Hodor from Game of Thrones is the main character that comes to mind. He is only able to say a single word, which happens to be his name.

There are many other characters like these in the cinematic and literary universe. Where did this type of character come from? Who is the first character to only be capable of saying a single word?

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Certainly not the first, but one that significantly pre-dates Fuzzy's 1983: The Raven from Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven. It was only capable of saying "nevermore".

  • Good one. I was going to suggest Grog from B.C., originating in 1966, but you're already well past me. – FuzzyBoots Feb 14 '16 at 3:47
  • @FuzzyBoots Why did you delete your answer? :-( I would have upvoted that! It might not be as old as this Poe-m, but it's far more firmly within the realm of SFF. – Rand al'Thor Feb 14 '16 at 23:57
  • @randal'thor: Fair enough. – FuzzyBoots Feb 15 '16 at 0:36

As per the TVTropes link, I'm going to guess Errand from The Belgariad. His first appearance was Magicians Gambit, released in 1983.

If you include a comic-strip among the potential sources, Grog from B.C. originated in 1966.

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