History StepfordSmiler / VisualNovels

30th Mar '17 8:12:26 AM SullenFrog
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* [[spoiler:The Maid, a.k.a. Giselle]] from ''VisualNovel/TheHouseInFataMorgana'' is the Depressed type. Her cultured and refined personality is all an act to protect her from the despair of her situation: [[spoiler:after watching Michel, the love of her life, die, she was approached by a witch who offered to [[{{Reincarnation}} “reconstruct” him]] in exchange for Giselle’s servitude. She agreed, becoming an undead thing, and spent centuries waiting for Michel to return… only to watch him (seemingly) reincarnate as a woman, fail to remember her, and fall in love with various men. Over and over again. Between that and the horrible things she was forced to see and do as Morgana’s servant, the Maid has forgotten [[IdentityAmnesia who she originally was]], has forgotten many of the finer details of who Michel was, and is dangerously close to becoming an EmptyShell by the start of the game]]. Even before all of this, [[spoiler:Giselle’s bubbly and cheerful personality was a façade to cope with the fact that she was raped by her employer, Michel’s father; she hoped that if she pretended to be happy hard enough, she would become happy in fact. This personality became a lot more genuine as she got to know Michel and fell in love with him, but then he died saving her life, leading to all of the above.]]
28th Mar '17 12:07:28 AM MummyGaGa
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** From ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'', prior to Himiko's Character Development, she was this as she constantly bottles up her emotions and didn't act extremely sad for the deaths of [[spoiler: Angie and Tenko]] during their trial. It wasn't until Kokichi gives a WhatTheHellHero moment, and [[spoiler: Himiko remembers Tenko's advice that it's not shameful to express them]] where she finally shows TearsOfRemorse.


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** [[spoiler: Kokichi Oma]] from ''VisualNovel/NewDanganRonpaV3'' is a rare reverse unstable StepfordSmiler. [[spoiler: Throughout the game, he ended up stating that he loves the killing game. However, based upon his motive video which shows his organization have a ThouShallNotKill policy and his FamousLastWords to Kaito, it is pretty much safe to assume that he hated the killing game to the point where he planned his own death just to end it.]]
6th Mar '17 9:22:11 AM Lemia
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** Dahlia Hawthorne, of the derranged sociopath type. [[BitchInSheepsClothing Her calm and friendly mask hides a cruel and murderous criminal, which she exploits to manipulate men.]]

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** Dahlia Hawthorne, of the derranged deranged sociopath type. [[BitchInSheepsClothing Her calm and friendly mask hides a cruel and murderous criminal, which she exploits to manipulate men.]]




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* Rika from ''VisualNovel/MysticMessenger'' is the Depressed type. She was so bright, cheerful, and loving when she was alive that it came as a great shock to all of her friends when she [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]]. [[spoiler:She's revealed later on to be actually alive and better fit the Unstable type, suffering from crippling depression and paranoia that she tried to keep at bay by helping others in any way she could until her mental instability grew so profound that she came to believe that the only way to make ''everyone'' truly happy was to brainwash them to follow her as a "savior" and make anyone who opposed her suffer. Additionally, she hits all three types of this trope when she becomes the Empty type after her former lover V dies, smiling all the time but almost completely unable to speak and lost in delusions about V still being with her.]]




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* 707/Luciel from ''VisualNovel/MysticMessenger'' is the Depressed type. His status as the [[BunnyEarsLawyer goofy]] {{Troll}} of the RFA messenger who takes nothing seriously conceals [[spoiler:how he's become wary of getting truly close to others because of how he could be made to "disappear" by the secret intelligence agency he works for if he makes a single misstep]]. Even outside of his own route where the hidden, bitter side of him comes out in full force, his smile [[HeroicBSOD breaks]] on every other route when [[spoiler:other people get hurt/endangered as a direct result of his actions and/or he learns that the brother he worked so hard to save is not nearly as safe or happy as he believed he was]].
26th Oct '16 1:07:13 PM rjd1922
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** There's also the Unstable[[spoiler:Celestia Ludenberg/Taeko Yasuhiro]]. She seems to be smiling and even accepts that she is locked up in the school forever so easily, but she is [[spoiler:actually lying and she tries to implicate a student for the murders she caused so she can escape from the school, collect the bribe money, and angering her brings out her psychotic side.]] Naegi implies that nearing [[spoiler:her execution,]] she becomes Depressed, meaning that she fakes her smile to show [[spoiler:that she's scared of dying.]]

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** There's also the Unstable[[spoiler:Celestia Unstable [[spoiler:Celestia Ludenberg/Taeko Yasuhiro]]. She seems to be smiling and even accepts that she is locked up in the school forever so easily, but she is [[spoiler:actually lying and she tries to implicate a student for the murders she caused so she can escape from the school, collect the bribe money, and angering her brings out her psychotic side.]] Naegi implies that nearing [[spoiler:her execution,]] she becomes Depressed, meaning that she fakes her smile to show [[spoiler:that she's scared of dying.]]
17th Mar '16 10:55:08 PM Pichu-kun
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* Emi Ibarazaki from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. She is cheery, energetic and happy-go-lucky as they come, but it's really a facade to cover up [[spoiler: the trauma of losing her father in a car accident in which she also lost her legs,]] as well as the fear of losing the people close to her, just like she lost [[spoiler: her father.]]
** Shiina "Misha" Mikado is also a cheery and playful girl, but it's becoming clear late in her route that it's a an act [[spoiler:to cover up the {{Gayngst}} and pain of UnrequitedLove after Shizune rejects her confession.]] Lampshaded by Shizune in which she said this when see things differently from Hisao's way of seeing things regarding Misha:

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Emi Ibarazaki from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''.Ibarazaki. She is cheery, energetic and happy-go-lucky as they come, but it's really a facade to cover up [[spoiler: the trauma of losing her father in a car accident in which she also lost her legs,]] as well as the fear of losing the people close to her, just like she lost [[spoiler: her father.]]
** Shiina "Misha" Mikado is also a cheery and playful girl, but it's becoming clear late in her route that it's a an act [[spoiler:to cover up the {{Gayngst}} and pain of UnrequitedLove after Shizune rejects her confession.]] Lampshaded In the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen beta version]] of Shizune's route this quality was emphasised. In Act 3 it became so noticeable Misha was acting melancholy that Shizune's father Jigoro even noticed it. It came to the point where [[spoiler:Misha would be DrivenToSuicide.]] Lampshaded, in the final product, by Shizune in which she said this when see things differently from Hisao's way of seeing things regarding Misha:
23rd Feb '16 7:14:20 AM catmuto
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* ''VisualNovel/{{Nameless}}''
** It's hinted throughout various routes, and then made blatantly obvious in Tei's route, that he is Unstable. Tei presents himself as kind, caring, polite and helpful to everyone, because he wants to please every person. In reality, he's snarky, manipulative and hides a creepy desire to 'break' the heroine. [[spoiler: This mostly comes from his DarkAndTroubledPast, having been worshipped and then hated by his previous owner. His route involves Eri helping him get through his problems from that time.]]
** Yeonho turns out to be Depressed. He's overall very cheerful and adorable, barely ever letting his smile slip. Underneath, he's hiding huge amounts of insecurity, [[spoiler: after having been abused and abandoned by his previous owner]], forcing him to acclimate himself to his owner and making sure to like what she likes, all in the attempt to please them and being a 'good boy'.
15th Jan '16 5:41:08 PM Adept
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* Of the four main girls in SymphonicRain, Torta, Fal and [[spoiler: Phorni]] are one of these. Lise would count if she actually smiled too.

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* Of the four main girls in SymphonicRain, ''VisualNovel/SymphonicRain'', Torta, Fal and [[spoiler: Phorni]] are one of these. Lise would count if she actually smiled too.
13th Nov '15 10:57:37 AM rjd1922
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* [[RuleOfThree In general]] ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' is '''very BIG''' on this. Mia and Godot's "A lawyer always smiles" and "only cries when it's all over" creeds, Apollo's "I'M FINE!!" motto and many similar instances are nearly omnipresent from the second game on and [[ValuesDissonance seem to have a lot to do with the country they come from's mentality.]][[FridgeHorror Kinda makes you wonder if all the murders and general weirdness of the world are somehow related to such levels of repression.]]

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* [[RuleOfThree In general]] ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' is '''very BIG''' on this. Mia and Godot's Diego's "A lawyer always smiles" and "only cries when it's all over" creeds, Apollo's "I'M FINE!!" motto and many similar instances are nearly omnipresent from the second game on and [[ValuesDissonance seem to have a lot to do with the country they come from's mentality.]][[FridgeHorror ]] [[FridgeHorror Kinda makes you wonder if all the murders and general weirdness of the world are somehow related to such levels of repression.]]
22nd Aug '15 12:37:37 PM AlienPatch
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** [[ExploitedTrope This was used by]][[spoiler: Mimi Miney. She lost her face during a car accident and her sister Ini died in it. Since the doctors knew not what Mimi's face looked like, they used Ini's driving license thinking it was hers. She then started faking to be her ditzy sister as part of a plan to get revenge on the man she blames for her tragedy.]]

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** [[ExploitedTrope This was used by]][[spoiler: Mimi Miney. [[TraumaCongaLine She lost her face during a car accident and her sister Ini died in it. Since the doctors knew not what Mimi's face looked like, they used Ini's driving license thinking it was hers. ]] She then started faking to be her ditzy sister as part of a plan to get revenge on the man she blames for her tragedy.]]



** Dahlia Hawthorne, of the derranged sociopath type. [[BitchInSheepsClothing Her calm and friendly mask hide a cruel and murderous criminal, which she exploits to manipulate men.]]

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** Dahlia Hawthorne, of the derranged sociopath type. [[BitchInSheepsClothing Her calm and friendly mask hide hides a cruel and murderous criminal, which she exploits to manipulate men.]]



* [[RuleOfThree In general]] VisualNovel/AceAttorney is '''very BIG''' on this. Mia and Godot's "A lawyer always smiles" and "only cries when it's all over" creeds, Apollo's "I'M FINE!!" motto and many similar instances are nearly omnipresent from the second game on and [[ValuesDissonance seem to have a lot to do with the country they come from's mentality.]][[FridgeHorror Kinda makes you wonder if all the murders and general weirdness of the world are somehow related to such levels of repression.]]

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* [[RuleOfThree In general]] VisualNovel/AceAttorney ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' is '''very BIG''' on this. Mia and Godot's "A lawyer always smiles" and "only cries when it's all over" creeds, Apollo's "I'M FINE!!" motto and many similar instances are nearly omnipresent from the second game on and [[ValuesDissonance seem to have a lot to do with the country they come from's mentality.]][[FridgeHorror Kinda makes you wonder if all the murders and general weirdness of the world are somehow related to such levels of repression.]]
22nd Aug '15 12:33:39 PM AlienPatch
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* VisualNovel/AceAttorney has quite a few:

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* VisualNovel/AceAttorney ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney'' has quite a few:
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