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12:46:36 PM Oct 9th 2011
Does anyone think that this trope is related to Lies to Children? I think we should add a link in the description, but I want to be shure.
08:22:10 PM Jul 27th 2011
edited by Camacan
This example is not an example. Marlin didn't make the promise to Nemo to stop Nemo breaking down when they were both almost certain to die / other dire and hopeless situation.

  • Finding Nemo doesn't quite deconstruct this trope, but it does highlight its ridiculousness. Marlin made Nemo an empty promise, which he could by no means keep and should not have made (or at least worded that way). That said, Dory's point (whether she realized it or not) was that he shouldn't beat himself up about being unable to keep an impossible promise.

This made-up quote is not in the right format: see Trope Entry Template. Quotes need an attribution. Not an example of the trope: "Saying things are OK when the situation is black to keep someone going rather than breaking down." How is the situation black? Who is being kept going by an empty promise that things will be OK when they obviously, terminally, are not?

08:49:24 PM Jul 10th 2011
edited by Camacan
Neither quote works. The first isn't an example: someone isn't being told things are OK when they are actually likely to die, etc. The second doesn't mean anything without context and quotes need to evoke the trope standalone: work knowledge can't be a requirement. Move both to discussion.

Marlin: I promised I'd never let anything happen to him.
Dory: Hmm. That's a funny thing to promise.
Marlin: What?
Dory: Well, you can't never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.
Finding Nemo

Michael Scott: Of all the empty promises I've made, this is by far the most generous.
-The Office

12:47:37 PM Oct 9th 2011
How about this quote:
The Doctor: You know when grown ups tell you everything is going to be fine and you think they're probably lying to make you feel better?
Amelia: [rolls eyes] Yes.
The Doctor: Everything's going to be fine.
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