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19th Feb '17 6:18:47 PM eroock
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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean:'' Right before taking vicious or manipulative action, Captain Jack Sparrow often sports an evil, toothy smile. In the screenplay for ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest Dead Man's Chest]]'', a "Cheshire grin" is mentioned in Jack's direction during a particularly loathsome act of betrayal.

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean:'' ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Right before taking vicious or manipulative action, Captain Jack Sparrow often sports an evil, toothy smile. In the screenplay for ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest Dead Man's Chest]]'', a "Cheshire grin" is mentioned in Jack's direction during a particularly loathsome act of betrayal.



* ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite's John Mallory is fond of this, especially when he's toying with Juan Miranda.

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* ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite's ''Film/AFistfulOfDynamite'''s John Mallory is fond of this, especially when he's toying with Juan Miranda.
19th Feb '17 6:14:43 PM eroock
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* ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'': Bandit gets one of these when [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb129.html Doc upgrades Bandit's firepower]] in one [[PaintballEpisode game]].

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* ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'': Bandit gets one of these when [[http://www.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20160530203646/http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autowb129.html Doc upgrades Bandit's firepower]] in one [[PaintballEpisode game]].
19th Feb '17 6:10:32 PM eroock
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* The [[http://geek-news.mtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/catbus.jpg cat bus]] from ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' is a spitting image of the Cheshire Cat.

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* The [[http://geek-news.[[https://web.archive.org/web/20141110210122/http://geek-news.mtv.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/catbus.jpg cat bus]] from ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' is a spitting image of the Cheshire Cat.
18th Feb '17 10:47:49 AM Aggron9988
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* ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'': Hypnolytic spirits have a default expression that looks like this, and it doesn't get any better when they actually ''do'' smile.
6th Feb '17 5:18:41 PM Onlythrice
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* ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'':
** [[ActionBomb Electrode]] along with Gengar and its relatives, Haunter and Gastly, too

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* ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'':
''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** [[ActionBomb Electrode]] along with Gengar and its relatives, Haunter and Gastly, tootoo.
** Gengar's smile isn't quite so permanent in the ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' games. A [[spoiler:formerly human]] Gengar shows not only a Cheshire Cat Grin and SlasherSmile; he frowns quite a bit as well, and even ''[[TearJerker tears up]]'' [[spoiler:by the time Gardevoir's body is restored.]]



** We also have [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:Sableye_anime.jpg Sableye]] from Gen III, but it's generally hard to smile pleasantly when you have a mouthful of sharp teeth.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', [[PlayerCharacter Wes]] sports one of these when he's [[HeelFaceTurn blowing up Team Snagem's base]] at the start of the game and whenever he's riding his CoolBike.



* Gengar from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' is almost constantly making a Cheshire Cat Grin. In the handheld games from Red and Blue all the way to Platinum, ''every single one of his sprites'' is doing it.
** Not quite so in the first ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' [[SpinoffSeries games]]. A [[spoiler:formerly human]] Gengar shows not only a Cheshire Cat Grin and SlasherSmile; he frowns quite a bit as well, and even ''[[TearJerker tears up]]'' [[spoiler:by the time Gardevoir's body is restored.]]
** We also have [[http://archives.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:Sableye_anime.jpg Sableye]] from Gen III, but it's generally hard to smile pleasantly when you have a mouthful of sharp teeth.
13th Jan '17 2:36:14 PM Rysto
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* Yano of ''Anime/{{Shirobako}}'' uses these to encourage lazy subordinates to get to work.
--> '''[[TheLoad Tarou]]''': And Yano's smile multiples fear.
--> '''Yano''': *smiling* Does it?
--> '''Tarou''': I'm sorry! I'll watch what I say!
12th Jan '17 5:48:07 PM rustywillow
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* Grey from ''Literature/KnightsOfTheBorrowedDark'' has one as his default, which frequently appears at completely inappropriate times. The results range from quirky and memorable to extremely unsettling.
--> You couldn't be in the army with a smile like that. The man smiled like a cat burglar.
26th Dec '16 3:51:31 PM StFan
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* ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'': [[TheDragon Cleric Brandt]] has a smile which first inspires FridgeLogic when you realise that he's not supposed to have any emotion, then FridgeBrilliance when you realise that he ''doesn't'' have any emotion; his huge smile has nothing to do with real happiness or real satisfaction. Knowing this makes it pretty creepy.
* ZeroMostel as Pseudolus delivers one of these to JackGilford's Hysterium in ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. They've determined that the only way to get a visiting Captain to leave is to convince him that his intended bride is deceased. Hysterium intones, "But where are we going to get a body?" whereupon Pseudolus does a slow take at him with a grin that almost breaks his own face.

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* ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'': [[TheDragon Cleric Brandt]] has a smile which first inspires FridgeLogic when you realise that he's not supposed to have any emotion, then FridgeBrilliance when you realise realize that he ''doesn't'' have any emotion; his huge smile has nothing to do with real happiness or real satisfaction. Knowing this makes it pretty creepy.
* ZeroMostel Creator/ZeroMostel as Pseudolus delivers one of these to JackGilford's Creator/JackGilford's Hysterium in ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. They've determined that the only way to get a visiting Captain to leave is to convince him that his intended bride is deceased. Hysterium intones, "But where are we going to get a body?" whereupon Pseudolus does a slow take at him with a grin that almost breaks his own face.



* The most recent live-action version of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' includes Whoopi Goldberg as the Cheshire Cat, with a suitably wide and manic smile.

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* The most recent live-action version of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' includes Whoopi Goldberg as the Cheshire Cat, with a suitably wide and manic smile.



* The TropeNamer is the [[http://www.ebbemunk.dk/alice/23a_cheshire_cat.jpg Cheshire Cat]], from ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland]]''. He's a mischevious creature, but not malicious to Alice or anyone who doesn't seem to deserve it. He even manages to mock the Queen of Hearts and then fade away before she can retaliate. The character is a play on the phrase "grinning like a Cheshire cat," which simply means smiling broadly. No one is exactly sure where the phrase came from.

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* The TropeNamer is the [[http://www.ebbemunk.dk/alice/23a_cheshire_cat.jpg Cheshire Cat]], from ''[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland]]''. ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''. He's a mischevious mischievous creature, but not malicious to Alice or anyone who doesn't seem to deserve it. He even manages to mock the Queen of Hearts and then fade away before she can retaliate. The character is a play on the phrase "grinning like a Cheshire cat," which simply means smiling broadly. No one is exactly sure where the phrase came from.



* The {{Grimmification}} of ''Literature/AliceInWonderLand'', ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice'', naturally stars the Cheshire Cat, albeit a ''much'' more insane and macabre version of him. His Cheshire Cat Grin also has bit of SlasherSmile.

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* The {{Grimmification}} of ''Literature/AliceInWonderLand'', ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice'', naturally stars the Cheshire Cat, albeit a ''much'' more insane and macabre version of him. His Cheshire Cat Grin also has bit of SlasherSmile.
26th Dec '16 3:36:02 PM StFan
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'':
** In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=830803 this]] comic strip, Garfield tormented Jon by Cheshire cat grinning in the dark.
** In another early strip, Jon wakes up to see Garfield grinning widely at him. "Oh, great," he says to himself. "Garfield ate my toothpaste again..."
** Another strip had him entering a room where Jon was with a huge, toothy smile and shifty eyes for no apparent reason. Jon, annoyed, asked: "All right, Garfield - what have you done?" Garfield of course remained silent, prompting Jon to keep demanding what he had done until he finally snaps and starts screaming: "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!" (Garfield hasn't done anything.)
--->'''Garfield:''' I love mental games.
* One ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' Sunday strip had Beetle torment Sarge by periodically giving him one of these smiles. Sarge tore his living quarters and office apart trying to find whatever PracticalJoke Beetle had set up (in fact, there wasn't one).
* In one ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' arc, when Calvin notices Susie left her dolls outside while she had lunch, Calvin makes one and says "That gives me a ''brilliant'' idea!"
* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' has a strip with a truly ''evil'' grin spreading across Riley's face as his inner monologue contemplates an [[NoodleIncident unspecified act of mayhem]]:
--> "Hmm... mischief... danger...trouble... malevolence... discord... pandemonium... TOTAL CHAOS... ''MASS CONFUSION!''"
* ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'': Catbert gives two of these [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2001-03-04/ in one strip]], though his clueless victim doesn't quite get the message.
* TJ from ''{{ComicStrip/Luann}}'' has this as his default expression. The near-permanent grin indicates his shifty HighSchoolHustler nature, and it takes a ''lot'' to wipe it off his face.
* When ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' parodied ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', Andy as "Mrs. Grinch" had a very accurate recreation of the Grinch's "wonderful, awful idea" face mentioned below.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** Very literal example in one series of strips: Snoopy is listening to Linus read the chapter of ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' where Alice meets the Cat, and then Snoopy grins widely. Linus is shocked when Snoopy disappears, leaving only his grin. Then he reappears, and says, "I've been able to do that for years!" He calls it his "Cheshire Beagle" trick.
** There is a week of strips where he does it again, but got {{Mode Lock}}ed into invisibility, visible only by a toothy Cheshire Cat Frown. Lucy solves the problem -- by PercussiveMaintenance.
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* ''{{ComicStrip/Garfield}}'':
** In [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=1983&addr=830803 this]] comic strip, Garfield tormented Jon by Cheshire cat grinning in the dark.
** In another early strip, Jon wakes up to see Garfield grinning widely at him. "Oh, great," he says to himself. "Garfield ate my toothpaste again..."
** Another strip had him entering a room where Jon was with a huge, toothy smile and shifty eyes for no apparent reason. Jon, annoyed, asked: "All right, Garfield - what have you done?" Garfield of course remained silent, prompting Jon to keep demanding what he had done until he finally snaps and starts screaming: "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!" (Garfield hasn't done anything.)
-->'''Garfield:''' I love mental games.
* One ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' Sunday strip had Beetle torment Sarge by periodically giving him one of these smiles. Sarge tore his living quarters and office apart trying to find whatever PracticalJoke Beetle had set up (in fact, there wasn't one).
* In one ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' arc, when Calvin notices Susie left her dolls outside while she had lunch, Calvin makes one and says "That gives me a ''brilliant'' idea!"
* ''ComicStrip/TheBoondocks'' has a strip with a truly ''evil'' grin spreading across Riley's face as his inner monologue contemplates an [[NoodleIncident unspecified act of mayhem]]:
--> "Hmm... mischief... danger...trouble... malevolence... discord... pandemonium... TOTAL CHAOS... ''MASS CONFUSION!''"
* ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}'': Catbert gives two of these [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2001-03-04/ in one strip]], though his clueless victim doesn't quite get the message.
* TJ from ''{{ComicStrip/Luann}}'' has this as his default expression. The near-permanent grin indicates his shifty HighSchoolHustler nature, and it takes a ''lot'' to wipe it off his face.
* When ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' parodied ''Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', Andy as "Mrs. Grinch" had a very accurate recreation of the Grinch's "wonderful, awful idea" face mentioned below.
* Very literal example in one series of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' strips. Snoopy is listening to Linus read the chapter of ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' where Alice meets the Cat, and then Snoopy grins widely. Linus is shocked when Snoopy disappears, leaving only his grin. Then he reappears, and says, "I've been able to do that for years!"
** There was a week of strips where he did it again, but got {{Mode Lock}}ed into invisibility, visible only by a toothy Cheshire Cat Frown. Lucy solves the problem-- by PercussiveMaintenance.
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** This could be arguably Creator/ChuckJones' SignatureStyle, when he directed ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', both characters would smile in the exact same manner when they hit upon a new scheme. As well as the poor schmuck in ''WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening''.

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** * This could be arguably Creator/ChuckJones' SignatureStyle, when he directed ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', both characters would smile in the exact same manner when they hit upon a new scheme. As well as the poor schmuck in ''WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening''.



* In the penultimate episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', a character named Cheshire appears, wearing a large mask with a permanent Cheshire Cat Grin on it. One of her powers was to turn invisible except for the eyes and the grin, much like the cat in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''.

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* In the penultimate episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', a character named Cheshire appears, wearing a large mask with a permanent Cheshire Cat Grin on it. One of her powers was to turn invisible except for the eyes and the grin, much like the cat in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland''.''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''.



* Dr. Bender, the DepravedDentist from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', and his son Wendell are constantly giving these grins.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
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Dr. Bender, the DepravedDentist from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', DepravedDentist, and his son Wendell are constantly giving these grins.



--> '''Mark''': What's with the face? It is happy, yet at the same time, ''disturbing''!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "Killer Music", Odd has one of these planted on his face for all but a few minutes of the episode... ''while comatose and dying''.
** He does it a few other times too, especially when he's being sneaky.

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--> '''Mark''': --->'''Mark:''' What's with the face? It is happy, yet at the same time, ''disturbing''!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "Killer Music", Odd has one of these planted on his face for all but a few minutes of the episode... ''while comatose and dying''.
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dying''. He does it a few other times too, especially when he's being sneaky.



** He has this in the original ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comic as well; he calls it his "Cheshire Beagle" trick. He does it a handful of times over the course of the strip. There's one plotline where he gets stuck in invisible mode for a while.



* Twilight Sparkle of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' pulls one off in "Lesson Zero" when she prepares to create an argument amongst the Cutie Mark Crusaders in a bid to solve the said problem and have a friendship report to write to Princess Celestia.
** In the two part episode"Cutie Markless" the "mane 6" characters meet a town of monumentally creepy ponies who all have the same Cutie Mark: an equal sign. These ponies sport a manic grin all the time. During a song, two ponies even disappear, leaving the grins to "dance" around the screen for a moment.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
**
Twilight Sparkle of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' pulls one off in "Lesson Zero" when she prepares to create an argument amongst the Cutie Mark Crusaders in a bid to solve the said problem and have a friendship report to write to Princess Celestia.
** In the two part episode"Cutie Markless" two-part episode "The Cutie Map", the "mane 6" Mane Six characters meet a town of monumentally creepy ponies who all have the same Cutie Mark: an equal sign. These ponies sport a manic grin all the time. During a song, two ponies even disappear, leaving the grins to "dance" around the screen for a moment.




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24th Dec '16 7:38:53 PM Fangusu
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*''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'':
** [[ActionBomb Electrode]] along with Gengar and its relatives, Haunter and Gastly, too
** [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Aipom]] has one that manages to be kind of cute.
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