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This is the villainous counterpart to HeroicMime; while the hero's silence makes them [[FeaturelessProtagonist open to interpretation]], the Silent Antagonist's silence makes them a sort of EnigmaticMinion, or in the worst of cases, an [[ImplacableMan utterly implacable force of nature]].

A {{Subtrope}} of HeWhoMustNotBeHeard. The {{Supertrope}} of EnemyMime. SisterTrope to EnigmaticMinion.


[[folder: Anime/Manga ]]
* The Captain of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' never speaks. In fact, [[TheStoic the only time he shows any emotion at all]] is an OhCrap when Alucard releases his Level Zero transformation, and a quick smile during his battle against Seras. [[spoiler:And that only happens right before he dies, implying that he's a DeathSeeker, which fits in nicely with a monologue said by Integra's father in a flashback.]]
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Evil Buu remains completely silent for the one chapter he appears in. ''Anime/DragonballZ'', however, gives him a few lines of dialogue to [[{{Filler}} increase the episode's runtime]].
** Janemba from ''[[TheMovie Fusion Reborn!]]'' never actually spoke. In his first form, he was only able to [[PokemonSpeak say his name]] over again and his second form only consists of maniacal laughs or growls.
* Thirteen of the Seventeen Angels from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', the exceptions being Leliel, Arael, Arimisael, and Tabris [[spoiler: (also known as Kaworu)]].
* Noro from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' is both TheVoiceless and TheFaceless, never making a sound even when suffering brutal injuries. His utter silence is one of ''many'' things creepy about one half of the [[TheSyndicate Aogiri]] CoDragons. It isn't clear whether he simply chooses not to speak or is incapable of it.
* None of the villains featured so far in ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' spoke a single word leaving their motives and personalities unknown. This includes the Digimon Emperor, Alphamon, Imperialdramon, and The resurrected Dark Masters. Gennai is the only aversion to this trope so far as he speaks while revealed to be the bad guy.
* Subverted with Pica in ''Manga/OnePiece''. For about a dozen chapters or so after he was introduced, Pica never vocalized anything, not even screams or grunts. It also meant he would attack without [[CallingYourAttacks calling them out]], giving Zoro a difficult time. It turns out it was all a lead-up to a gag: [[spoiler:Pica's voice is actually very high pitched, in contrast to his enormous, thug-like appearance. People make fun of him and laugh at him due to his voice, so he just stays quiet--not for his own embarrassment, but to avoid unnecessary death and annihilation through him retaliating.]]

[[folder: ComicBooks]]
* ComicBook/TheFlash foe Murmur has [[TongueTrauma got his tongue cut out]] and his lips sewn together.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Joker}}'', ComicBook/HarleyQuinn of all people is this. She does do some awesome stuff (and [[OfCorsetsSexy look]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} damn]] good doing it), though. This might just be because Harley's [[PerkyFemaleMinion usual characterisation]] wouldn't gel with the comic's atmosphere so well. It's implied she is capable of speech since she's shown opening her mouth in several panels as if mid word, but since the story is told from the point of view of a man named Jonny the implication is he's not paying attention to what she's saying as part of his general issues with women.

[[folder: Film]]
* The Mysterious Woman from ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow''.
* The Thin Man in the first ''Film/CharliesAngels'' movie. He originally had lines in the script, but they decided he'd be more villainous if he was TheVoiceless.
* Jaws from the ''Film/JamesBond'' film ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe''. He also counts for most of ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' but it's finally subverted when he gets one line near the end of the film.
** Also Film/{{Goldfinger}}'s top henchman and [[BattleButler butler]], Oddjob, can't speak English, so he doesn't talk. Other than the painful scream he emitted as he was electrocuted.
* Karl Ruprect Kroenen from the film version of ''Film/{{Hellboy}}''. The comic version not only speaks but is quite AffablyEvil.
* The Baseball Furies gang in ''Film/TheWarriors'' never utter a word, even as they fight the Warriors. (They do grunt a bit as they're punched or clubbed, but that's it.)
* Darth Maul in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' only has a couple of lines, and none in the presence of the heroes. {{Averted}} in the ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', where apparently getting [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut in half]] and going back and forth over the line of sanity made him a whole lot more willing to talk.
* Kevin from ''Film/SinCity''. Apparently, he spoke only to Cardinal Roark and "had the voice of an angel" but the audience never hears him.
* Adolf Hitler in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. He meets Indy face to face, but doesn't say a word. A variation in that he's not an antagonist in the context of the scene, because he doesn't know who Indy is. Indy is wearing a stolen Nazi uniform and is remaining silent himself, so Hitler assumes he is just another autograph-seeking soldier. He takes Dr. Henry Jones's book from Indy and signs it, then promptly gives it back without realizing [[MissedHimByThatMuch that it was the diary he was trying to get his evil mitts on in the first place]].
* Rinzler, TheDragon in ''Film/TronLegacy'', is mute for 99% of the film. It's not just to make him creepier; it's because [[spoiler:Rinzler is Tron, reprogrammed to serve the villains, and hearing his voice would spoil TheReveal. When he ''does'' speak, it indicates that he's himself again. The only word he speaks before is "USER!" is his debut scene, which is hardly recognizable as Tron's voice.]]
* ''Film/TheRocketeer'' has Lothar, TheDragon to Neville Sinclair. He only ever says three sentences and one word in the whole movie. This doesn't make him any less scary though.
* Kiriyama from the film version of ''Literature/BattleRoyale''.
* Colonel Gunther Reza in ''Film/DuckYouSucker'' speaks a grand total of two lines, both during his first appearance. From that point on he's completely silent, a fact that only makes his ImplacableMan status all the more disturbing.
* Katya, the blond assassin in the ''Franchise/DieHard'' film ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'', who utters only a single sound (a frustrated scream) in the entire film. Ironic, given that the actress who plays her, Sam Phillips, is a noted singer in real life.
* A common device in Creator/JohnCarpenter's work is the monster or villain that does not speak. They are either unable or unwilling to explain their motivations, which enhances the sense of Otherness about them. We never know what they're thinking; all we know is they intend us harm and will not tell us why.
** Because of the influence of ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'', many SlasherMovie killers will not speak at all as they go about their business, the main exceptions being the Ghostfaces from ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'', who menaced their victims over the phone; Freddy Krueger from ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'', and Chucky from ''Film/ChildsPlay''.
* In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', the Future Sentinels do not speak or make any sort of noise, which is bad for any mutant trying to hide as they can creep up on you and you wouldn't know it until it be far too late.
* Kyle and Ken Katayanagi in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', unlike their comic book counterparts.[[note]]This is because the casting agency cast Asian twins without asking if the twins could speak English; upon discovering they couldn't, the twins were DemotedToExtra and only appear in one scene with no lines.[[/note]]
* The BigBad of ''Disney/BigHero6'', [[MeaningfulName Yokai]], combines this trope with his [[WhiteMaskOfDoom creepy Kabuki mask]], [[DarkIsEvil black coat]] and massive swarm of [[{{Nanomachines}} microbots]] to make for a ''terrifying'' NoNonsenseNemesis. He finally speaks when [[spoiler:revealing himself as Professor Callaghan to Alisair Krei.]]
* The Winter Soldier in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' spends most of the movie as this, and it's [[NoNonsenseNemesis creepy as hell]]. It's also a change from the comics, [[spoiler:probably because ComicBook/BuckyBarnes' [[Creator/SebastianStan actor]] has a pretty distinctive voice]].
* Victoria in ''New Moon'', the second ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' film, is very active as an antagonist but never says a word. It's zig-zagged, though: in a deleted scene, she reminisces about her dead mate to a pair of humans whom she's about to kill; if left in, that would have been the only scene in the film in which she spoke, and she speaks freely in both the first and third films. This is somewhat in keeping with the books, in which she is voiceless in the first, is an entirely offscreen menace in the second, and doesn't appear until the climax of the third in which she is SuddenlyVoiced.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Played to horrifying effect in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode ''[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS4E10Hush Hush]]'', with "the Gentlemen," a group of demons/monsters/whatever-the-hell-they-are who show up to steal people's voices and rip out hearts. Throughout the episode, they never utter a word, just grin at each other and use gestures... and yet they still manage to be ''absolutely terrifying.''
* This is basically the point of the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Silent Enemy]]''. Aliens show up and menace the ''Enterprise'', but refuse to respond to any hails, save for playing back an edited version of a message Archer had sent to them. But no alien voice is ever heard and the crew never does figure out what exactly they were doing, nor why they were doing it.
%%* Kimi Milard from ''Series/{{Alphas}}'' qualifies as this.
* Twin {{serial killer}}s Robert and Nicholas Millberry from Series 2 of ''Series/{{Luther}}'' never communicate while hunting, spending their whole first episode and most of their second in total silence. Robert doesn't talk until after his arrest, and Nicholas only speaks to Luther during their last confrontation, when body language alone will not do the trick.
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Incident on and Off a Mountain Road", the villain Moonface fits the typical mute serial killer character. His only sort-of dialogue is shushing his victims to be quiet while he tortures and murders them.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Flood from ''Waters of Mars'' says all of a few lines through one of its victims, and then never says a word again [[HellIsThatNoise Inhuman screeching and roaring]], on the other hand... Used to great effect, since the focus of that episode wasn't on the Flood at all, but the Doctor's own [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds rapidly unraveling mental state.]]
* Sluggo from the Mr. Bill segments on Series/SaturdayNightLive.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** Flukeman in "The Host" is a humanoid radioactive parasite incapable of language.
** The Peacock Brothers in "Home" seem to understand English, as their mother speaks to them, but they remain silent while onscreen.

* [[spoiler:Lord Vile]] from ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' doesn't speak [[spoiler:until ''Death Bringer''. He whispers Valkyrie's name before snapping out of it.]]
* Almost all of the Demons from ''The Elfstones of Literature/{{Shannara}}'' are like this, except for their boss, [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils the Dagda Mor]], who has one line of dialogue. Most notable is [[TheDragon the Reaper]], who is silent, [[TheFaceless faceless]] and [[ImplacableMan implacable]], pursuing the two main characters tirelessly for most of the book.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/EdFarhat Original Sheik]] and Wrestling/AbdullahTheButcher most of their careers. They did begin talking in their semi retirement, especially Abdulla, who developed an apathy for all things [[OnlyInItForTheMoney but money.]]
* Wrestling/XPac and Wrestling/JimCornette pushed the rest of the Wrestling/WorldWrestlingFederation to let Wrestling/{{Kane}} remain one of these, all his speaking being done by Wrestling/PaulBearer. As soon as they were gone, Kane started talking though.
* Tursas did not speak until a year after being revealed by Bruderschaft des Kreuzes in Wrestling/{{Chikara}}[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' gives us the Necrons: skeletal, alien robots with a heavy undead flavoring. One of their trademarks was being the mysterious faction as the motivations for their actions were inscrutable, largely because, well, they just never vocalized. Their origins and reasons for wars of conquest and genocide to abducting entire populations of humans just weren't known to many players who didn't read up on them, as well as even some of the most accomplished in-'verse scholars. These days, a [[{{Revision}} significant retrofitting to their lore]] changed them somewhat; while they still do the same things as before, their motivations are much less opaque and their leadership has been given considerably more personality as well as the ability to speak. Their rank and file are more or less unchanged however: after nearly 60 million years in stasis, the neural systems allocated to the common "citizens" of the Necron empires is, well, ''more'' faulty, and their cognitive faculties have decayed to the point of leaving them as little more than automatons.

* In ''Theatre/TheGoldenApple'', Paris never speaks, though he hardly needs to talk when Hector is around.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER 3}}'': The Masked Man does not talk at all... [[spoiler:until Claus unmasks himself.]]
* The Dark Knights in ''VideoGame/RecordOfAgarestWar'' never speak.
* Caim in ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' becomes this in the sequel, where he becomes a RogueProtagonist.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** King Bulblin from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' doesn't talk and is assumed to be an unintelligent monster [[SuddenlyVoiced until he gets a few lines near the end.]]
** Dark Link never speaks.
** Vaati talks a lot in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwords'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap''. For some reason, he remains silent in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures''.
** While Ganon is usually pretty chatty, his incarnations in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' have zero lines of dialogue.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', although possibly unintentionally, [[spoiler:Harbinger]] comes off as one. You might expect a [[EvilGloating long exposition]], but you [[NoNonsenseNemesis just get shot]] instead.
* Tabuu from ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]'' doesn't say a thing throughout his entire storyline. While the other characters communicate through gestures and expressions, augmented by short grunts or exclamations ([[Franchise/MetalGear Snake]] is the only character to speak a full sentence) Tabuu doesn't say a thing. No EvilLaugh, no angry grunts, no screams of pain, nothing.
* In ''VideoGame/HotlineMiami'', this applies to [[spoiler:[[HeroicMime the hitman]] [[RogueProtagonist when you fight him]]]].
* Interestingly, not counting flashbacks, Sephiroth himself actually never speaks in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. This is most noticeable during the final encounter with him, where he doesn't say a single word. Most villains in the series give a speech of some sort before throwing down with the heroes, but Sephiroth? Nothing. [[spoiler:The "Sephiroth" who appears for most of the game and is comparatively chatty is simply Jenova taking his form and acting out his will; the true Sephiroth spends much of FFVII sleeping in the planet's core, and thus can't speak.]]
* [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser]] in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioStickerStar'' doesn't speak at all, and only gets voiced by Kenny James for his roaring. It makes him rather menacing compared to the humorous and [[EvilIsHammy hammy]] portrayal he got in all the other ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi'' games.
* [[spoiler:Jill]] in ''VideoGame/{{Resident Evil 5}}'' when she's BrainwashedAndCrazy only has two lines to Wesker and Excella, and none toward Chris and Sheva. When the brainwashing starts to wear off, she utters Chris' name.
* The Neighbor from ''VideoGame/HelloNeighbor'' never speaks, although he does gasp when he sees the player. [[spoiler: In the ending of Alpha 3, he ''cries''.]]
* Ridley, despite being a major antagonist of ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' and the one personally responsible for starting the series in motion by destroying Samus's home colony and killing her parents, never says anything beyond from roaring. He doesn't even leave behind any written logs to scan from in the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrimeTrilogy'', instead we get our information from his underlings, who have implied that he's a cunning warlord who relishes in violence and death. [[SuddenlyVoiced He's quite chatty in the official Metroid manga and prequel however]], so it's not like he's just some animalistic beast.
** Of course all that does is leave it open for [[LetsPlay/{{slowbeef}} oth]][[LetsPlay/{{Diabetus}} ers]] [[WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} to voice him]].
* Darth Nihlus in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'' technically "speaks" in bizarre language that is possibly generated telepathically. None of the major characters have any trouble understanding it (including the PlayerCharacter), but the player is left clueless, as his dialog is not subtitled, in contrast to all the other characters' lines, which are (even when they're speaking perfectly clear English). This serves to make him even more unsettling.

[[folder: Webcomics]]
* Invoked in ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' by one of the AlternateUniverse Minmaxes; as a result of MinMaxing, he traded away his ability to speak in exchange for becoming a more deadly combatant.
* There are a few enemies in ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'' who don't speak any lines, such as Molly Curdle and the X-Ray Skeleton. They are not to be trifled with.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': Ceres; assuming that their unintelligible thought bubbles aren't meant to represent distorted speech, they don't say a single word in any of their appearances, even when Sun (who they both know could kill them with little to no effort) is glaring down at them and demanding to know [[ColdBloodedTorture what they're doing to the planets]] and what it is they ''want'' from him.
* In ''Webcomic/AliceGrove'', the tall, hulking Mr. Church (to date) has not said a word. However, he's demonstrated that he is a ''very'' dangerous foe of Alice and her friends by crushing Sedna's shoulder with one hand, taking a blow from a pipe to the head (and promptly tearing its wielder limb from limb), and catching Alice in the middle of a FlashStep as she tried to kill his master.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* Israphel, from the LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} series ''[[Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries Shadow O]][[Machinima/ShadowOfIsraphel f Israphel]]'', never says a word in any of his appearances. Even his most recurring CoDragons, who have spoken a combined total of ''two words'', are chattier. To get around this, he occasionally leaves mocking signs, but he does this less as the series goes along.
* The [[Franchise/TheSlendermanMythos Slender Man]] is this, in addition to often being hidden in plain sight. [[NothingIsScarier It's part of his charm.]]
* [[WasOnceAMan Mannequin]] in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' is incapable of speech, having severely modified his body and long since removed his mouth, digestive tract, lungs, and anything else similarly without use. Instead, he communicates by mocking gestures with his fingers.
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', after Android #13 fuses with the remains of #14 and #15, he becomes completely silent, never speaking a single word beyond grunts as Dr. Gero orders him to execute Goku in vengeance.
* Neopolitan of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has yet to utter a single word, and her motives and identity are completely unknown, though she clearly has a connection with Roman Torchwick. What is known is she is a total badass: she defeated both Yang and Ruby [[CurbStompBattle with ease]] and [[spoiler:slaughtered an entire Atlas airship full of trained soldiers on her own.]]
** In WebAnimation/RWBYChibi, Neo prefers to [[TalkingWithSigns talk with signs]] for the sake of funny.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has Combustion Man, who would rather [[StuffBlowingUp blow stuff up]] with his mind than talk.
* The fourth season of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' features an apparent EnemyWithout of the title character who appears to her in the Avatar state and dressed as she was when she fought the previous season's big bad. She never speaks the entire time she repeatedly beats up Korra, and what exactly she is remains ambiguous to the end.
* Skurge the Executioner, Annihilus, and Galactus do not speak at all during their appearances on ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''.
* Apocalypse from ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' is like this during his first appearances, though he finally talks during the GrandFinale.
* Soundwave's ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' incarnation, who has stopped talking on his own since coming to Earth. He "speaks" by replaying clips of other people talking (with the standard Soundwave voice effect underneath), and usually doesn't even bother with ''that'' unless prompted.
** This actually led to some ViewerGenderConfusion, because the first voice he replayed was that of ActionGirl Arcee.
** By the end of the series, he's spoken exactly ''once'': [[spoiler:When captured and being interrogated by the Autobots, he tells them, [[WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie "Soundwave superior, Autobots inferior,"]] before shutting himself down.]]
* This is what Jinmay from ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' is in her first appearance when she was under Sakko's control.
* ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'' once encountered a pickpocket who never spoke.
* ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' has the following examples:
** Feathers [=McGraw=] from ''WesternAnimation/TheWrongTrousers'' never even squeaks. It adds to his mildly creepy act.
** Beyond one growl (since he's a dog), Preston from ''WesternAnimation/ACloseShave'' never says anything. [[spoiler:When he is revealed as a robot, he makes a quiet roar at his near-victims]].
* ''WesternAnimated/BatmanBeyond'' had the deadly assassin Curare, who never speaks in any of her episodes. Since Terry has a tendency to [[YouFightLikeACow trade wisecracks]] throughout his fights, her silence, as well as her skill level, seems to draw an answering seriousness and maturity from Terry.
* [[NoNonsenseNemesis King Sombra]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', in ''stark'' contrast to the loud and hammy villains like Nightmare Moon, Discord, and Queen Chrysalis, gets exactly five lines in his entire two parter and none of which are longer than ''four words'' or said to any of the heroes. WordOfGod is that it was done to enforce that more than anything he was an AdvancingWallOfDoom waiting to lay waste to the Crystal Empire the second Princess Cadance's rapidly draining stamina gave out and her force field collapsed.