Life debt

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A life debt is a literary phenomenon in which someone whose life is saved or spared by another becomes indebted or in some way connected to their savior. A life debt can only be paid off by saving the original saviour's life in return.

Examples in fiction[edit]


  1. ^ Bray, Adam (2015-09-04). Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (1st ed.). DK Children. ISBN 978-1465437853. 
  2. ^ The Andy Griffith Show: "Andy Saves Gomer", The Odd Couple: "You Saved My Life", The Brady Bunch: "My Brother's Keeper", The Jeffersons: "Tom The Hero", American Dad!: "You Debt Your Life"