Ever noticed that guy that never really gets mad or excited, or really any emotion outside nonchalant. Meet the Mellow Fellow. Easy going and satisfied with their position to the point of near stoic. Often a benevolent or at least affable character due to rarely being confrontational.
What differentiates this from his more serious cousin The Stoic
is that while the latter rarely conveys real emotions outside blunt seriousness, the Mellow Fellow is usually more along the lines of being very positive and relaxed in nature, to the point it nulls out any other emotion.
Usually this trait has the side effect of making them seem rather slow or dim. In most cases however, such a character can be incredibly perceptive or philosophical. At the very least, they often have a hidden tint of intelligence beneath there.
Very often their inability to take offense gets exploited and makes them an Extreme Doormat
. They are often very flexible for the use as The Chew Toy
, due to their ability to suffer endless abuse without expressing much harrowing pain to the ordeal. Don't think one is incapable of biting back however. After all you can still be assertive without losing your cool
Interestingly, if he's put in a Red Oni, Blue Oni
duo, Mellow Fellows can be either: if he's paired with a hot-tempered and reckless character, he'll be a Blue Oni, while if he's put with a straight-laced and serious character, he's a Red Oni.
Guys with this trait are often Phlegmatic in Four-Temperament Ensemble
, and their Character Alignment
is neutral on the law-chaos axis (i.e. Neutral Good
, True Neutral
or very rarely Neutral Evil
Anime and Manga
- Persona 4: The Animation. The main character Yu Narukami is no doubt adapted this way with his non-chalant, and idealist traits. This is largely because he's supposed to be an Everyman that the audience, (and all the characters) can connect to. His calmness and positiveness are used to bring out a dry sense of humor from the MC while also invoking a theme of "bonds between people" with the other characters. The only times his easy going attitude breaks are when his friends and loved ones are threatened or something goes against his morals.
- Makoto from Free! is the laid-back, good-natured, perpetually smiling Team Mom who holds the team together through his mature, understanding manner. He only deviates from this trope by being very easily frightened.
- Osaka from Azumanga Daioh is such a space-case that she mostly comes across as blissfully unaware of what's going on around her.
- Judai/Jaden, the protagonist of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, is this when not dueling, when he becomes more Hot-Blooded. Motegi/Bellowski, the Moke Moke duelist, on the other hand, is so laid back, he puts himself, and nearly everybody else, to sleep.
- Melodias is a very calm and relaxed individual despite being the Sin of Wrath. When he isn't mellow, though, is when you should be scared.
- Marshall Mann of In Plain Sight, in strong counterpoint to his highstrung partner Mary Shannon. The only time we ever see him less than confident was the episode featuring his father, who doubted his son was cut out to be a U.S. Marshall.
- A sketch on Saturday Night Live early in Barack Obama's first term shows Obama (Fred Armisen) as someone who never gets mad, and his chief of staff Rohm Emmanuel is irritated by this. Emmanuel has an Imagine Spot where Obama Hulks Out and runs roughshod over some obstructive congresspeople as "The Rock Obama," who defenistrates his enemies.
- Jeff Winger on Community deconstructs this trope. He wants you think that he's permanently laid-back, cooler-than-cool and that nothing ever bothers him. However, the only reasons that's ever true is because he's utterly self-obsessed and doesn't really care about other people's problems even if he causes them, a ditherer who avoids committing himself to anything so that he doesn't have any potentially troubling commitments, and a Control Freak who tries to manipulate everything and everyone around him to be exactly the way he wants them to be so he doesn't have to worry about anything. The frequently absurd lengths he often ends up going to in order to make sure everyone thinks he's cool and above everything ultimately just serve to prove how uptight and incapable of truly relaxing he really is.
- Sonic the Hedgehog. The title character is this in certain interpretations, which convey him as thoroughly easy going and hard to break, rarely holding grudges against even antagonistic characters. His Sonic X incarnation probably takes the cake. Subverted in other interpretations however, where he can be more Hot-Blooded.
- Also from Sonic the Hedgehog is Big the Cat, who is portrayed as a very easy-going character who's content with his quiet and simple life.
- Devil May Cry: It's Dante's chief characterization. While he doesn't really like his job, he takes it all in good fun, and he always has his calm smile most of the time. Contrast this with his twin Vergil, who's very serious and straight-laced.
- Kagura Mutsuki of Blazblue Chronophantasma is a laid-back Nice Guy who just seems interested in wooing ladies, drinking booze and having fun, to the point where you'd be amazed he could even function as head of the Duodecim and third-highest ranking member of the Library. As the main page states, however, Kagura is actually very competent and has a lot of Hidden Depths.
- Accel in SC2VN doesn't show much besides mild amusement, even if he's talking about snoring bunkmates and awful practice conditions.