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24th Apr '16 6:06:16 AM Derkhan
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* In ''Literature/ThisImmortal'', the reasoning behind Conrad's leaving his identity as Konstantin Karaghiosis and the [[LaResistance Returnist movement]] behind was that there comes a point when one's achieved what one could achieve and it's time to move on. Dos Santos and especially Diane, who figures out Conrad's former identity, disagree.
9th Apr '16 4:31:49 PM Softy
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** Omashu itself fell so quickly because Bumi surrendered immediately, figuring they were in no position to accomplish anything by fighting back. He even [[SelfRestraint willingly remained in a prison he could break out of]] until he thought the time was right. [[spoiler: When that moment comes ("An eclipse. That'll do it. ") [[OneManArmy he sure as hell seized upon it]].]]

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** Omashu itself fell so quickly because its King Bumi surrendered immediately, figuring they were in no position to accomplish anything by fighting back. He even [[SelfRestraint willingly remained in a prison he could break out of]] until he thought the time was right. [[spoiler: When that moment comes ("An eclipse. That'll do it. ") [[OneManArmy he sure as hell seized upon it]].]]
24th Mar '16 1:51:06 AM Shadowgazer
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** Even more noteworthy is Julius Caesar's use of this trope, because he isn't acting like a snivelling coward and it isn't played for laughs. Au contraire, he often appears at the end of a story, granting amnesty to Asterix and Obelix and even doing a few favours... because they have already fought through tooth and nail and the only way to save face and avoid a humiliating defeat, is acting in acceptance. Asterix usually plays along because it would complicate matters a little otherwise.
23rd Mar '16 8:55:06 PM LordDynasmon
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* Deconstructed in ''HunterXHunter'' with Killua, who's first instinct when he's certain he's facing a more powerful opponent is to run. Unfortunately, this proves to be more of a hindrance a lot of the time, as running isn't always an option, and with his tendency to underestimate himself, it ends up holding him back from going all-out. This provides a hilarious moment when he and Gon are trapped in a room by Nobunaga. With Nobunaga blocking the only way out of the room and being far too strong for the two of them to fight, they suddenly rush him...only to break down the walls of the room and flee. When Nobunaga runs out to look for them, Killua declares that they'll come out to face him...only to take Gon and flee the building while Nobunaga waits for them to show themselves. It's later subverted when it turns out this behavior is actually manipulation from his older brother Illumi, who is overbearingly protective of him. To ensure he never fights opponents stronger than himself, he planted a mind-controlling needle in his forehead that puts that instinct in his mind. Once Killua figures this out, he immediately removes the needle, and along with it, the crippling desire to run.

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* Deconstructed in ''HunterXHunter'' with Killua, who's whose first instinct when he's certain he's facing a more powerful opponent is to run. Unfortunately, this proves to be more of a hindrance a lot of the time, as running isn't always an option, and with his tendency to underestimate himself, it ends up holding him back from going all-out. This provides a hilarious moment when he and Gon are trapped in a room by Nobunaga. With Nobunaga blocking the only way out of the room and being far too strong for the two of them to fight, they suddenly rush him...only to break down the walls of the room and flee. When Nobunaga runs out to look for them, Killua declares that they'll come out to face him...only to take Gon and flee the building while Nobunaga waits for them to show themselves. It's later subverted when it turns out this behavior is actually manipulation from his older brother Illumi, who is overbearingly protective of him. To ensure he never fights opponents stronger than himself, he planted a mind-controlling needle in his forehead that puts that instinct in his mind. Once Killua figures this out, he immediately removes the needle, and along with it, the crippling desire to run.
23rd Mar '16 10:59:06 AM Nazetrime
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* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', two of the members of the titular guild occasionally just plain bail out of fights they think can't be won. While Gaea tends to do it as part of her DirtyCoward and TheScrooge behaviour, it tends to be depicted as this trope when OnlySaneWoman Ivy is the one who does it.



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2nd Mar '16 12:50:34 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/ShamanBlues'', when the Old Ones see Vulture basically blow the afterlife's door wide open to rescue Witkacy, they wisely decide to give up on attempting to claim their "prize" and retreat.
29th Feb '16 9:16:04 PM Mitis
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* ''Fanfic/NewGamePlus'':

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* ''Fanfic/NewGamePlus'':''[[Fanfic/NewGamePlusOnePiece New Game Plus]]'':
26th Feb '16 12:46:01 PM Chaosenvoy
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* Deconstructed in ''HunterXHunter'' with Killua, who's first instinct when he's certain he's facing a more powerful opponent is to run. Unfortunately, this proves to be more of a hindrance a lot of the time, as running isn't always an option, and with his tendency to underestimate himself, it ends up holding him back from going all-out. This provides a hilarious moment when he and Gon are trapped in a room by Nobunaga. With Nobunaga blocking the only way out of the room and being far too strong for the two of them to fight, they suddenly rush him...only to break down the walls of the room and flee. When Nobunaga runs out to look for them, Killua declares that they'll come out to face him...only to take Gon and flee the building while Nobunaga waits for them to show themselves.

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* Deconstructed in ''HunterXHunter'' with Killua, who's first instinct when he's certain he's facing a more powerful opponent is to run. Unfortunately, this proves to be more of a hindrance a lot of the time, as running isn't always an option, and with his tendency to underestimate himself, it ends up holding him back from going all-out. This provides a hilarious moment when he and Gon are trapped in a room by Nobunaga. With Nobunaga blocking the only way out of the room and being far too strong for the two of them to fight, they suddenly rush him...only to break down the walls of the room and flee. When Nobunaga runs out to look for them, Killua declares that they'll come out to face him...only to take Gon and flee the building while Nobunaga waits for them to show themselves. It's later subverted when it turns out this behavior is actually manipulation from his older brother Illumi, who is overbearingly protective of him. To ensure he never fights opponents stronger than himself, he planted a mind-controlling needle in his forehead that puts that instinct in his mind. Once Killua figures this out, he immediately removes the needle, and along with it, the crippling desire to run.
21st Feb '16 11:06:35 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/TheAvengers'', Loki subverts [[FinalBoss a certain other trope]] by choosing not to go for seconds on beatings and surrendering to the Avengers after losing his army. Considering [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWqGNITWIEc how fighting Hulk had gone,]] surrendering and [[INeedAFreakingDrink asking for a drink]] was the smart thing to do when Hulk was backed up by the rest of the group.

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* In ''Film/TheAvengers'', ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'', Loki subverts [[FinalBoss a certain other trope]] by choosing not to go for seconds on beatings and surrendering to the Avengers after losing his army. Considering [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWqGNITWIEc how fighting Hulk had gone,]] surrendering and [[INeedAFreakingDrink asking for a drink]] was the smart thing to do when Hulk was backed up by the rest of the group.
23rd Jan '16 10:30:01 AM luiz4200
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'': After the last task is fulfilled, Julius Caesar is so afraid of what the Gauls will do to him if he doesn't keep his word he gives them full control of Rome as promised.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTwelveTasksOfAsterix'': After [[spoiler:After the last task is fulfilled, Julius Caesar is so afraid of what the Gauls will do to him if he doesn't keep his word he gives them full control of Rome as promised.]]
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