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* Both Shalise and Des in ''Literature/VoidDomain'', though Des may be more of a CreepyChild.
2nd Apr '16 7:13:04 AM Eievie
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You've seen 'em before. That great big smile...that [[ChildrenAreInnocent innocent]] look in their eyes that just screams "hug me!"... This is the Cheerful Child. Often female, always younger than 13, and forever with a [[ThePollyanna sunny disposition on life]]. They might, if they're the irrepressibly curious type, know a bit more about the world than respectable people think kids of that age ought to know.

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You've seen 'em before. That great big smile...smile… that [[ChildrenAreInnocent innocent]] look in their eyes that just screams "hug me!"... This me!" …this is the Cheerful Child. Often female, always younger than 13, and forever with a [[ThePollyanna sunny disposition on life]]. They might, if they're the irrepressibly curious type, know a bit more about the world than respectable people think kids of that age ought to know.



* Teneka is quite fond of this trope. A cute little kid usually acts as the serious hero's sidekick...a la Pinoko in Black Jack or Uran in Tetsuwan Atom.

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* Teneka is quite fond of this trope. A cute little kid usually acts as the serious hero's sidekick... a la Pinoko in Black Jack or Uran in Tetsuwan Atom.
12th Mar '16 10:17:47 PM Pichu-kun
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* Kenpachi's little lieutenant Yachiru from ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''.
** A very disturbing example, as watching her [[HugeGuyTinyGirl apparent father figure]] get hurt makes her happy, as he must be "having fun."
** Of course, this is ''Kenpachi'' we're talking about here, so [[BloodKnight he probably is]]. She can get pretty damn creepy when she's mad too...
* Rico from ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'', who is cheerful because she was a former IllGirl confined to a hospital bed until given a cyborg body by the Social Welfare Agency. Who in return have made her a brainwashed killing machine. The contrast between her always perky personality and her occupation leads to several CreepyChild moments, like when she comes across a boy she'd met before (and fancied) in the aftermath of an assassination.

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* Kenpachi's little lieutenant Yachiru from ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''.
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''{{Manga/Bleach}}''. A very disturbing example, as watching her [[HugeGuyTinyGirl apparent father figure]] get hurt makes her happy, as he must be "having fun."
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" Of course, this is ''Kenpachi'' we're talking about here, so [[BloodKnight he probably is]]. She can get pretty damn creepy when she's mad too...
* Rico from ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'', who is cheerful because she was a former IllGirl confined to a hospital bed until given a cyborg body by the Social Welfare Agency. Who in return have made her a brainwashed [[ChildSoldier killing machine.machine]]. The contrast between her always perky personality and her occupation leads to several CreepyChild moments, like when she comes across a boy she'd met before (and fancied) in the aftermath of an assassination.



* Alphonse Elric in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' as a subversion. He and his brother were in a horrific accident and to make a long story short, Al's soul is now in a 7 foot tall suit of armor. Nevertheless, he and his brother remain mostly cheerful, although Ed borders on an EmoTeen at times.

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
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Alphonse Elric in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' as is a subversion. He and his brother were in a horrific accident and to make a long story short, Al's soul is now in a 7 foot tall suit of armor. Nevertheless, he and his brother remain mostly cheerful, although Ed borders on an EmoTeen at times.



** There's also Selim Bradley, although DarkerAndEdgier certainly applies to him, seeing how [[spoiler:he is actually the monstrously evil homunculus Pride]].
*** In the 2003 anime version, he's DarkerAndEdgier in a different way, since [[spoiler:he's murdered by his adoptive father for accidentally revealing his AchillesHeel]].
** And May Chang, with a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Ridiculously Cute Panda]] mirroring her.
** Also Elicia Hughes, except when she's [[spoiler:crying for her dead daddy]] and [[TearJerker breaking all of our hearts]].

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** There's also Selim Bradley, Bradley in the manga, although DarkerAndEdgier certainly applies to him, seeing how [[spoiler:he is actually the monstrously evil homunculus Pride]].
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Pride]]. In the 2003 anime version, he's DarkerAndEdgier in he is a different way, since [[spoiler:he's murdered by genuinely cheerful boy [[spoiler:who his adoptive father for accidentally revealing his AchillesHeel]].
[[OffingTheOffspring father]] Pride [[KillTheCutie kills]].]]
** And May Chang, with a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Ridiculously Cute Panda]] mirroring her.
** Also Elicia Hughes, Hughes is a happy little kid, except when she's [[spoiler:crying for her dead daddy]] and [[TearJerker breaking all of our hearts]].



* Yellow from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. A cheerful, happy-go-lucky FriendToAllLivingThings who likes to fish and draw (badly) in her spare time. She counts even though she's gotten older over the years due to the fact she never seems to mature as well as the other female Dex Holders.

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* Yellow from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''.''Manga/PokemonAdventures''. A cheerful, happy-go-lucky FriendToAllLivingThings who likes to fish and draw (badly) in her spare time. She counts even though she's gotten older over the years due to the fact she never seems to mature as well as the other female Dex Holders.



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash has [[CharacterDevelopment evolved]] into this over time. In early episodes he was a happy kid but had a stubborn streak and heavy IdiotHero elements. He has since learned more about Pokemon and training, removing certain elements from his personality. He's a heroic and sweet (if [[{{keet}} energetic) ten year old boy who is near perpetually happy.
** Clemont's little sister Bonnie is one of these. She is happy pretty much all the time.



%%** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Simba.

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%%** ** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Simba.Simba is a carefree RebelPrince who likes goofing off and singing. [[spoiler:That is until he sees his dad die in front of him and is led to believe he caused it.]]



%%** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Anna [[spoiler: and Elsa before the incident.]]

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%%** ** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Anna [[spoiler: and Elsa were perfectly normal and excitable girls, before the incident.]]incident where [[AnIcePerson Elsa]] almost accidentally killed her sister that is. Anna keeps her cheerful attitude into adulthood however the accident causes Elsa to quickly become reserved and stoic.



** In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the number of times Phineas is sad or angry can probably be counted on one, maybe two hands.
*** [[BewareTheNiceOnes But he can be scary when he's angry.]] "Get on the trike!"
** T.J. Detweiler from ''{{WesternAnimation/Recess}}'', although like Arnold, more in the sense of being calm and optimistic.

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** In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the number of times Phineas is sad or angry can probably be counted on one, maybe two hands.
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hands. [[BewareTheNiceOnes But he can be scary when he's angry.]] "Get on the trike!"
** T.J. Detweiler from ''{{WesternAnimation/Recess}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'', although like Arnold, more in the sense of being calm and optimistic.



* Boo in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc''.



* Tommen Baratheon from a ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
** This is FridgeHorror when you realize what [[CrapsackWorld kind of world]] he lives in. Also that little thing about being [[spoiler: prophesied to die]]...

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* %%* Tommen Baratheon from a ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
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''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. This is FridgeHorror when you realize what [[CrapsackWorld kind of world]] he lives in. Also that little thing about being [[spoiler: prophesied to die]]...



* Two year old Lani Nita serves this function in the ''Literature/BreakingTheWall'' trilogy.

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* %%* Two year old Lani Nita serves this function in the ''Literature/BreakingTheWall'' trilogy.



* Lucy Pennykettle from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].

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* %%* Lucy Pennykettle from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].



* [[Franchise/TheLegendofZelda Link's]] little sister Aryll. Also Malon and Romani.

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* %%* [[Franchise/TheLegendofZelda Link's]] little sister Aryll. Also Malon and Romani.



* Susumu Hori of ''VideoGame/MrDriller'' is the game's example of this trope.

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* %%* Susumu Hori of ''VideoGame/MrDriller'' is the game's example of this trope.



* Hisui, from {{VisualNovel/Tsukihime}}, was quite cheerful as child, until Shiki left; at which point she become [[EmotionlessGirl not so cheerful anymore]].
** [[spoiler:Finding out that her twin older sister Kohaku is trapped in the mansion being raped almost daily (and that the only reason it's not happening to ''her'' is by Kohaku's efforts)]] probably had something to do with it. That, and [[spoiler:she stays "emotionless" to keep Kohaku from reverting. Too bad Kohaku has already become an EmotionlessGirl under her GenkiGirl facade...]].

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* Hisui, from {{VisualNovel/Tsukihime}}, was quite cheerful as child, until Shiki left; at which point she become [[EmotionlessGirl not so cheerful anymore]]. \n** [[spoiler:Finding out that her twin older sister Kohaku is trapped in the mansion being raped almost daily (and that the only reason it's not happening to ''her'' is by Kohaku's efforts)]] probably had something to do with it. That, and [[spoiler:she stays "emotionless" to keep Kohaku from reverting. Too bad Kohaku has already become an EmotionlessGirl under her GenkiGirl facade...]].



* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/30311.jpg Rika]] from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. [[spoiler:Subverted when we find out that [[WiseBeyondTheirYears she actually understands]] [[GroundhogDayLoop what's going on]] better than anyone else and is [[TheFatalist rather dissatisfied]] with her [[FateWorseThanDeath current situation]], but [[StepfordSmiler she pretends to be happy and optimistic for the sake of her friends]]. [[TearJerker/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Until season two]].]]
* Maria, of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', was evidently this way [[UsedToBeASweetKid in her backstory]], in spite of having an [[AbusiveParents Abusive Parent]], but after [[DespairEventHorizon an event mentioned in the fourth arc]], became a [[CuteAndPsycho jarring mix]] between this and a CreepyChild.

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* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/30311.jpg Rika]] from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. [[spoiler:Subverted when we find out that [[WiseBeyondTheirYears she actually understands]] [[GroundhogDayLoop what's going on]] better than anyone else and is [[TheFatalist rather dissatisfied]] with her [[FateWorseThanDeath current situation]], but [[StepfordSmiler she pretends to be happy and optimistic for the sake of her friends]]. [[TearJerker/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Until season two]].the later Answer Arcs]].]]
* Maria, of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'':
** Maria
was evidently this way [[UsedToBeASweetKid in her backstory]], in spite of having an [[AbusiveParents Abusive Parent]], but after [[DespairEventHorizon an event mentioned in the fourth arc]], became a [[CuteAndPsycho jarring mix]] between this and a CreepyChild.






* Red from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' is portrayed like this in ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'', showing him to truly care about the Pokémon and is one of the few truly Good characters in a GreyAndGrayMorality setting, [[spoiler:making his death all the more poignant, especially since it was indirectly the protagonist's fault]].
** [[VideoGame/EarthBound Ness]] and [[VideoGame/{{Mother3}} Lucas]] had made a cameo in one episode playing and looking to fill this trope too. [[spoiler: They turn out to be the serial killers who killed and stuffed all the victims in the series.]]

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* ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'':
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Red from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' is portrayed like this in ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'', portrayed, showing him to truly care about the Pokémon and is one of the few truly Good characters in a GreyAndGrayMorality setting, [[spoiler:making his death all the more poignant, especially since it was indirectly the protagonist's fault]].
** [[VideoGame/EarthBound Ness]] Ness from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' and [[VideoGame/{{Mother3}} Lucas]] Lucas from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' had made a cameo in one episode playing and looking to fill this trope too. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They turn out to be the serial killers who killed and stuffed all the victims in the series.]]



%%* Jazmine from ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks''.

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%%* * Jazmine from ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks''.''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' is played up as the more innocent and sweet foil to the cynical Huey and the troublemaking Riley.



%%* Mac from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''.

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%%* Mac and Goo from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''.



%%* Finn [[spoiler: and Marciline]] from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* Numbuh Three from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. She's a bit of an airhead but she's happy-go-lucky, and very excitable.
* The little girl from the ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episodes ''Curtain of Cruelty'' and ''[[ShowWithinAShow Angry Nasty People]]''.

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%%* Finn [[spoiler: and Marciline]] childhood Marceline]] from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* Numbuh Three from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. She's a bit of an airhead but she's happy-go-lucky, and very excitable.
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excitable. [[spoiler:Subverted when it's implied several times she is a StepfordSmiler.]]
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The little girl from the ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episodes ''Curtain of Cruelty'' and ''[[ShowWithinAShow Angry Nasty People]]''.



* Timothy and Yoko from TimothyGoesToSchool

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* %%* Timothy and Yoko from TimothyGoesToSchool



* Charlotte from ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends'' takes this to rather extreme levels.

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* Charlotte from ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends'' takes this to rather extreme levels. She lives in a [[CrapsackWorld horrible town]] ruled by an EnfantTerrible and her monstrous creations. Everyone is depressed and somber except for the NewTransferStudent, Charlotte. She's cutesy, almost always happy, and [[ThePollyanna quite carefree]]. Vendetta ''loathes'' Charlotte and tries to kill her several times however Charlotte either ignores it or doesn't [[IdiotHero even notice it]], and tries to be her best friend.



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is quite a energetic KidHero.
* WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake and her friends (especially in the first two incarnations.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}''

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is quite a energetic KidHero.
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KidHero. He is prone to TenderTears, [[spoiler:and in later episodes starts [[StepfordSmiler hiding his worries]]]], but is overall happy-go-lucky and optimistic.
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WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake and her friends (especially in the first two incarnations.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}''2011}}'':



* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. Bubbles is described as "the joy and the laughter" in the end credits theme song.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has Bubbles. Bubbles is even described as "the joy and the laughter" in the end credits theme song.song, though the extended intro to the reboot have the lyrics "Bubbles: She's bright as the sunny day".



* Emily-Prime in the short film WesternAnimation/WorldOfTomorrow.

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5th Feb '16 5:00:47 AM Syrika
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* Emily-Prime in the short film WesternAnimation/WorldOfTomorrow.


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* Emily-Prime in the short film WesternAnimation/WordOfTomorrow.

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* Emily-Prime in the short film WesternAnimation/WordOfTomorrow.WesternAnimation/WorldOfTomorrow.
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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout4}}'':
** Austin marks perhaps the first instance of the trope in the history of the series. [[spoiler: Naturally, he becomes infected with a deadly disease that forces you to complete ThatOneSideQuest in order to save his life]].
** [[spoiler: Synth]] Shaun, as well. [[spoiler: Provided you rescue him from the Institute]].
8th Jan '16 10:56:39 AM Ramona122003
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* In ''Anime/DragonBall'' there are a number of cheerful kid characters. First being Goku as a child, [[ThePollyanna who is an unrelentlessly happy person]] despite [[BreakTheCutie most of the stuff that happens to him]] like the death of his grandfather at an early age and living alone in the mountains for a number of years. His son, Gohan, is also happy and cheerful child, despite the number of tragedies and hardships he's been through, including his father dying twice, watching is other father figure give his life to protect him, and witnessing his HonoraryUncle be blown up from the inside out. Goku's second son, Goten, fares only mildly better since he watched as Buu turned his mother into an egg and step on her. He is still one of the most cheerful characters in the series. Pan, Gohan's daughter, inherited her family's positive attitude and Krillin's daughter, Marron, is a little bundle of sunshine who is almost always smiling.
7th Dec '15 11:03:13 PM Dravencour
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* ''Film/ManOnFire'': Lupita's cheerfulness eventually chips away at [[GrumpyBear Creasy]]'s hard exterior, making him positive about life again and becoming something of a substitute father for her. This leads him to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge when Pita is captured and killed by a kidnapping ring.

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* ''Film/ManOnFire'': Lupita's cheerfulness eventually chips away at [[GrumpyBear Creasy]]'s hard exterior, making him positive about life again and becoming something of a substitute father for her. This leads him to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge when Pita is captured abducted and [[spoiler:seemingly]] killed by a kidnapping ring.
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* On ''WesternAnimation/JoJosCircus'', [=JoJo=] herself. It's not that she never sad or angry, but it rarely lasts long and she tends to default towards cheerful.
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