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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has a platonic example with Beast Boy and Raven. It turns out in the {{prequel}} episode "Go!" that he got her to laugh during their first meeting, and he's been trying to replicate that ever since. He's succeeded three times: said prequel episode, an encounter with her "happy side" during a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind episode, and when he had a cold and lost control of his powers every time he sneezed. Notably, her happy side told Beast Boy that she always finds his jokes funny; her mildly irritated, DeadpanSnarker reactions to his jokes may be more about maintaining her emotional reserve than being genuinely annoyed.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans2003'' has a platonic example with Beast Boy and Raven. It turns out in the {{prequel}} episode "Go!" that he got her to laugh during their first meeting, and he's been trying to replicate that ever since. He's succeeded three times: said prequel episode, an encounter with her "happy side" during a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind episode, and when he had a cold and lost control of his powers every time he sneezed. Notably, her happy side told Beast Boy that she always finds his jokes funny; her mildly irritated, DeadpanSnarker reactions to his jokes may be more about maintaining her emotional reserve than being genuinely annoyed.


** The anime doesn't have a single instance of Rei laughing. Not even the HighSchoolAU in the final episode goes past grinning.



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* In Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's tale "Literature/TheGoldenGoose", the main character's antics make the overly serious and grim-faced princess burst out in laughter.
-->Soon afterwards he came to a city, where a king ruled who had a daughter who was so serious that no one could make her laugh. So he had put forth a decree that whosoever should be able to make her laugh should marry her. When Dummling heard this, he went with his goose and all her train before the King's daughter, and as soon as she saw the seven people running on and on, one behind the other, she began to laugh quite loudly, and as if she would never leave off.
* A Norwegian folk tale involves a king who offers his daughter's hand to anyone who can make the all-too-serious girl laugh. A peasant boy is nice to one of those ubiquitous old ladies, and is rewarded with a goose that can trap anyone who touches it (or touches anything already trapped) if he says "Hang on if you want to come along!" He uses it to catch the entire palace staff, and the princess falls over laughing when she sees it.
* A similar tale tells of a girl who would die if she didn't get to smile. The hero unwittingly helps remedy that, and the King tells him that he can marry her.
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* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' FanFic [[http://moodfic.livejournal.com/69709.html Simply Perfectest]] suggests this happened between Wash and Zoe before they were HappilyMarried:

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* The ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' FanFic fanfic [[http://moodfic.livejournal.com/69709.html Simply Perfectest]] suggests this happened between Wash and Zoe before they were HappilyMarried:



[[folder:Folklore]]
* A Norwegian folk tale involves a king who offers his daughter's hand to anyone who can make the all-too-serious girl laugh. A peasant boy is nice to one of those ubiquitous old ladies, and is rewarded with a goose that can trap anyone who touches it (or touches anything already trapped) if he says "Hang on if you want to come along!" He uses it to catch the entire palace staff, and the princess falls over laughing when she sees it.
** A similar plot device also shows up in the Grimm Brothers fairy tale ''The Golden Goose''.
** A similar tale tells of a girl who would die if she didn't get to smile. The hero unwittingly helps remedy that, and the King tells him that he can marry her.
* In Myth/AboriginalAustralianMyths, a giant frog named Tiddalik drank up all the rivers and lakes. The other animals tried to get him to laugh and spill the water, unsuccessfully, until Tiddalik saw the eel desperately searching for water and laughed at him, releasing it.
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[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In Myth/AboriginalAustralianMyths, a giant frog named Tiddalik drank up all the rivers and lakes. The other animals tried to get him to laugh and spill the water, unsuccessfully, until Tiddalik saw the eel desperately searching for water and laughed at him, releasing it.
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-->'''Raphael:''' What if I try this? Cheep cheep, chirree-chir-chidoo!
-->'''Marianne:''' What the—? Hahaha!
-->'''Raphael:''' Whoa! I've never heard you laugh before! I should've talked to you in birdese sooner!

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-->'''Raphael:''' What if I try this? Cheep cheep, chirree-chir-chidoo!
-->'''Marianne:'''
chirree-chir-chidoo!\\
'''Marianne:'''
What the—? Hahaha!
-->'''Raphael:'''
Hahaha!\\
'''Raphael:'''
Whoa! I've never heard you laugh before! I should've talked to you in birdese sooner!


* In the 1939 romantic comedy ''Film/{{Ninotchka}}'', the title character, a humourless Soviet official sent to sell the czar's jewels n in Paris, meets Count Leon, who's been dispatched to retrieve the jewels for their current owner. In one scene, he attempts to win her over in a restaurant by making her laugh but fails. Then he has an accidental pratfall and she cracks up for the first time in her life.

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* In the 1939 romantic comedy ''Film/{{Ninotchka}}'', the title character, a humourless Soviet official sent to sell the czar's jewels n now in Paris, meets Count Leon, who's been dispatched to retrieve the jewels for their current owner. In one scene, he attempts to win her over in a restaurant by making her laugh but fails. Then he has an accidental pratfall and she cracks up for the first time in her life.


-->-- '''[[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans2003 Beast Boy]]''', referring to [[SugarAndIcePersonality Raven]]

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-->-- '''[[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans2003 Beast Boy]]''', '''Beast Boy''', referring to [[SugarAndIcePersonality Raven]]
Raven, ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans2003''



* In the 1939 romantic comedy ''Film/{{Ninotchka}}'', the title character, a humourless Soviet official sent to sell the czar's jewels now in Paris, meets Count Leon, who's been dispatched to retrieve the jewels for their current owner. In one scene, he attempts to win her over in a restaurant by making her laugh but fails. Then he has an accidental pratfall and she cracks up for the first time in her life.

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* In the 1939 romantic comedy ''Film/{{Ninotchka}}'', the title character, a humourless Soviet official sent to sell the czar's jewels now n in Paris, meets Count Leon, who's been dispatched to retrieve the jewels for their current owner. In one scene, he attempts to win her over in a restaurant by making her laugh but fails. Then he has an accidental pratfall and she cracks up for the first time in her life.

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* In ''VisualNovel/DaughterForDessert'', Heidi decides to form a real relationship with the protagonist if he can make her laugh in the course of their first “real” date.


-->-- '''[[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Beast Boy]]''', referring to [[SugarAndIcePersonality Raven]]

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-->-- '''[[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans '''[[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans2003 Beast Boy]]''', referring to [[SugarAndIcePersonality Raven]]


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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'': A King will only give a special piece of equipment needed to defeat the BigBad to someone who can make him laugh. ("For the good of the kingdom.") Your party hires a comedian and everything, [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope only for]] the comedian to [[RealityEnsues scold the king because your party is trying to save the world and nobody will ever laugh again if they don't]]]]. ''And it works!''

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* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'': A King will only give a special piece of equipment needed to defeat the BigBad to someone who can make him laugh. ("For the good of the kingdom.") Your party hires a comedian and everything, [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope only for]] the comedian to [[RealityEnsues [[SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome scold the king because your party is trying to save the world and nobody will ever laugh again if they don't]]]]. ''And it works!''


* Gender-flipped variation, ''ComicBook/{{Jubilee}}'' has a habit of making this her mission in life, first towards the time-traveling X-Man ComicBook/{{Bishop}} and later towards X-23.

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* Gender-flipped variation, ''ComicBook/{{Jubilee}}'' ''ComicBook/JubileeMarvelComics'' has a habit of making this her mission in life, first towards the time-traveling X-Man ComicBook/{{Bishop}} and later towards X-23.


* ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'': Gender inverted, Sana always tries to make Hayama laugh, or at the very least smile.

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* ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'': ''Manga/{{Kodocha}}'': Gender inverted, Sana always tries to make Hayama laugh, or at the very least smile.


* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': A variant of this occurs between Garrus and fem!Shepard in the trilogy, and is amplified if you pursue his romance path. While some of his remarks stem from being genuinely socially awkward, a good deal of his {{Adorkable}} actions and dialogue with fem!Shepard are made of this trope. There is also a more meaningful component to this: regardless of your relationship with him, he will do anything in his power to keep either Shepard happy, encouraged, and emotionally stable during the increasingly hopeless genocidal alien invasion.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': A variant of this occurs between Garrus and fem!Shepard fem Shepard in the trilogy, and is amplified if you pursue his romance path. While some of his remarks stem from being genuinely socially awkward, a good deal of his {{Adorkable}} dorky actions and dialogue with fem!Shepard fem Shepard are made of this trope. There is also a more meaningful component to this: regardless of your relationship with him, he will do anything in his power to keep either Shepard happy, encouraged, and emotionally stable during the increasingly hopeless genocidal alien invasion.


* Non-romantic example in an ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' comic -- Reggie has taken up prop comedy but can't get as much as a smile from Jughead. He determinedly ups the game as his pride is at stake. When he falls hard on his butt Jughead smirks, and Reggie knows what he has to do - he kicks Big Moose in the butt and waits for the fireworks. At the end, he's toothless but happy as Jughead rolls in convulsive laughter.

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* Non-romantic example in an ''Franchise/ArchieComics'' ''ComicBook/ArchieComics'' comic -- Reggie has taken up prop comedy but can't get as much as a smile from Jughead. He determinedly ups the game as his pride is at stake. When he falls hard on his butt Jughead smirks, and Reggie knows what he has to do - he kicks Big Moose in the butt and waits for the fireworks. At the end, he's toothless but happy as Jughead rolls in convulsive laughter.


* ''Manga/TheQuintessentialQuintuplets'' has a gender-flipped version between Fuutarou and Yotsuba (the fourth of the Nakano sisters). When she manages to force him into having a date with her (and surprisingly, she defies the NotADate trope by explicitly calling it such), at the end she reveals (to the readers, but not to him) that the only thing she wanted was to see him smile. [[spoilers:This casts a lot of her actions during the early chapters into this light, strongly implying that she tried to act childish and dumber than she actually was just because she was trying to snap him out of his PerpetualFrowner state]].

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* ''Manga/TheQuintessentialQuintuplets'' has a gender-flipped version between Fuutarou and Yotsuba (the fourth of the Nakano sisters). When she manages to force him into having a date with her (and surprisingly, she defies the NotADate trope by explicitly calling it such), at the end she reveals (to the readers, but not to him) that the only thing she wanted was to see him smile. [[spoilers:This [[spoiler:This casts a lot of her actions during the early chapters into this light, strongly implying that she tried to act childish and dumber than she actually was just because she was trying to snap him out of his PerpetualFrowner state]].

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* ''Manga/TheQuintessentialQuintuplets'' has a gender-flipped version between Fuutarou and Yotsuba (the fourth of the Nakano sisters). When she manages to force him into having a date with her (and surprisingly, she defies the NotADate trope by explicitly calling it such), at the end she reveals (to the readers, but not to him) that the only thing she wanted was to see him smile. [[spoilers:This casts a lot of her actions during the early chapters into this light, strongly implying that she tried to act childish and dumber than she actually was just because she was trying to snap him out of his PerpetualFrowner state]].

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