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->''"Your serene expression... It doesn't belong here, in this carnage."''
-->-- ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}''

There's maiming and killing afoot. Screaming and cursing, the clattering of swords, gunfire. Faces distorted with pain and hate. It's terrifying, but it is to be expected.

But what, when you see peace in the middle of horror? One is smiling -- not [[SlasherSmile viciously]], not [[PsychoticSmirk insanely]], not [[TheStoic stoicly]] -- but calm, gentle... seeming [[MeditationPowerup almost enlightened]] as they [[SlashedThroat slit throats]] left and right. They are the eye of the storm, the calm center of destruction and their serenity is [[UncannyValley so off]] that it's more terrifying than [[UnstoppableRage any fury]]. Chances are they might be [[ButForMeItWasTuesday used to it.]]

Villains and heroes can be dissonantly serene in battle mode, but it's rarely the main character who does that. [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Mysterious and frail-looking characters of whom one wouldn't expect such prowess]] often make it look like the easiest thing in the world to vanquish the enemy.

Another deceivingly harmless state of mind, although uncomprehending: PsychopathicManchild, who often has a LackOfEmpathy. Also likely to overlap with WhileRomeBurns. TheComicallySerious is this trope PlayedForLaughs. TranquilFury seems similar on paper but is ''very'' different in practice. May cross over with MomentOfSilence. Expect this character to be StrollingThroughTheChaos while speaking in a DangerDeadpan. Compare TheSlowWalk, MajorInjuryUnderreaction, UnfazedEveryman, and OminousAdversarialAmusement.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Shin demonstrates this in the ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' OVA. When confronted by three Paris thugs, Shin just smiles. He remains calm as he snatches a knife from one of the thugs and hurls it into a robber's shoulder. The thugs are completely unnerved. Given that Shin is struggling with war trauma, his dissonant serenity is a sign that something is off.
* Shiota Nagisa from ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' outwardly looks like a sweet little [[ViewerGenderConfusion slightly androgynous]] milquetoast kid. And he will continue to look like that even as he makes elite veteran soldiers [[OhCrap shit bricks]] with the sheer KillingIntent hiding just underneath the surface.
* Most of the Titans from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' wander around with a creepy smile (or other expression) plastered to their faces as they seek out and devour people. They look like [[TheStoner they're stoned out of their minds]]. Depending on who you ask, this either makes them [[{{Narm}} unintentionally hilarious]] or [[UncannyValley extremely unnerving]]. [[spoiler: Actually justified in that Titans are normal people who are trapped in an eternal LotusEaterMachine, so it would make sense that their Titan forms look very blissed-out and high as the sky.]] Some of the human characters fight like this too, primarily [[TheAce Levi]].
** Among the Shifters, the [[GeniusBruiser Beast Titan]] is this, constantly wearing a sweet smile, even right before condemning [[spoiler: [[GentleGiant Mike Zacharius]] to an excruciating death by being torn limb-to-limb by a group of Titans]]. Apart from the Gorn that follows, the casual way this [[MoralEventHorizon cruel deed]] occurs makes this among the most ''[[NightmareFuel unsettling]]'' scenes in the series.
** A case played [[ForLaughs For Laughs]] is when Eren starts to regain his senses after [[spoiler: emerging from his Titan form for the first time]]. The first thing he says is "you are all going to die..", with a sheepish grin and relaxed expression. Armin's subsequent [[OhCrap reaction]] is [[https://78.media.tumblr.com/8ac03cfa38da277e0129ad756ecdc56e/tumblr_mns3f6729Q1rucc9wo2_500.png priceless]].
* Russia from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. He acts rather childish and sweet, even when saying something threatening or disturbing.
* Mr. Tick Jefferson from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is genuinely happy so long as he gets to use his scissors to cut something. This "something" can be anything from hair, to paper, to [[TortureTechnician human flesh]].
** Ladd's girlfriend Lua always has a perpetually vacant smile on her face, despite her lover's frequent promises to murder her.
** Elmer's been through a lot and is a crowning example of this trope.
** Elmer's equally messed up buddy, Huey, is known to do or say tremendously disturbing things such as setting his hand on fire while still maintaining a polite smile.
* Natsume from ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' is almost invariably smiling, even while his (albeit short so far) fights.
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', the [[BattleButler demonic butler]] Sebastian is a master of Dissonant Serenity.
** So is Ciel Phantomhive at certain times. [[spoiler:Usually when memories of his abusive past in which [[TraumaCongaLine his family has been killed, his house burnt down, him being captured, sold off as a slave, branded with a hot iron, tortured, raped and then waited for his turn to be sacrificed as he watched other children being stabbed to death by a cult trying to summon a demon]] is brought up.]] He gets silent and displays signs of TranquilFury and Dissonant Serenity while he watches the victim who brought up the subject get crushed and murdered brutally with a genuine smile on his face. This also brings about the WhenSheSmiles trope because he is known to be stunningly beautiful when he smiles.
* [[CreepyTwins Hansel and Gretel]] from ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. Seriously, they rival [[Anime/{{Monster}} Johan]] when it comes to cheerfully and politely committing unthinkable atrocities.
** While [[SociopathicHero Revy]] normally displays a wide range of emotions, [[{{tsundere}} all the way from affection to psychotic rage]], she seems to settle on a mix of tranquility and boredom whenever she comes down with [[AxCrazy Whitman Fever]].
** Balalaika even more so. Nothing says "I love my job" like grinning while snapping a Yakuza leader's neck, stopping to engage in a philosophic debate about the nature of the human condition with [[spoiler:a would-be assassin whom she has just had shot]] or politely apologizing to Lagoon Company for any inconvenience they may have experienced during their last mission which ends with some unlucky bastard's apartment exploding.
*** What about Sawyer the Cleaner, who smiles cheerfully when she's gotten across that [[spoiler: the smell that people were complaining about was the ooze from some bodies that decomposed badly before she was called in]] while everybody else is losing their lunch? Or Claude "Torch" Weaver, who wields a flamethrower [[spoiler: and casually talks about how he burned his wife to death in five minutes,]], or Shenhua, who can calmly carry on a conversation [[spoiler: with a woman she's trying to kill]]?
* [[spoiler:Sosuke Aizen]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is the embodiment of this trope. It helps that to all appearances, his belief that he has nothing to worry about is [[InvincibleVillain entirely justified]]. [[spoiler: It makes his loss of composure at the end of Deicide all the more stark as a result.]]
** Retsu Unohana definitely fits this trope real well as she always smiles even when she's threatening you.
** And Gin is always smiling.
** [[spoiler:Mizuiro]] is this when he confronts [[spoiler:Aizen]]. The others are panicking around him. Instead, he simply begins experimenting with [[spoiler:molotov cocktails and empty bottles]] with almost clinical detachment. He's more fascinated than afraid. His companions even point out how scary a person he is.
** Learning the Final Getsuga Tenshou teaches Ichigo a level of calm that ends up being completely at odds with the fight he uses the technique in. [[spoiler:Especially as Aizen begins to unravel into a VillainousBreakdown at the same time.]]
** [[spoiler:Tsukishima]] personifies this trope. [[spoiler:He's [[CareBearStare screwed up]] Ichigo's friends and family and not only has he made them [[GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul happy about it]], but his [[AffablyEvil polite]], [[WickedCultured gentle manner]] actually creates the impression Ichigo is being completely unreasonable to be horrified by it.]]
* ''Anime/CatSoup'': "Big sis, big sis, my arm came off."
* Many of the eponymous warriors in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', but especially Teresa of the Faint Smile, who is '''named''' for her habitual demonstration of the trope. She never gets angry and keeps her slight, Mona-Lisa smile even when ripping an [[EldritchAbomination Awakened Being]]'s arm off.
** Priscilla's bored facial expression barely changes, even while she's killing Noel and Sophia and ripping off Ilene's arm, or single-handedly wasting [[spoiler:Duff, Riful, Alicia and Beth.]] Emphasised even more in the anime, where she's voiced by the soft-spoken Creator/AyaHisakawa.
* Ogami from ''Manga/CodeBreaker'', while burning a bunch of people to death. To quote Sakura, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/code_breaker/v01/c002/16.html "He looked cold and peaceful... yet cruel."]]
* From ''Anime/CodeGeass'', I give you Schneizel. Seemingly a kindly, reasonable fellow, greatly different from his siblings, he maintains a calm, serene demeanor throughout the entire series. [[spoiler:He continues to have this serene manner even while ordering the deaths of millions, announcing to his sister his plans for global domination, and gunning that sister down when she tried to stop him from nuking every major city on the planet, killing billions. What's that about reasonable again?]]
** Rolo fits this trope, as well. In one sequence, he greeted some childhood friends with a warm smile before slaughtering them mercilessly.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': When he's disposing of common thugs, Spike is absolutely nonchalant in his violence, making pummeling strikes and kicks look more like someone's morning stretches. This is in spite of gunshots and death threats being slung his way all the while. Against a more formidable foe, though, he gets more serious.
* Contractors of ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' frequently kill in gruesome ways with little emotion and no remorse.
* [[spoiler:Shiro]] from ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland''. She's shown completely ripping apart a bunch of guards, and smiling an extremely childish and happy smile.
* There's a sequence early on in ''Manga/DeathNote'' where [[SerialKillerKiller Light]] [[VisionaryVillain Yagami]] sets up criminals to die throughout the day. The animation contrasts scenes of prison inmates collapsing and dying of heart attacks, along with the general panic and confusion of the guards and the other inmates, with scenes of Light going about his normal routine, like casually walking through a shaft of [[CueTheSun sunlight]] on his way to school, [[DissonantLaughter cheerfully]] playing a game during gym class, and opening a bag of potato chips at lunch. The effect is magnificently creepy.
** This becomes a critical fact at one point. While Light is being monitored by cameras from almost every angle, he still manages to write names on a hidden scrap of the Death Note without so much as batting an eyebrow. Even L remarks that Kira has already elevated himself to the level of God if he can knowingly kill people without the slightest change in expression.
* The climax of the Kyoto arc in ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'': [[spoiler:Tsuzuki has just stabbed Muraki, and called out Touda to burn down the lab. As the place burns and breaks down, he sits there numbly, doing nothing. It takes Hisoka to get him to even consider not staying there to die.]]
* Takeru (TK) has a touch of this in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''. Normally his reaction to seeing Digimon attacked or manipulated by evil is outright anger and fury (a result of the childhood trauma of watching his own Digimon die), but in his confrontation with the Digimon Kaiser, he suddenly gains a strange Dissonant Serenity and calm smile, while ''catching a whip in his bare hand'' and turning Crusader From Hell on everyone.
* In the anime adaptation of ''VisualNovel/ElevenEyes'', Yuka progressively becomes one as the mixture of the pressure of the Red Night, the constant near-death situations and her increasing jealousy of the other girls mentally break her.
** To some extent, Yukiko fits this trope when she has her glasses on in the Red Night, where she keeps her upbeat attitude. She is unaffected by the grave situation, due to having living through much worse in her youth as a [[spoiler:[[ChildSoldiers child soldier]]]]
* The Diclonii from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' are masters of this, especially Lucy. The anime opens with her calmly walking through a high-security military unit, [[FullFrontalAssault stark naked]] but for a large metal helmet, gently humming to herself whilst hideously ripping apart and mutilating dozens of soldiers. [[PsychopathicManchild But,]] this is after [[BreakTheCutie all the breaking they have endured]], so calling their emotions this is fearsome.
* Lust and others in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
** King Bradley. Even when [[spoiler:stabbing Marta, who was hiding inside Al's armor]] he had that gentle smile on his face.
** Ling Yao was this up until [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl Lan Fan was injured]].
* In ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'', this was a defining trait of Sousuke's beautiful mother's death. When she was falling to her death, her face never showed a hint of terror or despair, and she calmly accepted her fate. Kalinin recalls from that instance that she was "surreally beautiful." Interestingly enough, this trait was apparently inherited by her son. As numerous instances afterwards, Sousuke has been described in very similar terms as being "surreally beautiful" the way he calmly massacres people.
* Kamui from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is like this sometimes.
* Tohma Seguchi from the ''Manga/{{Gravitation}}'' series is an example of this. Many times during the manga, as the antics of those around him decimate whole sections of Tokyo, Tohma calmly assesses and responds in an eerie calm, only [[BerserkButton fully losing his temper once in the series upon seeing a re-creation of his best friend's most traumatic moment.]]
* Hosaka of ''LightNovel/GoshuushouSamaNinomiyaKun''. He always wears a calm smile and speaks in a polite manner even as he throws Shinobu out of a helicopter and [[CurbStompBattle curb stomps]] Shungo with the intent to kill him in the last episode.
* While granting that like his other murders, it's kind of unclear whether or not it was intentional, the Claw in ''Anime/GunXSword'' exhibits this strongly in a scene where he deals with a mutinous subordinate. Personality-wise, the Claw is an affable FriendToAllLivingThings. So, he offers the subordinate a handshake (cue him squeezing the guy's hand hard enough to crack bone). Then, the Claw says that if the guy doesn't want a handshake, how about a hug. Not only is the hug also hard enough that you hear bones breaking, but when the Claw strokes the guy's back with his clawed hand, it's implied (but not shown) that he is ripping open his flesh. Throughout this horrible scene, the Claw is speaking in a gentle voice.
* This is default for girls in ''Manga/GunslingerGirl''. They look calm and stoic even when gunning down people
* Ryoko Asakura in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' has the unnerving habit of still being the sweetest, nicest girl you've ever met, while [[spoiler:[[UncannyValleyGirl attempting to slice you up with a knife]]]]. She was also unusually cheerful afterwards, smiling as she politely delivers a stern but calm warning to Kyon [[spoiler:while her body was being disintegrated.]]
* In ''Anime/HeatGuyJ,'' there are a few instances in which Clair Leonelli will pull out a weapon or describe something evil and horrible but his voice will remain fairly calm and even, probably to convey that he sees nothing off about his behavior even if everyone else does. As a case in point, his EstablishingCharacterMoment involves him flinging a grenade at his father's grave, and saying quite calmly and cheerfully, "Papa. It's fireworks. You loved them, right?" before breaking into an EvilLaugh.
** Itsuki as well, often creeping out Kyon due to his constant smile capable of resisting the possibility of an EndOfTheWorldSpecial.
* Nurse Takano Miyo from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' often talks in a calm, friendly tone about horrible ritualistic murders. Considering that most of the rest of the cast tends to go psychotically AxCrazy, her nonchalant attitude sticks out.
** Her employer, Nomura, also counts, seeing as how [[spoiler:she watches with a calm and collected expression on her face as the Great Hinamizawa Disaster is caused by the Yamainu as part of her plan to close up a fellow competing company. She never loses her cool, especially [[KarmaHoudini since she never meets any other characters and is fine with leaving Takano to be blamed for Nomura's actions]], which is a sign that Nomura manages to be a MagnificentBitch]].
* To a certain extent, Hisoka in ''Manga/HunterXHunter''.
** Even more so, Chrollo. Being a nihilist that is not afraid to die, his heartbeat wouldn't change even in the slightest when kidnapped [[spoiler: by Kurapika to be used as a bargain chip for saving Gon and Killua from the Genei Ryodan]].
** [[PeoplePuppets Shalnark]] blurs the line between this and [[PsychopathicManchild Psychopathic Manchild]]. He sees the people he manipulates as toys, and expresses childlike disappointment when they get killed.
* ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'': Ultimo is a robot boy that embodies good and is always smiling. Even as he tells he is threatening his mortal enemy, ripping off one of his arms or indirectly killing nearby civilians during their fights, the smile never leaves.
* Several characters in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' show this, including the protagonist.
** Worth noting is that the protagonist is this while holding a knife to the throat of her love interest, making this easily one of the most chilling moments on this page.
** [[spoiler:"Yet Shiki only continues to stare, unperturbed and placid. Red butterflies take flight from the wound, and descend lightly on Shiki's face, and on her ghostly kimono. Her blood-soaked lips twist into a shape...is it of fear, or of pleasure? Is she Shiki or SHIKI? I try to say something, but my voice stops, and I fall to the ground just because of the effort of trying to talk. I vomit, my stomach retching out all its contents, all the bile. I wish it retched out this memory as well, but no such luck. I vomit so hard I start to cry. But that doesn't make me feel any more relieved. The overwhelming smell of the blood is so rich it drowns my brain. And finally, Shiki notices me. She turns her head to look at me, and I see now that the twist on her lips earlier was a smile, a kind of warm, motherly smile that is so at odds with the scene that it makes me shiver."]]
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'''s [[BigBad Byakuran]] is almost [[PerpetualSmiler always seen with a polite smile]] and [[EyesAlwaysShut closed eyes]]. He only opens them when he is making a serious statement or is noticeably distressed.
** We'd be lying if we didn't count Reborn in this too.
* Shou Kano in ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' has a tendency to occasionally laugh cheerfully and apparently without malice while utterly destroying his opponents. Generally these are the fights that don't really have any personal meaning to him: other fights reveal something more along the lines of a SlasherSmile or at least a businesslike attitude.
** Later on, we're introduced to one of the assistant instructors of Diego "Laughing Fist" Carlos, the Meatman, a rather large warrior who was charged with insuring that a bomb on the ship that several of the characters are riding goes off. When asked what he thinks will happen to HIM when the bomb goes off (by the characters who were trying to disarm it and therefore have to get past him first), he responds that he'll "calmly defeat" them and then run away before the bomb blows up.
* Nui Harime from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' a girl in pink lolita clothing who is always cheery, even when spouting venemous comments, when fighting, and even when telling [[TheHero Ryuko]] [[spoiler: that she was the one who kill her dad]]. Subverted in the last episodes [[spoiler: when she gets her arms lopped off, causing her to FreakOut and go through a VillainousBreakdown]].
* Natives of the various [[PlanetOfHats Countries Of Hats]] in ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'' often act this way. And then there's [[TheStoic Kino]] herself, who remains eerily calm in the face of things that would send the average person screaming and running in the other direction. Probably because [[BrokenBird she's seen worse]].
* Downplayed with Fuu in ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth''. When it comes to battle she reacts like you'd expect. But with other kinds of physical danger (or when Cephiro is being plain weird) she reacts by getting really, ''really'' smiley and polite. Usually with flower effects in the background.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': One of Evangeline A.K. [=McDowell=]'s moments during the Kyoto Arc involved this. Give that girl her powers back for a little while and she'll freeze the world with the snap of her fingers and a smile on her face.
* Shizuru from ''Anime/MaiHime'' manages to maintain her [[{{Ojou}} calm demeanor]] even when [[spoiler:she [[{{Yandere}} goes a-huntin' for blood]]]]. This change also comes with what appear to be a pair of colorless MindControlEyes.
* [[spoiler:Phantom Thief Sai]] from ''Manga/MajinTanteiNougamiNeuro''.
** The lead Negi Springfield does this during his UnstoppableRage against Wilhelm.
** Seeing Fate Averruncus display anything other than that look of utter calm on his face is so rare as to be unheard of. Even when he's caught completely off-guard (does not happen often) or is losing a fight (happens even less often), his face betrays only the slightest hint of surprise or annoyance.
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': Both Kumagawa and Zenkichi are the {{Trope Codifier}}s; Kumagawa brings a creepy edge to it, while Zenkichi is much more sincere.
* In ''Anime/MonColleKnights'', the busty Gluuko gets high marks for maintaining a cheerful expression all the freaking time, even when it's clear that she and her TerribleTrio [[VillainsOutShopping Teammates Out Shopping]], Count Collection and Batch, are on the losing side ([[HarmlessVillain which they always are]]).
* In the ''Umi-Bozu'' arc of ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'', each of the characters in turn are shown illusions of their worst fears. After screaming, crying, collapsing and a character [[VomitDiscretionShot throwing up over the edge of the ship]], it's the Medicine Seller's turn... and we're treated to a scene of him dissolving into nothingness. Outside of staring at his hands as they disappear, he has no reaction, but quietly closes his eyes and waits for it to finish.
** The Medicine Seller actually does this quite a bit -- given the things he dedicates his life to hunting are eldritch monsters and people are occasionally slaughtered graphically right in front of him, he has very little emotion to offer. Comparing the earlier example to his common behavior suggests he's not as unaffected as he seems -- after the illusion ends, we're treated to a camera shot that lingers on his tightly-clenched hands.
* Johan in ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' '''is''' this trope. To the most frightening degrees possible. Those moments when he ''doesn't'' have that expression end up equally terrifying.
** We're not kidding. [[http://c.mhcdn.net/store/manga/228/06-048.0/compressed/monster_v06_c048_p170.jpg Is this]] how you're supposed to look [[http://img1.ak.crunchyroll.com/i/spire4/d2ce7ebef9cd26bd2cc579b8bd51488c1242671760_full.jpg after you KILL PEOPLE?!]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a group of characters raised on TranquilFury ([=ANBU=]), but Sai seems to be a special exception that falls into this.
* Kaworu in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Also, during [[spoiler:Third Impact, Giant Naked Rei/Lilith]] is smiling peacefully, and [[spoiler:she maintains this same smile even as [[{{Gorn}} her body falls apart and her head is sliced in half]]]].
** ''Rebuild 2.22'' starts out with Mari sitting in Evangelion Provisional Unit-05, about to fight an Angel, and she's happily singing while chasing the thing. Hell, her only worry is that her Plugsuit is a bit too tight on her breasts! [[spoiler:Later, while Shinji is causing Near-Third Impact, everyone is scared out of their minds, but Kaji and Mari just take it easy.]]
*** In ''Rebuild 3.33'', [[spoiler:Mari says she's actually interested in seeing what will happen when the 12th Angel dies, and a few minutes later, sits in her entry plug, drinking tea from bottles... while Unit-13 is causing the ''Fourth Impact''! The girl really needs to learn something about appropriate behaviour.]]
* Kirika from ''Anime/{{Noir}}'': from beginning to end, she never displays anything other than calm concentration while killing hundreds of people.
** [[BigBad Altena]] also qualifies, and her creepy-ass village of Noir worshippers/sacrificial lambs that suddenly pull out guns and start killing elite members of the Soldats could also qualify.
* In between fluctuations from [[UnstoppableRage unbridled fury]] to [[TranquilFury calm brutality]] to [[SlasherSmile psychotic glee]], Rob Lucci gets a couple moments of this in his fight with Luffy in ''Manga/OnePiece''.
** Anyone with the Will of D in the series always has a wide smile on their faces when faced with death. [[spoiler:Gol D. Roger]], Jaguar D. Saul and [[spoiler:Portgas D. Ace]] had these smiles before they died, so did Luffy during the Loguetown arc when Buggy was about to execute him.
** Nico Robin fits this trope she often explains how she and her group can die in a situation well smiling. Her case is played [[Forlaughs for laughs]] however, especially at cases when all the Straw Hats express [[MassOhCrap panic]], yet she stoicly stares or barely shows but a little fear.
* In ''Anime/PokemonRangerAndTheTempleOfTheSea'', Manaphy was ironically happy to see Ash with Jackie's voice after it used Heart Swap in the Anime. It probably makes sense that Manaphy is too young to understand danger.
* Carol of ''Manga/ProjectARMS'' is a cute little girl with the power to break and twist things with a thought. When she fights Ryo, she happily sets about breaking every bone in his body while [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/project_arms/v05/c003/3.html laughing. "Yay!"]] Keith White would also count, [[spoiler:when he gently hugs Alice while she cries to him about how she is under so much pressure and just wants to be free for once. He kindly tells her that it's clear that he needs to change how she and the other children are being treated -- before signaling for the kids to be shot.]]
* Kyubey of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' keeps his [[FrozenFace Frozen]] CatSmile and friendly voice, no matter what horrors are going on around him. {{Justified|Trope}} because [[spoiler:he's a member of an alien race which is unable to feel any emotions (the ones that do are considered mentally ill)]]. Mami usually fights like this, [[spoiler:which [[TheWorldsExpertOnGettingKilled backfires dramatically]] in episode 3]] and we don't see her taking a fight seriously until TheMovie; turns out she's [[LetsGetDangerous ludicrously skilled and powerful]].
* Kasumi Tendo tends towards this in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' as the varying antics, feuds and outright wars brought on by Ranma's various fiancees and insecurities take their toll on the Tendo household she never, ever seems to break a sweat or be anything but utterly sweet and smiling (occasionally looking worried when something truly disastrous occurs).
* Soujiro Seta in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' is a master of this. [[HarmfulToMinors He has a good excuse]].
* Fumio from ''Manga/SaitamaChainsawShoujo'': "When I started this chainsaw today... my heart stopped working."
* Hakkai in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}'' is like this most of the time, utterly calm with a cheerful smile in battle and all other situations.
* In ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'', Kyo scares lots of people with his bloodlust in battle, but he is later repossessed by Kyoshiro, who scares people even more as he calmly slaughters elite mooks without showing any intensity in his expression.
* Akira Hojo from ''Manga/{{Sanctuary}}''.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' has two: Oora Kanoko, who is characterised as being a constantly calm, mostly emotionless girl who wears her skirt with the side opening. She even walks through a huge prison fight at a jail, and calmly walks out of the prison during the carnage, with her shivering teacher by her side after freeing him. Second is [[spoiler: Kafuka Fuura. She's always smiling. Even when her school is burning down, her father is killing himself, her mother is possessed, and her school is crumbling down. And yet she is still a very small one to Oora.]]
* Chizuru of ''LightNovel/SeitokaiNoIchizon''.
-->My smile becomes more beautiful the angrier I get.
* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'': Crowley and especially Ferid have a friendly smile on their faces whenever they're committing atrocities. Ferid looks especially happy when he reminisces the times he killed Crowley's, Yuu's, and Mika's comrades and says [[ForTheEvulz "It was fun!"]]
* As shown in Episode 8 of ''Manga/ServantXService'', Saya keeps that sweet smile of hers even with CrossPoppingVeins and a dark aura emanating from her while relaying a message to Jyoji via Yutaka that dragging a female (i.e. Lucy) into a date is awful.
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'': So the Final Test is upon the candidates who want to be chosen to be sent to the future, which includes cutting them off from previous comforts like running water, gas and even the dorms they have seen as a home, with the likely consequences that people will die? All Ayu has to say about this is that it's good, since things will be finally decided upon properly, with a sweet smile on her face.
* Hao Asakura from ''Manga/ShamanKing''. Oh, dear god, HAO. He has quite a reputation for having that cheery smile on his face as he slaughters countless lives, especially lesser Shamans, including but not limited to almost all of the "pathetic" X-Laws. He even has his serenity when he does worse to Yoh [[spoiler:by pulling out his soul and eating it in the fourth-to-last episode of the anime]].
** [[TheNecromancer Johann]] [[{{Necromantic}} Faust]] [[CreepyAwesome VIII]] from the same series is also a great example... up until [[BerserkButton you mess with]] [[TrueLove Eliza]].
* The Lord of Nightmares from ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Next'' embodies this trope, dishing out apocalyptic destruction while never once raising her voice above an emotionless monotone.
* The BigBad in ''Anime/TalesFromEarthsea'' threatens to kill his reporting lieutenant with nothing more than a whisper in his voice and a smile on his face.
* [[spoiler:The original]] Ion from the ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' manga gaiden based on him. He almost always has a calm, friendly smile on his face even when he's [[spoiler: killing one of his Replicas or talking about how the world is trash.]]
* Yoshii Kazuho from ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}'' always has a calm, pleasant smile on his face, even as he goes around shooting people and blowing them up with bombs.
* The BigBad of ''Manga/{{Togari}}'', Sena, is never shown without a calm smile plastered on his face, to contrast with Tobei's UnstoppableRage. Not that he indulges in TranquilFury; he never even ''feels'' fury.
* Seishirou in ''Manga/{{X1999}}'' and ''Manga/TokyoBabylon''.
* Crusnik 02 [[spoiler:(aka Abel Nightroad)]] in many scenes of ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood''.
* Legato Bluesummers in ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''.
** And in some scenes of the ''Trigun Maximum'' manga, [[spoiler:Knives]] butchers entire communities without any apparent emotion.
* Grove from ''Anime/VampireHunterD: Bloodlust'', when he does that spirit attack thing. In his case, it can be {{justified|Trope}}: When ''not'' in his spirit form, Grove is immensely weak and bedridden; using the power nearly kills him every time, but he's free from his crippled body while it's active.
* [[Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu "I will not return you to the darkness...]] You, ''I will burn to ashes".''
** And one short battle involved Miyu against a sexily-clad schoolgirl Shinma with a flute who sported a similar grin.
* Haguro in ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'' started as this, always calm and relaxed except for short bursts of PowerBornOfMadness physical violence. Then he suffered a VillainousBreakdown and got much, much worse.
* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'': In probably the most unsettling scene in the show, when Victor [[CryCute bursts into tears]] after Yuri [[spoiler: proclaims he's retiring during the Grand Prix Finals]], Yuri's reaction is to calmly reach out and pull back Victor's hair so he can watch him cry more closely, and basically say with with little tone or inflection, [[LackOfEmpathy "I'm surprised to see you cry."]]

* ''Art/TheLastSupper'': Bartholomew has slammed the table, James the Lesser is grabbing for someone's attention, Andrew can barely stand to hear any of this, Judas is hiding as best as he can, Peter is reaching over the table brandishing a knife, John is almost swooning, James the Great is keeping Thomas and Phillip from rushing Jesus, Matthew and Thaddeus are ambushing a dumbfounded Simon for information, and Christ... is solely focused on the bread and wine in front of him, with no regard for the panic of his followers.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} of the ''Comicbook/XMen'' frequently displays this attitude in combat. Including, on at least two occasions, while fighting blind. He's just that much of a control freak.
-->You would not ''believe'' the day I'm having.
* Victor Ray from ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'' is able to keep his emotions in check and can execute his mission utmost efficiency. One time he was able to give off a lecture about the origins of the trust '''IN THE MIDDLE OF A GUNFIGHT''' without even breaking a sweat.
* [[spoiler:Jan Arrah/Element Lad/the Progenitor]] in ''Legion Lost'', when he explains to the Legion the horrors he's suffered that drove him UTTERLY INSANE. And then [[spoiler:he kills one of them because he forgot who she was]].
* In ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', Sinestro does this when [[spoiler: he gains the power of The Entity, the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Life.]]
* In ''ComicBook/SinCity'', Kevin's facial expresion never changes. He always has that calm, content face. All the time. And it's so fucking creepy.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Zirah from the ''Literature/GoodOmens'' FanFic ''Fanfic/TheSacredAndTheProfane'' to the effect that it [[BarredFromTheAfterlife gets him kicked out of Hell]] because [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth it so creeps out the other demons.]]
* When Tsuruya is almost thrown out of a school window to her death by one of Kyon's classmate in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Kyon dangles him out of a window by the ankle and interrogates him, while making {{Shout Out}}s to The Dark Knight, among others.
* Hinata in ''Fanfic/YetAgain'' could possibly rival [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Unohana]].
* Satan [[spoiler: when he punches a hole through Raphaels' chest]] in ''Fanfic/AHistoryOfHeavenAndItsAngelsAsUnderstoodByArchangelGabriel''.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Infinity}}'', [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Lindy]] invokes this after Fate and Chrono are badly injured, mainly because she would terrify everybody with her seething MamaBear rage if she didn't. While she does manage to keep her emotions in check, she still ends up radiating a KillingIntent that scares poor Amy half to death.
* In the vocaloid fanfic ''Fanfic/RottingCamellias'', Haku and Neru always act very calm, despite being part of a {{Circus of Fear}} that features all sorts of strange and horrible things.
* In ''Fanfic/FairyDanceOfDeath'', Sakuya confronts Skarrip, who [[spoiler:reveals itself as the NPC Loki]], and then disappears, making her the new faction leader. Other players only know the last two, which are shocking enough. As for Sakuya,
--> there came a point where the surrounding noise and chaos became so overwhelming that it circled back around on itself and elevated her to a state that was almost zen-like. It was not a state of ''peace'', precisely… it was a state of detachment, like that of a person who has endured so much that they become numb to it. Her sister had once colorfully referred to it as ''having no fucks left to give''.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'', Laurel is suddenly and inexplicably resurrected after being dead for 7 months. Virtually everyone is completely shocked by her presence, except for Diggle, who barely reacts. However, it's made clear he's just as thrown as the rest of them, he just isn't showing it. Felicity, who's freaking right the fuck out, eventually comments on it:
-->'''Felicity:''' And you! Why are you so calm about this?\\
'''Diggle:''' ''[[[IResembleThatRemark calmly]]]'' Who says I'm calm?\\
'''Felicity:''' Your general demeanor? Your lack of an expression? Take your pick!\\
'''Oliver:''' You ''have'' been oddly silent.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', apart from briefly screaming at 9, 6 is always very calm [[spoiler:before he dies]].
* In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', a violent BarBrawl breaks out and Fidget the bat can be seen calmly drinking his beer during the chaos.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This may be a stretch for serenity, but Colonel Kilgore in ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' doesn't act like a normal man surrounded by gunfire and explosions. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."
* This is the primary weapon of the Ghosts in ''Film/AfterEarth''. Because the Ursa's one and only method of sensing its prey is to "smell" pheromones that are released by fear, the Ghosts can effectively disappear by [[ImNotAfraidOfYou controlling their emotions]] while in battle.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'':
** Quaritch. While destroying the Na'vi home, killing several Na'vi in the process, he just sits back and sips on his coffee.
** A pilot and scientist just went rogue to help two prisoners escape (those are the good guys, by the way.) He pauses just long enough to tell everyone "Masks on" before booting open the atmospherically sealed door, striding into the hangar and opening fire on the fleeing aircraft. After a total of about 45 seconds of taking careful aim, firing, and then looking angry/disappointed that they left, he's FINALLY handed a mask and it's shown that he was holding his breath the entire time while looking focused, if not placid. ColonelBadass indeed. [[note]]This gets a {{Lampshade|Hanging}} in the Podcast/RiffTrax of the film. When Quaritch is handed the mask, Bill, speaking as Quaritch, says "Oh yeah, breathing. I guess some of you ''pussies'' have to do that."[[/note]]
* A character is disconcertingly calm while being gang raped in ''Film/BaiseMoi''. Guess who, shortly afterwards, turns into a psychotic killer?
* ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'': The Dynamic Duo has escaped death once again! What do the bad guys do? Run around screaming, as expected. Except for the Riddler, who calmly sits down and begins plotting out the next scheme.
* In ''{{Film/Battle Royale}}'' all versions include the adviser explaining the rules cheerfully, which all include slaughtering your friends, but it's an even worse scene in the film since there's a video featuring a GenkiGirl explaining everything cheerfully. The effect is ''very'' creepy.
* In ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', after Walter infamously flips out over [[RulesLawyer an alleged]] [[SeriousBusiness bowling infraction]], he calms right back down immediately.
-->'''The Dude''': Will you just take it easy, Walter?\\
'''Walter''': I'm calmer than you are.
* Garland Greene from ''Film/ConAir''. He's a deranged serial killer who rarely changes his expression and speaks in a CreepyMonotone (and also a DeadpanSnarker with shades of AffablyEvil). The serenity is most contrasting when the plane crashes, and he hilariously sings "He's got the whole world in his hands".
* ''Film/EventHorizon''. "Where we're going, we won't need eyes to see." Also a pretty badass line even with no context at all. And you can twist it to work for so many different scenarios.
* [[AxeCrazy Gaear]] [[PsychoForHire Grimsrud]] from the film ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' is an almost mute and emotionless character... even when he is murdering innocents in cold blood and feeding his partners into wood chippers for mouthing off to him.
* The record store owner in ''Film/FishStory'' is very calm about the fact that a meteor is hours away from destroying the Earth. The Champion of Justice also doesn't even flinch when the ferry gets hijacked.
* Dylan does this to throw off her friends in ''Film/{{Geek Charming}}''.
* ''Film/GodToldMeTo'': one of the mass murderers investigated by detective Nicholas is a man who killed his family because "God told me to". When interrogated he described how he shot his wife and two kids while smiling pleasantly and answering politely the police's question, which only makes Nicholas angrier.
* In ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'' Drax is contemplating a series of ponds that reminds him of his daughter. His face is serene, betraying no emotion, but the empath Mantis begins sobbing after touching him and experiencing what he is feeling.
* ''Film/GunfightAtTheOKCorral'' -- A group of cowboys comes into Dodge City and start shooting up the town. Doc Holliday calmly continues to play blackjack because he's on a winning streak. His opponent isn't so calm.
* The Todd Solondz film ''Film/{{Happiness}}'' features a scene where manic depressive pedophile, Bill Maplewood, nonchalantly guns down random people in a peaceful park while [[SoundtrackDissonance stereotypically soothing music plays in the background]] (this turns out to be a dream though). Yep, it's [[BlackComedy that kind of movie]].
* John Ryder from ''Film/TheHitcher'', who never loses his calm as he continues killing people in gruesome ways.
* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', when the dream is collapsing and everyone else is running around frantically, what does Mal do? She calmly walks through the destruction and is amused [[spoiler:at how Dom gave Saito the wrong documents]].
* ''Film/KellysHeroes'' has 'Oddball'. He's a 'Proto-Beatnik' (it's only the 1940's) and thrives on 'positive waves'. He also settles down for a picnic deep inside enemy territory while his crew tries to fix their damaged equipment, since "...everybody here seems so friendly." Oh, and did we mention he's [[BunnyEarsLawyer the best damn tank commander]] in the whole division?
* Played for laughs with Roy in ''Film/KnightAndDay'', who always always ''always'' stays calm, collected, and prone to CasualDangerDialogue, even while hanging from the hood of a speeding car, getting literally thrown around a kitchen, or gunning down waves of mooks. However, rather than being a ConsummateProfessional, he's a bit of a CloudCuckoolander.
* Dorian Gray in the live-action adaptation of ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''. When The Phantom's soldiers begin wrecking his house, he strides calmly through the firefight, looking utterly bored as he [[CulturedBadass stabs people left and right]]. When one of the soldiers fills his entire torso with lead, he just stands there, takes a deep breath, and then cuts off the guy's breastplate and stabs him. As soon as the guy falls, he takes the handkerchief out of his breast pocket, wipes the sword clean with it, and puts it back in a dignified manner.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse
** Loki in ''[[Film/TheAvengers2012 The Avengers]]'' rarely, if ever, loses his cool, looking quietly amused even while he attempts to conquer Earth. [[spoiler:It's a sign of his impending VillainousBreakdown when he starts showing other emotions in the final battle, going very quickly from a SingleTear when fighting Thor to a full-on AGodAmI rant when faced with the Hulk -- which ends as well as you would expect.]]
** He continues this attitude in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. His reaction to the other prisoners getting released by [[spoiler: Kurse]] is basic curiosity, and during the later prison riot he can be seen calmly reading in his cell (and looking mildly annoyed at the racket they're making).
** In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', the titular Soldier first appears toward the end of a car chase. Nick Fury is being chased through downtown DC by mooks in [[FalseFlagOperation police cars]], sirens are wailing, bullets are flying, there are some truly spectacular crashes, and then you see him standing nonchalantly in the middle of a busy street. And ''then'' he lazily sidesteps Fury's overturned SUV as it's still flying toward him at traffic speed, missing him by inches. [[spoiler:His total lack of self-preservation instincts is an early clue that he's [[BrainwashedAndCrazy not in control]] [[SympatheticSentientWeapon of what he's doing]]]].
* In ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' films, various characters wear completely blank expressions while fighting, often further emphasized by impenetrable sunglasses.
* Solomon Lane from ''Film/MissionImpossibleRogueNation''.
* ''Film/TheNightFlier'': One of the vampire's victims, an elderly woman, is brainwashed into a girlish infatuation with him. She calmly sits on the front porch of her house as her husband is murdered in front of her, then walks back inside and waits for the vampire to devour her too.
* Crazy Wanda, while everyone is being maimed by Bigfoot at the end of ''Film/NightOfTheDemon''.
* Anton Chigurh from ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'', who only looks [[SlasherSmile genuinely happy]] once in the film, when he strangles a sheriff's deputy to death with a pair of handcuffs near the beginning.
* The death scene of [[spoiler:Lord Beckett]] in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd''. He calmly walks down the middle of his ship as it's being torn apart by cannon fire on both sides in slow motion, muttering to himself that it's "just good business." Though one could argue that that was less Dissonant Serenity and more a very calm VillainousBreakdown.
* Gary Oldman's character in ''Leon, Film/TheProfessional'' when he's killing Matilda's family while cheerfully humming along to the classical music in his headphones.
* ''Film/ThePurge'': The announcement made by the government to the people about The Purge makes it sound like it's just a minor, adjust-your-clock event. This contrasts starkly with the home invasion that occurs later on.
* Harmon James from ''Film/ThePurgeElectionYear''. When assisting Minister Edwidge Owens with his annual Purge Mass, he seems almost completely void of emotion, ''until'' he purges the first victim of the night, after which he seems a bit TOO excited, sharing a moment with Minister Owens. After this, however, he goes back to being completely stoic, even when bullets are flying around him.
* Used as a plot point in the second ''Film/RushHour'' movie. Steven Rayne, a hotel billionaire, is perfectly calm and serene when [[spoiler:gunfire erupts on Ricky Tan's yacht]]. Carter notices this, telling Lee that "when the shooting started, (Rayne) was way too cool." They eventually figure out he's in on the plan to launder fake money, and follow him.
* Captain Miller, in ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', is astonishingly calm during moments of phenomenal stress, i.e., the Normandy Landings. The problem is, his jitters catch up with him later; No matter how calm he may appear, Miller is a man on the ragged edge who knows he's right on the point of losing it. Ironically, this lends him the serenity he needs to be a FatherToHisMen.
* More appropriately, Amon Göth from ''Film/SchindlersList'' fits the description to the tip, as he walks around the camp, casually glancing about while Jews are murdered and tortured. "Can you believe this? As if I don't have enough to do, they come up with this? I have to find every rag buried up here and burn it," he says as he watches the incineration of Jews' bodies.
* Hannibal Lecter from ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', ''Film/RedDragon'', etc. The only time he ever raises his voice is to make himself heard over a screaming nutter.
* Kevin, from the movie ''Film/SinCity'', who [[spoiler:even smiles as his head is being cut off.]]
* ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock'' features Kirk stuck with a Klingon being about as calm as [[EvilIsHammy hammy TOS-era Klingons]] get (as in, shouting monotonically) either because he's in the catbird seat or in some sort of battle trance:
-->'''Kirk''': You fool, look around you! The planet's destroying itself!\\
'''Kruge''': [[CasualDangerDialog Yes, exhilarating, isn't it?]]
** Also telling is that Kurge didn't actively attack Kirk to start their climactic fist fight, the landscape just kind of threw him at Kirk.
* Bailey during the dinner scene in ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacreTheBeginning''. It turns out she's had her teeth and tongue removed offscreen.
* In ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', Largo calmly glances at a SPECTRE henchmen being electrocuted by Blofeld, then goes back to looking through his notes with a slightly bored expression throughout.
* In ''Film/TronLegacy'' the masked [=DJs=]' (played by Music/DaftPunk the film's composers) only response to a fight breaking out in their club is to change the music.
* Both ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' and ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' characterise Willy Wonka with this attitude whenever a misbehaving child ends up in peril (while in [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory the original book]], his attitude leans more toward DissonantLaughter).
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': [[spoiler:As En Sabah Nur is killing [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesProfessorCharlesXavier Charles]]' mind, the latter is lying in a pool of his own blood and is plainly in agony. But when Jean Grey enters the astral plane, Xavier's expression suddenly becomes peaceful and he smiles at her.]]

* As Creator/RudyardKipling in "The Ballad of Boh Da Thone" described TheCaptain remembering old times when he tried to catch his archenemy:
--> In his eye lit the passionless passion of slaughter
* Jonah in ''Literature/TheBible'', with the boat he's on going through a storm and the pagan crewmen about him frantically praying to their deities... is asleep. So, pretty old trope eh?
** So was Jesus, one of the times they were crossing the Sea of Galilee. Another time he was so zen he was able to WalkOnWater.
** Luke and John portray Jesus like this even during his own crucifixion. Mark and Matthew portray him as less composed, asking at one point "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?".
* Griboyedov in ''Literature/TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'', especially during the attack on the embassy.
* Chiun from the book series ''Literature/TheDestroyer'' matches this. An 80 year old Korean man, he is calm and gentle... as he rips open throats and kills anyone who messes with him.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** In ''Discworld/{{Nightwatch}}'', Carcer is this trope. This man will smile serenely as he's stabbing you, and then with a look of childlike innocence, go "Who, me?" to any bystanders, as if he didn't just kill someone in cold blood.
** Carrot is Carcer's good opposite. When Angua was kidnapped, he decided to eat and take a nap so he'd be in better shape to deal with the kidnappers later.
** In ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', this is [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by History Monk and [[ConfusionFu déjà fu]] master Lu-Tze, who is surprised that his opponents forgot a vital rule: do not act incautiously when confronting [[OldMaster little bald wrinkly smiling men]].
* As early as two planets into the Paradise of ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', Beatrice's smile is so brilliant that the narration says a man would feel serenity looking at it even if he were in a fire.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', near the end, Oreg seems very serene, despite the fact that Ward decided to just let the villains take castle Hurog, and the dragon bones buried under it, something which Oreg wanted to avoid at all costs. [[spoiler: Turns out Oreg knows that Ward will do the right thing ... which is to kill him, thus making castle Hurog (to which he's magically bound for all eternity, or until someone kills him ...) collapse, burying the dragon bones and the villains under it. He's just waiting for the right moment to tell Ward.]] Ward is unsettled by this dissonant serenity, and suspects that there may be something he doesn't know about.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Lara and Thomas Raith, whenever we see them fighting.
** Harry himself during a flashback in ''White Night'', while he tortures a ghoul to death. Although it also crosses into TranquilFury, considering that said ghoul was part of a bunch that brutalised and ate two warden trainees that Harry was responsible for.
--->"''Dios.''" Ramírez breathed. He stared at me for a moment. "I've never seen you like this."\\
"Like what?"\\
* In the TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms novel ''[[Literature/TheElminsterSeries The Making of a Mage]]'' a [[DoesNotLikeMagic resentful]] Elminster (age 17) witnessed how one [[TheMagocracy magelord]] summoned and tried to command Dorgon "Stonecloak" Heamiiolothtar, one of few people who hadn't [[YouKillItYouBoughtIt won]] the office of Magister, but was given it by the gods of magic and who had remained in it longer than anyone save Azuth himself. Dorgon poked "with mild curiosity" the artifact supposed to make him powerless, ascertained that it ''was'' a challenge, and teleported through the room and diced half of the magelords and the flunkies present at the party before anyone reached the door. He then disabled, judged and beheaded all of the remaining magelords one by one. All the while wearing much the same expression, ignoring their spells and complaining about their inability to throw something really interesting at him.
* In the Literature/HonorHarrington novel ''In Enemy Hands'', when Honor [[spoiler: is in StateSec custody]], she finds that the "deadness" and "cold-eyed patience" of some is even worse than the others' fiercely delighted hatred. In ''Echoes of Honor'' a similar observation is made of Oscar Saint-Just.
** Not that Harrington doesn't exhibit the same thing on several occasions when she very calmly sets out to end someone. The first time she did this in the series, heavily armed Marines physically recoiled from her out of fear as she calmly walked by with a handgun planning to execute prisoners who had raped and murdered some of her subordinates.
** Havenite secret agent Victor Cachat is a genuinely NiceGuy that, when he has to kill someone, turns ''all'' of his emotions off, which makes him even more terrifying than any other alternative - enough that a slaver felt almost glad that he was going to be taken away by a slaver hunter.
* Common in the medieval Literature/IcelandicSagas, making this OlderThanPrint:
--> Bolli does not kill Helgi on the spot. Instead, he stands quietly by and smiles a little as he listens to the summons. Saga readers know of course what it means to smile a little under the pressure of insult: it means turmoil and violence. The little smile seals Helgi's fate; it is only a question of time. (Theodore M. Andersson)
* Sir Thomas Maculay in ''Lays of Ancient Rome'' describes Mars this way:
-->''He smiles a smile more dreadful\\
Then his own most dreadful frown\\
When he sees a thick black cloud of smoke\\
Rise up from the conquered town.''
* Valentine Morgenstern in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' is always calm, even [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]], even when ripping out people's hearts.
* In ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'', Molly recounts how she and her companion were stalked by a vatgrown ninja assassin whose face remained serene even as he fought. Later, Hideo is struck blind by a flash attack, yet doesn't even flinch, but proceeds to stalk his enemy by sound, calm as can be.
* In the ''Literature/DirkPittAdventures'' novel ''Valhalla Rising'', at one point the hero Dirk Pitt is desperately throwing stuff at TheBrute, but gets his clock cleaned. In steps his friend Al Giordino. TheBrute tries to crush Giordino; his response is to reach out and start strangling TheBrute, cool as you like. Eventually TheBrute, running out of air, is forced to concede.
* In ''Literature/{{Pharaoh}}'' [[spoiler: Ramesses's death scene]]. He calmly wanders around, wondering if anyone's got a bandage. Then he faints and dies.
* Literature/{{Psmith}}'s attitude towards any brand of fight (from a scuffle among schoolboys to a full-blown MobWar) in the ''Psmith'' series. It's PlayedForLaughs.
* In ''Literature/SheepsClothing'', Doc is able to have a fairly calm conversation about his new-found belief in vampires maybe an hour after he gets his proof in the form of one of them almost tearing his throat out. Justified here in that he is still in shock and probably a little drunk.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: In the book ''Collateral Damage'', Paula Woodley talks to Lizzie Fox about her husband Karl Woodley. She asks Lizzie if she's being too sadistic, and she says this in the tone of someone discussing the weather. She had been abused by her DomesticAbuser husband for years. No decent person could fault her for wanting to make him pay for that!
* The characters of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' usually react as one would expect if they had to live in the CrapsackWorld of Westeros, whether they be commoners, nobility or seasoned warriors. An exception to the rule is resident MagnificentBastard Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, who remains cheerful and upbeat even when [[spoiler: [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betraying everyone left, right and centre,]] kicking off bloody civil wars and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness nonchalantly killing anyone who was no longer of any use to him.]]]]
** Roose Bolton, Lord of the Dreadfort, is a polite, soft-spoken and unassuming man, as well as the closest thing Westeros has to an EvilOverlord (and a TokenEvilTeammate to the Northmen, too). Even when ordering horrible atrocities upon the peasants and prisoners of war, or threatening to cut off his cupbearer's tongue for speaking out of line, he never raises his voice or loses his calm. Bolton believes in purity and self-perfection, practising a strict health regimen for himself, and seems to be of the mindset that emotions are unnecessary, unlike atrocities.
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Vendetta'', a survivor of a Borg attack on his world describes having seen the personification of death. Much like many cultures on Earth, his had portrayed death as a [[TheGrimReaper skeletal figure in black]], but instead he describes death as a smiling child walking and skipping through the scenes of destruction.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** Mace Windu in ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}''. "I don't like Windu... he has the same look cleaning his weapons as he does using them."
** In some works, Luke tends towards this. ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' has a notable example; his voice in the midst of emergency is described as "preternaturally calm". Mara Jade directly points it out in ''Literature/HeirToTheEmpire'', when he's been BroughtDownToNormal -- no Force skills to draw on, no weapons, unknown hostile world, Imperials trying to find him, wild animals after him, and Mara herself [[CantKillYouStillNeedYou wanting him dead]], and far from being wired with adrenaline he's maddeningly serene to the point of ''being able to fall asleep'' -- though he's still [[BroughtDownToBadass very quick-witted, observant, and far from helpless]].
*** Probably justified because using the light side of the Force requires one to be calm and collected; if Luke couldn't hold it together in stressful situations he'd risk tapping into the dark side.
** Jedi training actively encourages being calm and collected to the point of being effectively emotionless at all times, no matter how serious and stressful a situation the Jedi finds themselves in. Jedi who fail to act like this are either apprentices, on the way to the Dark Side, or both. This attitude tends to unnerve and annoy nonForce Users when around a Jedi.
** In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', the shapeshifting Hoole just frowns in concentration while wresting with the controls of a crashing ship. He's that calm and steady when tossing his endangered niece and nephew something that will help. He's ''less'' calm in day-to-day dealings with them, not being a fan of children.
* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', the members of the Lambsbridge Gang, [[TykeBomb Tyke Bombs]] created by a MadScientist, often display this trait in conflict, talking like normal children, telling jokes, or simply failing to react to the distressing events around them.
* Captain Tushin and Prince Bagration exhibited forms of Dissonant Serenity during the Battle of Schöngraben in ''Literature/WarAndPeace''. Captain Tushin might have briefly lapsed into PsychopathicManchild for his disturbing calm though.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'': Everyone. They aren't outright happy or excited (except maybe Lionblaze), but no one seems to be at all fazed by all the bloody battles in the series. Quotes from various characters:
-->"I'd welcome any cat who'd help me rip out their entrails."\\
"Just a few scratches. Mostly [=WindClan=] blood."\\
"Is there any blood?" (Said by an excited little ''kitten'')
** Most of the time, their battles are non-lethal. They fight to prove their superiority and defend their homes, not to kill, which even in battle is considered outright murder. When a cat accidentally dies during a border skirmish it is a ''huge'' deal. When a life-or-death battle actually happens, they are much more serious about it.
** Sol stays calm and composed all the time, even when surrounded by enemies and [[spoiler:accused of murder]]. He is so calm, other cats often find it unsettling. The only times he's lost his cool is whenever he's making a speech (and he's really more "incensed" than angry), and when Hollyleaf apparently pushes his BerserkButton, he recovers in ''less than half a second''.
* Played with in the Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Warrior Class'', where POTUS Thomas Thorn's incredible calmness even in tense situations is comforting to some, annoying to others.
* Fiver may have used this trope in ''Literature/WatershipDown'' to defeat a larger rabbit by being overly polite and calm for the situation, freaking the other guy out.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Over the course of countless pressures, near death experiences, sacrifices and losses and manipulations, Rand Al'Thor, the [[DestructiveSavior Dragon Reborn]], becomes increasingly volatile (and starts HearingVoices), but in book 12 his SanitySlippage reaches its zenith when [[spoiler:he is briefly captured by Semirhage and almost forced to kill the woman he loves]]. He slips into this trope for the rest of the book to ''chilling'' effect.
** [[MasterSwordsman Blademasters]] and others trained in the "Flame and the Void" MeditationPowerup technique default to this state in combat: they suppress their emotions, the better to focus on the battle and instinctively meet any threat.
** The final test to become an Aes Sedai demands either this or TranquilFury, as the student must demonstrate one hundred difficult FunctionalMagic weaves in increasingly stressful, dangerous, and degrading situations without ever losing her composure.
* Invoked in ''Literature/TheZombieKnight''. Hector is [[SociallyAwkwardHero far too shy]] to shout and snarl in typical action-hero fashion, so instead Garovel teaches him to unnerve people by speaking in whispers and being incongruously polite.
* ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'': Collem West has a [[HairTriggerTemper terrible temper]] and tends to fight like TheBerserker, but when he murders [[spoiler:Crown Prince Ladislaw]] for [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil attempted rape]], he notes that he's never felt more calm or in control of himself.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' episode "[[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS1E10TheBridge The Bridge]]", a character eating lunch in prison calmly continues eating even as super-soldiers bust in through the ceiling to rescue him, brutally dispatching anyone who gets in their way. He even refuses to get up from his seat until he is addressed as "Sir."
* The little girl in ''Film/AlienAbductionIncidentInLakeCounty'' is disturbingly unemotional, considering that aliens are abducting/killing everyone in her family. In the end, she is so blasé about the whole thing that [[spoiler:not only does she let the aliens into the house, but she is the only one seen going with them willingly as opposed to the others, who are all put into trances.]]
* ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Todd Alquist s always the very picture of calm and personable, whether he's having a friendly conversation with you or [[TheSociopath shooting you in the back of the head]].
** Gus Fring has this eerie level of calmness that he exerts at all times, even when he's visibly furious. His striding out into the open and not flinching even while a sniper is firing bullets at his feet is described by Jesse as "''Terminator'' shit". It even accompanies him into death, as after having the right half of his face blown off by Walt's bomb, Gus steps out into the hallway and casually straightens his tie before collapsing.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In the finale of season 5, Dawn realizes that she is going to be sacrificed in a ritual to open up a portal and bring about an apocalypse; she responds by calmly folding her clothing and placing it on a chair, in case that is the only thing left of her after the ritual is done.
** In "Lie to Me" Buffy is placing flowers on the grave of a NewOldFlame who'd been killed by vampires. The boy then bursts out of the grave as a vampire, whereupon [[GoodIsNotNice Buffy coldly stakes him without changing expression]].
* ''Series/TheDeuce'': Diner owner Leon guns down a disrespectful pimp from behind the counter, then calmly calls the police and refills the coffee cup of his patron, who promptly flees.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Host from "[[Recap/DoctorWho2007CSVoyageOfTheDamned Voyage of the Damned]]": [[http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/s0/s0_04/audio/s0_04_aud_05.mp3?playlist=/doctorwho/playlists/s0_04/audio/s0_04_aud_05.xml&audio=1&date=&summary=Heavenly%20Host&promo=/doctorwho/medialibrary/s0/images/main-promo/s0_04_aud_05.jpg&info=&info2=&info3=&tag_file_id=s0_04_aud_05 Information: Kill. Kill. Kill.]]
** The Cybermen can apply as well. The Daleks have one emotion (anger), but all that's left of the Cybermen is pure logic.
** Series 6 offers both [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler the Antibodies]] ("You will experience a tingling sensation and then death") and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited the robots in the Two Streams hospital]] ("This is a kindness.") Basically, evil robots in the Franchise/{{Whoniverse}} are either absolute monotone or this. No, the Daleks don't count; they're not robots.
** The Doctor himself applies as well, especially the Tenth and Eleventh ones. You know he's mad when he starts yelling and screaming, but when he gets quiet again you know it's time to be scared.
--->'''The Doctor:''' [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong Hello, Dalek.]]
** A famous example from the classic series episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E1HorrorOfFangRock Horror of Fang Rock]]":
--->'''The Doctor:''' ''[with a toothy grin]'' Gentlemen, I've got news for you! This lighthouse is under attack and by morning we might all be dead!
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E2DinosaursOnASpaceship Dinosaurs on a Spaceship]]", after learning [[ThrownOutTheAirlock the fate]] of the Silurians who built the spaceship, the Doctor informs the space pirate responsible that he's ''not'' going to rescue him from the oncoming missiles. When the villain [[SaveTheVillain begs for his life]], the Doctor's response?
--->'''The Doctor:''' Did the Silurians beg you to stop?
* The Sci-Fi Channel's miniseries adaptation of ''Series/{{Dune}}'' had a minor Harkonnen officer who was a MookLieutenant. When said officer's troops get ambushed by the Fremen, he fights back until he sees Paul Atreides calmly walking through all the bloodshed and explosions and coming straight at ''him''. The officer promptly tries to run, but he doesn't get far...
* From Joss Whedon's ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** River Tam displayed this trait in a few episodes. But then, she was batshit, so that is also to be expected.
** A more typical example is Wash, at least as long as he's piloting; check out the scene in the pilot episode when the Reavers are chasing them: he's the only one in the entire ship who's completely calm. Wash's dissonance works both ways: He's very calm when, say, he's being chased by Reavers or has to pull off some crazy-ass aerial stunt, but he acts panicked when things really aren't that bad.
--->He is a leaf on the wind. Watch how he soars.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Daenerys often affects this demeanor while holding court as part of her attempt to be TheHighQueen, complete with a CreepyMonotone, and, if you're ''really'' unlucky, a polite half-smile.
** Sansa maintains courtesy as her armour throughout her stay in King's Landing. Her composure despite her obvious discomfort provides the final straw that convinces Tyrion not to exercise his MaritalRapeLicense.
** This is one of the most obvious symptoms of Arya's increasingly unsettling coldbloodedness.
** Rather than a frenzied fanatic, Melisandre is always poised and eerily calm.
** Selyse Baratheon is overjoyed by human sacrifice because the victim's sins have been "burned away."
** Cersei steps calmly and daintily past the dismembered corpses of the prisoners Ser Gregor Clegane has just executed to welcome him back to the capital in "Mockingbird".
** Roose suggests torture and execution in the same tone that most people would suggest grabbing a bite to eat, as though such a thing were second nature to him. Then you realise that his sigil is a ''skinless corpse''.
** A particularly disturbing one happens in Season 4: at the end of Tyrion's trial by combat, Cersei's champion the Mountain crushes Prince Oberyn's head into a bloody pulp all the while boasting how he raped and murdered his sister before killing her children. Pan to Cersei, who looks as happy she ever does.
** After Tommen's body — in a rare moment of GoryDiscretionShot, to boot — is shown to Cersei, she doesn't show much reaction, making it one of her most disturbing moments in the series.
* Subverted by a Japanese monk in ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', who serenely keeps meditating and is ignored by the wandering alien probe droids. [[spoiler:It turns out he's ''not'' meditating, just briefly unconscious from having donated half his insides to an [[{{Cult}} organ-harvesting cult]]... and the probes only ignore him because the surgery sewed shut his "poop chute".]]
* Charlie Crews in ''Series/{{Life}}''. Most of the time. When he thinks he's on to the people behind his framing, however, he chucks all that Zen stuff out the window. In one scene.
* ''Series/TheMentalist''
** After [[spoiler:killing the Red John impostor]], as everyone in the mall runs screaming Patrick sits down and finishes off his tea while asking for a check.
** In many cases Patrick displays far more calm and control than seems sane in tense situations.
* Brian the Milk Guy in ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', doubling with SoftSpokenSadist as he calmly and pleasantly [[spoiler:tells people how he's controlling the last dairy product they ate to kill or maim them]]. His slender, baby-faced appearance only adds to the dissonance.
* Joel from ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' is kidnapped by mad scientists, stranded in outer space, and forced to watch cheesy movies designed to drive him insane. He seems to be enjoying himself.
* Snafu in ''Series/ThePacific''. Snafu's usually deadpan calm whether he's just shooting the breeze or prying gold teeth out of a dead Japanese soldier's mouth. When Sledge admits he's scared and Captain Ack Ack states "Everyone is; any man who says he's not is either lying or dead", a quick shot of Snafu makes you wonder what that makes him.
** He also manages to sound calm about things when it's apparent that he really isn't. When Snafu talks Sledge out of taking up his own habit of prospecting for gold teeth among dead Japanese soldiers, his warning about "diseases that'll make you sick" is less his worrying about hygiene and more a cover to let him express his concern about the comparatively idealistic Sledge starting down the same road he's traveled.
** Despite everything, Okinawa almost breaks him: he nearly starts a fight with Sledge, who's probably the person he's closest to, and it's only after Peck climbs up on an exposed ridge and fires at the enemy and Hamm is shot saving him that he seems to go back to his usual self. Even then, there's still a slight change in his demeanor.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest:'' Root's default temperament unless things start to go really wrong.
* Gem and Gemma from ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' have the same cheerful smiles on their faces whether they're talking about friendship, explosions, military strategy, or the horrible conditions at a forced-labor factory they spent several months imprisoned in.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Rome}}'' when Marc Antony compliments Julius Caesar on his calm demeanor while they're (illegally) marching on Rome. "You look as calm as a cup of water." Caesar replies with a touch of irony, "I'm glad I ''appear'' so..."
* Not uncommon in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', due to [[GreenRocks kryptonite]] being [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere everywhere]], and there are ones that don't involve kryptonite too.
-->'''Chloe''': Lana, hey, I've been looking for you.\\
(*Lana grabs her head and smashes it against the wall, then throws her down the stairs*)\\
'''Chloe''': (*Struggles to her feet*) Lana, what are you doing!?\\
'''Lana''': Killing Chloe Sullivan.
** This is just the start of probably the worst beating Chloe ever got. Lana remains expressionless the entire time. No, they aren't fighting over Clark. [[spoiler:Lana is mind controlled by someone who is going to be exposed by Chloe.]]
** Another episode involves Clark and Lionel Luthor switching bodies. In order to lure Lionel-in-Clark's-body back to the prison to reverse the process, they manage to convince him that the change will be permanent if he eliminates his old body. In order to do this, he stages a ''full scale prison riot'', then walks through the chaos with the most supreme confidence.
** ''Cure'': A [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate doctor]] calmly states to [[spoiler:Chloe that he is going to cut out her heart.]]
* Data of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' displays this as part of his very nature. Despite regularly being in life-threatening situations, he is almost always calm and detached. Justified because he's an android and wasn't programmed to feel emotions -- he has to learn about them from others.
** Less so in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'' after [[spoiler:he activates his emotion chip]]:
---> [[OhCrap Oh shiiiit...]]
** As does his spiritual predecessor [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]]; though being half-human, strong emotions occasionally show through his cool veneer. Most Vulcans are like this -- a good example would be Amok Time, where Spock's grandmother and the other Vulcans are pretty chill while watching two people fight to the death.
** The Female Changeling in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' maintains a calm demeanor throughout the series. Her serene facade cracks in the final episode.
** Also in ''Deep Space Nine'', Garak is capable of being a very unnerving fellow just by continuing to be the jokey, somewhat snarky tailor in situations of life and death. Federation characters wrestle with their consciences about murder, and even hardened Bajoran Resistance fighter Kira Nerys has reservations in many cases, but Garak can plot your death and take steps to bring it about with casual indifference. At one point he guns down a fellow Cardassian with a mild, "Pity, I rather liked him." Notably, this is him ''after'' he lost his taste for torture due to the events of "The Wire". Back with the Obsidian Order he would have been ''terrifying''.
--->'''Garak:''' I may have left him with the impression that the door would explode if he tampered with it.\\
'''Sisko:''' I hope that's ''just'' an impression.\\
'''Garak:''' (flippantly) It's best not to dwell on such minutiae.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** In an episode of season five, a group of pagan gods meet to discuss about the upcoming Judeo-Christian apocalypse. Lucifer finds them, explains his disdain for the pagans to Mercury, and calmly kills each and every one of these gods (except for Kali, who got away).
** Castiel's behavior in his [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introductory scene]] is essentially this -- he walks into the building where Dean and Bobby are waiting and continues forward calmly even as they open fire on him, while light bulbs burst in his presence and the building shakes and rattles. When he finally reaches Dean, Dean immediately stabs him in the chest, and his response is to look at the knife with a sort of vague amusement before simply pulling it out.
* ''Series/TheWire'':
** Brother Mouzone. Whether firing a warning shot into someone's arm, lying on the floor gut-shot, or sitting in a folding chair reading ''The New Republic'', it's all the same to him.
** Marlo Stanfield orders many murders with the same level of emotion you would expect from someone ordering a sandwich.

* Frida Snell's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiFqA5hOIgQ minimalist acoustic cover version]] of Music/TheSmashingPumpkins single "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullet_with_Butterfly_Wings Bullet With Butterfly Wings]]" ("Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage").
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhMEKiIb86I music video]] for Music/FionaApple's cover version of "Across The Universe" shows her [[HeadphonesEqualIsolation with headphones on]], singing serenely within a rampaging crowd of hooligans.
* "Goin' Berzerk" from the album ''Music/PacManFever'' has traces of this, with lyrics about being trapped in a maze of killer robots juxtaposed with a gentle piano melody.
* C.W. [=McCall=]'s 1975 country hit "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6LzWZYWpOU Wolf Creek Pass]]" has its narrator describing a harrowing trip down a mountain grade in a semi truck in a humorously nonchalant monotone.
* Music/TomWaits in the song "Frank's Wild Years" (from the album ''Swordfishtrombones'') calmly narrates how the eponymous Frank burns down his house with his wife and her dog in it, to jazzy Hammond organ music.
* Music/WarrenZevon has played around with this, which goes with the territory of his kind of [[BlackHumor offbeat]] [[SurrealHumor humor]]. For example, "Excitable Boy", from the album of the same name, recounts some of the life of a deranged murderer in an apathetic to slightly happy tone, reminiscent of contemporary [[TheSeventies 70s]] pop schlock.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The Supermodel Amy Love and later the just-model Santana Garrett have drifted into this area. You'd think it would be hard to make an admitted torture session or the threat of ripping someone's head off sound free of malice but they've done it.
* Victoria Times columnist Adrian Chamberlain made this claim about [[Wrestling/BobbyLashley Blaster Lashley]] after she had interviewed him about professional wrestling and the combat sports he had participated in.
* Wrestling/{{Boogeyman}} has two volumes, loud when yelling his catch phrase and almost quiet at all other times, even if he has glass embedded in his head.
* Hiroyo Matsumoto. She makes the threat of "destroying" someone sound so unlike a threat at all, until she actually goes through with it.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Fourth Edition Monks are portrayed this way, at least in the fluff. Although obviously [[DependingOnTheWriter up to the player]] on how they act, most powers are described as something along the lines of "floating through the chaotic battle like a leaf on the wind." While, incidentally, executing RapidFireFisticuffs or simply sending entire enemy groups (or one giant dragon/demon/abomination) flying with a "mere flick of the wrist."
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has an entire martial art style built around this, the White Veil Style. This is so disturbing to opponents and bystanders, that it's actually harder for people to take the fight seriously enough to join in. The fluff on the Form charm describes it thus:
-->"Assuming this form is a matter of looking completely at ease. When using this form, there is nothing wrong, nothing hidden, and the character can hold up her end of a conversation even in battle."
* The Computer in ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' can embody this trope, depending on how the game-runner decides to depict its voice.
* [[TropeOverdosed Inevitable]] in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', where the majority of the setting's factions are [[WorldOfHam ALWAYS SHOUTING! ALL THE TIME!]] As a result, the more restrained Eldar and mostly-silent Necrons seem positively catatonic in comparison.

* During Act I, Scene III of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/JuliusCaesar'', a heavy storm hits Rome, the earth shakes, fire is seen in the skies and lions, ghosts and burning men walk the streets of Rome. And into this, enters Cassius, who smiles contentedly and calls it "a very pleasing night to honest men."
** Later Mark Antony imagines a similar situation in which Caesar's ghost stands beside Ate, the Goddess of [[{{Revenge}} Vengance]] "''come hot from hell'' ", he then yells "''"Havoc!"'' " and she lets go of the leashes to a pack of [[{{Hellhound}} Hell Hounds]] borrowed from [[WarGod Mars]] himself, engulfing the whole country of Italy in a bitter war that drags on so long that the people become so accustomed to the carnage that "''mothers shall but smile''" at the sight of their children's bodies being brought home so horribly mutilated that they are barely even recognizable anymore. Though the fact that these thoughts fill him with the warm an' fuzzies is another matter entirely, one with elements of several RevengeTropes involved.
* In ''Theatre/ThrillMe'', how serene Richard ''actually'' is varies from production to production, but Nathan at least views him as surprisingly serene after each crime (arson, theft, murder) they commit.
-->'''Nathan:''' How can you be so damned calm?\\
'''Richard:''' Because worrying is ''your'' department.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Takaya of ''VideoGame/Persona3''.
** And [[spoiler: Nyx Avatar]], calmly giving you a lecture on the history of the tarot as he [[spoiler:prepares to wipe out all life on Earth.]] As the battle continues through his [[OneWingedAngel 13 forms]] his voice never changes from a [[TragicMonster defeated sounding]] CreepyMonotone, only having emotion appear in his voice once he [[TurnsRed pulls out]] [[ThatOneboss his]] [[WaveMotionGun ultimate attack]], ''Night Queen''.
-->[[spoiler:Nyx Avatar]]: Let us finish this! It is the path of your choosing!
** The main character when he prepares to summon his Persona for the first time. Just calmly whispering "...Per...so...na..."
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', as well, especially with Yosuke (and Chie in the [[Anime/Persona4TheAnimation anime]]) freaking out over the appearance of the Shadows.
** In fact, he is almost always so calm, he can get thrown into a waterfall and doesn't even blink or even be bothered to move his body to break the fall.
* The Engineer in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', who in his Introduction Trailer peacefully plays guitar and drinks beer while 210+ attackers are being slaughtered by his turrets.
** Additionally, the end of the "Meet the Sandvich" trailer has the Heavy standing on a ledge and eating the eponymous sandwich while battle rages around him.
** And most of the Spy's ManOnFire soundbites, "I appear to have burst into flames," and "I do believe I'm on fire", are delivered far more coolly than the panicked cries and screams of most of the other classes'.
** One of [[TheMedic Medic's]] taunts involves him playing his bonesaw like a violin. In the middle of a chaotic battlefield.
** "Meet The Pyro" shows [[spoiler: that the Pyro views the world as a SugarBowl, and spreads rainbows and happiness. In reality, the Pyro is torching everything and everyone in sight.]]
* Yuyuko Saigyouji from the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' Series, even though she is portrayed as a BigEater with ObfuscatingStupidity most of times, possibly belong to this trope when she fights seriously. This feature is evident in ''Perfect Cherry Blossom''.
** There is also [[BonusBoss Koishi Komeji]] who never lets her peaceful, vacant smile slip. This is due to her [[EmptyShell not having any feelings or thoughts]].
* Dimentio of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' fame. What makes it even creepier is that it's never actually revealed whether he's wearing an actual mask, or it's his face.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' has Sagiri, a former assassin turned detective who always wears a smile. She was conditioned from a young age to always smile, mostly because the Queen Bitch assigned to training her thought it would be funny to see people killed by a smiling little girl. One other character, Nakula, watched his father get killed as a child, and her smile is the reason he recognized her as an adult.
* Nessiah of ''VideoGame/YggdraUnion''.
* Eve from ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve''. Her [[EstablishingCharacterMoment opening]] [[StealthPun act]] consists of her setting the entire opera troupe ''and'' audience on fire through the power of her awakened mitochondria. She continues to sing her aria as calm and detached as she can be, even as the stage itself catches fire and blazes all around her.
* The fighting game ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' features a young boy named Carl Clover, whose profession is bounty hunter. He is accompanied by his "sister", a semi-sentient doll/bio-cyber weapon which has long, sharp claws and is fueled by Carl's subconscious hate and desire to kill. Carl lets his courteous manners and innocent smile slip '''on a single occasion''' -- namely, when [[KnightTemplar Haku-men]] fills him in on this.
** [[spoiler:That doll, Nirvana really is his sister. Gotta love alchemical experiments.]] Cleverly, the game [[spoiler:initially]] implies that Nirvana (the doll) is driving Carl to his madness. [[spoiler: Then Valkenhayn talks to Nirvana, and it's revealed that Carl's insanity is hurting her. Meep.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive 4'', both Helena and Christie remain completely calm in their pre-showdown conversation, even though they're in a skyscraper that is being rocked by explosions and is sure to collapse at any moment.
** This is even more jarring for Helena, who has just found out that [[spoiler:Christie was the one who killed her mother when trying to assassinate Helena]].
* Walter, the ImplacableMan of ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'', who never drops that creepy smile of his, not even when his face is splattered with blood or when he's being shot at.
%%** And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23uQVAYvKIs this song]] from the same game qualifies. It sounds like something that would play in a safe area. Here's a hint: the section it plays in is anything but safe.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', at the end of the game, once you've reached the very top of the [[EvilTowerOfOminousness tower]], before you face the FinalBoss, the ''happiest'', most light-hearted songs from the trilogy play. As for the boss himself, the mastermind behind the CrapsackWorld your home has become, [[spoiler:Porky Minch]], he's surprisingly calm and cheerful, despite the bombastic battle themes and the fact that he's now an [[spoiler:OmnicidalManiac]].
* Wilhelm, the BigBad of the ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' trilogy. He's eternally calm and placid throughout all three games and only appears to exhibit bemused intrigue over everything. His VillainousBreakdown moment in the GrandFinale consists of a single audible gasp. Dude is ice cold.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' does not possess the capacity for characters to change their facial expression. So people in combat and close to death have exactly the same expression as people sitting in a garden eating breakfast. The voices and the music do change in combat, though.
* The lack of Dissonant Serenity was an early clue to Bastila's [[spoiler: eventual FaceHeelTurn]] in ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. She was visibly snarling in the flashback sequence of her dueling Revan.
* Samara from the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series fits this one: snarky pilot Joker remarks that she could probably shoot him "in a very tranquil way...which does ''not'' make me feel any better about it."
** The LOKI mechs also count; their calm and polite "please reconsider your agressive attitude" lines while being set on fire or shot to pieces are actually quite creepy.
** Joker himself. Well, at least in ''Videogame/MassEffect1'', he's dead calm when doing the impossible (with everything on the line). In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', he's more laid back in such situations, though still pretty stoic. Justified in that, as a pilot, he's trained to maintain emotional self-control and rational thought in intense situations.
* Sephiroth as he destroys Nibelheim in Cloud's flashback scene in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
** And during his battle with Cloud in ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]''. His expression upon being defeated is a look of mild surprise.
** In fact, Sephiroth's been made to be a Triumphant Example of this Trope. You will rarely hear him raise his voice or shout (even when he is being struck by a weapon), he never loses his composure, and he will usually have either two looks: an amused smirk or a just a simple frown. Oh, and don't ever expect to see him bleed.
*** ...So when he starts [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness freaking out]] in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', you ''know'' shit's got REAL.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Yuna subverts this trope when you find her in Bevelle. After the Mexican stand-off [[spoiler: where Seymour threatens to kill the party if Yuna doesn't calm down and marry him]] she threatens to [[spoiler: jump off a huge precipice to her death]]. She gets her own way, but threatens to do it anyway, insisting [[spoiler: "I can fly."]] Okay, sure, crazy lady. As she [[spoiler: falls, she summons Valefor]], proving that her confidence and serenity was perfectly justified after all.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife'''s G-man remains cool and businesslike in corpse-littered, alien-ravaged Black Mesa and the {{crapsack|World}}, Combine-controlled Earth that follows.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Cataclysm'', [[MightyGlacier arms warriors]] get the Deadly Calm talent, which gives them 10 seconds during which their abilities cost no rage.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', the Cobra Unit each used a codename taken from the emotions people feel on the battlefield. Thus, The Pain, The Fury, The Sorrow, The End. What was The Boss's codename? The Joy. [[spoiler:She does stay relatively calm throughout, too, even as she knows she'll die.]]
** Interesting case. Although The Joy remains relatively calm, she is not shown smiling through much of the game. The Sorrow on the other hand is rarely seen unhappy, even as [[spoiler:he's sending the ghosts of everyone you killed after you.]]
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', [[http://cheezburger.com/daveman2003/lolz/View/5797426944 you can go fishing in the same area that Kyogre and Groudon are battling]].
** The player characters of VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon do not have alternate facial expressions outside of pre-rendered cutscenes, which results in them having [[PerpetualSmiler a vacant, dead-eyed smile]] no matter how tense or dramatic the situation.
* This trope is VideoGame/{{DEFCON}}'s bread and butter. As all of civilization is destroyed in a nuclear war, the player watches things unfold through a tactical computer depicting the carnage through simple wireframe models and numbers. [[SoundtrackDissonance This is accompanied by quiet piano music.]]
* One of the endings in ''Videogame/{{Anchorhead}}'' involves the player character, who has by then [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Gone Mad from the Revelation]] [[spoiler:by reading through the [[TomeOfEldritchLore black book]] in the church]], calmly [[EyeScream clawing her own eyes out]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros''
** [[VideoGame/WiiFit Wii Fit Trainer]] spouts during battle the same motivational lines she says in ''Wii Fit'' while savagely beating up her oponents with yoga poses, adding to her whole FightingClown style.
** Even while in battle, [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing the Villager]] keeps his signature cheery smile [[PerpetualSmiler almost at all times]]. Depending on the point of view, it's either hilarious or unnerving.
** [[VideoGame/PacMan Pac-Man]] is almost always happily moving around the stage with his huge smile, whether he's smashing his opponents or drowning in the water.
* Many of the inmates in ''VideoGame/{{Outlast}}'' have a very calm attitude despite the living hell around them. Notable examples are the duo you encounter throughout the game who watch you from a distance calmly discussing that they are going to give you a running start before tearing you apart, and who gets what body part. Also the doctor who chats with you like friend even when [[spoiler: he is torturing you, cutting off a couple of your fingers, and later chasing you]].
* In ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', you can use this to tell when Capt. Walker snaps. After he and his men inadvertently do [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation A Bad Thing]], his two soldiers are screaming at each other in the background, but Walker merely [[ThousandYardStare stares at the results for a long moment]], shuts his eyes, then calmly declares "We need to keep moving." For the rest of the game, even as Walker's in-combat quotes become more and more unhinged, he still speaks with calm assurance when it comes to completing his mission.
** In the epilogue, after days of constant fighting and unspeakable mental trauma, Walker greets a rescue team with dead silence, a stony face, and hollow eyes. Even if he gets involved in one last firefight, his demeanor does not change in the slightest, and at most he grunts in pain if he gets hit.
* ''[[VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys Five Nights at Freddy's]]'' has the Purple Man that appears in the mini games. This mysterious fellow is always seen smiling, even when he's murdering a kid and making him/her cry very hard. He's also seen smiling after he finishes killing five other kids. There's also a second Purple Man that appears (rarely) in one mini game; the character you're playing as tries to save the kids, but this Purple Man stops you from doing so... with a big smile on his face.
** Part of what makes the situation scarier is just how calm [[FanNickname Phone Guy]] is about the whole affair, telling you not to worry about being locked in with murderous maybe-supernatural robots, and matter-of-factly explaining your probable horrific death.
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': The Protoss never seem to get upset about anything, not units being under fire, not the base coming under attack, not even a ''nuclear launch'' detected...
* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'': When Simon Growl is kidnapped, he acts more bored than anything.
* The townspeople of ''VideoGame/{{Harvester}}'' tend to be constantly cheerful and upbeat, even when things becomes increasingly violent and surreal, such as when [[PlayerCharacter Steve]]'s mother gently and calmly [[spoiler:pushes her infant daughter's eyes back into their sockets after the wasp eggs she's infected with hatch]]. If you show your neighbor the bones [[spoiler:of her daughter]], she'll offer you refreshments while she calls the police, and never stops her saccharine tone.
-->'''Mrs. Pottsdam:''' ''(on the phone)'' Hello, sheriff? Mrs. Pottsdam here. Steve took [[spoiler:Stephanie's]] bones. Yes, he's right here. ''(to Steve)'' The sheriff says hello, Steve. He'll be coming by to pick you up. ''(to Sheriff Duane)'' Now tell me, Duane, how have you been?
* For someone that goes through such absolute hell, Ethan Winters of VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard is... strangely calm about the whole ordeal. He [[spoiler:gets a hand chainsawed off]] and barely reacts to it. He can also [[spoiler:get a leg cut off]] and still his reaction is of puzzlement rather than pain or panicking. However, this is only present in the English version; other dubs tend to make him much more emotional.
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse'', [[spoiler:Stephen]] serves as the ultimate DLC BonusBoss, yet by far has the calmest attitude of any boss in the game. Even after [[spoiler:he stands up]] and fights at full power, he still speaks to you with the same polite tone that he uses when speaking to you in cutscenes.
--> '''[[spoiler:Stephen]]:''' ''(when attacking)'' "Ready." "Hm." "Executing program."

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Nagito Komaeda is the reigning king of this trope in ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'' to intermittently calming, tragic and disturbing effect.
** It really says something about how Nagito experiences and understands the world that he has a greater emotional response to Hajime giving him a board game Hajime won on a slot machine than [[spoiler: telling Hajime that he saw his parents die in front of him as a child, he expects to die any day now due to being terminally ill and has accepted too late that [[BlueAndOrangeMorality the personal philosophy he has developed to cope with this]] means that he is going to die unloved and alone.]] Nothing big.
* Saint-Germain in ''VisualNovel/CodeRealize'' is almost always cool and composed, and very little disturbs his air of detached amusement... which gets distinctly unsettling when [[spoiler:he's just come out of nowhere to stab someone through the heart]] in Chapter 8, and downright surreal when he and Cardia are very calmly and politely discussing [[spoiler:his plans to kill her]] in Chapter 10 of his route.
* Phoenix Wright, [[HotBlooded of all people]], manages to pull this off in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', even treating '''''getting hit by a speeding car''''' as an amusing inconvenience at worst. [[spoiler:Becomes almost-[[AffablyEvil Damon Gant]]-level scary when he maintains the facade while invoking PayEvilUntoEvil against the BigBad, though.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Magnus' only reaction to a few thousand Inquisitors facing him is annoyance that someone forgot to close the door and let the crazy people in, the "door" in question being [[spoiler:Eternity gate, capable of withstanding most of humanity can throw at them.]]
* The Undertaker of ''WebAnimation/TheBackwaterGospel'' remains disturbingly calm throughout the entire film. He remains sitting in one spot through most of the film, and doesn't even flinch when [[spoiler:the whole town starts killing each other, even less so when the Minister points a gun at him]]. And at the end of it all, he slowly gets up, whistles an IronicNurseryRhyme, and starts measuring [[spoiler:the coffin-size for the nearest dead body]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Colonel Glass from ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' seems to behave like this quite often, [[http://www.spinnyverse.com/index.php?id=526 as he does here.]]
* Oasis from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' gets this a lot. [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=090506 For example ...]]
** She also flies in to impassioned rages at the drop of a hat. I.E. The very next strip.
* This the basis of the ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' "[[http://xkcd.com/249/ Roller Coaster Chess]]" ([[http://xkcd.com/chesscoaster/ aspired]] to [[MemeticMutation meme]]): people taking advantage of cameras on roller coasters to get in pictures of themselves pretending to focus on a game of chess instead of throwing their arms out and screaming like the rest of the riders.
* ''Webcomic/FrankieAndStein'' has Stein acting this way... a lot. From {{graverobbing}} grinningly, to stealing a brain with a grin on his face, to excitedly explaining what he's going to do next half-way through [[spoiler: creating his own Frankenstein's Monster]] with blood all over his face. Only, he's a little more upbeat than serene. [[http://frankieandstein.com/2012/01/21/page-23/ This]] strip, in particular.
* In ''Webcomic/TroopsofDoom'', this is part of what makes Legonians so creepy. They ''always'' have that little smile on their faces, even when they're [[http://www.troopsofdoomcomic.com/2012/04/03/rockets/ snarling out threats of gruesome revenge]].
* ''Webcomic/NuzlockeComics'': The creator's White run uses this a lot. Cheren and Bianca are {{Creepy Child}}ren with perpetual smiles even after [[spoiler: Hilbert's suicide]], and N's Pidove at Nacerene City does nothing but softly coo [[spoiler:as it turns Hank the Pansear into a GoryDiscretionShot]]. ''Coo.''
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': After being thwarted in absorbing Broly, U4 Buu returns to the arena pissed off, and looks like he's about to kill Vegitto, Bra, and Gohan (and probably would, considering how weakened they are) and then... calmly congratulates them, thanks them for a fun fight, wishes them luck, and walks back to his booth. It comes off as incredibly creepy and foreboding.
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'': Dr. Man's smile never waves. Same with Burgrr employee [=BBQ=] Girll.
* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': While everyone else is stunned or panicked when they learn that [[spoiler:Sandra is back]], Crystal looks initially surprised, before smiling.
* ''Webcomic/TheSanityCircus'':
** Posey is just as calm and smiling blasting open Attley's house with magic as she was hanging out with her on the street a few hours earlier.
** Luther is also capable of smiling and making casual offhand remarks while duelling a fearsome shadow monster that could instantly kill him.
* ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'': In one disconnected strip, [[FourEyesZeroSoul Mordecai]] and [[HuskyRusskie Viktor]] are shown to have this immediately after killing a room full of rival gangbangers. Mordecai seems completely unfazed by it, while Viktor is at least managing surprise that the fight happened. Viktor only becomes disturbed at Mordecai's complete indifference, and his failed attempts at coming up with a more feasible emotional response. In general, Mordecai has this approach to his more violent work, due to being a sociopath, while Viktor's lack of response is more due to being perpetually grumpy.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': When the driver of a car swerves to avoid a raccoon, the driver and the passenger in the front seat are appropriately startled. However, Ashley is sitting in the back seat under the effects of [[EmotionSuppression calm spell]], so [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=2424 her expression never changes]] (link contains spoilers).

[[folder:Web Original]]
* General Asanee from ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', whose calm is so scary she doesn't need to swear.
* The radio host Cecil from ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' is usually relaxed and cheerful as he describes attacks by {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and the activities of the local [[ParanoiaFuel Secret Police]] who are spying on everyone. When he loses his cool, it means something's happened that's messed up even for Night Vale, or something bad is happening directly to him or [[BerserkButton someone he's emotionally invested in]].
* From Wiki/{{Killerbunnies}}, we have Valeriemissy Hearton is described as being cheerful and has the overall appearance of just being ditzy, however, she is capable of giving death threats with said smile
-->'''Snow''': She was constantly smiling and was strangely cheerful and childish, giggling and smiling, overall jovial and zany, almost friendly, yet capable of giving death threats with a smile.
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzgl6Tqx7ao this]] ''WebVideo/OutsideXbox'' video, Andy is just a ''bit'' too cheerful about [[ItMakesSenseInContext his alligator having rabies]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Bender's cigar starts a fire in a museum exhibit containing very rare, and flammable, silk tapestries. Soon the whole room is ablaze, with everyone cowering in fear. Except for Fry, who spent the whole episode drinking coffee (spending his $300 rebate on 100 cups of coffee). He drinks the last of the 100 cups and turns from a gibbering mess into a paragon of peace and serenity. He is able to put out all of the fires and rescue everyone while moving in extreme fast motion (Leela would later attest to seeing only [[CaffeineBulletTime a bright, orange blur]]).
* WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}} is normally in constant bliss and completely unaware of the chaos going on around her.
* Overlapping with their CasualDangerDialogue, in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode "Ill Suited" once they sort out their relationship problems Kim is all smiles while fighting a battle-suited Ron, even though the person remote-controlling the suit is trying to kill her.
* Happens several times on ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', such as Orel standing cheerily in a BloodBath (made up of his ''friends''' blood) as they stand around him, faint from the loss.
%%* Many of Ren's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iR6KjNmN2BA more psychotic moments]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow''.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': As an epic [[MobWar Mafia war]] unfolds on their front lawn, Marge urges Homer into the house, but he points out that the one of the ''{{Yakuza}}'' is [[StrollingThroughTheChaos just standing in the middle of the fighting]], arms crossed, not doing anything. "[[PintSizedPowerhouse The little guy hasn't done anything yet]]! He's gonna do something, and you know it's gonna be good!" Homer still gets pushed inside, and immediately afterwards we hear the sounds of one loud karate yell, one connected blow, and about three bodies hitting the ground. Cue Homer's disappointed groan.
** The same little guy's reaction to being [[DestinationDefenestration hurled through their window]] -- calmly getting up, brushing off the glass, bowing to them, [[JapanesePoliteness apologizing]] and walking out the front door.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' EccentricMentor the Drifter bets TheHero Lion-O that he can't split the willow reed the Drifter holds [[OralFixation in his mouth]]. Lion-O is given [[RuleOfThree three swings]] of his sword to try. After a very brief {{facefault}} when he realizes the ''finesse''-less Lion-O intends to charge him BarbarianHero style, the Drifter [[EyesAlwaysShut shuts his eyes]], [[PerpetualSmiler smiles]], and proceeds to bust out {{wuxia}}-level NotQuiteFlight {{Nonchalant Dodge}}s and DanceBattler moves, all while keeping the same expression and delivering [[IShallTauntYou taunts]] in a relaxed, conversational tone, to make a point about Lion-O's lack of swordsmanship.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'':
** In "Nosebleed", after Butt-Head breaks Beavis' nose, the former remarks that the latter's heavy nosebleed is the coolest thing that Beavis has ever done. Beavis agrees, though.
** In "Woodshop", as Beavis ''gushes'' blood after putting his own finger on the tablesaw, Butt-Head just calmly stares and laughs along with him. Butt-Head even calls Beavis' injury "cool".

* The [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/disaster-girl Disaster Girl]] meme embodies this to the fullest, the picture being a girl no older than five smiling almost sinisterly into the camera while firefighters are putting out a burning house in the background.
* Title of a ''Sports Illustrated'' article: "Joe Mauer Will Serenely, Politely Crush You."
* In traditional art, angels are often portrayed this way when in battle with demons, they could be exhibiting TranquilFury, but the former is more likely.
* A fundamental characteristic of Hindu gods. Under absolutely no circumstances are they to be portrayed with anything other than a completely stoic, non-emotional face no matter what the situation is. A god can be neck-deep in demons and oceans of blood and fire, but he's gotta be cool about it.
* In a stare-down, the guy who stays composed in the face of bluster, threatening gestures, maybe even a brandished weapon or two can be far more intimidating than the other. Only a fool or someone supremely capable can remain calm in a volatile situation. If the clearly outmatched party is doing this, it can actually be enough to dissuade escalation.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/10-photos-capturing-moments-spontaneous-badassery/ #10 on this]] {{Website/Cracked}} list.
* From the realm of sports, specifically MMA, Fedor Emelianenko absolutely belongs here. Never has a man made whaling on another man's face look more serene.
* Many jobs require this:
** Military personnel are, of course, required to keep their cool even when [[StuffBlowingUp everything is blowing up]]
** First responders such as police, trauma doctors/nurses, [=EMTs=] and firefighters need to do their jobs calmly even under disastrous circumstances.
*** Also required for their dispatchers, who answer 911 calls and tell the first responders where to go. A calm, clear voice is crucial when giving CPR instructions to a panicked caller, sending backup because an officer is in trouble, dispatching help to someone they personally know, and every other emergent or routine situation they may encounter. [[CellPhonesAreUseless Cell phones can be useless]], and while TheRadioDiesFirst is thankfully often averted nowadays, sound can be distorted and background noise can drown out important info.
** Because small children are very good at picking up on subtle body language and become scared and overwhelmed very easily, kindergarten teachers and other people who have worked with small children for any amount of time need to remain calm at all times.
** Journalists are like this, too. Comments to the video footage of the ''Challenger'' shuttle disaster reveal that many people don't understand the professional calm of CNN's Tom Mintier and especially Steve Nesbitt at Mission Control ("Obviously a major malfunction"). Nesbitt said later he felt like a house had dropped on him, but he had to continue to relay accurate information as quickly and smoothly as possible. The same was true of the newspeople reporting on the September 11, 2001 attacks.
** A number of large chain department stores and others have a retinue of "codes" to use for announcing (pseudo-secretly) that something serious is going on... "Code Adam" is a missing kid, "Code Blue" is a medical emergency, "Code Gray" is someone with a gun, etc.
** Chemists and chemical engineers tend to be like this when encountering strange odours or substances. ''Hmm. Pungent odour. Smells like hydrochloric acid and oligopeptides...''
** No matter how disgusting a medical procedure may be, doctors and nurses are usually always calm about it; and have to be, as a single mistake in surgery or administering the wrong drug can go a long way.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmQhwfxfn7c This street interview]] about rules in Japan. It's mostly pretty standard stuff, but at the end, one of the girls casually states her support of the death penalty for murderers (her exact [translated] words: "...if you kill a person, you should die too.") with a chuckle and smile.
* Many people with Autism can slip into a state called "Shutdown" when overstimulated. In this state, they often lose their ability to function or think clearly. It's often mistaken for Serenity, but Serenity is always a rewarding state for Many Neurotypicals, while Autistic Shutdowns are not a controlled state.
* Because Japanese culture values stoicism so highly, there are lots of notable examples of this behaviour from Japanese history and the present day. Think of how serenely kamikaze pilots and samurai attempting hara-kiri appear as they head towards an ugly and almost certain death.