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The Stoic / Comic Books

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  • 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 while on duty unless extremely stressed.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Ultra Magnus and Cyclonus in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye. Magnus in particular has gone so long without smiling that the mechanisms for doing so have rusted in place. Whirl shows more emotion than either of them, and Whirl doesn't even have a face.


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