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12th Jun '18 9:36:16 PM MetaFour
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* ''Literature/TheTimTebowCFLChronicles:'' When an Ottawa REDBLACK leaps from a sixth-story window, attempting a tackle, Tim Tebow just stares at him, stunned and unable to process the thought of a football player leaping from a window like that.
21st Apr '18 5:54:29 PM rva98014
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* Happens to Judy in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' when [[spoiler:Nick asks her [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "Are you afraid of me?"]]]]
6th Apr '18 1:09:25 PM Derkhan
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* In ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'', it's claimed that to look into the eyes of a vampire triggers evolutionary ingrained responses to predation in humans that causes them to freak out and stand paralysed. This is why Sarasti wears sunglasses at all times.

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* In ''Literature/{{Blindsight}}'', it's claimed that to look into the eyes of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent a vampire vampire]] triggers evolutionary ingrained responses to predation in humans that causes them to freak out and stand paralysed. This is why Sarasti [[TheCaptain Jukka Sarasti]] wears sunglasses at all times.times when interacting with his crew.
19th Mar '18 8:21:13 PM Loekman3
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* [[HoldYourHippogriffs As it's set in Africa,]] ''Film/BlackPanther2018'' uses "antelope in the headlights" instead, referring to T'challa's sudden brain freeze on encountering his girlfriend after he'd singlehandedly beaten up a human trafficking ring.

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* [[HoldYourHippogriffs As it's set in Africa,]] ''Film/BlackPanther2018'' uses "antelope in the headlights" instead, referring to T'challa's sudden brain freeze on encountering his girlfriend ex-girlfriend after he'd singlehandedly beaten up a human trafficking ring.
2nd Mar '18 7:56:36 AM Chabal2
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* [[HoldYourHippogriffs As it's set in Africa,]] ''Film/BlackPanther2018'' uses "antelope in the headlights" instead, referring to T'challa's sudden brain freeze on encountering his girlfriend after he'd singlehandedly beaten up a human trafficking ring.
26th Feb '18 2:06:23 AM omegafire17
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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 motor vehicles, since 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.

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* Deer exhibit this behavior because of the internal defense mechanism the species has developed to deal with predators. Most [[note]]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. [[/note]] This method fails, however, when it comes to motor vehicles, since 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.
27th Jan '18 3:51:31 AM JackG
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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 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 winds up costing Parker his life too.too -- he's unable to fire as Lambert is in the way.
23rd Nov '17 9:21:33 AM Monolaf317
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A specific variant of the HeroicBSOD (or [[VillainousBSOD its villainous counterpart]]) in which Bob sees the danger coming right at him but is in so much shock that he cannot move. He just sort of stands there, like...[[TitleDrop well, a deer in headlights]].

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A specific variant of the HeroicBSOD (or [[VillainousBSOD its villainous counterpart]]) in which Bob sees the danger coming right at him but is in so much shock that he cannot move. He just sort of stands there, like... [[TitleDrop well, a deer in headlights]].



23rd Nov '17 9:09:54 AM Monolaf317
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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.
* Happens to Judy in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' when [[spoiler:Nick asks her [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "Are you afraid of me?"]]]]
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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.
14th Sep '17 3:31:12 PM LavonPapillon1
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* When Izuku finally recognizes Aizawa in ''Fanfic/WaitingIsWorthIt'', he becomes paralyzed with terror. He knows that Aizawa's quirk is to be able to rob others of their quirks, and as someone who relies on his quirk to maintain a slim facade of normalcy (like going anywhere without his wheelchair or telekinetically cooking and cleaning around the house), this horrifying possibility nearly reduces Izuku to tears.
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