: (pushing his way through a crowd
) Excuse me... Excuse me... Fezzik, please? Fezzik
: EVERYBODY MOVE
(Everybody clears a path
) Inigo Montoya
: Thank you.
This is where a fight or Chase Scene
breaks out in a public area where there are a lot of witnesses. The camera will invariably cut to a scene showing people jumping back out of the way, if it's a chase scene, or just scattering in panic if it's a fight scene. This is done to highlight the awesomeness of the parties involved. If they don't move, expect to see a Mobstacle Course
Can also be a Stock Phrase
, in which case, if the speaker is in the military, he will likely shout "Make a hole!"note
- While on the run from a pursuing Spider-Man, Ricochet of the Slingers invokes the this trope with a memorable "One side people! Pregnant lady on fire coming through!"
- Subverted in the first arc of Supreme Power; Hyperion is chasing a criminal with roughly the same powerset as he, and the criminal dives flying through a mall. And everybody he comes across he throws left and right through the air with the intent that Hyperion would need to slow down to catch them, not caring if they die or not.
- Done in Advent Children after Cloud smites the dragon and he's chasing Kadaj on a motorcycle through Midgar. A scene is shown shortly afterwards with people dashing out of the street to get out of the way.
- Done in The Incredible Hulk sort of, the crowd seems to be infected with a case of stupid and end up running parallel to the Hulk and his mutated nemesis as opposed to away from them.
- Subverted in Raiders of the Lost Ark, where Indy has to push his way through a Mobstacle Course to get to the truck where the Action Girl is supposedly being held hostage.
- Subverted in Octopussy when James Bond cleverly throws money to the crowd so that they don't scatter before the people chasing him.
- Subverted in the 1993 version of The Three Musketeers (1993) when D'Artagnan throws the Cardinal's gold off his coach to the crowd so the crowd blocks the Cardinal's men that are chasing them.
- Doctor Who: In "The Runaway Bride" the Doctor is threatened by flamethrower-toting robot Santas, so (similar to Octopussy and The Three Musketeers in Film above) he sonics a cash machine and gets away in the scramble for bank notes.
- In The Princess Bride, the page quote is Fezzik the giant doing this where the much smaller Inigo fails to.
- Happens in the original Total Recall (1990) while Quaid is escaping from his pursuers on Earth. The crowd opens up in front of him as he's running away (justified, as he's carrying a gun).
- The Dark Knight: Batman drives through a pair of glass doors on the Batpod and proceeds to drive down a narrow (for vehicles) hallway beyond, causing the people in it to jump/run out of the way.
- The "Some days you just can't get rid of a bomb" sequence in 1966's Batman: The Movie, as seen on YouTube here, particularly between 1:20 and 1:30. Justified as Batman is carrying a large sputtering bomb.
- The Blues Brothers. Most notably in the mall chase, shown with hood cameras.
- In the 1987 film Gardens of Stone, James Earl Jones plays a lifer Army sergeant who when moving through a crowd is fond of saying, in that inimitable James Earl Jones way, "Make a hole and make it wide!"
- Happens in Cats & Dogs when Mr. Tinkles and his goons needed to get through Mr. Mason's factory to his office.
- The memorable Wheelchair Race against Paul Newman through the hospital in Silent Movie. Since it's through a hospital, there are quite a few scenes of people rushing to get out of the way. The highlight being a pair of orderlies with a man on the stretcher tossing him over the side of a ledge in their haste to get out of the way.
- non-chase: Wilbur the albatross does this in The Rescuers Down Under when flying through a flock of seagulls while carrying the two mice. "Excuse me, pardon me,coming through,mice on board".
- In Beauty and the Beast, Gaston is trying to catch up to Belle through the crowd in the opening Crowd Song "Belle." He actually makes "Please let me through" a part of the song.
- In Se7en, Mills crashes through a couple of living rooms in his pursuit of John Doe.
- A more humorous moment in The Wolfman (2010) where Aberline invades a house and interrupts an in-progress violin recital in order to catch up to Lawrence during his London rampage.
- In Star Wars: New Jedi Order. Leia and Han are trying to escape Coruscant by getting to the Millenium Falcon. They are stopped by Viqi Shesh and Dab Hantaq who pretend to be seeking asylum on the Millenium Falcon. Things go sour as the two are attempting to prevent their escape and Hantaq throws a Thermal Detonator and bolts. One of Solo's Security Droids picks it up and attempts to disarm it and almost refers to this trope by name saying, "make a hole! Thermal detonator coming through!"
- Lampshaded in Discworld where its an important part of Theory of Narrative Causality - complete with two men carrying a pane of glass.
- In Space Viking, the host's guards are called to eject Andray Dunnan when he crashes Elaine and Lucas' wedding. The crowd of guests blocks their progress until Otto Harkaman starts shouting and shoving to clear a path, causing Lucas to briefly ponder "the uses of bad manners in an emergency".
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Ford Prefect works his way through a crowd surrounding a giant robot who is resting on a beach by shouting about a scientific breakthrough. When the police show up behind him shouting about a break in, he tosses Walkmen into the crowd so that they won't make way again.
- Invoked Trope in the d20 Modern Urban Arcana setting. Department 7 agents are equipped with an item called a "Synchronicity watch", casting a version of the Synchronicity spell lasting for one minute. It makes (among other things) people subconsciously step out of the way of the character equipped with the watch.
- Grand Theft Auto games are made of these practically.
- Inverted in Prototype; upon seeing you speeding down the street in a freaking TANK, most civilians in your path will simply panic and freeze up, and the ones that don't tend to actually run directly into your path. And no, firing warning shots over their heads doesn't seem to make them get out of your way.
- Not to mention how they seem to be OCD about using the freaking CROSSWALKS.
- Final Fantasy IX; In the final cutscene, when Zidane reveals himself, alive and well, to
Queen Garnet Dagger, she runs down the stairs and tries to make her way through the crowd to be with Zidane again, even ditching her Falcon Claw pendant and crown.
- Any video game where you're driving and not supposed to run over people. The A.I. doesn't catch up with the real person and the pedestrians dive out in front of your car. Then the police arrive.
- Subverted, sort of, in the Yakuza games. Random NPCs wander the streets of Kamurocho, and running into them will cause them to either shuffle quickly aside or get knocked down.
- Drowtales does this subtly here (note someone hanging from the staircase in the distance at the bottom of the page).
- Done later by Kiel when fleeing her Imperial pursuers, including cutting through someone's house.
- Memorably subverted in Buck Godot Zapgun For Hire's "PSmith" storyline:
PSmith: (To large crowd of shocked bystanders) Move aside and you will not be hurt! I am only after the fat man!
(narrating) On any planet other than New Hong Kong
it might have worked.
(Next page, panel of angry, well-armed bystanders aiming at PSmith.)
Bystanders: (unison) Right! We've heard that one before!
- Hilariously used in Freefall, when Niomi is trying to teach Florence that she may need to shove through a packed crowd to get on the train. Florence suggests politeness may work; Niomi sarcastically shouts "My friend Florence would like to board the train, please make a path". And can't believe it when it works (the large robot population quite likes Florence).
- Zebra Girl has a scene where Jack asks Wally to clear a way through the crowd, resulting in the same exchange as in the page quote, except with Wally adding the line "That was a great movie."
- Done memorably in Exterminatus Now by Lothar, who bellows "OUTTA THE WAY! ANGRY KILLER CYBORG COMING THROUGH!!"
- Schlock Mercenary has two examples from the "Mallcop Command" story arc:
- Used by a member of Tagon's Toughs during a Parkata Urbatsu lesson in moving quickly through a crowd. Too bad it wasn't the purpose of the lesson.
- And used earlier in the same storyline by Legs when chasing down a Parkata Urbatsu runner, along with the typical civilian reaction to the military version. Kathryn, the one who interfered with the pursuit, most likely knew exactly what it meant since she herself was retired military, but was covering for the runner.
- Family Guy: In the episode where Peter fattens up Lois, he brings the fat Lois to a restaurant where he announces "MAKE WAY! MAKE WAY! FAT WIFE COMING THROUGH!" and pushes tables apart to give Lois more space.
- Whether on the road and on foot, you can get in a lot of trouble for not moving out of the way of Emergency Services vehicles or personnel as they rush past you to aid or subdue someone or something. The Excuse Me Coming Through bit is mostly exemplified by some glaring flashing lights, an unignorable siren and optimally even a big written warning that should leave nothing to the imagination.