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Sour Grapes Tropes
When they realized they were in the desert, they built a religion to worship thirstiness.

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 a good thing that 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 Wish Fulfillment fantasies. 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." Which for some reason is a bad thing. Probably is a bad thing, if unintended.

These tropes can be used to make a Family-Unfriendly Aesop 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 doing something about it. A lot of these tropes have the Broken Aesop of "so don't try to better yourself."

Contrast Sweet and Sour Grapes.
Tropes that fall into this category:


Sociology TropesTropesSplit Personality Tropes
Selflessness TropesMorality TropesTropes About Taboos

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