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[[caption-width-right:350: OK, you can stop [[TheUnSmile smiling]] now... [[UncannyValley Please?]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: OK, you [[TropeNamers you]] can stop [[TheUnSmile smiling]] now... [[UncannyValley Please?]]]]


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* StepfordSmiler/NewspaperComics


There is a very good chance that she is dosed up on prescription tranquilizers or antidepressants (Valium, Xanax, and/or Prozac are staple favorites)--or good old fashioned over-the-counter alcohol--often to the point of dependence. With or without drugs, if a Stepford Smiler smiles long enough without [[BrokenSmile cracking]], she can ''{{becom|ingTheMask}}e'' [[BecomingTheMask the mask]] and turn Unstable. Some Stepford Smilers buy into the dead {{Franchise/Barbie}} smiles to such a degree that they care for ''nothing'' other than maintaining appearances, having money, making sure their [[GoodHairEvilHair hair is]] ''[[PowerHair just right,]]'' and improving their social standing, all of which are pursued with equally {{Social Darwinist}}ic means. Essentially, they become the materialist equivalent of the NietzscheWannabe. Unstable characters sometimes have [[SlasherSmile another kind of smile]] behind the fake one.

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There is a very good chance that she is dosed up on prescription tranquilizers or antidepressants (Valium, Xanax, and/or Prozac are staple favorites)--or good old fashioned over-the-counter alcohol--often to the point of dependence. With or without drugs, if a Stepford Smiler smiles long enough without [[BrokenSmile cracking]], she can ''{{becom|ingTheMask}}e'' [[BecomingTheMask the mask]] and turn Unstable. Some Stepford Smilers buy into the dead {{Franchise/Barbie}} smiles to such a degree that they care for ''nothing'' other than maintaining appearances, having money, making sure their [[GoodHairEvilHair hair is]] ''[[PowerHair just right,]]'' and improving their social standing, all of which are pursued with equally {{Social Darwinist}}ic means. Essentially, they become the materialist equivalent of the NietzscheWannabe.[[StrawNihilist Nietzsche Wannabe]]. Unstable characters sometimes have [[SlasherSmile another kind of smile]] behind the fake one.


* '''Depressed''': The character seems to be happy, cheerful, is always smiling and seems to live a perfect life - [[BeneathTheMask but inside]] [[TheEeyore they are melancholic, if not outright depressed]].

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* '''Depressed''': The character seems to be happy, cheerful, is always smiling smiling, and seems to live a perfect life - [[BeneathTheMask but inside]] [[TheEeyore they are melancholic, if not outright depressed]].


* '''Unstable''': The smile [[AxCrazy hides mental instability, and even madness]].

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* '''Unstable''': The smile [[AxCrazy [[MaskOfSanity hides mental instability, instability]], and even madness]].
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See also BeneathTheMask, BitchInSheepsClothing, BrokenAce, ComedicSociopathy, EvilMatriarch, ExtremeDoormat, TheFakeCutie, FauxAffablyEvil, IJustWantToBeNormal, MarySue, {{Masquerade}}, SadClown, ThinkHappyThoughts, UncannyValleyGirl, {{Yandere}}, and the darker variants of MinnesotaNice. The CrapsaccharineWorld is basically this trope upscaled to include the entire society.

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See also BeneathTheMask, BitchInSheepsClothing, BrokenAce, BrokenHero, ComedicSociopathy, EvilMatriarch, ExtremeDoormat, TheFakeCutie, FauxAffablyEvil, IJustWantToBeNormal, MarySue, {{Masquerade}}, SadClown, ThinkHappyThoughts, UncannyValleyGirl, {{Yandere}}, and the darker variants of MinnesotaNice. The CrapsaccharineWorld is basically this trope upscaled to include the entire society.


* '''Depressed:''' The character seems to be happy, cheerful, is always smiling and seems to live a perfect life - [[BeneathTheMask but inside]] [[TheEeyore they are melancholic, if not outright depressed]].
* '''Empty:''' The character seems to be [[ThePollyanna kind and cheerful]], but [[TrueSelf is actually]] [[ExtremeDoormat motiveless]] and [[EmptyShell hollow]].
* '''Unstable:''' The smile [[AxCrazy hides mental instability, and even madness]].

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* '''Depressed:''' '''Depressed''': The character seems to be happy, cheerful, is always smiling and seems to live a perfect life - [[BeneathTheMask but inside]] [[TheEeyore they are melancholic, if not outright depressed]].
* '''Empty:''' '''Empty''': The character seems to be [[ThePollyanna kind and cheerful]], but [[TrueSelf is actually]] [[ExtremeDoormat motiveless]] and [[EmptyShell hollow]].
* '''Unstable:''' '''Unstable''': The smile [[AxCrazy hides mental instability, and even madness]].


'''Depressed:''' The character seems to be happy, cheerful, is always smiling and seems to live a perfect life - [[BeneathTheMask but inside]] [[TheEeyore they are melancholic, if not outright depressed]].

'''Empty:''' The character seems to be [[ThePollyanna kind and cheerful]], but [[TrueSelf is actually]] [[ExtremeDoormat motiveless]] and [[EmptyShell hollow]].

'''Unstable:''' The smile [[AxCrazy hides mental instability, and even madness]].

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* '''Depressed:''' The character seems to be happy, cheerful, is always smiling and seems to live a perfect life - [[BeneathTheMask but inside]] [[TheEeyore they are melancholic, if not outright depressed]].

depressed]].
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'''Empty:''' The character seems to be [[ThePollyanna kind and cheerful]], but [[TrueSelf is actually]] [[ExtremeDoormat motiveless]] and [[EmptyShell hollow]].

hollow]].
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'''Unstable:''' The smile [[AxCrazy hides mental instability, and even madness]].


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* StepfordSmiler/AnimatedFilms


See also BeneathTheMask, BitchInSheepsClothing, BrokenAce, ComedicSociopathy, EvilMatriarch, ExtremeDoormat, TheFakeCutie, FauxAffablyEvil, IJustWantToBeNormal, MarySue, {{Masquerade}}, ThinkHappyThoughts, UncannyValleyGirl, {{Yandere}}, and the darker variants of MinnesotaNice. The CrapsaccharineWorld is basically this trope upscaled to include the entire society.

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See also BeneathTheMask, BitchInSheepsClothing, BrokenAce, ComedicSociopathy, EvilMatriarch, ExtremeDoormat, TheFakeCutie, FauxAffablyEvil, IJustWantToBeNormal, MarySue, {{Masquerade}}, SadClown, ThinkHappyThoughts, UncannyValleyGirl, {{Yandere}}, and the darker variants of MinnesotaNice. The CrapsaccharineWorld is basically this trope upscaled to include the entire society.


'''Depressed''' The character seems to be happy, cheerful, is always smiling and seems to live a perfect life - [[BeneathTheMask but inside]] [[TheEeyore they are melancholic, if not outright depressed]].

'''Empty''' The character seems to be [[ThePollyanna kind and cheerful]], but [[TrueSelf is actually]] [[ExtremeDoormat motiveless]] and [[EmptyShell hollow]].

'''Unstable''' The smile [[AxCrazy hides mental instability, and even madness]].

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'''Depressed''' '''Depressed:''' The character seems to be happy, cheerful, is always smiling and seems to live a perfect life - [[BeneathTheMask but inside]] [[TheEeyore they are melancholic, if not outright depressed]].

'''Empty''' '''Empty:''' The character seems to be [[ThePollyanna kind and cheerful]], but [[TrueSelf is actually]] [[ExtremeDoormat motiveless]] and [[EmptyShell hollow]].

'''Unstable''' '''Unstable:''' The smile [[AxCrazy hides mental instability, and even madness]].


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->''"I'' know ''smiles, and those smiles... they're just not right!"''
-->-- '''Pinkie Pie''', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''

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->''"I'' know ''smiles, ->''"He always smiled, and those smiles... they're just he always chuckled, but inside he did not right!"''
notice anyone, did not care; it was his body that smiled, nodded and shook hands. Nothing touched his mind, which remained remote."''
-->-- '''Pinkie Pie''', ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
'''Creator/PhilipKDick''', ''Literature/{{Ubik}}''


Not every {{Housewife}} is a Stepford Smiler, obviously. They often encounter one as a nemesis instead, in a post-HighSchool example of the AlphaBitch. Still, some readers describe ''any'' Housewife raising her own children as a Stepford Smiler [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses on little if any evidence]], bringing in the UnfortunateImplications about "staying at home = women being slaves of [[TheUnfairSex those evil men]]."

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Not every {{Housewife}} is a Stepford Smiler, obviously. They often encounter one as a nemesis instead, in a post-HighSchool example of the AlphaBitch. Still, some readers describe ''any'' Housewife raising her own children as a Stepford Smiler [[RealWomenNeverWearDresses on little if any evidence]], bringing in the UnfortunateImplications about "staying at home = women being slaves of [[TheUnfairSex those evil men]]."
AlphaBitch.

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