* [[http://game.notch.net/drowning/# It's very clear what side of the scale this game falls on.]]
* It can be hard, a lot of the time, to figure out just where ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is on the overall scale, but it appears to be more towards the cynical side due to the {{downer|Ending}} nature of the endings for the most part and the fact that fate itself seems to crack down on optimistic characters. Hero types usually get themselves killed, and even if they don't die right away they usually see all their friends die first. All escape attempts are brutally crushed, and even [[spoiler:hacking the system and putting in a powerful computer virus that basically destroys all SOTF systems from the inside]] doesn't work until it's too late for anything to be done. By v2, all damage has been fixed, and the systems have been changed so they're literally impenetrable.
** In a strange bout of irony, the same virus comes back to bite the terrorists in the arse in V3 purely by accident, even worse than before.
* As quoted above, ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' shows us why, exactly, it's called the '''{{Sliding|ScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism}}''' [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism Scale of Idealism Vs. Cynicism]] by going back and forth between the two with reckless abandon. The most pronounced example may be the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOKm7mxGV6w "My Eyes" (also known as "On The Rise")]], which is practically a duet between idealism and cynicism. (And yes, that is [[Series/HowIMetYourMother Neil Patrick Harris]] and [[WebVideo/TheGuild Felicia Day]] with [[Series/{{Firefly}} Nathan Fillion]] sitting in the background.)
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation sits so far on the cynical side that it probably shares a spot with ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
** It's important to note the only rule of canon is there is no canon, meaning it can be idealistic or cynical as you want it to be.
* UrbanFantasy series ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' eventually ends up on the Idealistic side, but it [[EarnYourHappyEnding covers a lot of ground getting there]].
* ''Encyclopedia Dramatica'' is what happens when the most cynical side of the internet creates a wiki.
* ''SailorNothing'' occupies an odd place -- it's ''far'' grimmer than its inspiration ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', but ultimately has a core of idealism. ThePowerOfFriendship plays an important role in keeping the heroine together, and [[spoiler:the key to defeating the BigBad ultimately turns out to be ''forgiveness'']].
* ''Literature/ChaosFighters'' is extremely idealistic that everyone fighting at the good side is [[InvincibleHero invincible heroes]], having love interests and their mission is guaranteed a success no matter how hard it is. They can even [[spoiler:destroy armies of demons or bandits by themselves]].
* ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'' takes the normally-idealistic universe of Nintendo franchises and [[DarkerAndEdgier slams it headlong into the cynical side.]] [[SerialEscalation And then keeps going.]] So cynical that [[ChildrenAreInnocent the most idealistic character]] [[spoiler:gets blown up]], for heavens sake!
* Machinima/RedVsBlue has a tendency to be rather cynical, considering how virtually everyone in Blood Gulch dislikes one another.
** ''Revelation'' ends on a surprisingly idealistic note. [[spoiler:Sarge has finally learned to respect the Blues, and organizes them and the Reds into a FiveManBand to save Tex and Church and take down the Meta. Washington is saved by the Blues, and is recruited into their ranks. Church willingly pursues Tex inside the Epsilon unit, but being trapped there himself, he decides to relive Alpha's memories of Blood Gulch, deeming them pleasing memories.]]
** ''Season 9'', on the other hand, is much more cynical than ''Revelation''. [[spoiler:In the past timeline, virtually every Freelancer is out for themselves, as well as a poor team player in general. The UNSC-Insurrection war is full of GreyAndGrayMorality, in that the Insurrection has legitimate beefs with the UNSC, and the Freelancers show almost no regard for civilian life. York somberly lampshades this by saying ("We're the good guys... right?") In the present timeline, Epsilon, actually ''experiencing'' Alpha's memories rather than simply remembering them, begins to develop his template's anger issues. When the Epsilon unit is about to fail, he realizes that the best way to be at peace is to let go of Tex's memory - and since this Tex ''is'' a memory, it amounts to killing her. And to top off the cake? The unit wasn't failing; the real Reds and Blues were breaking into the unit to rescue Epsilon, so he basically killed Tex for nothing!]]
* ''WebAnimation/SonicForHire'' tends heavily at the cynical end of the scale.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' is set in a largely optimistic setting with a select few deeply cynical elements and characters. Strong Bad and The Cheat are always committing petty crimes, Bubs always swindles his customers, Coach Z has a thinly-veiled disturbing background, and the King of Town is largely friendless. Oh, and everybody dies in Teen Girl Squad.
* The ''WebOriginal/YouCouldMakeALife'' universe has several different romance stories that fall all over the idealism/cynicism scale: [[HappilyMarried Dan and Marc]]'s and [[TheyDo Andy and Derek]]'s stories fall firmly on the left end of the scale, [[DestructiveRomance Luke and Nikita]]'s story falls ''heavily'' on the far right end of the scale, and the other stories all fall somewhere closer to the center with Mike and Liam's and David and Jake's [[OppositesAttract stories]] in particular having an [[TheCynic incurable pessimist]] as one half of the couple and an [[WideEyedIdealist equally incurable optimist]] as the other half.
* [[http://vimeo.com/93052696 There's a Man in the Woods]] has to be one of the most cynical short films ever made. [[KidsAreCruel It's about a small child named Sid who pretends that there is a man in the woods so that he can get all the honeysuckle to himself.]] The principal of the school Sid attends knows that there isn't a man in the woods and doesn't do anything about it other than try to get rid of the rumor. [[SnowballLie As a result, the lie spreads to all the parents]] [[ParentsInDistress and he ends up getting fired in a fit of mass hysteria as the parents,]] [[ParentalNeglect including Sid's mom,]] [[ParentsInDistress decide that he isn't doing enough to protect their precious children.]] [[FromBadToWorse The principal is unable to get any jobs at other schools]] [[AddledAddict and becomes addicted to coke and alcohol.]] In the end, [[spoiler: [[ThenLetMeBeEvil the principal becomes the man in the woods]] [[WouldHurtAChild and is implied to murder Sid.]] Unlike most cases of this, if Sid was shot, [[KarmicDeath he deserved it,]] [[TheSociopath because he destroyed a principal's life just so he could have all the honeysuckle.]] ]]
* ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'' falls onto the middle part of the scale, with a tendency to bounce back and forth depending on the scenario and the characters in said scenario. Many people in this show are either jerks, idiotic, or both... however, there are enough good-hearted people with their idealistic ways to help balance out the cynical {{Jerkass}}ersy.
* ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'''s ''Creator/JRRTolkien vs. Creator/GeorgeRRMartin'' battle has Tolkien on the side of idealism and Martin on the side of cynicism. Martin is a TrollingCreator who admits to taking glee in killing off beloved characters just to spite his readers, and sneers at the BlackAndWhiteMorality and TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin nature of Tolkien's prose. Tolkien on the other hand is a strong believer in AngstAversion who defends his work with the point that the whole genre is called ''fantasy'', so it doesn't ''have'' to be realistic or overly brutal.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' is very idealistic despite the nature of the setting: humanity is sequestered into tiny pockets of civilisation as demonic monsters have overrun the planet, but the situation isn't as hopeless as Manga/AttackOnTitan and the presence of effective monster slayers called Huntsmen puts the story well into LovecraftLite territory. However, the events of Volume 3 have pushed the story quite far into the cynical end, as [[spoiler:society has been thrown into chaos by a terrorist attack during a world fighting tournament in which Pyrrha and Penny have perished and the villains have made huge gains, and the titular team of heroines have all to varying degrees been betrayed, disgraced, hurt and placed into terrible situations with their innocence and idealism destroyed - Blake has disappeared without a trace, Weiss has been taken back to Atlas by her domineering and abusive father, Yang is a crippled, depressed empty shell of who she once was, and only Ruby is still fighting and seeking answers.]]
* ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' is pretty dang high on the idealistic side for a CosmicHorrorStory about a medical facility that fell to madness and BodyHorror when they tried to exploit a strange substance as a cure. And yet, despite the zombies attacking, anyone who's injured mutating and losing their minds, and [[TheDreaded Ace]], the story also shows that the monsters can be defeated, Ruby and Tom really can trust each other, and people ''can'' be saved. [[spoiler: By the end, Red has killed himself permanently, therefore exiting the Glen on his own terms, Bella is also permanently dead and thus out of her AndIMustScream situation, and Ruby and Tom have freed Jay, another sane prisoner, and all three have escaped the Metal Glen. The final panel shows that Daisy (who'd died early on as the Hound Zombie, a monster who attacked Ruby) has come BackFromTheDead and now might have her own chance to escape the Glen.]]
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