Expressions convey what a person feels, so — logically — if a character has an expression permanently glued to their face, they must be feelin' it
all the time. A Perpetual Expression, then, is a characterization device used to cue the audience of someone's nature. Very rarely do others remark upon their apparent facial paralysis, even if one's visage is stuck with a rather unsettling look
As a side effect, when the character's expression does
change, it is always important, and marks a big change to the character's normal demeanor.
Most common Perpetual Expressions include:
Note that the accompanied characterization of these tropes should be left in their own article; this is merely an index for the varieties that are frequently ever-present on someone's face. Note however that many Perpetual Expressions mix and match
various Smile Tropes
and Eye Tropes
Kind of the binary opposite of Expressive Mask
. Not quite Frozen Face
, which is an actual face paralysis.
Mostly Animation Trope
, but has occasionally been pulled off in Live-Action TV
as well. Very common in Video Games
, especially in older ones due to their nature.