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Scar: Simba, Simba. Please. Please have mercy. I beg you.
Simba: You don't deserve to live.
Scar: But, Simba, I am… ah… family. It's the hyenas who are the real enemy. It was their fault — it was their idea!
~ Scar begging Simba for mercy and blaming the Hyenas for his crimes.
Charles: Have mercy! I'm sorry. I don't know, I lost my mind... My sister manipulated me!
Dominic: Explain her dead body…
Charles: I said this was ridiculous, and she tried to kill me, I did it in self defence! I'm sorry! Have mercy!
~ Charles Eborock faking guilt to cowardly try and worm his way out of trouble.

Pure Evil Villains who often show cowardice. These types of villains often prefer to not confront their enemies by themselves, beg for mercy, only target those who are unable to fight back, and/or are prone to run away from a situation that they feel they are not in control of.

Examples of cowardice include:

NOTE: Not everyone who shows fear is automatically cowardly. In some cases (e.g. Hans Gruber, Koba, Katz, Agatha Trunchbull, Judge Claude Frollo, William Wharton, Dr. Facilier, Bill Cipher, William Afton, Muscular, Krogan, Mephiles the Dark, Zlatko Andronikov, Captain Vidal, Ragnarok, Muzan Kibutsuji, Ego, Mysterio and The Thinker), they react reasonably to being faced with a genuine threat, and they may even have moments showing them to be brave otherwise.

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