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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 and naturalists have considered putting it on the endangered species list. The All-American boy is [[CaptainObvious male]], probably white, blond-haired and blue-eyed. He is marked by his love of baseball, by having a skill with rural machinery and hunting firearms beyond his years, and his propensity to emit sounds like "gee whiz". The All-American boy usually dwells in a QuirkyTown 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, 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. 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.



[[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.


[[folder: Art ]]

* 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 ''TomSawyer'' and ''HuckleberryFinn''... Really, it's hard to think of a Rockwell painting that doesn't involve him in some way.


[[folder: Comics ]]

* Steve Rogers (aka CaptainAmerica) 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.
* Archie Andrews of ''ArchieComics'', especially in TheFifties and TheSixties.


[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

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


[[folder: Film ]]

* Audie Murphy in the beginning of ''To Hell And Back''.
* The title character in ''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.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* TropeCodifier TomSawyer and HuckleberryFinn.
* 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.
* Henry Huggins in the ''RamonaAndBeezus'' books by BeverlyCleary.
* 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 ''WhereTheRedFernGrows''.


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, from ''LeaveItToBeaver''.
* Opie Taylor and his pals on ''TheAndyGriffithShow''.
* Cory Matthews of ''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.


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS is closer to this than the name suggests, unlike his [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK British counterpart]].


[[folder: Radio ]]

* Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy.


[[folder: Theater ]]

* Biff in ''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.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Ninten from ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER|1}}'' and Ness from ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', both of whom are bat-wielding 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/TeamFortress2'''s [[{{Delinquent}} Scout]] seems to be a somewhat DarkerAndEdgier, "grown-up" parody of this trope. Even in his mid-twenties, he clearly hasn't matured at all. He's a rough-and-tumble, mischievous baseball fan from Boston in the 60's with a habit of calling others "chuckleheads" and the like, and carries around a baseball bat... which he uses to bash others' head in. [[http://www.teamfortress.com/scoutupdate/force-a-nature.htm Hot dog!]]
* ''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.


[[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 ''MoralOrel'' is a Deconstruction of this; it's specifically a parody of DaveyAndGoliath
* Ralphie Tennelli from ''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.


[[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.