History ThePollyanna / ComicBooks

12th Dec '15 2:04:44 PM StrixObscuro
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* {{ComicBook/Superman}} may also qualify, although the amount of crap in his life (and therefore the strangeness of his constant kindness and optimism) [[DependingOnTheWriter varies from writer to writer, and era to era]]. However he unfailingly [[RousseauWasRight believes in the goodness of the human race]], and frequently bucks up other superheroes by promising that no matter how bleak a crisis looks, they can always do something to help. Like Apollo, he is powered by the fucking ''sun'', thriving on light and warmth, and it sure as hell suits him.

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* {{ComicBook/Superman}} ComicBook/{{Superman}} may also qualify, although the amount of crap in his life (and therefore the strangeness of his constant kindness and optimism) [[DependingOnTheWriter varies from writer to writer, and era to era]]. However he unfailingly [[RousseauWasRight believes in the goodness of the human race]], and frequently bucks up other superheroes by promising that no matter how bleak a crisis looks, they can always do something to help. Like Apollo, he is powered by the fucking ''sun'', thriving on light and warmth, and it sure as hell suits him.


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* During Creator/TerryMoore's run on ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', this was the scrap of personality allotted to Klara. Despite coming from a hellish, abusive background and having to adjust to living with strangers, she was usually sweet and cheerful.
25th Oct '15 8:58:26 AM rexman21
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* Stephanie Brown, Spoiler, who is also known as the fourth Comicbook/{{Robin}} and later on the third ComicBook/{{Batgirl| 2009}}. She has had an emotionally-abusive, villainous father; a drug-addict mother who left her alone during her childhood; a jerkish ex-boyfriend who got her pregnant; a rocky relationship with [[Comicbook/{{Robin}} Tim Drake]], the 3rd Robin; not getting approval from Franchise/{{Batman}} and the Birds of Prey; getting tortured by Black Mask and her controversial 'death' (retconned later to her just fleeing the country with Leslie Thompkins); then coming back to Gotham only to be rejected again by Tim Drake -- it's a wonder how she managed to keep her sunny disposition and not get boggled down with angst. She is the most hopeful and lighthearted of all the Batfamily members.

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* Stephanie Brown, Spoiler, who is also known as the fourth Comicbook/{{Robin}} and later on the third ComicBook/{{Batgirl| 2009}}. She has had an emotionally-abusive, villainous father; a drug-addict mother who left her alone during her childhood; a jerkish ex-boyfriend who got her pregnant; a rocky relationship with [[Comicbook/{{Robin}} Tim Drake]], the 3rd Robin; not getting approval from Franchise/{{Batman}} and the Birds of Prey; getting tortured by Black Mask and her controversial 'death' (retconned later to her just fleeing the country with Leslie Thompkins); then coming back to Gotham only to be rejected again by Tim Drake -- it's a wonder how she managed to keep her sunny disposition and not get boggled down with angst. She is the most hopeful and lighthearted of all the Batfamily members.
24th Sep '15 4:02:24 AM KarjamP
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* Gar Logan from ''ComicBook/TeenTitans ''is a rare male example; content with playing the PluckyComicRelief character despite a lifetime of hardship and self-loathing until [[FromBadToWorse it]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes gets]] [[UnstoppableRage worse]].

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* Gar Logan from ''ComicBook/TeenTitans ''is a rare male example; content '':
** Gar Logan. Content
with playing the PluckyComicRelief character despite a lifetime of hardship and self-loathing until [[FromBadToWorse it]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes gets]] [[UnstoppableRage worse]].it gets worse.
21st Sep '15 5:48:40 PM nombretomado
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* [[{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]] was described as this during her pre-Countdown and ''FinalCrisis'' portrayals. This was her most obvious comedic trait in the ''Superbuddies'' stories. She is also explicitly called "Pollyanna", causing her to talk about how that's her favorite movie.

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* [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]] was described as this during her pre-Countdown and ''FinalCrisis'' ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' portrayals. This was her most obvious comedic trait in the ''Superbuddies'' stories. She is also explicitly called "Pollyanna", causing her to talk about how that's her favorite movie.
16th Feb '15 8:57:29 PM jormis29
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* In volume one of ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', we get the girl that provides our page quote (and who is of course Creator/AlanMoore's reinterpretation of the TropeNamer). It should be noted that this scene [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation can also be read]] as her simply liking the sex, and not wanting to admit as much (would you?), and using optimism as an excuse for her behaviour.

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* In volume one of ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', ''ComicBook/LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', we get the girl that provides our page quote (and who is of course Creator/AlanMoore's reinterpretation of the TropeNamer). It should be noted that this scene [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation can also be read]] as her simply liking the sex, and not wanting to admit as much (would you?), and using optimism as an excuse for her behaviour.



* {{Superman}} may also qualify, although the amount of crap in his life (and therefore the strangeness of his constant kindness and optimism) [[DependingOnTheWriter varies from writer to writer, and era to era]]. However he unfailingly [[RousseauWasRight believes in the goodness of the human race]], and frequently bucks up other superheroes by promising that no matter how bleak a crisis looks, they can always do something to help. Like Apollo, he is powered by the fucking ''sun'', thriving on light and warmth, and it sure as hell suits him.
* ''TransformersShatteredGlass'' takes place in a MirrorUniverse version of ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1''. There, the infamous bellyacher Huffer and the grim fatalist Dirge are both sunshine and puppies all the way.

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* {{Superman}} {{ComicBook/Superman}} may also qualify, although the amount of crap in his life (and therefore the strangeness of his constant kindness and optimism) [[DependingOnTheWriter varies from writer to writer, and era to era]]. However he unfailingly [[RousseauWasRight believes in the goodness of the human race]], and frequently bucks up other superheroes by promising that no matter how bleak a crisis looks, they can always do something to help. Like Apollo, he is powered by the fucking ''sun'', thriving on light and warmth, and it sure as hell suits him.
* ''TransformersShatteredGlass'' ''ComicBook/TransformersShatteredGlass'' takes place in a MirrorUniverse version of ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1''. There, the infamous bellyacher Huffer and the grim fatalist Dirge are both sunshine and puppies all the way.
10th Aug '14 2:46:08 PM SewerWalrus
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** [[WordOfGod In an interview]], Alan Moore states that she was in [[HeroicBSOD state of shock]].
10th Apr '14 1:22:33 PM Merlock
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** Billy himself used to be a pretty good example of this as well (Before the New 52 changed everything)

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** Billy himself used to be a pretty good example of this as well (Before (before the New 52 [[TroubledKid changed everything) everything]]). By the time he's an orphan, has endured abusive foster parents and lives on the street, but he somehow manages to be one of the most {{Cheerful Child}}ren in the DC Universe. Admittedly a lot of his problems were able to be solved once he got super powers.
1st Feb '14 3:55:27 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Apollo from ''TheAuthority'' is always kinder, happier and more optimistic than [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism most other folks in the Wildstorm universe]]. Or you could think of it this way: he's powered by sunshine, and has a [[PersonalityPowers personality to match]].

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* Apollo from ''TheAuthority'' ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' is always kinder, happier and more optimistic than [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism most other folks in the Wildstorm universe]]. Or you could think of it this way: he's powered by sunshine, and has a [[PersonalityPowers personality to match]].
31st Dec '13 5:27:48 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In volume one of ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', we get the girl that provides our page quote (and who is of course AlanMoore's reinterpretation of the TropeNamer). It should be noted that this scene [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation can also be read]] as her simply liking the sex, and not wanting to admit as much (would you?), and using optimism as an excuse for her behaviour.

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* In volume one of ''LeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', we get the girl that provides our page quote (and who is of course AlanMoore's Creator/AlanMoore's reinterpretation of the TropeNamer). It should be noted that this scene [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation can also be read]] as her simply liking the sex, and not wanting to admit as much (would you?), and using optimism as an excuse for her behaviour.
1st Jul '13 8:12:26 PM TVRulezAgain
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* Stephanie Brown, Spoiler, who is also known as the fourth {{Robin}} and later on the third ComicBook/{{Batgirl| 2009}}. She has had an emotionally-abusive, villainous father; a drug-addict mother who left her alone during her childhood; a jerkish ex-boyfriend who got her pregnant; a rocky relationship with [[{{Robin}} Tim Drake]], the 3rd Robin; not getting approval from {{Batman}} and the Birds of Prey; getting tortured by Black Mask and her controversial 'death' (retconned later to her just fleeing the country with Leslie Thompkins); then coming back to Gotham only to be rejected again by Tim Drake -- it's a wonder how she managed to keep her sunny disposition and not get boggled down with angst. She is notably the most hopeful and lighthearted of all the Batfamily members.

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* Stephanie Brown, Spoiler, who is also known as the fourth {{Robin}} Comicbook/{{Robin}} and later on the third ComicBook/{{Batgirl| 2009}}. She has had an emotionally-abusive, villainous father; a drug-addict mother who left her alone during her childhood; a jerkish ex-boyfriend who got her pregnant; a rocky relationship with [[{{Robin}} [[Comicbook/{{Robin}} Tim Drake]], the 3rd Robin; not getting approval from {{Batman}} Franchise/{{Batman}} and the Birds of Prey; getting tortured by Black Mask and her controversial 'death' (retconned later to her just fleeing the country with Leslie Thompkins); then coming back to Gotham only to be rejected again by Tim Drake -- it's a wonder how she managed to keep her sunny disposition and not get boggled down with angst. She is notably the most hopeful and lighthearted of all the Batfamily members.
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