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Basic Trope: A character is called out for having a cynical worldview.

  • Straight: Chris thinks that he's right about his worldview of how the world works, but Tom rebukes him for having this kind of thinking.
  • Exaggerated: Chris endlessly mocks people for their idealistic attitudes and worldviews. This is an instant Berserk Button to Tom and the rest of the idealists.
  • Downplayed:
    • While he doesn't mock those who are idealistic, Chris is cynical about life, but Tom tries to comfort him in an attempt to not let his cynicism grow further.
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    • Chris's cynicism once got the better of him. He hasn't changed much except he now has the drive to push his potential to its limit.
    • Chris is a Knight In Sour Armor while Tom is a more conventional idealist; they're basically on the same page, but Tom frequently gets the better of Chris in friendly banter.
  • Justified: Tom finds Chris' cynicism to be pointless and annoying and so he tells him to cheer up.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: It seems like Chris was going to get chewed out for his cynicism, but they seem to understand that his cynicism has a point.
    • Chris is not so much as cynical as much as he is suffering from depression, and a result royally calls out Tom for the unintentionally condescending implications of his speech for boiling down to "You just want to be better, now quit your whining!".
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  • Double Subverted: But this didn't stop the idealists from calling him out for using it as an excuse to do nothing.
  • Parodied:
    • Chris lives in a idealist world where the punishment for being a cynic is to watch The Care Bears.
    • Chris is asked about his opinion on the world; he simply responds in a deadpan tone "the world sucks". Cue to a scene where Chris is chased out by an angry mob of optimists.
  • Zig Zagged: Chris' cynicism is frowned upon by some people, laughed at by others but some don't care and others agree with him. It depends on the episode.
  • Averted:
    • Chris isn't called out for his cynicism.
    • There are no cynics or idealists. Everyone in the cast is a realist.
  • Enforced: The writer is making a work which discourages cynicism.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "You're a cynic and you admit life sucks and you're a loser. Why haven't you killed yourself yet?"
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    • "Don't you see that your cynicism makes you lazy and apathetic?"
    • "Chris, either say something helpful, or don't say anything."
    • "If you spent less time-much less time-whining about the world, you might actually see the good parts of it."
  • Invoked: Bob tells Tom to get Chris into realizing that he is ruining his own life with his cynicism.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Chris is cynical, but decides to keep it to himself so that he doesn't end up getting singled out by the realists or idealists for disagreeing with them. Even secretly praying that said idealists and realists end up on the short ends of the stick first.
    • "I don't want to hear it. Heaven help me, Chris, I don't want to hear it!!! If you can waste time and breath wanting to say it, and you don't wanna see me waste time and money talking you back about it, so we can both make better use of that time and breath making something!"
  • Discussed: "What is it going to take to make Chris accept that being idealistic or realistic is the right path to life?"
  • Conversed: "Does it seem that the writer is making Chris a jerkass since all of the idealists act like a bunch of shameless douchebags by mocking him for his cynicism?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Tom tries to convince Chris out of his cynicism and Chris says he might have a point. After all a true cynic is cynical about their own cynicism.
    • Tom putting down Chris' cynicism and Chris ignoring Tom's advice to end his cynical attitude further puts a strain to their friendship.
    • The idealists, for continuing to call out cynics like Chris for their beliefs, eventually wind up being royally chewed out in turn for pushing their beliefs on Chris by Chris. He finds it annoying and pointless like everything else.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The idealists realize that offensive tactics and anger are worst ways to disprove cynicism, because cynicism is, after all, anger and hatred manifested as a form of philosophy, and any insult directed at it will simply be assimilated. In order to justify that cynicism is for losers, they have to prove it realistically.
    • Tom accepts that not everyone accepts idealism like he does, but he can still be idealistic in repairing his friendship with Chris. The Power of Friendship can transcend these disagreements.
    • Chris admits that his cynicism led him to failure and he's content with that, much to the disgust of others, not that he cares what they think.
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