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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.
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  • 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.
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    • 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:
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    • 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.


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