Some characters, most probably unusual ones
, are participating in wacky hijinks
on their way through the town and decide that they need to go shopping for something, be it mundane, supernatural or just plain crazy. They bust into the store, acting and looking absolutely and completely out of place (and most probably also being totally obnoxious). They get weird looks sent their way, some people sneak out just in case, most customers are stunned with the sheer audacity of the scene.
Cue the Super-Stoic Shopkeeper
. He/she will pay absolutely no heed to the hijinks
, serve the customers in a composed and orderly fashion, maybe suggest a thing or two the characters might also want, ask whether they prefer to pay with cash or a credit card and basically do anything else they would do for a regular customer.
This happens because perhaps this is a regular occurrence to the shopkeeper
, or they've Seen It All
and it'd be really hard to surprise them, or maybe they're an Almighty Janitor
or someone had them Reassigned to Antarctica
. Or maybe they're a disaffected teen who just can't be bothered
to care. For whatever reason, anyone and everyone is just a regular customer in their eyes and has to be treated accordingly.
In a video game, they're likely to put up with anything short of shoplifting
or attempting to get a Ballistic Discount
, at which point they will rain down all hell upon you
Subtrope of The Stoic
, compare Bunny-Ears Lawyer
, related to Unusually Uninteresting Sight
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Beware The Creeper" right after being drastically changed by a vat of chemicals and Joker's laughing gas, the titular Anti-Villain busts into a vintage clothing shop, makes a mess of the place trying to find some clothes to match his new appearance. Clients run and scream. The woman behind the counter says, completely deadpan, "With your skin color, I'd go green." while handing him a pair of underpants. After picking up a few more bits of costume ("How about the boa? Too much?!" "Not on you, baby.") he pays with his credit card.
- Baccano! gives Isaac and Miria coming into a hat store and acting like absolute children, THEN trying to be intimidating while paying the clerk. He pays little heed and counts out their change. Of course, it was a store where The Mafia buys their hats.
- The Tick: Most shopkeepers in The City will be either this, or in therapy.
- One of these visibly restrains himself when Borat asks what type of gun is best for killing Jews. He then suggests a Desert Eagle (an Israeli weapon).
- The gun shop owner in It reacts perfectly calmly when the Bradley gang (who are topping the nation's most wanted list) just walk into his shop and order thousands of rounds of ammunition. Of course, this being by Stephen King, what happens when they pick up their order is not so pleasant.
- In Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, the player character spends some time dressed up as a Team Rocket grunt. Every NPC in the city gets new dialogue to reflect this, with most of them expressing either fear or anger. The exceptions are the employees at the local department store, who continue to treat you like a regular customer. One of the other NPCs even lampshades this.
- Averted in Angel when Darla, after slaughtering most of the occupants of a clothing store, tries to enlist an employee's aid in selecting shoes. Since she does nothing but whimper and try to crawl away, Darla kills her and complains about the service.
- Needful Things: Leland Gaunt doesn't even flinch when his customers are heavily underdressed. Then again the trope applies to him for his own twisted reasons.
- Real Life example via Not Always Right: Foiling an armed robber with annoyed exasperation. Subverted when he realizes after the fact what just happened and experiences a mental Post-Victory Collapse.
- In an episode of Frasier, the same room service guy keeps coming to a hotel room which contains, at various points: Niles and Lilith, Frasier and Lilith, and Niles and Frasier, in various states of undress. They're working through the fallout of Niles sleeping with Lilith. His response to everything is a bemused-but-stoic "OK."
- In Robocop3 an elderly hotel receptionist barely glances at the Robocop, who enters with a naked gun and askes where the villain is. The receptionist answers and gets back to his newspaper.