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Screw This, I'm Outta Here! in fan works.


  • In Amazing Fantasy, Bakugou is livid when he sees that Izuku destroyed a desk with Super Strength and seemed to be lying about being Quirkless the whole time. Izuku, unwilling to get blasted to pieces, bolts for the door and ends up running far away enough for the teachers to call for a Hero to get him.
  • In Crisis of Infinite Batmans, half of the Mooks run away and leave when they notice their opposition is a large army of Batmans from multiple dimensions. Given the Batmans include the Crazy-Prepared Adam West version, Clark Wayne the Kryptonian Batman, Bat Lantern, Wonder Bat, Batman 1/2, Evangelion Unit B.A.T., Batgundam, Lyrical Magical Batman, a multiplying Batman, a Batman using a wand to disarm his foes, a child Batman with a harem of teenagers including a female version of The Joker, a stretching Batman with a straw hat, a Batman fighting by summoning infinite swords and a mysterious armoured woman, and at least three Batgods, their reaction is understandable.
  • Earth's Alien History:
    • When the Klingons and Romulans start routing his forces on Knowhere, the Collector is quick to abandon the station and flee.
    • In the Mirror Universe, TeTO's loss in the Mekon War leads to the Race abandoning the alliance, and then the Solar System altogether after humanity tells them that they're not welcome anymore.
    • Gralem Cabcahal, a Middle-Management Mook in a Batarian slavery ring whose POV is among those used to portray the Citadel races' initial reactions to meeting humanity, ultimately decides to quit the organization and go legitimate upon realizing that humans hate slavery and vastly outgun the Batarians.
    • With a joint Conspiracy of Light/Power Ranger team breaking into the Torchwood base on ARC3-US, and a captive Dalek going on a subsequent rampage, Ianto flees as fast as he can.
    • Bastest's reaction to the System Lords encountering TeTO is to declare herself neutral in the inevitable war, out of fear leftover from her encounter with Katie.
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    • Apparently, around the time Earth first started getting invaded on a regular basis, the Children of Oberon left not just the planet but the entire Milky Way, eventually ending up in Andromeda and settling on Mirinoi.
    • The Goa'uld Seth likewise abandoned his hiding on Earth to escape the constant invasions and eventually ended up on Vulcan.
    • The Rani eventually decides that the other Time Lords' plan to forge humanity into anti-Dalek soldiers is such a sign of desperation that she steals a TARDIS and flees Gallifrey to get off what she sees as a sinking ship.
  • The Elements of Harmony and the Savior of Worlds: According to a blog post by the author, Serpentor ordered Cobra's attack on the Decepticons. Cobra Commander realised exactly how badly this was going to go, emptied the safe in his office, hopped on a hydrofoil with a half-dozen loyal soldiers, and got as far away from Cobra Island as possible. They were the only survivors. Cobra Commander has since got out of the supervillain business and is now enjoying a very comfortable retirement in New York City under an assumed name. This has since become the focus of a side-story, Day of the Broken Fang.
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  • In An Entry with a Bang!, after learning that C-Earth has nukes and is willing to use them, one pirate crew tries to bug out, but runs into another nuke launcher in the process...
  • Equestrylvania: When the captive Wharg gets loose in their base, many of Rose Blade's minions run away, fearing it more than they do him.
  • Played for Laughs in Familiar Spark. Flame tries to get Cole MacGrath to Kirche's room, so Cole and Louise decide to follow under the false assumption that Kirche found information regarding the thief Foquet. When they arrive and find out the real reason Kirche sent her familiar to retrieve Cole was to seduce him, Louise gets angry and prepares to attack with her signature explosion. Cole, seeing what's about to go down, tries to make a break for it. He doesn't make it and gets caught in the attack.
  • The Good Hunter: Knowing that Lescatie will shortly become a place of war, pillage and constant conflict with The Order, Cyril's decision is to pack his belongings and GTFO.
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters:
    • During the Battle of Torus Filney, Frost and his forces flee the battlefield after the rebels bust out the guns from Earth.
    • After Rhouglar is executed by Caleb, his men abandon the Rebellion in droves.
    • Quentin Ross quits Section 13 and storms out of working with the Chans and Guardians after they decide to use Harold to replace Chang, since as far as his moral inflexibility is concerned, anything short of utterly wiping out the Dark Hand down to the last member is unacceptable.
    • Chang's lackey Crane abandons the fight against the Chans and Guardians in the hidden subway tunnel after Caleb uses the Sword of Thanatos and enters Berserker Form.
    • The Lurdens flee the castle upon feeling the shockwaves from Phobos stealing Elyon's powers, while Frost likewise takes off after the chaos of the Guard fighting Phobos' Whisperers becomes too much for him.
  • In Harry Potter and the Shell of the God-King, Narcissa announces her plans to divorce Lucius the moment she hears that Harry has become Qwa'ha Xahn of an Old One. In her words, "This was a marriage of convenience for both of us and, well, you're no longer convenient."
  • In Infinity Crisis:
    • Jessica and Mick try to do this once they meet Groot, Jessica stating "Talking trees are where I draw the line!", but they remain in the fight when the bar they were going to is destroyed.
    • In Powers and Marvels, Natasha muses that she is close to quitting after seeing the Rangers form the Iron Zord to battle Fin Fang Foom.
    • In Of Kryptonians and Queens, J'onn contemplates returning to Mars to get away from the chaos of Merlin and Morgana in National City (on top of Brainy's refusal to believe that Merlin has actual magic).
  • The Infinite Loops sometimes has loopers decide they aren't going to play along with canon events this loop and are instead going to have a "vacation loop" simply annihilating everything in their path with extreme prejudice or taking a literal vacation. This was also Twilight Sparkle's reaction to looping into a variant version of Equestria based on 1984, she let Pinkie Pie loose on it and spent the next year studying the moons of the outer planets.
    • During one FNAF loop, Mike pulls this when all of the animatronics are replaced by MLEs.
    • * In the Phoenix Wright Loops, Phoenix accidentally walks in on his mentor and Lana having sex. In the ensuing conversation, he reveals he has knowledge he can't explain without breaking The Masquerade, and then he realizes which way the wind is blowing and jumps out a nearby window.
  • It's Always The Quiet Ones: The second Luna's spell to summon Cthulhu begins, every sentient non-human creature inside and outside Hogwarts—including house-elves, centaurs, merfolk and the giant squid—senses it and rushes to get as far away from the castle as they possibly can.
  • In Jedi Harris, given that they had yet to notice him, upon seeing Buffy, Faith and Xander take out a pack of notoriously durable demons and seeing that Xander had retained his Jedi skills from the previous Halloween Spike wisely switches to plan B a few hours early and heads off to seek Dru.
  • J-WITCH Season 1: Hak Foo and the Ice Crew eventually quit working for Valmont when his string of losses mean that he can no longer pay them.
  • The Last Spartan:
    • A few of Doctor Saelon's mercenaries get the hell out of dodge when the Arbiter shows up to rescue Chief, citing that the doctor doesn't pay them enough for that kind of risk.
    • Ustrina bails out after Horridus is killed, but not without rigging the ship to explode on her way out.
    • Chief does this in the next chapter when Vanderloo suggests that Chief is trying to find and sleep with the Angel of Akuze.
  • In chapter 9 of My Hero Playthrough, Izuku, Inko, and Tsuyu test the Dungeon in one of his training weights. The first mook they see is level 21. Izuku was level 6 and Tsuyu level 7. Inko was level 17, but also a non-combatant. The description when Izuku scans it is even 'Way above your weight class'. They leave immediately.
  • The events of the massive crossover fic Neon Exodus Evangelion (taking place in an Alternate Continuity of Neon Genesis Evangelion) are kick-started when Shinji, the Third Child, decides to invoke this trope upon seeing Eva-00's disastrous synchronization test.
  • The Night Unfurls:
    • Salazar Mundus decides to renounce his criminal ways by severing ties with the now-defunct Mundus Criminal Family, and taking his family away from Ansur. In other words, he's exiled, but this spares him from the Good Hunter's "tender mercies".
    • The first chapter of the remastered version features a mook orc fleeing from the Hunter after the remaining nineteen are slaughtered. The Hunter is impressed — discretion is often the better part of valour after all. Alas...
      "Unfortunate that the orc was running so damned slow..."
    • The orc ambush during the next chapter ends with the surviving orcs losing their nerves, opting to flee from the Hunter's butchery. They are successful, unlike the unlucky one above.
  • In Once Upon a Supernatural Time, Dean feels like he’s hit this point when he, Emma and Mary meet Killian Jones, angrily proclaiming that Killian isn’t remotely like any depiction of Captain Hook he’s familiar with.
  • In Operation Forging Steel, The United States military begins launching devasting raids on the White Fang. After Operation White Death (the American/NATO attack on Mount Glenn), it is stated that the Vale Branch of the White Fang has lost hundreds of members that deserted out of fear of the Americans who have been steamrolling them throughout the entire story.
    • Roman and Neo attempt this when the Americans attack Mount Glenn and annihilated all White Fang Resistance. Unfortunately, they don't make it far.
  • In Origin Story, Moonstone retires to be a teacher after becoming the only survivor of the Thunderbolts' fight with Alex Harris.
  • Out of the Corner of the Eye:
    • Upon learning of the horrors hidden in Miskatonic University, Ratso quits his job there and joins the Chans in fleeing Arkham.
    • After coming into his new powers and gaining a significant financial base, Valmont flees for a remote part of Russia, in order to safely sit out the coming end of the world.
  • Point Me at the Skyrim: A few citizens of Whiterun decide to fight alongside trained warriors and guards against Mirmulnir. After seeing him chomp, crush, and freeze several fighters, the civilians flee for their lives.
  • After they've captured Naruto in The (Questionable) Burdens of Leadership of a Troll Emperor, Yu is the only one of the System Lords to realize he's far too confident for a prisoner. He promptly makes an exit, and as a result is one of the few to survive the encounter.
  • A Shadow of the Titans:
    • Susano and his team try to corner Jade for a beating at one point, only for Gadjo to show up and curbstomp one of them. The other teammate runs off, and Susano wisely leaves too after a few parting insults.
    • For a more comedic example, when Jinx and Jade are attending a seminar on minion management, there's a video of Gadjo killing a previous employer for threatening his pies. Around the time he rips off the guy's head and throws it at the camera, the girls decide to ditch out on the rest of the seminar.
    • When Jade finds herself facing a Green Lantern rather than the Titans, she runs away without even trying to fight.
  • Taylor Varga:
    • Ever since Taylor's new powers came on the scene (more specifically ever since Tattletale's shard got its first look at the Varga), the Endbringers have done their level best to stay geographically as far away from her as possible. When she detects the wormhole opening, the Simurgh turns tail and runs before even landing in Australia.
    • After the Family makes an example of the Merchants by swiping their entire cash safe, a good chunk of the gang abandons it.
    • Kaiser decides to take a skiing holiday when he can't take the Family madness any more.
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover The Vampire of Steel, a vampire tries to hightail it when he sees what kind of Eldritch Abomination their mob is summoning. Vladislav executes him immediately.
    "Mr. Vladislav," shouted one of the vampires, "I'm gone!" He shifted into bat-form, tried to get away. Vladislav snapped his fingers. Two others, gifted with form-shifting, turned into bats, went after him, grabbed him, dragged him back to the gangboss.
    With terrible efficiency, Vladislav tore the offending bat to pieces with his bare hands.
  • Worm Grand Order: Coil decides to flee Brockton Bay because Taylor and her Servants are way too powerful to face, and he's worried that if anything ever happens to Taylor's father, her resulting rampage will leave him dead.
  • Zero Context: Taking Out the Trash has Marc Maddhouse trying his best to salvage his wedding in the face of everything falling apart around him. When it looks like his last resort—a giant crab mecha impervious to magic and most conventional forms of attack—is about to be destroyed outright, he decides that the saboteurs can keep his bride-to-be for all he cares and teleports away. Ambush Cat catches up to him before he can get more than a few blocks out, however.

The Abridged Series

  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • At the end of episode 10:
      Vegeta: Crushed and broken beneath an unconscious, naked child. Yup, I think I'm done here.
    • As Freeza and Vegeta are fighting, Freeza's scouter keeps counting higher and higher before reading, "F**k this, I'm out" and exploding.
    • In Episode 26, Vegeta attempts to pull this while Piccolo is fighting Frieza in his second form. Frieza stops him before he can get far.
      Vegeta: All right, I've just gotta find one of the Ginyu's ships, and get the hell out of here! I'll just go to Freeza Planet 419. No-one ever goes to Freeza Planet 419. Not since its species miraculously repopulated.
    • In episode 49, after Vegeta compliments Bulma's work creating new Saiyan-style armor. Then Goku chimes in...
      Goku: Hey, look Vegeta, I'm you! Paragon til death!
      Vegeta: You ruined it. You ruined it and I'm leaving.
  • Resident Evil Abridged: The Mystery Gang shows up about 18min. in to investigate the homocides at the Spencer Mansion. But the moment Daphne finds the Nemesis hiding in the closet, the gang calls it quits and hauls ass.
  • Ultra Fast Pony:
    • In "Hippocratic Oafs", after seeing how poorly Ponyville is treating Blue Twilight, Purple Twilight decides she wants nothing more to do with them. "That's it. I'm out. I hope a bear eats you all."
    • In "The Penny and Clyde Show", Pinkie Pie breaks the fourth wall and tries to walk out of the series after Discord makes his introduction. "Ultra Fast Pony, season two, everybody! I hope you all enjoyed it. I'm going home."
    • In "Reading to Rainbow", Twilight is the only pony willing to visit Rainbow Dash in the hospital. Until Dash cracks a racist joke, at which point Twi replies, "Okay, that's it, I'm out! I'm done. You have fun by yourself."
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: The Abridged Series, Jaden tries to quit being the hero and surrender his Winged Kuriboh card; by trying to do this, he accidentally reforms the villains of the week. He eventually gives up on trying to leave.


  • Kyle leaves Sporadic Phantoms in the middle of episode 8 because Robyn and Stevie blame him for compromising the investigation.
  • In What Tomorrow Brings, while Marco and Tobias won't abandon the war, they each make it clear that they have no interest in maintaining their current human lives, Tobias planning to stay with Ax once Ax has his new residence established and Marco intending to work with the Chee to set himself up elsewhere so he doesn't have to "repeat" high school.


  • In To Undo It All, Ichigo's friends leave to let him face Kusaka, acknowledging that he "needs to vent" and knowing that Ichigo is strong enough to beat almost every captain with only his Shikai.
  • Uninvited Guests:
    • Gin gets sick of Aizen claiming to be responsible for everything and defects back to Soul Society.
    • Starrk invokes this trope by preferring to walk away from the incoming battle royale rather than having his ass landed by Hitsugaya again. His companions minus Haribel, however, lacked that common sense.


  • After briefly returning to Sunnydale in Xendra, Spike and Drusilla leave again with Spike swearing to himself to never return when Dru tells him to remember she loves him if he ever returns, having foreseen his death.

Calvin and Hobbes

Chick Tracts

Date A Live

  • Go Home: Ellen Mira Mathers resigns from the DEM after Westcott's death which took place in Volume 19.
    DEM Wizard: What do we do, ma'am?
    Ellen: Go home.

Fate/stay night

  • Fate/Harem Antics:
    • Shirou asks Rider if there's anything he can do to help restore her mana supply. Saber, who knows that the easiest way is for him to have sex with her, blushes and leaves the room.
    • Later, Saber's own mana supplies are low. Rin and Ayako practically run out of the room. Caren and the others also leave, but they're not as panicked about it.

Final Fantasy

Fullmetal Alchemist

  • In a terrifying clamour of trumpets, Edward and Izumi team up to kill the homunculi, but if you look closely, they only find six of them. According to the author’s notes, this is because Greed decided he didn’t want to deal with this shit and opted to skip town.

Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire

  • In Bequeathed from Pale Estates, With Lyarra barely avoiding being poisoned and Amory Lorch attacking Lyarra, Gwyn and Walda when Oberyn went out to looking for him, Oberyn has enough of Kings Landing. He has everyone pack their bags and board the next ship to Dorne the following night.
  • Chasing Dragons:
    • After Daario is removed from leadership of the Tyroshi armies and exiled from their lands, all the Stormcrows quit their contract with Tyrosh and follow him.
    • When it becomes clear that Braavos is fully committing itself to the war, many leading members of Tyroshi society and their families flee for Lys or Volantis as do the Myrish exiles. And when it becomes clear that Tyrosh is going to lose, people start fleeing the city in droves.
    • Similarly, as the war begins, many pirates flee the Stepstones for greener pastures, knowing that the region will no longer be safe for them once the balance of power shifts.
    • When the Royal Army takes out the leadership of the rebel forces at Tickclose Field, the foot soldiers break ranks and flee.
    • As Balon's rebellion goes pear-shaped, Urrigon grabs his loyal retainers and Asha and flees the Iron Islands for Essos. And following the royalist victory and Stannis instituting repressive laws to crush Drowned God worship, a great many Ironborn emigrate as well.
    • After Cersei tries to convert his son from the Old Gods to the Seven, Roose Bolton quits his position as Stannis' Master of Laws in protest and returns to the North.
    • With it clear that the Grand Army is on its last legs at Ghoyan Drohe, the Tattered Prince and his men desert the slavers' ranks and flee under a peace banner.
  • Purple Days: Trapped in a "Groundhog Day" Loop which slowly and mercilessly beats a massive Character Development into him, Joffrey at one point decides the crown and the throne aren't worth it and runs away to Lys with the Hound. He also thinks at one point that if things take a turn for the worse in a loop iteration, he can always take the four people he's grown the closest to and head for the Summer Isles until his next death arrives and the loop resets.
  • The Raven's Plan has a few examples:
    • Upon realizing that the ritual to send their minds back in time has Gone Horribly Right (allowing many more people than was intended to remember the future), Jaime, Bronn and Sandor grab Tommen and Myrcella, as well as a few others who remember and that they can trust (most notably Barristan) and flee King's Landing.
    • Talisa gets on a ship to head for the Free Cities, out of shame for her part in how things turned out in the original timeline only to run right into Daenerys in Pentos and being recruited into her court.
    • After chewing out Stannis for everything he did, Davos grabs Shireen and abandons Dragonstone. It later turns out that practically all of Stannis' men ditched him.
    • When Salaadhor Saan realizes that what he Remembers wasn't a dream, he and his crew head for the Summer Islands in order to be as far from Westeros as possible when the Others come.
  • Summer Crowns:
    • Young Aeron Greyjoy pulls this on the Ironborn after an informative talk with Rodrik Harlaw. Namely that this Greyjoy Rebellion is doomed like canon, but its greater success means every great lord wants Ironborn blood by the buckets. So he grabs his niece and nephews, loads them on a ship, and sails for the Stepstones.
    • Unlike in canon, Varys fled King's Landing after Robert's Rebellion.
    • The reason that Rhaegar is called the King Who Ran in this timeline is his habit of this. He fled Westeros for Pentos after his family was overthrown, and Pentos for Volantis after it looked like the Dragonhunt were going to catch him.
    • When the Dragonhunt assaults Myr, those magisters who are in a position to flee the city by ship with their wealth and kin do so.


Gravity Falls

  • When Stan walks into the kitchen in Anywhere but Home and sees Pacifica crying at the table while Mabel and Dipper are frantically trying to figure out why, he immediately turns around and walks back out.

Harry Potter

  • A professional assassin hired to kill Harry Potter in For Love of Magic decides the money isn't worth fighting someone of Harry's level when it quickly becomes clear his superior mobility is the only thing keeping him alive. After the two work together to survive a trio of Death Eaters who attack them, he offers Harry a curt nod and leaves.
  • In Harry Potter and Defeating Dark Lords, Inc. Amelia Bones quits her job after an acrimonious exchange with Edmund Parkinson and Minister Fudge.
  • At the very end of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality Voldemort demands his Death Eaters explain why they didn't carry on the fight in his absence. He rejects excuse after excuse (and torturers the men who make them) until one of them simply says he saw that they were losing and fled the country; that one Voldemort accepts as perfectly reasonable.
  • The Golden Griffin in The Parselmouth of Gryffindor is fine with guarding a room in the Third Floor Corridor... but not if he has to guard it from Hermione Granger.
  • In Paws On My Heart Harry quits Auror training when the head of International Auror Co-operation won't let him leave an assignment in Ireland to see his critically-ill infant son.
  • The Tales of Milikan:
    • "Treasured Servants" sees Harry and Ginny accept Milikan's offer to become her servants primarily so that they can get away from the wizarding world after so many people have basically rejected Harry for trying to tell the truth about Voldemort.
    • "Ginny's Wish Come True" sees an eight-year-old Ginny, teased and rejected by others for her obsession with Kaa, begging Kaa to make her his servant so that she can get away from the people who don't understand her interests.

Hetalia: Axis Powers

  • Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: After Germany pulled out a Browning Hi Power on Japan and Japan pulled out his katana on Germany toward the end of their cock fight, Italy had had enough. Irate and miserable, he fled the scene whilst bawling all the way.


  • Where Hivefled's title comes from; it starts with the troll gang fleeing the empire.

The Hunger Games

  • The Victors Project: Multiple victors attempt this.
    • Fed up with the general Crapsack World and possibly his own inability to make a difference, Orchus simply packs up his things and flees outside the District to live in the wilderness, with it being years before anyone even realizes he left due to his being seen as a joke not worth paying attention to.
    • Wonder Spicer and his boyfriend Scipio try to flee District 1 to keep Wonder from being sold as a Sex Slave in the weeks after his victory. They get caught long before reaching the boundary fence and the results aren't pretty.
    • After being Trapped by Gambling Debts after an attempt to rig the Hunger Games horribly backfired (due to Blight, the tribute he'd been setting up to die early on winning), Eamon tries to go into hiding within the Capitol rather than face the consequences. When the peacekeepers find him, he's made an avvox as punishment.

Invader Zim

  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim: When it becomes clear that he can't take advantage of the magical chaos consuming Fantasy Con (and after he's been scorched by a dragon during it), Zim decides to call a "tactical withdrawal" and retreats. At the same time, the local George R. R. Martin Expy likewise decides to flee out the back door of the convention hall.
  • Re: My Hostage, Not Yours: During the story's climax, Tak flees the Valkian ship once she has the chance to escape during the chaos of the Prison Riot that Zim's team initiated as part of their plan to rescue Gaz.

Jackie Chan Adventures

  • Queen of All Oni: After Jade fires them, the Enforcers decide to skip town (with plans to flee the country altogether) in order to finally get away from the magic business and the Humiliation Conga they've been suffering ever since they got involved in it. They get arrested before they get too far.
  • Queen of Shadows: After Koeri's kitsune tribe kidnaps Jade and hands her over to Himitsu, they immediately pack up and start fleeing to mainland Asia to escape the Shadowkhan's vengeance. They don't move fast enough, being intercepted and slaughtered before leaving the country.

Logical Journey of the Zoombinis

  • Saetwo's Story: When Romelau seemingly dies during the Final Battle, his Fleen minions — who were only following his orders out of fear and manipulation — immediately abandon their fight with the Zoombinis and leave.

Marvel Universe

  • FIRE! (DarkMark): Subverted. After a tough battle, Iceman expresses he is sick of fighting and he is leaving. Nonetheless, he changes his mind when the X-Men are told that Captain America has been killed in action.

Miraculous Ladybug

My Hero Academia

  • Personality Swap AU: Izuku's response to Sir Nighteye's unfair test and belligerent attitude is to complete the test just to spite the hero and then leave, stating he refuses to intern under someone like him.
    Izuku: I’ve changed my mind. I think I’ll find someone else to teach me.
    Sir Nighteye: You passed. You...bested me. You won fair and square.
    Izuku: I did. And now I am deciding, fair and square, that I do not want to be taught by a man who thinks he has the right to say whether or not my Quirk is my own. I came here hoping to find a teacher, someone to build me up. If I wanted to hear someone belittle me, I’d go back to my middle school educators, Sir.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic

  • Slip attempts this in Ace Combat: The Equestrian War, but Night Raven makes a Defied case of this trope. In other words, he kills Slip by accusing him of desertion.
  • A Chance Meeting of Two Moons: When the six alicorns (Twilight, Celestia, Luna, Dusk Shine, Solaris and Artemis) catch Discord and Eris watching them in the dream realm and start raging at them, the two draconequui decide it would be best to make a run for it.
  • Death Note Equestria: After L's death, Jazz quits the team and walks away, his reasons being that he was loyal to her, not the mission'
  • A Diplomatic Visit: In chapter 4 of the second sequel, Diplomacy Through Schooling, after basically being told that his beliefs are wrong and that he stands no chance of stopping Twilight from opening her school, Neighsay decides to leave Canterlot secretly rather than risk facing Celestia's wrath. He gets caught by a mysterious being en route out, who inflicts Mana Drain on him and imprisons him.
  • Getting Back on Your Hooves: Following Checker Monarch's Engineered Public Confession in chapter 11, her servants decide to abandon her. Unfortunately for them, Trixie's grandmother Helena overhears them discussing their involvement in Checker's plans to ruin Trixie's life, and decides to teach them a lesson about messing with her granddaughter.
  • Earth and Sky: In chapter 37, Professor Destiny and Doctor Insanity's Beleaguered Assistant Otto finally has enough of working for them when Destiny convinces his brother to continue racing the Pegalathon even after they've been disqualified and nearly arrested. He ditches them in the desert with their supplies, then takes his balloon and heads for Mexicolt. And ends up as an unwilling decoy for the pursuing Royal Guard.
  • Escape From the Moon:
    • In the sequel The Mare From the Moon, it's revealed that the Great Old One Azathoth once resided in Spliced Genome's world, but the locals kept resisting its control, to the point where Azathoth decided it wasn’t worth the effort and moved on to go after some other planet or dimension.
    • In the last chapter of the sequel, Spliced learns that nobody knows how to turn her mortal again. Furious and tired, she teleports away to parts unknown.
  • The Elements of Friendship:
  • At the climax of Families, Twilight Sparkle is captured by several of Olive Branch's conspirators, who restrain her with a Power Nullifier. However, after they threaten Spike, she overpowers it and quickly renders one of the goons unconscious, at which point the others all run away.
  • My Little Mages: The Nightmare's Return: Almost everyone in Magiville has this exact same thought (with almost this exact same wording) when Nightmare Moon No Sells their combined attacks.
  • The Pieces Lie Where They Fell:
    • Vix-Lei's reaction, shared by the rest of the group, when she realizes that Sweet Surprise, the Full Moon of the Luna Guard, has shown up to arrest them.
      Vix-Lei: CHEESE IT! [she promptly grabs Rex and runs, with the others right behind them]
    • Night Blade does this when he thinks Xvital is siding with Wind Breaker in their fight, abandoning the group and the quest. He changes his mind and comes back in the nick of time.
  • The Pony POV Series has an example in the Dark World: Discord's sister Rancor, upon completing her mission to steal Destruction's power from Discord, immediately leaves to return to the Draconequus dimension, walking out on what should be the Final Battle because she's just not interested in it.
  • The Power of the Equinox: When Dimmed Star passes through the East Wing hallway in her Ink, Dusty Joy wakes up from her nap to witness what this leaves in her wake. She immediately decides to bolt in the opposite direction of the way the creepy stain is headed towards.
    Dusty Joy: …Nope… Nope, nope, no way, nu-huh, not in this lifetime. Somepony else can deal with this, I'm out.
  • The Rise of Darth Vulcan: When Discord realizes that his and Vulcan's powers cancel each other, and that unlike Vulcan this puts his health and life at risk, he abandons the fight, leaving the Mane Six to deal with him themselves.
  • At the end of What's Done in the Dark..., Discord abandons the Equestrian dimension, as he believes events are getting "too serious". A few readers agreed.


  • In Blood Is Thicker Than Bone, Dosu, Zaku, and Kin do this when they've learned from Haku that Orochimaru plans on using them for Edo Tensei (which means that he's planning on sacrificing them for his fight against Sarutobi).
  • The Somewhat Cracked Mind Of Uchiha Itachi:
    • Gaara found himself being treated better in Konoha than Suna. So in regards to the upcoming invasion, he tells his siblings the following: "I abandoned the plan a week ago, I'm staying here." His siblings agree with him, switch sides, and effectively ditch Suna after the chaos is over, refusing to return home unless their father is removed from power.
    • The Invasion goes so badly that eventually every able-bodied invader books it once it becomes obvious that they're screwed.
  • In Three Pawns Benjiro, Zaku's Rooster Summon he has obtained is told to help them against Gaara during the attack. Taking one look at how unhinged Gaara is becoming, The Summon decides to do a hasty retreat and disappears.
    Zaku: What the?! Get the hell back here you fucking chicken!
    Dosu: Face Palm
  • Vapors:
    • Whenever Sasuke comes across an awkward social situation in he uses the Substitution Jutsu to get away, usually via a potted plant from a different floor. In extreme cases he can rip up a mailbox from several blocks away.
    • Also, Hinata gets sick of her clan's abuse and files paperwork to cast off her last name.
  • Tazuna in Whirling Sparks managed to get back home before Kakashi and Team 7 did because he knew an Uzumaki when he saw one and ran immediately.
  • At one point in Yet again, with a little extra help, Naruto and Jiraya are sparring, and trading escalating Trash Talk with one another. Jiraya at this point had summoned a rather large toad, who tries to eat Naruto, while Naruto replies by threatening Jiraya with his biggest anti-pervert technique he knows. Sensing Naruto's Harem Jutsu coming, the toad politely excuses himself and unsummons, leaving Jiraya to his fate.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: When Misato finds out that Commander Gendo is still using her wards as guinea pigs and Ritsuko intentionally hurt Asuka again, she decides to pick her kids up and hightail it. When SEELE attacks the Geofront, she and pilot Keiko's guardians take advantage of the ensuing chaos to run from NERV and leave Japan together with the pilots.

Odd Squad

  • All Mixed Up!: Mariana Mag is quick to make a run for it when Otto confronts her about what she's done after Olaf tries to confront her and fails because he has a limited vocabulary and is treated as The Cassandra. Once she's in the safety of her office, she comes to the horrid realization that Otto has figured out most of her entire scheme and her plan will be ruined if she doesn't do something about it.
  • In My Dream Is Yours, Jamie Jam completely gives up on her plan to attack the town after coming to the realization that thanks to Ohlm and his Confusion Fu tactics, she is unable to remember the clue she hid in the "Knock Knock" Joke she had been trying to tell him nor can she remember the plan in and of itself.
    Olympia: So, do you want to go home and check your notes or...?
    Jamie Jam: No! Never mind! You know what? Just forget it! Forget it! Just forget the whole thing! You people take all the fun out of wanton depravity, you know that? I'm going home to soak in a nice warm tub and watch Celebrity Name Game.
  • OSMU: Fanfiction Friction: Oren, along with Owen, Oscar and Oswald, is teleported to the Lab in the midst of taking a shower, but doesn't realize it because he's too busy scrubbing his nails free of blob slime. He then finishes with that part of his body and starts moving a little more southward. Omar, the only other agent who is witnessing this happen (as the girls have their back to the four boys out of courtesy), becomes disgusted, and is about to leave before the showers and the boys are all teleported back to the Shower Room.
    Omar: Ugh! Okay, that's it, I'm out...
    Opal, Oona, Orla and Olympia: What do you mean you're out?
    Omar: I mean I'm out. I've just seen something no human being should ever have to see and I just can't...

One Piece

  • This Bites!:
    • Sanji and Luffy escape a group of Marines when the former yells, "Jessica just found out Jonathan threw away a meal she made for him!" Every marine present promptly sprints out of there.
    • Terry and Isaiah decide to stay at Marine Base G-8 when the Straw Hat insanity grows too much for them.
    • During the attack on Enies Lobby, roughly half the Marines run away yelling things like, "I didn't sign up for this."
    • Cross and Leo try to "de-ass the area with the quickness" when Sanji, Usopp and Zoro go after them (Cross for making them all see Kokoro's mermaid body and Leo for holding back in their fights). They don't escape.
    • After being warned of the sheer insanity of Cross's explanation for how he knows so much Mizu, Kiwi, Lulu, and Tilestone all haul ass out of there.
    • When the Supernovas show up during the Marineford War, Bonney de-ages Sentomaru and threatens to kill him if he sticks around. He promptly gives Kuma an override command that has the cyborg carrying him out of the war zone at speed.


  • Akira Kurusu in The Evil Queen just managed to survive an accidental entry into the Metaverse and decides he's not going to risk his life to try to change the heart of a third year high schooler on a power trip. He eventually goes back because he can't leave his new friend Ann in danger alone.


  • Ashes of the Past:
    • This is Karen's Absol's reaction to encountering Ash Ketchum. Too bad for her the window she tried to escape through was made of safety glass.
    • It happens to two other Absols as well. That should tell you all you need to know about Ash.
  • A minor Running Gag in Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has Ash's Bulbasaur leaving the premises on Oak's ranch whenever he notices things are about to/could get bad for him.

Power Rangers

  • In Crimson Rising, the Operation Overdrive Black and Blue Rangers Will and Dax initially betray the other Rangers to join the government-sanctioned Sector Nine, but despite betraying the other Rangers' identities to Sector Nine, they finally leave the organisation when they confirm that Master Vile is possessing the President and General Gorbin- the head of Sector Nine- kills the father of Ninja Storm Blue Ranger Tori Foster, and also shows a willingness to torture Tori's long-unknown little sister.

Pretty Cure

  • In episode 45 of Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy, a boy named Tsumuji, who is performing a magician act, becomes annoyed when he realizes that the audience isn't even paying attention to him.
    Audience: Ooooh~
    Tsumuji: [puts hands on hips] Seriously, I haven't done anything yet, and you're already 'oooh'ing? [rips off bowtie and storms off the stage] Screw This I'm Outta Here.


  • Old West: Hearing that her Evil Uncle Dufayel is coming to Mud prompts Angelique to take her children and husband and leave Mud in fear.


  • White Sheep (RWBY): When Salem has a huge Freak Out (because she just discovered that the man who groped her daughter Sapphire is the same as the man her daughter Coral had sex with), both Cinder and Tyrian immediately run for the Bullhead docks and fly away to Mistral, where they can pretend they have an important mission to take care of. Two days later, Salem hasn't calmed down at all, so Watts sends Pyrrha in to talk to her, as she's the only one besides family who Salem won't kill. It's mentioned that two of Salem's daughters are in the tower, and they could probably calm her down... but they really don't want to, so they make Pyrrha do it.

Star Wars

  • Darth Vader: Hero of Naboo: When Sidious attempts to eliminate Plagueis, only to realize he can't win, he decides to flee Coruscant to escape his master's wrath. Unfortunately for him, Plagueis intercepts him before he can get far.


Super Mario Bros.


  • In Through a Diamond Sky, Melodia throws down her gun and tells The Baron she's through after Flynn barges in the room. Justified as she was already starting to think it was a bad idea to try and challenge a User.

Warrior Cats

  • Crookedstar's Chance is an AU in which Shellheart and Crookedkit leave RiverClan because its leader allowed Rainflower to abuse the latter.