Shrinking Violet / Live-Action TV

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • One episode had a girl who acted this way; nobody in the school noticed her, or for that matter even knew she existed. Through a combination of quantum physics Techno Babble and the nature of the Hellmouth, she became invisible and snapped, taking revenge on the popular girls. The end of the episode revealed that she apparently wasn't the first girl this had happened to.
    • Tara also fits this trope, especially in her early appearances (in season 4 and early season 5). Kill the Cutie She gets killed, though.
    • Willow began the show as a painfully shy and innocent Shrinking Violet, but as her self-confidence and magical abilities improved, she evolved into more of a live-action Cute Witch. Her biggest insecurity was that she still remembered her stammering pushover faze and based too much of her self-esteem on magic (complete with a temporary transformation into a Dark Magical Girl).
  • Keith Dudemeister from Scrubs, at least in his debut episode. "My Intern's Eyes" is mostly shown from his perspective (hence the title), and he spends the bulk of the episode trying and failing to work up the courage to say something to his superior, JD. Later episodes alter his characterization into a more confident Ace, however.
  • Young Ned from Pushing Daisies. His shyness, albeit to a lesser degree, extends into adulthood.
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Lt. Reginald "Reg" Barclay is painfully shy, especially in his earlier appearances. In his debut episode, "Hollow Pursuits", he talks to Geordi about how difficult it is for him.
    Barclay: I am the guy who writes down things to remember to say when there's a party. And then, when he finally gets there, he winds up alone, in the corner, trying to look comfortable examining a potted plant.
    Geordi: You're just shy, Barclay.
    Barclay: "Just shy." Sounds like nothing serious, doesn't it? You can't know.
  • Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: Kotoha Hanori is shy, except when she is around one of her common shipping partners (Chiaki or Takeru, sometimes Genta) or her Friend/Big sis figure Mako.
  • Ally Dawson from Austin & Ally has major stage fright.
  • Glee's Tina Cohen-Chang is so painfully shy she faked a stutter so that she wouldn't have to interact with people.
  • From Noah's Arc, Noah briefly became painfully shy after being gay bashed.
  • Yuri Kazune from Mr. Brain is shy, although she does have a few moments of assertiveness. Not that anybody listens to her when she does, though.
  • On Boy Meets World when Eric goes to hollywood to be an actor on a Self-Parody Show Within a Show the actor who plays the Shawn expy is one of these, in contrast to the more confident character he plays.
  • Julianne Simms from Breakout Kings has pretty severe social anxiety, so it suits her well to be a Voice with an Internet Connection. Her love interest Lloyd is often shown trying to coach her on interacting with others.
  • Firefly: Simon. He's meek, polite and has a hard time admitting he loves Kaylee.
  • Merlin: Guinevere is shy, but she can get ticked off, though. She originally had a crush on Merlin, but got over it and got a crush on Arthur, and became the High Queen of Camelot.

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