Once upon a time, Killian Jones, a crippled coward who’d never held a sword in his life, found himself in a situation where he could pick up a sword and fight to save the woman he loved and her son, or he could turn and run.
He picked up the sword. He fought for them. And he died for them.
You can rewrite the book and brand him a coward, Rumple, but he’ll never, ever, be one. He’ll never make the same choices as you.