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19th Mar '17 8:17:40 AM Willy2537
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* Similar to Scar from ''The Lion King'' mentioned above, Gaston of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' acts all smug and tough, taunting Beast throughout their fight in the climax, but when Beast fights back and has Gaston at his mercy, he pathetically begs for his life. Then he stabs Beast in the back when he let his guard down. [[KarmicDeath He gets shoved by Beast into the ground below for his trouble.]]

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* Similar to Scar from ''The Lion King'' mentioned above, Gaston of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' acts all smug and tough, taunting Beast throughout their fight in the climax, but when Beast fights back and has Gaston at his mercy, he pathetically begs for his life. Then he stabs Beast in the back when he let his guard down. [[KarmicDeath He gets shoved by Beast into the ground below for his trouble.]]]] It's even worse in the live-action adaptation below.




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* The live-action version of Gaston in ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017'' is even more of a DirtyCoward than his original counterpart. In addition to begging Beast for his life in the climax then shoots him in the back, [[spoiler: he callously uses Lefou, ''his best friend'', as a human shield when the castle's furniture starts attacking then leaves him behind.]]
19th Mar '17 8:10:02 AM Willy2537
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* ''Similar to Scar from ''The Lion King'' mentioned above, Gaston of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' acts all smug and tough, taunting Beast throughout their fight in the climax, but when Beast fights back and has Gaston at his mercy, he pathetically begs for his life. Then he stabs Beast in the back when he let his guard down. [[KarmicDeath He gets shoved by Beast into the ground below for his trouble.]]

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* ''Similar Similar to Scar from ''The Lion King'' mentioned above, Gaston of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' acts all smug and tough, taunting Beast throughout their fight in the climax, but when Beast fights back and has Gaston at his mercy, he pathetically begs for his life. Then he stabs Beast in the back when he let his guard down. [[KarmicDeath He gets shoved by Beast into the ground below for his trouble.]]
19th Mar '17 8:08:41 AM Willy2537
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* ''Similar to Scar from ''The Lion King'' mentioned above, Gaston of ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' acts all smug and tough, taunting Beast throughout their fight in the climax, but when Beast fights back and has Gaston at his mercy, he pathetically begs for his life. Then he stabs Beast in the back when he let his guard down. [[KarmicDeath He gets shoved by Beast into the ground below for his trouble.]]
12th Mar '17 11:13:09 AM nombretomado
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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 [[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 [[MiyamotoMusashi [[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).
4th Mar '17 6:29:25 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In IvanhoeTheKingsKnight Prince John shows shades of this at least once but not without justification. While participating in a siege, he has all of the enemy's arrows being fired at him and intends to spend the rest of the siege watching it from a hill. As John so eloquently put it "What is the point of having an army if all of their arrows are meant for me?"
* WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond: Nelson is a great example, beating up a schoolmate until Terry steps in and challenges him, at which point he is no longer mister big and tough.
* An episode of ''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.

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* In IvanhoeTheKingsKnight ''WesternAnimation/IvanhoeTheKingsKnight'' Prince John shows shades of this at least once but not without justification. While participating in a siege, he has all of the enemy's arrows being fired at him and intends to spend the rest of the siege watching it from a hill. As John so eloquently put it "What is the point of having an army if all of their arrows are meant for me?"
* WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond: ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Nelson is a great example, beating up a schoolmate until Terry steps in and challenges him, at which point he is no longer mister big and tough.
* An episode of ''TheSimpsons'' ''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.
21st Feb '17 6:31:56 PM Kooshmeister
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* The sailor named Tim in ''[[KingKong1933 King Kong]]'' is portrayed this way. When the natives notice the interloping white people, he freaks out and tries to run away. "What're ''you'' runnin' for?" Jack demands to know. A sheepish Tim doesn't reply. During the search for Ann, he's constantly lagging behind and not terribly useful to his companions. He redeems himself a little later, though, when he helps the drowning Jimmy take off his backpack, which is weighing him down in the water after their raft is overturned. He [[RedemptionEqualsDeath dies]] not long afterward.

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* The sailor named Tim in ''[[KingKong1933 King Kong]]'' is portrayed this way. When the natives notice the interloping white people, he freaks out and tries to run away.away, which would've potentially made an already tense situation dangerous. "What're ''you'' runnin' for?" Jack demands to know. A sheepish Tim doesn't reply. During the search for Ann, he's constantly lagging behind and not terribly useful to his companions. He redeems himself a little later, though, when he helps the drowning Jimmy take off his backpack, which is weighing him down in the water after their raft is overturned. He [[RedemptionEqualsDeath dies]] not long afterward.
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21st Feb '17 6:23:26 PM Kooshmeister
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* The sailor named Tim in ''[[KingKong1933 King Kong]]'' is portrayed this way. When the natives notice the interloping white people, he freaks out and tries to run away. "What're ''you'' runnin' for?" Jack demands to know. A sheepish Tim doesn't reply. During the search for Ann, he's constantly lagging behind and not terribly useful to his companions. He redeems himself a little later, though, when he helps the drowning Jimmy take off his backpack, which is weighing him down in the water after their raft is overturned. He [[RedemptionEqualsDeath dies]] not long afterward.
19th Feb '17 4:00:26 AM Nintendoman01
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* Neptune is given this treatment in episode 15 of ''WesternAnimation/RWBYChibi'' thanks to having his fear of water [[CharacterExaggeration ramped up]]. While briefly covering for Sun on lifeguard duty, [[ButtMonkey Jaune]] falls into the pool and starts drowning, but Neptune, due to his hydrophobia, blatantly refuses to save him and just looks the other way, pretending that nothing's happening as Jaune begs for help and eventually sinks under. When Sun reminds him of this incident, Neptune is forced to acknowledge that his fear of water might actually be a problem.

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* Neptune is given this treatment in episode 15 of ''WesternAnimation/RWBYChibi'' ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'' thanks to having his fear of water [[CharacterExaggeration ramped up]]. While briefly covering for Sun on lifeguard duty, [[ButtMonkey Jaune]] falls into the pool and starts drowning, but Neptune, due to his hydrophobia, blatantly refuses to save him and just looks the other way, pretending that nothing's happening as Jaune begs for help and eventually sinks under. When Sun reminds him of this incident, Neptune is forced to acknowledge that his fear of water might actually be a problem.
18th Feb '17 4:01:43 AM Nintendoman01
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* Neptune is given this treatment in episode 15 of ''WesternAnimation/RWBYChibi'' thanks to having his fear of water [[CharacterExaggeration ramped up]]. While briefly covering for Sun on lifeguard duty, [[ButtMonkey Jaune]] falls into the pool and starts drowning, but Neptune, due to his hydrophobia, blatantly refuses to save him and just looks the other way, pretending that nothing's happening as Jaune begs for help and eventually sinks under. When Sun reminds him of this incident, Neptune is forced to acknowledge that his fear of water might actually be a problem.



** 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 in the 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 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 in the 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.
17th Feb '17 6:38:33 PM Taskmaster123
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* Inverted with RepairmanJack, who often deliberately acts like one when the shit hits the fan. Cringing, crying, begging people to please leave him alone and not hurt him...it's all just an act, designed to get opponents to both underestimate him and get close enough for him to go to work. In one scene, he played this to a tee, a gangster stepped close to him in order to slap his face and call him a coward...and Jack kicked the guy in the knee so hard, ''the mook on the other side of the room heard the ligaments pop.''
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