->''"No more running. I aim to misbehave."''
-->-- '''Malcolm Reynolds''', ''Film/{{Serenity}}''
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Sometimes it's easier to run. Especially if there are [[SternChase people chasing you]] who want to capture or hurt or kill you. And especially if these people are stronger or greatly outnumber you and to face them is to [[RunOrDie give up your life or freedom]]. In these cases, it's a lot easier to run.

But taking the easy way out is not always the best solution. Living a life on the run can be stressful and demeaning. There comes a time when a character grows tired of running. They decide to stand their ground and [[LastStand fight]] (or surrender in some circumstances) even though the odds of winning are slim. This can be portrayed as very brave, very stupid, or both. Still there is no denying that there is something admirable about a person choosing to face their fears. Notably, it works a lot of the time... but not always.

Sometimes it may not be the enemy that the person is fleeing, but destiny itself.

See also DoNotGoGentle, RousingSpeech.
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In the first episode of ''MartianSuccessorNadesico'', Akito goes out to distract the Jovians while the Nadesico launches. He spends a lot of time just running before he says, "The hell with this!", turns around and starts beating on them with his RocketPunch.
* In both movie and book of ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'', Howl admits to Sophie that he feels this way. [[spoiler:In the movie, it works out well for him. In the book, it doesn't at first, as he goes completely in the opposite direction and becomes a bit too aggressive for his own good.]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', in one scene, [[LargeHam Alex]] [[BoisterousBruiser Louis]] [[GentleGiant Armstrong]] says about his conviction to stays with [[SupportingLeader Mustang]].
--->'''Alex''': The military's methods were unconscionable, [[ThisIsUnforgivable of that I was certain]]. [[HeroicBSOD But I deserted]]. I turned my back on on my soldiers. [[MyGreatestFailure I should have remained on the battlefield and fought this wrong!!]] Ever since I fled from the Ishvalan front, [[TheAtoner Not a day has gone by that I felt ashamed of straying from my values and giving up.]] '''And now that I am on the battlefield once again. How can I put my tail between my legs and flee!?'''
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Usopp, Nami, and Chopper all have moments like this in their solo battles (Usopp vs Choo, Nami vs Miss Doublefinger, Chopper vs Gedatsu). Though the exact circumstances differ, the main point is that they're tired of being TheLoad in combat, and are going to kick ass, which they do.

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* One FictionalDocument in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' details what to do if you're TiredOfRunning.
* Fauna in Roleplay/DCNation makes "no more running" part of her superheroing motive. She may be too much of a GranolaGirl to ever be entirely comfortable with vigilante work, but the alternative of being afraid of her shapeshifting and looking over her shoulder all the time for Luthor is even less appealing.
* [[Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces "My name is UltraViolet...]] [[TookALevelInBadass and I am THROUGH running!"]]
* ''[[FanFic/FriendshipIsMagicTheAdventuresOfSpike Friendship is Magic: The Adventures of Spike]]'': At the end of the "Spike: 20% Cooler" arc, Spike is being chased by some Diamond Dogs when he comes to this conclusion -- he's sick of always running from danger and needing others to save him, so he decides to stand and fight.

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* Surge of the ''ComicBook/NewXMen'': "No. This has to end. We have to end it. Forty-seven of us are dead. Jay is dead. Max is dead. Laurie is dead. Brian is dead. John went insane, and who knows where Kevin is. The X-Men can't save us. The O* N* E and their Sentinels are a sick joke. They'll probably be coming after us next. And the Avengers don't care. It's up to us. The X-Men are half a world away. We can't wait for them. Forge could still be alive, and if he's not, then Nimrod is coming for us next. This thing was involved with Stryker. It helped him kill our friends. So we'll save Forge. And we'll take this thing down." They then go out and beat Nimrod by forcing it into a temporal paradox by overloading the time device.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/TheMatrix'': Throughout the movie, Neo is repeatedly told that anyone who has fought an Agent has been killed, and that he should run away from them. He follows this trope (without actually saying anything) in the subway station when he decides to stop running from Smith, turning and fighting him instead. [[spoiler:He actually manages to defeat Smith, but defeating an Agent is meaningless, as Smith simply body-hops to another person, so Neo ends up running away anyway.]]
* ''Film/{{Enough}}'': Slim spends most of the movie running away from and trying to escape from her [[DomesticAbuse abusive]] ImplacableMan of an ex-husband Mitch, but finally gets sick of running and decides to fight back.
* ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'': After the Borg invade the ''Enterprise'', Picard refuses to engage the self-destruct and evacuate the ship.
-->'''Picard:''' We've made too many compromises already, too many retreats. They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn '''HERE!''' This far, no further!
** It turns out to be a subversion: Instead of a rousing fight and the destruction of the Borg, Lily openly compares Picard to [[MobyDick Captain Ahab]], convincing him that he's obsessed with gaining revenge on the Borg for assimilating him earlier, and he decides to evacuate the ''Enterprise'' and blow it up after all.
* In ''Film/{{Centurion}}'', before climax skirmish with the Picts. Dias even says "I don't know about you, but I'm tired of running" just before LockAndLoadMontage.
* Right before the final battle sequence of the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' movie ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', Malcolm Reynolds makes a RousingSpeech to his crew, telling them that he's finished fleeing from the Alliance and is ready to stand and fight, so that there can be justice for everyone the Alliance has hurt [[KnightTemplar while trying to "make people better."]]
* In ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', Alan spends most of the film running from manhunter Van Pelt. Towards the end of the film, Alan is held at gunpoint by Van Pelt. When asked why he doesn't run when given the chance, Alan replies his father always told him to face his fears. Aptly, Alan's father and Van Pelt are played by the same actor.
* In ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'', once Jaguar Paw reaches the forest while running from the bad guy Mayans, it's TookALevelInBadass time: "I am Jaguar Paw. This is my forest. And I am not afraid."
* Ash seems to get tired of running at the end of each ''Franchise/EvilDead'' film, but by the beginning of the next, he becomes a witless coward again.
* In ''Film/TheThirteenthWarrior'', Helfdane the Fat, one of the older warriors, has been wounded while fighting deep into a cave system with no apparent way out except for through the horde of neanderthal-like 'wendol' chasing them. He staggers at one point, then gets back up and says to the protagonist: "I've run about as far as I care to. *coughs up blood* Run along now, little brother. *spits blood, smiles* Today was a ''good'' day." He then holds the thin passageway for as long as he can before he dies.
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'': "...I'm so tired of being afraid all the time..."
* ''Film/AKnightsTale''. "I will not run! I am a knight!" ...said William Thatcher, after his TrueCompanions and noble-born LoveInterest urge him to flee when it is discovered that he is a mere peasant masquerading as a knight to joust in tournaments.
* In ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings: The Return of the King'' Aragorn gives this speech to Sauron through the Palantír, setting himself up as bait in the hope that Sauron's distraction will allow Frodo to complete his mission.
-->'''Aragorn:''' Long have you hunted me. And long have I eluded you. No more. ''Behold!'' The Sword of Elendil!
* Towards the end of ''[[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End]]'', [[spoiler:Davy Jones is dead and the Dutchman seems to have been destroyed, but the Armada's still waiting. When Gibbs argues that it's time to embrace "that oldest and noblest of pirate traditions", Jack of all people declares that he's "never one for tradition." It probably helps that he knew that the Dutchman had a different captain by now.]]
* At the climax of ''Film/TheFugitive'', Inspector Gerard (who is by now fully aware that Kimble is innocent), calls out to him, "Give it up! It's time to stop running!", implying that Kimble must be feeling like an example of this trope.
* ''Film/TheWarriors'': Cowboy and Ajax are being chased through a [[TheBigRottenApple NYC]] park by the Baseball Furies, who outnumber them at least five to one. When Cowboy gasps out that he can't run anymore, Ajax snarls, "Good! I'm sick of this running crap!" When they stop, Cowboy goes down, and the Furies surround him, Ajax follows up with one of the great PreAsskickingOneLiner[=s=] in film history.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse: In ''Cestus Deception'', one of the guerrillas sums it up as "Resta sick to death of backin up. Resta not backin up no more."
** In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', Hoole and the Arrandas decide it is time to quit running at the end of "The Hunger". They'd been looking into joining the Rebels off and on for a while, but this is also the book where they really get a chance to do so.
* In ''Theatre/ArmsAndTheMan'' by Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, Bluntschli has been on his feet for three days straight without sleep, low on food and morale, has been running for his life the past day or more, and finally makes it to "shelter" in Raina's bedroom, where he holds her at gunpoint, hoping he can hide here from the soldiers who pursue him. Halfway through the scene he caves, points out that [[spoiler:his gun doesn't even have any ammo]]... and then they hear soldiers entering the house. Bluntschli tells Raina to hide her eyes, as it'll all be over in a minute - but of course she has a wild bout of heroism and finds a way to hide him.
* In Creator/JohnRingo's ''[[Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata Gust Front]]'', this is one of the reasons given for why The Six Hundred defended Washington, DC, after a horrific rout, compounded by Darhel interference and loads of {{General Failure}}s, shredded US forces.
* In ''[[Literature/BardicVoices Cast of Corbies]]'' by MercedesLackey Free Bard Magpie says this about the Church. In her case this means staying for her part in a play not a fight.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book "The Message" had the Animorphs tire of running (swimming, actually) from Visser Three and opted to go down fighting instead of being picked off one by one. It was only due to a last-second save by a whale that they didn't all get killed.
* In one of the {{Dinotopia}} books, an entire crew of pirates becomes instant pacifists during a HeelFaceTurn because of this. TheProfessor of the crew even gives a short speech to this effect.
* In ''Literature/ChildOfTheHive'', Sophie [[spoiler: builds mental shields to prevent the Hive getting into her brain. Eventually she decides that the only way to be free is to confront the Hive, turning their mental connection into her greatest weapon.]]
* CalLeandros and his brother decide to stop running from his Auphe relatives and settle down in NYC at the beginning of the series. [[spoiler: As it turns out, running did them no good anyway, as the Auphe could track Cal anywhere, any time.]]
* Rather surprisingly (not least to himself), [[LovableCoward Rincewind]] does this in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'':
-->Rincewind had always relied on running away. But sometimes, perhaps, you had to stand and fight if only because there was nowhere left to run.
* Discussed, to some extent, in Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/ClearAndPresentDanger''. The situation: an American special forces squad is being pursued by a 200-man army of druglord enforcers, who are well-armed but of questionable fighting quality. At one point during the pursuit Chavez, the POV soldier, wonders to himself why they don't stage an ambush or two on the pursuing soldiers, when the pursuers were still operating in small groups. A few well-placed ambushes could've broken the mercenaries' morale, whereas continuing to run could only bring in more reinforcements on the mercenaries' side. Later on, they do stage counterattacks, but by that point it's too late to heavily affect the mercs.
* ''[[TheHungerGames Catching Fire]]'':
-->'''Katniss''': Life in District 12 isn't really so different from life in the arena. At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead. The hard thing is finding the courage to do it.
* At the beginning of ''Twenty years after'' (sequel to {{Literature/The Three Musketeers}}), Porthos and D'Artagnan are assigned the task of recapturing the Duke of Beaufort who escaped from the Bastille. After a long chase, the Duke decides to stop and fight back.

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* There was a skit from ''TheState'' where they played with this. A man escapes from prison (through a wide open gate) and then returns years later, but finds that they gave up looking for him.
* In ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', John advocates this strategy when dealing with [[ImplacableMan Cromartie]], saying he's tired of constantly running from him and wants to turn the tables on the Terminator.
* In the second season of ''Series/PrisonBreak'', in what was either a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome or JumpingTheShark (maybe both):
--> '''Michael''': Are you ready for this?
--> '''Lincoln''': Been waiting years.
--> '''Michael''': Good to hear it. Because today's the day we stop running.
* Although we haven't really seen her much while she was on the run, and she didn't seem to have one specific enemy she was fleeing, Vala Mal Doran of ''Series/StargateSG1'' does this. Daniel later explains this choice to her when she has amnesia:
--> '''Daniel Jackson''': If I let you go, I know you're going to make yourself disappear. You've been running so long, it's almost second nature to you. You don't remember it, but you made a decision to stop running. It's over. Now it's time to come home.
* Between the first two seasons of ''Series/{{Fringe}}'', Peter boasts that they're done tracking bad guys after they killed and will be on offensive from now on. They proceed in the second season to basically follow the trails of deaths again, [[{{Irony}} culminating]] with [[spoiler:Peter's kidnapping]]. Hey, they get him back, but that's still acting in defending with your self-designated king lost to you for a while... [[spoiler:and losing your queen in the process.]]
* In ''Series/{{Lexx}}'', after they've ran away half a season from an unstoppable [[spoiler:end of the Universe]], Stanley and the crew finally decide to stop running to an obvious coward's death and make a stand. Unfortunately, it was a tad too late by then. [[spoiler:For that Universe, at least.]]
* There's lots of running in the new ''Series/DoctorWho''. When the Doctor stops running, [[BewareTheNiceOnes bad guys start worrying.]]

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The song "Runnin'" by The Pharcyde deals with this issue. The chorus repeats, "Can't keep running away... (Run Run)"
* The song "My Wife" by Music/TheWho, although he is not so darn tired of running that he'll face his wife, instead he'll lay down on the floor to get some rest so he can get up and run some more.
* The song "Easier to Run" by Music/LinkinPark talks about how it is a lot easier to run from your problems instead of choosing to face them head on.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* While being chased by a dog, ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} wonders what exactly dogs actually do to cats if they catch them. So he stops running and asks the dog [[AndThenWhat what happens next]]. The dog blissfully starts a ''waltz'' with Garfield. An irritated Garfield asks that he be the one to lead next time.

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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Shepard visits the Migrant Fleet, the traveling home of the quarians. The quarians are a people who lost a RobotWar to their own creations, and have spent the last three hundred years wandering, nomadic. Admiral Shala'Raan [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5LWctIJjmg reveals]] that there's a growing movement among the fleet to return to the homeworld and fight - even though as things stand that would be suicide. Depending on the order you played in, this may come across as unnecessary after Legion explains that the geth would be happy to let the quarians return... if they'd stop attacking them.
--> "We grow tired of wandering the stars, Shepard. We want our world back. We have paid enough for our mistake."
** Repeatedly invoked in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' by Shepard. Despite being forced to bug-out of Earth, Shepard spends the entire game determined to raise the greatest armarda the Galaxy has ever seen, in order to give the Reapers ''hell to pay''!
*** S/he explicitly says this when they are trying to escape from a Reaper Destroyer on Rannoch, also reasoning that leaving it alive would keep the geth under Reaper control. [[{{Badass}} S/he then proceeds to face the 160m tall Reaper on foot.]]
** During the Sanctuary mission in the third game, Miranda reveals that everything she'd been doing in the past few months was a result of this feeling. Her words after killing her father? "It's finally over, for both of us. We can stop running."
* In FinalFantasyDissidia, the Onion Knight finally decides to stop running away from his fights...and then kicks the Cloud of Darkness' ass.
** In a rather surprising twist, one would be well to notice that Sephiroth flees the party several times in VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII. However, it should also be noted that had he faced them at the time, he almost [[TookALevelInBadass would have]] [[ImplausibleFencingPowers certainly]] [[OneWingedAngel killed them.]]
** The one time you DO finally fight him (ignoring Bizzaro and [[OneWingedAngel Safer]] [[TropeNamers Sephiroth]]), it's scripted so that you beat him on the first attack. With an [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill Omnislash]], at that.
* ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'': [[spoiler:In the final confrontation with Dr. Neurosis, Lance is faced by Fritz, who wants to unleash TriggerHappy terror upon him by unloading every weapon he's got. Of course, Lance can have a choice of running away again by pressing right first or by pressing left twice, but that would only waste more time in endless chasing. The solution? Lance has to move left once, and ''then'' right, in order to show Fritz and Neurosis that our hero is tired of running away, then makes a BadassArmFold and a TakeThatKiss to show that he is not afraid and is ready for one more challenge that awaits him.]]
* This trope gets {{Zigzagged}} in {{Resident Evil 6}}. At the end of Jake's Campaign, upon facing the [[ImplacableMan Ustanak]] for the fifth time, Jake decides he's tired of being stalked by it and gives a speech to the subject:
--->'''Jake''': [[TiredofRunning Enough of this cat and mouse bullshit]]. [[BadassBoast Come get some, you ugly son of a]] [[ThisisForEmphasisBitch bitch]].
** And later too, when he loses all his weapons and is forced to fight the Ustanak [[GoodOldFisticuffs hand to hand]]:
--->'''Jake''': [[CrowningMomentofAwesome This is more like it]]. [[RatedMforManly Let's settle this]] [[GratuitousSpanish mano a mano.]]
** Problem is that Jake and Sherry had already faced it 4 times before during their campaign, and they weren's exactly escaping from it during a great portion of it. They even apparently killed him the fourth time they fought it when a tower falls upon it and exploding the plane in which he was standing([[HeroofAnotherStory when they fought it with the help of Leon and Helena]]). Also the Ustanak doesn't even dies after this fight([[StayingAlive despite falling into the Lava and machinery falling upon him while he was in the lava]]), it takes another series of [[PressXtoNotDie quicktime events]] when they are escaping the underwater base [[DeaderthanDead to kill him for good]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In the Season 2 finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Zuko and Iroh find themselves surrounded by Azula and her guards. After Iroh [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome explains how he got the nickname "The Dragon of the West"]] he manages to blow the wall and escape. Urging Zuko to jump also, Zuko replies, "No! It's time I faced Azula!" Zuko gets caught of course. It was probably a mistake to expect Azula to play fair.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' movie where [=SpongeBob=] and Patrick are confronted by {{Badass}} Dennis. [=SpongeBob=] tells Patrick to run. Patrick's reply: "No. I'm tired of running. If we run now we'll never stop-" His sentence is cut short when Dennis punches him in the face and sends him flying. His response after that: "RUN, [=SpongeBob=]!"
** Another ''[=SpongeBob=]'' had Mrs. Puff horrified at the consequences of her giving him an undeserved driver's license - she imagines him ruining the town and decides she'll have to change her identity and start fresh somewhere else...then she resolves "...no. Not ''again''!"
** In another episode, "Prehibernation Week", [=SpongeBob=] promises his friend Sandy that he'd play with her everyday until she had to go into hibernation. Her ideas of "playing" turn out to be a series of painful activities such as a game of "Find the Hay in the Needlestack." He eventually decides to run away from her for the rest of the episode and go into hiding, but at the very end he confronts her rather than running from her and lets her know that her idea of "playing" together just isn't his cup of tea. But in the middle of his explanation she falls asleep and starts hibernating.
* In the ''Film/{{Terminator}}'' parody episode of ''DrawnTogether'', Wooldoor Sockbat makes a BlackComedy version of this trope:
-->'''Wooldoor:''' Like Paul [=McCartney's=] ex-wife... we're not running anymore!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersGenerationOne'' episode "Call of the Primitives", the Predacons versus [[GodOfEvil Unicron]]'s [[FromBadToWorse little brother]]. Tornedron sucks the life out of anything on contact, and grows to ever larger and more terrible monster forms... unnecessarily, since it doesn't need to fight to kill ''anything'' in its path. The assembled [[EnemyMine good guys and bad guys]] have just been trying to survive, when:
-->'''Headstrong''': "I detest fleeing. I would rather die fighting!"
-->'''Razorclaw:''' "He is right! Predacons, unite!"
-->''[The Predacons [[FusionDance combine into Predaking]].]''
-->'''Predaking''': "Tornedron, face Predaking! To the end!"
** As for how it turned out, [[spoiler: they totally die. But they get better. Because Grimlock saves the day. No, really.]]

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* Played for comedic effect in the ''VideoGame/MegaMan''-based webcomic ''BobAndGeorge'' by David Anez. Yellow Demon chases Mega Man and Proto Man around for a few comics, until Mega Man decides to stand and fight. [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000715 And throw in some movie quotes while he's at it.]]

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The hunting tactic of our ancestors. What humans lacked in speed and strength, they made up for in endurance. Eventually, our prey would just give up and wait for its pursuers, unable and unwilling to keep running. Chimpanzees use a similar strategy when they hunt colobus monkeys. The monkeys are more agile, but the chimpanzees hunt as a team to harry it until it's too exhausted to keep evading them. The monkeys give up and wait for the chimpanzees to tear them limb from limb.
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