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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.
10th Sep '16 2:40:54 PM WillKeaton
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* A plot element in VideoGame/MagicalDiary - Apparently the promise of a witch is ''always'' binding - break your word and you [[spoiler:lose your magic]]. Naturally nobody bothers to warn the PC of this until it's too late!

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* A plot element in VideoGame/MagicalDiary - ''VideoGame/MagicalDiary''. Apparently the promise of a witch is ''always'' binding - break your word and you [[spoiler:lose your magic]]. Naturally nobody bothers to warn the PC of this until it's too late!
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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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'''s ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
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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.
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