An X Meets Y
cross between a Chase Scene
and a Fight Scene
. At least two combatants are battling in a normal way, but their fight takes them on a journey as well. This could be because one or both fighters is trying to get to a specific destination, or maybe because they're just trying to get away
from the beatdown they might be taking.
When on the ground, this could feature copious amounts of Le Parkour
and Roof Hopping
, these fights tend to go anywhere and everywere. This is also highly improbable, as the fighters, if human, would likely be tired out of their minds to fight, run and give snappy quips
at the same time. Of course, the fighters could be simply superhuman.
If this is seen as a video game mechanic in a Fighting Game
, that is Free Floor Fighting
. See also Get Back Here Boss
While this is often referred to as a Stern Chase
in naval warfare, that
trope actually refers to a much longer pursuit with actual fighting being relatively rare, such as a fugitive
on the run from the law.
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Anime and Manga
- In Soul Eater this is how the fight between Sid and Mifune goes (while essentially snowboarding without the boards no less).
- In the Davy Back Fight arc of One Piece, Zoro and Sanji do this as they attempt to reach Tonjit so they can tag him.
- In Naruto, Pain and the Kyuubi engage in this. Both are near-godlike beings, and the anime uses deliberate Off Model animation to emphasise the speed and power of the chase.
- In Ranma ½, occasionally the fights turn into this, but a couple of them were explicitly this, because they were a race to the finish line while trying to take out the competition at the same time.
- Lupin III Episode 0 First Contact: The duel between Lupin and Goemon. Lupin runs away as an increasingly frustrated Goemon tries to fight him. It begins with Goemon on foot, chasing Lupin in a car, then they're running on top of cars, as well as around Central Park. Lupin mostly just wants to escape.
- Batman: Under the Red Hood has several. The Red Hood always runs from Batman until their final encounter, usually fighting the whole way.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- The fight between Jack, Will and Norrington from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest.
- Morpheus and Trinity's highway battle against The Twins in The Matrix Reloaded while trying to reach an exit so they can escape the Matrix.
- Star Wars:
- The Phantom Menace: Obi-Wan & Qui-Gon vs. Darth Maul.
- Revenge of the Sith Obi-Wan vs. Anakin.
- The beginning of Episode IV: A New Hope. Princess Leia's starship is fighting with Darth Vader's Star Destroyer as she tries to escape so she can give technical data on the Death Star to the Rebel Alliance.
- G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The scene where the Baroness and Storm Shadow are driving to the Eiffel Tower in order to attack it and fighting with the Joes as they do so.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark. The running battle between Indiana and the Nazi convoy that's trying to get the Ark to Cairo. Indiana chases after it on a horse, eventually boards the truck and fights everyone involved.
- The Blues Brothers. The title characters are trying to get to the Cook County Assessor's office to pay the tax on the orphanage. They're pursued by police officers, National Guard troops, Nazis and a country-western band, with much destruction along the way.
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the two main female characters have one of these across the rooftops.
- Total Recall (1990) (1990). Benny drives Quaid and Melina to the Last Resort as Richter and his partner follow in their car, with both parties shooting at each other.
- Heat (1995) has the running firefight that takes place after a botched robbery.
- Midway through Ong Bak, Tony Jaa partakes in one of these. Naturally, he is trying to avoid confrontation, but as soon as he gets cornered, he lays a serious beat down on any of those dumb enough to attack him.
- Horatio Hornblower: The first-published book, The Happy Returnnote , featured a climactic chase between Captain Hornblower's frigate HMS Lydia against the much more powerful warship Natividad. Also, the Natividad's stern guns have a longer range than the Lydia's forward guns, which means that the Lydia has to soak several hits before she can get close enough to return fire. To pass the time, and to keep his men from realizing how nervous he is about the situation, he invites his officers to a game of cards, and orders the sailors to have a dancing competion, even as cannon shot from the Natividad lands all around them.
- Honor Harrington, of course, being Horatio Hornblower IN SPACE, features more than a few of these. The first book has a lone undergunned light cruiser doggedly chasing down a much more powerful merchant cruiser, later books have entire fleets engaging in chases when one fleet or the other is forced to disengage and retreat, with their enemies not wanting them to escape with their forces intact. One book has an outmatched force trick a much larger force into chasing them deeper into the system so that their reinforcements can trap the attacking fleet inside the system hyperlimit.
- ECW matches tended to go all over the arena.
- WWE "Hardcore" matches often go backstage, and recently Kane chokeslammed Rey Mysterio Jr into the Gulf of Mexico after Mysterio Hurricanrana'd Jack Swagger into the ocean. (The match started in an arena that's within spitting distance to the ocean.)
- The climax of the second half of Bunnykill 5 involves Dust, in full-on Roaring Rampage of Revenge mode after the Psycho Serum incident that led to him killing Snowball, having an awesome one of these against Smoke, one of the two bad guys responsible for the incident, involving Dust leaping from vehicle to vehicle, mowing down or shanking mooks in his way, and battling Smoke in his damaged helicopter gunship with machine guns and rockets, and ultimately having a one-on-one duel atop a moving semi that gets destroyed during the battle.
- Red vs. Blue shows Maine, Carolina, and York trying to get a briefcase from Insurrectionist soldiers, while racing down a highway.
- The climactic battle between Aang and Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender was this on both sides, at various times.
- \ In the Sequel Series, The Legend of Korra, Tenzin fights Zaheer in the episode "The Ultimatum". The first part of the fight is a chase, with Zaheer trying to escape from Tenzin so they can fight on higher grounds.
- Any of the Family Guy fights that pit Peter against the giant chicken.
- In the Popeye cartoon "A Dream Walking," Popeye and Bluto chase after a sleepwalking Olive while fighting over who gets to save her.
- The final season of Star Wars: Clone Wars features a long scene with three Jedi and Chancellor Palpatine fleeing from General Grievous and occasionally stopping to fight him.
- In Thundercats 2011 Thundera's Gladiator Games in their thunderdome take this format: a race between two Catfolk competitors climbing, swinging, jumping and running up a giant tree to to ring a bell at its top, where violent kicking and punching in order to knock a competitor out of the tree are entirely acceptable methods of getting ahead. Young Prince Lion-O challenges Tygra to a match only to suffer a particularly humiliating Ring Out, landing in a pool of water below.
- Batman: The Animated Series: In "His Silicon Soul," the android Batman chases the real Batman around the Bat Cave as they fight.