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Letters, numbers and other typographical symbols that talk.


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  • There was a clay-animated ad for Cadbury's Crunchie bars where a bar turned into the word "Crunchie". The letters didn't talk, though—they just ate each other.


     Comic Books 
  • Gravity Falls: Lost Legends: In "Don't Dimension It", one of the many alternate versions of herself Mabel meets (and who helps defeat Anti-Mabel) is Threebel, a light pink, sweater-wearing talking number 3.

  • Gravity Falls: Journal 3: One of the alternate realities the Author mentions visiting is the "M Dimension", a place where everyone and everything is shaped like the letter "M". He found the place completely baffling, wondering how things like an M-shaped vacuum cleaner would even work. The locals' tendency to replace the first letter of every word with M, leading to sentences like "Mave a monderful mime", left him feeling "muicidal" by the time he was able to leave.

     Live Action TV  

  • Sesame Street had a number of skits that featured sentient letters and numbers.


  • Part of the wave of 1980s Transformers knockoffs were a line of letters and numbers that turn into robots. There may not have been a backstory.

     Video Games  

  • Most of the characters in 3 in Three are letters and numbers living in an office computer, starting with the protagonist, Ms. 3.
  • The Unown from Pokémon resemble the 26 letters of the Latin alphabet as well as a question mark and an exclamation point, but the only thing they can actually say are their own names.
  • Darwinians in Darwinia are frequently referred to as "glyphs".


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     Western Animation  

  • The children's show WordWorld has animals that are made of letters.
  • ReBoot featured numerous numerals throughout Mainframe, most prominently 7, 8 and 9.
  • The main characters of Numberjacks are anthropomorphic numbers that can talk.


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