Verbal Tic/Visual Novel

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Examples of Verbal Tic in Visual Novels include:

  • Averted in Fate/hollow ataraxia until the cast gets drunk and then adds animal tics to their speech such as nya! (cat) or wan (dog) based on what their favorite animal is.
  • Moran in Shikkoku no Sharnoth often answers statements or questions with either 'Yes. No.' or 'No. Yes.' followed by an explanation.
  • Misuzu Kamio in AIR, who is fascinated with dinosaurs, often says "Gao" (her idea of the sound a dinosaur makes) when surprised, distressed or embarrassed.
    • Gao is the sound a dinosaur makes in Japanese. (For extra credit, look up the Japanese word for a dog's barking.)
  • Kanon is full of such characters: Nayuki ("nyuu"), Makoto ("auu"), and Ayu ("uguu"), to the point of being overdone. It adds tremendously to the moe factor of the girls though, especially in Ayu's case - it's just so darn cute, which of course it is also helped by the marvelous performance of Yui Horie, Ayu's voice actress.
    • Though not a heroine, Sayuri Kurata from Kanon tends to say "ho-e?" in addition to her more usual "ahaha." Whether or not this is influenced by Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura is unclear; although, due to Sakura's Genki Girl personality, her ho-es are usually much more verbal.
    • Nagisa Furukawa in Clannad is also fond of ending her sentences with desk~.
  • Several characters in Higurashi no Naku Koro ni:
    • Rena Ryuuguu has a habit of repeating the final words of sentences, most famously kana, kana (I wonder, I wonder).
    • Satoko Hojo has generally flaky grammar, mixing up her first person pronouns and ending her sentences in wa even when it would be considered improper. However, in 1983, when Higurashi no Naku Koro ni is set, there would be no problem with her using this particle.
    • Rika Furude likes to use nipaa~ (an onomatopoeia for 'smiling') and mii (a nonsense word). Technically, not onomatopoeia but phenomime.
    • Rika also has a habit of saying "nano desu" after her sentences, which is translated as "Sir" in the official manga translation (she uses sir for everyone, including her friends, no matter their gender).
    • The second season character Hanyuu's trademark is a cry of au au au! when she is upset.
    • In the second episode of Higurashi Kira, Fairy Hanyuu ends most of her sentences by saying her own name.
  • In Umineko no Naku Koro ni, Maria has her trademark "U~." This actually has some significance to the plot. According to her, it's a spell for happiness.
    • Also something of a deconstruction; if her mother is to be believed, the weird speech pattern is the reason she's bullied in school and has no friends. It's certainly the reason said mother smacks her.
    • Dlanor A. Knox always puts emphasis on the last word of every SENTENCE. Just like that one there and this ONE. Even if it's just one WORD.
  • Spark Brushel in Apollo Justice Ace Attorney is a reporter who likes to ends most phrases with "End Quote", End Quote.
    • Det. Gumshoe ends most of his sentences with "Pal" when he's addressing someone, Pal.
    • Director Hotti, hmm, yes? It even rubs off on Phoenix temporarily.
    • Shrinking Violet Ron DeLite's speech tends to trail off off into nothing, which also affects other characters in the area.
    • Sentai show director Sal Manella 1ik35 2 5p34k 1n l33t.
    • "Foolish fools who foolishly dream of foolish dreams! Franziska von Karma has no foolish verbal tic!"
    • Detective Badd has a... nonverbal tic. His sentences... are usually broken up... by elipses. (possibly to represent... sucking on his lollipop, the tic stops... when it's not in his mouth).
  • In Brass Restoration, Minori has a habbit of saying "Nyu, Nyu" when Ryo teases her or she's stressed. Kouri also says "Pigyuu" occasionally.
  • In Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai, Haguro likes to add -kei in random places.