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13th Feb '17 12:42:36 PM AsherTye
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* Haruyuki from AccelWorld thinks of himself as cowardly, but that's really only when his own wellbeing is on the line.
9th Feb '17 5:35:19 AM Drakkenmensch
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** Marshall's youth growing up with his brothers is initially seen as harmless LeaveItToBeaver style horsing around, but after the beatdown we see that same scene [[TheRashomon from Ted's perspective]] and it looks like QuentinTarantino's interpretation of FightClub.
7th Jan '17 4:01:54 PM nombretomado
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* In ''SamuraiDeeperKyo'', the main protagonist, Kyoshiro comes across as a sniveling coward, who refuses to engage in fights with anyone, even when people he cares about are being threatened. At first, he only seems to be a competent fighter when his body gets hijacked by a more violent resident soul living inside him, named Kyo. However, it's later revealed that without his stubborn pacifism, Kyoshiro is even more dangerous than Kyo.

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* In ''SamuraiDeeperKyo'', ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'', the main protagonist, Kyoshiro comes across as a sniveling coward, who refuses to engage in fights with anyone, even when people he cares about are being threatened. At first, he only seems to be a competent fighter when his body gets hijacked by a more violent resident soul living inside him, named Kyo. However, it's later revealed that without his stubborn pacifism, Kyoshiro is even more dangerous than Kyo.
5th Jan '17 2:14:51 AM rafi
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* Jacuzzi Splot from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' initially appears to be a giant cry baby, possibly leading viewers to wonder if the other members of his gang calling him boss is ironic or a mistranslation. Then you see him take out a flamethrower-wielding villain with just a cherry bomb.



* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'': [[EvilGloating "Your dream for 4 years? It's over, trash"]]. And the cowardly runningback Kobayakawa Sena smacks [[JerkJock Agon's]] ass down [[CrowningMomentofAwesome in the most awesome way]].

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* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'': [[EvilGloating "Your dream for 4 years? It's over, trash"]]. And Tended to happen to ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'''s Jou/Joe Kido whenever he had ADayInTheLimelight. Being [[SempaiKohai the cowardly runningback Kobayakawa Sena smacks [[JerkJock Agon's]] ass down [[CrowningMomentofAwesome eldest]] in the most awesome way]].[[TrueCompanions group]], he tended to be almost obsessively cautious, until it was clear the others thought of him as a coward or his older brother saw him as a doormat. Note that he ends up doing some of the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome badassest]] things in the series, including jumping off a roof onto an evil Digimon to save [[CheerfulChild TK]], getting squeezed like a tube of toothpaste for his troubles, and ''still'' telling TK's older brother to beat the ''other'' evil Digimon first, 'cause he's just fine; it was this act of selflessness that caused Matt to realize ThePowerOfFriendship and caused his Crest to glow.
** He also climbed a mountain alone to make sure it was safe for the rest of the group to climb it back when his digimon was not able to evolve and later almost drowned saving the [[TagalongKid kid]] again in a later episode.
** He also jumped on the back of a GIANT RAMPAGING FLYING HORSE MONSTER to prevent it from [[PapaWolf attacking Tai and Sora]].



* An interesting case can be made for [[EvilOverlord Frieza]] in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Though he's called a [[DirtyCoward coward]] for [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying Planet Vegeta]] (as he feared the rise of a Super Saiyan, which would be his undoing), he is arguably just being [[PragmaticVillainy practical.]] And even when he starts to lose the fight against Goku, he still swallows his fear and gives him the fight of his life. Such is the case of being a [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic villain]] among [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Guys.]]
** A more straight forward example can be seen in Android 16. Despite his much larger and more imposing appearance, 16's quiet nature and refusal to fight, as well perhaps as his earlier model number, has him labeled by 17 & 18 as an imperfect model that they mostly keep around for company. His very straightforward focus on his purpose for killing Goku and even being warned off by Dr Gero himself further push this point. Even when confronted with Cell seeking to assimilate 17 & 18, 16 mostly tries to talk them into running away, to no avail against 17's ego. Finally, after Cell has fought his way through Piccolo and is about to absorb 17, 16 steps in and proceeds to fight Cell to at worst a stalemate and at best a winning bout, trading blow for blow while having the same limitless energy as the other Androids. 16's fight comes on the heels of Cell beating down both Piccolo and 17 effortlessly, albeit the former had expended a lot of stamina, and both were leagues above even Super Saiyans at this point in the series.
* [[spoiler:The prime minister]] in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' was given her position because she lacked the determination and ambition to interfere with the [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness actual people in charge]]. But she would only take so much shit.
* Kintaro from ''Manga/GoldenBoy''. In several episodes he's beaten up by thugs, bodyguards, and once, a jealous boyfriend. Near the end of that episode, however, he dodges a punch and [[OneHitKO counters with one of his own,]] shown from three different angles, all of which are horribly painful to look at.
--> '''Kintaro''': I opened up a can of whoop-ass. I used my Kenpo Training Center technique in such a manner as ''stupid'' as this! I have so much more that I need to learn!
* Akito Tenkawa of ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' is initially believed to be a military deserter because he has the universe's [[HumongousMecha Humongous Mechas']] UnusualUserInterface on his hand. In truth, he's from Mars, where said interface is much more common because it's used for heavy machinery too -- and on top of that he's suffering PTSD because he only barely survived an attack by TheEmpire.
* From the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', Kai Shiden constantly complained and acted selfishly and cowardly in and out of the battlefield, which didn't earn him too many friends. However, he still got in the Guncannon and fought back whenever required, and after [[TookALevelInBadass taking a few levels in badass]] his cowardly traits [[CharacterDevelopment disappear completely]].
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'': Kira Yamato may be a pacifist who did not originally want to get involved in the war, and who avoids fighting whenever possible, but may God help you if you put his friends in danger. His Wikipedia and Gundam Wiki articles even point out that he tends to be shy and non-violent in most situations outside of combat, while also having a strong desire to protect people.
** Also, Nicol Amalfi. His comrades may call him a coward to his face, but when they come up against the space fortress Artemis, considered to be unassailable, he comes up with his own plan of attack and [[OneManArmy more or less solos the entire base]]. Yes, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he earned that]] [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority red uniform]].
*** Not to mention he's willing to [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice it all for a friend...]] ]]
* Played with in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' when Tenma, hiding on top of a bookcase in a library waiting to kill a man, reminisces about being called a pussy as a child because he got inordinately scared during a game of hide-and-seek.
* Shinji, and [[BreakTheCutie eventually]], [[spoiler:Asuka]] from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' are quite reluctant to pilot Eva, but still wreck Angel shit until their [[DysfunctionJunction crippling psychological hindrances]] kick into high gear.



* Tended to happen to ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'''s Jou/Joe Kido whenever he had ADayInTheLimelight. Being [[SempaiKohai the eldest]] in the [[TrueCompanions group]], he tended to be almost obsessively cautious, until it was clear the others thought of him as a coward or his older brother saw him as a doormat. Note that he ends up doing some of the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome badassest]] things in the series, including jumping off a roof onto an evil Digimon to save [[CheerfulChild TK]], getting squeezed like a tube of toothpaste for his troubles, and ''still'' telling TK's older brother to beat the ''other'' evil Digimon first, 'cause he's just fine; it was this act of selflessness that caused Matt to realize ThePowerOfFriendship and caused his Crest to glow.
** He also climbed a mountain alone to make sure it was safe for the rest of the group to climb it back when his digimon was not able to evolve and later almost drowned saving the [[TagalongKid kid]] again in a later episode.
** He also jumped on the back of a GIANT RAMPAGING FLYING HORSE MONSTER to prevent it from [[PapaWolf attacking Tai and Sora]].
* Akito Tenkawa of ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' is initially believed to be a military deserter because he has the universe's [[HumongousMecha Humongous Mechas']] UnusualUserInterface on his hand. In truth, he's from Mars, where said interface is much more common because it's used for heavy machinery too -- and on top of that he's suffering PTSD because he only barely survived an attack by TheEmpire.
* Played with in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' when Tenma, hiding on top of a bookcase in a library waiting to kill a man, reminisces about being called a pussy as a child because he got inordinately scared during a game of hide-and-seek.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'': Kira Yamato may be a pacifist who did not originally want to get involved in the war, and who avoids fighting whenever possible, but may God help you if you put his friends in danger. His Wikipedia and Gundam Wiki articles even point out that he tends to be shy and non-violent in most situations outside of combat, while also having a strong desire to protect people.
** Also, Nicol Amalfi. His comrades may call him a coward to his face, but when they come up against the space fortress Artemis, considered to be unassailable, he comes up with his own plan of attack and [[OneManArmy more or less solos the entire base]]. Yes, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he earned that]] [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority red uniform]].
*** Not to mention he's willing to [[spoiler: [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice it all for a friend...]] ]]
* An interesting case can be made for [[EvilOverlord Frieza]] in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. Though he's called a [[DirtyCoward coward]] for [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroying Planet Vegeta]] (as he feared the rise of a Super Saiyan, which would be his undoing), he is arguably just being [[PragmaticVillainy practical.]] And even when he starts to lose the fight against Goku, he still swallows his fear and gives him the fight of his life. Such is the case of being a [[PragmaticVillainy pragmatic villain]] among [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race Guys.]]
** A more straight forward example can be seen in Android 16. Despite his much larger and more imposing appearance, 16's quiet nature and refusal to fight, as well perhaps as his earlier model number, has him labeled by 17 & 18 as an imperfect model that they mostly keep around for company. His very straightforward focus on his purpose for killing Goku and even being warned off by Dr Gero himself further push this point. Even when confronted with Cell seeking to assimilate 17 & 18, 16 mostly tries to talk them into running away, to no avail against 17's ego. Finally, after Cell has fought his way through Piccolo and is about to absorb 17, 16 steps in and proceeds to fight Cell to at worst a stalemate and at best a winning bout, trading blow for blow while having the same limitless energy as the other Androids. 16's fight comes on the heels of Cell beating down both Piccolo and 17 effortlessly, albeit the former had expended a lot of stamina, and both were leagues above even Super Saiyans at this point in the series.
* From the original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', Kai Shiden constantly complained and acted selfishly and cowardly in and out of the battlefield, which didn't earn him too many friends. However, he still got in the Guncannon and fought back whenever required, and after [[TookALevelInBadass taking a few levels in badass]] his cowardly traits [[CharacterDevelopment disappear completely]].
* Kintaro from ''GoldenBoy''. In several episodes he's beaten up by thugs, bodyguards, and once, a jealous boyfriend. Near the end of that episode, however, he dodges a punch and [[OneHitKO counters with one of his own,]] shown from three different angles, all of which are horribly painful to look at.
--> '''Kintaro''': I opened up a can of whoop-ass. I used my Kenpo Training Center technique in such a manner as ''stupid'' as this! I have so much more that I need to learn!
* [[spoiler:The prime minister]] in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' was given her position because she lacked the determination and ambition to interfere with the [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness actual people in charge]]. But she would only take so much shit.
* Shinji, and [[BreakTheCutie eventually]], [[spoiler:Asuka]] from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' are quite reluctant to pilot Eva, but still wreck Angel shit until their [[DysfunctionJunction crippling psychological hindrances]] kick into high gear.
* Jacuzzi Splot from ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' initially appears to be a giant cry baby, possibly leading viewers to wonder if the other members of his gang calling him boss is ironic or a mistranslation. Then you see him take out a flamethrower-wielding villain with just a cherry bomb.
5th Jan '17 1:16:21 AM Hylian-Highwind
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** A more straight forward example can be seen in Android 16. Despite his much larger and more imposing appearance, 16's quiet nature and refusal to fight, as well perhaps as his earlier model number, has him labeled by 17 & 18 as an imperfect model that they mostly keep around for company. His very straightforward focus on his purpose for killing Goku and even being warned off by Dr Gero himself further push this point. Even when confronted with Cell seeking to assimilate 17 & 18, 16 mostly tries to talk them into running away, to no avail against 17's ego. Finally, after Cell has fought his way through Piccolo and is about to absorb 17, 16 steps in and proceeds to fight Cell to at worst a stalemate and at best a winning bout, trading blow for blow while having the same limitless energy as the other Androids. 16's fight comes on the heels of Cell beating down both Piccolo and 17 effortlessly, albeit the former had expended a lot of stamina, and both were leagues above even Super Saiyans at this point in the series.
21st Dec '16 11:15:49 AM Xtifr
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* Gwystyl from the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' is derided as a coward by all the heroes; however at the end of the book tales of his heroism in battle reach their ears, though he denies it all, and it's hinted that he's deliberately fostering a cowardly exterior.

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* Gwystyl from the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'' is derided as a coward by all the heroes; however at the end of the book tales of his heroism in battle reach their ears, though he denies it all, and it's hinted that he's deliberately fostering a cowardly exterior.
13th Dec '16 6:12:03 AM WillBGood
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*** Earlier in the same episode, Arnold had been meekly tolerating Janet being...well...[[{{Jerkass}} Janet]] and standing up for her when the rest of his class got peeved at her. But when she insults Ms. Frizzle, he gets visibly angry and informs her that [[HypocriticalHeartwarming "''No one'' is better than Ms. Frizzle."]]

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*** Earlier in the same episode, Arnold had been meekly tolerating Janet being...well...[[{{Jerkass}} Janet]] and standing up for her when the rest of his class got peeved at her. But when she insults Ms. Frizzle, he gets visibly angry and informs her that [[HypocriticalHeartwarming "''No one'' that "''[[HypocriticalHeartwarming No one]]'' is better than Ms. Frizzle."]]"
13th Dec '16 6:11:16 AM WillBGood
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries'' has Jonathan Carnahan, the protagonist's uncle. Mostly providing comedic relief, he is usually the one asking if they can't just go home or talk things out in his Adorkable British fashion, but when push comes to shove he'll dive right into battle alongside his family, and will never abandon them.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMummyTheAnimatedSeries'' has Jonathan Carnahan, the protagonist's uncle. Mostly providing comedic relief, he is usually the one asking if they can't just go home or talk things out in his Adorkable {{Adorkable}} British fashion, but when push comes to shove he'll dive right into battle alongside his family, and will never abandon them.
13th Dec '16 6:04:35 AM WillBGood
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** The {{BigBad}}s of Series/DoctorWho thinking that The Doctor is a coward is, in part, due to The Doctor using ObfuscatingStupidity, and in part due to the fact that EvilCannotComprehendGood, because this is a man who has taken on some of the universe's nastiest of the nasty, like [[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]], [[TheAssimilator Cybermen]], and performing acts of derring-do such as transporting the TARDIS '''onto''' a crashing airplane with no idea how to fly it in an effort to save lives.

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** The {{BigBad}}s {{Big Bad}}s of Series/DoctorWho thinking that The Doctor is a coward is, in part, due to The Doctor using ObfuscatingStupidity, and in part due to the fact that EvilCannotComprehendGood, because this is a man who has taken on some of the universe's nastiest of the nasty, like [[OmnicidalManiac Daleks]], [[TheAssimilator Cybermen]], and performing acts of derring-do such as transporting the TARDIS '''onto''' a crashing airplane with no idea how to fly it in an effort to save lives.
9th Dec '16 8:10:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'': Clark Kent pretends to be a coward because its the perfect excuse for him to slip away in a dangerous situation and return as Superman.
** It also helps keep his loved ones safe. Because people, especially villains like Lex Luthor, refuse to believe that a man as powerful as Superman would 'demean' himself by living as the meek, mild, and most important for the situation, exceedingly '''human''' Clark Kent.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'': Clark Kent pretends to be a coward because its the perfect excuse for him to slip away in a dangerous situation and return as Superman.
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Superman. It also helps keep his loved ones safe. Because people, especially villains like Lex Luthor, refuse to believe that a man as powerful as Superman would 'demean' himself by living as the meek, mild, and most important for the situation, exceedingly '''human''' Clark Kent.
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