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1st Sep '17 3:45:06 AM Baeraad555
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* Raoden in ''Literature/{{Elantris}}'' takes this trope to a downright heroic level, as he spends most of the novel getting the people of Elantris - who are undying abominations imprisoned in a ruined city to await the point when they inevitably snap from the pain of their never-healing wounds and go catatonic - to cheer up and start showing some initiative.
25th Jul '17 8:44:03 PM Daedalis
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* ComicBook/RedSonja is a hero(-ish) WalkingTheEarth. She's usually motivated by securing her next meal or protecting the nearest innocent, and her quests rarely last longer than a month. As a female warrior she's often in conflict with either patriarchs that expect their women to fulfill domestic duties or elites that oppress the weak and poor. She inspires underdogs to stand up to their oppressors wherever she goes.
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15th Jun '17 4:28:19 PM LadyNorbert
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* Creator/RobinWilliams' characters usually plays blithe spirit characters. ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' (1989), ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam'' (1987), ''Film/PatchAdams'' (1998), and even ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'' (2005), ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'' (2007) and ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' (2007) have heavy doses of this. Apparently, just having Creator/RobinWilliams appear in your movie at all causes Blithe Spirit. Doesn't even have to be Robin's character.

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* Creator/RobinWilliams' characters Creator/RobinWilliams usually plays blithe spirit characters. ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' (1989), ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam'' (1987), ''Film/PatchAdams'' (1998), and even ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'' (2005), ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'' (2007) and ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' (2007) have heavy doses of this. Apparently, just having Creator/RobinWilliams appear in your movie at all causes Blithe Spirit. Doesn't even have to be Robin's character.



* ''Film/PetesDragon1977'' (1977) has Pete ''and'' his Dragon acting as Blithe spirits for the town they visit, but the Dragon also acts as one for Pete.

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* ''Film/PetesDragon1977'' (1977) has Pete ''and'' his Dragon Dragon, Elliot, acting as Blithe spirits for the town they visit, visit; but the Dragon Elliot also acts as one for Pete.



** Inverted in another episode: Frasier hires [[TheJeeves a butler]], who doesn't directly change the characters lives in any significant way, but has his own revelation that his BritishStuffiness and class-consciousness may have been getting in the way of being with his OneTrueLove. Which, [[StatusQuoIsGod conveniently enough]], means [[ResetButton he quits his post.]]

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** Inverted in another episode: Frasier hires [[TheJeeves a butler]], who doesn't directly change the characters lives in any significant way, but has his own revelation that his BritishStuffiness and class-consciousness may have been getting in the way of being with his OneTrueLove. Which, This, [[StatusQuoIsGod conveniently enough]], means [[ResetButton he quits his post.]]



* ''SantaClausIsCominToTown'' reveals that Santa Claus was this as a teenager. He avoided growing up in [[CrapsackWorld Sombertown]] when he was adopted by toy-making elves who lived up the nearby mountain. When he finally made the climb down the mountain to hand out toys to Sombertown's citizens, he was stunned to find out that toys were illegal and instantly became a toy-delivering outlaw, [[OriginStory explaining his habit of going down chimneys and hiding gifts in stockings]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has an episode like this with Lisa Kudrow as the voice for the new, hip, fashion-savvy girl at Springfield Elementary. Lisa learned to be comfortable with her self image (again) and New Girl learned that you don't have to grow up so fast, and can appreciate fun for what it is.

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* ''SantaClausIsCominToTown'' ''WesternAnimation/SantaClausIsCominToTown'' reveals that Santa Claus was this as a teenager.young man. He avoided growing up in [[CrapsackWorld Sombertown]] when he was adopted by toy-making elves who lived up the nearby mountain. When he finally made the climb down the mountain to hand out toys to Sombertown's citizens, he was stunned to find out that toys were illegal and instantly became a toy-delivering outlaw, [[OriginStory explaining his habit of going down chimneys and hiding gifts in stockings]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has an episode like this with Lisa Kudrow as the voice for the new, hip, fashion-savvy girl at Springfield Elementary. Lisa learned to be comfortable with her self image (again) (again), and New Girl learned that you don't have to grow up so fast, and can appreciate fun for what it is.



** His successor in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is quite blithe herself. She waltzes into Republic City, trashes a street corner dispensing with some triad thugs, then trashes up some more street fleeing the cops when they try to arrest her, and thinks she can get out of it all with just "I'm the avatar!"
* Jane Lane in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' doesn't care she's a social outcast and a misfit and generally breezes her way through it, side-stepping or accepting the inanities of teenage life at Lawndale High and rising above it. this makes her the perfect foil for the DeadpanSnarker Daria Morgendorffer, who ''does'' tend to feel these things acutely and adopts a cynical shell of armour.

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** His successor in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is quite blithe herself. She waltzes into Republic City, trashes a street corner dispensing with some triad thugs, then trashes up some more street street, fleeing the cops when they try to arrest her, and thinks she can get out of it all with just "I'm the avatar!"
* Jane Lane in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' doesn't care that she's a social outcast and a misfit and generally breezes her way through it, side-stepping or accepting the inanities of teenage life at Lawndale High and rising above it. this This makes her the perfect foil for the DeadpanSnarker Daria Morgendorffer, who ''does'' tend to feel these things acutely and adopts a cynical shell of armour.



** The most infamous student of Socrates' ideas, Diogenes of Sinope, later Diogenes the Cynic [a word meaning 'dog-like'] after being exiled for "debasement of the currency" (his father was a coinminter), was probably the greatest "Performance Philosopher" of all time, considering how many possibly apocryphal stories there are of his countless "one-man-riots". From his unimpressed, sunlight catching conversation with Alexander the Great, to the discourses he ended by defecating, or masturbating, etc, showing how much he valued rhetoric, to his habit of wandering town with a lantern during the day, trying to find "a human being" among the crowds of disenfranchised busybodies, there seemingly must have been no end to his wit and moral outrage. There even is a story where he was allegedly captured by pirates and exposed for sale as a slave. When he was asked what he could do he replied, "Govern men." And he told the crier to give notice in case anybody wanted to purchase a master for himself. To Xeniades who bought him he said, "You must obey me, although I am a slave; for, if a physician or a navigator were in slavery, he would be obeyed." Xeniades took him to Corinth and had him run his household. The man whose influence may have made Jesus into such a possessionless, social reformer would have been institutionalized for any of his "lunatic acts" in this age.

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** The most infamous student of Socrates' ideas, Diogenes of Sinope, later Diogenes the Cynic [a word meaning 'dog-like'] after being exiled for "debasement of the currency" (his father was a coinminter), coin minter), was probably the greatest "Performance Philosopher" of all time, considering how many possibly apocryphal stories there are of his countless "one-man-riots". From his unimpressed, sunlight catching conversation with Alexander the Great, to the discourses he ended by defecating, or masturbating, etc, showing how much he valued rhetoric, to his habit of wandering town with a lantern during the day, trying to find "a human being" among the crowds of disenfranchised busybodies, there seemingly must have been no end to his wit and moral outrage. There even is a story where he was allegedly captured by pirates and exposed for sale as a slave. When he was asked what he could do he replied, "Govern men." And he told the crier to give notice in case anybody wanted to purchase a master for himself. To Xeniades who bought him him, he said, "You must obey me, although I am a slave; for, if a physician or a navigator were in slavery, he would be obeyed." Xeniades took him to Corinth and had him run his household. The man whose influence may have made Jesus into such a possessionless, social reformer would have been institutionalized for any of his "lunatic acts" in this age.



* There's a term for this in the international tourism industry. "Walking Talking American Flag". One of the most offensive things a group of American tourists can do is break into a [[PatrioticFervour fervent chant of "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!"]] while visiting another country.

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* There's a term for this in the international tourism industry. industry: "Walking Talking American Flag". Flag." One of the most offensive things a group of American tourists can do is break into a [[PatrioticFervour fervent chant of "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!"]] while visiting another country.
27th Apr '17 11:20:10 AM Golondrina
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* Subverted with Holly Martins in ''Film/TheThirdMan''. He's a brash American who comes to Vienna and thinks he's going to prove everyone wrong about his dead friend [[OrsonWelles Harry Lime]], only to end up in over his head and screwing everything up.

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* Subverted with Holly Martins in ''Film/TheThirdMan''. He's a brash American who comes to Vienna and thinks he's going to prove everyone wrong about his dead friend [[OrsonWelles [[Creator/OrsonWelles Harry Lime]], only to end up in over his head and screwing everything up.
25th Feb '17 9:01:09 PM SpukiKitty
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* Campbell Bain (played by the future Tenth Doctor from Series/DoctorWho, DavidTennant) of the 1994 British miniseries Series/TakinOverTheAsylum, is an exuberant, hyper, Bi-Polar (then known as Manic-Depression...though he's heavier on the 'Manic' part) young man who shakes things up in the mental hospital as a budding Disc Jockey and has a [[{{Keet}} very chirpy]], optimistic, [[WideEyedIdealist idealistic]], [[TheDeterminator can-do]] demeanor.
27th Jan '17 12:22:12 AM Xtifr
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* Daisy in Henry James' story ''DaisyMiller'' is also just like this, the quirky American girl trying to shake things up in Europe. Except the European aristocrats don't lighten up, and things end tragically, to say the least, for Daisy.

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* Daisy in Henry James' story ''DaisyMiller'' ''Literature/DaisyMiller'' is also just like this, the quirky American girl trying to shake things up in Europe. Except the European aristocrats don't lighten up, and things end tragically, to say the least, for Daisy.
5th Dec '16 1:09:05 AM eroock
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->''Is it a crime to start each day\\

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Is it wrong?''
-->--'''Ella,''' ''Theatre/BellsAreRinging,'' "Is It a Crime?"

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Is it wrong?''
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25th Nov '16 9:02:30 PM nombretomado
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%%* Leslie Burke from BridgeToTerabithia seems to fit this trope.

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%%* Leslie Burke from BridgeToTerabithia ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'' seems to fit this trope.
25th Nov '16 1:41:56 AM Vir
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* This is the whole plot of ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls''. Twilight Sparkle (an Equestrian pony) chases [[EvilCounterpart Sunset Shimmer]] into the human world to recover the crown she has stolen, but to do that she will have to enroll in a high school and get crowned Princess of the school ball - a position which has been held by [[AlphaBitch Sunset Shimmer]] for years. This despite [[{{Adorkable}} not knowing virtually anything about the human world]]. [[spoiler:And she succeeds, but Sunset Shimmer just steals the damn thing again.]]

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* This is the whole plot of ''WesternAnimation/EquestriaGirls''.''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls''. Twilight Sparkle (an Equestrian pony) chases [[EvilCounterpart Sunset Shimmer]] into the human world to recover the crown she has stolen, but to do that she will have to enroll in a high school and get crowned Princess of the school ball - a position which has been held by [[AlphaBitch Sunset Shimmer]] for years. This despite [[{{Adorkable}} not knowing virtually anything about the human world]]. [[spoiler:And she succeeds, but Sunset Shimmer just steals the damn thing again.]]
25th Nov '16 1:40:28 AM Vir
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* Both used straight and subverted in Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''MikeLuAndOg''. Mike is a hip American girl and the islanders are all descended from Brits (although they're "going native" by adopting faux-Polynesian customs), but they often manage to surprise her by being a lot less strait-laced than she expects.

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* Both used straight and subverted in Creator/CartoonNetwork's ''MikeLuAndOg''.''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg''. Mike is a hip American girl and the islanders are all descended from Brits (although they're "going native" by adopting faux-Polynesian customs), but they often manage to surprise her by being a lot less strait-laced than she expects.
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