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->''"They'll realize that beneath your unfeeling exterior is a heart that's breaking. Silently, and in more pain than any of us can possibly understand, because that's what it is to be Vulcan!"''
-->-- ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', "Muse"

These characters need a hug. Badly. [[BeneathTheMask But don't expect them to ask for one]]. [[CaptainObvious A subtrope of]] TheStoic, unlike other {{woobie}} characters, they won't cry, angst, or outwardly show how much they're suffering at all. (Internally is another story). [[DontYouDarePityMe They don't want your pity]], and in a great number of cases, will [[TinMan deny having emotions at all]]. Don't be fooled. The plot has heaped complication after complication on them, and silently, internally, they're suffering. They may inadvertently show their suffering for a moment, in which case they are NotSoStoic, or they may just have BadDreams. If they are lucky they will find a ManicPixieDreamGirl to comfort them and live happily ever after as a reward for their stoicism.

See also JerkassWoobie and IronWoobie. This character is often a TinMan, SugarAndIcePersonality, BrokenBird, EmotionlessGirl, ShellShockedVeteran, or DefrostingIceQueen.

Polar opposite of {{Wangst}}, where a character overemotes at the most minor suffering. Compare DidYouThinkICantFeel Also compare {{Mangst}}.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[LadyOfWar Akame]] from ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' was brainwashed into a ChildSoldier that would protect the corrupt empire she lived under, killed thousands of people without question, and was separated from her beloved sister, who also underwent the exact same process she did alone. Then after she breaks her brainwashing, Akame is now hunted by her former rulers and forced to fight her own sister in a war to take down the empire who ruined her life.
* Pictured above: Killy from ''{{Manga/Blame}}'', especially near the end when it is clear his mission is finally [[DentedIron taking a toll on his nigh indestructible body]].
* Hei and Yin from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' are rather woobieish once [[DarkAndTroubledPast their backstories]] come out. [[AntiHero Hei]] [[spoiler:was dragged into a war [[ChildSoldiers as a child]] while trying to [[BigBrotherInstinct protect his little sister]], who he had to watch turn into a sociopathic killing machine. He was then (apparently) betrayed by the only other person he trusted, leaving him the sole survivor of his team, lost and alone with his sister's powers, no idea what happened to her, and the Syndicate holding a gun to his head to make sure he stays [[PunchClockVillain working as their assassin]].]] Yin is an EmotionlessGirl due to MindRape, is blind, and [[spoiler:lost both her parents in tragic circumstances. Her father died in a plane crash, and shortly afterward, she realized her mother and piano tutor were in love and tried to run away; her mother had to sacrifice herself to save her from an oncoming truck after Little Yin ran into the road, and Yin holds herself responsible for this.]] No wonder Hei's a [[ShellShockedVeteran shell-shocked]] {{stoic}}.
* TheHero of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', Setsuna F. Seiei, had been tricked by the bloody monster Ali Al-Saachez into murdering his own parents in the name of [[GodIsEvil God]]. Throughout the entire series he openly shows the sadness and anger deep in him; [[TheStoic he never laughs and almost never smiles]] - and the only thing that could probably heal him is Marina Ismail's song, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Tomorrow]].
* Hagi (or [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Haji]]) from ''Anime/BloodPlus'' is this. He's been physically abused by pretty much every opponent he's ever faced. He's been through it all: Impaled, crushed beneath rubble, almost died of blood loss [[spoiler:[[WasOnceAMan when he was still human]]]], took a blast of condensed energy, lost at least two appendages. [[spoiler:Even all that abuse [[UpToEleven is nothing compared]] [[ShellShockedVeteran to the immense psychological trauma]] he's carried over for [[{{Immortality}} an entire century.]] Said trauma scarred him so much that [[TheStoic he barely speaks.]]]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Rei Ayanami, ExtremeDoormat, EmotionlessGirl, {{woobie}} extraordinaire, and in some adaptations, [[spoiler:[[WoobieDestroyerofWorlds woobie re-maker of world]]... [[MindScrew I think]]?]] [[spoiler:[[ExpendableClone Your mileage may vary depending on whether or not you consider her human.]]]]
** And there's Gendo, who converts the pain of his loss into [[BatmanGambit long-term]] [[{{Necromantic}} plans]].
* Yuki Nagato from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' (who, notably, is partly an {{homage}} to the above mentioned Rei). [[spoiler: Also [[WoobieDestroyerofWorlds woobie re-maker of world]], although the remade world was considerably nicer, and she even left a reset button for the main character.]] For those unfamiliar, [[spoiler:Yuki is the only member of the cast who remembers every iteration of the GroundhogDayLoop where Haruhi put them through the last two weeks of summer vacation over and over again. We "[[ArcFatigue only]]" had to watch it eight times; she experienced it for subjective ''centuries''.]] Since she's an EmotionlessGirl, though, there's absolutely no angst shown.
* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'': The eponymous Lain, who may look like an EmotionlessGirl but... [[{{Kuudere}} well, isn't]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Many characters who were involved in the Ishval campaign, particularly Scar, Riza Hawkeye and Roy Mustang.
** Lust in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]].
* A few examples stand out in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** When Itachi Uchiha was four [[spoiler:he watched people die in a world war. As Tobi said: "For a child, war is hell." He grew up under the pressure of being the Uchiha Clan prodigy while trying to maintain peace. At the prospect of his clan causing a rebellion, he received orders to murder them to maintain peace. After that, he developed a terminal illness, and chose to make his own little brother hate him... and yet he still died with a smile on his face. Death was probably the best thing that ever happened to that guy. And later, his little brother takes his eyes and he is resurrected as a zombie. Yes, even after he's dead, the Ninja world won't give him a break!]]
** Kakashi Hatake. At about age 6, father commits suicide. [[spoiler: He only recovers normal human emotions through second traumatic loss for which he blames himself. He also happens to be the sole survivor of his original team. One of the Genin he trained defected from the village and joined a terrorist organisation. To twist the knife further, said student was very similar to Kakashi and declared that he intended to kill everyone in their village, including his remaining students and Kakashi himself. Kakashi is continually late because of visiting the grave/memorial stone of his dead teammate, for whom he feels responsible.]] His only moments of on-screen angsting are at [[spoiler:the Third Hokage's]] funeral and a scene in which he visits the memorial after [[spoiler:the failure to retrieve Sasuke and asks the dead Obito how much he has changed.]] His face when he gets to the site of Naruto and Sasuke's fight at the Valley of the End, too late again, is a study in pain and self-hatred. [[spoiler:He later finds out that his "dead" teammate (the same one whose grave he's constantly visiting) not only survived his "fatal" accident, but is actually the BigBad of the story. And what happened to seal Obito's turn from WideEyedIdealist to DiabolicalMastermind? Witnessing from the shadows as Kakashi was '''forced''' to kill Rin, their other teammate and the girl that Obito was in love with and ''asked him to protect''.]] Considering all that he has gone through, he may very well be the most emotionally broken man in the story.
** Shikamaru Nara. First he gets to see his sensei, who is like a father figure to him, killed right before his eyes. This plays out over a coming of age arc where he recovers and gets revenge on Asuma's killers. Everything okay, right? Nope. [[spoiler: After the Ninja Alliance arrives to help Naruto against the Madara, Obito, and the Juubi, his father Shikaku and Inoichi are killed after the Juubi launches an attack that destroys Alliance HQ. So the guy who got him over Asuma's death is now also dead. Only a day after he was forced with his team to fight and defeat a zombie Asuma. Nice. While Ino cries after learning the fate of her father, Shikamaru is stoic after a brief bit of emotion]].
** Shino Aburame, at least in the anime fillers. During the war, he comes across his ChildhoodFriend and BigBrotherMentor Torune. Shino then realizes that a) his brother is dead, and b) he's going to have to kill his brother a second time. By himself. We then learn that Torune joined the Foundation so that Shino could have the chance to learn ThePowerOfFriendship. Torune asks Shino if he has made any friends. Shino makes a distressed face, then replies, "I don’t know…I’m not sure if they consider me their friend.”
* Sousuke Sagura from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. Especially after his childhood and backstory is shown in ''Kyokuhoku Kara no Koe''. The poor kid suffered together with his beautiful single mother in the middle of ice cold mountains in a crashed airplane (where all other passengers died), saw his mother ''freaking die for him'' before his own eyes, temporarily went mute from shock while he was taken in by the Russian army, got sent away to the KGB to be raised as a child soldier and assassin, got taken in as a child soldier for the resistance in the middle of Afghanistan, the resistance ended up losing the war anyways, and he loses a bunch of his comrades and his kindly father figure... and that's just up until he was eleven years old. He's ''never'' shown to have ever complained or {{wangst}}ed about ''any'' of it, and seems to take all of it in stride. There ''are'' very, very brief moments where his eyes are described to show loneliness, as well as moments where he's shown to have BadDreams about his mother dying. All of this contributes to him being regarded as a badass ''and'' a {{Woobie}}.
* Any sympathetic character, particularly Ichise in ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}''. These characters show less emotion on average than a two-by-four, but damn are they ever hurting.
* ''Anime/FruitsBasket'':
** Rin Sohma has been through LOTS of shit in her life, but once she meets the sweet and gentle Tohru, she despises herself for even wanting to cry on her shoulder.
** An earlier example would be Hatori. Under that sand-dry demeanor is a deeply scarred heart.
%%* Heero Yuy and Trowa Barton of ''GundamWing''
%%* Kuroo Hazama, aka Dr. Manga/BlackJack.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** Fate Testarossa is a DarkMagicalGirl who has been put through hell by the person she loved and then left out in the dry, completely shattered. Nevertheless, she manages to get up on her feet and lead a relatively normal life. In the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs second season]], she is trapped in a LotusEaterMachine where said person loves her back and her CoolBigSis is alive--and one of the reasons she can wake up from it is her realization that this reality is treating her too good. In other words, ''she uses the level of her own suffering to determine if the current reality is fake''.
** Also, the LadyOfWar Signum and other Wolkenritter from season two. [[spoiler:Fate has been through roughly a year of abuse by her maddened mother. The Wolkenritter are implied to have been through ''centuries'' of abuse by various masters who treated them like crap and whose orders they could not disobey. Then, after they finally find a master who loves them in Hayate who treats them like humans, it turns out that [[TomeOfEldritchLore The Book of Darkness]], the source of their magic, is slowly killing Hayate. Thus they begin stealing Linker Cores in a desperate attempt to keep Hayate alive]].
%%* C.C. from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' combines this trope with JerkassWoobie.
* [[AntiVillain Keith Anyan]] from ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'' hits this trope hard when he's at his most vulnerable. [[KnightTemplar And then he tries to commit genocide]].
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** [[ChaoticGood Shinji]] [[LovableSexManiac Hirako]] has been through two [[HeroicBSOD break]][[TheScream downs]], one in the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback past]] and one in the present, has seen his friends [[BodyHorror turned into monsters]] and has at one point or another been forced to [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind fight them]], had a [[TheHeartless soul-eating]] [[SuperPoweredEvilSide abomination]] implated into him by the BigBad, and has seen the person he's closest to on the brink of death twice, with the second time leaving [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe her chopped in half at the waist]] - yet every time we see him after those breakdowns, he's either [[StepfordSmiler smiling]] or [[TheStoic emotionless]].
** Ryuuken Ishida initially appears to be cold, aloof, bitter, sarcastic and hypercritical. Then it's hinted that BeneathTheMask he might be gentle and protective. Then a WholeEpisodeFlashback arc reveals he used to be a warm and kind personality with high hopes for the future of the quincies until Aizen's Hollowfication experiments incidentally destroyed his ArrangedMarriage and he was forced to sacrifice that hope. Then it's revealed he could not fix the problem and had to stand aside while a shinigami fixed it instead. Then his [[MarryForLove wife]] was killed [[spoiler:and an attempt was made on his young son's life]] when a folkloric quincy prophecy came true. In the current storyline, he and his son Uryuu are badly estranged because Uryuu is furious that Ryuuken refuses both to use his quincy powers AND to explain his refusal. Ryuuken has downright encouraged his son to come to the worst possible conclusions about his motivations and we still don't know exactly why. Yet not once during all this has Ryuuken complained about how his life has turned out.
%%* Ciel from ''Manga/BlackButler''... poor, poor Ciel.
* Unsui Kongo from ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Where to begin...from the day he was born he's been compared to and completely overshadowed by his brother, who's better than him in every possible way without even ''trying''. He puts himself through TrainingFromHell, but no matter how hard he works he'll only be a "good" player who'll never be half as brilliant as his lazy brother. Said brother, Agon, is a total jerk to him (and to everyone else) but gets away with it because he's just THAT special. Yet despite having every reason to angst and despise Agon, he instead focuses all his energy into helping his brother live up to his full potential. On top of that, whenever someone starts to feel sorry for him, he tells them not to bother themselves with someone like him.
* Pandora of ''Anime/SaintSeiya''. Sweet merciful Athena, the girl's life has sucked ever since [[spoiler: as a kid she released Hypnos and Thanatos and then she became Hades's adoptive sister]], but she never ever complains.
* Kaname Kuran from ''Manga/VampireKnight''. He's had just as much shit happen to him, if not more, than fellow Woobie Zero, it's just that he doesn't Wangst about it.
* Kurama from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' is a particularly excruciating case of this with moments of ''very'' justified {{Mangst}}.
* Wolfwood from ''Manga/{{Trigun}}''. The SuperSoldier formula treatments he was subjected to give him a HealingFactor and also make him age at a similarly accelerated rate. He probably knows ''he'd'' never make it to forty even if his body was capable of it, so what does it matter? And he never complains about it. Ever. He has a really grim worldview and gets mad at Vash for [[WideEyedIdealist optimism]], but he doesn't seem to feel that he, personally, has a raw deal.
* Ikuto Tsukiyomi from ''Manga/ShugoChara''. . . where do we begin, oh yeah! His dad walked out on his family because he didn't want to be the leader of the family company. His mom gets sick and he and his sister have to move in with old family friends. Said sister has a major stalkerish crush on him (Not so much woobie as comic relief but still) leaves his sister to go with the family friend to find their dad. Then he gets kidnapped by the family company, his mom gets remarried to the Evil Stepfather, said strepfather forces him into a contract, he has to crush the dreams of children, etc. When all he wants is to be free! Then, later in the series, he gets brainwashed and is thrown in the company jail cell thing . . . and he always stops what he's doing to protect the people he loves . . . DAWWW! Don't you just wanna give him a hug?
* Yoite and Miharu from ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' fit this trope. Both are stoic and aloof, yet do their best to hide their pain from everyone around them.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'' provides an unexpected example with Sesshoumaru. He starts as a stoic egotistical cold killer, and his whole character arc is basically a huge BreakTheHaughty, mostly done to him by his [[PosthumousCharacter father]]. He feels like the [[TheUnfavorite outcast son]] since he inherits a [[HealingShiv sword]] that cannot kill, instead of getting his father's powerful sword [[{{BFS}} Tessaiga]] that was given to his lowly [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human]] brother. Through his seeking of Tessaiga or just trying to get more powerful, he gets his [[HandicappedBadass arm chopped off]], [[spoiler: his [[ImpliedLoveInterest potential love interest]] gets [[GoOutWithASmile killed]] off]], and the technique he obtains because of [[PowerAtAPrice this]] can only be [[WhatYouAreInTheDark mastered]] through the death of [[spoiler:his MoralityPet]]. The final straw is when he [[YankTheDogsChain learns]] his sword is just [[spoiler:a cast-off piece of Tessaiga and that this [[StealthMentor technique]] was meant for Inuyasha all along instead of him, a revelation so shocking that even Inuyasha's friends can't believe how [[CruelToBeKind cruel]] Sesshoumaru's father has been. Then [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen powerless]], he's [[NotSoInvincibleAfterAll attacked]] by the [[BiggerBad Shikon no Tama]] itself and is almost killed]]. During all this he barely shows any emotions and even less says what he's feeling out loud, to the point of [[HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim Jaken emoting for him]].
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has Homura Akemi, who also crosses the line as an IronWoobie who has [[SeenItAll been]] [[BreakTheCutie through]] [[ShellShockedVeteran a]] [[GroundhogDayLoop lot]].
%%** Mami is another somewhat lesser example, as she isn't as stoic as the former.
%%* Integra Manga/{{Hellsing}}.
%%** Alucard for that matter when you take a look at his childhood.
* Anime/TekkamanBlade D-boy. Other than for convenience, there IS a reason why he pretend to be amnesiac.
* Both Ritsuka and Soubi from ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'' could qualify when you look at their backgrounds, though Soubi is arguably more of a StepfordSmiler than legitimately stoic.
%%* Chirico Cuvie in ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVotoms''.
* The eponymous character in ''Franchise/BlackRockShooter''. She seems to be crushed with the weight of the world, and [[AlternateContinuity depending on the incarnation]], might not even be able to speak. When [[spoiler:VideoGame/BlackRockShooter Stella]] BRS breaks her stoicism and say what is in her heart, it's tears-inducing.
%%* Eiri Yuki of {{Manga/Gravitation}} counts.
* Jeremy from ''Manga/ACruelGodReigns'' is a mixture of this and the TinMan. After he finds out [[spoiler: his mother knew his stepfather was sexually abusing him all along]], Ian [[spoiler: doesn't believe him when he admits to the abuse]], he runs away back to Boston and [[spoiler: works as a teenaged prostitute and becomes a FunctionalAddict to drown out his post traumatic stress disorder]], [[spoiler: [[BungledSuicide attempts to kill himself three times]]]], and is then brought back to England by Ian to recover, Jeremy denies feeling anything toward sex, pain, love, and emotional attachment in general. He also suffers from a case of the ThousandYardStare quite often. But whenever anyone brings any of this up, he denies that anything is wrong and usually yells at them that [[DontYouDarePityMe he doesn't need or deserve their sympathy or help]].
* Ryu of ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'' has it pretty difficult; arguably, he's had it a lot worse than any of the other main characters, being in unrequited (at least for now) [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest love with his childhood friend]] and having lost his mother to a car accident when he was little: to add salt to the wound, she died ''whilst driving to pick him up from school''. This doesn't stop him being the least outwardly emotional character in the whole series.
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer''
** Mako Reizei typically appears somewhat aloof and slightly bored, but she has a fairly difficult life. Her parents died in an accident when she was in elementary school, and [[PartingWordsRegret the last time she spoke with her mother, they had an argument]], leaving her [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye unable to apologize]]. Her only remaining family is her elderly grandmother, who has collapsed several times, worrying Mako to the point at which she can't sleep well.
** Maho Nishizumi. The entire reason why she serves as the Nishizumi heiress, which forces her to live up to her mother's expectations and often act coldly toward her younger sister Miho is so that Miho will be free to choose her own path in life. Unfortunately, her mother makes it clear that she doesn't approve of several of Miho's choices, causing her to leave tankery for a while, which was not what Maho hoped would happen. Maho seems quite distressed when her mother considers disowning Miho, especially since it would seem to void all her sacrifices.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'''s Aoshi started as a [[{{ChildSoldiers}} child soldier]], became AFatherToHisMen but had to watch his side lose without proving themselves, passed up all his personal opportunities to stay with those who couldn't make their own lives in the new era, [[spoiler: had to [[{{MyGreatestFailure}} watch them die to protect him]]]], [[spoiler: and finally turned DeathSeeker to [[{{ShrineToTheFallen}} honor them]]]]. Through it all he barely expresses ''anger'', let alone anything else.
** Though he might move into IronWoobie territory since [[spoiler: even after his HeelFaceTurn and lots of meditating he goes back on a path of violence when he doesn't have to, albeit that one at least with noble goals [[labelnote:*]](as a ninja-hunting vigilante, to stop secret arts being used to hurt people)[[/labelnote]]]].
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': Levi has experienced [[spoiler:nearly all his closest friends and comrades killed in various cruel ways from before the beginning of the series up until now, but has kept a mostly expressionless face throughout.]] Mikasa would also count to a lesser degree.
* Kishou Arima from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''. Hinted at in the {{Prequel}} ''Jack'', and expanded upon in the {{Sequel}} '':Re''. Known for his stoic demeanor, his personal thoughts remain guarded and no one really understands him until his DayInTheLimelight chapter. [[spoiler: Bred as a TykeBomb, he was a failed HalfHumanHybrid born with enhanced physical abilities, but a significantly shortened lifespan. Though a gentle person at heart, he was forced to serve a GovernmentConspiracy, killing for his masters without any hope of obtaining the freedom or [[IJustWantToBeNormal normal life]] he secretly craved. Over the 18 years he worked as an Investigator, the guilt over killing caused him to become a DeathSeeker, seeing no other way to escape. He was also SecretlyDying, slowly going blind as his body broke down from accelerated aging, and forced to supervise the experiment to create his own replacement. Finally defeated by his protege, he commits suicide and confesses his secrets to Kaneki before dying in his surrogate son's arms -- finally feeling he had something good to leave behind]]. In spite of all this, he never complains, at most offering a wistful comment about enjoying an undercover assignment as an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. His poker face is so good, other characters and the audience alike failed to realize the full scale of just how miserable he really was the entire time.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}, leader of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}. Even though some think he acts like a KnightTemplar dick, you have to pity this guy. Starters he lost his family in a plane crash where he and his brother were the only known survivors; said brother would then be adopted and taken away from him, leaving him alone in a Crapsack of an orphanage where he was bullied by other children and tortured/experimented on by Mister Sinister. He can’t control his powers. His first two wives turned crazy and evil with one of them resurrecting and dying ''again.'' He's been {{Mind Rape}}d a number of times. Yet he never complains, ever.
* Franchise/{{Batman}}. First ''[[OrphansOrdeal his parents are killed before his eyes,]]'' and then his sidekick and ward, Jason Todd, is '''''brutally killed''''' by none other than the Joker. But Batman never complains- If he did, he wouldn't be [[TheDeterminator Batman.]]
* Hit Girl from ''ComicBook/KickAss''. She was trained by her father to be a weapon since she was a child and kills hundreds of people for him without question, never once experiencing a normal childhood. [[spoiler:However, not so much after her father died]].
* ComicBook/{{X 23}}. For all the hell she's put through, Laura seldom actually talks about it. This is mainly because her emotionally-abusive upbringing left her with a poor understanding of ''how'' to deal with her feelings. As a result, her main form of expression over the pain in her past is [[SelfHarm cutting herself with her claws]], and when she ''does'' [[NotSoStoic break down]], she's prone to bouts of severe if not suicidal depression.
* Comicbook/IncredibleHulk counts as one in light of what's said in "Hulk: [[AfterTheEnd The End]]".
-->'''Hulk''': [[ShutUpKirk No]]! [[spoiler: For years... forever... Hulk has listened to Banner, and Banner's friends, [[ThenLetMeBeEvil talking about how Hulk ruined Banner's life]]! Hulk made Banner's life! Banner was nothing before Hulk... nothing!]]\\
'''Banner''': It'll be different, Hulk! You'll have peace... friends...\\
'''Hulk''': [[spoiler: Hulk doesn't want friends, because friends will hurt him. Everyone hurts him. Everyone hurts Hulk.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Many ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' fanfics that focus on Rika and Renamon prior to the former's [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting]] tend to depict the latter as this, usually with one or two NotSoStoic moments (like silently crying when no one's looking).
* ''Fanfic/MyLittleCastlevania'' gives us [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment Aeon]], a [[TimeMaster time traveler]] who seems emotionless at first until the other characters scrutinize his oddly dry behavior more closely.
* [[ManipulativeBastard Mercury]] from the Litterature/InheritanceCycle fanfic series "A dance of Shadow and Light" by [[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/3779251/Ocadioan Ocadioan]] is a definite case of this. [[FreudianExcuse Traumatic, cruel and hellish childhood?]] Check. Repeated being used as the universe's [[TheChewToy chew toy?]] Check. Losing his few friends and loved ones one by one? Check. It is telling that as the story continues and the author's physical abuse of him lessens, the mental abuse just keeps escalating. At the end, [[spoiler:Mercury have been [[DeathSeeker wishing for]] [[ThanatosGambit and planning]] his own death for [[MilesToGoBeforeISleep 400 years]].]]
* Monster X is portrayed this way in ''FanFic/TheBridge''. He may be an antagonist, but isn't an [[AntiVillain amoral]] character who's at worst a PunchClockVillain. Yet it seems like everything that could go wrong with his early life did, and is coming back to haunt him.
* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Faith and Xander]] are both shown to be one in ''[[http://www.grandt.com/XanderZone/stories/read.php?story=TheZeppoInMind.html The Zeppo In Mind]]'' after Xander takes up residence in Faith's head. Faith never brings up her terrible living conditions or lack of money and desperately wants help but can't bring herself to ask for it. She definitely refuses to mention how haunted she is by being forced to watch her Watcher (whom she saw as a mother) be tortured to death. Xander uses jokes to hide his various problems, such as claiming he's simply never full if someone asks why he eats so much to hide that he rarely gets to eat at home and often can't afford lunch at school. He's also never told anyone how scarred he is from having to stake Jesse. They only begin opening up because they can't hide their thoughts from each other. Notably, both are described as "desperately wishing someone would offer help, but too scared to ask".

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Chuckles the Clown from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', a perpetually frowning clown doll [[spoiler: who used to be friends with Lotso the bear and Big Baby, before they were accidentally abandoned by their owner. Chuckles was fortunate enough to be taken in by a new kid, but feels sorry for the embittered shell his former friend Lotso has become.]] At the end, [[spoiler:when he sees a picture Bonnie (the girl he belongs to) drew of him, he [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments smiles for the first time]], realizing that he is indeed loved.]]
* Elsa from ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'' tried to live up to the "stoic" part, [[spoiler: mistakenly]] believing repressing her emotions was the only way to control her ice powers. She became this way after almost killing her little sister Anna with her powers by accident as children, and Elsa felt that severing her relationship with Anna was the only way to protect her. With years of repressed anger, guilt, fear and misery starting to boil over with the added stress of her parent's death and her own coronation, one argument with her sister is all it takes for her to red-shift to {{Woobie Destroyer Of Worlds}} territory.
* True to his name, Stoick from ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon''. Throughout the first film, he keeps up appearances as the gruff, no-nonsense Chief of Berk, who is constantly frustrated by his son's actions and single-mindedly bent on destroying the dragons' nest. But as Hiccup's reputation starts to improve, we start to see the cracks in Stoick's facade, when he tries to start a real conversation with Hiccup and is [[NotSoStoic beaming with excitement at the opportunity to connect with his son]]. He spends so much of his time being Chief that his only father-son time with Hiccup is berating him when he causes disruptions to his job, and it clearly hurts him that this is the case. [[spoiler:After Hiccup's perceived betrayal, he curtly declares "[[IHaveNoSon You're not my son]]", but when he steps outside, one brief look of horror shows just how painful saying that was for him.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'' expands on this; when Hiccup was an infant, [[spoiler:his wife, Valka, was abducted by a dragon that had invaded their home]]. Most likely, this explains much of Stoick's determination to destroy the dragons in the first film. [[spoiler: You can see a profound and immediate change in Stoick's character when he sees Valka alive for the first time in 20 years.]] Additionally, he also reveals that [[spoiler:he was the only survivor of a gathering of chiefs that were attacked by Drago Bludvist, the horror of his memories convincing him that there is no way to deal with Drago and that Berk must be kept under lockdown when Drago returns.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs]] this trope alongside IronWoobie, as Joy's attempts to keep Riley happy in the face of all of the distress caused by the move ends up causing more damage to Riley in the long run than if Joy had just let her be honest about how she felt up front. [[spoiler: Riley is only able to truly make peace with moving to San Fransisco (and becomes more emotionally healthy as a result) when Joy allows Sadness to have Riley finally break down crying and admit her homesickness to her parents]].
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' has Tigress in the first movie who tries to be this. She isn't [[HairTriggerTemper completely stoic when provoked]], but she definitely needs a hug and yet pushes it away harshly as she strongly believes to not show any weakness for it. She [[DefrostingIceQueen becomes more gentle and less stoic]] in the second movie, but it takes her until the middle of it before she even accepts showing ''any'' weakness. And she doesn't accept any gentleness towards her until movie three.

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* ''Film/StarTrek'':
** [[spoiler: Both versions of]] Spock, [[spoiler: in which they both bear witness to the destruction of their homeworld.]]
** Meanwhile, in the [[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness sequel]], Dr. Carol Marcus. She discovers that [[spoiler: her father is at the head of a conspiracy to start a galactic scale war, is transporter-kidnapped by him so she can't stand in the way of his attempt to murder the entire crew of a Federation ship (which she is forced to watch helplessly from his side), has her leg broken by Khan, and then watches him brutally murder her father.]] She holds up remarkably well given what she goes through.
* [[TheStoic Obi Wan Kenobi]] from ''Franchise/StarWars'' lost his master, his apprentice turned to the dark side, and he personally witnessed the systematic genocide of the Jedi order he dedicated his own life to. However, he still sees [[IncrediblyLamePun a new hope]] for the future.
%%* ''TheSoundOfMusic'': Captain Von Trapp.
* After [[spoiler:Wash's death]] in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', [[spoiler:Zoe]] becomes this (even in-universe, look at Kaylee's face when [[spoiler:Zoe says Wash isn't coming]]). Until the Reavers arrive, and then she goes into creepy TranquilFury mode and [[spoiler:engages them in hand-to-hand combat, almost getting herself killed in the process, which horrifies even Jayne with the sheer death wish of the move]].
* Aicha in '''Fighter'''. Despite everything, she tries to keep her traditional place in the family.
* Princess Leia Organa in ''Franchise/StarWars'', who despite watching her home planet blown up in front of her very eyes, felt that there is no time for her own sorrows.
* Most of the sympathetic characters in ''Film/TinkerTailorSoldierSpy''. Intelligence work is portrayed as both physically dangerous and emotionally exhausting, but the secretive nature of everything they do requires spies to keep their sorrows to themselves. Peter Guillam and Jim Prideaux may be the Stoic Woobie kings.
* K in the ''Film/MenInBlack'' films. It is directly addressed in the [[Film/MenInBlack3 third movie]] but really it is present in the first two films.
* The burglar Marv in the ''Film/HomeAlone'' films suffers horrendous abuse at the hands of Kevin, but unlike his partner Harry, who often groans and [[{{Angrish}} mumbles]] after falling into Kevin's traps, Marv never complains and at one point in the sequel even adopts a Superman pose and [[BigNever bellows "NEVER!"]] when Kevin tauntingly asks him and Harry if they've had enough pain.
%%* Andy Dufresne in ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' may well be the poster boy for this trope
* Sergeant Todd in ''Film/{{Soldier}}'' was forced to spend his childhood [[TheSpartanWay undergoing brutal training]] as part of a project to [[{{Tykebomb}} become the perfect soldier]]. When he becomes outdated he is thrown off on a wasteland planet. He spends the movie trying to cope with his purpose in life being taken from him and has no place among normal people due to his killer instinct and [[NoSocialSkills total lack of social skills]]. When Sandra asks him what he thinks about, he reveals that it's fear and discipline, every single moment.
* As noted below, Elinor in the film version(s) of ''Film/SenseAndSensibility'', made all the worse because [[spoiler: she is the [[SecretKeeper only person who knows]] that Lucy is secretly engaged to Edward, the man who Elinor loves]].
* ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService'':
** '''Harry.''' He may be a very well-to-do, smooth badass who [[SharpDressedMan gets to wear cool suits]], but let’s take a good look at what happens to him throughout the course of the movie. At the very start of the film, he loses his protégé, and instead of getting any particular sympathy from his colleagues, he’s mostly shown getting flack for “making a poor choice.” Then he tries to comfort the dead man’s family with little success, and has to deal with the widow sobbing and yelling at him. All of this is of course made worse by his guilt for having missed the grenade that killed Lancelot. Seventeen years later, [[spoiler: the new Lancelot dies, so he loses another colleague,]] is reminded of his grief and failure, and if that weren’t enough, his boss is ''still'' giving him crap over “picking the wrong sort of guy” for the previous Lancelot ''seventeen years ago''. As he puts it in the bar, he’d “had a rather emotional day.” He then is able to take Eggsy under his wing, which must give him some happiness, but shortly afterwards he goes to investigate [[spoiler: Professor Arnold and is drugged with an unknown substance and nearly blown up for his trouble. He spends weeks in a coma, and when he finally wakes up]] he then almost immediately goes back to work, which is apparently his entire life, as he is never shown to have any sort of relationship outside of the Kingsmen – no friends, no family members, no significant other, nothing. Granted, none of the other Kingsmen are shown in relationships either, but Harry seems to be a bit of a misfit among them, given his progressive attitude and lack of snobbery, so he’s isolated even at work. Indeed, his best friend appears to be [[spoiler: his deceased and stuffed pet.]] ''Then'' he has to deal with [[spoiler: Eggsy failing his final test]], [[HopeSpot just when he’d been so close]], and his very next act is to visit the church, where [[spoiler: Valentine’s device drives him into a [[UnstoppableRage killing frenzy along with everyone else]], and when he comes out of it [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone he reacts with horror to what he just did]] right before he ''dies''.]] To top it all off, even if he didn’t know it, his [[spoiler: ''boss'' was one of the people behind his death!]] Does this guy need a hug, or what?
** His protégé Eggsy didn't fare any better, either. He lost his dad while he was still a kindergartner, and it messed up his and his mother's lives so bad that his mother had no choice but to marry a bastard like Dean who's constantly making their everyday life a living hell. He has skills and talents that could allow him to become a world-class gymnastic champion or a member of the Royal Marines, but had to let them all go because he didn't want to make his mother worry. Sure, he has a few friends, but his loyalty to them got him into trouble with police several times, and the last time he did that, he almost get jail-time that could last ''years''. If Harry didn't show up in his life when he did, his future would be looking ''very'' grim. Even when he was offered the chance to become a Kingsman, he had to compete with most candidates who are high-class bigots who like to pick on him because of his social status. Against all odds, [[spoiler: he still failed in the end]], disappointing Harry who he came to look up to as his father-figure, just before Harry went on the mission that [[spoiler: killed him!]] Even if Eggsy managed to [[spoiler: save the day and finally become a Kingsman and give his mother a new life in the end, he would have to live with the fact that Harry would never get to see the Kingsman he become]].

* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Oreg shows signs of PTSD; but never complains about his fate. After hundreds of years [[MadeASlave of being enslaved]] to the head of the Hurog family, passed on from father to son, he knows that complaining won't help. There is only a hint of bitterness in his voice when he explains to Ward what, exactly, [[GeniusLoci he is.]] [[PoweredByAForsakenChild He is Castle Hurog]], a [[EvilSorcerer wizard]] did it. There's also [[spoiler: Garranon]], who cannot let anyone know that he's suffering, so he's even more stoic than Oreg.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'':
** Aragorn. Family? Dead. The culture of his birthright? Declining steeply. Hope of success? Virtually zero. Chances of marrying his true love? As low as previous, because his success would itself be bride-price. Complaints? None.
** The hobbits are also written this way, always keeping a cheerful face for everyone despite the fact that they are all in way over their heads.
** It isn't ever outright stated, but Elrond's life [[TraumaCongaLine severely sucked]]. His [[ParentalAbandonment parents]] and his wife leave for Valinor long before he does. His twin brother, his daughter, and possibly his twin sons choose to be counted among the Men rather than the Elves; when he sails West to reunite with his wife, he knows that Arwen at least is lost to him even beyond the end of the world.
** Galadriel didn't have it easy either. She has been fighting the Long Defeat since before the first rising of the Sun, all her family that came with her in Middle-Earth from Valinor is dead, she has been here to see all the failures of her people, and her daughter was tortured by orcs until she was so damaged she had to leave this earth to find peace. Despite all this, she is still very supportive of Aragorn in his quest to win Arwen's hand, even if her grand-daughter choosing a mortal life means she will lose her forever.
** Faramir also qualifies. In the Houses of Healing, his mother is long dead, his brother is recently dead, his father is very recently dead (and they had a bitter parting, what with him admitting he'd rather his brother survived in his stead and all), his culture is slowly declining, they have almost no hope of success (unless a small hobbit in Mordor can throw the One Ring into Mount Doom - unlikely), he is wounded and reduced to inaction while all his remaining friends and family are away on a desperate suicide mission to try and hold Sauron's attention for a while, and he will be expected to lead the last futile defense of his people should this plan fail. He doesn't complain, and can still find it in himself to sympathize with Éowyn's predicament and smile at her.
* [[ComicBook/XWingSeries Tycho Celchu]]. For all that's happened to him, he's incredibly stoic, reserved, and [[TheCape insanely patient]].
** Wedge Antilles, for that matter. [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/980722.html Pirates killed his parents]] when he was sixteen or seventeen. [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/1498235.html Imperials killed his girlfriend]] only a few years later. In both cases, and in plenty after that, he "[[PlotArmor luckily]]" survived. But he takes care to only express feelings of anger and helplessness when there's no one there to see - he takes being a ReasonableAuthorityFigure seriously. Must be part of the reason he and Tycho get on so well - they've both been hurt terribly, they've both had to pick up and keep going and have healed, more or less, even if there are scars.
** Tycho's wife, Winter also qualifies. She keeps her emotions very tightly under control most of the time, leading some in-universe (as well as some fans) to see her as an [[IceQueen ice]] [[MeaningfulName queen]], but [[DefrostingIceQueen underneath it all]], she is a caring person, she just has to keep her emotions tightly under control after [[DoomedHometown her home planet (Alderaan) was destroyed]] because [[BlessedWithSuck thanks to her eidetic memory she remembers every single detail of what she lost]].
** [[spoiler: Mammon]] Hoole becomes this in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' after TheReveal in ''Army of Terror''.
* Araris Valerian in ''Literature/CodexAlera''. For someone made of solid badass and ImplausibleFencingPowers, he takes a ''ton'' of abuse, and he has [[FailureKnight very sympathetic motivations]]. Yet he's so {{stoic}} even Isana, one of the most powerful [[TheEmpath empaths]] in the setting, usually can't tell what he's feeling.
* Creator/JaneAusten [[AuthorAppeal loves this trope]]:
** Elinor Dashwood of ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''. She would like to complain, but she can't, as she has promised to her rival in love that she will tell no one of the engagement to Edward (whom Elinor herself loves). [[IGaveMyWord She takes this very seriously.]]
** Fanny Price of ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', probably the most extreme of the 3. Comes from a poor family, was adopted by her aunt and uncle, is treated like a lady's maid by her aunt, and fell in love with her cousin, who plans to marry the neighbour girl. Only when he tries to get her to marry the neighbour boy, who is a rake and plays with women's feelings, does she object.
%%** Anne Elliot of ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'', commonly considered her best example, meaning Austen theoretically got better at writing this character over time.
* David, from Edmond Hamilton's "He That Hath Wings." [[spoiler:Until the end, anyway.]] Ruth ''so'' [[LoveMartyr wasn't worth it]]...
%%* Itkovian from ''Literature/TheMalazanBookOfTheFallen'' definitely qualifies as one.
%%* Roiben from ''Literature/ModernFaerieTales'', many many times over.
* Catelyn Stark of ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Readers see her inner turmoil, but her own son wonders if she even remembers her losses. Won't show her pain to Jaime Lannister or Jon Snow. Arguably puts on a mask as a response to expectations of stoicism from her environment, so she actually can admit when she needs a hug.
** Davos Seaworth has lost 3 sons, been nearly burnt '''and''' drowned simultaneously, and then come within a hair's breadth of losing his head- all for Stannis's cause, and yet he isn't exactly vocal about his troubles.
*** Brienne qualifies as well.
%%* Bran in ''Literature/TheSevenwatersTrilogy''
%%** Also Faolan in The Bridei Chronicles. Juliet Marillier is a big fan of this trope--she has a number of other characters who could fit here as well.
* Elphaba in ''Literature/{{Wicked}}''. Due to her skin's acidic reaction to water, she can't even allow herself to cry, because it would burn her.
* Precious in ''Literature/{{Push}}''. Even though she has two children by her father, one of which has Down's Syndrome, and she is repeatedly raped by her mother as well, she rarely shows much emotion. In fact there is only one scene in the book when she truly breaks down and can't take it anymore.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Severus Snape is a combination of this trope and JerkassWoobie. Think about it. Since young, it's implies that his parents weren't exactly the best, and he lived a lonely childhood where [[spoiler: he was in love with Lily Potter, had to see her eyes on the face of the man she chose over him, [[note]] To further salt the wound, James Potter was his bully, which is ironic as Severus is from Slytherin a house made entirely of bullies, while James was in Gryffindor a house made entirely of heroic badasses [[/note]] and died thinking well in advance that the only thing he'd been living for was going to be ultimately worthless.]]
** Also Luna Lovegood, who always manages to stay cheerful and happy in spite of being the main target of bullying along with Neville.
* Huckleberry Finn in both ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' and ''Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn''. The kid acts [[AngstWhatAngst pretty chill]] about the fact that [[MissingMom his mother is dead]], his father is an [[AbusiveParents abusive]] [[TheAlcoholic drunkard]], and he constantly sleeps out on the streets, even when there are deranged criminals on the loose. [[TearJerker That's because he's never known anything else]].
* Fiona Patton's ''[[Literature/TalesOfTheBranionRealm The Stone Prince]]'' has that title for precisely this reason. It's about a Crown Prince who has been raised by his [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen mother]] to be utterly [[TheStoic stoic]], and his life has been framed by assassination attempts, a [[DeadlyDecadentCourt lot of scheming]], and a literal [[RebelPrince rebellion]]. It is not until he inherits the throne that he starts to shake off the hard, unyielding mask forced on him by duty.
* Matt from ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive'', by the last book. Also Pedro, who never really complains despite being a starving street urchin who spends most of his pagetime being hunted, abused, betrayed, nearly killed on several occasions and repeatedly exhausting himself trying to use his [[HealingHands power]] on grievously-injured people who often don't make it anyway.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Literature/ColdDays'' reveals [[spoiler:[[TheFairFolk Queen Mab]] is one. Unlike Titania, she is governed by logic and reason. She will take the most calculated and simple path to get to her goal. That includes having to order Harry Dresden to kill her traitorous daughter. The reason she couldn't do it herself is because underneath it all, she still loves her daughter]].
* In the sixth ''Literature/SpellSinger'' novel, Cautious the Raccoon is this. Some time ago, his wife and infant children were killed in a freak storm, as such he never shows any emotion, completely calm in every situation, never seeming to care whatsoever about anything, though cares enough to help others and admitted he was excited to travel the world (even if he didn't show it). Though one scene in which Mudge the Otter told the "Funniest Joke Ever" [[NotSoStoic caused even him to roll on the ground laughing]] He is so devoid of emotion that when the party found a magic mirror which shows what you look like if your image reflected your personality, while the other characters looked either beautiful or hideous. His reflection was unchanged, his response was pretty much "meh".
* Glory from ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' is this. She grew up in confinement, knowing only seven other dragons for most of her life. She became the UnFavorite in the eyes of her guardians [[FantasticRacism due to her race,]] and she was physically abused as a result. As a result, Glory developed serious BoomerangBigotry. At one point, Kestrel even attempts to assassinate her over it. There's also the question of her (lack of) position in the prophecy. This is made even worse by the revelation that [[spoiler:the prophecy was made up, and all her suffering was ''needless''.]] Glory hates to show emotion, mostly because her emotions tend to literally spill all over her scales, and she usually claims that she couldn't care less.
** [[IceKing Winter]] could also be this, or a JerkAssWoobie.

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* Mr. Bates in ''Series/DowntonAbbey''. He goes to ''jail'' for his insane wife, and the millisecond she finds out he's semi-happy she comes roaring over to Downton to make his life miserable. And then when she kills herself, ''he'' ends up in prison. Even in prison, he gets picked on. Everything seems to happen to Bates, and yet he never complains.
%%* Nathan in ''Series/{{Misfits}}''.
* Simon Tam in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. His sister, on the other hand, is too AxCrazy to be {{Stoic}}. Even so, we sometimes find out just how much she ''really does understand'' what was done to her. She's bottling up more than we ever realize, much like her brother.
%%* Angel of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer[=/=]Series/{{Angel}}''
%%* Aeryn Sun in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''.
%%** "I stand corrected."
* Olivia Dunham in ''Series/{{Fringe}}''. She's a tough FBI agent; she's not allowed to cry. That, and she cares about other people's feelings too much to dump her own on them.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': Malcolm Reed, who has been repeatedly shot, concussed, nearly frozen/suffocated to death, made to believe his entire ship had been blown up, pinned to the hull of said ship by a Romulan mine ''via a metal spike through the leg'', almost hanged, crushed under rocks... and that's just in the first couple of seasons. And he never once complains about it, taking the attitude that as [[CommandRoster The Security Officer]], it's his ''job'' to die to save the ship and her crew. Oh, Malcolm...
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** Spock. Raised on planet where everyone [[KidsAreCruel emotionally]] [[HalfBreedDiscrimination tormented]] him, had major [[FreudianExcuse daddy issues]], torn about his relationships with the only people who treat him decently. He can't even express this turmoil, because that would be human and weak.
** Believe it or not, Kirk had his moments of this. He is hinted in "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E13TheConscienceOfTheKing The Conscience of the King]]" to have a case of SurvivorGuilt over being spared during a mass execution. Then there's his AFatherToHisMen {{Angst}} whenever a RedShirt dies. But he's TheCaptain, so he keeps his cool.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Picard has a moment at the end of the now famous two-part episode "The Best of Both Worlds" that reveals him as this. He had just been rescued from the [[TheAssimilator Borg]] who had forcibly abducted him, implanted him with cybernetic parts and made him [[MindRape part of their collective consciousness]] in order to conquer Earth. They used his knowledge and experience to kill thousands of people before he was finally rescued. At the end of the episode, Picard has almost completely physically recovered and is chatting away with his officers as if he were completely fine before they leave his office. He then undergoes an incredibly subtle HeroicBSOD. He finally gets to let some of it out in the next episode, "Family", after getting in a fight with his brother.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** After season five and the Reaper arc? Half the fanbase and nearly all the main characters want to tuck Aaron Hotchner (and his son) up in blankets somewhere and shoot anyone who tries to drag them back out. Despite having been abused as a child, almost blown up (suffering hearing damage as well as having to treat a friend [[spoiler:as she lay dying]] in the immediate aftermath), being psychologically tortured and later [[spoiler:stabbed nine times]] by the Reaper, he rarely ever does more than wince and/or collapse, and almost never raises his voice. [[DespairEventHorizon The only time he ever loses it]] is when [[spoiler:the Reaper kidnaps his ex-wife and forces him to listen to her murder, before threatening to kill his son.]]
** Reid, anyone? Crazy mom, disappeared dad, shot, blown up, captured, tortured, bullied, and addicted to dilaudid. NEVER COMPLAINS.
* Castiel on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. He rebelled, was hunted by his brothers, saw his friends die, discovered God had abandoned the world, is caught in the middle of a Heavenly civil war, has had no discernible success in convincing his fellow angels to respect humanity, has to deal with those whiny Winchesters who expect him to be at their beck and call and do anything they ask with never a word of thanks and the closest thing he has to a friend is a hedonistic asshole of an angel who ran away during the apocalypse and left him to deal with it all on his own, then had the gall to say he was following Castiel's example. To cap it all off, he's been blown up ''twice''. Fans would give anything to see him get that damn hug, but at this point most of them would settle for someone, ''anyone'', showing him some genuine gratitude. And Sam denies him a hug in 'Like a Virgin', not so subtly sitting down as soon as Castiel opened his arms.
** Comes to a heartbreaking head in [[ADayInTheLimelight The Man Who Would Be King]] [[spoiler: Castiel finally gets his gratitude from Bobby, Sam and especially Dean. Too bad it's 1. Not (knowingly) to his face and 2. Too little too late. Castiel made a deal with Crowley and chose to keep fighting alone rather than go to the Winchesters for help in order to protect them and it seemed like the best plan at the time. When this gets found out the boys are quick to judge and quicker to claim had Cas come to them for help they could have fixed it. It's clear from the conversations that follow and from Castiel's surprise at being told he's like family to them, Castiel had no idea he meant that much to them. And with the way they treated him during the season he had no reason to think it.]]
* In the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Each Of Us Angels" the actor normally playing Bud's brother plays a [[TheMedic Medic]] who has his eye shot out and instead of accepting his fate, insists on helping the nurses aboard a hospital ship while constantly [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarking]] [[BlackComedy about his eye]].
* Scully does this a lot in ''Series/TheXFiles'', often saying "I'm fine" even when she's not. In the episode "Irresistible", after being kidnapped and almost killed by a death fetishist, Mulder non-verbally calls her on it, which leads a cute comforting moment between the two. Also one of the very rare times Scully actually cries.
* [[RobotGirl Cameron]] of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' makes it quite abundantly clear that she doesn't feel [[EmotionlessGirl emotions.]] This makes all the bad stuff she goes through over the course of the series even more apparent - it's quite clear that she's confused and concerned (we would say afraid, but she ''can't'' feel fear) about her conflicting programming, her inability to empathize with humans she is quite clearly concerned for, and the danger she represents to the very people she's trying to protect - especially when they hold her in scorn, suspicion, or distrust. And that's a good thing for her, too, since if she ''was'' human and ''could'' feel emotions, Cameron would probably be a gibbering, half-insane wreck due to all these issues. Cameron's issues can best be summed up by a single line she speaks to John when he asks her if she can't be "more happy." She tells him that she ''cannot'' be happy.
%%* Doctor Cox from Series/{{Scrubs}}.
%%* Chuck Bass on ''GossipGirl''.
* Series/DoctorWho:
** The [[Creator/PeterDavison Fifth Doctor]] after the death of Adric.
** The [[Creator/MattSmith Eleventh Doctor]], like his predecessor the Tenth, has just enough quick flashes of sadness that his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} personality comes across as [[StepfordSmiler more of a defense mechanism than anything else]]. The real turning point for this is probably when FridgeHorror kicks in after "Amy's Choice" and you realize what he meant by his offhand comment about how "[[spoiler:There's only one person who hates me as much as you do.]]". [[Creator/DavidTennant His immediate predecessor]], while equally woobieish, was a lot more obvious about it and got [[{{Wangst}} downright self-indulgent]] a few times.
** River Song, who tends to hide her feelings behind flirting and badassery, and whenever she's asked something she doesn't like, claims "Spoilers!"
** The [[Creator/ChristopherEccleston Ninth Doctor]] is almost entirely this. He's full of PTSD and survivor's guilt about the recent war, yet he hides it all behind a stoic, JerkWithAHeartOfGold personality.
*** Even more tragic, is that his previous incarnation, The War Doctor, ends up meeting his future selves, who together avert the genocide they thought they caused. The War Doctor knows he doesn't have to hate himself, but he also knows the TimeyWimeyBall will make him forget everything that happened. So in other words, he knows he's going to go through a personal hell over something that never happened. And there is no avoiding it.
* [[BrokenAce Jack Harkness]] of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Being alive for over 2000 years, watching friends and lovers die is definitely not a healthy thing to live through. Not to mention being buried alive by his own brother and [[spoiler:being murdered over and over in a butcher shop because the public think his blood has magic properties. It doesn't.]]
* Jake Brockman in Season 1 of ''Series/Outnumbered''. He suffers from bullying at school, including having his phone stolen, given severe chinse burns and is implied to be beaten up on a regular basis. Doesn't say a word the whole time, and lies to ensure his parents don't find out the truth.
* Nick Cutter from ''Series/{{Primeval}}''. Where to begin? Having his wife disappear for eight years, return as a ManipulativeBastard StrawNihilist [[spoiler: bent on wiping all humanity from exitence ''and'' who turns his best friend against him.]] And just when he's found someone else to love, [[spoiler: she's erased from existence.]] ''And then'' just as he's beginning to get along with [[spoiler: her alternate self he gets shot - by his wife!]]
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'':
** Parker, despite the Woobieness being almost entirely in her BackStory. Although she hides it well by being extremely good at her job and eternally chipper, there are some serious wounds in her past. She does, however, break down in "The Future Job" when a psychic correctly deduces that her brother was hit by a car when they were young.
** It's implied that Eliot is this, too, but he's too damn stoic for even the audience to be sure.
* ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'': Liberty, particularly right after JT's death.
* Dr. K from ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''. She hardly shows any emotion at all and rarely, if ever, mentions her life growing up in the government think tank named Alphabet Soup. Although she does begin showing emotion, she typically remains deadpan, even when she confesses to her Series Operators that [[spoiler:she created and accidentally released the Venjix computer virus responsible for destroying nearly all of humanity]].
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower''. Not particularly demonstrative of outward emotion (with a few exceptions, notably at the end of "The Wrong War/The Frogs and the Lobsters") but beneath the surface he's plagued by self-doubt and constantly berating himself for what he sees as his failures, despite his considerable skill and the admiration of his men.
%%* Both Anton Mercer and Tommy Oliver of ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder''.
* Series/{{Sherlock}}:
** John Watson. It's abundantly obvious to the audience that he's absolutely crushed after [[spoiler: Sherlock's apparent suicide]] but spends the entire series making sure to stay calm around other people. Even when he's strapped to a bomb he manages to stay perfectly steady until the danger's over. Then after Sherlock [[spoiler: jumps off a building]] he shoves everyone who tries to help him away, and the audience is only allowed to see him cry in a reflection.
** And then in "A Sign of Three", we have Major Sholto. A recluse, he is mentioned to get more death threats than ''Sherlock'', and the wedding is interrupted by [[spoiler: an elaborate plan to kill him]]. Still, he attempts to [[spoiler: FaceDeathWithDignity]] until Sherlock, Mary and John manage to talk him out of it.
* Creator/BenedictCumberbatch's portrayal of the young Stephen Hawking in ''Film/{{Hawking}}'' is a mild example. He does show positive emotions at times - enthusiasm for science and affection for his girlfriend - and is {{Adorkable}} then, but throughout most of the film he's quite stoic about the fact that he's been diagnosed with a degenerative neurological illness and may not live to complete his doctorate. This arguably makes the few moments he does break down all the more heartbreaking.
* Abed Nadir, from Series/{{Community}}. Most of the time he's stoic to the point of being called robotic, and compares himself to Data and Spock. When confronting his father for having [[spoiler: blamed him for his mother leaving when he was six]], he makes an emotional [[spoiler: movie]] but doesn't show direct emotional reaction himself. When in the midst of a Christmas breakdown caused by his [[spoiler: mother's abandonment]], his grief manifests as denial, fantastic delusions of a [[spoiler: claymation Christmas wonderland]], and eventually catatonic freezing. And when he loses his best friend [[spoiler: Troy to the cultish Air Conditioner Repair school]], apparently forever, he visibly tears up but only says [[spoiler: "Sorry I got emotional"]] before retreating to his room.
** Also one particularly bizarre episode, dealt with Troy going to lunch in a restaurant with Britta instead of hanging out with Abed in his Dreamatorium (their pretend holodeck for imaginary fun) who in turn was obviously upset. Annie realizing that Abed was subtly trying to control Troy instead of letting him do his own thing, used the Dreamatorium to alter Abed's mind to think about other people rather than himself. Which in turn she had to delve deep into Abed's subconscious (while he emulates all the other characters) she discovers that Abed was beaten up constantly in school and spent most of the time hiding in his locker, as within "his mind" his locker is shown as a prison cell where he is locked up, as being Abed is "illegal" but then again this was technically all within Annie's imagination as the Dreamatorium isn't a real holodeck, but then again, the entire episode was a complete MindScrew so...
* Gibbs and Ziva from ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Gibbs, who is the resident stoic, lost his wife and eight-year-old daughter to a drive by shooting. Ziva was held captive by terrorists, tortured, and who knows what else for four months between seasons 6 and 7. As of the tenth season, she has lost her entire family - mother, father, younger sister, older brother - and yet whenever anyone asks her how she's doing, she always insists that she's ''fine''.
* Cristina from ''Series/GreysAnatomy''. Considering what type of show it is, it's not surprising, but she seems to be one of the few people who isn't [[{{Wangst}} whining all the time]].
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' gives us a few glimpses into Coulson's backstory in "The Magical Place", as well as finally revealing the truth behind his memories of recovery in Tahiti, ("[[ArcWords It's a magical place.]]") which puts him firmly under this trope. Despite his stoic, SeenItAll persona, he's heartbroken over the fact that he never got to say goodbye to the women he loved when he got his DeathFakedForYou courtesy of ComicBook/NickFury. He also recently lost his mother, his father died when he was a kid, and [[spoiler: the sheer pain he experienced when being brought back to life [[CameBackWrong ''broke'' him]], to the point where he begged to be allowed to die. The memories of the procedures were replaced by memories of Tahiti in an attempt to turn him back into the man he was, but now he knows part of the truth there's no telling what it will do to his mind.]] Don't expect to pick up on any of this from his demeanour at the end of the episode, though.
* ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'': Ryo Ashihara, tritagonist and Kamen Rider Gills. He's subjected to BodyHorror transformations that he didn't ask for, and just within the first eight episodes he's two for two on people in his social support structure abandoning him when he actually lets them in and tells them about what's happening to him - first his swim coach, and second his (ex-?)girlfriend. But for all of this, he just... stands there and takes it, accepting it like a penance. The only time he seems to let it out, if ever, is when he transforms into [[ScreamingWarrior Kamen Rider]] [[TheBerserker Gills]].
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'':
** Michonne is a stoic LadyOfWar who shields her emotions from other people in order to stay strong in the zombie infested world, but when she's NotSoStoic, you can't help but feel her pain. Especially when it's revealed [[spoiler: her entire family was killed by zombies.]]
** Daryl Dixon presents as a milder version of his brother at first but is slowly shown to actually be a much kinder and useful individual, giving the audience a reason to feel bad for him for being misjudged. It is eventually revelead that [[spoiler: he used to get beaten by his dad.]]
* ''Series/NineteenTwo'': Through all his travails, Ben is wrapped tighter than...well, extremely tightly. Which makes the few glimpses of emotion he lets escape more powerful.

* The original "Behind Blue Eyes" by Music/TheWho is a textbook example. Not to be confused with Music/LimpBizkit's infamous cover version, which is a prime example of gratuitous {{Wangst}}, instead.

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* Anyone with Aww! XP in ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine''. The standout would be the Prodigy from ''The Glass-Maker's Dragon'', an icily emotionless usually-Russian badass who, deep down, believes HopeIsScary because the last time she hoped, she lost a loved one or had another traumatic experience.

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%%* Alucard from ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''. Especially if you factor the radio drama into account.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'':
** The majority of the cast, who wait until their "I'm dying" speech before they angst, and invariably reveal an ''insane'' amount of [[DarkAndTroubledPast misery in their backstories]] before passing away.
** In 3, [[spoiler: The Boss. She lost her son on the beaches of Normandy when the Philosophers kidnapped him. She was subjected to high levels of radiation from atomic tests, was sent into space in a highly dangerous test launch of a prototype spacecraft but treated badly because she wasn't the 'official' first in space. She was seperated for years from the man she trained and was a surrogate son to her. During the seperation she was sent on a mission to kill the father of her child. The next time she met the man she trained she knew that she would have to defect and break his heart, even though the defection was a ruse planned by the US Government to get their hands on a fortune to fund their war. During the mission she is blamed for an atomic explosion caused by the insane general she was supposedly defecting to, accepting the blame to stop all-out nuclear war. She knows that she has to be killed by the man who was like a son to her, and can never reveal that she didn't betray him or her country. Finally, she would go to her grave in silence, knowing that future generations would believe her to be a monster who would have allowed the world to burn in nuclear fire. But not once did she break down or abandon the mission. "A normal person would have broken under the pressure" indeed.]]
** [[spoiler: Ocelot]], is this too. [[spoiler: He grew up as a child soldier after being kidnapped by The Philosophers, his best friend and mentor Big Boss gets effectively killed, His arm gets cut off as part of ThePlan to revive Big Boss, He gets labelled a terrorist and traitor by everyone (even people on his own side), has hypnotherapy and nano-machines to convince The Patriots he's Liquid knowing that it will lead to his death and he has to play the bad guy to motivate Snake. All to resurrect his best friend (and crush) Big Boss, who he knew he would never get to see again as the plan would lead to his (Ocelot's) death. He suffers everyone on the entire planet Earth thinking that he's pure evil, even though he's trying to free them from The Patriots control and not once does he break down, just grimly continues playing the bad guy until his death at the hands of his best friend's son.]]
* Setsumi in ''VisualNovel/{{Narcissu}}'', although she becomes ''slightly'' less stoic as the story progresses.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'': Let's see what Seimei has to go through: [[AmnesiacHero losing his memory]], having to keep peace and order for an entire city on the verge of destruction, [[TheScapegoat getting blamed for disasters he doesn't remember causing]] with the fear of AmnesiacDissonance on top of that, [[spoiler: learning that the bad guy ''[[LiteralSplitPersonality is]]'' [[LiteralSplitPersonality himself, but not really]], and finally [[EtTuBrute having one of his friends turn on him]] and become the GreaterScopeVillain than the aforementioned]], among other things. It's quite impressive how he remains calm and composed through all of that. [[spoiler: Still, you ''definitely'' don't want to [[NotSoStoic piss]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes him off]] though.]]
* Soren from ''Franchise/FireEmblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn'' fits this very well, though he sometimes borders on JerkassWoobie territory. He comes off as being cold and unkind, and is the Greil Mercenaries' [[TheSpock resident Spock.]] You'd never guess that he has a TearJerker past...but does he ever. Thing is, though, this past is revealed through support conversations and other bits of the story that are easy to miss, so even ''the player'' might not realize it.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has a large cast, including many woobies of this kind:
** Beruka, who has a huge DarkAndTroubledPast that more than once comes back to haunt her, but she remains stonefaced and strongwilled. Even in the cases when she [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]].
** Flora [[spoiler:hid the fact that she was being held prisoner by Nohr for years, never telling the Avatar, or Jakob, or even Felicia. Even after she escapes her captivity, the only one she reveals the truth to is Jakob, who she is prepared to either kill or be killed by.]]
** Niles, arguably, toes the line between this and JerkassWoobie. The guy has had his own DarkAndTroubledPast and once was ''incredibly'' close to the DespairEventHorizon, and even now he's damn bitter about it, but he also keeps going on.
** Azura suffered from abuse in Nohr and FantasticRacism in Hoshido, is [[spoiler:cursed with powers that are vital to winning the war but slowly kill her when used]], and [[spoiler:is literally unable to tell anyone what she knows about the GreaterScopeVillain due to ''another'' curse]]; the result of all this has left her [[BrokenBird incredibly jaded]], but she never complains and never gives up trying to help.
** While Kaze falls in TheWoobie, his older brother Saizo fits fair and square here. [[spoiler:He found out who was responsible for the death of his and Kaze's father, and went to go take revenge... which simply resulted in him [[EyeScream getting his eye slashed out]] and almost dying. Oh, and he [[LockedOutOfTheLoop never told Kaze about this]], so he had to suffer alone about it for years, and in their supports Kaze himself is ''incredibly shocked'' at the amount of secret suffering his brother has gone through.]] ''Then'' there's the fact that, depending on the route taken, [[spoiler:he and Kaze can end up fighting each other, which counts for both of them]]. And yet Saizo keeps carrying on his duties, keeping his inner troubles aside...
%%* Ledah in ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand.''
* Gorath from ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'': His decision to do the right and very difficult thing - trying to bring peace between two nations that have been warring since forever and fully intend to keep doing so - has cost him ''everything'', but don't expect to ever hear anything about it from ''him''.
* Blackiris in ''VisualNovel/TrueRemembrance''. [[spoiler:This is a major plot point.]]
* Shinjiro Aragaki in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. Let's go over his life: First of all, he's an orphan. Second, one of his childhood friends [[spoiler:died in a fire]]. Third, two years prior to the beginning of the series, he lost control of his Persona and [[spoiler:accidentally killed a woman, orphaning her son]]. As a result, he left SEES and began living as an outcast. During those two years, he began taking drugs to help control his Persona. [[spoiler:Said drugs are slowly killing him.]] When he learns that Ken, [[spoiler:the boy he orphaned]] has joined SEES, he decides to rejoin. During that time, he tries to maintain a distance between himself and the others. He has his own Social Link with the female protagonist where it becomes painfully clear that he really ''is'' a nice guy, and he slowly falls in love with her. [[spoiler:However, Shinjiro is certain that he doesn't have much time left and is [[ButIWouldReallyEnjoyIt extremely reluctant to pursue those feelings]], especially since he realizes that Ken joined SEES in order to seek revenge on him. Shinjiro ultimately either dies at Takaya's hands or falls into a coma, waking up just in time to see the girl he loves die.]] Despite everything, he never complains or gives any indication that he's suffering.
* [[spoiler:Joshua]] in VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou. It might not seem that way, but after the stinger ending, it's hard to see him as anything but.
* Atsuki [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Saijo/Saijou]] from ''VisualNovel/LuxPain'', particularly after finding out what happened to his family and yet, still use his stoic mask to hide it.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has several of them:
** Kaidan Alenko. He joins the Alliance Navy to do good, despite the abuse he suffered as teenager in an Alliance program, and he refuses to dwell on it. Or at least, so he says, in the conversations with him he dwells quite a lot on it, especially if your [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] is female. It still seems to affect him, but he insists it does not:
---> '''Kaidan:''' "I've put my personal demons to rest long ago."
** Thane Krios, the [[TheAtoner Atoner]] who's [[YourDaysAreNumbered dying of a disease]]. Was forced into assassin training at age 6, thus had no formal education in anything else and had to continue the job to win money for his family, his wife was killed by people trying to go after him and his son hates him for having left afterwards. Nonetheless, he remains the quiet and calm individual he is, only shedding ManlyTears when the situation warrants it.
** Tali'Zorah has aspects of it. Not an example of having no emotions, but she nonetheless sees no reason in pity or resentment about what happens to her:
---> '''Tali:''' "I don't think life is about what you deserve."
** It is also one possible [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpretation]] of [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] due to the various background possibilities. [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Later]] [[VideoGame/MassEffect3 installments]] play it even more straight with [[HeroWithBadPublicity everyone treating the player as a traitor]] for [[ButThouMust circumstances out of his/her control]] and the occasional NotSoStoic moment.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'':
** It is entirely possible to interpret the Grey Warden as this. Even more so since the Warden's facial expression is rarely ever anything but TheStoic. One notable exception occurs in the Human Noble Origin [[spoiler: after finding the Warden's murdered nephew and sister-in-law.]]
** Also one of the possible interpretations of Hawke from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', if he/she isn't a SadClown.
%%** Each and every Tranquil mage.
* Princess Zelda gets this treatment in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', which gives her a personality of TheHighQueen. She's suffering deeply for the tragedies inflicted on her people and her kingdom, but she doesn't dare show it because the enemy could easily exploit any perceived weakness.
* Cyrus from [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Pokémon]]. When you get down to it, his entire motivation is his unhappiness with his own life and his failure to live up to his parents' perfect standards, to the point where he refuses to let himself feel ''anything''--and thinks the entire world would be better off not feeling anything either. You don't hear any of this from ''him'', or even while he's still in the game. You don't hear a whisper of his backstory until he's either run off in shame or gone into self-imposed exile (depending on version).
* [[StreetFighter Cammy White]], when she's mid-awakening from Killer Bee to human being and starting to question her actions and orders.
* When you look at his personality, his goals, and his motive for fighting in the 2nd Maverick Wars never mind him being on the wrong side of said war, [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Harpuia]] is quite a complex, tragic character, and people [[EnsembleDarkHorse love him for it]].
* Leon is this in Franchise/ResidentEvil. On his first day as a police officer he's forced into the middle of a ZombieApocalypse, during which he's shot and led to believe his LoveInterest died, and after he escapes he's blackmailed into working for the government lest they experiment on the young girl he and Claire were trying to save. He's sent to investigate a drug lord where he meets Manuela, an innocent girl he sets out to protect who either dies in the bad ending or is taken in by the government in the good. Oh, and his friend Krauser resents the role he was blackmailed into doing and as such becomes his enemy. Then he's sent to rescue the president's daughter, in the process getting beaten up a ridiculous amount by the bad guys, injected with a mind controlling parasite that causes him a lot of physical pain and nearly leads him to kill the BackFromTheDead LoveInterest, and having to watch anyone who tries to help him die. Apart from the occasional instance of SayMyName when a comrade dies you never hear him angsting over it, despite having good reason to.
** Compared to her original characterization as a cheerful dingbat who seemed almost oblivious to the horrors around her, giving this treatment to Rebecca Chambers in the 2002 ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'' remake and ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' is largely responsible for her becoming RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap. Between the two games, we learn that she's seen almost all of her teammates die and has been struggling to stay alive for two straight days, and yet when Chris finds her she's still holding onto her composure quite well for an 18-year-old medic with no prior combat experience. Her grip on it is a fragile one, though; if Chris visits her right after Richard's HeroicSacrifice, [[TearJerker Rebecca will break down crying from the emotional stress.]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'':
*** [[TheGunslinger Vincent]] [[IneffectualLoner Valentine]]. [[spoiler: Let's start: he never got along with his father. We know that because said father tells Lucrecia, who accidentally killed him by [[GoneHorriblyWrong experimenting too much]], to apologize to his son for not being a good dad. Next, we have Vincent being employed as the girl's bodyguard. Well okay, [[HotScientist the girl is hot]], he falls in love with her. Then Vincent finds out that Lucrecia worked with and watched his father die. He's all "Whatever, I still love you", it seems like an unrequited feeling, [[TallDarkAndHandsome but why is she flirting with him?]] Moving on: Lucrecia is in fact Hojo's assistant. Hojo is [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim old, ugly]], [[MadScientist creepy]] and downright EVIL. So she sleeps with him. Vincent says that [[LoveMartyr he doesn't care]], as long as she's happy. Turns out, they needed a child to be conceived, [[ForScience to experiment on it]]. Remember Sephiroth? Yeah, [[OneWingedAngel this one]]. That's the child. Still being pregnant, Lucrecia falls ill and Vincent loves her too much to just watch. So he confronts both of them. Hojo kills him because he's 'noisy'. Lucrecia puts him in a tube and [[DeathIsCheap brings him back to life]] by making him the host of [[EnemyWithin Chaos]]. And then she goes into a cave and seals herself in a Mako crystal, [[ApologisesALot apologizing a lot]]. Vincent wakes up, discovers he's a bit different than before ([[VoluntaryShapeshifting no way?]]) and goes into rage mode. Then he closes himself in a coffin for 30 years (by the way, his body is now nearly indestructible and he [[OlderThanTheyLook never ages]]), saying that it's the [[TheAtoner punishment]] for his sin. Apparently, his sin was doing nothing, but watching the experiment. Then Cloud and co. wake him up in the basement of Shinra Manor and greet him with some great news - Lucrecia's child has become pretty homicidal and is [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt about to destroy the world]]. And then, when the heroes finally kill Hojo in the game, he tells him to rest in peace. So? Want to hug him yet?]]
*** Cloud Strife. Lonely, alienated childhood, check. [[spoiler:Told that he was too weak to join SOLDIER, which was his dream]], check. Watched his mother killed, best friend almost killed, and childhood crush apparently mortally wounded, check. Used as a human guinea pig by Hojo, check. Is dragged across a continent by his best friend while Shinra chases them and can't do anything when they catch up and kill said best friend, check. Resulting in TraumaInducedAmnesia, check. [[spoiler:[[MindControl Manipulated]] into almost killing a potential love interest, twice, check. Same manipulation and a serious MindScrew result in him giving the BigBad the black materia, again twice, check. Watching Aerith die, check]]. Realizing he'd promised to be his living legacy and to never forget, and then having [[TraumaInducedAmnesia ''forgotten'']], check. [[spoiler:Failing to find a cure for Geostigma and coming down with it himself, check...]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Auron. At first, he comes off as an aloof, stoic mentor. Then comes the {{backstory}}. [[spoiler:He started out as an ostracized monk and decides to go on the pilgrimage with Braska and Jecht because he had no other purpose in his life. One of his best friends from this time is later introduced as a corrupt Yevonite, and while he is killed, Auron is visibly angered by this. When the three are told by Yunalesca that the Final Aeon requires the sacrifice of both the summoner and one of his guardians, Auron relents, but fails to convince Braska and Jecht. It then turns out that this is all a lie, as the Final Aeon that kills Sin ''becomes'' Sin. Enraged, Auron attempts to avenge his fallen friends, and Yunalesca mortally wounds him. But Auron, [[MilesToGoBeforeISleep being a]] {{Determinator}}, instead reforms as an [[TheUndead unsent]], and in a heartbreaking display of resolve, kick-starts a good majority of the game's plot by crossing over to Dream Zanarkand and watching over Tidus, hoping to guide the next generation to finally end this terrible spiral of destruction. Auron's unexpected NotSoStoic moment, where he lashes out in an emotional frenzy at Zanarkand's projection of a younger him trying to get Braska and Jecht to not go through with the Final Summoning just shows [[ShellShockedVeteran how profoundly this event affected him]], [[FailureKnight and his attempts to]] [[TheAtoner ultimately atone for it.]]]]
** ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'': The [[AmnesiacHero Warrior of Light]], the protagonist from the original [[FinalFantasyI Final Fantasy]] is turned into a calm woobie, even when facing overwhelming odds. He never falters or stops trying to do the right thing, this leads many of the other heroes to think he ''has'' no doubts (which is incorrect). He does let his woobieness show when he and the other heroes are on their way to fight Chaos, and the Warrior opens up about feeling more and more uneasy the others are regaining their memories while he is not. [[spoiler:That of course is only the tip of the iceberg, turns out he can't remember a past because he was ''born'' during the cycles of war between Cosmos and Chaos. Having been created by Cid in a previous cycle of the conflict and abandoned by his ''[[AbusiveParents father]]'' to fend for himself in a warzone.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Kratos. Kratos has a lengthy, complex and [[DarkAndTroubledPast pretty horrible backstory]]. And there's [[spoiler: [[Really700YearsOld four thousand years of it to boot.]]]] You only see him [[NotSoStoic really crack]] once in the game, when [[spoiler: he comes face to face with his wife's murderer.]] His stoicness is so constant otherwise, it almost borders on NarmCharm:
--> '''Yuan:''' So, Kratos. How does it feel to have [[spoiler: your own son reject you like that?]]
--> '''Kratos:''' ...Humph.
* VideoGame/MaxPayne only wanted to live UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream and instead turned into a merciless VigilanteMan who carries an absurd amount of emotional baggage with him. Sadly, by the flashback events of the third game, he's washed down any prayer of finding happiness again down in a swill of whiskey and painkillers. He moves to Brazil, where has an unending supply of material comforts, but is still completely down on himself and feels out of place on top of it all. He figures he can live out his life there and, while he'll never be mentally stable again, will be able to get by until whatever kills him.
* Michael "Iceman" Casey in the first ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' installment. He rarely opens up to any other pilot aboard Tiger's Claw, and will only talk about things relevant to his job - to kill and get revenge on the Kilrathi enemies that destroyed his homeworld, Vega VII, and left him a deep, permanent scar in the heart. Cold, efficient, and calculating, some pilots even worry that he has a freon for blood.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has [[ColdSniper Craig Boone]], a former member of the New California Republic's First Recon battalion. [[spoiler: He took part in the Bitter Springs massacre, where, because of a miscommunication, the First Recon were ordered to gun down innocent civilians, including women, children, and the elderly. He was haunted by this until he met his future wife, Carla, who he loved enough for him to forget about Bitter Springs. Eventually, though, Carla was kidnapped by Caesar's Legion to be sold into slavery, and Boone was forced to MercyKill her. This event caused him to believe that fate was punishing him for Bitter Springs, [[DeathSeeker and that it would only end upon his death]].]] By the time the player meets him, Boone actively pushes people away because he believes that nothing except death and suffering will happen to him or those around him ever again.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}'': The title character. First she's separated from her parents. Then she has to explore a dark, surreal gallery where [[EverythingTryingToKillYou the very paintings are out for your blood]]. We realise later that [[spoiler:she's starting to hallucinate - first as a comfort mechanism... then even ''that'' turns into her seeing hanged effigies of herself around the place]]. [[MultipleEndings Depending on your ending]], her suffering ranges from [[spoiler:seeing one of her friends die, to being [[DespairEventHorizon so broken that she simply lies down]], [[DeathByDespair and doesn't get up again]]]]. And throughout the game, [[HeroicMime she never utters a word]], nor does anyone point out the strenuousness of what she's dealing with (aside from Garry during one NotSoStoic moment). Have we mentioned that she's ''nine'' yet?
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''' [[GermanicDepressives Sasha Nein]], a Psychonaut agent who has acquired such a high degree of self-control that the very surface of his mind is nothing but a smooth cube painted with abstract black-and-white patterns. However, he has seen some rather traumatizing things in his past, [[spoiler:notably, [[DirtyMindReading how his father viewed his]] [[MissingMom late mother]], [[PrimalScene as a little boy]]]].
* ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' has Tiny Tina as a Woobie whose stoicism manifests as cheerfulness that frequently crosses over into mania. In fact, she comes off as in denial of her tragedies, even in the midst of torturing her parents' killer to death. The one time the facade drops is when she admits that she is well aware that her good friend [[spoiler: Roland]] died, despite seemingly leaving a chair for him at her gaming table.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' has [[AntiHero dark protagonist]] Corvo Attano, who watches [[TheLostLenore his lover the Empress killed]], his daughter kidnapped and [[{{Frameup}} gets framed for both crimes]] - [[DespairEventHorizon all in the span of half a minute]]. He then spends six months being jailed and tortured by the people who framed him before he can get free to [[ClearMyName start fixing things]]. [[spoiler:Later on, the people he signed on with to get revenge betray him too because [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they can't risk him fouling up their own efforts either]]]]. In the [[VideoGame/Dishonored2 sequel]], if [[AnotherSideAnotherStory chosen as the player-character]], [[spoiler:he gets [[RecycledPremise betrayed once again by turncoats]], stripped of his arcane powers, watches his daughter [[TakenForGranite be turned to stone]], sees his daughter's ChildhoodFriend murdered in front of him and [[RunOrDie has to flee the city]] - all of it done by the government of his own homeland and the [[BigScrewedUpFamily embittered half-sister of his lover]]]]. That's not even touching on his backstory of being a [[RagsToRiches poor boy]] whose [[DisappearedDad father died when he was young]] and had to [[SelfMadeMan make a living by self-taught fighting]], or how how his [[SuddenlyVoiced newfound voice in the sequel]] hints to just how much hurt he carries between the events of the two games, or getting a constant running commentary on his misfortunes by [[EnigmaticEmpoweringEntity his self-involved patron]] [[HumanoidAbomination outer god]]. And yet, not once does he ever seem to actually complain to anyone about where he is or heap his inner turmoil on them - instead he busies himself [[TranquilFury hunting down]] [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge all the people who wronged him]] and [[PayEvilUntoEvil making them pay]], [[MurderIsTheBestSolution one way]] [[FateWorseThanDeath or another]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** Knuckles the Echidna, at least pre-{{Flanderization}}. Despite his tough, stoic exterior and his devotion to guarding the Master Emerald, he has been shown to deeply regret his life-long obligation and the loneliness that comes with it, and wishes he could be as free as Sonic ([[VitriolicBestBuds not that he would ever admit to envy him]]). The very first cutscene in his story in VideoGame/SonicAdventure shows him [[WhatYouAreInTheDark musing over it alone]], and his ImageSong from VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 has lines such as "He's searching for shining. But every time he looks for the sun, he can't find it" and "Is this the way, the path I chose? Then why am I living with my heart so cold? All that I see is a storm of stones"
** Shadow the Hedgehog is about as stoic as Sonic characters get, yet has one of the most [[DarkAndTroubledPast tragic]] [[DeathByOriginStory backstories]] in the series, to the point it rules every action he takes in VideoGame/SonicAdventure2.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Miles Edgeworth from the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series was trapped with his father in an elevator by an earthquake as a young child. After hours in the dark, he was rescued, but his father was found dead of a gunshot wound, the third man with them was falsely accused, and Edgeworth secretly blamed himself. He was taken in by the man who actually committed the murder, who raised him to be a heartless prosecutor. His adult persona is the very picture of refined self control, but earthquakes completely wreck him -- he panics, often faints, and kicks himself afterward for being so 'weak.' You just want to pat him on the back and tell him it's not his fault.
* [[spoiler:Frederica Bernkastel]] of the ''Franchise/WhenTheyCry'' series goes through the ordeal of [[spoiler:being murdered by her closest friends over and over.]] Once she's escaped that fate, an old enemy comes to torment her again, dragging her into a similar situation. She's obviously completely broken, but manages to hide it behind an EmotionlessGirl facade. [[spoiler:Subverted. She's a twisted psychopath, and the "old enemy" is in fact her just-as-nuts girlfriend; they've been setting up the fake rivalry to mess with everyone's heads.]]
* Ange Ushiromiya from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. The poor girl grew up in a BadFuture where one entire side of her family (including the half-brother she hero-worshipped) died, with the exception of a now AxCrazy aunt, who loathes and resents her for still being alive while her child died on Rokkenjima [[spoiler:(And later it turns out it's not true, and said truth that her "crazy" aunt hid from her [[AwfulTruth is FAR worse]])]]. She got sent OffToBoardingSchool, where she was [[KidsAreCruel bullied and treated like a freak]], and her only remaining relative on the ''other'' side of the family is an ''even more'' AxCrazy aunt who actively tried to kill her. And as icing on the angst-cake, [[spoiler:Bernkastel manipulated all of these events ''specifically'' so she could bring Ange back in time with the false hope of fixing her world and then kill her, purely to torment the aforementioned brother, himself an IronWoobie.]] You wouldn't know any of this from talking to her, though; she's a DeadpanSnarker who keeps to herself and rarely shows any expression except for [[PerpetualFrowner a vague frown]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'s'' Blake Belladonna is the gruff, cynical DeadpanSnarker of the eponymous team, and has a habit of rebuffing people who try to befriend her (i.e. Ruby Rose, Yang Xiao Long and Sun Wukong). Her [[NotSoStoic near]] [[TheStoic unflappable]], [[SugarAndIce anti-social]] personality possibly stems from her [[DarkAndTroubledPast painful past]]. She was [[spoiler: born a [[CatGirl Faunus]], a LittleBitBeastly race of people who [[FantasticRacism face a great deal of discrimination]] from other humans. She was born a member of the White Fang, a Faunus rights activist organization, and watched the White Fang turn into a [[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters violent, chaotic terrorists]] who used [[TheEndJustifiesTheMeans force to get what they wanted from people]], and couldn't bear to be part of such an immoral group]]. She left the place she was born and all the people that had been with her for her whole life. She spends pretty much the entirety of Volume 2 in a prolonged HeroicBSOD, from closing herself off from her team and brooding over the events of Volume 1's finale, to working herself [[HeroicRROD half to death]] trying to track down Torchwick who was using [[spoiler: the White Fang]] for his own ends, to [[HeroicSelfDeprecation hating herself]] for [[spoiler: running away from the White Fang]]. She desperately needs [[TrueCompanions emotional support from the people around her]], but she [[IWorkAlone refuses to let anyone get that close to her.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/CuantaVida'', Sniper's been suffering a lot lately...
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob:'' As TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask, Princess Voluptua tries to keep her fears and pains to herself. She always comes across in public looking very strong, but her [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20061128.html thought bubbles,]] as well as her [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20091017.html facial expressions]] when she thinks no one is looking, show her personal vulnerabilities.
* Susan of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' seems to fit quite well. She rarely shows any emotion or talks about her problems despite the fact that [[spoiler:both she and her mother have been rather messed up after her parents went through a nasty divorce because her dad was cheating. On top of that, Susan discovered the cheating by walking in on her dad at a rather young age.]] [[FromBadToWorse And if that wasn't bad enough]] [[spoiler:she had to kill a very human-like monster at the age of 14.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** Aradia Megido is far more traumatized than [[EmotionlessGirl her demeanor]] indicates. Starting with [[spoiler:being ''dead'', which is only the beginning of her tribulations.]]
** Also, Dave, Rose, and Davesprite, who are all variations on TheStoic and have all gone through more hardship than any thirteen-year-old ever should have to. It's most obvious when [[spoiler:Mom and Bro die]] and Rose and Dave try as hard as they can to keep it together.
* Dante from ''Webcomic/TheStoryOfAnima''. An [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Animus]] so powerful that the [[PsychoForHire Bloody Flames]] were [[http://tapastic.com/episode/74794 instructed specifically not to engage him]]. [[http://tapastic.com/episode/65505 Of course, he grew up under an abusive clan head that was only interested in cultivating his brother's Animus, who then focused on him after his brother gauged out his eye in a fit of rage and was subsequently banished]]. It's amazing he's still one of the more genuinely kind characters in the comic.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/AGiantSuckingSound'': [[spoiler: President Ann Richards]] struggles with school violence, a chaotic foreign policy, terrorism, and partisan politics, and feelings of illegitimacy due to her [[spoiler: opponent, Paul Wellstone, being assassinated]], with a calm face and a cigarette in her mouth.
* In the ''Website/{{Neopets}}'' "Tale of Woe" plot, Bruno is a handsome, if gangly, young [[Characters/NeopetsSpecies Gelert]]. When [[SnakeOilSalesman Mr. Krawley]] offers him a potion that will make him stronger, he accepts it because he is desperate to impress his love interest. Unfortunately, he was tricked as the potion came with the side effect of turning him into [[TheGrotesque a grotesque monster]]. In the end, when an antidote is found, it does not work on him. It is assumed that this is because he's been under the effects of the potion for too long. He accepts his fate, saying that he is used to the way he looks now.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''' Raven, in ''spades''. She is a DeadpanSnarker and seeming EmotionlessGirl, but she ''has'' to be because if she loses control of her emotions, she loses control of her demon side, and that would be bad news for the ''world.'' She doesn't really have the option of angsting about the fact that [[spoiler: she is the daughter of Trigon, born to be an ApocalypseMaiden, and the day of his coming is near]]. She just tries to do what good she can do until then.
* WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack is the epitome of Stoic. And with all the trials and near-victories he endures, who doesn't wanna buy the guy a beer? One episode even deals with him controlling the very justified emotional turmoil he experiences on a regular basis.
* DeadpanSnarker Noah from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'' definitely qualifies, he gets severely injured in almost every episode he appears in, has a HUGE family in which he's the youngest kid, is generally ignored and made fun of, and yet never complains about it.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Ferb comes off this way any time you get the feeling he's sad.
--> '''Phineas:''' Hey, Ferb, where's [[PrecociousCrush Vanessa]]?\\
'''Ferb:''' She went off with someone else.
* Optimus Prime in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' doesn't show a lot of emotion and he has had a ''lot'' of bad stuff happen to him.
* Hank Hill from ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' expresses zero emotion throughout the entire series. However, he refuses to show any emotion at all because he fears that bad things will happen to him if he ever feels a moment of happiness in his life like when he seriously injured his ankle during the final game of a high school football season. As a result, Hank grows disconnected with acting normal and always seeks enjoyment in activities that nobody else enjoys. His life only gets worse due to being SurroundedByIdiots.
* Aqualad from ''{{WesternAnimation/Young Justice}}'', big time. [[spoiler:The "love of his life" (who was dating his best friend) dies. And then, just a little while later, he finds out that Black Manta is his father. He [[FakeDefector pretends to go over to the other side]] in a deal with Nightwing. His friends despise him as a traitor, he has to make morally dubious choices to maintain his cover, and could potentially [[BecomingTheMask Become The Mask.]]]] And just when things couldn't get any worse, [[spoiler:he gets {{Mind Rape}}d into a coma and his psyche is shattered.]] The only despair he shows during this is when his mind is so destroyed he's psychologically incapable of controlling his emotions.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'': Milo Murphy maintains a constant air of cheery goodwill in the face of the fact that [[UnluckilyLucky he was cursed from birth to experience misfortune in every area of his life]], and has to deal on a daily basis with [[EverythingTryingToKillYou every element of his environment trying to kill him]] while [[TheJinx his classmates studiously avoid him because the curse effects everyone in his immediate atmosphere]].
* Mr. Cat from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}''. He's also a JerkassWoobie, but he never shows any signs of sadness any time something bad happens to him. For example in one episode when Kaeloo (who he has a crush on) refuses to kiss him, he nonchalantly turns away and pretends not to care.
** Quack Quack also counts, as he is TheStoic and very rarely expresses emotions, but almost everything that happens to him is terrible (even though he's said to be "lucky").

* Epictetus was a Greek/Roman Stoic philosopher who was born into slavery. He was a slave to Emperor Nero's secretary. He became a cripple after his master put him in a leg crushing device and kept adding weights. As his legs shattered, Epictetus is quoted as coldly stating that he had now broken his legs.
* Kierkegaard's knight of faith: "But greater than all this it is that the knight of faith dares to say even to the noble man who would weep for him, "Weep not for me, but weep for thyself." (''Fear and Trembling'', Lowrie's translation)
* Anyone suffering from UsefulNotes/{{depression}} is this by default.