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->''[[OnceAnEpisode "Aww]] ''' hell''' [[OhCrap naw!"]]''

If Will Smith is not the most famous actor on the planet, he's in the top five. He's also one of the best-paid, pulling salaries estimated at $20 million ''per movie''.

Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an actor and rapper. West UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} born and raised, [[MemeticMutation on the playground]] is where he spent most of his [[ExpositoryThemeTune days, chillin' out, maxin' relaxin' all cool]], until Smith first entered the public eye as part of "DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince", a lighthearted hip-hop duo known for such songs as "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Summertime". He really came to fame with the NBC SitCom ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' before moving into what has become a very successful acting career, including two AcademyAward nominations.

His UncleTomfoolery days are [[TomHanksSyndrome pretty much gone]], with Smith playing semi-serious or serious roles most of the time now, and his comedic acting not being race-based. (It also helps that he is the undisputed lead in any movie he's in -- one of the few black actors who regularly does this.)

In any given movie, expect a ShirtlessScene and expect him as well to say "[[CatchPhrase AW HELL NAW]]!" at some point.

[[BarackObama The 44th President of the United States]] wouldn't mind being portrayed by him in a movie.

His most famous roles… well, [[http://lolsnaps.com/upload_pic/6746.jpg the list is sort of legendary.]] Want proof? [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000226/ Just have a look at his IMDB profile]]. Add to this, even his stinkers tend to suck in tons of money. The failure of ''Film/WildWildWest'' prompted Smith to observe: "That's how big I am. I ''bomb'' over $100 million."

Not to be confused with legendary tough-guy actor [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0810342/ William Smith]]. Or Will Smith of Whiskey Media's "Tested" site (as much as they like to joke he's the same person).
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!!Filmography
* ''Where The Day Takes You'' (1992)
* ''Film/MadeInAmerica'' (1993)
* ''Six Degrees of Separation'' (1993)
* ''Film/BadBoys'' (1995)
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' (1996)
* ''Film/MenInBlack'' (1997)
* ''Film/EnemyOfTheState'' (1998)
* ''Film/WildWildWest'' (1999)
* ''Film/TheLegendOfBaggerVance'' (2000)
* ''Film/{{Ali}}'' (2001)
* ''[[Film/MenInBlack Men in Black II]]'' (2002)
* ''Bad Boys II'' (2003)
* ''Film/IRobot'' (2004)
* ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' (2004). Voice actor.
* ''{{Hitch}}'' (2005)
* ''Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness'' (2006)
* ''Film/IAmLegend'' (2007)
* ''Film/{{Hancock}}'' (2008)
* ''Film/SevenPounds'' (2008)
* ''[[Film/MenInBlack Men In Black III]]'' (2012)
** Notable in that this serves as the longest gap he's had between films, and he's still a reasonable box-office draw.
* ''The Last Pharaoh'' (2013)
* ''Film/AfterEarth'' (2013)
* ''Bad Boys 3'' (2015)

!! Discography
'''With DJ Jazzy Jeff'''
* ''Rock the House'' (1987)
* ''He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper'' (1988)
* ''And in This Corner...'' (1989)
* ''Homebase'' (1991)
* ''Code Red'' (1993)
'''Solo'''
* ''Big Willie Style'' (1997)
* ''Willennium'' (1999)
* ''Born to Reign'' (2002)
* ''Lost and Found'' (2005)
* ''TBA'' (2013)

!!Associated Tropes
* ActionHero: Has played several of them in his career, including:
** Detective Mike Lowrey from the ''Film/BadBoys'' series
** Captain Steve Hiller from ''Film/IndependenceDay''
** Agent J from the ''Film/MenInBlack'' series
** Jim West from ''Film/WildWildWest''
** Detective Del Spooner from ''Film/IRobot''
* ActorAllusion: "You don't get it, Will. Parents just don't understand" had this on ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir''.
* ActionSurvivor: Dean in ''EnemyOfTheState''.
* AntiHero: ''{{Hancock}}''.
* BadassBaritone
* BellyDancer: In ''Film/WildWildWest''.
* {{Biopic}}: Portrayed MuhammadAli in ''Ali'' and portrayed Chris Gardner in ''ThePursuitOfHappyness''. Has a latent wish to portray BarackObama.
* BlackAndNerdy: Those ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' action figures he showed off in an episode of ''The Fresh Prince of Bel Air''? Those were his personal toys.
* BlackViking: [[Film/WildWildWest Jim West as a U.S. Army Captain in 1869]].
* TheCasanova: Will in ''The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'', the eponymous ''{{Hitch}}'' and Mike Lowry in ''BadBoys''.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Aw, hell naw!", usually uttered in a ThisIsGonnaSuck moment.
** "Day-um" drawn out into two syllables, as an expression of shock.
* TheDanza: "Will Smith" in ''The Fresh Prince of Bel Air''.
* DarkerAndEdgier: A lot of his more recent roles have been quite somber.
* DiscussedTrope: In "Just the Two Of Us"
** [[FalseSoulmate He discusses breaking up with Trey's mom]] ([[AmicableExes They're still friends]]).
** [[StrongFamilyResemblance He says that Trey is him in miniature]].
** [[TechnologyMarchesOn Will mentions having to learn how a CD ROM drive works]].
** [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest He tells Trey not to displace his breakup grief on his next girlfriend]].
** [[DeathIsASadThing Will says that although his death will be sad, it's not the end of Trey's world]].
* DeadpanSnarker: A lot.
* [[GoodParents Good Father]]: In ThePursuitOfHappyness as Chris Gardner.
** Also, in real life. Will and family were in Beijing for ''TheKarateKid'', but Trey had to stay in California for school. Will flew out to be with him for all of his football games.
* IAmNotLeonardNimoy: Admit it, it's much easier to think of his character as "Will Smith".
** Turned out he was straight out invoking this with FreshPrinceOfBelAir. He choose to go by his actual name so that he would never be "associated" with the character's name.
* {{Jerkass}}: ''{{Hancock}}''.
* JustForPun: "The new millennium -- excuse me, ''Will''ennium."
* LadykillerInLove: ''{{Hitch}}''.
* MrFanservice: Aforementioned shirtless scenes!
** Taken even further in ''I, Robot'', wherein he's shown completely naked and showering at one point. Though his [[IncrediblyLamePun Big Willie]] isn't shown, viewers still get a clear shot of his butt.
* NiceGuy: Known as one of the nicest, friendliest actors in Hollywood.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's in his late 40s but he still looks the same as he did in 1997 for the first ''Men in Black''.
* OneHeadTaller: Than a lot of his co-stars, especially [[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Alfonso Ribeiro]].
* SoulBrotha: Agent J in Film/MenInBlack, especially the second one.
* SelfDeprecation: Most of his humor is this.
* ShoutOut: He got one from Eminem. ''Will Smith don't gotta cuss in his raps to sell records / Well, I do / So [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]] him and fuck you too!'' Ironically, Eminem and Dr. Dre appeared on the ''Wild Wild West'' soundtrack.
* StarMakingRole: "[[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir Now this is the story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down, and I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there; I'll tell you how I became the Prince of a town Called Bel Air]]."
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning: Will turned "Just the Two of Us", Bill Withers' song about a man's love for his woman, into a song about a man's love for his son.
* ThemeNaming: The aforementioned Trey is Will's son from his previous marriage - his two children with ''Jada'' are named ''Will''ow and ''Jaden''.
* TomHanksSyndrome: Started off as a comical coming actor now he is becoming more of a drama actor taking on more serious roles.
* UncleTomFoolery: Started his career like this especially as Will in ''The Fresh Prince of Bel Air''. Agent J in the first ''Film/MenInBlack'' and Oscar the fish in ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' the animated movie fit as well.
* VerbalTic: "Ha-ha!", 'WOOO!", Whaaat whaaat", and "Uuhhh" (that last one was actually a song title on ''Willenium'').
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Sometime comedic sci-fi actor, some serious actor, and some sitcom actor, sometime singer/rapper, sometime producer (''Film/ThisMeansWar'').
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