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99. A smiley face is not used to mark a minefield.

The yellow smiling face with the message "Have a Nice Day". Gained popularity as a Fun T-Shirt, and now has some parodies.

Originally designed to stop postal employees from, well, Going Postal. The smiley face is also commonly used as a sort of ironic symbol of psychopaths, typically those who are also mentally ill.

A company called Smileyworld Ltd. owns the trademark on yellow smiley faces.

Compare Emoticon.



Anime & Manga

  • Irresponsible Captain Tylor. Captain Tylor wears a smiley face button pinned to his baggy UPSF coat as a sign of his cheerful nature and casual disregard of military formality.

Comic Books

  • Watchmen has one, but trademark issues caused problems in the Watchmen fan community when Smileyworld refused to let Warner Bros. release memorabilia involving the series' famous bloodstained smiley logo. Smileyworld's trademark can been seen at the end of the movie's trailers and on its posters.
    • This smiley face, with a streak of blood, was probably the first use of the "ironic symbol" of the smiley face. Originally the Comedian's symbol, it acquired a streak of his blood from his murder. Alan Moore, the writer, himself noted how the meaning of the smiley face changed so much from such a small change. Additionally, the smiley face is the first use of the recurring "five minutes to midnight" symbol, with the streak of blood acting as a minute hand pointed at 11.
    • In Doomsday Clock, Rorshach II's moving ink blot face forms a smiley face when seeing Batman's pancakes.
  • Boss Smiley, the Big Bad of Prez (1973) — probably best known to modern readers from an appearance in The Sandman (1989) — has a smiley face for a head. In the 2015 reboot, it's a holographic mask, but in the original it goes unexplained.
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  • Transmetropolitan has one with three eyes. The significance of this is to explain that, Transhuman or not, people are still shallow and stupid.
  • Evil Ernie's sidekick Smiley The Psychotic Button is a smiley face button that's gained sentience and a Slasher Smile.
  • Gahan Wilson hated this smile, and did several cartoons about it (including one with an Adolf Hitler Expy using smiley faces instead of swastikas).


  • In Blazing Saddles, Hedley Lamarr's "army" of evildoers includes among its ranks a pair of Ku Klux Klansmen with smiley faces and the phrase "have a nice day!" written on the back of their robes. This is either hilarious or terrifying, depending on how you look at it (or both!).
  • Dazed and Confused used a stoned Smiley Face on its poster.
  • The film Evolution had one with three eyes.
  • Forrest Gump spoofed the origin of this.
  • The 2012 horror film Smiley uses this as a nightmarish Serial Killer motif.
  • Used in the poster for Smiley Face, naturally.
  • Bloodshot. The man Ray Garrison intends to kill is inside a bullet-resistant SUV covered in flour (because Garrison rammed it with a flour truck). Garrison brushes away a couple of eyeholes to peer inside at him, then draws a smiling mouth underneath them, just before he walks off to get a means of blasting his way in.


  • The Stand introduces Randall Flagg, the Walkin' Dude, who, among other interesting buttons, wears one with a smiley face with a bullet wound in its forehead. Carried over to The Dark Tower series, where he sometimes signs his messages to the ka'tet with one of these.

Live-Action TV


Professional Wrestling

  • Mick Foley used the smiley sometimes in his Mankind character; he also used "Have a nice day" as his Catchphrase.

Video Games

  • The page quote refers to Minesweeper, where the players' actions are punctuated by a Smiley face. It "shouts" once the player clicks on any square, wears Cool Shades if he wins, and becomes a frown with X eyes if he loses. (clicking the Smiley ends the game and starts another)
  • The Multi-Platform game Faceball 2000 was all about smiley faces in a maze shooting each other.
  • The smilies gang in Manhunt wear dirty, worn smiley face masks, with messages like "Please stop me" scribbled on them.
  • Berzerk (the game, not the show) turns smiley faces scary—one's the symbol for the unkillable Evil Otto.
  • Quest for Glory I has a smiley face in Yorick's room. When you look at it, Yorick will say "Have a nice day!"
  • Pictured above is one of the levels from Happy Game, in which the land is full of yellow smiley faces. However, the game also twists this trope by having similar faces plastered on the murderous enemies, making them Slasher Smiles instead.
  • A smiley face pops up just before the Allied Time Bomb goes off in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, along with the caption "Have a Nice Day".
  • Battlefield: Bad Company features the smiley prominently in its box art as well as in game grenades.
  • Unreal Tournament has the secondary fire of the flak cannon, which launches an explosive shell with a smiley face painted in the front. This means that you can only see the smiley face when being shot at with the flak cannon.
  • Everybody Edits has the players represented as smileys.
  • Comet Busters! has cronies, little smiley faces that burst out when you shoot an as- er, "rock", and Zerg Rush the nearest ship.
  • In Sam & Max Hit the Road, the office next to the duo's (belonging to Flint Paper) is shot through the wall as they prepare to leave for the day; the bullet holes left behind are in the form of a smiley.
  • Toonstruck: King Hugh, the benevolent ruler of Cutopia, has a yellow smiley face for a head.


  • In Misfile, Rumisiel often wears a T-shirt with a straight line for a mouth and a slogan which simply reads "Have a Day".
  • Electric Wonderland displays eight in the menu for the character biographies, each bearing the same hat or hairstyle as one of the comic's stars. Some of them also have different color schemes.

Western Animation

  • On The Simpsons, Lisa was put on anti-depression medication and saw everyone as a smiley face.

Real Life

  • In the early 1990s there was a gang of bankrobbers in Sweden called "The Military Gang" (due to their use of stolen military weapons and equipment). During one of their first robberies one of the gang members shot a smiley in wall with his 9mm SMG.
  • Cuirassiers (armoured heavy cavalry) of the early 1600s wore menacing helmets with freakishly grinning faces to intimidate the enemy.
  • Wal-Mart used to have one in its ad campaigns (it was also part of their "Rollback" logo). It was de-emphasized during The Noughties, and was gone by 2007 in favor of an asterisk-like symbol that would become the corporate logo the next year.
  • There was a restaurant in Cincinnati that was called Have A Nice Day that was covered in smileys. The restaurant may still be there, it has been a while.
  • There's a smiley face on Mars. It was used as part of the smiley face motif in both the book and the film of Watchmen when Dr. Manhattan & Laurie were on Mars.
  • The smiley face was invented in 1963 by an artist for use in a morale-boosting campaign. He got paid $45. You can learn more here.
  • In the 1960s, New York-based Top 40 radio station WMCA billed itself with the slogan "The Good Guys", accompanied by a smiley-face logo. Here's Mick Jagger donning a WMCA sweatshirt of the period.
  • Sometimes when you get take-outs at restaurants, the container will have a smiley face on it followed by the words "Have a Nice Day" at the bottom. (This happens usually with Chinese food.)
  • The smiley face came back into fashion with the rise of Acid House/rave culture in the late 1980s. Merchandise frequently bore a smiley with a wiggly smile or one messed-up eye, for some reason.
  • Microsoft Bob used a smiley face wearing glasses as their logo, the smiley replacing the O in "Bob".