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->''"The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good, and the very gentle, and the very brave, impartially."''
-->-- '''Creator/ErnestHemingway''', ''Literature/AFarewellToArms''

A character ''far'' too idealistic for their own good.

It may be the NaiveNewcomer who JumpedAtTheCall -- he or she has a ''huge'' stack of comic books/movies/bards' tales, and thinks they're pretty GenreSavvy. Unfortunately, [[CrapsackWorld their universe is more toward the cynical end]] of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism [[WrongGenreSavvy than the stories they know]]. Alternatively, they might just be [[AllLovingHero generally nice people]] whose idealistic attempts at solving the problems of their world turn out to go horribly ''[[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished horribly]]'' awry as [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter no one else plays by their rules]]. Usually used as nothing more than a device to highlight the realism/grittiness/cynicism of the setting.

This character either becomes a victim of TraumaCongaLine or BreakTheCutie, [[TooDumbToLive dies horribly]] or [[JadeColoredGlasses acquires a coat of jade]] post-haste. In settings that are still [[WorldHalfFull somewhat idealistic]], they might get off with just becoming a KnightInSourArmor, or the MoralityPet to one. In particularly {{anvilicious}} cases, expect deployment of DiabolusExMachina to deal with them.

If the character remains triumphant and idealistic throughout, then it may be a case of GoodIsNotDumb, ThePollyanna, or even StupidGood. If their idealism drives them to [[FaceHeelTurn turn evil]] or [[AntiHero ruthless]], they become a WellIntentionedExtremist.

While {{All Loving Hero}}es are frequent victims of wide-eyed idealism, [[DoomedMoralVictor their suffering or sacrifice]] can encourage them to become full-blown {{Messianic Archetype}}s and inspire others in the setting to lighten up and thereby change the setting, unless they're [[DarkMessiah a different kind of messiah,]] in which case the setting is only cemented.

When TheHero appeals to a group of people, often LeastIsFirst falls under this. Someone will likely tell them SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids and they are just as likely to retort with SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers.

Compare TheIdealist, BeingGoodSucks, ThePollyanna, the NaiveEverygirl, the LoveFreak, and TheIngenue. If there are entire civilizations of Wide-Eyed Idealists waiting to be slaughtered, see also WeHaveBecomeComplacent and SugarApocalypse. Contrast the GrumpyBear, the cynic in an idealistic setting. See TurnTheOtherCheek and TheFarmerAndTheViper. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with [[GoodEyesEvilEyes using literal wide eyes to show that a character is idealistic]].


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Area 88}}''
** In the manga and OVA, Ryoko has very idealistic ideas about love, and seems to think that she is in a [[WrongGenreSavvy romance story instead of a war story]]. In the manga, even abandonment and heartbreak at the hands of her absentee boyfriend does not dent her idealism.
** Rishar Vashtal from the manga also qualifies. He has romantic visions of a democratic Asran and genuinely wants to empower the Asranian people. Mickey, however, warns him that the Asranian people may call for his death after the war.
* Akari from ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' is a special case, in that she manages to stand out in a setting that is practically paradise incarnated.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Every military recruit that hasn't been mentally broken by encountering a Titan yet and expects good things after training. Some examples stand out, especially Eren, Marco, and Marlo, who are prime examples of soldiers wanting to enter the Survey Corps (Eren) and Military Police Brigade (Marco and Marlo) for the right reasons. Everyone gets a quick dose of the reality that battle with Titans is, though.
** Some civilians can be like this, too. Eren sees a young brother and sister admiring the Survey Corps and thinking how awesome they are, [[BookEnds just like he did only 5 years ago with his own sister]]. He can only look away and try not to cry the same way Erwin looked away in shame last time.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': [[LargeHam Ame]][[LoveFreak rica]] is pegged as one of these by Fanon. Though, considering [[{{Keet}} his]] [[ManChild nature]], he could very well be one of these in {{Canon}}.
* Subverted in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', specifically in ''[[LightNovel Druge & the Dominoes]]'': turns out that even the [[TheIngenue widest-eyed]] of wide-eyed idealists can be provoked into [[BewareTheNiceOnes trying to blow your head off]] [[YouKilledMyFather if you push the right buttons]]. [[spoiler:The only thing that stopped her was the fact that [[NobleDemon Luck]] [[ShootTheDog got to him first]]]].
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon''
** [[ThoseWackyNazis The neo-nazi band]]. Having no real experience with the way the criminal underworld works, they're sent on a fixed race to "test their ability" against the protagonists, where they overspend resources, repeatedly underestimate the crew of the Lagoon, refuse to see facts, and waste time making dramatic and hammy proclamations about their heroic destiny as champions of the white race. Revy and Dutch kill all of them, and their would-be patron abandons them the moment it's obvious to him they've failed (though not before admitting to the leader that he set them up in the first place).
** Rock also struggles with this in earlier arcs: His attempts to understand Revy makes her angry at him, trying to "save" Gretel failed utterly, and his attempt towards Yukio backfires completely. It isn't until "Le Baile de la Muerte" [[JadeColouredGlasses he starts to understand that]] if he wants to save people he'll have to become a cynical rotten power-player like Chang and Balalaika.
** Rotton the Wizard. Firmly believes that he's in a far, ''far'' more idealistic series. Only his CrazyPrepared-ness and association with a DragonLady KnifeNut and a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw-wielding]] body disposal expert keep him alive and kicking.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': As a teenager, Ryuuken Ishida was willing to sacrifice his personal dreams and happiness for the chance to save the future of the Quincies. However, flashbacks reveal that Aizen accidentally [[BreakTheCutie shatters his idealism]]; it is implied that a further TraumaCongaLine then occurs between the [[HeroicBSOD flashback arc]] and the [[DespairEventHorizon main storyline]] to produce the [[JadeColouredGlasses bitter]], [[TheSnarkKnight hypercritical]] DrJerk that his son Uryuu [[JerkassFacade thinks]] he's familiar with.
* Both Suzaku Kururugi and Princess Euphemia Li Britannia from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' genuinely believe they'll be able to reform the shockingly racist [[TheEmpire Britannian Empire]] and be facilitators for the peaceful integration of the Japanese people into the empire's fold. Cue DiabolusExMachina on a ''national'' scale. This is subverted in the second season, where Suzaku forms a reasonable, if rather myopic, plan to free Japan (the rest of the world isn't his concern) and begins suffering from a bad case of MotiveDecay until he realizes his ideals are nothing but smoke.
** This is spoofed in official side comics, where Suzaku and Euphy are portrayed as so blindingly naive that they still believe in the [[DeliveryStork Delivery Stork and Cabbage Patch Babies]], while Lelouch looks on in stunned disbelief.
** This trope is lampshaded artistically with Shirley, who has literally the largest eyes in the whole cast, with Euphemia just in second place.
* Touta Matsuda from ''Manga/DeathNote''. [[PlayingWithATrope Deconstructed]] with Light: it's pointed out that he is "quite the positive thinker" and ironically it's his idealism that drives him to commit his atrocities in order to "[[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans make the world a better place]]."
* Ichiro Yamada from the manga ''Manga/{{Freesia}}''. He very much initially thinks that he can help the country by punishing ex-convicts and such, until he realizes quickly that the Vengeance Proxy Enforcer firm that he works for is nothing more than a group of contract killers for people who have massive grudges.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
** In the manga version, Scar's brother and the Rockbell family are wide-eyed idealists who believe in the basic good nature of man. The Rockbells leave their practice so they can heal the Ishvalans being massacred by the Amestris army, and Scar's brother wants to learn alchemy so that he can better understand the bonds of humanity. During an attack Scar's family is killed, and Scar's brother tries to shield Scar, [[spoiler:but is unsuccessful, and Scar loses his arm. Scar's brother sacrifices an arm and his life to save Scar, and Scar wakes up in the Rockbell's hospital. Finding out that his brother's arm is now attached to him causes Scar to go temporarily insane, and he kills the Rockbells in a FreakOut]].
** Roy Mustang is the other side of the coin. His sometimes [[GoodIsDumb borderline dumb]] faith in human nature helps him sometimes (when he took for granted [[spoiler:Dr Knox would cover his scheme to save Maria Ross, ''because they were war buddies'']]) and other times dooms him (when he believed [[spoiler:overthrowing the Fuhrer would be a piece of cake when people found out he was a Homunculus. It turned out the brass [[GovernmentConspiracy knew and couldn't care less]]]]). Still, his idealism is precisely what makes his subordinates so loyal to him.
-->'''Havoc:''' He's stupid! How can such a naive thing keep climbing up in this country?\\
'''Hawkeye:''' I think it's good that there are idiots like that, once in a while.
** The first anime, on the other hand, makes a point of contrasting Al's childlike optimism and naivete with Ed's growing cynicism and the horrible truths of the world around them.
* ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna'': Yuna Kagurazaka is one of the rare examples of this trope ''not'' to suffer either of the standard fates.
* Albert from ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'', along with having HorribleJudgeOfCharacter. He is undoubtedly the most naive and idealistic of all the characters in that series. He truly believed for a long time that his friends' (and his ''own'') families were perfectly rosy, and that the Count is a wonderful person. (He was very wrong, by the way - they were all insanely messed up.) Not to mention how he manages to go on about [[LoveFreak "true love"]]. However, [[TraumaCongaLine despite all hardships he goes through]], Albert ends up taking the route A and becomes a better person who [[spoiler:not only saves the Count's soul from Gankutsuou but also fixes his father's wrongs by becoming an envoy of peace]].
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'': Musashi Tomoe in the original manga combined this trope with WrongGenreSavvy. After meeting Ryoma and co. for first time he insists on becoming a [[HumongousMecha Getter Robot]] pilot. When he is said he is not strong, sturdy and intelligent (or crazy) enough to pilot Getter (a task which is ''very'' taxing for both body and mind), he replies he has got the most important skill to become a mecha pilot: [[HotBlooded hot-bloodedness]]. Ryoma and Hayato wondered if he was serious. Apparently nobody told him that ''Manga/GetterRobo'' is a CosmicHorrorStory and Creator/GoNagai and Creator/KenIshikawa HumongousMecha mangas (''Anime/MazingerZ'', ''Manga/GetterRobo'', ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg'') [[UnbuiltTrope are way darker]] than [[LighterAndSofter the idealistic fare of later series]] that the genre would be stereotyped with.
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': Minami Kikukawa is a training teacher who would love teaching in a private school because in a public school she would have got to deal with troubles such like bad students and administrative corruption. Fuyutsuki quickly warns her that she is TemptingFate with that naive attitude. After meeting the class four students (who prior Onizuka's arrival and lessons hated all adults and tried to drive all teachers crazy or suicidal), she realizes things are not so simple.
* Arguably, Éclair from ''Anime/KiddyGrade'', who, despite having dealt with the dreadful realities of GOTT and galatic politics for many, many years, has somehow avoided becoming a cynic, and actually keeps up her spirit to fight for her ideals. Granted, this may be due to two things: (1) she does use autohypnotic suggestions to [[spoiler:block out some of her memories temporarily]], and (2) as a superhero, and with her partner, she does in fact have the ability to back up those ideals with with force.
* Kanzaki Nao in ''Manga/LiarGame''. Almost every chapter. You'd think that one of these days she'd learn... Except you know, she's usually proven right by the end.
* Negi of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' starts out as one of these, but he eventually starts to realize that good and bad aren't quite as clear cut as he thought they were. [[CynicalMentor Evangeline]] actually deliberately discourages his idealism (despite the fact that she's a NobleDemon who's constantly sliding towards AntiVillain territory). Negi eventually admits that he can't always be the good guy, although he still tries to go with most "good" option available.
* UC ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', have at least one pacifist who thinks they could stop the fighting, usually they are proven wrong and lives to watch the ramifications of their actions.
* Tenma and Nina from ''Anime/{{Monster}}'', despite being frequently subjected to [[BreakTheCutie horrific trauma]]. The fact that Tenma in particular absolutely refuses to become cynical about the human race drops him straight into BadassPacifist territory.
* ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' is based around this trope.
* Ai Tanabe, the [[NaiveNewcomer newest member of Section 7]] in ''Anime/{{Planetes}}''. Her first name means "love," and it just picks up from there. She's taken to task for it countless times by [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold fellow Section 7 crewman Hachimaki]] and [[{{Jerkass}} Claire]], Hachi's former LoveInterest, the latter of which causes her to doubt her own ideals. And yet, although she's set up for a particularly cruel [[spoiler: DiabolusExMachina]], which she could avoid by betraying her convictions, she stands by them [[spoiler: to the absolute, [[HeroicSacrifice heart-wrenching end]], to Claire's shock]]. Given the nature of the series, [[spoiler:she's proven right at the end]].
* PlayedWith in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. Duck JumpedAtTheCall to help [[PrinceCharming Mytho]] regain his heart, never stopping to consider that he might have had a very good reason to [[HeartTrauma shatter his heart]]. Her idealism slowly wears off throughout the series as she discovers how her thoughtless actions keep changing things for the worse. However, her initial optimism ''does'' have an affect on [[TheCynic Fakir]], who eventually returns the favor by giving her hope when she's on the brink of a DespairEventHorizon.
* This is what makes Alice L. Malvin of ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' stand out from many of the other nobles of the setting. She firmly believes in her cause to "eradicate evil" and that others will push for it too. This is what got [[TheSmartGuy Machis]] and [[TheBigGuy Oland]] to join in the first place.
* Sayaka Miki of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. Naturally, the series being what it is, it doesn't end well at all. Madoka is also one of these, although the story [[BreakTheCutie seems to jump through hoops to discourage it]]. [[spoiler: She finally gets it to work at the very end, although it takes a CosmicRetcon to do so]].
* The title character of ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', which can be infuriating when you realize that she refuses to see the emotional hardships that her peers go through ([[DefrostingIceQueen Juri's]] conflict over [[BitchInSheepsClothing Shiori]] and her sexuality in general come to mind; Utena brushes it off and tells her to stop acting cold). Miki is this to a lesser extent, in regards to his sister Kozue, but it may be more that he's a genuine NiceGuy more than anything else.
* [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kenshin Himura]] is a good example of this trope. Some might consider him IncorruptiblePurePureness, but [[SuperpoweredEvilSide old]] [[DarkMessiah habits]] die hard... Except his intro speech at the end of the first chapter goes, "no, swordsmanship is an art of killing. Kaoru-dono believes a sweet, naive lie. But if this one had a wish... it would be that her sweet lie would become the truth of this world." Kenshin's WalkingTheEarth with ObfuscatingStupidity routine involves some serious ideals, but despite avoiding his battle expression most of the time he's not too wide-eyed. He's got the world-weary thing going, but values Kaoru as a Wide Eyed Idealist. Some of the stupidity probably isn't fake. The line is impossible to find, as is common with CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass types. His backstory involves a bit of this, despite all his childhood trauma--it caused him to wind up a sworn assassin in a civil war.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'': Kafuka takes this trope and runs with it. Everything has a good side to her: a Trash Can is a "Treasure Chest for the Homeless" and it only gets worse from there.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''
** The anime and manga incarnations of [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Princess Amelia]], both genuinely and to a [[LordErrorProne comedic]] extent. She does have [[WrongGenreSavvy a blind eye]] towards the more wicked intentions of certain foes, especially the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Monster race]], but this is more of an ideology taught to her than anything else because [[RoyallyScrewedUp of her violent family history]]. In the novels, where she's more mature, she's still optimistic, but her idealism falls more into StepfordSmiler territory.
** The anime-exclusive character Filia, the Golden Dragon, is this combined with HolierThanThou taken to aggravating levels. It doesn't help that she was sheltered for most of her life, but even after she learning the AwfulTruth, during the last battle she believes that the BigBad isn't beyond salvation (it's established clearly that he is at that point) and doesn't want to destroy him, even as he's consuming the world at that moment...
* 25th Baam from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' cannot understand why people have to fight each other to reach the top of the [[MakeAWish Tower]]. [[spoiler:This leads to him being a BrokenBird after the TimeSkip]].
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''
** Vash The Stampede is determined to be one. No matter what he sees, what humans or Knives or anybody do, to him or anyone. His traumas are simultaneously cases of BreakTheCutie and BreakTheBadass, and are usually horrific. Worse in the manga, where he is clearly fighting to maintain his idealism over his own common sense and has a lot more bleak moments. The setting is also much darker, since the series went seinen after the Fifth Moon. But he always stands up again. Because he won't give up on humanity and by extension Rem. And on himself. After all, if he gives up on people then what does he have to resist Knives' {{Hannibal Lecture}}s with, and what have all these years meant? Therefore, TechnicalPacifist willing to TurnTheOtherCheek to a sometimes absurd degree. Vash is helped by his own awesomeness; when Knives and his subordinated aren't involved he can usually pull a casualty-free resolution out of the worst situations imaginable. Sure, this has meant horrific scars all over his body, but it gives him all kinds of warm fuzzies and hope. He wants Wolfwood to see this. Wolfwood wants him to see that most people are only human and you can't save everybody all the time.
** Know who's the ''Trigun'' poster child for this trope? '''''Manga Knives.''''' He was all "our hearts are the same as people's, I'm sure if we try we can understand one another," and actually ''cried'' when the first human they met besides Rem accepted them. Then he [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Went Mad From The Revelation]] that HumansAreBastards, and resolved to KillEmAll.
** Meryl is a little naive but never an idealist. Millie is... strange. Maybe a wide-eyed idealist. Maybe just terminally clueless. Actually very sharp under it all, and ''very'' tough. Anime Millie is Wolfwood's other foil, and they become a couple. One of Wolfwood's CharacterDevelopment soliloquies involves the frustrated observation that Millie and Vash always "do everything I can't, like it's no big deal."
* Judai of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' was once an IdiotHero [[TheAce Ace]] who believed life was one big game and the only thing worth caring about was having fun. His journey of [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructing]] TheAce [[DespairEventHorizon is not a pleasant one.]]
* Due to her intense loyalty to her older brother Kouen, her crush on Sinbad and friendship with Alibaba, Kougyoku in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' wants them to forget their differences and fight together, honestly believing that because [[EnemyMine they fought against a common enemy]] her wish was coming true when in reality, things are becoming more complicated and tense between everyone.
* On the anime adaptation of ''Manga/SailorMoon'', the titular character definitely fits this, considering that deciding to [[spoiler:spare the life of Hotaru almost killed her future daughter and brought TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.]] It's so blatant Sailor Uranus & Neptune try to incapacitate, sometimes even ''murder'' her for her idealism.
* ''Manga/ShoukokuNoAltair'': This is 17-year-old pacifist pasha Mahmut's FatalFlaw at the start of the story, since while he's very clever, he has almost zero experience of the outside world. This leads to him being demoted, and spending months travelling the continent trying to gain more wisdom. However, even a year or two later his idealism still shows.
* ''Anime/ReCreators'': Of all the fictional characters that come to the real world, [[MagicalGirl Mamika Kirameki]] is the only one who comes from a children's TV show. Therefore, she believes everyone is basically good and they can all be friends. Unfortunately, the other characters do not share her sense of idealism and her attempts to stop conflicts ultimately fall on deaf ears. Over time, she loses her naivety but remains as idealistic as ever. [[spoiler:[[KillTheCutie Unfortunately, this earns her a horrible death.]]]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Gilly the PerkyGoth from ''Webcomic/DorkTower''.
* Steve in Gilbert Hernandez's "Love and Rockets X" story within ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets''.
* Tomcat in the ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Jedi vs. Sith]]''. He believes everything he hears in the songs and stories that claim the Jedi are invincible heroes. [[spoiler:When he ends up in the middle of the battle against the Sith and sees Jedi dying in the mud with their non-Force sensitive comrades, [[StartOfDarkness it does not end well]]]].
* Due to the way comic books have been since the end of the Silver Age, characters and stories have gone from escapism to complex story telling, usually in the form of being Cynical and DarkerAndEdgier types. Because of this, any hero who hasn't done so becomes this by default. Examples include:
** Franchise/{{Superman}}. Even in the face of unquestionably dark odds, he still stands by his beliefs and ideals. He fully admits that the world isn't perfect, so he's not stupid, but he tries his damnest to make it better.
** Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}: Pre-Crisis Kara Zor-El was an exceptionally innocent, trusting teenager. Her enemies often exploited her naivete and tried to earn her trust or seduce her so they could manipulate her and kill her or her cousin. Eventually she stopped being so gullible, but she kept believing that people are mostly naturally good-hearted. Post-Crisis Supergirl is less innocent (excepting some versions such like ''ComicBook/ElseworldsFinestSupergirlAndBatgirl'' Kara who was fooled by Comicbook/LexLuthor) but she still stands by his ideals and always tries to do the right thing and be an hero, not matter how dark her world is or what bad things happen to her.
** Similar to the above, Franchise/SpiderMan. While he's got a very misplaced reputation for being whiney and angsty (coming from the second two Raimi films playing up his Woobie points and the nineties being, well, [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfComicBooks the nineties]]), Peter Parker's main reason for being so popular isn't because of his powers, but because he'll always do the right thing, [[ThePollyanna no matter what the]] [[TheDeterminator world throws at him.]]
** ComicBook/{{Robin}}. All of them, except Damian, which plays against Batman's seriousness and the grimminess of Gotham. Dick stayed happy and upbeat after his parents died in front of him and became the Boy Wonder, Jason too, until the world broke him in ''A Death In The Family'' and broke him again in ''Under The Hood'', Tim's entire reasoning for becoming Robin was that Batman needed one to keep him off the edge, and Stephanie's entire MO is to [[ThePollyanna stay upbeat about everything even in the worst situation]]. Barbara too, though that shattered after ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke''.
** Ironically, Comicbook/{{X 23}} has become this despite all the hell she's lived through. In contrast to Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}'s pragmatic cynicism and willingness to compromise his beliefs, Laura has increasingly become an idealist seeking for something noble to aspire to, and is much much more uncompromising in her views of right and wrong (such as insisting on helping, rather than killing, Siphon once she discovered he was actually a ''victim'' of Paradise despite the extreme danger he presented when hungry [[spoiler: and it ''does'' eventually end up biting her on the ass]]). Laura notably went through a mini-FreakOut when she learned that, despite how bad things in her home reality are, the [[Comicbook/UltimateMarvel Ultimate Universe]] is ''[[CrapSackWorld even worse]]''.
* An interesting inversion of the DarkerAndEdgier creep described above is brought to us by ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain Exodus. A literal KnightTemplar who was turned into a SealedBadassInACan 800 years ago and revived in the modern day, Exodus still holds true to the noble values of the knighthood and has no greater ambition than to protect and defend his people, even [[https://web.archive.org/web/20140901032741/http://cdn.comicartfans.com/Images/Category_27305/subcat_115248/IMAG0859.JPG dressing like a classic Silver Age hero]]. Unfortunately, he also holds to the uncompromising black-and-white thinking of his era, turning him into an AntiVillain who clashes with the X-Men because he is unable to admit that not all mutants are good and not all humans are bad.
* ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' had a rare villainous example in Mickey Cooley, a young Irish-American who fervently, almost pathetically, believes that the PIRA are noble freedom fighters striking against legitimate targets which are part of the British oppression of Northern Ireland and should be supported as much as possible. Given that this series was written by Creator/GarthEnnis, whose [[BerserkButton frothing-at-the-mouth hatred]] of the PIRA and their American supporters is well-known, and the protagonist is The Punisher... yeah, it doesn't end well.
* ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'': [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara Gordon]] is happy-go-lucky, innocent and optimistic in a post-apocalyptic world where the last city on Earth is ruled by a tyrant and the rest of the planet is a barren wasteland inhabited by bandits and scavengers. Big Barda thinks she'll have to break her cheerful idealism before it kills Kara... until they discover the "super-strong and invulnerable" thing.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Ratbert in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' is (or was) pretty much the only idealistic character in the CrapsackWorld the strip takes in. Considering the strip's message that [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop "cynicism equals intelligence"]], it [[{{Anvilicious}} comes off as no surprise]] that he's portrayed as stupid.
* Pig, the title character of ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'', has a very idealistic outlook on life. This makes him a perfect {{Foil}} for his NietzscheWannabe roommate Rat.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[Series/{{Glee}} Blaine]] in ''Fanfic/HuntingTheUnicorn'' to FridgeHorror-inducing extents. He would help anyone who asked without question, which puts his ChronicHeroSyndrome in a completely different light. Greg has a point when he tells Blaine how lucky he is to have met Kurt, and that "all Kurt did was fall in love with him." [[spoiler:As it turns out, people have [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest taken advantage of his clueless nature]] before.]]
* Saori Tagawa from ''Fanfic/TheIkaris'' is a marriage counselor who boasts she has NEVER failed on saving a marriage. She also has a very idealistic outlook about love and marriage. Attempts to talk her out of it are met with a ShutUpHannibal sharp retort.
* Téa from Fanfic/UltimateReImaginings, right to the point of trying to brush off Joey's claims that his father was abusive, all the while he was sitting in a ''hospital bed''.
* Vale, the heroine of the HungerGames fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', has a prominent [[TheIngenue idealistic streak]]. Back in her home district, she used to [[MostWritersAreWriters make up stories full of idealism]], and even in the midst of the Hunger Games, she desperately wants to believe that there is good in everyone (despite what the "[[TheCynic pragmatic]] [[HearingVoices voice]]" in her mind says). She undergoes quite a bit of BreakTheCutie but never gives up her belief in the underlying potential for good in humanity. She eventually [[spoiler: dies defying the Capitol in the hopes that it will prove a point to those watching, and in fact, this action does plant the seeds for the rebellion that occurs thirty years later in HungerGames canon]].
** Another example: District One's [[PrivilegedRival Obsidian]] is quite idealistic for a Career. For example: "Growing up and hearing stories of Hunger Games past, they had seemed like so much fun, adventures with fantastic, unimaginable riches and eternal fame as the victor's reward. A dream come true for a small, idealistic boy with a 'bright' future as a Career tribute lying ahead of him." However, in the arena, he experiences some BreakTheHaughty when the brutality of the Games come into conflict with his expectations and beliefs. He ends up [[spoiler: winning the Games after Vale's death]], but as a [[BrokenAce very broken]] shadow of the carefree Career he once was.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'', Brain Bot hopes that the Stardroids are peaceful to the point of wondering if they're in trouble when they arrive, and is very disappointed when they turn out to be hostile.
* Danny, Hermione, and Ron in the ''Fanfic/PrincessOfTheBlacks'' series are at least as idealistic as canon despite the setting being DarkerAndEdgier. Notably, they're convinced that they can get Hagrid exonerated after he admits to kidnapping and smuggling a giant across international borders (both ''very'' serious crimes) to an auror. [[RealityEnsues Naturally, they fail]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* A given with La Muerte from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', since she believes that the heart of humankind is essentially pure.
* Danny of ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance''.
* Felicity in ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'' who seems to believe good in everyone despite being blind. [[KillTheCutie Unfortunately...]]
* This trope gives us Jack Skellington of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''.
* Marianne from ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' starts out like this. She happily proclaims that once she becomes ruler she'll be able to successfully negotiate with the goblins so that everyone can go wherever they want to, brushing over the longstanding {{fantastic racism}} on both sides and security problems that would lead to. [[spoiler: She's much more cynical about the goblins and everything else after [[CynicismCatalyst she finds her fiancee cheating on her.]] ]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Amy Adams's characters in ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' and ''Film/{{Doubt}}''.
* Megan Davis in ''Film/TheBitterTeaOfGeneralYen'' is this for most of the film, but she learns her lesson in a harsh way.
* Kaji starts out as one in ''Film/TheHumanCondition'', but is forced to become [[KnightInSourArmour more cynical]] as a result of [[MoralEventHorizon his fight to stay alive.]]
* Renate Richter in ''Film/IronSky'' thinks that all [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] wanted was peace under his gentle rule. It's clear that she's been brainwashed by the Moon Nazis, and the film starts with her doing plenty of brainwashing of her own of young Nazi children, showing them a 10-minute version of Creator/CharlieChaplin's ''Film/TheGreatDictator''. Her idea of romance is to be genetically compatible with an Aryan man to produce perfect children. After arriving to Earth with her "fiancé" Klaus Adler (who has no such ideals and merely wants to conquer the world), she helps the President's re-election campaign by writing inspiring speeches straight out of Hitler's handbook (with gems like "we raise our hand to one nation"). She tries to convince James Washington (a black male model who was "albinized" by Renate's MadScientist father) of the Nazis' good intentions by showing him ''The Great Dictator'', not realizing that it's the full 2-hour version. Her illusion finally breaks after seeing the film and a disastrous encounter with some skinheads spray-painting her "symbol of peace" everywhere.
* [[BreakTheCutie Alice]], the innocent younger sister from ''Film/LastOfTheMohicans''.
* In ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'', all Mr. Smith wants is a Boy Scout camp and nature preserve on a piece of land. Too bad the rest of the Senate is against him.
* Otto from ''Film/OneTwoThree'' about Communism. He even thinks it's a capitalist lie that Siberia is cold, and is happy that the Communists assigned them "a magnificent apartment, just a short walk from the bathroom!"
* Horrendously deconstructed in ''Film/{{Europa}}'' by Creator/LarsVonTrier: Leopold Kessler, a naive German-America pacifist arrives to post-WII Germany to help his compatriots survive aftermath of the war. He is repeadetly bullied and resented by his own uncle, gets involved in intrigues between American military and Nazi resistance, the woman he loves and eventually marries [[spoiler:turns out to be a member of ''Werwolf'']], he, betrayed and used by veryone, [[spoiler: finally snaps and blows the train with himself and everyone else in the movie, and drowns. What is worth noting, that train was the one he just saved from being blowed up by TheRemnant - and nobody is grateful to him.]]
* Will Proudfoot in ''Film/SonOfRambow'' in spite of having lost his father and being raised in a repressively conservative religious household.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': While Charles isn't exactly naïve, his idealism is accentuated by the fact that everyone else seems to have a far more pessimistic approach to mutant-human relations. It's suggested that this is at least partly because he hasn't faced persecution in the same way. It sets up a nice contrast with his portrayal in the previous films, where he remains idealistic, but is a lot more cautious about it now that he's had personal experience.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Xavier has regained most of his cheery optimism from ''First Class'', and WordOfGod even says that he has [[http://collider.com/x-men-apocalypse-news-things-to-know/ too much hope]] at the beginning of the story. By the end of the movie, he becomes TheIdealist, i.e. he is no longer "wide-eyed," but he doesn't give up hope for peaceful coexistence between mutants and humans.
* ''Film/TrueBeliever'': Roger, and apparently Eddie as well in the past, which he regains by the end of the film (thus the title).
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Prim, at first. She loses the wide-eyed part, but keeps the idealism.
* ''Film/WallStreet'': This serves as Bud Fox's FatalFlaw. He is [[NaiveNewcomer too wide-eyed]] about [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Gordon Gekko's schemes]], as [[BigBad Gekko]] is solely driven by greed and wants him to obtain information by any means necessary, even if it's illegal. Bud also wanted to be like Gekko, but doesn't realize the costs of having such a lifestyle [[spoiler:[[BittersweetEnding until it was too late.]]]]
* ''Film/BoilerRoom'': Like [[Film/WallStreet Bud Fox]] before him, Seth is [[NaiveNewcomer too naïve]] to realize that JT Marlin is actually a [[spoiler:[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin boiler room]] - it's a [[WhiteCollarCrime "pump and dump" scam]], where the price of stocks of expired or fake companies (as well as speculative penny stocks) are artificially inflated through fraudulent, bogus or misleading statements, in order to sell the cheaply purchased stock at a higher price. Once the operators of the scheme "dump" (aka sell) their overvalued shares, the price falls and the investors lose their money.]] The film revolves entirely around [[WellDoneSonGuy Seth trying to earn a legitimate career a to impress his father]], [[spoiler:but this actually endangers his father's career as a federal judge when the FBI's Financial Crimes unit gets wind of it. His father even [[WhatTheHellHero calls him out for this]] once he finds more about JT Marlin.]]
* ''Film/{{Descendants}}'' Prince Ben pretty much hinged on the universe rewarding nobility and courage. His first scene in the movie is him telling his parents Belle and the Beast, he wants to give four children of villains a chance to become better people and invite them into the kingdom despite their parents being some of the most feared and hated villains in their history[[note]]Mal is the daughter of Maleficent, Evie is the daughter of the Evil Queen of ''Snow White'', Carlos de Vil is son of Cruella de Vil, and Jay is the son of Jafar[[/note]]. Of special note is when he spent time with Mal, which revolved around the idea that Mal is a lost being who just needs good influences in her life, as opposed to the evil spawn of villains she and her friends are painted as. Of course, everyone heavily doubts his move to give the villain kids a chance, but Ben doesn't let that stop him.

* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Sansa Stark, who bases her whole life around singers' tales, is a perfect little lady, gentle and trusting. [[spoiler:Until the person she is starry-eyed over cuts off her father's head in front of her.]] [[BreakTheHaughty And then MUCH]] [[BreakTheCutie misfortune followed]].
** Sansa's TricksterMentor, [[StepfordSmiler Littlefinger]] is implied to have been ''even more'' idealistic than her as a child, having had a mischievous, adorable and optimistic nature before his own BreakTheCutie process. [[{{Yandere}} He hasn't]] [[DisproportionateRetribution handled it well...]] '''''[[DisproportionateRetribution at all!]]'''''
** Less drastic but still quite there examples also exist with her siblings: her younger brother Bran especially, who believed in the same songs and stories as she did. His BreakTheCutie process just happened faster.
** Quentyn Martell has the mind set of a heroic fantasy, and sees himself as TheHero who will succeed. But he is in fact unskilled to the task given to him. He was sent to Meereen to marry Daenerys, but he is unable to woo her, as he just isn't manly enough. His next plan was to try to tame her dragons thinking it would impress her, but he ends up getting burnt to crisp for his foolishness.
** Brienne of Tarth realized long ago that since no KnightInShiningArmor will sweep her off her feet, then she will be one. She quickly learns knighthood ain't what it's cracked up to be either.
* The young baby-faced soldier boy in ''Literature/AllQuietOnTheWesternFront'' definitely qualifies. [[spoiler: as should be completely obvious given the nature of the book and this page, he dies.]]
* Voltaire's ''Literature/{{Candide}}''. Among many, ''many'' other examples in the book is Dr. Pangloss's thoughts on having caught syphilis, and having had an eye and an ear removed as part of the treatment:
-->''"O sage Pangloss," cried Candide, "what a strange genealogy is this! Is not the devil the root of it?"\\
"Not at all," replied the great man, "it was a thing unavoidable, a necessary ingredient in the best of worlds; for if Columbus had not caught in an island in America this disease, which contaminates the source of generation, and frequently impedes propagation itself, and is evidently opposed to the great end of nature, we should have had neither chocolate nor cochineal."''
* Cosima from ''Literature/ComradeDeath''. She flat out refuses to see Sarek for what he really is. [[spoiler:He confesses to [[MurderTheHypotenuse abandoning her husband to die]], and later refuses to save her grandson from going to war, and both times she dismisses his spite as being concealed guilt and claims he would have helped if it had been in his power to do so]].
* Tyentyetnikov starts as this in ''Literature/DeadSouls'', tries to improve the lot of his serfs, with at best mixed results, and becomes apathetic in the end.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Dangerous Beans in the book ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', who [[BreakTheCutie finds his dreams of a rat utopia all but dashed]], and learns that on Discworld, you have to EarnYourHappyEnding.
** Subverted by [[TheAce Carrot Ironfoundersson]]. He starts out as a wide-eyed idealist... except that for some reason, his idealism somehow ''works''. He can talk anyone into behaving like a friendly, reasonable person. If any other character tried it, they'd be dead. It works because he's big, strong, usually accompanied by city watchmen (including a troll and later [[spoiler:a golem]]) and, most important of all, is fairly intelligent. Carrot is an actual idealist, rather than just naive like most of the examples here; he knows full well that HumansAreBastards and simply refuses to be one himself. Also, the world does tend to warp itself around him. After all he may or may not be the heir to the throne of Ankh-Morpork, and in a world chock full of narrativium, how can things ''not'' go his way.
** In ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic'' and ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', Twoflower, if anything, has an even more rose-tinted view of the world, to the endless irritation of his traveling companion Rincewind -- and likewise [[TheFool comes to no harm]]. Admittedly, this is probably because he travels with a CosmicPlaything, so all of the trouble they run into goes after Rincewind rather than him. [[spoiler:After they part ways, he ''does'' get thrown in a dungeon to rot for being so wide-eyed, which supports that theory.]]
** Reg Shoe is another Morporkian Wide Eyed Idealist. In his case, he actually ''was'' killed as a result, as shown in ''Discworld/NightWatch'', but that [[OurZombiesAreDifferent hasn't dampened his enthusiasm any]].
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'' severely deconstructs this trope: In the first part, Don Quixote cares more for fulfilling his fantasies than for anyone else. He confides that the farmer Haduldo will stop floggin the boy Andrés and that the Galley slaves he liberates will be grateful enough to make him a favor. (They're not.) His actions make him the original LordErrorProne. In the second part it goes FromBadToWorse: Don Quixote really acts ForHappiness and after some MassiveMultiplayerScam aventures that convince him he is a real KnightErrant he must face the sad fact that he has not helped anyone and therefore, all those ChivalricRomance tropes were BlatantLies. This is so heartbreaking that he becomes BoredWithInsanity and dies. [[AnAesop Being called "Quixotic" is not always a good thing]].
* Isherwood Williams in ''Literature/EarthAbides'', although he's not a ''complete'' naïf.
* ''Literature/ForWantOfANail'' features a nation full of politicians like this in the Confederacy of North America, a nation formed after the British Empire restructured their management of their colonies following UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Colin Creevey in falls under this with his cheerful, naive, and innocent loyalty to Harry at all costs.
** Hermione also has her moments, with her working for House Elf rights even though they have HappinessInSlavery, much to the amusement of others who know better.
* Tessa from ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices'', always compares her adventures to what she's read and hopes for the best of all situations.
* The main character of ''Literature/InvisibleMan'' is both this and a LoveFreak, albeit with (absolutely desperate) followers. Since he's also a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter, he runs into a few problems . . .
* Unsurprisingly, idealists don't fare well in ''Literature/LesMiserables''.
** In a twisted way, InspectorJavert. He might be a snarky hardass, but he has absolute faith in authority and the law, believing that no judge or politician has ever erred, that leaders can all be counted upon to have nothing but the public good in mind, and that whoever has met the harsh punishments of the justice system therefore deserves it. This runs up hard against the story's FullSpectrumMorality, with fatal results.
** Fantine loves Tholomyes and assumes he will care for her and Cosette, only for him to abandon her on a whim. She then entrusts the Thenardiers to look after Cosette for her, and they mistreat Cosette and exhort an outrageous amount of money from her until she ends up a prostitute and dies from tuberculosis.
** Enjolras and the rest of Les Amis de l'ABC start a rebellion, believing that the people of Paris will rise and support them. The support never comes, and they all end up dead.
* In ''Literature/OutboundFlight'', the smuggler Maris Ferasi fit this trope pretty well. She had the utmost trust in and adoration for the Chiss commander Thrawn. Unusually, she wasn't disillusioned within the book -- Thrawn lied about what he had done to resolve an extraordinarily prickly conflict, letting her leave without knowing just how much of a DownerEnding the whole issue became. Why?
-->'''Thrawn:''' There are all too few idealists in this universe, Car'das. Too few people who strive always to see only the good in others. I wouldn't want to be responsible for crushing even one of them.\\
'''Car'das:''' And besides, you rather liked all that unquestioning adulation coming your way?\\
'''Thrawn:''' All beings appreciate such admiration.
* Jane Bennet of Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''. Her younger, more cynical sister, Elizabeth, is convinced that Jane's new friend, Caroline Bingley, deliberately sabotaged her romance with Caroline's brother in order to hook him up with the sister of his best friend Darcy -- all to increase Caroline's ''own'' chance of getting hitched to said best friend. Jane remains convinced that Caroline is her affectionate friend and would ''never'' do ''anything'' to hurt anyone, and more importantly, never do anything less than beneficial to her brother's happiness. ''Obviously'' he ''must'' prefer Georgiana... It takes a surprise face-to-face meeting with Caroline for Jane to admit Elizabeth was right about her, but she displays the same naivete and belief in love and the innate goodness of man when Wickham seduces their youngest sister, Lydia--despite Jane and Elizabeth ''knowing'' that he's tried the same technique on at least two other girls.
* Played with in ''Literature/RedeemingLove'' with Michael, whose LoveMartyr tendencies make him look like this trope (especially when [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism placed beside the noticeably more cynical members of most of the rest of the cast]]). The heroine mocks him for his idealism, and his brother gives him a lecture on how itís going to ruin his life. However, even though he looks like this trope to everyone else, Michael is actually not ignorant at all, and he struggles with the seeming impossibility of the task thatís been given to him (healing the BrokenBird with ThePowerOfLove). However, ultimately LoveRedeems, and although it was a hard and very rocky road, idealism actually wins the day.
* Zoë in ''Literature/SavingZoe'', and this trait is why her sister Echo believes she was killed [[spoiler: by a serial killer who pretended to be a modeling agent]].
* Drizzt Do'Urden in ''Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy'': ''Homeland''; he gets mildly [[JadeColoredGlasses bitter]] during the later portion of the novel when he finds out that his favorite mentor Zak [[TechnicalPacifist kills clerics by the dozens]], [[spoiler:not that he always enjoys it...]].
* Moomin-"all I want is to grow potatoes and live in peace"-troll of ''Literature/TheMoomins''.
* Toglio in Norman Mailer's ''The Naked and the Dead''. Always thinking to himself about how he and his squad are "The good ol' boys", hard-working and patriotic. Then, of course, he gets his leg shot up to hell and sent home.
* Rinaldo in Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword," one of the conspirators of Ascalante's plot to overthrow Conan.
-->''"Alone of us all, Rinaldo has no personal ambition. He sees in Conan a red-handed, rough-footed barbarian who came out of the north to plunder a civilized land. He idealizes the king whom Conan killed to get the crown, remembering only that he occasionally patronized the arts, and forgetting the evils of his reign, and he is making the people forget. Already they openly sing ''The Lament for the King'' in which Rinaldo lauds the sainted villain and denounces Conan as 'that black-hearted savage from the abyss.' Conan laughs, but the people snarl."\\
"Why does he hate Conan?"\\
"Poets always hate those in power. To them perfection is always just behind the last corner, or beyond the next. They escape the present in dreams of the past and future. Rinaldo is a flaming torch of idealism, rising, as he thinks, to overthrow a tyrant and liberate the people."''
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': TheProfessor Aronnax must be constantly reminded that other people are not as good as himself. He really doesnít want to believe that Nemo is doing something sinister, and Ned Land must remind him that the war ship that is shooting the Nautilus is doing it on purpose.
* [[spoiler:God-King Susebron]] from ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}''. His entire experience of life outside his palace consists of having been read a book of fairy tales by his mother as a child. Semi-subverted in that while he does develop a more realistic view of the world, he never loses his almost childlike sense of [[AllLovingHero straightforward goodness]].
* Dorden, TheMedic of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}: Literature/GauntsGhosts'' has aspects of this, in trying to adhere to ThouShaltNotKill and preventing Gaunt from carrying out necessary ShootTheDog despite their WorldHalfEmpty.
* 300 adults decide to try to create the Just City from Plato's Republic by using 10,000 slave children in ''The Just City'', first book of the ''Literature/Thessaly'' series by Creator/JoWalton. It works about as well as any utopian experiment ever tried, meaning the problems become rapidly apparent.
* Peeta Mellark from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. At first. His idealism gradually erodes as the series goes on.
* Eustace Osgrey of ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' truly believes Daemon Blackfyre's cause was just and that his fellow rebels are heroes, no matter how much this has cost him.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': While running Caritas, Lorne firmly believed that anyone, human or demon, could turn their lives around if given sufficient guidance, and thus allowed everyone, even baby-eating demons, entry.
* Lieutenant George in ''Series/{{Blackadder}} Goes Forth'', despite having spent three years in the trenches of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, is still mindlessly optimistic about giving the Germans a good bashing, and readily believes all war propaganda to be true. The grim reality of his situation (in particular, the event of "going over the top" he's been looking forward to for all the series) dawns on him when he realises that he's the only one of his class group left, all the rest having been killed. [[spoiler:He goes over the top shortly afterwards in a BolivianArmyEnding.]] His response to realizing all his friends are dead is "Well, I guess I'm the only one left... oh.... I mean, if it wasn't for the excitement of going over the top tomorrow, I might be a bit down!" Subverted when he says to Blackadder: "Captain, I'm... scared." Up until that point, it's not clear whether the whole thing was intended to be more of the show's black humor, or if it was actually supposed to be horrifying. That line cleared it right up. Then, it goes FromBadToWorse.
* Annie in ''Series/{{Community}}''. She even thinks her nickname is "Irony-free Annie".
* A.W. Merrick and Reverend Smith of ''{{Series/Deadwood}}''. Since they both live in [[WretchedHive Deadwood]] this doesn't work out too well for either of them. Reverend Smith's religious faith is seriously undermined [[spoiler: when he develops a fatal brain tumor and must question the purpose of his suffering]]. Merrick gets off easier, he's able to hang on to his world view for most of the series but has to toughen up to deal with what life keeps throwing at him.
* Lady Sybil Crawley of ''Series/DowntonAbbey''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** At the beginning of the series, Sansa thinks she is going to be a fairy tale princess and that Joffrey is her PrinceCharming. She loses more and more of her illusions after her father is executed and she's kept as a hostage in King's Landing. In Season 6, she tells Jon that she'd like to go back in time and smack her younger self for being so stupid.
** Eddard Stark is wise in war and justice, but is totally surprised by the amount of intrigue and corruption infecting capital politics.
** As a child, Littlefinger was one of these. After all, the small and lowborn yet intelligent hero always gets the girl, right?
* Hiro of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is a careful treatment and examination of this trope.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has a deconstruction in Ted. Ted is a man who sees love and relationships through rose colored glasses. He believes there's only one person for him out there, that will be completely perfect for him and that relationships, when is with your "The One", are easy and free of conflict. This is something that his future self actually lampshades to be unrealistic and that he ended up facing a lot of hardships because of this belief.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider''
** Shinji in ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'', caught in a fight for a single wish, Shinji fights to try and stop this but learn he could not...
** Kouta in ''KamenRiderGaim'' fights to save the earth... [[spoiler: and in the end has to leave to a far away planet after killing Kaito.]]
** Keitaro in ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' just wants to [[ForHappiness make people happy]], which would be easier to do if he wasn't in one of the darker installments of the franchise. Compounded by the fact that (aside from one non-canon instance) he is incapable of using any of the [[TransformationTrinket Rider Gear]] despite how much as [[RefusedByTheCall he'd like to.]]
* David Shephard and Michelle Benjamin both fit this trope to a T in ''Series/{{Kings}}'' although David seems to be growing out of it.
* ''Series/{{Medici}}'': Piero De Medici seems to genuinely not comprehend that the politics and justice of Florence are managed through an elaborate web of bribes, favors, threats and blackmail, unlike the rest of his family. Never is this clearer than when he speaks in defense of his father, Cosimo, at his trial. Piero spends days researching to find some scrap of evidence to unravel the case against his father, only to have the document he finds dismissed as a forgery.
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Quinn, which will perhaps lead to her being TheScrappy.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''
** Dr. Molly Clock. Subverted, however, in that her incorrigible optimism is undaunted in the face of the naked cynicism of Dr. Cox and Dr. Kelso, and even allows her to triumph against them.
** J.D. himself might fit too, at least at the beginning.
** And then there's the one-episode character from season one (played by Sean Hayes), who is eternally optimistic about the chances of a little boy in his care, until finally he suffers a HeroicBSOD as he realizes nothing he's tried is working and the kid is going to die.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': Edith Keeler in "The City on the Edge of Forever". [[spoiler:If she had lived, her peace movement would have delayed America's entry into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and Hitler would have won]].
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Naive, gentle Tora Ziyal, despite growing up as a prisoner of the Breen, despite being rejected by Bajorans and Cardassians for her hybrid status, still remains trusting and hopeful that she can somehow help, with her art that resembles that of both cultures, in proving that the groups aren't so different after all. She knows her [[MagnificentBastard father]], Dukat's past, but loves him anyway, sincerely believing he's changed, and keeps right on forgiving him. [[spoiler:Too bad that choosing saving her friends over staying with her father gets her shot by her father's [[TheDragon Dragon]] as a traitor. Dukat goes mad as a result]].
** When the Dominion War starts and they occupy Deep Space Nine, Jake remains behind to report on it. A few months in, he finds out the Dominion is preventing his articles reporting on their oppressive policies from being delivered to his publisher, and actually tries to invoke freedom of the press.
--> '''Weyoun''': [[LampshadeHanging Please tell me you're not that naive]].
* To some extent, Data in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Not completely -- he's good at being skeptical and savvy about more abstract situations -- but has a tendency to be far too trusting and willing to get close to people who he knows personally or who behave in an well-meaning manner, usually resulting in injury and/or betrayal (e.g., Lore, Ira Graves, Ishara Yar, brainwashed members of the crew on various occasions). Considering he's an android, stereotyped as logical and dispassionate about things that could emotionally compromise normal people, this trait of his is almost a subversion. Or perhaps his programming isn't designed to pick up on "sketchy vibes".
* New correspondent Kristin Schaal is currently playing this (along with TheWoobie) on ''Series/TheDailyShow''. It remains to be seen how long it will last, as she is [[ThisIsReality cruelly disillusioned]] in just about every appearance.
* Sam Seaborn in ''Series/TheWestWing''. Often, he creates idealistic scenarios and goals that sound wonderful, but when he presents them to Leo or the President, they are shot down because of being impractical, a waste of time, or just plain dangerous. He also is very trusting and naive, which gets him into trouble on a frequent basis. Often, as in the case of a public education plan he developed that would have been revolutionary, he completely forgets to factor in a budget, accidentally assuming that there are no limitations. Ironically, this makes utter sense, as this seems to be the most glaring problem with entire American Dream.
* Phil Coulson of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' and the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse is a very idealistic man who believes that people are fundamentally ''good''. His belief in heroes is seen as [[GoodIsOldFashioned slightly old-fashioned]] (his ''favorite'' hero being ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, who is definitely an idealist), but it's implied that this fundamental faith in human decency is why he's described as Nick Fury's "one good eye" [[spoiler: and why Fury is willing to go to such lengths to resurrect him]]. He's rather like the TokenGoodTeammate for the rest of SHIELD and, in an interesting example of PlayingWithATrope, his idealism seems to be highly valued by the more cynical agents he works for and with.
** It's implied that, while he's naturally inclined that way anyway, retaining his idealism is also an intentional strategic choice on Coulson's part. Many of the entities he deals with are either terrified and confused by their new powers or savvy antagonists who have plans within plans to deal with swat teams and superspy tricks. The former find his cheerful "it's OK, your power is cool, think of all the good it could do" attitude comforting, and it puts the latter on the back foot. The simplistic morality involved also puts him in the good graces of the norse gods, which is a matter of great concern to SHIELD.
* Dominic "Nicky" Hutchinson of ''Series/OurFriendsInTheNorth'' has dreams of becoming a left-wing politician who will make a real difference to the lives of poor working-class people. First he joins the Labour party, but quits when he discovers the levels of corruption within. He then joins an anarchist group closer to the extreme Left, but quits when he realises that they're plotting terrorist acts. He then rejoins Labour and stands in the general election but loses thanks to a vicious smear campaign by his Tory opponents. Finally he accepts that he is too nice for politics and abandons his political ambitions.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': [[Creator/DeborahAnnWoll Karen Page]] is possibly the most idealistic of the protagonists, and this manifests in her determinator style dedication to bringing down Wilson Fisk. It's dangerous, and it doesn't pay well (Karen ends up being forced to kill James Wesley, while allies like Ben Urich and Elena Cardenas get killed), but she knows it needs to happen because Fisk is a dangerous criminal.

* Music/BillyJoel's song "Pressure" is about a Wide-Eyed Idealist and how unrealistic his hopes and expectations are.
* King!Rin of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZOPlZTAPDs Death Should Not Have Taken Thee!]]'' believes steadfastly in the [[WrongGenreSavvy idealistic conventions]] of classic [=RPGs=], sending StraightMan Soldier!Len out to [[MediumAwareness gain EXP]], SaveThePrincess and defeat the FinalBoss. Len spends the song {{Lampshading}} this incessantly.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Aja Perera during her rookie years, or at least in Valkyrie Pro, to which she was enthused to make a 14 hour drive to, seeing such drives and wrestling matches as great ways to make friends.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the backstory of the old ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' world, the last First Lord of the Star League, Richard Cameron was orphaned as a boy, and grew up with idealistic, Arthurian vision of his supposed role as head of the multi-kingdomed, federal empire. Since politics in the Battletech universe are much more realistic than that, he was the worst possible choice for the critical throne at the worst possible time, and catastrophe followed. Not helped by the fact that an EvilChancellor, who would later go on to kill Richard and bring the Star League to ruin, was warping his mind and constantly clouding his judgment towards said idealism.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** The Tau started out pretty close, before the inevitable [[DarkerAndEdgier grimmification]]. They still qualify in that galaxy, even though in any other they'd be the bad guys the heroes have to stop at all costs.
** Also the Chaos God Nurgle, in a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality very weird way]], despite being the embodiment of despair (and possibly ''love''). Nurgle is a FriendToAllLivingThings... it's just that bacteria, rats and other vermin are so much more numerous.
** His opposite number, Tzeentch subverts this pretty hard (despite being the embodiment of ''hope'', of all emotions). He represents the desire for things to change, and as such is the patron god of mutants, sorcerers, and traitors.

* Anthony Hope in ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' is as idealistic as [[GrumpyBear Sweeney]] is cynical. And then he gets [[BreakTheCutie bashed (literally, in some cases) down by Judge Turpin and the Beadle.]] And he is still idealistic, even though everyone -- even his er, bride, Johanna, tumbles down the SlidingScaleofIdealismVersusCynicism. And it can be viewed as [[SpannerInTheWorks all HIS fault]]. It should be noted, though, that Anthony Hope [[spoiler:is one of the few characters who is still alive]] at the end.
* ''Theatre/TheLeagueOfYouth'' by Creator/HenrikIbsen has the young attorney Stensgaard. He wishes to make things better by creating a new political party, and thus gather the young forces against the "old regime". As it happens, he is led off course by older and more experienced politicians, who actually does it to preserve status quo and their own positions. At the end of the play, he is run out of town.
* ''Theatre/{{Urinetown}}'' has Hope "Life should be beautiful" Cladwell, who overthrows her ArchnemesisDad while paying little heed to how his RepressiveButEfficient regime worked.
* In ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle'', Hapgood confesses to Fay that being this was what made him functionally insane:
-->"Until this morning, I was probably the craziest man in the world. Because I was not only an idealist, I was a practising idealist! Now ''that is mad''; it's thankless; and it's absolutely exhausting!"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Creator/BioWare usually includes at least one in the party, who is usually also young and female.
** Aerie from the ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series, as becomes apparent if you put her in a party with [[CoolOldGuy Keldorn]], [[PerkyGoth Haer'Dalis]] or [[KnightInSourArmor Jaheira]].
** Mission Vao from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. Despite being a product of one of the galaxy's worst {{Wretched Hive}}s, she is a cheerful girl who's higher on the KarmaMeter than the party's ''Jedi'' and is the first to support the PlayerCharacter after the TomatoSurprise hits. [[spoiler: Shame on you ''again'' DarkSide players, killing a teenaged girl like that!]]
** Dawn Star in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire''. Closed Fist practitioncers can change her outlook.
** [[WrenchWench Tali]] and [[AdventurerArchaeologist Liara]] in ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}'', [[JadeColoredGlasses less]] [[BreakTheCutie so]] in [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 the sequel]].
** [[JeanneDArchetype Leliana]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is an inversion. While definitely cheerful and idealistic, she used to be '''''much''''' more cynical and manipulative in her role as [[spoiler:a spy and assassin]] where she prided herself on her ability to "be the woman" her target was looking for in order to get close to them. Her current role as a lay sister in the chantry is her BecomingTheMask, although her old teacher would have you believe otherwise. As with ''Jade Empire'', you can encourage her one way or the other.
** Fenthick in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', so much that he cannot comprehend evil. [[spoiler: This leads to tragedy when it's revealed that he was unknowingly helping TheMole the entire time. His fate? [[TheScapegoat Found guilty of "negligence", then publicly executed to appease angry citizens of the city]]]]. Linu is a lesser example.
** NPC rather than party member, but ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has Seamus Dumar. He's an outspoken opponent of the unthinking fear the qunari in Kirkwall inspire, and believes in bringing the two sides closer together (no easy task, since qunari aren't that approachable themselves). Too bad he lives in a WretchedHive and his father is a well-meaning SlaveToPR. [[spoiler: Mother Petrice has him murdered and tries to frame the qunari for it to spark a race war]].
* PJ in ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar''. Given ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' tries to use "WarIsHell" as AnAesop, [[{{Retirony}} and he mentions his ]] [[FatalFamilyPhoto girlfriend back at the base...]] [[spoiler:He dies]].
* "Will / Ed" from ''[[VideoGame/NintendoWars Advance Wars: Days of Ruin / Dark Conflict]]''. His idealism arguably pushes him dangerously close to being an IdiotHero, as he is often wildly optimistic and consequently sometimes fails to look at situations properly. However, his will and [[{{Determinator}} sheer determination]] in even the worst of situations often leads to at least one crowning moment of heartwarming. Case in point -- mission 16, which starts off with desperate music playing pushing ever closer to the DespairEventHorizon, when suddenly Will/Ed decides he's going to fight, and the music changes from desperate to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCD6ribbc-4 sheer awesome]].
* In a world that is in effect suffering the final stages of a cancer, Solaire of DarkSouls fame is as cheery and up-beat as they come (and unlike a few others, doesn't try to kill you). Being essentially (as many pointed out) the cooperative type player archetype, he is always nice to you and is eager to help with a boss battle. [[spoiler: However, true to the tone, he undergoes a HeroicBSOD at his failings to find his purpose and if steps aren't taken, will be possessed by a Chaos Bug, forcing you to kill one of the nicest characters in a dying, bleak world]].
* Brother-Sergeant Thaddeus in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar II'', with most of his older and wiser fellow sergeants pointing out his relative naivete at several points. In the ExpansionPack ''Chaos Rising'', [[spoiler:Thaddeus will go rogue if his [[KarmaMeter Corruption level]] is the highest in the squad -- unlike all the other squadmates, who go rogue over NecessarilyEvil reasons, DemonicPossession or over bitterness, Thaddeus' corruption is revealed to be over his idealism -- [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter he willingly believed the word of a daemon]]]].
* The ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' series has this in spades:
** JC Denton starts out the game this way. He's sent directly from training to a terrorist situation on Liberty Island, and believes that UNATCO is a paragon of law enforcement and justice. When the NSF commander (Leo Gold) at the end of the level tries to debate him about ethics, JC is adamant that UNATCO can do no wrong and justifies their treatment of the NSF. It only takes about a day before he's forced to confront his employer's atrocities, and eventually switches his loyalties to the NSF when they activate his brother's killswitch. As a result, he takes on a much more cynical and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] view of the situation.
** Sam Carter is also this. Acting as the quartermaster for UNATCO, Carter always stresses by-the-book approaches to hostage situations and non-violent solutions. When JC is escaping UNATCO amd tries to get him to join the resistance, Carter refuses to hear JC's explanation and says that all it needs to get back on track are a few good people. He's later dumped unceremoniously by the company after Walton Simons assumes control, and admits how he was naive in believing they could change anything (which prompts him to help the Vandenberg scientists).
** In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', David Sarif is this to an extent. In a world of high tech cybernetics, ruthless conspiracy and corporate warfare ó signs that would warn a GenreSavvy individual that they're in a CyberPunk setting - Sarif believes that the best thing to do with augmentation technology is to remove all restrictions on it, and that doing so will help the people of the world. Of course, despite the multiple endings, this is a prequel to ''Deus Ex'', so we know that all four endings will result in the exact same scenario a few decades down the line. [[spoiler:His belief that merging man and machine will create a better world is vindicated by the original game's Helios ending, where the hero merges with a benevolent AI]].
* Flonne in ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' falls under this trope. She never ceases to be an overoptimistic idealist who believes that demons can love, and that Seraph Lamington is a good guy. In the best ending [[spoiler:she's absolutely right]].
** Her {{Expy}}, Marona from ''VideoGame/PhantomBrave'' definitely fits into this ([[AllOfTheOtherReindeer despite her situation]]).
* Tahlkora from ''VideoGame/GuildWars: Nightfall''. "I signed on for the heroic songs and the praise. I did not sign on for the blood-sucking bugs."
* The ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' series plays with this trope, ultimately subverting it: [[TheHero Sora]] is so idealistic that villains often take advantage of his [[ChronicHeroSyndrome do-gooder tendencies]] and manipulate him in various ways. The villains all insist that the protagonists are Wide-Eyed Idealists who should just give in and admit [[CrapsaccharineWorld that the world is nothing but darkness at its heart]]. A notable example is in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', when Sora is manipulated into [[spoiler: erasing his own memory.]] Ultimately, his idealism and [[ThePowerOfFriendship his bonds with friends]] protect him.
** Deconstructed in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsDreamDropDistance'', where [[spoiler: the villains depend on Sora's idealism to lead him into a trap. [[GrandTheftMe Sora nearly gets his body taken over by the villain of the piece]]. [[DeconReconSwitch Double subverted]] when [[TheLancer Riku]] descends into Sora's heart and saves him, proving once again that Sora's [[ThePowerOfFriendship friends are]] [[TrueCompanions his power]]]].
* Grovyle from ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' may not be overly positive, but he does cling on to hope for a better future.
* Luisa Fortuna in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' is an exceedingly idealistic individual in the CrapsackWorld. She genuinely believes in rebel leader Abraham Reyes, who John quickly learns is a GloryHound with a penchant for MeaninglessMeaningfulWords and chastises John for working with Allende when he constantly makes it clear that he's NotInThisForYourRevolution.
* Anduin Wrynn from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' displays the qualities associated with this trope. Despite the chaos in his past and his father's stubborn vehemence toward the Horde, Anduin firmly maintains that "both [his] people, and the Horde, are essentially good." His benevolence toward both the Alliance and the Horde is unchanged even by [[spoiler: his near death at the hands of Garrosh Hellscream, the present Warchief of the Horde at the time.]]
** It is even implied during a vision from the draenei prophet Velen that [[spoiler: Anduin may lead the forces of Light during the final battle against the Burning Legion, placing him in direct contrast with Sargeras, who views the denizens of Azeroth- the Alliance and the Horde by extension- as corruptible and impure.]]
* Poor Sigurd from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar''. He charges into bandit territory to rescue his childhood friend, falls in love and marries a beautiful maiden, and some time later charges back into the fray to rescue another friend. Unfortunately, Augustria is ''way'' more political than Verdane and Sigurd's actions aren't seen as quite so heroic. [[FromBadToWorse And that's just the tip of the iceberg]].
* Edge Maverick of ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope''. A big part of his CharacterDevelopment is dropping the "wide-eyed" part of the trope, becoming an idealistic character who functions in reality.
* ''VideoGame/EndlessSpace'' has several of these. The Amoebas, Sophons, and the human Pilgrims who have traits like this. Amoebas and Pilgrims believe in mutual understanding, the Sophons prefer to focus on exploration and science. That said they are all MartialPacifist, and they are not afraid to fight back if need be.
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'', Master Thief of the ThievesGuild, [[MeaningfulName Gentleman]] [[GentlemanThief Jim Stacey]] is one. His belief in the Bal Molagmer (JustLikeRobinHood thieves who practice [[KarmicThief Karmic Thievery]]) is entirely personal[[note]]it ''does'' make pragmatic sense as a propaganda move against the Camonna Tong by invoking a ''Dunmer'' good thief tradition, but Jim Stacey only cites moral reasons[[/note]], and the other Guild leaders don't practice it. Depending on how you play the game, he may also end up getting killed by the other local crime group and rivals to the Thieves Guild, the [[TheSyndicate Camonna Tong]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Shirou Emiya of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', who wants to follow in his father's footsteps to become an "ally of justice" and enters the Holy Grail War to prevent civilian casualties and abuse of the Holy Grail. The end result depends somewhat on the route: [[spoiler:[[{{Pollyanna}} His idealism remains unscathed]]]] in the first route, [[spoiler:[[CharacterDevelopment he chucks away the 'Wide-Eyed' part after a thorough examination of his ideal]]]] in the second route, and [[spoiler:[[AlwaysSaveTheGirl chucks away it all as meaningless to who he really is]]]] in the third. The latter ones are foreshadowed in "Fate" when he couldn't come up with a real answer about if what he was doing actually brought him happiness. [[spoiler:Then again, judging by Archer's comments, the past he went through seemed similar to the Fate route, so there may be a pair of JadeColoredGlasses waiting for Shirou there...]]
* Komari from ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', who always tries to look on the bright side, has a childish temperament, and hates sad stories. [[spoiler:And then it turns out that this is because her brother, who was very sickly, tried to shield her from anything painful, only telling her happy stories. Even when he died, he convinced her that it was just a dream. While in good faith, this had terrible consequences - Komari repressed the sad memories, but they're triggered whenever she encounters death or blood, causing her to have a HeroicBSOD.]] The main development at the end of her route is her learning to take a more realistic approach and accept both the good and bad parts of life.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Franchesca "Kid" Martines from ''Webcomic/{{Angels 2200}}'' is a textbook example. Not surprisingly, she almost gets booted off the squad when she can't bring herself to fire on an enemy fighter knowing she'd be taking someone else's life.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Grace is this in all things including [[InnocentFanserviceGirl nudity]], and so was [[spoiler:Susan]] before [[spoiler:her MercyKill [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-05-31 of the aberration.]] Literally so -- her eyes change into her current half-droopy state when she looks down at his corpse, and while she still [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-07-11 has]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-01-22 wide]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-06-23 eyes]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-02-10 quite]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-06-30 often]], they do tend towards the "half-droopy". After the encounter of a weird kind with Jerry led to FreakOut, though, she now tends to having wide open eyes more often than not.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** Play with in John Egbert. He's a wildly idealistic kid playing a game that's already [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroyed the Earth and rendering it more or less uninhabitable]], and being constantly accosted by literal {{Troll}}s who continue to call out the fact that the kids fail to win the game and nothing they do will change that. This doesn't seem to deter John in the slightest.
** Then there's Jake English, who considers [[spoiler:Erisolsprite]], a vile-tempered {{Jerkass}} of the first order, to be a "friendly guide" despite the sprite in question emphasising how much he hates Jake in every other sentence.
* Lisa from ''Webcomic/MechagicalGirlLisaANT'' is one of these... only thing is, not only she ''still'' firmly believes her life is a MagicalGirl anime despite all she's been through, but she ''doesn't even cares'' about her robot outfit being actually a HumongousMecha for ants.
* Seiko from ''Webcomic/UsedBooks'' is a great example. She is constantly standing up for people the others deem as villains. She holds fast that people are [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Used_Books/index.php?p=437135 basically good]], even if they have done nothing but cause hardship. She also stops in the middle of a battle to [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Used_Books/index.php?p=633715 bandage up]] an enemy someone on her own team just injured.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}''
** Earth keeps trying to befriend her hostile neighbors no matter how harshly they act towards her, and instead of being wary at the clear signs that there's something [[NotHimself horribly wrong with Sun]] thinks that he's just going through a rough patch and needs some friendly support.
** Pluto thinks that the rest of the solar system's AllOfTheOtherReindeer attitude towards him and their (understandable) fear of the HumanoidAbomination Black Hole is all a big misunderstanding and that they can all be friends.
* Three of the four kids who makes of the Wyre Cats team in ''Webcomic/WeAreTheWyrecats'' neatly fall into this category in the flashbacks, but life has [[BreakTheCutie not been kind to them]].

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* A toned-down version of Penny in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''. "...a generally nice person whose idealistic attempts at solving the problems of their world turn out to go ''horribly horribly'' awry..." Do I detect a bit of irony?
* Himei of ''Literature/SailorNothing'' was once a GenreSavvy [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]] of MagicalGirl anime... starring in a {{Deconstruction}} of Magical Girl anime. She quickly learned (by the beginning of where the story picks up) that the job is ''not'' so much fun as it looks. Aki fills the role after Himei has become thoroughly jaded.
* Tragically, we see in ''ScoobyDoo'' that WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic was like this as a seventeen year old, happy and bouncy and positive everything will get better. [[DiedHappilyEverAfter They will, but not for a long time]].
* ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''
** Chris Davidson from v4 may indeed be this as well.
** One could easily make a case for Carol Burke as well, who seems to genuinely believe they are going to be rescued and the terrorists wouldn't get away with it a fourth time. To her, very few at her school would actually play, especially her friends. Heck, she trusts ''[[PsychoLesbian Reiko]] [[AxCrazy Ishida]]'' [[spoiler: and gets killed for her troubles]].
** Orn "Dutchy" Ayers could also be interpreted as this. However, it's also a major reason why he's considered TheWoobie; he's smart enough to know that although things should be good and he wants to do the right thing, things... [[BreakTheCutie aren't working out]]. As a result, he doesn't take things very well, and spends a good portion of his time on the island in a HeroicBSOD, wishing he could save all his friends.
* ''WebVideo/{{Vigilant}}'': Somewhat subverted in that Wayne realizes the city is evil and needs a hero. However, Wayne believes that the vigilantes are the good guys, and is shocked from his idealism when [[spoiler: V kills the man who killed her parents instead of turning him in to the police.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** Aang starts off this way. But being shouldered with the weight of the Avatar Spirit, his entire people dying, Appa's kidnapping and the horrors of war quickly got rid of it.
** Zuko also started out this way. [[BreakTheCutie Then his father burned his face off and kicked him out of the country as punishment for his idealism.]]
** Katara is this to some degree, at least in the earlier episodes. Her idealism is {{lampshaded}} by the portrayal of her by an actor in the Lampshade Extravaganza epsiode, The Ember Island Players:
---> "it just gave me so much hope...!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'': The main titular character is like this, heís able look on the positive side and find the way of making anything nearly interesting around him despite of some of the things that is quite opposite and based on his naivety, however thereís a point where he seem to take back because due to something that might be far too serious.
* [[EnlightenedAntagonist Zaheer]] of SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' is a villainous example who merits inclusion here as well as under WellIntentionedExtremist - he plans to [[BombThrowingAnarchists topple the Avatar world's governments]] so a better world can rise from the ashes, but he seems to think that the world will naturally turn into a utopia as soon as those pesky authority figures are out of the way, with [[MissingStepsPlan no other steps required]]. Things don't quite work out that way, and his assassination of the Earth Queen only leads to [[PyrrhicVillainy an even worse and more restrictive regime taking the place of the old one]].
* Silverbolt of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' started out as a starry-eyed idealist. He was so thoroughly chivalrous that he [[WouldntHitAGirl refused to hit or fire upon a female]] (Blackarachnia) even if his own life, or the lives of his comrades, depended on it. His naivete took its toll in the three-part second season finale where he refused direct orders from Optimus to capture Blackarachnia, instead going after her to help her dig up the Ark. This enabled Megatron to make it to the Ark easier and gain the access codes from Blackarachnia after threatening Silverbolt's life. Then Megatron went into the Ark and fired a fatal blast into the still dormant Optimus Prime's head, triggering a cataclysmic time storm that nearly destroyed all the Maximals and wiped out time and space. All thanks to Silverbolt's refusal to capture Blackarachnia. Later on, of course, everything gets cleaned up but Silverbolt's actions nearly led to the destruction of time and space due to his wide-optical idealism. In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', this trope becomes subverted as Silverbolt is transformed into the villainous [[FaceHeelTurn Jetstorm]]. Blackarachnia does bring him back but once Silverbolt returns, he no longer has the rosy outlook on life that he used to, becoming a bitter AntiHero for the remainder of the series.\\\
It should be noted that despite leading Megatron to the Ark the first time, his continued pursuit of Blackaracnia kept her on the Maximal side all through season 3 despite some close calls regarding her ChaoticNeutral yearnings. In fact, it's only because of his [[LoveRedeems devotion]] that ultimately she becomes a real Maximal. This ironically is the only thing that saves the future yet again when she's the last maximal to survive a mental takeover of Optimus Primal, and thus she's able to save the ark from self destruction.
* The FantasticRacism of Manhattan is particularly painful for Angela of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', who was raised on Avalon where humans and gargoyles live in harmony. She also hopes more than is wise or reasonable that her mother Demona can change or be redeemed.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' manages to be one of these in [[AHellOfATime Miseryville]]. While he suffers plenty of AmusingInjuries, he usually comes out on top, with [[{{Satan}} Lucius]] really suffering.
* Steven from ''WesternAnimation/{{Steven Universe}}'' is this in spades. However, unlike some other Idealists, he actually survives, making this a possible subversion.
* Zeta from ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' is naive and kind, always taking people at their word, a terrible of judge of character who thinks the best of everyone and generally easily manipulated. It's due to being so young and having no knowledge of the world beforehand, and to be fair, his friends do try to help him get better about this.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Optimus when he was Orion Pax as Megatron's protege in the Cybertron civil rights movement. He ended up endearing himself to the general public compared to his mentor's more ruthless methods.
* Subverted with Yoink from the "Yoink Of The Yukon" short on ''WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow''. Oddly enough, he survives and his cynical partner gets to be TheChewToy.
* Wally from the ''Literature/WheresWally'' cartoon series fits this trope to a T but manages to avoid the horrible death part. He's too cheery for his own good and his dog Woof has more common sense than he does yet he always escapes unscathed from his dangerous journeys.
* In the early seasons of ''TheSimpsons'', Lisa started out as this, but as the series progressed, she became a DeadpanSnarker who has as much compassion as a housecat towards her own brother, and Homer from time to time.
* Brattus and Mole from ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' both show shades of this in most of their appearances.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': The eponymous character is ridiculously cheery despite the CrapsaccharineWorld she lives in.