Created By: FantasyLiver on October 22, 2012

Rather Face The Mermaids

When a character or characters are more afraid of their leader than what their leader is commanding them to go after.

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Basically, a crew's boss commands them to go do something dangerous. If the crew has second thoughts, they then realize that whatever the task is, it can't be more dangerous than disobeying their captain. Trope Namer is when Blackbeard in the 4th Pirates of the Carribean shoots at his crew when they attempt to run away from the mermaids and tells them they'll find no safety on the land if they don't capture a mermaid. The crew realizes that and heads back to the water. Another example is in old Howling Commandos comics when Nick Fury, or occasionally Happy Sam, would order the Howlers to engage a platoon of Nazis or capture a tank, and the Howlers oblige because they are more afraid of Fury than the enemy.
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  • October 22, 2012
    The name could be more clear. Like instead of mermaid, use enemy. The term mermaid could confuse people because Our Mermaids Are Different.
  • October 22, 2012
    • The driving force behind Commissars in Warhammer 40 K. Imperial Guardsmen face enemies that can: eat them, chop them in half, send them to hell, shoot them from miles away, desintegrate them or any combination of the above, but they still fight because the alternative is to be field-executed by the Commissar for cowardice. "Fear the Commissar more than you fear the enemy" is very much applied.

  • October 23, 2012
    Willing to bet we have this somewhere and the title will need to be changed. I didn't find it for this example, so if we don't have it:

  • October 23, 2012
    I think Outscare The Enemy has this covered