[[quoteright:349:[[WesternAnimation/StreetSharks http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/jogger_finds_death.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:349:Once Becky started stumbling over mass graves, she decided to take up swimming.]]

->''"It's the joggers I don't trust, they're always the ones to find the bodies!"''
-->-- '''Creator/BillBailey'''

The health-conscious analog of DisposableVagrant. Joggers have a tendency of being the target of {{Serial Killer}}s, muggers, and monsters in the woods. Similarly, they are also the most likely to discover the victims of all of the above.

Why joggers? Because it can be a solitary activity and this can be played for scares by making audiences relate to the solitude and helplessness when danger strikes. Recent technology (starting from the Walkman days) has graciously provided joggers with means of [[HeadphonesEqualIsolation distracting their ears as well]], making them easier targets. Similarly, joggers are drawn to nature and secluded locations, both of which make for good places to snatch victims or dump bodies, and are often out first thing in the morning when everyone else is sleeping in. All in all, joggers in fiction are akin to Literature/RedRidingHood; colorful targets moving obliviously through dangerous places where nasty predators do their work.

A less common variation relates to the other usual outdoors activity for common people: walking the dog. Expect the EvilDetectingDog to growl at the approaching danger, get killed defending their master, or run away in fear. It's less common because it doesn't give as good an opportunity for [[FanService loving camera work]] on fit moving bodies, and people walking dogs would tend to be older and moving more slowly.

As a DeathTrope, '''[[color:red:there are unmarked {{Spoiler}}s ahead.]]'''



[[folder: Anime/Manga ]]

* Happens in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', sometimes. Usually, when the murder takes place somewhere open, and if it's not the protagonist(s) who discover the body first.


[[folder: Comedy ]]

* From ''Website/TheOnion'': [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/nations-joggers-sick-of-finding-dead-bodies,2145/ "Nation's Joggers Sick of Finding Dead Bodies/"]]


[[folder: Comics ]]

* Kate Bishop from the ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' was raped while jogging, leading to her becoming a BadassNormal.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan:'' One issue has a woman out jogging in New York, ''at night'', when she hears someone moving in a bush in Central Park. It's Eddie Brock, who proceeds to eat her.


[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* In [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/227352 this]] ''Series/{{Glee}}[=/=]Series/{{NCIS}}'' CrossOver, ''Series/{{Glee}}'''s Dave Karofsky is accused of murdering his friend and fellow Navy SEAL, Kimberly. She's attacked and brutally murdered during a morning run that he usually goes with her on, and since it's not allergy season, Team Gibbs initially don't believe his claim that he didn't go with her this morning because he had a bad allergic reaction the night before.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/AceVenturaPetDetective'' finds the first major clue of the killer's current whereabouts in the storage room of the asylum where he stayed: a newspaper clipping about a missing hiker named [[spoiler:Lois Einhorn]].
* In ''[[Film/{{TheDevilsAdvocate}} The Devil's Advocate]]'' [[spoiler: Eddie Barzoon]] falls afoul of the main antagonist. When [[spoiler: Eddie]] goes for a jog in the park it provides the perfect opportunity for two of [[spoiler: John Milton]]'s homeless [[{{Mook}} mooks]] to beat the poor schmuck to death.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* This happens at least once in ''Literature/TheSavannahReidMysteries'' books.
* The opening of Richard Harris' novel and film ''Literature/{{Fatherland}}''. In which a Waffen-SS soldier out on a morning training run by a Berlin lake discovers the corpse of a retired high-ranking Nazi who has been murdered. (The hapless squaddie is murdered too, later.)
* In ''Literature/CityOfShadows'', a [[ArtificialHuman support unit]] kills a jogger to steal their [[NakedOnArrival clothes after arriving in New York]].
* Highly {{Downplayed|trope}} in ''The Backyard Knows'' arc of ''Literature/TanteiTeamKZJikenNote''. Aya observed somebody dumping trash into Wakatake's school's yard from the ''outside'' while she was jogging, hence confirming Wakatake's complaint a day before.
* An interesting variation in Brooks Stanwood's horror novel ''The Glow''. A cadre of EvilOldFolks searches for young couples to whom they can offer a spectacular apartment and a fitness regimen, [[spoiler: until the couples are healthy enough for their blood to be drained to create the cadre's life-extension serum]]. Much of the regimen for the young couples includes jogging and running.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* It happens an episode of ''Series/{{Degrassi}}: The Next Generation''. Sean runs over a jogger.
* The pilot episode of ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' kicks off with a creature eating a jogger.
* This is occasionally how ''Series/LawAndOrder'' gets from StartToCorpse.
* In ''Series/TheSopranos'', Mikey Palmice is killed while jogging.
* In ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
** In the episode titled "The Popular Kids", The first victim is snatched and killed while jogging.
** Additionally, "The Footpath Killer", although he killed hikers.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'':
** Subverted when the guy found dead dressed as a jogger wasn't really one;the killer just dressed and used a process to freeze him in position so he'd look like a dead jogger.
** Played straighter with the jogger who was killed by the woman with porphyria, so she could eat his organs.
* In a fake commercial on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', a jogger is running in Central Park and runs into a tunnel. Suddenly, his feet are glued to the ground he can lift either of them. As he looks around in horror, he sees another jogger struggling on the ground against the glue and in another spot, a skeleton wearing jogging clothes. As the screen fades to black, the jogger falls over struggling himself. The product: Black Flag Jogger Motel. The tagline: ''Joggers jog in, but they don't jog out.''
* Several ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episodes and novels have played with this trope: a few times when bodies are found in parks or rural areas, a mention will be made to a hiker or jogger finding the body. In the novel ''Mr. Monk and the Blue Flu'', one serial killer preys on female joggers.
* Played with in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E3ImageOfTheFendahl Image of the Fendahl]]", where a hiker gets murdered by the Fendahleen, then his body gets found by a man walking a dog.
* In ''Series/BeingHuman'', a vampire mentions attempting to eat a jogger. It was thwarted when the jogger [[BadassNormal fended the vampire off with a lead pipe]].
* One episode of ''Series/{{iZombie}}'' has a jogger going through the woods and walking his dog. When he takes a breather, his dog comes back with severed foot from a nearby zombie victim.
* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "Murder by Magic", the second VictimOfTheWeek is discovered by one of the suspects out jogging in the woods.
* ''Series/CSICyber'': "Fit-and-Run" opens with a young female jogger running through the park at night. She becomes the VictimOfTheWeek when she is run down by a car. It is later revealed that the killer was using her fitness app to track her.


[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* Wanda Sykes has a bit about how women are always being told how to protect themselves and how the only way to really take the pressure off would be if vaginas were detachable.
-->"I would like to go for a jog, but it's getting too dark... I know, I'll just leave it at home." Yeah, it could be pitch black, but you're still out there, just jogging, enjoying yourself. Some crazy guy jumps out of the bushes and you're like, "Ah -- I left it at home. Sorry, I have absolutely nothing of value on me. I'm pussyless."
* Inverted in one Dennis Leary routine on smoking. He recounts how a famous jogger, Jim Fixx, dropped dead of a heart attack while jogging, and posits that it was probably a couple of smokers who found him.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Eddie Low in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' targets joggers. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential As can the player.]]


[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* One of the several victims of Joe Darke in the first ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' game was a jogger who ran into him while he was burying his hit-and-run victim.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', a jogger was one of the first things the Ybgir Jinx Monster attacked.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror short, Homer runs over and kills Ned Flanders while he (Flanders) is out on a "fog walk". At the end of the segment it's also revealed that [[spoiler: he'd already been attacked (and transformed) by a werewolf, making this an example of both variants at once.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Secrets", a woman jogging at night is accosted by a bunch of thugs. Fortunately, Artemis and Zatanna are patrolling that night.
* As shown in the page image, ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'' has the four presumed-dead protagonists dumped in a storm drain to hide their bodies, where they're found by a jogger.
* Parodied in a ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch that was a ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' spoof with chickens.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Jogging can be a stressful activity for those who have health issues or who aren't used to it. Heart attacks, asthma, heatstroke, etc can result in a dead jogger fairly quickly if there's no one around to help.
* The investigation that led to the arrest of Ivan Milat, the Backpacker Murderer, was jump started by the discovery of a body by two joggers.
* This was tragically, the fate of Chandra Levy. After all the speculation that she had been murdered thanks to her affair with a married Congressman, it turned out she was attacked while jogging in the park.
* Nearly the fate of Tricia Meili, the Central Park Jogger, who was raped, beaten and left for dead in April of 1989.
* It's often said that the popular idea of a "good" rape victim, i.e. one who can't be accused of being in any way [[NotIfTheyEnjoyedItRationalization complicit in her own assault]], is the [[MissingWhiteWomanSyndrome nice white lady]] who's out jogging when a masked, armed stranger jumps out from behind a tree and drags her off into the bushes. Jogging is a wholesome activity mostly done by middle-class or wealthier people, and this scenario doesn't include any of the elements -- like the perpetrator being known to the victim, the absence of a weapon, or the involvement of drugs or alcohol -- that are so often used as proof that the victim "asked for it."
* The body of Elizabeth Short, the "Black Dahlia," was discovered this way. Local resident Betty Bersinger was walking with her three-year-old daughter when she discovered Short's [[BodyHorror hideously mangled]] body in a vacant lot.
* After The Burial guitarist Justin Lowe was found dead inside his car under a bridge by a hiker.
* The 12-year-old victim of the [[Franchise/TheSlendermanMythos Slenderman stabbing]] was able to crawl out of the woods and onto the path of a passing cyclist, who was thankfully able to call for help.