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->''"Grantville, West Virginia was the mold that produced Jeff Higgins. All things said and done, it was as good a mold as any and a better one than most."''
-->-- ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo''

This species has seldom been seen in recent decades, and naturalists have put it on the endangered species list. The All-American boy is [[CaptainObvious male]], almost always white, typically [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold blond-haired]] and [[InnocentBlueEyes blue-eyed]]; sometimes he'll also have buckteeth and YouthfulFreckles. He is marked by his love of baseball, apple pie, his mother, and [[RealMenLoveJesus Jesus]], by having a skill with rural machinery and hunting firearms beyond his years, and his propensity to emit sounds like "Jeepers!" and "Gee Whiz!". The All-American boy usually dwells in EverytownAmerica in the heart of {{Eagleland}} within which he is as [[FreeRangeChildren free as the air, pedaling everywhere on his bicycle]] or spending hours having innocent fun in his treehouse. He is naive but charming and always polite (the worst he dishes out is "You shut up!"), and he treats his parents (who most likely are a StandardFiftiesFather and a HouseWife) and other elders with respect. He is probably a [[ScoutOut Boy Scout]] (or a Cub Scout if still in elementary school). If he has a sibling, it will be an [[BigBrotherWorship older brother to idolize]] or a little sister [[BigBrotherInstinct to protect]] -- perhaps both.

There are variants of this trope. The geeky variant is similarly characterized by ingenuity, self-reliance, and wholesomeness, but he applies his interest to at-home science experiments and the like, and wears NerdGlasses. The high-school variety wears a letterman's sweater, plays football or baseball, and spends his off hours using his mechanical skills to restore an old car. You might have a "wilder" boy with a mischievous streak in him, but he'll grow out of it eventually and become the fine, upstanding man his parents raised him to be.

An All-American boy often gets a job as a KidDetective. If he joins the military when he grows up he will almost inevitably become a SouthernFriedPrivate. He may want to see more of the world and venture into TheCity, but expect him to return to his hometown, disillusioned with the citygoers' air of cynicism and greed. Your All-American Boy will almost certainly marry his [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend high school sweetheart]], and then settle down to raise a family, with at least one son just like him.

The closest DistaffCounterpart would probably be GirlNextDoor. Likely grows up to be the AllAmericanFace.



[[folder: Advertising]]
* Used in some commercials for Smuckers jams and jellies. Typically feature young boys (apparently the guys who would later found the company) on bicycles riding through orchards and playing together during TheFifties (or thereabouts).
* Ditto for the Blue Bell Ice Cream commercials, especially the radio variety.

* Creator/NormanRockwell depicted many variations of him in his paintings, notably "A Day in the Life of a Boy," illustrations for the Boy Scouts of America, the Willie Gillis series, his illustrations for ''Literature/TomSawyer'' and ''Literature/HuckleberryFinn''... Really, it's probably easier to list his paintings that ''don't'' have this character.

* Steve Rogers (aka ComicBook/CaptainAmerica): In one way he pretty much fits the general personality of this trope, although he was a terrible athlete as a child, in large part due to his GeekPhysique. After he got the Super-Soldier Serum, he was able to embody the trope even more. By contrast his childhood is the exact opposite as the child of Irish immigrants growing up in the slums of NYC during the Great Depression. Steve's complex like that.
* Archie Andrews of ''Franchise/ArchieComics'', especially in TheFifties and TheSixties.
* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] is often this in stories about him growing up in his hometown Smallville.
** His son [[ComicBook/{{Superboy}} Jon]] also counts, being a sweet, charming boy who grew up in rural towns in upstate New York.

[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* If [[NationsAsPeople America]] shows up in one of the ''many'' ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' HighSchoolAU fanfics, there's a pretty good chance he'll be this, for [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin obvious reasons]].

* Audie Murphy in the beginning of ''To Hell And Back''.
* The title character in ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'' is a grown-up example, as well as all the boys in his [[ScoutOut "Boy Rangers"]] group.
* ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' smuggled the probable TropeCodifier into its MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, despite this making no contextual sense.
* ''Film/BigFish'' is a great example. Quirky small town, baseball, etc.
* The Film/AndyHardy film series.
* The titular Chuck of Film/AmazingGraceAndChuck is an example, which is part of what makes his anti-nuclear weapon protest an interesting enough story in-universe that it gathers some attention even before Amazing Grace joins him.

* Literature/TomSawyer and Literature/HuckleberryFinn: the two eponymous boys are good fits for this trope, but the world they exist in is far less idyllic than the Eagleland they might expect to appear in. The DeliberateValuesDissonance is sobering in terms of the racism and casual violence the two boys come across. Tom Sawyer in particular is dedicated to whimsical pranks regardless of the people that get caught up in them.
* Literature/TheHardyBoys.
* A pair of {{Kid Detective}}s in ''The Crow and the Castle'' by Keith Robinson.
* Jeff and the "four horsemen" in ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'', who lean more toward the geeky variant in this case.
* Some of Creator/RobertAHeinlein's works are this RecycledInSpace.
* Literature/HenryHuggins, from the book series of the same name, was one of the earliest characters embodying this trope.
* Galen Waylock in ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming'' is an example, with the slight variation that he is a warlock trained to follow in the family AncientTradition of guarding humanity.
* Billy Coleman in ''Literature/WhereTheRedFernGrows''.
* Jem Finch in ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''. He's itching to join the school football team, receives a gun for Christmas, and hides up in his treehouse from time to time when not carousing around the streets with his younger sister and neighbor.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, from ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver''.
* Opie Taylor and his pals on ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''.
* Cory Matthews of ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' is a modern example. He begins by caring about more baseball than anything and seeing his father as Superman. Since the show follows him from grade school to college, it gradually shifts from playing the trope straight to deconstructing it at times.
* Joey Newton in [[Series/FuryTheBraveStallion Fury]]

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ComicStrip/{{Dennis the Menace|US}} is closer to this than the name suggests, unlike his [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK British counterpart]]. (Of course, having him called "The Menace" does undercut this a bit.)

* Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy.

* Biff in ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' is this as a kid. As he grows up, not so much.
* ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'': The number "A Healthy, Normal American Boy" describes Conrad Birdie as this in a series of BlatantLies.
* Joe Hardy in ''Theatre/DamnYankees'' is presented as the model of this, complete with a fictional Hannibal, Missouri upbringing. Few people know that DealWithTheDevil is what really made him a baseball star.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ninten from ''VideoGame/EarthboundBeginnings'' and Ness from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', both of whom are bat-wielding, cap-wearing Everyman boys from a small town.
* Mike Jones, teenaged ace pitcher from ''VideoGame/{{Startropics}}''. His All-American-ness--contrasted with and found strange by the natives of the islands he's visiting--is a large part of the game's humor and tone.
* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'''s [[NewMeat Private Wyatt]] tends towards this. He's young, idealistic, and [[GoshDangItToHeck almost never swears,]] even in combat. If he [[spoiler: survives the first encounter with [[BigBad Deathshead,]]]] his partner in the resistance is a similarly young Rock'n'Roll enthusiast.
* The hero of ''VideoGame/SecretOfEvermore'' is a modern variant who enjoys spending afternoons at the movies (especially [[TheresNoBInMovie schlocky B-movies]]) and playing with his faithful dog.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* According to WordOfGod, Rocky of ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' is an All-American Boy in squirrel form.
* Hank and Dean Venture of ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', at least initially.
* Davey Hansen in ''WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath''.
* Orel Puppington of ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' is a Deconstruction of this; it's specifically a parody of WesternAnimation/DaveyAndGoliath
* Ralphie Tennelli from ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus''.
* Hank Hill of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' thinks Bobby should be one. Bobby's knack for marksmanship and attending meetings of the Order of the Straight Arrow means he fulfills it from time to time.
* [[WesternAnimation/AugieDoggieAndDoggieDaddy Augie Doggie]] is a parody of this.
* In the WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo episode "Hey You, Don't Forget About Me In Your Memory," Robin is fixated on being the All-American Boy while making sure the rest of the Titans stick to their labels. He ends up failing every aspect of it and realizes he's meant to be the bully.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Institutionally invoked by the Boy Scouts of America.
* ''Boys' Life'' magazine is marketed to this demographic, which makes sense as it's published by the aforementioned Boy Scouts.