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Hold On to My Hat
''"Oh, you're going to beat us? Then... I'll let you take care of this hat. It's very important to me. Take good care of it."
Shanks, One Piece

This is where one character gives another character an item as the symbol of an express or implied promise, with the intent that it will be returned at the fulfillment of such promise. The item does not have to be valuable or important in any way except as a symbol of the promise. It may function as a Number One Dime, a Memento MacGuffin, or even an Iconic Item, but not always. Usually this promise is to be reunited later after some separation, such as one character being taken to jail.

Usually happens during a Heartwarming Moment.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • One Piece: When Shanks gives Luffy his hat- with the promise to become strong.
  • Dragon Ball: Goku's four-star Dragonball, given to Bulma to use for a wish.
  • Hunterx Hunter: During the Hunter examination arc, Hisoka gives his badge to Gon asking for it to be returned when Gon is strong enough to punch him.
  • In the beginning of Rurouni Kenshin, Kaoru lends Kenshin her hair ribbon so that he will come back.

  • A more subtle example in the very last scene of Hero. Bernie and his son are at the zoo, when he hears that a woman's son has fallen into the lion's pit. Bernie hollers for a zookeeper, but when it's clear there's no help coming, he has to step forth. But first, he tells his son to watch his shoes.

    Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy XII: Balthier comforts Penelo with his handkerchief, promising to bring Vaan back.

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