The Best Fictional Characters Who Stutter

Over 400 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Fictional Characters Who Stutter

Stuttering is a serious speech impediment that affects millions of people from all over the world and all walks of life. It usually starts in childhood and can continue into adulthood. There is no set reason why people begin stuttering, but sometimes it begins due to trauma. People who stutter don’t often get to see a positive representation of themselves in the media. The characters on this list may have a speech impediment, but they are still well-rounded characters with other traits.

Sometimes these characters' stutters cause them to be a target for ridicule and cruelty, such as Adam Sandler’s Bobby Boucher, Ken Pile from A Fish Called Wanda, and Billy Bibbit from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. However, there are also characters who are portrayed as extremely successful, despite their stuttering issues, such as John Cage from "Ally McBeal."

It’s important for there to be stuttering characters in fiction so that people who deal with that impediment can see positive representatives of themselves on the screen and in books. Who is your favorite stuttering character?

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  • Bill Denbrough
    1
    170 votes

    A character from Stephen King's It, Bill's stutter becomes more pronounced when he's nervous or scared. He's a leader within the "Losers' Club" and often symbolizes bravery despite his speech impediment.

  • Jimmy Vulmer
    2

    Jimmy Vulmer

    South Park
    133 votes

    From South Park, Jimmy is a stand-up comedian who uses his stutter to his comedic advantage. His character has been praised for not allowing his disability to define him.

  • Porky Pig
    3
    Porky's Spring Planting, Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 4, Porky's Hare Hunt
    146 votes

    This beloved cartoon character from Looney Tunes is famous for his stutter, often ending his sentences with "Th-th-th-that's all folks!" Porky's stutter is used for comedic effect and is one of his defining traits.

  • Billy Bibbit
    4

    Billy Bibbit

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    62 votes

    A character from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Billy's stutter symbolizes his emotional fragility and vulnerability. The character's struggle with his speech impediment is a central aspect of his identity.

  • Bobby Boucher
    5

    Bobby Boucher

    The Waterboy
    82 votes

    Played by Adam Sandler in The Waterboy, Bobby's stutter emphasizes his shy and socially awkward character. His transformation throughout the film shows growth and overcoming personal barriers.

  • Hal Hefner
    6

    Hal Hefner

    Rocket Science
    46 votes

    From the film Rocket Science, Hal's stutter is central to the plot, especially when he joins the debate team. The film explores themes of self-acceptance and determination.