->''Brave men tell the truth.''\\
''The wise man's tools are analogies and puzzles.''\\
''A woman holds her tongue''\\
''Knowing silence will speak for her.''
-->-- "Remind Me", Roysköpp

Want to ''really'' show your disapproval for someone? Just give them the dreaded silent treatment! While in some cases this may seem like a relief, this can be a very effective form of punishment and social isolation, especially if several people gang up to give one or more others the silent treatment. A common {{subver|tedTrope}}sion nevertheless is that the person being subjected to the silent treatment is relieved that they no longer have to hear the other person speak.

This is a form of Emotional Abuse, especially by {{narcissist}}s and [[TheBully bullies]].

Could lead to TellHimImNotSpeakingToHim. Not to be confused with TheQuietGame.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In one chapter of ''Manga/TheHatingGirl'', after Asumi goes off on Ryouji for what she thinks is him publicly announcing that she's on her period, a note in the corner of the last panel states that she didn't speak to him for three days afterward.
* In ''Manga/KareKano'', Yukino's classmates use it against her after she's revealed to not be TheAce. The ringleader is Maho, the local AlphaBitch. [[spoiler: Ironically, Maho is later [[HoistByHisOwnPetard at the receiving end too]].]]
* One of the many bullying tactics that Nanako and Mariko from ''Manga/OniisamaE'' go through is this, including an iconic scene where the AlphaBitch and her GirlPosse begin interrupting Nanako when she's reading in class and saying "there's a bug in here!"


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'', Emp has a tendency to do this to Thugboy when he pisses her off. Cue parody {{Imagine Spot}}s of him fighting his way through blizzards...


[[folder: Film ]]

* The film ''Good Morning'' is about two brothers in 1950s Japan who refuse to talk to anyone but each other until their parents give in and buy a television set.
* In ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', when Mearing is first introduced to the Autobots, Optimus is in his truck form in a huff.
-->'''Dino:''' He's in a bad mood. He's not talking to anybody today.\\
'''Mearing:''' What is this, the silent treatment?\\
'''Ironhide:''' We've seen that and this is not that.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series, this is a favorite tactic of both Vernon Dursley and Severus Snape. Harry is quite relieved when Snape uses it against him, as it means that he doesn't have to suffer anything worse. Or at least so he thinks until Malfoy knocks over his potion sample and Snape is all too happy to just leave Malfoy off the hook.
-->'''Snape:''' Whoops. Another zero, then, Potter.
* In ''[[Literature/AmberBrown What a Trip, Amber Brown]]'', Amber Brown subjects her best friend Justin Daniels to this after he splashes her in the pool and otherwise gets on her nerves, but he soon manages to get her to forgive him.
* Described as a form of bullying in one of the stories of the anthology ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Dear-Bully-Seventy-Authors-Stories/dp/006206097X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359948471&sr=1-1&keywords=dear+bully Dear Bully]]'', in which a group of kids at a school subjected a different kid to the silent treatment each week, and each never thought it could never happen to them... until it did.
* In the ''Literature/TheGreatBrain'' series the Fitzgerald family uses this as the ultimate punishment instead of a whipping. The boy who gets the silent treatment wishes he was whipped instead, it's so devastating.
* In Thomas Costain's novel ''The Black Rose'', Walter's grandfather has made an oath never to speak to him; he now regrets it, but [[IGaveMyWord he gave his word]]. Near the end of the novel, after Walter's successful adventures in the Orient, his grandfather accidentally addresses Walter directly three times, and decides he can consider the oath permanently broken.
* In ''Literature/PinocchiosSister'', ventriloquist Mr. Rosedale has become completely wrapped up in his dummy Iris, to the point of neglecting his daughter, Martha. After Martha has an outburst at Iris in the park, her father does not speak to her for hours.
* In ''Literature/TheInheritanceCycle'', this is a standard Dwarven punishment to some of the more heinous crimes, and we get to see it happen to Vermund of Durgrimst Az Sweldn rak Anhuin as punishment for the attempted murder of Eragon. Put simply, the dwarves pretend the offending party isn't there at all. He can rant, rave, or in any other way attempt to scream at them, but they will simply act like he doesn't even exist, and quite literally, not even give him the time of day. And when Vermund physically grabs another dwarf, a couple of guards quite calmly wrench him off and toss him away, though the nonchalance of it is described as being no different than the guards helping straighten their protectorate's chain mail. But they don't do this just to Vermund but ''the entire clan'' as punishment for endorsing him, until they change leadership.[[note]]To put it in perspective, imagine if the United States of America just decided to pretend that Texas and everyone in it didn't exist, including not the slightest care for imports and exports, or other such problems. That's basically what the condemnation was for Durgrimst Az Sweldn rak Anhuin.[[/note]]
* In ''Completely Clementine'' from ''Literature/{{Clementine}}'', Clementine gives her father this without even realizing it's a thing for not joining her in becoming a vegetarian. She tells her friend Margaret that she hasn't talked to him for one day, thirteen hours and twenty-one minutes.
-->'''Margaret:''' Oh yeah. The silent treatment.\\
'''Clementine:''' The silent treatment. It's a treatment?\\
'''Margaret:''' Very effective. Hold out for a lot.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* On ''Series/{{Banshee}}'' Kai Proctor is a crime kingpin who comes from a traditional Amish family. Because of his criminal lifestyle, the entire Amish community is shunning him. When he tries to talk to his father, Proctor Sr. does not even acknowledge that Kai is there.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', "The Guitarist Amplification":
-->'''Penny:''' What is he doing?\\
'''Leonard:''' It's a little hard to explain. He's pretending to be in an alternate universe where he occupies the same physical space as us, but cannot perceive us.\\
'''Sheldon:''' Oh, don't flatter yourself. I'm just ignoring you.
* ''Series/MaidMarianAndHerMerryMen'': In the episode "Tunnel Vision", the Sheriff's henchmen decide to express their hurt feelings by collectively ignoring him. The Sheriff has coincidentally just come into possession of an artifact claimed to make its owner invisible, and thus is led to believe that the artifact actually works.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1985'': An {{invoked|Trope}} version occurs in "To See the Invisible Man". People convicted of the crime of "coldness" receive a mark on their forehead that warns everyone in society to treat them as though they weren't there, on penalty of receiving the same punishment if they don't.
* In an episode of ''Series/FullHouse'', D.J. goes into silent disapproval when she catches Danny, Jesse and Joey spying on her while on a date. When D.J. obeys their pleas to talk with them and viciously rips into them for their actions, Jesse remarks that they were probably better off with the silent treatment.
* One episode of ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'' had Ferguson doing this to Clarissa.
* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'':
** Lois gets angry at Francis for getting himself emancipated and dropping out of military school, and does this to him. She is so intent on ignoring Francis that when he deflated her tyres to get a word with her, she drives off on all flats.
** Another episode has Dewey doing this to Reese as punishment for Reese bullying him. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Dewey starts acknowledging Reese once they get drugged.]]
* In one episode of ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'', Dan does this to Becky after finding out that she and Mark took his motorcycle out for a joy ride without telling him.
* Inverted in an episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Jordan gets angry at Dr. Cox, but instead of giving him the silent treatment (because she knows he would actually ''enjoy'' that), she chooses to talk to him non-stop.
* In ''Series/{{Carrusel}}'', when the kids got sick of [[AlphaBitch Maria]] [[IceQueen Joaquina]]'s bullshit, they invoked the trope on to her for several days -- not even her DoggedNiceGuy Cirilo wanted to talk to her. [[BreakTheHaughty It made her]] [[TearsOfRemorse break down crying.]]


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Elika gives the Prince the silent treatment for most of the "Epilogue" add-on to ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersia2008'', after he [[spoiler:releases Ahriman all over again by bringing her back to life]].
* In the ''25th Anniversary Edition'' of ''VideoGame/NightTrap'', if you fail to save Danny in a DeletedScene, Lt. Simms briefly appears on the top-right corner of the CRT's screen and gives you the silent treatment as punishment by refusing to speak to you (he just has no words to describe your failure in causing the DeathOfAChild) before pulling a quick SCAT System Disconnect on you, resulting in a GameOver. (Probably {{Justified|Trope}}, as the filmmakers probably didn't film any scene where he chides you for failing to save Danny.)


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* By ''[[WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged Resident Evil 2: Abridged]]'', Jill's still sore at Barry for betraying her to their former captain, Wesker. A journal entry on her desk explains she hasn't spoken to him once, during the two months since the incident.
* In the Season 5 finale of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' [[spoiler:[[BigBad Salem]] does this to [[DirtyCoward Professor Lionheart]] through her [[CrystalBall Seer]] [[EldritchAbomination Grimm]] after the [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere latter decides to flee Haven]] upon realizing Salem's side has lost against the heroes and returns to his office to gather things. It's so unnerving that he goes from trying to explain to begging for his life to trying to use his weapon on the Grimm...[[BlastingItOutOfTheirHands which knocks it out of his hand]] before it [[GoryDiscretionShot brutally murders him]] as he tries to flee. Salem only breaks the silence [[BondOneLiner to call him a coward]]]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter'' has an episode called "The Silent Treatment" in which Pinch Raccoon and Jelly Otter give it to each other after Pinch gives Jelly a makeover that she didn't want.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': In "The Death Of Eric Cartman", the kids are finally fed up with Cartman and decide to give him the silent treatment. As a result, he thinks he's dead and a ghost. Butters, who is unaware of the pact, talks to Cartman and Cartman convinces Butters that [[Film/TheSixthSense he can see dead people]].
* During [[BreakUpMakeUpScenario the Sardonyx arc]] of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', Garnet gives this to Pearl (well, at least up until the ending of "Keystone Motel").
* In ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'', a female Gazorpian is sentenced by a judge to the silent treatment due to the crime of having "bad bangs", which, in [[LadyLand their society]], [[SeriousBusiness is treated as a harsh and brutal punishment]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In Episode 105, Kaeloo gives this to Mr. Cat, covering her "ears" and yelling that she can't hear him when he tries to speak to her, until [[spoiler: she finds out that [[NotMeThisTime he isn't the bad guy]] of the episode.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy", Homer gives his father the silent treatment when he calls him an accident.
-->'''Marge:''' Homie, are you really going to ignore Grampa for the rest of your life?\\
'''Homer:''' Of course not, Marge. Just for the rest of ''his'' life.