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26th Nov '16 6:35:00 PM eowynjedi
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* The climax of ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix'' pivots on the dithering of James Wilson, Pennsylvania's third delegate who is caught between independence man Ben Franklin and reconciliation man John Dickinson--Wilson prefers established precedence over the risk of new ideas. Usually, Wilson is just Dickinson's YesMan, but Franklin calls for a poll of individual delegates to leave Wilson on his own. Realizing he can be ''the'' man to sink independence or just another signature on the Declaration, Wilson chooses the latter. (This is DatedHistory--at the time, the writers couldn't find any writings to explain Wilson's abrupt switch. Now it's known that Wilson was an independence man himself who was waiting for information from his constituents to make sure they wanted it too.)
26th Nov '16 11:22:21 AM MasterHero
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* ''Anime/MacrossDelta'': Heinz Windemere is a fence-sitting type. [[PlanetaryNation Windemere]] has started a war in the name of galactic domination; and since he is the king, Heinz cannot afford second thoughts but doesn’t entirely agree with the idea of aggressive expansion. Unfortunately, because he is more useful as a [[CastFromLifespan Wind Singer]] than as an authority figure, he has to defer to [[EvilChancellor Roid]] for the actual ruling of Windemere. [[spoiler:In the later episodes, he makes his choice and [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil boy, is it a wrong one.]]]]
4th Nov '16 7:00:17 AM WillBGood
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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': Italy ({{Cloudcuckoolander}}[=/=]Insecure type) doesn't like being in any authoritative or decision making position -- he leaves that to Germany. Japan ([[The Empath Empathic]] / Insecure) prefers just to follow whatever the superpower ''du jour'' wants to do.

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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': Italy ({{Cloudcuckoolander}}[=/=]Insecure type) doesn't like being in any authoritative or decision making position -- he leaves that to Germany. Japan ([[The Empath Empathic]] / Insecure) ([[TheEmpath Empathic]][=/=]Insecure) prefers just to follow whatever the superpower ''du jour'' wants to do.
4th Nov '16 6:59:47 AM WillBGood
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Men perpetually dithering don't get ''[[DoubleStandard half]]'' the sympathy that women do, particularly when female indecision is played for {{Moe}} points -- probably because men are "[[MenActWomenAre supposed to take action]]." The character who [[HotBlooded plunges headlong into a situation without any thought]] is more likely to succeed than the character who [[ThePhilosopher prepares a dissertation on the issue]], unless a "look before you leap" {{Aesop}} is being enforced.

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Men perpetually dithering don't get ''[[DoubleStandard half]]'' ''half'' the sympathy [[DoubleStandard that women do, do]], particularly when female indecision is played for {{Moe}} points -- probably because men are "[[MenActWomenAre supposed to take action]]." The character who [[HotBlooded plunges headlong into a situation without any thought]] is more likely to succeed than the character who [[ThePhilosopher prepares a dissertation on the issue]], unless a "look before you leap" {{Aesop}} is being enforced.
4th Nov '16 6:59:16 AM WillBGood
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Men perpetually dithering [[DoubleStandard don't get ''half'' the sympathy that women do]], particularly when female indecision is played for {{Moe}} points -- probably because men are "[[MenActWomenAre supposed to take action]]." The character who [[HotBlooded plunges headlong into a situation without any thought]] is more likely to succeed than the character who [[ThePhilosopher prepares a dissertation on the issue]], unless a "look before you leap" {{Aesop}} is being enforced.

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Men perpetually dithering [[DoubleStandard don't get ''half'' ''[[DoubleStandard half]]'' the sympathy that women do]], do, particularly when female indecision is played for {{Moe}} points -- probably because men are "[[MenActWomenAre supposed to take action]]." The character who [[HotBlooded plunges headlong into a situation without any thought]] is more likely to succeed than the character who [[ThePhilosopher prepares a dissertation on the issue]], unless a "look before you leap" {{Aesop}} is being enforced.
12th Oct '16 9:49:21 PM Bassball_Batman
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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." They 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 is more likely to be female in most contexts -- but in romance, it's usually the male character who "can't commit." They 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.



* '''Just Plain Lazy''': Decisions involve effort, which is to be avoided at all costs. Leave it alone, someone else will deal with it eventually.

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* '''Just Plain Lazy''': Decisions involve effort, which is to be avoided at all costs. Leave Leaving it alone, as someone else will deal with it eventually.



All except the Wishy-Washy and Lazy type have a degree of sympathy, but in societies that value self-direction and assertiveness (for example, the USA), the inability to make decisions (or even spending too ''long'' on making one, even if you get there eventually) is A Bad Thing, and a hallmark of immaturity or lack of character -- especially in a man. Societies that favour thought and reason, however, tend to be more sympathetic, as long as it is clear the TheDitherer is ''really'' thinking about it and not dodging the issue.

Ditherers who are men [[DoubleStandard don't get half the sympathy that women do]], particularly when female indecision is played for {{Moe}} points. Probably because men are supposed [[MenActWomenAre to act]]. The [[HotBlooded character who plunges headlong into a situation without any thought]] is more likely to succeed than the [[ThePhilosopher character who prepares a dissertation on the issue,]] unless a "look before you leap" {{Aesop}} is being enforced.

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All except the Wishy-Washy and Lazy type "Just Plain Lazy" types have a degree of sympathy, but in societies that value self-direction and assertiveness (for example, the USA), the inability to make decisions (or even spending too ''long'' on making one, even if you get there eventually) is A Bad Thing, and a hallmark of immaturity or lack of character -- especially in a man. Societies that favour thought and reason, however, tend to be more sympathetic, as long as it is clear the TheDitherer Ditherer is ''really'' thinking about it and not dodging the issue.

Ditherers who are men Men perpetually dithering [[DoubleStandard don't get half ''half'' the sympathy that women do]], particularly when female indecision is played for {{Moe}} points. Probably points -- probably because men are "[[MenActWomenAre supposed [[MenActWomenAre to act]]. take action]]." The [[HotBlooded character who [[HotBlooded plunges headlong into a situation without any thought]] is more likely to succeed than the character who [[ThePhilosopher character who prepares a dissertation on the issue,]] issue]], unless a "look before you leap" {{Aesop}} is being enforced.



* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': Italy ({{Cloudcuckoolander}}[=/=]Insecure type) doesn't like being in any authoritative or decision making position -- he leaves that to Germany. Japan (Empathic / Insecure) prefers just to follow whatever the superpower ''du jour'' wants to do.

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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'': Italy ({{Cloudcuckoolander}}[=/=]Insecure type) doesn't like being in any authoritative or decision making position -- he leaves that to Germany. Japan (Empathic ([[The Empath Empathic]] / Insecure) prefers just to follow whatever the superpower ''du jour'' wants to do.do.
* In ''Manga/FromEroicaWithLove'', penny-pinching James is a ditherer of the wishy-washy "I want it all!" type, usually when it comes to money.
* In early ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'', the main characters are forced to make weighty moral decisions. In the anime version, this leads to entire minutes of dithering.



* In early ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'', the main characters are forced to make weighty moral decisions. In the anime version, this leads to entire minutes of dithering.
* In ''Manga/FromEroicaWithLove'', penny-pinching James is a ditherer of the wishy-washy "I want it all!" type, usually when it comes to money.



** Protagonist Kumiko is the Wishy-washy / Insecure type. Whether it's talking to someone or committing to a task, she usually needs someone else to kick her up the backside in order to get anywhere. She didn't want to join the band...but wandered into joining anyway because her friends did, after an episode of indecision. She wanted to play something other than the euphonium she'd played until then, and pretends to be a beginner. That almost works...until an old friend outs her as an experienced euphonium player, and the bass section leader, Asuka, easily bullies her into resuming her old role. This reflects that she's neither a go-getter or a slacker in terms of her music - she just goes with the flow.

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** Protagonist Kumiko is the Wishy-washy / Insecure type. Whether it's talking to someone or committing to a task, she usually needs someone else to kick her up the backside in order to get anywhere. She didn't want to join the band...but wandered into joining anyway because her friends did, after an episode of indecision. She wanted to play something other than the euphonium she'd played until then, and pretends to be a beginner. That almost works...until an old friend outs her as an experienced euphonium player, and the bass section leader, Asuka, easily bullies her into resuming her old role. This reflects that she's neither a go-getter or nor a slacker in terms of her music - -- she just goes with the flow.



** The ''whole band'' can turn into a bunch of music playing ditherers when decisions have to be made. When they choose a goal, very few are actually committed to their decision, and, when [[spoiler: Kaori and Reina]] re-compete for a solo and they are given the power to decide, only four people have the courage to actually make a call (two of whom are the usual ditherers!). This is despite the fact that the only reason the pair had to re-audition in the first place was because the band kept whining about the teacher's original decision until he decided to put it to a vote.

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** The ''whole band'' can turn into a bunch of music playing music-playing ditherers when decisions have to be made. When they choose a goal, very few are actually committed to their decision, and, when [[spoiler: Kaori and Reina]] re-compete for a solo and they are given the power to decide, only four people have the courage to actually make a call (two of whom are the usual ditherers!). This is despite the fact that the only reason the pair had to re-audition in the first place was because the band kept whining about the teacher's original decision until he decided to put it to a vote.
12th Oct '16 9:28:04 PM Bassball_Batman
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Decisions are odd things -- as kids, we long for the freedom to make our own, but when confronted with one, many of us are inclined to panic. All but the most impulsive of us want time to make big decisions, and don't like being forced to make a shotgun choice. That's understandable -- especially if the decision in question is life-changing (should I propose? Should I go to college? Should I move to a different country?) or irreversible ([[HeroicSacrifice Do I sacrifice my life to save this person?]] Do I tell my child that they [[HappilyAdopted are adopted?]]) and ''especially'' if they are both.

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Decisions are odd things -- as kids, we long for the freedom to make our own, but when confronted with one, many of us are inclined to panic. All but the most impulsive of us want time to make big decisions, and don't like being forced to make a shotgun choice. That's understandable -- especially if the decision in question is life-changing (should I propose? Should I go to college? Should I move to a different country?) or irreversible ([[HeroicSacrifice Do (Do I [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice my life to save this person?]] Do I tell my child that they s/he [[HappilyAdopted are adopted?]]) is adopted]]?) and ''especially'' if they are both.
12th Oct '16 9:25:39 PM Bassball_Batman
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* The Mayor in ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' has a catchphrase of "I'm only an elected official, I can't handle this by myself!" and seems to leave all the decision-making to Jack.
* Princess Aurora (Wishy Washy) of ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' cannot make up her mind about meeting Philip again or not before deciding on letting him come meet her at her home. Later, after her true heritage is revealed, while she clearly does not want to be a princess but would rather be with the 'peasant' boy she met, she lets the fairies take her to the castle anyway.



* The Mayor in WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas has a catchphrase of "I'm only an elected official, I can't handle this by myself!" and seems to leave all the decision-making to Jack.
* Princess Aurora (Wishy Washy) of ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' cannot make up her mind about meeting Philip again or not before deciding on letting him come meet her at her home. Later, after her true heritage is revealed, while she clearly does not want to be a princess but would rather be with the 'peasant' boy she met, she lets the fairies take her to the castle anyway.



* The backstory of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' includes a civil war that was caused, partly, by a ditherer. The society has [[ExoticExtendedMarriage sororal polygyny]], but at one time, the eldeset princesses took one husband, and the youngest princesses took another. (This is described as "splitting the family"). It turned out that the husband of the eldest set of princesses was infertile, so the youngest wanted ''their'' daughters to inherit. The problem could have been easily resolved by divorcing the infertile husband (who, at that point, asked for it, as he didn't want to be responsible for a war) and marrying one who was fertile, but the woman on whom the decision hinged dithered so much that it came to a war. Apparently she was a habitual ditherer, and couldn't make a decision to save her life, literally.



* 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}}'' is extremely indecisive - one short scene shows her unable to decide on backstory of ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' includes a menu for civil war that night's meal, after becoming ''mistress was caused, partly, by a ditherer. The society has [[ExoticExtendedMarriage sororal polygyny]], but at one time, the eldeset princesses took one husband, and the youngest princesses took another. (This is described as "splitting the family"). It turned out that the husband of the whole household.'' She's an insecure type (or eldest set of princesses was infertile, so the youngest wanted ''their'' daughters to inherit. The problem could have been easily resolved by divorcing the infertile husband (who, at that point, asked for it, as he didn't want to be responsible for a wishy-washy one, if you're feeling less generous) war) and marrying one who generally bows to was fertile, but the wishes of woman on whom the decision hinged dithered so much that it came to a war. Apparently she was a habitual ditherer, and couldn't make a decision to save her husband...or, more dangerously, her malevolent housekeeper.life, literally.



* 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.
* [[Series/IClaudius Claudius]] is a bit of a ditherer. In any other situation, he'd be a wishy-washy type...but Claudius has good reason to be wary -- one wrong move could get him assassinated in [[BigScrewedUpFamily the wasp's nest that is his family]]. One of the few instances where avoiding decisive action pays off: the more "manly," assertive characters all end up dead. ''Especially'' if they were competent or nice in any way.
* Archie Jones from ''Literature/WhiteTeeth'' is so indecisive the he often resorts to flipping a coin.

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* Interesting variation in ''WatershipDown'': Fiver ''looks'' like Oswald Nelvil, the main character of ''Literature/{{Corinne}}'', is the Insecure type. The death of his father leaves him deeply depressed tormented by the notion that he was a ditherer: he's twitchy, he's [[CassandraTruth an oracle who has trouble getting people poor son to believe him,]] the man. This causes him to become apathetic and he knows everything, making him a prime candidate withdrawn, fearful of offending his dead father, and therefore unwilling to act on his love for the too-many-trees version. However, Fiver always knows ''exactly'' what they should be doing - it's titular Corinne, a woman he is certain the ''other'' rabbits who dither, until either Hazel or Bigwig bites elder Nelvil would disapprove of.
* According to ''{{Literature/Flashman}}'' this was
the bullet and makes defining personality trait of General Elphinstone during the call.
first Anglo-Afghan War. Had he committed to '''''any''''' course of action, he could have saved at least a part of his army. Dithering while under constant assault of by enemy forces proved... less than productive.
* [[Series/IClaudius Claudius]] ''Series/IClaudius'': Claudius is a bit of a ditherer. In any other situation, he'd be a wishy-washy type...but Claudius has good reason to be wary -- one wrong move could get him assassinated in [[BigScrewedUpFamily the wasp's nest that is his family]]. One of the few instances where avoiding decisive action pays off: the more "manly," assertive characters all end up dead. ''Especially'' if they were competent or nice in any way.
* Archie Jones from ''Literature/WhiteTeeth'' is so indecisive the he often resorts to flipping a coin.
way.



* According to {{Literature/Flashman}} this was the defining personality trait of General Elphinstone during the first Anglo-Afghan War. Had he committed to ANY course of action, he could have saved at least a part of his army. Dithering while under constant assault of by enemy forces proved... less than productive.
* Gray Wing from the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' arc ''[[Literature/WarriorCatsDawnOfTheClans Dawn of the Clans]]'' has trouble making decisions. He repeatedly changes his mind over whether to follow the Sun Trail, and has a hard time deciding to [[spoiler:ask his crush Storm to come and live in the hollow.]] This comes back to bite him when [[spoiler:Storm gets together with his brother Clear Sky, and later dies.]]
* Oswald Nelvil, the main character of Literature/{{Corinne}}, is the Insecure type. The death of his father leaves him deeply depressed tormented by the notion that he was a poor son to the man. This causes him to become apathetic and withdrawn, fearful of offending his dead father, and therefore unwilling to act on his love for the titular Corinne, a woman he is certain the elder Nelvil would disapprove of.



* 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.
* Gray Wing from the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' arc ''[[Literature/WarriorCatsDawnOfTheClans Dawn of the Clans]]'' has trouble making decisions. He repeatedly changes his mind over whether to follow the Sun Trail, and has a hard time deciding to [[spoiler:ask his crush Storm to come and live in the hollow]]. This comes back to bite him when [[spoiler:Storm gets together with his brother Clear Sky, and later dies]].
* 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.
* Archie Jones from ''Literature/WhiteTeeth'' is so indecisive the he often resorts to flipping a coin.



* Wembley on ''Series/FraggleRock'' is the Insecure/Submissive version. In fact, his name is used InUniverse as a verb for indecisiveness.
* [[MeaningfulName Sid Dithers]] from ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' is the CloudCuckoolander variant. It doesn't help that he is short, hearing-impaired, and near-sighted.
* There's an episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' where the patient's first symptom is that she literally loses the ability to decide. While helping to run a three card monte scam. [[FromBadToWorse And from there...]]
** Another episode featured a weaker example of this trope in a woman who obsessively blogged about her life. Unnervingly exhibitionist, but harmless; until it becomes apparent that she leaves all her major decisions up to her internet audience instead of making them herself. When she lets them determine her course of medical treatment (opting for a riskier treatment that may compromise both her long-term health and even her ability to have children) instead of deciding for herself or consulting her significant other, he reaches his breaking point and flips out at her to actually make her ''own'' decision based on what ''she'' thinks and believes rather than the opinions of strangers over the internet.



* One of the band members in ''Series/HalloSpencer''. Typical quote: "Well, on the one hand... but on the other hand..."



** Lampshaded by Shirley in "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas", when Britta and Jeff lead their friends in denouncing Duncan's attempt to cure Abed's Christmas-themed delusions, only to baulk when Shirley suggests they go the whole hog and start singing:

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** Lampshaded by Shirley in "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas", Christmas," when Britta and Jeff lead their friends in denouncing Duncan's attempt to cure Abed's Christmas-themed delusions, only to baulk when Shirley suggests they go the whole hog and start singing:



* Michael Scott of [[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]] is, depending on the individual decision and the particular point in the series, some combination of all of the types listed above, save the "can't see the forest, there are too many trees" one.
* The titular character from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is a variety of dithering types, but mainly a Fence-Sitter. He's given ''one'' job and ''ten'' years to do it: groom Prince Arthur of Camelot into the type of king that will legalize magic, unite the kingdoms and usher in the Golden Age. [[spoiler:None of this actually happens, largely due to Merlin's inability to face up to the truth and reveal his own magical abilities]].

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* Michael Scott Wembley on ''Series/FraggleRock'' is the Insecure/Submissive version. In fact, his name is used InUniverse as a verb for indecisiveness.
* One
of [[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]] is, depending the band members in ''Series/HalloSpencer''. Typical quote: "Well, on the individual decision and one hand... but on the particular point in the series, some combination of all of the types listed above, save the "can't see the forest, there are too many trees" one.
* The titular character from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is a variety of dithering types, but mainly a Fence-Sitter. He's given ''one'' job and ''ten'' years to do it: groom Prince Arthur of Camelot into the type of king that will legalize magic, unite the kingdoms and usher in the Golden Age. [[spoiler:None of this actually happens, largely due to Merlin's inability to face up to the truth and reveal his own magical abilities]].
other hand..."



* There's an episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' where the patient's first symptom is that she literally loses the ability to decide. While helping to run a three card monte scam. [[FromBadToWorse And from there...]]
** Another episode featured a weaker example of this trope in a woman who obsessively blogged about her life. Unnervingly exhibitionist, but harmless; until it becomes apparent that she leaves all her major decisions up to her internet audience instead of making them herself. When she lets them determine her course of medical treatment (opting for a riskier treatment that may compromise both her long-term health and even her ability to have children) instead of deciding for herself or consulting her significant other, he reaches his breaking point and flips out at her to actually make her ''own'' decision based on what ''she'' thinks and believes rather than the opinions of strangers over the internet.
* The titular character from ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' is a variety of dithering types, but mainly a Fence-Sitter. He's given ''one'' job and ''ten'' years to do it: groom Prince Arthur of Camelot into the type of king that will legalize magic, unite the kingdoms and usher in the Golden Age. [[spoiler:None of this actually happens, largely due to Merlin's inability to face up to the truth and reveal his own magical abilities]].
* Michael Scott of [[Series/TheOfficeUS The Office]] is, depending on the individual decision and the particular point in the series, some combination of all of the types listed above, save the "can't see the forest, there are too many trees" one.
* [[MeaningfulName Sid Dithers]] from ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' is the CloudCuckoolander variant. It doesn't help that he is short, hearing-impaired, and near-sighted.



* [[{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]], who is often referred to as wishy-washy.



* {{Peanuts}}: Charlie Brown, who is often referred to as wishy-washy.



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot is an submissive type with elements of the emphatic and lazy types. He relies on Sarah to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-11-19 make all of the decisions]] in their relationship, defaults to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-12-31 asking other people's preferences]] when he's asked to make a decision, and lastly [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-03-05 hates traveling]], all indicating that prefers predictable situations where he doesn't have to make many decisions.



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Elliot is an submissive type with elements of the emphatic and lazy types. He relies on Sarah to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-11-19 make all of the decisions]] in their relationship, he defaults to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-12-31 asking other people's preferences]] when he's asked to make a decision, and he [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-03-05 hates traveling]] indicating that prefers predictable situations where he doesn't have to make many decisions.



* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Aang spends a lot of time deliberately avoiding how he's going to deal with both the fact that he needs to learn firebending to deal with Ozai, and how he's going to deal with Ozai when [[ThouShaltNotKill his personal philosophy rules out the only apparent option]]. The firebending thing gets resolved in due time, and [[spoiler:a DeusExMachina takes care of the remaining issue]].
* In the PBS animated series of ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'', when issues are brought before the town council, the response from the person leading the meeting is always as follows: "X is of great concern to our town council and I can assure you we will reach a decision on the matter at the appropriate time..."
* Gadget of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' has trouble settling on one decision in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian."



* ''GummiBears'': Believe it or not, Tummi Gummi actually fell into this trope in the episode "The Fence Sitter."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': Mako has this problem, of the "can't commit" type, being torn between Korra and Asami and of just avoiding confrontation in general.
-->'''Cousin Tu''': Really? That again? Yaknow, it seems like you're so afraid about disappointing anyone that you end up disappointing ''everyone''.\\
'''Prince Wu''': Truer words have never been spoken... HIGH FIVE!
* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' is Camillot. Being heir to the throne, he's always had servants take care of himself, but his father, the king, decided the only way for him to rise to the fore was to try and make decisions for himself...which took him a while, as he could hardly figure out what foot to use for his first step. However, throughout the course of the episode, he's forced to make quick decisions, which thankfully end up saving the day.



* Believe it or not, Tummi Gummi actually fell into this trope in the ''GummiBears'' episode, "The Fence Sitter."
* Gadget of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' has trouble settling on one decision in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian".
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Aang spends a lot of time deliberately avoiding how he's going to deal with both the fact that he needs to learn firebending to deal with Ozai, and how he's going to deal with Ozai when [[ThouShaltNotKill his personal philosophy rules out the only apparent option]]. The firebending thing gets resolved in due time, and [[spoiler:a DeusExMachina takes care of the remaining issue]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'''s Mako has this problem, of the "can't commit" type, being torn between Korra and Asami and of just avoiding confrontation in general.
-->'''Cousin Tu''': Really? That again? Yaknow, it seems like you're so afraid about disappointing anyone that you end up disappointing ''everyone''.\\
'''Prince Wu''': Truer words have never been spoken... HIGH FIVE!



* In the PBS animated series of ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'', when issues are brought before the town council, the response from the person leading the meeting is always as follows: "X is of great concern to our town council and I can assure you we will reach a decision on the matter at the appropriate time...
* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' is Camillot. Being heir to the throne, he's always had servants take care of himself, but his father, the king, decided the only way for him to rise to the fore was to try and make decisions for himself...which took him a while, as he could hardly figure out what foot to use for his first step. However, throughout the course of the episode, he's forced to make quick decisions, which thankfully end up saving the day.
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-->'''Tu''': You're so afraid about disappointing anyone that you end up disappointing everyone

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-->'''Tu''': You're -->'''Cousin Tu''': Really? That again? Yaknow, it seems like you're so afraid about disappointing anyone that you end up disappointing everyone''everyone''.\\
'''Prince Wu''': Truer words have never been spoken... HIGH FIVE!
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