"...How wasteful... Such emotions are but mere illusions. And, like all illusions, they fade over time until death banishes them forever. That is why I have abandoned all emotions as useless sentimentality."
He can be in the middle of a gunfight, his best friend's bachelor party, or a helpless witness to the death of everyone and everything he holds dear... and he'll show all the emotional reaction of a victim of a Botox overdose. They can be Heroes
, antagonists or anti-heroes
. On The Team
he will contrast the Hot-Blooded
. His quiet demeanor tends towards the brusque or outright rudeness, though there are a few polite
Stoics. Mostly writers (ab)use it to give the impression of a lot going on inside and cultivate an air of mystery and to confuse other characters with cryptic one-liners.
The Stoic sometimes displays emotion
when under extreme stress or in other highly emotional situations, but their usual repertoire consists of mild boredom, detached interest, Dull Surprise
or dignified disdain. He may be a Deadpan Snarker
, or have No Sense of Humor
. If he ever shows true emotion, it's likely to be explosive in its intensity or incredibly subtle and full of Emotional Torque
. The tougher sort of stoic may hide it so thoroughly that only his Bad Dreams
show any of it. Opposed to Frozen Face
, where the emotions appear absent because they do not alter his expression, even in the highly emotional situations. A few stoics might calmly pipe up that they have feelings and opinions too
, they just aren't effusive about it.
Masculine pronouns are used throughout this trope because quiet women in fiction tend to be the Emotionless Girl
or Stoic Woobies
. Men who use stoicism to hide their pain are more likely to indulge in mangst
. Either way, expect them to be the phlegmatic
member of their group.
The Stoic is not necessarily The Quiet One
. While the Stoic may be low key and quiet, more often than not he's just as talkative as anyone else. Another difference is that while The Quiet One
does feel and display emotion (albeit less vocally and regularly, and makes up for it with deeper pathos), the Stoic is so devoid of any semblance of human emotion that he borders on being a true Tin Man
. Whether he has emotion or not varies, but he will invariably refuse to ever show it.
There are three types:
- The Aloof Big Brother type, seen mostly in anime, chooses to act this way either as a personal philosophy or as an outgrowth of his base personality.
- Some Old West, pulp, and action heroes who are Made of Iron complement physical toughness with stoicism to show mental invulnerability as well. It's cool to be blasé while kicking around Faceless Goons, delivering one liners and foiling the Evil Plan. Watch out for needles, though!
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Either before the series or during it, the character suffers a particularly nasty case of Heroic BSOD, after which the character enters a Heroic Safe Mode and never leaves. The lights are on, the computer's running, but all the games and fun stuff are offline. (Not to be confused with Heroic Safe Mode, which uses the same metaphor to describe something different.)
This last one has real world examples
in Flat affect
, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
, and Shell Shock
The silent warrior has roots stretching back to The Drifter
in Westerns and farther back. The Stoics
in ancient Greece
were philosophers who believed that self-control is the highest virtue, and detachment from strong emotions and passion would give them greater insight in their quest for truth. They also thought that emotional reactions to the inevitable were silly; given that We All Die Someday
, what is grieving over death but a judgment that the inevitable was somehow wrong
? Stoics would later be criticized for denying themselves and others
any kind of earthly pleasure or silliness in life.
Characters of this type include:
Other tropes associated with stoics include:
Note: Just because the person is Stoic doesn't mean that person is a Jerkass or pessimistic.
Contrast/Compare with Loveable Rogue
, Become a Real Boy
, The McCoy
and Gentle Giant
. On the far end of Emotions vs. Stoicism
. If a person deliberately
inflicts pain on himself to show it doesn't bother him, that's Macho Masochism
Contrast Rage Breaking Point
, Drama Queen
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Anime and Manga
- Yuki Nagato from Suzumiya Haruhi has NO facial expressions. Ever. This isn't even a question of why she doesn't do it, it's more like she does not have expressions because her body is an interface and wasn't programed for it. If she talks, it's always monotone. She avoids being creepy, by bringing loads and loads of badass-ness and hug-urges. As we know from Character Development, she has emotions (Which is an important aspect of her characterization), but only Kyon can "read" her. Pondering what she is feeling and why are questions for both Kyon and the reader.
- Silver Knight from .hack//SIGN fits this trope perfectly, breaking character only once during a funny conversation with Mimiru near the end of the series. And then there's .hack//Legend of the Twilight...
- Jyu Viole Grace from Tower of God. His emotions can only be read from his actions and the rare occasions when we catch a glimpse of what is going on in his head. He has his reasons.
- Killy from Blame! takes this trope to new and completely emotionless heights. The fact that he has as many lines in 10 volumes (the entirety of the series) as most protagonists have in a single chapter is testament to this.
- Gendo Ikari and his subordinate Fuyutsuki from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Rei initially seems like one, but is soon revealed to be more of a Kuudere. Here's a few key examples: When Unit 00 was undergoing a test and went berserk, it started punching the wall that Gendo happened to be right beyond, shattering several layers of bulletproof glass, and Gendo, who was less than three feet away from the glass, didn't move an inch, nor did he show any emotion. Also, when Shinji fought Zeruel in Unit 01, Zeruel shot a beam that cut off Unit 01's arm, splattering enough blood on Gendo (Who miraculously only had half his body soaked) to fill up at least one pool. And Gendo, while he looked noticeably worried, never spoke or changed his facial expression from that one.
- Paptimus Scirocco, the Big Bad of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. In spite of his ability to manipulate emotions and his extreme sensitivity to them as a Newtype, he displays open contempt for the emotional and prides himself on his stoic nature.
- MOVIE! Major Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex rarely displays much emotion at all. If you do manage to make her angry, though, be very afraid. In the series and manga she's snarky and amused by the antics of her squadmates. She becomes this trope only when things get really serious.
- Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star may be the archetype from which many other stoic anime heroes came from, as he is first introduced as a man of few words and only mild kindness. As the series progresses, however, he is shown to be quite empathetic.
- Keith Gandor of Baccano! has a perpetual frowning expression throughout the entire series, as well as never ever talking in the anime. This is taken even farther in the light novels, where it's revealed that he's known for going years without speaking.
- Much of Full Metal Panic! is spent having Sagara Sousuke slowly get over this trope. In canon, he's repeatedly shown to be one of, if not the most stoic characters in the series (shown to start breaking from it only closer to the end). Even the villains of the series are not as stoic as him (as they are either psychotically gleeful and have a lust for violence, or they're depressed individuals wangsting in their emotional turmoil).
- Uryuu likes to believe himself to be the Stoic, and works hard at maintaining an aloof snarky mask. However, given his fussiness, his genuine (and blindly obvious) concern for his friends, and how often Ichigo gets under his skin, he's far more Not So Stoic than he'd like to admit.
- Byakuya Kuchiki. He has smiled on-screen only once. If Byakuya shows any serious emotion at all, it is treated as something very surprising. Characters were amazed when he made a joke.
- Ulquiorra represents the emptiness of death and is very emotionless. His character journey is about uncovering the meaning of emotion to humans.
- Uryuu's father Ryuuken is a genuinely stoic snark knight: he barely reacts at all to his son talking back to him or even running off to Hueco Mundo. However, the more of his Mysterious Past that gets revealed, the more obvious it becomes that he's actually a Stepford Snarker.
- Nico Robin of One Piece. Even when she is just as freaked out as the rest of her crew mates are, her expression is normal and neutral. Even Eiichiro Oda states that she is the only one with normal expressions. Though it seems that she is allowing herself to open up more since the Time Skip.
- Zoro as well, though he tends to have more outbursts than Robin.
- Dracule Mihawk plays this trope straight, as Robin is seen smiling and chuckling every now and again, although Mihawk once laughed out loud when Zoro begged him for training. However, Bartholomew Kuma out-stoics the both of them, even before he became a mindless machine.
- Rasen of Flame of Recca. Ridiculously pale complexion, an expression as vacant and empty as that of a corpse, and incapable of speech, so much that he requires telepathy to communicate with others when his deathly stare is insufficient.
- Jo from Burst Angel/Bakuretsu Tenshi. When she's fighting, she's the biggest badass in the world. When not, she's usually quiet and inexpressive.
- Jin of Samurai Champloo is a calm, composed and cultivated samurai to contrast Mugen who behaves like a wild animal.
- Kambei Shimada from Samurai 7, "He has the eyes of a dead man." according to a Nobuseri. Kyuzo even more so.
- Similar to Kyuzo, Chloe from Noir also qualifies.
- Golgo 13.
- Byaku from Kekkaishi is rarely shown exhibiting any emotion, even when fighting for his life against an enemy.
- InuYasha: Sesshoumaru is an Aloof Big Brother who faces the world with such detached equanimity that he doesn't even hate his brother for lopping off his left arm (he still hates Inuyasha for being a half human though). About the only emotions he'll show are a bit of anger or contempt, and the latter is inherently such a mild, passive emotion it doesn't really contradict being stoic. His humorous little servant Jaken actually sometimes claims to display reactions that are beneath him in his stead.
- Aoshi Shinomori from Rurouni Kenshin. Even while he is winning in an intense battle, he shows no facial expressions or emotions.
- Sasuke and his brother Itachi (though Sasuke has a habit of losing his stoicism fairly often).
- Although he does pull off stoic quite well among friends. It's made better by his teammates, who both overreact to everything. If something shocking or undesirable is mentioned, it's a sure bet that Naruto and Sakura will start yelling, objecting, and generally flipping out. Sasuke will just sit there impassively. Unfortunately, he loses it when confronted by someone who insulted or attacked the Uchiha clan.
- Later on, Sai. Though he smiles, it's just a technique he learned to put people at their ease. He's more of a Spock than The Spock. The fact that he continually puts people down could be his ego fighting to get out.
- Kakashi and Yamato are also fairly Stoic most of the time.
- As are Shino and Neji. The former was demonstrated quite humorously when he tried to let Naruto know he was mad at him for not recognizing him after the Time Skip.
- Nagato/Pain and Konan definitely fit since the death of Yahiko.
- Gaara is a perfect example of this.
- Surprisingly, Naruto tends to pull this off whenever he takes a level in badass.
- Madara Uchiha. From curbstomping the five Kages to the revival of the Ten Tails, the (quite frankly, crazy) events happening around him rarely evoke much more than a "Meh." and disdainful expression from him.
- Tobi was this before the mask came off, at least in terms of demeanour. Though he certainly wasn't this as a child. And rapidly becomes less so after he loses the mask and is forced to face up to his past.
- Jotaro Kujo from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 3. This is intentional on his part: he thinks people will know his mood no matter what he does, so he's very unemotional, except when he's pushed too far.
- Lucy from the anime Elfen Lied, despite (or because of) her traumatic life.
- Afro from Afro Samurai.
- Legato Bluesummers from Trigun, over the course of the show, is completely cold and impassive, even during such exploits as brutally massacring a gang, annihilating a city, and forcing a man to shoot him in the head.
- Rukawa Kaede from Slam Dunk.
- Trowa Barton from Gundam Wing. After losing his family in the war, Trowa was on his own until about age four and didn't even know how to talk until other humans found him. Even a decade later, he seems surprised when something affects him emotionally (as seen when he cries after being ordered to destroy his friend Duo's Gundam.
- Protagonist Heero Yuy is stoic, but calling him The Stoic isn't quite right (Kuudere is more appropriate). While he thinks that emotions get you killed on the battlefield, he says they're needed the rest of the time. He exhibits a normal (if subdued) emotional range (surprise◊, fear◊, and happiness◊), and his self-stated life philosophy is "Live by your emotions". Most of the confusion stems from English voice actor Mark Hildreth being told to play the character as stiff and robotic, combined with Flanderization; this is obviously less of a problem in the Japanese version, where Hikaru Midorikawa delivered a subdued but still emotional performance.
- "The Captain" from Hellsing
- Kunimitsu Tezuka from Prince of Tennis. Genichirou Sanada starts like this, but soon we see that he's Not So Stoic.
- Rin Asougi from Mnemosyne, in addition to being a moderate tsundere. Being an regenerating immortal helps a lot, but it doesn't make her quipping stuff like "Count your tools!" to a surgeon who previously vivisected her without anaesthesia before killing him with his own scalpel (which he forgot inside her body, apparently) any less badass. Let alone muttering "It may be too much even for me..." before being sucked into a running airplane jet engine...
- Satoru Toono of Bukiyou Na Silent has passionate internal emotions, but is incapable of actually showing them on his perpetually indifferent face. His love interest can figure out what he's actually thinking to an extent, but Satoru's inability to express or say what he's feeling is the major cause of misunderstandings between them. It's so bad that when he's provoked into raising his voice at one point, he ends up fainting from oxygen deprivation.
- Muta from The Daughter of Twenty Faces fits this to a T, whether teaching Chiko to not let her guard down, checking to make sure she's ready for her first cat burglar job, or taking a bullet for her.
- D from Vampire Hunter D is a classic example.
- Chrono of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha has the same serious expression when he's giving orders, instructions, jokes, compliments, and criticisms, though he mellows out after the Time Skip. According to the Sound Stages, he was even more of a stoic before meeting Amy. He subsequently lightens up more after Fate is adopted into his family as his younger sister, and in StrikerS, it's suggested that he's closer to being like a kid than he was in his actual childhood.
- Signum is another example.
- Nanoha's older brother Kyoya apparently used to be one, as Nanoha notes that before meeting his girlfriend Shinobu, he didn't smile nearly as much, and afterward, he's considerably more serious than his younger sisters.
- Hazuki Sakurazaka, the head Meido, from Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu usually puts up a stoic appearance and monotone voice. Even when she's drunk, and accidentally bashing her head to the wall (or the electric post), she always had the same stoic feel around her.
- Fate Averruncus from Mahou Sensei Negima!. Even on the one occasion when he actually starts laughing he maintains his bored expression and arrogant disdain for the heroes.
- Inspector Lunge of Monster appears to have entirely shut off his emotions — Something that makes him an excellent detective, but a horrible husband and father.
- Thorfinn of Vinland Saga likes to think he's the Stoic, being gruff and rude to nearly everyone, but in his heart he's as much of a Hot-Blooded Screaming Warrior as any of the other Vikings. His father on the other hand, now he was a true Stoic.
- Tsukasa Takamine from Sasami Mahou Shojo Club is passive to the point of almost never blinking. One can't even tell if she's really in a relationship with pseudo-Clingy Jealous Girl An-An or if she's just too passive to even notice.
- Lantis from Magic Knight Rayearth classifies as this big time!
- Zagato and Lafarga are also this, though to lesser degrees...well, somewhat.
- Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist.
- Norway and Hong Kong from Axis Powers Hetalia.
- Japan is this too to an extent, although he's proven himself on several occasions to be Not So Stoic.
- Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! (much more so in the anime than in the manga, in which he was prone to maniacal laughter in each duel he played.)
- An Expy of Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Ryo Marufuji is certainly this. Protagonist Judai himself becomes this after his Despair Event Horizon in contrast to his earlier mannerisms.
- Then Yusei Fudo from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds is stoic from the start, but will occasionally let out a small smile. Ironically, his rival Jack, another Kaiba expy, is more emotional at times than the main protagonist. Yusei does show more emotion as time goes by, though.
- Nabuca from Now and Then, Here and There constructs a stoic facade to help him cope with the fact that he's been a mass murderer since the age of five
- Death the Kid from Soul Eater would count as a Stoic but he has no problem expressing himself so it might be hard to tell.
- Lupin III has two:
- Jigen, who is the contrast to the usually Hot-Blooded protagonist. Also a Deadpan Snarker.
- Goemon, who is silent/medatative, he tends to let his sword do the talking.
- Mori from Ouran High School Host Club rarely speaks more than a few words, and is seemingly unfazed by anything.
- This gets lampshaded as it is his main draw for being in the Host Club.
- Reiko, the antisocial mangaka from Kannazuki no Miko, hardly ever displays emotion, even with fighting. However, she does not qualify as an Emotionless Girl, because despite her stoic nature it is revealed that the reason she became a member of the Orochi was that she was a failed mangaka and the pressure to succeed was too great, thus showing she did have strong emotions, just does not display them.
- Most of the protagonists of Claymore, but especially Deneve.
- The Prime Minister's personal assistant Nike in Appleseed does not just not show any emotions, but is actually an artificial being genetically engineered specifically to be unable to feel anger or hate. But she's not particularly cheerful, either.
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple has Akisame the Warrior Poet, who practically never loses his cool. There's also Shigure, who has smiled only twice so far. (And both times only to Kenichi!)
- Freya's not on their level yet, but she's probably the member of their generation who comes closest. Natsu might make a good showing, as long as Kenichi stays away from him.
- Every single contractor in Darker Than Black. It's one of their defining characteristics. Bonus points go to Hei in particular for being an Anti-Hero with a Badass Longcoat. However, most of them also seem to have one Berserk Button that blows the whole thing to hell. Kirihara is also a stoic and she isn't a contractor.
- Tabitha in Zero no Tsukaima is robotically stoic.
- Her tragic and somewhat sadistic back story might have something to do with it.
- Ai Enma the Hell Girl. Only because her emotions were sealed so she could do her job. Flashbacks show she is just a normal girl.
- Doumeki from Xxx HO Li C
- Miharu from Nabari No Ou.
- Yoite tries it, at times, too.
- Shinji aka Paul from Pokémon fits this trope to a T.
- And Bashou/Hun from the Legend of Thunder special...unless he's trying to kill something, in which case he just gets freakily happy.
- That's more Atilla's thing. Ash's Treecko/Grovyle/Sceptile from the Hoenn region also counts, as it's always found relaxing somewhere. One of the movie shorts had it resisting the involuntary urge to break into a dance for most of the short, though in the end it starts dancing more energetically than any of the other Pokemon.
- In every region, Ash will have at least one Pokemon who is always calm and seemingly oblivious to anything happening.
- L and his eventual successor Near from Death Note.
- Eyes Rutherford from Spiral. The anime version is this: angsts a lot but has absolutely no facial change. In the manga, his first appearances make him a snarky brat who takes glee in creeping out people, but later on he becomes more this. Although he does smile a few times, the one time he cries one tear is a big fucking deal. He in fact decided, as a child, that since crying didn't help at all from losing important things, he was better off a "bloodless, tearless demon". Thus, his much more emotional "best friend" Kanone agreed to cry in his place.
- The Medicine Peddler from Mononoke barely displays any emotion at all. The most you can expect is mild irritation or slight bemusement at whatever completely insane Mind Screw terrors the mononoke of the episode decides to conjure up.
- Taka from Eyeshield 21. Even when leaping into the air with perfect grace, he just looks bored, and finds little interest in the game of football.
- To a lesser extent, Kakei, Akaba, and Unsui, though they're more reasonably reserved.
- And then on the other end of the spectrum are Tetsuma and Shin who can be downright robotic.
- The bodyguard Masa from My Bride Is a Mermaid.
- Shugo Chara!: Hikaru "This is my normal face. :| This is my face when I am sullen. :| This is my face when I'm having fun. :|"
- Toward the Terra pushes this trope to the extreme with Keith Anyan, who only ever seems to emote significantly when being mentally tortured while unconscious. Even when psychics note that his heart is "overflowing with tears," he maintains a cool facade. The most disturbing manifestation of this may be when his subordinate takes a killing blow for him. When Keith revives from his state of near death, his reaction to the dismembered corpse bleeding on the floor next to him is impassive and apparently insensitive, but we later see that the event has fundamentally affected his misanthropic worldview and eventually leads at least in part to his Heel-Face Turn.
- Area no Kishi: Aizawa Suguru is known for his generally stoic attitude and for, as his younger brother Kakeru put it, "never changing facial expressions."
- Kannami Yűichi in The Sky Crawlers seems laid back more than anything, but never acts any differently, whether he's gulping beer with his buddies, in the middle of a dogfight or learning that he is an immortal clone-soldier, and has been killed countless of times, only to be resurrected with full set of skills but no personal memories.
- Naru and his assistant Lin in Ghost Hunt.
- Reiji from Kurogane no Linebarrel, compounded by the fact that he is immune to pain.
- Homura of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. She tries her best to conceal all her emotions behind a veil of secrecy.
- Machi Kuragi from Fruits Basket is a version of this. Most of her stoicism stems from being groomed to be "perfect" since a young age, resulting in a seeming lack of any personality or individuality. She's eventually able to show more emotion, but stoic calmness remains as her default.
- Kuroko of Kuroko no Basuke.
- Paul von Oberstein of Legend of the Galactic Heroes is one of the best examples of this trope. He's not fazed by anything, be it a necessity to sacrifice 2 billions of people or even his own death.
- Houtarou Oreki from Hyouka. Mostly because he dislikes wasting energy.
- Marginal Prince has two of such characters. On the one hand, there is Henri, the local Deadpan Snarker, and then we also have Yenje, who is more the Aloof Big Brother type.
- Samurai Deeper Kyo's Hishigi is most certainly this trope. Even in the middle of an intense battle with one of the strongest characters in the series, his facial expression barely shifts.
- Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls has an interesting example in Nia. She's not unemotional or repressed; she just doesn't show her emotions much and has an overall stoic personality.
- Nanase Haruka of Free! is introduced as the very stoic protagonist but starts cracking around episode 5. Later we see that he is Not So Stoic at all. Especially when water, Rin or his best friend Makoto are involved.
- Attack on Titan has several, thanks to the Crapsack World they call home.
- Levi wears a look of near-constant boredom, whether he's in the middle of a battle or beating a teenager senseless. The few moments when he does express greater emotion are terrifying, either because of his Unstoppable Rage or because things have just gotten that bad for the heroes.
- Mikasa Ackerman is an Emotionless Girl much of the time, thanks to the traumatic loss of her parents as a child. She rarely expresses strong emotion, unless it directly relates to Eren. When she does lose her cool, even her True Companions are not safe.
- Bertolt Hoover doubles this with being The Quiet One, rarely speaking up and generally observing things with at most a slightly uneasy expression. When he does actually speak up or express emotion, it's startling to the characters and audience alike. It turns out that he's actually Not So Stoic, and desperately keeping his emotions tightly under wrap so no one will realize just how messed up he actually is.
- Kazuyoshi "Switch" Usui from SKET Dance. Ever since he caused a misunderstanding with a Yandere that got his brother killed, his facial expression never changes. The only emotion he shows is through his text-to-laptop.
- Adam Warlock of the Marvel Universe, even before he became completely devoid of both good and evil.
- Batman, generally.
- Martian Manhunter expresses little emotion, despite being internally warm and humorous. This makes sense considering that Martians spoke telepathically and didn't rely on facial expressions to convey their emotions.
- Judge Dredd: Dredd is so stoic that he is immune to fear from both the Dark Judge of Fear and Alien Fear Guns.
- In X-Men, Cyclops. To such an extent that he was able to beat Evil Psychic Superman in a mind fight through sheer self-control.
Professor X: Amazing. Scott, you've... you've completely contained the Void in some kind of psychic prison.
Cyclops: What can I say? I'm an expert at repression.
- Laura "X-23" Kinney from X-Force tends to be this, no matter what the situation. Until someone she cares about is threatened, then not so much. She has four basic emotional states: stoic, sad, angry and confused.
- Fans prefer to consider it: Happy, Sad, KILL and Confused.
- Subverted in Quantum and Woody by Quantum. He wants to be the Stoic, but inevitably fails when his partner Woody goads him into overreacting.
- Wallace from Sin City is probably the only protagonist in that series that doesn't lose his cool. Miho comes in at a close second but she is more like The Voiceless.
- The New52 version of Superboy. He's largely introspective and calmly rationalizes everything around him.
- Rorschach in Watchmen becomes this after his investigation of the missing girl. At least until the end.
- Theron Mahariel in Dragon Age The Crown Of Thorns.
- Sonata from Turnabout Storm; a cold and straight-to-the-point unicorn. Phoenix remarks how she's incredibly intimidating for a pony.
- The titular badger from The Urthblood Saga. This is one of Urthblood's main traits, and he almost never shows any strong emotions, or any emotions at all, throughout the saga.
- Minato in Fairly English Story has brain damage from the car crash that left him orphaned. It results in his face being unable to react to his emotions and show them so he has to actively make the face that he is feeling. These also leads to the more emotion/pain he's in the more stoic he is.
- Jack, Andy and Elliot from Calvin and Hobbes: The Series qualify, although Andy becomes less and less of one due to Character Development.
- Helyse Blake from the A Nightmare on Elm Street fanfic "Tainted Dreams" (at the beginning she was really unable to feel much emotions. Recently she is being able to feel more than in the earlier chapters, but she still doesn't show them too much. Maybe she has forgotten how to?).
- The author has confirmed that there is a reason for her to be like this (not just because "it is cool") and that it will be told in future chapters.
- Maylu from Mega Man NT Warrior fanfic Maylu's Revenge for her Face-Heel Turn.
- Empath in Empath: The Luckiest Smurf was this during his early years. Polaris Psyche and all Psyches also fit this trope.
- Lieutenant Commander T'Var in The Wrong Reflection reacts with typical Vulcan stoicism to being involved in a battle where the fleet her ship was in suffered 92% casualties* . She basically says they gave as good as they got and that she's satisfied with their performance.
Live Action TV
- Agents Of SHIELD gives us Melinda May, badass Action Girl who, according to Coulson, used to be much happier until she had to fight through a brainwashed cult by herself. This does lead to some hilarity when she goes undercover with Coulson, though.
Skye: [on comms]
What is that? What's that sound? Coulson:
It's May. Skye:
Oh my god, are you guys under attack!? Is she okay!? Coulson:
No...she's laughing. [Skye and the others are speechless as May continues laughing in the background] Fitz:
Now that is just unsettling. Coulson:
I think the worst of it's over now.
- Alias: Jack Bristow. Though you should never confuse stoicism with a lack of emotion, especially if you go anywhere near his daughter.
- Arrow: Laurel tends to shift between this and Dull Surprise.
- In Auction Kings, Delfino gets frustrated fixing broken pieces, but always keeps his cool.
- Battlestar Galactica (Classic): Captain Apollo, from the classic series, tends to be this in the majority of the episodes.
- Breaking Bad: The two Axe Crazy assassins from Season 3.
- Captain Ray Holt from Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Colleagues he's had for years still find him near impossible to read; he wears exactly the same expression whether he just returned from a relaxing tropical vacation with his husband, or if a fire destroyed treasured heirlooms.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Oz. Whether it's finding out that he's a werewolf, a nude Buffy who can read his thoughts, or the idea of his girlfriend being turned into a vampire, he keeps his head. His reaction is "Huh" with a bemused grin when he's meditating in Tibet and a submarine is teleported outside the temple. It takes Willow being held hostage by an Ax-Crazy Faith and everyone arguing about it for him to smash something in frustration. Even then it was to force the Scoobies to trade the MacGuffin for Willow.
- It's occasionally lampshaded:
Xander: For a minute there I thought you were gonna make an expression.
Oz: I felt one coming on, I won't lie.
- From the same episode ("Earshot", in which Buffy can hear what everyone is thinking)
Oz: (thinking) I am my thoughts. If they exist in her, Buffy contains everything that is me. She becomes me. I cease to exist.
Oz: (speaking) Huh.
- He has two freakouts in his run on the show, both in the same season. One in the "What Do They Fear?" Episode when he starts randomly going wolf, and the second when he learns about Willow and Tara.
- The Chase: This is meant to be the gimmick of the Chasers. Meant to be meaning that it falls apart due to Corpsing on various occasions.
- Several characters have this going:
- Casey could very well be the page image. He rarely shows anything of what he's feeling in the first two seasons, even when he is in an emotional state. And when he does show something, it's usually either annoyance or disdain at the antics of the Buy More staff or Chuck's struggles as a spy, amusement at tweaking Chuck and/or Sarah on their feelings for one another, or Unstoppable Rage. By near the end of the second season and moving into the third, Casey finally begins to loosen up and is more willing to express how he's feeling, as well as offer insights into others' emotional conflicts.
- Chuck makes this into an Inverted Trope this as the series progresses. Although he remains the most emotional member of the team throughout the series, he progressively becomes cooler under fire as he grows more accustomed to the spy life, even shocking Devon with just how easily he's able to lie to Ellie's face. By the end of the series even without the Intersect he's able to face down mooks with confidence.
- Sarah is a master of shutting off her emotions, and her ability to mask her feelings is lampshaded multiple times throughout the series.
- Beckman takes this to Comically Serious levels. She rarely reacts at all, and the most change in her reaction will be a slight raising of her voice. It becomes outright Crowning Moments Of Funny when Beckman is shown with the same emotionless expression while wearing a cocktail dress or bathrobe, and the episodes in which she is visibly upset or distressed become downright jarring.
- Daniel Shaw's lack of expressiveness is a large contributor to his place as The Scrappy in the third season. For most of his tenure he showed practically no emotion at all, (arguably justified by trauma over the death of his wife and his firm belief that emotions are a liability to a spy) even in episodes where it was meant to be clear that he was attracted to Sarah. Ironically, he was much better received after his Face-Heel Turn turned him into a bit of a Large Ham arch-nemesis.
- Community: Upon being told to just sit and wait in the episode "Social Psychology" , while everyone else around him ends up throwing childish tantrums and storming out, Abed just calmly, without expressing any apparent emotion, sits and waits. For twenty-six hours.
Professor Duncan: [Watching video footage of Abed sitting perfectly still, staring into space] ... Is it on pause?!
Annie: Nope. That's just who he is.
- Criminal Minds:
- SSA Aaron Hotchner. Has been known to occasionally crack a wry smile or get sniffly with/about his young son, but when he's on the job? All business, to the point where he doesn't even blink when a serial killer fires a gun at him from point-blank range.
- In an interview from the first season one of the writers said that if Hotch was ever to get emotional on the show, the audience would probably be sobbing by that point. Cue season five and the Reaper arc, and this was definitely the case.
- Dollhouse: Laurence Dominic wears this badge for a while:
Topher Brink: [laughs nervously] There's no way Dom would consciously try and have fun!
- Aeryn Sun, especially at the start; though she gradually moves away from this, she periodically reverts to the Stoic as a defense mechanism. No matter how dangerous the situation is, she remains calm and in control. In a war zone, carrying her newborn baby, with a psychopathic Scarran pointing a gun at her husband's head, she simply shoots the Scarran and deadpans "It's a boy. In case you were wondering."
- This is canonically Aeryn's strongest character trait, as revealed in "Twice Shy." When the Alien of the Week heightens everyone's strongest trait, Scorpius and Sikozu note that the rest of the crew is behaving in a very exaggerated manner but that Aeryn is colder than usual. Later, when the alien steals these traits, it is INCREDIBLY disturbing to see Aeryn panic.
- Firefly: Zoe:
Wash: So, I'm Zoe. Now, what do I do?
Mal: Probably not talk quite so much.
Wash: Right. Less talking. She's terse - I can be terse. Once, in flight school, I was laconic.
- Highlander: A few of the Immortals, especially Methos:
Methos: I haven't felt guilt since the eleventh century.
- House: House is borderline: he's stoic most of the time, but then every so often is given to some pretty extreme mugging. True stoics don't do things like holler with exaggerated passion "YOU CAN'T STOP OUR LOVE!!!" over a room full of hospital execs in order to embarrass their intended object.
- Sarah MacKenzie Is mostly portrayed, as part of the Marine persona, as the Stoic.
Mac: I'm a Marine, a devildog, we don't back down from anything!
- However, at times such as in "Second Sights" when finding her estranged father on his deathbed at a hospice in a state of coma, and at the same time meeting her even more estranged self-centred white trash mom, she turns out to be Not So Stoic. But it turns out to be a Double Subversion: after her father has passed away Mac tells her mother stoically that she never wants to see her again because it was she, not her father, who once abandoned her.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Dr. George Huang.
- LOST: Dr. Juliet Burke is of the Bad Ass variety. Unless someone dies or she talks about her sister.
- The Mentalist: Agent Cho. Even the funniest of lines are delivered in total deadpan.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Jason, the original Red Ranger.
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Inspector Jack Robinson, a bulwark of stability against the storm of chaos that is Phryne Fisher.
Adam Savage: [sarcastically] You know, it's when you get really excited that I get really nervous, so if you could calm down just a little bit...
- One episode involved reading emotions from facial expressions, so they had all the cast members emote for a photo session. Every single one of Jamie's expressions were identical.
- Gibbs and Ziva. For example, in the season six episode "Dead Reckoning," Ziva and Tony are protecting a witness, and hitmen are on their way to the safehouse. Ziva calls Gibbs to inform him of the situation, putting the phone on speaker and setting it down as she pulls out two handguns. Her voice never changes:
Ziva: We have a situation at the safehouse.
Gibbs: Well, yeah, Ziva. What is it?
Just a second. (The hitmen break in through two different doors, and Ziva shoots them both dead before they can react.)
Gibbs: Ziva? Ziva! Ziva, talk to me!
Ziva: Under control. (hangs up)
- Gibbs' only reaction is to smile slightly before he hangs up as well.
- Primeval: Douglas Henshall's performance as Nick Cutter is much more restrained in the second and third series than the first. The altercations to the timeline and revelation of Stephen and Helen's affair could make him qualify in the Shell-Shocked Veteran category.
- Prison Break: Michael Scofield, for the most part, is able to keep very calm in the numerous dangerous situations he finds himself in throughout the course of the series.
- Wyatt, the personal assassin for The Company's general, is this and a Scary Black Man because of it.
- Revolution: Early on, Miles Matheson and Sebastian Monroe. A Justified Trope, because both of them served as marines before the blackout. However, Miles ends up proving to have emotions, like when he cried over Nora's death in the first season finale, while Monroe proves to be incredibly deranged and hammy.
- Octavian. He cannot remember the last time he made a joke.
- Adult Octavian also likes to stare for long periods without blinking. Chilling.
- And then there's Vorenus, Antony had a memorable remark about him: "You won't turn to drink, will you? You stoic types often do when disappointed in life."
- Strictly speaking, Antony was probably using the term in the political/philosophical sense and not the general modern term, as Vorenus, a largely-unreconstructed Catonian, does subscribe to a Stoic philosophy.
- Subverted when Marc Antony compliments Julius Caesar on his calm demeanor while they're (illegally) marching on Rome. "You look as calm as a cup of water." Caesar replies with a touch of irony, "I'm glad I appear so..."
- The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Cameron, being a machine, shows only a simulation of emotion at particularly calculated moments where she needs to manipulate the people around her.
- Scrubs: One episode featured a memorable quick-flash montage depicting various patients dealing with pain. One of them is a stone-faced Japanese sushi chef, with an enormous bloody knife sticking out of his shoulder: "Does what hurt?"
- Sherlock: Sherlock, John, Magnuseen and Mycroft are this.
- Stargate SG-1:
- Col. Jack O'Neill is very much a Stoic, having barely ever cracked even a smirk. He makes up for it by being one darn funny Deadpan Snarker though.
- Teal'c, the Proud Warrior Race Guy from the same show, is also a Stoic on par with Spock. He is capable of deep and powerful emotion, but he lets it out only when a loved one is nearby or in danger.
- Teal'c apparently also has a very strong sense of humor, it just doesn't translate well.
Teal'c: I shall attempt to translate one for you. A Horus Guard, a Serpent Guard, and a Setesh Guard meet on a neutral planet. The Horus Guard's beak glistens. The Serpent Guard's eyes glow. The Setesh Guard's... nose drips.
(Teal'c bursts out laughing, but stops after a few seconds when no one else laughs)
- Star Trek: The Original Series:
- Spock is one of the most famous examples of the Stoic (even has his own trope).
- In the later series, this role is taken up by Data, Worf, Odo, Tuvok and T'Pol as the resident non-human observers of humanity. Malcolm Reed, who also fulfills this role on Enterprise, is human, but English. And Morn is only ever seen sitting in stoic silence, despite all his off-camera antics described by others.
- Supernatural: Castiel. He has no clue how to show emotion, which isn't true for the other angels.
- The Vampire Diaries: Stefan Salvatore.
Caroline: Why are you looking at him with your serious vampire look?
Stefan: My wha...my serious vampire look?
Caroline: Umhm...I mean it's different from your worried vampire look. Neither of which stray too far from your "Hey, it's Tuesday" look.
- The Dark Angels, a Chapter of Space Marines in Warhammer 40,000 exemplify this trope, along with The Atoner. They have a long-standing feud with the Space Wolves that stems from their differences in personality inherited from their Primarchs.
- The two primarchs did, however, get over their differences and became really close friends. Not many members of either chapter is aware of that fact, but they do put aside their differences when a larger threat is around.
- Imperial Guard regiments from Valhalla are described to generally be like this, able to shrug off even the largest losses and focus on the objective at hand, not even surrendering until the very last moment, and sometimes not even then. For a good example of this, see Gunner Jurgen, aide to Ciaphas Cain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!), where the majority of the Valhallan 597th Ice Warriors have very differing personalities, Jurgen fits the standard description for Valhallans as described in the Imperial Guard Codex pretty well.
- In general, stoicism is a very good idea if you're a human in the 40K-verse. Not only will it help you get through the horrors of day-to-day life in the Imperium, it is also the only way to not feed the Chaos Gods.
- It's not just the humans, either. The Craftworld Eldar are into this big time. And for good reason: on top of being aware that emotions feed the Chaos Gods, if the Eldar express too much emotion, their souls are claimed by Slaanesh, one of said Chaos Gods. Stoicism is a survival tactic for them.
- Kopaka from BIONICLE is a textbook example, with Personality Powers to boot.
- Mixels has Mesmo, who apparently won't, if not can't, show expressions at all. Exaggerated in his "Upset" video in Calling All Mixels game where he just says "Meh."
- Kazuma Kiryu of the Yakuza series is pretty stonefaced. If he shows emotion, it's either a warm smile towards a child or a Death Glare towards someone REALLY stupid about to get beaten to within an inch of their life.
- Reaper and Shadow of Jagged Alliance, combined with the Quiet One. They do, however, break out of it occasionally (such as Shadow snarking at the Crepitus, giant bugs, or Reaper getting injured or spotting enemies).
Reaper: "I'm bleeding. That's cool."
- Raiden, in Metal Gear Solid 4. Compared to his... emotionality in Metal Gear Solid 2, he's quiet and deadly calm, the epitome of the perfect killing machine.
- However, it turns out that Raiden is, in fact, Not So Stoic.
- Golbez winds up as the Stoic in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years.
- Shadow from Final Fantasy VI. When the heroine asks him for words of wisdom about her screwed-up life, he tells he can't help and boasts about having killed off his emotions. Later, when his daughter, Relm, becomes a part of the party, he never speaks to her beyond warning that his dog will bite.
- Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII. In the original games, everyone else is usually made to run in cutscenes just to save time, and presumably you're not supposed to think they're really running. Sephiroth walks. In the movie Advent Children, he never blinks and hardly ever grunts or breathes during the whole intensive battle scene he gets. Appearing preternaturally unaffected is the most distinctive behavioural trait he has.
- He cracks a bit in Crisis Core.
- Vincent Valentine
- Cloud is also this despite that you can actually control some of his behaviour. It gets worse for him as the game continues, although he does get somewhat better after he has overcome his Angst Coma in the original game. Then Advent Children rolls around....
- Cloud tends to come off as the Shell-Shocked Veteran variety in his later media appearances, in a case of Pandering to the Base. Although, in all fairness, it'd be downright absurd to think he'd just be emotionally fixed by the end of the original game. Anyone who's gone through what Cloud went through would need more than a few years before beginning to make a meaningful recovery.
- The main character of Final Fantasy VIII, Squall Leonhart. His Catch Phrase is "...whatever."
- Auron from Final Fantasy X practically embodies this trope (as well as a score of others, but let's not go there...). He's mainly the 'Combat Vet' version, mixing in a handful or two of the action hero variant, and a pinch of Aloof Big Brother, mostly near the beginning.
- Actually, Shell-Shocked Veteran would be the best way to describe him and he has a pretty good reason for it: your two best friends die, but you try to keep it together when you learn that they died in vain and you get a Hannibal Lecture that all your life was based on a lie. If that doesn't mess you up in the emotions department, nothing does.
- Llyud, and the Aegyl in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. Mostly due to their anima having been stripped
"I cannot even understand why you cry."
- Vergil from Devil May Cry 3 in direct contrast to his cocky Jerkass brother.
- JC Denton from Deus Ex, although talks frequently compared to others, shows VERY little emotion when speaking. He might as well be a robot, but then again...Cybernetics Eat Your Soul
- The fact he talks so much emphasises his stoicism. He seems quite philosophical and clearly has a deep understanding of the issues he's involved in.
- His brother shows noticably less detachment, and the other nano-aug you meet (Walton Simons) gets quite irritated with the protagonist on a couple of occasions. Gunther Hermann, a mechanical augment, shows himself to be quite emotional but presumably hides it as best he can whilst working with his sociopathic partner Anna Navarre. So soul-eating probably hasn't happened here... these people are just damaged.
- JC does briefly let his stoicism slip, ever so slightly, shortly before the denouement.
Bob Page: I will burn like the brightest star!
JC: Oh, you're gonna burn, alright.
- And again when taunting Maggie Chow about the fatal mistake in the latter's Xanatos Gambit.
- Agent 47 from the Hitman series.
- There's a whole race of stoics in Lusternia, the Lucidian. Their progenitor was The Spock of the Elder Gods. They're highly intelligent, made of crystal, and are coolly indifferent to most other mortals - except the Trill race.
- In Sabres Of Infinity, Aside from expressing his contempt of Upper-Class Twit Elson, Cazarosta has few moments when he shows even an ounce of emotion in the story, working hard to gain his trust can make him open up a little more.
- Several characters act this way in The King of Fighters, but the most notable is likely K'. He never so much as smirks, his voice rarely moves past a monotone, and his introductory line is a muttered, "Heh. Now I'm mad."
- The Alternate Universe Maximum Impact has several characters (Soiree and the Genki Girls Yuri and Kula) who try to cheer up the cast's stoics before their fights. The responses range from K' dismissing them to Iori making a death threat.
- Undine and Salamander, Arioch's pact-partners in Drakengard, are of this sort. At one point they tell the protagonist about Arioch's disturbing past and try to explain why she's so Ax-Crazy, and they do so with all the vivacity of a dead cockroach.
- The Original Generation cast members of Super Robot Wars got plenty of the most stoic characters: Kyosuke Nanbu is a gambling mecha pilot with a mild monotone and Raidiese F. Branstein keeps a low profile amongst Ascended Fanboy teammate Ryusei Date. It wouldn't be Super Robot Wars if these two didn't break out of their stoicism: endanger Kyosuke's Ms. Fanservice girlfriend and he delves into a deep Tranquil Fury, while mentioning Raidiese's dead sister-in-law, when you're the one who orchestrated her death, you'll see him go batshit insane upon pressing that Berserk Button of his.
- One more for Kyosuke. Try to kill his True Companions in front of him and make it look like it's his fault. The man will break down in tears and enter a Heroic BSOD right off bat.
- Kingdom Hearts, Various members of Organization XIII, Xemnas, Xaldin, Lexeaus, Zexion and Saix to name a few, are various shades of stoic, though they all have moments of Not So Stoic as well. It could be because of their nature as Nobodies, however with the exception of Xemnas, all the previously mentioned characters were still shown as stoic when they had hearts.
- Mass Effect's Urdnot Wrex is a centuries-old warrior whose iron-cold stoicism in combat comes from a combination of long experience and more jaded cynicism than you can shake a stick at. The most you can get out of him in the majority of circumstances is a calm remark on how satisfying that last round of gunplay was. However in Mass Effect 2, the only non-stoic part was seeing Shepard is alive again, and he says: "Shepard, my friend!" In 3, if you kill Mordin during the sequence when the cure is deployed for the Genophage he will go into an unstoppable rage as you essentially doomed his entire species since said cure became ineffective because it denatured from the heat of the lab fire.
- The Advance Wars series has Hawke from Black Hole Rising and Dual Strike, and Gage from Days Of Ruin. Unlike the other COs they lack "happy" portraits for when their units win battles, and the former only ever has "..." as a reaction to a battle.
- Jade Curtiss from Tales of the Abyss is the Stoic and the Deadpan Snarker and the Stepford Smiler. He is both awesome and rather creepy.
- Tear also when she trying to keep up her soldier mentality.
- Veigue Lungberg from Tales of Rebirth is the epitome of this trope within the Tales Series. How bad is it? For one, he is the only character who doesn't have a smiling frame in the skits, and the only time he ever smiled was in one anime cutscene. And it was a tiny, very reserved smile. His gloominess is even constantly mocked by the other party members, especially Mao.
Tytree: If we hang around in a dark place like this, then we're gonna end up gloomy just like Veigue here!
Mao: No~, anything but that!
Veigue: ...We're leaving this instant.
- Raidou Kuzunoha the Fourteenth of Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army experiences some rather disturbing events with a perfectly straight face, which make the few moments when he is visibly shocked/distressed more emotional for the player (this player, at least) than they normally would be. (And it makes the game over scene much more frightening when one takes into account how terrified he is.) Also, no matter how joyous the music or visuals, his oh-so-tiny smile at the end drove the feeling of victory home (as if visually whispering I won...). Not bad for a silent protagonist.
- Gears of War's Marcus Fenix has only one emotion: varying degrees of annoyance at everything. The most emotion one can usually get out of a senior as shell-shocked as he is is a growl of rage.
- That stoicism is played brilliantly in Gears 2, as the few rare instances where he shows an emotion other than anger are made all the more powerful. Particularly potent is the brief flicker of pain he shows when Dom finds and has to Mercy Kill Maria.
- Team Fortress 2's Heavy is described as this, but he cheers up once he starts killing people. When we see him, he's always killing people.
- The Spy is a better example, staying calm even when he's burning to death, though revealing he lets loose quite a bit in his domination lines—particularly, he finds the fact that the Sniper lives in a van hilarious.
- The Sniper's domination lines reveal, aside from his normal, cheerful side, that he can be both incredibly stoic and incredibly insane. And in the Meet The Sniper video, he claims that emotions are what a guy who beats up his wife over a bowling trophy has. He is a professional, and professionals have standards.
- Radigan Conagher, the Engineer's grandfather.
- Presea Combatir progresses from Emotionless Girl in Tales of Symphonia to this trope in the sequel, where within a minute of making her first appearance, she bullshits a group of guards into believing they'd be victims of a horrible (and weird) curse if they opened the iron maiden that the heroine was hiding in prematurely...only for it to be revealed that there was a trick back in there anyway, and she just bluffed the baddies for the hell of it. And doesn't break a smile or drop the Creepy Monotone once.
- Torgal from The Last Remnant is an excellent example, he has the least lines out of the main group and shows very little emotion.
- In his Flashback Nightmares, it's revealed he has an excuse: Due to his emotions, he chickened out of mercy killing his bandit partner, leaving him to a painful, torturous death.
- Cyrus from Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum believes that emotions are "useless sentimentality". He uses this as his justification for destroying the universe and creating a new one with all humans stripped of emotions and spirit.
- Regarding his "emotionlessness", it's pretty clear through his actions and words that he very obviously still has them. Consider that when he initially tells the player character this, he's nearly screaming at them. In Platinum, he is forced to confess, due to having a meltdown of rage, that he still has them.
- Certain Pokémon like Lucario and Umbreon are like this in Pokémon X and Y's Pokémon-Amie. They don't budge much even when you pet them, compared to others who are practically squealing.
- In Silent Hill 4: The Room, this is one of the things Henry and Walter have in common. Except that Walter sometimes smiles and laughs.
- Humphrey from Suikoden
- The protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, despite being a Heroic Mime, is noted by the rest of the cast to be very calm and controlled, which is why they rely on him so much. And they freak out at the start of the Chaos Path when he kills Gore: "Did you just laugh?"
- The Master Chief himself! Starring as the main protagonist in the Halo series, he kicks alien butt, holds off an epidemic Flood virus, and stops Halo from detonating while keeping a cool head the whole freakin' time. And the guy never shows emotions to boot (probably because he's in a giant robot suit that masks every emotion his body tries to show). But still, if he's asked to jump out of a ship and hurl into outer space, he'll do it while saying in a calm voice, "Sir, finishing this fight". Definitely a Stoic. Except at the deaths of Miranda Keyes, Sgt. Johnson, and especially Cortana.
- And he doesn't afraid of anything.
- Truth as well, not even the destruction of the Halo ring fazes him. Until Halo 3, where it's revealed that he was merely masquerading as the Stoic to hid his sadistic psychopathic personality and extremely high temper.
- Chuck Greene from Dead Rising 2. He never seems to drop the Clint Eastwood-like stare even if he faces against zombies or psychopaths.
- Rachel Alucard of BlazBlue, as well as her companion Valkenhayn R. Hellsing, are generally aloof and reserved throughout the games. This stands out a lot since BlazBlue is a World of Ham filled to the brim with Hot-Blooded Large Hams who can't keep their voices down. Even then, they have their moments.
- Muriel in Duel Savior Destiny is perpetually quite stoic, which sharply contrasts with her highly outspoken daughter. When Taiga finally gets to see her laugh, he's actually terrified and runs away.
- Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony has Luis Lopez as the stoic in terms of most facial expressions.
- Joshua Graham and Legate Lanius in Fallout: New Vegas are both notable stoics, men who don't raise their voices, even in anger. The most that players will see them emote is some degree of Tranquil Fury in the case of Joshua and either unemoted contempt or faintly damning respect from Lanius, depending on how you approach him. Recruitable companion Boone appears to be so stoic as to be a textbook Cold Sniper. Initially.
- Altaďr Ibn-La'Ahad, one of the main characters from Assassin's Creed I. Subject 16 even described him as a "stoic, 12th century Assassin in the Holy Land" in Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
- OFF's Batter remains impassible throughout the entire game, not raising his voice or loosing his terseness even when threatened, battling, or witnessing some of the nastier events in the story.
- Dynasty Warriors gives us Zhou Tai, a man who barely emotes in the face of victory or defeat. Very little phases him, and most of the things he says are spoken in a whispery growl.
- Samurai Warriors has Hattori Hanzo, ninja writ large and also a man of very few words (most of them involving darkness, shadows, and death). His early voices were practically paper-thin.
- The male protagonist of Persona 3 is considered to be this by many of the other characters in the game. Some of his closest friends are often envious of his cool and collected nature in any situation, and it causes some problems with the emotional stability of the group. The female protagonist, on the other hand, is something of a Genki Girl.
- The Nobles of Ascension are this, and the Moon elves are very close. It's not that the Moon elves don't feel anything, they repress their emotions because showing emotions is considered rude in their culture.
- Rider in Fate/stay night. First she's an antagonist that smiles one time at the fact that Shirou isn't as big of a Jerkass as Shinji, then she dies without expressing anything but a mild disdain for Saber's much stronger distaste for her. No part in UBW. HF gives her the emotional range of emotionless (and unnerving to Shirou with it) to mild frown to very slight smile. The strongest reactions are when people are honestly appreciative/complimentary of her where she becomes almost flabbergasted. But then again, she has a backstory that turned Medusa into a woobie, so yeah. Even then she masks it. She's more outgoing in the True End of HF though.
- M in Shikkoku No Sharnoth. The only times he displays strong emotions is when he is destroying his foes. He does not really appear to understand emotion in some way.
- Mio from Little Busters! has a poker face to rival a grand master's. She begins to let her guard slip once she starts to befriend the others, though.
- Kyouko Kirigiri of Dangan Ronpa is a stone-faced in the presence of crime scenes and corpses, rarely smiling. One of the few instances where she manages to get shaken up are quite serious.
- Peko Pekoyama of Super Dangan Ronpa 2 follows in Kirigiri's footsteps. Unlike her, however, Peko is much easier to snap out of her stoicism; she has a wide range of expressions when actually, well, expressing herself.
- Bobby Jacks of Survival of the Fittest very much embodied this trope, at least in pregrame. During version 3, he has, however, shown emotion a couple of times. On the other hand, most of these occurrences happened either when he was alone or internally - so other characters wouldn't be privy to the same knowledge as readers. The three occasions where Bobby shows real emotion are justified however. Once because he had just been shot, the other two times because his Berserk Button was pushed.
- Greg from The Wolf's Will has his moments of stoicism, but he has absolutely nothing on Free Flower from the same book, or on Beatrice from Demonic Symphony.
- Word of God has it that the last two are actually incapable of feeling emotion.
- Wyn from the web fiction serial Dimension Heroes seems to slip in and out of this trope: sometimes he feels like talking, and other times he'll simply stand around and look cool.
- Shrooms has Blue Shroom, who is consistently light on emotion, a great contrast to Red's histrionic personality and antics. Which makes sense, as Blue is the only character in the series without animated facial expressions.
- To Boldly Flee has Sad Panda, who as multiple commentaries note, reacts visibly to absolutely nothing.
- The Guild has Vork, although due to it being a comedy web-series, it's more in the The Comically Serious
- Blaire from The Secret Life Of A Mermaid life is hard: her mom abandoned her and her dad at one years old and she's used as a personal information guide to the others about her mom, (which is a very tough subject for her). When her dad gets suspicious of her, he bans her from seeing her only friends, which promote her to run away with Terra, probably forever and yet, she goes through all this with no expressions except for a smile!
- Kelsey is the most level-headed member of the group, although she is sometimes Not So Stoic.
- Brenna became practically an Emotionless Girl in Wildfire, to the point where Kelsey points this out.
Kelsey: " Okay, first you lash out when we were playing yesterday. Then, you turned all emo. And, now you hair's purple!"
Brenna: (in a monotonous voice) " It's purple?" (Looks at her hair) "Huh. Guess it is,"
- Donut from Dusk's Dawn doesn't emote outside of assertiveness, inquisition and disappointment.
- Zz'dtri, Vaarsuvius's evil counterpart in The Order of the Stick, barely talks and keeps a straight face almost at all times. He does however let out an evil grin every once in a while. It's meant to make him a foil to Vaarsuvius' Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness.
- Sara in Errant Story, almost never talks. The characters occasionally make fun of her for it, as seen above. (What's amusing is that her brother Jon sees himself like this, although he fits more into the Tall, Dark and Snarky class.)
- Antimony Carver and Miss Jones from Gunnerkrigg Court.
- Lieutenant Sarg and to a lesser degree Karcharoth of Cry Havoc
- (Tiffany) Susan Pompoms of El Goonish Shive is the rare female Shell-Shocked Veteran, although her Vulcan "shoulder angel" would have you think of another related trope.
- Airman Third Class Axel Higgs has faced everything from airship crashes to angry swans to rampaging warrior Clanks with a cool head and a talent for thinking on his feet. The only thing that appears to faze him is Zeetha (who, to be fair to Higgs, gleefully dove into a barfight composed entirely of Jagermonsters).
- For those of you who don't know jagermonsters are supersoldiers all of whom have decades or even centuries of combat experience, so it takes quite a badass to brawl with them.
- Higgs is not a true stoic. He does show emotions, and in fact runs the gamut from mild annoyance to considerable annoyance. (He's exhibited surprise a couple of times also, but it takes a lot to prompt this reaction from him.)
- The nameless zombie narrator of Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name does show emotion. Sometimes. He's a master of the Fascinating Eyebrow, has been known to look pretty alarmed when it's unavaidable, and gets visibly upset when Hanna has been harmed. However, Hanna keeps track of how many times he's seen him smile, and it doesn't come out to much. He also doesn't care much at all about the fact he's lost his memory.
- Finas also seems to fit this category, though Word of God states that he does actually smile "when the situation warrants it".
- Riff in Sluggy Freelance. Though he's developed a greater range of emotion, he's still deadpan more often than not, and prone to Tranquil Fury. Stoicism around women in particular is a front he's carefully cultivated to prevent himself from sticking his foot in his mouth.
- Wooden Rose Lillian
- Raizel from Noblesse, who spoke as much as (or even less than) random throwaway villains over the course of 185 chapters. His facial expression neverchanges, and the most emotional he ever got was during his Tranquil Fury moment.
- In Homestuck, Dave Strider hides himself in cool irony and refuses to show emotion. His brother raised him to be independent and never show weakness (Emotion being one). As they progress in the game Dave becomes more worried and asks Rose how John is doing when he can't contact him. He also casually asks her for psychoanalysis on his dreams. At one point when being pestered by Terezi a future Dave gives him the thumbs up after she asks if he can trust her.
- A big part of Dave's Character Development lies in realizing he is different from his brother, and can be his own man; he reveals himself Not So Stoic as a consequence. The Alpha iteration of Bro, though, is this trope to a tee.
- Dirk has his own problems with this trope. His flat affect and alexithymic tendencies are genuine, it seems, but these actually cause him trouble in communicating with people. His incredible stoicness is among the many reasons his relationship with Jake ends up as it does. He is also dealing with major depression and self-loathing while not actually expressing it - consciously, at least.
- Biscuit in Goblins is a member of the Roak clan, who train their warriors to openly accept pain and loss, and to never burden themselves with negative emotions. After being freed from 600 years of demonic torture and learning that the rest of the Roak clan was wiped out 200 years ago, his only response is 'Meh, oh well.'
- Frank from Two Guys and Guy never shows any emotion under any circumstances.
- Kiri from Solstice Twins.
- Asia Ellis from morphE is emotionally stunted and has not shown a smile in the first two chapters. To date her only emotional reaction was being told that her guardian would be informed she had died.
- Stoicism, without the deterministic mythology associated with its original forms, is effective both at preventing and treating some forms of depression and anxiety. By teaching the patient that they can always be in control of their own mental state, the patient can use stoic discipline to become resistant to emotional disturbances.
- One ancient Greek Stoic, it was told, greeted the news of his only son's death with the comment, "I was aware I had begotten a mortal."
- The stoics of ancient Greece both were and weren't this trope. They didn't dislike being emotional, it's just that they saw excess emotion as negative because it can control a person's life. They believed using logic and reason to determine their life led to greater happiness.
- Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. His writings, collected into a book called "Meditations" are considered the best introductory book into the Stoic philosophy.
- Part of the reason for this is that no writings from the Greek stoics survived from antiquity. Only the Roman stoics managed to pass on their writing.
- In typology tests such as the Myers-Briggs, personalities with IxTx-dominant functions (that is, Introverted Thinkers) are often stereotyped under this trope.
- In the typology test, Socionics, this is a defining trait of ILI and SLI types (also written as INTp and ISTp) who go to great pains to restrain any emotions that might be expressed and can be easily told from their consistent, stoic lack of facial expression.
- Schizoid personality disorder involves detachment from social relationships and a restricted range of emotional expression. Sound familiar? Yes, it does.
- One of the signs of disorganized schizophrenia (not the fun kind) is "flat affect," which is the psych term for the lack of or an inability to express emotions.
- Flat Affect is also a common symptom of depression. When one is required to suppress their emotions just to get on with day to day living, it's hardly surprising that a blank expression becomes second nature.
- Admiral Raymond Spruance, USN. He didn't really need bombs, shells, and torpedoes; he could probably look at Japanese ships on a map and a shower of ice pouring from his cold heart would fall on them and sink them.
- Feodor Emelianenko, the top heavyweight MMA fighter in the world. He has stated that he deliberately clears his mind of emotion before and during a fight. The most expression seen on his face in a fight is quiet determination.
- Russians in general only emote when they are surrounded by friends and/or family. In all other situations they keep a Dull Surprise expression.
- Tim Duncan.
- Same for his coach Gregg Popovich. No wonder people say the Spurs are so boring.
- Team newcomer Kawhi Leonard easily fits this trope too. Pictures of Kawhi laughing or smiling are often accused by fans of being photoshopped.
- Derrick Rose.
- Steven Seagal. Here's a chart.◊
- Amber Lamps.◊
- Chilean President Manuel Montt was described by his own followers as "being all cool head, but no heart".
- During the Yom Kippur War "Dado" Elazar specifically ordered that no casualties' names be reported to headquarters unless it was of military importance that they be known. This was because several of the officers present had their own sons in the fighting. In this case it was almost literal Stoicism: it was the sort of order a Roman commander might have given.
- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is this.
- Sports announcer Joe Buck. "It is... caught by Tyree."
- Training one's self to be "deliberately stoic" in order to shunt away emotional reactions can be an effective, non-pharmaceutical defense against anxiety, panic, and phobic disorders. In essence, shoving one's emotional reactions aside (be it gently or forcefully) allows the more calmly rational mind to take over control of the reactions until the episode passes, and can also lessen the chances of the amygdala "hijacking" the brain and causing an explosive activation of the "fight or flight" response.
- Kimi Raikkonen, a Formula One driver, is infamously called "Iceman" because of his Nerves of Steel and his straight "I don't care" face which is deployed even when he gets really angry or really clueless.