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1st Nov '17 5:41:15 PM ablackraptor
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* ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers''. While she's more cynical than most examples, this is at least justified by the fact that she's suffered more hardships than ''any other female character in Marvel's publication''. She was framed for corruption, shot and nearly killed by overzealous SHIELD agents, had her home blown up and was nearly beaten to death, was raped, later her husband broke up with her because she killed the rapist, she seemingly died only to instead have been abducted by aliens and faced a disturbed stalker she was forced to kill while it took the appearance of her ex-husband, she reunited with the same husband only for the previous rapist to return and her mother gets shot because of her, ending with her and her ex breaking up once more, before being followed by her being fatally shot and revived via a super-drug that grants her eternal youth (cursing her to outlive everyone she cares about) to the most recent events of her being left behind enemy lines with no memory, where she's eventually [[spoiler: [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] and has it revealed that her entire life may, in fact, have been a lie.]] While it's unclear how this will go, it should be noted that, prior to that, she was ''at her happiest in years''.

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* ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} of ''ComicBook/TheAvengers''. While she's Of the ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'':
** ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}}, while
more cynical than most examples, this is at least justified by the fact has also suffered so much that it'd be insane for her not to be cynical. Listing everything she's suffered more hardships than ''any other female character in Marvel's publication''. She was framed for corruption, shot and nearly killed by overzealous SHIELD agents, had her home blown up and was nearly beaten to death, was would be a pretty big wall of text, but they include being raped, later tortured, abducted, stalked, divorced, shunned by her own family, and yet she's pretty eager to just get back into the action and still cracks jokes all the while, and despite the tortures she's suffered, she's typically one of the fun ones of any group she's with.
** Founding member ''ComicBook/TheWasp''; losing her dad is what spurred her onto becoming a superhero, but she didn't become an angsty vengeance seeker, instead becoming the plucky idealist of the group. After her bitter divorce from
her husband broke up with her because she killed the rapist, she seemingly died only to instead have been abducted by aliens and faced a disturbed stalker after his mental breakdown though, during which she was forced physically assaulted and left humiliated, she decided to kill while it commit to heroism more and took leadership of the appearance team, turning the low point of her ex-husband, she reunited with life into the same husband only for the previous rapist to return and start of her mother gets shot because of her, ending with her and her ex breaking up once more, before being followed high-point. She's suffered still since, most notably spending time trapped in another universe believed dead by her being fatally shot friends and revived via a super-drug that grants her eternal youth (cursing her to outlive everyone she cares about) to family, but still remains one of the most recent events hopeful of her being left behind enemy lines with no memory, where she's eventually [[spoiler: [[BrainwashedAndCrazy brainwashed]] and has it revealed that her entire life may, in fact, have been a lie.]] While it's unclear how this will go, it should be noted that, prior to that, she was ''at her happiest in years''.the team, if not TheHeart at times.
28th Oct '17 6:45:32 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** Uryuu Ishida is also a very rare [[DistaffCounterpart male version of this]], being closer to this archetype than to the grim {{Determinator}}, and probably taking up cues from his MissingMom [[spoiler: aka the aforementioned Kanae Katagiri]]. [[spoiler: Until his FaceHeelTurn.]]

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** Uryuu Ishida is also a very rare [[DistaffCounterpart male version of this]], being closer to this archetype than to the grim {{Determinator}}, and probably taking up cues from his MissingMom [[spoiler: aka the aforementioned Kanae Katagiri]]. [[spoiler: Until It seems that his FaceHeelTurn.FaceHeelTurn has changed things, but then it' revealed that [[ReverseMole he's faking it]].]]



%%*** The rare male examples? Ewan and Ross.

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%%*** *** The rare male examples? Ewan and Ross.Ross; both begin as quite weak fighters but evolve into much stronger ones without losing their cheerful dispositions.



** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' continues the tradition with the Female Avatar (default name: Kamui or Corrin), Azura, Hinoka, Elise, Camilla, Mozu, Oboro, Selena [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser version of the aforementioned Severa]], Felicia, Peri ([[CuteAndPsycho in a rather terrifying way]]), Effie, Hana, Reina, Kagero, Anna, Sophie, Ophelia and Soleil. The Rare Male Examples include the Male Avatar, Silas, Leo, Arthur, Odin [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser Owain]], Laslow [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser Inigo]], Azama, Hinata, Siegbert, Asugi, Percy, Kiragi, Shiro and Forrest.

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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' continues the tradition with the Female Avatar (default name: Kamui or Corrin), Azura, Hinoka, Elise, Camilla, Mozu, Oboro, Selena [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser version of the aforementioned Severa]], Felicia, Peri ([[CuteAndPsycho in a rather terrifying way]]), Effie, Hana, Reina, Kagero, Anna, Sophie, Ophelia and Soleil. The Rare Male Examples include the Male Avatar, Silas, Leo, Arthur, Odin [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser Owain]], Laslow [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser Inigo]], Azama, Hinata, Siegbert, Asugi, Percy, Kiragi, Shiro and Forrest. And Kana counts whether as a boy or a girl too.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'' fleshes out its once rather flat cast, and as a result many of the girls become this. The biggest examples are the female lead Celica and the cleric Silque, and they're joined soon by Faye, Clair, Mathilda, the Whitewing Sisters (Palla, Catria and Est), Mae, Tatiana, Sonya, Emma, Shade and Yuzu. There are also male examples: the male lead Alm, Gray, Tobin, Lukas, Clive, Atlas, [[spoiler:Celica's half-brother]] Conrad, Jesse, Valbar and ''especially'' Leon.
22nd Oct '17 5:11:26 PM nombretomado
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* The ChaletSchool is full of these, to the point where you wonder if it's a requirement to get into the school. Joey Bettany - who shares more than a few similarities with [[LittleWomen another Jo mentioned above]] - is but one example. [[IllGirl Childhood illness]], running away from the Nazis, war, her husband Jack being temporarily MIA, the deaths of friends, a shedload of children...nothing will keep her down for long. And then there's Corney Flower, Biddy O'Ryan, Daisy Venables, Mary-Lou Trelawney, Carola Johnstone, Len Maynard...the list goes on.

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* The ChaletSchool Literature/ChaletSchool is full of these, to the point where you wonder if it's a requirement to get into the school. Joey Bettany - who shares more than a few similarities with [[LittleWomen another Jo mentioned above]] - is but one example. [[IllGirl Childhood illness]], running away from the Nazis, war, her husband Jack being temporarily MIA, the deaths of friends, a shedload of children...nothing will keep her down for long. And then there's Corney Flower, Biddy O'Ryan, Daisy Venables, Mary-Lou Trelawney, Carola Johnstone, Len Maynard...the list goes on.
3rd Oct '17 7:40:47 AM annette12
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* [[Literature/LittleWomen Josephine "Jo" March]], as well as her older sister Meg, their younger sister Amy once she gets over her SpoiledBrat phase, and her pupil Annie aka Nan. (Too bad the fandom refuses to see Amy as such and pegs her as a MarySue out of DieForOurShip butthurt.)

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* [[Literature/LittleWomen Josephine "Jo" March]], as well as her older sister Meg, their younger sister Amy once she gets over her SpoiledBrat phase, and her pupil Annie aka Nan. (Too bad the fandom refuses to see Amy as such and pegs her as a MarySue out of DieForOurShip butthurt.)
27th Sep '17 10:07:42 AM N1KF
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** [[Franchise/SailorMoon Tuxedo Mask]] could definitely be considered a RareMaleExample.

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** [[Franchise/SailorMoon Tuxedo Mask]] %%** Tuzedo Mask from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' could definitely be considered a RareMaleExample.



* Nadja Applefield from ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja''. Sweet Lords, Nadja is some plucky girl and then more.

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* %%* Nadja Applefield from ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja''. Sweet Lords, Nadja is some plucky girl and then more.



* All of the girls in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' have their plucky moments, specially [[spoiler:Anko Tokosumi]], [[spoiler:Kana Ushiro]] and [[spoiler:Youko Machi.]]

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* All of the girls in ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' have their plucky moments, specially [[spoiler:Anko Tokosumi]], [[spoiler:Kana Ushiro]] and [[spoiler:Youko Machi.]]Machi]].



* Sakura Kinomoto of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' to some extent. While she is rather determined and frequently shows little concern for her own well being, her disposition better resembles that of a real child under such situations, as such she does actually [[CowardlyLion show fear]] [[FragileFlower and break down]] at times, relying on [[TrueCompanions her friends' support]] to recover her strength.
** More straight up examples: CanonForeigner Li Meiling and especially Sakura's best friend Tomoyo Daidouji.

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* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'':
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Sakura Kinomoto of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' to some extent. While she is rather determined and frequently shows little concern for her own well being, her disposition better resembles that of a real child under such situations, as such she does actually [[CowardlyLion show fear]] [[FragileFlower and break down]] at times, relying on [[TrueCompanions her friends' support]] to recover her strength.
** More straight up examples: %%** CanonForeigner Li Meiling and especially Sakura's best friend Tomoyo Daidouji.



** Shinichi Kudo/Conan Edogawa, Heiji Hattori, Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya, Genta Kojima, Eisuke Hondou, Kazunobu Chiba and ''specially'' Wataru Takagi are textbook {{rare male example}}s.

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** %%** Shinichi Kudo/Conan Edogawa, Heiji Hattori, Mitsuhiko Tsuburaya, Genta Kojima, Eisuke Hondou, Kazunobu Chiba and ''specially'' Wataru Takagi are textbook {{rare male example}}s.



* All the females in ''Manga/FairyTail'': Erza, Lucy, Mirajane, Ur, etc..
** Of course, Erza's an example of the more masculine {{Determinator}} trope as well.

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* All the females in ''Manga/FairyTail'': Erza, Lucy, Mirajane, Ur, etc..
** Of course, Erza's
''Manga/FairyTail''Erza's an example of the more masculine {{Determinator}} trope as well.trope..
%%** All the females: Erza, Lucy, Mirajane, Ur, etc..



* Hajime Ichinose from ''Anime/GatchamanCrowds''. She's actually so cheerful and strongwilled that [[spoiler: she can get Berg Katze to back off her case, simply because they is ''no'' darkness in her heart.]]

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* Hajime Ichinose from ''Anime/GatchamanCrowds''. She's actually so cheerful and strongwilled that [[spoiler: she can get Berg Katze to back off her case, simply because they is ''no'' darkness in her heart.]]heart]].



** May Wong becomes this once she gets over her JerkAss phase. Anna Heart, Mia Guillem, Rosetta Passel and Katie Taylor are already there, and the backstory gives us [[spoiler: Sophie Oswald.]]

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** May Wong becomes this once she gets over her JerkAss phase. Anna Heart, Mia Guillem, Rosetta Passel and Katie Taylor are already there, and the backstory gives us [[spoiler: Sophie Oswald.]]Oswald]].



* If it's made by Creator/HayaoMiyazaki, it probably has one in the cast, if not as the protagonist herself, like Ponyo of ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'' (pictured above).

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* %%* If it's made by Creator/HayaoMiyazaki, it probably has one in the cast, if not as the protagonist herself, like Ponyo of ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'' (pictured above).



** Her daughter, in the aletrnate timeline, May Parker a.k.a. ComicBook/SpiderGirl.

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** %%** Her daughter, in the aletrnate timeline, May Parker a.k.a. ComicBook/SpiderGirl.



** Wendy Moira Angela Darling from ''Disney/PeterPan''.
** Tiana from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
** Nala from ''Disney/TheLionKing'', and Kiara in [[Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride the sequel]].
** Jasmine from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
** Belle from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
** Ariel from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
** Alice from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.
** Disney/{{Mulan}} from... ''[[RoleCalled Mulan]]''.
** Olivia Flaversham from ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''.

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** %%** Wendy Moira Angela Darling from ''Disney/PeterPan''.
** %%** Tiana from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
** %%** Nala from ''Disney/TheLionKing'', and Kiara in [[Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride the sequel]].
** %%** Jasmine from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
** %%** Belle from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
** %%** Ariel from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
** %%** Alice from ''Disney/AliceInWonderland''.
** %%** Disney/{{Mulan}} from... ''[[RoleCalled Mulan]]''.
** %%** Olivia Flaversham from ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''.



* Princess Merida from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''.

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* %%* Princess Merida from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}''.



* WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}, so much so.

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* %%* WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}, so much so.



* MK from ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.

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* %%* MK from ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.



* Odie from ''Film/TheHairyBird''.

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* %%* Odie from ''Film/TheHairyBird''.



* Bethany Hamilton in ''Film/SoulSurfer''.

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* %%* Bethany Hamilton in ''Film/SoulSurfer''.



* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': Loren. She's Rachel Lite.

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* %%* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': Loren. She's Rachel Lite.



* Philippa Somerville in the ''Literature/LymondChronicles''.
* Lale of ''Literature/TheAssassinsOfTamurin''

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* %%* Philippa Somerville in the ''Literature/LymondChronicles''.
* %%* Lale of ''Literature/TheAssassinsOfTamurin''



* Sarah from ''Literature/GreystoneValley''.

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* %%* Sarah from ''Literature/GreystoneValley''.



* ''All'' of the important female characters in ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', but especially Kahlan, Cara, and Nicci.

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* %%* ''All'' of the important female characters in ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', but especially Kahlan, Cara, and Nicci.



* ''Literature/{{Pollyanna}}'', anyone?

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* %%* ''Literature/{{Pollyanna}}'', anyone?



* Sarah Crewe from ''Literature/ALittlePrincess''.

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* %%* Sarah Crewe from ''Literature/ALittlePrincess''.



** In Lewis's Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia we have Polly Plummer, Lucy Pevensie, Jill Pole and Aravis Tarkheena.

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** %%** In Lewis's Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia we have Polly Plummer, Lucy Pevensie, Jill Pole and Aravis Tarkheena.



* The title character of Hugh Howey's YoungAdult SpaceOpera ''Molly Fyde'' series.
* Lucy Pennykettle from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].

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* %%* The title character of Hugh Howey's YoungAdult SpaceOpera ''Molly Fyde'' series.
* %%* Lucy Pennykettle from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].



* Stephanie from ''Series/LazyTown''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKVNf6kuhv0 Case in point]].

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* Stephanie from ''Series/LazyTown''.''Series/LazyTown'':
%%** Stephanie.
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKVNf6kuhv0 Case in point]].



* Kelsey Winslow from ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''.

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* %%* Kelsey Winslow from ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue''.



* [[RoleCalled Annie]] from ''Theatre/{{Annie}}''.

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* %%* [[RoleCalled Annie]] from ''Theatre/{{Annie}}''.



* Asuka Kazama from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. And Jun, and Christie, and Xiaoyu, and Lili...
* Almost every female from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', with special mentions to Athena Asamiya, Mary, Momoko, Malin, Leona, Whip, Bonne Jenet, Kula Diamond, May Lee, and ''any'' membress of the Women's Team.

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* %%* Asuka Kazama from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. And Jun, and Christie, and Xiaoyu, and Lili...
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters''
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Almost every female from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', female, with special mentions to Athena Asamiya, Mary, Momoko, Malin, Leona, Whip, Bonne Jenet, Kula Diamond, May Lee, and ''any'' membress of the Women's Team.



*** The rare male examples? Ewan and Ross.

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*** %%*** The rare male examples? Ewan and Ross.



** Tifa Lockhart, Aerith Gansborough and Yuffie Kisaragi from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', but specially Aerith.

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** %%** Tifa Lockhart, Aerith Gansborough and Yuffie Kisaragi from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', but specially Aerith.



*** Rinoa Heartilly would count as well.

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*** %%*** Rinoa Heartilly would count as well.



* Amy Rose of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series often has shades of this.

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* %%* Amy Rose of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series often has shades of this.



* The sisters Nakoruru and Rimururu from VideoGame/SamuraiShodown, as well as Cham-Cham and Charlotte Marie Colde.
* While most Toads from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' are portrayed as {{Lovable Coward}}s, Toadette is portrayed as, well, brave and optimistic. Even in ''VideoGame/CaptainToadTreasureTracker'', the initial reason why she was captured by Wingo was that she wouldn't let go of the power star she and the Captain found. [[DamselOutOfDistress Even then, this is only temporary]].

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* %%* The sisters Nakoruru and Rimururu from VideoGame/SamuraiShodown, as well as Cham-Cham and Charlotte Marie Colde.
* While most Toads from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' are portrayed as {{Lovable Coward}}s, Toadette is portrayed as, well, brave and optimistic. Even in ''VideoGame/CaptainToadTreasureTracker'', the initial reason why she was captured by Wingo was that she wouldn't let go of the power star she and the Captain found. Even then, [[DamselOutOfDistress Even then, this is only temporary]].



* Nothing gets [[VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend Hiyoko Tousaka]] down for long. Not even [[spoiler: being unintentionally killed by her best friend/love interest and then cut up into pieces by a mad doctor]] keeps her from taking an active role in the plot and helping Ryouta when he needs it the most.
** [[RareMaleExample Rare Male Example]] in [[TheAtoner Sakazaki]] [[BigBrotherInstinct Yuuya]], who accepted his guilt [[spoiler: in [[OffingTheOffspring Killing his half-brother to let his full brother Sakuya live]] and refuses to let himself be get down by anything from Sakuya hating him to being [[TakingTheBullet stabbed by a poisoned cleaver]] to being guilt-tripped by [[EldritchAbomination The King]] using [[HellIsThatNoise the sound of breaking eggs]].]]

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* Nothing gets [[VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend Hiyoko Tousaka]] Tousaka from ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' down for long. Not even [[spoiler: being unintentionally killed by her best friend/love interest and then cut up into pieces by a mad doctor]] keeps her from taking an active role in the plot and helping Ryouta when he needs it the most.
** [[RareMaleExample Rare Male Example]] RareMaleExample in [[TheAtoner Sakazaki]] [[BigBrotherInstinct Yuuya]], who accepted his guilt [[spoiler: in [[OffingTheOffspring Killing his half-brother to let his full brother Sakuya live]] and refuses to let himself be get down by anything from Sakuya hating him to being [[TakingTheBullet stabbed by a poisoned cleaver]] to being guilt-tripped by [[EldritchAbomination The King]] using [[HellIsThatNoise the sound of breaking eggs]].]]



** Apollo Justice and Phoenix Wright themselves count as {{rare male example}}s.
* Mikae Morikawa, Arisa Miyoshi, Chiemi Fujimoto and Yumi Matsumiya from ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari''

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** %%** Apollo Justice and Phoenix Wright themselves count as {{rare male example}}s.
* %%* Mikae Morikawa, Arisa Miyoshi, Chiemi Fujimoto and Yumi Matsumiya from ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari''



* Molly from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''

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* %%* Molly from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''



** Let's not forget Jade Harley, too.

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** Let's not forget %%** Jade Harley, too.Harley.



* Caroline from the ''Literature/ReconstructionSeries'' is a slightly older example at 24, but still fits this to a T.

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* %%* Caroline from the ''Literature/ReconstructionSeries'' is a slightly older example at 24, but still fits this to a T.



* All four Chan daughters in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'', but Anne and Nancy in particular.
* Penny Gadget of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''.
* Ahsoka Tano from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
* Apple Bloom from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** Granny Smith was this as a filly as well.
** Pinkie Pie sometimes takes up the role too.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders are pre-school versions.
* Annie from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues''.
* Amberley of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible.
* Suki and Katara from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.

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* %%* All four Chan daughters in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'', but Anne and Nancy in particular.
* %%* Penny Gadget of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''.
* %%* Ahsoka Tano from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
* %%* Apple Bloom from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** %%** Granny Smith was this as a filly as well.
** %%** Pinkie Pie sometimes takes up the role too.
** %%** The Cutie Mark Crusaders are pre-school versions.
* %%* Annie from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues''.
* %%* Amberley of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''.
* %%* WesternAnimation/KimPossible.
* %%* Suki and Katara from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.



* Loopy from the ''Life with Loopy'' segments on ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''

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* %%* Loopy from the ''Life with Loopy'' segments on ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''



* Malala Yousafzai.

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* %%* Malala Yousafzai.
13th Aug '17 9:02:49 AM Andyxdr
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* Swanhilde from ''Theatre/{{Coppelia}}''. She's unwilling to just take her boyfriend Franz's sudden abandonment to favor the titular Coppelia [[spoiler: and later desert him when it turns out that he's in danger of losing his own soul.]] So she will go into [[spoiler: Dr. Coppelius]]'s home to see wh
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* Swanhilde from ''Theatre/{{Coppelia}}''. She's unwilling to just take her boyfriend Franz's sudden abandonment to favor the titular Coppelia [[spoiler: and later desert him when it turns out that he's in danger of losing his own soul.]] So she will go into [[spoiler: Dr. Coppelius]]'s home to see wh
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what's going on with her "love rival" with her own eyes [[spoiler: and later protect Franz as much as she can once Coppelia's RobotGirl nature is revealed]]
* [[RoleCalled Annie]] from ''Theatre/{{Annie}}''.
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* Chell from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''. She never, ever gives up. It's official. It's on her record!
** Chell is closer to a {{Determinator}} than this trope, though. It's hard to tell, admittedly--no one knows how optimistic she is, how emotional she is, or even what she's thinking, for [[HeroicMime obvious reasons]].
* Asuka Kazama from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. And Jun, and Christie, and Xiaoyu, and Lili...
* Almost every female from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', with special mentions to Athena Asamiya, Mary, Momoko, Malin, Leona, Whip, Bonne Jenet, Kula Diamond, May Lee, and ''any'' membress of the Women's Team.
** The KOF: KYO manga/game adds Kyo's girlfriend Yuki, specially when she stands up to [[spoiler: Iori]] in the middle of a GoThroughMe. Not halfway bad for a BarrierMaiden GirlNextDoor.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'', aside of all the girls who double as ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' {{Action Girl}}s, adds ladies like Tsugumi Sendou and Hotaru Futaba. In TheMovie, Kim's wife Myeungsuk also qualifies as such.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' gives us both female and male examples:
** Linde from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' games. Alongside Maria, post-HeelFaceTurn!Minerva, Yumina, Lena, Elice, Tiki, Feena, etc. ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Gaiden]]'' adds Celica, Sonya, etc. Merric and Rickard are {{Rare Male Example}}s.
** From ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'', we have several either in the WhiteMage or the ActionGirl fields.
*** Seisen's first generation: Adean, Briggid, Tailto [[spoiler:until she's ''horribly'' broken]], Ferry, Mahnya, Raquesis, Sylvia and Ayra. Dew is TheOneGuy, sorta.
*** Seisen's second generation: Lana (and Mana), Patty (and Daisy), Fee (and Femina), Nanna (and Janne), Altena, Larcei (and Radney), Leen (and Laylea). On the enemy side, we have the AntiVillain Ishtar. On the {{rare male example}} side, there's Corple (and Sharlow) and ''specially'' Seliph.
*** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Thracia 776]]'': The aforementioned Nanna alongside Mareeta, Tanya, Karin, post-HeelFaceTurn!Olwen, Sara, Safy, Lara, Tina, Eda, Linoan, Misha and Princess Miranda, with Evayle [[spoiler:or better said, an amnesiac Briggid]], Machyua, Selphina and post-HeelFaceTurn!Amalda as older versions. TheHero Leif and Asvel are {{rare male example}}s.
** Nino the Mage/Sage from ''VideoGame/{{Fire Emblem|Elibe}}: Blazing Sword''. Oh poor little innocent, sweet, freaking ''determined'' Nino.
*** Lyndis/Lyn, Louise, Priscilla, Serra, Farina, Fiora and Rebecca, too. A good part of Florina's CharacterDevelopment comes from her doing what she can to become one. If you want {{rare male example}}s, look no further than Sain, Guy and Wil.
*** In ''Fuuin no Tsurugi'', set 20 years later, Princess Lilina is this and some more. Makes sense since her dad is Lord Hector [[spoiler:and her mom can either be Lyn, Farina or Florina]]. Other than her, we have: Clarine, Ellen, Princess Guinevere, Thany, Thite, Lalum, Sue, Milady and Fir. Adult versions include: Echidna, Igrene, Cecilia and Niime. "Mayfly" versions include [[spoiler:the dragon Fa]] {{Rare male example}}s include Lugh, [[spoiler: one of Nino's sons]] and TheHero Roy [[spoiler: whose mom can be either Fiora or Lyn.]]
** Princess Tana from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. So plucky that she refuses to stay on the sidelines even when her brother Innes demands her to do so, helps both Eirika and Ephraim as much as she can [[SkilledButNaive despite her limited battle experience]], can convince the very distraught Cormag to defect ''with words alone'' [[spoiler:and hook up with him if they have an A support]], and pulls Ephraim out of his HeroicBSOD after [[spoiler:he sees that he can't bring Lyon back and loses one of the stones to him.]]
*** Eirika, too. Despite her naivete and seeing her kingdom and others go down, she keeps going on.
*** And L'Arachel, too. So plucky that she can bring Eirika out of an HeroicBSOD [[spoiler:when she has to assume that Lyon's too far gone to be truly saved, after his SuperpoweredEvilSide uses him to steal the MacGuffin from her.]]
*** Also Natasha and Amelia. Both young ladies come from Grado, an Empire that is starting to invade and threaten other countries, but they decide to fight back and join Eirika and/or Ephraim's groups so they can save the world and Grado itself.
*** The rare male examples? Ewan and Ross.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'': Mist, most prominently. Also to some extent Mia, Jill, Lucia, Elincia after her CharacterDevelopment, Sanaki, Laura, Micaiah, Heather, Eda and others. The {{rare male example}}s are Rhys, Oscar, Rolf, Boyd, Geoffrey and ''specially'' [[{{Keet}} Kieran.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' gives us several too: a female Avatar (default name: Robin), Sully, Lissa, Maribelle, Nowi, Tharja ([[{{Yandere}} in a... strange way]], that is), Cordelia, Sumia (who's normally more of a SubmissiveBadass), Emmeryn (specially when she [[spoiler: fearlessly goes through an HeroicSuicide to stop an upcoming war]], [[spoiler: Say'ri]] and [[spoiler: the grown-up Tiki]]. [[spoiler: And maybe [[TheLostlenore Ke]]'[[PosthumousCharacter ri]], if Lon'qu's testimony is to be believed]].) And let's not forget the male Avatar, Prince Chrom, Stahl, Vaike, Henry, Donnel and Ricken as {{Rare Male Example}}s.
*** From the second generation there's [[spoiler: Sully]]'s daughter Kjelle, [[spoiler: Sumia]]'s daughter Cynthia, [[spoiler: Cordelia]]'s daughter Severa, [[spoiler: Nowi]]'s daughter Nah, [[spoiler: Tharja]]'s daughter Noire ([[BewareTheQuietOnes in her]] [[SplitPersonality own]] [[SuddenlyShouting way]]) and [[spoiler: Chrom's daughter Lucina.]] And there are some {{rare male example}}s like [[spoiler: Olivia]]'s son Inigo and [[spoiler: Lissa]]'s son Owain. Oh, and Morgan counts in here whether as a boy or a girl [[spoiler: unless they get corrupted by Grima after the death of his Avatar mom/dad]].
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' continues the tradition with the Female Avatar (default name: Kamui or Corrin), Azura, Hinoka, Elise, Camilla, Mozu, Oboro, Selena [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser version of the aforementioned Severa]], Felicia, Peri ([[CuteAndPsycho in a rather terrifying way]]), Effie, Hana, Reina, Kagero, Anna, Sophie, Ophelia and Soleil. The Rare Male Examples include the Male Avatar, Silas, Leo, Arthur, Odin [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser Owain]], Laslow [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser Inigo]], Azama, Hinata, Siegbert, Asugi, Percy, Kiragi, Shiro and Forrest.
* The title character of the freeware action/adventure ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' is a teenage girl who wakes up six months after an alien attack kills her family to discover that scientists have implanted nanotech in her to combat the invaders, but her only support is her little brother Dan, who has grown bloodthirsty, cynical and emotionally distant. Even after [[spoiler:she discovers that humanity is on the brink of extinction and the earth is a charred husk, she presses on with the mission Dan gives her. This first quest fails miserably, the second makes the situation even worse, and, depending on the player's actions, Iji fails to save her brother from an assassin, which [[HeroicBSOD traumatizes her horribly]].]] And yet she still carries on. The player can choose to play her as an ActionGirl or pacifist; regardless, the final boss is awed by her determination.
* From ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' we get Cate Archer, superspy extraordinaire. Almost the entirety of UNITY believes a woman can't be a proper spy, her mentor is killed, every single agent has died before her, she's continually put on missions often promised to be simple but always end up extremely dangerous, and she's being [[spoiler: sabotaged]]. Of course this doesn't stop her. She gets bonus points for having been a very successful cat burglar, starting out when she was just a teenager.
* Sigrun of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' is unusually cheerful for being a member of a group of {{Death Seeker}}s with the goal of achieving a HeroicSacrifice, joking that she'll try harder next time whenever she gets through a battle. During party banter with Nathaniel, she states that being {{Wangst}}y about it doesn't really help her much, and demonstrates that it would just get annoying really fast.
** [[JeanneDArchetype Leliana]] in ''Origins'' lives through a tremendous amount of [[TraumaCongaLine nasty]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast stuff]], yet comes out of it stubborn, courageous, and possibly the sweetest girl you will ever meet.
* Krile from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. She's already an orphan when you meet her. Then [[spoiler:watches her grandfather die right in front of her. ''Then'' his spirit tells her she needs to take his place in defeating the warlock that just killed him]]. And she [[BadassAdorable does]], while still being cheerful enough to poke fun at the hero and pioneer the role that would appear in every numbered Final Fantasy after her.
** Tifa Lockhart, Aerith Gansborough and Yuffie Kisaragi from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', but specially Aerith.
** Selphie Tilmitt from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Her original home was destroyed, many of her friends were killed, the world was about to end, and she ''still'' maintained her plucky attitude and sense of humor. Worryingly, she's also always the first one to propose an excessively violent solution to a problem, such as skinning a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Moomba]] to use as a disguise for escaping captivity.
-->''"Blow it to smithereens with a rocket launcher! BOOOOOM!"''
*** Rinoa Heartilly would count as well.
* [[RebelliousPrincess Alena]] from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV''.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** The female protagonist route added to ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' in the PSP version turns the player character into one. The darker the game's plot gets, the more determinedly upbeat her dialogue options become.
** All of the ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' girls show different shades of this after their Shadows are dealt with. Special mention goes to [[MissionControl Rise Kujikawa]], who [[spoiler:took control of her Persona, Himiko, ''right after the Shadow Rise fight''.]]
** And beating them all out is Maya Amano from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', whose catchphrase is "Let's think positive!" She remains upbeat throughout ''Innocent Sin'', serving as a TeamMom for the group. Her pluckiness remains palpable even after she becomes a HeroicMime when promoted to Protagonist in ''Eternal Punishment''.
* [[Characters/{{Castlevania}} Maria Renard]] from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'', doubled as a BadassInDistress. Right after being freed, you can control her all the way from where she's held captive to beat up Dracula all by herself and her pets (which is a case for most people anyway, since she's stronger and faster than Ricther.)
* Amy Rose of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series often has shades of this.
* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick's'' Lynne gets killed [[TheyKilledKennyAgain no less than five times in one night]], but she'll be damned before that will keep her from laughing it all off with her [[ThemeMusicPowerup cheerfull theme tune]] every time Sissel has to go back in time to undo her deaths. And then there is the bravery she displays when she [[spoiler:gets trapped in a sinking submarine with Kamila]]. [[TheCutie Kamila]] couldn't wish for a finer [[CoolBigSis protective older sister surrogate]] even if she wanted to try.
* [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun Li]]. Oh my, Chun Li. The first ActionGirl in fighting game history simply can't be less. Followed by Cammy White, "Rainbow" Mika Nanakawa, Sakura Kasugano, Karin Kanzuki, Elena, Ibuki, Maki Genryusai, Makoto, Rose, Ingrid...
** In regards to non-fighting female charas, Yun's HotBlooded "non-girlfriend" Houmei is this; considering how calm she is when around her, her little sister Shaomei might count too. Eliza Masters can be considered to be an OlderAndWiser version: she's not seen a lot but when she does appear she's almost always smiling and patient, and the mere fact that she's HappilyMarried to [[LovedINotHonorMore a dude who's very often fighting out there]] implies that she's got quite the patience.
* While a number of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' girls qualify for this in some shape or form, Makoto Nanaya clearly stands head and shoulders above the rest. If she can stand to rebuild a positive outlook on life in the wake of a lifetime of wall-to-wall FantasticRacism, you're going to need some heavy ordinance to break her down - physical injury, financial woes, mind games, [[spoiler:a trip through [[EldritchLocation the Boundary]],]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Yuuki Terumi's]] [[MindRape mental penis]] don't work.
** To a much lesser but constantly increasing extent, Noel Vermillion. She began as a ShrinkingViolet with huge issues, but after the events of ''Continuum Shift'' and leading up to ''Chrono Phantasma'', she seems to have [[TookALevelInBadass taken a few levels in badass]] [[CharacterDevelopment and developed a more assertive but still kind personality]]. And as her best friend, Makoto helped her quite a bit. So yeah, try stopping her from [[spoiler: [[DeclarationOfProtection saving]] [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl her other best friend Tsubaki]] ]]. '''Try it'''.
* Kairi from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. She was prepared to take on ''[[TheBerserker Saix]]'' '''''unarmed''''' at one point, and [[PlayingWithFire Axel]] commented on her guts.
* Quite a lot of the female characters from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries''. Nearly every female character who has ever appeared in a ''Soul'' game is either this trope, or an IceQueen. Cassandra, Xianghua and Talim are this big time, Sophitia and Seung Mina were this in their earliest incarnations but grew out of it to eventually become [[ActionMom other]] [[CoolBigSis tropes]], and in the most recent game ''Soul Calibur V'', Pyrrha (specially when she manages to pull herself together after ''years'' of BreakTheCutie), Yan Leixia (who runs away to both refuse an ArrangedMarriage and to seek for adventure) and Natsu (Taki's pupil and one of Leixia's travel partners).
* In ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'' we have Charis. The little girl around seven or eight years of age right smack in the middle of a war, has to abandon her home, and witness destruction, atrocities, and quite a number of monsters. And she never gives up and never stops being cheerful. At Eburon Hamil is about to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge charge suicidally into the Imperial ranks]] for a [[TakingYouWithMe chance to take]] [[YouKilledMyFather Izebel]] [[TakingYouWithMe with him]], before Tart points out to him Charis is going to follow him on his suicide charge, all cheerful and smiles. He stops himself to not get her killed.
* The sisters Nakoruru and Rimururu from VideoGame/SamuraiShodown, as well as Cham-Cham and Charlotte Marie Colde.
* While most Toads from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' are portrayed as {{Lovable Coward}}s, Toadette is portrayed as, well, brave and optimistic. Even in ''VideoGame/CaptainToadTreasureTracker'', the initial reason why she was captured by Wingo was that she wouldn't let go of the power star she and the Captain found. [[DamselOutOfDistress Even then, this is only temporary]].
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* [[Creator/AgathaChristie Mary Clarissa Christie]], the main character from ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth''. The minigame is even based off of it: If her mental state falls too far, you lose.
* Sakura from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', who lives with an abusive family but still manages to by sweet and cheerful. [[spoiler: Until she snaps in the third route.]]
* Emi Ibarazaki from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', a young woman who lost her legs [[spoiler:and her father]] in an horrifying accident, but around a year later she had already relearned to walk, and is the star of Yamaku High's track team. [[spoiler:Once the player pursues her route, though, it's a DeconstructedTrope. Emi knows that loss of a relationship is normal, and it is best to be strong and move on. However, at the same time, the same stubbornness that enables her to deal with her issues prevents Emi from growing close to anyone because she is afraid that the pain of loss will prevent her from moving onto the future. This prevents anyone from helping her when she ''does'' need it, so Hisao must be VERY patient and persistent with her.]]
* Nothing gets [[VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend Hiyoko Tousaka]] down for long. Not even [[spoiler: being unintentionally killed by her best friend/love interest and then cut up into pieces by a mad doctor]] keeps her from taking an active role in the plot and helping Ryouta when he needs it the most.
** [[RareMaleExample Rare Male Example]] in [[TheAtoner Sakazaki]] [[BigBrotherInstinct Yuuya]], who accepted his guilt [[spoiler: in [[OffingTheOffspring Killing his half-brother to let his full brother Sakuya live]] and refuses to let himself be get down by anything from Sakuya hating him to being [[TakingTheBullet stabbed by a poisoned cleaver]] to being guilt-tripped by [[EldritchAbomination The King]] using [[HellIsThatNoise the sound of breaking eggs]].]]
* From the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games, there is Maya Fey - always doing her best to smile in the face of all kinds of crap. She's followed by Trucy Wright in ''Apollo Justice'' and Athena Cykes in ''Dual Destinies''.
** Apollo Justice and Phoenix Wright themselves count as {{rare male example}}s.
* Mikae Morikawa, Arisa Miyoshi, Chiemi Fujimoto and Yumi Matsumiya from ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari''
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* Milny from Webcomic/PlanescapeSurvivalGuide. [[spoiler:Even being briefly dead cannot undo her optimism.]]
* Angel in Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}''. It seals Freckles's LoveAtFirstSight.
-->''She did know. She was not in the least afraid. She was depending on a rattlesnake to live up to his share of the contract and rattle in time for her to move. The one characteristic an Irishman admires in a woman, above all others, is courage. Freckles worshiped anew. ''
* Molly from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''
* Feferi Peixes, of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', is one. She'd almost be a PrincessClassic, if not for her easily riled temper and lack of subtlety.
** Let's not forget Jade Harley, too.
* The blind Idony and the carefree Chara from ''Webcomics/TheSilverEye''
* ''Webcomic/{{Xenospora}}'' gives us an alien woman named Strike, who endures [[ATasteOfTheLash a whipping]] for her beliefs.
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* From ''TabletopGame/NewVindicators'', there's Kirstie Arnett, also known as Parabola. While her Neo-Sapien powers can be useful, and she's not entirely helpless in a hand to hand fight, she's not quite an ActionGirl and relies more on strength of character.
* Caroline from the ''Literature/ReconstructionSeries'' is a slightly older example at 24, but still fits this to a T.
* All of the girls who make up the eponymous Team WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} qualify due to their heroism and idealism, but the stand-out among them would be [[TheHero Ruby Rose]]. In the Volume 3 finale, she [[spoiler:flies onto Ironwood's hijacked ship ''alone'', survives a fight with Neo, confronts Roman, and finally brings the ship down by kicking a giant Grimm through it. By now Roman's absolutely fed up with her unceasing interference in his schemes, mockingly asking her "You are just ''determined'' to be the big hero of Vale, huh?"]]
* Rebecca Stone from ''WebVideo/DemoReel''. She's had a difficult life, with misogyny in the industry, AbusiveParents and a sexually abusive uncle, but she's an optimistic NiceGirl all the same. Plus can beat the crap out of anything that hurts Tacoma or Donnie.
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* ''WesternAnimation/PrincessSissi'', the plucky [[CountryMouse farm girl]] who deals with danger and tribulation after tribulation to get married to her sweetheart, Prince Franz, all the while believing that she can bring peace to Austria and Hungary and [[ChronicHeroSyndrome helping who she can on the way.]]
* All four Chan daughters in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'', but Anne and Nancy in particular.
* Penny Gadget of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''.
* Ahsoka Tano from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
* Apple Bloom from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** Granny Smith was this as a filly as well.
** Pinkie Pie sometimes takes up the role too.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders are pre-school versions.
* Annie from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues''.
* Amberley of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible.
* Suki and Katara from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* Asami Sato from ATLA sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', who has has remained strong, kind, and supportive despite multiple betrayals and disappointments and a lot of loss.
* [[FatGirl Toot]] from ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' became a mix of this and JerkassWoobie after going through CharacterDevelopment.
* Julie Kane in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''. The [[TheSmurfettePrinciple token female]] ActionGirl of the Burners, who actually believes there might be still some good in [[BigBad her father]].
* Princess Ilana in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''. She's fairly cheerful, something of a GranolaGirl and passionate about school-related activities. Although she is shown to worry about the state of the people on her planet.
* Miko from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', who is ever eager to get her self in to the action.
* Tinker Bell is portrayed as this in the Franchise/DisneyFairies franchise. In her [[Disney/PeterPan original film]] she was more of a {{Yandere}}, though she still showed traces of this when [[spoiler: she fearlessly took a a bomb away from Peter and almost sacrificed herself to help him.]]
* Loopy from the ''Life with Loopy'' segments on ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''
* [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Lilo Pelekai]] in ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries''. This little Hawaiian girl is not afraid of dealing with destructive, mischievous aliens on a regular basis as she helps them use their abilities for constructive purposes.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a RareMaleExample. Steven is the only half-human hybrid of his species and has been in many life-threatening situations at a young age. He manages to be a [[TheHeart sweet]], [[CheerfulChild cheerful]] boy regardless.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [=LaToya=] Jackson. She was in an abusive relationship for a decade and then suffered the loss of [[Music/MichaelJackson her brother]]. Yet when you watch her in interviews, she's the happiest she has ever been.
* Malala Yousafzai.
* US Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug. In the Atlanta UsefulNotes/OlympicGames she gave the performance of her life, anchoring team USA -- forever after nicknamed "The Magnificent Seven" -- to its first-ever team gold medal. But the Americans' last rotation, vault, was a disaster. No gymnast -- not even the fabled Shannon Miller -- had managed to "stick the landing", and every step was another chip in their lead. Then disaster struck -- Dominique Moceanu sat down her vault. Twice. Last to go, everything rested on Kerri -- who sat down ''her'' first vault, severely spraining her ankle in an injury that normally renders someone unable to walk. But not Kerri, who stood up, shook it off, limped back to the start of the runway, and vaulted again. This time, she stuck it -- ''on one foot'' -- and ensured that team USA would indeed win gold. Then she crumpled to the mat in agony, and had to be [[BridalCarry carried by her coach]] to the podium so she could stand with the rest of her team.
* Aliya Mustafina, the greatest Russian gymnast since Svetlana Khorkina, was on top of the world in 2010, winning all-around gold and qualifying into every single event final at the World Championships. She was expected to dominate the next two years and be a major threat to the all-around podium in London. But at the 2011 European Championships, Mustafina tore her ACL on a vault, instantly ending her season. In gymnastics, an ACL tear is almost always a career-ender, and many people wrote her off. But Aliya didn't write ''herself'' off, and a year later she came out of the London Games as the most decorated gymnast there -- including a bronze in the all-around and Russia's only gold medal -- and first in three Olympics -- on the uneven bars. Never again shall Aliya Mustafina be counted out of ''anything''.
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* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': Nico Saiba is in-universe example of TastesLikeDiabetes and determined enough [[TheThingThatWouldNotLeave to stick]] around the resident TokenEvilTeammate and [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu flip off Ctulhu]] if she thinks the situation calls for it. One example for all came when she hit [[TheDreaded Kamen]] [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Rider Genm]] with a ''mop''.



* Swanhilde from ''Theatre/{{Coppelia}}''. She's unwilling to just take her boyfriend Franz's sudden abandonment to favor the titular Coppelia [[spoiler: and later desert him when it turns out that he's in danger of losing his own soul.]] So she will go into [[spoiler: Dr. Coppelius]]'s home to see what's going on with her "love rival" with her own eyes [[spoiler: and later protect Franz as much as she can once Coppelia's RobotGirl nature is revealed]]
* [[RoleCalled Annie]] from ''Theatre/{{Annie}}''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Chell from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''. She never, ever gives up. It's official. It's on her record!
** Chell is closer to a {{Determinator}} than this trope, though. It's hard to tell, admittedly--no one knows how optimistic she is, how emotional she is, or even what she's thinking, for [[HeroicMime obvious reasons]].
* Asuka Kazama from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. And Jun, and Christie, and Xiaoyu, and Lili...
* Almost every female from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', with special mentions to Athena Asamiya, Mary, Momoko, Malin, Leona, Whip, Bonne Jenet, Kula Diamond, May Lee, and ''any'' membress of the Women's Team.
** The KOF: KYO manga/game adds Kyo's girlfriend Yuki, specially when she stands up to [[spoiler: Iori]] in the middle of a GoThroughMe. Not halfway bad for a BarrierMaiden GirlNextDoor.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'', aside of all the girls who double as ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' {{Action Girl}}s, adds ladies like Tsugumi Sendou and Hotaru Futaba. In TheMovie, Kim's wife Myeungsuk also qualifies as such.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' gives us both female and male examples:
** Linde from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' games. Alongside Maria, post-HeelFaceTurn!Minerva, Yumina, Lena, Elice, Tiki, Feena, etc. ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Gaiden]]'' adds Celica, Sonya, etc. Merric and Rickard are {{Rare Male Example}}s.
** From ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'', we have several either in the WhiteMage or the ActionGirl fields.
*** Seisen's first generation: Adean, Briggid, Tailto [[spoiler:until she's ''horribly'' broken]], Ferry, Mahnya, Raquesis, Sylvia and Ayra. Dew is TheOneGuy, sorta.
*** Seisen's second generation: Lana (and Mana), Patty (and Daisy), Fee (and Femina), Nanna (and Janne), Altena, Larcei (and Radney), Leen (and Laylea). On the enemy side, we have the AntiVillain Ishtar. On the {{rare male example}} side, there's Corple (and Sharlow) and ''specially'' Seliph.
*** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Thracia 776]]'': The aforementioned Nanna alongside Mareeta, Tanya, Karin, post-HeelFaceTurn!Olwen, Sara, Safy, Lara, Tina, Eda, Linoan, Misha and Princess Miranda, with Evayle [[spoiler:or better said, an amnesiac Briggid]], Machyua, Selphina and post-HeelFaceTurn!Amalda as older versions. TheHero Leif and Asvel are {{rare male example}}s.
** Nino the Mage/Sage from ''VideoGame/{{Fire Emblem|Elibe}}: Blazing Sword''. Oh poor little innocent, sweet, freaking ''determined'' Nino.
*** Lyndis/Lyn, Louise, Priscilla, Serra, Farina, Fiora and Rebecca, too. A good part of Florina's CharacterDevelopment comes from her doing what she can to become one. If you want {{rare male example}}s, look no further than Sain, Guy and Wil.
*** In ''Fuuin no Tsurugi'', set 20 years later, Princess Lilina is this and some more. Makes sense since her dad is Lord Hector [[spoiler:and her mom can either be Lyn, Farina or Florina]]. Other than her, we have: Clarine, Ellen, Princess Guinevere, Thany, Thite, Lalum, Sue, Milady and Fir. Adult versions include: Echidna, Igrene, Cecilia and Niime. "Mayfly" versions include [[spoiler:the dragon Fa]] {{Rare male example}}s include Lugh, [[spoiler: one of Nino's sons]] and TheHero Roy [[spoiler: whose mom can be either Fiora or Lyn.]]
** Princess Tana from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. So plucky that she refuses to stay on the sidelines even when her brother Innes demands her to do so, helps both Eirika and Ephraim as much as she can [[SkilledButNaive despite her limited battle experience]], can convince the very distraught Cormag to defect ''with words alone'' [[spoiler:and hook up with him if they have an A support]], and pulls Ephraim out of his HeroicBSOD after [[spoiler:he sees that he can't bring Lyon back and loses one of the stones to him.]]
*** Eirika, too. Despite her naivete and seeing her kingdom and others go down, she keeps going on.
*** And L'Arachel, too. So plucky that she can bring Eirika out of an HeroicBSOD [[spoiler:when she has to assume that Lyon's too far gone to be truly saved, after his SuperpoweredEvilSide uses him to steal the MacGuffin from her.]]
*** Also Natasha and Amelia. Both young ladies come from Grado, an Empire that is starting to invade and threaten other countries, but they decide to fight back and join Eirika and/or Ephraim's groups so they can save the world and Grado itself.
*** The rare male examples? Ewan and Ross.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'': Mist, most prominently. Also to some extent Mia, Jill, Lucia, Elincia after her CharacterDevelopment, Sanaki, Laura, Micaiah, Heather, Eda and others. The {{rare male example}}s are Rhys, Oscar, Rolf, Boyd, Geoffrey and ''specially'' [[{{Keet}} Kieran.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' gives us several too: a female Avatar (default name: Robin), Sully, Lissa, Maribelle, Nowi, Tharja ([[{{Yandere}} in a... strange way]], that is), Cordelia, Sumia (who's normally more of a SubmissiveBadass), Emmeryn (specially when she [[spoiler: fearlessly goes through an HeroicSuicide to stop an upcoming war]], [[spoiler: Say'ri]] and [[spoiler: the grown-up Tiki]]. [[spoiler: And maybe [[TheLostlenore Ke]]'[[PosthumousCharacter ri]], if Lon'qu's testimony is to be believed]].) And let's not forget the male Avatar, Prince Chrom, Stahl, Vaike, Henry, Donnel and Ricken as {{Rare Male Example}}s.
*** From the second generation there's [[spoiler: Sully]]'s daughter Kjelle, [[spoiler: Sumia]]'s daughter Cynthia, [[spoiler: Cordelia]]'s daughter Severa, [[spoiler: Nowi]]'s daughter Nah, [[spoiler: Tharja]]'s daughter Noire ([[BewareTheQuietOnes in her]] [[SplitPersonality own]] [[SuddenlyShouting way]]) and [[spoiler: Chrom's daughter Lucina.]] And there are some {{rare male example}}s like [[spoiler: Olivia]]'s son Inigo and [[spoiler: Lissa]]'s son Owain. Oh, and Morgan counts in here whether as a boy or a girl [[spoiler: unless they get corrupted by Grima after the death of his Avatar mom/dad]].
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' continues the tradition with the Female Avatar (default name: Kamui or Corrin), Azura, Hinoka, Elise, Camilla, Mozu, Oboro, Selena [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser version of the aforementioned Severa]], Felicia, Peri ([[CuteAndPsycho in a rather terrifying way]]), Effie, Hana, Reina, Kagero, Anna, Sophie, Ophelia and Soleil. The Rare Male Examples include the Male Avatar, Silas, Leo, Arthur, Odin [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser Owain]], Laslow [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser Inigo]], Azama, Hinata, Siegbert, Asugi, Percy, Kiragi, Shiro and Forrest.
* The title character of the freeware action/adventure ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' is a teenage girl who wakes up six months after an alien attack kills her family to discover that scientists have implanted nanotech in her to combat the invaders, but her only support is her little brother Dan, who has grown bloodthirsty, cynical and emotionally distant. Even after [[spoiler:she discovers that humanity is on the brink of extinction and the earth is a charred husk, she presses on with the mission Dan gives her. This first quest fails miserably, the second makes the situation even worse, and, depending on the player's actions, Iji fails to save her brother from an assassin, which [[HeroicBSOD traumatizes her horribly]].]] And yet she still carries on. The player can choose to play her as an ActionGirl or pacifist; regardless, the final boss is awed by her determination.
* From ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' we get Cate Archer, superspy extraordinaire. Almost the entirety of UNITY believes a woman can't be a proper spy, her mentor is killed, every single agent has died before her, she's continually put on missions often promised to be simple but always end up extremely dangerous, and she's being [[spoiler: sabotaged]]. Of course this doesn't stop her. She gets bonus points for having been a very successful cat burglar, starting out when she was just a teenager.
* Sigrun of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' is unusually cheerful for being a member of a group of {{Death Seeker}}s with the goal of achieving a HeroicSacrifice, joking that she'll try harder next time whenever she gets through a battle. During party banter with Nathaniel, she states that being {{Wangst}}y about it doesn't really help her much, and demonstrates that it would just get annoying really fast.
** [[JeanneDArchetype Leliana]] in ''Origins'' lives through a tremendous amount of [[TraumaCongaLine nasty]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast stuff]], yet comes out of it stubborn, courageous, and possibly the sweetest girl you will ever meet.
* Krile from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. She's already an orphan when you meet her. Then [[spoiler:watches her grandfather die right in front of her. ''Then'' his spirit tells her she needs to take his place in defeating the warlock that just killed him]]. And she [[BadassAdorable does]], while still being cheerful enough to poke fun at the hero and pioneer the role that would appear in every numbered Final Fantasy after her.
** Tifa Lockhart, Aerith Gansborough and Yuffie Kisaragi from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', but specially Aerith.
** Selphie Tilmitt from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Her original home was destroyed, many of her friends were killed, the world was about to end, and she ''still'' maintained her plucky attitude and sense of humor. Worryingly, she's also always the first one to propose an excessively violent solution to a problem, such as skinning a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Moomba]] to use as a disguise for escaping captivity.
-->''"Blow it to smithereens with a rocket launcher! BOOOOOM!"''
*** Rinoa Heartilly would count as well.
* [[RebelliousPrincess Alena]] from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV''.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** The female protagonist route added to ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' in the PSP version turns the player character into one. The darker the game's plot gets, the more determinedly upbeat her dialogue options become.
** All of the ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' girls show different shades of this after their Shadows are dealt with. Special mention goes to [[MissionControl Rise Kujikawa]], who [[spoiler:took control of her Persona, Himiko, ''right after the Shadow Rise fight''.]]
** And beating them all out is Maya Amano from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', whose catchphrase is "Let's think positive!" She remains upbeat throughout ''Innocent Sin'', serving as a TeamMom for the group. Her pluckiness remains palpable even after she becomes a HeroicMime when promoted to Protagonist in ''Eternal Punishment''.
* [[Characters/{{Castlevania}} Maria Renard]] from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'', doubled as a BadassInDistress. Right after being freed, you can control her all the way from where she's held captive to beat up Dracula all by herself and her pets (which is a case for most people anyway, since she's stronger and faster than Ricther.)
* Amy Rose of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series often has shades of this.
* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick's'' Lynne gets killed [[TheyKilledKennyAgain no less than five times in one night]], but she'll be damned before that will keep her from laughing it all off with her [[ThemeMusicPowerup cheerfull theme tune]] every time Sissel has to go back in time to undo her deaths. And then there is the bravery she displays when she [[spoiler:gets trapped in a sinking submarine with Kamila]]. [[TheCutie Kamila]] couldn't wish for a finer [[CoolBigSis protective older sister surrogate]] even if she wanted to try.
* [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun Li]]. Oh my, Chun Li. The first ActionGirl in fighting game history simply can't be less. Followed by Cammy White, "Rainbow" Mika Nanakawa, Sakura Kasugano, Karin Kanzuki, Elena, Ibuki, Maki Genryusai, Makoto, Rose, Ingrid...
** In regards to non-fighting female charas, Yun's HotBlooded "non-girlfriend" Houmei is this; considering how calm she is when around her, her little sister Shaomei might count too. Eliza Masters can be considered to be an OlderAndWiser version: she's not seen a lot but when she does appear she's almost always smiling and patient, and the mere fact that she's HappilyMarried to [[LovedINotHonorMore a dude who's very often fighting out there]] implies that she's got quite the patience.
* While a number of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' girls qualify for this in some shape or form, Makoto Nanaya clearly stands head and shoulders above the rest. If she can stand to rebuild a positive outlook on life in the wake of a lifetime of wall-to-wall FantasticRacism, you're going to need some heavy ordinance to break her down - physical injury, financial woes, mind games, [[spoiler:a trip through [[EldritchLocation the Boundary]],]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Yuuki Terumi's]] [[MindRape mental penis]] don't work.
** To a much lesser but constantly increasing extent, Noel Vermillion. She began as a ShrinkingViolet with huge issues, but after the events of ''Continuum Shift'' and leading up to ''Chrono Phantasma'', she seems to have [[TookALevelInBadass taken a few levels in badass]] [[CharacterDevelopment and developed a more assertive but still kind personality]]. And as her best friend, Makoto helped her quite a bit. So yeah, try stopping her from [[spoiler: [[DeclarationOfProtection saving]] [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl her other best friend Tsubaki]] ]]. '''Try it'''.
* Kairi from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. She was prepared to take on ''[[TheBerserker Saix]]'' '''''unarmed''''' at one point, and [[PlayingWithFire Axel]] commented on her guts.
* Quite a lot of the female characters from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries''. Nearly every female character who has ever appeared in a ''Soul'' game is either this trope, or an IceQueen. Cassandra, Xianghua and Talim are this big time, Sophitia and Seung Mina were this in their earliest incarnations but grew out of it to eventually become [[ActionMom other]] [[CoolBigSis tropes]], and in the most recent game ''Soul Calibur V'', Pyrrha (specially when she manages to pull herself together after ''years'' of BreakTheCutie), Yan Leixia (who runs away to both refuse an ArrangedMarriage and to seek for adventure) and Natsu (Taki's pupil and one of Leixia's travel partners).
* In ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'' we have Charis. The little girl around seven or eight years of age right smack in the middle of a war, has to abandon her home, and witness destruction, atrocities, and quite a number of monsters. And she never gives up and never stops being cheerful. At Eburon Hamil is about to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge charge suicidally into the Imperial ranks]] for a [[TakingYouWithMe chance to take]] [[YouKilledMyFather Izebel]] [[TakingYouWithMe with him]], before Tart points out to him Charis is going to follow him on his suicide charge, all cheerful and smiles. He stops himself to not get her killed.
* The sisters Nakoruru and Rimururu from VideoGame/SamuraiShodown, as well as Cham-Cham and Charlotte Marie Colde.
* While most Toads from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' are portrayed as {{Lovable Coward}}s, Toadette is portrayed as, well, brave and optimistic. Even in ''VideoGame/CaptainToadTreasureTracker'', the initial reason why she was captured by Wingo was that she wouldn't let go of the power star she and the Captain found. [[DamselOutOfDistress Even then, this is only temporary]].
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* [[Creator/AgathaChristie Mary Clarissa Christie]], the main character from ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth''. The minigame is even based off of it: If her mental state falls too far, you lose.
* Sakura from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', who lives with an abusive family but still manages to by sweet and cheerful. [[spoiler: Until she snaps in the third route.]]
* Emi Ibarazaki from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', a young woman who lost her legs [[spoiler:and her father]] in an horrifying accident, but around a year later she had already relearned to walk, and is the star of Yamaku High's track team. [[spoiler:Once the player pursues her route, though, it's a DeconstructedTrope. Emi knows that loss of a relationship is normal, and it is best to be strong and move on. However, at the same time, the same stubbornness that enables her to deal with her issues prevents Emi from growing close to anyone because she is afraid that the pain of loss will prevent her from moving onto the future. This prevents anyone from helping her when she ''does'' need it, so Hisao must be VERY patient and persistent with her.]]
* Nothing gets [[VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend Hiyoko Tousaka]] down for long. Not even [[spoiler: being unintentionally killed by her best friend/love interest and then cut up into pieces by a mad doctor]] keeps her from taking an active role in the plot and helping Ryouta when he needs it the most.
** [[RareMaleExample Rare Male Example]] in [[TheAtoner Sakazaki]] [[BigBrotherInstinct Yuuya]], who accepted his guilt [[spoiler: in [[OffingTheOffspring Killing his half-brother to let his full brother Sakuya live]] and refuses to let himself be get down by anything from Sakuya hating him to being [[TakingTheBullet stabbed by a poisoned cleaver]] to being guilt-tripped by [[EldritchAbomination The King]] using [[HellIsThatNoise the sound of breaking eggs]].]]
* From the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games, there is Maya Fey - always doing her best to smile in the face of all kinds of crap. She's followed by Trucy Wright in ''Apollo Justice'' and Athena Cykes in ''Dual Destinies''.
** Apollo Justice and Phoenix Wright themselves count as {{rare male example}}s.
* Mikae Morikawa, Arisa Miyoshi, Chiemi Fujimoto and Yumi Matsumiya from ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari''
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* Milny from Webcomic/PlanescapeSurvivalGuide. [[spoiler:Even being briefly dead cannot undo her optimism.]]
* Angel in Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}''. It seals Freckles's LoveAtFirstSight.
-->''She did know. She was not in the least afraid. She was depending on a rattlesnake to live up to his share of the contract and rattle in time for her to move. The one characteristic an Irishman admires in a woman, above all others, is courage. Freckles worshiped anew. ''
* Molly from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''
* Feferi Peixes, of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', is one. She'd almost be a PrincessClassic, if not for her easily riled temper and lack of subtlety.
** Let's not forget Jade Harley, too.
* The blind Idony and the carefree Chara from ''Webcomics/TheSilverEye''
* ''Webcomic/{{Xenospora}}'' gives us an alien woman named Strike, who endures [[ATasteOfTheLash a whipping]] for her beliefs.
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* From ''TabletopGame/NewVindicators'', there's Kirstie Arnett, also known as Parabola. While her Neo-Sapien powers can be useful, and she's not entirely helpless in a hand to hand fight, she's not quite an ActionGirl and relies more on strength of character.
* Caroline from the ''Literature/ReconstructionSeries'' is a slightly older example at 24, but still fits this to a T.
* All of the girls who make up the eponymous Team WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} qualify due to their heroism and idealism, but the stand-out among them would be [[TheHero Ruby Rose]]. In the Volume 3 finale, she [[spoiler:flies onto Ironwood's hijacked ship ''alone'', survives a fight with Neo, confronts Roman, and finally brings the ship down by kicking a giant Grimm through it. By now Roman's absolutely fed up with her unceasing interference in his schemes, mockingly asking her "You are just ''determined'' to be the big hero of Vale, huh?"]]
* Rebecca Stone from ''WebVideo/DemoReel''. She's had a difficult life, with misogyny in the industry, AbusiveParents and a sexually abusive uncle, but she's an optimistic NiceGirl all the same. Plus can beat the crap out of anything that hurts Tacoma or Donnie.
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* ''WesternAnimation/PrincessSissi'', the plucky [[CountryMouse farm girl]] who deals with danger and tribulation after tribulation to get married to her sweetheart, Prince Franz, all the while believing that she can bring peace to Austria and Hungary and [[ChronicHeroSyndrome helping who she can on the way.]]
* All four Chan daughters in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'', but Anne and Nancy in particular.
* Penny Gadget of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''.
* Ahsoka Tano from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
* Apple Bloom from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** Granny Smith was this as a filly as well.
** Pinkie Pie sometimes takes up the role too.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders are pre-school versions.
* Annie from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues''.
* Amberley of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible.
* Suki and Katara from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* Asami Sato from ATLA sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', who has has remained strong, kind, and supportive despite multiple betrayals and disappointments and a lot of loss.
* [[FatGirl Toot]] from ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' became a mix of this and JerkassWoobie after going through CharacterDevelopment.
* Julie Kane in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''. The [[TheSmurfettePrinciple token female]] ActionGirl of the Burners, who actually believes there might be still some good in [[BigBad her father]].
* Princess Ilana in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''. She's fairly cheerful, something of a GranolaGirl and passionate about school-related activities. Although she is shown to worry about the state of the people on her planet.
* Miko from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', who is ever eager to get her self in to the action.
* Tinker Bell is portrayed as this in the Franchise/DisneyFairies franchise. In her [[Disney/PeterPan original film]] she was more of a {{Yandere}}, though she still showed traces of this when [[spoiler: she fearlessly took a a bomb away from Peter and almost sacrificed herself to help him.]]
* Loopy from the ''Life with Loopy'' segments on ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''
* [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Lilo Pelekai]] in ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries''. This little Hawaiian girl is not afraid of dealing with destructive, mischievous aliens on a regular basis as she helps them use their abilities for constructive purposes.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a RareMaleExample. Steven is the only half-human hybrid of his species and has been in many life-threatening situations at a young age. He manages to be a [[TheHeart sweet]], [[CheerfulChild cheerful]] boy regardless.
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* [=LaToya=] Jackson. She was in an abusive relationship for a decade and then suffered the loss of [[Music/MichaelJackson her brother]]. Yet when you watch her in interviews, she's the happiest she has ever been.
* Malala Yousafzai.
* US Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug. In the Atlanta UsefulNotes/OlympicGames she gave the performance of her life, anchoring team USA -- forever after nicknamed "The Magnificent Seven" -- to its first-ever team gold medal. But the Americans' last rotation, vault, was a disaster. No gymnast -- not even the fabled Shannon Miller -- had managed to "stick the landing", and every step was another chip in their lead. Then disaster struck -- Dominique Moceanu sat down her vault. Twice. Last to go, everything rested on Kerri -- who sat down ''her'' first vault, severely spraining her ankle in an injury that normally renders someone unable to walk. But not Kerri, who stood up, shook it off, limped back to the start of the runway, and vaulted again. This time, she stuck it -- ''on one foot'' -- and ensured that team USA would indeed win gold. Then she crumpled to the mat in agony, and had to be [[BridalCarry carried by her coach]] to the podium so she could stand with the rest of her team.
* Aliya Mustafina, the greatest Russian gymnast since Svetlana Khorkina, was on top of the world in 2010, winning all-around gold and qualifying into every single event final at the World Championships. She was expected to dominate the next two years and be a major threat to the all-around podium in London. But at the 2011 European Championships, Mustafina tore her ACL on a vault, instantly ending her season. In gymnastics, an ACL tear is almost always a career-ender, and many people wrote her off. But Aliya didn't write ''herself'' off, and a year later she came out of the London Games as the most decorated gymnast there -- including a bronze in the all-around and Russia's only gold medal -- and first in three Olympics -- on the uneven bars. Never again shall Aliya Mustafina be counted out of ''anything''.
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* Swanhilde from ''Theatre/{{Coppelia}}''. She's unwilling to just take her boyfriend Franz's sudden abandonment to favor the titular Coppelia [[spoiler: and later desert him when it turns out that he's in danger of losing his own soul.]] So she will go into [[spoiler: Dr. Coppelius]]'s home to see what's going on with her "love rival" with her own eyes [[spoiler: and later protect Franz as much as she can once Coppelia's RobotGirl nature is revealed]]
* [[RoleCalled Annie]] from ''Theatre/{{Annie}}''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Chell from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''. She never, ever gives up. It's official. It's on her record!
** Chell is closer to a {{Determinator}} than this trope, though. It's hard to tell, admittedly--no one knows how optimistic she is, how emotional she is, or even what she's thinking, for [[HeroicMime obvious reasons]].
* Asuka Kazama from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. And Jun, and Christie, and Xiaoyu, and Lili...
* Almost every female from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'', with special mentions to Athena Asamiya, Mary, Momoko, Malin, Leona, Whip, Bonne Jenet, Kula Diamond, May Lee, and ''any'' membress of the Women's Team.
** The KOF: KYO manga/game adds Kyo's girlfriend Yuki, specially when she stands up to [[spoiler: Iori]] in the middle of a GoThroughMe. Not halfway bad for a BarrierMaiden GirlNextDoor.
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'', aside of all the girls who double as ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' {{Action Girl}}s, adds ladies like Tsugumi Sendou and Hotaru Futaba. In TheMovie, Kim's wife Myeungsuk also qualifies as such.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' gives us both female and male examples:
** Linde from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' games. Alongside Maria, post-HeelFaceTurn!Minerva, Yumina, Lena, Elice, Tiki, Feena, etc. ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Gaiden]]'' adds Celica, Sonya, etc. Merric and Rickard are {{Rare Male Example}}s.
** From ''VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral'', we have several either in the WhiteMage or the ActionGirl fields.
*** Seisen's first generation: Adean, Briggid, Tailto [[spoiler:until she's ''horribly'' broken]], Ferry, Mahnya, Raquesis, Sylvia and Ayra. Dew is TheOneGuy, sorta.
*** Seisen's second generation: Lana (and Mana), Patty (and Daisy), Fee (and Femina), Nanna (and Janne), Altena, Larcei (and Radney), Leen (and Laylea). On the enemy side, we have the AntiVillain Ishtar. On the {{rare male example}} side, there's Corple (and Sharlow) and ''specially'' Seliph.
*** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Thracia 776]]'': The aforementioned Nanna alongside Mareeta, Tanya, Karin, post-HeelFaceTurn!Olwen, Sara, Safy, Lara, Tina, Eda, Linoan, Misha and Princess Miranda, with Evayle [[spoiler:or better said, an amnesiac Briggid]], Machyua, Selphina and post-HeelFaceTurn!Amalda as older versions. TheHero Leif and Asvel are {{rare male example}}s.
** Nino the Mage/Sage from ''VideoGame/{{Fire Emblem|Elibe}}: Blazing Sword''. Oh poor little innocent, sweet, freaking ''determined'' Nino.
*** Lyndis/Lyn, Louise, Priscilla, Serra, Farina, Fiora and Rebecca, too. A good part of Florina's CharacterDevelopment comes from her doing what she can to become one. If you want {{rare male example}}s, look no further than Sain, Guy and Wil.
*** In ''Fuuin no Tsurugi'', set 20 years later, Princess Lilina is this and some more. Makes sense since her dad is Lord Hector [[spoiler:and her mom can either be Lyn, Farina or Florina]]. Other than her, we have: Clarine, Ellen, Princess Guinevere, Thany, Thite, Lalum, Sue, Milady and Fir. Adult versions include: Echidna, Igrene, Cecilia and Niime. "Mayfly" versions include [[spoiler:the dragon Fa]] {{Rare male example}}s include Lugh, [[spoiler: one of Nino's sons]] and TheHero Roy [[spoiler: whose mom can be either Fiora or Lyn.]]
** Princess Tana from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. So plucky that she refuses to stay on the sidelines even when her brother Innes demands her to do so, helps both Eirika and Ephraim as much as she can [[SkilledButNaive despite her limited battle experience]], can convince the very distraught Cormag to defect ''with words alone'' [[spoiler:and hook up with him if they have an A support]], and pulls Ephraim out of his HeroicBSOD after [[spoiler:he sees that he can't bring Lyon back and loses one of the stones to him.]]
*** Eirika, too. Despite her naivete and seeing her kingdom and others go down, she keeps going on.
*** And L'Arachel, too. So plucky that she can bring Eirika out of an HeroicBSOD [[spoiler:when she has to assume that Lyon's too far gone to be truly saved, after his SuperpoweredEvilSide uses him to steal the MacGuffin from her.]]
*** Also Natasha and Amelia. Both young ladies come from Grado, an Empire that is starting to invade and threaten other countries, but they decide to fight back and join Eirika and/or Ephraim's groups so they can save the world and Grado itself.
*** The rare male examples? Ewan and Ross.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'': Mist, most prominently. Also to some extent Mia, Jill, Lucia, Elincia after her CharacterDevelopment, Sanaki, Laura, Micaiah, Heather, Eda and others. The {{rare male example}}s are Rhys, Oscar, Rolf, Boyd, Geoffrey and ''specially'' [[{{Keet}} Kieran.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' gives us several too: a female Avatar (default name: Robin), Sully, Lissa, Maribelle, Nowi, Tharja ([[{{Yandere}} in a... strange way]], that is), Cordelia, Sumia (who's normally more of a SubmissiveBadass), Emmeryn (specially when she [[spoiler: fearlessly goes through an HeroicSuicide to stop an upcoming war]], [[spoiler: Say'ri]] and [[spoiler: the grown-up Tiki]]. [[spoiler: And maybe [[TheLostlenore Ke]]'[[PosthumousCharacter ri]], if Lon'qu's testimony is to be believed]].) And let's not forget the male Avatar, Prince Chrom, Stahl, Vaike, Henry, Donnel and Ricken as {{Rare Male Example}}s.
*** From the second generation there's [[spoiler: Sully]]'s daughter Kjelle, [[spoiler: Sumia]]'s daughter Cynthia, [[spoiler: Cordelia]]'s daughter Severa, [[spoiler: Nowi]]'s daughter Nah, [[spoiler: Tharja]]'s daughter Noire ([[BewareTheQuietOnes in her]] [[SplitPersonality own]] [[SuddenlyShouting way]]) and [[spoiler: Chrom's daughter Lucina.]] And there are some {{rare male example}}s like [[spoiler: Olivia]]'s son Inigo and [[spoiler: Lissa]]'s son Owain. Oh, and Morgan counts in here whether as a boy or a girl [[spoiler: unless they get corrupted by Grima after the death of his Avatar mom/dad]].
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' continues the tradition with the Female Avatar (default name: Kamui or Corrin), Azura, Hinoka, Elise, Camilla, Mozu, Oboro, Selena [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser version of the aforementioned Severa]], Felicia, Peri ([[CuteAndPsycho in a rather terrifying way]]), Effie, Hana, Reina, Kagero, Anna, Sophie, Ophelia and Soleil. The Rare Male Examples include the Male Avatar, Silas, Leo, Arthur, Odin [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser Owain]], Laslow [[spoiler: aka an OlderAndWiser Inigo]], Azama, Hinata, Siegbert, Asugi, Percy, Kiragi, Shiro and Forrest.
* The title character of the freeware action/adventure ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' is a teenage girl who wakes up six months after an alien attack kills her family to discover that scientists have implanted nanotech in her to combat the invaders, but her only support is her little brother Dan, who has grown bloodthirsty, cynical and emotionally distant. Even after [[spoiler:she discovers that humanity is on the brink of extinction and the earth is a charred husk, she presses on with the mission Dan gives her. This first quest fails miserably, the second makes the situation even worse, and, depending on the player's actions, Iji fails to save her brother from an assassin, which [[HeroicBSOD traumatizes her horribly]].]] And yet she still carries on. The player can choose to play her as an ActionGirl or pacifist; regardless, the final boss is awed by her determination.
* From ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' we get Cate Archer, superspy extraordinaire. Almost the entirety of UNITY believes a woman can't be a proper spy, her mentor is killed, every single agent has died before her, she's continually put on missions often promised to be simple but always end up extremely dangerous, and she's being [[spoiler: sabotaged]]. Of course this doesn't stop her. She gets bonus points for having been a very successful cat burglar, starting out when she was just a teenager.
* Sigrun of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' is unusually cheerful for being a member of a group of {{Death Seeker}}s with the goal of achieving a HeroicSacrifice, joking that she'll try harder next time whenever she gets through a battle. During party banter with Nathaniel, she states that being {{Wangst}}y about it doesn't really help her much, and demonstrates that it would just get annoying really fast.
** [[JeanneDArchetype Leliana]] in ''Origins'' lives through a tremendous amount of [[TraumaCongaLine nasty]] [[DarkAndTroubledPast stuff]], yet comes out of it stubborn, courageous, and possibly the sweetest girl you will ever meet.
* Krile from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. She's already an orphan when you meet her. Then [[spoiler:watches her grandfather die right in front of her. ''Then'' his spirit tells her she needs to take his place in defeating the warlock that just killed him]]. And she [[BadassAdorable does]], while still being cheerful enough to poke fun at the hero and pioneer the role that would appear in every numbered Final Fantasy after her.
** Tifa Lockhart, Aerith Gansborough and Yuffie Kisaragi from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', but specially Aerith.
** Selphie Tilmitt from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Her original home was destroyed, many of her friends were killed, the world was about to end, and she ''still'' maintained her plucky attitude and sense of humor. Worryingly, she's also always the first one to propose an excessively violent solution to a problem, such as skinning a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Moomba]] to use as a disguise for escaping captivity.
-->''"Blow it to smithereens with a rocket launcher! BOOOOOM!"''
*** Rinoa Heartilly would count as well.
* [[RebelliousPrincess Alena]] from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV''.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** The female protagonist route added to ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' in the PSP version turns the player character into one. The darker the game's plot gets, the more determinedly upbeat her dialogue options become.
** All of the ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' girls show different shades of this after their Shadows are dealt with. Special mention goes to [[MissionControl Rise Kujikawa]], who [[spoiler:took control of her Persona, Himiko, ''right after the Shadow Rise fight''.]]
** And beating them all out is Maya Amano from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', whose catchphrase is "Let's think positive!" She remains upbeat throughout ''Innocent Sin'', serving as a TeamMom for the group. Her pluckiness remains palpable even after she becomes a HeroicMime when promoted to Protagonist in ''Eternal Punishment''.
* [[Characters/{{Castlevania}} Maria Renard]] from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'', doubled as a BadassInDistress. Right after being freed, you can control her all the way from where she's held captive to beat up Dracula all by herself and her pets (which is a case for most people anyway, since she's stronger and faster than Ricther.)
* Amy Rose of the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series often has shades of this.
* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick's'' Lynne gets killed [[TheyKilledKennyAgain no less than five times in one night]], but she'll be damned before that will keep her from laughing it all off with her [[ThemeMusicPowerup cheerfull theme tune]] every time Sissel has to go back in time to undo her deaths. And then there is the bravery she displays when she [[spoiler:gets trapped in a sinking submarine with Kamila]]. [[TheCutie Kamila]] couldn't wish for a finer [[CoolBigSis protective older sister surrogate]] even if she wanted to try.
* [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun Li]]. Oh my, Chun Li. The first ActionGirl in fighting game history simply can't be less. Followed by Cammy White, "Rainbow" Mika Nanakawa, Sakura Kasugano, Karin Kanzuki, Elena, Ibuki, Maki Genryusai, Makoto, Rose, Ingrid...
** In regards to non-fighting female charas, Yun's HotBlooded "non-girlfriend" Houmei is this; considering how calm she is when around her, her little sister Shaomei might count too. Eliza Masters can be considered to be an OlderAndWiser version: she's not seen a lot but when she does appear she's almost always smiling and patient, and the mere fact that she's HappilyMarried to [[LovedINotHonorMore a dude who's very often fighting out there]] implies that she's got quite the patience.
* While a number of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' girls qualify for this in some shape or form, Makoto Nanaya clearly stands head and shoulders above the rest. If she can stand to rebuild a positive outlook on life in the wake of a lifetime of wall-to-wall FantasticRacism, you're going to need some heavy ordinance to break her down - physical injury, financial woes, mind games, [[spoiler:a trip through [[EldritchLocation the Boundary]],]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Yuuki Terumi's]] [[MindRape mental penis]] don't work.
** To a much lesser but constantly increasing extent, Noel Vermillion. She began as a ShrinkingViolet with huge issues, but after the events of ''Continuum Shift'' and leading up to ''Chrono Phantasma'', she seems to have [[TookALevelInBadass taken a few levels in badass]] [[CharacterDevelopment and developed a more assertive but still kind personality]]. And as her best friend, Makoto helped her quite a bit. So yeah, try stopping her from [[spoiler: [[DeclarationOfProtection saving]] [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl her other best friend Tsubaki]] ]]. '''Try it'''.
* Kairi from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. She was prepared to take on ''[[TheBerserker Saix]]'' '''''unarmed''''' at one point, and [[PlayingWithFire Axel]] commented on her guts.
* Quite a lot of the female characters from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries''. Nearly every female character who has ever appeared in a ''Soul'' game is either this trope, or an IceQueen. Cassandra, Xianghua and Talim are this big time, Sophitia and Seung Mina were this in their earliest incarnations but grew out of it to eventually become [[ActionMom other]] [[CoolBigSis tropes]], and in the most recent game ''Soul Calibur V'', Pyrrha (specially when she manages to pull herself together after ''years'' of BreakTheCutie), Yan Leixia (who runs away to both refuse an ArrangedMarriage and to seek for adventure) and Natsu (Taki's pupil and one of Leixia's travel partners).
* In ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'' we have Charis. The little girl around seven or eight years of age right smack in the middle of a war, has to abandon her home, and witness destruction, atrocities, and quite a number of monsters. And she never gives up and never stops being cheerful. At Eburon Hamil is about to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge charge suicidally into the Imperial ranks]] for a [[TakingYouWithMe chance to take]] [[YouKilledMyFather Izebel]] [[TakingYouWithMe with him]], before Tart points out to him Charis is going to follow him on his suicide charge, all cheerful and smiles. He stops himself to not get her killed.
* The sisters Nakoruru and Rimururu from VideoGame/SamuraiShodown, as well as Cham-Cham and Charlotte Marie Colde.
* While most Toads from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' are portrayed as {{Lovable Coward}}s, Toadette is portrayed as, well, brave and optimistic. Even in ''VideoGame/CaptainToadTreasureTracker'', the initial reason why she was captured by Wingo was that she wouldn't let go of the power star she and the Captain found. [[DamselOutOfDistress Even then, this is only temporary]].
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* [[Creator/AgathaChristie Mary Clarissa Christie]], the main character from ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth''. The minigame is even based off of it: If her mental state falls too far, you lose.
* Sakura from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', who lives with an abusive family but still manages to by sweet and cheerful. [[spoiler: Until she snaps in the third route.]]
* Emi Ibarazaki from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', a young woman who lost her legs [[spoiler:and her father]] in an horrifying accident, but around a year later she had already relearned to walk, and is the star of Yamaku High's track team. [[spoiler:Once the player pursues her route, though, it's a DeconstructedTrope. Emi knows that loss of a relationship is normal, and it is best to be strong and move on. However, at the same time, the same stubbornness that enables her to deal with her issues prevents Emi from growing close to anyone because she is afraid that the pain of loss will prevent her from moving onto the future. This prevents anyone from helping her when she ''does'' need it, so Hisao must be VERY patient and persistent with her.]]
* Nothing gets [[VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend Hiyoko Tousaka]] down for long. Not even [[spoiler: being unintentionally killed by her best friend/love interest and then cut up into pieces by a mad doctor]] keeps her from taking an active role in the plot and helping Ryouta when he needs it the most.
** [[RareMaleExample Rare Male Example]] in [[TheAtoner Sakazaki]] [[BigBrotherInstinct Yuuya]], who accepted his guilt [[spoiler: in [[OffingTheOffspring Killing his half-brother to let his full brother Sakuya live]] and refuses to let himself be get down by anything from Sakuya hating him to being [[TakingTheBullet stabbed by a poisoned cleaver]] to being guilt-tripped by [[EldritchAbomination The King]] using [[HellIsThatNoise the sound of breaking eggs]].]]
* From the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games, there is Maya Fey - always doing her best to smile in the face of all kinds of crap. She's followed by Trucy Wright in ''Apollo Justice'' and Athena Cykes in ''Dual Destinies''.
** Apollo Justice and Phoenix Wright themselves count as {{rare male example}}s.
* Mikae Morikawa, Arisa Miyoshi, Chiemi Fujimoto and Yumi Matsumiya from ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari''
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* Milny from Webcomic/PlanescapeSurvivalGuide. [[spoiler:Even being briefly dead cannot undo her optimism.]]
* Angel in Creator/GeneStrattonPorter's ''Literature/{{Freckles}}''. It seals Freckles's LoveAtFirstSight.
-->''She did know. She was not in the least afraid. She was depending on a rattlesnake to live up to his share of the contract and rattle in time for her to move. The one characteristic an Irishman admires in a woman, above all others, is courage. Freckles worshiped anew. ''
* Molly from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob''
* Feferi Peixes, of ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', is one. She'd almost be a PrincessClassic, if not for her easily riled temper and lack of subtlety.
** Let's not forget Jade Harley, too.
* The blind Idony and the carefree Chara from ''Webcomics/TheSilverEye''
* ''Webcomic/{{Xenospora}}'' gives us an alien woman named Strike, who endures [[ATasteOfTheLash a whipping]] for her beliefs.
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* From ''TabletopGame/NewVindicators'', there's Kirstie Arnett, also known as Parabola. While her Neo-Sapien powers can be useful, and she's not entirely helpless in a hand to hand fight, she's not quite an ActionGirl and relies more on strength of character.
* Caroline from the ''Literature/ReconstructionSeries'' is a slightly older example at 24, but still fits this to a T.
* All of the girls who make up the eponymous Team WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} qualify due to their heroism and idealism, but the stand-out among them would be [[TheHero Ruby Rose]]. In the Volume 3 finale, she [[spoiler:flies onto Ironwood's hijacked ship ''alone'', survives a fight with Neo, confronts Roman, and finally brings the ship down by kicking a giant Grimm through it. By now Roman's absolutely fed up with her unceasing interference in his schemes, mockingly asking her "You are just ''determined'' to be the big hero of Vale, huh?"]]
* Rebecca Stone from ''WebVideo/DemoReel''. She's had a difficult life, with misogyny in the industry, AbusiveParents and a sexually abusive uncle, but she's an optimistic NiceGirl all the same. Plus can beat the crap out of anything that hurts Tacoma or Donnie.
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* ''WesternAnimation/PrincessSissi'', the plucky [[CountryMouse farm girl]] who deals with danger and tribulation after tribulation to get married to her sweetheart, Prince Franz, all the while believing that she can bring peace to Austria and Hungary and [[ChronicHeroSyndrome helping who she can on the way.]]
* All four Chan daughters in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'', but Anne and Nancy in particular.
* Penny Gadget of ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''.
* Ahsoka Tano from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''.
* Apple Bloom from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
** Granny Smith was this as a filly as well.
** Pinkie Pie sometimes takes up the role too.
** The Cutie Mark Crusaders are pre-school versions.
* Annie from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues''.
* Amberley of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone''.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible.
* Suki and Katara from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* Asami Sato from ATLA sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', who has has remained strong, kind, and supportive despite multiple betrayals and disappointments and a lot of loss.
* [[FatGirl Toot]] from ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' became a mix of this and JerkassWoobie after going through CharacterDevelopment.
* Julie Kane in ''{{WesternAnimation/Motorcity}}''. The [[TheSmurfettePrinciple token female]] ActionGirl of the Burners, who actually believes there might be still some good in [[BigBad her father]].
* Princess Ilana in ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''. She's fairly cheerful, something of a GranolaGirl and passionate about school-related activities. Although she is shown to worry about the state of the people on her planet.
* Miko from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', who is ever eager to get her self in to the action.
* Tinker Bell is portrayed as this in the Franchise/DisneyFairies franchise. In her [[Disney/PeterPan original film]] she was more of a {{Yandere}}, though she still showed traces of this when [[spoiler: she fearlessly took a a bomb away from Peter and almost sacrificed herself to help him.]]
* Loopy from the ''Life with Loopy'' segments on ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''
* [[Disney/LiloAndStitch Lilo Pelekai]] in ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries''. This little Hawaiian girl is not afraid of dealing with destructive, mischievous aliens on a regular basis as she helps them use their abilities for constructive purposes.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a RareMaleExample. Steven is the only half-human hybrid of his species and has been in many life-threatening situations at a young age. He manages to be a [[TheHeart sweet]], [[CheerfulChild cheerful]] boy regardless.
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* [=LaToya=] Jackson. She was in an abusive relationship for a decade and then suffered the loss of [[Music/MichaelJackson her brother]]. Yet when you watch her in interviews, she's the happiest she has ever been.
* Malala Yousafzai.
* US Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug. In the Atlanta UsefulNotes/OlympicGames she gave the performance of her life, anchoring team USA -- forever after nicknamed "The Magnificent Seven" -- to its first-ever team gold medal. But the Americans' last rotation, vault, was a disaster. No gymnast -- not even the fabled Shannon Miller -- had managed to "stick the landing", and every step was another chip in their lead. Then disaster struck -- Dominique Moceanu sat down her vault. Twice. Last to go, everything rested on Kerri -- who sat down ''her'' first vault, severely spraining her ankle in an injury that normally renders someone unable to walk. But not Kerri, who stood up, shook it off, limped back to the start of the runway, and vaulted again. This time, she stuck it -- ''on one foot'' -- and ensured that team USA would indeed win gold. Then she crumpled to the mat in agony, and had to be [[BridalCarry carried by her coach]] to the podium so she could stand with the rest of her team.
* Aliya Mustafina, the greatest Russian gymnast since Svetlana Khorkina, was on top of the world in 2010, winning all-around gold and qualifying into every single event final at the World Championships. She was expected to dominate the next two years and be a major threat to the all-around podium in London. But at the 2011 European Championships, Mustafina tore her ACL on a vault, instantly ending her season. In gymnastics, an ACL tear is almost always a career-ender, and many people wrote her off. But Aliya didn't write ''herself'' off, and a year later she came out of the London Games as the most decorated gymnast there -- including a bronze in the all-around and Russia's only gold medal -- and first in three Olympics -- on the uneven bars. Never again shall Aliya Mustafina be counted out of ''anything''.
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** Sportacus is both a RareMaleExample and a rare adult one. He's as cheerful and encouraging as Stephanie, despite the added challenges that come with being the town savior and dealing with the BigBad.

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** Sportacus is both a RareMaleExample and a rare adult one. He's as cheerful and encouraging as Stephanie, despite the added challenges pressure that come with being the town savior and dealing with the BigBad.
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** Sportacus is both a RareMaleExample and a rare adult one. He's as cheerful and encouraging as Stephanie, despite the added challenges that come with being the town savior and dealing with the BigBad.
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** His older brother, Gora is an example as well. His parents disappeared when he was young and he's had to raise his brother from infancy to teenage years by himself. Despite that, he shows his brother nothing but love and he remains more or less well-adjusted. [[spoiler: And that's not even counting his stint as a [[MagicalGirlWarrior Magical Boy Warrior]].]]
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