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26th May '17 1:40:32 PM Laferno
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* This occurs when Ryoka tries to make her delivery to the High Passes in {{Literature/The Wandering Inn}}. She tries to fight off the goblins and Carn Wolves. But when carnivorous goats arrive and start to eat the wolves and then gargoyles arrive and start to eat the goats it becomes apparent that she is the very bottom of the food chain.



* When Ryoka tries to make her delivery to the High Passes in {{Literature/The Wandering Inn}}. She tries to fight off the goblins and Carn Wolves. But when the carnivorous goats arrive and start to eat the wolves and then the gargoyles arrive and start to eat the goats it becomes apparent that she is the very bottom of the food chain.
23rd May '17 6:51:45 PM Laferno
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* When Ryoka tries to make her delivery to the High Passes in {{Literature/The Wandering Inn}}. She tries to fight off the goblins and Carn Wolves. But when the carnivorous goats arrive and start to eat the wolves and then the gargoyles arrive and start to eat the goats it becomes apparent that she is the very bottom of the food chain.
7th May '17 6:47:47 PM Racheakt
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* In [[FanFic/{{Bird}} Bird]] the mysterious masked man forces Taylor and Mimi to run and hide the first time they encounter him. The man is actually [[spoiler: Hatchetface]], and his aura shuts down other parahuman powers. As Taylor and Mimi are both unarmed teenage girls, without powers they are completely helpless.

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* In [[FanFic/{{Bird}} Bird]] the mysterious masked man forces Taylor and Mimi to run and hide the first time they encounter him. The man is actually [[spoiler: Hatchetface]], possesses super strength, and his aura shuts down other parahuman powers. As Taylor and Mimi are both unarmed teenage girls, without powers they are completely helpless.
7th May '17 6:46:03 PM Racheakt
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* In [[FanFic/{{Bird}} Bird]] the mysterious masked man forces Taylor and Mimi to run and hide the first time they encounter him. The man is actually [[spoiler: Hatchetface]], and his aura shuts down other parahuman powers. As Taylor and Mimi are both unarmed teenage girls, without powers they are completely helpless.
30th Apr '17 11:40:41 AM IdentityUnknown
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* Anime/{{Pokemon}}: While Ash and co. are seasoned Trainers and well capable of defending themselves against wild Pokemon, there are two races that, when faced with, they'll run their asses off away from: [[BearsAreBadNews Ursaring]] and [[BeeAfraid Beedrill]]. It's notable that other, often stronger Trainers usually share this philosophy as well. The one time Ash tried to fight back against a wild Ursaring, Pikachu landed one solid hit and the bear went '''''ballistic'''''. At that point, the heroes booked it out of there.

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* Anime/{{Pokemon}}: While Ash and co. are seasoned Trainers and well capable of defending themselves against wild Pokemon, there are two races Pokemon that, when faced with, they'll run their asses off away from: [[BearsAreBadNews Ursaring]] and [[BeeAfraid Beedrill]]. It's notable that other, often stronger Trainers usually share this philosophy as well. The one time Ash tried to fight back against a wild Ursaring, Pikachu landed one solid hit and the bear went '''''ballistic'''''. At that point, the heroes booked it out of there.
12th Apr '17 5:25:47 PM AthenaBlue
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* The Agents from ''Film/TheMatrix'', providing the page quote. The sequels [[VillainDecay downgrade]] most of them to EliteMooks at best for Neo after he's become The One, though they still remain significant threats to protagonists other than him and [[BigBad Smith]] remains the most dangerous of them all. It's implied that no one ever managed to kill an Agent before the movie, but even if you do it's ''pointless'' because death is a NoSell to them: even if a normal non-Neo rebel manages to kill an Agent (taking it by surprise with a contact-shot to the head, luring it in front of a subway train, unloading a helicopter-mounted minigun at it, etc.) all this does is kill the bluepill human body they were downloaded into at the time. The actual Agent program then simply body-hops into another nearby bluepill human within a minute or two.
* In the original ''[[Film/TheTerminator Terminator]]'', though the sequels tend to focus more on the Terminators fighting ''each other''.
* In the original ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Gandalf simply says of the Balrog "The counter-spell was terrible. It almost broke me... swords are no use here!" and a little later "this foe is beyond any of you." In [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings the film]], [[TalkingIsAFreeAction after explaining to them]] [[MrExposition what a Balrog is]], he helpfully adds ''"...RUN!"''

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* The Agents from ''Film/TheMatrix'', providing the page quote. The sequels [[VillainDecay downgrade]] most of them to EliteMooks at best for Neo after he's become The One, though they still remain significant threats to protagonists other than him and [[BigBad Smith]] remains the most dangerous of them all. It's implied that no one ever managed to kill an Agent before the movie, but even if you do it's ''pointless'' because death is a NoSell to them: even if a normal non-Neo rebel manages to kill an Agent (taking it by surprise with a contact-shot to the head, luring it in front of a subway train, unloading a helicopter-mounted minigun at it, etc.) all this does is kill the bluepill human body they were downloaded into at the time. The actual Agent program then simply body-hops into another nearby bluepill human within a minute or two.
* In the original ''[[Film/TheTerminator Terminator]]'', though the sequels tend to focus more on the Terminators fighting ''each other''.
* In the original ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Gandalf simply says of the Balrog "The counter-spell was terrible. It almost broke me... swords are no use here!" and a little later "this foe is beyond any of you." In [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings the film]], [[TalkingIsAFreeAction after explaining to them]] [[MrExposition what a Balrog is]], he helpfully adds ''"...RUN!"''
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* In ''Film/{{Suffragette}}'' the police is this. Though the protagonists don't want to use violence anyway, it is likely that they, being unarmed, wouldn't stand a chance against the police.
* In the various ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' films, this is about the only thing the heroes can do against the most dangerous dinosaurs, particularly the ''TyrannosaurusRex''.



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* In the various ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' films, this is about the only thing the heroes can do against the most dangerous dinosaurs, particularly the ''TyrannosaurusRex''.
* In the original ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Gandalf simply says of the Balrog "The counter-spell was terrible. It almost broke me... swords are no use here!" and a little later "this foe is beyond any of you." In [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings the film]], [[TalkingIsAFreeAction after explaining to them]] [[MrExposition what a Balrog is]], he helpfully adds ''"...RUN!"''
* The Agents from ''Film/TheMatrix'', providing the page quote. The sequels [[VillainDecay downgrade]] most of them to EliteMooks at best for Neo after he's become The One, though they still remain significant threats to protagonists other than him and [[BigBad Smith]] remains the most dangerous of them all. It's implied that no one ever managed to kill an Agent before the movie, but even if you do it's ''pointless'' because death is a NoSell to them: even if a normal non-Neo rebel manages to kill an Agent (taking it by surprise with a contact-shot to the head, luring it in front of a subway train, unloading a helicopter-mounted minigun at it, etc.) all this does is kill the bluepill human body they were downloaded into at the time. The actual Agent program then simply body-hops into another nearby bluepill human within a minute or two.
* In ''Film/{{Suffragette}}'' the police are this. Though the protagonists don't want to use violence anyway, it is likely that they, being unarmed, wouldn't stand a chance against the police.
* In the original ''[[Film/TheTerminator Terminator]]'', though the sequels tend to focus more on the Terminators fighting ''each other''.
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' two-parter "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead", this is all you can do against the Vashta Nerada. Seriously, the characters are never once able to take offensive action against them. The Doctor only gets them to back off by ''threatening'' to do something unpleasant based on his reputation, with no evidence in sight of how he would actually make good on it.
** Your odds against the Weeping Angels from "Blink" and the "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh and Stone" two-parter, also Creator/StevenMoffat episodes, are only slightly better. By being very lucky, our heroes trick them into being stuck in the former and being destroyed in the latter.
* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', at the start of the second season, [[RobotGirl Cameron]] takes damage to her processor and reverts to her default orders to kill John Connor. Through the entire episode, the only thing the Connors can really do is run the hell away from her as she doggedly pursues them. [[spoiler: The only thing that ''stops'' her is pinning her between two tractor trailers and cutting her central processor out of her head.]]

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' two-parter ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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"Silence in the Library"/"Forest Library"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E9ForestOfTheDead "Forest of the Dead", this Dead"]]: This is all you can do against the Vashta Nerada. Seriously, the characters are never once able to take offensive action against them. The Doctor only gets them to back off by ''threatening'' to do something unpleasant based on his reputation, with no evidence in sight of how he would actually make good on it.
** Your odds against the Weeping Angels from "Blink" [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]] and the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E4TheTimeOfAngels "The Time of Angels"/"Flesh Angels"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone "Flesh and Stone" two-parter, Stone"]], also Creator/StevenMoffat episodes, are only slightly better. By being very lucky, our heroes trick them into being stuck in the former and being destroyed in the latter.
* In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', at the start of the second season, [[RobotGirl Cameron]] takes damage to her processor and reverts to her default orders to kill John Connor. Through the entire episode, the only thing the Connors can really do This is run the hell away a universal reaction from her as she doggedly pursues them. [[spoiler: The only thing that ''stops'' her ''any'' character in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' when Reavers are encountered. Given what they do to those whose ships they take, it is pinning her between two tractor trailers and cutting her central processor out of her head.]]very, very justified.



* This is a universal reaction from ''any'' character in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' when Reavers are encountered. Given what they do to those whose ships they take, it is very, very justified.

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* This In ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', at the start of the second season, [[RobotGirl Cameron]] takes damage to her processor and reverts to her default orders to kill John Connor. Through the entire episode, the only thing the Connors can really do is a universal reaction run the hell away from ''any'' character in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' when Reavers are encountered. Given what they do to those whose ships they take, it her as she doggedly pursues them. [[spoiler:The only thing that ''stops'' her is very, very justified.pinning her between two tractor trailers and cutting her central processor out of her head.]]



* At the start of Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', our heroes have their first run-in with Darth Vader. After throwing everything they have at him without slowing him down, they realize that their only chance to survive is to run like hell.

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* At ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In the start season 2 premiere, [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsTheSiegeOfLothal "The Siege of Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', Lothal"]], our heroes have their first run-in with Darth Vader. After throwing everything they have at him without slowing him down, they realize that their only chance to survive is to run like hell.
11th Apr '17 8:27:03 AM infernape612
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** Similar to Galzus, Vaida in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]]'' first appears as a ridiculously overpowered enemy thanks to her Spear being enchanted with [[BigBad Nergal's]] magic. It's highly recommended that you stay out of her attack range and focus on defense, since the mission only requires you to survive for 12 turns rather than defeat every enemy. And also like Galzus, while she is killable if you're clever and/or over-levelled enough, [[spoiler: doing so prevents you from recruiting her later on]].

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** Similar to Galzus, Vaida in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade Blazing Sword]]'' Blade]]'' first appears as a ridiculously overpowered enemy thanks to her Spear being enchanted with [[BigBad Nergal's]] magic. It's highly recommended that you stay out of her attack range and focus on defense, since the mission only requires you to survive for 12 turns rather than defeat every enemy. And also like Galzus, while she is killable if you're clever and/or over-levelled enough, [[spoiler: doing so prevents you from recruiting her later on]].



** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Shadow Dragon]]'': Once you reach the prison in Prologue 4, the Sable Knights arrive. They're all Level 11 [[MightyGlacier knights]], when you'll be lucky to have a Level ''6'' character. In-universe, Malledus suggests leaving a decoy to draw them off (and you have to in order to open the door to the end of the map). They ''can'' be kept from arriving at all by killing Gordin instead of recruiting him, which given his miserable growths isn't a loss, but otherwise, ''run''.

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** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight Shadow Dragon]]'': Once you reach the prison in Prologue 4, the Sable Knights arrive. They're all Level 11 [[MightyGlacier knights]], when you'll be lucky to have a Level ''6'' character. In-universe, Malledus suggests leaving a decoy to draw them off (and you have to in order to open the door to the end of the map). They ''can'' be kept from arriving at all by killing Gordin instead of recruiting him, which given his miserable growths isn't a loss, but otherwise, ''run''.
11th Apr '17 8:26:03 AM infernape612
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** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Thracia 776]]'', as soon as [[TheDreaded Galzus]] steps out of the castle in chapter 6, it's time to haul ass in the other direction. Your units at this point have no business even starting to fight a swordfighter with [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Astra]], [[DamageIncreasingDebuff Luna]], and the three most relevant combat stats maxed out. (Besides, killing him with [[LordBritishPostulate precipitous RNG abuse]] now prevents you from [[spoiler:recruiting him at the end of the game]].) The trick is in finding time to visit the houses in town for loot, and not letting your party get log-jammed too much trying to escape, before Galzus starts hunting you down.

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** In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776 Thracia 776]]'', as soon as [[TheDreaded Galzus]] steps out of the castle in chapter 6, it's time to haul ass in the other direction. Your units at this point have no business even starting to fight a swordfighter with [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown Astra]], [[DamageIncreasingDebuff Luna]], and the three most relevant combat stats maxed out. (Besides, killing him with [[LordBritishPostulate precipitous RNG abuse]] now prevents you from [[spoiler:recruiting him at the end of the game]].) The trick is in finding time to visit the houses in town for loot, and not letting your party get log-jammed too much trying to escape, before Galzus starts hunting you down.



** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]'': Stepping past a certain threshold in chapter 11 prompts [[HeroKiller the Black Knight]] to mosey onto the field. Due to his stats and literal PlotArmor making him an [[ImplacableMan walking wall of death]], it'd be best to run to the escape point. Subverted the next time he pops up in chapter 24, where he will stand at the start of the map and just observe so long as no one goes into his range. [[spoiler:Can possibly be played straight again when the time comes for Ike to [[DuelBoss duel with him]] - if his stats are simply not good enough to survive 5 turns with the Knight, you have the option of just booking it.]]

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** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Path of Radiance]]'': Stepping past a certain threshold in chapter 11 prompts [[HeroKiller the Black Knight]] to mosey onto the field. Due to his stats and literal PlotArmor making him an [[ImplacableMan walking wall of death]], it'd be best to run to the escape point. Subverted the next time he pops up in chapter 24, where he will stand at the start of the map and just observe so long as no one goes into his range. [[spoiler:Can possibly be played straight again when the time comes for Ike to [[DuelBoss duel with him]] - if his stats are simply not good enough to survive 5 turns with the Knight, you have the option of just booking it.]]
3rd Apr '17 5:39:46 AM Dravencour
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* The orc army plus Balrog in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. "Fly, you fools!"
* All over the place in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. If you're a twelve year-old coming face to face with one of the careers, running is your only option. Heck, if you're Katniss coming face to face with the careers running and hiding in a tree is your only option. The trope is almost flat-out mentioned when Haymitch warns his tributes from trying to snatch supplies at the cornucopia, telling them they won't survive the initial bloodbath (though Peeta actually does in the book - in the movie he runs).

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* The orc army plus Balrog in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. "Fly, you fools!"
from ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is far beyond the power of the Fellowship to defeat, making running the only option. The only character who actually manages to kill it is Gandalf himself, but only because [[spoiler:he is a Maia like the Balrog]].
* All over the place in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. If you're a twelve year-old coming face to face with one of the careers, running is your only option. Heck, if you're Katniss ''Katniss'' coming face to face with the careers careers, running and hiding in a tree is your only option. The trope is almost flat-out mentioned when Haymitch warns his tributes from trying to snatch supplies at the cornucopia, telling them they won't survive the initial bloodbath (though Peeta actually does in the book - in the movie he runs).
28th Mar '17 3:36:03 PM superkeijikun
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* ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' has "ZERO", a robot that pursues Amy Rose and her avian companion "Birdie" throughout her stages. With the exception of their final encounter as a boss, "ZERO" cannot be defeated: hitting it with Amy's hammer will knock it over, but it will eventually get back up; and it will keep getting up more quickly the more it is hit until it becomes impervious to Amy's hammer strikes. The only way to survive an encounter with "ZERO" is to high-tail it to the end of the stage.
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