The Chase

"Cut to the chase."
Hal Roach Sr, and many other directors who wanted to get to the dramatic part of silent films

A plot, or part of one, centered around characters pursuing one another.

A drawn out chase which forms an underlying theme for a series is a Stern Chase.

They Have the Scent is common in short chases.

See also the subtrope Hunting the Most Dangerous Game.

Not to be confused with the game show of the same name or the film of the same name. Or the Fanfic of the same name, which features ponies.


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  • Honored Enemy of The Riftwar Cycle in which soldiers on the opposing sides of a war band together to escape the dark elves chasing after them to kill them for a variety of reasons.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Black Colossus", after his defeat, Natohk abducts Yasmela. Conan chases after them.
    • In "The Gods Of The North", an obviously magical woman lures Conan into a chase that brings him to her giant brothers. When he kills them, he chases her again — this time, she is seriously frightened.
  • In Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest, chasing the escaped Rupert is half the book.
  • The Time Scout series is full of these, starting with the second book. Mostly they involve Skeeter Jackson.
  • In Andre Norton's Ice Crown, Imfray's rescuers have duocorns waiting — which then charge off without them, because Imfray is too weak to move; the false trail leads them off.
  • The Lion of Farside is mostly about one character chasing after his kidnapped wife, though the story follows the wife herself for quite a bit of time as well.

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     Newspaper Comics  

  • Dick Tracy had this as a major element in his stories as the police detective relentlessly chases a particular villain who gets more and more desperate as he realizes to his terror that this cop will not stop.

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     Western Animation