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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.
17th Dec '15 4:40:59 AM Dravencour
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** Oh, she wasn't just bad at talking to men. She was forbidden from speaking with them by her Watcher.

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** Oh, she wasn't just bad at talking to men. She was forbidden ''forbidden from speaking with them them'' by her Watcher.
17th Dec '15 4:39:19 AM Dravencour
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A type of CannotSpitItOut, this is a condition befalling certain male characters (usually), especially those on the younger side, or who otherwise are lacking in social graces. When he encounters a female, he loses all capacity [[TheSpeechless to speak]], or at least [[TheUnintelligible make meaningful sentences]]. He may stammer, blurt out embarrassing nonsequiturs, or become entirely mute. The trigger may be restricted to attractive females, or just [[OneTrueLove the one]], in which case it's likely to be GibberishOfLove.

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A type of CannotSpitItOut, this is a condition befalling certain male characters (usually), especially those on the younger side, or who otherwise are lacking in social graces. When he encounters a female, especially one he's attracted to, he loses all capacity [[TheSpeechless to speak]], or at least [[TheUnintelligible make meaningful sentences]]. He may stammer, blurt out embarrassing nonsequiturs, or become entirely mute. The trigger may be restricted to attractive females, or just [[OneTrueLove the one]], in which case it's likely to be GibberishOfLove.
4th Dec '15 4:28:00 AM SamCurt
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* Mikoshiba of ''Manga/GekkanShoujoNozakiKun'' is very awkward around girls, so the only way he can talk to them is by quoting cheesy lines from {{Dating Sim}}s...which just makes him even more awkward and embarrassed. Strangely enough, they just eat it up, making him extremely popular.

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* Mikoshiba of ''Manga/GekkanShoujoNozakiKun'' ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' is very awkward around girls, so the only way he can talk to them is by quoting cheesy lines from {{Dating Sim}}s...which just makes him even more awkward and embarrassed. Strangely enough, they just eat it up, making him extremely popular.
25th Nov '15 2:44:34 PM DeisTheAlcano
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** Lon'qu is the most notable example. It's initially PlayedForLaughs, but several of his supports open up his DarkAndTroubledPast, making it a lot less funny: it's a rare case of ''trauma'' actually factoring into his fear. [[spoiler:His childhood sweetheart ''and'' OnlyFriend, Ke'ri, was murdered in front of him [[HeroicSacrifice in an attempt to protect him]], and his failure to protect her stemmed the fear that any woman he'd get close to would eventually be killed.]] The result of this is him acting cold towards just about everyone, and every time he interacts with a female character, he [[SuddenlyShouting tends to shout at random.]] His prospective love interests have to work ''very'' had to get to speak to him in normal terms, and if playing as a female [[PlayerCharacter Avatar]], he has [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything an extremely low chance of greeting you in the Barracks unless you marry him]].

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** Lon'qu is the most notable example. It's initially PlayedForLaughs, but several of his supports open up his DarkAndTroubledPast, making it a lot less funny: it's a rare case of ''trauma'' actually factoring into his fear. [[spoiler:His childhood sweetheart ''and'' OnlyFriend, Ke'ri, was murdered in front of him [[HeroicSacrifice in an attempt to protect him]], and his failure to protect her stemmed the fear that any woman he'd get close to would eventually be killed.]] The result of this is him acting cold towards just about everyone, and every time he interacts with a female character, he [[SuddenlyShouting tends to shout at random.]] His prospective love interests have to work ''very'' had to get to speak to him in normal terms, and if playing as a female [[PlayerCharacter Avatar]], he has [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything [[DevelopersForesight an extremely low chance of greeting you in the Barracks unless you marry him]].
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