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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 ]
In the English novel
, Crusoe saves the life of the native Friday who swears to be his slave. Robinson Crusoe In the
Star Wars expanded universe, Chewbacca swore a life debt to Han Solo for saving him from slavery under the Galactic Empire (Star Wars).  In the English novel
, Peter Pettigrew becomes indebted to Harry Potter after the boy spares Pettigrew's life. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Life debts are an important part of the Northern Tribes of
, a planet in the American novels Valdemar Saga. Velgarth In the movie
, the character Puss In Boots owes Shrek a life debt for sparing the cat's life. Shrek 2 In the movie
, Oscar saves the life of the flying monkey Finley and is pledged a life debt. Oz the Great and Powerful In the movie
, Mako Mori feels a life debt to her adopted father Stacker Pentecost for saving her from a kaiju. Pacific Rim In the movie
, Azeem proclaims that he owes Robin of Locksley a life debt. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves In the movie
, Jack Crabb (aka Little Big Man) saves the life of Younger Bear, who comes to hate him for the life debt incurred. Younger Bear finally repays the debt at the Little Big Man Battle of the Little Bighorn. Numerous television
situation comedies have used the concept of the life debt, and problems in repayment of it, as a plot for an episode. Examples include , The Andy Griffith Show , The Odd Couple , The Brady Bunch and The Jeffersons . American Dad! 
References [ edit ]
^ Bray, Adam (2015-09-04). Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know (1st ed.). DK Children. ISBN 978-1465437853.
^ 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"