History HopeSpot / Literature

8th Mar '17 5:06:34 PM nombretomado
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* In ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', the hope spot comes as [[RebelliousPrincess Miriamele]], [[MagicalNativeAmerican Binabik]], and [[DirtyCoward Cadrach]] burst into Green Angel Tower to see EvilSorcerer Pryrates completing his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of several minor characters. Miriamele happens to have a [[TheFairFolk Norn]] arrow nocked in her bow, and fires it reflexively, hitting Pryrates right through the neck and apparently killing him. There's just enough time for the good guys to exult over the victory before he staggers back to his feet, pulls the arrow out, and indulges in some serious EvilGloating. This display of invincibility serves to utterly destroy what little hope the heroes had left.

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* In ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', the hope spot comes as [[RebelliousPrincess Miriamele]], [[MagicalNativeAmerican Binabik]], and [[DirtyCoward Cadrach]] burst into Green Angel Tower to see EvilSorcerer Pryrates completing his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of several minor characters. Miriamele happens to have a [[TheFairFolk Norn]] arrow nocked in her bow, and fires it reflexively, hitting Pryrates right through the neck and apparently killing him. There's just enough time for the good guys to exult over the victory before he staggers back to his feet, pulls the arrow out, and indulges in some serious EvilGloating. This display of invincibility serves to utterly destroy what little hope the heroes had left.
24th Dec '16 6:03:00 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* To Owen and his friends, in ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany'', it seems like the day he dreamed that he would die, when it comes, would go about without a hitch. [[spoiler: Then Dick walks into the area with a live grenade...]]

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* To Owen and his friends, in ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany'', it seems like the day he dreamed that he would die, when it comes, would go about without a hitch. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then Dick walks into the area with a live grenade...]]



** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'', Harry has been trapped with a Body Bind, Dumbledore is weakened by a potion and surrounded by Death Eaters ready to kill him, and then Snape walks in...[[spoiler:only to kill Dumbledore himself (It turns out to have been a MercyKill that Dumbledore not only arranged ahead of time, but was literally asking for at that moment, but we don't find that out until the next book)]]

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** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'', Harry has been trapped with a Body Bind, Dumbledore is weakened by a potion and surrounded by Death Eaters ready to kill him, and then Snape walks in... [[spoiler:only to kill Dumbledore himself (It turns out to have been a MercyKill that Dumbledore not only arranged ahead of time, but was literally asking for at that moment, but we don't find that out until the next book)]]



* A ''crushing'' one occurs in the last book of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' when [[spoiler: Artemis tries to escape the Berserker Gate before it kills him.]] He manages to jump out of the crater with [[spoiler: Holly]] holding his hand and he thinks there is a new life ahead of him. But then [[spoiler: the Gate kicks in]] and he is dragged back to the crater. [[spoiler: Butler]] doesn't make it to pull him out a second time. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he is able to come back from the dead but still ...]]
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane, inspired by Katniss and Peeta's "romance", gives an extended one to the remaining district [[spoiler: pairs when it's declared that 2 tributes can win if from the same district. Then when Katniss and Peeta are the last 2, the rule is revoked. However, they subverted this and both came out of the Games ok (for the most part anyway). Seneca...did not.]]

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* A ''crushing'' one occurs in the last book of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' when [[spoiler: Artemis tries to escape the Berserker Gate before it kills him.]] He manages to jump out of the crater with [[spoiler: Holly]] holding his hand and he thinks there is a new life ahead of him. But then [[spoiler: the Gate kicks in]] and he is dragged back to the crater. [[spoiler: Butler]] doesn't make it to pull him out a second time. [[spoiler: Fortunately, [[spoiler:Fortunately, he is able to come back from the dead but still ...still...]]
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane, inspired by Katniss and Peeta's "romance", gives an extended one to the remaining district [[spoiler: pairs when it's declared that 2 tributes can win if from the same district. Then when Katniss and Peeta are the last 2, the rule is revoked. However, they subverted this and both came out of the Games ok (for the most part anyway). Seneca... did not.]]
29th Oct '16 3:04:34 PM TotemicHero
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* Literature/{{Eclipse}} has one at the very end of chapter seven. The HumanoidAbomination calms down from its UnstoppableRage, the Governor of Cessair (who provoked that UnstoppableRage) is forced to resign in disgrace, the TeamMom gets set to become the next head of state for Cessair, and the House of Dreyvor seems to have resolved its OverprotectiveDad issues. At the end of the chapter, [[spoiler:Cessair gets attacked by an invading fleet of warships]].

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* Literature/{{Eclipse}} ''Literature/{{Eclipse}}'' has one at the very end of chapter seven. The HumanoidAbomination calms down from its UnstoppableRage, the Governor of Cessair (who provoked that UnstoppableRage) is forced to resign in disgrace, the TeamMom gets set to become the next head of state for Cessair, and the House of Dreyvor seems to have resolved its OverprotectiveDad issues. At the end of the chapter, [[spoiler:Cessair gets attacked by an invading fleet of warships]].
29th Oct '16 3:04:14 PM TotemicHero
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* Literature/{{Eclipse}} has one at the very end of chapter seven. The HumanoidAbomination calms down from its UnstoppableRage, the Governor of Cessair (who provoked that UnstoppableRage) is forced to resign in disgrace, the TeamMom gets set to become the next head of state for Cessair, and the House of Dreyvor seems to have resolved its OverprotectiveDad issues. At the end of the chapter, [[spoiler:Cessair gets attacked by an invading fleet of warships]].
17th Sep '16 4:31:04 PM WillBGood
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* The Literature/ImperialGuard novel ''Desert Raiders'' has one after the regiment has managed to destroy the tyranid swarm in a series of [[HeroicSacrifice HeroicSacrifices]] and [[LastStand LastStands]]. There are only a few survivors and they are without supplies in the middle of the desert. Still they are hopeful that they can last till the fleet returns. Then they found out that [[spoiler: the defeated swarm was just a scout force and the main swarm is arriving]].

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* The Literature/ImperialGuard novel ''Desert Raiders'' has one after the regiment has managed to destroy the tyranid swarm in a series of [[HeroicSacrifice HeroicSacrifices]] {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s and [[LastStand LastStands]].{{Last Stand}}s. There are only a few survivors and they are without supplies in the middle of the desert. Still they are hopeful that they can last till the fleet returns. Then they found out that [[spoiler: the defeated swarm was just a scout force and the main swarm is arriving]].



* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/TopSecret''. Nick Rivers sends a man to the hospital, if the man dies he will face a firing squad.
-->'''Streck''': What is the condition of Sergeant Kruger? Very well, let me know if there is any change in his condition.
-->[[{{Beat}} Hangs up]]
-->'''Streck''': He's dead.
12th Aug '16 12:35:40 AM PaulA
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* At the climax of [[LoisMcMasterBujold Bujold's]] ''Literature/TheSpiritRing'', we see the evil wizard use the same spell that destroyed his master's magic ring on an animated statue of molten bronze. Obviously, a (stolen) spell to free a spirit bound to a material object would have a similar effect no matter the amount and state of metal involved, right?
-->'''Uri''': (as Vitelli walked within reach of the motionless statue) "You cannot release me. ''I am not bound.''"
** [[spoiler: This promptly flips back on the heroes, as Vitelli's necromantic dabblings had gotten him to the point where his physical demise [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning made]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent matters]] [[OhCrap worse]].]]

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* At the climax of [[LoisMcMasterBujold Bujold's]] Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/TheSpiritRing'', we see the evil wizard use the same spell that destroyed his master's magic ring on an animated statue of molten bronze. Obviously, a (stolen) spell to free a spirit bound to a material object would have a similar effect no matter the amount and state of metal involved, right?
-->'''Uri''': (as -->'''Uri:''' ''[as Vitelli walked within reach of the motionless statue) "You statue]'' You cannot release me. ''I am not bound.''"
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** [[spoiler: This promptly flips back on the heroes, as Vitelli's [[spoiler:Vitelli's necromantic dabblings had gotten him to the point where his physical demise [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning made]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent matters]] [[OhCrap worse]].]]
19th Jun '16 2:31:45 PM nombretomado
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** In ''[[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.

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** In ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]'', ''Literature/DarkForceRising'', 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.
10th Jun '16 1:20:21 PM Doug86
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* In Henri Barbusse's WorldWarI novel ''Under Fire'', set in 1915, the narrator goes with a fellow soldier, Poterloo, to view the village where Poterloo used to live, now an unrecognizable heap of ruins. After being briefly stupefied, Poterloo begins talking about how he and his wife and their neighbors will rebuild everything after the war is over (soon!) and becomes quite cheerful. At the same time, the sun comes out and the first bird of the spring begins to sing, which to the narrator seems like a sign of the end of the war being near. A few hours later, Poterloo, still cheerful, is killed by a shell.

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* In Henri Barbusse's WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI novel ''Under Fire'', set in 1915, the narrator goes with a fellow soldier, Poterloo, to view the village where Poterloo used to live, now an unrecognizable heap of ruins. After being briefly stupefied, Poterloo begins talking about how he and his wife and their neighbors will rebuild everything after the war is over (soon!) and becomes quite cheerful. At the same time, the sun comes out and the first bird of the spring begins to sing, which to the narrator seems like a sign of the end of the war being near. A few hours later, Poterloo, still cheerful, is killed by a shell.
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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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.
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