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->''"When they realized they were in the desert, they built a religion to worship thirstiness."''
-->-- ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''

Sour Grapes Tropes are tropes that exist to convince the viewer that not only is it unlikely that their dreams and fantasies will come true, but it's probably better if they ''don't''. This is done by showing how a character is made miserable when getting their wishes fulfilled.

Stories that don't do this are WishFulfillment 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.

These tropes can also be used to make a FamilyUnfriendlyAesop if one of the things the Sour Grapes trope is grousing about is something the viewer can genuinely attain. It can encourage them to stay in their bad situation rather than [[DareToBeBadass doing something about it]].

%%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.

Contrast SweetAndSourGrapes.


* AgeWithoutYouth: You gain immortality but you still grow older until you're too decrepit to function anymore, then you'll be praying for death.
* AmbitionIsEvil: Trying to make your wishes come true will turn you to the dark side.
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream: Achieving prosperity won't make your life better, in fact it'll only destroy your life and family.
* AntiIntellectualism: Knowledge and education are undesirable.
* AttractivenessDiscrimination: Your looks will get you discriminated against regardless if you're gorgeous or butt ugly.
* BeautyIsBad: Being beautiful will make you a bad person.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Your wish coming true could spell disaster.
* BestOfAllPossibleWorlds: Attempts to improve your reality creates more problems.
* BewareTheSuperman: Superpowers bring about disaster rather than justice and order.
* BlessedWithSuck: This awesome gift will only worsen your life.
* BrainlessBeauty: If beauty doesn't make you [[BeautyIsBad bad]], it'll only make you stupid.
* ButterflyOfDoom: Changing anything in the past, no matter how small, will create a BadFuture.
* CameBackWrong: You brought your beloved back from the dead... except they're no longer the same person you knew.
* CelebrityIsOverrated: Fame isn't all it's cracked up to be.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: When you have super powers, using them for anything other than helping others never works out.
* CompensatingForSomething: When the use of BiggerIsBetter reveals insecurity about a certain "aspect" of your body.
* DeathTakesAHoliday: Turns out death is a necessary evil.
* {{Deconstruction}}: The whole purpose of this story is to show how your desires coming true would play out in real life.
* DumbIsGood: It's better to remain a simpleton since intelligence makes you a {{Jerkass}}.
* EvilLuddite: Trying to remove "evil technology" makes you the evil one.
* FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome: The improvements you obtain will eventually be reverted, sometimes for the best.
* GodForADay: Status as a deity proves to be too much responsibility and absolute power corrupts.
* GoodNeedsEvil: If you remove evil then how can we know what good is?
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Trying to go back in time to prevent a tragedy from happening proves to make things worse.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Special powers prove to be too overwhelming to deal with.
* ImmortalProcreationClause: Obtaining immortality strips you of your fertility.
* ImmortalityImmorality: Obtaining immortality requires resorting to unethical means to achieve it.
* IntelligenceEqualsIsolation: If you're smarter than your peers, nobody will want to be around you.
* InWithTheInCrowd: If you win the approval of the popular crowd, you'll lose old friends and become a {{Jerkass}}.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Obtaining money and power will cost you the love of your old friends.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: The ability to read minds is better left unused since it leads you to learn some dark secrets.
* MiseryBuildsCharacter: It's better for you to obtain success through suffering rather having it easy.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Having big muscles won't make you strong.
* NecessaryFail: That embarrassing blunder you committed or that horrific tragedy that happened is needed for something good to happen.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: When trying to be a GoodSamaritan gets you into trouble.
* NotQuiteForever: Wanting something to last forever is just never so.
* ObsessivelyNormal: The desire to be normal may cause you to mistreat/hate all who don't conform to your idea of normalcy.
* ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest: Being TheAce has many prices to pay.
* PopularIsDumb: Once you're popular with your peers, your IQ will decrease.
* PowerAtAPrice: Use of superpowers requires having to sacrifice something in exchange.
* PrescienceIsPredictable: Knowing what's gonna happen in the future makes life boring.
* PrestigePeril: Positions of privilege put your life in danger (or at least make it miserable).
* PygmalionSnapBack: It's not a good idea to change a person into something they're not.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Being beautiful causes you misery.
* VengeanceFeelsEmpty: Getting your revenge makes your life feel meaningless.
* WantingIsBetterThanHaving: Once you've gotten all that you've wanted, life becomes boring and unrewarding.
* WeWantOurJerkBack: The {{Jerkass}} character proves to be worse off when nice than when an asshole.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Immortality has boring as well as heartbreaking consequences to it.
* YankTheDogsChain: Don't expect to permanently keep your good fortune, you won't have it for very long.