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* In ''Manga/TheRedRangerBecomesAnAdventurerInAnotherWorld'', Tougo is relentlessly positive. Even while beaten and dying from defeating the Ender King, he's able to find happiness in knowing that his friends and world are safe. Then he gets dropped into another world with no way home and sees that evils like slave labor are still around. Rather than angsting about it, he takes his predicament in stride and becomes a KnightErrant searching for the reason why he was chosen to arrive in this world.

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* ''Manga/{{Blattodea}}'': Chiyuri Haijima is a homeless abandoned child who unknowingly lives under the thumb of a criminal organization that provokes a ZombieApocalypse and loses her adoptive father in the struggle. Despite all that, she enjoys the freedom her homelessness grants, makes an unlikely friendship with the rather unhinged Setsuna Dinoponera and spends a year merrily exploring the post-apocalypse with her. This is a major contrast to how the protagonist from ''Manga/{{Arachnid}}'', Alice Fujii, drove Setsuna away with fear and ended up a depressive lonely mess after several betrayals and losing nearly everything.


* [[TheTrickster Romania]] and [[NiceGuy Spain]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' remain optimistic, upbeat and cheerful, despite the fact that they've experienced many unfortunate and turbulent events in their histories.



* Mikan Sakura from ''Manga/AliceAcademy''. She's eternally optimistic, and happy. She's the EXACT DEFINITION of the Pollyanna. Even after [[spoiler: Mikan discovers her alices]] and all the horrible stuff that happens to her, she always cheers everyone up. Even [[spoiler: Natsume and Luka love her, eventually. And Natsume Truly and deeply loves Mikan. But really, who CAN'T love Mikan?]]

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* Mikan Sakura from ''Manga/AliceAcademy''.''Manga/GakuenAlice''. She's eternally optimistic, and happy. She's the EXACT DEFINITION of the Pollyanna. Even after [[spoiler: Mikan discovers her alices]] and all the horrible stuff that happens to her, she always cheers everyone up. Even [[spoiler: Natsume and Luka love her, eventually. And Natsume Truly and deeply loves Mikan. But really, who CAN'T love Mikan?]]



* [[TheTrickster Romania]] and [[NiceGuy Spain]] of ''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers'' remain optimistic, upbeat and cheerful, despite the fact that they've experienced many unfortunate and turbulent events in their histories.



* Another male example would be Yamamoto of ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', who very rarely loses his smile (and when he does, [[BewareTheNiceOnes RUN]]) even in the worst of circumstances. Although he isn't unusually optimistic, he remains constantly cheerful despite the sometimes nightmarish situations he's encountered as guardian to a budding mafia boss. Perhaps this is because he [[{{failedaspotcheck}} thinks that his entire life in the mafia has all been one big elaborate role-playing game.]]
** Though he has currently (as of the Time Travel Arc) been told the truth, and actually knows more about certain backstory elements than any of the main characters, not to mention the readers.


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* Another male example would be Yamamoto of ''Manga/Reborn2004'', who very rarely loses his smile (and when he does, [[BewareTheNiceOnes RUN]]) even in the worst of circumstances. Although he isn't unusually optimistic, he remains constantly cheerful despite the sometimes nightmarish situations he's encountered as guardian to a budding mafia boss. Perhaps this is because he [[{{failedaspotcheck}} thinks that his entire life in the mafia has all been one big elaborate role-playing game.]]
** Though he has currently (as of the Time Travel Arc) been told the truth, and actually knows more about certain backstory elements than any of the main characters, not to mention the readers.


* Kafuka Fuura (pictured on the main page) is an extreme form of this trope, in order to act as an antithesis to the namesake and other protagonist of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. She has had an amazingly tragic childhood and goes to a school filled with social misfits, yet she is either too oblivious to notice or in very, very heavy denial. She's also easily the scariest example on this page. Although she never breaks her [[StepfordSmiler cheerful facade]], the series drops many hints that she is [[CuteAndPsycho quite disturbed and a stone's throw away from killing everyone around her]]. [[spoiler:She is DeadAllAlong. [[FridgeHorror Now review the series and her actions again.]]]] For example: While her close friend and classmate turns into a giant after finding an ancient weapon during a festival and then begins to battle huge robots with toilet profanities on their chest ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking all while wearing underwear with a traditional Japanese dress]]), Kafuka can only remark about how well the Kanji on their chest are carved. Or how well Chiri is doing fighting the aliens. Or how professional dog rapist Mayo Mitama is sticking a branch up her neighbor's dog's butt.

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* Kafuka Fuura (pictured on the main page) is an extreme form of this trope, in order to act as an antithesis a {{Foil}} to the namesake and other (eponymous) protagonist of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. She has had an amazingly tragic childhood and goes to a school filled with social misfits, yet she is either too oblivious to notice or in very, very heavy denial. She's also easily the scariest example on this page. Although she never breaks her [[StepfordSmiler cheerful facade]], the series drops many hints that she is [[CuteAndPsycho quite disturbed and a stone's throw away from killing everyone around her]]. [[spoiler:She is DeadAllAlong. [[FridgeHorror Now review the series and her actions again.]]]] For example: While her close friend and classmate turns into a giant after finding an ancient weapon during a festival and then begins to battle huge robots with toilet profanities on their chest ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking all while wearing underwear with a traditional Japanese dress]]), Kafuka can only remark about how well the Kanji on their chest are carved. Or how well Chiri is doing fighting the aliens. Or how professional dog rapist Mayo Mitama is sticking a branch up her neighbor's dog's butt.


* Tohru Honda from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' is portrayed as this in the 2001 anime adaptation, where she remains eternally perky and positive while helping various members of [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Sohma family]] through their troubles. In the manga and 2019 anime, however, she's actually more of a StepfordSmiler with serious self-esteem issues and it takes a while for her friends to realize that she needs help herself.

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* Tohru Honda from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' is portrayed as this in the 2001 anime adaptation, where she remains eternally perky and positive despite losing her mother in a car accident and living in a tent at the start of the story, and all the while helping is still able to help various members of [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Sohma family]] through their troubles. In the manga and 2019 anime, however, she's actually more of a StepfordSmiler with serious self-esteem issues and it takes a while for her friends to realize that she needs help herself.


* Tohru Honda from ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. In the anime, the other characters [[ExtremeDoormat use her as a doormat]], but she remains eternally perky and eventually wins them over. In the ''manga'', on the other hand, while she acts the same, she's also shown as doing some serious repression.

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* Tohru Honda from ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' is portrayed as this in the anime, the other characters [[ExtremeDoormat use her as a doormat]], but 2001 anime adaptation, where she remains eternally perky and eventually wins them over. positive while helping various members of [[BigScrewedUpFamily the Sohma family]] through their troubles. In the ''manga'', on the other hand, while she acts the same, manga and 2019 anime, however, she's also shown as doing some actually more of a StepfordSmiler with serious repression.self-esteem issues and it takes a while for her friends to realize that she needs help herself.


* [[{{Trickster}} Romania]] and [[NiceGuy Spain]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' remain optimistic, upbeat and cheerful, despite the fact that they've experienced many unfortunate and turbulent events in their histories.

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* [[{{Trickster}} [[TheTrickster Romania]] and [[NiceGuy Spain]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' remain optimistic, upbeat and cheerful, despite the fact that they've experienced many unfortunate and turbulent events in their histories.


* Usagi of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' isn't as much of a Pollyanna as fanfic writers would have you believe (where Usagi is a perky saint and can never be pried from her hold on a "good in everyone" mentality), but she does have an overwhelming belief in the power of love in the anime. The [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] and [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live-action]] are much darker, though.

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* Usagi of ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' isn't as much of a Pollyanna as fanfic writers would have you believe (where Usagi is a perky saint and can never be pried from her hold on a "good in everyone" mentality), but she does have an overwhelming belief in the power of love in the anime. The [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] and [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live-action]] are much bit darker, though.


* Jean from ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' is a shoe in for a inventor's competition which he ditches to save Nadia, and not only does his plane crash but he is perpertually on the run and in constant danger. And yet, through it all, he is cheerful and even enthusiastic about the technology from both sides in general. (Only exceptions is when he and Nadia exploring Gargoyle's base, and even reacting in horror to two deaths—one of an escaped fugitive, and another, a crew member. This latter incident causes for a BreakTheCutie moment that turns into a HeroicBSOD when he learns his father is dead. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Nadia cheers him up by reminding him of his promise to her and encouraging him to build a gyrocopter.]])

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* Jean from ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' is a shoe in for a inventor's competition which he ditches to save Nadia, and not only does his plane crash but he is perpertually on the run and in constant danger. And yet, through it all, he is cheerful and even enthusiastic about the technology from both sides in general. (Only exceptions is when he and Nadia exploring Gargoyle's base, and even reacting in horror to two deaths—one of an escaped fugitive, and another, a crew member. This latter incident causes for a BreakTheCutie moment that turns into a HeroicBSOD when he learns his father is dead. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Nadia cheers him up by reminding him of his promise to her and encouraging him to build a gyrocopter.]]))

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* Laios of ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'' is perpetually cheery and relaxed, which can be jarring as he casually talks about how he cooks and eats demons from the underworld and plainly comments how [[spoiler: his sister was resurrected using extremely dangerous dark magic.]] It's not that he doesn't worry, it's just that his near unshakable demeanor clashes horribly with the mood.


* Komachi Shokichi from ''TerraFormars'', in spite of having lost his childhood sweetheart to a Mars expedition gone wrong and witnessing his entire team die, does not let them beat down his laid-back, friendly nature toward his subordinates and his determination to make things right for humankind in Annex I expedition.

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* Komachi Shokichi from ''TerraFormars'', ''Manga/TerraFormars'', in spite of having lost his childhood sweetheart to a Mars expedition gone wrong and witnessing his entire team die, does not let them beat down his laid-back, friendly nature toward his subordinates and his determination to make things right for humankind in Annex I expedition.


** We eventually learn that his Pollyanna nature is actually a front. Not that he feels sad about anything. Just the opposite: ''he's a sociopath.'' He doesn't care about anyone, but he wants everyone to smile just ''because.''

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** We eventually learn that his [[spoiler:his Pollyanna nature is actually a front. Not that he feels sad about anything. Just the opposite: ''he's a [[TheSociopath sociopath.'' ]]'' He [[LackOfEmpathy doesn't care about anyone, anyone]], but he wants everyone to smile just ''because.'''']]

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* Goku of ''Franchise/DragonBall''. He is an unrelentingly optimistic and happy person. At the start of the series, he tells Bulma that his parents abandon him in the woods where his grandfather found him. His grandfather died years ago, stomp to death by a giant monster, and he was left alone in the mountains with no human contact the entire time. He says all this with a huge grin on his face and never shown any visible signs of trauma. Bulma outright ask him how can he be so happy. Even during the most hopeless of times, he can be seen smiling, despite saying he's afraid.


* Subaru during ''[[AudioAdaptation StrikerS Sound Stage X]]'' of the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' franchise. Turns out that the EmergencyServices she joined [[ItNeverGetsAnyEasier isn't all sunshine and roses]], and she not only gets front row seats to a PsychicAssistedSuicide, but she also loses the new friend she had rescued after she slips into a coma that may last a thousand years. Still, she never loses her smile and [[GenkiGirl energetic personality]]. After all "Even though you're so sad, you've still got to eat. And if you get sleepy, you got to sleep. And if you have to do something, you do it... When you're doing all that, all your painful memories start fading away..."

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* Subaru during ''[[AudioAdaptation StrikerS Sound Stage X]]'' of the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise. Turns out that the EmergencyServices she joined [[ItNeverGetsAnyEasier isn't all sunshine and roses]], and she not only gets front row seats to a PsychicAssistedSuicide, but she also loses the new friend she had rescued after she slips into a coma that may last a thousand years. Still, she never loses her smile and [[GenkiGirl energetic personality]]. After all "Even though you're so sad, you've still got to eat. And if you get sleepy, you got to sleep. And if you have to do something, you do it... When you're doing all that, all your painful memories start fading away..."

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* [[{{Trickster}} Romania]] and [[NiceGuy Spain]] of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' remain optimistic, upbeat and cheerful, despite the fact that they've experienced many unfortunate and turbulent events in their histories.

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