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A plot 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.
Examples of The Chase include:
- 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.
- Pepe Le Pew and his kitty.
- Roadrunner & Wile E. Coyote.
- Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd/ Yosemite Sam/ various unnamed characters, Sylvester and Tweety Bird/ Speedy Gonzales/ various unnamed characters, Tom and Jerry, Dick Dastardly and Yankee Doodle Pigeon, Gargamel and the Smurfs, etc., etc., etc., etc., we get it, cartoons involve chasing.
- 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.
- This troper can't recollect a full episode devoted to this, but is willing to bet that The Simpsons have done it.
- The episode "The Chase" of Avatar: The Last Airbender stands out among numerous episodes dealing with the Fire Nation's pursuit of the heroes.