Chased Off into the Sunset
So the story has ended. The villain has been defeated, the orphanage will stay open, the girl has been rescued, and everyone just sits back to relax and celebrate their victory
Not necessarily... a character ends up chasing after another character, usually out of anger. Normally, this trope is Played for Laughs
as the chased offender may have insulted someone else, did something stupid or wrong, or maybe committed some offense earlier on in the story
. The two (usually it's two characters) end up in a chase while the others may look on, sometimes with indifference or sometimes even in amusement
(bonus points if they're friends or teammates
). Extra bonus points if the character being chased is the defeated villain (who apparently does not Know When to Fold 'Em
For this trope to apply, the chase has to happen at the end of the story. This could be the very end of a movie or TV show episode or just the end of an individual story in an anthology or a skit in a sketch comedy/variety show.
A type of Chase Scene
and may overlap with Everyone Chasing You
. If the chaser is an animal, it's Exit, Pursued by a Bear
. Compare and contrast with Off-into-the-Distance Ending
Anime and Manga
- At the end of Episode 4 of the Little Lulu anime, after the Endurance Test is over and Tubby is awarded the medal for going the longest without any food, Tubby then figures out that someone else also walked the course besides himself, before pointing out that Lulu was the one who brought back the food that he hid the night before. Lulu then tells Tubby that she didn't want him to break the rules, which culminates in Tubby chasing after Lulu. Of course, earlier in the episode, when Tubby explains to Lulu about the food he hid all over the course the night before, Lulu was Obfuscating Stupidity to throw off Tubby's suspicions.
- In Daily Lives of High School Boys, in the strip High School Boys and the New Term, Yoshitake and his group attended school one day before the term actually starts because the teacher misinformed them. It ends up with the students chasing after the teacher.
- The 2nd opening and ending of The Familiar of Zero ends with Saito being chased by Louise.
- Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie: With the day saved, Sonic runs for the horizon. Tails and Knuckles follow, then everyone else piles into Robotnik's Eggmobile and flies after. Sonic realizes that everyone is following him, and he puts on a burst of speed before the credits roll.
- Lupin III: A number of movies and episodes end with Zenigata chasing Lupin off to the next adventure.
- One episode of Pokémon ended with Misty chasing after Ash after suddenly remembering he still owed her a new bike.
- Frequently pops up in the European Scrooge McDuck stories (see Never My Fault for more details). When one of Scrooge's plans to make more money fails, rather than accept responsibility, Scrooge blames Donald Duck. The story then ends with an angry Scrooge chasing after Donald, often carrying a big club or mace. Huey, Dewey, and Louie usually look on, sometimes with indifference but sometimes chortling with amusement.
- Depending on the story, Donald may have indeed caused the disaster for which Scrooge blames him. For example in the finale of The Seven Wonders of the Ducks (1990), Donald accidentally activates the Self-Destruct Mechanism of the Money Bin. In Uncle Scrooge and the Hittite Chariot (1982), Scrooge has managed to locate the titular chariot, which reportedly had mystical qualities, and assigns its transportation to Donald. Donald decides to remove and throw away some heavy and seemingly useless elements of its equipment, to make the chariot lighter and easier to transport. Much later the Ducks discover that the mystical qualities were solely due to the removed parts, which were by then destroyed. In both cases, the story ends with this trope.
- Huey, Dewey, and Louie were victims of this themselves, usually with Donald wielding a switch or other instrument of corporal punishment.
- This happens in virtually every last panel of every story in the Spanish comic series Clever & Smart, with the two bumbling secret agents typically being chased by their boss, his secretary, the agency's scientist, or a combination thereof because they (again) screwed up their case big time. Sometimes, Clever will also use his superhuman camouflage skills to hide as a cactus, cow etc. with Smart hiding "in" him, and their suspicious pursuers in the vicinity looking around for them.
- An Archie Comics story had Jughead timing Archie for the latter's partaking in a track meet, where he is astonished to learn that he just broke the record for being the fastest there is. Come the day of the track meet, after Archie wins the race, Coach Kleats then reveals to Archie that Jughead's stopwatch is actually a lot slower than Archie, which angers Archie so much that he starts chasing Jughead at the end of the story.
- One of the Valhalla comic albums ends this way. Earlier in the story, Loki lures a giant's horse away to make sure the giant can't complete a bet. He does this by disguising himself as a mare - and months later, comes back with a gift for Odin, the eight-legged steed Sleipnir. Loki runs into the male horse again at the end of the story and promptly flees for his life with the horse in pursuit.
- Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls ends with Ace being chased through the jungle by the native tribes, after they discover The Chief's Daughter is no longer a virgin.
- Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: Played with, the movie ends with Buck realizing his nemesis Rudy (the great white Baronyx) is still alive, and goes back to continue fighting him.
- The 1932 Laurel and Hardy film "Pack Up Your Troubles" plays this trope straight. Early on, Stan and Oliver get an Army cook in trouble. He vows that if he ever comes across the duo again, he'd come after them with a knife. At the end of the film, when they've happily resolved everything, they're asked to stay to eat. The cook turns out to be the former Army cook from before - and he makes good on his threat as he chases Laurel and Hardy off into the distance.
- The Alternate Ending of Faster has the protagonist driving off into the sunset, pursued by police cars.
- The Castle of Cagliostro ends with Lupin III and his cronies fleeing in a car away from the police into the sunset.
- The Mystery of Mamo provides a twist, by having Zenigata handcuff Lupin, then having them both run off together being chased by missiles launched by the US and Russia.
- The Three Musketeers (1993) ends with D'Artagnan and all the musketeers chasing off Girard and his men. This is also a Bookends as D'Artagnan's introduction showed him being chased by Girard and his men.
- Happened at least once in Fangface - one episode ended with Puggsy angrily chasing Sherman "Fangs" Fangsworth into the distance. This ended up happening when Fangs' alter ego, Fangface, attempted to eat Puggsy and then changed back. As Fangs had no memory of what his werewolf self did, he's puzzled as to why he's being chased.
- Done in DuckTales after Launchpad McQuack crashes a spaceship right into Scrooge McDuck's swimming pool.
- This happens at the end of the Mr. Bogus episode "Waterboy Bogus", when Mole accidentally pokes Ratty in the backside with his trident. When Mole tries apologizing to an angry Ratty that he didn't mean to poke him, Ratty takes the trident from Mole and starts chasing after him across the water, as sort of a Shout-Out to the Little Lulu example above.
- Aristotle chases after Socrates at the end of the Adventures from the Book of Virtues episode "Moderation", after Socrates eats the remaining cookies in the jar.
- This is a typical ending for MGM's Tom and Jerry cartoons.
- In "The Bodyguard," the dog catcher's truck drives away with Spike the bulldog penned inside. Jerry Mouse pursues the truck, hoping to free Spike a second time. Tom Cat pursues Jerry Mouse because that's what Tom does.
- In "Part Time Pal," a drunken Tom Cat is chased under the moonlight by a vengeful Mammy Twoshoes.
- Inverted in "Doctor Jekyll And Mister Mouse," where it's Jerry chasing an ultra-miniaturized Tom around the house.
- Played with in "Texas Tom," where Jerry Mouse rides Tom Cat like a bronco into the western sunset.
- Played straight in the 1934 Merrie Melodies short "The Miller's Daughter". At the end of the cartoon, the lady of the house angrily lashes out at the cat, thinking it had broken a lamp. The two statues watch with pleasure as she chases the cat out of the house and into the distance.
- The Garfield and Friends episode "Weighty Problem" ended with Jon angrily chasing after Garfield after learning that the latter had tampered with the scale into making him think that he needed to lose extra weight.
- The Static Shock episode "The Usual Suspect" ends with Virgil's sister, Sharon, chasing after him after one too many wisecracks.
- There are a couple of episodes of Pucca that end with Garu being chased by the titular character as she wishes to kiss him (which Garu does not like).
- Koopa runs after Cheatsy at the end of The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 episode "Princess Toadstool for President" after he explains why he voted for Princess over him.
- Adventure Time:
- In "What was Missing", Finn, Jake, Bubblegum, and Marceline spend the day opening the Doorlord's gate by forming a band and playing a song. In the end they get in and retrieve their stolen items. Finn points out that Marceline didn't lose anything, but she just wanted to hang out. Marceline gets angry, transforms into a large monster, and chases the other characters while they laugh at her.
- In "The New Frontier", Finn has managed to rescue Jake from dying in a situation that he was going to fatalistically embrace after what he thought was a psychic dream predicting his death. Finn jokes that since he wasn't present in the original dream he'll have to never leave Jake's side ever again, squashing himself against him creepily. Jake runs away laughing, and Finn chases him as the episode ends.
- The 1960 Yogi Bear cartoon "A Bear Pair" has Yogi and Boo-Boo winning a free trip to Paris, France. Before leaving, Ranger Smith reminds them that they are goodwill ambassadors from Jellystone; however, when Yogi mentions being an ambassador later on, this leads to a belief among the French that the two bears are visiting dignitaries. Yogi ends up creating an international incident when he unwittingly insults a French chef and his carefully prepared meal. They're expelled from the country; upon their return, an angry Ranger Smith chases Yogi into the distance while clubbing him with a baseball bat.
- The closing credits for The Real Ghostbusters ends with the Ghostbusters chasing after Slimer for tripping them up during a parade held in their honor.
Why does every story end with the hero getting chased off in the distance?
I don't know, but at least it's better than getting chased underground!