History StepfordSmiler / ComicBooks

15th Nov '17 8:02:20 PM PaulA
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* Ken in ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' collection, ''The Doll House''. He lives with a woman named Barbie, and while she has depth that is later revealed, he's a creepy [[Literature/AmericanPsycho Bateman]]-esque living Ken Doll.
** Boss Smiley from ''World's End'' (and formerly of ''ComicBook/{{Prez}}'') is, as one can deduce from his name, an exaggerated example.

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* ''Comicbook/TheSandman'':
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Ken in ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' collection, ''The Doll House''. He lives with a woman named Barbie, and while she has depth that is later revealed, he's a creepy [[Literature/AmericanPsycho Bateman]]-esque living Ken Doll.
** Boss Smiley from ''World's End'' (and formerly of ''ComicBook/{{Prez}}'') ''ComicBook/{{Prez|1973}}'') is, as one can deduce from his name, an exaggerated example.
26th Oct '17 4:00:03 PM WillBGood
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** Boss Smiley from ''World's End'' is, as one can deduce from his name, an exaggerated example.

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** Boss Smiley from ''World's End'' (and formerly of ''ComicBook/{{Prez}}'') is, as one can deduce from his name, an exaggerated example.
18th Oct '17 11:33:05 AM lillolillo
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* When fans fell in love with [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Mary Jane Watson]], many writers attempted to reconcile her devil-may-care party girl image from her first couple of years of existence by revealing that her party girl facade was something she came up with to cover up her screwed-up home life, which included [[AbusiveParents a physically and mentally abusive father]].

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* ''Franchise/SpiderMan'': When fans fell in love with [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Mary Jane Watson]], Watson, many writers attempted to reconcile her devil-may-care party girl image from her first couple of years of existence by revealing that her party girl facade was something she came up with to cover up her screwed-up home life, which included [[AbusiveParents a physically and mentally abusive father]].



** [[spoiler:Sistah Spooky wound up playing this trope [[TearJerker tragically straight]] after Mindfuck dies, literally using magic to force any expression aside from utter despair onto her face.]]

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** [[spoiler:Sistah Spooky wound up playing this trope [[TearJerker tragically straight]] straight after Mindfuck dies, literally using magic to force any expression aside from utter despair onto her face.]]]]
* In ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'', [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kara Gordon]] smiled constantly and pretended to be brimming with happiness as working for ComicBook/LexLuthor. Reality is, she hated Luthor, her job and her oppressed, walled hometown and dreamed of escaping and finding freedom anywhere; but she never showed it.
25th Aug '17 6:47:12 AM CosmicFerret
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* Taken to downright depressing levels in issue #8 of the 2007 revival of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'', a story starring TheFlash and the Comicbook/DoomPatrol. Elasti-Girl is constantly smiling throughout, even when things look horrifically dire. (Master artist George Perez takes great care to give make [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RYgMIP2d4C8/Sbm16m67PNI/AAAAAAAAAE0/quPrkeiBorU/s1600/Perez_B%26B08dinnerpage.jpg her expression]] ''completely identical'' every time: a bright grin with eyes that betray just a hint of utter desperation.) Flash explains to his freaked-out kids that she used to be a movie star and since gaining superpowers she feels like a freak of nature. She smiles because it's the only way she can still feel pretty, and she thinks it puts people at ease. Flash's daughter comments that it isn't working. It was later mentioned this was shortly after gaining her powers, and she eventually left this mentality.

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* Taken to downright depressing levels in issue #8 of the 2007 revival of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'', a story starring TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash and the Comicbook/DoomPatrol. Elasti-Girl is constantly smiling throughout, even when things look horrifically dire. (Master artist George Perez takes great care to give make [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RYgMIP2d4C8/Sbm16m67PNI/AAAAAAAAAE0/quPrkeiBorU/s1600/Perez_B%26B08dinnerpage.jpg her expression]] ''completely identical'' every time: a bright grin with eyes that betray just a hint of utter desperation.) Flash explains to his freaked-out kids that she used to be a movie star and since gaining superpowers she feels like a freak of nature. She smiles because it's the only way she can still feel pretty, and she thinks it puts people at ease. Flash's daughter comments that it isn't working. It was later mentioned this was shortly after gaining her powers, and she eventually left this mentality.
19th Apr '17 5:44:28 PM ritzoreo
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* Cat Grant, the Daily Planet's gossip columnist in the Franchise/{{Superman}} comics is all smiles and sass, but she's very often braving it outwards to hide his private life problems, e.g. her abusive men, the death of her son, being fired from the Planet in the New 52, etc...

13th Mar '17 1:48:44 AM WillBGood
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* Taken to downright depressing levels in issue #8 of the 2007 revival of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'', a story starring TheFlash and the Comicbook/DoomPatrol. Elasti-Girl is constantly smiling throughout, even when things look horrifically dire. (Master artist George Perez takes great care to give make her expression ''completely identical'' every time: a bright grin with eyes that betray just a hint of utter desperation.) Flash explains to his freaked-out kids that she used to be a movie star and since gaining superpowers she feels like a freak of nature. She smiles because it's the only way she can still feel pretty, and she thinks it puts people at ease. Flash's daughter comments that it isn't working. It was later mentioned this was shortly after gaining her powers, and she eventually left this mentality.

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* Taken to downright depressing levels in issue #8 of the 2007 revival of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'', a story starring TheFlash and the Comicbook/DoomPatrol. Elasti-Girl is constantly smiling throughout, even when things look horrifically dire. (Master artist George Perez takes great care to give make [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RYgMIP2d4C8/Sbm16m67PNI/AAAAAAAAAE0/quPrkeiBorU/s1600/Perez_B%26B08dinnerpage.jpg her expression expression]] ''completely identical'' every time: a bright grin with eyes that betray just a hint of utter desperation.) Flash explains to his freaked-out kids that she used to be a movie star and since gaining superpowers she feels like a freak of nature. She smiles because it's the only way she can still feel pretty, and she thinks it puts people at ease. Flash's daughter comments that it isn't working. It was later mentioned this was shortly after gaining her powers, and she eventually left this mentality.
26th Feb '17 9:09:21 PM troodos
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* ComicBook/{{Superboy}} is this in ComicBook/YoungJustice, most notably in Issue #7, where, despite his claims to the contrary, it's very clear that he feels that NotGrowingUpSucks.
8th Jan '17 12:54:41 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', one of the presidential candidates is known as 'The Smiler', and is shown as willing to kill just about anyone, including his wife, to improve his ratings.

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* In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', one of the presidential candidates is known as 'The Smiler', and is shown as willing to kill just about anyone, including his wife, to improve his ratings.
7th Nov '16 3:01:48 PM margdean56
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* Taken to downright depressing levels in issue #8 of the 2007 revival of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'', a story starring TheFlash and the Comicbook/DoomPatrol. Elasti-Girl is constantly smiling throughout, even when things look horrifically dire. (Master artist George Perez takes great care to give make her expression ''completely identical'' every time: a bright grin with eyes that betray just a hint of utter desperation.) Flash explains to his freaked-out kids that she used to be a movie star and since gaining superpowers she feels like a freak of nature. She smiles because it's the only way she can still feel pretty, and she thinks it puts people at ease. Flash's daughter comments that it isn't working. It was later mentioned this was shortly after gaining her powers, and eventually left this mentality.

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* Taken to downright depressing levels in issue #8 of the 2007 revival of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'', a story starring TheFlash and the Comicbook/DoomPatrol. Elasti-Girl is constantly smiling throughout, even when things look horrifically dire. (Master artist George Perez takes great care to give make her expression ''completely identical'' every time: a bright grin with eyes that betray just a hint of utter desperation.) Flash explains to his freaked-out kids that she used to be a movie star and since gaining superpowers she feels like a freak of nature. She smiles because it's the only way she can still feel pretty, and she thinks it puts people at ease. Flash's daughter comments that it isn't working. It was later mentioned this was shortly after gaining her powers, and she eventually left this mentality.



* Winnowill of ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' is smiling and regal, pseudo-friendly and aloof -when she's not getting her kicks torturing Strongbow or messing with other elves' heads.

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* Winnowill of ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' is smiling and regal, pseudo-friendly and aloof -when aloof--when she's not getting her kicks torturing Strongbow or messing with other elves' heads.
26th Aug '16 11:41:42 AM WillBGood
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* Taken to downright depressing levels in issue #8 of the 2007 revival of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'', a story starring TheFlash and the Comicbook/DoomPatrol. Elasti-Girl is constantly smiling throughout, even when things look horrifically dire. (Master artist George Perez takes great care to give make her expression ''completely identical'' every time: a bright grin with eyes that betray just a hint of utter desperation). Flash explains to his freaked-out kids that she used to be a movie star and since gaining superpowers she feels like a freak of nature. She smiles because it's the only way she can still feel pretty, and she thinks it puts people at ease. Flash's daughter comments that it isn't working. It was later mentioned this was shortly after gaining her powers, and eventually left this mentality.

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* Taken to downright depressing levels in issue #8 of the 2007 revival of ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'', a story starring TheFlash and the Comicbook/DoomPatrol. Elasti-Girl is constantly smiling throughout, even when things look horrifically dire. (Master artist George Perez takes great care to give make her expression ''completely identical'' every time: a bright grin with eyes that betray just a hint of utter desperation). desperation.) Flash explains to his freaked-out kids that she used to be a movie star and since gaining superpowers she feels like a freak of nature. She smiles because it's the only way she can still feel pretty, and she thinks it puts people at ease. Flash's daughter comments that it isn't working. It was later mentioned this was shortly after gaining her powers, and eventually left this mentality.
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