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Playing With: Dirty Coward
Basic Trope: A character is cowardly to the point of being disgustingly harmful to others.
  • Straight: Bob runs away from any danger facing him and has no loyalties whatsoever.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob runs from everything, does nothing to justify his presence in the group silly enough to let him in, and happily betrays anyone in his way.
    • Bhaal has had entire universes destroyed, caused untold and untellable suffering all for the slightest reduction of any risk.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Bob is the weakest or least talented member of his group, and he knows it. As a result, he prefers to let the stronger members handle problems and stay on the sidelines.
    • Bob has had numerous bad experiences to the point that he views bravery as practically suicidal and views his own cowardice as plain good sense. He considers himself a pragmatist, not a coward.
    • Bob was forcibly dragged along against his will by the rest of the group, despite his constant and repeated protests that he couldn't help them. Knowing that he's in way over his head, and feeling no loyalty to the idiots who got him into this mess in the first place, Bob cuts out and abandons them at the first chance he gets.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is a Fearless Fool who attacks the enemy even when running away would actually be a better idea.
    • Bob's lack of fear leads him to do some pretty heinous things as he does not care for the consequences of his actions.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • But he is too nervous to get around to being really dangerous.
    • Alternatively, Bob does become legitimately dangerous... But not in a good way, and there's certainly nothing brave or heroic about it. He simply attempts to slaughter anything or anyone he thinks might be a threat to himself or those he cares about (if he cares about anyone else) whenever he can take them by surprise.
    • Bob was to afraid to do his duties as a mole, and he only sold out the heroes when he had a perfect chance.
  • Parodied: Bob leaps at his own shadow, is clearly shady, and is incurably untrustworthy, yet the group keeps him with them anyway.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob starts out as a shameless Dirty Coward, but either discovers or is told that he is capable of real courage and heroism. While Bob continues to be cautious and runs from anything he can't handle himself, he has become a more productive member of the team, is genuinely brave when the chips are down and is treated with respect.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "This has got to be the umpteenth time Bob has abandoned me. Remind me why he is on the team again."
  • Invoked: "It's been fun being with you, but I value my life, so good-bye!"
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz tries to convince Bob to desert, knowing that he is the most cowardly member of the team.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to act like a coward.
  • Discussed: "Bob goes by himself, so he can't betray or abandon anyone to save his own life."
  • Conversed: "Bob is so cowardly it disgusts me." "Yeah, I bet he'll betray us eventually."
  • Deconstructed: Bob's cowardice originates from his own insecurities, laziness, and lack of confidence in his own ability. He is more capable than he thinks he is, and he eventually takes a level in badass when convinced that he has been made braver or placed in a situation where he can't run.
  • Reconstructed: Bob is simply cowardly due to plain laziness and selfishness, not justifiable caution or a Freudian Excuse.
  • Played For Laughs: When Bob abandons not only his teammates but a bus full of orphans to Emperor Evulz, even the villain himself is shocked by his vileness.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Bob was called out for his cowardice.
    • Evulz thanks Bob for letting his team down, and congratulates him for being a sniveling coward like he always is. Bob doesn't take the praise well.
    • Bob's cowardice gets someone on his team killed.

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