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* Due to their vow of silence, some members of the Guilty Remnant cult in ''Series/TheLeftovers'' do this to communicate.





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* Stand-up comedian Creator/UncleYo uses these as props, with more common {{Anime}} expressions such as the SweatDrop and CrossPoppingVeins turning up.
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* The cats in the comic strip ''Comicstrip/{{Sylvia}}''.
* OlderThanTelevision: The first syndicated comic strip, ''Hogan's Alley'' from the 1890s, featured Mickey Dugan (ComicStrip/TheYellowKid), who spoke exclusively through messages [[ExpressiveShirt inexplicably printed on his shirt]].
* ''Comicstrip/{{Peanuts}}'' did some LampshadeHanging when Linus was about to throw a snowball at Snoopy who just happens to be carrying a sign that is ''exactly'' relevant to the situation, "If you throw that snowball at me. I'll have the Humane Society on you so fast it will make your head swim!" To which Linus notes, "Whoever paints those signs for him does a good job!"
* ''Comicstrip/{{Zits}}'' does a non-speechless version of this. Jeremy comes down for breakfast with a stack of cards, and answers each of his mother's questions ("Orange juice? Eggs?") with the next card. Finally she insists "I am not that predictable!" and he reveals the card which reads [[ImprobablyPredictable "Wanna bet?"]]
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* Jakko and Sekoila of ''FanFic/ZanyToTheMax''. When they first went to Acme Looniversity, they only spoke Finnish, holding up signs to translate. They spoke more English as the school year went on, and in ''Zany to the Max'', they speak both languages fluently.

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* Jakko and Sekoila of ''FanFic/ZanyToTheMax''.''Fanfic/ZanyToTheMax''. When they first went to Acme Looniversity, they only spoke Finnish, holding up signs to translate. They spoke more English as the school year went on, and in ''Zany to the Max'', they speak both languages fluently.



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-->'''Adam:''' You ever work on something, and it's not going the way you want it to, and you feel like you're just...going around in circles?
-->'''Jamie:''' I know exactly what you mean. (Holds up a sign)
-->'''Sign:''' Every day I have to work with him.

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-->'''Adam:''' You ever work on something, and it's not going the way you want it to, and you feel like you're just...going around in circles?
-->'''Jamie:'''
circles?\\
'''Jamie:'''
I know exactly what you mean. (Holds ''[holds up a sign)
-->'''Sign:'''
sign]''\\
'''Sign:'''
Every day I have to work with him.



--> "So you think you can answer anything at all using those cards?"
--> (on card) YES
--> "All right then, what were the names of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus?"
--> (one card after another) NINA - PINTA - SANTA MARIA

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--> "So -->"So you think you can answer anything at all using those cards?"
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cards?"\\
(on card) YES
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YES\\
"All right then, what were the names of the three ships used by Christopher Columbus?"
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Columbus?"\\
(one card after another) NINA - PINTA - SANTA MARIA



--> '''Frasier''': You're Fired
--> '''Roz''': I'm Union (meaning she can't be fired that easily)

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--> '''Frasier''': -->'''Frasier:''' You're Fired
--> '''Roz''':
Fired\\
'''Roz:'''
I'm Union (meaning Union.[[note]]Meaning she can't be fired that easily)easily.[[/note]]



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* The cats in the comic strip ''Comicstrip/{{Sylvia}}''.
* OlderThanTelevision: The first syndicated comic strip, ''Hogan's Alley'' from the 1890s, featured Mickey Dugan (ComicStrip/TheYellowKid), who spoke exclusively through messages [[ExpressiveShirt inexplicably printed on his shirt]].
* ''Comicstrip/{{Peanuts}}'' did some LampshadeHanging when Linus was about to throw a snowball at Snoopy who just happens to be carrying a sign that is ''exactly'' relevant to the situation, "If you throw that snowball at me. I'll have the Humane Society on you so fast it will make your head swim!" To which Linus notes, "Whoever paints those signs for him does a good job!"
* ''Comicstrip/{{Zits}}'' does a non-speechless version of this. Jeremy comes down for breakfast with a stack of cards, and answers each of his mother's questions ("Orange juice? Eggs?") with the next card. Finally she insists "I am not that predictable!" and he reveals the card which reads [[ImprobablyPredictable "Wanna bet?"]]

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* The cats in In ''Roleplay/EquestrianLegends'', Shuck the comic strip ''Comicstrip/{{Sylvia}}''.
* OlderThanTelevision: The first syndicated comic strip, ''Hogan's Alley'' from the 1890s, featured Mickey Dugan (ComicStrip/TheYellowKid), who spoke exclusively through messages [[ExpressiveShirt inexplicably printed on
Diamond Dog had his shirt]].
* ''Comicstrip/{{Peanuts}}'' did some LampshadeHanging when Linus was about to throw a snowball at Snoopy who just happens to be carrying a sign that is ''exactly'' relevant to the situation, "If you throw that snowball at me. I'll have the Humane Society on you
throat nearly ripped out in his {{backstory}}, so fast it will make your head swim!" To which Linus notes, "Whoever paints those he uses signs for him does a good job!"
* ''Comicstrip/{{Zits}}'' does a non-speechless version of this. Jeremy comes down for breakfast with a stack of cards, and answers each of his mother's questions ("Orange juice? Eggs?") with the next card. Finally she insists "I am not that predictable!" and he reveals the card which reads [[ImprobablyPredictable "Wanna bet?"]]
to communicate.



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* Stand-up comedian Creator/UncleYo uses these as props, with more common {{Anime}} expressions such as the SweatDrop and CrossPoppingVeins turning up.
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* In ''{{VideoGame/Jazztronauts}}'', the Singer only ever communicates using an electronic tablet.

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* In ''{{VideoGame/Jazztronauts}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Jazztronauts}}'', the Singer only ever communicates using an electronic tablet.



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* The Poopsmith from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has started this in later entries, as a way around his vow of silence.
* In ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'', Neo 'talks' in this manner. Because her [[PersonalityPowers Semblance]] lets her [[MasterOfDisguise change her appearance on a whim]], it's reasonable to assume that she changes the sign's writing to whatever she needs to say. (although once, she ''did'' use the sign to strike Mercury in the face, but [[RuleOfFunny there's an excuse]])
-->'''[[EvilIsHammy Roman]]:''' You thought you could just move off into a [[BreakingTheFourthWall spinoff comedy series]] and leave ''me'' behind? GUESS AGAIN! I will have my REVENGE! This time, things are gonna be different!\\
'''Neo:''' ''[[[BreakingTheFourthWall holds up a sign saying]]]'' "[[SilentSnarker THEY WON'T]]"]
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* In a [[http://www.tribulinear.it/rc_auto/index.php?src=LL&cv=22 Web 2.0 ad]] for an Italian car insurance company, the spokeswoman is a CuteMute SexySecretary, who [[MediumAwareness is fully aware of her nature]] as a silent Flash banner and the user just staring at her. As such, she keeps pestering the potential customer with a [[MsFanservice combination of cutish, feminine expressions]] and a ludicrously huge amounts of preprinted signs. However, if enough time has elapsed without the user clicking the banner and reaching the website, the girl in question will show increasing amounts of boredom.
* In [[http://notalwaysrelated.com/a-quiet-afternoon-is-in-the-cards/28005 this story]] from ''[[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Related]]'', a six-year-old decides not to talk for a while because her throat hurts. But it's O.K., because she knows her mother well enough to [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat write down her side of a conversation on cards beforehand]].
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* The Poopsmith from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has started this in later entries, as a way around his vow of silence.



* In a [[http://www.tribulinear.it/rc_auto/index.php?src=LL&cv=22 Web 2.0 ad]] for an Italian car insurance company, the spokeswoman is a CuteMute SexySecretary, who [[MediumAwareness is fully aware of her nature]] as a silent Flash banner and the user just staring at her. As such, she keeps pestering the potential customer with a [[MsFanservice combination of cutish, feminine expressions]] and a ludicrously huge amounts of preprinted signs. However, if enough time has elapsed without the user clicking the banner and reaching the website, the girl in question will show increasing amounts of boredom.



* In ''Roleplay/EquestrianLegends'', Shuck the Diamond Dog had his throat nearly ripped out in his {{backstory}}, so he uses signs to communicate.



* In [[http://notalwaysrelated.com/a-quiet-afternoon-is-in-the-cards/28005 this story]] from ''[[Website/NotAlwaysRight Not Always Related]]'', a six-year-old decides not to talk for a while because her throat hurts. But it's O.K., because she knows her mother well enough to [[TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat write down her side of a conversation on cards beforehand]].
* In ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'', Neo 'talks' in this manner. Because her [[PersonalityPowers Semblance]] lets her [[MasterOfDisguise change her appearance on a whim]], it's reasonable to assume that she changes the sign's writing to whatever she needs to say. (although once, she ''did'' use the sign to strike Mercury in the face, but [[RuleOfFunny there's an excuse]])
-->'''[[EvilIsHammy Roman]]:''' You thought you could just move off into a [[BreakingTheFourthWall spinoff comedy series]] and leave ''me'' behind? GUESS AGAIN! I will have my REVENGE! This time, things are gonna be different!
-->'''Neo:''' ''[[[BreakingTheFourthWall holds up a sign saying]] "[[SilentSnarker THEY WON'T]]"]''





* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'', Carl pretends to act like a mime, and holds up a sign that reads HOORAY! when the plot is resolved. When Sheen tells him to stop and hits him, Carl flips the sign around where it says OUCH!!.

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* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'', Carl pretends to act like a mime, and holds up a sign that reads HOORAY! YEAH! when the plot is resolved. When Sheen tells him to stop and hits him, Carl flips the sign around where it says OUCH!!.

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* Azazel from ''Manga/AsMissBeelzebubLikes'' talks in signs due to his extreme GentleGiant tendencies and poor social skills. He'll even hold up multiple signs to emulate speech balloons.


* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'', Carl pretends to act like a mime, and holds up a sign that reads HOORAY when the plot is resolved. When Sheen tells him to stop and cuffs him, Carl holds up a sign reading OUCH!!.

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* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron'', Carl pretends to act like a mime, and holds up a sign that reads HOORAY HOORAY! when the plot is resolved. When Sheen tells him to stop and cuffs hits him, Carl holds up a flips the sign reading around where it says OUCH!!.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}: In Episode 132, the non-anthropomorhic sheep, who can't talk, resort to using signboards with pictures on them to communicate with the main cast.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}: In Episode 132, the non-anthropomorhic sheep, who can't talk, resort to using signboards sign boards with pictures on them to communicate with the main cast.


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-->-- '''3rd Edition Ork Codex''', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''

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-->-- '''3rd Edition Ork Codex''', ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
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** Both WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner have communicated with signs.
*** On at least two occasions, the Roadrunner holds up a sign that reads "Roadrunners can't read". [[FridgeLogic But they can somehow write signs that say that?]]
*** Or get someone to write it for them.
*** Maybe he's tricking the Coyote with those signs.
*** It's simple: RuleOfFunny. Mixing logic and Looney Tunes will hurt your brain.

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** Both WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner have communicated with signs.
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signs. On at least two occasions, the Roadrunner holds up a sign that reads "Roadrunners can't read". [[FridgeLogic But they can somehow write signs that say that?]]
*** Or get someone to write it for them.
*** Maybe he's tricking the Coyote with those signs.
*** It's simple: RuleOfFunny. Mixing logic and Looney Tunes will hurt your brain.
read".


* In the ''Series/GetSmart'' episode "A Tale of Two Tails", Max and the Chief (and Larabee) are forced to communicate using the "CONTROL Secret Word File" (cards with individual words printed on them) while in the ([[RunningGag broken]]) Cone of Silence.

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* In the ''Series/GetSmart'' episode "A Tale of Two Tails", Max and the Chief (and Larabee) are forced to communicate using the "CONTROL Secret Word File" (cards with individual words printed on them) while in the ([[RunningGag broken]]) Cone of Silence. They're not any more successful than the Cone, as the Chief loses patience trying to find the right words and eventually gives Max the assignment he wants just to put an end to it.

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* ''Literature/TheStand'' has deaf-mute character Nick Andros who carries around a notepad to help him communicate. Unfortunately, he winds up paired for a while with the mentally retarded Tom Cullen, who can't read.


* In Fanfic/AshesOfThePast, ''Raikou'' does this when [[ItMakesSenseInContext doing the Johto League Gym challenge]]. He also uses the signs as a version of Wood Hammer.

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* In Fanfic/AshesOfThePast, ''Fanfic/AshesOfThePast'', ''Raikou'' does this when [[ItMakesSenseInContext doing the Johto League Gym challenge]]. He also uses the signs as a version of Wood Hammer.


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* In ''[[FanFic/SuperSmashBrosUltimateWorldOfLight Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: World of Light]]'', Diddy Kong does this in lieu of talking.


* In the Flying Karamazov Brothers' production of ''Theatre/AComedyOfErrors'', at one point Antipholus of Ephesus announces his plans to visit a courtesan he knows when Adriana won't let him in his own house. As he speaks, Creator/WilliamShakespeare walks on stage holding a large sign bearing the word "PLOT".

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* In the Flying Karamazov Brothers' production of ''Theatre/AComedyOfErrors'', ''Theatre/ComedyOfErrors'', at one point Antipholus of Ephesus announces his plans to visit a courtesan he knows when Adriana won't let him in his own house. As he speaks, Creator/WilliamShakespeare walks on stage holding a large sign bearing the word "PLOT".


* The first time Creator/SarahMichelleGellar hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', at the end of the episode after she thanked the show's cast and musical guest, she held up a hand-written sign reading, "I love you, [[Creator/AllysonHannigan Ally]]! [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Willow]] Rocks!"

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* The first time Creator/SarahMichelleGellar hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', at the end of the episode after she thanked the show's cast and musical guest, she held up a hand-written sign reading, "I love you, [[Creator/AllysonHannigan Ally]]! [[Creator/AlysonHannigan Aly]]! [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Willow]] Rocks!"


* The first time Creator/SarahMichelleGellar hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', at the end of the episode after she thanked the show's cast and musical guest, she held up a hand-written sign reading, "I love you, [[Creator/AllysonHannigan Ally]! [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Willow]] Rocks!"

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* The first time Creator/SarahMichelleGellar hosted ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', at the end of the episode after she thanked the show's cast and musical guest, she held up a hand-written sign reading, "I love you, [[Creator/AllysonHannigan Ally]! Ally]]! [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Willow]] Rocks!"

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