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17th Oct '17 6:35:42 AM DesiredUsernameTaken
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In any instance when the characters are in danger, like being attacked by zombies or ExploringTheEvilLair, Kaeloo winds up hiding behind Mr. Cat.
20th Sep '17 4:49:33 AM JackG
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-->'''SS Officer:''' No, HerrDocktor, you are the one who will protect me! [throws him through the portal, only for scientist to come back as a mutant monster [[GoneHorriblyRight and kill him]]]

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-->'''SS Officer:''' No, HerrDocktor, HerrDoktor, you are the one who will protect me! [throws him through the portal, only for scientist to come back as a mutant monster [[GoneHorriblyRight and kill him]]]
20th Sep '17 4:49:18 AM JackG
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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/ReturnToCastleWolfenstein''.
-->'''MadScientist:''' It's the spy! [hides behind SS officer] You must protect me!
-->'''SS Officer:''' No, HerrDocktor, you are the one who will protect me! [throws him through the portal, only for scientist to come back as a mutant monster [[GoneHorriblyRight and kill him]]]
6th Sep '17 3:31:39 PM StFan
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* Played with in volume 3 of ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. When [[ActionGirl Ramona]] is fighting against [[TheVamp Envy Adams]], she's only able to get a hit in when Envy is distracted by Wallace's [[IShallTauntYou taunts]]. Envy accuses Ramona of hiding behind Wallace, which she denies [[HypocriticalHumor while suddenly standing behind Wallace]] (who then runs off to the restroom while Ramona protests that she enjoys his company).

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* Played with in volume 3 of ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. When [[ActionGirl Ramona]] is fighting against [[TheVamp Envy Adams]], she's only able to get Rich Hall's ''Otis Lee Crenshaw'' character has a hit in when Envy is distracted by Wallace's [[IShallTauntYou taunts]]. Envy accuses Ramona of hiding behind Wallace, which she denies [[HypocriticalHumor while suddenly standing behind Wallace]] (who then runs off to the restroom while Ramona protests that she enjoys his company).song called "Do Anything You Want To The Girl (Just Don't Hurt Me)".



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* ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'': After Haruhi's reaction to Tsuruya's report on what she and Kyon did to disband a illegal photographic ring (which included sleeping with him and bathing together -- ItMakesSenseInContext), Mikuru automatically hides behind Tsuruya. [[OCStandIn Kanae]], noting that hiding behind Tsuruya isn't the best idea in this circumstances, decided not to follow this trope and only hide behind the table.

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* ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'': After Haruhi's reaction to Tsuruya's report on what she and Kyon did to disband a illegal photographic ring (which included sleeping Played with him and bathing together -- ItMakesSenseInContext), Mikuru automatically hides behind Tsuruya. [[OCStandIn Kanae]], noting that in volume 3 of ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. When [[ActionGirl Ramona]] is fighting against [[TheVamp Envy Adams]], she's only able to get a hit in when Envy is distracted by Wallace's [[IShallTauntYou taunts]]. Envy accuses Ramona of hiding behind Tsuruya isn't the best idea in this circumstances, decided not to follow this trope and only hide Wallace, which she denies [[HypocriticalHumor while suddenly standing behind Wallace]] (who then runs off to the table.
restroom while Ramona protests that she enjoys his company).



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* Crane does this in ''Film/SleepyHollow'' when he approaches a particularly creepy hovel, using Young Masbeth as a shield and aiming his pistol over the boy's shoulder.

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* Crane does ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'': After Haruhi's reaction to Tsuruya's report on what she and Kyon did to disband a illegal photographic ring (which included sleeping with him and bathing together -- ItMakesSenseInContext), Mikuru automatically hides behind Tsuruya. [[OCStandIn Kanae]], noting that hiding behind Tsuruya isn't the best idea in this in ''Film/SleepyHollow'' when he approaches a particularly creepy hovel, using Young Masbeth as a shield circumstances, decided not to follow this trope and aiming only hide behind the table.
* In ''WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv)'', Near after Mello kills most of
his pistol over the boy's shoulder.
agents:
-->'''Near:''' [[EverybodysDeadDave Light, everyone's dead... at my Clubhouse, everyone's dead.]]\\
'''Light:''' What do you expect me to do about it?\\
'''Near:''' I need an adult.\\
'''Light:''' I'm hanging up now.



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* The book and movie of ''Literature/TheDeadZone'' use this to let the world know its villain is a bad man. Or at least this is what ruins him. [[RuleOfPerception We, the readers/audience]], know from early on that the bad guy is really bad. But this is what [[spoiler:destroys his image to the [in-story] public. I mean, '''NO ONE''' would vote for someone for president of the USA who used ''[[EatsBabies a baby]]'' to shield himself from an assassin]].

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* Crane does this in ''Film/SleepyHollow'' when he approaches a particularly creepy hovel, using Young Masbeth as a shield and aiming his pistol over the boy's shoulder.
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* The book and movie of ''Literature/TheDeadZone'' use this to let the world know its villain is a bad man. Or at least this is what ruins him. [[RuleOfPerception We, the readers/audience]], know from early on that the bad guy is really bad. But this is what [[spoiler:destroys his image to the [in-story] public. I We mean, '''NO ONE''' would vote for someone for president of the USA who used ''[[EatsBabies a baby]]'' to shield himself from an assassin]].



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-->'''Xander''': Where'd you get that accent, ''Series/SesameStreet''? 1, 2, 3 victims, nyahaha!
-->'''Buffy''': Xander, I'm pretty sure that's {{Dracula}}.
-->'''Xander''' (jumping behind Buffy): Hey, sorry, man.

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-->'''Xander''': -->'''Xander:''' Where'd you get that accent, ''Series/SesameStreet''? 1, 2, 3 victims, nyahaha!
-->'''Buffy''':
nyahaha!\\
'''Buffy:'''
Xander, I'm pretty sure that's {{Dracula}}.
-->'''Xander''' (jumping
{{Dracula}}.\\
'''Xander:''' ''[jumping
behind Buffy): Buffy]'' Hey, sorry, man.



* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** In the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21)]] when they find Lily's body, Ava covers mouth as if she is going to be sick, and Andy hugs his arms around himself. They both have trouble looking at the body. While Jake and Sam are unflinching and seem to stand taller.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In the episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne "All "[[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21)]] One]]" [=(S02, Ep21)=], when they find Lily's body, Ava covers mouth as if she is going to be sick, and Andy hugs his arms around himself. They both have trouble looking at the body. While Jake and Sam are unflinching and seem to stand taller.



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* Rich Hall's ''Otis Lee Crenshaw'' character has a song called "Do Anything You Want To The Girl (Just Don't Hurt Me)".
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* Rich Hall's ''Otis Lee Crenshaw'' character has a song called "Do Anything You Want To The Girl (Just Don't Hurt Me)".
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'', [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Porky/Pokey]] Minch does this as one of the many useless actions he's capable of performing in battle while accompanying Ness at the start of the game.
** ''VideoGame/{{Mother3}}:'' When traveling with [[TheWoobie Salsa]], [[JerkAss Fassad]] will occasionally do this in battle, despite the fact that (as an NPC) monsters don't target him anyway, ''and'' he's easily several times stronger than Salsa.

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* ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'':
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In ''VideoGame/{{Earthbound}}'', ''VideoGame/EarthBound'', [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Porky/Pokey]] Minch does this as one of the many useless actions he's capable of performing in battle while accompanying Ness at the start of the game.
** ''VideoGame/{{Mother3}}:'' ''VideoGame/Mother3:'' When traveling with [[TheWoobie Salsa]], [[JerkAss Fassad]] will occasionally do this in battle, despite the fact that (as an NPC) monsters don't target him anyway, ''and'' he's easily several times stronger than Salsa.






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* In ''WebComic/BobAndGeorge'', VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}} [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001222c threatens Bob, then hides behind George]], saying he'll carry out the threat.

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* In ''WebComic/BobAndGeorge'', ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}} [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/001222c threatens Bob, then hides behind George]], saying he'll carry out the threat.






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* In ''[[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv)]]'' Near after Mello kills most of his agents:
-->'''Near:''' [[EverybodysDeadDave Light, everyone's dead... at my Clubhouse, everyone's dead.]]\\
'''Light:''' What do you expect me to do about it?\\
'''Near:''' I need an adult.\\
'''Light:''' I'm hanging up now.

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* In ''[[WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv)]]'' Near after Mello kills most of his agents:
-->'''Near:''' [[EverybodysDeadDave Light, everyone's dead... at my Clubhouse, everyone's dead.]]\\
'''Light:''' What do you expect me to do about it?\\
'''Near:''' I need an adult.\\
'''Light:''' I'm hanging up now.
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17th Feb '17 6:36:58 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* In the online game ''VideoGame/{{Sissyfight}}'', cowering protects you from the first Scratch or Grab move or from any damage from a Tattle, but cannot protect you from a successful Tease. While the game's rules are such that the goal is to survive rather than do as much damage as possible to your enemies, "cowerbotting" is frowned on.

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* In the online game ''VideoGame/{{Sissyfight}}'', ''Sissyfight'', cowering protects you from the first Scratch or Grab move or from any damage from a Tattle, but cannot protect you from a successful Tease. While the game's rules are such that the goal is to survive rather than do as much damage as possible to your enemies, "cowerbotting" is frowned on.




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* ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' has Wimpod, a wimpy little isopod and its special ability "Wimp Out" where "The Pokémon cowardly switches out when its HP becomes half or less" and lets one of its stronger teammates take the heat for it. Wimpods's evolution, Golisopod, a massive samurai isopod, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial does not "Wimp Out"]]. Rather it makes a [[TacticalWithdrawal "Emergency Exit"]] when its [[HypocriticalHumor HP becomes half or less]].
25th Nov '16 8:20:11 PM JackG
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* A parody cover for the sci-fi magazine ''Andromedea Spaceways'' had an astronaut cowering in fear behind a raygun-wielding babe in a gold bikini who was fearlessly fending off a tentacled monster.
10th Oct '16 1:30:53 AM PantaroP
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* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', all the player is able to do once the power runs out is cower in their control room and hope that the 6am timer will cross over before Freddy himself breaks into the room to kill them.

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* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', all the player is able to do once the power runs out is cower in their control room and hope that the 6am timer will cross over before Freddy himself breaks into the room to kill them.
31st Aug '16 7:09:08 AM JackG
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* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21)]] when they find Lily's body, Ava covers mouth as if she is going to be sick, and Andy hugs his arms around himself. They both have trouble looking at the body. While Jake and Sam are unflinching and seem to stand taller.

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
**
In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS02E21AllHellBreaksLoosePartOne "All Hell Breaks Loose, Part One" (S02, Ep21)]] when they find Lily's body, Ava covers mouth as if she is going to be sick, and Andy hugs his arms around himself. They both have trouble looking at the body. While Jake and Sam are unflinching and seem to stand taller.
** However in "The End", Dean hides behind Chuck when an ActionGirl [[WomanScorned he's been cheating on goes to thump him]].
24th Jun '16 3:15:29 AM MajinAkuma
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** Serena's Eevee starts out very timid and comfortable only around Sernea herself or Clemont's Bunnelby. When frightened, she will run and hide behind whichever of those two is available.
** Team Rocket frequently do this behind Wobbuffet, since his Counter ability can repel attacks coming their way.

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** Serena's Eevee starts out very timid and comfortable only around Sernea Serena herself or Clemont's Bunnelby. When frightened, she will run and hide behind whichever of those two is available.
** Team Rocket frequently do this behind Wobbuffet, since his Counter ability and Mirror Coat can repel attacks coming their way.
11th Jun '16 5:35:53 AM Jeduthun
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Sometimes this is used for comedic effect, with a hero who is AfraidOfNeedles reacting with complete terror to mundane things, sometimes even jumping into his {{Sidekick}}'s arms or ducking behind his LoveInterest like a DistressedDamsel. The FishOutOfWater might hide from otherwise harmless things too (and notice who/what they're hiding behind looks far more threatening). See also PoseOfSupplication.

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Sometimes this is used for comedic effect, with a hero who is AfraidOfNeedles reacting with complete terror to mundane things, sometimes even jumping into his {{Sidekick}}'s arms or ducking behind his LoveInterest like a DistressedDamsel. The FishOutOfWater might hide from otherwise harmless things too (and notice who/what they're hiding behind looks far more threatening). See also PoseOfSupplication.
PoseOfSupplication. Bonus coward points if the character also ScreamsLikeALittleGirl. Compare EekAMouse
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