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->'''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}:''' I'm the best there is at what I do, including inner monologues.\\
'''[[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Rorschach]]:''' Challenge accepted. Rorschach's journal, March 6, 1985. Found myself in room with cheap white background, a clean white mask for the greed of [[Creator/DCComics two giant]] [[Creator/MarvelComics corporations.]]\\
'''Wolverine:''' This is what I'm up against? A reject from "I Love The Eighties"?
-->-- ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n3VSw1XBOo "Wolverine and Watchmen"]]

The character's thoughts are dubbed into the soundtrack, often with a slight reverb.

One frequently used subversion is when other characters hear what is said and [[InnerMonologueConversation reacts to it or refers to it in their own thoughts]], even though they shouldn't be able to. It's mostly used when two characters use this device in the same scene. This can be milked for comedy if the character [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud switches from inner to outer monologue accidentally]].

If the character intentionally says this "out loud" to an empty room (the audience), then it is a simple {{Soliloquy}}.

Compare with {{Narrator}}, CaptainsLog, and SoundingItOut. A specific example is the PrivateEyeMonologue. Contrast SurrogateSoliloquy, when the thoughts are forced out at an inanimate or nonsentient target to avoid voiceover. A closely related VideoGame trope is InformingTheFourthWall.


[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Just about everyone gets a few in ''Manga/DeathNote'', though Light and L come out on top by a substantial margin.
* Kyon of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', is this trope in human form. He acts as the narrator, has moments of DidIJustSayThatOutLoud and comments on everything with a mix of UnreliableNarrator and LemonyNarrator. The problem is that the main character, Haruhi, is extremely GenreSavvy, and a God, according to some of Itsuki's superiors. The others just see her as a ridiculously powerful RealityWarper. In the novels, Kyon's dialogue is often not put in quotation marks, which means it can be very difficult to determine whether he is narrating or talking aloud until someone responds to him. The anime will often not show Kyon's mouth during these scenes, leaving the ambiguity intact.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': [[TheChessmaster Lel]][[MagnificentBastard ouch]] in particular does this. It comes back to bite him in Episodes 14-16 of the first season.
* Yuuichi of ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', who, like Kyon, was the narrator of his respective work (putting aside Creator/KyoAni's adaption which lead to the characters' similar appearance and same voice actor).
* Sora, the protagonist from ''Manga/{{Sketchbook}}'', is extremely shy and doesn't say much, but the viewer gets deep insights into her mind through her extensive inner monologues. And what a special and observant mind it is.
* In ''Manga/DNAngel'', Daisuke and Dark sometimes have conversations together through a dual inner monologue, since they share the same body. (Other times, however, it's implied that one doesn't know what the other is thinking, so they must have to actively want to do this for it to happen.)
* This is used often in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. Ahiru (which means "Duck", as she's called in the dub), the emotional lead character, has a tendency to cut off her inner monologues by shouting her next thought out loud, much to the confusion of those around her. It's also used for comedic effect in one scene, when she's having an inner monologue about how she's "only a duck" while her teacher is calling out her name. It ends up with her looking up and shouting at him "Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm a duck!" only to be berated by her teacher for her outburst.
* Kanako from ''Manga/MariaHolic'' has a very chatty Inner Monologue. Unusually, Mariya can enter into her monologues and correct her.
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' was 80% inner dialog, used not for exposition or analysis, but overwrought, confused, repetitive, self-absorbed internalizing. Every actual hazard to life hung, while designated heroes stood stock still in shock as one character hammered the obvious personal emotional crises, interspersed with other characters brief reflection on the danger they or another were in. Audience with the patience to sit through that would be rewarded with ''one onscreen action'' followed by another extended tour of everyone's sparse inner thoughts.
* Heavily used in ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestinyTheEdge'', as the manga series focuses heavily on the thoughts and intentions of the cast.
* ''Manga/{{Kanamemo}}'' has this with Kana, done OnceAnEpisode.
* Used humorously in ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Skypiea arc, Gedatsu often confuses his inner and outer monologues, often having to be reminded that he has to use his voice to be heard.
* ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'' has a lot of these.
* Comically played with in ''Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren'' where in some scenes the author makes the readers believe that Minamoto is having an internal monologue, and then suddenly he gets angry at the nearby standing Fujiko who, as we suddenly discover, was actually the one who voiced a ''fake'' Minamoto's internal monologue that she invented on spot.
* Hidenori in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' has extensive internal monologues in skits focusing him.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Judas is very prone to this, as a lot of what he is thinking about is treason.
* [[WholesomeCrossdresser Makoto]] in ''Manga/{{Nicoichi}}'' is extremely fond of inner monologues, which even manifests as an internal conversation (complete with occasional ''arguments'') between his male and female personae!
* Roger Smith of ''Anime/TheBigO'' is prone to occasional fits of introspection that more or less serve as narration and/or plot notes for the audience.
* Since Yuki of ''Manga/GourmetGirlGraffiti'' is [[ShrinkingViolet painfully shy]], a lot of the thoughts were presented this way.
* ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote'' is written in Aya's viewpoint, hence the anime adaptation has a lot of it, often in HexagonalSpeechBalloon.
* In ''Manga/{{Aruosumente}}'', many of Legna's lines of thought and conclusions are presented as inner monologues.
* We often get glimpses into the minds of the drivers in ''Manga/InitialD'' to show their reactions and intentions during a street race.
* Yu-Gi-Oh! has a lot of these.

[[folder:Audio Play]]
* Parodied by Creator/TheFiresignTheatre, in their sketch, "The Further Adventures of Nick Danger". Nick's internal monologue ends with: ''"How do I make my voice do this?"''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'':
** There was a very long inner dialogue between Cerebus and "[[WriterOnBoard Dave]]". Since this all takes place in Cerebus's head it looks like an Inner Monologue - there's nothing to indicate which thoughts are Cerebus's and which are Dave's except the context. Of course Cerebus is never sure if Dave is for real anyway.
** Cerebus also has regular inner monologues, getting more frequent as the series progresses - reflecting either Sim's storytelling getting more experimental, or Cerebus himself growing more introspective. Earlier, the Cockroach had a tendency to narrate his situation, either aloud or in his head.
* ''ComicBook/{{Concrete}}'': Any character is prone to this, but since most stories follow Concrete, he gets the most.
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}: Who can forget his yellow boxes? He loves his yellow boxes!
** Deadpool sometimes goes as far as to CONVERSE with his inner monologue as though it is another personality.
** Subverted at one point, where someone tells him he is actually talking out loud.
* Comics as a whole used thought balloons (compared with smoother speech bubbles) to show characters' thoughts. Their use has declined in the superhero genre in the last decade and a half, as characters narrating in coloured boxes has become more common (this sort of character narration has also almost entirely replaced the older convention of third-person narrative captions).
* Franchise/SpiderMan does this a lot, at least when he's not talking to himself.
* In UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}}, Franchise/{{Superman}} used a lot of thought bubbles, too. It gave him a rather introspective air. The ''real'' reason for this is the same reason Spider-Man uses them -- Superman had no regular partners to banter ExpoSpeak with. Now that Supes is married to ComicBook/LoisLAne, he can ExpoSpeak with ''her,'' and the thought bubbles are less necessary. Oddly, the title that has Supes do the most inner monologuing is one of the team-up books he shares with Batman -- because he and Bats are the narrators in the Creator/JephLoeb's arcs like ''[[WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies Public Enemies]]'' or ''ComicBook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' does this a lot. A lot. Often it's because she's trying to figure out her weird new homeworld or dwelling upon her life and her troubles:
** In the first issue of her ''[[ComicBook/Supergirl1982 80's solo title]]'' Linda spends the first pages reminiscing and reminding herself she needs a change of scene to rediscovering herself:
--->'''Supergirl:''' Besides, I could do with the time to myself... to sit back and think. It's selfish, I know, but I deserve... Whoa! There you go again, Linda! There's nothing selfish about wanting to get into yourself for a while instead of thinking about the whole blasted world! I do enough of that as Supergirl — and wasn't the whole reason for this move... to give myself space to be just plain Linda Danvers?
** In ''ComicBook/RedDaughterOfKrypton'' Kara's inner voice is as reflective as snarky.
--->'''Supergirl:''' Thanks to the K-poisoning, my natural powers are fading. My only hope now is channeling my rage to charge my ring. And there is no shortage of things that make me furious.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'', Kara does this several times when talking to her counterpart.
--->'''Supergirl:''' I didn't tell her that's '''exactly''' how I felt after ''ComicBook/NewKrypton''. After my people killed '''thousands''' of innocent bystanders.
* The title character of ''ComicBook/TheMaxx'' often has these. Like Deadpool above, he sometimes accidentally talks aloud when having them.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Both Shinji and Asuka argue with themselves very often due to their many doubts and fears.
** To serve as an example, Asuka in chapter 33:
--->''“I’m sorry I don’t know yet, Shinji. You ‘wanted to try with me’ to see if you could be happy? Well, I... want to... find out... um...” ’God damn it, Sohryu, if you pussy out on this, I will jump out of your skull and kill you myself!’ ‘Wait, you’re my own brain, how does that even work?’ ‘Shut up! I’ll find a way! Now keep going!’ “...what... the answer is to the question. That you asked me. Earlier.” Suddenly it was very hard to look him in the eye. ‘No! No it isn’t! I am Asuka Langley Sohryu! I am not afraid of anything! ...except maybe this. No! I am not wimping out in front of Shinji! If he can do this, I can!’ She forced her head up.''
** And Shinji in chapter 43:
--->''Shinji was nearly betrayed by too-deep reflexes. He broke his gaze away from her and mumbled, “I’m sorr-..”’Oh shit… aaaand I’m too buzzed to help. You’re on your own, buddy,’ his brain unhelpfully observed, a second too late. ‘Well, a fat lot of good you are, thanks,’ he thought at himself.''
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Asuka often talks with herself in this story due to her insecurities, fears and doubts tearing her apart. Frequently a side of herself starts to have doubts and another side retorts "Oh, just shut up!" or "Get a grip, Sohryu!"
** In chapter 2, after spending the whole night with Shinji for first time she has a very long monologue:
--->'' 'Alright, Soryu, quit dodging the issue. Yeah, losing purity points was fun and you can't wait to do it again, but that's not why you're hiding in the bathroom, afraid to look him in the eye right now, is it? He... said things last night. Made promises. He just did it again. That stupid, clumsy, dense baka... likes you. And you like him. He understands what it feels like. He's just like you. You're not alone. And he wants to stay with you.' "Which is Gott damn terrifying..." she whispered out loud.\\
Everything she could want. Pity she had no freaking idea what to do next. 'Okay, Soryu, you wanted to catch this tiger. Now you've got him. So now what? I didn't exactly have a plan for part two! Now I'm hiding in the bathroom because I'm afraid the minute we look at each other we're both going to go redder than my hair, Misato's going to figure it out, and make me go move in with Wondergirl. Then Shinji will realize he can do better than the nasty, useless pretend-Pilot I am and find someone else because every good thing in my life goes away and nobody wants me and...''
** In chapter 8 Shinji and Asuka [[spoiler:have deduced that their mothers are stuck inside their Evas]] and Asuka is on the verge of freaking out and she has to remind herself mentally to keep calm:
--->'' 'Nonononononono I want Mama now now now now n- Stop. Get a grip, Soryu, before your actual grip crushes your boyfriend's ribs.' ''
* In ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' story ''Fanfic/AForceOfFour'', Kara talks to herself before fighting U-Ban who has broken into the Fortress to ravish her.
-->Tough girl, her mental jester mocked her. Everybody thinks you're such a tough girl.\\
But she had to be tough. Finding out that so many years of her life were a pre-programmed lie, coming to a strange world, finding only one man of Krypton and then losing him, turning from innocence into grim experience on a planet she never made... she had to be tough, or break. She had to wall the little girl off, most of the time, and put on the casing of the big, tough, capable bitch.\\
Well, then, looks like he's just about here, said the jester. Are you going to be the little girl... or the bitch?\\
She made her decision.\\
U-Ban was already exposed, about to throw himself upon her.\\
She focused her heat vision on full power and let him have it.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Many characters have inner discussions with themselves. To reinforce the effect of it being a stream-thought, often the background fades and only their thoughts are seen.
** Asuka's inner monologue often gets depicted like [[TalkingToThemself two Asukas arguing with each other]].
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'':
** In an early chapter Shinji is shooting targets, thinking of how he does not hate fighting and killing and telling himself he has to protect his family.
** In one of his few appearances Gendo thinks of how fortunate he is because Shinji has chosen forgiving him and even lets him see his granddaughter.
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': In chapter 11, Asuka tries to convince herself that she doesn't find Shinji Ikari attractive.
-->Asuka didn't know what had infuriated her more at that point. Misato's not so subtle hint that Shinji made a far more reliable roommate then she had… or the implication that she would be making advances on him!\\
''Oh come on Asuka… we both know how you kept glancing at him yesterday during training, with him in that tight fitting dance getup as he built up a sweat-''\\
Asuka silenced the traitorous voice with the mental equivalent of a roundhouse kick before stepping into her room and swiftly getting changed into her 'going out to be seen in a socially acceptable venue' clothes.
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Shinji and Asuka have plenty of these through the whole history where they reflect about their situation -having survived to the end of the world only to [[PeggySue being brought back to the past]], their feelings, their relationship or each other.
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Fanfic/SupermanAndMan'', both lead characters often dwell on [[FreakyFridayFlip their situation]] throughout the story.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'', Buffy berates herself while running from several security guards:
-->Stupid. Stupid stupid stupid stupid.\\
Shut up, mind. Do your job. Find me a way out of this.
* Present as Cloud's "conscience" in the ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2724230 My Disjointed Life]]''. It never misses an opportunity to hilariously humiliate Cloud. Made even funnier in that multiple characters regularly comment on Cloud's zoning out in the midst of things around him.
* Used in ''FanFic/KiraIsJustice'' (since this is based on ''Manga/DeathNote'') in Chapter Two and Three the most, and in other places too.
* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9644493/1/Zenith-Darkness-Reverie ''Zenith, Darkness, Reverie'']], if you consider [[spoiler: Kali and Kira to be the same person]], the entirety of the story, with the exception of Cyardas's and Kali's family's infrequent dialogue, is a lengthy, artistically incoherent internal monologue about morality, insanity, and the nature of reality.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': Shinji and Asuka have introspective monologues the whole time where they reflect on their lives, their past mistakes, their issues and their relationship. Misato also thinks several times about her children, her bosses, and what measures she'll take to protect the former from the latter.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' has both characters that take the point of view, [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]], use internal monologue in typical ''Ace Attorney'' fashion. This means lots of [[FirstPersonSmartass snarking to themself]] as the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Man/Mare]] in a world of crazies.
* Every chapter of ''Fanfic/{{Stroll}}'' starts with one from Octavia. These give a deeper insight into her personality, as well as a look at her past.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', one of the songs Belle and Beast has them apparently singing in their minds. In an interesting use of the trope, this is the first time we hear the Beast's human voice, undistorted by his monstrous form. The live action version doesn't have that kind of trope.
* Another variation/parody occurs in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': When they're plunged into darkness, Dory assumes Marlin to be her conscience having an Inner Monologue with her.
-->'''Marlin''':Yes, I am your conscience. Now, tell me Dory, what do you see?\\
'''Dory''': I see a light. Conscience, am I dead?
* Abused horribly in the Miramax cut of ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler''. The film was originally meant to have little-to-no dialogue at all from the titular characters and their stories were meant to be told through the animation. In the Miramax version the two characters have inner monologue throughout the whole film, and combined with the animation it leads to many CaptainObvious statements.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' when Ted Striker begins an inner monologue with an echoed recollection, then ''notices'' the echo and gets distracted by pretending to be a baseball announcer inside his head.
* Parodied again in ''Film/AirplaneIITheSequel'':
** A young boy ponders his father's behavior.
--->'''Jimmy:''' Dad never slaps me around at home. It must be his coffee.\\
'''Jimmy's Mom:''' No. I've been serving him decaf. Maybe he's just an asshole.
** When someone asks "What do your people (the flight controllers) think?" the audience is granted the power of telepathy to see what the controllers are thinking at that moment.
--->'''Flight Controller #1:''' They're screwed.\\
'''Flight Controller #2:''' They're dead.\\
'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Johnny]]:''' Did I leave the iron on?
* A variation: child actor Peter Billingsly spends most of ''Film/AChristmasStory'' creating/reacting to Jean Shepard's reminiscing.
* Spoofed in ''Film/AustinPowersInternationalManOfMystery'' where, after being unfrozen, Austin meets his new female partner. However, as an unusual side effect of the unfreezing process, Austin is incapable of having an inner monologue and unknowingly says "I bet she shags like a minx." aloud and right in front of her.
* Used extensively in ''Film/TheThinRedLine'' (1998), to the point of the voiceovers outnumbering the dialogues.
* Used quite a bit (and then lampshaded) in ''Film/{{Adaptation}}''.
* Raoul Duke from ''Literature/FearAndLoathingInLasVegas'' has some truly epic inner moments:
-->'''Duke''': How long could we maintain? I wondered. How long until one of us starts raving and jabbering at this boy? What will he think then? This same lonely desert was the last known home of the UsefulNotes/MansonFamily; will he make that grim connection when my attorney starts screaming about bats and huge manta rays coming down on the car? If so, well, we'll just have to cut his head off and bury him somewhere, 'cause it goes without saying that we can't turn him loose. He'd report us at once to some kind of outback Nazi law enforcement agency and they'll run us down like dogs. Jesus, did I say that? Or just think it? Was I talking? Did they hear me?
* The inner monologue in David Lynch's adaptation of ''Film/{{Dune}}'' is infamous. While in most examples the audience is only privy to the inner monologue of the main protagonist, in Dune we are treated to the inner thoughts of every. single. character. The film is almost nothing but inner monologue.
* ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff'' records some of Jeannie's thoughts this way.
* In ''Film/{{Murder}}'', an early Creator/AlfredHitchcock talkie, the crude sound recording technology of 1930 did not allow for overdubbing. So to get Herbert Marshall's Inner Monologue in the film, Hitchcock had Marshall record his dialogue elsewhere, and then the recording was played on the set as Marshall stared into a mirror. It's believed to be the first use of overdubbing to represent Inner Monologue in film--and it might be the TropeMaker, as stage plays just had the characters [[AsideComment talk to the audience]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Constantly'' used on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', specifically the inner monologue of the main character JD, and occasionally other characters.
-->'''JD:'''...and no matter how much I try, I can't stop constantly [[OncePerEpisode narrating my own life]]. ''(thinking) [[IResembleThatRemark At that very moment, I feared I had divulged too much]].''
* George from ''Series/DeadLikeMe'' has one, slightly louder and clearer than her voice on the actual soundtrack. She's a combination of Inner Monologue and the {{Narrator}}.
* In the SitCom ''Series/PeepShow'', we see everything from the point of view of one of the characters. Mark and Jeremy's points of view are often accompanied by their Inner Monologues.
* In an episode of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' filmed when Patrick [=McGoohan=] was busy on a movie, Number 6's mind is put into another man's body. This leads to the somewhat odd sight of another actor walking around trying to look like he's having the thoughts we hear in [=McGoohan=]'s voice.
* ''Series/DarkAngel'' does this for season 1 and a few episodes of season two. [[IncrediblyLamePun Albaeit]] in a lesser manner.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' has Michael often explaining how spies operate in certain situations, and explaining [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan-manner]] the stupidities of HollywoodScience.
** Not entirely played straight in that the character's thoughts are not being played out. It's more like a subtle shift to an instructional video rather than demonstrating the character's thought process. Most notably, Michael will always do the narration even if the events in question are miles away from his character.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' uses this a lot. It helps highlight the difference between the socially acceptable role he plays and his true (sociopathic) thoughts and responses.
* ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', when Rick's conscience has a go at him for [[spoiler: inhuming]] Neil.
--> '''Vyvyan''': Rick! Will you tell your conscience to keep it's voice down!
* This is done on the show ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'' only when Parker is thinking. Nobody else's voice is heard, much like in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''.
* In ''Series/SeventeenMomentsOfSpring'', Russian TV series from early 70's, internal monologues of main protagonist, colonel Isayev are presented through voice-overs. And as they often consist of solemn but rather obvious statements, their parodies created a sub-genre of jokes immediately recognisable in Russia and several other post-Soviet coutries.
* Played with on ''Series/{{Titus}}'', where the "neutral space" Titus narrates each episode from could be considered his internal monologue. In one episode, he is going on a rant about a judge in the neutral space... cut to the courtroom he is sitting in in real life, where he is saying this rant ''in front of said judge''.
* Rui and Vani, the protagonists of Brazilian sitcom ''Os Normais'' were prone to this - and most frequently speaking out loud instead of voice-overs. It is further stated that's inner/ NoFourthWall monologuing because either of the couple did breaks during conversations to address the audience - and the other person in the dialogue never noticed.
* Used frequently in ''Series/TheWarAtHome'', along with a special white background and (sometimes) imaginary objects.
* Each episode of ''Series/{{Earth 2}}'' was narrated by a different member of the crew. At the start of the episode the narrration was general; during the episode they were talking about specific things that were happening, and at the end they talked about what they'd learned or how they'd changed as a result.
* ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'' briefly depicts some of Wolf's thoughts this way while he's in the casino.
* The ''Series/CougarTown'' episode "The Criminal Mind", as part of a ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'' homage. Typical of the show, it gets {{Lampshaded}} early on; Travis talks about the use of voice-over for expositon and characterization. Then Jules' first monologue starts with "That is so stupid."
* Sometimes used on ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' in place of a CaptainsLog.
* Used often in ''Film/RachelRachel'', to express the inner thoughts of repressed, frustrated spinster schoolteacher Rachel. Escalates to Inner Dialogue when Rachel's voiceover has her frustrations arguing with her fear of change.
* ''Series/SamuraiGourmet'' gives Kasumi more thought lines than spoken lines, for numerous reasons. Even not counting the [[IndulgentFantasySegue Indulgent Fantasy Segues]] about a samurai, the show is very much about his introspection. He's a reserved fellow. And it would be rude for him to talk with his mouth full.
* ''Series/MacGyver1985'': [=MacGyver=], providing linking [[{{Narrator}} narration]] or relating a folksy anecdote about something in his childhood that the onscreen action reminds him of.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} did these with [[Wrestling/JeffHardy Willow The Wisp]] by playing his voice on some mic while his lips didn't move. Willow's [[TheGimmick a silly gimmick]], in case you're wondering.[[/folder]]

* This is a staple of film portrayals of Creator/WilliamShakespeare soliloquies; probably the most famous example is Olivier's version of the "[[{{Hamlet}} To be or not to be]]" monologue.
** Parodied in ''[[Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead]]'', in which Hamlet (who looks a bit like Olivier, come to think of it), is clearly doing the soliloquy in his head, but the audience doesn't hear his Inner Monologue. Part of the whole point of the play/film was that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are given no [[AsYouKnow explanations]], so have no idea what's going on.
* Unlike traditional musicals, every song in ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' has been described as functioning like inner monologue for the characters. Lyrics reflect the feelings they don't or can't express to the outside world at that moment, and often at the end of the song characters will return to exactly how they were when the song began, as in the "real world" nothing happened.
* At least half of ''Theatre/StrangeInterlude'' is stream-of-consciousness [[AsideComment Aside Comments]] meant to reveal the inner monologues of the characters.
* In the stage adaptation of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', while Ariel is mute, she has two "in her head" songs, heard by the audience but not the characters: "Beyond My Wildest Dreams" and "If Only".
* ''Theatre/TheBibleTheCompleteWordOfGodAbridged'' parodies this early on when one of the actors goes into a panicked monologue when told that the story of Noah's Ark likely never happened, but the other two turn out to have been listening to this despite being frozen and unspotlighted. ("You still wet the bed?" "Ew.")

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The two ''VideoGame/TouchDetective'' games make excellent use of this as the titular detective, [=MacKenzie=], runs commentary on the chaos around her. This, like most uses of Inner Monologue, cements her as the DeadpanSnarker and the [[OnlySaneMan only sane girl]] of the cast.
** Even more interestingly, it's often done simultaneously on the top screen of the DS while the normal conversation is on the bottom screen (or vice versa, can't remember).
* [[DeadpanSnarker Garrett]] from ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' plays this trope to a "T". Everything he does that's related to the plot of the game, is usually followed by either a snide or casual remark. Except, of course, in... ugh, The Shalebridge Cradle... then they're either disgusted or disturbed remarks. See the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPq-z6dyi04 mission briefing]] for said level, and the below quote as an example:
-->[[DeadpanSnarker Garrett]]: This must be her blood. It's still ''warm''... great.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Squall Leonhart in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' monologues internally [[TheStoic much more than he actually speaks aloud]]. His Inner Monologues provide so much of his characterization that they are retained for his appearance in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''.
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]], being the crossover's MetaGuy, calls him out on this in the prequel. "You sure are talkative - in your head!"
* While not voiced, ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' has a TON of inner monologues, most of them being of sarcastic comments on a person or situation. This is parodied in some parts when other characters can almost read what Phoenix is thinking. In the third game, Edgeworth actually ''thinks'' "Thank God for inner monologue" to himself after a snarky internal comment. While the inner monologues are usually used by the player characters, [[spoiler: the final case of ''Trials and Tribulations'' as Godot, the true killer of the victim in the case, getting his own inner monologue when he sees Mia's ghost standing next to Phoenix and wondering how she is living on through him.]]
* [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus]] occasionally has these. She has one after [[spoiler: her ship crashes and she loses her suit]] in ''Videogame/MetroidZeroMission'', and she has a ''ton'' in ''Videogame/MetroidFusion''.
** And again in ''Videogame/MetroidOtherM'', with voice acting this time.
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', one of your tour guides in the Architect Building has a broken inner monologue.
* [[VideoGame/BaldursGate Edwin Odesseiron]] could be seen as parodying this; he does the same thing out loud, but doesn't seem to be aware that others can hear him.
* ''VideoGame/ExitFate'' protagonist Daniel Vinyard often has these in situations of moral conflict, though mostly just in form of a few sentences to himself after his dialogue partner has left.
* This is the only way Jake from ''Dogs Life'' talks, as he is a (realistic) dog. He's the only dog to talk in this game, as all the other ones you control just bark (as Jake does under most circumstances). Jake's a DeadpanSnarker, who often make comments in his head about his surroundings or the [=NPCs=].
* In the ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' series, the hero does this very often, but [[HeroicMime has almost nothing to offer in the way of actual speech.]]
* Most of ''VideoGame/Persona5''[='s=] narration consists of the otherwise mostly silent protagonist's personal thoughts.

* In ''Webcomic/{{MAG ISA}}'', [[http://mag-isa.thecomicseries.com/comics/pl/119727 Everytime Eman goes to the point of near death, there's always an inner monologue.]]
* Parodied in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0046.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]''.
** At least Nale succeeds at inner-monologuing, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0395.html unlike Haley]]
* In the webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'', the characters say more inside their head than out of it.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'''s AltText, [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=03052009 Ramses]] only has an outer monologue because he's ashamed of the world, not himself.
* In ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', Sooba the TeamPet Panther begins all of his monologues with "[[HiddenDepths You think you know me...]]", as does Richard's rabbit. Actually a ChekhovsGun with the rabbit, who [[spoiler:is actually the Archmage transformed to observe the group.]]
** Tim's is "DIS MY INSIDE VOICE!"
** In the case of Sooba, it later becomes a RunningGag as he's always seen thinking those words while looking brooding.
* Jimmy does this in ''ComicStrip/{{Fleep}}''. Good thing, too, because [[{{Minimalism}} he's pretty much the only character]].
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Voices}}''. [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Osiris]] appears to be doing this at first, but when he meets some allies, it turns out he's [[DidIJustSayThatOutLoud been speaking the whole time.]] People comment on how weird it is, but he refuses to stop.
* ''Webcomic/TropeOverdosedTheWebcomic'': [[http://tropeoverdosed.pcriot.com/?p=40 Alice does one of these while tied up.]]
* [[http://xkcd.com/822/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' plays with it
* In ''Webcomic/{{Shiniez}}'' the narrative often assumes the perspective of present day Lisa and what she's thinking in the moment, an entire segment is narrated by Anne's internal thoughts and we sometimes see Alan internally wrestling over the best wisecrack to make, usually picking the wrong one.
* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': Byron does this whenever he is alone. Usually it's tactical planning and combat advice, to the point that the AltText has called him "the [[Series/BurnNotice Michael Weston]] of Arkerra."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' is loaded with this, especially in the earlier chapters when only one character is present in a scene.
* Parodied by ''Podcast/BlackJackJustice'': Trixie is interrupted in the middle of a PrivateEyeMonologue by Jack, who points out that she's been staring at her coffee for a minute without saying anything.
* ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' takes the normally SilentProtagonist Gordon Freeman of ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' and gives him a hilarious inner monologue as he progresses through the game.
* In ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'', Wolverine and Rorschach had a competition involving inner monologues.
** In another video, Deadpool uses his as a weapon against ComicBook/GreenLantern
* Virtually every character of [[WebVideo/RanmaOneHalfAbridged Ranma 1/2 Abridged]] gets one of these, whether to advance the (abridged) plot or to lampshade the overuse of this trope itself in many media to advance a plot.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Spoofed in the ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' episode "Boys Will Be Eds", where most of the guys in the cul-de-sac find themselves infatuated with girl-next-door Nazz, and we hear their internal monologues during a pickup game of baseball:
-->'''[[JerkJock Kevin]]:''' She's so radical.
-->'''[[SmallNameBigEgo Eddy]]:''' She can't take her eyes off me!
-->'''[[NeatFreak Edd]]:''' Her hair is so clean, and not fly-away at all.
-->'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Ed]]:''' Hello? Echo! My name is Ed!
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Homer can be often seen engaging in an inner monologue that sometimes becomes an inner ''conversation'' between him and his brain:
-->'''Homer:''' Aw, twenty dollars?! I wanted a peanut!
-->'''Homer's Brain:''' Twenty dollars can buy many peanuts!
-->'''Homer:''' Explain how!
-->'''Homer's Brain:''' Money can be exchanged for goods and services!
-->'''Homer:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Woo-hoo!]]
** In one episode, Marge is driving along and appears to be hearing Homer's voice in her head, until it's revealed that Homer is in the back seat of the car speaking through a cardboard tube.
** In another episode, Homer delivers the usual "Well, off to work!"-lines at breakfast while his thought shows that he's plotting to sneak out and go on the Duff Brewery tour. Unfortunately he gets the inner and outer monologues mixed up without realizing it; when Marge calls him out on his plan, he screams and runs for his car.
* This is used for comedic effect in ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl''. In one episode, the titular superhero was having an inner monologue about the situation, and the {{Narrator}} chimed in to comment. [=WordGirl=] asked him how he could hear what she was thinking, and the Narrator merely reminded her of his role.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', beyond the occasional banter, Batman's dialogue is often largely serious. This is contrast with his various bits we hear of his Inner Monologue, where he is frequently a smart-ass MetaGuy.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' uses this extensively.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' is another series that features Spider-Man having the tendency to do this.
* Used on occasion by Tako of ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack'', usually accompanied by a [[http://i245.photobucket.com/albums/gg78/evalana/blog/sushipack_RMTS16.png small representation of his own head]] for each line in his train of thought (which can be seen in action [[http://www.agkidzone.com/sp_videos.action?asset=but_is_it_art_1_vi_sp starting at 0:30 here]].
** In one episode, Maguro uses her mind-reading powers to join him in his inner monologue, which he does not appreciate.
* In the WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants episode, ''Big Pink Loser'', Patrick starts copying everything that Spongebob does. Spongebob thinks to himself, "At least I'm safe inside my mind" only for Patrick to copy his Inner Monologue as well.
** Squidward has one in "The Thing" when he gets covered in cement and spends days waddling through Jellyfish Fields.
* The titular heroine's inner monologue is an actual ''character'' in ''Series/LizzieMcGuire''.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Stewie thinks ''"This is fantastic! Nobody suspects a thing! Ooh, listen to my voice, that sounds cool! Helloooo! [[Series/TheMuppetShow Piiigs iiin Spaaaaace!]]"''
** At the beginning of "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q.", Peter and Joe each have an inner monologue when Quagmire doesn't show up on their fishing trip.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceofLife Slice of Life]]", ''Gummy'' has [[HiddenDepths an inner monologue about life.]]
-->'''Gummy''': (''inside'') What is life? Is it nothing more than the endless search for a cutie mark? And what ''is'' a cutie mark but a constant reminder that we're all only one bugbear attack away from oblivion. And what of the poor gator, flank forever blank, destined to an existential swim down the river of life to an unknowable destiny?
* Spoofed in the ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' episode "Scoop Bravo":
-->'''Johnny''': Now let's see... Where could all those missing cats have gotten to? And what could hold them all captive against their will? And how can I hear myself ''talking'' when my lips aren't moving?!
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'' shows us its main character's internal monologue, in which he constantly berates himself for being a "stupid piece of shit."
-->'''[=BoJack=]''': Piece of shit. Stupid piece of shit. You're a real stupid piece of shit. But I know I'm a piece of shit. That makes me better than all the pieces of shit who don't know they're pieces of shit. Or is it worse?
* Kelsey from ''WesternAnimation/CraigOfTheCreek'' is prone to dramatic inner monologues.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* One common form of voice that people with schizophrenia hear is a narrator voice who describes everything they do. [[LemonyNarrator Many of these narrators insult the person a lot as well]].