This is the villainous counterpart to HeroicMime; while the hero's silence makes him open to interpretation, the Silent Antagonist's silence makes him a sort of EnigmaticMinion, or in the worst of cases, an [[ImplacableMan utterly implacable force of nature]].

A {{Subtrope}} of TheVoiceless. The {{Supertrope}} of EnemyMime. SisterTrope to EnigmaticMinion.
!! Examples:


[[folder: Anime/Manga ]]
* Janemba from the ''Anime/DragonballZ'' movie [[TheMovie Fusion Reborn!]] never actually spoke. In his first form, he was only able to [[PokemonSpeak say his name]] over again and his second form only consists of maniacal laughs or growls.
* Twelve of the Sixteen Angels from ''NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the exceptions being Leliel, Arael, Arimisael, and Tabris [[spoiler: (also known as Kaworu)]].

[[folder: ComicBooks]]
* ComicBook/TheFlash foe Murmur has [[TongueTrauma got his tongue cut out]] and his lips sewn together.

[[folder: Film]]
* The Mysterious Woman from ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''.
* The Thin Man in the first ''Film/CharliesAngels'' movie. He originally had lines in the script, but they decided he'd be more villainous if he was TheVoiceless.
* Jaws from the ''Film/JamesBond'' film ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. He also counts for most of ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' but it's finally subverted when he gets one line near the end of the film.
** Also Goldfinger's top henchman and [[BattleButler butler]], Oddjob can't speak English, so he doesn't talk. Other than the painful scream he emitted as he was electrocuted.
* Karl Ruprect Kroenen from the film version of ''Film/{{Hellboy}}''. The comic version not only speaks but is quite AffablyEvil.
* The Baseball Furies gang in ''Film/TheWarriors'' never utter a word, even as they fight the Warriors. (They do grunt a bit as they're punched or clubbed, but that's it.)
* [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Maul]] only has a couple of lines, and none in the presence of the heroes.
** [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Darth Nihilus]] speaks sometimes, but only in [[SpeakingSimlish an unknown language]] ([[FanWank Ancient Sith?]]).
* Kevin from ''Film/SinCity''. Apparently, he spoke only to Cardinal Roark and "had the voice of an angel" but the audience never hears him.
* Adolf Hitler in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. He meets Indy face to face, but doesn't say a word. A variation in that he's not an antagonist in the context of the scene, because he doesn't know who Indy is. Indy is wearing a stolen Nazi uniform and is remaining silent himself, so Hitler assumes he is just another autograph-seeking soldier. He takes Dr. Henry Jones's book from Indy and signs it, then promptly gives it back without realizing [[MissedHimByThatMuch that it was the diary he was trying to get his evil mitts on in the first place]].
* Rinzler, TheDragon in ''Film/TronLegacy'', is mute for 99% of the film. It's not just to make him creepier; it's because [[spoiler:Rinzler is Tron, reprogrammed to serve the villains, and hearing his voice would spoil TheReveal. When he ''does'' speak, it indicates that he's himself again.]]
* Kiriyama from the film version of ''Literature/BattleRoyale''.
* Colonel Gunther Reza in ''Film/DuckYouSucker'' speaks a grand total of two lines, both during his first appearance. From that point on he's completely silent, a fact that only makes his ImplacableMan status all the more disturbing.
* Most SlasherMovie villains are mute, especially Michael Myers from ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' and Jason Voorhees from ''Franchise/FridayThe13th''. Exceptions include Freddy Krueger from ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' (who eventually becomes a sadistic wisecracker) and Pinhead from ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' (who will regularly enter into discussions with his victims).
* Katya, the blond assassin in the ''Franchise/DieHard'' film ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', who utters only a single sound (a frustrated scream) in the entire film. Ironic, given that the actress who plays her, Sam Phillips, is a noted singer in real life.
* A common device in Creator/JohnCarpenter's work is the monster or villain that does not speak. They are either unable or unwilling to explain their motivations, which enhances the sense of Otherness about them. We never know what they're thinking; all we know is they intend us harm and will not tell us why.
* In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', the Future Sentinels do not speak or make any sort of noise, which is bad for any mutant trying to hide as they can creep up on you and you wouldn't know it until it be far too late.
* Kyle and Ken Katayanagi in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', unlike their comic book counterparts.[[note]]This is because the casting agency cast Asian twins without asking if the twins could speak English; upon discovering they couldn't, the twins were DemotedToExtra and only appear in one scene with no lines.[[/note]]
* The BigBad of ''Disney/BigHero6'', [[MeaningfulName Yokai]], combines this trope with his [[WhiteMaskOfDoom creepy Kabuki mask]], [[DarkIsEvil black coat]] and massive swarm of [[{{Nanomachines}} microbots]] to make for a ''terrifying'' NoNonsenseNemesis. He finally speaks when [[spoiler:revealing himself as Professor Callaghan to Alisair Krei.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Kimi Milard from ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' qualifies as this.
* Twin {{serial killer}}s Robert and Nicholas Millberry from Series 2 of ''Series/{{Luther}}'' never communicate while hunting, spending their whole first episode and most of their second in total silence. Robert doesn't talk until after his arrest, and Nicholas only speaks to Luther during their last confrontation, when body language alone will not do the trick.
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Incident on and Off a Mountain Road", the villain Moonface fits the typical mute serial killer character. His only sort-of dialogue is shushing his victims to be quiet while he tortures and murders them.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Flood from ''Waters of Mars'' says all of a few lines through one of its victims, and then never says a word again. [[HellIsThatNoise Inhuman screeching and roaring]], on the other hand...

* [[spoiler:Lord Vile]] from ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' doesn't speak [[spoiler:until ''Death Bringer''. He whispers Valkyrie's name before snapping out of it.]]
* Almost all of the Demons from ''The Elfstones of Literature/{{Shannara}}'' are like this, except for their boss, [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils the Dagda Mor]], who has one line of dialogue. Most notable is [[TheDragon the Reaper]], who is silent, [[TheFaceless faceless]] and [[ImplacableMan implacable]], pursuing the two main characters tirelessly for most of the book.

* In ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'', Paris never speaks, though he hardly needs to talk when Hector is around.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'': The Masked Man does not talk at all... [[spoiler:until Claus unmasks himself.]]
* The Dark Knights in ''VideoGame/RecordOfAgarestWar'' never speak.
* Caim in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' becomes this in the sequel, where he becomes a RogueProtagonist.
* King Bulblin from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' doesn't talk and is assumed to be an unintelligent monster until he gets a few lines near the end.
** Dark Link never speaks.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', although possibly unintentionally, [[spoiler:Harbinger]] comes off as one. You might expect a [[EvilGloating long exposition]], but you [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just get shot]] instead.
* Tabuu from ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'' doesn't say a thing throughout his entire storyline. While the other characters communicate through gestures and expressions, augmented by short grunts or exclamations ([[Franchise/MetalGear Snake]] is the only character to speak a full sentence) Tabuu doesn't say a thing. No EvilLaugh, no angry grunts, no screams of pain, nothing.
* In ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'', this applies to [[spoiler:[[HeroicMime the hitman]] [[RogueProtagonist when you fight him]]]].
* Interestingly, not counting flashbacks, Sephiroth himself actually never speaks in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. This is most noticeable during the final encounter with him, where he doesn't say a single word. Most villains in the series give a speech of some sort before throwing down with the heroes, but Sephiroth? Nothing. [[spoiler:The "Sephiroth" who appears for most of the game and is comparatively chatty is simply Jenova taking his form and acting out his will; the true Sephiroth spends much of FFVII sleeping in the planet's core, and thus can't speak.]]
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' doesn't speak at all, and only gets voiced by Kenny James for his roaring. It makes him rather menacing compared to the humorous and [[EvilIsHammy hammy]] portrayal he got in all the other ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' games.
* [[spoiler:Jill]] in ''VideoGame/{{Resident Evil 5}}'' when she's BrainwashedAndCrazy only has two lines to Wesker and Excella, and none toward Chris and Sheva.
* Ridley, despite being the BigBad of ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' and the one personally responsible for starting the series in motion by destroying Samus's home colony and killing her parents, never says anything beyond from roaring. He doesn't even leave behind any written logs to scan from in the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' games, instead we get our information from his underlings, who have implied that he's a cunning warlord who relishes in violence and death. [[SuddenlyVoiced He's quite chatty in the official Metroid manga and prequel however]], so it's not like he's just some animalistic beast.
** Of course all that does is leave it open for [[LetsPlay/{{slowbeef}} oth]][[LetsPlay/{{Diabetus}} ers]] [[WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} to voice him]].
* Darth Nihlus in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' technically "speaks" in bizarre language that is possibly generated telepathically. None of the major characters have any trouble understanding it (including the PlayerCharacter), but the player is left clueless, as his dialog is not subtitled, in contrast to all the other characters' lines, which are (even when they're speaking perfectly clear English). This serves to make him even more unsettling.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Invoked in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' by one of the AlternateUniverse Minmaxes; as a result of MinMaxing, he traded away his ability to speak in exchange for becoming a more deadly combatant.
* There are a few enemies in ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'' who don't speak any lines, such as Molly Curdle and the X-Ray Skeleton. They are not to be trifled with.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* Israphel, from the LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} series ''[[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries Shadow O]][[Machinima/ShadowOfIsraphel f Israphel]]'', never says a word in any of his appearances. Even his most recurring CoDragons, who have spoken a combined total of ''two words'', are chattier. To get around this, he occasionally leaves mocking signs, but he does this less as the series goes along.
* The [[Franchise/TheSlendermanMythos Slender Man]] is this, in addition to often being hidden in plain sight. [[NothingIsScarier It's part of his charm.]]
* [[WasOnceAMan Mannequin]] in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is incapable of speech, having severely modified his body and long since removed his mouth, digestive tract, lungs, and anything else similarly without use. Instead, he communicates by mocking gestures with his fingers.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has Combustion Man, who would rather [[StuffBlowingUp blow stuff up]] with his mind than talk.
* The fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' features an apparent EnemyWithout of the title character who appears to her in the Avatar state and dressed as she was when she fought the previous season's big bad. She never speaks the entire time she repeatedly beats up Korra, and what exactly she is remains ambiguous to the end.
* Skurge the Executioner, Annihilus, and Galactus do not speak at all during their appearances on ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''.
* Apocalypse from ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' is like this during his first appearances, though he finally talks during the GrandFinale.
* Soundwave's ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' incarnation, who has stopped talking on his own since coming to Earth. He "speaks" by replaying clips of other people talking (with the standard Soundwave voice effect underneath), and usually doesn't even bother with ''that'' unless prompted.
** This actually led to some ViewerGenderConfusion, because the first voice he replayed was that of ActionGirl Arcee.
** By the end of the series, he's spoken exactly ''once'': [[spoiler:When captured and being interrogated by the Autobots, he tells them, [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie "Soundwave superior, Autobots inferior,"]] before shutting himself down.]]
* This is what Jinmay from ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' is in her first appearance when she was under Sakko's control.
* ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' once encountered a pickpocket who never spoke.
* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' has the following examples:
** Feathers [=McGraw=] from ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'' never even squeaks. It adds to his mildly creepy act.
** Beyond one growl (since he's a dog), Preston from ''WesternAnimation/ACloseShave'' never says anything. [[spoiler:When he is revealed as a robot, he makes a quiet roar at his near-victims]].