"Talk excessive. Time limited."
Character talks in shorthand. Often avoids "being" verbs or sentence subjects. Often due to keeping journal. Makes character more distinctive/memorable. Annoying to some. Prone to Punctuated! For! Emphasis!
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Contrast Motor Mouth
, Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness
. Compare Beige Prose
, The Quiet One
Anime And Manga
- Oz on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Witness this exchange from "The Zeppo":
Xander: What is it? How do you get it? Who doesn't have it, and who decides who doesn't have it? What is the essence of 'cool'?
Oz: Not sure.
Xander: I mean, you yourself, Oz, are considered more or less 'cool'. Why is that?
Oz: Am I?
Xander: Is it about the talking? You know, the-the way you tend to express yourself in short, non-committal phrases?
- And from Angel, Oz and Angel catch up on Sunnydale gossip:
Angel: Nice surprise.
Angel: Staying long?
Oz: Few days.
Doyle: Are they always like this?
Oz: No, we're usually laconic.
- There's a hilarious scene in the episode where Buffy gains mind-reading powers. Oz's internal dialogue is a long monologue on the philosophical implications of Buffy being able to read their thoughts. His only spoken dialogue is "Huh."
- After a long night patrolling and slaying Buffy often can't be bothered giving detailed after action reports, replying with "Vampires, killed 'em." Though in one episode it was because she didn't want people to know she'd been making out with Angel instead.
How did the hunt go last night, Buffy? Buffy:
No go. Giles:
Uh, 'no', 'no' you didn't go, or you were unsuccessful? Buffy:
Apparently Buffy has decided the problem with the English language is all those pesky words. You... Angel... big... smoochies? Buffy:
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Worf tends to speak in extremely short sentences. Maybe six words at most. No more.
- In an episode of The Office, Kevin decides to use fewer and simpler words to save time, to the annoyance of his coworkers.
- On Gilmore Girls, Jess was fond of speaking this way largely because he can't stand the overly cheerful atmosphere of Stars Hollow and to deliberately annoy the adults. He's only seen speaking more eloquently when he's speaking to Rory or annoying Dean.
- It happens sometimes in Penny Arcade when they make a joke that falls short of expectations, and they try to explain it in sentence fragments.
- Zz'dtri from The Order of the Stick, Evil Counterpart to Vaarsuvius, never speaks in complete sentences.
, you insufferably terse dullard!
- Willa Dragonfly from Latchkey Kingdom. Some people call her mute, though it's unclear whether they're joking or actually believing it.
- Ken Ellis in morphE speaks like this when Asia gets to call him in Chapter 3.
- In Justice League Unlimited, the Question, Rorschach's reverse-double-Expy, does this when he's figuring out the conspiracy and hadn't slept in days. "Not alternate universe. Time loop!" It highlights his increasing Sanity Slippage at the time, as he usually speaks in a normal - if monotonous - manner.
- Characters who don't ordinarily exhibit this trope will sometimes do so when injured or fatigued, as in this example from an old Transformers G1 episode:
Optimus Prime: Badly damaged. Losing energy rapidly. Power relays fused. Mobility limited. Part replacement essential.
Comic Book Guy: Unable... To continue... Describing... Symptoms... *collapses*
- Omega Supreme from the G1 Transformers cartoon. Just about everything he ever said were two-word sentences, on the order of noun-adjective ("Repairs complete. Disaster averted.")
- Omega tends to do this in many incarnations. As does Soundwave.
- Big Macintosh from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic usually doesn't say much besides "Eeyup" and "Nope". Exceptions are when he's very emotional: in "Applebuck Season", when he tries to talk his sister Applejack out of trying to bring in the apple harvest alone; "Hearts and Hooves Day", when he indulges in exchanging cutesy pet-names with Cheerilee while under the influence of a love potion; and "Ponyville Confidential", when he chastises the Cutie Mark Crusaders for spreading ugly rumors with their column in the school newspaper. In the latter Applejack exhibits the opposite to her brother: she talks normally by default and terse when she's upset.
- Parodied on Freakazoid!.
Freakazoid: Can't… see! Sun… in… eyes! Must… talk… like… this!