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07:13:01 PM Jun 9th 2016
Is there a trope for a character who goes through a lot (like a Woobie), but smiles through it all, that doesn't imply that it would be better for them to let it turn them into a jerk? Like Yashiro Isana from K - see the "fridge horror" section for that series for how his whole life is terrifying and awful (or don't because huge spoilers). But he's always smiling. And that's sweet. That's good. That keeps him going. It's not some awful oppressive things that's been forced on him. It's a positive and heroic trait. And it's not just because he's male - Nunnally from Code Geass would be the same thing. To say that either of them would be better off being nasty all the time wreaks of Jade-Colored Glasses and tacky Internet Tough Guy attitudes.
06:45:02 PM Aug 26th 2015
So...can a page quote just be changed on a whim like that? Or was it just that the previous quote not as good at describing the trope?
08:55:41 PM Aug 26th 2015
No, there is a process to change a quote. Reverted for now, as I think the original was much better.
08:06:11 PM Apr 8th 2015
edited by MsCC93
So why are the examples seperated rated by gender???
06:22:37 PM May 10th 2014
In only the second entry on the Anime section, Allen Walker from D. Gray Man is referred to by the male pronoun but he's listed in the Female category.
10:55:11 AM Nov 6th 2013
A lot of the page links are Red Text like they're empty but clicking on them shows they're just fine.
12:08:58 PM Nov 6th 2013
The redlinker thingy changed how it worked recently. If you edit the page (even a null edit, opening the edit screen and saving without making a change), they'll turn blue.
04:11:07 PM Jun 1st 2012
Does anyone else feel less comfortable receiving service from a Stepford Smiler than someone who's not smiling?
10:52:22 PM Mar 30th 2012
no Forever Alone?

That guy's the most miserable man ever, yet he smiles.
11:44:56 AM Oct 18th 2011
I think that this article should be split into the 3 kinds of smiler. There is enough examples to make 3 full articles.
02:49:27 PM May 20th 2011
edited by Erda
Do we have some sort of rule against Real Life examples, or were those all deleted in another one of those weird glitches that come as the result of someone not knowing how to edit the page? I'm putting them back in for now, because I don't see anything about it here.
02:34:34 PM Feb 11th 2011
Not sure of how to handle this, well, tastefully. Putting it up here.

  • The daughters of Amy Chua, a woman who wrote a book extolling the virtues of totalitarian Chinese parenting.
    • Careful there, Your Mileage May Vary by a LOT on how to interpret that article. Your interpretation will change whether or not Chua's daughters are Stepford Smilers. Also, be VERY VERY careful about using "totalitarian", as that make people think of Nazis, which is not necessarily true.
04:01:18 PM Jun 1st 2012
I dunno. I'm pretty sure it'd be impossible to crack a genuine smile if your parents refused to let you live out your childhood like an actual child.
11:50:29 PM Sep 1st 2010
"One of the reasons for the "grim Russian" stereotype is that in Russian culture anyone who smiles when talking to complete strangers is assumed to be either a Stepford Smiler or just an insincere person. There is an old Russian joke about this: "Americans look at you with phony politeness. We look at you with sincere hatred"."

So does this mean that, in Russia, one has to be a Stepford Frowner?
12:57:42 PM Jul 18th 2010
No mention of the Mask Salesman in <i>Majora's Mask</i>???!
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