* ''Oyabun'' tends to slide up and down the scale but keeps the point of middle on the cynical side. Considering it's a story about Naruto's descent/ascent (depending on the reader) into the Yakuza and criminal underworld with a mess of GrayAndGrayMorality, it's to be expected. It becomes jarring to watch the optimistic Naruto slowly becoming a IDidWhatIHadToDo-type AntiHero / VillainProtagonist who is a little disillusioned with the world. He even considers making plans to kill Konohamaru, Sakura, Sasuke and Hinata when they find out he's still alive (he had to fake his death upon joining the Yakuza). He's like Pain minus the God complex.
* ''FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40k'' and ''FanFic/FairlyEnglishStory'' are both cynical, with heroes that do awful things and who have significant character flaws. However, both have a brighter aspect in that however monstrous the heroes may be, they are dedicated toward making the world a better place and have the strength and skill to do so. In ''FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40k'', this makes it slightly more idealistic than the original. Where ''FanFic/FairlyEnglishStory'' lands in relation to its parent source is...debatable.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fanfics in particular are known for being more cynical than their source, often playing the more comedic elements straight.
* ''FanFic/NecaberintsPhalanx'' is an interesting case. It's military sci-fi with a child soldier set in the GearsOfWar [[CrapsackWorld universe]] and things keep getting worse. The main character has had a terrible life, like everybody else, and he's a going rather insane. It sounds like a complete wad of DarkFic. It's actually rather cynical for a fic about a video game set in a post-apocalyptic hellhole where the good guys are Fascists. The themes of friendship, love, loyalty, camaraderie, and trust appear often and frequently, without the characters being TrueCompanions, they would have all certainly died by now. It's a realistically idealistic work with cynicism jutting into it.
* A good study on the differing ends of the scale occurs in ''Fanfic/TiberiumWars''. On the one hand, the story is cynical itself, with cruelty, [[NecessarilyEvil necessary evils]], [[AnyoneCanDie senseless death]], and [[WarIsHell disturbing brutality and violence]]. This is shown particularly well in a brutal moment where a Nod officer has to execute his own wounded because they'll slow his able-bodied troops down while retreating. On the other hand, the story also shows compassion, loyalty, and friendship are powerful forces that can let leaders command their men successfully and can let the dog soldiers on the ground survive the worst. The idealistic side is shown in a scene where Commander Karrde addressed a unit that had been mauled under his command, asking for volunteers for a dangerous mission. He expects them to refuse or deride him for getting so many of the troops killed, only to have the entire unit volunteer, believing that his command was the only thing that got them out of the battle alive.
* Although never idealistic, ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' has the four gradually move from wide-eyed wonder and genuine heroic tendencies to exhausted cynicism by the end, to the point where they refuse to rescue Lyndess, who saved their lives in the First Movement. Slightly justified in that A) they didn't know if the curse on her had ended when the Dalns gods left, and it would have taken them weeks to get her home if it hadn't; and B) she was a skahs, and they were sick, sick, sick to death of skahs.
* ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' plays up the {{crapsack|World}} aspects of the Potterverse, but also has some genuine HeartwarmingMoments. May be going for EarnYourHappyEnding.
* ''FanFic/DrunkardsWalk'' is generally idealistic. Most of the characters are shown to be (or become) decent people at heart, and it's very difficult to find character who is both truly selfish and not batshit insane.
* ''TheEmiyaClan'' is all over the place on this one, probably due to the different authors that make up the community and the many different stories and crossovers being written. Some stories, focusing on harem antics, family comedy, or the power of friendship are idealistic. Others, focusing on the more traditional {{Nasuverse}} angles, wars, and the criminal underworld, are extremely cynical.
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' starts out in the middle, just like the original strip. By Season 2, it's nudged a bit closer to cynicism than the original strip, what with all the snarkers and {{jerkass}}es[=,=] though most villains are harmless. CerebusSyndrome nudges it a bit more, [[spoiler:and Holographic Retro's death outright ''bumps'' it.]] It's still relatively idealistic, just less so.
** Episodes like "Thunderstorm" and "Dark Laughter" definitely fit the cynical side more easily, however.
* ''[[Fanfic/DeliverUsFromEvilSeries Mortality]]'' is heavily based on he powers of [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship]] and [[ThePowerOfLove love]], [[TrueCompanions loyalty]], [[HiddenEvil villains who don't advertize their evil]], and [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight doing what's right versus obeying the law]]... so we see this scale an awful lot in the novel. Inspector Patterson is living proof that GoodIsNotNice, but Colonel Moran is something of a VillainWithGoodPublicity [[EvenEvilHasStandards and Standards]]. [[TheHero Dr. Watson]] does some possibly surprisingly [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption dark things]], [[BigBrotherInstinct but he does them for]] [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Holmes]]. As far as the heroes' philosophies are concerned, Patterson comes out firmly as TheCynic, and Wiggins, despite his past as a StreetUrchin, is probably the biggest [[TheIdealist Idealist]].
* ''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]].
** The thing is [[spoiler: it works; the one person is brought back to life without any fatalities.]]
* A in-universe debate is had between Danzo and Naruto in ''Naruto:Asunder'' before and after their fight. It should be noted that while Naruto is for idealism he sees the world in WhiteAndGrayMorality while Danzo is BlackAndWhiteMorality.
* ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'' is somewhat on the idealistic side. It is emphasized that the world is often harsh and never can be perfect, but it's indicated that people can change for the better, and perhaps so can the world. In the end, [[spoiler:The Obsidian Lord, the Usurper and [[ParodySue the SUEs]] are defeated with the Himes managing to work together against the common threat, but the deaths of innocent people through the course of the conflict, as well as the lack of a ResetButton, results in there being more of a BittersweetEnding than in canon]].
* 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.
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