History StepfordSmiler / Literature

31st Oct '17 3:16:41 PM darkemyst
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** [[Characters/HarryPotterMinistryOfMagic Dolores Umbridge]]. Part of the reason this character is so effective is that she wraps her sadism and violence in an unnerving Stepford mask.

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** [[Characters/HarryPotterMinistryOfMagic Dolores Umbridge]]. Part of the reason this character is so effective is that she wraps her sadism and violence in an unnerving Stepford mask.mask straight from her introduction in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]''.
1st Oct '17 5:26:21 PM AdelePotter
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* Lots of characters in Creator/BretEastonEllis works, particularly ''Literature/LunarPark''.

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* Lots of characters in Creator/BretEastonEllis works, particularly ''Literature/LunarPark''.''Literature/LunarPark''.
* Dee and James from ''Literature/TheHeartsWeSold'' both qualify. Dee is the more obvious example, putting on a happy face whenever she visits home to avoid inciting further abuse from her father, but we later find out that [[spoiler:a lot of James' silliness and adventurousness stems from the fact that he has a brain tumor.]]
3rd Sep '17 8:34:11 AM benda
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* Aaron Armstrong being this is the whole point of "Three Tools of Death" by [[Creator/GKChesterton G.K.Chesterton]]. Discussed in-Universe by [[Literature/FatherBrown Father Brown]]: "Why couldn’t they let him weep a little, like his fathers before him? His plans stiffened, his views grew cold; behind that merry mask was the empty mind of the atheist." [[spoiler: He committed suicide.]]

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* Aaron Armstrong being this is the whole point of "Three Tools of Death" by [[Creator/GKChesterton G.K.Chesterton]]. Discussed in-Universe InUniverse by [[Literature/FatherBrown Father Brown]]: "Why couldn’t they let him weep a little, like his fathers before him? His plans stiffened, his views grew cold; behind that merry mask was the empty mind of the atheist." [[spoiler: He committed suicide.]]
28th Aug '17 4:01:31 PM WillBGood
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* Early on in ''Literature/RedeemingLove'', Angel acts like her [[GildedCage cushy life]] as the city’s highest-end prostitute is all she could ever want, flippantly [[DontYouDarePityMe laughing off]] the hero’s suggestions that she might want to escape it—when in fact she has no control over her own life, is deeply lonely, and loathes every minute of her work. As the novel progresses and she is taken out of her “comfort zone", it becomes obvious that she’s really a deeply bitter and cynical BrokenBird.



* Many of the characters from ''Literature/LunarPark'', by Creator/BretEastonEllis.




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* The narrator of Langston Hughes' poem "Minstrel Man" is Depressed.



* Early on in ''Literature/RedeemingLove'', Angel acts like her [[GildedCage cushy life]] as the city’s highest-end prostitute is all she could ever want, flippantly [[DontYouDarePityMe laughing off]] the hero’s suggestions that she might want to escape it—when in fact she has no control over her own life, is deeply lonely, and loathes every minute of her work. As the novel progresses and she is taken out of her “comfort zone", it becomes obvious that she’s really a deeply bitter and cynical BrokenBird.
* The narrator of Langston Hughes' poem "Minstrel Man" is Depressed.

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* Early on Lots of characters in ''Literature/RedeemingLove'', Angel acts like her [[GildedCage cushy life]] as the city’s highest-end prostitute is all she could ever want, flippantly [[DontYouDarePityMe laughing off]] the hero’s suggestions that she might want to escape it—when in fact she has no control over her own life, is deeply lonely, and loathes every minute of her work. As the novel progresses and she is taken out of her “comfort zone", it becomes obvious that she’s really a deeply bitter and cynical BrokenBird.
* The narrator of Langston Hughes' poem "Minstrel Man" is Depressed.
Creator/BretEastonEllis works, particularly ''Literature/LunarPark''.
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...
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