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Basic Trope: A character becomes more cynical throughout the series, due to horrible things happening to them and those around them.

  • Straight: Jade starts as a Wide-Eyed Idealist, but during her adventures through the Crapsack World she lives in, she becomes much more cynical.
  • Exaggerated: Jade starts out as The Pollyanna, but then something goes wrong and immediately becomes The Snark Knight (or even a Nietzsche Wannabe).
  • Justified: Jade has no idea what she's getting herself into at the beginning, so when she sees the horrible things she has to do and have happen to her/those around her, she becomes more hardened and cynical.
  • Inverted: Jade starts off as a Grumpy Bear but as time goes on she accepts that the world is far more idealistic than she gave it credit for.
  • Subverted: Jade remains idealistic despite the things she must do and must see.
  • Double Subverted: ...But, deep down, she's actually a Knight in Sour Armor.
  • Parodied: As Jade becomes more jaded and cynical, the glasses she wears become greener and greener.
  • Deconstructed: Jade's newfound cynicism ultimately make her think her world is not worth saving, causing her to leave it to its fate.
  • Reconstructed: Jade gains a more idealistic Morality Pet that reminds her that there are indeed reasons to try to save her world.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Jade remains idealistic throughout, because she is given no reason to become cynical.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "What happened to the young, idealistic girl I knew?" "She grew up."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Knowing what she's been through, Raven gives Jade a Hannibal Lecture on how humans are bastards not worth saving, in an attempt to cause her to have a Face Heel Turn.
  • Defied: Jade refuses to give up her idealism, regardless of the horrors she must deal with.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Drama: ???

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