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25th Aug '16 2:50:00 AM livestockgeorge
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* The ''[[BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' episode ''Intersections in Real Time'' focuses on a StateSec interrogator attempting to break Sheridan's will and join the xenophobic, totalitarian Clark regime. The interrogator consistently displays a very cynical outlook, stating that the preeminent truth of the time is that you can't fight City Hall, and tries to paint Sheridan's idealism as futile. Sheridan disagrees at every turn, remaining true to his ideals even in the face of grueling torture. At one point, he sums up his attitude by stating that all he has to do to win is to say "No, I won't," one more time than the people trying to oppress him can say "Yes, you will."

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* The ''[[BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' episode ''Intersections in Real Time'' focuses on a StateSec interrogator attempting to break Sheridan's will and join the xenophobic, totalitarian Clark regime.get him confess to a laundry list of political crimes. The interrogator consistently displays a very cynical outlook, stating that the preeminent truth of the time is that you can't fight City Hall, and tries to paint Sheridan's idealism as futile. Sheridan disagrees at every turn, remaining true to his ideals even in the face of grueling torture. At one point, he sums up his attitude by stating that all he has to do to win is to say "No, I won't," one more time than the people trying to oppress him can say "Yes, you will."" The interrogator asks him if he thinks he can win, and he says "Every time I say 'no.'"
21st Aug '16 5:08:50 PM VoxAquila
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%%* ''Film/{{Tomorrowland}}'' features this as an underlying theme.

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%%* * ''Film/{{Tomorrowland}}'' features this as an underlying theme.theme, as the BigBad himself admits people choose apathy ''precisely'' because it requires no effort, and only idealists are willing to put in the work of making things better.
19th Aug '16 7:35:44 PM Knightofbalance
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* While ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' doesn't [[RealityEnsues endorse blind idealism]]. the series is a battle between idealism and cynicism where idealism tempered through careful cynicism wins through. This is shown in the final battle where the protagonists counter the BigBad's ShutUpKirk and SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids with this trope and ShutUpHannibal.
17th Jun '16 1:50:21 AM PaulA
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* OscarWilde called a cynic 'a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing'.

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* OscarWilde Creator/OscarWilde called a cynic 'a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing'. nothing'.
6th May '16 6:21:06 AM DVB
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* Lex Luthor of ComicBook/{{Superman}} fame frequently laments on how Superman has caused mankind to become lazy, and that he keeps people from progressing. He brings up that without Superman scientists, and especially Lex himself, could have time and motivation to make world changing inventions to end the suffering of millions. Superman of course tells Lex that he isn't stopping anyone from doing anything, the reason Lex doesn't make stuff to benefit mankind is [[JerkWithTheHeartOfAJerk because he doesn't want to]], with or without Superman in the picture.

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* Lex Luthor of ComicBook/{{Superman}} fame frequently laments on how Superman has caused mankind to become lazy, and that he keeps people from progressing. He brings up that without Superman Superman, scientists, and especially Lex himself, could have time and motivation to make world changing inventions to end the suffering of millions. Superman of course tells Lex that he isn't stopping anyone from doing anything, the reason Lex doesn't make stuff to benefit mankind is [[JerkWithTheHeartOfAJerk because he doesn't want to]], with or without Superman in the picture.
6th Apr '16 7:23:02 AM TheLaughingFist
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* Lex Luthor of ComicBook/{{Superman}} fame frequently laments on how Superman has caused mankind to become lazy, and that he keeps people from progressing. He brings up that without Superman scientists, and especially Lex himself, could have time and motivation to make world changing inventions to end the suffering of millions. Superman of course tells Lex that he isn't stopping anyone from doing anything, the reason Lex doesn't make stuff to benefit mankind is [[JerkWithTheHeartOfAJerk because he doesn't want to]], with or without Superman in the picture.
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3rd Apr '16 4:21:43 AM ManEFaces
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-->'''Drummond:''' Isn't there anything? What touches you? What warms you? Every man has a dream. What do you dream about? What do you ''need''? You don't need anything, do you? People love an idea just to cling to. You poor slob. You're all alone. [[DyingAlone When you go to your grave, there won't be anybody to pull the grass up over your head.]] Nobody to mourn you. Nobody to give a damn. You're all alone.

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-->'''Drummond:''' Isn't there anything? What touches you? What warms you? Every man has a dream. What do you dream about? What do you ''need''? You don't need anything, do you? People love an People? Love? An idea just to cling to. to? You poor slob. You're all alone. [[DyingAlone When you go to your grave, there won't be anybody to pull the grass up over your head.]] Nobody to mourn you. Nobody to give a damn. You're all alone.
3rd Apr '16 4:19:18 AM ManEFaces
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-->'''Hornbeck:''' What here today has no meaning.

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-->'''Hornbeck:''' What happened here today [[StrawNihilist has no meaning.]]



-->'''Drummond:''' Isn't there anything? What touches you? What warms you? Every man has a dream. What do you dream about? What do you ''need''? You don't need anything, do you? People love an idea just to cling to. You poor slob. You're all alone. When you go to your grave, there won't be anybody to pull the grass up over your head. Nobody to mourn you. Nobody to give a damn. You're all alone.

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-->'''Drummond:''' Isn't there anything? What touches you? What warms you? Every man has a dream. What do you dream about? What do you ''need''? You don't need anything, do you? People love an idea just to cling to. You poor slob. You're all alone. [[DyingAlone When you go to your grave, there won't be anybody to pull the grass up over your head. head.]] Nobody to mourn you. Nobody to give a damn. You're all alone.
3rd Apr '16 4:17:28 AM ManEFaces
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-->'''Drummond:''' Don't you understand the meaning of what happened here today?
-->'''Hornbeck:''' What here today has no meaning.
-->'''Drummond:''' ''You'' have no meaning! Your whole life has no meaning. You're like a ghost pointing an empty sleeve and smirking at everything people feel or want or struggle for. I pity you.
-->'''Hornbeck:''' You pity me?
-->'''Drummond:''' Isn't there anything? What touches you? What warms you? Every man has a dream. What do you dream about? What do you ''need''? You don't need anything, do you? People love an idea just to cling to. You poor slob. You're all alone. When you go to your grave, there won't be anybody to pull the grass up over your head. Nobody to mourn you. Nobody to give a damn. You're all alone.
-->'''Hornbeck:''' You're wrong, Henry. You'll be there. You're the type. Who else would defend my right to be lonely?
14th Mar '16 6:00:31 PM KingLyger
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* ''Film/{{Tomorrowland}}'' features this as an underlying theme.

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* %%* ''Film/{{Tomorrowland}}'' features this as an underlying theme.



* In ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', Elizabeth's cynical outlook on life allows Wickham to completely dupe her about Darcy's true nature. The irony is that she acted this way in order to avoid being played for a fool, but it just happened in a different way.

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* In ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', Elizabeth's cynical outlook on life allows Wickham to completely dupe her about Darcy's true nature. The irony is that she Elizabeth acted this way in order to avoid being played for a fool, fool; she was still played, but it just happened in a different way.



* Somewhat common in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', especially with Rincewind. The guy would be so obviously right in his cynicism...but Twoflower would come out fine anyway, leaving Rincewind looking like an idiot.

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* Somewhat common in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'', especially with Rincewind. The guy would be so obviously right in his cynicism... but Twoflower would come out fine anyway, leaving Rincewind looking like an idiot.
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