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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.


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