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->''"[[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud Dot dot dot!]]"''
-->-- '''Stinkoman''', ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''

A character, for whatever reason, doesn't speak. However, it's a matter of importance to emphasize that they aren't speaking. How do you show it?

Simple: use an ellipsis. This is better known as "...", and is usually used to represent either where part of a paragraph/sentence was removed or a break in the thought. Thus, when a character is either mute or choosing not to speak, their dialogue box/speech bubble/subtitle becomes an ellipsis to show that is the case. Sometimes appears as an exclamation mark or [[ConfusedQuestionMark question mark]], which also imply the silence while carrying a message of their own (and usually with a situation-appropriate shift in facial expression). Often used for a BeatPanel or when a character has [[IHaveNothingToSayToThat nothing to say]].

Occasionally this shows up for added emphasis in animation as a form of PaintingTheMedium.

Compare DramaticEllipsis, MelodramaticPause, and SweatDrop. A SilentProtagonist may sometimes speak only in this. Compare also ChirpingCrickets, if the whole cast of characters is too stunned or embarrassed to speak. Turns up in comics as the word [=*crickets*=] in place of a speech bubble.
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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
{{Manga}} will also use a certain [[UnsoundEffect "onomatopoeia"]] for this purpose: "shin" (or "shiiiiin", or "shi-n"). So, if you see a giant "shi~n" over a scene, you know it's completely silent. For ''pronounced'' silence, look for "jiiin".

* Possibly first introduced to the West by ''{{Golgo 13}}''; Duke Togo/Golgo 13 is quite fond of this.
* Jyu Viole Grace from ''TowerOfGod'' almost never talks, resorting to this instead.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Sasuke was already a ninja of few words, but when he recruited his own team, he went dead silent for a few chapters while they argued amongst each other. ''Fortunately'', the author was considerate enough to feature a cel of Sasuke saying "..." after ''every joke and insult'', [[TheComicallySerious with the same blank look on his face]]. If he hadn't, we would have ''never'' known Sasuke was ignoring them and it would have seemed like he just suddenly disappeared. They seem to have a stock of Sasukes with VisibleSilence, for all the times the manga cuts to him just to have him say nothing.
** Hinata says one while witnessing Sakura hugging Naruto after punching him for his recklessness upon his return to the village after [[spoiler:defeating Pain]], for unknown reasons.
** Karin herself gets in on it when she observes the [[spoiler:Danzo/Sasuke]] fight from the sidelines, during which her speech balloons were about 60% punctuation, including three consecutive {{Visible Silence}}s ''all on one page''.
** Naruto himself after he learns of Sasuke [[FaceHeelTurn becoming an international criminal]]. For a long time his speech bubbles are mostly full of dots as he hears one person after another elaborate to him what kind of person his former friend really is.
** Probably 75% of [[AntiVillain Itachi's]] dialogue consists of this. [[spoiler:He's a bit more talkative when he's revived as a zombie. Probably because he doesn't have to [[FakeDefector pretend to be evil]] anymore.]]
* Used on the melancholic Nemu Kurotsuchi in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' while displaying the members of Shinigami Women's Association during the very first meeting shown in the Shinigami Cup clip. In the anime, Apache gets one while waiting for Allon to respond to her commands.
* Taken UpToEleven in the ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' anime with Daimaru Subiyoshi, the obese OnlySaneMan. He has no spoken dialogue-all of his lines are written across the screen, and most of them ''do'' end in ellipses. He's also probably the most articulate and vocally eloquent among the cast. He speaks in the manga, though, albeit with a Kansai/English accent.
* A large ellipsis appears dot by dot in the background in ''SchoolRumble'' while Eri 'connects the dots' regarding Harima and Yakumo. Yakumo is in the tea room, fixing Harima's jacket. Harima often comes by the tea room you say? "..."
* In an episode of ''LuckyStar'', there is one of these when Konata asks Yui if she remembers her childhood, which the absent-minded adult most certainly does not. Not only that, but after the first four dots appear, Konata starts chorusing them as they appear with a mumbled "Dot, Dot, Dot, Dot!", in what is probably a little lampshading of this trope - Konata is, after all, very GenreSavvy.
* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', where the title character Kenshin witnesses an attack occurring in an alleyway, in his atoning state he does not want to fight, and simply says "...", and is then immediately kicked in the head by Sanosuke who demands "What do you mean, '...'!?"
* The credits sequence of ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' is a sequence of still photos following around a scooter, interspersed with some animation of Haruko riding the scooter. When it breaks down she kicks it over. A thought bubble with a vertical ellipse pops up over the scooter before it scoots off on its own.
* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', for whatever reason, the ellipsis appears behind Mr. Tadakichi, signifying his silence. But Mr. Tadakichi is a dog, and a fairly quiet one, at that, so...?
* About 80% of [[TheStoic Yuki Nagato's]] "dialog" in the ''SuzumiyaHaruhi'' novellas (it'd be a higher proportion, but her SpockSpeak takes up a ''lot'' of space). The anime, having a fairly "realistic" style, forgoes the visible ellipses.
* Used almost excessively in ''DokiDokiSchoolHours''.
* ''HidamariSketch'' has a lot of variations on this one, often throttled to pretty surreal levels.
* ''[[{{Yotsubato}} Yotsuba&!]]'' has extended ellipses and question-mark dialog balloons galore. In one conversation, Yotsuba and her father have an exchange of just question-marks, as he wonders what she's wondering about.
* Zazie Rainyday in ''MahouSenseiNegima'' is known for this as her constant; any time she's on-screen, a bubble of ellipsis appears next to her head to emphasize her [[TheQuietOne quietness]]. [[SilentBob She somehow manages to hold conversations this way]]. [[RuleOfFunny Over the phone, no less.]]
* Used in the ''[[HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe Harukanaru Toki no Naka de - Hachiyou Shou]]'' OAV, for comedic purposes (e.g. two characters [[PoorCommunicationKills being unable to start a conversation]] and just standing there in [[SuperDeformed "chibi"]] forms as the dots appear in the background one by one). On one occasion, the ellipsis ends with a SweatDrop that falls to the bottom of the screen.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', some of the characters are sitting silently in a room next to the one with an important meeting in it. They're having a conversation in written form. One of them holds up a piece of paper with an ellipsis on it, and immediately gets reprimanded with another piece of paper that says "You don't have to write the dramatic pauses!" in Japanese. In the manga, it's the same, with Chu writing "Idiot! Don't waste paper on silence!"
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' uses this once, when Juuhachigou (#18) throws a fight against Mr. Satan (Hercule). It's used to show just how underwhelming the attack is before she throws herself out of the ring.
* [[TheStoic Killy]] from ''{{Blame}}''! has more ellipses in his vocabulary than words.
* ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''. Ryuuka, when she first learns Taro is the new head of the Hanaukyo family.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' uses this when team members make shocking statements during the investigation of Kira. One conversation between Light and Near consists half of [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow intense pauses]], which the NPA members think is just freaking weird, causing them to emit the occasional ellipsis of their own. The stand-alone "...!" also puts in an appearance. It's internal monologue, which does at least keep you from wondering how you'd pronounce that.
* Used in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' when Ed and Ling are inside Gluttony's stomach. Ed transmutes a giant hole into the sea of blood, and they drop a torch into it to see where it hits the bottom. While they're waiting, and waiting, and waiting, we see an ellipses over their heads.
* The author of ''Manga/SoulEater'' is in love with this.
* In the anime of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', ShrinkingViolet librarian Shiori takes this trope to its [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjafuChw3bI logical extreme]].
* In ''Manga/SangatsuNoLion'', Rei is frequently guilty of this due to his meek personality and his tendency to contemplate on his own problems.
* In ''[[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu]]'', Kaname has this reaction when she sees the school rugby team finding a miniscule pebble on the pitch and treating it as if it were a major safety hazard.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In the ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' comic, Psylocke had just won a battle with a villainous alter-ego, and asked Sabertooth whether he would have killed her if the other one had won. ". . ." She assures him that she's grateful and would do the same for him.
* In one issue of ''[[SpiderMan Amazing Spider-man]]'' it is implied that "..." made by Spidey is some kind of an inarticulate sound, as another character asked about it.
* Volume 4 of ''ScottPilgrim'' features this a few times. It's also the most cartoony / manga-ey of the bunch.
* In ''NewAvengers'', when LukeCage and JessicaJones are [[TerribleIntervieweesMontage interviewing for a babysitter]], {{Deadpool}} [[MotorMouth of all people]] [[http://sketchcardsaloon.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/squirrel-girl-new-avengers-7.jpg is doing it.]]
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Used a lot in ''FanFic/KiraIsJustice''.
* In ''FanFic/TotalDramaRevolution'', a character named PJ is known to say nothing but "...", making up her whole personality.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Reconciliation}}'', this is [[KatawaShoujo Hanako's]] immediate reaction to [[spoiler:hearing about Hisao's death]].
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'' both plays this [[PlayedForLaughs for laughs]], like [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie's]] reaction to [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney Phoenix's]] [[CannotTellAJoke awful jokes]], and [[PlayedForDrama for drama]], [[spoiler:like Phoenix's only reactions after Trixie [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame agrees with his questionable]] but necessary ShootTheDog move]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Amazingly enough, Creator/WilliamShakespeare [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples used a variant of this]] in Sonnet 126 - the last two lines of the sonnet consist of empty parentheses.
** Not necessarily Shakespeare himself, since there are questions whether he had a hand in publishing them. There are a good chance they're just an editor's indication that the sonnet is unfinished.
* In ''Speak'', the main character says very little for most of the book. Conversations are written a little like dialogue in a play, and the main character's silence is emphasized like this:
--> Dad: "It's supposed to be soup."
--> Me:
--> Dad: "It tasted a bit watery, so I kept adding thickener. I put in some corn and peas."
--> Me:
--> Dad: "Call for pizza. I'll get rid of this."
* David Foster Wallace, in his, "The Broom of the System", makes extensive use of this.
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[[folder: Music]]
* ''{{Music/Clutch}}'' invokes this in ''Subtle Hustle.''
--> I cause eclipses with a wave of the hand,
--> Let 'em hang in ellipses and do it all again.
* Played with in the Richard Hell song, "Blank Generation." In the chorus, he sometimes sings "I belong to the... generation." The official lyric sheet renders this as a TitleDrop with, "I belong to the ______ generation."
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics]]
* Poncho has done this a couple of times in ''ComicStrip/PoochCafe''.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' you can have a conversation with one NPC consisting mostly of him saying "..." and you saying "[Say nothing]" He will comment at the end that you two understand each other perfectly.
* Made famous by ''NinjaGaiden''.
* Used on occasion by Link in the various ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' games.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' and other Squaresoft {{RPG}}s often have this, when the characters aren't outright [[HeroicMime Heroic Mimes]]. In fact, such a speech bubble is used in combat to indicate the "Mute" status effect.
** Abused heavily in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' by (the appropriately named) Rude, though he still gestures and moves. Reno even lampshades this in the movie, where he doesn't talk much either. Tifa, meanwhile, gets ellipses every time she misses an opportunity to talk about crucial plot details. There's even one part (when Cloud is currently comatose) that Tifa says "..." and everyone else ''turns around as if they heard her say something''. Maybe it's meant to indicate she whimpered?
** Squall from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', described by [[TheSpoonyExperiment one reviewer]] as "Master of the ellipsis", in one instance using ''over a dozen''. Ward does this [[spoiler:throughout the second half of the game, after a throat injury renders him truly mute.]]
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Celes, upset over Locke thinking that she betrayed him and the rest of the group, gives him this when they meet up again in Albrook. Terra also gets a few, mostly having to do with her own identity and the nature of love, and then there's Shadow.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' had a few of these, notably in Mysidia, where they were usually followed by someone attempting a BalefulPolymorph-ing on you. [[DisneyDeath Injured cast members,]] once you tracked them down, also responded to actions with ellipses.
** After the destruction of Alexandria in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', Dagger becomes mute out of shock and some of her attacks fail because she's unable to concentrate. She only breaks her silence after visiting the grave of her mother.
** There's one point in ''Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates'' where Meeth and Gnash have a conversation that is made up of ellipses. What the conversation was about could probably be guessed from their facial expressions in the text box.
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', this is pretty much Red's "CatchPhrase", as befitting one who was the original games' HeroicMime. In ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'', you can visit Red atop Mt. Silver. He only says "..." when you talk to him, before and after the battle. Even in his appearance in ''VideoGame/PokemonStadium 2'', he only says "...", when something important happens in the battles, even though every other trainer has selected phrases that they say. The tradition continues in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', where, once again, he says nothing but "..." The [[SuddenlyVoiced one exception]] is ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', if you believe that the character is supposed to be Red and not some other random Pokemon Trainer.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl''/''Platinum'', if you refuse to be Professor Rowan's deputy for the Pokédex, he ''threatens you with unending ellipses'' until you comply.
--->'''Rowan''': [[ButThouMust I can do this all day, you know]].
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest'', everything the [[HeroicMine player character]] 'says' during the story consists of this, with a question mark or exclamation point stuck on the end if s/he is especially confused/surprised.
** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Rescue Team]]'' has two points where the only options are ellipses. First time it's when [[spoiler:Gengar publicly exclaims you're the Pokémon from Ninetales legend, which turns out to be a lie]] and then when you reach Mt. Freeze entrance [[spoiler:as fugitives]].
* The ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' games use these as the ReactionShot for those assembled in the courtroom after the {{Courtroom Antic}}s.
--> '''Phoenix:''' ...
--> '''Maya:''' Don't "..." me!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'', the protagonist, Caim, is rendered mute quite early in the game; although he does have a few visible silence moments, his muteness is usually shown by a completely empty text box. In the sequel, wherein Caim plays a supporting/villain role, he has been "upgraded" to regular visible silence, likely for the benefit of players unaware of his mute condition.
* Many eastern {{RPG}}s employ animated speech bubbles with ellipses that appear above characters' heads (instead of talking through dialogue boxes) when they're speechless, amongst them the Franchise/TalesSeries and any NipponIchi game.
* If you visit Luigi as soon as you get to Toad Town in ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' (or at least before you trigger his ''other'' scenes), Goombario and Luigi throw ellipses at each other, but Luigi's ellipsis has ''four'' dots. In addition, when Merlon and his ancestor tell their stories, much of what they say is ellipses, obscuring any point to the stories.
** Later in the game, an NPC who suspects Mario of wrongdoing elaborates on this line: "..." "I said, '...'! I don't talk to penguin killers!"
* Mario uses an ellipsis during his first conversation with Grubba in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''. Also, TEC's last words have heavy ellipses between each letter.
** Also, one mouse in Podley's bar always begins conversations this way: "..." before explaining what it means and why he's saying it. Usually unrequited love.
** Ridiculous overuse of ellipsis is used for humor many times throughout the ''Paper Mario'' series. Like when Don Pianta is awakening from his illness in ''The Thousand-Year Door''.
** Ellipses are also played for humor in the ''Mario & Luigi'' series.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' uses this occasionally.
** If ''you'' want to assign words to all of Snake's various grumblings and exasperated grumbles and fed-up grumbles and happy grumbles...''go ahead''. We'll wait.
** [[MetalGearing "...?!"]]
* At one point in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', namely in Ammon Jerro's Haven, Qara says "..." if you're playing a male character and offer Baalbisan to reveal your private parts to prove this.
* Crono in the game ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' embodies the role of the Silent Protagonist. In fact, his ability to communicate through silence is so well developed that the player can only wonder if Crono regularly practices giving meaningful looks in the mirror.
** The player can do this by using the mirror in his house, making this evidently the case.
** [[MultipleEndings In one ending]] he ''actually'' talks.
* Alucard from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' does this on one occasion in response to Dracula's somewhat enigmatic death speech.
* Alex, in ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'' for the SegaCD, has two lines: visible silence and "[[SayMyName LUNA!]]" He gets more regular dialog in the UpdatedRerelease for the PlayStation, but still uses this a lot.
** In the English release of the game, he will utter actual sentences when introducing Luna to Ghaleon. It's a missable piece of dialogue that was not present in the original Japanese.
* EVERYONE in Ko-Koro does this in the ''{{Bionicle}}'' online games.
* A significant amount of ''Videogame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' is spent waiting for ellipses to appear over characters' heads in cutscenes.
* It's a surreal enough game as it is, but Superman on the NES has [=NPCs=] who will 'say' the expression, "...........!?" to him when talked to. Maybe they're still reeling from shock at seeing the one and only Superman? Except that they say it to Clark Kent, too...
* In ''TheWitcher'' you encounter a man who has taken a vow of silence and only says "..." when clicked. You can choose to reply "...". Or you can [[spoiler:get him drunk so he forgets his vow]].
** Also in a quest in ''{{Runescape}}'', you meet a monk who has taken a vow of silence. He says "...". If you then answer "...", he replies "...". If you then again reply with "...", the monk will again say "...". But then another monk nearby suddenly says "Will you stop that noise?!"
* In a (rather silly) scene from the game ''Threads of Fate'', the main character's only response to the appearance of another character is ''seventy-six periods'', followed by the query, "Am I dreaming?" Seventy-six.
* The ''{{Wild ARMs}}'' games make heavy use of this, to the point where very often characters will have nine, twelve or more dots before they say anything. They make it a bit easier by treating each set of three dots as a separate character.
* The Quiet Healer monster in ''KingdomOfLoathing'' occasionally has attack messages like "..., but misses."
* The protagonist in ''VideoGame/ShiningForceIII'' only ever talks in ellipsis, but everyone around him acts like he's actually speaking. Example: WhiteMage - "What do we do about the refugees?" Protagonist - "......." Knight - "He's right. We have to save them!" This is doubly annoying because Shining Force III was made up of three parts with three different mains characters. In each part the main hero would only ever say "..."� but the other heroes would talk. This is also the case in all Shining Force games.
* [[http://www.gametrailers.com/player/44815.html Parodied]] in ''EatLeadTheReturnOfMattHazard'', where the main character encounters Altos Tratus, a stereotypical [=JRPG=] hero who talks through textboxes that Matt needs to press a big green A button in front of him to get him to continue dialogue. Matt lampshades this, particularly his use of ellipses.
-->'''Matt''': An ellipses? What the hell is that supposed to mean? My god, I have never understood you guys. How much time do players waste in their lifetimes clicking past stupid ellipses? [[VisibleSigh Sigh...]]
* Used quite a bit in ''BrassRestoration''. There are upwards of six alternating dialogs of two characters conversing in varying lengths of ellipses.
* Ren of [[{{Tsukihime}} Kagetsu Tohya]] and MeltyBlood almost exclusively speaks in ellipses. People who speak with her must be telepathic.
* Happens very often in ''FireEmblem''. Taken to extremes by Jaffar in 7, who does this so often that people actually are surprised when he has to say something different than "...".
* ''{{Okage}}: Shadow king'' almost revolves around this premise. The main character Ari almost has all his dialogue options include a "...". There is even a point in the game where you will be relatively punished if you use that option.
* ''SuikodenI'' and ''SuikodenII'' are bad for abusing the ellipses, ranging from 3 to 20 dots - usually to convey how long a piece of information takes to sink into a character, usually followed by a "!!!!!" One character, the aptly nicknamed "Silent Humphrey," speaks almost exclusively in VisibleSilence, with a dialog in the second game taking more or less the same shape as the conversation with Gallows in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' example above.
* In ''MitadakeHigh'', players will usually express silence, either when listening to someone else or when they are left speechless with "..."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'', [[spoiler:The Masked Man]] speaks in ellipses, except in two cases- [[spoiler:At the sixth needle, most likely giving commands to his army, as what he said wasn't even written onscreen]], and [[spoiler:During the final battle, after regaining his memory of being Claus, Lucas's brother, and then suffering mortal damage due to consciously reflecting a highly-powerful lightning bolt he fired off of Lucas's Franklin Badge, apologizing to his family before dying]].
* Titular character in ''{{Gish}}'' has "..." to say to every boss, except the final one.
* Perennial HeroicMime Samus gets a few of these in her penultimate conversation with Adam in ''{{Metroid}} Fusion.'' Depending on the context, she alternates between "..............." (long pause), "...?" (confused pause), "...!" (stunned pause) and "...?!". She actually ''speaks'' during this conversation, as well.
* Issun does this a few times in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' when a situation is making him uncomfortable. This can partially be blamed on the fact that Ammy is [[HeroicMime no help whatsoever]].
* Played for laughs in the cell phone game ''Surviving High School '08''.
-->'''[[CanonName Jenny]]:''' Don't you "..." at me, mister!
* All of the ''Franchise/TalesSeries'' games utilize this in the written and/or emoticon style.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' everybody, Lloyd especially, does this during dialog. There's one point where you have eight characters, they're all standing around chatting to somebody else, and the someone else says something and all eight of your characters get the "..." above their heads. This Visible Silence happens so much that you can count on every conversation in the game to have at least one, usually more.
** Volt only communicates in ellipses. Apparently he actually ''is'' saying something, though, as the characters register that he's speaking, but nobody (except Raine) [[TheUnintelligible can understand what he's saying.]]
** In several Tales games, any time a character says nothing and an emoticon showing an ellipsis appears usually means that they know something about any question or statement brought up in the conversation beforehand that they have decided not to tell the rest of the group. Seems especially prevalent in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''.
* Speech bubbles to this effect are used in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'', above all characters heads. There are also a few points in the game when HeroicMime Isaac (and in the second game Felix) show up in the regular dialog boxes. It's particularly shocking when it does happen, because there are only two or three points in the game where it happens, so you know some really bad stuff is about to go down.
** For instance, in the first Golden Sun game Isaac's face never appears in a dialogue window except for one jarring and hilarious piece of visible silence: "!!!" So silent he couldn't even 'gasp!'
** And Isaac's son, Matthew, in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' continues the tradition of visible silence, but he also displays "..?", "...", "...!" and "!?". At one point, Matthew even swears, but it's only shown as "!@&*" and it only appears in the American version.
* Beyond the Grave of both of the ''{{Gungrave}}'' games only "speaks" in ellipses, with one and only one exception. Such a SilentProtagonist is Grave, he doesn't even yell or grunt when he attacks or takes damage.
* Happens frequently in ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}''. Parodied with the Scrambler, which causes Iji to say "Dot dot dot" when she would normally say nothing (...).
* One of the quests you can get in your weekly run of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s Icecrown Citadel gives you 30 minutes to save an NPC, by killing two bosses. If you run out of time, the second of these will taunt you, and the NPC will ''yell'' "..." before dying.
** Also, if a character is speaking [Zombie], all dialogue is translated as ... ....... ... (except for the word "brains.")
* At one point in ''[[JakAndDaxter Daxter]]'', the subtitles will say "..." while Daxter is talking to another character. Said character actually makes a kind of "uhhhh...." sound, but it still counts.
* The main character in ''{{Shantae}}: Risky's Revenge'' often responds with "...".
* [[RuneFactory3 Toona/Raven]] is practically the QUEEN of the Visible Silence, responding to nearly everything you or even other [=NPCs=] say with "..." for the majority of the game.
* In ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'', if Daniel's sanity drops to a certain point, the status just reads "..."
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' lives and breathes this trope. About 50%[[note]]percentage made up[[/note]] of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''[='=]s script is a barrage of "...", "...." and ".....".
* All of Shizune's dialogue in ''KatawaShoujo'' is either "..." or "...!" because she's deaf and mute, and serves to indicate that she is signing something, and Misha's following statement is translating it rather than speaking for herself. Until you learn sign language, that is, at which point it's generally rendered in brackets unless Hisao is for some reason unable to understand it.
* Zero is quite fond of these in ''MegaManZero'', but they're hardly exclusive to him. The first game featured ellipses that had to be scrolled past, with more dots being added for each dialogue box. Later games stuck to the regular three dots.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'': Every one of [[TheVoiceless Fuuma Kotaro]]'s dialogue boxes consists of ".....", if only to show that he is listening to whoever is talking at the time. Other characters sometimes do this when they're thinking or hiding something.
* In ''RPG Shooter: Starwish'', [[SamusIsAGirl Mare's]] dialogue consists of this. [[spoiler:Until the post- Earthwall-battle cutscene, that is.]] And even then, [[spoiler:s]]he only speaks when it is necessary.
-->'''Deuce:''' I have to duel ''you''? But you'll totally annihilate my ass.
-->'''Mare:''' Your ass, luckily, is irrelevant.
-->'''Deuce:''' Is that a joke I just heard from the great Mare?
-->'''Mare:''' ...
* In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', you can go through the whole Dark Brotherhood quest line without saying anything by selecting (Remain silent).
* Since the comic-book-inspired ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls'' uses a combination of static {{Character Portrait}}s and SpeechBubbles for the dialogue, Visible Silence frequently gets used whenever someone would ordinarily react with a facial expression of some kind.
* Sten of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is fond of this response, given that he's TheStoic and thinks himself SurroundedByIdiots. His BlueAndOrangeMorality occasionally elicits this response from others as well.
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[[folder: Web Animation]]
* Parodied at one point by ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', when Strong Bad's anime alter-ego Stinkoman actually pronounces the ellipsis as "Dot dot dot!"
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Webcomic/TheArtistIsDead! uses it frequently.
* ''TerrorIsland'' [[http://terrorisland.net/strips/028.html theorem 028]].
* Used in [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=414 this]] ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' strip.
** As well as [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=533 here]].
* Happens occasionaly in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', for instance in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0546.html this one]].
* ''KevinAndKell'' includes a storm cloud of [[http://www.kevinandkell.com/2005/kk0905.html UNCOMFORTABLE SILENCE]].
* ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'': [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-22.html Clare's response]] to November, when she points out that they intend to [[BurnTheWitch burn her alive]].
* {{Lampshaded}} (what else?) in [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20021113.html this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}!''
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Othar's response when the Baron is complaining that Agatha could be accepted [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20090202 here]].
** [[OhCrap More disturbingly]], in [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20061206 this earlier page]], Klaus [[spoiler: is told to shut up in a newly CompellingVoice]].
** ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' also occasionally uses a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080418 completely blank speech bubble]].
* ''{{Drowtales}}'' has a particularly effective example in the last panel [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=5456 here]].
* Employed [[http://corneralley.comicgenesis.com/d/20040827.html here]] in ''CornerAlley13''.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' calls out ''Grandia III'''s use of the trope [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2006/2/22/ here]], with characteristic bluntness.
-->I don't know what that means. Maybe if you used words.
* Used in [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=157302 this]] ''EverydayHeroes'' strip.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. Principal Verrückt of Moperville North High School is [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2007-09-21 temporarily rendered speechless]] by Sarah's PuppyDogEyes.
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/031031c Poor Nate]]
* Lampshaded... Subverted... Something in [[http://suburbanjungleclassic.com/?p=2586 this strip]] in ''TheSuburbanJungle''
* ''WapsiSquare'': [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/08022002/ off on the wrong foot -- maybe]]
** [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/hernameisjill/ And here]]
** [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/transfer-of-the-address/ On seeing Phix]]
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has used it, for example [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/xkcd_AnswerOwnQuestion_7777.gif here]].
** Also used [[http://www.xkcd.com/412/ here]] [[spoiler:in the mouse-over text]].
* ''GameDestroyers'' makes use of it quite frequently.
* ''Webcomic/EvilDiva'': [[http://www.evildivacomics.com/?p=93 Schoolgirl turns down a powerful magic artifact for not matching her dress -- naturally this ensues.]]
* ''{{Strays}}'' Feral's TheSpeechless. Meela's ConstantlyCurious. He does this ''a lot''.
* ''SquidRow'' [[http://squidrowcomics.com/?p=1343 here]]
* ''ThePhoenixRequiem'' [[http://requiem.seraph-inn.com/viewcomic.php?page=37 Jonas]]
* ''{{Tamuran}}'' [[http://www.tamurancomic.com/?p=685 when wounded]]
* ''ImpureBlood'' [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter003/ib016.html Good help is hard to find]]
** [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue4PAGES/ib094.html Some questions are hard to answer]]
* ''{{Roza}}'' [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2007-12-03 When dealing with a goat]]
* ''ThistilMistilKistil'' [[http://tmkcomic.depleti.com/comic/ch02-pg05/ Our hero does this a lot.]]
* In ''NipAndTuck'', Tuck's response to [[http://www.rhjunior.com/NT/00585.html Nip's homage to Neo.]].
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/2/ the disadvantage of needing directions when you're a monster]].
* In ''Webcomic/WakeTheSleepers'', [[http://wakethesleepers.com/comics/56 grief at a departure.]]
* In ''TheAdventuresOfShanShan'', [[http://shanshan.upperrealms.com/view.php?pageid=038&chapterid=1 Shan Shan's reaction to being told he can help preserve the universal balance.]]
* In ''Webcomic/VoldemortsChildren'', an ellipsis appears where Snape has erased some of his own lines from a memory before showing it to Harry.
* In ''{{Sinfest}}'',
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2623 the giant wave does this when God decides to call off the end of the world]].
** [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3008 Slick promises to carry off Monique to somewhere pure. On arriving at his home, he realizes a few complications and does this when she asks if they were there.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ThreeJaguars'', [[http://threejaguarscomic.net/?comic=good-marketing-3 Artist, when Business Manager surprises her with a comparison.]]
* Frequently in Webcomic/BandVsBand
* In ''Webcomic/AvasDemon'',
** [[http://www.avasdemon.com/pages.php?page=0258 Wraitha gives her a blurred line of these while thinking.]]
** [[http://www.avasdemon.com/pages.php?page=0260 When she does tell, Ava gets a clearer one.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'', this is [[TheStoic Sara]]'s main form of communication.
* At one point in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Rose does this while drunk. As with everything else a drunk character types, the ellipses are misspelled. ''Even though they were talking in person.''
-->ROSE: .. .
-->ROSE: ...
-->ROSE: ,,. ..
-->ROSE: . .
-->ROSE: ,....
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* There's a ''KateModern'' episode entitled simply "...". The descriptions of "Precious Blood: 5PM" and "Precious Blood: 10:30PM" also each consist of a single ellipsis.
* "[[LetsPlay That's it. You just used up your allowance of ellipses for the year.]]"
* Ivan Kuznetsov from ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' is quite fond of these.
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* Appears once in ''Westernanimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' during the BeachEpisode. Naturally it was with Princess Azula talking to a boy she didn't know.
* Once on ''AngryBeavers'', where Daggett yells "what the dot dot dot question mark?"
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* This is actually really handy texting and in online chat programs, including [=IMs=], IRC, MUCKS, and ''SecondLife''. It establishes that the silent one is paying attention, hasn't gone AFK, and isn't typing out a long statement... they just have nothing to say at the moment.
** It's also used to express speechlessness at one's blatantly stupid, shocking, or just plain [[DeadpanSnarker "witty"]] comment/message/post/reply, the equivalent of standing there with your mouth hanging open in amazement.
** Roleplayers playing in these programs will also likely make frequent use of it in much the same way as other examples on this page.
* In an odd real life example, [[http://www.corpse.org/archives/issue_10/broken_news/palmer.html a journalist]] attempting to interview the people involved in famed Japanese writer/homosexual/lunatic Yukio Mishima's [[{{Seppuku}} dramatic suicide]] eventually received replies from three of them by phone, in which none of them said anything at all. Thus bringing new meaning to the phrase "No comment".
* An example involving the more dramatic versions of this trope. After the release of ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Victor Hugo was wondering how the novel was selling. He contacted his publisher via a telegram that contained a single character: "?" His publisher's response: "!" This is also the world record for the shortest correspondence in history.
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