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->540. ''A full minute of stunned silence means "My God what did you do?" not "Please continue".''
-->--''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG'' on the difference between type 1 and type 2

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Someone is shocked or stunned into silence.

There are two major types: Stunned amazement or stunned horror.

Often, stunned amazement causes the performer to think the audience's initial silence means they dislike the performance. The truth becomes apparent when they burst into applause. Often will lead to a SlowClap. If in comedic fiction, bonus points if the sound of cricket chirping is the only audible thing.

Stunned horror can be further divided into stunned by stupidity, stunned by surreality, or stunned by [[OhCrap realization of just how bad the situation is]]. The first two occur when a character says (or does) something so stupid or off the wall other characters are rendered unable to talk or limited to a single word, often a FlatWhat. See also ChirpingCrickets, LoudspeakerTruck, FaceFault, and IdiotCrows. The third, obviously, is a manifestation of OhCrap, often a MassOhCrap.

See also DeerInTheHeadlights when someone is stunned by immediate, personal danger, and ShuttingUpNow for a possible follow up. If this happens during a radio broadcast, it can lead to DeadAir.

Compare ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject, and VisibleSilence.
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!Examples:

!!Stunned Amazement

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[spoiler: After Ichigo failed the asauchi battle test and had to go in search of his roots, when he returned to the test, every single asauchi quietly knelt before him the moment they saw him. Nimaiya, the asauchi creator, is left speechless.]]
* This is Tron's reaction to seeing Sora using the Keyblade to shut down the barrier trapping them both inside the Pit Cell in ''Manga/KingdomHeartsII''. Later on, Sora amazes the program again by [[spoiler: fixing a broken piece of data that was destroyed in an accidental hit-and-run by a Magnum Loader]].

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[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* In ''FanFic/TheBoyWithTheMagicNotebook'', Maxwell needs to prove beyond any doubt to Battery and Assault that his notebook is as powerful as he claims. This is their reaction to when he decides to summon a ''Gigantic Flying Holy Chocolate Donut''.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Happens at the final performance in ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'', before [[spoiler:the audience bursts into applause]]. Somewhat justified, as the audience had taken considerable abuse during the show.
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'', when Sauron falls the main characters who are fighting at the Black Gate are literally stunned into silence. It makes more sense in the extended editions, because it is revealed that the Mouth of Sauron told everyone Frodo was dead (or in the books, captured and awaiting death); it's to be expected that his victory would bring on a "Holy freaking crap, Frodo's alive!" as well as a "Holy freaking crap, we actually won!"
* Happens at the performance of ''RomeoAndJuliet'' in ''ShakespeareInLove'' before [[spoiler:the audience bursts into applause]]
* In ''Film/SherlockHolmes'', Holmes is seen participating in a barefist boxing match watched by a crowd loudly and savagely baying for blood. However, after Holmes -- who has previously been holding back -- [[CurbStompBattle completely beats the crap out of his opponent in six seconds]] [[DisproportionateRetribution in response to his opponent's ill-advised decision to spit at the back of Holmes' head]], the crowd immediately goes silent with shock, except for one chap who indignantly mutters, "Where the hell did ''that'' come from?!"
* At the climax of JohnnyEnglish, [[spoiler: Johnny ends up accidentally being crowned king]]. He, along with everyone else, spend a ''long'' time completely stupefied.
* The ending of ''{{Babe}}'' has the entire crowd silent after [[spoiler: watching Babe herd the sheep perfectly]]. They then erupt with a thunderous applause.
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} of all people gets one in the original ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla''. He attacks what appears to be his exact twin with his radioactive flame. Only for the thing to have metal under its skin. Godzilla actually tilts his entire upper body in shock to one side with a general sense of his body language and expression more or less screaming ''"What the Hell?!"'' Mechagodzilla gets one a few moments before when Godzilla shows up, and gets a ''second'' one near the climax of the film when Godzilla emerges from the ocean for round two. Despite being a machine, Mechagodzilla's sudden reaction to the churning water shows that this Mechagodzilla had some level of AI as it was almost as if it was startled by the noise. When Godzilla himself emerges, Mechagodzilla just kinda ''stands there'' for a few moments. One has to wonder if it would have reacted at all if the aliens who built it hadn't then told the thing to "Beat Godzilla to Death."

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Series 4 finale, [[spoiler:[[TheNthDoctor the tenth Doctor]] has been shot by a dalek! You know what that means! He'll regenerate, and change into a completely different person! The Doctor's companions, Rose, Donna and Jack back away as he begins to glow and change- only for him to redirect his energy and just stand there, smiling, looking completely the same. They just stare in stunned amazement.]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': An effective use of both tension and comedy at the same time is found in the Series 4 finale. For several long moments at the start of the episode, absolutely no-one speaks. The camera pans around all six characters as each one shifts position or opens their mouth as though about to speak, but no-one does. It's clear the entire cast is absolutely stunned by whatever Lilah has just said. Lilah herself doesn't speak just waits, smug and amused, as Angel's team try and gather their wits and find their voices. WordOfGod reveals that it was deliberately timed to coincide with the length of time it takes for the credits to scroll across the screen as they'd once observed how long it takes and thought it would be funny to have absolutely no talking for that long if they could ever think of a plot. They thought of one.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''
** Jorah is rendered utterly speechless when he sees Daario leaving Daenerys' quarters in the morning. By the time he gets his audience with Dany, he's recovered enough to deliver a snarky comment.
** And there's the MassOhCrap moment when a drunken Tyrion Lannister, pushed to the limit by King Joffrey's petty cruelty, threatens to geld his Grace. The entire room falls silent and only [[DragonInChief Lord Tywin Lannister]] dares speak to defuse the situation.

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[[folder: Pinball ]]

* ''Pinball/PinballMagic'' incorporates this into a mode: "Silence the Critics".

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[[folder: Poetry ]]

* In "The Mountain Whippoorwill", a poem by Stephen Vincent Benet, Hillbilly Jim gets no applause because the crowd is stunned by his fiddle playing. [[spoiler: He's that good]].

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Utter audience silence can be the sign of a deeply moving musical performance, and as such is an enormous compliment to the performers.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''JakIIRenegade'', the titular character just looks on at the girl behind the curtain [[spoiler: (later revealed to be Keira)]] in a romantic trance, with his mouth wide open, while Daxter attempts to get him to snap out of it.
* Apparently happens in the beginning of VideoGame/BioshockInfinite to Booker Dewitt when he first witnesses Columbia, judging from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfRZKURX0eY This scene.]]
* In ''VideoGame/EnslavedOdysseyToTheWest'' Trip reacts that way when she seen [[OneManArmy Monkey]] battling Mechs for the first time.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Occurs in Webcomic/ElGoonishShive [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-11-29 when Grace decides to let Mr. Raven know she's in on the masquerade the fast way]].

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe's]] review of ''VideoGame/StarcraftII'' begins with a full fifteen seconds of him staring dazedly into the camera before fainting. ([[SoCoolItsAwesome Yes, it's that good]].)
* [[WebVideo/BumReviews Chester A. Bum]]'s reaction to ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is similar, beginning with several seconds of staring in slack-jawed amazement.
* [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd The Angry Video Game Nerd's]] review of the Power Glove had a rather [[StealthPun stunning]] example of this: testing out the game Top Gun and its notoriously finicky landing sequence, he managed to land using the glove. His response? There wasn't one.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', when Fluttershy demonstrates her knowledge of sewing, after Rarity keeps asking for her honest opinion on Fluttershy's gala dress, Rarity's reaction is to stare, slack-jawed and speechless, at Fluttershy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', the Gophers are struck speechless when the RCMP comes for Izzy.
* In''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', everyone's jaw drops when they find out Bumi's story about developing airbending [[CassandraTruth wasn't a story after all.]]

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!!Stunned Horror

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* A regular element of being around Mihoshi of ''TenchiMuyo''
* {{Jormungand}}'s main character Koko Hekmatyar revealing exactly what plan ''Jormungand'' involves in episode 10 of season 2 elicits unfavorable reactions from her subordinates.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' after [[spoiler: Mami dies]] you see the faces of Sayaka and Madoka and the look of utter horror on their faces. Considering what they just [[EatenAlive witnessed]] anyone would react the same way.
* This is [[{{KidHero}} Sora]]'s reaction to finding out that [[{{Disney/Mulan}} "Ping"]] [[{{SweetPollyOliver}} is female]] in ''[[{{Manga/KingdomHeartsII}} Kingdom Hearts II]]''. He soon covers his face and tries to excuse himself in a humiliating way.
-->'''Sora:''' ...Oh. Err. 'Sup? Um? [[{{SuddenlyShouting}} I'm sorry!]] [[{{SamusIsAGirl}} I didn't know you were a girl!]]

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Even Palpatine gets such a moment, in ''Star Wars: The Clone Wars: The Sith Hunters'', when Anakin tells him Darth Maul has returned.

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[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* This happens multiple times in ''FanFic/OhGodNotAgain''. One of the more notable instances is when [[Franchise/HarryPotter Harry]] mouths off at Voldemort several times while he's at his mercy and surrounded by Death Eaters, who just can't believe what they're seeing.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' story, ''Fanfic/{{Legacy}}'', the contestants (but not Chris or Chef Hatchet) are dumbfounded when [[spoiler:the killer slashes his victim]].
* In the ''StarTrek'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Retribution}}'', Kirk is "surprised temporarily beyond words" when Spock confesses that he still feels guilty about nearly killing Kirk during the ''kal-i-fee''. When he can speak again, he protests that Spock was NotHimself.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Mission Control in ''Film/{{Apollo 13}}'' after Lovell reports that "we are venting something into space" and everyone realizes just how bad the situation is.
* "Springtime For Hitler" in ''Film/TheProducers''.
* A "stupidity" example in ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' after Buttercup and Westley enter the Fire Swamp.
-->'''Westley:''' It's not that bad.\\
'''Buttercup:''' ''[turns her head and stares unbelievingly at him]''\\
'''Westley:''' Well, I'm not saying I'd like to build a summer home here, but the trees are actually quite lovely.\\
'''Buttercup:''' ''[continues to stare at him]''
* In ''Film/MacGruber'', OnlySaneMan Piper has this reaction when listening to [=MacGruber=]'s backstory of him and the villain, learning that the latter's grudge against the former is all too justified.
* “[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Ring must be taken deep into Mordor and cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came]]. *{{beat}}* One of you must do this.” It’s almost jarring ''not'' to hear crickets in the silence that follows, as the camera pans out to observe that no one in the council is moving a muscle.
** And then Boromir finally breaks the silence with the [[MemeticMutation now-meme-tastic]] line: “One does not simply WalkIntoMordor."
* In ''Film/RoboCop1987'', during the scene when Robocop attempts to stop Emil (one of the criminals who killed him) from robbing a gas station, and Emil realizes that [[BackFromTheDead Robocop is the police officer they thought they killed.]] Robocop, who has no memory of his death, is so shocked he doesn't even react to Emil firing at him.
-->'''Robocop''': Drop it! Dead or alive, you're coming with me.
-->'''Emil''': ...I know you. You're dead. We killed you. (fires gun) We killed you!
* A LeaveTheCameraRunning example is featured in ''Film/FunnyGames'' after [[spoiler:the couple's child is killed and the killers depart. The parents sit motionless and in silence for over a minute]].

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Happens in ''[[Literature/TheIcewindDaleTrilogy The Crystal Shard]]'' by R.A. Salvatore. Wulfgar wins a one-on-one fight by ''crushing the guy's skull with his bare hands.'' After the fight a herald was supposed to step in and proclaim the winner. Instead, everyone just stands around staring at what he'd done.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': "Ross? I'm pregnant."
* In ''Literature/TheConditionsOfGreatDetectives'' this is Tenkaichi's reaction to having his summation and reveal of the murder's identity interrupted by [[spoiler:the murder killing herself. After the full confession and death]] Tenkaichi walks slowly out of the room and asks the chief if he can go home as he can no longer have his dramatic moment.
* TheWestWing: "Josh, your father died."
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': In the episode "[[WhamEpisode The Rains of Castamere]]," Catelyn Tully has this reaction when [[spoiler:her son Robb is killed. The silence is stretched through the entire credits sequence with a total lack of sound or music]].
* ''Series/{{Punkd}}'': [[Series/That70sShow Wilmer Valderrama]] couldn't do anything but stare in shock as [[http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/140927/wilmers-car.jhtml his expensive car was dented and had its windows smashed in]].

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[[folder: Music ]]

* According to ''Rolling Stone'', after Music/MichaelJackson played the entirety of the just-completed second disc of ''[=HIStory=]: Past, Present and Future, Book I'' (1995) -- the DarkerAndEdgier product of a CreatorBreakdown, as opposed to a WinBackTheCrowd collection of catchy dance tunes they and he ''really'' could have used in the wake of his child molestation scandal -- to a boardroom full of Sony Music executives, all they did was file out of the room in silence, driving him to tears.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Calvin's father in ''ComicBook/CalvinAndHobbes'', typically in response to one of Calvin's questions. The best one: "[[http://www.gocomics.com/calvinandhobbes/1986/01/01 Why do you live here with Mom instead of in an apartment with a number of scantily clad female roommates?]]"

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Wrestling/{{ECW}} once did a storyline involving Wrestling/{{Raven}} tying The Sandman to a wooden cross, then placing a crown of barbed wire upon his head. This marks the only time the ECW mutants were ever not cheering, chanting, or screaming for blood. Definitely the "silent horror" variety. They had to send Raven (who was supposed to be the bad guy in all this, keep in mind) out to apologize to the crowd afterwards.
** And Raven, to this day, [[CompletelyMissingThePoint doesn't get why anyone saw a problem with it.]] By the way, Wrestling/KurtAngle, a few months after winning an Olympic Gold Medal [[MemeticMutation with a BROKEN FREAKING NECK]], was there that night as a guest of [[Wrestling/{{Tazz}} Taz]]. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen He turned around and walked out on seeing this.]]

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Used effectively by honor guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery. If someone/a group of people is disrespecting the tomb or area around it in any way, they will break from their walk and address them directly [[NoIndoorVoice in a loud shout,]] ''"It is requested that everyone maintains a level of silence and '''respect!'''"'' Technically it's less of a horror aspect and more of a shameful/embarrassing one, but it gets the job done just as well.

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[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* RonWhite: "I got kicked off the high school debate team for saying 'Yeah?! Well, [[PrecisionFStrike fuck you]]!!' I thought I had won. The other kid was speechless."

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory has several examples, but none more visible than during the Tycho's giraffe story, and the Heavy's Engineer story.
* VideoGame/MassEffect3 has the ship's A.I. "EDI" get her own robotic body. One discussion leads to Shepard asking if Edi's processing power and attention might be drawn elsewhere by her new abilities to any troublesome level:
--> '''EDI''': "Do not worry, Shepard. I only forget to recycle the Normandy's oxygen when I find something ''truly'' interesting."
--> '''Shepard''': (silent facial expression of [[OhCrap utter horror]])
--> '''EDI''': "[[JustJokingJustification That was a joke]]."
* This happens to some people who play ''VideoGame/TheWitchsHouse'' and see the real ending.
* In ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'', a Pigmask does this when Lucas crashes and totals the Pork Bean he brought him mere seconds after he gets into it. [[UpToEleven He remains there utterly speechless for the rest of the game.]]
* When [[spoiler:the Belkans nuke themselves]] in ''VideoGame/AceCombatZeroTheBelkanWar'', [[MassOhCrap all radio chatter stops]] for thirty seconds. Even the BGM stops and is replaced with quiet white noise for the rest of the mission. Coupled with the InterfaceScrew from [[spoiler:the nukes' EMP]], the end result is ''[[NightmareFuel scary]]''.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''{{Spacetrawler}}'': Upon discovering [[labelnote:a major spoiler]]namely, that all Eebs are lobotomized at birth[[/labelnote]], Martina takes [[http://spacetrawler.com/2011/05/08/spacetrawler-138/ a full three panels]] to absorb the information.
* In ''SomethingPositive'', this is the audience's initial reaction to the first (and only) performance of ''Nailed!'' (a frankly sacrilegious musical in the vein of ''JesusChristSuperstar''). Then the lighters come out...
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. It looks like Antimony has gotten [[TricksterArchetype Coyote]] stunned silent with a revelation about Renard, but it turns out Coyote is faking, and he knew about the revelation all along.
* Done in Webcomic/GirlGenius in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090706 this page]].. although not for the same reason for everyone.
* Nobody in SlightlyDamned thought that [[ThePollyanna Buwaro]] the Demon could sing, [[http://www.sdamned.com/2011/01/01292011/ surprise]].

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* When [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] reviewed ''ComicBook/{{Cable}} #1'', he mentioned a panel showing part of the world trade center blown up. His face showed that HarsherInHindsight didn't even begin to cover it.
* When ToddInTheShadows reviewed ChrisBrown's "Deuces", Kevin [=McCall=]'s line "Like Tina did to Ike in the limo, it finally hit me" caused this. And follows by asking how it remained on the song (complete with a mock conversation where Brown asks to remove the lyric because [[DomesticAbuse they compare him enough already with Ike Turner]]).
* In ''SuburbanKnights'', when the main villain, an EvilLuddite wizard who wants to destroy all technology [[spoiler:turns out to have an iPhone]], everyone just stays silent for a moment (then WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic calls out on him... discovering the bad guy is even more of a hypocrite than he seems!).
* In a crossover review of ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk Returns'', when [[TheMightyThor Thor]] says to Donald Blake[[note]]in case you don't know, in the comics [[TheyJustDidntCare both are the same person]][[/note]] "I like you, Blake, but [[ThatCameOutWrong only when you're asleep]]!" [[WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou Nash]] and [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]] can only deliver horrified expressions.
* Early on in ''MarbleHornets'', Alex gets stunned in the middle of a rehearsal for his student film upon seeing SlenderMan standing on a porch down the street. This leaves his two companions rather annoyed, as he never explains what has him so spooked.
* In the 2nd installment of ''[[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spooning with Spoony]]'', the Nostalgia Critic, having woken up in a bed, with Spoony, spends the entirety of the segment with his mouth wide open in silent horror, never making a sound. Angry Joe, also waking up with them, is only silent for a moment before attempting to attack Spoony.
* ''Website/SFDebris'': Kirk and Picard react this way to Archer's TalkativeLoon display in one meeting. Janeway, meanwhile, reacts with ''enthusiasm''...but then, of course she does.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', Roz reminds Mike Wazowski about his paperwork. Apparently, Mike forgot, leading Roz to comment, "Your stunned silence is very reassuring."
* ''[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead Beavis And Butt-Head]]'': For a couple of videos (Vanilla Ice and Milli Vanilli), all they could do is stare in horror for several seconds before wordlessly changing the channel.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', when Terry calls Ra's al Ghul a psychopath, which results in a horrified stare by Talia [[spoiler:-- which is a hint that Ra's al Ghul had possessed Talia's body and would have ''every reason'' to be horrified at the notion that people see him as a psychopath. If Terry called Ra's al Ghul in front of the ''real'' Talia, she would have given him a DeathGlare and more due to Talia's loyalty to Ra's al Ghul.]]

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!!Other

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* Not sure if this is true, but apparently this exact same story happened to both ''StarWars'' and ''{{Transformers}}''. When they were first shown in Japan, the audience left the film in complete silence. The producer/director, concerned about the lackluster response, asked their Japanese counterpart if they didn't like it. The Japanese counterpart then responded that the audience was giving the film their greatest possible compliment: for a Japanese audience, being silent means you're devoting your entire attention to that movie.
** There is a similar anecdote about ''Star Wars'' in America. When people saw the first spaceship come into view, they cheered. When they saw the second one (the Imperial Star Destroyer, which never seemed to end in that shot), they all went silent.
* In ''ClerksII'', this happens after God-fearing momma's boy Elias explains to Randall that the reason he's never had sex with his girlfriend is because all girls have a "pussy troll" that prevents them from having pre-marital sex by biting off the tip of any offending penis. Randall, a veteran snarker, is absolutely [[http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lgbbmnVccy1qzm86to1_500.jpg speechless]].
* ''Film/MeetTheFeebles'' has this happen as the audience reaction to The Sodomy Song, which is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin about what it sounds like]].
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', at the airport in Honolulu as the M.U.T.O.s are rampaging and destroying airliners, the entirety of the population within the airport is screaming. The second Godzilla's foot appears, they promptly shut the hell up, even the music.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The SexPistols' final concert in Winterland, USA. After their rendition of the horribly tasteless "Belsen was a Gas" the audience sat in stunned silence for a few seconds before applauding.
* A subversion: {{Beethoven}} believed that his 9th Symphony got disapproving silence as a response. Instead, the crowd was going nuts; he, being deaf, couldn't hear them.
** Until, according to legend, one of the soloists turned him round so he was facing the audience. At which point they went even more nuts.
* TruthInTelevision: A particularly moving piece of music gets silence from the house. Can be a powerful, powerful compliment. On one occasion a clap began, but most of the house didn't join in, and it subsided again (it was a tribute to a dead member of the orchestra, and applause just didn't seem appropriate).

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[[folder: New Media ]]

* Long ago, there was a YKTTW entry with this name which described the way dramatic arguments in shows would end: one person would raise their voice and deliver a final cutting line, then simply walk out, leaving the other in stunned silence.
* On the stupidity side, someone really doesn't understand how [[http://notalwaysright.com/ipod-meet-idiet/877 memory works]]

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* StoneColdSteveAustin had this reaction when [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]] came out to the ring dressed as a Confederate soldier. Austin, a man who obviously never aspired to any political correctness, clearly recognized the perversity of a black man dressed up as a Confederate soldier. Considering everything that's happened in his career, that says a ''lot'' about the skit.
* {{Wrestlemania}} 30. [[spoiler:Just these four words: Wrestling/BrockLesnar Broke [[Wrestling/TheUndertaker The Streak]]. ''The Entire Arena'' was silent, and one fan's reaction even [[MemeticMutation went viral]]; the referee and Wrestling/PaulHeyman even played up being shocked and there was a lengthy delay before Brock's theme music hit, just to let things sink in. The crowd was virtually dead for the rest of the night, only perking up once Wrestling/DanielBryan won.]]
* This occured when Wrestling/BrunoSammartino dropped the title after a historic reign that lasted just shy of eight years, to Ivan Koloff at Madison Square Garden. Witnesses say that one could hear a pin drop after the referee made the three count, and Sammartino himself claims that the room was so silent, he thought he had gone deaf.

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* ''Theatre/AvenueQ'': [[TransparentCloset Rod]] spends a whole song going on about how he is [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday totally straight]] and [[BlatantLies definitely]] has a GirlfriendInCanada. At the end, he lets out a near-hysterical "''[[CrossesTheLineTwice And I can't wait to eat her pussy again!]]''" For about [[OverlyLongGag 30 straight seconds]] all of the other characters, as well as the [[BreakingTheFourthWall orchestra and conductor]], stare at him in shock and awkwardness.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[http://www.gamespot.com/big-rigs-over-the-road-racing/reviews/big-rigs-over-the-road-racing-review-6086528/ This]] classic review of ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'' shows Alex Navarro (then working for Gamespot) losing his mind over the game's [[ObviousBeta pre-pre-Alpha]] status. After sitting in front of his computer for two minutes unable to find anything to say about it, he eventually [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere walks out of the GS office]] and flops onto the street as if to say, [[SmiteMeOMightySmiter "Please kill me now."]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': At one point, fast-talking alien scientist Mordin performs a filk of the Major-General's Song from ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance''. Shepard stares at him in absolute stunned disbelief for quite some time. Doubly hilarious because the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series is notorious for its {{Paused Interrupt}}s, and it looks like that's what's happening - until Mordin coughs at the end of the line.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Stunned silence variety appears in ''SomethingPositive'' after a couple of musicals/plays the main characters put on. One of them ended with the audience pulling out their lighters and setting fire to the place.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' had an episode in the gaming shop. [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-08-30 See]] what happens with background phrases in the last panel and Grace's expression? She sometimes have such effect on people.
* After Tanna's rant at Rolan in ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' [[ThatCameOutWrong came out wrong]], the various Elven ladies are [[[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/370 shocked into silence]] at the idea of her being pushed to the ground by a high-born male elf. This is indicated in the comic by the artist not drawing their mouths in the BeatPanel.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* In his review of the cheesy 80s movie ''Ragewar'', [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Dr. Insano]] gets a look that combines annoyance with weariness when he learns that this movie is the origin of the phrase "[[Series/MythBusters I reject your reality and substitute my own]]."

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''TheSimpsons'': Krusty hosting the "[[FunWithAcronyms Krusty Komedy Klassic]]" at the Apollo Theater. Um, oops...
** On the subject of the Apollo, ''Film/TheBuddyHollyStory'' contains a scene where Buddy and the Crickets go onstage at the Apollo and are met with stunned disbelief at these four white hillbillies. The crowd is quickly won over when the music starts playing.
* The page picture comes from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode [[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheBeach "The Beach"]], as the response to Azula's idea of appropriate romantic dialogue with a guy she just met at a party.
-->'''Azula:''' [[WeCanRuleTogether Together, you and I will be STRONGEST couple in the entire world!]] [[LargeHam WE WILL DOMINATE THE EARTH!]]
* LiteSprites: Meadow suggesting they teach a slug to do The Worm gets this response. [[SelfServingMemory She remembers it differently]].

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