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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 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:
    • Bob believes keeping a stoic expression will make Alice not enjoy bullying him.
    • Bob's face movements are literally limited by something, so he appears expressionless. He may have to resort to That Makes Me Feel Angry if someone really isn't getting the point that he can feel.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob always shows exactly what emotion he feels on his face.
    • Bob acts more emotional than he actually is.
  • Subverted: Bob is just as emotionless as his expression implies.
  • Double Subverted: ???
  • Parodied: Bob is a literal robot, and he actually has a stoicism chip. When it malfunctions, he turns into an emotional wreck that oscillates between utter misery, manic elation and enraged bloodlust.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob is not The Stoic
  • 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.
  • Defied: Bob specifically worked to not only show no emotion, but to feel none.
  • 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.

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