"Don't let them in, don't let them seeAn enigmatic emotionless female character, which is practically unheard of. Well, in reality, anyway. Emotions are an essential part of humanity. Controlling those emotions is often a sign of maturity and rationality. This character goes beyond that and enters a disturbing, perhaps even creepy, realm of emotional numbness. Be on the lookout for another character making an "is she even human" comment about her. Making the character female accentuates the dissonance, as women are traditionally associated with being closer to emotions, in both positive and negative ways. See Mother Nature, Father Science, Hysterical Woman, Tsundere, The Chick, The Heart, Defecting for Love, Fangirl, Security Cling, Manic Pixie Dream Girl, and many, many more. Characteristics (The Stoic, The Hermit) that might be excused or even praised in a man can become disturbing when applied to a young woman, especially once they are extrapolated to become the emotional numbness shown by this character. As emotions are a major part of social interaction, the emotionless girl is usually depicted as Not Good with People and having No Social Skills. Which often leads to her being isolated or even ostracized. Even when not physically isolated, this girl is very likely to be Alone in a Crowd, aloof from the rest of the group. But being an emotionless girl is not all negatives though. She can be cool in a crisis, i.e., "she's all business." She may have some sort of secret special power linked to her otherworldly detachment. Whether she is an anchor in the midst of chaos, or just quietly mysterious, she's a deviation from the norm. The rare Emotionless Girl that can handle social interaction is usually depicted as a cool manipulator who, while unable to empathize in a normal manner, has learned through experience that most humans have emotions, and these emotions can be triggered by certain actions. She mimics social conventions by heavyhandedly triggering the desired emotions and behavior in others. People who do not react in the expected manner can really confuse her. Sometimes used by writers as the Straight Man or comic foil, especially in noisy, chaotic situations. She may take on the role of The Snark Knight (particularly if she is the manipulative type of emotionless girl). In certain instances, she may be an actual Robot Girl or alien. See also Rei Ayanami Expy and The Quiet One. Often contrasted with a more Hot-Blooded partner to form a Red Oni, Blue Oni pair. A common twist/subversion on the Emotionless Girl is the Emotionally Repressed Girl. This girl feels the emotions but doesn't express them openly or vividly, most likely because of a Dark and Troubled Past. They may suffer from Bad Dreams and/or find it difficult to express gratitude. These girls can draw the viewers into the scene by forcing one to pick up on her subtle cues - so that when the seemingly Emotionless Girl finally does smile, there's a tremendous amount of satisfaction. In such cases the return of emotions symbolizes a return to humanity, and a healing of whatever. They are the type of character that lends themselves to Did You Think I Can't Feel? moments. However, if they turn out to be the Creepy Child as well instead, you should maybe consider running away really quickly. Will often also be The Quiet One. Compare with The Stoic. Not necessarily a fan of pure logic and reason like The Spock or as wise and profound as The Silent Bob: she just stands out for lacking emotional reactions. The Tin Man will angst about being one. Contrast Sugar and Ice Personality, who may initially appear emotionless but in fact has a cute inner side. Polar opposite of the Hysterical Woman and the Genki Girl.
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- The "Imouto" Misakas in A Certain Magical Index (except Last Order). Because they were produced in a lab for the sole purpose of being slaughtered, they never learned how to express emotions, though it is clear that they do have them by the way they act.
- Kanade Tachibana, the titular Angel of Angel Beats! is, at least on the surface, an example of this. She's quiet, and impassive seeming even when dishing out violence or receiving grievous injury. She has emotions, but she rarely shows them.
- Attack on Titan has Annie Leonhart. It's not that she lacks emotions, it's just that she doesn't care about the world around her. When Armin (correctly) suggests that she's the female Titan, however, she smiles.
- Angel Densetsu's expy to Claymore (Ikuno/Claire) is a Deadpan Snarker too.
- Chane Laforet from Baccano!, who actually is mute. Series main Ax Crazy Awesome instantly falls for her because of that.
- Kazuo Kiriyama from the Battle Royale manga is an Emotionless Boy. He was rendered incapable of emotion when he was brain-damaged at the age of six (since birth in the original novel), and is described in-story as a sociopath. Add to this his phenomenal analytical ability and intelligence and you've got a very tough match-up.
- Reincarnated Griffith from Berserk is a Rare Male example. Lacking empathy, Griffith shows no emotion, sans a soft smile that is meant to be more unsettling than endearing.
- R. Dorothy Waynewright from The Big O. She's an actual Robot Girl. On at least one occasion, she expresses relief on never being programmed with emotions, although arguably she didn't need to be — she demonstrates disgust, loyalty, nostalgia, and numerous other emotions, just not at what a human would call full intensity.
- Sometimes her actions suggest she's far more emotive than she lets on but holds back because it annoys/unnerves Roger.
- Ran-Mao from Black Butler is Lau's bodyguard and by far had little-to-no emotion and lines than any female character of the series.
- Eve from Black Cat and pretty much any character dubbed by Brina Palencia. She appears to be a specialist at playing monotonous and emotionless girl characters and gets typecast as such.
- Nemu, Mayuri Kurotsuchi's Lieutenant in Bleach, is not just emotionless but seems to have no free will of her own. She exists almost as an extension of Kurotsuchi's will; no matter how horribly he treats her, she never reacts. Mad Scientist Kurotsuchi CREATED Nemu. His "daughter" is really just an Opposite-Sex Clone.
- Nemu may not be able to disobey direct commands but she does have free will as shown when she cures Uryruu after he was poisoned during his fight with Mayuri.
- In the first Cardcaptor Sakura movie, Syaoran's mom is usually this, though she does become a Defrosting Ice Queen around Sakura.
- Felli Loss from Chrome Shelled Regios comes off as emotionless because her Psychic Powers make it difficult for her to express emotions. It's promptly subverted in her introduction, where she is seen screaming and shouting insults down one of the city's ventilation shafts to relieve some frustration.
- Fiore from Chrono Crusade, although it's hinted throughout the series that she may not be as emotionless as she claims—and her relationship with Joshua is a partial reason.
- Anya from Code Geass. Maybe she was just traumatized from seeing Marianne killed in gory fashion and then getting Marianne's consciousness put into her head against her will..
- Yin, July and all other dolls from Darker Than Black play this straight as empty, programmable shells, though the dolls seem to slowly regain emotions (and free will) as the series progresses.
- Origami from Date A Live.
- Mischa from Endride is a child assassin who was brainwashed not to have emotions in order to turn her into a better killing machine. Even after being defused, she barely displays more emotion than quiet jealousy and mistrust.
- Eureka from Eureka Seven. The girl is literally close to emotionless since her birth until she met her destined partner Renton and gradually fell deeply in love with him. Although 3 years ago she did experience her first emotion which is "surprise" when she realized she orphaned the three children she would later adopt.
- Maria, manager of the Hakushuu Dinosaurs in Eyeshield 21 was originally a Sugar and Ice Personality. Sadly, her relationship with team captain Marco has left her in this state, and she only begins to recover after his defeat.
- Riza Hawkeye in Fullmetal Alchemist has a reputation in her military unit as being coolly competent—to the point of being slightly terrifying when she feels the need to lay down the law. She most definitely has emotions but it takes a fairly extraordinary situation to draw out anything other than polite, brisk, and slightly sardonic behavior from her.
- Miyabi "Professor" Oomichi of GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class is extremely subtle in her expression of emotion, but her friends seem able to pick up on her emotions sometimes: during the yaminabe arc, there's a panel with a closeup of Miyabi's face looking stoic as ever, yet Tomokane can tell she looks happy. Also, the reader can see an expression of sadness — mostly in the eyes — when she realizes that the chick she had been caring for had fallen silent.
- Vanilla from Galaxy Angel. Used in the anime to comic effect. In the games, her story arcs deal with her coming to terms with expressing emotion.
- The cyborg assassins in Gunslinger Girl, as a result of the use of drugs and conditioning they're emotionally stunted.
- Beatrice is more emotionless than the others. Triela is even surprised when another cyborg dies and she feels very little emotion about it.
- Invoked with extreme prejudice in the case of Henrietta, when her deteriorating emotional state caused the Agency to, for lack of a better expression, 'reset her to factory settings'. She's the perfect assassin again, but her personality is little more than a robot soldier.
- Hanaukyō Maid Tai. To varying degrees, the maids Grace, Konoe, and Mariel all fit this trope.
- Yuki Nagato, from Haruhi Suzumiya, is also the The Spock, The Stoic and the Badass Bookworm. The tenth novel reveals that she's surprisingly bitter about being designed to be so unemotive and that the IDTE could have made her more expressive like they did to Asakura, but didn't. It's implied she was created without the capability to express emotions, in the same sense a computer may be designed to not have a graphical display. This largely confirms the point below, which prior to this were based mostly on Kyon's interpretations.
- As the series progresses, it is clear that (due to Character Development) in spite of her lack of apparent feeling, Yuki is a warm, caring and kind-hearted girl. It could be said that Yuki and Asakura are inversions of each other and that both are subtle subversions of this trope (and by extension, Red Oni, Blue Oni). Yuki appears emotionless and coldly logical, but her inner workings are clearly fighting in the other direction. Asakura is what could best be described on as a Purity Sue on the outside, while she is the creepy, emotionless Knife Nut whose attempted murder of Kyon was actually a calculated act designed to reach a specific goal.
- All the Humanoid Interfaces seem to have one emotion setting they do not deviate from, (which is... none for Yuki). Asakura is always cheerful, and Kimidori is always a polite Ojou. The other two interfaces could be considered a Double Subversion of this trope, since they clearly do display emotion, but apparently do not have any other emotions to display.
- Somewhat subverted by the "official-but-not-exactly-canon" Haruhi-Chan, which shows Yuki staring into space after completely finishing an anime/game series, and monotonously telling Kyon that "It was an emotional game." Aside from this, she actually laughs at one point, but it is hidden by her arm.
- Yuki smiled at one point in the movie, and it was completely visible. It was a major event, as it was what made Kyon consider staying in the alternate world.
- The Alternate Universe spinoff The Vanishing of Nagato Yuki-chan averts this trope in its characterization of Yuki. Yuki in this world is a Shrinking Violet who is fully expressive of her feelings, such as her crush on Kyon. This is the AU that Yuki created in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya by hijacking Haruhi's powers, where she RetConned the supernatural out of existence and remade herself along with the others as normal people, removing the emotional limitations of being a Data Interface.
- Kuyou Suou, an interface of another alien entity, is even more alien than the other Humanoid Interfaces, communica__ting__in__mono__tone...broken__speech__ and generally remaining expressionless, though sometimes also having sudden creepy bursts of emotion. Her behavior is of one who simply doesn't even know how to act like a living thing, and she is so weird that Muggles who haven't been made to acknowledge her ignore her existence.
Kyon: [referring to Kuyou] A cardboard cutout would have had more life than her.
- Ai Enma from Hell Girl. Subverted in that she does have emotions, but she must repress them to carry out her atonement for the revenge she carried out on the villagers who buried her alive. Or else, she'll wind up in Hell. We first see it when she snaps before Hajime towards the end of the first season, and it's not a nice sight to behold.
- Tsukiko from Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko becomes this after she wishes she didn't show her emotions so easily and obviously. Her actual feelings about things remain unchanged, but she's literally unable to make any emotional reaction at all.
- I'm Gonna Be an Angel!. In the first season, Silky is an emotionless puppet under Dispell's control, merely repeating whatever he says. In the second season it gets subverted, as it turns out that it was Dispell who was really a puppet and Silky's real personality emerges which is an exact opposite of the term 'emotionless'.
- Kanna from InuYasha most certainly fits this trope, as she was created to be emotionless so that she would be undetectable by any trace of Demonic Energy or Scent. In fact, the translation of her name quite literally means 'void'. By the end, it is subverted as she actually has emotion as her heart can feel.
- Eucliwood Hellscythe from Is This a Zombie?. On top of showing little emotion, her main means of communication is writing in a notebook as opposed to talking. The reason for this being that her magic is so powerful that any of her words or expressions of any kind can trigger uncontrollable, devastating magic. Subverted and justified in that she's not really emotionless, but her magic requires her to be in control of all of her emotions, including so much as showing amusement.
- Child Soldier Jonah from Jormungand displays these tendencies, likely due both to the trauma of seeing his parents killed in a bombing when he was a small child, and all the violence and strife he has witnessed since.
- Toyama Sachi from Jubei-chan. In the dub, she is referred to as "the strange, emotionless girl" once.
- Karin's little sister, Anju, in Karin. Although Anju is more the 'doesn't emote but is certainly feeling a lot' type, rather than truly unemotional:
Anju: I'm not crying.
Bge: Yes, you are. Your voice doesn't crack. Tears don't fall. But all the same, you're crying.
- Key from Key the Metal Idol seems to be emotionless initially, claiming to be a robot, but is eventually revealed to be a severe case of emotional repression prompted by merely being convinced and, as a result, convincing others that she is a robot when she is, in fact, a human to prevent her potent extra-physical abilities from awakening.
- Otome from Koi Koi 7. It probably comes from being the oldest of the group, but stuck at a young age, since she was the first to become a cyborg.
- Fate in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Fate actually does have emotions, but keeps them suppressed as a defense mechanism against her mother's insane demands and even more insane punishment for failure. Although she recovers later, Fate remains quieter and more reserved than the rest of the Improbably Female Cast, albeit also considerably more sensitive.
- Lutecia in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. Likely a result of Jail's experiments and/or of growing up without her mother. She becomes more emotional by Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid.
- The youngest Combat Cyborgs- Otto, Deed and Sette- also count. Deed doesn't even change expressions while asking Wendi to get her hands off her breasts, and when she and Otto don't react as Wendi celebrates her victory over one of the Einherjar installations, Wendi gets annoyed and complains about having to be in the same group as them. The youngest, Sette, is almost completely devoid of emotions to the point of seeming robotic, and Tre tells her to put some life into her daily routines.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- Asuna was emotionless in the backstory. She was still emotionless upon arrival, but ten years of being bugged by Ayaka taught her emotions, albeit mostly emotions regarding irritation.
- Zazie Rainyday is emotionless to the point of Cute Mute. Although she speaks up in the endgame of both the first anime and the manga, she still shows very, very little emotion. The manga makes you think she's showing a playfully humorous side- but no, she isn't. That's her twin sister. She herself is still mildly altruistic, infuriatingly mysterious, and as emotional as a dead yak.
- Ruri from Martian Successor Nadesico is one, arguably. Though she's far cry from being actually emotionless - just emotionally repressed, and sometimes not even that - her voice never seems to reflect her emotions, making her always sound like she just doesn't care. This is a big part of why she used to be the Trope Namer for the Little Miss Snarker.
- Mother in Mother Keeper is this, though she is a computer so it's understandable why.
- Lila from Najica Blitz Tactics showcases many characteristics of this trope, being an Artificial Human, although she can fake emotions to some degree if needed to achieve a certain goal (like seducing men). Later in the series she starts to genuinely warm up toward the protagonist though.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Rei Ayanami was intended to be depicted as an emotionless, creepy child to deconstruct the Yamato Nadeshiko archetype that many otaku seemed to love, showing that a person with that behaviour would be very disturbing in real life. Ironically, she became a fan favorite. Anyway, Rei displays emotions every so often. Much like the "Spock eyebrow", the subtle hint that Rei is actually having an emotional reaction is if she bothers to make eye contact with something, which she normally doesn't do.
- Kirika from Noir acts emotionless, but hides deep concern about her apparent amnesia. She becomes truly emotionless when her memory is restored.
- Now and Then, Here and There has Lala-ru, although she does start to emote more as the story progresses.
- Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure: D fits this until the final battle. She's actually frightened about showing emotion.
- Sabrina (or Natsume in Japanese), the Psychic Gym Leader from Pokémon Red and Blue, appears as an Emotionless Girl in the Pokémon anime. In the first episode in which she appears, she has that trademark creepy blank stare and a doll who sits on her lap and does all the talking for her. She beats Ash easily, then lets her doll "play" with him and his friends in her dollhouse. Later, the viewers find out she had a rough childhood and reacted by stuffing all her emotions into her doll (who represents her childhood self) and having no mercy on the trainers who come to visit her. Ash teaches her to laugh again and by the end of the second episode she's a normal girl (well, with psychic powers). In the Pokémon Special manga she almost qualifies as one, but still cracks a smile or a glare every once in a while.
- A very, very rare male version of this trope: Mytho from Princess Tutu, who is literally emotionless, thanks to a spell that shattered his heart.
- Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica starts out as this. She never smiles, has a completely toneless voice, and acts like she's made of stone when Mami dies and Sayaka turns into a witch. It is subverted as we find out that she invoked this trope on purpose after watching her friends die again and again while stuck in her "Groundhog Day" Loop. She went from being a Shrinking Violet with glasses and a heart condition to a coolheaded stoic in a desperate attempt to finally save Madoka from her terrible fate.
- Anthy Himemiya from Revolutionary Girl Utena is a variant on the Emotionally Repressed Girl, in that she is effectively anesthetized by the circumstances of her... very complicated connection to her brother.
- Tomoe Yukishiro from Rurouni Kenshin plays this for tragedy, since she couldn't show her fiancé Akira how happy she was when they got engaged, so he thought he wasn't good enough for her and went to search for his fortune to Kyoto... where he got killed.
- Kurasuma from School Rumble speaks in a monotone and tends not to show emotion.
- Shinigami Trilogy: Himeka, a Devil in Plain Sight, basically Mandy (specifically Bleedman's teen version). She may have been a terminally Ill Girl but thanks to a love-struck Grim Reaper she will rule the world with an iron fist.
- Temporary Sky Girls Aisha. Somewhat justified in that she's actually fused with nanotech which may or may not influence her brain functions.
- Zefiris from Scrapped Princess. Also a Robot Girl - kind of.
- Sunday Without God has the gravekeeper Scar. When she does start to experience emotions after adopting Ulla's twin sister, it leads to a Freak-Out.
- Shiori from Tamako Market initially appears this way, due to her inability to express her feelings. However, she manages to overcome this by becoming friends with Tamako the end of Episode 3.
- Time of Eve:
- Outside the eponymous cafe Sammy and Akiko behave this way. They transform into a Shrinking Violet and a Genki Girl, respectively, when given the opportunity to express their emotions. However, behaving like humans in public would draw unwanted attention, and they are very good at suppressing their feelings.
- Actually, half of the robots in-series (the female half) qualify. Sammy and Akiko just happen to have been given the most character development.
- Yami from To Love-Ru, although she has shown the barest hint of emotions other than "I hate ecchi people" on occasion.
- Vampire Knight gives us two: Seiren and Rima.
- Layla from Venus Versus Virus, in contrast with her somewhat livelier twin sister, Lola.
- In Wild Rose, because Mikhail's full-body markings manifest whenever he feels emotion, his mother raised him to feel nothing so he could pass for normal. As a result, he doesn't even understand what separates "loved ones" and strangers from each other. Bernt is a less severe example, simply being the utterly unflappable butler.
- Suou from World's End Harem presents herself as someone with a lack of varied expressions beyond her deadpan face, only focused in her job to make Reito initiate the mating process with many women (including her) to repopulate the human race after billions of men died due a virus, however when confronted by others about Reito’s lack of cooperation she seems to hold some loyalty towards him and when seducing him she tries to put on a smile, which makes Reito see Erisa on her sometimes; almost veering into Sugar and Ice Personality territory.
- Shigeo "Mob" Kageyama from Mob Psycho 100 starts out the series as trying to be one of these due to his powers growing more unstable as his emotions build up inside him. As he gets a better handle on his powers, he starts letting himself express himself more.
- Vera Linus, in Veritas, generally shows no emotion except when dealing with something that has to do with Lightning Tiger, the guy who taught her the meaning of "fear".
- Sage, a mutant whose brain works much like a computer, is pretty emotionless sometimes, though occasionally shifting to The Stoic level when really, really worked up. (Naturally, she's such an expert at Perp Sweating that her gaze alone accomplishes what Wolverine's famed "claw on either side of neck; dare me to pop the middle?" approach cannot.) Surprisingly, "computer brain" simply describes her brain works. Despite the functions of her mind often being described in computer terms, it, and the rest of her, are a hundred percent organic.
- Emma Frost frequently comes across as this due to her detached, cynical persona. The Stepford Cuckoos are generally portrayed as just copying her attitude, but between X-Men: Phoenix: Warsong and Nation X they are physically incapable of having emotions.
- X-23, a clone who was raised as a child assassin, is also an example. Through multiple traumatic events in her backstory, she learned to never trust or emotionally connect with anyone. This makes her an outcast among her fellow teenagers, and even most of the teachers perceive her as a heartless killer who is unable to think as a human or desire anything. But her character development (and eventual journey to find herself) ultimately subverts this trope; she gradually becomes accustomed to emotion, and bonds with other abuse victims who understand why she prefers solitude. It's actually quite heartwarming. It's implied that one of the reasons she represses her emotions is because she does not know how to handle them or the memories of her past; when she does completely abandon her stoic exterior, we see either suicidal depression or psychotic rage. Ironically, the emotionally detached state that others scorn her for is in place for their own safety.
- Raven from Teen Titans. Based out of necessity because if she ever let her emotions go, her demonic father, Trigon would seize control of her and take over Earth's dimension. Her learning to accept and express emotions after the defeat of her father is a major piece of Character Development.
- The Passionchild in Shade, the Changing Man, an androgynous pretty boy who incited emotion to the psychotic degree in everyone around him, but never expressed anything. He didn't even speak until Shade cracked into his inner world, and found nothing.
Passionchild: I find nothing out there. I find nothing in here too, but it's my nothing.
- Sin City: Miho combines this with The Voiceless.
- Quake Woman in Mega Man, during the "Spiritus Ex Machina" story arc. Her creator, Dr. Lalinde, believes robots should merely be treated as tools. As things developed, it was revealed that Dr. Lalinde was quite a Motherly Scientist, and when she almost lost Quake Woman in an accident, she removed her personality, feeling that losing a Ridiculously Human Robot is harder to deal with. After the events of the story arc, Lalinde realises that she made a mistake and restored Quake Woman's personality.
- In Lost at Sea, Raleigh believes that her soulless nature makes her this, unable to feel anything or have any friends. Upon realizing that she never lost her soul, she promptly bursts into tears, lamenting that her problems have ruined her new friends' roadtrip.
- Advice and Trust: Deconstructed. When Shinji and Asuka visit Rei's apartment Asuka discovers that Rei is emotionless because she has been instructed to take a giant cocktail of emotion-suppressing chemicals. Aghast, she tries to convince Rei to stop taking them and worries that NERV would also do this to Shinji and herself. Afterwards, her emotions slowly become that of a normal teenage girl, though she still pretends to be emotionless at NERV so Gendo doesn't realize that she's off her meds.
- A Crown of Stars: Deconstructed. Due to her emotionally stunted upbringing, Rei has a hard time understanding someone one else's feelings and handling her own emotions. As a consequence of it she fails to recognize Shinji and Asuka's arguments as Belligerent Sexual Tension and Asuka's words' endearing nature, and she does not realize that her jealousy is clouding her good judgement, so that she refuses to help them right when they need her.
- The Child of Love: At the beginning Rei is very unemotional. Throughout the history she has to struggle with new emotions she is unprepared for: her jealousy towards Asuka, her caring towards Shinji, her protective feelings towards Teri… and in the process she learns to acknowledge them and becomes somewhat more expressive.
- Doing It Right This Time: Deconstructed. Gendo ordered Rei to take medication to "keep herself focused". Upon returning to the past the three pilots found out that her "medication" was a cocktail of mood suppressors and tranquilizers which turned her into a completely creepy and unemotional person. After stopping to take them, Rei starts exhibiting a normal emotion range.
- Evangelion 303: Rei suffered brain damage because of a trial flight gone wrong. She survived, but the stopped being cheerful and warm and became unemotional and quiet.
- HERZ: She is not as bad as she used to when she was younger, but Rei is still pretty emotionless and quiet, even when she is confronting a squad of armed loons trying to kill her she and her niece.
- Higher Learning: Rei was pretty emotionless at the beginning. After listening to her new teacher's lessons she gradually gets better, and learns to recognize and display her emotions more openly, although she kept being quiet and cool. She stopped seeing herself as expendable, though, and one of her clones sacrificed herself to give her a chance to keep living.
- Last Child of Krypton: Rei is aloof, quiet and expressionless, and other people find her behaviour eerie and creepy (right like she was intended to be in the original series).
- Once More with Feeling: Rei is unemotional and passive at the beginning, but she slowly starts opening up after meeting Shinji. However she decides to hide her changes from Gendo and SEELE out of a growing sense of self-preservation.
- The One I Love Is: Rei starts the story like this, completely emotionless, but she learns to identify and display their emotions and becomes more expressive as she spends time with Shinji and later Asuka. However, when Shinji disappeared for one month -and later when he chose Asuka over her- she reverted to her original behaviour (although Asuka managed to make her snapping out of it the second time).
- Pretty much any Jack Rudd-written Neighbours fanfic starring Lisa Jeffries.
- The eponymous heroine of legolas by laura seems remarkably unconcerned about being tortured and raped by orcs, even though she's only ten.
- In X-Men fanfic Guilt Trips, Northstar (Jean-Paul) is an Emotionless Boy, having asked his empathic friend Manuel da la Rocha to prevent him from feeling strong emotion. His reasoning for this is because here Manuel is an Emotion Eater and needs to fed off something, and he himself doesn't have the energy to deal with emotions.
- In the Sherlock fanfic Baker School Blitz, Sherlock fits the model of the Emotionally Repressed Boy, in that he can express appropriate emotion (unlike his friend Jim), but often doesn't, instead preferring to be blunt, Literal-Minded, and calm.
- In Origins, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands/Halo Massive Multiplayer Crossover, Sarah increasingly looks like this. Justified, by her creators at least, because the last time she got mad she destroyed a lot of stuff. Her psychologist even notes that she was meant to be a weapon, not a person. Samantha Shepard tries to be this but heads into Not So Stoic territory before hitting a Heroic B.S.O.D., falling into depression, and only recovering belatedly, providing an aversion.
- In the Frozen modern AU fanfic A Snowflake In Spring, Elsa hasn't displayed emotion - or spoken, or acknowledged another person's existence - for ten years, earning her the nickname "Ice Queen" among her fellow asylum patients. When the story switches to her perspective, she's shown actively trying to repress her feelings, attempting to "conceal, don't feel", though the reason remains unclear. The only person capable of breaking this pattern is Anna, whose mere presence transforms her into a flustered, Moe Cute Mute.
- In Despair's Last Resort, Miyako Morino acts like this. The only times she's noted as actually expressing any emotion is after witnessing Kaito's execution and when the remaining students are fighting among each other.
- Turns out it was a ruse to keep her from revealing that she still has her memories.
- Tsukuyomi from Infinity. She's basically a Rei Ayanami Expy, although it's more that she doesn't understand emotions rather than lacking them.
- In Dating A Team Magma Grunt, Courtney could very well be mistaken for a robot half the time. However, she shows signs of emotion around Maxie. This was especially obvious when he seemingly refused to eat the pie she wanted to feed him.
- In Children of an Elder God, Rei is pretty emotionless. It is played for horror, as it was meant to be in the original show (although she gets better gradually).
He had looked into the girl's eye. It was red, a bright, vibrant red, but otherwise seemed guileless, straightforward, and void of any particular emotion.
- In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, Rei’s third incarnation is emotionless and has to relearn how acknowledge and express her feelings.
- Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Rei is calm, collected and cool even when she fights.
Films — Animation
- Elsa from Frozen is a deconstruction. Because her magical powers are controlled by her emotions, Elsa has grown up trying to be as emotionless ("Conceal, don't feel") but it's taken a massive emotional toll on her (and her family) until an intense argument with Anna causes her to snap and lose control of her powers, thus kicking off the plot. Ironically the fact that she tried to be an emotionless girl makes her less capable of controlling her powers. Provides the page quote.
Films — Live-Action
- Wednesday forcing a smile in Addams Family Values evokes horror in onlookers, yet the camp counselors cluelessly delight in finally getting her to smile.
- Lydia in Beetlejuice. In the animated series, she becomes a Perky Goth. Justified in that it seems the events of the movie did change her personality by the end of it.
- Subverted and lampshaded mercilessly in Rocky and Bullwinkle with agent Karen Sympathy. She tries relentlessly to be an Emotionless Girl Agent Scully, but she's just too sentimental.
- Miette starts off like this in The City of Lost Children.
- Margot (Gwyneth Paltrow) in The Royal Tenenbaums.
- Darius in Safety Not Guaranteed. She's played by Aubrey Plaza of all things, an expert in deadpan.
- Emily in The Final. Until Ravi is killed. Then she goes right back to this.
- Summer, in (500) Days of Summer, is introduced as one of these by the narrator...although he proves to be less than completely reliable.
- In The Happening, Zooey Deschanel is actually given the line "I don't like to show my emotions," which many suspect was a late addition to the script to try to cover up her less than enthusiastic performance.
- Emma Frost from X-Men: First Class. The surname is adequate.
- Athena from Tomorrowland. She pretty much seems emotionless throughout the entire movie though this is partially because she's an android. It's eventually revealed that she's more emotionally repressed than anything, as it's strongly hinted that she fell in love with Frank when he was young.
- Maya from Zero Dark Thirty. She is very deadpan and so Married to the Job that she told torture victim Ammar to tell the truth instead of giving him a heartwarming care. The most emotions she had expressed were mostly through exasperated anger or Heroic B.S.O.D. but she had a little laugh when Navy SEAL Justin told Black Comedy jokes. At the end, she shed one tear because of her Now What? situation.
- Lots of characters portrayed by French actress Léa Seydoux are very cold or stoic dropping very few smiles. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol? Checked.◊ Robin Hood (2010)? Checked.◊ Inglourious Basterds? Checked.◊ Midnight in Paris? Averted.◊
- The alien Sisters of Orion of Adam R. Brown's Alterien series are an example of this trope. Their leader who does most of the talking, Vasja'ri, is particularly emotionless in her delivery of every single line.
- Estella from Great Expectations.
- The Flame Tales of an Mazing Girl as she creates fires and burns out peoples minds, all the while looking to be about 12 year old. and speaking in all in lower case.
- Susan Calvin from Isaac Asimov's many robot short stories.
- I Am Not a Serial Killer has a Rare Male Example in John Cleaver. He does try to fake it for the comfort of those around him, but usually fails. Before learning his name, Elijah calls him "the boy with the dead eyes".
- Susan Sto Helit of Soul Music, Hogfather and Thief of Time shows no outward emotion on hearing of the deaths of her parents, and otherwise fits the "cool in a crisis" model. She does occasionally get angry. Don't get in her way at this point.
- In the Star Wars Expanded Universe novels, Winter Celchu (an aide and childhood friend of Leia's), an Intelligence agent with a holographic memory, has lost her composure perhaps once in the entirety of her appearances—when she thought her boyfriend had been killed and his fellow pilots didn't seem to care (because, of course, he was still alive).
- Kahlan of Sword of Truth has this as a public persona: A voice to freeze water. Another example is Nicci, who is more in the idea of an impassive Dark Magical Girl hardened by an unpleasant life until she no longer cares about life anymore. Richard does manage to get through to her in the sixth book, though, shortly before she does a High-Heel–Face Turn.
- Actually subverted in The Dresden Files. Ivy appears to be totally emotionless for quite a while after we meet her, but it turns out that this is actually one of the Archive's defense mechanisms. Ivy herself is lonely and has to cope with the fact that she has almost no personal identity; even her name is just a nickname Harry gave her. She's also cursed with the Archive's perfect recall, so she knows exactly how her mother felt about her. (Hint: It wasn't real positive).
- It's implied that since names have power, Harry starting to call her Ivy (and asking others to call her that) instead of the Archive allowed her to find strength in her own identity and open up to people, becoming much happier. Some people (Luccio) don't think t his is a Good Thing.
- In the Wicked Lovely series, Leslie becomes a literal emotionless girl when she is acting as the dark court's shadow girl (her emotions are channeled into Irial) and this is part of Sorcha's mask.
- In the Lowell Bair translation of The Phantom of the Opera novel, Raoul describes Christine as "indifference personified." (He wouldn't be surprised if he knew what the poor girl was going through at that point, of course...)
- Miranda in L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero's Daughter. There's a reason for it, it turns out.
- Charlotte Crescent/C2 from Charlotte Powers, at least on appearance. She cannot intuitively 'read' the emotions of others, and has difficulty understanding and expressing her own emotional state.
- Kambili from Purple Hibiscus seems like a snobby version of this to her peers, but in reality she's being terrorized by her father. It's thanks to her Aunt and Cousins that she's finally able to reach out to others.
- In The Last Unicorn, the titular character can be seen as such. In fact, she's rather stoic when she's in her normal form. Even if she can feels sorrow, joy and fear, she's unable to feel some human feelings, such as regret and love. As an immortal being, she does not fear mortality. When she's turned into a human by Schmendrick, she's horrified. Following this traumatic event, she becomes completely emotionless, and slowly forgets who she was. It's not until later in the story that she's able to feel emotions again.
- Coira, the protagonist of White as Snow never shows emotions as they were, symbolically, bled out of her after a childhood illness caused by her mother rejecting her love. She is sometimes stated to feel things, such as disgust when her drunken brother asks to dance with her, but the emotion is so distant and she accepts the offer so coolly that nobody can tell. In a twist on the usual When She Smiles, the big sign of Coira opening her heart to someone is crying.
- Thérèse herself of Thérčse Raquin becomes emotionless over the course of her childhood due to living with her overbearing aunt and her sickly, petulant cousin Camille. Then she and Camille get married and it gets worse.
- Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games, probably as a direct result of being a Shell-Shocked Veteran thanks to all the trauma she goes through.
- Lisbeth Salander in the Millennium Series. Practically a poster child for the emotionless girl. To others, she appears emotionless, cold and strange.
- Electra in Greek Ninja. She shows little emotion even when she's informed of the death of her sensei. During stressful situations, such as battles, she remains cool and stoic.
- Sasha from The Tenets of Futilism initially comes across as this. It's a facade.
- The Paradox Trilogy has Caldswell's daughter, Ren. She spends most of her time playing chess by herself, and barely even reacts to anyone except Caldswell or Rupert.
- Helen, from Twig, is an interesting variation in that she is actually a nonhuman Tyke Bomb designed to look like a child, who is out of necessity a Master Actor. She feels emotions, but as they're disconnected from her instinctive physical reactions, she's actually at her most genuine with the people she cares for when she speaks in flat tones without emotion, and her friends consider it extremely worrying and unsettling if she feels the need to display emotion with physical cues while alone with them.
- Malazan Book of the Fallen: The young recruit named Sorry in the first volume. Upon their first meeting, the sorceress Tattersail describes her as 'young, pretty as an icicle and looking as warm to the touch' and immediately has a feeling that something's wrong with the cold and distant seeming girl. There is. She is not only an assassin but also possessed by the Patron God of Assassins himself, with no memories of her life before the possession.
- In the first book of The Shattered Kingdoms, the Mongrel/Meiran/Lahlil is perceived to be this, although she actually just has very good self-control (the more impressive for the fact that Norlander telepathy normally transmits emotions, making them hard to hide). It contributes to everyone's fear and uncertainty as to what she actually wants. Her motivations are less hidden in the second book, although that might just be because readers now get substantial sections from her point-of-view (unlike the first book).
- Nezumi in Broken Gate really seemed to have mastered suppressing her emotions in light of her situation, as examined in chapter 4, when it's noted that she lament doesn't feel painful (like it would for some), instead, it feels cold. It's to such an extent that she wished she could cry or, at least, shed tears, something to express her anguish in some way. Likewise, she hadn't felt cold in a long time, either, and is very detached from her own thoughts towards it. Naturally, her feeling lament for the first time made her realize how her pragmatism had its drawbacks in that she had shut her mind off to anything irrelevant to guarding the gate, her thoughts and feelings included, in which case she stopped feeling them.
- To some extent, six chapters afterwards, this becomes a bit more extreme, as when she starts to feel the aforementioned, she decides to, as the story put it, "destroy" that feeling and doesn't feel it again for the remainder of the chapter (a move called disaffection). The reason as to why she does this was because she couldn't cry, thus, she refuses to allow herself to feel them once they come, as, if she cannot express them well, then there isn't a purpose in feeling them, almost invoking this trope more directly. In short, she would much rather be emotionless and not to feel emotions vs not being able to express them. When she finally does feel her emotions, it's when she's dying and its also when she cries.
- Alysia Morales from Arcana Magi must remain emotionless or she will suffer physically.
- Star Trek sports a couple examples, such as:
- Seven of Nine from Voyager is a former Borg drone, so underplays emotions while focusing on efficiently completing tasks. However, she does annoyance really well.
- T'Pol from Enterprise is a Vulcan whose frustration with humans isn't veiled as well as it could be, but otherwise fits this trope. (Jolene Blalock has claimed this is intentional, but (YMMV) it does tend to come off as a half-baked Seven Of Nine impression.)
- T'Pring and T'Pau from the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Amok Time".
- The first officer of Captain Pike, known only as Number One, was one of these.
- Of course, Vulcans are not emotionless, but simply suppress them because their genius and titanic strength makes an out of control Vulcan a supremely Bad Thing, and they once nearly destroyed themselves with war. As such, nearly every Vulcan can be described in similar terms as T'Pol, being mostly emotionless but not as completely as they'd claim they are, and often annoyed with those races that let their yucky emotions just hang out there, which looks sloppy at best and dangerous at worst to a Vulcan.
- Cameron, the female Terminator of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles fits this quite accurately, though she is quite capable of simulating human emotions when she needs to. The rather sudden shift from emotionless blankness to a laughing, smiling teenage girl is....creepy.
- Cameron's creepy stoicism gets played brilliantly in the premiere for the second season, when John is trying to remove her processor chip after it gets damaged and she goes berserk. She slowly switches from an emotionless, Implacable killer to begging and pleading with John to not remove the chip, even going as far as to cry out that she loves him. The simulated emotion is disturbingly real, and even more so because the audience and John know it's simulated yet real. And according to Summer Glau, who plays Cameron, that might not have been simulated...
- This is further pronounced in the same season's eighth episode. Before Cameron enters John's room to discourage him from seeing Riley, she removes her jacket, leaving her in shorts and a tight white shirt with a visible red bra underneath. She then lies on his bed next to him. The audience and John know that neither of these actions is casual, but a calculated decision by Cameron's internal logic. It is this knowledge that creates the tension in the ensuing exchange.
- Prior to this, there are a very few but very deliberate moments where Cameron shows inexplicable emotion - for example, when she hits Charley with a Death Glare for calling her a "very scary robot" in "Dungeons & Dragons", and a momentary tightening of her lips and nervous flicker of her eyes in "Vick's Chip" when John is removing her processor.
- Then it gets completely inverted in "Allison from Palmdale," where Cameron adopts the personality and memories of Allison, a girl her personality was based around. Seeing Cameron suddenly acting like a normal person, showing honest emotions, just amplifies the creepy factor.
- The Actives in Dollhouse, when in their wiped state. Although they seem happy in a non-thinking way most of the time. Although this is deliberately encouraged by keeping them in a calm and peaceful place. If exposed to more dramatic stimulus they gain emotions quite quickly - terrified and freaked out.
- Irina from Vintergatan 5B, a Swedish children's sci-fi comedy show. Lampshaded in this dialogue:
Henrik: But— how can you be so cold?! Don't you have any feelings?
Irina: Cosmonauts don't have any feelings, Henrik!
- Aeryn Sun in Farscape has shades of this character early on due to her military training that advocated against feeling pain or showing emotion. It is commented on in "Twice Shy" when each character's strongest trait was amplified: Scorpius says Aeryn is colder than usual.
- Fringe's Agent Olivia Dunham became this when being experimented on as a child caused her to suppress her emotions in preparation of becoming a cross-universal supersoldier.
- Averted in Boston Legal. In the episode "Smile", lawyer Alan Shore tries to get a prestigious school to accept a little girl (actually a child prodigy) lacking the facial muscles to smile. The child has strong positive emotions, she's just completely unable to express them facially.
- Parker on Leverage is a bizarre example in that while she does show emotions, they are typically wrong for that situation. Played with in "The Twelve Step Job" when she goes on anti-depressants as part of her cover and suddenly becomes a more or less normal, well-adjusted human being. In "The Snow Job", Parker has to pretend to be a patient dying of a brain tumor and Sophie is trying to help her prepare for the role.
Sophie: Think about something sad. Like, think about when your father died.
Parker: [laughs hysterically]
- Parks and Recreation: April Ludgate-Dwyer usually has a stoic expression on her face and often talks in a tone of voice that lacks emotion.
- Person of Interest: Shaw. Justified as she's revealed to have a disorder affecting her this way. One flashback shows her being in a car accident where her father was killed, and calmly asking for a sandwich from the fireman who rescued her afterward, unaffected.
- Doctor Who:
- Zoe, when we first meet her; as the serial progresses, she becomes concerned about how undeveloped her emotional side is.
- Gia Kelly in "The Seeds of Death" resembles a grown-up version of Zoe in this respect. The novelisation remarks that her co-workers think of her as a 'cold-hearted witch'.
- Jerry on Seinfeld once dated a woman who appeared emotionally normal in most ways, but never laughed. Needless to say, as a comedian this bothered him. At one point he even tells her a joke, and she responds in a dead monotone that "That's very funny."
- On The 100, Lexa wants to be this, believing that feelings are a weakness. She's fooled many people into believing she's heartless, but Clarke sees through it and is able to get emotional reactions out of hert
- Martha in Baskets is always unfazed and casual at anything which contributes to the recurring dry humour in the show.
- Eriko Christy, from Illbleed, her father put her through so many scare tests when she was just five years old, she last her sense of fear.
- A plot point in the Darkstalkers series of fighting games. Donovan, a half-vampire monk meets Anita, a young girl who is also a half-vampire, who has lost the ability to feel emotions. He decides to try to slay the world's supply of monsters to cure her. He succeeds in restoring her emotions and humanity, but becomes a full vampire himself. This leads to a climactic flash forward cliffhanger showdown between her as the messiah of the human race and him as her main opposition. Especially notable because the creators of the series were sometimes criticized in interviews for using this trope, which was in its peak at the time.
- Gamall in Thief 2 is an example of this trope played to perfection.
- Amy from SoulCalibur can come off as one of these, although it was stated that she locks her emotions away, so it's possible that it's all a facade.
- Presea Combatir of Tales of Symphonia was, among other side-effects, robbed of her emotions when implanted with an Exsphere without a Key Crest. She became so robotically narrow-minded that she didn't even notice her father had died in his bed years ago, though his body lay there decaying the whole time. She gets better when she joins the heroes, who give her a Key Crest, but then she has to deal with the pain of everything that's happened while she was like that. She still gives off the impression of being emotionless even in the sequel, though she proves she's found a sense of humor within moments of her first appearance.
- In Suikoden V, which has Loads and Loads of Characters (108, to be precise), Sagiri nonetheless manages to stand out due to this trope. Rather than having a perfectly straight face, her expression is frozen in a permanent creepy smile, no matter how she feels. Combined with the way she speaks, she comes across as rather spooky, even BEFORE you learn her backstory: She's a former member of the Nether Gate, a clan of fanatical assassins who don't recruit new members - they raise them. Trained from infancy to be an assassin, she was taught to put on a childish, innocent smile to help her approach her unwitting targets... even though she's a grown woman now, and even though she escaped from the cult more than 8 years ago, her face remains set in that same smile.
- Bastila of Knights of the Old Republic tries. She tries very hard. Perhaps too hard. And utterly fails. Though not in a good way. Probably.
- The Handmaiden in the sequel does a better job of it. Most of the time.
- Ashley from the WarioWare series. The most emotion she shows outside of her theme tune is a tiny smile at successfully turning a plant into a giant monster.
- Amoretta from GrimGrimoire, a recently made homunculus with an angel for a soul. She has emotions, but she's quiet, composed, and probably very depressed by the emptiness of her existence up to that point, so it's understandable that she's less lively than the ghosts who show up.
- Latooni Subota from Super Robot Wars Original Generation starts out like this due to her Break the Cutie past.
- Super Robot Wars Alpha 3 features a male variant in Ace Gozzo, who considers himself a machine. When he's dying and asked if he finally feels anything, Ace asks why he has to feel anything. He failed in his purpose and his life will end soon, and there's nothing wrong with that.
- Pandora from Mega Man ZX: She's in every way opposite to her berserker comrade, Prometheus.
- Marisa from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is an emotionally repressed version. She at first seems to be a stoic, emotionless Blood Knight. Turns out she just doesn't know how to act around people. She opens up to whoever you pair her off with in support conversations.
- Sue of Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade also fits the trope perfectly. Seeing as she's the daughter of The Stoic nomad Rath from Fire Emblem, this should come as no surprise.
- And it's not only Sue there. Idoun the Dark Dragon and Thite the Pegasus Knight also count. The first simply doesn't know what emotions are like, the second is the emotionally repressed type with some dashes of Defrosting Ice Queen.
- Limstella, the Dark Action Girl. Though to be fair, she can also be seen as a sort-of Robot Girl, since she's one of the morphs created by Nergal.
- Sonia of the same series could be seen as a subversion, instead being an "emotionless" doll who believes herself to be a perfect human. Limstella puts and end to such illusions, however.
- In Grandia II, Tio is an Automata, a humanoid robot built to fight in ancient wars. After the group defeats her and removes the claws of Valmar (read: Devil), Mareg takes the emotionless machine under his wing, believing that she does in fact have emotions. In the end it turns out he was right, but she only really starts to display these after Mareg dies saving the group .
- Shanoa in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia. Justified in that her emotions (and memories) were blown away at the beginning of the game. In fact, when told by a villager that she should smile more often...
Shanoa: "I do not smile."
- Somewhere in between this and a fully fledged Robot Girl is Aki Zeta-Five, leader of the Cybernetic Consciousness in the expansion pack to Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri. She would pretty much count as a Nagato expy if the game wasn't 8 years older. She's fully human (born Aki Luttinen in Norway—don't ask why she has a Finnish name) who was merged with/possessed by an artificial intelligence like the rest of her faction.
- Princess Katrina of Wild ARMs XF. Although she's said to only not understand the concept of fear, she doesn't seem to feel much in the way of anything else, either.
- Vasilios Cosmos (a guy) of Space Colony, withdrawn and doesn't consider himself human.
- Jacqli of Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica semi-subvert this. Main plot wise, she looks and acts like one, but when you're getting to know her in Cosmosphere or in synthesis scenes, she's become a sarcastic Tsundere.
- Eleanor, the "Cold Princess" in Rule of Rose - the least developed of the Aristocrats, almost nothing is known about her except that she loves birds and fantasizes about flying away from everything. When her beloved pet bird dies in Bird of Happiness-chapter, she just throws its corpse back in the cage without tiniest spec of visible emotion, and walks off.
- Valentine of Guilty Gear 2 Overture counts as one, and regularly speaks in a calm, monotone voice without changing it. However, when she gets her Villainous Breakdown once Sol stops the process of the Key by destroying it, that's where she gets her first emotion ever.
- BlazBlue's Murakumo units (namely Lambda-11, Mu-12 and Nu-13) have varying shades of this. Lambda and Nu are the most obvious and only become expressive when near Ragna but it isn't a good sign for the latter. Mu-12, in her first appearance, only experiences emotions, that of nihilistic hatred, during her Villainous Breakdown. Once she's freed from Terumi's influence, she acts more or less like her base form Noel Vermillion.
- Eifer Skute of RosenkreuzStilette could also count as an Emotionless Girl, since she often appears to be cool-headed and mature and rarely smiles. However, she can sometimes get violently-fluctuating emotions and therefore sometimes act out of character. Plus, she seems to carry strong emotions towards Freudia. There's a perfectly good reason for this; she's actually a clone of Freudia created by Iris, hiding her true hair and eye colors (which are exactly identical to Freu's own) until the time is right.
- Elesa from Pokémon Black and White was meant to come off as an Emotionless Girl. To add onto this all of her official artwork and sprites have the exact face, implying she's rather expressionless too. After you win the gym battle, she has a Not So Stoic moment but quickly becomes embarrassed by it. For whatever reason both the anime and Pokémon Special have her being considerably more emotional, to the point where she's a Genki Girl in the anime. The animated trailer for Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 also has her less stoic as usual.
- Izanami is this in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, when met in Tatsuya's Scenario in Kadath Mandala's Tower of Emotion. She wears a magical mask that completely crushes her emotions, as though her burning rage has faded, her sorrow has not, and she awaits until she can meet with Izanagi again to remove it.
- Danced around with Koishi Komeiji from game Subterranean Animism. At first glace she comes across as a perpetually smiling Cheerful Child but she is actually an Empty Shell due to giving herself a Poke in the Third Eye, robbing herself of the ability to read thoughts and emotions... even her own.
- Subverted with Hata no Kokoro from Hopeless Masquerade. She's actually a very emotional individual, but being a menreiki she can only express emotions thorugh her masks and not through her own facial expressions. Interestingly, the plot of Hopeless Masquerade started when Koishi stole Kokoro's Mask of Hope (actually, Kokoro lost it by herself and Koishi found it lying on the underground. But she refused to give it back.), robbing Kokoro of the emotion "Hope" but allowing Koishi to feel it.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Sonic meets a princess named Elise who has clearly suppressed her emotions (though she is much nicer to others than the standard). Throughout the course of their story, Sonic gets her to eventually open up, which leads to an apparent attraction towards Sonic. It's eventually revealed that the reason she suppressed her emotions was that her father told her not to cry, or else she would unleash the fire beast Iblis on the world.
- The intro for Yandere Simulator has the Villain Protagonist explain that she's never experienced emotions before, up until she met her Senpai. At which point, she experienced love for the first time. She soon felt rage when she met Osana, the first rival. What she does next is up to the player and how they choose to eliminate the rivals.
"I can't feel anything. For as long as I can remember, I've never been able to feel emotions. I pretend to be normal when I'm around other people, but on the inside, I feel nothing. It's not as bad as it may sound. I know that I'm broken, but I don't care. This is normal for me. But everything changed when I met him... my Senpai."
- Mighty No. 9 brings us Call, a somewhat monotoned Robot Girl created by Dr. Sanda who serves as the "Roll" to Beck's "Rock".
- Briefly averted as Call, at one point, asks her creator why she lacks the emotions and empathy Beck has. However, a Conveniently Timed Distraction prevents Dr. Sanda from answering, the topic is never brought up again, and Call resumes being completely unconcerned.
- Widowmaker from Overwatch : A woman emotionally brainwashed by the terrorist organization, Talon, serve as a highly-trained assassin. Example of the trope taken to a psychopathic extreme.
- Aselia and the minor spirit Nanaru in Eien no Aselia are both rather emotionless. The latter isn't even an exaggeration or merely based on her behavior, since her profile indicates that her sword has eaten away most of her personality. She genuinely feels very little until she gets to know Yuuto.
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney:
- Lana Skye, who had shut herself off to the outside world. Her control cracks when it appears her sister Ema is being accused of murder; she throws herself on the witness stand in a desperate panic. At the very end, when everything is settled she finally smiles.
- Vera Misham in Apollo Justice is of the repressed type. She never changes her facial expression, instead drawing smilies on a notebook she always has. In the good ending, she gives a proper smile at last.
- Agent Shih-na in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth is always wearing a stern, vacant expression and speaks in very short, to-the-point phrases (presumably in a very flat voice, if the game had real voices). This is to mask the fact she is actually a mole who infiltrated Interpol and her actual personality is quite jovial.
- Hisui seems to follow this trope at first, though it becomes apparent fairly quickly that she just suppresses her emotions very well. The real emotionless girl is actually the ever-smiling Kohaku.
- Shiki discusses this at the end of her route, saying that despite Hisui seemingly emotionless demeanor, she actually shows a full range of emotions from sadness to fear to occasionally happiness, while Kohaku can barely express herself beyond her smile.
- You also learn in the first route that Arcueid Brunestud started out as one, until Shiki killed her and, by her own admission, broke 'something' inside her, resulting in the energetic, friendly version we're familiar with.
- Hisui seems to follow this trope at first, though it becomes apparent fairly quickly that she just suppresses her emotions very well. The real emotionless girl is actually the ever-smiling Kohaku.
- Unan of Under the Moon is a Spear Counterpart, although his looks, and often his mannerisms, are very feminine.
- Setsumi from Narcissu starts out this way, but she starts to open up toward the end.
- Mio from Little Busters! is almost always found stoically reading books on her own away from others, and even when she's brought into the group she speaks with a very soft, calm bordering on apathetic tone and very rarely shows any extreme emotion. It does happen now and then, though, and Mio is an example of the Emotionally Repressed subset as deep-down she holds a shit-load of guilt based on an imagined sin she committed against an old friend of hers.
- Bernkastel from Umineko: When They Cry is this, having literally no expression on her face aside from her eyes moving. But starting at the end of EP4 she becomes more expressive, and her true nature is revealed.
- In Ascension there's two races who's females are this. First are the female Nobles and second are the female Moon elves. However the first is because they have no feelings whatsoever, while the second simply don't show them.
- Kyouko Kirigiri of Danganronpa has a calm voice and blank face at almost all times. She mentions, if the player decides to get to know her better, that she actually intentionally evokes this image, as it both makes her hard to read and gives other people someone to lean on in times of emotional stress.
- Grisaia no Kajitsu has Sachi Komine, who only seems to have one emotional setting: polite friendliness. And nothing else. She was formerly a Genki Girl, but this part of her personality was utterly destroyed when she watched her parents get run over by a car in front of her.
- Misaki in Canvas 2 initially speaks in a very deadpan manner, but warms up over time.
- fault milestone one has the original Rune as she is completely incapable of feeling any emotion.
- Gunnerkrigg Court:
a forum fan: It almost looks like Jones is doing something somewhat resembling the idea of a smile in that second panel.
- Antimony is both stoic due to a recent tragedy and unflappable in the face of weirdness due to a very unusual childhood. She soon begins opening up to her best friend, but her unnervingly emotionless demeanor shows no sign of abating. Recent events suggest that the appearance of emotions on Antimony's face is directly related to her friendship with Kat. Because she gets really creepy when Kat is in trouble. Also, it turned out that there is a limit to how far she will try to look blank, but pushing her to this point is not only mean, it violates basic fire safety.
- Then there's Jones, who is even more of a blank slate. Whether she's expositing, flirting, intentionally ticking her student off, or even affirming that something was "hilarious", her expression does not change. Antimony herself has speculated that Jones might be a robot masquerading as a human, but Jones denies this. Later developments have shown that Jones is neither robot nor human, but an immortal being who's been around since the planet's birth.
- For an example of an Emotionless Girl who doesn't overlap with the Shrinking Violet in romantic situations, see the 'Su Cool' LovSit story from the Tsunami Channel. Saki dearly loves the protagonist, but doesn't see why being embarrassed about it - or indeed, why calmly confessing in the middle of the classroom when everyone is having lunch - is likely to give Kei a heart attack.
- Sara Amraphel from Errant Story, often lampshaded. And made disturbing in a recent sequence where for the purposes of subterfuge, she assumes an appearance and attitude that are very OOC.
- Ditto for Wanda Firebaugh from Erfworld, who also lampshades her status.
Wanda: I don't laugh.
- Flore in Frivolesque never smiles, and has heavy bangs hiding her eyebrows, making her look quite emotionless and distant, and a tad creepy as well. Everyone in-universe seems to think she is totally adorable though.
- Aradia in Homestuck. Because she's dead. Later on, she seems to be recovering after being transplanted into a robot body, but this ends up not particularly helping: most of the time she's just as flat as before, but occasionally she'll get angry and violently flip the hell out. Even later, however, her dreamself's awakening and ascension to the God Tiers causes her to genuinely begin feeling and emoting again.
- Ozy of Ozy and Millie has been mistaken for this at times. He tries to be The Stoic, although part of it may be that he just enjoys playing a foil to Millie. And sometimes his father. And then there's his family...
- Naal, Drowtales' resident Goth. Though when she was younger, she was more expressive.
- Archipelago: Lucinda, after a powerful tragedy, agreed to serve the Raven if he would remove her emotions.
- After The Reveal in Flipside, Maytag herself is shown to be this. The story of how she got this way is currently (November 12, 2012) still being written.
- Susan, from El Goonish Shive shows very little emotion most of the time, though it's less extreme than most examples and there have been a number of cases of explosive rage. Notably, her emotionlessness has a Freudian Excuse of being nearly killed by a vamp...aberration, then having the supposedly benign immortals recruit her, as a young girl, to kill said aberration. The event, understandably, left her mildly traumatized. She's recently been shown getting better, and has even been seen to smile.
- Taffe of Pacificators fame is a mixture of this, The Stoic, and The Quiet One. And then there's her older sister Larima...
- Amanda, lab assistant from "The Horrifying Experiments of Dr. Pleasant!," is like this because she Came Back Wrong. It doesn't keep her from craking wise though.
- In Luminary Children, the author even made a note that Aurelia's lines are spoken in a cold, emotionless voice.
- Bomango: Cora May has the attitude of a cold pragmatic businesswoman. One strip shows her to be Not So Stoic, though.
- The main character of Armless Amy tends to react with absolute indifference towards all the horrifying things happening in each chapter. At worst, she seems slightly shocked by something, but nothing more than that.
- Violet from Monster Pulse is introduced as such, implied to be a product of the monsterization of her brain (as a picture from before shows her smiling). She's actually forced to suppress her emotions because they are now amplified to unhealthy levels.
- Eira of Temple Va Ti fits this trope to a T. Her first introduction to the audience involves her crushing the dreams of school children in a genuine yet imaginative attempt to educate them on the harsh realities of her homeworld's cultural hunting practices. After freighting said children, Eira gives them a warm (as far as we can tell...) farewell without ever offering the smile that is usually expected from such pleasantries.
- Dino Attack RPG has Silencia Venomosa and Michelle Glados. The former uses this trope to heighten her terrifying nature, due to being in part inspired by the Terminator. The latter believes that emotions are weakness and so appears to strip herself of emotions.
- Pathologist Madeline Frost in Shadow Unit is the adult version of this trope; no one knows if she's autistic, sociopathic, deeply PTSD, or what, but the hospital where she works has a standing rule about letting her talk to actual living people. (Another character calls her "Cthulhu's Dream Date.")
- Since The Erotic Mind Control Story Archive features, well, mind control, this trope appears a lot. (See also "Real Life" below.)
- Agent Xericka of the PPC's Bad Slash unit, who was a Nobody in Kingdom Hearts before her recruitment.
- The Nostalgia Chick blames her tiny husk of a heart on years of repression. In her review of Daria, as a Shout-Out to the main character, she dials her psychopathy down and discusses how good the show was in a Creepy Monotone.
- Killerbunnies' Oleander Cloris (otherwise known as "Imogene"), whose personality can be described as "vague and dull" has some shades of this. One could chalk it up to her experiences or the head injury she sustained (which, weirdly enough, the scar from said injury is where her frontal lobe is).
- Raven from Teen Titans (emotionally repressed out of necessity more than choice). She becomes more and more open as the series progresses. Though Raven can actually be intensely emotional — you do not want to see her angry. She needs to stay repressed in order to avoid losing control of her powers and/or unleashing her Superpowered Evil Side.
- Mai from Avatar: The Last Airbender, who finds everything in life boring and "unbearably bleak"... everything except Prince Zuko.
- The Legend of Korra:
- Eska and Desna, who use Spock Speak and have no idea how to behave socially. It helps that Eska is voiced by Aubrey Plaza.
- Then there's the stoic, unflappable, eternally calm Zhu Li — not in a creepy way but in an I'm-on-top-of-things-and-nothing-fazes-me-no-matter-how-insane way. Though not nearly as extreme an example as Mai, the two do put their skills to the same use.
- Mandy in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy seems to have only three major emotions: Indifference, disgust, and anger. The rarity of her smiles, especially in the later seasons was lampshaded in "My Fair Mandy", where her attempt at a cheerful smile ended up destroying the universe, and put them in one of McCracken's, specifically, The Powerpuff Girls. Giving a look of genuine sadness is even rarer; she's only done it once. She's also shown shock and confusion, but that's understandable given the kind of people/things she hangs out with.
- A minor Freakazoid! villain, aptly named Deadpan.
- Daria is a rare emotionless main character. She's naturally very stoic, a perennial Deadpan Snarker, and by her own admission, pushes people away to avoid getting hurt. Trying to open up at least a little and express how she feels is her major arc over the course of the series.
- Maud Pie in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, who is about as emotionless as the rocks she is obsessed with, which is a sharp contrast to her sister Pinkie Pie. She does show slight emotion whenever she talks about how much she loves her sister, or when Pinkie Pie is in extreme danger. Some lines from her seem to subvert it, suggesting Maud might be just as emotional as others but simply be unable to express those emotions in a way that ponies (other than Pinkie) can identify.
- Soundwave and Shockwave from The Transformers series get an honorable mention. Not specifically girls but robotic geniuses who puts fear into this trope as one of Megatron's most intelligent and powerful allies. These two are infamous for concealing their emotions and any foolish Autobot who underestimates them should prepare to run and run fast.
- Blunted Affect, restricted affect and flat affect are conditions characterized by a significant reduction in emotional reactiveness and display, and is found as a symptom of many mental illnesses as well as neurological disorders such as brain damage. It covers a lack of emotional expression stemming from both a repression of emotion and a true lack of emotion (apathy), since internal psychological processes are difficult to infer. Flat affect takes this Up to Eleven in being the total absence of any emotional reactions.
- Blunted affect is a common symptom of depression. When one is required to suppress their emotions just to get on with day to day living, it's hardly surprising that a blank expression becomes second nature. Depression doesn't always involve feelings of sadness either, and those afflicted by this expression of depression can appear to others, and themselves, as emotionless.
- Of the personality disordersnote , schizoid personality disorder is characterized by detachment, lack of interest in social relationships and a tendency for isolation, emotional coldness and apathy, and a restricted range of emotional expression. Sound familiar? Yes, it does.
- Its one of what are called the negative symptoms of schizophrenianote .
- Those who suffer from Möbius Syndrome may seem like this, as they are not able to create facial expressions.
- People suffering from aprosodia are unable to convey emotions in their communication. They have emotions, they are simply having a hard time expressing them, at least verbally.
- There is a condition called alexithymia, which literally translates as 'to be without words for emotions'. People with alexithymia often present themselves as stoic, though paradoxically can also display intense emotional outburts, with the important aspect being that they will deny having felt the emotion, because they actually do not consciously feel their feelings as feelings (an example being mistaking anxiety as mere hunger pangs, because they only experience the physical dimension of their emotions). This can be an innate trait or can be acquired from brain damage or can stem as a result of an abusive upbringing.
- Sometimes a person can appear this way without any affliction to speak of. Some people just have more muted responses than others.
- People with certain MBTI personality types (particularly IX Tx types) can frequently come off like this without any intention, especially superficially/ before you really get to know them. In accordance with the trope description, gender expectations can lead to, say, a female INTP being perceived and judged as 'weird' somewhat more than their male counterparts would be.
- Same with what the enneagram system would classify as a type 5, though there's a consirable overlap between those and IXTX folks. In general, it seems to be true that not all people express themselves the same way.
- On the Five-Factor Model of personality (which does not assign a definite type, but rather a score on a continuous scale on each of the personality dimensions), those who rank low both in Extraversion (one's tendency to have positive affect and to seek external stimuli like excitement and large social events; see the Genki Girl archetype) and Neuroticism (one's tendency to experience emotions like anxiety and anger) fit this trope.
- The Brainwashed trope, and several Mind Control tropes related to it, is an example of how real life hypnotism causes this trope. When you hypnotize someone, this is almost always what you eventually achieve. The subject is just too deeply relaxed and her mind is too focused on the hypnotist to emote, hence the stereotypical blank stare and mouth hanging open.
- Alice Glass of the band Crystal Castles acts like this quite a bit. See their music video for the song "Crimewave"
- A few people who have Autism/ Aspeger's:
- This troper has especially seen it with high functioning/low verbal spectrum kids; the struggle to turn thoughts into actual speech can be overwhelmingly difficult and leave them with "blank" as their chief expression. In some cases, expressions can be mimicked along with appropriate response phrases - quite disconcerting when they go from blank to super expressive and back to blank again. Or when the expression and phrase don't quite match the situation. It's not that these kids don't feel emotions, they just don't process or display them like neurotypical.
- While those with the autism spectrum disorders are typically stereotyped as this trope, it is often averted in that they often do express their emotions in some way which might be weird to outsiders, but do clearly convey emotions. Some children and adults with an ASD, especially of the low-functioning type, also experience occasional violent outbursts which can turn very destructive to themselves and the immediate environment (its not clear why these outbursts happen. Some believe that they are attempts by the sufferers to communicate their needs, while some connect it to sensory overstimulation), detracting the stoic autistic stereotype.