->'''Burns:''' Are you saying my money is all gone?\\
'''Assistants:''' Mmm-hmm...\\
'''Burns:''' But I made all the right moves, didn't I?\\
'''Assistants:''' Yes, sir.\\
'''Smithers:''' Every move a right one!\\
'''Burns:''' ...I see it all now. You are just a bunch of yes-men. I was making the wrong moves, and you were too gutless to tell me! Isn't that right?\\
'''Assistants:''' Yes, sir.\\
'''Smithers:''' Dead on, sir!
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

A great assistant provides their boss with the things they need to do their job. This can mean an organized schedule, up-to-date research, fielding calls, or taking on the small tasks.

For some assistants, however, it means kowtowing, flattering, and generally blowing smoke up the posterior areas of their superiors. This is the domain of the Yes Man.

For them, their boss is the be-all and end-all of their world. If the boss says "Jump!", the good Yes Man says "How high?" The ''great'' Yes Man already knows, and follows up by apologizing that his leap was not worthy. The boss may not need or desire this, of course... but if they're a ControlFreak, a [[TheNeidermeyer Neidermeyer]], or a PointyHairedBoss, you can be sure they'll have or want a Yes Man. Sometimes, they'll have a team of them, led by the Alpha Yes Man.

The reasons for this behaviour can be anything from unshakable love, to spineless fear, to a desire to borrow the power and status of the boss by association. The last type is often the one most likely to act like a mini-tyrant to others when the boss isn't around.

The Yes Man is often not very good at his job, though this is not always the case. Sometimes, most notably when the boss's actual ability is lacking, they can be frighteningly efficient. Go far enough to the extreme in this, and you get the BattleButler.

TheDragon is sometimes the Yes Man, though just as often goes to the opposite extreme. The ProfessionalButtKisser is almost indistinguishable from the Yes Man, except their devotion is to the ''position'' rather than the boss, so they'll treat anyone who gets, steals, or kills for the job the same as their old boss.

Of course, even exceptionally devoted Yes Men can be pushed too far, especially by an [[BadBoss over-demanding or bullying]] boss... and if they are, then the boss had better be careful; TheDogBitesBack.

Also note that yes man trope refers to people who generally behave like this. Occasional instances of this behaviour does not qualify. Even Dilbert and Alice from the Dilbert comic occasionally ends up pretending to agree with their moronic pointy-haired boss, usually simply because they realize he is too thick-headed to understand why he is wrong. This certainly does not make them yes man and woman. They normally give their boss the respect he deserves (absolutely none) and Alice is even occasionally physically abusive of him.

Not to be confused with the guerilla activist/comedy hoaxters, TheYesMen. ''For the JimCarrey film, [[Film/YesMan click here.]]''

Compare SycophanticServant, OpinionFlipflop. Contrast CommanderContrarian and HonestAdvisor. Compare ''and'' contrast ServileSnarker and HypercompetentSidekick, who usually let their boss ''think'' they're one of these. See also IDontPayYouToThink for when the boss apparently expected an employee to be a yes-man, but they didn't get that.



* Inverted in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8Wrm30URCQ&list=PLNW319kQi_h99mWSSKwn5r7B-8L36cyls&index=6 this]] commercial where the CEO of Little Caesars has two sullen, frowning "no men" to make sure his company ''never'' changes the recipe for their pizza.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Sanae from ''Anime/HanaukyoMaidTai''.
* Ravi from ''Manga/{{Planetes}}'' comes off this way, but he's well-motivated to keep his job in a relatively heartless corporation.
* Hidariko and Mikiko, ''Anime/AllPurposeCulturalCatGirlNukuNuku TV''.
* Koizumi from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' happily agrees with everything Haruhi says, even things like shooting photos of Mikuru in embarrasing poses and outfits (much to Mikuru's dismay) ''and'' kisses her ass like a pro to boot. He will however, try to convince Haruhi of other possibilities, if the situation gets too serious. Because Haruhi is GenreSavvy, he compares it to other fictional happenings, but [[WrongGenreSavvy it doesn't always work out good for him]].
* The electro-sprites that came with Chisame 'Chiu' Hasegawa's Artifact in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' are a group of Yes ''Mice''. "Chiu-sama is truly kind!" "Hooray for Chiu-sama!" Naturally, Chisame is more annoyed by them than anything.
* Siegfried Kircheis is this to his childhood friend, Reinhard von Lohengramm in ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes''. Parodied to the fullest extent in this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1ZE1wA4tc8 bonus video]]
* In the Tenchi Universe version of ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', Washu has two doll-sized robot copies of her whose sole purpose is to talk about how great she is.
* Corkus toward Griffith from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}''.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Pandora clearly disapproves of some of the things Zeus does, but he'll keep being the yes-man because it means he gets a greater share of Zeus' love.
* Jessie's Wobbuffet in ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}''. Its Japanese name, ソーナンス Sōnansu, roughly translates to "That's how it is."
** Similarly Inkay is a pun of "Okay" in English, while it's Japanese name Maaiika, is a play on "Oh, all right". Much like Wobbuffet, James' Inkay in particular is very loyal to Team Rocket.
** After evolving, Brock's Sudowoodo became this.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Donald Menken was one of these for the [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Green Goblin]] in the ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comics.
* Skeets to Booster Gold, be it his more [[TheStoic stoic]] comic book depictions, or the JerkAss he is in the animated adaptations.
* Possibly The Comedian towards UsefulNotes/RichardNixon from ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}''. The actor described him as one in an interview.
* Parodied in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' where, thanks to the bad economy, a rich businessman can now only afford to employ "maybe men" who are apathetic about his decisions instead of praising them.
* Josh in ''ComicStrip/{{Retail}}'' was this to Stuart.
** Stuart himself is this to anyone above him. When Jerry was their district manager, he would suck up to him whenever he showed up. Later on, when Jerry quit and named Stuart as his successor, he had to be interviewed by the regional manager, who turned out to have a strong dislike for Jerry. After Stuart found out, he promptly threw him under the bus in order to get the job.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[Manga/DeathNote Mikami]] in ''FanFic/ACureForLove''. Light notes that his vocabulary is limited to "Yes, Kami."
-->'''Matt''': He's always prissy, sitting at his desk like, 'I'm the king of you' to everyone and then Kira prances in and ol' Miki's literally throwing himself on the ground all, 'Take me up the arse, oh mighty one.' Bloody eejit.
* In ''Fanfic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'', [[BigBad Checker Monarch's]] assistant Helping Hoof is a deconstruction. A large amount of his dialog DOES consist of 'Yes Miss Monarch' to the point he has trouble when she wanted him to say ''no'' for once. The deconstruction comes from the fact that Helping Hoof is like this because he's completely ''terrified'' of his {{Sociopath}}ic boss and [[spoiler:trapped in a DealWithTheDevil by her]] rather than being a suck up.
* ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has Scott Erickson, Vickers' second in command.
** Tiesel Bonne becomes this to the Conduit.
* FanFic/MegaManReawakened'' has Glyde, particularly to Wily.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Chi Fu from the movie ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' behaves like an ObstructiveBureaucrat most of the time, probably because he's separated from the real authority, but in the presence of anyone of real power (the General or the Emperor), he turns into one of these, trying to anticipate his superior's words and actions and act accordingly. This is played for comedy at the closing of the film-when the Emperor [[KneelBeforeFrodo bows to Mulan]], it takes him a quarter of a second to go from oily yes-man fully supporting the execution of the heroine to prostrate on the ground before her.
* In the ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' films and [[WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries series]], Mertle is always surrounded by her chorus of Yes girls; "Yeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhh!"
* ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' has an interesting variant on this trope with the Blue Meanie Max. He starts out saying "yes" to the Blue Meanie Alpha, which gets him in trouble, at which point he switches to "no" but still means "yes." By the end of the movie the Blue Meanie Alpha wants him to say "yes" but he has just gotten used to saying "no, your blueness" (which he at the last minute switches to "yes, your newness"). [[BadBoss Seems the Alpha takes pride in making his yes man's natural response the wrong answer.]]
** It's more a case of BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad on the Meanies' part. They embody the philosophy of "no," but after being exposed to the Nowhere Man's magic, their leader adopts the word "yes" and everything it entails.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/RobinHood2010'' has an early scene, where the UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionheart is inspecting his encamped troops, and asks a lowly longbowman [[Creator/RussellCrowe Robin Longstride]] if what they did during the Crusades was right and God approved. Robin, after some hesitation, [[AvertedTrope chooses to be honest with his king]], saying that no, the things that they did in the Holy Land did not please God. Richard praises the man for having the courage and integrity to speak honestly to his liege, [[InvokedTrope then condemns him for having the foolishness to tell his liege something he would rather not hear]] and has him thrown in the stockades.
* In ''Film/ChildsPlay2'', the head of Play Pals Toys, Mr Sullivan, has a yes-man who is quickly done in by Chucky.
* In ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'', Eli Turnbull agrees with everything Seedling tells him. [[spoiler: And after becoming a slave on Remulak, treats the High Commander the same way.]]
* And of course, the scene from ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' in which Brian is trying to talk the crowd ''out'' of following him.
-->'''[[MessianicArchetype Brian]]:''' Look, you've got it all wrong! You don't ''need'' to follow me...\\
You've got to think for yourselves! You're all ''individuals''!\\
'''Crowd:''' Yes! We're all individuals!\\
'''Brian:''' You're all ''different''!\\
'''Crowd:''' Yes! We're all different!\\
'''[[TheRuntAtTheEnd Man]]:''' I'm not.\\
'''Crowd:''' Shhh!
* From the 1996 live-action remake of ''Film/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'', this dialogue between Cruella De Vil and her assistant Frederick:
-->'''Frederick:''' I thought we liked stripes this year.\\
'''Cruella:''' What kind of sycophant are you?\\
'''Frederick:''' Uh... what kind of sycophant would you like me to be?
* Alex in ''Film/ThreeTenToYuma1957'' irritates the sheriff by agreeing after every sentence the sheriff says while explaining his plan.
--> "Alex, will you let me finish? Then you can agree."

* On ''Series/TheFallAndRiseOfReginaldPerrin'' whenever the boss suggests something ThoseTwoGuys respectively say "Great!" and "Super!".
* At one point in ''Literature/{{Memory}}'', Miles Vorkosigan briefly tries being a rather literal version of this with Emperor Gregor. It's a good thing for Miles that Gregor is both Miles-Savvy (the two grew up as, effectively, foster-brothers) and very fond of Miles, as Gregor ''really dislikes'' yes-men[[note]]Which is easily explained by the fact that one a yes-man from his youth actually ''conspired to kill him''[[/note]], because Miles' attempt consists entirely of repeating "Yes, Sire" after everything Gregor says, until Gregor tells him to stop it. Miles felt constrained to the "Yes, Sire" responses in this situation because Gregor is ostensibly seeking his political opinion, but is in fact just wanting someone -- ''anyone'' -- to tell him to go ahead and marry the girl he loves.
** Miles later observes that his job as Imperial Auditor can be summed up as, "Whatever you say, Gregor."
* Heavily discouraged by ''Literature/ThePrince''. Machiavelli warned that any Prince would be surrounded by flatterers, but in order to encourage the image of the Prince as infallible, he should have advisors whom he trusts to tell him the truth, but only when asked, and only in private. The best form of advisor is one who only thinks of the Prince's interests, rather than his own.
* Kevan Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' at first appears one to his older brother, Lord Tywin. He turns out to be a subversion, as he actually does think for himself and only agrees with Tywin so often because Tywin usually ''is'' doing the best thing for their House. [[spoiler:By contrast, after Tywin dies, new Regent Cersei expects her uncle to become ''her'' Yes Man and in shocked when he refuses.]] The council she ends up appointing is indeed composed entirely of those people who most successfully appeal to her vanity and paranoia (or whose appointment would most annoy her rivals), and she sees any disagreement from them as rebellion.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's short story "The Nodder" (one from the Mr.Mulliner cycle), the fictional hierarchy of the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood studio-era Hollywood]] Yes-Men and related professions is explained [[UpToEleven in ridiculous detail]] - apparently one distant relative of Mr. Mulliner was a humble Hollywood Nodder:
-->''"The chief executive throws out some statement of opinion, and looks about him expectantly. This is the cue for the senior Yes-Man to say yes. He is followed, in order of precedence, by the second Yes-Man or Vice-Yesser, as he is sometimes called and the junior Yes-Man. Only when all the Yes-Men have yessed, do the Nodders begin to function. They nod."''
** And apparently there also exists an underclass known as Nodders' assistants - but [[ItsALongStory it's too complicated]].
* In ''Mossflower'' from the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', Tsarmina complains about Brogg being this to her. This doesn't stop her from keeping him a position of power, nevertheless.
--> '''Tsarmina''': Yes, jellybrains. You and Ratflank take them one by one to the ceils.
-->'''Brogg''': Yes, Milady.
-->'''Tsarmina''': Will you stop interrupting me and listen! All anyone ever says around here is 'yes, Milady' or 'no, Milady'.
-->'''Brogg''': Yes, Milady.
-->'''Tsarmina''': Shut up!
* In ''Literature/{{Scoop}}'' by Evelyn Waugh, the closest the ''The Beast'''s foreign editor, Mr Salter, can get to saying that the paper's owner is completely wrong about something is "Up to a point, Lord Copper".

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Ferengi Rule of Acquisition #33: It never hurts to suck up to the boss!
* Finch on ''Series/JustShootMe''.
* Dwight on ''Series/TheOfficeUS''. (Gareth from ''Series/TheOfficeUK'')
** In later seasons, the Scranton, PA and Stamford, CT branches merge. Andy, the Yes Man for the other branch, comes along and forms a rivalry with Dwight.
* On ''No, Honestly'' one character was promoted at work to be a "Nod" man: after all the "yes" men said Yes, it was his job to nod. He would need another promotion to become a full on "yes" man.
* Al Borland of ''Series/HomeImprovement'' acts like this around superiors. In one episode, he spoke to the president of their company more like one would the President of the United States, prompting Tim Allen's character to ask "Why don't you just glue your lips to his butt?" Later in that same episode, Tim brought Al along to discuss an agreement they both had with that very president on the logic that "if a suck up like you complains he ''has'' to take it seriously."
* Goldar to Lord Zedd in the second season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''.
* One of Creator/StephenColbert's tactics is to act like a Yes Man to highlight the absurdity of his opponent's position, the most common targets being UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush or Creator/BillOReilly. Of Michael Behe:
-->My guest tonight has been called 'the father of Intelligent Design'. I hope he's ready for five minutes of me nodding approvingly.
** He wasn't.
* Colonel Klink on ''Series/HogansHeroes'' became a Yes Man whenever a general, any general, showed up. He practically licked the boots of Field Marshals.
* Ryuunosuke towards Takeru in ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger''. His bootlicking of the team's leader is taken to comic proportions. He's been training for this all his life, and will not let himself look bad at all.
** An evil version in another Sentai series: Barizorg to Oiles Gil in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', to the point where his CatchPhrase is [[GratuitousEnglish "Yes, boss."]]
* Jeeves from ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' manages to be this while not only being one of the most frighteningly efficient men in the show and being the only who ''really'' runs the show for his (rather moronic) boss, but also is the one to get said boss out of numerous sticky situations. Although "Yes, sir" became stock dialogue from him, if his facial expression showed the slightest sign of disapproval, viewers knew he was going to get his own way in the end.
* Glory's minions on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** Of course, in all fairness, she wasn't just a boss, she was a GOD!!
* The "Twentieth-Century Vole" sketch from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' has a rich film producer who despises yes men. [[MortonsFork And people who disagree with him]]. Not to mention anyone who's [[TakeAThirdOption indecisive]].
* Jerry Ledbetter on ''Series/TheGoodLife''.
* In {{Series/Smash}}, the very awesome song "Don't Say Yes Until I Finish Talking" is about a producer's relationship with his yes-men.
* Painfully subverted in the infamous "Amy's Baking Company" episode of ''Series/KitchenNightmares''. It becomes obvious early on that the only reason Creator/GordonRamsay was even brought in was so owners Amy and Samy could be vindicated from the "internet bullies". Instead, Ramsay easily calls their bluff and the viewers see how horrible their store is.
* [[spoiler: Grant Ward]], TheMole from Season 1 of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', was a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]], having been conditioned to be a loyal, obedient soldier to the BigBad to the point where he was incapable of being anything ''but'' a Yes Man. When said BigBad goes nuts, TheMole starts acting like a lost puppy with no owner.
* Detective Amy Santiago in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' tries so very, very hard to be a Yes Woman to Captain Holt, but is frequently scuttled by both Holt's complete lack of interest in sucking-up and her own {{Adorkable}} ineptitude when it comes to sucking-up.
* Gavin, the CEO of Hooli on ''Series/SiliconValley'' is an overbearing and rather self-involved man whose biggest failing is that he's such a terrifying presence that people are afraid to give him any bad news. This bites him in the ass when he boasts of how his Nucleus program will run a live-stream of a major UFC fight...and none of his underlings have the courage to tell him the program is anywhere from six weeks to six months from actually working.
** After the stream is an epic disaster, Gavin seems to understand what's happening and asks his self-help guru if "I scare people so much that they can't tell me the truth?" Of course, the guru tells him that's not the case.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/RingOfHonor "Sweet In Sour Inc." branch members Tank Toland, Wrestling/ChrisHero and Wrestling/LarrySweeney more or less demanded it of Bobby Dempsey. Sweeney once knocked him out to ensure he wouldn't get "no" for an answer.
* Wrestling/CMPunk described Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis as this. The way he conducted business proved Punk to be accurate in believing this.
* Wrestling/RoderickStrong seemed to respect Rocky Romero but Davey Richards's role in the No Remorse Corps? Yeah, he was basically reduced to this.
* Of her thralls, Wrestling/RebeccaKnox and Su Yung were the most like this to Sweet Saraya.[[/folder]]

* In ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'', Justice Department flackman Martin Heller comes across to the audience as little more than one of these to Roy.
* Mr. [=McQueen=] to Cladwell in ''{{Urinetown}}''. So much.
* In ''[[SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'', Judge James Wilson is the Yes Man to his fellow Pennsylvania delegate, John Dickinson, who is staunchly against American independence. But when the Second Continental Congress favors independence, Wilson breaks away from Dickinson for the very same reason he initially embraced this trope: he ''doesn't'' want to be remembered.
* In ''Theatre/TheMiser'', Valère, working as Harpagon's steward, acts this way in hopes of gaining his trust and marrying Harpagon's daughter.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has Yes Man, a [[{{Keet}} consistently happy robot]] programmed to help whoever orders him around (due to the fact that his owner either couldn't make him work only for him or didn't fix it as some sort of contingency). He agrees with whatever you say, tells you what you want to hear, and gives you tips [[spoiler: on where his owner went, and on how to take over Vegas, his previous owners plan]].
** This is best shown if the player does [[TooDumbToLive something detrimental to his plans]] (not properly dealing with certain factions or deciding to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k9OYIfG8C4&t=5m51s destroy your own Trump Card]]). He'll just say that it ''must'' [[InsaneTrollLogic make sense somehow]] since you must know what you're doing and goes along with it even though he's very aware that you just made things worse. The most he can do is point out how you've just made things more... ''Challenging''.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims3'', one of the lower-level job titles in the Political career track is Yes Man.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'', Silvio Barbarigo mocks fellow conspirator, Carlo Grimaldi's, attempts of winning the trust of the Doge of Venice by telling him that he has become a Yes Man instead.
* In ''VideoGame/ToontownOnline'', there is an enemy known literally as a "Yes Man."
* Inveted in ''VideoGame/NoituLove 2'', where your boss, Mr. Almond, spends the entire game telling you what a great job you're doing. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-CVtyAp8cY&list=UU3Q13RAmFVfDkYOWnnqFM2A#t=0h20m0s even when you just dropped him on his face!]]
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' has Victor [[MeaningfulName S. Court]], a professional [[WhiteMage Spiritmaster]] in the Eternian Forces, and completely ''whipped'' by [[BlackMage Arcanist]] Victoria F. Stein. He earnestly wants to help the Grand Marshal's design, but if Victoria says "Burn", he doesn't even ask "How hot?" Killing someone they're supposed to capture simply earns Victoria an "Oh bother..." from the medic. [[spoiler:It's eventually revealed that he's atoning for his father using an incredibly dangerous experimental healing process on IllGirl Victoria, which trapped her in a child's body and caused her to suffer chronic seizures that could kill her without treatment.]]

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Simmons from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' fits the trope in the Red Team as he is smarter and more willing to work then the others (Grif is extremely defiant to the point of desiring to pull a ScrewThisImOuttaHere on Sarge and is TooDumbToLive due to his poor physique and the Donut is [[CampGay just plain gay]]). He is TheLancer for the fact he is second in command and willing to find a better alternative to the Red Team's generally dumb ideas. However he still kisses Sarge's ass a lot.
* Kitten from ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'' is basically a brainwashed idiot whose only function is to be the Emperor's defender and Yes-Man. [[spoiler:His psychical programming is starting to fail, though, as he confesses to Magnus that he starts to have his doubts. It's also worth noting that with him being Captain-General and thus a politician, Yes-Manning is probably the best way for him not to drown in Terra's politics.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Ysengrin from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is perpetually kissing up to Coyote. [[WordOfGod Word of Tom]] confirms that this is because he loves Coyote very much--though Ysengrin isn't blind to his boss's shortcomings.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* GS Talbert and FlamingTofuSquare to Magnum of Encyclopedia Dramatica, but most likely Demongoat fits this trope.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Smithers on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' parodied the concept by giving Burns a team of Yes Men, with Smithers as alpha. On discovering he's suddenly become poor, Burns denounces them all as the yes men they are. They, of course, reply, "Yes, sir!"
** In another episode, Burns is outraged by the shocking decline in the quality and quantity of Smithers' toadying, and demands that he fall into line. When Smithers refuses, Burns fires him on the spot.
** Subverted by the fact that Smithers will sometimes oppose Burns if he feels he needs to, such as trying to talk Burns out of blocking the sun over Springfield (as it "crossed the line from everyday villainy to cartoonish super-villainy"), or in going behind his back to reveal Sideshow Bob's electoral fraud to Bart and Lisa, fearing the consequences for his "[[StraightGay choice of lifestyle]]" if the Republican Bob takes power.
* Yes Man (The character's actual billing!) from ''KappaMikey''. His main role seems to be getting excited so that Ozu can remain the stone-faced picture of calm. The poor dude sleeps in a drawer under Ozu's bed.
** Also reversed. When Ozu's brother Brozu visits, Brozu brings with him his own personal "No Man." Whenever someone has something bad happen to him, it's his job to turn {{chibi}} and scream "Oh NO!" in an over-the-top manner.
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter becomes the leader of a tobacco company, which comes with a Yes-man android. Peter promptly [[LogicBomb confuses the hell out of it]].
-->'''Company Suck Up:''' Morning, Mr. Griffin! Nice Day!\\
'''Peter Griffin:''' Ehhh, It's a little cloudy.\\
'''Company Suck Up:''' It's absolutely cloudy! One of the worst days I've seen in years! So, good news about the Yankees!\\
'''Peter Griffin:''' I hate the Yankees.\\
'''Company Suck Up:''' Pack of cheaters! That's what they are! I Love your tie!\\
'''Peter Griffin:''' I hate this tie.\\
'''Company Suck Up:''' It's awful, it's gawdy, it's gotta go.\\
'''Peter Griffin:''' [pauses] And I hate myself.\\
'''Company Suck Up:''' I hate you, too! You make me sick, you fat sack o' crap!\\
'''Peter Griffin:''' But I'm the President.\\
'''Company Suck Up:''' The best there is!\\
'''Peter Griffin:''' But you just said you hated me!\\
'''Company Suck Up:''' [Begins to jiggle] [[LogicBomb But. Not. You. The President. That you. Said hated you. Who loved. Hate Yankees. Clouds.]]\\
[[[YourHeadAsplode Head explodes]], sending gadgets and wires everywhere]
-->'''Parking Director:''' I'll have that fixed for you tomorrow, sir.
* Owen, Xanatos's second, on ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' is an example of a slightly-more-free-willed Yes Man, who is also something of a BattleButler. However, regardless of his competence, he is actually ''bound by magic'' to serve Xanatos for his lifetime. So while he can raise objections and suggestions, when Xanatos finalizes his decision he must carry it out. This could be troublesome, as Xanatos seeks immortality, [[spoiler:and Owen, as Puck, is already immortal]].
** Owen's actually something of a subversion. He on Xanatos' side, but he's never afraid to criticize him, and Xanatos deeply respects his opinion. The reason he's bound by magic is that Xanatos chose that binding over Puck's offer of one catch-free wish.
*** In fact, Xanatos said he'd fire Owen if he ever let him win at Judo, rather than going all out. Clearly X doesn't like yes-men.
*** Given what a MagnificentBastard Xanatos is, he recognizes the folly of having a YesMan when attempting a XanatosGambit. An HonestAdvisor devoted to you will pick out the flaws in your plans and provide an intellectual foil to keep your wits strong.
* ''Anime/TransformersArmada'''s Demolishor normally functions as one, though he has been known to occasionally have doubts.
** Speaking of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}...'' Lugnut from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated.'' One has to wonder how well Megatron knew his troops when he wonders if Lugnut is loyal. (He is. Loudly. With lots of "for the glory of Megatron!" and "whatever the great and glorious Megatron commands!" So much so that it eventually starts to get on Megatron's nerves)
---> '''Megatron:''' (left optic twitches) Just... Go...
---> '''Lugnut:''' YES, MY LIEGE!
** Also, Inferno, being an insect-bot, to Megatron from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars:'' "Yes, my Queen!"
* The Jellyspotters from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' are a team of yes men. Until SpongeBob proves more worthy than their leader, then they become ''his'' yes men.
** Bob himself has become a yes man to his boss Mr. Krabs at times over the years.
* ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'' has "Yess-Man", lackey to the BigBad Mon*Star.
* Karbunkle from ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars''.
* Jared on ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' could easily give [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Smithers]] a run for his money.
* Samy Garvin on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' fills this role for Lucius.
* Jack Spicer's yes-bot from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''.
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' gives us Slinkman as Lumpas's Yes Man and Chip and Skip as Edward's.
* Dethklok would probably get their albums done quicker on ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' if their producer Dick Knubbler exercised a stronger hand, but unfortunately he's more than happy to go along with whatever the band wants that day (which usually is not making music).
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' antagonist Mr.Dupet has Coglamo lizards as his group of semi-yes man.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill The Adventures Of Blinky Bill]]'' episode "Blinky Bill And The Mysterious Pollution", Shifty Dingo was this to Danny Dingo, much to his dismay, also qualifying as a ServileSnarker.
* The Bushwoolies from ''MyLittlePony''. In TheMovie, one of them claims "Bushwoolies agree with everything, all the time!"
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' episode "Mart of Darkness" mostly takes place at a Costco-like discount warehouse, where the various characters interact with one of the clerks giving out free samples of deep-fried cheese logs. Whatever they want the cheese logs to be, she assures them that it's exactly what they are, be it healthy or unhealthy. She even contradicts herself: she assures the Fashion Club that they are calorie-free, right after telling Mr. [=DiMartino=] that they are 1,000 calories apiece and therefore enough to constitute an entire meal.
--> '''Jane:''' Do these contain mercury?
--> '''Saleslady:''' Do you want them to contain mercury?
* From ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'', Percy is this to The Fat Controller in the earlier seasons, often saying the word "sir" more than once whenever spoken to by him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' the businessman [[CloudCuckoolander Varrick]] is surrounded by these, who are too worried about Varrick being mad to tell him that [[ItMakesSenseInContext the swami he hired can't actually let him levitate.]] When [[NiceGuy Bolin]] innocently states the obvious that Varrick is in fact ''not'' levitating, Varrick instantly takes a liking to him, and by association Asami who was there to do business.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', there's Rigger, Hoggish Greedly's sidekick, peppering his speech with yep's.

* A few Persian proverbs play with this trope:
--> Any failing that pleases the sultan is a quality.
--> If at noon the Shah tells you that it is midnight, raise your gaze and admire the stars.
* An old joke:
** The President (of a country or corporation) begins to worry if his advisers are just appeasing him.
--->'''President''': I must ask you this - are you yes-men or not?
--->'''Advisers''' ''(all in unison)'': Noooooooo...
** Alternatively: '''Our president doesn't need a bunch of yes-men beside him. When he says "no", we all say "no"!'''

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is a huge problem for all people with power, from politicians to businesspeople over media stars to pop stars. At a certain point they surround themselves only with people who tell them what they want to hear, which causes them to live inside an isolated cocoon, out of touch with reality.
* In the field of artists and businessmen Creator/GeorgeLucas is a good example for some people. As soon as he became powerful enough to control every aspect of the ''Film/StarWars'' franchise some said that his work suffered from it, because nobody dared to question or challenge his often mind boggling bad ideas. This struck back when Creator/{{Disney}} purchased his studio and dropped his original ideas for the upcoming ''The Force Awakens'', giving him not too much to take credit for.
* From 1970 to 1982, the President of Mexico had so much authority that an urban legend says that the president Luis Echeverri­a once asked "What time is it?", and one of his assistants said "Any time you want, Mr. President".
** They said the same thing with Louis XIV of France: "Whatever time Your Majesty desires".
** This a very common pattern with dictators. See also DrunkWithPower. Tyrants usually cause their own downfall because none of their supporters dare to inform them that their strategies are unrealistic or that the people actually hate them and might rise against them if they keep continuing their reign of terror. As a rule, dictators [[YouHaveFailedMe don't handle criticism very well]], and their patience decreases the longer they're separated from ordinary, day-to-day social sanity checks.
** Real Life example: While UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini ''initially'' appointed competent and free-thinking individuals to important government positions, he eventually bought into his own hype so much that he would only tolerate yes men, and quickly surrounded himself with them. Needless to say, this was to have [[WorldWarTwo disastrous consequences]].
** UsefulNotes/TheRomanRepublic knew about this tendency, and had every triumphant general assigned a slave with only one job; to stand behind him while he's being hailed by the people and tell him "Remember; someday you will die". The message didn't really seem to take hold in the last century or so of the Republic.
* General Keitel was this to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. He knowingly approved pretty much every single immoral and outright illegal order Hitler gave, always claiming he was JustFollowingOrders.
** His nickname among some of the other generals around Hitler was 'the nodding ass.'
** Similarly, Joachim von Ribbentrop's epithet amongst the Nazi high command was "Ambassador Rubberstamp".
* Subverted with Marc Antony, who supposedly didn't like these, being smart enough that Yes Men aren't really a great help. DoubleSubverted by the Alexandrians who learned this and from then on mixed in a bit of honesty when sucking up to him, so he'd think them brave men who dared to tell him the truth.
* Modern celebrity often falls victim to Yes Men as well. Creator/KevinSmith recollected his experiences with Music/{{Prince}}. He had surrounded himself with Yes Men who would give into his eccentricities for so long, that he couldn't fathom being told "no." One of his assistants told Smith that if Prince asked for a camel at three in the morning in Vegas, she had better find a camel. If she tried to explain the impossibility of that, he would stare at her blankly.
** Which, in turn, is a proud inheritance of the mantle of ElvisPresley and his Memphis Mafia.