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Basic Trope: A panel lacks speech or thought bubbles.

  • Straight: In one panel, Alex says something stupid. The next panel shows Bob, without a word, walking away.
  • Exaggerated: And so do the next 84 panels.
  • Downplayed: The next panel shows Bob with an ellipses speech bubble.
  • Justified: It is necessary to convey an awkward or otherwise silent moment.
  • Inverted:
    • One panel shows Alex deep in thought, with words absent. In the next, he says something stupid to Bob.
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    • Or: In one panel, Alex says something stupid. Bob fills the next with a Wall of Text.
  • Subverted: In a comic, a panel depicts a loudspeaker calling for a moment of silence. Until this moment is up, the kids in the class are as loud as they can be, with words in every panel.
  • Double Subverted: At least, until the final panel of "silence", when the teacher performs a Death Glare and they shut up.
  • Parodied: There's one in a middle of an intense fight scene.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Every panel has text.
  • Enforced: The editor feels the joke doesn't flow well without a beat.
  • Lampshaded: "Let's just have a beat panel so I can catch my breath."
  • Invoked: Someone in the comic shoves a picture of what the scene looks like into the camera and invents a single-panel speech bubble-blocker.
  • Exploited: A villain in the comic triggers this reaction in his target, and uses the time to line a bead on them with his sniper rifle while they're thinking.
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  • Defied: Someone makes a machine to form speech bubbles in panels without them.
  • Discussed: "A moment ago, when I was silent and my mind was blank, I felt so . . . singled out!"
  • Conversed: "This comic tries too hard to get a beat panel in. The panels surrounding it are walls of text."
  • Deconstructed: Upon Bob's silent exit, Alex begins to wonder if he's worthy of Bob's friendship, and this puts a strain on their relationship.
  • Reconstructed: Upon Bob's silent exit, Alex says, "Okay, maybe that joke wasn't that good."

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