History StepfordSmiler / ComicBooks

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.
7th Mar '16 8:27:26 PM KizunaTallis
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* 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
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* 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]].

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* 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.

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* 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.
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