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  • Russia as a whole did this during World War I when the Bolsheviks took power and opened peace talks with Imperial Germany. The Western Allies were extremely unhappy to hear about the resulting Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, since it freed up all of Germany's resources to be focused on them. Luckily for them, the United States had then joined the war because Wilson wasn't willing to fight alongside the Soviets, and the Russians leaving en masse gave him the perfect opportunity to join.
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  • This was the mentality of virtually everyone who left Adolf Hitler's bunker and inner circle in the days before he committed suicide, including (but not limited to): Goering, Himmler, Himmler's adjutant Fegelein, Keitel, and Jodl. And it wasn't just the commanders. There are stories of German civilians in the Volkssturm who would fire their (usually single-shot) Panzerfaust anti-tank weapon at tanks well out of range so they could claim to have done their duty and go home.
  • Happened quite a bit with Saddam Hussein's army in both of the Persian Gulf Wars. During Operation Desert Storm, one Iraqi unit came across an American tank stuck in a pit, helped haul the tank out, and surrendered to its crew. Then, in the second war, reports trickled in about Iraqi soldiers surrendering to anyone even vaguely connected to the American and British military forces and their allies.
    • A reporter had a unit surrender to him and his camera crew. He tried to tell them they weren't military, and they replied 'We don't care!'. They'd had no food or water for days.
      "Their AK47s were no match for our cookies and bottled water."
    • On one memorable occasion, the Iraqi garrison of Failaka Island surrendered to the USS Wisconsin's RQ-2 Pioneer spotting drone, an aircraft powered by a moped engine and carrying nothing but a television camera. The nearest US forces were more than 20 miles away. Then again, said forces probably included the USS Wisconsin, and the troops knew the purpose of spotting drones being to call down fire on enemy forces they find.
      • The Wisconsin could have easily fired nine exploding shells the size of oil drums and hit a target twenty miles away. Then done it again thirty seconds later.
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    • In another example, the Iraqi commander of a tank unit surrendered very early after the ground war kicked off. When asked about it, he told his interrogators he surrendered because of the B-52's. After checking, it was learned his unit had never been attacked by B-52's. He replied yes, that was true, but he'd seen what had happened to one that was...
  • Diplomats, politicians, officers, and soldiers in Colonel Gaddafi's Libyan government bailed out en masse in one of the best recent examples of this trope.
    • One of the reasons the Egyptian military didn't try to crack down on protests was they were afraid young officers and soldiers would invoke this trope. And despite this, some of the Cairo police did invoke it, while others did a Heel–Face Turn, ripping off their insignia and joining the protesters.
    • And it appears to be repeating itself with Bashar al-Assad's Syrian government, making it all the way up to the Prime Minister!
  • After the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle Corporation in 2010, a large number of top-level executives resigned, and design divisions transferred to other companies as whole groups. Most notably, James Gosling, creator of the Java programming language, moved over to Google where he has been free to openly criticize Oracle. To say that Oracle Corporation is not well-regarded by the rest of the tech community would be the height of understatement (their first act after acquiring Sun was to stomp on Google for infringement of their newly-purchased patents).
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  • Pontius Pilate famously tried to do this a couple of millennia ago, but history has not let him off the hook.
  • Every bomb squad member, military or civilian, has a gag T-shirt that says "I'm a bomb tech: if you see me running away, try and keep up." Often this advice is in large print on the back of the shirt.
  • Pro boxer Jerry Hackney tried to do this once in a bout he was losing, attempting to jump over the ring ropes and out of the ring. It didn't work out very well for him. Just watch.
  • A very good idea if you find yourself in a high-demand religious sect that engages in physical or emotional abuse, has a very high emphasis on the end of the world, or that demands/threatens bad consequences for not giving increasing and extreme financial donations. If it's doing all of the above, this is the very best thing you can say and do, preferably getting as many others to leave with you as possible.
  • This progressively happened to Netflix after announcing that streaming and DVD rentals would be charged separately. The first blow was the price increase and the MASSIVE drop in stock that followed only made it worse.
  • In 2011, a major Digg redesign caused many of their users to leave.
  • In a cup match in December 2011, the manager of the Dutch football club AZ Alkmaar pulled one of these after his goalkeeper was first attacked by a fan of the opposing team, Ajax (which was hosting the match), and then shown a red card by the ref for responding to the attack. He gathered his players and took them off the field after only 38 minutes of play, refusing to return to finish the match.note 
  • In mid-December 2011, many users of LiveJournal bailed from the blog site after they changed the commenting scheme, rendering it unusable for some and making role-playing, one of LJ's biggest draws for English speakers, harder or even next-to-impossible. It also doesn't help that everyone who saw it, both American and Russian, said that it looked horrible and not to change it. And they did it anyway, with the man who designed it being openly dismissive towards the userbase all the while.
  • Steve Jobs was a master of doing this, and may have been single-handedly responsible for Adobe killing off Mobile Flash by banning it from the iOS platform. This was also the origin of Final Cut Pro; when Avid threatened to drop the Mac platform, Apple brought out FCP and forced them to reconsider in a big hurry. (Although Final Cut X is arguably a case where this failed miserably.)
  • As evidenced by the LiveJournal and Digg examples above, Internet users are all too happy to do this when a site makes changes they really don't like if there are viable competitors.
  • Happens very, very often with children from dysfunctional and/or abusive families when they become old enough to realize that they've been living in utter chaos and try to find a way out of it (the success rate of which varies greatly), hence the prevalence of The Runaway trope.
  • Channel Awesome:
    • Being who he is, Doug Walker quit his hated day job in style.
    • In April of 2018, several current and fomer Channel Awesome producers complied a roughly 70 page long document of grievances and mismanagement from the website's higher-ups. It was also revealed that JewWario had committed sexual assault. These allegations, along with Channel Awesome's lackluster responses that did more to criticize the accusers than actually apologize for misdoings, caused almost every content producer to leave the site. Besides Doug and Rob Walker, the only remaining producers on the site are Brad Jones and Larry Bundy Jr.. Even then, Brad is the only one who still actually supports them. Larry outright admitted that he's only staying on board to spite them for ignoring him for almost ten years, and to see if he'll be the last one remaining.
    • Even Rob (who note, everyone has said has more power along with Michaud for the site and shares more blame than Doug does) deleted his public facebook and couldn't be reached by angry people, leaving Doug, Tamara and Malcolm to bear the weight of it.
  • A sadder example would be the people who defect from the Westboro Baptist Church. According to America's Most Hated Family in Crisis, more of the younger family members than ever have been leaving to live their own lives. Nate Phelps described in detail how he and his older brother Mark escaped the family.
  • Any of the numerous people who have routed and run from battle when all hope seems lost throughout history fall under this trope.
  • Saint Elizabeth of Hungary did this after her beloved husband and Victorious Childhood Friend Louis of Thuringia died in The Crusades. Having been very bitterly antagonized by her brother-in-law Henry in regards to her dowry and knowing that her relatives wanted to force her into an Arranged Marriage, 20-year-old Elizabeth bailed out of Thuringia as soon as she could and moved to Marburg to try becoming a tertiary Franciscan, which is what she wanted to do after being widowed. (She got her wish and died at age 24 while taking care of people in need and subjecting herself to Training from Hell as suggested by her confessor). Christian tradition, however, tried to artificially make her more tragic via saying that she was kicked out of Thuringia instead, based only on the "testimony" of one of her servants during her canonization process (which was discredited centuries later).
  • War of the Triple Alliance featured Duke of Caxias, the military genius who won the war, but his health started to decline at a frightening pace, so he simply grabbed a horse and left the war without warning his superiors.
  • Whenever there is a war, there will be hordes of refugees invoking this trope.
  • The second Sugar Ray Leonard - Roberto Durán fight, infamously known as the "No Más Fight," ended this way.
  • LeBron James was accused of doing this after his horrendous performance in games five and six of the 2010 Eastern Conference finals, which turned out to be his final games with the Cleveland Cavaliers. For four years.
  • The Grateful Dead left the Altamont Free Concert minutes after arriving when they heard the news that the Hells Angels knocked Jefferson Airplane lead singer Marty Balin unconscious.
  • Many relationships of the romantic and friendly kind have ended this way.
  • The Georgians desperately tried to apply for NATO membership, hoping that it will come as a sort of counterbalance against Russia. They even sent lots and lots of troops to a NATO war they had zero interest in: Afghanistan. The 2008 South Ossetia Conflict (no relations) see their gambit failed, because NATO decided that dead Georgians are the preferable outcome over a new World War.
  • Exhausted in Afghanistan, the British Empire decided that it had no interest there.
    • Exhausted in Afghanistan, the Soviet Russia decided that it had no interest there. Cue the Taliban.
    • Exhausted in Afghanistan, the US-led NATO decided that it had no interest there. Cue the Taliban.
  • Exhausted in Iraq, the US-led NATO decided that it has no interest there. Cue a Shia-majority government loyal to Iran. Which was then almost immediately overrun by a group of genocidal madmen left over from the resistance to the NATO occupation and much of it's remaining territory decide it had no interest there and secede.
  • Once upon a time, the Big East was just a college basketball conference (and a damn good one). It then added football because it was (and is still) an extremely lucrative sport, but only about half of the schools actually played football in the conference (the other half didn't have the money to invest in a Division I-A/FBS team or its attendant infrastructure). The conference kept trying to add up-and-coming football programs to compete with big boys like the Big Ten and ACC, who kept taking schools away from them, while the basketball schools kept complaining that they were being ignored. When it got to the point where the Big East was inviting schools like San Diego State to try to stay alive (and couldn't keep them because of how unstable the conference had become), the Catholic 7 (the basketball-first schools that were complaining all happened to be Catholic in origin) pulled this effective July 1, 2013, leaving and taking the Big East name with themnote . The remnants, of which only one (Connecticut, aka UConn) was part of the original conference's founding, became the American Athletic Conference. Funny enough, subverted by UConn. The Huskies tried extremely hard to jump into the ACC in what amounted to open begging, but were politely turned down every time. The result? Stuck in a conference they have no desire to be in.
    • In summer 2019, UConn finally pulled this on The American. Early in the year, the conference announced a new media deal, giving a healthy financial boost to most of the league's schools. One school, however, didn't like it at all—UConn. The Huskies were livid that many of their highest-profile events, especially in men's and women's basketball, would be taken off of linear TV and placed on ESPN's streaming platforms. The Huskies eventually announced they would move to the new Big East in 2020, deciding to effectively strand their football program as an FBS independent.
  • The Big East wasn't the first NCAA conference to experience this. Not by a long shot.
    • The first example of this trope among major conferences came back in 1921. The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA), a loose confederation of Southern schools, feuded with one another over eligibility of freshmen (first-year students) for sports. Larger schools wanted to ban freshmen; small schools didn't. The SIAA voted to retain freshman eligibility; eight of the big schools immediately left to form the Southern Conference (SoCon). Six more SIAA members left to join the SoCon a year later.
    • The Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, founded in 1907, soon experienced conflict mostly along public–private school lines. In 1927, six of the seven state schools in the MVIAA left, with both factions claiming the MVIAA name for a time. Eventually, the departing schools became known as the Big Six (later Big Seven and Big Eight), while those left behind adopted the name of Missouri Valley Conference (MVC).
    • Now, back to the SoCon. While it was more organized than the old SIAA, it was still an unwieldy mix of public, private, large, and small schools throughout the southeastern quadrant of the country. In December 1932, the 13 SoCon members south and west of the Appalachians left to form the Southeastern Conference (SEC), with league play beginning the next year.
    • After the SEC split, the SoCon still had 10 schools. In 1936, seven new schools—all private and relatively small—joined. That immediately led to conflict between large (mostly public) and small (mostly private) schools. This came to a head in the 1950s:
      • 1950: Washington & Lee (small, private) won the SoCon football championship. The Orange Bowl took Clemson (large, public) instead. The conference responded by banning postseason play in all sports.
      • 1951: Clemson and Maryland (also large and public) went to bowl games against league orders. The SoCon sought to suspend them for the 1952 season.
      • 1952: While Maryland mostly played SEC schools that season, and Clemson played mostly schools outside the SoCon, Clemson played in-state rival and fellow SoCon member South Carolina due to a state law requiring that the two schools play.
      • 1953: After the SoCon attempted to suspend Clemson for that season, the big schools had had enough. Six big public schools and Duke left to form the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
    • While the drama in the SoCon was playing out, the MVC was experiencing its own smaller-scale drama. Midway through the 1951 football season, Drake visited Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State). The Bulldogs, led by African American star Johnny Bright, entered the game unbeaten, and Bright was touted as a Heisman Trophy candidate. Two years earlier, Bright had been the first black player to play on A&M's field, without incident. The same could not be said for this game; he was the victim of an on-field race-related attack that ended with him getting a concussion and broken jaw (Drake would end up losing). Drake and fellow MVC member Bradley (at the time, also more racially progressive than many other MVC schools) were infuriated when the conference failed to sanction either Oklahoma A&M or the player who attacked Bright. Both immediately left the MVC. While both would return for non-football sports a few years later, Bradley never returned in football (dropping the sport in 1970), and Drake did not return to MVC football until 1971.
    • Back to the SEC: A feud between Bobby Dodd and Bear Bryant, respectively football coaches at Georgia Tech and Alabama, came to a head in the early 1960s and led to another example of this trope. The underlying issue was scholarship numbers. At the time, the NCAA allowed teams to give out 140 scholarships in football and basketball combined each year, and sign 45 new players in the two sports each year.note  Dodd typically only signed enough new players (30 to 35 a year) to replenish his roster; Bryant (and several other coaches) signed all 45 for football, trimming the roster to 140 in the summer. In 1964, Dodd proposed a 32-signing limit, and needed the support of seven of the SEC's (then) 12 school presidents. He also told the SEC that Tech would leave if the proposal didn't pass. Bryant led Dodd to believe that Alabama's president was on board, which would have given Tech the needed votes. When the vote came, Alabama voted "no". Tech's president then walked to the podium and announced it was leaving the SEC.
    • The Western Athletic Conference (WAC) expanded from 10 teams to 16 in 1996, following the collapse of the Southwest Conference. The newly expanded WAC was immediately beset with tension between old and new members, and just two years later, five old-line WAC members—Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, Utah, and Wyoming—met in Denver and agreed to break from the league. They recruited old-line WAC members New Mexico and San Diego State, plus 1996 arrival UNLV, to join them to form the Mountain West Conference, which began play in 1999.
    • The SEC would later benefit from this trope. As early as 1990, Texas A&M had flirted with a move from the Southwest Conference, and later the Big 12, to the SEC, chafing at the perceived dominance of its eternal rival Texas over conference affairs. What finally led A&M to leave behind most of its rivals was the Longhorn Network (LHN), a cable channel jointly owned by UT and ESPN devoted (almost) exclusively to UT sports. In July 2011, a month before LHN launched, an ESPN official strongly hinted in a radio interview that the new network would show high school games of potential UT recruits.note  Even though the Big 12 immediately made new rules to stop these telecasts, and the NCAA soon ruled that they would violate its recruiting rules, it was the last straw for A&M. The Aggies announced in August 2011 that they would leave for the SEC in 2012; after threats of legal action, the Big 12 let the Aggies go on their announced schedule.
    • The 2017 departure of Wichita State from the MVC for the American Athletic Conference reportedly had overtones of this trope, mainly stemming from what Shockers fans (and MANY neutral sportswriters) saw as unfair treatment of their men's basketball team by the NCAA tournament selection committee:
      • For background, the Shockers made the 2012 tournament as a 5 seed (out of 16 in each region), but lost in the first round. The following year, they were seeded as a 9, but made the Final Four (national semifinals).
      • 2014: The Shockers enter the NCAA tournament unbeaten, and get a 1 seed... but are "rewarded" with a regional that included perennial powers Duke and Kentucky. As well as Michigan, which lost in the 2013 title game, and Louisville, the defending national champion. (The Shockers would narrowly lose to Kentucky in the second round.)
      • 2015: Wichita draws a 7 seed... despite several advanced metrics (then not used by the selection committee) suggesting that the Shockers were one of the country's 10 best teams.
      • 2016: It gets worse. Advanced metrics again peg the Shockers as a top-10 team. The committee? It makes them the last team in the field. Which meant that they had to play an extra game just to get into the main draw of the tournament.
      • 2017: The Shockers are again pegged as a top-10 team by advanced metrics... and get a 10 seed. Less than a month later, they announce their departure for The American, leaving behind their conference home since 1945 and many of their traditional rivals.
  • On May 19, 2013, a Wichita, Kansas, news station was reporting on a possible tornado near where they were. As they were, the wind started to really pick up and could be heard from the studio. Ultimately, the meteorologist reporting starts to pull away from the green screen as another says that he's "never had to say this in 20 years, but it's our time to go." Everyone in the studio bails for the basement and the two men brave it enough to stay in the stairwell to keep trying to report on it.
  • This tended to be what representatives for the United States and most of its allies did at the UN whenever former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was given the floor. (After all, he rarely ever said anything they hadn't heard before.)
  • Malaysia and Singapore did this to each other when they both realised the political and racial-religious tensions between the two bodies were too volatile for the two to continue existing as one country.
  • The grandmother of a future member of ABBA knew what would happen if they stayed in their native Norway, knowing full well she was the result of the 'Lebensborn' project. Realizing fighting back was going to end badly for those who took part, regardless of whether it was choice or not, fleeing to Sweden saved her life. Many others had the same idea.
  • John Lydon's reaction when he left the Sex Pistols, due to a combination of an increasingly unstable Sid Vicious and Malcolm McLaren's increasing control of the group.
  • Italy in most wars. Napoleon once remarked that the only way to ensure Italy was on your side at the end of a war was to be against them at the beginning of it.
    • Surprisingly subverted in World War I. After Caporetto, half the Italian army (that didn't even want to start the war, much less fight it) started walking to return home, but when they noticed the civilians running from the Austro-Hungarian advance, they changed their mind and fought like demons.
  • After two orcas from the L.A. Pod killed and ate a white shark in the area, the Farallon Island white shark population fled. One shark's tag recorded that he dropped depth down to 500 meters and swam to Hawaii, some two and a half thousand miles distant. This is the most extreme flight response to any act of predation known.
  • In the middle of 1993, Matthew Bannister was promoted as controller at BBC Radio 1. He decided to essentially gut the station's Adult Contemporary playlist and heritage DJ's (who were perceived as bland and egotistical) and relaunch it as a Top 40 station with more laddish DJs to gain more teen and youth listeners. Dave Lee Travis, one of those heritage DJs (recently in the news after being found guilty of a sex offence), got wind that he would be thrown out by year's end, and ultimately decided to quit at the tail end of one of his programmes... announcing his resignation on air.
    "I want to put the record straight at this point... changes are being made here which go against my principles and I just can not agree with them."
    • Said resignation made the papers. Within weeks, most of the "old guard" either quit as well (Simon Bates) or were axed (Alan Freeman), and the changes in playlist (going for a deeper sound with a limited timeframe instead of the adult contemporary sound) were put into motion.
    • Likewise, two Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJs would quit in the 90s back to back. The first, Steve Wright, was one of the few "old guard" DJs remaining. He was put on breakfast to maintain a few older listeners. However, he himself grew critical of the changes, and quit in February 1995. In came Chris Evans, whose laddish behaviour shot the morning show's ratings up in the key demographics. However, his behaviour shocked the heads of the BBC. In early 1997, when he did not receive Fridays off to concentrate on his television programme, he simply told Bannister off and stormed out of Radio 1.
  • This reporter from KTVA, the CBS affiliate in Anchorage, quit in a profane manner live on-air after revealing her 'special report' about marijuana legalization was a Long Con front to advertise her own side hustle to get the drug legalized in Alaska. It worked out pretty well for her, as it was legalized by public ballot in 2014.
  • In 2014, many people in Mexico (and abroad) thought this was what happened with Mexican soccer player Carlos Vela, who refused to play for the Mexican soccer team in that year's World Cup in Brazil: Since the Mexican team had a rough elimination round, forcing them to play a play-off match against New Zealand, and after the team received lots of criticism, including insults from everyone, it was heavily implied Vela decided not playing for his country, in the case the Mexican team ended eliminated from the World Cup or being eliminated in the Group Phase, and killing or crippling his career as a international soccer player afterwards, since he then played in Spain for Real Sociedad.note 
    • However, after much hesitation, Vela returned to the Mexican national team in November 2014 for a friendly match against the Netherlands, scoring two goals that resulted in Mexico winning the match, in a sweet revenge after being eliminated in the World Cup by the Dutch. Let's just say the criticisms against him went down a lot after this.
  • RT America anchor Liz Wahl quit on the air in protest of the Russian government's invasion of Ukraine.
  • Zelda Williams quit Instagram and Twitter after Trolls harassed her and her family after the suicide of her father, Robin Williams.
  • When Dennis Wilson realised what Charles Manson was really like, he decided to just quickly and quietly move out of his own house - leaving The Manson Family there - and dropping contact with Manson.
  • Conrad Schumann, an East German soldier, jumped over a low barbed-wire fence into West Berlin in 1961, during the construction of the Berlin Wall. His defection was captured in an iconic photograph, and was even commemorated as a statue.
  • The NFL Thanksgiving Game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets in 2012 had the latter team make embarrassing move after embarrassing move, such as QB Mark Sanchez fumbling after running into the backside of one of his blockers (said fumble was ran in for a touchdown by Pats safety Steve Gregory.) Fireman Ed, probably the Jets' most visible fan and the one who led the infamous "J-E-T-S" chant since 1986, left MetLife Stadium after halftime (the second quarter had 35 points scored by the Pats), deleted his Twitter account, and retired the "Fireman Ed" persona the next day. This ended up being a 10-Minute Retirement as Fireman Ed returned in 2015 to lead cheers for his team once more.
  • An instance of this by italian opinionist Tina Cipollari has become slightly memetic in the italian part of the web. An example.
  • Hilary Duff did so after her Dignity tour ended in 2008, feeling overwhelmed at her superstardom and multi-hyphenate career. She dropped her management, left her record label, ended her clothing line, and took low-key (or out-of-character) roles, usually in indie productions, and tended to her personal life while she decided what she wanted to do next. She considered attended college to learn how to be an interior decorator at one point; she met her new boyfriend, hockey player Mike Comrie in the meantime, they married and had a child, Luca. As of 2014, she has come back to her music career on a new label, and is returning to television with her TV Land series, Younger.
    • Similarly, As her Stars Dance tour wound down, and following a stint in rehab for undisclosed, non-substance abuse-related reasonsnote  (along with the gradual breakdown of her relationship with Justin Bieber), Selena Gomez left her label (Hollywood Records), removed her mother as her manager (they remain friendly) and dispatched with her Dream Out Loud clothing line, as she wanted to get more control over her creative and business decisions and relieve her stress. She signed with Interscope Records and has more say in her personal and professional life than she did in her Disney days.
  • Robert Downey Jr. walked off an interview geared towards Avengers: Age of Ultron when the interviewer kept trying to pry into his not-so-fondly remembered drugs and booze days.
  • Unfortunately happens to many real-world political movements. There is always an extreme fringe in any group, but when that radical strain manages to obtain leadership and makes increasingly brutal or outrageous demands, those sympathetic to the cause but not committed to it or those who were committed, but can't agree with the leadership, start walking away. The radical faction brands them the enemy, and the radicals are all that remain, becoming the movement's public face.
  • For a decade, Ronald D. Moore was one of the fans' favorite writers for Star Trek, helping single-handedly reinvent the Klingons and being responsible for many of the most acclaimed episodes of TNG and DS9. Following the end of the latter, he transferred to the creative staff of VOY. He immediately found that the staff was very lax and lacking any enthusiasm for the program. When he asked for advice on writing one character, the response was "I don't know. Do whatever you want." After writing two episodes, he had a very-public falling out with his friend Brannon Braga and left, never return to Trek. Incidentally, he kept note of many of the problems he viewed with VOY, and rectified them for his own acclaimed show, Battlestar Galactica (2003).
  • Krav Maga teaches many combative techniques, some quite brutal, for self defense. But because defense is the point, sometimes the best technique is Just Run. Knives, for example, are bad news, and running away is recommended. Immediately. Attempting knife disarms is a good way to end up maimed. For cases when that is absolutely not an option, though, there are alternatives...
    • Self Defense in general can fall under this. More than one self-defense instructor has shown his students the "proper technique for fighting someone with a weapon" by running away.
      • Always remember, the oldest form of self-defense is to run away.
      • Another aspect of Krav Maga is doing just enough fighting to be able to get away.
  • In 2016, a British referendum, which passed 52% for to 48% against, resulted in the UK deciding to secede from the European Union (although only activating Article 50 in March the year after), a move that has had wide-reaching effects around the world.
    • David Cameron pulled one of these when the referendum was passed, by resigning from the position of Prime Minister. He was still on-mic as he walked away from the podium having announced his resignation as PM, and was thus heard humming a jaunty little tune as he re-entered Number 10. This did not exactly endear him to anyone. Even further, he left parliament altogether two months after leaving 10 Downing Street, despite initially announcing that he would stay in the Commons on the backbenches.
      • Cameron's replacement, Theresa May, got the job of leader of the Party, and thus Prime Minister, when everyone else who announced they would contend for the position quit in the run-up to the vote, leaving her as the only choice - or, possibly, the only one without a chair when the music stopped.
    • Similarly, Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, who had campaigned for Britain leaving the EU, resigned from leadership of his Party almost immediately after the referendum result, offering no solutions to the political mess he had helped create. David Davis, another pro-exit campaigner, was made Secretary for Exiting the European Union, barely bothered showing up to meetings, and eventually quit; his replacement, Dominic Raab, resigned a few months later, when the deal he had allegedly been responsible for negotiating was announced.
  • Late in his career, Spanish bullfighter Rafael Gómez Ortega "El Gallo" (1882-1960) grew prone to running away from the bullring when he didn't like the bull he was supposed to face. These escapes eventually were given the name of "espantás" or "espantadas".
  • The button that triggers an emergency shutdown of a nuclear reaction is called a SCRAM switch, because in case of a meltdown, this is what all the technicians would be doing.note 

  • Charles the Bald had a bad time with Horny Vikings using his rivers as motorways to raid the Frankish towns and monasteries. In 845, a large fleet of Danish Vikings came down the Seine. Charles decided to put a stop to the hooligans and had his army positioned on both sides of the Seine. When the Vikings showed up, they decided to fight the smaller force and landed on that side of the river. The smaller army was promptly slaughtered and the survivors hanged as sacrifices to Odin. The other army said something along the lines of Vissez ceci, je suis hors d'ici! and ran away.
  • The Who's 1968 tour of Australia was marred by bad press and poor sound, and when Pete Townshend left, he vowed never to return. He eventually did in 2004.
  • Many people quit jobs because of the way they get treated by their employers and colleagues
  • In the months following Donald Trump's election as president of the United States, numerous government officials have resigned or have been fired. Reactions to these desertions have, so far, been mixed. In particular, Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned after being repeatedly and publicly contradicted, undermined, and ignored, hand-delivering his letter, full of thinly-veiled With All Due Respect.
  • Many car drivers in Athens, Greece have quit driving altogether because of the lunatic Greek driving culture. Justified, since Athens is a very old town and the streets are narrow and winding even by European standards, and Athens has excellent public transportation.
  • During an MTV concert at Lake Compounce, Connecticut on July 21st, 1989, Milli Vanilli were performing "Girl, You Know It's True". When the chorus came, the track began to skip - leading to a repeat of the lyric "Girl, you know it's-" several times in front of a reported 80000 people. Both Fab Morvan and Rob Pilatus went along for a few seconds before legging it offstage. While largely written off as just an embarrassing moment at first - lip-syncing at concerts such as this wasn't uncommon - this incident would wind up being a harbinger of their disgrace. One year later, manager Frank Farian confessed that neither Morvan nor Pilatus sang on any Milli Vanilli recordings, a confession that cost them their "Best New Artist" Grammy, caused their American record label to delete Girl, You Know It's True from their catalog, and effectively destroyed their careers.
  • Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis' decision to retire at halftime of the Bills' loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2 of the 2018 NFL season.
  • There's an oft-repeated joke that if The Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore comes to your town, especially during hurricane season, it's time to pull up your stakes and go. If Jim Cantore's pulling this trope in your town, it's really time to run.
    • On a more serious note, Jim was actually forced to run for cover when, during his coverage of the monstrous 2018 hurricane Michael, he was nearly impaled by a flying 2x4
  • When Nana Mizuki realized what her enka teacher was really like after being sexually harassed several times, she quickly moved out of his house with the help of King Records' staff and dropped contact with him.
  • Charles V, Holy Roman Empire acquired rule over Austria, Spain, the Netherlands, Bohemia, Hungary, Naples, Sicily and Sardinia, and spent basically his whole career trying to control all of it and quashing constant Protestant rebellions on top of that without modern ruling methods. After decades of wrestling for control and The Chains of Commanding, being wracked by disease, and realizing that what he was doing was basically pointless, he basically went "Nope!" and abdicated every position he had, spending his final years as a monk.
  • In late February 2019, a vicious rumor claiming that they would be only paid $4/hour plus tips caused the entire staff of three different Sonic's Drive-In restaurants to up and quit in protest. No word if they returned once they were reassured.
  • Luciano Family mob boss Frank Costello was nearly assassinated on the orders of his ambitious underling Vito Genovese, who proceeded to use his intense support base among the rest of the family to declare himself the new boss while Costello was in the hospital. When Costello was released, he saw the writing on the wall and agreed to let Genovese be boss, leaving the mob behind and becoming a legitimate businessman.
  • When Dragon Ball convention Kameha Con announced that VA Vic Mignogna would be attending, numerous other voice actors cancelled their appearances in protest. Vic had been let go from Rooster Teeth and Funimation after internal investigations revealed a history of sexual harassment, with one of the original accusations coming from Kameha Con guest Monica Rial (voice of Bulma in Dragon Ball Super). Fellow VA's Jason Douglas and Sarah Wiedenheft soon followed, and since Kameha Con policies refuse refunds to con patrons, they all agreed to set up meet-and-greets at independent locations.

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