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->''"I ain't quiet''
->''Everybody else is too loud"''
-->-- '''[[Music/TheWho John Entwistle]]'''

If he's not TheSpeechless, he's ''definitely'' not TheVoiceless. He's not an IneffectualLoner. He just rarely talks, so [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness anything he does say carries extra weight]]. In most instances, The Quiet One is physically imposing. He is either TheBigGuy or TheLancer and may also be a GentleGiant or GeniusBruiser.

If he's a member of TheSquad, he'll either [[BloodKnight enjoy killing a bit too much]] or suffer anguish over the fact that he has killed and must continue to kill. If this is ever explained, it's credited to his former civilian occupation being one that abhors death and destruction. Often, this is the member assigned to carry the {{BFG}}.

His quietness may be a reflection of deep psychological problems. Otherwise The Quiet One just comes across as cool, calm, collected, and slightly above the madness of their universe; a less vocal DeadpanSnarker.

You might expect The Quiet One to be a loner, but unless he's the AloofBigBrother, that's hardly ever the case, probably because of the assumption that LonersAreFreaks.

Different from TheVoiceless in that The Quiet One can be seen talking occasionally, not just once during some special moment. Unsurprisingly, he isn't likely to [[HatesSmallTalk be partial to small talk]], and may have an enigmatic non-answer for any questions people might ask him.

A subtrope of TheStoic. See also TheSilentBob. Compare HeroicMime, SilentAntagonist. Contrast SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, MotorMouth. If The Quiet One has a BerserkButton, it could be BewareTheQuietOnes.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Seto Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' (the un-{{Macekre}}d one)... So, naturally, Kaiser Ryo (pre-FaceHeelTurn, at least) from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''.
** ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' on the other hand, this treatment is given to the ''main character'', more or less. In the very first episode, Yusei Fudo ''didn't even open his mouth'' until near the end. And as tradition, his first on-screen words were "Hey... duel me."
* Akira Okochi and Zazie Rainyday in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' take this in two different directions. Akira doesn't speak ''much'', but talks normally when she does. Zazie, on the other hand, can hold entire conversations without speaking ''at all''. She answers a phone call and [[SilentBob relates how her day is going (apparently) without ever saying anything apart from a few ellipses and is understood perfectly]].
* Heero Yuy from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''
** Also Trowa Barton. There are {{fanfic}}s claiming that he maintains a "words per day budget" and will resort to sign language if he runs out.
* Sasuke, [[AloofBigBrother Itachi]], Shino, Neji and Gaara in ''Anime/{{Naruto}}''. Although Sasuke and Neji [[DeadpanSnarker used to make remarks, once in a while, about how stupid the others were]]. More or less the only female example (until shippuden) is [[ShrinkingViolet Hinata]].
** Out of all the Akatsuki, [[BrokenBird Konan]] was significantly the quietest even when it was time for her and Pain's introduction she only spoke when it truly mattered.
* Rey Za Burrel from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''.
* And, well, outside his Gundam, there is Shani, one of the Druggies from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]''. Get him in his Gundam, [[AxCrazy however...]]
* Senri from ''Manga/PlusAnima'', who also often is thought to be glaring menacingly at people when really he's just... really out of it.
* Guts, Pippin from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.
* Commander Gendo Ikari from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.
** And Rei for that matter. Especially on the moments that she suddenly decides to speak to Asuka.
*** She is character that is made from TheQuietOne cliche and helped to [[TropeCodifier codify it]]. Internet has term for character inspired by her Dandere (dan=silent, dere=sweet). Althought Anno wants to mock the trope, [[SpringTimeForHitler she popularized it]].
* Sousuke Sagara from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. Especially noticeable in the ''Burning One Man Force'' novel, with his interactions with Nami and her group. After every victory in the arena, the group always has festive celebrations with beer and drunk chatter. And every time, he'll always be sitting away, quietly sipping his water. Nami, [[ChickMagnet having a crush on him]], tends to watch him yearningly. Numerous times, she tries to go over and talk to him, but every answer from him tends to kill conversation. It's worth noting that none of that is because he particularly hates anyone or is that mean - he just [[FishOutOfWater has zero social skills]].
* Seijuro Shin from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''.
** Dakichi Komusubi can also be considered one since he rarely says anything beyond grunts or one word sentences.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Johan Liebert tends to be completely silent as someone who's with him is running their motor mouth.
* Subverted by Takashi "Mori" Morinozuka from ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. He is physically large and doesn't say much, but what he says is pretty mundane most of the time, not to mention how he tends to have a personality change on rainy days or if he's sleepy. This trope was, however, [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by Renge who tried to cast him as one in a DatingSim style movie.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Chad sometimes speaks in monosyllabic noises. It's been lampshaded in the story, where Chad has been accused by Ichigo of stopping a story half-way just because he felt he was talking too much. The anime takes the joke even further, a filler arc pairing him up with the equally quiet Noba, resulting in Kon yelling at them for wasting screen time by saying nothing. Even his sweatdrops are subdued.
** Nakeem only ever spoke once in the manga, even when fighting Rangiku. In the anime, he spoke twice.
** Tsumiko is the only member of the Sword Five who never says a word and the lower half of her face, like the rest of her body, is completely bandaged over.
** In the Zanpakutou Tales filler arc, there are several silent characters:
*** Katen Kyokotsu is a twinned zanpakutou, so has two female spirits. The smaller female is a ninja-esque characters who, aside from a few muffled noises here and there, never says a word.
*** Tenken is mostly silent, only speaking once the entire arc.
*** Wabisuke usually communicates by rattling his chains. He only speaks twice the entire arc.
* Sakaki, the tall, dark, HugeSchoolgirl in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''.
* Minami Iwasaki, the tall, but not-so-dark HugeSchoolgirl in ''Manga/LuckyStar''.
* Sora from ''Manga/{{Sketchbook}}''. She's quiet only because she's really shy. Since she's the show's lead character, though, we get to hear her unusual thoughts via InnerMonologue often.
* Mogi from ''Manga/DeathNote''. Subverted slightly as he is forced to become an overly enthusiastic manager, and worries that it suits him too well. He starts to talk more once [[spoiler:Soichiro Yagami dies]].
* Jin from ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'' incarnates this trope, just as his opposite Mugen incarnates [[SociopathicHero another]]...
* Isumi Saginomiya from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''.
* Oji Karasuma from ''Manga/SchoolRumble''.
* Sanya from ''Manga/StrikeWitches'', except when she's singing. Also Ursula from the novels, which might tie in with her being something of a Nagato (see entry below) {{Expy}}.
* Yuki Nagato from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', who's also TheStoic. The only person she has a normal conversation with is Kyon. She ''rarely'' ever talks to anyone else, and often simply ignores the person or resorts to simple hand gestures. Most of her "dialogue" in the novels is simply "[[VisibleSilence ...]]", represented in the anime as prolonged silence without moving.
** And, of course, this all depends on your definition of "normal conversation". Yuki speaks to Kyon, but she never says an unnecessary word.
** To get an idea of how little she acts, her staring at Kyon and Mikuru playfully flirting is considered a great deal of emotion from her.
*** In the original episode "Someday In The Rain", Yuki spends about a third of the episode on-screen, but neither Creator/MinoriChihara or Creator/MichelleRuff are credited...because she doesn't speak throughout the entire episode.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** [[NobleWolf Zafila]] [=/=][[SpellMyNameWithAnS Zafira]]: trainees in ''[=StrikerS=]'' didn't even realize that he ''could'' talk until their second mission. Although, he's something of a LargeHam when in battle.
** Bardiche. He talks less as much as Raising Heart (even less in the movies, while Raising Heart got even more lines). The Forwards lampshade that Bardiche is a really quiet Device. However, Teana thinks his silence is one of his greatest things of him. Doing things through action and not words, protecting his master as her weapon at all times.
* Mugi from ''Manga/{{Hitohira}}''. Due to her CharacterDevelopment she moves out of this, helped by the fact that she's somehow still [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship rather popular with other girls]].
* Maggie from ''[[Anime/ReadOrDie R.O.D. The TV]]''. Has a habit of "nesting" with piles of books in small, enclosed spaces.
* [[{{Gungrave}} Brandon Heat]]. So much so, he was often [[LampshadeHanging mocked]] by other characters for being such a man of few words. He only usually has one or two lines per episode, and in the video game, with one exception, he says [[HeroicMime nothing at all]].
* Hagi in ''Anime/BloodPlus''.
* Luciola from ''Anime/LastExile''.
* Rocket from ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed''
* Jo from ''Anime/InnocentVenus''. Sana is afraid of him at first because of his reticence, but it turns out that he's the nice guy of the group.
* Rika from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'''s Hiei tends towards this. Chuck Huber, his voice actor, told a humorous story in the commentary; he once watched an episode of the show with his family, and all Hiei said through the whole episode was "Hn."
-->"[His wife] was like, 'Wow. They pay you for that?'"
* [[TheVoiceless Keith Gandor]] from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' has been known to go ''years'' without talking, and as such the resident {{Knowledge Broker}}s have been known to forgo their usual $500 fee if he says more than five words to them. Yes, Keith's words are so rare that they have ''monetary value.''
* Occasionally, Ryu Sanada of ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' will speak in ''whole'' sentences. But not often.
** Sawako would also fit this trope if the story was told from anyone else's perspective, but since she's the protagonist and we hear a lot from her, it's averted in her case.
* Kamemon in ''Anime/DigimonSavers''. The [=PawnChessmon=] count too, but they never actually talk on-screen.
** They do in episode 26, but it seems to be limited to a few clicks.
* Veffidas from ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' has 5 lines tops throughout the entire series but whenever she talks, she usually has a point.
* Ichise and Ran from ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}''.
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'':
** Shiina. To the point that when she ''does'' decide to comment on the situation, the rest of the cast freaks out.
** Angel/Kanade speaks rarely, briefly, and softly. [[PoorCommunicationKills Her words aren't taken as seriously as they should be]] because she's "the enemy," but [[spoiler:[[{{Irony}} they incorrectly think she's the enemy mainly because they don't listen to her]]]].
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', Melk [[spoiler:the First]] is said to be a quiet, shy man. [[spoiler:He's actually very talkative, its just that he literally talks so quietly no one can hear him]].
* Kenshiro from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' acts this way most of the time. Most of his lines are less than five words long, and he usually has less than 10 per episode, despite being the main character.
* Warrant Officer Falman in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is this, and often gets {{Flanderized}} further in fanfiction.
* Trip/Shooti ''Pokemon Best Wishes'' fit. And compared to Ash's [[KidAnova other]] [[{{Jerkass}} rivals]], it really stands out. Especially in [=BW041=] where there are many competitors in the tournament that are either talking about the battle or cheering for one side. Trip just sits by himself in the back with his own opinions that he doesn't bother giving to anyone as well as look down to ignore lame battles (he looks up when Ash's battle gets his attention though.)
* Doc Saito from ''Anime/ TigerAndBunny'' speaks very softly. So softly in fact, that he requires subtitles for the viewers to understand him. [[spoiler:Unless he's on the intercom or using a speaker, in which case he's [[NoIndoorVoice ear-screechingly loud]].]]
* Shiori from ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', as present in the page picture. She is only quiet because by the time she knows what she wants to say, there is nobody to talk to, but that also means any word she says on the spot, without analysing it countless times beforehand, is significant. And when she is allowed to prepare a speech in advance, she [[MotorMouth is quite a talker]].
* Rise Matsumoto, the StudentCouncilPresident from ''Manga/YuruYuri'' does talk, but she talks so low, and quiet, it's pretty much impossible to make out her sentences. Only Nishigaki-Sensei has no trouble hearing her, for some reason.
* Mayu Morita in ''Manga/MoritaSanWaMukuchi'', which means "Morita-san is silent". She never says anything in any episode. We do hear her thoughts and sometimes see someone's reaction to what she just said but in all instances on screen she at most will nod or shake her head.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Luca is always brooding but rarely speaks his thoughts, which is part of what makes him [[TheConfidant good for counsel]].
* Robin in ''OnePiece''. She is not as heavy of a case anymore, though, but certainly was when she had just joined the Straw Hats - probably because she didn't want to open up to her new crew because she believed she would leave soon. But even nowadays, she is not that talkative unless the conversation really interests her, she needs to give a warning, or if someone asks her for [[MrExposition exposition]].
* Future Trunks from ''DragonBallZ'' could be counted as this, he doesn't even [[CallingYourAttacks call out his attacks]]. As a result, the various video game adaptations have had to make up their own names for his moves.
** Also Android 16. Though he ''does'' call some of his attacks.
* This is defining character trait of Kotarou from ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'', who doesn't speak as much as the rest of the toddlers and conveys most of his thoughts with nods, head shakes, and non-intelligible "ung" noises.
* Egypt from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' has only talked on one occasion, and that was because France asked him outright if he was capable of talking.
** On a less extreme scale, Japan is this to the Axis and [[StepfordSmiler Russia]] is (a much scarier version of) this to the Allies.
* Bertolt Hoover from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. He's a self-admitted ExtremeDoormat, with a tendency to linger awkwardly on the outskirts of conversation.
* Chino from ''Manga/IsTheOrderARabbit'' always speaks in a soft voice. Lampshaded when Lize tries to teach her to speak commandingly so as to create a presence that will make up for her lack of height, and Chino can just barely raise her voice above her usual volume.
* Ran-mao from ''Manga/BlackButler'' is Lau's bodyguard and most loyal sidekick, she speaks very little or at all in some cases. Although her speech is restrained she has a habit of showing off her impressive figure towards men, her stoic expression makes it hard to tell if she likes pleasuring others (and herself) or not?.
* Though he enjoys conversing to people, Kawayanagi from ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' is so quiet because he's no good at starting conversations, and the few people he's talked to never talk to him again. He slowly opens up to Haru after enjoying (and admiring) the self-centered conversations she makes with him.
* ''Manga/PingPong'': Smile

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Strongbow, from Wendy & Richard Pini's ''ComicBook/ElfQuest.'' Talks aloud, but not often; he's far more prone to using the elven telepathy called "sending." Non-elves, or elves who don't know how to send, find him to be a very taciturn fellow indeed. His unfriendliness towards outsiders doesn't help. See also TheStoic.
** Redlance could also qualify, but for the opposite reason: he's quiet because he's shy. His partnership with the more outgoing and assertive Nightfall is a classic case of role-reversal, and they're both perfectly comfortable with it. (Also it's implied that when it comes to sex he does a 180 and goes completely wild.)
* Cass Cain ([[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Batgirl II]]) from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' speaks little and mostly with short words. This is the result of [[AbusiveParents her father]] raising her without talking to her or letting her hear people talk, so that [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower body language would be her language]]. Even after [[AppliedPhlebotinum magic]] fixed this, she was never comfortable with words. If Cass is being talkative, the only explanations are brainwashing or bad writing (which will become brainwashing later via {{retcon}}).
* [[spoiler:Duma]] from ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' evolves from TheVoiceless into this in ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}''.
* Omega from ''ComicBook/OmegaTheUnknown'', who says nothing for the first few issues, though he eventually deems it important enough to ask a suicidal woman how she could conceive of ending her existence, and opens up a little after that.
* Cougar in ''ComicBook/TheLosers''.
* ComicBook/{{X 23}} in her very first appearance in the comics, ''NYX'', has only a handful of panels in which she says anything, and the rest of her companions consider her a CreepyChild as a result. She has perhaps even ''fewer'' lines (and none in English prior to the last two issues) in her origin series, ''ComicBook/InnocenceLost'', where she's arguably the DecoyProtagonist and its her mother/creator Dr. Sarah Kinney who's the main character. In fact it's the abuse she suffered in ''Innocence Lost'' (along with the loss of her remaining family to protect them in ''Target: X'') that led to her near-muteness in ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}''. Though she starts opening up more after joining the X-Men, she nonetheless tends to be TheStoic of whatever group she's in, and speaks generally sparingly at best.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Noob}}'', [[SatelliteCharacter Battos]] had his first line of dialogue in comic 10, despite debuting in comic 4 and getting a few lines in the webseries and novel versions.
* In the ''ComicBook/TheAuthority: Kev'' series, Kev's squadmate Tiny talks very little... [[spoiler:because he's been struggling with suicidal thoughts for years.]]

[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* ''Animation/TechnotiseEditIJa'''s autistic math genius Abel, who is, well, a quiet autistic math genius.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Nighttrace fits this perfectly in ''[[http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transformers-fan-fiction/828948-transformers-meta.html Transformers Meta]]''.
* Music/GeorgeHarrison in Music/TheBeatles RealPersonFic ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''; he had that rep in RealLife, and in the book he's somewhat quieter than the others for two reasons: 1) he spends much of the First Movement meditating and trying to figure out God's plan for sending them to this strange planet (he ultimately concludes that God didn't do it), and 2) he becomes a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]] and is often not capable of speaking.
** Actually, Music/RingoStarr is something of a Quiet One as well, since when he's deep in [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling mindsight]] he rarely speaks. Though he makes up for it because he often has to give long soliloquies to explain what he did offscreen.
* [[spoiler:Harpo]] from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''Fanfic/TheVinylScratchTapes''.
* Even though [[AceCombat6 Talisman]] from ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'' does speak, he's much more quiet than [[{{Wingman}} Shamrock]].
* Andy from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Socrates:
--> (trying to find Andy) "Well, [he] was never the talkative one. Admittedly, [[CharacterDevelopment he's gotten better]] [[MediumAwareness this season,]] but...
* Nivus in FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire has not been known to have actually said anything yet.
* In ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'', Left, one of Jade's [[BattleButler Shadowkhan bodyguards]], rarely ever talks. Apparently he feels he shouldn't unless it's necessary.
* Eileen of ''FanFic/LegendaryGenesis'' has a lot she'd like to say, but can only muster up the courage to speak very simple sentences. Her quietness frustrates her to no end and isolates her from her teammate.
* Shino in ''Fanfic/KitsuneNoKenFistOfTheFox'', though unlike his canon counterpart, he's a bit more sociable and talkative.
* The blacksmith Amaru in ''Fanfic/WarriorsOfTheWorldSoldiersOfFortune''. He speaks about a total of five or six times in all 35 chapters and only when it's about something important. The rest of the time his best friend explains why this is so, and speaks for him.
* Miyako Morino of ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'' mentions that she's not the talkative type upon her introduction. She's rarely seen talking, even during the trials and when the number of students gets lower.
* Lampshaded in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9948776/5/The-Sinister-Solution The Sinister Solution]]. When they're telepathically linked for a mission, Hellion is surprised to find that X-23 thinks significantly more than she talks.
* True to her character in Batman, Cassandra Cain's style of speech in FanFic/AngelOfTheBat is highly simplistic and only has any real length to it when the plot absolutely demands it, though she is definitely more eloquent than in canon.
* A blind Satsuki in the story titled ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/3817429/chapters/8509441 Feel]]'' and she's only spoken once, when she was a toddler, generally being described a someone who "speaks when she wants to", thus communicating nonverbally, however, we hear her thoughts and ruminations on some matters. Naturally, coupled with the fact that she is blind, people tend to assume she's deaf. When she does finally speak in chapter nine, she really does have a lot to say.

* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''
** In the original ''Film/{{Predator}}'' the quiet one was the Native American tracker "Billy" whose contributions were things like "Something is out there." Poignant because, sure enough, something ''was'' out there.
** ''Film/{{Predators}}'' has Hanzo, who at first seems to be this because he doesn't speak English. But then it's revealed that as a {{Yakuza}} member, [[{{Yubitsume}} he lost fingers]] for "speaking too much".
* SilentBob from TheViewAskewniverse evolved from TheVoiceless into The Quiet One.
* Gaear Grimsrud from ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' is an almost mute character, though he is also a demented sociopath.
* Captain Miller from ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' possesses some of these traits. Notably, no one in his squad knows what his line of work is back in the States, because he's so reluctant to chat.
* The title character in ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''.
* Hugo Stiglitz of ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', who's definitely one of the bloodthirstiest of the Basterds (and that's saying quite a lot).
** Stiglitz definitely falls into that "[[BloodKnight enjoys killing a bit too much]]" category mentioned above.
* Brian Slade from ''Film/VelvetGoldmine'', despite being the main character and basically the ''subject'' of the movie, has surprisingly sparse dialogue throughout. When he does talk, he's almost always talking in riddles or quoting OscarWilde. Also Jack Fairy, who doesn't say a word until the Death of Glitter concert.
* In ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', there are ''two'' Quiet Ones:
** Creator/JamesCoburn's character Britt (the knife-thrower), with 11 lines ''total'' during the 128 minute-long film Britt's lines are also invariably ''short'': in his [[EstablishingCharacterMoment introductory scene]] he says a total of five words. [[http://movieclips.com/3LAj-the-magnificent-seven-movie-fastest-knife-in-town/ The scene is 2:28 seconds long.]] 21 seconds into it, he says "You lost". 1 minute and 17 seconds later, at 1:38, he says "Call it." At 2:20, in response to Chris saying "Britt.", he says "Chris."
** RobertVaughn's Lee (the gambler) has a whopping 16 lines.
* The abovementioned Britt was of course based on Kyuzo, the taciturn master swordsman from ''Film/SevenSamurai'' (played by Seiji Miyaguchi).
* When Radio Rock DJ "Midnight Mark" is introduced in ''Film/TheBoatThatRocked'', Quentin says of him "Hardly ever speaks. Not even when he's broadcasting, which is...interesting."
* Joshua, the unusually taciturn hitman in ''Film/LittleOdessa''
* DJ the Doctor from ''Film/EventHorizon'' rarely talks, and when he does, it's normally somewhat intimidating. There's a reason he's the one who's allowed to play with bone-saws.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** Darth Maul from ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' has only three lines during the whole movie. He speaks so infrequently that all of his lines are dubbed over.
** Boba Fett has only a few lines and spends most of his screen time posing ominously, which is a major source of his following.
* The Driver from ''Film/{{Drive}}'' speaks fewer than twenty whole sentences, and he's the viewpoint character.
* Matsu, the protagonist of the ''[[Film/JoshuuSasori Female Prisoner Scorpion]]'' series is very quiet. She says little in the first film (one of her lines is "you talk too much"), but the second is her most sparse; she's onscreen for most of the 92 minute runtime, but says only eight words across two sentences. By contrast, Yuki in the first film seems to be literally mute.
* ''Film/{{Babe}}'''s Farmer Hoggett. "The man who in his life had uttered fewer words than any of them knew exactly what to say. 'That'll do, pig. That'll do.'"
* ''Film/{{Office Space}}'''s Milton. He actually talks all the time but he's so quiet and rambling that nobody even knows he's [[spoiler:going to set the building on fire.]]
* Carol, the protagonist of ''{{Film/Repulsion}}'', doesn't like to speak much.
* The antagonists in each of the three original ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' films don't really say much. [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay The second movie]] plays with this, as the T-1000 actually does get a decent amount of lines at first while the T-800 doesn't say too much like the one from [[Film/TheTerminator the original]]. Then after TheReveal that the former is actually the villain while the latter is the hero, the T-800 begins talking more frequently, while the T-1000 is almost entirely silent for the rest of the film, only having two really brief conversations from that point (four if you count when it's taking someone else's form).
* Snake Eyes from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. The low sigh he utters at [[spoiler:Storm Shadow's apparent death]] is the most he's ever said in any continuity.
* Though she has a few lines, Jinx from ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'' is relatively taciturn.
* In ''Film/IronMan2'' Vanko is notably very quiet, especially when compared with Tony or Hammer. In several of his most prominient scenes, Vanko says barely anything at all; most notably, during the climax, his only words are a simple "You lose." at Tony.
* In ''Film/ThingsChange'', the humble cobbler Jerry is passed off as TheManBehindTheMan. Because Jerry is an old, dignified and quiet man, the local mobsters instantly buy him as a man of confidence and power.
* Dot from Film/TheQuiet is definitely this, being a deaf-mute. She's not TheVoiceless because [[spoiler: she's been faking her deafness]]
* In ''Film/StarTrek'', Keenser has one line in an alien language, one word in English, and one kind of whimpering sound. In [[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness the sequel]], he's TheVoiceless. Even though he's supposed to be [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue eloquent in his native tongue]].
* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'': Arclight isn't much of a talker, while Multiple-Man has a total of TWO lines.
** Colossus has only one line in ''The Last Stand'', despite his larger role compared to previous appearances. Though he has an even larger role in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', he somehow has even ''less'' dialogue, speaking only a single word the entire film.
** Though Colossus ''finally'' averts this trope in ''Film/{{Deadpool}}'', Angel Dust plays it straight, letting Ajax do most of the talking for the bad guys.
* Joao from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'' has no lines.
* ''Film/MadMax'' becomes this towards the end of the the first film after Jessie and Sprog die, only speaking when he feels necessary. It carries over to the second film as well.

* A farmer tells the new farmhand: "I don't talk much. If I give you a nod, you'll come." The farmhand: "Guess we'll work together well, boss, 'cause I don't talk much either. If I shake my head, I won't come."
* A boy never speaks. His parents, concerned, take him to doctors and specialists who confirm that their child is not mute and there's no logical reason that he should be unable to talk. For eight years, he says not a word. One night at dinner, however, he suddenly says, "Please pass the salt." His stunned parents stare at him, asking why he's never spoken until this moment. "Well," he replies, "everything was all right up until this point."
* Two lumberjacks go to the forest early in the morning. One of them stumbles on some ice, and comments: "Slippery today." The two of them works all day without a word, and when they return in the evening, the other one stumbles on some ice and comments: "Sure is."
* A cowboy comes up to his buddy:
-->"Yes, Bob?"
-->"What did you give your horse, when it had colics?"
-->"Yes, Bob?"
-->"I gave my horse some turpentene, and it died."
-->"So did mine."

* The narrator of the novel ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest'' is a physically imposing man who pretends to be deaf and mute. Between his deliberate silence, his hallucinations and his distorted view of himself and others, it is assumed that he has schizophrenia.
* Hettar from the ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]''. But as one of the prequel novels shows, there's at least one worse; Algar, founder of Hettar's homeland, who could let days go by without talking. When asked by Polgara, "Don't you ever talk about the weather?", he just points to a window and responds, "What for? It's right out there. Go look for yourself."
* Ulath, from the ''[[Literature/TheElenium Elenium]]'' and ''Tamuli'' series. He's actually very intelligent, but tends to respond quite cryptically and briefly with one or two word comments. It's explained that he works out all the logical steps in his head, but sees no reason to share any more than the conclusion.
** Then subverted when he usually has to explain what his one-word outburst means anyway.
* Benjamin, the donkey from ''Literature/AnimalFarm''. His enigmatic phrase is: "Donkeys live a long time. None of you has ever seen a dead donkey."
* "Lofty", from ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', definitely has "deep psychological problems".
* Tiecelin, a skilled [[ArcherArchetype marksman]] in ''Literature/TheReynardCycle''. When he does speak, it's usually short and to the point.
** [[CatchPhrase "Doom."]]
* [[TheEmperor Emperor]] Gregor Vorbarra from the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''.
* Maggie from ''Literature/OldMansWar''.
-->We all turned to look at her. She was visibly annoyed. Im not mute, she said. I just dont talk much. This deserves comment of some kind.
* Mac, from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Getting words out of him at all is rare, and if you see him speaking in actual ''sentences'', you know things are very, very serious.
** In ''Changes'', he speaks an entire paragraph. Harry is completely floored by this, and not just because of what he said.
** Hendricks, Marcone's top bodyguard, tends not to say very much either. The short story "Even Hand" lampshades this, implying that Hendricks actually talks a ''lot'', and about profound philosophical matters; he just doesn't do it in front of Dresden.
** Given that he's demonstrably as smart as a human, Mouse the foo dog probably qualifies: the only time he's barked since he was a puppy was when he needed to rouse a building full of endangered civilians from an enchanted sleep. At most, the huge dog will sigh or chuff quietly to express himself.
* Amy from ''Literature/ThePassage'' is a subversion as, being a six year old girl, she's hardly physically imposing. [[spoiler: Then she becomes a vampire.]]
* Kubo in ''Literature/{{Krabat}}'', who gets just one line in the book.
* Shane Drinion in ''Literature/ThePaleKing''. When he ''does'' speak, he has a lengthy, thought-provoking conversation with [[TheTease Meredith Rand]] and completely throws her off her game.
* The Silent from ''Literature/BlackCompany''. [[spoiler:He speaks only once through entire series, when he performs ritual to bind Lady's powers.]]
* Ruth in ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar''.
* [[Literature/JackReacher Reacher]] said nothing.
* The title character of the Literature/HoratioHornblower books. Granted, he's an English naval captain from the early 1800's, so isolation is part of the job, but Hornblower takes it beyond what would normally be expected because he's so cautious and self-conscious about saying something that might bite him later. He makes a point of never indulging in "unnecessary words."
* The titular character of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is actually a man of relatively few words for most of the series. He is somewhat talkative when he is with only one person (like Ron, Hermione or Dumbledore), but in large assemblies, he doesn't say much unless he really feels the need. It is, however, a trait often overlooked by readers because Harry is also the (third person) narrator and thus, you "hear" him all the time even when he doesn't talk. It seems be a mixture of a bit of shyness (mostly in the first book) and that he simply often prefers to listen and observe rather than speak. In situations when he has to take up the leadership mantle, he becomes more talkative, and thus he has mostly gotten over his quietness when the last book rolls around.
** Vincent Crabbe and Gregory Goyle are a duo of this trope. While Draco Malfoy delivers all the verbal insults, they do little more than act as muscular bodyguards and laugh stupidly at those on the receiving end of his snark. In fact, the reader never gets to hear either of them speak in person until towards the end of the very final book, and it is indeed stated that Harry had "hardly ever heard [Crabbe] speak before".
* Beka Cooper of ''Literature/ProvostsDog''. At first it's because she's a ShrinkingViolet; as she gets older and more experienced in Dog work she loses the anxiety, but she never becomes a chatterbox either. However the effect is somewhat mitigated since her books are in the form of a diary and so she's always 'speaking' in first person.
* Gry in ''Gifts'', the first book in ''Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore''. Orrec has known her forever, so he can easily distinguish between Gry being silent because she's comfortable, or Gry being silent because she's upset. Her mother Parn is also a woman of few words.
* Robert Doru from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' can speak and even offers some exposition. But he tends to be eerily quiet when using his spirit powers.
* Literature/{{Winnetou}}, the Apache chief from Creator/KarlMay's novels. When these were adapted into films, actor Pierre Brice at first complained that he had so few lines compared to Lex Barker as Old Shatterhand, but soon came to realize that by acting instead of speaking and by his dramatic presence he actually made a greater impression on the audience.
* Bill in ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael'' doesn't speak much, particularly in the beginning of the series. This is because he often zones out into his own world and because he has very low self-confidence due to being bullied for his weight. He becomes a bit more talkative when he makes friends with the rest of the debate team.
* Thresh from ''Literature/TheHungerGames''.
* Bang from the ''Literature/{{Croak}}'' trilogy, who uses sign language to communicate.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': John. [[BewaretheQuietOnes Just don't get him to snap by messing around with his friend, though.]]
** Molly also isn't a chatterbox, but has had her occasional moments where she's annoyed, or upset.
* Capt. Ronald Speirs in ''Series/BandOfBrothers''
* The badass priest "Mr. Eko" from ''Series/{{Lost}}'' does not speak for forty days after he kills two of the "Others" in self-defense.
* Oz on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', who famously explains his lycanthropy as follows:
-->'''Buffy:''' [[ItsALongStory It's a long story.]]
-->'''Oz''': I got bit.
-->'''Buffy:''' Apparently not that long.
** We see the HiddenDepths behind his silent demeanor when Buffy is granted telepathy and overhears Oz's thoughts:
--->(thinking): ''I am my thoughts. If they exist in her, Buffy contains everything that is me and she becomes me. I cease to exist.''
--->(aloud) "Huh."
** Lampshaded like crazy in "The Zeppo".
-->'''Xander''': But I mean, 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 way you tend to express yourself in short, noncommittal phrases?
-->'''Oz''': Could be.
** Angel's not known for his talkativeness, either; lampshaded when the two chat:
--->'''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.
* On ''{{Series/Angel}}, ''Wesley becomes a lot darker and quieter as the seasons progress, most noticeably in season four (part of this may be a result of [[spoiler: getting his throat cut.]] The scar is visible for a long time afterward, so it's possible that too much talking is physically painful for him).
** Even in his early days on ''Buffy,'' though, Wesley was only really talkative when he was trying to impress people or make himself look good. When he wasn't being an insufferable show-off, he was actually fairly quiet.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': Malcolm Reed. [[BewaretheQuietOnes Don't screw with his friends, though.]]
* Teal'c from ''Series/StargateSG1''. "You speak?" "Only when it is appropriate." [[CatchPhrase Indeed.]]
** He did become more talkative as time went by (presumably from spending so much time with humans), so much so that the commentary on an early episode of season 9 had the director joking that Teal'c had spoken more in the first few episodes of that season than in the previous eight seasons combined.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'s'' River Tam both plays this straight and subverts it; she typically has the fewest lines of dialogue in any given episode, and will go through a lot of scenes without ever saying anything. When she ''does'' talk, its usually in the form of [[TheWoobie traumatized crying]], [[TalkativeLoon gibberish]], or [[CassandraTruth veiled warnings or predictions.]]
** Wash was once laconic, but that was a long time ago.
* James May of ''Series/TopGear'', though it's mainly 1. relative to his two chatty co-presenters, 2. all the better to set up a well-aimed [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan snark]] when they have argued each other into exhaustion and 3. can result in a [[PrecisionFStrike Precision C-Strike]] (C standing for 'cock').
* The Haitian, of ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' fame, was speechless in most of his early appearances and many of his later ones. He refuses to reveal his given name and, since he speaks so rarely, one wonders how ''everyone'' knows he is from Haiti.
* Cameron of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' mostly lets the others do the talking, and when she does speak, its usually done with [[EmotionlessGirl a very inflectionless]] [[CreepyMonotone monotone]]. She mostly just [[CuteBruiser punches]] [[WaifFu things]]. Or [[JustShootHim shoots them]].
* Kosh of ''Series/BabylonFive'' barely ever speaks at all, when he does it's generally a sentence fragment, and fragmentary or not, [[{{Koan}} it rarely makes any sense.]] Interestingly, his most powerful statements are usually his shortest as well, in large part because they generally make more sense than usual. Often the emphasis he puts on words carries more meaning than the words themselves.
* Nasir of ''Series/RobinOfSherwood'' could go entire episodes without speaking.* It's implied that in early episodes he doesn't know much English. He gets to talk a bit more later on.
* ''Series/RobinHood''.
** Will Scarlett is known to keep his own council.
** To a lesser extent, Little John - though when he did talk, he usually did so quite loudly.
* In the first series of ''Series/{{Skins}}'', [[TheVoiceless Effy Stonem]] only spoke ''twice'' - and she was incredibly intriguing as a result. In the later series, she talks progressively more often, although she continues to maintain long periods of silence and usually speaks less than the other characters. Nevertheless, most fans preferred her as TheStoic IceQueen and grew increasingly disappointed with the character the more she spoke.
* On ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', [[Music/JustinTimberlake Robin Gibb]] in "The [[Music/TheBeeGees Barry Gibb]] Talk Show".
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', season six, Sam and Dean's distant cousin Mark was introduced. Mark ''barely'' avoided becoming TheSilentBob. Promptly lampshaded.
-->'''Dean''': You don't say much, do you?
-->'''Mark''': Enough.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has its fair share of this trope in the following seasons:
** ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': Trini, Adam, Tideus, & Corcus.
** ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' & ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'': Carlos.
** ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'': Chad & Ryan.
** ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'': Lucas.
** ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'': Danny.
** ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'': Blake.
** ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'': Madison (insert [[MemeticMutation "Who's Madison?" joke]] here).
** ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': Dillon, who prefers to brood rather than talk. This is quite ironic because his best friend Ziggy is a MotorMouth.
** ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'': Jayden.
** ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'': Troy talks less than any of his teammates.
* Nathan Wournos in ''Series/{{Haven}}''
* Ricky Fitness in ''Series/TheAquaBatsSuperShow'' usually has one line an episode that is when he's not having ADayInTheLimelight.
%% No context * ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Huck.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': In "The Even Chance", Lieutenant Chadd appears to be a fairly prominent character who hardly opens his mouth, and mostly he only grins or looks worried, awed or amused, as the situation requires. He spoke exactly twice. First when he ordered his men to fire guns, and second when he got a splinter in his arm, he allowed Doctor Hepplewhite to take care of Hornblower's sailor ahead of him because the poor guy had lost his leg. [[spoiler:Chadd dies during their next battle on a French ship which they boarded]].
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Emil Hamilton, the team's [[TheMedic medic]], often has very few lines in the scenes that he's in, and what he does say is said in a quiet, ''almost'' monotone voice. ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny Unless of course you get him completely wasted.]])
* Marilyn Whirlwind from ''Series/NorthernExposure'' speaks few words, and when she does it's barely above a whisper. She stands out in a show filled with kvetchers (Joel), blowhards (Maurice), and philosophical chatterboxes (Chris).
%%* Lurch of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily.''%%
* In ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', Ohanzee Dent, the favored retainer of the Gerhardts, doesn't say much, probably because he's spent decades suppressing his feelings about having to be the "pet Indian" to a brood of German thugs. This, of course, makes it all the more shocking to the Gerhardts when [[spoiler:he sets them all up to be wiped out by state troopers.]]
* Henchmen of Gus Fring in ''Series/BreakingBad'', especially Victor and Tyrus Kitt, have a habit of this to be more intimidating.

[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* Technically all of the ice-characters in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', but Kopeke especially. Since he got appointed to be the official Chronicler, it's likely that he's more wordy in his writing. Onua, an Earth Earth character, is also known to only speak up when necessary in most of his appearances.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/RandyOrton seems to fit this trope. While he cuts promos and talks to other wrestlers like his fellow sports-entertainers, he doesn't do much trash-talking in the ring, and a lot of his "interviews" (especially as a {{heel}}) are Orton simply being asked a question and responding with one word ("No..." or "Pain..." or something of the sort), or responding by... not responding. He'd simply stare at the interviewer and then walk away.
* Everyone by now knows Wrestling/{{Christian}} to be a bit of a Loud Mouth...but before that happened, he and Wrestling/{{Edge}} were part of a group known as the Brood (a gimmick of pseudo-vampires). He didn't even speak the first few months...until Wrestling/KenShamrock ankle locked him into revealing where Stephanie [=McMahon=] was during the Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness era.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker is also one, unless he's cutting one of his amazing promos.
* Wrestling/BrockLesnar usually lets Wrestling/PaulHeyman do the talking for him.
* After [[Wrestling/KiaStevens Vixen was billed as the American Kong]] by Wrestling/{{A|llJapanWomensProWrestling}}JPW, she stopped speaking almost entirely, though she spoke in the Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA mostly in [[Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1 Zero 1]], she went quiet for Wrestling/{{R|ing of Honor}}OH, Wrestling/{{SHIMMER}} and stayed quiet in Wrestling/{{TNA}} [[YouHaveFailedMe until she]] [[SayMyName yelled]] "[[Wrestling/CheerleaderMelissa Raisha]]". Broke silence to announce she would no longer be able to wrestle at a Wrestling/{{WWE}} event, stayed talkative after returning to the ring in SHINE, though still not particularly talkative by wrestler standards.
* Wrestling/KanakoUrai, better known as Kana in Japan and Asuka in America rarely speaks and often resorts to a SlasherSmile to get her point across. Part of the reason why she does this (in Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} as least) is because she doesn't speak English all that well.

* Fred Norris of ''Radio/TheHowardSternShow''. Although he's in the studio, his job is sound effects, and they'll often do more talking than he does. When he DOES talk it could be just a quip or a punchline to jokes or impressions or even responding to Howard or Robin. If you even DARE insult him or call him on something, run he has been known to react VERY strongly to criticism, sensitive issues in his life among other incidents, once Howard looked in his bag and Fred nearly quit the show after an ugly outburst.
* The classic JackBenny-MelBlanc "Sí, Sy, Sue" routine might fit here, with Blanc's character responding entirely in deadpan monosyllables that are, in context and timing, hilarious.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', a SpaceMarine chapter's Honour Guard are said to speak and advise little, as to not undermine the authority of the Captains despite how they are likely even more experienced than them, but this gives their words considerable weight to all of their battle brothers, even the Chapter Master.
** The Dark Angels and their successor chapters are known for this. They rarely speak to anyone outside of the chapter, and in one noticeable instance, the entire Consecrators Chapter deployed ''en masse'' and relieved an [[RedshirtArmy Imperial Guard]] force by fighting for six straight hours and killing the enemy's leader without sending a single transmission to the guard.

* In ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'', Miss Jones is the quietest of the secretaries until she lets loose in "Brotherhood Of Man".
* UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson is portrayed like this in ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'', in light of Adams' claim that he "never heard him speak three sentences together." The first time he speaks without prompting, he saves Adams and Franklin from their flailing for an excuse to delay voting by giving a clear, concise reason why they need to write a Declaration of Independence first.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Kratos from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. He ''has'' emotions, they're just not obvious at first glance.
* Auron from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is a stoic, taciturn man who chooses to only talk when it is important. Kimahri speaks even less, and that's not counting giving the protagonist the silent treatment at the beginning of the game.
* [=Gage/Trak=] from ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Days of Ruin''. Repeatedly [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the reminding cast, who complain about how he never speaks more than a sentence at a time.
* Arioch from ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', except when she speaks it's usually to say something [[AxCrazy deliciously morbid or insane.]]
* Minor character Fujin from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' and ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' (going by Fuu there) speaks in [[HulkSpeak broken statements of only one or two words at a time]].
** In the Japanese version, Fujin talked in only one kanji at a time. It's not a bad English equivalent.
*** Her last line of dialogue in ''Final Fantasy VIII'' is (in both versions) relatively long and spoken normally. In addition to highlighting the importance of what she has to say, it surprises the other characters, who presumably thought she was incapable of normal speech.
** ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII FFVIII's]]'' main character, Squall, is also not much of a talker, particularly early on when his JerkassFacade is at its strongest, to the point that "Whatever," and "[[VisibleSilence ...]]" are his {{Catch Phrase}}s. Since the game allows the player to listen in on his {{Inner Monologue}}s, the reasons for Squall's silences become increasingly more apparent as the game goes on.
** For a character of ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', Lexaeus of Organization XIII.
** For a villain, Sephiroth is surprisingly non-chatty when you reach him for the final battles at the bottom of the Northern Cave in ''Final Fantasy VII''. In fact, he doesn't say a single word.
* Cloud of ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' canon seems to fit this trope, with other characters going so far as to praise him for his calm and collected mindset. He also speaks relatively few words to the other Warriors of Cosmos, not to mention it seems like he's always in a perpetual contest with himself to see how he can express a thought in as few words as possible when he does speak.
** During the ending, he almost ''shows off'' his laconic attitude. Everyone is saying their goodbyes (in reverse series order):
---> '''Squall''': Maybe we can go on a mission together again sometime. (disappears)\\
'''Cloud''': ''Not interested''. (disappears)
* The Main Character ([[FanNickname Minato]]) from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' fits this trope to a T. To elaborate, Minato is a HeroicMime and never actually heard to speak (outside of [[CallingYourAttacks summoning his Persona]]). However, the player is able to choose dialogue options for him when speaking to others. None of these options are ever more than one sentence long, and other characters have [[LampshadeHanging commented]] on his quietness.
** The Protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[CanonName canonically known as Yu Narukami]], actually has a large number of responses that are "....."
*** However, the motives of the ''Persona 3'' and ''Persona 4'' heroes having so many '...' options are implied to be different from their subtle characterisation with the former appearing to not care about things, while the latter tends to have it available more when it will spare feelings or the situation is awkward. In Persona Q which involves both casts, this trope is inverted as the P4 hero talks in the P3 route and in the P4 route the P3 hero talks which also highlights the contrast in personality when you see how each one does speak.
* Similar to the ''Persona'' examples listed above, Serph from ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' would be a HeroicMime if not for certain cutscenes when the player is given a choice of lines of dialogue for him to speak. Interestingly, [[LampshadeHanging the other characters sometimes comment on this]]; in the first game, Heat notices Serph has been silent for a long time and asks him to say something, and in the second, Gale tells him "It's alright, you don't have to say anything."
* Likewise, ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'''s main character Flynn is noted to be a man of very few words. He very rarely opens conversation, and when he responds to questions, he's implied to be very direct. The game itself lampshades this with TheBartender, who notes he's very rarely seen someone who talks as little as Flynn.
* Henry Townshend is listed in the ''VideoGame/SilentHill4'' manual as a "quiet individual who never lets his feelings show". Apparently he's (mostly) capable of saying [[CatchPhrase "What...the hell..?"]]
* Valygar from ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2''. Putting him in the same party as [[TheMunchausen Jan Jansen]] makes him a great example of TheComicallySerious as well.
* Iceman, from the original ''Videogame/WingCommander'' easily qualifies, save one cutscene where he's oddly chosen to play MrExposition. It's said that even when he does speak, he does so only barely louder than a whisper, and you have to listen closely to hear him.
* [[VideoGame/BackyardSports Ricky Johnson]] fits this trope to a bang.
* Stare Pris of ''VideoGame/TailConcerto''.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' Champion Rammus. His standard exclamations include "yup" and "okay." His longest known statement is "shut up." Most other champions in the game use actual sentences.
** [[MemeticMutation ok]]
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Radigan Conagher, the Engineer's grandfather, is "a man of many ideas and few words."
** This is what the official bio for the Heavy claims him to be. He [[BoisterousBruiser cheers up]] once he starts mowing people down with [[ICallItVera Sasha]].
*** Though other mediums (including the Russian dub of Meet the Heavy) suggest this is more a [[EloquentInMyNativeTongue language thing]].
* ''VideoGame/RPGShooterStarwish'' has [[SamusIsAGirl Mare]], whose dialogue consists solely of [[VisibleSilence "..."]] [[spoiler:until the post-[[WakeUpCallBoss Earthwall]]-battle cutscene.]]
* ''VideoGame/RedFaction'''s protagonist Parker almost never says anything although it may be because he is too busy shooting Ultor's minions. The only time he says things are doing the few cut scenes in the game.
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' examples:
** Dorothy from ''VideoGame/RuneFactory2''.
** Kross and Cinnamon from ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier''.
* The Mysterious Stranger from the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series. Clicking on him produces only two floating text balloon statements: "I will help thee." and "I don't talk much."
* Until the fifth chapter of ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'' Rico is almost silent and when she does speak it's nearly inaudible. This is because [[spoiler:without a proper master she burns through her lifespan when she takes action]]. Once this is taken care of, she becomes simply soft spoken.
* [[NoNameGiven The player character]] from ''VideoGame/SaintsRow1'' has exactly four lines in game, each spoken during the final cutscene of a chapter. Other than that, s/he doesn't say a word. S/he becomes more vocal in the later games however, stating that his/her quietness was due to being a lackey.
* Sten, in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', is very much like this. He's extremely intelligent and deep, but doesn't chat much except in certain situations. There is a point when he monologues a bit with the player character about the nature of mages, and the Warden can respond by saying that it was the most words he/she ever heard Sten say. Sten's DeadpanSnarker reply: "I've been saving them up."
** In-universe materials seem to indicate that most Qunari are like this when they aren't speaking their native tongue. Since they pride themselves on doing everything perfectly, the prospect of possibly committing a linguistic error mortifies them.
* [[spoiler:Frankenstein's monster]] is this in ''VideoGame/DieReiseInsAll'', especially when he is first met.
* In ''VisualNovel/FleuretBlanc'', you're unlikely to get anything other than grunts and terse sentences out of [[TheStoic Masque]]. In a subversion, he can actually be quite the chatterbox if you engage him on a topic he actually cares about; however, the list rarely extends past [[spoiler:masks]].
* Agent 47 from ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' makes this trope look badass. A man of few words and mercy, Agent 47 talks when it's necessary but when he isn't saying anything [[BewaretheQuietOnes that''s when you should start running]].
* In a mix between this and TheVoiceless, as her name suggests, [[ColdSniper Quiet]] from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV'' is not only a less talkative character, but is in fact entirely mute capable of only a few subtle noises due to the parasites infecting her. Besides being rather unpredictable at first, Quiet eventually shows her softer side even if she is a former enemy.

* Ben in ''Webcomic/{{Storywisher}}'' is this, and the polar opposite of his cousin Fi.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Boozle}}'', the eponymous protagonist doesn't say much, and when he does, his speech bubbles contain only images or icons. Still, the other characters seem to understand him just fine (although Bitsy does comment that his speech sounds funny).
* Both of the Finland siblings in ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'', especially the brother who only swears every now and then. [[OutOfCharacterMoment Expect for]] in the [[MotorMouth sauna]].
* Coincidentally (or [[NationalStereotypes maybe not]]?), Lalli from Finland in ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' is also this. A large part of it results from LanguageBarrier, although he doesn't talk much with his cousin Tuuri either.
** Mikkel also qualifies to a lesser extent, in addition to being TheStoic.
* Akryung from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' only communicates with a cackle that creeps everybody out.
* Kid Katydid from ''Webcomic/TheBugPond''.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' [[TheBigGuy Roofus the Robot]] is probably the least talkative castmember, and he's nearly monosyllabic when he does speak. He's also probably the least intelligent of the regular cast (apart from wacky neighbors like Floyd and Heywood), though he comes across as one of the most [[DoAndroidsDream soulful]] because he is so quiet. "Will I see the sky... when I am off?"
* X of ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate'' has never once spoken more than four words or six syllables in a single panel.
* Zz'dtri from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Fitting as he is the EvilCounterpart of [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness Vaarsuvius]].
* Kanryl of ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' fits this, possibly because he spends most of his time with animals.
* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' has [=McCain=], in addition to TheVoiceless Amaya.
* Naim, from ''Webcomic/{{UC}}'', so very much so. Its so bad that the only way Iku even found out his name was by [[http://www.wanderingchaos.com/uc/111903.html breaking]] into the school records.
* ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'' gives us [[BlowYouAway Taffe]], with bits of TheStoic and EmotionlessGirl thrown in. [[NewMeat Daryl]] getting Taffe to warm up to other people and opening up is a subplot, ''especially'' when it comes to Taffe's [[TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry relationship with Larima]].

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* Kamimura from ''BrokenSaints'', apart from his internal monologues, is not the most talkative guy around. Of course, his limited knowledge of English, the language spoken to and around him for most of the series, could be part of that.
* Evek is the most silent of the LetsPlay/FreelanceAstronauts, but then, given his competition, it's not exactly a hard title to achieve.
* Jennifer O'Connell from Roleplay/BehindTheVeil communicates entirely through written notes, sign-language and text-to-speech programs, but only because of psychological reasons (her parents were killed in a car crash and she was trapped in the car with them for several hours because she had been paralysed for years and couldn't escape herself). She is still capable of speech, and recently began talking to her stepmother, but limits herself to short sentences.
* HandsomeTom in ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights''.
* While not quiet per se, [[TheJuggernaut Maine]] of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' comes very close to this trope - mainly because he almost never makes noise, and when he does he sounds like a Franchise/{{Predator}}. Part of this is due to being shot in the throat during a mission (which we see in the prequel portions of Season 9) so he's actually physically incapable of speech, but it's established that even before that he very rarely said anything.
* Sabastian in ''Literature/TheGraystoneSaga'' hates talking. When narrator Tobiah asks him questions, he answers with as few words as possible - and occasionally, none at all.
* LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun while on LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys. It doesn't help that the [[{{LetsPlay/Chuggaaconroy}} other]] [[LetsPlay/ProtonJon two]] have NoIndoorVoice.
* Fantöm from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' doesn't speak much and sometimes seems to have developped his "I see" VerbalTic as a conversation filler.
* Ray Narvaez Jr. is, or at least was, this for LetsPlay/AchievementHunter. While he talks as much as everyone else, he's less hammy on the whole. VocalEvolution eventually kicked in and he became more energetic, at least until 2014 when he was understandably annoyed by his Twitch account forcibly being taken over.
* [=DaveChaos=] of the LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} tends to say little when doing multiplayer content with the others. Granted, this could be because he's often with LetsPlay/SimonLane, the noisiest member by far.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Referenced in "Lemon of Troy", where Bart and friends prepare to raid Shelbyville; Bart declares that Rod Flanders will be "the quiet religious guy who ends up going crazy."
** In the episode where Homer joins the Navy, his superior officer gives the following keynote speech: "I'm a man of few words. Any questions?"
* Mai on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** On the DVD commentary, the creators said that when they were looking for a VA for Zuko, they were looking for someone who could say one word but imply a lifetime of suffering. He was a man of few words for the first two seasons.
** Longshot's whole character revolves around this.
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' with, "Hush, the senior who never speaks."
* Austin from ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'' in some episodes, such as "Heart of the Jungle".
* Velma Dinkley on ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo'' ("Velma said 'Jinkies!'" "It MUST be a clue!")
* Ferb from the Disney cartoon ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' who, despite being one of the two main characters, generally only speaks once or twice per episode, expressing himself the rest of the time through nonverbal cues. These lines tend to be either the most random or funniest of the episode.
** And like everything on the show, this is lampshaded to death. In the first episode he's introduced as being "a man of action". In the episode "Candace Interrupted" he says two conservative lines, prompting Phineas to say, "Well, aren't you chatty today."
** The most lines Ferb has ever said at once can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rImJwiSvqVE here]]. Watch and be amazed.
* [[BadassBookworm Raven]] from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
--> Slade: [[BewaretheQuietOnes "It's always the quiet ones, isn't it?"]]
* All the operatives of Sector V on ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' have a position/nickname: Number 3 is "[[TheChick The Flirt]]," Number 2 is "[[TheSmartGuy The Inventor]]," and Number 5 is "The Quiet One," although she's more like the OnlySaneMan.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' Wakko is the least talkative of the Warner siblings as in some segments he doesn't say anything.
* Kenny from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' especially in the later episodes rarely talks and he is not involved in the plots as much as he used to be. And besides, he's TheUnintelligible too.
* Shifty Dingo from ''WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill'', mainly due to being a ShrinkingViolet.
* Katana from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. When she does speak, her Outsiders teammates immediately stop whatever they're doing and listen to her.
** In the episode "Inside the Outsiders", there's a flashback dream sequence to a time when she was chattier. It's revealed that she doesn't speak in the present in order to honor her sensei's memory... and because she blames her loose tongue for indirectly causing the sensei's death.
* The eponymous character of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' is one of these; there are several episodes in which he never speaks. He didn't speak much as a child either; of the five flashback episodes to his childhood, he only spoke in one of them.
* Leon in ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum'' is incredibly quiet for a monkey and his only response to things is usually just a blink. He does seem to be the OnlySaneMan of the group though.
* Apocalypse from ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', in contrast to [[LargeHam other versions of the character]]. Despite being the BigBad of the last two seasons, he never speaks at all until the GrandFinale, and then his dialogue consists entirely of terse orders for minions or blunt statements of superiority (almost all delivered telepathically). One gets the sense that he simply dislikes lowering himself to speak to common mortals.
* Ashley T. from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Applejack's brother Big Macintosh, which his younger sister Apple Bloom attributes to extreme shyness. In most instances, he only communicates by saying "Eeyup" or "Nope" in response to direct questions. At virtually all other times, his remarks are either similarly short and concise, directed at someone he's exceptionally comfortable talking to (such as Applejack in the beginning of "Applebuck Season"), or [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness meant to convey his displeasure]].
** Speaking of shyness, Fluttershy is the least talkative of the Mane 6 because of this. There's been quite a few episodes where she only has a line or two at most and several where she's completely silent for the whole episode.
** Princess Luna seems to be turning into this somewhat, most notably in the season 4 premiere. Whenever the two sisters share a scene, she tends to let Celestia do most of the talking.
** ShrinkingViolet Marble Pie is a sharp contrast to her MotorMouth older sister Pinkie Pie, communicating pretty much entirely through "Mm-hmm."
* Brainy on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' has only said eight words in all the series: "something," "I dunno," "Hi Helga." "I'll go with you." However, it's because of his VaderBreath.
* Black Panther in ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''
-->'''Wasp:''' I forgot you talked!
* In ''WesternAnimation/The7D'' barring Dopey who cannot speak but uses whistles and other sounds to communicate, Bashful and Sleepy are the least talkative of the dwarves, Bashful due to his shy nature and Sleepy due to being asleep half the time, some episodes have one or both of them having a line or two or remaining silent throughout the whole cartoon.
* Brenda from ''WesternAnimation/PerfectHairForever'' almost never speaks. She does, however, battle cry on occasion, and she said something in Japanese exactly once.
* Of the main trio in ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'', [[CloudCuckooLander Clam]] is the least talkative of the three. Most of his lines are just one-word repetitions of what others have said. In fact, WordOfGod stated he was intended to be totally mute, but changed as the creator felt it wouldn't work well.
* [[TheStoic Ice Bear]] from ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' rarely says more than a handful of terse sentences in the space of a single episode. In a few episodes, such as "Everyday Bears" and "The Road", Ice Bear doesn't speak at all.
* As a reference to how she hasn't spoken in the twenty years she's been a background character, Maria from ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' is presented as this in her LowerDeckEpisode. She prefers to write her replies when Ratburn calls upon her in class, was a mime on Halloween, and Arthur has apparently never even heard her speak. It turns out she has a terrible stutter and, despite seeing a speech therapist, is very embarrassed of it.
* Tammy of the [=LARPers=] and Mary of the Geniuses from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' both barely spoke [[spoiler: in the very brief time they were on the show.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* U.S. President UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge was famous for this, even gaining the nickname "Silent Cal". There is a longstanding joke that a woman at a party came up to him and said, "Mr. President, I just bet my friend that I could get you to say more than two words." Coolidge looked at her and said, "You lose."
** She got the last laugh anyway; when the woman in question (DorothyParker, a famous and brilliant DeadpanSnarker) heard he'd died, she asked, "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny How can they tell?]]"
** Which is derived from another RealLife incident in ancient Greece, but with a [[DeadpanSnarker Spartan]].
*** Indeed, we get the term "laconic" from "Laconia," a shortening of "Lacedaemonia", referring to the region in which Sparta lies, and often used to refer to Sparta itself.
*** The story goes as such: An emissary from Philip of Macedon (father of [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat this guy]]) goes to Sparta and reads a long speech: "If we enter your lands, then we shall impale your men, violate your women and slaughter your children, burn your granaries, and put all priests to the sword..." and so forth. The Spartan king doesn't say anything until the end, when he replies: "If."
* [[http://tommyangelo.com/articles/a-rubber-band-story/ This story about a quiet stranger who joins a casino poker game]]. [[spoiler:When The Quiet One finally breaks his silence, he turns out to be a truly awe-inspiring DeadpanSnarker]].
* In Music/TheBeatles, GeorgeHarrison was often considered the 'quiet one' being overshadowed both by the songwriting genius of Lennon & [=McCartney=] and the good natured clowning of Ringo Starr. Later, when he was allowed to write songs, he proved his innate talent was the equal of his comrades with 'Something' and 'Here Comes The Sun' amongst others.
* John Entwistle, bassist for TheWho, would later claim the title of "the quiet one" for himself - while his bandmates would flail wildly about the stage and destroy their instruments, he stood still as a statue, single-mindedly playing his bass, and rarely opening his mouth. He would eventually write a song called "The Quiet One" about himself.
* Craig Jones of {{Slipknot}} has the title of The Silent One, choosing to never show up for interviews and never answer any questions when asked.
* [[Music/TomoakiIshizuka Pata]] of Music/XJapan and Ra:IN. Generally seems quiet and sleepy, is the least showy member of his bands. Is also one of the most skilled who's had the least drama out of either.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira_Hayes Ira Hayes]], one of the six flagraisers at Iwo Jima, was described by friends and family as this. He was still especially quiet even though his particular tribe didn't push talkativeness.
* In ''Moneyball'', Michael Lewis tells a story in which one of the scouts for the Oakland A's [[InvokedTrope cultivates this image]]. Humorously, when he finally ''does'' speak for the first time in two days, what he says turns out to be completely inane.
* Brazilian band Kid Abelha has Bruno Fortunato, who is practically the band's {{Garfunkel}} - Paula Toller sings and [[MsFanservice looks cute]], George Israel writes the songs, plays many instruments and sometimes sings (not to mention working with other musicians)... and Bruno only plays the guitar. Hell, in the band's website, he doesn't even use the space that would be his blog.
* Creator/AmyAcker, [[http://twitter.com/AmyAcker/status/13014265546 by her own admission]].
* Helmuth Count Moltke, who masterminded the Prussian campaign against Austria in 1866 and the German one against France in 1870/71, was known as "der große Schweiger" (the Great Silent).
* Eric Wilson of the band Music/{{Sublime}}. In the band's {{Rockumentary}} ''Stories, Tales, Lies, and Exaggerations'' Wilson does talk, but he gets no where near the screen time of fellow bandmate "Bud" Gaugh. Several interviewers have described him as quiet, but having great presence.
* Introverts, especially [=IxxPs=] on the UsefulNotes/MyersBriggs scale, tend to act like this.
* John Deacon of Music/{{Queen}}. When the band was together, he never sang on the albums and only answered questions in interviews if they were specifically directed to him. After Freddie Mercury died, he dropped out of the band and, aside from one single released in 1997, retired from the music business entirely.
* [[MixedMartialArts Mixed martial artist]] and UFC champion Chuck Liddell used this as his image. Nicknamed the "Iceman", he remained stoic and confident in and out of the ring, choosing to let his knockouts speak for him rather than a lot of brash talk. His success and character made him the UFC's biggest star even to this day.
* In Music/PinkFloyd, Richard Wright was noted for being quite a private person, rarely giving interviews. Music/SydBarrett also became notably (and self-confessedly) introverted after his mental health problems began, later becoming largely asocial.
* [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Marshawn Lynch]], the Seattle Seahawks running back is notorious for being difficult to interview, at one point answering every question with ''"I'm just here so I don't get fined."''
* [[Music/{{Slayer}} Jeff Hanneman]] was known for being very reserved and private. While the other members were more than happy to socialize and hang out with fans after shows, Jeff greatly preferred sitting on the bus and reading and would also seldom give interviews. When he wasn't touring, he preferred to stay at home and spend time with his wife; his bandmates seldom saw him outside of touring and recording.
* Creator/HarrisonFord actually took up acting as a way of confronting his social anxiety. It shows in interviews that, while friendly, it's often difficult to get a word out of him.
* Social Anxiety is one of the diagnoses for UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome[=/=]UsefulNotes/HighFunctioningAutism. Although it's conquerable, a lot of people with this condition remain quiet for many reasons but mainly out of fear for saying the wrong thing.