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21st Jan '18 5:46:05 PM DustSnitch
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* The harpies, designated by ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'' to the Forest of Suicides, torture the souls of those who committed violence against themselves by tearing off the tree branches that are now their limbs and using them as nest materials.
18th Jan '18 2:04:01 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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Everybody knows that birds are some of the least scary animals ever, right? After all, they're small, they're pretty, they sing, [[KillerRabbit they have sharp claws and pointy beaks]], [[ZergRush they fly around in huge flocks]], [[NauseaFuel they hang out in battlefields and pick the flesh off of the corpses]]...

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Everybody knows that birds are some of the least scary animals ever, right? After all, they're small, they're pretty, they sing, [[KillerRabbit they have sharp claws talons and pointy beaks]], [[ZergRush they fly around in huge flocks]], [[NauseaFuel they hang out in battlefields and pick the flesh off of the corpses]]...



Monstrous birds aren't that ridiculous, if you think about it. After all, they're the dinosaurs that ''survived''. As mentioned above, even the cutest birds have pointy beaks and claws, and some birds (such as starlings) fly in flocks of thousands, making them seem like [[HordeOfAlienLocusts hordes of]] [[JustForPun avian]] [[HordeOfAlienLocusts locusts]]. Many of them are voracious predators, and airborne to boot - just imagine if they were [[GiantFlyer big enough]] to swoop down on ''humans'' and carry them off. (It might be worth noting that the extinct [[GiantFlyer Haast's eagle]] could have occasionally preyed on humans, although it wouldn't have been able to carry them. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Teratorn giant teratorn]] could theoretically have carried off a person weighing up to approximately 95 kg/200 lbs, had humans actually been around when it was alive.) One should not forget the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phorusrhacidae TERROR BIRDS]], that once roamed (and likely terrorized) the earth.

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Monstrous birds aren't that ridiculous, if you think about it. After all, they're the dinosaurs that ''survived''. As mentioned above, even the cutest birds have pointy beaks and claws, talons , and some birds (such as starlings) fly in flocks of thousands, making them seem like [[HordeOfAlienLocusts hordes of]] [[JustForPun avian]] [[HordeOfAlienLocusts locusts]]. Many of them are voracious predators, and airborne to boot - just imagine if they were [[GiantFlyer big enough]] to swoop down on ''humans'' and carry them off. (It might be worth noting that the extinct [[GiantFlyer Haast's eagle]] could have occasionally preyed on humans, although it wouldn't have been able to carry them. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Teratorn giant teratorn]] could theoretically have carried off a person weighing up to approximately 95 kg/200 lbs, had humans actually been around when it was alive.) One should not forget the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phorusrhacidae TERROR BIRDS]], that once roamed (and likely terrorized) the earth.
14th Jan '18 3:41:41 PM nombretomado
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* [[MeaningfulName Peter Orniphobe]] claims the pigeon, Baron von Tailfeathers, is one in ''LifeWithLamarr''. [[CassandraTruth Though he might be right]].

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* [[MeaningfulName Peter Orniphobe]] claims the pigeon, Baron von Tailfeathers, is one in ''LifeWithLamarr''.''Webcomic/LifeWithLamarr''. [[CassandraTruth Though he might be right]].
22nd Dec '17 3:56:46 PM Malady
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* The roc or rukh was a predatory bird from Arabian folklore said to be big enough to pick up an elephant. Its eggs are described by SinbadTheSailor as being "50 paces round" or about 150 feet, which would make them 50 feet across- about the size of a hot air balloon. It was thought (adult) ostriches, being ugly and flightless giant birds, were actually roc chicks.

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* The roc or rukh was a predatory bird from Arabian folklore said to be big enough to pick up an elephant. Its eggs are described by SinbadTheSailor ''Literature/SinbadTheSailor'' as being "50 paces round" or about 150 feet, which would make them 50 feet across- about the size of a hot air balloon. It was thought (adult) ostriches, being ugly and flightless giant birds, were actually roc chicks.
19th Dec '17 2:33:09 AM Shadowgazer
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* Count Duckula began as a show-biz addicted ditz on WesternAnimation/DangerMouse before becoming an actual villain. He became Flanderized on his own show (a hapless show-biz addicted vegetarian) and had to deal with a common foe, vampire hunter Dr. Von Goosewing. Duckula's manservant, Igor, may count as sinister as he prods Duckula into being the evil bloodsucker he was intended to be.

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* Count Duckula began as a show-biz addicted ditz on WesternAnimation/DangerMouse before becoming an actual villain. He became Flanderized Another version (likely incarnation) of the character appeared on his own show with a lot of similarities (a hapless show-biz addicted vegetarian) even though he was harmless and had to deal with a common foe, vampire hunter Dr. Von Goosewing. Duckula's manservant, Igor, may count a vulture, counts as sinister as he prods Duckula into being the evil bloodsucker he was intended to be.
13th Dec '17 10:40:35 PM PaulA
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[[caption-width-right:350:Nature re-establishes the [[IncrediblyLamePun pecking order]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Nature re-establishes the [[IncrediblyLamePun pecking order]].order.]]
13th Dec '17 10:40:19 PM PaulA
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* While ''Series/WalkingWithBeasts'' focused mostly on prehistoric mammals, the horse-munching ''Gastornis'' in the first episode was one of the scariest animals on the show. Although a bit of BadassDecay occurs when [[spoiler: its unhatched chick is eaten by giant ants]]. Also of note are the ''Phorusrhacos'' in another episode, though they don't present any real threat to the ''Smilodon'' we're following. Because nothing - except climate change and [[spoiler: the giant ground sloth ''Megatherium'']] - present much threat to a ''Smilodon'' (ArtisticLicensePaleontology on all counts)
** ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' had ''Iberomesornis'' that were portrayed as type B. In spite of their small size they chased off a [[GiantFlyer giant pterosaur]].
** Another SpeculativeDocumentary, ''Franchise/TheFutureIsWild'', had a deadly flightless caracara called the Carakiller, an obvious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phorusrhacid Phorusrhacid]] {{Expy}}. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the narrator.

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* While ''Series/WalkingWithBeasts'' focused mostly on prehistoric mammals, the horse-munching ''Gastornis'' in the first episode was one of the scariest animals on the show. Although a bit of BadassDecay occurs when [[spoiler: its unhatched chick is eaten by giant ants]]. Also of note are the ''Phorusrhacos'' in another episode, though they don't present any real threat to the ''Smilodon'' we're following. Because nothing - except climate change and [[spoiler: the giant ground sloth ''Megatherium'']] - present much threat to a ''Smilodon'' (ArtisticLicensePaleontology on all counts)
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counts).
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''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' had ''Iberomesornis'' that were portrayed as type B. In spite of their small size they chased off a [[GiantFlyer giant pterosaur]].
** * Another SpeculativeDocumentary, ''Franchise/TheFutureIsWild'', had a deadly flightless caracara called the Carakiller, an obvious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phorusrhacid Phorusrhacid]] {{Expy}}. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the narrator.
8th Dec '17 1:44:11 AM doorhandle
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* ''{{Manga/Fourteen}}'' chronicles the life, times and [[GaiasVengeance genocidal schemes]] of the murderous Chicken George, a half-man half-chicken born from [[ArtificialMeat Vat Grown Chicken]] GoneHorriblyWrong. Granted, he's technically a ''Featherless'' Fiend, being as bald as roast chicken, but [[TropesAreFlexible he still fits the trope definition]] due to being an [[VillainProtagonist evil bird-man.]]
5th Dec '17 11:27:27 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* The DeathWorld that is ''Literature/GreenAntarctica'' has the Antarctic Teratorn. These birds are fully adapted to hunting and scavenging in the harsh landscape. They've maintained their large size (a 25-foot wingspan), have serrated beaks that act as both ice picks and saws, a prehensile tongue, and can even regurgitate their stomach acid both to digest food and attack prey.
30th Nov '17 1:04:08 PM Chabal2
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* In ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', birds are generally on the side of good, if often wild and untamed. There are exceptions, however--an army of rooks led by a raven attacks Redwall in ''Mattimeo'' and St. Ninian's is home to vicious jackdaws in ''Pearls of Lutra''. And, of course, there's the heron of ''Martin the Warrior'', the Warden. "I am the law!" * GULP*

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* In ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'', birds are generally on the side of good, if often wild and untamed. untamed (most are sentient, but sometimes they're just animals).
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There are exceptions, however--an army of rooks led by a raven attacks Redwall in ''Mattimeo'' and St. Ninian's is home to vicious jackdaws in ''Pearls of Lutra''. Lutra''.
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And, of course, there's the heron of ''Martin the Warrior'', the Warden. "I am the law!" * GULP*



** The BigBad of Doomwyte is a crow who wears a snake as a crown.



* The roc or rukh was a predatory bird from Arabian folklore said to be big enough to pick up an elephant. Its eggs are described by SinbadTheSailor as being "50 paces round" or about 150 feet, which would make them 50 feet across- about the size of a hot air balloon.

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* The roc or rukh was a predatory bird from Arabian folklore said to be big enough to pick up an elephant. Its eggs are described by SinbadTheSailor as being "50 paces round" or about 150 feet, which would make them 50 feet across- about the size of a hot air balloon. It was thought (adult) ostriches, being ugly and flightless giant birds, were actually roc chicks.
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