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    Anime and Manga 
"All my days were happy, fun and cheerful. I liked that world and peace in that we had. In that world, there was only thieves who stole wallets and we played who would get him first. But one day they came... that thing came. My friends are dead! My family was killed in front of me! My happy world fell into darkness and despair!
Hitori explaining his life after DEM oppression, Date A Live

I think it was after you were gone... that I found her diary. I confronted your mother. She apologized to me crying. I didn't understand the big words... But I knew the pain I suffered should've been yours. That you weren't Aceman... and that you were the reason for my suffering. You then meant nothing to me.
Shiro, reflecting on the day she found out that she was a replacement subject for Ganta in Deadman Wonderland

Shinji: Nobody wants me. So, everybody can just die.
Rei: Then, what are those hands for?
Shinji: Nobody cares whether I exist or not. Nothing will change. So, everybody can just die.
Rei: Then, what is that heart for?
Shinji: It'd be better if I wasn't here either. So I should just die, too.
Rei: Then, why are you here?
Shinji: Is it okay for me to be here?
(silence)

Dammit! Why... By letting myself be worshipped as an emissary of God, I was meant to lead everyone... but I can't even save one girl?
Kugel, after Linaria succumbs to her illness in the second OVA for Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet

Some savior I am... I couldn't even save Yurin. I... I...!!!
Flit Asuno, Mobile Suit Gundam AGE

So this is a Witch. My emotions have all come back to haunt me. I can't remember anything but glimmers of light and regret. Ah, so this is my... despair.

    Comic Books 
Jack Hawksmoor: Is that all you can do? Make cheap, tasteless jokes when your friend dies? Have you given up? Have you given up completely?
The Doctor: It wasn't a joke. But yes, I have given up. Sort of. Look around, Jack. Look at what's happened. Look at what's happening. Face it - no matter what I saw - we're not getting out of this in one piece. Jenny really was the spirit of the twenty-first century. If she's dead, that means the century - and everyone living in it - dies with her. It's time you did what I did, Jack. Not give up. Not exactly. But accept the inevitable. If these are the last moments of the universe, do you really want to spend them whining and fighting?
Hawksmoor: No.

Stood in firelight, sweltering. Bloodstain on chest like map of violent new continent. Felt cleansed. Felt dark planet turn under my feet and knew what cats know that makes them scream like babies in night. Looked at sky through smoke heavy with human fat and God was not there. The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever and we are alone. Live our lives, lacking anything better to do. Devise reason later. Born from oblivion; bear children, hell-bound as ourselves, go into oblivion. There is nothing else. Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It's us. Only us. Streets stank of fire. The void breathed hard on my heart, turning its illusions to ice, shattering them. Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world. Was Rorschach. Does that answer your questions, Doctor?
Rorschach, Watchmen

As my beautiful daughter dies, so does something inside me. Hope. The hope of a future. The hope of happiness. The hope of there being a benign force in the universe. It all dies...
Atrocitus, Red Lanterns #0
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    Fan Works 
It was too much for her. She'd never wanted any of this. The flame washed out of her like a torrent; she heard the people behind her burst into flames and die, but she didn't care. If this was the world, she wanted to destroy it. Better that nothing exist, if the Outer Gods were all there was. Humanity would be better off dead.
Nylarathotep tried to speak, but her flames rushed through him, charring him to ash in an instant. But he wasn't dead. He would rise again, she knew, and that knowing infuriated her more.
She gathered her strength. This world would burn. Burn, burn, burn. If it burned hot enough, maybe she would die herself, and not have to live in it.

He knew, somewhere deep inside, that Asuka was not answering because she couldn't. His dreams, his hopes, and everything else he wished for the future simply ebbed away, leaving behind only an empty vacuum.

All those who had meant something to me, all those I had cared for... they were all dead. I had nothing, nothing left. Nothing to expect. No hope.
Shinji, The One I Love Is, chapter 12

I went into the bathroom and cried my eyes out. The whole affair had been an elaborate hoax! The two of them probably planned the whole thing just to get back at me. I was devastated, crushed out of any hope. I had nothing to live for. But if I wasn't ever going to be happy again, then I would make sure that they wouldn't be alive to enjoy their happiness.

Someday for sure, I will bring death upon her.
— From Yuyuko Saigyouji's final diary entry, Touhou Tonari

One of the boxes had moved. Was it alive in there? He didn’t want to see. He stepped back and away from this nightmare; away from the dangerous edge. But it was too late. He had slipped now, and the abyss was swallowing him up. What had been an assault from a solitary invader was now a raid by an unceasing army. They had been built too many and too quick. He was not special at all. He was just another blank faced boy hanging from a wall.
He was Mecha; built specific; just another one of many.

    Film — Animated 
Beavis: Dammit, this always happens! I think I'm gonna score, and then I never score! It's not fair! We've traveled, um, a hundred miles 'cause we thought we were gonna score! But now it's not gonna happen! Dammit!
Bus Driver: Hey, buddy, sit down!
Beavis: Shut up, ass-wipe! I'm sick and tired of this! We're never gonna score! It's just not gonna happen! We're just gonna get old like these people, but they've probably scored!
Bus Driver: Hey, I'm warning you! SIT DOWN!
Beavis: It's like, this chick's a slut! And look at this guy - he's old, but he's probably scored a million times!
Old Guy: Oh, yeah!
Beavis: But not us! We're never gonna score! We're never gonna score! WE'RE NEVER GONNA SCORE!

Why are you here? How can you possibly bring me lower? What more can you take away from me?!
Mr. Incredible, thinking his family are dead, The Incredibles

    Film — Live-Action 
It's over. Everything, I did everything wrong. I want my life back. I want it back before everything got fucked up. I want to be a baby again. I want to be new. I want to be new.
Susan Orlean, Adaptation.

They look like big, good, strong hands. Don't they? I always thought that's what they were. My little friends. The little man with his racing snail, the Nighthob, even the stupid bat. I couldn't hold on to them. The Nothing... pulled them right out of my hands. I failed.
Rockbiter, The Neverending Story

There was a time I could see. And I have seen... boys like these - younger even - their arms torn out, their legs ripped off. But there is nothing like the sight of an amputated spirit. There is no prosthetic for that.
Colonel Slade, Scent of a Woman

Once I knew how the world worked
You earned your bread, said your prayers well
You loved your own, helped your neighbour
Now I don't know anything anymore
Once I knew what was wrong and right
God was good, black was never white
Once I knew what I was living for
Now I don't know anything anymore
I see her face everywhere
I hear her voice across the air
I drove all kindness from my door
Now I don't have anything anymore
No, I don't know anything... anymore...
Jim Ryan, One Night The Moon

Mike: Josh, just quit it. She's had enough. Come on, man, you got her back. Good one.
Josh: No, she's still making movies, man, that's my point!
Heather: Please stop...
Josh: This is my point here!
All my orders have been ignored. How can I be a leader under these circumstances? It's over. The war is lost. But if you think this means that I'll leave Berlin, you're wrong. I'd rather shoot a bullet through my head. Do what you want.

    Literature 
"Let the months and years come, they can take nothing from me, they can take nothing more. I am so alone, and so without hope that I can confront them without fear."

Sitting there on the floor, Louis put his face in his hands and began to weep. He had lost all interest in his father-in-law, in the MX missile, in permanent versus dissolving sutures, in the heat death of the universe. At that moment, Louis Creed wished he were dead.

And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted — nevermore!

It wasn't just the baby that died that day; something inside Sick Boy was lost and never returned. It seemed that he had no theory with which to explain a moment like this. Nor did I. Our only response was to keep on going and fuck everything: pile misery upon misery, heap it up on a spoon and dissolve it with a drop of bile, then squirt it into a stinking, prurient vein and do it all over again; keep on going, getting up, going out, robbing, stealing, fucking people over, propelling ourselves with longing towards the day that it would all go wrong, because no matter how much you stash, or how much you steal, you never have enough. No matter how often you go out and rob and fuck people over, you always need to get up and do it all over again.
Renton, Trainspotting

What they found outside the cottage killed Brian.
It was as if he had been drop-kicked in the chest by Bruce Lee. He felt his heart stop. Pain spread through his ribs, and his limbs stopped sending signals to his brain. His ears popped as if he were undergoing severe decompression in a crashing Concord.
Abigail lay on the front path, a smoky hole above her eyes, the back of her head fanned out on the gravel behind her. Jason was in the doorway, in segments.
He opened his mouth to scream, but no sound came out. His jaw ached, and the hammering at his temples increased. He tore out two fistfuls of hair, and ripped at his shirt with bloody fingers.
Then the scream started. First, it was a whistling, gulping cry somewhere in the back of his throat, then it took hold and boomed forth, emerging from his mouth like solid vomit. Inside, his lungs tore, his windpipe distended. In that wordless screech, Brian cursed the world. He damned God, the University, the Unwin Chemical Corporation, the Vice-Chancellor, Abigail, Lynch's Zombies, the fucking disease, Jason, Jean, Monica, Debbie, blind moronic chance. And, most of all, himself.

Meryl: Well, anyway, you were right all along. The spirit of Borrigarde is gone and there's no room for the pride of our people anymore. That's why I came back to Yawnbore to find you. So I could join your quest and get myself deleted as well.
Jim: For god's sake, Meryl, you don't have to!
Meryl: Jim, it's okay. This is what I want. There's something else. I've learned the Truth.
Jim: The truth?
Meryl: No, the Truth. The one Barry's followers were spreading around back in Lolede. The one that makes some people calm and some people crazy. Si-Mon told it to me. And... I just don't really care anymore.

Tom was defeated. Desperate. He spent his time wishing he could die. He had given up any hope of escape. Given up.
<That's how it always is,> the Yeerk said. <At first the host fights, or at least tries. But hour after hour and day after day they see that they cannot rule their own bodies. The host sees that no-one even knows what has happened to him. No one knows he is lost in his own head. And, over time, hope dies. The host becomes a faint, shattered creature. Like your brother.>
The Yeerk was telling the truth. That was what made it so terrible. It was true. I could feel Tom's complete, utter despair. I could feel that he had accepted defeat. I knew that all he wished for now was an end.
Animorphs #6: The Capture

    Live-Action TV 
"I would like to see my brother."
"I'm sure he's very busy."
"Yes....yes."

You know, apart from the fact that I'll never again experience joy in my life, I don't think Red Zone Cuba had any kind of negative effect on me.

Once hope is gone, dying is just a formality.
"John Smith", Cold Case, "The Road"

Doctor no more.
— The first words of the War Doctor, Doctor Who, "Night of the Doctor"
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    Music 
Now I can't go on, I can't even start
I got nothing left, just an empty heart
I'm a soldier, wounded so I must give up the fight
There's nothing more for me, lead me away
Or leave me lying here

I need someone to show me the things in life that I can't find.
I can't see the things that make true happiness, I must be blind.
Black Sabbath, "Paranoid"

Don't push me,
Cuz I'm close to the edge
I'm trying not to lose my head...

Saw all of the saints
Lock up the gates
I could not enter
Walked into the flames
Called out your name
But there was no answer...
Adam Lambert, "Ghost Town"

That little boy quit trying.
He just walked away.
There were teardrops on his face.
Tell me, how would you feel?
You'd probably give up too,
If nobody believed in you.
Joe Nichols, "If Nobody Believed In You"

This cruel country has driven me down.
Teased me and lied.
Teased me and lied.
I've only sad stories to tell to this town.
My dreams have withered and died.
Richard Thompson, "Withered And Died"

She speaks no word to her doctor,
for fear her pain disgrace her kin.
For weeks she dared not sleep or dream.
Cormorant, "Junta"

This cannot be happening to me.
It's all wrong, just a dream. What have I done?
No hope, no way to get out of this.
Please just let me die now. I don't want this fate.
I don't want to be a hero anymore.
Can't breathe, can't do it, just let me fall.
We're all lost. Fighting enemies that don't exist.
And they turned us into this.
Keldian, "Never Existed"

    Radio 
Natalia Pushkin: I was the first one to be taken; I only wish I could have been the last as well. Even as we speak, Tev is preparing another one of his kindred to make the transition and... usurp the body of an innocent man. It is my weakness that brought them, and now we are all doomed to die in their stead.
Alexei Korolev: No! How can you say that?! You can't just throw any hope away!
Natalia Pushkin: Hope, Alexei? Look around you: this is the end of existence. There is no place for hope here.

    Tabletop Games 
Unwanted by both Bishop and Koba, Blotto's clowns are the rejects and outcasts of the circus hierarchy: the Midnight Circus has ground them down and is about to devour them. They are skeletal scarecrows stripped of all desire; many turn to mind-numbing drugs or alcohol provided by other circus personnel. Within their tent, they can be seen sleeping and nodding off, aware of their fate but unable to fight it.

Ancient sadness. Star-city circling the burning nest. The silver horde has re-arisen. Kaelis-Ra awakes afresh, the ancient war resumed, spiderscuttle sorrow, all interlinked. Death in wraithsword, spirits infinity-bound. All is cyclical, all goes round yet remains the same. Always the dirges of echoes, always the bonework reflections. There is nothing new; just regret and impotence. We are lost in the dark, and there is no morning.
Psychic reading of Eldar artifact, Warhammer 40,000: Xenology

    Theatre 
And now I'm on my own
Never again to wonder what's out there
Let it remain unknown
And my one human eye
Will evermore be dry
Until the day I die
As if I
Were made of stone
Quasimodo, Der Glockner Von Notre Dame, "Made of Stone"

I shall despair. There is no creature loves me;
And if I die no soul shall pity me.
Nay, wherefore should they? Since that I myself
Find in myself no pity to myself.

    Video Games 
I can almost hear your mewling now. "How could he betray us?!" "Why, Avitus, why?!" Look at this planet! Look at it! That is why! The entire galaxy is the same: Broken. Shattered. Rotten to the core! Honor, brotherhood, duty — they are no more than delusions and lies. We use them to justify the slaughter left in our wake. I cannot tolerate it any longer! I have seen the rot that runs through our chapter's honor — and it justifies nothing! My memories are full of the screams of those I have killed. Where others see life, I see only death. We all know how this will end. We have always known. It ends in blood.
Sergeant Avitus after his treachery is exposed, Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising

My... son. Murdered in the heart of the Chantry, by those who held a sacred trust. What hope for this city, when we fail our own so completely?
Viscount Dumar, Dragon Age II

Look at it all. Why don't they just drown us as infants? Why wait? Why give us the illusion of hope?
First Enchanter Orsino, Dragon Age II

Doesn't really care about anything anymore.
— Appears in the profile of any sufficiently traumatized character in Dwarf Fortressnote 

My name is Oerba Dia Vanille. I'm a L'Cie, from Gran Pulse, and to everyone on Cocoon, evil. Shoot me! For your son!
Vanille, Final Fantasy XIII

I have taught you many ways to kill a mortal, Kratos; flesh that burns, bones that break. But to break a man's spirit, is to truly destroy him!
Ares, God of War

The gods of Olympus have abandoned me. Now there is no hope.
Kratos, God of War

Cynder: Fight back!... Why won't you fight back!
Spyro: Because you've left me nothing to fight for...
The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, after Malefor turns Spyro's girlfriend Cynder against him

There's nothing left for me. No place to return to, nobody to love, and nothing to believe in...
Oersted, Live A Live

But it cannot be! This would mean that all my work has been for nothing! Everything that I've tried to- A FAILURE! It can't be! Be! BE! Be... I... don't think that I can continue. Continue? To have done the things I have done... in the name of progress... and healing... It was madness. I can see it now, madness. Madness? There is no hope. Leave now. Leave... while you still have hope...

I'm already a dead man. I don't sleep. Food has no taste. Some days... I just want it to be over.
Lantar Sidonis, Mass Effect 2

The day I killed The Boss... with my own hands... I... was already dead.

Five years ago, I lost thirty thousand men in the blink of an eye....and the world just fucking watched. Tomorrow, there will be no shortage of volunteers, no shortage of patriots. I know you understand.
General Shepherd, Modern Warfare 2

The moment when someone loses all hope... I really do love to watch that moment.

Our time has passed, John.

I do not care, Father! A world without her is empty. A LIFE without her is empty.
Count Blumiere, before becoming Count Bleck, Super Paper Mario

It seems in the end... that I... was the greatest fool of all...

I... Used to be so beautiful...

I looked into the eyes of the dragon... and despaired.
Archibishop Benedictus, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

There can be no hope in this hell. No hope at all.
The Narrator, Darkest Dungeon

Suffer not the lame horse, nor the broken man.
Another soul battered and broken, cast aside like a spent torch.
Slumped shoulders, wild eyes, and a stumbling gait — this one is no more good to us.
The Narrator, Darkest Dungeon, when dismissing heroes driven mad with despair

If I am being honest, I care only to give hope to the frightened, huddled masses so that when I come upon them they will have more to lose. Their pain will be greater. Their screams more pure.(...) Nothing dies like hope. I cherish it.
Dredgen Yor, Destiny

The Soldier: What drives a man to such madness?
The Archer: To be tested... and to fail.
Overwatch, "Junkenstein's Revenge"

It wasn't the torture that broke me. It wasn't the indoctrination. It was time. Time rots everything, Booker... even hope.
Elizabeth Comstock, Bioshock Infinite

He no longer wanted anything, he didn't even want to live anymore and despite that, his life was the one thing he hadn't lost, because he couldn't!

I don't wanna go back out there...I can't do this anymore...

His eyes meet yours when you look up from the page. They are dull as old iron. "I am done, sir. I am done. I have one last thing to ask of you." The truth has broken him. He buries his face in his hands. "Even if I could remember, I would not want to. But it is only a matter of time until this-" he runs a finger over his sigil "-takes something I can't do without. Maybe I will forget how to breathe. Or which way is north. Perhaps I will strand us all at zee again and it'll be oaths of silence and straws in the dark. Be rid of me, sir. Put me ashore somewhere I can be forgotten."
—The Sigil-Ridden Navigator, after reading his own confession, Sunless Sea

This was the only dream I really wanted. They offered me Gaia and I took her because I didn't have a choice. But she chips, chips away at us. Can't you feel it? Don't you know what she's taking from you? You can't feel it, can you? You don't even know. And now you're going to bring me back. I don't want to go. I don't want to be back there. This was the only way..."
Lorraine Mailard, The Secret World

That's where they come from. That's why they hate us... that's why they need us. That's why they take us.... that's why they feed us. But the true abomination... is not that it occurred, but that it was allowed. Branka... my love... The Stone has punished me, dream-friend. I am dying of something worse than death. Betrayal.

I had to burn it. All of it. Murkoff took so much from us. Used us. Turned us into these things because nobody cares about a few forgotten lunatics. So let it burn. Burn the whole god damned thing down. Get out. If you want to live, you can get out through the kitchen.
The Pyromaniac, Outlast
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    Visual Novels 

    Webcomics 
HOPESPLODE!
Homestuck, sums it up in a single word

As the Prince of Hope, I am uniquely qualified to recognize wwhen all hope is lost.
Eridan Ampora, Homestuck

    Web Original 
Well, Nietzsche was right. Dead as a doornail.
Mike Nelson in the Rifftrax for The Star Wars Holiday Special

You need to be just pessimistic enough to keep your guard up for a sucker punch but just optimistic enough to keep lowering your guard at the worst possible time.
The Sports Guy explains what it takes to be a "fully tortured" team

(weary sigh) Remember when shooters were about killing demons from hell? Those were good days. Perhaps this is an inevitable part of gaming growing up as our childish fantasies are torn from us, and we are forced to confront consequences in an unfair, uncaring and unavoidable world of hatred, misery, and death. (farts)

In the event of an unsuccessful Action 10-Israfil-B, no further action will be necessary.
SCP Foundation

Nothing will make me feel better! Even the victory will be bittersweet!

    Western Animation 
I can't keep pushing this down any deeper
Why do I keep trying if I can't keep her?
Finn singing "All Gummed Up Inside," Adventure Time

Who cares anymore?! There's no way home! There's nothing to fight for!

I've fought Aku for ages. I've seen countless innocents die. I've lived this nightmare for what seems like an eternity. There is no way to defeat him. There is no hope. No way out.
Jack, Samurai Jack

I'm sorry, Master, but I'm not coming back...


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