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Energetic and Soft-Spoken Duo

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Nora: Waaake up, lazy butt! It's morning! It's morning, it's morning, it's morning! I can't believe we've been at Beacon for a full 24 hours! Not that I thought we'd get kicked out, or anything, you're the perfect student, and I'm, well, I'm me! But it's just crazy, you know? We've been friends for soooo long! What are the odds that we'd still be together? Well, not, together-together. Not that I'm saying you're not handsome, you are handsome, but that'd just be weird. Right? Right. What was I thinking? But still, I hope we end up on the same team together. Ooh! We should come up with some sort of plan, to make sure we end up on the same team together! What if we bribe the headmaster? No, that won't work, he has the school. I know! We'll have some sort of signal. Like a distress signal, or secret signal so we can find each other in the forest. Can you imitate a sloth?
Ren: Nora?
Nora: Yes, Ren?
Ren: I don't think sloths make a lot of noise.

A character's speech patterns, especially how much and how loud they speak, are often the most apparent indicator of their personality. This trope is by pairing two ends of this spectrum into a duo.

A common variation of Red Oni, Blue Oni, the Energetic and Soft-Spoken Duo is a duo consisting a character who is loud, talkative, and/or with tons of energy as the "Red" and a soft-spoken and reserved, but not necessarily shy, character as the "Blue".

Like in Red Oni, Blue Oni, the energetic partner is often the character who gives the impetus to act and the energy to move forward, while the soft-spoken partner is usually more introspective and savvy, and acts as the energetic partner's level-headed counterweight.

Compare to Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl for the gendered version of this, Ham and Deadpan Duo for when a loud character is paired up with The Stoic, and Uptight Loves Wild for a conservative, often boring character and an energetic character. May overlap with Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling in the case of siblings.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Mira and Ao, the main duo of Asteroid in Love, follow this dynamic. Mira is a Genki Girl with No Indoor Voice who has endless enthusiasm for just about everything, while Ao is a more intellectual person who is uncomfortable speaking to others, except Mira.
  • Ayakashi Triangle: Yayo and Lu are usually shown together, the former being loud and very expressive, while the latter talks quietly and hardly emotes at all. Despite contrasting temperaments, their actions and trains of thought tend to be highly synchronized.
  • In Black Clover, Nero is the aloof, calm Soft-Spoken to Asta's boisterous, cheerful Energetic. Despite their differences in temperament, Nero is very loyal to Asta after spending time with him throughout his journey, helping as a dutiful companion.
  • In Don't Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro, Takao is energetic, and Hino is soft-spoken.
  • Durarara!!: Deliberately invoked by Mairu and Kururi Orihara. They literally flipped a coin to decide which one would be which. In this case, Mairu the Genki Girl and an absolute chatterbox, while Kururi is laconic and typically inexpressive. They behave the opposite on the chatroom, though.
  • Excel Saga: Excel is a hyperactive Genki Girl with no concept of subtlety whatsoever. Her partner Hyatt is a quiet, polite Ill Girl with a bad habit of randomly dying then coming back to life.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: America and Canada, twin brothers, qualify. America is boisterous, energetic and loud, while Canada is timid, shy and quiet to the point where most of the others can't see him or remember his name most of the time except for rare occasions where they mistake him for America. The only time we see Canada raise his voice is a three hour rant about his brother.
  • The main duo in Laid-Back Camp. Nadeshiko is a very excitable Genki Girl who often shouts, while Rin is a loner who is mostly dry and laconic.
  • Lupin III: While Lupin can at times be a merry chatterbox, Goemon is much more quiet and reserved.
  • My Hero Academia: Tamaki has this relationship when paired with Mirio, Nejire, Kirishima, or Fatgum. It might be easier to show who he doesn't have this dynamic with.
  • The two main females in My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU are Yukino Yukinoshita, an Aloof Dark-Haired Ice Queen with a Brutal Honesty, and Yui Yukinoshita, a Rose-Haired Genki Girl. Both meet in the Service Club and since then they become good friends and eventually rivals for Hachiman's heart.
  • Naruto:
    • The main Official Couple consists of the loud, Idiot Hero Naruto and the Shrinking Violet Hinata. By adulthood (as shown in the sequel Boruto and to an extent The Last: Naruto the Movie) Naruto has matured into a less energetic man than he was originally while Hinata has traded her awkward shyness for simple, quiet level-headedness, however they still fit to a degree.
    • Sasuke and Sakura are this combined with Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl. Sakura is energetic and spunky while Sasuke is stoic and quiet. Sakura has had a crush on Sasuke since before the series began. The two end up Happily Married.
    • Future couple Ino and Sai are another wholesome partnership. Ino was (and still to a degree) a passionate young woman, with a sensitive nature. While introspective, Sai who had trouble with social methods managed to win her heart, through what he believes is kindness.
  • Overlord: Aura is brash, confident and tomboyish, while Mare is shy, insecure and dresses like a girl.
  • The Kashiwagi twins in Pani Poni Dash!. Yuma is energetic and outgoing, in contrast to the introverted and reserved Yuna.
  • Very common in the Pretty Cure franchise:
  • "Beast Princess" Seness and her second-in-command Eirotte from Scrapped Princess. Seness is a rude, violent, and headstrong fighter, while Eirotte is her soft-spoken but strong-willed Girl Friday.
  • The main duo in Shadows House: Emilico is loud and excitable, in contrast to Kate who is more reserved and talks quietly most of the time.
  • In Slow Loop, whereas Hiyori is quiet and reserved, Koharu is positively brimming with energy.
  • Sword Art Online: The Integrity Knights duo, Fizel comes off as more tomboyish and excitable, while Linel appears more soft-spoken and calm.
  • Tweeny Witches: Arusu and Lennon are a pair of "mirrors" in the latter's words, but they're actually half-siblings. The former is a boisterous Genki Girl, while the latter is a quiet, reserved person.

    Comic Books 
  • Quiet Raven and spunky Beast Boy started out platonically in the 1980s Teen Titans comics. In the early 2000s, they were given a Relationship Upgrade and have stayed on-and-off love interests ever since.
  • The third Runaways series pairs Motor Mouth Molly with Shrinking Violet Klara.
  • The other speedster that hyperactive Motor Mouth Impulse is closest to is and is most likely to show up at a crisis alongside is Max Mercury, who is the most zen of the speesters. The Flash points out that the entire reason Max was saddled with Imp is because he's the only speedster the Flash family thought could live with and teach Imp without kicking him out.

    Fan Works 
  • Do You Believe in Fairies?:
    • Deconstructed, along with Loving Bully. In canon, Shrinking Violet Candace is paired with the campy Julius, but the story adds a dose of Surprisingly Realistic Outcome and explores their relationship more. They're not actually good for one another. Julius doesn't mean to be rude, but he's still a jerk who invades Candace's personal space and critiques her. Julius' traumatic behavior as children led to Candace becoming cripplingly shy and gaining a Speech Impediment.
    • Played straight with Candace and Luke, the resident Hot-Blooded Genki Boy. Luke may be loud but he has a gentle nature which mixes well with Candace's shy and sweet personality.
  • Shino and his girlfriend Fu fit into this dynamic perfectly in Son of the Sannin. He's just as quiet as his canon counterpart, while she is pretty much incapable of shutting up. After meeting his Motor Mouth Genjutsu World counterpart during her jinchuriki training, she complains how it throws off their whole dynamic.
  • Infinity Train: Knight of the Orange Lily has Specter with his lightning bolt denizen partner Easter. Easter, befitting a lightning bolt, is an energetic ball of exciteness. Specter is...Specter and thus stoic, aloof and rarely raises his voice.

    Films — Animation 
  • Cats Don't Dance has a villainous pair: The Prima Donna Darla Dimple does most of the talking, since maintaining her facade as "lover of children and animals" requires being the keet under scrutiny. Max is Darla's Mighty Glacier manservant, who rarely says more than, "Yes, Miss Dimple." Together, everyone at Mammoth Studios walks on eggshells around this Alpha Bitch and her bone-crunching enforcer.

    Files — Live-Action 
  • In Nope, Em is an energetic, charismatic, talkative woman who aspires to fame while OJ is a quiet, collected, somewhat socially awkward man who wants to keep running the family ranch.


    Live-Action TV 
  • Downplayed for the titular characters in Laverne & Shirley. Laverne is very loud and Shirley is normally pretty demure, although she's still energetic and can be quite a drama queen.
  • Gomez and Morticia Addams, in all their incarnations. Gomez is outgoing, expressive, and energetic, while Morticia is quiet, aloof, and reserved.
  • Biff and Sully on Sesame Street. Biff is loud and abrasive, preventing Sully from speaking at every opportunity.
  • The Scottish miniseries, Takin' Over the Asylum gives us the adorable, bouncy, hypomaniac, Campbell Bain and his very quiet, withdrawn schizophrenic best friend, Fergus McKinnon. Same is also true when Campbell is paired with the sad-sack alcoholic main protagonist, Eddie McKenna.

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    Western Animation 
  • Hanna-Barbera's series 2 Stupid Dogs are composed of the excitable but loopy Little Dog, who comes up with hare-brained ideas explained by Insane Troll Logic; and The Stoic but dim Big Dog, who goes along quietly with his companion's lunacy because he can't think of anything better to do.
  • Classic Disney Shorts: Demure and quiet Minnie Mouse happens to be best friends with the loud and bombastic Daisy Duck.
  • In Goof Troop, the unassertive, introverted PJ is the older brother of the excitable Motor Mouth, Pistol. In the movies, Pistol is no longer a character, but PJ instead shares this dynamic with Max's other friend, Bobby, a rambunctious party animal.
  • Among the Looney Tunes, there are the cartoons featuring Foghorn Leghorn paired with Egghead. Foghorn is an Affectionate Parody of Senator Claghorn: loud, boisterous, pompous, physically cannot shut up. Egghead is a meganekko Child Prodigy that's The Speechless, who uses his smarts to completely outwit and outmatch Foghorn at every turn.
  • The Loud House: Goth girl Lucy Loud is so quiet she startles people by speaking near them. Compare against screaming Bratty Half-Pint Lola, baby Lily when she cries, Lisa's mad science explosions, Luna's amplified rocking out, Luan's comedy, Lynn Jr's sporting superstitions. The other siblings are also loud but mostly when arguing.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Fluttershy is the soft-spoken one as compared to literally everypony else. But she is particularly contrasted with Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie, who are the most energetic.
    • Rarity is also soft-spoken in comparison with Pinkie and Dash, unless she's throwing a dramatic crying fit or tantrum.
  • The Owl House: Eda is the wild witch to her composed sister Lilith.
  • In Over the Garden Wall, Wirt is the shy Socially Awkward Hero to Greg's exuberant Cheerful Child.
  • The titular Phineas and Ferb are step-brothers, Phineas is an overly enthusiastic Genki Boy and Ferb is The Quiet One who speaks about Once an Episode, but they make a great team.
  • Raven and Beast Boy from Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go! are best friends in the original 2003 cartoon and love interests in the Go reboot/spinoff. Raven is a reserved goth-ish girl who was taught from a young age to avoid excessive excitement, while Beast Boy is an energetic keet of a boy who likes fun.
  • Transformers: Generation 1: Siren is an exuberant Autobot with No Indoor Voice. His Headmaster partner Quig is a very quiet former librarian who jumps whenever Siren begins to speak in his ear-splittingly loud voice.

  • Among the Assault Lily case, the chatty, energetic, extraverted, and joyful Riri is usually paired with the cool, quiet, aloof, and introverted Yuyu.

    Real Life 
  • Taken to the logical extreme with Penn & Teller. On stage, Penn basically never shuts up, while Teller never says a word. Teller is, however, very sarcastic and expressive with his body language.