->'''Cause I love to make you smile, smile, smile\\
Yes I do\\
It fills my heart with sunshine all the while\\
Yes it does\\
'Cause all I really need's a smile, smile, smile\\
From these happy friends of mine''
-->-- '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNrXMOSkBas Pinkie Pie,]]''' ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "A Friend in Deed"]]

Bob really likes happiness. Not only for [[ProtagonistCenteredMorality himself]] or for his [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy loved ones]], but for everybody. [[UsefulNotes/EthicalHedonism Since it's often impossible to let everyone be happy, he'll settle for as much happiness as possible to as many as possible]]. Hence, an entire system of morality based on the pursuit of happiness.

Let's, for example, say that [[ForTheEvulz Alice is having a great time hurting Charlie]]. Bob disapproves: It's a good thing that she's doing something she enjoys, but it's not cool that she's doing it at Charlie's expense. Bob has no desire to punish her for her misdeeds, but might do so if that's the most efficient way to make her stop and to help Charlie get his self-esteem back.

While Bob might be any average guy, his desire to make happiness possible - and especially the fight against needless suffering that comes with it - might drive him to become a hero. In some interpretations of Order vs Chaos, Bob is a ChaoticGood kind of character who might clash with a LawfulGood hero who disregards ForHappiness in favor of having ForGreatJustice as his only driving principle. A hero who in such a setting embraces BOTH ForHappiness and ForGreatJustice, keeping a balance between them when they clash, is usually NeutralGood, although one can find both [[TheNeedsOfTheMany Utilitarian-type consequentialists]] and [[ForGreatJustice some fairly strict deontologists]] among the Neutral Good; and in general the matching of philosophy in this regard with one's position on with Order vs. Chaos is true most of the time, but not in every situation.

If the character is also promiscuous or such, it's in an EthicalSlut kind of way. One way of maximizing happiness while keeping the risks of suffering minimal is to make sure that your play (sexually and otherwise) is SafeSaneAndConsensual.

Compare TheNeedsOfTheMany, GoodFeelsGood and ThePollyanna. For more on the philosophy behind ForHappiness actions see UsefulNotes/EthicalHedonism. Compare ''and'' contrast TotalitarianUtilitarian and HappinessIsMandatory, as well as GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Medaka from MedakaBox.
* Elmer from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has this as his raison d'etre: he just wants everyone (particularly his more melancholy immortal bretheren) to smile.
** One of said immortal brethren, Begg Garoto, is developing [[FantasticDrug the perfect drug]] in the hopes of providing easy, instant happiness to everyone in the world.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': Rock has this as his hobby. The rest of the cast thinks he's out of his mind, but they also think it's enough reason to let him live.
* Tomoyo from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''
* Nessa from ''{{Fractale}}'', who "loves love and hates hate."
* Love Momozono from ''FreshPrettyCure''. She's born with her MultiEthnicName from her parents (but mainly her grandpa) so she's able to spread love and happiness to everyone, and she took that thing ''at heart''. She's extremely friendly, her CatchPhrase is "Get your happiness!", attempts to make her friend happy going south (at first) is enough to make her bawl, and if able, she's also reaching out for some of her ''enemies'' to reach their own happiness. It works on [[spoiler:Eas, culminating her HeelFaceTurn into Setsuna/Cure Passion]], and she even attempts that on the BigBad Moebius to reach his happiness, [[spoiler:which backfires when Moebius declared that his happiness is the destruction of the Pretty Cure, even at cost of his destruction. The Cures survive the attempt, though.]]
** And Miyuki Hoshizora from ''SmilePrettyCure''. It's even in her Cure name: Cure ''Happy''.
* In ''GGundam'', Domon and Rain modify [[spoiler:the [[CallingYourAttacks attack call]] for the God Finger in the GrandFinale to reflect this attitude.]]
--> [[spoiler:These hands of ours are burning red! Domon: Their loud cry tells us- Rain: -to grasp HAPPINESS! Both: Erupting God Finger! Sekiha [[ThePowerOfLove Love! Love!]] Tenkyoken!]]
* Although he initially seems little more than a self-absorbed UpperClassTwit, [[{{Bishounen}} Tama]][[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} ki]] from ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' actually subscribes to this philosophy. He wants to have fun, but he wants everyone else to have fun too.
* ''{{Trigun}}'': Vash The Stampede fights with all his heart for [[LargeHam LOVE AND PEACE!]]
* Rentaro from ''LightNovel/BlackBullet'' falls into this. [[spoiler: This is a deconstructed trope, as he wants everyone he loves and cares about to be happy, at the expense of ''his own happiness''. The reason he withhold the crucial information about the sad eventual fate of cursed children becoming Gastrea monsters to Enju Aihara, a cursed child and Initiator who happens to have 500 days to live as a human (or the fact that Enju is slowly ''dying''), is because he wants Enju to live a happy life in her remaining time as a human. It bites him in the ass during volumes 5 and 6 where he was arrested for a crime he didn't commit. Rentaro told Kisara that he is willing to sacrifice his own happiness and freedom [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy for the sake of Kisara being happy]]. Needless to say, Kisara broke down in tears simply because Rentaro isn't happy.]]
* The titular character from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. [[spoiler: Apparently, her selfless dedication to make other happy causes her to pull a HeroicSacrifice at the end involving removing all despair from witches across time at the expense of erasing her own existence.]]
* This is deconstructed in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', teaches that a person should strive to make others happy but accept that it's fine to occasionally be selfish in certain regards. Tohru has difficulty with this initially and tries to be so utterly selfless that she does things that are detrimental to her health (avoids discussing her problems with others because she doesn't want to upset them, living in a tent in the woods and getting sick because her grandfather's house was being remodeled and she didn't want to inconvenience her friends, etc).
* In ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', Kail wants to become the next king so he can ensure the wellfare and happiness of his subjects. The fact that Yuri always worries about wellbeing of the people she meets, no matter what their social status or situation, leads to him realizing that she might just have the qualities necessary to be the most powerful woman in the entire empire. This inevitably leads to both of them being favored as the new rulers, over the evil queen Nakia.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* In ''Prime Baby'', the sluglike aliens turn out to be "missionaries of smiles and happy feelings". They hold sing-alongs and knit socks for the homeless.
* {{Superman}} is a rare TheCape example of this trope, at least with regards to his treasured home city of Metropolis. For the rest of the world, he usually takes a more low-profile ForGreatJustice route, and even then these can swap around. It's all DependingOnTheWriter.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'', the Zeltron [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is this... mostly. Justified as they're a race of empaths. If someone's unhappy, the whole block knows it and can feel it. The sociopaths of their species usually travel off-world to get away from the good cheer.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* [[FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality Harry Potter-Evans-Verres]] follows this. Rather than settling for less than making everyone become happy, he decided to try to [[AGodAmI become God]].
* [[Fanfic/PassionatePragmatism Erwin and Hange]] even have this as their stated goal: they want to maximize happiness for humanity.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Film/{{Amelie}}, who decides her destiny is to bring happiness and beauty to the lives of others - though she's not above cheating, fabricating, or deceiving to do so.
* In ''Film/HappyGoLucky'', Poppy just wants to share the joy and that everyone is happy. That goes so far as trying to cheer up even the grumpiest of people she meets.
* Giselle in ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' pretty much acts on this as her life philosophy, up to and including impromptu (delightful) musical numbers.
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[[folder:Folk Hero]]
* Johnny Appleseed was famous for this. Though he spent most of his life a simple hermit, he made it his mission to cover the United States territories with apple trees so that everyone could enjoy their flowers and fruit. That and get drunk. Apple cider (what he was best remembered for giving to people) ferments very quickly.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''[[Literature/KushielsLegacy Kushiel's Mercy]]'' has Ptolmey Solon, the world's probably smartest man, who holds that happiness is the highest form of wisdom.
* ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' had Patricia Paiwonski, who "wanted to sacrifice herself on an altar of happiness for the world."
* Vianne from the novel ''Film/{{Chocolat}}'' doesn't believe in God or sin or forgiveness. She believes that "The only important thing is to be happy" - and does her best to make it happen with amazing gourmet [[MagicRealism and possibly magical]] chocolates. Solid strategy.
* ''WickedLovely'' has the Summer court, who are described as 'happy by nature' and 'frivoulous and passoionate'. They oftentimes tell others to 'choose happiness'. However, due to their nature as part of TheFairFolk, they often put happiness before things like morality and loyalty, on one occaision telling [[BadassNormal Seth]] to leave [[InterspeciesRomance Aislinn]] because he'll be happier that way.
--->"Sometimes it's not about being happy, but courting happiness." -Siobahn.
* The title character of ''Literature/{{Pollyanna}}'''s reaction to life--so much so that her name has become a [[ThePollyanna synonymous with the concept]].
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the Pemalites fit this trope to a T. Created by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien The Ellimist]] to spread life, love and freedom, they did exactly that... until [[EldritchAbomination Crayak]]'s pet creation, the Howlers, straight-up [[CurbStompBattle slaughtered their asses.]] It's worth noting that the Howlers [[spoiler:are also like this, Crayak just gave them a warped sense of what people find fun.]]
* ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' is a [[TotalitarianUtilitarian merciless]] [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]]: the government makes sure people are basically [[HappinessInSlavery enslaved to happiness]].
--> "Happiness is a hard master—particularly other people's happiness."
* [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]] is [[UpperClassTwit rolling in the right stuff]], [[LazyBum unashamed of his useless lifestyle]], and spends all his time either going to clubs and golf courses or [[TheDandy shopping for clothes]]. He'll let his exuberant way of life get interrupted for one reason only--[[SpoiledSweet if he has to help a pal in distress]]. As far as that goes, [[ExtremeDoormat he's willing to survive anything]].
* ''{{Roadside Picnic}}'' [[spoiler: The final line of the book is this.]]
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'': As the self-appointed "Morale Officer", the character Neelix is constantly trying to live up to this trope. The rest of the crew mostly just found it annoying, and Tuvok in particular once used a holodeck simulation to check if he was losing his ability to suppress his urge to kill him (he had).
* The ''Franchise/KamenRider'' franchise:
** Yuusuke Godai, the hero of ''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' fights to protect people's smiles; likewise his AlternateUniverse {{Expy}} Yuusuke Onodera from ''Series/KamenRiderDecade''.
** In ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', Shotaro Hidari makes it his mission to make sure no one in Futo cries. The fastest way to [[BerserkButton set him off]] is to make sombody cry in his presence.
** Gentaro Kisaragi, aka ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', also strives to protect the smiles of his friends. And his goal is to befriend everyone he meets.
*** Lampshaded when Shotaro and Gentaro meet in ''[[Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderFourzeAndOOOMovieWarMegaMax Movie War Megamax]]''. Shotaro is unimpressed that the new Rider is a loudmouth teenager with a pompadour...until Gentaro says he's going to punish the people who made his friends cry.
** Deconstructed in ''Series/KamenRiderGaim''. Mitsuzane Kureshima just wants to make his friends happy. The problem is that he's arrogant enough in his own intelligence to think that he and he alone knows what will bring them happiness, ignoring their own opinions on the matter; and [[IDidntTellYouBecauseYoudBeUnhappy will keep unpleasant information from them even if it's something that's very important for them to know.]] He eventually gets to the point where he wants to kill his (former) best friend Kouta and crush their mutual friends' hopes in order to keep them safe and "happy". By that point it's clear that "for their happiness" is the lie he tells himself to justify the actions he's taking for ''his'' happiness; he's [[HeroicWannabe desperate to be seen as the hero that saves everyone]], and is intensely jealous of Kouta for receiving that admiration instead (which he gets by actually being heroic).
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E10TheWarMachines The War Machines]]'', the bartender asks Polly to help cheer up Ben. Polly comments on how reliably she is called on for such measures.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}''; Brennan found herself bemused at Angela's efforts to raise money to save a baby pig from the slaughterhouse, but finally donated to her cause. Sweets commented at one point, "Sometimes you don't save the world, Dr. Brennan. Sometimes you just make your friend happy."
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting ScarredLands, the titan Gulaben held the powers of granting happiness. The mortal peoples believed her to be ForHappiness, and her popularity made her a threat to the Gods' reign over the world. Claiming that her power was merely a sinister kind of GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul, the Gods captured her and destroyed all memories of her so that no one would try to set her free. The official truth is that she was a fickle and cruel titan, who might kill you even as she induces pleasure beyond imagination. The gods simply [[IDidWhatIHadToDo did what they had to do]]. And since we no longer remember the real truth about Gulaben, we'll just have to take their word for it.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* This, hand-in-hand with DoingItForTheArt, is what motivates Willy Wonka in the 2013 stage musical ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. The ImpossiblyDeliciousFood his factory produces, as well as the strange, beautiful factory itself, all stems from his desire to make the world a happier, more colorful place by making all the things his wild imagination dreams up manifest. Beware, though -- he is not immune to the darker side of this trope. While he encourages the Golden Ticket tour group visiting the factory to enjoy, explore, and consume its wonders, there are rules that must be obeyed and things that must not be touched, and the four bratty kids learn that his world has a way of ''dealing with'' those who would put their own selfish happiness above all else...
* In ''No, No, Nanette'', Jimmy is a rich Bible salesman who loves nothing more than to use his wealth to make people happy. He's a bit frustrated that his practical-minded wife doesn't let him give her money for spending (she sees no point in wasting money on frivolous things) and takes his adopted daughter Nanette to the family's summer cottage when he sees how depressed and stifled she feels (he even prefaces this decision by asking her what will make her happier than anything in the world, giving her money to have some fun, and singing a song, "I want to be happy, but I won't be happy, 'till I make you happy to!") This tendency of his actually leads to the main conflict of the play, as he loaned three greedy young women lots of money to help with their personal woes and then found himself being blackmailed and needing them paid off.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* This is pretty much [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Felicia]]'s outlook on life -- pursue happiness, and try to make as many other people happy as possible along the way.
* [[spoiler:The child who is the basis for Labrys personality]] from VideoGame/Persona4Arena.
** Before that, Maya Amano from VideoGame/{{Persona 2}} is a CoolBigSis that can always infect her cheerfulness toward the party all way through the duology. "Let's think positive!", indeed.
* {{VideoGame/Borderlands 2}}: Claptrap tries to use this to talk some bandits out of beating him up... [[CrowningMomentOfFunny and ends up convincing himself that the bandits actually have the moral high ground.]]
** Claptrap: "Guys, you don’t HAVE to beat me up -- we can talk this through, right? Here, I’ll do it for you!"
** Claptrap speaking as a bandit: “Hey Claptrap, how are you?”
** Claptrap as himself: “Oh, I’m fine -- I kinda wish you wouldn’t beat me up, though."
** As a bandit: “Why?”
** As himself: “Cause it really hurts!”
** As a bandit: “You make a good point, Claptrap, but beating you up makes US feel really good!”
** As himself: “I know, I know, guys, but it makes ME feel really bad!”
** As a bandit: “But Claptrap, you’re a robot -- are you even capable of feeling pain?”
** As himself: “Well, uh, no, I guess I’m not.”
** As a bandit: “So, pummelling you makes us feel good, and DOESN’T hurt you, there’s no harm in us continuing to do it, right?”
** As himself: ...Actually, now that I’ve talked it all out, I think you guys have the moral high ground, here. Pummel away!
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* This is the rallying cry of Hayama Mizuki from ''EfAFairyTaleOfTheTwo''.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend''s [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The King]] believes this is his motive - it's just that his [[AssimilationPlot idea of happiness]] is [[BlueAndOrangeMorality too far away from the other characters']].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''BobTheAngryFlower'', Bob realizes that he owes a lot of karma. Since being nicer to people would be too much work, he decides to just dump fifty pounds of Ecstasy in the water supply.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Elan and his mother both always try their best to live up to this trope.
* One ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2569#comic strip]] starts out by featuring a StrawCharacter version of ForHappiness. He soon becomes a TotalitarianUtilitarian, however.
** It's not entirely straw. The strip is based on a concept called a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utility_monster utility monster]]. Normally, it's more cost-effective to help poor people, so utilitarianism leads to a generally egalitarian society. However, if some being existed where its happiness went up linearly with money, it would be more cost-effect to just focus on making that one being absurdly happy.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin aptly named]] Maximum Fun-Fun Ultra Super Happy People from ''ThreeWorldsCollide''.
* This is a simplified explanation for the mission of the Blog/KnightsOfFandom: they just want people to be able to enjoy themselves online without having to worry about being harassed through cruel anonymous messages.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''CareBears'' more or less revolves around this trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Aang told Iroh how he'd been told to [[spoiler: let go of his love for Katara in order to use his full power]], and had refused to do so. Iroh immediately tells him he did the right thing, and that "Power and perfection are overrated".
** Aang himself has something of this, as even though he does understand it is his destiny to beat the [[BigBad Fire Lord]] and restore balance to the world, he frequently puts that mission on hold in order to let himself and others have fun.
* Finn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' wants to solve everyone's problems. In another show, the way this was set up would lead to him realizing he can't, and making most people happy, or [[SweetAndSourGrapes giving up but finding that making himself happy makes everyone else happier]]. But this is ''[[CrazyAwesome Adventure Time]]'', after all. So [[{{Determinator}} he does]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome it.]]
** He does eventually learn that he can't make everybody ''like'' him for or by doing so though.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]]'s talent is making ponies happy, often via parties. Her song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNrXMOSkBas "Smile Smile Smile"]] (from the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed A Friend In Deed]]") could be the anthem of this trope.
** [[BigGood Princess Celestia]] seems this way, acting like a light-hearted pony who doesn't take herself too seriously and even enjoys a good laugh at her own expense. Over time, we've seen her get more serious, until it's apparent that keeping everyone ''safe'' is her main concern, and spreading cheer is what she does in her rare moments of down-time.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* This ethical position is an important form of utilitarian philosophy, and has been consistently popular among moral philosophers since the Enlightenment. Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill were both major developers of the theory, although "happiness" may sometimes be replaced with a more generally defined "good" or "well-being", or something else altogether like "freedom" or "beauty".
** Note that there are multiple types of utilitarianism. For instance, while Bentham indicated that one should always do what increases happiness in a sort of general kind of way (called "act utilitarianism"), Mill's definition is rather more complex; most notably, he said that one should always follow the ''rule'' that, if consistently applied by everyone, would lead to maximum happiness/the greater good (called "rule utilitarianism").
** Bentham also believed in "pleasure" as the ultimate good, while Mill said that it is "happiness". Modern utilitarians tend to agree on happiness rather than pleasure as the ultimate end, including most of those who agree with Bentham in being act utilitarians rather than rule (act utilitarianism is probably at least somewhat more common than rule utilitarianism).
* The United States' Declaration of Independence includes "the pursuit of Happiness" as one of man's inalienable rights.
** Note that UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson [[OlderThanTheyThink lifted that quote from John Locke]], but Locke called the rights "Life, Liberty and Property," property being one's self and anything that one made with one's hands. As nice as that sounds now, [[ValuesDissonance for a slaveholding society]] this would be problematic at best.
* The King of Bhutan measures the prosperity and success of his nation (and, hence, his rule) in terms of Gross Domestic Happiness. While one of the world's poorest countries when measured in dollars, there are more important things in life than luxuries and the Bhutanese people are considered among the most happy ones with the life they have.
** Note: He is so dedicated to this that he actually gave up power and changed the Government from an Absolute Monarchy to a Constitutional Monarchy
* The people who give out "Free Hugs" on the street, at least ostensibly.
* ''Random acts of kindness''.
* The Wiccan Rede translates to "''If it harms none,'' do what you will." Of course, that means stopping to think about the potential harm of one's actions before undertaking something and taking the route that will cause the least harm and the most happiness when harm cannot be prevented.
* This is really the soul of entertainment. Given, a large portion of it is made for monetary purposes, but the first person to transcribe a story couldn't have done it out of greed, and still those writing for money are outnumbered greatly by those who just hope for somebody to enjoy their tale. And even with the monetary slant, much of that ends up being cost of living. When it comes down to it, any entertainment/creative industry from music to video games has such high levels of risk/reward and employment that if you really wanted to be rich, you're better off being something like a doctor or lawyer.
* Article 4 of the French "Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen": Liberty consists in the freedom to do everything which injures no one else; hence the exercise of the natural rights of each man has no limits except those which assure to the other members of the society the enjoyment of the same rights. These limits can only be determined by law.
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