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28th Jun '16 9:21:42 AM TheNerfGuy
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s Kyubey makes contracts with girls to become {{Magical Girl}}s. Notably, his contracts are entirely verbal, and are without any form of fine print mentioning the downsides and side-effects, meaning that they aren't actually ''legally'' binding under most systems of law, despite being ''magically'' binding. [[MemeticMutation Contract?]]

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Kyubey makes contracts with girls to become {{Magical Girl}}s. Notably, his contracts are entirely verbal, and are without any form of fine print mentioning the downsides and side-effects, meaning that they aren't actually ''legally'' binding under most systems of law, despite being ''magically'' binding. [[MemeticMutation Contract?]]



* A requirement for {{Familiar}}s on ''LyricalNanoha''. The contents of [[ParentalSubstitute Linith's]] contract, which stipulated for her to be erased after she had trained Fate as a first-class mage and completed Bardiche, was the reason why she was [[PosthumousCharacter dead before the start of the series]].

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* A requirement for {{Familiar}}s on ''LyricalNanoha''.''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. The contents of [[ParentalSubstitute Linith's]] contract, which stipulated for her to be erased after she had trained Fate as a first-class mage and completed Bardiche, was the reason why she was [[PosthumousCharacter dead before the start of the series]].



** This is the type of contract Ursula makes Ariel sign in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. Even the power of Triton's trident has no effect upon it, implying that there must be some source of power in the ocean greater even than his. Of course, once Ursula dies, her contracts are [[NoOntologicalInertia no longer legally valid.]] Unexplained is [[FridgeLogic why Triton didn't just kill Ursula on the spot]].

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** This is the type of contract Ursula makes Ariel sign in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. Even the power of Triton's trident has no effect upon it, implying that there must be some source of power in the ocean greater even than his. Ursala even uses it as a shield to keep King Triton from killing her on the spot. Of course, once Ursula dies, her contracts are [[NoOntologicalInertia no longer legally valid.]] Unexplained is [[FridgeLogic why Triton didn't just kill Ursula on the spot]].]]



* [[MagnificentBastard Rumplestiltskin's]] deals in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' are the definition of this. Magic will severely punish anyone who breaks one of his contracts, which is made even more dangerous by the fact that he's a master of [[ExactWords exact words]] and his victims often fail to [[ReadTheFinePrint read the fine print]].

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* [[MagnificentBastard Rumplestiltskin's]] deals in ''Series/OnceUponATime'' are the definition of this. Magic will severely punish anyone who breaks one of his contracts, which is made even more dangerous by the fact that he's a master of [[ExactWords exact words]] and his victims often fail to [[ReadTheFinePrint read the fine print]].ReadTheFinePrint.



* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. The 2nd Edition ''Tome of Magic'' sourcebook had the Contracts of Nepthas. Anyone who breaks such a contract is struck deaf, dumb and blind. Ambiguities in the contract's language can be exploited.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
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The 2nd Edition ''Tome of Magic'' sourcebook had the Contracts of Nepthas. Anyone who breaks such a contract is struck deaf, dumb and blind. Ambiguities in the contract's language can be exploited.


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** This is also what Devils are known to use; depending on the contract, once you sign, you're either going to Baator when you die OR you're going to have to make increasingly evil acts just to keep the benefits. Tearing up the contract isn't an option; there are ''always'' clauses that lead to the signer getting harmed if they do this.
30th May '16 5:01:06 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In TamoraPierce's ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' books, breaking an oath signed in blood will result in one's blood boiling in one's veins. (It applies to the Literature/TortallUniverse in general, but we see it most in that series.)

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* In TamoraPierce's Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness'' books, breaking an oath signed in blood will result in one's blood boiling in one's veins. (It applies to the Literature/TortallUniverse in general, but we see it most in that series.)
25th Apr '16 10:07:35 PM aidreamer
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** Played straight (in "The Circle") with the contract between Lysinda Circle and Strakoistrat vampires: the Strakoi have a magically binding contract that without Lysinda's direct permission, no more than one of them can set foot in the New World.

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** Played straight (in "The Circle") with the contract between Lysinda Circle and Strakoistrat vampires: the Strakoi have a magically binding contract that without Lysinda's direct permission, no more than one of them can set foot in the New World. If they try to come within more than a few feet of land, the magic will repulse them.
5th Apr '16 7:10:48 PM Goldfritha
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Any character who makes such a contract has no choice but to fulfill it somehow. [[LoopholeAbuse Loopholes]] are, as always, still permitted. Physically destroying a contract can also absolve the penalties. In some cases, magic apparently only works with the magicee's permission.

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Any character who makes such a contract -- even if it's a LeonineContract -- has no choice but to fulfill it somehow. [[LoopholeAbuse Loopholes]] are, as always, still permitted.permitted, and there may be a CurseEscapeClause. Physically destroying a contract can also absolve the penalties. In some cases, magic apparently only works with the magicee's permission.
2nd Apr '16 10:03:25 PM Freezer
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* In the ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series, any promise accompanied by the Splash of Truth (a flash of rainbow light, signifying the speaker is speaking absolute, heartfelt truth), is treated as absolutely binding. The consequences of going back on one's word (or even not giving one's all towards said promise) are never spelled out past "there are some."
29th Feb '16 6:41:07 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': A person who swears a magical oath but refuses to fulfill it, or deliberately puts themselves in a situation so they cannot, will die. If they're unable to fulfill it because of something beyond their control, though, it won't kill them. It's discussed by name at greater length in book 3, when Emily starts taking a class in Law.
29th Feb '16 4:53:17 PM ctate
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* Graydon Saunders’ ''Literature/{{Commonweal}}'' has built its overarching mechanisms of government into a vast enchantment called the Shape of the Peace. Formal legal testimony cannot lie, for example; and being a sorcerer requires agreeing to be bound by the Shape, on pain of death should the sorcerer attempt to circumvent its strictures.
10th Feb '16 1:31:14 PM LadyNorbert
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-->'''Beetlejuice''': "Who actually reads a Terms of Service Agreement?"

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-->'''Beetlejuice''': "Who Who actually reads ''reads'' a Terms of Service Agreement?"Agreement?



** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has a similar unwritten contract stating that his deal with Hades is forfeit if Meg is hurt in any way. It's part of Disney's larger theme with Hades and his propensity for [[DealWithTheDevil Deals With The Devil]]: Hades may be a sleazy, two-timing scumbag who will do everything short of murder to get you to sign, but the one thing he will never do is welch on a deal.

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** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' has a similar unwritten contract stating that his deal with Hades is forfeit if Meg is hurt in any way. It's part of Disney's larger theme with Hades and his propensity for [[DealWithTheDevil Deals With The Devil]]: Hades may be a sleazy, two-timing double-dealing scumbag who will do everything short of murder to get you to sign, but the one thing he will never do is welch on a deal.



*** In ''Literature/ColdDays'', Harry finds he is now bound by Winter Law himself, so when he tries to break it (something the Fae cannot even conceive of doing), there are immediate, serious consequences [[spoiler:his Winter Knight Mantle vanishes, leaving him paralyzed as he was in Changes]].
** These contracts are so binding that not even Michael, who wields a holy sword and serves God Himself, can do anything against a valid contract as such an act would be dishonest and break his power if he tried.

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*** In ''Literature/ColdDays'', Harry finds he is now bound by Winter Law himself, so when he tries to break it (something the Fae cannot even conceive of doing), there are immediate, serious consequences [[spoiler:his consequences. [[spoiler:His Winter Knight Mantle vanishes, leaving him paralyzed as he was in Changes]].
** These contracts are so binding that not even Michael, who wields a holy sword and serves God Himself, can do anything against a valid contract contract, as such an act would be dishonest and break his power if he tried.



* In ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' any promise made to or by a troll is absolutely binding. That is, unless you find a loophole in its wording or the person to whom the promise is made, dies.

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* In ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' any promise made to or by a troll is absolutely binding. That is, unless you find a loophole in its wording wording, or the person to whom the promise is made, made dies.



* In the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "Soul Possession", there was a magical contract saying Xena had to marry Ares. Xena escapes from him, so Ares later troubles Xena's modern day reincarnation Annie, since [[IdenticalGrandson they look identical]]. The contract could only be destroyed by Ares, so Xena/Annie tricks him into hitting it with a fireball.

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* In the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "Soul Possession", Possession," there was a magical contract saying Xena had to marry Ares. Xena escapes from him, so Ares later troubles Xena's modern day reincarnation Annie, since [[IdenticalGrandson they look identical]]. The contract could only be destroyed by Ares, so Xena/Annie tricks him into hitting it with a fireball.



* Devils do this by the letter in ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'', Lillet Blan actually manages to get out of two; the first [[spoiler:by using MentalTimeTravel to before signing the contract]] and the second [[spoiler:by binding the Demon Lord to do something he would never, ever do; embrace God.]]

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* Devils do this by the letter in ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'', Lillet Blan actually manages to get out of two; the first [[spoiler:by using MentalTimeTravel to before signing the contract]] and the second [[spoiler:by binding the Demon Lord to do something he would never, ever do; do: embrace God.]]



** Sorcerer's contracts can be formed by literally just shaking hands, and can be verbal. This has the same problem as the Aes Sedai above.

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** Sorcerer's Sorcerers' contracts can be formed by literally just shaking hands, and can be verbal. This has the same problem as the Aes Sedai above.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Timmy made [[GenieInABottle Norm the Genie]] sign one so he'd grant his last wish without any loopholes.
** Flappy Bob signed a contract with the Pixies to restore the Learn-a-torium and make the world dull and boring while the Pixies took over Fairy World. When Flappy learned the Pixies were manipulating him all that time, he exploited a loophole in the contract to make everything back to normal. The contract stated Earth should be safe and happy "as defined by Flappy Bob": Flappy changed his definition to "everything being the way it's supposed to be". The Pixies then had no choice but to remove the boredom from everywhere in Dimmsdale (except the school) and return Fairy World to fairy control.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Timmy made makes [[GenieInABottle Norm the Genie]] sign one so he'd he'll grant his last wish without any loopholes.
** Flappy Bob signed signs a contract with the Pixies to restore the Learn-a-torium and make the world dull and boring while the Pixies took take over Fairy World. When Flappy learned learns the Pixies were manipulating him all that time, along, he exploited exploits a loophole in the contract to make everything back to normal. The contract stated states that Earth should be safe and happy "as defined by Flappy Bob": Bob," so Flappy changed changes his definition to "everything being the way it's supposed to be". The Pixies then had have no choice but to remove the boredom from everywhere in Dimmsdale (except the school) and return Fairy World to fairy control.
9th Feb '16 5:30:06 AM Alia_of
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* In ''Literature/MaledictionTrilogy'' any promise made to or by a troll is absolutely binding. That is, unless you find a loophole in its wording or the person to whom the promise is made, dies.
3rd Feb '16 8:17:23 PM bookwormgal
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' fanfiction, ''FanFic/{{Cinderjuice}}, this is what Beetlejuice has to sign with the Fairy Godfather. Naturally, he doesn't read the fine print.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' fanfiction, ''FanFic/{{Cinderjuice}}, ''FanFic/{{Cinderjuice}}'', this is what Beetlejuice has to sign with the Fairy Godfather. Naturally, he doesn't read the fine print.
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