Characters in some works, particularly anime, tend to stutter whenever even slightly surprised.

(Alice, Bob's wife, returns home early, without going shopping)
Bob: A... Alice! You're early!

Can also be written as "A-Alice! You're early."

Probably happens due to RuleOfPerception applied to surprise. DeterioratesIntoGibberish can also come into play to demonstrate cases of extreme nervousness.


[[folder: Anime ]]

%%* Happens a ''lot'' in ''Franchise/CodeGeass''.

[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Creator/SpikeLee'''s ''Film/DoTheRightThing'' has one character that stutters a lot.

[[folder: Literature ]]

* Lauchlan of Literature/MixBeerWithLiquorAndYouWillGetSicker commonly speaks with a stutter. However, this is justified as he's characterized as an extremely anxious and neurotic character. When he's angry or attempting to be serious he can usually repress it, but it takes some concentration.
* In Creator/IsaacAsimov's [[Literature.TheCavesOfSteel robot novels]], Elijah Baley dramatically stutters Daneel's name in the first and second books. In ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'', the stutter stems from Baley's initial discomfort in talking to a humanoid robot and calling it by the familiar name; but in ''The Naked Sun'' his "D-daneel" is pure surprise and pleasure at seeing Daneel again.

[[folder: Live-Action Television ]]

* The girl who played Miranda on ''Series/LizzieMcGuire'' did this in what seemed like every other line.
* Gaius Baltar does this constantly on ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. Unusual in that he's the only character who does so.

[[folder: Video Games ]]

* SHODAN from ''VideoGame/SystemShock'', resembling a sound card malfunction. It probably ''is'' a sound card malfunction.
** As shown in the second game [[spoiler:she's quite capable of ''not'' stuttering when pretending to be a human scientist. It's likely she just likes the effect, especially given how [[HellIsThatNoise intimidating]] it is.]]
* Almost everyone in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series does this at one point or another.
* Happens to most of the characters in {{Franchise/Danganronpa}} at least once.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'':
---> '''Rachel''': Wa-Wait a minute! *CRASH* Co-come in, Koon.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': [[spoiler:Castle Heterodyne personality]] in a mechanical humanoid body after "Unstoppable Higgs" [[AreTheseWiresImportant kicked it a few times]].
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' uses this. In a flashback, the main protagonist's now-deceased mother implies she has fallen in love with quick-witted fox Renard, resulting in his use of this trope before she leaves him hanging with a mischievous smile. Happens again years later when, after returning to the Court, Surma's daughter Antimony says she'd let Renard return to the forest if he wanted (him not being able to escape so long as she didn't allow it, being the only reason he's not trapped in a large cell being tortured) and he repeats this action while telling her not to ask that of him, going on to say that the love he had for Surma, while not what he had once believed it to be, hadn't gone away and muses that someone has to be around to protect Antimony.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tony [[ stutters his name]] when confronted with Grace in Tedd's form without Tedd's glasses to hide Tedd's feminine eyes.
* Celina's imp in ''Webcomic/{{Imp}}'' lapses into this when he's nervous, but other characters stammer on occasion.

[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Done UpToEleven in [[RuleOfThree three]] [[WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan SML Movies]]. And I mean [[RuleOfThree three times]].
** In "Bowser's Video Game", Bowser tells Chef [=PeePee=] about the new ''Charleyyy and Friends: the Video Game'' by starting his quote with this:
** He does it again in "Mother's Day" upon hearing the new ''Charleyyy and Friends'' DVD box set being released.
** Bowser Junior in "Bowser Junior Goes To Disney World! Part 1".
-->'''Bowser Jr.:''' D-D-D-D-D! D-D-D-D-D! D-DOOFY THE DRAGON CEREAL!!!

[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Admit it, [[TruthInTelevision you've done this once or twice when surprised.]]