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17th Jan '18 7:45:08 PM EspeonArcaninePines
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Note that the original fable "The Fox and the Grapes" is not about disparaging a thing you can't get. The fox was disgusted with himself for wasting time and effort trying to reach a bunch of grapes that were sour, meaning unripe.

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Note %%Note that the original fable "The Fox and the Grapes" is not about disparaging a thing you can't get. The fox was disgusted with himself for wasting time and effort trying to reach a bunch of grapes that were sour, meaning unripe.
%%Except that's literally exactly what it's about. While the fox disparaged himself for doing this, he really had no way of knowing the grapes were sour and just made that statement up so he'd feel better.
10th Dec '17 12:55:31 PM 742mph
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Stories that don't do this are WishFulfillment fantasies. NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat. Fiction has been providing wish fulfillment for centuries. Contemporary fiction, though, often comes off as somehow ''obliged'' to show the downside of a desire. Not doing so might be seen as "juvenile." Ironically, SourGrapesTropes tend to [[NotSoDifferent indulge in their own backhanded brand of]] WishFulfillment; these tropes are often used to assuage [[TallPoppySyndrome an audience's discomfort]] and [[GreenEyedMonster envy]] at seeing a more ambitious or intelligent or lucky character at succeeding in a way that the viewers can't by showing the 'bad' side of their success. See [[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Nietzsche's remarks on ''slave morality'']] for the intellectual impulse behind many of the usages of these tropes.

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Stories that don't do this are WishFulfillment fantasies. NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat.fantasies, [[TropesAreNotBad not that there's anything wrong with that]]. Fiction has been providing wish fulfillment for centuries. Contemporary fiction, though, often comes off as somehow ''obliged'' to show the downside of a desire. Not doing so might be seen as "juvenile." Ironically, SourGrapesTropes tend to [[NotSoDifferent indulge in their own backhanded brand of]] WishFulfillment; these tropes are often used to assuage [[TallPoppySyndrome an audience's discomfort]] and [[GreenEyedMonster envy]] at seeing a more ambitious or intelligent or lucky character at succeeding in a way that the viewers can't by showing the 'bad' side of their success. See [[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Nietzsche's remarks on ''slave morality'']] for the intellectual impulse behind many of the usages of these tropes.
4th Sep '17 12:38:01 PM GrammarNavi
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* TheAmericanDream: Achieving prosperity won't make your life better, in fact it'll only destroy your life and family.

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* TheAmericanDream: UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream: Achieving prosperity won't make your life better, in fact it'll only destroy your life and family.
26th Aug '17 5:26:15 AM poi99
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* PrescienceIsPredictable
26th Jun '17 8:36:53 PM starkitty93
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* PowerAtAPrice
* PrestigePeril
* PygmalionSnapBack

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* PowerAtAPrice
PowerAtAPrice: Use of superpowers requires having to sacrifice something in exchange.
* PrestigePeril
PrestigePeril: Positions of power put your life in danger.
* PygmalionSnapBackPygmalionSnapBack: It's not a good idea to change a person into something they're not.



* VengeanceFeelsEmpty
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving

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* VengeanceFeelsEmpty
VengeanceFeelsEmpty: Getting your revenge makes your life feel meaningless.
* WantingIsBetterThanHavingWantingIsBetterThanHaving: Once you've gotten all that you've wanted, life becomes boring and unrewarding.



* YankTheDogsChain

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* YankTheDogsChain
YankTheDogsChain: Don't expect to permanently keep your good fortune, you won't have it for very long.
26th Jun '17 8:17:01 PM starkitty93
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* NotQuiteForever
* ObsessivelyNormal
* ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest

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* NotQuiteForever
NotQuiteForever: Wanting something to last forever is just never so.
* ObsessivelyNormal
ObsessivelyNormal: The desire to be normal may cause you to mistreat/hate all who don't conform to your idea of normalcy.
* ThePerilsOfBeingTheBestThePerilsOfBeingTheBest: Being TheAce has many prices to pay.
25th Jun '17 8:32:31 PM starkitty93
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* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: The ability to read minds is better left unused since it leads you to lead some dark secrets.

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* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: The ability to read minds is better left unused since it leads you to lead learn some dark secrets.
25th Jun '17 8:29:14 PM starkitty93
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* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead

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* AMindIsATerribleThingToReadAMindIsATerribleThingToRead: The ability to read minds is better left unused since it leads you to lead some dark secrets.



* NecessaryFail

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* NecessaryFailNecessaryFail: That embarrassing blunder you committed or that horrific tragedy that happened is needed for something good to happen.
25th Jun '17 8:13:52 PM starkitty93
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* ComesGreatResponsibility
* CompensatingForSomething

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* ComesGreatResponsibility
ComesGreatResponsibility: When you have super powers, using them for anything other than helping others never works out.
* CompensatingForSomethingCompensatingForSomething: When the use of BiggerIsBetter reveals insecurity about a certain "aspect" of your body.



* {{Deconstruction}}

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* {{Deconstruction}}{{Deconstruction}}: The whole purpose of this story is to show how your desires coming true would play out in real life.



* GoodNeedsEvil

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* GoodNeedsEvilGoodNeedsEvil: If you remove evil then how can we know what good is?
25th Jun '17 5:09:01 AM starkitty93
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* TheAmericanDream

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* TheAmericanDreamTheAmericanDream: Achieving prosperity won't make your life better, in fact it'll only destroy your life and family.



* BestOfAllPossibleWorlds

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* BestOfAllPossibleWorldsBestOfAllPossibleWorlds: Attempts to improve your reality creates more problems.
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