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Playing With: Silly Rabbit, Cynicism Is for Losers!
Basic Trope: A character is called out for having a cynical worldview.
  • Straight: Chris thinks that he's right about his worldview of how the world works, but Tom rebukes him for having this kind of thinking.
  • Exaggerated: Chris endlessly mocks people for their idealistic attitudes and worldviews. This is an instant Berserk Button to Tom and the rest of the idealists.
  • Downplayed:
    • While he doesn't mock those who are idealistic, Chris is cynical about life, but Tom tries to comfort him in an attempt to not let his cynicism grow further.
    • Chris's cynicism once got the better of him. He hasn't changed much except he now has the drive to push his potential to its limit.
  • Justified: Chris was a Wide-Eyed Idealist who became cynical due to a Freudian Excuse, which made him react violently against his past idealism even though it colored his perception of reality.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Chris' cynicism grates on Tom's nerves, but the more he thinks about it, Chris was right.
  • Double Subverted: ...But then the world became better, and now Chris is proven wrong again.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Chris' cynicism is frowned upon by some people, but others don't judge him and may even agree with him.
  • Averted: Chris isn't called out for his cynicism.
  • Enforced: The writer is making a work which discourages cynicism, even though he does so in a self-righteous and condescending manner.
  • Lampshaded: "I expect you idealists to come up with such a response like that."
  • Invoked: Bob tells Tom to get Chris into realizing that he is ruining his own life with his cynicism.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Chris is cynical, but decides to keep it to himself so that he doesn't get called out by the unsympathetic and self-righteous idealists.
  • Discussed: "What is it going to make Chris to accept that being idealistic is the right path to life?"
  • Conversed: "Does it seem that the writer is making Chris a Designated Villain since all of the idealists are like a bunch of shameless douchebags by mocking him for his cynicism?"
  • Deconstructed: Tom tries to convince Chris out of his cynicism and Chris says he might have a point. After all a true cynic is cynical about their own cynicism.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The idealists realize that offensive tactics and anger are worst ways to disprove cynicism, because cynicism is, after all, anger and hatred manifested as a form of philosophy, and any insult directed at it will simply be assimilated. In order to justify that cynicism is for losers, they have to prove it realistically.
    • Chris admits that he's pathetic loser...and he's content with that, much to the disgust of others, not that he cares what they think.
  • Played For Drama:

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