->''"Cut to the chase."''
-->-- '''Hal Roach Sr''', and many other directors who wanted to get to the dramatic part of silent films

A plot, or part of one, centered around characters pursuing one another.

A drawn out chase which forms an underlying theme for a series is a SternChase.

TheyHaveTheScent is common in short chases.

See also the subtrope HuntingTheMostDangerousGame.

Not to be confused with [[Series/TheChase the game show of the same name]], [[Series/ChaseGameShow The game show with the same name and the $ in it]]. [[Film/TheChase The film of the same name]]. Or the [[FanFic/TheChase Fanfic of the same name,]] which features [[MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ponies]].


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* One happens in episode 2 of ''Anime/APlaceFurtherThanTheUniverse'', when Shirase tries to run away with Kimari and Hinata from some older women going on the Antarctic expedition who have tried to tell her not to go before. At first Kimari isn't quite sure why they're running, but later admits that she had fun running around evading the two older ladies.


* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': An...interesting...one occurs because Italy did not want to tell who he liked to [[LoveInterest Germany and Japan]] and only would give details once he was caught. Let's just say he did ''not'' make it easy.
-->Italy: "Oh come on!" The interrogated groaned, frustrated. Once again, how uncharacteristic. He finally gave in. "Fine." Two faces brightened. "I'll give you a hint as to who they are..." He suddenly turned, dust flying as he ran off. "You'll have to catch me first!" As he disappeared into the horizon, a second shout rang out. "Oh yeah! You can't use nets, ropes, snares, whips, other people, motor vehicles, drones, robots, traps, animals, plants, mythical creatures, and anything besides just catching me in your arms! You only have an hour!" Did he have to list that many things? On second thought...probably.

[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheThirdMan''.
* ''Film/TheFugitive''.
** Parodied in ''Film/WrongfullyAccused''
* ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit''.
* ''Film/RaceForTheYankeeZephyr'' (1981)
* The movie ''Film/TheChase''. Which makes it ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}''
* ''Film/TheWarriors'' (SternChase example)
* ''Film/RaisingArizona'' has a chase scene that starts in a store, on foot, moves outside, goes ''though'' an unsuspecting bystander's house, outside again, and finally in a car. Also, there are dogs involved.
* ''Film/TheTerminator'' has a spectacular chase with both the victim and the Terminator breaking both of their legs and ''crawling'' the last stretch of it.
* The middle of ''Film/TheColony'' is this.
* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' is basically a two-hour long chase scene with a few breaks here and there, set off by Furiosa rescuing Immortan Joe's [[SexSlave Wives]], and Joe going out with his entire army and two allies to get them back.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Honored Enemy'' of ''Literature/TheRiftwarCycle'' in which soldiers on the opposing sides of a war [[EnemyMine band together]] to escape the dark elves chasing after them to kill them for a variety of reasons.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/BlackColossus", after his defeat, Natohk abducts Yasmela. Conan chases after them.
** In "Literature/TheGodsOfTheNorth", an obviously magical woman lures Conan into a chase that brings him to her giant brothers. When he kills them, he chases her again -- this time, she is seriously frightened.
* In Poul Anderson's ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest'', chasing the escaped Rupert is half the book.
* The Literature/TimeScout series is full of these, starting with the second book. Mostly they involve Skeeter Jackson.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/IceCrown'', Imfray's rescuers have duocorns waiting -- which then charge off without them, because Imfray is too weak to move; the false trail leads them off.
* [[Literature/TheFarsideTrilogy The Lion of Farside]] is mostly about one character chasing after his kidnapped wife, though the story follows the wife herself for quite a bit of time as well.


[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* The [[TheNthDoctor William Hartnell]] ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Chase,"]] in which the Daleks first develop time travel and chase him and his companions all through time and space.
* The vast majority of episodes of ''Series/RunningMan'' will have games where the main cast and special guests chase or be chased (sometimes both), usually within a building but sometimes even across Seoul. The ones being chased will frequently be trying to accomplish some other objective before they get caught.
* The entire plot line of ''Series/TheFugitive'' centred around the protagonist pursuing the 'one-armed man' who framed him for his wife's murder, as well as the police detective determined to bring the protagonist to justice.


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy'' had this as a major element in his stories as the police detective relentlessly chases a particular villain who gets more and more desperate as he realizes to his terror that [[TheDeterminator this cop will not stop]].


[[folder: Theme Parks ]]

* At Ride/UniversalStudios:
** The main plot of both ''Ride/BackToTheFutureTheRide'' and ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'' involve chasing after the villain through different locations after they just stole an important invention from the main protagonist.
** ''Ride/TheFuntasticWorldOfHannaBarbera'' has Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo pursuing Dick Dastardly and Muttley through various worlds in order to rescue Elroy Jetson.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* [[http://www.indoorempire.com/snuggleninja-gallery#219-1_Attraction Snuggleninja]] is always chasing the butterfly.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', after [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4203 Death realizes the zombie's a fugitive]], [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4205 the chase is on.]]
** Also, annually, Death has to chase down the year, who always tries to make a break for it.
* In ''Webcomic/RedsPlanet'', after Red gives some food to an alien, it brings a whole stampede of friends. [[http://www.redsplanet.com/comic/rp/ch04/chapter-four-07/ Red and her companion ''run''.]]
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': Baam really just wants to see Rachel again.
* ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'': In story chapter #1, Daryl and Skye need to get a mystery item from members of Sarengals cult, and this eventually turns into a carriage chase through a rocky mountain pass.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' has many examples.
** WesternAnimation/PepeLePew and Penelope Pussycat.
** WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner.
** WesternAnimation/BugsBunny and Elmer Fudd/ Yosemite Sam/ various unnamed characters.
** WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird.
** WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales and various unnamed characters.
* WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry.
* [[WesternAnimation/DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines Dick Dastardly and Yankee Doodle Pigeon.]]
* [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs Gargamel and the Smurfs.]]
** ... etc., etc., etc., etc., we get it, cartoons involve chasing.
* The entire plot of the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' episode "Reality Trip". The [[GovernmentAgencyOfFiction Guys in White]] constantly pursue [[PowerTrio Danny and friends]] after Danny accidentally exposed his half ghost power to the public.
* The episode "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Chase]]" of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' stands out among numerous episodes dealing with the Fire Nation's pursuit of the heroes.
* Most of the ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit'' features end with a particularly spectacular chase. "The Wrong Trousers" is notable for having a chase sequence which occurs ''entirely indoors''.
* There is an obscure animation named (approximately) "The Little and the Big" which consists out of ''nothing but'' the Big chasing the Little, encountering every painful mishap ever invented for the Big, plus some creative new ones (Escher geometry is not your friend). The film finally ends with two rockets (Little enters and escapes...Big enters and closes the door [[OhCrap which has a big "H" painted on, as in "Hydrogen nuke"...Kaboom.]]