->''"I don't see you, but she does! She does!"''
-->-- '''Zealot of the Lady''' in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite''

One character is on the run from another, generally the good guy from the bad guy. The pursuer, usually an ImplacableMan, has some sort of clairvoyance, super-powers or near-omnipresent surveillance capabilities; this (or a near-identical phrase) is said to the quarry as some kind of intimidation. Of course, the bad guy could ''lack'' such super-detecting powers, and merely using this phrase [[ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre to try to scare his prey out into the open]]. (The fact that this so often ''works'' is either a sad testament to the supremacy of fear over logic, or else evidence of who is carrying the IdiotBall today.)

The inversion-- "you can hide, but you can't run!"-- shows up so frequently that it's almost a separate phrase in itself. This most often appears in super-power examples, where the quarry is far outclassed in a straight fight and literally could not run away fast enough if he were to be spotted.

Add points if it has Nowhere To Run as the sound track for the upcoming chase.

See also YouWillNotEvadeMe, where you might as well not even ''bother'' trying to run, let alone hide.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'': "You can hide, but I'll find ya!"
* Shampoo in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': "You can run, but you can no hide!"
** Also Kuno in a mid-series story. After somehow acquiring a massive powerup that lets him defeat Ranma easily, and a LaserGuidedAmnesia that erased his chivalrous attitude and gave him a more aggressive personality, he traps the female Ranma alone on a deserted island. His delivery of the line isn't BlackComedyRape as much as it is ValuesDissonance, with a AttemptedRape.
* ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'': Jetfire says this while chasing Thundercracker, then adds "Actually, you can't even run!" Cue [[ButtMonkey Thundercracker]] getting his afterburners kicked for the umpteenth time. AmusingInjuries ensue.
* In the Ocean dub of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Dodoria chases Gohan, Krillin and Dende and shouts out, "You can run, but there's nowhere you can hide!"

* ''Film/TheWarriors'' did it with "Nowhere To Run" for sound.
* Jester says this to Maverick in ''Film/TopGun'' during a dogfight scene.
* ''Film/LiarLiar''
* Used in the trailer of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasAndTheMagicRailroad'', by the BigBad Diesel 10.
* Used by Ivan Ooze around the climax of ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie''.
* Wez delivers one of the best examples on film in ''Mad Max 2'' AKA''Film/TheRoadWarrior''
* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', Harrison reminds Carol of this in regards to the ability of the ''Vengeance'' to [[spoiler:catch and fight ships at warp speed]].
-->'''Harrison:''' You think you are safe at warp? You are not.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Surreal British sitcom ''mr don and mr george'' has an episode entitled "You Can Run, But You Can't Hide Your Legs". The line is used in the episode during a discussion about hiding in a cardboard box. The inverse - "You can hide your legs, but you can't run" - is also used.
* ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' - Trent (during his BrainwashedAndCrazy phase) to Tommy during an [=ATV=] chase.
* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}''. Sam and Dean are trying to evade Zachariah in Heaven, which he finds quite amusing. Angels can teleport anywhere they want even on Earth.
--> "You can run but you can't... ''run''".
* An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' featured a woman who was repeatedly getting raped by the same man. No matter what she did, be it moving to a new state or changing her name, she could ''not'' escape him.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'', [[TheDragon Kamen Rider Strike]] says this when he corners [[TheStarscream Kamen Rider Torque]] at the end of episode 13, ''[[MeaningfulName Thrill Of The Hunt]]''.

* A song by MatchbookRomance from the album "Voices," played completely straight. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_UT2otAkrI It is noticeably creepy.]]
* Loveless says this to Jim West in the music video for "Film/WildWildWest" by Creator/WillSmith.
* In the song by Music/PhilCollins, "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven", the lyrics say, "You can run and you can hide, / But I'm not leaving unless you come with me" or "...But I'm not leaving 'til it's all over."
* In the Enrique Iglesias song "Escape", he says that you ''can'' run and hide... but you still can't escape his love.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/BillyKidman's WWE titantron came with this theme.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'': "Hiding won't help you! I understand the bullets, you see... [[ImprobableAimingSkills They go where I tell them to!"]]
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5''. Wesker puts [[LargeHam ham]] into ''all'' his dialogue, including his "You can't hide FOREVER!"
** He never says it (in fact, he can't say anything but "STARS."), but the Nemesis in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' embodies it as the only monster in the series that will follow you from room to room, until you reach a save room... and then he just waits outside for you to come out.
* The FlavorText for the Boots of Speed in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' uses the inversion: apparently the boots were originally owned by an assassin, who was rather fond of spouting the line as he ran down his quarry before they could actually get to the hiding part.
* A heroic example can occur in the Super Nintendo version of ''VideoGame/{{Star Fox}}'' when Falco shoots down an enemy fighter, taunting the Venom forces with this line.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': Covenant enemies will often threaten a hiding player with phrases like "Hiding will not save you" or "You think you can hide from me?"
* ''VideoGame/BioShock1'': The "Wader" Splicer occasionally threatens the player with this, as well as a variant - he informs them that they can't hide from ''God''.
* Spoken by Daphne's mother to Dirk during the first stage of ''VideoGame/DragonsLair II: Time Warp''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Used now and then in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', often explicitely. For example, Paris Persphone (sic), being haunted by hallucinations of his victims, hears one of the ghosts call this after him. Another statement with the same intent:
--> '''Franco Sebberts''': I know you're in here! Might as well come out and spare me the trouble of hunting you down like animals!
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation: once you see the face of [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-096 SCP-096]] it ''knows'' where you are, and [[TheJuggernaut nothing on Earth will stop it from getting to you]].
* In ''WebVideo/TheHorriblySlowMurdererWithTheExtremelyInefficientWeapon'', Jack can run, but it won't do him any good. He can't even hide ''by dying''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'': "You can hide, Zim, but you can't... hide!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' - Homer went for the pun in an ImagineSpot.
--> '''Homer''' (hang-gliding through a wartorn city and shooting people randomly): You can run, but you can't ''glide''!
** In the German dub Homer's line was translated literally which ruined the pun because the German words for "glide" and "hide" don't rhyme or sound similar at all. [[GoodBadTranslation It became a popular quote anyway]] due to its exceptional randomness.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': "You can run but you cannot hide cause I can smell your blood!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': [[KidAppealCharacter Bumblebee]], being the [[FragileSpeedster team speedster]], goes for the inversion against Lockdown. "You can hide, but you can't run!" As it turns out, Lockdown doesn't have to do either.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCurseOfTheWereRabbit'': Victor tells the Were-Rabbit "You can hop but you can't hide!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet And The Planeteers}}'': "You can run, but you can't hide...not from Captain Pollution!"
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has Demona trapping Hudson and an injured Goliath in a cemetery, stalking them with a laser rifle. She tells them, "You can run, but you can't hide. In fact, you can't even ''run''."
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'': The main characters are running from Scary Terry, a [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] parody, who uses this threat on them. Rick decides to try hiding any way, pointing out that Scary Terry is the antagonist, and therefore probably wouldn't give them advice that would actually help them. Morty agrees with the soundness of his logic, and they point out that if hiding does fail, they can always just fall back on "running" again. They manage to successfully hide from Terry for six dream hours before he gives up and goes home in frustation.


[[folder:Real Life]]
* Ur-Example: This phrase is said to have been originally coined by the boxer Joe Louis, who stated, "He can run, but he can't hide," in response to hearing that an opponent would attempt to use hit-and-run tactics against him. The opponent was light-heavyweight champion Billy Conn. Louis was right: Conn used his quickness to outpoint Louis for 12 rounds, only to get knocked out in the 13th.
* A variation frequently attributed to [[ColdSniper snipers]] is "You can run, but you'll just die tired."