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10th Jan '18 12:03:22 PM RedScharlach
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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 it's 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.



* In Juliet Marillier's ''Literature/DaughterOfTheForest'', both Red and his men are called cowards by Red's powerhungry uncle, Richard. In subtler words than that, but cowards nonetheless. Throughout the book, however, they are shown as brave and decent men, who just rather stay at home and tend their flocks than to fight in a war that neither side has a hope of winning.

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* In Juliet Marillier's ''Literature/DaughterOfTheForest'', both Red and his men are called cowards by Red's powerhungry power-hungry uncle, Richard. In subtler words than that, but cowards nonetheless. Throughout the book, however, they are shown as brave and decent men, who just rather stay at home and tend their flocks than to fight in a war that neither side has a hope of winning.



** 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 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 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.



* Admiral Metternich per Plasgiamus from the ''BALADA:Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity'' series is an interesting take on that. He's more of a 'win your battles without fighting' kind of guy, then an outright coward. While he himself considers that he's a yellowbelly, he's more the sort of 'avoid battle at all costs and kick'em in the nuts when their not looking' type, and he does so in the series, where he tries to avoid fighting and only fight when he has an advantage, but when the chips are down he immediatly takes command, turn into a veritable 'Nelson IN SPACE' and amongst his command staff if the first to see oportunity and the way to victory. The real kicker is that while his subordinates are elite sailors, who all graduate from the top military academy, he's a civilian that was drafted
* A variant appears in ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell''. At one point, while travelling to Mr. Norrell's Yorkshire estate, Robert Childermass finds himself on a "fairy road", where he encounters a soldier who challenges Childermass to a duel in defence of his "mistress". Childermass refuses the duel, assures the soldier he means his mistress no harm, and rides away. When he later recounts the story to Norrell and Mr. Lascelles, Lascelles derides him as a dishonourable coward. In fact, Childermass is just savvy enough to realise that the soldier was obviously enchanted by a fairy spell, and if he'd entered into a duel without fully understanding the situation Childermass would have needlessly put himself at risk in ways that he didn't understand. [[spoiler: A fact proven when Lascelles finds himself on the same fairy road, encounters the same soldier, accepts his duel and kills him... only for ''Lascelles'' to end up falling under the same spell and taking the soldier's place.]]

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* Admiral Metternich per Plasgiamus from the ''BALADA:Literature/ASymphonyOfEternity'' series is an interesting take on that. He's more of a 'win your battles without fighting' kind of guy, then an outright coward. While he himself considers thinks that he's a yellowbelly, he's more the sort of 'avoid to "avoid battle at all costs and kick'em kick 'em in the nuts when their not looking' type, looking", and he does so in the series, where he tries to avoid fighting and only fight when he has an advantage, but advantage. Nevertheless, when the chips are down he immediatly immediately takes command, turn turns into a veritable 'Nelson IN SPACE' and amongst his command staff if is the first to see oportunity opportunity and the way to victory. The real kicker is that while his subordinates are elite sailors, who all graduate from the top military academy, he's a civilian that who was drafted
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* A variant appears in ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell''. At one point, while travelling to Mr. Norrell's Yorkshire estate, Robert John Childermass finds himself on a "fairy road", where he encounters a soldier who challenges Childermass to a duel in defence of his "mistress". Childermass refuses the duel, assures the soldier he means his mistress no harm, and rides away. When he later recounts the story to Norrell and Mr. Lascelles, Lascelles derides him as a dishonourable coward. In fact, Childermass is just savvy enough to realise that the soldier was obviously enchanted by a fairy spell, and if he'd entered into a duel without fully understanding the situation Childermass would have needlessly put himself at risk in ways that he didn't understand. [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A fact proven when Lascelles finds himself on the same fairy road, encounters the same soldier, accepts his duel and kills him... only for ''Lascelles'' to end up falling under the same spell and taking the soldier's place.]]



* In the third season of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', fat, unskilled, self-described LovableCoward Samwell Tarly actually pulls a YouShallNotPass [[spoiler: on a ''[[HumanoidAbomination White Walker]]'' that has come for Gilly's baby. When it shatters his sword and tosses him effortlessly to the side, Sam charges at it with nothing but an dragonglass dagger. Turns out that dragonglass is a KryptoniteFactor to White Walkers; the walker shrieks in excruciating pain, keels over, and promptly [[LiterallyShatteredLives shatters into ice shards]].]] He later provides a capable defense of Castle Black. Pyp even marvels at how brave he is.

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* In the third season of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', fat, unskilled, self-described LovableCoward Samwell Tarly actually pulls a YouShallNotPass [[spoiler: on a ''[[HumanoidAbomination White Walker]]'' that has come for Gilly's baby. When it shatters his sword and tosses him effortlessly to the side, Sam charges at it with nothing but an a dragonglass dagger. Turns out that dragonglass is a KryptoniteFactor to White Walkers; the walker shrieks in excruciating pain, keels over, and promptly [[LiterallyShatteredLives shatters into ice shards]].]] He later provides a capable defense of Castle Black. Pyp even marvels at how brave he is.



* Played straight in ''Series/DadsArmy''. Private Godfrey reveals that he doesn't think himself capable of killing anyone, and that he was a conscientious objector during WWI. The rest of the unit ostracise him for being a coward and consider kicking him out of the Home Guard, [[spoiler: until he saves Captain Mainwaring from a smoke-filled house. Whilst recuperating, they find that Godfrey has both service medals for WWI and the Military Medal for bravery. Turns out Godfrey joined the [[CombatMedic Royal Army Medical Corp]] instead and won his medal for bravery during the Battle of the Somme, after venturing into No Man's Land and rescuing troops whilst under heavy fire]].

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* Played straight in ''Series/DadsArmy''. Private Godfrey reveals that he doesn't think himself capable of killing anyone, and that he was a conscientious objector during WWI. The rest of the unit ostracise ostracize him for being a coward and consider kicking him out of the Home Guard, [[spoiler: until he saves Captain Mainwaring from a smoke-filled house. Whilst recuperating, they find that Godfrey has both service medals for WWI and the Military Medal for bravery. Turns out Godfrey joined the [[CombatMedic Royal Army Medical Corp]] instead and won his medal for bravery during the Battle of the Somme, after venturing into No Man's Land and rescuing troops whilst under heavy fire]].



* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' Lois constantly derides Clark as a coward, even though in many episodes, he acts fairly brave (notwithstanding the fact that he's really Superman) such as when he headed to Hollywood to supervise a film based on some of his articles, despite knowing he has a price on his head in the area, or when he assisted a doctor in operating on a mysterious "mole man" (who was believed to be radioactive) while outside, a mob was growing to attack the creature.

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* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman'' Lois constantly derides Clark as a coward, even though in many episodes, he acts fairly brave (notwithstanding the fact that he's really Superman) such as when he headed to Hollywood to supervise a film based on some of his articles, despite knowing he has a price on his head in the area, or when he assisted a doctor in operating on a mysterious "mole man" (who was believed to be radioactive) while outside, a mob was growing gathering to attack the creature.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQSEn-SZzpM Stan Roger's "Harris and the Mare"]]

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQSEn-SZzpM Stan Roger's "Harris and the Mare"]]Mare".]]
1st Jan '18 6:21:15 PM TitaniumDragon
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** Though on the other hand, many people in France were complicit with Nazi atrocities as well.

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** Though on the other hand, many people in Vichy France were complicit with Nazi atrocities as well.well, using the Nazis as an excuse to get rid of people they didn't like, [[NotSoDifferent such as foreign-born Jews in France.]]
1st Jan '18 6:20:16 PM TitaniumDragon
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** Though on the other hand, many people in France were complicit with Nazi atrocities as well.
26th Dec '17 7:43:22 PM Winter
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* In ''Film/TheGeneral'', main character Johnnie Gray's girlfriend scorns him for a coward when he seemingly refused to enlist at the outbreak of the Civil War. He had in fact been rejected because his work as a railroad engineer was vital to the war effort, but no one told him. When Yankees steal his engine and kidnap his girl, Johnnie gives chase alone and gets them out of enemy territory despite patrols, storms, and bears.
25th Nov '17 9:03:28 PM AuraGuardian
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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 [[LaResistance ''civilian'' rebellions]]. Despite "cheese-eating surrender monkey" 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]]'' fifth]]'' 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 [[LaResistance ''civilian'' rebellions]]. Despite "cheese-eating surrender monkey" accusations towards the French, they do ''not'' play around when their freedom is taken.
22nd Oct '17 10:47:11 AM bfunc
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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.
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