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28th Jul '16 10:42:29 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** It's implied that, while he's naturally inclined that way anyway, retaining his idealism is also an intentional strategic choice on Coulson's part. Many of the entities he deals with are either terrified and confused by their new powers or genre savvy antagonists who have plans within plans to deal with swat teams and superspy tricks. The former find his cheerful "it's OK, your power is cool, think of all the good it could do" attitude comforting, and it puts the latter on the back foot. The simplistic morality involved also puts him in the good graces of the norse gods, which is a matter of great concern to SHIELD.

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** It's implied that, while he's naturally inclined that way anyway, retaining his idealism is also an intentional strategic choice on Coulson's part. Many of the entities he deals with are either terrified and confused by their new powers or genre savvy antagonists who have plans within plans to deal with swat teams and superspy tricks. The former find his cheerful "it's OK, your power is cool, think of all the good it could do" attitude comforting, and it puts the latter on the back foot. The simplistic morality involved also puts him in the good graces of the norse gods, which is a matter of great concern to SHIELD.



** Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance'', where [[spoiler: [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy the villains depend on Sora's idealism to lead him into a trap]]. [[GrandTheftMe Sora nearly gets his body taken over by the villain of the piece]]. [[DeconReconSwitch Double subverted]] when [[TheLancer Riku]] descends into Sora's heart and saves him, proving once again that Sora's [[ThePowerOfFriendship friends are]] [[TrueCompanions his power]]]].

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** Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance'', where [[spoiler: [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy the villains depend on Sora's idealism to lead him into a trap]].trap. [[GrandTheftMe Sora nearly gets his body taken over by the villain of the piece]]. [[DeconReconSwitch Double subverted]] when [[TheLancer Riku]] descends into Sora's heart and saves him, proving once again that Sora's [[ThePowerOfFriendship friends are]] [[TrueCompanions his power]]]].
25th Jun '16 8:31:09 PM siberia82
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* While Charles in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' isn't exactly naive, his idealism is accentuated by the fact that everyone else seems to have a far more pessimistic approach to mutant-human relations. It's suggested that this is at least partly because he hasn't faced persecution in the same way. It sets up a nice contrast with his portrayal in the previous films, where he remains idealistic, but is a lot more cautious about it now that he's had personal experience.

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** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
While Charles in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' isn't exactly naive, naïve, his idealism is accentuated by the fact that everyone else seems to have a far more pessimistic approach to mutant-human relations. It's suggested that this is at least partly because he hasn't faced persecution in the same way. It sets up a nice contrast with his portrayal in the previous films, where he remains idealistic, but is a lot more cautious about it now that he's had personal experience.experience.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Xavier has regained most of his cheery optimism from ''First Class'', and WordOfGod even says that he has [[http://collider.com/x-men-apocalypse-news-things-to-know/ too much hope]] at the beginning of the story. By the end of the movie, he becomes TheIdealist, i.e. he is no longer "wide-eyed," but he doesn't give up hope for peaceful coexistence between mutants and humans.
5th Jun '16 1:18:06 AM damus2300
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* Eustace Osgrey of ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' truly believes Daemon Blackfyre's cause was just and that his fellow rebels are heroes, no matter how much this has cost him.
5th Jun '16 12:59:08 AM damus2300
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** Brienne of Tarth realized long ago that since no KnightInShiningArmor will sweep her off her feet, then she will be one. She quickly learns knighthood ain't what it's cracked up to be either.
19th May '16 5:14:25 AM Piromano80
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** Dr. Molly Clock. Partially subverted, however, in that her incorrigible optimism is undaunted in the face of the naked cynicism of Dr. Cox and Dr. Kelso, and even allows her to triumph against them.

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** Dr. Molly Clock. Partially subverted, Subverted, however, in that her incorrigible optimism is undaunted in the face of the naked cynicism of Dr. Cox and Dr. Kelso, and even allows her to triumph against them.
12th May '16 10:16:49 AM dasuberkaiser
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* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' with John Egbert. He's a wildly idealistic kid playing a game that's already [[TheEndOFTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroyed the Earth and rendering it more or less uninhabitable]], and being constantly accosted by literal {{Troll}}s who continue to call out the fact that the kids fail to win the game and nothing they do will change that. This doesn't seem to deter John in the slightest.

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* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' with John Egbert. He's a wildly idealistic kid playing a game that's already [[TheEndOFTheWorldAsWeKnowIt [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroyed the Earth and rendering it more or less uninhabitable]], and being constantly accosted by literal {{Troll}}s who continue to call out the fact that the kids fail to win the game and nothing they do will change that. This doesn't seem to deter John in the slightest.
28th Apr '16 6:02:18 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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Compare TheIdealist, BeingGoodSucks, ThePollyanna, the LoveFreak, and TheIngenue. If there are entire civilizations of Wide-Eyed Idealists waiting to be slaughtered, see also WeHaveBecomeComplacent and SugarApocalypse. Contrast the GrumpyBear, the cynic in an idealistic setting. See TurnTheOtherCheek and TheFarmerAndTheViper. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with [[GoodEyesEvilEyes using literal wide eyes to show that a character is idealistic]].

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Compare TheIdealist, BeingGoodSucks, ThePollyanna, the NaiveEverygirl, the LoveFreak, and TheIngenue. If there are entire civilizations of Wide-Eyed Idealists waiting to be slaughtered, see also WeHaveBecomeComplacent and SugarApocalypse. Contrast the GrumpyBear, the cynic in an idealistic setting. See TurnTheOtherCheek and TheFarmerAndTheViper. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with [[GoodEyesEvilEyes using literal wide eyes to show that a character is idealistic]].
10th Apr '16 9:06:38 PM WillBGood
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** Quentyn Martell has the mind set of a heroic fantasy, and see's himself as TheHero who will succeed. But he is in fact unskilled to the task given to him. He was sent to Meereen to marry Daenerys, but he is unable to woo her, as he just isn't manly enough. His next plan was to try to tame her dragons thinking it would impress her, but he ends up getting burnt to crisp for his foolishness.

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** Quentyn Martell has the mind set of a heroic fantasy, and see's sees himself as TheHero who will succeed. But he is in fact unskilled to the task given to him. He was sent to Meereen to marry Daenerys, but he is unable to woo her, as he just isn't manly enough. His next plan was to try to tame her dragons thinking it would impress her, but he ends up getting burnt to crisp for his foolishness.
8th Mar '16 3:06:28 AM WhatRayDid
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** It's implied that, while he's naturally inclined that way anyway, retaining his idealism is also an intentional strategic choice on Coulson's part. Many of the entities he deals with are either terrified and confused by their new powers or genre savvy antagonists who have plans within plans to deal with swat teams and superspy tricks. The former find his cheerful "it's OK, your power is cool, think of all the good it could do" attitude comforting, and it puts the latter on the back foot. The simplistic morality involved also puts him in the good graces of the norse gods, which is a matter of great concern to SHIELD.
6th Mar '16 11:04:00 AM nombretomado
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* Phil Coulson of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' and the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse is a very idealistic man who believes that people are fundamentally ''good''. His belief in heroes is seen as [[GoodIsOldFashioned slightly old-fashioned]] (his ''favorite'' hero being CaptainAmerica, who is definitely an idealist), but it's implied that this fundamental faith in human decency is why he's described as Nick Fury's "one good eye" [[spoiler: and why Fury is willing to go to such lengths to resurrect him]]. He's rather like the TokenGoodTeammate for the rest of SHIELD and, in an interesting example of PlayingWithATrope, his idealism seems to be highly valued by the more cynical agents he works for and with.

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* Phil Coulson of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' and the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse is a very idealistic man who believes that people are fundamentally ''good''. His belief in heroes is seen as [[GoodIsOldFashioned slightly old-fashioned]] (his ''favorite'' hero being CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, who is definitely an idealist), but it's implied that this fundamental faith in human decency is why he's described as Nick Fury's "one good eye" [[spoiler: and why Fury is willing to go to such lengths to resurrect him]]. He's rather like the TokenGoodTeammate for the rest of SHIELD and, in an interesting example of PlayingWithATrope, his idealism seems to be highly valued by the more cynical agents he works for and with.
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