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20th May '16 2:30:24 AM Loekman3
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* Kratos's StartOfDarkness and the kickstarter of the entire ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'' is because upon having his forces being [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] by the Barbarian forces, rather than die honorably like a Spartan, chose to beg Ares for his own life. While he helped managed to defeat all of their forces including Alrik himself, this act ultimately destroys Kratos's life in the process.
19th May '16 9:35:52 PM nombretomado
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* [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Mark Corrigan]] of ''{{Peepshow}}''. Some of his more memorable acts of cowardice include hiding from his fiancee on their wedding day (in the actual church) rather than call it off, and using a past girlfriend as a ''human shield'' against a man who he tried to frame.

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* [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist Mark Corrigan]] of ''{{Peepshow}}''.''Series/PeepShow''. Some of his more memorable acts of cowardice include hiding from his fiancee on their wedding day (in the actual church) rather than call it off, and using a past girlfriend as a ''human shield'' against a man who he tried to frame.
19th May '16 9:50:13 AM Doug86
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* Doomsday, the monster that once killed {{Superman}}, is normally a mindless bundle of rage and power. When he was granted intelligence, he was revealed to be this trope in the end. All his new intelligence did was make Doomsday painfully aware of his own crippling fear of death -- deep down, he's terrified of anything that could possibly be a threat to his life, which in his mind is ''everything''. (The entire reason he's so powerful is because he was repeatedly cloned and let loose on a DeathWorld until [[LamarckWasRight some bizarre process of Lamarckian evolution]] made him capable of surviving the worst it had to offer. It took a '''LOT''' of clone generations.)

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* Doomsday, the monster that once killed {{Superman}}, Franchise/{{Superman}}, is normally a mindless bundle of rage and power. When he was granted intelligence, he was revealed to be this trope in the end. All his new intelligence did was make Doomsday painfully aware of his own crippling fear of death -- deep down, he's terrified of anything that could possibly be a threat to his life, which in his mind is ''everything''. (The entire reason he's so powerful is because he was repeatedly cloned and let loose on a DeathWorld until [[LamarckWasRight some bizarre process of Lamarckian evolution]] made him capable of surviving the worst it had to offer. It took a '''LOT''' of clone generations.)



* Subverted by Roderick Kingsley, AKA the Hobgoblin and enemy of Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}. While his twin brother Daniel really was a spineless wimp who lived up to this trope, Roderick merely made himself ''look'' like this to get people to underestimate him. This usually led to him sabotaging his competitors' companies and destroying their reputations before buying them up cheap, or to keep anyone from thinking that he could be a cold-blooded MagnificentBastard like the Hobgoblin.

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* Subverted by Roderick Kingsley, AKA the Hobgoblin and enemy of Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}.Comicbook/SpiderMan. While his twin brother Daniel really was a spineless wimp who lived up to this trope, Roderick merely made himself ''look'' like this to get people to underestimate him. This usually led to him sabotaging his competitors' companies and destroying their reputations before buying them up cheap, or to keep anyone from thinking that he could be a cold-blooded MagnificentBastard like the Hobgoblin.
16th May '16 12:33:43 PM Doug86
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword," Dion turns out to be one of these, which is exploited by Thoth-Amon in order to get him on his side against his master Ascalante, whom he knows will have Dion killed when Conan is assassinated. Unfortunately, Dion makes the mistake of telling Thoth-Amon about a "ring of good fortune" that he bought from a Shemitish thief who stole it from a sorcerer of Stygia. When Thoth-Amon recognizes his lost RingOfPower, he promptly stabs Dion to death and reclaims it.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/ThePhoenixOnTheSword," Dion turns out to be one of these, which is exploited by Thoth-Amon in order to get him on his side against his master Ascalante, whom he knows will have Dion killed when Conan is assassinated. Unfortunately, Dion makes the mistake of telling Thoth-Amon about a "ring of good fortune" that he bought from a Shemitish thief who stole it from a sorcerer of Stygia. When Thoth-Amon recognizes his lost RingOfPower, he promptly stabs Dion to death and reclaims it.
13th May '16 11:26:25 AM Anddrix
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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 run away." 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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* 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 run away.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.
10th May '16 5:05:14 PM SilentStranger
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* GrantMorrison's ''DoomPatrol'' has an expy of [[{{Hellblazer John Constantine}}]] who acts competent and tough when he has the advantage but becomes a sniveling coward whenever he doesnt.


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* 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.
8th May '16 4:12:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[Literature/{{Flashman}} Harry Flashman]], eponymous AntiHero of his series (actually a PublicDomainCharacter from ''TomBrownsSchooldays''); his three self-admitted talents are horse-riding, languages, [[TheCasanova and women]]--to which we can add [[FakeUltimateHero credit-stealing]], the ability to live through and run from anything, and total, cutting honesty [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis in his memoirs.]] Interestingly, he does subvert the bit about cowards being short-sighted, which is part of the reason he lived through [[BeenThereShapedHistory all the interesting historical events]] that he did.

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* [[Literature/{{Flashman}} ''Literature/{{Flashman}}'': Harry Flashman]], Flashman, eponymous AntiHero of his series (actually a PublicDomainCharacter from ''TomBrownsSchooldays''); ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays''); his three self-admitted talents are horse-riding, languages, [[TheCasanova and women]]--to which we can add [[FakeUltimateHero credit-stealing]], the ability to live through and run from anything, and total, cutting honesty [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis in his memoirs.]] Interestingly, he does subvert the bit about cowards being short-sighted, which is part of the reason he lived through [[BeenThereShapedHistory all the interesting historical events]] that he did.
3rd May '16 6:56:28 AM Shadowgazer
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* Vernita Green from the film ''Film/KillBill'' qualifies big time, asking the Bride to spare her by using

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* Vernita Green from the film ''Film/KillBill'' qualifies big time, asking the Bride to spare her by using
using the fact that she is a mother as a pretense and hiding behind her little girl, which is even more shameless if one considers that she's brutally beaten the Bride while she was heavily pregnant herself. Then, once it becomes painfully clear that this doesn't mean a lot [[spoiler: she tries to off her in a surprise sneak attack.]]
3rd May '16 4:59:16 AM Shadowgazer
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* Vernita Green from the film ''Film/KillBill'' qualifies big time, asking the Bride to spare her by using
29th Apr '16 1:32:33 PM SparkyLurkdragon
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* Alfonso in ''SkiesOfArcadia'' is established as this in the game's ''opening sequence'': once his ship is attacked by the Blue Rogues, he is more concerned with escaping than fighting, and once he secures the means to do so he murders his vice captain in cold blood and tosses the corpse overboard in order to frame the vice captain as a traitor and cover his own ass. However, one of the surviving crewmen rats him out to [[BigBad Galcian]], who strips Alfonso of his command of the Mid Ocean Fleet and immediately [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigns him to Ixa'Taka.]]

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* Alfonso in ''SkiesOfArcadia'' ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' is established as this in the game's ''opening sequence'': once his ship is attacked by the Blue Rogues, he is more concerned with escaping than fighting, and once he secures the means to do so he murders his vice captain in cold blood and tosses the corpse overboard in order to frame the vice captain as a traitor and cover his own ass. However, one of the surviving crewmen rats rat him out to [[BigBad Galcian]], who strips Alfonso of his command of the Mid Ocean Fleet and immediately [[ReassignedToAntarctica reassigns him to Ixa'Taka.]]
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