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** To some extent, Tyrion Lannister. He doesn't normally fight because he knows he's more of a hindrance than a help, but when his father (who despises him and was more than half wishing he'd get killed) orders him to take part in a battle, he gamely tries anyway, and when nobody else competent seemed to be stepping up he managed the defense of King's Landing pretty admirably considering, putting himself in personal danger to do so.
20th Oct '17 12:11:22 AM PaulA
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* Tends to happen to ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'''s Jou/Joe Kido whenever he has ADayInTheLimelight. Being [[SempaiKohai the eldest]] in the [[TrueCompanions group]], he tends to be almost obsessively cautious, until it is clear the others think of him as a coward or his older brother sees 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 is this act of selflessness that caused Matt to realize ThePowerOfFriendship and causes his Crest to glow. He also climbs 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 drowns saving the [[TagalongKid kid]] again in a later episode. He also jumps on the back of a GIANT RAMPAGING FLYING HORSE MONSTER to prevent it from [[PapaWolf attacking Tai and Sora]].

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* Tends to happen to ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'''s Jou/Joe Kido whenever he has ADayInTheLimelight. Being [[SempaiKohai the eldest]] in the [[TrueCompanions group]], he tends to be almost obsessively cautious, until it is clear the others think of him as a coward or his older brother sees him as a doormat. Note that he ends up doing some of the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome badassest]] 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 is this act of selflessness that caused Matt to realize ThePowerOfFriendship and causes his Crest to glow. He also climbs 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 drowns saving the [[TagalongKid kid]] again in a later episode. He also jumps on the back of a GIANT RAMPAGING FLYING HORSE MONSTER to prevent it from [[PapaWolf attacking Tai and Sora]].



** 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]].

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** 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]].



* In ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', Dr. Leslie Thompkins is a stolid pacifist. During the "No Man's Land" arc, a group of criminals entered the free clinic she was running and tried to start somethin'. She stood there, took absolutely ''no'' action whatsoever except tell them she was ''not'' going to take up arms against them, and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome stared their asses DOWN!]]

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* In ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'', Dr. Leslie Thompkins is a stolid pacifist. During the "No Man's Land" "ComicBook/BatmanNoMansLand" arc, a group of criminals entered the free clinic she was running and tried to start somethin'. She stood there, took absolutely ''no'' action whatsoever except tell them she was ''not'' going to take up arms against them, and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome stared their asses DOWN!]]DOWN!



** [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome The name... is HORACE!]] [[DramaticGunCock *shick-shick!*]]



* In ''[[Literature/TheWindsOfWarAndWarAndRemembrance The Winds of War]]'' there is Leslie Slote, a ''self''-called coward. A secretary at the American embassy who considers himself a coward (really he is just timid; there is a difference) is traveling through Germany with some neutral diplomats. An SS flunky demands to know which of them are Jews. In a MomentOfAwesome, this secretary faces down the SS officer, telling him that he has no right to that information, and announcing in effect that either [[IAmSpartacus none of them are Jews or all of them]]. Intimidated by the secretary's unaccustomed imperiousness the SS officer lets them go.

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* In ''[[Literature/TheWindsOfWarAndWarAndRemembrance The Winds of War]]'' there is Leslie Slote, a ''self''-called coward. A secretary at the American embassy who considers himself a coward (really he is just timid; there is a difference) is traveling through Germany with some neutral diplomats. An SS flunky demands to know which of them are Jews. In a MomentOfAwesome, this This secretary faces down the SS officer, telling him that he has no right to that information, and announcing in effect that either [[IAmSpartacus none of them are Jews or all of them]]. Intimidated by the secretary's unaccustomed imperiousness the SS officer lets them go.



** The puppeteers are a race of cowards. A very few, whom are considered by their own kind to be insane (and who often exhibit personality disorders recognizable to humans) are just brave enough to leave their homeworld in ships made of virtually indestructible material and equipped with emergency stasis fields in which they can wait out the end of the universe if necessary. One of these scouts, Nessus, is a manic depressive who often curls up into a motionless ball in his depressive state. He turns his back to run from any danger... although he might just be getting ready to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kick your heart out through your chest with his hind leg]]. To give a frame to the extent of his depressive states, at one point in ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' he ask to go into a building during a conversation in the street, ''afraid of the infinitesimal probability that a a meteor could kill him''. Nessus goes out in to the big scary universe because, although he is truly terrified by the dangers amongst the stars, he feels a great sense of duty to his people that, since he can bear to face such dangers, he must to protect the rest. His altruism extends to the human companions he often hires, whom he has more than once risked his own life to save. After such moments of heroism, he becomes a blubbering mess when he realizes just how much danger he was actually in.

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** The puppeteers are a race of cowards. A very few, whom are considered by their own kind to be insane (and who often exhibit personality disorders recognizable to humans) are just brave enough to leave their homeworld in ships made of virtually indestructible material and equipped with emergency stasis fields in which they can wait out the end of the universe if necessary. One of these scouts, Nessus, is a manic depressive who often curls up into a motionless ball in his depressive state. He turns his back to run from any danger... although he might just be getting ready to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kick your heart out through your chest with his hind leg]].leg. To give a frame to the extent of his depressive states, at one point in ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' he ask to go into a building during a conversation in the street, ''afraid of the infinitesimal probability that a a meteor could kill him''. Nessus goes out in to the big scary universe because, although he is truly terrified by the dangers amongst the stars, he feels a great sense of duty to his people that, since he can bear to face such dangers, he must to protect the rest. His altruism extends to the human companions he often hires, whom he has more than once risked his own life to save. After such moments of heroism, he becomes a blubbering mess when he realizes just how much danger he was actually in.



* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': The titular Monk is more or less terrified of everything. But he still goes out and fights crime. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming For Trudy]].

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* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': The titular Monk is more or less terrified of everything. But he still goes out and fights crime. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming For Trudy]].



* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''[='s=] Green Ranger, "Doc" Don Doggioer, '''is''' something of a scaredy cat, mainly because he was just a mechanic and engineer when he was recruited. That doesn't change the fact that he still goes out there and fights alongside the others, making good use of ConfusionFu to deal with enemies and, in his ultimate CrowningMomentOfAwesome, single-handedly facing down someone called the [[FourStarBadass Strongest Soldier in the Universe]].

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* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''[='s=] Green Ranger, "Doc" Don Doggioer, '''is''' something of a scaredy cat, mainly because he was just a mechanic and engineer when he was recruited. That doesn't change the fact that he still goes out there and fights alongside the others, making good use of ConfusionFu to deal with enemies and, in his ultimate CrowningMomentOfAwesome, and single-handedly facing down someone called the [[FourStarBadass Strongest Soldier in the Universe]].



* The song "Coward of the County" by Music/KennyRogers, which currently provides the page quote. Tommy's father died in prison and on his deathbed he told Tommy not to follow in his footsteps, saying that "you don't have to fight to be a man." Later in the song a bunch of guys rape Tommy's girlfriend while he's away at work and he learns that "sometimes you gotta fight when you're a man." Tommy's CrowningMomentOfAwesome comes when he confronts the rapists in a bar. He turns around and they mock him for running... then they realize [[OhCrap he's locking the door so]] ''[[OhCrap they]]'' [[OhCrap can't escape]].

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* The song "Coward of the County" by Music/KennyRogers, which currently provides the page quote. Tommy's father died in prison and on his deathbed he told Tommy not to follow in his footsteps, saying that "you don't have to fight to be a man." Later in the song a bunch of guys rape Tommy's girlfriend while he's away at work and he learns that "sometimes you gotta fight when you're a man." Tommy's CrowningMomentOfAwesome comes when he He confronts the rapists in a bar. He turns around and they mock him for running... then they realize [[OhCrap he's locking the door so]] ''[[OhCrap they]]'' [[OhCrap can't escape]].
20th Oct '17 12:07:40 AM PaulA
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* The puppeteers in Larry Niven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' setting are a race of cowards. A very few, whom are considered by their own kind to be insane (and who often exhibit personality disorders recognizable to humans) are just brave enough to leave their homeworld in ships made of virtually indestructible material and equipped with emergency stasis fields in which they can wait out the end of the universe if necessary. One of these scouts, Nessus, is a manic depressive who often curls up into a motionless ball in his depressive state. He turns his back to run from any danger... although he might just be getting ready to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kick your heart out through your chest with his hind leg]]. Nessus goes out in to the big scary universe because, although he is truly terrified by the dangers amongst the stars, he feels a great sense of duty to his people that, since he can bear to face such dangers, he must to protect the rest. His altruism extends to the human companions he often hires, whom he has more than once risked his own life to save. After such moments of heroism, he becomes a blubbering mess when he realizes just how much danger he was actually in.
** To give a frame to the extent of his depressive states, at one point in ''Ringworld'' he ask to go into a building during a conversation in the street, ''afraid of the infinitesimal probability that a a meteor could kill him''

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* The puppeteers in Larry Niven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' setting setting:
** The puppeteers
are a race of cowards. A very few, whom are considered by their own kind to be insane (and who often exhibit personality disorders recognizable to humans) are just brave enough to leave their homeworld in ships made of virtually indestructible material and equipped with emergency stasis fields in which they can wait out the end of the universe if necessary. One of these scouts, Nessus, is a manic depressive who often curls up into a motionless ball in his depressive state. He turns his back to run from any danger... although he might just be getting ready to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kick your heart out through your chest with his hind leg]]. To give a frame to the extent of his depressive states, at one point in ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' he ask to go into a building during a conversation in the street, ''afraid of the infinitesimal probability that a a meteor could kill him''. Nessus goes out in to the big scary universe because, although he is truly terrified by the dangers amongst the stars, he feels a great sense of duty to his people that, since he can bear to face such dangers, he must to protect the rest. His altruism extends to the human companions he often hires, whom he has more than once risked his own life to save. After such moments of heroism, he becomes a blubbering mess when he realizes just how much danger he was actually in.
** To give a frame to the extent of his depressive states, at one point in ''Ringworld'' he ask to go into a building during a conversation in the street, ''afraid of the infinitesimal probability that a a meteor could kill him''
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21st Aug '17 9:30:13 AM Jeduthun
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[[InvertedTrope Exact opposite]] of MilesGloriosus, who acts brave but is really a coward.

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[[InvertedTrope Exact opposite]] {{Foil}} of MilesGloriosus, who acts brave but is really a coward.
21st Aug '17 9:27:54 AM Jeduthun
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Compare CowardlyLion, who believes himself a coward; the tropes may overlap but seldom do. It may, however, overlap with BewareTheNiceOnes, GoodIsNotSoft, and MartialPacifist. Contrast DirtyCoward, for which these will be mistaken at first. Also contrast NobodyCallsMeChicken, when being labeled a coward provokes a character into doing something brave (or stupid). Also contrast MilesGloriosus, who acts brave but is really a coward.

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Compare CowardlyLion, who believes himself a coward; the tropes may overlap but seldom do. It may, however, overlap with BewareTheNiceOnes, GoodIsNotSoft, and MartialPacifist. Contrast DirtyCoward, for which these will be mistaken at first. Also contrast NobodyCallsMeChicken, when being labeled a coward provokes a character into doing something brave (or stupid). Also contrast

[[InvertedTrope Exact opposite]] of
MilesGloriosus, who acts brave but is really a coward.
22nd Jul '17 5:48:08 AM Piterpicher
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Marshall refuses to engage in a fist fight with the other guys, claiming pacifism. Everyone scoffs at him and calls him a wuss... until someone punches Ted, and Marshall knocks him out with a single punch. He and his brothers fought ruthlessly as kids, it turns out, and Marshall is (justifiably) wary of unleashing the beast. It's important to note that the man Marshall knocked out had previously beaten up two other men single handedly. 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 Creator/QuentinTarantino's interpretation of ''Film/FightClub''.

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Marshall refuses to engage in a fist fight with the other guys, claiming pacifism. Everyone scoffs at him and calls him a wuss... until someone punches Ted, and Marshall knocks him out with a single punch. He and his brothers fought ruthlessly as kids, it turns out, and Marshall is (justifiably) wary of unleashing the beast. It's important to note that the man Marshall knocked out had previously beaten up two other men single handedly. Marshall's youth growing up with his brothers is initially seen as harmless LeaveItToBeaver ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' style horsing around, but after the beatdown we see that same scene [[TheRashomon from Ted's perspective]] and it looks like Creator/QuentinTarantino's interpretation of ''Film/FightClub''.
15th Jul '17 2:50:33 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Fat Man and Little Boy''[[note]]also known as ''Shadowmakers''[[/note]] scientist Michael Merriman reports that people in his hometown were less than impressed when he told them he was going to "a P.O. box in New Mexico" rather than shipping out to fight in WorldWarII. As implied by the film's title, Merriman was assigned to the Manhattan Project.

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* In ''Fat Man and Little Boy''[[note]]also known as ''Shadowmakers''[[/note]] scientist Michael Merriman reports that people in his hometown were less than impressed when he told them he was going to "a P.O. box in New Mexico" rather than shipping out to fight in WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. As implied by the film's title, Merriman was assigned to the Manhattan Project.
4th Jul '17 5:35:43 PM gophergiggles
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* Hal Emmerich / Otacon from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', albeit not without some justification, pees his pants in fear of the Cyborg Ninja and is too afraid to attempt to take down an enemy soldier despite being able to turn invisible. He's also periodically terrified by Snake, his ''ally''. However in the end of the game either two things can happen. In the non-canon bad ending can jump behind the wheel of a jeep, staring down droves of enemy soldiers and Liquid Snake himself, to drive you and Snake out of the base before it's nuked. In the canon good ending, he opts to stay behind to disable the security locks so you and Meryl can escape, [[HeroicSacrifice knowing full well the base will be nuked and he won't get out in time]].
23rd Apr '17 8:50:16 PM CaptEquinox
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* France's military might have [[MemeticMutation the nasty reputation]] of being cowards and wimps, but their military is ranked ''[[http://www.globalfirepower.com/countries-listing.asp sixth]]'' on GFP's list of military strength. France actually has a fairly aggressive military policy and is more than willing to intervene in other countries (usually those with former French connections), it's just that the French government has a got it alone attitude that doesn't always see eye to eye with the Americans when it comes to foreign policy. It's notable that, despite the French surrender, Germany never actually conquered the entirety of France and a significant amount of allied warpower and success in nazi-occupied France was due largely to ''civilian'' rebellions. Despite accusations towards the French, they do ''not'' play around when their freedom is taken.

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* France's military might have [[MemeticMutation the nasty reputation]] of being cowards and wimps, but their military is ranked ''[[http://www.globalfirepower.com/countries-listing.asp sixth]]'' on GFP's list of military strength. France actually has a fairly aggressive military policy and is more than willing to intervene in other countries (usually those with former French connections), it's just that the French government has a got "got it alone alone" attitude that doesn't always see eye to eye with the Americans when it comes to foreign policy. It's notable that, despite the French surrender, Germany never actually conquered the entirety of France and a significant amount of allied warpower and success in nazi-occupied France was due largely to [[LaResistance ''civilian'' rebellions. rebellions]]. Despite "cheese-eating surrender monkey" accusations towards the French, they do ''not'' play around when their freedom is taken.
21st Apr '17 9:08:45 AM Psi001
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* The Disney adaptations of [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]] portray Piglet as this, there are several times he will lose it if he believes [[BerserkButton his friends are in danger]].

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* The Disney adaptations of [[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]] portray Piglet as this, there are several times he will lose it if he believes [[BerserkButton his friends are in danger]]. In their defence, his friends rarely ridicule him outright for his timidness, [[InnocentlyInsensitive but they tend to accept it as his usual approach]]. [[LovableCoward To just about everything]].
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