Creator / Will Smith
"Whether he's playing a cool young fighter pilot in Independence Day or a 19th century steampunk cowboy in Wild Wild West or a Converse-wearing Luddite in I, Robot, 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."

Now dis is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside-down... ♪

Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an actor and rapper. West Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground is where he spent most of his days, chillin' out, maxin' relaxin' all cool, until Smith first entered the public eye as part of "DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince", 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 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, a relatively succesful Sitcom that he only signed onto because most of his possessions were taken by the IRS as punishment for tax evasion. In the UK it won a kid's time-slot, before moving into what has become a very successful acting career, including two Academy Award nominations.

His Uncle Tomfoolery days are 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 Shirtless Scene and expect him as well to say "AW HELL NAW!" at some point.

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? Just have a look at his IMDB profile. Add to this, even his stinkers tend to suck in tons of money. The failure of Wild Wild West 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 Muhammad Ali biopic Ali, which was still a critical if not financial success and the drama 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 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 their own page.



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)
  • TBA (2013)

Associated Tropes

  • Good Parents: In The Pursuit of Happyness as Chris Gardner.
    • Also, in real life. Will and family were in Beijing for The Karate Kid, but Trey had to stay in California for school. Will flew out to be with him for all of his football games.
  • Happily Married: His first marriage only lasted a few years but his second, to Jada Pinkett Smith, has endured since 1997.
  • I Am Not Leonard Nimoy: Admit it, it's much easier to think of his character as "Will Smith". Turned out he was straight out invoking this with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He choose to go by his actual name so that he would never be "associated" with the character's name.
  • It Will Never Catch On: 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: Hancock.
  • Just for Pun: "The new millennium — excuse me, Willennium."
  • Ladykiller in Love: Hitch.
  • Location Song: "Miami", a party song.
  • Lyrical Tic: "Haha!" number in Willenium album alone seems to go four digits.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Aforementioned shirtless scenes!
    • Taken even further in I, Robot, wherein he's shown completely naked and showering at one point. Though his 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 After Earth. In this review, he is called out for that.
  • Nice Guy: Known as one of the nicest, friendliest actors in Hollywood.
  • Older Than They Look: He's in his late 40s but he still looks the same as he did in 1997 for the first Men in Black.
  • One Head Taller: Than a lot of his co-stars, especially Alfonso Ribeiro.
  • Soul Brotha: Agent J in Men in Black, especially the second one.
  • Self-Deprecation: Most of his humor is this.
  • Shout-Out: 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 fuck him and fuck you too! Ironically, Eminem and Dr. Dre appeared on the Wild Wild West soundtrack.
  • Theme Naming: The aforementioned Trey is Will's son from his previous marriage - his two children with Jada are named Willow and Jaden.
  • Transatlantic Equivalent: He was the American equivalent to Slick Rick 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.
  • Uncle Tomfoolery: Started his career like this especially as Will in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Agent J in the first Men in Black and Oscar the fish in Shark Tale the animated movie fit as well.
  • Verbal Tic: "Ha-ha!", 'WOOO!", Whaaat whaaat", and "Uuhhh" (that last one was actually a song title on Willenium).