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Basic Trope: Something gives the heroes hope, which is then shattered.

  • Straight: Jim is defeated and at the mercy of Emperor Evulz, when Bob shows up. Evulz then takes down Bob with a single blast.
  • Exaggerated: Jim is on the brink of being enslaved or killed by Emperor Evulz when Bob, a demi-god one-man army shows up to help. He dies from a tiny flick.
  • Downplayed: Jim is getting bullied at school when one of the teachers sees the bullying. The teacher then does nothing.
  • Justified: Evulz knew Bob was coming.
  • Inverted: Evulz is about to be taken into prison when he sees his best sniper on the roof of a building. The sniper shoots Evulz's leg to make sure he doesn't escape custody
  • Subverted: Jim is defeated and at the mercy of Emperor Evulz, when Bob shows up. Evulz then takes down Bob with a single blast. Bob then gets back up, dusts himself off, and beats Evulz into submission.
  • Double Subverted: ...and Evulz reveals that he is not left handed.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Jim is defeated and at the mercy of Emperor Evulz, when Bob shows up. Evulz then takes down Bob with a single blast. Bob then gets back up, dusts himself off, and beats Evulz into submission. Evulz then reveals that he is not left handed. Bob turns off his Power Limiter and takes down Evulz. Evulz goes One-Winged Angel and kills Bob, who then comes back from the dead and kills Evulz Deader Than Dead. Everyone starts celebrating when Evulz, with his dying breath, reveals he was a necessary evil, stopping a Diabolus Ex Machina from happening to the world.
  • Averted: Something shows up to give the heroes hope. It turns out as they hoped with no catch.
  • Enforced: "We need to make this story seem as depressing as possible. Let's raise the hero's hopes before sending them crashing down!"
  • Lampshaded: "Hope is a beautiful thing, except when it's turned it's back on you."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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