->''"But you can't kill dreams. Not really. I mean, despair may be the thing that comes after hope, but there's still hope, right? When there's no hope you might as well be dead."''
-->-- '''Matthew the Raven''', ''"The Sandman: The Wake"'' by Creator/NeilGaiman

The BigBad is triumphant, the SealedEvilInACan has been released, and the [[ApocalypseWow world is in flames]]. There is no doubt about it; this is the DarkestHour. Prepare for TheDarkTimes.

However, all is not lost. [[EvilCannotComprehendGood The villain does not and cannot realize one thing:]] though the heroes who tried to stop him have failed, and may well have died, '''Hope lives on''', and with it, the HeroicSpirit survives. Even now, a rudimentary version of LaResistance is forming because word has spread that a ChosenOne has appeared after being sent off like MosesInTheBulrushes. The now-dead heroes who opposed the BigBad [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture sent a weapon through time to the future]] that can defeat the UltimateEvil.

These stories about the ChosenOne and the super-weapon might be true but their truthfulness matters less than what it means that these stories exist at all: '''Hope lives on! ''' One day, maybe not tomorrow, maybe not next week, maybe not in our lifetimes, but one day, AsLongAsThereIsOneMan, JusticeWillPrevail.

It is a ForegoneConclusion.

A common message given by fiction and folklore. Only the most downer of {{Downer Ending}}s exclude it, and even then there's usually some way around such a bleak finish, no matter how bad things are. Often combines with RousingSpeech, because often, TheWarHasJustBegun.

Not to be confused with HopeSproutsEternal.

[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': [[spoiler: Homura has witnessed her best friend dying or corrupting four times or more and failed to stop it from happening three times or more. She's watched her fellow magical girls kill each other out of despair. She was present for the end of the world. Kyubey's system of Miracle Contracts is, by her own admission, inescapable. Yet despite all of this, she's determined to find the GoldenPath that leads to Walpurgisnacht's defeat without Madoka's HeroicSacrifice.]]
** Madoka sums it up beautifully [[spoiler:as she makes her wish (becoming ''[[AbstractApotheosis hope itself]]'' in the process):]]
--> [[spoiler:"If someone says it's wrong to hope, I'll tell them they're wrong every time. I could tell them that countless times!]]
* In ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' backstory, only one thing kept Meta Knight going after the war against Nightmare wiped out the Star Warrior army; Hope.
-->"...The hope that I was not the ''last'' warrior."
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' makes this a literal thing: Spiral Power is generated by one's fighting spirit so as long as a member of the Spiral Race (aka humans) have hope, they can and most likely will win.
** A less literal example comes in the form of Kamina's [[{{Determinator}} Never give up spirit]] which he inherited from his dead father [[spoiler: then passes it down to Team Dai-Gurren, especially [[BloodBrothers Simon]] after his death, giving them the strength to continue the fight.]]
* ''[[Manga/GalaxyExpress999 Maetel Legend]]'' ends with the entire population of Andromeda subjected to UnwillingRoboticisation, including TheHighQueen, who turns from a just, selfless ruler into a ruthless tyrant, who offs her EvilChancellor ''because she is just [[EvilerThanThou eviler than him]] now''. And yet, both of her daughters, [[Anime/QueenEmeraldas Emeraldas]] and Maetel, escape both the roboticisation and her death squads and manage to flee the planet to find a way to undo their mother's mistakes.
* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', All Might deliberately cultivated this image for himself: By defeating villains in public, he hopes to inspire other people to fight crime and stand up against injustice. For much of his career as a superhero, he's successful at this--until he's critically wounded in a fight against his ArchNemesis, All for One. This event causes doubt and uncertainty to spread among society at large, villains become more bold and brazen, and the other heroes start getting overwhelmed. In a more literal sense, All Might's SuperStrength can be passed down from person to person, and each inheritor thus far has used it to become symbols of hope like All Might.

* In ''ComicBook/TheSandman: Preludes and Nocturnes'', Dream goes to Hell to retrieve his helmet. The demon Chonoronzon, who currently possesses it, challenges Dream to the ultimate game of "Can you top this?" Choronzon's final move was becoming entropy personified. Dream responded, and won, by becoming Hope.
* This is the schtick of the [[GreenLantern Blue Lantern Corps]]. It's composed of hand-selected individuals who have the ability to inspire great hope. Their unofficial leader, Saint Walker, was considered a savior by his people and was the first Blue Lantern. The way their rings work also acknowledges the limitations of hope: their rings can perform amazing feats while they are supporting Green Lanterns but are almost powerless on their own, since hope without the willpower to change things is meaningless.
** They ritualized this trope in their [[BadassCreed Lantern Oath]]
-->''In fearful day, in raging night,''
--> ''With strong hearts full, our souls ignite.''
--> ''When all seems lost in the war of light,''
-->''Look to the stars'', '''for hope burns bright'''
* There is a certain ''Comicbook/StarWarsTales'' story set in the far, far future of the galaxy. C-3PO has told a young boy named Remoh the story of the films. The story ends with him destroyed, and Remoh taking up Luke Skywalker's lightsaber, ready to stand against [[TheEmpire the new Empire]].
* ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'' has this as a theme of the book: Even in the face of great tragedy, there's potential for things to improve.
* During ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', Superman travels through the Multiverse. One Earth he glimpses is a post-apocalyptic wasteland based on the old Atomic Knights comic-book. Superman describes it as "alive with radioactivity and '''hope'''".
* In the first issue of Comicbook/SecretWars2015, worlds have collided, it's a multiverse spanning apocalypse, and Reed Richards has just seen his family die before his eyes. Just as Reed is crossing into the DespairEventHorizon, we Doctor Doom's masked visage in the glowing white aftermath, Doom, who was outside the multiverse, confronting the Beyonders.
** The same event's tie-in Last Days arc of ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' gave us the probably ''least'' flatteringly worded description of this trope from the newly rebranded God of Stories Loki:
-->'''Verity''': But it's ''not'' the end? There's — There's ''hope''?
-->'''Loki''': It's never the end of ''all'' stories. They get everywhere. Like '''roaches'''. Wipe out the whole ''omniverse'' — There'll still be a story ''somewhere''. ''Loads'', probably.

* A big part of the [[BadFuture Dark World Arc]] of the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' is this theme. In this timeline, [[TheBadGuyWins Discord won]] and has reigned for a 1000 years with the mane six as his brainwashed CoDragons. Then [[HeelFaceTurn Twilight is redeemed]] thanks to Apple Pie's refusal to give up hope. Things start looking up from there.
* In [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/61489/26/the-abundance/the-battle-of-cloudsdale-part-3 The Abundance]], the chapter begins with a quote from The Lord of the Rings saying there is no hope and things look that way: Twilight has been taken down by Loyalty, Scootaloo is dead, and Faith has gone missing after being mortally wounded. To twist the knife, Loyalty captures The Doctor and Dinky Hooves and sends them plummeting to their deaths. It is then that Derpy Hooves, who spent the entire story catatonic due to her daughter being taken, performs a freaking Sonic Rainboom, showering Cloudsdale in light. Twilight breaks free, Scootaloo's heart starts back up, and Faith, seeing the Rainboom, turns the massive airship he stole towards Cloudsdale. The chapter ends with another LOTR's quote: Hope... is kindled.
* In ''FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed'', when Nightmare Moon had cemented her power over Equestria in her sister's absence and all seemed lost, many citizens still held onto the flickering flames of hope; that Celestia would return and save them. Nightmare Moon knew that her inability to completely extinguish all traces of hope would be her downfall, leading to her orchestration of [[spoiler: the Battle of Canterlot, an attempt of an all-out victory against Celestia once she returned to re-take the nation, in order to destroy all semblances of hope forever.]]
* In the Homestuck AU ''{{Fanfic/Loophole}}'', the climax occurs with Vriska, the young troll in John's care and his de facto daughter, being put down. In spite of everything he and his allies could do, they couldn't stop this. And what's worse, it turns out she was already dying of liver failure, twisting the knife in further. Naturally, John retreats into mourning, barely able to get out of bed even with the help of his immediate family. But there are two sparks of hope in such crushing despair. First, that the injustice of Vriska's death was felt by a swarm of people, who turn out for her funeral (a fact that also hints of potential for pro-troll social change). And second, because even though Vriska is dead, John's family and friends are around, as are a collection of other young rescued trolls. They need him, and in turn teach him life goes on. The Epilogue shows John having continued that work, able to move forward in spite of his crushing loss.
* Naturally this trope plays out in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5916940/1/In-Blackest-Night In Blackest Night]]'', a crossover between WesternAnimation/KimPossible and Comicbook/GreenLantern. After high school, Kim finds herself drafted into the Green Lantern Corps just before the events of the ComicBook/BlackestNight arc. One of her recurring enemies, the mutated fish-man Gill, became a Red Lantern, and launched a ferocious attack on Kim. She fought well but her ring reserves were rapidly depleting...until she noticed her ring's power levels increasing, followed by a familiar voice shouting, "Can I get a Booyah?" [[BigDamnHeroes Enter the newly appointed Blue Lantern, Ron Stoppable.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': After Marlin and Dory have escaped from a hungry shark and massive minefield explosions, they are exhausted. Marlin is anxious to find his missing son, Nemo, but now he has lost his best clue for finding him -- a scuba mask inscribed with the address of the diver who captured Nemo. Dory helps Marlin find hope. Discouraged, Marlin says, "That was my only chance at finding my son; now it's gone!" But Dory is not so easily deterred. "Hey, Mr. Grumpy Gills," she says. "When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim."
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'': The majority of the film features the Autobots getting their asses kicked across the galaxy. At the very end, they unite to make a last ditch effort to destroy Unicron and Light Their DarkestHour.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* At the end of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels, the Emperor has taken power, Anakin Skywalker has [[FallenHero fallen to evil]], the Jedi order is destroyed, Yoda and Obi-Wan have been driven into exile, and the Republic has been turned into the oppressive Galactic Empire. But TheAlliance has begun to form and the Skywalker twins have been [[MosesInTheBulrushes hidden from their father]], Darth Vader, and they both will become [[TitleDrop a new hope]].
** The major theme of ''Film/RogueOne''. The Empire might have a super weapon, the Rebellion suffered a massive beating and [[spoiler: the major heroes all died]] but the plans for the Death Star have been transmitted and the movie segues into ''Film/ANewHope''.
-->'''Jyn Erso: '''We have hope. Rebellions are built on hope!
* ''Film/IndependenceDay''. Most of the major cities on Planet Earth have been wiped out, and all attempts at attacking the aliens have failed so far. But there are still planes, and pilots to fly them. And besides, it's the Fourth of July!
* The tagline for ''Film/DeepImpact'' was "Oceans rise. Cities fall. Hope survives." It fits that movie well, by the way.
* Hope is what sustains Andy Dufrense after his false-conviction and incarceration in ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption''. He and Red even get into an argument over having Hope in prison, with Andy saying it is necessary and Red saying that it is dangerous. Eventually, Red comes to Andy's point of view.
-->"Remember, Red? Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
* Gilraen, the narrator of the story in ''Film/BornOfHope'', addresses Baby Aragorn as ''Estel'', which means Hope in Sindarin. In fact, this trope is just about the entire message of the movie.
* President Snow [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] this trope during his conversation with Seneca Crane in [[TheFilmOfTheBook film version]] of ''Film/TheHungerGames''. He says that the Games have a winner precisely so they can invoke this trope and create a false sense of hope for the Districts. He also tells Seneca that he doesn't like underdogs (like Katniss) because they create a ''real'' sense of hope, thus playing this trope straight.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' gives us James T. Kirk's undying credo, "I don't believe in the no-win scenario."
* Subverted in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. It is the hope that they can escape, but the reality that it is nearly impossible that drives most of the prisoners in Bane's old jail insane. [[spoiler:Bruce realizes that he has to risk everything by not using a safety line (which was dragging him enough to miss the crucial jump) to get out of the pit.]]
* This trope was entirely the point of the "God lives in the rain" sequence in ''Film/VForVendetta''.

* The TropeNamer is Alexander Pope's ''An Essay on Man, Epistle I, 1733:
-->Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
-->Man never Is, but always To be blest:
-->The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home,
-->Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
* The poem ''Hope Is A Tattered Flag'' is about this:
-->The birds who go on singing to their mates in peace, war, peace,
-->The ten-cent crocus bulb blooming in a used-car salesroom,
-->The horseshoe over the door, the luckpiece in the pocket,
-->The kiss and the comforting laugh and resolveâ??
-->Hope is an echo, hope ties itself yonder, yonder.
* In the Creator/TanithLee story "Red As Blood," one of the characters claims that Hope is the greatest evil released from PandorasBox, because it gives people false comfort in time of troubles.
** Hope as double-edged sword is also a major theme of ''Literature/TheHomewardBounders'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones.
* ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', by Brandon Sanderson. Kelsier to the BigBad: "I am that which you can never kill. I am hope!"
* One interpretation of "[[ArcWords carrying the fire]]" in ''Literature/TheRoad''.
* As noted above, Creator/StephenKing's "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" from ''Literature/DifferentSeasons''. Even carries the additional title "Hope Springs Eternal".
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. There are quite a few irredeemably evil entities attempting to oppress every other living entity, and most of them succeed for some period of time; so there's always a host of brave and wise elves, or outnumbered but courageous humans, or tough-as-nails dwarves, or determined hobbits, or powerful wizards, or even incredibly powerful godlike entities from across the sea preparing to come save the day. A few characters make speeches on hope (notably Sam to Frodo) which get everyone else back on their feet.
* Emily Dickinson wrote a poem about this:
-->"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
-->That perches in the soul—
-->And sings the tune without the words—
-->And never stops—at all—

-->And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
-->And sore must be the storm—
-->That could abash the little Bird
-->That kept so many warm—

-->I've heard it in the chillest land—
-->And on the strangest Sea—
-->Yet, never, in Extremity,
-->It asked a crumb—of Me.
* The end of Matt Stover's novelization of ''RevengeOfTheSith'' notes that this is the Dark Side's weakness. Darkness is all-encompassing, powerful, and will never vanish entirely...but a single candle can hold it back. Crosses over with ThePowerOfLove as well.
---> '''Love is more than a candle. Love can ignite the stars'''.
* Parodied in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', where the cynical BoxedCrook protagonist thinks of hope as the thing that makes people fall for "get-rich-quick" schemes and other cons.
* In ''ThePillarsOfTheEarth'' however the villains try to stop the construction of the cathedral, they fail. [[spoiler: Even burning the whole town down doesn't help.]] There is one point in the story when Philip gives up all hope, but it only lasts until Jack returns from France and decides to build the cathedral in Gothic style.
* G.K. Chesterton famously wrote, "Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
* Peeta represents this to Katniss in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', having been the first person to give her hope after her father died.
* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche has little love for this trope in general, likely due to the influence of Greek tragedy on his works. To be very brief, he regards this concept and establishments that foster it to be one of the primary obstacles to the rise of the {{Ubermensch}}, since it robs people of their will to shape their own destinies. See ''Literature/ThusSpokeZarathustra'', ''Literature/BeyondGoodAndEvil'', and ''Literature/OnTheGeneologyOfMorals''.
* Averted in the first part of Dante's ''{{Literature/The Divine Comedy}}''. In fact, what makes Dante's Inferno so frightful is the '''absolute absence''' of any hope of future redemption. Every soul who is destined to cross the river Acheron has no other choice than keep going and let the divine judgment be fulfilled as soon as possible. This is clarified by the verses carved onto the Door of Hell:

-->''Through me the way into the [[WretchedHive suffering city]]'',
-->''Through me the way to [[FateWorseThanDeath eternal pain]]'',
-->''[[RuleOfThree Through me the way]] that runs among the lost''.
-->''Justice urged on my high Artificer''
-->''My maker was Divine Authority'',
-->''The Highest Wisdom, and Primal Love''.
-->''Before me nothing nothing but [[TimeAbyss eternal things]]''
-->''Were made, and I endure eternally.''
-->''[[AvertedTrope Abandon all hope]], ye who enter here.''


* Invoked in an episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' where a group of genetically-enhanced super-geniuses calculate that the Federation cannot win its war against the Dominion. They argue that the Federation should surrender, accept an occupation and humanity will form LaResistance a few generations later, centering on Earth itself.
** The irony being that a scene earlier in the series, set in the Dominion HQ, shows that their leadership planned to simply wipe out every living thing on Earth as a preemptive measure to any kind of human resistance down the line.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'''s fiftieth anniversary episode "The Day of the Doctor", the 10th and 11th Doctors both show up on Gallifrey with the War Doctor, telling him that they can no longer deny that he was them, that he did all he could during the Time War, and that this time, he won't have to push the BigRedButton alone, that if Gallifrey is doomed, then they will share that burden together. And then, thanks to a RousingSpeech by Clara, the Eleventh Doctor ''changes his mind.''
--> '''Clara''': ''Look at you, the three of you. The warrior, the hero and you... ''
--> '''11th Doctor''': ''And what am I?''
--> '''Clara''': ''Have you really forgotten?''
--> '''11th Doctor''': ''Yes...Maybe, yes.''
--> '''Clara''': ''We've got enough Warriors. Any old idiot can be a hero.''
--> '''11th Doctor''': ''Then what do I do?''
--> '''Clara''': ''What you've always done. Be a Doctor.''
:: Followed by the Eleventh Doctor deactivating "The Moment", and conferring with his past selves.
--> '''War Doctor''': ''There's still a billion billion Daleks up there!''
--> '''Eleventh Doctor''': ''Yeah there is! There is!''
--> '''Tenth Doctor''': ''But there's something those billion billion Daleks don't know.''
--> '''Clara''': ''What's that?''
--> '''Eleventh Doctor''': ''This time there's THREE of us.''
:: It only got better from there. The Time Lords still can't see the Doctor's plan to freeze Gallifrey like a Stasis Cube as feasible.
--> '''General''': ''The calculations alone would take...hundreds of years!''
--> '''11th Doctor''': ''Oh, hundreds and hundreds.''
--> '''10th Doctor''': ''But don't worry. I started a very long time ago.''
--> '''[[TheReveal 1st Doctor]]''': ''Calling the War Council of Gallifrey, this is the Doctor!''
--> '''11th Doctor''': ''[[ContinuityCavalcade You might say I've been doing it all my lives!]]''
** Indeed, the Doctor in general runs on this trope: No matter how powerful the bad guys are, no matter how little time there is to save the world, he firmly believes that, as he says to Van Gogh of all people, ''There is, surprisingly, always hope.'' It's what allows him to be a Determinator.

* Music/BobDylan's "To Make You Feel My Love" is sung from the point of view of a man who is in love with a woman whose life has treated her harshly, and who has especially had bad luck when it comes to romantic relationships. The lyrics gently tell her to never give up hope, because there's still someone who loves her:
-->''The storms are raging on a rolling sea''
-->''Down the highway of regret''
-->''The winds of change are blowing wild and free''
-->''But you ain't seen nothing like me yet''
* Garth Brooks' ''The Change'' is about doing the right thing, and never giving up. Ever. Or else evil, sadness, and hatred win.
-->''As long as one heart still holds on''
-->''Then hope is never really gone''
* Alluded to and dismissed in Music/WithinTemptation's "Deciever of Fools". Hope springs eternal, but [[CrapsackWorld it won't help much]].
* The final song of Music/GustavMahler's ''Das Lied von der Erde'' is "Der Abschied"[[labelnote:*]]"The farewell"[[/labelnote]], a setting of two Chinese poems (by Mong-Kao-Jen[[labelnote:*]]or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meng_Haoran Meng Haoran]]; see UsefulNotes/WhyMaoChangedHisName[[/labelnote]] and Wang-Sei[[labelnote:*]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Wei_%288th_century_poet%29 Wang Wei]][[/labelnote]], respectively) in Hans Bethge's German translation. Both are about the departure of a dear friend. It might end on an extremely depressing note... except for Mahler's added lyrics at the end, which contribute to the [[AnAesop fatalistic moral]] of the work: [[WeAreAsMayflies that, even as we have passed away and our sorrows have been forgotten, life itself will go on]].
-->Die liebe Erde allüberall\\
blüht auf im Lenz und grünt auf's neu!\\
Allüberall und ewig blauen licht die Fernen!\\
Ewig... Ewig...[[labelnote:*]]Everywhere the dear earth blossoms forth in spring and grows green again! Everywhere and forever, distant horizons gleam blue: forever... forever...[[/labelnote]]
* The message of the Music/TheAllAmericanRejects song "Move Along" is to never give up and never give in, because it gets better. All you have to do is keep going, no matter how hard it is to do so.
-->''When all you got to keep is strong''
-->''Move along, move along like I know you do''
-->''And even when your hope is gone''
-->''Move along, move along just to make it through''
* Music/JimmyBuffett's "Breathe In, Breathe Out, Move On" is a TearJerker tribute to New Orleans and what it endured during Hurricane Katrina, but the constant message of the song is that in the end, there is always hope.
-->''If a hurricane doesn't leave you dead''
-->''It will make you strong''
-->''Don't try to explain it. Just nod your head''
-->''Breathe in, breathe out, move on''
* In the Music/PeterGabriel / Music/KateBush collaboration "Don't Give Up", Gabriel sings the part of a man who has been unemployed for a long time now, doesn't have many prospects at all, and is beginning to despair about taking care of his family. The chorus, sung by Bush, is the man's family, reassuring him that no matter what happens, he shouldn't give up, because they still believe in him. In the end, he decides to tough it out for his family's sake, even though he knows that it might just get worse before it gets better.
-->''Don't give up, 'cause you have friends.''
-->''Don't give up, you're not the only one.''
-->''Don't give up, no reason to be ashamed.''
-->''Don't give up, you still have us.''
-->''Don't give up now, we're proud of who you are.''
-->''Don't give up, you know it's never been easy.''
-->''Don't give up, 'cause I believe there's a place where we belong.''
* This is the message of "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" by the Four Tops. The girl's life might be falling apart, but all she need do is reach out, and he'll be there. And he will see her through the trials and tribulations life will throw at her, because there's still hope.

* PandorasBox from Myth/GreekMythology not only unleashed evil upon the world, it unleashed hope.
** One of the many different versions of the story: Hope was at the bottom of the box, so when a panicky Pandora snapped it closed again, Hope was the one thing left inside. Thus while all the evils of the box are beyond man's control, we still have Hope kept safe for when we need it.
*** More cynical interpretations view it [[SubvertedTrope differently]]: we have all these evils in the world, but ''not'' hope.
*** In other versions, the thing left inside the box was the ability to foresee misfortune (the opposite of hope, in other words) or else that hope would have been a terrible evil had it been released, but a force for good since it remains inside.
*** And in still ''other'' versions/interpretations, it was not hope, but rather ''despair'' that was trapped inside the box. Arguably, this makes more sense; hope still exists in the world because the evil of its lack was the one thing that didn't escape into the world.
*** While it's commonly viewed that Hope was the silver lining kept in the box as a form of SealedGoodInACan should it ever be open, one of the most cynical interpretations of the myth is that hope is ''the worst evil of the lot:'' the [[JadeColoredGlasses groundless belief that things will get better when they may never do so.]]
*** The idea that Hope is the worst evil of the lot also fits with the heroic interpretation of this myth, ie, the idea that Hope [[HoldingOutForAHero breeds complacency]] in a world where matters can only be improved when people stand up to do something about it.
*** At least, hope without the willpower to change things is meaningless, as in ''ComicBook/GreenLantern'' where the Blue Lanterns are nearly useless without a Green Lantern around.
* In at least some versions of Myth/NorseMythology, Ragnarök ends with the death of the Gods, the destruction of Ásgarðr, and the reduction of Miðgarðr (the mortal world) to a barren wasteland. But one mortal couple survives to [[AdamAndEvePlot repopulate the world]].
** Also Baldr comes back form the dead. And a handful of young gods also survive to help him.
** Of course, the inverse of this trope is in full force as well; [[EldritchAbomination Níðhöggr]] also survives Ragnarök.

* And now for a depressing example: [[ManipulativeBastard Tzeentch]] is the ''evil'' God of Hope in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. He can't be killed (and killing all his worshippers is less than practical), so technically, hope goes on forever.
** The reason that Tzeentch can't be killed is ''[[MortonsFork because]]'' he is the God of Hope. Taken to an insane extreme, like all the Chaos Gods. The very thing that allows mortals to fight him and his forces IS him.
*** Here's something to help counterbalanace that: Tzeentch may be the ultimate manipulator, but you can take heart in one thing. ''He has no plans.'' All of his twists and turns, plots and schemes... they're all for their own sake. If Tzeentch ever had an actual ''goal'' that was accomplished, he'd probably cease to exist. Hope for the future, because Tzeentch can't.
** All of ''Warhammer 40k'' is a depressing example, but the ''TabletopGame/DarkHeresy'' tabletop game places one single bright point within it. You are a human in the Imperium of Man. You live in a shitsack world setting so bleak that it is (in)arguably the crappiest of CrapsackWorld settings. [[BlackAndGrayMorality Every side is evil]], typically horrifyingly so, and the Imperium certainly counts. There is no real way to defeat Chaos or even the mundane enemies of the Imperium, not for good. The collapse of humanity into ruin, chaos, death and worse is only a matter of time. You play an Inquisitor. Your job? To hold off that collapse, and preserve the souls and lives of humanity. For one more year, one more month, one more day. One more hour. Your name will not be remembered when you fall. You will not know glory in life, or rest, or peace. But you may succeed in preserving your species for just that little bit longer. Grow powerful enough, you may even succeed in making things better for some small fraction of humanity. In all the horror and constant, borderline self-parodying grim dark that is ''Warhammer 40k'', no other philosophy shines so bright as this. One single light in the dark.
** In the last words of the [[GodEmperor God Emperor of Mankind]] (before he became a HumanPopsicle) -
-->[[AsLongAsThereIsOneMan One unbreakable shield against the coming darkness,]]
-->[[DefiantToTheEnd One last blade, forged in defiance of fate,]]
-->[[SuperSoldier Let them be my legacy to the Galaxy I conquered,]]
-->[[MyGreatestFailure And my final gift to the species I failed.]]
* Deconstructed in ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}''. [[ThePowersThatBe The Dark Powers']] punishment may be tailor-made for each Darklord, but the crux of their curse is that no matter how many times the Darklord tried and failed to gain their heart's desire, there is ''always'' a sliver of hope that they will succeed next time. This will ''[[FailureIsTheOnlyOption NEVER]]'' come to pass, as The Dark Powers will actively screw over the Darklord's attempt over and over. The only known escape is to abandon all hope of succeeding, leave your quest, admit what you did was wrong, and accept your punishment. [[EpiphanicPrison Of course, if they were the kind of people who could admit that, they would have never become Darklords in the first place.]]

* Done very literally in the end to the video game ''VideoGame/{{EarthBound}}''.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series. Sure, America, if not the world, is a post-apocalyptic wasteland full of radiation, disease and angry mutants that want to paint their walls in your brain splatters, but settlements are building and civilization is returning. The NCR, New Arroyo, Megaton, Rivet City for example. The DC wasteland has clean water, and Project Purity can be replicated (however the rest of America doesn't seem to really need it). And, hidden by those grimy orangey-grey clouds, is still a bright blue or starry sky.
* Pandora in ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' is a big believer of this. In the end, she even manages to get ''Kratos'' to agree with her.
--->'''Pandora:''' Hope is what makes us strong! It is why we are here. It is what we fight with when all else is lost.
** Taken to a literal extreme in the end. Amongst the evils in PandorasBox was Hope. It was inside Kratos ever since he used the box to fight Ares in the first game. Once Kratos' rampage is over, the world is pretty much destroyed (both literally and figuratively) by the deaths of the Olympians. Athena, the last surviving god, tries to take Hope from Kratos, using it to rule what's left of the world. Instead, Kratos kills himself, releasing the power of Hope to every mortal. The last shot of the game is the sky clearing, implying the world will finally begin to recover.
* At the very end of the ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series ''Defiance'', Kain muses that hope was the true gift Raziel bestowed upon him. Being a cynic, he refers to it as "the first, bitter, taste of that terrible illusion" but one he can't help but believe.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' has one in the person of Auriel.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' features something along these lines. Kefka obtains godlike power, the world is ruined and the remains crushed under his iron rule. The heroes, scattered by the cataclysm, struggle to survive, eventually reuniting and rising to challenge Kefka again even though the situation seems hopeless.
* A general rule of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series is that [[AWorldHalfFull victory is]] ''[[AWorldHalfFull always]]'' [[AWorldHalfFull possible]], if the heroes are willing to [[WeAreStrugglingTogether stop shooting each other]] and [[HeroicSacrifice risk everything]]. Even if the villains manage to kill [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]], [[FlingALightIntoTheFuture Liara's time capsules]] mean that someday, somewhere, someone ''will'' defeat the Reapers once and for all. It's notable that the only time in the trilogy that [[TheAce Shepard]] ''does'' fails, in the third game, s/he takes it ''[[HeroicBSOD extremely hard]]''. And even from this, they eventually recover.
* In the "Hope" trailer for ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', Jace Malcolm says it only takes a single spark of courage to ignite the fires of hope and bring peace to the galaxy. He says that as it seems that he and a single Jedi Knight are [[EverybodysDeadDave all that's left]] of the Republic's defense force after a brutal skirmish with the Sith. He then launches a signal flare, and the camera zooms out dramatically to reveal hundreds, if not thousands such flares rising over the forests of Alderaan.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/WildArms3'', while the heroes have defeated all the threats to Filgaia, the world is still a DeathWorld with [[SandIsWater oceans of sand]], and the heroes are believed to be [[spoiler:responsible for the death of the leader of the world's main religious order]]. Nonetheless, at the end of the ending sequence, the camera focuses on a single flower that has taken root, with the hope that this flower can bloom and prosper.
* The first generation of ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'' ends with [[spoiler:nearly all of the heroes killed, TheEmpire triumphant, and TheDarkTimes lie ahead, ruled by the vessel of the [[GodOfEvil Dark God, Loptyr]]. But [[ArcWords The Light Continues to Shine]], and [[TimeSkip seventeen years later]], [[GenerationXerox the children of the fallen heroes]] take up arms to free Jugdral from the reign of tyranny.]]
* This is one of the main themes in ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'', contrasting the BigBad's desire for despair.
** Deconstructed with [[spoiler: Nagito Komaeda]] from the [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2 second game]]: [[spoiler: he's convinced that hope will always triumph over despair, so he'll deliberately make an already existing despair ''worse'' so that the subsequent hope may be even brighter.]]
* A persistent theme of ''Frachise/DarkSouls''; no matter how many times you die, no matter how badly the world has suffered, no matter how hopeless the given situation is, there is still some glimmer of resolve to draw strength from and carry on with, [[ArcSymbol like tiny embers dancing amongst the dark.]] WordOfGod even states that quitting the game is emblematic of your character finally going Hollow, so the theme even works in a meta-sense.
** Two of the three endings for ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' draw upon this theme more heavily than the rest of the series; [[spoiler: Choosing ''The End of Fire'' sees the Fire Keeper take the last embers of the First Flame and snuffing them out, ending the eternal cycle of light and dark in the hopes that a new Age of Fire will come about on its own rather than through the continuous perpetuation of a self-destructive cycle. Choosing ''The Usurpation of Fire'' turns into either a GoldenEnding or EarnYourBadEnding depending on your interpretation, but it certainly seems hopeful from mankind's perspective; having gained the power of the Dark Soul from Yoel of Londor and wresting the remains of the First Flame from their mantle, you can now finish the process King Vendrick started in ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' by using the power of both to break humanity out of the cycle entirely, allowing them to ascend as the rightful rulers of the world with you as their Lord of Hollows.]]

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* ''[[Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse Global Guardians]]'' heroine Amnesty is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Hope. She's been "killed" dozens of times, but keeps coming back because hope never really dies.

* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' movie ''WesternAnimation/OperationZERO'', Grandfather's first rule over the Earth was brought to a screeching halt when the Book of KND gave the kids the hope needed to defeat him. When he returns, he knows if he doesn't completely destroy all hope, he can still be defeated.
-->'''Grandfather:''' When my son discovered that book, he became filled with the kind of hope that snot nosed kids are stupid enough to believe in.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': A recurring theme in the show, particularly by [[SamuraiJack/TropesSeason5 Season 5]], is that Jack has become [[HopeBringer a beacon of hope]] under Aku's dark reign. [[spoiler:XCVII is basically a Continuity Cavalcade showing people who Jack has inspired and saved who went on to see him such.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' episode ''[[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E11CallToAction Call to Action]]'' has this as a driving theme, as the Rebels attempt to hijack a communications tower and pass along a message of hope to the population. What is notable is that the villains also recognize this fact, as Tarkin points out that what makes the cell on Lorthal dangerous is that they are principled.

* Every participant of any ideologically-motivated resistance movement against an occupying power feels this at times, or even constantly (or to the bitter end). Even when almost all hope seems lost, people will remember - or imagine - what it would be like to live a society in accordance with their ideology and draw strength from that vision. Humanity's capacity to imagine is very great indeed. The only way to make such ideals go away is to give them what they want - whereupon after a time they become disillusioned with the new or 'restored' society and eventually move on to believing something else is worth fighting, or dying, for. Such is life.
** Of course, half the time when these movements ''win'', life quickly turns into a BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor plot.
* Efforts to preserve critically-endangered species persist, and even become ''more'' intense, if the habitat of origin for that species no longer exists and their numbers have fallen so low that genetic diversity is nil, Even if every last individual dies, dead specimens' DNA is preserved in the hope that they might someday be restored via not-yet-extant technologies. For no current species is this more evident than the white rhinoceros, which is caught in an arms race between conservationalists, who have increasingly heavy human security on each individual rhino; and the wealthy buyers of their horns, who will pay the poachers increasingly handsome rewards to retrieve one.