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** ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'': In the first five paragraphs of the novel, the great Kansas prairies is established as a place where the sun had baked the plowed land into a gray mass, with little cracks running through it. The house, Uncle Henry and aunt Em had been made as gray as the praire by the unforgiving sun, they never laughed, and they lived in a house with only a room, in PerpetualPoverty. However, ''It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as gray as her other surroundings. Toto was not gray; he was a little black dog, with long silky hair and small black eyes that twinkled merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose. Toto played all day long, and Dorothy played with him, and loved him dearly.''. Itís those words thatís transform Kansas from a CrapsackWorld into AWorldHalfFull, and that establish the true reason Dorothy needs to return to Kansas: She is the only thing between two persons and despair. This idea, that the only thing human beings truly need is each other (or a dog) is the CentralTheme of the book.

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** * ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'': In the first five paragraphs of the novel, the great Kansas prairies is established as a place where the sun had baked the plowed land into a gray mass, with little cracks running through it. The house, Uncle Henry and aunt Em had been made as gray as the praire by the unforgiving sun, they never laughed, and they lived in a house with only a room, in PerpetualPoverty. However, ''It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as gray as her other surroundings. Toto was not gray; he was a little black dog, with long silky hair and small black eyes that twinkled merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose. Toto played all day long, and Dorothy played with him, and loved him dearly.''. Itís those words thatís transform Kansas from a CrapsackWorld into AWorldHalfFull, and that establish the true reason Dorothy needs to return to Kansas: She is the only thing between two persons and despair. This idea, that the only thing human beings truly need is each other (or a dog) is the CentralTheme of the book.

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** ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'': In the first five paragraphs of the novel, the great Kansas prairies is established as a place where the sun had baked the plowed land into a gray mass, with little cracks running through it. The house, Uncle Henry and aunt Em had been made as gray as the praire by the unforgiving sun, they never laughed, and they lived in a house with only a room, in PerpetualPoverty. However, ''It was Toto that made Dorothy laugh, and saved her from growing as gray as her other surroundings. Toto was not gray; he was a little black dog, with long silky hair and small black eyes that twinkled merrily on either side of his funny, wee nose. Toto played all day long, and Dorothy played with him, and loved him dearly.''. Itís those words thatís transform Kansas from a CrapsackWorld into AWorldHalfFull, and that establish the true reason Dorothy needs to return to Kansas: She is the only thing between two persons and despair. This idea, that the only thing human beings truly need is each other (or a dog) is the CentralTheme of the book.

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* This seem to be the meaning of Bruce Hornsby's "The Way It Is". He lists a bunch of blatantly unfair policies (such as racial discrimination) and notes that while people at the time said that's just the way it was and it would never change, such things have mostly been remedied, and implies that current injustices will eventually be abolished in the same way.


* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': War, genocide, death, a cast of {{Child Soldier}}s on both sides...but that just makes any success by the Gaang all the sweeter.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': War, genocide, death, a cast of {{Child Soldier}}s ChildSoldiers on both sides...but that just makes any success by the Gaang all the sweeter.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Rimworld}}'' 'verse, ultimately. Your characters are [[{{Robinsonade}} stranded in the wilderness]] on a barely-civilised planet with dangerous wildlife, roving gangs of bandits and slavers and the occasional horde of homicidal war-robots to contend with, you've got nothing to work with but the clothes you stand up in and a ''very'' small quantity of emergency supplies from the {{Escape Pod}}s... And yet with enough determination, cleverness and patience -and a bit of luck- they can eventually turn even the most barren and unwelcoming spot into a thriving community.


* The first arc of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' involves the protagonists Edward and Alphonse Elric exposing and bringing down the false prophet ruling the town of Liore/Reole (spelling depends on translation). While they dismantle the religion that had given the people a false sense of hope and security, Ed leaves Rose with a message about them carrying on with their own strength; by the time the Van Hohenheim arrives in the town later in the manga, it is seen to be recovering quite nicely and the people are genuinely more happy than they were before. This is just a microcosm of the Elric Brothers' actions: over the course of the manga, their actions expose the State's true intentions to a number of high-ranking officers unwilling to allow it to happen, make inroads with a foreigners who happen to practice the perfect counter to Father's alchemy, and redeem one of their greatest foes, all leading to the creation of a coalition capable of thwarting TheBigBad's plan to sacrifice the entire country to usurp God. By the end of the manga, the different members of that coalition then set about righting the wrongs of their predecessors, working to make the world a better place.

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* The first arc of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' involves the protagonists Edward and Alphonse Elric exposing and bringing down the false prophet ruling the town of Liore/Reole (spelling depends on translation). While they dismantle the religion that had given the people a false sense of hope and security, Ed leaves Rose with a message about them carrying on with their own strength; by the time the Van Hohenheim arrives in the town later in the manga, it is seen to be recovering quite nicely and the people are genuinely more happy than they were before. This is just a microcosm of the Elric Brothers' actions: over the course of the manga, their actions expose the State's true intentions to a number of high-ranking officers unwilling to allow it to happen, make inroads with a foreigners who happen to practice the perfect counter to Father's alchemy, and redeem one of their greatest foes, all leading to the creation of a coalition capable of thwarting TheBigBad's the BigBad's plan to sacrifice the entire country to usurp God. By the end of the manga, the different members of that coalition then set about righting the wrongs of their predecessors, working to make the world a better place.


* ''Film/DrZhivago'': A bourgeois doctor ([[TallDarkAndHandsome Omar Sharif]]) chases [[TheDulcineaEffect the love of his life]] through [[GloriousMotherRussia Russia]] [[UsefulNotes/TheRussianRevolution after the Revolution]] and nearly freezes to death in the process, in this [[EpicMovie David Lean film]] based on the book by Boris Pasternak.
* ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful''. A cheerful and whimsical film set in the backdrop of the Holocaust.
* ''Film/ThePostman'': The world as we know it was destroyed in an apocalypse. The United States no longer exists. Yet Kevin Costner, in an accidental act of heroism, reignites the U.S. Postal Service, bringing hope to the hopeless and hap to the hapless.
* ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'': Sometimes, in spite of all the impossible obstacles, you get a Happily Ever After.



* ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'': TheWildWest in general is a CrapsackWorld where killing is an everyday occurrence. Surprinsingly enough, this movie seems to be just another example... until we realize that [[spoiler: Claudia]] has been dead for years and she still has influence over [[RetiredMonster Munny]]... it could be said that the movie is her tale... how she still manages to be the only light in all the darkness that is TheWestern.

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* ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'': TheWildWest ''Film/DoctorZhivago'': A bourgeois doctor ([[TallDarkAndHandsome Omar Sharif]]) chases [[TheDulcineaEffect the love of his life]] through [[GloriousMotherRussia Russia]] [[UsefulNotes/TheRussianRevolution after the Revolution]] and nearly freezes to death in general is a CrapsackWorld where killing is an everyday occurrence. Surprinsingly enough, the process, in this movie seems to be just another example... until we realize that [[spoiler: Claudia]] has been dead for years and she still has influence over [[RetiredMonster Munny]]... it could be said that [[EpicMovie David Lean film]] based on the movie is her tale... how she still manages to be the only light in all the darkness that is TheWestern.book by Boris Pasternak.


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* ''Film/LifeIsBeautiful''. A cheerful and whimsical film set in the backdrop of the Holocaust.
* ''Film/ThePostman'': The world as we know it was destroyed in an apocalypse. The United States no longer exists. Yet Kevin Costner, in an accidental act of heroism, reignites the U.S. Postal Service, bringing hope to the hopeless and hap to the hapless.
* ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'': Sometimes, in spite of all the impossible obstacles, you get a Happily Ever After.
* ''Film/{{Unforgiven}}'': TheWildWest in general is a CrapsackWorld where killing is an everyday occurrence. Surprinsingly enough, this movie seems to be just another example... until we realize that [[spoiler: Claudia]] has been dead for years and she still has influence over [[RetiredMonster Munny]]... it could be said that the movie is her tale... how she still manages to be the only light in all the darkness that is TheWestern.


* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''. Gotham is a horrible city to live in with violent criminals, corruption everywhere, and it's on the verge of economic collapse. But throughout the entire trilogy, it's shown that one man can truly make a difference and the average person will strive to do the right thing at the end of the day.

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* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''.''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy''. Gotham is a horrible city to live in with violent criminals, corruption everywhere, and it's on the verge of economic collapse. But throughout the entire trilogy, it's shown that one man can truly make a difference and the average person will strive to do the right thing at the end of the day.


* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'': A sadist BigBad Dr. Robotnik takes over the world, turns most of it into polluted ruins, and captures innocents robotic slaves, so the people pretty much struggle days in and out from being hunted. The show's premise is as much dark as what the early 90s FunnyAnimal shows can get. Then comes the heroes, who are bright and competent enough to screw the bad guy's plans continuously and spectacularly.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM'': A sadist BigBad Dr. Robotnik takes over the world, turns most of it into polluted ruins, and captures innocents to turn them into robotic slaves, so the people pretty much struggle days in and out from being hunted. The show's premise is as much dark as what the early 90s FunnyAnimal shows can get. Then comes the heroes, who are bright and competent enough to screw the bad guy's plans continuously and spectacularly.


* The DC Universe and Marvel Universe (the mainstream ones anyway) arguably fit this description. Both of them are full of [[EldritchAbomination terrible beasts from beyond the veil]], [[AlienInvasion ruthless alien conquerors]], [[LegionsOfHell cunning and vicious demons out for souls and blood]], [[MagnificentBastard charismatic and savvy villains who look cool even when they make life worse for everybody else]], [[EvilSorcerer masters of dark magic]], [[MadScientist scientists with absolutely no regard for ethics or safety]], [[AIIsACrapshoot insane and insanely powerful machine gods]], [[TheSyndicate multiple crime syndicates with access to any combination of the above]], and plenty of good ol' fashioned [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters human evil]]. But even at their lowest points, the heroes of both universes ''[[TheDeterminator never stop fighting evil]]'', the occasional HeroicBSOD aside. And despite the prevailing AllOfTheOtherReindeer attitude the people of both universes (especially Marvel) display most of the time, plenty of people (not just humans) are [[RousseauWasRight decent enough to justify the heroes' efforts to defend them]]. A brief dialogue from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' sums it up (paraphrased):

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* The DC Universe and Marvel Universe (the mainstream ones anyway) arguably fit this description. Both of them are full of [[EldritchAbomination terrible beasts from beyond the veil]], [[AlienInvasion ruthless alien conquerors]], [[LegionsOfHell cunning and vicious demons out for souls and blood]], [[MagnificentBastard charismatic and savvy villains who look cool even when they make life worse for everybody else]], else, [[EvilSorcerer masters of dark magic]], [[MadScientist scientists with absolutely no regard for ethics or safety]], [[AIIsACrapshoot insane and insanely powerful machine gods]], [[TheSyndicate multiple crime syndicates with access to any combination of the above]], and plenty of good ol' fashioned [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters human evil]]. But even at their lowest points, the heroes of both universes ''[[TheDeterminator never stop fighting evil]]'', the occasional HeroicBSOD aside. And despite the prevailing AllOfTheOtherReindeer attitude the people of both universes (especially Marvel) display most of the time, plenty of people (not just humans) are [[RousseauWasRight decent enough to justify the heroes' efforts to defend them]]. A brief dialogue from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' sums it up (paraphrased):


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* The SignatureSong from ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'', "The Impossible Dream", is all about Literature/DonQixote's desire to make the world a better place, even if it's an ImpossibleTask.

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* The SignatureSong from ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'', "The Impossible Dream", is all about Literature/DonQixote's Literature/DonQuixote's desire to make the world a better place, even if it's an ImpossibleTask.



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* The SignatureSong from ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'', "The Impossible Dream", is all about Literature/DonQixote's desire to make the world a better place, even if it's an ImpossibleTask.


* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III'' is this at the end. The world has gone straight to hell due to Kratos killing damn-near every Olympian there is. [[spoiler:However, Kratos, in one of his rare acts of selflessness, decides in the end to restore Hope back to the world by sacrificing himself rather than simply handing the power back to Athena.]]\\

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* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III'' ''VideoGame/GodOfWarIII'' is this at the end. The world has gone straight to hell due to Kratos killing damn-near every Olympian there is. [[spoiler:However, Kratos, in one of his rare acts of selflessness, decides in the end to restore Hope back to the world by sacrificing himself rather than simply handing the power back to Athena.]]\\


** The sequel ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' definitely showed the results of their works. While crisis like Equalists and [[spoiler: Kuvira's attempt at conquering the United Republic]] do occur, the entire world has shown to have improved [[spoiler: after [[TheCaligula Firelord Ozai]] and [[AlphaBitch Azula]]were defeated with [[TheGoodKing Zuko]] began to take the throne]]. Unlike the original, the series' tone for the society showed technological advancement and improved living standards in a cosmopolitan city rather than a war-torn landscape. In contrast to harmony based on separations between four cultures before Hundred Year War, the world of Korra had been globalized to the point where multi-ethnic families had become a common sight in places like Republic City. While problems like income inequality and [[spoiler: initial]] discrimination against non-benders do arise, the world of Korra had shown to be a paradise compared to Aang's world with the said issues being addressed later on.

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** The sequel ''WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra'' definitely showed the results of their works. While crisis like Equalists and [[spoiler: Kuvira's attempt at conquering the United Republic]] do occur, the entire world has shown to have improved [[spoiler: after [[TheCaligula Firelord Ozai]] and [[AlphaBitch Azula]]were Azula]] were defeated with [[TheGoodKing Zuko]] began to take as the throne]].new Firelord]]. Unlike the original, the series' tone for the society showed technological advancement and improved living standards in a cosmopolitan city rather than a war-torn landscape. In contrast to harmony based on separations between four cultures before Hundred Year War, the world of Korra had been globalized to the point where multi-ethnic families had become a common sight in places like Republic City. While problems like income inequality and [[spoiler: initial]] discrimination against non-benders do arise, the world of Korra had shown to be a paradise compared to Aang's world with the said issues being addressed later on.

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