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30th Jul '17 10:39:42 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Rei Ayanami was intended to be depicted as an emotionless, creepy child to deconstruct the YamatoNadeshiko archetype that many otaku seemed to love, showing that a person with that behaviour would be very disturbing in real life. Ironically, she became a fan favorite. Anyway, Rei displays emotions every so often. Much like the "Spock eyebrow", the subtle hint that Rei is actually having an emotional reaction is if she ''bothers to make eye contact'' with something, which she normally doesn't do.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Rei Ayanami was intended to be depicted as an emotionless, creepy child to deconstruct the YamatoNadeshiko archetype that many otaku {{otaku}} seemed to love, showing that a person with that behaviour would be very disturbing in real life. Ironically, she became a fan favorite. Anyway, Rei displays emotions every so often. Much like the "Spock eyebrow", the subtle hint that Rei is actually having an emotional reaction is if she ''bothers to make eye contact'' with something, which she normally doesn't do.
23rd Jul '17 9:13:05 AM StFan
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->''"Don't let them in, don't let them see''
->''Be the good girl you always have to be''
->''Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know"'' [[note]]''"Well, now they know!"''[[/note]]

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->''"Don't let them in, don't let them see''
->''Be
see\\
Be
the good girl you always have to be''
->''Conceal,
be\\
Conceal,
don't feel, don't let them know"'' [[note]]''"Well, now they know!"''[[/note]]



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--->'''Kyon''' ''(referring to Kuyou)''''':''' A cardboard cutout would have had more life than her.

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--->'''Kyon''' ''(referring --->'''Kyon:''' ''[referring to Kuyou)''''':''' Kuyou]'' A cardboard cutout would have had more life than her.



* Vera Linus, in ''Manhwa/{{Veritas}}'', generally shows no emotion except when dealing with something that has to do with Lightning Tiger, the guy who taught her the meaning of "fear".



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--> '''Passionchild''': I find nothing out there. I find nothing in here too, but it's ''my'' nothing.

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--> '''Passionchild''': -->'''Passionchild:''' I find nothing out there. I find nothing in here too, but it's ''my'' nothing.



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* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Rei suffered brain damage because of a trial flight gone wrong. She survived, but the stopped being cheerful and warm and became unemotional and quiet.

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* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': ''Manga/Evangelion303'': Rei suffered brain damage because of a trial flight gone wrong. She survived, but the stopped being cheerful and warm and became unemotional and quiet.



* In the ''{{Series/Sherlock}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BakerSchoolBlitz'', Sherlock fits the model of the Emotionally Repressed Boy, in that he can express appropriate emotion (unlike his friend Jim), but often doesn't, instead preferring to be [[BrutalHonesty blunt]], LiteralMinded, and calm.

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* In the ''{{Series/Sherlock}}'' ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/BakerSchoolBlitz'', Sherlock fits the model of the Emotionally Repressed Boy, in that he can express appropriate emotion (unlike his friend Jim), but often doesn't, instead preferring to be [[BrutalHonesty blunt]], LiteralMinded, and calm.



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-->'''Henrik''': But--how can you be so ''cold''?! Don't you have any feelings?
-->'''Irina''': Cosmonauts don't ''have'' any feelings, Henrik!
* Effy from ''Series/{{Skins}}''.

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-->'''Henrik''': But--how -->'''Henrik:''' But-- how can you be so ''cold''?! Don't you have any feelings?
-->'''Irina''':
feelings?\\
'''Irina:'''
Cosmonauts don't ''have'' any feelings, Henrik!
* %%* Effy from ''Series/{{Skins}}''.



* Parker on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is a bizarre example in that while she does show emotions, they are typically wrong for that situation. Played with in "The Twelve Step Job" when she goes on anti-depressants as part of her cover and suddenly becomes a more or less normal, well-adjusted human being.
** In "The Snow Job", Parker has to pretend to be a patient dying of a brain tumor and Sophie is trying to help her prepare for the role.
--> '''Sophie''': Think about something sad. Like, think about when your father died.\\
'''Parker''': (laughs hysterically)
* Miranda in ''Series/MysteriousWays'', very much.

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* Parker on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is a bizarre example in that while she does show emotions, they are typically wrong for that situation. Played with in "The Twelve Step Job" when she goes on anti-depressants as part of her cover and suddenly becomes a more or less normal, well-adjusted human being.
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being. In "The Snow Job", Parker has to pretend to be a patient dying of a brain tumor and Sophie is trying to help her prepare for the role.
--> '''Sophie''': -->'''Sophie:''' Think about something sad. Like, think about when your father died.\\
'''Parker''': (laughs hysterically)
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'''Parker:''' [laughs hysterically]
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Miranda in ''Series/MysteriousWays'', very much.



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* Vera Linus, in ''Manhwa/{{Veritas}}'', generally shows no emotion except when dealing with something that has to do with Lightning Tiger, the guy who taught her the meaning of "fear".
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* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' has Silencia Venomosa and Michelle Glados. The former uses this trope to heighten her terrifying nature, due to being in part inspired by [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} the Terminator]]. The latter believes that [[StrawVulcan emotions are weakness]] and so appears to strip herself of emotions.
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* Vera Linus, in ''Manhwa/{{Veritas}}'', generally shows no emotion except when dealing with something that has to do with Lightning Tiger, the guy who taught her the meaning of "fear".
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* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' has Silencia Venomosa and Michelle Glados. The former uses this trope to heighten her terrifying nature, due to being in part inspired by [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} the Terminator]]. The latter believes that [[StrawVulcan emotions are weakness]] and so appears to strip herself of emotions.
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-->'''Wanda''': "I ''don't'' laugh."

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-->'''Wanda''': "I -->'''Wanda:''' I ''don't'' laugh."



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* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' has Silencia Venomosa and Michelle Glados. The former uses this trope to heighten her terrifying nature, due to being in part inspired by [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} the Terminator]]. The latter believes that [[StrawVulcan emotions are weakness]] and so appears to strip herself of emotions.



* Since TheEroticMindControlStoryArchive features, well, [[CaptainObvious mind control]], this trope appears a lot. (See also "Real Life" below.)

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* Since TheEroticMindControlStoryArchive ''The Erotic Mind Control Story Archive'' features, well, [[CaptainObvious mind control]], this trope appears a lot. (See also "Real Life" below.)



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* Raven from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' (emotionally repressed out of necessity more than choice). She becomes more and more open as the series progresses. Though Raven can actually be ''intensely'' emotional- you do ''not'' want to see her angry. She needs to stay repressed in order to avoid losing control of her powers and/or unleashing her SuperpoweredEvilSide.

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* Raven from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' (emotionally repressed out of necessity more than choice). She becomes more and more open as the series progresses. Though Raven can actually be ''intensely'' emotional- emotional -- you do ''not'' want to see her angry. She needs to stay repressed in order to avoid losing control of her powers and/or unleashing her SuperpoweredEvilSide.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':



* Maud Pie in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', who is about as emotionless as the rocks she is obsessed with, which is a sharp contrast to her sister [[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie]] [[NotSoStoic She does show slight emotion]] whenever she talks about how much she loves her sister, or when [[BigSisterInstinct Pinkie Pie is in extreme danger.]]
** Some lines from her seem to subvert it, suggesting Maud might be just as emotional as others but simply be unable to express those emotions in a way that ponies (other than Pinkie) can identify.
* Soundwave and Shockwave from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' series get an honourable mention. Not specifically girls but robotic geniuses who puts fear into this trope as one of Megatron's most intelligent and powerful allies. These two are infamous for concealing their emotions and any foolish Autobot who underestimates them should [[TheDreaded prepare to run and run fast.]]

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* Maud Pie in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', who is about as emotionless as the rocks she is obsessed with, which is a sharp contrast to her sister [[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie]] Pie]]. [[NotSoStoic She does show slight emotion]] whenever she talks about how much she loves her sister, or when [[BigSisterInstinct Pinkie Pie is in extreme danger.]]
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]] Some lines from her seem to subvert it, suggesting Maud might be just as emotional as others but simply be unable to express those emotions in a way that ponies (other than Pinkie) can identify.
* Soundwave and Shockwave from ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' series get an honourable honorable mention. Not specifically girls but robotic geniuses who puts fear into this trope as one of Megatron's most intelligent and powerful allies. These two are infamous for concealing their emotions and any foolish Autobot who underestimates them should [[TheDreaded prepare to run and run fast.]]



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17th Jul '17 9:56:11 PM Iris
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* ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' has a RareMaleExample in [[TheSociopath John Cleaver]]. He does try to fake it for the comfort of those around him, but [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant usually fails]]. Before learning his name, Elijah calls him [[DullEyesOfUnhappiness "the boy with the dead eyes"]].
1st Jul '17 5:21:31 PM Berrenta
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12th Jun '17 8:38:26 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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A common twist/[[SubvertedTrope subversion]] on the Emotionless Girl is the Emotionally [[BeneathTheMask Repressed]] Girl. This girl feels the emotions but doesn't express them openly or vividly, most likely because of a DarkAndTroubledPast. They may suffer from BadDreams and/or find it difficult to [[DoesNotKnowHowToSayThanks express gratitude]]. These girls can draw the viewers into the scene by forcing one to pick up on her subtle cues - so that when the seemingly Emotionless Girl [[WhenSheSmiles finally does smile]], there's a tremendous amount of satisfaction. In such cases the return of emotions symbolizes a return to humanity, and a healing of whatever [[BrokenBird trauma]] they had been carrying. Will often be the subject of MustMakeHerLaugh and/or WhenSheSmiles. They are the type of character that lends themselves to DidYouThinkICantFeel moments.

However, if they turn out to be the CreepyChild as well instead, you should probably consider [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere running away really quickly]].

Will often also be TheQuietOne. Compare with TheStoic. Not necessarily a fan of pure logic and reason like TheSpock or as wise and profound as TheSilentBob: she just stands out for lacking emotional reactions. The TinMan will [[DramaticIrony angst about being one]]. Contrast SugarAndIcePersonality, who may initially appear emotionless but in fact has a cute inner side. The StepfordSmiler may be this BeneathTheMask. Polar opposite of the HystericalWoman and the GenkiGirl.

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A common twist/[[SubvertedTrope subversion]] on the Emotionless Girl is the Emotionally [[BeneathTheMask Repressed]] Girl. This girl feels the emotions but doesn't express them openly or vividly, most likely because of a DarkAndTroubledPast. They may suffer from BadDreams and/or find it difficult to [[DoesNotKnowHowToSayThanks express gratitude]]. These girls can draw the viewers into the scene by forcing one to pick up on her subtle cues - so that when the seemingly Emotionless Girl [[WhenSheSmiles finally does smile]], there's a tremendous amount of satisfaction. In such cases the return of emotions symbolizes a return to humanity, and a healing of whatever [[BrokenBird trauma]] they had been carrying. Will often be the subject of MustMakeHerLaugh and/or WhenSheSmiles.whatever. They are the type of character that lends themselves to DidYouThinkICantFeel moments.

However, if they turn out to be the CreepyChild as well instead, you should probably maybe consider [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere running away really quickly]].

Will often also be TheQuietOne. Compare with TheStoic. Not necessarily a fan of pure logic and reason like TheSpock or as wise and profound as TheSilentBob: she just stands out for lacking emotional reactions. The TinMan will [[DramaticIrony angst about being one]]. Contrast SugarAndIcePersonality, who may initially appear emotionless but in fact has a cute inner side. The StepfordSmiler may be this BeneathTheMask. Polar opposite of the HystericalWoman and the GenkiGirl.
12th Jun '17 8:34:32 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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Will often also be TheQuietOne. Compare with TheStoic. Not necessarily a fan of pure logic and reason like TheSpock or as wise and profound as TheSilentBob: she just stands out for lacking emotional reactions. The TinMan will [[DramaticIrony emotionally angst about being one]]. Contrast SugarAndIcePersonality, who may initially appear emotionless but in fact has a cute inner side. Polar opposite of the HystericalWoman and the GenkiGirl.

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Will often also be TheQuietOne. Compare with TheStoic. Not necessarily a fan of pure logic and reason like TheSpock or as wise and profound as TheSilentBob: she just stands out for lacking emotional reactions. The TinMan will [[DramaticIrony emotionally angst about being one]]. Contrast SugarAndIcePersonality, who may initially appear emotionless but in fact has a cute inner side. The StepfordSmiler may be this BeneathTheMask. Polar opposite of the HystericalWoman and the GenkiGirl.
12th Jun '17 6:48:29 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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** The AlternateUniverse spinoff ''TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan'' averts this trope in [[AdaptationalPersonalityChange its characterization of Yuki]]. Yuki in this world is a ShrinkingViolet who is fully expressive of her feelings, such as her crush on Kyon. This is the AU that [[spoiler:Yuki created in ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'' by hijacking Haruhi's [[TheOmnipotent powers]], where she [[RetCon RetConned]] the supernatural out of existence and remade herself along with the others as [[HumanityEnsues normal people]], removing the emotional limitations of being a Data Interface]].

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** The AlternateUniverse spinoff ''TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan'' averts this trope in [[AdaptationalPersonalityChange its characterization of Yuki]]. Yuki in this world is a ShrinkingViolet who is fully expressive of her feelings, such as her crush on Kyon. This is the AU that [[spoiler:Yuki created in ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'' by hijacking Haruhi's [[TheOmnipotent powers]], where she [[RetCon RetConned]] the supernatural out of existence and remade herself along with the others as [[HumanityEnsues [[BecomeARealBoy normal people]], removing the emotional limitations of being a Data Interface]].
12th Jun '17 6:36:13 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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* Yuki Nagato, from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', is also the TheSpock, TheStoic and the BadassBookworm. [[spoiler:The tenth novel reveals that she's surprisingly bitter about being designed to be so unemotive and that the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens IDTE]] ''could'' have made her more expressive like they did to [[UncannyValleyGirl Asakura]], but didn't. It's implied she was created without the capability to express emotions, in the same sense a computer may be designed to not have a graphical display.]] This largely confirms the point below, which prior to this were based mostly on [[UnreliableNarrator Kyon's]] interpretations.

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* Yuki Nagato, from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', is also the TheSpock, TheStoic and the BadassBookworm. [[spoiler:The The tenth novel reveals that she's [[spoiler:she's surprisingly bitter about being designed to be so unemotive and that the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens IDTE]] ''could'' have made her more expressive like they did to [[UncannyValleyGirl Asakura]], but didn't. It's implied she was created without the capability to express emotions, in the same sense a computer may be designed to not have a graphical display.]] This largely confirms the point below, which prior to this were based mostly on [[UnreliableNarrator Kyon's]] interpretations.



** The AlternateUniverse spinoff ''TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan'' averts this trope in [[AdaptationalPersonalityChange its characterization of Yuki]]. Yuki in this world is a ShrinkingViolet who fully expresses her feelings, such as her crush on Kyon. This is the AU that [[spoiler:Yuki created after she hijacked Haruhi's [[TheOmnipotent powers]] in ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'', where she [[RetCon RetConned]] the supernatural out of existence and remade herself as a normal girl without the emotional limitations of being a Data Interface]].
** Kuyou Suou, [[spoiler:an interface of another alien entity]], is [[HumanoidAbomination even more alien]] than the other Humanoid Interfaces, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle communica__ting__in__mono__tone...broken__speech__]] and generally remaining expressionless, though sometimes also having sudden creepy bursts of emotion. Her behavior is of one who simply doesn't even know how to act like a living thing, And she is [[UncannyValley so weird]] that {{Muggles}} who haven't been made to acknowledge her [[WeirdnessCensor ignore her existence]].

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** The AlternateUniverse spinoff ''TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan'' averts this trope in [[AdaptationalPersonalityChange its characterization of Yuki]]. Yuki in this world is a ShrinkingViolet who is fully expresses expressive of her feelings, such as her crush on Kyon. This is the AU that [[spoiler:Yuki created after she hijacked Haruhi's [[TheOmnipotent powers]] in ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'', Suzumiya'' by hijacking Haruhi's [[TheOmnipotent powers]], where she [[RetCon RetConned]] the supernatural out of existence and remade herself along with the others as a [[HumanityEnsues normal girl without people]], removing the emotional limitations of being a Data Interface]].
** Kuyou Suou, [[spoiler:an interface of another alien entity]], is [[HumanoidAbomination even more alien]] than the other Humanoid Interfaces, [[SelfDemonstratingArticle communica__ting__in__mono__tone...broken__speech__]] and generally remaining expressionless, though sometimes also having sudden creepy bursts of emotion. Her behavior is of one who simply doesn't even know how to act like a living thing, And and she is [[UncannyValley so weird]] that {{Muggles}} who haven't been made to acknowledge her [[WeirdnessCensor ignore her existence]].
12th Jun '17 6:26:40 AM WikiGuardianAngel
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** The AlternateUniverse spinoff ''TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan'' averts this trope in [[AdaptationalPersonalityChange its characterization of Yuki]]. Yuki in this world is a ShrinkingViolet who fully expresses her feelings, such as her crush on Kyon. This is the AU that [[spoiler:Yuki created after she hijacked Haruhi's [[TheOmnipotent powers]] in ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'', where she [[RetCon RetConned]] the supernatural out of existence and remade herself as a normal girl without the emotional limitations of being a Data Interface]].
10th Jun '17 6:36:53 PM MasterN
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The rare Emotionless Girl that can handle social interaction is usually depicted as a cool manipulator who, while unable to empathize in a normal manner, has learned through experience that most humans have emotions, and these emotions can be triggered by certain actions. She mimics social conventions by heavyhandedly triggering the desired emotions and behavior in others. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} People]] who do not react in the expected manner can really confuse her.

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The rare Emotionless Girl that can handle social interaction is usually depicted as a [[ManipulativeBastard cool manipulator manipulator]] who, while [[LackOfEmpathy unable to empathize in a normal manner, manner,]] has learned through experience that most humans have emotions, and these emotions can be triggered by certain actions. [[TheSociopath She mimics social conventions by heavyhandedly triggering the desired emotions and behavior in others. others.]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} People]] who do not react in the expected manner can really confuse her.



An common twist on the Emotionless Girl is the Emotionally [[BeneathTheMask Repressed]] Girl. This girl feels the emotions but doesn't express them openly or vividly, most likely because of a DarkAndTroubledPast. They may suffer from BadDreams and/or find it difficult to [[DoesNotKnowHowToSayThanks express gratitude]]. These girls can draw the viewers into the scene by forcing one to pick up on her subtle cues - so that when the seemingly Emotionless Girl [[WhenSheSmiles finally does smile]], there's a tremendous amount of satisfaction. In such cases the return of emotions symbolizes a return to humanity, and a healing of whatever [[BrokenBird trauma]] they had been carrying. Will often be the subject of MustMakeHerLaugh and/or WhenSheSmiles. They are the type of character that lends themselves to DidYouThinkICantFeel moments.

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An A common twist twist/[[SubvertedTrope subversion]] on the Emotionless Girl is the Emotionally [[BeneathTheMask Repressed]] Girl. This girl feels the emotions but doesn't express them openly or vividly, most likely because of a DarkAndTroubledPast. They may suffer from BadDreams and/or find it difficult to [[DoesNotKnowHowToSayThanks express gratitude]]. These girls can draw the viewers into the scene by forcing one to pick up on her subtle cues - so that when the seemingly Emotionless Girl [[WhenSheSmiles finally does smile]], there's a tremendous amount of satisfaction. In such cases the return of emotions symbolizes a return to humanity, and a healing of whatever [[BrokenBird trauma]] they had been carrying. Will often be the subject of MustMakeHerLaugh and/or WhenSheSmiles. They are the type of character that lends themselves to DidYouThinkICantFeel moments.
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