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26th Mar '17 1:00:48 PM AthenaBlue
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* Unadonman from ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' has his eyebrows and mouth flipped up at the tips. Combined with his simplified [[TsurimeEyes Tsurime Eyes]], it makes it look like he's looking down upon others and their food choices. Conversely, these same traits can make him eventually [[BreakTheHaughty look humbled]] when he has learned his lesson.



* [[SmugSnake Quattro]] from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', when she shows her true colors.
** Cypha crosses this with either SlasherSmile and PsychoticSmirk, depending on her mood.



* ''Manga/DeathNote'': This is Light Yagami's default facial expression whenever things are going as planned.
* Cell from ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. It's mostly done in his perfect form, but it's done ''a lot'' in his Perfect form.
** Future Trunks from the beginning of the Android saga adopted this mode when dealing with Frieza and his father King Cold. Being that he spent the better part of his life fighting Androids more powerful than him in the BadFuture he came from, completely wiping the floor with and annihilating two utter monsters was therapeutic for him.
*** He gets it from his father, Vegeta, who is one of the most arrogant characters in the entire Dragon Ball series.



* Fujiwara (or [[SmugSnake "That Sneering Bastard"]]), from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', is described as looking like an "evil version of [[PerpetualSmiler Koizumi]]" due to the fact that he constantly wears this expression.
* Dio Brando from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is almost never seen without one, so you know that when he stops smirking you are either the newest entry on his shit list or about to become [[CruelAndUnusualDeath extremely dead]] (although the former is almost inevitably followed by the latter.)



* [[SmugSnake Quattro]] from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', when she shows her true colors.
** Cypha crosses this with either SlasherSmile and PsychoticSmirk, depending on her mood.
* Michio Yuki from ''Manga/{{MW}}''.
* Gotou from ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' saves these for whenever he's taunting Rei.



* Fujiwara (or [[SmugSnake "That Sneering Bastard"]]), from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', is described as looking like an "evil version of [[PerpetualSmiler Koizumi]]" due to the fact that he constantly wears this expression.
* Count on Light Yagami from ''Manga/DeathNote'', too.
* Michio Yuki from ''Manga/{{MW}}''.
* Cell from ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. It's mostly done in his perfect form, but it's done ''a lot'' in his Perfect form.
** Future Trunks from the beginning of the Android saga adopted this mode when dealing with Frieza and his father King Cold. Being that he spent the better part of his life fighting Androids more powerful than him in the BadFuture he came from, completely wiping the floor with and annihilating two utter monsters was therapeutic for him.
*** He gets it from his father, Vegeta, who is one of the most arrogant characters in the entire Dragon Ball series.
* Gotou from ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' saves these for whenever he's taunting Rei.
* Unadonman from ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' has his eyebrows and mouth flipped up at the tips. Combined with his simplified [[TsurimeEyes Tsurime Eyes]], it makes it look like he's looking down upon others and their food choices. Conversely, these same traits can make him eventually [[BreakTheHaughty look humbled]] when he has learned his lesson.
* Dio Brando from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is almost never seen without one, so you know that when he stops smirking you are either the newest entry on his shit list or about to become [[CruelAndUnusualDeath extremely dead]] (although the former is almost inevitably followed by the latter.)



* In the first ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'', he mentions [[spoiler: he couldn't have shot the villain if it hadn't been for that smug smile]].



* In the first ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'', he mentions [[spoiler: he couldn't have shot the villain if it hadn't been for that smug smile]].



* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' fanfic called ''{{FanFic/Alex}}''.

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* %%* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' fanfic called ''{{FanFic/Alex}}''.



* Alex sports a pretty arrogant smile of his own in ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
* This is the most frequent expression on the face of Louise Leroi from ''Film/TheLegendOfFrenchieKing''.



* Alex sports a pretty arrogant smile of his own in ''Film/AClockworkOrange''



* This is the most frequent expression on the face of Louise Leroi from ''Film/TheLegendOfFrenchieKing''.



* Literature/ArtemisFowl is really good at this.
* Prince Calder in the ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' novel ''The Heroes'' is a self-professed coward and schemer who employs a smug smirk as "armor" against all of the bloodthirsty barbarians he interacts with. He's something of a [[CompositeCharacter composite]] {{expy}} of Theon Greyjoy and Jaime Lannister (see above), including the aspect of seeming like a total bastard up until he becomes a POV character.
* Dolores Jane Umbridge from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.



* Dolores Jane Umbridge from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* Prince Calder in the ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' novel ''The Heroes'' is a self-professed coward and schemer who employs a smug smirk as "armor" against all of the bloodthirsty barbarians he interacts with. He's something of a [[CompositeCharacter composite]] {{expy}} of Theon Greyjoy and Jaime Lannister (see above), including the aspect of seeming like a total bastard up until he becomes a POV character.
* Literature/ArtemisFowl is really good at this.



* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' this was Bashir's default expression for most of the first three seasons.
* Rimmer of ''Series/RedDwarf'', generally when something unpleasant is going to happen to Lister. (Almost invariably, [[TemptingFate it happens to him instead.]])
* The officers on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', whenever they catch the [[MonsterOfTheWeek perp of the week]].

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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' this was Bashir's default expression for most Mr. Morden from ''Series/BabylonFive''. One of the first three seasons.
* Rimmer of ''Series/RedDwarf'', generally when something unpleasant
several signs that [[DevilInPlainSight he is going to happen to Lister. (Almost invariably, [[TemptingFate it happens to him instead.]])
* The officers on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', whenever they catch the [[MonsterOfTheWeek perp of the week]].
BIG trouble]].



* Played for laughs at the end of a ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch where Creator/DavidMitchell and Robert Webb are plotting out the good and bad sketches of their show, which in turn leads to the two discussing common criticisms of their work. It ends with Webb gloatingly dismissing the criticism with "And people call us smug!", at which point the two sit around nodding at each other with the most absurdly smug expressions on their faces.

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* Played for laughs at Mike Baldwin from ''Series/CoronationStreet'' has the greatest, self-satisfied, shit-eating grin to end of a ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch where Creator/DavidMitchell and Robert Webb are plotting out the good and bad sketches of their show, which in turn leads to the two discussing common criticisms of their work. It ends with Webb gloatingly dismissing the criticism with "And people call us smug!", at which point the two sit around nodding at each other with the most absurdly smug expressions on their faces.all self-satisfied, shit-eating grins.



* The officers on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', whenever they catch the [[MonsterOfTheWeek perp of the week]].
* Rimmer of ''Series/RedDwarf'', generally when something unpleasant is going to happen to Lister. (Almost invariably, [[TemptingFate it happens to him instead.]])
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' this was Bashir's default expression for most of the first three seasons.



* Mike Baldwin from ''Series/CoronationStreet'' has the greatest, self-satisfied, shit-eating grin to end all self-satisfied, shit-eating grins.
* Mr. Morden from ''Series/BabylonFive''. One of several signs that [[DevilInPlainSight he is BIG trouble]].

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* Mike Baldwin from ''Series/CoronationStreet'' has Played for laughs at the greatest, self-satisfied, shit-eating grin to end all self-satisfied, shit-eating grins.
* Mr. Morden from ''Series/BabylonFive''. One
of several signs that [[DevilInPlainSight he is BIG trouble]].a ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch where Creator/DavidMitchell and Robert Webb are plotting out the good and bad sketches of their show, which in turn leads to the two discussing common criticisms of their work. It ends with Webb gloatingly dismissing the criticism with "And people call us smug!", at which point the two sit around nodding at each other with the most absurdly smug expressions on their faces.









* Faz from ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}''.



* Faz from ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}''.



* Jet does this in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. During his first appearance, the writers apparently had orders to make sure Jet always looked cool.
** [[spoiler:Varrick]] sports one in WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra when it's revealed he's running the FalseFlagOperation framing the Northern Water Tribe for the attacks.



* Jet does this in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. During his first appearance, the writers apparently had orders to make sure Jet always looked cool.
** [[spoiler:Varrick]] sports one in WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra when it's revealed he's running the FalseFlagOperation framing the Northern Water Tribe for the attacks.

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* Jet does this in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. During his first appearance, ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': If smug smirking is needed, Agent Kallus is usually the writers apparently had orders to make sure Jet always looked cool.
** [[spoiler:Varrick]] sports
one in WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra when who provides it, whenever he's winning. Special mention, however, must go to [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII "Zero Hour"]], [[spoiler:after Governor Pryce has ordered him ThrownOutTheAirlock because he was [[IShallTauntYou taunting]] her because she was losing, and two stormtroopers escort him into the elevator, and he ''smirks'', because it's revealed he's running the FalseFlagOperation framing the Northern Water Tribe for the attacks.perfect opportunity to escape.]]
24th Oct '16 10:13:27 AM Morgenthaler
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%%* TheOnion's [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/who-needs-a-good-cockpunching,7234/ Who Needs a Good Cock Punching?]].

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%%* TheOnion's Website/TheOnion's [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/who-needs-a-good-cockpunching,7234/ Who Needs a Good Cock Punching?]].
30th Jul '16 12:31:25 PM nombretomado
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* Played for laughs at the end of a ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch where DavidMitchell and Robert Webb are plotting out the good and bad sketches of their show, which in turn leads to the two discussing common criticisms of their work. It ends with Webb gloatingly dismissing the criticism with "And people call us smug!", at which point the two sit around nodding at each other with the most absurdly smug expressions on their faces.

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* Played for laughs at the end of a ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch where DavidMitchell Creator/DavidMitchell and Robert Webb are plotting out the good and bad sketches of their show, which in turn leads to the two discussing common criticisms of their work. It ends with Webb gloatingly dismissing the criticism with "And people call us smug!", at which point the two sit around nodding at each other with the most absurdly smug expressions on their faces.
14th Jul '16 11:57:15 PM TheJJBL
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**Daenerys Targaryen has really turned up the smug in the later seasons, if you think this is justified or not will generally dictate whether you are her fan or not.
12th Jul '16 3:12:49 PM lavendermintrose
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* LightNovel/{{Durarara}}: Izaya almost always has a devious smirk on his face, to the point that if he doesn't it means either you should ''really'' [[OhCrap worry]], or that one his plans has failed.
* And Saruhiko Fushimi of ''Anime/{{K}}'' (who happens to share [[Creator/JohnnyYongBosch a voice actor]] with the previous two), whenever he comes into contact with "[[FoeYay ... Mi]][[ThenLetMeBeEvil ...sa]][[BerserkButton ...kiiiii]]".



* LightNovel/{{Durarara}}: Izaya almost always has a devious smirk on his face, to the point that if he doesn't it means either you should ''really'' [[OhCrap worry]], or that one his plans has failed.
8th Jul '16 7:07:09 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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See Also SmugSnake and SmugSuper, for more villainous/heroic versions; that said, this trope doesn't necessarily not involve them. Compare PsychoticSmirk for much the same reaction.

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See Also SmugSnake and SmugSuper, for more villainous/heroic versions; that said, this trope doesn't necessarily not involve them. Compare PsychoticSmirk and CheshireCatGrin for much the same reaction.
12th Jun '16 6:56:50 PM Dravencour
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* The officers on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', whenever they catch the guy.

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* The officers on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', whenever they catch the guy.[[MonsterOfTheWeek perp of the week]].
12th Jun '16 6:54:38 PM Dravencour
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*** He gets it from his father, Vegeta, who is one of the most arrogant characters in the entire Dragon Ball series.
14th Apr '16 6:24:01 PM FossilsDaDaDa
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* Sans from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', being a [[DemBones skeleton]] and all, sports one of these [[PerpetualSmiler almost constantly]]. Normally it's a lighthearted example to emphasize his laid-back and [[TheGadfly mischievous]] nature, but will take a ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes very]]'' dark turn if you manage to get on his bad side and [[spoiler:manage to kill enough characters to get him to fight you]].

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* Sans from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', being a [[DemBones skeleton]] and all, sports one of these [[PerpetualSmiler almost constantly]]. Normally it's a lighthearted example to emphasize his laid-back and [[TheGadfly mischievous]] nature, but will take a ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes very]]'' dark turn if you manage to get on his bad side and [[spoiler:manage to kill by [[spoiler:killing enough characters to get him to fight you]].
14th Apr '16 6:04:46 PM FossilsDaDaDa
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* Sans from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', being a [[DemBones skeleton]] and all, sports one of these [[PerpetualSmiler almost constantly]]. Normally it's a lighthearted example to emphasize his laid-back and [[TheGadfly mischievous]] nature, but will take a ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes very]]'' dark turn if you manage to get on his bad side and [[spoiler:manage to kill enough characters to get him to fight you]].
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