Defied: Whenever depression threatens, Carol remembers all the cases she closed successfully.
Discussed: "Let me tell you right now — I would rather have Det. Lime investigating my murder than any wet-behind-the-ears Wide-Eyed Idealist who thinks every criminal is always caught."
Conversed: "You know, for a character as cynical as Det. Lime, she seems to be awfully heroic."
Deconstructed: Remaining obstinately Good Feels Good, causing her cynicism to slowly ebb away into a more idealistic mindset.
Reconstructed: While she enjoys the warm fuzzies from fighting the good fight, she still goes into every case without expectations.
Played For Drama: Carol gets her ideas thrown back in her face by a Knight Templar or Fallen Hero who shares the same cynical beliefs as she does, forcing her to confront her own ideas and see how her attitude could create the same problems she despises.