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We have done with Hope and Honour, we are lost to Love and Truth,
We are dropping down the ladder rung by rung,
And the measure of our torment is the measure of our youth.
God help us, for we knew the worst too young!
Rudyard Kipling, "Gentleman-Rankers"

Tropes entailing pessimism, distrust, and negativity in general. A few clues as to which end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism you are — or the characters think they are. It should be noted that some of these tropes can qualify as Idealism Tropes and vice versa, depending on the writer's handling.

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Compare Despair Tropes. Contrast Idealism Tropes.


Don't expect these tropes to be all sunshine and rainbows:

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