Can't Say No YKTTW Discussion

Can't Say No
A character that strongly avoids controntation
(permanent link) added: 2011-08-04 21:07:00 sponsor: Pickly (last reply: 2013-02-13 01:10:42)

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Alternative titles: The Wishy Washy, Compulsive Confrontation Avoider, Bend Over Backwards Man, The Weak Willed, The Weasel, (any suggestions found in the discussion)

This character cannot stand up to anyone. Constantly changing their position, saying anything they can to keep the other person happy. They might carry on a conversation as normal, but at the slightest hint of displeasure on the other side, they will be changing their tone, and offering something, to keep the other person happy. This sort of person should probably avoid negotiations.

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Live Action TV
  • In [[Coupling]], this is perhaps Steve's primary characteristic. The first episode involves him being unable ot break up with a girlfriend after several attempts, and the remainder of the series often goes from there.

Real Life
  • Often an accusation leveled at politician in various forms. Pandering, flip flopping, wishy washy, the list goes on.
  • The (current YKTTW) trope namer is from a supposed quote by Warren G Harding's father:
    Father: “Warren, it’s a good thing you wasn’t born a gal.”
    Harding: "Why"
    Father: “Because you’d be in the family way all the time. You can’t say No.”
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