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8th Sep '16 2:02:22 PM Gamermaster
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* Subverted in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. Hayate made Signum promise that they would forget about the Book of Darkness as long as she was it's master, a promise that she was all to willing to keep. But when it turned out that Hayate was going to die, it's Signum who suggests that they use the book in a bid to save her. Honor is incredibly important to Signum, but Hayate is more important.

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* Subverted in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. Hayate made Signum promise that they the Wolkenritter would forget about not try to fill the Book of Darkness as long as she was it's master, a promise that she was all to willing to keep. But when it turned out that Hayate was going to die, it's Signum who suggests that they use the book in a bid to save her. Honor is incredibly important to Signum, but Hayate is more important.
6th Sep '16 6:33:11 AM Tron80
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* The word of SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom is ''always'' honored, although the wise will [[ExactWords pay attention to anything left unsaid]].
* Lobo always keeps his promises. He'll merrily violate the spirit of a contract, but never the word of it. If he's promised not to kill you, he won't, no matter how much he may hate you. (Do note, however, that under the right circumstances, it's quite possible to survive multiple cases of dismemberment.)

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* The word of SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom ''Comicbook/DoctorDoom'' is ''always'' honored, although the wise will [[ExactWords pay attention to anything left unsaid]].
* Lobo ''Comicbook/{{Lobo}}'' always keeps his promises. He'll merrily violate the spirit of a contract, but never the word of it. If he's promised not to kill you, he won't, no matter how much he may hate you. (Do note, however, that under the right circumstances, it's quite possible to survive multiple cases of dismemberment.)


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* In ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' storyline ''Comicbook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'', [[Franchise/GreenLantern Guy Gardner]] promises Bleez that they will eventually go after her partner Rankorr. She questions whether he is a man of his word, and Guy reiterates that he always stays true to a promise:
-->'''Bleez:''' I guess I'll learn whether you're a man of your word.\\
'''Guy:''' If I'm anything, I'm that.
14th Aug '16 10:46:31 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', Chief leaves Cortana on High Charity, in an attempt to stop the Flood, [[ThePromise promising that he'll return to bring her back]]. She responds that he shouldn't make promises he knows he can't keep. This leads to a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]] in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'':
---> '''Cortana''': You found me. But [[BreakTheCutie so much of me is wrong]]... [[MindRape out of place]]... you might be too late...
---> '''[[TheHero Master Chief]]''': You know me. When I make a promise...
---> '''Cortana''': ...You... keep it. ...I ''do'' know how to pick 'em...
---> '''Master Chief''': Lucky me.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', Cortana again warns Master Chief not to make promises that he can't keep as he claims that he can prevent her [[AIIsACrapshoot Rampancy]] by getting her back to Earth. [[spoiler: [[{{Tearjerker}} This time, he can't keep his promise.]] ]]
---> [[spoiler: '''Master Chief''': It was my job to take care of you.]]
---> [[spoiler: '''Cortana''': We were supposed to take care of each other. [[{{Tearjerker}} And we did]].]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', Chief leaves Cortana on High Charity, in an attempt to stop the Flood, [[ThePromise promising that he'll return to bring her back]]. She responds that he shouldn't make promises he knows he can't keep. This leads to a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming moment]] in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'':
---> --> '''Cortana''': You found me. But [[BreakTheCutie so much of me is wrong]]... [[MindRape out of place]]... you might be too late...
---> --> '''[[TheHero Master Chief]]''': You know me. When I make a promise...
---> --> '''Cortana''': ...You... keep it. ...I ''do'' know how to pick 'em...
---> --> '''Master Chief''': Lucky me.
* ** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', Cortana again warns Master Chief not to make promises that he can't keep as he claims that he can prevent her [[AIIsACrapshoot Rampancy]] by getting her back to Earth. [[spoiler: [[{{Tearjerker}} This time, he can't keep his promise.]] ]]
---> --> [[spoiler: '''Master Chief''': It was my job to take care of you.]]
---> --> [[spoiler: '''Cortana''': We were supposed to take care of each other. [[{{Tearjerker}} And we did]].]]
12th Aug '16 12:13:13 AM PaulA
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* In LoisMcMasterBujold's ''{{Literature/Vorkosigan|Saga}}'' novels:
** The {{backstory}} includes a massacre of prisoners who had surrendered on Aral Vorkosigan's personal word of honor. Vorkosigan barehandedly [[NeckSnap broke the neck]] of the man responsible for the deaths as soon as he heard of it. Various other Vor give their words throughout the books.
** This is then subverted later on in ''Shards of Honor'' when Aral stretches the truth a bit, and obtains privacy to discuss various sensitive subjects with Cordelia by giving his word as a Vorkosigan that they would only discuss his past proposal of marriage. Cordelia remarks on the fact that there had been a time when he would never have given his word falsely.

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* In LoisMcMasterBujold's Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''{{Literature/Vorkosigan|Saga}}'' novels:
** Generally speaking, if a member of the Barrayarran upper-class says "My word as Vor", they ''mean it''. In fact, this is the basis for Barrayar's entire legal system. When a Vor gives you his word, it has the force of a signed contract -- and if he fails to keep his promise, he can be sued for breach of contract. It's also the basis of their Government: Vor Counts and Lords give their words to their Emperor that they will serve him -- even if the Emperor is, at the time, a frightened young boy. Miles explains the metaphysics of the idea at one point; "Your breath is your life. What you pledge with your breath, you pledge with your life."
** The {{backstory}} includes a massacre of prisoners who had surrendered on Aral Vorkosigan's personal word of honor. Vorkosigan barehandedly [[NeckSnap broke the neck]] of the man responsible for the deaths as soon as he heard of it. Various other Vor give their words throughout the books.
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** This is then subverted later on in ''Shards of Honor'' ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'' when Aral stretches the truth a bit, and obtains privacy to discuss various sensitive subjects with Cordelia by giving his word as a Vorkosigan that they would only discuss his past proposal of marriage. Cordelia remarks on the fact that there had been a time when he would never have given his word falsely.



** Generally speaking, if a member of the Barrayarran upper-class says "My word as Vor", they ''mean it''.
*** In fact, this is the basis for Barrayar's entire legal system. When a Vor gives you his word, it has the force of a signed contract -- and if he fails to keep his promise, he can be sued for breach of contract. It's also the basis of their Government: Vor Counts and Lords give their words to their Emperor that they will serve him - even if the Emperor is, at the time, a frightened young boy. Miles explains the metaphysics of the idea at one point; "Your breath is your life. What you pledge with your breath, you pledge with your life."
*** An example that illustrates just how seriously 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."
** Closing the generational circle, large parts of both ''Memory'' and ''A Civil Campaign'' revolve around how Ekaterin and Miles cope with living after failing to keep their words. It's a survivors problem, as Miles puts it, since sooner or later a philosophy based on "death before dishonor" inevitably forces one to choose between being dead or forsworn.
** Mark experiences the effect saying "My word as Vorkosigan" can have in ''Mirror Dance''. He says it lightly, when promising Kareen a dance at a later date, and when she gives him a huge smile...

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** Generally speaking, if a member of the Barrayarran upper-class says "My word as Vor", they ''mean it''.
*** In fact, this is the basis for Barrayar's entire legal system. When a Vor gives you his word, it has the force of a signed contract -- and if he fails to keep his promise, he can be sued for breach of contract. It's also the basis of their Government: Vor Counts and Lords give their words to their Emperor that they will serve him - even if the Emperor is, at the time, a frightened young boy. Miles explains the metaphysics of the idea at one point; "Your breath is your life. What you pledge with your breath, you pledge with your life."
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An example that illustrates just how seriously this is taken occurs in ''A Civil Campaign'', ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'', 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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** Closing the generational circle, large parts of both ''Memory'' ''Literature/{{Memory}}'' and ''A Civil Campaign'' ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'' revolve around how Ekaterin and Miles cope with living after failing to keep their words. It's a survivors survivor's problem, as Miles puts it, since sooner or later a philosophy based on "death before dishonor" inevitably forces one to choose between being dead or forsworn.
** Mark experiences the effect saying "My word as Vorkosigan" can have in ''Mirror Dance''.''Literature/MirrorDance''. He says it lightly, when promising Kareen a dance at a later date, and when she gives him a huge smile...
22nd Jul '16 1:51:21 PM Gamermaster
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* In volume 2 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Jaune jokingly made a promise to [[TheAce Pyrrha]] that he'd wear a dress to the dance if she couldn't find a date, entirely unaware that AttractivenessIsolation was in full effect (and even if it wasn't [[ObliviousToLove he's the only one she'd want to go with]]). When he finds out that she didn't get a date, he puts on a dress in front of the entire student body [[ShipTease and dances with her]].

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* In volume 2 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Jaune jokingly made a promise to [[TheAce Pyrrha]] Pyrrha that he'd wear a dress to the dance if she couldn't find a date, entirely unaware that AttractivenessIsolation was in full effect (and even if it wasn't wasn't, [[ObliviousToLove he's the only one she'd want to go with]]). When he finds out that she didn't get a date, he puts on wears a dress in front of the entire student body [[ShipTease and dances with her]].
22nd Jul '16 1:49:59 PM Gamermaster
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* In volume 2 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Jaune jokingly made a promise to [[TheAce Pyrrha]] that he'd wear a dress to the dance if she couldn't find a date, entirely unaware that AttractivenessIsolation was in full effect (and even if it wasn't [[ObliviousToLove he's the only one she'd want to go with]]). When he finds out that she didn't get a date, he puts on a dress in front of the entire student body [[ShipTease and dances with her]].
-->'''Jaune:''' Hey, an Arc never goes back on his word.
20th Jul '16 4:56:16 AM Morgenthaler
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** His former mentor, turned TheDragon, at one point tells Jack he will only cooperate if Jack gives him his word that he will be released after it is over, as he knows how much Jack values his word. Jack does, but the Dragon [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy knows]] that he has killed too many of Jack's friends, [[spoiler: David Palmer, Tony Almeida, and Michelle Dessler]], for him to keep his word and lays a trap for Jack. He is then OutGambitted.

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** His former mentor, turned TheDragon, at one point tells Jack he will only cooperate if Jack gives him his word that he will be released after it is over, as he knows how much Jack values his word. Jack does, but the Dragon [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy knows]] knows that he has killed too many of Jack's friends, [[spoiler: David Palmer, Tony Almeida, and Michelle Dessler]], for him to keep his word and lays a trap for Jack. He is then OutGambitted.
10th Jul '16 8:12:20 PM Loekman3
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** In spite of Wuya's infamous reputation for her ChronicBackstabbingDisorder, when Wuya makes a promise, she genuinely keeps it, best shown when she gave Raimundo everything he wanted despite being literally able to get away with backstabbing him.
10th Jul '16 4:30:57 PM nombretomado
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* [[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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* [[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".
18th Jun '16 3:03:10 PM Gravidef
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* 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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