That's it man. Game over man, game over!
The cast is surrounded by monsters, killers, and all manner of deathtraps, but the hero's got his head on his shoulders, and the determination to hope that everything will turn out fine. Unfortunately, not everyone shares his belief. In every group there's the one guy who's quick to insist that they're all doomed, to complain that there's no way to survive their predicament, who is the first to completely lose their head as the weight of the danger they're in starts crushing down. And he's right, for himself at least. The moment you get so scared you become a defeatist, you're marked, and might as well have shown off a family photo
for all the good it'd do you.
Surrendering is not an option either, and will only serve to demonstrate that the enemy doesn't accept surrenders
Basically, you panic, you die. If you're a defeatist or fatalist, then you also die. Vaguely related to Death by Pragmatism
, and The Complainer Is Always Wrong
Yet another reason why you shouldn't tempt fate
Anime and Manga
- Ron from King of Thorn decides to split from the rest of the survivors because he figures that it's no use going on now that they've seen the condition the rest of the world is in. He later changes his mind and, surprisingly, lives to tell the tale.
- One Piece has Usopp as this, although it is more played for laughs as he constantly predicts they're all gonna die even though he's in the company of several people with Charles Atlas Superpower's.
- The opening scene for Firefly is a flashback to the Unification War. Mal Reynolds is leading a group that's holding ground against a numerically larger opponent. One of his soldiers, Private Bendis, says they're going to die. Mal tells him reinforcements on on their way and they'll be okay. Instead it's the enemy that gets reinforced and Bendis is killed while standing next to Mal.
- Parodied in Futurama when the crew shrinks themselves down to fight worms inside Fry's body. Whenever a minor setback comes up, Bender panics and yells at everyone to abandon ship. Happens no less than three times. Note that they are using virtual reality controlled robotic miniatures of themselves and are never in any danger whatsoever.
- Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "The Jihad". Subverted with M-3-Green, who despite calling their mission "mad" and saying "We're all going to die", makes to the end alive.
- Winston Churchill:
When I warned them [France] that Britain would fight on alone whatever they did, their generals told their Prime Minister and his divided Cabinet, "In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken." Some chicken! Some neck!