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->''"You're not hurt, [[HeterosexualLifePartners Watson?]] For God's sake, say that you are not hurt!"''
-->-- '''Franchise/SherlockHolmes''', ''The Three Garridebs''

Not So Stoic is what happens when a Stoic is [[StoicWoobie pushed to the edge]], and falls off. This is when TheStoic [[BeneathTheMask loses his/her façade]] and shows the world (or just their TrueCompanions) that they aren't an emotionless automaton. They may be good at hiding it but they feel just as much as the rest of us. Likely to be [[TearJerker very heartwrenching]] or [[UnstoppableRage extremely terrifying]] or ''both''.

In order to qualify, the show of emotion must be a significant one, not just a small smile or subtle frown. This emotion need not be a "negative" one: ManlyTears over [[OurHeroIsDead the death of a teammate]] are certainly un-stoic, but so is unfettered joy over [[NotQuiteDead their return]].

These outpourings of emotion usually happen only a few times throughout the series -- if the stoic is showing emotion every other episode in every season, then [[InformedAbility they aren't much of a stoic]]. However, these moments can also be used to illustrate [[DefrostingIceQueen a character's growth towards becoming more open to others]], in which case displays of emotion -- overt and subtle -- would become more frequent over time.

Compare with NotSoAboveItAll, OOCIsSeriousBusiness and SugarAndIcePersonality. Contrast with BadDreams (where TheStoic can keep it buttoned up -- while awake), RageBreakingPoint.

When PlayedForLaughs or [[CharacterDerailment poorly written]], it's an OutOfCharacterMoment.

'''WARNING:''' Many {{Spoiler}}s Ahead!

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* In TheMovie version of ''The Disappearance of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Yuki transforms from TheStoic into a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, who's just shy. The scene where she (non-verbally) begs Kyon to stay for dinner is just {{moe}}!
* The super-stoic Amasawa Yuuko from ''Anime/DennouCoil'' breaks down crying when it is revealed that [[spoiler:her brother has been DeadAllAlong, and all her efforts to revive him from his "coma" have been for nothing]].
* Just one chapter in the ''Manga/BlackJack'' manga, but the "Black Queen", a female surgeon known for her cool, unemotional efficiency in amputations. Even her fiance is freaked out by how cold she is about her work. But then she has a drunken emotional outburst all over Black Jack -- and later learns that she'll have to amputate her lover's leg, which sends the woman into complete emotional collapse. [[spoiler:Black Jack sedates her and manages to save the leg]].
** [[TheRival Dr. Kiriko]] is quite capable at turning the otherwise collected Black Jack himself into an [[DrJerk incoherent bundle of petty rage]].
* While Zelgadis Graywords of ''{{Slayers}}'' isn't entirely stoic - he enjoys good company and can occasionally be as mischievous as Lina and Amelia - he certainly never lets himself be vulnerable, and his default mood is a mix of stoicism and [[DeadpanSnarker condescending snark.]] Come the fifth season of the anime, he learns that [[spoiler:he can never turn his chimeric body back to its original human state, ever]], from his great-grandfather, a man he loathed, he starts to openly weep and yell.
* Ciel Phantomhive from ''BlackButler'' hits this trope hard when he has a panic attack in the manga.
* Jo from ''Anime/BurstAngel'' starts the first few chapters deeply troubled by one of Meg's [[FauxActionGirl frequent]] kidnappings.
* L from ''Manga/DeathNote'' who is usually even ''[[CreepyMonotone talking]]'' [[CreepyMonotone without any emotion]], freaks out when he watches the 2nd Kira's video tape mentioning Shinigami. Also, the one instance he actually smiles...
** When L tries to reason with an increasingly irate and determined Aizawa during a argument between the two after [[spoiler:Ukita's death]] in the middle of the second Kira's first broadcast, Aizawa angrily grabs L's shoulder and discovers to his surprise that L is trembling with fear and anxiety despite the near-absolute calmness in his voice and the impassive expression on his face. He's just as upset about the situation as Aizawa, but hides it and refuses to let it cloud his judgement.
* Riza Hawkeye from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' when she thinks Roy is dead.
--> '''Riza:''' "So... when you said that you already killed someone... You didn't. You ''couldn't.'' You... You... '''YOU ''BIIIIIIIIITCH!!'''''"
* ''OnePiece'':
** The biggest example is Robin. She showed little to no emotion from the first time she was introduced as TheDragon, and continues being stoic even after [[HeelFaceTurn joining the Straw Hats]]. Then comes the [=CP9=] saga, the majority of which is ''dedicated'' to this trope; when Robin's TearJerker past comes to bite her, she starts showing genuine fear, anger, and sadness. The apex comes after seeing her companions declare war on the World Government for her sake, after which she tearfully screams "I WANT TO LIVE!" She goes back to being The Stoic at the arc's conclusion, though, as though nothing had ever happened...though she's gradually started showing more and more emotion since then.
*** And it seems that she's slowly slipping into a lesser Stoic status as of the Dressrosa arc: after several hundred chapters of being the calmest person in the world, she has finally adopted her crew mates' habit of showing overreactive faces. [[spoiler:Those dwarves just don't get it. And she has another, even ''bigger'' WildTake a bit later in same arc when talking with some [[LivingToys toy solders]].]]
** [[TheLancer Zoro]] has only cried about three times thus far in over 700 chapters, and two of them were when he was a kid. This is because Zoro is SO STOIC that he can make a TearJerker out of standing there, staring off into the distance, and saying "Nothing happened!" While covered in blood. Though as stoic as he is, he's had his fair share of [[WildTake wild takes]] alongside the other Straw Hats...except for Robin, of course.
** Marco, the first Commander of the Whitebeard Pirates, usually maintained a stoic reaction throughout the battle. However, he visibly lost his cool when [[spoiler: Whitebeard was stabbed by one of their allies, when Ace dies and when Whitebeard himself dies.]]
** Jimbei is usually one of the most focused characters in the series. But he lost his cool in regards to [[spoiler: Ace's death]] and cried ManlyTears when [[spoiler: Nami forgave him]]. On a lighter note, he got a WildTake when he saw [[spoiler:Princess Shirahoshi and an injured Hachi with Luffy.]]
*** He got another Wild Take when Luffy is more concerned about food than the important information Jinbe was telling him. After getting angry with Luffy who cheerfully tells him that he likes to leaves things to chance, Jinbe then goes into a minor depression.
** In Chapter 597, [[spoiler:Dracule Mihawk]] thinks that training the man who wants to take his life in battle is hilarious, so he ''[[http://www.mangapanda.com/103-56928-4/one-piece/chapter-597.html actually laughs]]'' when [[spoiler:Zoro]] begs him for training.
*** On the next page, it shows [[spoiler:Mihawk]] agreeing to train [[spoiler:Zoro]]. The look on [[spoiler:Zoro's]] face also falls into this trope. [[http://www.mangapanda.com/103-56928-5/one-piece/chapter-597.html He looks so happy and bright-eyed]], like a little kid that got ''exactly'' what he wanted during the holidays.
** Doflamingo is always seen smirking, and almost never stops pre-TimeSkip. Even then, it was only due to puzzlement. However, [[spoiler:when Law cuts the SAD, Vergo, and practically the entire island of Punk Hazard, all while giving a NewEraSpeech to him,]] Doflamingo actually ''shows frustration'' for the first time ever.
*** But that's merely the prelude of a massive symphony, the first movement of which comes when [[spoiler:Law gives him a SadisticChoice after taking Caesar Clown hostage. He was stuck between a rock and a hard place: either he would give up his position as a Warlord and get Caesar back, or keep the position and be unable to produce [=SMILEs=]. If he takes the former, the Admirals won't stand idly by anymore and hunt him down. But if he takes the latter, he'll anger '''''Kaido of the Four Emperors''''' and get wiped out. After being given this choice, Doflamingo loses it and starts going on rampage on Punk Hazard, slaughtering G-5 marines and giving Smoker a ''severe'' NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, all while demanding the heads of the Straw Hats and Law.]]
*** The next movement comes many chapters later, when Doflamingo finds out that in spite of how DangerouslyGenreSavvy he was, he severely underestimated exactly how massive of a SpannerInTheWorks the Straw Hats could be. [[spoiler:Sugar, one of his crew mates whose Devil Fruit powers are the linchpin to maintaining his {{Masquerade}} over his kingdom, is knocked out, reversing her powers and exposing Doflamingo as the devilish man he is. His expression as everything he had worked for over the past decade comes crumbling down around him screams this trope, and the apex comes when he's taken by surprise and ''[[OffWithHisHead decapitated]]'' by Kyros…or rather, his doppelgänger is.]]
*** And the third movement comes when [[spoiler:Luffy and Law]] confront him. At first, he's taking it as easily as he can under the circumstances; that is, he's gotten so frustrated that [[LaughingMad he's just laughing it off]]. But then [[spoiler:a lengthy fight commences, and he finds himself victimized by a few sneak attacks before Law takes out his last and most powerful crew mate, and then he begins a fight with Luffy one-on-one. They're evenly matched for a while…up until Luffy unleashes his trump card, Gear Fourth, and turns it into a CurbStompBattle. And in the end, despite Doflamingo revealing all of the trump cards ''he'' had hidden, he loses.]]
** Trafalgar Law is seen as a lesser example of The Stoic; he's smug, smiling, takes battles casually, and is not above showing emotion at times. However, he is unmistakably serious in all aspects, which leaves him rather bothered by the Straw Hats' quirks [[spoiler:after they form an alliance. Examples include tying Chopper to his head, Luffy not following his plans, and the Straw Hats' absurdly nonchalant behavior in the calm before the storm. The first instance of this trope is shown after their victory on Punk Hazard, when instead of fleeing, they throw a party. Law is shocked, but ultimately joins in, albeit [[http://www.mangahit.com/one-piece/696/18 managing to keep his Stoic appearance intact]]. 4 chapters later, however, when he realizes that he's grown too used to the Straw Hats' casual pace, [[http://www.mangahit.com/one-piece/700/11 he is FLABBERGASTED.]]]]
* A particularly heart-wrenching example in ''Manga/WolfsRain'', when resident tough guy Tsume breaks down and openly weeps after [[spoiler: Toboe]]'s death.
** In the same series we also have Darcia, the cool, quiet and enigmatic noble who completely loses it when [[spoiler:he returns home with Cheza, (she of the HealingHands) to save his IllGirl fiancee, only to find that his fiancee was murdered shortly before his return. [[FreakOut He doesn't take it well]]]].
* Victor of ''{{Medabots}}'' prided himself on his totally professional, detached approach to battling and expressed little save cold distaste for the rest of the world. He managed to keep this up when the family of one of his opponents invited him round for dinner but we get to hear his internal monologue for the first time, and during their actual match he [[VillainousBreakdown completely loses it when his opponent refuses to give up]]. At the end of the series his Medabot is destroyed protecting him and his mask breaks noticeably, leading to him actually giving the main character a smile at the end.
* In ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation'', Yu is usually comically stoic, casually remarking that he feels like dying when Teddie bites his hand and having a blank expression when he and Yosuke are shoved into a river by Chie and Yukiko during a school camping trip, for instance. Later in the series, though, [[spoiler:when his cousin and surrogate younger sister Nanako is kidnapped, he loses his shit. Worse still, when she ([[DisneyDeath temporarily]]) dies, while the rest of the Investigation Team is debating whether to stick the suspect into the TV World for revenge, Yu silently drags the suspect to a nearby hospital TV and nearly shoves him in, himself!]]
* Vicious from ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' usually seems [[PerpetualFrowner stoic and composed]]. But in combat, he is very prone to [[SlasherSmile slasher smiling]]. Lord, is he ever.
** Faye Valentine appears at first to be calm, collected, and manipulative. However, [[spoiler: seeing a tape she made as a child (which she can't remember) and not having a home anymore clearly affected her deeply. The last we see of her is her crying her eyes out after Spike has gone to fight Vicious.]]
* ''{{Gundam 00}}'' gives us TheStoic hero Setsuna F. Seiei screaming his lungs out of grief over a certain comrade '''[[spoiler:"LOCKOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNNN!!!!!"]]'''
* Aila Jyrkiäinen from ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' is introduced as an icy, detached [[SuperSoldier super sportsgirl]] who [[CurbStompBattle curbstomps her opponents]] with her Qubeley Papillon model. Later episodes, however, show her as anything ''but'' detached when it comes to food and those who come between her and food. This is especially the case whenever she bumps into fellow BigEater Reiji.
* Rei of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is heavily implied to have fallen in love with Shinji by the end. Either that, or developed motherly feelings for him since [[spoiler: she's partially a clone of his mother, and is choosing him over his father Gendo to become the "Messiah" of instrumentality in ''End'']].
** Gendo himself does this twice in the series proper. The first is when Rei's Eva goes berserk, and he severely burns his hands in his rush to get to her afterwards (opening the superheated release mechanism for her entry plug). The second time is when he orders the activation of Unit-01's dummy plug (autopilot) when his son's life (as well as the Eva, which contained the soul of his wife) was threatened by the 13th Angel. The look on his face shows it in the Japanese version, but the English dub has him swearing and yelling at his subordinates.
*** An interesting instance, as in the Rebuild, Gendo still orders the activation of the dummy plug but as the frenzied Evangelion proceeds to tear the Angel/Evangelion-03 to gibs, we see a satisfied smirk from Gendo in spite of the carnage that forces Maya to turn away and bury her face in her hands, and the others on the bridge to watch in silent horror. It is also one of the few (or possibly the only) time Gendo has ever really smiled since Yui died.
*** In ''End of Evangelion'' Gendo flat out ''panics'' on a level not seen before when Rei [[spoiler:absorbs [[ItMakesSenseInContext the Adam embryo in his hand]] into herself and initiates Third Impact on her own]] with both actors in English and Japanese making it clear from their tones of voice just how ''screwed'' Gendo knows he is now that [[spoiler:his LaserGuidedTykebomb slash surrogate daughter slash clone of his dead wife has effectively told him to fuck off and die]]. And in his final scene [[spoiler:he flat out states that the reason he has been so distant to Shinji is because he was afraid he'd only hurt him.]]
** Rei meanwhile looks at what happens with the dummy plugs, and she looks pretty freaked out [[TheStoic (for her,)]] at least as much as she does when she sees Shinji rip apart an Angel and it's hinted that she would find the truth about them horrifying enough to turn on Gendo.
** Let's not forget Ritsuko's breakdown in the Dummy Plug Plant, where she starts screaming and crying for her mother. Bear in mind she's somewhere between Rei and Gendo on the scale of stoic-ness. Ironically, her reaction upon realizing that [[spoiler:Caspar, the Magi who represents her mother as a woman, has chosen Gendo over her when she attempts a TakingYouWithMe by blowing them all up]] is tearful but fairly composed after the initial shock wears off, with her simply stating "[[ThatLiarLies Liar]]" in response to what Gendo tells her[[note]]the exact words of which have only ever been revealed to the actress playing Ritsuko[[/note]] [[spoiler:before shooting her dead]].
* Non-dramatic example: Chrono in the [[AllThereInTheManual second Sound Stage]] of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha A's'', whose usual stoic expression of professionalism gave way to a lot of spluttering, spatial disorientation, and general bewilderment when going-to-be-adopted Fate blind-sides him with an awkward attempt to address him as "Onii-chan (brother)". [[ShipTease And lo, did]] [[NotBloodSiblings the Chrono/Fate]] [[{{Shipping}} shippers]] {{Squee}}.
** At the end of Season 1, [[LuminescentBlush he turns purple]] after Nanoha suggests that he's quite nice despite his stoic exterior for suggesting that the TSAB will be lenient with Fate by taking her circumstances into account, and immediately claims that what he said isn't necessarily his opinion.
*** Heck, Chrono does this several times in the first season and a few times in the second. The kid ''acts'' stoic, but the second a cute girl smiles at him (or a cute catgirl shoves him into MarshmallowHell...) the facade falls to pieces. He's even shocked enough to call Lindy, his mother and superior officer, "Mom" while on duty (before correcting himself) when she allows Nanoha and Yuuno to help them recover the Jewel Seeds.
** Signum gives us two more examples from the same season:
*** She loses her cool and punches the wall when the Wolkenritter find out that Hayate's illness is life-threatening.
*** She sheds a tear after this exchange:
---->'''Signum''': "Had we not met like this... we may have been really good friends."\\
'''Fate''': "There's still time for that!"
* Sagara Sousuke from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'': after being a nigh-perfect {{Stoic}} for the entire first season, he is [[spoiler:subjected to a NotSoDifferent HannibalLecture by Gauron, [[ShutUpHannibal beats him up]]]] and finally snaps. And ''[[PrecisionFStrike how]]''.
** He also had a truly epic one throughout a good portion of The Second Raid. Beginning when he was ordered to [[spoiler: immediately cease guarding Kaname]] and ending with [[spoiler: ''another'' HannibalLecture from Gauron]], he spiralled downhill into a TenMinuteRetirement and a full-blown HeroicBSOD.
** Interestingly enough, in the anime, he ''never'' cries. However, in the novel, he actually ''does'' break down crying and showing vulnerability... ''not'' over Kaname, ''not'' over any of his comrades dying... but over his shame and hurt pride that the hostage situation (during the Behemoth Arc) failed to go the way he planned.
** On a smaller scale, he also unintentionally breaks his [[TheStoic stoic]] image by, amazingly enough, acting like a {{Tsundere}} in regard to Kaname. During the party on the Tuatha De Dannan, Kurz tells Sousuke, "She's pretty, cute, and has a nice sense of style. ''Any'' man would fall for her in an instant." Sousuke quickly and coldly responds, "[[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend I wouldn't know. I'm not interested.]]" Certainly a response very unlike his normal stoic, clueless attitude.
** ''Fumoffu?'' has several examples, PlayedForLaughs. Sousuke's [[BlueWithShock immediate reaction]] on realizing he's forgotten Kaname's notes at home spring to mind, as does his entire DrillSergeantNasty persona during the Rugby episode, complete with an extremely HotBlooded RousingSpeech that he admits to repeating from a book that Mao gave him.
** And then there's [[http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f71/Sil_Screenies/RUN.png this]] [[SarcasmMode picture of tranquility]] when he was under the impression that someone was torturing Kaname. Luckily for the "kidnapper" in question, he was wrong.
** A massive example comes right at the end of the series: [[spoiler:Sosuke is stranded at ground zero of an incoming [[NukeEm nuclear missile]] and has accepted his fate. But then his HumongousMecha receives a transmission: a video message from his high school classmates, thanking him for saving their lives and reminding him of his promise to return to school along with Kaname. This makes Sosuke break down crying and declaring that he wants to live, which leads to his mecha's AI trying something that ends up saving them both.]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Ulquiorra Cifer becomes more and more infuriated with Ichigo during their battle in Hueco Mundo, to the point where he actually starts to yell. It's only as he dies that he finally understands the truth about emotion and the value of the heart.
** Byakuya Kuchiki had a HairTriggerTemper as a kid and, as an adult, his temper is hidden, not cured. He's furious when he learns Ichigo's method of learning bankai has violated shinigami tradition and becomes pure TranquilFury when Zommari tries to kill the almost-dead Rukia. However, it's only when he fights [[EmotionBomb As Nodt]] that his stoic mask shatters completely and the consequences are so devastating it leads to the most [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence brutal defeat]] in this story's history.
* Genichirou Sanada from ''ThePrinceOfTennis'' tries to act as TheStoic leader of his team, but he loses his temper ''far'' too often.
* ''[[Franchise/GhostInTheShell Ghost in the Shell: SAC 2nd Gig]]''. Batou is riding in a vehicle with Gohda when the latter starts questioning Batou about his [[SubordinateExcuse relationship with the Major]], openly asking if he's in love with her. Batou (who clearly ''is'' in UnrequitedLove with his female superior) keeps his usual stoic expression until Gohda turns to look out the window, whereupon Batou's face twists with anger and he snarls over his comlink: "This guy's a real comedian!"
** The Major herself falls into this category as well. She usually is a complete [[IceQueen hardened super-woman]] with a rather [[DeadpanSnarker dark sense of humour]], but she can and WILL break face if you push her far enough. She goes [[spoiler: into a murderous rampage against a mech-operator in season one after he nearly broke her body and cries at certain points in season two, mostly involving her feelings towards Kuze]].
** She normally shoots once to incapacitate and kill, dealing with her missions calmly and coolly. At least, until she meets the guy who shot Togusa and damaged her body. Then she got scary.
--> '''Motoko''': FORK OVER THAT GUN!
* In ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' when Kyouya first meets IdiotHero Tamaki he takes all of his strange antics and outbursts relatively well. Until he blows up at Tamaki and unloads all of the pent up rage and insults he had been keeping inside. [[spoiler:It turns out Tamaki was (at least part of the time) [[ObfuscatingStupidity deliberately playing up]] his IdiotHero side, in order to [[InvokedTrope force Kyouya into this]] so that he could find out what Kyouya was really like BeneathTheMask.]] After the outburst, they're closer than ever, and Kyouya knows he's free to occasionally tell Tamaki how stupid he is without ruining their friendship...just like everyone else does.
** Mori is also quite stoic, but when the moments where he truly {{Face Fault}}s are few and far in between, but when he freaks, he ''freaks''.
* Tooya from ''AyashiNoCeres'', who even took the BadassLongcoat to stride, breaks away from his poker face for the first time when the subject of his relationship with Aya is brought up.
** Taken even further in one episode where he cries, fearing Aya may die.
** And taken even further than that towards the end of the series when he learns that [[spoiler:Aya is carrying his child]], and he cries again. This time, fangirls swoon.
* Hotaru from ''SamuraiDeeperKyo'' possesses an aloof demeanor that often breaks when an interesting fight or opponent stirs his inner BloodKnight.
** Hishigi from the same series is a very strong example of TheStoic. He loses his cool very rarely, such as when Fubuki's suffering is trivialized. When he does get angry...''run''.
* [[Anime/{{Monster}} Johan]] loses his DissonantSerenity exactly two times in the entire course of the series. Both times become memorably creepy for it.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', this is used to comedic effect. Normally, Death the Kid is a quiet, observant and intelligent young man. That is, [[SuperOCD until he notices something that isn't symmetrical]].
** The Shinigami/Reaper is a quirky example. While not exactly stoic, he usually brushes off any and all situations by being/looking/talking/acting goofy, putting him firmly in comic relief territory. That is, until the Kishin gets loose. Just as the BigBad is about to flee outright, the Reaper shows up. There's some brief banter, where the Kishin calls the Reaper out on his goofiness, to which the Reaper offers some terse explanation and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome cuts loose]]. His voice drops to a low growl, his goofy mask takes on a thoroughly pissed off expression (which is actually more effective than his previous "scary face"), he actually starts swearing at the Kishin and shows everyone exactly why he's the boss.
** To be reminded that the Cloudcuckoolander and the usually low-key boy are father and son, just point out something (significant) which goes against their sense of order. Kid also counts for the moments when his calm, matter-of-fact attitude towards being a god is broken by his occasionally hysterical concerns over not being a '[[WellDoneSonGuy 'good enough'']] god.
* Deneve, Clare, and Miria from ''{{Claymore}}'' were all devotedly stoic up until the Pieta battle, when all three experienced emotional breakdowns over the deaths of their comrades.
* Thorfinn of ''VinlandSaga'' tries to be TheStoic, but the mask slips more often then not.
* World Champion Most from ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' is almost a WarriorPoet, with a Jedi like detachment and calm. Although the heroes are forced to fight him in order to win the cup he doesn't hold this against them, actually helping his rival Mocchi improve his skills and trying to persuade him to forfeit the match as Most was worried about hurting him. This last scene subtly displays a patronising and arrogant side, and indeed when Mocchi [[MinorInjuryOverreaction actually knocks him down he clearly loses his temper and roughly shoves the referee aside as he starts to count]]. He quickly recovers his composure but seeing a character who had never even raised his voice before so rattled was possibly a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Mocchi.
* Karasu from the Dark Tournament saga of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' initially seems to be the calmest and most reserved member of Team Toguro. During his battle with Kurama however, he turns out to be much more malicious and brutal than expected.
** Kurama tends to be calm most of the time, but after [[spoiler:winning a game against [[CreepyChild Amanuma/Game Master]] that costs the poor kid his life]], he becomes enraged under his stoic facade, [[spoiler:instantly decapitating Makihara/Gourmet with his Rose Whip and setting up a plan to defeat Elder Toguro (who was controlling Makihara's body after killing him) while he is ''still unable'' to read his thoughts through his rage]]. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Hoo Lee Shit]].
* [[spoiler: Berg Katse]] from ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' was TheStoic, until [[spoiler: Riki and Isaon are TogetherInDeath]]. Then, he [[CryCute broke down crying]] for them.
* All over the place in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', since while Contractors are generally [[LackOfEmpathy pragmatic sociopaths]], they're ''perceived'' as [[TinMan emotionless]]. Thus, they act {{stoic}} most of the the time, but there's usually that ''one'' [[BerserkButton thing]] that gets a rise out of them. Particularly memorable moments included Hei completely flipping out at the mention of his sister and the time when [[EmotionlessGirl Yin]] started crying.
** Hei's character tends to play around with this trope. Compared to other contractors, he's extremely empathetic towards the people around him, and is known to act irrationally based on his feelings.
** For a human example, [[FairCop Kirihara]] starts crying when she hears her team laughing and talking about how they'll support the chief and catch the villain without realizing that [[spoiler: their section has been disbanded.]]
* Princess Arika of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' mostly acts like TheStoic, but finally shows some emotion after [[spoiler: Nagi rescues her from execution and tells her he loves her.]]
** In a LotusEaterMachine that showed Negi what life would have been with his parents, Arika remains extremely distant and aloof even to her own son. It is very obvious that she cares about him though, and when she holds his hand while walking down the street with him and Nagi counted as a serious CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming.
*** Rather than "distant and aloof", she was more nervous and awkward having absolutely no idea how to treat her own child. Regardless, this still underlines her graduation from TheStoic.
** Also, Tsukuyomi managed to sends Fate in a fit of rage by threatening to [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou "steal his kill"]].
* Silver from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial''. Cool and composed, except for the one time he got a HeroicBSOD when he found out who daddy was. The one moment that really sticks out though, is when he falls over when he sees his wanted poster.
* Throughout 90% of ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'', Kino was the definition of TheStoic. Then, in the last episode ([[AnachronicOrder which takes place before the first]]) she stops in a town, befriends an adorable little girl and is welcomed warmly by the rest of the people. She comes to love it so much that she considers settling down and living there. Eventually, however, the townspeople begin insisting that she leaves, to the point that they all but force her to. Reluctantly, she complies, only to end up [[spoiler:watching from a safe distance as a volcano erupts, completely destroying the town and killing everyone in it...including the aforementioned adorable girl. Made even worse when a letter she was given before she left reveals that they ''knew'' it was going to happen, but loved their town so much they decided to stay regardless.]] Quite understandably, Kino ''flipped out''.
* ''Manga/NabariNoOu'': Miharu is adorable, and loves to use his sweet smiles and ability to blush at will to his advantage; still, unless it's just to [[MindScrew mess with someone]], he's extremely apathetic towards basically everything. ...And then he meets [[EnigmaticMinion Yoite]], whom Miharu finds impossible to ''not'' care about. Miharu has a few good outbursts here and there concerning Yoite, and even laughs genuinely, but the turning point is his not so stoic breakdown, which leaves him openly sobbing. It's... yeah.
** Yoite himself counts. He shows almost no emotion when first introduced, but over the course of the story he has more and more emotional moments, usually concerning his [[YourDaysAreNumbered impending death]], his desire to be erased, or Miharu.
* Used in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' to the point where pretty much ''every'' developed character who tries to being emotionless (as {{ninja}} are expected to be) fails at some point. Shino tries to be cool and calm, but on several occasions is irritated by being left out or unrecognized. Zabuza spent the entire StoryArc priding himself on being an emotionless killing machine, but in-spite of himself flat-out ''[[ManlyTears cried]]'' when [[spoiler:Haku died]]. Danzo's policy is that emotion just cause trouble, but he outright flies into a rage when it's suggested [[spoiler:Kakashi be promoted to 6th Hokage ahead of him]]. Itachi gives what appears to be a raging VillainousBreakdown but states that is really ''how he always feels'' [[spoiler:then [[GoodAllAlong it turned out]] he was actually a former pacifist feeling so horrible for his NecessaryEvil that [[GoOutWithASmile he's rather happy]] when he thinks it's all over]] [[MasterofIllusion subverted]] [[spoiler: Itachi had such a powerful grip on his emotions that his believable act of hysteria may fool any character and even the viewer. Sasori claimed to be as emotionless as his puppets, but at several point when fighting seemed anything but calm. During the present storyline Konan is avoids expressing herself even the entire time she fought her former master, but is vocally upset several time when [[spoiler:Nagato]] starts pushing his body beyond its limits. I think I'm sensing a theme.
** Gaara gets a special mention. When he's first introduced, he speaks in a dull monotone and barely shows any reaction to, well, anything. This seemingly impenetrable stoicism is shattered absolutely spectacularly when he wakes up Shukaku for his fight with Rock Lee, and, later, Sasuke and Naruto; and also when he tries to deal with Might Guy's defense of Rock Lee and his horrible emotional background (thank you, Yashamaru). Sasuke making him bleed for the first time got quite the reaction.
*** He's also had his moments post-TimeSkip, such as when [[spoiler:he broke down in tears when his temporarily revived father told him that his mother ''did'' love him, contrary to what he was told.]]
** And Pain in episode 167 of Shippuden, what with some of the [[OffModel bizarre]] facial expressions he pulled.
** Sasuke, calm and cool in almost any sitution, even when all the other characters are panicking, laughing uncontrollably, or cheering. But push his BerserkButton (the Uchiha and their fate) and [[UnstoppableRage look out.]]
** Kakashi is for the most part very stoic, never really shedding tears at the mention of his dead father and closest friends, but read/watch the Kakashi Gaiden special, especially the end where he breaks down crying at the death of Obito. It's truly heartbreaking to see that. In chapters 599 and on [[spoiler: Kakashi discovers just who Obito actually is, which leaves him completely shocked to the point where]] Gai actually has to shake him back to the real world. Cue chapter 608, where he barely even tries to defend himself [[spoiler:from Obito's attacks...]] The poor guy is completely out of it.
** Can't leave Hiashi out either - beneath that icy demeanor is a man who will get on his knees to beg his nephew to reconcile with him.
** Chapter 518 has [[spoiler:Sai]] finally lose his ever-present control over his emotions and fly into a rage when [[spoiler:Zombie!Deidara blows up Sai's zombified older brother, threatens to do it again and again after the guy reforms, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking insults Sai's art]]]].
** [[spoiler:Madara]] remained fairly cool and level-headed despite being in the middle of a massive war where his side consists of two people and a barely-controlled monster. Then [[spoiler:Hashirama]] shows up and [[spoiler:Madara]] slips into BloodKnight mode. He soon goes back to his normal personality, only for it to slip twice when [[spoiler:he goes mad with power on being resurrected and then joy when realizing Guy is a WorthyOpponent]].
* Haguro Dou from WolfenCrest is an unsmiling and absolutely gigantic middle-schooler who, as the violent son of a Yakuza boss, serves as werewolf protagonist Inugami's main enemy for the first arc. When Inugami shows him just how powerless he really is, Haguro starts busting out [[SlasherSmile Slasher Smiles]] like nobody's business and goes on a psychopathic rampage that still shows no signs of stopping, all to regain his original image as a "monster."
* In SchoolRumble's later chapters, we learn that [[spoiler:Karasuma]]'s lack of facial expressions was all an act. Once he ''does'' start showing emotions, he becomes ''almost unrecognizable''.
* [[EmotionlessGirl Mai]] from ''{{Kanon}}'' is very much TheStoic at first, and seems pretty much emotionless up until the middle of her story arc. Sayuri gets attacked when Mai is not around, and Mai's reaction to this is [[TearJerker absolutely heart-wrenching]]. She [[spoiler:first collapses in shock at the sight of the wounded Sayuri. Once Sayuri is admitted to the hospital, Mai then tries to kill herself, feeling guilty for not having been able to protect her friend. When her suicide attempt is foiled by Yuuichi, she breaks down into tears.]]
** And if at first you don't succeed...
* In ''CodeGeass'' C.C. is generally a rather stoic character, but the facade is broken when [[ByronicHero Lelouch]] [[spoiler:calls her real name]] and she smiles happily.
** The GrandFinale has her shedding tears just as Lelouch [[spoiler:[[CrazyAwesome stages his own public assassination]] - except that [[ThanatosGambit his death is NOT staged]] [[KilledOffForReal and she knows it]]]].
* Paul in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' normally has a scowl as his trademark expression with a condescending smirk or intense concentration thrown in during a few battles. The one time that he has ever flipped out completely is in ''A Pyramiding Rage!'' when he battled Brandon and Brandon kept knocking out his Pokemon with no sign of his even taking damage.
** Nando the Pokemon minstrel, in his early appearances, was so calm and polite that even getting arrested and framed for robbery failed to rile him. Then came the Grand Festival, where when Zoey begins shutting down his combinations, he drops the facade and gets even ''more'' intense than she is.
** Hun from ''Anime/TheLegendOfThunder'' likewise. Usually he remains calm and blah, including telling his partner to stop joking around. Then the fighting starts and he gets, shall we say, [[AxCrazy into it]].
* Van of ''Anime/GunXSword'' has a sort of breakdown after facing a particularly powerful enemy. Not only does he show real fear for what may be the only time in the series, but the breakdown leads him to finally talk to his closest companion about his horrible past and his love for his dead fiancee. During this conversation, his voice shakes, his hand trembles, and he covers his face in a gesture more heart-wrenching than tears would have been.
* Ai Emna of ''Anime/HellGirl'' is usually the picture of stoic, bordering on being emotionless. Then the season one finale rolls around, when she confronts Hajime and his daughter about [[spoiler: being descendants of the boy who betrayed her, and got her killed.]] Lets just say an angry Ai is something you ''definitely'' don't wanna meet.
* Haku from ''SpiritedAway'' is normally calm and emotionless, even when Yubaba was breathing fire inches away from his face and wrapping her hair around his neck and body. But when he is around Chihiro, he reveals many more emotions, such as concern, [[DeadpanSnarker a hint of snarkiness]] and [[WhenSheSmiles happiness.]]
* Takayama from ''Anime/{{Witchblade}}'' [[spoiler: kisses Masane after she visits him following his forced resignation from Doji.]]
* Shows in small pieces earlier, but in episode 8 of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' Homura breaks down crying over how [[spoiler:Madoka refuses to understand that others like her the way she is.]]
** Episode 10 puts all of that into heartbreaking perspective. [[spoiler:Homura was once an {{Adorkable}} [[{{Meganekko}} glasses wearing]] ShrinkingViolet. Four time loops (possibly more) of seeing Madoka die or turn into a witch (one of which involved ''[[MercyKill killing Madoka herself]]'') [[BrokenBird later]]... It's clear that she's crying on the inside.]]
** A lesser example, also from episode 10. Mami, who is second only to Homura in the stoic department, snaps into a sobbing mess when [[spoiler: the Sayaka of that time line turns into a witch. She so breaks from the revelation that they'll all eventually become witches, that she shoots Kyoko's soul gem, killing her, and would have killed Homura too, had Madoka not killed her first.]]
* Barnaby of ''TigerAndBunny'' is normally a very restrained individual, but after the discovery and subsequent loss of a lead on the organization responsible for [[spoiler:his parents' murder]] he completely loses it -- physically attacking his partner Kotetsu, snapping at everyone who talks to him, and briefly going AWOL before his mentor manages to get a hold of him and calm him down. Likewise, any mention of his [[spoiler:parents' killer]] makes him almost unrecognizable in his fury.
** From episode 18 onwards the story is littered with such moments on Barnaby's part -- so much so that it counts as a complete subversion of the StoicSpectacles archetype he previously represented; {{the scream}}ing in TheStinger of ep.18, a number of crying (nay, ''sobbing'') scenes in ep. 19, and the TenderTears in ep.s 20, 24 & 25.
* Ken Washio on ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' is extremely controlled. Except when it involves his father. [[spoiler: Who was undercover for most of Ken's life. Then killed for real before the two could develop any sort of relationship. And angered Ken enough that he dragged the entire team into an enemy trap.]]
* Guts is stoic to point of lacking emotions in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'', until he becomes a member of the Band of the Hawk. He finally begins to open up, but his emotions are mainly limited to mirth and anger, never showing anything tender. Then, during a touching scene when he and [[spoiler: Casca]] make love, he breaks down completely and despairs over his abusive relationship with his stepfather. The following night, he has another NotSoStoic moment when he finds Griffith in the dungeon and sees the horrible suffering that had been inflicted on his friend.
* Although Holo from ''SpiceAndWolf'' may not seem stoic at first glance, her [[TheTrickster trickster]] and teasing antics cover serious issues. It's almost impossible to tell what she's really thinking... unless she's shocked into dropping her act, and as Lawrence quickly learns, what's she's usually thinking is something like "PleaseDontLeaveMe."
* Erza from ''Manga/FairyTail'' has had quite a few moments, both comedic (the play episode) and dramatic ([[spoiler:the Tower of Heaven arc, anyone?]]).
* Kurama from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' spends his early appearances as a professional, businessman, and BenevolentBoss. After chasing Lucy for a while, his facade breaks down, as she starts to destroy his life, [[spoiler: dismembering his adopted daughter, and getting his biological daughter killed, and several members of his staff]]. By the end of this, his mind snaps, he grows a BeardofSorrow, and lives disheveled in a hut on the beach with one of his hitmen. His mind continues to break down after [[spoiler: seeing the dying clone of his biological daughter]], and being taunted by Lucy over it. [[spoiler: he eventually recovers]].
** The Agent is also a stoic character, hanging around in the background, and fighting off numerous Diicoloni while keeping a calm demeanor. She saves a scientist from an Army of them, and sacrifices herself to get her to safety. Once the scientist is gone, she begins crying, afraid to die, as the creatures advance towards her.
* Vincent Nightray of ''PandoraHearts'' usually manages to keep up his [[FauxAffablyEvil cheerful disposition]] quite flawlessly, even while ''torturing and killing'' people. The first time his facade slips, which is PlayedForLaughs, is when [[ThePollyanna Ada]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny introduces him to her]] [[NightmareFetishist special collection]]. The second time is much more serious: [[spoiler:Vincent confronts Duke Nightray after Elliot's death and loses his temper when the duke doesn't express any remorse over his son's death. Vincent beheads Duke Nightray along with his two bodyguards, thereby ending the legitimate Nightray bloodline. He {{Lampshades}} this trope when he comments that it isn't like him to lose control like this.]]
* Louise of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' gets this during the rescuing of the Staff of Destruction in the first season. When Louise tries to defeat the giant golem and is more of a hindrance than anything what with her spells not doing any damage and Saito having to push her out of the way of an attack by the golem, Saito tries to get her to leave and run to safety, which she absolutely flat out refuses to do and tells Saito to let her continue, despite both of them knowing she's doing nothing to help. After a wake up slap, Saito tells her that her life isn't worth anything if she throws it away on pride, where upon Louise immediately breaks down and admits the reason she doesn't want to quit is because all the bullying due to the lack of talent and constant explosions from failed spells really has gotten to her deep down, and in reality she is outwardly tough but inwardly she's emotionally damaged from verbal bullying, name calling, and her own failings as a mage, and doesn't want to be labeled a coward on top of already being labeled as a no-talent mage, and even admits that in reality the name Louise The Zero "hurts (her) feelings" despite her visually brushing it off until this point. This doesn't change her personality in the slightest, however, but at least the audience has an explanation for some of it.
* Haman Khan of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' is normally made of [[IronLady lunar titanium]]. However, when Judau Ashta erupts into a Newtype-powered rage after [[spoiler: his sister is shot]], she completely loses her composure and runs for her life.
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' has an example in Ryu: [[spoiler: in a flashback to his mother's death, little Chizu starts to bring him onigori as his mother used to make. When he finds her leaving it on the doorstep, both of them break down crying.]] He ''was'' only around eight years old at the time, but it's still a shock, and [[TearJerker very heartwrenching.]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** [[EmotionlessGirl Annie Leonhart]] starts [[LaughingMad laughing]] and [[SlasherSmile grinning]] insanely when [[spoiler:she is correctly accused of being the Female Titan.]] WordOfGod says this is mostly out of [[spoiler: relief that she's been exposed and can briefly be a normal teenage girl.]]
** Levi is visibly affected by [[spoiler: the death of his squad.]]
** Bertolt [[spoiler: seems to hold himself together much better than the other two spies even after TheReveal, but it all comes crashing down when he's confronted by his former teammates and breaks down crying, because he truly feels horrible about what he's done and really did see them as his friends.]]
* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', Kuroh is usually TheStoic when compared to Shiro, but he gets agitated a few times. A good example is when Shiro procrastinates on proving his innocence, or when he calls Kuroh his wife. The only time his calm facade really derails, though, is at the end of episode 3 when he shows off his tape recorder, which has all of his old master's quotes on it. He gets a big smile, giddy fanboy sparkles, and a LuminescentBlush.
** An even better example is Munakata, who spends basically the entire show cool and unruffled, even when he's in combat...until [[spoiler: Mikoto]] pisses him off one too many times and Munakata shoves him to the ground in a rage. He also makes a ''heartbreaking'' face when he realizes he [[spoiler: has to kill Mikoto]].
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'' there is actually an episode entitled "Inuyasha Show his Tears for the First Time" in which the title character believes his friends are dead and almost breaks down. He fully starts crying in relief when he finds out they survived. Later, Inuyasha cries again, this time in grief when [[spoiler: Kikyo dies in his arms]].
* Also could count in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' when the typically hardass Sailor Uranus [[spoiler: witnesses her lover, Sailor Neptune get her heart stolen and die in front of her,]] while Uranus doesn't break down or cry, for the first time in the series she looks truly heart broken. She then [[spoiler: attempts to kill herself. (Whether that action was performed due to anguish and desire to follow her girlfriend into death, or purely for the sake of the mission is never fully clarified]]
* Crown Prince Kouen in ''Anime/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'' is normally very emotionless, even when his stepmother Gyokuen flirted aggressively with him, when [[spoiler: Gyokuen succeeded his father before him]] and when half of his body was burned away by [[spoiler: the Medium]]. However, he would occasionally show emotions such as [[http://www.mangahere.co/manga/magi/v12/c190/6.html getting angry]], [[http://www.mangaeden.com/en-manga/magi---labyrinth-of-magic/208/9/ chuckling]] and [[http://www.mangaeden.com/en-manga/magi---labyrinth-of-magic/210/9/ laughing]] at Alibaba.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', Rorschach's face never registers emotion -- with two notable exceptions. [[BerserkButton He goes into a screaming frenzy when the cops take off his mask]], and at the very end, [[spoiler: he rips off his mask, showing [[PhysicalGod Dr. Manhattan]] that he's been weeping uncontrollably since finding out the extent of Ozymandias' plan.]]
** In a way, though, the shifting expressions on his masks represent different emotions. Probably.
** Also worthy of note is his infamous DespairEventHorizon in TheMovie, when he realizes that a criminal has kidnapped, raped, killed a nine-year-old, and ''fed her body to his dogs''. He slams an axe into the rapist's skull while screaming angrily at him (audio implies that he's crying). The comic book version, meanwhile, [[spoiler:handcuffs the killer to an oven, gives him a hacksaw, and sets the house on fire. [[LifeOrLimbDecision Forcing the killer to cut through his own leg in order to get out in time]], a-la MadMax.]] The [[PaintingTheMedium shape of the speech bubbles]] implies it's the first appearance of Rorschach's CreepyMonotone, implying he [[DissonantSerenity stayed entirely calm during the entire event]].
** A variation occurs with the Comedian, who [[BlackComedy doesn't take anything seriously]] until [[spoiler:[[DespairEventHorizon he learns about Ozymandias' plan]]]]. He [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this trope when he breaks into Moloch's apartment and delivers a teary-eyed confession.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s biggest weak points as far as emotion goes are his children, but especially Dick. At one point, when exposed to the Scarecrow's fear toxin, he runs through his worst fears checklist in an almost bored manner, with everyone close to him dying. Then it comes to Dick, and Batman's only response is a very determined "No."
** In one instance, Batman was talking with Catwoman after the Gang War storyline, which devastated the city [[spoiler: and left two of his allies dead]]. Angry at his casual reaction to it, Catwoman starts holding him, yelling "Feel! Feel something, damn it!". Bruce just pulls her into a hug and says "Selina... I feel '''everything'''". Not a big show of emotion, but it certainly illustrates the point.
** In "Mad Love", Batman apparently bursts out in hysterical laughter at the thought of Harley Quinn actually winning the love of the Joker. In this case, he was deliberately doing it to [[BatmanGambit play on Harley's insecurities]]. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness It worked, too.]]
** In ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', he shares a hearty guffaw with The Joker at a metaphorical joke about the two of them. It's more [[BlackComedy laughter of the damned]], but it's still real laughter.
** The Trope Image is from ''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}'', just after Batman has to be stopped from smashing Zsasz's head in like a watermelon. The kicker? That was ''part 3''. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse]] from there.
* Mr. Freeze is, as befits a "cold"-themed character, usually grim and without empathy. However, bring up his beloved Nora and he ''will'' break down, either in rage or sorrow. Depends on the writer, as some write Freeze to be more openly emotional to the point where the trope wouldn't apply.
* Desire in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' just seems amused most of the time. Even when its plans fail, it just shrugs it off. The exception: getting one-upped by Dream during "Three Septembers and a January", when Joshua Norton rejects its offer out of hand. It's the only time Desire gets ''angry''.
** When Morpheus himself is confronted by the insane Hector Hall and learns that Hall calls himself "The Sandman", it's the first and only time in the whole series that he laughs (although his face is hidden by his helmet at the time).
** In "Brief Lives", Morpheus is visibly upset after killing his son and sheds few tears while looking through his memories in his chambers.
* James-Michael is TheStoic in ''OmegaTheUnknown'' due to having been [[spoiler: raised by robots]], but begins to react more emotionally as time goes on, even shedding a tear when [[spoiler: one of his friends is beaten to death by bullies]], though in truth he's more enraged than sad.
* ''ComicBook/DamageControl'' Comptroller Albert Cleary normally has NervesOfSteel, but he loses control after finding out he's been portrayed as an UncleTomfoolery caricature in a movie based on the company.
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} has done this a few times, notably in the ''X-Men First Class'' two parter ''Catalyst''. As everyone wakes up to find their powers are gone, they feel either intrigued, shocked, or depressed; Scott however is dancing with joy, happier than ever before as he can finally open his eyes without killing everything. Then when they regain their powers they're ten times stronger, with Scott now having full control. However, Xavier realizes they have to give up their new level of power because its making them too [[AGodAmI God like]], Scott is the only one who isn't now a physical God, but willingly gives it up, but not after a panel or two of looking like hell.
* After Zonic in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' makes Sonic kill an alternate version of his father and Sonic blows up at him, Zonic reminds him that it was technically his father too.
** A lighter example comes when Espio is told that he can return to Angel Island with his friends. He reacts with [[BigYes unbridled joy]], before quickly clearing his throat and apologizing for the uncharacteristic outburst.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW'': Cyclonus is fiercly loyal to Galvatron, and always follows him with a dour attitude. However, when Galvatron is beaten back, Cyclonus is free of his influence (not mind control), and attacks him while screaming about how Galvatron was destroying their home. This continues into ''ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': where he's with the Autobots and very closed off, even his threats are delivered quietly and with a straight face. His interactions with Tailgate have caused him anger, and even violence, though he softens eventually, and shows him a kinder side.
** Soundwave from the IDW comics barely even registers emotion, he's composed in battle, and barely reacts when he's almost lobotomized. When Thunderwing's release is threatened, he [[EvenEvilHasStandards considers the plan insane and tries to stop it]], all the while never betraying his feelings. His emotions have only surfaced roughly three times: once in ''[[ComicBook/TransformersMonstrosity Monstrosity]]'' when sharing a jab at Scorponok's expense, once during ''[[ComicBook/TransformersAllHailMegatron AHM]]'' where he wordlessly screams when he finds Rumble near death, and finally during the ''[[ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye Remain in the Light]]'' arc, when Ravage starts dying from the DepopulationBomb, he's in a full panic and begging for someone to save him.
* ComicBook/{{X 23}} as a rule [[EmotionlessGirl keeps her emotions tightly controlled]], and it's a significant character trait she has difficulties expressing, or even ''understanding'', what she's feeling. She endures the years of physical and emotional abuse inflicted on her by Zander Rice and [[AxeCrazy Kimura]] in complete silence, even when her creator/mother, Sarah, tries to get her to talk about it. At least until she's forced to kill Sarah by the Trigger Scent during their escape from the Facility, at which point for a couple pages Laura [[TearJerker becomes a lonely, broken girl desperately crying over her mother's body to come back to her]]. She also breaks down in tears once again when she's forced to cut off ties with her cousin and aunt to protect them from Kimura. The only other times she generally lets her guard down is when someone she cares about is in danger. In which case it's a very, ''very'' bad idea [[UnstoppableRage to be on the receiving end]].
* The {{New52}} version of ''Comicbook/{{Superboy}}'', when he starts getting a no-holds-barred beatdown in issue #2.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* The interrogator of all people in [[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/119688/1/you-obey/the-interrogation You Obey]] is like this. Because the story is told from his perspective, you get a very vivd idea of what his job does to him.
* Suyou in ''FanFic/KyonBigDamnHero'' shows satisfaction when Kyon takes one of the reprogrammed {{Morph Weapon}}s from her. She also wishes him good luck, which he promptly needs.
** She is also ''[[MindRape terrified]]'' when [[spoiler:she meets her alternate "[[DimensionalTraveller slider]]" self.]]
* [[Fanfic/FinishingTheFight Halo: Finishing The Fight]] The Chief stays the same calm, composed soldier for the entire story, even when facing legions and Orcs, Dark Elves, Demons and even [[spoiler: the Demogorgan]]. But after [[spoiler: he has finally killed the Demogorgan thanks to Cortana's HeroicSacrifice, this happens:]]
--> [[spoiler: He grit his teeth again, and redoubled his efforts to keep moving. Cortana had bought this victory with her life. He silently swore to make that sacrifice count for something beyond what it already had. Right arm out, dig in a bit, pull, repeat. He chanted the mantra over and over again in his mind as he slowly dragged himself towards the faint, now blurring, light ahead. He attributed the blurring to more malfunctions and failing systems, never realizing that [[ManlyTears the cause was the tears filling his eyes]].]]
* Snape in Fanfic/ArcOfSacrifices, big time. After being his usual snarky-git self for pretty much the entire series, he goes absolutely insane when [[spoiler: Regulus Black dies]] in the seventh book.
* This occurs in Fanfic/CloudedSky with Igneous, the protagonist's normally [[TheStoic very stoic]] Magmar. During a Pokémon battle, an enemy Girafarig forces him to accidentally injure one of his allies and, due to his constant fear of unintentionally hurting those close to him, he flies into a rage and starts mercilessly pummeling Girafarig, completely ignoring his trainer's commands.
* When The Chief confronts Garrus in ''Fanfic/TheLastSpartan'' for [[spoiler: telling Tali to ask him about Cortana]], the latter's attempts to convince him to come clean about Cortana's continued existence (despite the fact that AIs are illegal in Citadel Space) are met with [[TranquilFury barely contained frustration]]. When Garrus keeps pushing, however, The Chief snaps and reminds Garrus that [[EverybodysDeadDave all his fellow Spartans and everyone he knows in general is long-since dead]] ([[FishOutOfTemporalWater implicitly anyone who survived the war is dead of old age themselves)]]. Cortana, as he notes, is all he has left.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fanfic ''FanFic/MemoriesBornOfFire'', Spock becomes more clingy around Kirk and has nightmares to the point of insomnia in the aftermath of the ''[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime kal-i-fee]]''.
* In the fanfic ''FanFic/{{Retribution}}'', Spock actually shouts when Kirk contradicts his statement that the captain "[has] no idea of the offenses that can be committed between us." {{Justified}} as the painfulness of [=McCoy=]'s cure for RapidAging sapped his self-control.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' fanfic ''FanFic/InsontisII'', when Kirk is almost electrocuted, kid!Spock hides himself. Shortly after finding him, [=McCoy=] notices his hands are "clenched and trembling." [[JustifiedTrope He]] ''[[JustifiedTrope is]]'' [[JustifiedTrope only a kid.]]
* ''FanFic/TheStarsWillAidTheirEscape'': You can tell that [[BigBad Herald]] is having a VillainousBreakdown during his fight with the Princesses because he's actually getting visibly angry.
* Likewise, [[BigBad Checker Monarch's]] VillainousBreakdown in '''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'' is accompanied by her IceQueen persona gradually slipping into psychotic rage as Trixie's charity show manages to proceed as planned despite her attempts at stopping it before she snaps completely.
* Like the previous two examples, Brainiac from ''[[FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria Mare of Steel]]'' gets visibly angry when Rainbow Dash[=/=]Supermare breaks out of his SadisticChoice and decides to just kill her instead of collecting any information from her.
* In ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'', both Talisman and Mobius express sincere sadness after [[spoiler: the death of Carrot Top]].
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10686253/2/Mission-Report-Impossible Mission Report: Impossible]]'' as Nova Prime attempts to get through an insane report that the [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Guardians]] sent in, she keeps trying to stay calm, stoic, and in control like normal before giving up and instead laughs until she starts crying.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' In the first ten minutes, Captain Miller sends a dozen of his men to their deaths on the beach at Normandy without blinking an eye. [[TheChainsOfCommanding He's had 94 men under his command die since the war began.]] One of his lieutenants is blown in half while Miller tries to drag the wounded man to safety, a squad member dies after ignoring an order to leave refugees where they are, and he watches his medic die painfully, bleeding out crying for his mother and it only registers a scowl with Miller. After all that Miller angrily tells the squad's rookie to help the German who shot the medic bury the bodies after the inexperienced soldier begs for Miller to spare the German's life. Miller then stalks off to sit at the edge of a bomb crater to check his map and, while out of sight, bursts into uncontrollable sobbing as the horrors he and his men have endured come crashing down on him.
* SilentBob's outburst in ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack''.
** And before that, when he wept (silently but heart-rendingly) over [[spoiler:Bethany's death]] in ''Film/{{Dogma}}''.
*** And even before that, when he laments the tale of his [[TheOneThatGotAway one true love whom he rejected]] in a fit of indignation brought on by fear and feelings of inadequacy in ''Film/ChasingAmy''.
* ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry''. When the killer turns out to be a protege of Spock's, he smashes the phaser out of her hand in a brief burst of anger after she refuses to shoot him. The feelings of pain and betrayal are written all over Spock's face.
** There's also the fact that she refuses to do the logical action and kill him.
* In the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie, Spock proves to be NotSoStoic after [[spoiler: Vulcan is destroyed]].
** ...And even then, he's still pretty composed. It's not until [[spoiler: Kirk says he didn't love his now-dead mother]] that he [[strike: shows emotion]] '''''FLIPS HIS SHIT'''''
** An indirect example, but after the same events mentioned above [[spoiler: Old Spock]] as part of a mind meld, transfers his emotions to Kirk. Kirk, tears streaming down his face, says, "You do feel."
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Spock makes it clear to Kirk and Uhura early on that he ''does'' feel; it is a conscious effort of his to not feel fear, doubt, etc. His emotional control is worn down over the course of the film, culminating with him not being able to contain himself when [[spoiler: he and Kirk are having (what he thinks is) their last conversation]] then ''[[UnstoppableRage completely]]'' losing it when [[spoiler: Kirk dies and Khan is still alive]].
* Matt King in ''Film/TheDescendants'' is usually completely stoic, especially around his kids. It makes the few moments when he breaks and finally gets angry or cries extremely effective.
* In ''BridgeToTerabithia'' (the FilmOfTheBook), Mrs. Meyer is the typical SternTeacher, very uptight and severe. She breaks into sobs while she explains to Jess [[spoiler: and that she understands how he feels because of Leslie's death]] since she had a very harsh time after her husband's death.
* In ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', Nazi colonel Hans Landa has a cordial talk with a French farmer about the Jews he's hunting. The farmer is hiding said Jews beneath his floorboards, but keeps up an impenetrable poker face throughout, until Landa reveals that he already knows about them, at which point tears start streaming down the poor man's face.
** Even then his voice never wavers. He just looks [[TearJerker utterly haunted]] as he continues to levelly answer Landa's questions.
** Another, slightly [[BerserkButton more]] [[AxeCrazy disturbing]] example is Landa himself. Throughout most of the movie, he is AffablyEvil, almost never wavering in his soft-spoken cordiality...until he [[spoiler: calls out Von Hammersmark on being a spy for the Allies, then strangles her to death]].
*** And then [[spoiler:becomes a traitor himself, which makes his murder of the actress a little strange]].
** Landa has another NSS moment at the end when Aldo Raine shoots the German soldiers they were escorting along with him. It was most likely the shock of the unexpected gunshots giving way to fear with the dawning realization that, with his only two compatriots now freshly killed and bleeding out on the ground beside him, and with his hands bound and his only company the remaining Basterds...[[ThisIsGonnaSuck he's well and truly fucked.]]
* In the Franchise/SherlockHolmes vs UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper movie, ''Murder By Decree''. In it Holmes (played by Christopher Plummer), who remains characteristically Stoic after watching the first four corpses the Ripper leaves behind, starts to show signs of this when he sees what the Ripper did to Mary Kelly, whom he swore to protect moments before her death and finally breaks down in front of Watson over the realization that even though he has figured it all out, the cold bastards behind it will never be punished and all the people they have wronged will keep suffering.
* Forms part of the plot of ''TheInvisible'': Nick resented his mother's stoicism, especially after his father died, thinking she had no actual feelings. While he's missing and presumed dead, he finds her still keeping the facade and rants furiously (and uselessly) at her. She can't see or hear him. Then she upsets a teacup, and abruptly [[TearJerker breaks down sobbing...]]
* Harmonica in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest'' remains calm for the most part, and even when he is annoyed it comes off as mild. [[spoiler: But he's crying in the flashback of his brother's death.]]
* Zus Belieski in ''Defiance'' is a cold hearted bastard. When his younger brother was sobbing helplessly over the recent deaths of their parents, Zus shook him roughly and shouted at him to stop crying. The one [[TearJerker heartwrenching]] moment when his armor cracks comes after he learns that the wife and son he'd left in a then-safe city had been killed by the Germans.
* The famous scene from ''Film/SchindlersList'' when Oskar Schindler breaks down in front of all of the Jews that he saved. As the TearJerker page will attest, many tropers found this moment to be more than they could bear.
* 1st Sgt. Welsh in ''TheThinRedLine'' is normally aloof, indifferent and composed, yet he sheds some ManlyTears at [[spoiler:Witt's grave]].
* Éomer in the ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' films is a mix between TheStoic and TheBerserker, depending on whether he's in battle or not. But in the extended edition of ''Return of the King'', when he finds [[spoiler: Théoden dead and Éowyn nearly dead]], he runs over to them screaming wordlessly in horror and grief. It's so at odds with his normal persona that it's actually quite effective.
** [[{{Badass}} Legolas]] reacts to most things with DullSurprise. Orcs? No problem at all. Oliphaunt? He's a bit awestruck by the sight of it but he brings it down anyway. The Balrog? He's not just scared, he's absolutely flat ''terrified''.
*** In ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug'', Legolas takes on Bolg in hand-to-hand. Not only does he fail, but the Orc gives him a bloody nose, finally {{avert|edTrope}}ing BeautyIsNeverTarnished. [[MinorInjuryOverreaction Legolas' face has barely contained rage all over it]].
* Done in a particular [[TearJerker heartwrenching]] way in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' Part II during Snape's flashback sequence. [[spoiler: First he's weeping when asking Dumbledore to protect Lily, then he's bawling as he cradles her dead body.]]
* A disturbing example in ''Film/SherlockHolmesAGameOfShadows'' is Moriarty cheerfully enjoying [[spoiler:his chilling torture of Holmes.]]
* Thorin in ''Film/TheHobbit'' has lost his cool a few times. During [[spoiler: the stone giants' battle]], he started frantically calling his nephew's name when he believed Fíli had died. And after [[spoiler: Bilbo saved him from Azog and his orc mook]], he [[AngerBornOfWorry furiously yelled at the latter]] for putting himself in danger before [[spoiler: pulling Bilbo into a hug.]]
** There are a few times that [[WhenSheSmiles Thorin smiles]].
* ''Film/{{Predator}}'' The MagicalNativeAmerican Billy is portrayed as TheStoic, but he out-of-character guffaws at a vagina joke in a LateToThePunchline moment. He then screams (offscreen) as [[spoiler: the alien is killing him]].
* ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' Dredd drops his usually unflappable demeanor when he's faced with rotary cannons, and runs like hell. Though, being Dredd, he still manages to flee in a fairly composed (given the situation!) and manly way.
-->'''Dredd:''' Oh, ''shit''.
* Done twice in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', once for comedy then for drama.
** The deadpan and goth Claire Wheeler plays up the contrast with her LargeHam partner Buck. But when [[spoiler: Ozma Kappa wins the Scare Games]], she goes ''nuts'' with excitement, even more than Buck.
** Dean Hardscrabble is very strict, harsh and unflappable. When [[spoiler: Mike and Sulley create a scream of such power that it not only activates a door ''from the human side'', it '''fills up every canister in the laboratory until the door explodes''']], she becomes wide-eyed in shock. [[spoiler: After expelling them for destroying the lab, she wishes them good luck and informs them she believes in them because they did one thing she thought was impossible, and that was surprising her.]]
* Marshall Pentecost raises his voice three times in ''Film/PacificRim'': first to shut up Hermann after Newt Drifts, then a short moment while chewing out Raleigh (before going back to his calm), and finally, raising his voice for the RousingSpeech.
* ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' has two female examples:
** ActionGirl Connie Kowalski is pretty hard-boiled - as are almost all of the NYPD cops - but during the evacuation of the elementary school (when it's believed that a bomb has been planted there) she confesses that she might "pee [her] pants."
** Katya, Simon Gruber's DarkActionGirl, never smiles, never speaks, never even makes a sound throughout all her scenes...until the film's climax, when she and Simon are interrupted by John [=McClane=] and Zeus Carver at a ''very'' inopportune moment - and she completely loses her cool, firing off a machine gun and [[SuddenlyVoiced screaming in rage]].
* In ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', when he sees the dead body of his father, Ford tears up.
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', when [[NoNameGiven The Operative]] realises [[spoiler: ''who'' Mal has [[SummonBiggerFish brought with him]] to get past the blockade]], he drops the calm, soft-spoken demeanor that he has exhibited throughout the movie and screams in terror:
--> '''Operative''': Target [[spoiler:the Reavers]]! Target [[spoiler:the ''Reavers'']]! Target ''everyone!'' ''SOMEBODY '''FIRE!'''''
* A major aspect of Darth Vader's personality in ''Franchise/StarWars''. His helmet and tendency to only speak when he needs to gives the illusion of stoicism and rationality. In reality, his power in Dark Side of the Force [[ThePowerOfHate comes from the fact that he's in near perpetual anger and depression]]. Thus when someone manages to really push his buttons, he proceeds to absolutely ''lose his shit''.
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* "CuriousGeorge Goes to the Hospital": A sad little girl, hospitalized for the first time with an undisclosed illness, is very stoic ... until George snaps her out of her depression with his antics. At first, it is gradual ... but the real breakthrough comes near the end of the story, when George takes another young boy's wheelchair for a wild ride. (The boy, whose leg had been broken in a car accident, was undergoing physical therapy when George decides to take the wheelchair for a ride.)
* Literature/SherlockHolmes, when Watson is wounded in the story ''The Three Garridebs'' -- one of the most touching moments in the entire canon. Not just his childishly irrational plea (he does not ask Watson if or where he is hurt, but frantically begs him to not ''be'' hurt, while invoking the name of God while he's at it), but even more strikingly, his physical description depicts him to be on the verge of tears. Watson's narration serves to only heighten how incongruous and startling it was even for him to see Holmes in such a state.
** He ''still'' proves not to be stoic, when he's [[TranquilFury calm]].
** '''Holmes''': "By the Lord, it is well for you. If you had killed Watson, you would not have gotten out of this room alive."
** A more comedic example occurs in ''The Man With The Twisted Lip'': Holmes has been hired to find a woman's missing husband and all the evidence points to the man having been murdered. He then breaks the news to his employer in the most sympathetic yet professional matter...and the woman then replies she received a letter from him. Holmes springs out of his chair and shouts "[[BigWhat WHAT?]]".
* In ChinaMieville's ''Literature/TheScar'', sequel to ''PerdidoStreetStation'', the main character Bellis hardly ever shows any outward emotion, except for the scene where she suddenly breaks down and starts crying upon the realization that she won't be able to get a message to her home [[spoiler: warning them of an invasion]], much less be able to return there. The character who discovers her breakdown is completely stunned.
* The ''only'' time in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' when Yuki Nagato showed a significant emotion was [[spoiler:in the AlternateUniverse she created, where she was a normal girl. She gave a definite smile to Kyon, which dazzled him quite a bit.]]
** She also averts having a NonSingingVoice like you wouldn't believe.
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novel ''The Flight of the Eisenstein'', Sendek has a not-so-stoic moment of sheer surprise at TheReveal.
** One of Dan Abnett's contributions, ''Know No Fear'', had the otherwise controlled Roboute Guilliman react to Lorgar's betrayal with fury, vowing to rip the Word Bearers primarch apart and throw the pieces into hell.
* In the second book of the ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' series, the usually stoic protagonist has a small emotional breakdown after hearing that his father is still alive.
* In Creator/JamesSwallow's novel ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Deus Encarmine]]'', Arkio accuses his [[DespairEventHorizon dispirited]] companions of being afraid. Producing a moment where they confess, passionately, to their fear: they had seen most of their comrades attacked by witchery and turned into [[TheBerserker berserkers]] who [[FriendOrFoe had fallen on each other]] and perished miserably. Sachiel tries to rebuke them -- it had been a honor to die for the Emperor - but Arkio agrees -- what would they be, to see that and feel nothing?
* ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'': Elinor Dashwood is calm, sensible, and levelheaded no matter what turmoil is going on in her personal life -- until Edward informs her that no, he did ''not'' marry [[RomanticFalseLead Lucy Steele]], and would really quite like to marry her, thank you very much. At which point she loses it. Spectacularly. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DmOcpMzwxk Hattie Morahan]] in the 2008 version or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ukiw2tg95Sw Emma Thompson]] in [[Film/SenseAndSensibility the 1995 version]] to see how it's done.
* Happens to Griboyedov in ''TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'', as he does sometimes confide some of his many worries and anxieties to particularly close friends.
* Franchise/HarryPotter: Severus Snape has four during the series: When Sirius [[spoiler: whom Snape believes betrayed Lily to Voldemort]] escapes, when Harry accidentally dives into his memories, [[BerserkButton "DON'T CALL ME COWARD!"]], and [[spoiler: his reaction to the news of Lily's death]]. Other than that, he's just another teacher with a [[SadistTeacher sadistic slant]].
--> "Give me a reason to do it, Black. Give me a reason and I swear I will."
** Oh, and one other occasion.
---> '''Dumbledore:''' "After all this time?"
---> '''Snape:''' ''"Always."''
** The main shtick of Professor [=McGonagall=], who spends most of her time being a stoic SternTeacher and the rest weeping unashamedly.
*** Or gleefully egging on Peeves, the poltergeist, in his quest to make Umbridge's life hell (though she does try to hide it from the students). Or yelling apoplectically at the students who tried to sabotage her house's Quidditch team players (which she doesn't try to hide at all).
* Zal of QuantumGravity. He is completely [[TheStoic cool]] in battle situations, and can keep that together for as long as he needs to...usually. Then he hears that/how [[spoiler:Dar]] died and can't keep it together.
* In ''TheWestingGame'', Judge J.J. Ford consciously ''decided'' to stop smiling when she began her law career, the better to maintain a serious, dignified demeanor, conserving her upbeat facial expressions for when they were really needed. It worked, too: she's so good at appearing as TheStoic that when she realizes a mistake she's made and starts chiding herself aloud, everyone present is shocked at this out-of-character display of emotion.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "The Phoenix on the Sword", Thoth-amon has one, bursting out with the truth to Dion -- who isn't listening.
-->''For all his iron-self-control, he was near bursting with long pent-up shame, hate and rage, ready to take any sort of a desperate chance. ''
* Literature/JaneEyre wasn't stoic as a child, but by the time she gets to Thornfield she is pretty emotionally reserved until Rochester[[spoiler: threatens to send her away to Ireland once he has married Blanche Ingram]]. In fact, Rochester is trying to elicit this trope from Jane.
* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', Todd Wainios tells a story about one of the [[RatedMforManly biggest badasses on his team]] (an enormous ex-pro-wrestler who once used a zombie to beat other zombies into non-existence) be reduced to an inconsolable sobbing heap by the scent of cheap perfume on the wind.
* Aaron in ''The Fire's Stone'' by Creator/TanyaHuff. He's so scarred by his lover's death that he forces himself to feel nothing. It's not until the last third of the novel that he finally breaks down and cries.
* In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Kiritsugu displays two personalities: loving father and husband, and remorseless CombatPragmatist. As he had sunk into the latter, much to his wife Irisviel's dismay, she can't help but wonder about him. While she ponders, Kiritsugu [[TearJerker breaks down and offers to give up his dream and run away, world be damned.]] He thought that if they participated in the Grail War any longer, they would quickly reach the point of no return. Of course, since ''LightNovel/FateZero'' is a prequel to the original series, [[HarsherInHindsight the point of no return is long past.]]
* Dally from ''Literature/TheOutsiders'' hardly cares about anyone or anything. But when [[spoiler: Johnny dies]], he visibly loses it.
* Hoole, in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', is profoundly affected seeing the wraiths on Kiva - he, who would always shapeshift to vigorously defend himself and protect his charges, went to his [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm own form]], fell to his knees, and covered his face. [[spoiler: He held himself responsible for [[ApocalypseHow what killed them]].]]
* In ''Literature/RedeemingLove'', the heroine is a cynical BrokenBird who regularly tends to shrug off (or laugh off) both physical and emotional trauma (and romantic overtures from her LoveMartyr husband that would have many other women melting into goo at his feet). Before it wears off entirely, her façade splinters twice: once, when she simultaneously realizes that she does care about Michael and yet thinks she [[OutDamnedSpot isn’t worthy of his love]], and again when she experiences [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex real lovemaking]] for the first time (in contrast to [[LieBackAndThinkOfEngland thirteen unhappy years as a prostitute]]) and finds herself weeping as she’s coming down from her climax.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'': Lydia normally acts like she's the same age as her grandfather but has an emotional outburst when [[spoiler: Benji awakens his dragokin powers]]. She cheers him on in a manner normal for a fifteen year old and everyone looks at her in shock. She blushes and then she repeats herself in a more subdued and grown up manner.
* Demandred of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is a villain so consumed with hate for [[TheChosenOne the Dragon]] (Lews Therin Telamon or his reincarnation [[TheHero Rand al'Thor]], he doesn't care) that most people who know him have only seen him show one emotion- cold-blooded determination to see the Dragon dead, no matter the cost. It's explicitly noted that he never laughs or so much as smiles. Then, during the final battle in the last book, Demandred finally thinks victory is in his grasp, and he basically rampages around the battlefield wielding a ''massively'' powerful ''[[AmplifierArtifact sa'angreal]]'', effortlessly destroying almost everyone in his way, bellowing at the top of his lungs for Rand to come and face him while describing all the horrible things he'll do if Rand fails to show, and generally being the LargeHam HeroKiller he was born to be. Not unexpected when you keep hate locked up inside you for centuries and finally have the chance to let it out.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': An uncommon take in that we get to see everything from his point of view, so we know what decisions he makes to make him appear as [[TheStoic The Stoic]]. As we find out, however, he is absolutely lethal when he loses it.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Siron Esrah's first scene is when he's clad in armor, complete with helmet, and acting out courtly rules. When the Joust turns into a monstrous blood bath, he quickly turns into a teenager worried about his dad.
* [[MagnificentBastard Lord Vetinari]] is one of the most emotionless people in fiction, to the extent that he actually has to [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry tell people when he's furious.]] The one thing that really seems to break his facade, though, is questioning his devotion to Ankh-Morpork and her people, as Vimes does in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''. Upon being accused of buying and selling the lives of his citizens in order to play politics, Vetinari ''kicks over his chair'' before angrily pointing out that his actions stopped a war and saved potentially thousands of lives.
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* ''{{Dallas}}'': The Season 7 episode "Swan Song" was supposed to be Patrick Duffy's swan song in the series, for good, when Bobby Ewing is struck by a speeding car (driven by the homicial maniac Katherine Wentworth). At the hospital – in one of the cheesiest-in-retrospect "death scenes" in TV history – the entire cast is in tears ... including Bobby's older brother, that monster J.R.! (Incidentally, tears are seen rolling down J.R.'s cheek, but otherwise shows very little emotion in the final scene, where everyone is gathered around Bobby's bedside as he mumbles his final words.)
* ''TheDukesOfHazzard'': Despite their villianous ways, Boss Hogg grows geniunely worried every time Lulu or even his avowed enemies from the Duke family are in serious trouble. However, Rosco has outright cried when Boss, the Duke boys or his beloved basset hound Flash were in trouble. (Rosco's emotions are spelled out perfectly in the Season 2 episode "Granny Annie" and the final episode, "Opening Night at the Boar's Nest" – both times, when Boss was in serious trouble and the villians had every intent to kill him.)
* ''TheTwilightZone'': The opening episode of the 1985 revival, "A Little Peace and Quiet," during the climactic scene -- nuclear war breaking out between the United States and the Soviet Union -- features a newscaster trying to keep his emotions in check as he reads an [[EmergencyBroadcast EBS alert]] live over the air, but his voice is trembling as the threat of the missiles becomes more imminent. (For instance, the alert is supposed to provide instructions of going to the nearest shelter, but he says, "What's the point? It's over! We're finished!" A few seconds later, he begins trembling when he notes that "Soviet missiles have entered U.S. airspace."
* The classic ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' example would be "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]", where [[Characters/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Spock]] showed his relief that Kirk wasn't KilledOffForReal. "Jim!" It is notable for coming genuinely from Spock himself, and not being a result of mind control, drugs, or a strange phenomenon.
** Spock again in "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E4TheNakedTime The Naked Time]]", although that ''was'' the result of a strange phenomenon. At least he was able to duck into a room before he fell to pieces.
** Vulcans developed their culture of tightly controlled emotions to deal with the fact that they are really ''very'' emotional, and without strict discipline, they tend to overreact to everything. Indeed, before Surak proposed his philosophy of strict self-control, Vulcan society was about to completely destroy itself. Under sufficiently extreme circumstances, a Vulcan's self control can be broken (usually only temporarily), and everyone around will be reminded that under that stern calm face lies a turbulent sea of emotions that would drive the less-disciplined completely mad.
*** They also get really violent and horny during Pon Farr, basically Vulcans in heat. Also, Spock is only half-Vulcan, as his mother was human.
**** If you want to imagine what Vulcans would be like if they gave into their emotions, one need look no further than the the highly paranoid and extremely dangerous Romulan Empire, which spawned at least one planet-destroying and truly AxeCrazy psychopath, Nero.
*** Vulcans and Romulans being much stronger than the average human does not help matters either. Kirk has had to provoke Spock into an emotional display in both the original series and the new movie continuity, and both times Spock nearly killed him. Even [[spoiler:Khan]] is no match for a pissed-off Spock in a straight-up fistfight, and he ''knows'' it, running away as soon as Spock shows up.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Data's lack of emotion is a frequent plot point in the series. With a few notable exceptions. One episode where he was almost driven to murder (and then ''lied'' about it to his commanding officer) and again when manipulated by his more emotional brother, causing him to kill a Borg drone in rage. Even he seems rather bewildered by this just afterward: "I got angry."
** One of the subplots of ''[[TheMovie Generations]]'' is Data deciding to reinstall the emotion chip given to him in the above episode, and dealing with the resulting outbursts. At the end, he discovers that his pet cat is still alive and begins to cry, which he assumes must be a malfunction of the chip. Troi assures him with a smile that "[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming it's working just fine.]]"
** The episode "Sarek" dealt with this with the eponymous character (Spock's father, of course), whose emotional control was breaking down due to a rare illness. Determined to finish his last mission, he melds with Picard, who is normally very emotionally controlled in his own right, allowing Sarek to be himself again long enough to finish the negotiations. But we also see the effects of Sarek's illness in Picard during the meld in what can arguably be described as a Crowning Moment Of Heartbreaking.
*** Part of the effects of the mind meld with Picard are to subject an unprepared human mind to the powerful raw emotions of a Vulcan. Having not been raised from birth to learn to control those emotions, Picard spends the duration of the experience practically rabid, suggesting what pre-Surak Vulcans were like.
*** Look at Sarek in ''[[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock The Search for Spock]]''. He's downright pissed off when he thinks [[spoiler:Kirk has Spock's ''katra'' and screwed up by leaving Spock's body on Genesis]]. He's so overtly emotional it seems to surprise Kirk quite a bit.
** Picard has his moments as well, particularly in "Family", ''[[Film/StarTrekGenerations Generations]]'' and ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact First Contact]]''. "Chain of Command, Part II" could be a case of Breaking The Stoic.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': in "Take Me Out to the Holosuite," the crew successfully demonstrate that Captain Solok is definitely NotSoStoic.
** A more frequent example might come from the character Odo, particularly concerning his initially unrequited love for Kira.
* Captain Jack in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', especially when you realise the happy go lucky flirt schtick is a defence mechanism and a mask for his true feelings. The major moments are when Ianto and Steven die.
* Bree van de Kamp from ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' shows her emotions very rarely, but when she does that, she usually breaks into painful sobs ([[spoiler: like when her husband Rex dies]]) or has sudden bursts of anger.
* Teal'c from ''Series/StargateSG1'' had a couple of moments where he showed big emotions (example: 6x01 "Redemption Part 1"), despite normally being TheStoic.
** The first time this happens, in "Bloodlines" when he tells his team that he left a family behind on Chulak, is especially moving.
** Or "Meridian". Teal'c's goodbye to Daniel Jackson is a TearJerker in itself as the ProudWarriorRaceGuy fights his own tears on the last sentence:
--->'''Teal'c''': If you are to die, Daniel Jackson, I wish you to know that I believe that the fight against the Goa'uld will have lost one of its greatest warriors. And I will have lost one of my greatest friends.
*** Even better when you realize it also illustrates his CharacterDevelopment. He gives Daniel one of the highest compliments he can both in his own culture ("one of its greatest warriors") and in his adopted one ("one of my greatest friends").
** And it continues into the next episode with this exchange:
--->'''Carter''': We were a ''team'', Teal'c. No one can even begin to understand what we went through together, what we mean to each other. So maybe Daniel ''has'' achieved something of great cosmic significance, I don't know. And to be honest with you, right now, I don't really care. I'd rather have him back.\\
'''Teal'c''': ''[with obvious emotion]'' As would I.
** It is very subtle, but in "Cor-Ai", when Teal'c and Jack are arguing over whether or not he should defend himself while being tried for the many horrible things he did for the Goa'uld, you can see Teal'c's jaw trembling with suppressed anger at himself.
** Teal'c's facade actually cracks a little in the very first episode. O'Neill sees that Teal'c is struggling to carry out the vicious acts demanded of him by the Goa'uld. This prompts O'Neill to seeks Teal'c's help in escaping, and kicks off the rest of the show.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' has this in the last part of the three part pilot for Season 2, when BigBad [[LargeHam Rita Repulsa]] is replaced with [[BiggerBad her master]], [[KnightOfCerebus Lord Zedd]], who [[SealedEvilInACan locks Rita back in her space dumpster]] [[YouHaveFailedMe for failing her mission to conquer earth.]] Once the Rangers have, with difficulty, defeated Lord Zedd's first MonsterOfTheWeek, they wonder what happened to Rita. Using the [[CrystalBall Viewing Globe]], they see her in the dumpster, drifting aimlessly through space, and singing "99 Bottles of Slime on the Wall". Zordon, ZORDON, starts singing.
* Mark Antony warns Vorenus about this in ''Series/{{Rome}}''
-->'''Antony:''' You won't turn to drink will you? You stoic types often do when disappointed in life.
** Averted as Vorenus is the only one who does not turn to debauchery in the Egyptian Palace and stays a true Roman.
* Series/{{Dexter}} very rarely shows emotion, genuine or otherwise. This makes the very rare outburst all the more interesting.
** Particularly shocking was in the Season 5 premiere, when [[spoiler: while grieving Rita's murder, he flies into a rage and savagely beats a man to death in a restroom]]. Much like the example with Vulcans in ''Star Trek'', this is a small glimpse into what he would be like without the careful control provided by the Harry Code.
* In ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'', [[RobotGirl Cameron]] is almost ''always'' an [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] and cold machines, except in a very few select moments where she does show hints of anger or fear. In particular, one scene in the episode "Mr. Ferguson Is Ill Today" shows her moving through a police station, frantically (in a disturbingly calm way) looking for John, or her pleading for her life in "Samson & Delilah".
** And then it gets ''completely'' flipped in "Allison From Palmdale," where she is shown crying, acting terrified, and in one scene [[TranquilFury being very angry, very calmly]].
** Then there's Derek, DeadpanSnarker and seen-it-all cynic. Stone cold, to the point of having more in common with a machine like Cameron than either would be comfortable to admit. ...And then moved to ManlyTears at the sight of her doing ballet by herself.
* Takeru of ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' has such a moment in episode 18, when he's reunited with his old friend, [[SixthRanger Genta]], and has to step out of the room to make sure his "[[HeroSecretService retainers]]" can't see him when he starts cracking up at Genta's antics.
* ''Series/{{Taken}}'' has Jacob, a quiet, bookish kid with incredible psychic powers. He reacts to everything, from being kidnapped to being bullied with calm logic. When he has to [[spoiler:live away from his mother]], he breaks down crying.
* Juliet Burke from ''Series/{{Lost}}'', [[HeelFaceTurn originally of the Others]], was first seen as having a cold and expressionless demeanor and carried out her orders from [[TheChessmaster Ben]]. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment She even aimed a gun at Kate's head when Sawyer didn't do what she asked]]. Sawyer commented that she would have actually shot Kate "No problem." Then another one of the Others was shot and Juliet rushed to save her life with Jack, which sparked her NotSoStoic persona. Juliet panicked the whole time when she and Jack were removing the bullet and trying to stitch her up. When they failed in saving her, Juliet broke down in tears and explained that being a fertility doctor she still hasn't gotten used to death. Which, based off her [[{{Flashback}} flashbacks]] of her work with the Others, is quite surprising.
** Actually it has been shown that any time Juliet deals with death or her sister she gets very emotional. The rest of the time she's the token [[TheStoic Stoic]].
** This comes to define her in the end of Season 5. Throughout the finale, she acts as though she has a strategy in place regarding the Jughead and the Island, until she breaks down completely and confesses that [[spoiler: she's only going along with Jack's plan because she can't bear to lose Sawyer.]]
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Aeryn Sun, though originally TheStoic on Moya, gradually moves away from this as her relationship with Crichton blossoms. When she and Crichton are fighting for whatever reason, she usually reverts to TheStoic as a defense mechanism.
** In an episode, this gets flipped, when they are on break from their relationship. Crichton seemingly takes something that Noranti gives him for pain and is very cold and uncaring towards Aeryn, while she is the one who is pleading with him. It turns out to be an act to prevent Scorpius from using Aeryn against him. [[spoiler: It fails.]]
** Scorpius himself has a few of these moments, most of them revealing that he has a downright ''vicious'' temper underneath his cool, calm exterior.
* After JT is KilledOffForReal on ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'', the usually stoic Liberty is in shock at first and Mia even calls her a robot because she had yet to shed any tears. She finally breaks down at the school's memorial service for JT (which just happened to be right after she learned that he still had feelings for her and was on his way to tell her when he was killed).
* In the BBC mini-series, ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', the title character is never shaken in the face of violent crime - up to and including murder - but has a general tendency to lose his cool when someone he is fond of is being seriously threatened -- notably, [[ParentalSubstitute Mrs Hudson]] and [[OnlyFriend John]].
** Lampshaded by Molly during a conversation in ''[[WhamEpisode The Reichenbach Fall]]'' :
--> '''Molly:''' You remind me of my father [...] He always pretended like everything was fine, but whenever he thought nobody could see him, he'd look really sad. ''You'' look sad...when you think he [John] can't see you.
** He also doesn't want [[OnlyFriend John]] to lose faith in him and, ironically, even though he [[AwesomeByAnalysis calculates how to get to John]] in the first episode of series 3, he's the only one that [[UndyingLoyalty saves John's life by physically getting into and pulling him out of a bonfire.]]
** Plus, he's not so stoic when he shoots Magnusson.
* Castiel in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' starts off completely unemotional, and while he gradually picks some up from Dean and Sam he stays as the calm, stoic, ComicallySerious StraightMan. When he [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown catches up with Dean]] after Dean [[spoiler:angel-sigils him and goes to say 'yes' to Michael]], it comes as quite a surprise.
* While not exactly stoic ''per se'', Joel of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' always took his captivity with a certain laid back good-naturedness. ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'' was one of the very few movies that made him noticeably angry, to the point of him snapping at the screen.
---> '''Joel''': '''''DO SOMETHING!!'''''
* Aaron Hotchner of ''Series/CriminalMinds'' is usually the embodiment of stoicism, which make the events of the episode "100" all the more heart-wrenching.
* Prince Arthur from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is quite good at keeping his cool, save on two occasions: once when he learnt the truth about his mother's death ([[spoiler:his father was responsible]]) and again when his father sentences his beloved Guinvere to be [[BurnTheWitch burnt at the stake]].
* Temperance "''Series/{{Bones}}''" Brennan is sometimes accused of being an IceQueen, due to her emotionally distant manner and lack of social skills. When Tempe loses it, you get to see the BrokenBird inside.
** In one of the early episodes her uncaring attitude was being used against her in a court case. Booth had the attorney bring up her vanished parents in order to show this trope to the jury.
-->'''Brennan''': How I feel doesn't matter. My job doesn't depend on it.
-->'''Levitt''': But it's informed by it. Or are you as cold and unfeeling as you seem?
-->'''Brennan''': ''[in a raw emotional tone]'' I see a face on every skull. I can look at their bones and tell you how they walked, where they hurt. Maggie Schilling is real to me. The pain she suffered was real. Her hip was being eaten away by infection from lying on her side. Sure, like Dr. Stires said, the disease could contribute to that if you take it out of context; but you can’t break Maggie Schilling down into little pieces. She was a whole person who fought to free herself. Her wrists were broken from struggling against the handcuffs. The bones in her ankles were ground together because her feet were tied. And her side, her hip and her shoulder were being eaten away by infection. And the more she struggled, the more pain she was in. So they gave her those drugs to keep her quiet. They gave her so much it killed her. These facts can't be ignored or dismissed because you think I'm boring or obnoxious, because I don't matter. What I feel doesn’t matter. Only she matters; only Maggie.
** It's especially jarring in an episode where she begins to associate herself with a dead woman who was, like her, a loner with no friends outside of work and a LoveInterest she spurned. She even keeps hearing the woman's recorded voice as her own and seeing herself in all the pictures of the victim. She realizes that she has screwed up her one chance to be happy with Booth. This episode is all about her stoicism slowly slipping.
** Interestingly played with in the season 7 finale when Brennan is being framed for the murder of the victim of the week. Brennan remains hyper-logical throughout, while other characters fall apart. It's pretty predictable that Booth and Angela will get emotional, but when Cam starts crying because she doesn't want to turn over evidence that will get Brennan arrested, you know the situation is serious.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''' Scully was always portrayed as the stoic, especially compared to Mulder, who freely showed his feelings and wasn't afraid to cry. Very few times does she break down, until season 8. She is pregnant and alone, Mulder having been abducted by aliens. Add to that the fact that she is reassigned to an agent who thinks Mulder is insane and for the life of him cannot see that Mulder and Scully were so much more than work partners, having to train said partner, having to head a taskforce to find Mulder pretty much on her own, then [[spoiler: finding Mulder dead and having to bury him, having him come back to life and be distant from her]], it was pretty much a stress-filled, non-stoic season for Scully. And never was there anyone more entitled to break down.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'''s Oz is famed for his utter lack of emotional response to pretty much any intense situation, reacting to both realizing he's [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent a werewolf]] and finding [[spoiler: a submarine]] on his doorstep with a mere "huh". Push him over the edge, though, and things will get broken. Or [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown beaten up]]. Or possibly [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork killed]]. For most seasons, this BerserkButton consisted of Willow--either seeing her threatened, hurt or faced with the prospect of losing her. And after he did lose her, there were [[ManlyTears tears]]. Both times. Later on this focus shifts to [[spoiler: his [[PapaWolf wife and son]].]]
* In ''Series/TheWire'''s later seasons, Marlo Stanfield is the ruthless kingpin of the entire Baltimore drug market. He and his team kill people at whim and 'disappear' them, hiding the bodies in disused vacants, so as to avoid police attention. Marlo is completely professional at all times - even when he and his team have [[spoiler: been arrested and he faces a lengthy prison term]] he barely seems to care. However, when he learns that a stick-up artist has been insulting and challenging Marlo on the street, he shows true emotion for the first time in the series. "My name is my name!"
** He shows emotion for the second, and final time, in his last ever scene. [[spoiler: After taking back a corner single-handedly]], he expresses [[BloodKnight genuine happiness]].
* In ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' Simon is always doing this with River.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Reese broke his stoic façade precisely once: when an infant child was about to die from freezing.
* ''Series/{{Scandal}}'': Abby Whelan.
* ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'': Hetty and Callen are normally very cool and collected. Then Callen notices an alarming trend of Hetty recruiting lonely orphans and training them to be lonely operatives. He gets increasingly agitated when he confronts her about it. They end the conversation shouting and near tears.
-->'''Callen:''' How many were there?
-->'''Hetty:''' [quietly] This conversation is over.
-->'''Callen:''' How many?
-->'''Hetty:''' [exploding] '''A LOT!''' [Pause. She fights tears. More quietly] There were . . . a lot. Is that what you wanted to hear?
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': Sarah [=MacKenzie=] is mostly portrayed, as part of the [[SemperFi Marine persona]], as TheStoic. However, in "Second Sights" when finding her estranged father on his deathbed and in a coma at a hospice, and at the same time meeting her even-more-estranged self-centered white trash mom, she turns out to be NotSoStoic. But it turns out to be a ''DoubleSubversion'': after her father has passed away, Mac tells her mother stoically that she never wants to see her again - because it was she, not her father, who once abandoned her.
* ''Series/DocMartin'': [[spoiler: Martin after hearing the news about Joan's death. Despite outwardly remaining his typical aloof self, as he walks around her empty house, his eyes betray how utterly heartbroken he is.]]
* Ronnie Gardocki from ''Series/TheShield'' was always the most impassive member of the Strike Team; even when attempting to kill [[spoiler:Shane]] out of revenge he never lost his cool... [[spoiler:until the final episode when he found out how thoroughly he was betrayed by Vic. He was dragged kicking, screaming, in a violent rage, out of the courthouse.]]
* Lexa from ''Series/{{The 100}}'' beleives that feelings are a weakness and has deliberately repressed her emotions. After spending enough time with her, Clarke is able to tell that Lexa's not as emotionally numb as she'd like people to believe, and pushes her to admit her feelings. Lexa responds, first with anger at Clarke for dredging up her emotions, then by finally admitting that she's developed feelings for Clarke, and kisses her.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/RandyTravis has two songs exploring this theme:
** "The Box" is about a box that the narrator finds, containing sentimental memorabilia from his father, including a poem about his children and a faded leather Bible. The narrator then concludes that "We all thought his heart was made of solid rock / But that was long before we found the box".
** Also done in "A Man Ain't Made of Stone":
--->I was supposed to be the rock that you could stand on\\
Stronger than an old oak tree\\
But all you ever wanted was the one thing\\
I never let you see\\
The tender side of me\\
I tried to be a mountain, solid and strong\\
All it took was your leaving to know I was wrong\\
A man ain't made of stone…
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* On the ''[[WWERaw WWF Monday Night Raw]]'' episode following Owen Hart's death in May 1999, several of the normally ranting, raving, dastardly villians were offering genuine, heartfelt thoughts and condolances to the Hart family ... many of them through very real tears.
* HulkHogan was shown on very rare occasion to get emotional (in kayfabe), the most notable experience being on the February 3, 1989 episode of ''The Main Event'', where Hogan and RandySavage were facing the Twin Towers (Akeem and Big Bossman) in a tag team match. Midway through the match, Akeem threw Savage onto his beautiful valet, Miss Elizabeth, and Elizabeth crumpled to the floor in an unconscious heap. Hogan immediately ran to Liz's side (as a woozy Savage struggled to regain his bearings) and immediately lost his composure. In tears, he cried, fearing that [[ILetGwenStacyDie Elizabeth had been killed ... or worse]]! Hogan's decision to leave Savage at ringside and instead be at Elizabeth's bedside ([[{{Kayfabe}} prepared for when the medic would give the official word that Elizabeth was ... DUM-DUH-DAAAA!!! ... DEAD!!!]]) ... set off a series of events later in the match that led to Savage [[FaceHeelTurn turning on Hogan]] and a match set up for [=WrestleMania=] V, in which Hogan defeated Savage to reclaim the World Heavyweight Championship.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* At the end of ''Theatre/SherlockHolmes'', Holmes, after having replied indifferently to Alice's asking whether he cares for her at all, takes her hand gently, confesses that he does care for her, and is finally moved to embrace her protectively.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Toa of Ice characters from ''{{Bionicle}}'' tend to be both [[TheQuietOne the quiet ones]] and stoic, until CharacterDevelopment kicks in, the most famous example being Kopaka. When not making all sorts of nasty, sarcastic remarks to people that annoy him (as in, people who express emotions freely), he keeps his thoughts to himself, and would like to finish his duties as quickly as possible. But when his friend Pohatu recovered from a DisneyDeath, he softened up quite a bit. Later, in another story, after having been beaten, weakened and looted, a group of innocent villagers mistook him and his team for a bunch of villains, and attacked them. This angered Kopaka so much that he lashed out with what little power he had left, with the intention of ''killing'' the villagers!
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Jon Irenicus in ''BaldursGate II'' remains stoic for most of the plot, at most displaying a kind of icy annoyance... Until a scene right before the end when he finally cracks.
-->'''Jon Irenicus''': "Once my lust for power was everything but now I hunger ONLY for revenge! AND I. SHALL. HAVE IT!"
* The G-Man in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode One''. He's been completely in control for everything so far, but the Vortiguants preventing him from taking Gordon causes him to become very angry. Even so, the only emotion he displays is slightly annoyed, "We'll see about that."
* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'' has the Handmaiden, who is calm almost to the point of being icy until you approach her about the possibility of [[spoiler:training her as a Jedi]].
* [[LadyOfBlackMagic Morrigan]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is one of the calmest and most collected individuals you will ever meet, except for a few scenes during her romance arc.
** [[TheBigGuy Sten]]: calm, stoic, sarcastic...then complete his personal mission, and you get to see him crack a smile.
* Agent 47 in ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Blood Money''. [[spoiler:Diana's apparent betrayal]] causes him to become visibly angry, and even prompts his first, [[TheQuietOne and so far only]], outburst of verbal aggression.
-->'''Agent 47''': "Bitch!"
** Also in the [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental material]], the young 47, normally just as cold as his adult self, starts crying when a runaway lab rabbit, he adopted as a pet, died and was buried, much to Dr. Ort-Meyer's surprise.
* [[TheBaroness Konishi the "Iron Maiden"]] from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'' [[spoiler:hides in Beat's shadow for a week. When she decides he's even more stupid and unpredictable then she already thought, she flips out.]]
* ''GearsOfWar 2'' has several moments where [[TheComicallySerious Marcus Fenix]] shows some form of emotion other than seething, barely-contained fury. In particular, when [[spoiler: Dom has to [[MercyKill euthanize]] Maria]], he looks like he's going to break down into tears - for just a moment.
** Also exhibited when [[spoiler:Ben Carmine dies, as it seemed that he was developing a certain amount of respect and attachment to the rookie.]]
** In the third game, he becomes quite frantic when [[spoiler:Dom sacrifices himself to save the rest of the squad]], before going into a HeroicSafeMode that lasts until the Stranded leader Griffin refuses to let up on trash-talking the COG, resulting in Marcus totally flipping his shit:
-->'''Marcus''': "[[spoiler:I JUST LOST MY FUCKING BROTHER! YOU HEAR THAT?! '''MY BROTHER'''!!! YOU, YOUR TOWER, AND ALL THIS FUCKING IMULSION CAN '''GO TO HELL'''!!!]]"
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'': Kyosuke Nanbu is generally the mascot for [[TheStoic Mr. Grumpy]] amongst his peers. Even when he's completely mad when his girlfriend Excellen is being threatened to death, all that comes out was a TranquilFury. But this man literally broke down to tears when he thought that it was his fault that his other friend (read: OTHER FRIEND, not girlfriend) Lamia is dead (turns out she [[NotQuiteDead didn't, quite]]). Likewise, although he doesn't jump up and down in joy when his [[TheRival rival]] [[HeelFaceTurn turn good]] Axel eventually saved her, he was expressive enough to let out a genuine, grateful smile.
** And that is not even counting the time when he piloted a [[LargeHam Gespenst]] [[DivingKick [=MkII=]]] [[ScreamingWarrior Type S]].
** Also from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' is Raidese F. Branstein, he usually plays the cool [[TheLancer lancer]] to hot head [[AscendedFanboy Ryusei]] but when he comes across [[spoiler:Archibald Grims, the man responsible for the terrorist incident where his adored sister in law was killed, he goes [[LeeroyJenkins completely]] [[BerserkButton berserk]] and gets shot down (and almost killed) for his trouble.]]
* ''KingdomHearts''
** Also, Saïx is ''very'' stoic and unemotional for the most part. But then, like a freaking werewolf, he goes apeshit when the moon shines down ("BE GONE!" "MOVE ASIDE!" "ALL SHALL BE LOST TO YOU!") More traditionally with Saïx, as he fades away after being defeated, his last words have him reaching out towards Kingdom Hearts muttering "Kingdom Hearts...where is...MY heart?"
** ''Kingdom Hearts II'' also posses a unique example of this trope regarding Tron, a program. After the defeat of the Master Control Program, Tron is suddenly all playful and full of emotion. [=KH3D=] confirms that programs are not so different from Nobodies, in that they don't possess hearts either, [[spoiler: but since the same game confirms that Nobodies can grow hearts over time. Add to this the fact that a computer program of a different origin gained a heart in the previous game, ''coded'', it's quite easy to say that anything can grow a heart if it has friends, so Tron likely gained a heart through his friendship with Sora]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' has Naoto Shirogane, a young genius hired by police to assist in finding Inaba's serial killer. [[spoiler:She]] maintains a cool, confident air most of the time, but once confronted with [[spoiler: her]] Shadow, it starts to become extremely difficult for [[spoiler: her]] to remain calm...
* Jin Kisaragi from ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is mostly a [[TheStoic stoic]] [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]]. However... if he ever comes across with Noel Vermillion, his stoicness kinda fades and he becomes a screaming lunatic hell bent to kill Noel. And if he meets Ragna The Bloodedge, the stoicness transforms into [[{{Yandere}} something... uh... more questionable]].
** Likewise with Nu-13, a RobotGirl who speaks in a mechanical monotone...except when she's squaring off against Ragna. Then she goes full {{Yandere}}.
* ADA in ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' is an emotionless computer, and at one point Leo even calls out her attempts to show emotion as being proof that she doesn't feel anything at all. However, she has a very tender moment with Leo after Celvice gets shot, and, right at the end, her voice cracks as if she is crying while she tells Leo, "[[HeroicSacrifice This]] is what we live for - those of us who have no life".
* JC Denton from ''VideoGame/DeusEx'' isn't completely emotionless, but certainly very stoic. There are a few times his voice breaks, however, such as [[spoiler:when he meets his brother Paul after the latter had defected from UNATCO and who was dying]]. Unfortunately, his most emotional outburst is a very [[{{Narm}} narmy]] cry of "A BOMB!" when Jock discovers a bomb on his helicopter.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Kratos Aurion rarely shows anything beyond mild annoyance in the time you spend traveling with him. This makes it rather startling when Kvar starts badmouthing Anna, Lloyd's mother [[spoiler:[[LukeIAmYourFather and Kratos' dead wife]]]], and it's Kratos who angrily snaps at him [[NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead not to speak ill of the dead]].
** And then he gets a CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he stabs Kvar to death after the boss fight later on.
--> [[PunctuatedPounding [stab]]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis "Feel the pain..." [slash] "Of those inferior beings..." [sheathes sword] "As you burn in hell!"]]
* Vergil from ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' is pretty cold for most of the third game...except when his attempt to fully open Temen-Ni-Gru doesn't work (Arkham [[spoiler:deliberately]] left out a few steps). Then he gets pissy: "'''''Why''' isn't this working?!?''"
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** In the first game, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Wrex]] is cynical and almost devoid of emotion the entire playthrough, until he nearly suffers his HeroicBSOD when he learns that the villain, Saren, is making a cure for a sterility plague infecting his people and it has to be destroyed.
** And in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[spoiler: should Wrex survive Virmire]] he greets Commander Shepard with a hearty greeting, some suspicious-sounding throat-clearing noises, and a heartfelt ''"Shepard! My friend!"'' before going back to his normal DeadpanSnarker self.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', if Shepard [[spoiler: sabotages the genophage cure by killing Mordin or Padok]], Wrex's response is to [[spoiler: storm onto the Citadel and try to blow Shepard's head off with a shotgun]]. If Shepard tries to talk him down, telling Wrex that no one was killed by [[spoiler: the genophage sabotage]], Wrex's response is an absolutely furious "No one, [[spoiler: ''EXCEPT FOR MY UNBORN SON!''"]]
** The Geth teammate Legion also has shades of this. Occasionally, his "I'm an emotionless robot" facade cracks, such as when confronted with betrayal or unpleasant revelations, when asked pointed questions about his illogical behavior, or when [[http://masseffect.wikia.com/wiki/Shadow_Broker_Dossiers/Legion playing Galaxy of Fantasy]].
** Paragon Shepard in the ''Overlord'' {{DLC}}. Shepard is absolutely ''furious'' upon learning of the experimentation going on inside. You know it's serious when a character that WouldNotShootACivilian outright [[PistolWhipping clubs]] someone... as a ''paragon'' interrupt.
** When you have a drink with Liara at the end of the ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' {{DLC}}, she asks you how you're really doing. One of the options is to admit that you're just as worried and afraid as everyone else.
** Commander Shepard in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is the definition of a HurtingHero. For the first two games s/he kept his/her emotions subdued but they are really shown here with dreams showing extreme SurvivorGuilt and even becoming a borderline DeathSeeker. A FemShep romancing Garrus will literally be on the edge of tears when talking to Garrus right before the final push-this war has beaten her to the bone, and what little left of her is ''depending'' on her friends and the [[InterspeciesRomance Turian]] she loves to see this through to the end.
** In the ending of the Tuchanka arc, when Mordin is confronted about trying to cure the [[SterilityPlague Genophage]] despite having formerly upgraded it, he will loudly exclaim ''"I made a '''MISTAKE!'''"''. This is doubly poignant because Mordin previously used passive voice and clinical language to downplay his own guilt in the genophage upgrade, so it's a big surprise to hear him take ''personal'' responsibility for it. Normally, he would say something like ''"Mistakes were made"'', but he doesn't -- it was ''his'' mistake, ''he'' did it, and he knows it.
** Legion has a much more dramatic NotSoStoic moment in 3 compared to his emotional reactions in 2 if you refuse to risk the lives of the attacking Quarians by letting him upload the Reaper Code to save the Geth. The first refusal has Legion attempt to appeal to Shepard's reason with real desperation in its voice, saying ''"This is not justice!"''. If Shepard refuses, however, Legion nearly ''kills'' them in a fury equal to Wrex's.
-->'''Legion:''' ''NO.'' We will ''not'' let you decide our fate. '''UPLOADING THE CODE!'''
* [[OmnicidalManiac Cyrus]], no matter how emotionless he claims to be, gets pretty pissed off in the Distortion World in ''{{Pokemon}} Platinum''. And earlier, when he first ''told'' you that he'd rid himself of emotions, he does so during a fairly intense rant, complete with many exclaimation points.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', gym leader Elesa acts like a EmotionlessGirl, but is overwhelmed by excitement when you beat her, immediately becoming embarrassed over it. In the sequels, ''[[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Black 2 and White 2]]'', her Memory Link scene with Skyla reveals that she felt she had to act stoic as a model and gym leader, and that she wants people to see her as more sociable by telling puns... which, according to Skyla, [[LamePunReaction still need some work]].
* ProfessorLayton is usually the very definition of StiffUpperLip, but in ''Unwound Future'' [[spoiler:[[TearJerker when he discovers that the woman he loved was not killed but rather thrust forward into the future, and has to return and die to preserve their timeline, he breaks into tears and begs her to stay - even going so far as to remove his]] [[NiceHat hat!]]]]
** And earlier in the same game, we saw him get angry for the first time ever.
* Richard of ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' is usually quite a calm, stoic man, even when he was younger. In the main part of the story though, he has the tendency to go batshit insane over rather minor things. While his sudden violent outbursts could be viewed as rather {{Narm}} at times, Asbel is usually left gaping in disbelief at him. [[spoiler: It's a result of him being possessed by an OmnicidalManiac.]]
** And then the future arc in Graces f shatters that stoic personality altogether. Keep in mind this is after [[spoiler: Lambda releases him and moves on to Asbel.]] He's more prone to rampant [[{{Troll}} trolling]] and [[LargeHam explosive moments of ham]] than stoicness. Mask of Barona, anyone?
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', Raiden appears to become very much TheStoic... until his tearjerking breakdown in the latter part of the game, when Raiden declares he has NOTHING left to live for except for following Snake and his vision for freedom for themselves. Snake, knowing he'll die soon tries to discourage Raiden from following him, but the badly injured Raiden drags himself along the floor and desperately clutches Snake's leg, begging him not to leave him alone after having lost his parents, his innocence due to his child soldier days, his love and his child.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', Squall Leonhart starts out as TheStoic, but his stoicism breaks down spectactularly as his coping mechanisms prove increasingly inadequate, starting with the short meltdown he has over [[spoiler:the way people talk about Seifer after his supposed death]].
** When [[spoiler:Rinoa ends up in a coma]], he breaks down completely.
* Agent Superball in the SamAndMax Telltale Games is an unflappable Secret Service agent who spends the whole series speaking in a flat monotone (except for one [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment impromptu musical number]]). However, at the end of the series, [[spoiler: the death of Max]] is too much for him.
--> '''Superball''': ''(still deadpan)'' I'd just like to offer my- I can't do this now. I just can't. ''*runs off sobbing*''
* The Arishok in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. In most of his appearances he is TheStoic, but it's pretty obvious that being stuck in Kirkwall is getting on his nerves. In the aftermath of "Blackpowder Courtesy" when confronted by Hawke about why he doesn't just leave the city, he reveals, with barely contained fury, that it's because ''someone'' stole a Qunari relic and was last seen in Kirkwall. He calms down after this rant, but as Varric notes, he's like an ox waiting to charge. [[spoiler:And at the end of Act II, he does.]]
--->'''Arishok:''' Let them rot. Filth stole from us. Not now, not the saar qamek. Years ago. A simple act of greed has bound me. We are all denied Par Vollen until I alone recover what was lost under my command! That is why this elf and her shadows are unimportant. That is why I don't simply walk away from this pustule of a city! Fixing your mess is not the demand of the Qun! AND YOU SHOULD ALL BE GRATEFUL!
** Aveline gets adorably flustered when faced with anything related to Donnic; Fenris flips out if he's [[HatesBeingTouched grabbed by the shoulder]] or called a slave ([[BigNo or if a romanced Hawke falls in battle]]). And while Varric, the [[TeamMom Team Mom]], isn't so much stoic as easy-going, finding the results of his brother's insanity is the one thing that gets him ''seriously'' pissed off.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'', Fenrich usually serves as the calculating, TallDarkAndSnarky {{Chessmaster}} who's usually one step ahead of his enemies and even his own allies. However, slighting his master Valvatorez proves to be an effective BerserkButton, and when Judge Nemo [[spoiler:reveals that he's taken steps to blow up the moon, both a source of power for werewolves and a symbol for the oath Fenrich swore to Valvatorez]], Fenrich loses any semblance of composure and spends the entire chapter in a frothing rage.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Auron, after [[spoiler:Kinoc's death]], gets ''very'' pissed about it, and Lulu's [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan demeanour]] cracks badly upon [[spoiler:learning the teachings of Yevon were lies]].
** Auron also loses it when he sees a memory preserved by the pyre-flies [[spoiler:of the moment he failed to prevent Braska and Jecht from going through with the Final Summoning.]] He furiously attacks the image of his past self, [[IHatePastMe enraged at his helplessness.]]
** More light-heartedly, Auron chuckles and joins the others in playfully ribbing Yuna over her [[InformedFlaw apparent bed-hair]], as she is frantically apologizing for oversleeping at the Djose Temple. Much to her surprise.
* [[VideoGame/{{killer7}} No...it wasn't me!]] [[TomatoInTheMirror It can't be!]] [[SplitPersonality It's some sort of misunderstanding!]]
* The first two ''MaxPayne'' games had Max running mostly on TranquilFury and stoicism. However, ''Max Payne 3'' features a Max that, after discovering a [[spoiler:horrifying organ harvesting ring]], completely loses his shit and fully indulges in UnstoppableRage.
* The [[Franchise/{{Halo}} Master Chief]] is unflappable. Though thoughout the games certain things weigh on him (such as [[spoiler:Keyes and Johnson's deaths]]), he generally remains stoic and gets the job done. Come ''VideoGame/{{Halo4}}'', and [[spoiler:he stays in denial over the severity of Cortana's rampancy, assuming that it can be fixed, and when she sacrifices herself to get himself off the Didact's ship as he blows it up, he's audibly upset and can't even look her in the eyes.]] He even [[ManlyTears sheds a tear afterwards]], as seen on his visor.
** Similarly, [[BigBad Truth]]. In ''VideoGame/{{Halo2}}'' he never showed any form of emotion, even with the facts of Halo 04's destruction and the discovery of Halo 05 but...in ''VideoGame/{{Halo3}}'' it's revealed that his stoic personality was just a facade to hide his psychopathic, sadistic personality and ''extremely'' high temper.
* The Batter in ''VideoGame/{{Off}}'' is shown to be cold, determined, and unfaltering in his mission to purify the world...but he does rather enjoy roller coasters, as seen in a photo from Zone 2.
* The titular protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}'' is a HeroicMime [[TheStoic Stoic]] despite only being nine years old in a horrifying surreal maze of living art. She manages to hold it together pretty well, but there are two occasions where it slips a little; first, when she sees a portrait of her parents, the implications and stress of what has already happened drive her to faint and have nightmares. The second time is if [[spoiler:Garry fails the Doll Room event, and is driven insane. [[MultipleEndings Depending on circumstances]], it'll either be a heart-warming hug when Ib manages to [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan snap him back to reality]], or she'll rocket past the DespairEventHorizon fast enough that her [[DeathByDespair will to live shatters like glass]] when she realises he's past saving]].
* The player character in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is pure stoic and pure bad ass. He/she doesn't express much emotions beyond a simple head nod (which other characters lampshade repeatedly) and they [[HeroicMime never say anything]] except for what is chosen by the player in a dialogue prompt. However, the Heavensward 3.0 expansion has the player character slowly showing off more emotions like sadness and anger and is a lot more blunt in their response choices, showing that they may not be as stoic as everyone thought at first.
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* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'' gives us [[spoiler:Shih-na, a hyper-competent EmotionlessGirl who speaks with zero inflection in her voice. As evidence piles up that she's a criminal, her normally blank expression changes to a PsychoticSmirk and then to a particularly creepy SlasherSmile, before [[LaughingMad finally breaking down completely.]]]]
** Inverted and then played straight in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies''. [[spoiler: Bobby Fulbright, a goofy, over-the-top bumbling detective is revealed to be "the phantom", a sociopathic monster who experiences no genuine emotions (though with enough concentration he can fake them accurately enough to fool even the various gadgets and magic powers used specifically to see through people like him) and has literally [[ShapeshifterIdentityCrisis no personality]]; a large part of the trial has him mocking "the masses controlled by emotions" and bragging about how his lack of humanity makes him unbreakable. It turns out he isn't completely without emotions, however, as the risk of having one's cover blown and getting assassinated on the spot is enough to even make the phantom feel afraid. [[VillainousBreakdown And as that scenario becomes more and more likely . . . ]]]]
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': On your first playthrough, Kengo will come across as totally serious and immune to the wild antics of his friends, dedicating all his time towards playing Kendo and not even participating in the baseball game in the end. In all future games, though, halfway through the common route a scene will play where Kengo [[InterruptedSuicide saves his friend from committing suicide]] and breaks his arm in the process...and from then on becomes downright giddy, smiling all the time and making himself look just as silly as everyone else. The others are clearly unnerved by the transformation.
** And from a different direction, [[spoiler:when Riki beats him in the baseball match in Refrain, he bursts into tears outright over how much time he wasted on Kendo for nothing. Later as they're disappearing, he's noticeably teary-eyed, and Kyousuke comments that in fact, he's the biggest crybaby of the five of them.]]
* Sakazaki Yuuya of ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' wouldn't immediately appear to be a stoic. He's friendly and cheerful, or he's professional, or a little cruel, or he's a mix, depending. However he is a ''huge'' StepfordSmiler whose attitude doesn't change even in enormously stressful situations [[spoiler: such as [[TakingTheBullet when he's dying]]]] and he always seems relaxed and careless, giving away nothing of what's happening inside. Now and then his mask cracks for a moment but he's always able to repair it... however, during a side story in ''Holiday Star'' he finds out that his brother's [[spoiler: butler is actually an assassin]] and just ''loses it'' with fear and worry, even making [[{{ILLKILLYOU}} bald-faced threats]].
* Celestia Ludenberg in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' usually presents herself as a stoic, pragmatic, ElegantGothicLolita. However, she does have some BerserkButton and if pressed, her expression changes into a deranged, screaming lunatic. [[spoiler:She's the culprit of the third case, and when about to be exposed, she pretty much puts on the deranged self all the time, until she's exposed and decided to be a GracefulLoser]].
* Hisao from KatawaShoujo instantly knows that something is terribly wrong about Lilly when she accidentally trips due to another kid being careless (mind you, she's blind) and mutters "damn" under her breath while getting up. Think about it: Lilly has such nigh-inhuman levels of self-control and politeness that she can say what most people wouldn't even consider a real swearword these days, and people would get ''worried''.
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* Chapter 6 of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', where, seemingly out of nowhere, EmotionlessGirl Antimony starts bawling her eyes out over her mother's death. This marked a turning point for Antimony--since then, she's opened up to her close friends, while maintaining a stoic façade to the rest of the world.
** She also loses her cool near the end of chapter 19, when [[spoiler:"Kat" is disintegrated by Gamma]].
*** A weakness isn't normal, child. That Place poisons you.
** [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=814 Anthony]], if we'll believe Annie's {{flashback}}y dream.
** At the start of Chapter 37, we get Antimony's emotionless monologue as [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1003 everyone worries over her]] - and, then, after ushering everyone out of the room, Kat's dad [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1004 offers her a glass of water]]...
** In Chapters 51 and 52, Annie is shown retreating completely into an emotionless shell in response to [[spoiler:her father's unexpected return]]. Then in Chapter 53, we get a [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1540 flashback]] of just how she reacted in private to it. It is very, very NOT emotionless.
* Ozy from ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'' nearly breaks down upon hearing about his birth mom.
* Naal'suul of ''{{Drowtales}}'' is TheWoobie extraordinaire and surprises people by even being alive after being tainted by a demon so badly and acknowledges that she doesn't have much time left in [[DeadpanSnarker the driest manner possible]] [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=6786 until this scene]] where she finally breaks and admits that she's afraid.
* Higgs from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', when [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101018 Zeetha]] [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20101025 is wounded]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Dave Strider. He does not take his friends and family dying well.
** Karkat Vantas, sharing many similarities to Dave, may also qualify. He's far from emotionless, but he certainly wants his friends to think of him as a stalwart leader. But watching his friends die is something he's not very stoic about, and as a result he's been shown weeping more times than probably any other character. In fact, he's probably the most emotionally susceptible of any of the trolls.
** Rose Lalonde's demeanor was cracked [[spoiler: with the death of her mother]] where she immediately blamed herself. Her level of sanity after she goes Grimdark is questionable, but she was fairly stable until Jack [[spoiler: killed John]] where she then attacked him in an eldritch rage. [[spoiler: During the Meteor intermission she begins drinking]] she's less guarded but also falls into an inept stoop. When she snaps out of it, she expresses regret at having fallen into that rut.
** Doc Scratch is always polite and composed, be it when serving guests, beating them up, narrating, [[FauxAffablyEvil or abusing a child]]. When he finds out that Vriska has his cue ball, he has an outburst so powerful that it screws with reality. Another example would be when he's talking to Gamzee, where he drops his attitude and declares all of them to be suckers as he's won.
** Dirk could effectively be described as having all the stoicness we've seen from the Striders, while having the angst and self loathing of Karkat mashed into one. He doesn't really seem to try and hide his emotions though and is surprisingly straight forward with them.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Pacificators}}'', EmotionlessGirl [[BlowYouAway Taffe Torbern]] freaks out whether her big sister [[TheDitz Larima]] [[MakingASplash Torbern]] gets hurt. This is the ''only'' thing which could shatter Taffe's composure.
* Phonsekal Laure from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' usually appears as a very reserved, lazy but kind of high and mighty guy. Turns out he is one of the most childish whenever it concerns his Safety Blanket and CompanionCube.
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* The Shadow in ''KateModern'' is a calm, wordless badass BattleButler... until [[spoiler:his mistress]] gets murdered, [[AvengingTheVillain that is]]...
* Daichi in ''Literature/GreekNinja'', and even Sasha to an extent, although she's not as much of a stoic character as him to start with.
* Diabetus is a calm DeadpanSnarker in WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} videos, his co-[=LPs=] with LetsPlay/{{Slowbeef}} and in ''most'' of his own [=LPs=]. His VideoGame/{{Battletoads}} LP has a few moments of rage, but not as many as you might expect from that game. His LP (started out as just a recurring commentator but was eventually handed the reins) of the infamous, sadistically difficult TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast RomHack ''Parallel Worlds'' however, is [[ClusterFBomb another]] [[SanitySlippage story]] [[DespairEventHorizon entirely,]] ''especially'' when he takes up a challenge to [[WhatWereYouThinking do the final dungeon with no save-states.]] Eventually goes into TranquilFury when after an hour long video, he [[spoiler: accidentally hits the load-state button.]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick (who tries so valiantly to be an EmotionlessGirl) gets a lot of these in WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee, but the most extreme moment is when she sees [[ItMakesSenseInContext the state of her soul]] in WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows's face. [[ScreamingWoman Hope you weren't wearing headphones]].
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Taylor notes that Revel never loses her cool. Except when [[spoiler:Scion does a FaceHeelTurn and begins wiping out humanity,]] which makes it hit Taylor even harder.
* Fighting Leaf loses his temper when he sees someone or something upsets him.
* Ystos from ''Series/{{Noob}}'' acts more or less like TheStoic most of the time, but [[spoiler:Fantöm's absence]] in Season 3 has caused him burst into tears while he was obviously overjoyed when [[spoiler:Sparadrap reached level 100]].
* In ''WebVideo/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Magnus is pretty snarky and chilled during Karamazov's raid... up until Emperor's "reveal" prompts a FlatWhat.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On his earliest cartoons, the typically unemotional Droopy would suddenly explode in an exuberant display of emotion at the end, only to revert to his usual composure and calmly state [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry "I'm happy."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Mai comes across as the EmotionlessGirl most of the time, but blows up in the episode "The Beach", where she actually shouts.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': In Season 2 Eska's reaction to Bolin's break-up shows her true possessive and horrifying nature.
** In Season 4, Kuvira seems genuinely broken up [[spoiler: by her decision to ShootTheHostage and nuke the building where her fiance and the Avatar are hiding]].
** PlayedForLaughs (most of the time) with Tenzin; he tries his best to appear as the stoic, wise Airbending Master. When Korra's acting too much like a BrattyTeenageDaughter, or his older siblings start picking on him, or when he's run ragged by his young children, that composure fractures.
* Raven of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' strives for utter calm and control over her emotions--making it that much more frightening when she lets her temper show. The episode "Nevermore" begins with Raven torturing a villain, and the fourth season's [[HalfArcSeason Trigon arc]] features her angrily attacking and yelling at both Slade and Trigon.
** Justified, though, because it was mentioned once in a FreakyFridayFlip episode that her powers are controlled by her emotions. Cue [[LoveFreak Starfire]] exploding things without noticing when she had Raven's body, or Raven accidentally kidnapping all other Titans and creating an army of monsters when she was scared by a horror movie.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Mandy is normally emotionless, but in the episode featuring Pandora's Box, upon realizing that she had unleashed it, she is overwhelmed with fear/shock. Also, the episode when her nerve is stolen from her.
** And the episode "Heartburn," when she finds out she may actually like Irwin.
** "Billy And Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure" features no fewer than three examples of this. First, when the Boogey Man puts her to sleep and turns her dreams into a PsychologicalTormentZone. Second, she brushes tears from her eyes when she thinks the Kraken has eaten Billy, despite knowing and stating that [[GenreSavvy he was always fine]], no matter what happened to him. And third, Horror's Hand causes her to experience her greatest fears. She was confident that nothing could scare her…as were many of the viewers. But when she comes face to face with the adult version of herself, a plump [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]], and sees her kissing a grown-up Irwin, she ''runs away screaming.''
* Very few things can make Prowl of ''TransformersAnimated'' lose his composure. Unfortunately for Prowl, one of those things is his annoying teammate [[KidAppealCharacter Bumblebee]], who can provoke uncharacteristic displays of frustration in Prowl without even trying.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' film ''Return of the Joker'', what the Clown Prince does to [[spoiler: Tim Drake]] and the resulting retaliation taint the entire Bat Family's demeanors forever.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** In the episode "Harlequinade", Harley Quinn [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo pushes a button]] in the Batmobile, thinking it will turn on the radio. Instead, it deploys the drag parachute, causing Batman to lose control of the Batmobile as it swerves left and right. Batman hits the brakes... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IJi_Vj4_-k loses his cool and gives Harley a well deserved scolding]].
** [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE25TheClockKing "The Clock King"]]. Even before his StartOfDarkness, Temple Fugate was TheStoic. It's justified because he is TheSociopath whose only interest in life is to be a ScheduleFanatic. But there is a theme that makes him emote:
--->'''Counselor Hill:''' Do you take a coffee break?\\
'''Fugate:''' Of course. Every day at 3 on the dot.\\
'''Counselor Hill:''' [[AdviceBackfire Then take it at 3:15.]]\\
'''Fugate:''' (''he grinds his teeth while the subway wheels grind by slowly stopping, [[EmpathicEnvironment giving the illusion that the noise is caused by Fugate]]'') [[SeriousBusiness But my schedule!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'': Zachary is a very quiet, steady, and stoic fellow, especially in contrast with the more colorful crew he's commanding. It makes it all the more powerful when it slips.
* In ''TotalDramaIsland'' Noah was an emotionless, sarcastic DeadpanSnarker, however, in ''World Tour'' he gets some CharacterDevelopment and focus that reveals that he's quite enthusiastic and friendly when he wants to be.
* A comedic example during the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' DVD special, "Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story." Tricia Takanawa, TokenMinority news reporter for Channel 5 goes to interview DavidBowie on the red carpet. It takes one sentence from Bowie to turn Tricia from deadpan reporter, to shrieking, leg humping fangirl.
-->'''Tricia''': Oh, make love to me Ziggy Stardust! I take you home, I make you fishball soup! Fishball!
-->'''Tom''': ''({{Beat}})'' Thank you, Tricia, for successfully setting your people back 1000 years.
* As mentioned in the quote, this applies to Wind-Whistler from ''MyLittlePony''. The line in question comes from ''Crunch the Rock Dog''.
** Towards the end of ''Lesson Zero'' in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', after all the brainwashed characters are cured and give up fighting over the Smarty Pants doll, we see the normally [[TheStoic stoic]] Big Macintosh grin childishly and run off with it complete with little love-hearts around his head.
** He gets another one in "The Last Roundup": we see [[TheQuietOne quiet]] [[GentleGiant giant]] Big Macintosh's lip quivering when he gets the note that Applejack's not coming home.
** Done for a humorous role reversal in the episode "Ponyville Confidential". The town is mad at the Cutie Mark Crusaders for their gossip rag. They try seeking forgiveness from Applejack and Big Mac, but Applejack only responds in Macintosh's usual "yep" and "nope"s, while Macintosh chews them out for what they did. He probably says more in that scene than he does in the rest of the series combined.
** In the episode ''Maud Pie'', Pinkie's eponymous sister spends most of the episode as a drab, monotone EmotionlessGirl, until Pinkie is in danger of being crushed by a boulder. This causes Maud to run faster than any of the other ponies with a determined expression, punch the boulder to dust with her bare hooves, and after bringing Pinkie down from the rock slide, hug her out of relief and raise her voice when scolding her. She also smiles at the end of the episode, saying she loves Pinkie Pie.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Ferb is one of the most stoic cartoon guys you ever hope to meet. The look on his face is 99% of the time, entirely blank, and he speaks, on average, [[TheQuietOne once an episode]]. He does, occasionally, get moments of emotion, but his first true Not So Stoic moment happened in [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension his first]] [[TheMovie movie]]: When he and his brother meet their other-dimension counterparts, the alternate Phineas sees Perry and immediately hugs him, thinking he's ''their'' Perry, finally come home. When Phineas tells him that it's the wrong Perry, he then asks "Wait...can I hold him a little longer?". Cut to Ferb, along with ''his'' other dimension counterpart, shedding a [[SingleTear single]], [[ManlyTears small tear]].
* It is rare to see Optimus Prime from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' to show any sort of emotion. He only really loses it twice: once when Raph is injured by Megatron, and once when Starscream steals the Omega Keys.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cellbound}}'' has the ever-serious jail warden, who nevertheless begins doing an incredibly goofy dance upon hearing some music (then goes back to serious and stoic within a single animation frame).
* In ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'', Lance starts out as quiet, serious and aloof, but goes through this trope as more of a gradual change as opposed to facing consequences that briefly put him into this. Octus, a robot, is stoic throughout most of the show, but when all organic life becomes still due to a [[MonsterOfTheWeek Mutraddi]], he attempts to use his electricity to bring Ilana and Lance "back to life." When it does work, [[{{Tearjerker}} he actually smacks his hand across this face, making this pained expression as if he was going to cry.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Garnet tends to be unfazed by most things. As the series progresses, she shows more expression, ranging from concern and desperation (when Steven nearly ages himself to death in "Too Many Birthdays", or when he endangers himself during "Future Vision" because of something she told him), to unrestrained joy (seeing that [[spoiler:Steven and Connie have pulled off a successful FusionDance]] in "Alone Together", or [[spoiler:fusing back together herself]] in "Jail Break"). "Keeping it Together" breaks that stoic demeanor completely; confronting [[spoiler:the artifical gem [[BodyOfBodies assembled from the shards of fallen comrades]]]] leaves her ''horrified''.
*** [[spoiler: One of her halves, Sapphire, is always calm and emotionless to the point of appearing apathetic. However, in "Keystone Motel," she actually breaks down when she realizes how indifferent she was acting about Pearl using Garnet to fuse, dismissing how hurt Ruby was feeling in the present time.]]
--->[[spoiler: '''Sapphire (to Ruby)''': I keep looking into the future, when all of this has already been solved. As if it doesn't matter how you feel in the present. ''(voice cracking as she starts crying)'' No wonder you think I don't care!]]
** In a different vein, [[spoiler:Peridot]] is introduced as a calm, focused individual who borders on the mechanical in her inflections and expression. As it turns out, this only lasts until someone makes her angry, at which point she rapidly gets rather amusingly flustered. It doesn't help that her voice is high and somewhat squeaky at the best of times, and it only gets worse when she's upset.
--->"I'M REPORTING THIS!"
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Norwegian Terrorist and Mass Murderer Anders Behring Breivik bragged about how he had trained himself to disregard any and all emotion and described himself as a {{Knight Templar}}. This however, did not stop him from writing a 27-page long list of complaints on his prison cell surroundings, like how the pen he was given caused his hands to hurt and how he could not bring his own Vaacum Flask.
** Among other things, he wants a sofa, a PS3, and some adult-rated games for it (currently, he's "only" got a chair, a PS2 and games rated as appropriate for all ages). [[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/anders-breivik-demands-better-video-games-and-threatens-hunger-strike-over-jail-hell-9130592.html He claims he is being treated like an animal and is threatening a hunger strike]]. It's been suggested, with some good evidence, that he's mainly doing this out of spite.
* Newscasters are supposed to be stoic, and Dan Rather has been exceptional in this regard, reporting on everything from the assassination of John F. Kennedy (as CBS's Dallas correspondent) up to the events of 9/11--at least in his own newscast. However, he was very humanly emotional when he was David Letterman's first guest when Letterman's show returned after 9/11.
** Bosses and other authority figures are also supposed to be stoic and not let others -- particularly their subordinates -- into their private lives, particularly the more traditional ones. But every once in awhile, even the most traditional of superiors will let their iron-clad facade fall.
* The TropeCodifier for OhTheHumanity is an earlier case of this. After calmly narrating the Hindenburg's approach to the mooring tower, newsreel announcer Herbert Morrison was horrified and at a loss for words when it caught fire.
* Walter Cronkite briefly lost his composure on the air when he reported the official statement that John F Kennedy had died. ( Video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuxLSY_xNwA here]], the composure slip starts at just about 5:00)
** His facade also briefly parted during liftoff and ascent of John Glenn's Mercury space-capsule flight.
* HideoKojima's reaction to the question of whether Uwe Boll would be making a Franchise/MetalGear movie was supposedly... spirited, to say the least.
* UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}} player Andy Murray has a reputation as being quite stoic and serious...until he lost in the finals of Wimbledon 2012, and had to fight tears most of the way throughout his final speech.
** Roger Federer has an even more established reputation as a cool and unflappable maestro who never lets a strand of his hair get out of place on court, but he occasionally does things like breaking down in tears after losing the 2009 Australian Open final and [[http://tennis.si.com/2012/06/05/roger-federer-french-open-crowd/ yelling at the French Open crowd to "Shut up!"]] while on the brink of getting eliminated by del Potro that remind you that he's just as human as the next player.
* ABC News anchor Peter Jennings was known to be as charismatic as possible without losing his journalistic cool. He'd been in the business since the mid-1960s so he knew to be a consummate pro. But when he told his viewing audience about his cancer diagnosis (of a cancer that would eventually take his life) and need to retire, you could hear his voice cracking and his eyes full of sadness.
* The head of the stoic school, Chrysippus, was an example: He died in a fit of uncontrollable laughter.
* MMA fighter Ronda Rousey is always extremely cold and composed in the lead up to her matches, complete with [[DeathGlare death glares]]. Once she has won she instantly becomes much more relaxed and shows more personality. How she would react if she lost is unclear as of yet…
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