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26th Mar '17 1:31:01 PM DarkHunter
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* Used in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. When the Goblet says Harry has to compete, well, Harry has to compete. Even though ''he didn't enter himself for consideration as a contestant''. Still, it's mentioned that the one who set Harry up to this had to put a spell on the Goblet itself, altering how it works, or it wouldn't have picked a fourth Champion.The consequences of breaking the contract, however, are not explained.

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* Used in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. When the Goblet says Harry has to compete, well, Harry has to compete. Even though ''he didn't enter himself for consideration as a contestant''. Still, it's mentioned that the one who set Harry up to this had to put a spell on have been an extremely powerful wizard to have messed with the Goblet itself, altering how in this way, ordinarily it works, or it wouldn't would never have picked a fourth Champion.contestant. The consequences of breaking the contract, however, are not explained.
24th Mar '17 9:46:15 AM Julia1984
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** All fairies are also magically bound by ''Da Rules'' -- a huge, Federal Code-sized book of, as its titles says, rules that fairies (ex. can only grant wishes to kids) and their kids (ex. lose your godparents if you ever tell anyone about them) must follow. Fairies are incapable of granting any wish forbidden by Da Rules, such as [[ThouShaltNotKill killing someone]], [[ThePowerOfLove making someone fall in love with you]], or free money (because stealing and counterfeiting are crimes) -- if they try, their wands sputter out. If a wish ever screws the world up badly enough, a new rule against granting such a wish can be created. On the flip side, unless it violated Da Rules, fairies are also bound to do ''anything'' their kid prefaces with the words "I wish," no matter how ill-advised.
16th Mar '17 9:28:14 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/TheMagicians'': Quentin agrees to make a contract with Alice as a niffin which is subject to "Word as bond", which neither of them can break. She finds ways to circumvent the contract's restrictions despite this.
17th Feb '17 5:41:28 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', Wordwitched documents, most notably the Twenty Years Truce, are this. Each copy is identical to the other, even if one is modified, and when someone breaks the rules established in the document, their signature disappears and no-one else is bound by the contract any more.
17th Jan '17 4:36:22 PM Goldfritha
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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, 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.

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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, 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. \n Even ReleasingFromThePromise may require such trickery; the other character often can't just let you go.
23rd Dec '16 4:31:49 AM Arivne
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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2221 SCP-2221 ("A Friendly Agreement")]]. SCP-2221 is a EULA (End User License Agreement) that causes people who agree to it to become religious extremists. It does not affect anyone who is legally unable to form a contract (young children, mentally incompetent, slaves and D-Class personnel).
24th Oct '16 10:41:32 AM ZimFan89
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* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'' has one of these show up when [[spoiler: Blankman forces Verde into submission and makes him sign into servitude]]. Notably, aside from the signature, it's totally blank, with the binding terms to be filled in later.
15th Oct '16 7:17:01 PM ChaoticNovelist
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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?]]
** Sort of. While someone who makes the contract will be forced to hunt witches, it's not because the contract itself is forcing them to. The whole thing is closer to surgery than a 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. There is no compulsion but not doing as the contract states leads to dire consequences. [[MemeticMutation Contract?]]
** Sort of. While someone who makes the contract will be forced to hunt witches, it's not because the contract itself is forcing them to. The whole thing is closer to surgery than a contract.
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* In ''Anime/NoGameNoLife,'' war has been replaced with games where anything, great or small, up to and including ''global'' matters, is decided by the outcome. In the backstory, the gods of that world had had a war that left it in ruin, leaving the only one who'd stayed out of it - the god of play - as TopGod, and he instituted a new system, enforced by magic. Bets made by two parties who formally agree to both the game and the wagers will be upheld ''no matter what.'' (This means you shouldn't bet something like "I'll do whatever you ask." The one who do that was told "Fall in love with me." by the winner and spent the rest of the story as the most justified {{Tsundere}} ever...)

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* In ''Anime/NoGameNoLife,'' war has been replaced with games where anything, great or small, up to and including ''global'' matters, is decided by the outcome. In the backstory, the gods of that world had had a war that left it in ruin, leaving the only one who'd stayed out of it - the god of play - as TopGod, and he instituted a new system, enforced by magic. Bets made by two parties who formally agree to both the game and the wagers will be upheld ''no matter what.'' (This means you shouldn't bet something like "I'll do whatever you ask." The one who do did that was told "Fall in love with me." me" by the winner and spent the rest of the story as the most justified {{Tsundere}} ever...)



* Used in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. When the Goblet says Harry has to compete, well, Harry has to compete. Even though ''he didn't enter himself for consideration as a contestant''. Still, it's mentioned that the one who set Harry up to this had to put a spell on the Goblet itself, altering how it works, or it wouldn't have picked a fourth Champion.The consequences of breaking the contract, however, are not explained, nor [[FridgeLogic why, if the bad guys can sign Harry up for an unbreakable magical contract against his will,]] they don't [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim sign him up for a contract requiring him to take a walk off a cliff]].

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* Used in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. When the Goblet says Harry has to compete, well, Harry has to compete. Even though ''he didn't enter himself for consideration as a contestant''. Still, it's mentioned that the one who set Harry up to this had to put a spell on the Goblet itself, altering how it works, or it wouldn't have picked a fourth Champion.The consequences of breaking the contract, however, are not explained, nor [[FridgeLogic why, if the bad guys can sign Harry up for an unbreakable magical contract against his will,]] they don't [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim sign him up for a contract requiring him to take a walk off a cliff]].explained.
9th Oct '16 4:55:05 AM erforce
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* In the second ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film, Davy Jones is under a MagicallyBindingContract to ferry souls to the afterlife. (He can also draft dead sailors using contracts of his own.) His neglect of this duty is the reason he and his crew look like fish-men.

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* In the second ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film, ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'', Davy Jones is under a MagicallyBindingContract to ferry souls to the afterlife. (He afterlife (he can also draft dead sailors using contracts of his own.) own). His neglect of this duty is the reason he and his crew look like fish-men.
10th Sep '16 2:41:27 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' has [[http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/30 literal magical contracts]], complete with lawyer-speak and magically enforced clauses. A non-disclosure agreement literally prevents you from talking about which you are forbidden.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' has [[http://archives.erfworld.com/Book%203/30 literal magical contracts]], contracts,]] complete with lawyer-speak and magically enforced clauses. A non-disclosure agreement literally prevents you from talking about which you are forbidden.
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