History StepfordSmiler / Film

18th Jul '16 6:55:19 PM GregPagano
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* Child star Darla Dimple of ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' maintains a facade of being [[http://toonguru.com/CDD/screens/scenes/14/pages/CDD014_009.htm sweet and adorable.]] Heaven help you if [[{{Yandere}} she's angry]] at you when [[http://toonguru.com/CDD/screens/scenes/06/pages/CDD6_019.htm it breaks.]]



* The Other Mother in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''. Along with those button eyes... [[UncannyValley brr...]]



* From ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', the Barbie dolls, whose gleaming smiles never falter, not even once. In the HilariousOuttakes, one of them was complaining about how her face hurts from all the smiling.



* Elsa and Anna from ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' are both Depressed, at least at the beginning. Anna is constantly cheerful and friendly despite her loneliness and desperation for someone that loves her, and Elsa constantly has to remind herself to "be the good girl you always have to be" for the sake of her sister and her kingdom, despite her misery. Anna gradually manages to become genuinely happy over the course of the movie as she finds friends and love, while Elsa is eventually pushed over the edge, which prompts her to toss away the mask completely.
-->'''Elsa:''' [[IAmBecomingSong Let it go, let it go!]] And I'll rise like the break of dawn! [[ThatManIsDead That perfect girl is]] ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds gone]]''!
* Unikitty from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' is Unstable; her bubbly personality hides serious anger issues, and when she finally snaps...
-->'''[[HulkingOut Unikitty]]''': You all need to be more ''friendly''!!!
* Riley of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''. [[spoiler:She absolutely refuses to be sad as she thinks that its for her parents' sake. This has the unfortunate side effect of having Joy in control all the time and keeping Sadness out of a job.]]
** There's also speculation that even ''Joy'' is a StepfordSmiler, with some hints at her DoubleConsciousness desire to live life through Riley. Even further supported in one picture of the art book, where we see what her room looks like that reveals even more of her Hidden Depths: [[spoiler: Her room has a PocketDimension window that leads to a HappyPlace modeled after [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle's house]], and her room itself has pictures on the wall of her doing things like ballet and [[MissingMom being hugged by an older woman who looks like her, with the picture labeled "Me & Mom"]]]].

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* Elsa and Anna from ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' are both Depressed, at least at the beginning. Anna is constantly cheerful and friendly despite her loneliness and desperation for someone that loves her, and Elsa constantly has to remind herself to "be the good girl you always have to be" for the sake of her sister and her kingdom, despite her misery. Anna gradually manages to become genuinely happy over the course of the movie as she finds friends and love, while Elsa is eventually pushed over the edge, which prompts her to toss away the mask completely.
-->'''Elsa:''' [[IAmBecomingSong Let it go, let it go!]] And I'll rise like the break of dawn! [[ThatManIsDead That perfect girl is]] ''[[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds gone]]''!
* Unikitty from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'' is Unstable; her bubbly personality hides serious anger issues, and when she finally snaps...
-->'''[[HulkingOut Unikitty]]''': You all need to be more ''friendly''!!!
* Riley of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''. [[spoiler:She absolutely refuses to be sad as she thinks that its for her parents' sake. This has the unfortunate side effect of having Joy in control all the time and keeping Sadness out of a job.]]
** There's also speculation that even ''Joy'' is a StepfordSmiler, with some hints at her DoubleConsciousness desire to live life through Riley. Even further supported in one picture of the art book, where we see what her room looks like that reveals even more of her Hidden Depths: [[spoiler: Her room has a PocketDimension window that leads to a HappyPlace modeled after [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle's house]], and her room itself has pictures on the wall of her doing things like ballet and [[MissingMom being hugged by an older woman who looks like her, with the picture labeled "Me & Mom"]]]].



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' has the Other Wybie, who was literally ''made'' to smile despite his actual emotions. [[spoiler:So much so, that when he expresses his disapproval [[TheSpeechless through a frown]], the Other Mother ''sews his lips into a perma-grin.'' The stitches are cut, but not before we see what [[Film/TheDarkKnight the Joker]] might have looked like as a child.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'':
** The seemingly-kindly [[spoiler:Lotso Huggin' Bear is actually a bitter old man (well, plush bear) who runs Sunnyside Daycare like a cruel prison warden, and has never gotten over being abandoned by his former owner.]]
** Chuckles in Toy Mode, additionally falls under the SadClown trope.
** The Chatter Telephone. Don't let his Fisher Price sticker-happy smile fool you, he's quite tortured inside.






* "Bonjour! Bonjour!" The villagers in Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' sure seem to be a happy, friendly bunch...but they think Belle is a CloudCuckoolander in part because she's always reading and seems to be the only person in town who doesn't think anything of VillainWithGoodPublicity Gaston, whom everyone ''loves'' to the point that they help set up a wedding for him when he hasn't even proposed to her yet (and this doesn't even get into the cruelties heaped upon her poor dad, Maurice). By the end, this shallow bunch has become a TorchesAndPitchforks mob headed off to kill the Beast because "we don't like / what we don't / understand / in fact it scares us / and this monster is mysterious at least..."
26th Apr '16 11:02:35 PM WillBGood
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* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'':
** Violet Beauregard's mom has definite Stepford vibes, especially regarding her perfectionist coaching of her daughter. She's played, surprise surprise, by Missi Pyle, patron saint of this trope.

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* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'':
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''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'': Violet Beauregard's mom has definite Stepford vibes, especially regarding her perfectionist coaching of her daughter. She's played, surprise surprise, by Missi Pyle, patron saint of this trope.



** Marlon, Truman's best friend, is also this according to WordOfGod. He actually became Truman's real friend over the course of their lives, and underneath the image of beer-swilling party animal, is a deeply broken over having lied to him. [[spoiler: In a deleted scene, he turns a blind eye to Truman's escape.

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** Marlon, Truman's best friend, is also this according to WordOfGod. He actually became Truman's real friend over the course of their lives, and underneath the image of beer-swilling party animal, is a deeply broken over having lied to him. [[spoiler: In a deleted scene, he turns a blind eye to Truman's escape.]]
7th Mar '16 7:53:38 PM Doug86
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** Meryl is an utterly creepy example of this trope. Almost everything she says is a sugary sweet soundbite that sounds like it could have come direct from a commercial, which gets even creepier when she's nattering on about cocoa when her husband is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. [[spoiler: Of course, since she's actually an actress portraying the main character's wife on a 24/7 television show -- and [[AllInTheManual according to the]] WordOfGod, is a complete fame whore who gets a payrise every time she shills something successfully -- practically everything she says ''is'' a commercial of some sort.]]

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** Meryl is an utterly creepy example of this trope. Almost everything she says is a sugary sweet soundbite that sounds like it could have come direct from a commercial, which gets even creepier when she's nattering on about cocoa when her husband is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. [[spoiler: Of course, since she's actually an actress portraying the main character's wife on a 24/7 television show -- and [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual according to the]] WordOfGod, is a complete fame whore who gets a payrise every time she shills something successfully -- practically everything she says ''is'' a commercial of some sort.]]
17th Jan '16 10:54:00 PM redandready45
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* Meryl in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is an utterly creepy example of this trope. Almost everything she says is a sugary sweet soundbite that sounds like it could have come direct from a commercial, which gets even creepier when she's nattering on about cocoa when her husband is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. [[spoiler: Of course, since she's actually an actress portraying the main character's wife on a 24/7 television show -- and [[AllInTheManual according to the]] WordOfGod, is a complete fame whore who gets a payrise every time she shills something successfully -- practically everything she says ''is'' a commercial of some sort.]]



--> '''Veronica:''' If you were happy every day of your life, you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host.

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--> '''Veronica:''' If you were happy every day of your life, you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host.host.
* ''Film/TheTrumanShow''
** Meryl is an utterly creepy example of this trope. Almost everything she says is a sugary sweet soundbite that sounds like it could have come direct from a commercial, which gets even creepier when she's nattering on about cocoa when her husband is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. [[spoiler: Of course, since she's actually an actress portraying the main character's wife on a 24/7 television show -- and [[AllInTheManual according to the]] WordOfGod, is a complete fame whore who gets a payrise every time she shills something successfully -- practically everything she says ''is'' a commercial of some sort.]]
** Marlon, Truman's best friend, is also this according to WordOfGod. He actually became Truman's real friend over the course of their lives, and underneath the image of beer-swilling party animal, is a deeply broken over having lied to him. [[spoiler: In a deleted scene, he turns a blind eye to Truman's escape.
14th Jan '16 5:52:58 AM WarriorSparrow
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** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation There's also speculation]] that even ''Joy'' is a StepfordSmiler , with some hints at her DoubleConsciousness desire to live life through Riley. Even further supported in one picture of the art book, where we see what her room looks like that reveals even more of her Hidden Depths: [[spoiler: Her room has a PocketDimension window that leads to a HappyPlace modeled after [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle's house]], and her room itself has pictures on the wall of her doing things like ballet and [[MissingMom being hugged by an older woman who looks like her, with the picture labeled "Me & Mom"]]]].

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** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation There's also speculation]] speculation that even ''Joy'' is a StepfordSmiler , StepfordSmiler, with some hints at her DoubleConsciousness desire to live life through Riley. Riley. Even further supported in one picture of the art book, where we see what her room looks like that reveals even more of her Hidden Depths: [[spoiler: Her room has a PocketDimension window that leads to a HappyPlace modeled after [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle's house]], and her room itself has pictures on the wall of her doing things like ballet and [[MissingMom being hugged by an older woman who looks like her, with the picture labeled "Me & Mom"]]]].
14th Jan '16 5:50:50 AM WarriorSparrow
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** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation There's also speculation]] that even ''Joy'' is a StepfordSmiler , with some hints at her DoubleConsciousness desire to live life through Riley. Even further supported in one picture of the art book, where we see what her room looks like that reveals even more of her Hidden Depths: [[spoiler: Her room has a PocketDimension window that leads to a HappyPlace modeled after [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle's house]], and her room itself has pictures on the wall of her doing things like ballet and [[MissingMom being hugged by an older woman who looks like her, with the picture labeled "Me & Mom"]]]].
13th Jan '16 5:28:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* Parodied with the camp counselors in the second ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family]]'' movie. Also, Wednesday's (fake) smile while at the camp, which is met with a "She's scaring me!" from another camper.

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* Parodied with the camp counselors in the second ''[[Series/TheAddamsFamily Addams Family]]'' ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues'' movie. Also, Wednesday's (fake) smile while at the camp, which is met with a "She's scaring me!" from another camper.



* TildaSwinton in ''MichaelClayton'' makes every effort to appear a confident and poised professional who loves her job, but behind the scenes she's a timid, nervous wreck.

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* TildaSwinton Creator/TildaSwinton in ''MichaelClayton'' ''Film/MichaelClayton'' makes every effort to appear a confident and poised professional who loves her job, but behind the scenes she's a timid, nervous wreck.



* Janine in ''Animal Kingdom'': she maintains a sugary-sweet maternal demeanor as she [[spoiler:witnesses the criminal activity of her many sons, deals with the death of three of her children, plots to have her grandson murdered and blackmails a man into killing him.]]
* Lucille Slocumb in ''Kingdom Come'' maintains the role of cheerful people-pleaser and peacemaker while under the stress of struggling with infertility, her recovering alcoholic husband, Ray Bud, planning her father-in-law's funeral, and dealing with a group of crazy relatives and friends. At one point she goes into a bathroom and downs "nerve pills". She [[BreakTheCutie finally snaps]] at the viewing when she comes across a [[BerserkButton bucket of chicken that triggers memories of a traumatic experience]]. The next day Lucille nearly has another breakdown when the funeral is delayed because of the preacher's "intestinal difficulty" and Ray Bud threatens to yank the bathroom door off the hinges, telling Ray Bud, "I don't have my nerve pills on me today!"
* ''BadTeacher'': Amy Squirrell.
* Karen from ''LoveActually'' is a more positive version of the trope. She tells one of her friends whose wife has recently died that he shouldn't openly cry because "people hate sissies". When she finds out that [[spoiler: her husband bought his secretary an expensive necklace for Christmas]] she only cries in private but puts on a smile when she returns to her kids in the living room.

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* Janine in ''Animal Kingdom'': ''Film/AnimalKingdom'': she maintains a sugary-sweet maternal demeanor as she [[spoiler:witnesses the criminal activity of her many sons, deals with the death of three of her children, plots to have her grandson murdered and blackmails a man into killing him.]]
* Lucille Slocumb in ''Kingdom Come'' ''Film/KingdomCome'' maintains the role of cheerful people-pleaser and peacemaker while under the stress of struggling with infertility, her recovering alcoholic husband, Ray Bud, planning her father-in-law's funeral, and dealing with a group of crazy relatives and friends. At one point she goes into a bathroom and downs "nerve pills". She [[BreakTheCutie finally snaps]] at the viewing when she comes across a [[BerserkButton bucket of chicken that triggers memories of a traumatic experience]]. The next day Lucille nearly has another breakdown when the funeral is delayed because of the preacher's "intestinal difficulty" and Ray Bud threatens to yank the bathroom door off the hinges, telling Ray Bud, "I don't have my nerve pills on me today!"
* ''BadTeacher'': ''Film/BadTeacher'': Amy Squirrell.
* Karen from ''LoveActually'' ''Film/LoveActually'' is a more positive version of the trope. She tells one of her friends whose wife has recently died that he shouldn't openly cry because "people hate sissies". When she finds out that [[spoiler: her husband bought his secretary an expensive necklace for Christmas]] she only cries in private but puts on a smile when she returns to her kids in the living room.
17th Nov '15 7:23:31 AM Blazer
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* Riley of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''. [[spoiler:She absolutely refuses to be sad as she thinks that its for her parents' sake. This has the unfortunate side effect of having Joy in control all the time and keeping Sadness out of a job.]]
9th Sep '15 1:07:40 PM lalalei2001
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* Meryl in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is an utterly creepy example of this trope. Almost everything she says is a sugary sweet soundbite that sounds like it could have come direct from a commercial, which gets even creepier when she's nattering on about coffee when her husband is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. [[spoiler: Of course, since she's actually an actress portraying the main character's wife on a 24 / 7 television show -- and [[AllInTheManual according to the]] WordOfGod, is a complete fame whore who gets a payrise every time she shills something successfully -- practically everything she says ''is'' a commercial of some sort.]]

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* Meryl in ''Film/TheTrumanShow'' is an utterly creepy example of this trope. Almost everything she says is a sugary sweet soundbite that sounds like it could have come direct from a commercial, which gets even creepier when she's nattering on about coffee cocoa when her husband is on the verge of a psychotic breakdown. [[spoiler: Of course, since she's actually an actress portraying the main character's wife on a 24 / 7 24/7 television show -- and [[AllInTheManual according to the]] WordOfGod, is a complete fame whore who gets a payrise every time she shills something successfully -- practically everything she says ''is'' a commercial of some sort.]]
31st Aug '15 6:14:24 AM deathmaster87
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* Noriko in Creator/YasujiroOzu's ''Film/TokyoStory'' is constantly smiling, even when agreeing with his sister-in-law that life is disappointing. She only breaks down once, near the end of the film, when she admits her loneliness and shame brought on by her husband's death.
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