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->''"So SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} speaks with a yellow outline around his speech balloons? What exactly is that supposed to '''sound''' like? I can just imagine a movie studio trying to cast someone for the role of Deadpool: Must be able to speak English clearly with yellow outline around dialogue. '''Red outline voices need not apply!'''"''
-->-- Marvel Year in Review 1993[[note]]According to Comicbook/{{Cable}}, Deadpool has a "gravelly, Creator/DemiMoore-like voice" which the coloring of the bubble is meant to represent; also, as the coloring switched to digital, Deadpool's speech bubbles switched to entirely light yellow, although with the same effect. Also,[[Creator/RyanReynolds someone]] eventually did get cast as Deadpool in a movie.[[/note]]

At their most basic, Speech Bubbles are floating text circles (or [[OddShapedPanel other shapes]]) that characters in ComicBooks and WebComics or other [[NewspaperComics dimensionally-challenged]] media use to communicate.

But Speech Bubbles aren't ''only'' generic circles or places to put words; they're {{metafiction}}al constructs that can be [[PaintingTheMedium painted,]] [[OddShapedPanel shaped]], and written different ways! Superimposed, they can indicate an [[SpeechBubblesInterruption interruption]], and different characters can be given different shapes or colors of bubble, making keeping track of who is speaking easier, as well as how they're feeling. Some villains and monsters like to use black speech balloons and strange colored text, and mechanical voices sometimes get rectangular "bubbles". If any character needs a subtly menacing tone to their speech, then it can be rendered in a black speech balloon with either white or red text (the latter maybe implying more anger). Also, madness can be indicated with mangled text, and foreign languages or accents with exotic fonts.

See RebusBubble for when a Speech Bubble contains only symbols used like a rebus puzzle rather than words.



* The use of [[HolyHalo Halos]] in Western religious art was, at least in part, to function as Speech Bubbles, putting the prayers of angels or famous Papal quotations as written text on the Halo itself.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Most comics use different forms of speech bubble to represent telepathy, internal dialogue, phone calls etc., etc.
* In Season 8 of ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Warren speaks with irregular and somewhat-squiggly bubbles and Twilight talks in a different font.
* ''ComicBook/TheInvisibles'' uses speech bubbles to good effect.
* And don't forget the distinctive [[MediumAwareness yellow bubbles]] and [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/a8/DeadpoolYellowBoxes.jpg/250px-DeadpoolYellowBoxes.jpg boxes]] utilized by ''ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}.'' [[NoFourthWall He certainly can't]].
* Several characters in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' have distinctive speech bubbles or fonts -- each of the Endless and Matthew, in particular. At one point, Matthew "imitates" Morpheus with a speech bubble that looks like his. Delirium's speech bubbles contain wild swirls of color and wavering text, but when she was Delight (and sane), the colors were subdued and straight, and the text linear. [[TheGrimReaper Death]] is the sanest and most down-to-earth of the Endless and the only one whose Speech Bubbles are completely normal.
* Jamie Madrox's duplicates in ''ComicBook/XFactor'' get slightly different fonts from standard speech bubbles.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'':
** The language of the Goths is represented by a Gothic font, Greeks speak in an angular font resembling the Greek alphabet, and Egyptian speech bubbles contain hieroglyph-style rebuses (even for onomatopoeia). When Obelix repeats a phrase in Egyptian, it looks like a shakily-drawn stick figure.
** ''Asterix and the Cauldron'' features a Roman tax gatherer whose rectangular speech bubbles resembles modern tax forms, complete with check boxes.
** In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Roman Agent'', anyone falling under the discord-sowing powers of Convulvus (the titular agent) gets a speech bubble tinted green.
** When our heroes complain to the camp cook about the army food in ''Asterix the Legionary'', the cook responds with mocking sweetness, before yelling his head off. While he's being nice, his speech bubbles are filled with smiling suns, flowers, singing birds and music notes.
** In ''Asterix and Caesar's Gift'', when Vitalstatistix and Orthopaedix introduce their respective wives, Impedimenta and Angina, to each other, the wives say "Pleased to meet you" to each other in irregularly-shaped bubbles with icicles and snow dripping off them.
* Nearly every important character in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' has either a different color/style speech bubble, or a different font. Sometimes both.
* Marvel comics:
** Of ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'', ComicBook/TheVision traditionally spoke with a square bubble to indicate a cold, robotic voice, and in the late [[TheNineties 90s]], [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] was given a distinctive font inspired by [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe Olde English]] to match his Shakespearean/Biblical patois. More recently, Comicbook/IronMan has been given rectangular, red outlined bubbles with typographic font to indicate that his voice is coming through speakers in the armor.
** ComicBook/{{Ultron}} has been given rectangular shaped bubbles a lot in more modern times, and Jocasta, one of his creations and a mainstay of the Mighty Avengers lineup, speaks with a font that seems like Comic Sans/Arial as opposed to normal lettering.
** Thor's font is used for any Asgardian character; even his cyborg clone Ragnarok, and ComicBook/BetaRayBill, an alien who uses a copy of his powers, use it.
** In ''ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers'' Deathurge speaks with all black Speech Bubbles, as does Doorman after he takes up Deathurge's mantle. And actually it's a generally kept convention that death-related or demonic characters get black bubbles.
** Super-Skrull speaks with green Speech Bubbles in ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}: Super-Skrull''.
** Speaking of ''Annihilation'', in the Drax The Destroyer tie in all aliens speaking in their native tongues get weird bubbles plus in the series proper Annihilus gets purple ones, Tenebrous gets black ones, Aegis gets red ones, and The Xandarian Worldmind gets square ones with a yellow border.
** Comicbook/{{Thanos}} speaks in rugged speech bubbles with thick black outlines.
** Depending on the writer, various characters have distinctive font and speech bubble styles, including [[Comicbook/FantasticFour Ben Grimm (pretty much all the time) and Johnny Storm (whose speech bubbles take on a fiery appearance when he's using his powers)]]; and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, particularly when [[UnstoppableRage berserk]].
** With enough experience the conventions do sometimes double as InterfaceSpoiler. For example: Black bubble with Asgardian font? Gee... could it be Hela?!
* The Preservers in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'' originally spoke with wavy lettering, and when the series collected for the first color edition each preserver spoke with its own color of bubble. This was dropped in the Marvel reprint which was completely re-lettered, and the new lettering carried over into some collected editions. The DC Collector's Edition and [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ10/DisplayOQ10.html?page=7 Online Edition]] of the Original Series use new computer lettering, restoring the wavy Preserver style and colored bubbles.
** ''[=ElfQuest=]'' also used to represent telepathy (sending) by [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/SABM/SABM01/DisplaySABM01.html?page=21 parallelogram-shaped speech bubbles with sawtooth edges]]. This apparently just became too much hard work, and was eventually replaced by [[http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics/KOBW/KOBW01/DisplayKOBW01.html?page=12 bubbles comprising two concentric ovals]], although as you've seen from the above examples some of the original versions survive in the online edition..
** It's also worth mentioning that in the early stories, before Humans and Elves learned to understand each other's languages, human language (which sounded ugly to the elves) was represented by rough, angular speech bubbles instead of the neatly rounded speech bubbles normally used when the elves were speaking.
* In ''ComicBook/PS238'', aspiring supervillain and [[TakeOverTheWorld world conqueror]] Zodon has a chip inserted into his head to make him stop cussing all the time. The innocuous words that replace his attempts to swear are rendered in a blocky font. When he really goes [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: caroling ]]

[[folder: beans ]]
, he starts singing show tunes.
* In ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'' the titular character's speech bubbles are blue with small zig-zags on both sides and have a lightning bolt shaped tail. Helsingard as a BrainInAJar has brown square bubbles. Everyone has a jagged outline over a radio and a dotted one when they're whispering.
* The various ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' series use different bubbles for the Transformers. Originally, the first series used squared boxes with flared corners, so as to emphasize the electronic nature of their voices. A few issues in, the bubbles switched to more conventional rounded bubbles with a lightning bolt-shaped arrow (typically associated with radio and television dialogue). This became the standard speech bubble style for the Marvel UK series, while the Marvel US series quickly reverted to the squared bubbles. The squared bubbles made a return in IDW in retro-themed issues of their main continuity, and in ''Regeneration One'', which was a new continuation of the original Marvel US continuity. [[CosmicHorror Unicron]] got bubbles rippled in thick black and red lines, indicating his status as a Dark God, while [[PhysicalGod Primus]] received thick, sketchy black lines roughly arranged in hexagonal shapes.
** ''ComicBook/TransformersGeneration2'' introduced computer-generated text bubbles courtesy of Richard Starkings and Comicraft, giving the Autobots and Decepticons very distinct fonts, and colored panels along the left side of the bubbles corresponding with the characters' colors. Autobots had square panels and a clean-looking font, while Decepticons had triangles and a harsher, more angular font. The Dinobots, being rougher than the regular Autobots, had trapezoidal panels (with the occasional triangle) but otherwise used the Autobot font.
** Subsequent series from other publishers have experimented with different styles with different effects, such as Megatron in Dreamwave's third volume speaking in black speech bubbles with white text. Most recently, the IDW books tended to just use standard speech bubbles. Starting from around issue 14 of ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'', [[CombiningMecha Combiners]] get uniquely coloured speech bubbles based on the subject's own colour-scheme (so Devestator gets green bubbles with purple font). After ''Dark Cybertron'', Bludgeon starts speaking in black bubbles with white text, [[spoiler:a trait shared by Onyx Prime]]. Centurion, from ''ComicBook/{{Revolutionaries}}'', speaks with the squared speech bubbles of Furman's era (matching the bubbles from the series he was "introduced" in, ''Hearts of Steel'').
* In Teri Sue Wood's ''Wandering Star'', all the characters have elaborately hand-drawn dialogue, except for a group of mind-controlled slaves; theirs is typewritten.
* ''ComicBook/BuckGodotZapGunForHire'' uses different bubble styles and fonts for different alien races. [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20080322 This page alone]] has thirteen different bubbles.
* Normal humans as well as the titular character of ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} have white speech bubbles with standard comic book font and short trails. Demons and [[{{eldritchabomination}} horrors]] generally have red or purple speech bubles with longer, wavy trails and sharp letters. Aquatic creatures have blue speech bubbles. The demon Ualac goes from normal white bubbles to wavy golden ones when he becomes the [[{{onewingedangel}} beast of the apocalypse]] .
* Disney had for a time comics about baby versions of their characters. Baby Gyro Gearloose spoke in speech bubbles outlined by equations and formulas. Considering Gyro is an inventor as well as terribly scatterbrained, it probably represents that his mind's elsewhere while he's talking.
* In ''Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'' when a character is upside down, the text in their speech balloon would be printed upside down as well.
** This is quite a common gag in many comics.
* The biochips in ''ComicBook/RogueTrooper'' have sort of semi-circular indentations in the edges of their bubbles.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Atavar}}'', the [[RobotWar Uos']] speech bubbles are square and all their dialogue is '''bold'''. In the first few panels, before Atavar gains the ability to speak their language, the Kalen's dialogue is represented by random Greek letters.
* The speech bubbles in ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark'' could be incredibly expressive and as artistic as anything else that was going on in the comic, especially when Cerebus was drunk, mad, or having an argument with himself.
* Null of ''ComicBook/{{Halcyon}}'' seems to "speak" through black narration boxes with white text, which doesn't stop anyone from hearing him. The font also changes when characters are speaking in a foreign language, à la ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''.
* In a number of ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strips, including ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' and ''ComicBook/ABCWarriors'', robots speak with baloons that have harsh angled edges rather than curved, occasionally with a different typeface from organic characters (dependent on the letterer).

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* This has been in the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip a few times. Most notably, the distinctive voice-treatment given to Daleks is represented as an angular font in a jagged speech bubble. This has been the case since they had their own strip in ''TV Century 21'' in the 1960s.
* In Creator/DonRosa's early ''ComicStrip/ThePertwillabyPapers'' series, nearly every character had their own specific font and speech bubble design, reflecting their personalities. The tradition carried over to his [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]] stories in part later on.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'', P. T. Bridgeport spoke in circus posters, Deacon Mushrat used Olde Englishe lettering, and Sarcophagus [=MacAbre=] (the natural-born buzzard) spoke like a sympathy note.
* Manfred Schmidt, author of German comic ''ComicStrip/NickKnatterton'', commented that they were a primitive tool in his POV -- "bubbles coming from the heads, eyes, ears, noses or mouths of characters to indicate what they think, see, hear, smell or say".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The 1925 silent film ''Film/TheUnholyThree'' has a rare use of this trope in a live-action film. A con man, who used to be a ventriloquist and is now selling birds at a pet store, is tricking customers into thinking his parrots can talk by throwing his voice. Since this was a silent film, it gets this effect across by having speech bubbles pop up above the various caged parrots saying parrot things like "Pretty Polly".
* ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' short "[[Recap/TheThreeStoogesICanHardlyWait I Can Hardly Wait]]" uses a thought bubble when Curly first starts dreaming, showing his dream inside the thought bubble for a few seconds before going to full screen.
* Discussed in ''Film/WhenHarryMetSally''. Harry is telling Jess about his marital troubles. His wife Helen had said she wants a trial separation.
-->'''Harry:''' Then she tells me that somebody in her office is going to South America and she can sub-let his apartment. I can't believe this, and the doorbell rings, 'I can sub-let his apartment', the words are still hanging in the air, you know, like in a balloon attached to a mouth.\\
'''Jess:''' Like in the cartoon.\\
'''Harry:''' Right. So I go to the door, and there were moving men there.

[[folder:Manga & Manhwa]]
* Many {{Scanlation}}s groups use this to great effect.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' does this, at least in the English manga. The shinigami speak in a different font than the human characters.
* ''Manhwa/{{Priest}}'' uses this a lot; Protagonist Ivan, spirit guide Belial, big bad Temozerala, his demon lieutenants when they transform, and the zombies all have their own fonts.
* ''Manga/DNAngel'' uses this trope as well. Dark speaks in a curly fancy kind of font.
* The font in speech bubbles in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is usually static, but has a tendency to change in certain circumstances. Among the more memorable instances, Roy Mustang's words become elongated and sharp (and punctuated by little "grr"s) in the scene where [[GreenEyedMonster he threatens to fry Barry the Chopper]] for putting a hand on Riza Hawkeye.
* The Occult Club president from ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'' alternated within each word between [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseWritingSystem hiragana and katakana]]; one scanlation represented this by capitalizing [=eVeRy OtHeR lEtTeR=].
* Mokona in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' (original version) speaks in a rounded font. It takes a while to learn to read it...
* Kengamine Nagi in ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'' speaks with a synthesizer, which is illustrated through squarish, angled speech bubbles (as opposed to the round ones that the rest of the cast gets.
* Yotsuba in ''[[Manga/{{Yotsuba}} Yotsuba&!]]'' speaks entirely in hiragana, which emphasizes her childishness. This effect, alas, has not been reproduced in any English translation.
* Satsuki Yotsuba in ''Manga/{{Negima}}'' has a unique way of speaking which is portrayed in the manga by her almost never using speech bubbles. Her dialogue is almost entirely in the side scribbles normally used for aside notes by manga characters.
** Also, the French official translation renders [[RobotGirl Chachamaru's]] (and strangely, [[NunsAreMikos Kokone's]]) bubbles with a different font to reflect a robotic voice.
* Berial in ''Manhwa/TheTarotCafe'' speaks in an elegant Gothic font.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' uses odd-shaped panels and unusual fonts throughout to convey emotions.
* At one point in ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'', [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Kazehana]] greets Minato upon his returning home and her dialogue appears in heart-shaped speech bubbles... at which point Miya [[BreakingTheFourthWall scolds her about this]], claiming they're against the rules.
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' and other manga with romance in the plot often have bubbly speech bubbles to represent [[ShrinkingViolet nervous]] babbling. Sometimes the bubbles will have their own SweatDrop.

* In what will probably be the only example of characters ''in prose literature'' speaking in dialogue balloons, ''Literature/WhoCensoredRogerRabbit'' by Gary K. Wolf features a world where human beings live side-by-side with cartoon and comics characters. The 'toons communicate via visible dialogue balloons (they even come out of the phone), but can learn to enunciate verbally if they so desire.
* A roundabout example from ''The Adolescence of P1'', during conversations carried out in text using a dumb terminal connected to a computer, the human side of the conversation is represented by using all lower case text and the titular AI's side is represented by all upper case text.

* The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah band used speech bubbles in live performances for comic effect, saying things like "Wow! I'm really expressing myself!"
* Music/JanisJoplin: The album cover of ''Music/CheapThrills'' uses them, because Creator/RobertCrumb did the illustration work.
* Music/FrankZappa: Zappa also used speech bubbles a lot on his album covers and in the gatefold sleeves, most notably ''Music/LumpyGravy'', ''Music/WereOnlyInItForTheMoney'', ''Music/UncleMeat'', ''Music/CruisingWithRubenAndTheJets'', ''Music/WeaselsRippedMyFlesh'' and ''Music/{{Lather}}''.
* Music/GeorgeClinton also does this often, both as a solo artist, as well on albums by Music/{{Parliament}} and Music/{{Funkadelic}}.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'', the words in your character's speech bubbles are different colors than everyone else's. If you run into another one of the main characters during a storyline, their words are the same color as your own.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' represents characters' speech in speech bubbles. Players can choose the color of their bubbles and text.
* In ''VideoGame/StarControlII'', each race's speech is subtitled in a different font. These vaguely match their personalities, so the Ur-Quan have large, bold text while the Utwig have thin, wobbly, depressed-looking text.
* The ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series love to play with the speech bubbles. Characters talking normally have a regular rounded bubble with normal font size. If a character is extremely shocked or angry, not only the font goes all caps, but the font size grows HUGE and sometimes the speech bubble becomes more pointy instead of round. Characters who are scared or angry may use fonts that wiggle and characters who are very quiet or growing quiet have the font shrink and/or become a light gray instead of the standard black. Truly evil characters have a purple speech bubble.
** In ''Paper Mario 2'' at least, Boss characters also have a different ''sound effect'' that goes with the scrolling text in their speech bubbles.
** The ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' trilogy shares this love for playing with the speech bubbles.
* In ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', the Malkavian font is like cut out letters from a paper.
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' and ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' have them throughout each cutscene.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', every character has them throughout the game, even with the scrolling text in them.
* ''VideoGame/Persona5'': Black and red bubbles with "..." in them appear above [=NPCs=] who have things to say, and dialogue now appears as square boxes with triangular attachments pointing to the mouths of the {{Character Portrait}}s that accompany them.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/AMomentOfPeace'', humans have normal speech bubbles and gods speak in floating, colored, Comic Sans MS text.
* In ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'', the Dark Gods have different colored speech bubbles and fonts, and the main character's superior's speech bubble is black with white text. He himself is nearly always in shadow. The writer pointed this out in the comments for the comic.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' uses a different color balloon for each character; the differences are usually subtle. When [=Shadow2=] copies another character's voice, this is indicated by his balloon's color. One character's bodily possession is indicated by overlapping balloons. Initially even minor character got their own bubble colors, but this was later dropped; in later chapters, only the major characters get colored speech bubbles. Most minor characters have even lost the bubble colors they once had (e.g. Paz, whose bubbles used to be brown, but now are a generic white).
* Similarly, ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' uses different colors for different characters, or at least tries to. Many characters and many crossovers have led to a few cases where multiple characters in a strip speak with the same (or very similar) colors.
* Richard from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' falls under this proposed trope.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' uses numerous variations in the shape or color of the Speech Bubbles for specific characters:
** [[TheUndead Undead]] have black speech bubbles with white text. When Xykon becomes a lich in ''Start of Darkness'' and his speech bubbles change to the undead format, he comments on his dramatic, [[PowerEchoes echoey voice]]. Redcloak clarifies that this is because Xykon no longer has a functional larynx, so his voice is magically powered by negative energy.
** Diverse colored speech bubbles for outsiders such as gods, celestials, infernals, and ghosts. Infernals usually have black speech bubbles with colored text inside (lampshaded with Qarr the imp, who is recognized by his red-on-black speech bubbles). Celestials have brightly colored bubbles with black text. Elemental spirits like Celia have a color related to their plane of origin.
** Dragons and half-dragons also have colored speech bubbles linked to their species. Giants too, it seems.
** Being under some magical effect can alter the color of a character's speech bubbles, like with [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0331.html the Oracle doing a prophecy]], [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0635.html Vaarsuvius under the Soul Splice]], or [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0767.html Haley having imbibed a Potion of Glibness]].
** The shape is sometimes significant too, like with LawfulNeutral Modrons having rectangular bubbles.[[invoked]]
** The connectors pointing to which character is speaking also give indications. They are straight when the speaker is healthy, but become irregular for a sick, stunned, drunk, confused, wounded or dying character, to represent shaky speech. Malack's are always this way [[spoiler:until he shows his GameFace]], hinting of a raspy or hissy voice.
** More classically, bubbles with dotted borders and grey text indicate whispering. Zz'dtri's bubbles always have grey text, since he's TheQuietOne and hardly ever raises his voice.
** Early in the comic, mumbling to oneself or aside comments by the characters were texts without bubbles and just a connector. But this became rarer and rarer and has phased out by book 3 -- except for the Demon-Roaches, [[TheArtifact who only ever talk this way]].
* ''[[Webcomic/AntiHeroes anti-HEROES]]'' does the same as ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' with undead, and [[http://antiheroescomic.com/comic/149 lampshades it]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'' uses one font (Maiandra GD) for [[UpTheRealRabbitHole real-world]] characters (including Parson even after he is [[SummonEverymanHero summoned]] into Erfworld), and another (Gorilla Milkshake) for Erfworld's native inhabitants.
* ''Webcomic/CogaSuro'' has the usual convention of robots having square speech balloons. Most of them, anyway. Styx, an evil example, has black speech balloons with white text. For a few chapters, each character had a different font, but this was dropped later.
* ''Webcomic/ChainmailBikini'' uses a different font for each player (with the same font being used for table talk by the player and in-character statements by that player's character).
* ''Webcomic/TheWotch'' uses a black speech-bubble with white letters for Dark Lord Xaos. During a flashback, you see the moment where he discards his old persona as the Lawful Good "Worlock", and dons the spikey darkey helmet of Lawful Evil Lord Xaos; his speech-bubbles reverse their colors from one panel to the next.
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' has the Dark Warriors, were everyone but Bikke has weird speech bubbles; Garland's are red on black (formerly black on gray), Drizz'l's are white on black, and Viblert's are black on red. There's also Sulk's (a whiny version of The Hulk), which are green. The Light Warriors also get uniquely-coloured text when they don't speak in normal speech bubbles; this has led to much [[WildMassGuessing discussion]] over the identities of the speakers in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/06/26/episode-434-wouldnt-you-like-to-know/ one particular comic.]] A question which has recently [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/05/19/episode-1129-there/ been answered.]] '''(Spoilers!)'''
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' has the Shadowy Author, whose bubbles are normal colored, but just float around without the tail pointing to his mouth. About two years before the end of the comic, his speech balloons suddenly gain a tail; [[spoiler: this is our first clue that it's actually George, pretending to be the Shadowy Author]].
* ''Webcomic/DreamCatcher'' typically uses a standard font for everyone, except early on in the gateworld where they briefly used hard to read cursive text.
* Similarly ''Webcomic/M9Girls'' used a different font for each major character. For example, the ValleyGirl character had a very fancy font, while the villain would get a gothic-looking font. The authors seem to have dropped this in later chapters.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Agatha and other "Sparks" get a gradual change of font as they draw more and more on the madness that is their source of power... it's not just for decoration, either. With all the cool machines the Sparks can build, it's easy to forget their most insidious power -- the ability to draw the easily-impressionable to them, binding their wills, and turning them into "minions". When the font starts getting curly, people start kneeling. Agatha just has a bit of extra punch in that department, thanks to her [[spoiler:Mongfish]] blood.
** When Bangladesh [=DuPree=] breaks her jaw and has it wired shut, her speech bubbles become rebuses. Some of Agatha's little clanks "speak" using rebuses as well.
** Other groups that have their own special speech bubbles: [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20031027 Jagerkin]] (and the Generals are even more special), and [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130911 voice-enabled clanks]]. Castle Heterodyne [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080709 has a bubble similar to the Jagers]].
** The Geisterdamen have their own particular fonts, but the same speech bubbles as human characters.
** Tinka, a malfunctioning clank, gets a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20051107 strange effect]] around the edge of her speech bubbles, vaguely reminiscent of broken pixels on a low-resolution screen.
** Von Pinn has her own very distinctive bubbles, with [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20081119 curved slices]] all around the edge, faintly reminiscent of a circular saw blade.
* ''Webcomic/MetroidThirdDerivative'' gives every character a different font, color, and text effects for their speech. When JD copies Joey's voice in [[http://bobandgeorge.com/metroid/index.php?comic=160&num=5 comic 160]], his color changes to indicate it.
* ''Webcomic/MrSquare'' has often used word bubbles as actual characters in [[http://revfitz.com/issue12/ 12]] and [[http://revfitz.com/issue143/ 143]] as well as using them as scenery in [[http://revfitz.com/issue48/ #48.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' does the inverse. When Decoy Octopus is in disguise, his speech bubble remains white, making it easier for readers to identify him. Each character has their own colors of speech bubble, with their own PaintingTheMedium moments. When Psycho Mantis is using his powers, his text turns from black to [[strike:red]] green. It's when he goes totally nuts that his text turns red. And when one character is possessing another, the possessing spirit's speech bubble is used. This is actually used in the last comic, to reveal that [[spoiler:Big Boss has taken over Ocelot's mind, not Liquid as the games would have you believe]].
* In ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', all the dragons have their own distinctive fonts. Lampshaded in [[http://ozyandmillie.org/2006/04/10/ozy-and-millie-1632/ the April 10, 2006 strip.]]
* Vinci of ''[[http://www.vincifruit.com/ Vinci & Arty]]'' has a thick Greek accent, which is generally rendered phonetically only when other artists "borrow" him. In his home comic, it's represented by a pseudo-Greek font. Most characters in ''Vinci & Arty'' have distinct fonts, with the exception of non-recurring characters, who just get a generic font.
* ''Webcomic/ComboRangers'' has speech bubbles ColorCodedForYourConvenience, in accordance to the character's uniform colors. This was useful when it was revealed that a BigBad was a clone of Power Combo, thanks to their similar speech bubbles.
* The style and fonts used in ''Webcomic/TheMonsterAndTheGirl'' for each of the major characters. Mayu has blurred edge rounded speech bubbles, Kenrick has extremely ragged edged rectangular speech bubbles.
* Since the characters of ''Webcomic/OneOverZero'' are actually ''in'' a comic strip, they have no audio even to them; their voices are distinguished instead by their fonts. Well, they seem to "hear" their voices, but in the same sense that we do -- by seeing the fonts and imagining how they sound. This provokes a bizarre conversation halfway through the strip where they begin arguing about what their voices sound like. Zadok the grass golem is told that only he thinks his voice is a sexy rich baritone instead of a creepy rustling scratching.
%%* ''[[http://thinks.com/family-fun/kim-and-jason.htm Kim & Jason]]''
* ''[[http://www.kismetropolis.com Kismetropolis]]'' uses different speech bubbles, colors and fonts for varying purposes.
* In ''Webcomic/DMOfTheRings'', the GM speaks with square speech bubbles with yellow background, and [=NPCs=] (played by the GM) had regularly shaped speech bubbles, but also with yellow background.
** This convention was picked up by ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''... and nearly every CampaignComic in existence.
** And in the recent DeepImmersionGaming portions of ''Webcomic/TheWotch''.
** The BSideComics from ''Webcomic/{{Applegeeks}}'' use a similar system: conversations between the artist and writer have the artist speak normally through his avatar and the writer using only square speech balloons while remaining offscreen, almost as a Narrator.
* David Hopkins' ''Webcomic/{{Jack|DavidHopkins}}'' uses a very distinctive style of speech bubble with notches along the border for any dialogue spoken by the Sins in the strip and a second distinctive style for those characters who are/were Fallen angels, although the latter is rarely seen. Also, Candy and Ryan Dewalt, the pair behind ''Webcomic/VinciAndArty'', did a story arc for ''Jack'' (with full approval from David Hopkins) and brought their talent for character-specific fonts to ''Jack''.
* The first panel on page 10 of the [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Energize_and_Dasien/index.php?p=395126 Energize/Dasien crossover]] uses a small drawing of each hero's face next to the relevant speech bubble.
* ''Webcomic/HomeOnTheStrange'' has one character speak in a different font from the others. [[http://www.homeonthestrange.com/view.php?ID=15 There's a good reason for this, which is explained in the sidebar.]]
* One strip from ''Webcomic/LickMyJesus'' (which is regrettably defunct) had one character agreeing with everything another said. It turned out to be because he didn't understand what the person was saying -- because he didn't speak Papyrus. The rest of the strip was a series of gags which involved treating fonts as if they were languages.
* Most dialog in ''Webcomic/TheEasyBreather'' is set in three standard Apple fonts: Chicago for heroes, Sand for villains and Chalkboard for other characters. In the second story, the "neutral" dialog font was changed from Chalkboard to [[http://www.1001fonts.com/font_details.html?font_id=3220 Rehotalko]], and [[http://www.blambot.com/font_sdb.shtml Self Destruct Button]] is used for talking robots.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', StarfishAliens often speak in hexagon-shaped balloons, while robots usually speak in stylized square balloons [[ShoutOut reminiscent]] of the Creator/MarvelComics {{Transformers}}.
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', the BigBad race of the time had an in-universe [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20020421.html font change]] to something more readable as part of the terms of a surrender.
* Miss [[http://www.nettserier.no/ascii/2008/05/25/ Delta]] (a digital artist from @hens) in ''AdventuresInASCII'' has half-triangular speech bubbles reflecting her body shape.
* ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'''s speech bubbles are mostly in the distinctive "Good Dog" font, but {{Satan}} has his own font, and the cyborgised Brazil speaks in a plainer font to suggest his computer-synthesised monotone.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Kagerou}}'', different colors are used to differentiate characters, as well as to show which of Kano's personalities is at the fore. His speech bubbles usually match his KaleidoscopeEyes.
* One [[http://mountaincomics.com/shampoo-week-2-finale/ special Mountain Time episode]] puts speech bubbles to a somewhat meta use.
* Although ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' mostly uses standard speech bubbles and fonts, [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp10122009.shtml this strip]] deserves special mention for its humorously creative use of bubble colour, heavy outlining and symbols such as storm clouds, teardrops and a [[DeathByNewberyMedal dead kitten]] to convey heartbreak.
* ''Webcomic/TheWayOfTheMetagamer'' started out using Comic Sans for everything. Later on, it switched to Gemelli -- but when characters are under mind control or otherwise possessed, their font changes back to Comic Sans. Additionally, the narrator speaks with floating rectangles instead of bubbles -- whenever a character [[InteractiveNarrator imitates the narrator]], they too use rectangles.
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'' uses differently colored speech bubbles for different characters. In one panel, Ariel and Chirinide both yell at Kyonne to leave them, and share one bubble with a gradient between their respective colors.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
** The comic has mostly normal speech bubbles, but occasionally, an Immortal (or flat-out {{Eldritch Abomination}}s) get black speech bubbles that get progressively less normal as they get angry and/or emotional. The Goo doesn't even have a speech bubble, subtly implying that the Goo does not speak using vocals, but instead through telepathy of some sort.
** Also, in one strip, where a new character with long hair is introduced, a little bubble naming him shows up with "gothic" script. He glances over and notices it, [[BreakingTheFourthWall physically strikes it with a fist]], and it reverts to normal text. It's in the "one-shot" strips, though, where that's more common.
* ''[[http://www.rockpapercynic.com/littleworlds/ Little Worlds]]'' features blurry-edged color-coded speech bubbles for each of its characters.
* ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' has the usual (round, black text on white), and a number of special ones:
** Yelling is indicated with spiky bubbles.
** Some Abyssals or otherwise death-aspected creatures get white text on a black background.
** Marena has a more animalistic font when in her Deadly Beastman form.
** Nova and the [[spoiler:semi-alchemicals]] have rectangular bubbles, with rounded corners.
** Unnatural Mental Influence is often indicated by the text having a color.
* In ''Webcomic/TheUnspeakableVaultOfDoom'':
** The Unspeakable's speech bubbles use the Caslon font, as opposed to a "normal" comic font for other characters.
** Also, when Zalgo comes (and goes) in one of the strips, his speech bubbles are oddly-colored and covered in swirly lines.
* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' has started altering its bubbles; once converstations start showing up in 'feline', the bubbles grow cat ears and whiskers.
* ''Webcomic/GameDestroyers'' does things a little differently than most other web comics. Unlike other comics, there are no dialogue arrows on the speech bubbles in this comic. Instead, each character has a unique font, text color, and background color. Some characters who know telepathy speak in a rounded edge rectangle instead, whenever the author remembers that, anyway.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Roza}}'', [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2007-05-23 the guard monster roars in red]].
* In ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'', [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/04/09 speech with asterisks.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DreamKeepers Prelude'', [[http://www.dreamkeeperscomic.com/Prelude.php?pg=124 an arcing speech bubble]].
* In ''Webcomic/ThistilMistilKistil'', [[http://tmkcomic.depleti.com/comic/ch02-pg20/ Loki is angry. The lettering is not neat, and shows red.]]
* In ''WebComic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-09-14 using fonts, and no border for Buddha's awakening]]
** Squigley's ''Webcomic/MushroomSamba'' [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2007-03-25 features his "WOW" turning into a bird.]]
* In ''WebComic/TheSpecialists'' [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-59/ Baron Crossbones speaks in black bubbles with white writing.]]
* In ''Webcomic/AmericanBarbarian'' [[http://www.ambarb.com/?p=87 red, white, and blue speech for a moment.]]
* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1080254/blue-yonder-prologue-page-14/ one attacke speaks in white writing on sky blue]]. All the rest are normal.
* In ''Webcomic/MyLifeAtWar'' they use the shape of speech bubbles to [[http://www.mylifeatwar.com/?p=22 indicate a character's accent]].
* In ''Webcomic/Level30Psychiatry'' translated PokemonSpeak is rendered in Blue and Yellow balloons reminisant of the Pokemon logo.
* Naturally, these get used throughout the whole of ''Webcomic/EarsForElves''; however, the ways their shape and layout can be used is shown excellently [[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/572 here]].
* In ''Webcomic/DragonMango'' [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter05/dm05-42.htm a black and red-outlined speech bubble, shaped like a smoke cloud.]]
* In the ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' "[[Webcomic/XkcdTime Time]]" animation, the Beanie People leader's speech to the protagonists is obfuscated in various ways (words written over each other, gray haze partially blocking the text) to represent the barely-bridged language barrier.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', many characters haver unusual speech bubbles, particularly those that live underground. The Cold Servants speak in white-on-black text, and each word is in a different segment of speech bubble. Sweetgrass Voice has white-on-black words in his/its speech. Shadow Child also speaks in white-on-black, but in normal font and speech bubbles. [[ItMakesSenseInContext The Statue of Ganesh]] always has straight edges around His words. The Skin Lizards speak in a different font than most characters.
* ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'' uses a different font for alien speech. Beings from between the dimensions have an extra outline around their speech bubbles - when the webcomic was in color, the ring was red.
* In ''Webcomic/FunnyFarm'' human characters speak in a handwriting font, while PC, ASCII, Tor the Calculate and other machines have a capitalized sans serif font.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Consolers}}'', the Mobile Demon speaks in green, partially transparent speech bubbles with wavy lines and uses a different font from the other characters.
** In one panel where Nintendo is [[ArtShift drawn in CD-i Zelda style]], she speaks in [[StylisticSuck Comic Sans]] as opposed to the regular font.
** When a character is speaking from offscreen, their head will show up right next to/partially inside their speech bubble.
* In ''Webcomic/Curtailed'', Seley and Fox are seen [[http://curtailedcomic.com/comic/artful-dodge/ dodging speech bubbles]] that contain questions about their upcoming wedding.
* Different fonts are used in ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'' to represent people speaking different languages. The speech bubbles of vampires are outlined in red.
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', Malevolus speaks in black-letter font on scroll-shaped bubbles. His speech bubbles turn normal once, precisely because he's making an effort to disguise his voice.
* In ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'' Eva, a model, has [[http://www.sandraontherocks.com/strips-sotr/pair-of-laugh-riots taken a shine to Marie]] but when Eva's stylists Adrianne (fashion) and Adrienne (makeup and hair) cruelly put down Marie, Eva's face goes dark with an evil glint in her eyes, and [[PetTheDog her dialogue]] for that followup scene is in a black balloon with white text.
* In ''Webcomic/StickyDillyBuns'', on two [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/that_was_uncalled_for separate]] [[http://www.stickydillybuns.com/strips-sdb/28_is_lucky occasions,]] when characters become coldly angry, their speech bubbles start dripping icicles.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Many cartoons of [[UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation the silent era]], such as ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'', would use SpeechBubbles as opposed to the word cards usually seen in live-action silent films. Lampshaded by Creator/WaltDisney in his first color television show, when he goes over how cartoons acted prior to the dawn of sound.
-->'''Walt:''' And as for sound... Well, if a character had something to say, he said it like this.\\
''[[[MediumAwareness he notices a bubble with what he just said written in it,]] [[PaintingTheMedium which he pops with a baton]]]''