'''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.
** Bob runs from everything, does nothing to justify his presence in the group silly enough to let him in, and [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder happily betrays anyone in his way]].
** [[AbusivePrecursors Bhaal]] has had entire universes destroyed, caused untold and untellable suffering all for the slightest reduction of any risk.
** Bob runs away from any danger facing him and always tells his teammates they should do the same. He would leave those who would still be willing to fight behind.
** While cowardly, [[LovableCoward Bob is still loyal to the team, and generally stays with them when it counts,]] even in situations that he warned them about.
** 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 [[TraumaCongaLine numerous bad experiences]], to the point that he views bravery as practically suicidal and views his own cowardice as [[KnowWhenToFoldEm plain good sense]]. He considers himself a pragmatist, not a coward.
** Bob was [[TheDragAlong 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 [[OptOut cuts out and abandons them at the first chance he gets]].
** Bob is a FearlessFool 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.
** Bob may seem like a DirtyCoward, but he's actually a CombatPragmatist who only prefers to fight when he has the advantage.
*** For instance, Bob may ''appear'' to be running away from a battle, but he's actually maneuvering around the battlefield so he can sneak up on the enemy and catch them by surprise.
** It appeared that Bob sold out the heroes out of fear, but it turns out [[TheMole he was planted by Emperor Evulz to spy on them]].
** Bob isn't fleeing because he is afraid of a threat, but because [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he needed the time to take care of a far greater threat.]]
** Bob runs away from a threat, but [[ChangedMyMindKid has a stroke of conscience and returns]].
* '''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 too 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 [[ObviouslyEvil clearly shady]], and is [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder incurably untrustworthy]], yet the group keeps him with them anyway.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Bob starts out as a shameless DirtyCoward, but either discovers or [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre is told]] that he is capable of [[HeelFaceTurn real courage and heroism]]. While Bob continues to be cautious and [[LovableCoward runs from anything he can't handle himself]], he has become a more productive member of the team, [[CowardlyLion is genuinely brave when the chips are down]], and is treated with respect.
** Bob isn't cowardly at all.
** Bob's a LovableCoward.
** "We need a cowardly, selfish character to backstab TheHero, the BigBad, or both."
** "We need a foil to [[VillainousValour the evil but brave]] Emperor Evulz."
** The writer wants to make AnAesop where being fearful can be harmful to others.
* '''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. I bet he'll betray the team eventually."
** 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 [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level in badass]] when [[MagicFeather convinced that he has been made braver]] or [[CorneredRattlesnake placed in a situation where he can't run]].
** [[FishOutOfWater Bob]] is a completely ordinary person that has been dragged into the quest. Of course he's not prepared to risk his life for others, or fight a villain as evil as Evulz. The heroes don't realize that, though, and brand him a coward, which makes him feel ashamed.
* '''Reconstructed''': Bob is simply cowardly due to plain laziness and selfishness, not justifiable caution or a FreudianExcuse.
* '''Played For Laughs''': When Bob abandons not only his teammates but a bus full of orphans to Emperor Evulz, [[EvenEvilHasStandards even the villain himself is shocked by his vileness.]]
* '''Played For Drama''':
** Bob was [[WhatTheHellHero 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. [[YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame Bob doesn't take the praise well.]]
** Bob's cowardice gets someone on his team killed.
Run shamelessly for your life back to DirtyCoward.
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