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Female Examples

  • It can be surmised that Tsuruya has been raised to be a Type A from the first chapter of the Initial Conflict arc of Kyon Big Damn Hero.
  • There is a fair share of Azumanga Daioh fics that portray Tomo, of all people, as one of these. Such as these ones.
  • Total Drama fanon sometimes portrays Sierra with tinges of this, suggesting that her Loony Fan antics are either the cause or effect of an inability to form any close, real-life friendships.
  • Pinkie Pie can appear anywhere on the spectrum in fanfics. In The Party Never Ended, Pinkie Pie is a Type A, as she breaks under her Genki Girl cover as she dreads over her love for Rainbow Dash. As for Cupcakes, well, let's say she's a Type C and leave it at that.
  • In the fanfiction Composure, Princess Celestia is so trapped in her own image of composed benevolence that she breaks when Luna attempts to get her to acknowledge her feelings, releasing a millennium worth of repressed emotions all at once.
  • The receptionist of Eve Hill Corporation in the Lilo & Stitch fanfic Aliens! does everything with cheer and a smile. Including knocking Jumba unconscious for snooping around.

Male Examples

  • Zirah, from The Sacred And The Profane.
    "He won't stop crying."
    "And you're going to stop him by killing him?" Hastur said.
    Zirah stared at him in wide-eyed innocence. He looked puzzled.
    "Why not?"
  • From One Piece: Parallel Works, we have Daisuke Saburo, a Type A. He's an Idiot Hero / Fun Personified teenager who seems to be always smiling and having fun. Then came the Project Mei Arc and the revelation of his Backstory and how he met Yulia when she killed his grandmother and was involved in a huge ransacking of his home island.
  • In Code Geass Mao Of The Deliverance, the titular character not only displays a blend of Type A and Type C—exuding cheerfulness and cool self-satisfaction while really suffering from insanity and desperately pining after C.C.—but deliberately affects an image of wealth and taste so people won't treat him with suspicion.
  • Naruto fics that wish to portray him as secretly a badass all along tend to call his canon characterization the "idiot facade."
    • Though it's just as common for the "idiot facade" to be the only think keeping him sane from the abuse he receives from almost everyone (which is usually a lot harsher than canon, with mobs beating him and sometimes even being raped).
  • Invader Zim fanfics about Keef are pretty rare, but those that exist often portray him as having neglectful of abusive parents. Given Jhonen Vasquez' style, this is entirely plausible (compare Squee, for example.)
  • Draco Malfoy often gets this treatment in sympathetic fics that don't actually put leather pants on him. I.e., he's spent his whole life trying to be what his father expects him to be and has no idea what he is. More of a Stepford Smirker, of course, but it's entirely possible he does smile at people who aren't Harry Potter and his friends; we'd never know.
  • In the Redwall fanfic It Makes Me Happy That I'm Not Them, Swartt Sixclaw's Ironic Hell involves him being forced to become one of these. He's stuck with demonic copies of the wife and son he abused, and is forced to perpetually be the perfect husband and father figure to them. It's not really shown what'll happen if he doesn't, but considering what happens to the point-of-view character later, we can guess it's not good.
  • In the few fics that actually center around and/or care to develop Big Macintosh from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, he's generally portrayed as being a Type A or B for one reason or another. Hinted at in the example below, from the heretofore-unfinished shipfic "Like I Imagined":
    Applejack glanced at her friend. "Usually he's just all plain an' sleepy-like, but sometimes he gets this look on his face like..."
    "Like?" Rarity echoed.
    "Like there's a bunch a' gears workin' in his noggin." Applejack frowned. "An' I don't much think I'd like to know what they're puttin' out."
    "Why not?" Rarity looked over, concerned.
    "'Cause when he gets like that, he looks darn near fifty." The earth pony shook her head. "It ain't right for a colt to look twice his age."
  • Til You Feel It All Around You reveals that Usopp was already developing into one of these at the tender age of seven. At one point, when Sanji affects a false cheer to try and reassure his temporarily deaged nakama, Usopp shows him how to 'fix' it and smile more convincingly. Sanji's rather freaked out by the demonstration.
  • Light in Solitude:
    But he got it now. He got what everyone was looking for. It wasn't for him to be happy, and he wasn't trying to be mean thinking about that. People wanted other people to fit into a nice, neat package with smartly tied bows that were the right color to match the wrapping paper. People wanted to be able to classify other people, and for them to behave according to code.
    Light found his code.
    His role is son, older brother, protector, student, genius, role model, kind, earnest. His role is to be perfect so they don't have to worry again, so they won't say he's abnormal, strange, worrisome (all whispered in the dark night across the kitchen table when they thought he was asleep).
  • From The Faceless:
    Light pulled himself up to the counter, putting on his, 'I'm completely normal and if you don't believe me, I'll Kill You!,' fašade.
  • Harry Potter in the Dark Fic Void of Emotion is a Type C—he's a sociopath that hides behind an adorably cheerful persona.
  • In the Hunger Games fanfic Some Semblance of Meaning, Obsidian is the first type, in that he sometimes uses lighthearted jokes and smiles to mask his more troubled and unhappy side.
  • Light again in Seigikan:
    Light: Class ended and before I could even move from my position, females (if they could be called that) flocked my surrounding table. It was utterly disgusting. I casually said a pleasant goodbye to Ryuzaki before being escorted off to the library to help out a fellow classmate. I would rather slit my wrists and write my own name in the Death Note, but sacrifices had to be made to maintain my identity as the perfect individual.
  • The Star Wars AU series "Sith Academy" initially portrays young Obi-Wan Kenobi as pathetically cheery and happily co-dependent in a rather sick relationship with Qui-Gon. It eventually got to be too much, so authors decided to explain his demeanor as the result of a super-Prozac drug called Perkium, that was being used to medicate the formerly rebellious punk padawan into perfect Jedi conformity.
  • Robin, in Fire Emblem Awakening fanfic Pretender is type one, who can raise the spirits of the demoralized Shepherds with a smile even after attempting to take his own life.

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