Created By: EzzyAlpha on November 28, 2011 Last Edited By: EzzyAlpha on December 29, 2011

Idiot Grin

An open smile done by an Idiot Hero or someone whos doing something very stupid

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A smile done by an Idiot Hero or any goofy character. Also done by someone in a silly situation or when doing something really stupid. Might also be used when a villain or an anti-hero is scolding the smiler for believing in love/friendship/dreams/themselves.

Usually from ear to ear, eyes closed in anime and manga. Might look really goofy. A staple of anime and manga in general. Used to shown a character is innocent, brave, The Determinator when it comes to beliefs, too stupid to know they're in a dangerous situation, having fun in an odd situation, etc.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

Literature
  • Alfred E. Newman, the cover boy from Mad Magazine, always has one of these

Films-Animated
  • Flik pulls a great one in A Bugs Life, when he tips the entire harvest down a crack and is summoned before the ant council.

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Spongebob Squarepants frequently displays one, as does Patrick. They're quite idiotic.
  • The latter half of Ren And Stimpy bears one near perpetually and is really stupid.
  • South Park gives one to Butters in an oddly minimal fashion, it is basically a normal mouth "piece" placed slightly higher up the face, however it is used almost always when Butters is doing something particularly dim and is strangely effective.

Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • November 28, 2011
    JoeG
    • Alfred E. Newman, the cover boy from Mad Magazine, always has one of these.
  • November 28, 2011
    TechUnadept
    Troll Face
  • November 28, 2011
    MorganWick
    Because Homestuck has less than its fair share of Fan Myopic page images given its popularity both on and off the wiki, I feel the need to suggest this.

    On the downside, his eyes aren't closed...
  • December 19, 2011
    Psi001
    • Spongebob Squarepants frequently displays one, as does Patrick.
    • The latter half of Ren And Stimpy bears one near perpetually.
    • South Park gives one to Butters in an oddly minimal fashion, it is basically a normal mouth "piece" placed slightly higher up the face, however it is used almost always when Butters is doing something particularly dim and is strangely effective.
  • December 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Rational Wiki has a page on Conservapedia (former) sysop RobS's Idiot Grin Stratagem.
  • December 20, 2011
    EzzyAlpha
    Morgan Wick and randomsurfer, those examples aren't well written :/
  • December 20, 2011
    azul120
    I once did a similar YKTTW called Closed Eyes Smile. Should I bump it back up?
  • December 20, 2011
    EzzyAlpha
    I don't think it's the same. The closed eyes aren't vital.
  • December 20, 2011
    azul120
    Hence the similar.
  • December 21, 2011
    EzzyAlpha
    If the Closed Eyes Smile had a significance perhaps you should bump it.
  • December 21, 2011
    Deboss
    You might want something besides some X Just X on those entries.

    I've also heard of this as a Shit Eating Grin.
  • December 21, 2011
    Loquacia
    Flik pulls a great one in A Bugs Life, when he tips the entire harvest down a crack and is summoned before the ant council.
  • December 21, 2011
    EzzyAlpha
    Cleaned up the examples to avoid X Just X, though I'm afraid everything is a bit repetitive. There aren't enough examples of the "doing something silly" variant, so I'd appreciate some help there.
  • December 21, 2011
    moocow1452
    Second Shit Eating Grin, at least as a redirect.
  • December 22, 2011
    Noaqiyeum
    I've usually heard this referred to as Derp Face.
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