Playing With: Emotionless Girl
: A girl who almost never shows any kind of emotion.
- Straight: Alice never smiles, laugh, or cry.
- Exaggerated: Alice's face is frozen solid, and she always talk in monotone.
- Downplayed: Alice shows noticeably less emotion than other characters, on a few occasions, she's shown to be Not So Stoicnote .
- It's the only way she can control herself. If she emotes, bad things happen.
- Alice has a mission to complete and can't afford letting her emotions get in the way.
- Or she's a robot of the non-ridiculous kind.
- Or she has brain damage making emotion impossible for her.
- She's been trained to and is afraid to drop the charade for fear of consequence.
- She has had a tragic past of trauma that made her suppress her emotions so that she will not be hurt again.
- She suppresses her emotions because she thinks that showing emotion is a sign of weakness.
- Gender Inverted: Bob is a Hysterical Man and a total Drama King.
- 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.
- Zig Zagged:
- Averted: Alice smiles and laughs at stuff.
- Enforced: Pretty much anything by Joss Whedon, especially Dollhouse.
- Lampshaded: "Alice, did you just... make a facial expression?"
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.
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!"
- 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's born like this and it alienates the hell out of her (both in-story and in the viewers) due to the fact that she will feature stoic reactions to what should be emotional scenes (violent murders of relatives, heartwarming reunions, etc.) She may even justify it by asking something like "Why should I feel emotions to these scenes when they are so common?"
- Her emotions are deliberately suppressed (by magical or medical means) because she's Ax-Crazy with emotions.
- 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.
- Reconstructed: She decides to seek some therapy, but still doesn't turn into a ball of smiles.
- 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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