"They can't break you if you don't have a spine."
; the Extreme Doormat is all of these virtues... and that's all they are. The Extreme Doormat lacks drive, ambition, and even opinions
. They probably have awesome combat skills, they'll likely even look incredibly awesome and mysterious as they kick ass, but much like a Stepford Smiler
they are completely hollow inside. Maybe they lack a soul
, have been psychologically tortured
, or are just an Extreme Doormat.
Naturally, such a narratively empty character won't start drama, so they're usually a Satellite Character
, Battle Butler
, trusty companion, or part of a love harem for the more active hero. Part of being the Extreme Doormat is they will obey just about any command from their love/hero/superior officer short of the suicidal ones (and sometimes even those
). Sometimes, this can result from an Empty Shell
with combat training under Mind Control
A common plot for the Extreme Doormat is the discovery or growth of their own personality and backbone. Be it by having a true friend Teach Him Anger
, confronting their (ab)user
or being the subject of Character Development
or even a Mook-Face Turn
when the hero who treats them nicely encourages them to abandon
a boss who doesn't,
or a "lover" who keeps them dependent
. Frequently Apologises a Lot
Often the victim of those Taking Advantage of Generosity
Contrast Yamato Nadeshiko
and Silk Hiding Steel
, both of which appear
to be this trope but have an hidden iron clad backbone. Compare and contrast Love Martyr
, which is, mostly, not this trope.
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- Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket starts out like this. She constantly apologizes for the smallest of things, rarely stands up for herself, often chooses to belittle or instantly forgive very serious wrongs done to her, and is very much a Pollyanna. Much of the series centers around Tohru steadily gaining the courage to face herself and her problems and to defend what she loves.
- Natsu from 7 Seeds lacks any kind of spine and will not voice her displeasure about anything, even when she's bullied or mocked by other people and apologize a lot, even when it isn't her fault. She does get better, though.
- Hatsumi from Hot Gimmick is so spineless she nearly defines this trope.
- A spoilery example to back that up: Hatsumi is so spectacularly doormat-like that she actually apologizes to a guy while he's having her gang-raped by his friends. She's apologizing because of something her father did to the gang-rapist's mother, which prompted the gang-rapist to attack Hatsumi as a form of proxy revenge. I repeat: She's apologizing to her rapist for something she didn't even do. The cherry on top: we later find out that it was someone else's father who wronged the gang-rapist's mother, not Hatsumi's. The whole thing was a Shaggy Dog Story.
- Haji from Blood+ is characterized entirely by his complete devotion to Saya and his obedience to her wishes, even when she makes him promise to kill her. Her adopted brother Kai finally goads him into expressing his Bodyguard Crush at the end of the series.
- Lucciola in Last Exile starts out this way, but his loyalty and friendship to Dio helped him take the initiative to save him. And then he dies. * Sniff*
- Fuyuki from Keroro Gunsou qualifies most of the time. Push him too far, though, and he's so terrifying, the manga can't even show his face.
- Anthy from Revolutionary Girl Utena is actually described as being "less forceful than a doormat", but the truth is a bit different. She and her brother deliberately play up this trope in order to convince others that their plans for the future are honest, and then to convince themselves that their plans for her are righteous. And her Emotionless Girl act is a result of the massive trauma she's gone through and the way her brother keeps her emotionally anesthetized through their abusive relationship.
- Utena herself tries to become one of these in episode 12 to cope with losing a duel to Touga and losing Anthy. Fortunately, Wakaba snaps her out of it.
- Nataku in X1999, as it befits him for his nature as a dead little girl's clone.
- In Princess Tutu, Mytho starts out as an extreme doormat, since he kinda shattered his heart, rendering him completely emotionless. The only thing he ever does of his own volition (at first) is protecting the weak.
- Nemu from Bleach is a somewhat Rei-like example of the trope. In her case, she was actually created by Mad Scientist Mayuri to serve as his obedient assistant. He has no compunction about injuring or even potentially kill her, as he can simply rebuild her. And yet she still cares for him on some level.
- Fiore from Chrono Crusade, who calls herself 'only a doll' and lives only to serve Joshua and Aion.
- In Code Geass, Karen Stadfeldt/Kouzuki's biological mother, an Eleven maid who was used by an adulterous Britannian, seems to be one of these, which earns her the scorn of the family and disappointment from Kallen's part. Kallen mistook her mom's devotion towards her and her dead brother Naoto as devotion towards the father, and when heartbreakingly proved wrong, she had a change of heart and decided to make Mrs. Kouzuki her reason to keep on fighting, aside of Zero and the Black Knights.
- Yuki Nagato in Suzumiya Haruhi starts out as this, but reveals independence, free will and opinions over the course of the story. Ultimately, her loyalty lies to Kyon, more than her Boss or The Leader Haruhi.
- Minor character Miya from Mai-Otome is an unhappy and unwilling accomplice to all of Tomoe's misdeeds, but is afraid to stand up to her. She ultimately gets blamed for everything and is forced to leave school permanently, never to be seen again.
- Mousse of Ranma ˝ but only if Shampoo is doing the walking. In a later manga story: the Mask of Submission is a pair of glasses that causes whoever is seen through them to kneel and grovel, begging to be trod upon. He uses them on Ranma a few times to satisfy his ego, then Shampoo, the girl he is a Stalker with a Crush towards, asked him to stop using them. Upon his initial refusal, she told him he was pathetic for taking advantage of items created to protect those who had no other way to fight off martial artists. Then he deliberately puts them on backwards, so he's the one begging and groveling.
- Train from the anime version of Black Cat was this for quite a few episodes during his time in Chronos. Speaking in a monotone, hardly having any opinion on anything, and being quietly wangsty. He was also the strongest assassin in Chronos.
- The main argument people have about Ai Yori Aoshi is whether Aoi is a Yamato Nadeshiko or this trope too.
- Aoi does have a backbone, when she chooses to use it; otherwise, she would have never resisted her parents, time and time again. On the other hand, Taeko is an Extreme Doormat.
- Other possible suspects include minor characters Saionji and Chizuru. Saionji has the excuse that we only see him in his capacity as butler / chauffeur.
- The Captain from Hellsing basically follows Major around like a big, quiet dog that doesn't do anything unless commanded to. Which sort of makes sense considering he's a werewolf.
- Byaku from Kekkaishi is an example of this trope who is also a Big Bad of a major arc. Having no drive or desires of his own, he spends both his flashback and the main story fulfilling wishes of whatever woman happens to be next to him, no matter how potentially dangerous to him, her and innocent bystanders, not because he loves them or anything, but seemingly because he can't think of anything better to do although manga suggests that he loved Hime after all. This is presented as extremely creepy.
- Lala-Ru from Now and Then, Here and There is an Extreme Doormat in all but one respect. She can provide water with the use of her pendant, which is an invaluable ability in her desert planet... so much so that wars have been fought over her, often civil wars. She has thus retreated into extreme stoicism and refuses to give anyone water when told, since it just causes death. In this regard, she is more steely than an iron mine, taking heaps of abuse and threats (and implied rape) rather than give in. By the series' end, she becomes a Defrosting Ice Queen and Mama Bear, using her power to help save Sho and her loved ones. Super ending spoiler: she even makes a Heroic Sacrifice to fill the planet with oceans.
- Abelia is also this towards King Hamdo for most of the series. No matter how much he shrieks and rants and raves at her, or how insane/barbaric his orders, she quietly carries out his instructions and never, ever speaks back or shows signs of being disgruntled. She gets over it.
- Hong Long from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is a prime example. Not only does he suffer from being the less desired child in his family, but he spends his time taking Wang Liu Mei's abuse and criticism without resentment. The ultimate example of this is at the end of his run where, after they escape the destruction of the Trinity Mothership, they are cornered by Nena Trinity, who has grown tired of being treated as a utility by Liu Mei. As she plans to put a bullet in her, Hong Long takes the shot... and another, and another. Pushing Liu Mei out of harm's way and telling her to live, he confronts Nena... and gets a bullet in his head for his troubles. Not only does Liu Mei not appreciate it, but Nena STILL gets her revenge.
- Fate Testarossa in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Despite being repeatedly abused by her mother, Fate remains loyal to her until the end, when Nanoha finally befriends her.
- Justified because she remembers how Precia treated Alicia, and doesn't know that those aren't her memories.
- Soushi of Inu X Boku SS, who became a Professional Butt-Kisser in order to appeal to his higher ups and worm his way to freedom from a life-long house arrest. One of his previous masters noted that he'd willingly do an embarrassing act with with a smile on his face. He's something of a subversion since he uses this tactic to achieve his own ends, but it's also true he assigns so little value to his life that he'd even commit suicide if that was what was wished of him.
- Dolls in Darker Than Black are generally this, although some develop the ability to think for themselves to an extent.
- Cooro from +Anima. While he has his own opinions and was a Cheerful Child who loves apples, he won't go against anyone's decisions, even if they were made under stress, frustration or stubbornness. While the early chapters pointed it out, it wasn't until the final volume that it was properly addressed.
- Kotonoha from School Days due to her insecurity.
- Skip Beat!: Kyoko, at the beginning when she used to live with Shou.
- Honey Hunt: Yura, up until her Abusive Parents divorce and reveal they couldn't care less about her. This results in her first Crowning Moment of Awesome when she tearfully announces to the press that she no longer considers them her parents and that "people like them should just burn in hell". Even after that though, she still shows instances of this trope at times.
- In Monster, Tenma starts off as a complete bitch of his fiancee and his boss, who publishes his research under his own name and takes credit for his extremely difficult surgeries. Although he grows a spine early in the series' run, both his and Eva's flashbacks characterize him as woefully passive and exploitable.
- Sawako from Kimi ni Todoke is this normally, but it's subverted when she refuses to help Kurumi get together with Kazehaya, on the basis she can't support her fully due to her own feelings for Kazehaya.
- Tsuna from Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, though he gets better somewhat. Kozato Enma even more so. They become fast friends mainly because of how they can relate to each other in this aspect.
- SHUFFLE!: After discovering that it was not Rin's fault that her beloved mother died (it was indirectly her fault), Kaede Fuyou becomes a House Wife whose only purpose in life was, according to her, "to serve Rin-kun" so she can make up to him for all the tremendous abuse she piled on Rin (who willingly took the blame because Kaede was this close to just let herself die by despair) before the discovery.
- Yukinari Sasaki from Girls Bravo. Granted, he tries to stand up for himself when people bully him but he usually ends up backing down. People mock him for this by saying "You're too much of a coward to talk back! If you're a man then act like one!" Also, he takes frequent beatings from his friend Kirie for being an Accidental Pervert and hardly ever complains to her about it afterwards. He also never decides to say, stop being friends with her and frequently blames himself for when bad things happen to him.
- Aine Yukimura of Sensual Phrase, especially in the manga.
- Hinata from Naruto was shown to be one of these during her childhood. Her interactions with Naruto enable her to grow out of it.
- Don't forget about Sakura. She's this around Sasuke, especially in Part I. The scene in the hospital shows it quite well, with Sakura not doing anything to call Sasuke out on his actions.
- Itachi of all people, fits this trope pretty well, combining it with Well-Intentioned Extremist and My Country, Right or Wrong. What's that, Danzou? You need me to kill my entire clan to prevent a war? No problem! Okay, it's not that simple, but you get the point.
- Speaking of Danzo, his ideal of a shinobi leans toward this: An individual with exceptional combat skills, a willingness to die for his country, and no emotions or opinions to prevent him from doing so. He does his best to mold Root in this image but falls short himself, to his own disgust.
- Unfortunately for the Shinobi, this is also true for the Daimyo's. They all seem to be pretty spineless, not to mention stupid.. And they're supposed to lead the country?
- Anri Sonohara from Durarara!!. She eventually starts to develop a spine.
- Also, Saki Mikajima. She'll listen to whatever Izaya tells her to do, even if it means endangering her life. Even after she betrays him, she continues loyally obeying him afterward, too.
- Hinata from H2O: Footprints in the Sand acts this way initially towards her grandfather.
- Victorian Romance Emma: Monica's husband, which might be part of why she married him.
- Fumi of Aoi Hana. She gets better.
- Masato and Miku of Zeorymer are both the most doormatty of Extreme Doormats.
- Ayumi of Gokinjo Monogatari. When she's chosen as the receptionist at the fashion contest and can't move from the hall, she even gets a comment from Yuusuke, that it suits her just perfectly.
- Little House with an Orange Roof: For a tsundere, Natsumi has serious problems saying "no", especially when challenged to "prove" she's worthy to marry Shoutarou. This has led to her being groped by slimy salarymen in a cabaret, and being utilized for slave labor by her in-laws, among other things.
- Yukiteru Amano of Mirai Nikki starts out as an Extreme Doormat, and becomes less of one as the series goes on.
- Soubi in Loveless. Ritsuka tries to break him out of it, but Seimei would prefer he stay that way.
- Rodoreamon from Simoun starts like this, then grows a spine as the series progresses. By the Distant Finale, she's become the Iron Lady.
- Kenshin was this during his days as an assassin. He never asked questions, made conversation, or gave his opinion with his superiors who gave him orders to kill. He only did what was necessary to bring on the new era - even if it would cost him his sanity in the end.
- Tick Jefferson of Baccano! tells Luck that he'll do anything to prove his worth to them. He'll also do anything that will let him use his scissors.
- Lithuania in Axis Powers Hetalia seems to border on this- he's sweet, humble, obedient, and pretty happy considering how much he gets bossed about, esspecially by Bad Boss Russia and best friend Poland.
- Arcee in Transformers Headmasters. After being an Action Girl throughout the movie and season 3, she was turned into a docile, subservient secretary, who didn't wield a weapon once in the entire series, and rarely left the "office".
- Gilbert Nightray of Pandora Hearts is often this to his master Oz, but with Alice he normally stands up to her.
- Tetsuma in Eyeshield 21 is this to his old friend Kid, to the point he is very Literal-Minded and takes orders to the extreme, doing ONLY what Kid told him to do. It was only after Monta defeated him in a catching battle that Tetsuma began to develop his own ambitions and more emotions.
- Sanada Yukimura from Gate 7 is so much of a doormat that he's called to shut up by his students...kindergarten students.
- Sloth from Fullmetal Alchemist is so lazy, he lacks the basic will to say no to what Father and the other Hommunculi tell him to do.
- Rei from Sangatsu no Lion is a bit lacking in the ability to stand up for himself, especially when it comes to Kyoko, who regularly belittles him without receiving complaints and attempts to manipulate him into losing. While he refuses the her worst of her commands, he's never able to completely turn her away and always acquiesces to her smaller (but still generally unreasonable) requests. His narrative heavily implies it's because of his affections toward her.
- Gohan from Dragon Ball Z was one for most of the series: a total mama's boy who worked diligently at his studies, whenever Goku wasn't stealing him for more training to save the world. Characterization Marches On, however, and we see him gradually learning to stand up for himself and the people he cares about in the Namek saga, though Vegeta's criticism still got him to clam up. Even when he was a teenager, Videl managed to blackmail him into submission.
- Minato Sahashi of Sekirei is this, being beyond humble and completely lacking in confidence. It may be somewhat justified, when one considers the absolutely terrifying women he grew up with.
- Bertolt Hoover, from Attack on Titan. He seems to be exceptionally aware of his own failings, and resigned to it even with his exceptional talents as a soldier. However, his claims that he has "no will" of his own and simply goes along with what society expects from him leave absolutely horrifying implications when it's revealed that he is the Colossal Titan and a spy sent to infiltrate and exterminate humanity.
- Legato Bluesummers from Trigun wants to be one of these for his master Knives. He even admits in the manga that he has no reason to live without Knives, and eventually he gives up his own life just to torment Vash, whom Knives had ordered to make suffer.
- Rei from Neon Genesis Evangelion is one of these. She shown no emotion, carries out any order given to her with absolute obedience, and has no problem being considered completely expendable for the sake of the mission. On one occasion, she even admitted that she would kill herself without a second thought if Gendo ordered her to; there's a reason Asuka calls her a wind-up doll.
- One Piece has a minor character named Baby-5. She cannot say no to anyone. Because of this, she's been engaged multiple times, and has a debt in the hundreds of millions. Heck, she even accepted a request from someone she was wanted to kill before!
- Keitaro of Love Hina. He constantly lets the girls walk all over him and beat him up, even though as the landlord of the girls dormitory where they live, he could EASILY evict them at any point. In fact, it's ONLY because he's a doormat that the girls still have a roof over their heads!
- Justified, Deconstructed, and Exploited with Kotoura-san's titular heroine. Haruka doesn't speak up because she would likely and unintentionally reveal people's inner selves which often infuriates them even more and validates their Abomination Accusation Attack hence why she's the perfect victim from their perspective. Because of this, she doesn't even bother trying to be social which is affecting her mental health despite how much her Jerkass Façade denies it. Much of the show is devoted to having her growing away from this.
- Insignificus in Secret Six. He does anything a member of the Secret Six says while lamenting that he is not worthy to shine their shoes
- When Magneto ran the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the doormat role was played by the appropriately named Toad.
- X-23, of all people, spent time as one when she was a prostitute under the violently controlling and abusive pimp, Zebra Daddy. She lets him walk all over and control her even though she could tear him to shreds if she wanted to. And eventually she does. To a certain extent she was this when still under the control of the Facility, as well, allowing Rice to subject her to horrific amounts of physical and emotional abuse even though, like Daddy, she could kill him in seconds. And once again, eventually she does. Though not in seconds...
- The titular character from the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Quizzical. Overcoming her tendency toward this, if only somewhat, is the point of the story.
- Although a lot of it is heavily dependent on the individual writer due to the general nature of these works, the Newfoals (humans turned into ponies through a magical potion) are frequently characterized as this with shades of the Stepford Smiler.
- Dominic in Pink Personal Hell and Altering Fate shows traces of this. When Pinkie Pie and Gummy (literally!) walk all over him, he doesn't do anything except voice his annoyance. It's implied that he is often this way with other people, becoming a borderline Hikkikomori. Nickel Steel is also this way at first, never leaving the bedroom unless escorted out, constantly thinking he wasn't able to do anything, never speaking to ponies unless introduced, but he starts opening up to others. Revealed to be Dominic's Character Development. Although he still lets Pinkie Pie jump all over him.
- Harry Potter becomes this in No Curiosity when the child abuse he receives at the hands of his relatives leads to psychological problems.
- Blaine in Hunting The Unicorn is Cerebus Retconned into this, Played for Drama AND laughs. His friends the Warblers call him Kurt's bitch (though they're also the first to defend him whenever he gets in trouble), and he's a Love Martyr who lacks self-esteem, constantly defends his neglectful father, and has a lot of baggage. Then he's so sheltered and idealistic that he tried to invoke Sex Equals Love at sixteen. It went badly.
- Fern Potter in More Than Her Mother. No matter the provocation, the most she ever does is make soft-voiced, perfectly-factual statements which are always misconstrued by the Dursleys.
- Bucky in Out Of The Dead Land, as a direct result of having his memories and sense of identity systematically erased by HYDRA. He latches onto Steve as a new handler of sorts after HYDRA doesn't retrieve him and when his attempts to fulfill the 'mission' of being the old Bucky for Steve fail, he stops doing anything outside of occasionally eating, sleeping, and waiting for Steve to give him a new mission for a long while. Thankfully, he eventually develops out of this.
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- Supernatural: When it comes to his family, Dean is so like this it's scary. He thinks he deserves the verbal abuse or blame from just about anybody, and is so needy when it comes to Sam that he sells his soul to bring Sam back from the dead. He's saved from living here by being opinionated and obstinate in everything else.
- In "Hunted" he's kidnapped and used as bait after Sam just abandoned him in the middle of the night, pretty much dismissed him with a "He means well," and didn't contact him until he needed him. And all Dean can come up with is a "You ever do that again and I'll...". Do what, Dean? Grow some spine when it comes to dealing with your family?
- In season four, Sam stops just short of choking Dean to death after Dean calls him a monster on top of Sam's hallucinations of Dean loathing him in one episode. Guess who calls to apologize to whom. Of course, that might be as much practicality, since Dean needed to get Sam to go to back to Bobby's to continue the incredibly painful process of detox. Or at least stop following Ruby's plan. His apology probably would have had the desired effect, too, if the angels hadn't meddled with the message.
- It gets so much worse in Seasons 5 and 6. No wonder Famine accused him of being empty: he's got nothing left to give, not even to Lisa and Ben, because he's given it all to his family, who never needed him as much as he needed them.
- Angels are implied to supposed to be this—follow your orders and don't ask questions—and the higher-ups don't like it when the doormats start questioning.
- Castiel can also be an Extreme Doormat, although Depending on the Writer and his mood, sometimes he just straight out rebels and loses his shit. During his breakdown in season five, he tends to sacrifice himself and obey the Winchesters (particularly Dean) without question, no matter how much it hurts him. Castiel is even reduced in rank and tortured by heaven because he is getting too emotionally attached. A physically and psychologically broken Cas takes on all the damage a time travel trip requires (to the point that he cannot stand up), in order to make sure Sam and Dean survive. Given how readily and unquestioningly the millenia-old Cas sides with Dean, and Castiel's (obviously untrue) claims about Angels not having emotions, it's likely that he was just so eager to have someone he could believe in telling him what to do that he so willingly switched from being heaven's doormat/bitch to being Dean's doormat/bitch.
- Lord Percy in Blackadder II is like this. He sticks by Lord Edmund whenever he's in trouble, offering to pay his debt, creating gold (or in this case green) and posing for a less than wholesome portrait for his friend; while all the while Blackadder steals his money, insults him and takes advantage of his generosity all the way through the series and Percy does nothing to complain.
- The Actives on Dollhouse are pretty much like this when in "blank slate" mode. They act like Purity Sues except even more obliging and unambitious. They're basically like children on Valium.
- Darryl Morris on Charmed has done everything for the Charmed Ones. He even forgave them after Phoebe and Paige stole his soul. He had managed to grow a spine after getting put through the wringer one too many times without a thank you and put some distance between him and the girls. They didn't understand why.
- Degrassi The Next Generation: Anya MacPherson was an Extreme Doormat to her best friend Holly J before she gained a bit of a backbone.
- Played with in The Fast Show. One of Paul Whitehouse's characters tries to have opinions about the topic du jour whilst talking with his mates in the pub, but refuses to disagree with any of them for fear of offending. As a result he fails to come to a conclusion about anything and lives his life in a state or perpetual bewilderment.
- In a Monty Python sketch, a couple goes to marriage counseling. The counselor instantly seduces the wife right in front of the husband, who can't bring himself to utter a word of protest.
- Jerry on Parks and Recreation. He's constantly the butt of jokes and barbs from everyone in the office, even the nicer co-workers, and he rarely objects with anything more than an exasperated sigh.
- Niles Crane on Frasier was portrayed as this, at least to his wife Maris, almost completely ignoring the fact that she treated him like crap and running to her pretty much whenever she snapped her fingers. He got better about this tendency over the years, eventually culminating in his divorce from Maris and learning to be on his own.
- In a Flash Back episode of Taxi, we discover that no one else than Jim Ignatowski was this during his days at Harvard, "a simpler time" in his own words.
- In an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation it's revealed that Jean-Luc Picard has an artificial heart because back when he was at Starfleet academy he got in a fight with a group of Nausicaans and got stabbed in the heart, almost killing him. Because he regrets this part of his past life, and especially this event which more or less crippled him for life (at least in the sense that he needs regular checkups on his artificial heart), Q offers him the chance to go back in time and allow him to not fight the Nausicaans. The aesop was, of course, that this was actually a crucial point in his life that shaped his entire career. Without the stabbing that almost cost his life, Picard never realized how fragile life is and how important each moment must be, he never got the motivation, drive and ambition to live life to the fullest and become a great man, and he instead became basically an extreme doormat who never achieved anything of any importance, never taking any risks, always playing it safe and never seizing any opportunities to advance in his career.
- Edith Bunker on All in the Family most of the time, partly due to her being The Ditz and partly due to having a bad-tempered, chauvinist husband. However, on one occasion she did realize she had taken all she could stand from Archie and memorably told him off. And throughout the course of the series she successfully fought off two (yes, two) attempted rapists.
- Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a Time. Dear Lord. Crippled (no political correctness about this in Fairytale Land), poor, insulted in public by his wife, insulted in public again by the man she runs off with, deeply humiliated by a soldier in front of his own son and threatened with loosing that same son, ... His inability to fight back is explained to a great part by the fact that he has next to no combat knowledge, is only ever seen walking with the help of a crutch and often up against soldiers backed up by the Dark Onewho are likely to do even worse to him if he speaks up. Still, a conversation with his son implies that in some situations, like the war, fighting is at least possible. Later on of course he gains some power...
- Prince Henry is this to his wife Cora and daughter Regina. In "The Miller's Daughter", he does show concern over his father's treatment of peasants but lacks the spine to stand up to him either.
- Jiminy Cricket used to be this; unable to stand up to, much less escape, his thieving, sociopathic Jerkass parents. His attempt to use magic to get away ends up getting Gepetto's parents killed. In the end, he is ''more' than glad to trade his humanity to the Blue Fairy and accept a geas to aid Gepetto just to leave them. He's still pretty meek, just don't get between him and his patients.
- Scrubs: Flashbacks show that this is how Ted, the hospital's lawyer and resident Chew Toy, pretty much became Dr. Kelso's personal assistant. The janitor also takes advantage of this from time to time ("I'm a follower"), though one episode has him teach Ted to to stand up for himself, which caused him to turn against the Janitor and start a rival group to the Brain Trust, though this change is short-lived.
- The Ood from Doctor Who become this after being lobotomized and separated from the Hive Mind, making them an ideal Slave Race...until they rebelled.
- Also, we have a whole planet full of doormats in the planet Tivoli, also known as "the most conquered planet in the universe".
- Fabian from House of Anubis was this until the middle of season 2, when he Grew a Spine. He even began to call himself a pushover.
- Arguably, the main character of the Hindu epic Ramayana, Sita, is this, as she takes every slander, exile and degradation by her own husband without any protest, always folding at whatever she is ordered. Eventually though, it becomes so much she begs her divine mother, the Earth, to take her home, and is granted this.
- Caspar Milquetoast from the 1920's comic strip The Timid Soul. His name went into the dictionary as a word for this trope.
- Linus Van Pelt is another good example, due to being naturally introverted and to having a dictatorial big sister who is also physically stronger than him. (Actually, Lucy has this effect on lots of men, including Schroeder.)
- Linus finally reached his breaking point at the end of a story arc that started when he rashly promised his "blanket-hating" grandmother that he'd stop carrying around his blanket as soon as she stopped smoking, thinking she was too much of an addict to ever quit - and Grandma did just that! After demanding Linus fulfill his end of the bargain and forcibly taking the blanket from him, Lucy spent the next week or so taunting her brother, who was already such a nervous wreck that he was fainting several times a day. Linus went so far as to hire a private detective (Snoopy, who else?) to try to steal the blanket back, but no luck. Grandma finally relieved Linus of his promise after she admitted to him that she had sneaked a cigarette, only for Lucy to not only refuse to give the blanket back, but to claim that Linus had proved he could survive without his blanket and no longer needed it - and that it was time for the blanket to be burned. With Linus following after her and fruitlessly pleading, Lucy took the blanket to a garbage bin (which she lied was actually a furnace) and performed a "liberation" ceremony that ended with her tossing the blanket right into the "furnace." Linus let out an unearthly scream, furiously fished his blanket out of the bin, and then let his bitchy sister have it with all the righteous anger at his disposal.
Linus: Nobody's going to treat me that way anymore! Who do you think you are to tell me what to do? And Grandma, who does she think she is? When Mom tells me I have to give up this blanket, I'll do it, but that doesn't go for anyone else, YOU HEAR ME?!
Charlie Brown: Hooray!
Lucy: Oh, shut up!
- Slave Mentality in GURPS turns your character into this towards his owner only. If ordered to "make them give you the money and don't take any gruff" a slave mentality character will not hesitate to stand up against the most physically and socialy intimidating person.
- Beholden in Genius The Transgression, who lack a worldview of their own and generally end up simply going along with the most convincing Genius in the area and serving the vitally important role of Igor.
- Yuna from Final Fantasy X. She apologizes or is sorry for eveyrthing that happens (including being kidnapped and other things that she couldn't prevent or wasn't even concerned in) and triggers a major plot element by accepting Seymour's proposition to marry him despite being fully aware that he is planning to eliminate the council of Yevon because they Guados mocked him for being a Half-Human Hybrid. Oh, and even after he DIES and comes back as a ghost, she still wants to marry him so she can send him to the Farplane. Justified by her habit to try to do everything by herself without warning so nobody else will be hurt, even if she doesn't seem to realise that her Guardians have to rescue her if her plan fails. And the sole reason she became a Summoner in the first place? Because her father was one and killed Sin via the ritual Heroic Sacrifice, thus giving a few years of peace to Spira, so she has to do the same. The majority of Yuna's Character Development in the game is outgrowing this. The turning point being the moment she confronts Yunalesca and resolves to find a way to end Sin permanently.
- Youko Hasekura, resident emotionless ninja girl of Cross Channel, lives mostly only to do whatever the protagonist Taichi Kurosu asks of her, except for the times when she decides she knows what's better for him.
- Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis gives us Vayne Aurelius, The Hero...
- Though Vayne is more than just your typical doormatty hero: he has a pretty good reason to be that way. He's the Mana of Wishes. Meaning he exists to grant everyone else's.
- In the sequel, Zeppel Kriever , who is now the principal, has undergone a serious case of Flanderization and become one.
- The player character in BioShock arguably is this way even after the Mind Control is cured. "You won't even walk until someone says go!"
- By extension, this is applicable to virtually all silent player characters in a video game, a fact that the game's developers intended to point out.
- Namine in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories is this for the Organization until the end, where she defies Marluxia for Sora's sake. In 358/2 Days, she's suddenly back an extreme doormat for DiZ. For her few scenes in Kingdom Hearts II, though, it's clear she's gotten past this phase at last and does things because she wants to, rather than because someone ordered her to.
- To be fair, 358/2 Days takes place at least partly during/immediately after Chain Of Memories, so it makes sense that that Namine's Character Development might not be so clear.
- Dragon Quest VII has Pepe, who just wants to keep everyone happy, but is pressured and pushed into a situation where he 'must' choose between his lover Linda and his family... because Linda refuses to do anything to solve her own problems and expects him to sweep her away from it all by eloping, regardless of how that would leave his family to deal with her family's debt. In the end, he cracks under the pressure and leaves town alone. This doesn't help.
- Charon, a possible companion in Fallout 3, has been brainwashed to unquestioningly obey whomever holds his employment contract. His doormat behavior doesn't extend to anyone else, though. Employers who antagonize him would be well advised not to fire him.
- Yes Man in Fallout: New Vegas is forced to be as helpful as possible due to his programming. However, he's also incredibly cheery about it. If the player decides to kill him note all he can do is beg for mercy and say that he deserves it. Of course, he's actually instrumental if the player wants to be the sole ruler of Vegas and in the Independent Ending. He tries to avert this a bit where he states in the ending that he's found an upgrade that lets him be more "assertive", specifically that he'll only take orders from the Courier.
- Saori Hasegawa, the Hermit Social Link in Persona 3 Portable's female path. Naturally, she ends up on the receiving stick of some Malicious Slander, and it's up to the protagonist to teach her to enforce her opinions.
- Dante Moro in Assassins Creed II, who is left extremely impressionable after being knifed in the head. The guy who paid the thugs to attack him (who secretly lusted after Moro's wife) is subsequently able to talk Dante into anulling his marriage, and even has the audacity to hire him as a bodyguard.
- Uther, leader of the lost kingdom of Insalaum in Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-Hen starts out as one of these, taking orders from an old hag of a prime minister, retreating after taking a single hit and just being an all-around sissy. Once he awakens his Sphere, he does a complete 180, gains about fifty levels in badass, smashes the final boss of the first game into the dirt with one hit, and if you end up taking the "If" route, he becomes the game's Big Bad.
- Lilli of Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes is this by way of Heroic Mime. She never has an option to talk, only to begin a sentence that's then interrupted by another character guessing what she's going to say. Nor, at first, does she have the option to disobey orders given by authority figures. Over the course of the story, she's forced to disobey some people's orders in order to help other people, but the degree to which she develops a spine depends on the ending. If she surrenders to Dr. Marcel, it's all for nothing. If she kills him, she's still doing what the story wants. Only in the semi-hidden "Contradict" ending does she tell everyone, including the Interactive Narrator, to stuff it.
- Dehl in The Reconstruction never acts whenever anyone, mainly Tehgonan insults him. Its only after Havan devastates the world that he becomes assertive, to a huge degree.
- Used as a Deconstruction in the Visual Novel Heart De Roommate when one of the girls accuses the resident Yamato Nadeshiko of being this, only coming across as sweet and innocent because she's too much of a moral coward to have her own opinions. Amusingly enough said character quickly proceeds to rectify this by expressing her own opinions on the other girl's Genki Girl / Yandere tendencies. Thus proving that she really was a Yamato Nadeshiko; otherwise she wouldn't have the inner iron to do such a thing.
- M in Shikkoku No Sharnoth never shows any emotion or interest in anything. He doesn't even bother telling people to leave him alone.
- Assassin in Fate/stay night never varies from polite interest in his emotions. Caster partially ruptures his lungs, he continues chatting. True Assassin eats his way out from inside and he practically comments on the weather. Bleeding to death after Saber has run him through? Talk about birds. He expresses no opinions or goals beyond wanting to have one good fight during his tenure as a temple guardian. He can't leave the temple because he'll vanish if he does, and even if he beats everyone else, his master wins and gets the Grail and he still won't get anything because he is a fake Heroic Spirit that is something of a composite identity, and therefore has no wish to be fulfilled (not that the Grail would grant a wish to fake like him). Why bother?
- Also Kuzuki, who weirds out Shirou with his complacence. Around the time Archer kills him, though, it seems like at least SOME of this is faked. Continuing a fight to the death against someone you have no hope against just because he feels he ought to finish what he started? Suuuure.
- The protagonist of X-Change is in exactly the wrong genre to be this, and he only gets weaker after getting turned into a girl. Not until the third game does he finally get the option to fight off an attempted rapist.
- Ken Krause of Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past, with no small amount of lampshading by several characters.
- Genji Ronoue from Umineko no Naku Koro ni is "exemplary furniture," according to Ronove. He basically lets Kinzo and Beatrice do whatever they please, even if that includes killing the rest of the family. He even shocks Kanon by passively accepting Beatrice as his new master after she kills Kinzo in the third arc... and her next task for him is to die. He complies.
- Clair Vaux of Bernard in Requiem of the golden witch, as she is merely a tool created by Bernkastel for the purpose of reading Beato/Yasu's past.
- Kevin J Dog from Newshounds.
- Kazuo of Red String fits this trope perfectly. His entire life is wrapped up in winning his Father's aproval. From his job, to his major, to the girl he marries he'll do anything Kenta says. Shame Kenta sees Kazuo as worthless and nothing but a bargaining chip, which finally drives Kazuo to attempt suicide.
- Kusari from Sluggy Freelance is an interesting case: She does have an attitude, but that's about all. She still obeys the CEO of Hereti-Corp absolutely, and though she is capable of rational, independent thought, she has no motivation to do anything but serve. Mind Control is suspected, but it also seems like she has been made this way from the start and has no "real" self.
- Gary from Ménage ŕ 3 allows himself to be beaten, kissed by his gay friend (who is well aware he's straight) and prevented from having sex by the person who claimed she would help achieve this goal.
- Lenny appears this way in Our Little Adventure.
- Marten in Questionable Content indulges a little snarking now and then, but most of the time patiently endures all kinds of crap from the rest of the (mainly female) cast. Oh! And his former job was "office bitch" (with an official office bitch business card, no less).
- In Spacetrawler, the Eebs are an entire species of doormats. Which in turn has led to them all being enslaved, as they will follow any direct order.
- Tavros in Homestuck, to the point where he can't even bear a grudge towards the person who paralyzed him. Taken to extremes in the afterlife when he can't even bear a grudge towards the person who killed him. Who is the same person who paralyzed him earlier. After another round of verbal abuse from the same person, Tavros finally gets fed up and flies away while flipping her off.
- Mituna swings between this and a sort of even more aggressive Karkat mode with poorly spelt profanity.
- Helen from Penny and Aggie, who throughout the course of the series had basically been treated as a minion for various cliques—as well as The Unfavorite in her household, who was expected to advertise for her sister, and given a conditional love response for failing to do so—and at one point explicitly thinks, "At least if I'm being used, that means I have a use." Eventually she runs away in response.
- Elliot from El Goonish Shive tends to be this when villains aren't involved. It actually causes problems, as his inability to take initiative or make choices based on his own needs basically ruins any romance he's involved in.
- Edward from Life isn't actually named Edward. "Edward" is just the name Felicia called him, and he never cared enough to correct her.
- "Handy" from Void Dogs doesn't even consider herself to be a person. Considering that her real name is a serial number, this might not be surprising.
- Several characters from Tales Of MU show levels of doormat affinity, but two in particular have fit the definition of Extreme Doormat:
- Two the Golem was set free with an order to do what she wants, but she was created with only one desire: to do as she's told. Her growth out of being an Extreme Doormat began when she learned to have other desires, starting with eating sweets.
- The Lizard Folk use communal decision making, so Hissy holds no strong opinions of her own. Human missionaries decided she should go to school, the school decided she should join the skirmish team. Her response to all of it is simply that she has no objection. As a background character, her Extreme Doormat status wasn't even apparent until she got some Character Development.
- Weasley Crusher of The Binder of Shame was constantly bullied by the other players, on one occasion being pushed into buying pizza with money he said he needed for insulin.
- Although he likes starting arguments, The Nostalgia Critic constantly succumbs to peer pressure because he desperately wants to be loved and those arguments nearly always end with him crumbling for not much reason.
- In We Are Our Avatars, modified Asimovian laws mean that a human simply has to give Yuzuki Miura from a command, which she is unable to resist.
- South Park:
- Liane Cartman, Eric Cartman's mom. She will give her son anything and everything he wants to ridiculous extremes, without objection.
- One episode focused on this, with the Dog Whisperer basically explaining that her social ineptitude means her son is the only real companionship she has, which is why she will do anything to make him happy so she can spend time with him. This is one of the reasons Cartman is such a Jerkass and a spoiled brat.
- And in a more recent episode, She finally decided enough was enough and started denying Cartman... only to have him convince everyone that she repeatedly raped him - in public.
- Chris from the two-part episode "Do The Handicapped Go To Hell?/Probably" is also an example of this, as he lets the rude/abusive Saddam walk all over him during the episode and reacts very passive-aggressively to Satan cheating on him.
- Butters in his pre-breakout days. Though he sometimes sill qualifies when he's not playing the Woobie or Badass Adorable.
- MODOK in the animated Iron Man series (from the '90s) has aspects of this trope, constantly putting up with the Mandarin belittling him and even having to be persuaded out of helping him enact a plan that would KILL HIM. When asked why he puts up with it he answers "He makes me laugh. Seriously, I like him."
- Wilt from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. His catchphrases are "I'm sorry" and "Is that okay?". When lost in the woods, his first suggestion was "I can starve first if it helps."
- Occasionally he has outbursts of anger at being treated as a doormat... and then apologizes for it.
- Futurama has Neutral Planet, with nothing but doormats.
- Kif Krocker is a more moderate example, justified by having Zapp Branigan as his superior.
- Mr. Milk from Making Fiends has quite a few doormat qualities, although it's mostly because he's stuck being school teacher to local Villain Protagonist Vendetta. Having an evil red bird fiend constantly keeping him in check doesn't help much either.
- Batman: The Animated Series: Harley Quinn is this when it comes to the Joker. Lampshaded in this exchange:
Harley: I'm not a doormat! Am I?
Poison Ivy: If you had a middle name, it would be welcome!
- However, she does have a spine, even though it takes some time to dig it out. The episode Harlequinade demonstrated that when angry enough, she's perfectly willing to blow the Joker away (with a machine gun!) with barely a second thought. Probably the only scene in the entire series where the two showed genuine mutual respect and affection, as fits to their twisted minds.
- Stacy Rowe from Daria fits the bill, though she started to grow a spine in the final season.
- Luxor the cat from Tutenstein, thanks to the magic that compels him to serve the pharaoh.
- On King of the Hill, Bill can fit this trope sometimes, although it can be tragic just as much as it's played for laughs. He was really a go-getter guy when he was in high school and pretty tough and likeable, but his current doormat status is implied to partly be because he joined the army, but mostly due to his leeching, cheating, dominating ex-wife Lenore, who left him with a broken heart and a missing spine.
Bill: When people yell at me, I usually do what they say!
- Bobby can be like this too, mainly because even for someone his age, he's astonishing easy to influence and can be pushed into behaving in strange ways just from being around certain people.
- Cotton's second wife Didi is maybe the most extreme possible version of this. She's always shown as quiet, depressed, and submitted, all of which are desireable traits in a spouse to the Jerkass Cotton Hill. With little free will of her own, she seems more like a slave than a wife.
- Stimpy from The Ren & Stimpy Show can be like this sometimes for Ren.
- There was a short-lived Terrytoons character called John Doormat. However this is only when he's with his wife; when's he's at work he's actually a mean, scary boss.
- Hey Arnold!: Phoebe served as this for her friend Helga at times. One episode had her get tired of this after Helga's actions lead her to get hit by a car and she gets Helga to be this for her. Things go back to the way they were by the end of the episode though.
- Cleveland Brown from Family Guy. Also, Meg. Until she Took a Level in Badass.
- Cleveland's extreme doormat personality became a plot point in one episode where it caused his wife, Loretta, to cheat on him with Quagmire because Cleveland wasn't passionate at all. Peter tries to teach Cleveland to get angry and it worked so well that Cleveland wanted to murder Quagmire. Cleveland manages to regain control of himself and while he is still the doormat in his own show, he isn't as bad as he used to be.
- Lois' mother is also shown as being a doormat to her husband, essentially bending to his will and even suppressed her Jewish identity because her husband wanted to get into country clubs. However, when she discovers in another episode that her husband cheated on her, she firmly tells him to leave.
- Lois herself is also an extreme doormat. While she does get angry at Peter's tendencies to embarrass her and other shenanigans he puts the family through, Lois always forgives him at the end of the episode and has never even thought about leaving him. She'll also rarely stand up for Peter whenever her father puts him down.
- The Simpsons has Waylon Smithers, an assistant to Mr. Burns. For much of the series he helps with Burns' schemes almost unquestioningly, but he may be a subversion in that there are some schemes even he will object to at the risk of losing his job. (See "Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 1.")
- Also from The Simpsons: As Homer became more of a Jerk Ass, Marge appeared to be more and more of a doormat, forgiving him over and over again, not only for stupid accidents and acts of ignorance, but huge acts of genuine deceit. While Bart and Lisa weren't willing to put up with it in many cases, Marge overlooked almost everything he did.
- Finally addressed in the movie where Marge declares she had put up with Homer's jerkass nature and shenanigans long enough and decides to leave him. Homer spends the rest of the movie figuring out why Marge left him and what he can do to correct it.
- Notable straight versions are Ned Flanders (specially post-Flanderization) and Kirk Van Houten.
- A notable example is Seymour Skinner, obsessed with being the "perfect son" for his mother Agnes. Subverted in the Alternate Universe where he's actually Armin Tamzarian a rebellious orphan who took his Seymour Skinner persona from his mentor after Agnes mistook him when he was about to inform about the apparent death of the real Seymour in Viet Nam.
- Sidekick: Golly Gee Kid the janitor, in his sidekick days, this is basically his job as Maxum Man's sidekick.
- Fluttershy of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, who kowtows to pretty much everything under the sun. Don't push it, though. And don't threaten her friends: Fluttershy doesn't stand up for herself, but standing up for her friends is another story entirely.
- An episode revolves around her doormattitude, which has been turned Up to Eleven for the sake of the episode; she's even pushed around by Angel Bunny, who up until now tended to make it his job to keep everyone else's pushing around to a minimum. So she goes to a seminar on assertiveness, which causes a complete personality 180. She actually calls Pinkie Pie and Rarity worthless to their faces before the Heel Realization rolls around.
- The Bushwoolies from My Little Pony were frequently troubled by the difficulty they had disagreeing with anyone, especially each other; their leader Hugster seemed to be the only one who really had a mind of his own. It was probably all they could do to decide to rebel in "Escape from Katrina" in the first place.
- The Looney Tunes Show 's incarnation of Porky Pig will put up with or go along with anything because he's soft-hearted and wants to have friends. Bugs Bunny is determined to make him more assertive, but Daffy Duck takes advantage of him on a daily basis.
- Pushover in The Smurfs episode "The Smurf Who Couldn't Say No", who basically is a Smurf who has trouble saying no until he accidentally causes the Marsh Monster to be released by extinguishing the ancient Foxfire Flame in the Great Swamp, and then he and Scaredy return to the swamp to relight the flame and Pushover insists on Scaredy doing the honors. By the time the episode ends, Pushover is no longer a pushover!
- PJ on Goof Troop. Despite being the Only Sane Man, he is so insecure that he finds it difficult to say no to anyone, no matter how unreasonable their requests are. Max typically drags him into Zany Schemes despite his objections, while his father treats him like a slave on several occasions. Even his little sister pushes him around. He typically puts up a token resistance with Max (who always manages to break him without trouble), and no resistance at all with his father, mostly displaying his resentment while alone, though there are a few occasions he's pushed too far. He also takes verbal abuse and rejection without fighting back.
- Mole from Mr. Bogus finds himself in this trope very frequently. It makes a lot of sense, since he often serves as Ratty's Sycophantic Servant and will very blithely listen to anything that he says.
- Dan Vs.: Chris often gets roped into Dan's revenge schemes and eventually goes along with what he says while openly disagreeing with him. At one point, he has to remind Dan and Elise that he is his own person and can make his own decisions. That said, there are a couple of times where he puts his foot down like in "The Monster Under The Bed" or "Chris".
- Most people have met someone like this. Often, these people either inspire the protective instincts of others or they're constantly taken advantage of. Many times, without meaning to, these people come off as somewhat creepy.
- Some dogs.
- Also, some cats, if you look at the page image.
- This can be a sign of certain psychiatric issues. Often, people who have been abused, outcast, bullied, or in other ways mistreated can be very nice out of fear that if they say no, then bad things will happen.
- The abuse survivor version of this is called Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It comes with a side of lack of self worth, inability to connect with others, and lack of ability to express emotions. It's particularly sad because to the sufferer, being treated like a doormat is better than being excluded entirely, and they're convinced that if they try to express and assert themselves again, then they'll just end up being hated.
- Doug Walker has discussed this in early episode commentaries, where he admits to having no backbone and getting bullied for it, but it doesn't bother him because all he wants to do is be a Nice Guy.
- Certain unhealthy friendships will have one person making absurd demands and the extreme lonely doormat folding to them, even at a personal cost and not feeling like they can pursue their own goals.