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The Pollyanna / Comic Books

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  • In volume one of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, we get the girl that provides our page quote (and who is of course Alan Moore's reinterpretation of the Trope Namer). It should be noted that this scene can also be read as her simply liking the sex, and not wanting to admit as much (would you?), and using optimism as an excuse for her behaviour.
  • Mary Marvel was described as this during her pre-Countdown and Final Crisis portrayals. This was her most obvious comedic trait in the Superbuddies stories. She is also explicitly called "Pollyanna", causing her to talk about how that's her favorite movie.
    • Billy himself used to be a pretty good example of this as well (before the New 52 changed everything). By the time he's an orphan, has endured abusive foster parents and lives on the street, but he somehow manages to be one of the most Cheerful Children in the DC Universe. Admittedly a lot of his problems were able to be solved once he got super powers.
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    • In the New 52, the Pollyanna status seems to have been taken by Billy's foster sister Darla. At first energetic about having another older brother, Billy later coldly tells her that he is not her brother and her other siblings are not an actual family because they aren't related, which drove Darla away in tears. Mary coldly tried to put Billy in his place for what he did, saying Darla was with them simply because her Jerkass biological parents didn't want her and told her exactly that to her face. The next morning, however, Darla acts as if the previous day didn't happen. Mary mentions it's because Darla doesn't waste time on anger.
  • Teen Titans :
    • Gar Logan. Content with playing the Plucky Comic Relief character despite a lifetime of hardship and self-loathing until it gets worse.
    • M'gann M'orzz aka Miss Martian, despite her White Martian heritage (White Martians tend to be vicious warmongers), is an absolutely adorable Pollyanna. Almost nothing gets her down — her response to tragedies such as murdered parents, an evil future version of herself stuck in her head, the deaths of teammates, and nearly being killed herself on several occasions, is to think positive and work for a better tomorrow.
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  • Apollo from The Authority is always kinder, happier and more optimistic than most other folks in the Wildstorm universe. Or you could think of it this way: he's powered by sunshine, and has a personality to match.
  • Superman may also qualify, although the amount of crap in his life (and therefore the strangeness of his constant kindness and optimism) varies from writer to writer, and era to era. However he unfailingly believes in the goodness of the human race, and frequently bucks up other superheroes by promising that no matter how bleak a crisis looks, they can always do something to help. Like Apollo, he is powered by the fucking sun, thriving on light and warmth, and it sure as hell suits him.
  • The Flash: The second Flash, Barry Allen, is an eternal optimist who always sees the best in every situation. He is an easy-going and laid-back person who has huge amounts of patience, understanding, and kindness for most everybody. His life motto is literally "Every second is a gift". Can't get more optimistic than that.
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  • Transformers: Shattered Glass takes place in a Mirror Universe version of Transformers: Generation 1. There, the infamous bellyacher Huffer and the grim fatalist Dirge are both sunshine and puppies all the way.
  • Although he isn't exactly who comes to mind when you think of this trope, the Fantastic Four's Reed Richards is notable for being sunnily confident that a good idea and a dash of science is all that's needed to defeat the most untouchably powerful universe-destroying villains one can face and whisk the heroes out of the most hopeless and unsolvable of dire circumstances. The fact that he actually demonstrates this on a regular basis makes his attitude completely understandable.
  • The Blue Lantern Corps, representing the blue light of hope, always hope for the best in even the worst situations.
  • Stephanie Brown, Spoiler, who is also known as the fourth Robin and later on the third Batgirl. She has had an emotionally-abusive, villainous father; a drug-addict mother who left her alone during her childhood; a rocky relationship with Tim Drake, the 3rd Robin; not getting approval from Batman and the Birds of Prey; getting tortured by Black Mask and her controversial 'death' (retconned later to her just fleeing the country with Leslie Thompkins); then coming back to Gotham only to be rejected again by Tim Drake — it's a wonder how she managed to keep her sunny disposition and not get boggled down with angst. She is the most hopeful and lighthearted of all the Batfamily members.
  • During Terry Moore's run on Runaways, this was the scrap of personality allotted to Klara. Despite coming from a hellish, abusive background and having to adjust to living with strangers, she was usually sweet and cheerful.
  • Peter Parker from Spider-Man. No matter what life throws his way, he will always do the right thing and won't stop trying to make the world a better place. He also always seems to have a joke at the ready for any situation.


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