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13th Apr '16 1:50:51 AM Dravencour
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The causes for this vary. Maybe Bob has just seen a big monster charging right at him, ready to [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice gore him with its giant horns]]. Maybe his best friend Alice has a gun pointed at his head and he has just realized that a [[FaceHeelTurn she's turned on him]]. Or maybe he's just noticed that a SpannerInTheWorks has just [[DidntSeeThatComing ruined the careful arrangement]] he's spent years building.

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The causes for this vary. Maybe Bob has just seen a big monster charging right at him, ready to [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice gore him with its giant horns]]. Maybe his best friend Alice has a gun pointed at his head and he has just realized that a [[FaceHeelTurn she's turned on him]]. Or maybe he's just noticed that a SpannerInTheWorks has just [[DidntSeeThatComing ruined the careful arrangement]] he's spent years building.
13th Apr '16 1:49:34 AM Dravencour
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* Deer exhibit this behavior because of the internal defense mechanism the species has developed to deal with predators. Most predators try to sneak up as close as possible to potential prey, saving their energy for that last bit of distance to overpower it and chow down. If a deer picks up on an unknown approaching, it will focus on it as it approaches. If said entity gets within some defensive radius of the deer, it will then flee - this will work against natural predators because, contrary to what the SuperPersistentPredator trope suggests, most do not have the stamina or desire to chase prey over long distances. This method fails, however, when it comes to cars, since cars (and the humans operating them) A) usually don't have deer high enough on the list of concerns to avoid them from far off (i.e., going off the asphalt pavement - in many cases this would be impossible anyway, like in wooded areas), and B) are already moving at high speeds (25-50 MPH) when they get close, so by the time the deer's defensive circle is broken, there's too little time for the deer to get out of the way and avoid a collision. The "deer in the headlights" look comes when the deer picks up the approaching car but has yet to get close enough for its internal GTFO alarm to trip.

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* Deer exhibit this behavior because of the internal defense mechanism the species has developed to deal with predators. Most predators try to sneak up as close as possible to potential prey, saving their energy for that last bit of distance to overpower it and chow down. If a deer picks up on an unknown approaching, it will focus on it as it approaches. If said entity gets within some defensive radius of the deer, it will then flee - this will work against natural predators because, contrary to what the SuperPersistentPredator trope suggests, most do not have the stamina or desire to chase prey over long distances. This method fails, however, when it comes to cars, motor vehicles, since cars motor vehicles (and the humans operating them) A) usually don't have deer high enough on the list of concerns to avoid them from far off (i.e., going off the asphalt pavement - in many cases this would be impossible anyway, like in wooded areas), and B) are already moving at high speeds (25-50 MPH) when they get close, so by the time the deer's defensive circle is broken, there's too little time for the deer to get out of the way and avoid a collision. The "deer in the headlights" look comes when the deer picks up the approaching car but has yet to get close enough for its internal GTFO alarm to trip.
8th Apr '16 1:26:02 AM morenohijazo
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* ''VideoGame/MinecraftStoryMode'':
** Lukas is frozen in place during [[spoiler:Petra/Gabriel's capture]], which leads to Axel holding him accountable for the incident.
** Similarly, Ellegaard freezes in shock when she sees [[spoiler: the Wither Storm]] for the first time. Jesse and Olivia had already described it to her, but she hadn't fully understood how big the threat was until then, so all she can do is stare at it and stutter out a terrified apology to Jesse.
25th Feb '16 9:01:25 AM TinMan
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* In ''Film/TheThing1982'', Windows freezes in horror when the [[spoiler:Palmer]]-Thing drops off the ceiling in front of him. The Thing uses his moment of indecision to maul him to death.
6th Feb '16 2:24:58 AM eroock
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* How Lambert dies in ''Film/{{Alien}}''. She just stands and stares at it quivering in fear as it slowly advances on her. This inaction also winds up costing Parker his life too.

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* How Lambert dies in ''Film/{{Alien}}''. She just stands and stares at it quivering in fear as it slowly advances on her. This inaction also winds up costing Parker his life too.
2nd Feb '16 3:07:24 PM Hjortron18
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* Happens to Diego in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown'', when a carnivorous water creature emerges him and Sid while they are in an ice floe. Due to his aqua phobia he freezes in panic until Sid is able to snap him out of this state.
25th Jan '16 12:31:53 PM FF32
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* [[http://s1.hubimg.com/u/209800_f520.jpg Lampshaded in The Far Side.]]

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* [[http://s1.hubimg.com/u/209800_f520.jpg Lampshaded ]] in The Far Side.]]
''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''.
18th Dec '15 12:43:01 PM Troperofthings
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* Happens on separate occasions in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and its sequels ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' and ''Anime/DigimonAdventureTri'' with Taichi Yagami. First he froze up when found out he could die in the Digital World. Then in 02 he freezes up again when he is attacked by his own partner who was being controlled by the Digimon Kaiser. Finally in tri. [[spoiler: he freezes up during the fight against Alphamon]].
26th Nov '15 11:01:51 AM billybobfred
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* The basic reason for this trope stems from the response commonly called "fight or flight", which has an oft-unmentioned ThirdOption -- freeze. Freezing is meant for a scenario where you're confronted by something dangerous that will harm you if it notices you, but isn't aware of or interested in you ''specifically''. What's dangerous is ending up in a scenario where that's not true, but freezing anyway because your instincts have misjudged the situation -- if you're consciously aware that you need to override this response, but not actually able to, it becomes [[AndIMustScream terrifying]].
13th Oct '15 7:00:57 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Manga/Magi'' Alibaba has this response on a very regular basis. Usually after an ObviouslyEvil character has revealed that they're doing something evil. It typically falls to Aladdin or Margiana to snap him out of it.

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* In ''Manga/Magi'' ''Manga/{{Magi}}'' Alibaba has this response on a very regular basis. Usually after an ObviouslyEvil character has revealed that they're doing something evil. It typically falls to Aladdin or Margiana to snap him out of it.
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