History StepfordSmiler / ComicBooks

26th Aug '16 11:41:42 AM WillBGood
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* 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.
7th Mar '16 8:27:26 PM KizunaTallis
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

* The Plutonian of ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}'' is the Unstable type, with shades of the BrokenAce to him. He tried to be a good and selfless superhero, loved by his teammates and all of mankind... but the mixture of his [[FreudianExcuse messed up childhood]], being BlessedWithSuck and a [[MyGreatestFailure horrible error in his judgement]] that ends tragically breaks the fake smile, and one FaceHeelTurn later, he goes from the world's most beloved and trusted superhero to the page image provider for BewareTheSuperman.
14th Jun '15 9:07:38 PM WillBGood
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* When fans fell in love with [[ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} 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 homelife, which included [[AbusiveParents a physically and mentally abusive father]].

to:

* When fans fell in love with [[ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} [[ComicBook/SpiderMan Mary Jane Watson]], many writers attempted to reconcile her "devil may care" 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 homelife, screwed-up home life, which included [[AbusiveParents a physically and mentally abusive father]].



* Frank Einstein Jr. in ''ComicBook/MiniMonsters'' is a Type A example: At first, he's portrayed as a happy [[TheLeader leader]] and [[GadgeteerGenius secure of himself and his abilities]]. However, In "The Perfeccionator" we know that Frank has a very low self-esteem, mostly because his physical appearance. He only acts like this because of his task of being the leader of the Frank's gang. In the end of the album, [[spoiler: his self-confidence increases and begins to accept himself]]. Itís subverted because some of his smiles are genuine.
* [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Garfield]] [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Logan]] is a mix of types A and C; with profound self esteem issues and [[FutureMeScaresMe a bleak future to look forward to]] thrown in for good measure.

to:

* Frank Einstein Jr. in ''ComicBook/MiniMonsters'' is a Type A Depressed example: At first, he's portrayed as a happy [[TheLeader leader]] and [[GadgeteerGenius secure of himself and his abilities]]. However, In "The Perfeccionator" we know that Frank has a very low self-esteem, mostly because his physical appearance. He only acts like this because of his task of being the leader of the Frank's gang. In the end of the album, [[spoiler: his self-confidence increases and begins to accept himself]]. Itís subverted because some of his smiles are genuine.
* [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Garfield]] [[Comicbook/DoomPatrol Logan]] is a mix of types A Depressed and C; Unstable with profound self esteem self-esteem issues and [[FutureMeScaresMe a bleak future to look forward to]] thrown in for good measure.
25th Apr '15 3:15:44 PM Scorntex
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye:''
** Drift is normally annoyingly cheerful and upbeat in almost any situation, but in issue 22, he's asked if he's happy by Rewind. Drift's recorded reaction is to just silently bury his face in his hands. The fact that he spent most of the war as one of the Decepticon's worst mass-murderers, and [[ReformedButRejected isn't very much liked by his fellow Autobots]] even without that hanging over him does not help.
** Also, Swerve, who on first glance is an annoying motormouth who is ''literally'' incapable of being quiet for more than a few seconds. Look deeper, and he's incredibly alone and miserable, with many of his friends dead in horrific circumstances, and knows he's not very well-liked.
2nd Feb '15 12:52:40 PM Oecchi
Is there an issue? Send a Message



to:

* 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.
29th Dec '14 11:04:34 PM WillBGood
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** This ends up returning in the ''ComicBook/New52'' incarnation

to:

** This ends up returning in the ''ComicBook/New52'' ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' incarnation
29th Dec '14 11:03:51 PM WillBGood
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** This ends up returning in ''ComicBook/TheNew52'' incarnation

to:

** This ends up returning in ''ComicBook/TheNew52'' the ''ComicBook/New52'' incarnation
21st Aug '14 7:12:48 AM MagiMecha
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** This ends up returning in ''ComicBook/TheNew52'' incarnation
3rd Aug '14 11:53:05 PM StrixObscuro
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* When fans fell in love with [[{{Spider-Man}} 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 homelife, which included [[AbusiveParents a physically and mentally abusive father]].

to:

* When fans fell in love with [[{{Spider-Man}} [[ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} 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 homelife, 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.]]

to:

** [[spoiler: Sistah [[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.]]




to:

* In ''ComicBook/TheOrder'', Becky Ryan constantly smiles, and it's often covering up her extremely deep insecurities. This can be seen when Henry Hellrung mentions that her psych profile mentions that she was seen as a suicide risk. Her reaction is to just smile at him for two panels and then insist that she's fine.
24th Feb '14 9:25:28 AM TheUltimateL
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Frank Einstein Jr. in ''ComicBook/MiniMonsters'' is a Type A example: At first, he's portrayed as a happy [[TheLeader leader]] and [[GadgeteerGenius secure of himself and his abilities]]. However, In "The Perfeccionator" we know that Frank [[spoiler: has a very low self-esteem, mostly because his physical appearance. He only acts like this because of his task of being the leader of the Frank's gang]]. In the end of the album, [[spoiler: his self-confidence increases and begins to accept himself]]. Itís subverted because some of his smiles are genuine.

to:

* Frank Einstein Jr. in ''ComicBook/MiniMonsters'' is a Type A example: At first, he's portrayed as a happy [[TheLeader leader]] and [[GadgeteerGenius secure of himself and his abilities]]. However, In "The Perfeccionator" we know that Frank [[spoiler: has a very low self-esteem, mostly because his physical appearance. He only acts like this because of his task of being the leader of the Frank's gang]].gang. In the end of the album, [[spoiler: his self-confidence increases and begins to accept himself]]. Itís subverted because some of his smiles are genuine.
This list shows the last 10 events of 24. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=StepfordSmiler.ComicBooks