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** Alice is a villain who is completely insane but who operates more or less secretly, and would likely be locked up in an asylum if she showed her real nature, [[FauxAffablyEvil so he pretends to be happy and polite]].

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** Alice is a villain who is completely insane but who operates more or less secretly, and would likely be locked up in an asylum if she showed her real nature, [[FauxAffablyEvil so he she pretends to be happy and polite]].


* '''Enforced''': The series has taken a turn for the DarkerAndEdgier, and now Alice looks really out of place, but [[PutOnABus putting them on a bus]] wouldn't work... I guess we'll have to give them some secret angst or madness to let them fit in.

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* '''Enforced''': The ”The series has taken a turn for the DarkerAndEdgier, and now Alice looks really out of place, but [[PutOnABus putting them on a bus]] wouldn't work... I guess we'll have to give them some secret angst or madness to let them fit in.

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** Alice does have severe psychological issues beneath the surface, but the joy she presents is, at least in part, genuine.


** Alice isn't masking anything: her cheery attitude is legitimately how she processes sadness, so when she starts smiling, everyone ''immediately'' knows what's wrong. Her emotional responses are a bit different from the rest of the group, making her hard to understand if you're not following her.

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** Alice isn't masking anything: her cheery attitude is legitimately how she processes sadness, so when she starts smiling, everyone ''immediately'' knows what's wrong. Her emotional responses are a bit different from the rest of the group, making her hard to understand if you're not following her.around her for long.

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** Alice isn't masking anything: her cheery attitude is legitimately how she processes sadness, so when she starts smiling, everyone ''immediately'' knows what's wrong. Her emotional responses are a bit different from the rest of the group, making her hard to understand if you're not following her.


* '''Double Subverted''': Oh wait, Alice really isn't depressed at all... and then we learn that instead, their mask is hiding their [[AxCrazy insanity]]

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* '''Double Subverted''': Oh wait, Alice really isn't depressed at all... and then we learn that instead, their mask is hiding their [[AxCrazy insanity]]insanity]].

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** Alice's teammates have gone through some pretty traumatic experiences themselves [[AngstWhatAngst and came out none the worse for wear]]. She feels like the odd one out because of this, so she reasons that mirrioring their reactions will have the same effect on her.


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** Alice is so peppy that everyone ''expects'' something to be wrong with her, constanly pressing her for tragic backstories or checking for signs of mental instability [[UnwantedAssistance so they can help her through it]]. Because of their actions over the course of the series, Alice's cheerfulness really ''[[SelfFulfillingProphecy does]]'' become a mask... to hide her annoyance.


** JerkWithAHeartOfGold or TheSnarkKnight (type A), {{Kuudere}} (type B), or ObfuscatingInsanity (type C).



* '''Parodied''': Alice constantly switches between AxCrazy and [[TastesLikeDiabetes tasting like diabetes]], without dropping the smile. PlayedForLaughs. The other characters openly discuss what the heck is with her.

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* '''Parodied''': '''Parodied''':
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Alice constantly switches between AxCrazy and [[TastesLikeDiabetes tasting like diabetes]], without dropping the smile. PlayedForLaughs. The other characters openly discuss what the heck is with her.her.
** Alice's facade in incredibly transparent, with her ear to ear grin being obviously forced, and her constant remarks about "perfectly happy" become [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial clearly a lie]].


** Alice is a hero who is completely sad and depressed, with little or negative self-esteem, but to help her friends and everyone he cares for, or to hide her insecurities, she pretends to be happy and cheerful.

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** Alice is a hero who is completely sad and depressed, with little or negative self-esteem, but to help her friends and everyone he she cares for, or to hide her insecurities, she pretends to be happy and cheerful.


** Alice the [[TastesLikeDiabetes painfully sweet]], [[GenkiGirl eternally]] [[{{Keet}} happy]] child is actually the [[DarkAndTroubledPast angst-]][[{{Woobie}} ridden]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds bringer of death]].

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** Alice the [[TastesLikeDiabetes painfully sweet]], [[GenkiGirl eternally]] [[{{Keet}} happy]] child CheerfulChild is actually the [[DarkAndTroubledPast angst-]][[{{Woobie}} ridden]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds bringer of death]].

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** Alice forces herself to act grim even when everything is great out of concern that [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids she won't be taken seriously if she lets her happiness show.]]


* '''Averted''': Cheerful characters are cheerful, and aren't hiding any dark inner feelings at all. Depressed, hollow, and insane characters look and act depressed, hollow, or insane.

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* '''Averted''': Cheerful characters are unironically cheerful, and aren't hiding any dark inner feelings at all. Depressed, hollow, and insane characters look and act unironically depressed, hollow, or insane.

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** Despite her trying to put up a happy demeanor, it's clear to those around that something is off and they keep their distance, both alienating and giving her a sense of loneliness that she also represses.


* '''Downplayed''': Alice never stops smiling, even when she's upset, because she ''is'' [[ThePollyanna a genuinely cheerful person]] [[IsThisWhatAngerFeelsLike who isn't used to experiencing negative emotions]].

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Alice never stops smiling, even when she's upset, because she ''is'' [[ThePollyanna a genuinely cheerful person]] [[IsThisWhatAngerFeelsLike who isn't used to experiencing negative emotions]].emotions]].
** While Alice isn't on the verge of breaking down and murdering anyone, she does have some issues that need addressing.


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Back Oh, you...you want to StepfordSmilergo back to StepfordSmiler...that's just...great! It's ''great''! No, no ''really''! I'm thrilled! I'm fine, everything's fine! I'm...so...''happy''!

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