Consider the following MWE:

\documentclass[a4paper, twoside, 11pt]{report}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancyfoot{}
\renewcommand{\sectionmark}[1]{\markright{\thesection~ - ~#1}}
\renewcommand{\chaptermark}[1]{\markboth{\chaptername~\thechapter~ - ~#1}{}}
\fancyfoot[C]{\thepage}
\fancypagestyle{plain}
{
\fancyhf{}
\fancyfoot[C]{\thepage}
}
\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
Nice titles and all
\end{titlepage}
\thispagestyle{empty}

\cleardoublepage
\pagenumbering{roman}
\begin{abstract}
\thispagestyle{plain}
This is a very nice abstract.
\end{abstract}
\thispagestyle{plain}
\cleardoublepage
\tableofcontents
\thispagestyle{plain}
\cleardoublepage
\thispagestyle{plain}
\cleardoublepage
\thispagestyle{plain}


There is one problem: after the table of contents (which is now one page and I think will stay one page) the doubleclearpage makes the empty page I want, but it keeps the header with contents in it, even though I tell him to take the plain pagestyle. It seems that tableofcontents likes his own pagestyle. How can I fix this? Note: I have considered other questions regarding similar questions (Table of contents with page style empty) but none of the solutions worked for me.

• you don't need all these \thispagestyle{plain} only one \pagestyle{plain} before abstract and then \pagestyle{fancy} before your first chapter. – touhami Jun 21 '16 at 17:16
• by the way, you can use \documentclass[a4paper, 11pt]{book} or \documentclass[a4paper, twoside, openright, 11pt]{report} and avoid \cleardoublepage – touhami Jun 21 '16 at 17:17

You can use scrextend. Then you can set the page style used on blank pages (pages inserted by \cleardoublepage) as package option cleardoublepage=<value>. Possible values are empty (default), plain, current or the name of another page style.

The value of the option can be changed inside the document using \KOMAoptions{cleardoublepage=<value>}.

There are also new commands like \cleardoubleemtypage, \cleardoubleplainpage, \cleardoublestandardpage to set the page style just for this single blank page.

In the following example I use option cleardoublepage=plain and a \cleardoubleemptypage after the title page and the abstract.

\documentclass[a4paper, twoside, 11pt]{report}
\usepackage[cleardoublepage=plain]{scrextend}
\usepackage{fancyhdr}
\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancyfoot{}
\renewcommand{\sectionmark}[1]{\markright{\thesection~ - ~#1}}
\renewcommand{\chaptermark}[1]{\markboth{\chaptername~\thechapter~ - ~#1}{}}
\fancyfoot[C]{\thepage}
\fancypagestyle{plain}
{
\fancyhf{}
\fancyfoot[C]{\thepage}
}
\usepackage{blindtext}% dummy text
\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
Nice titles and all
\end{titlepage}
\cleardoubleemptypage
\pagenumbering{roman}
\begin{abstract}
\thispagestyle{plain}
This is a very nice abstract.
\end{abstract}
\cleardoubleemptypage
\tableofcontents
\cleardoublepage
\pagenumbering{arabic}
\blinddocument
\end{document}