>>124111619>But the emotions being conveyed are different
But they're all the same punchline which is the problem. The pushed-in cheek only shows up when the artist wants you to laugh because the character is making a funny face.
They can all have different setups like:>Character A is doing something. Smash cut to Character B with :T face.>Character A is saying something very awkward or weird. They end their sentence with a :T face.>Character A is analyzing something they don't understand. After examining the information, they respond to it with a :T face.
They can set it up however they want, but the :T punchline is always the same where it's the artist basically telling the audience, "This is the joke, he made a funny face, please laugh".
For a direct comparison, here is Pinocchio doing a similar-but-not-the-same expression where the face alone is not supposed to be funny. It's even SLIGHTLY altered to properly convey the exact expression the artist wants. That tiny little change makes all the difference. It's the difference between, "It's funny that Pinocchio is annoyed Honest John ate his apple" and "We smash cut to Pinocchio making a :T face".