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** In ''Sun and Moon'', Guzma's Golisopod has the Ability Emergency Exit, which allows it to switch out to a teammate if it's taken too much damage. Usually Guzma would use that to call off a battle, but in a Pokemon League battle he couldn't use that excuse when his giant water bug facing a potentially knockout Fire Blast decided to activate it, switching out to [[KillItWithFire Scizor]] to take the hit.


* 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.

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* This happens [[RuleOfThree 3 times]] in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''. First two times where in In Part 2: 2, [[GuileHero Joseph]] Joseph Joestar]] runs away from two during his fights [[spoiler: Vampire!Straizo]] against Straizo and [[spoiler: the UltimateLifeform]] Kars screaming "Nigerunda yo! (Run away!)." His grandson, In Part 3, Joseph's grandson [[TheStoic Jotaro]] does this in the fight against Rubber Soul and his stand [[FightingSpirit 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.


* 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.

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* An episode of ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume'' ''Manga/SquidGirl'' 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.

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** [[spoiler:Shuro]] ends up being a DoubleSubversion. [[spoiler:He ''does'' come back later in an attempt to save Falin, but then leaves again after Falin CameBackWrong (which convince him that he's lost her forever)]].


** In a filler 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.



* 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.


* 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.]]

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* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', 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 Black's Munna abandoned him once it didn't like its trainer's dreams anymore. It eventually returned to him as a Musharna though.]]


* Shuro and Namari in ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'' both leave Team Thorden after the Red Dragon attack at the beginning of the series. [[spoiler: Shuro intends to return to the dungeon to rescue Falin by himself, while Namari simply moves on to other work.]]

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* Shuro and Namari in ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'' both leave Team Thorden Touden after the Red Dragon attack at the beginning of the series. [[spoiler: Shuro intends to return to the dungeon to rescue Falin by himself, while Namari simply moves on to other work.]]

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* Shuro and Namari in ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'' both leave Team Thorden after the Red Dragon attack at the beginning of the series. [[spoiler: Shuro intends to return to the dungeon to rescue Falin by himself, while Namari simply moves on to other work.]]

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* ''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]''
* ''Anime/AfroSamurai'':
** In ''[[TheMovie Afro Samurai 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 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/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 ''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 leaves the Autobots with Kup and Blurr to find a new homeworld for their race. The manga has him eventually return after Scorponok's final defeat, and he later reappears in the "Return of Convoy" manga and story pages, having reverted to his Hot Rod self and become a Micromaster]].
* 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.]]

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