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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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* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'':
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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:
2nd Aug '15 1:12:48 PM AlienPatch
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** [[DownplayedTrope Both downplayed]] and played straight Apollo Justice. His "I'M FINE!!" catchphrase is not only used by him to hide his fears, but also to hide his pain and suffering, as shown in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies''.

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** [[DownplayedTrope Both downplayed]] and played straight by Apollo Justice. His "I'M FINE!!" catchphrase is not only used by him to hide his fears, but also to hide his pain and suffering, as shown in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies''.
2nd Aug '15 1:11:18 PM AlienPatch
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* [[spoiler:Athena Cykes]] in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', who seems perfectly normal (if not a bit chipper), but is knocked into a HeroicBSOD during the first and third cases. The cause of this? [[spoiler:She witnessed her mother's murder seven years ago and has blocked out the memory from her own mind.]]

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* VisualNovel/AceAttorney has quite a few:
** [[spoiler: Maya Fey]] at the end of the third game. [[spoiler: She had lost her estranged mother, was accused of matricide, and had been possessed for quite a long period of time, but had to hide her pain for Pearl.]]
** [[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.]]
** Kay Faraday, at the very least during case four. [[spoiler: Despite having lost her father, she wanted to follow her promise from her book not to cry in front of strangers.]]
** [[spoiler: Regina Berry. Despite her normal [[GenkiGirl cheerful and bubbly attitude]], she seems unhappy at the remembrance of pepper due to her boyfriend's accidental death. And then, after [[TraumaCongaLine the end of case 3]], she has to fake her smile again for all of her circus' colleagues.]]
** 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.]]
** Ema Skye at the end of case 1-5. Even after [[spoiler:learning about what happened many years ago and having to say goodbye to her sister, she tries to keep a smile.]]
** Mia Fey might very well be one, considering her "a lawyer only cries when it's all over" motto.
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[[spoiler:Athena Cykes]] in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', who seems perfectly normal (if not a bit chipper), but is knocked into a HeroicBSOD during the first and third cases. The cause of this? [[spoiler:She witnessed her mother's murder seven years ago and has blocked out the memory from her own mind.]]



* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':

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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':''Franchise/AceAttorney'' also has a few male stepford smilers:


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** [[spoiler:Acro]] in 2-3. [[spoiler: After accidentally murdering [[ParentalSubstitute Mr. Berry]], he had to hide his pain to evade justice. Only after Phoenix exposed all of his lies, did he broke into tears.]]
**[[spoiler: Yanni Yogi]] in 1-4. [[spoiler: After losing his wife and job because of the DL-6 incident, he hid his pain under a goofy and aloof persona. ]]


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** [[DownplayedTrope Both downplayed]] and played straight Apollo Justice. His "I'M FINE!!" catchphrase is not only used by him to hide his fears, but also to hide his pain and suffering, as shown in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies''.
** Phoenix Wright himself. In Apollo Justice, [[spoiler: after losing his job for a crime he didn't commit, he had to hide his sadness for Trucy's sake; something Vera Misham was able to notice.]] And then, in Videogame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney, [[spoiler: after Maya's supposed death, he was instructed to swallow his pain by Rouge in order to keep Espella and Luke's morale up.]]


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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.]]
14th Jun '15 9:36:48 PM WillBGood
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* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', Haruka is a Type A, using her cheerful [[GenkiGirl energetic]] personality to cover up her depression and crippling insecurity. Komari also becomes a very creepy Type A [[spoiler:whenever she encounters something that triggers her memories of her dead brother, causing her to HeroicBSOD. At first she's just depressed, but when she starts repressing her memories by pretending another person nearby is her brother, she starts acting just like everything's normal again - except for her dead, cold eyes...]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', Haruka is a Type A, Depressed, using her cheerful [[GenkiGirl energetic]] personality to cover up her depression and crippling insecurity. Komari also becomes a very creepy Type A creepily Depressed [[spoiler:whenever she encounters something that triggers her memories of her dead brother, causing her to HeroicBSOD. At first she's just depressed, but when she starts repressing her memories by pretending another person nearby is her brother, she starts acting just like everything's normal again - except for her dead, cold eyes...]]



** There's also [[spoiler:Celestia Ludenberg/Taeko Yasuhiro]] as a Type C. 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 a Type A, meaning that she fakes her smile to show [[spoiler:that she's scared of dying.]]

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** There's also [[spoiler:Celestia the Unstable[[spoiler:Celestia Ludenberg/Taeko Yasuhiro]] as a Type C.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, that nearing [[spoiler:her execution,]] she becomes a Type A, Depressed, meaning that she fakes her smile to show [[spoiler:that she's scared of dying.]]



* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'': Tomoya Okazaki is a Type A. The casual behavior might fool the watcher/reader for awhile, but it becomes clear over time that he's basically starting the story in despair.

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* ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'': Tomoya Okazaki is a Type A.Depressed. The casual behavior might fool the watcher/reader for awhile, but it becomes clear over time that he's basically starting the story in despair.



** [[spoiler:Kristoph Gavin]] is a villainous Type C example: a Machiavellian madman who hides beneath a mask of contentment and composure.
** [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]], also a type C. [[spoiler: His mask is that of a doofy ExtremeDoormat who's completely clueless about anything. His real personality is [[ObfuscatingStupidity exactly]] the [[CrazyPrepared opposite]]. He even pulls back his [[PeekABangs hair]] to reveal his [[GoodScarsEvilScars scars of villainy]]]].

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** [[spoiler:Kristoph Gavin]] is a villainous Type C example: and Unstable, a Machiavellian madman who hides beneath a mask of contentment and composure.
** [[spoiler:Matt Engarde]], also a type C.Unstable. [[spoiler: His mask is that of a doofy ExtremeDoormat who's completely clueless about anything. His real personality is [[ObfuscatingStupidity exactly]] the [[CrazyPrepared opposite]]. He even pulls back his [[PeekABangs hair]] to reveal his [[GoodScarsEvilScars scars of villainy]]]].



** Add [[spoiler:Souta Sarushiro]] to the list of Type C villains. Though also give him a slight Type A as well. After all, [[spoiler:living most of your life assuming your best friend's deceased father was really your own father and your father was actually your best friend's father and the murderer of the man you though was your father will really mess you up]].
** Klavier could possibly be a Type A, [[spoiler: seeing as he seems fine during the credits, but during the last part of the final trial was anything but.]]
* [[spoiler:Nagito Komaeda]] is a pretty solid Type A in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', at least until [[spoiler: he starts losing what sanity he has left. His free time events in the game proper and the Dangan Island bonus game hint that this is a combination of an incurable brain disease and an incredible cycle of good and terrible luck that has left him so burnt out on everything that he just wants to die.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' there is an A-type mixed with ObfuscatingStupidity in [[spoiler: Yuuya Sakazaki]]. It's part of a mask of general good cheer and unflappability which he wears just about all the time; even he doesn't know just how much is a bluff. [[spoiler: Even when dying]] he says he's fine.
** ''Holiday Star'' reveals that [[spoiler: Hitori Uzune as Nanaki Kazuaki]] is a full-fledged Type C-for-Crazy.

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** Add [[spoiler:Souta Sarushiro]] to the list of Type C villains. Though also give him Unstable villains, with a slight Type A touch of Depression as well. After all, [[spoiler:living most of your life assuming your best friend's deceased father was really your own father and your father was actually your best friend's father and the murderer of the man you though was your father will really mess you up]].
** Klavier could possibly be a Type A, Depressed, [[spoiler: seeing as he seems fine during the credits, but during the last part of the final trial was anything but.]]
* [[spoiler:Nagito Komaeda]] is a pretty solid Type A solidly Depressed in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', at least until [[spoiler: he starts losing what sanity he has left. His free time events in the game proper and the Dangan Island bonus game hint that this is a combination of an incurable brain disease and an incredible cycle of good and terrible luck that has left him so burnt out on everything that he just wants to die.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' there is an A-type Depressive mixed with ObfuscatingStupidity in [[spoiler: Yuuya Sakazaki]]. It's part of a mask of general good cheer and unflappability which he wears just about all the time; even he doesn't know just how much is a bluff. [[spoiler: Even when dying]] he says he's fine.
** ''Holiday Star'' reveals that [[spoiler: Hitori Uzune as Nanaki Kazuaki]] is a full-fledged Type C-for-Crazy.
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** Rena is also a perfect example of a Type A. [[spoiler:It's all a facade, but she does it to escape from her sadness.]]

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** Rena is also a perfect example of a Type A.Depressed. [[spoiler:It's all a facade, but she does it to escape from her sadness.]]
2nd Feb '15 12:51:52 PM Oecchi
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* Winnowill of ''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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