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The Cute Mute has an appearance that's innocent to a fault. Whatever situation that causes their inability to speak also gives them that clueless, childlike demeanor. Unlikely to know or grasp social conventions, they will often be found innocently doing awkward things that spell trouble for the other characters.

Lack of speaking alone does not qualify a character for this trope. Someone who can't speak but otherwise doesn't fit the trope is TheSpeechless. Someone who is physically able to speak but chooses not to is ElectiveMute; someone who ''can and does'' speak but is never shown to do so onscreen is TheVoiceless. Also compare with SpeechImpededLoveInterest.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Chii from ''Manga/{{Chobits}}''. She learns to speak soon enough, but is still an exemplar of the trope (her first word aside from "Chii?" is "Panties").
* Lucy's "Nyu" [[SplitPersonality self]] from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' can be considered as such. While she ''can'' talk normally when Lucy is the dominant one, as Nyu she can only say her "name". This changes after the manga's TimeSkip (the anime didn't get that far), where Nyu is shown speaking normally, having learned how in the interim.
* Chibi Chibi from ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', named for the only sound she could produce. She literally ''was'' otherwordly in the sense of NotOfThisEarth. In the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]] she was a child but in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] she was [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld older than she seemed]].
* [[AntiMagic Suzuho Hasegawa]] from ''LightNovel/MagiciansAcademy'' is mute when her Midnight Blue Vampire personality is dormant. This makes her appear even shyer than she normally would be and forces her to use signs to communicate.
* Rin from ''Manga/InuYasha'' had been mute since the trauma of losing her parents, but she grew out of this quickly when she became Sesshoumaru's MoralityPet.
* [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Oshino Shinobu]], the tiny ruined vampire from ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' is supposed to be voiced by Creator/AyaHirano. Whether or not this is true we have no idea, as she hasn't uttered a sound. She spends most of her time sitting in a corner, apparently sulking. She's ''adorable,'' especially when [[KissOfTheVampire drinking blood]]. In episode 4 of ''Nisemonogatari'', she broke her silence and revealed herself to be talkative. [[TheOtherDarrin She was voiced by]] Creator/MaayaSakamoto.
* Cynthia from ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai'' is an adorable, innocent little girl who is completely incapable of any sort of vocalization, due to psychological stress. Her split personality Grace is quite talkative however.
* Hatsumi from ''VisualNovel/YamiToBoushiToHonNoTabibito'' is a subversion; she can talk at times, and is nowhere near as innocent or cute as she first appears.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Poor Casca went insane after [[spoiler: Griffith raped her]] during the Eclipse and was reduced to the mental capacities of a two-year-old. Interestingly, "mental capacities of a two-year-old" extends to more than just her speech; she had a tendency to put things in her mouth, like pearls and [[SmallAnnoyingCreature Puck]]. She also has a bad tendency to wander after anything that catches her eye, making her former lover's task of protecting her much more difficult, though as Guts learns in the Millennium Falcon arc, [[spoiler:she's still capable of defending herself to some degree if she needs to, as a group of bandits that tried to rape her learned the hard way]]. It might depend on what translation but she seemed to be able to say only one coherent word: "no" [[spoiler: whenever someone [[AttemptedRape tries to have his way with her]] like during the trauma of the Eclipse]].
* Subverted by Meru Otonashi from ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. Innocent-looking and too shy to talk, she communicates by using her cellphone to send people horribly abusive text messages. On one occasion when her phone lost its signal, she began jabbering in a way that another character interpreted as DemonicPossession.
* Shion, the lead character of ''Manga/ShionNoOu'', lost her voice after her parents were killed in front of her, communicating via a notepad and pen she carries around with her. [[spoiler:She regains her voice after she defeats the murderer in the finals of the shogi tournament Hani-meijin.]]
* Rita Rossi from ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja''. [[spoiler: She lost her voice after seeing her parents' death in an horrendous fire that consumed their circus, which also left her with [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes a phobia of anything fiery, even stoves]]. Halfway in the series, Rita recovers her will to speak when Nadja was trapped in a fire and Rita is the only one able to tell her how to get out of the burning place. From then on, she becomes a GenkiGirl MotorMouth.]]
* Lirio from ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja''. She only talked in one scene, and in that she was possessed by a witch so that the witch could communicate with the heroes.
* Elaine from ''Anime/{{Genocyber}}'' was the mind of a feral animal and therefore can't speak. She is very friendly and protective towards those who show her kindness, at least in her human form.
* Mizuna Kuraki from ''VisualNovel/MoonlightLady'' apparently cannot speak, although she tries mouthing her name.
* {{Moe}}ka from ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate''. She is uncomfortable speaking to people directly, and prefers to use her cell phone to communicate. [[spoiler: Turns out she's TheMole, and is killed for it.]]
* ''Anime/PokemonHeroes'': Latias in human form fits this trope much better than any other Pokemon. She's very pretty, acts strange and childlike, and doesn't speak at all (not even Pokemon Speech), Though she does make crooning and trilling noises and occasionally says "la" in Pokemon form.
* Egypt from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is often mistaken as one by other nations, since he's very quiet. This is strange considering the country's real life history but Hetalia has never been about historical accuracy.
* ''Anime/{{Potemayo}}'''s vocabulary mainly consists of "Honi, honi", but she picks up a few words as the series progresses. This is better than Guchuko, who can't form words.
* Nill from ''Manga/DogsBulletsAndCarnage''. Her being mute is the result of being genetically engineered to have features that appeal to certain fetishes and make it easier for her to be sold into prostitution (in this case, a pair of tiny wings), but the method is inexact and often leaves the subjects missing something (in her case, her voice).
* Flandre of ''Manga/PrincessResurrection'' only says "Huga", but Hime understands what she is saying. Likewise with the rest of Flandre's "siblings". Played straight wither a "Mermaid" character (No name given, she simply called that) who lost her voice and got stuck on a ship until she turned into a [[EmergencyTransformation Blood Warrior]] after saving one of the characters (she could only use her voice once and would've dies afterward).
* Double Subverted in ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}''. 0013 is a chubby but still kinda cute-looking boy with HiddenEyes who speaks through telepathy and acts [[GentleGiant cheerful and innocent]]... [[TragicMonster until he has to fight 009]] and reveals himself as a KidWithTheLeash of a HUGE robot. [[spoiler: He still remains kind (saves an InnocentBystander, punishes a bunch of assassins, releases the DistressedDude professor) and ultimately commits suicide.]]
* Chane Laforet from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!''. Her fiancé, [[spoiler:Claire Stanfield]], lists her muteness as one of her {{Charm Point}}s -- though he carries on impressively long conversations with her regardless, thanks to the frequent use of yes/no questions and an apparent ability to read her mind.
* ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'': Lily Strosek, a MysteriousWaif that appears to be something similar to the first Reinforce. She's only capable of communicating through telepathic thoughts. Flashbacks later reveal that she used to be able to speak, but the trauma during her time confined as a lab experiment rendered her mute. In other words, a [[TheWoobie woobie]] who can't talk, i.e cute.
** From the same manga brings a subversion with Stella Irvine of the Huckebein. She ''seems'' like this and seems to be incapable of speech, as well as checking off the marks of this trope. But once she is connected to the ship and ''is'' able to speak, her [[{{Jerkass}} words show]] [[MoralMyopia that she is]] [[CreepyChild anything but]] [[EnfanteTerrible cute]].
* [[spoiler:Tomoyo Daidouji]] temporarily becomes one in the ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' anime, [[spoiler: when she has her adorable voice ''stolen'' by a Clow Card that liked her singing a little ''too'' much. While everyone else thinks she's just sick to the throat, Syaoran and Sakura have to team-work to seal the card and dispel its effects.]].
* Ren from ''Manga/DearS'' is on the same approximate wavelength as Chi from ''Chobits'', above.
* Celty from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' is an interesting take on this one. Because she [[HeadlessHorseman doesn't have a head]], she can't speak or communicate using facial expressions, but she ''can'' communicate well enough by [[TalkingWithSigns typing things out on a cellphone or computer]]. (Her roommate [[spoiler:and later fiancé]] Shinra can tell what she's thinking or trying to say from her body language, though — as Celty puts it, he "can read the expressions on the face I don't have.") Celty also averts the "clueless or childlike" stereotype; she's very intelligent and fully understands what's going on around her, and her twenty-odd years spent in Japan have given her a thorough understanding of Japanese social norms. She is very cute just not in the innocent, childish way you would normally expect.
%%* Lycoris from the Franchise/DotHack novel ''[[LightNovel/DotHackAIBuster AI Buster]]'' is mute when she first appears.
* Anna Mouri from ''Manga/ADevilAndHerLoveSong'' is a subversion because, as commented by the main character, [[ManipulativeBastard she's bold enough to use her inability to speak as a weapon]].
* Mayu Morita from ''Manga/MoritaSanWaMukuchi'' rarely speaks. She's also cute and has some ditzy moments.
* Ohri from ''Gestalt''. A [[ManicPixieDreamGirl manic slave girl]], she's cute, ditsy and unable to speak: instead, she lampshades her fantasy origins by making a text box appear straight under her bust and making some [[VoiceGrunting accompanying noises to catch the main character's attention]]. She also plays on her condition to get enrolled in the main cast, convincing Oliver (the protagonist) that [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth she's too cute and helpless to survive on her own]], and likely to be sold to a less caring individual. However [[spoiler: Ohri's muteness is a byproduct of having her sorceress powers sealed away, and she gains access to a cockier SuperpoweredAlterEgo fully capable of speech and sorcery]].
* Natsume's mother from ''Anime/MasterOfMartialHearts''. Your average MILF, [[StepfordSmiler caring and lovely]]. Mute due to an unspecified accident in the past, she communicates by UsefulNotes/SignLanguage, using her kids as a proxy. Subverted as [[spoiler: her unspecified accident gets [[TheReveal revealed]]. She's a former ActionGirl, who after losing a Franchise/StreetFighter expy tournament got [[DisproportionateRetribution her voice box torn out, her personality mindraped into total obedience, AND was sold into sexual slavery]]. Since then, her whole life had been an attempt to regain a semblance of normality and hatch a complicated RevengeByProxy involving her offsprings and TheProtagonist, who is the daughter of her captors]].
* PlayedForDrama in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', when [[spoiler:[[CreepyChild Yukio]] was [[http://www.mangareader.net/bleach/471/3 rejected by his parents]] because he couldn't speak.]] As years pass he begins to talk normally, but the psychological consequences have completely screwed him up... [[spoiler:enough to both [[SelfMadeOrphan drive his parents to suicide]] and accept Ginjou's offer to become a Fullbringer.]]
%%* "[[NoNameGiven Assistant]]" in ''LightNovel/JinruiWaSuitaiShimashita''. A rare male example.
* Deaf-mute Sasaki Kojiro from ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' has that child-like innocence... which turns from cute to a bit unsettling once he gets into combat. While he's not AxCrazy or evil, she is a BloodKnight who will sport his best SlasherSmile in the midst of dismemberment and death.
* Shouko Nishimiya in ''Manga/ASilentVoice'' is deaf and as such communicates, or at least tries to, with a notebook. This failed early on, because her fellow students saw her muteness and the notebook as reasons to mock and torment her. She is able to speak, but her deafness leads to her words being extremely strained and extremely hard to understand.
* It's implied that Ran Mao from ''Manga/BlackButler'' doesn't know much English (she's only spoken about four words thus far). She usually just stays silent and lets Lau do all the talking.
* The eponymous and TokenMiniMoe Shirayuki from ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs'', who is incapable of speaking [[spoiler:due to the strain of her powers on her body]] and so resorts to enthusiastic charades instead.
* [[spoiler: Genki Saotome]] from ''Manga/GetterRobo'': Armaggedon didn't start as such, but [[BreakTheCutie became one]] after [[spoiler: being horribly traumatised via witnessing Michiru's death.]] Also mixed with being a very, ''very'' unsettling CreepyChild.
* The titular character of ''Manga/HelenESP''. A young girl who's mute (and blind ''and'' deaf), but cute as a button, and whose kindness and innoncence sometimes causes her to trust people too easily for her own good. Fortunately, she always pulls through.
* Akira Oono of ''Manga/HighScoreGirl'' is [[TheSilentBob a variation]]; she is never shown talking on-panel and is [[ShrinkingViolet incredibly shy]] to the point that she would rather prefer to communicate with her best friend and fellow gamer [[IdiotHero Haruo]] via [[FacialDialogue body language]], her actions in video games or through ''[[ComedicSociopathy wanton violence]]''. Thankfully for her, Haruo is not only MadeOfIron but is also perceptive enough to easily read her physical expressions most of the time. [[spoiler: It's implied to be a form of social anxiety disorder stemming from [[TrainingFromHell her incredibly Spartan homeschooling.]]]].
* Koyori from ''Anime/HandShakers''. [[spoiler: In [[WhamEpisode Episode 9]], she ''[[SuddenlyVoiced finally speaks]]''.]]
* Sawyer from ''Anime/BlackLagoon'' is a PerkyGoth, true, but ultimately she's a downplayed example. First of all, her profession is [[GirlWithPsychoWeapon cutting up bodies for disposal]] with a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]], something she enjoys doing whether or not the said body is dead yet. Also, she can be pretty mouthy when she's got her electrolarynx.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/EmilkaSza (Emily Hush) Polish character created by Maciej Kur and Magdalena "Meago" Kania. Emilka is a cute (if not a bit tomboyish) girl who was born literaly a mime - she has pail white skin, can see invisible objects and is mute.
%%* Comicbook/{{Batgirl|2000}} Cassandra Cain.
* The female Scarecrow from ''Legends of Oz: The Scarecrow'' from ''Big Dog Ink'' comic books publisher. While it's mentioned that, in universe, animated scarecrows are deaf, mute and dumb until they gain a brain, and thus devoid of any will and ability to interact meaningfully with people, the female character in the comic book is still mute, but she's fully able of coherent thought and she can understand spoken language. She's just cheerfully cute, overtly friendly, cutely expressive and sickengly sweet.
* Artie Maddicks, mostly seen in ''Comicbook/GenerationX'' and other X books in the 90s is telepathic, but functionally mute. Even with telepathy, he's unable to use words or language, but instead speaks in mental pictograms.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' has Gentle Leaf, an adorable, mute filly.
* ''FanFic/DontKeepYourDistance'', a ''Anime/SonicX'' fanfic, has Star, a robot created by Dr. Eggman who turns good after being rescued by the heroes. Star cannot speak, although it understands spoken language, so it communicates entirely through gestures and expressive noises.
* An obvious reference to his namesake, Harpo, a harp-playing pony in [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/19731/Room-213 Room 213]], though it's stated he ''can'' talk. Also, Chirp from Fanfic/SilentKnight. Possibly a first as HIE fics go.
* ''[[FanFic/PoniesOfOlympus Rolling in Beaches]]'': Wavedancer is this when Spike and the Mane Six first meet her, due to the Rainbow Pearl -- which transformed her from hippcampus to Earth pony -- being stuck in her throat.
* In ''FanFic/ASnowflakeInSpring'', Elsa hasn't said a word - or even acknowledged anybody's existence - for ten years, the result of an unknown trauma. Around Anna, however, the so-called IceQueen becomes an adorable, shy girl.
* [[WebComic/{{Homestuck}} Dave Strider]] is depicted as this early on in ''FanFic/{{Brainbent}}''. He ''can'' speak, but [[ElectiveMute he chooses not to]] because his situation has left him somewhat despondent. He starts getting better a little bit later.
* Anabel in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' is unable to talk due to losing her voice after her parents died in a car accident. Fortunately, she developed {{telepathy}} to communicate with people, although she cannot use it except with some specific people.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The title character of ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is one of these (magically-induced) for much of the story and film. This can be seen as a defiance of this trope by Ursula because the prince fell in love with Ariel's singing voice. In [[Literature/TheLittleMermaid Andersen's original story]], the loss of her voice is permanent and counts as an aversion because Ursula is not a villain here.
** In the Creator/GoldenFilms version of the story, Lena ultimately gets to marry Stefan, like their Disney counterparts, but unlike that version, Lena seemingly doesn't regain her voice, implying that she is a mute for life.
* [[TastesLikeDiabetes Boo]] in Disney and Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' is a toddler and so has learned few words. Otherwise, she's small, adorable and adoring of Sully.
* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', the eponymous character from the Disney movie, is a mute ''protagonist''. It works since he's particularly expressive and he has talkative friends. It also helps that the little guy is essentially an infant/toddler, so it makes sense for him to be TheVoiceless.
* Dopey, the cutest of the (Disney) [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Seven Dwarfs]]. It's noted that they aren't sure whether he's mute.
-->'''Snow White:''' You mean he can't talk?\\
'''Happy:''' He don't know -- he never tried!
* WesternAnimation/WallE can manage only a few sounds and words, and is indisputably cute! He used to be the page image for TheWoobie.
* Tack and the Thief from ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' was this in the original story. When the film was purchased by another company before the original creator could finish it, it was turned into a musical and Tack along with the Thief were given voices.
* In Disney's ''Disney/PeterPan,'' Tinker Bell doesn't speak, but only jingles like, well, bells. It is later revealed in her own movies, Tinker Bell does speak, but to humans it sounds like the jingling of bells. It's quite clever if you think about it - we don't know her language, that and there is a lot of comedic potential for her miming as well. It's a RunningGag in Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson's adaptations.
* ''WesternAnimation/AMonsterInParis'' has Francœur, who is a giant flea and therefore only speaks in chirps and bleeps. It's adorable.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'', identical triplet princes Harris, Hubert and Hamish for some bizarre reason never speak.
* Kristoff's reindeer Sven in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' is silly, snarky, lovable, and yet he does not say a single word the entire movie. Any time he "speaks" is Kristoff speaking in a goofy voice.
* In ''Anime/ChildrenWhoChaseLostVoices'', Mana is a little girl who Shin and Asuna rescue and is incapable of speech.
* Cri-Kee in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''
* Saoirse from ''WesternAnimation/SongOfTheSea'' is an adorable six-year-old girl who can't speak.
* Zoe in ''WesternAnimation/ACatInParis'' is one for most of the film. It's implied this started [[spoiler: after her father's death.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Adorable little Max from ''Film/{{Orphan}}'', [[JustifiedTrope justified by the fact that she is born stone deaf.]]
* Calvin from the movie ''Film/{{Scrooged}}'' fits. He hasn't spoken since he saw his father killed. But at the end of the movie he reminds the [[HeelFaceTurn reformed Frank Cross]] to say "God bless us, every one."
* Bumblebee from the ''Film/TransformersFilmSeries''. Also, the hilarious(-ly nasty) Frenzy, though he got subtitles when speaking Cybertronian.
%%* Madeline/Frigga of ''Film/ThrillerACruelPicture'', AKA "They Call Her One-Eye".
%%* Fon, Creator/NicolasCage's love interest in the 2008 version of ''Film/BangkokDangerous''.
%%* ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''. Anna, the Resistance fighter who's also [[spoiler:TheMole]].
* Burt Lancaster had a childhood friend, Nick Cravat, who appeared in several of Lancaster's movies. Cravat was never able to get rid of his thick Brooklyn accent, so he communicated by mime when in a movie where the accent would be inappropriate. He often seemed on the verge of stealing the show -- one review described him as miming his way into the audience's hearts.
* Harpo Marx, pictured, most notably in ''Film/DuckSoup''. He can't talk at all, and instead talks in horns, which leads to the most clever scene he's ever done where he is able to carry on a phone conversation by honking horns in such a way that it sounds like replies. In real life, Harpo spoke with a Brooklyn accent, and occasionally swapped places with Chico in their stage act.
%%* Edward in Film/VeronikaDecidesToDie.
* Rebecca from the British BlackComedy movie, Film/{{Skeletons}}, is certainly this, being a young woman who never speaks [[spoiler: after coming back from University and learning the mysterious circumstances under which her father disappeared]]. She [[TookALevelInKindness gets]] [[SuddenlyVoiced better]]. It's also justified, though it's one massive MindScrew, with some WidgetSeries for good measure. She ends up becoming the {{Tritagonist}}.
* Helen, TheProtagonist of ''Film/TheSpiralStaircase'' is mute and this is a plot point. There's a SerialKiller on the loose who targets disabled women. Thus the inability to speak is combined with DamselInDistress appeal.
* Used in ''Film/LovePotionNumber9''. Diane gets a sample of the Love Potion no. 8 and receives the power of a CompellingVoice of a sexual nature that works only with the opposite sex. Upon entrancing a rich mook, to avoid [[BlessedWithSuck the potential hassles of being chased, harassed or desired by every single man within speaking distance]], she puts the mook under the assumption she enjoys "play the mute game" and that she's using a simplified form of [[HandSignals sign language while in public]], and [[TranslatorBuddy letting him graciously act as her mouthpiece]]
* The little monkey in ''Film/BabePigInTheCity''. Comes off as particularly cute because he's the only animal who doesn't talk.
* Alma, the deaf-mute tightrope walker in ''Film/SantaSangre'', fits this perfectly both as a child and as an adult. It's particularly cute that despite being deaf-mute, she and Fenix understand each other perfectly from the moment they meet.
%%* L'il Snake Eyes from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''.
* From ''Film/SweetAndLowdown'' Hattie is mute and somewhat passive, seemingly happy to be led around by the more dominant and talkative Emmet Ray. When she does try to communicate a specific thought, it's often only Emmet who gets to understand it fully.
* Sawako in Takeshi Kitano's ''Film/{{Dolls}}'' ends in a regressive, childish state after attempting suicide. She does not speak, focus her attention in toys and little pink objects and tends to aimlessly wander around until her former boyfriend ties her to his own waist. Not that this system saves her to be raped for extra drama.
* Misaki Nadeshiko, a.k.a. Kamen Rider Nadeshiko, from ''Film/KamenRiderXKamenRiderFourzeAndOOOMovieWarMegaMax''. She's not completely mute, but she can only repeat what other people say, and is very cute and childlike. It's later revealed that [[spoiler:she's not actually human, but the human form of a substance known as SOLU, a non-sentient life form from space which is full of Cosmic Energy, and which instinctively replicates anything it finds useful (hence her repeating others' words).]]
* Played with by Laura in ''Film/{{Logan}}''. She's an 11 year-old girl who is an odd blend of WiseBeyondTheirYears and showing signs of significantly stunted emotional development, and for much of the first half of the film is apparently unable to speak. The twist, revealed late in the film, is that she actually ''can'' talk, for whatever reason (trauma, wariness, etc.) she chose not to. However even once she ''does'' begin to speak, aside from a heated argument with Logan she doesn't do so at length.
* In ''Film/{{Aliens}}'', Newt spends a most of the movie silent until she starts to warm up to [[PromotedToParent Ripley]].
* ''Film/TheShapeOfWater'' gets two: the cute and romantic cleaning Lady Elisa Esposito and the ''Asset'', a mysterious [[FishPeople fish like creature from Amazonia]]. Both overlooked, mistreated outcast, they end up bonding together in a society oppressing them.

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' Ciarra is mute, and also acts and looks like twelve, even though she's actually sixteen. It is never quite clear whether her childlike behaviour is a side effect of her muteness, or rather a reaction to the fact that everyone treats her like she's mentally retarded. Probably the latter, as she can act very mature and ladylike if she wants to impress someone. Both her big brother Ward and the house ghost Oreg feel very protective about her.
* Exploited in the sci-fi ''Literature/GreatwinterTrilogy''. One character sees Darien as this kind of character and she uses it to her great advantage. In reality, she is strong-willed, intelligent, powerful, and competent woman, who simply happens to be unable to speak.
* Errand, the little boy in the ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'', is initially capable of only saying the word "Errand", [[VerbalTicName which is why the party takes to calling him that.]] It's explained that when Zedar found him, all he said was "I have an errand for you, boy"; Errand repeated the one word and followed him. Over the next two books, he learns more words, but he can only say one-word sentences. After the TimeSkip between the ''Belgariad'' and the ''Malloreon'', he learns how to speak properly. In the ''Malloreon'' his real name is revealed to be [[spoiler:Eriond; he explains that he picked up the word 'Errand' from Zedar because it sounded familiar to him.]]
* Subverted by Flute in ''Literature/TheElenium'' trilogy by Creator/DavidEddings; she appears to be one of these at first but is really [[spoiler:the goddess Aphrael, and perfectly capable of talking (at great length) when it suits her.]]
* Subverted with Marta from ''Literature/TheHardestRide'' by Gordon Rottman. She's a beautiful 16-year old Mexican girl who's mute from a brain trauma, but she's very intelligent, strong-willed and prickly.
* Lise Acquin in the French novel ''Literature/SansFamille'' by Hector Malot (and the media coming from it, like the movies and the two anime series). Remi, the vagabond child protagonist, who becomes close to her, learns that it's not permanent and she'll eventually recover if she's, for example, faced by a violent emotion. They get separated a few months later as the Acquins is scattered after her father is put in a debt prison, and Remi going back to wandering as none of Lise's uncles and aunt can take him with them. [[spoiler: And near the end, Lise recovers her voice when hearing Remi, whom she thought she'll never see him again, singing his trademark Napolitan song. Years later, [[ChildhoodFriendRomance she and Remi get married]].]]
%%* The title character of Creator/GeorgeMacdonald's novel ''Wee Sir Gibbie of the Highlands''.
* Miette from ''{{Literature/Malevil}}''. A birth defect made her mute and she is young, beautiful, and exceptionally kind. She doesn't know any sign language so all of her communication comes from pantomime.
%%* Seoyun from ''Literature/TheLegendaryMoonlightSculptor''
* In Ben Hennessy's ''Literature/QueenOfTheWorld'' series, the protagonist Sarene is a lovely 16 year old who is mute from birth.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The eponymous humanoid alien woman in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', "The Empath." She has a pixie haircut, gives a lot of startled expressions, and makes no sound even when she's weeping.
* Raj isn't mute in the early years of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', but he can't talk to women unless he's drunk. Women seem to think this is endearing. Later, Howard and Penny decide to hook him up with Emily, a non-verbal deaf-mute friend of Penny, with Howard acting a TranslatorBuddy. They both reason that Emily is cute enough to be endearing and likeable, and being a pre-verbal deaf girl wouldn't be bothered by Raj's own condition. This doesn't work because [[spoiler:Emily ended up being a BitchInSheepsClothing, a really talented GoldDigger knowing that Raj is the richest guy in Penny's social circle and hoping to siphon a whole lot of his fortune, turning against him as soon as his family threatens to strip them both of his cospicuous allowance]].
* Molly from ''Series/TheBigComfyCouch''. Definitely fitting because she is a doll, so it makes sense for her to be TheSpeechless. She can, however, communicate through cartoon speech bubbles, as well as nod or shake her head to yes-no questions.
* The slave girl Eirene from ''Series/{{Rome}}'' is this in her first few episodes. {{Justified|Trope}} because she doesn't speak Latin (yet) and is understandably terrified of her masters. The trope plays a big part in [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Titus Pullo]]'s attraction to her, and is the reason why he doesn't treat her [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero like he usually treats women]].
* Cassie Chan, the Pink Ranger from ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace''. Usually your average ActionGirl and AsianAirhead, she turns into that in the aptly named "SilenceIsGolden" episode, because she's forewarned that her enemies and trope namers PsychoRangers are pursuing her by tracking the sound of her voice. A weird and long series of unfortunate events force her to keep communicating by pantomimes and cutish expressions, until a falling BabyCarriage forces her to break her self-imposed vow of silence.
* A brief example in Cassandra from ''Series/StargateSG1'', who first appears as the only survivor of a plague unleashed by the Goa'uld Niirti. Her inability to talk combined with her age and situation made Samantha Carter [[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe dote on and want to adopt her]]. Once she gets over the trauma enough to start talking again she's been able to talk just fine.
* The Indian telefilm ''Shorr'' has Kankoo. The youngest member of a traditional Indian family, Kankoo is a young adult woman, cute as a button and mute. Not voiceless, but she uses only a lot of VoiceGrunting and made up HandSignals to get along.
* In Disney's 1957 Zorro TV Show, Don Diego's manservant Bernado, played by Gene Sheldon, counts as this, mostly keeping a cheerful and innocent demeanor and using his own style of signing when interacting with people.

* In ''The Medium'' by Gian-Carlo Menotti, Toby is a childlike innocent who enjoys using the puppet theater to play dress-up and make-believe games with Monica, who, to cheer him up, tells him he has "the most beautiful voice in the world." His speechlessness makes him the target of abuse by his adoptive mother, Baba, which grows worse and worse.
* ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'' has Gymnasia, a beautiful and quick-witted slave from the Island of Silent Women. (She's pretty handy with weapons, too.) Pseudolus knows her sign language because his childhood nanny was a Silent Woman.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* 'Lady' from ''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsFromTheNewWorld''. She never speaks, is an EmotionlessGirl, can inspire love in the heart of a sociopathic psycho named 'Killer', and was not so much RaisedByWolves, as [[WildChild not raised at all]]. She can also kill you with a flick of her wrist just because you happen to be there. [[spoiler: She's like this because she was originally the sister of TheProtagonist and during a ritual to bring them back from the dead, she gave up her "will" (life force) to save her brother, which turned her into a "pure mass of malice" -- a being with no memories or humanity.]]
* Nina from ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter''. When the hero asks for her name, it takes all of Nina's strength and energy to squeak out "Ni...na." Makes sense when you realize [[spoiler: her lungs were replaced with a fancy air filter, and her tongue cut out]].
* Keria from ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon DS (and DS [[DistaffCounterpart Cute]])'' is mute. She communicates by writing messages on a sign (in the English version, she writes in YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe). However, one event between her and the [[CuteWitch Witch Princess]] lets her speak briefly; in his InternalMonologue, the hero remarks, "It's nice to know Keira talks like that."
* Klaymen from ''VideoGame/TheNeverhood'' is a goofy, ditzy creature made out of clay. Aside from grunts and screams, he never speaks [[spoiler: until the final cutscene, when he introduces himself to Hoborg]].
%%* Pleinair, the mascot of the artist from the ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea}}'' (and most other Creator/NipponIchi) games.
%%* Meute the mermaid from ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand''.
%%* Astral in ''VideoGame/GhostHunter''. Lovely astral form dressed only in a thin sheet.
* In ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'', [[spoiler: Sophia]] gets hit hard by this trope near the end of the game, as [[spoiler: she suffers a psychological trauma caused by being in the middle of the [[BombThrowingAnarchists terrorist bombing]] of the Theater]]. She can get partially better if the Asian stays by her side and visits her each week-end at the Hospital : she'll then get her voice back, but won't be able to sing as her voice is too rough and low. [[spoiler: But if you manage to get her Happy Ending after that, she shows signs that she'll fully recover, [[ThePowerOfLove as she manages to]] [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments sing beautifully for him]]]].
%%* In ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'', Sis, who is Albatross' personal bodyguard.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'': If we set aside Kurodōji's CreepyChild personality, he is an adorable little DumbStruck boy whose friend and LivingEmotionalCrutch Shirodōji is helping him recover his speech. [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Aww-worthy moments ensue]]. [[spoiler: At the end of their episode, Kurodōji finally shows signs of regaining his speech again, barely breathing out "Shiro… dō… ji…"]]
* ''Claudia'', from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow''. Cute and innocent as the trope allows. She can't speak, but she can use telepathy to express herself. And she does. A lot.
* In ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' there's Ecco, a [[PlatonicProstitution Platonic Prostitute]] with some very important information that you must learn to get through the game, who unfortunately has her voice permanently stolen. You must cure her muteness by giving her a Fiend's Tongue, but its original owner keeps using it to make crude insults and not letting her get a word edgewise. Fortunately, there is also an antidote.
* Christine Royce from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Dead Money'' not only had her vocal cords cut by an AutoDoc, but prior to that was lobotomized leaving her unable to read or write, and is reduced to communicating with {{hand signals}}. [[spoiler: She gets her voice back at the end, though it's not ''her'' voice per se; the AutoDoc gave her a copy of the vocal cords belonging to the long-dead Vera Keyes.]]
* Chelinka in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesRingOfFates'' loses her voice after an uncontrolled use of her power and communicates by telepathy instead. [[spoiler:She eventually gets it back when her vocal chords heal.]]
* Sona Buvelle, the Maven of Strings of ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends''. A cute [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Hatsune Miku-lookalike]] with big boobs that can only speak via telepathy (only for the summoner, allegedly) and otherwise plays a melody that supports her allies or disrupts her enemy.
* The main protagonist of ''VideoGame/ChibiRobo''.
* Linear Cannon of Evoltuion: The World of Sacred Device is completely mute, often showing her approval or disapproval of situations with nods, head shakes, backing away in disgust, and tilting her head to indicate she's thinking or confused. She doesn't actually say a word, and apparently only makes very quiet noises that don't have any sentence structure or sound like any words. [[spoiler: This actually does lead to a relatively serious moment when she notices that Euegene Luitipold is creeping up behind Mag Launcher and co. in a large robo suit, but cannot speak and thus they cannot somehow hear the massive metal monster come towards them.]] By the second game she has begun talking, apparently knowing how and just choosing not to, but her timid nature still has her speaking only one or two words at a time, and often not involving herself in conversation at all, still preferring to let everyone else speak and just nod in agreement or shake her head in disagreement.
* Yggdrasil, one of the many Primal Beasts from ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'', never speaks, only using a sound similar to wind chimes to communicate. Only Lyria and Rosetta can actually understand what she says and the rest of the cast has become adept at figuring out what she's communicating.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Marc, Ed Brown's adopted white son in ''VisualNovel/{{Policenauts}}'', was traumatized after his real father, a drugged-up ex-cop, murdered his mother in front of him.
* Shizune from ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' is an aversion; while she is cute and mute, she has a ''very'' forceful personality and is even the MsFanservice of her game. Evidence seems contradictory on whether or not Shizune is physically mute (as the developers claim) or would rather avoid speaking since it'd make her sound bad (being deaf), as some scenes seem to hint at her being able to vocalize after all. [[MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces During a sexual encounter in the student council room]], it's revealed that Shizune can audibly groan. So her vocal cords are fine, it's just that, being deaf since birth, she has no concept of spoken language, and thus "mute".
* Misa in ''VisualNovel/{{Sickness}}'' fits this trope to a T in certain more light-hearted scenes...until you remember the body count associated with her name.
* Len from ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' speaks a grand total of twice (one of those a single ''word'') in the 2 games she's been in.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Several episodes from ''WebAnimation/NeuroticallyYours'' feature a character who never says a word, but is one of the few characters that Foamy does not have a problem with. Her first appearance is titled ''Cute Mute''.
* ''RWBY'' has Neo, an accomplice to Roman Torchwick who to this date has yet to utter a single word. [[CuteAndPsycho Doesn't mean she won't kill you without a second thought, though]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://dawnoftimecomics.com/ Dawn of Time]]: The titular Dawn is a slight variant, in that we rarely ''understand'' what she's saying when she does speak. Her SpeechBubbles are simply filled with ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}-like tick marks.
* Emm from ''TheWisdomOfMoo''. The title "character" is the cow hand puppet she uses to do all her talking.
* LittleDee from the eponymous comic. She's young, but not ''that'' young.
* [[http://www.amyachronicles.com/archives/223 Faye Eolande]] from ''Webcomic/{{Amya}}'' is so much this that she must carry paper and pen with her, and apparently loves visiting the odd stationary shop to get more.
* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'', Amaya never talks for us but Apparently, she can talk to others. Still cute.
* [[{{Webcomic/Homestuck}} Fefetasprite]], aka "dear, sweet, precious Fefeta", is cute and is never depicted talking, although Roxy and Jane have spoken to her at some point. They seem to see her as a combination gal pal and [[CutenessProximity super-cute pet]].
* ''Webcomic/TouhouJournal''[='=]s version of [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Reimu]] is mute, but is exceptionally cute and [[NiceGuy kind]], a very different depiction from her usual portrayal as a {{Jerkass}}. Despite her silence, other characters seem to be able to understand her just fine. Other Cute Mutes include Sanae, who also boasts TaremeEyes; Kisume, who always has the same indifferent look on her face; and Miko, who communicates via written text on her scroll and makes friends with Reimu mere moments after they meet.
* [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombie children]] Bridget and Alphonse in ''Webcomic/FarOutThere'' are [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1072501/page-254-do-radios-broadcast-expressive-eyes/ incapable of speech]], but otherwise intelligent. And definitely cute. [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1636000/how-the-calgaris-stole-christmas-page-8/ So]] [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1688179/page-517-smooch/ very]] [[http://faroutthere.smackjeeves.com/comics/1707369/page-526-get-to-the-important-part/ cute.]]
* The Mongrelfolk of ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' are apparently a race of them; the only two that we come across are Bort - a peaceful, NonActionGuy farmer who communicates by crudely carving words onto stone slabs and wooden signs - and a mongrelfolk girl with NoNameGiven who has a crush on him. [[spoiler: Bort does have a scene where he speaks, but it's implied that it's the nature of the EldritchLocation he's in that's allowing him to do so]].
* Canta from ''{{Webcomic/Sire}}'' is the lineage child of Christine Daae and was born without the ability to speak. She communicates via sign language and is often depicted smiling sweetly, optimistically ignoring tales of caution or stalking on the Erik-Child, Leif.
* Yvette from Webcomic/{{Precocious}} is the go to girl for jokes that are essentially mime routines.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Dawn Beckworth from ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', mute and most certainly cute but not particularly supernatural.
* Haile from the german Play-by-Post game ''{{Roleplay/ZOOOOOmmxBIES}}'' is a cute, mute young woman, who only speaks 83 words in the whole game - which is almost as long as the entire Harry Potter series.
* [[Blog/AskFlufflePuff Fluffle Puff]] only "speaks" in raspberries, gasps, and other assorted noises- she occasionally converses with characters via raspberries somehow. One post had her and Chryssi undergoing a FreakyFridayFlip- Chryssi could speak in Fluffle's body, but FP didn't in Chryssi's, so we're not sure if VoicesAreMental or if she ''can'', but just doesn't. She can write though, albeit in a very child-esque way.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* GadgeteerGenius (and GeniusCripple) Bernardo from ''WesternAnimation/ZorroGenerationZ'', named for a character by the same name in old-school Franchise/{{Zorro}}, like [[GenerationXerox many characters]]. He communicates via ''actual'' sign language, though he rarely uses it with Diego - they know each other so well it's not needed, and it takes a couple of episodes to realize that Bernardo ''can't'' talk, as opposed to there simply being a RunningGag of Diego answering his own questions and not letting Bernardo get a word in.
* In the British series ''WesternAnimation/{{Kipper}}'', Pig's toddler cousin Arnold is usually mute, but he is simply ''adorable''. However, he has once said "duck" before.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' had Meap, an adorable alien whose language [[StarfishLanguage consisted only of]] [[VerbalTicName the word "Meap"]]. He eventually gets his hands on a [[TranslatorMicrobes Universal Translator Mustache]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime,'' Bumblebee takes after his movieverse counterpart. However, while movie Bumblebee speaks in canned sound clips from TV, radio, etc., Prime Bumblebee speaks in electronic sounds in a manner similar to [[Franchise/StarWars R2-D2]] (or perhaps [[Anime/TransformersArmada a Mini-con]].) The [[TheSmartGuy genius 12-year-old]] can understand him.
** Unlike his more sociable G1 version, Soundwave from the same series provides a deep mystery on if he really can talk besides his recordings of others' lines (which naturally have the pretty vocoder effect that goes with the more talkative versions of Soundwave.) No face, no voice but a lot of potential to the point of even topping Starscream (according to characters like Megatron). He goes on to prove he's quite the badass: a silent ImplacableMan that nobody ever crosses ''for a reason,'' as Airachnid and later Wheeljack go on to learn the ''hard'' way. Oh, and he gets to speak on his own ''exactly once.'' "[[spoiler: Soundwave superior, Autobots inferior!]]"
* Jericho from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is [[SlashedThroat physically unable]] to speak, but he sure is [[{{Bishonen}} cute]].
* A very obscure cartoon that Jerry Beck has featured in his Worst Cartoons Ever festivals at San Diego's Comic-Con International was ''Sam Basset, Hound For Hire.'' Sam's assistant was a mute, guitar-playing chihuahua named Chapultapec.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Nibbler ''appears'' to be this, but it eventually turns out he can talk and is intelligent. The Planet Express crew remains oblivious to this because he erases their memories every time he reveals the truth.
** In the Bender's Game movie, it was revealed that Nibbler had actually forgotten to mind wipe them the last time that they heard him speak, and thus as of the sixth season has realized it no longer serves a purpose to pretend to be silent and actively talks.
* Gus, the adorable new kid in the gang from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' becomes this in the episode "Jinxed" after the Ashleys jinx him into not being able to talk for most of the episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' has Laconia the woodelf, who appears in various episodes to communicate with the Smurfs in sign language.
* ''WesternAnimation/BooBoomTheLongWayHome'': the main character, Boo-Boom, is rendered mute due to the shock of losing his parents in an air attack.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KittyIsNotACat'', the titular Kitty speaks only in meows and various cat-like sounds, while the actual cats converse in perfect English.