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24th Sep '17 5:10:52 PM AndyLA
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[[caption-width-right:350:Delirium and Dreams, talking.]]
->''"So Deadpool speaks with a yellow outline around his speech balloons? What exactly is that supposed to '''sound''' like? I can just imagine a movie studio trying to cast someone for the role of Deadpool: Must be able to speak English clearly with yellow outline around dialogue. '''Red outline voices need not apply!'''"''
-->-- Marvel Year in Review 1993

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[[caption-width-right:350:Delirium and Dreams, Dream, talking.]]
->''"So Deadpool SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} speaks with a yellow outline around his speech balloons? What exactly is that supposed to '''sound''' like? I can just imagine a movie studio trying to cast someone for the role of Deadpool: Must be able to speak English clearly with yellow outline around dialogue. '''Red outline voices need not apply!'''"''
-->-- Marvel Year in Review 1993
1993[[note]]According to Comicbook/{{Cable}}, Deadpool has a "gravelly, Creator/DemiMoore-like voice" which the coloring of the bubble is meant to represent; also, as the coloring switched to digital, Deadpool's speech bubbles switched to entirely light yellow, although with the same effect.[[/note]]



** Of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'', ComicBook/TheVision traditionally spoke with a square bubble to indicate a cold, robotic voice, and in the late [[TheNineties 90s]], [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] was given a distinctive font inspired by [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Olde English]] to match his Shakespearean/Biblical patois. More recently, Comicbook/IronMan has been given rectangular, red outlined bubbles to indicate that his voice is coming through speakers in the armor.

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** Of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'', ComicBook/TheVision traditionally spoke with a square bubble to indicate a cold, robotic voice, and in the late [[TheNineties 90s]], [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] was given a distinctive font inspired by [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Olde English]] to match his Shakespearean/Biblical patois. More recently, Comicbook/IronMan has been given rectangular, red outlined bubbles with typographic font to indicate that his voice is coming through speakers in the armor.


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** Comicbook/{{Thanos}} speaks in rugged speech bubbles with thick black outlines.
23rd Aug '17 1:58:48 PM kyojikasshu
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* The various ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series use different bubbles for the Transformers. Originally, they were pretty basic bubbles, with the edges of the arrow leading up to the bubble resembling a stylized jagged lightning bolt, like had been often used with television and radio dialogue. Later issues game them a squared bubble. [[CosmicHorror Unicron]] got bubbles edged in rippled darkness and blood-red lines. Later series added more effects, often to differentiate not only individual characters but their state. (Dreamwave Volume 3 Megatron, for example, had black speech bubbles with white dialogue.)

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* The various ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series use different bubbles for the Transformers. Originally, they were pretty basic bubbles, the first series used squared boxes with flared corners, so as to emphasize the edges electronic nature of their voices. A few issues in, the arrow leading up bubbles switched to the bubble resembling more conventional rounded bubbles with a stylized jagged lightning bolt, like had been often used bolt-shaped arrow (typically associated with radio and television and radio dialogue. Later issues game them a dialogue). This became the standard speech bubble style for the Marvel UK series, while the Marvel US series quickly reverted to the squared bubble. bubbles. The squared bubbles made a return in IDW in retro-themed issues of their main continuity, and in ''Regeneration One'', which was a new continuation of the original Marvel US continuity. [[CosmicHorror Unicron]] got bubbles edged in rippled darkness in thick black and blood-red lines. Later red lines, indicating his status as a Dark God, while [[PhysicalGod Primus]] received thick, sketchy black lines roughly arranged in hexagonal shapes.
** ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' introduced computer-generated text bubbles courtesy of Richard Starkings and Comicraft, giving the Autobots and Decepticons very distinct fonts, and colored panels along the left side of the bubbles corresponding with the characters' colors. Autobots had square panels and a clean-looking font, while Decepticons had triangles and a harsher, more angular font. The Dinobots, being rougher than the regular Autobots, had trapezoidal panels (with the occasional triangle) but otherwise used the Autobot font.
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series added more from other publishers have experimented with different styles with different effects, often to differentiate not only individual characters but their state. (Dreamwave Volume 3 Megatron, for example, had such as Megatron in Dreamwave's third volume speaking in black speech bubbles with white dialogue.)text. Most recently, the current IDW books tend to just use standard speech bubbles.
3rd Aug '17 2:52:04 AM Spindriver
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[[quoteright:350:[[ComicBook/TheSandman http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/sandmanspeechbubbles.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:350:Delirium and Dreams, talking.]]


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* In ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'', on two [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/that_was_uncalled_for separate]] [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/28_is_lucky occasions,]] when characters become coldly angry, their speech bubbles start dripping icicles.
3rd Aug '17 12:36:20 AM Spindriver
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But Speech Bubbles aren't ''only'' generic circles or places to put words; instead, they're {{metafiction}}al constructs that can be [[PaintingTheMedium painted,]] [[OddShapedPanel shaped]], and written different ways! Superimposed, they can indicate an [[SpeechBubblesInterruption interruption]]; different characters can be given different shapes or colors of Speech Bubbles, making keeping track of which character is speaking easier, as well as how they're feeling. Some villains and monsters like to use black speech balloons and strange colored text. If any character, regardless of alignment, is wanting to give a menacing but subtle tone to their dialect, then it can be a black speech balloon with either white text for a black-and-white strip, or red text for a color strip.

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But Speech Bubbles aren't ''only'' generic circles or places to put words; instead, they're {{metafiction}}al constructs that can be [[PaintingTheMedium painted,]] [[OddShapedPanel shaped]], and written different ways! Superimposed, they can indicate an [[SpeechBubblesInterruption interruption]]; interruption]], and different characters can be given different shapes or colors of Speech Bubbles, bubble, making keeping track of which character who is speaking easier, as well as how they're feeling. Some villains and monsters like to use black speech balloons and strange colored text. text, and mechanical voices sometimes get rectangular "bubbles". If any character, regardless of alignment, is wanting to give character needs a subtly menacing but subtle tone to their dialect, speech, then it can be rendered in a black speech balloon with either white text for a black-and-white strip, or red text for a color strip.
(the latter maybe implying more anger). Also, madness can be indicated with mangled text, and foreign languages or accents with exotic fonts.



* ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' uses this to good effect.

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* ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' uses this speech bubbles to good effect.
2nd Aug '17 11:04:46 AM Scalondragon
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But Speech Bubbles aren't ''only'' generic circles or places to put words; instead, they're {{metafiction}}al constructs that can be [[PaintingTheMedium painted,]] [[OddShapedPanel shaped]], and written different ways! Superimposed, they can indicate an [[SpeechBubblesInterruption interruption]]; different characters can be given different shapes or colors of Speech Bubbles, making keeping track of which character is speaking easier, as well as how they're feeling. Some villains and monsters like to use black speech balloons and strange colored text.

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But Speech Bubbles aren't ''only'' generic circles or places to put words; instead, they're {{metafiction}}al constructs that can be [[PaintingTheMedium painted,]] [[OddShapedPanel shaped]], and written different ways! Superimposed, they can indicate an [[SpeechBubblesInterruption interruption]]; different characters can be given different shapes or colors of Speech Bubbles, making keeping track of which character is speaking easier, as well as how they're feeling. Some villains and monsters like to use black speech balloons and strange colored text. If any character, regardless of alignment, is wanting to give a menacing but subtle tone to their dialect, then it can be a black speech balloon with either white text for a black-and-white strip, or red text for a color strip.


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* In ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' Eva, a model, has [[http://www.sandraontherocks.com/strips-sotr/pair-of-laugh-riots taken a shine to Marie]] but when Eva's stylists Adrianne (fashion) and Adrienne (makeup and hair) cruelly put down Marie, Eva's face goes dark with an evil glint in her eyes, and [[PetTheDog her dialogue]] for that followup scene is in a black balloon with white text.
6th Jul '17 2:04:58 PM StFan
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* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Malevolous speaks in black-letter font on scroll-shaped bubbles. His speech bubbles turn normal once, precisely because he's making an effort to disguise his voice.

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* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Malevolous Malevolus speaks in black-letter font on scroll-shaped bubbles. His speech bubbles turn normal once, precisely because he's making an effort to disguise his voice.
6th Jul '17 2:03:06 PM StFan
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* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' does the inverse. When Decoy Octopus is in disguise, his speech bubble remains white, making it easier for readers to identify him. Each character has their own colors of speech bubble, with their own PaintingTheMedium moments. When Psycho Mantis is using his powers, his text turns from black to [[strike:red]] green. It's when he goes totally nuts that his text turns red. And when one character is possessing another, the possessing spirit's speech bubble is used. This is actually used in the last comic, to reveal that [[spoiler:Big Boss has taken over Ocelot's mind, not Liquid as the games would have you believe]].

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* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' does the inverse. When Decoy Octopus is in disguise, his speech bubble remains white, making it easier for readers to identify him. Each character has their own colors of speech bubble, with their own PaintingTheMedium moments. When Psycho Mantis is using his powers, his text turns from black to [[strike:red]] green. It's when he goes totally nuts that his text turns red. And when one character is possessing another, the possessing spirit's speech bubble is used. This is actually used in the last comic, to reveal that [[spoiler:Big Boss has taken over Ocelot's mind, not Liquid as the games would have you believe]].
6th Jul '17 1:59:53 PM StFan
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* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Malevolous speaks in black-letter font on scroll-shaped bubbles.

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* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Malevolous speaks in black-letter font on scroll-shaped bubbles. His speech bubbles turn normal once, precisely because he's making an effort to disguise his voice.
5th Jul '17 1:35:43 PM StFan
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* Several characters in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' have distinctive speech bubbles or fonts -- each of the Endless and Matthew, in particular. At one point, Matthew "imitates" Morpheus with a speech bubble that looks like his. Delirium's speech bubbles contain wild swirls of color and wavering text, but when she was Delight (and sane), the colors were subdued and straight, and the text linear.
** [[TheGrimReaper Death]] is the sanest and most down-to-earth of the Endless and the only one whose Speech Bubbles are completely normal.
*** DIDN'T YOU NOTICE THAT...OH. '''THAT''' DEATH. SORRY.
* Jamie Madrox's duplicates in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' get slightly different fonts from standard speech bubbles.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', the language of the Goths is represented by a Gothic font, Greeks speak in an angular font resembling the Greek alphabet, and Egyptian speech bubbles contain hieroglyph-style rebuses (even for onomatopoeia). When Obelix repeats a phrase in Egyptian, it looks like a shakily-drawn stick figure.
** ''Asterix and the Cauldron'' featured a Roman tax gatherer whose rectangular speech bubbles resembles modern tax forms, complete with check boxes.

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* Several characters in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' have distinctive speech bubbles or fonts -- each of the Endless and Matthew, in particular. At one point, Matthew "imitates" Morpheus with a speech bubble that looks like his. Delirium's speech bubbles contain wild swirls of color and wavering text, but when she was Delight (and sane), the colors were subdued and straight, and the text linear.
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linear. [[TheGrimReaper Death]] is the sanest and most down-to-earth of the Endless and the only one whose Speech Bubbles are completely normal.
*** DIDN'T YOU NOTICE THAT...OH. '''THAT''' DEATH. SORRY.
* Jamie Madrox's duplicates in ''Comicbook/{{X-Factor}}'' ''ComicBook/XFactor'' get slightly different fonts from standard speech bubbles.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', the ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'':
** The
language of the Goths is represented by a Gothic font, Greeks speak in an angular font resembling the Greek alphabet, and Egyptian speech bubbles contain hieroglyph-style rebuses (even for onomatopoeia). When Obelix repeats a phrase in Egyptian, it looks like a shakily-drawn stick figure.
** ''Asterix and the Cauldron'' featured features a Roman tax gatherer whose rectangular speech bubbles resembles modern tax forms, complete with check boxes.



* Nearly every important character in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' has either a different color/style speech bubble, or a different font. Sometimes both.

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* Nearly every important character in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' has either a different color/style speech bubble, or a different font. Sometimes both.
5th Jul '17 5:23:31 AM StFan
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** Undead use black speech bubbles with white text. When Xykon becomes a lich in ''Start of Darkness'' and his speech bubble changes to the undead format, he comments on his dramatic, [[VoiceOfTheLegion echoey voice]].
** Diverse colored speech bubbles for outsiders such as celestials, infernals, and ghosts. Infernals usually have black speech bubbles with colored text inside (lampshaded with Qarr the Imp, who is recognized by his red-on-black speech bubble). Celestials have brightly colored bubbles with black texts. Elementals like Celia have a color related to their plane of origin.
** Dragons and half-dragons also have colored speech bubbles related to their species. Giants too.
** The shape is sometimes significant too, like with [[LawfulNeutral modrons]] having rectangular bubbles.
** The arrows pointing to which character is speaking also give indications. They are straight when the character is healthy, but become irregular for a wounded or dying one to represent shaky speech. Minister Malack's are always this way, hinting of a raspy voice.
* ''[[Webcomic/AntiHeroes anti-HEROES]]'' does the same as ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', and [[http://antiheroescomic.com/comic/149 lampshades it]].

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** Undead use [[TheUndead Undead]] have black speech bubbles with white text. When Xykon becomes a lich in ''Start of Darkness'' and his speech bubble changes bubbles change to the undead format, he comments on his dramatic, [[VoiceOfTheLegion [[PowerEchoes echoey voice]].
voice]]. Redcloak clarifies that this is because Xykon no longer has a functional larynx, so his voice is magically powered by negative energy.
** Diverse colored speech bubbles for outsiders such as gods, celestials, infernals, and ghosts. Infernals usually have black speech bubbles with colored text inside (lampshaded with Qarr the Imp, imp, who is recognized by his red-on-black speech bubble). bubbles). Celestials have brightly colored bubbles with black texts. Elementals text. Elemental spirits like Celia have a color related to their plane of origin.
** Dragons and half-dragons also have colored speech bubbles related linked to their species. Giants too.
too, it seems.
** Being under some magical effect can alter the color of a character's speech bubbles, like with [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0331.html the Oracle doing a prophecy]], [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0635.html Vaarsuvius under the Soul Splice]], or [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0767.html Haley having imbibed a Potion of Glibness]].
** The shape is sometimes significant too, like with [[LawfulNeutral modrons]] LawfulNeutral Modrons having rectangular bubbles.
bubbles.[[invoked]]
** The arrows connectors pointing to which character is speaking also give indications. They are straight when the character speaker is healthy, but become irregular for a sick, stunned, drunk, confused, wounded or dying one character, to represent shaky speech. Minister Malack's are always this way, way [[spoiler:until he shows his GameFace]], hinting of a raspy or hissy voice.
** More classically, bubbles with dotted borders and grey text indicate whispering. Zz'dtri's bubbles always have grey text, since he's TheQuietOne and hardly ever raises his voice.
** Early in the comic, mumbling to oneself or aside comments by the characters were texts without bubbles and just a connector. But this became rarer and rarer and has phased out by book 3 -- except for the Demon-Roaches, [[TheArtifact who only ever talk this way]].
* ''[[Webcomic/AntiHeroes anti-HEROES]]'' does the same as ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' with undead, and [[http://antiheroescomic.com/comic/149 lampshades it]].
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