I'm looking for a word to describe someone who is being used. I want a noun to describe this person, not a verb or or adjective. Maybe like a pushover.
A pawn can be somebody who's being pushed around, or used for somebody else's benefit, often without being aware of it:
- a person, group, etc, manipulated by another
There is cat's-paw as a noun. It has the sense of being exploited.
A person used by another as a dupe or tool.
The etymology of this term suggests an interesting story about how a monkey tricks a cat by using the cat:
Cat's paw (1769, but cat's foot in the same sense, 1590s) refers to old folk tale in which the monkey tricks the cat into pawing chestnuts from a fire; the monkey gets the nuts, the cat gets a burnt paw.
As you can see in the above definition of cat's-paw, you can use dupe and tool also depending on the context.
According to context, also a scapegoat may fit your description:
- a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.
- (Bible) Old Testament a goat used in the ritual of Yom Kippur (Leviticus 16); it was symbolically laden with the sins of the Israelites and sent into the wilderness to be destroyed.
Source: Collins Dictionary