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Basic trope: A girl who almost never shows any kind of emotion.

  • Straight: Lucy never smiles, laughs, or cries.
  • Exaggerated: Lucy's face is frozen solid, and she always talks in monotone.
  • Downplayed: Lucy shows noticeably less emotion than other characters, on a few occasions, she's shown to be Not So Stoicnote .
  • Justified:
    • It's the only way Lucy can control herself. If she emotes, bad things happen.
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    • She has a tragic traumatic past, and she suppress her emotions so that she will not be hurt again.
    • Lucy has a mission to complete and can't afford letting her emotions get in the way.
    • Lucy has been trained to and is afraid to drop the charade for fear of consequence.
    • She suppresses her emotions because she thinks that showing emotion is a sign of weakness.
    • She comes from a culture where both males and females are expected to refrain from showing emotion.
    • Lucy is a robot of the non-ridiculous kind.
    • Or she has brain damage that has erased her ability to feel emotions.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted:
    • Lars never shows any sort of emotion.
    • The Stoic
  • Subverted:
    • The emotionless girl bit is all a front. When she meets a new friend and gets to know him/her well enough, Alice opens up.
    • In other words she's a Sugar-and-Ice Personality or a Defrosting Ice Queen
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...then he/she dies, and Lucy goes back to the way she was.
    • She was consciously trying to be expressive, but eventually decided that it didn't work for her and settled back into her comfortable patterns.
    • It turns out she is actually a Stepford Smiler.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted: Lucy smiles and laughs at stuff.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Lucy, did you just... make a facial expression?"
  • Invoked:
    Lucy: "Getting all emotional only gets in the way. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a job that needs to be done."
  • Exploited: Lars asks Lucy to serve as an announcer for his news channel (the only one remaining) during the apocalypse. Because she's so emotionless, she's able to report mass death and destruction and deliver instructions to survivors without batting an eyelid. Her lack of panic calms viewers, but also unnerves them.
  • Defied: Fake smiles.
  • Discussed:
    Lars: "You know, Lucy, you seem very cold and unfriendly. What's up with that?"
  • Conversed: "I'm in a staring contest with Yuki Nagato!"
  • Implied: Lucy, though known as very professional, isn't shown emoting outside work. If that's how she naturally is or just how she's behaving at the time is uncertain.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: She decides to seek some therapy, and while she doesn't turn into a ball of smiles, she gets better, and is now more able to relate to others and have other relate to her.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Lucy is unfazed by the bizarre goings-on around her or causes embarrassing situations for other characters. She walks in on her friends changing to ask what they want to eat, walks across the rickety Rope Bridge without a second thought, and asks the giant monster where the nearest grocery store is.
    • Lucy is The Comically Serious.
  • Played For Drama: Lucy really wants to experience emotions, but because she's a Barrier Maiden, she can't risk showing them without potentially causing massive destruction. Characters around her aren't necessarily aware of this fact, and constantly try to cheer her up or otherwise make her emotional.

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