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* Very common in ''Series/TheSociety'' due to main character Sam being deaf. He uses ASL and a majority of his friends and family have learned at least the basics to ease communication. His best friend Becca is fluent and acts as his unofficial interpreter. Grizz is also learning, though initially he tries British Sign Language because he doesn't realize it's a different language.

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* ''Fanfic/InASkyOfAMillionStars'': Izuku learns JSL to compensate for his speech impediment while he's still recovering from his suicide attempt. Katsuki learns it alongside him as well, and later Toshinori learns it from him as a bonding activity. [[spoiler:It's through this that Izuku figures out Toshinori is All Might]]. Present Mic also knows JSL (and ASL), which is why he becomes Izuku's homeroom teacher when Izuku finally enters U.A. as a student.



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* ''Film/FourWeddingsAndAFuneral'': Charlie and David speak in sign language, as David's deaf. It comes in handy for them to insult people or compliment women's breasts without them knowing.


* The 1957 film ''Man of a Thousand Faces,'' about Creator/LonChaney (played by Creator/JamesCagney), has a lot of sign language, used by Chaney and his deaf parents, later by Chaney's second wife and his son. There's a scene where Celia Lovsky (yes [[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime that Celia Lovsky]]) as Emma Chaney confronts Lon about his first wife's bad reaction to learning his parents were deaf. It's all in unsubtitled sign language; the essence of what they're saying is unmistakable.
--> '''Emma.''' You didn't tell her your parents were deaf?
--> '''Lon.''' I thought she would understand.
--> '''Emma.''' You don't understand your responsibility.
--> ''Lon turns away, not wanting to hear anymore. Emma grabs his chin and makes him look at her.''
--> '''Emma.''' Go upstairs and talk to her.



* The Clan in the ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' communicate primarily by sign language and BodyLanguage, using vocal noises only for names (based on a [[ScienceMarchesOn now-disproved]] theory that Neandertals had less-capable vocal cords than do ''Homo sapiens'' and could not have supported a fully-verbal language). Visual miscommunication is PlayedForDrama several times in ''Clan of the Cave Bear'', with TheResenter always turning away before someone compliments him.

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* The Clan in the ''Literature/EarthsChildren'' communicate primarily by sign language and BodyLanguage, using vocal noises only for names (based on a [[ScienceMarchesOn now-disproved]] theory that Neandertals lacked a hyoid bone and/or had less-capable vocal cords than do ''Homo sapiens'' and so could not have supported a fully-verbal language).language. Hyoid bones have since been found in Neanderthal remains). Visual miscommunication is PlayedForDrama several times in ''Clan of the Cave Bear'', with TheResenter always turning away before someone compliments him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheDragonPrince'': Ezran and Callum's aunt, Amaya is deaf and communicates through sign, while her lieutenant Gren interprets for her.


* The crypt workers in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'''s People's Palace. Darken Rahl ''had their tongues cut out so they wouldn't speak ill of his father'', so they developed one of these. Only their boss understands them at all, and poorly at that. He still has his tongue, primarily for this reason. Cara begins to follow what they mean after a length "conversation". When they get their tongues magically restored, they never stop talking. It has less UnfortunateImplications than one might imagine, because these people were all mute against their will, and had no support structure like actual deaf and mute communities, so they would be less inclined to stay mute.

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* The crypt workers in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'''s People's Palace. Darken Rahl ''had their tongues cut out so they wouldn't speak ill of his father'', so they developed one of these. Only their boss understands them at all, and poorly at that. He still has his tongue, primarily for this reason. Cara begins to follow what they mean after a length lengthy "conversation". When they get their tongues magically restored, they never stop talking. It has less UnfortunateImplications than one might imagine, because these people were all mute against their will, and had no support structure like actual deaf and mute communities, so they would be less inclined to stay mute.



* In the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' mythos, [[www.scp-wiki.net/scp-085 SCP-085]], "Hand-Drawn Cassy", is effectively mute due to being an albeit animate drawing. The only other way she can communicate is through SpeechBubbles in comic book mediums.

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* In the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' mythos, [[www.[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-085 SCP-085]], "Hand-Drawn Cassy", is effectively mute due to being an albeit animate drawing. The only other way she can communicate is through SpeechBubbles in comic book mediums.

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* In the "Return of the Fighting 69th" episode of ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'', Buck encounters a young deaf girl named Alicia, being held as a slave on an asteroid by space pirates. Showing a previously unknown ability to use ASL, Buck communicates with her to help with his and Wilma's escape after they're captured.


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** Some surface Elves in ForgottenRealms, according to ''Return of the Archwizards'', have "finger talk". As opposed to at least part-"hieroglyphical" Drow signs, it's alphabetical language and at least to some degree useable with human hands.

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** Some surface Elves in ForgottenRealms, ''Forgotten Realms'', according to ''Return of the Archwizards'', have "finger talk". As opposed to at least part-"hieroglyphical" Drow signs, it's alphabetical language and at least to some degree useable with human hands.


* And for People who understand BSL, the video for Faithless' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02BUCVBHSKw God is a DJ]] is pretty much sung and signed by Maxi Jazz. Only one small part with an argument being signed is not a direct translation.

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* And for People who understand BSL, the video for Faithless' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02BUCVBHSKw com/watch?v=bhSB8EEnCAM God is a DJ]] is pretty much sung and signed by Maxi Jazz. Only one small part with an argument being signed is not a direct translation.


* In the ''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'', Tuck is fluent in ASL because he had communication problems when he was a child, so his family and Mike learned it as well. This becomes very handy to secretly talk in plain sight without listeners and to befriend a deaf girl in ''Seasons''.

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* In the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' mythos, [[www.scp-wiki.net/scp-085 SCP-085]], "Hand-Drawn Cassy", is effectively mute due to being an albeit animate drawing. The only other way she can communicate is through SpeechBubbles in comic book mediums.
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''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'', Tuck is fluent in ASL because he had communication problems when he was a child, so his family and Mike learned it as well. This becomes very handy to secretly talk in plain sight without listeners and to befriend a deaf girl in ''Seasons''.

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* The protagonist of ''Film/BabyDriver'' has a deaf foster father and, besides a few token spoken words, communicates with him via sign language. The actor who plays the foster father, C.J. Jones, [[CastTheExpert is deaf in real life]] and Creator/AnselElgort, who plays the titular Baby, genuinely learned sign language to communicate with him.


** The Drow hand code in R.A. Salvatore's novels (the ones with Drizzt Do'Urden). Drow elves are all taught a language composed entirely of hand signals. Any two Drow can communicate in this way in complete silence as long as they can see one another. And in complete darkness, because of their infravision.

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** The Drow hand code in R.A. Salvatore's Creator/RASalvatore's novels (the ones with Drizzt Do'Urden). Drow elves are all taught a language composed entirely of hand signals. Any two Drow can communicate in this way in complete silence as long as they can see one another. And in complete darkness, because of their infravision.

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* ''Film/TheSilentChild'': A social worker starts teaching a deaf child how to sign, but runs into resistance from the child's self-centered mother.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'': Laconia the wood elf is deaf and communicates in signed language.


* ''Film/TheShapeOfWater'': Elisa is mute, and thus uses real-life American SignLanguage to communicate. She also teaches the fish person how to sign, since he can't physically talk either.

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* ''Film/TheShapeOfWater'': Elisa is mute, and thus uses real-life American SignLanguage Sign Language to communicate. She also teaches the fish person how to sign, since he can't physically talk either.

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