History SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism / FanWorks

20th May '16 9:59:07 AM Tron80
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* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'' sits comfortably in the middle of the scale. The story is dark but hopeful, and although bad things happen, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
13th Dec '15 7:00:20 AM Loekman3
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** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10105890/1/Ember-Alias Ember Alias]]''

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** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10105890/1/Ember-Alias Ember Alias]]''Alias]]'' however, is firmly on the cynical end of the scale, far darker than most Flinn fan fictions you will typically see (Second only to ''Purpose''). Basically it deals with a lot more darker and cynical Finn, whom in his attempts to escape from his heartbreak from "The Red Throne", turns into a hero who prefers to help the needs of other people over his own doused heart and employs a disguise into a Fire Elemental in order to aid Flame Princess and Cinnamon Bun against the Olympians. However, this ultimate lie delivers heaps of negative consequences towards both Finn and everyone else, from suspicion that "Fenrir" murdered Finn, to potential wars and alienation from his former friends as a result of his altered identity.
13th Dec '15 6:50:36 AM Loekman3
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* [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/5120924/Ooobserver Oobserver]] of the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' universe has created three major stories centered around the Flinn pairing ([=Finn/Flame=] Princess), each of them lying on a different scale between the twosides.
** ''FanFic/TheCitadelOfTruth'' firmly lies on the idealistic side as Finn and his crew goes on an adventure that remains as upbeat and positive as possible with Finn and Flame Princess hooking up early on with the majority of the plot dealing on the Ooocians dealing with the BigBad Astrum. Most the villains [[HeelFaceTurn also turns good]] via Finn's AllLovingHero status, including the [[spoiler: Astrum himself]].
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9847881/1/Yin-Yang-One-to-Ignite-One-to-Rekindle Yin-Yang: One to Ignite, One to Rekindle]]'' is in-between the two, as it deals with the angst of Finn and Flame Princess separating from each other, the former leaving because he believes that his actions could directly harm the two while at the same time, dealing with the issue of two featured OriginalCharacters who also has the same problems as Finn and Flame Princess in addition to their relationship problems. Of course, through ThePowerOfFriendship, they manage to make amends to their relationship and the fiction soon becomes more upbeat as the chapters passed.
** ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10105890/1/Ember-Alias Ember Alias]]''
25th Aug '15 12:47:26 AM MachRider1985
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* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': The Evangelion setting is dark. So what happens when you throw elements of the Superman canon in the mix? A character was a BrokenBird and a ChildSoldier and whose AbusiveParents had broken her and turned into a terrified, lonely, fragile, angry little child that drove people away to not be hurt again and thought she was worthless unless she was the best at everything gained super-powers, learnt to be a real heroine and better person and set to make her world a better place.
15th Jul '15 9:42:20 AM MachRider1985
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* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'': Shinji believes wholeheartedly that everybody have some good in them, a person can change fate, and courage and hope shall eventually triumph over fear and despair. Since he is [[spoiler:''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', he is proven right.]]
15th Jul '15 1:49:28 AM MachRider1985
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* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': The pendulum swung hard back and forth here. “A Throne of Bayonets” -the previous story- was as cynical as it gets. The AfterTheEnd world was a nightmarish place inhabited by starving masses scavenging the ruins and ruled by blood-thirsty dictators. Shinji and Asuka were turned into war tools and Asuka was two dictators' sex slave for three years. Although they finally met again and were determined to stick together they were so burn-out than having a real relationship seemed impossible. The present story is fairly idealistic, though: Shinji and Asuka meet a powerful ally who is determined to set things right for them. They finally have help, start to repair their relationship, and prepare to other war, this time with a cause is actually worth fighting for, an army at their back and gods on their side.
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': This story explores what could have happened changing a single event of the Eva canon. The result so far is a more idealistic story where the main characters learn to communicate and face their troubles together rather being unable to understand each other and falling apart due to loneliness, lack of communication and hurt.


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* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': It is hard telling what side of the scale this story falls into. On one hand, at the end of the history two billions of human beings have died and the survivors are ruled by dark gods that are preparing the human race for a war against a race of merciless murdering robots determined to kill everything. On other hand, it is a happier end than canon for both the main characters and humankind.
13th Jun '15 7:40:13 PM randomtroper89
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* ''Fanfic/GameTheory'' plays itself pretty cynically, with being a deconstruction of the original MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha though it also shows some of the idealism as well. Notably, while the conflict is essentially a case of GoodVersusGood, Nanoha's idealism is actually portrayed as a ''flaw'', [[spoiler:as it leads to her siding with Precia, risking billions of lives for the sake of one person]].

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* ''Fanfic/GameTheory'' ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'' plays itself pretty cynically, with being a deconstruction of the original MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha though it also shows some of the idealism as well. Notably, while the conflict is essentially a case of GoodVersusGood, Nanoha's idealism is actually portrayed as a ''flaw'', [[spoiler:as it leads to her siding with Precia, risking billions of lives for the sake of one person]].
26th Feb '15 10:49:26 AM EricNeoMatrix
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* Despite its heavy violence and darkness, ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' lies closer to the middle. Sonic and his friends are still heroes and hold their ideals, even if several of them are traumatized by the [[WarIsHell things]] they see. However, the rest of the setting is quite cynical with lots of GrayAndGrayMorality. And then comes [[spoiler: the twist ending, which tips the scale [[CosmicHorrorStory really, REALLY]] far to the cynical end]]. The rewrite actually uses the scale as part of its central conflict; while many of the characters are quite cynical, there are some (Chris and Cream especially) who are idealistic enough to inspire their friends. The backstory is influenced by the scale as well; Maledict is extremely cynical and channels HobbesWasRight, while Jesus and some of the Angels leaders are far more idealistic and believe RousseauWasRight instead.

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* Despite its heavy violence and darkness, ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' lies closer to the middle. Sonic and his friends are still heroes and hold their ideals, even if several of them are traumatized by the [[WarIsHell things]] they see. However, the rest of the setting is quite cynical with lots of GrayAndGrayMorality. And then comes [[spoiler: the twist ending, which tips the scale [[BlackAndGrayMorality very]], [[CrapsackWorld very]], [[CosmicHorrorStory really, REALLY]] far to the cynical end]]. The rewrite actually uses the scale as part of its central conflict; while many of the characters are quite cynical, there are some (Chris and Cream especially) who are idealistic enough to inspire their friends. The backstory is influenced by the scale as well; Maledict is extremely cynical and channels HobbesWasRight, while Jesus and some of the Angels leaders are far more idealistic and believe RousseauWasRight instead. very]], '''[[BlackComedy VERY]]''' cynical.
10th Nov '14 8:55:51 AM EricNeoMatrix
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* Despite its heavy violence and darkness, ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' lies closer to the middle. Sonic and his friends are still heroes and hold their ideals, even if several of them are traumatized by the [[WarIsHell things]] they see. However, the rest of the setting is quite cynical with lots of GrayAndGrayMorality. And then comes [[spoiler: the twist ending, which tips the scale [[CosmicHorrorStory really, REALLY]] far to the cynical end]]. The rewrite actually uses the scale as part of its central conflict; while many of the characters are quite cynical, there are some (Chris and Cream especially) who are idealistic enough to inspire their friends.

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* Despite its heavy violence and darkness, ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' lies closer to the middle. Sonic and his friends are still heroes and hold their ideals, even if several of them are traumatized by the [[WarIsHell things]] they see. However, the rest of the setting is quite cynical with lots of GrayAndGrayMorality. And then comes [[spoiler: the twist ending, which tips the scale [[CosmicHorrorStory really, REALLY]] far to the cynical end]]. The rewrite actually uses the scale as part of its central conflict; while many of the characters are quite cynical, there are some (Chris and Cream especially) who are idealistic enough to inspire their friends. The backstory is influenced by the scale as well; Maledict is extremely cynical and channels HobbesWasRight, while Jesus and some of the Angels leaders are far more idealistic and believe RousseauWasRight instead.
27th Oct '14 11:53:14 AM EricNeoMatrix
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* Despite its heavy violence and darkness, ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' lies closer to the middle. Sonic and his friends are still heroes and hold their ideals, even if several of them are traumatized by the [[WarIsHell things]] they see. However, the rest of the setting is quite cynical with lots of GrayAndGrayMorality. And then comes [[spoiler: the twist ending, which tips the scale [[CosmicHorrorStory really, REALLY]] far to the cynical end]].

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* Despite its heavy violence and darkness, ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' lies closer to the middle. Sonic and his friends are still heroes and hold their ideals, even if several of them are traumatized by the [[WarIsHell things]] they see. However, the rest of the setting is quite cynical with lots of GrayAndGrayMorality. And then comes [[spoiler: the twist ending, which tips the scale [[CosmicHorrorStory really, REALLY]] far to the cynical end]]. The rewrite actually uses the scale as part of its central conflict; while many of the characters are quite cynical, there are some (Chris and Cream especially) who are idealistic enough to inspire their friends.
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