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* This pretty much defines Count Dracula and Abraham Van Helsing's (and by extension, his entire family line) relationship in ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania3SummerVacation''. Abraham and his ancestors are all MonsterHunter[=s=] who have dedicated themselves to eradicate monsters everywhere, with Dracula himself being their #1 target. In the case of Abe himself, Dracula evades and thwarts all of his attempts on his life to an almost absurd degree. Subverted with Drac and Abraham's great, great granddaughter Ericka as he had absolutely no idea that they were trying to kill him and just happened to waltz around the traps incidentally.
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* In the ''Westernanimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' comics, there's the HotterAndSexier version of this: just like Minerva Mink's first short was a twist on the "hunt" Looney Tunes cartoons by having the huntsman foiled by the hunted's [[DistractedByTheSexy sex appeal]] instead of [[ScrewySquirrel resourcefulness]], many of her stories have the dog Newt trying to catch Minerva (whether to make pelts out of her or just date her) and failing in painful, amusing ways.



* A similar case of a recurring fox villain in the Orson Acres segment of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' tries to eat several bird characters and the two chicks Sheldon and Booker.

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* A similar case of a recurring fox villain in the Orson Acres Comicstrip/UsAcres segment of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' tries to eat several bird characters and the two chicks Sheldon and Booker.Booker. Although the one predator who fails the most is the weasel who tries to steal the farm's chicken.

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* ''Animation/{{Lamput}}'' follows the eponymous Lamput as he escapes from a pair of scientists, Fat Doc and Slim Doc, who want to capture him and throw him back into the [[EscapedFromTheLab laboratory from where he came]]. Lamput always succeeds in outsmarting the docs.


* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Team Rocket. They ''must'' capture the super-Pikachu!

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''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Team Rocket. They ''must'' capture the super-Pikachu!


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* ''Animation/PleasantGoatAndBigBigWolf'' is about Wolffy the wolf trying to capture and consume a group of goats. He inevitably fails every single time, much to the disappointment of his wife Wolnie, but never gives up.
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** ''ScrewySquirrel''. Unlike in most examples, though, Screwy, the roadrunner in this case, was caught and killed at the end of his final short. Who did the deed? A dog version of Lenny from ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.

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** ''ScrewySquirrel''. Unlike in most examples, though, Screwy, the roadrunner in this case, was caught and killed at the end of his final short. Who did the deed? A dog version of Lenny Lennie Small from ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.


** ''ScrewySquirrel''

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** ''ScrewySquirrel''''ScrewySquirrel''. Unlike in most examples, though, Screwy, the roadrunner in this case, was caught and killed at the end of his final short. Who did the deed? A dog version of Lenny from ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.


* The wolves Huff and Puff try to eat the eponymous ''WesternAnimation/PiggsburgPigs'' always failing While E. Coyote-style.

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* The wolves Huff and Puff try to eat the eponymous ''WesternAnimation/PiggsburgPigs'' always failing While Wile E. Coyote-style.


* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''. Kind of the whole point of the show -- a live-action version of the classic cartoon series, with Boss Hogg and Rosco coming up with scheme after scheme to destroy the Duke family, but the Dukes always coming out ahead in the end.

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* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''. Kind of the whole point of the show -- a live-action version of the classic cartoon series, series by way of ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'', with Boss Hogg and Rosco coming up with scheme after scheme to destroy the Duke family, but the Dukes always coming out ahead in the end.

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* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' puts the titular brothers in the position of 'Road Runner' being chased by no less than ''four'' 'Coyotes'; a neo-Nazi organization they antagonize by driving them off a bridge, an increasing large representative sample of Illinois' law-enforcement community, a country-and-western band called "The Good Ole' Boys" who they steal a gig from, and a mysterious woman tooled up with a lot of advanced weaponry [[spoiler: who turns out to be a woman Jake left at the altar]]. The Blues Brothers manage to evade, survive or outrun all of their pursuers [[spoiler: right up until the very end, where they are arrested immediately after completing their goal.]] It helps that they're on a mission from God.


* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': This trope sums up the attempts of bot Francis X. Bushlad, and Bull Gator and Axl, to capture Taz, and Taz's attempts to capture the Kee-Wee.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'': This trope sums up the attempts of bot both Francis X. Bushlad, and Bull Gator and Axl, to capture Taz, and Taz's attempts to capture the Kee-Wee.


* ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' has Michael Palin trying to kill an old woman before she can testify about his boss. Each attempt succeeds in killing, not her, but one of her dogs. Palin's character is an animal lover, and this impacts him greatly until, with the killing of the third and last dog, the old woman has a heart attack and snuffs it.
* ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' has the Bandit manage to elude the law as it pursues him across the south. [[CorruptHick Sheriff Buford T. Justice]] especially keeps failing spectacularly to capture him.

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* ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'' has Michael Palin [[HeKnowsTooMuch trying to kill an old woman before she can testify about his boss. boss]]. Each attempt succeeds in killing, killing not her, but one of her dogs. Palin's character is an animal lover, and this impacts him greatly until, with the killing of the third and last dog, the old woman has a heart attack and snuffs it.
* ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' has the Bandit manage to elude the law as it pursues him across the south. [[CorruptHick Sheriff Buford T. Justice]] especially keeps [[EpicFail failing spectacularly spectacularly]] to capture him.



* ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'': In all incarnations of ''The Smurfs'', Gargamel an impoverished evil sorcerer plots to catch the Smurfs so he could create gold, eat them or use them for magic potions. His cat Azrael tries to help him, too.

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* ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'': In all incarnations of ''The Smurfs'', Gargamel is an impoverished evil sorcerer {{evil sorcerer}} who plots to catch the Smurfs so he could create gold, eat them them, or use them for magic potions. His cat Azrael tries to help him, too.



* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''. Kind of the whole point of the show -- a live-action version of the classic cartoon series, with Boss Hogg and Rosco coming up with scheme after scheme to destroy the Duke family but the Dukes always coming out ahead in the end.

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* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard''. Kind of the whole point of the show -- a live-action version of the classic cartoon series, with Boss Hogg and Rosco coming up with scheme after scheme to destroy the Duke family family, but the Dukes always coming out ahead in the end.



* [[spoiler:Enzo]] from ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'' PERIOD. [[spoiler:He wants to kill Mario all for the latter ruining his birthday party]].

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* [[spoiler:Enzo]] from ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'' ''Machinima/Supermarioglitchy4sSuperMario64Bloopers'', PERIOD. [[spoiler:He wants to kill Mario Mario, [[DisproportionateRetribution all for the latter ruining his birthday party]].]]



** ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunny'': Many characters have attempted to catch and/or kill this RascallyRabbit, including WesternAnimation/ElmerFudd, WesternAnimation/YosemiteSam, Marvin the Martian, and the Tasmanian Devil, as well as numerous one-time villains, but Bugs is always cunning enough to outsmart them.
** ''WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck'': Duffy Duck was the road runner at first, then he became the coyote after he was changed into a near ButtMonkey.

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** ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunny'': Many characters have attempted to catch and/or kill this RascallyRabbit, including WesternAnimation/ElmerFudd, WesternAnimation/YosemiteSam, Marvin the Martian, and the Tasmanian Devil, as well as numerous one-time villains, but Bugs [[KarmicTrickster Bugs]] is always cunning enough to outsmart them.
** ''WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck'': Duffy Duck was the road runner at first, then he became the coyote after he was changed into a near ButtMonkey.near-ButtMonkey.



** ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner'': These two are the {{Trope Namer}}s. Interestingly, they were originally intended as a ''parody'' of Tom and Jerry (or indeed, Bugs Bunny) type cartoons, where instead of the pursued outwitting the pursuer, the coyote was his own worst enemy due to his increasingly convoluted ploys. (The initial plan had been for the pursuer and pursued to not even make sense, like "an aardvark chasing a wildebeest"). Instead, they were successful enough that subsequent chase cartoons chose to FollowTheLeader.
** Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/RalphWolfAndSamSheepdog'' shorts, the protagonist was in fact the bodyguard, thwarting the antagonist from pursuing it's prey (in this case a field of sheep). Amusingly, this was [[PunchClockVillain just a routine day job]] [[PunchClockHero for the two]], they're good buddies off the clock.
** The HighSchoolAU version of the Looney Tunes, the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToons'' had many teen versions of the original Looney Tunes and some original characters, among them: Calamity Coyote and Little Beeper (teen versions of the Coyote and the Roadrunner) and Furrball and Sweetipie (Silvester and Tweety). There was also a little baby mouse Li'l Sneezer that was sometimes chased by Furrball and, in a curious continuation of the food chain, a nerd worm name Bookworm chased by Sweetipie, in all cases with bad consequences for the predator. But the writers soon left this formula and focus more on other kind of plots.

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** ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner'': These two are the {{Trope Namer}}s. Interestingly, they were originally intended as a ''parody'' of Tom and Jerry (or indeed, Bugs Bunny) type cartoons, where instead of the pursued outwitting the pursuer, [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the coyote was his own worst enemy enemy]] due to his [[ComplexityAddiction increasingly convoluted ploys. ploys]]. (The initial plan had been for the pursuer and pursued to not even make sense, like "an aardvark chasing a wildebeest"). wildebeest".) Instead, they were successful enough that subsequent chase cartoons chose to FollowTheLeader.
** Played with in the ''WesternAnimation/RalphWolfAndSamSheepdog'' shorts, the protagonist was in fact the bodyguard, thwarting the antagonist from pursuing it's prey (in this case a field of sheep). Amusingly, this was [[PunchClockVillain just a routine day job]] [[PunchClockHero for the two]], two]]; they're good buddies off the clock.
** The HighSchoolAU version of the Looney Tunes, the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToons'' ''WesternAnimation/TinyToons'', had many teen versions of the original Looney Tunes and some original characters, among characters. Among them: Calamity Coyote and Little Beeper (teen versions of the Coyote and the Roadrunner) and Furrball and Sweetipie (Silvester and Tweety). There was also a little baby mouse Li'l Sneezer that was sometimes chased by Furrball and, in a curious continuation of the food chain, a nerd worm name named Bookworm chased by Sweetipie, in all cases with bad consequences for the predator. But the writers soon left this formula and focus focused more on other kind of plots.



* ''[[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry Tom and Jerry]]'': Tom the tom-cat and Jerry the mouse are a classic example, but these cartoons belong among the rare ones which sometimes PlayedWith this trope. Jerry was very antagonistic in some cartoons to the point where Tom was the likeable character of the two and viewers rooted for him, hoping he would catch the bloody vermin. In some episodes, Tom had at least some vindication by the end, such as the episode in which he forced Jerry to learn how to "hunt cats" from his nephew. Sometimes Tom and Jerry even collaborated against a common enemy, like a new evil tom-cat in their house.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry Tom and Jerry]]'': Tom the tom-cat and Jerry the mouse are a classic example, but these cartoons belong among the rare ones which sometimes PlayedWith this trope. Jerry was very antagonistic in some cartoons cartoons, to the point where Tom was the likeable character of the two and viewers rooted for him, hoping he would catch the bloody vermin. In some episodes, Tom had at least some vindication by the end, such as the episode in which he forced Jerry to learn how to "hunt cats" from his nephew. Sometimes Tom and Jerry even [[EnemyMine collaborated against a common enemy, enemy]], like a new evil tom-cat in their house.



* Creator/DePatieFrelengEnterprises' had ''WesternAnimation/TheAntAndTheAardvark'' series.

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* Creator/DePatieFrelengEnterprises' Creator/DePatieFrelengEnterprises had ''WesternAnimation/TheAntAndTheAardvark'' series.



* ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'': Dick Dastardly's plans to stop the other which often use the ''same visual gags'' as the Road Runner cartoons. One of the writers for both shows was Michael Maltese, who had collaborated with Creator/ChuckJones on the Road Runner shorts.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf'': Just think of ''Wacky Races'', only with ScoobyDoo and monsters, and the role of Dick Dastardly (basically the Coyote) replaced alternately by Count Dracula and the Hunch Bunch. [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat Except their main target is only Shaggy's car, in hopes he loses the race so he will remain a werewolf forever]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'': Dick Dastardly's plans to stop the other racers, which often use the ''same visual gags'' as the Road Runner cartoons. One of the writers for both shows was Michael Maltese, who had collaborated with Creator/ChuckJones on the Road Runner shorts.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf'': Just think of ''Wacky Races'', only with ScoobyDoo and monsters, and the role of Dick Dastardly (basically the Coyote) replaced alternately by Count Dracula and the Hunch Bunch. [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat Except their main target is only Shaggy's car, in hopes he loses the race so he will remain a werewolf forever]].forever.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', about half of Slappy Squirrels plots revolve around old villains trying to get Slappy, and [[EpicFail failing badly]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', about half of Slappy Squirrels Squirrel’s plots revolve around old villains trying to get Slappy, and [[EpicFail failing badly]].


* Some of Creator/TexAvery's {{MGM}} shorts:

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* Some of Creator/TexAvery's {{MGM}} Creator/{{MGM}} shorts:


A SubTrope of FailureIsTheOnlyOption, except this specifically focuses on repeated failures in succession. Frequently linked to HarmlessVillain, and may induce RootingForTheEmpire if the antagonist is pathetic enough.

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A SubTrope of FailureIsTheOnlyOption, except this specifically focuses on repeated failures in succession. Frequently linked to HarmlessVillain, HarmlessVillain and AmusingInjuries, and may induce RootingForTheEmpire if the antagonist is pathetic enough.


** ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner'': These two are the {{Trope Namer}}s. Interestingly, they were originally intended as a ''parody'' of Tom and Jerry type cartoons, where instead of the pursued outwitting the pursuer, the coyote was his own worst enemy due to his increasingly convoluted ploys. (The initial plan had been for the pursuer and pursued to not even make sense, like "an aardvark chasing a wildebeest"). Instead, they were successful enough that subsequent chase cartoons chose to FollowTheLeader.

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** ''WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadRunner'': These two are the {{Trope Namer}}s. Interestingly, they were originally intended as a ''parody'' of Tom and Jerry (or indeed, Bugs Bunny) type cartoons, where instead of the pursued outwitting the pursuer, the coyote was his own worst enemy due to his increasingly convoluted ploys. (The initial plan had been for the pursuer and pursued to not even make sense, like "an aardvark chasing a wildebeest"). Instead, they were successful enough that subsequent chase cartoons chose to FollowTheLeader.

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