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A speechless (or nearly speechless) [[TheStoic Stoic]] [[FacialDialogue who can hold entire conversations without saying a word]]. Usually, they'll look soulfully, blink, raise an eyebrow, or make another otherwise minuscule gesture and get their point across. In fact, they're usually better at communicating nonverbally [[PoorCommunicationKills than most of us are at communicating verbally]].

This can overlap with any stereotypically quiet character type: TheVoiceless, TheQuietOne, the SilentSnarker, or the HeroicMime. What matters is their [[FacialDialogue uncanny ability to communicate complex thoughts non-verbally]].

This can be done to preserve the badass factor of a speechless character without sacrificing his ability to communicate. Or it can be played for laughs, with other characters responding to the quiet guy's looks as if they're long, poignant soliloquies on the nature of love, life, or liberty. They may even inspire the odd PlaceboEurekaMoment. More often than not, it turns into a BilingualDialogue with the other person just not talking.

Another aspect of this trope is that it's normally incredibly significant when these characters speak; either they have something profound to say which will give the heroes incredibly useful insight, or another character's irritant tendencies are thrown into sharp relief when they manage to push TheStoic to the breaking point and he loses his temper, or the character's silence is a joke, and whatever they have to say is the punchline thereof. No matter which it is, the fact is that the other characters always find it to be of note when the Silent Bob does deign to speak.

Very commonly a trait of the OptionalPartyMember, as he/she is often added at the last minute or as an extra feature in a port (or is deemed simply too much trouble to add to the script) and is given very little or no dialogue. However, what little they do say, no matter how [[IgnoredEpiphany groundbreaking]] or [[IgnoredConfession important to the plot]] it is, is completely ignored, because it is usually just inserted between other characters' speech in cutscenes.

This trope is named for Silent Bob, a character played by director Creator/KevinSmith in all of Film/TheViewAskewniverse movies, from ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' to ''Film/ClerksII'' who would only speak once or twice per movie, and instead said volumes with silence.

Compare TheSpeechless, TheVoiceless, TheQuietOne.



* The Bartles & James wine cooler campaign with Frank Bartles and Ed James (or rather, actors playing them as folksy old men.) They sat on a porch while Frank explained all about their new product, while Ed quietly tinkers with something, admires his handiwork, or sips a wine cooler. Frank monologues constantly put words in Ed's mouth ("Ed says...") -- and Ed may or may not even acknowledge the camera -- and ends with "..and thank you for your support."
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4QNXnNftWk&feature=share this]] old commercial for McDonalds from the 80's, Grimace is able to impress UsefulNotes/DonaldTrump without saying a word.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Toono Satoru from the BoysLove manga ''Manga/AwkwardSilence'' is very, very quiet and it's a rare person who can tell how he feels from his facial expressions. He takes after his mother in this respect.
* Enryu, a bodyguard/shinigami from a ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' FillerArc. One wonders how a Silent Bob would release his zanpakuto...
** He eventually does, and his voice [[VocalDissonance is approximately four octaves above a seven year old girl's.]]
* Schumann from ''Manga/Classi9'' was never heard or seen saying anything, but his classmates, Liszt and Chopin are perfectly capable of holding a conversation with him.
* Yuki Nagato from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', though it is only mentioned in the novels. Although she lacks ''any'' apparent facial expression, Kyon is ''somehow'' able to read what she is thinking from her face. It is never revealed if Kyon is actually right about his "emotion reading skill" or not.
** But when Kyon gets her to elaborate on her mission, [[MrExposition boy does Nagato talk.]] And worse, it's all in TechnoBabble.
* Zazie Rainyday of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', who has a way of holding entire conversations through a series of nods and [[VisibleSilence ellipses]].
** RuleOfFunny moment later on: During a Gaiden chapter of the latest Arc we get to check in on all the other characters not currently in Negi's party. Ayaka has a lively conversation with Zazie OVER THE PHONE. Yes, Zazie is her standard quiet self (she says 'bye' at the end of the call). Yes, Ayaka's details after the call are all entirely accurate. Yes, everyone in the room with Ayaka is just as confused as you are as to how this works.
*** WordOfGod is understanding all classmates intuitively is RequiredSecondaryPowers for any ClassRep at [[AcademyOfAdventure Mahora Academy]]. This is by far [[FantasyKitchenSink the least unlikely thing that happens in the series]].
** [[spoiler: She actually speaks in [[ChekhovsGunman her appearance]] in Chapter 297. And from then on, while still quiet, she keeps talking when it's needed.]]
* Ume, the sound-effects man in ''Anime/AndroidAnnouncerMaico2010'', communicates solely by using his sound-effects machine.
* Satsuki from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Only her fellow YamatoNadeshiko Kasumi clearly understands what she says.
* Freddy from ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' never utters a word (which is why Kamiyama had to give him his name) He seems to communicate mainly through stares. Even when he "sings", he just basically stands there with a mic posing with his mouth open.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' leaves the impression that this is a result of being dead. But Brandon/Grave was a man of few words his whole life. His videogame incarnation [[HeroicMime never speaks]] with only one exception.
* [[ZigzaggingTrope Zigzagged]] about in ''Anime/OnePieceFilmStrongWorld''. Indigo will mime his ideas and thoughts, and his crewmates act like they understand him for awhile before suddenly getting irritated and yelling at him to actually speak out loud, which he promptly does. When Shiki actually does understand him, he's genuinely surprised.
* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'': Admiral Eisenach somehow manages to command a space fleet through subtle hand gestures. When he does speak, his fellow officers are shocked, sometimes claiming they thought he was mute. The narrator even records the exact date he spoke, just as he does for other galaxy-shaking historical events.
* Assistant of ''LightNovel/HumanityHasDeclined''. Though the ability to understand him seems to be limited to "[[NoNameGiven Watashi]]".
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' has Kris, Vivio's bunny plushie Device. Unlike most other Devices, Kris isn't capable of speech. This does not stop it from communicating properly with everyone, somehow managing to convey complex ideas through a series of stares and twitches.
* ''Manga/{{Gangsta}}'' has the Silent Nicolas, who ''does'' occasionally talk but vastly prefers not to as a deaf man. Instead he mostly communicates via sign language.
* Saki Maruyama from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', who was compeletely silent until the very last episode, where she had a single line.
* Seki of ''Manga/MyNeighborSeki'' will grunt and make other noises as he gets into his elaborate desktop games, but he has yet to have a word of dialogue (though he is apparently capable of speaking off-camera). A rare example of a main character (and the title character at that!) who doesn't speak. It evidently runs in the family as his mother and sister are also never shown speaking.
* Mori-senpai from ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' is an example of this, though he does speak more often than most silent characters of this type. He communicates often with facial expressions or gestures, and occasionally speaks. What's more, he generally only really speaks to Honey-senpai or when matters concern Honey-senpai.
* Komi from ''Manga/KomiSanWaKomyushouDesu'' hardly ever talks out loud because of her overwhelming social anxiety.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The voice of Black Bolt of ComicBook/TheInhumans is immensely destructive and so he must never make even the tiniest sound if he's not trying to blow something up real good. However, he's mastered body language so well that he can communicate perfectly - many people are surprised by how well they understand him. (The ''best'' at understanding him is his wife and queen Medusa, who tends to speak for him most of the time in front of anyone who has problems.)
** This [[DependingOnTheWriter depends very much on the writer]]. Sometimes, Black Bolt is this; other times, he uses a sophisticated, complex sign language. Either way, his queen and wife is the best as understanding and translating for him.
* In ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' and ''Comicbook/{{Lucifer}}'', Duma, the Angel of Silence, communicates this way with others. It's implied he might be using a form of {{telepathy}}, or it might just be his angelic/deific companions are experts at reading him.
** He does have the greatest example of a "Yes sir" in the history of literature...Without saying a line.
* Creator/MilestoneComics has DMZ in the ComicBook/BloodSyndicate. He only ever says one word, and it's during the CrisisCrossover. "Damn."
* In the 2000AD strip ComicBook/NikolaiDante, Nikolai's half-brother Viktor is believed to be mute. Not so. He completes the longest known Silent Bob in comics history by remaining speechless for fifteen years, saying his first and last words 6 episodes before the end of the saga: [[spoiler: "Goodbye, Nikolai."]] The only other sounds he's made are belches and [[spoiler: screeches when he activates his Weapons Crest, turning himself into a huge Romanov Eagle.]]
* Bark the Polarbear, a long-forgotten character from the video games, was reintroduced in the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' comic book as a Silent Bob, teamed up with the psychotic and easily amused Bean the Duck. Bark is by far the more reasonable of the two, though he's yet to have had a single speech bubble. (not too different from Jay and Silent Bob, of course)

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Unlike [[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya the original novels]], where Kuyou Suou is incomprehensible, in ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'' she is understood just fine, despite [[PaintingTheFourthWall having long underscores before and after all her words]]. This has stopped now that the 10th and 11th novels are released and she now speaks normally in canon.
* Sakura is a milder example in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8684118/1/Clockwork-and-a-Teacup Clockwork and a Teacup]]''. She initially never speaks unless she has to but later just doesn't talk very much. The exception being when she talks to Ino who can understand every subtle expression she makes so Sakura rarely needs to say anything.

* [[Film/TheViewAskewniverse Silent Bob]], [[TropeNamer of]] [[CaptainObvious course]]! Since he's played by Kevin Smith (the writer and director of the Askewniverse films), he has the fewest lines to memorize and some of the best dialogue, whether it's getting in a good joke, making with the wisdom, or saving the day. But the majority of the time, he just won't speak, which tends to frustrate Jay, as Bob is taciturn ''and'' the smart one. It never seems to occur to Jay that Bob is usually silent because Jay never shuts up and Bob can't get a word in edgewise.
** Jay, possibly as a result of spending so much time around Bob, doesn't quite believe in the notion that what Bob says is profound just because he's sparing with his words; he finds Bob's speech in ''Film/ChasingAmy'' (describing an experience of his own that mirrors Ben Affleck's situation and cautioning him against making the same mistake) largely pretentious, and [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] the profundity aspect of this trope.
** Anyone standing next to Jay looks smart by comparison. But if he hangs out with Jay ''all the time'', how smart could he be?
*** But there are times even Jay's stupidity gets on Bob's nerves, culminating in him memorably snapping at Jay in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''.
** And in ''Film/{{Clerks II}}'', Bob is asked for advice... and "I got nothin'."
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies, [=R2D2=] speaks in an odd binary code than only [=C3P0=] can truly interpret. Still, other characters - and even the viewers - often have no problem figuring out what he's trying to say (or at least his intent).
* Harpo in the Creator/MarxBrothers. It helps that he can communicate with props from the {{Hammerspace}} inside his coat, like the car horn he carries around. And he whistles a lot.
** It's possible but unconfirmed that he can be heard in ''Monkey Business'', which opens with the brothers singing "Sweet Adeline" while hiding inside barrels on a ship. Notably, that's how the first mate can tell there are four stowaways despite not seeing them - Sweet Adeline is a song for a quartet.
* Beef Supreme in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}.''
* Yolanda and Greg in ''Film/{{Hamlet 2}}''.
* Sphinx in ''Film/GoneInSixtySeconds2000''. And yes, this involves both a phone call and the odd eloquence at the end of the movie.
* Basil Hoffman's character in ''Film/MyFavoriteYear''.
* Monica in ''Film/DonJon'' is a classic Silent Bob, communicating mostly by facial expressions (mainly eye-rolls) before finally saying something profound near the end.
* Bang-Bang from ''Film/TheBrothersBloom'' manages to be a deadpan snarker with only roughly two lines throughout the movie.
* ThoseTwoGuys from ''Film/SuburbanCommando''. When they finally do talk, they have impossibly high-pitch voices, and Hogan says, "No wonder you never talk."
* The "Bull" in the FilmOfTheBook ''Film/WhereTheWildThingsAre'' doesn't talk for most of the movie, merely standing stoically to the side, unnerving and intimidating most of the other characters. When he finally does speak, he turns out to be kindhearted and sensitive.
* Jason Voorhees from ''Franchise/FridayThe13th''. This is quite popular in slasher movies, as Michael Myers from ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' has it too. Michael does at one point say something, [[spoiler: "Die".]]
** A monster is only truly scary if there is nothing humanizing about it. They ''need'' to stay silent or become [[VillainDecay defeatable, or worse, relatable]].
* ''Film/OceansEleven'' and sequels has Yen. Being Chinese, he doesn't know English (yet somehow the others are just OK with his Mandarin...). And most of the times where he does speak, [[PrecisionFStrike swearing]] [[SirSwearsALot will be involved]].
* Mini-Me from the ''Film/AustinPowers'' films. You might think he's TheVoiceless (mostly he just makes the occasional squeal), but when performing ''Just the Two of Us'', he speaks a single line "You and I", in an absurdly deep voice.
* The Sandman aka "Sandy" from ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''.
* Midnight Mark from ''Film/TheBoatThatRocked''. Most of his communication involves lighting a cigarette.
* Dopey in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.
* Gideon in ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''.
* Killer Croc in ''Film/SuicideSquad2016''. He snarls frequently, but hardly talks. When he does so, it's either intimidating or hilarious.

* ''Literature/TheGoneAwayWorld'' by Nick Harkaway features an entire troupe of literal {{Heroic Mime}}s, only one of whom ever speaks as he's the designated communicator.
* Mac, the proprietor [[TruceZone MacAnally's]] in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is a one-syllable sort of guy. It gets to the point that when Mac says a full sentence, Harry is stunned.
-->''"He... used grammar."''
** In ''Changes'', Mac speaking in full sentences is a strong indication of how high the stakes have become. By the end of his speech, he is visibly drained.
** Another surprise example in ''Changes'' is [[spoiler: Mouse, Harry's dog. It's not that he tries to be silent - it's that no one else could understand him until that point.]]
* ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series: Every member of the Second Foundation is this to each other, although the narrator translates all of their "dialogue" for us.
* In ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' there's [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Silent]]. He has some kind of vow of silence, which he breaks but once [[spoiler:[[TrueName naming]] the lady and thus sealing her magic power.]]
* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' features an old man who is almost completely paralyzed. He communicates with his granddaughter with a system of blinks, and is often described as having a particular expression that gets his point across. It turns out that he's something of a RetiredBadass to boot.
* In ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', Athos has shades of this. He's even trained his manservant to respond to entirely nonverbal cues and gestures.
* [[ObstructiveBureaucrat The Auditors]] of the Literature/{{Discworld}} are a variation of this. Since speaking is a sign of individuality, which they abhor because it is so disorderly, instead they change reality to make it as if they had already spoken. Except they haven't. Trying to figure this out starts to cause noticeable mental strain for any living being they deal with.
** Also in Discworld, the Librarian of Unseen University is a wizard who was turned into an orangutan by a magical accident. He communicates only by shrugs and the word 'ook' (and the occasional 'eek'), but the other wizards 'have just got into the habit of understanding him'.
* In ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', Toth is a subversion. He's a mute, and throughout the series he communicates with Durnik through obscure gestures that none of the other characters understand but which Durnik has no problem translating into complex ideas. [[spoiler:It turns out Toth's people share a [[MentalFusion Group Consciousness]], and his gestures are a cover for him implanting what he wants to convey directly into Durnik's mind, in a manner that's vaguely described but apparently distinct from the normal mind-to-mind communication some of the other characters are capable of.]]
* In the ''{{Franchise/Halo}}'' ExpandedUniverse novel ''Literature/HaloGhostsOfOnyx'', there's a character named Lucy, who is a Spartan-III of Beta Company. One of the only two survivors of the operation that saw the entirety of Beta Company wiped out except for her and one other male Spartan, she has been unable to speak since then, which is chalked up to post-traumatic stress. Nonetheless, she's still an effective officer and trainer who knows how to get her point across. In ''Literature/HaloGlasslands'' she finally speaks, after punching Dr. Halsey in the face.
* In most live-action adaptations of ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'', the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come (the darkest and scariest of the three) never speaks, but gets his point across to Scrooge just fine without doing so.
* In ''Literature/{{MARZENA}}'' we have Sandra, the female version of this trope and who communicates using 99.9% body language. Made more troubling by the Author using French Quotation marks for the few times where she does say anything.
* The German novel series ''Die Wilden Fussballkerle" give us Maxi "Tippkick" Maximilian. If he talks, it's important. Even on the phone he's usually silent. {{PlayedForDrama}} in his own book, when he loses his voice and nobody notices.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'': Buzz Rodriguez. he doesn't speak until Volunteering episode, mostly due to things being fine up to that point.
* Morn from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine.'' Subversion: he is never shown talking, but other characters frequently comment on how gregarious, funny, charming, etc. he is.
** One early episode actually shows Morn ''screaming'', as part of a violent mob--but he has no audible lines; it's just crowd noise.
** ExpandedUniverse material goes on to establish that, once he gets talking, the trick is getting him to shut up.
** The Silent Bob is actually a [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] for one of the races in in ''Franchise/StarTrek''; exemplified by Grand Negus Zek's personal valet Maihar'du who has taken a vow of silence to anyone other than his lord. This is seen as quite common for the Hupyrian species.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Lwaxana Troi's valet Mr. Homn. He speaks exactly one time: "Thank you for the drinks."
* Effy from ''Series/{{Skins}}''; her tongue might have loosened a bit in the second season (after her lines in the first involved, basically, one [[NonSequiturThud cut-off monologue]] and a scream), but expressive tics and eyebrow twitches are still a major part of her communication strategy.
* Norman the Doorman in ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''.
* Before the above, Disney was already doing this with Lanny in ''Series/LizzieMcGuire''. Mr. and Mrs. [=McGuire=] are amazed when Matt has a ''phone'' conversation with Lanny, who is always shown as being mute--yet Matt and Melina understand him perfectly.
* An ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' episode features a hippie couple, the girl of whom never speaks with her boyfriend explaining that she only talks with her eyes. Archie is predictably skeptical: "Open wide and let's hear the Gettysburg Address!" Even Mike and Gloria become frustrated with them, with Gloria yelling at the girl to shut up while the guy is in the middle of explaining yet another thing she's supposedly saying.
* In an episode of ''Series/BlackBooks'', Manny and Bernard individually go to a counselor who simply listens to them talk through their problems until they come to a breakthrough all by themselves.
* Marilyn Whirlwind from ''Series/NorthernExposure'' is the extremely laconic foil to the high-strung Dr. Fleischman.
* Giorgy from the ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' "Hey Giorgy" sketch was a Silent Bob, even using a variation of the Coolidge line [[spoiler: "You lose...''Comrade''!"]] (see ''Real Life'' below)
* Darryl and Darryl from ''Series/{{Newhart}}'', [[spoiler:except in the series finale.]]
* Mr. Foley from ''Remember WENN''.
* Rongar from ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSinbad'', although in his case it wasn't exactly optional - he didn't have a tongue.
* Silent Keith from the 2010 season of ''Series/CanadasWorstHandyman'' was one of these.
* Death's skeletons in ''Series/HorribleHistories''.
* Casey on ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' is The Silent Bob by comparison with the rest of the cast. His tendency to respond to things that irritate, anger or amuse (mostly the first two) him with grunts is lampshaded frequently, to the point that Chuck even has a coding system to identify what a particular grunt means. Creator/AdamBaldwin is also a master with his facial expressions, and Casey is hilariously terrifying when his BerserkButton is being pushed (see Casey's steadily building rage when Morgan has to anger him to break his affliction with "couch lock" in "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Chuck Versus the Couch Lock]]." It's [[CrowningMomentOfFunny absolutely hilarious]] to watch him go from paralyzed to UnstoppableRage ''without being able to move or speak''). Additionally, Casey can also be incredibly profound when he ''does'' [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming break his silence on matters such as Chuck and Sarah's relationship]].
* The Butler in ''Series/ThePrisoner'' never uttered a sound, and was rather stoic, though he could be startled from time to time.
* Tran in ''Series/NewGirl'' manages to be a MagicalAsian and Nick identifies him as his best friend, despite uttering only one sentence on-screen, ever.
* Matt Rutherford in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' throughout the first season, he has a total of two lines. He later returns in the final season and says hello to Mercedes and nothing else.
* Subverted with Heartfire in Season 4 of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. She only communicates through thoughts (which are shown as words in front of her onscreen), but everybody misinterprets her.

* [[Music/TheWhiteStripes Meg White]] is the Silent Bob of that pair. Of course, when she ''does'' speak, it's pure sex in audio form.
* Ninja Brian from Ninja sex party is this, combined with a fair dose of badass.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/RonSimmons of Wrestling/{{WWE}}, leading up to his singular and simple catchphrase: "Damn!"
* During the late 1990s, Wrestling/{{Edge}}, Wrestling/{{Christian}} and [[Wrestling/DavidHeath Gangrel]]. When they were known as The Brood. Though they all became more chatty over time, during their early days, they never spoke a single word.
* [[Wrestling/CarleneMoore WWE Diva Jazz]] rarely ever spoke. Part because she usually had Teddy Long as her mouthpiece, part because she had a scowl that said more than words could.
* Wrestling/BrockLesnar rarely speaks, due to the fact that his voice is a bit too high pitched to be intimidating (and he's not a great talker anyway) so Wrestling/PaulHeyman often serves as his mouthpiece.
* From October 1996 to January 1998, Wrestling/{{Sting}} never spoke on camera to add mystique to his new [[Film/TheCrow Crow]]-esque persona.

* Lucky in ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot'' is silent through most of the play, until he is asked to 'think', when he issues forth a three page speech of fractured philosophical gibberish.
* In the musical ''Theatre/OnceUponAMattress'', the King has been cursed with muteness. As a result, all his "lines" are delivered by miming. He even features in two '''songs'''!
** But when he does get the chance to speak, boy, does he ever relish in it (the kindest you could say about his wife is that she's a domineering, insufferable shrew. The most accurate you could say about his wife is not fit for public conversation).
* Sheriff Earl in ''Theatre/AllShookUp''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ward, after becoming permanently mute in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVIII''.
* Kimahri of ''Videogame/FinalFantasyX'' remains silent most of the time, and doesn't say a word for a long time after his initial appearance, so when his mouth opens, you listen.
** It gets to the point that his first line of dialogue isn't until you're about a quarter of the way through the game (roughly at the 12-hour mark).
* Inverted by the Elcor from ''Franchise/MassEffect.'' Their body language is too subtle for any other species to detect (and their voices utterly monotone), so [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry they must verbally declare each and every emotion.]]
* All four times that [[PlayerCharacter the Playa]] in the first ''Videogame/{{Saints Row|1}}'' opens his mouth, someone gets owned. He talks normally in the sequels, however.
* Kevin Smith in ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}'' - the creators ''claim'' they weren't familiar with the real-life film director of the same name who played Silent Bob himself.
* Quite a few {{Silent Protagonist}}s from video games. Examples include Mario (''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''), Crono (''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger''), Rudy (''[[VideoGame/WildArms1 Wild ARMs]]''), Ryu (''BreathOfFire''), The Rookie (''[[Franchise/{{Halo}} Halo 3 ODST]]''), Gordon Freeman (''VideoGame/HalfLife''), Samus Aran (''Franchise/{{Metroid}}''), etc.
* [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo Red]] from ''[[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Pokémon Gold and Silver]]'' speaks only in ellipses, as a nod to [[HeroicMime his role]] in the [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue previous games]].
* Mario is possibly the epitome of this trope in ''VideoGame/PaperMario''. All he has to do is open his mouth for three seconds to say a whole sentence.
** It gets to ridiculous extremes in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' where Mario can not only bounce all over the place and flail his arms about to tell his side of the story, he can ''[[NarrativeShapeshifting shapeshift into other characters]]'' as he explains the situation.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', the protagonist is always silent. Once they retire the title, they can speak again, and sometimes cutscenes will go back to an earlier conversation and reveal what the now vocal character said.
** An NPC, Leder, never utters a single word and people acknowledge it. [[spoiler: When Leder DOES speak, he reveals an AwfulTruth to Lucas about the history of the island, revealing how everyone on the island was brainwashed to prevent a second global apocalypse from happening.]]
* The player character from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' is never heard to speak. However, he/she can respond yes or no to questions, and dialogue from other characters implies that they do in fact speak. For example, [[TheWoobie Quelaag's Sister's]] dialogue implies that [[IronWoobie the player character]] [[NotSoStoic is]] [[PlayerPunch crying]].
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' player characters are traditionally limited to pantomime and nodding/shaking yes or no to questions (which always seem to end in "ButThouMust")... but [[HeroicMime only when you're playing as them]]. In the first game, Felix is very aloof toward the player characters but a devoted protector to the hostages, and Isaac is The Silent Bob. In ''The Lost Age'', Felix is The Silent Bob, and Isaac's new speaking role reveals that he gets abrasive under pressure.
** Felix gets a grand total of two lines in TLA, and one of them is a VisibleSilence. The other is a mistake (his portrait gets displayed instead of Sheba's in order to say: "Why?").
** ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' continues the trend, but plays with it a bit more. Matthew ([[PunnyName "Mut"]] in the Japanese versions) is far more expressive than his predecessors thanks partly to the new emoticon reactions, and in the American version he even has a [[PrecisionFStrike rather specific reaction]] to [[spoiler: encountering Arcanus in the final dungeon]]. However, the dialogue his friends have around him [[LampshadeHanging mentions]] that he is this in-universe, to the point of being reluctant to introduce himself when asked.
---> That's Matthew. He doesn't talk much.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series, with the exception of III, has all of it's heroes as {{Heroic Mime}}s, their only emotion readable by expressions on their faces. While the first two games are limited by PSX graphics, they do show surprise and confusion. ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'', however, gives the main character a wide variety of expressions and conveys his emotions with his only dialogue being player choices.
* Volt is this in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', speaking only in VisibleSilence and not even making noise during his fight (aside from the lightning strikes that occur when he attacks.) He also doubles as TheUnintelligible, since everyone acknowledges that he's indeed communicating, but only Raine can actually understand what he's "saying".

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Raincloud from ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft''. Never speaks, and doesn't even have any expressions (because she's literally a rain cloud), yet she's somehow able to have a "conversation" with Rainbow Dash in her first scene.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Now, careful Raincloud!\\
'''Raincloud:''' ...\\
'''Rainbow Dash:''' [[SarcasmMode Yeah. It's a mystery.]]
* Literally every single character on ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''.
* The Poopsmith from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.

* Jack from ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' talks when he needs to, but hardly ever needs to.
** Michelle however is most certainly [[http://www.pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=1013 NOT Silent Bob.]]
* Punch, one of the Heterodyne Boys' creations and assistants, in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', was unable to speak. Heterodyne shows often characterized him as [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050914 "big, slow, and stupid," but in truth he was smart, strong, loyal, kind, and dignified,]] and he and his counterpart Judy had no trouble communicating--or being badass.
** Now that [[spoiler: Gil fixed him, he can talk, but [[MotorMouth he won't shut up.]]]]
* Mr. Stinky, one of two characters in ''[[http://www.flyingmanandfriends.com/ Flying Man and Friends,]]'' does not speak, nor does he use thought bubbles. But Flying Man somehow still manages to carry on conversations with him.
* Ragara Karen from "Webcomic/KeychainofCreation" traded her voice to Berengire, the Weaver of Voices.
* Viktor in ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' speaks, but communicates more effectively with facial expression. In [[http://lackadaisy.foxprints.com/exhibit.php?exhibitid=215 this]] preview comic, he and Mordecai have a mild argument. ''Victor never says a word.'' Mordecai reacts ''entirely'' to Viktor's facial expressions.
* Finland from ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld''. He rarely speaks, and if he does, it's Finnish.
** Unless Sister Sweden [[http://satwcomic.com/talk-to-me-1 forces him to.]]
** Or [[https://satwcomic.com/small-talk he's in the sauna]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} [[Webcomic/TouhouJournal Journal]]'' brings us [[FanNickname Silent Reimu]], able to hold [[NiceGirl kindly]] conversations with other characters without ever speaking a word. There are other characters who are also silent, such as Kisume, fellow miko Sanae, and Unzan, all of which identify very strongly with Reimu. The speaking characters often lampshade this.
* Feral of ''Webcomic/{{Strays}}'' is mute, but his wide hand gestures, combined with UnsoundEffect, make him perfectly understandable.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Balabalalde in the "Improfanfic" series ''Literature/DarkHeartHigh'' has so many bandage shaped {{PowerLimiter}}s over his entire body and face, he communicates exclusively by blinking his right eye and moving his head. This is played straight and funny throughout the series.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* B from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' Revenge of the Island, is not known for speaking. He even has his own [[VoiceForTheVoiceless personal interpreter]] to communicate what he wants to say.
** Spud from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' since he and Rock are an {{Expy}} of Jay and Silent Bob.
* A minor character from the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' series, called Longshot. He's an expert archer who is part of [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jet's]] group. At first he's just a background character, but when Jet reappears in Season 2, intent on reforming himself and making a new life, Longshot is one of only two characters from the group with him, and although he never speaks the others frequently react to his looks as though he does. (Often with replies like "That's deep", or "Good point", and so on.) Probably a bit of a Silent Bob homage. (Like Bob, he does break his silence, but only at the very end, [[spoiler:when Jet is dying and he tells the main character's group to go ahead of them and catch the EvilChancellor responsible.]])
** This trope was specifically mentioned in the ''WebVideo/AvatarTheAbridgedSeries'' and called "Silent Bob Syndrome". Because he couldn't object, Jet called him by whatever insulting name he could think up.
* Gromit, of ''WesternAnimation/WallaceAndGromit'' fame. While he does not say anything, apart from rare yelp or bark, he remains nonverbal but his single eyebrow speaks volumes.
* Mayor Edsel from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', who communicates solely with body language interpreted by his aide.
** In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Soundwave rarely says anything, but on occasion will play back a voice clip of another character talking (with some distortion reminiscent of [[TransformersGeneration1 G1 Soundwave's voice]]).
*** He finally talks [[spoiler: after being captured by the Autobots, right before crashing his own hard drive]].
* Ferb from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' who despite being a main character [[TheQuietOne only speaks about once or twice per episode]]. He also rarely shows facial expressions, but can usually be interpreted by others, especially his brother Phineas. Sometimes they ''do'' fail to, though, usually for humorous effect.
** Perry is an even better example, given that he can't speak, only purr. And, though Doofenshmirtz has shown to be able to understand what he "says", Perry is mostly just understood by facial expressions and some small actions (like greeting with his hat, pointing or even facepalming). In the episode "Minor Monogram," however, Doof expressly states that he pretends Perry is talking about recent movies he's seen.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Lisa's Wedding", teenage Maggie is described as being a chatterbox - but then she merely rolls her eyes at her father in silence.
** She's also supposed to have an angelic singing voice, but she gets cut off just as she's preparing to do so. All the audience gets is the sound of her inhaling.
** Lampshaded in "Three Gays of the Condo" where Homer says that his only worthwhile creation was Lisa. When Maggie takes offense, Homer replies with "Prove me wrong, Silent Bob."
*** Notably, Maggie has said exactly two words in actually canonical episodes: her first word, "[[spoiler:Daddy]]" and later, "''[[spoiler:Ja]].''"
*** Don't forget when the kids were fostered by the Flanders and nearly baptized...on the way to the river, Maggie spins her head around ala The Exorcist and says "Daddily doodily!"
*** "Sequel?"
** Maggie can [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t08RbPA90w Silent Bob with the best of them,]] canon be damned.
* Mr. Funny in ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''. He only honks during Season 2 of the show run.
* Boomhauer in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' isn't ''silent'', exactly, but his complete and utter unintelligibility goes unnoticed by most characters, especially Hank, who according to Bobby often quotes Boomhauer's wisdom.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheodoreTugboat'', some of the docks are characters who only ever say a certain phrase - like "Uh-huh," or "Nope," which often leads to the character facing a moral dilemma in the story extracting [[HiddenDepths profound wisdom]].
* Ms. Mimi in one episode ''WesternAnimation/AngelinaBallerina: The Next Steps'' communicates with the titular character and her friends through writing notes, head shakes, and music. All because she has laryngitis.
** In fact, early in the episode, an yogurt selling mouse greets Angelina and Vici by using a bell in his cart and waving his hand on them.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Downplayed with Big Macintosh. There is the occasional episode where he ''does'' speak in full sentences when necessary, but most of the time his dialogue is limited to two words: "Eeyup" and "Nope". The effect he uses these words, however, is impressive.
** DJ Pon-3 is depicted this way in her ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'' animated short as well as the film itself, communicating solely with gestures. In the novelization, she only talks through text messages, possibly due to actually being TheSpeechless. The LowerDeckEpisode shows that the same goes for her main universe counterpart as well (there's no such thing as cell phones in Equestria, but she communicates with gestures when actively needing to get a point across, even when not wearing her headphones.)
* Courage from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' tends to do this when trying to explain something to Eustace or Muriel by shapeshifting into various things. The only sounds he makes in these events are various... grunts, for the lack of a better term. However, he tends to talk normally otherwise.
* Snoopy is this in almost every ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' animated special and movie, most notably ''WesternAnimation/WhatANightmareCharlieBrown''. Creator Charles Schulz had considered many ways to animate his thoughts into speech, before deciding not to have him speak at all and communicate only in pantomime, which worked out rather well.
* WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry obviously. There were lines by other characters and they occasionally spoke, usually briefly as a gag. One weird exception was a cartoon where Jerry narrated about Tom losing the love of his life.
* Troubadour, one of Babar's ministers in [[WesternAnimation/{{Babar}} the original 1989-2000 series]] is an small elephant that never speaks but his body language express his feelings easily.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Mimes, by definition, are supposed to be this, performers who entertain with body language alone. (Just how ''good'' one is at it is another story.)
* The ironically named Teller of illusionist duo Creator/PennAndTeller. Teller is small, silent, subtle and extremely polite, while Penn is big, loud, flashy, long-winded and obnoxious. Penn behaves like this in every public appearance and never breaks character, giving them a unique advantage as magicians: everyone's so used to Penn's distracting behavior, it never occurs to them it's deliberate misdirection.
** Teller does, however, speak freely when he is not "in character", i.e. after shows to fans and in print and radio interviews (though in the latter he often jokes that he can't be the real Teller - because, of course, Teller never talks). In stage and television appearances he is always silent, though on some rare occasions he has been shown speaking in documentaries with his face obscured.
** In interviews, Teller has said his silence on stage goes back to his early years of performing at frat parties; if he remained silent, people were less inclined to heckle and throw beer and instead focused on his performance. Today, if you see him perform [[http://youtu.be/BlhembiYm1A one of his solo tricks]], you may have trouble discerning whether you're watching magic or performance art; his silence just makes it that much more poignant.
** Additionally, Penn Jillette has said that in their magic shows, Teller talks at least once during every show - but it has to be a gimmick. Things like being inaudible because a loud woodchipper is drowning out his voice, or speaking audibly but while pretending to be an animatronic puppet of himself, or simply arguing with Penn off-mic.
** This tradition continues in ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'', too: Penn jokes in one episode about how Teller yells at him a lot. In the opening of another episode, Penn brands Teller, who is just barely offscreen, causing him to scream "MOTHERFUCKER!", and Penn to exclaim "Hey cool, he ''can'' talk!". And the episode on hypnosis starts with Teller speaking in a loud and dramatic voice for a good 35 seconds (he's trying to hypnotize Penn), though he's only seen from the neck down as the camera focuses on Penn lying down.
** To show just how powerful the Silent Bob effect is: Once, while hosting at a magic convention, they [[PersonalitySwap switched roles]]. They were introduced as "Teller & Penn", and Teller spoke while Penn stayed silent. It brought the house down.
--->'''Teller:''' "My name is Teller, and this is my partner Penn Jillette: we are Teller & Penn."
--->'''Audience:''' *goes wild*
* U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, went from February 22, 2006 through January 14, 2013 without speaking to the lawyers before him preferring to issue almost all his opinions via writing, a streak of close to seven years. He broke his silence to say, according to official transcripts, [[spoiler:"Well - he did not"]] in response to a joke before being drowned out by the noise of the courtroom. As of now, his streak is a record for the Court. Thomas himself has said (in a speech to high school students in 2000) "I just think that it's more in my nature to listen rather than to ask a bunch of questions, and they get asked anyway."
** ''Series/BostonLegal'' {{lampshaded}} this when Denny and Alan had to go before the Supreme Court (naturally played by lookalikes). Denny bets Alan that he can't get Justice Thomas to talk. [[spoiler:Alan ends up winning the bet, with his standard behavior that would never fly in a real court.]]
** Thomas' streak [[SuddenlyVoiced officially ended]] on February 29th, 2016, when [[http://www.aol.com/article/2016/02/29/justice-clarence-thomas-reportedly-asked-a-question-during-oral/21320335/#confab-comment-27304558 he asked a few questions during one case's oral arguments.]]
* American president UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge (nicknamed "Silent Cal"), who famously was told by a woman at a dinner party that a friend of hers had bet her she couldn't get Coolidge to say at least three words to her all evening. Coolidge's response? [[spoiler: "You lose."]]
** Or, in Creator/DaveBarry's retelling of it: [[spoiler: [[PrecisionFStrike "Fuck you."]]]]
** Upon hearing about Coolidge's death in 1933, writer Dorothy Parker joked "How could they tell?"