No one is talking to Danny. He can't understand why. Sure, he threw that football at the nerds and ended up hitting the head cheerleader in the head instead. What's the big deal? That little incident isn't bad enough to warrant the worst of possible peer punishments ... is it?
The Silent Treatment - a) when a character is so upset, they refuse to speak, b) someone who won't respond when questioned or if they are spoken to, and for no apparent reason, at least for the time being. Don't confuse this with The Quiet One, since this trope is used by characters who are usually or otherwise chatty (unless an inanimate object is treated like a character, spoken to, and a response is expected). More often than not, this trope is accompanied with crossed arms.
You will always see this trope during an interrogation scene, after an argument, or, in some cases, as a form of torture or psychological abuse. I'll show you what I mean by this following ad-xample:
Or how about this one:
And this one:
See how frustrating that can be, and yet so interesting at the same time? Now apply that when it seems appropriate and watch the drama fly. Just be careful not to use it too much. It drives people crazy.
Ever given your characters The Silent Treatment? Have you been a victim of this horrible experience? Have you ever perpetuated it?
I'm David, and ...