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28th Mar '17 2:30:11 PM matt_shade
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* Franchise/{{Batman}}, DependingOnTheWriter. The victim of a random and meaningless crime, young Bruce Wayne could have decided that life was pointless, and succumbed to depression and nihilism. But instead he chose to create his own purpose, re-inventing himself as a force for order and justice, which stands in direct opposition to The Joker's strain of chaos and destruction. There's actually a surprisingly deep (if unsubtle) quote in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' which captures the existential nature of Batman's character.
-->'''Alfred:''' Death and chance stole your parents. But rather than become a victim, you have done everything in your power to control the fates. For what is Batman if not an effort to master the chaos that sweeps our world, an attempt to control death itself.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}}, DependingOnTheWriter. The victim of a seemingly random and meaningless crime, tragedy, young Bruce Wayne could have decided that life itself was pointless, meaningless and succumbed to depression and nihilism. But instead he chose to create focus on what his own purpose, parents meant to him and to Gotham, re-inventing himself as a force for order and justice, which stands in direct opposition to The Joker's strain of chaos and destruction. There's actually a surprisingly deep (if unsubtle) quote in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' which captures the existential nature of Batman's character.
-->'''Alfred:''' Death and chance stole your parents. But rather than become a victim, you have done everything in your power to control the fates. For what is Batman if not an effort to master the chaos that sweeps our world, an attempt to control death itself.itself?
17th Mar '17 2:08:00 PM Doug86
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* The Terrible Eye from ''ComicBook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool'' is actually ''thrilled'' at the prospect of the afterlife being just eternal darkness and nothingness. Understandable, since her research of magic has led her to believe afterlife is a never-ending nightmare akin to those in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' or ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. TheNothingAfterDeath is a vast improvement over ''that''.

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* The Terrible Eye from ''ComicBook/TheUnbelievableGwenpool'' is actually ''thrilled'' at the prospect of the afterlife being just eternal darkness and nothingness. Understandable, since her research of magic has led her to believe afterlife is a never-ending nightmare akin to those in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' or ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. TheNothingAfterDeath is a vast improvement over ''that''.



* Nurgle, the Chaos God of disease and despair in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is, surprisingly enough, like this. Yes, all things will eventually die and rot, and you will most likely never achieve your dreams, but does that matter? Instead of angsting over it or spending you life trying to reach an impossible goal, you should just be happy with what you have. Nurgle loves you no matter what you do. Of course he is the god of disease, so while he genuinely does care for you, his idea of caring involves "gifting" people with terrible diseases...

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* Nurgle, the Chaos God of disease and despair in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' is, surprisingly enough, like this. Yes, all things will eventually die and rot, and you will most likely never achieve your dreams, but does that matter? Instead of angsting over it or spending you life trying to reach an impossible goal, you should just be happy with what you have. Nurgle loves you no matter what you do. Of course he is the god of disease, so while he genuinely does care for you, his idea of caring involves "gifting" people with terrible diseases...
13th Mar '17 10:17:40 PM Troperinik
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* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}''.
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.
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