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->''"Although I've been [[BlackComedyRape mishandled by a demon,]] I'm determined to remain optimistic, no matter what!"''
-->-- '''Polly "Pollyanna" Whittier''', ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen,'' vol 1 issue 2

For the book this archetype is named for, see ''Literature/{{Pollyanna}}''

A BlitheSpirit character, usually but not always female, who undergoes various hardships, losing almost everything she holds dear, and yet seems never to lose her sunny disposition. ThinkHappyThoughts may be how she does this.

When this character is played for drama (which usually entails a BreakTheCutie situation), you sometimes get the feeling she's conducting some [[StepfordSmiler serious repression]] in order to continue functioning, and we are likely to see her [[BewareTheNiceOnes break down]]; on the other hand, her infinite patience and good humor may give her away as an AllLovingHero. If she's a member of a group that TheHero appeals to for help, count on her being the LeastIsFirst.

When she's played for laughs, the fates the character endures are too horrendous to actually happen in real life, and yet she's [[TheDitz too stupid]] to realize how God-awful her situation is and how miserable she ought to be; it seems as though the whole universe is out to BreakTheCutie, and ''failing''. (Although sometimes they just need a RantInducingSlight.)

The TropeNamer is the title character of Eleanor Porter's 1913 novel ''Literature/{{Pollyanna}}'', who was made famous in the 1960 Walt Disney movie, and was mocked by Alan Moore in the aforementioned throwaway joke in the pages of ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''. However, it was popularized over a century earlier by Dr. Pangloss from the novel (and later Broadway musical) ''{{Candide}}'', who is always explaining why getting kidnapped by pirates or sold into slavery is ultimately for the best. Indeed, the adjective [[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Panglossian Panglossian]] has been in use since the 1800s.

[[DiscreditedTrope Shows up a bit less nowadays]], given that the current attitude is that a character's intelligence (As well as degree of [[WhatMeasureIsANonBadass "Cool"ness]]) is inversely proportional to their attitude. That is, the more and ''more'' negative their attitude, the more intelligent (and cool) the character is; conversely, the happier a character is, the stupider and more unrealistic is their mindset. Partly induced by works like ''Series/{{House}}'' and ''{{Daria}}''. This is probably a CyclicTrope.

As you can see, often [[DoubleStandard sexist in portrayal]], since most of these characters are female. You see the occasional males, but they're often beaten down because men are supposed to be [[TheStoic stoic]] and emotionless.

May be an unstoppable force of goodness and optimism if she's a PrincessClassic. Both are likely to cheerfully say SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers. In a FourTemperamentEnsemble, this character is usually Sanguine.

Compare GenkiGirl, who is excessively energetic.

Contrast StepfordSmiler where this trope is just a facade. KnightInSourArmor for someone with a similar attitude but a lot more snark and pessimism. Polar opposite of TheEeyore and BrokenBird.

May overlap with AngstWhatAngst. Can lead to cases of TastesLikeDiabetes if extreme enough.

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* ThePollyanna/AnimeAndManga
* ThePollyanna/ComicBooks
* ThePollyanna/{{Film}}
* ThePollyanna/{{Literature}}
* ThePollyanna/LiveActionTV
* ThePollyanna/{{Music}}
* ThePollyanna/VideoGames
* ThePollyanna/VisualNovels
* ThePollyanna/WebComics
* ThePollyanna/WesternAnimation
* ThePollyanna/RealLife
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!!Other examples:

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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[TheDitz Derpy]] [[TheKlutz Hooves]] in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' story ''Shadow Snark''.
--> '''Shadow Snark:''' You're pretty euphoric for someone who just learned they have no friends.
* MemeticBystander "Poor-chan" from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is typically portrayed by fandom as the comically extreme, oblivious version, who lives in a cardboard box and can't afford a computer for her classes, yet is always writing cheerful letters to her "Mother in Heaven".
* Lavinia Gilden[[spoiler: /Tansy Leefinch]] from the HungerGames fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'' always tries to exhibit pure optimism... even though she's working as a mentor for District Twelve, sending two kids a year into the arena to face near-certain death. Over the course of the story, she does lose a bit of her GenkiGirl attitude, but she still tries to look on the bright side.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'', aided by SelectiveObliviousness.
* Pig of ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' always keeps a positive attitude even though he is one of many {{Butt Monkey}}s of Rat's abuse.
* One strip of ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' shows a pair of devils lamenting their inability to properly torment one damned soul as he cheerfully toils for his infernal overseers.
-->You know, we're just not reaching that guy.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* While it's virtually impossible to have a Pollyanna-type character in a medium where people beat each other up all the time, this can surface when it comes to faces. There have been several instances of a face losing their title or getting beaten up only to be all smiles if they're in action the next week. A notable one was Wrestling/EveTorres who lost her Divas Championship (her first reign) at the ''Fatal 4 Way'' pay-per-view in 2010. The next night on Series/{{Raw}}, she was all smiles during her entrance and danced with the Great Khali despite facing [[Wrestling/AliciaFox the woman who took the title from her]]. (That attitude could have been because Eve knew that she lost her title in a four-Diva sudden death match.) Though Eve averted this when she lost the Divas title for a second time (this time to Brie Bella) back in 2011 due to the Bella Twins' [[TwinSwitch "Twin Magic"]] - they had a backstage segment after the match and she was definitely a little upset.
* Wrestling/{{Natalya|Neidhart}}'s face persona slipped into this territory more than a few times. During her feud with Wrestling/LayCool in mid-to-late 2010, they started mocking her and claimed she'd inherited [[BadassBeard her dad's facial hair gene]], complete with a photoshopped picture of Natalya with an Anvil beard. Nattie just laughed it off and also shook off all the jibes they got at her family. And when she lost her Divas title to Eve in 2011, she teamed with her the very next night on Raw and there was no tension between them whatsoever. Then after she lost her rematch to Eve, she saved her from a backstage attack.
* Wrestling/JillianHall counts. Despite virtually everyone on the roster complaining about her HollywoodToneDeaf gimmick, every week or so Jillian would be out all smiles ready to sing for the audience again. This is especially glaring when you consider everything her character has gone through - losing her Divas' title two minutes after winning it, being dissed by every single celebrity guest host on Raw (including the Osbournes, {{Jewel}}, Wayne Brady), being one-upped by a conniving pair of twins for weeks and being on a losing streak for three years of her career.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/TheMostHappyFella'': Herman is a continual victim of bullying, yet he's all smiles--until someone pushes him too far, and he makes a frown and a fist.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ThreeJaguars'', Marketeer. [[http://threejaguarscomic.net/?comic=opportunity-cost-final Tell her her budget is less than she wants, and she loves it, it's a challenge!]]
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Marzipan]] shades towards this, although [[BewareTheNiceOnes she has her limits]].
** The titular ''WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad'' (except for What's-Her-Face).
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Bobby of ''DivaDirt'' is probably one of the most positive wrestling columnists in history. He has something good to say about nearly everything he reviews and if it's a bad show, he'll always try to find something positive in it. Though he did momentarily snap when he found out ''NXT Redemption'' was being cancelled. Cryssi seems to have embraced this attitude since around mid-2011.
* In ''WebVideo/HumanCentipedeTheMusical'', Steve retains his cheerful demeanor even when he wakes up tied to a bed and finds out that he’ll be part of a human centipede.
* What Pollyanna calls "the glad game" and others call "counting their blessings" is a coping mechanism that Felix Clay calls "trivializing adversity" in ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-ways-we-dont-realize-we-suck-at-coping-with-adversity/ 4 Ways We Don't Realize We Suck at Coping With Adversity]].
* Whistler and [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/0a15256cefbde16fc08357ccbfc27354/tumblr_mjmi7if1KN1rj4ht7o10_500.png Carribean Splash]] from Blog/AskKingSombra.
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