Created By: PiratePete on February 12, 2012 Last Edited By: Larkmarn on July 20, 2013
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Fugitive Arc

Our heroes are on the run from the law for a few episodes.

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This trope comes into play when the public has been convinced that the heroes are, in fact, dangerous criminals and need to be stopped. This may be the result of a A Frame-Up, a Villain with Good Publicity, or even the villain taking control of the government and turning its resources on the heroes.

The heroes are now in a Fugitive Arc. For a few episodes, a season, a movie, a book, a few levels, or even the whole of the work, they will have to lay low until they can gain enough power to take down the villain or arrange some sort of spectacle to get the citizens back on their side.

While they are fugitives, they may have to go through a Stern Chase or face some very tough decisions under pressure. With their new fugitive status, they also may gain some less-than-good new friends.

A Fugitive Arc is usually particularly tense because any moment can turn into a conflict, and when the entire world is out to get them the odds are not in their favor. Additionally, there's the fact that The Hero usually doesn't want to hurt his pursuers who are simply pursuing someone they believe to be a criminal.

And they're quite likely to get into some Wanted Poster-related shenanigans while they're at it.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Tenchi Muyo!. Tenchi and friends find themselves on the run from the Juraian Royal Family after a coup leads to Big Bad Kagato coming to power in Tenchi Universe.
  • In Digimon Savers this trope is what ensues after Kurata convinces the world that Digimon are evil and that any Digimon sympathizers are not to be trusted.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!: Negi and company are forced to go on the lam during the Magic world arc.
  • The entirety of Queen's Blade: Hide & Seek has Elina pursuing her sister, Leina, because she fled from home and entered the QB tournament against, their father's wishes. Elina has been ordered, by Count Vance, to capture Leina and see her back home. Of course, that isn't Elina's ONLY reason for pursuing her sister, nor is it the MAIN reason she's doing it.
  • Busou Renkin: After Kazuki discovers that he has a black Kakugane, he, Tokiko, and Gota become wanted by the Alchemist Army.
  • Fractale begins with Phryne fleeing from Enri, and the rest of Lost Millennium. But she's fleeing from The Temple, as well. Both factions are after her and Nessa for their own agendas. The Temple needs her to merge with Nessa, in order to reboot the Fractale System. For Lost Millennium, she's the key to destroying it.

Comics
  • The Avengers: Happened to half of the Avengers members following Marvel's Civil War storyline. With the Super Registration Act in effect, the team members that rebelled against the law are forced to go underground and remain on the run. First from Iron Man's regime and then from Norman Osborn's.
  • In an old Legion of Super Heroes story, the Legion is outlawed following an evil scheme by Universo to take over the government of Earth. With the mightiest members of the Legion having been shipped off to a prison planet, the others of the Legion have to stay one step ahead of the law while trying to break their buddies out and get to the bottom of the whole mess.
  • Given his penchant for massive destruction and poor publicity, a frequent story arc in The Incredible Hulk is Banner Walking the Earth on the run from authorities who want to capture the Hulk.

Film
  • In The Simpsons Movie, the titular family is on the run from the law because they escaped from the now environmentally unsound city of Springfield.
  • The Fugitive is naturally a movie-long Fugitive Arc with Kimble trying to clear his name for his wife's murder.
  • Given the litany of minor crimes that he commits in order to pursue/protect his treasure, Ben Gates finds himself having to avoid lawmen in both National Treasure films.
  • When the clairvoyant Pre-Cogs in Minority Report indicate that Chief Investigator John Anderton will murder someone in the next 36 hours, Anderton goes on the lam, hoping to glean an important clue from the strongest Pre-Cog, whose visions often include significant details that the two other clairvoyants miss and clear his name.
  • Veteran CIA agent Evelyn Salt is named as a mole by a captured Cold War derelict. She escapes house arrest, then reconnects with her Soviet spy comrades. However, when Salt learns that her superiors are planning a rogue operation that will trigger a nuclear war, she works feverishly to undo their plans. This makes Evelyn Salt kill-on-sight by American and Soviet forces.
  • Invoked with Burt Reynolds' character Bandit in Smokey and the Bandit, since Bandit takes the point to bait highway patrolmen to chase him, clearing the way for Cletus and his tractor-trailer.
  • When a routine covert mission Goes Horribly Wrong in Mission: Impossible, agent Ethan Hunt is labeled a rogue agent. Hunt must band together other decommissioned agents to expose the true double agent, thereby clearing his name.
  • When NSA chief Thomas Reynolds is caught on tape murdering Congressman Hammersley in Enemy of the State, the tape gets passed surreptitiously to attorney Robert Dean. Dean becomes target of a massive manhunt by the NSA.
  • This trope drives the first Rambo film, when super-soldier John Rambo runs afoul of local law enforcement, who discover the hard way that they are horribly outclassed.

Literature
  • Harry, Ron, and Hermione throughout most of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows after Voldemort takes over the wizard government.
  • In Deryni Checkmate, Duncan rescues Morgan from the rebel Warin deGrey and his forces, but during the battle a fire starts that burns down the shrine where Morgan was taken captive. Morgan and Duncan flee, and are soon excommunicated by the Church hierarchy. Kelson ignores the decree of anathema to consult Morgan on war preparations against a coming Torenthi invasion, and Duncan ignores his suspension and the likely excommunication to celebrate a Mass (the funeral mass for his brother and Morgan's sister). In High Deryni, after learning of the schism in the Curia, Morgan and Duncan slip into Dhassa to meet with Cardiel and his faction and get the ban lifted.
  • This happens to Harry Dresden in The Dresden Files pretty often (usually because he has to keep secrets from the police, but other times he's actually framed). In Turn Coat, Harry harbors a wanted fugitive from the White Council itself for the entire novel.
  • Happens to John Taylor in The Bride Wore Black Leather. Although there isn't much actual law in the Nightside, he still has to flee mob vengeance and his friends Razor Eddie, Dead Boy and the Oblivion brothers.

Live-Action TV
  • Luther had the title character forced to go on the run towards the end of the first series after he's framed for killing his estranged wife, Zoe.
  • Supernatural had an extended one of these, as the Winchesters are pursued by the FBI after a shapeshifter disguised as Dean commits a murder. Not helping their case are the facts that they are often around when people inexplicably do get killed, and they do commit a myriad of lesser crimes in the course of their investigations. The heat is eventually off when they manage to be declared legally dead.
  • This occurred in the Monk "Mr Monk is on the Run" two-parter.
  • Angel: At the end of Season 4, Jasmine has risen to power and has the majority of the LA's populace in her thrall. The Fang Gang are the only ones not under her thrall and thus need to avoid everyone affected by Jasmine while still find the means to defeat her.
  • Major Descoine twice engineers this for the title character in Remington Steele
    • Once, Descoine frames Steele for a hit-and-run death. Steele and Laura have to try to solve the case while avoiding a plainclothes cop named Jarvis.
    • In a later episode, Descoine calls the police claiming that Steele and Laura threatened to kill him at a particular place at noon; he himself promises them they will be dead by noon that same day, then leads them on a merry chase. The trio arrive at the designated spot, where the cop tries to arrest Laura and Steele; Laura and Steele disarm the cop and steal his police cruiser to get away and resume their pursuit of Descoine.
  • This was the central premise of Johnny Bago. Johnny is framed for killing The Don's son and goes on the lam.
  • This was going to be part of the plot of the Babylon 5-spinoff Crusade, if that show hadn't been cancelled in its first season. The plot would have seen the crew of the Excalibur becoming renegades as they tried to expose Earth Force's experiments with alien technology.
  • Like its remake, The Fugitive is about a man wrongly convicted fleeing the police and trying to clear his name. It is in many ways a Trope Codifier.
  • The A-Team is a group of commandos who were convicted of a crime they didn't commit. They escaped and became mercenaries who are still being hunted by the US Army, which frequently leads to Refuge in Audacity moments when they pull jobs right under the Army's nose.
  • Firefly: Simon broke his sister River out of some Alliance facility where they were experimenting on her and now both of them are wanted by the Alliance. Mal takes them in aboard Serenity which gives them some measure of safety, but Simon and River are effectively on a season-long Fugitive Arc.
  • On White Collar Neal is a Boxed Crook who helps the FBI in exchange for limited parole in New York City. From time to time he breaks parole and becomes a fugitive for a while until he can cut a new deal. Sometimes he is being framed but a few times he really was guilty.
  • On Farscape, the Leviathan Moya was a Peacekeeper prison ship that was commandeered by the prisoners, making them all (even Moya, who was a sentient Living Ship) fugitives from the Peacekeepers. D'Argo was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife; deposed Hynerian Dominar (emperor) Rygel XVI seemed to be simply "guilty" of being on the wrong side of prevailing politics 130 years ago when he was first imprisoned; Zhaan was actually guilty of murder (although done against a political usurper who'd sent her father to a labor camp as a political prisoner); and Aeryn became a defector from the Peacekeepers. Crichton, who'd encountered the Leviathan after jumping through a wormhole from Earth, was hunted at first for accidentally colliding with a Peacekeeper prowler upon exiting the wormhole and killing Commander Crais' brother, then later for the knowledge of wormholes he possessed. Chiana, who joined the crew later in the first season, was a fugitive from the Nebari who'd been sentenced to "mental cleansing", a sort of brainwashing "re-education" method used on malcontents in her society.
  • Occurs frequently in Doctor Who serials:
    • The first Cyberman serial of the revival has the Doctor, Rose, and Mickey join up with La Résistance against Cybus Industries.
    • The third series finale has Martha with a mostly (but not entirely) off-screen Fugitive Arc while she prepares for the final confrontation with Saxon.
  • NewsRadio had a brief arc in which Jimmy James was accused of being notorious hijacker D.B. Cooper, and while he was on the run, his archrival Johnny Johnson took over his company.
  • Invoked with Bo and Luke Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard, because the Dukes are always at odds with county magnate Boss Hogg and his corrupt Sheriff Coltrane. Fortunately for the Dukes, the General Lee, a 1968 Dodge Charger, can outrun and outwit Hogg and Coltrane.

Tabletop RPG
  • Dungeons & Dragons module I10 Ravenloft II The House on Gryphon Hill.
    • Once the Creature's evil minions start possessing the bodies of townsfolk, a mob of people will form in an attempt to defeat whatever's causing the problem. Unfortunately the Creature's minions will infiltrate the mob and convince them that the PCs are behind it all. The mob will start hunting the PCs and will kill them if possible.
    • If the PCs is forced to kill a possessed townsperson, either a mob will form to kill them (see above) or an arrest party of high level characters will be sent out to apprehend them.
  • The second book of Orpheus, Crusade of Ashes, focuses on the Player Characters becoming fugitives after the catastrophic events at the beginning of the book. Following up, the next book, Shades of Gray, gives them the potential to return to the good graces of the authorities, or continue working outside the law.
  • Champions adventure Deathstroke. After Deathstroke steals the isotopes, the PC superheroes can try to track them down. If they try to do so in their secret identities and fail their Deduction rolls, Federal agents will tell them to stop their investigation. If they continue, the Federal government will start pursuing and trying to capture them.

Video Games
  • In the first Pokémon Mystery Dungeon game, the main characters have to leave to find Ninetales to clear their name from Gengar's accusations that the main character is responsible for the rise in natural disasters.
  • In Deus Ex: Human Revolution, on your second visit to Hengsha, Belltower (a PMC who have a contract to serve as the police force) are pretty pissed off at you for what you did on your first visit. They shoot down your aircraft (and possibly kill Malik if you can't save her in time or just flee) and will attack on sight even if you don't enter areas they have closed off.
  • The middle of BioShock Infinite qualifies after your character is identified as "the False Shepherd" and thus an enemy of Columbia. Eventually the city succumbs to an Enemy Civil War so this stops coming into play, though you still have to fight enemies from both sides.
  • Most of Max Payne has the title character on the run from the cops after his partner Alex is murdered and Max is framed for it.
  • Mega Man Battle Network 6 has this in Judgeman's arc after the Judge Tree gets hacked. (though it's more of a case of EVERYONE is on the run from the law)
  • In Final Fantasy IX, Zidane and company are on the run from the kingdom of Alexandria after kidnapping/aiding in the escape of Princess Garnet.
  • Suikoden V: Following the Godwins coup of Sol Falena, they frame George Prime for the deaths of Queen Arshtat and her husband, Commander Ferid, and brand Prince Freyjador a rebel. As a result, they're forced to travel incognito as they flee Falena, in search of allies.

Western Animation
  • Justice League has this half-way through the "Starcrossed" arc, when the League is declared enemy combatants by the Thanagarian occupation force.
  • Occurs a few times in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
    • In the second season, Zuko and Iroh wind up fugitives of their native Fire Nation, so they go incognito in the Earth Kingdom.
    • The Gaang in the third season is traveling through the Fire Nation, concealing the fact that not only are they from the other nations, but also that Aang is even alive.
  • The final story arc of Star Wars: The Clone Wars had Ahsoka framed for murder and on the run complete with a Shout-Out scene to The Fugitive.
  • Hanna-Barbera SWAT Kats has the episode A Bright And Shiny Future, wherein the evil Metallikats rule Megakat City. Chance and Razor are branded as outlaws, and must join a small but dedicated resistance force to overthrow Mac and Molly.
  • Experiment 626 escapes from a prison transport in Disney's Lilo & Stitch, and flees to Earth. At first, the Grand Councilor believes "we have to gas the planet," but Obstructive Bureaucrat Pleakley points out that Earth is home to mosquitoes, "which, may I remind you, are an endangered species." A clandestine extraction team is sent instead.
Community Feedback Replies: 89
  • February 12, 2012
    Calandrella
    Harry, Ron and Hermione in most of Deathly Hallows, after Voldemort did take over the wizard government.
  • February 12, 2012
    chicagomel
    • Monk did one, but I've no idea what episode.
    • Angel the ep with the heroes on the run from the Jasmine devotees might count.
  • February 12, 2012
    dyson88
    The Monk episodes are "Mr Monk is on the Run" parts one and two.

  • February 13, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons module I10 Ravenloft II The House on Gryphon Hill.
      • Once the Creature's evil minions start possessing the bodies of townsfolk, a mob of people will form in an attempt to defeat whatever's causing the problem. Unfortunately the Creature's minions will infiltrate the mob and convince them that the PCs are behind it all. The mob will start hunting the PCs and will kill them if possible.
      • If the PCs is forced to kill a possessed townsperson, either a mob will form to kill them (see above) or an arrest party of high level characters will be sent out to apprehend them.
  • February 13, 2012
    TheJackal
    Live Action TV
    • Supernatural had an extended one of these, as the Winchesters are pursued by the FBI for crimes committed by a shapeshifter disguised as Dean.
    • Luther had the title character forced to go on the run towards the end of the first series after he's framed for killing his estranged wife, Zoe.
  • February 13, 2012
    Koveras
    • Justice League has this half-way through the "Starcrossed" arc, when the League is declared illegal by the Thanagarian occupation force.
  • February 13, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    Live Action TV:
    • Major Descoine twice engineers this for the title character in Remington Steele:
      • Once, Descoine frames Steele for a hit-and-run death. Steele and Laura have to try to solve the case while avoiding a plainclothes cop named Jarvis.
      • In a later episode, Descoine calls the police claiming that Steele and Laura threatened to kill him at a particular place at noon; he himself promises them they will be dead by noon that same day, then leads them on a merry chase. The trio arrive at the designated spot, where the cop tries to arrest Laura and Steele; Laura and Steele disarm the cop and steal his police cruiser to get away and resume their pursuit of Descoine.

    Literature:
    • In Deryni Checkmate, Duncan rescues Morgan from the rebel Warin deGrey and his forces, but during the battle a fire starts that burns down the shrine where Morgan was taken captive. Morgan and Duncan flee, and are soon excommunicated by the Church hierarchy. Kelson ignores the decree of anathema to consult Morgan on war preparations against a coming Torenthi invasion, and Duncan ignores his suspension and the likely excommunication to celebrate a Mass (the funeral mass for his brother and Morgan's sister). In High Deryni, after learning of the schism in the Curia, Morgan and Duncan slip into Dhassa to meet with Cardiel and his faction and get the ban lifted.
  • February 13, 2012
    TomWalpertac2
    Anime And Manga:
    • Tenchi and friends find themselves on the run from the Juraian Royal Family after a coup.
  • February 17, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Does it have to be only for one arc? For example, this was the central premise of Johnny Bago. Johnny is framed for killing The Don's son and goes on the lam.
  • February 17, 2012
    Doryna
    Tabletop Games:
    • The second book of Orpheus, Crusade of Ashes, focuses on the Player Characters becoming fugitives after the catastrophic events at the beginning of the book. Following up, the next book, Shades of Gray, gives them the potential to return to the good graces of the authorities, or continue working outside the law.
  • February 17, 2012
    Bisected8
    • In Deus Ex Human Revolution, on your second visit to Hengsha, Belltower (a PMC who have a contract to serve as the police force) are pretty pissed off at you for what you did on your first visit. They shoot down your aircraft (and possibly kill Malik if you can't save her in time or just flee) and will attack on sight even if you don't enter areas they have closed off.
    • This happens to Harry Dresden in The Dresden Files pretty often (usually because he has to keep secrets from the police, but other times he's actually framed).
  • February 17, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    This sort of thing is apt to happen to private detectives; they are so often in the proximity of fresh corpses or other evident crimes that they naturally come under suspicion. Alternatively, someone dies who is an old foe (say, a culprit from an old case), and that past history gives the P.I. a solid motive. Either way, the P.I. may have to evade arrest for a time to solve the new case.
  • February 17, 2012
    Koveras
    ^^ Particularly in Proven Guilty, wherein Harry helps hide an innocent man wanted for high-degree murder from his own superiors in the White Council.
  • February 18, 2012
    CurlyWurly
    There's a coupla consecutive episodes like this in Torchward: Miracle Day.
  • February 18, 2012
    Catbert
    Is there a pressing reason why this can't be expanded to all cases where main characters being fugitives is a central plot point?

    The movie The Fugitive comes to mind.
  • February 18, 2012
    SharleeD
  • February 18, 2012
    Catbert
    Just so everyone knows, there is a very similar draft here.
  • February 18, 2012
    KingZeal
    Comics
  • February 25, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    @ Catbert I like the military/civilian split, with this one for the civilians. I have a day off, so I'll try to come up with a better draft of the description.
  • March 5, 2012
    fulltimeD
    This was going to be part of the plot of the Babylon Five-spinoff Crusade, if that show hadn't been cancelled in its first season. The plot would have seen the crew of the Excalibur becoming renegades as they tried to expose Earth Force's experiments with alien technology.
  • March 5, 2012
    fulltimeD
    The crew of Babylon Five became fugitives from Earth for about two seasons. Before that, they spent time as double agents secretly plotting against President Clarke's conspiracy before openly resisting in Season 3 and 4.
  • March 5, 2012
    BackwardThgindiM
    I was going to say Mystery Dungeon but you beat me to it.
  • March 6, 2012
    SilverWings
    Another anime example: In Digimon Savers this trope is what ensues after Kurata convinces the world that Digimon are evil and that any digimon sympathizers are not to be trusted.
  • March 8, 2012
    HandsomeRob
    Mahou Sensei Negmia does this to the Negi and company during the Magic world arc.
  • March 8, 2012
    surgoshan
    • The end of the second season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer sees the titular Buffy on the run from the law. And the principal. For murder. And being a bad student.
  • March 9, 2012
    Damr1990
    • Avatar The Last Airbender, could be considered this partially, besides Walking The Earth helping peoploe from town to town and a go to go to X place to learn an ability/try to do some plot relevant activities, the Gaang also has to keep moving most of the time in order to evade the Fire Nation Army
  • March 27, 2012
    PiratePete
    Come to think of it, I really don't think there is any reason for the "arc" part. Maybe Fugitive Heroes could be a better name, along with no distinction for length.
  • July 17, 2012
    69BookWorM69
    Bump in tandem with Evading Capture.
  • May 15, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Bump. This is trope we really need.
  • May 15, 2013
    reub2000
    • On Bones, Brennan with the aid of her father goes on the run after Pelant frames her for murder.
  • May 15, 2013
    Darthcaliber
    The final story arch of Star Wars The Clone Wars had Ahsoka framed for murder and on the run complete with a Shout Out scene to The Fugitive
  • May 15, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Given Pirate Pete hasn't made any edits to this or... indeed the wiki since 2012, I'm willing to pick this one up.

    I'm okay with a rename if it's snappy, but Fugitive Arc just sounds natural and as long as it's clear that it can be a central premise of the entire work (After all, individual works have arcs themselves).
  • May 15, 2013
    Tallens
    So, we're including anything where the hero has to go on the run?

  • May 15, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    • Most of Max Payne has the title character on the run from the cops after his partner Alex is murdered and Max is framed for it.
    • In an old Legion Of Super Heroes story, the Legion is outlawed following an evil scheme by Universo to take over the government of Earth. With the mightiest members of the Legion having been shipped off to a prison planet, the others of the Legion have to stay one step ahead of the law while trying to break their buddies out and get to the bottom of the whole mess.
  • May 15, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • When the clairvoyant Pre-Cogs in Minority Report indicate that Chief Investigator John Anderton will murder someone in the next 36 hours, Anderton goes on the lam, hoping to glean an important clue from the strongest Pre-Cog, whose visions often include significant details that the two other clairvoyants miss.

    Western Animation
    • Creators/Hanna-Barbera SWAT Kats has the episode A Bright And Shiny Future, wherein the evil Metallikats rule Megakat City. Chance and Razor are branded as outlaws, and must join a small but dedicated resistance force to overthrow Mac and Molly.
  • May 16, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Added all the examples, I believe. Please feel free to add more context. The following in particular need more context:

    Also tweaked the description.
  • May 16, 2013
    mew4ever23
    They played the fugitive arc again in the Pokemon mystery dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness.
  • May 16, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    ^^ I disagree with the Babylon 5 example, as Babylon 5 broke away and became independent from Earth--I don't think it really falls under "fugitive" if they end up forming the leadership of an independent state (recognized or not by the Earth Alliance). Sure Sheridan and company would not be able to safely travel to Earth as a state of war (not active from initial breakaway until after the Shadow departure, but still existent) existed between Earth and the breakaway station--but they were not living in hiding, and certainly not trying to "clear their name" and get back into the good graces of the existing Earth Alliance (Clark) government. Sheridan was a head of a state recognized (and backed militarily) by several major powers--certainly not the situation of a "fugitive" as one thinks of one, anyway.

    As for the planned Crusade arc, I have no knowledge of that so can't fill any of that in.

  • May 16, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Here's the question: Were they being hunted? Would they constantly at risk at being arrested on the spot?
  • May 16, 2013
    Tallens
    ^On Babylon 5? No. For most of that time they were surrounded by friendly ships, so the Earth government couldn't get to them without sparking a war. And then they go on the offensive to oust the corrupt Earth President.
  • May 16, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    ^ This is kind of spoilery, but I left out the real juicy bits: Sheridan was at one point captured however, when he'd snuck onto Mars (which was still in control of the Earth government) to try to rescue his father from captivity. He went of his free will knowing there was a risk, and was rescued from his own captivity in about a week by some of his comrades and members of the Mars resistance. A week or two later, Clark's Earth government fell to his liberation offensive.

    So as Tallens said, he was not hunted where he was living and thriving, and heading a state. When he entered core Earth Alliance territory alone however, he was certainly an opportune target of capture (and as he was captured pretty quickly, he wasn't even living as a "fugitive" then).

    I'd say Sheridan was no more a "fugitive" though than Jefferson Davis was, or the head of the Nationalist (Taiwanese) government or People's Republic government to their respective opposing "Chinas", the opposing Koreas' heads of state, etc.
  • May 16, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Yeah, agreed. I'm going to pull it.
  • May 16, 2013
    Tallens
    • The A Team is a group of commandos who were convicted of a crime they didn't commit. They escaped and became mercenaries who are still being hunted by the US Army, which frequently leads to Refuge In Audacity moments when they pull jobs right under the Army's nose.
  • May 16, 2013
    Tallens
    And we can't forget this one.

    • Firefly: Simon broke his sister River out of some Alliance facility where they were experimenting on her and now both of them are wanted by the Alliance. Mal takes them in aboard Serenity which gives them some measure of safety, so long as Serenity avoids Alliance patrols.
  • May 16, 2013
    nielas
    • On White Collar Neal is a Boxed Crook who helps the FBI in exchange for limited parole in New York City. From time to time he breaks parole and becomes a fugitive for a while until he can cut a new deal. Sometimes he is being framed but a few times he really was guilty.
  • May 16, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • Veteran CIA agent Evelyn Salt is named as a mole by a captured Cold War derelict. She escapes house arrest, then reconnects with her Soviet spy comrades. However, when Salt learns that her superiors are planning a rogue operation that will trigger a nuclear war, she works feverishly to undo their plans. This makes Evelyn Salt kill-on-sight by American and Soviet forces.
  • May 16, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    If we're including shows where fugitive status is a central premise rather than a temporary condition for the hero(es):

    Live-Action TV

    • On Farscape, the Leviathan Moya was a Peacekeeper prison ship that was commandeered by the prisoners, making them all (even Moya, who was a sentient Living Ship) fugitives from the Peacekeepers. D'Argo was wrongly convicted of murdering his wife; deposed Hynerian Dominar (emperor) Rygel XVI seemed to be simply "guilty" of being on the wrong side of prevailing politics 130 years ago when he was first imprisoned; Zhaan was actually guilty of murder (although done against a political usurper who'd sent her father to a labor camp as a political prisoner); and Aeryn became a defector from the Peacekeepers. Crichton, who'd encountered the Leviathan after jumping through a wormhole from Earth, was hunted at first for accidentally colliding with a Peacekeeper prowler upon exiting the wormhole and killing Commander Crais' brother, then later for the knowledge of wormholes he possessed. Chiana, who joined the crew later in the first season, was a fugitive from the Nebari who'd been sentenced to "mental cleansing", a sort of brainwashing "re-education" method used on malcontents in her society.
  • May 17, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Experiment 626 escapes from a prison transport in Disney's Lilo And Stitch, and flees to Earth. At first, the Grand Councilor believes "we have to gas the planet," but Obstructive Bureaucrat Pleakley points out that Earth is home to mosquitoes, "which, may I remind you, are an endangered species." A clandestine extraction team is sent instead.
  • May 18, 2013
    randomsurfer
    A frequent story arc in The Incredible Hulk is Banner Walking The Earth on the run from authorities who want to capture the Hulk.
  • May 18, 2013
    windower
    The entire second half of the third season of TV Series/Heroes is this.
  • May 18, 2013
    Koveras
    The Dresden Files has a larger, but downplayed example: in Turn Coat, Harry harbors a wanted fugitive from the White Council itself for the entire novel.
  • May 28, 2013
    Tallens
    Got a few examples that need adding.
  • May 29, 2013
    MiinU
    deleted.
  • May 29, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Need more details on Heroes and Golden Sun. Golden Sun looks more like Implacable Man rather than on the run from a government or power.

    It's got five hats and definitely enough examples, but I'm going to keep it here to get more. It's a pretty popular trope.
  • May 29, 2013
    MiinU
    @Larkman - I double-checked, and it seems I had it backwards: Isaac and Co. are the ones pursuing Felix (who they still believe is a villain) to prevent him from lighting the remaining two lighthouses. So it doesn't count.
  • May 29, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Thanks for checking that.
  • May 29, 2013
    MiinU

    Manga

  • May 29, 2013
    WiseMan23753
    Most of the Exile installment of Undocumented Features.
  • May 29, 2013
    MiinU
    @WiseMan23753 - Be more specific, we need to know how the example fits the trope.
  • May 29, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Film
    • Invoked with Burt Reynolds' character Bandit in Smokey And The Bandit, since Bandit takes the point to bait highway patrolmen to chase him, clearing the way for Cletus and his tractor-trailer.
    • When a routine covert mission Goes Horribly Wrong in Mission Impossible, agent Ethan Hunt is labeled a rogue agent. Hunt must band together other decommissioned agents to expose the true double agent, thereby clearing his name.
    • When NSA chief Thomas Reynolds is caught on tape murdering Congressman Hammersley in Enemy Of The State, the tape gets passed surreptitiously to attorney Robert Dean. Dean becomes target of a massive manhunt by the NSA.
    • This trope drives the first Rambo film, when super-soldier John Rambo runs afoul of local law enforcement, who discover the hard way that they are horribly outclassed.
  • May 29, 2013
    TonyG
    News Radio had a brief arc in which Jimmy James was accused of being notorious hijacker D.B. Cooper, and while he was on the run, his archrival Johnny Johnson took over his company.
  • May 29, 2013
    Tallens
    Possible page quote:

    Officer Fletcher: John, don't run.
    John Anderton: You don't have to chase me.
    Officer Fletcher: You don't have to run.
    John Anderton: Everybody runs, Fletch.
  • May 29, 2013
    rgeminas
    Mega Man Battle Network 6 has this in Judgeman's arc after the Judge Tree gets hacked. (though it's more of a case of EVERYONE is on the run from the law)
  • May 29, 2013
    rgeminas
    On Final Fantasy IX, Zidane and company are this to the kingdom of Alexandria after kidnapping Princess Garnet.
  • May 29, 2013
    Prfnoff
    I can only say for now that this is a good trope.
  • May 30, 2013
    saintdane05
    Buso Renkin: After Kazuki discovers that he has a black Kakugane, he, Tokiko, and Gota become wanted by the Alchemist Army.
  • May 30, 2013
    partner555
    Got an example from fanfiction.

    In the fanfic The Tainted Grimoire, during the St. Galleria arc, the arc villain frames the protagonists and their allies for an attempt on the head of state's life, forcing them to go into hiding until the arc villain's deception was exposed.
  • May 30, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Thanks for all the help. If anyone wants to skim it for grammar, wordspacing, etc. or has any final critiques, I'd appreciate it. Probably going to launch soon.
  • May 30, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Oh, good mention about the Wanted Poster : it put another one in my head.

    Western Animation
    • Shortly after escaping from the maintenance bay of the Axiom, EVE attempts to wrest her Arm Cannon away from Wall E. This moment is photo'd by a security 'bot, which uploads it to Central, which issues a copy to every image board on the ship. "Caution: rogue robots. Caution: rogue robots."
  • June 2, 2013
    WiseMan23753
    @Miin U

    Fan Works: Undocumented Features has an installment known as Exile, where the main protagonist Ben Hutchins flees from GENOM and other governments after being framed for a massacre of children. Other Wedge Defense Force members are on the run for similar incidents. Fortunately, they are cleaned up later on.
  • June 2, 2013
    crazysamaritan
    We Are All Kosh brings up a good point; you don't have to make this trope a temporary premise. Some of the examples, and most of the description, are still assuming the premise lasts for only part of the work.

    Fugitive Story? The pursuer may be an Inspector Javert.
  • June 2, 2013
    sunlitgarden
    Anime and Manga:

    This is pretty much the entire premise of the Japanese light novel and anime Scrapped Princess. The main character, Pacifica, is on the run from most of society, which wants to kill her due to a prophecy that she will destroy the world.
  • June 2, 2013
    sunlitgarden
    I'm still not totally sure on the difference between this and Stern Chase though. Seems to me that it's a subtrope (since Stern Chase could also involve the heroes pursuing the villains, etc.)
  • June 2, 2013
    surgoshan
    • Buffy season five sees the gang fighting both a cult of murderous knights and a hell god. Toward the end of the season, Buffy decides the only reasonable thing to do is run.
  • June 3, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Live Action TV
    • Invoked with Bo and Luke Duke from The Dukes Of Hazzard, because the Dukes are always at odds with county magnate Boss Hogg and his corrupt Sheriff Coltrane. Fortunately for the Dukes, the General Lee, a 1968 Dodge Charger, can outrun and outwit Hogg and Coltrane.
  • June 4, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Champions adventure Deathstroke. After Deathstroke steals the isotopes, the PC superheroes can try to track them down. If they try to do so in their secret identities and fail their Deduction rolls, Federal agents will tell them to stop their investigation. If they continue, the Federal government will start pursuing and trying to capture them.
  • June 4, 2013
    reub2000
    Hey, was there something wrong with my example?
  • June 4, 2013
    MiinU

    Anime

    • Fractale begins with Phryne fleeing from Enri, and the rest of Lost Millennium. But she's fleeing from The Temple, as well. Both factions are after her and Nessa for their own agendas. The Temple needs her to merge with Nessa, in order to reboot the Fractale System. For Lost Millennium, she's the key to destroying it.

    Video games

  • June 4, 2013
    sgamer82
    I forget the specifics of the arc to be honest, but this is the gist of it.

    • An arc of Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple features the Shinpaku Alliance having to deal with an attack from YAMI when Kenichi's masters are forced on the run from the law.
  • June 18, 2013
    Tallens
    Bump
  • June 18, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    ^Re: KTDM example: I also cannot remember some specifics (so correct me if I'm wrong), but the masters are on the run from the law for that arc because they attacked (and curb-stomped) a United States Army base in Okinawa as part of a distraction to take on some YOMI members uninterrupted (they believe (and it's been demonstrated) that only Masters can take on Masters in-universe and there's implications of YOMI having a Dirty Cop here and there and some amongst the base personnel, but still... YMMV and Fridge Logic abounds, folks, because it's quite fillable under 'Super Dickery').
  • June 30, 2013
    MiinU
    bump.
  • June 30, 2013
    Tallens
  • July 15, 2013
    69BookWorM69
    ^ Seconded.
  • July 15, 2013
    MiinU
    The last three examples for Champions, Fractale, and Suikoden V, haven't been added yet.
  • July 16, 2013
    Tallens
    Larkmarn, you said you were going to launch this, then nothing happened. What's the deal?
  • July 16, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Got behind on updating... since I didn't make this one, it doesn't show up in my list of YKTT Ws that I've started, so I forgot for a while. I'm going to launch it when next I have a decent window of time so that I can do all the wicks at once.
  • July 20, 2013
    Tallens
    And when would that be?
  • July 20, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ... right now, actually.

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