[[caption-width-right:280:''[[Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir "Now dis is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside-down... ♪"]]'']]

->''"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"]]

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 that he only signed onto because [[IntimidatingRevenueService most of his possessions were taken by the IRS as punishment for tax evasion]]. He moved on 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, 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 two have failed to make over their budgets, the UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli biopic ''Film/{{Ali}}'', which was still a critical if not financial success and the drama ''Film/{{Concussion}}'' - 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)
* ''Theatre/SixDegreesOfSeparation'' (1993)
* ''Film/BadBoys'' (1995)
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' (1996)
* ''Franchise/MenInBlack''
** ''Film/MenInBlack'' (1997)
** ''Film/MenInBlackII'' (2002)
** ''Film/MenInBlack3'' (2012) - Notable in that this serves as the longest gap he's had between films, and it showed he's still a reasonable box-office draw.
* ''Film/EnemyOfTheState'' (1998)
* ''Film/WildWildWest'' (1999)
* ''Film/TheLegendOfBaggerVance'' (2000)
* ''Film/{{Ali}}'' (2001)
* ''Film/BadBoysII'' (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/AfterEarth'' (2013)
* ''Film/{{Focus}}'' (2015)
* ''Film/{{Concussion}}'' (2015)
* ''Film/CollateralBeauty'' (2016)
* ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse'' as [[ComicBook/{{Deadshot}} Floyd Lawton/Deadshot]]
** ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}'' (2016)
** ''Suicide Squad'' sequel (2019)
* ''Film/{{Bright}}'' (2017)
* ''Film/{{Aladdin|2019}}'' (2019)
* ''Bad Boys 3'' (TBA)

!! 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)

!!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''
* ActionSurvivor: Dean in ''Film/EnemyOfTheState''.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: According to Will, Jaden convinced him and the family into coming to London in order to celebrate Jaden's 18th birthday because Jaden was promoting a show. When the family arrived in a restaurant, Jaden asked for a tequila and when Will told him that he couldn't drink that because he was underage, [[{{Troll}} Jaden told him that that the legal drinking age is 18 in England]]
* AntiHero: ''Film/{{Hancock}}''.
* BadassAndChildDuo: With his son Jaden.
* BadassBaritone: He has a very deep and bass voice even when he's not singing.
* BellyDancer: In ''Film/WildWildWest''.
* {{Biopic}}: Portrayed UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli in ''Film/{{Ali}}'', Chris Gardner in ''Film/ThePursuitOfHappyness'', and 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. It is also presented on the show that Will has the cover from the first issue of ''ComicBook/{{Static}}'' that can be seen framed and hung inside off his pool house.
* BlackViking: [[Film/WildWildWest Jim West as a U.S. Army Captain in 1869]].
* TheCasanova: Will in ''The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'', the eponymous ''Film/{{Hitch}}'' and Mike Lowry in ''Film/BadBoys''.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Aw, hell naw!", usually uttered in a ThisIsGonnaSuck moment.
** "Day-um" drawn out into two syllables, as an expression of shock.
* 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.
* 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 common humorous trait for his characters.
* DoItYourselfThemeTune: Not surprising given that he was a rapper before he was an actor, he did the themes for a number of his movies. "Men in Black", "Wild Wild West", and "Switch" (from ''Hitch'') all became radio hits.
* 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.
** Will himself had them in real life, contrary to the popular belief that he had a DisappearedDad. His father and mother were both very involved in his life and raised him to be the successful man he is today, along with his siblings.
* 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, supposedly on the advice of Alfonso Ribeiro (who will be Carlton for the rest of his life).
* 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.
** So nice that he lost to Creator/MargotRobbie in an episode of the BBC's ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKC7vOhr2vM Playground Insults]]''. He was unable to bring himself to insult her with any conviction, she felt no such inhibitions, and the result was a hilarious CurbStompBattle.
* 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]].
* RaceLift: James West in ''Film/WildWildWest'' and Deadshot in ''Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}}''. Both characters were white originally.
* SoulBrotha: Agent J in Film/MenInBlack, especially the second one.
* SelfDeprecation: Most of his humor is this.
* SharpDressedMan: A lot of Will's characters including Agent Jay, Mike Lowry (particularly the purple suit scene in ''Bad Boys 2''), James West, and Hitch.
* 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, Music/{{Eminem}} and Music/DrDre appeared on the ''Wild Wild West'' soundtrack.
* ThemeNaming: The aforementioned Trey is Will's son from his previous marriage - his two children with ''Jada'' are named ''Will''ow and ''Jaden''.
* 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'').