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22nd Apr '18 12:38:39 AM Mukademaoh
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* Zigzagged in ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'': most of the dangerous beasts they encounter are carnivorous and highly destructive, though the backstory of the [[SavageWolves Battle Wolf]] mentions how a colossal, herbivorous {{kaiju}} known as the "Death Gore" nearly destroyed all life on earth due to their unsatiable appetite for whole forests. Played straight among the incredibly powerful Eight Kings: non carnivorous ones like Horse King Herakles and the Deer King Sky Deer are the least aggressive of the eight (though by no mean less dangerous...)
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21st Apr '18 12:28:35 PM Mukademaoh
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* ''Manga/OumagadokiDoubutsuen'' subverts this trope with [[PettingZooPeople Rodeo, the humanoid horse]] in the Circus Arc: he embraces the theory that PredatorsAreMean to the point of petty racism, calling carnivores dumb and brutal and going all out on them: when [[GentleGiant Kisazou]], whom he previously respected as a fellow herbivore, tries to protect Uwabami (a snake-woman), Rodeo doesn't hesitate to mark him as an enemy too.
1st Mar '18 7:38:10 PM MerlinWinter
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This trope is not TruthInTelevision for the most part. The most dangerous animals in the world are actually big herbivores; the hippopotamus and the elephant are known to attack and kill humans even without being provoked. In North America, more people are killed by cows each year than by [[BearsAreBadNews bears]], [[CatsAreMean mountain lions]], [[SnakesAreSinister venomous snakes]], [[ThreateningShark sharks]], and [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile alligators]] ''combined''. In other words, just because an animal won't ''eat'' you, doesn't mean it won't ''hurt'' you. Conversely, house cats and domesticated dogs (the two species most inclined to be friendly with humans) are inherently carnivorous, while the omnivorous whale shark is never a threat to humans.

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This trope is not TruthInTelevision for the most part. The most dangerous animals in the world are actually big herbivores; the hippopotamus and the elephant are known to attack and kill humans even without being provoked. In North America, more people are killed by cows each year than by [[BearsAreBadNews bears]], [[CatsAreMean mountain lions]], [[SnakesAreSinister venomous snakes]], [[ThreateningShark sharks]], and [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile alligators]] ''combined''. In other words, just because an animal won't ''eat'' you, doesn't mean it won't ''hurt'' you. Conversely, house cats and domesticated dogs (the two species most inclined to be friendly with humans) are inherently carnivorous, while the omnivorous whale shark is never a threat to humans.
1st Mar '18 7:37:53 PM MerlinWinter
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This trope is not TruthInTelevision for the most part. The most dangerous animals in the world are actually big herbivores; the hippopotamus and the elephant are known to attack and kill humans even without being provoked. In North America, more people are killed by cows each year than by [[BearsAreBadNews bears]], [[CatsAreMean mountain lions]], [[SnakesAreSinister venomous snakes]], [[ThreateningShark sharks]], and [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile alligators]] ''combined''. In other words, just because an animal won't ''eat'' you, doesn't mean it won't ''hurt'' you. Conversely, house cats and domesticated dogs are inherently carnivorous, while the omnivorous whale shark is never a threat to humans.

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This trope is not TruthInTelevision for the most part. The most dangerous animals in the world are actually big herbivores; the hippopotamus and the elephant are known to attack and kill humans even without being provoked. In North America, more people are killed by cows each year than by [[BearsAreBadNews bears]], [[CatsAreMean mountain lions]], [[SnakesAreSinister venomous snakes]], [[ThreateningShark sharks]], and [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile alligators]] ''combined''. In other words, just because an animal won't ''eat'' you, doesn't mean it won't ''hurt'' you. Conversely, house cats and domesticated dogs (the two species most inclined to be friendly with humans) are inherently carnivorous, while the omnivorous whale shark is never a threat to humans.
25th Feb '18 6:57:59 PM Yuihime
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* {{Parodied|Trope}} in [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/when-herbivores-attack this]] chapter of ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'', which provides the current page image. It depicts a man [[WrongGenreSavvy expecting this to be the case]], and getting stomped flat as a result.

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* {{Parodied|Trope}} in [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/when-herbivores-attack this]] chapter of ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'', which provides formerly the current page image. It depicts a man [[WrongGenreSavvy expecting this to be the case]], and getting stomped flat as a result.
31st Jan '18 4:11:08 PM StFan
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* ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' has creatures evolving. The first two stages (Cell and Creature) are spent deciding on a creature's diet. Later stages have the creatures evolved more, with their own moralities. Herbivores tend to be nice and social, carnivores tend to be hostile, while omnivores tend to be neutral and economic.
** Spore plays with this somewhat. When you advance to a new stage, you get bonuses and special abilities depending on how you spent the previous ones. Killing and eating your rivals would tend to give you combat bonuses when you acquired sapience, while socializing with other species and eating plants would give you social abilities instead. So if you began your evolution as a carnivore, you were encouraged to develop into a warlike civilization, while herbivores would be encouraged to play peacefully. However, you could defy this by simply not making use of your bonuses in the Tribal and Civilization stages.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' and ''VideoGame/FarCry4''. ''3'' has water buffalo that generally keep to themselves, but if you walk through their territory, they'll most likely chase you down and try to ram you. ''4'' has yaks which are pretty much just reskins of ''3'''s water buffalo, as well as rhinos and elephants. The rhinos basically act the same way as the yaks, only they're faster, tougher, and do a lot more damage. The elephants, on the other hand, will not bother you at all unless you attack them -- they'll even let you ride them, provided you have the necessary perk. However, once provoked, these elephants are ''very'' dangerous -- and you can use this to your advantage, pitting them against your enemies and even riding them into battle.
** Despite the subversion in ''Far Cry 3'', the binoculars identify animals as herbivore and predator, giving a clear distinction on which animals can attack. The identification is based on whether or not they're aggressive as opposed to their actual diet (e.g. Buffalo are tagged as predators.)

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* ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' has creatures evolving. The first two stages (Cell and Creature) are spent deciding on a creature's diet. Later stages have the creatures evolved more, with their own moralities. Herbivores tend to be nice and social, carnivores tend to be hostile, while omnivores tend to be neutral and economic.
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economic. ''Spore'' plays with this somewhat. When you advance to a new stage, you get bonuses and special abilities depending on how you spent the previous ones. Killing and eating your rivals would tend to give you combat bonuses when you acquired sapience, while socializing with other species and eating plants would give you social abilities instead. So if you began your evolution as a carnivore, you were encouraged to develop into a warlike civilization, while herbivores would be encouraged to play peacefully. However, you could defy this by simply not making use of your bonuses in the Tribal and Civilization stages.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' and ''VideoGame/FarCry4''. ''3'' has water buffalo that generally keep to themselves, but if you walk through their territory, they'll most likely chase you down and try to ram you. ''4'' has yaks which are pretty much just reskins of ''3'''s water buffalo, as well as rhinos and elephants. The rhinos basically act the same way as the yaks, only they're faster, tougher, and do a lot more damage. The elephants, on the other hand, will not bother you at all unless you attack them -- they'll even let you ride them, provided you have the necessary perk. However, once provoked, these elephants are ''very'' dangerous -- and you can use this to your advantage, pitting them against your enemies and even riding them into battle.
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battle. Despite the subversion in ''Far Cry 3'', the binoculars identify animals as herbivore and predator, giving a clear distinction on which animals can attack. The identification is based on whether or not they're aggressive as opposed to their actual diet (e.g. Buffalo are tagged as predators.) predators).



* Downplayed with the gurns, druffalo and brontos in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition.'' They won't attacked if they aren't provoked, but they'll fight tooth and nail if wounded.

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* Downplayed with the gurns, druffalo and brontos in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition.'' ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. They won't attacked if they aren't provoked, but they'll fight tooth and nail if wounded.



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** Doubly subverted in a school video starring Troy [=McClure=] in "Lisa the Vegetarian",[[note]]you might remember from such videos as “2-3=Negative Fun” and “Firecrackers: The Silent Killer”[[/note]] where he convinces Bobby[[note]]Jimmy[[/note]] that it’s okay to eat meat. [=McClure=] warns Jimmy that “if a cow had the chance he’d eat you and everyone you care about,” as ominous music plays and the camera zooms in on a cow’s face. However, the cow’s face is so placid, that the idea of a threatening cow seems ludicrous.

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** Doubly subverted in a school video starring Troy [=McClure=] in "Lisa the Vegetarian",[[note]]you might remember from such videos as “2-3=Negative Fun” "2-3=Negative Fun" and “Firecrackers: "Firecrackers: The Silent Killer”[[/note]] Killer"[[/note]] where he convinces Bobby[[note]]Jimmy[[/note]] that it’s it's okay to eat meat. [=McClure=] warns Jimmy that “if "if a cow had the chance he’d he'd eat you and everyone you care about,” about," as ominous music plays and the camera zooms in on a cow’s cow's face. However, the cow’s cow's face is so placid, that the idea of a threatening cow seems ludicrous.



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28th Jan '18 10:05:01 PM BattleMaster
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This trope is not TruthInTelevision for the most part. The most dangerous animals in the world are actually big herbivores; the hippopotamus and the elephant are known to attack and kill humans even without being provoked. In other words, just because an animal won't ''eat'' you, doesn't mean it won't ''hurt'' you. Conversely, house cats and domesticated dogs are inherently carnivorous, while the omnivorous whale shark is never a threat to humans.

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This trope is not TruthInTelevision for the most part. The most dangerous animals in the world are actually big herbivores; the hippopotamus and the elephant are known to attack and kill humans even without being provoked. In North America, more people are killed by cows each year than by [[BearsAreBadNews bears]], [[CatsAreMean mountain lions]], [[SnakesAreSinister venomous snakes]], [[ThreateningShark sharks]], and [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile alligators]] ''combined''. In other words, just because an animal won't ''eat'' you, doesn't mean it won't ''hurt'' you. Conversely, house cats and domesticated dogs are inherently carnivorous, while the omnivorous whale shark is never a threat to humans.
27th Jan '18 6:00:37 AM Willbyr
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27th Jan '18 5:58:11 AM Willbyr
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19th Oct '17 8:54:31 AM SkidTroper
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* Some Christian sects in the United States, such as those behind the Creation Museum (Answers in Genesis) believe that this was the literal truth. All animals before the Fall were friendly herbivores, with one diorama showing a ''T. rex'' chomping on pineapples and another section allowing visitors to pose on a large, saddled model of a ''Triceratops''. Likewise, the group maintains no animals were venomous before the Fall. The Texas-based Creation Evidence Museum believes the pre-Fall atmosphere made creatures live longer, made them more intelligent, and made them nicer. Commentary regarding their beliefs is probably subject to the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment.

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* Some Christian sects in the United States, such as those behind the Creation Museum (Answers in Genesis) believe that this was the literal truth. All truth of life on Earth pre-Fall. It's stated that animals before the Fall were friendly herbivores, with one herbivores (one diorama showing depicts a ''T. rex'' chomping on pineapples pineapples) and another section allowing visitors to pose on a large, saddled model that predation and carnivorism, being based in violence and killing, are by-products of a ''Triceratops''. Likewise, the group maintains no animals were venomous before the Fall. Fall. The Texas-based Creation Evidence Museum believes the pre-Fall atmosphere made creatures live longer, made them more intelligent, intelligent and thus made them nicer. Commentary regarding their beliefs is probably subject nicer. This have proven contentious, so any discussion of these views (positive or negative) best adhere to the RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment.



* Species that evolved without predators are indeed often very docile. The Dodo of Mauritius evolved on an island without predators and was noted for having no fear or aggression toward humans, who promptly ate them into extinction. Herbivores species that evolved ''with'' predators, however, often avert this: while some herbivores will flee danger as a first resort, others can be very aggressive, and will often be the ones to attack first if threatened or surprised. Herbivores such as hippos, rhinos, bison and even cattle have well-deserved reputations for being dangerous to approach, and even deer can turn on you if you startle them.

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* Species that evolved living in an environment without predators are indeed often very docile. The Dodo of Mauritius evolved on an island without predators and was noted for having no fear or aggression toward humans, who promptly ate them into extinction. Herbivores Herbivorous species that evolved ''with'' are accustomed to the presence of predators, however, often avert this: while some herbivores will flee danger as a first resort, others can be very aggressive, and will often be the ones to attack first if threatened or surprised. Herbivores such as hippos, rhinos, bison and even cattle have well-deserved reputations for being dangerous to approach, and even deer can turn on you if you startle them.
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