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"Cut to the chase."
Hal Roach Sr, and many other directors who wanted to get to the dramatic part of silent films

A plot, or part of one, centered around characters pursuing one another.

A drawn out chase which forms an underlying theme for a series is a Stern Chase.

They Have the Scent! is common in short chases.

See also the subtrope Hunting the Most Dangerous Game.

Not to be confused with the game show of the same name, The game show with the same name and the $ in it. The film of the same name. Or the Fanfic of the same name, which features ponies.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • One happens in episode 2 of A Place Further than the Universe, when Shirase tries to run away with Kimari and Hinata from some older women going on the Antarctic expedition who have tried to tell her not to go before. At first Kimari isn't quite sure why they're running, but later admits that she had fun running around evading the two older ladies.
  • The bulk of Eiga Tamagotchi: Himitsu no Otodoke Dai Sakusen!, the Tamagotchi series' Short Film meant to celebrate the franchise's 20th anniversary, is about Mametchi and co. being greeted by a vehicle with a claw arm that wants to steal a package they need to deliver to the Gotchi King, with Mametchi's group doing all they can to protect the package they are assigned to deliver and get the strange car off their tail.

    Asian Animation 
  • Lamput: Besides the overall plot of Lamput being chased by a pair of docs, the episode "Alien" has an alien take over the docs' car when the the three main characters enter its spaceship uninvited. The docs keep triggering buttons in the ship by accident, causing the UFO to shoot at the alien as it's driving.

    Fan Works 
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: occurs because Italy did not want to tell who he liked to Germany and Japan and only would give details once he was caught. Let's just say he did not make it easy.
    Italy: "Oh come on!" The interrogated groaned, frustrated. Once again, how uncharacteristic. He finally gave in. "Fine." Two faces brightened. "I'll give you a hint as to who they are..." He suddenly turned, dust flying as he ran off. "You'll have to catch me first!" As he disappeared into the horizon, a second shout rang out. "Oh yeah! You can't use nets, ropes, snares, whips, other people, motor vehicles, drones, robots, traps, animals, plants, mythical creatures, and anything besides just catching me in your arms! You only have an hour!" Did he have to list that many things? On second thought...probably.

  • Raising Arizona has a chase scene that starts in a store, on foot, moves outside, goes though an unsuspecting bystander's house, outside again, and finally in a car. Also, there are dogs involved.
  • The Terminator has a spectacular chase with both the victim and the Terminator breaking both of their legs and crawling the last stretch of it.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road is basically a two-hour long chase scene with a few breaks here and there, set off by Furiosa rescuing Immortan Joe's Wives, and Joe going out with his entire army and two allies to get them back.

  • Honored Enemy of The Riftwar Cycle in which soldiers on the opposing sides of a war band together to escape the dark elves chasing after them to kill them for a variety of reasons.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Black Colossus", after his defeat, Natohk abducts Yasmela. Conan chases after them.
    • In "The Gods Of The North", an obviously magical woman lures Conan into a chase that brings him to her giant brothers. When he kills them, he chases her again — this time, she is seriously frightened.
  • In Poul Anderson's A Midsummer Tempest, chasing the escaped Rupert is half the book.
  • The Time Scout series is full of these, starting with the second book. Mostly they involve Skeeter Jackson.
  • In Andre Norton's Ice Crown, Imfray's rescuers have duocorns waiting — which then charge off without them, because Imfray is too weak to move; the false trail leads them off.
  • The Lion of Farside is mostly about one character chasing after his kidnapped wife, though the story follows the wife herself for quite a bit of time as well.

     Live-Action TV 
  • The William Hartnell Doctor Who episode "The Chase," in which the Daleks first develop time travel and chase him and his companions all through time and space.
  • The vast majority of episodes of Running Man will have games where the main cast and special guests chase or be chased (sometimes both), usually within a building but sometimes even across Seoul. The ones being chased will frequently be trying to accomplish some other objective before they get caught.
  • The entire plot line of The Fugitive centred around the protagonist pursuing the 'one-armed man' who framed him for his wife's murder, as well as the police detective determined to bring the protagonist to justice.

     Newspaper Comics 
  • Dick Tracy had this as a major element in his stories as the police detective relentlessly chases a particular villain who gets more and more desperate as he realizes to his terror that this cop will not stop.

     Theme Parks 


     Western Animation 
  • The entire plot of the Danny Phantom episode "Reality Trip". The Guys in White constantly pursue Danny and friends after Danny accidentally exposed his half ghost power to the public.
  • The episode "The Chase" of Avatar: The Last Airbender stands out among numerous episodes dealing with the Fire Nation's pursuit of the heroes.
  • Most of the Wallace & Gromit features end with a particularly spectacular chase. "The Wrong Trousers" is notable for having a chase sequence which occurs entirely indoors.
  • There is an obscure animation named (approximately) "The Little and the Big" which consists out of nothing but the Big chasing the Little, encountering every painful mishap ever invented for the Big, plus some creative new ones (Escher geometry is not your friend). The film finally ends with two rockets (Little enters and escapes...Big enters and closes the door which has a big "H" painted on, as in "Hydrogen nuke"...Kaboom.


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Shirase's latest attempt to sneak onto the expedition to Antarctica is foiled when she's spotted.

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