Mellow Fellow

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 is often Phlegmatic in Four-Temperament Ensemble.

Examples

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

Film

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

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

Western Animation