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22nd Nov '16 7:11:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* Generally avoided in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''; words have power, and breaking one's word, be it through a lie or forsaken promise, can have devastating and sometimes immediate consequences. As such, even the most villainous of characters tend to be scrupulously honest, though they may use [[MetaphoricallyTrue metaphorical truths]] to suit their ends. A prime example of what happens to those who are less careful can be found with the ArmyOfTheDead. Isildur cursed them when they swore to help him fight and then refused; three thousand years later, they break the curse by helping Aragorn -- the Heir of Isildur -- instead.

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* Generally avoided in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''; words have power, and breaking one's word, be it through a lie or forsaken promise, can have devastating and sometimes immediate consequences. As such, even the most villainous of characters tend to be scrupulously honest, though they may use [[MetaphoricallyTrue metaphorical truths]] to suit their ends. A prime example of what happens to those who are less careful can be found with the ArmyOfTheDead.CavalryOfTheDead. Isildur cursed them when they swore to help him fight and then refused; three thousand years later, they break the curse by helping Aragorn -- the Heir of Isildur -- instead.
30th Oct '16 3:37:20 PM nombretomado
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* The novel ''Oathbreakers'', from the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, is about the heroic duo, Tarma and Kethry, avenging the murder of the leader of their mercenary company at the hands of her brother, the king of Rethwellan. When they find out what he did, they invoke the Oathbreaker's Curse on him and enact some spectacularly karmic revenge.

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* The novel ''Oathbreakers'', from the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, is about the heroic duo, Tarma and Kethry, avenging the murder of the leader of their mercenary company at the hands of her brother, the king of Rethwellan. When they find out what he did, they invoke the Oathbreaker's Curse on him and enact some spectacularly karmic revenge.
20th Oct '16 9:18:11 PM Eievie
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[[caption-width-right:300:Jaime Lannister's [[BodyguardBetrayal betrayal]] earned him the nickname TheKingslayer.]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:Jaime Lannister's [[caption-width-right:300:A bit of backstory: The dead guy is the king. The other guy is his [[BodyguardBetrayal betrayal]] personal bodyguard]]. This earned him the nickname TheKingslayer.]]



And then there is the Oath Breaker.

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And then there is the Oath Breaker.
Oath-Breaker.
29th Sep '16 4:00:12 AM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'' the person who [[spoiler: betrayed Maia by helping the conspirators]] is an oathbreaker, which means that not even the emperor is able to pardon him.
18th Aug '16 7:08:11 PM PaulA
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* In typical fashion, the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' has an example of this, but it's not that simple. Ekaterin's husband [[spoiler:was killed in a accident]] immediately after she told him she was leaving him. Because she never went through with the divorce her honor remains intact in everyone else's eyes; but ''she'' knows she's an oathbreaker, and suffers the shame of it.

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* In typical fashion, the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' has an example of this, but it's not that simple. ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
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Ekaterin's husband [[spoiler:was killed in a accident]] immediately after she told him she was leaving him. Because she never went through with the divorce her honor remains intact in everyone else's eyes; but ''she'' knows she's an oathbreaker, and suffers the shame of it.
15th Jun '16 9:51:04 PM Gamermaster
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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', [[AntiVillain the Wolkenritter]] are forced via SadisticChoice to break an oath they made to their master. Since they come from a Medieval European based culture, this ends up causing them a great deal of grief (especially Signum, who places the most emphasis on her honor and was the one who made the promise in the first place). Note that all the pain that it causes them is self-loathing since the rest of the cast follows a modern sense of ethics and tend to be more forgiving when it comes to those sort of things.

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* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', [[AntiVillain the Wolkenritter]] are forced via SadisticChoice to break an oath they made to their master.[[TheKidWithTheRemoteControl Hayate]]. Since they come from a Medieval European based culture, this ends up causing them a great deal of grief (especially Signum, who places the most emphasis on her honor and was the one who made the promise in the first place). Note that all the pain that it causes them is self-loathing since the rest of the cast (including Hayate) follows a modern sense of ethics and tend to be more forgiving when it comes to those sort of things.
4th Jun '16 5:14:20 PM lavendermintrose
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* Saruhiko Fushimi in ''Anime/{{K}}'' defects from the Red Clan and joins the Blue Clan. He, and his childhood friend Misaki who joined the Red Clan with him, swore an oath and received power from the Red King, along with a mark in the form of a tattoo of the Red Clan insignia on their chests near their hearts. When he leaves, he burns the mark off, but it stays, along with his Red powers. Several of the Red Clansmen don't forgive him for "betraying" them, and he lives with some degree of shame over it, even though [[spoiler: the Blue Clan is where he truly belongs]].
31st May '16 4:23:25 AM Doug86
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* In AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', the sensitive who reanimated Turan's body has enough of his memories to throw at Zuha, his widow, her oft-repeated promise to revive the custom of joining her husband in his grave.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', the sensitive who reanimated Turan's body has enough of his memories to throw at Zuha, his widow, her oft-repeated promise to revive the custom of joining her husband in his grave.
9th May '16 3:34:25 AM damus2300
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* [[Literature/BookOfJudges Samson]]. As a Nazarite, he is not supposed to drink alcohol, touch a dead thing or cut his hair. By the end, none of these were kept.[[labelnote:note]]In fact, it's said that the reason he lost his strength after his hair was cut was that it was the only vow he ''hadn't'' broken until then.[[/labelnote]]

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* [[Literature/BookOfJudges Samson]].Literature/BookOfJudges has Samson. As a Nazarite, he is not supposed to drink alcohol, touch a dead thing or cut his hair. By the end, none of these were kept.[[labelnote:note]]In fact, it's said that the reason he lost his strength after his hair was cut was that it was the only vow he ''hadn't'' broken until then.[[/labelnote]]
5th May '16 4:29:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* The man who's name is not Jack Bannister apparently got quite rich by being one of these, according to Fisk in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries''.
* In the ''ChroniclesOfPrydain'', breaking oaths is one of [[BigBad Arawn's]] most infamous habits. If this guy makes a deal, he WILL break it. [[ChaoticEvil No matter how little it might cost him to keep it]]. [[StupidEvil Or how much more dangerous NOT keeping it could be]]. And SOMEHOW, there are always more idiots willing to make [[DealWithTheDevil deals]] with him.

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* The man who's name is not Jack Bannister apparently got quite rich by being one of these, according to Fisk in the ''KnightAndRogueSeries''.
''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries''.
* In the ''ChroniclesOfPrydain'', ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', breaking oaths is one of [[BigBad Arawn's]] most infamous habits. If this guy makes a deal, he WILL break it. [[ChaoticEvil No matter how little it might cost him to keep it]]. [[StupidEvil Or how much more dangerous NOT keeping it could be]]. And SOMEHOW, there are always more idiots willing to make [[DealWithTheDevil deals]] with him.



* TheBookOfTheNewSun:

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* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown'', Princess Ludorica talks to Roane about the crown, taking her for a Guardian. When she realizes that she is not, she is distressed at revealing what she had promised not to.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown'', Princess Ludorica talks to Roane about the crown, taking her for a Guardian. When she realizes that she is not, she is distressed at revealing what she had promised not to.



* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', Troy reacts with fury when he was promised safety and was attacked. [[spoiler: Later he realizes that the men who attacked were not those of the man who had promised and apologizes.]]

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', Troy reacts with fury when he was promised safety and was attacked. [[spoiler: Later he realizes that the men who attacked were not those of the man who had promised and apologizes.]]
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