Watch Where You're Going!

Ouch.

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.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Happens often in Pro Wrestling, whenever Double Clotheslines are attempted, or both contestants go for a Flying Crossbody attack.

    Video Games 
  • 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.
  • 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're both on their butts.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • 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 chases one of the villains into a cave while another one is running out. The villains run into each other, and then Gadget run into them.
  • In Hercules and Xena: Battle for Mount Olympus, Iolaus manages to get the Water Titaness and Fire Titaness into doing this. The resulting collision is... well... just what you'd expect.
  • 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.