This says that it might be a character that rarely smiles but is "in no way limited to them." The title is clearly explained in the first line and a half where it says that smiling makes her go from ordinary to gorgeous. By it's self the title implies a lot of things. Seeing the real person behind the mask (and she's beautiful and happy) includes quite a few of the currently listed examples and is what my YKTTW Glimpse of Happiness is about. In it we've talked about the difference between, "A serious character is finally made to smile, " vs "A plain or unremarkable person's smile makes them lovely." One is "When She Finally Smiles" and the other is "When She Smiles She's (Stated To Be) Beautiful."
It seems to me that it would be better just to tighten up When She Smiles to mean a character who rarely smiles smiles and how that is a beautiful thing that makes the audience and other characters in universe love her. Which by the way fits with better with the title: "She's looks so sad in photographs, but I absolutely love her, when she smiles."
edited 3rd Oct '13 6:54:18 AM by Sackett
Still just awesome like thatFor what it's worth, I agree with Sackett's last post completely on how the trope should be.
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Agreed. I'd vote for something like that.
Shall we have a crowner then with that as an option?
The proposed change is: Tighten up When She Smiles to mean "a character who rarely smiles smiles" and how that is "a beautiful thing" that makes the audience and other characters in universe "love her". So the criteria for examples would be: 1: Character that rarely smiles (Emotionless Girl, Deadpan Snarker, Broken Bird, The Stoic, etc) 2: This character smiles 3: This smile is perceived as beautiful (audience or in universe) 4: Other people (audience or in universe) experience an increase in their affection for this character
edited 7th Dec '13 10:21:24 AM by Sackett
The page specifically says that it's for in universe reactions. We can make a separate page for audience reactions. This isn't supposed to be about how the smile is "a beautiful thing." It's supposed to be about how the smile makes her seen as physically beautiful. That is a specific definition. It's just the title that makes it sound so vague.
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