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->''Some barbarian is waving my shield, since I was obliged to leave that perfectly good piece of equipment behind under a bush.\\
But I got away, so what does it matter? Life seemed somehow more precious. Let the shield go; I can buy another one equally good.''
-->-- '''Archilochus''', responding to the Spartan saying, "Come home with this shield or upon it."

The flip side of the DirtyCoward is the Lovable Coward. Not quite a hero, completely lacking in heroic impulses, but even as he shamelessly runs and hides we somehow still find ourselves rooting for him. His cowardice is sometimes played for comedy, sometimes portrayed as simply the most sensible course of action; it seldom if ever endangers innocents. The Lovable Coward never (or hardly ever) puts HonorBeforeReason - and considers this a point of pride. The Lovable Coward is often a {{Trickster}}, specializing in weaseling his way out of dangerous situations. He may be a CowardlySidekick; if he is the main hero, he may find himself an AccidentalHero for all the wrong reasons.

Contrast: DirtyCoward, TheSoCalledCoward, MilesGloriosus, CowardlyLion.

!!Example subpages

* LovableCoward/AnimeAndManga
* LovableCoward/LiveActionFilms
* LovableCoward/{{Literature}}
* LovableCoward/LiveActionTV
* LovableCoward/VideoGames
* LovableCoward/WebComics
* LovableCoward/WesternAnimation



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Volstagg the Voluminous, of Creator/MarvelComics' trio "The Warriors Three", is a cowardly, tremendously fat braggart with a bizarre amount of success in battle, partly due to his own lies. Then one day he is the only one mobile when an army threatens Midgard. He manages to pull together a defense and TookALevelInBadass. Judging by his name, he is probably based on Falstaff. At least this was true in Volstagg's original appearances. In more recent years, he's a BoisterousBruiser, but keeps the flair for outrageous bragging. Averted in the movie where, while we don't see much of him in combat, for what we do see he's kicking ass as much as Fandral and Hogun.
* Gus from ''ComicBook/MiniMonsters'', a cute, shy and unfortunate ghost. He sometimes can be brave, though.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* The Dog of ''ComicStrip/FootrotFlats'' talks himself up (metaphorically) but tends to run away very fast from any hostile dog ([[CatsAreMean and some cats]]) bigger than him. Although he's still a competent sheepdog.
* Sir Rodney from ''ComicStrip/TheWizardOfId'' gets most of his humor out of being a complete chicken.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The entire ''[[WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls Boxtroll]]'' species. They’re completely unwilling to fight back against Snatcher. [[spoiler:Eggs helps them grow out of it.]]
* The error-prone inept [[spoiler:and immortal]] wizard Schmendrick from ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' was not only a LovableCoward but found himself in the role of the AccidentalHero, until the more conventional hero and KnightInShiningArmor Prince Lir turned up in the latter half of the story. Both Schmendrick and Lir were uncommonly GenreSavvy; they knew what roles fate had destined them to play, to the point of [[spoiler:Lir's HeroicSacrifice to save the unicorn from King Haggard's monstrous Red Bull]].
* In ''TheSwanPrincess'', Derek's friend Bromley is not nearly as courageous as he pretends to be, but comes through in the end. Jean-Bob, the frog who thinks he's a prince, has shades of this as well.
* [[MeaningfulName Fear]] from ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' definitely qualifies.

* The classic example is Creator/WilliamShakespeare's Falstaff, the originator of the timeless saying, "The better part of valor is discretion, and in that better part I have saved my life."
* Papageno in Mozart's ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute''.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/NormanSmiley, a goofy British-born wrestler in Wrestling/{{WCW}}. He was loved by fans for his entertaining dance moves, but was such a coward that he'd wear heavy padding during his matches and would [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl scream like a little girl]] whenever it seemed like a villain was about to get the better of him in the ring. Even when he somehow managed to win the Hardcore Championship, he was terrified of having to defend it in Hardcore Matches and kept trying to deliberately lose the title [[SpringtimeForHitler (which didn't work for a long time)]].
* Wrestling/SantinoMarella fluxuates between this and SuicidalOverconfidence, with the funniest moment coming when he entered the 2009 Battle Royale to be glared at by Wrestling/TripleH and Wrestling/JohnCena. There's a notable pause in the action for a few seconds (with ''every'' contestant in the ring stopping to look at him) before Santino grips the bands of his singlet and throws ''himself'' out of the ring.