!! Female Examples
* Ira Levin's book ''TheStepfordWives'', the TropeNamer.
* The Other Mother from ''Literature/{{Coraline}}''.
* On the heroic side, Leitha from DavidEddings's ''Literature/TheRedemptionOfAlthalus'': she pretends to be cheerful and witty, but is secretly neurotic, insecure, and self-hating.
* WilliamSleator's ''Literature/OthersSeeUs'' has Annelise, who is well loved by everyone, including her cousin Jared, until he gains telepathy and realizes she's a StepfordSmiler of the worst sort. At one point he visits her mental landscape, it's an infinite sun-parched desert with her face as the huge sun, and the only other feature is a gigantic mirror, reflecting her face.
* Creator/CSLewis' short story "The Shoddy Lands" also has its protagonist experience a telepathic vision of a StepfordSmiler's mental landscape.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** [[Characters/HarryPotterMuggles Petunia Dursley]] is a fine example of the sort who initially seems to ''be'' her mask. ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' suggests that [[spoiler: her mask developed as the means to deal with her jealousy over her younger, "perfect" sister Lily getting magic and not herself.]]
** [[Characters/HarryPotterMinistryOfMagic Dolores Umbridge]]. Part of the reason this character is so effective is that she wraps her sadism and violence in an unnerving Stepford mask.
** [[Characters/HarryPotterHogwartsStudents Luna Lovegood]] is a Type A played straight. She's an IronWoobie who is bullied viciously for her eccentric personality, and she didn't have any friends until she was a teenager. But despite this pain she is still happy and cheerful...''[[BeneathTheMask on the outside]]''. She drops hints occasionally, in a purposefully serene, conversational manner, and this makes the other characters feel uncomfortable. There's a good glimpse of what's going on behind the scenes in the 7th book, when [[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Harry discovers a mural that she painted in her room, depicting all her friends, Harry included]]]].
* The Goddess Media from ''Literature/AmericanGods'' by NeilGaiman was like this in her true form. As the humanoid manifestation of The Media, when she wasn't possessing characters on television she was described as looking like the sickeningly sweet hostess one of those morning shows filmed in a fake living room.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Sansa Stark becomes this in order to survive being trapped in a DeadlyDecadentCourt ruled by [[RoyalBrat a depraved and psychopathic boy king]].
** Then there is Cersei Lannister, who tries to run said court. Becomes especially evident in ''AFeastForCrows'', when she becomes a point-of-view character.
** In a somewhat unusual example there's [[ActionGirl Asha Greyjoy]]. Asha has managed to become a leader in a culture which ''completely'' believes in RatedMForManly and TestosteronePoisoning as being the right way to do things, while thinking that all women should StayInTheKitchen. As a result of this she is secretly afraid that any slip up, mistake or failure will lead to her being forcibly removed from the position of authority she has fought to achieve. As a result she overcompensates and practices a tough girl catchphrase in an attempt to prevent anyone from even trying to do that.
** Littlefinger seemingly has a particularly empty one, as Sansa, a pretty bad judge of character at the start of the series, sees right through it. It's not clear exactly what he is under it, but having the blood of thousands on his hands hasn't chipped his mask.
* Countess Rostov from ''WarAndPeace'' is very much like this except when she's talking with her daughters. Pierre Bezukhov's wife Helene would be a subversion in that she goes from having no role in society except being beautiful (and smiling a lot) to one of the eminent hostesses on the Moscow and St. Petersburg scene after getting married.
* Part of the reason Will Navidson moved his family into the titular [[color:blue:house]] in ''HouseOfLeaves'' was to get closer to his family, including his StepfordSmiler wife, Karen Green.
* Lilith de Tempscire from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is a Transferred StepfordSmiler. In Lilith's mind, life should be just like a storybook. [[spoiler:As the witch in charge, politically, in the city of Genua,]] she likes things to be the way people expect them to be--i.e., cooks should be fat and jolly and bustle a great deal, innkeepers should have big red faces, toymakers should whistle and sing the whole day long and tell amusing stories to children, etc. And woe betide anyone who doesn't live up to Lilith's expectations; she makes certain that they suffer for it. To quote the book ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', "Lilith held up a mirror to Life, and chopped off the bits of Life that didn't fit."
* Kaitlyn Werhner from the short story "Literature/DarkRedMind". If you were to see her smile at you with those piercing blue eyes, ''run.'' Not that it would help you any.
* Annie Wilkes in Creator/StephenKing's ''{{Misery}}''. She is a cunning, brutal and dangerously disturbed woman who hides her psychosis behind a cheery facade and kind smile, making her a Type C.
* Erzebet Bizecka of Alisa Libby's ''Blood Confession'' is a Type C. She's a charming and beautiful young lady who's doing an excellent job at leading her country out of difficult times. Not to mention how kind she is to her servants. Of course, that's just a plot to get them into her dungeon where she kills them and [[BloodBath bathes in their blood]] to preserve her youth and beauty.
* Miss America in ''Literature/{{Haunted 2005}}'' constantly behaves as though she is on camera, working ''so'' hard to maintain her flawless facade that naturally her breaking point is just as epic as those of the others.
* It's possible to read Agnes Wickfield in ''Literature/DavidCopperfield'' as this, considering her life with an increasingly alcoholic, depressed father and an increasingly lecherous Uriah Heep, yet she never loses her smiling willingness to help others. As well, Miss Mowcher is a classic Type A (though she was originally written as TheGrotesque, Dickens switched gears and made her a tragic figure who shields herself behind laughs, even at her own expense.)
* Glinda from ''Literature/{{Wicked}}'' is essentially this. As such a high and mighty political figure she must keep a happy facade. Made even worse when her best friend, who happens to be the person she loves, is killed. She must act as if she ''hates'' her and tell pitiful lies about her. It's debatable if the musical or book version has it worse.
* Felicity in ''TheIdeaOfPerfection'' by Kate Grenville is obsessed with appearance, to the point of avoiding frowning or smiling out of fear of developing wrinkles. More-or-less a Type B, since there's nothing of substance underneath her immaculately groomed and beautiful appearance, and contrasting brilliantly with the much more [[{{Woobie}} flawed, but likable protagonists]], who, along with the flaws, also have goals, interests, and drives, and who actually get things done in the end.
* ''PaperTowns'': Margo, although even this is more complicated than it usually is.
* The original ''Literature/{{Pollyanna}}'' is a Type A. She maintains her sunny disposition in front of people but she is sad about losing her father and breaks down when [[spoiler: she becomes crippled]]. She gets better though.
* Jennifer North in ''Literature/ValleyOfTheDolls'' tends to be this. Harry Bellamy says of her "That smile is glued on." She's unfailingly warm and friendly to everyone and sincerely cares about others' problems, while hiding a life full of shame, lies, bitter disappointments and, finally, breast cancer. Most of the truth is not revealed until long after her suicide.
* Mrs. Coulter in ''TheGoldenCompass''. She puts on a friendly, trustworthy front, when in reality she's one of the leaders of an organization that kidnaps young children and surgically removes their souls.
* ''InDeath'': Allika Straffo from ''Innocent In Death'' is either Type A or Type C. [[spoiler: That's because she knows her daughter Rayleen Straffo killed her baby brother Trevor. She tries to act like everything's fine and okay, because she's afraid of Rayleen and what she might do]].
* Blanche Dubois of ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'' is a mixture of Type A and Type C.
** Stella too, especially in the movie.
* The Irish short story "An Beann Og" (The Young Woman) follows a mother of two who politely smiles to anyone she sees and greets them kindly. She seems perfectly happy as she gets herself tidied up for her husband coming home for dinner but the last line of the story says she feels a small tremble of despair at the thought of her husband.
* ''Literature/{{Stargirl}}'', of all people has a tendency to become a type A when she's sad.
* ''TheWestingGame'' has two female examples:
** [[spoiler:Angela Wexler has given up her dreams and ambitions to fulfill her social climbing mother's wishes, making her]] a Type A with a bit of Type C, [[spoiler:as she vents her frustration by setting bombs, including one aimed at ''herself''.]]
** [[spoiler:Flora Baumbach is]] a pure Type A [[spoiler:who smiles constantly to hide the pain from her husband leaving her and her daughter dying]].
* Elin from ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith'' is a genuinely happy person for the most part, but she hides severe and traumatizing personal scars behind her cheerful smile and refuses to show anyone else that she's in pain.
* Kiina in the {{Novelization}} of ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn''. In the animated movie, she's a GenkiGirl, even though the prequel book depicted her as a mean and argumentative person who got into {{bar brawl}}s, barely had any friends and would have loved nothing more than to leave the planet. In ''TLR'', when the appearance of Mata Nui presents an opportunity to do so, he adopts a friendly and cheerful persona to get close to him, fearing that if Mata Nui knew what life on her planet was like, he'd give up all hope and never try to help them.
* Paddy's mother in '''Literature/PaddyClarkeHaHaHa''', especially around his abusive father
--> "My hair isn't falling out" she said
--> "And mine is, is that what you mean?"
--> She smiled
* Shallan Davar of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' is revealed in ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'' as a combination of types A and C. Due to her DarkAndTroubledPast, she must use Lightweaving to repress her true feelings in order to function.
* Amy Elliot-Dunne in ''Literature/GoneGirl'' is a Type A, having always resented the pressure her parents put on her to be the "Amazing Amy" of their books. Her increasingly unhappy marriage to Nick later on only made the pressure worse. [[spoiler:It eventually turned her into TheSociopath and a textbook example of Type C.]]

!! Male Examples
* The title character in Edward Arlington Robinson's poem "Richard Cory" is a male Stepford Smiler whose secret unhappiness isn't revealed until the last lines: "And Richard Cory, one calm summer's night,/Went home and put a bullet through his head."
* Many of the characters in Edward Bloor's novel ''Tangerine'' definitely fit this trope. The three most glaring examples are Joey, Erik, and Paul. In fact, Erik may even be the king of this trope.
** The genuine people in this book are found by exiting suburbia (achieved by the middle school getting sucked into [[strike:hell]] a sinkhole and the kids being spread out) and rubbing elbows with tangerine farmers and other 'real' people.
** The JerkJock trope gets ''interesting'' play in this story. Which also features good people getting unjustly struck by lightning and interesting information about citrus farming. And a viewpoint character who's caught in a MindScrew.
* Creator/DavidFosterWallace's short story "Girl with Curious Hair" is narrated by a mixture of Type B and Type C. One of the narrator's "punkrocker friends" tries to emotionally engage with him while high on acid and is deeply disturbed upon realizing that there is nothing behind the mask.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Xenophilius Lovegood puts on a Type A act in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' when Harry, Ron, and Hermione come to his house. He pretends that everything is well and good and that Luna herself is only out getting ingredients for soup when he's actually been depressed and afraid because the Death Eaters have Luna and have threatened to kill her unless he captures Harry Potter for them, which is just the thing he's attempting to do.
** Albus Dumbledore, best shown in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' when he lies about seeing himself holding a pair of socks in the Mirror of Erised (an artifact which reveals a person's deepest desire).
* Frank Chalmers in ''{{Red Mars|Trilogy}}'' is somewhere between a type A and type B. Coming from a poor family, he's almost entirely consumed by his ambition to succeed. At one point he looks at his life and realizes that all of it is an facade created to impress his superiors, and that he doesn't really have a self.
* Many of the characters from ''Literature/LunarPark'', by BretEastonEllis.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' serial killer Carcer is deceptively cheerful and innocent-looking, with his smile putting people off guard...until they look in his eyes and see the monster behind the mask. But of course then you've taken your eyes off his hands, and at least one of them is holding a knife by now. He's the kind of guy who would murder a man for a loaf of bread and then stand over the corpse saying 'Who, me, guvnor?' and almost ''convincing'' you.
* Todd Bowden from Creator/StephenKing's ''Apt Pupil'' maintains the image of a cheery all-American golden boy even while he's blackmailing the neighborhood [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi-in-hiding]] into telling gruesome concentration camp stories. It's all downhill from there.
* Harold Lauder from ''Literature/TheStand'' becomes a Type C after he finds Fran's diary and goes crazy. He then starts smiling to hide the fact that he hates pretty much everyone, including himself. Another character later notes that when Harold is not smiling, he looks insane.
* Mr. Happy was like that at, at least the start of ''Literature/MrMen A Christmas Carol'' to help and keep Mr. Mean happy. Ironically, this book was made shorty before ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow'' came on air...
* ''XWingSeries'': Ton Phanan, though you don't really get to see it until late. He's a DeadlyDoctor, a DeadpanSnarker, caustic and funny and able to put aside the sarcasm in the right moments. He also feels that the cybernetics he started to get after [[EmergencyTransformation almost being killed]] couldn't replace his future, [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul which died.]]
* In ''LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'', Luke is subjected to a terrible vision of what it's like to [[AndIMustScream live through the heat death of the universe]]; when he comes out of it he's... different. He becomes nihilistic and depressed, believing that love and friendship are just tools people use to manipulate each other, and that it's pointless to save anyone. However, he's still Luke Skywalker, and he makes the conscious decision to act ''exactly'' like he did back when he still thought life had value and meaning, in the hopes of BecomingTheMask, longing to believe the happy lies again. Eventually he does get out of that mindset.
* In Evgeny Zamyatin's dystopian tale ''Literature/{{We}}'', the totalitarian government works towards making its subjects as machine-like as possible: perfectly scheduled and mapped lives, synchronized movements of multiple people, and lack of names in favor of numbers. This agenda is ultimately crowned by "The Great Operation" in which the human brain is irradiated by rays, that ''[[MindRape completely and irreparably strip a person of his imagination]]''. One of the effects (aside from turning a human being into an obedient and ever-happy shell of a man) is a perpetual grin on the subject's face, as he now thinks "smiling is a natural expression of human face". [[spoiler:In the end, D-503, the protagonist, is subjected to the Operation.]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Theon Greyjoy. ''Everyone'' comments on how he is always smiling or [[StepfordSnarker snarking]], as if he hadn't a care in the world or [[SmugSmiler knows something nobody else does]]. And, almost everyone is to some extent creeped out by it because he keeps it up even when it's grossly inappropriate and often downright morbid. Sure enough, he's got issues even ''he'' didn't knew he had, as a result of being kept as a hostage half his life in a situation where everyone maintained a polite fiction of him being a "guest" and ward -- i.e., someone whose life was ''constantly'' being implicitly threatened, who was supposed to pretend he didn't ''know'' that. All things considered it's probably not too surprising he turned out to be a complete [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex basketcase]].
** Varys and Littlefinger (the resident {{Magnificent Bastard}}s) are this, and in both cases, it's implied to be more than just a mask to wear in public...
* ''[[Literature/DarkestPowers The Summoning]]'' has Simon Bae, who for his introduction in the first book seems like a totally normal, cheerful kid who just so happens to be locked up with his older brother in a group home for mentally unstable kids. No matter how gloomy and angry his brother Derek is, Simon always remains upbeat and positive, until Derek snaps at him for doing nothing to help find their [[ParentalAbandonment missing father]]. This is the first thing that breaks Simon’s happy mask, and he admits that having to pretend to be content all the time when he really wants nothing more than to run away and find his dad is killing him inside.
** And again in ''The Reckoning'', when [[spoiler: he takes Chloe on a date, only to discover that his suspicions about her actually having feelings for Derek and not for him are true. He admits to having ignored it so he could just keep trying, but upon finding it out for real, his smile once again breaks and he actually leaves Chloe behind in the forest to go be alone for a while.]]
** Could Derek count as well? He wasn’t exactly ''smiling'', per se, but it’s implied that he tried to hide his own feelings about [[spoiler: Simon and Chloe’s going on a date]] and act like nothing was wrong...
* ''{{The Belgariad}}''/''The Malloreon'': Silk, AKA Prince Kheldar, is asked why he's always laughing at life. His answer: "I've taken a good, long look at the world, and I concluded that if I didn't laugh, I'd probably have to cry."
* [[Creator/TSEliot J Alfred Prufrock]] attends parties and formal events to try to be accepted by his peer group but ultimately feels dead inside, and that he has never done anything significant with his life.
* Bryce from ''Film/{{Flipped}}'' comes off as a Type B to [[LoveInterest Juli's]] family, but is really a Type A who hides how ''repressed'' he is exceedingly well.
* Skylar St. Clair of ''Literature/GivesLight'' is a Type A. He has plenty to angst over (a dead mother, vocal cords that don't work, a father who seems to have walked out on him, a social worker who might take him from the only family he's got left, and [[StraightGay his sexuality]]), but never dwells on it for long. Though he would have you think he's ThePollyanna, [[UnreliableNarrator it becomes increasingly obvious that he's faking it]].
* A Spanish-language poetry, ''Reír llorando'' (To laugh crying, in case you needed more hints), is about a man who has everything he could want, but still feels empty and depressed, visit a doctor, who tells him to go see a famous comic named Garrick to cheer up. [[spoiler: Then the man reveals he '''is''' Garrick and asks for another remedy.]]
* Guy Montag from ''[[{{Fahrenheit451}} Fahrenheit 451]]'' has a forced smile gripping his face at all times, even when he goes to sleep. It takes him some time to realize that his "happiness" is not real and actually masks deep unhappiness.
* Kelsier from ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' smiles all the time, despite living in a CrapsackWorld and having recently had his wife murdered by the BigBad. In his case, it's a form of rebellion against said BigBad.
--> The Lord Ruler thinks he has claimed laughter and joy for himself. I'm disinclined to let him.

!!Mixed Gender Examples
* In ''SoonIWillBeInvincible'', the Champions are a cracking facade of glossy superheroism [[spoiler: concealing bulimia, pain killer addiction, and the usual shenanigans. Twisted later when the apparent Bulimia and pain killer addictions turn out to be [[BizarreAlienBiology food allergies]] and [[IllGirl life-sustaining medications]] in keeping with the "mundane lives of superheroes" theme.]]
* Arguably the entire tree-dwelling Kindar culture in Zilpha Keatley Snyder's ''Literature/GreenSkyTrilogy''. The descendants of a group who decided that humanity's past misdeeds were best forgotten, they consider negative emotions (lumped under the heading of "[[NewSpeak unjoyfulness]]") inappropriate and best kept suppressed.
* Vincent and Carrie Raymond (in Geoph Essex's ''Lovely Assistant'') are astonishingly warm and cheerful [[TheBeautifulElite Beautiful People]], [[spoiler: though their plans to summon a galaxy-sized monster and destroy the world places them squarely as Type C Stepford Smilers]]. Jenny even thinks about the Stepford effect by name.
* The main cast of Jodi Picoult's ''Literature/NineteenMinutes'' (Barring Peter, Jordan and possibly Patrick)
** [[TheWoobie Josie]] is a type A, pretending to be the perfect Golden girl whilst simultaneously having to put up with an abusive boyfriend, neglectful mother and niggling suspicion that if she stops smiling for even a second, everyone will realise she's nothing special.
** Matt is a type C, pretending at first to be the perfect boyfriend, until he turns out to be an abusive jerk.
** Alex has to act perfect 24/7 for the sake of her job whilst the strain tears her apart.
** Lacy has to deal with the fact that one of her children turned out to be a druggie whilst the other (Peter) went on a killing spree.
** Lewis (Lacy's husband) has to deal with the above whilst being a happiness economist (Meaning it's his job to work out the mathematical value of happiness)
** Selena gets off relatively easy, only having to deal with racist idiots.
* Literature/CiaphasCain is supposed to be a fearless [[BadassLongcoat Imperial commissar]] who is willing to lay down his life to destroy the enemies of the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}} God-Emperor of Mankind]]. [[DirtyCoward He]] [[FakeUltimateHero isn't]], although that doesn't stop him from [[AccidentalHero accidentally bumbling into]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments of Awesome]] time and again.
** Meanwhile, [[BadassBookworm Inquisitor]] [[ActionGirl Amberley Vail]] typically wears the smile of a whimsical young woman, but being an [[IDidWhatIHadToDo Inquisitor]] means that she's hiding a [[TheChainsOfCommanding motherload of burdens]] [[DirtyBusiness that comes with the job]]. She's good enough at being a Type A that only those closest to her see [[BeneathTheMask the mask come down]].
* Audrey Armat and her father Emilio in the BaseBreaker mystery novel ''The Total Zone.''
* ''Everyone'' in the short story "It's a Good Life" (and the ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode based on it). Because if they're not, Anthony might wish them out to the cornfield.
* Early on in ''Literature/RedeemingLove'', Angel acts like her [[GildedCage cushy life]] as the city’s highest-end prostitute is all she could ever want, flippantly [[DontYouDarePityMe laughing off]] the hero’s suggestions that she might want to escape it—when in fact she has no control over her own life, is deeply lonely, and loathes every minute of her work. As the novel progresses and she is taken out of her “comfort zone", it becomes obvious that she’s really a deeply bitter and cynical BrokenBird.
* The narrator of Langston Hughes' poem "Minstrel Man" is a type A.