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4th May '16 6:56:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/RobinWilliams' characters usually plays blithe spirit characters. ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' (1989), ''GoodMorningVietnam'' (1987), ''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 usually plays blithe spirit characters. ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' (1989), ''GoodMorningVietnam'' ''Film/GoodMorningVietnam'' (1987), ''PatchAdams'' ''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.
11th Apr '16 11:16:01 AM aye_amber
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-->-- '''Ella''', ''Theatre/BellsAreRinging'', "Is It A Crime?"

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



A blithe spirit is a free-spirited FishOutOfWater who goes to a strait-laced land and shakes things up there despite the insistence of everyone else that [[StatusQuoIsGod the way things are can't possibly be changed]].

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A blithe spirit is a free-spirited FishOutOfWater who goes to a strait-laced land and shakes things up there despite the insistence of everyone else that [[StatusQuoIsGod the way things are can't possibly be changed]].
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* ThePollyanna, an eternally-optimistic innocent who brings joy and hope to a land full of grim despair.
* MightyWhitey. Or, alternatively, a [[PainfulRhyme "Person of Color and Valor"]] who comes to a privileged setting and shows all the white folks [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy how to "get down"]].
* In [[FanFic fanfiction]], a FixerSue.

Not to be confused with the [[Theatre/BlitheSpirit Noel Coward play]] or the classic film of the same name (both of whose titles derive from Shelley's 'Hail to thee, blithe spirit'). Interestingly, there's a famous quote by Matthew Arnold about Shelley's hopeless attempts to be a blithe spirit to the world himself: a "beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain"

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* ThePollyanna, an eternally-optimistic eternally optimistic innocent who brings joy and hope to a land full of grim despair.
* MightyWhitey. Or, alternatively, a [[PainfulRhyme "Person of Color and Valor"]] who comes to a privileged setting and shows all the white folks [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy how to "get down"]].
down."]]
* In [[FanFic fanfiction]], fanfiction,]] a FixerSue.

Not to be confused with the [[Theatre/BlitheSpirit Noel Coward play]] or the classic film of the same name (both of whose titles derive from Shelley's 'Hail to thee, blithe spirit'). Interestingly, there's a famous quote by Matthew Arnold about Shelley's hopeless attempts to be a blithe spirit to the world himself: a A "beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain"
vain."






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%%* Mikan in ''Anime/GakuenAlice''.

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%%* Mikan in ''Anime/GakuenAlice''.''Manga/AliceAcademy''.
27th Mar '16 9:26:02 AM NOYB
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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Tidus fills this role in the world of Spira, questioning the current way of dealing with Sin and generally being an over anxious FishOutOfWater.

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* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Tidus fills this role in the world of Spira, questioning the current way of dealing with Sin and generally being an over anxious over-anxious FishOutOfWater.
19th Mar '16 7:15:29 PM jormis29
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%%* Every single episode of ''TouchedByAnAngel''.
%%* ''TheVicarOfDibley''
%%* Andy of ''{{WKRP In Cincinnati}}'' started off as one.
%%* Will Smith in TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir

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%%* Every single episode of ''TouchedByAnAngel''.
''Series/TouchedByAnAngel''.
%%* ''TheVicarOfDibley''
''Series/TheVicarOfDibley''
%%* Andy of ''{{WKRP ''Series/{{WKRP In Cincinnati}}'' started off as one.
%%* Will Smith in TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir
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%%* Fran Fine in TheNanny ''is'' this trope.

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%%* Fran Fine in TheNanny ''Series/TheNanny'' ''is'' this trope.



%%* Michelle in {{Bunheads}}.

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%%* Michelle in {{Bunheads}}.''Series/{{Bunheads}}''.
17th Mar '16 9:27:36 AM ObsidianFire
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* Lona Hessel is this in ''Theatre/ThePillarsOfSociety'' (also by Henrik Ibsen). She is GenreSavvy and overrules the ruling class to a point where the main character ''has to'' listen to her.

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* Lona Hessel is this in ''Theatre/ThePillarsOfSociety'' (also by Henrik Ibsen). She is GenreSavvy and overrules the ruling class to a point where the main character ''has to'' listen to her.
6th Feb '16 2:34:32 PM Llygodenfawr
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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), 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 defactaing, 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.
* ''Creator/HenrikWergeland'' was this to the Norwegian society in his lifetime. His impact was so intense, it reverberated long after he was dead and gone. He was, like Socrates, a "gadfly", prone to heckle the ruling classes or the upper elite, stinging into the more controversial matters like racism, social rights, or the plights of the needy. Regular people made him a FolkHero for it.

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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), 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 defactaing, 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.
* ''Creator/HenrikWergeland'' Creator/HenrikWergeland was this to the Norwegian society in his lifetime. His impact was so intense, it reverberated long after he was dead and gone. He was, like Socrates, a "gadfly", prone to heckle the ruling classes or the upper elite, stinging into the more controversial matters like racism, social rights, or the plights of the needy. Regular people made him a FolkHero for it.
25th Nov '15 5:57:09 AM Morgenthaler
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%%* ''{{Chocolat}}'' (2000)

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%%* ''{{Chocolat}}'' ''Film/{{Chocolat}}'' (2000)



* ''Jungle2Jungle'' (1997) features a character who was raised in the Amazonian jungle and comes to New York to shake up his stockbroker father's stodgy yuppie lifestyle.

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* ''Jungle2Jungle'' ''Film/Jungle2Jungle'' (1997) features a character who was raised in the Amazonian jungle and comes to New York to shake up his stockbroker father's stodgy yuppie lifestyle.



* ''PetesDragon'' (1977) has Pete ''and'' his Dragon acting as Blithe spirits for the town they visit, but the Dragon also acts as one for Pete.
%%* ''[[{{Pleasantville}} Pleasan]]'''[[StealthPun tv]]'''[[{{Pleasantville}} ille]]'' (1998)

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* ''PetesDragon'' ''Disney/PetesDragon'' (1977) has Pete ''and'' his Dragon acting as Blithe spirits for the town they visit, but the Dragon also acts as one for Pete.
%%* ''[[{{Pleasantville}} ''[[Film/{{Pleasantville}} Pleasan]]'''[[StealthPun tv]]'''[[{{Pleasantville}} tv]]'''[[Film/{{Pleasantville}} ille]]'' (1998)



%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}.'' (2008) Ironic that it's the ''robot'' that shows everyone what it means to be human again.
%%* Leslie in ''TheHouseOfYes'' fits the ManicPixieDreamGirl example of this trope.
%%* In ''YouCantTakeItWithYou'' the entire Sycamore family has this effect on the stuffy Kirby family.

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%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}.''WesternAnimation/WallE.'' (2008) Ironic that it's the ''robot'' that shows everyone what it means to be human again.
%%* Leslie in ''TheHouseOfYes'' ''Film/TheHouseOfYes'' fits the ManicPixieDreamGirl example of this trope.
%%* In ''YouCantTakeItWithYou'' ''Film/YouCantTakeItWithYou'' the entire Sycamore family has this effect on the stuffy Kirby family.
19th Nov '15 3:29:11 PM skybox
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* Elle Woods from Film/LegallyBlonde, who shakes up Harvard Law school by proving she can be bright and intelligent despite being a stereo-typically fashion-obsessed blonde.

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* Elle Woods from Film/LegallyBlonde, who shakes up Harvard Law school by proving she can be bright and intelligent despite being a stereo-typically stereotypically fashion-obsessed blonde.
26th Sep '15 6:43:58 PM TheBetterStory
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* Many Westerners who go to China immediately find themselves in this position. This is especially true with educated Chinese expatriates who speak Mandarin well, as they can communicate with more of the natives but usually have a mindset that is completely different. This usually manifests as the foreigner seeming to have an enormously expansive personality that both intimidates and fascinates those around them, coupled with a directness that seems comically rude. The result can be very funny to watch.
** And also Japan. While it's certainly not universal, the average Westerner does a lot better at thinking outside of the box than most Japanese are encouraged to.
** The above statement is actually true for pretty much every Western tourist in Asia. Heck, sometimes the natives can speak English just fine and the Blithe Spirit effect goes boomerang. Speaking of boomerangs, it's not just in the East that this holds true. Australians (and other Westerners) often have the same reaction to Americans.
** This can depend on the nationality. [[LatinLover Italians, Spanish and Frenchmen]], for example, are perceived as more laid back than the [[GermanicDepressives ultra-serious Germans.]] [[HuskyRusskie Russians]] have the whole [[VodkaDrunkenski "depressed vodka-swigging Russkie"]] stereotype, and Canadians are seen as more mellow and polite. Depending on how the Americans are perceived and the nationality they clash with, there can be different results.
** African-Americans who go to Africa. It's an interesting conversation to have when a native is explaining to you that [[ButNotTooBlack you are a white man, too.]]
28th Aug '15 6:20:38 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* This is the very reason not-so-evil Oni-baba of [[VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi Hinamizawa]] agreed to sell land to Keiichi's family; she figured that the time for prejudice against the Houjou family had passed, and thought that new blood would shake things up enough to help that process along. Rika also comments that [[spoiler:[[GroundhogDayLoop the few worlds]] where Keiichi never moved to Hinamizawa were the saddest of all]]. Keiichi acts this way most prominently in the first half of Minagoroshi-hen.

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* This is the very reason not-so-evil Oni-baba of [[VisualNovel/HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Hinamizawa]] agreed to sell land to Keiichi's family; she figured that the time for prejudice against the Houjou family had passed, and thought that new blood would shake things up enough to help that process along. Rika also comments that [[spoiler:[[GroundhogDayLoop the few worlds]] where Keiichi never moved to Hinamizawa were the saddest of all]]. Keiichi acts this way most prominently in the first half of Minagoroshi-hen.
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