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11th May '16 2:19:48 AM Doug86
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%%* [[CandyCandy Candace White Andree aka Candy]], of course.

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%%* [[CandyCandy [[Manga/CandyCandy Candace White Andree aka Candy]], of course.
1st Apr '16 6:17:27 AM StFan
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** Just about every creature is like this, unless they like being a LoneWolf or they have a much more serious attitude as a late-stage evolution. It has been proven many times that being "adults" isn't enough to exclude them from the attitude and still may act like morons.

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** Just about every creature is like this, unless they like being a LoneWolf lone wolf or they have a much more serious attitude as a late-stage evolution. It has been proven many times that being "adults" isn't enough to exclude them from the attitude and still may act like morons.
9th Jan '16 6:42:43 PM LarryGlasses
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* Ash from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', after the Hoenn season was over, or specifically after his feud with Brawly. The guy has hardly lost his sunny disposition despite suffering many times in his adventure, though this is extremely exaggerated whenever he loses the chance of winning a league and he just keeps smiling and never considers having a rematch outside the league (contrasting heavily to how he was an emotional wreck when he lost the Kanto League). That is, unless he constantly butts heads with a {{Jerkass}} rival that riles him up for being a disrespectful prick to the title creatures or him.
** Pikachu himself is another prime example.
** Just about every creature is like this, unless they like being a LoneWolf or they have a much more serious attitude as a late-stage evolution. It has been proven many times that being "adults" isn't enough to exclude them from the attitude and still may act like morons.
** On that note, unless you're not the {{Jerkass}} rival, you are this by default, invoking a SugarBowl.
16th Dec '15 2:45:33 AM KurosakiMaya
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* Butterfly from ''Manga/MademoiselleButterfly''. Sold as a child to a geisha house, facing the perspective of getting married to a stranger and never seeing again his childhood love, [[spoiler: getting thrown into jail as a way of blackmailing said love, and after getting married having to get separated once he gets drafted into war]] aren't enough to break her spirit.
11th Oct '15 12:35:49 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Mikan Sakura from ''Manga/GakuenAlice''. She's eternally optimistic, and happy. She's the EXACT DEFINITION of the Pollyanna. Even after [[spoiler: Mikan discovers her alices]] and all the horrible stuff that happens to her, she always cheers everyone up. Even [[spoiler: Natsume and Luka love her, eventually. And Natsume Truly and deeply loves Mikan. But really, who CAN'T love Mikan?]]

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* Mikan Sakura from ''Manga/GakuenAlice''.''Manga/AliceAcademy''. She's eternally optimistic, and happy. She's the EXACT DEFINITION of the Pollyanna. Even after [[spoiler: Mikan discovers her alices]] and all the horrible stuff that happens to her, she always cheers everyone up. Even [[spoiler: Natsume and Luka love her, eventually. And Natsume Truly and deeply loves Mikan. But really, who CAN'T love Mikan?]]
28th Sep '15 11:02:11 AM manicnightmarepixie
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* [[Anime/ExcelSaga Excel Excel]], the ultimate oblivious GenkiGirl, who will always believe that she is Il Palazzo's favorite minion no matter how violently he rebuffs he, until [[spoiler: Il Palazzo shoots her at the end of episode 23. Although he has shot her before, including with antimateriel weapons, during this episode the ToonPhysics are turned off]].

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* [[Anime/ExcelSaga Excel Excel]], the ultimate oblivious GenkiGirl, who will always believe that she is Il Palazzo's favorite minion no matter how violently he rebuffs he, her, until [[spoiler: Il Palazzo shoots her at the end of episode 23. Although he has shot her before, including with antimateriel weapons, during this episode the ToonPhysics are turned off]].
13th Sep '15 4:28:31 PM nombretomado
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* Shu from ''NowAndThenHereAndThere'' is as straight an example of this trope as you could ask for.

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* Shu from ''NowAndThenHereAndThere'' ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' is as straight an example of this trope as you could ask for.
21st Aug '15 10:02:50 PM nombretomado
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* Lacus Clyne, from ''Anime/GundamSEED'' is a borderline example. She manages to maintain her childish idealism in spite of everything that happens, including her father losing his office to a genocidal maniac and then being murdered by him, along with most of his supporters and nearly Lacus herself, the nuking of several colonies and just generally living through a Gundam show. She ''did'' cry when she told Kira about her dad [[spoiler: and was ''very'' upset when her BodyDouble Meer [[TakingTheBullet took a fatal shot]] for her]], but other than that, she rarely breaks down.

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* Lacus Clyne, from ''Anime/GundamSEED'' ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' is a borderline example. She manages to maintain her childish idealism in spite of everything that happens, including her father losing his office to a genocidal maniac and then being murdered by him, along with most of his supporters and nearly Lacus herself, the nuking of several colonies and just generally living through a Gundam show. She ''did'' cry when she told Kira about her dad [[spoiler: and was ''very'' upset when her BodyDouble Meer [[TakingTheBullet took a fatal shot]] for her]], but other than that, she rarely breaks down.
29th Jul '15 7:26:44 AM rafi
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* Mikan Sakura from ''GakuenAlice''. She's eternally optimistic, and happy. She's the EXACT DEFINITION of the Pollyanna. Even after [[spoiler: Mikan discovers her alices]] and all the horrible stuff that happens to her, she always cheers everyone up. Even [[spoiler: Natsume and Luka love her, eventually. And Natsume Truly and deeply loves Mikan. But really, who CAN'T love Mikan?]]

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* Mikan Sakura Nadja from ''GakuenAlice''. She's eternally optimistic, and happy. She's the EXACT DEFINITION of the Pollyanna. Even after ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja''. [[spoiler: Mikan discovers her alices]] and all Until the horrible stuff second part of the series, that happens is. [[PluckyGirl She still manages to her, she always cheers bounce back.]]]]
* Elmer C. Albatross from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. The woobie factor is subverted in that most people find his constantly chipper, love-everyone attitude to be inappropriate and incredibly insensitive: "C'mon, let's laugh together!" is ''not'' what a teenage girl wants to hear just after [[spoiler:nearly being killed by her fiance's murderer]]. Pretty much the only person that doesn't find him creepy is the equally creepy Huey Laforet.
** We eventually learn that his Pollyanna nature is actually a front. Not that he feels sad about anything. Just the opposite: ''he's a sociopath.'' He doesn't care about anyone, but he wants
everyone up. Even to smile just ''because.''
* [[NiceGirl Enju]] [[AllLovingHero Aihara]] from ''LightNovel/BlackBullet''. [[FantasticRacism No matter how much people treat her and other Cursed Children as trash]], and [[TheWoobie no matter how many bad things happen to her]], Enju always maintain her optimism, and keep her cheerful smile most of the time. Sumire even mentions that Enju is mentally strong despite the abuse she gets from society.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Orihime Inoue is ultimately a subversion. She ''seems'' to be this in the first arcs, but she's later revealed to be a StepfordSmiler who hides her massive self-esteem and lonely issues behind her smile... and once she's taken out of her more-or-less safe Karakura environment, [[BrokenMessiah she's subjected to]] a BreakTheCutie process.
[[spoiler: Natsume She arguably plays this straighter when she's back home, but it can also be seen as a coping mechanism: she ''does'' state that she's had a rough life, but [[AngstWhatAngst is trying not to dwell on it anymore]].]]
%%* [[CandyCandy Candace White Andree aka Candy]], of course.
* Michiko Shibata from ''Manga/DameNaWatashiNiKoishiteKudasai'', who still manages to look forward despite her lack of luck on jobs, money
and Luka love her, eventually. And Natsume Truly men.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan''. It's very, very difficult to upset either Allen Walker or Lenalee Lee permanently. Allen in particular has been put through staggering amounts of crap by a universe that clearly has it in for him, but is nevertheless an AllLovingHero
and deeply loves Mikan. But really, a WideEyedIdealist who CAN'T love Mikan?]]wants to save ''everyone''.
** Lenalee is actually a StepfordSmiler, due to [[spoiler: the ''brutal'' TrainingFromHell she went through.]]
* Nana from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' is ''clearly'' [[BreakTheCutie broken]] by the time we meet her and continues to have horrifyingly terrible things happen to and around her for the entire story. She nonetheless somehow clings to a generally positive outlook that everything will be okay, especially as long as she can be with papa again.[[spoiler: She doesn't. He explodes, though he survive in the manga, version.]]



* Kafuka Fuura (pictured on the main page) is an extreme form of this trope, in order to act as an antithesis to the namesake and other protagonist of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. She has had an amazingly tragic childhood and goes to a school filled with social misfits, yet she is either too oblivious to notice or in very, very heavy denial. She's also easily the scariest example on this page. Although she never breaks her [[StepfordSmiler cheerful facade]], the series drops many hints that she is [[CuteAndPsycho quite disturbed and a stone's throw away from killing everyone around her]]. [[spoiler:She is DeadAllAlong. [[FridgeHorror Now review the series and her actions again.]]]] For example: While her close friend and classmate turns into a giant after finding an ancient weapon during a festival and then begins to battle huge robots with toilet profanities on their chest ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking all while wearing underwear with a traditional Japanese dress]]), Kafuka can only remark about how well the Kanji on their chest are carved. Or how well Chiri is doing fighting the aliens. Or how professional dog rapist Mayo Mitama is sticking a branch up her neighbor's dog's butt.
** Maria Taro Sekiutsu, a grindingly poor illegal immigrant who frequently expresses rose-tinted views of Japanese life, is an only somewhat less extreme example.
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', we have the titular Hayate. He has gone through some seriously heartwrenching moments as a child including: being sold off by his parents for frivilous reasons, being ostracized in school for having such parents and people assuming he's the same way, leaving his first and best friend in a fight caused and not being able to apologize because they were seperated, and having to work various degrading odd jobs to support his parents' gambling habit. Perhaps because of this, he strives to be the best butler he can be and flat-out refuses to burden people with his problems, so he smiles; whenever someone asks him about his past, he always answers cheerfully and never complains.
** Hayate ''has'' actually gotten mad at and expressed hatred for his parents a few times.
* Sora, protagonist of ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', has a will of steel, considering the hoops she's had to jump through to get to the top (both figuratively and literally).
** Sora is actually a massive subversion. Despite being super sunny and plucky, she ''does'' have several breakdowns ([[spoiler: to the point of temporarily leaving the Stage in the second season]]), and later has to settle for a ''somewhat'' less rose-tinted view of the world. Considering she's a massive deconstruction of PuritySue, it makes sense.

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* Kafuka Fuura (pictured on the main page) is an extreme form of this trope, in order to act as an antithesis to the namesake and other protagonist of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. She has had an amazingly tragic childhood and goes to a school filled with social misfits, yet she is either too oblivious to notice or in very, very heavy denial. Mikan Sakura from ''Manga/GakuenAlice''. She's also easily eternally optimistic, and happy. She's the scariest example on this page. Although she never breaks EXACT DEFINITION of the Pollyanna. Even after [[spoiler: Mikan discovers her [[StepfordSmiler cheerful facade]], alices]] and all the series drops many hints horrible stuff that happens to her, she is [[CuteAndPsycho quite disturbed and a stone's throw away from killing always cheers everyone around her]]. [[spoiler:She is DeadAllAlong. [[FridgeHorror Now review the series up. Even [[spoiler: Natsume and her actions again.]]]] For example: While her close friend Luka love her, eventually. And Natsume Truly and classmate turns into a giant after finding an ancient weapon during a festival and then begins to battle huge robots with toilet profanities on their chest ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking all while wearing underwear with a traditional Japanese dress]]), Kafuka can only remark about how well the Kanji on their chest are carved. Or how well Chiri is doing fighting the aliens. Or how professional dog rapist Mayo Mitama is sticking a branch up her neighbor's dog's butt.
** Maria Taro Sekiutsu, a grindingly poor illegal immigrant
deeply loves Mikan. But really, who frequently expresses rose-tinted views of Japanese life, is an only somewhat less extreme example.
* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', we have the titular Hayate. He has gone through some seriously heartwrenching moments as a child including: being sold off by his parents for frivilous reasons, being ostracized in school for having such parents and people assuming he's the same way, leaving his first and best friend in a fight caused and not being able to apologize because they were seperated, and having to work various degrading odd jobs to support his parents' gambling habit. Perhaps because of this, he strives to be the best butler he can be and flat-out refuses to burden people with his problems, so he smiles; whenever someone asks him about his past, he always answers cheerfully and never complains.
** Hayate ''has'' actually gotten mad at and expressed hatred for his parents a few times.
* Sora, protagonist of ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', has a will of steel, considering the hoops she's had to jump through to get to the top (both figuratively and literally).
** Sora is actually a massive subversion. Despite being super sunny and plucky, she ''does'' have several breakdowns ([[spoiler: to the point of temporarily leaving the Stage in the second season]]), and later has to settle for a ''somewhat'' less rose-tinted view of the world. Considering she's a massive deconstruction of PuritySue, it makes sense.
CAN'T love Mikan?]]



* Kasumi Tendo from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Nothing catastrophic happens to ''her'', but she does seem to find herself ''witnessing'' catastrophe on a regular basis. Unless you count being possessed by a [[HarmlessVillain demon]] as catastrophic...
** Nodoka Saotome is [[ParentalAbandonment far]] [[PerpetualPoverty more]] [[TheFettered aware]] [[{{Seppuku}} of]] [[FeedTheMole her situation]], but refuses to let it get to her, making her optimism seem heroic next to the passivity of Kasumi (who lives in a big house, surrounded by family, not a care in the world.) At least, until she starts [[TearJerker crying in her sleep]]... and reenacting a {{Seppuku}} ritual.
* Lycoris from ''Anime/{{Shuffle}}'', even though she has endured through very painful experiments, always seems to be smiling and nice to everyone.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Orihime Inoue is ultimately a subversion. She ''seems'' to be this in the first arcs, but she's later revealed to be a StepfordSmiler who hides her massive self-esteem and lonely issues behind her smile... and once she's taken out of her more-or-less safe Karakura environment, [[BrokenMessiah she's subjected to]] a BreakTheCutie process. [[spoiler: She arguably plays this straighter when she's back home, but it can also be seen as a coping mechanism: she ''does'' state that she's had a rough life, but [[AngstWhatAngst is trying not to dwell on it anymore]].]]

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* Kasumi Tendo Lacus Clyne, from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Nothing catastrophic happens ''Anime/GundamSEED'' is a borderline example. She manages to ''her'', but she does seem maintain her childish idealism in spite of everything that happens, including her father losing his office to find herself ''witnessing'' catastrophe on a regular basis. Unless you count genocidal maniac and then being possessed murdered by a [[HarmlessVillain demon]] as catastrophic...
** Nodoka Saotome is [[ParentalAbandonment far]] [[PerpetualPoverty more]] [[TheFettered aware]] [[{{Seppuku}} of]] [[FeedTheMole her situation]], but refuses to let it get to her, making her optimism seem heroic next to
him, along with most of his supporters and nearly Lacus herself, the passivity nuking of Kasumi (who lives in a big house, surrounded by family, not a care in the world.) At least, until she starts [[TearJerker crying in her sleep]]... several colonies and reenacting a {{Seppuku}} ritual.
* Lycoris from ''Anime/{{Shuffle}}'', even though she has endured
just generally living through very painful experiments, always seems to be smiling and nice to everyone.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Orihime Inoue is ultimately
a subversion. Gundam show. She ''seems'' to be this in the first arcs, but she's later revealed to be a StepfordSmiler who hides ''did'' cry when she told Kira about her massive self-esteem and lonely issues behind her smile... and once she's taken out of her more-or-less safe Karakura environment, [[BrokenMessiah she's subjected to]] a BreakTheCutie process. dad [[spoiler: She arguably plays this straighter and was ''very'' upset when she's back home, her BodyDouble Meer [[TakingTheBullet took a fatal shot]] for her]], but it can also be seen as a coping mechanism: other than that, she ''does'' state that she's had a rough life, but [[AngstWhatAngst is trying not to dwell on it anymore]].]]rarely breaks down.



* Subverted in ''SonicX'' by Cosmo, whose entire family was wiped out by the Metarex right in front of her and who has frequent feelings of self doubt, Survivor's Guilt, shame ''for her own hatred of the enemy'' and unworthiness.

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* Subverted In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', we have the titular Hayate. He has gone through some seriously heartwrenching moments as a child including: being sold off by his parents for frivilous reasons, being ostracized in ''SonicX'' by Cosmo, whose school for having such parents and people assuming he's the same way, leaving his first and best friend in a fight caused and not being able to apologize because they were seperated, and having to work various degrading odd jobs to support his parents' gambling habit. Perhaps because of this, he strives to be the best butler he can be and flat-out refuses to burden people with his problems, so he smiles; whenever someone asks him about his past, he always answers cheerfully and never complains.
** Hayate ''has'' actually gotten mad at and expressed hatred for his parents a few times.
* The eponymous character of ''Manga/HelenESP'', who doesn't let being rendered blind, deaf, and mute and her parents dying get her down. Though, this is after some backstory CharacterDevelopment from being a very bitter girl.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Within the first chapter of her introduction, 7-8 year old [[MoralityPet Rin]] is revealed to be an orphan who watched her
entire family was wiped out be slaughtered by the Metarex right bandits in front of her eyes (a trauma that left her mute and continuing to suffer nightmares), who is scrounging a living on the outskirts of her home village, being beaten by the villagers for stealing fish to survive... and then she's [[FirstLawOfResurrection murdered]] by [[{{Youkai}} wolf-demons]]. After she joins Sesshoumaru's group, she continues to be a target for kidnapping and attempted murder. Despite everything that's happened to her, she remains a constantly cheerful, upbeat person to the end.
* Sora, protagonist of ''Anime/KaleidoStar'',
has frequent feelings a will of self doubt, Survivor's Guilt, shame ''for her own hatred steel, considering the hoops she's had to jump through to get to the top (both figuratively and literally).
** Sora is actually a massive subversion. Despite being super sunny and plucky, she ''does'' have several breakdowns ([[spoiler: to the point of temporarily leaving the Stage in the second season]]), and later has to settle for a ''somewhat'' less rose-tinted view
of the enemy'' world. Considering she's a massive deconstruction of PuritySue, it makes sense.
* Another male example would be Yamamoto of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', who very rarely loses his smile (and when he does, [[BewareTheNiceOnes RUN]]) even in the worst of circumstances. Although he isn't unusually optimistic, he remains constantly cheerful despite the sometimes nightmarish situations he's encountered as guardian to a budding mafia boss. Perhaps this is because he [[{{failedaspotcheck}} thinks that his entire life in the mafia has all been one big elaborate role-playing game.]]
** Though he has currently (as of the Time Travel Arc) been told the truth,
and unworthiness.actually knows more about certain backstory elements than any of the main characters, not to mention the readers.
* No matter how many times Shibuya Yuuri from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' is betrayed, he is always willing to give that person a second chance. When a girl is jailed for posing as his daughter and trying to assassinate him, he smuggles her out and adopts her.
* Nao Kanzaki from ''Manga/LiarGame''. Altough when things go real bad, she panics to the point of tears.
* Subaru during ''[[AudioAdaptation StrikerS Sound Stage X]]'' of the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' franchise. Turns out that the EmergencyServices she joined [[ItNeverGetsAnyEasier isn't all sunshine and roses]], and she not only gets front row seats to a PsychicAssistedSuicide, but she also loses the new friend she had rescued after she slips into a coma that may last a thousand years. Still, she never loses her smile and [[GenkiGirl energetic personality]]. After all "Even though you're so sad, you've still got to eat. And if you get sleepy, you got to sleep. And if you have to do something, you do it... When you're doing all that, all your painful memories start fading away..."
* Negi of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' ''starts'' as one of these, but when he begins training under [[NobleDemon Evangeline]], [[CombatPragmatist she]] specifically makes it a point to knock that out of him, because the world is not that nice, and he needs to realize that. As it turns out, she wasn't entirely wrong.
* Jean from ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' is a shoe in for a inventor's competition which he ditches to save Nadia, and not only does his plane crash but he is perpertually on the run and in constant danger. And yet, through it all, he is cheerful and even enthusiastic about the technology from both sides in general. (Only exceptions is when he and Nadia exploring Gargoyle's base, and even reacting in horror to two deaths—one of an escaped fugitive, and another, a crew member. This latter incident causes for a BreakTheCutie moment that turns into a HeroicBSOD when he learns his father is dead. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Nadia cheers him up by reminding him of his promise to her and encouraging him to build a gyrocopter.]])
** [[DefrostingIceQueen It could even be noted, too, that Nadia herself is transformed by his caring, compassionate nature.]]
* Shu from ''NowAndThenHereAndThere'' is as straight an example of this trope as you could ask for.



* Lacus Clyne, from ''GundamSEED'' is a borderline example. She manages to maintain her childish idealism in spite of everything that happens, including her father losing his office to a genocidal maniac and then being murdered by him, along with most of his supporters and nearly Lacus herself, the nuking of several colonies and just generally living through a Gundam show. She ''did'' cry when she told Kira about her dad [[spoiler: and was ''very'' upset when her BodyDouble Meer [[TakingTheBullet took a fatal shot]] for her]], but other than that, she rarely breaks down.
%%* [[CandyCandy Candace White Andree aka Candy]], of course.
* Nadja from ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja''. [[spoiler: Until the second part of the series, that is. [[PluckyGirl She still manages to bounce back.]]]]
* Keiichi Segawa from the ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' manga. Lost his father in early childhood, and then his mother is killed in one of the earthquakes caused by the Dragons of Earth, yet he remains optimistic and kind until finally being phased out of the series.

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* Lacus Clyne, Kasumi Tendo from ''GundamSEED'' is a borderline example. She manages ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Nothing catastrophic happens to maintain her childish idealism in spite of everything that happens, including her father losing his office ''her'', but she does seem to find herself ''witnessing'' catastrophe on a genocidal maniac and then regular basis. Unless you count being murdered possessed by him, along with most of his supporters and nearly Lacus herself, a [[HarmlessVillain demon]] as catastrophic...
** Nodoka Saotome is [[ParentalAbandonment far]] [[PerpetualPoverty more]] [[TheFettered aware]] [[{{Seppuku}} of]] [[FeedTheMole her situation]], but refuses to let it get to her, making her optimism seem heroic next to
the nuking passivity of several colonies and just generally living through Kasumi (who lives in a Gundam show. She ''did'' cry when she told Kira about her dad [[spoiler: and was ''very'' upset when her BodyDouble Meer [[TakingTheBullet took big house, surrounded by family, not a fatal shot]] for her]], but other than that, she rarely breaks down.
%%* [[CandyCandy Candace White Andree aka Candy]], of course.
* Nadja from ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja''. [[spoiler: Until
care in the second part of the series, that is. [[PluckyGirl She still manages to bounce back.]]]]
* Keiichi Segawa from the ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' manga. Lost his father in early childhood, and then his mother is killed in one of the earthquakes caused by the Dragons of Earth, yet he remains optimistic and kind
world.) At least, until finally being phased out of the series.she starts [[TearJerker crying in her sleep]]... and reenacting a {{Seppuku}} ritual.



* Elmer C. Albatross from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. The woobie factor is subverted in that most people find his constantly chipper, love-everyone attitude to be inappropriate and incredibly insensitive: "C'mon, let's laugh together!" is ''not'' what a teenage girl wants to hear just after [[spoiler:nearly being killed by her fiance's murderer]]. Pretty much the only person that doesn't find him creepy is the equally creepy Huey Laforet.
** We eventually learn that his Pollyanna nature is actually a front. Not that he feels sad about anything. Just the opposite: ''he's a sociopath.'' He doesn't care about anyone, but he wants everyone to smile just ''because.''

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* Elmer C. Albatross Kafuka Fuura (pictured on the main page) is an extreme form of this trope, in order to act as an antithesis to the namesake and other protagonist of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. She has had an amazingly tragic childhood and goes to a school filled with social misfits, yet she is either too oblivious to notice or in very, very heavy denial. She's also easily the scariest example on this page. Although she never breaks her [[StepfordSmiler cheerful facade]], the series drops many hints that she is [[CuteAndPsycho quite disturbed and a stone's throw away from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}''. The woobie factor is subverted in that most people find his constantly chipper, love-everyone attitude to be inappropriate and incredibly insensitive: "C'mon, let's laugh together!" is ''not'' what a teenage girl wants to hear just after [[spoiler:nearly being killed by her fiance's murderer]]. Pretty much the only person that doesn't find him creepy is the equally creepy Huey Laforet.
** We eventually learn that his Pollyanna nature is actually a front. Not that he feels sad about anything. Just the opposite: ''he's a sociopath.'' He doesn't care about anyone, but he wants
killing everyone around her]]. [[spoiler:She is DeadAllAlong. [[FridgeHorror Now review the series and her actions again.]]]] For example: While her close friend and classmate turns into a giant after finding an ancient weapon during a festival and then begins to smile just ''because.''battle huge robots with toilet profanities on their chest ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking all while wearing underwear with a traditional Japanese dress]]), Kafuka can only remark about how well the Kanji on their chest are carved. Or how well Chiri is doing fighting the aliens. Or how professional dog rapist Mayo Mitama is sticking a branch up her neighbor's dog's butt.
** Maria Taro Sekiutsu, a grindingly poor illegal immigrant who frequently expresses rose-tinted views of Japanese life, is an only somewhat less extreme example.
* Lycoris from ''Anime/{{Shuffle}}'', even though she has endured through very painful experiments, always seems to be smiling and nice to everyone.



* Nana from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' is ''clearly'' [[BreakTheCutie broken]] by the time we meet her and continues to have horrifyingly terrible things happen to and around her for the entire story. She nonetheless somehow clings to a generally positive outlook that everything will be okay, especially as long as she can be with papa again.[[spoiler: She doesn't. He explodes, though he survive in the manga, version.]]
* Nao Kanzaki from ''LiarGame''. Altough when things go real bad, she panics to the point of tears.
* Subaru during ''[[AudioAdaptation StrikerS Sound Stage X]]'' of the ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' franchise. Turns out that the EmergencyServices she joined [[ItNeverGetsAnyEasier isn't all sunshine and roses]], and she not only gets front row seats to a PsychicAssistedSuicide, but she also loses the new friend she had rescued after she slips into a coma that may last a thousand years. Still, she never loses her smile and [[GenkiGirl energetic personality]]. After all "Even though you're so sad, you've still got to eat. And if you get sleepy, you got to sleep. And if you have to do something, you do it... When you're doing all that, all your painful memories start fading away..."
* It's very, very difficult to upset either [[DGrayMan Allen Walker or Lenalee Lee]] permanently. Allen in particular has been put through staggering amounts of crap by a universe that clearly has it in for him, but is nevertheless an AllLovingHero and a WideEyedIdealist who wants to save ''everyone''.
** Lenalee is actually a StepfordSmiler, due to [[spoiler: the ''brutal'' TrainingFromHell she went through.]]
* Another male example would be Yamamoto of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', who very rarely loses his smile (and when he does, [[BewareTheNiceOnes RUN]]) even in the worst of circumstances. Although he isn't unusually optimistic, he remains constantly cheerful despite the sometimes nightmarish situations he's encountered as guardian to a budding mafia boss. Perhaps this is because he [[{{failedaspotcheck}} thinks that his entire life in the mafia has all been one big elaborate role-playing game.]]
** Though he has currently (as of the Time Travel Arc) been told the truth, and actually knows more about certain backstory elements than any of the main characters, not to mention the readers
* Shu from ''NowAndThenHereAndThere'' is as straight an example of this trope as you could ask for.
* Negi of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''starts'' as one of these, but when he begins training under [[NobleDemon Evangeline]], [[CombatPragmatist she]] specifically makes it a point to knock that out of him, because the world is not that nice, and he needs to realize that. As it turns out, she wasn't entirely wrong.
* No matter how many times Shibuya Yuuri from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' is betrayed, he is always willing to give that person a second chance. When a girl is jailed for posing as his daughter and trying to assassinate him, he smuggles her out and adopts her.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Within the first chapter of her introduction, 7-8 year old [[MoralityPet Rin]] is revealed to be an orphan who watched her entire family be slaughtered by bandits in front of her eyes (a trauma that left her mute and continuing to suffer nightmares), who is scrounging a living on the outskirts of her home village, being beaten by the villagers for stealing fish to survive... and then she's [[FirstLawOfResurrection murdered]] by [[{{Youkai}} wolf-demons]]. After she joins Sesshoumaru's group, she continues to be a target for kidnapping and attempted murder. Despite everything that's happened to her, she remains a constantly cheerful, upbeat person to the end.
* The eponymous character of ''Manga/HelenESP'', who doesn't let being rendered blind, deaf, and mute and her parents dying get her down. Though, this is after some backstory CharacterDevelopment from being a very bitter girl.
* Jean from ''NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' is a shoe in for a inventor's competition which he ditches to save Nadia, and not only does his plane crash but he is perpertually on the run and in constant danger. And yet, through it all, he is cheerful and even enthusiastic about the technology from both sides in general. (Only exceptions is when he and Nadia exploring Gargoyle's base, and even reacting in horror to two deaths—one of an escaped fugitive, and another, a crew member. This latter incident causes for a BreakTheCutie moment that turns into a HeroicBSOD when he learns his father is dead. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Nadia cheers him up by reminding him of his promise to her and encouraging him to build a gyrocopter.]])
** [[DefrostingIceQueen It could even be noted, too, that Nadia herself is transformed by his caring, compassionate nature.]]
* Takeru from Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs. While he does have his moments when he's upset, he's generally upbeat and cheerful despite being in a CrapsackWorld, making it a point to try and remain positive no matter what happens.

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* Nana from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' is ''clearly'' [[BreakTheCutie broken]] by the time we meet her and continues to have horrifyingly terrible things happen to and around her for the entire story. She nonetheless somehow clings to a generally positive outlook that everything will be okay, especially as long as she can be with papa again.[[spoiler: She doesn't. He explodes, though he survive in the manga, version.]]
* Nao Kanzaki from ''LiarGame''. Altough when things go real bad, she panics to the point of tears.
* Subaru during ''[[AudioAdaptation StrikerS Sound Stage X]]'' of the ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' franchise. Turns out that the EmergencyServices she joined [[ItNeverGetsAnyEasier isn't all sunshine and roses]], and she not only gets front row seats to a PsychicAssistedSuicide, but she also loses the new friend she had rescued after she slips into a coma that may last a thousand years. Still, she never loses her smile and [[GenkiGirl energetic personality]]. After all "Even though you're so sad, you've still got to eat. And if you get sleepy, you got to sleep. And if you have to do something, you do it... When you're doing all that, all your painful memories start fading away..."
* It's very, very difficult to upset either [[DGrayMan Allen Walker or Lenalee Lee]] permanently. Allen in particular has been put through staggering amounts of crap by a universe that clearly has it in for him, but is nevertheless an AllLovingHero and a WideEyedIdealist who wants to save ''everyone''.
** Lenalee is actually a StepfordSmiler, due to [[spoiler: the ''brutal'' TrainingFromHell she went through.]]
* Another male example would be Yamamoto of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', who very rarely loses his smile (and when he does, [[BewareTheNiceOnes RUN]]) even in the worst of circumstances. Although he isn't unusually optimistic, he remains constantly cheerful despite the sometimes nightmarish situations he's encountered as guardian to a budding mafia boss. Perhaps this is because he [[{{failedaspotcheck}} thinks that his entire life in the mafia has all been one big elaborate role-playing game.]]
** Though he has currently (as of the Time Travel Arc) been told the truth, and actually knows more about certain backstory elements than any of the main characters, not to mention the readers
* Shu from ''NowAndThenHereAndThere'' is as straight an example of this trope as you could ask for.
* Negi of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' ''starts'' as one of these, but when he begins training under [[NobleDemon Evangeline]], [[CombatPragmatist she]] specifically makes it a point to knock that out of him, because the world is not that nice, and he needs to realize that. As it turns out, she wasn't entirely wrong.
* No matter how many times Shibuya Yuuri from ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' is betrayed, he is always willing to give that person a second chance. When a girl is jailed for posing as his daughter and trying to assassinate him, he smuggles her out and adopts her.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Within the first chapter of her introduction, 7-8 year old [[MoralityPet Rin]] is revealed to be an orphan who watched her entire family be slaughtered by bandits in front of her eyes (a trauma that left her mute and continuing to suffer nightmares), who is scrounging a living on the outskirts of her home village, being beaten by the villagers for stealing fish to survive... and then she's [[FirstLawOfResurrection murdered]] by [[{{Youkai}} wolf-demons]]. After she joins Sesshoumaru's group, she continues to be a target for kidnapping and attempted murder. Despite everything that's happened to her, she remains a constantly cheerful, upbeat person to the end.
* The eponymous character of ''Manga/HelenESP'', who doesn't let being rendered blind, deaf, and mute and her parents dying get her down. Though, this is after some backstory CharacterDevelopment from being a very bitter girl.
* Jean from ''NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' is a shoe in for a inventor's competition which he ditches to save Nadia, and not only does his plane crash but he is perpertually on the run and in constant danger. And yet, through it all, he is cheerful and even enthusiastic about the technology from both sides in general. (Only exceptions is when he and Nadia exploring Gargoyle's base, and even reacting in horror to two deaths—one of an escaped fugitive, and another, a crew member. This latter incident causes for a BreakTheCutie moment that turns into a HeroicBSOD when he learns his father is dead. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Nadia cheers him up by reminding him of his promise to her and encouraging him to build a gyrocopter.]])
** [[DefrostingIceQueen It could even be noted, too, that Nadia herself is transformed by his caring, compassionate nature.]]
* Takeru from Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs. ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs''. While he does have his moments when he's upset, he's generally upbeat and cheerful despite being in a CrapsackWorld, making it a point to try and remain positive no matter what happens.happens.
* Subverted in ''Anime/SonicX'' by Cosmo, whose entire family was wiped out by the Metarex right in front of her and who has frequent feelings of self doubt, Survivor's Guilt, shame ''for her own hatred of the enemy'' and unworthiness.



* [[NiceGirl Enju]] [[AllLovingHero Aihara]] from ''LightNovel/BlackBullet''. [[FantasticRacism No matter how much people treat her and other Cursed Children as trash]], and [[TheWoobie no matter how many bad things happen to her]], Enju always maintain her optimism, and keep her cheerful smile most of the time. Sumire even mentions that Enju is mentally strong despite the abuse she gets from society.
* Michiko Shibata from ''Manga/DameNaWatashiNiKoishiteKudasai'', who still manages to look forward despite her lack of luck on jobs, money and men.

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* [[NiceGirl Enju]] [[AllLovingHero Aihara]] Keiichi Segawa from ''LightNovel/BlackBullet''. [[FantasticRacism No matter how much people treat her the ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' manga. Lost his father in early childhood, and other Cursed Children as trash]], and [[TheWoobie no matter how many bad things happen to her]], Enju always maintain her optimism, and keep her cheerful smile most then his mother is killed in one of the time. Sumire even mentions that Enju is mentally strong despite earthquakes caused by the abuse she gets from society.
* Michiko Shibata from ''Manga/DameNaWatashiNiKoishiteKudasai'', who still manages to look forward despite her lack
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* Michiko Shibata from ''Manga/DameNaWatashiNiKoishiteKudasai'', who still manages to look forward despite her lack of luck on jobs, money and men.
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