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"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?
Oz: Could be.
- 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.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Worf tends to speak in extremely short sentences. Maybe six words at most. No more.
- 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!"
- 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 include "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
- Parodied on Freakazoid!.
Freakazoid: Can't… see! Sun… in… eyes! Must… talk… like… this!