"I surrender and volunteer for treason!"
—Zapp Brannigan, Futurama
Thief: Hey guys. Did I miss anything?
Black Mage: Thief?! I thought you ran off like you the coward you are!
Thief: And you wouldn't have run for it?
Black Mage: Don't change the subject.
Lich: You can't run away forever!
Red Mage: Oh, you'll be surprised what cowardice has done for us so far.
Rimmer: Shoot him!
Lister: What? In the back?
Rimmer: Of course in the back! It's only a pity he's awake!
Lister: You mean, You could happily kill him if he was asleep?
Rimmer: I could happily kill him if he was on the job, shoot him!
Rimmer: Know this about me. Like general George S. Patton, I believe in reincarnation. It is my firm conviction that in all my previous lives has been a soldier. A bold warrior soul, who unfortunately in this incarnation, has been given the body of an abject coward. So excuse me gentlemen, while I have a humiliating panic attack underneath the scanner table.
Rimmer: The way I see it, we have two options: 1, take it on and kill it, or 2, run away. Who's for 2?
Kryten: Two sounds good to me, sir
Cat: Always been my lucky number
Opera Bender: Save Fry! Save Fry!/Godzilla/Will devour him!/As for me I must be off/To have my doctor check this cough!/Goodbye!
Bender: I don't recall ever fighting Godzilla, but that is so what I would have done.
Mark: He thinks we can't hide forever.
Jeremy: He doesn't know us at all, does he?
Better to live in atrocity than to die in glory.
— Gix, Magic The Gathering: The Thran
"Oh God, please don't make me die today! Tomorrow would be so much better!"
—Traditional Spathi prayer, Star Control 2
Magwich: Is it my fault I'm a weak-willed traitor at heart?
Jack: Well, that's honest enough.
Kai Leng: Still too slow, Shepard!
Shepard: I'm only slow because I'm not running! You ran away on the Citadel, on Thessia - all you can do is run!
"I surrender! Here, eat my friends! Just give me one more second of sweet, sweet life!"
Socrates: You'd desert your best friend?
Hobbes: To keep myself safe? You bet. See ya later.
Danger stared me in the face and I ran away
Whenever I was challenged I collapsed like a souffle
But I'm still alive to sing this song 'cause I ran away!
— I Ran Away, The Arrogant Worms
At one time or another we have been able to turn every other sin into a source of pride for humans. We have never yet found a way to make them proud of cowardice. It is horrible to contemplate, horrible to experience and horrible to remember.
Your civilization is one of the oldest in the galaxy now I see why. Your, cowardice isnít quaint, itís slyÖ aggressive. Thatís how that gene of gutlessness has survived while so many others have perished. Well, not today. No one else dies today. Right? Brilliant.
— The Doctor, Doctor Who, "The God Complex"
They come in force
With stealthy stride.
Our obvious course
Is now to hide!
When, to evade Destruction's hand,
To hide they all proceeded,
No soldier in that gallant band
Hid half as well as he did.
He lay concealed throughout the war,
And so preserved his gore, O!
That unaffected, undetected, well-connected warrior,
The Duke of Plaza-Toro!
—The Duke of Plaza-Toro, The Gondoliers