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Basic Trope: A painfully shy person.

  • Straight: Alice avoids talking to people because she feels anxious around them.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice keeps watching to the ground, blushes when someone talks to her, stumbles over her own voice and thus avoids people as best as she can.
    • Alice is so shy that she is completely terrified of her own shadow and hides behind a bush or a large rock every time someone passes by her.
  • Downplayed: Alice is only shy when around strangers or in unfamiliar situations. When with her close friends, she's more talkative and outgoing.
  • Justified:
    • Alice has experienced some traumatic event that caused her to be afraid of people.
    • Alice has always had a shy temperament.
    • Alice is shy because her parents and peers are abusive towards her.
    • Alice has self-esteem issues.
    • Alice has been diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder.
  • Inverted: Alice is a brash, flamboyant Attention Whore whose one fear is not being noticed.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice actually talks quite naturally with other people.
    • Alice is quiet and reserved, but it's just because she finds attention to be tiring to handle, not because she's shy.
    • Alice is soft-spoken and polite; she doesn't like talking much.
  • Double Subverted: Only that's on the outside to push her inner hesitations aside for a moment.
  • Parodied: Alice does not talk at all and becomes invisible if she feels she's being noticed.
  • Zig Zagged: Depending on the situation (or the personality), Alice can be brash and outgoing one moment and hesitant and tongue-tied the next.
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  • Averted: Alice isn't any shyer than anyone else.
  • Enforced: Alice's older sibling yells at her whenever she begins to strike up a conversation.
  • Lampshaded: "Alice never talks to anybody! It looks like it's very painful..."
  • Invoked: Alice acts shy so people don't notice she's plotting something.
  • Exploited:
    • Carol needs someone to help her with something and drags Alice into doing it, knowing she won't be able to refuse.
    • Carol needs advice about something she'd rather keep a secret, and decides to ask Alice for it because Alice won't tell anyone since she never talks to people.
  • Defied:
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  • Discussed: "Wow, She's so shy and quiet, I could barely hear her."
  • Conversed: "Geez, it's like talking to a broken record! I don't even know what she's talking about!"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • But she decides to overcome her shyness and debunk all of the mean rumors about her, or have a friend who does it on their behalf.
    • But then, Alice's friends then realize that her boyfriend had attacked her the same way he did to their friend, and quickly apologize for being so harsh to her. Alice also apologizes, saying she should have told them sooner about her boyfriend.
    • Alice finds friends, therapy and/or medication to help her along. They hardly stop her shyness, but she is able to function in a social environment.



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