Catch That Pigeon
Animated plots frequently involve natural enemies chasing or hunting each other. Named for the Animated Series Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. In that case, its enemy pilots and an Instant Messenger Pigeon. Can be Road Runner vs. Coyote if we see them comically failing repeatedly to catch it.
- One story in the Warhammer 40K comic Deff Skwadron involves the orks repeatedly failing to intercept a messenger squig. So they breed a special hunting squig to take it down, but find that it won't come back once the messenger is caught. The story ends with the skwadron's boss repeating "Catch that squig!"
- Wolf and Hare from Nu, Pogodi!.
- Pwt and Crraw in Muse Magazine.
- Sid & Al's Incredible Toons is a video game example.
- Tom and Jerry: The cat, Tom, is always chasing or otherwise trying to thwart the mouse, Jerry. It rarely ends well for Tom.
- Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies:
- Sylvester and Tweety. The former, a cat, really wants to eat the latter, a canary, but never succeeds.
- Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Wile E. Coyote tries repeatedly and fails repeatedly to catch the Road Runner so he can feast on him.
- Affable doofus hunter Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny and/or Daffy Duck.
- Hanna-Barbera's cell-by-cell rip off Blast-Off Buzzard and intended prey, Crazylegs the Snake, did exactly the same thing as the Road Runner and Coyote but much worse.
- De Patie-Freleng's "The Ant and the Aardvark."
- As mentioned in the description, the Trope Namer is Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines.