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Basic Trope: A character smiles all the time regardless of the situation.

  • Straight: Alice is always grinning ear to ear whether it's appropriate or not.
  • Exaggerated: Regardless of the severity of the situation, Alice is always smiling even (or especially) during funerals and wars.
  • Downplayed:
    • Sure, Alice smiles a lot, but she also knows when to get serious.
  • Justified:
    • Alice has been Brainwashed or otherwise forced into being happy all of the time.
    • Advertisement:
    • Alice's life is too peaceful and stress-free for her to experience other emotions than happiness.
    • Alice is a Shopkeeper who thinks that smiling all the time is gonna leave a good impression on customers enough to make them come back again.
  • Inverted: Perpetual Frowner
  • Subverted: The first episode she shows up in, Alice always smiles right up until the end, but doesn't smile at all for the next, more dramatic episode.
  • Double Subverted: ... and after the third episode, she's always smiling again.
  • Parodied: All the other characters are scared of Alice and her permanent Cheshire Cat Grin.
  • Zig Zagged: Depending on the Writer, Alice smiles more than anybody else or frowns more than her friends.
  • Averted: Alice doesn't smile more than any other person.
  • Enforced: "Man the characters in our show are always too serious and grim, so how about we add a perpetually smiling character to lighten up the mood for a change?"
  • Advertisement:
  • Lampshaded: "Alice, knock that stupid smile off, this is serious!"
  • Invoked:
    • Alice takes some type of drug that causes her to smile constantly so that she appears happy (or friendly) at all times.
    • Alice smiles all the time to encourage others to follow her and smile a lot, too, in their daily life instead of frowning or crying, etc... because it's healthier and draws people together!
    • Alice is a celebrity, and because photos of her get taken all the time even without her notice, she constantly wears a smile on her face just in case and so she looks good in all of them!
  • Exploited: Alice gets hired for almost every commercial within the show because she can promote whatever she's selling without vomiting on her own copy.
  • Defied: Alice attempts to find a cure for the rare disease-causing her smile, or starts to frown as hard as possible when that fails.
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  • Discussed: "Everyone thinks that just because I'm constantly smiling that my smile isn't genuine. Well, news flash people, it is real. I refuse to succumb to misery and other negative emotions, okay!"
  • Conversed: "You know Alice from That Generic Show? I wouldn't be surprised if she turned out to be psycho. Just look at that Nightmare Face of a smile she's always wearing!"
  • Deconstructed
    • Alice is only pretending to be happy.
    • Because Alice has a smile on her face 24/7, people always call her fake and creepy, and no matter how she tries to convince them that it's truly genuine they claim that she is putting on a show, never believing her. Thus, causing her to lose that smile and become depressed.
    • Alice has a lot of saliva in their mouth from smiling so much, possibly giving a disgusting or even unintentionally terrifying foaming-at-the-mouth appearance.
  • Played For Drama: Alice always seems to be smiling, but it's not always a nice one.
  • Played For Laughs: Evuls, a very dangerous villain, tries to do various horrible things to Alice to make her lose that smiling expression, ranging from throwing her in a boiling cauldron to gruesomely killing her whole family in front of her which only makes her smile grow wider and she even bursts into a guffaw!

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