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"...How wasteful... Such emotions are but mere illusions. And, like all illusions, they fade over time until death banishes them forever. That is why I have abandoned all emotions as useless sentimentality."

He can be in the middle of a gunfight, his best friend's bachelor party, or a helpless witness to the death of everyone and everything he holds dear... and he'll show all the emotional reaction of a victim of a Botox overdose. They can be Heroes, antagonists or anti-heroes. On The Team he will contrast the Hot-Blooded. His quiet demeanor tends towards the brusque or outright rudeness, though there are a few polite Stoics. Some stoics may try to give the impression of a lot going on inside, cultivate an air of mystery and confuse other characters with cryptic one-liners.

The Stoic sometimes displays emotion when under extreme stress or in other highly emotional situations, but their usual repertoire consists of mild boredom, detached interest, Dull Surprise or dignified disdain. He may be a Deadpan Snarker, or have No Sense of Humor. If he ever shows true emotion, it's likely to be explosive in its intensity or incredibly subtle and full of Emotional Torque. The tougher sort of stoic may hide it so thoroughly that only his Bad Dreams show any of it. Opposed to Frozen Face, where the emotions appear absent because they do not alter his expression, even in highly emotional situations. A few stoics might calmly pipe up that they have feelings and opinions too, they just aren't effusive about it.


Masculine pronouns are used throughout this trope because quiet women in fiction tend to be the Emotionless Girl or Stoic Woobies. Men who use stoicism to hide their pain are more likely to indulge in mangst. Either way, expect them to be the phlegmatic member of their group.

The Stoic is not necessarily The Quiet One. While the Stoic may be low key and quiet, more often than not he's just as talkative as anyone else. Another difference is that while The Quiet One does feel and display emotion (albeit less vocally and regularly, and makes up for it with deeper pathos), the Stoic is so devoid of any semblance of human emotion that he borders on being a true Tin Man. Whether he has emotion or not varies, but he will invariably refuse to ever show it.

There are three types:

  • The Aloof Big Brother type, seen mostly in anime, chooses to act this way either as a personal philosophy or as an outgrowth of his base personality.
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  • Some Old West, pulp, and action heroes who are Made of Iron complement physical toughness with stoicism to show mental invulnerability as well. It's cool to be blasé while kicking around Faceless Goons, delivering one liners and foiling the Evil Plan. Watch out for needles, though!
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Either before the series or during it, the character suffers a particularly nasty case of Heroic BSoD, after which he reboots in Safe Mode and never leaves. The computer's running, but all the games and fun stuff are offline. (Not to be confused with the Heroic Safe Mode trope, which uses the same metaphor to describe something different.)

This last one has real world examples in Flat affect, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Shell Shock.

The silent warrior has roots stretching back to The Drifter in Westerns and farther back. The Stoics in ancient Greece were philosophers who believed that self-control is the highest virtue, and detachment from strong emotions and passion would give them greater insight in their quest for truth. They also thought that emotional reactions to the inevitable were silly; given that We All Die Someday, what is grieving over death but a judgment that the inevitable was somehow wrong? Stoics would later be criticized for denying themselves and others any kind of earthly pleasure or silliness in life.

Characters of this type include:

Other tropes associated with stoics include:

Note: Just because the person is Stoic doesn't mean that person is a Jerkass or pessimistic.

Contrast/Compare with Loveable Rogue, Become a Real Boy, The McCoy and Gentle Giant. On the far end of Emotions vs. Stoicism. If a person deliberately inflicts pain on himself to show it doesn't bother him, that's Macho Masochism.

Contrast Rage Breaking Point, Drama Queen. If someone attempts to be stoic but fails and breaks up into laughter, that's called Corpsing note .


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  • Silver Knight from .hack//SIGN fits this trope perfectly, breaking character only once during a funny conversation with Mimiru near the end of the series. And then there's .hack//Legend of the Twilight...
  • The Prime Minister's personal assistant Nike in Appleseed does not just not show any emotions, but is actually an artificial being genetically engineered specifically to be unable to feel anger or hate. But she's not particularly cheerful, either.
  • Area no Kishi: Aizawa Suguru is known for his generally stoic attitude and for, as his younger brother Kakeru put it, "never changing facial expressions."
  • Chirico Cuvie, from Armored Trooper VOTOMS, of the desensitized war veteran kind. He's in fact the inspiration of many mecha protagonists that came afterwards, like the below mentioned Heero and Sousuke, as well as Setsuna F Seiei.
  • Attack on Titan has several, thanks to the Crapsack World they call home.
    • Levi wears a look of near-constant boredom, whether he's in the middle of a battle or beating a teenager senseless. The few moments when he does express greater emotion are terrifying, either because of his Unstoppable Rage or because things have just gotten that bad for the heroes.
    • Mikasa Ackerman is an Emotionless Girl much of the time, thanks to the traumatic loss of her parents as a child. She rarely expresses strong emotion, unless it directly relates to Eren. When she does lose her cool, even her True Companions are not safe.
    • Bertolt Hoover doubles this with being The Quiet One, rarely speaking up and generally observing things with at most a slightly uneasy expression. When he does actually speak up or express emotion, it's startling to the characters and audience alike. It turns out that he's actually Not So Stoic, and desperately keeping his emotions tightly under wrap so no one will realize just how messed up he actually is.
  • Satoru Toono of Awkward Silence has passionate internal emotions, but is incapable of actually showing them on his perpetually indifferent face. His love interest can figure out what he's actually thinking to an extent, but Satoru's inability to express or say what he's feeling is the major cause of misunderstandings between them. It's so bad that when he's provoked into raising his voice at one point, he ends up fainting from oxygen deprivation.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • Norway is generally stonefaced and unflappable, as a part of his design as a "mysterious" and "ethereal" character.
    • Hong Kong tends not to emote often, but he is much more expressive in the current series than he was in his earliest appearances, where he was a Perpetual Frowner.
    • The quiet and calm Japan is this, too, to an extent, although he's proven himself on several occasions to be Not So Stoic.
    • Surprisingly, Belarus can be this at times; in fact, it's one of her most prevalent emotional qualities other than being downright terrifying.
    • Sweden himself is a master of this. Out of all the Nordics, Sweden shows the least outward emotion towards...well, anything.
    • Vietnam is even more qualified then Japan in this category. Not only does she express little emotion, but she is rumoured to not even know how to smile (despite what fan-art may suggest).
  • Keith Gandor of Baccano! has a perpetual frowning expression throughout the entire series, as well as never ever talking in the anime. This is taken even farther in the light novels, where it's revealed that he's known for going years without speaking.
  • Killy from Blame! takes this trope to new and completely emotionless heights. The fact that he has as many lines in 10 volumes (the entirety of the series) as most protagonists have in a single chapter is testament to this.
  • Bleach:
    • Uryuu likes to believe himself to be the Stoic, and works hard at maintaining an aloof snarky mask. However, given his fussiness, his genuine (and blindly obvious) concern for his friends, and how often Ichigo gets under his skin, he's far more Not So Stoic than he'd like to admit.
    • Byakuya Kuchiki. He has smiled on-screen only once. If Byakuya shows any serious emotion at all, it is treated as something very surprising. Characters were amazed when he made a joke.
    • Ulquiorra represents the emptiness of death and is very emotionless. His character journey is about uncovering the meaning of emotion to humans.
    • Uryuu's father Ryuuken is a genuinely stoic snark knight: he barely reacts at all to his son talking back to him or even running off to Hueco Mundo. However, the more of his Mysterious Past that gets revealed, the more obvious it becomes that he's actually a Stepford Snarker.
  • In Brave10, Rokuro tends to show little expression and goes around getting things done quietly. When he's not being a jerk to Saizo, Sasuke is pretty stoic too.
  • Jo from Burst Angel/Bakuretsu Tenshi. When she's fighting, she's the biggest badass in the world. When not, she's usually quiet and inexpressive.
  • Most of the protagonists of Claymore, but especially Deneve.
  • C.C. from Code Geass.
  • Every single contractor in Darker Than Black. It's one of their defining characteristics. Bonus points go to Hei in particular for being an Anti-Hero with a Badass Longcoat. However, most of them also seem to have one Berserk Button that blows the whole thing to hell. Kirihara is also a stoic and she isn't a contractor.
  • Muta from The Daughter of Twenty Faces fits this to a T, whether teaching Chiko to not let her guard down, checking to make sure she's ready for her first cat burglar job, or taking a bullet for her.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • As an adult, Goku when he's fighting. When he's in a serious battle or fighting someone who is beneath his interest or time he tends to be stone face, some times boarding on uninterested. The latter can be seen with the Ginyu Force where Goku cracks a smile once.
    • Piccolo at the start of Z. Outside of showing annoyance, he remains calm through battle. Although, does show fear and frustration when facing an opponent many times stronger than him. After merging with Kami, he becomes much less stoic and is more open to his emotions.
    • Tien. Besides frustration, he rarely shows any emotion even when badly match. It helps to make him the Comically Serious. He only shows real anger if Chiaotzu is in danger.
    • Vegeta tries to be this, often wearing a scowl or frowning. But this is largely a front to conceal his inner Hot-Blooded nature, as he is far too passionate and prideful to stay stoic long and often indulges in trash talking his opponents whenever opportunity permits. His stoicism also blows away like a balloon in the wind when he has to face an opponent stronger than him, as shown in his fights with Goku, Frieza and Perfect Cell.
    • Turles from Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might is in many ways the cold and controlled Saiyan warrior that Vegeta tries to be. Unlike Vegeta he does not lose his cool when facing stronger opponents (Goku actually has him on the ropes for a bit before he circles back to eat a fruit from the Tree of Might) and while he shares some of Vegeta's Proud Warrior Race Guy traits, he's not proud to the point of irrationality like the Saiyan prince can sometimes be.
    • Much like Vegeta above, Frieza seems to be very much this at first, appearing unfazed by any of the horrible events that transpire in his wake and approaching problems like an academic or professor rather than a megalomaniacal tyrant. But also like Vegeta, this is largely a front, though in his case it masks a personality so dangerously Ax-Crazy as to make Vegeta look like a pillar of mental health. In fact, Frieza's entire reason for being in a weak (relative to his other forms) transformation is because his power comes with a distinct case of With Great Power Comes Great Insanity. The more Frieza transforms, the less stoic and rational he becomes, until by the end he's a frothing, raving caricature of the icy cool emperor viewers first saw. His father and brother both share this front of glacial stoicism, and both of them see it crumble around them just like Frieza.
    • Future Gohan. After over a decade of tragic and pain, Gohan rarely cracks a smile and has a scowl almost permanently embedded on his face.
    • Future Trunks. Unlike his present counterpart, he rarely smiles and is almost always frowning. Giving his backstory, this is completely understandable. He does, however, give tender smiles when he's around his mother, Gohan, and when he first meets Vegeta. Also, like his father Vegeta, he becomes much less stoic and serious as he gets to know the Z-Fighters better, though he never loses this aspect entirely.
    • Androids 16, 17, and 18. 17 is the least stoic of the trio since he often wears a cocky smirk. 18 rarely shows any emotion even around her husband. She does opens up and smiles when around her daughter, though. 16 is the most serious, only showing his feelings when around animals. In contrast, future Androids 17 and 18 are completely Ax-Crazy. Ironically enough, Androids 17 and 18 have their roles reversed in the Sequel Series Dragonball Super - Android 18 has pretty much completely defrosted and Android 17 is The Comically Serious.
    • Androids 19 and 20 tries to be this, but they fail miserably after Goku and Vegeta revealed their Super Saiyan forms and Piccolo beats the crud out of 20. In 19's case, he even exhibits outright terror, despite being a purely synthetic being.
    • Evil Buu, the form of Buu that was expelled by Fat Buu after healing Mr. Satan when he was shot. Unlike every other form of Buu, including his empowered Super Buu form, he never shows any emotion when fighting. He only starts to smile and laugh manically after eating Fat Buu.
  • L and his eventual successor Near from Death Note.
  • Lucy from the anime Elfen Lied, despite (or because of) her traumatic life.
  • Taka from Eyeshield 21. Even when leaping into the air with perfect grace, he just looks bored, and finds little interest in the game of football.
    • To a lesser extent, Kakei, Akaba, and Unsui, though they're more reasonably reserved.
    • And then on the other end of the spectrum are Tetsuma and Shin who can be downright robotic.
  • Tabitha in The Familiar of Zero is robotically stoic. Her tragic and somewhat sadistic back story might have something to do with it.
  • Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star may be the archetype from which many other stoic anime heroes came from, as he is first introduced as a man of few words and only mild kindness. As the series progresses, however, he is shown to be quite empathetic.
  • Rasen of Flame of Recca. Ridiculously pale complexion, an expression as vacant and empty as that of a corpse, and incapable of speech, so much that he requires telepathy to communicate with others when his deathly stare is insufficient.
  • Nanase Haruka of Free! is introduced as the very stoic protagonist but starts cracking around episode 5. Later we see that he is Not So Stoic at all. Especially when water, Rin or his best friend Makoto are involved.
  • Machi Kuragi from Fruits Basket is a version of this. Most of her stoicism stems from being groomed to be "perfect" since a young age, resulting in a seeming lack of any personality or individuality. She's eventually able to show more emotion, but stoic calmness remains as her default.
  • Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist.
  • Much of Full Metal Panic! is spent having Sagara Sousuke slowly get over this trope. In canon, he's repeatedly shown to be one of, if not the most stoic characters in the series (shown to start breaking from it only closer to the end). Even the villains of the series are not as stoic as him (as they are either psychotically gleeful and have a lust for violence, or they're depressed individuals wangsting in their emotional turmoil).
  • Gintama:
    • The shogun Shigeshige Tokugawa, keep a stern and composed expression at all times. He never drop it, even when put into particularly painful and humiliating situations.
    • Isaburo Sasakibe is this as well, even when he get wounded or stabbed in the back, he remain perfectly calm.
  • Major Kusanagi from Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex rarely displays much emotion at all, though she is somewhat more emotive in the latter. If you do manage to make her angry, though, be very afraid. Averted in the the original manga, where she's snarky and amused by the antics of her squadmates. She becomes this trope only when things get really serious.
  • Naru and his assistant Lin in Ghost Hunt.
  • Golgo 13. Duke Togo's famous lack of expression whether facing impossible odds or having sex with women is a Running Gag. The only time this changes is when something goes seriously wrong on a hit, which is not often with such a Crazy-Prepared Invincible Hero. In "Telepath", when a bodyguard with Psychic Powers causes Togo to miss his target, someone quips, "I would like to have seen his expression when he missed... I bet it was the first expression he ever had!"
  • Gundam:
    • Paptimus Scirocco, the Big Bad of Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. In spite of his ability to manipulate emotions and his extreme sensitivity to them as a Newtype, he displays open contempt for the emotional and prides himself on his stoic nature.
    • Trowa Barton from Gundam Wing. After losing his family in the war, Trowa was on his own until about age four and didn't even know how to talk until other humans found him. Even a decade later, he seems surprised when something affects him emotionally (as seen when he cries after being ordered to destroy his friend Duo's Gundam.
    • Gundam Wing protagonist Heero Yuy is also stoic, but calling him The Stoic isn't quite right (Kuudere is more appropriate). While he thinks that emotions get you killed on the battlefield, he says they're needed the rest of the time. He exhibits a normal (if subdued) emotional range (surprise, fear, and happiness), and his self-stated life philosophy is "Live by your emotions". Most of the confusion stems from English voice actor Mark Hildreth being told to play the character as stiff and robotic, combined with Flanderization; this is obviously less of a problem in the Japanese version, where Hikaru Midorikawa delivered a subdued but still emotional performance.
    • Setsuna F. Seiei from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is essentially what happens when you merge this trope with the Child Soldier and Hollywood Atheist.
  • Yuki Nagato from Haruhi Suzumiya has NO facial expressions. Ever. This isn't even a question of why she doesn't do it, it's more like she is physically incapable of forming expressions because her body is an interface and wasn't programmed for it. If she talks, it's always monotone. She avoids being creepy, by bringing loads and loads of badass-ness and hug-urges. As we know from Character Development, she has emotions (which is an important aspect of her characterization) and Kyon has taken to trying to read her emotional state. Pondering what she is feeling and why are questions for both Kyon and the reader. In Disappearance, Koizumi also observes possible changes in Yuki and Kyon suggests that Haruhi may also have noticed Yuki's emotions. In Surprise Ryoko, back from deletion, also observes that Yuki has moved beyond being a "mere terminal," asking Emiri if she and Emiri would ever attain that state.
  • Ai Enma the Hell Girl. Only because her emotions were sealed so she could do her job. Flashbacks show she is just a normal girl.
  • "The Captain" from Hellsing
  • Hoozuki no Reitetsu: Hoozuki rarely loose his cool, and keep his serious, professional attitude no matter what he is doing or who he is talking to.
  • Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls has an interesting example in Nia. She's not unemotional or repressed; she just doesn't show her emotions much and has an overall stoic personality.
  • Houtarou Oreki from Hyouka. Mostly because he dislikes wasting energy.
  • InuYasha: Sesshomaru is an Aloof Big Brother who faces the world with such detached equanimity that he doesn't even hate his brother for lopping off his left arm (he still hates Inuyasha for being a half human though). About the only emotions he'll show are a bit of anger or contempt, and the latter is inherently such a mild, passive emotion it doesn't really contradict being stoic. Sesshomaru's stoicism is such that his humorous little servant Jaken takes it upon himself to sneeze on his behalf, and at one point even weeps in his stead, so that Sesshomaru's dignity need not be compromised by any display of emotion.
  • Jotaro Kujo from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 3. This is intentional on his part: he thinks people will know his mood no matter what he does, so he's very unemotional, except when he's pushed too far.
  • Reiko, the antisocial mangaka from Kannazuki no Miko, hardly ever displays emotion, even with fighting. However, she does not qualify as an Emotionless Girl, because despite her stoic nature it is revealed that the reason she became a member of the Orochi was that she was a failed mangaka and the pressure to succeed was too great, thus showing she did have strong emotions, just does not display them.
  • Byaku from Kekkaishi is rarely shown exhibiting any emotion, even when fighting for his life against an enemy.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple has Akisame the Warrior Poet, who practically never loses his cool. There's also Shigure, who has smiled only twice so far. (And both times only to Kenichi!)
    • Freya's not on their level yet, but she's probably the member of their generation who comes closest. Natsu might make a good showing, as long as Kenichi stays away from him.
  • Arashi from Kurage no Shokudo barely emotes through facial expressions or his voice. It's implied that he's sad about his brother's death like Youtarou is with his brother's. Near the end of the OVA, he does manage a smile at least.
  • Akashi and Kuroko of Kuroko no Basuke.
  • Paul von Oberstein of Legend of Galactic Heroes is one of the best examples of this trope. He's not fazed by anything, be it a necessity to sacrifice two billion people or even his own death.
  • Reiji from Linebarrels of Iron, compounded by the fact that he is immune to pain.
  • Lupin III has two:
    • Jigen, who is the contrast to the usually Hot-Blooded protagonist. Also a Deadpan Snarker.
    • Goemon, who is silent/medatative, he tends to let his sword do the talking.
  • Chrono of Lyrical Nanoha has the same serious expression when he's giving orders, instructions, jokes, compliments, and criticisms, though he mellows out after the Time Skip. According to the Sound Stages, he was even more of a stoic before meeting Amy. He subsequently lightens up more after Fate is adopted into his family as his younger sister, and in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers, it's suggested that he's closer to being like a kid than he was in his actual childhood.
    • Signum is another example.
    • Nanoha's older brother Kyoya apparently used to be one, as Nanoha notes that before meeting his girlfriend Shinobu, he didn't smile nearly as much, and afterward, he's considerably more serious than his younger sisters.
  • Lantis from Magic Knight Rayearth classifies as this big time! Zagato and Lafarga are also this, though to lesser degrees... well, somewhat.
  • Fate Averruncus from Mahou Sensei Negima!. Even on the one occasion when he actually starts laughing he maintains his bored expression and arrogant disdain for the heroes.
  • Marginal Prince has two of such characters. On the one hand, there is Henri, the local Deadpan Snarker, and then we also have Yenje, who is more the Aloof Big Brother type.
  • Aur resident Villain Protagonist from Maou no Hajimekata, due his advanced (real) age and firm belief that he knows all humanity (i.e: they are all trash) that’s Aur’s personae, he isn’t fazed by anything because he will always be a step ahead.
  • Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid:
    • Subverted with Kanna. She rarely changes her facial expression and almost always uses a flat and monotone voice, but her body language and actions show a normal range of emotions for a young child.
    • Played straight with Kobayashi, who tends to keep her emotions to herself (as long as she's not drunk). Though she smiles more often as the series progresses.
  • Rin Asougi from Mnemosyne, in addition to being a moderate tsundere. Being a regenerating immortal helps a lot, but it doesn't make her quipping stuff like "Count your tools!" to a surgeon who previously vivisected her without anaesthesia before killing him with his own scalpel (which he forgot inside her body, apparently) any less badass. Let alone muttering "It may be too much even for me..." before being sucked into a running airplane jet engine...
  • The Medicine Peddler from Mononoke barely displays any emotion at all. The most you can expect is mild irritation or slight bemusement at whatever completely insane Mind Screw terrors the mononoke of the episode decides to conjure up.
  • Inspector Lunge of Monster appears to have entirely shut off his emotions — Something that makes him an excellent detective, but a horrible husband and father.
  • The bodyguard Masa from My Bride is a Mermaid.
  • Miharu from Nabari no Ou. Yoite tries it at times, too.
  • Naruto:
    • Sasuke and his brother Itachi (though Sasuke has a habit of losing his stoicism fairly often).
      • Although he does pull off stoic quite well among friends. It's made better by his teammates, who both overreact to everything. If something shocking or undesirable is mentioned, it's a sure bet that Naruto and Sakura will start yelling, objecting, and generally flipping out. Sasuke will just sit there impassively. Unfortunately, he loses it when confronted by someone who insulted or attacked the Uchiha clan.
    • Later on, Sai. Though he smiles, it's just a technique he learned to put people at their ease. He's more of a Spock than The Spock. The fact that he continually puts people down could be his ego fighting to get out.
    • Kakashi and Yamato are also fairly Stoic most of the time.
    • As are Shino and Neji. The former was demonstrated quite humorously when he tried to let Naruto know he was mad at him for not recognizing him after the Time Skip.
    • Shikamaru himself is this in a more apathetic and lazy way, he does give off a smile every once in a while but usually keeps a disinterested expression unless things get serious.
    • Nagato/Pain and Konan definitely fit since the death of Yahiko.
    • Gaara is a perfect example of this.
    • Surprisingly, Naruto tends to pull this off whenever he takes a level in badass.
    • Madara Uchiha. From curbstomping the five Kages to the revival of the Ten Tails, the (quite frankly, crazy) events happening around him rarely evoke much more than a "Meh." and disdainful expression from him.
    • Tobi was this before the mask came off, at least in terms of demeanour. Though he certainly wasn't this as a child. And rapidly becomes less so after he loses the mask and is forced to face up to his past.
    • In the past, Orochimaru was fairly calm and unemotional when he was younger. But since he turned to evil for power and eternal life, obviously something went very wrong in his behaviour.
    • Among all the Hokage's by far the most calm, controlled and frankly underrated one is Tobirama Senju himself.
  • Gendo Ikari and his subordinate Fuyutsuki from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Rei initially seems like one, but is soon revealed to be more of a Kuudere. Here's a few key examples: When Unit 00 was undergoing a test and went berserk, it started punching the wall that Gendo happened to be right beyond, shattering several layers of bulletproof glass, and Gendo, who was less than three feet away from the glass, didn't move an inch, nor did he show any emotion. Also, when Shinji fought Zeruel in Unit 01, Zeruel shot a beam that cut off Unit 01's arm, splattering enough blood on Gendo (Who miraculously only had half his body soaked) to fill up at least one pool. And Gendo, while he looked noticeably worried, never spoke or changed his facial expression from that one.
  • Hazuki Sakurazaka, the head Meido, from Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu usually puts up a stoic appearance and monotone voice. Even when she's drunk, and accidentally bashing her head to the wall (or the electric post), she always had the same stoic feel around her.
  • Nico Robin of One Piece. Even when she is just as freaked out as the rest of her crew mates are, her expression is normal and neutral. Even Eiichiro Oda states that she is the only one with normal expressions. Though it seems that she is allowing herself to open up more since the Time Skip.
    • Zoro as well, though he tends to have more outbursts than Robin.
    • Dracule Mihawk plays this trope straight, as Robin is seen smiling and chuckling every now and again, although Mihawk once laughed out loud when Zoro begged him for training. However, Bartholomew Kuma out-stoics the both of them, even before he became a mindless machine.
    • Trafalgar Law tries being this. Given that he's forced to spend over one hundred chapters in close proximity to Luffy, however...
  • Similar to Kyuzo, Chloe from Noir also qualifies.
  • Nabuca from Now and Then, Here and There constructs a stoic facade to help him cope with the fact that he's been a mass murderer since the age of five.
  • Saitama, from One-Punch Man is usually portrayed as nonchalant throughout the entire series. When he fights monsters, he always has a deadpan look on his face as he one-shots the monster into oblivion. No matter what he does, or who he faces, he doesn't feel anything at all. He has occasionally expressed emotions at various times, but for the most part, he is bored when it comes to a variety of things.
  • Mori from Ouran High School Host Club rarely speaks more than a few words, and is seemingly unfazed by anything. This gets lampshaded as it is his main draw for being in the Host Club.
  • In Persona 4: The Animation, the Silent Protagonist of Persona 4 is graduated to a speaking character named Yu Narukami. He is depicted in the anime as calm and quiet, if eccentric. His stoic nature is largely Played for Laughs, to the point where even being tossed off a cliff gets almost no reaction from him.
  • Shinji aka Paul from Pokémon fits this trope to a T.
    • And Bashou/Hun from the Legend of Thunder special...unless he's trying to kill something, in which case he just gets freakily happy.
    • Ash's Treecko/Grovyle/Sceptile from the Hoenn region also counts, as it's always found relaxing somewhere. One of the movie shorts had it resisting the involuntary urge to break into a dance for most of the short, though in the end it starts dancing more energetically than any of the other Pokemon.
      • In every region, Ash will have at least one Pokemon who is always calm and seemingly oblivious to anything happening.
  • Homura of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. She tries her best to conceal all her emotions behind a veil of secrecy.
  • Aoshi Shinomori from Rurouni Kenshin. Even while he is winning in an intense battle, he shows no facial expressions or emotions.
  • Ping Pong: Smile, in spades. His demeanor hasn't changed since elementary school, and he barely shows any emotion throughout the series.
  • Kunimitsu Tezuka from The Prince of Tennis. Genichirou Sanada starts like this, but soon we see that he's Not So Stoic.
  • Jin of Samurai Champloo is a calm, composed and cultivated samurai to contrast Mugen who behaves like a wild animal.
  • Samurai Deeper Kyo's Hishigi is most certainly this trope. Even in the middle of an intense battle with one of the strongest characters in the series, his facial expression barely shifts.
  • Kambei Shimada from Samurai 7, "He has the eyes of a dead man." according to a Nobuseri. Kyuzo even more so.
  • Tsukasa Takamine from Sasami: Magical Girls Club is passive to the point of almost never blinking. One can't even tell if she's really in a relationship with pseudo-Clingy Jealous Girl An-An or if she's just too passive to even notice.
  • Shugo Chara!: Hikaru "This is my normal face. :| This is my face when I am sullen. :| This is my face when I'm having fun. :|"
  • Kazuyoshi "Switch" Usui from SKET Dance. Ever since he caused a misunderstanding with a Yandere that got his brother killed, his facial expression never changes. The only emotion he shows is through his text-to-laptop.
  • Kannami Yûichi in The Sky Crawlers seems laid back more than anything, but never acts any differently, whether he's gulping beer with his buddies, in the middle of a dogfight or learning that he is an immortal clone-soldier, and has been killed countless of times, only to be resurrected with full set of skills but no personal memories.
  • Rukawa Kaede from Slam Dunk.
  • Death the Kid from Soul Eater would count as a Stoic but he has no problem expressing himself so it might be hard to tell. But show him a lop-sided... anything... and he won't remain stoic for long.
    • Harvar definitely counts, being quiet and unemotional. The way he calmly stabs Kim and knocks out Jackie is just creepy.
  • Eyes Rutherford from Spiral. The anime version is this: angsts a lot but has absolutely no facial change. In the manga, his first appearances make him a snarky brat who takes glee in creeping out people, but later on he becomes more this. Although he does smile a few times, the one time he cries one tear is a big fucking deal. He in fact decided, as a child, that since crying didn't help at all from losing important things, he was better off a "bloodless, tearless demon". Thus, his much more emotional "best friend" Kanone agreed to cry in his place.
  • Toward the Terra pushes this trope to the extreme with Keith Anyan, who only ever seems to emote significantly when being mentally tortured while unconscious. Even when psychics note that his heart is "overflowing with tears," he maintains a cool facade. The most disturbing manifestation of this may be when his subordinate takes a killing blow for him. When Keith revives from his state of near death, his reaction to the dismembered corpse bleeding on the floor next to him is impassive and apparently insensitive, but we later see that the event has fundamentally affected his misanthropic worldview and eventually leads at least in part to his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Legato Bluesummers from Trigun, over the course of the show, is completely cold and impassive, even during such exploits as brutally massacring a gang, annihilating a city, and forcing a man to shoot him in the head.
  • D from Vampire Hunter D is a classic example.
  • Meia Gisborne from Vandread.
  • Thorfinn of Vinland Saga likes to think he's the Stoic, being gruff and rude to nearly everyone, but in his heart he's as much of a Hot-Blooded Screaming Warrior as any of the other Vikings. His father on the other hand, now he was a true Stoic.
  • Doumeki from Xxx HO Li C.
  • Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi-Oh! (much more so in the anime than in the manga, in which he was prone to maniacal laughter in each duel he played.)
    • An Expy of Kaiba in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Zane Truesdale (Ryo Marufuji) is certainly this. Protagonist Jaden (Judai) himself becomes this after his Despair Event Horizon in contrast to his earlier mannerisms.
      • Then Yusei Fudo from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's is stoic from the start, but will occasionally let out a small smile. Ironically, his rival Jack, another Kaiba expy, is more emotional at times than the main protagonist. Yusei does show more emotion as time goes by, though.
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs: Oboro comes off as an Emotionless Girl, until she starts trusting and confiding in the other residents of Yuragi Inn and their friends. And even then we don't see her smile until chapter #98.
  • Aoi Sasaki from The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service. Justified by her heavy use of antidepressants to deal with severe childhood trauma, which lessen emotional affects both ways.

  • Of the thirteen individuals in The Last Supper, the only one without an emotional reaction to the upcoming betrayal of Jesus is Jesus himself, who remains calm among the chaos of the scene. Jesus appears to be reaching for the bread in front of him, as if moving on from the matter.

    Comic Books 
  • Adam Warlock of the Marvel Universe, even before he became completely devoid of both good and evil.
  • Most of the heroes from the Age of Apocalypse lean this way, due to the inherent Crapsack World nature of the reality they live in.
  • Batman, generally.
  • Kate Kane, the second Batwoman, has been one her whole life. Becoming a soldier essentially locked in that aspect of her personality, and she generally avoids showing much emotion unless extremely stressed.
  • Black Panther is very stoic, usually only getting particularly emotive in private or around those close to him. This is a consequence of his tragic upbringing, as he was forced to begin training to become the new king of Wakanda at a very young age after his father was murdered.
    Erik Killmonger: And that's your biggest problem, isn't it? I've spent a lifetime hating you—you've spent a lifetime repressing your emotions! A childhood lost to diplomatic training and global concerns! You learned how to be king, but at the cost of your own humanity!
  • As the son of Cyclops below, it should come as no surprise that Cable is one of these. A pedigree like his probably would have resulted in a serious personality no matter how he grew up, but being sent into one of the X-Men's many Bad Future timelines and growing up there turned into into the "shell-shocked veteran" stoic archetype when he came back. Also, he's usually played as the straight man to Deadpool.
  • All artificial humans in Copperhead are engineered to be this, preventing their emotions from reducing combat effectiveness. Most of them consider it an advantage.
  • Judge Dredd: Dredd is so stoic that he is immune to fear from both the Dark Judge of Fear and Alien Fear Guns.
  • In Magekiller, Marius seldom lets his emotions show.
  • Martian Manhunter expresses little emotion, despite being internally warm and humorous. This makes sense considering that Martians spoke telepathically and didn't rely on facial expressions to convey their emotions.
  • The New 52 version of Superboy. He's largely introspective and calmly rationalizes everything around him.
  • The Punisher doesn't talk much. Smiles rarely. And since his introduction in the mid-1970's, you can count the number of times he's laughed on the fingers of one hand.
  • Subverted in Quantum and Woody by Quantum. He wants to be the Stoic, but inevitably fails when his partner Woody goads him into overreacting.
  • Wallace from Sin City is probably the only protagonist in that series that doesn't lose his cool. Miho comes in at a close second but she is more like The Voiceless.
  • Rorschach of the Watchmen becomes this after his investigation of the missing girl. At least until the end.
  • In a sharp contrast to Wilq, Entombed rarely expresses any emotions, and when he does, it's usually just winking.
  • Laura "X-23" Kinney from X-Force tends to be this, no matter what the situation. Until someone she cares about is threatened, then not so much. She has four basic emotional states: stoic, sad, angry and confused.
    • Fans prefer to consider it: Happy, Sad, KILL and Confused.
  • In X-Men, Cyclops. To such an extent that he was able to beat Evil Psychic Superman in a mind fight through sheer self-control.
    Professor X: Amazing. Scott, you've... you've completely contained the Void in some kind of psychic prison.
    Cyclops: What can I say? I'm an expert at repression.

    Fan Works 
  • Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Like in canon, Japan is this in this story too. Germany points this out in a not-so-positive fashion.
    Germany: "You're too cold and calculating. You hardly ever speak your mind."
  • The Golden Griffin in The Parselmouth of Gryffindoruntil he meets Hermione.
  • Theron Mahariel in Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns.
  • Sonata from Turnabout Storm; a cold and straight-to-the-point unicorn. Phoenix remarks how she's incredibly intimidating for a pony.
  • The titular badger from The Urthblood Saga. This is one of Urthblood's main traits, and he almost never shows any strong emotions, or any emotions at all, throughout the saga.
  • Minato in Fairly English Story has brain damage from the car crash that left him orphaned. It results in his face being unable to react to his emotions and show them so he has to actively make the face that he is feeling. These also leads to the more emotion/pain he's in the more stoic he is.
  • Jack, Andy and Elliot from Calvin and Hobbes: The Series qualify, although Andy becomes less and less of one due to Character Development.
  • Helyse Blake from the A Nightmare on Elm Street fanfic "Tainted Dreams" (at the beginning she was really unable to feel much emotions. Recently she is being able to feel more than in the earlier chapters, but she still doesn't show them too much. Maybe she has forgotten how to?).
    • The author has confirmed that there is a reason for her to be like this (not just because "it is cool") and that it will be told in future chapters.
  • Maylu from MegaMan NT Warrior fanfic Maylu's Revenge for her Face–Heel Turn.
  • Empath in Empath: The Luckiest Smurf was this during his early years. Polaris Psyche and all Psyches also fit this trope.
  • Lieutenant Commander T'Var in The Wrong Reflection reacts with typical Vulcan stoicism to being involved in a battle where the fleet her ship was in suffered 92% casualties. She basically says they gave as good as they got and that she's satisfied with their performance.
  • She's far from rude and manages the occasional, but Caitlin strives to be this in Pokemon Black & White: Tale of a Legend. She must remind herself not to become overly excited, as she fears that getting too emotional will lead her to make rash decisions and jeopardize her team's safety.
  • In Nightblade, Nick, by virtue of being a sociopath. While he literally can't feel guilt or remorse for things he's done, up to and including murder, the rest of it is learned as a coping mechanism with abandonment.
  • Monsters In Paradise: Ellen Harrison, daughter of the Rustboro Public Library's librarian; she keeps her cool well enough that not even a rampaging bicycle in the library and a youkai crashing onto her desk back-first will dent her half-lidded stare. However, her stoicism is quickly shown to hide her frustration at both being unable to leave Rustboro, and her constant desire to learn being completely unnatural.
  • Domoverse: Isaac. Having grown up Amish, he learned that fighting back was evil and to trust in God. So after being kidnapped he quietly worked for the villain believing that it wouldn't be too bad, and once he was done he could go home. When he learned he wasn't going home and he was working for a mass murderer, he simply refused to work, prayed until he collapsed from exhaustion, didn't resist being beaten and only drank water. Even after Sadist got creative and forced Isaac to work, he kept his stoic resolve. He was eventually broken, but even then a glimmer of the stoicism remained as he planned the destruction of Sadist.
  • Code Geass Colorless Memories Rai the main character he tends to remain calm, act in a sedate manner and seems to be generally introverted Rai gives off more than a hint of this trope in general.
    • Though Rai has a few Not So Stoic moments sprinkled in the fic, most potently in Chapter 17 when he is finally reunited with E.E his contractor whom he smiled and rushed over to her which threw E.E off track for a second.
  • In Chrysalis Visits The Hague, the pathologist Edith is described like that by other characters, even getting nicknamed "Pokerface". Noticeably, this even becomes obvious in the parts told from her own perspective:
    "It was obvious that [Princess Luna] had expected more of a visceral reaction out of the forensic.
    'I’ve… seen worse.' [Edith] repeated, all while trying not to sound too heartless."

    Film — Animated 
  • In Barbie: Mariposa, the fairy in the Cave of Reflection is stoic and to the point.
  • King Malbert from Igor.
  • The Warden from Megamind.
  • Tía Victoria from Coco, probably as a reflection of her strict nature.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Robert De Niro in his roles as the Big Bad of the film he's in.
  • Tommy Lee Jones in several of his movies.
  • Buster Keaton. There's a reason why he was called The Great Stone Face.
  • Any role Keanu Reeves has ever played. (Except Ted "Theodore" Logan. And Johnny Mnemonic, during the "I WANT ROOM SERVICE!" rant. John Wick switches back and forth between stoic killer and frothing-at-the-mouth anger.) Come to think of it, all the (main) characters of The Matrix movies are the Stoic. Unless they've taken off their glasses, or don't own any.
  • Pick any movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger shortly after he switched from body building to cinema. However, since Arnold is from Austria, this might be more because he still had to polish his English, so this is more like one of those times when Real Life Writes the Plot.
  • Good luck getting Addison DeWitt from All About Eve to lose his cool.
  • Brazil, in Assassination Games, has an entirely flat affect throughout the film, only shedding a tear at the very end of the film, as he lights a candle for October.
  • The Bitter Tea of General Yen: Even with his army destroyed and his life practically in ruins, General Yen takes it with grace and his characteristic calmness.
  • Blondie Johnson: Blondie is this for the majority of the film.
  • Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard.
  • Many characters in Brick, a detective noir set in a Southern California high school, but especially Iron Woobie Brendan, from the time he discovers his dead girlfriend until he finds the killer.
  • Lampshaded in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 presentation of Castle of Fu Manchu. The title character is utterly impassive, even when his castle starts exploding around him.
    Crow: You know, if he were ever going to express an emotion of any kind, this would be the time.
  • Silent Bob is played this way in Clerks. This changed when the character became more prominent in the other films in The View Askewniverse.
  • Dredd in Dredd, very much, and Anderson in the same film becomes one over the course of the story. Dredd in Judge Dredd, not so much, because of the actor' Large Ham tendencies. Best exemplified with his "I am the Law" Catch-Phrase; in the former it's threatening and soft-spoken, in the latter loud and unintelligible.
  • In Edge of Darkness (2010), the protagonist Craven is a former Vietnam vet who can't understand why others "make such a big deal" out of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and shows little outward signs of his emotions during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge aside from a brief breakdown after his daughter Elle's murder.
  • Subverted by John Preston in the movie Equilibrium. He starts the movie feeling no emotion, but by the end, when he goes off the emotion-inhibiting drug, he feels the full spectrum of human emotion while having to hide it from his superiors.
  • The Good Shepherd: Edward Wilson is almost emotionally dead. This was possibly the result of witnessing his father's suicide, but as an adult he's closed off to his wife (whom he doesn't love anyway) and his son, barely has a reaction when his mentor is killed, and even sends his son's lover to her death with no remorse.
  • Thorin is this in the Hobbit films.
  • Inglourious Basterds: Hugo Stiglitz, at least until the scene where he dies, where he begins to show some visible anger.
  • Subject of an amusing bit in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, where Sylvester's unnamed girlfriend maintains a perfect stone face while go-go dancing in a bikini.
  • An example of a female protagonist who is both stoic (badass) and emotionless (otherworldly) simultaneously: Matsu from the Joshuu Sasori series. In this case, she's the type whose stoicism complements her mental invulnerability.
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth has Alien Among Us Thomas Jerome Newton, who is much more stoic than in the book. Despite him slipping into alcoholism, failing his planet, letting his family die, and losing the only thing he has left to love he never sheds a tear; when emotions crack his façade they are most often borne of fear and/or physical pain.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk, for all emotion, not just anger. Because otherwise... y'know...
    • In Iron Man 2 Ivan Vanko is extremely calm and collected, even when held in captivity or being scolded by his billionaire employer. When Hammer tells his guards to start taking Ivan's bird and other comforts away, you can see when he stops protesting and when he starts just going with it silently. It's like flicking a switch.
  • Tom Regan in Miller's Crossing is the only one to remain deadpan throughout, even when he's nearly puking from terror.
  • Owen Davian in Mission: Impossible III. He doesn't even register emotion when Ethan dangles him out of an airplane and starts cutting the straps holding him in.
  • In Pacific Rim, Marshall Pentecost is calm and controlled.
    • When Gipsy Danger's Plasma Caster activates, the Russian pilots, who are standing right in front it, calmly and unhurriedly walk away.
  • Cutler Beckett from Pirates of the Caribbean shows little emotion other than cold-blooded condescension, even when he's got a loaded gun pointed at his face by someone who very clearly wants to have any excuse to pull the trigger. This stands out in particular compared to the rest of the cast.
  • Invoked (yes, really) in Robocop 2014. When the police database of unsolved crimes gets downloaded into Alex's brain, he freaks the hell out when he comes across the car bombing that mutilated him. In order to make him get over it, his brain chemistry is tinkered with, which has the side effect of suppressing the rest of his emotions.
  • In Robot Holocaust, Neo, The Hero & Jorn...and both are acted so woodenly that they seem comatose.
  • Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption.
  • Twilight has Bella. You can count her different facial expressions on one hand and she raises her voice a grand total of twice during the first movie. It's probably because in the book she's a self insert character. As a result, in the film, she's left as blank as possible so the viewer can watch and project their own feelings into the character.
  • Reg in Vera Drake. He shows hardly any emotion at any point — even after his soon-to-be father-in-law gives him his blessing — and it's strongly implied that Shell-Shocked Veteran is the cause.
  • In X2: X-Men United, Lady Deathstrike barely changes expression or talks. Justified since she was being mind-controlled by Stryker.

  • Michael in Anne Tyler's The Amateur Marriage, so much so that it causes a lot of tension between him and his Genki Girl wife Pauline. He ends up divorcing her and marrying a female Stoic. Macon in The Accidental Tourist also qualifies (in fact, he comes from a family of Stoics), as does Sam in Ladder of Years, although he's Not So Stoic after his wife walks out.
  • Shadow from American Gods is a stoic who sees the most remarkable things and doesn't even care enough to wonder about what they are or why they happen.
  • Tobias of Animorphs. Since he’s used to living in the body of a hawk, which has no facial muscles, people are often disturbed when he shows no reactions to anything while in his human morph. He does legitimately experience the wide emotional range one would expect from a dysfunctional teenage boy but is physically unaccustomed to demonstrating it. The one time he weeps, when Rachel is dying, she is deeply moved that he would “do that for [her]."
  • Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days.
  • Colonel promoted to Lieutenant Brendig from David Eddings' Belgariad shows Flat Joy.
    Ce'Nedra: Don't you ever smile?
    Brendig: [perfectly straight face] I am smiling.
  • Victor in John C. Wright's Chronicles of Chaos. Even capable of announcing that how much pain an event would cause is not a factor in making decisions.
    • This is a type Wright is fond of: from his Golden Age series, we have Helion, who unflinchingly faces being repeatedly burned to death in pursuit of a memory and Atkins, who only loses his temper once.
  • Dark Heart: Rahze almost never shows emotion (and even then it's very mild). His calm manner is near unwavering.
  • In the Soviet novel Definitely, Maybe, Vecherovsky, who managed to remain calm throughout the whole ordeal and is the only one who is still resisting laws of entropy by the end.
  • Lord Vetinari from Discworld has only shown himself to be Not So Stoic in one circumstance; his ongoing battle with the Crossword Puzzle in The Ankh-Morpork Times. Situations he has reacted to with a raised eyebrow and a deadpan comment include being overthrown and cast into the dungeons, facing the impending destruction of the Disc as we know it, and various attempts on his life, but the crossword is Serious Business.

    In Unseen Academicals, the wizard formerly known as the Dean reveals an unexpected awareness of international politics and adds "You needn't look surprised, my lord." The Patrician replies "I didn't. I am surprised, but kindly credit me with not looking surprised unless there is some advantage to doing so."
  • The Divine Comedy:
    • The heretic Farinata stands upright and composed in the middle of his flaming tomb, expressing more disdain than horrific suffering. The closest he gets to emotion is when he hears that his descendants have all been defeated and exiled from the city he died for, a fate he previously admitted would be more torturous for him than Hell itself. In response to this great misfortune, he sighs and shakes his head.
    • Dante sees the Greek hero Jason being punished in the eighth circle of Hell. Unlike all other souls, Jason is described as enduring his punishment without any sign of pain.
  • Mildmay from Sarah Monette's series Doctrine of Labyrinths. Even in an underground labyrinth made by ancient worshippers of an evil goddess, he stays completely calm.
  • The Dresden Files: Mac barely talks, and when he does it's bare-bones, no-nonsense straight talk. He's been beaten up and shot and still remains emotionless. The only things that seem to bother him are messing with his beer and mentioning whatever "game" he got out of. He also appears to have some pretty strong powers that he avoids using.
  • Edilio from Gone. He has occasional but effective Not So Stoic moments.
  • In Harry Potter Firenze comes off as exceptionally stoic, especially when factoring in his tolerance compared to the other centaurs Harry meets as far back as Philosophers Stone. Even after Dean Thomas unintentionally wonders if Hagrid breeds the centaurs like cattle in Order of the Phoenix, he merely corrects him and continues the lesson, whereas far lesser insults send the other centaurs into violent indignant rage.
  • The Hearts We Sold: Most of the time, the only emotion the Daemon shows is mild annoyance or bemusement with his charges. If he shows any feeling beyond that, you either did something really impressive, or you really, really fucked up.
  • Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games. Peeta sometimes fits the bill too, though mostly he's the emotional, sensitive one.
  • Major McNabbs from Jules Verne's "In Search of Castaways".
  • Jeeves and Wooster: Jeeves has complete and utter imperturbability as his chief character trait, probably because he's usually fully in control of whatever Zany Scheme is going on at the moment. His rather excitable master constantly wonders how he does it. Notably, he doesn't smile -— he "muscle spasms".
  • Journey to Chaos: Siron of Esrah tries to give the impression that he's this unflappably polite gentleman who cannot be roused either by the bad manners of others or the violence of the battlefield, but he is unable to fully hide emotions like anger, disappointment or worry.
  • Perhaps the greatest example of this trope is Hans from Journey to the Center of the Earth. He not only agrees on the spot to go with the main characters down a giant lava tube to hell, but isn't even fazed by it. He saves the two other explorers several times, and manages to remain deadly calm even when almost dying of thirst.
  • Legacy of the Dragokin: Lydia comports herself in a calm and professional matter; it's a point of pride because she is a leader of soldiers and is expected to.
  • The Legend of Drizzt: Drizzt Do'Urden is often described in-text by his author as being stoic. While he does indeed power through setbacks and defeats, he feels quite deeply, and in battle will wear rage on his sleeve. Further, while he doesn't talk to many outside of his friends, he is very eloquent when speaking with them.
  • British statesman Lord Chesterfield recommended being this several times in Letters to His Son: "It is very often necessary, not to manifest all one feels." — "I am sure that since I have had the full use of my reason, nobody has ever heard me laugh." — "A man who does not possess himself enough to hear disagreeable things without visible marks of anger and change of countenance, or agreeable ones, without sudden bursts of joy and expansion of countenance, is at the mercy of every artful knave or pert coxcomb; the former will provoke or please you by design, to catch unguarded words or looks by which he will easily decipher the secrets of your heart, of which you should keep the key yourself, and trust it with no man living. The latter will, by his absurdity, and without intending it, produce the same discoveries of which other people will avail themselves."
  • Lonesome Dove has Woodrow Call, who makes a good foil to Gus McCrae, the boisterous cowboy.
  • Conrad Hensley from Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full is a literal stoic, having embraced the philosophy during his stint in prison.
  • Cato from Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome wants to be this. The real Cato was a stoic philosopher who was/is famous for being incorruptible and an ardent defender of Republican ideals during Rome's transition into an Empire. In contrast McCullough's portrayal of him is extremely negative. He is portrayed as a fanatical stoic who single handedly leads Italy into Civil War due to his irrational hatred of Caesar and rabid obsession with the mos maiorum. In his private life he is a deeply unhappy alcoholic who suppresses his emotions out of fear of being hurt.
  • It may have something to do with the fact that many of them are centuries old, while others are thousands of years old, and some are even older than God, but probably the main reason that Merry Gentry's immortal guards seem so stoic is the fact that they've been at the mercy of a sadistic autocrat for several thousand years.
  • Inspector Javert in Les Misérables is presented this way as a manifestation of his absolute dedication to the law. Even right before his suicide, he calmly walks into a police station, leaves a note for the officer on duty, and calmly walks out again. It's downplayed in the musical, as he does get quite emotional at times.
  • Parker, from the novels by Richard Stark.
  • Though Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe does have his more human moments, these mainly occur when he's been truly pushed over the edge, as when, in one novel, he is kidnapped and shot full of narcotics by a quack doctor. The rest of the time, though, he manages to remain completely deadpan even as he's being beaten up by crooked cops or having guns waved in his face.
  • In Psy Changeling, the Silence Protocol aims at making the entire Psy race this.
  • Captain Ed Morris of the US Navy frigate USS Reuben James (formerly of the USS Pharris), as depicted in Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy. After losing his ship to a Soviet submarine, he assumes command of a new ship. Though he plays his role as The Captain to a stoic extreme, he is plagued by Bad Dreams and his performance suffers. After a near experience with a Heroic BSoD, the helicopter pilot takes him to a waterfront bar to Drown His Sorrow, in true Sergeant Rock fashion. After reliving his experience and letting his sadness and anger out, Captain Morris gets his He's Back moment and sails again in fighting form to deliver death to Dirty Communists.
  • Isengrim from The Reynard Cycle is consistently described as being stony-faced, grim, and almost-supernaturally calm. He is very much the Blue Oni to Reynard's Red Oni.
  • Second Apocalypse: Members of the Dunyain are a subversion. They have all been conditioned to be ruthless, emotionless, and rational human calculators, but in being so, they're very good at simulating social interaction to come across as passionate and charismatic when it suits their ends.
  • Sherlock Holmes. He gets shaken up only twice in all of canon, once when he is exposed to a hallucinogenic drug and once when Watson gets shot. (When that happens he really flips out, though.)
    • There's also that moment at the end of "The Six Napoleons" when Lestrade tells him that Scotland Yard is proud of him. Watson's narration: " seemed to me that he was more nearly moved by the softer human emotions than I had ever seen him."
  • Asher in Someone Else's War. Matteo himself initially seems like one; it turns out to be a facade hiding his reckless nature.
  • Roose Bolton from A Song of Ice and Fire is notable in a series full of stoic characters, speaking with a quiet monotone and having a face that looks like a pale timeless mask for which all emotions appear similar. Bolton uses leeches to suck away the "bad blood" of anger and other messy emotions, and calmly mentions the certainty of his future sons being killed by his bastard intent on succession. He's not concerned by this as he knows he will not live long enough to train his future sons to manhood, and "boy lords are the bane of any house."
  • Lt. Kirihara Azusa in Stone King comes across as very stoic to those who aren't skilled at reading her minimal expressions.
  • The Stormlight Archive: The Alethi, as a race, are known for being very reserved at all times. Public displays of any form are frowned upon, from affection to demanding duels for insults. It's to the point that in the second book, Dalinar can't do anything to Sadeas despite Sadeas very explicitly trying to get Dalinar's entire army killed in the previous one.
    "I'll have your throat in my hands, Sadeas," Adolin hissed. "I'll squeeze and squeeze, then I'll sink my dagger into your gut and twist. A quick death is too good for you."
    "Tsk," Sadeas said, smiling. "Careful. It's a full room. What if someone heard you threatening a highprince?"
    The Alethi way. You could abandon an ally on the battlefield, and everyone could know it — but an offense in person, well, that just wouldn't do. Society would frown on that.
  • Meursault in The Stranger. What emotion he does have, he doesn't really display. It doesn't end well for him.
  • In C. S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces, the Fox is a philosophical Stoic and so aspires to this. He goes so far as to argue against grieving over the Human Sacrifice of Istra/Psyche on the ground that she escaped the miseries of life under her father's thumb, and had attained all the virtues that anyone could — before breaking down.
  • From the Tortall Universe by Tamora Pierce:
    • Keladry, protagonist of Protector of the Small, spent her first ten years in Yaman, where overt displays of emotion are shameful. She acts like a stone to avoid blowing up or melting down in the face of the vicious misogyny and regular training woes she has to endure. Her peers mockingly call her a "Yamani lump," but the trait serves her well as a leader. In the final book, she argues but remains calm when Wyldon orders her not to pursue the abducted refugees. Having avoided rousing suspicion, she very quietly turns her horse and rides into Scanra.
    • Junai of Daughter of the Lioness (a.k.a. the Trickster books) makes a total of three facial expressions. Each time, everyone is shocked.
  • Helen, of Twig, is an interesting example in that she is an (In)Human Weapon whose emotions seem to be disconnected from her physical instincts, meaning that for her, stoicism is not a choice so much as a default, and when she does express emotion it is in her capacity as Little Miss Con Artist rather than being genuine feeling.
  • Dimitri from Vampire Academy, is known to be calm, cool, collected and he rarely loses his cool or his temper.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • In Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts novel Only in Death, we are explicitly told that Ezsrah's people show no emotion and particularly no sorrow. Then, this is borne out by his actions throughout, and in particular in that scene. Ludd, his eyes red and tearful, told him of Gaunt's death, and he just nodded and walked away.
      Sleepwalkers showed no emotion. It was part of their way.
    • In James Swallow's Warhammer 40,000 Horus Heresy novel The Flight of the Eisenstein, Sendek prized his self-control, and had a friend who jested about how he took "stoic" to new levels. Making his Not So Stoic moment at The Reveal a deep underscore of how little they believed it.
  • Rand Al'Thor from the Wheel of Time series is slowly transforming into this. His reaction to having his hand burnt off is "I'll have to learn the sword again". A old friend who had not been present to witness his transformation as it occurred over time assumed he was simply in shock, to be sadly told otherwise by someone who feels Rand's emotions. He just knew the hand was gone, he could do nothing about it and so felt nothing more about it.
    • Even from the beginning, there was Lan, who generally doesn't show any emotion; he once laughed, and Rand thought it was like a stone laughing. Then there's the Aiel, who are a race of stoics in the classic sense, having the attitude that the world is going to do terrible things to people and the only sensible thing to do is endure them without complaint; Perrin once cut the hand off a captive Aiel, who only grunted softly.
    • On the villains' side, Demandred is noted for his stoicism; he never smiles or laughs, and most of the other Forsaken are of the opinion that he's so full of hate for the Dragon that he simply doesn't have room for any other emotions, and other characters will often note his lack of expression. Then, when he feels his revenge is actually in his grasp, he finally lets all that hate out and turns into a Large Ham.
  • Chapter 7 of Broken Gate implies that Emotionless Girl Nezumi was this at some point before becoming emotionless, as Miyako doesn't remember Nezumi expressing her emotions outwardly but knows that her sister wasn't always emotionless, regardless, "Nezumi's tears dried a long time ago".
  • Subverted in The Count of Monte Cristo, when Andrea gets called "the stoic" by other inmates due to his high-society manners... who have no idea what it means. Andrea himself is a zigzagging version: while he is perfectly cool from time to time (in the thirty seconds it takes for him to go from being affianced to the richest young woman in Paris to being the most wanted criminal in France, he's already escaping out the window with the biggest jewel in the dowry, and is already plotting his next move), he also has bursts of emotion like demanding to know who his father is.
  • "If-" is a poem by Rudyard Kipling that basically defines Stiff Uppper Lip. Although some see it as a Stealth Parody, if you actually were able to do everything the poem says you'd be beyond human.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gives us Melinda May, badass Action Girl who, according to Coulson, used to be much happier until she had to fight through a brainwashed cult by herself. This leads to some hilarity when she goes undercover with Coulson.
    Skye: [on comms] What is that? What's that sound?
    Coulson: It's May.
    Skye: Oh my god, are you guys under attack!? Is she okay!?
    Coulson: No... she's laughing.
    [Skye and the others are speechless as May continues laughing in the background]
    Fitz: Now that is just unsettling.
    Coulson: I think the worst of it's over now.
  • Alias: Jack Bristow. Though you should never confuse stoicism with a lack of emotion, especially if you go anywhere near his daughter.
  • Arrow: Laurel tends to shift between this and Dull Surprise.
  • In Auction Kings, Delfino gets frustrated fixing broken pieces, but always keeps his cool.
  • Battlestar Galactica (1978): Captain Apollo, from the classic series, tends to be this in the majority of the episodes.
  • In The Borgias, Machiavelli is a Deadpan Snarker and always calm, even when dealing with the threat of Florence's invasion (and/or excommunication) or fanatics vandalizing his house. This makes him an exception to the series' World of Ham tendencies.
  • Breaking Bad: The two Ax-Crazy assassins from Season 3.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
    • Captain Ray Holt. Colleagues he's had for years still find him near impossible to read; he wears exactly the same expression whether he just returned from a relaxing tropical vacation with his husband, or if a fire destroyed treasured heirlooms. Of course, if he gets angry, you WILL know.
    • Detective Rosa Diaz is aggressively unreadable and despises emotions in general. The only emotion she'll frequently display is a Hair-Trigger Temper.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Oz. Whether it's finding out that he's a werewolf, a nude Buffy who can read his thoughts, or the idea of his girlfriend being turned into a vampire, he keeps his head. His reaction is "Huh" with a bemused grin when he's meditating in Tibet and a submarine is teleported outside the temple. It takes Willow being held hostage by an Ax-Crazy Faith and everyone arguing about it for him to smash something in frustration. Even then it was to force the Scoobies to trade the MacGuffin for Willow.
    • It's occasionally lampshaded:
      Xander: For a minute there I thought you were gonna make an expression.
      Oz: I felt one coming on, I won't lie.
    • From the same episode ("Earshot", in which Buffy can hear what everyone is thinking).
      Oz: (thinking) I am my thoughts. If they exist in her, Buffy contains everything that is me. She becomes me. I cease to exist.
      Oz: (speaking) Huh.
    • He has two freakouts in his run on the show, both in the same season. One in the "What Do They Fear?" Episode when he starts randomly going wolf, and the second when he learns about Willow and Tara.
  • The Chase: This is meant to be the gimmick of the Chasers. Meant to be, meaning that it falls apart due to Corpsing on various occasions.
  • Chuck:
    • Several characters have this going:
    • Casey could very well be the page image. He rarely shows anything of what he's feeling in the first two seasons, even when he is in an emotional state. And when he does show something, it's usually either annoyance or disdain at the antics of the Buy More staff or Chuck's struggles as a spy, amusement at tweaking Chuck and/or Sarah on their feelings for one another, or Unstoppable Rage. By near the end of the second season and moving into the third, Casey finally begins to loosen up and is more willing to express how he's feeling, as well as offer insights into others' emotional conflicts.
    • Chuck makes this into an Inverted Trope this as the series progresses. Although he remains the most emotional member of the team throughout the series, he progressively becomes cooler under fire as he grows more accustomed to the spy life, even shocking Devon with just how easily he's able to lie to Ellie's face. By the end of the series even without the Intersect he's able to face down mooks with confidence.
    • Sarah is a master of shutting off her emotions, and her ability to mask her feelings is lampshaded multiple times throughout the series.
    • Beckman takes this to Comically Serious levels. She rarely reacts at all, and the most change in her reaction will be a slight raising of her voice. Beckman is shown with the same emotionless expression while wearing a cocktail dress or bathrobe, and the episodes in which she is visibly upset or distressed become downright jarring.
    • Daniel Shaw's lack of expressiveness is a large contributor to his place as The Scrappy in the third season. For most of his tenure he showed practically no emotion at all, (arguably justified by trauma over the death of his wife and his firm belief that emotions are a liability to a spy) even in episodes where it was meant to be clear that he was attracted to Sarah. Ironically, he was much better received after his Face–Heel Turn turned him into a bit of a Large Ham arch-nemesis.
  • Community: Upon being told to just sit and wait in the episode "Social Psychology" , while everyone else around him ends up throwing childish tantrums and storming out, Abed just calmly, without expressing any apparent emotion, sits and waits. For twenty-six hours.
    Professor Duncan: (watching video footage of Abed sitting perfectly still, staring into space) ... Is it on pause?!
    Annie: Nope. That's just who he is.
    • Later on, Abed says that, although he didn't show any outwards signs of it, he was actually furious the whole time. Seriously. The only reason he stayed so long was because Annie asked him to.
  • Criminal Minds:
    • SSA Aaron Hotchner. Has been known to occasionally crack a wry smile or get sniffly with/about his young son, but when he's on the job? All business, to the point where he doesn't even blink when a serial killer fires a gun at him from point-blank range.
    • In an interview from the first season one of the writers said that if Hotch was ever to get emotional on the show, the audience would probably be sobbing by that point. Cue season five and the Reaper arc, and this was definitely the case.
  • Dollhouse: Laurence Dominic wears this badge for a while:
    Topher Brink: [laughs nervously] There's no way Dom would consciously try and have fun!
  • Farscape:
    • Aeryn Sun, especially at the start; though she gradually moves away from this, she periodically reverts to the Stoic as a defense mechanism. No matter how dangerous the situation is, she remains calm and in control. In a war zone, carrying her newborn baby, with a psychopathic Scarran pointing a gun at her husband's head, she simply shoots the Scarran and deadpans "It's a boy. In case you were wondering."
    • This is canonically Aeryn's strongest character trait, as revealed in "Twice Shy." When the Alien of the Week heightens everyone's strongest trait, Scorpius and Sikozu note that the rest of the crew is behaving in a very exaggerated manner but that Aeryn is colder than usual. Later, when the alien steals these traits, it is INCREDIBLY disturbing to see Aeryn panic.
  • Firefly: Zoe:
    Wash: So, I'm Zoe. Now, what do I do?
    Mal: Probably not talk quite so much.
    Wash: Right. Less talking. She's terse — I can be terse. Once, in flight school, I was laconic.
  • DCI Foyle of Foyle's War has very strong feelings—most notably an unswerving moral compass—but is incredibly calm and collected in almost every circumstance. Even when angry, it manifests as Tranquil Fury or Disappointed in You, and he rarely ever raises his voice regardless of the dangerous people he confronts. (Though he does admit to having enjoyed himself when he punches a looter of bombed houses.)
  • Game of Thrones has many deeply stoic characters::
    • Ned Stark, who was played by Sean Bean, the grand master of cinematic stoic deaths. He is grim, cold, and distant, unless around his family.
    • Like Father, Like Son, as Robb Stark rarely shows his emotions.
    • Stannis Baratheon, who is so ridiculously stoic that it can be quite funny/narmy and/or makes you you wonder if there's something wrong with him, and gains him a reputation of a man who never smiles and who has the personality of a lobster. Things that have not made Stannis Baratheon show emotion: killing his brother, ordering the deaths of men and going into battle completely unprepared, getting glomped by his beloved daughter, watching said beloved daughter die horribly and discovering his wife's body, and getting stabbed to death. This makes his Not So Stoic moments all the more remarkable.
    • Brienne of Tarth seems to hold this a personal ideal.
    • Due to all the dangerous and traumatic situations she experiences in the first three seasons, Sansa Stark becomes very good at hiding her fear and sadness, and only displaying the emotions which are politically useful or personally empowering for her. When she is Ramsay's captive, she appears fairly confident in public (she even calls out Ramsay and his henchwoman on various occasions) and the only person she is openly distressed in front of is Theon, which was in private and made good sense in terms of her survival (since Theon had been conditioned to see her as his baby sister and she was trying to enlist his help).
    • Catelyn Stark controls her emotions very carefully, and will usually only appear vulnerable when it was strategically useful for her to do so.
    • The Boltons aren't technically stoics because they are too sociopathic to register emotions in any normal way but Roose and Ramsay's emotionlessness responses to distressing situations can be quite impressive. Pay attention to how little fear Ramsay shows when he dies a particularly brutal and drawn-out death. In "Mhysa", Roose no longer has anything to hide, so he shows much more expression than he normally does, and there's something rather Uncanny Valley about them. This ties into his characterisation as The Sociopath, as his expressions are likely learned through mimicry rather than genuinely felt. When Ramsay stabs him to death, Roose's only reaction is an involuntary cry of pain. After, he bleeds out with a completely neutral expression on his face and without saying or doing anything.
    • Ramsay himself is a clever inversion of this trope, because (as a complete sociopath) he cannot feel emotions properly, but he still plays on how insecure he feels about being a bastard, to the point of near-wangst. This was likely written to reflect that domestic abusers in real life use strategies like this enlist the sympathy of and thus to control their victims . It was probably intentionally used as part of Theon's redemption arc, because (in order to earn his redemption) Theon needed to learn that, regardless of how well-earned his abuse and abandonment issues were, it didn't justify his morally reprehensively behaviour in series two.
    • Stoicism is one of the reasons the Hound is so popular. He is brutally honest and gives precisely no f**ks, but it is also clear from context that his life has been dominated by a psychopathic maniac (the Mountain) who spent their collective childhood brutalising him. The most emotion you get out of him comes from brief flickers of expression on his face.
    • Most of the characters have this trait to some extent. Stoicism is part of the job requirement for medieval-type knights and diplomats, so even characters who wangst a lot in private (for example, Jaime) will appear this way in public. Jon is a bit of a depressive, but is appropriately stoic when watching friends die, performing executions, and getting stabbed.
    • Rodrick Cassel remains a very stoical man who exhibits, at best, grumpiness and anger.
    • Jory Cassel tries to be and largely succeeds, remaining placid and loyal.
    • Past her Death Glare to Ramsay Bolton, Lyanna Mormont shows very little emotion.
    • Though Tywin is very often contemptuous and snarky, he has little emotional range beyond this. However he does show more emotion than in the novels, where he only loses his icy cold demeanor once, when Tyrion asks him to acknowledge his rights to Casterly Rock. TV!Tywin loses his temper (though never his control) in several episodes, either because he's Surrounded by Idiots or putting his children in line, and once even gives a genuine (albeit short) laugh.
    • For the most part, Dany tries to be as cool as ice when under duress, though in Season 2 her band is at so much risk of both death and deception that she is reduced to aggressive pleading. Once she's the Queen of Meereen, Dany must emulate this more than ever before her subjects.
    • Grey Worm. It comes with being an Unsullied, trained from birth to feel no fear and remain utterly disciplined at all times.
    • Qhono is very economic on facial expressions.
  • The Good Place: Sean, the judge. He not only never expresses any emotion, seeing them in others completely disgusts him. Sean only likes cold, hard logic.
  • Highlander: A few of the Immortals, especially Methos:
    Methos: I haven't felt guilt since the eleventh century.
  • House: House is borderline: he's stoic most of the time, but then every so often is given to some pretty extreme mugging. True stoics don't do things like holler with exaggerated passion "YOU CAN'T STOP OUR LOVE!!!" over a room full of hospital execs in order to embarrass their intended object.
  • JAG:
    • Sarah MacKenzie Is mostly portrayed, as part of the Marine persona, as the Stoic.
    Mac: I'm a Marine, a devildog, we don't back down from anything!
    • However, at times such as in "Second Sights" when finding her estranged father on his deathbed at a hospice in a state of coma, and at the same time meeting her even more estranged self-centred white trash mom, she turns out to be Not So Stoic. But it turns out to be a Double Subversion: after her father has passed away Mac tells her mother stoically that she never wants to see her again because it was she, not her father, who once abandoned her.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent: in the second season episode "Legion" the killer of the week is Jojo Rios, a sound engineer who controls a bicycle theft ring, brainwashing the teenage bike thieves with a twisted variety of Stoic philosophy as preached by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. One of his underlings demonstrates a perfect stoic attitude, even as he takes a poison pill rather than be interrogated by the police. Jojo himself is stoic for most of the episode, but loses his temper when he thinks Goren had recorded their conversation without a warrant. He didn't but he did set up an Engineered Public Confession.
    DA Carver: But I wasn't aware that Marcus Aurelius was an advocate of suicide.
    Goren: Well, he wasn't... But like any belief system, in the wrong hands, Stoicism can be twisted to mean whatever you want.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: ADA Alexandra Cabot, Dr. George Huang and ADA Casey Novak. All of them initially earn the ire of the detectives- though not the more levelheaded Cragen- through their detached, clinical view on crime and criminals, and emote significantly less than them under most circumstances throughout their tenure.
  • Lost: Dr. Juliet Burke is of the badass variety. Unless someone dies or she talks about her sister.
  • Found in nearly any season of Kamen Rider:
  • The Mentalist: Agent Cho. Even the funniest of lines are delivered in total deadpan.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Jason, the original Red Ranger.
  • Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: Inspector Jack Robinson, a bulwark of stability against the storm of chaos that is Phryne Fisher.
  • Mythbusters:
    • Jamie Hyneman:
      Adam Savage: [sarcastically] You know, it's when you get really excited that I get really nervous, so if you could calm down just a little bit...
    • One episode involved reading emotions from facial expressions, so they had all the cast members emote for a photo session. Every single one of Jamie's expressions were identical.
  • NCIS:
    • Gibbs and Ziva. For example, in the season six episode "Dead Reckoning", Ziva and Tony are protecting a witness, and hitmen are on their way to the safehouse. Ziva calls Gibbs to inform him of the situation, putting the phone on speaker and setting it down as she pulls out two handguns. Her voice never changes:
      Ziva: We have a situation at the safehouse.
      Gibbs: Well, yeah, Ziva. What is it?
      Ziva: Just a second. (The hitmen break in through two different doors, and Ziva shoots them both dead before they can react.)
      Gibbs: Ziva? Ziva! Ziva, talk to me!
      Ziva: Under control. (hangs up)
    • Gibbs' only reaction is to smile slightly before he hangs up as well.
  • The O.C.: Ryan Atwood, he is so stoic to the point he can 'convey everything with a look'.
  • Primeval: Douglas Henshall's performance as Nick Cutter is much more restrained in the second and third series than the first. The altercations to the timeline and revelation of Stephen and Helen's affair could make him qualify in the Shell-Shocked Veteran category.
  • Prison Break: Michael Scofield, for the most part, is able to keep very calm in the numerous dangerous situations he finds himself in throughout the course of the series.
    • Wyatt, the personal assassin for The Company's general, is this and a Scary Black Man because of it.
  • Revolution: Early on, Miles Matheson and Sebastian Monroe. A Justified Trope, because both of them served as marines before the blackout. However, Miles ends up proving to have emotions, like when he cried over Nora's death in the first season finale, while Monroe proves to be incredibly deranged and hammy.
  • Rome:
    • Octavian. He cannot remember the last time he made a joke.
    • Adult Octavian also likes to stare for long periods without blinking. Chilling.
    • And then there's Vorenus, Antony had a memorable remark about him: "You won't turn to drink, will you? You stoic types often do when disappointed in life."
      • Strictly speaking, Antony was probably using the term in the political/philosophical sense and not the general modern term, as Vorenus, a largely-unreconstructed Catonian, does subscribe to a Stoic philosophy.
    • Subverted when Marc Antony compliments Julius Caesar on his calm demeanor while they're (illegally) marching on Rome. "You look as calm as a cup of water." Caesar replies with a touch of irony, "I'm glad I appear so..."
  • Scrubs: One episode featured a memorable quick-flash montage depicting various patients dealing with pain. One of them is a stone-faced Japanese sushi chef, with an enormous bloody knife sticking out of his shoulder: "Does what hurt?"
  • Sherlock: Sherlock, John, Magnuseen and Mycroft are this.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Col. Jack O'Neill is very much a Stoic, having barely ever cracked even a smirk. He makes up for it by being one darn funny Deadpan Snarker though.
    • Teal'c, the Proud Warrior Race Guy from the same show, is also a Stoic on par with Spock. He is capable of deep and powerful emotion, but he lets it out only when a loved one is nearby or in danger.
    • Teal'c apparently also has a very strong sense of humor, it just doesn't translate well.
      O'Neill: Jaffa... jokes?
      Teal'c: I shall attempt to translate one for you. A Horus Guard, a Serpent Guard, and a Setesh Guard meet on a neutral planet. The Horus Guard's beak glistens. The Serpent Guard's eyes glow. The Setesh Guard's... nose drips.
      [Teal'c bursts out laughing, but stops after a few seconds when no one else laughs]
  • Star Trek has a tradition of having at least one example of this trope as a major character in every series:
  • Stitchers:
    • Kirsten's temporal dysplasia seems to impair her ability to even experience emotions, never mind displaying them. However, she becomes Not So Stoic after stitching for the first time.
  • Supernatural: Castiel. He has no clue how to show emotion, which isn't true for the other angels.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Cameron, being a machine, shows only a simulation of emotion at particularly calculated moments where she needs to manipulate the people around her.
  • The Vampire Diaries: Stefan Salvatore.
    Caroline: Why are you looking at him with your serious vampire look?
    Stefan: My serious vampire look?
    Caroline: Umhm...I mean it's different from your worried vampire look. Neither of which stray too far from your "Hey, it's Tuesday" look.
  • Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: Takeru Shiba/Shinken Red can keep his composure through anything and does so to remain withdrawn from everyone. This is one of the reasons he didn't want Genta Umemori on the team. He knew there is no way to keep straight face around him.
  • Uchu Sentai Kyuranger: There is a lot going on inside Stinger/Sasori Orange, but he is not going to let anyone know if he can help it. Talking about his brother cracks his composure. Also, his brother broke it himself in #16.
  • In Wolf Hall, Thomas Cromwell rarely betrays his emotions casually. He lets his guard down to some extent around Cardinal Wolsey, but even when he's angry or threatening someone it manifests as Tranquil Fury. This is in sharp contrast to the passionate and sometimes bombastic royals and nobles around him, and when he insults them (as occasionally happens) they're left puzzled because he uses the same tone as he would to inform them of the day's schedule.
  • Million Yen Women: Shin doesn't show much reaction to the various unusual situations that get imposed upon him, be it having someone invite five women he doesn't know to live in his house, some of said women making a move on him, a couple of them getting killed or one of them turning out to be behind the invitations and the murders.

  • "Big Bad John", a 1961 country-pop smash by Jimmy Dean, about an emotionless, quiet loner — all 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds of him — who works in the coal mines. Averted when he comes to the rescue of his fellow miners during a cave in, and sacrifices his life in doing so.
  • Lindsey Stirling's "orchestra face" is a deadpan, focused expression that she used to use when playing the violin. It's clear that she's gotten rid of that habit, though!
  • The "I'll make a man out of you" Training Montage from Mulan glorifies stoical attitudes in several places.
  • Kraftwerk always played up their robotic personas to their fullest, never breaking character. They were less stoic in the early 70's, but this was just Early Installment Weirdness .
    • Their reputation for onstage stoicism wasn't aided by the long running rumour, that Fernando Abrantes, who was a member for a brief period around 1990, was sacked for being too active on stage.
  • This is the main idea of the Ramones video "I wanna be sedated"
  • Minimalist pop artist Lorde performs with a cold, indifferent tone in her music, and her attitude especially shines through in her videos.
  • Ron Mael of Sparks. The man could have invented this trope. For Sparks' nearly 50-year career, he has remained emotionless and stiff on stage, this being part of what scared so many children back in the early 70s when Sparks made their way onto television. In interviews, however, he's friendly, smiles, and talks just about as much as Russell does.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Dark Angels, a Chapter of Space Marines in Warhammer 40,000 exemplify this trope, along with The Atoner. They have a long-standing feud with the Space Wolves that stems from their differences in personality inherited from their Primarchs.
    • The two primarchs did, however, get over their differences and became really close friends. Not many members of either chapter is aware of that fact, but they do put aside their differences when a larger threat is around.
    • Imperial Guard regiments from Valhalla are described to generally be like this, able to shrug off even the largest losses and focus on the objective at hand, not even surrendering until the very last moment, and sometimes not even then. For a good example of this, see Gunner Jurgen, aide to Ciaphas Cain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!), where the majority of the Valhallan 597th Ice Warriors have very differing personalities, Jurgen fits the standard description for Valhallans as described in the Imperial Guard Codex pretty well.
    • In general, stoicism is a very good idea if you're a human in the 40K-verse. Not only will it help you get through the horrors of day-to-day life in the Imperium, it is also the only way to not feed the Chaos Gods.
    • It's not just the humans, either. The Craftworld Eldar are into this big time. And for good reason: on top of being aware that emotions feed the Chaos Gods, if the Eldar express too much emotion, their souls are claimed by Slaanesh, one of said Chaos Gods. Stoicism is a survival tactic for them.
    • Among the Chaos Space Marines, the Iron Warriors have a reputation for this. Not for them the crazed excess of the Emperor's Children or the maniacal cackling of, well, most other Chaos forces; instead, if they're showing emotion, it's usually murderous anger or deep resentment, and otherwise they're cold and calculating.

  • Kopaka from BIONICLE is a textbook example, with Personality Powers to boot.
  • Mixels has Mesmo, who apparently won't, if not can't, show expressions at all. Exaggerated in his "Upset" video in Calling All Mixels game where he just says "Meh."

    Video Games 
  • For someone trapped in a studio full of murderous ink monsters, Henry from Bendy and the Ink Machine is unflappable. Even after destroying a living theme park ride that was trying to kill him, he has nothing to say.
  • Kazuma Kiryu of the Yakuza series is pretty stonefaced. If he shows emotion, it's either a warm smile towards a child or a Death Glare towards someone REALLY stupid about to get beaten to within an inch of their life.
  • Reaper and Shadow of Jagged Alliance, combined with the Quiet One. They do, however, break out of it occasionally (such as Shadow snarking at the Crepitus, giant bugs, or Reaper getting injured or spotting enemies).
    Reaper: "I'm bleeding. That's cool."
  • Raiden, in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Compared to his... emotionality in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, he's quiet and deadly calm, the epitome of the perfect killing machine. However, it turns out that Raiden is, in fact, Not So Stoic.
  • The protagonist Abe no Seimei of Onmyōji, a kindhearted man who never shows any extreme emotion despite all the things that happen to him.
  • Golbez winds up as the Stoic in Final Fantasy IV: The After Years.
  • Shadow from Final Fantasy VI. When the heroine asks him for words of wisdom about her screwed-up life, he tells he can't help and boasts about having killed off his emotions. Later, when his daughter, Relm, becomes a part of the party, he never speaks to her beyond warning that his dog will bite.
  • Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII. In the original games, everyone else is usually made to run in cutscenes just to save time, and presumably you're not supposed to think they're really running. Sephiroth walks. In the movie Advent Children, he never blinks and hardly ever grunts or breathes during the whole intensive battle scene he gets. Appearing preternaturally unaffected is the most distinctive behavioural trait he has. ''Crisis Core, the prequel, portrays him as a Sugar-and-Ice Personality instead.
  • The main character of Final Fantasy VIII, Squall Leonhart. His Catch-Phrase is "...whatever."
  • Auron from Final Fantasy X practically embodies this trope (as well as a score of others, but let's not go there...). He's mainly the 'Combat Vet' version, mixing in a handful or two of the action hero variant, and a pinch of Aloof Big Brother, mostly near the beginning.
    • Actually, Shell-Shocked Veteran would be the best way to describe him and he has a pretty good reason for it: your two best friends die, but you try to keep it together when you learn that they died in vain and you get a Hannibal Lecture that all your life was based on a lie. If that doesn't mess you up in the emotions department, nothing does.
  • Llyud, and the Aegyl in Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings. Mostly due to their anima having been stripped
    "I cannot even understand why you cry."
  • Final Fantasy XIII's protagonist Lightning fit this trope, combined with her status as a Lady of War.
  • Vergil from Devil May Cry 3 in direct contrast to his cocky Jerkass brother.
    • Dante himself in Devil May Cry 2. This was so completely out of character for him that Capcom has basically ignored the game ever since.
  • JC Denton from Deus Ex, although talks frequently compared to others, shows VERY little emotion when speaking. He might as well be a robot, but then again... Cybernetics Eat Your Soul.
    • The fact he talks so much emphasises his stoicism. He seems quite philosophical and clearly has a deep understanding of the issues he's involved in.
    • His brother shows noticeably less detachment, and the other nano-aug you meet (Walton Simons) gets quite irritated with the protagonist on a couple of occasions. Gunther Hermann, a mechanical augment, shows himself to be quite emotional but presumably hides it as best he can whilst working with his sociopathic partner Anna Navarre. So soul-eating probably hasn't happened here... these people are just damaged.
    • JC does briefly let his stoicism slip, ever so slightly, shortly before the denouement.
      Bob Page: I will burn like the brightest star!
      JC: Oh, you're gonna burn, alright.
    • And again when taunting Maggie Chow about the fatal mistake in the latter's Xanatos Gambit.
  • Agent 47 from the Hitman series.
  • There's a whole race of stoics in Lusternia, the Lucidian. Their progenitor was The Spock of the Elder Gods. They're highly intelligent, made of crystal, and are coolly indifferent to most other mortals - except the Trill race.
  • In Sabres of Infinity, Aside from expressing his contempt of Upper-Class Twit Elson, Cazarosta has few moments when he shows even an ounce of emotion in the story, working hard to gain his trust can make him open up a little more.
  • Several characters act this way in The King of Fighters, but the most notable is likely K'. He never so much as smirks, his voice rarely moves past a monotone, and his introductory line is a muttered, "Heh. Now I'm mad."
    • The Alternate Universe Maximum Impact has several characters (Soiree and the Genki Girls Yuri and Kula) who try to cheer up the cast's stoics before their fights. The responses range from K' dismissing them to Iori making a death threat.
  • Undine and Salamander, Arioch's pact-partners in Drakengard, are of this sort. At one point they tell the protagonist about Arioch's disturbing past and try to explain why she's so Ax-Crazy, and they do so with all the vivacity of a dead cockroach.
  • The Original Generation cast members of Super Robot Wars got plenty of the most stoic characters: Kyosuke Nanbu is a gambling mecha pilot with a mild monotone and Raidiese F. Branstein keeps a low profile amongst Ascended Fanboy teammate Ryusei Date. It wouldn't be Super Robot Wars if these two didn't break out of their stoicism: endanger Kyosuke's Ms. Fanservice girlfriend and he delves into a deep Tranquil Fury, while mentioning Raidiese's dead sister-in-law, when you're the one who orchestrated her death, you'll see him go batshit insane upon pressing that Berserk Button of his.
    • One more for Kyosuke. Try to kill his True Companions in front of him and make it look like it's his fault. The man will break down in tears and enter a Heroic BSoD right off bat.
  • Kingdom Hearts, Various members of Organization XIII, Xemnas, Xaldin, Lexeaus, Zexion and Saix to name a few, are various shades of stoic, though they all have moments of Not So Stoic as well. It could be because of their nature as Nobodies, however with the exception of Xemnas, all the previously mentioned characters were still shown as stoic when they had hearts.
  • Mass Effect's Urdnot Wrex is a centuries-old warrior whose iron-cold stoicism in combat comes from a combination of long experience and more jaded cynicism than you can shake a stick at. The most you can get out of him in the majority of circumstances is a calm remark on how satisfying that last round of gunplay was. However in Mass Effect 2, the only non-stoic part was seeing Shepard is alive again, and he says: "Shepard, my friend!" In 3, if you kill Mordin during the sequence when the cure is deployed for the Genophage he will go into an unstoppable rage as you essentially doomed his entire species since said cure became ineffective because it denatured from the heat of the lab fire.
  • The Advance Wars series has Hawke from Black Hole Rising and Dual Strike, and Gage from Days Of Ruin. Unlike the other COs they lack "happy" portraits for when their units win battles, and the former only ever has "..." as a reaction to a battle.
  • Jade Curtiss from Tales of the Abyss is the Stoic and the Deadpan Snarker and the Stepford Smiler. He is both awesome and rather creepy.
    • Tear also when she trying to keep up her soldier mentality.
  • Veigue Lungberg from Tales of Rebirth is the epitome of this trope within the Tales Series. How bad is it? For one, he is the only character who doesn't have a smiling frame in the skits, and the only time he ever smiled was in one anime cutscene. And it was a tiny, very reserved smile. His gloominess is even constantly mocked by the other party members, especially Mao.
    Tytree: If we hang around in a dark place like this, then we're gonna end up gloomy just like Veigue here!
    Mao: No~, anything but that!
    Veigue: ...We're leaving this instant.
  • Raidou Kuzunoha the Fourteenth of Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army experiences some rather disturbing events with a perfectly straight face, which make the few moments when he is visibly shocked/distressed more emotional for the player (this player, at least) than they normally would be. (And it makes the game over scene much more frightening when one takes into account how terrified he is.) Also, no matter how joyous the music or visuals, his oh-so-tiny smile at the end drove the feeling of victory home (as if visually whispering I won...). Not bad for a silent protagonist.
  • Gears of War's Marcus Fenix has only one emotion: varying degrees of annoyance at everything. The most emotion one can usually get out of a Shell-Shocked Veteran like him is a growl of rage.
    • That stoicism is played brilliantly in Gears 2, as the few rare instances where he shows an emotion other than anger are made all the more powerful. Particularly potent is the brief flicker of pain he shows when Dom finds and has to Mercy Kill Maria.
  • Team Fortress 2's Heavy is described as this, but he cheers up once he starts killing people. When we see him, he's always killing people. The stoic side comes out more in the supplementary materials such as comics, where he's often pretty quiet and level-headed when compared to other characters.
    • The Spy is a better example, staying calm even when he's burning to death, though revealing he lets loose quite a bit in his domination lines—particularly, he finds the fact that the Sniper lives in a van hilarious.
    • The Sniper's domination lines reveal, aside from his normal, cheerful side, that he can be both incredibly stoic and incredibly insane. And in the Meet The Sniper video, he claims that emotions are what a guy who beats up his wife over a golf trophy has. He is a professional, and professionals have standards.
    • Radigan Conagher, the Engineer's grandfather.
  • Presea Combatir progresses from Emotionless Girl in Tales of Symphonia to this trope in the sequel, where within a minute of making her first appearance, she bullshits a group of guards into believing they'd be victims of a horrible (and weird) curse if they opened the iron maiden that the heroine was hiding in prematurely... only for it to be revealed that there was a trick back in there anyway, and she just bluffed the baddies for the hell of it. And doesn't break a smile or drop the Creepy Monotone once.
  • Torgal from The Last Remnant is an excellent example, he has the least lines out of the main group and shows very little emotion.
    • In his Flashback Nightmares, it's revealed he has an excuse: Due to his emotions, he chickened out of mercy killing his bandit partner, leaving him to a painful, torturous death.
  • Cyrus from Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum believes that emotions are "useless sentimentality". He uses this as his justification for destroying the universe and creating a new one with all humans stripped of emotions and spirit.
    • Regarding his "emotionlessness", it's pretty clear through his actions and words that he very obviously still has them. Consider that when he initially tells the player character this, he's nearly screaming at them. In Platinum, he is forced to confess, due to having a meltdown of rage, that he still has them.
    • Certain Pokémon like Lucario and Umbreon are like this in Pokémon X and Y's Pokémon-Amie. They don't budge much even when you pet them, compared to others who are practically squealing.
  • In Silent Hill 4: The Room, this is one of the things Henry and Walter have in common. Except that Walter sometimes smiles and laughs.
  • Humphrey from Suikoden
  • The protagonist of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, despite being a Heroic Mime, is noted by the rest of the cast to be very calm and controlled, which is why they rely on him so much. And they freak out at the start of the Chaos Path when he kills Gore: "Did you just laugh?"
  • Halo:
    • The Master Chief himself! Our main protagonist, he kicks alien butt, holds off an epidemic Flood virus, and stops Halo from detonating while keeping a cool head the whole freakin' time. And the guy never shows emotions to boot (probably because he's in a giant robot suit that masks every emotion his body tries to show). But still, if he's asked to jump out of a ship and hurl into outer space, he'll do it while saying in a calm voice, "Sir, finishing this fight". Definitely a Stoic who doesn't afraid of anything. Except at the deaths of Miranda Keyes, Sgt. Johnson, and especially Cortana.
    • Truth as well, as not even the destruction of the Halo ring fazes him. Until Halo 3, where it's revealed that he was merely masquerading as the Stoic to hid his sadistic psychopathic personality and extremely high temper.
  • Chuck Greene from Dead Rising 2. He never seems to drop the Clint Eastwood-like stare even if he faces against zombies or psychopaths.
  • Rachel Alucard of BlazBlue, as well as her companion Valkenhayn R. Hellsing, are generally aloof and reserved throughout the games. This stands out a lot since BlazBlue is a World of Ham filled to the brim with Hot-Blooded Large Hams who can't keep their voices down. Even then, they have their moments.
  • Muriel in Duel Savior Destiny is perpetually quite stoic, which sharply contrasts with her highly outspoken daughter. When Taiga finally gets to see her laugh, he's actually terrified and runs away.
  • Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony has Luis Lopez as the stoic in terms of most facial expressions.
  • Joshua Graham and Legate Lanius in Fallout: New Vegas are both notable stoics, men who don't raise their voices, even in anger. The most that players will see them emote is some degree of Tranquil Fury in the case of Joshua and either unemoted contempt or faintly damning respect from Lanius, depending on how you approach him. Recruitable companion Boone appears to be so stoic as to be a textbook Cold Sniper. Initially.
  • Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad, one of the main characters from Assassin's Creed I. Subject 16 even described him as a "stoic, 12th century Assassin in the Holy Land" in Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
  • OFF's Batter remains impassible throughout the entire game, not raising his voice or loosing his terseness even when threatened, battling, or witnessing some of the nastier events in the story.
  • Dynasty Warriors gives us Zhou Tai, a man who barely emotes in the face of victory or defeat. Very little phases him, and most of the things he says are spoken in a whispery growl.
  • Samurai Warriors has Hattori Hanzo, ninja writ large and also a man of very few words (most of them involving darkness, shadows, and death). His early voices were practically paper-thin.
  • Persona:
    • Tatsuya of Persona 2 has a reputation as a "cool", standoffish loner, though it's mostly just a product of being shy and awkward around others.
    • The male protagonist of Persona 3 is considered to be this by many of the other characters in the game. Some of his closest friends are often envious of his cool and collected nature in any situation, and it causes some problems with the emotional stability of the group. The female protagonist, on the other hand, is something of a Genki Girl.
    • Yu Narukami, the protagonist of Persona 4, is consistently calm and level-headed. It's not just a product of him being a (mostly) silent protagonist either; he's the same way in the spin-offs that give him plenty of dialogue.
    • The protagonist of Persona 5 zig-zags this: in his civilian life, he is fairly quiet and doesn't say much (although he sometimes may exhibit dry wit). In the Metaverse, however, when he dons his Joker disguise, he is a bit more talkative and a lot more showy. His friend and teammate Yusuke also tends to be quiet and calm, although he has his share of Not So Stoic moments (particularly when his Persona awakens).
  • The Legend of Zelda: The titular Princess Zelda in the majority of her appearances keeps a cool head regardless of how bad her situation is. Particularly the iteration in Twilight Princess, where she endures her captivity by Zant and watching him seize control of Hyrule with a Stiff Upper Lip. This makes Zelda's Heroic BSoD Cry into Chest during a flashback to when she and Link are the only survivors of Calamity Ganon's return in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild even more powerful as a result.
    • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has Link mostly stoic and there's a backstory as to why he is that way. 100 years prior to the plot, Link was picked to be Zelda's royal knight and it put a lot pressure on him. In order to avoid being a letdown or say something he could regret, Link chose to act stoic and never speak in order to maintain his professional demeanor. Once he and Zelda start to open up to each other, it turns out Link isn't quite so stoic since he loves to eat a hearty meal and can be a bit of a glutton.
  • In The Elder Scrolls, this is Subverted by the Argonians. Other races believe Argonians to be this, assuming them to have no emotions or feelings. This is largely attributed to their lack of facial muscles needed to display human-like facial expressions. Anyone who pays attention to their voices can quickly deduce that this is simply not true. Even those who barely understand the languages of Men and Mer can have strong emotion in their voices.

    Visual Novels 
  • The Nobles of Ascension are this, and the Moon elves are very close. It's not that the Moon elves don't feel anything, they repress their emotions because showing emotions is considered rude in their culture.
  • Fate/stay night.
    • Saber, generally.
    • Rider. First she's an antagonist that smiles one time at the fact that Shirou isn't as big of a Jerkass as Shinji, then she dies without expressing anything but a mild disdain for Saber's much stronger distaste for her. No part in UBW. HF gives her the emotional range of emotionless (and unnerving to Shirou with it) to mild frown to very slight smile. The strongest reactions are when people are honestly appreciative/complimentary of her where she becomes almost flabbergasted. But then again, she has a backstory that turned Medusa into a woobie, so yeah. Even then she masks it. She's more outgoing in the True End of HF though.
  • M in Shikkoku no Sharnoth. The only times he displays strong emotions is when he is destroying his foes. He does not really appear to understand emotion in some way.
  • Mio from Little Busters! has a poker face to rival a grand master's. She begins to let her guard slip once she starts to befriend the others, though.
  • Kyouko Kirigiri of Danganronpa is a stone-faced in the presence of crime scenes and corpses, rarely smiling. One of the few instances where she manages to get shaken up are quite serious.
    • Peko Pekoyama of Super Danganronpa 2 follows in Kirigiri's footsteps. Unlike her, however, Peko is much easier to snap out of her stoicism; she has a wide range of expressions when actually, well, expressing herself.
  • Grisaia no Kajitsu: Most of the girls take note of Yuuji's normally-taciturn demeanor, to the point that Michiru tries to nickname him "Mr. Standoffish Man." In fact, he's so deeply rooted in this behavior that, when he does finally laugh at something, he bursts into a coughing fit due to being so unused to it.

    Web Comics 
  • Zz'dtri, Vaarsuvius's evil counterpart in The Order of the Stick, barely talks and keeps a straight face almost at all times. He does however let out an evil grin every once in a while. It's meant to make him a foil to Vaarsuvius' Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness.
  • Sara in Errant Story, almost never talks. The characters occasionally make fun of her for it, as seen above. (What's amusing is that her brother Jon sees himself like this, although he fits more into the Tall, Dark, and Snarky class.)
  • Antimony Carver and Miss Jones from Gunnerkrigg Court.
  • Lieutenant Sarg and to a lesser degree Karcharoth of Cry Havoc
  • (Tiffany) Susan Pompoms of El Goonish Shive is the rare female Shell-Shocked Veteran, although her Vulcan "shoulder angel" would have you think of another related trope.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Airman Third Class Axel Higgs has faced everything from airship crashes to angry swans to rampaging warrior Clanks with a cool head, a talent for thinking on his feet, and a slightly bored expression on his face. The only thing that appears to faze him is Zeetha (who, to be fair to Higgs, gleefully dove into a barfight composed entirely of Jagermonsters).
    • For those of you who don't know jagermonsters are supersoldiers all of whom have decades or even centuries of combat experience, so it takes quite a badass to brawl with them.
    • Higgs is not a true stoic. He does show emotions, and in fact runs the gamut from mild annoyance to considerable annoyance. (He's exhibited surprise a couple of times also, but it takes a lot to prompt this reaction from him.)
  • The nameless zombie narrator of Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name does show emotion. Sometimes. He's a master of the Fascinating Eyebrow, has been known to look pretty alarmed when it's unavaidable, and gets visibly upset when Hanna has been harmed. However, Hanna keeps track of how many times he's seen him smile, and it doesn't come out to much. He also doesn't care much at all about the fact he's lost his memory.
    • Finas also seems to fit this category, though Word of God states that he does actually smile "when the situation warrants it".
  • Riff in Sluggy Freelance. Though he's developed a greater range of emotion, he's still deadpan more often than not, and prone to Tranquil Fury. Stoicism around women in particular is a front he's carefully cultivated to prevent himself from sticking his foot in his mouth.
  • Wooden Rose Lillian
  • Raizel from Noblesse, who spoke as much as (or even less than) random throwaway villains over the course of 185 chapters. His facial expression neverchanges, and the most emotional he ever got was during his Tranquil Fury moment.
  • Grim Trigger has Grandin, who hardly showed any emotion when his own country was overthrown. Not to mention it was by his own commander who was holding a scythe to his throat.
  • Homestuck:
    • Dave Strider hides himself in cool irony and refuses to show emotion. His brother raised him to be independent and never show weakness (Emotion being one). As they progress in the game Dave becomes more worried and asks Rose how John is doing when he can't contact him. He also casually asks her for psychoanalysis on his dreams. At one point when being pestered by Terezi a future Dave gives him the thumbs up after she asks if he can trust her. A big part of Dave's Character Development lies in realizing he is different from his brother, and can be his own man; he reveals himself Not So Stoic as a consequence. The Alpha iteration of Bro, though, is this trope to a tee.
    • Dirk has his own problems with this trope. His flat affect and alexithymic tendencies are genuine, it seems, but these actually cause him trouble in communicating with people. His incredible stoicness is among the many reasons his relationship with Jake ends up as it does. He is also dealing with major depression and self-loathing while not actually expressing it - consciously, at least.
    • Rose has similar problems, particularly her inability to trust her friends. Played with in the form of Roxy, who is basically a female Dave minus the stoicism.
  • Biscuit in Goblins is a member of the Roak clan, who train their warriors to openly accept pain and loss, and to never burden themselves with negative emotions. After being freed from 600 years of demonic torture and learning that the rest of the Roak clan was wiped out 200 years ago, his only response is 'Meh, oh well.'
  • Frank from Two Guys and Guy never shows any emotion under any circumstances.
  • Kiri from Solstice Twins.
  • Asia Ellis from morphE is emotionally stunted and has not shown a smile in the first two chapters. To date her only emotional reactions have been related to her guardian, Ken.
  • Edith of Godslave takes everything that comes her way pretty much in stride, barely ever showing any hints of strong emotions.
  • Lalli from Stand Still, Stay Silent:
    • Due to his Ambiguous Disorder and Cloud Cuckoolander tendencies, he didn't realize his cousin had signed both of them up for an exploration mission in a Forbidden Zone before they were already on the boat for the first leg of the trip. The three other members of the crew, including their new captain, are all complete strangers that don't speak Lalli's language. Lalli's main duty on the mission is to find a path for their Awesome Personnel Carrier in a Ghost City during nightime, when his work experience consists of at least six years of doing that work in the forest surrounding his home military base. On his first night doing this, his cousin decides at the last minute that he should maybe at least do this during the day due to it being a completely new place to him. Lalli's reaction boils down to "I understand what the new captain wants me to do, see you in the morning.".
    • This also shows during the first major crisis of the crew, that ends up netting them a Little Stowaway. Young man turns out to be in a newly delivered food crate? Lalli couldn't care less (though the panel preceding the reveal hints he already knew someone was in there). Upon a closer look, the young man in question turns out to share an unusal hairstyle with that stranger Lalli spotted in the mage-exlcusive dreamspace a couple of days ago? Lalli may have spent an hour or two continously staring at him at first, but is all but ignoring him by the next morning.
    • Mikkel also. Getting yelled at by someone with No Indoor Voice or whatever idiotic thing his teammates are up to will be taken in stride. He will also wear the exact same neutral expression whether he's announcing that they've run out of food early or trolling the teammates in question for his own amusement.
  • Hayato Toda of Mousou Telepathy is only outwardly stoic, and has been so ever since he was little. His family can figure him out fine, and his friends have somewhat adapted to him, but everyone around him largely doesn't know what to do around him or figure out what he's thinking because he's not an easy read or physically expressive enough. It's a good thing that his love interest is a mind reader.
  • Sebastian in The Back o' Beyond manages to restrain his emotions extremely well around the captain of the pirates immediately after his father's death. However, he does have some Not So Stoic moments when he's alone.
  • Tower of God
    • Jyu Viole Grace. His emotions can only be read from his actions and the rare occasions when we catch a glimpse of what is going on in his head. He has his reasons.
    • Hwa Ryun barely reacts to anything less than losing an eye — and even then, it seemed to be only from the pain. It might be because she's a Guide who can see the future in a limited way and usually knows exactly where she is and where she's going, although other Guides aren't all stoics.
  • The Comic Adventures of Left & Right: Rarely does Owldog break his default facial expression.
  • Broom Girl from Never Satisfied nearly always keeps a straight face.
  • Existential Comics: While the actual Stoic philosophy was more complicated than just the stereotype, some of their views indeed embodied this, as illustrated here.

    Web Original 
  • Bobby Jacks of Survival of the Fittest very much embodied this trope, at least in pregrame. During version 3, he has, however, shown emotion a couple of times. On the other hand, most of these occurrences happened either when he was alone or internally - so other characters wouldn't be privy to the same knowledge as readers. The three occasions where Bobby shows real emotion are justified however. Once because he had just been shot, the other two times because his Berserk Button was pushed.
  • Greg from The Wolf's Will has his moments of stoicism, but he has absolutely nothing on Free Flower from the same book, or on Beatrice from Demonic Symphony.
    • Word of God has it that the last two are actually incapable of feeling emotion.
  • Wyn from the web fiction serial Dimension Heroes seems to slip in and out of this trope: sometimes he feels like talking, and other times he'll simply stand around and look cool.
  • Shrooms has Blue Shroom, who is consistently light on emotion, a great contrast to Red's histrionic personality and antics. Which makes sense, as Blue is the only character in the series without animated facial expressions.
  • To Boldly Flee has Sad Panda, who as multiple commentaries note, reacts visibly to absolutely nothing.
  • The Guild has Vork, although due to it being a comedy web-series, it's more in the The Comically Serious
  • Blaire from The Secret Life of a Mermaid life is hard: her mom abandoned her and her dad at one years old and she's used as a personal information guide to the others about her mom, (which is a very tough subject for her). When her dad gets suspicious of her, he bans her from seeing her only friends, which promote her to run away with Terra, probably forever and yet, she goes through all this with no expressions except for a smile!
    • Kelsey is the most level-headed member of the group, although she is sometimes Not So Stoic.
    • Brenna became practically an Emotionless Girl in Wildfire, to the point where Kelsey points this out.
    Kelsey: " Okay, first you lash out when we were playing yesterday. Then, you turned all emo. And, now you hair's purple!"
    Brenna: (in a monotonous voice) " It's purple?" (Looks at her hair) "Huh. Guess it is,"
  • Donut from Dusk's Dawn doesn't emote outside of assertiveness, inquisition and disappointment.
  • Petscop: Despite all the crazy stuff he sees, Paul manages to keep a calm attitude most of the time. Key word being most.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Killer always speaks with a deep monotone, and barely emotes.
  • Dreamscape: This series seems to love this trope.
    • Keela rarely ever shows any emotion and always has a monotone voice.
    • Melissa doesn't shift from her distant prideful demeanor...usually.
    • Kai has a serious, almost commanding tone about him that he never drifts from.
    • Eleenin is a stoic, but not as much as Kai. Its more serene than commanding.
    • Drake's somewhere between Kai's and Eleenin's level.
    • Jenna speaks with a grumpy, uncaring voice.
    • Aseir speaks with a deep, uncaring tone. However, he's not as much of one as Jenna, because he's got a bit of a temper.
  • The description "Mommy" implies Toki is this, a Perpetual Frowner, or both, as, she's content being in that picture with her daughter, Orchid, however, she's not expressing it.

    Western Animation 
  • Clarence "Larry" from Clarence.
  • The Neutral Planet from Futurama. Their motto is "Live free or don't".
    Neutral President: I have no strong feelings one way or the other.

    Neutral President: All I know is my gut says, maybe.
    • With the Planet Express ship rocketing through the atmosphere about to smash into the Neutral Capital Neutropolis, a "Beige Alert" sounds.
    Neutral President: If I don't survive, tell my wife, hello.
  • Generator Rex: Six through and through. He smiles all of three or four times throughout the entire series, and it's only a tiny deviation from his normal expression.
  • According to Grunkle Stan of Gravity Falls, his father Filbrick was one of these, described thusly; "Dad was a strict man. Tough as a cinderblock and not easily impressed." In the flashback episode "A Tale Of Two Stans", Filbrick proves to be Not So Stoic when he finds out that Stan's usual carelessness cost his genius brother his admission to a first-rate college where his brains could have him, and by extension, the rest of the Pines family rich.
  • Quack Quack from Kaeloo rarely ever shows any emotion, usually having a blank expression on his face (this includes situations such as Kaeloo almost dying).
  • Lucy (all the time) and Lisa (most of the time) from The Loud House.
  • In Men In Black: The Series, K was made to be this, while he is almost similar to his movie counterpart, his animated version takes it Up to Eleven.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Big Macintosh is this combined with The Quiet One. Famously, on the few occasions that he does speak, it's usually a flat "Eeyup" or "Nnope" (even when attempting to cheer). Whenever he gets emotional enough to speak in complete sentences, you know something's up.
    • Gummy the baby alligator is completely defined by his lack of ability to experience any emotion (or even awareness of his surroundings) whatsoever. This is in stark contrast to his owner, Pinkie Pie, who is inexplicably convinced otherwise.
    • Pinkie's sister, Maud, is an even more extreme example, bordering on being an Emotionless Girl, though it's shown in her later appearances that while she doesn't show emotions, she still feels them.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Ferb and Perry the Platypus both qualify.
  • Skips from Regular Show.
  • Samurai Jack, similar to Jin, is a swordsman who will give little more than a brief glance to all of the weird crap he sees.
  • Played for Laughs with Johnny Tightlips from The Simpsons, a gangster so obsessed with stoicism and keeping the secrets he's entrusted with that he won't even give basic information that could save his life. For instance, after a shootout that Johnny was severely injured in:
    Louie: Johnny Tightlips, where'd they hit you?
    Louie: But what do I tell the doctor?
    Johnny: Tell him to suck a lemon.
  • South Park:
    • Craig is like this, usually when he's flipping people off. Although he frowns and shouts at other people, sometimes. Or smiles malevolently when he wants to beat someone.
    • Mysterion tends to fit this trope since his demeanor is similar to Batman's. He only loses his stoicism when people don't take him seriously or when he is talking to the Coon. He only smiles and laughs once, when explaining why they haven't changed the name of Coon and Friends after kicking him out; because it pisses the Coon off.
    • Not only does he briefly lose his stoicism, he briefly drops his Guttural Growling when he finds out that his parents have attended the Cult of Cthulhu meetings.
  • Garnet from Steven Universe, though she's been growing steadily less so.
  • Gene is the most serious of the Super 4 heroes. However, he seems a happy guy when compared to other inhabitants of Technopolis.
  • Antauri from Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! is very serious and reserved most of the time.
  • Slade, Raven and Robin from Teen Titans.
  • Leon of Titan Maximum is stoic to the core. Even when freezing to death, he doesn't so much as shiver. He does reach out a hand to stoic monkey Jesus, though.
  • Soundwave from The Transformers series deserves a solid spot here. As one of Megatron's more useful allies, Soundwave has a respectable fanbase among the fans purely for how mysterious and awesome he can be.
  • Brock Samson from The Venture Bros., when he's not engulfed in a psychotic Unstoppable Rage.
  • Tino from The Weekenders in the episode "Cry" after he was made fun of for crying. He even shows no reaction to getting hurt.
    Carver: Uh, Tino? That guy just ran over your foot.
    Tino: I know. It was quite painful.
  • In a case of Adaptation Personality Change, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! sees its version of Doctor Doom as this trope instead of a Large Ham, never raising his voice even when being taunted or in battle, and being rather calm and collected.

    Real Life 
  • Stoicism, without the deterministic mythology associated with its original forms, is effective both at preventing and treating some forms of depression and anxiety. By teaching the patient that they can always be in control of their own mental state, the patient can use stoic discipline to become resistant to emotional disturbances.
    • One ancient Greek Stoic, it was told, greeted the news of his only son's death with the comment, "I was aware I had begotten a mortal."
    • The stoics of ancient Greece both were and weren't this trope. They didn't dislike being emotional, it's just that they saw excess emotion as negative because it can control a person's life. They believed using logic and reason to determine their life led to greater happiness.
    • Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. His writings, collected into a book called "Meditations" are considered the best introductory book into the Stoic philosophy. note 
  • In typology tests such as the Myers–Briggs, personalities with IxTx-dominant functions (that is, Introverted Thinkers) are often stereotyped under this trope.
    • ISFP's can also fit here due to being characterized as gentle and feeling the situation internally.
    • In the typology test, Socionics, this is a defining trait of ILI and SLI types (also written as INTp and ISTp) who go to great pains to restrain any emotions that might be expressed and can be easily told from their consistent, stoic lack of facial expression.
  • On the Five-Factor Model of personality (which does not assign a definite type, but scores on a continuous scale on each of the personality dimensionsnote ), those who rank low in both Extraversionnote  and Neuroticismnote  fit this trope.
  • Blunted Affect, restricted affect and flat affect are conditions characterized by a significant reduction in emotional reactiveness and display, and is found as a symptom of many mental illnesses as well as neurological disorders such as brain damage. It covers a lack of emotional expression stemming from both a repression of emotion and a true lack of emotion (apathy), since internal psychological processes are difficult to infer. Flat affect takes this Up to Eleven in being the total absence of any emotional reactions.
    • Blunted affect is a common symptom of depression. When one is required to suppress their emotions just to get on with day to day living, it's hardly surprising that a blank expression becomes second nature. Depression doesn't always involve feelings of sadness either, and those afflicted by this expression of depression can appear to others, and feel themselves to be, emotionless.
    • Of the personality disordersnote , schizoid personality disorder is characterized by detachment, lack of interest in social relationships and a tendency for isolation, emotional coldness and apathy, and a restricted range of emotional expression. Sound familiar? Yes, it does.
    • Its one of what are called the negative symptoms of schizophrenianote .
  • Admiral Raymond Spruance, USN. He didn't really need bombs, shells, and torpedoes; he could probably look at Japanese ships on a map and a shower of ice pouring from his cold heart would fall on them and sink them. This applied only to his military affairs, however. He was quite fond of his family, dog, garden and greenhouse, the latter of which he often showed to visitors.
  • Feodor Emelianenko, the top heavyweight MMA fighter in the world. He has stated that he deliberately clears his mind of emotion before and during a fight. The most expression seen on his face in a fight is quiet determination.
    • Russians in general only emote when they are surrounded by friends and/or family. In all other situations they keep a Dull Surprise expression.
  • The San Antonio Spurs of the NBA are this trope personified. Long Runner Coach Gregg Popovich, unlike many of his contemporaries who were star athletes before taking on coaching jobs, is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and served a completed tour of duty before transitioning into Basketball. Popovich virtually built the franchise with his military, no-nonsense values, with five titles and nineteen consecutive playoffs appearances giving credit to his "no self-importance, no egos, no showboating, no trash-talk" policy.
    • Tim Duncan is well-known for this, rarely showing either excitement or frustration (and has occasionally been referred to as "Spock"). He has said it gives him a psychological advantage because opponents don't know how he's feeling which makes it hard for anyone to affect him with trash-talking or anything of the sort. In fact, the only instance he was ejected from court for "unsportmanlike behavior" is for laughing while at the bench.
    • Kawhi Leonard easily fits this trope too. Pictures of him laughing or smiling are often accused by fans of being photoshopped.
  • Chilean President Manuel Montt was described by his own followers as "being all cool head, but no heart".
  • During the Yom Kippur War "Dado" Elazar specifically ordered that no casualties' names be reported to headquarters unless it was of military importance that they be known. This was because several of the officers present had their own sons in the fighting. In this case it was almost literal Stoicism: it was the sort of order a Roman commander might have given.
  • Training one's self to be "deliberately stoic" in order to shunt away emotional reactions can be an effective, non-pharmaceutical defense against anxiety, panic, and phobic disorders. In essence, shoving one's emotional reactions aside (be it gently or forcefully) allows the more calmly rational mind to take over control of the reactions until the episode passes, and can also lessen the chances of the amygdala "hijacking" the brain and causing an explosive activation of the "fight or flight" response.
  • Kimi Raikkonen, a Formula One driver, is infamously called "Iceman" because of his Nerves of Steel and his straight "I don't care" face which is deployed even when he gets really angry or really clueless.
  • The native people in Finland are this due to living in a cold region.
  • The Geisha of Japan are taught to be this out of politeness. Traditions in Japan are very precise and it takes a strong personality to complete them all. They can finally emote when not on the job but keeping a calm and elegant demeanor is a must for these women.
  • Newscasters. Always delivering bad news with a straight face. Except when they finally crack.
  • Oddly enough quite a few species of animals deserve a spot in this trope. Among the most worthy are cats, lizards, sloths, snakes, spiders, chameleons, sharks, most bird and bat species. Of course, a lot of that stems from them being physically incapable of expressing anything like humans do, but they can in other ways at times.

Alternative Title(s): Stoic