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26th Apr '17 8:31:52 PM PaulA
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* In ''Carnivores of Light and Dark'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster, the main character gets a LastRequest from a dying soldier to save a kidnapped princess from the evil necromancer who'd kidnapped her (the main character was hoping that the man was already dead when he washed up on the beach, so as to avoid this). Instead he got stuck working his way through three books worth of [[WackyWaysideTribe crazy adventures]] to find her, defeat the necromancer, and discover that in the meantime she'd fallen in love with her captor. But, being a man of his word, he insisted on taking her back to her family but promised that he'd grant her one request. So she asked to go back to the necromancer (which involved more crazy adventures, but all off screen this time). The companions he picked up along the way all expressed their opinions that he'd fallen well into LawfulStupid territory.

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* In ''Carnivores of Light and Dark'' ''Literature/JourneysOfTheCatechist'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster, the main character gets a LastRequest from a dying soldier to save a kidnapped princess from the evil necromancer who'd kidnapped her (the main character was hoping that the man was already dead when he washed up on the beach, so as to avoid this). Instead he got stuck working his way through three books worth of [[WackyWaysideTribe crazy adventures]] to find her, defeat the necromancer, and discover that in the meantime she'd fallen in love with her captor. But, being a man of his word, he insisted on taking her back to her family but promised that he'd grant her one request. So she asked to go back to the necromancer (which involved more crazy adventures, but all off screen this time). The companions he picked up along the way all expressed their opinions that he'd fallen well into LawfulStupid territory.
25th Apr '17 11:03:55 PM PaulA
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* In ''Carnivores of Light and Dark'' by ''Creator/AlanDeanFoster'', the main character gets a LastRequest from a dying soldier to save a kidnapped princes from the evil necromancer who'd kidnapped her (the main character was hoping that the man was already dead when he washed up on the beach, so as to avoid this). Instead he got stuck working his way through three books worth of [[WackyWaysideTribe crazy adventures]] to find her, defeat the necromancer, and discover that in the meantime she'd fallen in love with her captor. But, being a man of his word, he insisted on taking her back to her family but promised that he'd grant her one request. So she asked to go back to the necromancer (which involved more crazy adventures, but all off screen this time). The companions he picked up along the way all expressed their opinions that he'd fallen well into LawfulStupid territory.

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* In ''Carnivores of Light and Dark'' by ''Creator/AlanDeanFoster'', Creator/AlanDeanFoster, the main character gets a LastRequest from a dying soldier to save a kidnapped princes princess from the evil necromancer who'd kidnapped her (the main character was hoping that the man was already dead when he washed up on the beach, so as to avoid this). Instead he got stuck working his way through three books worth of [[WackyWaysideTribe crazy adventures]] to find her, defeat the necromancer, and discover that in the meantime she'd fallen in love with her captor. But, being a man of his word, he insisted on taking her back to her family but promised that he'd grant her one request. So she asked to go back to the necromancer (which involved more crazy adventures, but all off screen this time). The companions he picked up along the way all expressed their opinions that he'd fallen well into LawfulStupid territory.
13th Apr '17 6:42:49 PM Gravidef
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* Mary Zimmerman's ''Metamorphosis'' is based on ClassicalMythology, and so features ''many'' examples of this trope. Interestingly, in almost every case, the individual granting the request tries to dissuade the person they made the promise to, but end up forced to fulfill it anyway, much to the sorrow of both:
** 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]].
** The princess Myrrha spurns Aphrodite, and the angry goddess retaliates by giving her an uncontrollable passion for her own father, Cinyras. Myrrha's nursemaid discovers her trying to kill herself, and, after [[TemptingFate pointing out that it can't be that serious]], swears by the gods to help the girl overcome her problem. When Myrrha admits what's going on, her nurse is visibly disturbed, but keeps to her promise and arranges for the princess to secretly bed Cinyras for three nights.
** In a happy example, Hermes and Zeus disguise themselves as poor beggars and try to find someone on Earth to help them, in an attempt to prove that [[RousseauWasRight people are inherently good]]. They almost give up until they come to the home of the elderly Baucis and Philemon, a kind, but poor, couple. The two provide Hermes and Zeus with all the hospitality they can; after revealing themselves, the gods offer them any wish they want as a reward. Baucis and Philemon consult with each other and request to die simultaneously, as they want to spare one another the pain of mourning. The gods are so touched by this unselfish decision that they transform them into trees, letting them embrace and literally rest in each other's arms forever.
8th Apr '17 1:02:36 PM nombretomado
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* In Brian Jacques's ''{{Redwall}}'', Warbeak gives her word on her mother's egg. When the king orders Matthias's death, Warbeak says so, and the king immediately revokes the order.

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* In Brian Jacques's ''{{Redwall}}'', ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'', Warbeak gives her word on her mother's egg. When the king orders Matthias's death, Warbeak says so, and the king immediately revokes the order.
7th Apr '17 1:17:24 AM mouschilight
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** [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone After realising how far Naruto would go to keep his promise to bring Sasuke back to her]], [[BlatantLies Sakura says she doesn't want Sasuke back]] and goes pretty far to try to convince Naruto of this. It doesn't work. Of course, by now, [[StatusQuoIsGod Naruto is too obsessed with Sasuke to think about anything else and wants to bring him back for his own reasons.]]

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** [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone After realising how far Naruto would go to keep his promise to bring Sasuke back to her]], [[BlatantLies Sakura says she doesn't want Sasuke back]] and goes pretty far to try to convince Naruto of this. [[ShipSinking It doesn't work.work]]. Of course, by now, [[StatusQuoIsGod Naruto is too obsessed with Sasuke to think about anything else and wants to bring him back for his own reasons.]]
16th Mar '17 12:58:42 PM ultimomant
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* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'', Duke Voban gives the heroes a MercyLead and promises that they only have to last until sunrise. He catches up to them, and despite their best efforts, he weathers all their attacks and then massacres them. Just as he's about to finish them off, the sun rises. Even though he can easily kill them, he keeps his word and lets them go.



* DeadPool runs up and down this trope freely. If you're a good person, or someone he likes, or if the promise is for a good cause such as protecting innocent people, he'll dive into a pool of boiling acid to keep his word. You don't even have to ask for his word, he'll just do it. But If you're an asshole, or someone he doesn't like, or if you think his word is going to make him stand by and do nothing while you hurt innocent people or attempt to harm a child, he'll cheerfully pull a baseball bat out of his HammerSpace, tell you that he had his fingers crossed or that all his promises come with a expiration date and the one he gave you just passed it, then proceed to break all your bones.

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* DeadPool SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} runs up and down this trope freely. If you're a good person, or someone he likes, or if the promise is for a good cause such as protecting innocent people, he'll dive into a pool of boiling acid to keep his word. You don't even have to ask for his word, he'll just do it. But If you're an asshole, or someone he doesn't like, or if you think his word is going to make him stand by and do nothing while you hurt innocent people or attempt to harm a child, he'll cheerfully pull a baseball bat out of his HammerSpace, tell you that he had his fingers crossed or that all his promises come with a expiration date and the one he gave you just passed it, then proceed to break all your bones.
28th Feb '17 1:34:32 AM upupandaway42
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* In ''[[Comicbook/TeenTitans The New Teen Titans]]'' (Volume 1) #10, Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} laments that this trope means that he has has to come up with a [[EvilPlan plan]] to kill the Titans for [[NebulousEvilOrganisation H.I.V.E.]]... while simultaneously getting {{Revenge}} on H.I.V.E. for tricking him into the contract and [[YouKilledMyFather killing his son in the process]].
--> '''Deathstroke''': I swore I'd '''kill''' the Titans... and I can't get '''outta''' that.
29th Jan '17 5:50:27 AM Ccook1956
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* A sing-along sengment of ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' has Ringo interrupting Paul's introduction of a song with the diction lessons he's taking.
-->'''Paul:''' Look, Ringo...let me finish this next sing-along and I promise to help you with your diction lessons.\\
'''Ringo:''' Honest? Cross your heart and hope to die?\\
'''Paul:''' (''resignedly'') Cross my heart and hope to die.\\
'''Ringo:''' Step on a cat and hit in his eye?\\
'''Paul:''' Step on a cat and hit in--(''Ringo clobbers Paul with his grammar book'')\\
'''Ringo:''' That does it! I ain't takin' no speech lessons from some bloke that mistreats animals!
27th Jan '17 12:40:56 PM gb00393
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** "I said I would take you to King's Landing, and that's what I'm going to do."
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.''
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