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* ''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]].


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

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


* ''Pandelirium'' (from the ''Fanfic/{{Petriculture}}'' cycle) uses this as the basis for an AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: Celestia and Luna agree to give Discord (who at the time is unreformed and unrepentant) complete, unrestricted freedom if he can make the dour Penumbra laugh. Secretly, it's supposed to be a crash-course in empathy for Discord. Penumbra has a very ''particular'' sense of humor, so the only way Discord will win the game is if he stops thinking about himself and considers what Penumbra likes.

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* ''Fanfic/ThePetricultureCycle'': ''Pandelirium'' (from the ''Fanfic/{{Petriculture}}'' cycle) uses this as the basis for an AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: Celestia and Luna agree to give Discord (who at the time is unreformed and unrepentant) complete, unrestricted freedom if he can make the dour Penumbra laugh. Secretly, it's supposed to be a crash-course in empathy for Discord. Penumbra has a very ''particular'' sense of humor, so the only way Discord will win the game is if he stops thinking about himself and considers what Penumbra likes.


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

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* 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 end, he's toothless but happy as Jughead rolls in convulsive laughter.
* Gender-flipped variation, ''ComicBook/{{Jubilee}}'' has a habit of making this her mission in life, first towards the time traveling time-traveling X-Man Bishop and later towards X-23.



* ''Film/GetOutYourHandkerchiefs'': Raoul takes the radical measure of finding his wife Solange another lover in an effort to cure her perpetual depression and listlessness. It doesn't really work, until she begins another extremely inappropriate relationship with a teenaged boy.
* 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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* ''Film/GetOutYourHandkerchiefs'': Raoul takes the radical measure of finding his wife Solange another lover in an effort to cure her perpetual depression and listlessness. It doesn't really work, work until she begins another extremely inappropriate relationship with a teenaged boy.
* 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, laugh but fails. Then he has an accidental pratfall and she cracks up for the first time in her life.



* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':Creator/JonLovitz plays Howie Mandell in a game show sketch, "Make Music/JoanBaez Laugh." The setup is that Baez, as Nora Dunn portrays her, is so despondent over the world's injustices that the show has run for nine seasons without anyone succeeding at making her so much as smile. Until, that is, Mandell sticks a rubber glove over his face and inflates it with his nose. Baez does a SpitTake and finally laughs.

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':Creator/JonLovitz ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': Creator/JonLovitz plays Howie Mandell in a game show sketch, "Make Music/JoanBaez Laugh." The setup is that Baez, as Nora Dunn portrays her, is so despondent over the world's injustices that the show has run for nine seasons without anyone succeeding at making her so much as smile. Until, that is, Mandell sticks a rubber glove over his face and inflates it with his nose. Baez does a SpitTake and finally laughs.



* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'': In the A support between [[BoisterousBruiser Raphael]] and [[ShrinkingViolet Marianne]], Raphael admits that he wishes he could figure out how to get Marianne to speak with him cheerfully and openly, the way she speaks to animals. He then tries making bird chirps to help, and is surprised and delighted when this makes her laugh.

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThreeHouses'': In the A support between [[BoisterousBruiser Raphael]] and [[ShrinkingViolet Marianne]], Raphael admits that he wishes he could figure out how to get Marianne to speak with him cheerfully and openly, the way she speaks to animals. He then tries making bird chirps to help, help and is surprised and delighted when this makes her laugh.



* The premise of ''WebComic/GrrlPower'' is the utterly unsuited Sydney Scolville being admitted to a tight-knit group of superpowered humans despite her being unsuited for this in nearly every way possible - except for the fact she has stumbled upon superpowers practically by accident. The erratic, nerdish and hypermanic Sydney is placed under MildlyMilitary discipline in an attempt to get her to conform to the norms of her new group and to get her to accept a degree of training and supervision. Her relationship with her superior, the austere and serious Colonel Maxima, appears to revolve around this trope. Maxima is outwardly dissaproving but apears to be quite fond of her new recruit to the Archon force.

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* The premise of ''WebComic/GrrlPower'' is the utterly unsuited Sydney Scolville being admitted to a tight-knit group of superpowered humans despite her being unsuited for this in nearly every way possible - except for the fact she has stumbled upon superpowers practically by accident. The erratic, nerdish nerdish, and hypermanic Sydney is placed under MildlyMilitary discipline in an attempt to get her to conform to the norms of her new group and to get her to accept a degree of training and supervision. Her relationship with her superior, the austere and serious Colonel Maxima, appears to revolve around this trope. Maxima is outwardly dissaproving disapproving but apears appears to be quite fond of her new recruit to the Archon force.



* In 1907, a New York theater offered a "performance" by Sober Sue, a woman who allegedly never laughed. A cash prize was offered to anyone who could get her to do so; many of the city's best comedians made the attempt, but in vain. It's known that this was set up by her manager as a way to trick comedians into performing for free, and strongly suspected that Sue's facial muscles were paralyzed in a way that ''guaranteed'' she couldn't laugh or smile.
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* In 1907, a New York theater offered a "performance" by Sober Sue, a woman who allegedly never laughed. A cash prize was offered to anyone who could get her to do so; many of the city's best comedians made the attempt, attempt but in vain. It's known that this was set up by her manager as a way to trick comedians into performing for free, and strongly suspected that Sue's facial muscles were paralyzed in a way that ''guaranteed'' she couldn't laugh or smile.
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[[caption-width-right:320:She thinks he's funny! No really, she does!]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:She thinks he's funny! [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer No really, really]], [[SincerityMode she does!]]
does!]]]]

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* ''Film/GetOutYourHandkerchiefs'': Raoul takes the radical measure of finding his wife Solange another lover in an effort to cure her perpetual depression and listlessness. It doesn't really work, until she begins another extremely inappropriate relationship with a teenaged boy.


* ''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 scold the king because your party is trying to save the world and nobody will ever laugh again if they don't]].don't]]]]. ''And it works!''


'''Jet Girl:''' [[CrossesTheLineTwice (''giggles'') You're sick.]]

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'''Jet Girl:''' [[CrossesTheLineTwice (''giggles'') (''[[CrossesTheLineTwice giggles]]'') You're sick.]]


* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': In the manga, Shinji tries to see if Rei can laugh by doing something funny - [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments in this case, shoving two fingers up Touji's nose, causing him to freak out]]. This makes all the other girls laugh, but not Rei, who merely turns away with the same blank expression after seeing what all the noise was about.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': In the manga, Shinji tries to see if Rei can laugh by doing something funny - [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments in this case, shoving two fingers up Touji's nose, causing him to freak out]].out. This makes all the other girls laugh, but not Rei, who merely turns away with the same blank expression after seeing what all the noise was about.

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* ''Pandelirium'' (from the ''Fanfic/{{Petriculture}}'' cycle) uses this as the basis for an AbsurdlyHighStakesGame: Celestia and Luna agree to give Discord (who at the time is unreformed and unrepentant) complete, unrestricted freedom if he can make the dour Penumbra laugh. Secretly, it's supposed to be a crash-course in empathy for Discord. Penumbra has a very ''particular'' sense of humor, so the only way Discord will win the game is if he stops thinking about himself and considers what Penumbra likes.


* In Australian Aboriginal mythology, 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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* In Australian Aboriginal mythology, 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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