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9th Dec '17 11:37:25 AM MrHawk
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** Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is the greatest manipulator on the show, and is the orchestrator of the War of the Five Kings. When he's finally put on trial for his many horrific acts/betrayals he immediately (and true to form) tries to talk his way out. When that fails, he [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere decides to flee to safety]] and orders the Vale lords to escort him. When ''that'' fails, he breaks down weeping and begs for mercy. [[spoiler:He doesn't get it]].



** Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is the greatest manipulator on the show, and is the orchestrator of the War of the Five Kings. When he's finally put on trial for his many horrific acts/betrayals he immediately (and true to form) tries to talk his way out. When that fails, he [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere decides to flee to safety]] and orders the Vale lords to escort him. When ''that'' fails, he breaks down weeping and begs for mercy. [[spoiler:He doesn't get it]].
8th Dec '17 12:13:27 PM KizunaTallis
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** Gaius Baltar of the [[Series/Battlestar Galactica2003 2003 remake]] is the poster child for this trope. He takes whining, crying, pleading for his life, [[ItsAllAboutMe self-pity]] and [[NeverMyFault refusal to take responsibility]] to a whole new level. [[CharacterDevelopment He does get somewhat better though, while still remaining fundamentally the same person at heart]].

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** Gaius Baltar of the [[Series/Battlestar Galactica2003 [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 2003 remake]] is the poster child for this trope. He takes whining, crying, pleading for his life, [[ItsAllAboutMe self-pity]] and [[NeverMyFault refusal to take responsibility]] to a whole new level. [[CharacterDevelopment He does get somewhat better though, while still remaining fundamentally the same person at heart]].
8th Dec '17 11:02:58 AM KizunaTallis
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* Caroline from "Series/{{2 Broke Girls}}" in the episode where the diner she and her friend, Max, work at gets held up by a potentially armed robber. She begs the robber to take Max instead of her, pushes her closer to him, and actively uses her as a human shield. She later tries to shrug the incident off when everyone makes fun of her. To further highlight her cowardice the show has her pee herself when she learns of the armed robber.

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* Caroline from "Series/{{2 Broke Girls}}" ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'' is in the episode where the diner she and her friend, Max, work at gets held up by a potentially armed robber. She begs the robber to take Max instead of her, pushes her closer to him, and actively uses her Max as a human shield. She {{human shield}}. Caroline later tries to shrug the incident off when everyone makes fun of her. To further highlight her cowardice cowardice, the show has her [[BringMyBrownPants pee herself herself]] when she learns of the armed robber.



** Gaius Baltar of the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' is the poster child for this trope. He takes whining, crying, and pleading for his life, and self-pity and refusal to take responsibility, to a whole new level. [[CharacterDevelopment He does get somewhat better though, while still remaining fundamentally the same person at heart]].

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** Gaius Baltar of the new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' [[Series/Battlestar Galactica2003 2003 remake]] is the poster child for this trope. He takes whining, crying, and pleading for his life, [[ItsAllAboutMe self-pity]] and self-pity and [[NeverMyFault refusal to take responsibility, responsibility]] to a whole new level. [[CharacterDevelopment He does get somewhat better though, while still remaining fundamentally the same person at heart]].
6th Dec '17 3:29:36 PM mkmlp
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** Bender. In one of the movies, he, Amy and one other character are trapped by a bunch of orcs in a castle. Bender tells the two ladies he has a plan, The next scene shows him holding them up and ''tells'' the orcs to take his friends first, just to give him one more second of sweet sweet life. In "Bendin' in the Wind," the crew is plunging off a cliff. Bender grabs a nearby cable, loudly declaring, "I'll save ME!" The rest of the crew is only saved by grabbing his legs just in time.

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** Bender. In one of the movies, he, Amy and one other character Fansworth are trapped by a bunch of orcs in a castle. Bender tells the two ladies he has a plan, The next scene shows him holding them up and ''tells'' the orcs to take his friends first, just to give him one more second of sweet sweet life. In "Bendin' in the Wind," the crew is plunging off a cliff. Bender grabs a nearby cable, loudly declaring, "I'll save ME!" The rest of the crew is only saved by grabbing his legs just in time.
6th Dec '17 8:50:42 AM ClintEastwood
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%%Caroline from "Series/{{2 Broke Girls}}" in the episode where the diner she and her friend, Max, work at gets held up by a potentially armed robber. She begs the robber to take Max instead of her, pushes her closer to him, and actively uses her as a human shield. She later tries to shrug the incident off when everyone makes fun of her. To further highlight her cowardice the show has her pee herself when she learns of the armed robber.

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%%Caroline * Caroline from "Series/{{2 Broke Girls}}" in the episode where the diner she and her friend, Max, work at gets held up by a potentially armed robber. She begs the robber to take Max instead of her, pushes her closer to him, and actively uses her as a human shield. She later tries to shrug the incident off when everyone makes fun of her. To further highlight her cowardice the show has her pee herself when she learns of the armed robber.



* Arnold J. Rimmer from ''Series/RedDwarf'' ranges from DirtyCoward, LovableCoward and TheSoCalledCoward / CowardlyLion depending on the series, episode, situation and the RuleOfFunny; however, he slowly gets better over the course of the series. The recreated one in Series 8 is "Rimmer how he used to be", lacking all of the development of the previous series, so he also fits.

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* Arnold J. Rimmer from ''Series/RedDwarf'' ranges from DirtyCoward, LovableCoward and TheSoCalledCoward / CowardlyLion depending on the series, episode, situation and the RuleOfFunny; however, he slowly gets better over the course of the series. The recreated one in Series 8 VIII is "Rimmer how he used to be", lacking all of the development of the previous series, so he also fits.



** Kryten becomes this when his guilt gets sucked away by the Polymorph, openly planning to feed the others to the Polymorph in order to save his own skin-like plastic casing.

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** Kryten becomes this when his guilt gets sucked away by the Polymorph, [[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIIIPolymorph Polymorph]], openly planning to feed the others to the Polymorph in order to save his own skin-like plastic casing.



** Fry is also this. In "The Series Has Landed" Fry gets a moon rover caught in a lunar dust pool. He declares "It's every man for himself!" and bails out, only to sink up to his neck in the very same dust. He immediately calls for Leela to save him. He gets called this in "War is the H-Word" when he, wielding the only charged phaser, blasts himself a hole to hide in. Though at the end of that episode, he does ride a bouncing ball to the peace meeting to save the life of his best friend.

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** Fry is also this. In "The "[[Recap/FuturamaS1E2TheSeriesHasLanded The Series Has Landed" Landed]]" Fry gets a moon rover caught in a lunar dust pool. He declares "It's every man for himself!" and bails out, only to sink up to his neck in the very same dust. He immediately calls for Leela to save him. He gets called this in "War is the H-Word" "[[Recap/FuturamaS2E17WarIsTheHWord War Is The H-Word]]" when he, wielding the only charged phaser, blasts himself a hole to hide in. Though at the end of that episode, he does ride a bouncing ball to the peace meeting to save the life of his best friend.



** Towards the end of the series Leela would seem to override Fry's cowardice, particularly in "A Farewell to Arms" [[spoiler: Fry chooses to stay behind on an apparently doomed Earth to let Leela have a chance of life.]]

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** Towards the end of the series Leela would seem to override Fry's cowardice, particularly in "A "[[Recap/FuturamaS7E2AFarewellToArms A Farewell to Arms" Arms]]" [[spoiler: Fry chooses to stay behind on an apparently doomed Earth to let Leela have a chance of life.]]



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Homer get scared and run away from an operation where he was donating a kidney to Grampa (losing them was Homers fault in the first place), and spends the rest of the episode fleeing in shame. After he decides to return, he freaks out and flees AGAIN, only donating the kidney because he gets crushed by a falling car while running and the doctors just takes one of his kidneys while putting him back together.
** The whole of Springfield becomes this in "Bart's Comet when they unanimously decide to kick Ned out of his own bomb shelter, at first not even his wife steps forward for him but [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Ned]] being [[ExtremeDoormat Ned]], he leaves without argument calmly singing to himself, after trying desperately not to listen Homer (the one who suggested it) has a HeelRealisation and leaves so Ned doesn't have to face death alone promptly followed by everyone else.
* In one episode of WesternAnimation/SouthPark a school field trip was turned into a hostage situation Mr Garrisons instant reaction was "please let me go these children are worth more to you", for the rest of the episode anytime they talked about killing a hostage he yelled "not me, not me, not me, not me".
** In "Fantastic Easter Special" when the corrupt pope told Stan he'd let his dad go if he gave him [[ItMakesSenseInContext the rabbit who's descended from St Peter]], Randy begged him to make the deal but when he did chewed him out saying he'd have gladly died for the rabbit. Earlier in the episode when he was being interrogated he said that he didn't know where the rabbit was but if he did.... "I'd probably tell you cause I don't wanna be here anymore.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E8HomerSimpsonsInTheKidneyTrouble
Homer get Simpson in: "Kidney Trouble"]]". Homer gets scared and run away from an operation where he was donating a kidney to Grampa (losing them was Homers fault in the first place), and spends the rest of the episode fleeing in shame. After he decides to return, he freaks out and flees AGAIN, only donating the kidney because he gets crushed by a falling car while running and the doctors just takes one of his kidneys while putting him back together.
** The whole of Springfield becomes this in "Bart's Comet "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E14BartsComet Bart's Comet]]" when they unanimously decide to kick Ned out of his own bomb shelter, at first not even his wife steps forward for him but [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Ned]] being [[ExtremeDoormat Ned]], he leaves without argument calmly singing to himself, after trying desperately not to listen Homer (the one who suggested it) has a HeelRealisation and leaves so Ned doesn't have to face death alone promptly followed by everyone else.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
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In one episode of WesternAnimation/SouthPark "[[Recap/SouthParkS12E7SuperFunTime Super Fun Time]]" a school field trip was turned into a hostage situation Mr Garrisons instant reaction was "please let me go these children are worth more to you", for the rest of the episode anytime they talked about killing a hostage he yelled "not me, not me, not me, not me".
** In "Fantastic "[[Recap/SouthParkS11E5FantasticEasterSpecial Fantastic Easter Special" Special]]" when the corrupt pope told Stan he'd let his dad go if he gave him [[ItMakesSenseInContext the rabbit who's descended from St Peter]], Randy begged him to make the deal but when he did chewed him out saying he'd have gladly died for the rabbit. Earlier in the episode when he was being interrogated he said that he didn't know where the rabbit was but if he did.... "I'd probably tell you cause I don't wanna be here anymore.
3rd Dec '17 12:49:00 PM VicGeorge2011
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* Leonardo Fortunato, the False Prophet to Nicolae Carpathia as TheAntichrist in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series, is shown to be this when he and Nicolae are brought before Jesus Christ to confess Him as Lord, with Leonardo instantly renouncing his allegiance to Nicolae and Satan and pathetically begging for the Lord's forgiveness, [[HeelFaceDoorSlam all to no avail]] as both he and Nicolae are sentenced to eternity in the Lake of Fire.
3rd Dec '17 12:42:41 PM VicGeorge2011
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* The Phantom Zone criminals of the Pocket Universe in ''ComicBook/TheSupergirlSaga'' are shown to be this when faced with death by that world's Green Kryptonite radiation. General Zod is ready to throw Quex-Ul under the bus to save his own skin, and Zaora is left pathetically begging for her life, promising to show pleasures to Superman for her freedom.
29th Nov '17 3:55:38 PM madhatter42
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* Arnold J. Rimmer from ''Series/RedDwarf''. He slowly gets better over the course of the series. The recreated one in Series 8 is "Rimmer how he used to be", lacking all of the development of the previous series, so he also fits.
** Though both Rimmers subvert this trope at least once. Hologram Rimmer willingly becomes the next iteration of [[spoiler: Ace Rimmer, his heroic alternate dimensional counterpart,]] and Series VIII Rimmer actually comes back to save his crewmates in the final episode when he could have [[spoiler: stayed in the perfectly safe mirror world.]] For all his cowardice, he does seem to acknowledge 'better dead than smeg'.

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* Arnold J. Rimmer from ''Series/RedDwarf''. He ''Series/RedDwarf'' ranges from DirtyCoward, LovableCoward and TheSoCalledCoward / CowardlyLion depending on the series, episode, situation and the RuleOfFunny; however, he slowly gets better over the course of the series. The recreated one in Series 8 is "Rimmer how he used to be", lacking all of the development of the previous series, so he also fits.
** Though both Rimmers subvert this trope at least once. Hologram Rimmer not only saved the crew and prevented their deaths by [[spoiler: blowing up the time drive without a bazookoid]] but also willingly becomes the next iteration of [[spoiler: Ace Rimmer, his heroic alternate dimensional counterpart,]] and Series VIII Rimmer actually comes back to save his crewmates in the final episode when he could have [[spoiler: stayed in the perfectly safe mirror world.]] For all his cowardice, he does seem to acknowledge 'better dead than smeg'.
27th Nov '17 6:57:01 AM Andrzej
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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10092339/1/Ranma-Saotome-Chi-Master Ranma Saotome, Chi Master]]'' has Qiáng Wang, a [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad boss]] who wants revenge on Ranma and his guru for destroying his organization. He goes after Ranma because he's the weaker of the two, and because [[RevengeByProxy killing him will hurt her]]. When he finds out he underestimated the pigtailed martial artist, he flees from the fight they're having, leaving a BrainwashedAndCrazy Ryoga to kill him. It's also mentioned in the backstory that he ran away both times his organization was dismantled.

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* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10092339/1/Ranma-Saotome-Chi-Master Ranma Saotome, Chi Master]]'' ''Fanfic/RanmaSaotomeChiMaster'' has Qiáng Wang, a [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Triad boss]] who wants revenge on Ranma and his guru for destroying his organization. He goes after Ranma because he's the weaker of the two, and because [[RevengeByProxy killing him will hurt her]]. When he finds out he underestimated the pigtailed martial artist, he flees from the fight they're having, leaving a BrainwashedAndCrazy Ryoga to kill him. It's also mentioned in the backstory that he ran away both times his organization was dismantled.
18th Nov '17 8:50:01 PM Vox
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* Wormtongue from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' fits this trope pretty well. He was a soldier from Rohan once who betrayed his king and country, to curry favor with Saruman. Though some may say he helped redeem himself in the end by [[spoiler:killing Saruman]], though that may not have been courage, but rather extreme hatred.

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* Grima Wormtongue from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' fits this trope pretty well. He was a soldier from Rohan once who betrayed his king and country, to curry favor with Saruman. Though some may say he helped redeem himself in the end by [[spoiler:killing Saruman]], though that may not have been courage, but rather extreme hatred.
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