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6th Feb '18 6:34:38 AM Naram-Sin
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* While ''Series/TheXFiles'' most often veered into the supernatural, it would sometimes do the opposite and offer mundane explanations for supernatural [[[TwiceToldTale Twice Told Tales]]. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Maybe]].

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* While ''Series/TheXFiles'' most often veered into the supernatural, it would sometimes do the opposite and offer mundane explanations for supernatural [[[TwiceToldTale [[TwiceToldTale Twice Told Tales]]. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Maybe]].
6th Feb '18 6:29:08 AM Naram-Sin
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* The second season of ''Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders'' has non-supernatural versions of a StringyHairedGhostGirl ([[spoiler:a WomanScorned turned reclusive and addicted to plastic surgery]]), a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Caribbean zombie]] ([[spoiler:a brain-damaged hitman who survives his execution]]) and a [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti yeti]] ([[spoiler:a brain-damaged mountaineer lost in the Himalayas after surviving an avalanche]]).

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* The second season of ''Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders'' has non-supernatural versions of a StringyHairedGhostGirl ([[spoiler:a [[note]]a WomanScorned turned reclusive and addicted to plastic surgery]]), surgery[[/note]], a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Caribbean zombie]] ([[spoiler:a [[note]]a brain-damaged hitman who survives survived his execution]]) execution[[/note]] and [[BigFootSasquatchAndYeti a [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti yeti]] ([[spoiler:a [[note]]a brain-damaged mountaineer that was lost in the Himalayas after surviving an avalanche]]).avalanche[[/note]].
6th Feb '18 6:23:58 AM Naram-Sin
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* ''{{Series/Primeval}}'' often "explains" legendary creatures and phenomena like dragons, mermaids, haunted houses or the Egyptian monster Ammit, as prehistoric (or future!) animals that passed through the time portals into historical times and were embellished by people.[[note]]The above animals were the dinosaur ''Dracorex'', future sea-adapted primates, a maybe primate future creature capable of cammouflaging itself, and the Eocene "running crocodile" ''Pristichampsus''.[[/note]]
* While ''Series/TheXFiles'' most often veered into the supernatural, it would sometimes do the opposite and offer mundane explanations for supernatural [[[TwiceToldTale Twice Told Tales]]. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane Maybe]].
** "The Jersey Devil" [[InNameOnly threw away every aspect]] of the Jersey Devil mythology except the name and the New Jersey Pine Barrens location, recycling the titular monster as a maneating [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Bigfoot]]. Which was later revealed to be an anthropologically modern family of (white) cannibals living buttnaked in the woods. [[TheUnreveal Maybe]].
** "Dod Kalm" explained rapid aging and ghost ships as side effects of bacterian activity.
** "Quagmire" had Mulder and Scully come to investigate a series of deaths attributed to a StockNessMonster, only to discover that they were committed by an alligator. [[RealAfterAll Maybe]].
2nd Jan '18 5:55:27 AM Naram-Sin
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* Creator/MichaelCrichton wrote ''Literature/TheThirteenthWarrior'' (originally titled ''Eaters of the Dead'') as a bet, after hearing a scholar friend claim that the story in ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' was "a bore". Crichton [[SeriousBusiness set out to prove]] that the story was not a bore if presented in a way that would resonate with modern audiences, just like the original resonated with early Medieval audiences. The result is a [[{{mockumentary}} fake scholar book]] combining the story of ''Beowulf'' with Ahmed ibn Fadlan's historical travelogue of Eastern Europe in [[SettingUpdate the 10th century]]. In this version, ibn Fadlan joins a Norse rescue mission to face a seemingly supernatural enemy in Denmark. Instead of Grendel, the enemy is a remnant tribe [[spoiler:of cannibalistic Neanderthals]], called the Wendol. Grendel's invulnerability to human weapons is a misunderstanding, because the Wendol always take their dead and wounded with them, leaving only Norse bodies behind after a battle. Grendel's arm is just one Wendol's arm, but it is a valuable trophy because it is the first incontestable evidence that the Wendol can be wounded, and die. Grendel's mother is replaced by the tribe's matriarch, and the guardians of her lair are Wendol camps instead of giant serpents. The dragon is an optical illusion created by Wendol raiders carrying torches as they stream down from their mountain lair.
** The movie [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags the trope]], dabbling in some standard wise woman prophecy and mysticism. The book counterpart is much more ambiguous and features wise dwarves instead of a wise woman. The dwarves are normal Norse with dwarfism, but Bullywiff's men seek their advice in the story because they believe dwarves to have supernatural powers. On the other hand, the movie also gets rid of the reveal about the Wendol's nature and makes them normal, if technologically backward humans. [[RiddleForTheAges Maybe]].

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* Creator/MichaelCrichton wrote ''Literature/TheThirteenthWarrior'' (originally titled ''Eaters of the Dead'') as a bet, after hearing a scholar friend claim that the story in ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' was "a bore". Crichton [[SeriousBusiness set out to prove]] that the story was not a bore if presented in a way that would resonate with modern audiences, just like the original resonated with early Medieval audiences. The result is a [[{{mockumentary}} fake scholar book]] combining the story of ''Beowulf'' with Ahmed ibn Fadlan's historical travelogue of Eastern Europe in [[SettingUpdate the 10th century]]. In this version, ibn Fadlan joins a Norse rescue mission to face a seemingly supernatural enemy in Denmark. Instead of Grendel, the enemy is a remnant tribe [[spoiler:of cannibalistic Neanderthals]], called the Wendol. Grendel's invulnerability to human weapons is a misunderstanding, because the Wendol always take their dead and wounded with them, leaving only Norse bodies behind after a battle. Grendel's arm is just one Wendol's arm, but it is a valuable trophy because it is the first incontestable evidence that the Wendol can be wounded, and die. injured. Grendel's mother is replaced by the tribe's matriarch, and the guardians of snakes guarding her watery lair are replaced by Wendol camps instead of giant serpents. around her lair ''and'' live snakes she keeps over her body. The dragon (or "fire-wyrm") is an optical illusion created by Wendol raiders carrying torches as they stream down descend from their mountain lair.
** The movie [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags the trope]], dabbling in some standard wise woman prophecy and mysticism. The book counterpart is much more ambiguous and features wise dwarves instead of a wise woman. The dwarves are normal Norse with dwarfism, but Bullywiff's men seek their advice in the story because they believe dwarves to have supernatural powers. On the other hand, the movie also gets rid of the reveal about the Wendol's nature and makes them normal, if technologically backward humans. [[RiddleForTheAges Maybe]].
2nd Jan '18 5:44:10 AM Naram-Sin
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* ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' uses [[Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons Norse sagas]] that feature monsters and supernatural events as part of its source material, but gives the supernatural elements of them a MaybeMagicMaybeMundane approach (sometimes leaning farther into Unexplainably Magic with its prophecies). No one questions that Aslaug is the daughter of [[Literature/TheSagaOfTheVolsungs Sigurd the dragonslayer and Brynhild the Valkyrie]], but whether they actually are her parents or even existed is left ambiguous. The show integrates the legendary inspirations with other historical sources, and often changes around both to fit its needs.



* ''Series/{{Vikings}}'' uses [[Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons Norse sagas]] that feature monsters and supernatural events as part of its source material, but gives the supernatural elements of them a MaybeMagicMaybeMundane approach (sometimes leaning farther into Unexplainably Magic with its prophecies). No one questions that Aslaug is the daughter of [[Literature/TheSagaOfTheVolsungs Sigurd the dragonslayer and Brynhild the Valkyrie]], but whether they actually are her parents or even existed is left ambiguous. The show integrates the legendary inspirations with other historical sources, and often changes around both to fit its needs.
2nd Jan '18 5:38:43 AM Naram-Sin
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* The second season of ''Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders'' has non-supernatural versions of a StringyHairedGhostGirl ([[spoiler:a WomanScorned turned reclusive and addicted to plastic surgery]]), a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Caribbean zombie]] ([[spoiler:a brain-damaged hitman who survives his execution]]) and a [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti yeti]] ([[spoiler:a brain-damaged mountaineer lost in the Himalayas after surviving an avalanche]]).
1st Jan '18 4:10:48 PM Naram-Sin
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** The movie [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags the trope]], dabbling in some standard wise woman prophecy and mysticism. The book counterpart is much more ambiguous and features wise dwarves instead of a wise woman. The dwarves are normal Norsemen with dwarfism, but the Norsemen seek their advice in the story because they believe dwarves to have supernatural powers. On the other hand, the movie also gets rid of the reveal about the Wendol's nature and makes them normal, if technologically backward humans. [[RiddleForTheAges Maybe]].

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** The movie [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags the trope]], dabbling in some standard wise woman prophecy and mysticism. The book counterpart is much more ambiguous and features wise dwarves instead of a wise woman. The dwarves are normal Norsemen Norse with dwarfism, but the Norsemen Bullywiff's men seek their advice in the story because they believe dwarves to have supernatural powers. On the other hand, the movie also gets rid of the reveal about the Wendol's nature and makes them normal, if technologically backward humans. [[RiddleForTheAges Maybe]].
1st Jan '18 4:09:21 PM Naram-Sin
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** The movie [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags the trope]], dabbling in some standard wise woman prophecy and mysticism. The book counterpart is much more ambiguous and features wise dwarves instead of a wise woman. The dwarves are normal Norsemen with dwarfism, but the Norsemen seek their advice in the story because they believe dwarves to have supernatural powers. On the other hand, the movie also gets rid of the reveal about the Wendol's nature and makes them normal, if technologically backward human. [[RiddleForTheAges Maybe]].

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** The movie [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags the trope]], dabbling in some standard wise woman prophecy and mysticism. The book counterpart is much more ambiguous and features wise dwarves instead of a wise woman. The dwarves are normal Norsemen with dwarfism, but the Norsemen seek their advice in the story because they believe dwarves to have supernatural powers. On the other hand, the movie also gets rid of the reveal about the Wendol's nature and makes them normal, if technologically backward human.humans. [[RiddleForTheAges Maybe]].
1st Jan '18 4:06:00 PM Naram-Sin
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** The movie [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags the trope]], dabbling in some standard wise woman prophecy and mysticism. The book counterpart is much more ambiguous and features wise dwarves instead of a wise woman. The dwarves are normal Norsemen with dwarfism, but the Norsemen seek their advice in the story because they believe dwarves to have supernatural powers. On the other hand, the movie also gets rid of the reveal about the Wendol's nature. [[RiddleForTheAges Maybe]].

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** The movie [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags the trope]], dabbling in some standard wise woman prophecy and mysticism. The book counterpart is much more ambiguous and features wise dwarves instead of a wise woman. The dwarves are normal Norsemen with dwarfism, but the Norsemen seek their advice in the story because they believe dwarves to have supernatural powers. On the other hand, the movie also gets rid of the reveal about the Wendol's nature.nature and makes them normal, if technologically backward human. [[RiddleForTheAges Maybe]].
1st Jan '18 4:04:50 PM Naram-Sin
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* Creator/MichaelCrichton wrote ''Literature/TheThirteenthWarrior'' (originally titled ''Eaters of the Dead'') as a bet, after hearing a scholar friend claim that the story in ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' simply was not interesting. Crichton set out to prove that the story was interesting if written in a way that would resonate with modern audiences, just like the original resonated with Viking era audiences. The result is a [[{{mockumentary}} fake scholar book]] combining the story of ''Beowulf'' with Ahmed ibn Fadlan's historical travelogue of Eastern Europe in the 10th century. In this version, ibn Fadlan joins a Norse rescue mission to face a seemingly supernatural enemy in Denmark. Instead of Grendel, the enemy is a remnant tribe [[spoiler:of cannibalistic Neanderthals]], called the Wendol. Grendel's invulnerability to human weapons is actually a misunderstanding, because the Wendol always take their dead and wounded with them, leaving only Norse bodies behind after a battle. Grendel's arm is just one Wendol's arm, but it is a valuable trophy because it is the first incontestable evidence that the Wendol can be wounded, and die. Grendel's mother is replaced by the tribe's matriarch, and the guardians of her lair are Wendol camps instead of giant serpents. The dragon is just an optical illusion created by Wendol raiders carrying torches as they stream down from their mountain lair.
** The movie [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags the trope]], dabbling in some standard wise woman prophecy and mysticism. The book counterpart is much more ambiguous and features wise dwarves instead of a wise woman. The dwarves are normal Norsemen with dwarfism, but the Norsemen seek their advice in the story because they believe dwarves to have supernatural powers. On the other hand, the movie also gets rid of the reveal about the Wendol's nature and they appear to be at least Neolithic-level humans who ride horses.

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* Creator/MichaelCrichton wrote ''Literature/TheThirteenthWarrior'' (originally titled ''Eaters of the Dead'') as a bet, after hearing a scholar friend claim that the story in ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'' simply was not interesting. "a bore". Crichton [[SeriousBusiness set out to prove prove]] that the story was interesting not a bore if written presented in a way that would resonate with modern audiences, just like the original resonated with Viking era early Medieval audiences. The result is a [[{{mockumentary}} fake scholar book]] combining the story of ''Beowulf'' with Ahmed ibn Fadlan's historical travelogue of Eastern Europe in [[SettingUpdate the 10th century.century]]. In this version, ibn Fadlan joins a Norse rescue mission to face a seemingly supernatural enemy in Denmark. Instead of Grendel, the enemy is a remnant tribe [[spoiler:of cannibalistic Neanderthals]], called the Wendol. Grendel's invulnerability to human weapons is actually a misunderstanding, because the Wendol always take their dead and wounded with them, leaving only Norse bodies behind after a battle. Grendel's arm is just one Wendol's arm, but it is a valuable trophy because it is the first incontestable evidence that the Wendol can be wounded, and die. Grendel's mother is replaced by the tribe's matriarch, and the guardians of her lair are Wendol camps instead of giant serpents. The dragon is just an optical illusion created by Wendol raiders carrying torches as they stream down from their mountain lair.
** The movie [[ZigZaggedTrope zig-zags the trope]], dabbling in some standard wise woman prophecy and mysticism. The book counterpart is much more ambiguous and features wise dwarves instead of a wise woman. The dwarves are normal Norsemen with dwarfism, but the Norsemen seek their advice in the story because they believe dwarves to have supernatural powers. On the other hand, the movie also gets rid of the reveal about the Wendol's nature and they appear to be at least Neolithic-level humans who ride horses.nature. [[RiddleForTheAges Maybe]].
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