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8th Feb '16 12:48:34 PM ChaoticNovelist
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7th Feb '16 11:11:43 AM pittsburghmuggle
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** At Ground Zero itself many people were forced to flee for their lives to escape the collapsing buildings. Shown in the documentary ''9/11''.
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** At Ground Zero itself many people were forced to flee for their lives to escape the collapsing buildings. Shown in the documentary ''9/11''.''[[Film/NineEleven 9/11]]''.
26th Jan '16 5:16:49 AM FuzzyBoots
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* A running gag in Creator/CleolindaJones' ''Movies in Fifteen Minutes''. Examples include "[[Film/TheHappening outrun the wind]]", "[[Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow outrun the cold]]", and "[[Film/TwentyTwelve outrun (and outfly) the apocalypse]]".
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* A running gag in Creator/CleolindaJones' ''Movies in Fifteen Minutes''. Examples include "[[Film/TheHappening outrun the wind]]", "[[Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow outrun the cold]]", and "[[Film/TwentyTwelve "[[Film/TwoThousandTwelve outrun (and outfly) the apocalypse]]".

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15th Jan '16 12:54:56 AM RAMChYLD
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Contrast RidingIntoTheSunset. See also AdvancingWallOfDoom.
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Contrast RidingIntoTheSunset. See also AdvancingWallOfDoom.AdvancingWallOfDoom for a slower-paced version of this trope.
15th Jan '16 12:54:30 AM RAMChYLD
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Contrast RidingIntoTheSunset.
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Contrast RidingIntoTheSunset. RidingIntoTheSunset. See also AdvancingWallOfDoom.
3rd Jan '16 7:34:04 PM merotoker
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* Shows in in several animated Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon films:
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* Shows in up in several animated Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon films:

* Shows in in several animated Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon films:In ''Animation/TheSnowQueen2012'', Gerda and Kai's father tries to outrun the North Wind's wave of ice. After a while, it catches up to him and kills him and his wife.

* In Creator/JohnWoo's ''[[Film/BrokenArrow1996 Broken Arrow]]'', Capn. Hale (Christian Slater) actually outruns an underground nuclear explosion. To be fair, though, the explosion didn't happen until he was above-ground and safe from the blast.
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* In Creator/JohnWoo's ''[[Film/BrokenArrow1996 Broken Arrow]]'', ''Film/{{Broken Arrow|1996}}'', Capn. Hale (Christian Slater) actually outruns an underground nuclear explosion. To be fair, though, the explosion didn't happen until he was above-ground and safe from the blast.

* Subverted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. A car full of {{Mooks}} tries to outrun [[spoiler: a nuclear explosion]] and get smoked hard. [[spoiler:Indy, on the other hand, survives [[RefugeInAudacity by hiding in a]] [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum lead-lined refrigerator]]]]. Maybe Indy had a major case of [[FridgeLogic Fridge]] [[IncrediblyLamePun Logic]]?
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* Subverted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. A car full of {{Mooks}} tries to outrun [[spoiler: a nuclear explosion]] and get smoked hard. [[spoiler:Indy, on the other hand, survives [[RefugeInAudacity by hiding in a]] [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum lead-lined refrigerator]]]]. Maybe Indy had a major case of [[FridgeLogic Fridge]] [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} Logic]]?

** In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', this is played straight and subverted. Bond outruns the fireball during the final battle when [[spoiler: he blows Skyfall Lodge [[{{Pun}} sky high]] in order to destroy [[BigBad Silva's]] helicopter and kill most of his men. Though he beats the fireball that took out the house, he doesn't beat the second fireball from the helicopter plowing into it. He instead dives into an alcove which spares him the brunt of the blast.]]
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** In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', this is played straight and subverted. Bond outruns the fireball during the final battle when [[spoiler: he blows Skyfall Lodge [[{{Pun}} sky high]] in order to destroy [[BigBad Silva's]] helicopter and kill most of his men. Though he beats the fireball that took out the house, he doesn't beat the second fireball from the helicopter plowing into it. He instead dives into an alcove which spares him the brunt of the blast.]]blast]].

* In ''Film/DeepImpact'', the young man who was the co-discoverer of the asteroid that strikes earth, and is creating a tidal wave ''3000 feet high'' striking near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, basically destroying the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and probably anything within 1,000 miles, and moving across land at ''1100 miles per hour'' is trying to outrun the tidal wave on a ''motorbike!'' Did I mention that his wife is also riding on the bike with him?
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* In ''Film/DeepImpact'', the young man who was the co-discoverer of the asteroid that strikes earth, and is creating a tidal wave ''3000 feet high'' striking near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, basically destroying the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and probably anything within 1,000 miles, and moving across land at ''1100 miles per hour'' is trying to outrun the tidal wave on a ''motorbike!'' Did I we mention that his wife is also riding on the bike with him?

* Inspecter Tequila has to outrun an exploding hospital at the end of ''Film/HardBoiled''. Interestingly, there was a [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20363_6-classic-movies-made-possible-by-reckless-endangerment.html 'screw up' with the pyrotechnics]] that caused a bigger explosion than planned, meaning that Chow Yun Fat was really running for his life.
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* Inspecter Inspector Tequila has to outrun an exploding hospital at the end of ''Film/HardBoiled''. Interestingly, there was a [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20363_6-classic-movies-made-possible-by-reckless-endangerment.html 'screw up' with the pyrotechnics]] that caused a bigger explosion than planned, meaning that Chow Yun Fat was really running for his life.

* In ''Animation/TheSnowQueen2012'', Gerda and Kai's father tries to outrun the North Wind's wave of ice. After a while, it catches up to him and kills him and his wife.

** At the climax Ford barely makes out of the way of an enormous gasoline explosion [[spoiler:ignited by him in order to destroy the MUTO eggs.]]
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** At the climax Ford barely makes out of the way of an enormous gasoline explosion [[spoiler:ignited by him in order to destroy the MUTO eggs.]]eggs]].

* In ''Film/TheExpendables3'', [[spoiler: after Barney kills Stonebanks, Barney has to escape the exploding building and head for Max's chopper as the batteries stalling the C4 ran out by the time Barney kills Stonebanks.]]
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* In ''Film/TheExpendables3'', [[spoiler: after Barney kills Stonebanks, Barney has to escape the exploding building and head for Max's chopper as the batteries stalling the C4 ran out by the time Barney kills Stonebanks.]]Stonebanks]].

* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/WhiteNight'', this is played with. Harry Dresden doesn't so much outrun the fireball as [[spoiler:ride it out in a force field, generated via magic that he is powering with the lust generated by a heated kiss he shares with a succubus. Since he knew he wouldn't be able to actually ''outrun'' it, he effectively turned himself (and said succubus) into a ''cannon ball''.]]
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/WhiteNight'', this is played with. Harry Dresden doesn't so much outrun the fireball as [[spoiler:ride it out in a force field, generated via magic that he is powering with the lust generated by a heated kiss he shares with a succubus. Since he knew he wouldn't be able to actually ''outrun'' it, he effectively turned himself (and said succubus) into a ''cannon ball''.]]ball'']].

** The fourth-season episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Stratagem"]] has The Doctor [[spoiler:and a UNIT officer leap out of a car, run, and dive to the ground... only for the car's GPS unit to emit a small burst of sparks and some smoke.]]
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** The fourth-season episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Stratagem"]] has The Doctor [[spoiler:and a UNIT officer leap out of a car, run, and dive to the ground... only for the car's GPS unit to emit a small burst of sparks and some smoke.]]smoke]].

* In an episode of ''Series/MythBusters'', when Adam and Jamie were testing some movie myths, Adam had some mats set up and orchestrated things so that he could "dive to safety" as a car blew up for [[strike:a myth they were testing]] fun. (There was no pretense of a myth, somebody donated a car, so they blew it up. Twice.) Though it did serve as an illustration of the difference between Hollywood style gasoline explosions and the real explosives used for military and demolitions purposes(The one Adam "dodged" was the Hollywood style explosion).
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* In an episode of ''Series/MythBusters'', when Adam and Jamie were testing some movie myths, Adam had some mats set up and orchestrated things so that he could "dive to safety" as a car blew up for [[strike:a myth they were testing]] fun. (There was no pretense of a myth, somebody donated a car, so they blew it up. Twice.) Though it did serve as an illustration of the difference between Hollywood style gasoline explosions and the real explosives used for military and demolitions purposes(The purposes (The one Adam "dodged" was the Hollywood style explosion).

* Totally subverted on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', when even FragileSpeedster Daphne can't outrun a nuclear blast without damage to her back. ** But later played straight when Claire and HRG outrun [[spoiler: [[PlayingWithFire Meredith]]'s SuperPowerMeltdown]].
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* Totally subverted on ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', when even FragileSpeedster Daphne can't outrun a nuclear blast without damage to her back. ** back. But later played straight when Claire and HRG outrun [[spoiler: [[PlayingWithFire Meredith]]'s SuperPowerMeltdown]].

* ''Series/StargateSG1'' parodied / subverted this in the episode "Point of No Return". Our heroes find themselves in an abandoned building along with an amnesiac (but friendly) alien, and a strange beeping device. The alien tells them that the device is ''counting down to something'', and so they all assume the worst and promptly run out of the building, screaming for everyone nearby to take cover, and dramatically leaping towards the camera at the last second just as... ''absolutely nothing happens''. It turns out [[spoiler:the device ''was'' counting down to an explosion, but it was the self-destruct mechanism of an alien ship, which was hidden in a completely different location.]] * The penultimate ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' episode has Echo outrunning the fireball after [[spoiler: blowing up Rossum's main computer in her unsuccessful attempt to prevent the thoughtpocalypse.]]
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' parodied / subverted this in the episode "Point of No Return". Our heroes find themselves in an abandoned building along with an amnesiac (but friendly) alien, and a strange beeping device. The alien tells them that the device is ''counting down to something'', and so they all assume the worst and promptly run out of the building, screaming for everyone nearby to take cover, and dramatically leaping towards the camera at the last second just as... ''absolutely nothing happens''. It turns out [[spoiler:the device ''was'' counting down to an explosion, but it was the self-destruct mechanism of an alien ship, which was hidden in a completely different location.]] location]]. * The penultimate ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' episode has Echo outrunning the fireball after [[spoiler: blowing up Rossum's main computer in her unsuccessful attempt to prevent the thoughtpocalypse.]]thoughtpocalypse]].

* From ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E07IntroductionToStatistics Introduction to Statistics]] [[spoiler:Abed (as Batman) dragging Jeff and Pierce out of the library to]] Out Run The Collapsing Fort Made Out Of Desks.
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* From ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "[[Recap/CommunityS1E07IntroductionToStatistics Introduction to Statistics]] Statistics]]" [[spoiler:Abed (as Batman) dragging Jeff and Pierce out of the library to]] Out Run The Collapsing Fort Made Out Of Desks.

* In ''VideoGame/RenegadeOps'', the renegades open a prison box, hoping to find Genawi. instead they find an [[OhCrap armed LVA warhead]] with 10 seconds on the timer. [[DontAskJustRun time to step on that speeder across a rapidly crumbling bridge.]]
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* In ''VideoGame/RenegadeOps'', the renegades open a prison box, hoping to find Genawi. instead they find an [[OhCrap armed LVA warhead]] with 10 seconds on the timer. [[DontAskJustRun time Time to step on that speeder across a rapidly crumbling bridge.]]

** Sonic tries this again during the finale of ''VideoGame/SonicColors'', [[spoiler:this time up against a ''black hole''. Seeing that nothing--not even light--can escape it once pulled in, Sonic (who can only normally break the sound barrier) actually ''fails''... [[FissionMailed but the]] [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Wisps]] [[FissionMailed save him]], so it's all good.]]
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** Sonic tries this again during the finale of ''VideoGame/SonicColors'', [[spoiler:this time up against a ''black hole''. Seeing that nothing--not even light--can escape it once pulled in, Sonic (who can only normally break the sound barrier) actually ''fails''... [[FissionMailed but the]] [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Wisps]] [[FissionMailed save him]], so it's all good.]]good]].

* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. The game ends with [[spoiler: Leon and Ashley on a Jet Ski outracing an incredibly large mass of water]]
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* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. The game ends with [[spoiler: Leon and Ashley on a Jet Ski outracing an incredibly large mass of water]]water]].

* The 3rd installment of ''Franchise/TombRaider'' had this for one of the Area 51 levels. Lara has to launch a missile in order to move it out of the way so she can proceed, but by doing so, the flames from the missile's exhaust starts to fill the hallway she is in. You're forced to sprint awkwardly '''towards''' the camera to the very end of the hall so the flames don't touch you. Getting burnt here results in instant death compared to being on fire in the other parts of the game where you live only for a few seconds. Also the FMV scene at the end of 2nd ''Tomb Raider''.
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* The 3rd installment of ''Franchise/TombRaider'' ''VideoGame/TombRaiderIII'' had this for one of the Area 51 levels. Lara has to launch a missile in order to move it out of the way so she can proceed, but by doing so, the flames from the missile's exhaust starts to fill the hallway she is in. You're forced to sprint awkwardly '''towards''' the camera to the very end of the hall so the flames don't touch you. Getting burnt here results in instant death compared to being on fire in the other parts of the game where you live only for a few seconds. Also the FMV scene at the end of 2nd ''Tomb Raider''.''VideoGame/TombRaiderII''.

* In ''VideoGame/{{Descent}}'', every level ends with you outrunning the blast from the exploding reactor at the heart of the mine, regardless of how much time there is actually left until said explosion. ** This brings up an interesting question or two when doing multiplayer, where each player will see themselves outrun the blast, even if someone else still has time remaining.
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Descent}}'', every level ends with you outrunning the blast from the exploding reactor at the heart of the mine, regardless of how much time there is actually left until said explosion. ** explosion. This brings up an interesting question or two when doing multiplayer, where each player will see themselves outrun the blast, even if someone else still has time remaining.

* A regular feature as the final challenge of ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games. Upon felling the FinalBoss-who is apparently a LoadBearingBoss-with your EleventhHourSuperpower type weapon, the whole place starts coming down around you and you have a running timer to get to your ship before the place explodes and you die.
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* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' ** A regular feature as the final challenge of ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'' games. Upon felling the FinalBoss-who is apparently a LoadBearingBoss-with your EleventhHourSuperpower type weapon, the whole place starts coming down around you and you have a running timer to get to your ship before the place explodes and you die.die. ** Shortly after authorizing the Wave Beam in ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', Samus is forced to outrun an avalanche after activating a lift. Since this happens after you get Speed Booster authorized (and you had to use it multiple times in that very room), you can guess how Samus gets out of the way.

* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the ''Normandy'' is forced to outrun the explosion that [[spoiler:takes the Collector Base and kills the Human-Reaper for good.]] Partly averted as there are two choices; take the other and you're outrunning a timed radiation pulse instead. ** Also in the cutscene at the end of Jack's loyalty mission, [[spoiler:when Jack detonates the bomb a bit prematurely.]] ** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', all endings have [[spoiler: the Normandy trying to outrun the space magic wave, complete with the equipment in the cockpit beginning to [[ExplosiveInstrumentation overheat and explode.]]]] The Extended Cut has it escape unscathed if your EMS is high enough.
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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the ''Normandy'' is forced to outrun the explosion that [[spoiler:takes the Collector Base and kills the Human-Reaper for good.]] good]]. Partly averted as there are two choices; take the other and you're outrunning a timed radiation pulse instead. ** Also in the cutscene at the end of Jack's loyalty mission, [[spoiler:when Jack detonates the bomb a bit prematurely.]] prematurely]]. ** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', all endings have [[spoiler: the Normandy trying to outrun the space magic wave, complete with the equipment in the cockpit beginning to [[ExplosiveInstrumentation overheat and explode.]]]] explode]]]]. The Extended Cut has it escape unscathed if your EMS is high enough.

* Shortly after authorizing the Wave Beam in ''MetroidOtherM'', Samus is forced to outrun an avalanche after activating a lift. Since this happens after you get Speed Booster authorized (and you had to use it multiple times in that very room), you can guess how Samus gets out of the way.

** Spoofed in other episode, in which just after Monty Burn's Casino is demolished Homer and his family get into his car to try to escape of the dust cloud caused by the demolition. However, Homer's car enters in reverse into the dust cloud.
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** Spoofed in other another episode, in which just after Monty Burn's Casino is demolished Homer and his family get into his car to try to escape of the dust cloud caused by the demolition. However, Homer's car enters in reverse into the dust cloud.

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11th Dec '15 12:32:29 PM BillWoods
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For when a character doesn't outrun the fireball and [[UnflinchingWalk walks calmly out of and away from the fire anyway]], see OutOfTheInferno. See also ConvectionSchmonvection. In RealLife, the accepted reaction to an approaching fireball is to either jump down a deep hole and pull it in after you, or bend over and kiss your posterior goodbye. See also BombDisposal when this is done intentionally.
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For when a character doesn't outrun the fireball and [[UnflinchingWalk walks calmly out of and away from the fire anyway]], see OutOfTheInferno. See also ConvectionSchmonvection. For when a character gets a head-start on the fireball, see DontAskJustRun. In RealLife, the accepted reaction to an approaching fireball is to either jump down a deep hole and pull it in after you, or bend over and kiss your posterior goodbye. See also BombDisposal when this is done intentionally.
11th Dec '15 6:23:55 AM Nohbody
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* In ''VideoGame/WingCommander III'', after Blair drops the [[EarthShatteringKaboom Temblor Bomb]] on Kilrah, the game switches to a cutscene of his fighter trying to outrun the PlanarShockwave of the exploding planet, but fails to avoid crippling damage, leaving him stranded in space until his fighter is {{tractor|beam}}ed aboard a Kilrathi Dreadnought.
1st Dec '15 3:54:49 PM HowlingSnail
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* Happens in ''Film/IlRagazzoInvisibile'' on escaping a ship.
16th Nov '15 2:18:09 AM erforce
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* In ''Film/UnderSiege 2: Dark Territory'', Creator/StevenSeagal outruns a fireball by running the length of a railroad car.
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* In ''Film/UnderSiege 2: Dark Territory'', ''Film/UnderSiege2DarkTerritory'', Creator/StevenSeagal outruns a fireball by running the length of a railroad car.

* In ''[[Film/TheExpendables The Expendables 3]]'', [[spoiler: after Barney kills Stonebanks, Barney has to escape the exploding building and head for Max's chopper as the batteries stalling the C4 ran out by the time Barney kills Stonebanks.]] * Rambo has to outrun one in the [[Film/RamboIV fourth movie]] after he blows up the Tallboy Bomb.
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* In ''[[Film/TheExpendables The Expendables 3]]'', ''Film/TheExpendables3'', [[spoiler: after Barney kills Stonebanks, Barney has to escape the exploding building and head for Max's chopper as the batteries stalling the C4 ran out by the time Barney kills Stonebanks.]] * Rambo has to outrun one in the his [[Film/RamboIV fourth movie]] after he blows up the Tallboy Bomb.
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