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24th Jul '16 2:42:56 PM Averagemoe
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* [[{{Nerd}} Stephan]] from Webcomic/OzyAndMillie shows this whenever he tries to talk to a girl he likes. It's most evident when he tries to ask Stephanie out. On his first attempt, he forgets to use vowels, his second:
--> '''Stephan''': Will I go out with me?
14th Jul '16 12:28:08 AM lavendermintrose
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* Yata Misaki from ''Anime/{{K}}'' starts blushing and stuttering when he only ''looks'' at a girl he ''might potentially'' talk to. [[WeUsedToBeFriends Fushimi]] [[StalkerWithACrush Saruhiko]] knows this of course and [[TheGadfly misses no opportunity]] to [[BerserkButton push that button]].

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* Yata Misaki Yata from ''Anime/{{K}}'' starts blushing and stuttering when he only ''looks'' at a girl he ''might potentially'' talk to. [[WeUsedToBeFriends Fushimi]] Saruhiko]] [[StalkerWithACrush Saruhiko]] Fushimi]] (incidentally, Misaki's only real love interest) knows this this, of course course, and [[TheGadfly misses no opportunity]] to [[BerserkButton push that button]].button]].
** In the movie, Misaki trips and falls off of his skateboard because he saw a lingerie ad with a ''picture'' of a girl on it. He has no problem talking to Anna, his group's TokenMiniMoe who's 11 years old, though.
23rd Jun '16 10:47:02 PM sparkles38
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* Charlie Brown from ''{{Peanuts}}'' may be one of the biggest examples, at least when it comes to girls he actually likes (as opposed to ones like Lucy, who are mean to him). For four whole decades, he tried to bring himself to introduce himself to the Little Red Haired Girl, but always chickened out. He was a little braver late in the strip's run when he met Peggy Jean, but he still was shy and nervous around her, and nothing serious ever developed. (Even if Charles Shultz had not passed away, he said he never planned to change the strip so dramatically as to actually change Charlie Brown's character, preferring to keep him [[{{Everyman}} the way he was.)]]

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* Charlie Brown from ''{{Peanuts}}'' may be one of the biggest examples, at least when it comes to girls he actually likes (as opposed to ones like Lucy, Lucy and Sally, who are mean to him). For four whole decades, he tried to bring himself to introduce himself to the Little Red Haired Girl, but always chickened out. He was a little braver late in the strip's run when he met Peggy Jean, but he still was shy and nervous around her, and nothing serious ever developed. (Even if Charles Shultz had not passed away, he said he never planned to change the strip so dramatically as to actually change Charlie Brown's character, preferring to keep him [[{{Everyman}} the way he was.)]]
16th Jun '16 8:31:49 PM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''That70sShow'', Eric can only say "Uh...... bluh." in the presence of a girl he finds really attractive. This same girl refers to him as uh bluh throughout the episode.

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* In an episode of ''That70sShow'', ''Series/That70sShow'', Eric can only say "Uh...... bluh." in the presence of a girl he finds really attractive. This same girl refers to him as uh bluh throughout the episode.
28th May '16 2:29:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* Cody Banks, in the ''Film/AgentCodyBanks'' movies, is like this.
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'': Harold has a crush on one of his neighbors, but he can never get up the nerve to talk to her until the end of the film.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': Captain America. It's even a plot point, and Peggy Carter even calls him out on this at one point.
* ''Film/SpiderMan1'': Peter Parker again. He never works up the nerve to tell Mary Jane how he feels until ''she'' comes to ''him''.
* Applies to Andrew Steyn (Marius Weyers) in ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy''.
* In ''Film/TheFisherKing'' Parry (Robin Williams) stalks Lydia (Amanda Plummer) and only finally speaks to her when constrained to do so by Jack (Jeff Bridges) and his girlfriend Anne (Mercedes Ruehl).

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* Cody Banks, in the ''Film/AgentCodyBanks'' movies, is like this.
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'': Harold has a crush on one of his neighbors, but he can never get up the nerve to talk to her until the end of the film.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': Captain America. It's even a plot point, and Peggy Carter even calls him out on this at one point.
* ''Film/SpiderMan1'': Peter Parker again. He never works up the nerve to tell Mary Jane how he feels until ''she'' comes to ''him''.
* Applies to Andrew Steyn (Marius Weyers) in ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy''.
* In ''Film/TheFisherKing'' Parry (Robin Williams) stalks Lydia (Amanda Plummer) and only finally speaks to her when constrained to do so by Jack (Jeff Bridges) and his girlfriend Anne (Mercedes Ruehl).
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* ''Film/{{Kopps}}'': Jacob has this attitude most of the time towards Jessica.

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* ''Film/{{Kopps}}'': Jacob has this attitude most Shang from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' can talk to Mulan, even about emotional things--''[[SweetPollyOliver when she's disguised as a man]]''. When she's unmasked, however, he quickly develops a crush on her ([[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation although quite a lot of fans think]] [[SweetOnPollyOliver he already had a subconscious crush on her from the time towards Jessica.
beginning]]) and turns into a giant {{Adorkable}} stuttering mess when she's around.
-->'''Shang''': You...you fight good.



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* Cody Banks, in the ''Film/AgentCodyBanks'' movies, is like this.
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'': Harold has a crush on one of his neighbors, but he can never get up the nerve to talk to her until the end of the film.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': Captain America. It's even a plot point, and Peggy Carter even calls him out on this at one point.
* ''Film/SpiderMan1'': Peter Parker again. He never works up the nerve to tell Mary Jane how he feels until ''she'' comes to ''him''.
* Applies to Andrew Steyn (Marius Weyers) in ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy''.
* In ''Film/TheFisherKing'' Parry (Robin Williams) stalks Lydia (Amanda Plummer) and only finally speaks to her when constrained to do so by Jack (Jeff Bridges) and his girlfriend Anne (Mercedes Ruehl).
* ''Film/{{Kopps}}'': Jacob has this attitude most of the time towards Jessica.

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* Shang from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' can talk to Mulan, even about emotional things--''[[SweetPollyOliver when she's disguised as a man]]''. When she's unmasked, however, he quickly develops a crush on her ([[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation although quite a lot of fans think]] [[SweetOnPollyOliver he already had a subconscious crush on her from the beginning]]) and turns into a giant {{Adorkable}} stuttering mess when she's around.
-->'''Shang''': You...you fight good.
28th May '16 2:20:58 AM Morgenthaler
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'''Martin''': Yes, I do. I like it. Like you. I mean, I like it, like you do. Not I like it like I like you. I don’t like you. I mean - I, I don't not like you, I just I don't like you as much as I like being a pilot. [...] Well, not yet. I, I mean, I'm sure if I got to know you I'd like you more than being - well, probably not more than because I love being a pilot and I don't suppose I'd love you - well, I suppose I might. No, I mean, I'm just going to go and have a wander down the cabin now."

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'''Martin''': Yes, I do. I like it. Like you. I mean, I like it, like you do. Not I like it like I like you. I don’t don�t like you. I mean - I, I don't not like you, I just I don't like you as much as I like being a pilot. [...] Well, not yet. I, I mean, I'm sure if I got to know you I'd like you more than being - well, probably not more than because I love being a pilot and I don't suppose I'd love you - well, I suppose I might. No, I mean, I'm just going to go and have a wander down the cabin now."

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25th May '16 6:37:12 AM DaibhidC
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* Hoffman in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20150925#.V0Wqbr6wjox can't talk coherently]] around Colette, daughter of the Master of Paris. [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20160111#.V0WqP76wjow Later]], Princess Larana of the [[UndergroundCity Silverlands]] can't talk coherently around ''him''.
-->'''Zeetha''': ''Everybody'' in Paris can't be like this. I mean, I've seen ''kids''.
26th Feb '16 7:20:46 PM Landis
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* Near the end of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut,'' Riley bumps into a boy at the hockey rink, apologizes, and hands him back his water bottle. He stares at her slack-jawed and buggy-eyed, cut to the inside of his head where his emotions are running and screaming in a blind panic while a siren blares, "GIRL! GIRL! GIRL!"

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* Near the end of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut,'' Riley bumps into a boy at the hockey rink, apologizes, and hands him back his water bottle. He stares at her slack-jawed and buggy-eyed, cut to the inside of his head where his emotions (save [[TroubledFetalPosition Fear]]) are running and screaming in a blind panic while a siren blares, "GIRL! GIRL! GIRL!"
26th Dec '15 7:24:30 PM nombretomado
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* [[Franchise/{{Spider-man}} Peter Parker]] has been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] into this over the years; in the early days, his romantic problems stemmed from the social hazards of [[SecretIdentity keeping a secret identity]], with a generous helping of {{Tsundere}} behavior from his love interests thrown into the mix during [[TheSilverAgeofComicBooks the Silver Age]].

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* [[Franchise/{{Spider-man}} Peter Parker]] has been [[{{Flanderization}} flanderized]] into this over the years; in the early days, his romantic problems stemmed from the social hazards of [[SecretIdentity keeping a secret identity]], with a generous helping of {{Tsundere}} behavior from his love interests thrown into the mix during [[TheSilverAgeofComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeofComicBooks the Silver Age]].
17th Dec '15 4:42:15 AM Dravencour
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The female, for her part, may become irritated and impatient with this behaviour, may be understanding and accommodating (or even condescending), or may even respond in kind, in which case getting any kind of conversation going will take something akin to a miracle.

Despite the title, female characters who cannot talk to men are not uncommon. In this case it's usually triggered only by male characters they find attractive or have a crush on; if a female character literally has difficulty talking to any male at all, it's usually a sign that she had [[AbusiveParents an abusive or domineering father]], grew up in [[NoWomansLand a misogynistic culture]], or had [[SingleIssuePsychology some other bad experience that explains the issue]]. When a male character cannot talk to women, in contrast, it's almost always an issue of a general lack of confidence and/or experience and is rarely portrayed as a result of trauma.

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The female, for her part, may become irritated and impatient with this behaviour, may be understanding and accommodating (or even condescending), or if she has the same problem concerning men, may even respond in kind, in which case getting any kind of conversation going will take something akin to a miracle.

Despite the title, female characters who cannot talk to men are not uncommon. In this case it's usually triggered only by male characters they find attractive or have a crush on; if a female character literally has difficulty talking to any ''any'' male at all, it's usually a sign that she had [[AbusiveParents an abusive or domineering father]], grew up in [[NoWomansLand a misogynistic culture]], or had [[SingleIssuePsychology some other bad experience that explains the issue]]. When a male character cannot talk to women, in contrast, it's almost always an issue of a general lack of confidence and/or experience and is rarely portrayed as a result of trauma.
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