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4th Feb '17 12:54:33 PM DinoCam1795
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* In the final episode of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Volume 4, Ruby reveals herself to have developed into this in her letter to Yang; she's now aware of the bad things in the world, but has resolved to continue fighting the good fight anyway.



* In the final episode of WesternAnimation/RWBY Volume 4, Ruby reveals herself to have developed into this in her letter to Yang; she's now aware of the bad things in the world, but has resolved to continue fighting the good fight anyway.
4th Feb '17 12:24:22 PM Donquill
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* In the final episode of WesternAnimation/RWBY Volume 4, Ruby reveals herself to have developed into this in her letter to Yang; she's now aware of the bad things in the world, but has resolved to continue fighting the good fight anyway.
27th Jan '17 6:36:22 PM Miru_Jaca
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* Comedian and musician Music/TimMinchin, as better seen in his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoEezZD71sc address]] for a graduation ceremony in The University of Western Australia.
-->There is only one sensible thing to do with this empty existence, and that is: fill it.
14th Jan '17 7:59:09 AM Crino37
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May overlap with KnightInSourArmor, who is character that, besides his cynical views, decided to be a good guy not because of the beliefs that it can change the world for better, but just because is the right thing to do.
6th Jan '17 10:28:03 AM LBHills
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** This is a significant plot point in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'': Death is convinced that the real reason for concepts like the Hogfather (and the reason [[spoiler:the Auditors]] want to destroy them) is [[spoiler:training - if you learn to believe in the little lies, you can believe in the big ones, like, for example, [[StrawNihilist justice or mercy]]]]. Susan affirms her belief in the necessity for this belief, and, in possibly the most [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming heartwaring moment in the story]], Death agrees:

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** This is a significant plot point in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'': Death is convinced that the real reason for concepts like the Hogfather (and the reason [[spoiler:the Auditors]] want to destroy them) is [[spoiler:training - if you learn to believe in the little lies, you can believe in the big ones, like, for example, [[StrawNihilist justice or mercy]]]]. Susan affirms her belief in the necessity for this belief, and, in possibly the most [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming heartwaring heartwarming moment in the story]], Death agrees:


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** The golem Dorfl, the first of his kind to gain autonomy, decides that the only sane response to being responsible for one's actions is to only take actions you can be proud of.
2nd Jan '17 5:37:13 AM Austin
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* This is ultimately the main message of Nemo Ramjet's web-novel ''All Tomorrows''; taking us through the overarching history of mans' future and then; when it's all over, saying that the important part isn't how things ended up, but in those individual moments of life throughout our history.

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* This is ultimately the main message of Nemo Ramjet's web-novel ''All Tomorrows''; ''Literature/AllTomorrows''; taking us through the overarching history of mans' future and then; when it's all over, saying that the important part isn't how things ended up, but in those individual moments of life throughout our history.
4th Dec '16 11:37:03 AM Hanz
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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', in the episode, "All About Mormons". The town is introduced to a family of optimistic and kindhearted Mormons. When the family tells Stan of the story of Joseph Smith, Stan yells at them for believing in something so ridiculous and factually incorrect. Later, Gary, the family's youngest son, tells Stan that he doesn't actually believe in Mormonism, but it doesn't matter, as everything good in his life is because of his family's Mormon beliefs.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', in the episode, "All About Mormons". The town is introduced to a family of optimistic and kindhearted Mormons. When the family tells Stan of the story of Joseph Smith, Stan yells at them for believing in something so ridiculous and factually incorrect. Later, Gary, the family's youngest son, tells Stan that he doesn't actually believe in Mormonism, but it doesn't matter, as everything good in his life is because of his family's Mormon beliefs. Incidentally, Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone would later go on to create Theatre/TheBookOfMormon.
3rd Dec '16 6:12:26 PM Josef5678
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* The Dark Souls series has traces of this outlook. The game setting is described as apocalyptic, with the world falling apart, and there being no signs of positive outcomes, no matter how much you preserve and struggle, but despite the bleak circumstances, the character carries on anyway, because in doing so, they carve meaning out of meaninglessness.

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* The Dark Souls ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' series has traces of this outlook. The game setting is described as apocalyptic, with the world falling apart, and there being no signs of positive outcomes, no matter how much you preserve and struggle, but despite the bleak circumstances, the character carries on anyway, because in doing so, they carve meaning out of meaninglessness.



* Stanley Kubrick perfectly summed up this trope.

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* Stanley Kubrick Creator/StanleyKubrick perfectly summed up this trope.
1st Dec '16 4:27:48 PM FallenLegend
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': [[KidHero Ruby]] invokes this in a speech with [[KnightInSourArmor Blake]] in Episode 3, Season 1. Sure the world isn't like a fairy tale, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't try to make it better. That's why they're at [[HeroAcademy Beacon]], right? Yang is very proud of her younger sister's views, and [[WhenSheSmiles even Blake can only return a smile]].
** Late in Volume 3, Ruby is fighting [[GentlemanThief Roman Torchwick]], who is a classic nihilist. Torchwick lambasts Ruby for her idealism, angrily telling her that "the real world doesn't care about spirit" and that if she wants to be a hero she can "go and die like every other Huntsman in history." Then right as he gains the upper hand in the fight, this trope comes out in full force when [[spoiler: a [[EmotionEater Grimm]], attracted by Torchwick's nihilistic anger and hate, swoops in and eats him whole.]]
** The season 4 intro song displays this attitude. No, the world is not a fairy tale, and hope seems to have been pretty much lost. But we're going to keep on living and fighting anyway, and in time our wounds will heal.
1st Dec '16 3:59:58 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* [[OriginalCharacter Kyoji]] [[OmnidisciplinarySciencst Nakamura]] in ''Blog/ThePredespairKids'' explains this as his mindset in a conversation with Mukuro Ikusaba.

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* [[OriginalCharacter Kyoji]] [[OmnidisciplinarySciencst [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Nakamura]] in ''Blog/ThePredespairKids'' explains this as his mindset in a conversation with Mukuro Ikusaba.
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