History StepfordSmiler / Literature

20th Jun '17 9:37:24 AM WillBGood
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* Todd Bowden from Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/AptPupil'' maintains the image of a cheery all-American golden boy even while he's blackmailing the neighborhood [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi-in-hiding]] into telling gruesome concentration camp stories. It's all downhill from there.

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* Todd Bowden from Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/AptPupil'' [[Literature/DifferentSeasons "Apt Pupil"]] maintains the image of a cheery all-American golden boy even while he's blackmailing the neighborhood [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi-in-hiding]] into telling gruesome concentration camp stories. It's all downhill from there.
24th May '17 7:26:58 AM TheNerfGuy
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* ''Literature/ADeadlyPresence'': Jean loses her husband and becomes depressed, but she doesn't allow anyone to see her weakness.
19th May '17 11:28:03 PM Neromenian
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* ''Literature/ADeadlyPresence'': Jean loses her husband and becomes depressed, but she doesn't allow anyone to see her weakness.
13th Mar '17 1:53:13 AM WillBGood
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* Creator/CSLewis' short story "The Shoddy Lands" also has its protagonist experience a telepathic vision of a StepfordSmiler's mental landscape.

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* Creator/CSLewis' short story "The Shoddy Lands" (PDF link [[http://www.ele.uri.edu/faculty/vetter/Other-stuff/The-Shoddy-Lands.pdf here]]) also has its protagonist experience a telepathic vision of a StepfordSmiler's mental landscape.
24th Jan '17 7:21:23 PM PaulA
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* [[Creator/TSEliot J Alfred Prufrock]] attends parties and formal events to try to be accepted by his peer group but ultimately feels dead inside, and that he has never done anything significant with his life.

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* [[Creator/TSEliot J "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock]] Prufrock" by Creator/TSEliot: J. Alfred Prufrock attends parties and formal events to try to be accepted by his peer group but ultimately feels dead inside, and that he has never done anything significant with his life.
7th Nov '16 3:14:51 PM margdean56
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* Frank Chalmers in ''Literature/{{Red Mars|Trilogy}}'' is somewhere between Depressed and Empty. Coming from a poor family, he's almost entirely consumed by his ambition to succeed. At one point he looks at his life and realizes that all of it is an facade created to impress his superiors, and that he doesn't really have a self.
* Telemachon from ''Literature/BlackLegion'' is mostly the Depressed kind. To the outsiders, including emotion-reading Khayon, he's your typical Emperor's Child - indulgent, full of contempt and with no standards. Inside, however, he's DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife and has a soul of a poet. When Abaddon proposes him to join the Legion, he promptly [[HeelFaceTurn jumps ship]].

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* Frank Chalmers in ''Literature/{{Red Mars|Trilogy}}'' is somewhere between Depressed and Empty. Coming from a poor family, he's almost entirely consumed by his ambition to succeed. At one point he looks at his life and realizes that all of it is an a facade created to impress his superiors, and that he doesn't really have a self.
* Telemachon from ''Literature/BlackLegion'' is mostly the Depressed kind. To the outsiders, including emotion-reading Khayon, he's your typical Emperor's Child - -- indulgent, full of contempt and with no standards. Inside, however, he's DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife and has a soul of a poet. When Abaddon proposes him to join the Legion, he promptly [[HeelFaceTurn jumps ship]].



* Mr. Happy was like that at, at least the start of ''Literature/MrMen A Christmas Carol'' to help and keep Mr. Mean happy. Ironically, this book was made shorty before ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' came on air...

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* Mr. Happy was like that at, at least the start of ''Literature/MrMen A Christmas Carol'' to help and keep Mr. Mean happy. Ironically, this book was made shorty shortly before ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' came on air...
22nd Sep '16 3:35:06 AM Vrahno
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* Kiina in the {{Novelization}} of ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn''. In the animated movie, she's a GenkiGirl, even though the prequel book depicted her as a mean and argumentative person who got into {{bar brawl}}s, barely had any friends and would have loved nothing more than to leave the planet. In ''TLR'', when the appearance of Mata Nui presents an opportunity to do so, he adopts a friendly and cheerful persona to get close to him, fearing that if Mata Nui knew what life on her planet was like, he'd give up all hope and never try to help them.

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* Kiina in the {{Novelization}} of ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn''. In the animated movie, she's a GenkiGirl, even though the prequel book depicted her as a mean and argumentative person who got into {{bar brawl}}s, barely had any friends and would have loved nothing more than to leave the planet. In ''TLR'', when the appearance of Mata Nui presents an opportunity to do so, he she adopts a friendly and cheerful persona to get close to him, fearing that if Mata Nui knew what life on her planet was like, he'd give up all hope and never try to help them.
1st Aug '16 5:25:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ira Levin's book ''TheStepfordWives'', the TropeNamer.

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* Ira Levin's book ''TheStepfordWives'', ''Literature/TheStepfordWives'', the TropeNamer.



* Countess Rostov from ''WarAndPeace'' is very much like this except when she's talking with her daughters. Pierre Bezukhov's wife Helene would be a subversion in that she goes from having no role in society except being beautiful (and smiling a lot) to one of the eminent hostesses on the Moscow and St. Petersburg scene after getting married.

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* Countess Rostov from ''WarAndPeace'' ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' is very much like this except when she's talking with her daughters. Pierre Bezukhov's wife Helene would be a subversion in that she goes from having no role in society except being beautiful (and smiling a lot) to one of the eminent hostesses on the Moscow and St. Petersburg scene after getting married.



* Felicity in ''TheIdeaOfPerfection'' by Kate Grenville is obsessed with appearance, to the point of avoiding frowning or smiling out of fear of developing wrinkles. More-or-less Empty, since there's nothing of substance underneath her immaculately groomed and beautiful appearance, and contrasting brilliantly with the much more [[{{Woobie}} flawed, but likable protagonists]], who, along with the flaws, also have goals, interests, and drives, and who actually get things done in the end.

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* Felicity in ''TheIdeaOfPerfection'' ''Literature/TheIdeaOfPerfection'' by Kate Grenville is obsessed with appearance, to the point of avoiding frowning or smiling out of fear of developing wrinkles. More-or-less Empty, since there's nothing of substance underneath her immaculately groomed and beautiful appearance, and contrasting brilliantly with the much more [[{{Woobie}} flawed, but likable protagonists]], who, along with the flaws, also have goals, interests, and drives, and who actually get things done in the end.
23rd Jul '16 2:25:22 PM nombretomado
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* Many of the characters from ''Literature/LunarPark'', by BretEastonEllis.

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* Many of the characters from ''Literature/LunarPark'', by BretEastonEllis.Creator/BretEastonEllis.
4th Jul '16 11:25:35 AM nombretomado
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* Kiina in the {{Novelization}} of ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn''. In the animated movie, she's a GenkiGirl, even though the prequel book depicted her as a mean and argumentative person who got into {{bar brawl}}s, barely had any friends and would have loved nothing more than to leave the planet. In ''TLR'', when the appearance of Mata Nui presents an opportunity to do so, he adopts a friendly and cheerful persona to get close to him, fearing that if Mata Nui knew what life on her planet was like, he'd give up all hope and never try to help them.

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* Kiina in the {{Novelization}} of ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn''. In the animated movie, she's a GenkiGirl, even though the prequel book depicted her as a mean and argumentative person who got into {{bar brawl}}s, barely had any friends and would have loved nothing more than to leave the planet. In ''TLR'', when the appearance of Mata Nui presents an opportunity to do so, he adopts a friendly and cheerful persona to get close to him, fearing that if Mata Nui knew what life on her planet was like, he'd give up all hope and never try to help them.
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