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->"''Os quoque parce Erigit''[[note]]"Uplifts her face with moderated cheer" (a quotation from the ''Psychomachia'' of Prudentius)[[/note]] -- nothing could suggest more vividly the smirk of a persevering governess who has finally succeeded in getting a small boy in trouble with his father."
-->-- '''Creator/CSLewis''', ''The Allegory of Love''

This is the character who always has an infuriatingly smug expression on his face. He thinks he's better than you, and it shows. He may not be a SmugSnake entirely; either he's not a proper villain (just an annoying jerk), or he's only disdainful to certain people (mostly you).

See Also SmugSnake and SmugSuper, for more villainous/heroic versions; that said, this trope doesn't necessarily not involve them. Compare PsychoticSmirk for much the same reaction.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* Ciel from ''BlackButler'', especially in the manga. Always a smug expression, always a snarky remark.
* Aizen from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' mixes this trope and DullSurprise for [[MemeticMutation Memetic]] results.
* [[SmugSnake Quattro]] from [[MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha the Nanoha series]], when she shows her true colors.
** Cypha crosses this with either SlasherSmile and PsychoticSmirk, depending on her mood.
* Lelouch vi Brittannia from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' (pictured above) loves this trope to the extreme. Only that just as often, given his bad luck, he ends up with an OhCrap expression on his face moments later.
* Seto Kaiba of ''Anime/YuGiOh'' practically owns this trope. Heck, with only one exception, this is the only type of smile he's known for.
* Fujiwara (or [[SmugSnake "That Sneering Bastard"]]), from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', is described as looking like an "evil version of [[PerpetualSmiler Koizumi]]" due to the fact that he constantly wears this expression.
* Count on Light Yagami from ''Manga/DeathNote'', too.
* Michio Yuki from ''Manga/{{MW}}''.
* Cell from ''Manga/DragonBallZ''. It's mostly done in his perfect form, but it's done ''a lot'' in his Perfect form.
** Future Trunks from the beginning of the Android saga adopted this mode when dealing with Frieza and his father King Cold. Being that he spent the better part of his life fighting Androids more powerful than him in the BadFuture he came from, completely wiping the floor with and annihilating two utter monsters was therapeutic for him.
* Gotou from ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' saves these for whenever he's taunting Rei.
* Unadonman from ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'' has his eyebrows and mouth flipped up at the tips. Combined with his simplified [[TsurimeEyes Tsurime Eyes]], it makes it look like he's looking down upon others and their food choices. Conversely, these same traits can make him eventually [[BreakTheHaughty look humbled]] when he has learned his lesson.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Kevin in ''SinCity''. Even [[spoiler: getting his head hacksawed off]] doesn't get rid of it.
* In the first ''{{Blacksad}}'', he mentions [[spoiler: he couldn't have shot the villain if it hadn't been for that smug smile]].
* After a few pages, it's pretty clear what sort of smile [[{{Transmetropolitan}} the Smiler]] really has.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' fanfic called ''{{FanFic/Alex}}''.
* In ''FanFic/HarryRiddle'' Harry and Draco do a lot of smirking.
* ''Fanfic/AllYouNeedIsLove'': Light and [[spoiler: his son]] [[OriginalCharacter Duck]] do this all the time.
* In ''FanFic/FeverDreams'' L suspects Light is up to no good by his smug smirking. Light is deliberately invoking this trope so that L will remain suspicious of him in order to stay close to him.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Daniel Atlas and Thaddeus Bradley both infuriate people for how smug they act in ''Film/NowYouSeeMe''. To be fair, though, their smugness is usually justified.
* Alex sports a pretty arrogant smile of his own in ''Film/AClockworkOrange''
* The Blank version of [[spoiler:Oliver Chamberlain]] from ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Zaphod, of ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', meets a man with a smile he wants to hit with a brick. [[spoiler: He eventually does so.]]
* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', this is one of Theon Greyjoy's signature traits in addition to being a SmugSnake, although he's later revealed to have been a rather tragic StepfordSmiler. [[spoiler: When he falls into the hands of a sadistic villain who he had previously looked down upon, in addition to other mental and physical tortures, the villain purposely breaks all of Theon's teeth.]]
** Also, Jaime Lannister does this a lot (which fits with his first appearance as a stereotypical fantasy villain), although the chapters written from his POV show that he consciously puts on his smile whenever he's unsure of the situation, because he's learned that people will read lots of different things from a knowing smile. [[spoiler: This is in fact one of the early indications that he might turn out to be a better manipulator than you'd think from his initial thoughtlessness.]]
** The [[Series/GameOfThrones HBO tv adaption]] interprets this as Littlefinger's default expression, and whilst he is a PerpetualSmiler in the book, his smile is described as either quite friendly or rather sad.
* Dolores Jane Umbridge from ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* Prince Calder in the ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' novel ''The Heroes'' is a self-professed coward and schemer who employs a smug smirk as "armor" against all of the bloodthirsty barbarians he interacts with. He's something of a [[CompositeCharacter composite]] {{expy}} of Theon Greyjoy and Jaime Lannister (see above), including the aspect of seeming like a total bastard up until he becomes a POV character.
* Literature/ArtemisFowl is really good at this.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' this was Bashir's default expression for most of the first three seasons.
* Rimmer of ''Series/RedDwarf'', generally when something unpleasant is going to happen to Lister. (Almost invariably, [[TemptingFate it happens to him instead.]])
* The officers on ''LawAndOrderSVU'', whenever they catch the guy.
* Britta Perry from ''Series/{{Community}}'' is mostly sympathetic and well-meaning, but she can get and look very, ''very'' smug whenever she gets on her self-righteous high-horse about something or starts lauding her supposed moral superiority over her friends. [[SoapboxSadie Which is often.]]
* Played for laughs at the end of a ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch where DavidMitchell and Robert Webb are plotting out the good and bad sketches of their show, which in turn leads to the two discussing common criticisms of their work. It ends with Webb gloatingly dismissing the criticism with "And people call us smug!", at which point the two sit around nodding at each other with the most absurdly smug expressions on their faces.
* Dagmer in ''GameOfThrones''. He has a constant smirk on his face that would classify as mischievous if it weren't for the fact that it tends to accompany his EvilMentor and KickTheDog moments. He seems to have absorbed this trait from Theon Greyjoy (described in the literature section), who isn't an example in the series.
** Daario Naharis is somewhere between this and a CatSmile in a lot of scenes.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Miranda Lawson in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', due to being genetically engineered to be the perfect human as well as UncannyValley kicking in.
* Nikita Dragovich and Lev Kravchenko, two of the main antagonists in ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps''.
* Joshua from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''.
* Leland Monroe in ''LANoire''. There are billboards of him grinning at you all over UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. One character even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it.
* Metal Mario in ''VideoGame/MarioKart 7''. Not only does he have a smug smile on his metallic face, most of his voice clips are downright bragging and condescending, compared to the normal Mario who is more cheerful and neutral to opponents.
* George Sewell from ''SilentHillDownpour''.
* {{Nightwing}} in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' has a [[PerpetualSmiler permanent smug grin]] on his face. But considering the people he's directing it at are [[AssholeVictim the criminals he's kicking the crap out of]], it's forgivable.
* Quite a few villains in ''AceAttorney'' have this. Like [[spoiler:[[SmugSnake Redd White]], whose smug smile doesn't leave his face until his VillainousBreakdown.]]
** Similarly, after TheReveal, [[spoiler: Matt Engarde only loses his smirk when Phoenix manages to turn the case around.]]
* In his introduction in the prologue of ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', Jetstream Sam lets out an amazingly smug smirk at Raiden.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', the grass-type starter is Snivy, whose smug little grin quickly made it a favorite at its first reveal. It was even popularly known as "Smugleaf" before its official name was released.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Faz from ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}''.
* ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' did a comic [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=869 on this concept.]]
* Niels, the Danish mob boss in Creator/{{Humon}}'s comic ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}''.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* TheOnion's [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/who-needs-a-good-cockpunching,7234/ Who Needs a Good Cock Punching?]].
* The Trollface, of course.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Hank's dad, Cotton.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Babs Seed, from the episode "One Bad Apple".
* Jet does this in AvatarTheLastAirbender. During his first appearance, the writers apparently had orders to make sure Jet always looked cool.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judah_P._Benjamin Judah P. Benjamin]], the southern Senator and Confederate cabinet member, was almost always photographed and drawn with a smirking expression, which was unusual for the 19th century. As an influential Jew in government, he was prone to being insulted for his faith, but usually maintained his cool with a smug smirk. In a notable exception, he challenged Jefferson Davis to a duel on the Senate floor over an insult, but the two reconciled and became FireForgedFriends.
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