Created By: Tal63 on December 19, 2012 Last Edited By: Tal63 on March 20, 2015

Fat Cop Pursuer

When a protagonist is chased by cops, they just happen to be fat and out of shape.

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So the protagonist and his friends have committed a crime. Be it shoplifting, trespassing or something more egregious. They weren't very secretive about it and have attracted the attention of the guards.

The guards are at least 450 pounds, out of shape and can't run very fast. Bonus Points if they draw attention to themselves by yelling for the protagonist to stop. More bonus points if they run out of breath or get stuck somewhere.

This is usually played for laughs. But can also be used so the protagonist can get away scot free.

Examples

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[[folder:Comic Bookx]]
  • In Cattivik, one of the earliest stories is all centered about the titular character being chased by a fat but implacable cop. In the end, they're both exhausted, as they slowly crawl on the road.
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[[folder:Film]]
  • This happens in Home Alone when Kevin goes shopping.
  • Played With in Run Fat Boy Run, the protagonist is a fat cop - there is a chase scene - and the rest of the film is about him getting into shape.
  • In the first Men in Black movie, the police officers accompanying Will Smith in his opening chase scene. In fairness, running down a cockroach alien on foot is considered impressive, but the chubby cops could've done much better.
  • Hot Fuzz has one of these as a main character, in stark contrast to The Hero Nicholas Angel who holds speed records on the London Police Force.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]] [[/folder]]

[[folder:Music]]
  • In the Gorillaz music video Stylo, the Gorillaz are pursued by an overweight cop who quickly loses control of his cruiser and spins off the road after a single shot from Cyborg Noodle.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • This often happens with Chief Wiggum on The Simpsons.
    • in a "spinoff" episode Wiggum was a private detective who ends up in a slow-motion chase with an equally obese suspect.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
  • The Orlando, Florida police department has seen subversions of this, where the suspect was caught by the overweight cops because they were too busy trying to hold their baggy pants up to run very fast.
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Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • December 19, 2012
    StarSword
    Real Life:
    • The Orlando, Florida police department has seen subversions of this, where the suspect was caught by the overweight cops because they were too busy trying to hold their baggy pants up to run very fast.
  • December 19, 2012
    Onitatsu
    In Cattivik, one of the earliest stories is all centered about the titular character being chased by a fat but implacable cop. In the end, they're both exhausted, as they slowly crawl on the road.
  • December 19, 2012
    TonyG
    This often happens with Chief Wiggum on The Simpsons.
  • December 19, 2012
    StarSword
    Fixed links and formatting.
  • December 20, 2012
    Tal63
    Thanks. Is there somewhere I can go to learn how to make pages properly?
  • December 20, 2012
    lakingsif
    Played With in Run Fat Boy Run, the protagonist is a fat cop - there is a chase scene - and the rest of the film is about him getting into shape.
  • December 20, 2012
    Larkmarn
    • Hot Fuzz has one of these as a main character, in stark contrast to The Hero Nicholas Angel who holds speed records on the London Police Force.

    • In the first Men In Black movie, the police officers accompanying Will Smith in his opening chase scene. In fairness, running down a cockroach alien on foot is considered impressive, but the chubby cops could've done much better.
  • December 20, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^^Text Formatting Rules.

    • Seen from the cops' perspective in an episode of The Commish where an out of shape cop lets a perp get away. After Tony reprimands the cop, he realizes that most of the cops on the force could use a little toning when he runs some drills and none of the cops can run 200 yards, then quickly pull their gun and fire accurately. Not even he can.
  • December 20, 2012
    PaulA
    Would Ralph the Guard from Animaniacs count? He's technically a security guard, not a cop, but he is fat and he does spend a lot of time chasing the protagonists.
  • December 20, 2012
    dyson88
    Discussed in Mad Magazine with other tropes from the show COPS
  • December 21, 2012
    lakingsif
    ^^ The description pretty much suggests security guards and not the service.
  • December 21, 2012
    PsiPaula4
    Bonus Points if the Fat Cop Pursuer is eating a donut.
  • December 23, 2012
    lakingsif
    @Larkmarn - I don't think you watched the film well enough; Sgt Angel, with his constant Insistent Terminology, informs us that its called the 'service', as force sounds too violent :P
  • December 25, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Re. Chief Wiggum: in particular there was a "spinoff" episode where Wiggum was a private detective who ends up in a slow-motion chase with an equally obese suspect.
  • February 21, 2013
    Tal63
    Bump. Do you think this is ready to launch?
  • February 21, 2013
    XFllo
    The concept is fine and trope worthy, but it needs some refinement and more, way more examples, otherwise the trope will not flourish and might get cut. Usually five hats indicate that a page is launch-able.
  • February 21, 2013
    Bisected8
    I'd suggest Rolling Updates, to make it more obvious how many examples it's picked up so far.
  • February 21, 2013
    Tal63
    I added most of the examples and removed the part about eating donuts. That's just a cop stereotype and has nothing to do with the actual trope.

    It does need some refinement.

    It doesn't have to be cops it can be guards too.
  • February 21, 2013
    SpitefulFox
    [[folder:Music]]
    • In the Gorillaz music video Stylo, the Gorillaz are pursued by an overweight cop who quickly loses control of his cruiser and spins off the road after a single shot from Cyborg Noodle.
  • February 26, 2013
    robinjohnson
    Live Action TV
  • March 6, 2013
    lakingsif
    Can you mention somewhere that the fat cop in Run Fat Boy Run is played by the same guy as The Hero in Hot Fuzz (Simon Pegg)?
  • March 26, 2013
    Tal63
    They're the same actor. But that sounds like a Sink Hole.
  • March 19, 2015
    DAN004
    Averted/played with in Subway Surfers: The cop that chases after you may be fat, but he'll be always behind you, and he WILL get to you if you screw up your game.
  • March 20, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    Anime And Manga
    • While most of the Daten City Police that pursue the Speed Demon in Panty And Stocking With Garterbelt seem to have average build, the lead police cruiser has an especially corpulent fellow hanging out the right side window, struggling to breathe.
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