"Put your helmet on, we'll be reaching speeds of three!"The High Speed Chase Scene has been a staple of action movies for decades, and the most obvious way to parody it is to remove the "high speed" part, and have the action take place below 5mph. With that simple change, all the usual staples - the Sheet of Glass, the Lemming Cops, the Wronski Feint - become ridiculous, while tropes like Slo-Mo Big Air and Every Car Is a Pinto become downright surreal. Expect heaping helpings of Overly Long Gags as characters desperately brace for an impact that's a long time coming. Relies heavily on Mundane Made Awesome, and usually an Unconventional Vehicle Chase. While it might be hard to believe, a dramatic variant also exists. Just make the pursuer a terrifying Implacable Man and the pursued a broken wreck trying to crawl away from a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. This has to be done carefully, or it can easily slip into Narm territory. Note that Slow Motion chases don't count - the characters should actually be travelling at that speed.
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- A commercial for winter tires once featured cops trying to chase a pair of thieves in a snowstorm so thick that both vehicles are unable to move... and the guy in each passenger seat is trying to get the vehicle moving with a push.
- The commercial for Mario Kart DS shows a pair of old women in a golf cart at an airport being chased by airport security in another golf cart.
Anime & Manga
- Scorpiomon (who had just eaten, and is not in the greatest shape in the first place) chasing Joe, Mimi, Palmon, and Gomamon (who are all exhausted) in Digimon Adventure.
- In Pokémon, Team Rocket steal Whitney's Clefairy and flee to the station only to find that the trains aren't running. They attempt to escape by pumping a manual cart, but it is so slow a bewildered-looking Pikachu is able to stroll along beside them.
- Astérix and the Golden Sickle: Asterix and Obelix are chasing an ox cart on a Roman highway, but since the cart goes at a leisurely walking pace, they easily catch up with it. Yet the ironic caption for the panel is "And the breathtaking chase begins!" Obelix stops the cart by dovetailing it and stopping in front of it, which obviously is not impressive at all when done at 5 MPH.
- Used in a story of Cattivik: Our anti-hero is chased by a stubborn carabiniere and the fast chase slowly declines to a walking pace, then to a agonizing crawl.
Films — Animated
Films — Live-Action
- Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: Austin and Vanessa make their escape in a steamroller. Made extra ridiculous when a guard standing about fifty feet away from them stands right in their path for about thirty seconds, repeatedly screaming "NOOOOOOOOOO!" as they very slowly approach, and eventually flatten him.
- Blades of Glory boasted a hilarious chase scene between one of the protagonists and antagonists which happens while they're both wearing ice skates—on pavement.
- Undercover Brother. The title character and Sista Girl are chased by security guards on a golf course - with both groups driving electric golf carts.
- Mystery Science Theater 3000 did this a lot, as it seems many low-budget movies didn't have the budget or influence to get permission to cordon off roads or exceed the speed limit.
- In the MST3K'ed Space Mutiny, the final chase is down an inside corridor between what looks like a handful of modified baggage carts (Mike and the Bots referred to them as 'floor waxers'). It's hard to look action-packed when it's pretty clear that any of the actors could get out on foot and run laps around the pursuers and pursued. The climactic showdown between the Hero and Villain ended with a chase in said carts, which is as undignified as one would imagine.
- In the episode The Atomic Brain there's a moment where the dottering old woman who serves as the film's antagonist sets off after a pair of young girls. Servo quips "Oh, this is going to be some chase scene."
- Similarly, the Ed Wood movie Jail Bait features a car chase at about 20 MPH, possibly because Wood couldn't afford stunt drivers or insurance.
- A dramatic example in Snake Eyes as a badly-beaten Santoro staggers away to try and find the girl his former friend Dunne is hoping to kill. Dunne, knowing he'll lead him right to the girl, simply walks calmly after him.
- Something similar happens in the slow-speed climax of A Fish Called Wanda, when Otto is trapped in cement and is unable to run away from Ken, gradually approaching in a steamroller.
- The stair lift chase in the German movie Neues vom Wixxer. It even ends in an Every Stairlift is a Pinto moment.
- One chase scene in The Way of the Gun was so slow that the henchmen following the crooks who just kidnapped the pregnant lady were pushing the car along with their feet.
- The Terminator series and spinoffs use the implacable man variant, with a damaged Terminator pursuing an injured human, especially in the climax of the first movie.
- In OSS 117: Lost in Rio, the hero finds the Nazi bad guy in an hospital, as both are injured (the hero is tethered to a transfusion rig which he also uses as a walking stick). Cue very slow pursuit with the appropriate chase music.
- Cockneys vs. Zombies has a scene where an elderly man with a Zimmerframe is chased by a shambling zombie.
- The Heat has the overweight, out-of-breath and possibly slightly concussed Sgt. Mullins pursuing a drug dealer whose groin she just pulverised by yanking him down onto the fence he was trying to clamber over, both of them shambling and groaning. She eventually catches him up by throwing a watermelon at his back, knocking him down.
- In Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Alan, Pat and Michael lead the police on a low speed chase in the mobile studio, broadcasting traffic information about the low speed chase while they do so.
- The Ed Wood turkey Jail Bait has a car chase that looks as if they're doing 10 MPH.
- Invoked in Deadpool where Deadpool cripples one of the Big Bad's associates on a hockey rink and chases him down on a Zamboni to make the whole thing as comedically sociopathic as possible. It even switches camera angles to reveal that instead of being right on top of the doomed minion, as it originally seemed, Deadpool and the Zamboni are still halfway across the rink from him.
Deadpool: TELL ME WHERE YOUR F***IN' BOSS IS OR YOU'RE GONNA DIE! ...IN FIVE MINUTES!
- Dramatic variant in We Own The Night, where the heroes are simply in the middle of a commute when the bad guys pull up alongside them and start shooting. The ensuing chase is in pouring rain in mid-day traffic, through crowded and winding city roads.
- In Jeepers Creepers 2, a student injured by a vehicle crash is pursued through an open field by the Creeper, who's been mangled by the same crash. Played with in that, although reduced to one leg and one arm, hence a lot slower than usual, the creature still manages to bound after its belly-crawling prey.
- Dramatic example: Patricia Highsmith's short story "The Quest for Blank Claveringi" has a scientist stuck on an island with two giant man-eating snails. They're not much faster than normal snails, and so aren't much of a threat... unless you're an out-of-shape scientist on a tiny island with barely anywhere to hide...And then he breaks his leg.
- In Chuck, the title character gets his leg hurt. The mark he is pursuing in one episode got his leg shot by accident.
- In Malcolm in the Middle, Reese's first driving lesson turns into an Escalating Chase, eventually culminating in his leading the whole thing through the test course and passing with flying colors.
- Happens on Seinfeld when George gets a scooter-chair. The show's climax features him slowly driving down the street, being chased by a group of old folks who are also on scooter-chairs.
- The Father Ted episode "Speed 3" where Father Dougal is trapped on a milk float that will explode if the speed drops below four miles an hour. Among other chase tropes, includes a scene where the float is careering towards a huge pile of Cardboard Boxes, and Ted has to move them out of the way... one by one.
- Justified's "Blaze of Glory" ends on one of these, between a U.S. Marshall with a bum knee and an old man dying of emphysema. The latter has taken off his oxygen tank, both because it's slowing him down and he's entertaining death as an option, and the Marshall is trying to get it back to him.
- In an episode of 7th Heaven, Simon, a new driver, gets into a low speed car chase aided by his grandfather who has dementia but who is supposed to be helping him learn to drive.
- There are a few occasions of this in Doctor Who, usually due to Special Effects Failure.
- "Day of the Daleks" features a motorised tricycle on which the Doctor and Jo attempt to escape from the Ogrons (because Jon Pertwee had thought the tricycle was cool) — which, again, doesn't appear to go notably faster than walking speed.
- "Warriors of the Deep" featured the Myrka, which was unfortunately unfinished; as a result, it can barely move, and so characters can't really 'run' away from it.
- In "The Happiness Patrol", the eponymous patrol are mounted on go-karts that do not seem to travel much faster than walking pace. The Doctor and Ace steal one to flee on.
- This can happen in the modern series too. In "The Unicorn and the Wasp" we get a rather slow car chase, but it's justified because the episode takes place in the nineteen twenties.
- Done deliberately and non-comically in "Heaven Sent". The Veil doesn't move fast, but the Doctor can only run so far, can't hide from it, and it never stops coming. He works out that if he lures it to one side of the castle and runs to the other he can have about 40 minutes to eat and sleep - given timelord physiology this seems to be enough, but he can never forget its coming for him.
- Shown a few times on World's Dumbest..., with the futility of doing so Lampshaded each time.
- Murdoch Mysteries: The B-plot of "Murdoch Takes Manhattan" culminates in one of these. Constable Crabtree tries to make an arrest and finds himself ordered at gunpoint to drive a kidnapper and his victim. Dr. Grace, Inspector Brackenreid and Constable Jackson take another car to pursue them, and at one point Brackenreid orders Jackson to bail out so they can go faster and catch up. It's justified by the technological limits of the period cars.
- Angie Tribeca: Geils and Tanner are chasing a murderer on a golf course. Naturally, they have to play an entire round of golf in the process, which includes waiting for some old ladies who take forever at every single hole.
- NCIS: Los Angeles has Callen and Sam chasing a rather fat Mexican cartel member at all of two mph.
- In Deep Sleep Trilogy, the monsters typically come at you fairly slowly while menacing music plays on the background.
- In Kingdom of Loathing, when fighting a spooky mummy, the narrative remarks that your character never found mummies to be particularly scary, since you can escape them by walking slightly faster.
- The Sluggy Freelance story "Girls' Night Out" features a chase on "Smegway" personal transporters, which a human could easily outrun.
- The Simpsons:
- In "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", Sideshow Bob tries to make an escape in the Wright Brothers' plane. Jets are set after him, but are physically incapable of flying slow enough to not zoom right past him. The pilots then try to walk after him with nets.
- In "I Love Lisa", Chief Wiggum chasing the duck who took his badge.
- Pictured above, "The Springfield Files" has Grandpa Simpson chasing a tortoise that has his false teeth.
- Homer and Bart fleeing an angry mob in a parade float that tops out at 5 m.p.h. in "Bart's Inner Child".
- Homer and Jasper's wheelchair race in "The Two Mrs. Nahasapeemapetilons". Unlike most examples of this trope, it is shot to appear as a high speed chase... only for Homer to jump out of the chair and jog to the dining room.
- South Park:
- Kenny and Cartman get into an extremely slow version of the O.J. Simpson police chase in a battery-powered toy car.
- "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining" has the boys tying to outrun the onset of killer boredom on a 4 mile-an-hour boat.
- There's a tricycle race of appropriate speed between Eric and Kyle in "Cartoon Wars". A police car somehow loses control trying to keep up.
- In Futurama, there's a chase scene at the Central Bureaucracy on "slowmobiles", hover-scooters that travel at slightly less than walking pace.
- The Fairly OddParents!: Timmy is trying to outrun his mind-controlled friends, who are trying to capture and brainwash him. However, their scooters are set to a mere 2 mph - any faster would mean they would spill their milk (the source of the mind control).
- The Viva Piñata cartoon had a chase on really slow moving forklifts.
- One Robot Chicken sketch featured a baby Terminator and robot dog battling it out in an epic low-speed chase.
- Snail Cop with a megaphone: "YOUUUU ARE GOIIIIIINGGGG TOOOOOO FAAAAAAAAAASST! PULLLLLLLL OVVEERRRRRR IMMMEDIATELEEEEEEEEEEEEY!"
- In an episode of The Cleveland Show set in New York, Cleveland orders a taxi driver to chase after another taxi driver. However, being New York, there's so much traffic that Cleveland could have caught up to the driver by walking.
- Taz-Mania: In "Return of the Road to Taz-Mania Strikes Back" Hugh, Drew and Taz get involved in a golf buggy chase. At one point Jean, who is on foot, overtakes them to remind them that they still need to buy orange juice.
- The Littlest Pet Shop (2012) episode "Heart of Parkness" has a pursuit down a park's creek where both parties are in rubber-ducky swan paddleboats. The people getting pursued never even notice there's someone on their tail.
- In the Bugs Bunny cartoon Water, Water Every Hare, Bugs is being chased by a Mad Scientist when a large jar of ether breaks. They go through the vapors and start running and talking in slow-motion.
- Thomas the Tank Engine: The race between Stephen and Glynn, two of the oldest engines on Sodor, in "Over the Hill". Since Stephen at least has a maximum speed of under 30 mph, they hog two tracks on the main line and make Gordon and James very late.
- The New Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show has Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, inventor of the first car, driving like crazy and being chased down by police on horseback in what is described as a "relatively high-speed chase".
Sherman: He's going at least 16 miles an hour! How are we gonna catch him Mr. Peabody??
- When someone hears the term Low-Speed Chase, 99% of the time the first image that comes to mind is OJ Simpson in a white Ford Bronco cruising down the 405 with about 20 police cars following behind. If it isn't the Trope Namer, it is definitely the event that brought the Low-Speed Chase into popular consciousness.
- Don't interrupt a giant tortoise who's about to mate with a female. They'll get angry and chase you down... slowly.