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28th Mar '13 5:53:28 PM Xtifr
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[[caption-width:278:His love is real, but his smile is not.]]
A 1869 Creator/VictorHugo novel.

The eponymous protagonist, Gwynplaine, bears a face disfigured by torture into a [[GlasgowSmile permanent smile]]. As a child, it was done to him in order to punish him for his nobleman father's offense to the king. One night, after being abandoned in the snow, Gwynplaine wanders aimlessly, seeking shelter. He comes across the corpse of a woman who had frozen to death underneath a dead man hanging from a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibbet gibbet]]. In her arms, he finds a still living, blind baby girl. Eventually, Gwynplaine comes to the home of the charlatan [[MeaningfulName Ursus]] and his wolf companion [[MeaningfulName Homo]]. Ursus has pity upon the two orphan children and takes them in.

Several years later, we see that the group have been making a living traveling from place to place performing plays which all showcase Gwynplaine revealing his disfigured, smiling face to the crowd. The blind child has also survived, growing up to be the virtuous, graceful beauty known as Dea. Dea is in love with Gwynplaine who, though he reciprocates, feels unworthy of her because of his disfigurement.

Upon doing a show at a village fair, Gwynplaine attracts the attention of the bored, sexy duchess Josiana. He soon gains even more attention from the Queen Anne as it is found out that Gwynplaine is the son and heir to Lord Linnaeus Clancharlie's position and estate.

The original novel follows a path similar to many of Hugo's other novels, ending in a depressing DownerEnding. Though not the author's most well-known work, there have been several film versions of the story (only one of which is in sound). The most well-known and best remembered adaptation is the heart-wrenchingly beautiful 1928 movie. It featured [[LooksLikeCesare Conrad Veidt]] as the main character, whose [[SlasherSmile freakish grin]] and [[MonsterClown clown-like]] appearance was the primary inspiration for SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, which came full circle in 2005 with "Batman: The Man Who Laughs", the sequel to BatmanYearOne.

A new, French adaptation of the film will be released in Christmas 2012, starring Gerard Depardieu as Ursus.
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!!''The Man Who Laughs'' contains examples of:

* AristocratsAreEvil: And how.
* BettyAndVeronica: Saintly Dea who loves Gwynplaine in spite of his deformity, or glamourous Josiana who wants him ''[[NightmareFetishist because]]'' [[NightmareFetishist of his deformity]]?
* BlindAndTheBeast
* BreakTheCutie: Dea and Gwynplaine's idealism.
* TheCutie: The helpless and innocent Dea.
* DisabledLoveInterest: Dea
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Dea dies]]. [[spoiler:Gwynplaine (apparently) drowns himself]]. This is not the case, however, in the movie, which has a much more upbeat ending.
* FreakyIsCool: Gwynplaine is understandably unhappy with his freakish appearance, but Dea loves that no matter how bad things are, he is always smiling when she "sees" his face.
** Also, Josiana thinks he's sexy.
* GlasgowGrin: Gwynplaine's smile likely applies.
* TheGrotesque: Gwynplaine, obviously.
* HappilyEverBefore: Invoked in the movie.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Meet my wolf, Homo.
* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies / DrivenToSuicide]]: Implied at the end of the book.
* IdleRich : how most aristocrats are represented.
* LonelyAtTheTop : As Gwynplaine finds out.
* MeaningfulName: "Dea" (Goddess), "Ursus" (Bear), "Homo" ([[HaveAGayOldTime Stop snickering]], it means Human).
** Also a PunnyName with Homo (who's a wolf): "Man is a wolf to man".
* NonHumanSidekick: Homo the wolf.
* NotBloodSiblings : Gwynplaine and Dea grew up together.
* RagsToRiches : Gwynplaine.
* SlasherSmile: Although Gwynplaine's not a bad guy, he sports a permanent one.
* SnicketWarningLabel: If you want a happy ending, just stop reading when Dea proclaims her love to Gwynplaine. Trust me.
** In fact, that's where the movie ends.
* StarcrossedLovers: Dea and Gwynplaine. At least in the novel...
* TeamDad: Ursus.
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[[caption-width:278:His love is real, but his smile is not.]]
A 1869 Creator/VictorHugo novel.

The eponymous protagonist, Gwynplaine, bears a face disfigured by torture into a [[GlasgowSmile permanent smile]]. As a child, it was done to him in order to punish him for his nobleman father's offense to the king. One night, after being abandoned in the snow, Gwynplaine wanders aimlessly, seeking shelter. He comes across the corpse of a woman who had frozen to death underneath a dead man hanging from a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibbet gibbet]]. In her arms, he finds a still living, blind baby girl. Eventually, Gwynplaine comes to the home of the charlatan [[MeaningfulName Ursus]] and his wolf companion [[MeaningfulName Homo]]. Ursus has pity upon the two orphan children and takes them in.

Several years later, we see that the group have been making a living traveling from place to place performing plays which all showcase Gwynplaine revealing his disfigured, smiling face to the crowd. The blind child has also survived, growing up to be the virtuous, graceful beauty known as Dea. Dea is in love with Gwynplaine who, though he reciprocates, feels unworthy of her because of his disfigurement.

Upon doing a show at a village fair, Gwynplaine attracts the attention of the bored, sexy duchess Josiana. He soon gains even more attention from the Queen Anne as it is found out that Gwynplaine is the son and heir to Lord Linnaeus Clancharlie's position and estate.

The original novel follows a path similar to many of Hugo's other novels, ending in a depressing DownerEnding. Though not the author's most well-known work, there have been several film versions of the story (only one of which is in sound). The most well-known and best remembered adaptation is the heart-wrenchingly beautiful 1928 movie. It featured [[LooksLikeCesare Conrad Veidt]] as the main character, whose [[SlasherSmile freakish grin]] and [[MonsterClown clown-like]] appearance was the primary inspiration for SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, which came full circle in 2005 with "Batman: The Man Who Laughs", the sequel to BatmanYearOne.

A new, French adaptation of the film will be released in Christmas 2012, starring Gerard Depardieu as Ursus.
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!!''The Man Who Laughs'' contains examples of:

* AristocratsAreEvil: And how.
* BettyAndVeronica: Saintly Dea who loves Gwynplaine in spite of his deformity, or glamourous Josiana who wants him ''[[NightmareFetishist because]]'' [[NightmareFetishist of his deformity]]?
* BlindAndTheBeast
* BreakTheCutie: Dea and Gwynplaine's idealism.
* TheCutie: The helpless and innocent Dea.
* DisabledLoveInterest: Dea
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Dea dies]]. [[spoiler:Gwynplaine (apparently) drowns himself]]. This is not the case, however, in the movie, which has a much more upbeat ending.
* FreakyIsCool: Gwynplaine is understandably unhappy with his freakish appearance, but Dea loves that no matter how bad things are, he is always smiling when she "sees" his face.
** Also, Josiana thinks he's sexy.
* GlasgowGrin: Gwynplaine's smile likely applies.
* TheGrotesque: Gwynplaine, obviously.
* HappilyEverBefore: Invoked in the movie.
* HaveAGayOldTime: Meet my wolf, Homo.
* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies / DrivenToSuicide]]: Implied at the end of the book.
* IdleRich : how most aristocrats are represented.
* LonelyAtTheTop : As Gwynplaine finds out.
* MeaningfulName: "Dea" (Goddess), "Ursus" (Bear), "Homo" ([[HaveAGayOldTime Stop snickering]], it means Human).
** Also a PunnyName with Homo (who's a wolf): "Man is a wolf to man".
* NonHumanSidekick: Homo the wolf.
* NotBloodSiblings : Gwynplaine and Dea grew up together.
* RagsToRiches : Gwynplaine.
* SlasherSmile: Although Gwynplaine's not a bad guy, he sports a permanent one.
* SnicketWarningLabel: If you want a happy ending, just stop reading when Dea proclaims her love to Gwynplaine. Trust me.
** In fact, that's where the movie ends.
* StarcrossedLovers: Dea and Gwynplaine. At least in the novel...
* TeamDad: Ursus.
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3rd Jan '13 10:33:17 AM Sienne
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* IdleRich : how most aristocrats are represented.
* LonelyAtTheTop : As Gwynplaine finds out.


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* NotBloodSiblings : Gwynplaine and Dea grew up together.
* RagsToRiches : Gwynplaine.
16th Dec '12 2:35:05 PM vifetoile
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The original novel follows a path similar to many of Hugo's other novels, ending in a depressing DownerEnding. Though not the author's most well-known work, there have been several film versions of the story (only one of which is in sound). The most well-known and best remembered adaptation is the heart-wrenchingly beautiful 1928 movie. It featured [[LooksLikeCesare Conrad Veidt]] as the main character, whose [[SlasherSmile freakish grin]] and [[MonsterClown clown-like]] appearance was the primary inspiration for SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, which came full circle in 2005 with "Batman: The Man Who Laughs", the sequel to BatmanYearOne.

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The original novel follows a path similar to many of Hugo's other novels, ending in a depressing DownerEnding. Though not the author's most well-known work, there have been several film versions of the story (only one of which is in sound). The most well-known and best remembered adaptation is the heart-wrenchingly beautiful 1928 movie. It featured [[LooksLikeCesare Conrad Veidt]] as the main character, whose [[SlasherSmile freakish grin]] and [[MonsterClown clown-like]] appearance was the primary inspiration for SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, which came full circle in 2005 with "Batman: The Man Who Laughs", the sequel to BatmanYearOne.

A new, French adaptation of the film will be released in Christmas 2012, starring Gerard Depardieu as Ursus.
30th Aug '12 1:40:58 AM FELH2
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The original novel follows a path similar to many of Hugo's other novels, ending in a depressing DownerEnding. Though not the author's most well-known work, there have been several film versions of the story (only one of which is in sound). The most well-known and best remembered adaptation is the heart-wrenchingly beautiful 1928 movie. It featured [[LooksLikeCesare Conrad Veidt]] as the main character, whose [[SlasherSmile freakish grin]] and [[MonsterClown clown-like]] appearance was the primary inspiration for TheJoker, which came full circle in 2005 with "Batman: The Man Who Laughs", the sequel to BatmanYearOne.

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The original novel follows a path similar to many of Hugo's other novels, ending in a depressing DownerEnding. Though not the author's most well-known work, there have been several film versions of the story (only one of which is in sound). The most well-known and best remembered adaptation is the heart-wrenchingly beautiful 1928 movie. It featured [[LooksLikeCesare Conrad Veidt]] as the main character, whose [[SlasherSmile freakish grin]] and [[MonsterClown clown-like]] appearance was the primary inspiration for TheJoker, SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, which came full circle in 2005 with "Batman: The Man Who Laughs", the sequel to BatmanYearOne.
22nd Jul '12 11:41:52 AM nombretomado
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A 1869 VictorHugo novel.

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A 1869 VictorHugo Creator/VictorHugo novel.
11th Apr '12 6:30:50 PM TheManWithoutABody
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* MisterMagooAndTheMonster
11th Apr '12 6:29:53 PM TheManWithoutABody
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14th Feb '12 7:47:07 AM HumanaUox
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The original novel follows a path similar to many of Hugo's other novels, ending in a depressing DownerEnding. Though not the author's most well-known work, there have been several film versions of the story (only one of which is in sound). The most well-known and best remembered adaptation is the heart-wrenchingly beautiful 1928 movie. It featured ConradVeidt as the main character, whose [[SlasherSmile freakish grin]] and [[MonsterClown clown-like]] appearance was the primary inspiration for TheJoker, which came full circle in 2005 with "Batman: The Man Who Laughs", the sequel to BatmanYearOne.

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The original novel follows a path similar to many of Hugo's other novels, ending in a depressing DownerEnding. Though not the author's most well-known work, there have been several film versions of the story (only one of which is in sound). The most well-known and best remembered adaptation is the heart-wrenchingly beautiful 1928 movie. It featured ConradVeidt [[LooksLikeCesare Conrad Veidt]] as the main character, whose [[SlasherSmile freakish grin]] and [[MonsterClown clown-like]] appearance was the primary inspiration for TheJoker, which came full circle in 2005 with "Batman: The Man Who Laughs", the sequel to BatmanYearOne.
19th Jan '12 5:00:31 PM LouieW
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* DisabledHottie: Dea

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* DisabledHottie: DisabledLoveInterest: Dea
24th Sep '11 12:16:21 PM Charsi
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* TheCutie: The helpless and innocent Dea.
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