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"Hopes aren't worth DIRT! I'm going to destroy EVERYTHING!"

"I want the Slayer to be at her best. I want Angel at his peak, and I want Faith, Spike, and Willow to be all in on the game. Let them bring their best. Let the heroes make their stand in all their glory, guns blazing, swords shining, hearts full of hope and determination. I want them to stand a chance, I want then to fight, to believe, to hope... and then, I'll be there. And I'll look right into the Slayer's pretty green eyes and show her and that damned Angel what it feels like... when hope dies."
The First, Bring Me To Life

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Hope. It is the quintessential human delusion. Simultaneously, the source of your greatest strength and your greatest weakness.
The Architect, The Matrix Reloaded

"This world is nothing but lies, LIES, LIES, LIES!! Allow me to show you the one truth, the truth I'd like to call DESPAIR!!"
Terumi Yuuki, BlazBlue

Dr Cox: When I crush a person's spirit, I like to use a combination of intimidation and degradation.
Dr Kelso: I prefer to create an environment in which the subjects end up crushing themselves.

I was designed to save the world. People would look to the sky and see hope. I'll take that from them first.

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Come on! Now you'll face ME in battle! I can't wait to see the look on your face when you've lost all hope!

Would-be proselytizers with tendencies toward drinking problems, financial abuses, or sexual escapades that would shock the home parishioners - these are the sorts the Nephandi help to ascend into the limelight. The idea, of course, is to attach the hopes, dreams, and faith of millions to these ultimately flawed figures, and then to let them fail on their own, betraying those who once believed in their messages. Every time this sordid story plays out, more believers abandon their faith.
Mage: The Ascension - The Book Of Madness

This wasn't part of my agenda, but I'm always happy to crush a hero. It keeps the rabble in line. Shows them that there is no hope.
Infinite, Sonic Forces

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To all those who dare oppose me: your hero is dead! Your hope is dead! I am the one true master! Let this be a lesson to all! Time to die, Samurai Jack!!
Aku, Samurai Jack

Weyoun: If you ask me, the key to holding the Federation is Earth. If there's going to be an organized resistance against us, its birthplace will be there.
Dukat: You could be right...
Weyoun: Then our first step is to eradicate its population. It's the only way.
Dukat: You can't do that!
Weyoun: Why not?
Dukat: Because...a true victory is to make your enemy see they were wrong to oppose you in the first place. To force them to acknowledge your greatness.
Weyoun: ...then you kill them?
Dukat: Only if necessary.

Let the universe howl in despair, for I have returned.

We are the agents of despair. Hope is a lie. Salvation is a fool's dream. In the end, there is naught but darkness and nightmare. By submitting to the darkness, we increase its power, ensuring that all the sooner the world will be swallowed by shadow. Entropy is inescapable, claiming all from the proudest Kindred to the lowliest kine. By our deeds, we remind all of entropy.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Followers Of Set

James March: He is the one. All the others that I've tried to mentor to finish my work - Gacy, Ramirez, that poof Dahmer - all amateurs compared to this one.
The Countless: He won't do it.
James March: Why? This man has greatness in him! Once-in-a-generation rage! A man only has a grip as tight as he does because he knows that if he lets go, even slightly, he will hurl himself into the abyss.
The Countless: He won't let go. He still has hope.
James March: Easily remedied. He just needs a little shove...

SpongeBob: Do you think there's hope for me, doctor?
Plankton: Hope? Hope?! When I get my hands on that formula, there won't be any hope for any of you!

"It's true that a simple spark can ignite hope, breathe fire into the hearts of the weary. The ability to derive strength from hope is undoubtedly mankind's greatest attribute. Which is why I will focus all of my power... to snuff it out. How does it feel? Knowing that all of your time and effort has been for nothing? That your Guardians have failed you? That everything you've built will be torn down before your very eyes?

"Your faith in mankind was not misplaced. When banded together, unified by a common enemy, they are a noticeable threat. But divide them, place doubt into their minds, and any semblance of power they once had will wash away. Of course, they won't realize it at first. Like you, they will cling to their fleeting hope, their aspirations, but this is merely the first move. So you send your Guardians, your Huntsmen and Huntresses, and when they fail and you turn to your 'smaller soul', know that you send her to the same pitiful demise.

"This is the beginning of the end, Ozpin. And I can't wait to watch you burn."
Salem, RWBY

"On the side of the light, just our little band, plus the people fighting inside City Hall—Blindspot and the police and whatever other defenders they could muster. Against the darkness—the Beast and its legions. The Hand. We are doomed. The Beast knows it. It whispers to me, telling me that this was its plan from the start. To bring all of us together, to fight for a city it had brought low with constant attacks and pain and strangeness. All of us—the heroes of New York—not the gods, not the monsters, but those closest to the people. It wanted us all here, on this last night, with the city watching. I can sense them, all around us, watching, daring to hope for the first time since the Hand came to New York. This is what the Beast wants. It wants the city to hope. And then it wants to take that hope away. It will crush us, kill us, teach these people that the light cannot win, because the night always comes, and that is its place. And once we are dead... the night will never end, and it will feed, and grow... forever."
Daredevil, Daredevil Vol. 1, #605

Sylvanas Windrunner: Aw, don't grieve... You'll soon join your loved ones.
Delaryn Summermoon: I grieve for you. You've made life your enemy. And that is a war you'll never win. You can kill us... but you cannot kill hope.
Sylvanas Windrunner: ...Can't I?
World of Warcraft, before Sylvanas orders Teldrassil to be burned down.

"You disappoint me, Bonner. Didn't you even suspect we would monitor your cell? Now you see why I sent those two in first. It's always more gratifying to raise hopes before you... snatch them away."
Commander Da'kyll, Stargate Infinity

"For me, despair is not a goal, or a set of principles, or a lifestyle, or even an instinct... It's what defines me as Junko Enoshima! It's just my characterization! That's why I'm able to pursue despair with such purity!"
Monokuma/Junko Enoshima AI, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

"Hope is harmony. A just heart, moving toward the light. That is all. Despair is hope's polar opposite. It is messy and confusing. It swallows up love, hatred, and everything else. Because not knowing where you will end up is despair. Despair is even what you cannot predict. Only despair's unpredictability can save you from a boring future."
Junko Enoshima, Danganronpa 3 Side: Despair

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