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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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"I do truly love the feeling you people get when hope is snatched away. It's like nothing else."

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.

The Grandmaster: Carlo, I pardon you.
Cousin Carlo: Oh, thank you!
Grandmaster: You're officially pardoned... from life!

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There are times when you truly feel blessed, aren't there, Giorno Giovanna? I believe there are two situations in which you feel blessed. The first is when despair changes to hope, you feel blessed. When your plant grabbed on to this helicopter, I actually panicked because I thought I was in danger. I was in utter despair. But I got through it. I was able to turn that despair around with my experience and mental strength. And that makes me feel truly blessed right now […] And the second situation that makes one feel blessed is when you look down upon someone who's in utter despair!

There's a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth... Hope. Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy... So simple... And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clamoring over each other to "stay in the sun." You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny... We will destroy Gotham. And then, when it is done and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die.

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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

Tales of the Samurai's heroics has spread through the world like a virus. But I will cure the world of this plague of hope. I will unleash such evil, that even the most innocent souls will be consumed by terror.
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 Countess: 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 Countess: 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

"Why do you never learn? Love, hope, dreams... Worthless. Mere words. And yet your faith in them refuses to die. But no longer. I shall carve a despair into the human soul that will last until your kind finally dwindles and dies!"
Mordegon, Dragon Quest XI

“Oh, there is that feeling again. Hope, I say? Hope is a very odd concept, even in my standards. Hope is nothing more than a false sense of desires against a meaningless world and a pitiless universe. All that exists is despair; that feeling of being completely naked and exposed to the universe. Those that fall into despair are at a loss for what to do. Despair is the most enigmatic of feelings. I have devoted all my years – from serving that Blind Idiot – to spread the joy of despair to all sapient life.”

Douse the Flame of Hope: It is not enough to merely defeat an enemy in battle. Your victory must be so overwhelming that your enemies’ will to fight is shattered forever. A blade can end a life. Fear can end an empire.
Oath of Conquest tenets, Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition

"To some these puny creatures are legends, the stories of their greatness inspiring others to greatness as well! Perhaps the time has come to strike at the core of the problem — to destroy the very concept of such legends! Then, perhaps, humanity will become more... compliant."

"I've got a little challenge for you, Sark - a new recruit. He's a tough case, but I want him treated in the usual manner. Train him for the games... let him hope for a while... and blow him away."
The MCP, TRON

"You must be that little Spanish brat I taught a lesson to all those years ago. You've been chasing me your whole life only to fail now? I think that's about the worst thing I've ever heard. How marvelous."
Count Tyrone Rugen, The Princess Bride

"I have been waiting for this moment. Now, I shall give Smash despair."

"Have you figured out why I left Makarov alive? Despair!! It is to instill despair in him!! When he finally awakens, he'll find his beloved guild and all his friends annihilated!! Heh heh heh...Oh, he'll be so sad!! Only after I have treated him to heartrending despair will I kill him!! I refuse to give him a quick death!!!! I will make him suffer anguish and misery!!! When he has felt agony, only then will I kill him!!!"
Phantom Lord Guild Master Jose Porla, Fairy Tail

"Just so you know; I didn't have to fight any of you. I could've wiped every single one of you out without even lifting a finger and stolen your dragon balls without expending any energy whatsoever. I merely wished to alleviate the unpleasantness within my chest that was my boredom by humoring you with a little bit of drama, at the same time giving you a small glimmer of hope that maybe — just maybe — you had a chance of beating me, before having that light snatched away from you… just like how it was torn away from me."

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