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->''"Staying all serious and scowling every minute of the day is impossible! How can anyone look so mad all the time?!"''
-->-- '''Kon''' regarding Ichigo, ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''

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A character whose default or most frequent appearance/model is him/her with a serious upside-down smile, even in the most pleasant of situations. Though it can be compared to TheStoic, Perpetual Frowner differs in the simple fact that rather than wearing a face of indifference, the character perpetually expresses the biggest, ugliest frown he or she can make on their face.

Usually comes in three varieties: mopey and listless, angry and angsty, or focused and serious. In many cases, the look of extreme tension continues even when they're asleep. For series where character background and development is allotted, it may later be revealed that the person expresses the demeanor as a result of a living or having lived [[DarkAndTroubledPast a harsh or tragic life]].

Extra points if the character also displays a habit of keeping his arms crossed along with the constant frowning for that extra pouty look.

If the Perpetual Frowner actually ''does'' smile, it's either a SugarWiki/{{Heartwarming Moment|s}} that signifies that the character has [[WhenSheSmiles found a reason to be happy and enjoy life again]], or [[TechnicallyASmile one of the most]] [[TheUnSmile potent sources]] of NightmareFuel you will [[SlasherSmile ever come across]]. The smile may also be [[FingerForcedSmile forced upon another by someone.]]

If the expression is not voluntary but the result of damage to nerves or the like, it falls under FrozenFace.

Compare the AloofBigBrother, the DeadpanSnarker, and TheEeyore. Contrast PerpetualSmiler. See also the DeathGlare and the ClintSquint.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Jotaro Kujo from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' hardly ''ever'' smiles throughout the series. (In fact, one of the few times he does, it's because he's inches away from losing his mind.)
* Dr. Hell from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' has mostly three default expressions: angry, worried and disappointed/frustrated. He seldom smiles (fortunately, since when he actually does so, it is a very creepy SlasherSmile).
* Giichi from ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal''. Admittedly, he has good reasons to never smile.
* A well known anime frowner is Ichigo in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', early on revealed to be a result of losing his mother at a young age and trying very hard to cultivate a badass image ever since. (In one episode when Kon runs amok in Ichigo's body, Ichigo bemoans Kon ruining his image that he'd worked so hard on.) The example is particularly interesting considering the fact that he is the main protagonist. Hitsugaya is also a major frowner, probably a result of frequently being [[OnlySaneMan the most professional among a group of wackier characters]]. [[BloodKnight Kenpachi]] is usually frowning whenever he's not in the middle of a fight, in which case he'll have a big SlasherSmile.
** Among the Vizards, [[HairTriggerTemper Hiyori]] and [[TheComicallySerious Kensei]]. Hiyori is implied to have led a rough life even before Aizen's experiments, and Kensei is probably perpetually annoyed by [[WomanChild Mashiro]]. Kensei's case is somewhat [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] when he is trying to smile and comfort a young Shuuhei Hisagi - and ends up with an unintentionally evil version of TheUnsmile.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Even after rising to become the first Chuunin in his class, achieving the place as team leader of the group, being subjected to considerable CharacterDevelopment, and getting a [[{{Shipping}} potential girlfriend]], Shikamaru still doesn't seem to find a reason to wipe that big ugly frown off his face.
** Sasuke also started out as a frowner due to his tragic past and fervent mission in life to kill his brother. However, following his FaceHeelTurn and the series' timeskip, Sasuke gains a more impassive look, adding to his growing similarity with his AloofBigBrother.
** Gaara, even after accepting his companions, has almost never smiled a non-murderous smile. In the later manga chapters, Gaara smiles ''once in awhile'' and generally shows far more emotion than he used to, but it's still pretty rare in comparison to other characters.
** Shikamaru's son Shikadai has inherited his serious expression in ''Manga/{{Boruto}}''.
* Among several others, Tien, Piccolo and Vegeta were the three biggest Perpetual Frowners in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. The only things they did with their arms were punching, lifting, push-ups and crossing over the chest. Though Vegeta does crack a smile every now and then in the form of an arrogant smirk (and the occasional [[PsychoticSmirk evil grin]] during his scenes as a villain).
** Piccolo got the occasional grin as well, mainly when interacting with Gohan - even with the eyebrows up at least once (during his death in DBZ.) Vegeta, however, had somehow managed to master scowling even when asleep or unconscious.
* Mugen from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' always has a nasty, twisted, "don't trust anybody/ya wanna mess with me?" look on his face. Unless [[BigEater presented with food]].
** Jin as well, since he's TheStoic.
* Kaiser Ryo of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. Oddly enough, his FaceHeelTurn to Hell Kaiser caused him to ''smile''... [[SlasherSmile evilly, with a touch of insanity]].
** Kaiba from the original ''Anime/YuGiOh''. This was commented on in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', with Yugi remarking "Every time Kaiba smiles, a puppy dies."
** Could we argue that Yami is one of these too? His face seems to be stuck that way. Even when he's happy he's frowning!
*** The latter's expression does lighten occasionally, but otherwise pulls of the 'stern' expression 90% of the time. Applies to a good number of the cast.
* Aur from ''LightNovel/MaouNoHajimekata'' has this as his default look, properly portraying the kind of man he is; although he sometimes makes gentle expressions towards those he has recruited, mostly women, even flat out manipulating his facial structure with magic to give those who meets him for the first time a false impression that he is a benevolent man.
* Sesshomaru from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is characterized by his constant aloof, disdainful frown, though it is said that he is all the more dangerous when he actually does smile; on one occasion when he ''did'' smile, Jaken was so freaked out by it that he literally ''begged'' Sesshomaru to get angry and beat him instead.
* Scar from ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' has smiled a grand total of three times in the entire anime. He smiles once in the [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist manga]], in the Ishbalan refugee camp when he is told that there are many survivors of the genocide in camps all over the country.
* Kasanoda from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' is an unfortunate example. He looks scary as hell, and his default expression is an angry frown... because he's been trained from childhood to take over the position of {{Yakuza}} boss of his family. Unfortunate, because he's not such a bad guy, but nearly everyone is too freaked out to notice.
* Lucy from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' combines this with HiddenEyes.
* Gwendal in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'' is an extreme example, even other characters comment on his perpetual frowning.
* Let's see... constantly frowning? Check. Arms often crossed? Check. Tragic backstory? Check. Frowns even when he's sleeping? At least sometimes. Certainly does it when he's coming out of the shower. Yup, Fakir from ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is definitely an example of this trope.
* Tetsuma Jou, receiver for the Seibu Wild Gunmen from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'', has had a permanent serious frown on his face from (at least) the tender age of four. Although he did once adopt an expression of raging, unholy killing intent when [[spoiler:Gaou [[BerserkButton broke Kid's arm]],]] if that counts as a change.
* Thorfinn from ''Manga/VinlandSaga'', when he does smile, those smiles are rather....[[SlasherSmile vicious]].
* Germany and Sweden from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' rarely smile, though not because they're unhappy. Hong Kong may be [[EmotionlessGirl a straighter example]], and Belarus mixes this with {{Yandere}}. Germania so much so that he couldn't smile when he tried to.
** [[ItRunsInTheFamily Of the few blood-related siblings]], [[DeadpanSnarker Norway]] and [[SugarAndIcePersonality Iceland]] both tend to frown, and have only rarely been seen smiling.
** [[InscrutableOriental Japan]] too. While it's more of [[TheStoic a blank expression]] than a frown and he has smiled once or twice, it's noticeable enough that one manga strip revolved around Italy trying to get Japan to smile and failing.
** Netherlands has also never been shown smiling yet, always having either a disinterested expression or scowl on his face whenever he appears.
** [[{{Tsundere}} Romano]] is almost always scowling, contrasting with the [[PerpetualSmiler perpetually-smiling]] [[NiceGuy Spain]]. The few times he ''has'' smiled, it's been [[SlasherSmile pretty]] [[PsychoticSmirk unsettling]].
* Try to find canonical pictures of Zoro from ''Franchise/OnePiece'' where he's just smiling happy and friendly-like as opposed to scowling or just [[SlasherSmile smirking]]. ''It's very hard.''
** Especially recently, though. He used to smile and laugh quite frequently in [[CharacterizationMarchesOn early appearances]]. It gets rarer after he loses to Mihawk. In the Arlong Arc, Sanji notes that Zoro developed a bad temper after he lost to Mihawk, so this change is very, very intentional on Oda's part.
** Speaking of Mihawk, the world's greatest swordsman has smirked a few times (when Zoro challenges him, when Zoro accepts his loss and turns around so he won't have a swordman's greatest shame of a wound to the back, and when Luffy states that he'll become Pirate King) and outright laughed when [[spoiler:Zoro asks Mihawk to tutor him]], but otherwise has a constant dispassionate frown.
** Similar case with Tashigi. She smiled a lot early on, but after some bad experiences in Alabasta, likely disillusioning her in many important ways, she generally looks either impassive or rather miserable.
*** She smiles again after taking care of the giant children at the end of the punk hazard arc.
** Jinbei has this as his regular face with him rarely changing it.
** Trafalgar Law is an interesting example in that, [[CharacterizationMarchesOn in his first appearance]] and all other pre-timeskip appearances to a lesser extent, he was established as a PerpetualSmiler instead. Post-timeskip, however, he has become this, being portrayed as a much more serious character.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** [[FieryRedhead Nove]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'', whose expression is [[GrumpyBear always in some form of angry]], and maybe some bits of embarrassment. In fact, fans reacted with shock when the artwork for an audio drama showed her with a slight smile on her face. She would later [[TookALevelInCheerfulness lose this characteristic]] after a few years of being HappilyAdopted.
** Rinne from ''Anime/VividStrike'' is noted to never smile, even after she wins fights. The only time she is shown to smile is while she has breakfast with her adoptive parents.
* Exedore/Exsedol's redesigned version, when seen in ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}''. The only time he ever smiles is during his CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* Kurogane from ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''. The only times you see him smiling are when he's fighting... And it's more of a SlasherSmile than everything. He only really smiled in the flashbacks from his childhood... And in chapter 167.
* Kenshiro from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' used to be a happy camper but after his best friend kidnapped his fiancee and left him for dead in the desert, it's understandable that he doesn't smile much.
* The title character of ''Manga/{{Golgo 13}}'' fame is one of the trope's fathers.
* Sagara Sousuke from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. He is described numerous times to be a very attractive boy... except for the problem that he looks perpetually angry, with his eyebrows slanting down and lips pressed firmly in a grim straight line, giving him a ''very'' unapproachable appearance. He's actually pretty well known for never smiling in the story. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Sousuke_smile.jpg Here's his attempt at trying to, for the sake of his photo ID.]] Though more unnervingly, one of the few times he's shown to smile naturally [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/full_metal_panic_sigma/v05/c019/24.html can be seen here.]] Yikes, Sousuke, you SociopathicHero, you.
* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'''s Vicious is also not a happy camper. The only smiles that he actually gives are {{Slasher Smile}}s that live up to his name.
* Shinobu from ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'', when he's not crying. He's even frowning in the opening theme while glomping Miyagi.
* Kaede Rukawa from ''Manga/SlamDunk'' has this expression as a standard. He only gives ''one'' smile throughout the entire story, in the second-to-last volume. Doesn't stop girls from fawning over him, though. The fact that he's TheAce of Shohoku certainly helps.
* Xanxus from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' is in a permanently bad mood and nearly always scowling, but his smile is even ''more'' frightening.
** Tsuna in Dying Will form has been described several times as having "his brows always furrowed".
* Saionji from ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' fits this trope to a t, given that his life has been a bit... complicated.
* ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'': Gally, in addition to her Perpetual Frown, usually has a Perpetual Pout as well, amply {{lampshaded}}. She even got nicknamed "Octopus Lips" in-story, and when [[GenkiGirl Zwoelf]] has to pose as her she loudly complained that Gally's constantly sullen expression is very boring. Though, given [[TheWoobie her backstory]], it's somewhat justified.
* [[TheRival Paul]] in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, which is probably fitting of his nature as StopHavingFunGuys incarnate.
* [[{{Tsundere}} Hitomi]] [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Mizumura]] from the Hentai manga ''Boys Empire'' is like this at first. Makoto even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] it for us:
---> '''Makoto''': Mizumura looks like she's always angry or something.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Along with a [[ClaspYourHandsIfYouDeceive certain pose]], Gendo Ikari is a reliable owner of one of these. While he is occasionally seen smiling, in the vast majority of the cases it is when he smirks in triumph over something going JustAsPlanned. His only truly warm smiles only really ever happens around Rei.
* The number of times L had smiled in ''Manga/DeathNote'' can most likely be counted in less than fifteen panels. Near? [[CheshireCatGrin Not really]].
* Does ''Manga/BlackButler's'' William T. Spears ever smile?
** He laughs once, in the ''Ciel in Wonderland'' OVA. [[NightmareFuel And no, you don't want to see it.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Homura Akemi almost never smiles. It's [[BrokenBird not like she's got a lot of reason to]].
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Guts during his days as the Black Swordsman after the Eclipse. Again, he doesn't have much reason to smile after watching [[spoiler:his entire team get slaughtered and eaten by demons, and the love of his life get raped to insanity by his former commander turned demonic god]]. In fact, when he does smile, it's either a sneer (usually directed toward Puck) or [[SlasherSmile a murderous and bloodthirsty grin]] (which he reserves for his demonic enemies).
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'': Tokiko Tsumura's default expression is "I'm about 5 seconds away from disembowelling someone."
* As mentioned above, Athrun Zala from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed''.
* Tomoe from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss.'' He actually has a lot to be pissed about; like the fact that his master and best friend Mikage abandoned him twenty years before the start of the story or the fact that he was made an indentured servant to an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. However, he also manages to be pissed at anything and everything.
* In ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'', the anime version of Hachiman Hikigaya nearly always has his eyebrows in a knit. He does smile but usually it's a wry smile.
* Renge from ''Manga/NonNonBiyori'' is affixed with a perpetual half-open eyed frown. Though it's not very indicative of her mood, as she's your average CheerfulChild.
* Satsuki from ''Anime/KillLaKill'' often has a scowl on her face. Ryuko once even referred to her as a "perpetually frowning, [[BigOlEyebrows caterpillar-eyebrow]] bitch."
* Ogami Itto from ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' seems to have only two expressions: Grim scowl, or [[OhCrap horrified surprise]].
* ''Anime/KotouraSan'': Kumiko Kotoura, paired with DullEyesOfUnhappiness.
* Professor Hoot from ''Manga/HappyHappyClover'' is mostly seen with a serious expression and pretty strict with the younger animals since he's the teacher and doctor of Crescent Forest. But he does smile a few times when he gets very impressed.
* Ichimatsu from ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'', though he becomes increasingly NotSoStoic as the show goes on.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Giroro, presumably, though the Keronian biological structure disguises this a little.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', Nobuyuki never looks happy.
* Wagner from ''Manga/Classi9'' usually has expressions ranging from "positively annoyed" to "pissed as hell". When Liszt mentions Wagner laughed when he got drunk once, Bach and Mozart immediately dismiss the thought as NightmareFuel. He smiled a grand total of two times in the manga and had ''one'' chuckle in the last chapter.
* Constanze from ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' is perpetually grumpy and gloomy, and it's implied she suffers from some sort of AmbiguousDisorder. However, at the end of one episode she did [[WhenSheSmiles give a radiant smile]] to Akko.
* Kii the dryad from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' always looks either bored or vaguely annoyed. Lala also very rarely smiles, but mostly to keep up her "reaper of souls" facade.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}}.
** Any modern version of Batman. When he actually laughed at Harley Quinn in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', it scared her. He wasn't always like that in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', just when he was mad. He didn't really become a Perpetual Frowner until ''The New Batman Adventures''.
** It must be genetic, because Batman's son, Damian Wayne (the current Robin) is this as well.
* The Saint of Killers from ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', alive or undead. One character describes his permanent facial expression as someone who's "treadin' through dogshit".
** He smiles in a flashback when he holds his newborn daughter, which is a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. This old, hated Civil War veteran not only has a loving wife, but now a beautiful daughter.
*** Although, true to Garth Ennis's style, this quickly becomes a Tearjerker. You don't get to be the Saint of Killers by having everything come up roses, and it's clear that the shit's about to hit the fan...
* In ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'', the titular character has two facial expressions: "Frowning Angrily" and "Shouting". There was one time, when he returned to Mega City 1 from Luna-1 and hadn't been reinstated as a judge yet. He spent the couple of minutes walking around, waving at anyone, and ignoring crimes because he was technically a civilian.
* Happy Hogan of ''Comicbook/IronMan'' started out like this, simply because ''that was how he always looked''. At one point, he [[BreakingTheFourthWall informed the reader that he WAS smiling.]] He [[ProgressivelyPrettier got better]] before TheSixties were through.
* About the only time Comicbook/ThePunisher ''doesn't'' wear this expression is in flashbacks with his family.
** To quote the 2005 ''[[VideoGame/ThePunisher Punisher]]'' videogame:
-->(After blasting Bushwacker through a wall) "I don't smile much. Don't smile ever. But if I did, this would be one."
* Almost everyone in ''Comicbook/SinCity''. If they smile, you should expect it to be a SlasherSmile.
* Just take a look at Hawk in ''Comicbook/BrightestDay''.
* Grouchy Smurf in ''Franchise/TheSmurfs''.
* The main hero of ComicBook/WilqSuperbohater, which perfectly matches his bad attitude. In rare instances when he actually changes his face expression, it's usually one of shock and disbelief. Or a PsychoticSmirk, when he's about to hurt someone.
* ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye:''
** Ultra Magnus, stern lawman to a fault, is never seen smiling (except twice, the first he regretted ever since, and the second [[ItMakesSenseInContext was to save everyone's life]]).
** Ratchet, on account of being increasingly old and grumpy. Just for contrast, a flashback actually shows him smiling, towards ''[[TheFriendNobodyLikes Drift]]'', of all people.
** Helex, of the Decepticon Justice Division, is almost never seen smiling. Usually he's this, or [[FaceFramedInShadow his face is obscured]]. So much of a perpetual frowner, he doesn't even smile while on the job, except [[SlasherSmile for one time]].
* Any comic character drawn by Creator/RobLiefeld will usually have this as a default expression. Slightly angrier characters will have it with teeth exposed. Still angrier characters will have a open, shouting mouth with the upper half of their face pinched into a painful looking grimace.
* [[ComicBook/TheFlash Zoom]] is in a constant state of UnstoppableRage, and his mouth is nearly always twisted into a tooth-baring grimace.
* Trellis from ''ComicBook/{{Amulet}}''. He's only ever been seen smiling once - whilst playing a game of Othello in ''Escape From Lucien''.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In the Grimm Brothers' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Goose "The Golden Goose"]], a local princess was this and her father the King decreed that, if a man could make the very serious and unemotional Princess laugh, she'd marry him. She begins laughing when she sees TheHero carrying around the titular Golden Goose... plus a bunch of people that were stuck to him because of the Goose's curse.

* In ''Fanfic/ShinobiTheRPG'' Shimoda Daisuke, who thanks to his one Charisma combines having the emotional range of a statue with a frightening affect is actively frightening to his peers. Plus, he's constantly mentioned as frowning.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* [[StoicWoobie Chuckles the Clown]] of ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' is always seen with a [[SadClown frown on his face]], as a result of [[spoiler:going through exactly what Lotso and Big Baby went through and seeing them corrupted by their experiences. He does [[WhenSheSmiles crack a smile at the end though]].]]
* Creator/TimBurton's ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'': Nearly all the living people.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** Manolo's grandmother hardly cracks a smile.
** The only time Chakal smiled [[spoiler:is when he tries to blow himself up to take the town with him]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'''s main villain Hopper has only been seen once or twice smiling throughout the whole movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'': Chuckie Sol. In the book, it's explained that he deliberately cultivates that image because he believes it'll be taken as a sign of weakness if he ever lets anyone see him smile. The one time he ever smiles in the story is explained in the book by his belief that Phantasm, who's the only character seeing him do it, won't live long enough to tell anybody.
* Reggie from ''WesternAnimation/FreeBirds'' due to his [[TheEeyore depressing]] [[GrumpyBear personality]], [[ButtMonkey being a]] [[TheChewToy complete doormat]] and letting [[KidsAreCruel the president's daughter]] abuse him.
* [[TheGrotesque Miss Sanchez]] from ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale'', mainly because she's annoyed by any stupid thing [[SmallNameBigEgo Oscar]] did to ruin her life.

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* Le Chiffre in a good chunk of his appearances in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''.
* Karl Urban's [[TheMcCoy Doctor McCoy]] from the ''Film/StarTrek'' reboot has yet to crack a smile. Compared to him, [[TheSpock Spock]] looks downright cheerful.
* Bagheera from ''Film/TheJungleBook2016'' doesn't smile a lot, even in lighthearted moments. But the only time [[WhenHeSmiles he smiles]] in the movie is when Mowgli [[HeartwarmingMoments hugs him after they had been separated]].
* [[Film/TheBourneSeries Jason Bourne]] is like this, due to constantly being on the run and on his guard. The only time he smiles in the original film is at the very end, when he reunites with Marie. In the sequels, [[spoiler:Marie is killed in the first action sequence and]] he never smiles again.

* "I snarled", "I glared", "I scowled"....Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is very much this. This is notable, given the fact that he spends most of his time [[SadClown cracking bad jokes]].
** Morgan from the same series is practically carved out of granite. He smiles maybe once in all of the books.
* Karkaroff's caricature-esque grimacing in the ''Literature/HarryPotter and the Goblet of Fire'' movie.
** Kreacher the house elf makes emo kids look optimistic and happy from his introduction in the fifth book until the seventh, when he finally sees the light and starts to become cheerful.
** When he's not smirking, Snape spends his time either scowling or frowning.
*** Or sneering. He likes sneering a lot too.
* Edmund Pevensie in the movie version of ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' seems to do this a lot, even after his HeelFaceTurn.
* Greg Heffley from ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' is usually shown frowning.
* Bukama from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' prequel novel is one of these. "The older man brightened. Well, his scowl lessened a little. For him, that was as good as a grin from anyone else."
* Heathcliff in ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' starts out like this, at any rate.
* The titular character in the ''Literature/{{Eisenhorn}}'' trilogy, though not by choice. You see, early in the first book, he gets tortured so horribly (an this is set in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', so feel free to imagine just how) that the muscles in his face are irreparably damaged. He ''can't'' smile, even if he wanted to.
* ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'': The fact that Haplo tends to maintain a grim expression even while sleeping is remarked upon by other characters. He does smile occasionally, however.
* In ''I Funny'', Jamie Grimm's aunt and uncle's family, [[{{Ironic}} ironically]] nicknamed the Smileys, are shown frowning mostly.
* Tahniya in ''Literature/ThePathToWar'' is actually described as having a permanent small frown, which always makes her look like something has irritated or troubled her.
* Lord Droon, the villain of Dr. Seuss's early picture book ''The King's Stilts'', is described as a "scowler," mutters that "the lines at the corners of the mouth should go down," and loathes smiles, fun, and anything that seems unserious or undignified - so much that he endangers the entire kingdom by stealing the titular stilts, pushing the king toward the DespairEventHorizon.
* Tywin Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has never smiled since he lost his wife. Even before then, there had only been four recorded occasions of him smiling.
** Stannis Baratheon is similar to, if not even more so, to Tywin in this regard. It's said, more than once, that he "never learned how to smile." He is constantly scowling, and one of his character tics is, when particularly annoyed by something, he grinds his teeth. A character once said he was so mad about something that "he clenched his teeth so hard I thought they would shatter."
*** However this ties into the theme that there is more to Stannis then first meets the eye. He smiles and laughs a few times, usually when his most trusted man Davos Seaworth is around.
** In the past, King Aegon III was this from seeing the horrific way his mother died. Never smiled, always wore black to mourn his mother.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Gale says that Katniss only smiles when in the woods. During the Games, Peeta tells her that she doesn't scowl as much when she's asleep. Katniss herself admits that her smiles are hard to come by.
* In ''Literature/PleaseDontTellMyParentsImASupervillain'', Generic Girl always sounds tired and unhappy, not fitting in with heroes, villains, or middle schoolers.
* Skeeter Traps from ''Literature/ChroniclesOfMagic'' is a ten year-old version of this.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Twelfth Doctor is the "serious and focused" aspect of this trope, occasionally broken by a manic grin. He does have a [[https://33.media.tumblr.com/7fdc58da0dc79ee0087430dff8642501/tumblr_ndihhp2jBw1rkyrhpo3_400.gif cute, kinder smile]] but it shows up once in a blue moon.
* Mid-20th century VarietyShow host [[Series/TheEdSullivanShow Ed Sullivan]] was famous for almost ''never'' smiling on camera, though he didn't exactly frown per se, he often had a rather stern look on his face. When he did smile, it was actually neither {{glurge}} nor NightmareFuel, but his smiles were always notable for their ''extreme'' brevity. One time when he told comedian Red Skelton "It's wonderful to see your smiling face again." Skelton replied, "That's more than I can say for you." Sullivan's response was "That's not fair, you know I can smile. Like this." At which point he flashed a perfectly cheerful smile, for about a tenth of a second before returning to his stern, stoic look.
* Live action/puppetry: The grouchy Oscar and Bert on ''Series/SesameStreet''. All the more remarkable in that their faces aren't articulated enough to make it ''obvious'' that they're frowning -- Carroll Spinney and Frank Oz rely on their ability to create character for that.
* A more obviously-frowning Muppet is Beaker. The way his mouth is cut into his cylindrical head gives him an exceedingly-obvious frown. Nevertheless, the way he talks (itself difficult given he's one of two {{The Unintelligible}}s from ''Series/TheMuppetShow'') helps to alter the meaning of his perpetual frown: sadness, worry, fright, frustration, whatever. Sam the Eagle also has a permanent frown on his face with a seemingly stern or angry look, helping contribute to his ComicallySerious persona.
* Wednesday Addams from ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'', any version. (Not counting ''Film/AddamsFamilyReunion'') When she smiled after being brainwashed in ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues'', it deeply unnerved all onlookers.
** "She's scaring me!"
** Not so much in the original TV series. She was [[PerkyGoth quite cheerful]] there.
** However, she was in ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' comics, which preceded the live action show.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': Teal'c as played by Creator/ChristopherJudge.
** You try smiling after your forehead is cut with an Orak knife and molten gold is poured into the wound. Makes a kick-ass tattoo, though.
** Compare with Creator/ChristopherJudge himself, who always seems cheerful.
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' Rodney Mckay personifies the D: face, when he isn't scowling/whining/complaining.
** Ronon Dex scowls half the time, usually to intimidate someone (he's 6'4"), although he has been shown to smile occasionally.
*** This becomes hilarious in a crossover episode where Teal'c and Ronon are trying to out-scowl each other before they beat the crap out of each other.
* Bart Bass in ''Series/GossipGirl''. Lampshaded by Eric: "He only has one facial expression. He scares me." Whenever he does try to act in a friendly or romantic manner, it's very disturbing and clearly fake.
* Detective Cornell in the ABC miniseries ''Series/SecretsAndLies''. Pretty much only smiles when making a smug comment towards Ben Crawford, whose accused of murdering a child.
* Series/{{Angel}} smiles so rarely that when he does it's enough of an event that one of the other characters may feel called upon to remark on it.
** Connor [[NotSoDifferent seems to have]] [[LikeFatherLikeSon inherited this]], which Willow lampshades.
-->'''Willow:''' "And the sneer's genetic, who knew?"
* Stefan Salvatore from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', in more episodes than not. You can tell that if he's smiling things must be going really, really well.
** This was lampshaded by Caroline in Season 2.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debbie_Downer Debbie Downer,]] played by Rachel Dratch in a recurring SNL skit. She always says depressing things and brings down the mood of any gathering.
* Aaron Hotchner from ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is more serious than actually grumpy, but he has a resting face that's practically a DeathGlare. He's TheStoic, and doesn't really emote all that much, but he does have a truly lovely [[WhenHeSmiles smile]].
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Royal executioner Ser Ilyn Payne is never seen without a belligerent scowl.
** Tywin is also a frowner, like his book characterization. The closest thing he comes to a smile or laugh is a brief guffaw at one of Arya Stark's remarks. In the books, Lord Tywin is reputed to have smiled on four occasions: when he married his first cousin Joanna, when Aerys Targaryen made him Hand of the King, when Jaime and Cersei were born, and when he extinguished the two noble houses that had mocked and defied his weak-willed father. Since that last one, just the threat of him smiling again has been enough to get people to do whatever he wants... and when he can't be there to personally smile, he sends a musician to play a song about that last one.
** Cersei's very prominent brows emanate hatred even during her rare moments of levity.
** Gregor's unfriendliness is always reflected in his face. And that's one of his less distasteful traits.
* Creator/KarlPilkington from ''Series/AnIdiotAbroad''. If he is smiling, you can guarantee it won't last for long, as Ricky Gervais has a seemingly endless list of things planned to annoy Karl.
** And retains this role in ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow''. Ricky savors the one instance he actually manages to make Karl laugh.
* Will Graham from ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'', due to his anxiety and inner demons. He's seen relaxing around his numerous dogs though.
* Emma Swan's default expression on ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is a frown mainly because she's still wrapping around her head that AllMythsAreTrue, her parents are Snow White and Prince Charming and they haven't aged in 28 years, and that she's TheChosenOne.
* In ''Series/BestMotoring,'' Motoharu Kurosawa and Akihiko Nakaya were known for their stoicness, in comparison to the other drivers who were known for being all smiles.
* Blitzabeth, one of the main characters in the Norwegian children's television show ''Uhu!'', is always frowning, always complaining and always flinging biting and sarcastic comments to everyone. The show takes place in a HauntedHouse, and the main characters are ghosts who, before being allowed to cross into the afterlife, have to perform some kind of task as a test; Blitzabeth arrives at the ghost house in the very first episode and is given the task to stop frowning and complaining. It takes her the entire series to manage.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Worf, son of Mogh, does ''not'' smile. (Klingons in general tend to be fairly scowly, but Worf makes frowning an ''art form''.)
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'':
** Captain Raymond Holt rarely expresses any other emotion, and he has a hard face when he says he's happy.
** Detective Rosa Diaz is nearly always seen scowling -- so much so that when she does smile, it usually comes across as discomforting. Though, at the end of "The Pontiac Bandit Returns", she's so happy about the Giggle Pig drug bust that she smiles broadly, surprising even herself.
-->'''Rosa:''' ''[grinning ear to ear]'' How do people do this with their face muscles normally?
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has Ron Swanson. Even when he's being nice, he's stern. The only thing that makes him smile is the collapse of the Pawnee government.
* This is a stereotype among characters of Franchise/KamenRider, most often secondary riders.
** Ryu Terui/[[Series/KamenRiderDouble Kamen Rider Accel]] is such a grim person that even his neutral face is a scowl. Spending time with the [[RunningGag halfboiled]] detective [[TheHeart Shotaro]] helps him turn back into the nice person he used to be. He retains use of the scowl for work purposes (he is cop).
** Kaito Kumon/[[Series/KamenRiderGaim Armored Rider Baron]] has scowl, deeper scowl and DeathGlare. That's about his range of expressions. He has not smiled once through the whole story. While this is justified considering his [[DarkAndTroubledPast past]] and [[SocialDarwinist motivation]], it still makes for interesting interactions when he is replaced by {{Keet}} impostor.
** [[Series/KamenRiderDrive Kiriko Shijima]] is always uptight and professional. RobotWar? No problem. Being stuck in the [[OnlySaneMan loony bin]] unit? Still no problem. The instances of WhenSheSmiles have her deny that anything happened.
** Hiiro Kagami/[[Series/KamenRiderExAid Kamen Rider Brave]] usually has disapproving faces coming along with his cold attitude that goes up to ComicallySerious level. It's to cope with the pressure of being a surgeon and to balance out his (usually very) zany [[WackyParentSeriousChild father]]. One way or another, spending time with [[TheHeart Emu]] and resolving some of his issues lightens him up to [[DefrostingIceQueen healthier]] level.
*** Taiga Hanaya/Kamen Rider Snipe was scowling for his life's worth until he got stuck with [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Nico Saiba]]. She can see right through him and doesn't tolerate [[DoctorJerk his]] [[JerkassFacade behavior]]. Spending time with her and resolving his issues (some of them, that is) helps him get [[TookALevelInKindness better]].
* ''Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger'': Stinger/Sasori Orange didn't come to Orion to make friends, so he is usually in the background scowling at his teammates, who do their best at averting this. They commonly behave like squad of AnnoyingYoungerSibling[=s=] and the only one who does not is Kotaro, the only actual child on the team. [[spoiler: Stinger is [[UsedToBeASweetKid adorably]] [[NoSocialSkills awkward]] when he is not [[TheStoic Mrs.]] [[WorldsBestWarrior Tough]] [[IneffectualLoner Guy]], so his teammates don't take his attitude at face value all the time after they got to see under it.]]
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'':
** Dillon/RPM Black was [[Funny/PowerRangersRPM once asked]] whether brooding comes naturally to him or he has to practice in the mirror every morning. He simply preffers to mantain reputation of cranky tough guy who only looks out for himself. [[BroodingBoyGentleGirl Summer]] realized this is not true pretty early on, but mostly just worked on staying positive herself and hoped it will rub off on him. It did.
** Doctor K, team's mentor is aloof, snarky genius with no social skills, so the Rangers are ''baffled'' when they see her happy for the first time.

* Rivers Cuomo of Music/{{Weezer}} is notorious for always looking somewhat dismayed. Which makes his obvious happiness in the music video for "Keep Fishin'" a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
* The Music/BackstreetBoys liked cultivating this image of stoic seriousness in any opportunity they could, mainly on their posters/CD covers as well as going for mainly stoic balladry on their music. In fact, the one way you could tell the difference between them and Music/{{NSYNC}} was that *NSYNC adopted the FunPersonified image and smiled while the Backstreet Boys didn't.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Raven}} after he came to Wrestling/{{ECW}}, due to a deep depression.
* Wrestling/KaijuBigBattel's BigBad, the evil Dr. Cube, is instantly recognizable because of his unchanging expression ([[RageHelm it's actually a helmet]], as Cube is ''not'' a Kaiju)
* Wrestling/JimRoss became one after being afflicted by Bell's Palsy. This was initially mocked with a Wrestling/{{WCW}} gimmick known as "Oklahoma" and later by Short Stack, when he was "repackaged" as Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}}.
* Wrestling/SaraDelRey hasn't been one her entire career but has gone through several stretches of it, enough that a frowing face is a fixture of most of her ring gear. During her (three year+!)JAPW Championship run though, it was speculated she wasn't capable of smiling at the time because of two canker sores.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'''s [[GodEmperor God-Emperor of Mankind]] is depicted with a frown and DeathGlare in most of the official art, appropriately given [[CrapsackWorld some of the stuff he had to deal with]]. If he ever looks insecure, it's a good sign that [[OhCrap something is seriously wrong]].

* In ''Theatre/JacobMarleysChristmasCarol'' Marley is described as prune-faced and perpetually sour, like he'd just bit into a lemon and didn't enjoy the taste.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'': Besides her creepy little smiles directed towards Becket, Alma is always frowning.
* Akuma/Gouki from the ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series is a famous and extreme example, as he never smiles ''at all''.
** When he becomes Shin Akuma in ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2MarkOfTheMillennium'', he ''does'' smile... a SlasherSmile.
** He did have one in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 2'' in Ryu's ending.
** Series mainstay M. Bison was originally a Perpetual Frowner, but now he's better known for his SlasherSmile. From what can be seen, those are the only two facial expressions he's capable of.
*** Well, these two, plus his OhCrap expression during the endings of ''Alpha 3''.
** Sagat and Guile are also constantly frowning, though Guile occasionally smiles in the presence of his family. Main character Ryu is halfway there, though it's more of an impassive look that leans toward frowning than a proper Perpetual Frown.
** Guy from ''Final Fight'' has a trademark scowl that matches his aloof and serious personality. The only instance in which Guy smiles is in an official art depicting Ryu, Ken, and Guy in casual clothes (Hell, in Cody's ending in SFA3, his face is scowling, even though the dialogue implies he is glad Cody is back on his side)
** As of ''Super Street Fighter IV'', Makoto was not seen showing so much as a smirk in any official art (her ending in Super Street Fighter IV being an exception). She makes up for it with [[HotBlooded plenty of yelling]].
** Remy from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII 3rd Strike''. You wouldn't expect someone whose win quote translates to "I hate everything that I see!" to smile much, would you?
* There are several examples from the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series.
** Soren from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]''.
** Sothe displays this trait in Radiant Dawn as well, which is remarked upon by [[MagnificentBastard Naesala]] in the following exchange:
--->'''Naesala:''' Where's that stone-faced sidekick of yours?
--->'''Micaiah:''' He's just hesitant to show his emotions.
** Ike is ''definitely'' this. He even scares Sothe when they first meet in ''Path of Radiance''. Sanaki also {{lampshade|Hanging}}s this in ''Radiant Dawn'':
--->'''Ike''': I'm here. What do you want?
--->'''Sanaki''': Hmph. Don't look so sour.
--->'''Ike''': I always look like this, Apostle Sanaki.
--->'''Sanaki''': Ah, yes. That's true. Well, I didn't summon you to talk about your grumpy expressions.
** Raven from ''Blazing Sword'' also qualifies. As noted by a comrade in arms, Wil, during one of their hilarious [[RelationshipValues support conversations]]:
--->'''Wil:''' Fine, fine. If it'll get you to stop scowling, I'll talk normal.
--->'''Raven:''' What scowl?
--->'''Wil:''' That! What you're doing right now!
--->'''Raven:''' ...This is my normal face.
** Lon'qu (of the serious variant), Tharja, Gerome (of the serious variant), Severa (of the angry variant), Noire (of the sad mopey variant), and to a lesser extent, Lucina (of the serious variant), from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]''. In Noire's case, it was [[spoiler: due to living in fear of Tharja's (her mother) curses, as she was used as a guinea pig for them]].
** Azura, Hinoka, Xander (of the serious variant), Beruka, and Nyx from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates''.
* The ''VideoGame/TalesSeries'' has a few.
** Kratos from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', as befits his role as TheStoic. Same goes for Regal, who wears an even larger frown than Kratos (especially in his official art), but is slightly more likely to lighten up.
** Leon from ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny''.
** Veigue from ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'', who smiles ''once'' in the entire game, near the end.
** Keele from ''VideoGame/TalesOfEternia'' -- his expression is generally either "angry", "disdainful" or "sullen", whereas his "smile" is more of an arrogant smirk.
** Asch from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', whose grumpiness is commented on and made fun of by the other characters; Luke tells him at one point that if he keeps frowning, his face will get stuck that way. Again, his "smile" is usually more like a smirk.
--->'''Jade''': What's the matter, [Asch?] You look as if you've swallowed a bug. Oh wait, you always look like that.
*** What's weird is that his status picture in the menu represents him with a full-on happy face...maybe because we'd never get to see him smile in-game.
*** This is even [[MythologyGag referenced]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia''. There's a note scratched into a signboard identifying all the main characters in ''Tales Of The Abyss.'' Asch's entry is just "always looks angry."
** Kunzite of ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' rarely smiles, his only "happy" portrait is but a tiny turning of the lips, and the first time a character gets him to smile, he seems to frighten everyone by the mere act. MysteriousWaif Lycia says straight out that she can't smile as long as she's atoning for the plot of the game, but is eventually persuaded to (along with Kunzite, properly this time) when the final dungeon rolls around.
** Gaius from ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia'' and ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2''. He doesn't smile at all in the first game, but manages a smirk on a few occasions in the second.
** Eizen from ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria''. The most he ever tends to show is a slight smirk, though he does display a hilariously devious smile in a skit on one occasion after subtly trolling Magilou during one of her comedy routines (Perhaps he's secretly the one his sister got the habit from...).
* ''VideoGame/EliteBeatAgents'' Derek and Chieftain almost never smile.
** Arguably, Mona from the "I Was Born To Love You" stage. The entire goal for that stage is to help Leo to get her to smile, so he can paint her portrait. And no, taking her to a concert, taking her for a flight in a flying machine, and saving her from a stampede of bulls isn't quite enough to do it. [[spoiler:The [[FauxtasticVoyage "special tunnel"]] does the trick, though.]]
** Jake, who only starts smiling if [[spoiler:you fail his stage and he turns into a giggling zombie.]]
* Mega Man in ''VideoGame/MegaMan7''.
** Zero from the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series deserves a special mention, seeing how he applies to this trope in more ways than one:
*** After Iris dies, he not only stops smiling, practically at all, but loses essentially all of his {{Badass Boast}}ing personality and becomes TheStoic. For example, he no longer throws a thumbs up at the player after beating a boss, but just turns away before he leaves the stage.
*** Even his theme music has noticeable changes. Where his theme is X4 may have been the peak of giving the feeling that Zero is about to cut down everyone [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5h4luXEc_s in the level]], in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgsBH3zURt8 X5]] and onward, Zero's music becomes a lot more calm and serious sounding.
** Then there's Geo Stelar of ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'', who spends much of the first game on a massive angst-trip and is shown frowning both in human and wave forms. He lightens up later, though.
* There are those who doubt that Agent 47 from ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' can even smile.
* The title character of ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'', as befitting someone whose last name sounds like "pain".
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'': Kratos isn't this so much as "perpetual enraged-snarler".
* Riku in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games.
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis'' has Moritz of the [[ItemCrafting Athanor room]]. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d ''many times'' during the party's first visit. First and foremost:
-->'''Nikki''': Whoah! Scary face alert!
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasy'':
** Cloud Strife from ''The Compilation of VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' almost never smiles. He even gets [[WhenSheSmiles a special musical cue for the one time he does smile]], because Creator/NobuoUematsu read the cue in the script and found it so hard to imagine.
*** Cloud becomes a Perpetual [[GrinOfAudacity Grinner of Audacity]] in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy2015'' as a conscious attempt by the development team to avert this trope.
*** It's also averted in ''VideoGame/MobiusFinalFantasy'', where he has smiles of various kinds as part of his GoingThroughTheMotions repertoire (admittedly all wry and smirky), and smiles enigmatically in closeup as BookEnds to the storyline. In Sephiroth's ''Mobius'' storyline, Cloud's face is so expressive that it borders on LargeHam in places.
** Though his face is always covered by a mask, we can safely assume that Shadow from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' doesn't even know HOW to smile. He rarely speaks and his only friend is his dog. According to Shadow himself, he's learned to kill his emotions, and Edgar knows of his reputation as a cold-blooded assassin who would "kill his best friend for the right price."
** Steiner and Amarant from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' certainly qualify. ESPECIALLY Steiner, a cantankerous grouch of a knight whose only two emotions are angry and dead serious. The number of times he's seen without his signature grouchy frown can be counted on one hand with fingers remaining.
** Many characters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', due to the DysfunctionJunction nature of the party. Lightning is the cold and brooding DistaffCounterpart to Cloud, Hope is constantly angsting about his dead mother and his desire to have his revenge on Snow, Sazh is mopey because of his lost son, while Cid Raines is a PerpetualFrowner due to [[spoiler:being forcefully made a puppet to the fal'cie]].
* Throughout the ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'' series, Kain very rarely smiles. In the event that he [[PsychoticSmirk does]], it's usually a good indication that his enemies have found themselves on the [[OutGambitted receiving end of his plan]] or he's about to do something horrible to somebody.
* Sten of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. Nonetheless he's occasionally shown that he's got a GentleGiant side going on, and he smiles broadly if you return his sword.
** [[PlayerCharacter Hawke]] is show doing nothing ''but'' scowling in any ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' promotional material, though thankfully, this is averted in the game itself. In-game, however, the expression is associated with Fenris, to the point where Merrill comments that she's worried that if Fenris was to smile his face would break.
* Curt Schilling in ''VideoGame/BackyardBaseball''.
* Huang Lee of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars''. Comes from being a DeadpanSnarker OnlySaneMan.
* Kazuma Kiryuu of the ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'' games has a forbidding scowl permanently etched onto his face. He does smile a few times, usually when he's around Haruka, and it's adorable.
* The Boss[=/=][[IronicNickname The Joy]] from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''. Meanwhile, [[IronicNickname The Sorrow]] [[PerpetualSmiler never frowns.]]
* ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'': Goemon started out like this.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Red in his remake design. He's always shown frowning, except for his victory animations in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'' and once when he gives a haughty smirk in said game. Ironic since his original design is nearly always drawn happy and smiling.
** Subway Master Ingo, twin brother of [[PerpetualSmiler Emmet]] .
** [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:285Shroomish.png Shroomish]], the Mushroom Pokémon.
** Crobat's face is contorted into a permanent scowl, [[{{Irony}} despite the fact]] that it can only become a Crobat by [[ThePowerOfFriendship reaching maximum happiness with its trainer]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY X and Y]]'''s Pokemon Amie feature, while most Pokemon will lighten up and give you a proper smile under the right circumstances, there are a few like Umbreon, Terrakion, and Zekrom who simply won't smile, no matter how hard you try to get them to.
* Marcus Fenix from ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' ''never'' smiles. Dom is this as well, especially after [[spoiler: Maria's death.]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** Princess Peach is this in some of the DarkerAndEdgier [=RPG=]s, until the ending, WhenSheSmiles. Because of the darker themes, this is [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
** Rosalina is also this, [[spoiler:also justified considering [[TearJerker her past]]]]. She does smile a bit in the endings of both ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy'' games and when winning a level in ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld''.
** Luigi's default expression in ''Videogame/MarioKart 8'' is a grumpy frown that looks [[MemeticMutation hilariously terrifying]] in slow motion.
* ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter'' has Victor Niguel. His only two sprites are his normal one (frowning) and really pissed off. You know that it's gone FromBadToWorse when he's really pissed.
** Also CR-S01, whose reason for his Perpetual Frowner-ness is revealed in [[spoiler: his bonus scene. He also smiled later on in the game, prompting a lot of squeeing from fans.]]
* Mitsunari from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' has an unflinching DeathGlare, replaced by a slight smile only once; in his best friend's imagination.
** Honda Tadakatsu from the same series always has an unchanging expression of vague disapproval, falling somewhere between Batman and Robocop.
* Koei's ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'' also has Honda Tadakatsu, whose angry eyebrows and slightly downturned mouth give him a [[http://koei.wikia.com/wiki/Tadakatsu_Honda#Gallery stern and humorless look.]] He also sometimes crosses over into 'angry and shouting' but never quite seems to make it to 'happy.'
* Koei's other major hack and slash franchise, ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'', has the infamous Lu Bu, whose designs regularly feature BigOlEyebrows, HotBloodedSideburns, and a [[http://koei.wikia.com/wiki/Lu_Bu#Gallery constant look of disappointed contempt for everything around him.]] Even when he's being kind to someone like Diaochan, he rarely actually smiles--instead, he just shouts a bit less than usual.
* Proof that Koei seems to like this sort of thing for their biggest and most violent badasses--''VideoGame/WarriorsLegendsOfTroy'' has the vicious and [[http://koei.wikia.com/wiki/Achilles#Gallery chronically surly]] Achilles, who could probably crack mirrors with how often he's scowling at everything.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** This is Shadow the Hedgehog's default expression. He'll smirk on rare occasions. About the only time he genuinely smiles is in ''VideoGame/MarioAndSonicAtTheOlympicGames'', where he'll sometimes smile if he does well at an event.
** Knuckles is also subject to this in games after ''VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles'' where [[CharacterizationMarchesOn he is portrayed as the deadly-serious loner]] who, [[MemeticMutation unlike Sonic, doesn't chuckle.]] Later on his [[HairTriggerTemper hot-headed attitude]] grew more characteristic. Most of the current artwork has him either frowning or clenching his teeth.
** It is unusual to see Silver crack a smile when he first appeared in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', but this has to do him taking his duty in protecting the future very seriously. He does show a smile in some games like ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' where he shows excitement in facing Sonic in a rematch.
** Blaze is also one due to her being a cold, detached loner (much like Knuckles) in the ''VideoGame/SonicRushSeries'', and this is even after [[DefrostingIceQueen she comes out of her shell]]. However, she was honestly surprised when Cream pointed out that she was smiling. In the ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndSonicAtTheOlympicGames Mario and Sonic]]'' series, she is portrayed as much more jovial and enthusiastic, frequently displaying a large wide open smile, suggesting she maybe has more a SeriousBusiness treatment of her duties rather than negative in personality.
** Espio of The Chaotix. Considering that he's serious, he doesn't smile that much. It also doesn't help the fact he's surrounded by his teammates in the loudmouth Vector and the scatterbrained Charmy.
** Robotnik was one for a while in the U.S.
** When raising Chao in the ''Sonic Adventure'' series, it's possible for them to be this, since every chao has a 'default' face determined by how its egg hatches.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
** This is [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario]]'s default expression in the ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' series since you could see his mouth in ''Melee,'' which is jarring; considering that Mario is a pretty cheerful guy in his home series. Compare his Toys/{{Amiibo}}s from ''[[http://www.nintendo.com/amiibo/detail/r8Dvb2VpjSUTls1FanI3w0GBvc78_UGS Super Smash Bros. 4]]'' and ''[[http://www.nintendo.com/amiibo/detail/7CJ0nCjMq1rdrDDJnY4Pdc7_d6z7peOu Mario Party 10.]]''
** Princess Zelda has a default somber expression in the third and fourth ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' games. Considering she's the more somber ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' version of Zelda it's perfectly understandable.
* Link in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' very rarely changes his expression from a frown, and when he does, it's usually in shock from whatever horrible monstrosity he's just encountered. Mido in the same game is always in a foul mood and ''never'' changes his expression, even in the ending where everyone is happy after Ganondorf is defeated.
* Miles Edgeworth in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series is never seen smiling at all. He'll sometimes make a small smirk when he is smug, but that is as far as he will go to cracking a smile. Edgeworth is always serious with his work as a prosecutor and many people notice how he doesn't seem to let loose.
** Worth mentioning he doesn't even have a properly smiling sprite until his reappearing in the second game, where he gets a new one. What he had before was his ironic aside-smile and his cocky smirks in court, which don't really count. His death glares are legendary, on the other hand.
* [[TheStoic Hawke]] from ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars''. He's the only character in the game to not smile or cheer when his unit's win an attack (He ''doesn't even have'' a smiling mugshot'').
* Aban from [[VideoGame/OneThousandAndOneSpikes 1001 Spikes]] is always irritated with a face to match. [[spoiler: [[WhenSheSmiles Until the very last part of the]] GoldenEnding [[WhenSheSmiles cutscene, that is.]] ]]
* Yasha from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath''.
* The MadBomber from Creator/{{Activision}}'s Atari 2600 game ''VideoGame/{{Kaboom}}''. He only smiles when you miss one of his bombs.
* Ragna the Bloodedge of ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}''. Scowling is his default expression in all his character portraits, and [[JerkassWoobie given his life, it's easy to see why]]. With the exception of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCrossTagBattle'', absolutely ''none'' of his official artworks in any games has him smiling. This runs contrast to his [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual Predecessor]], [[VideoGame/GuiltyGear Sol Badguy]], who is often [[GrinOfAudacity shown smirking]].
* ''VideoGame/PapaLouieArcade'' has Kahuna and Gremmie doing this as their usual expressions in their debut. They soon start smiling in later games.
* The Lodger from ''VideoGame/KnockKnock'' sports one throughout the entire game.
* Sasha in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon64'' is constantly frowning. She is depressed due to the fact that the vineyard is dying, her daughter Karen is a hairs length away from running off, and her family always argues. Her mood improves if you either save the vineyard or get Karen to stay (by marriage or friendship). It's noticeable in the AlternateUniverse ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonBackToNature'' that Sasha smiles on default. In that game, and all future games, she isn't married to Gotz and doesn't even own a vineyard.
* Bill in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' hardly smiles at all. He can smile like the rest of the survivors in game if you have him use a positive reply, but most official media and the tie-in comic will always have Bill showing his serious face. It is justified since Bill's a Vietnam War veteran and going through a second "war" with the zombies wouldn't exactly brighten anyone's day. Bill's in-game model has him look like he's constantly frowning for his neutral face due to having a cigarette in his mouth.
* Drachma in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' smiles '''once''' in the whole game, [[spoiler:during his ObiWanMoment]]. The rest of the time his face is contorted into a cynical scowl.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* While Saber's default expression in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' can be described as 'neutral with a dash of stiffness', [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Saber Alter's]] scowl practically ''bores'' into your soul.
* Natsuhi from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' is a RareFemaleExample.
** Kanon's a male, [[{{Bishounen}} albeit effeminate]] one.
* Peko Pekoyama from ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa2'' is not only this, but she expresses a desire to ''stop'' coming across as so grumpy all the time in her free time events. This is because she wants to ask her crush on a date and wants to make a good impression.

* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Baron Klaus Wulfenbach looks perpetually unhappy. Then again, given how much he likes his job...
** A good adventuring fight seems to perk him up a little, though, if [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040430 this page]] is anything to go by.
* ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}'''s Gwen.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Karkat is the angriest troll. He is just so angry, you don't even know.
** Karkat smiled once. Eridan smiled never.
** The Felt, with the possible exception of Clover who doesn't have a mouth but certainly comes off as the Perpetual Smiler type.
** Also, every Agent except for CD is this.
** Aradia is an odd example; she certainly starts out as one, only being shown smiling twice (and one of those was in a flashback), but after [[spoiler:going God Tier]] she inverts the trope completely.
* ''Webcomic/VGCats'': Aeris has such a short temper that she's almost always at least annoyed. When she ''does'' smile, [[SlasherSmile it's generally not a good sign.]]
* ''WebComic/SabrinaOnline'': Sabrina's mother and father are a pair of frowners, too.
* ''WebComic/LowroadComics'': [[http://lowroad75.comicgenesis.com/d/20090501.html Butler insists]] that he has more than one expression, but apparently doesn't look into mirrors often.
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' -- Scowl 3: [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20100317 The Scowling]].
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'':
** Rocky rarely shows any happiness and even scowls in his sleep, possibly because he's SurroundedByIdiots. [[spoiler:There's also the fact that his youth was [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0692.html much more traumatic]] than he lets on.]]
** Joyelle {{the Comically Serious}} Erinyes is always frowning, as befits a [[OurDemonsAreDifferent diabolical entity]] of LawfulEvil incarnate:
--->''"I would smile, but I lack the facial muscles to do so."''
* Dave of [[http://gunshowcomic.com/ac/ The Anime Club]]. Since Mort and Mark are always yelling at each other, they might count, too.
* Webcomic/WalkyVerse: Mike Warner has smiled about ten times over a ten year period of existence. These smiles only appear when he's completely [[InVinoVeritas hammered]]. The comment section following [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-9/03-mikes-double-life/unexpectedsmile/ this comic]] and Amber's reaction kind of says it all.
** He has [[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20020407.html smiled]] [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-11/02-the-relationshipocalypse/smile/ twice]] while not drunk (warning: both links are disturbing) and only looked [[http://www.itswalky.com/d/20030719.html truly upset]] once.
* In ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'', perpetual frowning seems to be a possible side effect of TestosteronePoisoning. Parodied in [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/images/scowlymen.jpg this]] [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry effusively joyous]] gathering of friends.
* Tyler in ''Webcomic/DamagedTape'' hasn't smiled once in the entire run of the comic. He's only had two other expressions: yelling, and a typical Nut Shot reaction face.
* Mist from ''Webcomic/{{Waterworks}}'', most likely due to having a bodily condition that, by the standards of her civilization, makes her hideous.
* Except for the few moments he's shown surprise, Ballister Blackheart from ''Webcomic/{{Nimona}}'' keeps a frown of seriousness.
* The Suit Guy of ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'' may have several expressions, but they all boil down to "some kind of a frown".
* Miko Miyazaki of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a frowny unibrow as her default expression. One of the indications that some serious shit is about to go down after she overhears Shojo plotting with Roy is that her frown is [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness replaced with]] a [[TranquilFury neutral expression]].
* ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'': Trond, the resident GrumpyOldMan.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Strong Bad, from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', has a luchadore mask for a face, giving him a perpetual scowl.
** Strong Bad has smiled on a few occasions... Including one time in which he believed that being flushed down the toilet would turn him into a monster.
** Strong Sad, who is the {{emo}} member of the group, almost never smiles, except for a few occasions (Usually when he gets his revenge on Strong Bad... or when he's had too much caffeine).
** All of the Brothers Strong (Strong Bad, Strong Sad, and Strong Mad) are often seen with frowns on their faces.
** The Homestar Runner Wiki has pages for cataloging instances of smiling for [[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/Strong_Bad_Smiling all]] [[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/Strong_Mad_Smiling three]] [[http://www.hrwiki.org/index.php/Strong_Sad_Smiling Brothers Strong]].
* [[http://www.doreen-and-maureen.co.nr/ Doreen]], from Doreen and Maureen.
* ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' has the Emperor himself, who manages to have a frown on his face all the time despite being a [[DemBones skeleton]].
* Black puffles from Club Penguin.
* ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat's'' own Puppycat is always frowning. It's unclear if this is his mouth's natural shape or if Puppycat is perpetually grumpy.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman]]. ComicBook/MartianManhunter too.
* Shego from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', who becomes a PerpetualSmiler in "Stop Team Go".
* Squidward from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' is a well-known frowner. Can't really blame him, what with living between [[CloudCuckoolander SpongeBob]] and [[TheDitz Patrick]].
** He ''is'' capable of smiling. Quite often, even. But only at his own jokes or art. Furthermore, his smile is usually an indicator that he has just [[TemptingFate tempted fate]], and as such doesn't have a long life span.
** Despite being so lugubrious and gloomy, he has more range in facial expression than all the other characters on the show.
* [[TheComicallySerious Mr. Gus]] in the early episodes of ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa''.
* Eustace from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. The only time he actually does smile is when he either tortures Courage or when he gets money.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Moe
** Mr. Burns also. Most [[SlasherSmile of]] [[CheshireCatGrin the]] [[TheUnSmile time]].
* Carrie from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''. However, she has her reasons...
* The complex but bitter and sometimes just downright angsty Prince Zuko on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' always has a big angry look on his face and has a strong tendency to stand around with his arms crossed. At the culmination of his character progression within the second season, he recovers from a spiritual illness and spends an episode at peace, smiling, and gaining a more optimistic look on life... Cue the WhamEpisode. He sums it up in one line:
-->...are you happy now?\\
I'm never happy.
** Not surprisingly, Zuko's {{emotionless girl}}friend, Mai, also fits. Interestingly enough, the only times they seem genuinely happy are when they're together. This is likely a result of Mai's listlessness and Zuko's angst canceling each other out.
* Belson from ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}''.
* Raven in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* Mandy in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. In one episode, a shape-shifter turns into Mandy, and Billy remarks "No, wait... Mandy never smiles." She has smiled exactly three times in the entire series. The first time was at the end of the pilot episode. Next, she made an evil smirk after she realized [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor she'd accidentally wished every other human off the planet]], and had the whole world to herself. Finally, she smiled during a beauty pageant in "My Fair Mandy", it [[RealityBreakingParadox warped reality]]. On one occasion she's made a look of genuine sadness--even rarer than a smile.
* Eva the "Female Bully" from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' rarely smiles.
* The adorable but angsty Buttercup of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* Craig Tucker from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. If he's not [[TheStoic stoical]], he's this.
** Shelley frowns in most of her appearances.
* Ice Bear from ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears''.
* WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} and later on his son Dripple.
* Hank from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' was said by Peggy to sleep with a look of extreme disgruntlement. And his father, Cotton, has a frown as his default expression, though he's smiled at times.
* Huey Freeman from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''. An Creator/AdultSwim bump once featured a fan asking the question, "Does Huey ever smile?" The AS team, apparently stumped, claim to have called up Aaron [=McGruder=] to ask. The answer? Apparently, the animators are contractually obligated never to depict Huey smiling or laughing, ''ever''.
** Huey actually does smile a few times in the series. Once when he fights Riley in "Let's Nab Oprah" and twice at Riley's basketball game. There are a few other instances of Huey smiling, but they're harder to notice. But he does fit this trope perfectly.
* Randl from ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBeaks''.
* WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}, at least in the earlier shorts.
* Lemongrab of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', except for when he's confused or enjoying a good meal.
* Agent Six from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' has never changed his perpetual frown. Even when knocked out in a nanite-induced coma, he has the exact same expression on his face.
* Vice Coach Horace Ferret from ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey''.
* [[http://www.progressiveboink.com/archive/ihbfd/schleprock.htm Schleprock]] from ''WesternAnimation/ThePebblesAndBammBammShow'' (a SpinOff of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'') was always depressed. His catch phrase was the miserable "Wowzee wowzee woo woo". He even had a perpetual storm cloud over his head.
* Bleak from ''WesternAnimation/LiteSprites''.
-->'''Meadow''': I've never been so happy to see your frowning face!
* [[ThirdPersonPerson Scruffy]] never smiles in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. (But then, since his mustache is always covering his face, it's difficult to tell what sort of expressions he has.)
* Skyquake in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. The ''one'' time we see him smile was...[[SlasherSmile unsettling]].
* Lance for the first few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan''. [[CharacterDevelopment He grows out of it if fairly quickly]].
* Edward Platypus from ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo''.
* Gordon from ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' can fall into this in most of the episodes due to being too focused on his own importance in The Fat Controller's railway as well as arrogantly looking down on the other engines. The engines' tendency in teasing doesn't help at all.
* Tina from ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers''.
* Connie from ''WesternAnimation/{{Brickleberry}}''.
* [[TheEeyore Nester and Momma]] from ''WesternAnimation/ScaredySquirrel''. Momma heavily lampshades the trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'': The title character.
* Nonny from ''WesternAnimation/BubbleGuppies''. Unlike all the other Guppies, who are {{Perpetual Smiler}}s, his face always has an uneasy, apprehensive look. He's notably the only Guppy not smiling during the intro and ending, though he'll smile at certain circumstances such as the sequence when the Guppies go outside. Lampshaded at one point during the "Big Warm Friendly Smile" song in "A Tooth on the Looth", Molly even reacts in turn.
** Mr. Grumpfish is a more straightforward example, as [[MeaningfulName his name]] might suggest.
* Mr. Noodman from ''WesternAnimation/SanjayAndCraig'', except for when he's eating blueberries.
* Mr. Mufflin from ''WesternAnimation/FanboyAndChumChum'' is miserable as he is a [[SadistTeacher complete sadist]].
* [[{{Goth}} Lucy]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse''.
* [[BrokenBird Lapis Lazuli]], when not around her MoralityPet WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse, is stuck with a bitter deadpan face.
* Helga Pataki from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. Her father even lampshades it when looking at family photos of her.
* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack does have a wide variety of expressions, but his default is a stern scowl highlighted by his BigOlEyebrows. A villain in Season 5 was able to identify Jack solely by the scowl, even after he had grown a beard and acquired heavy plate armor.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* As an actor, Ice Cube utilizes the angry scowl so often that when he ''does'' smile, it looks downright freaky.
* Withdrawn (not just ShrinkingViolet) students.
* Many politicians!
** Especially notable in [[http://uglyrepublicans.com/republicans/United-States/Dick-Cheney/cheney_emotional_chart.jpg Dick Cheney]]. It doesn't matter whether he's at the Republican National Convention, the campaign trail, having tea at the White house, apologizing for shooting another guy in the face, getting an apology from the guy that he shot in the face, or even making the official announcement that Bush has won re-election -- he always has this look on his face like someone just ran over his pet dog a few hours ago.
** During his bid for president in 2000 UsefulNotes/AlGore was known to be very dry in public and attempts to make him seem more approachable would backfire (such as kissing his wife a little too long as she joined him on stage for a rally). Since losing the election a well received stint on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and [[AdamWesting poking fun at himself]] in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' a couple of times has helped reverse that opinion of being a very serious individual.
* Silent era comedian Creator/BusterKeaton, also known as The Great Stone Face. In his entire film career he has only smiled once...[[TheUnsmile and he had to push up the corners of his mouth with his fingers to do it.]]
* Queen Elizabeth was once famous for this one, almost never smiling in public if she could help it. Nowadays she's rarely seen without a big smile on her face however. This role has since been taken by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose memorable attempts to smile for cameras resembled Wednesday Addams (and provoked [[CosmicHorror similar reactions]]).
* [[UsefulNotes/TheChancellorsOfGermany German Chancellor]] Angela Merkel. Although it is not that apparent on press pictures, she seems to have developed some new facial muscles since she has been voted chancellor.
* Ned Sparks ("I never go anywhere, I never do anything and I never have any fun!).
* Despite his rather jokey nature, Music/{{Eminem}} rarely smiles in covers, interviews or anywhere else really.
** It's rumored that he made a vow to not smile in front of a camera after Proof died.
* What about [[http://www.extremefunnyhumor.com/pics/steven_seagal_emotion_.jpg Steven Seagal]]?
* Till Lindemann of Music/{{Rammstein}}.
** Which makes the video for "Mein Teil" creepier than it would be otherwise, as he as a rather impressive rictus throughout.
* Chicago Mafia boss Joseph [[IronicNickname "Ha Ha"]] Aiuppa was a notorious scowler who rarely laughed or even smiled.
* Creator/JasonStatham. It's mentioned on his page that all of his good movies could alternatively be titled ''Jason Statham Drives A Car And Kills People (While Scowling A Lot)''.
** Pick any movie he's in, he has exactly two expressions: ''frowning'', and ''frowning with his shirt off.''
* Formula One World Driving Champion Fernando Alonso. His smile practically involves a frown.
* Supposedly there does exist a photo of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henrik_Ibsen Henrik Ibsen]] smiling. One portrait.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gil_Dobie Gilmour Dobie]] (Gloomy Gil) was inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame with an amazing coaching record of 182-45-15. Somehow, he never let his success affect his negative demeanor. One of his famous quotes is, "There are only two ways you can finish in life. Dead or a loser".
** Another College Football Hall of Fame inductee, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVell_Edwards [=LaVell=] Edwards]]. Despite the happy expression on his Wikipedia pic, he was famous for roaming the sidelines with [[http://sports.cbsimg.net/u/photos/football/college/img18913387.jpg folded arms and a constant scowl]].
* Charlie Sheen always looks as though he's scowling, even if he's smiling or telling a joke. His eyebrows seem to be the main factor.
* Former British Prime Minister UsefulNotes/GordonBrown always looked miserable (although that was probably justified). Sadly his spin-doctors noticed this and told him to smile more, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYPqAo3UasA it didn't really work]].
* Trent Reznor.
* Most birds of prey such as [[http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/bald-eagle/ eagles]], [[http://animal-wildlife.blogspot.com/2011/08/vulture.html vultures]], and [[http://cs.birdwatchingdaily.com/brd/m/us_and_canada/61646.aspx hawks]], constantly looked pissed off all the time, although this is more due to their facial muscles being more limited in expression that in humans.
** Also with snakes, especially [[http://www.desertusa.com/may96/du_rattle.html rattlesnakes]], who might as well be considered the most angriest looking animal in the entire animal kingdom, looking like they're constantly pissed off.
** In the league of animals Boxer dogs and other large jowled breeds look like frowning is their basic look.
** Many prehistoric animals, most famously small ornithischian dinosaurs likewise had large palpebral bones above their eyes, which likely lent them such a look. But since people like to imagine them as cute, harmless-looking bug-eyed critters, the lovable deer and antelope-analogues of the dinosaur world, most illustrations ignore this feature.
* [[http://www.grumpycats.com/ Grumpy Cat]] aka Tardar Sauce, a snowshoe cat who [[MemeticMutation became rapidly famous]]. Her frown is caused by feline dwarfism; by all accounts [[FaceOfAThug she's very sweet and affectionate]].
* Due to [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_68Fnxu_oaGg/S_VyQ9vpacI/AAAAAAAAD7A/ou639Soolw4/s400/neanderthal.woman.2.jpg Neanderthal face structure]] massive and high brow ridges, big lumpy noses, prominent jaws and small, receding chins, their faces looks to as like they constantly scowl at something.
* Bill Belichick, head coach of the NFL's New England Patriots, is well known for his seemingly unmoving frown.
* Christian singer Aaron Shust. [[WhenSheSmiles He actually has a very nice smile.]]
* Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz of the rap group Onyx are rarely seen with smiles on their faces.
* There are ''very'' few pictures of the late Japanese emperor Hirohito where he has a smile on his face. You'd have an easier time finding pictures of a smiling Adolf Hitler.