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Basic Trope: A usually stoic character tries to smile, but it ends up being creepy.

  • Straight: Bob, who has never been seen smiling, finally does, but it heads straight into the Uncanny Valley.
  • Exaggerated: Bob, who has never been seen smiling, finally does, but his smile twists and stretches his facial features in ways that people normally insist are physically impossible.
  • Downplayed: Bob, who has never been seen smiling, finally does, but it looks somewhat creepy until he gets it under control.
  • Justified:
    • Bob, while attractive in real life, is just not very photogenic.
    • Bob can smile just fine when he has something to smile about. Faking a smile, on the other hand, gives Bob a Centipede's Dilemma which makes him screw it up.
  • Inverted: When She Smiles.
  • Subverted: Bob slowly smiles, and it seems to be heading into the uncanny valley, but becomes cute smile.
  • Double Subverted: ...Then it keeps going into creepiness.
  • Parodied: Bob's smile is so horrible to look at that every adult around him loses bladder control, while all infants and children in the nearby area start to cry.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's smiles can either be this or When She Smiles, often without rhyme or reason.
  • Averted: Bob's smile is in no way creepy.
  • Enforced: When the actor playing Bob smiles, it really does look creepy, and he'd need a plastic surgeon, an orthodontist, and a specialized facial expression coach to change that. So instead, Bob's creepy smile is just thrown in as a genuine character trait.
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  • Lampshaded: "Is that a smile or did you lose a fight with a weed whacker?"
  • Invoked: "We want to use Stoic Bob in a joke. I wonder how..."
  • Exploited: The Five-Man Band uses Bob's creepy smile to distract a guard so they can sneak in somewhere.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to even try to smile.
  • Discussed: "So why did we ask Bob to smile again?" "Who knows? I really wish we hadn't. It's creepy."
  • Conversed: "Bob really looks better when he doesn't smile. It's actually quite unsettling."
  • Deconstructed: Bob was in a horrible accident years ago, and the facial nerves and muscles didn't heal right.
  • Reconstructed: There is nothing that Bob wants to smile about anyway.

Go back to The Unsmile, and seriously, stop smiling. You're creeping everyone out.

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