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16th May '16 8:52:08 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': After deftly handling three of the mooks sent to kidnap her during ''Literature/AMagesPower'', Kasile is feeling confident about handling the situation. Then their boss steps up and {{Magic Eye}}s her into submission.

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'':
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After deftly handling three of the mooks sent to kidnap her during ''Literature/AMagesPower'', Kasile is feeling confident about handling the situation. Then their boss steps up and {{Magic Eye}}s her into submission.
**In ''Looming Shadow'', Eric briefly gets the upper hand on Reno Grade but then the reaper demonstrates the true difference between a physical god and a merely enlightened mortal.
14th May '16 5:46:45 PM lavendermintrose
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* In the end of book 5 of ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', when Darren rushes back to help his friends fight a group of enemies, [[spoiler: and sees that Kurda has made it in time to help Gavner... only then to see Kurda stab Gavner himself.]] Captured ''brilliantly'' by artist Creator/TakahiroArai in the manga adaptation.
27th Apr '16 11:10:37 AM ChaoticNovelist
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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': After deftly handling three of the mooks sent to kidnap her during ''Literature/AMagesPower'', Kasile is feeling confident about handling the situation. Then their boss steps up and {{Magic Eye}}s her into submission.
16th Apr '16 5:56:18 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* ''Literature/TheLorax'' ends on a more ambiguous note, with the Once-ler giving a child the last truffula seed in hopes that the child would fix the mistake that he once had made. But there are several things that could possibly fit this into HopeSpot territory, namely that all other life around is either dead and moved somewhere else, and that it takes one Truffula tree 20 years to grow.
1st Mar '16 2:26:05 PM HeraldAlberich
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* ''StarWars: [[Literature/LegacyOfTheForce Sacrifice]]''
** Chapter 20 closes with Mara about to shoot Jacen in the face. [[spoiler:He uses the Force to save himself, and proceeds to murder her in the next chapter]].
** After [[spoiler:Mara's death]] Luke goes after Lumiya, mistakenly blaming her. He out-fights Lumiya, and then saves her from falling off a cliff saying "I would never let you fall," giving the audience the momentary impression that he's going to spare her [[spoiler: and then he decapitates her.]] Then again, [[spoiler:her death ''was'' [[ThanatosGambit all part of the plan]]]].
** Outside of Legacy, there are a few other examples in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse. How about ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]''? Luke, a crew, and Rogue Squadron find the Katana Fleet and board one of the long-abandoned ships. Fey'lya, with Leia in tow, shows up to arrest them. A Star Destroyer comes out of hyperspace. Fey'lya overrides Leia and flees while the Rogues fly a DelayingAction, but Leia tricks Fey'lya into an EngineeredPublicConfession, causing his forces to [[ChangedMyMindKid return and help the Rogues]]. This isn't enough. Then Talon Karrde's smuggler fleet comes out of hyperspace to attack the Star Destroyer. Still not enough. Then Bel Iblis [[BigDamnHeroes shows up with his six heavy Dreadnaughts]], and this ''is'' enough to start beating the Imperials... until a second Star Destroyer comes out of hyperspace. They actually manage to take it out eventually with ''two'' counts of RammingAlwaysWorks, and after chasing off the first one they find that [[YouAreTooLate they are too late]], most of the abandoned fleet's already been salvaged by the Empire. They tell themselves that it won't matter for years since the Empire is undermanned, but then they find that Thrawn has found a cache of Spaarti cloning cylinders. Interestingly, the end of that book contains both a Hope Spot ''and'' DarkestHour, since it's a Zahn book and things do work out in the end.
** OutboundFlight. There are so many times when characters come close to averting the disaster that's a ForegoneConclusion. Lorana Jinzler even talks to Thrawn, who encourages her to do something about C'baoth. And even after it happens, there are several spots where the reader can believe that she, at least, will survive. But she doesn't.
** In the middle of ''FateOfTheJedi: Ascension'' Luke is back on Coruscant and is leading the Jedi Order once again; the Moff/Senatorial conspiracy is falling apart; all three villains (Abeloth, [[ManipulativeBitch Daala]] and [[EvilCounterpart the Lost Tribe of the Sith]]) are on the run with few resources left; Vestara [[HeelFaceTurn chooses to become a Jedi]] and [[OnlySaneMan Wynn Dorvan]] is about to be elected Chief of State. And then all goes to Hell.
* The {{novelization}} of Film/ReturnOfTheJedi makes the greater part of that climactic scene when Vader takes Luke to the Emperor into a series of these, each rapidly quashed. Mind, these are dingy Hope Spots anyway; Luke wants to kill the Emperor without turning and without revealing anything, and he repeatedly ''almost'' gets a clear mind and a sense of what to do, but the Emperor just keeps reading his mind and shattering any confidence Luke manages to gather.
* The fall of Coruscant in ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Star by Star]]'' contains a few moments where it looks like the New Republic's defenders, having finally become fully engaged with the enemy, might actually do enough damage to force the Vong into retreat. Oddly, the ending of the book is a Hope Spot ''for the Vong'', who think the invasion is progressing extremely well (they just took the enemy's capital, right?) but are about to run into a severe case of [[PyrrhicVictory "won the battle, lost the war"]].

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* ''StarWars: [[Literature/LegacyOfTheForce Sacrifice]]''
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** ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce: Sacrifice'':
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Chapter 20 closes with Mara about to shoot Jacen in the face. [[spoiler:He uses the Force to save himself, and proceeds to murder her in the next chapter]].
** *** After [[spoiler:Mara's death]] Luke goes after Lumiya, mistakenly blaming her. He out-fights Lumiya, and then saves her from falling off a cliff saying "I would never let you fall," giving the audience the momentary impression that he's going to spare her [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and then he decapitates her.]] her]]. Then again, [[spoiler:her death ''was'' [[ThanatosGambit all part of the plan]]]].
** Outside of Legacy, there are a few other examples in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse. How about In ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]''? Rising]]'', Luke, a crew, and Rogue Squadron find the Katana Fleet and board one of the long-abandoned ships. Fey'lya, with Leia in tow, shows up to arrest them. A Star Destroyer comes out of hyperspace. Fey'lya overrides Leia and flees while the Rogues fly a DelayingAction, but Leia tricks Fey'lya into an EngineeredPublicConfession, causing his forces to [[ChangedMyMindKid return and help the Rogues]]. This isn't enough. Then Talon Karrde's smuggler fleet comes out of hyperspace to attack the Star Destroyer. Still not enough. Then Bel Iblis [[BigDamnHeroes shows up with his six heavy Dreadnaughts]], and this ''is'' enough to start beating the Imperials... until a second Star Destroyer comes out of hyperspace. They actually manage to take it out eventually with ''two'' counts of RammingAlwaysWorks, and after chasing off the first one they find that [[YouAreTooLate they are too late]], most of the abandoned fleet's already been salvaged by the Empire. They tell themselves that it won't matter for years since the Empire is undermanned, but then they find that Thrawn has found a cache of Spaarti cloning cylinders. Interestingly, the end of that book contains both a Hope Spot ''and'' DarkestHour, since it's a Zahn book and things do work out in the end.
** OutboundFlight.''Literature/OutboundFlight''. There are so many times when characters come close to averting the disaster that's a ForegoneConclusion. Lorana Jinzler even talks to Thrawn, who encourages her to do something about C'baoth. And even after it happens, there are several spots where the reader can believe that she, at least, will survive. But she doesn't.
** In the middle of ''FateOfTheJedi: ''Literature/FateOfTheJedi: Ascension'' Luke is back on Coruscant and is leading the Jedi Order once again; the Moff/Senatorial conspiracy is falling apart; all three villains (Abeloth, [[ManipulativeBitch Daala]] and [[EvilCounterpart the Lost Tribe of the Sith]]) are on the run with few resources left; Vestara [[HeelFaceTurn chooses to become a Jedi]] and [[OnlySaneMan Wynn Dorvan]] is about to be elected Chief of State. And then all goes to Hell.
* ** The {{novelization}} of Film/ReturnOfTheJedi ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' makes the greater part of that climactic scene when Vader takes Luke to the Emperor into a series of these, each rapidly quashed. Mind, these are dingy Hope Spots anyway; Luke wants to kill the Emperor without turning and without revealing anything, and he repeatedly ''almost'' gets a clear mind and a sense of what to do, but the Emperor just keeps reading his mind and shattering any confidence Luke manages to gather.
* ** ''Literature/NewJediOrder'': The fall of Coruscant in ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Star ''Star by Star]]'' Star'' contains a few moments where it looks like the New Republic's defenders, having finally become fully engaged with the enemy, might actually do enough damage to force the Vong into retreat. Oddly, the ending of the book is a Hope Spot ''for the Vong'', who think the invasion is progressing extremely well (they just took the enemy's capital, right?) but are about to run into a severe case of [[PyrrhicVictory "won the battle, lost the war"]].war"]].
** ''Literature/DarkLordTheRiseOfDarthVader'': Not three paragraphs after the Wookiees offer the fugitive band of Jedi safe haven on Kashyyyk, the Empire comes calling for them.
1st Feb '16 11:58:05 AM Prfnoff
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* A quiet yet significant one is featured in Thomas Mann's ''TheMagicMountain'': Hans Castrop, the protagonist, is out hiking when overtaken by a blizzard; he stumbles in desperation through the blinding snows looking for shelter. He thinks he sees it in the far-off form of a snow-shrouded inn, only to discover on close approach that it's just a covered hayrick.

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* A quiet yet significant one is featured in Thomas Mann's ''TheMagicMountain'': ''Literature/TheMagicMountain'': Hans Castrop, the protagonist, is out hiking when overtaken by a blizzard; he stumbles in desperation through the blinding snows looking for shelter. He thinks he sees it in the far-off form of a snow-shrouded inn, only to discover on close approach that it's just a covered hayrick.
28th Dec '15 4:51:02 AM Phys101
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* In ''Literature/CaseyAtTheBat'', two despised, lousy batters both [[MiracleRally come through]] with hits to base, to everyone's astonishment. Casey now has his opportunity to shine and win the game. Alas [[WhatAnIdiot Casey...]]
11th Aug '15 10:22:25 AM Anddrix
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Divergent}} Allegiant]]'', just when it looks like [[spoiler:Tris is going to shrug off the death serum and survive, David fatally shoots her. She still manages to get her HeroicSacrifice off, though.]]

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* In ''[[Literature/{{Divergent}} Allegiant]]'', ''Literature/{{Allegiant}}'', just when it looks like [[spoiler:Tris is going to shrug off the death serum and survive, David fatally shoots her. She still manages to get her HeroicSacrifice off, though.]]
31st Jul '15 2:01:00 PM phoenix
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* Friedrich Dürrenmatt's ''{{Literature/Suspicion}}'': [[MadDoctor Dr. Emmenberger]] never tortured the prisoners at the [[NaziGermany concentration camp he worked]] without their approval. He just promised them to bring them back from an extermination camp to a concentration camp after the "surgery" and they where desperate enough to believe him. He even kept his word after he performed a vivisection on Gulliver, the only one to survive a treatment of Emmenberger.

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* Friedrich Dürrenmatt's ''{{Literature/Suspicion}}'': [[MadDoctor Dr. Emmenberger]] never tortured the prisoners at the [[NaziGermany [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany concentration camp he worked]] without their approval. He just promised them to bring them back from an extermination camp to a concentration camp after the "surgery" and they where desperate enough to believe him. He even kept his word after he performed a vivisection on Gulliver, the only one to survive a treatment of Emmenberger.
24th Jul '15 6:55:50 AM FoolsEditAccount
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* ''Literature/MidnightsChildren'': After the midnight's children are gathered in the Widows' Hostel, Saleem believes that they can fight back now that they're finally all together. He encourages them to endure the torture and strike back once the Widow thinks they're finished... but then that torture turns out to remove their magic powers. Lampshaded by Saleem, who says that in addition to vasectomies and hysterectomies, the sterilization crew performed "sperectomies" -- the removal of hope.
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