When a sufficiently large group of characters or extras in a comedy Anime or Animated Series are pursuing someone angrily, they appear as a Thundering Herd covered in a noisy budget-saving cloud of dust, optionally with torsos, heads, and arms sticking out. An alternate presentation, popular in anime and manga, presents a five-story-tall cloud of people chasing the protagonist. Sufficiently wound up single characters can also appear as a one-person Thundering Herd when pursuing or fleeing in panic.
The Thundering Herd is generally accompanied by loud sound effects (rumbling, crashing, shouting, the cries of bystanders), and frequently by the Star Trek Shake. Sometimes it is visible only as a cloud of dust (or distinct geysers of dust) behind other scenery.
- Ranma ½, too many times to count. One such chase scene takes form under the opening credits for the first Ranma movie (called Big Trouble in Nekonron, China in North America) and lasts five minutes or more of screen time; it starts with a single person chasing Ranma, and slowly builds up until it seems that the entire city of Tokyo is on his heels. The Herd is also rife with cameos from the television series and manga.
- Hanaukyō Maid Tai
- Episode 1 introduces the male lead to his new staff as they charge in a cloud of squeals, aprons, and barely repressed shotacon.
- In episode 12 all of the maids charge Taro to give him birthday presents.
- In La Verite episode 1 the maids charge Taro en masse in the (giant) bath room, while they and he are naked.
- Urusei Yatsura throws these in so regularly that you can almost set your watch by them — not that this helps the poor Yuppie Couple that invariably get run over by the mob.
- Azumanga Daioh: Tomo, being the Genki Girl on a continuous amphetamine high, is capable of creating a one-girl Thundering Herd.
- Sana from Kodomo no Omocha is also energetic enough to make one of these all by herself.
- Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, episode 2.
- Best Student Council
- Sailor Moon sometimes flees as a single-person Thundering Herd.
- More serious example: the Ohmu from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. These are titanic, pillbug-like insects with nigh-indestructible carapaces, pincer-like legs at the front, and dozens of eyes. Even one rampaging Ohmu can devastate a city; an entire flood of them can level a valley. Worse: since they live in the poisonous forest called "the Sea of Corruption", their bodies carry spores that spread the reach of the forest, and even one single spore can threaten the existence of a village. Thus, not only are the inhabitants of the periphery extremely careful not to anger any of the forest's insects (their pain can carry through to the Ohmu), but certain kingdoms actually plot to enrage the Ohmu into flattening their enemies' lands.
- In UFO Princess Valkyrie, the mob of catgirl maids form a Thundering Herd when they go looking for Waru-chan. When they don't find her, Sanada makes one all by herself.
- Nagasarete Ariantou has one in the opening.
- What happens to the four Bishounen in The Wallflower, but mostly to Kyouhei.
- In the early parts of Mahou Sensei Negima!, main lead Negi occasionally has to outrun his Wacky Homeroom whenever some rumour about his (essentially non-existent) love-life comes up.
- Happy Heroes: At the end of Season 3 episode 34, Big M. is chased down by some of the monsters. The monsters produce a cloud of dust under them as they chase after him.
- Gauls attacking the Romans in Asterix, specially in the movies.
- In "What If Everyone Who Ever Had Been an Avenger Had Remained an Avenger?" (from What If? #34, an issue full of short takes spoofing the normal "Serious Business" nature of most "What If" stories), the entire hundred-plus man superteam responds to a convenience store robbery... and exit Avengers Mansion in a Thundering Herd.
- The "What... Huh?!" special "Mutant Summer Beach Party" ends with one of these, in the form of a Consortium of the X-Men's Fiercest and Most Deadliest Foes, beginning to approach. Who is this mysterious consortium? It's all the other Marvel heroes, out to kill the X-Men for hogging the spotlight for so long.
- The cover art, by Paul Kidby, of Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel Men at Arms depicts the Ankh-Morprok City Watch as the classic Thundering Herd.◊
- In Tiger! Tiger! in The Jungle Book, Kipling tells how Mowgli, with the help of Grey Brother and Akela, organises a stampede of the buffalo bulls down the ravine in which the tiger Shere Khan is hiding. the torrent of black horns, foaming muzzles, and staring eyes whirled down the ravine like boulders in flood-time; the weaker buffaloes being shouldered out to the sides of the ravine, where they tore through the creepers. They knew what the business was before them the terrible charge of the buffalo-herd, against which no tiger can hope to stand. At the other end of the ravine, even more dangerously, are the buffalo cows with their calves.
- In the video game version of Scott Pilgrim Vs The World in the third stage seconds after you enter the level a massive crowd of crazed fans stampedes from the left side creating a thundering herd chasing after the members of a band. This also happens in the intro to the second level with the level boss being chased by the thundering herd equivalent of Loony Fan.
- Ur-example: the Roadrunner from Looney Tunes.
- Another serious example occurs in The Lion King with the wildebeest stampede. In fact, many viewers saw it as Nightmare Fuel.
- On Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Cheese was understandably freaked out when seeing a horde of imaginary friends of all shapes and sizes bearing down on him.