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23rd Sep '16 2:27:43 PM StarSword
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* ''Literature/AlexisCarew: Mutineer'': In addition to being horrifically sexist and free with the lash, Alexis realizes Captain Neals is also a coward after he deliberately misidentifies a Hanoverese frigate challenging his own frigate HMS ''Hermione'' as a merchantman too far away for ''Hermione'' to catch, justifying him sailing on rather than attacking.
21st Sep '16 6:58:58 AM Loekman3
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* Preston Northwest from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. [[spoiler: He was gonna leave everyone in his mansion to burn while a ghost wreaks havoc.]]

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* Preston Northwest from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''. [[spoiler: He was gonna leave everyone in his mansion to burn while a ghost wreaks havoc.]]havoc just to preserve his own dignity. And also trying to sell himself out to an interdimensional demon to save his own skin. [[FacialHorror Too bad it didn't end well for the latter]]]].
20th Sep '16 9:59:34 AM Jake18
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** Frieza is proven to be one of these once he's no longer inaccessibly stronger than everyone around him. Also, deep down, this is Frieza's ultimate motivation for killing the Saiyans--he's afraid that they'll produce a Super Saiyan, which will be his undoing.

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** Frieza is proven to be one of these once he's no longer inaccessibly stronger than everyone around him. Also, deep down, this is was Frieza's ultimate motivation for killing the Saiyans--he's Saiyans--he was afraid that they'll they'd produce a Super Saiyan, which will be his undoing.
10th Sep '16 8:36:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': When Wismerhill first goes on a campaign against the empire, some cities who surrender before his army can sack them take groveling to a degree that disgusts their conquerors and pillagers, even offering their wives and daughters.
8th Sep '16 4:24:08 PM Dravencour
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** Alessi, whose Stand allows him to de-age anyone who touches his shadow. This is ''the only way'' he's willing to fight anyone (unlike Hol, who just adheres to the creed "run away to fight another day"), even if the nearest adult is a harmless woman. He has to use an ''axe'' to fight them. And to think he keeps calling himself a "good boy". Which make his defeat all the sweeter when he runs into Jotaro. He manages to use his powers on him, but Jotaro simply lays him out with an uppercut. Talk about irony.

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** Alessi, whose Stand allows him to de-age anyone who touches his shadow. This is ''the only way'' he's willing to fight anyone (unlike Hol, who just adheres to the creed "run away to fight another day"), even if the nearest adult is a harmless woman. He has to use an ''axe'' to fight them. And to think he keeps calling himself a "good boy". Which make his defeat all the sweeter when he runs into Jotaro. He manages to use his powers on him, but Jotaro is so badass that even as a kid, he's more than a match for him, simply lays laying him out with an uppercut. Talk about irony.
6th Sep '16 8:39:35 AM tropower
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** [=PaniK=] is portrayed as the classic cowardly bully, who pushes other people down in order to make himself feel braver. Yami isn't buying it. This carries into his duelist tactics: as Yami notes, hiding his monsters in shadows so opponents can't attack because they don't know how strong they are is a cowardly way to duel, and when they're revealed he switches them to defense and sets them up behind barriers to protect them until the shadows return. Although this becomes a case of FridgeLogic when you consider how often Yami, Yugi, Joey, and various other characters we're supposed to root for are forced/choose to play defensively at times.

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** [=PaniK=] [=PaniK=][[note]]Who is simply an unnamed "player killer" in the original Japanese version.[[/note]] is portrayed as the classic cowardly bully, who pushes other people down in order to make himself feel braver. Yami isn't buying it. This carries into his duelist tactics: as Yami notes, hiding his monsters in shadows so opponents can't attack because they don't know how strong they are is a cowardly way to duel, and when they're revealed he switches them to defense and sets them up behind barriers to protect them until the shadows return. Although this becomes a case of FridgeLogic when you consider how often Yami, Yugi, Joey, and various other characters we're supposed to root for are forced/choose to play defensively at times.
28th Aug '16 6:41:06 PM WillBGood
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** In ''Film/{{Godzilla2014}}'' when the power plant starts to melt down, two of Sandra's team members simply run instead of trying to help Sandra with the final team mate, who was knocked off his feet. They still don't manage to make it to the security door in time (instead showing up at the same time Sandra and the final team member do, so maybe they felt guilty and went back for them).

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** In ''Film/{{Godzilla2014}}'' ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' when the power plant starts to melt down, two of Sandra's team members simply run instead of trying to help Sandra with the final team mate, who was knocked off his feet. They still don't manage to make it to the security door in time (instead showing up at the same time Sandra and the final team member do, so maybe they felt guilty and went back for them).



** Afrid absolutely refuses to do anything to contribute to his people's survival and does anything he can to hide or escape. His most disgraceful scene is when he [[DisguisedInDrag disguises himself as a woman]] and hides where the women and children are. When the women all pick up weapons and join their husbands on the battlefield, he ''still'' refuses to help.

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** Afrid Alfrid absolutely refuses to do anything to contribute to his people's survival and does anything he can to hide or escape. His most disgraceful scene is when he [[DisguisedInDrag disguises himself as a woman]] and hides where the women and children are. When the women all pick up weapons and join their husbands on the battlefield, he ''still'' refuses to help.
25th Aug '16 6:21:36 AM StFan
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* One-Eye, one of the handful of wizards employed by the Literature/BlackCompany. His exploits include selling bread at a 20 times the normal price several months into a siege, buying an Imp that was an obvious plant by an EvilSorceror, arguing so strenuously with fellow wizard Goblin that he gives the Company's position away (more than once), turning an anti-siege granary into an impromptu brewery (because the local religions forbade imbibing alcohol), abandoning his post to look for the spear he threw earlier in the battle, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cheating at cards so poorly that everyone in the Company beats him anyway.]] Despite being a mercenary, his favorite tactics are sleep spells, illusions, and other unfair advantages.

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* One-Eye, one of the handful of wizards employed by the Literature/BlackCompany.Literature/TheBlackCompany. His exploits include selling bread at a 20 times the normal price several months into a siege, buying an Imp that was an obvious plant by an EvilSorceror, arguing so strenuously with fellow wizard Goblin that he gives the Company's position away (more than once), turning an anti-siege granary into an impromptu brewery (because the local religions forbade imbibing alcohol), abandoning his post to look for the spear he threw earlier in the battle, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cheating at cards so poorly that everyone in the Company beats him anyway.]] Despite being a mercenary, his favorite tactics are sleep spells, illusions, and other unfair advantages.
22nd Aug '16 11:13:52 PM BattleMaster
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** In ''Film/{{Godzilla2014}}'' when the power plant starts to melt down, two of Sandra's team members simply run instead of trying to help Sandra with the final team mate, who was knocked off his feet. They still don't manage to make it to the security door in time (instead showing up at the same time Sandra and the final team member do, so maybe they felt guilty and went back for them).
19th Aug '16 11:11:50 PM ultimomant
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', this is practically the Boov's [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. As Oh himself puts it: "When probability for success drops below fifty percent, Boov give up." Captain Smek is even worse, often shoving aside other Boov to ensure his own safety. Part of Oh's CharacterDevelopment is moving beyond this.



* Scar in ''Disney/TheLionKing''. The minute Simba has him cornered at the pinnacle of Pride Rock, he pathetically begs for mercy.

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* Scar in ''Disney/TheLionKing''. ''Disney/TheLionKing''
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The minute Simba has him Scar cornered at the pinnacle of Pride Rock, he pathetically begs for mercy.



* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', while everyone else pitches in to help others during the climax, Principle Abacus Cinch instead attempts to escape. Afterwards, she [[NeverMyFault refuses to accept responsibility]] for causing the disaster in the first place.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Home}}'', this is practically the Boov's [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. As Oh himself puts it: "When probability for success drops below fifty percent, Boov give up." Captain Smek is even worse, often shoving aside other Boov to ensure his own safety. Part of Oh's CharacterDevelopment is moving beyond this.


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* ''Film/TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies'':
** When Smaug attacks Laketown, the Master of Laketown attempts to escape by boat and knocks away any of the pleading townspeople who try to get on.
** Afrid absolutely refuses to do anything to contribute to his people's survival and does anything he can to hide or escape. His most disgraceful scene is when he [[DisguisedInDrag disguises himself as a woman]] and hides where the women and children are. When the women all pick up weapons and join their husbands on the battlefield, he ''still'' refuses to help.
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