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9th Apr '18 9:02:38 PM nombretomado
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* The second Mrs. de Winter in ''{{Rebecca}}'' is extremely indecisive - one short scene shows her unable to decide on a menu for that night's meal, after becoming ''mistress of the whole household.'' She's an insecure type (or a wishy-washy one, if you're feeling less generous) who generally bows to the wishes of her husband...or, more dangerously, her malevolent housekeeper.

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* The second Mrs. de Winter in ''{{Rebecca}}'' ''Literature/{{Rebecca}}'' is extremely indecisive - one short scene shows her unable to decide on a menu for that night's meal, after becoming ''mistress of the whole household.'' She's an insecure type (or a wishy-washy one, if you're feeling less generous) who generally bows to the wishes of her husband...or, more dangerously, her malevolent housekeeper.
4th Mar '18 10:27:12 AM Dravencour
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* This is one interpretation of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. He's told right at the start of the play that his uncle had killed his father and Hamlet should avenge him. "Now might I do it pat," he says, but never does until it's too late, and gets nearly everyone else killed in the process. Creator/LaurenceOlivier even prefaces his film version by saying "This is the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind."

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* This is one interpretation of Shakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. He's told right at the start of the play that his uncle had killed his father and Hamlet should avenge him. While his initial indecision was forgivable (how do you know if it's your father's ghost or a demon trying to get you to damn yourself by murdering an innocent?), when he had the clear opportunity to kill Claudius, Hamlet didn't take it because he thought his uncle was trying to repent of his crimes and he wanted Claudius to die in full damnation. "Now might I do it pat," he says, but never does until it's too late, and gets himself and nearly everyone else killed in the process. Creator/LaurenceOlivier even prefaces his film version by saying "This is the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind."
24th Feb '18 2:50:57 AM jormis29
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* Val from ''Babes In Arms'' is constantly changing his mind and his philosophy.

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* Val from ''Babes In Arms'' ''Theatre/BabesInArms'' is constantly changing his mind and his philosophy.
21st Feb '18 7:50:39 PM nanakiro
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* The male lead in pretty much any HaremGenre anime in general will be a ditherer of some type (usually a wishy-washy variant) to justify why he never makes a choice.

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* The male lead in pretty much any HaremGenre anime work in general will be a ditherer of some type (usually a wishy-washy variant) to justify why he never makes a choice.choice. The female lead of a Reverse Harem series is likely to dally just as much.
8th Feb '18 4:30:51 AM Luigifan
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They are hugely frustrating in friendships, and even more so in relationships. Interestingly, in fiction, this characters is more likely to be female in most contexts -- but in romance, it's usually the male character who "can't commit." These characters can also be frustrating to the audience, particularly if they are the main character. Expect to yell at them to get their act together as they start NavelGazing for the zillionth time.

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They are hugely frustrating in friendships, and even more so in relationships. Interestingly, in fiction, this characters character is more likely to be female in most contexts -- but in romance, it's usually the male character who "can't commit." These characters can also be frustrating to the audience, particularly if they are the main character. Expect to yell at them to get their act together as they start NavelGazing for the zillionth time.



* '''The {{Cloudcuckoolander}}''': Decisions are a bit too reality based and permanent for them, and usually a warning signal of GrowingUpSucks. Thus, they consciously avoid them.

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* '''The {{Cloudcuckoolander}}''': Decisions are a bit too reality based reality-based and permanent for them, and usually a warning signal of GrowingUpSucks. Thus, they consciously avoid them.
30th Jan '18 1:44:24 PM MikeW
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** In season 2, Chidi is given a test to simply make a decision between two hats. He [[spoiler: is told he failed and when he asks why, the judge snaps "It took you ''eighty-six minutes'' to ''pick a hat!'']]

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** In season 2, Chidi is given a test to simply make a decision between two hats. He [[spoiler: is told he failed and when he asks why, the judge snaps "It took you ''eighty-six ''eighty-two minutes'' to ''pick a hat!'']]
-->'''Chidi''': Did I at least [[spoiler: pick the right hat?]]
-->'''Judge''': There was no "right one!" They're [[spoiler: hats]], come on, man!
26th Jan '18 1:48:23 PM MikeW
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** In season 2, Chidi is given a test to simply make a decision between two hats. He [[spoiler: is told he failed and when he asks why, the judge snaps "It took you ''eighty-six minutes'' to ''pick a hat!'']]
31st Dec '17 11:34:47 AM nombretomado
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* ''GummiBears'': Believe it or not, Tummi Gummi actually fell into this trope in the episode "The Fence Sitter."

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* ''GummiBears'': ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'': Believe it or not, Tummi Gummi actually fell into this trope in the episode "The Fence Sitter."
14th Sep '17 12:56:56 AM PaulA
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* In ''LadyInTheDark'', Liza finds herself unable to Make Up Her Mind between the Easter cover and the circus cover, and also between [[BettyAndVeronica Kendall Nesbitt and Randy Curtis]]. She is forced to defend her fence-sitting before a circus court in the third DreamSequence, which she does by means of a song called "The Saga of Jenny."
* This is one interpretation of Shakespeare's ''{{Hamlet}}''. He's told right at the start of the play that his uncle had killed his father and Hamlet should avenge him. "Now might I do it pat," he says, but never does until it's too late, and gets nearly everyone else killed in the process. Creator/LaurenceOlivier even prefaces his film version by saying "This is the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind."

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* In ''LadyInTheDark'', ''Theatre/LadyInTheDark'', Liza finds herself unable to Make Up Her Mind between the Easter cover and the circus cover, and also between [[BettyAndVeronica Kendall Nesbitt and Randy Curtis]]. She is forced to defend her fence-sitting before a circus court in the third DreamSequence, which she does by means of a song called "The Saga of Jenny."
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* This is one interpretation of Shakespeare's ''{{Hamlet}}''.''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. He's told right at the start of the play that his uncle had killed his father and Hamlet should avenge him. "Now might I do it pat," he says, but never does until it's too late, and gets nearly everyone else killed in the process. Creator/LaurenceOlivier even prefaces his film version by saying "This is the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind."
31st Jul '17 7:39:02 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Interesting variation in ''WatershipDown'': Fiver ''looks'' like a ditherer: he's twitchy, he's [[CassandraTruth an oracle who has trouble getting people to believe him,]] and he knows everything, making him a prime candidate for the too-many-trees version. However, Fiver always knows ''exactly'' what they should be doing - it's the ''other'' rabbits who dither, until either Hazel or Bigwig bites the bullet and makes the call.

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* Interesting variation in ''WatershipDown'': ''Literature/WatershipDown'': Fiver ''looks'' like a ditherer: he's twitchy, he's [[CassandraTruth an oracle who has trouble getting people to believe him,]] and he knows everything, making him a prime candidate for the too-many-trees version. However, Fiver always knows ''exactly'' what they should be doing - it's the ''other'' rabbits who dither, until either Hazel or Bigwig bites the bullet and makes the call.
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