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Playing With: Slasher Smile
Basic Trope: A character's malicious smile is unsettling and often indicates insanity and violence.
  • Straight: Before stabbing Alice, Bob smiles with his teeth exposed and his eyes wide.
  • Exaggerated: An Eldritch Abomination has a smile so disturbing that just looking at it causes illness.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified: Murderous intent causes Bob's face to contort to a creepy grin.
  • Inverted: Dissonant Serenity
  • Subverted: The Un-Smile
  • Double Subverted: Bob tries harder, it just gets worse.
  • Parodied: Bob flashes one of these while doing something good.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's smile looks fine until you shoot him from the angle that achieves the Kubrick Stare
  • Averted: Bob doesn't smile at all.
  • Enforced: "Let's show how much he enjoys it, by making him smile."
  • Lampshaded: "Bob's smile is so creepy....and why is he holding a knife?"
  • Invoked: Bob doesn't want to hurt Alice. He puts on a slasher smile and wields a knife to try to scare her away without hurting her.
  • Exploited: Alice notices Bob's smile is not a happy smile at all and gets the hell away from him!
  • Defied: Bob stays stone-faced and stoic while still plotting something malicious against Alice.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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