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Pictorial Speech Bubble
A speech bubble with a picture in it instead of words.
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(permanent link) added: 2013-01-07 14:25:41 sponsor: Korodzik (last reply: 2013-01-12 11:57:03)

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A picture is worth a thousand words, and some Speech Bubbles do, in fact, contain just this: a picture.

Pictorial Speech Bubbles are generally used in two ways. First, to show the general gist of what the character is saying, without the need to focus on what their exact words are. Second, to represent the character's general mood, attitude or thoughts, even when they aren't specifically saying anything. It's not always easy to tell the two variations apart.

Rebus Bubble is a subtrope. Compare also Speaking in Panels.


Video Games
  • In Theme Park, kids have this kind of bubbles hovering over their heads to show how they feel about your park or what is bothering them.
  • The Sims talk in these.


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