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  • The titular Lambert the Sheepish Lion is a literal example, until he becomes fully aware of his condition and scares the shit out of a hungry wolf threatening his adopted mother.
  • In He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983), Cringer arguably qualifies (well, cowardly tiger) although his bravery is usually in his Battle Cat persona.
  • Steven Universe:
    • Lars had given into fear every time he'd had to face it up until the episode "Off Colors". After Steven tells him it's okay to be scared, he gathers his courage and - after seeing the Rutile Twins being targeted by the shattering robonoids - leaps into battle. He gets the robonoids away from the Rutiles, gets Padparadsha out of harms way and stops the scanner from seeing Rhodonite by holding himself in front of her gems (the scanners can't see him due to his lack of gemstone). He leaps onto the final robonoid and jams a pointed rock into its eye, causing it to explode. Unfortunately, human bodies don't take well to getting caught in the center of an explosion. Lars dies on the spot. Luckily, Steven manages to resurrect him, and Lars Comes Back Stronger mentally as well as physically, displaying far more (self-)confidence in his subsequent appearances.
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    • Peridot as well after she joined the Crystal Gems, a good example is when she is being hunted by a ruby squad after insulting Yellow Diamond (Or at least that's what she thinks) she spends most of the encounter hiding in the barn but when the rubies fuse into a giant and are about to fight the Crystal Gems she immediately runs out and offers herself to them in exchange for the safety of the gems. However, her ego is such that once she gains some power and self-confidence, she skips straight to being a Boisterous Weakling.
  • In She-Ra: Princess of Power, Kowl and Sorrowful the Dragon.
  • Chuckie Finster in Rugrats. This might be why the second movie was enjoyed more by moviegoers (it focuses on him)... well, that and a good chunk of it was a Tear Jerker.
  • Dave the Barbarian is this in its purest form. Best demonstrated in the episode Red Sweater of Courage, where upon donning the eponymous garb he loses all sense of fear and becomes a Blood Knight, faces most of his Rogues Gallery at once, and gets his butt kicked. Upon losing the sweater, he immediately cowers as normal before immediately coming up with a creative plan that uses one of his many, many girly hobbies to defeat the villains and save the day.
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  • Courage in Courage the Cowardly Dog. He's even called "Leone" (Italian word for "lion") in the Italian dub from the saying "courageous like a lion".
  • Tweek Tweak in South Park. His excessive fear comes from his paranoia.
  • Dean Venture from The Venture Bros., in contrast to his Fearless Fool brother, Hank.
  • In the Scooby-Doo franchise, Shaggy and Scooby sometimes come across as this. They're cowards, but they'll never abandon their friends. note  Jack O'Lantern points this out in Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King...
    Jack: Are you kidding? You guys rescued me from the 'Brainless' Horseman, hello? That took real courage! And everybody knows courage is the most powerful magic of all.
    Shaggy: Like, I hate to tell you this, but that wasn't courage. That was panic!
    Jack: Hey, whatever you call it, it's working for you.
    • This was averted at one point in the first live-action movie, where Shaggy was perfectly willing to leave Fred and Velma behind to save himself. It's then played straight, though, as Daphne talks him out of it, and after the other members of Mystery Inc. get captured, Shaggy is the one who ultimately sets it right. And as soon as he learns Scooby is going to be sacrificed, he's the first one to decide to save him.
  • Gus Griswald from Recess.
  • Eduardo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. He's easily frightened, but when someone he loves is in trouble, he shows that his muscular upper body and huge horns are not there for show. He was actually created by a little girl to protect herself from street kids, but when he ended up becoming afraid of them, she ended up becoming the one protecting him. She credits his existence as how she became braver (and eventually, a cop).
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  • Bernard in The Rescuers series. He regards himself as a lowly janitor, but Miss Bianca has complete faith in his courage and skill and she is never disappointed in times of need.
  • Antoine in Sonic Sat AM Depending on the Writer. He did take on Dirty Coward tactics other times however.
  • Dukey from Johnny Test. Always the reluctant voice of reason but when he puts his mind to it, he can be pretty brave if Johnny is in danger.
  • Tiger in the An American Tail series. He even acts and sounds like the Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion sometimes.
  • Flaky has her moments in Happy Tree Friends. Unfortunately this doesn't always save her or anyone else.
  • This sums up Mrs. Brisby of The Secret of NIMH quite well. She's just far more scared for her children than she is for herself.
  • Donald is portrayed this way in Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers.
  • The Galaxy Rangers' informant Geezy. He's frequently protesting about how the "hummings" willingly put themselves in danger, even more frequently protesting that Humanity Is Insane...but if the chips are truly down? He'll put his oversized trunk on the line and get the job done.
  • Filmation's Ghostbusters featured Eddie Spencer. Eddie was always a lot more timid and uncertain about taking on Prime Evil's minions than his teammates Jake and Tracy, but they knew he'd always be there when they needed him.
  • Fluttershy from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. In "Dragonshy", she's literally paralyzed with fear at the thought of having to confront a grumpy full-grown dragon and convince him to leave Equestria. However, after the dragon attacks her friends, she forgets to be afraid and gives him such a talking-to he breaks down crying. To clarify the scale; she could easily have stood in the dragon's eye socket. Another time, she stared down and verbally berated a cockatrice, which had already turned her friend to stone, while it was in the process of turning her into stone as well. Good thing it started from the back.
    • And outside the realms of life-threatening fauna, Fluttershy can summon great reserves of self-confidence whenever her friends are in need while usually being very timid and, well, shy. While normally her reaction to public attention ranges from self-conscious awkwardness to full-blown panic attacks, in "Green Isn't Your Color" she continued to work as a very successful fashion model because she thought that's what her friend wanted, even though it made her extremely uncomfortable.
    • And, she has major confidence issues when it comes to flying, largely due to being bullied when she was young. If she's ever in a position to forget those issues, such as saving a baby bird falling out of a nest, or saving all of Equestria, she can keep up with or even out-fly RAINBOW DASH.
  • The vultures of Disney's adaption of The Jungle Book tremble before Shere Khan and flutter to the highest tree, when he threatens Mowgli and Baloo however, they quickly swoop in and take the fearsome tiger head on.
  • Zilly on Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. He was hypnotized into being brave in the episode ''Zilly's a Dilly,' but he only made things worse.
  • Eek in Eek! The Cat.
  • Eugene the skunk from Chucklewood Critters.
  • Kim Possible's sidekick (and eventual boyfriend) Ron Stoppable. Kim's younger cousin Joss originally idolized her as The Ace, but eventually comes to see her as somewhat of a Boring Invincible Hero, and shifts her admiration to Ron instead, specifically because he's terrified of everything yet still fights alongside Kim anyway.
  • Early TV star Tom Terrific had the ironically-named Mighty Manfred the Wonder Dog, who always suggested avoiding the adventure of the day.
  • The Sweeps in The Transformers are sometimes portrayed this way, especially in the episode Starscream's Ghost.
    Cyclonus: (hunting for Octane in the Decepticon Crypt) How dare you disgrace your ancestors by cowering like a pocket computer!" (to himself) "He's worse than the Sweeps!
    • Justified in that a few episodes ago they went to the Autobot Mausoleum, and got their skidplates kicked by Zombie Optimus Prime. So who knows what would have been lurking in the Decepticon Crypt?
  • Toy Story has Rex, a "cowardly" Tyrannosaurus rex.
  • Mr. Bogus
  • Chuck, the Shaggy/Ron Stoppable-esque member of the Burners on Motorcity. He practically has a Stock Scream for whenever he's in the car with Mike Chilton. Also R.O.T.H., the Team Pet / Cute Machine.
  • Wade Duck of U.S. Acres.
  • Brain the dog fro Inspector Gadget has been known to cower on more than one occasion, though he acts quite brave at other times.
  • Sunil in Littlest Pet Shop (2012) is afraid of a large number of things, most of them with no explanation. However, on more than one occasion, he finds himself in a dangerous team situation and the only one in a position to do anything. In these situations, he invariably will find a way to resolve the matter and rescue his friends all by himself.
  • Arnold from The Magic School Bus. Always complains that he "should've stayed home today." Was once willing to face a Tyrannosaurus rex to save his friends.
  • Fry from Futurama, who is scared of almost everything (when he's not being too stupid to understand that there's something to be afraid of) and tends to hide behind Leela or run away when things get hairy, but when it comes down to it will do anything, up to and including sacrificing his own life more than once, for his friends.
  • Peso on the The Octonauts is always weary of dangerous and often acts nervous and timid. He never, however, shies away when there's a sick or hurt creature who needs his help.
  • Figaro from The Adventures of Figaro Pho is afraid of everything, but that doesn't stop him from fighting back against the villains, especially when his Canine Companion Rivet is put in danger.
  • An episode of The Lion Guard has a cowardly leopard named Badili, who is good-natured and hates to fight. He gets chased out of his own territory by a bigger bullying leopard plenty of times. But once he gets training from the Lion Guard, he comes back confident and ready to take back his territory.
  • The Shakespearan dog in the Warner Bros. cartoon "A Ham In A Role" quotes from act 2, scene 2 of Julius Caesar:
    "Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once."
  • In Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, Wingspan evolves from a total worrywart, to one who'll willingly take some risks, both in and out of battle.


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