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16th Nov '16 6:00:17 AM isoycrazy
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** Once someone is turned by a Red Court vampire, their only hope is to become the Fettered, since their first kill will destroy the last remnants of their humanity. The Fellowship of Saint Giles, of which [[spoiler:Susan]] is a member, is an association of fettered half-vampires fighting both their hunger for blood and the Red Court - think Alcoholics Anonymous meets LaResistance.
** Wizards in general, again by necessity. The White Council enforces seven Laws of Magic. Violating the Laws is usually cause for execution on the spot, because most practitioners of black magic become [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide drunk on the highly addictive Dark Side]].

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** Once someone is turned by a Red Court vampire, their only hope is to become the Fettered, since their the first time they kill and drink that person's blood will destroy the last remnants of their humanity. The Fellowship of Saint Giles, of which [[spoiler:Susan]] is a member, is an association of fettered half-vampires fighting both their hunger for blood and the Red Court - think Alcoholics Anonymous meets LaResistance.
** Wizards in general, again by necessity. The White Council enforces seven Laws of Magic. Violating the Laws is usually cause for execution on the spot, because most practitioners of black magic become [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide drunk on the highly addictive Dark Side]]. Further adding to this is one can only use magic if one truly ''believes'' it is the right course of action. So, to kill a person with magic, to bind them to one's will, to raise the dead, or look beyond the outer reaches of reality, means the human mage earnestly believes it is the right course of action.
** The Knights of the Cross are each given a Sword with a Nail from the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ in its hilt. While wielding the Sword, they must follow certain rules. The primary rule is not to seek to kill the mortal hosts of Fallen Angels, but help the mortals find redemption and renounce the Fallen. Furthermore, they cannot judge the person. This means even if they suspect a Denarian of lying through his teeth, if he renounces his dark ways and hands over his Coin, they may take the coin but not harm the man. This is even if there is a ticking time bomb and they need information. One Denarian does this very act and laughs at the perceived weakness in following these rules. Harry, the titular hero, has his own rules and admires the Knights for standing by their convictions. [[spoiler:Harry's own rules, being much less strenuous, allows him to take a baseball bat to the man's kneecaps until the man spills his information while the Knights wait outside the room. It isn't their place to judge, after all, how one person chooses to act]].
6th Nov '16 11:55:53 AM nombretomado
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* ''ItsAWonderfulLife'': George Bailey will never ever leave the people of his hometown in need. RealityEnsues; George has to pass up all his dreams to keep to this code, and in his darkest hour he sincerely believes he's wasted his life and wishes that he'd never been born. It takes a guardian angel's intervention to convince him otherwise.
* The Jedi in ''StarWars''. Their entire philosophy centers around protecting others and advancing their own mastery of TheForce one step at a time. Their opposite, the Sith, embrace TheDarkSide, i.e. the desire for more power, without regard of others. Therefore, the Sith often [[EvilCannotComprehendGood can't understand how the "Jedi weaklings" can be a match for them]] and refuse to accept that [[EmotionsVsStoicism mental discipline is an effective counter to unrestricted power]].

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* ''ItsAWonderfulLife'': ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'': George Bailey will never ever leave the people of his hometown in need. RealityEnsues; George has to pass up all his dreams to keep to this code, and in his darkest hour he sincerely believes he's wasted his life and wishes that he'd never been born. It takes a guardian angel's intervention to convince him otherwise.
* The Jedi in ''StarWars''.''Franchise/StarWars''. Their entire philosophy centers around protecting others and advancing their own mastery of TheForce one step at a time. Their opposite, the Sith, embrace TheDarkSide, i.e. the desire for more power, without regard of others. Therefore, the Sith often [[EvilCannotComprehendGood can't understand how the "Jedi weaklings" can be a match for them]] and refuse to accept that [[EmotionsVsStoicism mental discipline is an effective counter to unrestricted power]].
30th Oct '16 8:34:10 AM Anddrix
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* The White Queen, in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', is Fettered by a vow never to harm a single living creature. This vow doesn't exclude the use of CruelMercy, however...

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* The White Queen, in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', ''Film/AliceInWonderland2010'', is Fettered by a vow never to harm a single living creature. This vow doesn't exclude the use of CruelMercy, however...
13th Oct '16 6:11:50 PM Bassball_Batman
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The Fettered is the counterpoint to TheUnfettered; both share similar insane levels of willpower and inner strength, but have radically different world views. An exercise to the reader is whether the {{Ubermensch}} is Fettered or Unfettered, which will give one an excellent idea of where a work stands on [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism a certain Sliding Scale]] -- if the {{Ubermensch}} is the Unfettered, then the work is much more likely to be Cynical. If the {{Ubermensch}} is the Fettered, then the work is most likely Idealist. If ''both'' are the {{Ubermensch}}, [[BrokeTheRatingScale the scale breaks]].

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The Fettered is the counterpoint to TheUnfettered; both share similar insane levels of willpower and inner strength, but have radically different world views. An exercise to the reader is whether the {{Ubermensch}} is Fettered or Unfettered, which will give one an excellent idea of where a work stands on [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism a certain Sliding Scale]] -- if the {{Ubermensch}} Übermensch is the Unfettered, then the work is much more likely to be Cynical. If the {{Ubermensch}} Übermensch is the Fettered, then the work is most likely Idealist. If ''both'' are the {{Ubermensch}}, Übermensch, [[BrokeTheRatingScale the scale breaks]].
13th Oct '16 6:08:11 PM Bassball_Batman
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The Fettered is the counterpoint to TheUnfettered; both share similar insane levels of willpower and inner strength, but have radically different world views. An exercise to the reader is whether the {{Ubermensch}} is Fettered or Unfettered, which will give one an excellent idea of where a work stands on [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism a certain Sliding Scale]] -- if the Unfettered is the {{Ubermensch}}, then the work is much more likely to be Cynical. If the Fettered is the {{Ubermensch}}, then the work is most likely Idealist. If ''both'' are the {{Ubermensch}}, [[BrokeTheRatingScale the scale breaks]].

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The Fettered is the counterpoint to TheUnfettered; both share similar insane levels of willpower and inner strength, but have radically different world views. An exercise to the reader is whether the {{Ubermensch}} is Fettered or Unfettered, which will give one an excellent idea of where a work stands on [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism a certain Sliding Scale]] -- if the Unfettered {{Ubermensch}} is the {{Ubermensch}}, Unfettered, then the work is much more likely to be Cynical. If the Fettered {{Ubermensch}} is the {{Ubermensch}}, Fettered, then the work is most likely Idealist. If ''both'' are the {{Ubermensch}}, [[BrokeTheRatingScale the scale breaks]].



The Fettered character's greatest strength is also his greatest weakness. The minute someone devotes himself absolutely to an idea or moral code or what have you, anyone who knows about said devotion [[FlawExploitation can use it against him]] and try to force them to [[FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow break their vows.]]

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The Fettered character's greatest strength is also his greatest weakness. The minute someone devotes himself absolutely to an idea or moral code or what have you, anyone who knows about said devotion [[FlawExploitation can use it against him]] and try to force them to [[FrequentlyBrokenUnbreakableVow break their vows.]]
vows]].
13th Oct '16 5:56:57 PM Bassball_Batman
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* Keith Gandor from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', while [[TheMafia difficult to call a "good guy"]], deliberately and strictly adheres himself to old-age standards he feels that present Mafia families are lacking in (although he'll [[CardSharp cheat at cards]]), and is thus responsible for the Gandors' NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters status. As Firo puts it, "He'd be great if he were in southern Italy or in the last century."
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', UsefulNotes/IshidaMitsunari is this regarding honouring UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi and preventing the collapse of the nobility.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'' Suzaku is the fettered counterpart to Lelouch. [[spoiler: In season 2 he gets his "lawful or good" moment when he backs out from torturing Kallen with the Refrain drug]].
* Soichiro Yagami from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is a police chief who is trying to capture the mass murderer known as Kira -- who is his own son (he has no idea, though). As stated by WordOfGod, he's the only truly Good character in the whole series.
** He even pities Kira, because he concluded that the power to kill a human being so easily it's a curse, and that, while Kira was corrupted by having that power, he has the motivation to do the right thing.



* Many characters in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' are this, especially Roy Mustang, who is haunted by the genocide he performed in a war years before the story began. He, and those who serve under him, are determined to do everything in their power to create a better country so nothing like that will ever happen again.
** In the manga and ''Brotherhood,'' Roy Mustang definitely proves his fetters; when placed in a situation where he can either help the villains achieve their goals and save a comrade's life, or deny them and let his friend die. Though Roy knows that the decision will haunt and hurt him for years, if not his whole life, chooses the greater good over his friend... as she herself wanted. [[spoiler:Thanks to the intervention of other parties, her life is saved and the baddies force Roy to help them through VillainOverride]].
* Alucard of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is a rare case of a ''villainous'' version of this, or at least a NominalHero. He will ruthlessly destroy any enemy he comes across with little regret, but is kept in check from a full-on murderous rampage due to his UndyingLoyalty to his master, Sir Integra.
* Nen users in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' define this. A user who imposes restrictions on his use of power increases it. The stronger the restriction the more they increase its power.
* ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'' exaggerates this trope with Ginkaku Uneri: The desert has invaded all his land. His castle is ruined; he is the only one left, when Shichika ask him why he fights, he sincerely answers that he doesn’t know. Even so, he’s willing to die defending his sword only because he must defend something.
* Negi of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' tries ''really'' hard to be like this, although numerous people (especially [[CynicalMentor Evangeline]]) have pointed out that there are situations where [[HonorBeforeReason it just isn't practical]] and could lead to even bigger problems later on. After much urging, he's getting to point where he's willing to compromise if the result will be better in the long run.
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': Zenkichi Hitoyoshi willingly tries to uphold what he considers "Medaka's Justice" in helping people.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'': Appropriate considering [[TheUnfettered who he's up against]], but Shinn Asuka is a good testament to why these traits aren't necessarily positive. Sure he really cares about the people he's close to and wants to protect them, but his adherence to Chairman Durandal leads him to not realize when he's crossing lines he shouldn't and accept blatant lies at face value. Oh yeah, and the name of the Gundam of the man he hates the most? [[MeaningfulName Freedom]].



* All the saints in ''SaintSeiya'' had a bit of this, but Shun by virtue of his pacifist ideology would go to the point of nearly becoming a MartyrWithoutACause on several occasions. However, he twice managed to bring about a MookFaceTurn by sheer conviction and kindness, at other times he did kill when forced to, and at times he had to be bailed out by his older brother for his pacifism. At one point he [[spoiler:held Hades, in DemonicPossession of his body, immobile thanks to the strength of his wish that his body not be used to harm others, allowing his brother a chance to kill Hades.]] Surprisingly, the Aesop managed all outcomes of his behaviour in the series, never outright making him a fool for his ideals.
** Shun could be the poster child for this trope, especially because he represents it as visually as he does metaphorically - his armor is ''literally'' fettered, as per his mythological namesake.
* Soichiro Yagami from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is a police chief who is trying to capture the mass murderer known as Kira -- who is his own son (he has no idea, though). As stated by WordOfGod, he's the only truly Good character in the whole series.
** He even pities Kira, because he concluded that the power to kill a human being so easily it's a curse, and that, while Kira was corrupted by having that power, he has the motivation to do the right thing.
* Keith Gandor from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', while [[TheMafia difficult to call a "good guy"]], deliberately and strictly adheres himself to old-age standards he feels that present Mafia families are lacking in (although he'll [[CardSharp cheat at cards]]), and is thus responsible for the Gandors' NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters status. As Firo puts it, "He'd be great if he were in southern Italy or in the last century."
* Kenshin of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is a model of this trope, where DefeatMeansFriendship as well as the occasional HeelFaceTurn when the defeated party realizes Kenshin could have killed them in the first five minutes if he wasn't carefully holding back. A pity that never works for Superman.
* Negi of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' tries ''really'' hard to be like this, although numerous people (especially [[CynicalMentor Evangeline]]) have pointed out that there are situations where [[HonorBeforeReason it just isn't practical]] and could lead to even bigger problems later on. After much urging, he's getting to point where he's willing to compromise if the result will be better in the long run.
* Alucard of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is a rare case of a ''villainous'' version of this, or at least a NominalHero. He will ruthlessly destroy any enemy he comes across with little regret, but is kept in check from a full-on murderous rampage due to his UndyingLoyalty to his master, Sir Integra.



* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'': Appropriate considering [[TheUnfettered who he's up against]], but Shinn Asuka is a good testament to why these traits aren't necessarily positive. Sure he really cares about the people he's close to and wants to protect them, but his adherence to Chairman Durandal leads him to not realize when he's crossing lines he shouldn't and accept blatant lies at face value. Oh yeah, and the name of the Gundam of the man he hates the most? [[MeaningfulName Freedom]].
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'' Suzaku is the fettered counterpart to Lelouch. [[spoiler: In season 2 he gets his "lawful or good" moment when he backs out from torturing Kallen with the Refrain drug.]]



** Luffy may have ultimate freedom as his goal, but he is still fettered by his loyalty to his [[TrueCompanions crew.]]

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** Luffy may have ultimate freedom as his goal, but he is still fettered by his loyalty to his [[TrueCompanions crew.]]crew]].



* Nen users in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' define this. A user who imposes restrictions on his use of power increases it. The stronger the restriction the more they increase its power.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'': It's hard to tell all the time what Vash the Stampede actually ''wants'' to do, for him, but two high entries on the list are definitely [[IJustWantToBeNormal 'settle down somewhere quiet with people I care about']] and [[WalkingTheEarth 'travel around freely and be left alone.']] He can't do the first because he knows he can't ignore the world's problems, specifically his [[EvilTwin brother]], and he can't do the latter because...he can't ignore the world's problems, so he's always getting into trouble. Also there's a huge bounty on his head.

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* Nen users ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[KnightInShiningArmor Miki Sayaka]] is this trope, through and through. [[spoiler: [[{{Deconstruction}} It does not]] [[CrapsackWorld end well]] [[DespairEventHorizon for her]]]].
* Kenshin of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is a model of this trope, where DefeatMeansFriendship as well as the occasional HeelFaceTurn when the defeated party realizes Kenshin could have killed them
in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' define this. the first five minutes if he wasn't carefully holding back. A user who imposes restrictions on pity that never works for Superman.
* All the saints in ''SaintSeiya'' had a bit of this, but Shun by virtue of
his use of power increases it. The stronger pacifist ideology would go to the restriction point of nearly becoming a MartyrWithoutACause on several occasions. However, he twice managed to bring about a MookFaceTurn by sheer conviction and kindness, at other times he did kill when forced to, and at times he had to be bailed out by his older brother for his pacifism. At one point he [[spoiler:held Hades, in DemonicPossession of his body, immobile thanks to the more they increase its power.
strength of his wish that his body not be used to harm others, allowing his brother a chance to kill Hades]]. Surprisingly, the Aesop managed all outcomes of his behaviour in the series, never outright making him a fool for his ideals.
** Shun could be the poster child for this trope, especially because he represents it as visually as he does metaphorically - his armor is ''literally'' fettered, as per his mythological namesake.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'': It's hard to tell all the time what Vash the Stampede actually ''wants'' to do, for him, but two high entries on the list are definitely [[IJustWantToBeNormal 'settle down somewhere quiet with people I care about']] and [[WalkingTheEarth 'travel around freely and be left alone.']] alone']]. He can't do the first because he knows he can't ignore the world's problems, specifically his [[EvilTwin brother]], and he can't do the latter because...he can't ignore the world's problems, so he's always getting into trouble. Also there's a huge bounty on his head.



** In his manga incarnation, if you read carefully he consciously ''chose'' to believe in people and care about and protect the human race, everybody, on the strength of Rem's idealism. If he compromised and decided it was acceptable to kill even one person, his reason for not being like [[OmnicidalManiac Knives]] would fall apart. [[spoiler: This doesn't happen, mind, but the circumstances are pretty special.]] If he ever just ''decided'' someone was bad enough that they deserved to die, it would have been the same as Knives only on a smaller scale.

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** In his manga incarnation, if you read carefully he consciously ''chose'' to believe in people and care about and protect the human race, everybody, on the strength of Rem's idealism. If he compromised and decided it was acceptable to kill even one person, his reason for not being like [[OmnicidalManiac Knives]] would fall apart. [[spoiler: This doesn't happen, mind, but the circumstances are pretty special.]] special]]. If he ever just ''decided'' someone was bad enough that they deserved to die, it would have been the same as Knives only on a smaller scale.



* ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'' exaggerates this trope with Ginkaku Uneri: The desert has invaded all his land. His castle is ruined; he is the only one left, when Shichika ask him why he fights, he sincerely answers that he doesn’t know. Even so, he’s willing to die defending his sword only because he must defend something.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[KnightInShiningArmor Miki Sayaka]] is this trope, through and through. [[spoiler: [[{{Deconstruction}} It does not]] [[CrapsackWorld end well]] [[DespairEventHorizon for her]].]]
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': Zenkichi Hitoyoshi willingly tries to uphold what he considers "Medaka's Justice" in helping people.
* Many characters in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' are this, especially Roy Mustang, who is haunted by the genocide he performed in a war years before the story began. He, and those who serve under him, are determined to do everything in their power to create a better country so nothing like that will ever happen again.
** In the manga and ''Brotherhood,'' Roy Mustang definitely proves his fetters; when placed in a situation where he can either help the villains achieve their goals and save a comrade's life, or deny them and let his friend die. Though Roy knows that the decision will haunt and hurt him for years, if not his whole life, chooses the greater good over his friend... as she herself wanted. [[spoiler:Thanks to the intervention of other parties, her life is saved and the baddies force Roy to help them through VillainOverride.]]
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', UsefulNotes/IshidaMitsunari is this regarding honouring UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi and preventing the collapse of the nobility.



* Franchise/{{Batman}} absolutely refuses to kill. Both his Rogues' Gallery (including SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker) and his allies call him on it numerous times. Notably, Bats being the Fettered is not always portrayed as a good thing.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica is the embodiment of America's ideals and virtues, and has throughout his run has avoided killing whenever possible (well, there was a vampire that one time, but [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman he doesn't count]]). He's killed several times, but it's always been only when he has no choice, and causes much angst. During WorldWarII he did kill people, but he was a ''soldier'', and it's not something he boasts about. He also frets about damage to churches, and [[NiceToTheWaiter is very accommodating to accountants trying to total up superfight destruction]].
* {{Superman}} likewise has the preservation of human values, life, and property--''all'' human life, people like ComicBook/LexLuthor included--acting as limiters on his power. Heck, most flagship comic book superheroes tend to be Fettered.
** Played with by WonderWoman in some ways. Her own moral code is just as stringent as Superman's or Batman's. Since ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', she is implicitly called a warrior it allows for killing to serve the greater good.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' absolutely refuses to kill. Both his Rogues' Gallery (including SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker) and his allies call him on it numerous times. Notably, Bats being the Fettered is not always portrayed as a good thing.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' is the embodiment of America's ideals and virtues, and has throughout his run has avoided killing whenever possible (well, there was a vampire that one time, but [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman he doesn't count]]). He's killed several times, but it's always been only when he has no choice, and causes much angst. During WorldWarII he did kill people, but he was a ''soldier'', and it's not something he boasts about. He also frets about damage to churches, and [[NiceToTheWaiter is very accommodating to accountants trying to total up superfight destruction]].
* {{Superman}} likewise has ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Judge Dredd is completely unwavering in his pursuit of justice, or at least "justice" by the preservation brutal standards of human values, life, the CrapsackWorld he inhabits. It's his entire reason for being; Dredd and property--''all'' human life, people like ComicBook/LexLuthor included--acting as limiters on his power. Heck, most flagship comic book superheroes tend brothers were cloned from the founder of the JudgeJuryAndExecutioner system, then [[{{Tykebomb}} raised from birth to be Fettered.
** Played with by WonderWoman in some ways. Her own moral code is just as stringent as Superman's or Batman's. Since ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', she is implicitly called a warrior it allows for killing to serve
perfect law enforcers]]. He balks at even the greater good.suggestion of compromising on the law.



* After [[MyGreatestFailure Uncle Ben]], SpiderMan's entire philosophy has revolved around using his powers to take full [[ComesGreatResponsibility responsibility]] for the safety of New York. Sometimes to an [[SamaritanSyndrome almost unhealthy]] extreme.
* [[ComicBook/XMen Professor X]] is this and he wants to spread his view to every other mutant on the planet. Humans may despise, mock and scorn mutantkind...but they are never to be harmed. The powers that mutants are given make them the SuperiorSpecies, but not the superior man and a balanced world where all are accepted equally is his ideal vision. ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, on the other hand, [[WellIntentionedExtremist says something a bit different]]...

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* After [[MyGreatestFailure Uncle Ben]], SpiderMan's ''SpiderMan'''s entire philosophy has revolved around using his powers to take full [[ComesGreatResponsibility responsibility]] for the safety of New York. Sometimes to an [[SamaritanSyndrome almost unhealthy]] extreme.
* [[ComicBook/XMen Professor X]] is this ''{{Superman}}'' likewise has the preservation of human values, life, and he wants to spread property--''all'' human life, people like ComicBook/LexLuthor included--acting as limiters on his view to every other mutant on the planet. Humans may despise, mock and scorn mutantkind...but they are never power. Heck, most flagship comic book superheroes tend to be harmed. The powers that mutants are given make them Fettered.
** Played with by WonderWoman in some ways. Her own moral code is just as stringent as Superman's or Batman's. Since ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', she is implicitly called a warrior it allows for killing to serve
the SuperiorSpecies, but not the superior man and a balanced world where all are accepted equally is his ideal vision. ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, on the other hand, [[WellIntentionedExtremist says something a bit different]]...greater good.



* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Judge Dredd is completely unwavering in his pursuit of justice, or at least "justice" by the brutal standards of the CrapsackWorld he inhabits. It's his entire reason for being; Dredd and his brothers were cloned from the founder of the JudgeJuryAndExecutioner system, then [[{{Tykebomb}} raised from birth to be perfect law enforcers]]. He balks at even the suggestion of compromising on the law.
* Rorschach of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' fame represents a dark fulfillment of this archetype while exploring some of its weaknesses. [[spoiler: His moral code prescribes protecting the innocent while ruthlessly punishing the guilty, and to him, the line between the two is crystal clear, symbolized by his black-and-white mask. But problems and cognitive dissonance arise when he proves willing to dismiss wrongdoing committed by those he respects and rationalize crimes against those he does not. In the end, when Rorschach finds himself faced with a dilemma that can't be solved just by appealing to his principles, he breaks down.]]

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* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Judge Dredd is completely unwavering in his pursuit of justice, or at least "justice" by the brutal standards of the CrapsackWorld he inhabits. It's his entire reason for being; Dredd and his brothers were cloned from the founder of the JudgeJuryAndExecutioner system, then [[{{Tykebomb}} raised from birth to be perfect law enforcers]]. He balks at even the suggestion of compromising on the law.
* Rorschach of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' fame represents a dark fulfillment of this archetype while exploring some of its weaknesses. [[spoiler: His moral code prescribes protecting the innocent while ruthlessly punishing the guilty, and to him, the line between the two is crystal clear, symbolized by his black-and-white mask. But problems and cognitive dissonance arise when he proves willing to dismiss wrongdoing committed by those he respects and rationalize crimes against those he does not. In the end, when Rorschach finds himself faced with a dilemma that can't be solved just by appealing to his principles, he breaks down.]]down]].
* ''ComicBook/XMen'': Professor X is this and he wants to spread his view to every other mutant on the planet. Humans may despise, mock and scorn mutantkind...but they are never to be harmed. The powers that mutants are given make them the SuperiorSpecies, but not the superior man and a balanced world where all are accepted equally is his ideal vision. ComicBook/{{Magneto}}, on the other hand, [[WellIntentionedExtremist says something a bit different]]...



* In the ''DragonballZ'' fanfic ''Fanfic/HonorTrip'', Cell himself definitely counts.

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* In the ''DragonballZ'' fanfic ''Fanfic/HonorTrip'', a ''DragonballZ'' fanfic, Cell himself definitely counts.counts.
* This is ''Fanfic/MassEffectHumanRevolution'''s take on Adam Jensen. He is dedicated to being a good man and will go out of his way to restrain himself for the sake of others. It actually takes quite a lot to push him to employ lethal methods and tactics. Way more than just having gunmen trying to kill him. But don't push your luck, or his BerserkButton...



* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3258280/1/Soldier_of_Spira_Repost Soldier of Spira]], a VideoGame/FinalFantasyX AlternateUniverse, presents [[EnsembleDarkhorse Auron]]. The man will stoop to many, many levels to get the job done, and ThouShaltNotKill is not one of his restrictions, but the death of innocents does bring him grief. His one, unbreakable rule is that if he makes a promise, he ''will'' keep it. His word is his bond, [[spoiler:and he uses his word and knowledge of hold all of creation hostage. By threatening to unleash what appears to be the LegionsOfHell if Rikku dies in Zanarkand. The world, and fayth, and [[PowersThatBe Lords of the Living and the Dead]] decide to yield.]] But, as one of the more dangerous [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] in the world, he is not above adhering to only the letter of his promise. Combine this with a truly unholy amount of [[{{Determinator}} willpower]], and a genuine desire to protect those he cares about (if it doesn't get in the way of The Plan), and [[ImplacableMan Auron]] is more dangerous than ever by the sheer resources he commands in his private crusade to save Spira. Not defeat Sin, save all of Spira. With all the complicated logistics and cultural boundaries to topple. He has committed himself to the job, and his every word shows his determination in all of its fettered glory.

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* [[http://www.''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3258280/1/Soldier_of_Spira_Repost Soldier of Spira]], Spira]]'', a VideoGame/FinalFantasyX AlternateUniverse, presents [[EnsembleDarkhorse Auron]]. The man will stoop to many, many levels to get the job done, and ThouShaltNotKill is not one of his restrictions, but the death of innocents does bring him grief. His one, unbreakable rule is that if he makes a promise, he ''will'' keep it. His word is his bond, [[spoiler:and he uses his word and knowledge of hold all of creation hostage. By threatening to unleash what appears to be the LegionsOfHell if Rikku dies in Zanarkand. The world, and fayth, and [[PowersThatBe Lords of the Living and the Dead]] decide to yield.]] But, as one of the more dangerous [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastards]] in the world, he is not above adhering to only the letter of his promise. Combine this with a truly unholy amount of [[{{Determinator}} willpower]], and a genuine desire to protect those he cares about (if it doesn't get in the way of The Plan), and [[ImplacableMan Auron]] is more dangerous than ever by the sheer resources he commands in his private crusade to save Spira. Not defeat Sin, save all of Spira. With all the complicated logistics and cultural boundaries to topple. He has committed himself to the job, and his every word shows his determination in all of its fettered glory.



* This is ''Fanfic/MassEffectHumanRevolution'''s take on Adam Jensen. He is dedicated to being a good man and will go out of his way to restrain himself for the sake of others. It actually takes quite a lot to push him to employ lethal methods and tactics. Way more than just having gunmen trying to kill him. But don't push your luck, or his BerserkButton...

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* This is ''Fanfic/MassEffectHumanRevolution'''s take on Adam Jensen. He is dedicated to being a good man and will go out of his way to restrain himself for the sake of others. It actually takes quite a lot to push him to employ lethal methods and tactics. Way more than just having gunmen trying to kill him. But don't push your luck, or his BerserkButton...



* The protagonist of ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'', who lives as a hitman in the late 90s while strictly adhering to the samurai code of Bushido.



* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s arc in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is committing himself to being The Fettered and accepting the consequences of such a commitment, in the face of [[TheUnfettered the Joker]] and [[FallenHero Harvey Dent]].



* The protagonist of ''Film/GhostDogTheWayOfTheSamurai'', who lives as a hitman in the late 90s while strictly adhering to the samurai code of Bushido.
* ''ItsAWonderfulLife'': George Bailey will never ever leave the people of his hometown in need. RealityEnsues; George has to pass up all his dreams to keep to this code, and in his darkest hour he sincerely believes he's wasted his life and wishes that he'd never been born. It takes a guardian angel's intervention to convince him otherwise.



* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s arc in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is committing himself to being The Fettered and accepting the consequences of such a commitment, in the face of [[TheUnfettered the Joker]] and [[FallenHero Harvey Dent]].
* ''ItsAWonderfulLife'': George Bailey will never ever leave the people of his hometown in need. RealityEnsues; George has to pass up all his dreams to keep to this code, and in his darkest hour he sincerely believes he's wasted his life and wishes that he'd never been born. It takes a guardian angel's intervention to convince him otherwise.



* Marshal Tolonen in David Wingrove's ''Literature/ChungKuo'' series.
* Jean Valjean of ''Literature/LesMiserables'' spends most of his time on the run from the law, but it doesn't stop him carrying out attention-drawing rescues and paying off prostitutes' debts should the need arise. However, Inspector Javert uses his commitment to justice much more than Valjean does to morality.



* Most of the protagonists of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' start out fettered by either their success or their compassion on the masses. A big part of Dagney and Hanks' character arcs is learning to become TheUnfettered and let it all go for their own self-interest.
* OlderThanFeudalism: In ''Literature/TheBible'', Jesus Christ makes it very clear that if he wanted, he could stop his own crucifixion in any number of ways, but refuses to do so because he accepts his responsibility to fulfill the word of God and save mankind.
* Marshal Tolonen in David Wingrove's ''Literature/ChungKuo'' series.
* In the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, the powerful First Lord, ruler of Alera is one of these. He has incredible furycrafting powers, but since they come from a single Fury, [[spoiler:Alera]], he is bound to do things that benefit everyone. This means he has to make brutal decisions, including, at one point, [[spoiler:setting off a volcano prematurely]], causing the deaths of tens of thousands to avoid tens of thousands of additional deaths, and provoking a WhatTheHellHero and [[spoiler:Amara]] to resign.



* In the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, the powerful First Lord, ruler of Alera is one of these. He has incredible furycrafting powers, but since they come from a single Fury, [[spoiler:Alera]], he is bound to do things that benefit everyone. This means he has to make brutal decisions, including, at one point, [[spoiler:setting off a volcano prematurely]], causing the deaths of tens of thousands to avoid tens of thousands of additional deaths, and provoking a WhatTheHellHero and [[spoiler:Amara]] to resign.

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* In Sparhawk, the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' series, protagonist of the powerful First Lord, ruler ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'' and ''Tamuli'' series by Creator/DavidEddings, is fettered by honor and loyalty - as were all of Alera his similarly-named predecessors. He is one the hereditary Champion of these. He has incredible furycrafting powers, but since they come from the sovereign of Elenia, and a single Fury, [[spoiler:Alera]], Knight of the Pandion Order, and no matter what the enemy does he is bound to do things will only proceed with a course of action that benefit everyone. This means is true to the oaths he has sworn. Even his most personal rival describes him as a "basically gentle" person. [[spoiler:He's also not too many steps below being an actual god, but he refuses to make brutal decisions, including, at one point, [[spoiler:setting off a volcano prematurely]], causing the deaths of tens of thousands to avoid tens of thousands of additional deaths, and provoking a WhatTheHellHero and [[spoiler:Amara]] to resign.abuse this fact]].



* The titular [[TheCaptain Captain]] in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books will fulfill her duty and ''no less'', and takes no restrictions but those imposed by her service. If you are ''anyone else'', stay out of the way, because she will not entertain your reasons why she should let something slide. Due to seeing things in herself that scare her, she fears what might happen if she ever became TheUnfettered. Contrast this to Victor Cachat, who, in service to ''his'' duty, is TheUnfettered to a scary degree.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos''
** Basilard mentions a number of things that he could or might want to do but refrains from doing them because "it would be against Guild policy". One item in that policy is "never kill the client."
** TheLeader of Roalt's Royal Guard Section 3 (Sedition Prevention) insists on averting/defying PoliceBrutality even when he himself considers the suspect to be "scum". This is because he believes even scum deserves due process.
** Ironically, the tricksters are this. Despite being chaotic deities, they have a number of rules that they abide by. For instance, Tasio would love to help his "bestest friend," Eric, more often but HelpingWouldBeKillStealing. At the end of ''Literature/LoomingShadow'', he remarks that he could, easily and on his own, deal with both that book's [[TheHeavy heavy]], the BigBad of the series, and any other villain. He doesn't because that invalidate a large chunk of the chaotic belief system.
* This is what [[spoiler:the entity known as Angleton]] is revealed to be in CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Laundry Files]]'', explored in the third book, ''The Fuller Memorandum''. If he were ever unfettered, the results would be very bad for everyone. Fortunately, [[spoiler:the Eater of Souls]] voluntarily accepts and prefers being a human--albeit a human of vast intelligence and terrifying sorcerous skill--to being its true self, saying that it makes life more interesting.
* Jean Valjean of ''Literature/LesMiserables'' spends most of his time on the run from the law, but it doesn't stop him carrying out attention-drawing rescues and paying off prostitutes' debts should the need arise. However, Inspector Javert uses his commitment to justice much more than Valjean does to morality.



* Wencit of Rum, the last white wizard from ''[[Literature/TheWarGods Oath of Swords]]'' (and sequels) is forced to recruit all sorts of unlikely characters to take out the henchmen of the evil wizards he fights, because he won't use wizardry against non-wizards. He took a vow where his magic may only be used in self defense or against dark wizards only when they've been read the equivalent of Miranda Rights asking them to desist in the use of Dark Magic. ''The Oath is sworn to a thousand year dead empire with him as the only survivor, and he's still trying to enforce their law.''
** Which has not, however, stopped him from informing the evil wizards he fights that if they ever try to attack [[spoiler: Leeana]] with magic again, he will raze their entire continent to the bedrock. And then do it ''again'' just to make sure nothing has survived.
* Guy Crouchback in Evelyn Waugh's ''Literature/SwordOfHonour''. The point of the trilogy was that [[KnightInSourArmor he was the only one who was honorable]].

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* Wencit of Rum, the last white wizard from ''[[Literature/TheWarGods Oath of Swords]]'' (and sequels) is forced to recruit all sorts of unlikely characters to take out the henchmen of the evil wizards he fights, because he won't use wizardry against non-wizards. He took ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': Percy Jackson, who makes a vow where his magic may only be used in self defense or against dark wizards only when they've been read the equivalent of Miranda Rights asking them to desist in the use of Dark Magic. ''The Oath is sworn to a thousand year dead empire with him as the only survivor, and he's still trying to enforce their law.''
** Which has not, however, stopped him from informing the evil wizards he fights that if they ever try to attack [[spoiler: Leeana]] with magic again, he will raze their entire continent to the bedrock. And then do it ''again'' just to make sure nothing has survived.
* Guy Crouchback in Evelyn Waugh's ''Literature/SwordOfHonour''. The
point of [[ThouShaltNotKill never permanently killing his opponents]] even though as a child of Poseidon he can easily kill just about anyone he likes. At the trilogy was that [[KnightInSourArmor he was end of "The Last Olympian," [[spoiler:Zeus gives him the only one who was honorable]].opportunity to become a god himself, but he refuses]].



* Most of the protagonists of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' start out fettered by either their success or their compassion on the masses. A big part of Dagney and Hanks' character arcs is learning to become TheUnfettered and let it all go for their own self-interest.

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* Most ''Literature/ShatterPoint'' is all about Jedi Master Mace Windu struggling to come to terms with his status as the Fettered while fighting to end a brutal genocidal conflict on his home planet. Mace's {{Foil}}, [[TheUnfettered Kar Vastor]] provides a mirror image while Mace deals with the constraints of the protagonists of ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' start out fettered by either their success or their compassion on Jedi Code seemingly presenting him with ToBeLawfulOrGood choice after choice.
* Ned Stark in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is utterly wedded to acting honourably, even if it puts him at a disadvantage. [[spoiler: At
the masses. A big part very end, he drops his honor for the sake of Dagney his family, but by then it's already far, far too late]].
** Stannis Baratheon is also a very honourable character, claiming the Iron Throne because he feels it is his duty, despite his relatively small force. However his absolute devotion to the law
and Hanks' character arcs lack of charisma means he is learning to become TheUnfettered and let it all go for their own self-interest.disliked by most of the Seven Kingdoms, though those that know him well, like Ser Davos, greatly respect him.



* Ned Stark in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is utterly wedded to acting honourably, even if it puts him at a disadvantage. [[spoiler: At the very end, he drops his honor for the sake of his family, but by then it's already far, far too late.]]
** Stannis Baratheon is also a very honourable character, claiming the Iron Throne because he feels it is his duty, despite his relatively small force. However his absolute devotion to the law and lack of charisma means he is disliked by most of the Seven Kingdoms, though those that know him well, like Ser Davos, greatly respect him.
* The titular [[TheCaptain Captain]] in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books will fulfill her duty and ''no less'', and takes no restrictions but those imposed by her service. If you are ''anyone else'', stay out of the way, because she will not entertain your reasons why she should let something slide. Due to seeing things in herself that scare her, she fears what might happen if she ever became TheUnfettered. Contrast this to Victor Cachat, who, in service to ''his'' duty, is TheUnfettered to a scary degree.
* ''Literature/ShatterPoint'' is all about Jedi Master Mace Windu struggling to come to terms with his status as the Fettered while fighting to end a brutal genocidal conflict on his home planet. Mace's {{Foil}}, [[TheUnfettered Kar Vastor]] provides a mirror image while Mace deals with the constraints of the Jedi Code seemingly presenting him with ToBeLawfulOrGood choice after choice.
* Sparhawk, the protagonist of the ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'' and ''Tamuli'' series by Creator/DavidEddings, is fettered by honor and loyalty - as were all of his similarly-named predecessors. He is the hereditary Champion of the sovereign of Elenia, and a Knight of the Pandion Order, and no matter what the enemy does he will only proceed with a course of action that is true to the oaths he has sworn. Even his most personal rival describes him as a "basically gentle" person. [[spoiler:He's also not too many steps below being an actual god, but he refuses to abuse this fact.]]
* This is what [[spoiler:the entity known as Angleton]] is revealed to be in CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Laundry Files]]'', explored in the third book, ''The Fuller Memorandum''. If he were ever unfettered, the results would be very bad for everyone. Fortunately, [[spoiler:the Eater of Souls]] voluntarily accepts and prefers being a human--albeit a human of vast intelligence and terrifying sorcerous skill--to being its true self, saying that it makes life more interesting.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': Percy Jackson, who makes a point of [[ThouShaltNotKill never permanently killing his opponents]] even though as a child of Poseidon he can easily kill just about anyone he likes. At the end of "The Last Olympian", [[spoiler:Zeus gives him the opportunity to become a god himself, but he refuses.]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: In ''Literature/TheBible'', Jesus Christ makes it very clear that if he wanted, he could stop his own crucifixion in any number of ways, but refuses to do so because he accepts his responsibility to fulfill the word of God and save mankind.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos''
** Basilard mentions a number of things that he could or might want to do but refrains from doing them because "it would be against Guild policy". One item in that policy is "never kill the client".
** TheLeader of Roalt's Royal Guard Section 3 (Sedition Prevention) insists on averting/defying PoliceBrutality even when he himself considers the suspect to be "scum". This is because he believes even scum deserves due process.
** Ironically, the tricksters are this. Despite being chaotic deities, they have a number of rules that they abide by. For instance, Tasio would love to help his "bestest friend", Eric, more often but HelpingWouldBeKillStealing. At the end of ''Literature/LoomingShadow'', he remarks that he could, easily and on his own, deal with both that book's [[TheHeavy heavy]], the BigBad of the series, and any other villain. He doesn't because that invalidate a large chunk of the chaotic belief system.

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* Ned Stark Guy Crouchback in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is utterly wedded to acting honourably, even if it puts him at a disadvantage. [[spoiler: At Evelyn Waugh's ''Literature/SwordOfHonour''. The point of the very end, trilogy was that [[KnightInSourArmor he drops his honor for was the sake only one who was honorable]].
* ''Literature/TheWarGods'': Wencit
of his family, but by then it's already far, far too late.]]
** Stannis Baratheon is also a very honourable character, claiming
Rum, the Iron Throne last white wizard from ''Literature/Oath of Swords'' (and sequels) is forced to recruit all sorts of unlikely characters to take out the henchmen of the evil wizards he fights, because he feels it is won't use wizardry against non-wizards. He took a vow where his duty, despite his relatively small force. However his absolute devotion to magic may only be used in self defense or against dark wizards only when they've been read the law and lack equivalent of charisma means he is disliked by most of the Seven Kingdoms, though those that know him well, like Ser Davos, greatly respect him.
* The titular [[TheCaptain Captain]]
Miranda Rights asking them to desist in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books will fulfill her duty and ''no less'', and takes no restrictions but those imposed by her service. If you are ''anyone else'', stay out use of the way, because she will not entertain your reasons why she should let something slide. Due to seeing things in herself that scare her, she fears what might happen if she ever became TheUnfettered. Contrast this to Victor Cachat, who, in service to ''his'' duty, is TheUnfettered to a scary degree.
* ''Literature/ShatterPoint'' is all about Jedi Master Mace Windu struggling to come to terms with his status as the Fettered while fighting to end a brutal genocidal conflict on his home planet. Mace's {{Foil}}, [[TheUnfettered Kar Vastor]] provides a mirror image while Mace deals with the constraints of the Jedi Code seemingly presenting him with ToBeLawfulOrGood choice after choice.
* Sparhawk, the protagonist of the ''Literature/{{Elenium}}'' and ''Tamuli'' series by Creator/DavidEddings, is fettered by honor and loyalty - as were all of his similarly-named predecessors. He is the hereditary Champion of the sovereign of Elenia, and a Knight of the Pandion Order, and no matter what the enemy does he will only proceed with a course of action that is true to the oaths he has sworn. Even his most personal rival describes him as a "basically gentle" person. [[spoiler:He's also not too many steps below being an actual god, but he refuses to abuse this fact.]]
* This is what [[spoiler:the entity known as Angleton]] is revealed to be in CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries The Laundry Files]]'', explored in the third book,
Dark Magic. ''The Fuller Memorandum''. If he were ever unfettered, Oath is sworn to a thousand year dead empire with him as the results would be very bad for everyone. Fortunately, [[spoiler:the Eater of Souls]] voluntarily accepts only survivor, and prefers being a human--albeit a human of vast intelligence and terrifying sorcerous skill--to being its true self, saying that it makes life more interesting.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': Percy Jackson, who makes a point of [[ThouShaltNotKill never permanently killing his opponents]] even though as a child of Poseidon he can easily kill just about anyone he likes. At
he's still trying to enforce their law''.
** Which has not, however, stopped him from informing
the end of "The Last Olympian", [[spoiler:Zeus gives him the opportunity to become a god himself, but evil wizards he refuses.]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: In ''Literature/TheBible'', Jesus Christ makes it very clear
fights that if he wanted, he could stop his own crucifixion in any number of ways, but refuses to do so because he accepts his responsibility to fulfill the word of God and save mankind.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos''
** Basilard mentions a number of things that he could or might want to do but refrains from doing them because "it would be against Guild policy". One item in that policy is "never kill the client".
** TheLeader of Roalt's Royal Guard Section 3 (Sedition Prevention) insists on averting/defying PoliceBrutality even when he himself considers the suspect to be "scum". This is because he believes even scum deserves due process.
** Ironically, the tricksters are this. Despite being chaotic deities,
they have a number of rules that they abide by. For instance, Tasio would love ever try to help his "bestest friend", Eric, more often but HelpingWouldBeKillStealing. At the end of ''Literature/LoomingShadow'', he remarks that he could, easily and on his own, deal attack [[spoiler: Leeana]] with both that book's [[TheHeavy heavy]], magic again, he will raze their entire continent to the BigBad of the series, and any other villain. He doesn't because that invalidate a large chunk of the chaotic belief system. bedrock. And then do it ''again'' just to make sure nothing has survived.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'',
** The Doctor makes a point of not going back in time to change events in his own past. This varies depending on the Doctor. The First Doctor was quite adamant against changing history while the Tenth Doctor dared history to stop him. Eleven did so but only when he could [[TrickedOutTime Trick Out Time]] and thereby avoid damage.
** It's possible and easy to do, but it damages space-time -- it's like choosing not to drive a car when you're worried about your contribution to global warming. In "Earthshock", even though he could pop back in time to [[spoiler:the bridge of the doomed freighter in order to scoop up Adric and get him out of harm's way, he refuses. He has already witnessed the destruction of the freighter with Adric aboard.]] How much of this is obeying legalistic/moral "law" and how much is literal physical law (we've seen really nasty metaphysical consequences from people crossing their own personal timeline and changing their own past before in the show) is up for discussion, as the Doctor rarely makes it completely clear when he refers to not breaking the Laws of Time which aspect he's referring to. Though it's worth noting that, in "The Waters of Mars", after actively choosing to outright change something he believes cannot be changed, his personality takes a very dark turn shortly after. In a sense, we watch him start throwing off the Fetters... and EvilFeelsGood. [[spoiler:At least until he gets a very rude awakening that shocks him back to his senses, as he realizes YouCantFightFate.]]
*** The best example of the Doctor being this is in [[spoiler: the 10th Doctor's final HeroicSacrifice. He can either sacrifice his current incarnation and save the life of an old man trapped in a room that's about to be flooded with radiation, or he can let the old man die. The Doctor shouts and rages against the unfairness of being "rewarded" with regeneration after all the good he's done, but he never once even contemplates saving his own skin. Even when the aforementioned old man tells the Doctor not to save him, then begs him not to, then shouts and SCREAMS at the Doctor to walk away and save himself, the Doctor still refuses to let it happen and chooses to take his place. "Wilf -- it's my honor." And he meant every iota of BOTH of the meanings of the word "honor", both that his honor was at stake if he didn't try to save Wilf, and that he felt honored being called on to save a dear friend as his final act in that body.]]
** A straight example from ''Series/DoctorWho'' is the Last Centurion, who must suppress the memories of what he has been for the sake of his own sanity and carry on as though he is just plain old [[spoiler: Rory Williams]] - until things get really bad.
** The Doctor outright acknowledges the fact that he has many self-imposed behavioral rules (not just time travel no-nos) in the Series 6 Episode "A Good Man Goes to War." When Kovarian assumes that "the anger of a good man is not a problem" (apparently she never heard [[FateWorseThanDeath what he did to the Family of Blood]]) he's quick to correct her.
--> '''The Doctor:''' Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
** The Time Lords could be seen to act like this as one of them can easily go FromNobodyToNightmare. The Doctor often criticised them for refusing to interfere, however considering earlier in the Classic Series they did seem more ready to interfere this could be seen as a case of StrawmanHasAPoint.
*** This is taken up to another level in the web-animation "Death Comes to Time" (generally considered non-canon). Here the Time Lords can warp reality but don't do so out of principle. That and the fact it causes the Universe to break down. At the end the Doctor finally uses his powers to kill Tannis, though apparently dies in the process.
* Archie Hopper / Jiminy Cricket in OnceUponATime as he is... well... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Jiminy Cricket]], morality and virtue incarnate.



* Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}} tries to stop Willow's RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the Trio, as they are human criminals who should be judged by human laws. No doubt she had in mind her previous experience with Faith, who believed that being the Slayer meant she was above the law.

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* Series/{{Buffy|the Helo from ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' is the complete opposite of Cain who is TheUnfettered. He never forgot to be human and not stoop to the level of a barbarian or animal due to his situation.
* ''Series/{{Buffy|the
Vampire Slayer}} Slayer}}'' tries to stop Willow's RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the Trio, as they are human criminals who should be judged by human laws. No doubt she had in mind her previous experience with Faith, who believed that being the Slayer meant she was above the law.



-->'''Dawn:''' And [[spoiler: mom.]]

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-->'''Dawn:''' And [[spoiler: mom.]]mom]].



* Helo from ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' is the complete opposite of Cain who is TheUnfettered. He never forgot to be human and not stoop to the level of a barbarian or animal due to his situation.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'',
** The Doctor makes a point of not going back in time to change events in his own past. This varies depending on the Doctor. The First Doctor was quite adamant against changing history while the Tenth Doctor dared history to stop him. Eleven did so but only when he could [[TrickedOutTime Trick Out Time]] and thereby avoid damage.
** It's possible and easy to do, but it damages space-time -- it's like choosing not to drive a car when you're worried about your contribution to global warming. In "Earthshock," even though he could pop back in time to [[spoiler:the bridge of the doomed freighter in order to scoop up Adric and get him out of harm's way, he refuses. He has already witnessed the destruction of the freighter with Adric aboard.]] How much of this is obeying legalistic/moral "law" and how much is literal physical law (we've seen really nasty metaphysical consequences from people crossing their own personal timeline and changing their own past before in the show) is up for discussion, as the Doctor rarely makes it completely clear when he refers to not breaking the Laws of Time which aspect he's referring to. Though it's worth noting that, in "The Waters of Mars", after actively choosing to outright change something he believes cannot be changed, his personality takes a very dark turn shortly after. In a sense, we watch him start throwing off the Fetters... and EvilFeelsGood. [[spoiler:At least until he gets a very rude awakening that shocks him back to his senses, as he realizes YouCantFightFate]].
*** The best example of the Doctor being this is in [[spoiler: the 10th Doctor's final HeroicSacrifice. He can either sacrifice his current incarnation and save the life of an old man trapped in a room that's about to be flooded with radiation, or he can let the old man die. The Doctor shouts and rages against the unfairness of being "rewarded" with regeneration after all the good he's done, but he never once even contemplates saving his own skin. Even when the aforementioned old man tells the Doctor not to save him, then begs him not to, then shouts and '''''screams''''' at the Doctor to walk away and save himself, the Doctor still refuses to let it happen and chooses to take his place. "Wilf -- it's my honor." And he meant every iota of BOTH of the meanings of the word "honor", both that his honor was at stake if he didn't try to save Wilf, and that he felt honored being called on to save a dear friend as his final act in that body]].
** A straight example from ''Series/DoctorWho'' is the Last Centurion, who must suppress the memories of what he has been for the sake of his own sanity and carry on as though he is just plain old [[spoiler: Rory Williams]] - until things get really bad.
** The Doctor outright acknowledges the fact that he has many self-imposed behavioral rules (not just time travel no-nos) in the Series 6 Episode "A Good Man Goes to War." When Kovarian assumes that "the anger of a good man is not a problem" (apparently she never heard [[FateWorseThanDeath what he did to the Family of Blood]]) he's quick to correct her.
--> '''The Doctor:''' Good men don't need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
** The Time Lords could be seen to act like this as one of them can easily go FromNobodyToNightmare. The Doctor often criticised them for refusing to interfere, however considering earlier in the Classic Series they did seem more ready to interfere this could be seen as a case of StrawmanHasAPoint.
*** This is taken up to another level in the web-animation "Death Comes to Time" (generally considered non-canon). Here the Time Lords can warp reality but don't do so out of principle. That and the fact it causes the Universe to break down. At the end the Doctor finally uses his powers to kill Tannis, though apparently dies in the process.
* Archie Hopper / Jiminy Cricket in ''OnceUponATime'' as he is... well... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Jiminy Cricket]], morality and virtue incarnate.



* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', Pledges can make a Fettered character very powerful indeed. The strength of the boon is proportional to how committing the task and how strong the punishment if you fail are. In its most powerful form, it can turn a mortal with no prior martial skills into a master of kung-fu if pledged to fight to the death for you under pain of an inescapable and painful demise.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' had a ruleset called the Sacred Vow. By taking a sacred vow, one could gain measurable in-game benefits. Taking vows at all required a feat, and each vow had to be selected as an additional feat. Of particular note was Vow of Poverty, which in a game that is focused on gaining equipment to become more powerful, would have to provide no small amount of benefit in order to be worthwhile - even with all the bonuses it piled on, it still isn't worthwhile past around level 6, because even awesome bonuses to various stats don't make up for lack of versatility. So it's only good for classes that can already be highly versatile without gear like metamagic rods or boots of teleport or antimagic torcs. So... useful on druids.
** [[AlwaysLawfulGood Paladins]] are not only AlwaysLawfulGood, but they must adhere to a Code of Conduct that includes "respecting authority, acting with honor (not lying, not cheating, not using poison and so forth), helping those in need (provided that they do not use the help for evil or chaotic ends) and punishing those who hurt or threaten innocents." Any paladin that commits a [[MoralEventHorizon grievous violation]] of this code [[FallenHero loses all of their paladin abilities]]. The Code of Conduct was removed in 4th Edition for a couple of reasons: first, to open up the class to paladins following non-LawfulGood gods. And second, because {{Killer Game Master}}s often used the Code of Conduct to ''force'' unwilling Paladins to fall, setting up no-win scenarios that required the Paladin to commit a violation or citing the slightest misstep as an excuse.
** Inevitables, Lawful Neutral sentient machines from the plane of Mechanus, are also bound by the quest they were designed to fulfill the second they are created. If they don't die in the process, they're disassembled upon completion anyways. They do go a little [[TheUnfettered in the other direction]] when it comes to actually fulfilling that quest, however.



* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'': the Peerage exists mainly to instil a good healthy sense of fetters in Geniuses. They're much better at not getting people killed or having machines explode from Havoc if they bear in mind that they have [[KarmaMeter obligations]]. You'd do this too if you had seen what TheUnfettered were like in ''Genius''.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s "Shards of Alara" block, this is what best describes how the Bant (white-aligned) shard's "Exalted" mechanic works. In story, Bantians gain magical sigils that represent past heroic deeds, as well as a bond of duty to the one who conferred the sigil, such as a lord, kingdom, or even an angel. In gameplay, if a creature attacks by itself, creatures with Exalted will confer a small stat pump to it. If a player controls several exalted creatures, this can get very painful, very fast. Magic as a whole is this. Lead designer Mark Rosewater has '''emphatically''' stated over the years that "restrictions breed creativity."
* In ''{{TabletopGame/Scion}}'' the characters are this, gaining power from their Virtues, Legend, and sometimes their Fatebindings. However, in trying to resist following their virtue, they can potentially go crazy.
* In ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' from global level up, [[spoiler:players can take on the powers of particular archetypal characters by certain behaviors. For instance, a person wishing to become a powerful fighter may stop shaving and start camping in the wilderness and hunting his food with his bare hands to become an avatar of The Savage. This makes him stronger, tougher, and eventually able to speak with animals. On the flip-side, all archetypes have particular taboos that cut avatars off from their powers for a limited time and weaken their link to the archetype - in game terms, decreasing their skill. Savages, for instance, cannot deceive people or have more than the most basic technological skill. Certain archetypes can only be channeled by one sex]].



* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' had a ruleset called the Sacred Vow. By taking a sacred vow, one could gain measurable in-game benefits. Taking vows at all required a feat, and each vow had to be selected as an additional feat. Of particular note was Vow of Poverty, which in a game that is focused on gaining equipment to become more powerful, would have to provide no small amount of benefit in order to be worthwhile - even with all the bonuses it piled on, it still isn't worthwhile past around level 6, because even awesome bonuses to various stats don't make up for lack of versatility. So it's only good for classes that can already be highly versatile without gear like metamagic rods or boots of teleport or antimagic torcs. So... useful on druids.
** [[AlwaysLawfulGood Paladins]] are not only AlwaysLawfulGood, but they must adhere to a Code of Conduct that includes "respecting authority, acting with honor (not lying, not cheating, not using poison and so forth), helping those in need (provided that they do not use the help for evil or chaotic ends) and punishing those who hurt or threaten innocents". Any paladin that commits a [[MoralEventHorizon grievous violation]] of this code [[FallenHero loses all of their paladin abilities]]. The Code of Conduct was removed in 4th Edition for a couple of reasons: first, to open up the class to paladins following non-LawfulGood gods. And second, because {{Killer Game Master}}s often used the Code of Conduct to ''force'' unwilling Paladins to fall, setting up no-win scenarios that required the Paladin to commit a violation or citing the slightest misstep as an excuse.
** Inevitables, Lawful Neutral sentient machines from the plane of Mechanus, are also bound by the quest they were designed to fulfill the second they are created. If they don't die in the process, they're disassembled upon completion anyways. They do go a little [[TheUnfettered in the other direction]] when it comes to actually fulfilling that quest, however.
* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', Pledges can make a Fettered character very powerful indeed. The strength of the boon is proportional to how committing the task and how strong the punishment if you fail are. In its most powerful form, it can turn a mortal with no prior martial skills into a master of kung-fu if pledged to fight to the death for you under pain of an inescapable and painful demise.
* In ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' from global level up, [[spoiler:players can take on the powers of particular archetypal characters by certain behaviors. For instance, a person wishing to become a powerful fighter may stop shaving and start camping in the wilderness and hunting his food with his bare hands to become an avatar of The Savage. This makes him stronger, tougher, and eventually able to speak with animals. On the flip-side, all archetypes have particular taboos that cut avatars off from their powers for a limited time and weaken their link to the archetype - in game terms, decreasing their skill. Savages, for instance, cannot deceive people or have more than the most basic technological skill. Certain archetypes can only be channeled by one sex.]]
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s "Shards of Alara" block, this is what best describes how the Bant (white-aligned) shard's "Exalted" mechanic works. In story, Bantians gain magical sigils that represent past heroic deeds, as well as a bond of duty to the one who conferred the sigil, such as a lord, kingdom, or even an angel. In gameplay, if a creature attacks by itself, creatures with Exalted will confer a small stat pump to it. If a player controls several exalted creatures, this can get very painful, very fast. Magic as a whole is this. Lead designer Mark Rosewater has '''emphatically''' stated over the years that "restrictions breed creativity".
* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'': the Peerage exists mainly to instil a good healthy sense of fetters in Geniuses. They're much better at not getting people killed or having machines explode from Havoc if they bear in mind that they have [[KarmaMeter obligations]]. You'd do this too if you had seen what TheUnfettered were like in ''Genius''.
* In ''{{TabletopGame/Scion}}'' the characters are this, gaining power from their Virtues, Legend, and sometimes their Fatebindings. However, in trying to resist following their virtue, they can potentially go crazy.



* To go with the Havik example in TheUnfettered, in ''MortalKombat'', KnightTemplar Hotaru, leader of the elite police force in Order Realm. So obsessed with upholding the law that he'll lock up his own friends until they're old and grey for a minor infraction.



* ''VideoGame/MegaMan''. He can ''fight'' Dr. Wily (apparently using the logic of [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} "You'd be surprised what you can live through"]]), but can't JustShootHim, as he's fettered by the [[ThreeLawsCompliant first Law of Robotics]]. Were he ever to apply the ''Zeroth'' Law, however... (And he came dangerously close to acting on it, too!)

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* ''VideoGame/MegaMan''. He can ''fight'' Dr. Wily (apparently using ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' has Raspberyl and her GirlPosse Kyoko and Asuka, dedicated demon {{Delinquents}} who staunchly follow all the logic rules demons are ''supposed'' to break. They have to mantain their perfect attendence record, and have their own self-imposed curfew, which keeps them from joining your party full-time [[spoiler:until they graduate]].
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' presents the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior
of [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} "You'd be surprised what you can live through"]]), but can't JustShootHim, Light]] as one. He is bound quite tightly by his loyalty to Cosmos and devotion to Light. To the point that he is perfectly willing to (and ''has'') repeat the events of the battle between Cosmos and Chaos unto infinity. If he gets the opportunity to ScrewDestiny, he's fettered by going to take it, and [[SaveTheVillain save Garland]] into the [[ThreeLawsCompliant first Law bargain if he can.
** Terra chooses not to use her full power most
of Robotics]]. Were he ever to apply the ''Zeroth'' Law, however... (And time, because she's scared of losing control. With good reason too, her powers are so incredible that she was specifically headhunted by Kefka to fight for the side of Chaos.
* Alistair in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' can be seen very much in this light;
he came dangerously close has been through a great deal and yet still determines to acting struggle for the ideal. This is especially true if the player decides to [[spoiler:make him king]], since he will do what is best for the country. [[PlayerCharacter The Warden]] can also be this, depending on it, too!)player choices.



* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' has Prince Arthas, devoted to his kingdom, who makes the wrong choice when faced with good vs lawful vengance at the end of the human campaign as a result of being majorly played by the Lich King
** WorldOfWarcraft has Tirion Fordring, the SERIOUSLY fettered. By honor, which is something only he himself can truly define, therefore he comes into conflict with his defected Death Knight partner, Darion, quite often. They even have an exchange where Darion says they should try using the Lich King's own tactics against him, which Tirion vehemently vetoes, stating that if they did, they'd be no better than the Lich King and that they would win the fight with honor or not at all.
** Thrall can be seen as this in his battle against Garrosh (the first battle, in the Orgrimmar arena). Thrall has godlike shamanic abilities, and yet only uses melee combat against Garrosh, likely since he only wants to teach Garrosh a lesson and not really hurt him, since Garrosh is his best friend's son. [[spoiler: In their final fight, however, Thrall AND Garrosh have both become TheUnfettered and deliver a glorious beatdown to each other, with the godlike Thrall coming out on top in a CurbStompBattle when he finally uses his full power.]]
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' presents the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light]] as one. He is bound quite tightly by his loyalty to Cosmos and devotion to Light. To the point that he is perfectly willing to (and ''has'') repeat the events of the battle between Cosmos and Chaos unto infinity. If he gets the opportunity to ScrewDestiny, he's going to take it, and [[SaveTheVillain save Garland]] into the bargain if he can.
** Terra chooses not to use her full power most of the time, because she's scared of losing control. With good reason too, her powers are so incredible that she was specifically headhunted by Kefka to fight for the side of Chaos.

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* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' has Prince Arthas, devoted to his kingdom, who makes The Grey-beards and the wrong choice when faced with good vs lawful vengance at Blades in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' are both examples of this, though they have very different goals. The Gray-beards dedicate their lives to the end "Way of the human campaign as a result of being majorly played by Voice", meditating on the Lich King
** WorldOfWarcraft has Tirion Fordring, the SERIOUSLY fettered. By honor, which is something only he himself can truly define, therefore he comes into conflict with his defected Death Knight partner, Darion, quite often. They even have an exchange where Darion says they should try using the Lich King's own tactics against him, which Tirion vehemently vetoes, stating that if they did, they'd be no better than the Lich King and that they would win the fight with honor or not at all.
** Thrall can be seen as this in his battle against Garrosh (the first battle, in the Orgrimmar arena). Thrall has godlike shamanic abilities, and yet only uses melee combat against Garrosh, likely since he only wants to teach Garrosh a lesson and not really hurt him, since Garrosh is his best friend's son. [[spoiler: In their final fight, however, Thrall AND Garrosh have both become TheUnfettered and deliver a glorious beatdown to each other, with the godlike Thrall coming out on top in a CurbStompBattle when he finally uses his full power.]]
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' presents the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light]] as one. He is bound quite tightly by his loyalty to Cosmos and devotion to Light. To the point that he is perfectly willing to (and ''has'') repeat the events
meaning of the battle between Cosmos and Chaos unto infinity. If he gets Thu'um instead of actually using it to accomplish anything. Makes sense since the opportunity to ScrewDestiny, he's going to take it, and [[SaveTheVillain save Garland]] into Way was created by Jurgen Windcaller, who lost the bargain if he can.
** Terra chooses not to use her full power most
Battle of the time, Red Mountain presumably because she's scared of losing control. With the Nords' overreliance on the Voice, and is followed by [[spoiler:the dragon Paarthurnax, who has spent thousands of years repressing his innate desire to dominate others]], and the fact that the Thu'um is incredibly deadly to anyone without the power of the Voice. The Blades are dedicated to serving the Dragonborn and exterminating the Dragons, whom they see as AlwaysChaoticEvil [[spoiler:they're right too -- even the "good" dragon Paarthurnax they want you to kill says it's not a good reason too, her powers are so incredible that she was specifically headhunted by Kefka idea to fight trust a Dragon]]. The Blades will actually cut off ties with you despite everything you've done for the side of Chaos.them [[spoiler:if you refuse to kill Paarthurnax]].



** Paragon Shepard is one of the crowning examples. S/he's an absolute badass in every way but everything that s/he does is done to make the galaxy safer. The ending of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' illustrates this point perfectly: [[spoiler: The Illusive Man tells Shepard to save the technology from the Collector Base, which will be a huge asset in the war against the Reapers. Paragon Shepard is disgusted - the technology is PoweredByAForsakenChild - and chooses to destroy it rather than compromise his/her values.]]

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** Paragon Shepard is one of the crowning examples. S/he's an absolute badass in every way but everything that s/he does is done to make the galaxy safer. The ending of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' illustrates this point perfectly: [[spoiler: The Illusive Man tells Shepard to save the technology from the Collector Base, which will be a huge asset in the war against the Reapers. Paragon Shepard is disgusted - the technology is PoweredByAForsakenChild - and chooses to destroy it rather than compromise his/her values.]]values]].



* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' has Raspberyl and her GirlPosse Kyoko and Asuka, dedicated demon {{Delinquents}} who staunchly follow all the rules demons are ''supposed'' to break. They have to mantain their perfect attendence record, and have their own self-imposed curfew, which keeps them from joining your party full-time [[spoiler:until they graduate]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' has Raspberyl ''VideoGame/MegaMan''. He can ''fight'' Dr. Wily (apparently using the logic of [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} "You'd be surprised what you can live through"]]), but can't JustShootHim, as he's fettered by the [[ThreeLawsCompliant first Law of Robotics]]. Were he ever to apply the ''Zeroth'' Law, however... (And he came dangerously close to acting on it, too!)
* To go with the Havik example in TheUnfettered, in ''MortalKombat'', KnightTemplar Hotaru, leader of the elite police force in Order Realm. So obsessed with upholding the law that he'll lock up his own friends until they're old
and her GirlPosse Kyoko and Asuka, dedicated demon {{Delinquents}} who staunchly follow all the rules demons are ''supposed'' to break. They have to mantain their perfect attendence record, and have their own self-imposed curfew, which keeps them from joining your party full-time [[spoiler:until they graduate]].grey for a minor infraction.



* The Grey-beards and the Blades in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' are both examples of this, though they have very different goals. The Gray-beards dedicate their lives to the "Way of the Voice", meditating on the meaning of the Thu'um instead of actually using it to accomplish anything. Makes sense since the Way was created by Jurgen Windcaller, who lost the Battle of Red Mountain presumably because of the Nords' overreliance on the Voice, and is followed by [[spoiler:the dragon Paarthurnax, who has spent thousands of years repressing his innate desire to dominate others]], and the fact that the Thu'um is incredibly deadly to anyone without the power of the Voice. The Blades are dedicated to serving the Dragonborn and exterminating the Dragons, whom they see as AlwaysChaoticEvil [[spoiler:they're right too -- even the "good" dragon Paarthurnax they want you to kill says it's not a good idea to trust a Dragon.]] The Blades will actually cut off ties with you despite everything you've done for them [[spoiler:if you refuse to kill Paarthurnax.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' gives us [[spoiler:Colette. She knows from the beginning the 'angel' is lying to her, and that she will have to die and lose her mind and memories for the world,yet she just keeps going.]] She also hides the fact that [[spoiler:she gradually loses all kind of feeling and sensation]] so well that no one [[spoiler:except Lloyd]] realizes this until she [[spoiler:loses the ability TO SPEAK!]]
* Alistair in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' can be seen very much in this light; he has been through a great deal and yet still determines to struggle for the ideal. This is especially true if the player decides to [[spoiler:make him king]], since he will do what is best for the country. [[PlayerCharacter The Warden]] can also be this, depending on player choices.



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' gives us [[spoiler:Colette. She knows from the beginning the 'angel' is lying to her, and that she will have to die and lose her mind and memories for the world,yet she just keeps going.]] She also hides the fact that [[spoiler:she gradually loses all kind of feeling and sensation]] so well that no one [[spoiler:except Lloyd]] realizes this until she [[spoiler:loses the ability '''''to speak''!''']]
* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' has Prince Arthas, devoted to his kingdom, who makes the wrong choice when faced with good vs lawful vengance at the end of the human campaign as a result of being majorly played by the Lich King
** WorldOfWarcraft has Tirion Fordring, the SERIOUSLY fettered. By honor, which is something only he himself can truly define, therefore he comes into conflict with his defected Death Knight partner, Darion, quite often. They even have an exchange where Darion says they should try using the Lich King's own tactics against him, which Tirion vehemently vetoes, stating that if they did, they'd be no better than the Lich King and that they would win the fight with honor or not at all.
** Thrall can be seen as this in his battle against Garrosh (the first battle, in the Orgrimmar arena). Thrall has godlike shamanic abilities, and yet only uses melee combat against Garrosh, likely since he only wants to teach Garrosh a lesson and not really hurt him, since Garrosh is his best friend's son. [[spoiler: In their final fight, however, Thrall AND Garrosh have both become TheUnfettered and deliver a glorious beatdown to each other, with the godlike Thrall coming out on top in a CurbStompBattle when he finally uses his full power]].



* Shirou from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', even if said ideals tend to be [[WideEyedIdealist somewhat naive]], is a prime example of the Fettered. [[spoiler:He can only use his magic specialty ''because'' of his ideals and because he puts no value on his own life.]]

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* Shirou from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', even if said ideals tend to be [[WideEyedIdealist somewhat naive]], is a prime example of the Fettered. [[spoiler:He can only use his magic specialty ''because'' of his ideals and because he puts no value on his own life.]]life]].



* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' got [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031215 Zulenna]] a [[AlphaBitch haughty princess]], nothing special, right?.. It turns out that she [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040825 takes her clan's obligations very, very seriously]].

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* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' got [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031215 Zulenna]] a [[AlphaBitch haughty princess]], nothing special, right?.. It turns out that she [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040825 takes her clan's obligations very, very seriously]].Ben about his character Obi-Wan Kenobi in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', during the final confrontation with Anakin:
--> '''Ben:''' ''"I wrote "Good" on my character sheet and I jolly well meant it! Unlike '''some''' people!"''



--->[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02473.htm At some point, I'm going to throw the data pad. I don't have control over this. If my arm goes back, get out of the way.]]
* Ben about his character Obi-Wan Kenobi in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', during the final confrontation with Anakin:
--> '''Ben:''' ''"I wrote "Good" on my character sheet and I jolly well meant it! Unlike '''some''' people!"''
* Equius of ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' is so STRONG that he could defeat anyone if he wanted to. Unfortunately, he's so bound by his extreme loyalty to the [[FantasticCasteSystem trolls' blood-based hierarchy]] that he doesn't even [[spoiler: try to prevent Gamzee from strangling him, because Gamzee ranks higher than he does.]]

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--->[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2500/fc02473.htm At some point, I'm going to throw the data pad. I don't have control over this. If my arm goes back, get out of the way.]]
way]].
* Ben about his character Obi-Wan Kenobi in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', during the final confrontation with Anakin:
--> '''Ben:''' ''"I wrote "Good" on my character sheet and I jolly well meant it! Unlike '''some''' people!"''
''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' got [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031215 Zulenna]] a [[AlphaBitch haughty princess]], nothing special, right?.. It turns out that she [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040825 takes her clan's obligations very, very seriously]].
* Equius of ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' is so STRONG that he could defeat anyone if he wanted to. Unfortunately, he's so bound by his extreme loyalty to the [[FantasticCasteSystem trolls' blood-based hierarchy]] that he doesn't even [[spoiler: try to prevent Gamzee from strangling him, because Gamzee ranks higher than he does.]]does]].



* Aang from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' definitely is this. He is the Master of All Four Elements, with near God-Like powers at time, and he could do whatever he wants. However, his own personal adherence to the sanctity of life means that he refuses to kill deliberately - he won't even kill Fire Lord Ozai, a man who was willing to commit complete genocide of an entire people. [[spoiler: In the end, he is about to kill him, and would have, if he had not stopped himself. Instead, his purity of spirit allowed him to bend Ozai's spirit and destroy his bending.]]

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* Aang from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' definitely is this. He is the Master of All Four Elements, with near God-Like powers at time, and he could do whatever he wants. However, his own personal adherence to the sanctity of life means that he refuses to kill deliberately - he won't even kill Fire Lord Ozai, a man who was willing to commit complete genocide of an entire people. [[spoiler: In the end, he is about to kill him, and would have, if he had not stopped himself. Instead, his purity of spirit allowed him to bend Ozai's spirit and destroy his bending.]]bending]].



--> '''Ozai''': (strangely disdainful) Even with all the power in the world, you are still WEAK!

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--> '''Ozai''': (strangely disdainful) Even with all the power in the world, you are still WEAK!'''''weak''!'''
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* In ''TabletopGame{{Exalted}}'', each type of Celestial Exalted has access to their own version of Righteous Lion Defense, a Charm that runs on this trope. It works by making a single emotional bond the Exalt has completely inviolable; they can't act against it themselves, and no one else can ever persuade them to do so, even with MindControl Charms. Solars pick an Intimacy related to an all-encompassing ideal, Lunars pick one related to protecting a specific person, place, or thing, and Sidereals become absolutely devoted to carrying out a specific long-term plan (and can change to a new one when the first plan is complete).

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* In ''TabletopGame{{Exalted}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', each type of Celestial Exalted has access to their own version of Righteous Lion Defense, a Charm that runs on this trope. It works by making a single emotional bond the Exalt has completely inviolable; they can't act against it themselves, and no one else can ever persuade them to do so, even with MindControl Charms. Solars pick an Intimacy related to an all-encompassing ideal, Lunars pick one related to protecting a specific person, place, or thing, and Sidereals become absolutely devoted to carrying out a specific long-term plan (and can change to a new one when the first plan is complete).



* In ''TabletopGameMagicTheGathering'''s "Shards of Alara" block, this is what best describes how the Bant (white-aligned) shard's "Exalted" mechanic works. In story, Bantians gain magical sigils that represent past heroic deeds, as well as a bond of duty to the one who conferred the sigil, such as a lord, kingdom, or even an angel. In gameplay, if a creature attacks by itself, creatures with Exalted will confer a small stat pump to it. If a player controls several exalted creatures, this can get very painful, very fast. Magic as a whole is this. Lead designer Mark Rosewater has '''emphatically''' stated over the years that "restrictions breed creativity".
* ''TabletopGameGeniusTheTransgression'': the Peerage exists mainly to instil a good healthy sense of fetters in Geniuses. They're much better at not getting people killed or having machines explode from Havoc if they bear in mind that they have [[KarmaMeter obligations]]. You'd do this too if you had seen what TheUnfettered were like in ''Genius''.

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* In ''TabletopGameMagicTheGathering'''s ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s "Shards of Alara" block, this is what best describes how the Bant (white-aligned) shard's "Exalted" mechanic works. In story, Bantians gain magical sigils that represent past heroic deeds, as well as a bond of duty to the one who conferred the sigil, such as a lord, kingdom, or even an angel. In gameplay, if a creature attacks by itself, creatures with Exalted will confer a small stat pump to it. If a player controls several exalted creatures, this can get very painful, very fast. Magic as a whole is this. Lead designer Mark Rosewater has '''emphatically''' stated over the years that "restrictions breed creativity".
* ''TabletopGameGeniusTheTransgression'': ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'': the Peerage exists mainly to instil a good healthy sense of fetters in Geniuses. They're much better at not getting people killed or having machines explode from Havoc if they bear in mind that they have [[KarmaMeter obligations]]. You'd do this too if you had seen what TheUnfettered were like in ''Genius''.
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* In ''{{Exalted}}'', each type of Celestial Exalted has access to their own version of Righteous Lion Defense, a Charm that runs on this trope. It works by making a single emotional bond the Exalt has completely inviolable; they can't act against it themselves, and no one else can ever persuade them to do so, even with MindControl Charms. Solars pick an Intimacy related to an all-encompassing ideal, Lunars pick one related to protecting a specific person, place, or thing, and Sidereals become absolutely devoted to carrying out a specific long-term plan (and can change to a new one when the first plan is complete).

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* In ''{{Exalted}}'', ''TabletopGame{{Exalted}}'', each type of Celestial Exalted has access to their own version of Righteous Lion Defense, a Charm that runs on this trope. It works by making a single emotional bond the Exalt has completely inviolable; they can't act against it themselves, and no one else can ever persuade them to do so, even with MindControl Charms. Solars pick an Intimacy related to an all-encompassing ideal, Lunars pick one related to protecting a specific person, place, or thing, and Sidereals become absolutely devoted to carrying out a specific long-term plan (and can change to a new one when the first plan is complete).



* The Word Bearers in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} are fanatics who live their lives by the Words of Lorgar, by which they achieve mastery over chaos. Or maybe, are deluded becoming it's slaves. Either way they are fettered.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
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The Word Bearers in TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} are fanatics who live their lives by the Words of Lorgar, by which they achieve mastery over chaos. Or maybe, are deluded becoming it's slaves. Either way they are fettered.



* In MagicTheGathering's "Shards of Alara" block, this is what best describes how the Bant (white-aligned) shard's "Exalted" mechanic works. In story, Bantians gain magical sigils that represent past heroic deeds, as well as a bond of duty to the one who conferred the sigil, such as a lord, kingdom, or even an angel. In gameplay, if a creature attacks by itself, creatures with Exalted will confer a small stat pump to it. If a player controls several exalted creatures, this can get very painful, very fast. Magic as a whole is this. Lead designer Mark Rosewater has '''emphatically''' stated over the years that "restrictions breed creativity".
* ''GeniusTheTransgression'': the Peerage exists mainly to instil a good healthy sense of fetters in Geniuses. They're much better at not getting people killed or having machines explode from Havoc if they bear in mind that they have [[KarmaMeter obligations]]. You'd do this too if you had seen what TheUnfettered were like in ''Genius''.

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* In MagicTheGathering's ''TabletopGameMagicTheGathering'''s "Shards of Alara" block, this is what best describes how the Bant (white-aligned) shard's "Exalted" mechanic works. In story, Bantians gain magical sigils that represent past heroic deeds, as well as a bond of duty to the one who conferred the sigil, such as a lord, kingdom, or even an angel. In gameplay, if a creature attacks by itself, creatures with Exalted will confer a small stat pump to it. If a player controls several exalted creatures, this can get very painful, very fast. Magic as a whole is this. Lead designer Mark Rosewater has '''emphatically''' stated over the years that "restrictions breed creativity".
* ''GeniusTheTransgression'': ''TabletopGameGeniusTheTransgression'': the Peerage exists mainly to instil a good healthy sense of fetters in Geniuses. They're much better at not getting people killed or having machines explode from Havoc if they bear in mind that they have [[KarmaMeter obligations]]. You'd do this too if you had seen what TheUnfettered were like in ''Genius''.
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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', UsefulNotes/IshidaMitsunari is this regarding honouring UsefulNotes/ToyotomiHideyoshi and preventing the collapse of the nobility.
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* ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' presents the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light]] as one. He is bound quite tightly by his loyalty to Cosmos and devotion to Light. To the point that he is perfectly willing to (and ''has'') repeat the events of the battle between Cosmos and Chaos unto infinity. If he gets the opportunity to ScrewDestiny, he's going to take it, and [[SaveTheVillain save Garland]] into the bargain if he can.

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* ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' presents the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI Warrior of Light]] as one. He is bound quite tightly by his loyalty to Cosmos and devotion to Light. To the point that he is perfectly willing to (and ''has'') repeat the events of the battle between Cosmos and Chaos unto infinity. If he gets the opportunity to ScrewDestiny, he's going to take it, and [[SaveTheVillain save Garland]] into the bargain if he can.
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