and ComicBook/{{Thanos}} both will keep the literal word of any agreement, but they are not above violating the spirit of an agreement. This is common for super-villains who want to appear to have some degree of honor to set themselves above others, but can twist it to still be villains. So even if they give their word you cannot trust them.
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them. 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.ComicBook/{{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.



* A heroic example became a bone of contention between Wolverine and Namor in ComicBook/CivilWar. Wolverine has tracked Nitro, the villain responsible for the Stanford incident, and promised Nitro his protection until Wolverine can find out who's responsible for Nitro's out of control explosive powers (long story). Namor captures Nitro, since Nitro was responsible for his niece Namorita's death. When Wolverine goes to Atlantis to retrieve Nitro, Namor calls him out on giving his word to a multiple murderer. Wolverine won't have any of it.

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* A heroic example became a bone of contention between Wolverine ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} and Namor [[ComicBook/SubMariner Namor]] in ComicBook/CivilWar. Wolverine has tracked Nitro, the villain responsible for the Stanford incident, and promised Nitro his protection until Wolverine can find out who's responsible for Nitro's out of control explosive powers (long story). Namor captures Nitro, since Nitro was responsible for his niece Namorita's death. When Wolverine goes to Atlantis to retrieve Nitro, Namor calls him out on giving his word to a multiple murderer. Wolverine won't have any of it.



* This is the foundation of the post-Crisis version of the "evil" DC Universe, such as the antimatter version shown in ''JLAEarthTwo'' or ''52''. As a universe where the fundamental laws of the universe are inclined towards evil, it shouldnt allow for advanced civilizations since altruism is so rare it might as well be non-existant. However, there is one exception; you MUST keep your word. If you enter into a bargain, you HAVE to follow your end, or the consequences are invariably fatal.

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* This is the foundation of the post-Crisis version of the "evil" DC Universe, such as the antimatter version shown in ''JLAEarthTwo'' or ''52''. As a universe where the fundamental laws of the universe are inclined towards evil, it shouldnt shouldn't allow for advanced civilizations since altruism is so rare it might as well be non-existant.non-existent. However, there is one exception; you MUST keep your word. If you enter into a bargain, you HAVE to follow your end, or the consequences are invariably fatal.



* ''Mad Max''
** ''Film/TheRoadwarrior''. Mad Max drives the big rig into the compound through a gauntlet of DesertPunk psychos in exchange for his V8 Intercepter returned with all the fuel he needs. After this act of bravery, the people there are shocked when [[AntiHero Max refuses to drive the rig out again the next day]], having already fulfilled his part of the bargain. Their leader Papagallo tries to talk him round, delivering an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech when Max refuses. As Max drives out of the compound that night, Papagallo's NumberTwo objects.

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** ''Film/TheRoadwarrior''.''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior''. Mad Max drives the big rig into the compound through a gauntlet of DesertPunk psychos in exchange for his V8 Intercepter returned with all the fuel he needs. After this act of bravery, the people there are shocked when [[AntiHero Max refuses to drive the rig out again the next day]], having already fulfilled his part of the bargain. Their leader Papagallo tries to talk him round, delivering an epic TheReasonYouSuckSpeech when Max refuses. As Max drives out of the compound that night, Papagallo's NumberTwo objects.



* ''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 de Winter from her acts which would have advanced the Cardinal's plan.

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* ''Film/TheFourMusketeers:MiladysRevenge'': ''Film/TheFourMusketeers: Milady's Revenge'': 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 de Winter from her acts which would have advanced the Cardinal's plan.



* Quite common in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''

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* In Creator/JKRowling's ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', Harry is reluctantly made to give his word to Dumbledore that, during their mission, if he tells Harry to run, he'll run; that if he tells him to leave him and save himself, he will do so. Also used in the movie.

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In Creator/JKRowling's ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', Harry is reluctantly made to give his word to Dumbledore that, during their mission, if he tells Harry to run, he'll run; that if he tells him to leave him and save himself, he will do so. Also used in the movie.



* In ''Series/LawandOrderSVU'' William Lewis tells Olivia he is a "man of his word" [[spoiler:after he promised to give her a drink of water after he forced her to drink vodka. He also said that he was a man of his word when he "did everything he said" he would do to an elderly woman when he raped her in front of Benson.]]

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* In ''Series/LawandOrderSVU'' ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' William Lewis tells Olivia he is a "man of his word" [[spoiler:after he promised to give her a drink of water after he forced her to drink vodka. He also said that he was a man of his word when he "did everything he said" he would do to an elderly woman when he raped her in front of Benson.]]Benson]].



* Sir Gawain, one of King Arthur's knights, kept his side of the bargain he made with the Green Knight and went to meet him, even though he was led to believe it would result in his death. As it turned out, the Green Knight [[SecretTestOfCharacter was trying to test Arthur's knights]]; Gawain passed the test, and was spared. (He didn't get a perfect score, however, because there was more to the test; after the Green Knight disguises himself as a nobleman and gives him lodging, his wife tries to tempt him, and another deal Gawain makes is that he will give his host everything he got in exchange for everything his host got. Gawain would not surrender to the woman's charms and betray his host, but when she gives him a girdle which she claims will protect his life, ''that'' is too much of a temptation, and he doesn't give it to the Knight.)

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* Sir Gawain, one of King Arthur's Myth/KingArthur's knights, kept his side of the bargain he made with the Green Knight and went to meet him, even though he was led to believe it would result in his death. As it turned out, the Green Knight [[SecretTestOfCharacter was trying to test Arthur's knights]]; Gawain passed the test, and was spared. (He didn't get a perfect score, however, because there was more to the test; after the Green Knight disguises himself as a nobleman and gives him lodging, his wife tries to tempt him, and another deal Gawain makes is that he will give his host everything he got in exchange for everything his host got. Gawain would not surrender to the woman's charms and betray his host, but when she gives him a girdle which she claims will protect his life, ''that'' is too much of a temptation, and he doesn't give it to the Knight.)



* This is poor Desdemona's FatalFlaw in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}''--she absolutetely refuses to break promises, explaining "If I do vow a friendship, I'll perform it to the last article." She makes such a vow to Cassio after loses his position as Othello's lieutenant, and proceeds to talk about him constantly, trying to get him back in Othello's good graces. Trouble is, [[TheChessmaster Iago]] has convinced Othello that Desdemona's talk of Cassio is proof of her infidelity, and even after Othello makes it clear that hearing Cassio's name infuriates him, Desdemona won't stop bringing him up because of her promise. Things do ''not'' end well.

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* This is poor Desdemona's FatalFlaw in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}''--she absolutetely absolutely refuses to break promises, explaining "If I do vow a friendship, I'll perform it to the last article." She makes such a vow to Cassio after loses his position as Othello's lieutenant, and proceeds to talk about him constantly, trying to get him back in Othello's good graces. Trouble is, [[TheChessmaster Iago]] has convinced Othello that Desdemona's talk of Cassio is proof of her infidelity, and even after Othello makes it clear that hearing Cassio's name infuriates him, Desdemona won't stop bringing him up because of her promise. Things do ''not'' end well.



** After King Midas shelters Silenus, one of Bacchus's followers, the god of revelry offers to grant Midas a "minor miracle" as payment. The greedy Midas wishes for his famous touch, and though Bacchus tells him to think about the repercussions of what he's doing, Midas insists. Bacchus reluctantly goes through with it, and it's Midas's young daughter who ends up paying the price when she's [[TakenForGranite turned into a gold statue]]. [[spoiler:Thankfully, Bacchus gives Midas a way out--he must WalkTheEarth for some time and find a magical pool to cleanse himself. He does, and his daughter is restored to life]].

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** After King Midas shelters Silenus, one of Bacchus's followers, the god of revelry offers to grant Midas a "minor miracle" as payment. The greedy Midas wishes for his famous touch, and though Bacchus tells him to think about the repercussions of what he's doing, Midas insists. Bacchus reluctantly goes through with it, and it's Midas's young daughter who ends up paying the price when she's [[TakenForGranite turned into a gold statue]]. [[spoiler:Thankfully, Bacchus gives Midas a way out--he must WalkTheEarth [[WalkingTheEarth walk the Earth]] for some time and find a magical pool to cleanse himself. He does, and his daughter is restored to life]].life.]]



* Webcomic/BobAndGeorge: [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/011007c Why Proto Man won't tell the Author anything]].

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* In ''Webcomic/WoodenRose'' [[http://www.woodenrosecomic.com/comic/chapter2/32.html As promised. I always keep my word.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/WoodenRose'' ''Webcomic/WoodenRose'': [[http://www.woodenrosecomic.com/comic/chapter2/32.html As promised. I always keep my word.]]



* [[WebAnimation/BrokenSaints "He gave his word, and his word was his bond."]] The wording itself is a reference to the creators' {{Catchphrase}}: "Word is Bond".

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* [[WebAnimation/BrokenSaints ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'': "He gave his word, and his word was his bond."]] " The wording itself is a reference to the creators' {{Catchphrase}}: "Word is Bond".



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** In one episode, [[ExactWords Circe gave her word she would leave Hippolyta alone.]] [[FalseReassurance That meant she could turn her daughter]] WonderWoman [[BalefulPolymorph into a pig]]. She plays this straight later when she changes Wonder Woman back after Batman does as she requests [[ItAmusedMe (which is simply her idea of fun)]], despite her being clearly more powerful than Zatanna and Batman.

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** In one episode, [[ExactWords Circe gave her word she would leave Hippolyta alone.]] [[FalseReassurance That meant she could turn her daughter]] Franchise: WonderWoman [[BalefulPolymorph into a pig]]. She plays this straight later when she changes Wonder Woman back after Batman does as she requests [[ItAmusedMe (which is simply her idea of fun)]], despite her being clearly more powerful than Zatanna and Batman.



** The second time was even more [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]]: When the UsefulNotes/NaziGermany occupied Norway in april 1940, king Haakon VII, who ''also'' had sworn allegiance to the Norwegian constitution, had to face the German claims, he stated: ''I choose to fight you under the terms of the constitution I have honorably sworn allegiance to. Either that, or abdication!'' Thus, his given word secured continuous resistance against the occupying forces, and made a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, which bolstered the resistance for the rest of the war - that is ''the entire war''!
* [[http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-23957605 Robert Campbell]] was a British prisoner of war during World War I. Having been captured by the Germans, he received news that his mother was dying of cancer. He wrote a letter to the German Kaiser asking to be released so he could say his last goodbyes to her. He was granted his release, on one condition: that he return to the prison camp. Campbell agreed, giving his word he would return. Since being a prisoner of war is one of the many reasons WarIsHell, Campbell had every reason to break his promise and not return to the German prison camp. But he gave his word he would return, and return he did. He felt that, as an officer, he was honor-bound to keep his promise. However, as soon as he returned, he immediately attempted to break out, since he also felt that, as a prisoner of war, he was honor-bound to escape.

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** The second time was even more [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]]: When the UsefulNotes/NaziGermany occupied Norway in april April 1940, king King Haakon VII, who ''also'' had sworn allegiance to the Norwegian constitution, had to face the German claims, he stated: ''I choose to fight you under the terms of the constitution I have honorably sworn allegiance to. Either that, or abdication!'' Thus, his given word secured continuous resistance against the occupying forces, and made a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, which bolstered the resistance for the rest of the war - that is ''the entire war''!
* [[http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-23957605 Robert Campbell]] was a British prisoner of war during World War I.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Having been captured by the Germans, he received news that his mother was dying of cancer. He wrote a letter to the German Kaiser asking to be released so he could say his last goodbyes to her. He was granted his release, on one condition: that he return to the prison camp. Campbell agreed, giving his word he would return. Since being a prisoner of war is one of the many reasons WarIsHell, Campbell had every reason to break his promise and not return to the German prison camp. But he gave his word he would return, and return he did. He felt that, as an officer, he was honor-bound to keep his promise. However, as soon as he returned, he immediately attempted to break out, since he also felt that, as a prisoner of war, he was honor-bound to escape.
24th Apr '18 3:34:11 PM Scorntex
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* ''Fanfic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse:'' Insane and poorly-tempered she may be, but Corona is a mare of her word. Unfortunately for her, the Element Bearers are totally unable to grasp this fact, and during "The Return of Tambelon" betray her on the belief she would betray them first.
31st Mar '18 8:46:34 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Goku agrees to marry Chi-Chi, thinking marriage is a type of food. Several years later, Chi-Chi returns to hold Goku to his promise. Even at this point, Goku is still a ChasteHero who doesn't really understand the concept of romantic love, but he still marries Chi-Chi anyways because he gave his word.

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In the original ''Manga/DragonBall'', Goku agrees to marry Chi-Chi, thinking marriage is a type of food. Several years later, Chi-Chi returns to hold Goku to his promise. Even at this point, Goku is still a ChasteHero who doesn't really understand the concept of romantic love, but he still marries Chi-Chi anyways because he gave his word.


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** In the final arc of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Goku has Frieza brought back for a day so he can fight in the Tournament of Power, promising to resurrect him properly if they win. Frieza spends most of the tournament plotting to be the last fighter standing so he can get a wish on the Super Dragon Balls. Near the end, however, he decides it's a safer bet just to make sure their team wins, as he ''knows'' Goku will keep his word. [[spoiler: Sure enough, Whis revives him on the spot once it's all over.]]
28th Mar '18 10:34:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''{{Popeye}}'':

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "[=McStroke=]" Peter takes Brian with him to [[BlandNameProduct McBurgertown]] headquarters so he can find incriminating evidence to sue the company. They find a door to a room that is off limits and Peter gives his word that they won't go in. When Brian tells Peter this is what they were looking for, he tells him he gave his word, but Brian tells him to forget that and they go in anyway.

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In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "[=McStroke=]" Peter takes Brian with him to [[BlandNameProduct McBurgertown]] headquarters so he can find incriminating evidence to sue the company. They find a door to a room that is off limits and Peter gives his word that they won't go in. When Brian tells Peter this is what they were looking for, he tells him he gave his word, but Brian tells him to forget that and they go in anyway.
25th Mar '18 3:12:33 AM darkemyst
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* From ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', after a discussion of all the good reasons for giving up and going home.

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* From ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]'', after a discussion of all the good reasons for giving up and going home.
23rd Mar '18 8:13:48 PM 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]]."

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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: TheDreaded: Because he could bind people to his service by extracting vows from them, but could somehow break whatever promises he made to them. One Thus one of Odin's many names thus became "[[TheOathbreaker Oathbreaker]]."
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