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28th Jan, 2019 05:19:42 PM

I think what you're describing boils down to being the entire Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism

On the idealistic side, you have tropes like Heroic Spirit, the Dying Moment of Awesome tropes, and "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight where the fight is worth doing even if it seems (or actually is) hopeless

On the cynical side you have things like Hope Spot, Despair Event Horizon, and Know When to Fold 'Em for when the focus is on how sometimes it really is best to give up while you can.

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