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--->"He's not aiming to be a crowd pleaser. He's not trying to prove anything to anyone. He just wishes those darn fish would stay off the ground!""

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* ''VideoGame/{{Insaniquarium}}'':
** Stinky the Snail hides in its shell whenever an enemy alien appears.
** Rhubarb the Hermit Crab snaps its claws to get fish off the ground where he lives.
--->"He's not aiming to be a crowd pleaser. He's not trying to prove anything to anyone. He just wishes those darn fish would stay off the ground!""

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* In the poem "Shelly Snail and Swallowtail", from ''The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper Feast'' by Alan Aldridge and William Plomer, Swallowtail (a butterfly) asks Shelly what he's like beneath the mask [[MasqueradeBall he's wearing to the ball]]. Shelly replies that without the mask, he'd be too shy to socialise at all.


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* In the ''Fanfic/ThisTimeRound'' AlternateTooniverse of ''This Toon Round'', Daibhid Chelonidae is a tortoise who "ums" a lot when he speaks and disappears into his shell whenever something unexpected happens.
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* According to Om, a god who has accidentally taken the form of a tortoise in ''Discworld/SmallGods'', and is [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody starting to think like one]], "Tortoises are cynics. They always expect the worst." When asked why, he replies "Because it usually happens to them."
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** Also inverted; Fiona is ''surprised'' that Todd is cautious because "[[https://kevinandkell.com/2016/kk0504.html it's common for species with shells to feel indestructable]]". The initial joke with Cara and Colina the armadillo was that they and Lindesfarne were the only herbivores prepared to risk the mall food court.


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** Greta's boyfriend, Todd, [[https://kevinandkell.com/2016/kk0208.html initially cut this air.]] But it turns out, [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye he was actually a toad in a turtle shell]]. The story is that Greta set up a blind date with a turtle while in high school, [[https://kevinandkell.com/2016/kk0507.html but the turtle was eaten. Todd found the void shell,]] [[https://kevinandkell.com/2016/kk0509.html hid in it when Greta approached, and decided to play along.]] They ended up falling in love, but it was three years before Greta learned the truth that he was a toad.

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** Greta's boyfriend, Todd, [[https://kevinandkell.com/2016/kk0208.html initially cut this air.]] But it turns out, [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye he was actually a toad in a turtle shell]]. The story is that Greta set up a blind date with a turtle while in high school, [[https://kevinandkell.com/2016/kk0507.html but the turtle was eaten. Todd found the void shell,]] [[https://kevinandkell.com/2016/kk0509.html hid in it when Greta approached, and decided to play along.]] They ended up falling in love, [[https://kevinandkell.com/2016/kk0506.html but it was three years before Greta learned the truth truth]] that he was a toad.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bubsy}}'': Arnold the armadillo is depicted as a fearful character with a crippling fear of trucks who becomes terrified at the mere mention of them, possibly due to some form of post-traumatic stress.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'': Filburt the turtle is your stereotypical, [[NerdGlasses glasses-wearing]], socially awkward comic book nerd, and he's very timid to boot. He's still a NiceGuy, he just doesn't have many friends aside from Rocko, Heffer, and his wife Dr. Hutchison.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bubsy}}'': Arnold the armadillo is depicted ''WebComic/KevinAndKell'': It's not uncommon to see this trait among turtles in this series
** One of Lindesfarne's friends at Caliban Academy, Cara Pace, [[https://kevinandkell.com/1997/kk0211.html would be seen hiding her head in her shell.]] This became a plot point when Lindesfarne tried to find her Caliban Academy friends later in life, and it shows [[https://kevinandkell.com/2012/kk0713.html Cara shelling up so much she was disguised
as a fearful character with a crippling fear of trucks who becomes terrified at computer mouse]] to avoid layoffs in the mere mention of them, possibly due to some form of post-traumatic stress.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'': Filburt the turtle is your stereotypical, [[NerdGlasses glasses-wearing]], socially awkward comic book nerd, and he's very timid to boot. He's still a NiceGuy, he just
technology field.
--->'''Lindesfarne:''' It's as if she
doesn't have many friends aside from Rocko, Heffer, ''want'' to be found!
** Greta's boyfriend, Todd, [[https://kevinandkell.com/2016/kk0208.html initially cut this air.]] But it turns out, [[MoreThanMeetsTheEye he was actually a toad in a turtle shell]]. The story is that Greta set up a blind date with a turtle while in high school, [[https://kevinandkell.com/2016/kk0507.html but the turtle was eaten. Todd found the void shell,]] [[https://kevinandkell.com/2016/kk0509.html hid in it when Greta approached,
and his wife Dr. Hutchison.decided to play along.]] They ended up falling in love, but it was three years before Greta learned the truth that he was a toad.


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bubsy}}'': Arnold the armadillo is depicted as a fearful character with a crippling fear of trucks who becomes terrified at the mere mention of them, possibly due to some form of post-traumatic stress.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'': Filburt the turtle is your stereotypical, [[NerdGlasses glasses-wearing]], socially awkward comic book nerd, and he's very timid to boot. He's still a NiceGuy, he just doesn't have many friends aside from Rocko, Heffer, and his wife Dr. Hutchison.
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->''"You've probably heard this expression: 'He was so afraid, he rolled into a ball, like an armadillo!'"''
-->-- '''Malcolm''', ''VideoGame/DillonsRollingWesternTheLastRanger''

Animals that have hard shells for protection--turtles, armadillos, snails, crabs, etc.--have a tendency to be depicted as timid, cowardly or nervous characters. While these shells exist in real life as a means of protection from predators, fiction tends to associate them with traits like shyness and introversion. In fact, this is probably the origin of the expression "come out of your shell" to describe someone overcoming their shyness.

Subtrope of AnimalStereotypes. For other tropes related to shelled animals, see RemovableShell and ShellBackpack.

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* ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa'': Escargoon is King Dedede's snail-like right-hand man. Escargoon is a total SycophanticServant who kisses up to Dedede, and is terrified of his wrath.
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* Sebastian the crab from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is the uptight, NervousWreck servant of King Triton.
->"My nerves are shot! This is a catastrophe! What would her father say? I'll tell you what her father'd say. He'd say he's gonna kill himself a CRAB, that's what her father'd say!"
* ''WesternAnimation/MickeyDonaldGoofyTheThreeMusketeers'': The Troubadour is a cartoon turtle who gets nervous around some characters, like his apparent boss Mr. Narrator, and Captain Pete. He sometimes literally hides in his shell from them.
* Toby Turtle from Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood'' is often seen hiding in his shell when he feels scared. One such example is when Skippy tells him that he's going to get the arrow he shot back from Maid Marian's castle, fearing that Skippy will face execution if Maid Marian spots him.
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* ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing'': Tiptup the turtle is described in the [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] as somewhat clumsy and nervous.
* ''VideoGame/DillonsRollingWesternTheLastRanger'': Discussed when Dillon first meets Mayor Malcolm, who is an armadillo like him. Malcolm mentions his dislike for the stereotype of armadillos as cowardly animals, and he and Russ both note how Dillon is an aversion of the trope, being a capable fighter known for his RollingAttack.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'': Starfy's friend is a clam named Moe. While more a JerkWithAHeartOfGold than anything else, Moe does have some cowardly tendencies, such as when he tries to stop Starfy from jumping into the ocean to save [[DudeInDistress Bunston]] (and dragging Moe himself along) because he's afraid of Big Squiddy, a GiantSquid that lives there.
* ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'': Koops, the second partner to join the party, is a timid and somewhat awkward Koopa Troopa who is unable to get his words out during his first attempt to talk to Mario. Despite his shyness, he soon proves himself to be [[CowardlyLion braver than he appears]] by accompanying Mario to fight the dragon Hooktail.
* ''VideoGame/SlyCooper'': Bentley Turtle is an {{Adorkable}} ally to Sly, who originally acted as his MissionControl. Subverted in later games, where he starts to take a more active role.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bubsy}}'': Arnold the armadillo is depicted as a fearful character with a crippling fear of trucks who becomes terrified at the mere mention of them, possibly due to some form of post-traumatic stress.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'': Filburt the turtle is your stereotypical, [[NerdGlasses glasses-wearing]], socially awkward comic book nerd, and he's very timid to boot. He's still a NiceGuy, he just doesn't have many friends aside from Rocko, Heffer, and his wife Dr. Hutchison.
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