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* Although he [[TheVoiceless rarely spoke before]] anyway, Maine of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' truly becomes The Speechless after being shot repeatedly in the throat. He can still make grunts and growls that others occasionally are able to interpret, but by and large he can only communicate by way of [[VoiceForTheVoiceless his AI, Sigma]].
* Neo from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has never spoken a word ever since her debut, and is implied to be mute. It tends to make her menacing.

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* Although he [[TheVoiceless rarely spoke before]] anyway, Maine of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' truly becomes The Speechless after being shot repeatedly in the throat. He can still make grunts and growls that others occasionally are able to interpret, but by and large he can only communicate by way of [[VoiceForTheVoiceless his AI, Sigma]].
AI,]] [[TheCorrupter Sigma.]]
* Neo from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has never spoken a word ever since her debut, and is implied to be mute. It tends to make her menacing.menacing, despite the fact that she’s [[PintsizePowerhouse 4’11’’. In heels.]]


-->-- '''Ursula''', ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''

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-->-- '''Ursula''', '''Ursula, to Ariel''', ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''



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-> ''"You'll have your looks, your pretty face.\\
And don't under-estimate the importance of body language!"''
-->-- '''Ursula''', ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''

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* Nat the Gypsy in ''Film/{{Dobermann}}'' is a deaf-mute who communicates through sign language. She does make some inarticulate cries of pain or rage during the film, and manages to articulate a single word towards the end: [[spoiler:"Fuckers!"]].


* TEX from ''Anime/TimeOfEve,'' [[spoiler: since he's a ThreeLawsCompliant robot who's been ordered not to speak.]] [[spoiler: [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Beautifully]] [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] later on, if only temporarily, when the First Law overrides the order.]]

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* TEX from ''Anime/TimeOfEve,'' [[spoiler: since he's a ThreeLawsCompliant robot who's been ordered not to speak.]] [[spoiler: [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Beautifully]] [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] Subverted]] later on, if only temporarily, when the First Law overrides the order.]]


* For much of the film ''Film/{{Tommy}}'', the title character is rendered entirely deaf, blind and mute after being traumatised as a young child by the sight of his stepfather killing his (previously believed killed during [=WW2=]) father in front of his mother very shortly after the father re-appears. He does get better... eventually, but it is a couple of decades (at least) before he snaps out of it.

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* For much of the film ''Film/{{Tommy}}'', ''Music/{{Tommy}}'', the title character is rendered entirely deaf, blind and mute after being traumatised as a young child by the sight of his stepfather killing his (previously believed killed during [=WW2=]) father in front of his mother very shortly after the father re-appears. He does get better... eventually, but it is a couple of decades (at least) before he snaps out of it.


* Isora from ''Manga/ArataTheLegend'' cannot speak at all, due to [[spoiler: having his tongue ripped out while he was being prosecuted as a witch,]] but can communicate with others (usually Kikutsune) with his mind.
* Although she first appears to just be very quiet Chane Laforet from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is later revealed to have lost her ability to speak several years before the series began. [[spoiler:She appears to have willingly given up her voice.]] She communicates by way of hand gestures and body language[=/=]expressions.
* Rosaland of ''Manhua/CyberWeaponZ'' never speaks on-panel. Since she's [[CatGirl half-panther, half-human]], her muteness may come from this. But she's no CuteMute, she's not harmless enough for that.
* In ''Manga/DissolvingClassroom'', Keiko becomes this due to barely escaping the horrifying fate of her classmates who were subjected to [[BrownNote Yuuma's apologies]]; her brain only partially melted, and the resulting damage left her unable to speak. In the final chapter, she finally gets enough of her speech back to scream "STOP IT!" at Yuuma [[spoiler:and then immediately liquefies]].



* Kid Buu in ''Manga/DragonBall'' only has one intelligible line in the manga, with the rest of his utterances being either gibberish or laughter. The Creator/{{Funimation}} dub averted this by giving him a few extra lines, all of them extremely childish in nature.
* Celty from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', being headless and all, types what she wants to say on her PDA or home computer and shows it to people. From Episode 4 onwards her messages and thoughts are accompanied by a voice-over as a matter of convenience for the viewer. Sometimes it's not even properly conveyed that she isn't speaking, because the VA speaks (and the listener appears to be listening) ''before'' they look at the screen. Somehow there are some people who she has ''spoken'' to before she began speaking through her PDA.



* Although she first appears to just be very quiet Chane Laforet from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is later revealed to have lost her ability to speak several years before the series began. [[spoiler: She appears to have willingly given up her voice.]] She communicates by way of hand gestures and body language / expressions.

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* Although she first appears to just be very quiet Chane Laforet Helen of ''Manga/HelenESP,'' what with her being rendered blind, deaf, and mute from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is later revealed to have lost her ability to speak several years before a terrible accident. Possibly named after the series began. [[spoiler: She appears to have willingly given up her voice.]] She communicates by way of hand gestures and body language / expressions.real life deaf-blind figure ''Helen Keller.''
* Gola Mosca, the robot from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn.'' Didn't stop him from getting his own ImageSong.



* Donquixote Rosinante from ''Manga/OnePiece'' plays with this with his Devil Fruit, the Nagi Nagi no Mi / Calm-Calm Fruit. What it does is enable him to project a sound barrier around himself, and he normally uses this to simulate the trope, though it is more versatile than just that.



* Gola Mosca, the robot from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn.'' Didn't stop him from getting his own ImageSong.
* Celty from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}},'' being headless and all, types what she wants to say on her PDA or home computer and shows it to people. From Episode 4 onwards her messages and thoughts are accompanied by a voice-over as a matter of convenience for the viewer. Sometimes it's not even properly conveyed that she isn't speaking, because the VA speaks (and the listener appears to be listening) ''before'' they look at the screen. Somehow there are some people who she has ''spoken'' to before she began speaking through her PDA.



* Helen of ''Manga/HelenESP,'' what with her being rendered blind, deaf, and mute from a terrible accident. Possibly named after the real life deaf-blind figure ''Helen Keller.''
* Rosaland of ''Manhua/CyberWeaponZ'' never speaks on-panel. Since she's [[CatGirl half-panther / half-human,]] her muteness may come from this. But she's no CuteMute, she's not harmless enough for that.
* Kid Buu in ''Manga/DragonBall'' only has one intelligible line in the manga, with the rest of his utterances being either gibberish or laughter. The Creator/{{Funimation}} dub averted this by giving him a few extra lines, all of them extremely childish in nature.
* Isora from ''Manga/ArataTheLegend'' cannot speak at all, due to [[spoiler: having his tongue ripped out while he was being prosecuted as a witch,]] but can communicate with others (usually Kikutsune) with his mind.
* Donquixote Rosinante from ''Manga/OnePiece'' plays with this with his Devil Fruit, the Nagi Nagi no Mi / Calm-Calm Fruit. What it does is enable him to project a sound barrier around himself, and he normally uses this to simulate the trope, though it is more versatile than just that.
* In ''Manga/DissolvingClassroom'', Keiko becomes this due to barely escaping the horrifying fate of her classmates who were subjected to [[BrownNote Yuuma's apologies]]; her brain only partially melted, and the resulting damage left her unable to speak. In the final chapter, she finally gets enough of her speech back to scream "STOP IT!" at Yuuma [[spoiler:and then immediately liquefies]].



* Gyro's little helper in [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Disney Duck Comics]]. He sometimes gets thought balloons, but they usually have pictures in them not words.
* The Monster in ''Comicbook/TheFrankensteinMonster'' starts out talkative like his book counterpart, but loses his ability to speak for several issues when a vampire-bite tears his larynx.
* Snake-Eyes of ''Franchise/GIJoe'' due to head injuries. Still clearly understood in multiple battle situations somehow.
* Black Bolt of ''ComicBook/TheInhumans'' is unable to speak due to the fact that [[MakeMeWannaShout his voice is so powerful]] that a mere whisper is enough to send [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]] at his strongest flying. That's right, the Hulk. As king of the Inhumans, Black Bolt tends to let his wife, Medusa, speak for him.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': One prequel story focused on the Dark Judges (essentially evil zombie versions of the regular Judges) featured a minor character called Judge Silence. His hands were morphed into his face so his mouth was permanently sealed shut.
* In ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'', Khamo's ability to speak clearly was lost when he became severely burned. He is only capable of making hissing and rattling sounds, though somehow, his daughter Casimira can translate for him.



* [[PunnyName Humberto / Hummer]] from ''ComicBook/MonicasGang,'' who only speaks through "Hmmm."



* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} General Zod's]] associate Non is mute because he was lobotomized. Although his intelligence did suffer, he occasionally shows signs that he is smarter that he looks. Before his surgery, he was Jor El's lab partner.
** In the original movie (Zod's sidekicks are {{Canon Immigrant}}s) it may not even have been that: He was clearly as intelligent and as deliberately nasty as the others.
* [[PunnyName Humberto / Hummer]] from ''ComicBook/MonicasGang,'' who only speaks through "Hmmm."
* [[ComicBook/XMen Artie Maddicks]] was mute, but could communicate in images using his mutant power of creating holograms.
* Snake-Eyes of ''Franchise/GIJoe'' due to head injuries. Still clearly understood in multiple battle situations somehow.

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* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'', General Zod's]] Zod's associate Non is mute because he was lobotomized. Although his intelligence did suffer, he occasionally shows signs that he is smarter that he looks. Before his surgery, he was Jor El's lab partner.
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partner. In the original movie (Zod's sidekicks are {{Canon Immigrant}}s) it may not even have been that: He was clearly as intelligent and as deliberately nasty as the others.
* [[PunnyName Humberto / Hummer]] from ''ComicBook/MonicasGang,'' who only speaks through "Hmmm."
* [[ComicBook/XMen Artie Maddicks]] was mute, but could communicate in images using his mutant power of creating holograms.
* Snake-Eyes of ''Franchise/GIJoe'' due to head injuries. Still clearly understood in multiple battle situations somehow.
others.



* [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Black Bolt]] of Marvel Comics is unable to speak due to the fact that [[MakeMeWannaShout his voice is so powerful]] that a mere whisper is enough to send [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]] at his strongest flying. That's right, the Hulk. As king of the Inhumans, Black Bolt tends to let his wife, Medusa, speak for him.
* Gyro's little helper in [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Disney Duck Comics]]. He sometimes gets thought balloons, but they usually have pictures in them not words.
* The Monster in ''Comicbook/TheFrankensteinMonster'' starts out talkative like his book counterpart, but loses his ability to speak for several issues when a vampire-bite tears his larynx.
* In ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'', Khamo's ability to speak clearly was lost when he became severely burned. He is only capable of making hissing and rattling sounds, though somehow, his daughter Casimira can translate for him.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': One prequel story focused on the Dark Judges (essentially evil zombie versions of the regular Judges) featured a minor character called Judge Silence. His hands were morphed into his face so his mouth was permanently sealed shut.

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* [[ComicBook/TheInhumans Black Bolt]] of Marvel Comics is unable to speak due to the fact that [[MakeMeWannaShout Artie Maddicks from ''ComicBook/XMen'' was mute, but could communicate in images using his voice is so powerful]] that a mere whisper is enough to send [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]] at his strongest flying. That's right, the Hulk. As king mutant power of the Inhumans, Black Bolt tends to let his wife, Medusa, speak for him.
* Gyro's little helper in [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Disney Duck Comics]]. He sometimes gets thought balloons, but they usually have pictures in them not words.
* The Monster in ''Comicbook/TheFrankensteinMonster'' starts out talkative like his book counterpart, but loses his ability to speak for several issues when a vampire-bite tears his larynx.
* In ''ComicBook/LoveAndRockets'', Khamo's ability to speak clearly was lost when he became severely burned. He is only capable of making hissing and rattling sounds, though somehow, his daughter Casimira can translate for him.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': One prequel story focused on the Dark Judges (essentially evil zombie versions of the regular Judges) featured a minor character called Judge Silence. His hands were morphed into his face so his mouth was permanently sealed shut.
creating holograms.



* Sphinx from ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''. He destroyed his voice when he accidentally drank a glass of poison he intended for a pal of his.



* Sphinx from ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''. He destroyed his voice when he accidentally drank a glass of poison he intended for a pal of his.



* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' has Mutation, who is mute. She also has the superpower of silencing everyone around her.
* In ''Fanfic/AnEntryWithABang[=!=]'', Brox cannot speak due to throat injury, so he types instead. There's talk of fixing this, though.



* [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier Ditzy Doo]] from ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' had her [[TongueTrauma tongue cut out]] by slavers before the story begins, and communicates via pantomime or writing notes on a small chalkboard.
* ''Fanfic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has Nomad, who can't speak due to botched programming.
* Red from the ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' fan fic ''Fanfic/SpeakUp'' is born mute. He compensates by learning sign language.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10854727/1/Darkness-Stole-The-Sky Darkness Stole the Sky]]'''s Link is a mute who can only communicate through vague gestures. Only Malon and Zelda can understand his gestures normally, but everyone can do so in the Chamber of the Sages and while Link has the Spirit Medallion. Even the audience is locked out of Link's thoughts except in these instances.
* In the old crossover ''Fanfic/WhatInsertion'', this trope is zigzagged in the case of Deep Sea Dolphin following her transfer to the story's setting. As long as she's underwater, she can communicate normally. Outside of it, only water-type Pokemon can hear her; otherwise, everyone -- herself included -- can't hear a single thing she says, forcing her to rely on a notepad or signs to make herself understood.



* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10854727/1/Darkness-Stole-The-Sky Darkness Stole the Sky]]'''s Link is a mute who can only communicate through vague gestures. Only Malon and Zelda can understand his gestures normally, but everyone can do so in the Chamber of the Sages and while Link has the Spirit Medallion. Even the audience is locked out of Link's thoughts except in these instances.
* In ''Fanfic/AnEntryWithABang[=!=]'', Brox cannot speak due to throat injury, so he types instead. There's talk of fixing this, though.
* [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier Ditzy Doo]] from ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' had her [[TongueTrauma tongue cut out]] by slavers before the story begins, and communicates via pantomime or writing notes on a small chalkboard.
* ''Fanfic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has Nomad, who can't speak due to botched programming.
* Red from the ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' fan fic ''Fanfic/SpeakUp'' is born mute. He compensates by learning sign language.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' has Mutation, who is mute. She also has the superpower of silencing everyone around her.
* In the old crossover ''Fanfic/WhatInsertion'', this trope is zigzagged in the case of Deep Sea Dolphin following her transfer to the story's setting. As long as she's underwater, she can communicate normally. Outside of it, only water-type Pokemon can hear her; otherwise, everyone -- herself included -- can't hear a single thing she says, forcing her to rely on a notepad or signs to make herself understood.



* Remy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' is a semi-example. While he ''can'' speak, he only speaks "rat," which we hear as English when he speaks to other rats, but which his human co-star Linguini only hears as squeaks. However, he's very good at charades and can largely control the actions of Linguini when the human allows him to ride on his head and pull on his hair.
* Abu, Rajah, and especially the Magic Carpet from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. Abu, however can speak in screeching gibberish, occasionally venturing into screeching English, placing him closer to TheUnintelligible. Averted with Iago, though in his case it's kind of justified because he's a (possibly [[AWizardDidIt magically enhanced]]) [[PollyWantsAMicrophone parrot]].



* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'':
** The title character never says anything throughout the whole movie. We never find out if he is mute (likely due to the fact that he's a baby) or simply chooses not to talk. He does audibly sneeze at the beginning and hiccup when he gets drunk, though. In the storybook adaptation of the movie, however, he's given an interior monologue, so we "hear" him "speak" that way. He apparently ''did'' learn to talk when the Creator/DisneyChannel did the SpinOff series ''Dumbo's Circus'', though. His voice, provided by Katie Leigh (a.k.a. Baby Rowlf in ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies''), is mumbly and kind of quiet, but he does have a fairly extensive vocabulary.
** Dumbo's mother is also a speechless character (save for a single line when she tells the stork Dumbo's name), though other elephants in the movie do talk.
* Gideon the cat from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' is mute. He was originally meant to be voiced by Creator/MelBlanc, but in the end all of his dialogue was cut, and Blanc's only contribution to a Disney movie was a hiccup.
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' [[PluckyGirl Ariel]] ''becomes'' this, trading her voice to a WickedWitch in exchange for becoming human. To stay human, she has to get [[PrinceCharming Eric]] to fall in love with her and kiss her within three days, which is rather difficult since she can't talk to him.

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* ''Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon'':
** Abu, Rajah, and especially the Magic Carpet from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. Abu, however can speak in screeching gibberish, occasionally venturing into screeching English, placing him closer to TheUnintelligible. Averted with Iago, though in his case it's kind of justified because he's a (possibly [[AWizardDidIt magically enhanced]]) [[PollyWantsAMicrophone parrot]].
** Fish Out of Water in ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' pantomimes and makes bubble noises with his voice, but he never talks.
**
''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'':
** *** The title character never says anything throughout the whole movie. We never find out if he is mute (likely due to the fact that he's a baby) or simply chooses not to talk. He does audibly sneeze at the beginning and hiccup when he gets drunk, though. In the storybook adaptation of the movie, however, he's given an interior monologue, so we "hear" him "speak" that way. He apparently ''did'' learn to talk when the Creator/DisneyChannel did the SpinOff series ''Dumbo's Circus'', though. His voice, provided by Katie Leigh (a.k.a. Baby Rowlf in ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies''), is mumbly and kind of quiet, but he does have a fairly extensive vocabulary.
** *** Dumbo's mother is also a speechless character (save for a single line when she tells the stork Dumbo's name), though other elephants in the movie do talk.
* ** In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', the hyenas Shenzi and Banzai talk, but Ed doesn't; he only laughs.
** In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' [[PluckyGirl Ariel]] ''becomes'' this, trading her voice to a WickedWitch in exchange for becoming human. To stay human, she has to get [[PrinceCharming Eric]] to fall in love with her and kiss her within three days, which is rather difficult since she can't talk to him.
**
Gideon the cat from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' is mute. He was originally meant to be voiced by Creator/MelBlanc, but in the end all of his dialogue was cut, and Blanc's only contribution to a Disney movie was a hiccup.
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' [[PluckyGirl Ariel]] ''becomes'' this, trading her ** Dopey in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. Happy explains that they don't know if he can talk or not because he's never tried to (in real life, it was because they couldn't find a suitable voice to a WickedWitch in exchange actor for becoming human. To stay human, she has to get [[PrinceCharming Eric]] to fall in love with her him). He can, however, scream, hiccup, and kiss her within three days, which is rather difficult since she can't talk to him. cry.



** Despite making lots of noise, Scrat from doesn't speak.
** Also, Mama T.Rex and Rudy in the third film.
* Dopey in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. Happy explains that they don't know if he can talk or not because he's never tried to (in real life, it was because they couldn't find a suitable voice actor for him). He can, however, scream, hiccup, and cry.
* The titular Thief in ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' was written and animated as this, but when it was taken out of Richard Williams' hands, the 1995 ''Arabian Knight'' cut added a "thoughts" voiceover for him and Tack the cobbler (who ''almost'' never spoke). Re-edits closer to the intended concept leave the characters be.
* The Sandman in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' can usually be understood, so long as the other guardians notice he's trying to tell them something, since he can make pictures with his dream sand to indicate his meaning. However, as shown when the Man in the Moon was contacting them, he can have a very, very hard time getting their attention in the first place since not only can he not talk, but he seems unable to make sounds at all.
* Fish Out of Water in ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' pantomimes and makes bubble noises with his voice, but he never talks.
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', the hyenas Shenzi and Banzai talk, but Ed doesn't; he only laughs.

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** Despite making lots of noise, Scrat from doesn't speak.
** Also, Mama T.Rex and Rudy in the third film.
* Dopey in ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. Happy explains that they don't know if he can talk or not because he's never tried to (in real life, it was because they couldn't find a suitable voice actor for him). He can, however, scream, hiccup, and cry.
* The titular Thief in ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' was written and animated as this, but when it was taken out of Richard Williams' hands, the 1995 ''Arabian Knight'' cut added a "thoughts" voiceover for him and Tack the cobbler (who ''almost'' never spoke). Re-edits closer to the intended concept leave the characters be.
* The Sandman in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' can usually be understood, so long as the other guardians notice he's trying to tell them something, since he can make pictures with his dream sand to indicate his meaning. However, as shown when the Man in the Moon was contacting them, he can have a very, very hard time getting their attention in the first place since not only can he not talk, but he seems unable to make sounds at all.
* Fish Out of Water in ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' pantomimes and makes bubble noises with his voice, but he never talks.
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', the hyenas Shenzi and Banzai talk, but Ed doesn't; he only laughs.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', Vinyl Scratch never speaks at all, despite having a role as a secondary character. Before that, she was a popular background pony, but never really expected to talk. What really pushes her into this is, in the prequel novel, she communicates to people next to her via text messaging, hinting that she might be completely mute.
** Jossed during the Rally Song, as Vinyl is clearly seen singing along at least once with the rest of the students in the stands. So she apparently ''can'' talk. She just typically chooses ''not'' to.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', Vinyl Scratch never speaks at all, despite having a role as a secondary character. Before that, she was a popular background pony, but never really expected to talk. What really pushes her into this is, in the prequel novel, she communicates to people next to her via text messaging, hinting that she might be completely mute.
** Jossed during the Rally Song, as Vinyl
messaging.
* Remy from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}''
is clearly seen singing along at least once with the rest of the students in the stands. So she apparently a semi-example. While he ''can'' talk. She just typically chooses ''not'' to. speak, he only speaks "rat," which we hear as English when he speaks to other rats, but which his human co-star Linguini only hears as squeaks. However, he's very good at charades and can largely control the actions of Linguini when the human allows him to ride on his head and pull on his hair.
* The Sandman in ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' can usually be understood, so long as the other guardians notice he's trying to tell them something, since he can make pictures with his dream sand to indicate his meaning. However, as shown when the Man in the Moon was contacting them, he can have a very, very hard time getting their attention in the first place since not only can he not talk, but he seems unable to make sounds at all.
* The titular Thief in ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' was written and animated as this, but when it was taken out of Richard Williams' hands, the 1995 ''Arabian Knight'' cut added a "thoughts" voiceover for him and Tack the cobbler (who ''almost'' never spoke). Re-edits closer to the intended concept leave the characters be.



* Belinda from ''Film/JohnnyBelinda'' is a deaf-mute after having contracted an illness while she was a baby.
* In ''Film/TheGreatSilence'', the main character never speaks due to having had his throat cut.

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* Belinda from ''Film/JohnnyBelinda'' is a deaf-mute In ''Film/BeyondSherwoodForest'', Gareth cannot speak because the Sheriff cut out his tongue after having contracted an illness while she was a baby.
murdering his parents and burning his village.
* Carl in ''Film/BlackZoo''. In ''Film/TheGreatSilence'', a flashback at the main character never speaks end of the movie, it is revealed that he has been mute ever since he saw his mother mauled to death by a lion on the orders of his father.
* The Thin Man in the ''Film/CharliesAngels'' movie duology. In the [[Film/CharliesAngels first film]] he's simply mute, in the [[Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle second]] it is implied he's an ElectiveMute
due to having had childhood trauma. He attempts to speak, but is killed (or is he?) before we find out if he's capable.
* Sarah in ''Film/ChildrenOfALesserGod'' is deaf, and remains speechless by choice; she doesn't want to learn how to speak aloud.
* ''Film/CurseOfTheCrimsonAltar'': Basil, Professor Walsh's sinister chauffeur/manservant, is a mute. Robert discovers this when he attempts to choke answers out of him, only for Professor Walsh to inform him that Basil would not be capable of answering him even if he were not being strangled.
* In ''Film/TheDentist'' the titular protagonist, Dr. Alan Feinstone, [[TongueTrauma cuts off
his throat cut.wife's tongue]] as a punishment for her infidelity. Brooke, the wife, gets better for the sequel, but she's left mute for life and forced to use written notes and simple gestures to be understood.
* Katya from ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' is mute from an assassination attempt that left prominent scarring on her throat. However, in her final scene, she does scream angrily (and incoherently) while firing on John [=McClane=] and Zeus Carver.
* Cindy in ''Film/DontBreathe'' doesn't say a word in her entire time onscreen because [[spoiler:she is gagged when Rocky and Alex rescue her and is killed before the gag can be removed]].
* [[AlliterativeName Lupita Lozoya]], Max's sister in ''Don't Turn the Other Cheek'', is mute. Her late husband, Max's brother in law, was a revolutionary who was killed and Lupita herself spoke strongly against the tyranny in Mexico and as a result her tongue was cut out.



* Kyoko from ''Film/ExMachina'' is at first explained to not know English, but she never uses her voice even once and in fact might not be able to speak at all. Nathan explicitly says the language barrier is a safeguard against privacy leaks. [[spoiler:However, it is finally revealed that she does understand English, since she does as Ava suggests and stabs Nathan]].
* In ''Film/FiveEasyPieces'', Robert's father has been rendered mute by a series of strokes. Robert has an emotional one-sided conversation with him.
* The ProfessorGuineaPig from the original ''Film/TheFly1958'' couldn't speak after his teleporter accident swapped his head with a housefly's, so communicated with chalkboard, typewriter, and by knocking on tables.
** In the [[Film/TheFly1986 1986 version]], the equivalent character undergoes a SlowTransformation into a human-insect hybrid. He can still speak until [[spoiler: his lover Veronica]] accidentally rips his decaying jaw off, whereupon -- having effectively lost the last major tie to his original form, his voice -- his body undergoes its final metamorphosis into an inhuman, voiceless beast.
* Himmler, the Baron's hulking footman, does not speak a word in ''Film/Frankenstein1970''. It's not clear if he is mute or if he can speak and just chooses not to.
* Gymnasia in ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. See ''theater'' for her theatrical counterpart. In the movie version, instead, she gets her fetish tendencies toned down, but she's still a towering blonde AmazonianBeauty expressing herself in made-up language (resembling just a funny barrage of unrelated charades) who Pseudolous only can understand. When Pseudolous reveal that Gymnasia's gestures meant something, the others show genuine surprise, believing her to be just TheUnintelligible.
* The {{Golem}} from the silent movie classic ''Film/TheGolem'', faithful to traditional Golem lore.
* In ''Film/TheGreatSilence'', the main character never speaks due to having had his throat cut.
* In ''Film/HardcoreHenry'', Henry is a cyborg whose voice box wasn't installed, so he doesn't say anything the entire movie.
* [[ThoseWackyNazis Kroenen]] from ''Film/Hellboy2004'', due to [[spoiler: cutting off his own lips, among other things.]] He ''can'' talk in the original comic.
* ''Film/{{Hush}}'' has Maddie, who doesn't speak throughout the movie because she's deaf-mute.



** Oddjob from ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' doesn't speak English, so he never talks. At one point he says "Ah, Ah!" when notifying Goldfinger during their golf game. The only other time he makes a when he screams as he's electrocuted while trying to retrieve his hat from metal bars, at the same time Bond electrifies said metal bars.
*** In [[Literature/{{Goldfinger}} the novel]], the reason that Oddjob cannot speak is because he has a cleft palate.

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** Oddjob from ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' doesn't speak English, so he never talks. At one point he says "Ah, Ah!" when notifying Goldfinger during their golf game. The only other time he makes a when he screams as he's electrocuted while trying to retrieve his hat from metal bars, at the same time Bond electrifies said metal bars.
***
bars. In [[Literature/{{Goldfinger}} the novel]], the reason that Oddjob cannot speak is because he has a cleft palate.



* ''Film/JohnWickChapter2''. [[TheDragon Ares]] is a mute assassin who nevertheless is able to constantly snark the hero despite only communicating through sign language.
-->'''John Wick:''' ''[finding Ares blocking his escape route]'' [[LeaveNoWitnesses Loose ends?]]\\
'''Ares:''' ''[signing]'' Just. [[FlippingTheBird One]].
* Belinda from ''Film/JohnnyBelinda'' is a deaf-mute after having contracted an illness while she was a baby.
* Alyce Sangre in ''Film/KingOfTheZombies'' has been driven into a near-catatonic state by her husband's experiments. The only sounds she utters are few strangled gasps as Barbara tries to deprogram her.
* In ''Film/{{Mermaid}}'', Alice starts a fire that causes a building to burn down and she refuses to speak until she is a teenager.



* Kai from ''Film/RobotHolocaust'', due to having his tongue cut out by the Amazons.
* The title character of ''Film/ShandraTheJungleGirl'' never speaks. A NubileSavage from the jungles of South America, she certainly does not speak English, and it seems likely that she does not know any human languages.



* [[ThoseWackyNazis Kroenen]] from ''Film/Hellboy2004'', due to [[spoiler: cutting off his own lips, among other things.]] He ''can'' talk in the original comic.
* The Thin Man in the ''Film/CharliesAngels'' movie duology. In the [[Film/CharliesAngels first film]] he's simply mute, in the [[Film/CharliesAngelsFullThrottle second]] it is implied he's an ElectiveMute due to childhood trauma. He attempts to speak, but is killed (or is he?) before we find out if he's capable.



* The ProfessorGuineaPig from the original ''Film/TheFly1958'' couldn't speak after his teleporter accident swapped his head with a housefly's, so communicated with chalkboard, typewriter, and by knocking on tables.
** In the [[Film/TheFly1986 1986 version]], the equivalent character undergoes a SlowTransformation into a human-insect hybrid. He can still speak until [[spoiler: his lover Veronica]] accidentally rips his decaying jaw off, whereupon -- having effectively lost the last major tie to his original form, his voice -- his body undergoes its final metamorphosis into an inhuman, voiceless beast.
* In ''Film/FiveEasyPieces'', Robert's father has been rendered mute by a series of strokes. Robert has an emotional one-sided conversation with him.
* Gymnasia in ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. See ''theater'' for her theatrical counterpart. In the movie version, instead, she gets her fetish tendencies toned down, but she's still a towering blonde AmazonianBeauty expressing herself in made-up language (resembling just a funny barrage of unrelated charades) who Pseudolous only can understand. When Pseudolous reveal that Gymnasia's gestures meant something, the others show genuine surprise, believing her to be just TheUnintelligible.
* The {{Golem}} from the silent movie classic ''Film/TheGolem'', faithful to traditional Golem lore.



* Katya from ''Film/DieHardWithAVengeance'' is mute from an assassination attempt that left prominent scarring on her throat. However, in her final scene, she does scream angrily (and incoherently) while firing on John [=McClane=] and Zeus Carver.
* Kai from ''Film/RobotHolocaust'', due to having his tongue cut out by the Amazons.
* Kyoko from ''Film/ExMachina'' is at first explained to not know English, but she never uses her voice even once and in fact might not be able to speak at all. Nathan explicitly says the language barrier is a safeguard against privacy leaks. [[spoiler:However, it is finally revealed that she does understand English, since she does as Ava suggests and stabs Nathan]].
* [[AlliterativeName Lupita Lozoya]], Max's sister in ''Don't Turn the Other Cheek'', is mute. Her late husband, Max's brother in law, was a revolutionary who was killed and Lupita herself spoke strongly against the tyranny in Mexico and as a result her tongue was cut out.
* In ''Film/{{Mermaid}}'', Alice starts a fire that causes a building to burn down and she refuses to speak until she is a teenager.
* Cindy in ''Film/DontBreathe'' doesn't say a word in her entire time onscreen because [[spoiler:she is gagged when Rocky and Alex rescue her and is killed before the gag can be removed]].
* ''Film/{{Hush}}'' has Maddie, who doesn't speak throughout the movie because she's deaf-mute.
* Sarah in ''Film/ChildrenOfALesserGod'' is deaf, and remains speechless by choice; she doesn't want to learn how to speak aloud.
* In ''Film/TheDentist'' the titular protagonist, Dr. Alan Feinstone, [[TongueTrauma cuts off his wife's tongue]] as a punishment for her infidelity. Brooke, the wife, gets better for the sequel, but she's left mute for life and forced to use written notes and simple gestures to be understood.
* In ''Film/HardcoreHenry'', Henry is a cyborg whose voice box wasn't installed, so he doesn't say anything the entire movie.
* Alyce Sangre in ''Film/KingOfTheZombies'' has been driven into a near-catatonic state by her husband's experiments. The only sounds she utters are few strangled gasps as Barbara tries to deprogram her.
* ''Film/CurseOfTheCrimsonAltar'': Basil, Professor Walsh's sinister chauffeur/manservant, is a mute. Robert discovers this when he attempts to choke answers out of him, only for Professor Walsh to inform him that Basil would not be capable of answering him even if he were not being strangled.
* Himmler, the Baron's hulking footman, does not speak a word in ''Film/Frankenstein1970''. It's not clear if he is mute or if he can speak and just chooses not to.
* In ''Film/BeyondSherwoodForest'', Gareth cannot speak because the Sheriff cut out his tongue after murdering his parents and burning his village.
* ''Film/JohnWickChapter2''. [[TheDragon Ares]] is a mute assassin who nevertheless is able to constantly snark the hero despite only communicating through sign language.
-->'''John Wick:''' ''[finding Ares blocking his escape route]'' [[LeaveNoWitnesses Loose ends?]]
-->'''Ares:''' ''[signing]'' Just. [[FlippingTheBird One]].
* Carl in ''Film/BlackZoo''. In a flashback at the end of the movie, it is revealed that he has been mute ever since he saw his mother mauled to death by a lion on the orders of his father.
* The title character of ''Film/ShandraTheJungleGirl'' never speaks. A NubileSavage from the jungles of South America, she certainly does not speak English, and it seems likely that she does not know any human languages.



* Julie Berry's ''All the Truth that's in Me'' is a book about a girl who has had half her tongue cut out. Although [[spoiler: she can speak at the end, she just didn't realise she could because her superstitious mother forbade her from trying]].
* The ex-P.O.W. in ''Literature/{{Beachwalker}}'' has been mute since birth. As it turns out, this was a large part of the reason why he was captured in the first place--he was unable to call for help.
* John Mathew of J.R. Ward's ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'' series is mute (presumably born that way), and relies on [[HandSignals American sign language]], whistling, writing on a notepad, and a variety of body language in order to communicate with others.
* Saro in Creator/PatriciaAMckillip's ''Literature/TheBookOfAtrixWolfe'', after the spell.
* ''Literature/BooksOfTheRaksura'': Zig-zagged with the centuries-old Stone. Raksura can usually speak both in their {{Human|shifting}} and {{Draconic|Humanoid}} forms, but Stone's shifted form has grown so much larger and StrongerWithAge that he needs to be in human form to speak intelligibly.
* In ''Literature/TheBrokenCrescent'', the Ghadi are an entire race of these. Due to an ancient curse, they cannot speak, nor can they comprehend any type of spoken or written language.
* Daelyn Rice, the lead character of ''By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead'' by Julie Anne Peters, has been rendered temporarily mute due to the damage caused to her vocal cords when she drank ammonia and bleach in a failed suicide attempt. She also must wear a neck brace and needs to have all her meals liquefied in a blender. By the end of the story, however, she tries speaking a few words.
* ''Literature/{{Chalion}}'': Umegat's assistant Daris is an elderly little man who is missing his thumbs and tongue. The missing tongue means that he can't speak, but he does make various mouthed hums, welcoming noises, and other sounds.
* Dramatically subverted at the very end of the children's book ''Cheltingham's Party''. The title character is a cat who throws the feline equivalent of a WildTeenParty while his master is away. When the master returns, she sees the mess everywhere and teasingly tells Cheltingham, "You have a lot of explaining to do!" Without any hesitation, Cheltingham looks right at her and says, "Cats don't talk."



* Subverted in ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', when Rob thinks that Karyl doesn't speak because of the axe in the head the man's got earlier in the story. Turns out he was just faking muteness to avoid people querying about [[IdentityAmnesia his past]].



* In ''Literature/TheEmpressGame'', Kayla's brother Corinth hasn't spoken aloud since the deaths of the rest of their family, but he ''does'' speak to her telepathically. That's okay when they're alone, but since they're trying to keep their background secret (and telepathy would give the game away), it's problematic when in company — Kayla can't always use telepathy back, and there's a risk she'd respond aloud to something he'd only said telepathically.
* In the ''Literature/ErebusSequence'', Anea can't talk due to [[spoiler:having no jaw behind her veil]]. At first she uses TalkingWithSigns; then she develops HandSignals.
* [[StepfordSmiler Skylar St. Clair]] from ''Literature/GivesLight''. His throat was cut when he was a small child and his vocal cords never healed. Note that while he cannot talk to the other characters, he is the narrator of the book, so the reader always knows what he would say if he could.



* Nick Andros, in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand'', was born deaf and mute. One version of the book explicitly states he was born without eardrums or vocal cords.

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* Nick Andros, in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand'', was born deaf and mute. One version John Singer, the central character of Carson [=McCullers=]' ''The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter'', is a deaf-mute. Much of the book explicitly states he was born without eardrums or vocal cords.novel involves his relationship with another deaf-mute, Spiros Antonapoulos.



* One member of the submarine crew from ''Literature/SewerGasAndElectric'' doesn't speak anything but Turkish, so has no lines except the name of his hometown, which he cries out ("Istanbul!") to indicate he's carried out an order. Except once when he's recovering from an at-sea collision, and groans "Constantinople..." instead.
* The mysterious and aptly named Lady Silence in Creator/DanSimmons ''The Terror''.
* Saro in Creator/PatriciaAMckillip's ''Literature/TheBookOfAtrixWolfe'', after the spell.
* John Singer, the central character of Carson [=McCullers=]' ''The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter'', is a deaf-mute. Much of the novel involves his relationship with another deaf-mute, Spiros Antonapoulos.



* John Mathew of J.R. Ward's ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'' series is mute (presumably born that way), and relies on [[HandSignals American sign language]], whistling, writing on a notepad, and a variety of body language in order to communicate with others.

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* John Mathew Toki is this in the 31st ''Literature/MadgieWhatDidYouDo'', because she's had her vocal cords removed on the grounds it was implied that she's known something she wasn't supposed to, which is to say, of J.R. Ward's ''Literature/BlackDaggerBrotherhood'' series a genetically engineered bioweapon. Naturally, her sister, Doki, has to speak for her.
* In ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', Toth, Cyradis' strong but silent companion who is sent to accompany Garion and company on their new adventure. Toth communicates only in vague, broad gestures with his arms, yet Durnik (to whom he usually "talks") is able to perfectly understand him. It isn't until ''The Seeress of Kell'' that Durnik figures out the truth: Toth, [[spoiler:like practically all Dals]], is telepathic, and has been using the gestures to disguise the fact he's been projecting what he wants to convey directly into Durnik's mind. It should be noted that the exact reason Toth is silent is never explained, but the silence is total; [[spoiler:even when he is killed, he never utters a sound]].
* The Silent Brothers from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', cannot speak due to Runes that mutilate their appearance, instead communicating through {{Telepathy}}.
* The dragon breeder Sarkkhan in the ''Literature/PitDragonChronicles'' sought to breed a mute fighting dragon, seeing their inability to roar as a potential advantage [[BloodSport in the pits.]] [[spoiler:He succeeds with Heart's Blood.]]
* Lupus in ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries''
is mute (presumably born that way), because he had his tongue torn out. Early on in the series, he learns to write and relies on [[HandSignals American sign language]], whistling, writing on starts using a notepad, tablet and a variety stylus to communicate.
* One member
of body language in order the submarine crew from ''Literature/SewerGasAndElectric'' doesn't speak anything but Turkish, so has no lines except the name of his hometown, which he cries out ("Istanbul!") to communicate with others.indicate he's carried out an order. Except once when he's recovering from an at-sea collision, and groans "Constantinople..." instead.



* Nick Andros, in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheStand'', was born deaf and mute. One version of the book explicitly states he was born without eardrums or vocal cords.
* Legion from ''Literature/{{Tasakeru}}'', who only communicates in sign and body language.
* The mysterious and aptly named Lady Silence in Creator/DanSimmons ''The Terror''.
* Tony's grandmother in ''Literature/ThenAgainMaybeIWont'' is unable to speak because she had her larynx removed due to throat cancer (despite being a non-smoker). She communicates nonverbally and through writing notes in Italian, which Tony's mother must translate for the rest of the family.
* Madame Raquin in ''Literature/ThereseRaquin''. As her health deteriorates, leaving her with locked-in syndrome. Ironically, the worse she gets, the more she realizes what happened to her son.



* Dramatically subverted at the very end of the children's book ''Cheltingham's Party''. The title character is a cat who throws the feline equivalent of a WildTeenParty while his master is away. When the master returns, she sees the mess everywhere and teasingly tells Cheltingham, "You have a lot of explaining to do!" Without any hesitation, Cheltingham looks right at her and says, "Cats don't talk."
* Madame Raquin in ''Literature/ThereseRaquin''. As her health deteriorates, leaving her with locked-in syndrome. Ironically, the worse she gets, the more she realizes what happened to her son.
* Lupus in ''Literature/TheRomanMysteries'' is mute because he had his tongue torn out. Early on in the series, he learns to write and starts using a tablet and stylus to communicate.
* The ex-P.O.W. in ''Literature/{{Beachwalker}}'' has been mute since birth. As it turns out, this was a large part of the reason why he was captured in the first place--he was unable to call for help.
* The dragon breeder Sarkkhan in the ''Literature/PitDragonChronicles'' sought to breed a mute fighting dragon, seeing their inability to roar as a potential advantage [[BloodSport in the pits.]] [[spoiler:He succeeds with Heart's Blood.]]
* [[StepfordSmiler Skylar St. Clair]] from ''Literature/GivesLight''. His throat was cut when he was a small child and his vocal cords never healed. Note that while he cannot talk to the other characters, he is the narrator of the book, so the reader always knows what he would say if he could.
* In ''Literature/TheBrokenCrescent'', the Ghadi are an entire race of these. Due to an ancient curse, they cannot speak, nor can they comprehend any type of spoken or written language.
* Julie Berry's ''All the Truth that's in Me'' is a book about a girl who has had half her tongue cut out. Although [[spoiler: she can speak at the end, she just didn't realise she could because her superstitious mother forbade her from trying]].
* The Silent Brothers from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', cannot speak due to Runes that mutilate their appearance, instead communicating through {{Telepathy}}.
* Toki is this in the 31st ''Literature/MadgieWhatDidYouDo'', because she's had her vocal cords removed on the grounds it was implied that she's known something she wasn't supposed to, which is to say, of a genetically engineered bioweapon. Naturally, her sister, Doki, has to speak for her.



* In the ''Literature/ErebusSequence'', Anea can't talk due to [[spoiler:having no jaw behind her veil]]. At first she uses TalkingWithSigns; then she develops HandSignals.
* In ''Literature/TheEmpressGame'', Kayla's brother Corinth hasn't spoken aloud since the deaths of the rest of their family, but he ''does'' speak to her telepathically. That's okay when they're alone, but since they're trying to keep their background secret (and telepathy would give the game away), it's problematic when in company — Kayla can't always use telepathy back, and there's a risk she'd respond aloud to something he'd only said telepathically.
* In ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', Toth, Cyradis' strong but silent companion who is sent to accompany Garion and company on their new adventure. Toth communicates only in vague, broad gestures with his arms, yet Durnik (to whom he usually "talks") is able to perfectly understand him. It isn't until ''The Seeress of Kell'' that Durnik figures out the truth: Toth, [[spoiler:like practically all Dals]], is telepathic, and has been using the gestures to disguise the fact he's been projecting what he wants to convey directly into Durnik's mind. It should be noted that the exact reason Toth is silent is never explained, but the silence is total; [[spoiler:even when he is killed, he never utters a sound]].
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'', when Rob thinks that Karyl doesn't speak because of the axe in the head the man's got earlier in the story. Turns out he was just faking muteness to avoid people querying about [[IdentityAmnesia his past]].
* ''Literature/{{Chalion}}'': Umegat's assistant Daris is an elderly little man who is missing his thumbs and tongue. The missing tongue means that he can't speak, but he does make various mouthed hums, welcoming noises, and other sounds.
* Legion from ''Literature/{{Tasakeru}}'', who only communicates in sign and body language.
* Tony's grandmother in ''Literature/ThenAgainMaybeIWont'' is unable to speak because she had her larynx removed due to throat cancer (despite being a non-smoker). She communicates nonverbally and through writing notes in Italian, which Tony's mother must translate for the rest of the family.
* Daelyn Rice, the lead character of ''By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead'' by Julie Anne Peters, has been rendered temporarily mute due to the damage caused to her vocal cords when she drank ammonia and bleach in a failed suicide attempt. She also must wear a neck brace and needs to have all her meals liquefied in a blender. By the end of the story, however, she tries speaking a few words.
* ''Literature/BooksOfTheRaksura'': Zig-zagged with the centuries-old Stone. Raksura can usually speak both in their {{Human|shifting}} and {{Draconic|Humanoid}} forms, but Stone's shifted form has grown so much larger and StrongerWithAge that he needs to be in human form to speak intelligibly.



* Norma in ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' is almost entirely mute, only communicating through gestures, facial expressions and sighs. The one time she does speak is to sing a rousing rendition of "I Saw the Light" in the Season 1 finale, surprising all the other characters present.

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* Norma in ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' Liam and Ryan [=McPoyle's=] sister Margaret from ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' she is almost entirely stated to be mute, only communicating through gestures, facial expressions and sighs. The one time she does speak is responds to sing a rousing rendition of "I Saw the Light" in the Season 1 finale, surprising all the other characters present. communication by licking her lips.



* Private Rich spends most of the ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "Point Of View" using gestures and handwriting to communicate because a serious throat injury has left him unable to speak. [[spoiler:By the end of the episode, he has managed to say a few raspy words.]]
* Cambot from ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has only talked during the theme song's RobotRollCall.



* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Humbug", the Conundrum (a geek, in the classical sense) doesn't speak at all [[spoiler: until the end: "Prob'ly something I ate."]].
* The mysterious aliens from the 1970-1 TV series ''Series/{{UFO}}'' are never heard to speak, though they can apparently communicate with traitors and those [[{{Brainwashed}} under their control]].
** In a late episode, the UFO pilots are revealed to be human abductees under the control of an unseen alien intelligence.
* ''Series/TopGear'': The Stig sort of qualifies, since he knows how to drive like hell, and use a credit card, but knows nothing about ducks. He also happens to be illegal in 17 states. He can also apparently use a word processor if the tell-all book is anything to go by.

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* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Humbug", Norma in ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' is almost entirely mute, only communicating through gestures, facial expressions and sighs. The one time she does speak is to sing a rousing rendition of "I Saw the Conundrum (a geek, Light" in the classical sense) doesn't speak at Season 1 finale, surprising all [[spoiler: until the end: "Prob'ly something I ate."]].
other characters present.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': Tali in "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S3E7TheCamp The mysterious aliens from the 1970-1 TV series ''Series/{{UFO}}'' are never heard Camp]]" and "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S4E21PromisedLand Promised Land]]", who is mute. She does manage to speak, though they can apparently communicate with traitors and those [[{{Brainwashed}} under their control]].
** In a late episode, the UFO pilots are revealed to be human abductees under the control of an unseen alien intelligence.
* ''Series/TopGear'': The Stig sort of qualifies, since he knows how to drive like hell, and use a credit card, but knows nothing about ducks. He also happens to be illegal in 17 states. He can also apparently use a word processor if the tell-all book is anything to go by.
her name by writing it though.



* Liam and Ryan [=McPoyle's=] sister Margaret from ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' she is stated to be mute, she responds to communication by licking her lips.
* Private Rich spends most of the ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episode "Point Of View" using gestures and handwriting to communicate because a serious throat injury has left him unable to speak. [[spoiler:By the end of the episode, he has managed to say a few raspy words.]]
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'': The aptly named episode "Mute" centers around a girl unable to talk. Everybody initially believes it's because she's in shock after seeing her house burned down (with her parents), but later assume it's because she had never been taught how to speak. Really, she was trained to be psychic from birth, and held all her conversations with her parents (who were part of some strange cult) telepathically.
** Another aptly named episode, "The Silence," invokes this trope. Jamie Tennyson, an incessant chatterbox in a gentleman's club, drives the wealthy Colonel Taylor crazy with his prattle. The colonel suggests a wager: if Tennyson can stay silent for an entire year (during which time he'll be monitored non-stop), he'll win $500,000 (no small change in the 2010s, but an even bigger sum in the 1960s). Tennyson takes the bet and stays silent throughout the year, despite other club members and even Colonel Taylor asking him to call it off. Finally, exactly twelve months have passed--at which point Taylor confesses that he lost his fortune years ago, so he can't possibly pay; he never expected Tennyson to actually pull it off. Then comes the CruelTwistEnding: Tennyson didn't expect himself to do it, either...so he ''cut his vocal cords'' to ensure that he would win. The episode concludes with Jamie dramatically removing his scarf, revealing a thick scar across his neck.



* Cambot from ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has only talked during the theme song's RobotRollCall.

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* Cambot ''Series/TopGear'': The Stig sort of qualifies, since he knows how to drive like hell, and use a credit card, but knows nothing about ducks. He also happens to be illegal in 17 states. He can also apparently use a word processor if the tell-all book is anything to go by.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
** The aptly named episode "Mute" centers around a girl unable to talk. Everybody initially believes it's because she's in shock after seeing her house burned down (with her parents), but later assume it's because she had never been taught how to speak. Really, she was trained to be psychic
from ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' has birth, and held all her conversations with her parents (who were part of some strange cult) telepathically.
** Another aptly named episode, "The Silence," invokes this trope. Jamie Tennyson, an incessant chatterbox in a gentleman's club, drives the wealthy Colonel Taylor crazy with his prattle. The colonel suggests a wager: if Tennyson can stay silent for an entire year (during which time he'll be monitored non-stop), he'll win $500,000 (no small change in the 2010s, but an even bigger sum in the 1960s). Tennyson takes the bet and stays silent throughout the year, despite other club members and even Colonel Taylor asking him to call it off. Finally, exactly twelve months have passed--at which point Taylor confesses that he lost his fortune years ago, so he can't possibly pay; he never expected Tennyson to actually pull it off. Then comes the CruelTwistEnding: Tennyson didn't expect himself to do it, either... so he ''cut his vocal cords'' to ensure that he would win. The episode concludes with Jamie dramatically removing his scarf, revealing a thick scar across his neck.
* The mysterious aliens from the 1970-1 TV series ''Series/{{UFO}}'' are never heard to speak, though they can apparently communicate with traitors and those [[{{Brainwashed}} under their control]]. In a late episode, the UFO pilots are revealed to be human abductees under the control of an unseen alien intelligence.
* In ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Humbug", the Conundrum (a geek, in the classical sense) doesn't speak at all [[spoiler: until the end: "Prob'ly something I ate."]].
* "Motormouth" Lisa gets this in an episode of ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' themed around letting the audience "vote" on the outcome of certain skits. After the audience "votes" for Lisa to lose her voice, she is unable to speak and can communicate
only talked during by writing notes. It ends when the theme song's RobotRollCall.kids realize that Lisa is to introduce the commercials - which she is unable to do if she can't talk - and that without commercials, no one gets paid.



* "Motormouth" Lisa gets this in an episode of ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'' themed around letting the audience "vote" on the outcome of certain skits. After the audience "votes" for Lisa to lose her voice, she is unable to speak and can communicate only by writing notes. It ends when the kids realize that Lisa is to introduce the commercials - which she is unable to do if she can't talk - and that without commercials, no one gets paid.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': Tali in "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S3E7TheCamp The Camp]]" and "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1995S4E21PromisedLand Promised Land]]", who is mute. She does manage to communicate her name by writing it though.



* There are some speechless characters on ''Series/SesameStreet''.

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* Molly from ''Series/TheBigComfyCouch''. Definitely fits this trope because she is a doll. She can, however, communicate through cartoon speech bubbles, as well as nod or shake her head to yes-no questions.
* There are some speechless characters on ''Series/SesameStreet''.''Series/SesameStreet'':



* Molly from ''Series/TheBigComfyCouch''. Definitely fits this trope because she is a doll. She can, however, communicate through cartoon speech bubbles, as well as nod or shake her head to yes-no questions.



** Ziz, a drone created by [[GadgeteerGenius Ivy]], is incapable of verbal speech, and instead communicates by projecting words onto any available surface.



* King Sextimus in ''Theatre/OnceUponAMattress'' cannot speak due to an ancient curse. He is highly capable in mime, which even allows him to participate in a few musical numbers. [[spoiler: Towards the end, the curse is broken and he regains his speech.]]

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* King Sextimus in ''Theatre/OnceUponAMattress'' cannot speak due to an ancient curse. He is highly capable in mime, which even allows him to participate in a few musical numbers. [[spoiler: Towards Susan the end, Silent in ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'', who communicated through interpretive dance.
* Gymnasia in ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. A Speechless hailing from an entire "Island of Silent Women", LoveInterest to
the curse is broken incompetent Pseudolus. However, being Gymnasia in many productions a tall, leatherclad amazon, busty and he regains his speech.]]with a definite dominatrix streak in her, muteness may not be their best, or more defining trait.



* Gymnasia in ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. A Speechless hailing from an entire "Island of Silent Women", LoveInterest to the incompetent Pseudolus. However, being Gymnasia in many productions a tall, leatherclad amazon, busty and with a definite dominatrix streak in her, muteness may not be their best, or more defining trait.



* Susan the Silent in ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'', who communicated through interpretive dance.

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* Susan King Sextimus in ''Theatre/OnceUponAMattress'' cannot speak due to an ancient curse. He is highly capable in mime, which even allows him to participate in a few musical numbers. [[spoiler: Towards the Silent in ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'', who communicated through interpretive dance.end, the curse is broken and he regains his speech.]]



* Neaki of ''VideoGame/AvalonCode'' can only make choking noises and gasps, due to the fact that the [[PowerLimiter magical shackle]] that binds her powers is clamped around her neck. After it's removed, she can speak normally.
* ''Videogame/BioShock2'':
** Subject Delta is incapable of speaking thanks to the operation that turned him into a Big Daddy.
** Due to the same operation, Subject Sigma from the Minerva's Den DLC is also a mute.
* The ''Black Titan'' from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'', [[ABoyAndHisX stalwart and reliable companion]] of Claudia, the resident CuteMute. Originally described as an animated soul of armor, crafted for Claudia's safety by her long dead parents, he's [[spoiler: revelead to be the corpse and the soul of a mute assassin, used for spare parts by Claudia's dad and seeking redemption by protecting his innocent ward. Also, being mute he came to empathize with Claudia's handicap, to the point of feeling inconditional love for her]].
* Alex from ''VideoGame/Code7'' is revealed to be this. They instead communicate with other characters by using lights, text on computer screens and similar.



* Ward in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is one of these after a throat injury. After that, he only says ".....", but Laguna and Kiros usually understand him anyway.

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* Christine in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Dead Money'' is mute due to having her vocal cords cut by a malfunctioning AutoDoc, and is also brain-damaged and unable to read or write. She regains her voice near the end of the DLC. We hear her ''actual'' voice, before the auto-doc repaired hers to sound like pre-War star Vera Keyes, in ''Old World Blues'' through a series of Holotapes.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''
**
Ward in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is one of these after a throat injury. After that, he only says ".....", but Laguna and Kiros usually understand him anyway.



* Jak in ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy'' was mute for the entire game[[note]]It's implied he can physically form words but is very meek about it: when introducing himself to the Red Sage he opens his mouth but Daxter cuts him off before the words can come out[[/note]]. His first instance of speech actually occurred at the beginning of the DarkerAndEdgier sequel and was a proclamation that he was going to kill someone. He spoke in full coherent sentences after that.
** [[spoiler: Jak's younger self never vocalizes either. A {{fanon}} theory is that he lost his ability to speak due to the trauma of being separated from his actual family; Jak's utter hatred for the Baron simply let him overcome this mental block]].
* The ''Black Titan'' from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'', [[ABoyAndHisX stalwart and reliable companion]] of Claudia, the resident CuteMute. Originally described as an animated soul of armor, crafted for Claudia's safety by her long dead parents, he's [[spoiler: revelead to be the corpse and the soul of a mute assassin, used for spare parts by Claudia's dad and seeking redemption by protecting his innocent ward. Also, being mute he came to empathize with Claudia's handicap, to the point of feeling inconditional love for her]].
* Chell from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' may be one. At the beginning of the second game, she responds to Wheatley's request to speak by jumping and [=GLaDOS=] refers to her as a mute. Also, while in the first game a non-fatal injury could result in Chell grunting in pain, Chell is completely silent in the second game. This may imply that while her silence in the first game was a result of her tenacity, her lack of speech in the second game may be a result of her extended stay in the [[HumanPopsicle Extended Relaxation Vault]].
** Or as hinted by her psych profile where she refused to answer any questions during her pre-testing interviews, she's in an extended sulk and refuses to dignify any of the [=AI=] with a response.
* Neaki of ''VideoGame/AvalonCode'' can only make choking noises and gasps, due to the fact that the [[PowerLimiter magical shackle]] that binds her powers is clamped around her neck. After it's removed, she can speak normally.
* Christine in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas: Dead Money'' is mute due to having her vocal cords cut by a malfunctioning AutoDoc, and is also brain-damaged and unable to read or write. She regains her voice near the end of the DLC. We hear her ''actual'' voice, before the auto-doc repaired hers to sound like pre-War star Vera Keyes, in ''Old World Blues'' through a series of Holotapes.
* Subject Delta from ''Videogame/BioShock2'' is incapable of speaking thanks to the operation that turned him into a Big Daddy.
** Due to the same operation, Subject Sigma from the Minerva's Den DLC is also a mute.
* In most games of the ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Legend of Zelda]]'' series Link is a standard HeroicMime. He does talk to other characters; the player just doesn't get to hear it. Not so in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', where it would seem that Link is actually mute: he's never shown to speak at all, and all of his "dialogue" is [[VoiceForTheVoiceless provided by]] his FairyCompanion [[MeaningfulName Proxi]].
* Although most midbosses in ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'' do not have dialogue, only Lily White [[MemeticMutation has become this]] in most fanworks, being either completely voiceless or only able to say "Haru desu yo!"[[note]]It's spring![[/note]]
* Alex from ''VideoGame/Code7'' is revealed to be this. They instead communicate with other characters by using lights, text on computer screens and similar.



* Jak in ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy'' was mute for the entire game[[note]]It's implied he can physically form words but is very meek about it: when introducing himself to the Red Sage he opens his mouth but Daxter cuts him off before the words can come out[[/note]]. His first instance of speech actually occurred at the beginning of the DarkerAndEdgier sequel and was a proclamation that he was going to kill someone. He spoke in full coherent sentences after that. [[spoiler:Jak's younger self never vocalizes either. A {{fanon}} theory is that he lost his ability to speak due to the trauma of being separated from his actual family; Jak's utter hatred for the Baron simply let him overcome this mental block]].
* In most games of the ''[[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Legend of Zelda]]'' series, Link is a standard HeroicMime. He does talk to other characters; the player just doesn't get to hear it. Not so in ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'', where it would seem that Link is actually mute: he's never shown to speak at all, and all of his "dialogue" is [[VoiceForTheVoiceless provided by]] his FairyCompanion [[MeaningfulName Proxi]].
* Chell from ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' may be one. At the beginning of the second game, she responds to Wheatley's request to speak by jumping and [=GLaDOS=] refers to her as a mute. Also, while in the first game a non-fatal injury could result in Chell grunting in pain, Chell is completely silent in the second game. This may imply that while her silence in the first game was a result of her tenacity, her lack of speech in the second game may be a result of her extended stay in the [[HumanPopsicle Extended Relaxation Vault]]. Or, as hinted by her psych profile where she refused to answer any questions during her pre-testing interviews, she's in an extended sulk and refuses to dignify any of the [=AI=] with a response.
* Although most midbosses in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' do not have dialogue, only Lily White [[MemeticMutation has become this]] in most fanworks, being either completely voiceless or only able to say "Haru desu yo!"[[note]]It's spring![[/note]]



* ''Franchise/FateSeries'':
** [[TheBerserker Berserker]][=/=][[Myth/GreekMythology Herakles]] in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' doesn't talk. He growls and roars a lot, though; and he ''could'' talk if he wasn't [[AxCrazy so crazed]]. [[spoiler:In fact he's quite talkative when you kill him]].
** This was originally suggested to be a trait common to all Berserker-class Servants, since their insanity has robbed them of their ability to speak. The Berserker of ''LightNovel/FateZero'' ([[spoiler:Sir Lancelot]]) also cannot speak and only vocalizes screams and growls. In ''VideoGame/FateExtra'', Lu Bu Fengxian likewise cannot speak. ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' did away with this convention, since a character who cannot speak is a very boring one to write for, and most of the Berserkers featured in it can speak, aside from those mentioned above.
** Avenger of Shinjuku does not speak at all which is justified as [[spoiler:it's the Headless Horseman who lacks a head to communicate verbally with and his partner is a wolf who has no means of speaking, magical or otherwise.]]



* ''Fate'' franchise:
** [[TheBerserker Berserker]][=/=][[Myth/GreekMythology Herakles]] in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' doesn't talk. He growls and roars a lot, though; and he ''could'' talk if he wasn't [[AxCrazy so crazed]]. [[spoiler:In fact he's quite talkative when you kill him]].
** This was originally suggested to be a trait common to all Berserker-class Servants, since their insanity has robbed them of their ability to speak. The Berserker of ''LightNovel/FateZero'' ([[spoiler:Sir Lancelot]]) also cannot speak and only vocalizes screams and growls. In ''VideoGame/FateExtra'', Lu Bu Fengxian likewise cannot speak. ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'' did away with this convention, since a character who cannot speak is a very boring one to write for, and most of the Berserkers featured in it can speak, aside from those mentioned above.
** Avenger of Shinjuku does not speak at all which is justified as [[spoiler:it's the Headless Horseman who lacks a head to communicate verbally with and his partner is a wolf who has no means of speaking, magical or otherwise.]]



* In Eric Schwartz's animations, ''WesternAnimation/FlipTheFrog'' (being based on a silent movie character) never speaks. That's doesn't matter though, because his girlfriend Clarisse has such acute hearing that she can ''hear'' him nod. '''[[FridgeLogic On the phone!]]'''
* Although he [[TheVoiceless rarely spoke before]] anyway, Maine of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' truly becomes The Speechless after being shot repeatedly in the throat. He can still make grunts and growls that others occasionally are able to interpret, but by and large he can only communicate by way of [[VoiceForTheVoiceless his AI, Sigma]].

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* In Eric Schwartz's animations, ''WesternAnimation/FlipTheFrog'' (being based on a silent movie character) never speaks. That's doesn't matter though, because his girlfriend Clarisse has such acute hearing that she can ''hear'' him nod. '''[[FridgeLogic ''[[FridgeLogic On the phone!]]'''
* Although he [[TheVoiceless rarely spoke before]] anyway, Maine of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' truly becomes The Speechless after being shot repeatedly in the throat. He can still make grunts and growls that others occasionally are able to interpret, but by and large he can only communicate by way of [[VoiceForTheVoiceless his AI, Sigma]].
phone!]]''



* Although he [[TheVoiceless rarely spoke before]] anyway, Maine of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' truly becomes The Speechless after being shot repeatedly in the throat. He can still make grunts and growls that others occasionally are able to interpret, but by and large he can only communicate by way of [[VoiceForTheVoiceless his AI, Sigma]].



* In the ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce'' Ren, father of Rita, Nikt and Rikter is a mute shaman who uses magic string to "talk" by the way of signs [[http://mildegard.ru/Gifts_of_wandering_ice/English/page68_eng.html like that.]]
* Melody from ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'' is deaf and communicates by sign language. It's recently been revealed that she can be EXTREMELY vocal when, ahem, "suitably aroused" and has also been known to make inarticulate sounds for emphasis in conversation.
* ''[[http://whatsshakincomic.com/ Coffinshaker]]'' from ''Webcomic/WhatsShakin'' and ''Webcomic/CoffinComics'' never speaks.
* The title character of ''Webcomic/LittleDee'' is pre-verbal and only utters nonsense syllables, such as "Eee" when excited and "Wah wah" when ''imitating'' speech. Dee does speak in Vachel's dream (where she's actually Napoleon's wife Josephine) and in [[BreakingTheFourthWall out-of-continuity]] strips where she's an actor playing herself.
* Punch from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is this. [[spoiler:Though no longer, thanks to Gil. In fact, now that he can speak his prose is ''quite'' wordy... and [[MotorMouth nonstop]]]].
* The Protagonist in ''Webcomic/Persona3FTW'' almost never has any spoken dialogue due to the fact that he was something of a HeroicMime in ''VideoGame/Persona3''.

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* In the ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce'' Ren, father of Rita, Nikt and Rikter is a mute shaman who uses magic string to "talk" by the way of signs [[http://mildegard.ru/Gifts_of_wandering_ice/English/page68_eng.html like that.]]
* Melody from ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'' is deaf and communicates by sign language. It's recently been revealed that she can be EXTREMELY vocal when, ahem, "suitably aroused" and
Bina in ''Webcomic/AllNightLaundry'' has also been known to make inarticulate sounds this for emphasis in conversation.
* ''[[http://whatsshakincomic.com/ Coffinshaker]]'' from ''Webcomic/WhatsShakin'' and ''Webcomic/CoffinComics'' never speaks.
* The title character of ''Webcomic/LittleDee'' is pre-verbal and only utters nonsense syllables, such as "Eee" when excited and "Wah wah" when ''imitating'' speech. Dee does speak in Vachel's dream (where she's actually Napoleon's wife Josephine) and in [[BreakingTheFourthWall out-of-continuity]] strips where she's an actor playing herself.
* Punch from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' is this. [[spoiler:Though no longer, thanks to Gil. In fact, now that he can speak his prose is ''quite'' wordy... and [[MotorMouth nonstop]]]].
* The Protagonist in ''Webcomic/Persona3FTW'' almost never has any spoken dialogue
awhile due to the fact that he was something of [[spoiler:trauma from a HeroicMime in ''VideoGame/Persona3''.seizure]].



* The Mutali in ''Webcomic/{{Fite}}'' cannot speak, but they can summon portals by howling.

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* The Mutali Claudia in ''Webcomic/{{Fite}}'' cannot speak, but they can summon portals by howling.''Webcomic/CrossedClaws'' is a mute mouse who helps out in the library. [[spoiler: Her silence is particularly an asset as it helps her keep the libraries deepest secrets out of the paws of those that wish to destroy the knowledge it holds.]]
* [[spoiler:Mutemaster]] is this in ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', highlighting how he is a {{foil}} to [[TotallyRadical Noisemaster.]]



* ''Webcomic/{{Strays}}'' Feral. With scars on his throat to prove it.
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', the Gelatinous Cube.
* In ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' the titular heroine (a [[CaptainErsatz pastiche]] of ComicBook/WonderWoman) sells her voice to an [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula rip-off]] for being granted her long awaited flight powers. After a brief stint as a SilentSnarker she gets her voice restored ([[http://nonadventures.com/2011/08/13/the-trill-is-gone/ and her newfound powers forcibly removed]]) because of her apparently awful singing voice.
* Carapacians in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' only seem to be able to speak in ways that show up in-comic when using a keyboard. [[spoiler:Fefetasprite]] has only been seen communicating through emoticons. Kurloz Makara is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. Though he can't speak though his mouth, [[MouthStitchedShut since it's sewn shut]], he can shout directly into peoples' minds.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Strays}}'' Feral. With scars on his throat to prove it.
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', the Gelatinous Cube.
* In ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' the titular heroine (a [[CaptainErsatz pastiche]] of ComicBook/WonderWoman) sells her voice to an [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula rip-off]] for being granted her long awaited flight powers. After a brief stint
''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd was so quiet as a SilentSnarker she gets her voice restored ([[http://nonadventures.com/2011/08/13/the-trill-is-gone/ and her newfound powers forcibly removed]]) because of her apparently awful singing voice.
* Carapacians in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' only seem to be able to speak in ways
young child that show up in-comic when using a keyboard. [[spoiler:Fefetasprite]] has only been seen communicating through emoticons. Kurloz Makara is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. Though he can't speak though his mouth, [[MouthStitchedShut since it's sewn shut]], cousin, Nanase, [[http://egscomics.com/comic/2013-08-27 thought he can shout directly into peoples' minds.was mute]].



* Bina in ''Webcomic/AllNightLaundry'' has this for awhile due to [[spoiler:trauma from a seizure]].
* Claudia in ''Webcomic/CrossedClaws'' is a mute mouse who helps out in the library. [[spoiler: Her silence is particularly an asset as it helps her keep the libraries deepest secrets out of the paws of those that wish to destroy the knowledge it holds.]]

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* Bina The Mutali in ''Webcomic/AllNightLaundry'' has this for awhile due to [[spoiler:trauma from a seizure]].
''Webcomic/{{Fite}}'' cannot speak, but they can summon portals by howling.
* Claudia in ''Webcomic/CrossedClaws'' In the ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce'' Ren, father of Rita, Nikt and Rikter is a mute mouse shaman who helps out in uses magic string to "talk" by the library. [[spoiler: Her silence way of signs [[http://mildegard.ru/Gifts_of_wandering_ice/English/page68_eng.html like that.]]
* Punch from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''
is particularly an asset as it helps her keep the libraries deepest secrets out of the paws of those this. [[spoiler:Though no longer, thanks to Gil. In fact, now that wish he can speak his prose is ''quite'' wordy... and [[MotorMouth nonstop]]]].
* Melody from ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'' is deaf and communicates by sign language. It's recently been revealed that she can be EXTREMELY vocal when, ahem, "suitably aroused" and has also been known
to destroy the knowledge it holds.]]make inarticulate sounds for emphasis in conversation.
* Carapacians in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' only seem to be able to speak in ways that show up in-comic when using a keyboard. [[spoiler:Fefetasprite]] has only been seen communicating through emoticons. Kurloz Makara is a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. Though he can't speak though his mouth, [[MouthStitchedShut since it's sewn shut]], he can shout directly into peoples' minds.



* [[spoiler:Mutemaster]] is this in ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', hilighting how he is a {{foil}} to [[TotallyRadical Noisemaster.]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd was so quiet as a young child that his cousin, Nanase, [[http://egscomics.com/comic/2013-08-27 thought he was mute]].

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* [[spoiler:Mutemaster]] The title character of ''Webcomic/LittleDee'' is this pre-verbal and only utters nonsense syllables, such as "Eee" when excited and "Wah wah" when ''imitating'' speech. Dee does speak in ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', hilighting how he is a {{foil}} to [[TotallyRadical Noisemaster.]]
Vachel's dream (where she's actually Napoleon's wife Josephine) and in [[BreakingTheFourthWall out-of-continuity]] strips where she's an actor playing herself.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Tedd was so quiet ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' the titular heroine (a [[CaptainErsatz pastiche]] of ComicBook/WonderWoman) sells her voice to an [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula rip-off]] for being granted her long awaited flight powers. After a brief stint as a young child SilentSnarker she gets her voice restored ([[http://nonadventures.com/2011/08/13/the-trill-is-gone/ and her newfound powers forcibly removed]]) because of her apparently awful singing voice.
* The Protagonist in ''Webcomic/Persona3FTW'' almost never has any spoken dialogue due to the fact
that his cousin, Nanase, [[http://egscomics.com/comic/2013-08-27 thought he was mute]].something of a HeroicMime in ''VideoGame/Persona3''.
* In ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'', the Gelatinous Cube.
* ''Webcomic/{{Strays}}'' Feral. With scars on his throat to prove it.
* ''[[http://whatsshakincomic.com/ Coffinshaker]]'' from ''Webcomic/WhatsShakin'' and ''Webcomic/CoffinComics'' never speaks.



* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': a number of mutants lose their ability to speak when they manifest, either because of PowerIncontinence (similar to the Marvel Comics character Black Bolt, listed above), or changes in their body structure. Most of them do learn to communicate through sign language, however.

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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': a A number of mutants lose their ability to speak when they manifest, either because of PowerIncontinence (similar to the Marvel Comics character Black Bolt, listed above), or changes in their body structure. Most of them do learn to communicate through sign language, however.



* Maurice the purple gorilla from ''WesternAnimation/{{Marsupilami}}'' (the Disney series) does not speak, he only grunts.

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* Maurice the purple gorilla William from ''WesternAnimation/{{Marsupilami}}'' (the Disney series) does ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' can't speak because he's just an eyeball with wings. However, he was not speak, he only grunts.initially aware of this, and thought people were just ignoring him.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has Combustion Man, who communicates only through grunts.
* Creator/ChuckJones did a few cartoons featuring Porky Pig and his pet cat Sylvester encountering scary menacing phenomena, which only the latter is aware of--but his most prominent trait, his big slobbery voice, is absent here and he can only attempt to describe the dangers in ineffectual pantomime to his blithely oblivious master.
* Yankee Doodle Pigeon from ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'''s mute butler Ingmar. "[[CatchPhrase He's mute, ya know!]]"
* Claw of the Mutates from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' was stated to be so traumatized from the mutation that he became mute. He communicates through gestures and crude sign language, and it's not clearly known if he's literate or not.



* Claw of the Mutates from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''.
* Torpid of the Morlocks from ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''.

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* Claw of the Mutates Piff, a minor character from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''.
* Torpid
''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', who first shows up almost completely emotionless, never uttering a single word. Mandy develops a crush on him and is embarrassed about it; after several attempts to get over him fail, Grim gives her a makeover, causing Piff to fall in love with her and speak his only line of dialogue: "Could you go to the Morlocks from ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''.dance with me? Please?". Upon hearing his high pitched voice Mandy gets over him [[ComedicSociopathy and beats him up.]]



* William from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' can't speak because he's just an eyeball with wings. However, he was not initially aware of this, and thought people were just ignoring him.

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* William from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' can't speak because ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': The [[spoiler: GrimReaper]], who the main four meet in Episode 92. Stumpy keeps trying to get him to talk, but he doesn't say anything.
* In the cult [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] preschool show ''WesternAnimation/{{Kerwhizz}}'' the three teams each consist of a kid and his/her android pet. Pip, the android dog, is constantly frustrated by the fact that although
he's just an eyeball with wings. However, smarter than his girl partner Ninki he was not initially aware of this, can only bark and thought people growl, which means she often fails to realise when he gets the answer right, and shouts out the wrong answer instead. Ninki got her comeuppance in one episode where their voices were just ignoring him.temporarily swapped. This caused Pip to launch into a long speech about how his talents would at last be recognised, while Ninki could only howl in despair.
* The fan named Playboy Penguin from two ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts is one of these, at the end of his first appearance after Bugs Bunny decides to leave he whispers something to him and he finds out that they have longer days in Antarctica.
* Maurice the purple gorilla from ''WesternAnimation/{{Marsupilami}}'' (the Disney series) does not speak, he only grunts.
* ''WesternAnimation/MooseAndZee'': Moose A. Moose's best friend Zee doesn't speak. Zee communicates to Moose through SqueakyEyes.



* Sunspot from ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' can't talk, so he used sound effects to communicate.



* [[MeaningfulName Laconia]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' is a mute wood elf. She actually makes use of sign language.
* Every character in ''WesternAnimation/StoppitAndTidyup'' is only capable of making various noises, unless you count the show's narrator as a character.



* ''WesternAnimation/MooseAndZee'': Moose A. Moose's best friend Zee doesn't speak. Zee communicates to Moose through SqueakyEyes.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has Combustion Man, who communicates only through grunts.
* The fan named Playboy Penguin from two ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts is one of these, at the end of his first appearance after Bugs Bunny decides to leave he whispers something to him and he finds out that they have longer days in Antarctica.
* Creator/ChuckJones did a few cartoons featuring Porky Pig and his pet cat Sylvester encountering scary menacing phenomena, which only the latter is aware of--but his most prominent trait, his big slobbery voice, is absent here and he can only attempt to describe the dangers in ineffectual pantomime to his blithely oblivious master.
* In the cult [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] preschool show ''WesternAnimation/{{Kerwhizz}}'' the three teams each consist of a kid and his/her android pet. Pip, the android dog, is constantly frustrated by the fact that although he's smarter than his girl partner Ninki he can only bark and growl, which means she often fails to realise when he gets the answer right, and shouts out the wrong answer instead. Ninki got her comeuppance in one episode where their voices were temporarily swapped. This caused Pip to launch into a long speech about how his talents would at last be recognised, while Ninki could only howl in despair.
* Piff, a minor character from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', who first shows up almost completely emotionless, never uttering a single word. Mandy develops a crush on him and is embarrassed about it; after several attempts to get over him fail, Grim gives her a makeover, causing Piff to fall in love with her and speak his only line of dialogue: "Could you go to the dance with me? Please?". Upon hearing his high pitched voice Mandy gets over him [[ComedicSociopathy and beats him up.]]
* [[MeaningfulName Laconia]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' is a mute wood elf. She actually makes use of sign language.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'''s mute butler Ingmar. "[[CatchPhrase He's mute, ya know!]]"
* Yankee Doodle Pigeon from ''WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines''.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': the mutant character "Claw" was stated to be so traumatized from the mutation, that he became mute. He communicates through gestures and crude sign language, and it's not clearly known if he's literate or not.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': The [[spoiler: GrimReaper]], who the main four meet in Episode 92. Stumpy keeps trying to get him to talk, but he doesn't say anything.
* Every character in ''WesternAnimation/StoppitAndTidyup'' is only capable of making various noises, unless you count the show's narrator as a character.
* Sunspot from ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' can't talk, so he used sound effects to communicate.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': Torpid of the mutant character "Claw" was stated to be so traumatized Morlocks from the mutation, that he became mute. He communicates through gestures and crude sign language, and it's not clearly known if he's literate or not.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': The [[spoiler: GrimReaper]], who the main four meet in Episode 92. Stumpy keeps trying to get him to talk, but he doesn't say anything.
* Every character in ''WesternAnimation/StoppitAndTidyup'' is only capable of making various noises, unless you count the show's narrator as a character.
* Sunspot from ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' can't talk, so he used sound effects to communicate.
''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''.


They are intelligent; they do show signs of sapience to us, the viewers -- just not to the other characters. They may be able to vocalize onscreen, but it won't be in a known language -- probably just the occasional sigh, gasp, or other such non-speech sounds -- and none of the other characters will be able to interpret what they say. They will be able to gesture, but this may or may not convey any meaning to the other characters; they may play [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charades charades]] with them to figure out what they have to say. In extremes, may lapse into TalkingWithSigns -- but only we the viewers get to see the signs.

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They are intelligent; they do show signs of sapience sapience -- at least to us, the viewers -- just viewers, if not to the other characters. They may be able to vocalize onscreen, but it won't be in a known language -- probably just the occasional sigh, gasp, or other such non-speech sounds -- and none of the other characters will be able to interpret what they say. They will be able to gesture, but this may or may not convey any meaning to the other characters; they may play [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charades charades]] with them to figure out what they have to say. In extremes, may lapse into TalkingWithSigns -- but only we the viewers get to see the signs.


* Neo from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has never spoken a word ever since her debut. It tends to make her menacing.

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* Neo from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has never spoken a word ever since her debut.debut, and is implied to be mute. It tends to make her menacing.


* In ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' the titular heroine (a [[CaptainErsatz pastiche]] of WonderWoman) sells her voice to an [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula rip-off]] for being granted her long awaited flight powers. After a brief stint as a SilentSnarker she gets her voice restored ([[http://nonadventures.com/2011/08/13/the-trill-is-gone/ and her newfound powers forcibly removed]]) because of her apparently awful singing voice.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' the titular heroine (a [[CaptainErsatz pastiche]] of WonderWoman) ComicBook/WonderWoman) sells her voice to an [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula rip-off]] for being granted her long awaited flight powers. After a brief stint as a SilentSnarker she gets her voice restored ([[http://nonadventures.com/2011/08/13/the-trill-is-gone/ and her newfound powers forcibly removed]]) because of her apparently awful singing voice.


* [[ThoseWackyNazis Kroenen]] from the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' movie, due to [[spoiler: cutting off his own lips, among other things.]] He ''can'' talk in the original comic.

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* [[ThoseWackyNazis Kroenen]] from the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' movie, ''Film/Hellboy2004'', due to [[spoiler: cutting off his own lips, among other things.]] He ''can'' talk in the original comic.


* Isora from ''Manga/ArataKangatari'' cannot speak at all, due to [[spoiler: having his tongue ripped out while he was being prosecuted as a witch,]] but can communicate with others (usually Kikutsune) with his mind.

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* Isora from ''Manga/ArataKangatari'' ''Manga/ArataTheLegend'' cannot speak at all, due to [[spoiler: having his tongue ripped out while he was being prosecuted as a witch,]] but can communicate with others (usually Kikutsune) with his mind.


* ''Fanfic/ConcerningADrifter:

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* ''Film/AMonsterInParis'':

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', Vinyl Scratch never speaks at all, despite having a role as a secondary character. (before that, she was a popular background pony, but never really expected to talk.) What really pushes her into this is, in the prequel novel, she communicates to people next to her via text messaging, hinting that she might be completely mute.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', Vinyl Scratch never speaks at all, despite having a role as a secondary character. (before Before that, she was a popular background pony, but never really expected to talk.) talk. What really pushes her into this is, in the prequel novel, she communicates to people next to her via text messaging, hinting that she might be completely mute.



* Film/JamesBond examples:

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* Gymnasia in ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOntheWayToTheForum''. See ''theater'' for her theatrical counterpart. In the movie version, instead, she gets her fetish tendencies toned down, but she's still a towering blonde AmazonianBeauty expressing herself in made-up language (resembling just a funny barrage of unrelated charades) who Pseudolous only can understand. When Pseudolous reveal that Gymnasia's gestures meant something, the others show genuine surprise, believing her to be just TheUnintelligible.

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* Gymnasia in ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOntheWayToTheForum''.''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''. See ''theater'' for her theatrical counterpart. In the movie version, instead, she gets her fetish tendencies toned down, but she's still a towering blonde AmazonianBeauty expressing herself in made-up language (resembling just a funny barrage of unrelated charades) who Pseudolous only can understand. When Pseudolous reveal that Gymnasia's gestures meant something, the others show genuine surprise, believing her to be just TheUnintelligible.



* Michael, narrator and protagonist of The Lock Artist, has been silent since the age of 8 because of psychological trauma.

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* Michael, narrator and protagonist of The ''The Lock Artist, Artist'', has been silent since the age of 8 because of psychological trauma.



* The dragon breeder Sarkkhan in the Literature/PitDragonChronicles sought to breed a mute fighting dragon, seeing their inability to roar as a potential advantage [[BeastlyBloodsport in the pits.]] [[spoiler:He succeeds with Heart's Blood.]]

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* The dragon breeder Sarkkhan in the Literature/PitDragonChronicles ''Literature/PitDragonChronicles'' sought to breed a mute fighting dragon, seeing their inability to roar as a potential advantage [[BeastlyBloodsport [[BloodSport in the pits.]] [[spoiler:He succeeds with Heart's Blood.]]



* ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'':
** Ivan has a genetic condition that interferes with the neurons in the speech-producing area of his brain, making speech difficult for him. He compensates by either TalkingWithSigns or using ASL.
** Jessica is capable of using her CompellingVoice to command others to temporarily shut up, which she does to Michal when he annoys her and the school nurse after she's inflicted with severe burns and is rather justifiably screaming about it. Zia's {{telepathy}} allows her a peek into Michal's mind during this time, which reveals that he ''wants'' to speak, but finds himself physically unable to.
** Katheryn's power transformed her into [[BlobMonster a sentient mass of ink]]. As she no longer has vocal chords, she can't speak, and instead communicates by forming her ink into words.



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* Most of the cast of Adam Phillips' ''WesternAnimation/{{Brackenwood}}''; only one, the Auld Sage, has ever actually spoken. Besides him, there's only three likely candidates we've been introduced to who even have the capacity: Bingbong, in whom nature compensated his great physical strength with the IQ of a pigeon, Lemonee Wee, who hasn't really had a lot of screen time (but may be the unidentified narrator of "Last of the Dashkin"), and Bitey, who Phillips assures us can talk, but doesn't because he spends most of his time around animals who can't talk back, and thus doesn't see the point.

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* Most of the cast of Adam Phillips' ''WesternAnimation/{{Brackenwood}}''; ''WebAnimation/{{Brackenwood}}''; only one, the Auld Sage, has ever actually spoken. Besides him, there's only three likely candidates we've been introduced to who even have the capacity: Bingbong, in whom nature compensated his great physical strength with the IQ of a pigeon, Lemonee Wee, who hasn't really had a lot of screen time (but may be the unidentified narrator of "Last of the Dashkin"), and Bitey, who Phillips assures us can talk, but doesn't because he spends most of his time around animals who can't talk back, and thus doesn't see the point.



* Although he [[TheVoiceless rarely spoke before]] anyway, Maine of Machinima/RedVsBlue truly becomes The Speechless after being shot repeatedly in the throat. He can still make grunts and growls that others occasionally are able to interpret, but by and large he can only communicate by way of [[VoiceForTheVoiceless his AI, Sigma]].

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* Although he [[TheVoiceless rarely spoke before]] anyway, Maine of Machinima/RedVsBlue ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' truly becomes The Speechless after being shot repeatedly in the throat. He can still make grunts and growls that others occasionally are able to interpret, but by and large he can only communicate by way of [[VoiceForTheVoiceless his AI, Sigma]].



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* The Protagonist in ''Webcomic/Persona3FTW'' almost never has any spoken dialogue due to the fact that he was something of a HeroicMime in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''.

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* The Protagonist in ''Webcomic/Persona3FTW'' almost never has any spoken dialogue due to the fact that he was something of a HeroicMime in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''.''VideoGame/Persona3''.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has we have Combustion Man, who communicates only through grunts.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has we have Combustion Man, who communicates only through grunts.


* Carl in Film/BlackZoo''. In a flashback at the end of the movie, it is revealed that he has been mute ever since he saw his mother mauled to death by a lion on the orders of his father.

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* Carl in Film/BlackZoo''. ''Film/BlackZoo''. In a flashback at the end of the movie, it is revealed that he has been mute ever since he saw his mother mauled to death by a lion on the orders of his father.father.
* The title character of ''Film/ShandraTheJungleGirl'' never speaks. A NubileSavage from the jungles of South America, she certainly does not speak English, and it seems likely that she does not know any human languages.

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