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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

A few clues as to which end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. 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.

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


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