!! Female examples

* Aki of ''Literature/SailorNothing'' starts out as one, repressing her real emotions to [[InWithTheInCrowd fit in with the]] [[GirlPosse popular group]] at school. After she's exposed, she drops the act but has a hard time adjusting to being a normal person.
* Rhianna von Adolph from ''Roleplay/OpenBlue''. A KnifeNut in charge of the special operations department of TheEmpire's intelligence agency.
* ''WebVideo/TheGuild'': Clara's smiling, friendly demeanor hides a criminally neglectful mother and [[spoiler:a treacherous backstabber who creates an alternate character to attack Vork and makes out with a man Codex is interested in.]]
* In ''Literature/ArcanaMagi'', Reya Everheart is Empty thanks to her [[MindControlDevice therapy sessions]].
* In ''WebAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls'', the main characters look as cheerful and happy-go-lucky as they come. But in ''Out of the Bottle'', class clown ComicBook/HarleyQuinn mentions she goes to a therapist (in fact she has enough traumas to fill a dozen of books... some of them brought about by a green-haired jerk bullying her in kindergarten), and Franchise/WonderWoman, ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} and ComicBook/{{Batgirl}} admit they're going to a therapist, too. The group concurs that "It's hard to be a super hero without a little mental health help."
* In a PlayedForLaughs example, ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'' has an element of this about her, even though she's not evil and mostly a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerkette With A Heart Of Gold]]. This comes up mostly when she reveals something nasty about her childhood and then has a big, happy smile on her face a few seconds later.
* Creator/{{Laina}} the Overly Attached Girlfriend. Started out doing a DistaffCounterpart version of Music/JustinBieber's "Boyfriend" for a Bieber-related contest, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh0AhrY9GjA but played a]] StalkerWithACrush. Then followed it up with a parody of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xujhimh5eWs Watch her not blink.]]
* In ''Literature/FunnyBusiness'', it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler:Jeannette]] is actually self-loathing and has a massive GuiltComplex, and is only pretending to be a CheerfulChild so that her loved ones don't worry about her.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Weiss is this. She prepares for a conversation with Schnee employees by practising a smile...which as soon as the talk is over, to be replaced by an unhappy expression.
-->''[[ImageSong I can keep it from the world, why won't you let me hide from me?]]''
** Pyrrha Nikos is a {{downplayed|Trope}} example. While she is a genuinely sweet girl who is grateful for her incredible talent, she feels isolated from people for so long because nobody sees themselves as good enough to be around her.
* ''WebVideo/EmmaApproved'': Emma Woodhouse, who acts confident to a point of arrogance despite several cracks that show how little self-esteem she actually has.
* ''Literature/{{Twig}}'': Helen, an ArtificialHuman with emotions disconnected from her physical reactions. She can play at any given role, but beneath whichever face she's wearing that day is an emotionless blank with inhuman predatory instincts.
* ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'':
** Pinkie Pie had a very subpar fillyhood full of emotional abuse at an orphanage due to being both [[FantasticRacism an Earth pony]] and Romani. As an adult she uses a very cheery persona to hide her problems, with it rarely cracking even when singing [[LyricalDissonance depressing but chipper songs]]
** Rarity and Applejack are both {{Shellshocked Veteran}}s, though Rarity is more-so. Rarity is trying to recover but it's obvious the trauma has taken a toll on her. Applejack on the other hand seems to be ignoring her issues and acts like a war hero, despite her numerous war crimes and the things she saw.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'''s Dr. Emily Grey is a bit ''too'' maniacally cheerful for someone whose planet is locked in a never ending civil. [[AllThereInTheManual The Ultimate Fanbook]] confirms that, surrounded by death 24/7, she put on a "Happy Face" so much that eventually she suffered from SanitySlippage, BecameTheMask, and hasn't taken it off since then.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''WebAnimation/BarbieVlog''. In one vlog, Barbie discusses how she used to feel guilty on her bad days because she's known as a constantly upbeat person. She however realized that she shouldn't have to force herself to be happy constantly and that everyone suffers from the blues at one point or another.

!!Male Examples

* Flippy of ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' is very [[AxCrazy Unstable]] due to a SplitPersonality.
* Like the WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic also delves into this on occasion. Mostly when a movie does something good then completely fucks it up but also when he was talking about his parents.
-->*shows a picture of his kindergarten self being ripped apart by two monsters labeled "Mom" and "Dad"*
-->'''Critic''': (cheerfully) "I had issues."
* Lewis of Literature/TheDoctorsOfTheCatFamily is Depressed.
* Kid-friendly version with Tom from ''WebVideo/TheCartoonShow'', who tries his hardest to be polite, but represses an unhealthy amount and only just barely manages to hide his frustration.
* ''WebVideo/YandereHighSchool'' reveals that Sam is violent and mentally unstable without Taurtis. To cope, he tries to force Grian to replace Taurtis, but the absence of his best friend and [[spoiler:Yuki's]] psychotic nature drive him [[SanitySlippage crazy]].

!!Mixed Gender Examples
* Quite a few of these have shown up in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', surprisingly. Most of these tend to be Depressed, for obvious reasons. Some examples:
** Former gamer Warren Pace gives himself a [[JerkJock complete image makeover]] to fit in with the football team due to his perceived images of jocks.
** [[CloudCuckoolander Maria Graham]] has a bad habit of burying any pain and angst underneath an overly cheerful, energetic persona. It's already been shown before that when she finally crashes, [[HeroicBSOD she crashes HARD.]]
*** She ended up crashing pretty early once the game started, though she often tries to put it back up again. Eventually she succeeds when [[spoiler: Duncan [=McMahon=], her childhood friend and love interest dies right in front of her, causing her to finally lose her mind.]]
** [[BrainlessBeauty Hermione Miller]] also has been shown to have tendencies of this. She spends most of her run in ''serious'' denial, believing that she is at the campsite while acting eerily cheerful and rejecting all signs that she's stuck on a DesertedIsland. Eventually she has a revelation about her situation and that no one will take her seriously due to her being TheDitz, and right after [[spoiler:is DrivenToSuicide]]. She also receives a fair amount of LampshadeHanging comparing her to the TropeNamer.
** In mini site SpinOff ''The Program'', Brigadier General David Adams, the founder of the title game, is very [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation possibly]]) Unstable. He has been described as pretty casual looking for a military organization, and oftentimes slides into {{Cloudcuckoolander}} mode during announcements. However, he has shown to have a very chilling approach towards the idea of children killing each other, and seems to really be enthused by it. Needless to say, there's a lot of DissonantSerenity in his announcements.
* The Whites from ''WebAnimation/LuckyDayForever'' can be seen as Empty. They are always shown donning a smile on their faces, as if it's the only expression they wear. [[spoiler: The only thing they managed to do is to trick the Proles into becoming their Human Resources.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/interlude-18-donation-bonus-2/ Interlude 18 (Donation Bonus #2)]] gives a glimpse of the [[UnholyMatrimony blissful home life of the Nazi supervillain couple Night and Fog (i.e. Dorothy and Geoff Schmidt)]] ... a pair who carry out the natural routines of married life with all the tenderness and care of wind-up automata.
-->''Put the paper away, it's time to eat'', Justin thought. ''Yes dear. Mmm. Smells delicious.''\\
"Put the paper away, it's time to eat," Dorothy said. She was holding the coffee pot, stepped behind Geoff, putting a hand on his shoulder, and bent down to kiss him on the top of his head. Automatic, without affection.\\
"Yes, dear." Geoff said, smiling up at his wife. "Mmm. Smells delicious."\\
''[[HorrifyingTheHorror Jesus fuck, they scare me]]'', Justin thought.
* From ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': Literally ''all'' of the town Desert Bluffs, run by the evil corporation [=StrexCorp=]. In particular, the radio host Kevin, who on the whole is much cheerier than our usual Cecil, but reportedly doesn't smile right. Also, his studio is [[spoiler: covered in blood and viscera]].
* All of the teachers in ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared.''