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May overlap with Verbal Tic
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. Elmuh Fudd Syndwome
is a Subtwope (and s-s-so is Porky Pig Pronunciation
See also Electronic Speech Impediment
Anime and Manga
- Abel in The Sandman stutters heavily. The stutter goes away when he's telling a story and seems to be nerves due to his brother's cruel habits. In the same series and Lucifer, Mazikeen can only talk with half her face (the other half rotted away); she borders on The Unintelligible.
- Also, Zelda. Apparently that's the reason why she was originally speechless.
- Derpy was born with one in the Pony POV Series that causes her to mix up words for sound-a-likes. If she gets worked up, it gets worse and can get to the point where it just becomes beings with vague relations to what she really means (IE, book=I know), at which point only her daughters can understand her. She takes diction classes and gets somewhat better, but she still struggles with it.
- In the Hunger Games fanfiction Some Semblance of Meaning, our Shrinking Violet heroine Vale has a tendency to stammer when she's feeling nervous or scared. It's pretty difficult to intimidate anyone in the arena when your empty threats come out all stuttery.
- In Gensokyo 20XX, we have Chen's Elmuh Fudd Syndwome, though by chapter 62 in Gensokyo 20XXV, she seems to have overcome this, however, Amoridere did state that, while Chen can say "L"s and "R"s correctly, she still has speech impediments in that she has a lisp and that her speech is a tad slurred but neither of which are that noticeable.
- The King's Speech focuses on the real-life stutter of King George VI, and the unconventional psychologist cum speech therapist who helped him to deal with it.
- K-k-k-Ken from A Fish Called Wanda.
- Pontius Pilate and Biggus Dickus in Monty Python's Life of Brian.
: This man commands a cwack legion! He wanks
as high as any in Wome!
- The priest (referred to as "The Impressive Clergyman" in the credits) in The Princess Bride: "Mawwidge! Mawwidge is what bwings us togevah today!" In the book, it's compounded by him being somewhat senile and deaf as a post.
- Gussie Mausheimer in An American Tail. "Oh, a rally." "That's what I said! A wawwy!"
- It's a reference to Lili von Schtupp, who not only had the same speech impediment, but was also played by the same actress.
- Actually a bit of Fridge Brilliance and/or Viewers Are Geniuses. Upper class Brits in the Victorian era (when the movie takes place, though Gussie is actually German) developed that odd Verbal Tic on purpose.
- Sid from the Ice Age movies has a "lateral lisp".
- Livingson Dell of Ocean's Eleven seems to stutter.
- Cleveland's stutter from the Lady in the Water is an important part of his characterization.
- John Skillpa but not Emma in Peacock.
- Billy Bibbit stutters in One Flew Over Cuckoo's Nest. It turns out all he needed was to get laid.
- A resistance fighter suffers from one in Pans Labyrinth. The evil Captain Vidal even taunts him about it, claiming that if he can count to three without stuttering, he would be free to go. It's one of the most horrifying moments in the movie.
- In Friends with Benefits, Dylan is said to have stuttered as a child. His stutter resurfaces at one point.
- Norman Bates of Psycho has an occasional stammer. Initiall, it adds to his early adorkableness, and seems to be due to nerves. It becomes more unsettling later, when it becomes apparent that Norman stammers over significant words.
- In a rare example of the protagonist, Rapunzel from Tangled seems to have a small lisp.
- Prince Froglip from The Princess and the Goblin speaks with a lisp, especially when he threatens to tear out the humans thbbbt-ingernailthhhhs.
- Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet (Czechoslovakia, 1977): Baron Rupert von Kratzmar suffers from rhotacism. He pronounces his r's and ř's incorrectly at the back of his mouth. It's a fairly common Speech Impediment among Czech speakers. It's part of his disguise and Secret Identity. He speaks normally when he's only with his servant.
- Chinatown. Evelyn Mulwray stutters whenever she mentions her f-father. This turns out to be a Chekhov's Gun.
- A guy calls his buddy, the horse rancher, and says he's sending a friend over to look at a horse. His buddy asks, "How will I recognize him?" "That's easy; he's a midget with a speech impediment." So, the midget shows up, and the guy asks him if he's looking for a male or female horse. "A female horth." So he shows him a prized filly. "Nith lookin horth. Can I thee her eyeth"? So the guy picks up the midget and he gives the horse's eyes the once over. "Nith eyeth, can I thee her earzth"? So he picks the little fella up again, and shows him the horse's ears. "Nith earzth, can I see her mouf"? The rancher is getting pretty ticked off by this point, but he picks him up again and shows him the horse's mouth. "Nice mouf, can I see her twat"? Totally mad as fire at this point, the rancher grabs him under his arms and rams the midget's head as far as he can up the horse's fanny, pulls him out and slams him on the ground. The midget gets up, sputtering and coughing. "Perhapth I should rephrase that. Can I thee her wun awound a widdlebit"?
- A man with a horrible stutter is asking for directions to Maple street from a boy he saw on the street. "D-d-d-d-d.. do y-y-ou kn-n-n-ow whuh-whuh-where M-m-m-aple St... treet Ih-ih-is?" The boy just repeatedly shakes his head. Finally the man wanders off. A woman walks up to the boy and says "I've seen you around here - don't you live on Maple street? Why didn't you tell him?" The boy stutters "I-i-i-i c-c-c-c-c-couldn't"
- An old standby is lamenting just how cruel someone had to be to put an S in "lisp".
- A man goes to a cafe, and his waiter has a hunchback. "How much for a thcrewdrivah?" the man asks. "$25," says the waiter. "A tequila thunrithe?" "$30." "And how much ith a martini?" "$20." After the man finishes his dinner, he sets a tip on the table, saying, "I'm giving you thome ethtra for not making fun of my lithp." The waiter smiles and says, "You didn't make fun of my hump." "Oh, that! The pritheth are tho high in thith dump I thought it wath your ath!"
- Frederica from The Gamekeeper's Lady, an example of a Love Interest. She always stumbles on the protagonist's name ("R-Robert"), which doesn't stop them from falling in love.
- Evie Jenner from Lisa Kleypas' Wallflower series has a quite pronounced stutter, which is partly the result of her unhappy life and abuse. After her marriage in "Devil in Winter", it becomes much less prominent, but it never completely goes away.
- Carla from Jack Casserly's Caesar's Coin has a strong stutter.
- Subverted/Lampshaded in Discworld, where Igors are expected to lisp, and almost all of them do so. The females don't do it as often, and some younger, "modern" Igors also drop the lisp on occasion.
- Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest stutters. His name even sounds like a stutter.
- "Stuttering" Bill in Stephen King's IT.
- Erast Fandorin, after the f-first book. Except when he gets dangerous.
- Emmanuel from Boris Akunin's "Sister Pelagia and the Red Cockerel" speaks with a lisp.
- In the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne's youngest child, Rilla, has a lisp. She outgrew it by the time she was fourteen, though in times of nervousness or stress she often relapsed.
- In the Bardic Voices series by Mercedes Lackey, the character Kestrel/Jonny has a stutter (except when singing) due to a fever and a really awful scare he had as a child, though he eventually manages to overcome it.
- A character in the Redwall book Taggerung has a stutter, until he learns to overcome it, mainly due to the fact that he doesn't stutter when he's singing.
- In the Incarnations of Immortality series, Mym (who later takes over as War) has a stutter when speaking and therefore sings in order to avoid it.
- The French Sci-Fi novel Malevil has Momo. Because of severe mental handicaps, Momo speaks with a severe slur and extra "H" sounds. For example, "Leave me alone, for God's sake!" comes out as "Heevheeahone, hor Hodhake!!"
- P-p-p-poor p-p-p-pathetic P-p-p-professor Quirrell! Subverted when it's heavily implied this is an Obfuscating Disability.
- Karl Sadeghi, in the Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Year of Intelligent Tigers, has a slight stutter. A few sections written from his perspective also seem to suggest he has synesthesia. So he's a bit of an odd duck.
- A Song of Ice and Fire. Jaime Lannister gets Vargo Hoat to stop his Brave Companions from raping and/or killing Brienne by falsely telling Hoat that Tarth, Brienne's birthplace, is called the 'Sapphire Isle' for the fortune in sapphires there, which Brienne's father would pay as ransom. Later, Jaime tells Brienne that part of the reason he thought of that particular lie is because he wanted to hear Hoat say "thappireth".
- Cordelia Naismith briefly acquires a stutter in Shards of Honor due to post-traumatic stress; it goes away when she resolves her issues and takes action.
- The title character in I, Claudius suffers from a stutter.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Tara stutters when she's nervous in her earliest appearances in the fourth season, notably when we first meet her in "Hush", and when Faith-in-Buffy grills her in "Who Are You?". She later gains enough self-confidence to overcome the stutter, and even face down other characters. (Note that Willow noticeably stuttered in the first season as well, and occasionally tripped over syllables well into the series, though any impediment was almost gone by the last season.) Tara's stutter was clearly a side-effect of her abusive childhood as it gets worse when her family comes to town.
- Giles has a slight stammer, as well. Anthony Stewart Head has stated in interviews that Looping Lines for this was so irritating he'll never play a character with a speech impediment again.
- Arkwright from Open All Hours.
- The TV presenter Jonathan Ross famously has a mild rhotacism which gets exaggerated by impressionists, and maintains a sense of humour about it. On his guest appearance as a gameshow host on Only Fools and Horses, the scriptwriters went out of their way to insert as many words beginning with R into his dialogue as possible.
- Speaking of Only Fools and Horses and rhotacism, Raquel finds out to her cost why her singing partner's signature song is "Delilah". It doesn't have any Rs in it. When she persuaded him to diversify his wepertoire, they ended up singing "Cwying", followed by (off-screen, described in Raquel's rant at Del Boy who legged it halfway through the performance, which was for a notorious gangster) "Congwatulations", "Please Welease Me" and "The Gween Gween Gwass of Home".
- And that was followed by a medley of Wock 'n' Woll!
- Tina on Glee—at least for part of the first season. Her stutter was dropped because it turned out she was faking it to push people away.
- Walter "Flynn" White Jr. on Breaking Bad — notable because the actor actually has cerebral palsy, although Flynn's condition is actually significantly worse than R. J. Mitte's (Mitte doesn't need crutches, for a start). When it comes to the associated speech issues, it's clear that Mitte is exaggerating Flynn's impediment; Mitte's natural speech is clearly that of someone with mild cerebral palsy, speaking very fluidly with a bit of a "thick tongue" effect (since cerebral palsy affects muscle control and the tongue is a muscle), while Flynn also stutters a bit.
- Baby Bear on Sesame Street. "Powwidge, powwidge, powwidge..."
- No love for Bobby Sherman's Jeremy Bolt and his stutter on Here Come the Brides?
- Spinner from Degrassi seems to have a mild speech impediment, although it might have to do with his tongue piercing.
- In the BBC adaptation of The Scarlet Pimpernel, cute Lord Tony Dewhurst played by Jamie Bamber stutters adorably.
- On The Pajanimals, Squacky (a duck) sometimes speaks with a lisp.
- The Third Doctor in Doctor Who had a mild lisp, because his actor (Jon Pertwee) had one.
- There's also Rick in the The Young Ones, who can't pronounce his R's. Presumably it's to emphasize how childish he is.
- In the Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch "Travel Agent," Mr. Smoketoomuch has a speech impediment: he can't pronounce the letter "C", instead pronouncing it as the letter "B". He can get around it by replacing the "C" with a "K" for words with hard "C"s. It's all due to a trauma he suffered when he was attacked by a Siamese bat as a sbool boy.
- ECW's B-B-Bubba Ray D-D-Dudley, who also did this in the early days of his WWE career. D'Von would slap him in the back of the head to allow him to speak normally.
- Kurt Angle and Matt Morgan have lisps as well, Morgan also had a stuttering gimmick
- In Promethean: The Created, Frankenstein's Monster stutters. The game notes that many of his lineage have trouble with speech after their creation, as do the Tammuz. Most eventually get past it.
- Orks and Trolls in Shadowrun have trouble speaking most languages because of their tusks. Eventually they develop their own artificial language that's difficult to enunciate properly without tusks.
- Hamlet: In certain interpretations, Ophelia does have a lisp, and some of her lines actually reflect this (for example, "twice two months" is understood as "two-es...two months). This gives Hamlet's line ("...you lisp, you nickname God's creatures...") a second, literal meaning.
- In The25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Logainne speaks with a strong lisp.
- Arthur from Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon has, among other things, a stutter as a symptom of his epilepsy.
- Fuddy Meers has two examples: Limping Man speaks with the classic lisp, and Gertie's words come out oddly due to her aphasia (she provides the title "Funny Mirrors").
- In The Music Man, Winthrop has a lisp.
- In Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, Jonathan stutters when he's feeling nervous, which is most of the time.
- Kremmen of the Star Corp by Kenny Everett. The evil Thargoid aliens have three lips, so this is a Running Gag. This is stated as the reason why the Thargoids drink tea. "You try asking for llllager and llllime with llllips llllike these!"
- Battle Fantasia: Marco pronounces the R as a W.
- Borderlands 2 has you doing a series of missions in the town of Overlook for the town's administrator, Karima. Due to suffering from skull-shivers, Karima speaks with a stutter and sometimes has problems saying certain words.
- Ed from Brave Fencer Musashi has a stuttering problem that takes it Up to Eleven: He actually spells out his stutters in a written letter.
- Breath of Fire IV has Scias, who speaks with a pronounced stutter. In the original Japanese version, his speech was slurred from being drunk, but they changed it for the English translation.
- N.Brio used to be one in the early Crash Bandicoot series, but was removed later on, at least if his voice over in Crash Mind Over Mutan is any indication.
- Scrivir the Wanderer of Demons Souls has a noticeable stutter.
- Devil May Cry: Agnus also stutters, and Nero mocks him for it once. It doesn't seem to be an issue in his angel form, however.
- 10 of Spades, the rookie member of 1st Recon in Fallout: New Vegas has a pretty strong stutter in his dialogue. He generally doesn't mind his squadmates joking about it because he sees it as friendly ribbing, though if the player keeps doing it he'll get angry and refuse to speak to you any further.
- Copy X MK-II in Mega Man Zero 3 occasionally stuttered as a way of showing his continued imperfection. In the Japanese version, he randomly alternated between hiragana and katakana.
- Though it wasn't so much being imperfect as it was that he Came Back Wrong, due to the fact that Dr. Weil intended him to be a total pawn, so he only made a partial rebuild of Copy X and then waited for Zero to fight and kill him, thus Weil become a Dragon Ascendant immediately afterwards.
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots: Sunny stuttered a lot at the beginning of the game but gradually loses the stutter as she grew more confident. Her stutter came from the fact that she was raised by a computer most of her life.
- In Silent Hill 4 the character Jasper speaks with a huge stutter. At least it ends when he turns into a King Mook and harasses Henry as a gurgling ghost.
- In Sabres Of Infinity, Sergeant Hernandes suffers from this, which is needless to say, an unfortunate trait for a Drill Sergeant Nasty to have.
- Super Robot Wars: This is the Woolsey'd form of Lamia Loveless' broken-ken g-grammar prob-rob-lem. Because-cause, well... while i-in the Japan-pan-ese version it's-it's easy to-to mess up gramma-grammatical sentences, it's al-al-al-almost im-impossi-possible-ble in English-lish.
- Einst... Alfimi... speaks... very slowly... Not in... the way of... William Shatner... though...
- In Thief 2: The Metal Age, Father Karras has both a very high-pitched voice as well as an impediment that makes him sound like he's talking with a bunch of marbles in his mouth. Despite this, he is a highly respected person by the elite of the city, and his followers (the Mechanists) practically worship him. One could even call him charismatic.
- Julius, one of the thin bloods in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, stutters badly.
- If you listen closely, Classic Tails in Sonic Generations has a lisp.
- Dave the Brave, from Sir Basil Pike Public School, has a stutter. The player character can actually get rewarded for mocking it, despite the game's supposed anti-bullying moral.
- Indrick Boreale's Narmtastic speech impediment has made him the biggest meme in the Warhammer 40k fanbase.
- Coach Z from Homestar Runner. "I'm prertanding I'm the craptain of a foortball torm!"
- Homestar Runner himself has "twouble with his aws."
- Wanda acquires one of these in Erfworld from the backlash of a failed spell.
- Dr. Right, the alternate Dr. Light in Bob and George gets an aneuwysm whenever someone makes a big deal about his impediment.
- Most characters in Homestuck have some sort of odd quirk to their typing styles to also illustrate how they speak. Sollux, for instance, always uses the number 2 instead of the letter S - and has a lisp.
- Sollux has since dropped the lisp after Karkat (accidentally) knocked his fangs out. He's not too broken up about this, since he can now speak normally.
- Ismene in The Water Phoenix King has a slight stammer. It's unknown if this is related to the mystery of her origin in any way, or if this is just part of her Shrinking Violet personality.
- Both Gillian Anderson and Chris Carter have slight lisps, if you pay attention, that is.
- Anderson, who lived in Britain until she was eleven, has said hers is partly the result of trying to drop her accent in high school. If you pay attention, in the earliest episodes of The X-Files it occasionally slips a bit, especially when she tries to say 'garage'.
- Winston Churchill, a famed orator and snappy comeback artist, suffered from a speech impediment himself in his early years. The reason he comes up with his witty remarks is because he's Crazy-Prepared when it comes to rhetoric.
- King George VI, as depicted in The King's Speech.
- Benedict Cumberbatch has a slight lisp, which is more noticeable in his earlier films. He controls it very well, and now it only seems to come out when he's really comfortable with someone or tired.
- Annie Glenn, wife of astronaut-Senator John Glenn, overcame a bad stutter, as shown in a critical scene in The Right Stuff.
- Country Music singer Mel Tillis is well-known for stuttering while speaking but having no problem while singing. Roger Miller tells a joke on Mel about when they were sharing a room on the road back in the day, and someone broke in while they were sleeping. Mel says, "Ro-Rog-Rog-Rog bur-burg-burg there's-there's bur-burg (switches to singing) Roger, there's a burglar in our room!!!"
- Representative Barney Frank has a Sylvester-esque method of speaking. Neal Boortz hence calls him "slobbering Barney"
- Scatman John is probably the best real life example of the trope. He used his stutter to his advantage (becoming a scat singer).
- Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse has a rather noticeable lisp, and it affects the way he sings.
- Porky's original VA, actor Joe Dougherty had an stammer in Real Life, which the character inherited. The main reason that Mel Blanc took the role was that Dougherty couldn't control his stutter, which made the recording sessions last hours.
- Demosthenes, one of the most famous orators of the ancient era, had a serious speech impediment in his youth. There are several anecdotes about how he overcame it, such as that he used talk with pebbles in his mouth, recited verses while running and to strengthen his voice, he spoke on the seashore over the roar of the waves.
- Nicholas Brendon, Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, used to suffer from stuttering. He's been a major spokesman for the Stuttering Foundation of America.
- James Earl Jones went into acting precisely to overcome a very strong stutter.
- As noted in Black Adder, Rowan Atkinson suffers from a slight stutter, which led to his particular pronunciation of "Bob" in the second series.
- Disney animator Milt Kahl developed a stutter later in life, Brad Bird said because of this during the time he studied under him he was better at showing him his drawing techniques than explaining them.