Created By: maxwellsilver on March 19, 2013 Last Edited By: maxwellsilver on June 6, 2013
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Plan B: Run!

When all else fails, run!

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…suddenly I saw that there was only one way, and a slender hope at that, but it was that or unspeakable death. The Flashman Gambit – when in doubt, run.

A fairly uncomplicated backup plan. When all your meticulously laid plans fail, run.

Often a result of Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh.... Compare to Know When to Fold 'Em

Examples:

Film
  • A commonly used tactic of King Arthur and his knights in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, always accompanied by cries of "Run away!" They did it when the French knights hurled the cow and the giant rabbit at them, after the killer rabbit slaughtered several knights and after they encountered the Black Beast underground.
  • Tremors
    • When Valentine and Earl are dismounted from their horses by the Graboid's attack, they run away from it and it kills itself by running into a concrete wall.
    • When Valentine, Earl and Rhonda are trapped on a rock by a Graboid, Valentine has an idea.
    Valentine: I was thinking... Why not run? We outran him yesterday.
    • At the end of the movie Valentine, Earl and Rhonda run away from the last Graboid, but Valentine comes up with a brilliant idea to kill it by using its weakness against it.
  • Legend. Screwball and Brown Tom have to do this while inside Darkness' castle. They even have some dialogue.
    Screwball: I vote we run like hell.
    Brown Tom: I second the motion.

Literature
  • As the page quotes details, Flashman provides the alternate trope name in Flashman's Lady. He mentions in another story that almost all his wounds are on his back, inflicted while escaping. He supposes elsewhere that he's had more fast exits than hot meals.
  • Rincewind of Discworld seems to have studied under Flashy, as his default mode is running away.
  • Ciaphas Cain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!) has "Run like frak" as his Plan A. However, the presence of witnesses and quick thinking causes him to always go for the more complicated Plan B: look for an easier way out, discover that it is in fact far more dangerous than the original situation, and fight his way through, in the process throwing a fifteen-foot Spanner in the Works of the enemy. Helps that he's basically Flashman in the 42d millenium.

Live-Action Television
  • In the first episode of Blackadder, Prince Edmund thinks that the forces of Henry Tudor have won the day at the Battle of Bosworth Field.
    Edmund: Within seconds, Henry Tudor will be here at our gates!...
    snip
    Baldrick: My Lord!
    Edmund: What do you want?
    Baldrick: Listen!
    [An army's drums can be heard faintly in the distance.]
    Edmund: Oh my god! They're here already! [He begins to run down the hall, shouting.] Run for your lives! Run for the hills!
    Baldrick: Er, My Lord, they're coming from the hills.
    Edmund: [still shouting] Oh, sorry. Run away from the hills! Run away from the hills! If you see the hills, run the other way!

Web Comics

Web Original
  • The Creepy Pasta Survival Guide states; "Even if you're sure running won't save you, try anyways".

Western Animation
  • The Penguins of Madagascar, when all their usual tactics fail to subdue Officer X:
    Skipper: Kowalski, options.
    Kowalski: I suggest a strategic retreat.
    Skipper: Elaborate.
    Kowalski: It's like running away but manlier.
    Skipper: Execute!
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • March 20, 2013
    Arivne
    Film
    • A commonly used tactic of King Arthur and his knights in Monty Python And The Holy Grail, always accompanied by cries of "Run away!" They did it when the French knights hurled the cow and the giant rabbit at them, after the killer rabbit slaughtered several knights and after they encountered the Black Beast underground.
    • Tremors
      • When Valentine and Earl are dismounted from their horses by the Graboid's attack, they run away from it and it kills itself by running into a concrete wall.
      • When Valentine, Earl and Rhonda are trapped on a rock by a Graboid, Valentine has an idea.
      Valentine: I was thinking...Why not run? We outran him yesterday.
      Earl: Run for it? Running's not a plan. Running's what you do when a plan fails.
      • At the end of the movie Valentine, Earl and Rhonda run away from the last Graboid, but Valentine comes up with a brilliant idea to kill it by using its weakness against it.
  • March 20, 2013
    Tuomas
    Good trope idea, but the title is bad: it's named after character most people aren't familiar with, and it tells you nothing about the trope itself.
  • March 20, 2013
    Koveras
  • March 20, 2013
    Chabal2
    Ciaphas Cain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!) has "Run like frak" as his Plan A. However, the presence of witnesses and quick thinking causes him to always go for the more complicated Plan B: look for an easier way out, discover that it is in fact far more dangerous than the original situation, and fight his way through, in the process throwing a fifteen-foot Spanner In The Works of the enemy. Helps that he's basically Flashman in the 42d millenium.
  • March 20, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    This sounds quite a bit like Run Or Die.
  • March 20, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ In the case of Run Or Die, running is the original plan, whereas this trope is about when it's the backup plan.
  • March 20, 2013
    StarSword
    Bad Trope Namer: I'd never heard of Flashman before joining this wiki. Try Plan B: Run!
  • March 21, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In the first episode of Blackadder Prince Edmund thinks that the forces of Henry Tudor have won the day at the Battle of Bosworth Field.
    Edmund: Within seconds, Henry Tudor will be here at our gates!...
    snip
    Baldrick: My Lord!
    Edmund: What do you want?
    Baldrick: Listen!
    [An army's drums can be heard faintly in the distance.]
    Edmund: Oh my god! They're here already! [He begins to run down the hall, shouting.] Run for your lives! Run for the hills!
    Baldrick: Er, My Lord, they're coming from the hills.
    Edmund: [still shouting] Oh, sorry. Run away from the hills! Run away from the hills! If you see the hills, run the other way!
  • March 22, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    Changed the name. It is now Plan B: Run
  • March 22, 2013
    MiinU

    Webcomics

    • Magick Chicks managed to play this for laughs and drama. After Faith is left severly weakened by Hecate's psychic attack, she attempts to use her remaining power to defend herself and Tiffany, from a pair of possessed students. It doesn't work, prompting Tiffany to invoke the trope.
      Faith: (to Tiffany) "Uh-oh, bad. They're not even stunned, I can't reach their minds, and that psychic backwash took a lot out of me."
      Tiffany: (to Faith) "Ms. President, I vote we run."
  • March 24, 2013
    Arivne
    Film
    • Legend. Screwball and Brown Tom have to do this while inside Darkness' castle. They even have some dialogue.
      Screwball: I vote we run like hell.
      Brown Tom: I second the motion.
  • March 24, 2013
    dvorak
    Web Original
    • The Creepy Pasta Survival Guide states; "Even if you're sure running won't save you, try anyways".
  • March 25, 2013
    TonyG
    The Penguins Of Madagascar, when all their usual tactics fail to subdue Officer X:
    Skipper: Kowalski, options.
    Kowalski: I suggest a strategic retreat.
    Skipper: Elaborate.
    Kowalski: It's like running away but manlier.
    Skipper: Execute!
  • March 26, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
  • March 26, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Often a result of Punch Punch Punch Uh Oh.
  • March 26, 2013
    Sackett
  • March 26, 2013
    MiinU
    ^@Sackette - I'd add some context to that, since websites have an annoying habit of being taken down without notice. If that were to happen, all that'd be left is a quote and a weblink that doesn't explain how the example fits the trope.
  • March 26, 2013
    MrBucket
    Dash from "The Incredibles". If all else fails, he is to run as fast as he can. This is much to his delight, as his ability to run fast is often stifled by his parents so that they can seem normal.
  • March 27, 2013
    dvorak
    Web Original
    • From Mr Welch:
      74:"My Theif's battle cry is not 'Run and live!'"
  • March 28, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    I still don't see why Flashman being obscure means I can't call it the Flashman Gambit. I mean, Batman and Indiana Jones are very popular, but just how well known are Xanatos or Uriah?
  • March 28, 2013
    CaptainPeregrin
    Dash isn't really an example - running is his Plan A.
  • March 28, 2013
    MiinU
    The Order Of The Stick example needs context, it only consists of a quote and a weblink.
  • March 28, 2013
    MiinU
    And the Mr Welch example doesn't count, if I'm reading it right, since he say his plan isn't to run.
  • March 31, 2013
    XFllo
    I'm afraid we have it already. There is Time For Plan B and Screw This Im Outta Here, so I added a Motion to Discard tag. You could move the examples, if you managed to collect anything the articles miss.
  • June 5, 2013
    XFllo
    What the others say? Can this be discarded?
  • June 5, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    That's odd. It says it's been launched, but I didn't launch it, nor can I find it in a search.

    It also won't let me discard it.
  • It says it's launched when a trope is discarded.
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