is it just me, or do characters smirk a lot in roleplays? A lot of people have their characters smirk because they want them to be perceived as cool or sexy, but here's the thing: Smirks are: Derisive (abusive vocally, expressing contempt or ridicule) Belittling Arrogant A sign of self-importance (having or showing an exaggerated opinion of one's own importance; pompously conceited or haughty) Here's some photographs of smirks: Now smirking is not always a bad choice. If the character is telling off someone who's just done something stupid, if being standoffish and kinda haughty is accurate for their personality, if they're about to deliver the death blow to an enemy, and if they've just been severely underestimated are all great times to whip out a smirk! I'm sure there are lots more examples of well-placed smirks. However, if in this scene, moment, or character, a 'bully'/'pompous ass'/'I'm better than you' vibe is not what you were going for, consider using one of the following next time Smile Grin Simper* Half-smile Beaming A happy expression Smile politely A small smile A tense smile *this is the one most folk are going for with their smirks. To simper is to " smile or gesture in an affectedly coquettish (behaving in such a way as to suggest a playful sexual attraction; flirtatious.), coy (Affectedly and often flirtatiously shy or modest), or ingratiating (capable of winning favour) manner."