Created By: FantasyLiver on January 3, 2013 Last Edited By: FantasyLiver on March 3, 2013

Hope Born in Despair

A baby girl is born in stressful times and named Hope; it's symbolic.

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In fiction, there are commonly stressful times and rising conflicts. After all, peace and harmony are boring.

During these stressful times, whenever a pregnant woman gives birth, the baby is often named Hope due to the hope that the child brought in a world filled with conflict. Bonus points if the delivery was long, late, or early. The hero will often be touched by the fact that something as innocent as a baby can still exist in this conflicted world.

Examples:

Comics
  • In X-Men, the first mutant born after the mass depowering of the mutant race was named Hope. She's considered The Messiah of the mutant race

Literature
  • In Inheritance, after Eragon assists with a late birth, they name the baby Hope.
  • The Helmsman Saga has one born during the war.
  • Lord of the Rings has a male example. At a time when the War of the Ring is imminent and Middle-Earth is about to be assailed by the forces of Sauron, the son of the Ranger leader Arathorn is named Estel - "Hope". He later becomes better known as Aragorn.
  • There's a rare male example in the novel Comet Dis'aster by L.E.Vega...the baby boy named Hope is born to parents who hid in an underground bunker and ultimately becomes the head of La Résistance and overthrows the Complete Monster Big Bad by the end of the novel

Live-Action TV
  • In Raising Hope, the baby, after a stressful and long night, is named Hope.
  • Hope from Days of Our Lives was named such because her mother had leukemia when she was pregnant but survived to give birth and her cancer then went into remission.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: Gabrielle was raped by the One True God and called the baby Hope, but when Xena was raped by the One True God, the baby was Eve.

Theatre
  • Part of Hope's backstory in Urinetown. She was born around the time the drought started, before the draconian rationing measures, when times were toughest. She's in her early adulthood as the play begins.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 45
  • January 3, 2013
    starguy256
    Examples should be listed as EXAMPLES. The trope works though.
  • January 3, 2013
    lexicon
    Maybe the trope works but it seems that the OP has never edited a page. There are no links at all. I don't think the description is much longer than the laconic.
  • January 3, 2013
    Jaqen
    Xena Warrior Princess: Gabrielle was raped by the One True God and called the baby Hope, but when Xena was raped by the One True God, the baby was Eve.
  • January 3, 2013
    Larkmarn
    In X-Men, the first mutant born after the mass depowering of the mutant race was named Hope. She's considered The Messiah of the mutant race.
  • January 3, 2013
    Omeganian
    The Helmsman Saga has one born during the war.
  • January 3, 2013
    Waterlily
    Hope from Days Of Our Lives was named such because her mother had leukemia when she was pregnant but survived to give birth and her cancer then went into remission.
  • January 4, 2013
    Arivne
    Put the Examples section in our standard format.

    Edit: Sorry, I meant to say "I put the Examples section in our standard format."

    I inadvertently phrased it as an order. :(
  • January 4, 2013
    Waterlily
    I wasn't sure what you meant. Was that right?
  • January 4, 2013
    lexicon
    Okay now it's in the right format but a laconic isn't enough for a trope. It needs a much longer description and since this isn't Up For Grabs I don't think anyone is allowed to add it except the OP.
  • January 4, 2013
    Koveras
    Subtrope of Significant Name? Does it have to be Always Female? I have a male example that doesn't fit the current narrow definition...

    • Hope Estheim from Final Fantasy XIII is the youngest among the Player Party and symbolizes the hope for the future that they all come to harbor. In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Hope becomes the de facto leader of the entire humanity, helping them through the hard times to a better future.
  • January 4, 2013
    PaulA
    ^ I'm inclined to say that's not an example, not because he's male but because (judging by the description) he's not born during the story.
  • January 4, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Alright, sorry everyone for not putting it in the right format and stuff. I thought of this trope, really late last night and I was rushed. Thanks to those who already fixed and edited it. It is now Up For Grabs. and, Koveras; it doesn't have to be female but I'm inclined to agree with Paul A on that example.
  • January 4, 2013
    Koveras
    Then I think you have two separate and more basic tropes here. One about people born during difficult times and associated with hope for a better future (regardless of their name), and one about people with Hope as the Significant Name.
  • January 4, 2013
    AgProv
    Not just girls. At a time when the War of the Ring is imminent and Middle-Earth is about to be assailed by the forces of Sauron, the son of the Ranger leader Arathorn is named Estel - "Hope". He later becomes better known as Aragorn. (Lord of the Rings, book and films).
  • January 4, 2013
    Duncan
    Real Life- the wife of one of the trapped Chilean miners (in 2010) gave birth while her husband was trapped underground and, per his request, named the baby Esperanza, Spanish for "hope".
  • January 4, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Koveras, this trope is kinda a merging of both of those; babies born in difficult times with Hope as their Significant Name
  • January 4, 2013
    Nazetrime
    I rememeber a South Park episode focusing on lice where this happened. Not sure of the name of Season though.

    For the name, how about "Baby Hope"?
  • January 4, 2013
    SKJAM
    Defied in Saga when the mother decides that "Hope" is way too hokey of a name, even under the very trying conditions she's been born under. The kid gets named "Hazel" instead.
  • January 4, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
  • January 4, 2013
    McKathlin
    ^ Seriously? They name the child Hope to represent their feelings of joy and optimism in the midst of turmoil. How is that not tropey?

  • January 4, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
    Those are not things that are communicated to the audience I don't think. No new information is presented by the choice of baby name. It is an effect, whereas this would like it to be a cause.
  • January 4, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    ^^ Uh, according to our main page, tropes are "tricks of the trade for writing fiction." Well, this trope is definitely a "trick of the trade", as it gives the readers a Hope Spot in the midst of turmoil. And a trope doesn't have to be a "cause." What about Evil Costume Switch? That trope is an "effect", as it happens because of a good guy gone rogue.

    ^ Great description of the trope, Mc Kathlin, I might use it in the description

  • January 5, 2013
    Koveras
    @FantasyLiver: "this trope is kinda a merging of both of those"

    Is that really a good idea to try launching a compound trope before its component tropes? It's up to you, ultimately, but my own past YKTT Ws like that never worked very well...
  • January 5, 2013
    rodneyAnonymous
    So this is the naming event, not a list of babies named Hope?

    The trope name doesn't have to say everything, but it should say that.
  • January 5, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    ^ Yes, I'll put that in the description

    ^^ I phrased that wrong. It's not a merging of two separate tropes, but rather this trope is made up of two smaller concepts; the birth of the baby and then naming the baby Hope.
  • January 5, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Anyone else got an alternate name?
  • January 5, 2013
    Jemada
    Real life/ literature- Nadezhda Mandelstam wrote two books about her life in Stalinist Russia- Hope Against Hope and Hope Abandoned. Nadezhda is the Russian word for hope.
  • January 6, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Was she named because her birth gave hope to her parents, though?
  • January 9, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Is this thing tropeworthy yet?
  • January 10, 2013
    peccantis
    Current title is bad, this isn't a trope of naming babies "Hope" at every possible instance.

    War Baby Hope? Would work both ways as War [Baby hope] (babies=future's hope) and [War baby] Hope. I know it isn't limited to wars but Disaster Baby Hope sounds too much like an Enfant Terrible :P

    Perhaps the description could list names in other languages used for the same purpose? In Finnish "Toivo" means the exact same as "Hope" but is a male name. IRL a lot of Toivos were born during and after WWII (as well as Voittos (Victory), Taistos (Battle/Struggle), and I think Rauhas (Peace) as well)... I have no fictional examples in mind but I could almost bet my head that there are some.

  • January 10, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    War Baby Hope is good. I'll fix the description.
  • January 13, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Well, anyone else have a better name?
  • January 14, 2013
    robinjohnson
    "Always" is a bit problematic in trope titles, since it only takes one counterexample to show that it's not always. I think Name The Baby Hope is enough.
  • January 14, 2013
    Arivne
    Seconding Name The Baby Hope.
  • January 15, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Alright, I would change it to Name The Baby Hope, but I don't know how to change the title. How do I do this?
  • January 15, 2013
    peccantis
    ^ click the pen icon right to the "edited by: xxx (last reply: 2013-00-00 00:00:00)" to edit the draft
  • January 17, 2013
    troacctid
    • Part of Hope's backstory in Urinetown. She was born around the time the drought started, before the draconian rationing measures, when times were toughest. She's in her early adulthood as the play begins.
  • January 19, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Okey dokey, sounds good.
  • February 4, 2013
    Cassis
    Could this be expanded to other situations where parents give their kids meaningful/symbolic names in-universe? Or do you have a trope for that already? Meaningful Name seems to be specifically creator-given names; characters don't comment on or even necessarily know about the symbolism.

    "Hope" is probably the most common, but for example, there's Hester Prynne, who named her daughter Pearl because "she came at great price." I also vaguely remember a baby-switch story from, I think, As the World Turns: when after literally years the birth parents got their daughter back, they renamed her Faith.
  • February 4, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    The above example sounds too much like Meaningful Name, though. I think this should just be Hope or names similar to that, like the Lo TR example above.
  • February 5, 2013
    TrueShadow1
    What about Hope Born In Despair for the title name? Name The Baby Hope doesn't emphasize the 'born in the middle of stressful times' part enough IMO.
  • February 5, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    ^ That's great! I'll change it.
  • February 5, 2013
    chicagomel
    There's a rare male example in the novel Comet Dis'aster by L.E.Vega...the baby boy named Hope is born to parents who hid in an underground bunker and ultimately becomes the head of La Resistance and overthrows the Complete Monster Big Bad by the end of the novel. (er, is that too many potholes?)
  • February 5, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    No I'll add it.
  • March 3, 2013
    FantasyLiver
    Bump

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