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->''"Oh, hello. I have purchased the Springfield [=YMCA=]. I plan to tear it down, and turn the land into a nature preserve where I will hunt the deadliest game of all'' - '''''Man."'''''
-->-- '''Rainier Wolfcastle''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
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Subgenre of TheChase where the villains are hunters and the hero is the prey -- the game -- in a formalized hunting motif.

Most action series have a Hunting the Most Dangerous Game episode as well as a ForcedPrizeFight. Villains may get victims from any walk of life, typically kidnapping {{Innocent Bystander}}s, buying {{Condemned Contestant}}s, or tricking friends/enemies/the soon to be ex-wife into an [[ClosedCircle isolated spot.]] Aside from providing a good dramatic sequence, this type of episode can also become a GreenAesop about sport hunting. Sometimes an {{Anvilicious}} one.

If it's an actual ''contest'', you're talking about DeadlyGame, though it should be noted that the term "game" as it is used in this trope refers to the hunted species, rather than the hunt itself. The villain often is an EgomaniacHunter for whom sapient game is the ultimate hunting thrill.

The TropeNamer is "Literature/TheMostDangerousGame", a classic short story in which a big game hunter becomes the prey of a retired Russian general who hunts humans for sport on his private island.

Expect the villain to motivate his prey by promising he can "WinYourFreedom" by surviving X amount of time. Whether he's [[VillainsNeverLie being truthful or]] [[ILied not]], the story rarely actually ends with the hero simply winning his freedom and leaving, because then the villain would get away with it.

TheWildHunt may be one of these. See also BloodKnight for someone who is more of a warrior than a hunter. Villains who go so far as to have an MO and do this often enough are practicing IndustrializedEvil.

See also SerialKiller, who usually drops the overt hunting motif but still maintains the spirit of the trope, especially if they engage in cat-and-mouse games with their victims.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''{{Manga/Phoenix}}: Life'', a TV producer plans to create a gameshow based on this concept using [[CloningBlues human clones]] created with technology from a mysterious {{Mayincatec}} civilization given to them by the titular bird-god's daughter. Of course, things quickly go pear-shaped for him when he himself is used as the template for the clones and then gets mistaken for one.
* ''Anime/PumpkinScissors'' has a MonsterOfTheWeek (well, a human, actually, but considering what he does...) in the form of Viscount Wolkins, an egomanic [[AristocratsAreEvil evil noble]] who promises a vast reward to anyone winning his game...that consists of shackling the challengers together and letting them loose on his grounds, after which he hunts them with a freaking [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill tank, cannon and all.]] When Section III turns up to investigate and, upon finding out the nature of his game, arrest him, he then subjects TheHero and ThoseTwoGuys to the same treatment. Unfortunately for him, TheHero happens to be a [[SuperSoldier chemically enhanced giant]] armed with a [[HandCannon 13mm, armor piercing handgun]] who was trained and conditioned specifically to fight tanks ''on foot''.
* An episode of ''Anime/WeissKreuz'' had Hirofumi Takatori drug people in a nightclub, ship their unconscious bodies to a forest, then release them for his [[CorruptCorporateExecutive friends]] to kill for fun.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'''s sixth movie ''Anime/BaronOmatsuriAndTheSecretIsland'', the third game for the Straw Hats to play involved the Baron's crew hunting down the remaining Straw Hats through the island.
* In ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'', Zufu prison holds an annual event, selecting a few prisoners to attempt to [[WinYourFreedom escape]]. So far, the guards boast that noone has succeeded, and call it "target practice".
* In ''Anime/PsychoPass'', a cyborg who has taken the final step of having his entire brain copied into a digital form in order to achieve immortality takes part in underground human hunts. He claims it makes him feel alive again, and he takes grisly trophies from his kills, such as a smoking pipe carved out of human bones.
* In ''Tenkuu Shinpan (High-rise Invasion)'' a girl wakes up in a world of skyscrapers where she witnesses the violent murder of a man by another man in a mask. She soon realizes that she is unable to make it to the ground floor of the buildings and must make her way from building to building via suspension bridges precariously built seemingly at random between the buildings. She finds the masked people are there to cause distress on the inhabitants and either push them to commit suicide by jumping or by murdering them if they fail to do so.
* Anime/YuGiOhArcV has the Academia students engage in what they call "Hunting Games" when conducting their onslaught on the Xyz Dimension: It's a BodyCountCompetition in which any Xyz Dimension denizen qualifies as "prey" to be sadistically [[PhantomZonePicture hunted and carded]]. Everyone - even non-dueling adults (this world's equivalent of defenseless civilians) and [[WouldHurtAChild baby infants]] - is fair game.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan''
** This is Kraven the Hunter's big schtick in various ''Spider-Man'' media -- hunting Spider-Man, whom he considers the most elusive prey of all and the only one capable of presenting him with any challenge. The "ComicBook/KravensLastHunt" storyline features him not only succeeding at this goal, but impersonating and outperforming Spider-Man [[spoiler:before committing suicide. He returns in ComicBook/ScarletSpider to do the same.]]
** Kraven's son Alyosha once kidnapped dozens of villains with AnimalMotifs (like Man-Ape and the Rhino), set them loose on a remote island, and went on the prowl. He had seemingly lost his mind at some point prior to this, as this was a dramatic departure from his usual M.O. and he was extremely irrational throughout the ordeal.
** The ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'' version of Kraven, by contrast, is a devoted ''celebrity'' hunter, sort of like Steve Irwin in leather pants. He declared his intention to catch and kill Spider-Man, often believed to be a [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman mutant]]. He successfully tracked Spider-Man down, but since Kraven is just a normal human who happens to wrestle alligators or whatever, Spider-Man completely wipes the floor with him (less than a minute after a much tougher fight with Doc Ock). Moral of the story: HuntingTheMostDangerousGame is no fun for anyone if the hunter is unarmed.
** Later, Kraven returns claiming to be ready to hunt down Spiderman for real, only to be immediately arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. for obtaining black market metahuman enhancements...and then bragging about it on TV.
* One [[StoryArc arc]] of ''ComicBook/TheTriganEmpire'' features a rich maniac who keeps a whole island set up for "sporting" manhunts.
* One StoryArc of ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' actually has this as its title. Naturally, it's about a media mogul who has a TV show in which mutants convicted of capital crimes (often falsely, [[spoiler:but, as it turns out at the end, ''not'' in the case of the guy our heroes wound up protecting the whole time]]) are hunted and killed.
** And Ultimate Spider-Man did it later, with Deadpool as the hunter and Spiderman as the hunted. Deadpool was going after the X-Men and, thanks to Shadowcat trying to get help, Spider-Man found himself tangled up in that mess.
* The Crimson Commando, Stonewall, and Super Sabre were UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era superheroes who, after retiring from active duty, grew disgusted with the amount of ordinary crime that was occurring, so they played this game with criminals they plucked off the streets and hunted and killed them in Adirondack State Park. Then they inadvertently caught ComicBook/{{Storm}}, and despite realizing their mistake tried to kill her anyway so she wouldn't reveal their secret. She beat them, and they turned themselves in, though they'd later be pardoned into Freedom Force.
* The French graphic novel ''Exit'' (with a scenario by the sci-fi author Bernard Werber) revolves around suicide pacts that turn out to be this.
* Rogue CIA agent Stryker subjects Travis Morgan to one of these in ''ComicBook/TheWarlord'' #13.
* Otto Orion, a.k.a. the Hunter, captured the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} and subjected them to this in ''Adventure Comics'' #358. His son Adam later adopted his father's alias and M.O. and attempted to avenge his father, eventually becoming a member of [[LegionOfDoom The Legion of Supervillains]].
* ''Ramba'' #7 - "The Hunters and the Prey". Ramba has received an invitation to a party on the island of Elba, with a rich bounty in it if she survives the experience. Three men want to play a hunting game. The whole island is the playing field, and she agrees to become prey. Each hunter has part of a clue to the whereabouts of a large cache of money. If she is caught, she loses the money she already has and submits to their "most perverse wishes". If she catches them, she gets the money. Ramba agrees. She quickly catches and seduces several of her would-be hunters and a female bystander. She demonstrates her own perverse wishes and gets their clues, which lead her to the vicinity of the money. The third man is guarding it in an old German bunker and manages to get himself impaled on the wall. Her third perverse wish is a necrophiliac one, after which she takes the money and leaves.
* A villain called the Stalker subjects Franchise/{{Batman}} to one of these in ''Detective Comics'' #401.
* The second issue of EC's ''The Vault Of Horror'' comic book featured a story [[strike:similar to]] blatantly ripped off from "Literature/TheMostDangerousGame" called "Island Of Death".
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' where a group of survivors reveal that [[spoiler:they kill and eat people because it is less work than hunting animals.]]
* The Sportsmen, in ''[[ComicBook/TheUltraverse Firearm]]''. And they [[ImAHumanitarian don't stop at hunting and killing, either]].
* A story ("The Ferryman") in an issue of ''Creator/CliveBarker's Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' once featured a rich KKK member who would routinely capture homeless black people to torture on his ship, occasionally letting some loose on deserted islands in order to hunt them for sport alongside his fellow Klansmen.
* In ''Comicbook/SecretSix'' #23, a group of hunters try this with the Six. They find out this is ''not'' a good idea.
* In ''Comicbook/TheInvisibles'', a group of English nobles take great pleasure in hunting down the homeless and poor. It's shown in detail in "Royal Monsters".
* ''Comicbook/{{New 52}}'': In ''Action Comics #10'', a big game hunter who has gotten bored of hunting animals (in his introduction, he casually kills a dinosaur) learns of Franchise/{{Superman}} and considers him a worthy test of his skills. His friend warns that Superman is bulletproof, but he boasts, "There is no such thing as bulletproof!" He obtains high-powered weapons, somehow learns of Clark Kent's secret, and lies in wait in Clark's apartment. Superman ''easily'' takes him down, with the man suffering a VillainousBreakdown when all his weapons prove useless.
* ''Comicbook/TheUltimateRiddle'' involves Franchise/{{Batman}} being pursued by seven great warriors from across space and time ({{and|zoidberg}} a criminal who ComicBook/JudgeDredd was in the middle of arresting).
* The Nesting Ones do this to Jon Sable in ''ComicBook/ShamansTears'' #8; giving him a gun and a single bullet to make things 'sporting'.
* ''Eerie'' #9's story "Isle of the Beast" has the hunter specifically mentioning the original "Literature/TheMostDangerousGame" as his inspiration to set up such an island. To make things more interesting, he also mutates himself into a kind of beastman while hunting. Unfortunately for him, [[spoiler:his quarry is a werewolf.]] ''Eerie'''s writers were fond of this kind of twist ending.
* There's a minor ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes villain called the Hunter who operates like this. In his first appearance he kidnapped some Legionnaires he felt would make especially difficult prey, set them loose on a jungle planet, and hunted them down one by one until Karate Kid beat his challenge.
* One ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'' story features a hunting club for bored rich men who hunt people for sport, whose next game is Dredd himself.
* In "Hunter's Moon" in ''[[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Savage Sword of Conan]]'' #171, Conan is nursed back to health in a village. He learns the village has a deal with the local lord who provided the land for the village. Each year, he takes a villager and turns them loose in the forest while he hunts them. If the villager ever makes it to the edge of the forest without being killed, the village will own its lands free and clear. Naturally Conan ends up being the 'prey' for this year and things end badly for the lord.
* Raptorella captures Miriam and uses her as the prey in the game - having started with {{Disposable Vagrant}}s and working way up to Miriam as the ultimate prey - in ''ComicBook/{{Cavewoman}}: Raptorella''.
* In ''ComicBook/RobynHood: I Love NY'' series, Robyn is captured by Natalya who plans to subject her to this.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Happens to ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise and Willie Garvin in "The Killing Ground" arc.
* ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'': In "Bloodsport", a pair of alien hunters arrive on earth in search of sentient prey to hunt because the practice has been outlawed on their home world.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AvengingForce'': The bad guys have a "hunting club" for this purpose. The main character is forced to participate in it as the prey after his sister is kidnapped.
* ''Film/BattleRoyale'': This is the main premise of the film and the book it's based on: a totalitarian Japanese government dumps a bunch of Japanese high schoolers on a deserted island and forces them to kill each other for sport.
* ''Betrayed'': In this movie, an African American man is hunted by a group of racists.
* ''Bet Your Life'': This 2004 made-for-TV movie.
* ''Film/BloodAndChocolate'': Werewolves set humans free on an island and proceed to hunt them.
* ''Blooded'': An AnimalWrongsGroup kidnaps a group of hunters, strips them to their underwear, and releases them in the moors to be hunted by members of the group.
* ''Film/{{Bloodlust}}!'': This [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]-featured ripoff.
* ''Film/TheConspiracy'': [[spoiler:The ritual hunting and slaying of the bull at the secret Tarsus Club meetings is revealed to be the way they murder outside infiltrators after forcing them into a bull mask and loosing them in the woods.]]
* ''Film/DeadlyPrey'' (1987): A group of sadistic mercenaries kidnap people off the streets and set them loose on the grounds of their secret camp, so the "students" at the camp can learn how to track down and kill their prey.
* In ''Film/BigGame'', this is Hazar's mindset: he's hunting the "[[TitleDrop big game]]", the US president. Moore, however, the man in question, is [[LovableCoward hardly]] "the most dangerous".
* ''Death Ring'': This 1992 film, starring Mike Norris.
* ''Dominion'': In this 1995 movie, members of an expedition are hunted by a deranged man.
* ''The Eliminator'': This 2004 film.
* ''Film/FairGame'': The {{Evil Poacher}}s stalk the protagonist, "skin" her by ripping off her clothes, rape her, then tie her to the hood of their truck like an animal carcass. [[RapeAndRevenge The roles are then reversed when Cassandra constructs traps to immobilize and kill her tormentors]].
* ''Fugitive X'': The premise behind this film. A casino even takes bets on how long the "game" will survive.
* ''A Game of Death'': ''The Most Dangerous Game'' was remade in 1945 into this film, with Zaroff recast as a Nazi named Erich Kreiger.
* ''Film/{{Gymkata}}'': Somehow combines this trope with ''gymnastics''!
* ''Film/HardTarget'': In this film directed by Creator/JohnWoo and starring Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme, the BigBad is the head of a hunting business which allows rich men to hunt homeless or down-on-their-luck war veterans.
* ''Film/HunterPrey'': This sci-fi film.
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'': This movie has a nineteenth-century big game hunter come out of the game and try to hunt one of the main characters, and only him, because "He rolled the dice". It's heavily implied that Van Pelt (the hunter) had already been pursuing Alan over the years that they were inside the game, based on Alan's reaction when he read Van Pelt's description after rolling. He is also a representation of Alan's fear towards his father (both characters are played by Jonathan Hyde), aware that he's part of a game, and not above trading his old elephant rifle [[MoreDakka for a more modern weapon]].
* ''Film/TheKingAndTheClown'': The lords see the mock hunt held in honour of Gong-gil's entitlement as the perfect opportunity to get rid of him. [[spoiler:They only actually end up killing [[AnyoneCanDie Six-Dix]] as they are disrupted by Jaeng-sang and then the King.]]
* ''Kristy'': A gang of masked teens who are part of an internet cult hunt a girl on her deserted university campus while she's staying over Thanksgiving weekend.
* ''Lethal Woman'' (Also titled ''The Most Dangerous Woman Alive''): In this 1989 film, a group of men are told that they have won an "erotic vacation" at a fantasy island. In reality, they are being lured to the island by women they have wronged, and once there, they are captured and set loose on the island to be hunted down.
* ''Film/{{Maverick}}'': As part of Maverick's scheme to get the money he needs to enter a poker game, a visiting Russian Grand Duke is swindled by offering him a "genuine Indian hunt", with Maverick playing the role of a sick old man that nobody will miss. When he "kills" Maverick, they blackmail him with the threat of exposure.
* ''Film/MeanGuns'': Not to mention somewhat reversed by this knock-off ''Film/BattleRoyale''-esque film. The Busey-who-is-not-Busey knew it was a trap but pretty much went there with this intention in mind, and to settle an old score with the John Wayne-meets-Mick Jagger lead 'cowboy-style' gunfighter. The reversal is that the majority of the crooks led there by the syndicate do various mafioso-style versions of this in their daily lives, but the Syndicate simply doesn't want them anymore for various reasons. So it stages a false contest to make them hunt each other. At the end, Ice-T lets the winners know this and intends to kill the 'winners,' but cowboy gets them both. And hoists the Busey-clone by his own petard while at it.
* ''Film/{{Mindhunters}}'': This is the sole motivation for the villain in this Creator/RennyHarlin movie as he considers FBI Profilers to be a good match for his intellect.
* ''The Most Dangerous Game'': This is the [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023238/ movie version]] of the Trope Namer.
* ''Naked Fear'': Where a serial killer hunts women he abducts from a nearby town, but he first strips them completely naked and offers them no tools, rendering them as close to wild animals as possible.
* ''Film/TheNakedPrey'' (1966): Cornel Wilde gets hunted by warriors of a native African tribe.
* ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'': In this Film/JamesBond movie, Kamal Khan uses a tiger hunt from elephant back to hunt down the escaped spy.
* ''Film/ThePest'': Spoofed with a rich man hunting the main character, a slick-talking obnoxious grifter he selected by accident but then choose to hunt anyway due to "Pestario" being too obnoxious for him to bear, together with his effeminate son.
* ''Franchise/{{Predator}}'':
** This is the premise of this franchise, except the hunters are aliens and the game is specifically ''armed'' humans. They have a code of honor and, among other things, do not hunt/kill unarmed targets, children, or pregnant women. They also respect [[WorthyOpponent Worthy Opponents]], and at the end of [[Film/{{Predator 2}} the second film]], when the protagonist kills a predator, [[spoiler:the others give him an 18th-century flintlock pistol, implied to be a trophy from a previous hunt]].
** In ''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator'', the predators take it even further by hunting the Aliens. While they're animals (and therefore technically not this trope), the Aliens are even ''more'' dangerous than humans, and throughout the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise they clearly [[ItCanThink show intelligence]]. The last surviving Predator gives the last surviving human an honor mark (apparently) for killing an Alien with a spear. When the other Predators come to pick up the hunt team, they appear to respect the human survivor because of the mark.
** ''Film/{{Predators}}'' takes this to the extremes, taking place on what is essentially a Predator game preserve and featuring choice human soldiers, criminals, etc. as the game. The lead character is a mercenary implied to be/have been an assassin of some sort, and he directly uses the Hemingway quote on the subject (see this trope's quote page).
* ''Film/{{Revolution 1985}}'': A group of British soldiers come to a rope factory and explain that they want to hunt foxes but there are none to be found. So Tom and a big man are chosen to be the foxes they'll hunt. Tom barely survives this with his life.
* ''Rovdyr'' (Translated as ''Predator'' and marketed as ''Manhunt''): This 2008 Norwegian film features this trope. It can be a little too easy to confuse this with a [[Film/{{Predator}} different movie]] or with a [[VideoGame/{{Manhunt}} video game]].
* ''Run for the Sun'': ''The Most Dangerous Game'' was remade again in 1956 in this film, with the villain still a Nazi.
* ''Film/TheRunningMan'': Here, [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame the Most Dangerous Game]] is also the Most Popular Gameshow, and convicts are given their chance to fight for their freedom in a somewhat one-sided battle arena (or in the populace at large in the original book). Rather a lot of carnage ensues.
* ''$la$her$'': InvertedTrope in this Japanese game show in which contestants enter a closed-course of AxeCrazy murderers to survive for cash and prizes. The production's stable of [[SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness variously villainous]] killers have their own stage personae and fandoms, and many contestants are excited to be hunted by them.
* ''Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity'': This is a 1987 direct-to-video film that transports “The Most Dangerous Game” to [[RecycledInSpace an alien world]] and populates it with bikini-clad space prison escapees and weird space monsters.
* ''Star Hunter'': In this 1995 film, the hunters are horrible aliens.
* ''Film/SurvivingTheGame'': This forms the plot of the Ice-T/Rutger Hauer/Gary Busey movie.
* ''Tender Flesh'': A stripper and her boyfriend are hunted on an island.
* ''Film/TurkeyShoot'': This 1982 Ozploitation movie, also known as ''Escape 2000'' or ''Blood Camp Thatcher''. TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture delinquents and political dissidents are herded into prison camps where they are hunted for sport by VIP's.
* ''{{Film/Utu}}'': The {{Evil Brit}} {{Colonel Kilgore}} treats his pursuit of the rebel Maori like a fox hunt.
* ''The Woman Hunt'' (1973): ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''TAG: The Assassination Game'', starring a pre-''[[Film/TheTerminator Terminator]]'' Linda Hamilton, involves a game played on a college campus where the students playing the game are each assigned a target whom they then hunt down and "kill" with guns that shoot rubber darts. (The targets are free to defend themselves, naturally, and the winner of the game is the last "assassin" standing.) It's all fun and games until the game's obsessive current champion -- who has gone undeafeated over the last five rounds of the game -- goes on a homicidal rampage and starts hunting his competitors for real when his target -- a clumsy, timid oaf who came in dead last over the same number of rounds -- accidentally "kills" the champion when he drops his dart gun while panicked.

* A trucker is hauling a load of computers through Silicon Valley and gets lost. He walks into a bar and asks the bartender where he is. The bartender starts to answer but at that moment a guy with taped glasses and a pocket protector comes through the door. The bartender grabs a shotgun from under the bar and blasts the guy right in the chest, dead. The trucker is shocked by this, but the bartender explains "It's okay - we have too many nerds here in Silicon Valley. They declared open season, there's no limit!" The bartender gives the trucker a map to get him where he needs to go and the trucker drives off. A few blocks later the trucker takes a turn too sharply and all the computers fall off the back. He gets out to survey the damage and sees hundreds of nerds coming out of the woods and helping themselves to the computers! The trucker remembers what the bartender said, so he grabs a gun from the truck and starts picking the nerds off. Suddenly he's slammed to the ground by a cop. "I'm sorry!" the trucker says, "I was told it was open season!" "Yes," says the cop, "but you can't ''bait'' them!"

* LARP/HumansVsZombies: Arguably, once you're a zombie, the game really begins...

* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is ''Literature/TheMostDangerousGame'' by Richard Connell. The story's main villain, General Zaroff, has spent his life hunting every kind of animal imaginable and has grown bored of his hobby. To keep his interest in hunting, Zaroff resorts to hunting the most dangerous game of all - humans.
* A similar theme forms one of the threads of Gavin Lyall's aviation/espionage thriller ''The Most Dangerous Game''.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', the protagonist's father took him bandit-hunting. While the bandits did raid the farms on their land, the motivation for hunting them down seems to have been sport rather than a sense of justice - the protagonist, Ward, later mentions that his father fought in the king's wars despite detesting the king - simply because he liked to kill people.
* The hero of ''Literature/RogueMale'' is a big game hunter whose stalking of an unnamed Great Man (implied to be Hitler) is presented as an exercise in stealth; he wasn't actually going to shoot. Only later is it revealed that [[spoiler:he had a motive ({{revenge}} for the execution of a lover) and would have shot if he'd had a moment longer.]]
* One set of villains in Creator/ElizabethMoon's ''Literature/FamiliasRegnant'' series is a cadre of senior military officers who abuse their positions to hunt people.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' novel ''The Doctor Trap'', the Doctor is taken to a planet where the galaxy's greatest hunters (the Endangered Dangerous Species Society) are in competition to kill him.
* ''The Devils of Langenhagen'', a short story by Australian sci-fi author Sean [=McMullen=]. In the last days of the Third Reich, an Me262 interceptor squadron is visited by some strange and elegant guests -- a couple of high-ranking pilots (and their wives) flying the [[SchizoTech very latest aircraft]] (a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horten_Ho_229 Horten 229]] and a Japanese [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyushu_J7W Shinden canard]] fighter). It turns out that they're time-travellers, seeking to shoot down Allied fighters for thrills.
* Creator/RobertSheckley has a few examples:
** An unusual version in ''Immortality, Inc''. In this novel, a rich guy, wishing to die in style, hires hunters to hunt and kill ''him''. He can hunt and kill them back. The catch is, there's the scientific (and very expensive!) process to ensure that someone will have an afterlife - and without said process, to have one's soul survive death is almost a MillionToOneChance. The rich guy has guaranteed afterlife and doesn't fear death, while the hunters mostly don't.
** The short story "The Prize of Peril". (Got filmed in Germany under "Das Millionenspiel".) A gameshow candidate has to survive contract killers, while the audience may help him.
** "The Seventh Victim" (made into the movie ''The Tenth Victim'') and its sequels feature a world where this has been legalized, as long as the participants agree to take turns being hunter and victim.
* In the Literature/WomenOfTheOtherworld novel ''Stolen'', Elena and other supernaturals are kidnapped to be experimented on and the major funder of this project is a millionaire video game designer who likes to hunt them when they've outlived their usefulness.
* One of the short stories reveals that Literature/{{Ravenor}} took [[BrokenBird Patience]] [[FemmeFatale Kys]] into his retinue after rescuing her from one of these hunts.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', it's stated that this was a tradition in one barony in Uberwald, which is ruled by a werewolf pack. In the good old days, anyone could volunteer to be the quarry in "The Game", as it was known (participation was strictly voluntary) and was released into the woods unarmed but with a head start and told to get to town without getting killed. If the quarry survived (the odds weren't particularly good, but if you were in good physical shape, could think on your feet and knew your way around the woods it was definitely doable) he/she would be presented with a meal at the castle and enough money to start a small business, and it's mentioned that well over half the workshops and stores in the nearby town were founded using prize money from The Game. By the time of the novel, the current heir, Wolfgang, decided to pervert the rules of The Game, primarily by "volunteering" people who he didn't need or want around and sending advance parties into the woods to lie in wait. Then he decided to hunt Sam Vimes, which was one of the last mistakes he ever made.
* This happens twice in ''Literature/TheHardyBoys'': once in the Digest series ("The Search for the Snow Leopard"), where Frank and Joe are hunted with Chet and the GirlOfTheWeek, and once in the Casefiles ("Deathgame"), where the brothers are hunted with Biff, the GirlOfTheWeek, and another guy. Of course, due to PlotArmor, all the good guys make it out alive both times.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', it is mentioned that Araminta Meliflua, a cousin of Sirius Black's mother, tried to have a Ministry bill passed that would make it legal to hunt Muggles.
* In the Literature/{{Dirk Pitt|Adventures}} novel ''Dragon'' by Clive Cussler, Dirk makes a direct reference to the original "Literature/TheMostDangerousGame" and even uses the same method as the hero of that story in order to win. GenreSavvy indeed...
* The obscure novel ''The Sound of His Horn'' features the hero being captured by a sadistic NaziNobleman who hunts human beings for sport.
* Creator/MarionZimmerBradley's ''Hunters of the Red Moon'' is [[RecycledInSpace The Most Dangerous Game - In Space!]] With a twist ending, no less.
* ''Atrocity Week'' by Andrew [=McCoy=]. Rich foreigners travel to a camp in South Africa to hunt natives from helicopters. Those hunted are actually volunteers from a ProudWarriorRace, but it's still men with rifles in a helicopter vs spears. Things go badly when communist guerillas attack and the [[AHouseDivided hunters turn against the mercenaries running the camp]].
* "Feral" humans in the [[CrapsackWorld ruins]] of what was once the USA are hunted for sport [[AfterTheEnd after The Final War]] between the [[TheEmpire Draka]] and the [[TheFederation Alliance for Democracy]] in the [[Literature/TheDraka Drakaverse]]. [[HappinessInSlavery The rest of humanity]] [[FateWorseThanDeath is even worse off]].
* The ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' short story "Lord Toede's Disastrous Hunt" involves the eponymous hobgoblin going hunting for poachers.
* A variation is mentioned in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': when the Dwarves first came to Beleriand, the native Elves assumed that they were just particularly strange animals and hunted them the same as any other. When the Elves realised their mistake, they ceased such activities and tried to make amends (although some did so half-heartedly [[FantasticRacism because they couldn't quite get past how "unlovely" the Dwarves were]]), while many Dwarves [[ElvesVsDwarves never quite got over it]] (and at least one lineage was virtually wiped out).
* A short story by Creator/IsaacAsimov features a man who traveled into the past and discovered [[PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs how the dinosaurs died]]. Apparently, there was a race of sentient dinosaurs who first killed all the dinosaurs (the tiny mammals were spared). The trope should give a perfectly good explanation to the fact they didn't survive themselves.
* Played with in "Novice", the first ''Literature/TelzeyAmberdon'' story. While humans were hunting the creatures known as "Crest Cats" without realizing they were sapient, it turns out that the Crest Cats were hunting the humans right back, [[WorthyOpponent and having considerable fun doing it.]]
* The Bandersnachi of the planet Jinx in Larry Niven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series are hunted by humans, with very specific and rigidly enforced limitations on allowed equipment (which includes what amounts to a tank, as the environment is unsurvivable to humans and Bandersnachi take a LOT of killing). The Bandersnatchi do this for two reasons: They need the money, and they're BORED. The humans get a trophy about 60% of the time. The rest...well, there's a LOT of squashed tanks down near the ocean.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', [[BastardBastard Ramsay Bolton]] likes to kidnap women, release them naked and unarmed into the forest, give them a head start, and then come after them on horseback with a pack of hounds. When he catches them, he rapes them, kills them, and skins them (in that order, if they have given him good sport. [[FlayingAlive If they haven't...]]). It is worth noting that, unlike some of the other examples on this page, Ramsay has no sense of pride, honour, or good sportsmanship in his hunts, and his victims have no chance whatsoever of winning. Though the term is never used (since it's a MedievalStasis fantasy setting), it is clear that the readers are meant to see him as a SerialKiller with a particularly horrific M.O. Occasionally women do escape, meaning Ramsay has a reputation as TheDreaded in the North.
* Shadowplay in Creator/AlastairReynolds' ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' universe; in the post-[[TheVirus Melding Plague]] [[DomedHometown Chasm City]], the effectively immortal residents of the Canopy arrange for "contracts" on their life as a way to break up the monotony of life, with specific restrictions (such as a killing weapon) and time restriction. The assassins are followed by the media, who record the events. Most contracts are set up to allow a high survival rate, but someone has to die every once in a while to keep people coming.
* ''[[Literature/KittyNorville Kitty's House of Horrors]]'' contains several plot elements from a common version of this trope (targets lured to a remote location under false pretenses, elaborate traps, film as trophies, etc). The fact that most of the targets were [[MonsterMash not normal humans in the strictest sense]][[note]]others were dabbling in What Man Was Not Meant To Know or encouraging ignorance of The Danger[[/note]] was the [[RightWingMilitiaFanatic hunters']] [[FantasticRacism motivation]].
* The central premise of ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. Note the similarities (probably unintentional, but hey) with ''Literature/BattleRoyale''.
* In ''Literature/TheBookOfLostThings'' the Huntress surgically combines children with animals to heighten the thrill of the hunt.
* ''Literature/TheExtinctionParade'' has a variation. For vampires, hunting humans comes naturally, so when they want to change it up, they hunt ''rich'' people, those who can't just "disappear" so easily without somebody noticing. (Normally, they just drink the blood of poor people, expecting society to chalk up their deaths to street crime.) The real "game" is in [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident covering up their deaths]], making them look like accidents, suicides, muggings gone wrong, or crimes of passion.
* ''[[Literature/{{Flashman}} Flashman and the Redskins]]''. Flashman finds himself inadvertently joining a party of {{Bounty Hunter}}s illegally hunting Apache raiding parties for their scalps at $300 each (more than beaver pelts are worth). Flashman mentions that he later submitted an article to ''The Field'' called "The Human Quarry as Big Game, and the case for and against Preserving", arguing that to the scalp-hunters it was no different than any other animal. Said article was (needless to say) not accepted.
* One of the short stories in the ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' inspired novel ''Wolf & Raven'' features a woman from a bunch of jaded upper-crust hunters, who play out this trope on the streets of the Sprawl rather than in the wilderness. With cybernetic dogs to flush the game, no less. It's notable in that the protagonist Wolf turns the tables on the hunt club, pointing out that if they don't cut it out and pay reparations to their victims' families, he'll [[spoiler:tell every street-dweller in the Sprawl what they look like and what they've been doing and start passing out hunting licenses so the riffraff can hunt ''them''. Needless to say, everybody who survives at all on the Shadowrun streets tends to be well-armed, so the hunters back off rather than confront prey that shoot back.]]
* In ''Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel'' by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, the villains hunt humans for a hobby. [[spoiler:The protagonists, who have infiltrated them, are asked to take part in the hunt.]]
* In Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/{{Genome}}'', the {{Blue Blood}}s on the planet Heraldica are shown to engage in an old-fashioned horse-mounted hunt, except they're hunting their genetically-engineered servants, who obey their every wish. When they catch up to a peasant girl, they stun her and then proceed to gang-rape her while the others cheer them on. After the act, she gets up, gets dressed, and walks back to the village as if nothing happened.
* One of the TerranTradeAuthority books has a short story about a bunch of bored rich guys who decide to get their thrills by hunting ''each other''.
* A variation occurs in the Literature/JoePickett novel ''Blood Trail''. Rather than capturing people and releasing them to hunt, the killer stalks and kills hunters while they are out hunting.
* The character [[spoiler:Loki]] does this to [[spoiler:Gallerian]] in the ''LightNovel/JudgmentOfCorruption'' novel in the Franchise/EvilliousChronicles, inviting him up on a snowy hunting trip with this in mind.
* In the ForgottenRealms novel ''[[Literature/TheElminsterSeries Elminster: The Making of a Mage]]'', one member of the book's main group of antagonists -- the Magelords of Athalantar -- is introduced this way; he's a wizard who likes to enjoy the thrill of a hunt while using magic that lets him [[VoluntaryShapeshifting change shape into various creatures at will]] and certainly isn't above going after people he's imprisoned first for annoying him. [[spoiler:Because he isn't aware at first that ''he'' is also being targeted rather less formally that night in one of the opening attacks against the Magelords as a group, he ends up as something of a one-chapter wonder.]]
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': A non-murderous variety. Adolin finds hunts against beasts positively boring, due to how the prey has little chance of countering the elaborate hunting methods humans can come up with. He much prefers one on one duels, where warriors can pit their wits against an opponent of equal intelligence and strength.
* RecycledInSpace with ''Duel on Syrtis'', by Creator/PoulAnderson. A GreatWhiteHunter decides to hunt a Martian before it becomes illegal.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheATeam'' episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS1E3ChildrenOfJamestown Children of Jamestown]]", Martin James sentences the team and Amy to a trial, which involves running on foot from the cultists in jeeps while the cultists try to shoot them down. They manage to give them the slip by hiding against an embankment until the cultists pass.
* In the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' episode "The Lion and the Rose", Ramsay Snow and Myranda hunt a peasant girl for sport, because the latter was jealous of her, shooting shooting her through the leg and allowing the dogs to rip her to pieces. It's even ''more horrific'' in the books. The women are stripped naked and then hunted down. When Ramsay catches them, he rapes them. If they "give him good sport" he'll cut their throats before flaying them, and name a bitch after her. If she doesn't, he flays her first.
* ''Series/ISpy'',"The Name of the Game".
* ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'', "The Snare": This hunter is so loony that when he discovers Banner's Hulk form, he is ''delighted'' at the special challenge with his quarry.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}''
** "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E5Homecoming Homecoming]]" (with "Slayerfest '98"). And in the Buffyverse, there is no game more dangerous than a Slayer. They all got killed, either by each other or by Buffy, and it's frankly astonishing that they expected anything else to happen. This seems even dumber when one considers that Faith was supposed to be there as well, but Cordelia ended up there instead. So instead of two Slayers, they were facing one Slayer preoccupied with looking after a normal, basically noncombatant human - and they still all died.
** Genevieve hunts other Slayers, as training to kill Buffy.
** One of [[BreakoutVillain Spike's]] initial reasons for coming to Sunnydale was to explicitly hunt Buffy; he had killed two previous Slayers and wanted to make her his third victim.
** In the ''Angel'' spin-off, a comment is made of the existence of paranormal hunting groups. "[[Recap/AngelS05E03Unleashed Vampire hunting in Eastern Europe. That kind of thing.]]"
* Parodied on ''Series/BlackIsh'', where Charlie makes yet another reference to his bizarre childhood:
-->'''Charlie:''' My father and I loved to spend time together. I always remember when he took me into the forest to hunt for the most dangerous game... ''deer.''
* ''Franchise/StarTrek''
** Kirk manages to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this trope to escape in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E17TheSquireOfGothos The Squire of Gothos]]". He asks his captor, "Where's the sport?" in simply hanging him, as he had planned. Instead, Kirk talks his captor into staging a "royal hunt". This bought Kirk enough time for a DeusExMachina rescue.
** In the ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 9]]'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS01E06CaptivePursuit Captive Pursuit]]", one of the station's first contacts through the wormhole from the Gamma Quadrant is Tosk, who was a reptilian humanoid ''bred'' to be hunted by another species, with a body and mind highly optimized for that purpose. The hunting party chasing him shows up in act three.
** And in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager,'' this is the [[PlanetOfHats hat]] of the Hirogen. Their whole culture revolves around it, and the ''Voyager'' crew winds up in their sights every so often. (Yet, they're ''not'' AlwaysChaoticEvil.)
* ''Series/GetSmart'' episode "Island of the Darned".
* ''Series/GilligansIsland'' did an episode where Gilligan is the prey of a big game hunter.
* Parodied in the ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' episode "Mac and Dennis: Manhunters": not only are the [[UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist protagonists]] the ones doing the hunting, they intend only to humiliate their quarry by doing something involving testicles (they spend the episode arguing over just what).
* Richard, a client in the second episode of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'', pulls this on Echo, who is programmed into a super outdoorswoman. Specifically, he approached the Dollhouse saying that he was interested in a hunting/hiking trip with a beautiful woman who was a highly-skilled outdoorswoman, and they obliged, thinking it was just a variant on the usual "engagement". It wasn't until after he slept with Echo that he sprung the ''real'' meaning of the "hunting" trip on her. However, at the end of the episode, it turns out that [[spoiler:Connell was actually a sociopathic lunatic hired by Alpha to hunt Echo in a brutally Darwinist attempt to make her stronger.]] {{Lampshaded}}, since the baddie's fake name is "Richard Connell", the author of the TropeNamer story.
* Subverted in the ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode "Apollo, Apollo:"
-->'''''Jack:''' I've hunted the world's most dangerous game: man. (coughs) Excuse me, manatee.''
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSinbad'' epsiode "The Beast Within".
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'' episode "The Hunt", which had humans hunting androids that looked indistinguishable from humans. The androids were programmed to be unable to harm humans, though, until they found schematics detailing how to disable that feature.
* In the pilot episode for ''Series/FantasyIsland'', guilt-ridden bounty hunter Paul Henley's fantasy is to be killed, so that he no longer feels remorse for the deaths he caused. So Mr. Roarke sends Henley on a hunt on the island, with a beautiful young companion named Michelle along for the journey.
* The ''Series/CharliesAngels'' episode "Hunted Angels".
* In ''Series/CriminalMinds'' there's personality profile that fits people who do this, referred to as "human predator".
** "Open Season" had two [=UnSubs=] who would kidnap people, set them free in the woods, and then hunt them with bows and arrows.
** "Rite of Passage": instead of a more traditional green setting, the [=UnSub=] hunted his victims in the desert.
** The [=UnSub=] in "The Eyes Have It", while not treating his hunts as sport like the ones in the former two episodes, used hunters' tactics (such as tripwires) to snare his victims.
** The [=UnSub=] in "Exit Wounds" had a hunter's mentality, but tended to just walk up to people and kill them rather than set up elaborate chases.
** They did it again in "Middle Man", with [[LostInTheMaize cornfields]] this time.
** A variant was done in "The Wheels on the Bus..." with a pair of PsychopathicManchild brothers who use high school students as players in a live version of the fictional video game, "''[[UltraSuperDeathGoreFestChainsawer3000 Gods of Combat]]''".
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS01E15TheBenders The Benders]]".
* The ''Series/RelicHunter'' episode "Run Sydney Run".
* After killing a hostile alien, Professor Robinson comes across a "hunter" and he must replace his dead prey in the ''Series/LostInSpace'' episode "Hunter's Moon".
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'' episode "Hunted".
* In the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "Dangerous Prey", an evil prince named Morloch hunts the Amazons as if they were animals.
* ''Series/TheMiddleman'' episode "The Manicoid Teleportation Conundrum" (it's 'The Most Dangerous Game'...[[RecycledInSPACE with aliens)]].
* The ''Series/DarkAngel'' episode "Pollo Loco".
* The ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Witch Wars".
* The Outdoor Life Network show ''Series/{{Mantracker}}'' is essentially a nice version of this. A professional tracker and a local expert must hunt down two people on the show. Terry Grant (always referred to as Mantracker!) and his partner have no idea what their prey look like or where their finish line is. The Prey have about 36 hours to travel through 40KM of Canadian Wilderness (recently, a few episodes have been done in California), while evading Mantracker. They're on foot, Mantracker's on horseback, which is both blessing and curse based on terrain. No weapons are involved.
* ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'' - The final episode of the long-running western titled "The Hunter" featured "Little" Joe Cartwright, played by Michael Landon, being hunted by a war-deranged ex-Army officer. The villain, who fancies himself as a hunter, steals Joe's supplies, water, and wagon, then allows him to flee as his "prey", before later going after him to kill him. Joe is forced to rely on his wits and luck to defeat the villain.
* ''Series/ColdCase'' - The character of George Marks, played by John Billingsley, is shown hunting his victims in forests, much like the real-life serial killer Robert Hansen (see below). He even chose women who had previously been assaulted and fought back so they would give a good fight. [[spoiler:Ok it was probably because his mother didn't fight back when she was assualted and "offered" him in her stead.]]
* ''Series/HumanGiant'' - One sketch featured astronaut Cliff Tarpey who created his own reality TV show called "Lunatics" in which he and two other astronauts capture people, hunt them down, and kill them on the moon, for entertainment purposes.
* ''Series/{{Renegade}}'' - one episode featured convicts being hunted for fun/as target practice by novice/wannabe assassins.
* Served as the basis for a sketch on ''[[Series/ThankGodYoureHere Thank God You're Here]]'' where Angus Sampson found himself playing the EgomaniacHunter (and romance novelist) addressing his unwilling prey.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' features a corrupt small town sheriff who has set up a man hunting club using prisoners from the local jail, often vagrants arrested for no actual reason.
* The ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' episode "[[Recap/TorchwoodS1E6Countrycide Countrycide]]".
* The ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode "Extinction". Van [=McNulty=] was more of a racist bastard than a hunter, but the imagery was still there.
* Premise of the [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi Channel]] GameShow ''[[Series/ChaseGameShow Cha$e]]''.
* Used once or twice on ''Series/ScareTactics''.
* Creator/StephenColbert often asks guests who hunt whether they do this.
* ''Series/TheAvengers'' episode "The Superlative Seven".
* An episode of the ''Series/LogansRun'' TV series had a bored husband and wife CrazySurvivalist types who enjoyed this sport. They've got quite the collection of ankh keys, indicating they'd killed about a half-dozen Runners before encountering Logan and Jess.
* A non-lethal variant occurs the ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'' episode "The Great Mojavo Chase". Paladin accepts a bet that he can avoid a team of man-hunters on their own turf for a certain period of time.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' hunts people as a matter of course, but his idea of a really good time is to go after a killer who is hard to get at, able to put up a fight, or expecting a visit from him. [[spoiler:e.g., a cop who killed her husband and daughter, a public figure with lots of bodyguards, a neo-Nazi currently in prison but still giving orders to his minions on the outside, his friend and co-killer the district attorney, etc.]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' is from an odd angle a quirky version of this. Both the Vorlons and the Shadows seem to have, in different ways, regarded themselves as gamekeepers and the Younger Races as stock that had to be culled from time to time. It is not about a chase scene per se, though.
* ''Series/CSIMiami'': "Hunting Ground".
* ''Series/DeathlandsHomewardBound''. The mad Baron Harvey [[spoiler:Cawdor]] enjoys this and ends up hunting Ryan and his TrueCompanions, who are given only knives against mutant hunting dogs and Sec Men with assault rifles. Needless to say, [[BoringInvincibleHero the hunting party doesn't have a chance]].
* Conversed in ''Series/{{Community}}''. Pierce believes it's badass. Jeff, not so much.
-->'''Jeff:''' Britta, you're not a whore. Shirley, Jesus turned the other cheek, he didn't garnish wages. Pierce, do I need to say this? IT IS WRONG TO HUNT MAN FOR SPORT.
* In ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode ''Gunmen of the Apocalypse'', a group of rogue simulants attempt to hunt the crew of Starbug. They even upgrade Starbug's armor and engines and fit it with a laser to make it more worthy prey.
* A version in ''Series/LostGirl'' where a prisoner is given a chance for freedom by being the prey and the contestants for the position of the Ash (the local leader of the Light Fae) must kill them before they reach their symbol of freedom.
* ''Series/TopGear'' riffed on this trope heavily when reviewing a new 4x4, which Jeremy put through its paces with the aid of a local Hunt and a scent-marker tied to the back bumper. [[spoiler:He didn't quite manage to give them the slip, but it was a close-run thing.]]
* In ''Series/FallingSkies'', Pope seems to view the alien invasion mainly as a chance to kill things that can fight back without attracting any legal attention.
* ''Series/{{Highlander}}''
** Duncan plays the part in the episode "Black Tower" as he is hunted by the {{Mooks}} of the BigBad in an office building.
** In "Patient Number 7", the BigBad is shown to be an EgomaniacHunter with a vast TrophyRoom, who uses a lot of hunting metaphors when instructing his thugs to kill Kyra.
* In ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', the Wraith occasionally capture humans and, instead of feeding on them, release them as "Runners". Runners have a tracking device planted within their bodies and are hunted from planet to planet. They do it both for fun and to use the Runners to find any isolated groups of humans that might be hiding from the Wraith but might help a Runner, not knowing what's on his trail.
* The '80s crime/action series ''Series/MattHouston'' had an episode in which a sporting-goods magnate hunted athletes in this manner.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
** Sylar hunts evolved humans for their brains.
** And then there's Emil Danko, who is an operative of the US government. And although he doesn't hunt for fun, he does enjoy his job and hates the people he hunts.
* In the ''Series/KraftSuspenseTheatre'' episode "The Hunt", a CorruptHick sheriff occasionally allows inmates to escape from the local jail so he and his posse can have fun tracking and killing them.
* The Scythians in ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' are bandits who capture travellers, take all their belongings, including weapons, then release them to be hunted.
* A non-lethal variation in ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily'': A detective/author bets the Partridges (for charity) that they cannot elude him for 24 hours. [[spoiler:He cheated by bugging their car.]] When he does catch them, they tell them that he's lost since he didn't find them ''all'' -- they let the two youngest children spend the night at a friend's house. He pays up. Zigzagged: The kids later reveal that he ''had'' found them, and even read them a bedtime story.
* ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfRobinHood''. Robin is hunted by evil aristocrats in "The Prey".
* The ''Series/HartToHart'' episode "Hunted Harts".
* The ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "The Artful Detective" is about a DeadlyGame being fought on the streets of Totonto. When Murdoch starts getting too close to the truth, he's added to the listings without his knowledge. One of the survivors, a EgomaniacHunter who was the only one not desperate for money, even says he wanted to hunt "the most dangerous game".
* ''Series/FatherBrown'': An Egomaniac Hunter does this to Father Brown at the end of "The Lair of the Libertines".

* In German, the word "Diplomatenjagd" exists, but it doesn't actually mean to hunt ambassadors, even if it can interpreted grammatically as such. Chansonnier Reinhard Mey uses this double meaning for good measure in the likewise titled song. (The state secretary gets shot only *accidentally*, though.)
* Music/TomLehrer in "The Hunting Song", from ''Music/SongsByTomLehrer'', which takes the potential for hunting accidents to its obvious conclusion:
-->I went and shot the maximum the game laws would allow\\
Two game wardens, seven hunters, and a cow

* ''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'': in "First Hunt" two men on a hunting expedition [[TheHunterBecomesTheHunted suddenly find themselves hunted]] by a savage AmbiguouslyHuman hunter.
* ''Podcast/PlumbingTheDeathStar'''s answer to "How Would You Use The Film/SuicideSquad?" is to execute the Squad members by putting them in the wild, giving them some sort of handicap, and allowing eager citizens to hunt them to death. James compares it to ''Literature/TheMostDangerousGame'', although with the addition of the even more dangerous game of superhumans like Enchantress that complicate things. They conclude that the best member of the Suicide Squad to hunt would obviously [[Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor]], despite not being a member of the team, because he's the more annoying than any of them.
-->'''James''': What about [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Slipknot]]?
-->'''Duscher''': Slipknot just kills himself.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Not a literal example, but wrestler Monty Brown had a [[WrestlingDoesntPay gimmick]] as a hunter from the Serengeti, referring to his opponents as "prey" and "big game".

* In ''Radio/TheShadow'' episode "Death in the Deep", a big-game hunter invokes this trope in a ''submarine'', stalking ships and slaughtering their occupants for the thrill of it.
* "Literature/TheMostDangerousGame" itself was adapted to radio several times, including on such series as ''Suspense'' (in a version starring Creator/OrsonWelles as Zaroff) and ''Escape''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil''
** This is the major shtick of The Hunt Club. They're made up of a bunch of aristocrats who got tired of fox hunting and decided to try their hand at...different game. As they're a bunch of wealthy, well-connected individuals living in [[CrapsackWorld the World of Darkness]], they also have the resources to make sure they never get caught.
** The members of the Ashwood Abbey are of a similar make-up, only they do it using supernatural creatures (such as werewolves and vampires) and only after making sure they've "had their fun" with the critters first. The Hunt Club thinks they're pussies.
*** As are the Bear Lodge, who are an actual hunting lodge with their crosshairs on the supernatural, especially werewolves.
** In ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'', this was actually one nickname given ''by'' Hunters to what they were doing.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' 1st Edition supplement ''Sprawl Sites''. One of the "Rich Folks Encounters" is a wealthy big game hunter who's bored with hunting animals and has decided to hunt human beings in the Seattle Sprawl. If not stopped he will kill the {{PC}} he has targeted.
* In the obscure Australian RPG ''TabletopGame/HunterPlanet'', players take on the role of alien hunters, enjoying the dangers and delights encountered hunting on a newly discovered hunter planet, called Dirt by its local semi-intelligent inhabitants.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. The Priests of Malar in D&D's TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms setting have an annual ritual called The High Hunt, which involves capturing a sentient being and releasing them into the wilderness to be hunted for sport.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}''. ''Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society'' #19 Amber Zone "Pride of the Lion". An anti-alien bigot captures a group of Aslan and organizes a hunt, with the Aslan as the quarry.
* Garruk Wildspeaker from ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' started out as an ordinary, if powerful, hunter but after being driven mad by Liliana's curse he turned his attention toward hunting other planeswalkers (tremendously powerful, dimension traveling, mages).
* It's not uncommon for players in ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'' to be ordered to stalk and kill other players. Keep in mind, if you die in the game, you die in real life.
* The present-day setting of the rebooted ''TabletopGame/TrinityUniverse'' has an entire villainous organization, the Society of Minos, who revolve around this trope: they're a secret society of aristocrats, wealthy businessmen, and others of excessive privilege devoted to proving their superiority by the hunting and killing of human beings. They're most vehemently opposed by the Theseus Club, outraged hunters, police officials and others who [[SerialKillerKiller seek to hunt down and kill the Minoans due to their sense of outrage]]. In a blatant ShoutOut, the events of "Literature/TheMostDangerousGame" literally happened in this universe; General Zaroff was a Minoan, and Rainsford founded the Theseus Club after killing him and finding out about the Society whilst rifling through Zaroff's belongings.
* One of the factions in the gang-warfare game ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' are the Spyrers - small groups of rich teenagers who don high-tech battlesuits and come down to the lower levels of the [[WretchedHive Hive City]] in order to hunt poor people. For the underhive denizens Spyrers are terrifying boogeymen and figures of legend. The hunters themselves either view the activity as sport ("No-one hunts like House Ty!") or as a RiteOfPassage (sometimes even objecting that the poor victims would dare fight back against their aristocratic betters).
* The villain Ambuscade in ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'' spends his time trying to hunt immortal Maori superhero Haka. Haka himself seems more bemused by this than anything else, at one point foiling Ambuscade through wacky hijinks without even realising he was there.

* In ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'', the Hunter of Hunters, who double as HunterOfHisOwnKind, is a brand of hunters who hunts people obsessed with blood and in a near-beast status. Subverted that this is done out of MercyKilling.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Throughout the series, the [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent were-creatures]], especially [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]], exemplify this trait. The [[ViralTransformation disease which causes the transformation]] was created by the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of the Hunt, Hircine, and the were-creatures are his minions. For most were-creatures, this is an InvoluntaryTransformation at nightfall, with the exact frequency varying depending on the particular strain of the disease. They are overcome with an intense bloodlust and typically must hunt and kill at least one sentient being while transformed. If they fail to do so, they will return to their original form in an extremely weakened state.
** This is a trait of the Dremora, an intelligent race of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] who are most commonly found in the service of [[DestroyerDeity Mehrunes Dagon]] as his LegionsOfHell. Every Dremora sees himself as a huntsman, with [[PunyEarthlings puny mortals]] as his prey.
** The endgame of the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' expansion ''Bloodmoon'' has such a situation, with the greatest warriors in the land as the prey, and Hircine as the hunter. As a Daedric Prince, he could easily crush any mortal, so he [[WillfullyWeak makes it more fair]] by allowing the prey to choose one of his aspects to face. (It isn't really a proper hunt if there is no chance for the [[TheHunterBecomesTheHunted Hunter to Become the Hunted]], afterall.)
** Played straight but later [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in one of the sidequests of ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]''. When you are trying to save an impoverished old man from a cruel loan shark, you end up as prey in a hunt set up by the loan shark. However, the trope is soon inverted, as it's your character who ends up hunting down the hunters.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Hircine is at it again. This time he has sent out the call to hunters in Skyrim to hunt down and kill a rogue werewolf who stole his Ring. You can join in the hunt and skin the werewolf. Hircine will reward you by turning the skin into his Daedric Artifact the Cuirass of the Savior's Hide. You can instead side with the remorseful werewolf and hunt his hunters. [[XanatosGambit Hircine will consider this a worthy hunt as well]]. In this case he will reward you by removing the curse from his Ring, turning it into an artifact that grants werewolves the power to transform multiple times a day.
* One mission in ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy]]'' also puts the player in the role of the hunted. You are locked in a cell, stripped of all your weapons, and then released to try to escape while a sadistic fat man blasts at you with a concussion rifle, because he's "never hunted a ''Jedi'' before." Your goal is to survive long enough to get to your ship, but when you reach the hangar, the hunter reveals he wasn't going to let you go anyway, and starts shooting at you from ''six stories up''. Up until that point, even without your lightsaber, it's been pretty easy to just go through slaughtering the stormtroopers. Nope, this guy has to be killed from close-up or sniped somehow under horrible conditions, and either way, he keeps blasting the walkway out from underneath you.
* The boss at the end of the "Bog of Murk" level in ''VideoGame/Rayman3HoodlumHavoc'' is Razoff the Hunter, the son of Count Zaroff and a descendant of Nimrod and Artemis, who decides to hunt down Rayman, who wanders into Razoff's house.
* ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' and its sequel ''Manhunt 2''.
* ''Deer Avenger'' and its sequels revolve around a bipedal, talking deer which hunts humans, especially hunters, in order to avenge his fellow deer which have been hunted.
* ''VideoGame/HitmanContracts'' contains a level where the protagonist must rescue the potential victim of a human hunt from an English manor.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'', where NighInvulnerable vampire Walter Bernhardt kidnaps [[spoiler:and converts]] the loved ones of strong humans to incite ''them'' to hunt ''him'' in his castle for his amusement, since [[TemptingFate they can't actually kill him]]...
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''. There comes a point when Vernon is wandering around the cabin area purposefully, but at random. If you ask him what he's up to, he'll respond: "I'm hunting the most dangerous prey...''man''." It's a game of hide-and-seek.
* Catfish, the driver of Hammerhead in ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal: Head-On'', has this as his wish from Calypso: the chance to have a full-scale one-on-one hunt with another human. When he wins, he gets it, successfully stalking and aiming his rifle to shoot [[spoiler:a decoy. Angered by this, he fails to realize that his wish was granted in a way he failed to forsee -- his target (who turns out to be Calypso himself) was hunting ''him'' in return, and Catfish is duly killed and his head mounted on Calypso's wall.]]
* Heavily implied in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic V''. One of the Inferno towns (where ammo carts are sold at a discounted price) is described as being the former home of Demon-Sovereign Kha-beleth, where the town's workers became particularly skilled at manufacturing ammunition to allow their lord to practise his favorite sport - hunting, preferably of two-legged prey.
* Derrick Duggan, Big Earl Flaherty, Deetz Hartman, and Johnny James, a team of psychopaths referred to collectively as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the Hunters]] in ''VideoGame/DeadRising2''. They hide on rooftops and snipe anybody below them for fun. While they occasionally kill zombies, they concentrate on humans, saying they provide more of a challenge and are "worth more points". They may or may not be [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of the [[TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether Halls]] from the [[VideoGame/DeadRising first game]], who themselves had shades of this that weren't played up as much as their CrazySurvivalist ones.
* Bodhi in [[Videogame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II]] loved that game.
* Safari Jack, TheDragon of Stella the turtle poacher in ''Videogame/KingdomOfLoathing'', does this with your character if you play as a Turtle Tamer.
* Ozzik Sturn from ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' likes to release creatures into his preserve and hunt them for sport, often Wookies. When Starkiller runs into him, he goes, "A Jedi. I've always wanted to hunt one of your kind." and attacks him.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has random encounters with Wastelander-hunting [[ImAHumanitarian cannibals]], which will also attack the player if they stick around too long.
* ''VideoGame/SirYouAreBeingHunted'', [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin funnily enough]], has the player being hounded across a procedurally-generated archipelago by [[BritishStuffiness very British]] robots (who wear hunting caps, smoke pipes, and may even be accompanied by robotic hunting dogs). True to the trope-naming story, it is quite possible to turn the tables on your pursuers.
* ''VideoGame/FisherDiver'' foreshadows it with a character whose namesake is the author of the TropeNamer. Unlike in the TropeNamer, though, you are unable to turn the tide in your favor when said character eventually comes after you at the game's end.
* Slayer assignments in ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' can include human mages and druids, as well as nonhuman sapients like elves, demons, [=TzHaar=], and kurasks. In this case, ''you'' are the hunter. Even more ambitious players can ask Death (or Morvran) to assign them battles with boss monsters, many of whom are quite intelligent. Most ambitious of all, Slayer Master Kuradal shows interest in adding [[PersonOfMassDestruction the Dragonkin]] to her repertoire.
* In ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'', when Aiden is infiltrating [[spoiler:[[AuctionOfEvil the sex slave auction]]]] one of the auctioneers texts his accomplice he's found a girl worth taking down to the woods.
* Naturally, the Huntress in ''Videogame/DeadByDaylight'' targets humans for her hunts, post-SanitySlippage. Specifically, she hunted adults, sometimes to kidnap their younger daughters for companionship and in an attempt to raise them, although her [[ParentalNeglect inability to raise a child]] kills them anyway. And now she has a group of people to endlessly hunt to please the Entity.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Naturally, [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1488#comic subverted]] by ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''. The bad guy says "We must ''play'' the most dangerous game," but it still seems he's talking about hunting a person and just using the [[{{Malapropism}} misunderstood]] version of the expression... but no, they play tennis with a bundle of live dynamite while riding angry bears.
** Subverted in [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/hunting-man this]] strip as well. A hunter yearns to hunt his fellow man, the "deadliest prey", only to be told that the average man spends his days on the couch: "Hunting man is like hunting a chimp with no legs".
* As of a recent Arc in ''Webcomic/TheWotch'', it seems that a hunter has collected several creatures from other dimensions (no cameos, sorry), and Anne as well as Robin are involved.
* In ''Webcomic/DeadWinter'', a large group of rich people is apparently behind a game of world-renowned assassins hunting each other for sport, with the assassins and their sponsors getting the bounty when they kill one of the other participants. Apparently, not all of the assassins are in the game because they want to be.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', Bruce Moriatos of TheEmpire has organized a 'practice dungeon' where low level soldiers can train for 'real world experience.' The Souballo Empire often capture Elves and dump them in the dungeon for the trainees to fight and kill.
* Rak Wraithraiser from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' is a warrior hunter. He tracks down the strongest people he can find and kills them to become stronger. His prey is human (or humanoid), but to him, they are all turtles. Did we mention Rak is a giant bipedal alligator?
* In [[http://spyingwithlana.com/comic/hp26/ one story]] in ''Webcomic/SpyingWithLana'', Lana's antagonist throws her into his private game reserve with intent to hunt her down. [[GenreSavvy Lana immediately identifies the trope by name]], and is very annoyed, because "every two-bit crackpot in the world" seems to be fixated with it; she regards it as contemptibly lame. She leaves the house to get her head start, [[spoiler:then hides next to the door and brains the guy with a stick the moment he sticks his head out]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Website/TheOnion'' satirized this trope in the article: "[[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/44462 Maverick Hunter's 'Human Beings As Prey' Plan Not As Challenging As Expected]]"
* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'', of course, did an article on this: [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/so-youre-being-hunted-sport/ "So You're Being Hunted For Sport"]].
* ''Blog/RWBYRecaps'' makes a joke along these lines when Pyrrha throws her spear at Jaune in the forest. [[note]][[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Canon]] subverted this trope- Jaune was falling through the air and Pyrrha saved him by pinning him to a tree.[[/note]]
* Subverted in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. When Sarge mentions this, Doc assumes he's talking about man. In actuality, [[SubvertedTrope he was referring to Giant Robot]].
-->'''Sarge:''' ''"Man."'' Everything kills man. Man's way down on the list! Right between koala and retarded koala!"
* There is a Lego stop motion short on YouTube entitled The Game, which has a more modern setting and Sci-Fi elements. WordOfGod says it was inspired by the novel.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Jumanji}} '' cartoon spin-off, the game hunter is one of the frequent villains. The protagonists eventually just get used to him, even using him against other adversaries on occasion. The one time they get rid of him, Peter starts turning into his replacement -- he's as much a part of the setting as an actual person. There ''must always'' be a Van Pelt, and if YouKillItYouBoughtIt. [[spoiler:They figured out how to cure Peter... and elsewhere, the real Van Pelt climbed out of the DeathTrap they'd set for him unharmed.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' episode "The Hunted" had Jake among the several magical creatures captured by the Huntsclan for their Grand Equinox Hunt, where they're to be released at dawn and hunted down.
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', where the hunter was constantly annoyed by Johnny's inability to survive in the wilderness or even find a decent hiding place.
* One of the "Dial M For Monkey" vignettes from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' featured this. It's a parody of ''Film/{{Predator}}'', complete with Monkey stripping himself and preparing primitive traps to defeat the hunter.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Rainier Wolfcastle expresses his desire to hunt his fellow man in an episode, having bought the local YMCA to tear it down and use the land as a hunting ground. After Lenny says he's taking home a basketball that belongs to the court, Rainier is shown [[DisproportionateRetribution grabbing a gun to and chasing after him]], so it looks like he was serious.
** A later "Treehouse of Horror" skit ("Survival of the Fattest") has Mr. Burns doing this, shown in the above image. He even televises it, complete with sports commentators and guest analyst Terry Bradshaw.
--->'''Terry:''' (''watching as Mr Burns repeatedly shoots the already-dead Krusty'') Aw, you hate to see that! That's the kind of showboating that'll turn people ''off'' this sport.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' had an episode involving a hunter played by David Hyde Pierce and a bunch of robotic animals menacing the Ducks.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdman}}'' episode "Hannibal the Hunter" pitted Birdman against the titular hunter. Amusingly, the villain crows that he has "succeeded where all others have failed" by capturing Birdman, evidently unaware that he is captured roughly every other episode.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' featured Aku sending some cat-like aliens from a [[ProudWarriorRace Proud Hunter Race]] planet after Jack. [[spoiler:After a long, arduous chase, they finally subdue him. Unfortunately for Aku, however, their people have a custom that [[WorthyOpponent any prey who can give them such a challenging hunt deserves to run free]].]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' episode "Safari Joe", the title character is a big game hunter who goes after the heroes. And he does so with ''[[LargeHam gusto]]''.
* In the ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' episode "The Power Within", the heroes find themselves in this situation, with the added twist that the villain [[BroughtDownToNormal removes the Rangers' badges]] to prevent them from accessing their AppliedPhlebotinum powers. The episode's dialogue uses the phrase "most dangerous game" as a ShoutOut.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' had the Stalker, an African hunter whose spine had to be cybernetically replaced after a run-in with a jungle cat, granting him such unnatural strength that he was able to exact his revenge with his bare hands and soon tired of hunting normal animals. His intro episode had him playing this trope with the show's titular character, believing him to be the inheritor of some sort of "bat totem" that would be the ultimate test of his strength.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has the villain Skulker chasing the hero and his rival/enemy in conjunction with the EggSitting plot.
* The ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' episode "The Vacation Goo" had the Smiths (and the busty activities director who wanted to bed Steve) end up on an island that looks like this. In the end, it turns out to just be a theme park attraction where the "hunters" use paintball guns. Of course, the Smiths don't learn this until '''after''' they spent three days hiding in a cave and [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty had to eat the girl to survive]]. In an amusing ShoutOut, one of the men is dressed as ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' antagonist Kraven the Hunter (see above).
** In another episode CIA chief Avery decides to hunt and kill Jeff to eliminate him as a rival for Haley. He tells Jeff he's about to hunt "The Most Dangerous Game" and Jeff begins guessing the most absurd possibilities, some more than once. Finally Stan screams that he's the prey and then apologizes to Avery because it would have gone on all day.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', the GreatWhiteHunter Lord Chumley decides that he wants Optimus Prime's head hanging on his wall. When one considers that Optimus is about ten times his size, more heavily armored than any Earth battleship, strong enough to plow through concrete walls as if they were wet tissue paper, and carries an energy blaster with a barrel wide enough for a human to crawl into, one suspects that the hunter is suicidal... but it turns out that he's actually cunning enough to give Optimus a real challenge, though once Optimus makes it past Chumley's traps and {{Killer Robot}}s, things quickly swing back into Optimus' favor.
* The ''WesternAnimation/KidsNextDoor'' episode "Operation S.A.F.A.R.I"; Numbuh One is taken to the doctor's for moose bumps shots, but the doctor thinks it's unsporting to hold a kid down and allows him to get a running start and acts like a GreatWhiteHunter, shooting shots from a rifle as they run through a jungle. And THEN it gets weird....
* The ''WesternAnimation/DiGataDefenders'' episode "Hunter and the Hunted".
* In ''WesternAnimation/FriskyDingo'', Xander Crews goes on an annual hunting trip where he kills, skins, and eats a mother panda, which he claims to be ''[[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame the most dangerous game]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'': In one of the running gags during the main credits, Jay's boss Duke calls him, inviting Jay to his ranch upon the news that Duke has received a license to hunt man. Jay is advised to bring "comfortable shoes".
* ''WesternAnimation/RogerRamjet'' and his sidekicks meet up with one of these hunters. They deduce that the hunter is, in fact, afraid of animals, and they defeat him by wearing animal costumes. Ramjet wears a bunny suit. It works.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperGlobetrotters'' episode "The Super Globetrotters vs. Bwana Bob".
* An arc of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' revolves around this, with Ahsoka being captured by Trandoshans, dropped in the middle of a jungle, and hunted down along with several others.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheNewAnimatedSeries'' was an exception, of sorts -- Kraven was given a different role in the finale, while an original villain, Shikata, subjected Spider-Man to HuntingTheMostDangerousGame partway through the series. Well, according to the commentary for the Shikata episode on the DVD, [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the original idea]] ''[[WhatCouldHaveBeen was]]'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen to use Kraven.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' did this with Kraven again, although Kraven was also hired by the Master Planner to "hunt" Spider-Man. Kraven's first battle with Spider-Man was a bust, given that Spider-Man had superpowers while Kraven was just a BadassNormal. The second half of Kraven's debut episode centres around him gaining superhuman powers of his own derived from deadly predator animals to even the odds against Spidey.
* Comes up in the episode "El Contador" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', with Archer and Lana being hunted by a South American drug lord and... Cyril (long story). Archer, being who he is, hears the phrase "The Most Dangerous Game" and replies, "[[CallBack Jai-Alai?]]".
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Bender frees the robot fox from a New Jersey fox hunt, so the hunt master decides that they will hunt Bender instead, declaring him to be "the most dangerous game, apart from lawn darts."
* Done in one of the early episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when the last game during a company picnic involved the employees being hunted by their boss, Mr. Weed. Of course in this case, he was just using tranquilizers and the object of the game was to be the last man standing. Peter wins as he managed stay on his feet despite being hit by multiple tranqs and only dropped after he was declared the winner.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': Catwoman does this to Batman and Robin in the teaser to "Shadow of the Bat!".
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' does this in the episode "Primal Perry," where Perry and Doofenshmirtz must escape a platypus hunter named Liam who is chasing them through the Botanical Gardens.
* Professor Pyg and Mister Toad practise this in ''WesternAnimation/BewareTheBatman'', rounding up corrupt businessmen who've damaged nature in some way and hunting them.
* The Pack does this to Lexington and Goliath in an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. A bit of a subversion, as the "most dangerous game" in this case was gargoyles rather than humans.
* ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom'': In "The Great Tiki Hunt", [=McGee=] and his friends find an old Tiki idol and accidentally unleash an ancient Tiki deity. Although the deity initially seems nice, he soon gives the campers the "honor" of being his prey in the Great Tiki Hunt.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'': In "The Most Dangerous Po", the InsaneAdmiral General Tsin has taken to hunting China's most dangerous villains and [[TheJailer imprisoning them]] in his [[TheCollector private collection]]. He invites Po to join him and, when Po refuses, Po becomes his next prey.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueAction'': In "Under a Red Sun", after transporting Superman and himself to a planet with a red sun, negating Superman's powers, Steppenwolf hunts Superman across the wilderness. He cheats by bringing several mooks with him. Superman defeats them by setting booby traps.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* It was not only legal, but ''encouraged'' to do this against Native Americans during the Gold Rush. Many communities in California offered rewards of something around $25 for a male body part -- or the whole body -- and $5 for a child or a woman.
* Robert Hansen, a serial killer who was active in the early 1980s, would kidnap women and then release them in the Knik River Valley in Alaska. He would then hunt them, armed with a knife and a Ruger Mini-14 rifle. The films ''The Naked Fear'' and ''The Frozen Ground'' were based on him.
* In one of his decoded letters, the Zodiac Killer wrote, "I like killing people because it is so much fun it is more fun than killing wild game in the [[RougeAnglesOfSatin forrest because man is the most dangeroue anamal]] of all".
* Semi-related, but before leaving home and going on a shooting spree, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Ysidro_McDonald%27s_massacre James Oliver Huberty]] was asked by his wife where he was going. His response was simply "hunting humans".
* Paintball, airsoft, and lasertag enable people to hunt The Most Dangerous Game without inflicting serious injury, at least not as long as all participants follow the safety briefing. Likewise with the digital equivalent, the multiplayer FirstPersonShooter. Various mock-assassination games played on college campuses could also rate as examples, depending on the game's motif.
* One of the substitutes for fox hunting that has become mildly popular in Britain is to chase a runner instead. A runner who is competing totally of their own free will, and who is not harmed in any way.
* Recently, some hunters in northwest Nigeria have switched targets from traditional big game to [[https://nyti.ms/2qdLI3C Boko Haram militants.]]
* Invoked in the BattleCry of fighter pilots "Tally-ho". Similarly the Germans used "Horrido" (literally "victory") which is an old German hunting call.