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

Very common in SliceOfLife shows, or cartoons centered around and/or made for young children, where very little conflict happens. May serve as a foil to an older sibling in the latter's ComingOfAgeStory. Under optimal conditions, or with some luck, Cheerful Child usually grows up to be a [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]], a GenkiGirl, or LoveFreak. Or, if male, maybe into a {{Keet}}. Very unfortunate Cheerful Children can be a variant of TheWoobie, or [[KillTheCutie worse]].

The ConstantlyCurious are usually Cheerful Children, as is CuriousAsAMonkey.

Compare the {{Kawaiiko}} and TheCutie, which is about this appeal regardless of age, and the AdorablyPrecociousChild, who may or may not be cheerful but is usually very cute.

Contrast the TroubledChild, CreepyChild, DeliberatelyCuteChild, TheFakeCutie, and PsychopathicManchild. May overlap with TokenMiniMoe.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Chiyo Mihama provides the trope picture and is so utterly sweet and adorable that she seemingly exists for the sole purpose of having the rest of the cast fawn over her. And that's without [[CutenessProximity the penguin suit]]...
* Teneka is quite fond of this trope. A cute little kid usually acts as the serious hero's sidekick...a la Pinoko in Black Jack or Uran in Tetsuwan Atom.
* Yotsuba from ''{{Manga/Yotsuba}}'', which is like Kiyohiko Azuma (who also created Azumanga Daioh) trying to out-cute himself.
* [[TokenMiniMoe Yeo Miseng]] from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. Considering that she has been several years in TheThunderdome by now, that's rather surprising. But then again, she also cries sometimes.
* Negi Springfield from ''[[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima Negima]]'' has some moments, when he's able/allowed/forced to be just a kid. The twins, Fuka and Fumika, play the role the rest of the time, [[OlderThanTheyLook despite being teenagers]].
* Mizuki from ''{{Manga/Mokke}}'', when she's not being pestered by some spirits - and sometimes even when she ''is''.
* Nina, from Manga/ShiroganeNoNina. She is cheerful and energetic, at least for most of the time.
** And even more so Aika, when she was little. [[GrumpyBear What happened to her]]?
* Kenpachi's little lieutenant Yachiru from ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''.
** A very disturbing example, as watching her [[HugeGuyTinyGirl apparent father figure]] get hurt makes her happy, as he must be "having fun."
** Of course, this is ''Kenpachi'' we're talking about here, so [[BloodKnight he probably is]]. She can get pretty damn creepy when she's mad too...
* Rico from ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'', who is cheerful because she was a former IllGirl confined to a hospital bed until given a cyborg body by the Social Welfare Agency. Who in return have made her a brainwashed killing machine. The contrast between her always perky personality and her occupation leads to several CreepyChild moments, like when she comes across a boy she'd met before (and fancied) in the aftermath of an assassination.
-->'''Rico:''' ''(thinking)'' [What do I say to someone in a situation like this? I remember!]
-->''(takes out her gun and smiles)'' I am sorry. ''(shoots boy)''
* Takeru is like this in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', but he subverted it in [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]]: he mostly acts happy because that is what people expect of him; his greatest trait is Hope, after all, and he's very likely aware of the ramifications of losing that aspect of himself. However, his parents' divorce and his last adventure (especially [[DeadSidekick Angemon's death]]) have left their mark on him. The latter of which may cause him to go violent if there is the threat of his friends getting hurt.
** Takeru does seem genuinely happy in some respects, but he's definitely not as well-adjusted as he looks. [[http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i320/mpcp13/TakeruDarkAmusement.jpg Episode 02x19]], anyone?
** The whole franchise in general seems to go out of its way to avert this trope: Hikari, easily Takeru's closest friend among the Chosen Children, appears carefree and sweet, but is a borderline psychic IllGirl with a mild inferiority complex towards her older brother; Iori, Takeru's other close friend, is the KidSamurai and moral compass of 02's FiveManBand and a strong believer in justice who's ''incredibly'' serious for a nine year old and, quite bluntly, misses his dad, and he's easily the most wary of the [[HeelFaceTurn reformed]] Ken; [[TheAtoner Ken]] himself has the Crest of Kindness and was incredibly gentle and kind as a child, but one IWishedYouWereDead moment jump-started his StartOfDarkness; originally, the only truly remarkable thing about Juri was her ubiquitous puppet, and it came as a great shock when they [[BreakTheCutie broke the cutie]] and [[spoiler:she attempted to ''strangle herself with it'']]; Tomoki is bullied at school, spoiled by his parents and his [[NoNameGiven older brother]] is trying to show him that the bullies are a little closer to the real world; Ikuto's got his identity crisis; [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Shiuchon]] is the only straight example in the franchise, and she's very much the minor character.
*** The ''entire'' cast of ''every'' ''{{Franchise/Digimon}}'' series seems to suffer from ThereAreNoTherapists. Which is all the more worrying when you consider that the entire stability and safety of two worlds is basically dependent upon the psyches of this bunch of less-than-well-adjusted eight-to-fifteen-year-old's.
**** Actually, Ai and Mako are ''six or five'' depending on what dub you're watching. And like all ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' characters, they're a deconstruction of this trope. They're nice and sweet, but only as a result of their parents and Impmon abandoning them. Maturity in the Digimon universe comes at a price. Still, they play this trope in a healthier manner than most.
* Cooro from ''Manga/PlusAnima'' is a good example of a male Cheerful Child. There are only 2 times in 10 books where he looks solemn.
* A male example: Gon in ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. [[spoiler:And, like many of the examples on this page, deeply, deeply, DEEPLY broken...]]
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': Manami is actually 16, but you'd never know it [[OlderThanTheyLook by looking at her]] because [[TokenMiniMoe she's short for her age]] and exhibits childlike behavior. She's rarely without a smile and [[SweetTooth constantly stuffing her face with sweets]], which makes her [[DysfunctionJunction a stark contrast to the other combatants]] competing in the VG tournament.
* ''[[Franchise/TenchiMuyo Tenchi Muyo!]]'': Ayeka's kid sister, Sasami, is an eternal fountain of cheer and youthful optimism. Made moreso, by her [[GirlishPigtails girlish]] MegaTwinTails and the fact that Ryo Ohki is often seen with her, acting more or less her cute pet.
* Rimone from ''{{Anime/Simoun}}'' remains mostly cheerful, despite the burden of piloting a weapon of mass destruction.
* Freya from ''Manga/MythicalDetectiveLokiRagnarok'', although her child form is not her true form, nor is her child personality her TrueSelf.
* Chi (a female kitten) and Youhei (a little boy) from ''Manga/ChisSweetHome''. They're both very young and have a bright and sunny disposition on life, as well as the curiosity most children their age have.
* Setsuko from ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies''. Unfortunately, she stars in one of the [[TearJerker most depressing pieces of media ever made]], so unlike most examples, we see her slowly deteriorate over the course of the story.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': Kyon's little sister is never mentioned by name, not that it matters since all the other characters care about is how irresistibly cute she is. When Kyon was preparing to for his island trip and found her hiding in his duffel bag, he was understandably upset, given how dangerous it was. But Asuhina and the others took one look at her and were more than happy to let her come with them.
* [[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Sealand]] is the happiest (and most deluded) damned micronation EVER.
** Let's not forget that Italy (as Chibitalia) used to be like that too, growing up into a full-blown {{Keet}}.
** America was this too, though a little more sedate than the other cheerful child nations. It has been speculated amongst fans that if he were to suddenly revert to a child in canon, he would dominate the world simply because none of the other countries would be able to withstand the power of his cuteness.
* Hitsugi in ''{{Manga/Hyakko}}''. She has yet to interact with the main cast, but her happy elementary school antics usually make their way into the episodes.
%%* OK, Yuno of ''Manga/HidamariSketch'' is overaged a bit (she's 15), but she completely fits the archetype.
* Alphonse Elric in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' as a subversion. He and his brother were in a horrific accident and to make a long story short, Al's soul is now in a 7 foot tall suit of armor. Nevertheless, he and his brother remain mostly cheerful, although Ed borders on an EmoTeen at times.
** Not that ''Fullmetal Alchemist'' doesn't have it's share of Cheerful Children. There's at least one in each of the first few episodes of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime adaptation]], and when they stop showing up it's a sign that the series has gotten DarkerAndEdgier. Especially poor, poor [[spoiler:Nina]].
** There's also Selim Bradley, although DarkerAndEdgier certainly applies to him, seeing how [[spoiler:he is actually the monstrously evil homunculus Pride]].
*** In the 2003 anime version, he's DarkerAndEdgier in a different way, since [[spoiler:he's murdered by his adoptive father for accidentally revealing his AchillesHeel]].
** And May Chang, with a [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Ridiculously Cute Panda]] mirroring her.
** Also Elicia Hughes, except when she's [[spoiler:crying for her dead daddy]] and [[TearJerker breaking all of our hearts]].
* Shinji Ikari from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Before the activation test of Unit 01 and the "death" of his mother you see him as a constantly smiling, laughing, curious boy. [[TearJerker Sadly, it doesn't last]]. The same might be true for Asuka, but we only ever see her after Unit 02 [[spoiler:has sucked the brains out of her mother]]. Thank god for FanFiction (especially FanFic/NobodyDies).
* In ''{{Manga/Monster}}'', Tenma's optimism manages to turn Dieter into one of these. In fact Dieter's cheerfulness and optimism are so great, that Dieter later manages to save one of the children that Johan had been [[CorruptTheCutie corrupting.]] He also provides a grounding influence for Tenma and, later, Nina.
* Yutaka from ''Manga/LuckyStar'' is also overaged, but she can easily pass off as one, especially considering [[OlderThanTheyLook her height]].
* White of ''Anime/TekkonKinkreet'', as the [[RedOniBlueOni perfect foil]] to his older brother Black. It is even mentioned during the film that Black needs White's cheerful innocence to balance out the pair. That being said, [[spoiler: he does set someone on fire when they were threatening Black]]
* The titular character of ''{{Anime/Ponyo|OnTheCliffByTheSea}}'' is cheerful about lots of things, mainly ham.
* The robot Tachikomas of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' have the personalities and voices of cheerful children... and the bodies of {{Spider Tank}}s. They're the cutest war machines ever.
* Ogami Daigoro, the titular Cub in ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'', does a really good job of keeping his spirits up in spite of the hardships (and [[BloodSplatteredInnocents goriness]]) of his dad's RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* In ''{{Manga/Change 123}}'', Motoko's SplitPersonality Mikiri is a Cheerful Child in a well-endowed body of a teenage girl, which makes her a perfect InnocentFanserviceGirl.
* Yellow from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. A cheerful, happy-go-lucky FriendToAllLivingThings who likes to fish and draw (badly) in her spare time. She counts even though she's gotten older over the years due to the fact she never seems to mature as well as the other female Dex Holders.
* The Professor from ''{{Manga/Nichijou}}'' is one of these, especially when she reads picture books or talks about sharks. She also likes to joyously modify Nano, the {{robot girl}} [[ChildProdigy she invented]], for no other purpose than that it's fun.
* Ringo from ''Anime/CasshernSins''. Considering [[JustBeforeTheEnd the world]] she lives in, it's a miracle that every time you see her, she's as happy and giddy as a kid can be.
* Momo Kawamoto from ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', the youngest, pre-school aged sister of the Kawamoto siblings. Just about anything she says and does that childlike is adorable, and Chica Umino's art style often emphasizes this.
* There are several examples in ''Manga/KamisamaKiss,'' we can start with the Tengu children and Mamoru when he is in his human form.
* Last Order of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Especially notable because she's a clone, and all the other clones (of the same girl) are [[TinMan Tin Men]].
* [[DoubleSubversion Doubly subverted]] in the case of Haruka in ''Manga/KotouraSan''. She was one until people began to realize her [[{{Telepathy}} ability]] and became a BrokenBird for ten years. She eventually [[CharacterDevelopment develops back into this]] over the course of the story, thanks to [[UnderstandingBoyfriend Manabe]].
* Shirayuki from ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs'', though she also mixes this with BrokenHero. [[YoungerThanTheyLook Souji]] is another and milder, albeit far stranger, example--the kid's twelve but physically a middle-aged man, and so doesn't quite ''look'' the part, but he's otherwise cheerful and with a ([[GoodIsNotSoft relatively]]) innocent demeanor.
* [[NiceGirl Enju]] [[AllLovingHero Aihara]] from ''LightNovel/BlackBullet'' is very happy, energetic, and cheerful most of the time thanks to Rentaro, as long as [[FragileFlower she isn't sad]] or [[TenderTears crying]] that is.
* The title character of ''Manga/HanaTheFoxGirl'' is an inari fox who can take on human form. Her human form is a little girl with fox ears and tail who acts as the mascot for the Shimashima Coffee shop.
--> '''Hana:''' ''[proudly]'' I get cuddled by customers and stuff!
* In ''Anime/PlasticMemories'', both Zack and Nina display this look. In the former's case, it's part of his job to retrieve Giftia, or androids, nearing the end of their service life. In the latter's case, that's how she was programmed.
* In ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}'', Ayumi seems to be perpetually happy, especially when talking to her brother Yu.

[[folder:Audio Play]]
* Hinata Mitsutsuka from ''AudioPlay/ExitTunesPresentsACTORS'' is explicitly said to be one on his character profile. He's the Singing Club's main moodmaker and is almost always seen smiling - however, in a rare mix of character traits, he is also the one playing the role of [[OnlySaneMan straight man]] to his fellow club members' hijinks.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Miles Morales in ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' and ''ComicBook/SpiderMen'':
-->'''Peter:''' Sorry about [[LetsYouAndHimFight that dust-up before and the unmasking]]. That was not cool of me.\\
'''Miles:''' [[AngstWhatAngst Hey, I've never been in a helicopter before, this is cool]].
* [[Characters/XMenOtherTeams Megan]] of the [[ComicBook/NewMutants New X-Men]] during its run became this toward the end; the art style made her look younger and she fit the personality to a T. Leading the other students to believe she was the youngest of the group ([[OlderThanTheyLook she wasn't the youngest]]).
* In a flashback in the ''Comicbook/TheSandman'', Delirium was shown in her previous form as Delight, who was normal-looking and very much a Cheerful Child.
%%* Again, Roll in the ''ComicBook/MegaMan'' comics from ArchieComics.
* Lian Harper of ''Creator/DCComics'', which serves as a testament to [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Roy's]] parenting skills. Naturally, once the DarkerAndEdgier hit hard, there was no room for little Lian, who got [[DroppedABridgeOnHim a very large bridge dropped on her]]. Just so her father could descend into drug-fueled angst. And then she got erased from existence completely.
* Katie Power of the ComicBook/PowerPack is one in all incarnations, but the all-ages comic takes it to new heights.
* [[TheCutie Bode]] from ''ComicBook/LockeAndKey'' is almost always cheerful and energetic. Trying to keep him that way is something of a concern for his older siblings Tyler and Kinsey, given some of the...[[{{Understatement}} extremely messed-up]] things that happen in the story.
* [[{{ComicBook/Shazam}} Billy Batson]], in most of his incarnations from the Golden Age onward. [[ThePollyanna His sister Mary]] also qualifies, depending on how young she's depicted as being.

* [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney]] is notable for some very cute kids!
%%** ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'': Young Franny.
%%** ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'': Boo.
%%** ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'': China Girl.
%%** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Simba.
%%** ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': Vanellope von Schweetz.
%%** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Anna [[spoiler: and Elsa before the incident.]]
%%** ''Disney/BrotherBear'': Coda.
%%** ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'': Pacha's children.
%%** Molly Cunningham from ''WesternAnimation/{{TaleSpin}}''.
** In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', the number of times Phineas is sad or angry can probably be counted on one, maybe two hands.
*** [[BewareTheNiceOnes But he can be scary when he's angry.]] "Get on the trike!"
** T.J. Detweiler from ''{{WesternAnimation/Recess}}'', although like Arnold, more in the sense of being calm and optimistic.
** Pistol on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' is always cheerful, as a stark contrast to her [[SiblingYinYang melancholy brother]] and her short-tempered parents. She is often heard giggling and is usually seen with a gigantic smile, and is also a GenkiGirl, which adds to her status as the AnnoyingYoungerSibling.
%%** ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'': Merida.
** ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'': Rhino. Bolt may qualify, as Mittens teaches him how to become a dog, but he reverts to serious mode. [[spoiler: He may have remained very cheerful all along, as the end credits show that he is happy!]]
%%** ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'': Russell.
%%** ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': Nemo, of course!

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/GameTheoryFanFic'' has an EarlyBirdCameo of Teana when she's six years old, and she is adorable.
* The {{Transformers}} fanfiction, ''Fanfic/BlackCrayons'' has Annabelle Lennox, going from age four to age six over the series. She's absolutely adorable and sees Ironhide and her [[BadassNormal dad]] as her personal heroes and unbeatable. She also has the weapon specialist essentially wrapped around her finger.
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has Apple Pie, whose ability to be this even in the horrors of [[BadFuture Dark World]] enables her to become the new Element of Laughter.
* AB in ''Fanfic/{{Pokeumans}}'', who is keen and excitable to be Brandon's [[TheApprentice apprentice]].
* ''Fanfic/TangledAdventuresInArendelle'' has Charlotte and Jacob Calmont. Both are cheery and happy, though Charlotte gets more focus with her BigSisterWorship of princess rapunzel providing a window into how the youngest of the kingdom take the changes that happen in the fic.
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' gives us a flashback during the Mother's Day special showing resident {{Badass}}, BigGood of the benign kaiju faction, '''Godzilla Junior''' was one. After he hatched inside a research institute and was being raised by a kindly biologist, the future King of the Monsters liked nothing more than to play around his paddock, chirping and wagging his tail as he followed his adoptive mother around like a chick trailing its mother hen.

%%* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'': Agnes.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'': Marigold Girl.
* ''Film/{{Hook}}'': Maggie Banning is an unusual example, as she ''is'' in peril for much of the film as a prisoner of Captain Hook. It's her innocent, positive outlook on life that allows her to see through his claim that her parents don't love her, and she lashes out at him for trying to manipulate both her and Jack. She has an idea about what's wrong with the villain, too: "You need a mommy very badly!" She's not too far off -- [[spoiler: when the Croc comes back to life and makes a meal out of Hook, his last words are "I want my mommy!"]]
%%* Ducky of ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''.
%%** Subverted with Littlefoot. He has shown many emotions throughout the series, but is usually cheerful.
%%* Sally Salt in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBaronMunchhausen''.
* ''Film/MysteryTeam'': Brianna, the girl who hires the team, is rather cheerful for a girl whose parents just died.
* ''Animation/{{Revolution 2009}}'': Az'Az is a pretty happy kid.
%%* Creator/ShirleyTemple.
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'': The baby in the first film (confirmed by WordOfGod to be named Roshan).
%%* ''Film/MrPeabodyAndSherman'': Sherman.
* ''Film/ManOnFire'': Lupita's cheerfulness eventually chips away at [[GrumpyBear Creasy]]'s hard exterior, making him positive about life again and becoming something of a substitute father for her. This leads him to go on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge when Pita is captured and killed by a kidnapping ring.
* Boo in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc''.

* Tommen Baratheon from a ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
** This is FridgeHorror when you realize what [[CrapsackWorld kind of world]] he lives in. Also that little thing about being [[spoiler: prophesied to die]]...
* Leonard Stecyk in ''Literature/ThePaleKing'' is such an excruciatingly upbeat kid that some of the school faculty want to kill him. His schoolmates hide when they see him coming.
* Two year old Lani Nita serves this function in the ''Literature/BreakingTheWall'' trilogy.
* Kalid in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''.
* [[ThemeNaming Kairn]] in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: City of the Dead''. He's also a good-natured daredevil and a foil to his new friend Zak, who daredevils after his parents were killed. [[spoiler: Gets killed and made into a zombie, but Zak's appeals made him turn against the man who did it.]]
* Lucy Pennykettle from [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]].
* Gabriel from ''Literature/TheGiver'', as a baby, he's very loud and happy.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Series/PunkyBrewster. A little girl who at age 8 was deserted by her mother (after her father left their family) and was found living alone in an empty apartment by Henry Warnimont, who would adopt her. Yet she manages to maintain a positive spin on things even though once in awhile she would wax sadness about it.
* In ''Series/VeronicaMars'', Logan was once stuck babysitting a hyper-cheerful 11 year-old girl. Her disposition turned out to be a front.
* In ''Scrubs'', the son of Perry Cox and Jordan Sullivan, Jack Cox, is one of these. No matter what happens to him (including being painted green and then cleaned up), he is smiling broadly and seems delighted with what is going on.
* In ''RoundTheTwist'', it's pretty hard to dent Bronson's good cheer.
* Sky Smith from Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures is possibly the most adorable Weapon of Mass Destruction ever, with a cheery personality just adding to her cuteness. [[DefusingTheTykebomb She gets better]]
* Boxey from ''[[BattlestarGalacticaClassic Battlestar Galactica]]'', especially in the episode 'Fire in Space' except for almost losing Muffit. He is initially downtrodden by the loss of his daggit during the Destruction but soon lights up when he gains a robotic replacement and has never been without smiles and giggles since.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Sometimes, underneath the psychosis and psychological trauma, there are glimpses of River being one of these. Made poignant in a flashback when we see here as a child, and she definitely was before the Academy got hold of her.

* Music/LindseyStirling's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0g9poWKKpbU We Found Love]]" was made in Kenya and includes a number of local people. Some are children who she holds briefly or plays with. She also performs in their classroom, and they clap along happily. Later, she describes what an honor it was to be with them.

* Beth in the opera ''The Tender Land'' is a vivacious foil to her older sister.
* In ''Theatre/AlbertHerring'', Emmie, Cis and Harry are always seen in an ebullient mood, even on the manhunt for Albert.
* ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' has two examples, one straight and one subverted.
** Charlie Bucket is the straight example. He's not the soul of IncorruptiblePurePureness he is in the novel, as he's prone to daydreaming and even a little mischief now and then. (To hear his grandparents recount the legends of Willy Wonka night after night, he convinces them each time that no, they ''haven't'' told him before...) But for a child who lives in poverty, he makes the best of the hand he's been dealt thanks to being a more grounded MrImagination, and is the light of his family's lives. When his hopes of finding a Golden Ticket fade and he falls into a blue funk, the change deeply troubles his loved ones.
** Augustus Gloop, the first Golden Ticket finder, is the subversion. He is just as happy and constantly upbeat as Charlie and his family regards him as BigFun. The Buckets and the audience quickly realize he's actually a FatBastard whose happiness comes solely from his gigantic appetite being constantly appeased, as eating is ''all he does''. He has lousy manners and is proud of saying he eats pigs limb from limb! Finally, he decides he just ''has'' to drink straight from the chocolate waterfall in the Wonka Factory -- the '''only''' part of the Chocolate Room Mr. Wonka declares off-limits, for sanitary purposes -- and falls in; his being sent to an UncertainDoom via the plumbing system as the Oompa-Loompas and Mr. Wonka mock him is played as a vicious variant on BreakTheCutie.
* ''Theatre/TheRoseTattoo'' has Bruno, Salvatore and Vivi, three children who never speak, though their playful actions are played for NarrativeFiligree. One of the boys is bouncing a rubber ball at the wake, much to Rosa's outrage.

%%* Again, ''VideoGame/MegaMan'': Roll, Roll, Roll (at age 10)
%%** Rock himself counts.
* Franchise/{{Kirby}} counts as one as well (Even though he may or may not technically be an alien).
%%* [[{{VideoGame/Bomberman}} Cheerful White Bomber]].
* Pac-Man becomes one in ''VideoGame/PacManParty''.[[note]]On the other hand, most official artwork of him (and this is going back to the [[VideoGame/PacMan original game]]) had portrayed him as being cheerful.[[/note]]
* Despite the combat-oriented nature of the series, a couple of ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' characters fit this trope. Mostly these are fairly weak characters like [[CatGirl Chen]] or [[OddJobGods the Aki sisters]], but then there's BonusBoss [[PhysicalGod Suwako Moriya]]... Though it's kind of a subversion since she's [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really 2000 Years Old]] ''at least''. It might even be an aversion as it's unknown if her child-like appearance is her true form, and it's been all but outright stated that [[ObfuscatingStupidity her demanour is an act]] (though it's unknown if her cheerfulness is included in that act).
** The FinalBoss of ''Immaterial And Missing Power'', the [[CuteBruiser oni]] [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Suika ]] [[{{Sizeshifter}} Ibuki]] fits to a tee, though...
** Subversion with ''Subterranean Animism'''s [[ByTheEyesOfTheBlind Komeiji]] [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Koishi]] who ''is'' a child, ''is'' perpetually smiling, but [[DissonantSerenity is actually]] an EmptyShell.
%%* Franchise/CrashBandicoot in the 2005-2008 games.
* [[TheCutie Cream the Rabbit]] from the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. She's a '''''very''''' cheerful, kind-hearted, and optimistic 6 year old rabbit girl who enjoys playing outside, gathering flowers, and playing with her cute sidekick, Cheese the Chao. Also, both Tails and Charmy Bee fits into this trope as well, although they are both a [[GadgeteerGenius nerd]] and {{Keet}} as well, respectively.
* Mistral of ''Franchise/DotHack'' acts like this all the time. [[TheReveal Turns out]] [[spoiler:she is a housewife.]]
* [[Franchise/TheLegendofZelda Link's]] little sister Aryll. Also Malon and Romani.
* Kulche in ''VideoGame/LocoRoco''. Hey, if you can keep your smile and sing almost all the time when a threat isn't 5 meters away from you, it should count.
* Apparently, [[MeaningfulName Brick]] from ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'' was absolutely adorable as a little child, grinning happily as he cuddled a puppy in his massively oversized hands in the treehouse with him and his future mercenary friends. Then we get into the game, where he blows things apart with rockets, shotguns, and a pipe, and goes into [[TheBerserker furious rages]] where he makes people explode by punching them and screaming blood. Not for blood. Just screaming the word 'blood.' [[BloodKnight Repeatedly]].
* Susumu Hori of ''VideoGame/MrDriller'' is the game's example of this trope.
* [[TheCutie Lip and Furil]] from ''VideoGame/PanelDePon'' could give all of the above examples a run for their money. Individually.
* Yonah from ''VideoGame/NIER''. Despite having a terminal illness, she's always positive and upbeat, if her diary entries are any indication.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Pearl, but only after she warms up to Phoenix. She spends most of the second game blushing and silent.
** A more straight example would be 8 years old Trucy [[spoiler: Enigmar.]] Her adorable, radiant smile is so effective, it manages to ''cure'' one major character's deep depression. Although [[BeneathTheMask she may not be so cheerful herself beneath that radiant smile...]]

* In the sequel to ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', ''VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia'', Kogil serves this role. Of course... he's the younger version of Gilgamesh, who as we know is more than a little messed up.
** Ilya is also very capable of being this trope... As long as she's not commanding her nine-foot tall monster servant to rip you limb from limb because she's bored... Or trying to control your mind with magic... Or just in other ways being the perfect example of the CreepyChild.
%%* Ushio from ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}''.
* Hisui, from {{VisualNovel/Tsukihime}}, was quite cheerful as child, until Shiki left; at which point she become [[EmotionlessGirl not so cheerful anymore]].
** [[spoiler:Finding out that her twin older sister Kohaku is trapped in the mansion being raped almost daily (and that the only reason it's not happening to ''her'' is by Kohaku's efforts)]] probably had something to do with it. That, and [[spoiler:she stays "emotionless" to keep Kohaku from reverting. Too bad Kohaku has already become an EmotionlessGirl under her GenkiGirl facade...]].
* Coco of ''{{VisualNovel/Ever 17}}'' is technically a little old for this trope (she if 14 years old), but looks like, acts like and is mistaken for an elementary student. Occasionally she has little streaks of not-quite-despair [[spoiler:which makes sense when you realize she's seeing the future/talking to people in the future, where she doesn't seem to exist anymore.]] But she cheers up quickly enough anyway and plays strange games like staring contests with dogs or pretending to be a chicken.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/30311.jpg Rika]] from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''. [[spoiler:Subverted when we find out that [[WiseBeyondTheirYears she actually understands]] [[GroundhogDayLoop what's going on]] better than anyone else and is [[TheFatalist rather dissatisfied]] with her [[FateWorseThanDeath current situation]], but [[StepfordSmiler she pretends to be happy and optimistic for the sake of her friends]]. [[TearJerker/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Until season two]].]]
* Maria, of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', was evidently this way [[UsedToBeASweetKid in her backstory]], in spite of having an [[AbusiveParents Abusive Parent]], but after [[DespairEventHorizon an event mentioned in the fourth arc]], became a [[CuteAndPsycho jarring mix]] between this and a CreepyChild.
** Sakutaro, Maria's beloved ImaginaryFriend[=/=]{{Living Toy|s}}, is a straighter example of this. [[spoiler:Rosa tearing him apart is what triggers Maria's DespairEventHorizon]].
** Similarly to Maria, Ange was this until [[spoiler:almost everyone in her family died.]]

%%* Kate from ''Webcomic/CountYourSheep''.
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', a FlashBack reveals that Antimony used to be quite cheerful. Surprisingly so, in light of the fact that in the present day, she's a slowly-{{defrosting|IceQueen}} EmotionlessGirl. Apparently, the intervening years were not kind to her.
** It doesn't quite help when your mother dies [[spoiler: [[BreakTheCutie and you're the one who has to guide her into the afterlife]]]]. Not to mention being abandoned by your father afterwards.
** Kat, at least through their first year, tended to be one of the most cheerful and optimistic of Annie's class, contrasting starkly with Annie's stoicism and emotional reserve.
* Quinn Akaelae, the raccoon {{psychic|Powers}} from ''Webcomic/TheCyantianChronicles'' is definitely a cheerful child, clear past adulthood. Contrast to her "brother", who seems to have a darker outlook on life.
* Max from Webcomic/MaxOveracts is usually optimistic and over energetic in his efforts to entertain himself and others.
* Schism from ''[[http://discordiacomic.com Discordia]]'' is a Cheerful Child... with the powers of a God.
** As is [[http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/minus.html Minus]].
%%* Mistake from ''WebComic/DandyAndCompany''.
%%* Molly the Peanut Butter Monster from ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.''
* Jacquline from ''Webcomic/SamuraiPrincess'' despite her less than cheerful past.
%%* [[Webcomic/{{Digger}} I ate a sock!]]
* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'', Molly appears to be a prime example of this trope, despite having a very upsetting past.
%%* Fennoswede from ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld''
%%* Mimi from ''Webcomic/FiyoraNya''.
* [[http://www.indoorempire.com/snuggleninja-gallery#219-34_Source Snuggleninja]] is always happy, even when he can't find what he is looking for.
* Donny of ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' is this and a TagalongKid, much to Tanna's despair since she has to look after him. He also always wants to play, and ''will'' [[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/520 hold you to your word]] if you say "later".
* Mia of ''TrueVillains'' is extensively this. Bright, giddy, and grinning almost constantly.
* Sausage / Cody in ''{{Webcomic/WooHoo}}'' fits the trope, as an enthusiastic member of a Scout-type organization. Identifying as gender-neutral, Sausage is just interested in science and in making the city a better place.


* ''ErikasNewPerfume'''s titular character is this, when she isn't insanely embarrassed. Also from what little we see of Sarah before she [[PlotRelevantAgeUp grows up]] she seemed to fit this as well.
* Red from ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' is portrayed like this in ''WebVideo/ThereWillBeBrawl'', showing him to truly care about the Pokémon and is one of the few truly Good characters in a GreyAndGrayMorality setting, [[spoiler:making his death all the more poignant, especially since it was indirectly the protagonist's fault]].
** [[VideoGame/EarthBound Ness]] and [[VideoGame/{{Mother3}} Lucas]] had made a cameo in one episode playing and looking to fill this trope too. [[spoiler: They turn out to be the serial killers who killed and stuffed all the victims in the series.]]
* [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Little-Binky-picture-342633567 Binky]]as per her description as she has a Meaningful Name for doing something rabbits do when happy, which is binkying, and she is always binkying, thus she is very happy all the time. Omitted from her description, though, she is only unhappy while sick and sad and wouldn't binky if frightened
** When one first meets her, [[http://akaichounokoe.deviantart.com/art/Eglantine-Comes-to-stay-316570282 Eglantine]] seems to be this, as she is excited about just about everything, even meeting those she doesn't know. Oddly, Parental Abandonment has no effect on her cheerful personality.
* Jeannette of ''Literature/FunnyBusiness'' [[spoiler:seems to be this trope. [[StepfordSmiler She is actually concealing some serious self-loathing]] so as not to burden anybody else with her problems]]. Lucy and Lewis play the trope straight, though.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mindy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. Since she's unaware of the dangers she keeps getting into, she's constantly cheery.
* Aang in the early seasons of ''WesternAnimation/{{Avatar the Last Airbender}}''.
** His grandchildren in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' are pretty cheerful too, especially [[GenkiGirl Ikki]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Meelo]]
%%* Jazmine from ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks''.
%%* Orel Puppington, until ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'''s second season finale.
%%* Jake from ''WesternAnimation/TazMania''.
%%* Ding-A-Ling Wolf from the WesternAnimation/HokeyWolf segment of ''WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow''.
%%* Flapjack from ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''.
%%* Mac from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends''.
%%* Loopy from ''WesternAnimation/{{KaBlam}}!''
%%* Penny Tompkins in ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''.
%%* Sneezer from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''.
%%* Mimi and Scooter Chan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan''.
%%* Keef from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' takes this to somewhat creepy levels.
%%* The titular star of ''WesternAnimation/{{Pearlie}}''.
%%* Chowder and Panini from ''{{WesternAnimation/Chowder}}''.
%%* Lemony from ''WesternAnimation/YakkityYak''.
%%* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''.
%%* Bessie Higgenbottom from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB''.
%%* Gene from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''.
%%* Finn [[spoiler: and Marciline]] from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* Numbuh Three from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. She's a bit of an airhead but she's happy-go-lucky, and very excitable.
* The little girl from the ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' episodes ''Curtain of Cruelty'' and ''[[ShowWithinAShow Angry Nasty People]]''.
* Pistol, Pete's daughter on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', smiles, giggles, squeals, bounces, and [[GenkiGirl bursts with energy]] almost all the time.
* [[GenkiGirl Mabel]] from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. Rare are the moments when she doesn't have a smile on her face.
* Timothy and Yoko from TimothyGoesToSchool
* Eugene on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' despite his [[BornUnlucky ridiculous level of bad luck]]. [[TheEveryman Arnold]] has shades of this himself, though more in the sense of being calm and optimistic than peppy and cheerful.
* The Deegan twins in ''WesternAnimation/HollyHobbieAndFriends: [[ChristmasSpecial Christmas Wishes]]'' have managed to remain largely cheerful, despite their [[BrokenBird mother]]'s desire to shun Christmas and things related to it following the death of her husband/their father. Also, Holly and her friends to some degree.
* Charlotte from ''WesternAnimation/MakingFiends'' takes this to rather extreme levels.
* The Cutie Mark Crusaders from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. Under most circumstances, they're all very happy children.
* WesternAnimation/RubyGloom. She's a 6 year old girl who has Gothic and creepy tastes and interests. Despite this, she's rather chipper and optimistic.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is quite a energetic KidHero.
* WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake and her friends (especially in the first two incarnations.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}''
** Wilykat and Wilykit are a pair of plucky, eternally optimistic [[TheArtfulDodger Artful Dodgers]], despite having grown up in the slums of TheEmpire.
** In "Song of the Petalars" Emrick the Petalar, a {{foil}} and surrogate sibling for [[TheHero Lion-O]], is also a young [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]], quite convinced that, despite being trapped in the [[TheLostWoods Briar Woods]] for generations, Lion-O and his Thundercats will help them find a way back home.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''. Bubbles is described as "the joy and the laughter" in the end credits theme song.
%%* Butters from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
%%* Pac-Man (again) and Cylindria in ''WesternAnimation/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures''.
%%* Joise Small from ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies''.
%%* Malani in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}''.
%%* Greg from ''WesternAnimation/{{Over The Garden Wall}}''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TootAndPuddle'', the title characters' cousin Opal is bright, usually has a big smile, and is always up for a day of fun.