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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 

    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.

    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.

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    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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    Web Comics 
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    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.


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