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* ''Film/{{Logan}}''. Laura appears to be a CuteMute, though Charles Xavier is apparently communicating with her via telepathy. [[spoiler:After Charles dies]] Logan gets a shock when Laura throws a diatribe of Spanglish at him. According to WordOfGod, her silence was to avoid the character becoming the usual sardonic KidSidekick.

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* ''Film/{{Logan}}''. Laura appears to be a CuteMute, though Charles Xavier is apparently communicating with her via telepathy. [[spoiler:After Charles dies]] Logan gets a shock when Laura throws a diatribe of Spanglish at him. According to WordOfGod, her silence was to avoid the character becoming the usual sardonic KidSidekick. InUniverse it's presumably because Laura's English is poor and Logan doesn't speak Spanish, plus neither character is much into casual conversation.
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* ''Film/{{Logan}}''. Laura appears to be a CuteMute, though Charles Xavier is apparently communicating with her via telepathy. [[spoiler:After Charles dies]] Logan gets a shock when Laura throws a diatribe of Spanglish at him. According to WordOfGod, her silence was to avoid the character becoming the usual sardonic KidSidekick.
25th Feb '17 3:52:55 PM nombretomado
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** EddieIzzard's character Bailey is silent in all but one of his appearances. Reportedly, [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating to avoid a PG rating an F-word was added on the soundtrack just before his demise to bump it up to PG-13]].

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** EddieIzzard's Creator/EddieIzzard's character Bailey is silent in all but one of his appearances. Reportedly, [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating to avoid a PG rating an F-word was added on the soundtrack just before his demise to bump it up to PG-13]].
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* ''VetHard'': Vuk is a Yugoslavian who can't speak Dutch, and thus can't communicate with the other characters at all. He doesn't say anything in the movie [[note]]] The actor who played him was Dutch, which is probably why they didn't bother with having Vuk speak his native Eastern-European language[[/note]].
20th Feb '17 4:43:11 PM StFan
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* Joe Tetsuma from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''.

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* Joe Tetsuma from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''.''Manga/Eyeshield21''.



* Kamemon from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' starts out as this, but the real winners are the two [=PawnChessmon=]. They actually have to have Miki and Megumi [[CallingYourAttacks call their attacks]] and announce their evolution, but Kamemon is just shy. So shy that everyone stares at him in shock when he finally speaks a full sentence, and he retreats into his shell. Which is cute, but the real hilarity is in the finale: Megumi and Miki take the [=PawnChessmon=] to sing karaoke... off-screen.

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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}'':
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Kamemon from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' starts out as this, but the real winners are the two [=PawnChessmon=]. They actually have to have Miki and Megumi [[CallingYourAttacks call their attacks]] and announce their evolution, but Kamemon is just shy. So shy that everyone stares at him in shock when he finally speaks a full sentence, and he retreats into his shell. Which is cute, but the real hilarity is in the finale: Megumi and Miki take the [=PawnChessmon=] to sing karaoke... off-screen.



--> '''Spider Shadow''': You don't talk much, do you Flame?
--> '''Spider Flame''': ...''silence''...

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--> '''Spider Shadow''': -->'''Spider Shadow:''' You don't talk much, do you Flame?
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Flame?\\
'''Spider Flame''': ...Flame:''' ...''silence''...



* The Child from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. While he does not speak in his human form [[spoiler: when the body of light appears before Guts - which only appears when the Child is around - when he is on the verge of [[SuperPoweredEvilSide becoming a monster]], it does speak.]]

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* The Child from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. While he does not speak in his human form [[spoiler: when the body of light appears before Guts - -- which only appears when the Child is around - -- when he is on the verge of [[SuperPoweredEvilSide becoming a monster]], it does speak.]]



--> '''Koganei''': Mitobe, make sure they hear you!
--> ''Mitobe grins at him, then turns back.''
--> '''Koganei''': You're not gonna do it, are you?

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--> '''Koganei''': -->'''Koganei:''' Mitobe, make sure they hear you!
--> ''Mitobe
you!\\
''[Mitobe
grins at him, then turns back.''
--> '''Koganei''':
back]''\\
'''Koganei:'''
You're not gonna do it, are you?



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* Teller, of Creator/PennAndTeller, is known for never speaking in their various shows and specials. Teller created this gimmick after realizing that people pay closer attention if he kept silent while performing at parties.
** He sometimes speaks on camera for television series on magic, though he kept his [[TheFaceless his face completely obscured]]. He also talks openly off camera, such as while meeting fans after live performances, and in non-performance contexts such as radio interviews, lectures, and panel discussions like at The Amazing Meeting.
** An exception is at the end of ''Film/PennAndTellerGetKilled''.
** A notable exception to this can be found in the Egypt episode of ''Penn & Teller's Magic And Mystery Tour''. Teller speaks quite frequently there, on camera and in full view.
** On his radio show, Penn Jillette revealed that Teller talks during every live show at least once, but it has to be a gimmick. Examples include arguing with Penn off-mic, speaking as an animatronic dummy of himself, or narrating his magic act aloud while an industrial wood chipper is drowning him out.
** The speech-plus-gimmick format is retained in their TV series ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit''; Teller does speak occasionally, but he's usually facing away from the camera or has something in front of him. (One memorable example has Penn standing alone on the set, referencing the kiddy rhyme "Liar, liar, pants on fire"; Teller runs by in the background with his own pants actually on fire, screaming in ostensible terror.)
** They used his voice when he appeared in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Just long enough to proclaim, "I'm not the first Teller!"
** The wood chipper example illustrates that Teller's silent act is a subversion of the typical magician's trope of stating the obvious throughout one's act: "I'm putting these needles on a thread, and I'm going to swallow them now..." Earlier in his career, it also made his act heckle-resistant, which was important when he was performing alone at frat parties. He later teamed up with Penn, who could simply shout over any crowd noise, but stayed silent so that they could maintain the integrity of their separate acts.
** In his book ''God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales'', Penn mentions that people at their shows do hear Teller occasionally say a few things. Then they will go back to their families and friends and tell them that Teller ''never'' speaks. It's part of the show, kinda like how people don't actually want to see the magic of a trick undone.
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[[folder:Fan-Fiction]]
* Chirp of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/6848/Silent-Knight Silent Knight]]. Thus far, WordOfGod says his primary purpose it to serve as "a large, human chibi."

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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Chirp of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction [[http://www.''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/6848/Silent-Knight Silent Knight]].Knight]]''. Thus far, WordOfGod says his primary purpose it to serve as "a large, human chibi."



* Webcomic/KillLaKillAU was this mostly off and on (i.e, characters would be ''seen'' speaking but there was no speech bubbles) and, in earlier comics, in terms of characters, it was mostly Ryuuko that didn't talk, being two and lacking the ability to speak fluently (when she did speak, it was baby talk), while Mako, in most of her appearances, never usually has any lines, however, she does speak in the fanfics and the videos.

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* Webcomic/KillLaKillAU ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU'' was this mostly off and on (i.e, characters would be ''seen'' speaking but there was no speech bubbles) and, in earlier comics, in terms of characters, it was mostly Ryuuko that didn't talk, being two and lacking the ability to speak fluently (when she did speak, it was baby talk), while Mako, in most of her appearances, never usually has any lines, however, she does speak in the fanfics and the videos.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' although she was plenty talkative as a child, Ellie is never heard speaking once as an adult in the montage ([[NoDialogueEpisode though neither is anyone else]]).



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', aside from Vinyl Scratch, who has always been silent and may be TheSpeechless, the human counterparts of Derpy, Scootaloo, Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon, Mr. Cake, and Photo Finish have no dialogue. In [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks the sequel]], although Photo Finish and [[SuddenlyVoiced even Octavia]] speak, Lyra Heartstrings, Sweetie Drops/Bon-Bon, and Sweetie Belle remain silent, although SB's voice actress is listed in the credits.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', aside from Vinyl Scratch, who has always been silent and may be TheSpeechless, the human counterparts of Derpy, Scootaloo, Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon, Mr. Cake, and Photo Finish have no dialogue. In [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks the sequel]], although Photo Finish and [[SuddenlyVoiced even Octavia]] speak, Lyra Heartstrings, Sweetie Drops/Bon-Bon, and Sweetie Belle remain silent, although SB's voice actress is listed in the credits. Lyra and Bon-Bon gets speaking roles in ''Friendship Games'' and its prequel shorts, and Derpy get a line in ''Legend of Everfree''.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Faeries 1999}}'' one of the titular faeries never speaks.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Faeries 1999}}'' ''WesternAnimation/Faeries1999'' one of the titular faeries never speaks.



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* AmazingGraceAndChuck: Chuck becomes this as a way to escalate his anti-nuclear protest during the film's third act. Then the other kids in his class join in, then it spreads among children across the globe and people start ''freaking out''
* The Winter Soldier has less than ten lines in [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier his own movie]], most of them only a few words long, and only one--and in Russian--before [[spoiler:he's revealed to be Bucky Barnes]]. While it fits the characterization equally well, it's a change from how he's portrayed in the original comics, most likely [[spoiler:to prevent ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger First Avenger]]'' viewers from recognizing Creator/SebastianStan's voice]].

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* AmazingGraceAndChuck: ''Film/AmazingGraceAndChuck'': Chuck becomes this as a way to escalate his anti-nuclear protest during the film's third act. Then the other kids in his class join in, then it spreads among children across the globe and people start ''freaking out''
* The Winter Soldier has less than ten lines in [[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier his own movie]], most of them only a few words long, and only one--and one -- and in Russian--before Russian -- before [[spoiler:he's revealed to be Bucky Barnes]]. While it fits the characterization equally well, it's a change from how he's portrayed in the original comics, most likely [[spoiler:to prevent ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger First Avenger]]'' viewers from recognizing Creator/SebastianStan's voice]].



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--> Abbess: "Yes, that's better for all of us. You've been complaining all the time."

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--> Abbess: "Yes, -->'''Abbess:''' Yes, that's better for all of us. You've been complaining all the time."



* In ''TheBookOfTheDunCow'', Ebenezer Rat never speaks, and is the only animal character who doesn't. It is implied that his stealthy, criminal nature contributes to this.

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* In ''TheBookOfTheDunCow'', ''Literature/TheBookOfTheDunCow'', Ebenezer Rat never speaks, and is the only animal character who doesn't. It is implied that his stealthy, criminal nature contributes to this.



* In ''[[Literature/HomecomingWalsh Homecoming (Walsh)]] by [[Creator/AnneBWalsh Anne B. Walsh]] Mazor are perfectly capable of vocal speech, but consider it incredibly crass and barbaric. They prefer to communicate with sign language.

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* In ''[[Literature/HomecomingWalsh Homecoming (Walsh)]] by [[Creator/AnneBWalsh Anne B. Walsh]] Creator/AnneBWalsh Mazor are perfectly capable of vocal speech, but consider it incredibly crass and barbaric. They prefer to communicate with sign language.



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[[folder:Meta]]
* Tropers/TrollPost

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[[folder:Music]]
* Tropers/TrollPostAvant-garde composer Music/JohnCage famously wrote a piece entitled ''4'33'', scored for any configuration of musicians, who become The Voiceless at least for the duration of the piece. The performers are required to sit for [[RunningTimeInTheTitle four minutes and thirty-three seconds]] without playing their instruments— the idea being that SilenceIsGolden. Cage himself was known to perform the piece at the piano by closing the lid on the piano keys when it began, watching a stopwatch, then opening the piano back up at the conclusion.
* Meg White of The White Stripes was this, initially.
* Mana from Malice Mizer and more recently Moi Dix Mois does this on purpose. During televised interviews he does not speak or emote, keeping a perfectly deadpan expression and opting to whisper his answers into a bandmate's ear so that they can answer for him, although he has been known to use mime and yes/no cards. According to him, this is because his music is his voice. So far he has kept it going for about 15 years with only two mistakes, not counting the time he sung through a distorter at a Malice Mizer live performance.
* Guitarist Music/{{Buckethead}} is well known for never talking in public or in front of cameras (with very few exceptions). Usually one of his friends and/or colleagues will talk for him the few times he's accepted an interview. Understandable, considering part of his stage persona is to be silent and awkward around people.
* Music/TheResidents, a long-running avante-garde rock band/art collective have vocal components to their songs, but otherwise hide their identities, wear masks in all public appearances and never speak. They are managed by the Cryptic Corporation, who give interviews on their behalf and strenuously deny being members themselves.



[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** Vamprah never says a word in any of his appearances (misplaced word bubbles in the comics notwithstanding). According to WordOfGod, he even remained silent while getting electrocuted to dust with the rest of his team.
** All the [[AnIcePerson Ko-Matoran]] in the online games, their dialogue consisting of the page quote. They speak just fine in other media, though, with the exception of Kopeke who rarely talks anywhere.
* Teller, of Creator/PennAndTeller, is known for never speaking in their various shows and specials. Teller created this gimmick after realizing that people pay closer attention if he kept silent while performing at parties.
** He sometimes speaks on camera for television series on magic, though he kept his [[TheFaceless his face completely obscured]]. He also talks openly off camera, such as while meeting fans after live performances, and in non-performance contexts such as radio interviews, lectures, and panel discussions like at The Amazing Meeting.
** An exception is at the end of ''Film/PennAndTellerGetKilled''.
** A notable exception to this can be found in the Egypt episode of ''Penn & Teller's Magic And Mystery Tour''. Teller speaks quite frequently there, on camera and in full view.
** On his radio show, Penn Jillette revealed that Teller talks during every live show at least once, but it has to be a gimmick. Examples include arguing with Penn off-mic, speaking as an animatronic dummy of himself, or narrating his magic act aloud while an industrial wood chipper is drowning him out.
** The speech-plus-gimmick format is retained in their TV series ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit''; Teller does speak occasionally, but he's usually facing away from the camera or has something in front of him. (One memorable example has Penn standing alone on the set, referencing the kiddy rhyme "Liar, liar, pants on fire"; Teller runs by in the background with his own pants actually on fire, screaming in ostensible terror.)
** They used his voice when he appeared in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Just long enough to proclaim, "I'm not the first Teller!"
** The wood chipper example illustrates that Teller's silent act is a subversion of the typical magician's trope of stating the obvious throughout one's act: "I'm putting these needles on a thread, and I'm going to swallow them now..." Earlier in his career, it also made his act heckle-resistant, which was important when he was performing alone at frat parties. He later teamed up with Penn, who could simply shout over any crowd noise, but stayed silent so that they could maintain the integrity of their separate acts.
** In his book ''God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales'', Penn mentions that people at their shows do hear Teller occasionally say a few things. Then they will go back to their families and friends and tell them that Teller ''never'' speaks. It's part of the show, kinda like how people don't actually want to see the magic of a trick undone.

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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** Vamprah never says a word in any of his appearances (misplaced word bubbles
[[Wrestling/DeanMalenko "The Shooter" Dean Malenko]] in the comics notwithstanding). According original Wrestling/{{ECW}} NEVER spoke, usually having a mouthpiece (Jason, Wrestling/ShaneDouglas). At times this was played up in promos, such as when Douglas noted that Malenko was very happy after winning a title, and for his victory speech... he said nothing (even as Douglas held the microphone to WordOfGod, he his mouth). This made it an even remained bigger event after Dean's and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero's last match in ECW when he asked for the mike and gave a farewell speech.
* Wrestling/{{Kane}} was this trope for a while after debuting at ''Bad Blood'' in 1997. He helped to cement his role as a
silent while getting electrocuted badass monster. Over the years, he slowly found himself capable of speaking more and more usually during face runs in order to dust humanize him which eventually culminated years later when he unmasked. First, he started talking with a voice box when he challenged Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin to a First Blood match in 1998. Later, he revealed he could make noise when he let out an animalistic yell over a downed ally. Then, finally, they had Kane speak on his own - and, yes, his words were "suck it."
** Wrestling/{{TNA}} later repeated
the rest of his team.
** All the [[AnIcePerson Ko-Matoran]] in the online games, their dialogue consisting
basic SuddenlyVoiced gimmick with Abyss.
* Countless "evil foreigners", mostly
of the page quote. They speak just fine in other media, though, with Samoan or jungle variety ([[WildSamoan Wild Samoans]], Wrestling/{{Kamala}}, Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher, et al). Save for the exception occasional primal moaning.
** Wrestling/VladimirKozlov passed through a fascinating progression
of Kopeke who rarely talks anywhere.
* Teller, of Creator/PennAndTeller, is known for
this. He started out never speaking in their various shows at all (which was also emphasized by his ring entrance, which featured no music or sound). Eventually he got a musical theme and specials. Teller created this gimmick after realizing began speaking, but he could only say things in Russian with the occasional English phrase. Now he speaks in English (with a Russian accent) exclusively, but still doesn't talk all that much.
* Hornswoggle, the mischievous leprechaun, has been around since 2006 and has only spoken a handful of times since then. The first time was in 2007, when he expressed his fear of the Little Boogeyman by saying (among other things), [[HypocriticalHumor "Little
people pay closer attention if are scary!"]] Subsequent appearances primarily showed him being unable to talk unless he kept silent tentatively mimicked the words of others, such as when Wrestling/{{Christian}} got him to shout, "MOOSE!" at Vickie Guerrero.
** Except now he's able to talk, thanks to a wish from Santa (yes, really).
* Wrestling/SinCara, a high-flying masked WWE wrestler, hasn't spoken a word[[note]]though a rival wrestler who briefly replaced him (and now wrestles as "Wrestling/{{Hunico}}") did speak
while performing assuming the identity[[/note]], opting instead to gesture at parties.
** He sometimes speaks on camera for television series on magic, though he kept
his [[TheFaceless his face opponents, and dazzling the fans with an impressive aerial arsenal.
** Subverted now that Sin Cara can talk Spanish with Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr translating. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgFn0xlUDcY&feature=plcp]]
* According to Jim Smallman of Wrestling/{{Progress Wrestling}}, co-owner Jon Briley is this, backed up by him being always seen but almost
completely obscured]]. not heard at shows. He also talks openly off camera, such as while meeting fans after live performances, is very talkative on Twitter and in non-performance contexts such as radio interviews, lectures, and panel discussions like at The Amazing Meeting.
** An exception is at the end of ''Film/PennAndTellerGetKilled''.
** A notable exception to this can be found in the Egypt episode of ''Penn & Teller's Magic And Mystery Tour''. Teller speaks quite frequently there, on camera and in full view.
** On his radio show, Penn Jillette revealed that Teller talks during every live show at least once, but it has to be a gimmick. Examples include arguing with Penn off-mic, speaking as an animatronic dummy of himself, or narrating his magic act aloud while an industrial wood chipper is drowning him out.
** The speech-plus-gimmick format is retained in their TV series ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit''; Teller does speak occasionally, but he's usually facing away from the camera or has something in front of him. (One memorable example has Penn standing alone on the set, referencing the kiddy rhyme "Liar, liar, pants on fire"; Teller runs by in the background with his own pants actually on fire, screaming in ostensible terror.)
** They used his voice when he appeared in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Just long enough to proclaim, "I'm not the first Teller!"
** The wood chipper example illustrates that Teller's silent act is a subversion of the typical magician's trope of stating the obvious throughout one's act: "I'm putting these needles on a thread, and I'm going to swallow them now..." Earlier in his career, it also made his act heckle-resistant, which was important when he was performing alone at frat parties. He later teamed up with Penn, who could simply shout over any crowd noise, but stayed silent so that they could maintain the integrity of their separate acts.
** In his book ''God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales'', Penn mentions that people at their shows do hear Teller occasionally say a few things. Then they will go back to their families and friends and tell them that Teller ''never'' speaks. It's part of the show, kinda like how people don't actually want to see the magic of a trick undone.
Facebook though.



[[folder:Music]]
* Avant-garde composer Music/JohnCage famously wrote a piece entitled ''4'33'', scored for any configuration of musicians, who become The Voiceless at least for the duration of the piece. The performers are required to sit for [[RunningTimeInTheTitle four minutes and thirty-three seconds]] without playing their instruments— the idea being that SilenceIsGolden. Cage himself was known to perform the piece at the piano by closing the lid on the piano keys when it began, watching a stopwatch, then opening the piano back up at the conclusion.
* Meg White of The White Stripes was this, initially.
* Mana from Malice Mizer and more recently Moi Dix Mois does this on purpose. During televised interviews he does not speak or emote, keeping a perfectly deadpan expression and opting to whisper his answers into a bandmate's ear so that they can answer for him, although he has been known to use mime and yes/no cards. According to him, this is because his music is his voice. So far he has kept it going for about 15 years with only two mistakes, not counting the time he sung through a distorter at a Malice Mizer live performance.
* Guitarist Music/{{Buckethead}} is well known for never talking in public or in front of cameras (with very few exceptions). Usually one of his friends and/or colleagues will talk for him the few times he's accepted an interview. Understandable, considering part of his stage persona is to be silent and awkward around people.
* Music/TheResidents, a long-running avante-garde rock band/art collective have vocal components to their songs, but otherwise hide their identities, wear masks in all public appearances and never speak. They are managed by the Cryptic Corporation, who give interviews on their behalf and strenuously deny being members themselves.

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[[folder:Music]]
[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Avant-garde composer Music/JohnCage famously wrote a piece entitled ''4'33'', scored for any configuration of musicians, who become The Voiceless at least for the duration of the piece. The performers are required to sit for [[RunningTimeInTheTitle four minutes and thirty-three seconds]] without playing their instruments— the idea being that SilenceIsGolden. Cage himself was known to perform the piece at the piano by closing the lid on the piano keys when it began, watching a stopwatch, then opening the piano back up at the conclusion.
* Meg White of The White Stripes was this, initially.
* Mana
Slann Mage-Priests from Malice Mizer ''WarhammerFantasy'' qualify. Usually, they're too busy contemplating to speak, and more recently Moi Dix Mois does this on purpose. During televised interviews he does not speak or emote, keeping a perfectly deadpan expression and opting only one has ever said anything: "Attend to whisper his answers into a bandmate's ear so the gates!"
** WordOfGod is
that they can answer do talk on occasion, but it's always in short blurbs. Then the Skink Priests take forever to figure out what they meant. (They've fought the High Elves for him, although centuries because when a Slann first met some, he said, "They should not be here", and the Lizardmen took it as a genocide order... while he could have just as easily meant "Send them back to Ulthuan".)
** The [[PraetorianGuard Phoenix Guard]] of the High Elves take a binding vow of silence. However, the Captain will speak once, calling the Elven god's wrath upon whoever kills him.
* [[SeriesMascot The Lady of Pain]] in the ''{{Planescape}}'' setting. There is only one confirmed case in Sigil's history where she
has been known to use mime utter a sound, and yes/no cards. According to him, this is because his music is his voice. So far he has kept it going for about 15 years with only two mistakes, not counting that was at the time he sung through a distorter at a Malice Mizer live performance.
* Guitarist Music/{{Buckethead}} is well known for never talking in public or in front
end of cameras (with very few exceptions). Usually one of his friends and/or colleagues will talk for him the few module Die, Vecna, Die!. (Factol Nilesia once made a claim that the Lady spoke to her in a dream, but Nilesia's sanity was questionable at best.) In the rare times he's accepted an interview. Understandable, considering part of his stage persona is to be silent and awkward around people.
* Music/TheResidents, a long-running avante-garde rock band/art collective have vocal components to their songs, but otherwise hide their identities, wear masks in all public appearances and never speak. They are managed by
that the Cryptic Corporation, who give interviews on their behalf and strenuously deny being members themselves.Lady needed to communicate with someone, her entourage of dabus translate for her.



[[folder:Podcast]]
* ''Podcast/TheMonsterHunters'' has four main characters, one of whom is a talented young SassySecretary named Suki. Impressively for an audio medium, she pulls this off without ever speaking a word.

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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''Podcast/TheMonsterHunters'' Paris in ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'' somehow manages to be a successful TravelingSalesman despite never saying a word.
* Figaro in Music/PDQBach's ''The Abduction of Figaro''
has four main characters, only one line ("CUBA?!"). Schlepporello is supposed to be another example, but his actor [[HostileShowTakeover has other ideas...]]
* Dracula himself in ''Theatre/DraculaALoveStrongerThanDeath''. Mina is functionally voiceless too--she has a few spoken lines, but she doesn't sing in any of the songs, making her totally absent from the soundtrack album.
* Pylades in ''Theatre/TheLibationBearers'' is silent throughout the play except for one line toward the end, urging his friend Orestes [[spoiler: to kill Clytemnestra and Aegisthus.]] Particularly important because there were only three actors in Greek tragedies at the time; "using up"
one of whom is a talented young SassySecretary named Suki. Impressively them in many scenes for the silent Pylades is an audio medium, she pulls this off without ever speaking a word.interesting artistic decision.
* In Larry Gelbart's ''Mastergate: A Play on Words'', we have TNN field reporter Clay Fielder, who never gets to speak. Anchorman Chip Chatworth never stops with his long-winded introductions and questions, and by the time it's Clay's turn, TNN inevitably has to cut back to the hearing room. He's also interrupted by transmission problems, and even an ''earthquake'' at one point.



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* [[Wrestling/DeanMalenko "The Shooter" Dean Malenko]] in the original Wrestling/{{ECW}} NEVER spoke, usually having a mouthpiece (Jason, Wrestling/ShaneDouglas). At times this was played up in promos, such as when Douglas noted that Malenko was very happy after winning a title, and for his victory speech... he said nothing (even as Douglas held the microphone to his mouth). This made it an even bigger event after Dean's and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero's last match in ECW when he asked for the mike and gave a farewell speech.
* Wrestling/{{Kane}} was this trope for a while after debuting at ''Bad Blood'' in 1997. He helped to cement his role as a silent badass monster. Over the years, he slowly found himself capable of speaking more and more usually during face runs in order to humanize him which eventually culminated years later when he unmasked. First, he started talking with a voice box when he challenged Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin to a First Blood match in 1998. Later, he revealed he could make noise when he let out an animalistic yell over a downed ally. Then, finally, they had Kane speak on his own - and, yes, his words were "suck it."
** Wrestling/{{TNA}} later repeated the basic SuddenlyVoiced gimmick with Abyss.
* Countless "evil foreigners", mostly of the Samoan or jungle variety ([[WildSamoan Wild Samoans]], Wrestling/{{Kamala}}, Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher, et al). Save for the occasional primal moaning.
** Wrestling/VladimirKozlov passed through a fascinating progression of this. He started out never speaking at all (which was also emphasized by his ring entrance, which featured no music or sound). Eventually he got a musical theme and began speaking, but he could only say things in Russian with the occasional English phrase. Now he speaks in English (with a Russian accent) exclusively, but still doesn't talk all that much.
* Hornswoggle, the mischievous leprechaun, has been around since 2006 and has only spoken a handful of times since then. The first time was in 2007, when he expressed his fear of the Little Boogeyman by saying (among other things), [[HypocriticalHumor "Little people are scary!"]] Subsequent appearances primarily showed him being unable to talk unless he tentatively mimicked the words of others, such as when Wrestling/{{Christian}} got him to shout, "MOOSE!" at Vickie Guerrero.
** Except now he's able to talk, thanks to a wish from Santa (yes, really).
* Wrestling/SinCara, a high-flying masked WWE wrestler, hasn't spoken a word[[note]]though a rival wrestler who briefly replaced him (and now wrestles as "Wrestling/{{Hunico}}") did speak while assuming the identity[[/note]], opting instead to gesture at his opponents, and dazzling the fans with an impressive aerial arsenal.
** Subverted now that Sin Cara can talk Spanish with Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr translating. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgFn0xlUDcY&feature=plcp]]
* According to Jim Smallman of Wrestling/{{Progress Wrestling}}, co-owner Jon Briley is this, backed up by him being always seen but almost completely not heard at shows. He is very talkative on Twitter and Facebook though.

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* [[Wrestling/DeanMalenko "The Shooter" Dean Malenko]] in the original Wrestling/{{ECW}} NEVER spoke, usually having a mouthpiece (Jason, Wrestling/ShaneDouglas). At times this was played up in promos, such as when Douglas noted that Malenko was very happy after winning a title, and for his victory speech... he said nothing (even as Douglas held the microphone to his mouth). This made it an even bigger event after Dean's and Wrestling/EddieGuerrero's last match in ECW when he asked for the mike and gave a farewell speech.
* Wrestling/{{Kane}} was this trope for a while after debuting at ''Bad Blood'' in 1997. He helped to cement his role as a silent badass monster. Over the years, he slowly found himself capable of speaking more and more usually during face runs in order to humanize him which eventually culminated years later when he unmasked. First, he started talking with a voice box when he challenged Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin to a First Blood match in 1998. Later, he revealed he could make noise when he let out an animalistic yell over a downed ally. Then, finally, they had Kane speak on his own - and, yes, his words were "suck it."
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** Wrestling/{{TNA}} later repeated the basic SuddenlyVoiced gimmick with Abyss.
* Countless "evil foreigners", mostly of the Samoan or jungle variety ([[WildSamoan Wild Samoans]], Wrestling/{{Kamala}}, Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher, et al). Save for the occasional primal moaning.
** Wrestling/VladimirKozlov passed through a fascinating progression of this. He started out
Vamprah never speaking at all (which was also emphasized by says a word in any of his ring entrance, which featured no music or sound). Eventually he got a musical theme and began speaking, but he could only say things in Russian with the occasional English phrase. Now he speaks in English (with a Russian accent) exclusively, but still doesn't talk all that much.
* Hornswoggle, the mischievous leprechaun, has been around since 2006 and has only spoken a handful of times since then. The first time was in 2007, when he expressed his fear of the Little Boogeyman by saying (among other things), [[HypocriticalHumor "Little people are scary!"]] Subsequent
appearances primarily showed him being unable to talk unless he tentatively mimicked (misplaced word bubbles in the words of others, such as when Wrestling/{{Christian}} got him to shout, "MOOSE!" at Vickie Guerrero.
** Except now he's able to talk, thanks to a wish from Santa (yes, really).
* Wrestling/SinCara, a high-flying masked WWE wrestler, hasn't spoken a word[[note]]though a rival wrestler who briefly replaced him (and now wrestles as "Wrestling/{{Hunico}}") did speak while assuming the identity[[/note]], opting instead to gesture at his opponents, and dazzling the fans with an impressive aerial arsenal.
** Subverted now that Sin Cara can talk Spanish with Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr translating. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgFn0xlUDcY&feature=plcp]]
*
comics notwithstanding). According to Jim Smallman WordOfGod, he even remained silent while getting electrocuted to dust with the rest of Wrestling/{{Progress Wrestling}}, co-owner Jon Briley is this, backed up by him being always seen but almost completely not heard at shows. He is very talkative on Twitter and Facebook though.his team.
** All the [[AnIcePerson Ko-Matoran]] in the online games, their dialogue consisting of the page quote. They speak just fine in other media, though, with the exception of Kopeke who rarely talks anywhere.



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* Slann Mage-Priests from ''WarhammerFantasy'' qualify. Usually, they're too busy contemplating to speak, and only one has ever said anything: "Attend to the gates!"
** WordOfGod is that they do talk on occasion, but it's always in short blurbs. Then the Skink Priests take forever to figure out what they meant. (They've fought the High Elves for centuries because when a Slann first met some, he said, "They should not be here", and the Lizardmen took it as a genocide order... while he could have just as easily meant "Send them back to Ulthuan".)
** The [[PraetorianGuard Phoenix Guard]] of the High Elves take a binding vow of silence. However, the Captain will speak once, calling the Elven god's wrath upon whoever kills him.
* [[SeriesMascot The Lady of Pain]] in the ''{{Planescape}}'' setting. There is only one confirmed case in Sigil's history where she has been known to utter a sound, and that was at the end of the module Die, Vecna, Die!. (Factol Nilesia once made a claim that the Lady spoke to her in a dream, but Nilesia's sanity was questionable at best.) In the rare times that the Lady needed to communicate with someone, her entourage of dabus translate for her.
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* Paris in ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'' somehow manages to be a successful TravelingSalesman despite never saying a word.
* Figaro in Music/PDQBach's ''The Abduction of Figaro'' has only one line ("CUBA?!"). Schlepporello is supposed to be another example, but his actor [[HostileShowTakeover has other ideas...]]
* Dracula himself in ''Theatre/DraculaALoveStrongerThanDeath''. Mina is functionally voiceless too--she has a few spoken lines, but she doesn't sing in any of the songs, making her totally absent from the soundtrack album.
* Pylades in ''Theatre/TheLibationBearers'' is silent throughout the play except for one line toward the end, urging his friend Orestes [[spoiler: to kill Clytemnestra and Aegisthus.]] Particularly important because there were only three actors in Greek tragedies at the time; "using up" one of them in many scenes for the silent Pylades is an interesting artistic decision.
* In Larry Gelbart's ''Mastergate: A Play on Words'', we have TNN field reporter Clay Fielder, who never gets to speak. Anchorman Chip Chatworth never stops with his long-winded introductions and questions, and by the time it's Clay's turn, TNN inevitably has to cut back to the hearing room. He's also interrupted by transmission problems, and even an ''earthquake'' at one point.
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* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'''s resident PintSizedPowerhouse Neo doesn't make a sound, not even when [[CurbStompBattle curbstomping]] resident BoisterousBruiser Yang. In Volume 3, [[TheQuietOne the only sound she has made was faint laughter]]. Some fans think it's possible she is actually TheSpeechless, and the {{Fanon}} think that she is a CuteMute and apparently the writers are debating on whether to [[AscendedFanon canonize the concept]], even though the creators also said that were thinking about whether or not they will give her a voice actress or not.

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* ''{{WebAnimation/RWBY}}'''s ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'''s resident PintSizedPowerhouse Neo doesn't make a sound, not even when [[CurbStompBattle curbstomping]] resident BoisterousBruiser Yang. In Volume 3, [[TheQuietOne the only sound she has made was faint laughter]]. Some fans think it's possible she is actually TheSpeechless, and the {{Fanon}} think that she is a CuteMute and apparently the writers are debating on whether to [[AscendedFanon canonize the concept]], even though the creators also said that were thinking about whether or not they will give her a voice actress or not.



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* ''Podcast/TheMonsterHunters'' has four main characters, one of whom is a talented young SassySecretary named Suki. Impressively for an audio medium, she pulls this off without ever speaking a word.



17th Feb '17 10:30:24 AM rva98014
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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', Mr. Otterton is never shown speaking despite being an important plot point for much of the movie.

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* In ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' features several characters that appear prominently in the foreground but never speak. Despite being a major plot point, Mr. Otterton is never shown speaking despite being an important plot point for much speaking; Kevin and Raymond who capture Nick and Judy and bring them to Mr. Big only have a few angry growls and a deep-voiced chuckle; most of the movie.ZPD officers in the bullpen do not speak; and Gazelle's tiger dancers are [[{{Fanservice}} silent eye candy]].
13th Feb '17 7:16:26 AM Larkmarn
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* The title characters of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' rarely speak beyond screams and yelps of pain. In some shorts Tom has at least one line of dialogue, and Jerry spoke in "Puss Gets The Boot" and "Love Me, Love My Mouse". Strangely enough, when the two hear each other talk in ''Tom and Jerry The Movie'', they act very surprised despite having heard each other talk in past cartoons.

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* The title characters of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' rarely speak beyond screams and yelps of pain. In some shorts Tom has they have at least one line of dialogue, and Jerry the only short in which both of them spoke in "Puss Gets The Boot" and "Love Me, Love My Mouse".throughout the picture was ''The Lonesome Mouse''. Strangely enough, when the two hear each other talk in ''Tom and Jerry The Movie'', they act very surprised despite having heard each other talk in past cartoons.
8th Feb '17 5:25:53 PM kazokuhouou
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* Shapey and Block in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' both come pretty close to this trope: what little communication they do is unintelligible screeching and the occasional screeched word. Keep in mind we know Shapey is ''seven'', and Block is implied to be the same age, for all they [[OlderThanTheyLook act like three year olds]]. [[spoiler: Shapey finally says a complete sentence in the episode "Sacrifice".]]
-->[[spoiler: "When I'm thirsty, it feels like I feel when I'm alone.]]

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* Shapey and Block in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' both come pretty close to this trope: what little communication they do is unintelligible screeching and the occasional screeched word. Keep in mind we know Shapey is ''seven'', and Block is implied to be the same age, for all they [[OlderThanTheyLook act like three year olds]]. [[spoiler: Shapey finally says a complete sentence in a normal tone of voice in the episode "Sacrifice".]]
-->[[spoiler: "When I'm thirsty, it feels like I feel when I'm alone.]]"]]
8th Feb '17 10:46:12 AM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* Archer from ''Literature/TheReader2016'' is unable to speak for most of the book, a combination of physical and mental trauma. [[spoiler: He's able to talk again near the end]].
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http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.TheVoiceless