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  • Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: In addition to being The Stoic, Japan is this as well. However, he is becoming a little less shy thanks to Italy's influence.
  • A Crown of Stars: Parodied. When Hikari and Touji fainted after Asuka poked fun at their relationship, Daniel said: “Well, let’s get these two shrinking violets inside”.
  • Date A Re:Live:
    • Yoshino Mizui is incredibly quiet and has trouble talking to people. But unlike Origami below, she has some social skills by letting Yoshinon talk for her. As she learns to talk to people herself, she shows to already be good at being social with others.
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    • Origami Tobiichi is a bit different from Yoshino above as she’s able to be more social and louder, but Origami tends to stutter a lot and often looks clearly nervous and scared when talking to people. Also, if put on the spot, she might say something odd and confusing because of her panic.
  • In the Discworld of A.A. Pessimal, the tale Strandpiel follows the fortunes of the Smith-Rhodes-Stibbons family. Ruth, the youngest daughter of Wizard Ponder Stibbons and Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes is bookish, brilliant, talented, and cripplingly shy. Her two older sisters, who are far more confident and outgoing, love her and are ferociously protective of her. But Ruth still has to fight her own battles at school. One day the classroom bully pushes her too far. And forgets she is the daughter of an Assassin - until the meek, shy and retiring Ruth stabs her with a schoolroom compass and pins her hand to the desk.
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  • Dungeon Keeper Ami has several that wouldn't count except in context. Lishika- a youma with severe Power Incontinence issues -acts a lot like this. She grows extremly nervous when anyone speaks to her. It dosen't help that she has so little control over her powers she once set herself on fire. Ami also qualifies, especially when compared to other keepers.
  • In contrast with the rest of the Amazon Brigade that she belongs to, we have Meliya of Toy Hammer.
  • Nyx from the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan fic Past Sins is one of these, which is ironic since she's Nightmare Moon reborn.
  • Tael Beryllia in The Blue Blur of Termina, contrasting his more extroverted sister Tatl.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: Keiko is pretty shy, wimpy and mousy. Upon learning that she has been chosen as the Sixth Child, Shinji muses that she reminds him very much of himself back when he first become a pilot... just with breasts.
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  • Nobody Dies. Asuka. Langley. Sohryu. A Combination of the changes made by the backstory, Kyoko's Initial personality, Pieter's leaving Kyoko and leaving them for another woman (who is even worse than his first wife, amazingly enough.) has left Asuka a stuttering, self-depreciating nervous wreck with multiple personalities. Things get a lot better when she meets Shinji.
  • Surprisingly, the version of Violet in Rise of the Galeforces adheres to this trope a lot less often than the canon version does. She is still somewhat insecure, and her awkwardness around others does show up here and there. However, she becomes increasingly outspoken as the story progresses, and eventually throws the Shrinking Violet shtick out the window completely when the Big Bad makes the fatal mistake of pushing her too far. That's right - she may still be a Shrinking Violet to some degree, but her anger is literally deadly!
  • Serenity Wheeler from Ultimate Re-Imaginings is depicted like, and so is Andrea Rourke when she's introduced. This is of course taken for a violent turn when she becomes a Yandere intent on killing any perceived threat she finds.
  • Derpy Hooves in We're Gonna Get There Soon, due to fear of being mocked for her eye condition and general clumsiness. It takes Thunderlane, resident Nice Guy and someone already familiar with her, to bring Derpy out of her shell.
  • Vale Whitaker, the protagonist of the Hunger Games fanfiction Some Semblance of Meaning, is a Shrinking Violet who loves books (and wants to write her own), is very prone to blushing, and interestingly, has Type B Tsundere tendencies, as well. She's also a bit of a Cowardly Lion.
  • Hinata in Escape from the Hokage's Hat. Slowly starts becoming less reserved since Tsunade and Shizune offer support with Naruto repeatedly hammering You Are Better Than You Think You Are with all the subtlety of a brick through a stain glass window.
  • In the Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Seven Little Killers, Canada starts out as this, just like in the real thing; Subverted when he turns out to be the Ax-Crazy seventh killer, just as strong and twice as bloodthirsty as his more globally prominent brother. Then Double Subverted when it turns out that he's only involved with the killers because he's afraid to let go of his older brother's guidance.
  • In the Fairly Oddparents fanfiction, Never Had A Friend Like Me Norm's lamp ends up in the hands of the shy eight year old, Amanda Adams. She tries to hide in her turtleneck sweater, she avoids any kind of attention, and she generally keeps her eyes locked on the ground.
  • Two different Calvinverse stories, Trouble Island and Retro Chill, show Retro's Cowardly Sidekick Bob to be one of these (especially in the latter story).
  • Twilight Sparkle, of all ponies, became one in Rainboomsand Royalty. In this fic, Rainbow Dash became Princess Celestia's student instead of Twilight, because she was in Cloudsdale when Rainbow's Sonic Rainboom occured. While in the original story, Princess Celestia stopped Twilight's magic surge and made her a student, Twilight's surge went on until she stopped from exhaustion. Having caused a lot of destruction, and having got her cutie mark at the same time, she believed her talent was causing destruction, and she hid herself away, not wanting to hurt others. Rainbow Dash's friendship and fighting her brainwashed brother helped bring her out of her shell.
  • This is one of the few canon qualities Fluttershy still has in My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic.
  • In the Death Note fic Lies On Light Yagami has shades of this, mostly due to Power Incontinence issues due to his new incubus powers acting up but even before that he was too shy and worried about his image to ask the unique-looking stranger he was interested in out for coffee.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, due to torture at the hands of Wily, Peekaboo is a very shy, gentle Metool. He's gotten less afraid of things under Roll's care, but is still easily spooked.
  • The Fluttershy of RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse is even more an example of this trope than normal.
  • Dominic and Nickel Steel in Pink Personal Hell And Altering Fate.
  • Kit Sakura, the Red Ranger from Power Rangers: Shuriken Force. Painfully shy, she's unassuming and quiet, though there's steel underneath when she gives her Rousing Speech to Dare to Be Badass to her teammates.
  • Chrono Reflect has Standard Rainbow Dash, which is especially jarring considering how her canon counterpart acts. She is Rainbow Dash without her massive ego, also with a friend who abuses her. These two things combined have served to turn her into a timid wallflower. It takes Machine Rainbow Dash, who acts more like her canon counterpart, to draw her out of her shell.
    • Also, Standard Pinkie Pie, who suffers from anxiety. Once again, this is in contrast to how her canon counterpart acts.
  • The Differentverse: Per canon, Marble's pretty shy. She eventually starts to come out of her shell, which is represented in-story when she starts to speak at a normal volume instead of whispering all the time.
  • In Forest of Despair there are two characters that can be described as this, Naoko and Shinichi.
  • In FREAKIN GENSOKYO we have Maria, a timid witch with what seems to be a tragic past. Definitely not to be confused with Marisa.
  • Warriors Redux: Frequent stutterer Ravenpaw has been a shy Nervous Wreck almost from birth. It even took his mother two months to get him out of the kitten nursery.
  • In Let Us Be Your Poison, Ruby is a nervous, socially awkward teenage girl made more nervous and socially awkward by the fact she's gone from a normal high schooler to a huntsman-in-training despite being two years her peer's junior. Ruby contrasts with her social butterfly sister Yang.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton (Danny Phantom Western Animation, TV Series, and Comic Books.):
    • Danny notices on his date that Violet Parr is this. Fortunately, he's able to get her to open up.
    • Ginger Foutley has shades of this too, due to still being sore over her breakup with Darren.
  • Yamujiburo's fan kid for Dawn and Zoey, Aurora, is very shy. She also gets embarrassed easily and prefers to keep her mouth shut to avoid further embarrassment.


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