The Eeyore

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This character exists solely to bring everybody down, but not in the Deadpan Snarker sense; they are defined entirely by their complete inability to be happy for more than a few seconds at a time, an emotional state that usually arises from their only —occasionallyjustified suspicion that they are the Butt Monkey of the entire universe. They are the walking Anthropomorphic Personification of clinical depression. However, the few moments that they are happy can be a Heartwarming Moment.

Sometimes overlaps with Sour Supporter, but not often; they are generally too unhappy to be effective or active.

When upset, the Eeyore may as well become Cute and Psycho. Being an Eeyore could easily be interchangeable with Emo when their angst comes from over-sensitivity and introspection. A stereotypical Goth will adopt such behaviour out of a more cerebral, nihilistic view of humanity. An Eeyore with artistic talent will use it to express his overwhelming angst.

If written a certain way, The Eeyore can easily become a Woobie. In a Four-Temperament Ensemble, this character is almost always Melancholic.

Compare Grumpy Bear. The Pollyanna is the polar opposite of this trope.

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    Films — Animated 
  • Manny from Ice Age fits this description, especially in the original movie, when he is morose and grieving over the loss of his family.
  • Toy Story 3: Chuckles the Clown is a subversion: he acts much like Eeyore, to the point of sharing a voice actor, but then you hear his backstory...
  • Sadness from Inside Out definitely qualifies. Every memory she touches turns sad too (though it's noted that this is a recent development). When Joy asks her to think of something happy, Sadness thinks of rain and the ending to Old Yeller. Eventually, the other emotions learn how to use her in positive ways.

    Films — Live Action 

    New Media 
  • There's a color dedicated to this trope in Neo Pets, and it's gray. The Gray Faerie usually is portrayed with a cloud over her head, and never, ever says anything cheerful. Fandom has determined that both the faerie, pets and items are just all emo, as there's no reason to do so in such utopic setting.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Charlie Brown from Peanuts is frequently, though thankfully not always, like this.
  • Ted's mom from Sally Forth: She's always worrying and complaining even if nothing's wrong; Sally implies that her mother-in-law enjoys complaining:
    Ted's Mom: Was the flight dreadful?
    Ted: Actually it was pretty smooth.
    Ted's Mom: Yeah, air travel is always a nightmare.
    • Ted's tween daughter Hilary was like this when she met her boyfriend Jon. To be fair, her knowledge of relationships comes from "bad television":
      Hilary: So I guess we're going to make a lot of mistakes then, huh?
      Jon: Or we'll have a great time together.
      Hilary: Oh. Right. I like your way of thinking much better.

    Radio 
  • Marvin the Paranoid Android from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. According to the biography of Douglas Adams written by Neil Gaiman, Marvin was originally based on a friend of his, a manic-depressive named Marshall who could only ever be cheered up by his long-suffering wife; he changed the name from "Marshall" to "Marvin" out of kindness. However, after talking about this in an interview, Adams was called by his mother, who claimed that he was totally wrong - Marvin was Eeyore. Adams went to look at some older copies of Winnie the Pooh, "...and blow me down, so he was!" Adams also said that the story he based Marvin on Andrew Marshall was one he'd told so often he no longer remembered if it was true or not. Marshall, he claimed, really was like that, but this proved nothing because all comedy writers are Eeyores.
    • Andrew Marshall co-wrote The Burkiss Way, the big radio rival to h2g2. His persona as "Marvin" was part of a running rivalry between the two hit shows, although people who met him in pubs could confirm he really was a gloomy pessimist hovering on the brink of depression. He responded by writing an impenetrably boring genius called Different Adams into his radio show. He went on to write 2point4Children and the TV series, later movie, about WW 3, Whoops Apocalypse

    Theatre 
  • George Washington in 1776. He never actually appears on stage, but his dispatches from the field (read to the Congress) are gloomy to the point of despair. As delegate Thomas McKean puts it, "Och! The man would depress a hyena!"

    Web Animation 
  • Strong Sad from Homestar Runner; notable in so far as he really is the Butt Monkey of the entire universe... or at least his brothers' most readily available Chew Toy. His 1936 counterpart, Sickly Sam, is like this trope times two. Or more.
  • In If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device, one of the Inquisitors accompanying Karamazov turns into besaddened doomsday prophet when they're sent into the Warp.

    Webcomics 
  • Aradia of Homestuck is okay with a lot of things, including the Trolls' unavoidable failure and the destruction of their universe. Which she likes to remind the others of constantly. The sheer depressing nature of her conversations is probably one of the reasons why she's not very popular in the fandom at large.
    • Until she resurrected into the God Tiers and lost the Eeyore-ness.
  • Follower: Geedy is this at the beginning of the comic due to his isolation. He's slowly improving after meeting Dia.
  • Siv Västerström from Stand Still, Stay Silent is definitely one of these. She always looks like a Nervous Wreck, can list why any given course of action will go horribly wrong without having to think hard about it and can only challenge people in a passive-aggressive way that makes her easy to override, even after she's plucked up enough gumption to do it (she's not wrong, just too quietly melodramatic). This also makes her a bit of an Extreme Doormat who can't (or won't) fight her corner, particularly when trying to deal with her Genki Guy husband, Torbjörn. What seals the deal? She only kind of brightens up a little when he starts to frazzle — it confirms she was right to be down!
  • Petitus in 1/0, especially in his earliest days. Tailsteak directly tells him in a later strip that he was created to be The Eeyore of the series.
  • Greyview the worg in The Order of the Stick is always ready to respond to anything from the most negative perspective possible. ("Do you even have fruit in the arctic?" Greyview: "Have bitter fruit of eternal despair.") He also has a very cynical view of his relationship with his master Oona: "Is futile to argue. Nod. Get treat. Only certainty in life: When icy jaws of death come, you will not have had enough treats."


Alternative Title(s): The Sadsack

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