Playing With / Did You Think I Can't Feel?

Basic Trope: A character's facial expression doesn't indicate how emotional they are.
  • Straight: Bob is normally stoic even while being bullied by his big sister Alice, but he eventually shows that he actually is affected emotionally.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob is normally stoic even while being bullied by Alice, but he does show some minor signs of annoyance when her back is turned.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Bob is just as emotionless as his expression implies.
  • Double Subverted: ... Or so it seems, until his Berserk Button is pushed enough times, then his facade of absolute stoicism is shattered.
  • Parodied: Bob is a literal robot, and he actually has a stoicism chip. When it malfunctions, he turns into a literal emotional wreck that oscillates between utter misery, manic elation, uncontrollable panic and enraged bloodlust.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Bob always shows exactly what emotion he feels on his face.
    • The McCoy
  • Enforced: "Okay, the fans are pretty much convinced Bob's a robot. We need to humanize him a little."
  • Lampshaded: "I never thought such a stoic guy would be so emotional."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited:
    • Bob is being impersonated by a robot, and Alice intentionally pushes Bob past the edge of his stoicism to tears in order to expose the fake.
    • Betty uses such an example to demonstrate to some that everyone, no matter how stoic, is a sentient and emotional being deep down.
  • Defied:
    • Bob specifically worked to not only show no emotion, but to feel none.
    • Bob refuses any form of stoicism, being always open about his feelings to avoid a dangerous Rage Breaking Point.
  • Discussed: "Man, I didn't know Bob felt that way." "I didn't know he felt."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Bob becomes emotional to the point of losing his sanity and severely injures Alice.
  • Reconstructed:
    • ... right before returning into a stoic again, but this time with feelings of remorse.
    • The deed done, Bob regains his stoic composure. However, he and others agree that Alice had it coming.

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