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Anime and Manga

"I wish I'd never known. If I'd never known, this would have just been another summer. It wouldn't have hurt so much."

"Do I even have the right to think about the future?"
Sousuke Sagara, Full Metal Panic!

Comic Books

"What power would Hell have if those imprisoned here were not able to dream of Heaven?"
Morpheus, Sandman #8

"Listen to me. Never. Hope. Hope is a lie."

Fan Works

"You're still scared you know," Shinji says softly.
"This... this beats more strongly than it ever has now, the wounds finally fading away, but there are still scars there... I can hear it. The beat is not quite as sure and confident as it could be. When we touch, when we kiss, there is still a tremor of fear before you relax and enjoy the moment," Shinji tells her, his head rising and falling with her breathing."
"I... I'm afraid that if I become attached to you, I'll lose you," Asuka admits, her voice trembling at it.
Thousand Shinji, chapter 13

Asuka refused to meet his eyes. The naked hope in them was too much to look at. After sixteen years of keeping that pain under lock and key the things she'd talked about with Daniel had left her feelings too raw to withstand seeing that. After sixteen years of keeping it suppressed, and four years of living in nightmarish barbarity past the end of the world, hope hurt.

Misato:"I know you, Shinji-kun. I know that you wanted Asuka's love from the very beginning of all this. Maybe even before. I'll bet that, from the first time you saw her, you knew that you had to live with her forever. My question is, why are you leaving your hopes and dreams behind when they've come true now? Are you afraid of them?"
The Child of Love, chapter 8

Kyril: They're afraid.
Grace: Huh?
Kyril: The people here. Sure they have their jobs to do and they are still trying to make a living but you can see it in their eyes. They are afraid, hence why they stare at me sometimes.
Grace: Because big bad Sir Kyril is in town?
Kyril: Perhaps. I do have a reputation for ferreting out traitors. Or maybe they look for hope. The most fatal of poisons.
Grace: Well, that was a happy thought.


Natasha: We found something. A chance, maybe.
Clint: Don't.
Natasha: Don't what?
Clint: Don't give me hope.
Natasha: I'm sorry I couldn't give it to you sooner.

"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."

Bruton: Why is he doing this? Pushing them on with false hope?
Plio: It's hope that's gotten us this far.
Bruton: But why doesn't he let them accept their fate? I've accepted mine.
Plio: And what is your fate?
Bruton: ...To die here. It's the way things are.
Plio: Only if you give up, Bruton. But it's your choice, not your fate.

President Snow: Seneca... why do you think we have a winner?
Seneca Crane: What do you mean?
President Snow: I mean, why do we have a winner? I mean, if we just wanted to intimidate the districts, why not round up twenty-four of them at random and execute them all at once? Be a lot faster.
[Seneca just stares, confused]
President Snow: Hope.
Seneca Crane: Hope?
President Snow: Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it's contained.

"You know, hope is a mistake. If you can't fix what's broken, you'll go insane."


Though there was one thing [Kaladin] clung to. An excuse, perhaps, like the dead emperor. It was the soul of the wretch. Apathy. The belief that nothing was his fault, the belief that he couldn't change anything. If a man was cursed, or if he believed he didn't have to care, then he didn't need to hurt when he failed. Those failures couldn't have been prevented. Someone or something else had ordained them.

"In reality, Hope is the worst of all evils; because it prolongs the suffering of man"
Human, All too human, Friedrich Nietzsche

"Because hope is a knife that can cut through the foundations of the world. Hope hurts. That's what you need to learn, and fast, if you don't want it to cut you open from the inside out. Hope is bad. Hope means you keep on holding to things that won't ever be so again, and so you bleed an inch at a time until there's nothing left."

Live-Action TV

"Hope is an insidious disease. And a contagious one, at that. And you, Kouta, have been spreading it like a plague!"
Mitsuzane Kureshima. Kamen Rider Gaim

"Funny thing. I wasn't afraid in the crater. One doesn't want to die, of course, but one gets in a certain frame of mind, one pulls oneself together, and gets on with the matter in hand. [...] Trouble is, I thought I'd been rescued. It felt rather like a miracle, in fact. But I do have this feeling they're going to put me back. Back in that time to die. And you see, I'm not ready any more. I've lost the idea of it. That's the trouble with hope. Makes one awfully frightened."
The Captain, Doctor Who, "Twice Upon A Time"

"You gave me hope and then you took it away. That's enough to make anyone dangerous. God knows what it will do to me."
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "The Doctor's Wife"

"I want to hold out hope. But hope is painful."
Harold Finch, Person of Interest, "M.I.A."

"I don’t want hope. Hope is killing me. My dream is to become hopeless. When you’re hopeless, you don’t care, and if you don’t care, that indifference makes you attractive."

Ted: Oh, come on, now. You're acting like we lost the game already, yeah? Why don't you have a little hope?
Mae: Oh, Ted. Haven't you lived here long enough to realize? It's the hope that kills you.

Video Games

Shuichi: Hope itself is the villain here, we suffer because of hope. Tsumugi isn't trying to make us despair... she wants us to trust in hope! So I say no! I reject that hope!
KI-BO: She wants us to trust in hope? What does that mean?
Shuichi: The reason this madness has gone on 53 times... it's because of hope! It's because the audience wants hope! They want to see hope defeat despair in the end! It's Hope's Peak Academy all over again! So if we fight for hope... we'd just be giving them what they want! And the killings will never end!

"I gotta hand it to Atlas. After Ryan locked us up in this pit, I thought that was it. Just a long, final dive into the abyss. But he's given us hope. Or what passes for it down in Rapture. When a person's got nothing, hope's about the kindest thing you can give her. Or the cruelest."
Samantha Kemp, BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 2

"Hope is a first step on the road to disappointment."

"The idea that he might still be alive somewhere... It wants to fill me with hope, but I can't let it. Because if it turned out not to be true...then I'd be back at the bottom of that awful pit of despair again. I'm...I'm terrified of what that might do to me."

"(...Reality isn't so kind. Everything doesn't work out the way you want it to. That's why...) As long as you don't get your hopes up, you can take anything... You feel less pain."
Squall Leonhart, Final Fantasy VIII

"I can't take this any more! I'm tired of believing there's still a chance I can find what I'm looking for. It would have been easier to believe I never could from the very beginning. So... that's why... I don't want to believe I can be saved anymore!"
Mafuyu Asahina, Project SEKAI

Web Original

Nostalgia Critic: You know, whenever I have too much hope, I'll just remember to play that scene to remind me that all is lost.
[The Cat in the Hat then snaps his fingers and bobs his head]
Nostalgia Critic: [sadly] All is lost...
Nostalgia Critic during his review of The Cat in the Hat

"But then I met a boy who made me feel not so worthless... like maybe there's hope for me... and it terrifies me."
Fuchsia, Sinfest