History Main / TheSoCalledCoward

19th May '16 5:57:06 AM Morgenthaler
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* The puppeteers in Larry Niven's ''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:

* The puppeteers in Larry Niven's ''KnownSpace'' ''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.



* Kayim the versifier from LloydAlexander's ''The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha'' not only declares himself as a coward, but does so ''proudly,'' declaring that the world could do with a few more cowards around (a speech which endears him to the titular character). However, all through the book he never acts even remotely cowardly and is a loyal and steadfast friend -- what he lacks isn't courage, but the exaggerated pride and willingness to kill or die that so many other characters of the book possess.

to:

* Kayim the versifier from LloydAlexander's Creator/LloydAlexander's ''The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha'' not only declares himself as a coward, but does so ''proudly,'' declaring that the world could do with a few more cowards around (a speech which endears him to the titular character). However, all through the book he never acts even remotely cowardly and is a loyal and steadfast friend -- what he lacks isn't courage, but the exaggerated pride and willingness to kill or die that so many other characters of the book possess.
15th May '16 11:23:07 PM Tehrannotaur
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[caption-width-right:250:We're [[BadassPacifist pacifists]], not passivists.]]

to:

[[caption-width-right:250:We're [[BadassPacifist pacifists]], not passivists.[[ExtremeDoormat passivists]].]]
1st May '16 7:41:42 PM MadCat221
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* In the third season of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', fat, unskilled 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. Which promptly [[LiterallyShatteredLives shatters]] the Walker into a thousand pieces.]]

to:

* In the third season of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', fat, unskilled 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. Which Turns out that dragonglass is a KryptoniteFactor to White Walkers; the walker shrieks in excruciating pain, keels over, and promptly [[LiterallyShatteredLives shatters]] the Walker shatters into a thousand pieces.ice shards]].]]
30th Apr '16 12:53:50 PM DenisK21
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

***A prime example is in Arlong Park. One of the enemy pirates comes after Usopp, who of course runs away screaming at first. But when the pirate notices the townsfolk present at the time, Usopp turns back around, provokes the enemy into continuing the chase, then goes right back to running and screaming. Said townspeople honestly can't tell if he's brave or cowardly.
19th Apr '16 10:34:06 AM erforce
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** That's more of him being an ActualPacifist until it is necessary to [[ShootTheDog put down a rabid dog]]. His real display of courage comes when he defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in a DeepSouth town in the 1930s. Doing this leaves him alienated from many of his peers, and he later has to face down a lynch mob (who included some of his friends,) to protect his client and gets publicly spat on by his opponent (who he then refuses to fight). He knew all of this would happen, and he took the job anyway. There is a reason why this pacifistic, soft-spoken lawyer beat IndianaJones to first place on the American Film Institute's list of heroes.

to:

** That's more of him being an ActualPacifist until it is necessary to [[ShootTheDog put down a rabid dog]]. His real display of courage comes when he defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in a DeepSouth town in the 1930s. Doing this leaves him alienated from many of his peers, and he later has to face down a lynch mob (who included some of his friends,) to protect his client and gets publicly spat on by his opponent (who he then refuses to fight). He knew all of this would happen, and he took the job anyway. There is a reason why this pacifistic, soft-spoken lawyer beat IndianaJones Franchise/IndianaJones to first place on the American Film Institute's list of heroes.
9th Apr '16 11:03:35 AM MadCat221
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Luigi of SuperMarioBros is a good example. He's certainly scared, even more so when he's without his brother, but that doesn't stop him from beating the king of ghosts in LuigisMansion, the Master of Dimensions in SuperPaperMario, and [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] the Lord of the Underworld in the same game. Oh, and he curb-stomped a planet-scale army in MarioIsMissing because... Well, they kidnapped Mario.
6th Apr '16 1:05:11 AM KingClark
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Mess with someone's child, and you'll see [[MamaBear just how]] [[PapaWolf true]] this trope can get.

to:

* Mess with someone's child, and you'll see just [[MamaBear just how]] [[PapaWolf true]] this trope can get.
6th Mar '16 10:00:45 AM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* An issue of ''CaptainAmerica'' in the 1970s had a character who became a conscientious objector to Vietnam after serving his tour treated like this. He won't use a gun, either, but manages to save a (temporarily disabled) Cap and the person who had called him a coward from a supervillain by ''withstanding torture'', without blinking, buying enough time for help to arrive. The denouement is [[Quotes/TheSoCalledCoward over here]].

to:

* An issue of ''CaptainAmerica'' ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' in the 1970s had a character who became a conscientious objector to Vietnam after serving his tour treated like this. He won't use a gun, either, but manages to save a (temporarily disabled) Cap and the person who had called him a coward from a supervillain by ''withstanding torture'', without blinking, buying enough time for help to arrive. The denouement is [[Quotes/TheSoCalledCoward over here]].
2nd Mar '16 10:28:17 PM MaxwellDaring
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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


Added DiffLines:

* 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
24th Feb '16 6:45:47 PM DeisTheAlcano
Is there an issue? Send a Message


->''Ev'ryone considered him the coward of the county\\

to:

->''Ev'ryone ->''"Ev'ryone considered him the coward of the county\\



But something always told me they were reading Tommy wrong...''

to:

But something always told me they were reading Tommy wrong...''"''



* ''Film/SkyHigh'' featured Layla, a pacifistic and intellectual student, who refuses to use her powers of controlling flora in the hero/hero support class assignment program ([[WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility stating that she only ever uses such powers for self defense]]). Because of this, she's put into the hero support category, basically second-class citizenship in this universe. Later, when the school that had put down her and her friends so much is in trouble, she wipes the floor with the duplicating henchperson. Of course, the fact that this ultra-powerful student voluntarily chooses to forgo her chance to train in the 'hero' path, it kind of makes the main character look like an ass.
** Will seemed plenty fine in the movie to continue being a sidekick after he had gotten his powers, but was involuntarily switched to the hero program because the school's administration knew about his powers after his fight with Warren. Layla would probably would have been forced to do the same if she'd had a more public display.

to:

* ''Film/SkyHigh'' featured Layla, a pacifistic and intellectual student, who refuses to use her powers of controlling flora in the hero/hero support class assignment program ([[WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility stating that she only ever uses such powers for self defense]]). Because of this, she's put into the hero support category, basically second-class citizenship in this universe. Later, when the school that had put down her and her friends so much is in trouble, she wipes the floor with the duplicating henchperson. Of course, the fact that this ultra-powerful student voluntarily chooses to forgo her chance to train in the 'hero' path, it kind of makes the main character look like an ass.\n** Will seemed plenty fine in the movie to continue being a sidekick after he had gotten his powers, but was involuntarily switched to the hero program because the school's administration knew about his powers after his fight with Warren. Layla would probably would have been forced to do the same if she'd had a more public display.
This list shows the last 10 events of 129. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.TheSoCalledCoward