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21st Jun '18 3:43:22 AM infernape612
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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Radiant Dawn]]'', the boss of the Part 3 Prologue, Septimus, is shown to be [[ProperlyParanoid immensely paranoid]] about [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Laguz]] attacks and runs off as soon as the player or allied armies get close, leaving his second-in-command to guard the seize point. He later shows up in 3-8, assigned to enter the [[LethalLavaLand lava-filled caves]] and bring back the bodies of the enemies that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat no doubt perished there]] as proof that they were dead and is ''quite'' dismayed to find them (that's the player's army, again) very much alive.

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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn Radiant Dawn]]'', the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series:
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'':
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boss of the Part 3 Prologue, Septimus, is shown to be [[ProperlyParanoid immensely paranoid]] about [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent Laguz]] attacks and runs off as soon as the player or allied armies get close, leaving his second-in-command to guard the seize point. He later shows up in 3-8, assigned to enter the [[LethalLavaLand lava-filled caves]] and bring back the bodies of the enemies that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat no doubt perished there]] as proof that they were dead and is ''quite'' dismayed to find them (that's the player's army, again) very much alive.alive.
*** Hetzel's entire life is ruled by his fear of Lekain. Despite knowing full well how horrible he is and having genuine remorse for his actions as part of his cabal, he refuses to turn against him out of sheer cowardice.



** [[spoiler:[[UngratefulBastard She]] returns in the following game as the new BigBad, even taunting Kyle Katarn that he was stupid to spare her.]]

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** [[spoiler:[[UngratefulBastard She]] returns in the following game as the new BigBad, even taunting Kyle Katarn that he was stupid to spare her. When Jaden gets her at their mercy, she shows she's outgrown this.]]
12th Jun '18 12:06:27 AM Chance666
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* Mark from ''VisualNovel/{{Demonheart}}'' is an opportunistic coward who wants to become a knight only for the prestige, but doesn't actually want to do any hard work or expose himself to danger. He will ask his fiancée to help him become a knight, and then abandon her [[spoiler:when she is innocently sent to prison]] because she's bad for his reputation. When he is actually assigned to a military outpost, he whines about it.
10th Jun '18 10:29:43 PM G-Editor
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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare''
** Khaled Al-Asad from [[spoiler:nukes a whole city ''to cover his own ass''. While hiding in a safe house in Russia, while the war is in the [[{{Qurac}} Middle East]]]]. Doesn't get much more cowardly than that. [[spoiler:Subverted, as it turns out that it was [[BigBad Vladimir Makarov]] who nuked the city in the first place.]]

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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: VideoGame/ModernWarfare''
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VideoGame/ModernWarfare'': Khaled Al-Asad from [[spoiler:nukes a whole city ''to cover his own ass''. While hiding in a safe house in Russia, while the war is in the [[{{Qurac}} Middle East]]]]. Doesn't get much more cowardly than that. [[spoiler:Subverted, as it turns out that it was [[BigBad Vladimir Makarov]] who nuked the city in the first place.]]
10th Jun '18 6:02:38 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Hobgoblins are quick to turn tail when the odds are against them. One example is a hobgoblin mercenary Oglah Khan, who constantly switches sides when the side he is on is losing.

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** Hobgoblins are quick to turn tail when the odds are against them. One example is a hobgoblin mercenary Oglah Khan, who constantly switches sides when the side he is on is losing. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Other Greenskins detest them for their cravenness and treachery]].
9th Jun '18 1:18:02 AM foxley
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* Hopp from ''Film/TheRevengers''. Recruited for his knowledge of the OutlawTown Benedict wants to find, he initially refuses to take the team there and has to be threatened into complying. He attempts to jump ship at the first opportunity and is dragged back in ropes by one of his fellow convicts. He attempts to flee the final combat and is tackled by one of the others which probably saves his life.
3rd Jun '18 9:12:02 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Played straight with Angelo Fortunato, the oft-forgotten second Venom. After he got ahold of the symbiote, he brags about how it puts in the same league of supervillain as Magneto or Dr. Doom and kills a random civilian to prove it. But once Spider-Man gains the upper hand in their one and only battle, he immediately turns tail and runs, disgusting the symbiote who declares Angelo to be an unworthy host and it ditches him just as [[DisneyVillainDeath he's leaping between two buildings.]]

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** Played straight with Angelo Fortunato, the oft-forgotten second Venom. ComicBook/{{Venom}}. After he got ahold of the symbiote, he brags about how it puts in the same league of supervillain as Magneto ComicBook/{{Magneto}} or Dr. Doom ComicBook/DoctorDoom and kills a random civilian to prove it. But once Spider-Man gains the upper hand in their one and only battle, he immediately turns tail and runs, disgusting the symbiote who declares Angelo to be an unworthy host and it ditches him just as [[DisneyVillainDeath he's leaping between two buildings.]]
30th May '18 3:02:59 PM Trooper924
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** Played straight with Angelo Fortunato, the oft-forgotten second Venom. After he got ahold of the symbiote, he brags about how it puts in the same league of supervillain as Magneto or Dr. Doom and kills a random civilian to prove it. But once Spider-Man gains the upper hand in their, he immediately turns tail and runs, disgusting the symbiote who declares Angelo to be an unworthy host and it ditches him just as [[DisneyVillainDeath he's leaping between two buildings.]]

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** Played straight with Angelo Fortunato, the oft-forgotten second Venom. After he got ahold of the symbiote, he brags about how it puts in the same league of supervillain as Magneto or Dr. Doom and kills a random civilian to prove it. But once Spider-Man gains the upper hand in their, their one and only battle, he immediately turns tail and runs, disgusting the symbiote who declares Angelo to be an unworthy host and it ditches him just as [[DisneyVillainDeath he's leaping between two buildings.]]
27th May '18 9:01:20 PM MagiMecha
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* In Creator/AchievementHunter LetsPlay videos, if there is some sort of survival game they're playing, especially games like GMOD: Murder or ''VideoGame/DeadByDaylight'', expect Geoff Ramsay to be like this. In games like ''VideoGame/TroubleInTerroristTown'', the first words out of Geoff's mouth is "''I'm not the killer!''" Usually, it's true, but because he's so loud and adamant, they blast him early on just to make sure. In games like ''Dead By Daylight'', he'll easily leave the others to suffer at the hands of the monster, but start begging for help when he gets caught.
24th May '18 5:36:53 PM Valiona
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** There's also [[TheBully Endou]] and the two other girls who try to extort money from Shino "Sinon" Asada, by {{trigger}}ing her past trauma, simply because they don't have the guts to actually get violet with her. When Shino's friend, Kyouji Shinkawa, bluffs and pretends to be summoning a police officer to Shino's aid, Endou and the others immediately flee. At the end of the arc, after Shino [[spoiler:[[Awesome/SwordArtOnline overcomes her fear of guns long enough to show that Endou didn't deactivate the other safety on her model gun, then uses the gun to shoot a can with perfect accuracy]],]] Endou is left stunned, on her knees.

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** There's also [[TheBully Endou]] and the two other girls who try to extort money from Shino "Sinon" Asada, by {{trigger}}ing [[TraumaButton triggering her past trauma, trauma]], simply because they don't have the guts to actually get violet with her. When Shino's friend, Kyouji Shinkawa, bluffs and pretends to be summoning a police officer to Shino's aid, Endou and the others immediately flee. At the end of the arc, after Shino [[spoiler:[[Awesome/SwordArtOnline overcomes her fear of guns long enough to show that Endou didn't deactivate the other safety on her model gun, then uses the gun to shoot a can with perfect accuracy]],]] Endou is left stunned, on her knees.knees.
** Dyne, leader of Sinon's squad in Gun Gale Online. He specializes in ambushing groups of monster hunters (who aren't specialized in fighting players, although they ''are'' armed and ready to fight), and tends to give up and flee at the first indication that he's in over his head. He's also something of a {{hypocrite}} in that he complains about monster hunters who hire bodyguards coming off as cowards. That said, he does put himself in the line of fire to give Sinon the chance to take down a heavily armed foe, albeit after Sinon browbeats him for his cowardice.
17th May '18 2:14:24 PM zeroflyingwherever
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Though the Dirty Coward may be a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] (or one of {{the Social Darwinist}}s), they're certainly not [[SociopathicHero heroic]] [[HeroicComedicSociopath or]] {{comedic|Sociopath}}. And if they're a bastard, they're ''certainly'' not {{magnificent|Bastard}}. [[SmugSnake They're usually only marginally competent to start with, and even the cleverest of them tends to be short-sighted]]. Even when they know that breaking ranks will leave a hole in the defenses that will let the enemy in, leading to far more danger for them in the long term, they will generally run for it anyway (and get shot InTheBack). Their allegiance almost always lies with whoever can cause them the most immediate harm, even if that threat isn't likely to last. They'll be happy to badmouth people to their faces when they can not immediately hurt them, only to attempt to curry favor when the roles reverse. Dirty Cowards are especially prone to suffering a KarmicDeath, usually at the hands of whatever they were trying to run from, and are similarly likely to suffer a VillainousBreakdown.

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Though the Dirty Coward may be a [[TheSociopath sociopath]] (or one of {{the Social Darwinist}}s), they're certainly not [[SociopathicHero heroic]] [[HeroicComedicSociopath or]] {{comedic|Sociopath}}. And if they're a bastard, they're ''certainly'' not meant to be {{magnificent|Bastard}}. [[SmugSnake They're usually only marginally competent to start with, and even the cleverest of them tends to be short-sighted]]. Even when they know that breaking ranks will leave a hole in the defenses that will let the enemy in, leading to far more danger for them in the long term, they will generally run for it anyway (and get shot InTheBack). Their allegiance almost always lies with whoever can cause them the most immediate harm, even if that threat isn't likely to last. They'll be happy to badmouth people to their faces when they can not immediately hurt them, only to attempt to curry favor when the roles reverse. Dirty Cowards are especially prone to suffering a KarmicDeath, usually at the hands of whatever they were trying to run from, and are similarly likely to suffer a VillainousBreakdown.



* Takehiko Inoue's ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' features Hon'iden Matahachi, whose usual "flight instead of fight" response fuels his inferiority complex compared to his childhood friend [[UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi Shinmen Takezou]]; after he didn't have the bravery (or whatever) to follow Takezou into a shed they're physically separated, and over the next four years he only catches fleeting glimpses of his former friend now called Miyamoto Musashi. It doesn't help that Matahachi had become a con artist passing himself off as Sasaki Kojirou, and is ''very'' self-conscious of his self-preservation instinct and inferiority complex both conflicting with his desire to exceed Musashi (if only in name, pinning his hopes and idolation on the ''real'' Kojirou as being the one who could overcome Musashi in fact).

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* Takehiko Inoue's ''Manga/{{Vagabond}}'' features Hon'iden Matahachi, whose usual "flight instead of fight" response fuels his inferiority complex compared to his childhood friend [[UsefulNotes/MiyamotoMusashi Shinmen Takezou]]; after he didn't have the bravery (or whatever) to follow Takezou into a shed shed, they're physically separated, and over the next four years he only catches fleeting glimpses of his former friend now called Miyamoto Musashi. It doesn't help that Matahachi had become a con artist passing himself off as Sasaki Kojirou, and is ''very'' self-conscious of his self-preservation instinct and inferiority complex both conflicting with his desire to exceed Musashi (if only in name, pinning his hopes and idolation on the ''real'' Kojirou as being the one who could overcome Musashi in fact).



* MadScientist Akihiro Kurata from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', just one of the [[SmugSnake many]], ''[[MoralEventHorizon many]]'' things that we hate about him.

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* MadScientist Akihiro Kurata from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', just one of the [[SmugSnake many]], ''[[MoralEventHorizon many]]'' things that we fans can hate about him.
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