troperville

tools

toys


main index

Narrative

Genre

Media

Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
random
Kickstarter Message
TV Tropes Needs Your Help
X
Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
View Kickstarter Project
Super-Stoic Shopkeeper
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.


Examples:

    open/close all folders 

    Anime & Manga 
  • 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 is a store where The Mafia buys their hats.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Borat: 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).
  • In RoboCop 3, an elderly hotel receptionist barely glances at the RoboCop, who enters with a naked gun and asks which room the villain stays in. The receptionist answers and gets back to his newspaper.

    Literature 
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Korean series 49 Days features Yi Kyung, the Broken Bird who is introduced as a Super-Stoic Shopkeeper getting robbed. She doesn't react to robbery, and even tells them to kill her when she's threatened.

    Video Games 
  • 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.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • In the episode "Beware the Creeper", right after being drastically changed by a vat of chemicals and Joker's laughing gas, The Creeper 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.
    • In "The Man Who Killed Batman", the bartender remains calm as the place gets turned upside down by a brawl started when another hoodlum decides to pick a fight with Sid (who had supposedly killed Batman) to pump up his reputation. Given that the place is hosting a criminal party to celebrate Sid's triumph, this might be justified as the sort of thing that happens there all the time.
  • The Tick: Most shopkeepers in The City will be either this, or in therapy.


Super DocCharacters as DeviceSuper Strength

random
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from thestaff@tvtropes.org.
Privacy Policy
14381
4