->''"Whether he's playing a cool young fighter pilot in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' or a 19th century steampunk cowboy in ''Film/WildWildWest'' or a Converse-wearing Luddite in ''Film/IRobot'', there's something distinctly ... Will Smithian about every piece of dialogue he delivers. All of the other actors in his movies are saying lines in the script that either further the plot or set up jokes, while Will Smith gets to say things like 'Aw, hell no' and 'Now that's what ''I'm'' talking about' and a variety of other 'Will Smith lines,' for lack of a better term."''
-->--'''Daniel O'Brien''', ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-reasons-why-bad-movies-are-allowed-to-happen/ "4 Reasons Why Bad Movies Are Allowed to Happen"]]

''Now dis is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside-down... ♪''

'''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 "Music/DJJazzyJeffAndTheFreshPrince", 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 series ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir,'' a relatively succesful SitCom. In the UK it won a kid's time-slot, before moving into what has become a very successful acting career, including two UsefulNotes/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.

[[UsefulNotes/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." Of all the films Smith has been the star of only one has failed to make over its budget, the UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli biopic ''Film/{{Ali}}'', which was still a critical if not financial success - Smith is ''that'' much of a box office draw. He's also one of the best-paid actors, pulling salaries estimated at $20 million ''per movie''.

He is also the founder of Overbrook Entertainment where he produces the films from that company whether or not he actually stars in the films.

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).

Also, tropes that specifically pertain to his years with DJ Jazzy Jeff should be put on [[Music/DJJazzyJeffAndTheFreshPrince their own page]].
* ''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/MenInBlackII'' (2002)
* ''Bad Boys II'' (2003)
* ''Film/IRobot'' (2004)
* ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'' (2004). Voice actor.
* ''Film/{{Hitch}}'' (2005)
* ''Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness'' (2006)
* ''Film/IAmLegend'' (2007)
* ''Film/{{Hancock}}'' (2008)
* ''Film/SevenPounds'' (2008)
* ''Film/MenInBlack3'' (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)
* ''Film/{{Focus}}'' (2015)
* ''Film/{{Concussion}}'' (2015)
* ''Film/SuicideSquad'' (2016)
* ''Bad Boys 3'' (????)

!! 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)
* ''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 ''Film/EnemyOfTheState''.
* AntiHero: ''Film/{{Hancock}}''.
%%* BadassBaritone
* BadassAndChildDuo: With his son Jaden.
* BellyDancer: In ''Film/WildWildWest''.
* {{Biopic}}: Portrayed UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli in ''Film/{{Ali}}'', Chris Gardner in ''Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness'', and will play Dr. Bennet Omalu in ''Concussion''. Has a latent wish to portray UsefulNotes/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
* GoodParents: In Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness as Chris Gardner.
** Also, in real life. Will and family were in Beijing for ''Film/TheKarateKid'', but Trey had to stay in California for school. Will flew out to be with him for all of his football games.
* HappilyMarried: His first marriage only lasted a few years but his second, to Jada Pinkett Smith, has endured since 1997.
* IAmNotLeonardNimoy: Admit it, it's much easier to think of his character as "Will Smith". Turned out he was straight out invoking this with Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir. He choose to go by his actual name so that he would never be "associated" with the character's name.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Roughly a year after splitting from DJ Jazzy Jeff, Will approached Jive Records with the "Men In Black" song. The executives at Jive rejected it, saying it wouldn't be a hit. Two years later, after the success of the movie and the song, Jive, who had tried to sue both Will and Jeff for allegedly breaching their contract after their split, was forced to include both "Men In Black" ''and'' "Just Crusin'" on their "Greatest Hits" compilation as a part of a settlement.
* {{Jerkass}}: ''Film/{{Hancock}}''.
* JustForPun: "The new millennium -- excuse me, ''Will''ennium."
* LadykillerInLove: ''Film/{{Hitch}}''.
* LocationSong: "Miami", a party song.
* LyricalTic: "Haha!" number in Willenium album alone seems to go four digits.
* MrFanservice: Aforementioned shirtless scenes!
** Taken even further in ''I, Robot'', wherein he's shown completely naked and showering at one point. Though his [[{{Pun}} Big Willie]] isn't shown, viewers still get a clear shot of his butt.
* {{Nepotism}}: Has received major criticism over this, with his children taking starring roles in films Will happens to be the producer of, especially by favouring his son Jaden in ''Film/AfterEarth''. [[http://moviefiednyc.com/2013/06/19/will-smith-after-earth-and-nepotism-why-thats-a-bad-combination-by-george-bell/ In this review]], he is called out for that.
* 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]].
* PlayingAgainstType: The titular {{Film/Hancock}} and ComicBook/{{Deadshot}} in ''[[Film/SuicideSquad Suicide Squad]]''.
* SoulBrotha: Agent J in Film/MenInBlack, especially the second one.
* SelfDeprecation: Most of his humor is this.
* ShoutOut: He got one from Eminem (responds to a line "All you rappers yellin' bout who you put in a hearse, do me a favor, write one verse without a curse" from Will's "Freakin' it"). ''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]]."
** In Hollywood, ''Film/IndependenceDay'' was his big box-office launch.
* 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.
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: He was the American equivalent to Music/SlickRick during his early "Fresh Prince" days, with Will debuting just slightly after Rick did, and having used a similar narrative style in his songs. However, facing declining record sales in 1991, Will would eventually move away from Slick Rick's style, and develop what would eventually become his "Big Willie" style of rapping.
* 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'').