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->''[[TropeNamers Exit, pursued by a bear.]]''
-->-- Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TheWintersTale''

When the bad guy is finished off by a large, vicious animal.

This is a method to [[ThouShaltNotKill keep the hero's hands clean]] while still dispatching the villain. The difference is that that trope is more removing an obstacle without losing karma for the heroes. Often, the death happens entirely off screen, with the villain's gruesome mauling being implied instead of shown, though sometimes you will [[GoryDiscretionShot hear sounds or see a silhouette of the carnage]]. Can also be used to bring the villain BackFromTheDead, since really, did you think a mere bear would stop him?

Though it doesn't have to be a bear, these BearsAreBadNews. If it's another creature rather than an outright villain that gets chased away by the bear, it's because there's AlwaysABiggerFish. If the heroes called the bear here themselves, then it's SummonBiggerFish. If it was the villain's own mistreated pet doing the mauling, that's a case of TheDogBitesBack.

Inverse of VillainExitStageLeft. Compare WeWillMeetAgain, and see also JustDesserts. May invoke OffscreenInertia.

Related to DisneyVillainDeath, which serves a similar 'kill the villain without the hero doing it' purpose.

As this is an EndingTrope, there may be '''spoilers''' ahead. Be warned.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Ms. Goldenweek in the manga of ''Manga/OnePiece'' was last seen being pounced on by a giant riding duck and not seen again until about 250 chapters later in a mini-arc.
* In ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'', Eboshi is finally taken out by the decapitated head of the giant wolf spirit she just fatally shot. While she survives having her entire arm bitten off, she won't be using any of the guns her factory produced again.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The graphic novel ''[[ComicBook/LaDebauche La Débauche]]''. The fact that it is [[HilarityInZoos set in a zoo]] provides a convenient tiger.
* DoctorDoom once got assaulted by his own attack dogs, because he got in the way of a fox and them, long long long story, because Doom was fighting a [[{{Expy}} Batman]] analogue he'd lost part of his armor, [[DisneyVillainDeath so he instead fell off a cliff.]]

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'', the ants discover that main villain Hopper is afraid of birds, so they build a fake one to try and scare him away. He sees right through their ploy; so when Flik and Princess Atta lead him to an ACTUAL bird in the finale, he doesn't realize it's not a trick until it's too late.
* Captain Hook, from Disney's original film of ''Disney/PeterPan'', exits pursued by the crocodile. Depending on which sequel you go by (the animated sequel or ''Film/{{Hook}}''), it may have gone badly for ''the crocodile''.
** If you go by the animated sequel (''Return to Neverland''), this happens again when an octopus sees Hook and ''his entire crew'' as codfish, and pursuits them all.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'', Carface is chased by the [[FanNickname Big Lipped Alligator]]. Next time we see him [[spoiler:he's in FluffyCloudHeaven]].
* At the end of ''Literature/WatershipDown'', BigBad [[HairRaisingHare General Woundwort]] is last seen facing down one of the dogs that was killing the rest of his warren. He leaps at the dog, and then the narrator says [[NeverFoundTheBody "And General Woundwort's body was never found."]] [[spoiler: We never do find out whether or not he's actually dead.]]
* {{Invoked}} in ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'', where SaddamHussein is mentioned to have been killed by a pack of wild boars (just to clear things up, the movie came out 5 years before the invasion of Iraq).
* [[YouDirtyRat Botticelli]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheTaleofDespereaux'' is ultimately done in by his own pet cat.
* Happens to Felicia near the end of ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective''.
* Captain Gutt in ''Film/IceAgeContinentalDrift'' winds up in the gut of a siren-like lungfish creature.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'', Zig Zag is eaten by crocodiles and by his own pet vulture Phido.
* Subverted in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', where the villainous [[spoiler:King Candy/Turbo]] gets devoured by a Cy-Bug. As Cy-Bugs [[CannibalismSuperpower become what they eat]], the villain assimilates with the Cy-Bug and goes OneWingedAngel on Ralph before [[spoiler:being KilledOffForReal in a volcanic Mentos/Cola eruption Ralph causes to wipe out the bugs]].
* In ''Film/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs2'', the BigBad is devoured by a cheespider.
* Big Boss in ''[[{{Film/Rio}} Rio 2]]'' gets swallowed by a boa constrictor.
* Scar in Film/TheLionKing finds his end by the hyenas.

[[folder:Film - Live-Action]]
* The literal phrase was used by the young high school gang when they left in ''Film/TheWorldsEnd'', but morphed into "Let's Boo Boo!"
* In the Nicolas Cage/Samuel L. Jackson film ''Amos & Andrew'', the bloodhounds from earlier in the movie go chasing after the police chief near the end.
* In ''Film/TheNakedGun 2 1/2'', Robert Goulet's character survives a fall from a building unscathed, only to be mauled by a lion seconds later.
* The climax from ''AceVentura: When Nature Calls'' seems to imply the villain is not so much pursued by the gorilla as ''pursued'' by it.
* Happens to a minor Villain in ''TradingPlaces''.
* ''Film/GalaxyQuest'': Fred uses the transporter to bring the rock monster on board the ship to attack Serras' minions.
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'':
** The first film ended with the raptors getting eaten by the T-Rex from earlier in the movie.
** The main villain in the sequel is ultimately devoured by a baby T-Rex.
* Mola Ram, the villain of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', falls into a river full of crocodiles and gets torn to bits.
* In ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', Betelgeuse is apparently swallowed by a huge {{sandworm}}.
* ''Film/{{Shaft}}'' knockoff ''Film/ALowDownDirtyShame'' has one mook being cornered & mauled by a pair of Rottweilers that the protagonist sics on him.
* At the end of the film adaptation of ''TheCityOfEmber'', Mayor Cole is eaten by a [[RodentsOfUnusualSize giant mole]].
* Leopold, resident {{Jerkass}} and ButtMonkey is eventually chased down by Harry the tiger near the end of ''TheWorldsGreatestAthlete''.
* In ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', one of the EliteMooks threatening Bond in the casino is taken down by a Komodo dragon

* The loathsome [[spoiler:Ser Amory]] from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' meets his end when his captors throw him, naked and unarmed, into a pit with a starving bear.
* In ''[[Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara The Druid of Shannara]]'', PsychoForHire Pe Ell is killed by the Koden, a gigantic bear. It's implied to have been set up by the King of the Silver River, as revenge for the death of his daughter. In ''[[Literature/{{Shannara}} High Druid of Shannara]]'', the ShapeShifting [[TheDragon Moric]] is last seen lying on the ground as an actual [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon]] approaches it. Meta-irony much?
* Happens in the third book of Creator/CSLewis' "Literature/TheSpaceTrilogy" ''That Hideous Strength'', with Mr Bultitude, an actual bear.
* The JudgeDee story ''The Haunted Monastery'' ends like this, [[BearsAreBadNews involving an actual bear]].
* In Kenneth Oppel's novel ''Literature/{{Airborn}}'', [[spoiler:Szpirglas, the infamous Sky Pirate, is killed, not by the main character, Matt Cruse, but by a pride of the huge, flying, predatory felines aptly named 'Cloud Cats'. Interestingly, despite pursuing some of the protagonists, the Cloud Cats never seriously injured any of the "Good Guys".]]
* The villainous bandit Dorath is torn apart by wolves just as he's about to [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty "remove the charms" of the princess Eilonwy]] in the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain''.
* In the Franchise/DocSavage story ''Fortress of Solitude'', the escaping John Sunlight is followed to a point where his tracks meet those of a polar bear next to an open lead in the ice. Since there's a lot of blood and no tracks leading away, they draw the obvious (and incorrect) conclusion.
* The ghost of Shakespeare himself appears and invokes this trope in ''Literature/{{Grailblazers}}''. As a literal ghost writer for the British soap Series/CoronationStreet, he ends one scene in his script with "Exit Ken Barlow, pursued by a bear."
* At the end of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Umbridge is captured and carried away by a herd of centaurs. Dumbledore somehow persuades them to let her go between chapters, and she turns up in the hospital wing relatively unharmed, though she jumps if someone mimics the sound of hooves. (What exactly happened to her while in their custody is never revealed, though the usual suspects put forward their own theories.) When she tries to sneak out of the castle, Peeves catches on and she ends up exiting, Pursued by a Poltergeist with a Walking Stick.
* At the end of ''[[Literature/PeterAndTheStarcatchers Peter and the Sword of Mercy]]'', [[spoiler:O'Neal and Nerezza]] are eaten by the giant crocodile Mr. Grin.
* In the Sister Mary Helen mystery ''Death of an Angel'', the B plot covers an alumna's plan to [[TheDogBitesBack murder]] [[MyBelovedSmother her domeineering, abusive mother]]. [[spoiler:Her plan for disposing of the body is to underfeed her mother's standard poodles, and then set them on the dead body so that there will be nothing to implicate her. However, in the confrontation, Mama injures her face. Then the rapist-murderer from the A plot invades the house, and then [[BigDamnHeroes the two nuns who are the amateur sleuths in the series arrive, as do the police]]. The rapist is stopped but then dogs come from the basement and smell the blood on Angelica's face and attack her. Inspector Gallegher shoots them dead, but Angelica is mortally wounded and succumbs to her injuries the next morning.]]
* In ''Literature/TheCatWho Said Cheese'', [[spoiler:an abusive ex-husband]] tracks [[spoiler:his ex-wife]] to Moose County, [[spoiler:using the fact that back in the navy he saved a shipmate's life (said shipmate still suffered brain damag)e as leverage to coerce the local, now a beekeeper into becoming an accessory to the bombing of said frightened ex's hotel room. When he comes back to try and cover his tracks and finish the job--the intended target was out and about but someone else died--the beekeeper inadvertently gives him a wool blanket and]] the bees swarm [[spoiler:the murderer]], who is found dead the next morning.
* As stated above, General Woundwort at the climax of ''WatershipDown'', though it was less "exit pursued by a dog" than "exit preparing to go down fighting while [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere his minions run like hell]]".
* In ''Mariel of {{Redwall}}'', Gabool falls into the pit where he keeps his pet scorpion.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': This happens to an ''entire army'' in ''The Baron of Maleperduys'', though replace "bear" with [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent "terrifying wolf monsters."]]
** In ''Defender of the Crown'', [[spoiler: Acteon]] is dispatched by an enormous cat Chimera. [[spoiler: [[DramaticIrony And it was his Chimera.]]]]
*** [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Given his name, he probably should have seen it coming.]]
* In the ''Literature/LiveAndLetDie'' novel, Mr. Big tries to feed Literature/JamesBond and Solitaire to sharks and barracudas, by dragging them behind his boat. However, the bomb Bond had planted in the boat detonates, and Mr. Big falls in the water, to be eaten by the sharks and barracudas himself.
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' has some examples, including ''Literature/TheAdventureOfTheSpeckledBand'', ''Literature/SilverBlaze'', and ''[[Literature/TheLionsMane The Lion's Mane]]''.
* Joe Camber's death in Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/{{Cujo}}'' fits this trope (he is rather villainous in the novel).

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** In "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E13TheZeppo The Zeppo]]", the villain is making a speech about how he will be coming back, when he opens a door on Werewolf Oz. He is not seen again, and in the next scene Human Oz remarks that he feels full for some reason.
** In "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E6ThePack The Pack]]", the evil zookeeper ends up being eaten by hyenas after Buffy hurls him into the hyena pit. Knowing her, she probably didn't mean for him to end up ''in'' the pit, but she doesn't shed any tears about it later.
* The Master and The Rani end one episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'' trapped in a malfunctioning TARDIS with a rapidly-growing T. Rex bearing down on them. [[StayingAlive They come back later with no explanation]], [[JokerImmunity natch]].
* In the ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' episode "Lancelot and Guinevere", Hengist is trapped in the widderen's cage and eaten alive before he can pursue the main characters.
* Helen Cutter's death in ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' is between this and a ShutUpHannibal. Her BreakingSpeech to Danny is rudely interrupted by a velociraptor which knocks her over a cliff.
* In the ''Series/GoodEats'' episode about dried fruit, Alton offers his homemade trail mix to two hikers, then warns them to run. The hikers are chased off by [[CrowningMomentOfFunny a guy in a bear suit.]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Carcassonne}}'': In variation ''Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers'', meadows contain deer, aurochs, and mammoths that contribute to the scoring. However, each tiger devours one deer, and negates the points.

* The OlderThanSteam TropeNamer is Antigonus from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TheWintersTale''. Though not truly the villain, he is dispatched in this manner. (And unlike most of the other examples on this page, the bear [[DeusExMachina literally comes out of]] ''[[DeusExMachina nowhere]]'' just for this scene.)[[note]]A side note: there was a popular bear-baiting ring right next to the Globe theater where Shakespeare worked, so it's possible that he (or his producer) randomly decided to borrow a bear for a crowd-pleasing cameo. (Though one can imagine the villain might not have been the only individual pursued by a bear in that event.)[[/note]]
** A stage show by ''Ishmael Skyes'', playing one of Shakespeare's actors, narrated an incident where he couldn't see out of the bear costume, leading to the memorable line:
--> Exit a bear, led by Antigonus.
* Lucius Malfoy gets attacked by Werewolf!Lupin and dragged into the Forbidden Forest in ''AVeryPotterSequel''.
* [[SuperPersistentPredator The crocodile]] finally gets Hook in the climactic scene of ''Theatre/PeterPan''.
* [[BewaretheNiceOnes Nan]], [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Sweetheart]], and [[CampGay Simon]] try to invoke this with [[DomesticAbuser Kyle]] in Lauren Gunderson's aptly named play ''[[Theatre/ExitPursuedByABear Exit, Pursued by a Bear.]]'' [[spoiler:Ultimately subverted.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Turok}} Turok: Evolution]]'', Tal Set defeats Bruckner but will not kill him because he "does not deserve a warrior's death." The compsognathus eat him instead.
* Mr. Kincaid in ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Shadows of Almia'' is pursued by a Wailord.
* During the credits of ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'', you see what happened to the 8 Robot Master bosses; the MightyGlacier [[TakenForGranite Concrete Man]] is seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=env663fszM8&feature=player_detailpage#t=165s chasing Dr. Wily.]] Whether his programming would allow him to actually hurt the weak, human man remains to be seen.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', Chapter 2's boss, Tutankoopa, exits pursued by his pet Chain Chomp.
* An InUniverse example can be found in a fairy tale book in ''VideoGame/{{Drakensang}}'': in the tale, a jerkass kraken keeps all the treasure from a sunken ship for himself, and won't share it with his friends. Later, a massive Water Dragon arrives (enticed by the Kraken's treasure) and chase him "so far away that noone ever saw him again".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an animated version of one of Creator/TheBrothersGrimm's lesser known fairy tales, ''Jorinda and Joringle'', the witch is subject to a BalefulPolymorph into a rat and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard pursued offscreen by her]] RightHandCat.
* One ''WesternAnimation/WhereOnEarthIsCarmenSandiego'' episode has Zack and Ivy chased by jaguars in a Mayan temple before running into VILE henchmen. The bad guys ended up at the bottom of a pit with the jaguars drawing near.
* [[DastardlyWhiplash Snidley Whiplash]] ends one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DudleyDoRight'' being pursued by the rotating blade of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own sawmill]].
* Considering that ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' is a lighthearted kids show focused on animals, this happens all the time to the three main villains.
* A couple of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episodes end with [[MadScientist Dr. Drakken]] fleeing from an enraged [[TheDragon Shego]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', Garfield is working on a movie as a stunt cat and put in several dangerous stunts. Garfield looks through the script to see what's next and finds out it involves him apparently being mauled by a {{bear|sAreBadNews}}. Garfield pours honey on the director's chair and when he sits down he gets stuck. The bear is attracted by the honey and chases the director who has to hop off set.
* The ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' short "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps" literally has a bear chasing the titular character (played by Larry) off the stage at the end. [[ItMakesSenseInContext Because singing to him didn't cure the bear trap on his paw]].
* Several episodes of the '70's Jaws cash-in cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{Misterjaw}}'' ended with the eponymous shark either doing the chasing or being chased.
* Some villains of ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' ends up like this.
* At least three episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' end with Robotnik being chased by something.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Done literally in the ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}'' episode of ''WebVideo/NinetySecondMovieReviews''