History Main / CheshireCatGrin

26th Jul '16 4:09:45 PM DrNoPuma
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Strangely, it's usually done by heroes who have a ZanyScheme in mind, rather than by villains, who tend to prefer the PsychoticSmirk or the SlasherSmile. Heroes and heroines who are slightly eccentric -- [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} or slightly deranged]] -- favour the Cheshire Cat Grin. If it's an anime, expect a CatSmile instead. Common trait for TheGadFly and serves as a warning that they're going to pull their antics on someone. If this smile is a permanent feature, it's a subtrope of FrozenFace; if it's ''cut into'' the character's face, it's a GlasgowGrin. Shares living space with TheUnSmile. The ImpossibleSmileOfDoom is this trope taken to the extreme. If you ever see someone with the Cheshire Cat Grin in real life, vacate the premises before you can discover what they're smiling about. Or, for that matter, how their face manages to do that.

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Strangely, it's usually done by heroes who have a ZanyScheme in mind, rather than by villains, who tend to prefer the PsychoticSmirk or the SlasherSmile. Heroes and heroines who are slightly eccentric -- [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} or slightly deranged]] -- favour the Cheshire Cat Grin. If it's an anime, expect a CatSmile instead. Common trait for TheGadFly and serves as a warning that they're going to pull their antics on someone. If this smile is a permanent feature, it's a subtrope of FrozenFace; if it's ''cut into'' the character's face, it's a GlasgowGrin. Shares living space with TheUnSmile. The ImpossibleSmileOfDoom is this trope taken to the extreme. If you ever see someone with the Cheshire Cat Grin in real life, vacate the premises before you can discover what they're smiling about. Or, for that matter, how their face manages to do that.
19th Jul '16 2:49:43 AM Tron80
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* When ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' -then a [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern]] due to the events of ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton''- met her cousin Franchise/{{Superman}} during the events of ''Comicbook/SupermanDoomed'', [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/imgsrv/preview/0/0/1/AC-33-6-8fb7d.jpg she had a huge and disturbingly wicked grin]].
5th Jul '16 9:15:37 PM Onlythrice
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** The Skull Kid has one plastered on his face almost throughout his entire encounter with Link.
25th Jun '16 2:19:08 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The eponymous Trollface (now in [[http://img.chan4chan.com/img/2010-08-31/1283265262586.png glorious HD]]).

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* The eponymous Trollface infamous {{Troll}}face (now in [[http://img.chan4chan.com/img/2010-08-31/1283265262586.png glorious HD]]). Another {{meme|ticMutation}} that invokes this trope (albeit in a modified {{emoticon}} form, without the toothy grin) is the "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/lenny-face Lenny Face]]," which is often used to [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre lampshade double entendres]] or simply to spam Internet communites for trolling purposes.
19th Jun '16 5:50:25 PM WillBGood
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** There was a week of strips where he did it again, but got {{Mode Lock}}ed into invisibility. Lucy solves the problem-- by PercussiveMaintenance.

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** There was a week of strips where he did it again, but got {{Mode Lock}}ed into invisibility.invisibility, visible only by a toothy Cheshire Cat Frown. Lucy solves the problem-- by PercussiveMaintenance.
19th Jun '16 5:49:51 PM WillBGood
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* In ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', the Grinch gets one when he thinks up his "wonderful, awful idea" to steal Christmas from the Whos. His smile becomes longer than a GlasgowSmile.

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* In ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', the Grinch gets one when he thinks up his "wonderful, awful idea" to steal Christmas from the Whos. His smile becomes longer than a GlasgowSmile.Chuck Jones turned it UpToEleven (see Western Animation below).


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** There was a week of strips where he did it again, but got {{Mode Lock}}ed into invisibility. Lucy solves the problem-- by PercussiveMaintenance.
19th Jun '16 5:39:49 PM WillBGood
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* Dr. Frank-N-Furter walks on stage with this expression in the ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', and it's his default expression when he's not angry, jealous, megalomanical, or begging for sympathy. No real surprise really, as Cheshire Cat is actually a nickname for the actor Creator/TimCurry.
** Similarly in his role in ''Home Alone 2: Lost In New York''. They even segue quite unnervingly from his grin to a still from [[WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the animated version of the Grinch]] -- the resemblance is uncanny.
*** Rather fittingly, Creator/TimCurry ''is'' from Cheshire, and has gotten nicknamed "the Cheshire Cat" in real life.

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* Creator/TimCurry: Dr. Frank-N-Furter walks on stage with this expression in the ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', and it's his default expression when he's not angry, jealous, megalomanical, or begging for sympathy. No real surprise really, as Cheshire Cat is actually a nickname for the actor Creator/TimCurry.
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Similarly in his role in ''Home Alone 2: Lost In New York''. They even segue quite unnervingly from his grin to a still from [[WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas the animated version of the Grinch]] -- the resemblance is uncanny.
*** ** Rather fittingly, Creator/TimCurry Curry ''is'' from Cheshire, and has gotten nicknamed "the Cheshire Cat" in real life.
19th Jun '16 5:33:22 PM WillBGood
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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Truth's grins are the only visible feature on his otherwise blank body and are too wide and large to be physically possible on a human being. The fact that he lacks eyes or eyebrows makes identifying the emotion behind the grin impossible.
** The Gold-Tooth Alchemist echoed this, often wearing a bizarrely-wide grin at times when there was no discernible reason for ''anyone'' to be smiling. Add the unfocused eyes and it moves into SlasherSmile territory.

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Truth's grins are the only visible feature on his otherwise blank body and are too wide and large to be physically possible on a human being. The fact that he lacks eyes or eyebrows makes identifying the emotion behind the grin impossible.
** The
''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':The Gold-Tooth Alchemist echoed this, often wearing wore a bizarrely-wide grin at times when there was no discernible reason for ''anyone'' to be smiling. Add the unfocused eyes and it moves into SlasherSmile territory.
19th Jun '16 5:30:10 PM WillBGood
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* Sumiko from ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' seems to have one of these as her defining trait; when she was TheFaceless it's all we saw of her. [[spoiler: May actually be more malevolent, as we don't know much about her. The fact that now that she's not The Faceless revealed that the smile [[SlasherSmile does NOT reach her eyes.]] Bad sign]].

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* Sumiko from ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' seems to have one of these as her defining trait; when she was TheFaceless it's all we saw of her. [[spoiler: May actually be more malevolent, as we don't know much about her. The fact that now that she's not The Faceless revealed that the smile we see her [[SlasherSmile does NOT smile]] ''doesn't'' reach her eyes.]] Bad sign]].eyes isn't good]].
19th Jun '16 5:28:55 PM WillBGood
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* Sumiko from ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' seems to have one of these as her defining trait, when she was TheFaceless it's all we saw of her. [[spoiler: May actually be more malevolent, as we don't know much about her. [[TechnicallyASmile The fact that now that she's not The Faceless reveals that the smile does NOT reach her eyes is a bad sign]]]].

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* Sumiko from ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' seems to have one of these as her defining trait, trait; when she was TheFaceless it's all we saw of her. [[spoiler: May actually be more malevolent, as we don't know much about her. [[TechnicallyASmile The fact that now that she's not The Faceless reveals revealed that the smile [[SlasherSmile does NOT reach her eyes is a bad sign]]]].eyes.]] Bad sign]].
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