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-->''When she's saying that she wants only me\\
Then I wonder why she sleeps with my friends\\
When she's saying that I'm like a disease\\
Then I wonder how much more I can spend\\
Well I guess I should stick up for myself\\
But I really think it's better this way\\
The more you suffer\\
The more it shows you really care, right, yeah, yeah''

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* "Self Esteem" by Music/TheOffspring is about someone who is a combination of this and a LoveMartyr.

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* The title character in the Creator/DrSeuss book ''Literature/ThidwickTheBigHeartedMoose'' is one at first. He lets other animals live on his antlers, which seems like a noble gesture at first, especially when his friends alienate him for it. But then his "guests" refuse to let him migrate when winter comes, and Thidwick puts their selfish wants over his own needs. It's not until he is cornered by hunters that he learns his lesson.


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%%** Meg.** Meg herself is a doormat incarnate. Because she's the universe's ButtMonkey, she's very submissive and doesn't put in any effort to defend herself. Her school, the town, and even her own family always mocks her, abuses her (physically and mentally), and act like she deserves it all. In the hurricane episode, Meg finally snaps and tells off her whole family by showing them just how horrible they are as a family and as human beings. This causes everyone else in the family to turn against each other for their terrible and annoying flaws while Meg walks away from it. In the end, she realizes that without her, the Griffin family will turn against each other to let out their aggressions and her being the punching bag was the only thing that kept any form of peace in the household. Meg apologizes to her family for acting out and [[StatusQuoIsGod everything goes back to the way they were.]]

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* Herbert Russell in ''Film/LaughterInParadise'' is a timid bank clerk who kowtows to everyone, and is too scared to ask out the girl he likes. His OnOneCondition in Henry's will is designed to help him grow a backbone.

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-->'''Neutral Advisor:''' (Seeing the Planet Express Ship about to crash into their planet) Your Neutralness, its' a [[DarkestHour Beige Alert.]]
-->'''Neutral President:''' [[IfIDontReturn If I don't survive, tell my Wife "hello".]]


** In Season 6, we find out her parents are even ''worse'' about it, which her freeloading brother gleefully takes advantage of. Apparently ''she'' was always the assertive one in her family.

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** In Season 6, we find out her parents are even ''worse'' ''[[UpToEleven worse]]'' about it, which her freeloading brother gleefully takes advantage of. Apparently ''she'' was always the assertive one in her family.


* in the literature/{{Discworld}} as envisafed by Creator/AAPessimal, a classroom bully makes the error of thinking this about the youngest daughter of Ponder Stibbons. Just because Ruth Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons is quiet, shy, intellectual and physically takes after her father, people might make the mistake of thinking she is a doormat who won't fight back. Ruth warns the bully twice, mildly and gently. But the bully pushes it for a third time. [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12650047/42/Strandpiel Ruth then takes the classroom compasses and stabs the bully in the hand with them]], pinning her hand to the table. [[note]]people tend not to immediately realise Ruth's mother is an Assassin[[/note]].

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* in the literature/{{Discworld}} Literature/{{Discworld}} as envisafed envisaged by Creator/AAPessimal, a classroom bully makes the error of thinking this about the youngest daughter of Ponder Stibbons. Just because Ruth Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons is quiet, shy, intellectual and physically takes after her father, people might make the mistake of thinking she is a doormat who won't fight back. Ruth warns the bully twice, mildly and gently. But the bully pushes it for a third time. [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12650047/42/Strandpiel Ruth then takes the classroom compasses and stabs the bully in the hand with them]], pinning her hand to the table. [[note]]people tend not to immediately realise Ruth's mother is an Assassin[[/note]].



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* in the literature/{{Discworld}} as envisafed by Creator/AAPessimal, a classroom bully makes the error of thinking this about the youngest daughter of Ponder Stibbons. Just because Ruth Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons is quiet, shy, intellectual and physically takes after her father, people might make the mistake of thinking she is a doormat who won't fight back. Ruth warns the bully twice, mildly and gently. But the bully pushes it for a third time. [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12650047/42/Strandpiel Ruth then takes the classroom compasses and stabs the bully in the hand with them]], pinning her hand to the table. [[note]]people tend not to immediately realise Ruth's mother is an Assassin[[/note]].
--> I asked you not to do that. But you wouldn't listen, would you?

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Norman from "[[WesternAnimation/NormanNormal1968 Norman Normal]]" is a nebbishy businessman who follows his father's advice to "not make waves" to a fault, being easily pressured by his boss into getting a sale through unscrupulous means and laughing at jokes he doesn't find funny just to fit in. The only hint of a backbone he shows is at the end, when he angrily storms out of a cocktail party after getting mocked by the bartender and telling a needy, annoying friend "Go soak your head!"


** Angels are implied to supposed to be this--follow your orders and don't ask questions--and the higher-ups don't like it when the doormats start questioning.
** Castiel can also be an Extreme Doormat, although DependingOnTheWriter and his mood, sometimes he just straight-up rebels and loses his shit. During his breakdown in season five, he tends to sacrifice himself and obey the Winchesters (particularly Dean) without question, no matter how much it hurts him. Castiel is even demoted and tortured by Heaven because he is getting too emotionally attached. A [[BrokenAngel physically and psychologically broken Cas]] takes on all the damage a time travel trip requires (to the point that he cannot stand up), in order to make sure Sam and Dean survive. Given how readily and unquestioningly the millenia-old Cas sides with Dean, and Castiel's (obviously untrue) claims about angels not having emotions, it's likely that he was just so eager to have [[ParentalAbandonment someone he could believe in]] telling him what to do that he so willingly switched from being Heaven's doormat/bitch to being Dean's doormat/bitch.

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** Angels Angels, it's implied, are implied to supposed to be this--follow your orders and don't ask questions--and the higher-ups don't like it when the doormats start questioning.
** Castiel can also be an Extreme Doormat, although DependingOnTheWriter and his mood, sometimes he just straight-up rebels and loses his shit. During his breakdown in season five, he tends to sacrifice himself and obey the Winchesters (particularly Dean) without question, no matter how much it hurts him. Castiel is even demoted and tortured by Heaven because he is getting too emotionally attached. A [[BrokenAngel physically and psychologically broken Cas]] takes on all the damage a time travel trip requires (to the point that he cannot stand up), in order to make sure Sam and Dean survive. Given how readily and unquestioningly the millenia-old millennia-old Cas sides with Dean, and Castiel's (obviously untrue) claims about angels not having emotions, it's likely that he was just so eager to have [[ParentalAbandonment someone he could believe in]] telling him what to do that he so willingly switched from being Heaven's doormat/bitch to being Dean's doormat/bitch.


* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Poor [[spoiler:Theon Greyjoy]] begins the series as a SmugSnake of the worst sort, but by Literature/ADanceWithDragons a healthy dose of [[ColdBloodedTorture horrific torture]] and some {{Gaslighting}} courtesy of [[spoiler:Ramsay Snow]] turns him into 'Reek', who has long ago learned to do whatever his master tells him without hesitation.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Poor [[spoiler:Theon Greyjoy]] begins the series as a SmugSnake of the worst sort, but by Literature/ADanceWithDragons ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons'' a healthy dose of [[ColdBloodedTorture horrific torture]] and some {{Gaslighting}} courtesy of [[spoiler:Ramsay Snow]] turns him into 'Reek', who has long ago learned to do whatever his master tells him without hesitation. hesitation.
** In the backstory novel ''Literature/FireAndBlood'', Thaddeus Rowan spends a few days during Unwin Peake's attempted coup against Aegon III in the care of the Red Keep's [[TortureTechnician Lord Confessor]], and is left so utterly broken that he'll admit to anything if asked, up to and including being responsible for the [[CataclysmBackstory Doom of Valyria]].


* In ''Series/TheGoodPlace'', Doug Forcett had a revelation while [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs high on shrooms]] about the exact mechanisms of the afterlife and how to get there. [[HeavenSeeker Determined to reach heaven,]] he has spent the rest of his life serving all other living beings at his own personal expense, including letting a local bully punch and rob him.

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* In ''Series/TheGoodPlace'', Doug Forcett had a revelation while [[HigherUnderstandingThroughDrugs high on shrooms]] about the exact mechanisms of the afterlife and how to get there. [[HeavenSeeker Determined to reach heaven,]] the eponymous heavenly afterlife]], he has spent the rest of dedicated his life serving to making all other living beings happy at his own personal expense, including letting other people, including a local bully punch and rob him.[[BrattyHalfPint preteen bully]], take advantage of his extreme generosity.


* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Ken Kaneki's mother raised him with the belief that "it's better to be hurt than to hurt others." Unfortunately, Kaneki's aunt [[TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity took advantage of this at every opportunity]], and his mom eventually worked herself to death trying to support herself, her son, and said aunt. Kaneki initially clings to this as a motto in life, but abandons it once a hallucination of the ghoul Rize makes him realize that his mother's inability to stand up to her sister not only killed her but left him alone.

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* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Ken Kaneki's mother raised him with the belief that "it's better to be hurt than to hurt others." Unfortunately, Kaneki's {{abusive|Parents}} aunt [[TakingAdvantageOfGenerosity took advantage of this at every opportunity]], and his mom eventually worked herself to death trying to support herself, her son, and said aunt. aunt, [[spoiler:in addition to being a {{Hypocrite}} who abused Kaneki as much as her sister did]]. Kaneki initially clings to this as a motto in life, but abandons it once a hallucination of the ghoul Rize makes him realize that his mother's inability to stand up to her sister [[spoiler:and refusal to follow her own advice]] not only killed her but left him alone.


* Elliot is one at the start of ''Film/ThirteenSins'', being completely subservient to the needs of his father, his brother and his boss.

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* Elliot is one at the start of ''Film/ThirteenSins'', being completely subservient to the needs of his father, his brother and his boss. Only his fiancee does not take advantage of his obliging nature.
* Chip is this at the start of ''Film/SixtyEightKill'', allowing himself to be bullied into going along with whatever Liza proposes: even when that is a robbery that turns into murder. He starts to stand up for himself when he decides he cannot allow Liza to sell Violet to her brother for his new 'hobby' (which is murder and necrophilia). After he escapes with Violet, she helps him to grow a spine.

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