Shrinking Violet: Anime and Manga

  • Valentine in A Cruel God Reigns, hands down. So much so that she is Dumb Struck.
  • Tiffa Addil from After War Gundam X. A good part of her Character Development is centered on her attempts to stop withdrawing from others and starting to reach out for them willingly.
  • Yuri Otani from Alien Nine fits this trope perfectly because she cries frequently, freaks out very easily when it comes with aliens (even seeing them, whether or not they pose any form of threat), the dark, or anything of the macabre (such as in a scene in episode 1 of the OVA where she watches a film on TV, which depicts a man impregnated with a parasitic alien, which then bursts out of his chest). She appears to get worse throughout the course of the series since she joined the Alien Party.
  • Maria Ortega in Aoi House, especially when it comes to her breast size.
  • Bertolt Hoover from Attack on Titan combines this with being an Extreme Doormat and a Cowardly Lion. He's an exceptional soldier on the battlefield, but his lack of confidence leaves him awkwardly lingering on the outskirts of the group. Unlike most examples, he does manage to have friends by virtue of his Heterosexual Life Partner (or is he?) being Big Man on Campus Reiner. His shy, meek personality is justified by his Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Latvia from Axis Powers Hetalia. So much that it's scary. Total Chew Toy.
    • Also Ukraine, Russia's prone-to-tears older sister. She doesn't fare much better than Latvia, either.
    • And Canada, eh. No wonder he's also unlucky.
    • Poland is a variation of this. He does not look like it when with his friends, but when confronted by people/nations/etc. he doesn't know, he'll cling or hide behind the nearest person avaliable.
    • Vietnam, to a milder degree. She's an aloof-looking young woman from East Asia, but her apparently stoic looks conceal a quite more shy mindset.
    • Liechtenstein, too. Though she seems to lean more to Silk Hiding Steel.
  • Sakaki of Azumanga Daioh can be best described as a Shrinking Sunflower or Weeping Willow, due to being self-conscious about her size.
  • Jacuzzi Splot from Baccano! is so horribly shy and scared of other people that he breaks down into tears just trying to introduce himself.
  • Tamaki in Bamboo Blade is very quiet unless anime or sentai shows are involved. Get her started and she can improvise full presentations well into the night.
  • Bitter Virgin Hinako Aikawa is this wherever men are concerned.
  • Bleach: Ururu Tsumigiya. Under normal circumstances, she is a short, demure girl who speaks politely and apologetically a lot. This in spite of the big gun in bandages she normally uses against Hollows. But be careful around her; she also has a danger mode.
  • One of the rare male Shrinking Violets who are not Butt Monkeys is Yuzo Morisaki from Captain Tsubasa. He's very insecure and was badly traumatised by Hyuga deliberately shooting a ball to his face to intimidate him, but Wakabayashi and Tsubasa openly protect Morisaki from possible bullies, and with time he gets over his trauma and becomes a professional GK. In fact, his nickname in the team is "The Courageous Goal Keeper".
  • Code Geass:
  • Miya Alice from Dangaioh. Unless she's piloting the titular Super Robot or somebody threatens her and her partners.
  • Massively subverted in Deadman Wonderland, where Minatsuki passes herself off as one when she's actually a sadistic killer. However, her faked personality fits this trope to the T.
  • Dennou Coil actually has two of these, both male: Denpa, the large but quiet member of the Hacker's Club who is often the victim of his friends' bullying, and Haraken, who winds up on the unfortunate victim end of the plot so often that it makes him something of a woobie.
  • Hiromi from Diabolo is of this type, to the point of depression.
  • The main girl from the Dating Sim Doki Doki Survival: Sanroku no Mystic, Tsugumi Obinata, is a Shrinking Violet and a Dojikko) (and it's speculated she's an Expy of Sakuno, actually). Same goes to Shizuka Hirose, the main chick from Gakuensai no Oujisama, though this depends heavily on which male you're pairing her up with: she's more shy to some guys, but more open to others.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Yamcha is a male example. He was a caligynephobe; in other words, he freaked out at the sight of a pretty girl. He only got over it when he was forced to spend time with Bulma at the climax of the first story arc.
    • Future Trunks from Dragon Ball Z is a very badass fighter, but outside the battlefield he's sweet and reserved as well as always searching for his father's approval.
  • Misaki Etou from Dragon Crisis!.
  • Nozomi and Mayu from Elfen Lied.
  • Sammy from Eve No Jikan is initially seen as an Emotionless Girl, which is how robots are expected to behave. However, when she begins to demonstrate her own personality, she becomes this. Partially because she is afraid that she will not be accepted as a living, emotional being, and does not want to unsettle the family that cares for her, but there are later hints that she is developing feelings for Rikuo.
  • From Fairy Tail, both Wendy and Juvia qualify. Aries probably fits as well. One of the few male examples, surprisingly Mystogan qualify being lonely yet a nice person according to Wendy's relationship with him.
  • Lin in Fist of the North Star was this, until Kenshiro came around. She was not even capable to talk due to the trauma of seeing her whole family slaughtered by road bandits.
  • Mamoru from From the New World is a rare male example. He definitely has the heart and the artistic skills, but is very afraid of the dangers outside the comforts of his home village.
  • Machi Kuragi from Fruits Basket. A male example is Wholesome Crossdresser Ritsu Sohma, skirting the line between being played for laughs and being portrayed sympathetically.
  • Alphonse Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist definitely qualifies, to the point where his bolder brother often has to stick up for him. Being a disembodied soul of a ten-year-old child locked in an eight-foot suit of armor that cannot feel or age due to an Emergency Transformation that saved him from an alchemic experiment he and his brother performed that had Gone Horribly Wrong might have something to do with it.
    • Lan Fan may be a really badass ninja, but she becomes very insecure when she loses her mask. At the end of the story tough, she doesn't seem to need it anymore.
  • Yukiteru Amano from Future Diary is a male example. Initially, he avoided other people and being involved, describing himself as a 'casual bystander'. He later admits he really did want to have friends, but was "afraid of life".
  • Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun's Mikoshiba, despite being introduced as a Handsome Lech, is actually this. It's also the basis of a Freudian Excuse for why he acts like a Handsome Lech—he learnt those from Dating Sim.
  • Meiko Rokudo from Ghost Sweeper Mikami, though she might be a parody of the trope more than a straight example.
  • Koyomi Hare Nanaka from the anime, Girls Bravo.
  • Another male Shrinking Violet is actually the lead of Hajime No Ippo. He starts boxing actually to find his inner strength. He's quite the Butt Monkey.
    • Later we're introduced to Ippo's biggest fanboy, Naomichi Yamada, who's even more of a Shrinking Violet than him. And another Butt Monkey.
  • Misaki from Hana No Mizo Shiru initially comes across as a fairly standard Tsundere character, but seems to fit this trope in later chapters. From Chapter 6 and onwards his sad backstory and resulting insecurities are revealed in pieces, and he increasingly comes across as more shy and self-conscious. And he fit the "quiet" and "friendless" aspects of the trope all along.
  • Nako from Hanasaku Iroha.
  • Makiko Endou from Hana Yori Dango.
  • Mallow from the "Happy Happy Clover" Anime/Manga is one of Clover's friends who started out as an extremely shy rabbit when she first moved to Crescent Forest and even decided to hide behind Clover's school teacher Professor Hoot when she was a new student. In later volumes, she becomes not as shy as she was in her first appearance but is very sensitive and shy. She would sometimes blame some incident on herself. She would also become Clover's best friend in the third or second volume.
  • The Alternate Universe version of Yuki Nagato from The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya. Also gives us plenty of romance, especially in the spinoff manga "The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan" by Puyo.
    • Mikuru also has shades of this, as part of her Moe appeal.
  • Mugi from Hitohira is very much like this. It doesn't keep Nono from dragging her into the drama club.
  • Yura from Honey Hunt.
  • Hatsumi Narita from Hot Gimmick, to pathological degrees.
  • Mio Akiyama of K-On! is practically the poster-child for this trope in anime. She is tall, has long, black hair, is quiet and kept to herself, is the most level-headed of the group, and is only comfortable playing the bass, and no other instrument. The show is so aware of this that they even give her her own fan-club, including the former student body president, who was so obsessed with her that she began secretly stalking Mio when the time for her to graduate approached.
  • Himeko Kurusegawa from Kannazuki no Miko. It is implied that her serious lack of self-confidence is the result of being abused by her foster parents when she was younger.
  • Katekyo Hitman Reborn!:
    • Tsuna is a cute, Moe male version of this. He's shy to the point where he's always blushing whenever he talks with girls (and in many instances, guys even), is incredibly shy, and tends to hate standing out, only wanting to live life as a normal boy. And yes, for a long part of the series, he was the series' Butt Monkey.
    • Chrome Dokuro is even more of an example of this trope; her shyness causes her to shut herself in a room, and she doesn't know how to react when somebody is speaking to her. Her not so subtle crush on Mukuro causes her to pass out amidst a battle with a naked giant sucking the life force out of everything.
    • Also Kozato Enma. Even more so than Tsuna.
  • Sawako from Kimi ni Todoke feels grateful just for being casually greeted by her classmates every morning. The super popular Nice Guy could never, ever, like her... that has to be her misunderstanding, or her conceit.
  • Alice of Kin-iro Mosaic is extremely shy. When she first appeared as Shinobu enters her house for a homestay, she hid behind her mother—and she's already a middle schooler. Even she's now in high school, she still hides behind Shinobu quite often.
  • Mimi Usa from Kodomo no Jikan, mainly due to self-consciousness arising from her abusive mother.
  • Yuki from Koufuku Graffiti is so excessively shy that she found the usual dining hall crowds overwhelming.
  • Sakurai of Kuroko no Basuke is a Rare Male Example. He combines this with Apologises a Lot.
  • Shinobu Maehara from Love Hina. Extremely quiet and timid, Shinobu will frequently end up mumbling her comments, only to end up shrinking from how boisterous the response is... even if it's positive.
  • Suzuka of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, especially before meeting Nanoha.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • Miyazaki Nodoka fits this trope fairly well, complete with the Hidden Eyes in her early appearances. In the manga this receives a Lampshade Hanging: she has purple hair in addition to having it cover her eyes. Eventually, however, she's developed more, coming out of her shell around Negi and the others. She could almost be described as a subversion; while she has a shy, low-key personality, when push comes to shove, she's ultimately one of the bravest girls and most likely to actually be proactive during very frightening/dangerous situations, managing to keep her cool even when everything is going wrong.
    • There's Ako Izumi too, who dreams of being a Idol Singer but is highly insecure since she doesn't think of herself as anything special and has a really ugly scar on her back.
    • And once again with Natsumi Murakami. Despite being an actor in the drama club, she shies away from attention, blushes and stutters when her crush Kotaro is around, and has all but nonexistent self-esteem, partly from being constantly surrounded by women far more developed than herself. She's confirmed to be self-hating when her dislikes include people with red hair and freckles (like her), and she often removes herself from important situations with the excuse that she isn't important enough to be there. Finally, and most telling of all, her artifact turns out to be a legendary-level item capable of completely erasing her presence from other people's perceptions - she is fated by the power of magic to be a Shrinking Violet.
  • Yukino Kikukawa from Mai-HiME, in contrast to her loud and brash best friend and partner, Haruka Suzushiro. Yukino has other friends on campus, but she doesn't speak to them as often, and when she does, it's usually quietly.
  • Yumi Fukuzawa, the protagonist of Maria-sama ga Miteru, has a serious lack of self-confidence. This is particularly evident in the second season. she gets a lot better in the fourth season
  • Sharla from Mujin Wakusei Survive.
  • Michio Yuki from MW is a male example prior to the exposure of the titular chemical warfare that loses not only his shyness, but also driving him crazy.
  • The class president in My Bride Is a Mermaid.
  • One really tragic case is Akira Sakura from Naru Taru.
  • Naruto:
    • Hinata Hyuuga because of the damage her ultra-strict father's family did to her self-esteem, as well as her huge crush on Naruto. When she first saw Naruto after nearly three years she fainted...twice. When said guy is in trouble, however, she is ready to die for him.
    • Chojuro is a rare male example.
    • Nagato used to be one before the horrifying events of his past turned him into his cold and bitter adult self.
    • Sakura was one in flashbacks but grew out of it by the main narrative.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • Shinji is a male version of this. He's played as a Butt Monkey during the comedic parts.
    • Asuka is just as shy and introvert as Shinji, but she pretends to be arrogant, brash and loud because she does not want anybody realizes that she is only a scared, introvert little girl.
    • In fact, most of the cast of Evangelion are shy to some degree (even the seemingly outgoing ones such as Asuka or Misato).
  • Tomoko Kuroki from No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular has this as the main plot. She can't even order a burger without being nervous.
  • One Piece:
    • Boa Hancock is as far as possible from being a Shrinking Violet... Until she gets around Monkey D. Luffy, that is, which transforms her into one quite easily.
    • Coby starts as this. As time passes he remains polite and sweet, but gains more of a backbone... enough to stand up against Admiral Akainu, of all people.
    • Princess Shirahoshi is this in a huge way, due both the the childhood trauma of losing her mother and then being sheltered for a decade in a tower due to a literally Axe Crazy suitor.
    • Bartolomeo is a male example around Luffy. When he's nearby, Bartolomeo often gets teary-eyed and catatonic, and can only bring himself to talk when he's not looking directly at him.
  • Brief from Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, especially when he's around Pa-pa-pa-pa-panty.
  • There's always one character in the Pretty Cure franchise that's like this, but HeartCatch Pretty Cure!'s Tsubomi takes the cake. Flashbacks show that she was so shy (due to poor self-confidence and accidental Parental Abandonment), that her only real friends were flowers. It wasn't until she moved into a new town, met major Genki Girl Erika (and became a Precure) that Tsubomi started to come out of her shell. A major portion of the series, including a story arc, is about Tsubomi overcoming this.
  • Ill Girl Misao in the Pretty Sammy series. It brings quite a contrast to her alter ego of Pixy Misa, a gleefully over the top Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: It's revealed in Episode Ten that Homura, of all characters, used to be one before ending up in a "Groundhog Day" Loop. However, by the current timeline, she has Took a Level in Badass into the Shell-Shocked Senior we know.
    • She really doesn't look like this, but Sayaka is extremely shy in regards to her own feelings. And when she's in an emotional corner and her whole world-view starts crashing at the same time... it doesn't end well.
    • Madoka, the title character, can be seen as one. She's generally more timid than the other cast members, and spends a good portion of the story as a Neutral Female, even for justified reasons. She's also known for Heroic Self-Deprecation and it's implied she wants to be a Magical Girl for this reason. Naturally, the show gives her plenty of Break the Cutie moments. However, it's worth noting that in timelines where she does contract she becomes noticeably more assertive.
  • Airi from Ro Kyu Bu, is this and she's very sensitive about her height.
  • Mizore from Rosario + Vampire actually lists "stalking people" as her hobby, because she's too shy to hang out with friends normally. But when Tsukune needs her help, or she's competing for his attention, she suddenly becomes much braver and outspoken.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury is a quiet and withdrawn Lonely Rich Kid who's always buried in her books, and her peers actually mistake this for arrogance and never approach her. Then comes Usagi Tsukino and pulls her out of her shell, alongside recruiting her for the Inner Senshi...
    • Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn. She didn't even have one friend before Chibi-Usa came along because she was so shy.
    • In stark contrast to her personality in the 90s anime and manga, Rei Hino/Sailor Mars in Sailor Moon Crystal has shades of this trope, especially in her introductory episode.
  • Fumio of Saitama Chainsaw Shoujo started out this way prior to meeting Takumi, whose love and attention was just starting to bring her out of her social shell. When dumped her for a mysterious New Transfer Student, Fumio quickly made the Shrinking Violet to Yandere transition.
  • Momoko of Saki, so much that she gained the ability to disappear from sight, though her relationship with Yumi has been helping her get out of her shell more.
    • Yuu, Kuro's Ill Girl older sister, from Achiga-hen. She becomes quite nervous when she sees her sister has brought two guests over, one of whom she knows fairly well, and says that she had considered joining the mahjong club to be with her sister, but felt as though she could not do so. She's also perfectly fine with her friend Arata being chosen as Club President despite Arata being a second year and Yuu being a third year, since it means she won't have to get up on a stage to draw a lot for the mahjong tournament.
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei:
    • Meru Otonashinote  is this trope taken to its parodic extreme: A cute, fidgety girl who can't get a word out of her mouth in the simplest social situation, which doesn't prevent her from constantly sending floods of nasty, abusive, Fourth Wall-breaking SMS messages to her classmates with her cellphone. And what happens when she loses signal isn't pretty...
    • Kiri Komori.
    • Kaga Ai. Her entire character is apologizing profusely for being a bother - especially when she isn't. She apologizes for being born.
  • Similarly, Aimi Komori is an example of this trope until she puts on her magic eye shadow and transforms into the brash, sexy Classy Cat-Burglar Shadow Lady.
  • Kazumi Yoshida from Shakugan no Shana.
  • Ayumi from Shinryaku! Ika Musume is one. In one episode, she learns to be more confident thanks to a pair of brass knuckles Chizuru lets her borrow, only to have her dad shoot it right back down by saying she's not really doing anything different from the squid girl cosplay she did in an earlier episode.
  • Sylphiel Nels Lahda from Slayers, is excessively polite, demure, and at times unable to speak for herself, sharply contrasting the main four characters, all who are either more outgoing (Amelia and Gourry), downright boisterous and selfish (Lina), or bitter and occasionally cruel (Zelgadis).
  • Chrona and Tsubaki from Soul Eater. Tsubaki's Shrinking Violet tendencies make her quite possibly the only character who can handle being Black*Star's partner.
  • Manami in Sprite: Between Two Worlds (Japanese title Sprite: Manami to Nami) combines this with Split Personality — in her youth, Manami's cousin convinced her to play doctor and other risque games by getting her to pretend to be Nami, an over the top self confident alter ego. Manami grew up to be a textbook Shrinking Violet. When the Alpha Bitch decides to push her too far this combined with her cousin calling out her old nickname causing the outrageously self-confident Nami personality to appear.
  • Both Aya and Kozue from Strawberry One Hundred Percent.
  • Chiyo from Strawberry Panic!.
  • Simon from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is a classic male example. But when he finally comes out of his shell, WATCH OUT!
  • Sakuno Ryuzaki in The Prince of Tennis. This is more evident in the anime, which puts emphasis on her clumsiness and chronic shyness and her crush on Ryoma, which didn't work well with Western fans and especially with Ryoma slashers. Her still quiet, but more mature manga self is closer to a traditional Yamato Nadeshiko, and better regarded in the West.
  • Taiki from The Twelve Kingdoms, another male example. But instead of the Butt Monkey, he's The Woobie.
  • Shiori from The World God Only Knows. She's a bit better after her "capturing", but is still mostly withdrawn.
  • Tiger & Bunny: While his superhero persona Origami Cyclone is loud and over-the-top, Ivan Karelin himself is an insecure, timid, very woobie-ish nerd under the costume.
  • In Tonari no Kashiwagi-san, Kotone's shyness and lack of social skills is what causes people to believe she's an Ice Queen. She also has trouble interacting with Kazuki for a long while, even after getting a little bit familiar with him. However, once people start to discuss anime with her (and it's not in public), she quickly forgets her shyness.
  • Alessandro of Trinity Blood also qualifies; he is shy and soft-spoken, and has a phobia of loud noises.
  • Yuki from Tsuritama, a male example of this trope played equally for comedy and drama. The poor kid is so shy it takes him halfway through the series to muster up the courage to so much as talk to some casual acquaintances and overcoming social anxiety is one of the major themes of the show.
  • Asuka Mizunokouji from Urusei Yatsura. With added bonuses: she has Super Strength, a huge fear of men thanks to Ataru, and incestuous feelings towards her older brother Tobimarou. All of these are played for comedy.
  • Emma from Victorian Romance Emma is like this, which is justified on account of her social station; a girl from beginnings as... humble as hers could never have hoped for a respectable position as a high-class lady's maid, which was fairly high-class for a poor girl in that day, in addition to being literate and owning glasses. Emma is keenly aware of social class and recognizes her absurd luck at having been taken in and educated by Kelly Stowner; she is thusly reluctant to do anything forward enough to jeopardize her career (or hurt William's standing), even if it means turning down the man she loves.
  • Why else would Satou Tatsuhiro from Welcome to the N.H.K.! be a hikikomori?
  • The main character of Wiegenlied Of Green is this in the beginning and for much of the story, having been abused for years by the people in her town for having white hair. Her catchphrase is "I'm sorry for being alive".
  • Mahiru Inami from WORKING!! is terrified of men. Usually, she simply hides behind corners, stammers, and tries not to look at them. When surprised, however, her first instinct is to scream and punch them across the room. She also has incredible strength, since her father has been secretly weight training her for years by putting iron plates in her backpack.
  • Zashiki Warashi from XXX Holic, especially in regard to Watanuki.
  • Reina's dad from Yandere Kanojo is another male example. This also a deconstruction, beacause his withdrawnness makes him unapproachable by his students (he works at Reina's school as math teacher) makes him mistaken as "scary teacher", "the ones with evil looks", etc, etc while on heart he's probably the nicest character around.
  • Cathy from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL is an odd case. Usually, she's the shy girl who is never noticed and afraid to talk to anyone. But she does have another side, one where she dresses in Elegant Gothic Lolita to make her resemble a Cat Girl in order to duel, at which point a far more energetic personality emerges.
    • As fate would have it, Cathy meets a girl during the Duel Carnival named Dog-Chan (who has the same affinity with dogs as Cathy does with cats) who's an even bigger example of this Trope. Dog-Chan is too shy to face an opponent directly, using her trained (and mean-looking) pet dog Roscoe duel for her, speaking while hiding in a barrel carried on his back to make it look like he can talk.
  • Kuranosuke from Damekko Doubutsu is a rare male example, he is very quiet and is also very shy.

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