Created By: ilniaj on July 30, 2013 Last Edited By: ilniaj on August 2, 2013
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Sensibly Dirty Coward

A YMMV trope where a character presented as a Dirty Coward is viewed by the audience as taking the sensible option.

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So an author creates a Dirty Coward who the audience will loathe because of their fearful behavior. This however backfires when the audience agrees that what they were doing was really the sensible response in this situation.

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  • In Drag Me to Hell, whether or not Christine's killing of her cat is an act of cowardice or (sensible) desperation has divided reactions from audiences. On the one hand, it was he beloved pet kitten. On the other, she had just been pushed into a Despair Event Horizon after an attack by the monstrous Lamia which is haunting her. Before this, she was told it would try to drag her to hell unless she gave it an animal sacrifice. And of course by that point the sacrifice wasn't enough to sate it...

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  • July 31, 2013
    Earnest
    Film
    • In Drag Me To Hell, whether or not Christine's killing of her cat is an act of cowardice or (sensible) desperation has divided reactions from audiences. On the one hand, it was he beloved pet kitten. On the other, she had just been pushed into a Despair Event Horizon after an attack by the monstrous Lamia which is haunting her. Before this, she was told it would try to drag her to hell unless she gave it an animal sacrifice. And of course by that point the sacrifice wasn't enough to sate it...
  • August 2, 2013
    DracMonster
    The Better Part Of Valor? (Dunno if that would be clear.)
  • August 2, 2013
    hbi2k
    It might be better to define the trope as a character being treated as a Dirty Coward by the other characters. Guessing the intention of the creator is problematic, especially when it's already a YMMV trope to begin with.

    I think Sensible Dirty Coward is fine. Dirty Coward Has A Point might be a good alternate.
  • August 2, 2013
    Earnest
    Videogames

    • The Walking Dead episode II had Kenny, Lee, his "daughter" Clementine, Lily and her father Larry locked in a meat locker without weapons cannibals. Larry (who is physically a powerhouse) has a heart attack, and if he doesn't immediately get resucitated he'll come back as a zombie and tear them to shreds in the enclosed space and without weapons. Kenny argued that destroying his head was the only sensible thing, while Lily pleaded they try CPR. Lee (and thus the player) can choose who to back. If Lee chooses to destroy him Lily spirals into despair and blames both, if Lee tries CPR and the player does well on the CPR minigame you can briefly see fluttering eyelids before Kenny smashes his head with a cinderblock. Lily is still torn up but doesn't blame Lee. Kenny however starts distrusting Lee between bouts of self doubt as to whether it was necessary.
  • August 2, 2013
    Chabal2
    Ciaphas Cain skirts this issue. Everyone in-universe thinks him a truely selfless hero, while the reader is perfectly aware that in fact he runs for cover at the first opportunity. However, the readers also know that he's a puny human who's only lived so long because of this habit (and because he invariably discovers and neutralizes the true/bigger threat while avoiding the frontline, such as finding Necrons when avoiding orks or a daemon being summoned when avoiding cultists).
  • August 2, 2013
    arromdee

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=px5vs1kslvxrvyeg5anze01z&trope=DiscardedYKTTW