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* The Oracle Twins from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong are a PlayedWith example. Sara is bubbly and cheerful as a result of seeing only negative visions about the future (so she's got the powers of a cynic with the personality of an idealist). Her twin sister Kara is gothic and deadpan, because she only sees good things about the future (so she has the powers of an idealist with the personality of a cynic). This is explained as Sara seeing the positive things in life to compensate for her bad visions, while Kara has all the joy and surprise sucked out of life because she knows the good things that will happen.

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* The Oracle Twins from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' are a PlayedWith example. Sara is bubbly and cheerful as a result of seeing only negative visions about the future (so she's got the powers of a cynic with the personality of an idealist). Her twin sister Kara is gothic and deadpan, because she only sees good things about the future (so she has the powers of an idealist with the personality of a cynic). This is explained as Sara seeing the positive things in life to compensate for her bad visions, while Kara has all the joy and surprise sucked out of life because she knows the good things that will happen.



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* ''Fanfic/TheMountainAndTheWolf'': Briefly happens during the Wolf's time as Tyrion's bodyguard. Tyrion is by no means a WideEyedIdealist, but the fact that he believes in Daenerys as a fair and just ruler clashes with the Wolf's assertion that she has the qualities needed to make a fine warlord. It culminates in a screaming argument which the Wolf ''loses'', possibly because he realizes he was about to let slip that [[spoiler:''he'' was responsible for Daenerys setting King's Landing on fire.]]



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* Commander Vimes and Captain Carrot have this dynamic in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels, and Carrot also has it with Captain Angua. Vimes is possibly one of ''the'' most cynical people on the Disc, which is saying something, and Angua spends a lot of time in an OnlySaneMan DeadpanSnarker role. Carrot, meanwhile, is idealistic and trusting to a degree that would normally get someone in Ankh-Morpork killed in ten minutes, but for him, it ''works''.

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* The Oracle Twins from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong are a PlayedWith example. Sara is bubbly and cheerful as a result of seeing only negative visions about the future (so she's got the powers of a cynic with the personality of an idealist). Her twin sister Kara is gothic and deadpan, because she only sees good things about the future (so she has the powers of an idealist with the personality of a cynic). This is explained as Sara seeing the positive things in life to compensate for her bad visions, while Kara has all the joy and surprise sucked out of life because she knows the good things that will happen.


* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In Volume 7, Clover and Qrow are paired together for missions. Qrow is cynical, depressive and prefers to work alone while Clover is upbeat, chatty and prefers working with a team. Qrow's misfortune Semblance is uncontrollable and causes constant inconvenience for himself and others, while Clover has a controllable good fortune Semblance which aids him in combat. [[spoiler:They both have a history of UndyingLoyalty to a morally grey Huntsman leader: Qrow for [[BigGood Ozpin]] and Clover for Ironwood. However, Qrow has learned the bitter consequences that comes from experiencing a BrokenPedestal while Clover hasn't; this differing experience ultimately drives an insurmountable wedge between them.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In Volume 7, Clover and Qrow are paired together for missions. Qrow is cynical, depressive and prefers to work alone while Clover is upbeat, chatty and prefers working with a team. Qrow's misfortune Semblance is uncontrollable and causes constant inconvenience for himself and others, while Clover has a controllable good fortune Semblance which aids him in combat. [[spoiler:They both have a history of UndyingLoyalty to a morally grey Huntsman leader: Qrow for [[BigGood Ozpin]] and Clover for Ironwood. [[FourStarBadass Ironwood]]. However, when both Ozpin (in Volume 6) and Ironwood (in Volume 7) become BrokenPedestals to the heroes, Qrow has learned the bitter consequences that comes from experiencing a BrokenPedestal while Clover hasn't; this differing experience ultimately and Clover's drastically different reactions drives an insurmountable wedge between them.them: Qrow turned on Ozpin, losing all faith in both Ozpin and his mission whereas Clover retains his loyalty to Ironwood and continues to obey him unquestioningly.]]

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': In Volume 7, Clover and Qrow are paired together for missions. Qrow is cynical, depressive and prefers to work alone while Clover is upbeat, chatty and prefers working with a team. Qrow's misfortune Semblance is uncontrollable and causes constant inconvenience for himself and others, while Clover has a controllable good fortune Semblance which aids him in combat. [[spoiler:They both have a history of UndyingLoyalty to a morally grey Huntsman leader: Qrow for [[BigGood Ozpin]] and Clover for Ironwood. However, Qrow has learned the bitter consequences that comes from experiencing a BrokenPedestal while Clover hasn't; this differing experience ultimately drives an insurmountable wedge between them.]]



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* ''{{VideoGame/Cyberpunk 2077}}'': Subverted. Johnny is both the idealist ''and'' the cynic among the protagonists. Where V is completely uninterested in anything beyond the next job, paycheck or thrill, Johnny is deeply committed to his anarchist, anti-corporate values. However, V is a generally happy, reasonably well-balanced individual with a wide circle of TrueCompanions, where Johnny is a bitter, egocentric douchebag whose abrasive personality and unrelenting unwillingness to compromise his ideals has alienated pretty much every friend he ever had.


Although the duo has different ways of viewing the world, they are extremely close to each other. However, it doesn't stop them from bickering/fighting in a {{Conflict}} situation, mostly invoking the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism trope (heroic ex: They bicker because they don't know if they should shoot down the villain or try to convert him/her to the good side, or one of them will call them out of a idea they consider "risky"). The Idealist may be a WideEyedIdealist, and the Cynic may be a GrumpyBear. The idealist may say SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers while the cynic may say SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids.


Can overlap with RedOniBlueOni, OddFriendship (if it's a best friend duo), SiblingYinYang (if it's a sibling duo). See also FourPhilosophyEnsemble, which adds Realist, Apathetic and/or Conflicted to the mix.

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Although the duo has different ways of viewing the world, they are extremely close to each other. However, it doesn't stop them from bickering/fighting in a {{Conflict}} situation, mostly invoking the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism trope (heroic ex: They bicker because they don't know if they should shoot down the villain or try to convert him/her to the good side, or one of them will call them out of a an idea they consider "risky"). The Idealist may be a WideEyedIdealist, and the Cynic may be a GrumpyBear. The idealist may say SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers while the cynic may say SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids.


Can overlap with RedOniBlueOni, OddFriendship (if it's a best friend duo), SiblingYinYang (if it's a sibling duo). See also FourPhilosophyEnsemble, which adds Realist, Apathetic Apathetic, and/or Conflicted to the mix.



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* Morgan Freeman (cynic) and Brad Pitt (idealist) in ''Film/{{Se7en}}''. Their respective chararacters, Agent Somerset and Agent Mills, are two homicide detectives. However, [[OldCopYoungCop Somerset is a close-to-retirement veteran who thinks the world is a shit place full of inexplicable misery, while Mills is a young, motivated cop with a lot of fire in his belly who believes he can make the world a better place]]. [[spoiler:Ultimately, Mills' mind is broken by the murder of his wife and he's manipulated into becoming a murderer himself, while Somerset decides to stave off retirement because he's realized that while he may live in a CrapsackWorld, trying to make it better is still worth it.]]

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* Morgan Freeman (cynic) and Brad Pitt (idealist) in ''Film/{{Se7en}}''. Their respective chararacters, characters, Agent Somerset and Agent Mills, are two homicide detectives. However, [[OldCopYoungCop Somerset is a close-to-retirement veteran who thinks the world is a shit place full of inexplicable misery, while Mills is a young, motivated cop with a lot of fire in his belly who believes he can make the world a better place]]. [[spoiler:Ultimately, Mills' mind is broken by the murder of his wife and he's manipulated into becoming a murderer himself, while Somerset decides to stave off retirement because he's realized that while he may live in a CrapsackWorld, trying to make it better is still worth it.]]



* Literature/NeroWolfe and Archie Goodwin of the long-running detective series tend to have this kind of dynamic. Wolfe tends to be the grumpy, misanthropic old recluse with little interest in or goodwill towards the world and the people in it, while Archie is the cheerful, friendly and good-natured man-about-town who embraces life to the fullest. That said, neither is exactly stuck at the extreme end of either side of the scale; there's hinted to be an old-fashioned romanticism deep down under Wolfe's crusty exterior, while Archie tends to adopt a kind of seen-it-all snark as a way of protecting himself against the world when things get tough.

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* Literature/NeroWolfe and Archie Goodwin of the long-running detective series tend to have this kind of dynamic. Wolfe tends to be the grumpy, misanthropic old recluse with little interest in or goodwill towards the world and the people in it, while Archie is the cheerful, friendly friendly, and good-natured man-about-town who embraces life to the fullest. That said, neither is exactly stuck at the extreme end of either side of the scale; there's hinted to be an old-fashioned romanticism deep down under Wolfe's crusty exterior, while Archie tends to adopt a kind of seen-it-all snark as a way of protecting himself against the world when things get tough.

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* ''Series/DashAndLily'': The titular characters. Dash is a cynical, brooding, Christmas hater with divorced parents and who has suffered a recent heartbreak. Lily is an optimistic, free-spirited Christmas lover with a tight-knit family and who has never been in love. They prove more than a match for each other.


* Whenever [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Superman]] and [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batman]] have to work together(which tends to happen often), Superman is obviously the idealist, while Batman is the cynic.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Wandersong}}'' features an [[AllLovingHero all-loving]], [[WideEyedIdealist idealistic]], and [[ActualPacifist pacifistic]] QuirkyBard teaming up with Miriam, a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]], [[PragmaticHero pragmatic]] [[ActionGirl Action Witch]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold with a heart of gold]].

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* Rapunzel and Cassandra, of ''WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries''. However, by the time we're introduced to her, [[ThePollyanna Rapps]] has managed to make Cassandra a little more optimistic than she used to be, so they're more of a Realist-Idealist Duo.






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* ''Fanfic/HalfPastAdventure'': Pugliacci and Bulcinella, a pair of mobsters from the Crystal Dimension, form one of these, with Bulcinella frequently exhibiting a lackadaisical attitude and attributing things to "the universe", much to Pugliacci's dismay.

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* Literature/NeroWolfe and Archie Goodwin of the long-running detective series tend to have this kind of dynamic. Wolfe tends to be the grumpy, misanthropic old recluse with little interest in or goodwill towards the world and the people in it, while Archie is the cheerful, friendly and good-natured man-about-town who embraces life to the fullest. That said, neither is exactly stuck at the extreme end of either side of the scale; there's hinted to be an old-fashioned romanticism deep down under Wolfe's crusty exterior, while Archie tends to adopt a kind of seen-it-all snark as a way of protecting himself against the world when things get tough.


* Dipper and Mabel from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. While Dipper doesn't have an excessively negative outlook, he does tend to be slow to trust anyone unfamiliar to him (and he is not helped by the craziness of his surroundings, either), especially in contrast to Mabel, who has a much brighter demeanour and is rather naïve and unsuspecting to the point of being an AllLovingHeroine.

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* Dipper and Mabel from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. While Dipper doesn't have an excessively negative outlook, he does tend to be slow to trust anyone unfamiliar to him (and he is not helped by the craziness of his surroundings, either), especially in contrast to Mabel, who has a much brighter demeanour and is rather naïve and unsuspecting to the point of being an AllLovingHeroine.AllLovingHero.

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