Created By: Psi001 on May 16, 2013 Last Edited By: CaveCat on May 15, 2014
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Mellow Fellow

A perpetually relaxed, easy going character that rarely gets frustrated or excited over anything.

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Ever noticed that guy that never really gets mad or excited, or really any emotion outside nonchalent. Meet the Mellow Fellow. Easy going and satisfied with their position to the point of near stoic. Often a benevolent or at least affable character due to rarely being confrontational.

What deferenciates this from his more serious cousin The Stoic is that while the latter rarely conveys real emotions outside blunt seriousness, the Mellow Yellow is usually more along the lines of being very positive and relaxed in nature, to the point it nulls out any other emotion.

Usually this trait has the side effect of making them seem rather slow or dim. In most cases however, such a character can be incredibly perceptive or philosophical. At the very least, they often have a hidden tint of intelligence beneath there.

Very often their inability to take offense gets exploited and makes them an Extreme Doormat. They are often very flexible for the use as The Chew Toy, due to their ability to suffer endless abuse without expressing much harrowing pain to the ordeal. Don't think one is incapable of biting back however. After all you can still be assertive without losing your cool.

Guys with this trait is often Phlegmatic in Four-Temperament Ensemble.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Persona 4: The Animation. The main character Yu Narukami is no doubt adapted this way with his non-chalant, and idealist traits. This is largely because he's supposed to be an Everyman that the audience, (and all the characters) can connect to. His calmness and positiveness are used to bring out a dry sense of humor from the MC while also invoking a theme of "bonds between people" with the other characters. The only times his easy going attitude breaks are when his friends and loved ones are threatened or something goes against his morals.
  • Makoto from Free! is the laid-back, good-natured, perpetually smiling Team Mom who holds the team together through his mature, understanding manner. He only deviates from this trope by being very easily frightened.
  • Osaka from Azumanga Daioh is such a space-case that she mostly comes across as blissfully unaware of what's going on around her.

Live-Action TV
  • Marshall Mann of In Plain Sight, in strong counterpoint to his highstrung partner Mary Shannon. The only time we ever see him less than confident was the episode featuring his father, who doubted his son was cut out to be a U.S. Marshall.
  • A sketch on Saturday Night Live early in Barack Obama's first term shows Obama (Fred Armistan) as someone who never gets mad, and his chief of staff Rohm Emmanuel is irritated by this. Emmanuel has an Imagine Spot where Obama Hulks Out and runs roughshod over some obstructive congresspeople as "The Rock Obama," who defenistrates his enemies.

Video Games
  • Sonic the Hedgehog. The title character is this in certain interpretations, which convey him as thoroughly easy going and hard to break, rarely holding grudges against even antagonistic characters. His Sonic X incarnation probably takes the cake. Subverted in other interpretations however, where he can be more Hot-Blooded.
    • Also from Sonic the Hedgehog is Big the Cat, who is portrayed as a very easy-going character who's content with his quiet and simple life.

Western Animation
  • The Huckleberry Hound Show. Huckleberry Hound's defining shtick is from his perpetual nonchalant and deadpan reactions to suffering slapstick abuse from the universe around him.
  • Bo Sheep from the Us Acres segments of Garfield and Friends, only punctuated by his hippy mannerisms. His comics incarnation, though similarly good natured, is more of a Keet.
  • Pildit of The Dreamstone acts as such Depending on the Writer. His speech is perpetually deadpan and he is prone to Wasn't That Fun? observations whenever the villains outright attack him.
  • Bugs Bunny seemed to gradually evolve into such as the Looney Tunes series progressed, especially under Chuck Jones' pen.
  • Eeyore of Winnie-the-Pooh is an odd deconstruction. While his trademark characteristic is how endlessly miserable he is, it actually rarely seems to harbor him, his demeanor being completely deadpan and tending to fall to breakdowns a lot less often than his more enthusiastic friends. This is more evident with the Disney incarnation, the novel version leaning more as a Grumpy Old Man.
    Pooh: Are you alright, Eeyore?
    Eeyore: Been better....been worse too.
  • Cleveland Brown was this in his earliest appearances in Family Guy. When he gained center focus in The Cleveland Show, he became more of a Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
  • Air Programmes International produced Around the World in 80 Days, which features Phileas Fogg attempting to circle the Earth in eighty days to win the hand of Belinda Maze. No matter what circumstances nor what deviltry Mister Fix concocts, Fogg remains unflappable. Fogg routinely cites an apt maxim, and is always Crazy-Prepared.
  • Droopy from the Tex Avery MGM Cartoons. No matter what happens to him, he never gets the slightest bit agitated, even when beating up on his opponents. Early episodes have him breaking character and becoming excited at the end, but that was quickly dropped.
  • Jerry Gourd from VeggieTales appears to show shades of this most of the time, in mild contrast to that of his brother Jimmy Gourd. It all comes from the fact that Jerry seems more calmer and sensible than Jimmy, as well as not being quite as talkative as Jimmy is.

Community Feedback Replies: 36
  • May 16, 2013
    StrixObscuro
    Western Animation
    • Bill Dauterive on King Of The Hill is sort of this: in spite of often being the Butt Monkey, and being seen as a sort of loser in life (and being well aware of both these things), his demeanor is pretty laid back and he usually seems at peace with his lot in life—and he does seem to value the simple pleasures and the company of his friends on the block more than any of the others. He often wanders into Cloudcuckoolander territory, and often is a doormat—but there have been occasions where he quite surprisingly snapped back assertively when he's finally had enough of someone's bad treatment.
  • May 17, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Anime and Manga

    For a better name I'd go with Cheerfully Mellow
  • May 17, 2013
    azul120
    Yeah. We need an archetype trope for "go with the flow" mellow types (i. e. Jake from Adventure Time, Jaden from Yu-Gi-Oh GX).
  • May 17, 2013
    Psi001
    I'm not positive if Bill counts, he is rather mellow at times, but he is also prone to neuroses and can be rather stroppy and self important. Eeyore is also a juxtoposingly miserable mellow character, but in the sense he actually rarely breaks out of it.
  • May 17, 2013
    Chernoskill
    Silent Bob from... Jay and Silent Bob?
  • May 17, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Eeyore from Winnie the pooh has his own trope named after him. The Eeyore. That's where all the sad and mellow characters belong. Bill Dauterive is also on there on the western animation page.
  • May 17, 2013
    DracMonster
    Mellow Fellow to keep the rhyming?
  • May 17, 2013
    xanderiskander
    As much as I like rhyme and alliteration. I don't really like that one because "Fellow" doesn't portray the "positive" aspect enough for me. If the title is going to be clever it should describe both aspects.
  • May 17, 2013
    xanderiskander
    I seem to remember Top Cat in Top Cat was this kind of character. Being a perpetually smiling, and laid back leader of his gang of city cats. I don't recall any specific examples to back it up though.
  • May 18, 2013
    azul120
    Re: The Laconic, The Eeyore covers characters who are never excited.
  • May 18, 2013
    Larkmarn
    A: This makes me think of a trope about a calm Asian person.

    B: This seems to be Stiff Upper Lip
  • May 18, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Stiff Upper Lip used to be called Imperturbable Englishman. Most of the examples on that page are about british characters who are drinking tea (or doing other mundane things), while utter chaos, or a fight are going on. It doesn't look like it's about their attitude as a character, rather, it's seems to be more about a mundane action that portrays the character a certain way.

    This trope should be about characters that are by default, easy going, collected, cheerful characters. I agree it needs a better name to reflect that. We've already suggested some. The sponsor also needs to get rid of the examples that belong on The Eeyore.

    Which by the way The Eeyore's first sentence says "This character exists solely to bring everybody down, but not in the Deadpan Snarker sense; they are defined entirely by their complete inability to be happy for more than a few seconds at a time" So this is not The Eeyore either.
  • May 18, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Air Programmes International produced Around The World In Eighty Days, which features Phileas Fogg attempting to circle the Earth in eighty days to win the hand of Belinda Maze. No matter what circumstances nor what deviltry Mister Fix concocts, Fogg remains unflappable. Fogg routinely cites an apt maxim, and is always Crazy Prepared.
  • February 26, 2014
    JesseMB27
    I Believe a better name for this would be "Mellow Hero". Not sure if these would be good examples, but would Spike Spiegel and Dante qualify for this trope?
  • February 26, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    Wonder where the OP got "yellow" from...
  • February 26, 2014
    TonyG
    ^Most likely the old Donovan song of the same name.
    • Droopy from the Tex Avery MGM Cartoons. No matter what happens to him, he never gets the slightest bit agitated, even when beating up on his opponents. Early episodes have him breaking character and becoming excited at the end, but that was quickly dropped.
  • February 26, 2014
    Larkmarn
    "Mellow Yellow" might lead to confusion with Mighty Whitey And Mellow Yellow.
  • February 26, 2014
    DAN004
    Never Lose His Cool?

    Related to Nerves Of Steel.

    Yeah, Dante fits. In fact, I remember about a YKTTW about laidback guys whose examples fit better here.
  • February 26, 2014
    Snicka
    ^^ Agreed. When I first saw the name I thought it is the female half of Mighty Whitey And Mellow Yellow (especially since Mighty Whitey already exists)...
  • February 26, 2014
    Psi001
    Altered title to Mellow Fellow (so long as you don't mind it having the same name as a Yo Yogi episode. :P
  • February 26, 2014
    Larkmarn
    I like it.
  • February 26, 2014
    DAN004
    Guys with this trait is often Phlegmatic in Four Temperament Ensemble.
  • February 26, 2014
    Lumpenprole
    Marshall Mann of In Plain Sight, in strong counterpoint to his highstrung partner Mary Shannon. The only time we ever see him less than confident was the episode featuring his father, who doubted his son was cut out to be a U.S. Marshall.
  • February 26, 2014
    Lakija
    Nice. Great name too!
  • February 27, 2014
    Snicka
    Mellow Fellow is a great name! It keeps the rhyming pun, and it's no longer confusing.
  • February 27, 2014
    Arivne
  • February 28, 2014
    Arivne
    We have a similar YKTTW called "Laidback Cool Guy".
  • April 19, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump cuz I like this ykttw.
  • May 2, 2014
    CaveCat
    • Jerry Gourd from VeggieTales appears to show shades of this most of the time, in mild contrast to that of his brother Jimmy Gourd. It all comes from the fact that Jerry seems more calmer and sensible than Jimmy, as well as not being quite as talkative as Jimmy is.
  • May 2, 2014
    JonnyB
    Would The Dude in The Big Lebowski qualify?
  • May 3, 2014
    Synchronicity
    ^Not everyone's familiar with The Big Lebowski, so add context as to why you think he fits the trope.

    Anime and Manga

    • Makoto from Free is the laid-back, good-natured, perpetually smiling Team Mom who holds the team together through his mature, understanding manner. He only deviates from this trope by being very easily frightened.

  • May 3, 2014
    DAN004
    @Shanghai Slave: I know Dante of DMC is an example, but you seem to be able to word it better than I would.

    Anyways
    • Rw By: Ren of Team JNPR is a calm man with few words who doesn't express much - except when his friend Nora is threatened.
  • May 9, 2014
    xanderiskander
    The description should probably mention somewhere that unlike The Stoic who tends to be a Deadpan Snarker the Mellow Fellow has a tendency to be The Gadfly instead, and tease people to get a reaction out of them.

    ^Ren isn't a positive/cheerful person at all though. In fact he's a Deadpan Snarker. He's more of a subversion of The Stoic, because you initially think he's going to be that kind of character, but then it turns out he doesn't hide his emotions like the typical stoic would.

  • May 9, 2014
    SneakySquirrel
    • Also from Sonic The Hedgehog is Big the Cat, who is portrayed as a very easy-going character who's content with his quiet and simple life.

    • Osaka from Azumanga Daioh is such a space-case that she mostly comes across as blissfully unaware of what's going on around her.
  • May 9, 2014
    DAN004
    ^^ he's definitely deadpan, but I'm sure he isn't really one to snark.

    But yeah, the rest are right.
  • May 14, 2014
    randomsurfer
    A sketch on Saturday Night Live early in Barack Obama's first term shows Obama (Fred Armistan) as someone who never gets mad, and his chief of staff Rohm Emmanuel is irritated by this. Emmanuel has an Imagine Spot where Obama Hulks Out and runs roughshod over some obstructive congresspeople as "The Rock Obama," who defenistrates his enemies.
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