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31st Jul '16 12:12:28 PM Pegase
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** [[spoiler: King Bradley]] is this; he appears to be a kindly family man but is actually [[spoiler: a homunculus]].

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** [[spoiler: King Bradley]] is this; he appears to be a kindly family man but is actually [[spoiler: a homunculus]].[[spoiler: He really fits the trope to a T because when he was human he spent his entire life from infancy on being trained to take on the role of "President Bradley." He was manufactured like a stepford wife.]]
12th Jul '16 8:36:01 AM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Kogoro, who never stops smiling. He's far less dangerous than the usual example though.
** His sister, Lavie, is the only one who can read his emotions.
13th Jun '16 12:44:13 PM WriterGirl2015
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* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'': Shinoa shows shades of this, due to her friendless background and history of abuse from her family.


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* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'': Both Yuu and Mika. In the novels its stated that Mika deals with the desolate situation involving his real family that abused him and his adoptive family of other orphans and Yuu being subjugated by vampires by smiling cheerfully. After his turning into a vampire he becomes more of a PerpetualFrowner and only seems to smile [[HoYay around Yuu]].
** Yuu's cheerful side and ability to never give up even when faced with impossible odds (even Ferid notes it in the novel) is something he either naturally had or developed in the orphanage and in the vampire city under the influence of the kids and Mika. So in a few recent chapters it is both a facade he uses to cheer up his friends and lessen their worries and a manifestation of his own determination and positivity (he is aware of how grave his situation is, but he is determined to fight to the end with everything hes got to change it).
** It's been implied in the Catastrophe light novels that Shinya's smile developed as a defense mechanism that allowed him to survive when those that got angry or shut down didn't.
27th May '16 8:44:37 AM perona
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** Sakurako is [[{{Yandere}} Unstable]]. [[spoiler:Then again, she is ''not'' really a 'girl' but a '[[CreepyCrossdresser boy]]'...]]

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** Sakurako is [[{{Yandere}} Unstable]]. [[spoiler:Then again, she is ''not'' really a 'girl' but a '[[CreepyCrossdresser boy]]'...]]
14th Apr '16 1:14:54 PM WriterGirl2015
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* Elizabeth of ''Manga/BlackButler'' admits in one chapter that her cheerful and GenkiGirl personality is partially a mask to cheer Ciel up, who has some serious issues himself. She also has insecurities about being a cute, perfect wife to suit Ciel especially since she has a hidden badass side.

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* Elizabeth of ''Manga/BlackButler'' admits in one chapter that her cheerful and GenkiGirl personality is partially a mask to cheer Ciel up, who has some serious issues himself. She also has insecurities about being a cute, perfect wife to suit Ciel especially since she has a hidden badass side. She once comes across him while he's sleeping and cries "I'm not good enough..."
14th Apr '16 10:55:44 AM Berrenta
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** Kaworu Nagisa seems to fit this trope as well. He's always smiling, but in reality, he just wants [[spoiler:the world's end]]. [[ItGetsBetter It Got Better]] for a while, but shortly after, it all goes to hell.

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** Kaworu Nagisa seems to fit this trope as well. He's always smiling, but in reality, he just wants [[spoiler:the world's end]]. [[ItGetsBetter It Got Better]] got better for a while, but shortly after, it all goes to hell.
16th Mar '16 7:41:31 PM Pichu-kun
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* [[spoiler:Rika Furude]] from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' (and Kai). [[spoiler:She has been murdered and revived countless times throughout the series, and retains the memories of every death she has ever suffered; this has resulted in a mix of types - Rika is revealed to have lost pretty much all hope of saving herself from this brutal cycle, becoming very depressed and hollow inside as a result (she even gets '''drunk''' on occasion - this is a girl of about 10 years old - to drown out everything). Despite her struggles, Rika keeps a brave face, and constantly acts like the sweet, cute child that everyone expects her to be, to avoid freaking her friends out if anything (she does break this pretence at times to scare her killer(s), or to convince others to listen to her)]].
** The series' main villain, [[spoiler:Takano Miyo, also counts; she constantly acts like a friendly, helping hand to the arc's protagonist, sweeter than sugar, only to reveal herself as a cold MagnificentBastard with one hell of a GodComplex in the final arcs, who guns down anyone willing to mock her goals and beliefs]].
** How could we forget [[spoiler:Rena? Underneath her cheerful facade, obsessed with all things that she believes are cute, lies a girl who is utterly broken over her parent's divorce, tried to kill herself, and lives every day with a smile just to make others believe she is happy]].

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* [[spoiler:Rika Furude]] from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' (and Kai). [[spoiler:She * ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
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has been murdered and revived countless times throughout the series, and retains [[spoiler:retains the memories of every death she has ever suffered; this suffered.]] This has resulted in a mix of types - Rika [[spoiler:Rika]] is revealed to have lost pretty much all hope of saving herself from this brutal cycle, becoming very depressed and hollow inside as a result (she even gets '''drunk''' '''[[DrowningTheirSorrows drunk]]''' on occasion - this [[spoiler:this is a girl of about 10 years old old]] - to drown out everything). Despite her struggles, Rika [[spoiler:Rika]] keeps a brave face, and constantly acts like the sweet, cute child CheerfulChild that everyone expects her to be, to avoid freaking her friends out if anything (she does break this pretence at times to scare her killer(s), or to convince others to listen to her)]].
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** The series' main villain, [[spoiler:Takano Miyo, Miyo]], also counts; she constantly acts like a friendly, helping hand to the arc's protagonist, sweeter than sugar, only to reveal herself as a cold MagnificentBastard with one hell of a GodComplex in the final arcs, who guns down anyone willing to mock her goals and beliefs]].
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** How could we forget [[spoiler:Rena? Underneath her [[spoiler:Rena's]] cheerful facade, obsessed and obsession with all [[spoiler:all things that she believes are cute, cute]], lies a girl who is utterly broken over her parent's divorce, tried to [[DrivenToSuicide kill herself, herself]] in the past, and lives every day with a smile just to make others believe she is happy]].happy.
* ''Manga/InsideMari'':
** 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]].
13th Mar '16 3:36:35 PM Smash641
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** To add fire to the fuel, in the eleventh novel, he cheerfully prepares to fight (and probably kill, it wasn't made clear afterwards) the novel's BigBad. Note the word ''cheerfully''.

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** To [[spoiler:To add fire to the fuel, in the eleventh novel, he cheerfully prepares to fight (and probably kill, it wasn't made clear afterwards) the novel's BigBad. Note the word ''cheerfully''.]]
13th Mar '16 3:35:34 PM Smash641
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* Koizumi Itsuki from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' always keeps a constant smile and a cheerful attitude, regardless of how much is Haruhi casting upon the Universe. Granted, he's still mostly sane and calm, but his Stepfordness always creeps Kyon out to no end. [[BrokenSmile But when his smile disappears... you better start fearing the worst!]] He actually expresses an open jealousy towards Mikuru and all the other members of the SOS brigade, because he has to keep a facade of his true personality to fit Haruhi's expectations of his, while the rest do not (aside of Mikuru's Obfuscating Helplessness). At points in the novel it's made pretty clear that Itsuki's finding it difficult to keep smiling, such as in volume 9 [[spoiler:he's been unable to sleep well for a lengthy period of time due to constant closed space activity, appearing exhausted and using a rather forced version of the usual grin, which falls off if he isn't concentrating]]. What is he really thinking? Who knows, [[MrExposition it's the one thing he doesn't really talk about. Probably]].

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* Itsuki Koizumi Itsuki from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' always keeps a constant smile and a cheerful attitude, regardless of how much is Haruhi casting upon the Universe. Granted, he's still mostly sane and calm, but his Stepfordness always creeps Kyon out to no end. [[BrokenSmile But when his smile disappears... you better start fearing the worst!]] He actually expresses an open jealousy towards Mikuru and all the other members of the SOS brigade, because he has to keep a facade of his true personality to fit Haruhi's expectations of his, while the rest do not (aside of Mikuru's Obfuscating Helplessness). At points in the novel it's made pretty clear that Itsuki's finding it difficult to keep smiling, such as in volume 9 [[spoiler:he's been unable to sleep well for a lengthy period of time due to constant closed space activity, appearing exhausted and using a rather forced version of the usual grin, which falls off if he isn't concentrating]]. What is he really thinking? Who knows, [[MrExposition it's the one thing he doesn't really talk about. Probably]].
8th Mar '16 2:04:29 PM NothingIsLittle
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** [[spoiler: King Bradley]] is this in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist original 2003 anime]]; he appears to be a kindly family man but is actually [[spoiler: the homunculus Pride]].

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** [[spoiler: King Bradley]] is this in the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist original 2003 anime]]; this; he appears to be a kindly family man but is actually [[spoiler: the homunculus Pride]].a homunculus]].
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