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19th Feb '17 8:53:36 AM KillerClowns
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* This is the [[WordOfGod stated reason]] for Lord Brevon's absence in ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet2'': thanks to the beating he received in [[VideoGame/FreedomPlanet the first game]], he decides that Avalice and the [[MineralMacGuffin Kingdom Stone]] simply aren't worth it when he already has an interstellar empire to rule.

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* This is the [[WordOfGod stated reason]] for Lord Brevon's absence in ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet2'': thanks to the beating he received in [[VideoGame/FreedomPlanet the first game]], he decides that Avalice and the [[MineralMacGuffin Kingdom Stone]] simply aren't worth it risking another beating from [[ActionGirl Lilac]] when he already has an interstellar empire to rule.
18th Feb '17 11:28:26 PM BattleMaster
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* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', quite a few instances where you avoid a fight via a Renegade or Paragon dialog choice are all about reminding the NPC of this trope, usually by reminding them of all the other people who were more dangerous than they are that you've already killed.
10th Feb '17 10:44:35 AM TheSinful
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* The World Government functionally gives up on trying to capture Vivi in ''Fanfic/ShinobiOfTheHighSeas'' by the TimeSkip as her connection to the Straw Hat Pirates isn't worth tangling with her captain (Naruto) who has escaped Kizaru twice, fought Aokiji to a draw, and [[spoiler:killed Akainu]].
9th Feb '17 7:20:17 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In "The Laws of Gods and Men," Yara Greyjoy aborts her mission to rescue Theon when she realizes how utterly broken he is, saying her brother is "dead."
** In "The Children," Mance surrenders when Stannis' army arrives at the Wall. He knows he can't beat Stannis' forces, and he doesn't want to see his people slaughtered.
** In the ''History and Lore'' segments, House Tyrell is said to have risen to power in the wake of Aegon's Conquest by agreeing to surrender. They also agreed to surrender without a fight after the sack of King's Landing at the end of Robert's Rebellion. The King in the North Torrhen Stark did likewise to spare his army the same fate as the combined Lannister/Gardener army at the Field of Fire, which had 4000 men burned alive by Aegon's dragons. Henceforth Torrhen was known as the king who knelt.
2nd Feb '17 8:25:14 PM WaxingName
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* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', Joseph's final super special plan [consists of basically making the best use of his legs. In other words, to run the hell away. He usually comes up with a better plan while he's at it. (It sees use again in the part's finale, and gets a brief CallBack in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders the next part.]])

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* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', Joseph's final super special plan [consists consists of basically making the best use of his legs. In other words, to run the hell away. He usually comes up with a better plan while he's at it. (It sees use again in the part's finale, and gets a brief CallBack in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders the next part.]])
2nd Feb '17 8:24:47 PM WaxingName
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* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', [[http://mangable.com/jojos_bizarre_adventure/chapter-50/15/ Joseph's final super special plan]] [[http://mangable.com/jojos_bizarre_adventure/chapter-50/16/ consists of basically making the best use of his legs.]] In other words, [[http://mangable.com/jojos_bizarre_adventure/chapter-50/17/ to run the hell away.]] He usually comes up with a better plan while he's at it. (It sees use again in the part's finale, and gets a brief CallBack in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders the next part.]])

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* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', [[http://mangable.com/jojos_bizarre_adventure/chapter-50/15/ Joseph's final super special plan]] [[http://mangable.com/jojos_bizarre_adventure/chapter-50/16/ consists plan [consists of basically making the best use of his legs.]] legs. In other words, [[http://mangable.com/jojos_bizarre_adventure/chapter-50/17/ to run the hell away.]] away. He usually comes up with a better plan while he's at it. (It sees use again in the part's finale, and gets a brief CallBack in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders the next part.]])
20th Jan '17 8:59:36 PM Blazer
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* In a ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' short, [[Anime/YuYuHakusho Yusuke Urameshi and Kuwabara]] decide to challenge Perfect Cell, showing off their incredible (still early canon) powers. Cell stops them and asks if they can disintegrate entire planets with them. They wisely pack up and leave.
11th Jan '17 2:35:41 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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See also ScrewThisImOuttaHere; VillainExitStageLeft; OptOut; ISurrenderSuckers; GracefulLoser; IWillFightNoMoreForever; RunOrDie; SwitchOutMove; SensingYouAreOutmatched. Contrast SunkCostFallacy, which this trope tries to avoid. Compare/Contrast RageQuit; while both are about cutting their losses, RageQuit is more emotion-driven while Knowing when to Fold 'Em is strategically based.

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See also ScrewThisImOuttaHere; VillainExitStageLeft; OptOut; ISurrenderSuckers; GracefulLoser; IWillFightNoMoreForever; RunOrDie; SwitchOutMove; SensingYouAreOutmatched.SensingYouAreOutmatched; TacticalWithdrawal. Contrast SunkCostFallacy, which this trope tries to avoid. Compare/Contrast RageQuit; while both are about cutting their losses, RageQuit is more emotion-driven while Knowing when to Fold 'Em is strategically based.
25th Dec '16 8:21:00 PM BlueGuy
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* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', [[http://mangable.com/jojos_bizarre_adventure/chapter-50/15/ Joseph's final super special plan]] [[http://mangable.com/jojos_bizarre_adventure/chapter-50/16/ consists of basically making the best use of his legs.]] In other words, [[http://mangable.com/jojos_bizarre_adventure/chapter-50/17/ to run the hell away.]] He usually comes up with a better plan while he's at it. It also seems to be hereditary. He used it again in Part 2's finale. Smokey was ''not'' amused.

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* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', [[http://mangable.com/jojos_bizarre_adventure/chapter-50/15/ Joseph's final super special plan]] [[http://mangable.com/jojos_bizarre_adventure/chapter-50/16/ consists of basically making the best use of his legs.]] In other words, [[http://mangable.com/jojos_bizarre_adventure/chapter-50/17/ to run the hell away.]] He usually comes up with a better plan while he's at it. It also seems to be hereditary. He used it (It sees use again in Part 2's finale. Smokey was ''not'' amused.the part's finale, and gets a brief CallBack in [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureStardustCrusaders the next part.]])
2nd Dec '16 9:17:01 AM OlmoJV
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* The bad guys of ''Fanfic/TheDeathOfPrincessLuna'' turn out to be [[spoiler:four delusional stallions]] who are [[KnightTemplar utterly convinced]] that [[spoiler:killing Princess Luna is the right thing to do in order to end "Nightmare Moon" once and for all]]. After they're foiled and taken into custody, nearly all of them refuse to say anything despite the evidence against them, but [[spoiler:Comet Tail]] confesses everything about their conspiracy and even identifies the one member who wasn't caught with the others. This earns him the lightest prison sentence.
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