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Basic Trope: A character (willingly) rarely speaks to most people, but speaks to certain people much more often.

  • Straight: Alice usually stays silent, but she speaks to Bob often.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is a complete mute that doesn't speak even when spoken to, unless Bob is the one doing the talking.
  • Downplayed: Alice speaks happily to all members of her team, but speaks less when other are around.
  • Justified: Alice is a Shrinking Violet, that isn't comfortable around most people.
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  • Inverted: Alice speaks to everyone but Bob.
  • Subverted: Although Bob and Alice are friends she doesn't speak very often to him either.
  • Double Subverted: But Alice likes to speak to Claire.
  • Parodied: Alice speaks to everyone else by connecting wires into their brain and activating the neurons related to her thoughts. She speaks to Bob normally.
  • Zig Zagged: You cannot predict how Alice will speak to a newcomer or stranger.
  • Averted: The people around Alice don't affect how much she speaks.
  • Enforced: Aloce's voice actor is very expensive, so they need to write around her to lower costs.
  • Lampshaded: "Alice is so quiet usually, but all of a sudden she starts talking to Bob often."
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  • Deconstructed: Alice never speaks in most situations because of emotional trauma, a severe stutter, or brain damage.
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  • Reconstructed: Alice is teaching herself to speak again by singing, or learning sign language. She is only comfortable doing so with a few people right now, but she's working hard and getting better at it.

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