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"They can't break you if you don't have a spine."
Wally, Dilbert

Humble, quiet, obedient, stoic; the Extreme Doormat is all of these virtues...and that's all they are. A doormat, for those who do not know the slang expression, is someone who lets other people walk all over them. They lack drive, ambition, and even opinions. Something about them just drives them to make everyone happy, even at the expense of their own happiness, and kowtow to every order and insult they're given, no matter how ridiculous or unfair it may be to them.

Naturally, such a narratively-empty character won't start drama, so they're usually a Satellite Character, Battle Butler, trusty companion, or part of a love harem for the more active hero. Part of being the Extreme Doormat is that they will obey just about any command from their love/hero/superior officer short of the suicidal ones (and sometimes even those). Sometimes, this can result from an Empty Shell with combat training under Mind Control. Or it could result from a character who Desperately Needs Orders as it would be a possible way for them to get people to give them orders.


A common plot for the Extreme Doormat is the discovery or growth of their own personality and backbone. Be it by having a true friend Teach Him Anger, confronting their (ab)user or being the subject of Character Development or even a Mook–Face Turn when the hero who treats them nicely encourages them to abandon a boss who doesn't, or a "lover" who keeps them dependent.

Frequently Apologises a Lot. Often the victim of those Taking Advantage of Generosity.

Contrast Yamato Nadeshiko and Silk Hiding Steel, both of which appear to be this trope but have a hidden, ironclad backbone, and Hair-Trigger Temper, who will overreact about anything. Compare and contrast Love Martyr, which is, mostly, not this trope.



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  • Cooro from +Anima. While he has his own opinions and was a Cheerful Child who loves apples, he won't go against anyone's decisions, even if they were made under stress, frustration or stubbornness. While the early chapters pointed it out, it wasn't until the final volume that it was properly addressed.
  • Bertolt Hoover, from Attack on Titan. He seems to be exceptionally aware of his own failings, and resigned to it even with his exceptional talents as a soldier. However, his claims that he has "no will" of his own and simply goes along with what society expects from him leave absolutely horrifying implications when it's revealed that he is the Colossal Titan and a spy sent to infiltrate and exterminate humanity.
  • Before she was passed the torch by her senpais, Mai "Ino" Inose from Asteroid in Love effectively acts as Mikage's The Heart and have little personality of her own. However, she does Grew a Spine afterwards.
  • Tick Jefferson of Baccano! tells Luck that he'll do anything to prove his worth to them. He'll also do anything that will let him use his scissors.
  • Mihashi Ren from Big Windup! suffers from extreme self-confidence issues due to getting bullied all three years at middle school by his own teammates from the baseball club. The bullying, combined with his naturally sensitive personality has left him with next to zero confidence and a great deal of mental health problems. He gets better with the support of his new team in high school.
  • Train from the anime version of Black Cat was this for quite a few episodes during his time in Chronos. Speaking in a monotone, hardly having any opinion on anything, and being quietly wangsty. He was also the strongest assassin in Chronos.
  • Nemu from Bleach is a somewhat Rei-like example of the trope. In her case, she was actually created by Mad Scientist Mayuri to serve as his obedient assistant. He has no compunction about injuring or even potentially kill her, as he can simply rebuild her. And yet she still cares for him on some level.
    • Also, Hanataro Yamada.
  • Haji from Blood+ is characterized entirely by his complete devotion to Saya and his obedience to her wishes, even when she makes him promise to kill her. Her adopted brother Kai finally goads him into expressing his Bodyguard Crush at the end of the series.
  • Fiore from Chrono Crusade, who calls herself 'only a doll' and lives only to serve Joshua and Aion.
  • In Code Geass, Kallen Stadfeldt/Kouzuki's biological mother, an Eleven maid who was used by an adulterous Britannian, seems to be one of these, which earns her the scorn of the family and disappointment from Kallen's part. Kallen mistook her mom's devotion towards her and her dead brother Naoto as devotion towards the father, and when heartbreakingly proved wrong, she had a change of heart and decided to make Mrs. Kouzuki her reason to keep on fighting, aside of Zero and the Black Knights.
  • Dolls in Darker Than Black are incredibly submissive. People tend to think they outright have no will of their own, although some develop the ability to think for themselves to an extent.
  • Gohan from Dragon Ball Z was one for most of the series: a total Momma's Boy who worked diligently at his studies, whenever Goku wasn't stealing him for more training to save the world. Characterization Marches On, however, and we see him gradually learning to stand up for himself and the people he cares about in the Namek saga, though Vegeta's criticism still got him to clam up. Even when he was a teenager, Videl managed to blackmail him into submission.
  • Durarara!!:
    • Anri Sonohara. She eventually starts to develop a spine.
    • Also, Saki Mikajima. She'll listen to whatever Izaya tells her to do, even if it means endangering her life. Even after she betrays him, she continues loyally obeying him afterward, too.
  • Tetsuma in Eyeshield 21 is this to his old friend Kid, to the point he is very Literal-Minded and takes orders to the extreme, doing ONLY what Kid told him to do. It was only after Monta defeated him in a catching battle that Tetsuma began to develop his own ambitions and more emotions.
  • Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket starts out like this. She constantly apologizes for the smallest of things, rarely stands up for herself, often chooses to belittle or instantly forgive very serious wrongs done to her, and is very much a Pollyanna. Much of the series centers around Tohru steadily gaining the courage to face herself and her problems and to defend what she loves.
  • Sloth from Fullmetal Alchemist is so lazy, he lacks the basic will to say no to what Father and the other Homunculi tell him to do.
  • Sousuke Sagara of Full Metal Panic! is often compared to a dog thanks to his tendency to obediently carry out orders with little to no complaint, and he even finds himself at a loss to answer when a frustrated Mao asks if he has any long-term plans besides following orders until the day he dies. Kaname winds up beating a solid spine into him, finally giving him the confidence to break rank, openly defy one (and indirectly threaten) the head of Mithril's Intelligence Division, strongarm the board of executives into giving him a better contract after coming out of his reassignment-induced Heroic BSoD.
  • Yukiteru Amano of Future Diary starts out as an Extreme Doormat, and becomes less of one as the series goes on.
  • Sanada Yukimura from Gate 7 is so much of a doormat that he's called to shut up by his students...kindergarten students.
  • Yukinari Sasaki from Girls Bravo. Granted, he tries to stand up for himself when people ridicule him but he usually ends up backing down. People mock him for this by saying "You're too much of a coward to talk back! If you're a man then act like one!" Also, he takes frequent beatings from his friend Kirie for being an Accidental Pervert and hardly ever complains to her about it afterwards. He also never decides to say, stop being friends with her and frequently blames himself for when bad things happen to him.
  • Ayumi of Gokinjo Monogatari. When she's chosen as the receptionist at the fashion contest and can't move from the hall, she even gets a comment from Yuusuke, that it suits her just perfectly.
  • Hinata from H₂O: Footprints in the Sand acts this way initially towards her grandfather.
  • Yuki Nagato in Haruhi Suzumiya starts out as this, but reveals independence, free will and opinions over the course of the story. Ultimately, her loyalty lies to Kyon, more than her Boss or The Leader Haruhi.
  • The Captain from Hellsing basically follows Major around like a big, quiet dog that doesn't do anything unless commanded to. Which sort of makes sense considering he's a werewolf.
  • Lithuania in Hetalia: Axis Powers seems to border on this — he's sweet, humble, obedient, and pretty happy considering how much he gets bossed about, especially by Bad Boss Russia and best friend Poland.
  • Honey Hunt: Yura, up until her Abusive Parents divorce and reveal they couldn't care less about her. This results in her first Moment of Awesome when she tearfully announces to the press that she no longer considers them her parents and that "people like them should just burn in hell". Even after that though, she still shows instances of this trope at times.
  • Hatsumi from Hot Gimmick is so spineless she nearly defines this trope.
    • A spoilery example to back that up: Hatsumi is so spectacularly doormat-like that she actually apologizes to a guy while he's having her gang-raped by his friends. She's apologizing because of something her father did to the gang-rapist's mother, which prompted the gang-rapist to attack Hatsumi as a form of proxy revenge. I repeat: she's apologizing to her rapist for something she didn't even do. The cherry on top: we later find out that it was someone else's father who wronged the gang-rapist's mother, not Hatsumi's. The whole thing was a "Shaggy Dog" Story.
  • Soushi of Inu × Boku SS, who became a Professional Butt-Kisser in order to appeal to his higher ups and worm his way to freedom from a life-long house arrest. One of his previous masters noted that he'd willingly do an embarrassing act with a smile on his face. He's something of a subversion since he uses this tactic to achieve his own ends, but it's also true he assigns so little value to his life that he'd even commit suicide if that was what was wished of him.
  • Holly Joestar-Kujou of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. An extreme Daddy's Girl, she's so weak-willed she can't even take control of her own Stand (something that babies and animals have literally been able to do), puts up with her husband's constant neglectful absence, and joyfully endures verbal abuse from her son without ever once scolding him about it.
  • Kuroe Akaishi of Kaiju Girl Caramelise starts off as this, as she feels that it's not worth sticking up for herself if it means interacting with people long enough for them to see one of her emotion-triggered transformations. The first chapter alone shows her awkwardly, silently requesting her desk back when Nagiko steals it to get better pictures of Arata Minami for social media posts; when it's clear that Nagiko won't give it back, Kuroe silently walks away.
  • Byaku from Kekkaishi is an example of this trope who is also a Big Bad of a major arc. Having no drive or desires of his own, he spends both his flashback and the main story fulfilling wishes of whatever woman happens to be next to him, no matter how potentially dangerous to him, her and innocent bystanders, not because he loves them or anything, but seemingly because he can't think of anything better to do although the manga suggests that he loved Hime after all. This is presented as extremely creepy.
  • Kemono Jihen has Kabane. His Evil Aunt knows that he's half-ghoul, thoroughly stomping all over his self-esteem and exploiting him for manual labor for not being fully human. By the time he's rescued from her by Kohachi Inugami, Kabane has no idea how to spend time for himself. On a slow day at the office, he sits and stares at the corner and waits for instructions because he doesn't know what else to do. When Mihai asks him to be his bellbo, Kabane can't say no and does as he's told without any complaint, going so far as to open cans of food and bottles of water for him.
  • Sawako from Kimi ni Todoke is this normally, but it's subverted when she refuses to help Kurumi get together with Kazehaya, on the basis she can't support her fully due to her own feelings for Kazehaya.
  • The titular character from Komori-san Can't Decline! is a girl who can't decline requests. Downplayed however, since she does say no every so often. The joke of the series, however, is that she becomes extremely competent at nearly anything she does, provided she's been asked to do it, first.
  • Kotoura-san's titular heroine. Haruka doesn't speak up because she would likely and unintentionally reveal people's inner selves which often infuriates them even more and validates their Abomination Accusation Attack hence why she's the perfect victim from their perspective. Because of this, she doesn't even bother trying to be social which is affecting her mental health despite how much her she denies it. Much of the show is devoted to having her growing away from this.
  • Lucciola in Last Exile starts out this way, but his loyalty and friendship to Dio helped him take the initiative to save him. And then he dies. * Sniff*
  • Little House with an Orange Roof: For a tsundere, Natsumi has serious problems saying "no", especially when challenged to "prove" she's worthy to marry Shoutarou. This has led to her being groped by slimy salarymen in a cabaret, and being utilized for slave labor by her in-laws, among other things.
  • Keitaro of Love Hina. He constantly lets the girls walk all over him and beat him up, even though as the landlord of the girls dormitory where they live, he could EASILY evict them at any point. In fact, it's ONLY because he's a doormat that the girls still have a roof over their heads!
  • Soubi in Loveless. Ritsuka tries to break him out of it, but Seimei would prefer he stay that way.
  • Fate Testarossa in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Despite being repeatedly abused by her mother, Fate remains loyal to her until the end, when Nanoha finally befriends her.
    • Justified because she remembers how Precia treated Alicia, and doesn't know that those aren't her memories.
  • Rei from March Comes in Like a Lion is a bit lacking in the ability to stand up for himself, especially when it comes to Kyoko, who regularly belittles him without receiving complaints and attempts to manipulate him into losing. While he refuses the worst of her commands, he's never able to completely turn her away and always acquiesces to her smaller (but still generally unreasonable) requests. His narrative heavily implies it's because of his affections toward her.
  • In Mekko Rarekko, we have two of them.
    • First we have Buchi that was bullied a lot while in elementary school. He did make a friend in first grade Hamamura, but out of nowhere he told Buchi that he's no friend of his and Buchi has wondered what he to do make him hate him. We also learn that Hamamura also bullied Buchi after that for a while. He held everything inside and he didn't show anyone any emotions because he didn't want anyone to hate him. Especially his only friend Yamano Taishou. He even held his feelings in when he was raped by Taishou in the second volume just because he didn't want to be hated. In the fifth volume, after Fukami rapes him, Fukami realizes this and that's one of the reasons that he moved away. In the seventh volume, after having a talk with a friend, Buchi admits that he's an Extreme Doormat and that he held his emotions because he didn't want to be hated by his friends.
    • Taishou isn't as extreme (no pun intended) as Buchi, but when he was in first grade, he always wanted to be close to Amanuma because he looked up to him back then and he thought he was cool. However Amanuma was basically great at everything in school unlike Taishou who was an average student at best. Because of that, Amanuma would bully and even torture Taishou a lot. Eventually it got so bad that Taishou had to transfer to a new school to get away from Amanuma's cruelty.
  • Hong Long from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is a prime example. Not only does he suffer from being the less desired child in his family, but he spends his time taking Wang Liu Mei's abuse and criticism without resentment. The ultimate example of this is at the end of his run where, after they escape the destruction of the Trinity Mothership, they are cornered by Nena Trinity, who has grown tired of being treated as a utility by Liu Mei. As she plans to put a bullet in her, Hong Long takes the shot... and another, and another. Pushing Liu Mei out of harm's way and telling her to live, he confronts Nena... and gets a bullet in his head for his troubles. Not only does Liu Mei not appreciate it, but Nena STILL gets her revenge.
  • In Monster, Tenma starts off as a complete bitch of his fiancee and his boss, who publishes his research under his own name and takes credit for his extremely difficult surgeries. Although he grows a spine early in the series' run, both his and Eva's flashbacks characterize him as woefully passive and exploitable.
  • Minor character Miya from My-Otome is an unhappy and unwilling accomplice to all of Tomoe's misdeeds, but is afraid to stand up to her. She ultimately gets blamed for everything and is forced to leave school permanently, never to be seen again.
  • Naruto:
    • Hinata was shown to be one of these during her childhood. Her interactions with Naruto enable her to grow out of it.
    • Don't forget about Sakura. She's this around Sasuke, especially in Part I. The scene in the hospital shows it quite well, with Sakura not doing anything to call Sasuke out on his actions.
    • Itachi of all people, fits this trope pretty well, combining it with Well-Intentioned Extremist and My Country, Right or Wrong. What's that, Danzou? You need me to kill my entire clan to prevent a war? No problem! Okay, it's not that simple, but you get the point.
    • Speaking of Danzo, his ideal of a shinobi leans toward this: An individual with exceptional combat skills, a willingness to die for his country, and no emotions or opinions to prevent him from doing so. He does his best to mold Root in this image but falls short himself, to his own disgust.
    • Unfortunately for the Shinobi, this is also true for the Daimyo. They all seem to be pretty spineless, not to mention stupid.. And they're supposed to lead the country?
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • Shinji, the protagonist, has, due to extreme issues with Parental Abandonment (his mother died when he was young, and his emotionally distant father left him in the care of a guardian shortly afterwards) developed a subconscious belief that he is unwanted and has no value as a person and he therefore has no real drive to anything for and by himself, leading him to adopt a life philosophy of keeping his head down and doing what he is told.
    • There is also Rei, who shows no emotion, carries out any order given to her with absolute obedience, and has no problem being considered completely expendable for the sake of the mission. On one occasion, she even admitted that she would kill herself without a second thought if Gendo ordered her to; there's a reason Asuka calls her a wind-up doll.
  • Lala-Ru from Now and Then, Here and There is an Extreme Doormat in all but one respect. She can provide water with the use of her pendant, which is an invaluable ability in her desert planet... so much so that wars have been fought over her, often civil wars. She has thus retreated into extreme stoicism and refuses to give anyone water when told, since it just causes death. In this regard, she is more steely than an iron mine, taking heaps of abuse and threats (and implied rape) rather than give in. By the series' end, she becomes a Defrosting Ice Queen and Mama Bear, using her power to help save Sho and her loved ones. Super ending spoiler: she even makes a Heroic Sacrifice to fill the planet with oceans.
    • Abelia is also this towards King Hamdo for most of the series. No matter how much he shrieks and rants and raves at her, or how insane/barbaric his orders, she quietly carries out his instructions and never, ever speaks back or shows signs of being disgruntled. She gets over it.
  • One Piece has a minor villain in the Dressrosa Arc named Baby 5. She cannot say no to anyone. Because of this, she's been engaged multiple times, and has a debt of nearly a hundred million. Even in battle, she accepted a sarcastic request from her enemy to just die and was prepared to shoot herself before that same enemy stopped her. While this was at first played for laughs, it became Harsher in Hindsight when her backstory was revealed. She was abandoned by her parents as a small child, with the last thing her mother said to her being "you're of no use to anyone." This is why she's so utterly desperate to feel needed. Even so, when one of her fellow villains says right in front of her that their group only values her because she's "convenient" (and not because they actually care about her at all), she breaks down crying.
  • Yaya Higuchi from Othello has been tolerating all her life being bullied and being toyed with by her supposed friends, without ever following her own wishes. Her cosplay hobby helped her to escape reality, but once this is discovered, she develops the Nana personality. However, since her original personality isn't aware of Nana's existence, she thinks she's going crazy and losing her memory, making her even more pitiful. By the end of the manga, she learns to stand up for herself.
  • Gilbert Nightray of PandoraHearts is often this to his master Oz, but with Alice he normally stands up to her.
  • In Princess Tutu, Mytho starts out as an extreme doormat, since he kinda shattered his heart, rendering him completely emotionless. The only thing he ever does of his own volition (at first) is protecting the weak.
  • Yotsuba Nakano of The Quintessential Quintuplets tends to have big issues in expressing what she wants. It's only made worse by the fact that she can't say no to anybody who might need her help.
  • Mousse of Ranma ½ but only if Shampoo is doing the walking. In a later manga story: the Mask of Submission is a pair of glasses that causes whoever is seen through them to kneel and grovel, begging to be trod upon. He uses them on Ranma a few times to satisfy his ego, then Shampoo, the girl he is a Stalker with a Crush towards, asked him to stop using them. Upon his initial refusal, she told him he was pathetic for taking advantage of items created to protect those who had no other way to fight off martial artists. Then he deliberately puts them on backwards, so he's the one begging and groveling.
  • Tsuna from Reborn! (2004), though he gets better somewhat. Kozato Enma even more so. They become fast friends mainly because of how they can relate to each other in this aspect.
  • Anthy from Revolutionary Girl Utena is actually described as being "less forceful than a doormat", but the truth is a bit different. She and her brother deliberately play up this trope in order to convince others that their plans for the future are honest, and then to convince themselves that their plans for her are righteous. And her Emotionless Girl act is a result of the massive trauma she's gone through and the way her brother keeps her emotionally anesthetized through their abusive relationship.
    • Utena herself tries to become one of these in episode 12 to cope with losing a duel to Touga and losing Anthy. Fortunately, Wakaba snaps her out of it.
  • In Rurouni Kenshin, Kenshin was this during his days as an assassin. He never asked questions, made conversation, or gave his opinion with his superiors who gave him orders to kill. He only did what was necessary to bring on the new era — even if it would cost him his sanity in the end.
  • Kotonoha from School Days due to her insecurity.
  • Minato Sahashi of Sekirei is often pushed around by his mother and sister. However, he stands up for his friends when it counts.
  • Aine Yukimura of Sensual Phrase, especially in the manga.
  • Ichimiya in Servant × Service is often defined by his lack of self-confidence or backbone, to the degree that despite being Hasebe's direct supervisor, he has absolutely no air of authority.
  • Natsu from 7 Seeds lacks any kind of spine and will not voice her displeasure about anything, even when she's bullied or mocked by other people and apologize a lot, even when it isn't her fault. She does get better, though.
  • Fuyuki from Sgt. Frog qualifies most of the time. Push him too far, though, and he's so terrifying, the manga can't even show his face.
  • Sakurako from Shima Shima Tora no Shimajirō. In one episode, she quickly withdraws her challenge to another character to play the princess as soon as said character said that she already practiced hard for the role, and even apologizes. This in addition to her Shrinking Violet nature — she's often very shy and hesitates to voice her opinion.
  • SHUFFLE!: After discovering that it was not Rin's fault that her beloved mother died (it was indirectly her fault), Kaede Fuyou becomes a House Wife whose only purpose in life was, according to her, "to serve Rin-kun" so she can make up to him for all the tremendous abuse she piled on Rin (who willingly took the blame because Kaede was this close to just let herself die by despair) before the discovery.
  • Rodoreamon from Simoun starts like this, then grows a spine as the series progresses. By the Distant Finale, she's become the Iron Lady.
  • Skip Beat! starts Kyoko Mogami off as one. After being abandoned by her emotionally distant mother, Kyoko was raised to never show her real feelings, and she chose to not speak up about things bothering her. When Sho breaks her world-view and reveals he never saw her as anything but a worthless childhood friend, she realizes that she has been letting people take advantage of and walk all over her for years. Even her skills in tea ceremony came from being shaped into a Ryokan (inn) mistress. A good portion of her development revolves around her refusing to be a doormat anymore.
  • Subverted with Yasuharu Yasuda of Slam Dunk. He is often pushed around by Hanamichi Sakuragi, but stands up for his teammates when it counts.
  • Fumi of Sweet Blue Flowers. She gets better.
  • Melinda Cakebread from Sylvanian Families — she will help anyone in need, no questions asked, leading some characters to take advantage of her hospitality.
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Ken Kaneki's mother raised him with the belief that "it's better to be hurt than to hurt others." Unfortunately, Kaneki's abusive aunt took advantage of this at every opportunity, and his mom eventually worked herself to death trying to support herself, her son, and said aunt, 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 and refusal to follow her own advice not only killed her but left him alone.
  • Arcee in Transformers: ★Headmasters. After being an Action Girl throughout the movie and Season 3, she was turned into a docile, subservient secretary, who didn't wield a weapon once in the entire series, and rarely left the "office".
  • Legato Bluesummers from Trigun wants to be one of these for his master Knives. He even admits in the manga that he has no reason to live without Knives, and eventually he gives up his own life just to torment Vash, whom Knives had ordered to make suffer.
  • Hiren, funeral guide to Dante in Undertaker Riddle, is such an Extreme Doormat that he seems to have no problem referring to himself as "Master Dante's dog." This is despite the fact that Undertaker duos are typically supposed to be on equal footing, and Hiren being a stronger fighter than Dante. That being said, when Dante's in danger, Hiren suddenly becomes very determined and commanding...then as soon as the danger's been averted reverts to his normal self again. He's not quite so subservient to anyone else, but still apologizes a lot and never cares to stand up for himself.
  • Victorian Romance Emma: Monica's husband, which might be part of why she married him.
  • In Vinland Saga, this is the personality of Thorfinn, a slave in the second arc living on Ketill's farm. After having his purpose in life killed during the first arc, he has simply resigned himself to a life devoid of meaning and barely emotes beyond downcast politeness. Much of the second arc involves Thorfinn finding a way out of this funk and becoming a new man.
  • Nataku in X1999, as it befits him for his nature as a dead little girl's clone.
  • Yugi Moto of Yu-Gi-Oh! starts out as one, particularly in the early episodic period. He frequently does as bullies tell him to instead of getting help, even when the situation escalates to the point when he could get hurt. One chapter has him forced to sell tickets for a bully classmate's concert. The bully classmate is a terrible singer, so Yugi can't sell a single ticket. Yugi then volunteers to take tickets from another classmate, so he has even more he can't sell. He does all this knowing not selling a ticket will earn him a beating, but promises to watch the classmate's concert himself to make up for it. Yugi growing to stand up for himself is the major arc of his character development.
  • Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun has the title character Iruma. Not only does he have an extremely hard time saying no when people ask for favors, he will be both physically and psychologically compelled to help others if they ask using certain phrases: "Please!", "Help me!", and "I beg you!". Even when he goes through his magically-induced wicked phase and becomes a far more assertive and confident version of himself, the most he can do when being requested for something is to try and resist it, and even then he'll comply if pushed a little further. He becomes less of this as the series goes on, however.
  • Masato and Miku of Zeorymer are both the most doormatty of Extreme Doormats.
  • Zombie Land Saga: Unlike the other girls who get fed up with Kotaro's treatment, Sakura tends to submit and let him yell at her while remaining polite to him. Sakura is shown to have her limits, though, finally snapping at Kotaro in Episode 10 after he forces them to spend days camped out on a mountain.

    Comic Books 
  • In Archie Comics, Archie has been known to do this to Betty, e.g., asking her to do his homework while he takes Veronica to the dance. And Veronica sometimes does this to Archie.
  • In Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix #1, Matrix just seems to roll with whatever insult Lex Luthor throws at her.
  • When Magneto ran the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, the doormat role was played by the appropriately named Toad.
  • Robin Series: Tim's classmate Philmont Denlinger never stands up for himself when he's being bullied and goes off with Meachum and "Stanz" on his own without argument even though he knows that at best they're going to rough him up. They end up beating him to death.
  • Insignificus in Secret Six. He does anything a member of the Secret Six says while lamenting that he is not worthy to shine their shoes
  • Mikołaj, one of the main characters in WILQ – Superbohater, is constantly mocked by Wilq and his friends, and occasionally he becomes a victim of their practical jokes, but he's never seen fighting back or even getting angry at them.
  • X-23, of all people, spent time as one when she was a prostitute under the violently controlling and abusive pimp, Zebra Daddy. She lets him walk all over and control her even though she could tear him to shreds if she wanted to. And eventually she does. To a certain extent she was this when still under the control of the Facility, as well, allowing Rice to subject her to horrific amounts of physical and emotional abuse even though, like Daddy, she could kill him in seconds. And once again, eventually she does. Though not in seconds...

    Comic Strips 
  • Caspar Milquetoast from the 1920's comic strip The Timid Soul. His name went into the dictionary as a word for this trope.
  • Peanuts: Linus Van Pelt is another good example, due to being naturally introverted and to having a dictatorial big sister who is also physically stronger than him. (Actually, Lucy has this effect on lots of men, including Schroeder.) Linus finally reached his breaking point at the end of a story arc that started when he rashly promised his "blanket-hating" grandmother that he'd stop carrying around his blanket as soon as she stopped smoking, thinking she was too much of an addict to ever quit — and Grandma did just that! After demanding Linus fulfill his end of the bargain and forcibly taking the blanket from him, Lucy spent the next week or so taunting her brother, who was already such a nervous wreck that he was fainting several times a day. Linus went so far as to hire a private detective (Snoopy, who else?) to try to steal the blanket back, but no luck. Grandma finally relieved Linus of his promise after she admitted to him that she had sneaked a cigarette, only for Lucy to not only refuse to give the blanket back, but to claim that Linus had proved he could survive without his blanket and no longer needed it — and that it was time for the blanket to be burned. With Linus following after her and fruitlessly pleading, Lucy took the blanket to a garbage bin (which she lied was actually a furnace) and performed a "liberation" ceremony that ended with her tossing the blanket right into the "furnace". Linus let out an unearthly scream, furiously fished his blanket out of the bin, and then let his bitchy sister have it with all the righteous anger at his disposal.
    Linus: Nobody's going to treat me that way anymore! Who do you think you are to tell me what to do? And Grandma, who does she think she is? When Mom tells me I have to give up this blanket, I'll do it, but that doesn't go for anyone else, YOU HEAR ME?!
    [Lucy is temporarily cowed into silence]
    Charlie Brown: Hooray!
    Lucy: Oh, shut up!

    Fan Works 
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: Japan is this most of the time. Most, except for when he fights Germany over Italy.
  • The titular character from the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Quizzical. Overcoming her tendency toward this, if only somewhat, is the point of the story.
  • Although a lot of it is heavily dependent on the individual writer due to the general nature of these works, the Newfoals (humans turned into ponies through a magical potion) are frequently characterized as this with shades of the Stepford Smiler.
  • Dominic in Pink Personal Hell And Altering Fate shows traces of this. When Pinkie Pie and Gummy (literally!) walk all over him, he doesn't do anything except voice his annoyance. It's implied that he is often this way with other people, becoming a borderline Hikkikomori. Nickel Steel is also this way at first, never leaving the bedroom unless escorted out, constantly thinking he wasn't able to do anything, never speaking to ponies unless introduced, but he starts opening up to others. Revealed to be Dominic's Character Development. Although he still lets Pinkie Pie jump all over him.
  • Harry Potter becomes this in No Curiosity when the child abuse he receives at the hands of his relatives leads to psychological problems.
  • Blaine in Hunting the Unicorn is Cerebus Retconned into this, Played for Drama AND laughs. His friends the Warblers call him Kurt's bitch (though they're also the first to defend him whenever he gets in trouble), and he's a Love Martyr who lacks self-esteem, constantly defends his neglectful father, and has a lot of baggage. Then he's so sheltered and idealistic that he tried to invoke Sex Equals Love at sixteen. It went badly.
  • Fern Potter in More Than Her Mother. No matter the provocation, the most she ever does is make soft-voiced, perfectly-factual statements which are always misconstrued by the Dursleys.
  • Bucky in Out of the Dead Land, as a direct result of having his memories and sense of identity systematically erased by HYDRA. He latches onto Steve as a new handler of sorts after HYDRA doesn't retrieve him and when his attempts to fulfill the 'mission' of being the old Bucky for Steve fail, he stops doing anything outside of occasionally eating, sleeping, and waiting for Steve to give him a new mission for a long while. Thankfully, he eventually develops out of this.
  • In the latter parts of the Gensokyo 20XX series , an age-regressed Reiimu is noted to take any sort of abuse coming to her and does so without hesitance, as cruelty is half of what she knows, thus she's learned to put up with it. However, she does have exceptions, particularly in the case of Baka, to whom she tricked and hit with her IV pole and Yume Ni, to whom she stabbed with a pair of scissors.
  • The The Loud House "Nightmares" features Lincoln being Mind Raped into this trope, to the horror of his sisters once they pick up on unusual behavior.
  • In the universe of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, the spin-off Charmander Gaiden- looking at the life lived by Ash's future Charizard in this new reality when he was still a Charmander- depicts Charmander as this, basically allowing his trainer Damien to treat him like his losses and failures are all his personal fault, constantly blaming himself for his perceived inability to protect his first trainer from a flock of Spearow.
  • Kiriha Sadamune of Tales of the Undiscovered Swords who has abuse heaped on him by his Big Brother Bully Ishida, and yet makes no attempt to speak out about the mistreatment and willingly lets his master favor said Big Brother Bully over him. He breaks out of his doormat status near the end when he kicks Ishida to the curb for trying to kill the saniwa for petty reasons, though he later feels guilty for it and blames himself for manifesting a human form and bringing nothing but trouble.
  • In Walk On The Moon, Hinata Hyuga is one. Just how bad, and unhealthy, she has it becomes a major issue during the Forest Of Death training arc.
  • The Pokémon Squad: Henry, June's much abused boyfriend.
    Henry: "I am not a pushover!"
    RM: "You totally are!"
    Henry: "Okay."
  • Seth In The Pokecity:
    • Vinny, who is the much abused assistant to Flosshead the Dinosaur. As Flosshead Took a Level in Jerkass, Vinny appeared to be more and more of a doormat forgiving him over and over again. While Barney and Reko wouldn't put up with his behavior, Vinny almost always overlooked whatever he did, from pranks to genuine acts of cruelty.
    • Seth himself is also an Extreme Doormat, especially to his wife, Misty.
  • In the Discworld as envisaged by A.A. Pessimal, 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. Ruth then takes the classroom compasses and stabs the bully in the hand with them, pinning her hand to the table. note .
    I asked you not to do that. But you wouldn't listen, would you?
  • The One to Make It Stay: While he's perfectly comfortable asserting himself as Chat Noir — especially when it comes to pursuing a romantic relationship with Ladybug over her protests — Adrien repeatedly balks at the prospect of standing up for himself or anyone else as Adrien. Instead, he prefers dealing with uncomfortable situations by ignoring them in hopes that they'll go away, or smoothing things over by defending the aggressors and telling their victims that they should be the ones to make amends.
  • A Year To Fill An Empty Home: Joker's parents, Takeshi and Chou are both like this at the start of the story, too passive to protest their son's arrest very strongly, defend him when others put him down as a delinquent, or, in the case of Takeshi, argue when his boss puts him down for overtime on a project that would force him to spend more time away from his wife. A lot of their Character Development involves them overcoming this.

    Films — Animation 
  • Belle in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas. She went from not taking any of the Beast's shit to being his "cheerful lifecoach". Such a striking contrast to her role in the original Beauty and the Beast.
  • Flounder from The Little Mermaid (1989), who usually just goes along with Ariel's whims. He complains often, but always ends up just doing what she or Sebastian says.
  • Human!Twilight in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games doesn't get along with her extremely competitive and selfish classmates. She's constantly being pushed around, glared at and mocked. Sugarcoat outright calls her one after a combo of abuse.
    Sugarcoat:You are kinda being a doormat right now.
  • Lawrence from The Princess and the Frog, who starts out as Naveen's put-upon servant and then becomes the Shadow Man's (at first reluctant, soon eager) villainous sidekick. No matter who he ends up working for, though, the film makes it clear that Lawrence is always pushed around because he's too meek to stand up for himself.
    Dr Facilier: (singing) On you, little man, I don't wanna waste much time. /You've been pushed 'round all your life. /You've been pushed 'round by your mother, and your sister, and your brother. /But if you was married... you'd be pushed 'round by your wife.
  • Poor Fix-It Felix Jr. from Wreck-It Ralph. He's so much of a Nice Guy, the bystanders he saves on a daily basis from Ralph (in-game) take advantage of his kindness to force him to keep Ralph out of his own 30th anniversary party.
    • When you think about it, Felix is just as much The Woobie as Ralph. Just in a different way.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Elliot is one at the start of 13 Sins, 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 68 Kill, 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.
  • There's a line in the first Austin Powers movie that suggests Number Two sees himself as having behaved this way over the years. Of course, Dr. Evil bullies and abuses all his henchmen pretty much equally (though not Frau Farbissine and Alotta Fagina, of course), but only Number Two is ambitious enough to believe himself the Doctor's equal. This is then followed by a Double Subversion: Dr. Evil initially appears remorseful for having made his right-hand man cry, and suddenly adopts a paternal stance, but then he changes his mind and executes Number Two anyway.
    Dr. Evil: Silence, Number Two!
    Number Two: NO! [sobbing] I'm sick of you pushing me around!
  • George McFly was like this in Back to the Future before Marty helps him take a level in badass in 1955.
  • Nicholas Ray's Bigger Than Life portrays a sympathetic and gut-wrenching depiction in Lou Avery (Barbara Rush), the 50s housewife who more or less has to enable, on account of social stigma and high expenses, her husband Ed's psychotic episodes, even if it involves subjecting herself to emotional and verbal abuse.
  • Nina starts out like this in Black Swan.
  • The Winter Soldier in Captain America: The Winter Soldier is this to HYDRA, despite the fact that he is one of the most dangerous men on the planet. This serves to highlight just how thoroughly Brainwashed and Crazy Bucky is, and make him an even more Tragic Villain.
  • In Coming to America, the woman Prince Akeem was to enter an Arranged Marriage was groomed to be an Extreme Doormat, totally compliant to his every whim and wish. Unfortunately, Prince Akeem didn't like the idea of being married to such a woman, and his desire to find a woman with a bit of spine begins the plot of the movie.
  • Harry in Dumb and Dumber. Throughout the movie, he comes off as a little smarter and more sensible than Lloyd but for the most part goes along with everything Lloyd does partly because he's just very passive.
  • Kyoko from Ex Machina takes Nathan's verbal abuse for spilling wine on Caleb without protest, and seems to assume that any man present wants to use her for sex. It appears to be part of her programming.
  • Stu from The Hangover, who allows his girlfriend to abuse him, cheat on him, and boss him around...until he finally stands up to her at the end.
  • Herbert Russell in Laughter in Paradise is a timid bank clerk who kowtows to everyone, and is too scared to ask out the girl he likes. His On One Condition in Henry's will is designed to help him grow a backbone.
  • Lea in Loves Complicated does her very best to avoid hurting anyone and agrees to anything people say. Her boyfriend finally gets tired of this and signs her up for a conflict management class.
  • Murder Party: The plot kicks off because Chris, a rather pathetic loser, asks his cat to get off his recliner so he can watch movies, but the cat ignores him, so Chris abandons his plans and goes out to a mysterious "Murder Party" instead.
  • Office Space: Milton pitifully complains whenever someone in the office pushes him around, which seems to be daily, but he ultimately complies with whatever is demanded of him. When he's pushed too far, however, The Dog Bites Back.
  • One Foot in Heaven has Hope Spence, Rev. William Spence's devoted wife. In 1941 when the film was released, she was no doubt meant to be an inspiring example of a virtuous wife who supports her husband. To a 21st century viewer, however, Mrs. Spence comes off as this. William makes her leave her family and come with him to the U.S., he tells her that she can't redecorate the dingy parsonage they move into, he tells her she can't dress nice because that might outshine the other ladies in the congregation, he tells her they have to go hungry because advertising for his wedding services is "too commercial", he refuses the much cushier posting in California that she wanted him to take, he disregards her wishes about naming their third child, and he forces her to leave for another crappy district just when things have been fixed up nicely in their Iowa home. At no point in the film does William ask her about any of these life choices; he tells her, and she obeys.
  • Jon in Stag, who immediately agrees enthusiastically with whatever plan anyone suggests for dealing with the rapidly spiraling situation. Even if that plan involves dumping bodies, framing innocent people, or murder.
  • The Three Faces of Eve: Eve White seems to be completely dependent on her husband to make decisions and is a very meek woman. Eve Black on the other hand is the complete opposite.
  • Larry from The Three Stooges comes across as the most sensible of the three in most of the shorts but apparently only goes along with what the others do and puts up with Moe's abuse because he's just very passive. The fact that Curly and Shemp also put up with Moe's abuse makes them examples of this as well.
  • Wanda: Depression, low self-esteem, hopelessness—whatever the reason, Wanda is only too willing to let Mr. Dennis, a mean-spirited Would Hit a Girl bank robber, walk all over her. Wearing only dresses, wearing hats, driving the getaway car: she'll do what he tells her. When she comes back to the hotel room and finds her wallet in the trash can (Mr. Dennis had rifled through it and was preparing to leave) all she says is "How did that get there?" Most disturbing is when he slaps her across the face while she's chattering about going to get the hamburgers, and after a pause, she keeps chattering.
  • Mild-mannered Jones, in The Whole Town's Talking, let's everyone use him however they want, and never stands up for himself.
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past: In between 1963 and 1973, Hank has willingly reduced himself to this so that he can keep a constant eye on the self-destructive Charles. Xavier is the sole person McCoy has left who fully accepts him for who he is, so Beast does everything he can to ensure that nothing bad happens to his Only Friend.

  • Adrian Mole: Although not a general trait of Adrian's, in Weapons of Mass Destruction he is an extreme doormat to the highly manipulative Marigold Flowers and her family, who twist him round their little finger, and bully him into marrying her, and spending vast amounts of money on her, despite his resolve to stop seeing her.
    Daisy: So tell her the wedding's off before they hire the sodding marquee!!!
    I didn't tell her I had written a large cheque to the marquee hire firm.
  • Anita Blake: Nathaniel. Until he grew a pair to please his mistress, the title character, he was so incredibly submissive and masochistic both in and out of the sex dungeon that he literally could not do anything without his master's/mistress's permission. Oh, did I mention he's a wereleopard(?!) Nathaniel was probably this way before becoming a wereleopard, having been a child prostitute, raped, and a drug addict, not to mention living in an abusive home before all that. Dominant natures are not created by gaining the ability to shift shape. When you consider he's first introduced at age seventeen or so, and all this has already happened to him... It makes more sense.
  • Archer's Goon: Quentin, Howard's father, is this; he explicitly states that his role in life is to be a passenger.
  • A Brother's Price: The princesses deceased father is said to have been this. He let his son-in-law walk all over him, and is, at one point, even blamed for letting this son-in-law beat up and rape one of his daughters without intervening. It is not entirely clear whether he actually knew what was going on, though — it is mainly brought up as a point in favor of a potential marriage candidate for the princesses, as the young man in question is obviously no doormat.
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The bratty kids' parents.
  • Coraline:
    • The Other Mother really wanted something to love so she tried to keep Coraline for herself and make her into the "perfect, obedient daughter". Such as when she tries to sew buttons on her eyes so that she'll be a well behaved "little doll".
    • The Other Father is this to the Other Mother. Even though he obviously wants to help Coraline, he is unable to.
  • European folklore: The Patient Griselda, appearing in Boccaccio and Geoffrey Chaucer, which makes it Older Than Print.
  • Despite being a hardened criminal and former teen assassin, Mildmay from Doctrine of Labyrinths is a shy, self-deprecating emotional wreck who accepts ridiculous levels of cruelty from his brother, Felix. Both brothers grew up being horrendously abused, but while Felix learned to emulate the arrogance and cruelty of his abusers, Mildmay mostly just tolerates constant mistreatment and views it as normal. They do form a more balanced relationship in the final book, however, after Mildmay gets better at standing up for himself and Felix is brought to his senses via Humiliation Conga.
  • Discworld:
    • Sourcery: Coin is a Tyke-Bomb who effectively grew up possessed. He's never made his own decisions in his entire life, so he never learned how.
    • Unseen Academicals: Nutt is basically this, and it's repeatedly given more than one Lampshade Hanging. He's described as an "amiable milksop", and tries to always be helpful and agreeable and "accumulate worth" because he's an orc and was at worst horribly abused and at best taught to keep his head down as a survival strategy. He does have opinions, and sometimes expresses them, but is very meek about talking to anyone he doesn't know well.
  • The title character in Ella Enchanted is cursed to be this by a fairy who cast a spell forcing her to obey anyone who tells her to do something.
  • In A Frozen Heart, Prince Hans from Frozen was this growing up. Being the proverbial Black Sheep of his family and the youngest of 13 sons meant that he was an easy target for most of his older brothers (especially Rudi and Runo, who bully Hans the most) to pick on, and growing up the smallest and most forgettable of his clan wound up being the source of his issues. He's been been the victim of countless pranks (especially where three of his brothers pretended he was "invisible" for two straight years), not to mention being subjected to extensive psychological and physical abuse numerous times despite repeatedly asking his brothers to stop it. Plus, his father is an extremely stone-cold and unfeeling man who regards his youngest son with nothing but utter contempt and disgust for being a "weakling" against his older sons. By the time he's a young adult, Hans has already given up fighting back as it just makes their physical abuse worse, and is forced to use violence against his father's subjects despite his objections. But by doing this, it only accelerated his father's emotional abuse even more by saying Hans should "learn a thing or two" from his brothers.
  • Gemma Doyle: Ann from this trilogy. At first.
  • Gone with the Wind:
    • Ashley Wilkes, who disagrees with the American Civil War but is willing to fight anyway.
    • His wife and brother-in-law also fit the trope. Scarlett married Charles partially because he was so biddable to her, and Melanie is subservient to everyone, unless they trigger her Berserk Button by mistreating Scarlett.
  • The Great Gatsby: George Wilson, an ineffectual car salesman who is completely dominated by his wife and her lover, until Daisy accidentally kills his wife and Gatsby takes the fall for it, causing him to go berserk and confront Gatsby in a murder-suicide.
  • Harry Potter:
    • The house elves. They are magically bound to do whatever their master tells them to and seem to share a universal inferiority complex, despite incredible magical power. Despite being able to easily defeat a powerful wizard, house elves are at their happiest when they serve wizardkind and fall into a severe depression when they are fired. Even Dobby, an eccentric by house elf standards, as he loves to be free, had to talk his employer Dumbledore down in terms of salary and days off, because he loves working more than being free. However, if a house elf really dislikes their master, they are able to differently interpret or even outright defy their orders.
    • Peter Pettigrew always allies himself with the winning side for his own protection, despite the insults he regularly gets from his "allies". When allied with Voldemort, he was treated with nothing with contempt and designated to do only menial labor. While he does grumble a bit about this, he always does what is asked of him.
    • Merope Gaunt, Voldemort's mother, was constantly terrorized and abused by her father and brother for being unskilled at magic and her only reaction is to cower in fear.
  • The Hollows: During the time she had spent with Algaliarept, Ceri seemed to be this. She regained her pride pretty fast, though. That's because she got her soul back. Al had stolen her soul to make her serve him, but Rachel negotiated for it to be returned as part of their deal.
  • The Host: Wanderer. Even the human colonists eventually get annoyed. Part of this is due to the communal nature of the souls but part of it is a survival strategy to avoid antagonizing her (understandably) hostile captors. She gets better about it as she feels less threatened.
  • In the Hurog series, Ward's younger brother implies that their mother was this even before she became The Ophelia. Her children needed her protection against her abusive husband, but she chose to drug herself instead.
  • In Death series: Purity in Death reveals that Donald Dukes's wife is this. She knows what he's doing and seems unable or unwilling to do much about it. Eve Dallas, considering her Dark and Troubled Past, has little patience for people like this.
  • Jeeves and Wooster:
    • Bertie of this P. G. Wodehouse book is the epitome of this — story after story shows that he can be bullied or cajoled into anything. He suffers the worst of one Zany Scheme after another because he's simply unable to say "no" to a friend, Jerkass or otherwise. Besides that, he's afraid to stand up to his Grande Dame aunt, and he lets his valet dictate every facet of his existence, even down to the details of his wardrobe. Attempts to assert his rights by keeping an article of clothing Jeeves disapproves of invariably give out by the end of the story:
    Anybody can talk me round. If I were in a Trappist monastery, the first thing that would happen would be that some smooth performer would lure me into some frightful idiocy against my better judgment by means of the deaf-and-dumb language.
    • Another Wodehouse example is "Corky" Corcoran, who lets himself get dragged into all sorts of schemes by his friend Stanley Ukridge.
  • Knight Life Series: In this Peter David series, the character of Gwen (Queen Quinevere of Arthurian legend reincarnated) begins as this, takes a level in badass within the book itself, and ends up being The Determinator.
  • Kushiel's Legacy: Phedre isn't this, but she acts like it when working in her professional capacity to satisfy the unique tastes of her clients. More than one enemy, up to and including a God of Evil, has failed to recognize the difference until it was too late.
  • The Lord of the Rings: Sméagol to both Gollum and Frodo, which leads to some conflict of interest....
  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard depicts Sigyn as this, after having been absolutely broken by her experience leading to Loki's imprisonment and keeping venom from dripping onto his face.
  • Malory Towers: Catherine from this series. However, the other characters dislike her strongly because she's always so kind and friendly and helpful — for instance, she once sharpened all of Belinda's pencils for her without asking. However, Belinda used them for her art and kept some of them blunt on purpose, and so she definitely didn't thank her. They nickname her 'Saint Catherine' at one point and use it mockingly.
  • The Manchurian Candidate: Raymond Shaw, although he is too arrogant to be a perfect fit, has many of the features of this. He has little drive or emotional depth, and he always caves in to his shrewish mother, even giving up the only girl he ever had any interest in just to shut her up.
  • Mansfield Park: Fanny Price is extremely docile and biddable due to her circumstances — she grew up as a charity case, being adopted by her wealthy relatives (her overly strict uncle Sir Thomas Bertram and her neglectful aunt Lady Bertram) and her other aunt Mrs. Norris is downright abusive. Her only real friend is her cousin Edmund. Important to note — she has opinions, but she's not in a position to be open. This makes the moments where she stands up for herself, such as her refusing to marry a morally dubious man whom everybody else considers a stellar match, all the more impressive... and astonishing to her fellow characters.
  • In Book 1 of MARZENA, Dr. Lauren will go to any length to preserve the status quo. Add to this the fact that she is Alexithymic and thus blind to her own emotions making this trope go to excessive length. She will kill if ask to by the proper authority figure and that in spite of the horrible guilt that will follow, and she will take up on her shoulders great and dangerous mission to save the world with little to no argument despite definitely not being professionally qualified for such a task. This trope goes Up to Eleven when Gorski and the TAR Kernel seize her up to strap her on the chair of the Mad Doctor where she does not even attempt to scream or fight them off, and does not even attempt to talk herself out of it. Fighting would only make things worse anyways.
  • Mercy Watson: Baby Lincoln tends to speak softly to her sister and keep her thoughts to herself, given Eugenia's tendency to be stubborn and opinionated.
  • In The Neverending Story, Xayide acts this way towards Bastian, as part of her gambit to manipulate him.
  • Oblomov: Agafya. The titular character is also guilty of this, seeing as he is pushed around by Tarantyev.
  • Phenix from Of Fear and Faith is this with women, although he is slightly more assertive around his own gender.
  • Of Mice & Men: Lenny, towards George.
  • Simona Ahrnstedt gives us Sofia Löwenström her debut novel Överenskommelser. Fearing that she would get beaten by her abusive father, she hardly ever expresses any opinion of her own. So people are really astounded if she does. Sadly enough, her mother has become this as well because of her abusive husband.
    • Venus Dag och Natt in "De skandalösa" is also very close to this. She's so desperate to please her mother and doesn't seem to have any opinions of her own.
  • Pride and Prejudice: Mr. Bingley is an astonishingly Nice Guy who really hates conflict. He's eager and obliging to all of his friends; sadly this makes it easy for them to remove him from Hertfordshire and persuade him that it would be a mistake to marry Jane Bennet. It gets sorted out, but when he and Jane later have to deal with her obnoxious sister and brother-in-law, the best evidence Bingley shows of his irritation was to talk about dropping a hint that they should go.
  • Primal Fear: Aaron Stampler, or so it seems.
  • Raffles: Bunny's Undying Loyalty to Raffles makes him abandon whatever moral principles he has to pursue Raffles's latest scheme — he can't say no to the man, although Raffles does occasionally resort to dirty tactics like alcohol to get Bunny to comply.
  • Shoeless Joe: Annie Kinsella: Her main line of dialogue is "Oh love, if it makes you happy, you should do it," even if that means Ray should plow up his crop and build a baseball field and then kidnap J.D. Salinger on a whim, risking financial ruin and jail time. Averted Trope in the book's movie adaptation, Field of Dreams, in that Annie also receives a few of Ray's visions herself.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Poor Theon Greyjoy begins the series as a Smug Snake of the worst sort, but by A Dance with Dragons a healthy dose of horrific torture and some Gaslighting courtesy of Ramsay Snow turns him into 'Reek', who has long ago learned to do whatever his master tells him without hesitation.
    • In the backstory novel Fire & Blood, Thaddeus Rowan spends a few days during Unwin Peake's attempted coup against Aegon III in the care of the Red Keep's Lord Confessor, and is left so utterly broken that he'll admit to anything if asked, up to and including being responsible for the Doom of Valyria.
  • In the Star Darlings franchise, Libby is a people-pleaser to the extent that it's hard for her to make her own decisions and say no to people.
  • The Stormlight Archive: Szeth will do anything that the person who holds his Oathstone orders, except commit suicide or give up his Shardblade. This is actually cultural. Shin "warriors" are treated like slaves, with Shin culture greatly favoring farmers and craftsmen and elevating them to the rulership positions of society. Soldiers are slaves that are conditioned to view themselves as having little value and to obey whoever possesses them.
  • The Stranger: Mersault thinks that nothing really matters, so he does pretty much anything people ask him to.
  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall: Millicent Hattersley, best friend of the heroine.
  • The title character in the Dr. Seuss book Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose 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.
  • The Ties That Bind: Laika qualifies if she took corporal punishment for 20 years without complaint and willingly became a slave in BDSM.
  • The main villain in Twistaplot #12: Journey to Vernico 5 had turning practically everybody in the universe into one as his goal, only he prettied it up by calling them "Willingness Workers."
  • In Vorkosigan Saga Ivan Vorpatril is a subversion. At first he'll do almost anything Miles says(with proper amounts of grumbling of course). Later he learns to show some initiative.
  • Sonya Rostova from War and Peace has a chronic martyr complex, and in the end it causes her to lose out on the love of her life to another woman and spend the rest of her life as a "sterile flower" of a spinster.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Kenneth Parcell on 30 Rock. Partly from being The Pollyanna, and partly because being a page at NBC requires a tolerance for running errands and other undignified tasks for employees higher on the career ladder. This trait of Kenneth's is most frequently abused by Liz, Jack, Jenna, and Tracy.
  • Edith Bunker on All in the Family most of the time, partly due to her being The Ditz and partly due to having a bad-tempered, chauvinist husband. However, on one occasion she did realize she had taken all she could stand from Archie and memorably told him off. And throughout the course of the series she successfully fought off two (yes, two) attempted rapists.
  • The plot of the The Baby-Sitters Club (2020) episode "Mary Anne Saves The Day" is Mary Anne trying to deal with this aspect of her personality after getting in trouble with the rest of the club for allowing a prospective client to violate a club rule rather than tell her "no". At the end of the episode, she realizes she's stronger than she thinks she is after circumstances require her to stand up for one of her sitting charges.
  • Leonard from The Big Bang Theory is seen to be too meek to not let others push him around, whether it be his roomate Sheldon, his crush/neighbor Penny and even his own mother! This more-or-less chanegs in the later seasons where he Grew a Spine, though some of his pushover behavior remains.
  • Lord Percy in Blackadder II is like this. He sticks by Lord Edmund whenever he's in trouble, offering to pay his debt, creating gold (or in this case green) and posing for a less than wholesome portrait for his friend; while all the while Blackadder steals his money, insults him and takes advantage of his generosity all the way through the series and Percy does nothing to complain.
    • Though the nicest member of the family tree, Ebenezer Blackadder is also a complete pushover and everyone takes advantage of his generosity, until the Spirit of Christmas arrives and inadvertently inspires him to be mean like his ancestors.
  • Darryl Morris on Charmed has done everything for the Charmed Ones. He even forgave them after Phoebe and Paige stole his soul. He managed to grow a spine after getting put through the wringer one too many times without so much as a "thank you" and put some distance between him and the girls. They didn't understand why.
  • Colonel March of Scotland Yard: March's niece Emily in "Present Tense". Just before he attempts to murder her, her husband Ernest expresses his contempt by saying:
    "No man can long be in love with the mat on which he wipes his feet."
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation: Anya MacPherson was an Extreme Doormat to her best friend Holly J before she gained a bit of a backbone.
  • Doctor Who
    • The Ood are first introduced as a Slave Race to the humans of the 43th century. They act and are treated as a race of expendable Extreme Doormats. It is later revealed they were actually a free race that was lobotomized and separated from their Hive Mind, making them an ideal Slave Race...until they rebelled.
    • The Tivolians, natives of the planet Tivoli, are very infamous for this behavior in-universe. They basically allow their planet to be conquered and enslaved by whatever hostile species lands on it and their entire culture revolves around them appeasing whoever took over their planet. Because of this, the planet Tivoli is known as "the most conquered planet of the universe". The Doctor considers this to be an aggressive form of cowardice, as the meek behavior of the Tivolians causes them to be Beneath Notice, allowing them to outlive all of their conquerors.
  • The Actives on Dollhouse are pretty much like this when in "blank slate" mode. They act like Purity Sues except even more obliging and unambitious. They're basically like children on Valium.
  • Family Matters, Steve Urkel pines for Laura throughout most of the series and gets taken advantage of quite often. Eventually he sees this and even accepts that this is his role. But only for Laura.
  • Played with in The Fast Show. One of Paul Whitehouse's characters tries to have opinions about the topic du jour whilst talking with his mates in the pub, but refuses to disagree with any of them for fear of offending. As a result he fails to come to a conclusion about anything and lives his life in a state or perpetual bewilderment.
  • Forever: Oscar is extremely nonconfrontational. In the first episode, we see June yelling at him while he remains mild. In the seventh episode, June discovers that he secretly rearranges the dishwasher after she loads it to avoid arguing about it. She marvels with disgust at the lengths to which he'll go to avoid confrontation. When giving Mark advice, Oscar says that he is the "peacemaker" of the relationship and that every couple needs one.
  • Niles Crane on Frasier was portrayed as this, at least to his wife Maris, almost completely ignoring the fact that she treated him like crap and running to her pretty much whenever she snapped her fingers. He got better about this tendency over the years, eventually culminating in his divorce from Maris and learning to be on his own.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • King Tommen Baratheon isn't a bad king because he makes bad decisions. He's a bad king because he can't make any decisions on his own terms as a ruler, having grown up sheltered all his life. Virtually everyone pushes him around, his mother undermines him at every turn and because he does not want to spill any blood, the Faith Militant runs roughshod over King's Landing. This comes about due to the decision to age him up from being a nine year old, where his lack of independent decision-making was understandable. He's such a doormat, that the first decision he makes on his own in the series is killing himself.
    • Tytos Lannister was this by reputation, which thus directly contributed to the rebellion of his vassals House Reyne of Castamere.
  • In The Good Place, Doug Forcett had a revelation while high on shrooms about the exact mechanisms of the afterlife and how to get there. Determined to reach the eponymous heavenly afterlife, he has dedicated his life to making all other living beings happy at his own personal expense, including letting other people, including a preteen bully, take advantage of his extreme generosity.
  • Fabian from House of Anubis was this until the middle of Season 2, when he Grew a Spine. He even began to call himself a pushover. It was just a bad combination of kindness and shyness. When he did stand up for himself, the results were glorious. Of course, it took him a while to learn balance between being passive and being too assertive. Most people didn't try to take advantage of him, however, at least not intentionally.
    • Alfie also was pretty subservient; mostly to Jerome and Amber, who were pretty good at manipulating him or taking advantage of his crush, respectively. He got tired of both of them for this, turning on Jerome for Sibuna and breaking up with Amber (However, even after he tried to break up with her, she insisted they were together and still pushed him around, up until he nearly died going into a tunnel she convinced him to crawl through despite her drawing the short straw). When he made up with both of them, he was wound up treated more respectfully, as they knew he could say no to them if he wanted to.
  • Million Yen Women: Midori at the beginning, as shown by her getting regularly shaken for money by her former foster brother.
  • In a Monty Python sketch, a couple goes to marriage counseling. The counselor instantly seduces the wife right in front of the husband, who can't bring himself to utter a word of protest.
  • Olive from Odd Squad was this back when she was an agent-in-training. She had absolutely no self-confidence and went along with Todd's orders when he wasn't handling cases himself, even going along with him calling her "Scribbles" as a harsh nickname. When he attacked Precinct 13579 with a released pienado, Olive didn't have much of a spine to stand up to him initially, and begged him to stop before being shut down by his Motive Rant and his attacking of both Oprah and Oscar before his departure. Oprah relied on Olive to be the precinct's last hope and gave her some words of encouragement just before she got knocked out by another pie, which instilled confidence in her and helped her to stop the pienado from completely destroying Headquarters and taking more lives, being the Sole Survivor of the entire ordeal and making her a Shell-Shocked Veteran.
  • Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a Time. Dear Lord. Crippled (no political correctness about this in Fairytale Land), poor, insulted in public by his wife, insulted in public again by the man she runs off with, deeply humiliated by a soldier in front of his own son and threatened with losing that same son. His inability to fight back is explained in part by the fact that he has next to no combat knowledge, is only ever seen walking with the help of a crutch, and is often up against soldiers backed up by the Dark One who are likely to do even worse to him if he speaks up. Still, a conversation with his son implies that in some situations, like the war, fighting is at least possible. Later on, of course, he gains some power...
    • Prince Henry is this to his wife Cora and daughter Regina. In "The Miller's Daughter", he does show concern over his father's treatment of peasants, but lacks the spine to stand up to him either.
    • Jiminy Cricket used to be this; unable to stand up to, much less escape, his thieving, sociopathic Jerkass parents. His attempt to use magic to get away ends up getting Gepetto's parents killed. In the end, he is ''more' than glad to trade his humanity to the Blue Fairy and accept a geas to aid Gepetto just to leave them. He's still pretty meek, just don't get between him and his patients.
  • Parks and Recreation:
    • Jerry is constantly the butt of jokes and barbs from everyone in the office, even the nicer co-workers, and he rarely objects with anything more than an exasperated sigh. He puts up with it because his home life is absolutely amazing (where he's very Happily Married to a beautiful wife and has three beautiful children who adore him).
    • Ann is very passive compared to Leslie and is always pulled into Leslie's plans. Also, due to the Florence Nightingale Effect and Weakness Turns Her On, she's very inclined to allow boyfriends to take advantage of her (as exemplified by the first season when she waited on her much less mature boyfriend Andy hand-and-foot after he broke his legs).
    • Ben has some shades of this as well. Although he's capable and authoritative in a professional setting, it's revealed he's easily walked over in his personal life. He struggles to confront April and Andy about issues when rooming with them and a big milestone for him and Leslie is her realizing she can't just steamroll him and his feelings. He even lampshades this.
    Ben: My family is very non-confrontational. My parents' method of problem solving is to kind of keep everything bottled up and just subtly hint at what's bothering them.
  • Psychopath Diary: Dong-sik starts out as one. He stops being one once he becomes convinced he's a psychopath.
  • Scrubs: Flashbacks show that this is how Ted, the hospital's lawyer and resident Chew Toy, pretty much became Dr. Kelso's personal assistant. The janitor also takes advantage of this from time to time ("I'm a follower"), though one episode has him teach Ted to to stand up for himself, which caused him to turn against the Janitor and start a rival group to the Brain Trust, though this change is short-lived.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: In the episode "Tapestry", it's revealed that Jean-Luc Picard has an artificial heart because back when he was at Starfleet Academy he got in a fight with a group of Nausicaans and got stabbed in the heart, almost killing him. Because he regrets this part of his past life, and especially this event which more or less crippled him for life (at least in the sense that he needs regular checkups on his artificial heart), Q offers him the chance to go back in time and allow him to not fight the Nausicaans. The aesop was, of course, that this was actually a crucial point in his life that shaped his entire career. Without the stabbing that almost cost his life, Picard never realized how fragile life is and how important each moment must be, he never got the motivation, drive and ambition to live life to the fullest and become a great man, and he instead became basically an extreme doormat who never achieved anything of any importance, never taking any risks, always playing it safe and never seizing any opportunities to advance in his career.
  • Succession has a few of these:
    • The deadbeat loser Greg is a Fish out of Water among the fantastically wealthy Roy branch of his family. He's trying to suck up to them to get a piece of their money, so he takes all of their bullying and mockery with little attempt to stand up for himself. This is exacerbated by his Ambiguous Disorder, which makes him awkward and flustered in social situations.
    • Tom comes from much more humble beginnings than the Roy clan and, similar to Greg, has essentially made himself a sycophant to the family while dating Shiv. For his part, he seems to enjoy having Greg around, as there's now someone lower on the totem pole than him, and he bullies Greg mercilessly when they're alone.
    • Tom's parents reveal that he was cut from the same cloth as them. At Tom's wedding, they say that had lots of fun waiting for hours at the airport to be picked up and are embarrassed to ask for a drink when they arrive. Whether they're always this passive or just overawed by the Roys' wealth is ambiguous.
  • Supernatural: When it comes to his family, Dean is so like this it's scary. He thinks he deserves the verbal abuse or blame from just about anybody, and is so needy when it comes to Sam that he sells his soul to bring Sam Back from the Dead. He's saved from living here by being opinionated and obstinate in everything else.
    • In "Hunted", he's kidnapped and used as bait after Sam just abandoned him in the middle of the night, dismissed him with a "he means well", and didn't even try to contact him until he needed him. And all Dean can come up with is a "You ever do that again and I'll...". Do what, Dean? Grow a spine when it comes to dealing with your family?
    • In Season 4, Sam stops just short of choking Dean to death after Dean calls him a monster on top of Sam's hallucinations of Dean loathing him in one episode. Guess who calls to apologize to whom. Of course, that might be as much practicality, since Dean needed to get Sam to go to back to Bobby's to continue the incredibly painful process of detox. Or at least stop following Ruby's plan. His apology probably would have had the desired effect, too, if the angels hadn't meddled with the message.
    • It gets so much worse in Seasons 5 and 6. No wonder Famine accused him of being empty: he's got nothing left to give, not even to Lisa and Ben, because he's given it all to Sam and John, who never needed him as much as he needed them.
    • Angels, it's implied, are 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 Depending on the Writer and his mood, sometimes he just straight-up rebels and loses his shit. During his breakdown in Season 5, 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 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 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 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.
  • In a flashback episode of Taxi, we discover that no one other than Jim Ignatowski was this during his days at Harvard, "a simpler time" in his own words.

  • "You've Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me" covered by Frank Sinatra on Songs for Swingin' Lovers!:
    I know that I'm the slave, you're the queen
  • 2-D of Gorillaz is an Extreme Doormat to Murdoc. To date, the psychopathic bassist has kidnapped him, stolen his girlfriend, sold most of his belongings, taken several of his organs, beat him up repeatedly, and run over him...twice. And though 2-D has only recently smartened up to this and come to resent Murdoc, he's still too afraid of him to do much.
  • "Bound For The Floor" By Local H seems to be about someone like this.
  • "Self Esteem" by The Offspring is about someone who is a combination of this and a Love Martyr.
    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 yeah

    Myths & Religion 
  • Arguably, the main character of the Hindu epic Ramayana, Sita, is this, as she takes every slander, exile, and degradation by her own husband without any protest, always folding at whatever she is ordered. Eventually though, it becomes so much she begs her divine mother, the Earth, to take her home, and is granted this.

  • Scumspawn of Old Harry's Game, who once ate himself because Satan told him to.

  • In We Are Our Avatars, modified Asimovian laws mean that a human simply has to give Yuzuki Miura from a command, which she is unable to resist.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Beholden in Genius: The Transgression, who lack a worldview of their own and generally end up simply going along with the most convincing Genius in the area and serving the vitally important role of Igor.
  • Slave Mentality in GURPS turns your character into this towards his owner only. If ordered to "make them give you the money and don't take any gruff", a Slave Mentality character will not hesitate to stand up against the most physically and socially intimidating person.

  • Princess Mary of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 is pretty much this. Her Doormat status is self-inflicted in part because of her strong religious convictions, which keep her submissisive to her crazy, cruel old father to the point where she has given up hope of getting married, or really, being happy.
    This is just how it is, It's just how he is, I'm always to blame. He could beat me, And treat me like a dog, Make me fetch food or water And it's just how it is, Oh, Father, I love you, Father.
  • Constance Blackwood of Ride the Cyclone has won the "Nicest Girl in Town" award in her class three years in a row because she's kind and thoughtful and friendly, and abhors confrontation. Her official catchphrase is even "sorry!" Constance became Ocean O'Connell-Rosenberg's "best friend" because she was the only student at St. Cassian who would put up with Ocean's overbearing, self-centered personality and bossy style of "friendship."

    Video Games 
  • Dante Moro in Assassin's Creed II, who is left extremely impressionable after being knifed in the head. The guy who paid the thugs to attack him (who secretly lusted after Moro's wife) is subsequently able to talk Dante into anulling his marriage, and even has the audacity to hire him as a bodyguard.
  • The player character in BioShock arguably is this way even after the Mind Control is cured. "You won't even walk until someone says go!"
    • By extension, this is applicable to virtually all silent player characters in a video game, a fact that the game's developers intended to point out.
  • Despite being one of the most opinionated and argumentative party members in the game, Fenris from Dragon Age II is revealed to have been one of these, due to not only being a slave, but also having lost all memories prior to serving his master. If Hawke chooses to sell him back to his previous master he will go without a fight.
  • Dragon Quest VII has Pepe, who just wants to keep everyone happy, but is pressured and pushed into a situation where he 'must' choose between his lover Linda and his family... because Linda refuses to do anything to solve her own problems and expects him to sweep her away from it all by eloping, regardless of how that would leave his family to deal with her family's debt. In the end, he cracks under the pressure and leaves town alone. This doesn't help, and everyone, even the heroes, are pissed at this non-solution.
  • Lilli of Edna & Harvey: Harvey’s New Eyes is this by way of Heroic Mime. She never has an option to talk, only to begin a sentence that's then interrupted by another character guessing what she's going to say. Nor, at first, does she have the option to disobey orders given by authority figures. Over the course of the story, she's forced to disobey some people's orders in order to help other people, but the degree to which she develops a spine depends on the ending. If she surrenders to Dr. Marcel, it's all for nothing. If she kills him, she's still doing what the story wants. Only in the semi-hidden "Contradict" ending does she tell everyone, including the Interactive Narrator, to stuff it.
  • Ensemble Stars! most prominently features Tsumugi, a guy with so little spine that when he realised his apparent friend Eichi had deliberately set him up as a scapegoat merely to further his own career, his only response was to praise how smart the move was. Things don't get much better for him after he joins Switch and finds him constantly hit by Natsume as punishment for aiding fine against him and the other Oddballs, though every now and then he will comment on Natsume's Jerkass violent behaviour demonstrating at least a bit of a spine.
    • It also has Mika, who swears complete Undying Loyalty to Shuu, to the point of valuing his life and happiness far above his own. However, Shuu always cared more about Nazuna, leading to a very unequal relationship. Over time, Mika comes to value himself more and realise how destructive his obsession with Shuu is.
  • Charon, a possible companion in Fallout 3, has been brainwashed to unquestioningly obey whomever holds his employment contract. His doormat behavior doesn't extend to anyone else, though. Employers who antagonize him would be well advised not to fire him.
  • Yes Man in Fallout: New Vegas is forced to be as helpful as possible due to his programming. However, he's also incredibly cheery about it. If the player decides to kill himnote , all he can do is beg for mercy and say that he deserves it. Of course, he's actually instrumental if the player wants to be the sole ruler of Vegas and in the Independent Ending. He tries to avert this a bit where he states in the ending that he's found an upgrade that lets him be more "assertive". Players started forming theories that this meant he was planning on betraying you, but Word of God eventually clarified that the upgrade is meant to make it so that he'll only take orders from you, and not literally anyone who gives him one.
  • Namine in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories is this for the Organization until the end, where she defies Marluxia for Sora's sake. In 358/2 Days, she's suddenly back an extreme doormat for DiZ. For her few scenes in Kingdom Hearts II, though, it's clear she's gotten past this phase at last and does things because she wants to, rather than because someone ordered her to.
    • To be fair, 358/2 Days takes place at least partly during/immediately after Chain Of Memories, so it makes sense that that Namine's Character Development might not be so clear.
  • Visas Marr from Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords. Her encounter with Darth Nihilus practically sapped all her will and she believes her own life is completely meaningless and only exists to be used by someone else.
    • Can be taken to extremes when you confront Nihilus towards the end of the game. he and her share a link in the force which gives him power. You can still defeat him, but if Visas is wearing plain clothes and is armed with a lightsaber, you can tell her to kill herself to break the link and weaken her master.
  • Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis gives us Vayne Aurelius, The Hero...
    • Though Vayne is more than just your typical doormatty hero: he has a pretty good reason to be that way. He's the Mana of Wishes. Meaning he exists to grant everyone else's.
    • In the sequel, Zeppel Kriever , who is now the principal, has undergone a serious case of Flanderization and become one.
  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain: Every Diamond Dogs soldier whenever Venom is doing something to them. Perform CQC unannounced? "Thank you, Boss!" Threaten one with a chokehold? "Thank you, Boss!" Hit them with a tranquilizer dart and kick them in the stomach? "Thank you, Boss!" Hit Ocelot with a tranqulizer dart? "La Li Lu Le Lo. La Li Lu Le Lo."
  • Persona:
    • Saori Hasegawa, the Hermit Social Link in Persona 3 Portable's female path. Naturally, she ends up on the receiving stick of some Malicious Slander, and it's up to the protagonist to teach her to enforce her opinions.
    • Yuuki Mishima, Persona 5's Moon Confidant, starts off as essentially Kamoshida's whipping boy, but his Confidant reveals that he had pretty much always been this in his previous school and was receptive of the bullying he received because he believed it was simply his lot in life. It's not until he meets the Phantom Thieves that he realizes he has more to offer than just being everyone's punching bag.
  • Lily Pad from Plants vs. Zombies doesn't say anything if you put a plant on top of him, and keeps all his thoughts inside.
  • Dehl in The Reconstruction never acts whenever anyone, mainly Tehgonan insults him. Its only after Havan devastates the world that he becomes assertive, to a huge degree.
  • In Red Dead Redemption, while he is no pushover, this happens to John who is often subjected to verbal abuse, insane rants, manipulation and unfair transactions from other characters. He puts up with it stoically because he needs to earn their favor in order to track his targets so he could save his family. It's best shown in the Nuevo Paraiso arc where John works for both the detestable Allende and the insufferable Reyes. The Mexican army missions are immoral with the occasional obvious setup while the rebel jobs tends to pit John against the entire army while Reyes takes all the credit for John's heroics. Both men string John along, forever promising information that never seems to come because they know John will leave Mexico as soon as he gets his targets and they will lose their best agent.
  • Pinocchio from SINoALICE, befitting his Concept of "Dependance", struggles to make decisions of his own and would rather have his life dictated by someone else. He seeks out his author as he believes that his author is the most suited to telling Pinocchio what to do. He's often dragged around by his rude, foul-mouthed, and violent staff, and despite his protests he still follows his staff's orders because of his inability to make his own decisions.
  • Uther, leader of the lost kingdom of Insalaum in Super Robot Wars Z2: Saisei-Hen starts out as one of these, taking orders from an old hag of a prime minister, retreating after taking a single hit and just being an all-around sissy. Once he awakens his Sphere, he does a complete 180, gains about fifty levels in badass, smashes the final boss of the first game into the dirt with one hit, and if you end up taking the "If" route, he becomes the game's Big Bad.
  • Haruka in Yakuza 5 spends the vast majority of the game like this, despite her much younger self in previous games being strong enough to endure a whole lot of yakuza intrigue, to the point she even out and out slapped a patriarch across the face in Yakuza 3. However, as a sixteen year old in this installment, she never quite fights back against the idol group that's gratuitously bullying and harassing her (though, admittedly, she could've had the potential for negative publicity in mind should she retaliate in any meaninful way). She also desperately tries to gain the approval of her manager, a woman who made Haruka's long-term guardian/near father, Kiryu, disassociate himself from her due to the fact that his (severed) ties to the yakuza would be harmful to Haruka's career should they be found out. This manager then goes on to threaten to defund the orphange Kiryu had been managing should Haruka fail to win a contest it's clear she's being overworked to prepare for in much too short of a time. Really, Haruka only regains a semblance of her prior spine once her manager dies.

    Visual Novels 
  • Youko Hasekura, resident emotionless Ninja girl of CROSS†CHANNEL, lives mostly only to do whatever the protagonist Taichi Kurosu asks of her, except for the times when she decides she knows what's better for him.
  • Danganronpa
    • Mikan Tsumiki in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is a tragically severe example. She became the Ultimate Nurse by taking so much abuse as a child and having to treat her own injuries because nobody else would, and is almost constantly talked down to by everyone but the protagonist. In free-time events, she reveals that she used to let people write on her, throw things at her, burn her, saddle her with their debts, or force her to take off her clothes. She's grown so accustomed to abuse that she assumes that people who don't bully her must not care about her at all. When she catches the Despair disease in Chapter 3, it turns out, unsurprisingly, that on some level she despises those around her for not even trying to help or protect her. Unfortunately, she also remembers her “love” who, in despair-warped perspective, did love and protect her, Junko Enoshima, the Ultimate Despair, a woman who caused the apocalypse to amuse herself. When we finally get to see what it actually was like, she’s a brainwashed implied sex slave, but the despair brainwashing makes her love her own despair, seeing it as love.
      • From the same franchise, there’s also Mukuro Ikusaba. While we don’t get to see this part of her personality in the visual novels due to dying while disguised as her sister Junko, who’s also the one she serves and the mastermind, it becomes the central part of her personality in the light novel Danganronpa Zero and the anime Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School, and in the alternate universe novel Danganronpa IF we also get to see her actually break free from it. Her talent as the Ultimate Soldier is the first hint at this. She’s completely loyal, obeys orders without question and has absolutely no limit to what she’s willing to do to follow those orders, including inflicting Mind Rape and torture as well as slaughtering an entire classroom of children just to prove her obedience to Junko. When Junko insults her, she happily agrees with the insults. When Junko tries to kill her, she gets excited by how much Junko wants to kill her. She’ll wait on the ceiling just for Junko to set up a visual gag. She’s complicit in the murder of billions for Junko’s amusement. Between Zero and IF, we actually get an explanation for this: love. When she loves someone, her entire goal is doing what they’d want (or at least her interpretation of it) and pleasing them, allowing for both Love Makes You Evil and, in IF’s ending, Love Redeems. Fitting her dog-like nature, she has a wolf tattoo from her time in the mercenary group Fenrir. Junko clearly likes to collect these kind of people.
    • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
      • Kirumi Tojo has a personal motto of "duty before self", doing whatever anyone asks of her as the Ultimate Maid and rarely showing emotion. She's shown to be incredibly good at anything she tries, saying that she only does what she's told to the best of her ability, no matter the task. The only times Kirumi refuses to do something are when it's outright impossible (like "destroy a country"), or if it's anything sexual (the one opinion of her own she holds on to). In spite of this, she's the killer in Chapter 2, as Kirumi was so competent when helping the Prime Minister of Japan that she effectively was the Prime Minister. She also shows that her stoicism and doormat behaviors have limits, being the only killer in the entire franchise that attempts to escape her own execution.
      • A somewhat more lighthearted example is Ki-bo, who is treated as a nuisance by most of the other students (barring Kaede, Shuichi, Gonta and Miu) and despite protesting about their treatment being "robophobic", he tends to end up doing what they tell him to do anyway, such as being forced to join the séance in the third chapter, then getting kicked out of the same séance when Shuichi shows up because the other characters don't think robots and the supernatural mix. It's only when his Restraining Bolt gets knocked off that he finally decides to take matters into his own hands.
      • Himiko Yumeno, who tends to go along with what other people do because she's simply too apathetic to think for herself. She is capable of being stubborn when it comes to issues she deems important to her (like her magic), but unfortunately she often chooses to do so at the worst possible time, like during the second class trial when she refuses to explain how a trick works, and then she often tires herself out so much that she'll just stop arguing her case because it's too much effort. It takes some serious Character Development and Break the Cutie to snap her out of it.
  • Fate/stay night:
    • Shirou Emiya was inspired by the man who saved his life; he dreams of being a superhero who can create a world where nobody ever has to suffer. ...But before the plot kicks in, he's basically just a high schooler whose war on suffering takes the form of doing various chores and repairs for his classmates, all of whom routinely dump work on him. Some of them are polite and grateful about it... and some of them, such as Shinji Matou, don't even bother to pretend that they're not taking advantage of him. That said, if you actually hurt anyone in front of him, his more heroic side will emerge.
    • Assassin never varies from polite interest in his emotions. Caster partially ruptures his lungs, he continues chatting. True Assassin eats his way out from inside and he practically comments on the weather. Bleeding to death after Saber has run him through? Talk about birds. He expresses no opinions or goals beyond wanting to have one good fight during his tenure as a temple guardian. He can't leave the temple because he'll vanish if he does, and even if he beats everyone else, his master wins and gets the Grail and he still won't get anything because he is a fake Heroic Spirit that is something of a composite identity, and therefore has no wish to be fulfilled (not that the Grail would grant a wish to fake like him). Why bother?
    • Also Kuzuki, who weirds out Shirou with his complacence. Around the time Archer kills him, though, it seems like at least SOME of this is faked. Continuing a fight to the death against someone you have no hope against just because he feels he ought to finish what he started? Suuuure, that has nothing to do with how said guy caused the death of your Servant and the one person that ever made you feel anything in your life.
  • The Fruit of Grisaia: Sachi will do absolutely anything you ask her to. She has not refused a request once in the entire time she’s gone to Mihama. Even joking requests are taken absolutely seriously, which can even put her in danger. She actively shies away from making her own decisions or setting the goals or actions of the group. After awhile it's hinted that a really troublesome order will be interpreted in a convenient way if possible, but that's it.
  • Used as a Deconstruction in the Visual Novel Heart De Roommate when one of the girls accuses the resident Yamato Nadeshiko of being this, only coming across as sweet and innocent because she's too much of a moral coward to have her own opinions. Amusingly enough said character quickly proceeds to rectify this by expressing her own opinions on the other girl's Genki Girl/Yandere tendencies. Thus proving that she really was a Yamato Nadeshiko; otherwise she wouldn't have the inner iron to do such a thing.
  • Ken Krause of Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past, with no small amount of lampshading by several characters.
  • M in Shikkoku no Sharnoth never shows any emotion or interest in anything. He doesn't even bother telling people to leave him alone.
  • Kiryuu Moeka from Steins;Gate, to the point that Tennouji Yuugo, AKA Mr. Braun, contacted her as "FB" as she was about to commit suicide due to feeling useless and exploited her by making her feel useful, instructing her to perform tasks for him to the point of murder. Eventually in one world line FB ceases contact with her, which eventually pushes her over the edge to hang herself.
  • Genji Ronoue from Umineko: When They Cry is "exemplary furniture," according to Ronove. He basically lets Kinzo and Beatrice do whatever they please, even if that includes killing the rest of the family. He even shocks Kanon by passively accepting Beatrice as his new master after she kills Kinzo in the third arc... and her next task for him is to die. He complies.
    • Clair Vaux of Bernard in Requiem of the golden witch, as she is merely a tool created by Bernkastel for the purpose of reading Beato/Yasu's past.
  • The protagonist of X-Change is in exactly the wrong genre to be this, and he only gets weaker after getting turned into a girl. Not until the third game does he finally get the option to fight off an attempted rapist.
  • Diana from Zero Time Dilemma could never say "no" to her abusive husband. Even when she tried to run away from him he found her and pressed her to get back to him. Trying to force herself out of this is the reason she joined D-com's experiment.

    Web Comics 
  • In Agents of the Realm, Kendall is described as such by the cast page. So far, however, she seems to be a very underplayed version.
  • Elliot from El Goonish Shive tends to be this when villains aren't involved. It actually causes problems, as his inability to take initiative or make choices based on his own needs basically ruins any romance he's involved in.
  • Tavros in Homestuck, to the point where he can't even bear a grudge towards the person who paralyzed him. Taken to extremes in the afterlife, when he can't even bear a grudge towards the person who killed him. Who is the same person who paralyzed him earlier. After another round of verbal abuse from the same person, Tavros finally gets fed up and flies away while flipping her off.
    • Mituna swings between this and a sort of even more aggressive Karkat mode with poorly-spelled profanity.
  • Edward from Life isn't actually named Edward. "Edward" is just the name Felicia called him, and he never cared enough to correct her.
  • Gary from Ménage à 3 allows himself to be beaten, kissed by his gay friend (who is well aware he's straight), prevented from having sex by the same person who said she would help him get sex, be used by multiple women for his skill at oral sex without getting so much a "thank you" in return, be talked into giving a blowjob to another man (again he's straight, although he finds a way to cheat with this one by blindfolding the man and using a grapefruit), and be pegged regularly by a woman with a strap-on (he eventually starts enjoying it, but was very unwilling at first). A dominatrix identified him as "the perfect sub", saying "it's like he has no will of his own".
  • Kevin J Dog from Newshounds.
  • Lenny appears this way in Our Little Adventure.
  • Helen from Penny and Aggie, who, throughout the course of the series, had basically been treated as a minion for various cliques — as well as The Unfavorite in her household, who was expected to advertise for her sister, and given a conditional love response for failing to do so — and at one point explicitly thinks, "At least if I'm being used, that means I have a use." Eventually, she runs away in response.
  • Marten in Questionable Content indulges in a little snarking now and then, but most of the time patiently endures all kinds of crap from the rest of the (mainly female) cast. Oh! And his former job was "office bitch" (with an official office bitch business card, no less).
  • Kazuo of Red String fits this trope perfectly. His entire life is wrapped up in winning his Father's approval. From his job, to his major, to the girl he marries he'll do anything Kenta says. Shame Kenta sees Kazuo as worthless and nothing but a bargaining chip, which finally drives Kazuo to attempt suicide.
  • Kusari from Sluggy Freelance is an interesting case: She does have an attitude, but that's about all. She still obeys the CEO of Hereti-Corp absolutely, and though she is capable of rational, independent thought, she has no motivation to do anything but serve. Mind Control is suspected, but it also seems like she has been made this way from the start and has no "real" self.
  • In Spacetrawler, the Eebs are an entire species of doormats. Which in turn has led to them all being enslaved, as they will follow any direct order. It later turned out that the doormat tendency was the result of brain-clamping, naturally they're borderline Ax-Crazy.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: Siv is pessimistic about quite a few things, including her own capacity at defending her opinion about a given situation, which causes her to not put much effort in holding her ground.
  • Subnormality has the pink-haired woman, best exemplified here.
    Pink-haired woman: Am I gonna watch your dog that's locked in a safe to prevent it from being stolen, which was itself stolen, by you, from a store you forgot you owned, when you were trying to rob a bank, and you for some reason don't know the combination, and you say you'll be gone five minutes but that could probably mean almost anything at this point?
    Joleco Pet Store robber: Yeah!
    Pink-haired woman: [after nightfall] Okay I have got to learn to say no.
    Safe: Meow.

    Web Original 
  • Weasley Crusher of Binder of Shame was constantly bullied by the other players, on one occasion being pushed into buying pizza with money he said he needed for insulin.
  • The Producer from Screen Rant Pitch Meetings. Even when the Screenwriter comes up with all the weird, nonsensical plot elements, he initially objects but when the Screenwriter refuses to back down, he just go with the idea. As seen in the the Wolverine: Origins episode, Screenwriter sometimes insult Producer to his face but he doesn't retaliate.
  • Several characters from Tales of MU show levels of doormat affinity, but two in particular have fit the definition of Extreme Doormat:
    • Two the Golem was set free with an order to do what she wants, but she was created with only one desire: to do as she's told. Her growth out of being an Extreme Doormat began when she learned to have other desires, starting with eating sweets.
    • The Lizard Folk use communal decision making, so Hissy holds no strong opinions of her own. Human missionaries decided she should go to school, the school decided she should join the skirmish team. Her response to all of it is simply that she has no objection. As a background character, her Extreme Doormat status wasn't even apparent until she got some Character Development.
  • "Handy" from Void Dogs doesn't even consider herself to be a person. Considering that her real name is a serial number, this might not be surprising.

    Web Videos 
  • Dream Machine: Josie. She’s so desperate for approval she’ll basically do anything to please the people around her.
  • In The Guild, Codex starts out as this to pretty much everyone, although she eventually gets better through Character Development. The prequel comics show that she used to be even worse, allowing herself to be completely dominated by a boyfriend who took credit for all her ideas while constantly cheating on her.
  • Although he likes starting arguments, The Nostalgia Critic constantly succumbs to peer pressure because he desperately wants to be loved and those arguments nearly always end with him crumbling for not much reason.

    Western Animation 
  • American Dad! had the episode "One Little Word", where Stan is portrayed as a doormat for his boss Avery Bullock, constantly at his beck and call no matter how inconvenient or demeaning his orders are. In particular, Bullock is having an affair and orders Stan to help cover it up and take care of his mistress, all while Stan is supposed to be on vacation with his wife Francine. At the end of the episode, Stan finally decides to say "no" to Bullock...but he does this immediately after he's been shot by his enraged wife and is on the floor pleading for help (and Francine, who'd spent the whole episode trying to get Stan to assert himself, is practically begging him to call 911).
  • In Amphibia we have the case of Toadie, the Mayor's loyal assistant. To this day, he has been pretty much the main example of a doormat. He is the one who receives physical abuse on this matter passed as a comedic relief moment, like he being used as a carrier (A small Frog, actually the smallest adult species) for the Mayor (a massive Toad) when the Mayor lost his own hot air balloon or being used as a stepstool. Also, he is ok with everything he could say or do.
    • It is revealed in the chapter "Battle of the Bands" that he has stopped giving his own opinion voluntarily years ago, only willing to obey someone's orders, his excuse being because sometimes is more fun to be there for another person that he cares about.
      • In fact, the only times he has lashed out are 3.
      • When Anne and Sprig asked for his help back in Season 1 after they pushing him, claiming the Mayor as a culprit of stealing a shell.
      • When Anne tells him that he doesn't know anyone else than the Mayor during the elections. (Man he LASHED OUT when that happened)
      • In Season 2, when he wanted the Mayor to pursue a longtime dream he ever had when the latter started to have a second opinion and actually change plans and ditch said dream (In the end, Toadie had to learn the lesson to leave people he cares to have their own decisions as well.)
    • (With the newest information from this season, it's speculating that soon enough we could see what could have been the origin of him no having an opinion and just obeying, so hopefully that happens in the future, and he gets to learn to not be a pushover.)
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • Harley Quinn is this when it comes to the Joker. Lampshaded in this exchange:
      Harley: I'm not a doormat! Am I?
      Poison Ivy: If you had a middle name, it would be "welcome"!
    • However, she does have a spine, even though it takes some time to dig it out. The episode "Harlequinade" demonstrated that when angry enough, she's perfectly willing to blow the Joker away (with a machine gun!) with barely a second thought. Probably the only scene in the entire series where the two showed genuine mutual respect and affection, as fits to their twisted minds.
  • Dan Vs.: Chris often gets roped into Dan's revenge schemes and eventually goes along with what he says while openly disagreeing with him. At one point, he has to remind Dan and Elise that he is his own person and can make his own decisions. That said, there are a couple of times where he puts his foot down like in "The Monster Under The Bed" or "Chris".
  • Stacy Rowe from Daria fits the bill, though she started to grow a spine in the final season.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Ed, when around his friends (mostly Eddy) and especially around Sarah, probably because he's too stupid and seems just happy to be an obedient follower. He doesn't even mind being abused by his younger sister or treated like an object, despite being extremely strong. Not including "Little Ed Blue", he only stands up to Sarah once, because Eddy told him to, and immediately feels guilty about this when Sarah starts crying.
    Eddy: If Sarah told you to jump in the lake with a rock tied to your head and wait for naked photos of you to develop so she could hand 'em out to all the kids in the cul-de-sac, would you?!
    Ed: I had socks on, Eddy!
  • Family Guy:
    • Cleveland's extreme doormat personality became a plot point in one episode, where it caused his wife, Loretta, to cheat on him with Quagmire because Cleveland wasn't passionate at all. Peter tries to teach Cleveland to get angry and it worked so well that Cleveland wanted to murder Quagmire. Cleveland manages to regain control of himself and, while he is still the doormat in his own show, he isn't as bad as he used to be.
    • Lois' mother is also shown as being a doormat to her husband, essentially bending to his will and even suppressed her Jewish identity because her husband wanted to get into country clubs. However, when she discovers in another episode that her husband cheated on her, she firmly tells him to leave.
    • Lois herself is also an extreme doormat. While she does get angry at Peter's tendencies to embarrass her and other shenanigans he puts the family through, Lois always forgives him at the end of the episode and has never even thought about leaving him. She'll also rarely stand up for Peter whenever her father puts him down.
    • Meg herself is a doormat incarnate. Because she's the universe's Butt-Monkey, 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 everything goes back to the way they were.
  • Wilt from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. His catchphrases are "I'm sorry" and "Is that okay?". When lost in the woods, his first suggestion was, "I can starve first if it helps". Occasionally he has outbursts of anger at being treated as a doormat...and then apologizes for it.
  • Futurama has Neutral Planet, with nothing but doormats.
    Neutral Advisor: (Seeing the Planet Express Ship about to crash into their planet) Your Neutralness, its' a Beige Alert.
    • Kif Kroker is a more moderate example, justified by having Zapp Brannigan as his superior. Especially after he hooks up with Amy, he becomes less of a Deadpan Snarker and much more passive.
  • PJ on Goof Troop. Despite being the Only Sane Man, he is so insecure that he finds it difficult to say no to anyone, no matter how unreasonable their requests are. Max typically drags him into Zany Schemes despite his objections, while his father treats him like a slave on several occasions. Even his little sister pushes him around. He typically puts up a token resistance with Max (who always manages to break him without trouble), and no resistance at all with his father, mostly displaying his resentment while alone, though there are a few occasions he's pushed too far. He also takes verbal abuse and rejection without fighting back.
  • Hey Arnold!: Phoebe served as this for her friend Helga at times. One episode had her get tired of this after Helga's actions lead her to get hit by a car and she gets Helga to be this for her. Things go back to the way they were by the end of the episode though.
  • Jesse from Infinity Train is a rather severe example. Regardless of the consequences to himself or others, he’s unable to say “no” to anyone, not even when his Jerkass friends bully his younger brother and make him tape the whole thing. Eventually, he does learn to stand his ground when the Apex mess with MT and Alan Dracula.
  • MODOK in the animated Iron Man series (from the '90s) has aspects of this trope, constantly putting up with the Mandarin belittling him and even having to be persuaded out of helping him enact a plan that would KILL HIM. When asked why he puts up with it he answers "He makes me laugh. Seriously, I like him."
  • There was a short-lived Terrytoons character called John Doormat. However, this is only when he's with his wife; when's he's at work he's actually a mean, scary boss.
  • Kaeloo: Eugly the rabbit. She's willing to do anything her sister tells her to do, even though she's constantly being mean to her.
  • On King of the Hill, Bill can fit this trope sometimes, although it can be tragic just as much as it's played for laughs. He was really a go-getter guy when he was in high school and pretty tough and likable, but his current doormat status is implied to partly be because he joined the army, but mostly due to his leeching, cheating, dominating ex-wife Lenore, who left him with a broken heart and a missing spine.
    Bill: When people yell at me, I usually do what they say!
    • Bobby can be like this too, mainly because even for someone his age, he's astonishing easy to influence and can be pushed into behaving in strange ways just from being around certain people.
    • Cotton's second wife Didi is maybe the most extreme possible version of this. She's always shown as quiet, depressed, and submitted, all of which are desirable traits in a spouse to the Jerkass Cotton Hill. With little free will of her own, she seems more like a slave than a wife.
  • Looney Tunes: Norman from "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!"
  • The Looney Tunes Show's incarnation of Porky Pig will put up with or go along with anything because he's soft-hearted and wants to have friends. Bugs Bunny is determined to make him more assertive, but Daffy Duck takes advantage of him on a daily basis.
  • Mr. Milk from Making Fiends has quite a few doormat qualities, although it's mostly because he's stuck being school teacher to local Villain Protagonist Vendetta. Having an evil red bird fiend constantly keeping him in check doesn't help much either.
  • Mole from Mr. Bogus finds himself in this trope very frequently. It makes a lot of sense, since he often serves as Ratty's Sycophantic Servant and will very blithely listen to anything that he says.
  • The Bushwoolies from My Little Pony were frequently troubled by the difficulty they had disagreeing with anyone, especially each other; their leader Hugster seemed to be the only one who really had a mind of his own. It was probably all they could do to decide to rebel in "Escape from Katrina" in the first place.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Fluttershy, who kowtows to pretty much everything under the sun. Don't push it, though. And don't threaten her friends: Fluttershy doesn't stand up for herself, but standing up for her friends is another story entirely. An episode revolves around her doormattitude, which has been turned Up to Eleven for the sake of the episode; she's even pushed around by Angel Bunny, who up until now tended to make it his job to keep everyone else's pushing around to a minimum. So she goes to a seminar on assertiveness, which causes a complete personality 180. She actually calls Pinkie Pie and Rarity worthless to their faces before the Heel Realization rolls around.
    • 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.
  • Discussed and Subverted in Over the Garden Wall. In the episode "Schooltown Follies", Beatrice accuses Wirt of being this. Annoyed, Wirt purposefully obeys everything Miss Langtree and Greg say just to slow down their progress to Adelaide's and spite Beatrice.
  • Played with in The Ren & Stimpy Show. Stimpy appears to be like this sometimes for Ren. However, that's the gag: it isn't so much that he's a doormat (extreme or not), it's more that he's...well, an "eediot".note 
  • The title character from Rocko's Modern Life fits this trope perfectly. He lets everyone (mainly his friends Heffer and Filburt) take advantage of his kindness, and no matter how many times they wrong him, Rocko is quick to forgive them even though he knows full well they will wrong him again in the future.
  • Slinkman from Camp Lazlo, particularly when it comes to Scoutmaster Lumpus in earlier episodes.
  • Sidekick: Golly Gee Kid the janitor, in his sidekick days, this is basically his job as Maxum Man's sidekick.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Waylon Smithers, an assistant to Mr. Burns. For much of the series he helps with Burns' schemes almost unquestioningly, but he may be a subversion in that there are some schemes even he will object to at the risk of losing his job. (See "Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 1.")
    • As Homer became more of a Jerkass, Marge appeared to be more and more of a doormat, forgiving him over and over again, not only for stupid accidents and acts of ignorance, but huge acts of genuine deceit. While Bart and Lisa weren't willing to put up with it in many cases, Marge overlooked almost everything he did.
      • Finally addressed in the movie where Marge declares she had put up with Homer's jerkass nature and shenanigans long enough and decides to leave him. Homer spends the rest of the movie figuring out why Marge left him and what he can do to correct it.
      • One episode lampshades this behavior of hers. The family is kicked out of town because of Homer's drunken antics, Bart's destructive pranks, and Lisa's expensive environmental initiatives. At the townhall meeting when Marge tries to defend the family she's told she's the worst of them all for always turning the other way and acting as an enabler to their behavior.
    • Ned Flanders (specially post-Flanderization). He's a bit of a pushover, and easily lets Homer insulting him or taking advantage of him. In their first meeting, when he asks Homer if he needs something, Homer agrees to "borrow" the TV tray that Ned has just bought for himself. Eight years later the tray is still in the Simpsons' living room.
    • Kirk Van Houten.
    • A notable example is Seymour Skinner, obsessed with being the "perfect son" for his mother Agnes and not capable of say NO to her. One episode even had him win an award for being the biggest doormat in Springfield and was represented in said scene with a doormat with a picture of his face on it.
  • Pushover in The Smurfs episode "The Smurf Who Couldn't Say No", who basically is a Smurf who has trouble saying no until he accidentally causes the Marsh Monster to be released by extinguishing the ancient Foxfire Flame in the Great Swamp, and then he and Scaredy return to the swamp to relight the flame and Pushover insists on Scaredy doing the honors. By the time the episode ends, Pushover is no longer a pushover!
  • South Park:
    • Liane Cartman, Eric Cartman's mom. She will give her son anything and everything he wants to ridiculous extremes, without objection.
      • One episode focused on this, with the Dog Whisperer basically explaining that her social ineptitude means her son is the only real companionship she has, which is why she will do anything to make him happy so she can spend time with him. This is one of the reasons Cartman is such a Jerkass and a spoiled brat.
      • And in a more recent episode, She finally decided enough was enough and started denying Cartman...only to have him convince everyone that she repeatedly raped him — in public.
      • However, in recent years, it seems that she will occasionally stand up to him and put her foot down. He'll whine and complain about it, but more often than before, she stands firm.
    • Chris from the two-part episode "Do The Handicapped Go To Hell?"/"Probably" is also an example of this, as he lets the rude/abusive Saddam walk all over him during the episode and reacts very passive-aggressively to Satan cheating on him.
    • Butters in his pre-breakout days. Though he sometimes sill qualifies when he's not playing the Woobie or Badass Adorable.
  • The title character of SpongeBob SquarePants is this to the extreme; several episodes show he's virtually incapable of saying no to anyone, and in "Walking Small," he's so passive that he actually lets a random fish sit on him without a fight. Several episodes show him try to grow a spine, only to conclude that he's fine with being stepped on... sometimes literally.
    • That being said, as shown in "Can You Spare a Dime?", SpongeBob does have his limits on how much abuse and exploitation he can take, though it took several months of
  • Amethyst in Trollz realizes this about herself after watching old movies, where she only ever did what everyone else wanted to do. Squidward taking advantage of his kindness before he reached that point.
  • Luxor the cat from Tutenstein, thanks to the magic that compels him to serve the pharaoh.


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