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sdmitch16
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10:58:42 PM Dec 27th 2012
Serene and stoic are fairly similar. I don't think "not stoic" should be a part of a description of someone exhibiting Dissonant Serenity.
Camacan
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02:05:47 AM Aug 20th 2011
Page quotes are, ideally, short. This one is long and doesn't particularly encapsulate the trope. The situation is vague/generalized and is occurring in a character's mind where they can be anything they want to, whereas the trope is about concrete situations that the viewer would expect to cause horror/anger contrasted with a the Dissonant Serenity.

"Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'Save us!'... and I'll look down and whisper 'No.'"
Rorschach, Watchmen
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