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"Man is born a predestined idealist, for he is born to act. To act is to affirm the worth of an end, and to persist in affirming the worth of an end is to make an ideal."
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Tropes that entail living up to an ideal. 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 also qualify as Cynicism Tropes and vice-versa, depending on the context of the story and the ideals involved.

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Contrast Cynicism Tropes. See also Hope Index and Knight in Shining Tropes.


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