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23rd Jan '17 8:59:31 AM aurast
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', Wilson "ComicBook/TheKingpin" Fisk is many things, but a coward is not one of them. For instance, when he is confronting a criminal committee who is trying to run his criminal organization, their hired killer, Bullseye, steps up behind Fisk and is ready to shoot him in the head. Without breaking a sweat or his cool, Fisk is able to persuade Bullseye to work for him to the point where the maniac happily lights his cigar and offers to kill his former employers.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'', Wilson "ComicBook/TheKingpin" Fisk is many things, but a coward is not one of them. For instance, when he is confronting a criminal committee who is trying to run his criminal organization, their hired killer, Bullseye, steps up behind Fisk and is ready to shoot him in the head. Without breaking a sweat or his cool, Fisk is able to persuade Bullseye to work for him to the point where the maniac happily lights his cigar cigarette and offers to kill his former employers.
14th Dec '16 10:55:52 AM Nylsa
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* In ''VideoGame/ransformersWarForCybertron'', Megatron spends the first half of the game being outmatched and trying to accomplish "impossible" goals (such as controlling [[TheCorruption Dark Energon]], [[StormingTheCastle storming Autobot City]] and defeating [[HumongousMecha Omega Supreme]]) only to come out victorious in all three tasks, despite everyone (both allies and foes) pointing out that the odds are against him. In the sequel, ''TransformersFallOfCybertron'', he gets off to a rocky start, but soon one-man armies his way nearly to total victory.

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* In ''VideoGame/ransformersWarForCybertron'', ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron'', Megatron spends the first half of the game being outmatched and trying to accomplish "impossible" goals (such as controlling [[TheCorruption Dark Energon]], [[StormingTheCastle storming Autobot City]] and defeating [[HumongousMecha Omega Supreme]]) only to come out victorious in all three tasks, despite everyone (both allies and foes) pointing out that the odds are against him. In the sequel, ''TransformersFallOfCybertron'', he gets off to a rocky start, but soon one-man armies his way nearly to total victory.
14th Dec '16 10:33:58 AM Nylsa
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** [[spoiler: Obito regains control of his body and mind from a potential world-destroying EldritchAbomination through ThePowerofLove. If his status as BigBad wasn't so cemented through all the horrible things he's done, this could be mistaken for the hero's climax.]]

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** [[spoiler: Obito regains control of his body and mind from a potential world-destroying EldritchAbomination through ThePowerofLove.ThePowerOfLove. If his status as BigBad wasn't so cemented through all the horrible things he's done, this could be mistaken for the hero's climax.]]
14th Dec '16 3:37:30 AM Underachiever
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Besides his other NobleDemon traits, Chicago's crimelord John Marcone has this in spades. Sure, he's set himself up to be nearly untouchable by mundane means and over the course of the series wises up to and takes working precautions against supernatural threats as well, but from keeping his cool while hanging over a pit as intended werewolf fodder over going into battle right alongside his hired mercenaries to the ups and downs of his relationship with Harry Dresden (possibly the man best qualified to take him down if it ever comes to that) himself, the man also just plain appears to know no fear whatsoever.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Besides his other NobleDemon traits, Chicago's crimelord John Marcone has this in spades. Sure, he's set himself up to be nearly untouchable by mundane means and over the course of the series wises up to and takes working precautions against supernatural threats as well, well -- that's only sensible in his line of business, after all --, but from keeping his cool while hanging over a pit as intended werewolf fodder over going into battle right alongside his hired mercenaries to the ups and downs of his relationship with Harry Dresden (possibly the man best qualified to take him down if it ever comes to that) himself, the man also just plain appears to know no fear whatsoever.
14th Dec '16 3:36:04 AM Underachiever
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Besides his other NobleDemon traits, Chicago's crimelord John Marcone has this in spades. Sure, he's set himself up to be nearly untouchable by mundane means and over the course of the series wises up to and takes working precautions against supernatural threats as well, but from keeping his cool while hanging over a pit as intended werewolf fodder over going into battle right alongside his hired mercenaries to the ups and downs of his relationship with Harry Dresden (possibly the man best qualified to take him down if it ever comes to that) himself, the man also just plain appears to know no fear whatsoever.
13th Dec '16 12:03:08 PM Underachiever
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* In ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'', one may find it hard not to root for [[MadScientist Doctor Haas]] as he strives to take over the world despite being hunted down by not only the police, but also a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens godlike]] HiveMind.

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* In ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'', one may find it hard not to root for [[MadScientist Doctor Haas]] as he strives to take over the world despite being hunted down by not only the police, but also a [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens godlike]] HiveMind. (It helps that the comic is the TropeNamer for ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder, providing an explanation for his actions beyond simple two-dimensional villainy.)
11th Dec '16 7:55:22 AM Kakai
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* ''Literature/IronWarriors'': Averted. At one point, an Imperial Guard soldier mentions offhandedly that he has to credit the bravery of the Chaos {{Mooks}}, only for a Space Marine to shut him down hard, telling him that the Mooks are only charging the walls so unflinchingly because they're more afraid of their masters than of the fortress.That said, the Iron Warriors themselves do occasionally demonstrate bravery, or at least [[{{Determinator}} a grim refusal to ever back down]] that can pass for it in [[DarkIsEvil poor lighting]].

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* ''Literature/IronWarriors'': Averted. At one point, an Imperial Guard soldier mentions offhandedly that he has to credit the bravery of the Chaos {{Mooks}}, only for a Space Marine to shut him down hard, telling him that the Mooks are only charging the walls so unflinchingly because they're more afraid of their masters than of the fortress. That said, the Iron Warriors themselves do occasionally demonstrate bravery, or at least [[{{Determinator}} a grim refusal to ever back down]] that can pass for it in [[DarkIsEvil poor lighting]].lighting]].
* ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'': Jean de Vrailly, while a {{Jerkass}} of epic propotions, has a strict code of honour and never strays from it, even if it means [[spoiler:switching places with the King]] after learning about an upcoming assassination attempt or going to what he knows will likely be his death to protect his army.
11th Dec '16 12:17:39 AM CountDorku
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* ''Literature/IronWarriors'': Averted. At one point, an Imperial Guard soldier mentions offhandedly that he has to credit the bravery of the Chaos {{Mooks}}, only for a Space Marine to shut him down hard, telling him that the Mooks are only charging the walls so unflinchingly because they're more afraid of their masters than of the fortress.That said, the Iron Warriors themselves do occasionally demonstrate bravery, or at least [[{{Determinator}} a grim refusal to ever back down]] that can pass for it in [[DarkIsEvil poor lighting]].
28th Nov '16 2:33:38 AM Chabal2
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* ''{{Literature/Redwall}}'':
** Vermin leaders are almost entirely AsskickingEqualsAuthority types, but when the time comes to demonstrate this against someone who isn't [[YouHaveFailedMe on their side]] or entirely defenseless fall into two types: snivelling cowards who run and end up HoistByTheirOwnPetard, or actual fighters.
** The best of the latter type is undoubtedly King Sarengo, a ferret who led an expedition into Mossflower, ended up running into an adder and her children, and when the rest of his army lost their nerve, managed a MutualKill against the mother adder (she bit him, he bit her hard enough to break her spine). In addition, his flail twisted itself around the tails of the young adders, binding them together for the rest of their lives and giving Redwall its first hydra.
** Riggu Felis, a wildcat who was betrayed by his own son, whose loyal retainers tried to keep him out of the throne room. Riggu's response was to throw all three down the stairs before they knew what was happening.
** Gulo the Savage, an aptly-named wolverine. GiveChaseWithAngryNatives is a time-honored ploy among Redwallers, running through areas infested with insects or wild creatures to hold off an enemy, and here it worked not because Gulo was afraid of being killed, but because he spent so much time killing the attacking crows that his numbers diminished without him realizing it.
25th Nov '16 1:27:06 PM StFan
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* In Chester Gould's ''ComicStrip/DickTracy,'' once the villains' evil plans have been foiled, they often end up going on the run, and are usually quite ingenious in their attempts to get away. This sometimes makes them seem sympathetic, even if we've seen them acting like monsters earlier in the story; Gould was certainly savvy enough to play this up deliberately (such as when the injured Brow is taken in by Gravel Gertie, or when Sleet gets blackmailed while hiding out), but then the villains usually get a couple of KickTheDog moments during the chase, just so we don't forget who we're supposed to be rooting for.
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* In Creator/TeamFourStar's ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'', after Walter and Seras subdue Jan Valentine, there's this exchange:
-->'''Walter:''' Now, you are going to tell me everything I want to know.\\
'''Jan:''' Alright, what you do is, you go down to the local pharmacy, you ask for something called Viagra, and it'll help you GO FUCK YOURSELF!



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* ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' has a variation of this trope for VillainProtagonist Tony Montana. In by far the most famous scene in the movie, he gets high on cocaine, grabs a [[MoreDakka M16 assault rifle]], and takes on a veritable army of goons alone. Even when badly injured by gunfire, he stands and taunts his assailants. [[spoiler:It takes a shotgun shell to the back at point blank range to finally put him down for good.]]

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* ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'' ''Film/{{Scarface|1983}}'' has a variation of this trope for VillainProtagonist Tony Montana. In by far the most famous scene in the movie, he gets high on cocaine, grabs a [[MoreDakka M16 assault rifle]], and takes on a veritable army of goons alone. Even when badly injured by gunfire, he stands and taunts his assailants. [[spoiler:It takes a shotgun shell to the back at point blank range to finally put him down for good.]]



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* In Chester Gould's ''ComicStrip/DickTracy,'' once the villains' evil plans have been foiled, they often end up going on the run, and are usually quite ingenious in their attempts to get away. This sometimes makes them seem sympathetic, even if we've seen them acting like monsters earlier in the story; Gould was certainly savvy enough to play this up deliberately (such as when the injured Brow is taken in by Gravel Gertie, or when Sleet gets blackmailed while hiding out), but then the villains usually get a couple of KickTheDog moments during the chase, just so we don't forget who we're supposed to be rooting for.
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* In Chester Gould's ''ComicStrip/DickTracy,'' once the villains' evil plans have been foiled, they often end up going on the run, and are usually quite ingenious in their attempts to get away. This sometimes makes them seem sympathetic, even if we've seen them acting like monsters earlier in the story; Gould was certainly savvy enough to play this up deliberately (such as when the injured Brow is taken in by Gravel Gertie, or when Sleet gets blackmailed while hiding out), but then the villains usually get a couple of KickTheDog moments during the chase, just so we don't forget who we're supposed to be rooting for.
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* Though the [[TheEmpire Imperium]] is most often presented as crumbling, it is still the most powerful faction in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. In stories set from the 'Evil' faction's POV, we can often see just how much firepower the Imperials can bring to bear against them. And the fact that it's a [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Galaxy]] for them too.

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* Though the [[TheEmpire Imperium]] is most often presented as crumbling, it is still the most powerful faction in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''. In stories set from the 'Evil' faction's POV, we can often see just how much firepower the Imperials can bring to bear against them. And the fact that it's a [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Galaxy]] for them too.



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* ''FireEmblem: [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' subverts this slightly, as the ones having villainous valor are good guys (well, one group of them) forced into being bad. 2 countries against 3? Even match for the enemy. 1 1/2 countries against 4 1/2? They absolutely DEVASTATED the enemy army.
** In some ''FireEmblem'' games the player gets dragon units, in these cases one also has to admire the guts of the {{mooks}} for being able to stand toe to toe with (or even outmatch) a creature that is three times their size.

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* ''FireEmblem: ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'':
** In some games, the player gets dragon units, in these cases one also has to admire the guts of the {{mooks}} for being able to stand toe to toe with (or even outmatch) a creature that is three times their size.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblem:
[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' subverts this slightly, as the ones having villainous valor are good guys (well, one group of them) forced into being bad. 2 countries against 3? Even match for the enemy. 1 1/2 countries against 4 1/2? They absolutely DEVASTATED the enemy army.
** In some ''FireEmblem'' games the player gets dragon units, in these cases one also has to admire the guts of the {{mooks}} for being able to stand toe to toe with (or even outmatch) a creature that is three times their size.
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* The short roguelike ''SmartKobold'' features a tribe of kobolds which your character could kill effortlessly in a straight fight - so, their cave has guards posted to raise an alarm the moment you walk in, and when it goes off the kobolds immediately start snatching up all their weapons, valuables, and babies, and retreat (setting traps as they go) to a large room where they can easily snipe you to death. Where this really crosses the line from cleverness to outright valor, though, is that [[spoiler: if you corner one of their mages or archers, he'll often snap his wand or bow in half, so you can't use it when he dies (and you'll need a ranged weapon to have any hope of winning)]]. [[HeroicSacrifice The implications of this are profound]].

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* The short roguelike ''SmartKobold'' ''VideoGame/SmartKobold'' features a tribe of kobolds which your character could kill effortlessly in a straight fight - so, their cave has guards posted to raise an alarm the moment you walk in, and when it goes off the kobolds immediately start snatching up all their weapons, valuables, and babies, and retreat (setting traps as they go) to a large room where they can easily snipe you to death. Where this really crosses the line from cleverness to outright valor, though, is that [[spoiler: if you corner one of their mages or archers, he'll often snap his wand or bow in half, so you can't use it when he dies (and you'll need a ranged weapon to have any hope of winning)]]. [[HeroicSacrifice The implications of this are profound]].



* In ''TransformersWarForCybertron'', Megatron spends the first half of the game being outmatched and trying to accomplish "impossible" goals (such as controlling [[TheCorruption Dark Energon]], [[StormingTheCastle storming Autobot City]] and defeating [[HumongousMecha Omega Supreme]]) only to come out victorious in all three tasks, despite everyone (both allies and foes) pointing out that the odds are against him. In the sequel, ''TransformersFallOfCybertron'', he gets off to a rocky start, but soon one-man armies his way nearly to total victory.

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* In ''TransformersWarForCybertron'', ''VideoGame/ransformersWarForCybertron'', Megatron spends the first half of the game being outmatched and trying to accomplish "impossible" goals (such as controlling [[TheCorruption Dark Energon]], [[StormingTheCastle storming Autobot City]] and defeating [[HumongousMecha Omega Supreme]]) only to come out victorious in all three tasks, despite everyone (both allies and foes) pointing out that the odds are against him. In the sequel, ''TransformersFallOfCybertron'', he gets off to a rocky start, but soon one-man armies his way nearly to total victory.



* In ''FinalFantasyXIV'', various [[TheEmpire Garlean]] forces, along with the [[spoiler: Heavens' Ward of Ishgard]] display this trope; in particular Gaius van Baelsar and his lieutenants. Arguably ''anyone'' that willingly engages the Warrior of Light fits this trope, considering the player's reputation as a GodSlayer.

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* In ''FinalFantasyXIV'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', various [[TheEmpire Garlean]] forces, along with the [[spoiler: Heavens' Ward of Ishgard]] display this trope; in particular Gaius van Baelsar and his lieutenants. Arguably ''anyone'' that willingly engages the Warrior of Light fits this trope, considering the player's reputation as a GodSlayer.



* ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' has shades of this. As horrible as the demons might be, they fight heroically against the humans' modern technology [[spoiler: and get pasted]].
** Later causes divisions between those humans who respect this and those who do not.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSDfxde8fSg this video]] that is violently opposed to the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] [[MemeticMutation arrow to the knee meme]], a [[HollywoodNerd short, fat, nerdy guy]] goes to type the joke into a Youtube comment when the game's main character bursts out of the screen, [[{{Kneecapping}} kneecaps]] the nerd with arrows to both knees, then begins to strangle the nerd and tell him how much he sucks for [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore liking meme jokes]]. He goes to [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon make some gory and violent death threats]] should the nerd ever do it again. The nerd responds by [[DefiantToTheEnd making an arrow to the knee joke]]. Sure, it gets him KilledMidSentence, but as the top rated comment on the video says "I have to admit, the nerd has balls."
* Displayed by UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler of all people during his second appearance in ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory''. He's ready to rap (against Darth freakin' Vader) only seconds after having been thawed from carbonite, a process that is agonising, debilitating, and blinding. He then goes on a veritable roll, hitting every single one of Vader's {{Berserk Button}}s, culminating by declaring the Sith Lord's life to be a giant EpicFail and referring to him as both "Annie" and "TheEmperor's Whore." It gets him dropped into the Rancor Pit, but damn.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', this is regularly displayed by supervillains who show up to battle [[{{Kaiju}} the Endbringers,]] which are steadily killing humanity as a whole and generally kill one-fourth of the capes that join the fight against them per battle. Villains are generally less coordinated than the heroes, so they take more casualties, but they ''keep showing up.''

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* ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' has shades of this. As horrible as the demons might be, they fight heroically against the humans' modern technology [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and get pasted]].
** Later
pasted]]. Later, it causes divisions between those humans who respect this and those who do not.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSDfxde8fSg this video]] that is violently opposed to the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] [[MemeticMutation arrow to the knee meme]], a [[HollywoodNerd short, fat, nerdy guy]] goes to type the joke into a Youtube Website/YouTube comment when the game's main character bursts out of the screen, [[{{Kneecapping}} kneecaps]] the nerd with arrows to both knees, then begins to strangle the nerd and tell him how much he sucks for [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore liking meme jokes]]. He goes to [[CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon make some gory and violent death threats]] should the nerd ever do it again. The nerd responds by [[DefiantToTheEnd making an arrow to the knee joke]]. Sure, it gets him KilledMidSentence, but as the top rated top-rated comment on the video says "I have to admit, the nerd has balls."
* Displayed by UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler of all people during his second appearance in ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory''. He's ready to rap (against Darth freakin' Vader) only seconds after having been thawed from carbonite, a process that is agonising, agonizing, debilitating, and blinding. He then goes on a veritable roll, hitting every single one of Vader's {{Berserk Button}}s, culminating by declaring the Sith Lord's life to be a giant EpicFail and referring to him as both "Annie" and "TheEmperor's Whore." It gets him dropped into the Rancor Pit, but damn.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', this ''Literature/{{Worm}}'':
** This
is regularly displayed by supervillains who show up to battle [[{{Kaiju}} the Endbringers,]] which are steadily killing humanity as a whole and generally kill one-fourth of the capes that join the fight against them per battle. Villains are generally less coordinated than the heroes, so they take more casualties, but they ''keep showing up.''



* In TeamFourStar's ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'', after Walter and Seras subdue Jan Valentine, there's this exchange:
-->'''Walter''': Now, you are going to tell me everything I want to know.
-->'''Jan''': Alright, what you do is, you go down to the local pharmacy, you ask for something called Viagra, and it'll help you GO FUCK YOURSELF!
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