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Violet shrinks into herself.
  • 5, from 9 is yet another male example (despite being a rag-doll, yes, he is male). Shy, skittish, hardly ever makes eye contact with those "above" him...The fact that he's also The Woobie help this.
  • In the Disney adaption of Alice in Wonderland, when Alice stumbles on to a talking garden, they promised her that they would sing a song to her. All the flowers wanted to sing about themselves. The violets wanted to sing about themselves, and when they brought up the suggestion, they were quiet and they slowly backed up in the shade below the other flowers.
  • Amélie: Amelie and Nino, the fragile guy she meets. They're both shy, quiet and friendly, but have a hard time making friends.
  • An Angel at My Table: Janet is an intensely shy person who loves solitude and also experiences difficulty in socializing with others. She is perceived by her peers as socially awkward.
  • In Art of the Dead, Donna is a shy and awkward teen, with both her family and her school life. This starts to change after she becomes affected by the Envy painting.
  • The title character of Stephen King's Carrie (and 2002 and 2013 remakes) starts out as a normal Shrinking Violet and is pushed over the edge into supernaturally psycho territory by a malicious prank pulled by the popular girls.
  • The protagonist in the movie Coyote Ugly is one of these. As a bonus, her name is actually Violet.
  • Todd from Dead Poets Society starts out so shy he can barely speak in front of others. He later gains confidence thanks to Neil and Keating.
  • Embrace of the Vampire (2013): Charlotte is a shy, virginal young woman starting out who's a Fish out of Water in the co-ed environment of the college she's attending, having been in all-girl Catholic schools before, facing the uninhibited students who have a lot of casual sex and drink often.
  • Need Shrinking Violet personified? Well, look no further than the appropriately named Violet Parr from The Incredibles, pictured above. Not only is she incredibly shy, but she also has the hair, the mumbles, and a desire to be just another girl, and she can't even look the school heartthrob, Tony Rydinger, in the eye. Her family are superheroes in hiding, and her powers are invisibility and forcefields — Word of God is that these are symbolic of her personality, respectively being her wish to hide from everyone else and her need for insulation from the rest of the world. Needless to say, she embraces her abnormalities, gets an Adrenaline Makeover, and holds her hair back with a headband in the process of helping her family save the world. And to top it all off, by the end of the movie, it's Tony who can't look Violet in the eye, instead of the reverse. Think about it.
  • In another Pixar film, Inside Out, this is played with by Fear: despite being a bit more outspoken in showing how he's afraid, he's still repressed, timid, and his skin is purple.
  • The female main character in In the Company of Men is handpicked by her Jerkass coworker exactly for this reason. His plan involves emotionally destroying a random woman in alleged revenge against the female gender. Thus, he chooses Christine, the most beautiful girl in the company but very self-conscious about her strong deaf accent and her hearing impairment to the point of willingly avoiding to interact with anyone. Justified: the very moment she gets out of her shell, she ends up viciously bullied and emotionally scarred for life.
  • Jack the Reaper: Jessie (who is implied to be being abused at home) is shy and reserved, and given to hiding behind her bangs.
  • Prince Albert (later, King George VI) in The King's Speech has a painful stammer, which has left him deathly afraid of public speaking and large crowds in general. The crux of the film features him attempting to rectify this in the face of the looming threat of World War II.
  • Kiss Me (2011): Mia is a shy, reserved woman, as she admits.
  • The title character of Little Voice is quite shy. She afraids of people and spends hers time in hers room listening the records and singing.
  • The title character of May is a similar example, minus the telekinesis. Poor May's only comfortable social interactions are with the doll she calls her best friend. She's so shy that she can barely talk in the presence of other people at all, even when they're clearly interested in getting to know her. Although once she's decided to kill them all, she becomes much more confident.
    • Funnily enough the actress that portrays May (Angela Bettis) also played Carrie in the NBC TV remake in 2002.
  • Mishima A Life In Four Chapters: Both Kimitake and Mizoguchi have stammers and are painfully shy and awkward. By the time they get over it real and fictional Japan are in for a shock or two.
  • Mouth to Mouth: Blade is a Moe male version.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman: While not portrayed as a Butt-Monkey, Sherman (another male example) definitively has some traits of this, being Socially Awkward Hero to the point of biting Penny as his only escape to her abuse. However, he eventually gets somewhat out of his shell and even gets a Love Interest.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games:
    • Not quite on Fluttershy levels, but the human Twilight is quite timid. Even when the rest of the students of Crystal Prep are cheering, she's timidly off to the side, looking away.
    • Sunset Shimmer meanwhile has completely regained her confidence, even briefly displaying the temper she had from the first film.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks: Sunset Shimmer's normally brash, confident, and collected, but she was certainly this in Rainbow Rocks; the events of the first film destroyed her worldview, and left the whole school still hating her but no longer afraid of her. As a result she has no friends (or that we see, a social life at all) outside the Humane Five, is uncomfortable being the center of attention, and watches the Rainbooms fall apart without interjecting because she feels it isn't her place to get involved. It's telling that when she shrinks down, she gets slightly knock-kneed and starts rubbing her arm, just like Fluttershy in the last film. Her Character Development has her reverse her descent and get over her fears, stepping into the spotlight in a more positive way than before.
  • Cadet Hooks from the first Police Academy movie spends almost the entire film unable to look other characters in the eye and barely speaking above a quiet whisper, until very near the end when arresting a suspect when she screams "DON'T MOVE, DIRTBAG!". She continues to do that in every other Police Academy movie she's in. (Really, if someone that quiet started yelling like that and had a gun, wouldn't you feel like doing what they said?)
  • Barry from Punch-Drunk Love is another male example, though he deals with his shyness and frustration through aggressiveness.
  • Mui, the female lead of Shaolin Soccer. Hair in the face, mumbling, acne, withdrawn, eventually pulling out of life in public to become a nun. Until the final showdown.
  • In Suffragette Maud starts out as this. Ironically, her co-worker who is actually named Violet is much more outspoken, and invites Maud to a suffragist meeting. It is Violet who was to read a testimony of her experiences in the laundry where they both work, but Violet's husband beats her up so that it is decided she cannot speak in front of MPs (Violet would, but others think she won't be taken seriously with a black eye and all that), and Maud is persuaded to take her place. After that, Maud is still hesitant, but after the police arrests her for the first time, there's no turning back, and Maud embraces her new role as freedom fighter. Her boss at the laundry is very surprised when she pushes a hot iron on his hand after he taunts her, again, with the fact that he rapes the underage laundresses with impunity, something he also did to Maud when she was younger.
  • The title character of Train Man (2004) is a rare male example. He's a cripplingly shy Otaku who's perfectly content with living in his own little world and only talking to people online. That is until he meets a kind and beautiful girl who's actually...*gasp* interested in him! With encouragement and advice from the members of his online community, he pursues her and finally learns to open up a little.
  • The White Orchid: Claire starts out as a quiet, bookish young woman but becomes the opposite after taking on The White Orchid's style to solve a murder.