Playing With / Emotionless Girl

Basic trope: A girl who almost never shows any kind of emotion.
  • Straight: Alice never smiles, laughs, or cries.
  • Exaggerated: Alice's face is frozen solid, and she always talks in monotone.
  • Downplayed: Alice shows noticeably less emotion than other characters, on a few occasions, she's shown to be Not So Stoicnote .
  • Justified:
    • It's the only way Alice can control herself. If she emotes, bad things happen.
    • She has a tragic traumatic past, and she suppress her emotions so that she will not be hurt again.
    • Alice has a mission to complete and can't afford letting her emotions get in the way.
    • Alice has been trained to and is afraid to drop the charade for fear of consequence.
    • She suppresses her emotions because she thinks that showing emotion is a sign of weakness.
    • She comes from a culture where both males and females are expected to refrain from showing emotion.
    • Alice is a robot of the non-ridiculous kind.
    • Or she has brain damage that has erased her ability to feel emotions.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted:
    • Bob never shows any sort of emotion.
    • The Stoic
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...then he/she dies, and Alice goes back to the way she was.
    • She was consciously trying to be expressive, but eventually decided that it didn't work for her and settled back into her comfortable patterns.
    • It turns out she is actually a Stepford Smiler.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted: Alice smiles and laughs at stuff.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Alice, did you just... make a facial expression?"
  • Invoked:
    Alice: "Getting all emotional only gets in the way. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a job that needs to be done."
  • Exploited: Bob asks Alice to serve as an announcer for his news channel (the only one remaining) during the apocalypse. Because she's so emotionless, she's able to report mass death and destruction and deliver instructions to survivors without batting an eyelid. Her lack of panic calms viewers, but also unnerves them.
  • Defied: Fake smiles.
  • Discussed:
    Bob: "You know, Alice, you seem very cold and unfriendly. What's up with that?"
  • Conversed: "I'm in a staring contest with Yuki Nagato!"
  • Implied: Alice, though known as very professional, isn't shown emoting outside work. If that's how she naturally is or just how she's behaving at the time is uncertain.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice is viewed as creepy. Therefore she gains no friends or respect, especially whenever she's deadpan in the most inappropriate moments.
    • An "origins" episode of a TV show or superhero comic shows that a ton of nasty stuff happened to Alice in her life, and that she's very emo about it. She suffers from depression and has attempted suicide in the past.
    • She has emotions, deep down, but she cannot process them well around others, and forcibly closes off her heart and mind to even her closest friends, fearing what they'll think if she shows her true self.
    • Alice deliberately suppresses her emotions (by magical or medical means) because she's Ax-Crazy with them.
    • Alice was born without any emotional capacity, and it alienates the hell out of her (both in-story and the viewers) due to the fact that she doesn't have ''any'' emotional reactions to scenes that generally invoke intense feelings, such as the violent murder of her grandmother, or the heartwarming reunion with her long-overseas father. When others call her out on her apathy after her mother dies, she responds by innocently asking in her perpetual Creepy Monotone "Why should I feel anything?"
  • Reconstructed: She decides to seek some therapy, and while she doesn't turn into a ball of smiles, she gets better, and is now more able to relate to others and have other relate to her.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Alice is unfazed by the bizarre goings-on around her or causes embarrassing situations for other characters. She walks in on her friends changing to ask what they want to eat, walks across the rickety Rope Bridge without a second thought, and asks the giant monster where the nearest grocery store is.
    • Alice is The Comically Serious.
  • Played For Drama: Alice really wants to experience emotions, but because she's a Barrier Maiden, she can't risk showing them without potentially causing massive destruction. Characters around her aren't necessarily aware of this fact, and constantly try to cheer her up or otherwise make her emotional.

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