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Basic Trope: A character expresses joy in a flat voice.

  • Straight: Alice says "yay" in a monotone.
  • Exaggerated: Alice does a happy speech all in a monotone.
  • Downplayed: Alice does only a very slightly enthusiastic "yay!"
  • Justified:
    • Alice is being insincere.
    • Alice is an alien who can only speak in a monotone.
    • Alice is The Stoic
    • Alice is only slightly happy.
    • Alice is quoting Bob.
    • Alice is acting, and is a bad actress.
    • Alice is a robot trying to be happy.
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  • Inverted: Alice expresses sadness in a monotone, or she expresses something mundane in a joyful voice.
  • Subverted: Alice says "Yay.... YAY! WHOOPEE! HOORAY!"
  • Double Subverted: and then goes back to a monotone "Sorry about that, um, yay?"
  • Parodied: Alice is The Pollyanna, but with a Creepy Monotone.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is happy and flips between using a monotone and using a very happy voice.
  • Averted: Everyone in the show expresses emotions normally, or nobody in the set has emotions.
  • Enforced: The writers want to show The Stoic Alice be happy or else she'd seem unsympathetic, but they did not want her to be out of character.
  • Lampshaded: "That didn't sound very enthusiastic."
  • Invoked: Bob does something The Stoic Alice really likes.
  • Exploited: Happiness Is Mandatory and someone who dislikes Alice makes her tendency to do this known, to make her look bad.
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  • Defied: Alice always makes sure to express herself sincerely and fully.
  • Discussed: "It's so hard to tell if Alice is happy. She never sounds happy."
  • Conversed: "Some characters just don't sound happy."
  • Implied: Alice claps her hands slowly or smiles slightly.
  • Played for Laughs: Alice is The Comically Serious.

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