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14th Apr '17 10:27:53 AM LordGro
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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfThePeopleOfLaxardal'': Melkorka, an Irish princess, pretends to be mute after she is taken captive and enslaved at the age of fifteen. Hoskuld buys her and brings her to Iceland, where she gives birth to Hoskuld's child. When the boy is two years old, Hoskuld overhears her talking Irish with her son, and finally gets her whole story out of her.
13th Apr '17 9:11:40 AM BlackSunNocturne
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* Quiet in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' deliberately doesn't speak because [[spoiler:she's infected with the English strain of the vocal chord parasite. Said parasite will kill her if she speaks English.]]
5th Mar '17 6:08:28 AM NB2000
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* Chell from the Portal series. She can talk, she just refuses to give anyone talking to her the satisfaction of a response.

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* Chell from the Portal ''{{Portal}}'' series. She can talk, she just refuses to give anyone talking to her the satisfaction of a response.
25th Feb '17 8:25:53 PM DrFraud
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* In Josh Greenfeld and Paul Mazursky's ''Harry and Tonto'' Harry's grandson, a practicing Buddhist had taken a vow of silence and communicated only by gestures or scribbling on a notepad.

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* In Josh Greenfeld and Paul Mazursky's ''Harry and Tonto'' Harry's grandson, a practicing Buddhist had has taken a vow of silence and communicated communicates only by gestures or scribbling on a notepad.
21st Feb '17 2:49:11 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', Owl doesn't speak, likely because of the trauma of whatever happened to her before Aeduen and Iseult met her.
10th Feb '17 2:16:45 PM triscion
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* "The Ancient" from the Space marine campaign of ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn Of War II: Retribution]]'' never speaks, [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration not even to confirm the player's orders]], as he's taken a vow of silence to atone for past sins. [[spoiler: That is until the latter portion of the campaign when he breaks his silence to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan verbally slap]] Diomedes out of a HeroicBSOD, revealing himself to be Sargent Tarkus from the Original and ''Chaos Rising'' campaigns.]]

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* "The Ancient" from the Space marine campaign of ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn Of War II: Retribution]]'' never speaks, [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration not even to confirm the player's orders]], as he's taken a vow of silence to atone for past sins. [[spoiler: That is until the latter portion of the campaign when he breaks his silence to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan verbally slap]] Diomedes out of a HeroicBSOD, [[TomatoSurprise revealing himself himself]] to be Sargent Tarkus from the Original Campaign and ''Chaos Rising'' campaigns.expansion.]]
10th Feb '17 2:14:04 PM triscion
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* "The Ancient" from the Space marine campaign of ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn Of War II: Retribution]]'' never speaks, [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration not even to confirm the player's orders]], as he's taken a vow of silence to atone for past sins. [[spoiler: That is until the latter portion of the campaign when he breaks his silence to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan verbally slap]] Diomedes out of a HeroicBSOD, revealing himself to be Sargent Tarkus from the Original and Chaos Rising campaigns.]]

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* "The Ancient" from the Space marine campaign of ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn Of War II: Retribution]]'' never speaks, [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration not even to confirm the player's orders]], as he's taken a vow of silence to atone for past sins. [[spoiler: That is until the latter portion of the campaign when he breaks his silence to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan verbally slap]] Diomedes out of a HeroicBSOD, revealing himself to be Sargent Tarkus from the Original and Chaos Rising ''Chaos Rising'' campaigns.]]
10th Feb '17 2:13:02 PM triscion
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* The Ancient from the Space marine campaign of ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn Of War II: Retribution]]'' never speaks, [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration not even to confirm the player's orders]], as he's taken a vow of silence to atone for past sins. [[spoiler: That is until the latter portion of the campaign when he breaks his silence to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan verbally slap]] Diomedes out of a HeroicBSOD, Revealing himself to be Sargent Tarkus from ''D o W II'' and ''Chaos Rising''.]]

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* The Ancient "The Ancient" from the Space marine campaign of ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn Of War II: Retribution]]'' never speaks, [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration not even to confirm the player's orders]], as he's taken a vow of silence to atone for past sins. [[spoiler: That is until the latter portion of the campaign when he breaks his silence to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan verbally slap]] Diomedes out of a HeroicBSOD, Revealing revealing himself to be Sargent Tarkus from ''D o W II'' the Original and ''Chaos Rising''.Chaos Rising campaigns.]]
31st Jan '17 4:04:53 AM JustTroper
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* Rajotel in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. He took a vow of public silence several years ago and communicates via sign language in public, or will whisper in his partner Quill's ear if he absolutely must.




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* In Josh Greenfeld and Paul Mazursky's ''Harry and Tonto'' Harry's grandson, a practicing Buddhist had taken a vow of silence and communicated only by gestures or scribbling on a notepad.



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* Wrestling/{{Sting}} took a vow of silence in Wrestling/{{WCW}} in October of 1996 (right after the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder hired an impostor Sting to frame the real Sting for a heinous act) and would not speak again until January of 1998 - and that was only out of anger at being stripped of the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Championship]].




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* The Ancient from the Space marine campaign of ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn Of War II: Retribution]]'' never speaks, [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration not even to confirm the player's orders]], as he's taken a vow of silence to atone for past sins. [[spoiler: That is until the latter portion of the campaign when he breaks his silence to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan verbally slap]] Diomedes out of a HeroicBSOD, Revealing himself to be Sargent Tarkus from ''D o W II'' and ''Chaos Rising''.]]

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* The Poopsmith in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', who has taken a vow of silence (for no explained reason).
** [[spoiler:He broke his apparent vow of silence to sing the intro to [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemailtwohundred.html Strong Bad Email #200]].]]
*** [[spoiler: Hey, The Poopsmith sounds exactly like [[TheyMightBeGiants John Linnell]]!]]
31st Jan '17 2:14:59 AM JustTroper
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* Eucliwood from ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie''. Her words are powerful enough to kill so she doesn't speak (except writing on paper and Ayumu's imagination).
* Megumi on ''Manga/SpecialA'' writes on a notepad to communicate in order to protect her singing voice, which as a result is devastatingly powerful. [[spoiler: She does speak a few times, though.]]
* Switch from ''Manga/SketDance'' never speaks with his real voice. Instead, he uses a (very realistic) speech synthesizer, which he controls from the computer keyboard. Later his BackStory explains the tragic cause of this unwillingness to speak.




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* The angel Duma from ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' and its spinoff ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}''. Initially justified by his function as the Guardian of Silence; however, he continues to be silent after the Creator gives him a new function as co-ruler of Hell. (This is based on Jewish folklore which casts Duma as ruler of Gehenna, as his name is one of the biblical synonyms for the underworld, and in fact ''means'' "silence" in Hebrew.) He is nonetheless able to communicate through facial expressions and gestures and, in ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'', even in discrete words through telepathy. In the latter comic, he finally [[spoiler: breaks his silence in order to stop co-ruler Remiel from tearing apart Rudd's soul and to appoint Rudd as the new ruler of Hell]].
** In the Creator/PhilFoglio version of ''ComicBook/StanleyAndHisMonster'', Duma "speaks" by showing little notes to his colleagues.
** Also in ''The Sandman'', in ''The Doll's House'' Chantal always speaks for her partner Zelda [[spoiler:who has a really bad stutter.]] In ''The Kindly Ones'', Zelda is forced to speak for herself, [[spoiler:Chantal having died in the intervening years.]]
* Also, in ''Endless Nights'', Delirium's story "Going Inside" features a girl who does not speak after being raped. Towards the end of the comic [[spoiler:she is shown as recovering and speaking after helping to find Delirium]].


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* Indian mystic and spiritual leader Meher Baba stopped speaking in 1925, at the age of 31, and until his death in 1969, he only communicated by an alphabet board and hand gestures.
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