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7th Apr '17 4:11:15 PM mouschilight
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' himself. He smiles near-constantly, which, during his childhood, was to mask the sadness of his lonely life. Those who are closest to him are able to recognize when his smile isn't genuine (which is, surprising enough considering [[{{Keet}} his personality]], much of the time). He will tend to mask his pain with a smile, such as when he promises Sakura to bring back Sasuke for her before and after the retrieval mission. Before the Chunin exams finals, he privately admitted to [[TheConfidant Hinata]] that the smile is a mask, and that he viewed himself as a loser and tried to act cool and brash to cope with this. Later, Pain put him on the ropes by breaking him down with words, getting him to second guess his own actions.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' himself. He smiles near-constantly, which, during his childhood, was to mask the sadness of his lonely life. Those who are closest to him are able to recognize when his smile isn't genuine (which is, surprising enough considering [[{{Keet}} his personality]], much of the time). He will tend to mask his pain with a smile, such as when he promises Sakura to bring back Sasuke for her before and after the retrieval mission. Before the Chunin exams Exams finals, he privately admitted to [[TheConfidant Hinata]] that the smile is a mask, and that he viewed himself as a loser and tried to act cool and brash to cope with this. Later, Pain put him on the ropes by breaking him down with words, getting him to second guess his own actions.
7th Apr '17 4:09:38 PM mouschilight
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' himself. He smiles near-constantly, which, during his childhood, was to mask the sadness of his lonely life. Those who are closest to him are able to recognize when his smile isn't genuine (which is, surprising enough considering [[{{Keet}} his personality]], much of the time). He will tend to mask his pain with a smile, such as when he promises Sakura to bring back Sasuke for her before and after the retrieval mission. He even admitted to Hinata that the smile is a mask, and Pain put him on the ropes by breaking him down with words, getting him to second guess his own actions. Before the Chunin exams finals, he admitted that he viewed himself as a loser and tried to act cool and brash to cope with this.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' himself. He smiles near-constantly, which, during his childhood, was to mask the sadness of his lonely life. Those who are closest to him are able to recognize when his smile isn't genuine (which is, surprising enough considering [[{{Keet}} his personality]], much of the time). He will tend to mask his pain with a smile, such as when he promises Sakura to bring back Sasuke for her before and after the retrieval mission. He even Before the Chunin exams finals, he privately admitted to Hinata [[TheConfidant Hinata]] that the smile is a mask, and that he viewed himself as a loser and tried to act cool and brash to cope with this. Later, Pain put him on the ropes by breaking him down with words, getting him to second guess his own actions. Before the Chunin exams finals, he admitted that he viewed himself as a loser and tried to act cool and brash to cope with this.actions.
13th Mar '17 1:46:34 AM WillBGood
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** He's also a deconstruction of shonen heroes, and possible a rare type of psychopath with fascinatingly PlayerCenteredMorality (i.e. "This serial killer helped us learn a lot by fighting us, so I'll show him mercy in good, shonen-hero style, even when you point out that he will go kill more young women and eat them if set free. Because he helped us.") It puts the manga-trained reader into the weirdest headspace after a while.

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** He's also a deconstruction of shonen heroes, and possible a rare type of psychopath with fascinatingly PlayerCenteredMorality ProtagonistCenteredMorality (i.e. "This serial killer helped us learn a lot by fighting us, so I'll show him mercy in good, shonen-hero style, even when you point out that he will go kill more young women and eat them if set free. Because he helped us.") It puts the manga-trained reader into the weirdest headspace after a while.
21st Feb '17 10:24:12 PM sinmenon
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* [[spoiler: Judai/Jaden Yuki]] of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' pretends to be goofy and friendly, doing many shenanigans through the series. Until you find out halfway the third season that [[spoiler: he used to have a card with a duel monster spirit that would send people into comas if they upset him when he was a little kid]] and then [[spoiler: he sent the said card to space to irradiate it with cosmic energy to make it better, but instead it got attacked by the Light of Destruction, making the monster feel pain and due to his connection with it the boy had nightmares until somehow they managed to suppress his memories, making him having amnesia]]. The US dub cut 80% of said backstory.
** To make things worse, during all the previous seasons in the Japanese version there is a strong criticism on hierarchy and status quo, and the said character hates it with a burning passion effectively doing whatever he can against that to the point that during the season 4 the rank system was mostly moot.
21st Feb '17 1:06:53 PM iBlewupthemoon
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** Nanami in episode 14 as well, who hides the grief from losing her mother under a perpetual smile, believing "A smile is the most important". She eventually loses it when her sister snaps and believes her to be uncaring, leading for her heart to be released and stolen by Sasorina.
13th Jan '17 1:42:05 PM WillBGood
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** Mari's mother Eriko is a type 3. At first she seemed like a nice, normal mother however it's eventually revealed she is [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] and has control issues. She went as far as to [[spoiler:change her daughters name from "Fumiko" to "Mari" as a child to disassociate her from the recently deceased DotingGrandparent she loathed]].
** [[spoiler:Mari]] is implied to a type 1 and a type 3. She's [[spoiler:a SchoolIdol]] however is implied to have [[{{gayngst}} issues with her sexuality]] and disassociates from herself [[spoiler:to the point where she has a SplitPersonality]].

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** Mari's mother Eriko is a type 3.Unstable. At first she seemed like a nice, normal mother however it's eventually revealed she is [[ParentalNeglect neglectful]] and has control issues. She went as far as to [[spoiler:change her daughters name from "Fumiko" to "Mari" as a child to disassociate her from the recently deceased DotingGrandparent she loathed]].
** [[spoiler:Mari]] is implied to a type 1 be Depressed and a type 3.Unstable. She's [[spoiler:a SchoolIdol]] however is implied to have [[{{gayngst}} issues with her sexuality]] and disassociates from herself [[spoiler:to the point where she has a SplitPersonality]].
18th Dec '16 10:00:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* It's been implied at this point that Takuto Tsunashi of ''Anime/StarDriver'', up to this point a typical kind, cheerful, {{Badass}} IdiotHero with a bit of CloudCuckooLander mixed in, at the very least has some HiddenDepths that are... well, not nice, at the very least (and at the most, this is all a facade and he's completely SCREWED UP) if these implications are to be believed. Knowing Yoji Enokido, these are probably going to be fully explored by the time the series is over.

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* It's been implied at this point that Takuto Tsunashi of ''Anime/StarDriver'', up to this point a typical kind, cheerful, {{Badass}} badass IdiotHero with a bit of CloudCuckooLander mixed in, at the very least has some HiddenDepths that are... well, not nice, at the very least (and at the most, this is all a facade and he's completely SCREWED UP) if these implications are to be believed. Knowing Yoji Enokido, these are probably going to be fully explored by the time the series is over.
19th Oct '16 6:08:13 AM Lyendith
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* Isabella in ''Manga/ThePromisedNeverland'' is as sweet and loving a mother as one can have. At least she does her best to give that impression to the children in the PeopleFarm she's managing for her demonic patrons. Considering it's implied that her ''own'' life is at stake, she has some reasons to keep a perfect act, but she still seems to enjoy herself a bit too much in this job.
2nd Oct '16 6:07:02 AM Willy2537
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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' takes it UpToEleven with ''every single Digimon partner of the Digidestined'' in the third movie ''Confession''. [[spoiler: After realizing that they're all slowly succumbing to an infection that will drive them mad and start hurting others, they are informed that the only way to fix is to wait for some higher being of the Digital World to trigger the 'Reboot' process to remove the infection, that has a side effect of removing all their memories. Not wanting to inform their partners of this terrible truth, they try their best to act cheerful in front of their partners while doing happy and nostalgic things with them with what little time they have left. Only Patamon, whom Takeru already knew is infected, and Agumon, who goes overboard with the act that he accidentally reveals to Taichi that something is wrong, are only able to share the grief with their partners.]]
10th Sep '16 8:44:22 PM SamCurt
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* In ''Manga/NewGame'', Rin states that Kou used to be pretty serious when she first came into the company, and her current funny personality is a way to cope up with all the bullying she had experienced at work.
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