A character (or group of characters) are either running from something very bad (like a large boulder
or a very angry and relentless enemy
), or chasing after someone
. They are totally focused on this act, so much that they don't notice someone coming from the other direction doing the exact same thing, and as a result they run right into each other, usually being knocked unconscious in the process
and often resulting in seeing stars or birds or planets
in their field of vision. In some cases, they'll be knocked off their feet, hover in the air for a few seconds, and then fall to the ground. In some cases, they might see the other coming at the last moment, but momentum makes it impossible to stop in time, so there's nothing they can do but watch the other barrel towards him/her.
This is a humor trope from old Looney Tunes
cartoons, with the being-chased version often being employed by the hero to get enemies
to defeat themselves.
See also Crash into Hello
, for a version with romantic undertones (and Suggestive Collision
for the more lurid version), and Watch Out for That Tree!
for a comedic variation with just one person and a stationary object. Punched Across the Room
might be a more violent variation.
Anime and Manga
- This takes place in Clue, with multiple characters crashing into each other when coming down the stairs to investigate some screaming they heard.
- In Home Alone 3, one of the spies chasing the remote control car jumps a hedge the same time another spy jumps from the other side. Their heads collide.
- Happens often in Pro Wrestling, whenever Double Clotheslines are attempted, or both contestants go for a Flying Crossbody attack.
- In the Classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, whenever your'e fighting Rocksteady and Bebop at the same time, you can pull this off by waiting for them both to charge, and then jump at the last second. It does at least a bit of damage and leaves them both stunned for a while, leaving you a chance to get in a few free hits.
- The same thing happened in the cartoon, when the newly-mutated Rocksteady and Bebop tried to attack the Turtles for the first time.
- Street Fighter IV has the Rival battle for Sakura and Ibuki. You don't see the collision, but you hear it, and when they are both shown later, they'rr both on their butts.
- The old 60's Spider-Man cartoon had Spidey employ the second version when he went up against the Mole men, tricking two of them into charging at him full tilt, then ducking out of the way at the last moment.
- It's also used in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, again by Spidey against the Lizard and the Scorpion, in the finale of the Neogenic Nightmare arc
- The recent George of the Jungle animated series has this happen in one episode, with Ursula and Magnolia, with both fleeing to evade some death traps they triggered by accident. To both girls' credit, they not only stay on their feet, but shake it off quite quickly. Then again, look at who they're friends with.
- This happens at least twice in The Flintstones. In one episode, Fred and Barney are enjoying the new pool they had built (half in Fred's yard, half in Barney's), and they both take huge jumps from diving boards on opposite ends and smash right into each other in mid-air....twice. In another episode Wilma and Betty do this: they don't actually hit each other; rather, as they're running past, they hook arms and fall on their butts.
- In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Terry McGinnis uses this strategy against the DeeDees. In fact almost every time he defeats them, it's by slamming them into each other in one way or another.
- Happens in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo, with Shaggy and Scooby on one side and Flim-Flam and Scrappy on the other.
- Also happens with the main Mystery Inc team in Scooby-Doo And The Cyber Chase. Velma and her Video Game counterpart do this again later.
- As mentioned above, this has happened in a few Looney Tunes shorts.
- Tiny Toon Adventures
- A group of Swan Alpha Bitches in Shirley The Loon's ballet class tried to kill her when they thought she was sabotaging the recital they were putting on (actually Babs Bunny doing it on Shirley's behalf since said Swan's had been bullying her). Shirley uses some Ballet inspired Deadly Dodging to trick two of them into doing this.
- In another episode, Montana Max and Babs Bunny were hit with Cupid's arrows. They did a Meadow Run towards each other but didn't stop and smacked into each other. Then started making out.
- In an Elmyra centered episode, her mother and sister do this while trying to catch her baby brother.
- In Inspector Gadget, Gadget chased one of the villains into a cave while another one was running out. The villains ran into each other, and then Gadget ran into them.
- In Hercules and Xena: Battle for Mount Olympus, Iolaus managsd to get the Water Titaness and Fire Titaness into doing this. The resulting collision is......well....... just see for yourself (starts at 4:48).
- In the The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode, The Casket of Ancient Winters, Black Panther uses Deadly Dodging to get two of Malegrim the dark elf's Wolf Minions to do this.
- Happens in two episodes of The Tick. First Arthur manages to crash in Leonardo Davinci....twice. There was also a collision in the first episode between two not-so BadassNormals on swing lines. One of them said he was sorry.
- In the TUGS episode, "Warrior", the Shrimpers say this to Warrior when he cuts across them. Warrior apologizes and tells them they should look where they're going, as he's in a hurry. The Shrimpers tell him they're not going anywhere, because they're busy shrimping.