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* ''Anime/KazeNoStigma'': Following the [[spoiler: [[CynicismCatalyst Death of his love interest]] as a sacrifice for a demon]], Kazuma Yagami went from being a NiceGuy to being a cold and brutal AntiHero who wouldn't allow anyone to get close to him emotionally, even his own [[MoralityPet younger]] [[MoralityChain brother]].

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* Tonks in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11669575/51/For-Love-of-Magic For Love of Magic]]'' managed to keep some level of idealism for years, but events conspire to slowly erode it away until she's a BrokenBird. While things like learning that the [=DMLE=] doesn't actually pursue people who rape muggles greatly lessened her idealism, the straw the broke the camel's back was Voldemort taking the Weasley family hostage then launching a massive attack on London. After failing to save the Weasleys and the catastrophic damage done to London, Tonks listlessly states that they should have ignored the hostages as they would've died anyway and it'd teach Voldemort not to bother using hostages against them.

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* Tonks in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11669575/51/For-Love-of-Magic For Love of Magic]]'' ''Fanfic/ForLoveOfMagic'' managed to keep some level of idealism for years, but events conspire to slowly erode it away until she's a BrokenBird. While things like learning that the [=DMLE=] doesn't actually pursue people who rape muggles greatly lessened her idealism, the straw the broke the camel's back was Voldemort taking the Weasley family hostage then launching a massive attack on London. After failing to save the Weasleys and the catastrophic damage done to London, Tonks listlessly states that they should have ignored the hostages as they would've died anyway and it'd teach Voldemort not to bother using hostages against them.


* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': As shown in "Once Upon a Dime", Scrooge [=McDuck=] started his career trusting enough to be scammed more than once. By the start of the series, he's a cynic. One of the points of the story is his friends and family sending him through a [[TookALevelInIdealism a level in idealism]]; while he remains more guarded than some of the others, he learns there are some people he can rely on and opens up to them.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': As shown in "Once Upon a Dime", Scrooge [=McDuck=] started his career trusting enough to be scammed more than once. By the start of the series, he's a cynic. One of the points of the story is his friends and family sending him through a [[TookALevelInIdealism a level in idealism]]; while he remains more guarded than some of the others, he learns there are some people he can rely on and opens up to them.

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* In ''Literature/TheMentalState'', 'Zack' has a much darker view of the world than 'Zachary'.


* In ''Series/TheMentalist]], Grace Van Pelt is the team's resident WideEyedIdealist. That is until the Season 3 finale, when [[spoiler: her fiancé Craig O'Laughlin turns out to be working for Red John and tries to kill her, forcing her to shoot him dead]]. She's... somewhat more jaded and aggressive after that.

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* In ''Series/TheMentalist]], ''Series/TheMentalist'', Grace Van Pelt is the team's resident WideEyedIdealist. That is until the Season 3 finale, when [[spoiler: her fiancé Craig O'Laughlin turns out to be working for Red John and tries to kill her, forcing her to shoot him dead]]. She's... somewhat more jaded and aggressive after that.

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* In ''Fanfic/APrizeForThreeEmpires'', ComicBook/CarolDanvers decides she can't trust the Avengers when they allow Marcus take her away without realizing she was being mind-controlled by her rapist. Later she quits the X-Men when they let Rogue, who nearly killed her, join. She becomes so jaded that she decides to leave Earth for a while.


* Throughout ''[[VideoGame/SenNoKiseki Trails of Cold Steel II]]'', Rean remains optimistic that one day [[spoiler:he can bring Crow back to Thors Military Academy after he revealed himself to be the leader of the Imperial Liberation Front and sided with the Noble Alliance at the end of the first game. Crow dies after teaming up with Rean to fight the Vermillion Apocalypse. Immediately after Crow passes away, the man who Crow attempted to assassinate to avenge his grandfather, Chancellor Osborne, is actually ''not dead'' despite being shot in the chest. Rean then learns that Chancellor Osborne is his real father. Rean then goes off to help Erebonia complete its invasion of Crossbell using his Ashen Knight. When he returns to Thors after Osborne annexes Crossbell, Rean has lost his optimism. Promo art for Cold Steel III shows Rean with a not quite dead look in his eyes like Joshua had in Trails in the Sky, but he is certainly a changed man.]]

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* Throughout ''[[VideoGame/SenNoKiseki Trails of Cold Steel II]]'', ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel II'', Rean remains optimistic that one day [[spoiler:he can bring Crow back to Thors Military Academy after he revealed himself to be the leader of the Imperial Liberation Front and sided with the Noble Alliance at the end of the first game. Crow dies after teaming up with Rean to fight the Vermillion Apocalypse. Immediately after Crow passes away, the man who Crow attempted to assassinate to avenge his grandfather, Chancellor Osborne, is actually ''not dead'' despite being shot in the chest. Rean then learns that Chancellor Osborne is his real father. Rean then goes off to help Erebonia complete its invasion of Crossbell using his Ashen Knight. When he returns to Thors after Osborne annexes Crossbell, Rean has lost his optimism. Promo art for Cold Steel III shows Rean with a not quite dead look in his eyes like Joshua had in Trails in the Sky, but he is certainly a changed man.]]


* ''Manga/KazeNoStigma'': Following the [[spoiler: [[CynicismCatalyst Death of his love interest]] as a sacrifice for a demon]], Kazuma Yagami went from being a NiceGuy to being a cold and brutal AntiHero who wouldn't allow anyone to get close to him emotionally, even his own [[MoralityPet younger]] [[MoralityChain brother]].

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* ''Manga/KazeNoStigma'': ''Anime/KazeNoStigma'': Following the [[spoiler: [[CynicismCatalyst Death of his love interest]] as a sacrifice for a demon]], Kazuma Yagami went from being a NiceGuy to being a cold and brutal AntiHero who wouldn't allow anyone to get close to him emotionally, even his own [[MoralityPet younger]] [[MoralityChain brother]].



* Occurred to Ryuuken Ishida in the backstory of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' , when the dark secrets of the Quincy that he was idealistic about the future of hit him all at once, [[spoiler: killing both his wife and past love interest/cousin]].

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* Occurred to Ryuuken Ishida in the backstory of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' , ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', when the dark secrets of the Quincy that he was idealistic about the future of hit him all at once, [[spoiler: killing both his wife and past love interest/cousin]].



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* VideoGame/DevilMayCry: The death of their mother had a very polarizing effect on the Sons of Sparda. While Dante eventually becomes more of a KnightInSourArmor, Vergil plays this trope straight adopting the belief that [[BadassCreed "Might controls everything. And without strength, you cannot protect anything. Let alone yourself."]]

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* VideoGame/DevilMayCry: ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'': The death of their mother had a very polarizing effect on the Sons of Sparda. While Dante eventually becomes more of a KnightInSourArmor, Vergil plays this trope straight adopting the belief that [[BadassCreed "Might controls everything. And without strength, you cannot protect anything. Let alone yourself."]]


* Deconstructed in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. During the Tournament of Power, Toppo of Universe 11 becomes more and more crushed as the Pride Troopers are eliminated and those he considered "evil" were still standing. When Freeza attacks him and destroys his uniform, Toppo decides to screw all that and embrace the power of a God of Destruction. When he battles Vegeta after pummeling Freeza and Android #17, he mocks the Saiyan Prince for his promise to Cabba and boasts that he threw away all of his morals as "unnecessary". [[spoiler:Vegeta is so incensed at that that he powers up and overwhelms Toppo, calling him out for his stupid way of thinking.]]
* Anime/PsychoPass: Initially, Akane Tsunemori was your typical WideEyedIdealist. After all the crap she went through, involving her best friend's death and learning of the truth of Sibyl system, she has become a battle driven and jaded veteran.

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* Deconstructed in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. During the Tournament of Power, Toppo of Universe 11 becomes more and more crushed as the Pride Troopers are eliminated and those he considered considers "evil" were still remain standing. When Freeza attacks him and destroys his uniform, Toppo decides to screw all that and embrace the power of a God of Destruction. When he battles Vegeta after pummeling Freeza and Android #17, he mocks the Saiyan Prince for his promise to Cabba and boasts that he threw away all of his morals as "unnecessary". [[spoiler:Vegeta is so incensed at that that he powers up and overwhelms Toppo, calling him out for his stupid way of thinking.]]
* Anime/PsychoPass: Initially, Akane Tsunemori was your typical WideEyedIdealist. After all the crap she went through, involving her best friend's death and learning of the truth of the Sibyl system, she has become a battle driven battle-driven and jaded veteran.

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* In ''Series/TheMentalist]], Grace Van Pelt is the team's resident WideEyedIdealist. That is until the Season 3 finale, when [[spoiler: her fiancé Craig O'Laughlin turns out to be working for Red John and tries to kill her, forcing her to shoot him dead]]. She's... somewhat more jaded and aggressive after that.


* In her VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas LetsPlays, [[WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries Rainbow]]/[[LetsRambleWithRae Queen Latifah,]] became more willing to solve problems with violence and stealing supplies, after [[spoiler: Veronica and Rex died.]]

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* In her VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas LetsPlays, [[WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries Rainbow]]/[[LetsRambleWithRae Rainbow]]/[[LetsPlay/LetsRambleWithRae Queen Latifah,]] became more willing to solve problems with violence and stealing supplies, after [[spoiler: Veronica and Rex died.]]

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* Lady Centipede from ''Literature/TheCityWithoutMemory'' used to be a gentle, kind girl. Then she was kidnapped by a forest robber who forcibly married her. Initially she tried to influence her husband and instill some good in her children, but by the time of the novel’s plot she’s given up on it completely, is tired of everyone and just wants to be left alone. Her good heart, as a couple of PetTheDog moments show, is still there somewhere… only very deep down.

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* Anime/PsychoPass: Initially, Akane Tsunemori was your typical WideEyedIdealist. After all the crap she went through, involving her best friend's death and learning of the truth of Sibyl system, she has become a battle driven and jaded veteran.


* In ''Fanfic/ThievesCanBeHeroes'', Izuku spent his entire life clinging to [[TragicDream his dream]] of becoming a Pro Hero after being declared [[UnSorcerer Quirkless]]. He finally breaks down in tears during his second night at Leblanc as he realizes that it's an impossibility after [[ArrestedForHeroism being labeled a criminal]] for [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished trying to help a woman who was being sexually assaulted.]] He regains most of his optimism and cheer after he realizes that he could use the Metaverse to help people. But his time at Shujin makes his worldview more cynical as he sees Kamoshida abusing his students with impunity, showing that even the Heroes that Izuku looked up to his entire life haven't solved all of society's ills. This is what motivates him to take matters into his own hands and right the wrongs that Heroes like All Might can't.

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* In ''Fanfic/ThievesCanBeHeroes'', Izuku spent his entire life clinging to [[TragicDream his dream]] of becoming a Pro Hero after being declared [[UnSorcerer Quirkless]]. He finally breaks down in tears during his second night at Cafe Leblanc as he realizes that it's an impossibility after [[ArrestedForHeroism being labeled a criminal]] for [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished trying to help a woman who was being sexually assaulted.]] He [[SubvertedTrope regains most of his optimism and cheer cheer]] after he realizes that he could use the Metaverse to help people. But [[DoubleSubverted his time at Shujin makes his worldview more cynical cynical]] as he sees Kamoshida [[SadistTeacher Kamoshida]] abusing his students with impunity, showing that even the Heroes that Izuku looked up to his entire life haven't solved all of society's ills. This is what motivates him to take matters into his own hands and right the wrongs that Heroes like All Might can't.

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