"You're not hurt, Watson? For God's sake, say that you are not hurt!"
Not So Stoic is what happens when a Stoic is pushed to the edge
, and falls off. This is when The Stoic loses his/her façade
and shows the world (or just their True Companions
) 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 very heartwrenching
or extremely terrifying
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: Manly Tears
over the death of a teammate
are certainly un-stoic, but so is unfettered joy over 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 they aren't much of a stoic
. However, these moments can also be used to illustrate 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 Not So Above It All
, OOC Is Serious Business
and Sugar and Ice Personality
. Contrast with Bad Dreams
(where The Stoic
can keep it buttoned up — while awake), Rage Breaking Point
When Played for Laughs
or poorly written
, it's an Out-of-Character Moment
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Anime and Manga
- In Watchmen, Rorschach's face never registers emotion — with two notable exceptions. He goes into a screaming frenzy when the cops take off his mask, and at the very end, he rips off his mask, showing 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 Despair Event Horizon in The Movie, 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, handcuffs the killer to an oven, gives him a hacksaw, and sets the house on fire. Forcing the killer to cut through his own leg in order to get out in time, a-la Mad Max. The shape of the speech bubbles implies it's the first appearance of Rorschach's Creepy Monotone, implying he stayed entirely calm during the entire event.
- A variation occurs with the Comedian, who doesn't take anything seriously until he learns about Ozymandias' plan. He lampshades this trope when he breaks into Moloch's apartment and delivers a teary-eyed confession.
- 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 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 play on Harley's insecurities. It worked, too.
- In The Killing Joke, he genuinely guffaws with The Joker about a metaphorical joke about the two of them. It's more a laughter of the damned, but it's still real laughter.
- The Trope Image is from Knightfall, just after Batman's forced to be stopped from smashing Zsasz's head in like a watermelon. The kicker? That was part 3. It gets worse from there.
- Mr Freeze is usually very grim and without empathy. However, bring up his beloved Nora and he will breakdown, 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 The Sandman 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 get confronted by the insane Hector Hall and learns that he calls himself "The Sandman", it's the first and only time on the whole series that he laughs (although his head is hidden behind 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 The Stoic in Omega The Unknown due to having been raised by robots, but begins to react more emotionally as time goes on, even shedding a tear when one of his friends is beaten to death by bullies, though in truth he's more enraged than sad.
- Damage Control Comptroller Albert Cleary normally has Nerves of Steel, but he loses control after finding out he's been portrayed as an Uncle Tomfoolery caricature in a movie based on the company.
- 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 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 Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog makes Sonic kill an alternate version of his father and Sonic blows up at him, Zonic reminds him that the version was technically his father too.
- The Transformers IDW: 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 screaming about how Galvatron was destroying their home. This continues into Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: 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 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 Monstrosity when sharing a jab at Scorponok's expense, once during AHM where he wordlessly screams when he finds Rumble near death, and finally during the Remain in the light arc when Ravage starts dying from the Depopulation Bomb, he's in a full panic and asking for someone to save him.
- X-23 as a rule 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 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 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 form 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 to be on the receiving end.
- The New52 version of Superboy, when he starts getting a no-holds-barred beatdown in issue #2.
- The interrogator of all people in 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 Kyon Big Damn Hero shows satisfaction when Kyon takes one of the reprogrammed Morph Weapons from her. She also wishes him good luck, which he promptly needs.
- 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 the Demogorgan. But after he has finally killed the Demogorgan thanks to Cortana's Heroic Sacrifice, this happens:
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 the cause was the tears filling his eyes.
- Snape in Arc Of Sacrifices, big time. After being his usual snarky-git self for pretty much the entire series, he goes absolutely insane when Regulus Black dies in the seventh book.
- This occurs in Clouded Sky with Igneous, the protagonist's normally 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 The Last Spartan for 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 barely contained frustration. When Garrus keeps pushing, however, The Chief snaps and reminds Garrus that all his fellow Spartans and everyone he knows in general is long-since dead (implicitly anyone who survived the war is dead of old age themselves). Cortana, as he notes, is all he has left.
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Memories Born Of Fire, Spock becomes more clingy around Kirk and has nightmares to the point of insomnia in the aftermath of the kal-i-fee.
- In the 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 Rapid Aging sapped his self-control.
- In the Star Trek: The Original Series fanfic Insontis II, when Kirk is almost electrocuted, kid!Spock hides himself. Shortly after finding him, McCoy notices his hands are "clenched and trembling." He is only a kid.
- The Stars Will Aid Their Escape: You can tell that Herald is having a Villainous Breakdown during his fight with the Princesses because he's actually getting visibly angry.
- Likewise, Checker Monarch's Villainous Breakdown in 'Getting Back on Your Hooves is accompanied by her Ice Queen 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 Mare of Steel gets visibly angry when Rainbow Dash/Supermare breaks out of his Sadistic Choice and decides to just kill her instead of collecting any information from her.
- In Ace Combat The Equestrian War, both Talisman and Mobius express sincere sadness after the death of Carrot Top.
- In Mission Report: Impossible as Nova Prime attempts to get through an insane report that the 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.
- "Curious George 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.)
- Sherlock Holmes, 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 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 "WHAT?".
- In China Miéville's The Scar, sequel to Perdido Street Station, 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 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 Haruhi Suzumiya when Yuki Nagato showed a significant emotion was in the Alternate Universe she created, where she was a normal girl. She gave a definite smile to Kyon, which dazzled him quite a bit.
- In James Swallow's Warhammer 40,000 Horus Heresy novel The Flight of the Eisenstein, Sendek has a not-so-stoic moment of sheer surprise at The Reveal.
- 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 Artemis Fowl series, the usually stoic protagonist has a small emotional breakdown after hearing that his father is still alive.
- In James Swallow's novel Deus Encarmine, Arkio accuses his 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 berserkers who 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?
- Sense and Sensibility: 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 Lucy Steele, and would really quite like to marry her, thank you very much. At which point she loses it. Spectacularly. See Hattie Morahan in the 2008 version or Emma Thompson in the 1995 version to see how it's done.
- Happens to Griboyedov in The Death of the Vazir Mukhtar, as he does sometimes confide some of his many worries and anxieties to particularly close friends.
- Harry Potter: Severus Snape has four during the series: When Sirius whom Snape believes betrayed Lily to Voldemort escapes, when Harry accidentally dives into his memories, "DON'T CALL ME COWARD!", and his reaction to the news of Lily's death. Other than that, he's just another teacher with a sadistic slant.
"Give me a reason to do it, Black. Give me a reason and I swear I will."
- Zal of Quantum Gravity. He is completely cool in battle situations, and can keep that together for as long as he needs to...usually. Then he hears that/how Dar died and can't keep it together.
- In The Westing Game, 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 The Stoic 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 Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian 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.
- Jane Eyre wasn't stoic as a child, but by the time she gets to Thornfield she is pretty emotionally reserved until Rochester 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 World War Z, Todd Wainios tells a story about one of the 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 Tanya Huff. 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 Fate/Zero, Kiritsugu displays two personalities: loving father and husband, and remorseless Combat Pragmatist. 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 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 Fate/Zero is a prequel to the original series, the point of no return is long past.
- Dally from The Outsiders hardly cares about anyone or anything. But when Johnny dies, he visibly loses it.
- Hoole, in Galaxy of Fear, is profoundly affected seeing the wraiths on Kiva - he, who would always shapeshift to vigorously defend himself and protect his charges, went to his own form, fell to his knees, and covered his face. He held himself responsible for what killed them.
- In Redeeming Love, the heroine is a cynical Broken Bird who regularly tends to shrug off (or laugh off) both physical and emotional trauma (and romantic overtures from her Love Martyr 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 isn’t worthy of his love, and again when she experiences real lovemaking for the first time (in contrast to thirteen unhappy years as a prostitute) and finds herself weeping as she’s coming down from her climax.
- Legacy of the Dragokin: Lydia normally acts like she's the same age as her grandfather but has an emotional outburst when 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 The Wheel of Time is a villain so consumed with hate for the Dragon (Lews Therin Telamon or his reincarnation 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 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 Large Ham Hero Killer 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.
- An uncommon take with Harry Dresden, in that we get to see everything from his point of view, so we know what decisions he makes to make him appear as The Stoic. As we find out, however, he is absolutely lethal when he loses it.
Live Action TV
- 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.)
- The Dukes of Hazzard: 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.)
- The Twilight Zone: 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 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 Star Trek: The Original Series example would be "Amok Time", where Spock showed his relief that Kirk wasn't Killed Off for Real. "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 "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 Axe Crazy 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 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.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation. 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 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 "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 The Search for Spock. He's downright pissed off when he thinks 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", Generations and First Contact. "Chain of Command, Part II" could be a case of Breaking The Stoic.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: in "Take Me Out to the Holosuite," the crew successfully demonstrate that Captain Solok is definitely Not So Stoic.
- A more frequent example might come from the character Odo, particularly concerning his initially unrequited love for Kira.
- Captain Jack in 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 Desperate Housewives shows her emotions very rarely, but when she does that, she usually breaks into painful sobs ( like when her husband Rex dies) or has sudden bursts of anger.
- Teal'c from Stargate SG-1 had a couple of moments where he showed big emotions (example: 6x01 "Redemption Part 1"), despite normally being The Stoic.
- 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 Tear Jerker in itself as the Proud Warrior Race Guy 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 Character Development. 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.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers has this in the last part of the three part pilot for Season 2, when Big Bad Rita Repulsa is replaced with her master, Lord Zedd, who locks Rita back in her space dumpster for failing her mission to conquer earth. Once the Rangers have, with difficulty, defeated Lord Zedd's first Monster of the Week, they wonder what happened to Rita. Using the 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 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.
- 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 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 The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Cameron is almost always an 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 being very angry, very calmly.
- Then there's Derek, Deadpan Snarker 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 Manly Tears at the sight of her doing ballet by herself.
- Takeru of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger has such a moment in episode 18, when he's reunited with his old friend, Genta, and has to step out of the room to make sure his "retainers" can't see him when he starts cracking up at Genta's antics.
- 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 live away from his mother, he breaks down crying.
- Juliet Burke from LOST, originally of the Others, was first seen as having a cold and expressionless demeanor and carried out her orders from Ben. 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 Not So Stoic 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 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 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 she's only going along with Jack's plan because she can't bear to lose Sawyer.
- Farscape: Aeryn Sun, though originally The Stoic 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 The Stoic 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. 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 Killed Off for Real on Degrassi The Next Generation, 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, 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, Mrs Hudson and John.
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.
- Castiel in Supernatural starts off completely unemotional, and while he gradually picks some up from Dean and Sam he stays as the calm, stoic, Comically Serious Straight Man. When he catches up with Dean after Dean angel-sigils him and goes to say 'yes' to Michael, it comes as quite a surprise.
- While not exactly stoic per se, Joel of Mystery Science Theater 3000 always took his captivity with a certain laid back good-naturedness. "Manos" The Hands of Fate 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 Criminal Minds is usually the embodiment of stoicism, which make the events of the episode "100" all the more heart-wrenching.
- Prince Arthur from Merlin is quite good at keeping his cool, save on two occasions: once when he learnt the truth about his mother's death (his father was responsible) and again when his father sentences his beloved Guinvere to be burnt at the stake.
- Temperance "Bones" Brennan is sometimes accused of being an Ice Queen, due to her emotionally distant manner and lack of social skills. When Tempe loses it, you get to see the Broken Bird 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 Love Interest 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.
- The X-Files' 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 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.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Oz is famed for his utter lack of emotional response to pretty much any intense situation, reacting to both realizing he's a werewolf and finding a submarine on his doorstep with a mere "huh". Push him over the edge, though, and things will get broken. Or beaten up. Or possibly killed. For most seasons, this Berserk Button consisted of Willow—either seeing her threatened, hurt or faced with the prospect of losing her. And after he did lose her, there were tears. Both times. Later on this focus shifts to his wife and son.
- In The Wire'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 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. After taking back a corner single-handedly, he expresses genuine happiness.
- In Firefly Simon is always doing this with River.
- Person of Interest: Reese broke his stoic façade precisely once: when an infant child was about to die from freezing.
- Scandal: Abby Whelan.
- NCIS: Los Angeles: 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?
- JAG: Sarah MacKenzie is mostly portrayed, as part of the Marine persona, as The Stoic. 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-centred white trash mom, she turns out to be Not So Stoic. But it turns out to be a Double Subversion: 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.
- Doc Martin: 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 The Shield was always the most impassive member of the Strike Team; even when attempting to kill Shane out of revenge he never lost his cool... 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.
- On the 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.
- Hulk Hogan 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 Randy Savage 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 Elizabeth had been killed ... or worse! Hogan's decision to leave Savage at ringside and instead be at Elizabeth's bedside (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 turning on Hogan and a match set up for WrestleMania V, in which Hogan defeated Savage to reclaim the World Heavyweight Championship.
- At the end of Sherlock Holmes, 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.
- Toa of Ice characters from BIONICLE tend to be both the quiet ones and stoic, until Character Development 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 Disney Death, 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!
- Jon Irenicus in Baldur's Gate 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 Half-Life 2: 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."
- Knights of the Old Republic 2 has the Handmaiden, who is calm almost to the point of being icy until you approach her about the possibility of training her as a Jedi.
- Morrigan of Dragon Age: Origins is one of the calmest and most collected individuals you will ever meet, except for a few scenes during her romance arc.
- Sten: calm, stoic, sarcastic...then complete his personal mission, and you get to see him crack a smile.
- Agent 47 in Hitman: Blood Money. Diana's apparent betrayal causes him to become visibly angry, and even prompts his first, and so far only, outburst of verbal aggression.
Agent 47: "Bitch!"
- Also in the 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.
- Konishi the "Iron Maiden" from The World Ends with You 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.
- Gears of War 2 has several moments where Marcus Fenix shows some form of emotion other than seething, barely-contained fury. In particular, when Dom has to euthanize Maria, he looks like he's going to break down into tears - for just a moment.
- Also exhibited when 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 Dom sacrifices himself to save the rest of the squad, before going into a Heroic Safe Mode that lasts until the Stranded leader Griffin refuses to let up on trash-talking the COG, resulting in Marcus totally flipping his shit:
Marcus: "I JUST LOST MY FUCKING BROTHER! YOU HEAR THAT?! MY BROTHER!!! YOU, YOUR TOWER, AND ALL THIS FUCKING IMULSION CAN GO TO HELL!!!"
- Super Robot Wars: Kyosuke Nanbu is generally the mascot for 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 Tranquil Fury. 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 didn't, quite). Likewise, although he doesn't jump up and down in joy when his rival 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 Gespenst MkII Type S.
- Also from Super Robot Wars is Raidese F. Branstein, he usually plays the cool lancer to hot head Ryusei but when he comes across Archibald Grims, the man responsible for the terrorist incident where his adored sister in law was killed, he goes completely berserk and gets shot down (and almost killed) for his trouble.
- Roxas from Kingdom Hearts II is shown to have been pretty darn stoic, even for an Organization XIII member. And then you later see him going batshit insane on machinery because he's incredibly pissed off at being manipulated, and even see him crying and yelling at DiZ that he hates him.
- 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?"
- While most of the nobodies are stoic, even when they break down Di Z insists that it's a ploy, and that nobodies can't feel any kind of emotion.Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance Reveals that Nobodies eventually regrow new hearts, which means that when the Organization shows anger, panic, disbelief, or a fear of death, it's genuine.
- Kingdom Hearts II also posses a unique positive 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, but since the same game confirms that Nobodies can grow hearts over time, it's quite possible that programs can grow hearts too, so it's possible that Tron grew a heart of his own, explaining his sudden emotions.
- Persona 4 has Naoto Shirogane, a young genius hired by police to assist in finding Inaba's serial killer. He maintains a cool, confident air most of the time, but once confronted with his Shadow, it starts to become extremely difficult for him to remain calm...
- Jin Kisaragi from BlazBlue is mostly a stoic 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 something... uh... more questionable.
- Likewise with Nu-13, a Robot Girl who speaks in a mechanical monotone...except when she's squaring off against Ragna. Then she goes full Yandere.
- ADA in Zone of the Enders 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, "This is what we live for - those of us who have no life".
- JC Denton from Deus Ex isn't completely emotionless, but certainly very stoic. There are a few times his voice breaks, however, such as 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 narmy cry of "A BOMB!" when Jock discovers a bomb on his helicopter.
- In Tales of Symphonia, 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 and Kratos' dead wife, and it's Kratos who angrily snaps at him not to speak ill of the dead.
- Vergil from Devil May Cry is pretty cold for most of the third game...except when his attempt to fully open Temen-Ni-Gru doesn't work (Arkham deliberately left out a few steps). Then he gets pissy: "Why isn't this working?!?"
- Mass Effect
- In the first game, Wrex is cynical and almost devoid of emotion the entire playthrough, until he nearly suffers his Heroic BSOD 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 Mass Effect 2, 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 Deadpan Snarker self.
- In Mass Effect 3, if Shepard sabotages the genophage cure by killing Mordin or Padok, Wrex's response is to 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 the genophage sabotage, Wrex's response is an absolutely furious "No one, 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 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 Would Not Shoot a Civilian outright 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 Mass Effect 3 is the definition of a Hurting Hero. For the first two games s/he kept his/her emotions subdued but they are really shown here with dreams showing extreme Survivor Guilt and even becoming a borderline Death Seeker. A Fem Shep 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 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 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 Not So Stoic 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!
- Cyrus, no matter how emotionless he claims to be, gets pretty pissed off in the Distortion World in Pokémon 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 Pokemon Black And White, gym leader Elesa acts like a Emotionless Girl, but is overwhelmed by excitement when you beat her, immediately becoming embarrassed over it. In the sequels, 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, still need some work.
- Professor Layton is usually the very definition of Stiff Upper Lip, but in Unwound Future 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 hat!
- And earlier in the same game, we saw him get angry for the first time ever.
- Richard of Tales of Graces 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. It's a result of him being possessed by an Omnicidal Maniac.
- And then the future arc in Graces f shatters that stoic personality altogether. Keep in mind this is after Lambda releases him and moves on to Asbel. He's more prone to rampant trolling and explosive moments of ham than stoicness. Mask of Barona, anyone?
- In Metal Gear Solid 4, Raiden appears to become very much The Stoic... 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 Final Fantasy VIII, Squall Leonhart starts out as The Stoic, but his stoicism breaks down spectactularly as his coping mechanisms prove increasingly inadequate, starting with the short meltdown he has over the way people talk about Seifer after his supposed death.
- When Rinoa ends up in a coma, he breaks down completely.
- Agent Superball in the Sam & Max Telltale Games is an unflappable Secret Service agent who spends the whole series speaking in a flat monotone (except for one impromptu musical number). However, at the end of the series, 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 Dragon Age II. In most of his appearances he is The Stoic, 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. 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 grabbed by the shoulder or called a slave (or if a romanced Hawke falls in battle). And while Varric, the 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 Disgaea 4, Fenrich usually serves as the calculating, Tall, Dark and Snarky 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 Berserk Button, and when Judge Nemo 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.
- Final Fantasy X: Auron, after Kinoc's death, gets very pissed about it, and Lulu's deadpan demeanour cracks badly upon learning the teachings of Yevon were lies.
- Auron also loses it when he sees a memory preserved by the pyre-flies 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, enraged at his helplessness.
- No...it wasn't me! It can't be! It's some sort of misunderstanding!
- The first two Max Payne games had Max running mostly on Tranquil Fury and stoicism. However, Max Payne 3 features a Max that, after discovering a horrifying organ harvesting ring, completely loses his shit and fully indulges in Unstoppable Rage.
- The Master Chief is unflappable. Though thoughout the games certain things weigh on him (such as Keyes and Johnson's deaths), he generally remains stoic and gets the job done. Come Halo4, and 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 sheds a tear afterwards, as seen on his visor.
- Similarly, Truth. In 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 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 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.
- Ib: The titular protagonist is a Heroic Mime 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 Garry fails the Doll Room event, and is driven insane. Depending on circumstances, it'll either be a heart-warming hug when Ib manages to snap him back to reality, or she'll rocket past the Despair Event Horizon fast enough that her will to live shatters like glass when she realises he's past saving.
- Ace Attorney Investigations gives us Shih-na, a hyper-competent Emotionless Girl who speaks with zero inflection in her voice. As evidence piles up that she's a criminal, her normally blank expression changes to a Psychotic Smirk and then to a particularly creepy Slasher Smile, before finally breaking down completely.
- Inverted and then played straight in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies . 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 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. And as that scenario becomes more and more likely . . .
- Little Busters!: 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 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, 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 Hatoful Boyfriend 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 Stepford Smiler whose attitude doesn't change even in enormously stressful situations such as 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 butler is actually an assassin and just loses it with fear and worry, even making bald-faced threats.
- Celestia Ludenberg in Dangan Ronpa usually presents herself as a stoic, pragmatic, Elegant Gothic Lolita. However, she does have some Berserk Button and if pressed, her expression changes into a deranged, screaming lunatic. 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 Graceful Loser.
- Hisao from Katawa Shoujo 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.
- Chapter 6 of Gunnerkrigg Court, where, seemingly out of nowhere, Emotionless Girl 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 "Kat" is disintegrated by Gamma.
- A weakness isn't normal, child. That Place poisons you.
- Anthony, if we'll believe Annie's flashbacky dream.
- At the start of Chapter 37, we get Antimony's emotionless monologue as everyone worries over her - and, then, after ushering everyone out of the room, Kat's dad offers her a glass of water...
- Ozy from Ozy and Millie nearly breaks down upon hearing about his birth mom.
- Naal'suul of Drowtales is The Woobie 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 the driest manner possible until this scene where she finally breaks and admits that she's afraid.
- Higgs from Girl Genius, when Zeetha is wounded.
- 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 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 killed John where she then attacked him in an eldritch rage. 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, 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 Pacificators, Emotionless Girl Taffe Torbern freaks out whether her big sister Larima Torbern gets hurt. This is the only thing which could shatter Taffe's composure.
- Phonsekal Laure from Tower of God 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 Companion Cube.
- The Shadow in KateModern is a calm, wordless badass Battle Butler... until his mistress gets murdered, that is...
- Daichi in Greek Ninja, 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 Deadpan Snarker in Retsupurae videos, his co-LPs with Slowbeef and in most of his own LPs. His 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 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Rom Hack Parallel Worlds however, is another story entirely, especially when he takes up a challenge to do the final dungeon with no save-states. Eventually goes into Tranquil Fury when after an hour long video, he accidentally hits the load-state button.
- The Nostalgia Chick (who tries so valiantly to be an Emotionless Girl) gets a lot of these in To Boldly Flee, but the most extreme moment is when she sees the state of her soul in Todd in the Shadows's face. Hope you weren't wearing headphones.
- In Worm, Taylor notes that Revel never loses her cool. Except when Scion does a Face-Heel Turn 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 Noob acts more or less like The Stoic most of the time, but Fantöm's absence in Season 3 has caused him burst into tears while he was obviously overjoyed when Sparadrap reached level 100.
- 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.
- 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 Trope Codifier for Oh, the Humanity! 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 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.
- Hideo Kojima's reaction to the question of whether Uwe Boll would be making a Metal Gear movie was supposedly... spirited, to say the least.
- 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 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 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…