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27th May '16 8:34:04 AM sgamer82
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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}}'', ''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]].
27th May '16 8:32:27 AM sgamer82
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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]].
22nd May '16 4:47:09 PM merotoker
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Generally preceded by the StockPhrase "I give you my word."

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Generally preceded by the StockPhrase {{Stock Phrase|s}} "I give you my word."



** [[AnimalMotifs Which is based on how]] [[CunningLikeAFox foxes]] in Japanese mythology, despite being {{trickster}}s, tend to keep promises.

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** [[AnimalMotifs Which is based on how]] [[CunningLikeAFox foxes]] in Japanese mythology, despite being {{trickster}}s, [[TheTrickster tricksters]], tend to keep promises.



* An interesting example in ''[[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Hokuto No Ken]]'', where Kenshiro breaks a promise to spare a {{Mook}}'s life, asking the thug how many time ''he's'' kept a promise in his life, or spared someone who begged for their life, before leaving him to [[YourHeadASplode die messily]].

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* An interesting example in ''[[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Hokuto No Ken]]'', where Kenshiro breaks a promise to spare a {{Mook}}'s {{Mook|s}}'s life, asking the thug how many time ''he's'' kept a promise in his life, or spared someone who begged for their life, before leaving him to [[YourHeadASplode die messily]].



* When [[ProfessionalKiller the Foreigner's]] organization, the 1400 club, was taken over by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Justin Hammer]], he tried to convince ComicBook/SpiderMan to help him fight them, which he knew would be a ''very'' hard sell, because his men had murdered Ned Leeds, a close friend of the hero. He promised Spidey he'd turn himself in to the police and confess to all his crimes once they had succeeded in exchange for his help. Spidey accepted, and to his incredible surprise, the Foreigner kept his word to the letter. (Of course, being the MagnificentBastard he was, the Foreigner didn't expect to be in jail long; most of the murders he had committed in his long career as the world's best assassin were ''very'' high profile, and he had never been identified as the killer in any of them. [[SarcasticConfession He figured the police would think he was just some crackpot]] and release him, which was exactly what happened.)

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* When [[ProfessionalKiller the Foreigner's]] organization, the 1400 club, was taken over by [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Justin Hammer]], he tried to convince ComicBook/SpiderMan Franchise/SpiderMan to help him fight them, which he knew would be a ''very'' hard sell, because his men had murdered Ned Leeds, a close friend of the hero. He promised Spidey he'd turn himself in to the police and confess to all his crimes once they had succeeded in exchange for his help. Spidey accepted, and to his incredible surprise, the Foreigner kept his word to the letter. (Of course, being the MagnificentBastard he was, the Foreigner didn't expect to be in jail long; most of the murders he had committed in his long career as the world's best assassin were ''very'' high profile, and he had never been identified as the killer in any of them. [[SarcasticConfession He figured the police would think he was just some crackpot]] and release him, which was exactly what happened.)



* In one rather memorable series of ''{{Peanuts}}'' strips, Charlie Brown was sick at the hospital, and amazingly, the one who was the most upset about it was [[{{Jerkass}} Lucy]], who had otherwise treated him so mean. She finally went outside and made the following vow: "Charlie Brown, I know that you can't hear me, but I want to make you a promise. I promise that if you get well, I'll never pull the football away again!" Unfortunately for her, Charlie Brown ''did'' get better, he ''did'' hear it somehow (maybe Linus told him) and held her to it; the amazing thing is, she actually tried to keep her word, but Charlie Brown missed, kicking her in the hand. (He apologized, to which she replied, "The next time you go to the hospital, stay there!" and apparently, she decided she wasn't bound by the promise anymore, because the annual prank continued as always, starting the next year.)
* A heroic example became a bone of contention between Wolverine and Namor in ComicBook/CivilWar. Wolverine has tracked Nitro, the villain responsible for the Standford 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.
--->'''Wolverine:''' That doesn't change the fact ''I still gave my word.''

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* In one rather memorable series of ''{{Peanuts}}'' ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strips, Charlie Brown was sick at the hospital, and amazingly, the one who was the most upset about it was [[{{Jerkass}} Lucy]], who had otherwise treated him so mean. She finally went outside and made the following vow: "Charlie Brown, I know that you can't hear me, but I want to make you a promise. I promise that if you get well, I'll never pull the football away again!" Unfortunately for her, Charlie Brown ''did'' get better, he ''did'' hear it somehow (maybe Linus told him) and held her to it; the amazing thing is, she actually tried to keep her word, but Charlie Brown missed, kicking her in the hand. (He apologized, to which she replied, "The next time you go to the hospital, stay there!" and apparently, she decided she wasn't bound by the promise anymore, because the annual prank continued as always, starting the next year.)
* A heroic example became a bone of contention between Wolverine and Namor in ComicBook/CivilWar. Wolverine has tracked Nitro, the villain responsible for the Standford 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.
--->'''Wolverine:''' -->'''Wolverine:''' That doesn't change the fact ''I still gave my word.''



* Although she probably wouldn't be blamed for breaking such a promise in the context of the HungerGames, Vale Whitaker of ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'' promised that she would give meaning to this near-certain death sentence by protecting her district partner, Kit. And that is exactly what she intends to do. [[spoiler: However, although she tries, she ends up losing Kit when he is killed by a mutt, and she is forced to search for a new purpose in the arena.]]

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* Although she probably wouldn't be blamed for breaking such a promise in the context of the HungerGames, TheHungerGames, Vale Whitaker of ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'' promised that she would give meaning to this near-certain death sentence by protecting her district partner, Kit. And that is exactly what she intends to do. [[spoiler: However, although she tries, she ends up losing Kit when he is killed by a mutt, and she is forced to search for a new purpose in the arena.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}},'' Ellie makes Carl promise that one day they'll have a house next to Paradise Falls in South America. They grow up and [[HappilyMarried get married]], but can never afford to make the trip. The plot is largely based upon Carl, as an old man, trying to fulfill his promise by moving their house there after Ellie's death. In this case, though, the StockPhrase is replaced by a repeated "cross over the heart" motion.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}},'' Ellie makes Carl promise that one day they'll have a house next to Paradise Falls in South America. They grow up and [[HappilyMarried get married]], but can never afford to make the trip. The plot is largely based upon Carl, as an old man, trying to fulfill his promise by moving their house there after Ellie's death. In this case, though, the StockPhrase {{Stock Phrase|s}} is replaced by a repeated "cross over the heart" motion.



** Gene gives Ralph [[spoiler:the penthouse key.]]

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** Gene gives Ralph [[spoiler:the penthouse key.]]key]].



* Used in Disney's ''Disney/PeterPan''. Hook accuses Peter of being a coward because he always flies away instead of fighting him fair and square. Pan gives his word to fight Hook without flying, despite Wendy begging him not to.

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* Used in Disney's In ''Disney/PeterPan''. Hook accuses Peter of being a coward because he always flies away instead of fighting him fair and square. Pan gives his word to fight Hook without flying, despite Wendy begging him not to.



* Ultimately [[Disney/MeetTheRobinsons 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 [[Disney/MeetTheRobinsons Wilbur Robinson]].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.



* Deconstructed (along with several other Western tropes) in ''TheWildBunch''. Sykes is shot by bounty hunters led by Thornton, who used to be one of the titular outlaws, on his way to rendezvous with the rest of the bunch. Dutch is pissed.

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* Deconstructed (along with several other Western tropes) in ''TheWildBunch''.''Film/TheWildBunch''. Sykes is shot by bounty hunters led by Thornton, who used to be one of the titular outlaws, on his way to rendezvous with the rest of the bunch. Dutch is pissed.



--->'''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."
--->"...We signed an hour ago."

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--->'''Jerry:''' -->'''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."
--->"...-->"...We signed an hour ago."



** Another interesting difference: in the film, when confronted ("Sméagol promised!") he replies [[ILied "Sméagol lied."]] In the books, he swore to serve "the master of the Precious," so by stealing it for himself, he [[ExactWords became the master of the Precious]] and could [[ACertainPointOfView serve himself]].

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** Another interesting difference: in the film, when confronted ("Sméagol promised!") he replies [[ILied "Sméagol lied."]] In the books, he swore to serve "the master of the Precious," so by stealing it for himself, he [[ExactWords became the master of the Precious]] and could [[ACertainPointOfView [[MetaphoricallyTrue serve himself]].



---> '''Princess Aura''': ''My father never kept an oath in his life!''\\

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---> --> '''Princess Aura''': ''My father never kept an oath in his life!''\\



** ''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 ReasonYouSuckSpeech when Max refuses. As Max drives out of the compound that night, Papagallo's NumberTwo objects.

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** ''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 ReasonYouSuckSpeech TheReasonYouSuckSpeech when Max refuses. As Max drives out of the compound that night, Papagallo's NumberTwo objects.



*** An example that illustrates just how seriously IGaveMyWord is taken occurs in ''A Civil Campaign'', when Gregor is would-be-casually talking to Lord Dono and party. One of them mentions that they had given their words, and Gregor interjects "You took their oaths?" If Lord Dono had, in fact, accepted formal oaths of allegiance from his men, he would have been guilty of breaking a law that would see him ''condemned to death''. By public exposure and starvation, no less. Fortunately, LoopholeAbuse saves the day; "Our ''personal'' oaths, sire. Any man may freely give his personal oath, for his own personal acts."

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*** An example that illustrates just how seriously IGaveMyWord this is taken occurs in ''A Civil Campaign'', when Gregor is would-be-casually talking to Lord Dono and party. One of them mentions that they had given their words, and Gregor interjects "You took their oaths?" If Lord Dono had, in fact, accepted formal oaths of allegiance from his men, he would have been guilty of breaking a law that would see him ''condemned to death''. By public exposure and starvation, no less. Fortunately, LoopholeAbuse saves the day; "Our ''personal'' oaths, sire. Any man may freely give his personal oath, for his own personal acts."



* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''EmilyOfNewMoon'', Emily, while feverish, told her aunt to open up a well that had been sealed. Her aunt gives her word and goes to do it. Others are shocked that she feels herself bound by a promise given to quiet a delirious child, but she does. [[spoiler:Emily is psychic, and the well turns out to hold the body of a woman who had been believed to have run away with a lover on a ship that had sunk, but had actually broken her neck falling in.]]

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* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''EmilyOfNewMoon'', ''Literature/EmilyOfNewMoon'', Emily, while feverish, told her aunt to open up a well that had been sealed. Her aunt gives her word and goes to do it. Others are shocked that she feels herself bound by a promise given to quiet a delirious child, but she does. [[spoiler:Emily is psychic, and the well turns out to hold the body of a woman who had been believed to have run away with a lover on a ship that had sunk, but had actually broken her neck falling in.]]



* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''[[EnchantedForestChronicles Talking to Dragons]]'', Daystar rashly promises to help a [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]], without knowing what she wants. Some quibbling about ExactWords and some work later, he manages to disentangle himself.

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* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''[[EnchantedForestChronicles ''[[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles Talking to Dragons]]'', Daystar rashly promises to help a [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]], without knowing what she wants. Some quibbling about ExactWords and some work later, he manages to disentangle himself.



** In Lee Lightner's ''SpaceWolf'' novel ''Sons of Fenris'', when prisoner to the Space Wolves, Jeremiah promises not to escape, and Ragnar gives him and his men their weapons back. Later, after he disputes with Ragnar about where they should go, it ends when he says, "I gave you my word."

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** In Lee Lightner's ''SpaceWolf'' ''Literature/SpaceWolf'' novel ''Sons of Fenris'', when prisoner to the Space Wolves, Jeremiah promises not to escape, and Ragnar gives him and his men their weapons back. Later, after he disputes with Ragnar about where they should go, it ends when he says, "I gave you my word."



*** And his novel ''[[Literature/SoulDrinkers Chapter War]]'', when the Howling Griffons are introduced, Mercaeno explains the BackStory of the daemon they had just killed: three thousand years before, they had sworn to avenge the death of Orlando Furioso, and had finally done so. Part of why it had taken so long was that they had other oaths. He explains that they are traveling to this planet to fulfill an oath. The Inquisitor he tells this to says that he, also, is traveling there to keep his word. Indeed, the Howling Griffons' chief motivation throughout the novel is keeping their word; when the Soul Drinkers [[spoiler:persuade them that they are not the Black Chalice they have sworn {{Revenge}} on, the Howling Griffons stop fighting them and go to keep their oath to protect a planet from orks.]]

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*** And his novel ''[[Literature/SoulDrinkers Chapter War]]'', when the Howling Griffons are introduced, Mercaeno explains the BackStory of the daemon they had just killed: three thousand years before, they had sworn to avenge the death of Orlando Furioso, and had finally done so. Part of why it had taken so long was that they had other oaths. He explains that they are traveling to this planet to fulfill an oath. The Inquisitor he tells this to says that he, also, is traveling there to keep his word. Indeed, the Howling Griffons' chief motivation throughout the novel is keeping their word; when the Soul Drinkers [[spoiler:persuade them that they are not the Black Chalice they have sworn {{Revenge}} on, the Howling Griffons stop fighting them and go to keep their oath to protect a planet from orks.]]orks]].



* At the end of Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''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.]]

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* At the end of Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''HeirOfSeaAndFire'', ''Heir of Sea and Fire'', the second book of ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy;; ''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.]]



* In JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', practically ''any'' magical being keeps to their word if they give it. Dresden explains that if a wizard gives their word (especially if they swear by their power) then going back on it will permanently damage their magic. TheFairFolk are naturally bound by the letter of their word (if not by the spirit). The Knights of the Cross keep their word on general principle. It seems one of the advantages of being powered by a Fallen Angels that you ''can'' go back on your word with no negative repercussions, but the downside of that is that, since you are being powered by a ''Fallen Angel'', you go back so often it no longer has any meaning at all.

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* In JimButcher's Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', practically ''any'' magical being keeps to their word if they give it. Dresden explains that if a wizard gives their word (especially if they swear by their power) then going back on it will permanently damage their magic. TheFairFolk are naturally bound by the letter of their word (if not by the spirit). The Knights of the Cross keep their word on general principle. It seems one of the advantages of being powered by a Fallen Angels that you ''can'' go back on your word with no negative repercussions, but the downside of that is that, since you are being powered by a ''Fallen Angel'', you go back so often it no longer has any meaning at all.



* Shadow from Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'' keeps his promises, from little things like having a proper bath the moment he gets out of prison, to [[spoiler:letting a god swing at his skull with a sledgehammer, having [[ChessWithDeath wagered his life in a checker game]]. The god doesn't come for him; Shadow voluntarily returns to his home to pay off this debt, and even turns down a postponement suggested by that god.]]

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* Shadow from Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'' keeps his promises, from little things like having a proper bath the moment he gets out of prison, to [[spoiler:letting a god swing at his skull with a sledgehammer, having [[ChessWithDeath wagered his life in a checker game]]. The god doesn't come for him; Shadow voluntarily returns to his home to pay off this debt, and even turns down a postponement suggested by that god.]]god]].



** The Oath of Fëanor: Fëanor and his sons swore to recover the Silmarils. It led them to slaughter other Elves three times, which was not only despicable in itself (which they knew) but also very much hindered their own quest in the long term. Ultimately, [[spoiler: Fëanor and all but two of his sons die attempting to fulfill the oath. The two that survive ''do'' manage to reclaim two of the Simarili, but they had done so many evil things that they are burned by the jewels. This finally pushes them over the DespairEventHorizon.]] It is unclear whether they genuinely couldn't break their vow, or were simply unwilling to.
*** This may be why [[IGaveMyWord this trope]] is pointedly averted where the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Fellowship of the Ring]]--except Frodo--are concerned: Gimli wants to make them swear an oath, but Elrond absolutely refuses. (''The Silmarillion'' was published posthumously, so the connection is never made explicitly, but Elrond and his family, by blood ''and'' by adoption, suffered from the consequences of the Oath of Fëanor.)

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** The Oath of Fëanor: Fëanor and his sons swore to recover the Silmarils. It led them to slaughter other Elves three times, which was not only despicable in itself (which they knew) but also very much hindered their own quest in the long term. Ultimately, [[spoiler: Fëanor and all but two of his sons die attempting to fulfill the oath. The two that survive ''do'' manage to reclaim two of the Simarili, but they had done so many evil things that they are burned by the jewels. This finally pushes them over the DespairEventHorizon.]] DespairEventHorizon]]. It is unclear whether they genuinely couldn't break their vow, or were simply unwilling to.
*** This may be why [[IGaveMyWord this trope]] trope is pointedly averted where the [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Fellowship of the Ring]]--except Frodo--are concerned: Gimli wants to make them swear an oath, but Elrond absolutely refuses. (''The Silmarillion'' was published posthumously, so the connection is never made explicitly, but Elrond and his family, by blood ''and'' by adoption, suffered from the consequences of the Oath of Fëanor.)



** In many Harry Potter {{FanFic}}s, characters swear on their magic, with the less drastic consequence of losing their magic instead of their life if they break it.

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** In many Harry Potter {{FanFic}}s, {{Fan Fic}}s, characters swear on their magic, with the less drastic consequence of losing their magic instead of their life if they break it.



** In ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars A Fighting Man of Mars]]'', although Tul Axtar is a DirtyCoward and has beautiful women abducted for him, he nevertheless keeps his word not to murder Tan Hadron out of hand, though he [[ExactWords does throw him into the most dangerous regions he can find]]. Sanoma Tora [[spoiler: is also a DirtyCoward and traitor to boot but she deserves ''some'' credit for insisting on this condition before aiding Tul Axtar]]
* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', when Rangers try to hire Troy, he tells them that his current employer asked him to stay on after his temporary contract ends; he had given his word. [[ReleasingFromThePromise Kyger would have to consent to his going.]] The Rangers admit that that is the disadvantage of dealing with honorable men. Later, when one Ranger persuades Troy to accept his word to a truce, they are ambushed. Furious, Troy takes him hostage and knocks him out while he makes his escape. Later, he almost apologizes; he had not realized at the time that the ambushers were not the Ranger's men.

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** In ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars A Fighting Man of Mars]]'', although Tul Axtar is a DirtyCoward and has beautiful women abducted for him, he nevertheless keeps his word not to murder Tan Hadron out of hand, though he [[ExactWords does throw him into the most dangerous regions he can find]]. Sanoma Tora [[spoiler: is also a DirtyCoward and traitor to boot but she deserves ''some'' credit for insisting on this condition before aiding Tul Axtar]]
Axtar]].
* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', when Rangers try to hire Troy, he tells them that his current employer asked him to stay on after his temporary contract ends; he had given his word. [[ReleasingFromThePromise Kyger would have to consent to his going.]] The Rangers admit that that is the disadvantage of dealing with honorable men. Later, when one Ranger persuades Troy to accept his word to a truce, they are ambushed. Furious, Troy takes him hostage and knocks him out while he makes his escape. Later, he almost apologizes; he had not realized at the time that the ambushers were not the Ranger's men.



* In C.S. Friedman's ''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 ''ColdfireTrilogy'', ''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]].



* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ThePeopleOfTheBlackCircle" Conan inverts it -- saluting Yasmina with "You kept your word!"

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ThePeopleOfTheBlackCircle" Conan inverts it -- saluting Yasmina with "You kept your word!"



* In ''[[Literature/ShadowsOfTheApt Salute the Dark]]'', the Dragonflies are IGaveMyWord honor bound not to try to reclaim their lands.

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* In ''[[Literature/ShadowsOfTheApt Salute the Dark]]'', the Dragonflies are IGaveMyWord honor bound not to try to reclaim their lands.



** Played with in ''Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies'' when Hornblower gives his word as a gentleman that he is telling the truth [[spoiler:when he lies that Napoleon was dead. When he reaches port, and is about to confess his shame and prepare to resign from the Navy, he learns that Napoleon really was dead.]]

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** Played with in ''Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies'' when Hornblower gives his word as a gentleman that he is telling the truth [[spoiler:when he lies that Napoleon was dead. When he reaches port, and is about to confess his shame and prepare to resign from the Navy, he learns that Napoleon really was dead.]]dead]].



* In ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'', [[TricksterArchetype Trickster]] Kyprioth promises Aly that he'll take her back home if she keeps the Balitang girls, Sarai and Dove, safe through the summer. When Aly realizes that they're the focus of TheProphecy and a planned revolution to take the Copper Isles back from its white conquerors, she realizes she's been set up, but Kyprioth assures her that he will keep his word as gods are required to do. (But he was [[BatmanGambit banking on her deciding to stay anyhow]], which she did.)

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* In ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'', [[TricksterArchetype [[TheTrickster Trickster]] Kyprioth promises Aly that he'll take her back home if she keeps the Balitang girls, Sarai and Dove, safe through the summer. When Aly realizes that they're the focus of TheProphecy and a planned revolution to take the Copper Isles back from its white conquerors, she realizes she's been set up, but Kyprioth assures her that he will keep his word as gods are required to do. (But he was [[BatmanGambit banking on her deciding to stay anyhow]], which she did.)



* In an episode of the Real Life TV ''Luggage Wars,'' an American couple find a pair of what are proven to be Harry Houdini's handcuffs. The Irish escape artist who verifys it says they could be worth ''£10,000 or more'' to a collector. Then he challenges them that if he can do his 100 feet of rope trick in 30 seconds - which he has done before - can he win the cuffs? They shake hands on it. They lose the cuffs. It's a handshake agreement.
* Series/{{Andromeda}}: The [[http://andromeda.wikia.com/wiki/Ogami Ogami]] will not break a contract and will always complete a mission. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlG-g5tBBbg]]

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* In an episode of the Real Life TV ''Luggage Wars,'' an American couple find a pair of what are proven to be Harry Houdini's handcuffs. The Irish escape artist who verifys verifies it says they could be worth ''£10,000 or more'' to a collector. Then he challenges them that if he can do his 100 feet of rope trick in 30 seconds - which he has done before - can he win the cuffs? They shake hands on it. They lose the cuffs. It's a handshake agreement.
* Series/{{Andromeda}}: ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'': The [[http://andromeda.wikia.com/wiki/Ogami Ogami]] will not break a contract and will always complete a mission. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlG-g5tBBbg]]



* Villains in ''Franchise/{{Power Rangers}}'' are not known for being honorable, but [[NobleDemon Villamax]] from ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' was an exception. In one episode, he captured most of the Rangers and the Magna Defender and offered to let them go in exchange for Leo surrendering himself. Leo agreed, and much to everyone’s surprise, especially Deviot’s, Villamax kept up his end of the deal.

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* Villains in ''Franchise/{{Power Rangers}}'' ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' are not known for being honorable, but [[NobleDemon Villamax]] from ''Series/PowerRangersLostGalaxy'' was an exception. In one episode, he captured most of the Rangers and the Magna Defender and offered to let them go in exchange for Leo surrendering himself. Leo agreed, and much to everyone’s surprise, especially Deviot’s, Villamax kept up his end of the deal.



* Arthur of BBC's ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is [[HonorBeforeReason like this]], even going so far as to put his head on a literal chopping block after giving his word to accept whatever challenge he was given in exchange for his life.

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* Arthur of BBC's ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' is [[HonorBeforeReason like this]], even going so far as to put his head on a literal chopping block after giving his word to accept whatever challenge he was given in exchange for his life.



* [[TheDukesOfHazzard Boss Hogg]] is about as corrupt as you can get and will [[ACertainPointOfView work]] [[LoopholeAbuse any]] [[ExactWords angle]], but he will keep his word if he "spits and shakes" on it.

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* [[TheDukesOfHazzard ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': Boss Hogg]] Hogg is about as corrupt as you can get and will [[ACertainPointOfView [[MetaphoricallyTrue work]] [[LoopholeAbuse any]] [[ExactWords angle]], but he will keep his word if he "spits and shakes" on it.



--->'''Eddington''': Because [[IGaveMyWord I give you my word]].

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--->'''Eddington''': Because [[IGaveMyWord I give you my word]].word.



* If [[MagnificentBastard Ben Linus]] says he'll let you get off the [[Series/{{Lost}} island]], you '''will''' get off the island.

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': If [[MagnificentBastard Ben Linus]] says he'll let you get off the [[Series/{{Lost}} island]], island, you '''will''' get off the island.



* ''Series/BabylonFive''. Londo Mollari [[spoiler:gives Narn its freedom in return for G'kar's aid in overthrowing Cartagia. Even though G'kar fulfills his part of the bargain first and Londo would have no problem maintaining the occupation, he chooses to withdraw peacefully.]] This line is used verbatim to explain why.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive''. Londo Mollari [[spoiler:gives Narn its freedom in return for G'kar's aid in overthrowing Cartagia. Even though G'kar fulfills his part of the bargain first and Londo would have no problem maintaining the occupation, he chooses to withdraw peacefully.]] peacefully]]. This line is used verbatim to explain why.



* A plot point in the season 6 episodes of ''Series/{{House}}'', "The Dig" and "After Hours". In the latter episode, Thirteen is determined, perhaps beyond reason, to keep a promise she made to the woman [[spoiler:who had been her cellmate in prison]]. Chase correctly analyzes that her intense reaction to the idea of keeping her word is a reaction to her having previously kept her promise to [[spoiler:euthanize her own brother as he was dying an ugly death from Huntington's disease, which is why Thirteen had spent time in prison, and which disease Thirteen also has herself. As Chase points out, by adopting the philosophy that she had to kill her own brother because she had given her word she would do it and you can't go back on that, it distances her from responsibility for what she did.]]

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* A plot point in the season 6 episodes of ''Series/{{House}}'', "The Dig" and "After Hours". In the latter episode, Thirteen is determined, perhaps beyond reason, to keep a promise she made to the woman [[spoiler:who had been her cellmate in prison]]. Chase correctly analyzes that her intense reaction to the idea of keeping her word is a reaction to her having previously kept her promise to [[spoiler:euthanize her own brother as he was dying an ugly death from Huntington's disease, which is why Thirteen had spent time in prison, and which disease Thirteen also has herself. As Chase points out, by adopting the philosophy that she had to kill her own brother because she had given her word she would do it and you can't go back on that, it distances her from responsibility for what she did.]]did]].



* In ''XenaWarriorPrincess,'' one of the title character's former generals was terrorizing a town, and he and Xena fought a duel which Xena won. She said that she'd forgo taking his life if he promised to leave the village alone. When he agrees, he and his men begin to clear out... except one, who sneakily goes for his knife to try and attack Xena from behind. ''The general throws a dagger into his chest from across the room,'' and says to a surprised Xena, "A deal's a deal." He then leaves as promised.

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* In ''XenaWarriorPrincess,'' ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess,'' one of the title character's former generals was terrorizing a town, and he and Xena fought a duel which Xena won. She said that she'd forgo taking his life if he promised to leave the village alone. When he agrees, he and his men begin to clear out... except one, who sneakily goes for his knife to try and attack Xena from behind. ''The general throws a dagger into his chest from across the room,'' and says to a surprised Xena, "A deal's a deal." He then leaves as promised.



* In Creator/MeatLoaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," Meat Loaf's would-be conquest makes him swear to "love her forever" before she'll have sex with him. After trying to talk her out of it, Meat Loaf eventually agrees to "love her 'til the end of time." The song ends with the two unhappily married, but Loaf won't leave her: "I'll never break my promise or forget my vow."

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* In Creator/MeatLoaf's Music/MeatLoaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," Meat Loaf's would-be conquest makes him swear to "love her forever" before she'll have sex with him. After trying to talk her out of it, Meat Loaf eventually agrees to "love her 'til the end of time." The song ends with the two unhappily married, but Loaf won't leave her: "I'll never break my promise or forget my vow."



* If [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} a certain someone]] "guaran-''damn''-tees" a win, expect said win over whoever Vince is feuding with that year.

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* If [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} a certain someone]] "guaran-''damn''-tees" a win, expect said win over whoever Vince Wrestling/{{Vince|McMahon}} is feuding with that year.



* In Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''AMidsummerNightsDream'': Hermia to Lysander, when he asks her to come with him.

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* In Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''AMidsummerNightsDream'': ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'': Hermia to Lysander, when he asks her to come with him.



* In ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'', Benedick wrestles with the notion of his repeated pledges to never marry.

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* In ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'', ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', Benedick wrestles with the notion of his repeated pledges to never marry.



---> '''[[TheHero Master Chief]]''': You know me. [[IGaveMyWord When I make a promise]]...

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---> '''[[TheHero Master Chief]]''': You know me. [[IGaveMyWord When I make a promise]]...promise...



* When [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]] makes [[ThePromise a promise]], especially to Rinoa, count on it being kept, regardless of the danger involved in doing so or [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the consequences that might follow]].

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* VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII When [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII Squall]] Squall makes [[ThePromise a promise]], especially to Rinoa, count on it being kept, regardless of the danger involved in doing so or [[NiceJobBreakingItHero the consequences that might follow]].



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

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



* In Ben10AlienForce 's first 2-Part episode, towards the end, after Ben thanks Kevin, an Ex-con man who helped them because of an EnemyMine situation, admitting they couldn't have done it without him, Kevin replies in his usual resentful and sharp-tongued manner that they still won't make it without him, clarifying when Gwen asked him if he wants to help that he made a promise to the Magister (A SpacePolice member who did a HeroicSacrifice earlier on to save his life), and he intends on seeing it through to the end, which ends (with a little encouragement from Gwen to bury his old grudge towards Ben) with the New trio putting their hands together.

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* In Ben10AlienForce 's ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'''s first 2-Part episode, towards the end, after Ben thanks Kevin, an Ex-con man who helped them because of an EnemyMine situation, admitting they couldn't have done it without him, Kevin replies in his usual resentful and sharp-tongued manner that they still won't make it without him, clarifying when Gwen asked him if he wants to help that he made a promise to the Magister (A SpacePolice member who did a HeroicSacrifice earlier on to save his life), and he intends on seeing it through to the end, which ends (with a little encouragement from Gwen to bury his old grudge towards Ben) with the New trio putting their hands together.
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* Inverted in ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide''. Misato promised Shinji that he would have not to pilot his HumongousMecha anymore after killing the latest enemy. When she tells him that maybe he will have to pilot and fight again, he is furious... until Asuka tells him that people make and break promises the whole time, and it’s stupid and unfair hating someone for that.
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* In ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', Brad was thinking of walking out of ''TylerPerry's Single Moms Club'', but he knew that if he broke that promise, Dave and Brian would murder him, after they fully sat through three others by Perry.

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* In ''WebVideo/MidnightScreenings'', Brad was thinking of walking out of ''TylerPerry's ''Creator/TylerPerry's Single Moms Club'', but he knew that if he broke that promise, Dave and Brian would murder him, after they fully sat through three others by Perry.
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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' featured this in "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail," the Season 2 finale. [[FatBastard Dale the Whale]], Monk's ArchEnemy, is a suspect in the murder of an inmate where he's incarcerated. Dale gets Monk to agree to a deal: solve the case, and the villain will tell Monk everything he knows about Trudy's murder. When Monk finds the the truth and exonerates Dale, the latter remarks that "a deal's a deal" and shares some crucial information. It's ultimately a SubertedTrope, though, as a later season reveals that the whole thing was a [[XanatosGambit]] designed to frame Monk in a later crime which, if successful, would end in Dale's freedom.

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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' featured this in "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail," the Season 2 finale. [[FatBastard Dale the Whale]], Monk's ArchEnemy, is a suspect in the murder of an inmate where he's incarcerated. Dale gets Monk to agree to a deal: solve the case, and the villain will tell Monk everything he knows about Trudy's murder. When Monk finds the the truth and exonerates Dale, the latter remarks that "a deal's a deal" and shares some crucial information. It's ultimately a SubertedTrope, SubvertedTrope, though, as a later season reveals that the whole thing was a [[XanatosGambit]] XanatosGambit designed to frame Monk in a later crime which, if successful, would end in Dale's freedom.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has this as a major plot point in "Keep Calm and Flutter On." Fluttershy, the ShrinkingViolet of the main cast, is tasked with reforming [[BigBad Discord]], a RealityWarper who nearly destroyed the world twice. She decides to do this by showing him nothing but respect and love; Discord, meanwhile, is kept in check by the threat of the Elements of Harmony, six magical relics that have the power to [[TakenFoGranite turn him to stone]]. When Discord's trickery results in a massive flood at Sweet Apple Acres, he agrees to reverse the magic if Fluttershy promises to never use her Element of Kindness on him. She agrees, and Discord does fix the flood...[[ExactWords by freezing the water, creating a massive ice field]]. The rest of the Mane Six urge Fluttershy to use her Element to trap him, but she adamantly refuses, explaining that she made a promise. As the Elements only work [[AllYourPowersCombined when all six are used together]], this means that Discord is permanently free, and he gloats incessantly, bragging that he manipulated Fluttershy's friendship with him to get his way. It's only when he realizes that being such a massive jerk will end in him losing his only friend ''ever'' that he decides to fix the problem fair and square.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has this as a major plot point in "Keep Calm and Flutter On." Fluttershy, the ShrinkingViolet of the main cast, is tasked with reforming [[BigBad Discord]], a RealityWarper who nearly destroyed the world twice. She decides to do this by showing him nothing but respect and love; Discord, meanwhile, is kept in check by the threat of the Elements of Harmony, six magical relics that have the power to [[TakenFoGranite [[TakenForGranite turn him to stone]]. When Discord's trickery results in a massive flood at Sweet Apple Acres, he agrees to reverse the magic if Fluttershy promises to never use her Element of Kindness on him. She agrees, and Discord does fix the flood...[[ExactWords by freezing the water, creating a massive ice field]]. The rest of the Mane Six urge Fluttershy to use her Element to trap him, but she adamantly refuses, explaining that she made a promise. As the Elements only work [[AllYourPowersCombined when all six are used together]], this means that Discord is permanently free, and he gloats incessantly, bragging that he manipulated Fluttershy's friendship with him to get his way.way; she angrily declares that while she'll maintain her vow, she is ''not'' Discord's friend any longer. It's only when he realizes that being such a massive jerk will end in him losing his only friend ''ever'' that he decides to fix the problem fair and square.
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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'' featured this in "Mr. Monk Goes to Jail," the Season 2 finale. [[FatBastard Dale the Whale]], Monk's ArchEnemy, is a suspect in the murder of an inmate where he's incarcerated. Dale gets Monk to agree to a deal: solve the case, and the villain will tell Monk everything he knows about Trudy's murder. When Monk finds the the truth and exonerates Dale, the latter remarks that "a deal's a deal" and shares some crucial information. It's ultimately a SubertedTrope, though, as a later season reveals that the whole thing was a [[XanatosGambit]] designed to frame Monk in a later crime which, if successful, would end in Dale's freedom.


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* In Creator/MeatLoaf's "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," Meat Loaf's would-be conquest makes him swear to "love her forever" before she'll have sex with him. After trying to talk her out of it, Meat Loaf eventually agrees to "love her 'til the end of time." The song ends with the two unhappily married, but Loaf won't leave her: "I'll never break my promise or forget my vow."
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has this as a major plot point in "Keep Calm and Flutter On." Fluttershy, the ShrinkingViolet of the main cast, is tasked with reforming [[BigBad Discord]], a RealityWarper who nearly destroyed the world twice. She decides to do this by showing him nothing but respect and love; Discord, meanwhile, is kept in check by the threat of the Elements of Harmony, six magical relics that have the power to [[TakenFoGranite turn him to stone]]. When Discord's trickery results in a massive flood at Sweet Apple Acres, he agrees to reverse the magic if Fluttershy promises to never use her Element of Kindness on him. She agrees, and Discord does fix the flood...[[ExactWords by freezing the water, creating a massive ice field]]. The rest of the Mane Six urge Fluttershy to use her Element to trap him, but she adamantly refuses, explaining that she made a promise. As the Elements only work [[AllYourPowersCombined when all six are used together]], this means that Discord is permanently free, and he gloats incessantly, bragging that he manipulated Fluttershy's friendship with him to get his way. It's only when he realizes that being such a massive jerk will end in him losing his only friend ''ever'' that he decides to fix the problem fair and square.
25th Apr '16 12:50:22 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the final part of the multi-part "Turtles in Space" ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', Leonardo swears on his word of honor that he will use a device that Professor Honeycutt (the Fugitoid) gives him that will destroy his memory chips (killing him, effectively) if they are about to be captured. (Honeycutt has memorized the blueprints for a DoomsdayDevice that ''two'' tyrannical empires want, and he must avoid letting them get it at all costs.) When it looks like all hope is lost, Leonardo sadly agrees to do so. [[spoiler:Fortunately, [[DeusExMachina Splinter and the Utroms intervene]] right before he pushes the button.]]
** Another example from the same series: Donatello promised the people who were trapped in the underground city that he would come back when he found a cure for the curse that would turn them back into monsters if they ever left the protection of the Crystal Star; once he found the cure, he was determined to keep that promise, and even after the Turtles found that the Star was missing and the inhabitants has succumbed to the curse without it, he absolutely ''refused'' to turn back, pressing though to create and administer the cure even as they were trying to kill them.

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In the final part of the multi-part "Turtles in Space" ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', Space", Leonardo swears on his word of honor that he will use a device that Professor Honeycutt (the Fugitoid) gives him that will destroy his memory chips (killing him, effectively) if they are about to be captured. (Honeycutt has memorized the blueprints for a DoomsdayDevice that ''two'' tyrannical empires want, and he must avoid letting them get it at all costs.) When it looks like all hope is lost, Leonardo sadly agrees to do so. [[spoiler:Fortunately, [[DeusExMachina Splinter and the Utroms intervene]] right before he pushes the button.]]
** Another example from the same series: Donatello promised the people who were trapped in the underground city that he would come back when he found a cure for the curse that would turn them back into monsters if they ever left the protection of the Crystal Star; once he found the cure, he was determined to keep that promise, and even after the Turtles found that the Star was missing and the inhabitants has succumbed to the curse without it, he absolutely ''refused'' to turn back, pressing though to create and administer the cure even as they were trying to kill them.
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* In an episode of the Real Life TV ''Luggage Wars,'' an American couple find a pair of what are proven to be Harry Housini's handcuffs. The Irish escape artist who verifys it says they could be worth ''£10,000 or more'' to a collector. Then he challenges them that if he can do his 100 feet of rope trick in 30 seconds - which he has done before - can he win the cuffs? They shake hands on it. They lose the cuffs. It's a handshake agreement.

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* In an episode of the Real Life TV ''Luggage Wars,'' an American couple find a pair of what are proven to be Harry Housini's Houdini's handcuffs. The Irish escape artist who verifys it says they could be worth ''£10,000 or more'' to a collector. Then he challenges them that if he can do his 100 feet of rope trick in 30 seconds - which he has done before - can he win the cuffs? They shake hands on it. They lose the cuffs. It's a handshake agreement.
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** Siuan attempts to use ExactWords to get out of an oath to Gareth Bryne. He assembles an army to track her across the entire continent and force her to fulfill the promise. It takes him a painfully long time to realize that this is because he's in love with her, not the principle of the thing.
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