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). 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).
  • 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.
  • Sherlock: John, in comparison to his Attention Whore friend Sherlock. He has a quiet, shy, sweet personality, possibly had a Friendless Background. And he's very reserved, due to the fact he saw service in Afghanistan. Interestingly, he's not the Butt Monkey. He also has a wife, who is very beautiful, but not one you'd want to mess with though she wants to stay away from her job. John did manage to make friends eventually. Particulary with Mrs. Hudson, Lestrade and Molly. Most likely he wouldn't have made any if he didn't have Sherlock. He was also depressed from the war, which leads to why he's being reserved.
  • 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.