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->''"Koizumi's cheerful smile pisses me off every time I see it."''
-->-- '''[[FirstPersonSmartass Kyon's narration]]''', ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Remote Island Syndrome]]''

The exact opposite of PerpetualFrowner. This is a character who, no matter what, is never seen without a smile of some kind. A StepfordSmiler would be a sub-trope, one who smiles because that's all they can do to keep from ''breaking''. A CatSmile or CheshireCatGrin can also be their perpetual expression. A rarely explored RealityEnsues version would depict a character with a lot of saliva in their mouth, because it's honestly impossible (or very hard) to swallow one's own saliva while literally always smiling, making even a genuinely sweet smile go from sweet and charming to [[AccidentalNightmareFuel potentially terrifying]] or at the very least disgusting. A Perpetual Smiler's smile can change, and the emotions behind it can be literally anything... so long as there is something that can be called a 'smile' on their face. Usually, though, this smile is pleasant and cheerful, or at least calm, and often, the feeling behind it is genuine, so TheUnsmile doesn't usually appear. Compare to GlasgowGrin, where the smile is ear-to-ear and usually inflicted by cutting.

As a Super-Trope of those listed above, all examples of them should be sorted into their respective categories. This page is only for examples of this trope who do NOT fit into the other perpetual-smile categories.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Jack the Clown in the "Jack In The Box" TV commercials, who's been appearing as a living, ball-faced humanoid since 1995. It disappears when he's particularly perturbed, though.
* Smilin' Bob from the Enzyte commercials. [[StepfordSmiler His smile is particularly creepy...]]
* There were a [[https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150242912205152 series]] [[https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150242913990152 of]] [[https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150269453405152 Medibank]] [[https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150269456160152 commercials]], featuring spokespeople who smiled all the time. At the end of the commercials, their smiles would become bigger through CGI, which would imply that their normal smiles were their neutral expression...
* The ''Franchise/BurgerKing'' mascot The King whom many viewers have found very creepy because of it.
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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Sendo from ''Manga/SlamDunk'' is considered as this.
* Kamui from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. [[spoiler: Even while killing everyone during the Yoshiwara arc.]]
* Kasumi Tendo from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' is never seen without a lovely smile, and doesn't seem to have StepfordSmiler tendencies.
* Despite the fact that he really [[EmotionlessGirl doesn't understand emotions]], Sai from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is a PerpetualSmiler. He has reasons for this though, which do not fall into the other categories.
* Wolfgang Grimmer from ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' doesn't even stop smiling [[spoiler:as he bleeds to death]]. He ''is'' a pleasant person but the smile is just something he was trained to do. At one point he recalls how his wife left him because he couldn't stop smiling even when his son died.
* Konata Izumi from ''Manga/LuckyStar'' has a CatSmile that, while not quite perpetual, is her default expression.
* Raquel from ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'' is perennially cheerful no matter what's going on.
* Itsuki Koizumi from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''.
* Gin Ichimaru (pictured above) and Sousuke Aizen from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* Mana from ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'', more in the anime than in the manga.
* God from ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun''
* Elmer C. Albatross of LightNovel/{{Baccano}} is always smiling and happy. He'd be a MessianicArchetype were it not for the fact that there are times where one shouldn't be smiling and jokey, so he just comes across as creepy. Oh, and he's friends with [[MadScientist Huey Laforet]].
* [[MadScientist Professor Souichi Tomoe]] of ''Anime/SailorMoon S''. Heck, for most of the series, the only thing we ever see of his face are his ScaryShinyGlasses and his big, open-mouthed smile.
* Jail Scaglietti of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' is another [[MadScientist perpetually happy fellow]]. Impending defeat and imprisonment couldn't even make him drop his smile.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Kaede is always smiling mysteriously, to go along with her EyesAlwaysShut. She isn't actually very mysterious as a ''character'', having no secrets to hide, she just looks it. Unless she's so good at hiding secrets that we don't even suspect them.
** Albireo Imma a.k.a. Ku:Nel Sanders also has a perpetual CheshireCatGrin, although he's generally much more suspicious than Kaede.
* [[{{Shinigami}} Ryuk]] from ''Manga/DeathNote''. [[SlasherSmile It's creepy]]. He only broke it once when Light snapped at him after [[spoiler:offering the eyes after meeting L]].
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'' has the Millennium Earl, who smiles even when he's pissed.
* Kousaka from ''Manga/{{Genshiken}}'', always has the same expression, [[ThePollyanna no matter what]] takes place.
* Xellos from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''.
* Takeshi Yamamoto from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', for the most part. When he stops smiling though, you had better start hoping you can run faster than the baseball player, because you're about to get screwed over epically because Yamamoto is ''ticked off''.
* Pride and Ling Yao from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
* Ariel from ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie''
* Mikako from ''Manga/HeavensLostProperty''.
* Ling-Ling from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''. Justified, since she's [[CatchPhrase already dead]], and thus has nothing left to worry about.
* Ojisan of ''Manga/YokohamaKaidashiKikou'' is always grinning.
* Thailand and Spain from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''.
* Kio from ''Manga/{{Loveless}}''.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Kokoro always has a huge, slightly creepy smile, regardless of her actual feelings at the time.
** Pirate Captain Urouge the Fallen Monk always sports a large grin on his face, even in dire situations.
** Koala, until [[{{Badass}} Fisher Tiger]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming broke down her]] StepfordSmiler [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming fašade]].
** Wanze the ramen chef is always smiling even when he's scared or angry, he has the same goofy grin for almost every emotion he displays.
* Hao Asakura from ''Manga/ShamanKing''. And his twin Yoh, to a lesser extent (his smile is more genuine).
* Misaki in ''LightNovel/SakurasouNoPetNaKanojo''; her smile will only drop when her relationship with Jin is brought into question.
* [[TheDragon Seta Soujirou]] from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' always has a pleasantly angelic smile in his face, even when slashing your throat with a katana.
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfSunKnight'': The Sun Knight is never seen without a smile on his face... [[StepfordSmiler Even if he really, really hates the recipient.]] He's very good at making it look natural, however.
* [[MadScientist Gensei Kihara]] from ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'', because he has '''NO''' remorse at all for his incredibly depraved actions.
* Saya from ''Manga/ServantXService'' smiles 80% of the time even when angry.
* Shalnark in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' is always smiling, even as he's mercilessly mowing down Mafia goons. He seems to be an an almost perpetual state of calm happiness. The only thing known to offend him is having to use an ability that makes him lose control of himself, as it renders him unable to experience the thrill of killing people.
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[[folder:Arts]]
* This is a characteristic of sculpture from the Archaic period. One notable example is the "Dying Warrior from the Temple of Aphaia", which depicts a wounded man pulling an arrow from his chest... with a cheerful smile.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, obviously (his appearance was based partly on the [[Creator/JDSalinger Laughing Man]]). So perpetual is ''his'' scary grin that if he ever ''stops'' grinning for an extended period of time, it's like his version of the BrokenSmile, and it's a sure sign that either something has very definitely gone wrong with him (more so than usual, that is), or the proverbial crap has gotten seriously real.
** Well, make that every incarnation of the Joker except Heath Ledger in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', who has a GlasgowGrin.
* Also from the {{DCU}}:
** ComicBook/TheCreeper.
** There's also Mad Harriet who's smile is quite similar to the Joker.
* For the first portion of his appearance in ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', Presidental candidate Gary Callahan is one of these. That's why they call him "The Smiler" (also to contrast with incumbent "The Beast"). He rapidly loses the quality once he starts dealing with Spider Jerusalem.
* Mojo, from the marvel universe, has a perpetual grin aided by wires stretched across his face and teeth much too large for his mouth. Though he cackles and giggles constantly anyway.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Calvin [[SubvertedTrope briefly]] becomes one of these prior to the introduction of the [[TimeStandsStill Time Pauser]] in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
* Cedric Diggory in ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical''.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Most of the toys from the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' series are this in their 'toy' mode.
* Most of the hero characters in the Creator/{{Rankin Bass|Productions}} StopMotion {{Christmas special}}s had built-in smiles, which made it unsettling when they had to be angry or sad.
* Ed the hyena from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' is always smiling. The only instances he doesn't smile is when he's trying to warn Banzai and Shenzi that Simba and Nala are escaping and later when hears Scar outing them as the reasons why he's evil.
* [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} "Cindy"]], [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs "Bianca"]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid "Hi]][[Disney/{{Mulan}} me"]], [[Disney/ThePrincessandtheFrog "Iria"]], and [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} "Zade"]] from ''[[Creator/VideoBrinquedo Little Princess School]]'' for some reason [[NightmareFuel never. stop. smiling.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* MichaelSheen's portrayal of TonyBlair in ''Film/TheDeal'' and ''Film/TheQueen'' covers just about the whole range of possible smiles, to the point where it starts to feel like his [[Literature/{{Discworld}} teeth are following you around the room]]. Which is pretty much TruthInTelevision.
* Atom in ''Film/RealSteel''. His face (if he has one) is obscured by a metallic mesh that only shows his eyes, but there are seams in the mesh that resemble a nose ridge and a smile. It helps highlight his child-like appearance, which is most noticeable when his Shadow Function is activated.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGjY5SsOHoM The Smile Man]], short movie about man who damages his spine cord and makes his his face smile forever.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/TheManWhoLaughs'' (''L'Homme qui rit'') is a man who ''literally cannot stop smiling'' as [[BodyHorror he has no cheeks]] (he was kidnapped by gypsies as a baby, who mutilated him like this to make money showing him off).
* ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' has the Cheshire Cat and his [[CheshireCatGrin trademark grin]].
* Ella in ''Sunny Ella'', though what kind of smile it is changes depending on whose point of view we're reading.
* Jon Masters from DaleBrown's books.
--> "The bastard never stops smiling, too. You notice that? Always with the damned grin on his puss. I don't trust somebody who grins all the time - it usually means they found someone else to put the blame on."
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Gentlemen from the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Hush".
* Jonas Quinn of ''Series/StargateSG1'' is a prime example. He tends to smile when the team is flying through space or he encounters something fascinating for the first time. This is often [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by O'Neill.
* Scorpina from MightyMorphinPowerRangers was this (as was by default, Lami her ZyuRanger counterpart) despite being one of the more serious villains (by MMPR standards, anyway). It was obvious that she genuinely enjoyed fighting the Power Rangers.
** This was more Ami Kawai than Scorpina. [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor Ami herself is a very sweet, kind and warm lady who herself is always smiling who is one of the few former Sentai actors to happily associate herself with the series, even 20+ years later]]. It also says a lot about her acting abilities that she can effectively play a ruthless villainess despite a kind sweet always smiling appearance without causing any cognitive dissonance.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* The Piraka and their whole species in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''.
* {{Lego}} minifigures, usually.
** The older kind more so; newer ones (from around the mid-to-late nineties on) have plenty of frowns, neutral expressions, and other miscellaneous emotions to perpetually display. Some of their heads can be turned around for different expressions.
** Within that, Flex from ''Alpha Team'' is said to always smile "even when danger threatens".
** A ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2i_CKDrZUw sketch]] [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this to creepy effect by depicting a spaceship accident resulting in the astronauts inside burning, their faces still stuck in PerpetualSmiler mode while screams were overdubbed. Despite the sketch's BlackComedy, it crosses into nightmarish, especially when one of the firemen yells "Their faces! Their horrible faces!" before another cut to them smiling/screaming.
* Franchise/{{Barbie}}.
** Lampshaded in the HilariousOuttakes of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'':
--->'''Tour Guide Barbie:''' Oh my gosh, my cheeks are killing me! I can't keep smiling like this anymore. I am exhausted. I think I need a break.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Henry from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' is always smiling, whether he's helping a wounded dog, practicing magic, thinking about murdering people, drinking blood, murdering people, sacrificing people for his spells, or raising an army of the undead to attack civilians, he's always smiling. He's just a happy guy. [[spoiler:At least, that's what he wants you to think.]]
* The Happy Mask Salesman from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' combines this with EyesAlwaysShut unless you press his BerserkButton.
* The shape-shifting space creature, Jenova, from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. After being excavated by scientists, "she" is locked in a gnarled human appearance for several years, with an empty smile visible beneath her helmet.
* The Kid from ''VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy'' is forever grinning ecstatically, in contrast to what one might expect from someone who is [[PlatformHell rarely more than a few seconds from death]].
* Maxwell in ''VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}}'' is always smiling, even when he's getting eaten alive or otherwise mauled.
* Evil Otto in the early [=1980s=] arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Berzerk}}'', who is basically a smiley button, who comes onscreen to chase after the player and to electrocute him, passing through walls and destroying robots along the way. On top of that, he's also [[TheJuggernaut invulnerable]]. Designer Alan [=MacNeil=] put Evil Otto in the game because [[TakeThat he hates smiley buttons]].
** Evil Otto also appears in the game sequel ''[[http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7853 Frenzy]]'', but he loses that smile when the player can now shoot him down.
* [[IronicNickname The Sorrow]] of ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' is always seen smiling.
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'''s 3D character models have fixed expressions. Characters who smile will smile even though the ball hits them. Masaru Gojou always has a rapist's face, and Hijikata will never stop grinning.
* Miranda in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' rarely drops the grin she wears. Even when it looks like the suicide mission will become just that, she still looks happy.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Many PokÚmon such as Wooper and Sunflora are almost always smiling in the 3D games (Exceptions typically for when they attack or get hit in battle or if you upset them in X/Y's Pokemon Amie feature).
** Emmet in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''.
* Dimentio in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''.
* Poppy Bros from the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' series has this to imply a MadBomber vibe.
** Taranza, the [[spoiler:supposed]] main antagonist from ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' has this, too.
** Kirby himself is a downplayed example, at least when AmericanKirbyIsHardcore doesn't come into play. If he's not, he'll have a confused expression on his face.
* In ''StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', Consular companion Felix Iresso is rarely without a smile. His maximum affection achievement is even called "The Cheerful Soldier." [[ReassignedToAntarctica Assigned to Hoth]] with a ton of jumpy privates and a mission he was likely to set up to fail? He's not complaining, the job needs to be done. In the middle of a firefight with a bunch of Imperials and outnumbered three-to-one? ''"Broke a sweat on that one."'' he says. Career stalls as he's bounced from rear-end outpost to rear-end outpost? Beats being in an Imperial prison. Missing a week's time from ''being'' in an Imperial prison and [[spoiler: having a Sith holocron forcibly downloaded into his head]]? Well, at least he can live to tell the tale. If he ''stops'' being laid-back and cheerful, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness you have a big problem on your hands]].
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Leo Shishigami, protagonist of ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays'' Season 1, never drops neither his smile, nor his laid-back attitude. The very few times he does, you know he is ''really'' serious.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The Whites from ''WebAnimation/LuckyDayForever''
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Trudy of ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' is one, combined with BitchInSheepsClothing. As such, her "Nega" counterpart is a PerpetualFrowner.
* [[TricksterArchetype Coyote]] from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', who has a near-perpetual CheshireCatGrin. Even on the rare occasions when it vanishes, though, his upbeat attitude never does.
* The Caped Crustacean from ''Webcomic/BeyondTheCanopy'' seems to have a grin permanently on his face. As it turns out, he's just wearing a smiling mask.
* Smiling Guy from ''Webcomic/PowerNap'', who smiles even as he is kicked out of the way and his desk set on fire.
* Alastor and [=KayCee=] from ''Webcomic/{{Zoophobia}}'' are never, not ever seen without some sort of [[LaughingMad insane grin]] on their faces.
* ''Webcomic/{{Katamari}}''
** [[PurityPersonified June]] is ''always'' smiling, regardless of the situation.
** Opeo manages this to a lesser extent; even though he's VERY accident prone, he tries to keep a sunny attitude about it.
* In ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'', Sarin fits this mold quite well.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon describes TJ from ''Luann'''s smile as a death-rictus.
* WebVideo/EightiesDan is almost always smiling and cheerful, especially when he's taken a good hit of cocaine.
* Tattletale of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is described as always having a foxlike grin.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* A number of the [[WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow Mr. Men and Little Misses]], but especially Mr. Tickle, Mr. Happy, and Little Miss Sunshine.
* The eponymous ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'' since she [[CatchPhrase always looks on the bright side]] -- in direct contrast to her aptly-named friend Misery.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** Phineas rarely changes to any other expression -- in the whole series, he was only truly sad during the ChristmasSpecial, and once angry and frantic in ''Summer Belongs to You!''
** Isabella could count, too, but she's more prone to expressing anger than the eponymous {{Everyman}}.
* In the cartoon of ''WheresWaldo'', Waldo almost always smiles.
* The Joo Dees from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' are ''{{brainwashed}}'' to do this.
* Nick from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. The [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul happiness probe]] may be involved.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has Pinkie Pie, who is always smiling save for a few... ''[[BerserkButton notable]]'' [[BreakTheCutie exceptions]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'', Zozo is a very cheerful and laid back guy, even in the middle of a brawl with guys twice his size. It's not like he ''can't'' stop smiling, it just takes a lot for him to choose not to.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': Whatever he's actually feeling, Bull Gator is, in verbiage and tone, almost invariably cheerful and collected about the situation. Even when he's facing down a Tasmanian Devil who regards mauling him as good, clean, Sunday-afternoon fun.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', the title character kept his grin throughout the whole entire episode of "Thomas And Trevor".
* Otto from ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' is this. Even when he gets sad or angry, he ends up bouncing back up eventually.
* Kit Fisto from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' always has a bit of a smile on his face, making his actual smile a rather big cheesy grin.
* The [[LooneyTunes Road Runner]] virtually always wears a carefree smile. Not simply a matter of a bird's bill being immobile, as Daffy, Tweety, and Foghorn can attest.
* Dr. Paula "Hutch" Hutchison in ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife''.
* Gretchen from {{Recess}} (partially due to her large buck teeth) fits a rarely explored RealityEnsues version of this trope as she has a very pronounced lisp or some other kind of speech impediment that indicates excessive saliva.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is a symptom of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelman_syndrome Angelman Syndrome]], a genetic disorder characterized by development delay, speech impediment, movement or balance disorder, and frequent laughter and smiling.
* A running theme of the 2012 United States presidential debates. In the first debate, Mitt Romney smiled constantly and was complimented for his confident body language, while Barack Obama was roundly criticized for his annoyed and detached expression. During the vice presidential debates, Joe Biden noticeably made an effort to gain lost ground by smiling broadly throughout the debate and laughing frequently. Although some criticized his excess, he was roundly considered to have won the debate. In the second presidential debate, Obama smiled confidently far more often, obviously in response to previous criticism.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judah_P._Benjamin Judah P. Benjamin]], Jewish Senator and Secretary of State of the Confederate States of America, was almost always photographed with a [[SmugSmiler smug little smirk]]. Because it was so unusual in the 19th century to purposefully smile in photographs, this was apparently his default expression.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gail_Halvorsen Colonel (ret.) Gail Halvorsen, USAF]]. And '''HOW!''' In every single picture of this guy, from 1948 to 2012, he's wearing a huge, ridiculous smile. Definitely justified in that it was his idea to drop candy on Berlin during the famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Blockade Airlift]].
* This will involuntarily happen to a lot of people when out in the bright sunlight as a consequence of squinting hard against the sun.
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