->''"Talk excessive. Time limited."''
-->-- '''Omega Supreme''', ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Transformers]]''

Character talks in shorthand. Often avoids "being" verbs or sentence subjects. Often due to keeping journal. Makes character more distinctive/memorable. Annoying to some. Prone to PunctuatedForEmphasis.

Likes LaconicWiki.

Contrast MotorMouth, SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Compare BeigeProse, TheQuietOne.


[[folder: Anime And Manga ]]

* [[TheStoic Tabitha]] from ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''.
* Witch Girl from ''LightNovel/MaoyuuMaouYuusha''.
* Noël from ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'' likes one word answers if possible. More talkative when drunk.
* [[EmotionlessGirl Yuki Nagato]] from ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]''. It probably helps that she's technically a living machine.
* Senri from ''Manga/PlusAnima''.
* Sport-otoko from ''Manga/PleaseTellMeGalkoChan'' always talks laconically.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', Sasuke finds it easier to talk with animals than with people and tends to use HulkSpeak to communicate.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Rorschach from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' is always like this when talking, but his journal and internal monologue switches between this and [[PurpleProse outbreaks of fluency]]. Still skips articles and pronouns in journal. This seems to emulate shorthand writing, a preferred method of writing in journals or reports when one wants to quickly take note of something, focusing more writing as little as possible while still being able to maintain a cohesive narrative. The overall point of this style of writing is putting practicality before presentablity, which seems to be Rorschach's mantra on how he lives out his day-to-day life in general.
--> "Stood in firelight sweltering. Blood spreading on chest like map of violent new continent."
* The Surgeon General from ''ComicBook/GiveMeLiberty'' talks in exactly the same way as Rorschach.
* The "That Yellow Bastard" yarn of ''ComicBook/SinCity'' starts with Hartigan's introduction: "One hour to go. Last day on the job. Not my idea. Doctor's orders. Heart condition. Angina, he calls it."
* Surprisingly to modern audiences, [[TheIncredibleHulk Hulk]] originally talked like this prior to the rising popularity of the Savage Hulk personality, speaking perfectly legible English but very gruffly. In most of his more intelligent personas, particularily the Green Scar, he often speaks like this.
* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' would sometimes do this when severely injured or exposed to Kryptonite.
* DependingOnTheWriter, [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra Cain]] might talk like this to emphasize her inexperience with language.
* ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'': Jerom talks in telegram language.


[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* As a consequence of being modeled on ''Bridget Jones's Diary'', Cassandra Clare's ''Fanfic/TheVerySecretDiaries'' and all their numerous parodies and imitations.
* Queen Blackburn in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''FanFic/CrisisEquestria''. She most likely speaks like this because she hates wasting time.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/FlashFog'' features an ObstructiveBureaucrat named Greg who speaks like this because he thinks it makes him sound authoritative and intimidating.
* Uxie from ''FanFic/PokeWars''.
* Cassandra does this a fair bit in ''FanFiction/AngelOfTheBat,'' in an attempt to bring attention to her poor speaking skills.
* From the Gensokyo 20XX series, we get this with Youmu, who mostly said "Muh." being about two years old and, often, either when translated or not, they tend not to be in a complete sentence.
* Ryuuko in chapter three of [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11449951/3/Through-Thick-and-Thin Through Thick and Thin,]] when she converses with Nonon, Uzu, Gamagoori and Houka, mostly answering in simple sentences, however, she is not one otherwise. Semi justified as she was tired at the time.
* The telepod saleswoman in [[{{WebComic/MSPaintAdventures}} MS Paint Fanventure]] PAY DAT RENT!!! only ever speaks in single-word sentences.
* L'le in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone'' speaks this way. He blames the big scar on his throat, saying it makes speaking painful. Mostly a put-on; it's part of a personal myth (he can speak normally if need be).
** Also the Svenjaya, though some of that is contractually required of them.
* [[Videogame/{{Bioshock}} Jack Wynand]] in ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-26389-27/TheDivineDemon+Divine+Ideas+From+A+Demonic+Mind.htm Haven]]'' talks in short, sometimes fragmented, sentences due to his throat injury making speaking difficult.
* Darth Maul and [[spoiler:Bellatrix/Mother]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11171261/50/Free-from-Force Free from Force]]'' speak this way for a time due to being on a Star Destroyer without power and having to share a single oxygen mask.

[[folder: Film ]]

* Film/MadMax, with the exception of the [[Film/MadMax1 first film]] (where he even explains detailedly to a bandit about the LifeOrLimbDecision he's now in).


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Zueb Zan in the ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' books does this.
* The Weaver from ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation''.
* Candy and her journal entries in David R. Palmer's novel ''Literature/{{Emergence}}''.
* In the original French and Matthew Ward's popular English translation, the narrator of ''Literature/TheStranger'' talks like this.
* The narration of "[[Literature/ThisIsTheTitleOfThisStory This Is The Title Of This Story, Which Is Also Found Several Times In The Story Itself]]" by David Moser slips into this periodically:
--> "Introduces, in this paragraph, the device of sentence fragments. A sentence fragment. Another. Good device. Will be used more later."
* [[Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader Eustace Scrubb]] writes like this in his journal entries.
* Mac in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' hoards words. he almost never speaks in complete sentences, usually limiting his communication to single words or phrases. In ''Changes'', [[spoiler: when Harry explains that his daughter has been kidnapped]], the event is so shocking that [[spoiler: Mac actually speaks an entire paragraph.]]
* Ulath in [[Literature/TheElenium the Sparhawk series]]. Often will sum up a complex idea with one word and let others figure it out.
* Evelyn Howard from Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Literature/TheMysteriousAffairAtStyles''. As narrator [[TheWatson Hastings]] puts it, her speech is "couched in the telegraphic style."
* Mannie, narrator of ''Literature/TheMoonIsAHarshMistress'', talks like this, skipping short pronouns (such as "it") and articles (such as "the") when not strictly necessary to clarity. Makes him sound vaguely Russian, and is not common in Luna, but experience as computer programmer has gotten him into habit of dropping extraneous 'null terms', as he sees them, from vocabulary.
* In Literature/{{the Continental Op}} stories by Creator/DashiellHammett, one of the Op's fellow operatives, Dick Foley, is described as talking "like a [[ThriftyScot Scotchman's]] telegram."
* In ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' trilogy, Grim is TheQuietOne, often staying silent for days. When he does talk, it's usually only a few words. Dogman notes that when he does make an observation, it's usually to say something that [[CaptainObvious doesn't need saying]].


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Oz on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Witness this exchange from "The Zeppo":
-->'''Xander:''' What is it? How do you get it? Who doesn't have it, and who decides who doesn't have it? What is the essence of 'cool'?
-->'''Oz:''' Not sure.
-->'''Xander:''' I mean, you yourself, Oz, are considered more or less 'cool'. Why is that?
-->'''Oz:''' Am I?
-->'''Xander:''' Is it about the talking? You know, the-the way you tend to express yourself in short, non-committal phrases?
-->'''Oz:''' [[IResembleThatRemark Could be]].
** And from ''Series/{{Angel}}'', Oz and [[TheQuietOne Angel]] catch up on Sunnydale gossip:
-->'''Angel:''' Oz.
-->'''Oz:''' Hey.
-->'''Angel:''' Nice surprise.
-->'''Oz:''' Thanks.
-->'''Angel:''' Staying long?
-->'''Oz:''' Few days.
-->'''Doyle:''' Are they always like this?
-->'''Oz:''' No, we're usually laconic.
** There's a hilarious scene in the episode where Buffy gains mind-reading powers. Oz's internal dialogue is a long monologue on the philosophical implications of Buffy being able to read their thoughts. His only spoken dialogue is "Huh."
** After a long night patrolling and slaying Buffy often can't be bothered giving detailed {{after action report}}s, replying with "Vampires, killed 'em." Though in one episode it was because she didn't want people to know [[DistractedByTheSexy she'd been making out with Angel instead]].
-->'''Giles:''' How did the hunt go last night, Buffy?\\
'''Buffy:''' No go.\\
'''Giles:''' Uh, 'no', 'no' you didn't go, or you were unsuccessful?\\
'''Buffy:''' No [[MonsterOfTheWeek Gorches]].\\
'''Xander:''' Apparently Buffy has decided the problem with the English language is all those pesky words. You... Angel... big... smoochies?\\
'''Buffy:''' Shut... up.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Worf tends to speak in extremely short sentences. Maybe six words at most. No more.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFiHaMdPPZE Kevin decides to use fewer and simpler words to save time,]] to the annoyance of his coworkers.
* On ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Jess liked talking this way largely because he can't stand Stars Hollow's cutesy ways and to troll the adults. He's only seen speaking more eloquently when he's speaking to Rory or trolling Dean.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'': In the original Japanese script, Fujin's dialogue boxes only contain single Kanji symbols. The English translation copes with this by having her speak IN ALL CAPITALS, and in sentences one or two words in length. [[spoiler:In both cases she drops the shtick at the end of the game when she pleads Seifer to turn back and abandon his insane crusade.]]
* [[DeadlyDoctor Professor Mordin Solus]] of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Combines this with MotorMouth. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Except when singing]].
* Abathur from [[VideoGame/StarcraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm Heart of the Swarm]], and also a geneticist, speaks like this quite a bit.
* Dee Vasquez in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' speaks almost exclusively in short sentences. This can make it difficult to get any information from her in the cross-examination.
* Agent Superball from the Telltale ''SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' games does it all the time.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', one of the Courier's companions, Boone, will alternate between this method of speech and speaking in complete sentences. These also tie in to the two personalities he displays in the course of conversations with him--the classic ColdSniper and a more emotional, generally decent, but [[IronWoobie heavily traumatized man who just happens to be one of the most lethal people in the Mojave]].
** There's also [[EvilCounterpart Ulysses]] in the ''Lonesome Road'' add-on, who somehow manages to combine this with WarriorPoet.
* Sten in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''.
-->'''Warden''': Tell me about the qunari.
-->'''Sten''': No.
* Rammus of ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' responds to any and all orders from his summoner (you, the player) with stuff like "Yup" and "Okay."
** In fact, Rammus has a whopping six lines. Only two make it as far as two syllables.
* The Batter from ''Videogame/{{OFF}}'' tends to give one or two word answers to things.
* Chou-Chou's Terse form in ''Videogame/MugenSouls'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin obviously]].
* Happens in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' if you decide to KillEmAll. Save point fluff changes to just "X left" and "Determination." New description text [[spoiler:from the Fallen Child]] is also terse. It's a marked changed from a neutral or pacifist playthrough where the prose is fairly loose and comical.
* Strix from ''VideoGame/{{Paladins}}'' is a quiet ColdSniper who only speak when he has to. When he does speak, he usually doesn't use more than four words.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* It happens sometimes in ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' when they make a joke that falls short of expectations, and they try to explain it in sentence fragments.
* Zz'dtri from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', EvilCounterpart to [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness Vaarsuvius]], never speaks in complete sentences.
--> '''Vaarsuvius:''' [[KillItWithFire BURN]], you insufferably terse dullard!
* Willa Dragonfly from ''Webcomic/LatchkeyKingdom''. Some people call her mute, though it's unclear whether they're joking or actually believing it.
* Ken Ellis in ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' speaks like this when Asia gets to call him in Chapter 3.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Website/ItHeSoftware does this with [[VideoGame/ArxFatalis Am-Shaegar's]] [[http://it-he.org/arx_diry.htm diary.]]


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', the Question, Rorschach's reverse-double-{{Expy}}, does this when he's figuring out the conspiracy and hadn't slept in days. "Not [[AnotherDimension alternate universe.]] Time loop!" It highlights his increasing SanitySlippage at the time, as he usually speaks in a normal - if monotonous - manner.
* Characters who don't ordinarily exhibit this trope will sometimes do so when injured or fatigued, as in this example from an old ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' G1 episode:
-->'''Optimus Prime''': Badly damaged. Losing energy rapidly. Power relays fused. Mobility limited. Part replacement essential.
** A trope which is parodied by ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
-->'''Comic Book Guy:''' Unable... To continue... Describing... Symptoms... *collapses*
* Omega Supreme from the G1 ''[[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Transformers]]'' cartoon. Just about everything he ever said was two-word sentences, on the order of noun-adjective ("Repairs complete. Disaster averted.")
** Omega tends to do this in many incarnations. As does Soundwave.
-->'''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Ginormous, homage-tastically recolored virtual Soundwave]]''': ESCAPE IS IMPOSSIBLE. AUTOBOTS INFERIOR, SOUNDWAVE SUPERIOR.
* Parodied on '' WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''.
-->'''Freakazoid''': Can't... see! Sun... in... eyes! Must... talk... like... this!


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Former Russian finance minister turned newspaper columnist A. Lifshits is known (in Russia) for his frequent use of this in speeches and articles. It looks pretty much like this:
-->"Russia's economy is bad. Really. Very bad. It's a pity. Because of communists. Soviet apparatchiks. Still many of them. Too many. That's a shame."
* Many accounts of messages sent by military commanders engaged in combat, sometimes due to needing to keep it brief so they could focus on the fighting, and sometimes because the nature of how the messages were sent (telegraph, flag signals, etc.) tended to favor brief messages. Often comes across as CasualDangerDialogue; "Under fire. Request backup".
* "Veni, vidi, vici."[[labelnote:*]]"I came, I saw, I conquered."[[/labelnote]] -- UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar
** Succinct, to be sure, but not as fragmentary as it appears in English: Latin tends to not use pronouns to denote subjects.
** Caesar overall might still count, though; his style of writing in his military commentaries, at least, was famously straightforward to the point, at times, of litotes, which goes some way to explain the texts' enduring popularity as fairly basic-level reading material in the instruction of Latin today.
* American President UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge was known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calvin_Coolidge#.22Silent_Cal.22 "Silent Cal"]] among Washington society due to his taciturnity. A possibly apocryphal story has it that Creator/DorothyParker, seated next to him at a dinner, said to him, "Mr. President, I've made a bet against a fellow who said it was impossible to get more than two words out of you." Coolidge's response: "You lose."
** Or, as [[Literature/AmericaTheBook alternative sources]] would have it: "Fuck you."
** Another commonly repeated story was about Coolidge after hearing a sermon. A companion asked what it had been about. "Sin," replied the president. The companion then asked what the preacher had to say about it. "He was against it," came the reply.
* Text messaging or Website/{{Twitter}} character limits tend to cause this.
* Creator/MarkHamill has spoken about how short and straightforward Creator/GeorgeLucas' instructions are, such as [[MemeticMutation "Faster, more intense"]].
* Around 350 BC, Philip of Macedon, having made some in-roads in his invasion of Greece, sent a message to Sparta demanding their surrender. His message to the Spartans read, "You are advised to submit without further delay, for if I bring my army into your land, I will destroy your farms, slay your people, and raze your city." The entire text of the Spartans' reply was; "If."
* Hungarian language may sound like this. Since the language is mainly agglutinating, the subject, and frequently even the object and others can be determined from the predicate. Thus entire ''sentences'' can be compacted into a single word. Example: "I love you." is simply said as "Szeretlek."