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10th Jan '18 2:56:33 AM Cryoclaste
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* Although she probably wouldn't be blamed for breaking such a promise in the context of 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.]]

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* Although she probably wouldn't be blamed for breaking such a promise in the context of TheHungerGames, ''Literature/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.]]
27th Dec '17 2:53:48 PM SilentStranger
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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 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.



** In another episode, the cast has spent the last few days thinking the world was about to end via a black hole (actually a mean prank by Channel 6 which apparently no one bothered to double check outside local news), and hardline atheist [[PrayerIsALastResort Brian is seen praying]]. After the hoax is revealed, Brian heads off to the soup kitchen, claiming he "made a promise to Someone".



* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', when Zatara is trying to convince ComicBook/DoctorFate to release his daughter ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} and offers himself up as an alternate host, Fate asks what guarantee he has that Zatara will actually put on the helmet. Zatara simply says, "My word." That's enough for Fate, and Zatara does indeed allow Fate to possess him for the remainder of the series.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', when Zatara is trying to convince ComicBook/DoctorFate to release his daughter ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} and offers himself up as an alternate host, Fate asks what guarantee he has that Zatara will actually put on the helmet. Zatara simply says, "My word." That's enough for Fate, and Zatara does indeed allow Fate to possess him for the remainder of the series. Somewhat justified in that Zatara is a magician, and that kind of oath has actual magical implication.
7th Dec '17 4:25:30 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.

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'', ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'':
** Godou Kusanagi's grandfather Ichirou used to date the ageless witch Lucretia Zola. Ichirou's eventual wife Chiyo became jealous and made him promise to never ever see Zola again. Even after Chiyo died, he kept his promise, which is why he made Godou deliver the Prometheus Grimiore to her at the beginning of the series.
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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.
30th Nov '17 8:40:00 PM LadyNorbert
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** In ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', Edward Ferrars no longer wishes to marry the woman he's engaged to. But he refuses to break the engagement in face of disinheritance.

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** In ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', Edward Ferrars no longer wishes to marry the woman to whom he's engaged to. engaged. But he refuses to break the engagement in face of engagement, even when threatened with disinheritance.



** In the ''Dragonborn'' DLC, in keeping with his preferred recruitment method of tempting potential followers with gifts of knowledge, [[EldritchAbomination Hermaeus Mora]] (the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Knowledge]] keeps just about every promise he makes and holds his end of every bargain, both in spirit as well as word. [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Doesn't mean he won't toss you aside when he doesn't need you anymore]], however.

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** In the ''Dragonborn'' DLC, in keeping with his preferred recruitment method of tempting potential followers with gifts of knowledge, [[EldritchAbomination Hermaeus Mora]] (the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Knowledge]] Knowledge]]) keeps just about every promise he makes and holds his end of every bargain, both in spirit as well as word. [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Doesn't mean he won't toss you aside when he doesn't need you anymore]], however.
29th Oct '17 2:21:01 PM nombretomado
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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:

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* Mary Zimmerman's ''Metamorphosis'' is based on ClassicalMythology, Myth/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:
27th Oct '17 12:55:36 AM PaulA
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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', one soldier tries to argue with Turan, telling him that he was pledged to him.

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', ''Literature/ForerunnerForay'', one soldier tries to argue with Turan, telling him that he was pledged to him.
26th Oct '17 12:24:10 AM PaulA
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* In 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.

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', ''Literature/{{Catseye|1961}}'', 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.
6th Oct '17 6:59:36 AM JackG
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** Not that Avon isn't above ExactWords when giving his word. In "Rumors of Death" he promises a TortureTechnician a "way out" of his SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere if he talks. He does so, and Avon decides to LeaveBehindAPistol.
26th Sep '17 12:58:20 AM PaulA
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* At the end of Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Heir of Sea and Fire'', 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 ''Heir of Sea and Fire'', ''Literature/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.]]
25th Sep '17 12:41:33 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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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}}'', 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.Underground, with clear implications that certain someone was [[spoiler:Toriel]]. 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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