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[-[[caption-width-right:275:Pictured: Lelouch on a [[ButtMonkey good day]].]]-]

->''"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 TheHero).

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


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* 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.
* Ciel from ''Manga/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.
* 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.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': This is Light Yagami's default facial expression whenever things are going as planned.
* Cell from ''Anime/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.
*** He gets it from his father, Vegeta, who is one of the most arrogant characters in the entire Dragon Ball series.
* LightNovel/{{Durarara}}: Izaya almost always has a devious smirk on his face, to the point that if he doesn't it means either you should ''really'' [[OhCrap worry]], or that one his plans has failed.
* 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.
** As for Koizumi himself, Kyon often reads smarm into said perpetual smile when it's combined with his penchant for flippant philosophizing and generally being inscrutable.
* Dio Brando from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is almost never seen without one, so you know that when he stops smirking you are either the newest entry on his shit list or about to become [[CruelAndUnusualDeath extremely dead]] (although the former is almost inevitably followed by the latter.)
* And Saruhiko Fushimi of ''Anime/{{K}}'' (who happens to share [[Creator/JohnnyYongBosch a voice actor]] with the previous two), whenever he comes into contact with "[[FoeYay ... Mi]][[ThenLetMeBeEvil ...sa]][[BerserkButton ...kiiiii]]".
* [[SmugSnake Quattro]] from ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'', when she shows her true colors.
** Cypha crosses this with either SlasherSmile and PsychoticSmirk, depending on her mood.
* Michio Yuki from ''Manga/{{MW}}''.
* Gotou from ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'' saves these for whenever he's taunting Rei.
* 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.
** Yami Yugi can pull off a pretty good one on occasion, especially when he's about to deliver it.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the first ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'', he mentions [[spoiler: he couldn't have shot the villain if it hadn't been for that smug smile]].
* Kevin in ''ComicBook/SinCity''. Even [[spoiler: getting his head hacksawed off]] doesn't get rid of it.
* ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'': After a few pages, it's pretty clear what sort of smile the Smiler really has.

[[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.
* [[http://polarbeardog.tumblr.com/post/107482191310/ehjaybones-geez-mako-super-uncool-based-on This]] WesternAnimation/LegendOfKorra comic gives one to ''[[spoiler:Asami]]'' of all people.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': Sunset Shimmer's cruel smile is a constant of the first movie until her transformation and HeelFaceTurn. After spending most of the next movie meek, she eventually regains her confidence and flashes a few of these in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames''.
* Adagio Dazzle from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' loves doing this, occasionally slipping outright into PsychoticSmirk when things are ''really'' going her way.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Nick Wilde sports a smug smile through most of the film. He's a ConMan whose quite sure of his skill and spends much of the film acting as TheGadfly to more optimistic characters.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Alex sports a pretty arrogant smile of his own in ''Film/AClockworkOrange''.
* This is the most frequent expression on the face of Louise Leroi from ''Film/TheLegendOfFrenchieKing''.
* 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.
* The Blank version of [[spoiler:Oliver Chamberlain]] from ''Film/TheWorldsEnd''.

* Literature/ArtemisFowl is really good at this.
* 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.
* Dolores Jane Umbridge from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' reveals her overconfidence with several smug smiles in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]''.
* Zaphod, of ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', meets a man with a smile he wants to hit with a brick. [[spoiler: He eventually does so.]]
* ''Literature/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.]]
** 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Mr. Morden from ''Series/BabylonFive''. One of several signs that [[DevilInPlainSight he is BIG trouble]].
* 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.]]
** Jeff Winger's is even worse; in keeping with the fact that he's an AmoralAttorney with an InferioritySuperiorityComplex that manifests itself in a conviction that he's above everyone he's surrounded by, a smug, insufferably pleased-with-himself smirk that kind of makes you want to punch him is practically one of his default expressions.
* Mike Baldwin from ''Series/CoronationStreet'' has the greatest, self-satisfied, shit-eating grin to end all self-satisfied, shit-eating grins.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': Morgana Pendragon throughout most of season 3 after doing something evil does an evil smile. Other villains in the series (Agrivaine, Morgose, and Cenred) can be seen doing evil smiles. Even before he was evil Mordred both as Asa Butterfield and Alexander Vlahos. Merlin himself even showed some smug smiles through the course of the 5 seasons.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Dagmer. 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.
** Theon is prone to smirking when he's being cocky. His opportunities to be cocky, however, get fewer and farther between as the series progresses.
*** His sister Yara (Asha in the books) also qualifies, smiling whenever Theon messes up... [[ButtMonkey which is often.]]
** Daario Naharis generally wears a mischievous grin, especially when he's trying to impregnate Daenerys with his eyes.
** By his expression, it's clear that no one thinks Petyr Baelish is more cunning or witty than Petyr Baelish himself.
** Daenerys Targaryen has really turned up the smug in the later seasons, if you think this is justified or not will generally dictate whether you are her fan or not.
** There probably isn't a character from any medium ever, to compete with that contemptible, irritating smirk that Cersei wears constantly.
** Weasel constantly wears a sadistic smirk.
* The officers on ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', whenever they catch the [[MonsterOfTheWeek perp of the week]].
* Rimmer of ''Series/RedDwarf'', generally when something unpleasant is going to happen to Lister. (Almost invariably, [[TemptingFate it happens to him instead.]])
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' this was Bashir's default expression for most of the first three seasons.
* Dave from ''Series/StorageWars'', whenever he's bidding.
* Played for laughs at the end of a ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' sketch where Creator/{{David Mitchell|Actor}} and Creator/RobertWebb 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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[VideoGame/DuckHunt The Duck Hunt Dog.]] [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros and he ain't showing any signs of stopping.]]
* 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''.
* Bass from ''VideoGame/MegaMan''.
* Leland Monroe in ''VideoGame/LANoire''. There are billboards of him grinning at you all over UsefulNotes/LosAngeles. One character even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it.
* Frequent with villainous characters in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'', whether that be Ganondorf in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', Ghirahim in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', or Yuga in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds A Link Between Worlds]]''. They gradually lose the smile during a VillainousBreakdown, however.
* 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 ''VideoGame/SilentHillDownpour''.
* {{ComicBook/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 ''Franchise/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.
** Sundowner from the same game is like this pretty much all the time.
* 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.
* Sei from ''VisualNovel/KoihimeMusou'' manages to come off as incredibly smug even when 'not' smiling--but a good amount of her images feature her smirking at you.
* Sans from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', being a [[DemBones skeleton]] and all, sports one of these [[PerpetualSmiler almost constantly]]. Normally it's a lighthearted example to emphasize his laid-back and [[TheGadfly mischievous]] nature, but will take a ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes very]]'' dark turn if you manage to get on his bad side by [[spoiler:killing enough characters to get him to fight you]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}''
** Neopolitan has an adorable grin that persists for all of the appearances she had in Season 2 (save for one OhCrap moment). Said grin borders on mockery when Yang attempts to fight Neo one-on-one, with Neo wordlessly dodging and redirecting every single attack thrown at her and even finding the time to casually take a break in the middle of the fight. Yang is driven nuts by Neo's playful attitude, but at the same time just can't land a single hit on her opponent.
** Mercury Black usually has a sardonic grin that almost never seems to leave his face. He approaches almost any situation with a smile that borders on arrogance, because it's usually combat he's tasked with, and he knows almost no one can keep up with him.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics'' did a comic [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=869 on this concept.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DrowTales'', this is the BigBad, Snadhya'rune's default facial expression. When the smile stops, its a very very bad sign.
* Niels, the Danish mob boss in Creator/{{Humon}}'s comic ''Webcomic/{{Niels}}''.
* Irish in ''Webcomic/RiverPassage''.
* Faz from ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Website/TheOnion's [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/who-needs-a-good-cockpunching,7234/ Who Needs a Good Cock Punching?]].
* The [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/trollface-coolface-problem Trollface]], of course. Note that the original usage of the face is much different; i.e 2 guys in a car is stopped by the police, and the driver is told by the other guy to show their "cool face". He then makes the trollface, while saying "Problem officer?" People then found this expression to be good for trolling people, and the rest is history.
* A smug smile is the defining feature of [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/smug-wendys Smug Anime Girl Wendy's]], as a result of delivering sick burns. Sometimes she has a CatSmile for extra smugness.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Jet does this in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. During his first appearance, the writers apparently had orders to make sure Jet always looked cool.
** [[spoiler:Varrick]] sports one in WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra when it's revealed he's running the FalseFlagOperation framing the Northern Water Tribe for the attacks.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Hank's dad, Cotton.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Babs Seed, from the episode "One Bad Apple".
** This is [[AlphaBItch Diamond Tiara]]'s default expression.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': If smug smirking is needed, Agent Kallus is usually the one who provides it, whenever he's winning. Special mention, however, must go to [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII "Zero Hour"]], [[spoiler:after Governor Pryce has ordered him ThrownOutTheAirlock because he was [[IShallTauntYou taunting]] her because she was losing, and two stormtroopers escort him into the elevator, and he ''smirks'', because it's the perfect opportunity to escape.]]
* [[spoiler:Qilby the Traitor]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' after he ditches his MaskOfSanity and reveals his BigBad status. His default expression is either a smug smile, a SlasherSmile, or some unholy combination of the two. He's got pretty good reason to act as if he's better than TheHero Yugo [[spoiler:considering he's basically a far more powerful version of him thanks to adulthood and his merging with the Eliacube.]] He only loses his smirk when his BerserkButton is pushed and when Yugo dissects his true motivations.

[[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.
* If there's one thing President Donald Trump and President Barrack Obama have in common, is that both men have some of the smuggest smiles in presidential history. In fact, they are both so iconic for them that if you do a google image search of "smug" in the US you'll find that both men dominate the first page!