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->''"Screw you guys, I'm going home."''
-->-- '''Eric Cartman''''s CatchPhrase, ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''

[[{{Mooks}} Henchman Bob]] is beginning to have second thoughts about his career with the EvilOverlord. Maybe he's dissatisfied with the lack of advancement opportunities, what with the BigBad's tendency to kill subordinates for [[YouHaveFailedMe "motivational" reasons]], [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness personal utilitaristic reasons]], or [[BadBoss no reason]]. Maybe he's smart enough to realize that [[StormingTheCastle the next visit from the good guys]] won't end well for Team Evil. Or maybe Bob's just sick and tired of [[KickTheDog kicking puppies]] for a living.

Whatever the reason, Henchman Bob's [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating had it up to here]] with Team Evil, so he [[TrueNeutral washes his hands of the conflict]] and walks away.

[[AchillesInHisTent Allies of the Good Guys can pull this as well]], but they're much more likely to [[ChangedMyMindKid return and save the day]] [[BigDamnHeroes in the nick of time]]. If not, then they'll be branded a DirtyCoward or a DangerousDeserter. Granted, this happens to deserters from Team Evil in a lot of cases, but since the audience will probably side with the good guys anyway...

When this is done by children -- or by childish adults -- it's considered more contemptible than truly evil, and mockingly referred to as "taking your ball and going home" (in reference to the deserter taking the ball so the game couldn't continue without him).

If a character (especially a [[RedShirt minor one]]) is going to drop a PrecisionFStrike, this is one of the most likely places. When the character does this specifically as an act of betrayal (i.e., wanting whoever is with them to suffer) and not just them saving their own hides, it's BetrayalByInaction. Related to KnowWhenToFoldEm, though this trope might be seen as less honorable. RefusalOfTheCall occurs when the consequences of doing this are especially dire. When players of a video game do this, it often doubles as a RageQuit.

Not to be confused with LineInTheSand, where a general gives his troops the opportunity to leave before a suicidal battle. Nor OptOut, in which someone quits for reasons of principle rather than mere frustration or cowardice. This trope is only for characters who cut and run without their superiors' knowledge, permission, or both. Also not to be confused with HeelFaceTurn or MookFaceTurn, where someone on the bad guys' side decides not just to walk away, but actively to join the forces of good. If they resort to a violent solo career (or in company with other deserters), they're a DangerousDeserter.

Inverse of AttackAttackAttack, but the former followed by this trope can result in AttackAttackRetreatRetreat. Contrast with VillainExitStageLeft, which is when the BigBad or other high-profile villain pulls this stunt, rather than a simple insignificant Mook or cowardly sidekick. Compare and contrast TacticalWithdrawal for more organized, strategic decisions, and RunOrDie and DontAskJustRun for when ''everyone'' agrees that running away screaming is the appropriate response. Contrast ResignationsNotAccepted where one tries to flee, but can't.

* ScrewThisImOuttaHere/ComicBooks
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere/LiveActionFilm
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere/LiveActionTV
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere/VideoGames
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere/WesternAnimation
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere/RealLife


* A famous UK advert for Weetabix breakfast cereal had the [[Franchise/TheLoneRanger Lone Ranger]] and Tonto finding themselves surrounded by Indians. The Lone Ranger is unconcerned until they find evidence that the Indians have eaten Weetabix for breakfast, at which point the following exchange occurs:
-->'''Lone Ranger:''' ''(gulps)'' ''Now'' we're in trouble...\\
'''Tonto:''' What's all this "we", paleface? ''(and gallops away)''
** This is, in turn, based on an old ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'' cartoon; American readers know the joke more commonly as "What you mean 'we', kemosabe?"
* One Honey Nut Cheerios commercial has Buzz the honeybee do this when he realizes the woman he's giving his product to is an entomologist. She kills and puts insects on display.
* Several of the old seat-belt safety commercials [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yq7nLgLQRE&list=PL13JZox6S8MH-tAP6DnlFw-_4mgxcyJ9z&index=28 (like this one)]] with the Crash Test Dummies involved Vince ''wanting'' to quit, as he felt he was taking abuse for no reason because nobody was listening; Larry was always able to convince him otherwise.
* COBRA mooks show a rare case of the SmartBall in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUbgVzMboKs&feature=related this commercial,]] deciding to flee from Sergeant Slaughter.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/TheAdventuresOfMiniGoddess'' had a BaseballEpisode that saw Urd and Skuld use clones of themselves to form teams and play against each other. In the final inning, when it seemed like Urd's team didn't have much of a chance to win, she used a "special technique" called "Vanishing Pitcher". Skuld then follows her lead by employing "Vanishing Catcher". Before long, every position on both teams is gone, and only Mr. Helper and Gan are left... until:
-->'''Mr. Helper:''' Departing umpire. ''*leaves*''
* In ''Anime/AfroSamurai [[TheMovie Resurrection]]'', Ninja-Ninja pulls this on Afro as he heads off to the final fight.
** Brother Three does the same in both the original series and the video game, making him the only character other than Afro to appear in all ''Afro Samurai'' media and survive.
* Attempted by a bunch of soldiers in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' during the Battle of Trost. Commander Pixis announces an insanely risky plan to halt the Titan advance, and a large number of soldiers simply give up and decide to leave, despite desertion being punishable by execution. Pixis stops this by telling them that "Fighting the Titans is a terrifying thing. Some who have experienced it cannot continue. Therefore, those who wish to leave will not be punished. Go ahead and leave... ''if you are willing to allow your loved ones to witness the terror of the Titans''." That stops the deserters in their tracks, and convinces them to fight.
* ''Manga/BlackGod'': [[{{Meganekko}} Riona]] fled the Kaionji Group, after learning they were planning to experiment on her because she was a Main Root. Then she became [[WeakButSkilled Yakumo's]] contractee, in order to protect herself from them.
* One of the omakes in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' features younger versions of all the main characters... all except Dutch, that is. He simply left a note saying "Don't bother looking for me" before running off. Apparently there's things in his youth he'd rather keep secret. May or may not tie into his unknown past.
* In ''Manga/Brave10'', this happens at least three times:
** Saizo almost does this after being curb-stomped by Hanzo and fearing he CantCatchUp. The anime replaces this with Saizo doing it after Masamune captures Isanami. He stays in the end, thanks to some GetAholdOfYourselfMan peptalks.
** In the sequel, [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Hanzo]] doesn't take so well to being replaced by Tokugawa and]] goes [[HeelFaceTurn looking for work]] with the Braves.
** As a result of the above example, [[spoiler:Jinpachi]] gets fed up at leaves, angry on behalf of [[spoiler:Anastasia]].
* Subverted in ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' episode "Black Dog Serenade"; one of the convicts that took part in hijacking a prison ship tries to flee through an airlock when things go bad. Unfortunately, the section he escapes to is open to space, and though there's no ExplosiveDecompression, he's still as good as dead.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', General Tao/Tao Pai Pai is asked to guard a special building that is (supposedly) designed to protect people from Cell and can only be entered if you're stinking rich. Tao is called in to take care of the a little girl's grandfather who fought off the guards, only to have Gohan save him. Tao's ready to fight Gohan, but panics once he learns his name and that he's the son of Goku. Not wanting to lose MORE of himself, he kicks down the nearest tree, launches it into the sky and hops on, leaving for parts unknown.
* A rather funny example happens in ''Anime/GearFighterDendoh'': Hokuto and Ginga, [[FallingIntoTheCockpit who have been kidnapped by the titular robot to serve as its pilots]], are instructed on how to move it, and, being children caught in the middle of an AlienInvasion, start running away with the robot, surprising ''even the {{Robeast}}s they were supposed to fight''. Then subverted as soon as they're informed that they're supposed to fight, at which point they [[CurbStompBattle annihilate the monsters in a single kempo move]].
* In ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'', [[spoiler:Haruka Ouma]] decides she's had enough of the GHQ after learning that [[spoiler:her brother Keido]] is responsible for [[spoiler:Kurosu's death]], steals a motorcycle and hightails it out of there.
* ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'': Some of the thugs in chapter 162 chose to flee than try taking on Yuu.
* This happens [[RuleOfThree 3 times]] in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. First two times where in Part 2: [[GuileHero Joseph]] runs away from two fights [[spoiler: Vampire!Straizo]] and [[spoiler: the UltimateLifeform]] screaming "Nigerunda yo! (Run away!)." His grandson, [[TheStoic Jotaro]] does this in the fight against Rubber Soul and his stand Yellow Temperance. Both do it not out of cowardice but as an excuse to get some time to think out their next plan of action.
* The titular character of ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'' [[TrueNeutral practically embodies]] this trope, especially when a country she's visiting becomes too dangerous, too unpredictable, or too downright weird.
* In ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'', [[FourStarBadass Walter von Schönkopf]] and his [[BadassArmy Rosen Ritter]] often rout their opponents simply by announcing themselves (or, even more often, by mowing them down until someone notices the regimental shoulder badges, at which point they lose all heart and run for it).
* Pulled by Kuzzey Buzzkirk in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED''. Realising he's TheLoad, he does the sensible thing and leaves the ship.
** Also pulled by a Space Colony of mixed population (Coordinator and Natural) in ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSeedAstray''. They convert their colony into a giant spaceship and head for Jupiter, where there are no colonies, no people, and no one to tell them that [[FantasticRacism half their population needs to die]].
** It's strongly hinted in the backstory of ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' that at some point during the Dark History [[spoiler:before the Moonlight Butterfly apocalypse]], the Spacenoids simply packed up and left the Earth Sphere for the stars, the Colonies turning into impromptu GenerationShips. This in turn explains why [[spoiler:there aren't any left]]. Except for the Moonrace.
*** For a more direct example, [[spoiler:Colonel Michael decides to ditch Guin Sard Lineford during the final battle, finding it ''insane'' that Guin is still trying to play the long game rather than deal with the fact that the ship is going down in flames]].
** In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'', our hero Judau -- fed up with the politics and other bullcrap about Earth and the space around it -- quits after ending the threats to the Earth. He packs up and leaves for the Jupiter colonies to leave the madness behind and start a new life.
*** A ''Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam'' side manga expands on this: since Jupiter got itself involved in the Earth Sphere's wars, even this was not enough for him. So [[spoiler:Judau got together a large group of like-minded people, converted a couple of space colonies into a spaceship, put everyone in stasis, and launched for Alpha Centauri. The manga ends on a note that, 400 years later, the ship successfully arrived and humanity's first interstellar colony was established]].
** Both Amuro and Kai bail from White Base in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' due to having enough of fighting in the war. They do end up coming back, though.
** Rain Mikamura does this twice in the same story arc in ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', the first time because she got tired of Domon's bullheadishness (not helped by how [[spoiler:she couldn't do anything to keep Allenby from being abducted, which she took as not being worthy of staying around]]), the second time because [[spoiler:she found out her father was responsible for Domon's troubles, which totally [[BreakTheCutie crushes her mindset]] and makes her the thing she's to blame too]].
* In ''Manga/{{Nisekoi}}'' Marika's mother begins forcing her into an arranged marriage as part of an earlier agreement where if Marika couldn't get Raku to fall for her she'd agree to marry someone that Chika picked out for her. Marika tries to bail and the main cast come to rescue her. Everything gets blown ridiculously out of proportion by the end and multiple serious felonies are committed by Chika. The groom, who is actually a rather decent guy, backs out the moment he realizes that Marika doesn't want to marry someone twice her age after her friends come for her. He only agreed as a favor to Chika in the first place and because Marika seemed okay with it earlier on. After he walks out the arc then continues on for a few more chapters even though the groom has already left.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** In the Alabasta arc, Usopp tries to pull this after Mr. 4 and Miss Merry Christmas escape from a massive explosion practically unscathed and come after him and Chopper. Then they [[BerserkButton insult Luffy]]. Usopp promptly changes from this trope into LetsGetDangerous.
** [[spoiler:Usopp]] has one of these [[spoiler:when he hears that they need to get a new ship]].
** GothicLolita Perona, one of the CoDragons in the Thriller Bark arc, has this after Usopp defeats her; when she comes to, she finds out that Oars (a giant giant that was Moria's greatest trump card) was rampaging through the island, apparently out of control, and that fellow Co-Dragon Hogback had been crushed by him. She reasons that between Oars and the Straw Hats, Thriller Bark wasn't going to last long, and decides to quite literally abandon ship. She would've made off with the Straw Hats' ship, but Kuma intervened and granted her wish in a different way by using his powers to send her elsewhere.[[note]]Turned out she ended up at Mihawk's place which was creepy enough for her tastes and out of the way so all she had to do was taunt Zoro for two years when ''he'' ended up there.[[/note]]
** In the Marineford Arc, [[spoiler:Mihawk]] leaves as soon as [[spoiler:Shanks and his crew appear]], stating that fighting [[spoiler:Shanks]] wasn't part of the deal.
** Still in Marineford arc, a random marine grunt tried to run away from his post after seeing the Whitebeard Pirates' strength, but the deserter was quickly dispatched by Admiral Sakazuki.
** [[spoiler:Aokiji]] was strongly opposed to [[spoiler:Akainu]] becoming [[spoiler:Fleet Admiral]], so much so that they ended up having a ''fight to the death'' for the position that went on ''for ten days''![[note]]The aftermath of that fight was still etched onto Punk Hazard after the TimeSkip.[[/note]] Ultimately, [[spoiler:Akainu]] won, but spared [[spoiler:Aokiji's]] life. [[spoiler:Aokiji]] was so averse to serving under [[spoiler:Akainu]] that he ended up ''ditching the [[spoiler:Marines]]'' and giving up his position as an [[spoiler:admiral]].
* In the anime of the Red Ribbon arc in ''Manga/DragonBall'', Colonel Violet does this once Goku starts his invasion of the base. But not before [[OnlyInItForTheMoney raiding the army's vault and grabbing as much cash as she can.]] [[KarmaHoudini This turns out to be a smart move.]]
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', if [[{{Jerkass}} Paul]] is watching Ash or another trainer having a battle, often he will get bored and leave before it is finished, calling them pathetic. This was especially problematic when his Chimchar's fear of Zangoose led to him pulling this trope ''in the middle of a Double Battle''.
** In ''Anime/Pokemon4Ever'', '''all''' of the [[BigBad Iron-Masked Marauder's]] Pokémon abandoned him. This shows just how vile a villain he was -- it is almost unheard of for Pokémon to abandon their trainers, even ones who are evil or abusive. And true, he ''was'' a monster compared to most other members of Team Rocket.
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', Karen and Will bail out on the [[BigBad Masked Man]] once a huge army of Pokémon come charging in. They do not appear to be remotely sorry for trying to kill Blue and Silver, and the two later show up as part of the Indigo Plateau Elite Four with [[KarmaHoudini nothing to show that they got punished for willingly being part of a criminal group.]]
** [[spoiler:Black's Munna abandoned him once it didn't like its trainer's dreams anymore. It eventually returned to him as a Musharna though.]]
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Principal Kuno hires three champions to subdue a rebellious Miss Hinako (and Ranma, natch): Happosai, Tatewaki Kuno... and Nabiki. While the two others actually try to engage in battle and are easily routed, Nabiki just takes the money and runs.
** In an anime story where Azusa returns, she gets interested in Kuno and ends up visiting his house. Later Kodachi sees the mess she's causing including taking her stuff. After trying to fight her she gives up and announces that she'll live outside for a while. Meanwhile after Akane told P-Chan about Azusa's return offscreen, he refuses to leave the closet.
* One of the happiest and more awesome moments in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' revolves around this trope. [[spoiler:It happens in the GrandFinale when Anthy, ''finally'' released from her older brother and BigBad Akio's influence by the apparently {{ret gone}}d Utena, calmly goes to his office all dolled up for a travel and tells him that she no longer will be the Rose Bride ''and'' that she's bailing out of Ohtori Academy, much to Akio's sudden distress as this completely derails his plans from then on. She then leaves the Ohtori campus only in Chu-Chu's company, [[IWillFindYou determined to find Utena again]] [[ButNowIMustGo and finally have her own life]].]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/SakuraGari'' Masataka attempts to run away in the middle of the night after Souma [[spoiler: rapes him]] in the warehouse. Souma puts a stop to that plan by blackmailing him with his brother's debts.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'':
** In the English dub, the narrator makes notice of the show recycling the 'multiple of one character' gag, and gets tired of it.
-->'''Narrator''' "Last episode had two Momokas, now there's two Angol Mois? If we get two Keroros, I quit!"
** Later in episode 23, [[spoiler: Where there actually ARE more than one Keroro, he keeps his word.]]
* An episode of ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' has the characters trying to learn English. In one scene Cindy decides to take various things Eiko says (in Japanese) and [[InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike associate them with similar-sounding English words/phrases]]. Eventually, she "mishears" "''arigato''" as "alligator", freaks out, makes up some excuse to leave, and bails.
* ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'' had a rare example of the main hero doing that without ever returning. That episode featured the destruction of [[spoiler:Cybertron while under Rodimus Prime's leadership. Rodimus Prime decided he had enough of the war. He quickly and casually passed on his leadership to Fortress, and abandoned the Autobots to find a place where he doesn't have to fight. Kup and Blurr followed suit and the three of them were never heard of again]].
* Bunbee of ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' and ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5GoGo'' does this after spending two years of fighting Nozomi's team and getting screwed out of his pay for it. He's next seen [[Anime/PrettyCureAllStars at Fairy Park]], telling [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure Tsubomi and Erika]] to stop holding up the line.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Manjyome (Chazz) tries to do this right before Judai (Jaden) is about to duel Kagemaru. (Seeing as Kagemaru plans to use all three Sacred Beasts, it's hard to blame him.) He changes his mind after Asuka (Alexis) scolds him, however.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', during the [[TournamentArc Dark Tournament Arc]], tournament commentator Juri barely manages to escape the section of the ring where Shishiwakamaru strikes with his cursed sword and puts a huge crater into the ground. In addition to that, the same attack sends spirits out from the sword, which attack and kill numerous spectators. When Shishi goes to use the same attack again, spectators start trying to flee the arena in terror. Koto, reporting from ringside, mentions that as commentators, she and Juri have to stay out of professionalism (credit to Koto; as a [[CuteMonsterGirl fox demon]], the last attack hurt her ears). When she turns to get Juri to confirm this, we see that Juri is already standing by the exit saying, "Screw this, they don't pay me enough!"
** Earlier in the same arc, the remnants of Team Jolly Devil Six rush to the stage exit in a panic after one of their aces, [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Zeru]], is ''incinerated'' by Hiei's [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Darkness of the Dragon Flame attack]], leaving [[TagalongKid Rinku]] to fight Team Urameshi by himself. Their leader, Chu, shows up and [[PapaWolf promptly kills them for their cowardice.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': [[spoiler:After Germany pulled out a Browning Hi Power on Japan and Japan pulled out his katana on Germany toward the end of their [[CockFight cock fight]], Italy had had enough. [[RageBreakingPoint Irate]] and miserable, he fled the scene whilst bawling all the way.]]
* In ''FanFic/AnEntryWithABang[=!=]'', after learning that C-Earth has nukes and is willing to use them, one pirate crew tries to bug out, but runs into another nuke launcher in the process...
* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2375953/8/King_Koopa_Katastrophe_Spoof_2 this spoof]] of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' cartoon episode "The Ugly Mermaid", Mario decides on this [[WaterIsAir when he sees that the anthropomorphic fish-people of Mertropolis are somehow afraid of the water Bowser is flooding their city with.]]
* In episode 45 of ''FanFic/PrettyCurePerfumePreppy'', a boy named Tsumuji, who is performing a magician act, becomes annoyed when he realizes that the audience isn't even paying attention to him.
-->'''Audience:''' Ooooh~
-->'''Tsumuji:''' (puts hands on hips) Seriously, I haven't done anything yet, and you're already 'oooh'ing? (rips off bowtie and storms off the stage) Screw This I'm Outta Here.
* In ''Fanfic/UninvitedGuests'', Gin gets sick of Aizen [[AllAccordingToPlan claiming to be responsible for everything]] and defects back to Soul Society.
** Starrk invokes this trope by preferring to walk away from the incoming battle royale rather than having his ass landed by Hitsugaya again. His companions minus [[InLoveWithYourCarnage Haribel]], however, lacked that common sense.
* In ''Fanfic/ThroughADiamondSky'', Melodia throws down her gun and tells The Baron she's through after Flynn barges in the room. {{Justified|Trope}} as she was already starting to think it was a bad idea to try and challenge a User.
* This is a RunningGag with Hobbes in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhGXTheAbridgedSeries'' Jaden tries to quit being the hero and surrender his Winged Kuriboh card; by trying to do this, he accidentally reforms the villains of the week. He eventually gives up on trying to leave.
* The entire second half of ''Webcomic/CuantaVida'', a very dark DeconstructionFic of ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', is devoted to the saner team members doing just this. [[spoiler:[[AnyoneCanDie Most of them]] make it.]]
* Slip attempts this in ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar'', but Night Raven makes a Defied case of this trope. In other words, [[spoiler:he kills Slip by accusing him of desertion]].
* ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'': [[spoiler:Following [[BigBad Checker Monarch]]'s EngineeredPublicConfession in chapter 11, her servants decide to abandon her. Unfortunately for them, Trixie's grandmother [[CoolOldLady Helena]] overhears them discussing their involvement in Checker's plans to ruin Trixie's life, and decides to teach them a lesson about [[MamaBear messing with her granddaughter]]]].
* ''FanFic/MyLittleMagesTheNightmaresReturn'': Almost everyone in Magiville has this exact same thought (with almost this exact same wording) when [[BigBad Nightmare Moon]] {{No Sell}}s their combined attacks.
* ''Fanfic/EarthAndSky'': In chapter 37, Professor Destiny and Doctor Insanity's BeleagueredAssistant Otto finally has enough of working for them when Destiny convinces his brother to continue racing the Pegalathon even ''after'' they've been disqualified and nearly arrested. He ditches them in the desert with their supplies, then takes his balloon and [[RunForTheBorder heads for Mexicolt]]. [[spoiler:And ends up as an unwilling decoy for the pursuing Royal Guard.]]
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8803490/1/Extended-Stay Extended Stay]]'': In chapter 13, following the Mistress going into [[MaternityCrisis sudden labor]] during her and the Warden's wedding, the inmates [[BallroomBlitz start to riot]]. This prompts the priest marrying the two lovers to flee for his life, only to be [[EpicFail caught and killed by a female inmate seconds later]].
* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has an example in the [[BadFuture Dark World]]: Discord's sister Rancor, upon completing her mission to [[spoiler:steal Destruction's power from Discord]], immediately leaves to return to the Draconequus dimension, walking out on what should be the FinalBattle because she's just not interested in it.
* ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfHarmonyAndTheSaviorOfWorlds'': According to a [[AllThereInTheManual blog post by the author]], Serpentor ordered [[Franchise/GIJoe Cobra's]] [[EvilVersusEvil attack]] on the [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Decepticons]]. Cobra Commander [[OhCrap realised exactly how badly this was going to go]], emptied the safe in his office, hopped on a hydrofoil with a half-dozen loyal soldiers, and got as far away from Cobra Island as possible. [[CurbStompBattle They were the only survivors.]] Cobra Commander has since got out of the supervillain business [[KarmaHoudini and is now enjoying a very comfortable retirement in New York City under an assumed name.]]
** This has since become the focus of a side-story, ''Day Of The Broken Fang''.
* In Fanfic/BloodIsThickerThanBone, Dosu, Zaku, and Kin do this when they've learned from Haku that [[BadBoss Orochimaru]] plans on using them for Edo Tensei (which means that he's planning on sacrificing them for his fight against Sarutobi).
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': After Jade fires them, the Enforcers decide to skip town (with plans to flee the country altogether) in order to finally get away from the magic business and the HumiliationConga they've been suffering ever since they got involved in it. [[spoiler: They get arrested before they get too far.]]
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9215532/1/Harry-Potter-and-the-Shell-of-the-God-King Harry Potter and the Shell of the God-King]]'', Narcissa announces her plans to divorce Lucius the moment she hears that Harry has become Qwa'ha Xahn of an [[EldritchAbomination Old One]]. In her words, "This was a marriage of convenience for both of us and, well, you're no longer convenient."
* At the climax of ''[[FanFic/TheNuptialverse Families]]'', Twilight Sparkle is captured by several [[spoiler:of [[VillainWithGoodPublicity Olive Branch]]'s conspirators]], who restrain her with a PowerNullifier. However, after they [[MamaBear threaten Spike]], she overpowers it and quickly renders one of the goons unconscious, at which point the others all run away.
* Where ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}'''s title comes from; it starts with the troll gang fleeing the empire.
* At the end of ''[[FanFic/TheDearSweetieBelleContinuity What's Done in the Dark...]]'', [[spoiler:Discord abandons the Equestrian dimension]], as he believes events [[CerebusSyndrome are getting "too serious"]]. [[DarknessInducedAudienceApathy A few readers agreed.]]
* The Golden Griffin in ''Fanfic/TheParselmouthOfGryffindor'' is fine with guarding a room in the Third Floor Corridor... but not if he has to guard it ''from Hermione Granger''.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7934546/1/Crisis-of-Infinite-Batmans Crisis of Infinite Batmans]]'', half of the {{Mooks}} run away and leave when they notice their opposition is ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a large army of Batmans from multiple dimensions]]''. Given the Batmans include the CrazyPrepared [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West]] version, [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Wayne the Kryptonian Batman]], [[Franchise/GreenLantern Bat Lantern]], [[Franchise/WonderWoman Wonder Bat]], [[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Batman 1/2]], [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion Unit B.A.T.]], [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Batgundam]], [[Franchise/LyricalNanoha Lyrical Magical Batman]], [[Franchise/{{Naruto}} a multiplying Batman]], [[Franchise/HarryPotter a Batman using a wand to disarm his foes]], [[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima a child Batman with a harem of teenagers including a female version of]] ''SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker'', [[Franchise/OnePiece a stretching Batman with a straw hat]], [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight a Batman fighting by summoning infinite swords and a mysterious armoured woman]], and ''[[UpToEleven at least three Batgods]]'', their reaction is understandable.
* ''FanFic/TheRiseOfDarthVulcan'': When Discord realizes that his and Vulcan's powers [[NoSell cancel each other]], and that unlike Vulcan this puts his health and life at risk, he abandons the fight, leaving the Mane Six to deal with him themselves.
* ''Fanfic/{{Equestrylvania}}'': When the captive [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Wharg]] gets loose in their base, many of [[spoiler:[[TheQuisling Rose Blade]]]]'s minions run away, fearing it more than they do him.
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Moonstone retires to be a teacher after becoming the only survivor of ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}} fight with Alex Harris.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8672171/10/Three-Pawns Three Pawns]]'' Benjiro, Zaku's Rooster Summon he has obtained is told to help them against Gaara during the attack. Taking one look at how [[AxCrazy unhinged]] Gaara is becoming, The Summon decides to do a hasty retreat and disappears.
-->'''Zaku:''' What the?! Get the hell back here you fucking chicken!
-->'''Dosu:''' FacePalm
* ''FanFic/AShadowOfTheTitans'':
** [[{{Jerkass}} Susano]] and his team try to corner Jade for a beating at one point, only for [[TheDreaded Gadjo]] to show up and [[CurbStompBattle curbstomp]] one of them. The other teammate runs off, and Susano wisely leaves too after a few parting insults.
** For a more comedic example, when Jinx and Jade are attending a seminar on minion management, there's a video of Gadjo killing a previous employer for [[ItMakesSenseInContext threatening his pies]]. Around the time he rips off the guy's head and throws it at the camera, the girls decide to ditch out on the rest of the seminar.
** When Jade finds herself facing a Franchise/GreenLantern rather than the Titans, she runs away without even trying to fight.
* At one point in ''Fanfic/YetAgain'', Naruto and Jiraya are sparring, and trading escalating TrashTalk with one another. Jiraya at this point had summoned a rather large toad, who tries to eat Naruto, while Naruto replies by threatening Jiraya with his biggest anti-pervert technique he knows. Sensing [[spoiler:Naruto's Harem Jutsu]] coming, the toad politely excuses himself and unsummons, leaving Jiraya to his fate.
* ''Fanfic/DeathNoteEquestria'': After [[spoiler: L's death]], Jazz quits the team and walks away, his reasons being that [[spoiler: he was loyal to her, not the mission.]]
* Whenever Sasuke comes across an awkward social situation in ''{{FanFic/Vapors}}'' he uses the Substitution Jutsu to get away, usually via a potted plant from a different floor. In extreme cases he can rip up a mailbox from several blocks away.
** Also, Hinata gets sick of her clan's abuse and files paperwork to cast off her last name.
* When Stan walks into the kitchen in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/3751714/chapters/8610322 Anywhere But Home]]'' and sees Pacifica crying at the table while Mabel and Dipper are frantically trying to figure out why, he immediately turns around and walks back out.
* ''Fanfic/TheElementsOfFriendship'':
** As soon as [[spoiler: [[TheDreaded the Headless Horse]]]] shows up, [[SixthRanger Moondancer]] teleports away and [[SixthRangerTraitor abandons the group]].
** [[spoiler: The Headless Horse]] itself pulls this twice — first, when Twilight scares it off with a miniature sun, and later when she gives her WorldOfCardboardSpeech against [=NightMare=] Moon during the FinalBattle, showing her full power. Both times, [[spoiler: the Headless Horse]] flees.
* After they've captured Naruto in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10917821/23/The-questionable-burdens-of-leadership-of-a-troll-Emperor The (Questionable) Burdens of Leadership of a Troll Emperor]]'', Yu is the only one of the [[Franchise/StargateVerse System Lords]] to realize he's far too confident for a prisoner. He promptly makes an exit, and as a result is one of the few to survive the encounter.
* In Fanfic/AshesOfThePast, this is Karen's Absol's reaction to encountering [[WalkingDisasterArea Ash Ketchum]]. Too bad for her the window she tried to escape through was made of safety glass.
** It happens to two other Absols as well. That should tell you all you need to know about Ash.
* Fanfic/TheInfiniteLoops sometimes has loopers decide they aren't going to play along with canon events this loop and are instead going to have a "vacation loop" simply annihilating everything in their path with extreme prejudice or taking a literal vacation. This was also Twilight Sparkle's reaction to looping into a variant version of Equestria based on Literature/NineteenEightyFour, she let Pinkie Pie loose on it and spent the next year studying the moons of the outer planets.
* ''FanFic/SaetwosStory'': When [[BigBad Romelau]] seemingly dies during the FinalBattle, his Fleen minions -- who were only following his orders out of fear and manipulation -- immediately abandon their fight with the Zoombinis and leave.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': When Misato finds out that [[spoiler:Commander Gendo is still using her wards as guinea pigs and Ritsuko intentionally hurt Asuka again]], she decides to pick her kids up and hightail it. When SEELE attacks the Geofront, [[spoiler:she and pilot Keiko's guardians]] take advantage of the ensuing chaos to run from NERV and leave Japan [[spoiler:together with the pilots.]]
* ''FanFic/TheLastSpartan'':
** A few of [[MadScientist Doctor Saelon's]] mercenaries get the hell out of dodge when [[spoiler: the Arbiter]] shows up to rescue Chief, citing that the doctor doesn't pay them enough for that kind of risk.
** Ustrina bails out after [[spoiler: Horridus is killed, but not without rigging the ship to explode on her way out.]]
** Chief does this in the next chapter when [[spoiler: Vanderloo]] suggests that Chief is trying to find and sleep with [[spoiler: the Angel of Akuze.]]
* A professional assassin hired to kill Harry Potter in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11669575/20/For-Love-of-Magic For Love of Magic]]'' decides the money isn't worth fighting someone of Harry's level when it quickly becomes clear his superior mobility is the only thing keeping him alive. After the two work together to survive a trio of Death Eaters who attack them, he offers Harry a curt nod and leaves.
* ''FanFic/ThisBites'':
** Sanji and Luffy escape a group of Marines when the former yells, "Jessica just found out Jonathan threw away a meal she made for him!" Every marine present promptly sprints out of there.
** Terry and Isaiah decide to stay at Marine Base G-8 when the Straw Hat insanity grows too much for them.
** During the attack on Enies Lobby, roughly half the Marines run away yelling things like, "I didn't sign up for this."
** Cross and Leo try to "[[{{Series/Mythbusters}} de-ass the area with the quickness]]" when Sanji, Usopp and Zoro go after them (Cross for making them all see [[FanDisservice Kokoro's mermaid body]] and Leo for holding back in their fights). They don't escape.
** After being warned of the sheer insanity of Cross's explanation for how he knows so much Mizu, Kiwi, Lulu, and Tilestone all haul ass out of there.
* After briefly returning to Sunnydale in ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-28404-137/DianeCastle%2bXendra.htm Xendra]]'', Spike and Drusilla leave again with Spike swearing to himself to never return when [[MadOracle Dru]] tells him to remember she loves him if he ever returns, having foreseen his death.
* [[VideoGame/Persona5 Akira Kurusu]] in ''Fanfic/TheEvilQueen'' just managed to survive an accidental entry into [[MentalWorld the Metaverse]] and decides he's not going to risk his life to try to change the heart of a third year high schooler on a power trip. He eventually goes back because he can't leave his new friend Ann in danger alone.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'', a vampire tries to hightail it when he sees what kind of EldritchAbomination their mob is summoning. [[BigBad Vladislav]] executes him immediately.
-->“Mr. Vladislav,” shouted one of the vampires, “I’m gone!” He shifted into bat-form, tried to get away. Vladislav snapped his fingers. Two others, gifted with form-shifting, turned into bats, went after him, grabbed him, dragged him back to the gangboss.\\
With terrible efficiency, Vladislav tore the offending bat to pieces with his bare hands.
* ''Fanfic/OutOfTheCornerOfTheEye'':
** Upon learning of the horrors hidden in Miskatonic University, Ratso quits his job there and joins the Chans in fleeing Arkham.
** After coming into his [[LovecraftianSuperpower new powers]] and gaining a [[CutLexLuthorACheck significant financial base]], Valmont flees for a remote part of Russia, in order to safely sit out the coming [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt end of the world]].
* ''FanFic/TheSomewhatCrackedMindOfUchihaItachi'':
** Gaara found himself being treated better in Konoha than Suna. So in regards to the upcoming invasion, he tells his siblings the following: "I abandoned the plan a week ago, I'm staying here." His siblings agree with him, switch sides, and effectively ditch Suna after the chaos is over, refusing to return home unless their father is removed from power.
** The Invasion goes so badly that eventually every able-bodied invader books it once it becomes obvious that they're screwed.
* ''Fanfic/SummerCrowns'':
** Young Aeron Greyjoy pulls this on the Ironborn after an informative talk with Rodrik Harlaw. Namely that this Greyjoy Rebellion is doomed like canon, but its greater success means every great lord wants Ironborn blood by the buckets. So he grabs his niece and nephews, loads them on a ship, and sails for the Stepstones.
** Unlike in canon, Varys fled King's Landing after Robert's Rebellion.
** The reason that Rhaegar is called the King Who Ran in this timeline is his [[KnowWhenToFoldEm habit of this]]. He fled Westeros for Pentos after his family was overthrown, and Pentos for Volantis after it looked like the Dragonhunt were going to catch him.
** When the Dragonhunt assaults Myr, those magisters who are in a position to flee the city by ship with their wealth and kin do so.
* ''[[Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters]]'':
** During the Battle of Torus Filney, Frost and his forces flee the battlefield after the rebels [[spoiler: bust out the [[SuperweaponSurprise guns from Earth]]]].
** [[spoiler: After [[BloodKnight Rhouglar]] is executed by Caleb, his men abandon the Rebellion in droves.]]
** Quentin Ross quits Section 13 and storms out of working with the Chans and Guardians after they decide to [[spoiler: use [[ReverseMole Harold]] to [[MoleInCharge replace]] Chang]], since as far as his [[KnightTemplar moral inflexibility]] is concerned, anything short of utterly wiping out the Dark Hand down to the last member is unacceptable.
** Chang's lackey Crane abandons the fight against the Chans and Guardians in the hidden subway tunnel after [[spoiler: Caleb uses the Sword of Thanatos and enters Berserker Form.]]
* ''FanFic/AChanceMeetingOfTwoMoons'': When the six alicorns (Twilight, Celestia, Luna, Dusk Shine, Solaris and Artemis) catch Discord and Eris watching them in the dream realm and start raging at them, the two draconequui decide it would be best to make a run for it.
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'':
** Vix-Lei's reaction, shared by the rest of the group, when [[spoiler:she realizes that Sweet Surprise, the Full Moon of the Luna Guard, has shown up to arrest them.]]
-->'''Vix-Lei''': "CHEESE IT!" (She promptly grabs Rex and runs, with the others right behind them.)
** [[spoiler: Night Blade does this when he thinks Xvital is siding with Wind Breaker in their fight, abandoning the group and the quest. He changes his mind and comes back in the nick of time.]]
* ''FanFic/EscapeFromTheMoon'': In the sequel ''The Mare From the Moon'', it's revealed that the Great Old One Azathoth once resided in Spliced Genome's world, but the locals kept resisting its control, to the point where Azathoth decided it wasn’t worth the effort and moved on to go after some other planet or dimension.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12719087/1/Crookedstar-s-Chance Crookedstar's Chance]]'' is an [=AU=] ''Literature/WarriorCats'' fic in which Shellheart and Crookedkit leave [=RiverClan=] because its leader allowed Rainflower to abuse the latter.
* In [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/7011241 a terrifying clamour of trumpets]], Edward and Izumi team up to kill the homunculi, but if you look closely, [[spoiler: they only find six of them]]. According to the author’s notes, this is because [[spoiler: Greed decided he didn’t want to deal with this shit and opted to skip town]].
* At the very end of ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' Voldemort demands his Death Eaters explain why they didn't carry on the fight in his absence. He rejects excuse after excuse (and torturers the men who make them) until one of them simply says he saw that they were losing and fled the country; that one Voldemort accepts as perfectly reasonable.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''. Lightning [=McQueen=], who has been sentenced to community service for destroying the road in Radiator Springs, takes off for California when Mater [[DidntThinkThisThrough takes his parking boot off without first hooking him up to a road-paving machine called Bessie]], only to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere (his gas was siphoned while he was impounded). Defied, too, by the town gang until he finishes paving the road.
** Played straight earlier, though, when [=McQueen’s=] pit crew, led by “Not Chuck,” up and quits when they get fed up with his “one-man show” attitude.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', Agent Mansley tries to do this when he realized that [[spoiler:his attempt to destroy the Giant was going to get himself killed as well]]. This gave us this hilariously great exchange:
-->'''Mansley:''' You mean we're all going...?\\
'''General:''' To ''die'', Mansley. For our country.\\
'''Mansley:''' Screw our country! I wanna ''live!''
* Near the end of ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', as the Jews are leaving, you can see several Egyptian soldiers drop their weapons and join them.
* Bartok the Bat in ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', Rasputin's MinionWithAnFInEvil, decides to get the Hell out of Dodge before the FinalBattle. Prior to this, he vainly tried to convince Rasputin to forget revenge and Anastasia and ''get a life''. (Of course, being undead, that might not have been feasible for Rasputin.) In the end Bartok just leaves because he's savvy enough to realize that this can't end well for Rasputin. This proves to be a wise decision. He also gets a chick-bat that comes right outta nowhere. [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Because karma will get you laid.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' (also an IronicEcho):
-->'''Lord Everglot:''' Fetch my musket!\\
'''The Butler:''' Fetch your own musket. I'm off!
* In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', Yzma's potions turn the soldiers chasing Kuzco and Pacha into various animals. As Yzma yells at them to chase the duo, one soldier states "Uh, I've been turned into a cow. Can I go home?" Uncharacteristically, Yzma politely allows him to, asking if anyone else wants to opt out as well. They choose not to.
* Ramon pulls this in ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet 2''. While trying to console Mumble's son, Erik, Ramon remarks "For two wild mavericks like us who cannot be tamed.....[[PunctuatedForEmphasis THIS! PLACE! SUCKS!!!]]" and then immediately declares he's going home.
* [[{{Expy}} Sarge]] and the two other remaining green army men pull one of these in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' since they think they'll be the first of Andy's toys to be thrown away. Granted, Sarge justifies it by reminding the other toys that Andy has already outgrown them, but still... It also doubles as a BrickJoke, since [[spoiler:they end up at Sunnyside Daycare]].
* During ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'', when Linguini reveals to his kitchen staff that he hasn't been really cooking, but controlled by Remy, they all wordlessly toss their aprons down, and quit on the spot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'':
-->'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' Don't worry, Mr. Krabs. Patrick, Squidward, and I...\\
'''Squidward:''' Pass. (leaves)
** He later tries to escape from Plankton's bucket helmet army, but they close in on him and force a bucket on his head (offscreen), turning him into one of the slaves.
* During the climactic fight in ''Disney/PeterPan'', Mr. Smee is seen loading his bags into a lifeboat, knowing that Hook is just going to lose again, and is also fed up with his obsession with Peter. The other pirates join him, but only because they have fallen overboard and landed on the lifeboat.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', after Shrek and Fiona get off the carriage and the townspeople get shocked:
--> '''Donkey:''' Uh... Why don't you guys go ahead. I'll park the car.
** Subverted later when an argument between Shrek and King Harold escalates:
--> '''Donkey:''' Uh... I gotta go to the bathroom.
--> '''Waiter:''' Dinner is served!
--> '''Donkey:''' Never mind. I can hold it.
*** Fiona in a heartbreaking way when she's had enough of her parent's prejudice against Shrek decides to cut her parents out of her life and return to the swamp with Shrek.
* Done twice in ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie''. After Tommy's preoccupation with trying to protect his baby brother Dil pushes their buttons one too many times, Phil and Lil decide to leave Tommy and Dil in the woods, Chuckie coming along for the same reasons. Granted, it ''was'' Phil and Lil's fault in the first place they were stuck out there and karma ''does'' bite them back. The second time is Tommy's HeroicBreakdown where he decides to just leave Dil with the monkeys after ''his'' buttons are pushed. Thankfully, he reconsiders.
* In ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', Jiminy Cricket is more than a little pissed off to see Pinocchio smoking and playing pool on Pleasure Island with Lampwick, who then starts laughing at the cricket's expense:
--> '''Jiminy:''' Go on, laugh, make a jackass of yourself! I'm through! This is the end! (storms off in a huff)\\
'''Pinocchio:''' But Jiminy, Lampwick says a guy only lives once.\\
'''Jiminy:''' Lampwick, hmph!\\
'''Lampwick:''' Come on, come on! Let him go.
* In ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Belle goes against the Beast's orders and enters the west wing, where the Beast's room is. When he catches her near his enchanted rose, the Beast rages at her. She decides that in spite of her promise, she's not willing to stay at the castle any longer.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMysteryOfTheBatwoman'' gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMd4S-LkywI the smartest mook ever]]: after spotting Batman rummaging around in a room (who gives him a rather displeased look), he quietly leaves the room and won't admit to seeing anything out of place when his buddy asks.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'': Abraham Lincoln's reaction when [[IdiotHero Emmet]] fails his inspirational speech.
-->'''Lincoln:''' A house divided against itself would be better than this! (''Flies away on his rocket chair'')
* Disney's ''[[Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar The Return of Jafar]]'', the sequel to ''Aladdin'', turns this into a whole musical number, "I'm Looking Out For Me", when Iago finally gets fed up with Jafar bossing him around.
** Iago tried to do this in the original ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' when Jafar has been turned into a genie and is getting sucked into a lamp. Iago ends up being [[SubvertedTrope sucked into the lamp with Jafar,]] which leads to his more successful attempt in ''[[Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar The Return of Jafar]]''.
* In ''Disney/TheLionKing'', Zazu says this in part of "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" as he's getting quite tired of Simba's childish behavior. Of course, he doesn't follow through with it.
-->"If this is where the monarchy is heading,\\
count me out!\\
Out of service, out of Africa,\\
I wouldn't hang about!"
* In ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', Phil walks out on Hercules after the latter refuses to listen to the fact that Megara was working with Hades.
* A few examples in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''
** When initially confronted with [[StockYuck broccoli pizza.]]
--->'''Disgust:''' That's it! I'm done! ''(Walks away from the console.)''
** After a failure of a day trying to keep Riley functioning without Joy or Sadness, Fear attempts to leave via the memory tube. [[ButtMonkey It doesn't go as planned.]]
--->'''Fear:''' Sure, it's the coward's way out, but this coward's gonna survive! ''(activates the memory tube, only for it to clog with him and all of that day's memory orbs, ultimately spitting everything out.)'' \\
'''Disgust:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Emotions can't quit, genius.]]
** In the accompanying short ''Riley's First Date?'', when Mrs. Anderson tries to probe Riley [[SpeakingLikeTotallyTeen with "cool words the kids say."]]
--->'''Disgust:''' Ugh, this is just embarrassing! ''(leaves the console)'' I can't! I c-can't!
* In ''WesternAnimation/AstroBoy'', President Stone fails to learn from experience and places the Red Core into a robot and activates it. One of his soldiers ''immediately runs away'' when the robot doesn't obey Stone's first command.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', Po actually feels terrified and [[OhCrap runs away from the Jade Palace]] when he hears of Tai Lung's escape from prison. This is justified because he lacked any real training experience at the time.
* In ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'', once it become clear that [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Owl]] had made a mistake with the note Christopher Robin left, he promptly runs away.
* ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'': "BLOW ME TO BERMUDA!!!"
* ''Disney/RobinHood'', along with Maid Marian, Friar Tuck and Little John leave the archery tournament when a pillar holding two elephant guards collapses.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'': The plot is kicked off when Marty, tired and bored of being an average zoo zebra, leaves Central Park Zoo to experience a day in the wild. Alex the lion, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippopotamus and the chimps leave later to find him and fling poop at Tom Wolfe respectively.
* ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'': Alice leaves the unbirthday party after the White Rabbit gets kicked out. This proves to be a bad decision when she gets lost in Tulgey Wood and encounters strange looking animals such as momeraths, a broom dog, an accordion owl and instrument frogs.
* ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'': Meeko has a habit of doing this, especially when being chased by Percy. Also, Ben and Lon when Indians attack the camp.
* ''Disney/PigletsBigMovie'': Rabbit, Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore when the bees break out of the fake hive.
* ''Disney/TheLionKingOneAndAHalf'': Timon and Pumbaa, during the Be Prepared scene, when they first see the goosestepping hyenas.
* ''WesternAnimation/HortonHearsAWho'': Morton, when Kangaroo rallies the jungle animals to attack Horton.

* In ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', [[UpperClassTwit Upper/Middle Class stand-in]] carriage horse Mollie runs away from Animal Farm so she can enjoy sugar and ribbons in her mane, both of which are not allowed at Animal Farm. Given how Animal Farm turns out, one could make a definite case for her being [[SmarterThanYouLook Smarter Than She Looks]].
** It's implied that the Cat (who disappeared a few chapters in) also did this.
* In ''Literature/TheAshesSeries'', this becomes more and more common as the Rebel army ([[Franchise/StarWars not those Rebels]]) goes from a guerrilla force to [[BadassArmy an unstoppable international army.]] Eventually most minor-league baddies will run away or surrender without firing a shot.
** The author also makes it a point to show this at a personal level; often with the deserter(s) giving a short speech to their companions about expecting to live longer.
* The white-faced women do this in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. Apparently, so do Fernald and Fiona (albeit off-screen).
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Percy breaks all ties with his family in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Book 5]] over an ideological disagreement, while also thinking they've all fallen for a ploy by Dumbledore to take over the Ministry of Magic, or at least remove the current Minister of Magic. He regrets it later and eventually reconciles with them.
** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'':
*** [[spoiler:Mundungus Fletcher pulls this on Mad-Eye Moody during the escape from Privet Drive in the same book. Moody ends up taking an [[OneHitKill Avada Kedavra]] to the face as a result.]]
*** The Malfoys' [[spoiler:defection from the battle of Hogwarts in the [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows film]]]] has shades of this trope.
* In ''Literature/HaloTheFlood'' (the official novelization of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved''), a Grunt named Yayap goes AWOL just before the final battle. He knows that someone's going to destroy the Halo and kill everyone on it, so continuing the fight would be pointless. He is, of course, right. Halo blows up, and kills everyone on it, including him.
* Both [[DeadpanSnarker Marco]] and [[TeamMom Cassie]] do this in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''. [[spoiler:Of course, both return, either because ItsPersonal now or because their conscience won't let them go off the hook so easily.]]
** Elfangor does it too, in ''The Andalite Chronicles''. [[spoiler: He doesn't go back until the Ellimist makes him, several years later.]]
** And David in ''The Threat''.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Part of being [[TheIgor an Igor]] is "getting out before the angry mob arrived." Igors often have long resumes, with all previous employers deceased. As one clan elder said to his soon-to-be-former boss, "''We'' belong dead? Excuthe me, where doeth it thay ''we''?" Igors will also sometimes suggest to other servants that it might be time to take a vacation.
** In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Cosmo's secretary Heretofore gets the hell out once [[spoiler:Cosmo's madness reaches its peak]].
** LovableCoward Rincewind has an entire philosophy based around running away from the plot. It never works.
--->'''Rincewind''': I ''know'' what's going to happen. I'm going to be dragged into things that shouldn't concern me. And you're just a hallucination caused by rich food on an empty stomach, so don't try to stop me!
--->'''Scrappy''': Stop you? When you're heading in the right direction?
* This is your best chance if you're vermin in a ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' book. Many books see [[ThoseTwoGuys two rank-and-file vermin]] [[MauveShirt given names and personalities]] decide their boss is screwed and take off. It doesn't necessarily work, though; sometimes the boss finds and kills them for being cowards. As for the two in ''Salamandastron'' who ran away at the beginning of the book instead of the end, [[FromBadToWorse they would probably have had a higher chance of survival if they'd stayed]].
* Kelven Solanki is a major POV character in Peter F. Hamilton's ''[[Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy The Reality Dysfunction]]'', but vanishes without a trace after leading the evacuation of the planet Lalonde and fails to reappear in the two sequels, whilst a friend of his who had a smaller role in the first book, Ralph Hiltch, goes on to have a major role in the later books. According to Hamilton, he had far too many characters running and literally just forgot about him.
* After Nellie Dean finishes telling Mr. Lockwood the horrifying story of ''Literature/WutheringHeights'', the tenant loses no time finding accommodations elsewhere and getting as far away from Heathcliff as he can.
* A mercenary captain's reaction upon learning that a Literature/{{Bolo}} is active. Though he can't leave as he's already taken delivery of his payment, and his employers would be... [[YouHaveFailedMe unhappy]].
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''Literature/WarOfTheDreaming'', a minor character realizes that a) there are weird things happening, and b) where [[InvisibleToNormals weird things]] are concerned, she is completely [[{{Muggles}} helpless]]. As soon as she's rescued, she gets in her car and ''floors it''.
* The French soldier Nicholas in ''Literature/SevenMenOfGascony'' does this, on the reasonable ground that it is more important to support his wife and child than to prolong the glory of a [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Corsican mobster]] for another year. He ends up caught and executed.
* Opera co-managers Poligny and Debienne at the very start of ''Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''. Once a [[ScoobyDooHoax Phantom]] starts skulking around their opera and delivering {{blackmail}} demands, they waste no time passing the buck and getting out of the opera business as fast as they can.
* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', the mercenary protecting the celebrities in their fortress decides to sneak out the back door when desperate survivors storm the place, on the grounds that he was hired to kill zombies, not people. And while he's leaving on a stolen jewel-encrusted surfboard, he runs into one of the celebrities' miniature dogs, who evidently had the same idea.
-->'''T. Shawn Collins''': I like to imagine that if he could talk, the conversation would have gone, "What about your master?" "What about yours?" "Fuck 'em."
* PunchClockVillain Washington Reed does this at the end of Boris Akunin's ''[[Literature/ErastFandorin Dream Valley]]''.
* ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'': The job deserters after Directive 10-289.
* Subverted in ''[[Literature/{{Deathlands}} Deathlands Homeward Bound]]''. When their mad leader, Baron Harvey Cawdor, comes back without his EliteMooks from HuntingTheMostDangerousGame, his Sec Men realise that [[RightfulKingReturns his successor will soon be turning up]] and quietly slip away. They should have stayed and fought it out, as the Baron's men are so hated by the locals they're all tracked down and killed by the end of the day.
* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: In the book ''Final Justice'', Stu Franklin ends up pulling this. On his way out, he warns Isabelle Flanders that they're going to get caught and that they should flee. This may qualify as a HeelFaceTurn. Then, again, maybe not, if the book ''Cross Roads'' is anything to go by.
* In ''Literature/TheBookOfTheDunCow'', Scrape the Otter attempts to get the other animals to desert Chauntecleer's army because he is afraid of fighting Cockatrice. Chauntecleer defies the trope by dealing with Scrape immediately, picking him up [[LaserGuidedKarma and dropping him in with the Weasels]], persuading him to abandon the plan.
* Trout of the ''Literature/ChantersOfTremaris'' trilogy tries to do this shortly after falling in with the RagtagBunchOfMisfits. They don't let him.
* ''Literature/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineAStitchInTime'', which presents the life story of [[EnsembleDarkhorse Elim Garak]]. By the end of the novel, Garak no longer cares for the manipulative politics of his people, and chooses to walk out on a meeting between reactionary officers and would-be-politicians, declaring that he has no place among them.
* Flashman mentions running away is his default [[TimeForPlanB plan B]] in ''[[Literature/{{Flashman}} Flashman's Lady]]''. He mentions in another story that almost all his wounds are on his back, inflicted while escaping, and supposes elsewhere that he's had more fast exits than hot meals.
-->'''Flashman:''' ...suddenly I saw that there was only one way, and a slender hope at that, but it was that or unspeakable death. The Flashman Gambit -- when in doubt, run.
* In ''Literature/MoonOverSoho'', Peter tells an ambulance driver that a patient has been wired to a bomb, then is thrown into the dashboard as the driver slams on the brakes before legging it out the door before Peter even has a chance to recover from the sudden stop.
* In ''Literature/StarCarrier: Deep Space'', the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Slan]] decide that the [[BigBad Sh'daar]] deliberately lied to them both about the nature of their current enemy (humanity), and about the nature of the universe. Lying is a big no-no in Slan culture, and their CO tells the Sh'daar equivalent of a [[ThePoliticalOfficer Political Officer]] to STFU. They jump out to present their findings to their government, with the implication that the Slan may be reconsidering their allegiance.
* Near the end of ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'', [[spoiler:Hallwad]] tries to tell Déaspor he's had enough of her attitude and wants out, expecting her to say that if he wants to go so bad, so be it. Instead, she reacts violently and tells him that his mission is far too important for him to be in any position to do anything like that.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** This is Harry's standard response when he runs into something out of his weight class, without anything to even the odds.
** At the climax of ''Grave Peril'', when Harry is facing down Bianca, she starts by sending her mortal security after him. After a quick display of his power destroys their weapons, they all run away. Considering [[KillItWithFire what]] [[StuffBlowingUp happens]] next, this is probably the smartest thing anything of them has ever done.
** In ''Changes'', when Harry confronts the Red Court team in his office building, one of them takes one look at him and ''runs away screaming''. Even more impressive, this later turns out to have been one of the Eebs, the Red Court's two most dangerous assassins.
* Prior to ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', [[spoiler:after the Circle uprising, Jocelyn Fairchild fled Idris with no intention of ever returning]].
* At the end of ''Literature/TheWildOnes'', [[spoiler:the Flealess have seemingly won, and Titus orders his army to slaughter everyone. Then [[SewerGator Gayle]] comes out the sewer and eats Sixclaw alive]]. Cue a whole bunch of animals sprinting away with their tail between their legs.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** For countless eons, the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Voidbringers]] attacked humanity on Roshar in great [[ApocalypseHow Desolations]], stopped only with the help of the ten Heralds of the Almighty. At the end of every Desolation (or if they died before the end), the Heralds were forced back to [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Damnation]], where they were tortured for centuries until the next Desolation came, at which point they were resurrected to fight again. At the last Desolation, nine of the ten finally gave up, abandoning their oaths and leaving Taln (the only one who had died that time) to suffer the tortures alone.
--->'''Kalak:''' What do we tell the people, Jezrien? What will they say of this day?\\
'''Jezrien:''' It's simple. We tell them that they finally won. It's an easy enough lie. Who knows? Maybe it will turn out to be true.
** Hundreds of years after the Heralds abandoned their oaths, the [[TheOrder Knights Radiant]] discovered "some wicked thing of eminence" that caused every single one of them to betray their oaths and centuries of tradition to turn their backs on humanity and cast aside their [[SoulCuttingBlade Shardblades]] and [[PoweredArmor Shardplate]] like trash. By the time the story starts, it is believed that the Radiants (now called the Lost Radiants) actively tried to destroy mankind, but the truth is they just abandoned them to their fate.
* ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'': When gang leaders loyal to Capa Barsavi start getting assassinated, the Gentleman Bastards seriously consider skipping town with their fortune of stolen booty and living like nobles in some distant city, but Locke is convinced that he'll be safe enough to finish their latest grift. He comes to greatly regret that decision.
* In Creator/StephenBaxter's ''Literature/XeeleeSequence'', the Xeelee, masters of the baryonic universe, face a HopelessWar against the [[spoiler: dark matter Photino Birds]] that are slowly but steadily [[TheStarsAreGoingOut transforming all the stars into red dwarfs]]. The Xeelee eventually throw their hands up and build a portal to another universe - what scientists today call the Great Attractor - and flee, but not before scattering [[BigDumbObject their toys]] around so that the lesser species can flee too.
* ''Literature/SleepingBeauties'': The night before Frank Geary and his posse will attack Dooling's Correctional Facility to get Eve Black, Terry Coombs decides to bail out, realizing he really isn't up to the task as acting sherriff. Frank watches him go, not sure whether to feel pitty for Terry because he isn't man enough to handle the situation, or envy him because he gets to leave before things turn ugly. A more tragic example than most since Terry proceeds to go home and commit suicide.

* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qjzWSZ1mpI I Ran Away]]" by the Music/TheArrogantWorms is a whole song about this trope:
-->Whenever I was challenged, I'd collapse like a souffle,\\
But I'm still alive to sing this song 'cause I ran away!
* The second verse of Lupe Fiasco's song "Hello, Goodbye" is about a general who deserted a war because he didn't believe in the cause. In the end, "''He stands, to find himself surrounded by thousands of soldiers, who he once trained to never miss their targets.''"
* A more humorous example can be found at the end of Liam Lynch's "Happy Song". The singer, disgusted by all the TastesLikeDiabetes he's been forced to sing about, says "I'm outta here! Screw you!"
* ''TakeThisJobAndShoveIt'', I ain't workin' here no more / Don't you try to stand in my way as I go walkin' out the door! ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, and a case of CoveredUp (by Johnny Paycheck, it was written and first performed by David Allan Coe. Not to mention another cover by Dead Kennedys.)
* "Art" by DJ Damien, a song made for a VideoGame/StepMania competition, consists of a heartbeat-like drum beat for one minute with just three steps held for the duration. "A2 (Art 2)" is a more conventional angry rap song about people who misunderstood the message intended in "Art". The trilogy ends with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwbH0zbkUK0 "The legend of ART"]], where DJ Damien raps over trance instead in an attempt to please [=StepMania=] players until three-fourths of the way through, when after a short Music/DaftPunk sample, it goes back to angry rap. The first lyrics of the coda: "Screw this shit, I'm done / Making trance ain't fun."
* There's a humorous -- and vulgar -- version of Jingle Bells where Santa's elves quit, citing that "they do all the [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] work/while he stars in the show"
** Another humorous song parody, "The Twelve ''Pains'' of Christmas" by Bob River, has the guy with the fourth pain, sending Christmas cards, give up and say he's not sending them this year while the guy with the second pain, rigging up the lights, ends up yelling "Fine! You're so smart, [[LetsSeeYouDoBetter YOU rig up the lights]]!"
* Music/BillyJoel's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3JFEfdK_Ls My Life]]" is basically a song about this. The narrator starts off by telling about an old friend of his who "Said he couldn't go on the American way. Closed his shop, sold the house, bought a ticket to the West Coast." The narrator then goes on to indicate he's done something similar, as he tells off someone who's apparently trying to convince him to return to a home he abandoned.
* "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Music/EltonJohn is one. Lyricist Bernie Taupin, born in the English countryside [[WordOfGod mentioned]] the song was about Bernie having difficulty in relating to upper-crust city life (and in particular, Elton's pre-fame pickle-heiress girlfriend immortalized in "Someone Saved My Life Tonight") and Bernie's desire to revert to the simplicity of small-town life.
** The obscure 1973 B-side "Screw You", [[CensoredTitle bowdlerized]] as "Young Man's Blues" in America, is a more humorous take on the trope.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FjWe31S_0g "Fuck This Shit (I'm Out)"]], by ''The Theme Song'', centers around this trope...though it leaves the actual ''situation'' unspecified, because listeners find the song more applicable that way. This has made it a popular choice for [=AMV=]s. It is also a frequently occurring song in [[Machinima/SuperMarioGlitchy4 SuperMarioGlitchy4's]] bloopers.
-->''I don't know what the fuck just happened\\
But I don't really care, I'mma get the fuck up outta here,\\
Fuck this shit, I'm out.''
* Diamond D's "I'm Outta Here", in which the narrator keeps finding himself in dangerous situations he needs to get away from.
--> ''Gotta get away, gotta get away now''
--> ''And I'm outta here''
* In "Rock This Town" by The Stray Cats, the narrator takes his girlfriend on a date and they do just this at their first stop:
-->''Well, we found a little place that really didn't look half bad\\
I had a whiskey on the rocks, and changed half a dollar for the jukebox\\
Well, I put a quarter right into that can\\
[[TakeThat But all they played was disco, man]]\\
Come on, baby, baby, let's get out of here right away''
* Music/DanielAmos's "Horrendous Disc" (from [[Music/HorrendousDisc the album of the same name]]) is about a musician whose [[AccidentalPublicConfession hidden wrongdoings inexplicably get broadcast for the whole world to see]]. In the third verse, he jumps in his car and just drives away from the situation. It doesn't work, because he just finds a billboard displaying his misdeeds.
-->He puts his car in gear \\
Got to get out of here\\
Going somewhere far away\\
But through the headlight beam\\
He sees a billboard scene\\
His fight last night is on display
* "Music/BannedFromArgo" by Leslie Fish (the former {{Trope Namer|s}} for PersonaNonGrata) has a gang of [[Franchise/StarTrek Klingons]] arrive on the planet where the crew is enjoying shore leave, and promptly flee horrified from the carnage.
* Music/TheRamones' last album, titled ''We're Outta Here!'', is a live album of their final show. Recorded in Los Angeles in 1996, it was the last time the band played together. By 2014 all of the four original Ramones (Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny, and Tommy) had died.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Many old-time wrestling fans remember the famous confrontation between Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon and UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli. But before Ali entered the ring and the legendary exchange took place (Monsoon picking up Ali and putting him in an airplane spin before throwing him to the mat), Monsoon had a match, against stalwart Baron Mikel Scicluna. Monsoon was dominating Scicluna and was knocked from the ring after taking a heavy "Manchurian" chop ... before Ali stepped into the ring to taunt Monsoon. Scicluna regained his senses and threw up his arms in disgust as he left ringside, as if to say the trope's name.
* "The Big Cat" Ernie Ladd may not have been the first wrestler to do this, but he was the first one to make an art form of it. If he was in a match he didn't consider important and it started to go poorly for him, he'd just leave the ring and walk to the back. He did it so often that for a time the whole act was called 'pulling an Ernie Ladd.'
* EMLL ditched the Wrestling/{{N|ational Wrestling Alliance}}WA rather than help them deal with the Wrestling/{{W|orld Wrestling Federation}}WF, although Wrestling/{{CMLL}} would return to help the NWA later. Disgruntled talent packing up and leaving EMLL lead to the birth of both Lucha Libre Internacional (and by extension, the Mexican UWA) and Wrestling/{{AAA}}.
* Wrestlers departing from JWA lead to the birth of Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling and Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling, who would in turn be deserted by disinters who would form Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH and The Wrestling/UniversalWrestlingFederation.
* It's not uncommon for the {{Heel}}s to fall back on this if they're losing the match, especially if they're defending championships (since you can't lose a title by being counted out). Often this plan will be foiled by 1) the {{Face}} grabbing the Heel and dragging him back into the ring; 2) an authority figure intercepting the Heel and telling him to get back in the ring; or 3) the authority figure declaring losing this match in this manner would count as a forfeit (which ''does'' allow the title changing hands). Occasionally the reverse will happen, with a Heel ''trying to win a title from a defending Face'' just giving up and walking away, like Wrestling/{{Test}} did in his ECW title match with Wrestling/BobbyLashley.
* Bobby Lashley tried to do this himself, wanting to leave TNA. The official reason in real life was to focus on Mixed Martial Arts, but in-story, he was really frustrated with TNA's failure to protect his wife from Wrestling/ScottSteiner and ''she'' wanted him to ditch wrestling for MMA.
* In 2002, when WWE wanted him to put over Wrestling/BrockLesnar on Raw with no buildup, Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "took his ball and went home".
* Also common amongst tag-team partners turned enemies. Examples:
** Wrestling/{{Edge}} had his StartOfDarkness by abandoning Wrestling/ChrisBenoit to be pinned by La Résistance.
** At ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 5'', when Wrestling/TitoSantana accidentally hit his own tag team partner, Wrestling/RickMartel, Martel left him mid-match.
** At The Main Event in 1989, Wrestling/HulkHogan abandoned Wrestling/RandySavage during their tag team match against the Twin Towers ([[Wrestling/TheOneManGang Akeem]] and the Wrestling/BigBossman) to take Elizabeth to the locker room for medical attention. When Hogan returned to the ring, Savage smacked him in the face and left him alone to face them, returning only briefly to get his WWF World title belt.
* In 1988, the Powers Of Pain did this to WCW. They were slated to be in a series of scaffold matches (wrestlers fight on a scaffold several feet above the ring, the object being to knock their opponent off the scaffold down to the ring below) against the Wrestling/RoadWarriors, and they were booked to lose. Not wanting to risk their careers on this, they walked and went to the WWF.
* A rare non-villainous, purely comedic example had Jackie Gayda attempting to ditch Wrestling/StacyKeibler just before their Evening Gown Tag Team Match against Wrestling/TorrieWilson and Wrestling/{{Sable}} at ''Wrestling/WrestleMania XX''. All four Divas had to strip down to their bras and panties before the match began, and Miss Jackie decided at the last minute that she didn't want everyone to see her in her underwear. She tried to leave - but Torrie and Sable would have none of it, grabbing Jackie and ripping off her gown so that she'd ''have'' to wrestle in her underwear. Although, to be fair, Jackie didn't know about the "wrestling in underwear" stipulation until just a few minutes before the match; she thought that the winners would strip the losers, like in a traditional Evening Gown Match (the match originally was to be a traditional bra & panties match, but one of Sable's breast implants burst a few days before the match, meaning she couldn't get as physical as they had planned). [[FridgeLogic Oddly, the match happened because Stacy and Jackie wanted to pose in Playboy instead of Sable and Torrie.]]
* In a behind-the-scenes example, Wrestling/MollyHolly asked the WWE management in 2005 to let her do a HeelFaceTurn. When they denied her request on the grounds that it would never work, she asked for her release and retired from wrestling.
* Subverted when Wrestling/TripleH apparently abandoned Wrestling/ShawnMichaels in the middle of a "weapons" match against Wrestling/CodyRhodes and Wrestling/{{Ted DiBiase|Jr}}. Turns out, he was just running to fetch his trusty sledgehammer. ([[FridgeLogic One wonders]] why he didn't bring it to the ring to begin with, or just stash it ''under'' the ring before the match.)
* The 10/3/11 episode of ''Monday Night Raw'' ended with this - by about half of the WWE Roster, as well as the announcers, the refs, the cameramen...[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and the guy that rings the bell.]]
* Wrestling/{{Fandango}} used to be known for refusing to wrestle until someone pronounced his name correctly, which didn't happened until he was introduced by Wrestling/JerryLawler.
* The 6/18/12 edition of ''Raw'' featured a 3-on-1 Handicap Match of Wrestling/JohnCena versus the team of Wrestling/TheBigShow, David Otunga, and (former) General Manager of both Raw & [=SmackDown=] Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis, which essentially dwindled down to a mere one-on-one match. This came thanks to both Big Show and Otunga ditching Laurinaitis during the match, leaving the People Power proponent to have to fight Cena alone. [[ThisIsGonnaSuck It went about as well as you might expect for him]].
* On the Labor Day 2012 edition, Wrestling/CMPunk decided to take a "personal day" instead of facing Wrestling/{{Sheamus}}. Subverted at the end of the show when he came back to cost John Cena his match with Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio. On the same show, Wrestling/JackSwagger decided to go on leave. Subverted again a week later when Punk tried this again with Wrestling/RandyOrton, only for Orton to [[YouWillNotEvadeMe chase him and bring him back to the ring]]. In early-2014, Punk had another one. After being passed over to be in the main event of Wrestling/WrestleMania for the third year in a row, he walked out and has not been heard from since.
* Tyler Reks was already tired of being a rarely utilized jobber-to-the-stars when he and tag partner Curt Hawkins got assigned a male stripper gimmick. One ''week'' later he quit pro wrestling. To be fair, he had already been battling with the decision for a while, as he had a newborn at home, and decided to leave wrestling before the gimmick went any further.
* In a battle royal, Wrestling/SantinoMarella sees that he doesn't have a prayer of eliminating Triple H and John Cena, and decides to eliminate the one guy he knows he can: ''[[Funny/SantinoMarella himself!]]''
* Wrestling/GailKim did this at her last appearance in WWE. Upset with the way she had been booked and realizing she wasn't going to be doing anything there, Gail gave her notice that she quit when at a Battle Royal she eliminated herself as soon as the match began. Apparently she was told to be eliminated from it in under a minute they just didn't expect her to eliminate herself. A few months later she had made her return to Wrestling/{{TNA}}.
* At Wrestling/SurvivorSeries it's not uncommon for a Heel to decide to do this, whether it's being outnumbered or an argument with his teammates he walks out on them and heads to the back. [[Wrestling/AllenCoage Bad News Brown]] did this two years in a row because he accidently got hit by his teammates, and was named [[http://www.wwe.com/shows/survivorseries/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-survivor-series/page-2 the worst teammate ever]] in Survivor Series history.
* One of the rumors surrounding [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson the Rock]]'s departure from WWE after Wrestlemania 29 is this due to the way WWE booked his match with John Cena. His open dissatisfaction with Cena's [[SarcasmMode storytelling skills]] and the fact that Cena's non-athleticism during the match led to the Rock's ''legitimate'' injuries as well have done nothing to quell the rumors. Cena fans, on the other hand, have [[FlameWar tried very hard]] to shove down people's throats the idea that the Rock walked out simply to spite the pro-wrestling fandom, [[KnowNothingKnowItAll under the assumption that the pro-wrestling fandom and John Cena fandom are one and the same]].
* The night after WWE Payback 2014, Batista had had enough of being denied a match for the WWE championship since Triple H and Randy Orton were focused on ending the Shield. He then left the ring, leaving Triple H screaming at him.
* Nearly any time during Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan's Intercontinental Title run where he was in a fight he knew he couldn't win, he typically just grabbed his belt and left. He would lose the match by count-out, but he would keep the title.
* The Omega Isaac Zercher's reaction to Jimmy Havoc and Paul Robinson trying to get him to side with either of them during the hardcore match between Havoc and Robinson at Wrestling/{{Progress Wrestling}} Chapter 21.

* The British Tolkien Radio parody ''Hordes of the Things'' begins with the Crown Prince Veganin giving the mighty hordes of Albion a rousing speech about how they will stand fast though Albion is surrounded by the hordes of evil. His speech is interrupted by the wizard Radox, who informs him that the mighty hordes of Albion can't make it today, but have left a sick note.
-->'''Veganin:''' Well, then, old Radox, but you and I...\\
'''Radox:''' Umm... ''(horse gallops away)''\\
'''Veganin:''' So. Farewell, thou cowards. Know you I would scorn to die in your company. To horse unto the King, to raise another force of men who would rejoice to die!

* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapture The Rapture]].
* A few examples from ''Literature/TheBible'':
** Most of Jesus' apostles resorted to this when Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane (which wasn't even necessary, because Jesus had insisted that the mob let his followers go). They eventually made up for their disloyalty -- [[HeroicSacrifice and then some]] -- after the Resurrection.
** Paul's attitude to the Jews in Macedonia who blasphemed him and Silas in Acts chapter 18 when he was presenting the Gospel to them:
-->''But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be upon your heads. I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”'' (Acts 18:6)
* ''Some'' (definitely ''not'' all) schools of Buddhism has leaving the cycle of {{reincarnation}} without turning back as the ultimate goal. Others simply seek to become an enlightened being, free from the sorrows of the world, that helps others reach enlightenment from time to time.
* According to ''Series/SixtyMinutes'': One of the possible reasons for Pope Benedict XVI resigning -- in addition to his official reasons, poor health due to advancing age -- was learning how corrupt the Vatican was (pedophilia and financial cover-ups, plus hard-partying, promiscuous priests).

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The opening fiction to ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem Night Horrors: The Wicked Dead]]'' has a recurring character rooming with an up-and-coming supermodel, trying to see if she'd be a good candidate for initiation into a cult. She comes home a bit early one night, and finds some hideously bloated ''thing'' sucking what looks like the supermodel's life out from her thigh... and the supermodel enjoying it. Her reaction? "Yeah, I'll just... see myself out."
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Fate}}'' system, as used in ''TabletopGame/SpiritOfTheCentury'' or ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'', comes with explicit rules support and even some mechanical rewards for conceding a conflict before it gets too far out of hand, which helps encourage both players and {{Game Master}}s to remember that enacting this trope instead of [[AttackAttackAttack always fighting to the bitter end]] ''is'' in fact an option.
* In the backstory of ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', this was essentially General Aleksandr Kerensky's reaction to the Succession Wars starting up: he took his massive fleet and army and flew out into uncharted space, and vanished. The descendants of that fleet reappear hundreds of years later as the Clans, one of the only threats large enough to make the Successor States (who are ''still'' [[ForeverWar fighting each other]]) team up to fight back.
** When Ice Hellion [=saKhan=] Connor Rood discovered that their supply lines have been intercepted by Clan Jade Falcon, he knows that his Clan is doomed by the combined wrath of the Falcons and Hell's Horses (which their Clan just ticked off). So he immediately set about saving as much of his Clan as he could and escaped the Inner Sphere. Meanwhile, his Khan continues to lead her forces in a hopeless war against the two Clans.
* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', Uktena (the totem spirit of the Uktena tribe) was once a servant of the original Wyrm of balance. When the Wyrm went insane, [[DefectorFromDecadence Uktena defected to the Wyld]].
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Certain circumstances such as losing more than 25% of the unit in one phase, losing in close combat, tank shocking or getting hit with some kinds of special weaponry or psychic powers, will cause a unit to have to take a Morale check. If they fail the check, they will pull this trope. Certain units are more vulnerable to Morale hits than others: generally, rank and file grunts such as Conscripts and Gretchen will run away the moment things start going badly, but some units are just so fearless, psychotic and/or fanatical that they will only retreat in the most dire of circumstances... and even then only maybe. Codex-compliant Space Marines TakeAThirdOption with a special rule (And They Shall Know No Fear) that avoids both total routs and the extra losses fearless units suffer, allowing them to make tactical retreats but then reform regardless of casualties.
** As Slaanesh and Khorne tore apart the rest of the Eldar Pantheon, Cegorach the Laughing God went "oh, screw this!" and fled into the Webway.
** Speaking of the Eldar, Craftworld Lugganath have this as their hat, this and close ties with the Harlequins, the badass devotees of said Laughing God. The Eldar of Lugganath are so horrified and disgusted with [[CrapsackWorld the state of the galaxy]] that they want to flee into the Webway and form a brand new civilisation. This probably qualifies them as the most sensible people in the whole setting. The only problems with this plan are 1) they have to find a Webway portal big enough for an entire Craftworld and 2) they have to get rid of the Webway's infestation of Dark Eldar first.
* In ''TabletopGames/{{Earthdawn}}'', the stone-age prequel to shadowrun, bards have a talent called "graceful exit". It even gives them a head start!.

* In ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'', the Witch, fed up with all the arguing about blame in the "Your Fault" song, interrupts it to sing "Last Midnight," then removes herself from the story, declaring that if everyone wants to assign blame, they can blame her, but she's leaving them to their own problems.
-->'''Witch''': ''It's the last midnight / It's the last verse / Now, before it's past midnight / I'm leaving you my last curse! / I'm leaving you alone / You can tend the garden, it's yours.''
* In the ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'' stage show ''Franklin's Class Trip'', Franklin has this reaction when he and his class visit the science museum and are greeted in song by their "highly respected and professional" but nevertheless somewhat eccentric guideperson, Miss Carbunkel. He's already scared because of an incorrect belief that they're going to see a real live dinosaur there and Miss Carbunkel's oddness doesn't do anything to help. He tries to rope Snail into his plan to leave as well, but Snail is actually the voice of reason who puts the kibosh on the plan, noting that the bus back doesn't come until well after lunchtime and they need to just have courage and "do this."
* In ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', the doctor tending to Lady Macbeth contemplates this while realizing that both of the Macbeths are stark raving insane (and that armies from England and Ireland are about to invade Scotland).
-->'''Doctor''': Were I from Dunsinane away and clear, Profit again should hardly draw me here.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', Wily tries to bail when Metal Sonic starts killing everyone. Keyword "tries".
* The premise of the music video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FjWe31S_0g "Fuck this shit I'm Out"]].
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Simmons and Grif plan to flee from the tank that's threatening to attack them and try to make it to the Warthog, agreeing to start running together on the count of three. Although they spend a fairly ludicrous amount of time staring down the tank making sure they are on the same page with regard to "on the count of three", Grif deliberately sneaks away from him and starts running early while Simmons is still counting.
** "''Oh, you backstabbing cockbite!''"
** Happens later with Donut and Grif. They are hiding behind the warthog as Tucker approaches in an out of control tank.
** This time Donut sneaks off while Grif is counting.
** In Season 10, the Reds and Blues [[spoiler:pull a collective one when [[BadBoss Carolina's]] plan involves them serving as cannon fodder (with her ending up pointing a gun at Tucker when he questions it) and Church angrily declares that [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech every problem he's ever had stemmed from the Blood Gulchers]]]].
** In season 15 [[spoiler: Grif quits the team. He decides that he's had enough, and that he hates everyone.]]
* At the end of the ''WebAnimation/BowsersKingdom'' movie, Jeff and Hal are seen squashed and defeated:
-->'''Hal:''' That's it, I quit.
-->'''Jeff:''' Yeah, screw this!
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony''.
** In "Hippocratic Oafs", after seeing how poorly Ponyville is treating Blue Twilight, Purple Twilight decides she wants nothing more to do with them. "That's it. I'm out. I hope a bear eats you all."
** In "The Penny and Clyde Show", Pinkie Pie breaks the fourth wall and tries to walk out of the series after Discord makes his introduction. "''Ultra Fast Pony'', season two, everybody! I hope you all enjoyed it. I'm going home."
** In "Reading to Rainbow", Twilight is the only pony willing to visit Rainbow Dash in the hospital. Until Dash cracks a racist joke, at which point Twi replies, "Okay, that's it, I'm out! ''I'm done.'' You have fun by yourself."
* ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors''
** In the episode "Time Slime", the team is trying to help a space station where time is overlapping on itself, meaning that there are actually three versions of the team performing different stages of the mission. BW #2 find the source of the problem, as well as the corpses of BW #1. They try to keep the same events from playing out again--and fail, winding on the ground right next to their "past" selves. Then BW #3 show up, see a pair of each of their bodies on the ground, and realize that it's probably better to let the people on the station figure this out for themselves.
** In "Memory Donk", the guy driving the rocket bus can't remember how to fly and bails out... [[TooDumbToLive into the vacuum of space]]. Later, as the bus is flying over Neo-Mars City, Chris asks Jelly Kid for help fighting the rampaging Memory Donk, only for Jelly Kid to make himself a parachute and bail out as well.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Bookstore owner Tukson defects from the White Fang for unknown reasons. He has plans to sneak away to Vacuo in the hopes of putting as much distance between himself and White Fang as possible. Unfortunately, Cinder's people catch up to him before he can escape. When Mercury and Emerald report back to Cinder, they state they've killed him and that he's no longer a problem.
* In the episode of ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'' for ''Film/{{Logan}}'', [[spoiler:Wolverine, who was saved by Deadpool, leaves after the first thing Wade does after saving Logan is to bring him along to watch as he mocks and moons Superman and Batman. After Wade mocks Bruce's catchphrase of "I'm Batman", the Dark Knight decides to also walk in disgust.]]
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': When Portica and Kayla run into an Ice Beast in 'Untamed and Uncut', Kayla tries to make a break for it, but Portica stops her and tells her they have to defeat it.
** K-Seal gives up and leaves after the Icers help Portica and Kayla escape.
** In [='VRcade'=], right after she and [[{{Jerkass}} Julie]] finish the game, Asia is quick to exit...That is, if Psycho Man hadn't shown up.
** After his VillainousBreakdown, Psycho Man does this at the end of [='VRcade'=].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'': Richard pulls one of these in [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/268 this strip]]. Until Cale bribes him with a "Blow up a mountain" mission.
* [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/540.html This strip]] of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' speculates about the fate of [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Moradmin_Bast one character]] from ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' proves that there's a limit to how far minions are willing to take AttackAttackAttack [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0618.html here]]. It holds true for {{Red Shirt}}s as well, as in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0452.html this]] strip.
** And for a raven in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0440.html this one.]]
--->'''Blackwing:''' Caw CAW! Caw caw caw caw, caw! ''(POP!)''\\
''(Translation:)'' "Screw THAT! You're on your own, mammal!"
** "Screw this! I'm not getting rubbed out by magic-wielding [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0240.html hookers]]!!"
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0077.html Monster: "Eh, screw this. I'll order Thai."]]
** Laurin Shattersmith does this during her duel with Vaarsuvius. While the more powerful spellcaster of the two, Laurin had already expended a great amount of power fighting other characters, and when V points out that (s)he still has more than two dozen spells remaining, Laurin teleports away without another word.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' Oasis [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=020709 inspires this in several Hereti Corp henchmen]], prompting Torg to remark, "Well, ''that'' was too easy!"
* ''Webcomic/CogaNito'': Eric's first reaction to [[spoiler: the robot BB]] is to scoop Niko up and attempt to flee.
* Leo, the genetically enhanced lion in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'': "I guess he wanted me to rush 'em or something, but I was all, screw that, Master, they've got guns, man!"
* [[Webcomic/PennyArcade Tycho's]] brain [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/07/16/brains-with-urgent-appointments does it]] when confronted with ''[[Franchise/DieHard Live Free or Die Hard]]'''s interpretation of the Internet.
** A literal meaning of [[{{Pun}} "one's senses taking leave"]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'', Jason Kendrick Howell and Beel pull this when Chris goes to bring down the 4-cent Garbage building, leaving Clyde Cash and Jack Thaddeus to die.
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' -- Xanatos peels off after Cypress panics from coming out of her hypnotic Tone and [[http://www.lastres0rt.com/2010/11/keep-the-camera-rolling/ dives into a pool of nanotech]]. He escapes during the collective FreakOut that ensues.
** [[WhamEpisode Given everything that went wrong after that point]], it's hard to imagine him staying could've made the situation any WORSE, at least...
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'''s Black Mage has attempted to, on multiple occasions, opt out of the quest to save the world Fighter signed him up for. However, numerous elements keep forcing him back into the game, such as Thief's blackmail or Sarda's reality-warping power.
* ''WebComic/RustyAndCo'' introduced the mook Sir Malevolus, likely a mini-boss in his own right. As he begins to make his BadassBoast, [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-5-19/ he suddenly realizes that between Rusty and Cube, he doesn't stand a chance. After giving them directions to the boss, he books it.]]
** Later on, he meets with TheDragon of the arc. TheDragon tells Malevolus the protagonists are one direction; [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-5-21/ Malevolus heads in a different direction because that's where the ''exit'' is.]]
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0164.html the drow duck out of the fight.]]
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000421c Megaman pulls this]] [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000422c on the]] [[BreakingTheFourthWall comic.]]
* A member of the Webcomic/KarateBears does a Doug (Michael Showalter) in this strip, and [[http://www.karatebears.com/2012/08/doug.html actually leaves the page.]]
* ''WebComic/SchlockMercenary'':
** The [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Seventy Maxims of Maximally Effective Mercenaries.]] Similar to one of the Real Life examples, Maxim 3 is "An ordnance technician at a dead run outranks everybody".
** [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2017-11-09 One spaceship commander]] upon realizing how hopelessly outclassed he is.
--> "We're going to do the opposite of get closer."
--> "What are you saying?"
--> "Probably 'good bye'."
* ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'' has a lot of characters pull this off at once in Act 6 Intermission 5. [[spoiler: Upon realising that the Ring of Life, a ring that can revive a dead person, has just been lost, [[KillerDM Vriska]] starts yelling at [[ExtremeDoormat Tavros]], the last one who (she thinks) had it, about losing it. At this point, he [[GrewASpine grows sick of her crap]] and flies off to parts unknown, {{flipping the bird}} and yelling a taunt previously used against him at her. [[MoodSwinger Sollux]] then follows suit, taking [[CatGirl Nepeta]] and [[GenkiGirl Feferi]] with him.]]
* Near the end of the Battle for Gobwin Knob in ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', the chief warlord for the Royalist faction was croaked during a parley. Superfluous Elves, as their name suggests, aren't particularly good units and don't have any impressive abilities, but they ''do'' know when they aren't needed and should just leave. So their chief, who was also the chief of all the elves at the battle, gave the elves the order to retreat. Most of the elves stayed and croaked when the volcano erupted, but everyone that went with him survived [[spoiler:and eventually sided with Stanley thanks to their grudge against Jetstone and the need for a patron.]]
* All of the Mandragora initially reject Willow's offer of freedom and forgiveness in ''Webcomic/{{Earthsong}}''. But Neuria and Jormand decide later that they actually ''would'' like to ditch Beluosus [[spoiler:after he eats two of their comrades to sustain himself]].
* When a mook in ''Webcomic/WeAreTheWyrecats'' realizes YourHeadAsplode doesn't work on Mela, he decides to ditch his partner and book it.
* ''Webcomic/DraculaRulerOfTheNight'': [[spoiler: After Dracula and the brides are killed, Lucy Westenra and her mother, Minerva, both now vampires and still under the curse, decide to flee and live on in their undead states rather than continue the fight.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Minerva''': I was already elderly before the bite, and that death was plenty scary enough. Forgive me gentleman, I know you mean well. But I much rather continue being a so called "walking corrputed abomination" then go through that again.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Some of [[WebVideo/TheAnnotatedSeries the Annotators]] will preemptively threaten to quit if their current video looks to be going in a particularly stupid direction.
* Chip from the web fiction serial ''Literature/DimensionHeroes'' completely abandons his ally after discovering his Guardian Band, wanting nothing to do with the conflict, despite the fact that he's involved whether he wants to be or not.
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'' Has quite a few of these. Probably one of the most infamous is the ''Star Wars Holiday Special''.
** From The Dark Knight Strikes Again part 3: "Hello and welcome to Atop The Fourth Wall, where bad comics burn! Say... *Pulls out his pocket watch* It's Mill- [makes a break for it]
** During the conclusion of the Mechakara Arc, Harvey Finevoice, 90's Kid, and Ninja Style Dancer comes to aid Linkara against the villain. They get some good hits in at first, but then Mechakara starts adapting to their weapons and can't be harmed. They all promptly flee to leave Linkara to fend for himself.
** "[[Franchise/PowerRangers Fuck this, man]]. [[Creator/JohnnyYongBosch I'm]] [[ActorAllusion going into]] {{Anime}}"
** Viga's response to being told there were malevolent ghosts in the house was the promptly leave, since she didn't want to be another victim of BlackDudeDiesFirst.
** WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows announces his [[TenMinuteRetirement retirement]] from TGWTG after seeing that he's reviewing "Blah Blah Blah" by Ke$ha for his debut episode.
* [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles The Shredder]], during the TMNT parody by WebVideo/MyWayEntertainment: "Man, fuck this shit; you're gonna [[GroinAttack kick me in the nuts]]! I'm off this motherfucker! Sheeeeeit... fuck you!"
* Becomes something of a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bO56bcpiYA running gag]] for Brad of 4 Player Podcast when he plays ''Just Cause 2'', using gas canisters as miniature escape rockets.
* WebVideo/BumReviews: "Change?! Ya got cha-- Oh my God, they're filming [[Film/{{Steel}} a Shaq movie!]] [[TheCameo I'm out of here!]]"
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic
** During his review of ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'': [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark "Screw this movie, I'm going home." [...] "No, no, no. Screw this movie. Home."]]
** ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'': "Hi, I'm WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, [[CatchPhrase I remember it...]]" [legs it]
** He and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick both try to run the fuck away when Creator/RobinWilliams starts rapping in ''WesternAnimation/{{FernGully|TheLastRainforest}}''.
* When Equius is first introduced in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', ''the narrator'' doesn't want to spend too long on him.
** Also, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/index.php?s=6&p=002556 at one point]], an enemy absconds off John's roof with [[ParasolParachute an umbrella]]. Because that's what weak enemies do when they are vastly outclassed.
** [[spoiler:In the afterlife]], Tavros attempts to do this when Vriska declares [[RageAgainstTheAuthor her desire to start fucking shit up]] so that they'll be relevant to the narrative again. Unfortunately, Vriska brainwashes him into obeying.
-->'''Vriska:''' [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=006740 I'm sick of this shit.]] I'm sick of being [[spoiler:dead]] and useless and bored, and I'm not going to take it anymore. You're with me, right?
-->'''Tavros:''' No way.
* The [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/abandon-thread#.ToYMPexJlD0 Abandon Thread]] meme, also known as 'Fuck This Thread, I'm Outta Here'.
* There have been a number of ''WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}s'' that have the Retsupuraers throw their hands up and bail for different reasons. Two of the more notable ones were ''Let's Play This!''[[note]]It was another LetsPlay/DeceasedCrab video, this one of ''Creator/JackieChan's Action Kung Fu''[[/note]] and ''The Legend of Sweat''[[note]]It was a LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' that quickly gets derailed when the [=LPer=] reveals that his cat's version of catnip is ''[[{{Squick}} human sweat]][[/note]]''.
* This happened to Hadriex in his [=DT3=] playthrough. After making it past a series of near impossible challenges in the second nightmare gate, and a long difficult boss battle, the boss suddenly heals and changes form, becoming the [[ThatOneBoss Shroud Lord]] from [=DT1=]. Cue [[https://youtu.be/cN7eE3pNzAs?t=50m36s a lot of NOPE]]
* In an episode of Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow podcast, Karl is trying to explain his latest bizarre train of thought; that [[InsaneTrollLogic the world is better if you're a midget because there's more of it to see.]] Halfway through, Ricky leaves to make a cup of tea, asking Stephen to call him when Karl's finished.
* LetsPlay/{{Sips}}, completely cornered in a game of Worms Reloaded, just gives up and has his last worm jump into the water.
-->'''Sips:''' You know what? Fuck you guys. Fuck this game. Fuck you. *jumps*
* In ''WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID'', when coming face to face with [[spoiler:the Rake]] in the episode "Jessie", Jeff's only response is to announce "Fuck this shit," and run like hell. [[spoiler:Granted, he was running to find something to chase it off with, but still.]]
* ''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged'': The [[Franchise/{{ScoobyDoo}} Mystery Gang]] [[TheCameo shows up]] about 18min. in to investigate the homocides at the Spencer Mansion. But the moment Daphne finds [[spoiler: the Nemesis]] hiding in the closet, the gang [[KnowWhenToFoldEm calls it quits and hauls ass.]]
* ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights''
** The last surviving Black Cloak [[spoiler:aka The Last Angry Geek]] says "Oh, screw this!" and flees for his life when Malachite kills his allies.
** Likewise when Brad (a.k.a WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob) tries to attack Malachite and fails. He runs for the hills.
* In [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee's]] review of ''Videogame/AloneInTheDark2008'', he finally reaches his breaking point when, after an hour slaying monsters, the game spawns thirty more and tells him he has to kill them too.
--> '''Yahtzee:''' "No." I replied, "No, I do not. I reject your stupid, fucking, arbitrary, gameplay-lengthening ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' grind quests, and I'm sick of putting up with your bullshit!"
** When discussing how the ESC key immediately closes out of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', he then muses that he would want one for awkward situations in real life.
--> '''Yahtzee''': Congratulations, Janice, when's the baby due?\\
'''Janice''': [[MistakenForPregnant Um, I'm not pregnant, I just put on some weight. ]]\\
'''Yahtzee''': *slams ESC key* ABORT! *pulls out jetpack*[[SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud FWOOOOSH.]]
* ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'' has this awesome example from UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus.
-->''Arrivederci! Imma leave before this battle begins! [[{{Beat}} ...]] [[SubvertedTrope Cos]] [[LargeHam we both know in the end which of these captain's going to win!]]''
** [[UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows Bill Gates]] vs Creator/SteveJobs gives us a straighter example courtesy of the latter.
-->''I built a legacy, son, You could never stop it. Now excuse me, while I turn heaven a profit. [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence (disappears)]]''
* LetsPlay/SomethingAwfulDungeonsAndDragons:
** Minerelle gets hit with a -2 to Int. checks and skills in the Tomb of Horrors, at which point she's had enough and tries to leave. This works out pretty well, since she's the only one not cloned for a MirrorMatch, but returns in time to help with it.
** At Paragon tier, Minerelle bursts through a window, advises everyone to take a nap soon, blasts an illithid with massive psionic damage, is almost instantly killed by the backlash, is healed from the brink of perma-death by Kodrinscheiner, and immediately flees screaming into another dimension. All in one turn. Leaving everyone else in the room completely bewildered.
* Occurs in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' when the remaining Travelers that aren't dead or in jail get a chance to return [[spoiler:to their home dimension]]. Also an option allowed for the teenaged Wards when the [[spoiler:Slaughterhouse Nine]] show up.
* One episode of ''Creator/RoosterTeeth'''s Podcasts, and animated in ''Rooster Teeth Animated Adventures'', tells the story of how Gus, fed up with Burnie constantly mentioning that Las Vegas was only a short drive away[[note]]Gus didn't want to spend hours in a van with everyone[[/note]], hopped out of the van, headed back to their hotel, packed up, and wrote a note, declaring "See you in Austin, assholes!" [[SubvertedTrope Of course he couldn't find a flight that left L.A. that night and he had to get picked up to make it to the airport the next day.]]
* "See you later, fuckers!" is one of Matt's catchphrases on ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'', usually uttered when running away from a group of enemies.
* Subverted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yfg5heCpbDA Smashtasm Episode 5]], during 1337f0x's flashback of his battle with Greg. While the present 1337f0x says "So I decided the only way to defeat Greg was to stop him on my own". However the past 1337f0x is less than willing.
* Creator/BradJones has this reaction near the end of "Rock, It's Your Decision" in his ''WebVideo/DVDRHell'' episode when the DesignatedHero starts making very homophobic remarks. This doubles as a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome after he gives a nice TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the protagonist. This film comes up later as an "at least it's not this" anytime he reviews a bad Christian propaganda film.
* In ''WebVideo/BradJonesDemoReel'', Gretchen, and later Henrietta, bluntly bow out of being in Braddie's remake of ''E.T. The Porno''.
* Michael Moorer pulls one of these on his trainer in an episode of [[http://theboxingtribune.com/2014/08/what-if-mike-tyson-got-acquitted/ What If]] when fighting Mike Tyson.
* In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbf9SR9w_Qc "10 weirdest foods"]] video by [[WebVideo/MatthewSantoro Matt Santoro]], after having barely gotten past balut (developing duck embryo that is boiled alive and eaten in the shell), he realizes that the next food is [[spoiler:deep-fried tarantulas]], which immediately makes Matt jump out of his chair and leave the room, trying to end the video right then and there.
* WebVideo/{{Wowcrendor}} has an installment of the "Orc vs. Wild" video where his gnome character wanders through ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s infamous Moonguard RP server. He quickly runs away after spying two guys and a gnome on a bed, again after finding a strange danceoff in the basement and one last time after meeting a girl with a man's voice.
* In ''[[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6949282/furry-superheroes-are-super-gross Furry Superheroes are Super Gross]], after the Furry Force activates Yiff Mode and turns into a giant furry tranny, Vivisector just says "Nope" and uses his jet pack to fly away.
* Embodied in song form [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FjWe31S_0g here]]. Also with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wO5TnYaJ4o music video]] (NSFW warning).
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'': At the end of episode 10:
-->'''Vegeta:''' [[HumiliationConga Crushed and broken]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext beneath an unconscious, naked child.]] Yup, I think I'm done here.
** As Freeza and Vegeta are fighting, Freeza's scouter keeps counting higher and higher before reading, "F**k this, I'm out" and exploding.
** In Episode 26, Vegeta attempts to pull this while Piccolo is fighting Frieza in his second form. Frieza stops him before he can get far.
-->'''Vegeta:''' All right, I’ve just gotta find one of the Ginyu’s ships, and get the hell out of here! I’ll just go to Freeza Planet 419. No one ever goes to Freeza Planet 419. Not since its species miraculously repopulated.
** In episode 49, after Vegeta compliments Bulma's work creating new Saiyan-style armor. Then Goku chimes in...
--> '''Goku''': Hey, look Vegeta, I'm you! [[VideoGame/MassEffect2 Paragon til death!]]\\
'''Vegeta''': …[[DarthWiki/RuinedForever You ruined it. You ruined it and I'm leaving]].
* In ''WebVideo/RosssGameDungeon'', Ross has this reaction when reviewing ''Revenant''. After struggling through the game's increasingly tedious and maze-like dungeons, he looks up a walkthrough just to check how much of the game he has left, and finds out that he still has ''seven'' dungeons left to go, all of which ''have the word "Labyrinth" in their name''. He immediately ends the review and skips to the ending cutscene.
* ''WebVideo/WrestlingWithWregret''
** Brian Zane does this in his review of ''The Jesse Ventura Story'' after they reenact the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob... which Jesse had no part of whatsoever.
** Pulls this on Grandmasters of Wrestling, not wanting to sit through another Mighty Macabe Match.
* ''Literature/TheFalconCannotHear'': After [[spoiler: the death of [=MacArthur=]]], Admiral Fletcher, not wanting to join the fascist Whites, takes the Atlantic Squadron and creates an American community at Guantanamo Bay with Admiral Bloch, the local commander there. They keep to themselves, not getting involved in the CivilWar at all, their goals being “to remain apart from whatever tyrannical regime, of whatever color, that may come to power on the mainland” and to “preserve a small fragment of American liberty.” [[spoiler: This lasts until the invasion of the West Coast by the Whites' Japanese allies; like all the other American factions, they're infuriated by this, [[NeutralNoLonger abandon their neutrality]], and join TheAlliance against the Whites.]]
** After growing disgusted with the corruption and oppression of the Whites' leadership, and surviving partaking in a failed coup against them, [[spoiler: Dwight Eisenhower]] [[DefectorFromDecadence defects]] to the American Soviet Republic... after manipulating events to give several thousand troops the opportunity to follow him. They do.
* ''Film/NoobLaCroiseeDesDestins'': Gaea, who's known to have a DirtyCoward side to her, eventually does this when things are looking bad during a very hard battle. [[spoiler:She's actually taking advantage of the fact that both her teammates and her opponent know her well enough to more or less expect this from her, so she can pull a surprize attack later.]]
* In the ''Humanity, Fuck Yeah'' short story ''The Passenger'' a species of pirates have a code that they always allow for CombatByChampion to determine whether they leave empty-handed or sell their victims into slavery. Using a device that emits an alarm if someone lies, the leader of the pirates boasts of being from a "Class 7 Rough World" and training in 1.4 times galactic standard gravity to toughen himself up. The opposing champion is an ordinary human from Earth: a "Class 12 Death World" with gravity 1.6 times galactic standard. After hearing that, the pirates all leave without uttering a word.
* ''Literature/AMorePersonalUnion'':
** After Henri III grows tired of being a PuppetKing and seizes power in Paris, his mother Queen Mary quickly flees back to Scotland before she can be imprisoned.
** As the English-backed slave revolt in Cuba overruns Havana, the Spanish governor leaps from his mansion into the sea, taking his chances with swimming to safety over being captured.
* Bill Wurtz's ''history of the entire world, i guess'' spoofs this when he mentions "every".
--> '''Bill:''' A long time ago (actually never and also now) nothing is nowhere. When? Never. MAKES SENSE, RIGHT? Like I said, it didn't happen. Nothing was never anywhere. That's why it's been everywhere. It's been so everywhere you don't need a where. You don't even need a when. That's how every it gets.
--> ''Pause for 10 seconds''
--> '''Bill:''' Forget this. I wanna be something, go somewhere, do something. I want things to change. I want to invent time and space. And I know it's possible because everything is here and it probably already happened. I just don't know when to start. And that's exactly where it started.
* Taako of ''Podcast/TheAdventureZone'' 's Balance Arc does this constantly, so often that the line "Taako's good out here" has become something of a catchphrase for him.
* ''WebVideo/PlayStationAccess'': Delsin eventually leaves after being mistreated. Then goes to see a monkey doll martial arts master, to learn how to get revenge.
* ''Literature/NewDealCoalitionRetained'': When it becomes clear that the Warsaw Pact is starting to lose WorldWarIII, and facing popular uprisings, Markus Wolf -- who had [[TheCoup seized power]] in East Germany years earlier -- flees the country, striking a deal for asylum in Chile.