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Same old, same old apparently.

"Begin the end by chasing each other into the distance, then scream comically, followed by an Iris Out."
The Narrator, How to Haunt a House

So the story has ended. The villain has been defeated, the orphanage will stay open, the girl has been rescued, and everyone just sits back to relax and celebrate their victory — right?

Except, to close the story, a character ends up chasing after another character, usually out of anger. Normally, this trope is Played for Laughs as the chased offender may have insulted someone else, did something stupid or wrong, or maybe committed some offense earlier on in the story. The two (usually it's two characters) end up in a chase while the others may look on, sometimes with indifference or sometimes even in amusement. Bonus points if they're friends or teammates, and extra bonus points if the character being chased is the defeated villain (who apparently does not Know When to Fold 'Em).

For this trope to apply, the chase has to happen at the end of the story. This could be the very end of a movie or TV show episode or just the end of an individual story in an anthology or a skit in a sketch comedy/variety show.


A type of Chase Scene and may overlap with Everyone Chasing You. If the chaser is an animal, it's Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Compare and contrast with Off-into-the-Distance Ending.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The final episode of Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts ends with an Escalating Chase that eventually drags in pretty much all the main characters. The principal glances out the window and notices that they're all just running in a circle.
  • In Daily Lives of High School Boys, in the strip High School Boys and the New Term, Yoshitake and his group attended school one day before the term actually starts because the teacher misinformed them. It ends up with the students chasing after the teacher.
  • Doraemon: Occurs in "A World Without Sound". In the final frame, Big G punches Noby while they run off into the distance.
  • The 2nd opening and ending of The Familiar of Zero ends with Saito being chased by Louise.
  • At the end of Episode 4 of the Little Lulu anime, after the Endurance Test is over and Tubby is awarded the medal for going the longest without any food, Tubby then figures out that someone else also walked the course besides himself, before pointing out that Lulu was the one who brought back the food that he hid the night before. Lulu then tells Tubby that she didn't want him to break the rules, which culminates in Tubby chasing after Lulu. Of course, earlier in the episode, when Tubby explains to Lulu about the food he hid all over the course the night before, Lulu was Obfuscating Stupidity to throw off Tubby's suspicions.
  • Lupin III: A number of movies and episodes end with Zenigata chasing the title character off to the next adventure.
  • One episode of Pokémon: The Original Series ended with Misty chasing after Ash after suddenly remembering he still owed her a new bike.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie: With the day saved, Sonic runs for the horizon. Tails and Knuckles follow, then everyone else piles into Robotnik's Eggmobile and flies after. Sonic realizes that everyone is following him, and he puts on a burst of speed before the credits roll.

    Asian Animation 
  • The Lamput episode "Fracture" ends with the Docs chasing Lamput into the distance after he gets back into shape from breaking the one bone in his body.

    Comic Books 
  • An Archie Comics story had Jughead timing Archie for the latter's partaking in a track meet, where he is astonished to learn that he just broke the record for being the fastest there is. Come the day of the track meet, after Archie wins the race, Coach Kleats then reveals to Archie that Jughead's stopwatch is actually a lot slower than Archie, which angers Archie so much that he starts chasing Jughead at the end of the story.
  • This happens in virtually every last panel of every story in the Spanish comic series Mortadelo y Filemón, with the two bumbling secret agents typically being chased by their boss, his secretary, the agency's scientist, or a combination thereof because they (again) screwed up their case big time. Sometimes, Mortadelo will also use his superhuman camouflage skills to hide as a cactus, cow etc. with Filemon hiding "in" him, and their suspicious pursuers in the vicinity looking around for them.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
    • Frequently pops up in the European Scrooge McDuck stories (see Never My Fault for more details). When one of Scrooge's plans to make more money fails, rather than accept responsibility, Scrooge blames Donald Duck. The story then ends with an angry Scrooge chasing after Donald, often carrying a big club or mace. Huey, Dewey, and Louie usually look on, sometimes with indifference but sometimes chortling with amusement.
    • Depending on the story, Donald may have indeed caused the disaster for which Scrooge blames him. For example in the finale of The Seven Wonders of the Ducks (1990), Donald accidentally activates the Self-Destruct Mechanism of the Money Bin. In Uncle Scrooge and the Hittite Chariot (1982), Scrooge has managed to locate the titular chariot, which reportedly had mystical qualities, and assigns its transportation to Donald. Donald decides to remove and throw away some heavy and seemingly useless elements of its equipment, to make the chariot lighter and easier to transport. Much later the Ducks discover that the mystical qualities were solely due to the removed parts, which were by then destroyed. In both cases, the story ends with this trope.
    • Huey, Dewey, and Louie were victims of this themselves, usually with Donald wielding a switch or other instrument of corporal punishment.
    • In "Paperino e la card mania", Donald accidentally talks Scrooge into a business decision that ruins the market of telephone card collecting. In the final panel, Donald is chased by furious collectors and quips that, for once, it's not Scrooge chasing him.
  • One of the Valhalla comic albums ends this way. Earlier in the story, Loki lures a giant's horse away to make sure the giant can't complete a bet. He does this by disguising himself as a mare — and months later, comes back with a gift for Odin, the eight-legged steed Sleipnir. Loki runs into the stallion again at the end of the story and promptly flees for his life with the horse in pursuit.
    • The very end of the comic also includes this. Loki believes himself to be the only one of the old gods to have survived Ragnarok, and takes the time to badmouth Thor and Heimdall post-mortem. Meanwhile, Röskva's visions have told her the gods have survived the fall of Asgard, and Thor and Heimdall decide to pop in on Loki just as he's done insulting them. The last we see of Loki he's chased off by a very localized lightning storm.

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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls ends with Ace being chased through the jungle by the native tribes, after they discover The Chief's Daughter is no longer a virgin.
  • The alternate ending of Faster has the protagonist driving off into the sunset, pursued by police cars.
  • Laurel and Hardy:
    • 1932 film ''Pack Up Your Troubles" plays this trope straight. Early on, Stan and Oliver get an Army cook in trouble. He vows that if he ever comes across the duo again, he'd come after them with a knife. At the end of the film, when they've happily resolved everything, they're asked to stay to eat. The cook turns out to be the former Army cook from before - and he makes good on his threat as he chases Laurel and Hardy off into the distance.
    • Block-Heads ends with Stan and Ollie being chased off by a gun-toting, jealous husband.
  • In the live-action Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf film I Love Wolffy, right before the end credits, Wolffy chases Paddi off into the distance.
  • Song of the South: The "Laughing Place" sequence ends with Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear being chased by a swarm of bees while Br'er Rabbit laughs at their misfortune.
  • The Three Musketeers (1993) ends with D'Artagnan and all the musketeers chasing off Girard and his men. This is also a Book Ends as D'Artagnan's introduction showed him being chased by Girard and his men.


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    Web Videos 
  • R. H. Talltales's customary fate in Worlds Greatest Adventres, once his lies are exposed by circumstance. In a twist on the classic trope, the camerawoman herself is the one chasing him.

    Western Animation 
  • Aristotle chases after Socrates at the end of the Adventures from the Book of Virtues episode "Moderation", after Socrates eats the remaining cookies in the jar.
  • The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3: At the end of "Princess Toadstool for President", King Koopa runs after Cheatsy after he explains why he voted for the Princess over him.
  • Adventure Time:
    • In "What was Missing", Finn, Jake, Bubblegum, and Marceline spend the day opening the Doorlord's gate by forming a band and playing a song. In the end they get in and retrieve their stolen items. Finn points out that Marceline didn't lose anything, but she just wanted to hang out. Marceline gets angry, transforms into a large monster, and chases the other characters while they laugh at her.
    • In "The New Frontier", Finn has managed to rescue Jake from dying in a situation that he was going to fatalistically embrace after what he thought was a psychic dream predicting his death. Finn jokes that since he wasn't present in the original dream he'll have to never leave Jake's side ever again, squashing himself against him creepily. Jake runs away laughing, and Finn chases him as the episode ends.
  • In the closing credits of The Beatles, the boys are pursued into the horizon by a bevy of fangirls and bevy of mermaids (who they encountered in the last bumper).
  • The first episode of Bounty Hamster ends with Cassie and Marion, who have been tied together by a rival bounty hunter, hopping into the sunset to escape an angry mob of people whose space station they caused to crash.
  • Donald Duck: In "Soup's On", after realizing that Huey, Dewey, and Louie tricked him into thinking he'd died in a rockslide, Donald is so mad he turns into a Big Red Devil and chases his nephews into the night with a pitchfork.
  • DuckTales (1987):
    • Done after Launchpad McQuack crashes a spaceship right into Scrooge McDuck's swimming pool.
    • It happens to Launchpad again in the episode "The Golden Fleecing". At the end of the adventure, Launchpad is pursued by a lovestruck Harpy.
  • Happens at least once in Fangface: one episode ends with Puggsy angrily chasing Sherman "Fangs" Fangsworth into the distance. This ends up happening when Fangs' alter ego, Fangface, attempts to eat Puggsy and then changed back. As Fangs has no memory of what his werewolf self did, he's puzzled as to why he's being chased.
  • The Garfield and Friends episode "Weighty Problem" ended with Jon angrily chasing after Garfield after learning that the latter had tampered with the scale into making him think that he needed to lose extra weight.
  • True to the title, most episodes (if not every) of Get Ace end with the protagonist being chased off by someone or something for reasons varying from sensible to totally random.
  • Several episodes of Kaeloo have ended with Bad Kaeloo chasing Mr. Cat into the distance with the intention of beating him up.
  • A couple of Kim Possible episodes end with Dr. Drakken fleeing from an enraged Shego.
  • Played straight in the 1934 Merrie Melodies short "The Miller's Daughter". At the end of the cartoon, the lady of the house angrily lashes out at the cat, thinking it had broken a lamp. The two statues watch with pleasure as she chases the cat out of the house and into the distance.
  • This happens at the end of the Mr. Bogus episode "Waterboy Bogus", when Mole accidentally pokes Ratty in the backside with his trident. When Mole tries apologizing to an angry Ratty that he didn't mean to poke him, Ratty takes the trident from Mole and starts chasing after him across the water, as sort of a Shout-Out to the Little Lulu example above.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: The episode "The Boy Who Cried Robot" ends with Jenny chasing after Tuck, shooting from her laser cannon, after he cries wolf on her one too many times.
  • A Pixie, Dixie and Mr. Jinks cartoon had Jinks charged with guarding the food of a fancy dinner party, only for the "meeces" to disrupt things. It ends poorly for Jinks, who is chased in the distance by the mansion butler, swatting Jinks with a broom.
    Pixie: I didn't know the butler could run so fast.
    Dixie: Neither did Jinks!
  • There are a couple of episodes of Pucca that end with Garu being chased by the titular character as she wishes to kiss him (which Garu does not like).
  • The closing credits for The Real Ghostbusters ends with the Ghostbusters chasing after Slimer for tripping them up during a parade held in their honor.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • In the ending of "Opposite Day", Squidward chases SpongeBob and Patrick into the distance with a bulldozer that he used earlier to clean up the mess they made at SpongeBob's house.
    • "A Life in a Day" ends with a wheelchair-clad SpongeBob being chased by an angry Larry in crutches.
    • "Giant Squidward" ends with Squidward chasing SpongeBob and Patrick for cutting his kelp to turn Squidward back to normal.
    • "To Save a Squirrel" ends with a starving SpongeBob and Patrick chasing Sandy after she puts them though a survival adventure.
      "Next time, I'll bring more granola!"
    • "The Other Patty" ends with Mr. Krabs and Plankton chasing SpongeBob away to parts unknown, with their newly established "teamwork".
    • "Kooky Cooks" ends with Mrs. Puff, who now has a craving for sponge after eating SpongeBob the night before, chasing him for seconds.
  • The Static Shock episode "The Usual Suspect" ends with Virgil's sister, Sharon, chasing after him after one too many wisecracks.
  • This is a typical ending for MGM's Tom and Jerry cartoons:
    • In "The Bodyguard," the dog catcher's truck drives away with Spike the bulldog penned inside. Jerry pursues the truck, hoping to free Spike a second time, while Tom pursues Jerry because that's what Tom does.
    • In "Part Time Pal," Mammy Two-Shoes chases a drunken Tom under the moonlight for giving her a Water Wake-up, his hiccuping helping him avoid each swipe of her broom.
    • Inverted in "Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Mouse," where it's Jerry chasing an ultra-miniaturized Tom around the house.
    • Played with in "Texas Tom," where Jerry rides Tom like a bronco into the western sunset.
    • "The Vanishing Duck" ends with Jerry and Quacker chased away by an invisible Tom, who whacks them with a coal shovel.
  • The 1960 Yogi Bear cartoon "A Bear Pair" has Yogi and Boo-Boo winning a free trip to Paris, France. Before leaving, Ranger Smith reminds them that they are goodwill ambassadors from Jellystone; however, when Yogi mentions being an ambassador later on, this leads to a belief among the French that the two bears are visiting dignitaries. Yogi ends up creating an international incident when he unwittingly insults a French chef and his carefully prepared meal. They're expelled from the country; upon their return, an angry Ranger Smith chases Yogi into the distance while clubbing him with a baseball bat.

Statler: Why does every story end with the hero getting chased off in the distance?
Waldorf: I don't know, but at least it's better than getting chased underground!
Both: Doh-ho-ho-ho-ho!


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"He's Got The Movie!"

In response to not being able to see "Raiders of the Lost Ark" with twenty-one additional seconds, Sheldon swipes the movie...which results in him and his friends being chased by a mob of angry Indiana Jones fans.

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