History Main / PrehistoricMonster

11th Jun '18 10:40:30 PM Theriocephalus
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A prehistoric/extinct animal which is portrayed as more powerful, dangerous and/or deadly (if not also [[DumbDinos dumber]]) than any still-living equivalent to the point where they cease being an animal and becomes a marauding monster - larger and faster than any extant apex predator, with no equal in the modern world! Filled to the brim with claws and jaws! Able to smash apart man-made vehicles to get at the tasty, tasty humans inside, a feat no lion or tiger or bear can do!

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A prehistoric/extinct animal which is portrayed as more powerful, dangerous and/or deadly (if not also [[DumbDinos dumber]]) than any still-living equivalent to the point where they cease being an animal and becomes a marauding monster - -- larger and faster than any extant apex predator, with no equal in the modern world! Filled to the brim with claws and jaws! Able to smash apart man-made vehicles to get at the tasty, tasty humans inside, a feat no lion or tiger or bear can do!



There ''is'' some TruthInTelevision - to fulfill their status as apex predator, a predator would have to be big - or at least badass enough to take down things bigger than itself, often armored or just as vicious. Most modern-day creatures are nowhere as large as, say, a ''Brachiosaurus'', or as armored as a ''Triceratops'' - and without such niches, there's no reason for modern-day animals to be just as enormous or clawed.

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There ''is'' some TruthInTelevision - -- to fulfill their status as apex predator, a predator would have to be big - -- or at least badass enough to take down things bigger than itself, often armored or just as vicious. Most modern-day creatures are nowhere as large as, say, a ''Brachiosaurus'', or as armored as a ''Triceratops'' - -- and without such niches, there's no reason for modern-day animals to be just as enormous or clawed.



** Another spinoff, ''Chased By Dinosaurs'' - together with the above-mentioned ''Sea Monsters'' - are also noteworthy aversions of the trope, since their execution is no different from any other wildlife documentary: host Nigel Marven (an actual wildlife TV presenter) goes shark-cage diving with a ''Megalodon'', tracks a ''Therizinosaurus'' cross-country, and watches (from a safe distance) a pack of ''Giganotosaurus'' hunt (and they seem more interested in hunting their usual prey than [[KillAllHumans snacking on the tiny human]]). That said, there was a definite sense of wonder to Nigel's reactions, and he did use the word "monster" a couple times.

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** Another spinoff, ''Chased By Dinosaurs'' - together with Dinosaurs'', is alongside the above-mentioned ''Sea Monsters'' - are also a noteworthy aversions aversion of the trope, since their execution is no different from any other wildlife documentary: host Nigel Marven (an actual wildlife TV presenter) goes shark-cage diving with a ''Megalodon'', tracks a ''Therizinosaurus'' cross-country, and watches (from a safe distance) a pack of ''Giganotosaurus'' hunt (and they seem more interested in hunting their usual prey than [[KillAllHumans snacking on the tiny human]]). That said, there was a definite sense of wonder to Nigel's reactions, and he did use the word "monster" a couple times.



* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', while there are Pokémon designed after dinosaurs, a number of them are extinct and can only be attained by reviving them from fossils, making them ''true'' Prehistoric Monsters. However, this is zigzagged - while most fossil Pokémon are based on predators, Amaura and Aurorus are based on herbivores, and have calm personalities. In addition, though the Pokédex describes a number of said predators as dangerous, [[LovecraftLite they still remain loyal to the player, and are even capable of showing affection towards them]] like any other Pokémon via Pokémon-Amie in Gen VI.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', while there are Pokémon designed after dinosaurs, a number of them are extinct and can only be attained by reviving them from fossils, making them ''true'' Prehistoric Monsters. However, this is zigzagged - -- while most fossil Pokémon are based on predators, Amaura and Aurorus are based on herbivores, and have calm personalities. In addition, though the Pokédex describes a number of said predators as dangerous, [[LovecraftLite they still remain loyal to the player, and are even capable of showing affection towards them]] like any other Pokémon via Pokémon-Amie in Gen VI.



** And speaking of crocodiles, there's the equally large marine crocodile ''Machimosaurus rex'' - "fighting lizard king".

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** And speaking of crocodiles, there's the equally large marine crocodile ''Machimosaurus rex'' - -- "fighting lizard king".
23rd Mar '18 6:47:23 PM tigris115
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There ''is'' some TruthInTelevision - to fulfill their status as apex predator, a predator would have to be big - or at least badass enough to take down things bigger than itself, often armored or just as vicious. Most modern-day creatures are nowhere as large as, say, a brachiosaurus, or as armored as a triceratops - and without such niches, there's no reason for modern-day animals to be just as enormous or clawed.

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There ''is'' some TruthInTelevision - to fulfill their status as apex predator, a predator would have to be big - or at least badass enough to take down things bigger than itself, often armored or just as vicious. Most modern-day creatures are nowhere as large as, say, a brachiosaurus, ''Brachiosaurus'', or as armored as a triceratops ''Triceratops'' - and without such niches, there's no reason for modern-day animals to be just as enormous or clawed.
17th Feb '18 11:20:48 PM CyborgIguana
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** Changed to a group of ''Dimetroons'' in the 1959 movie, wherein it was more of a brief obstacle in that they had to buy enough time to get their raft into the water without getting attacked. Also justified by the fact that they ''were'' in a position that made them appear to be an easy source of food. The later 2008 version just used a ''Tyrannosaurus'' and played it straight.

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** Changed to a group of ''Dimetroons'' in the 1959 movie, wherein it was more of a brief obstacle in that they had to buy enough time to get their raft into the water without getting attacked. Also justified by the fact that they ''were'' in a position that made them appear to be an easy source of food. The later 2008 version just used a ''Tyrannosaurus'' ''Giganotosaurus'' and played it straight.
8th Feb '18 8:40:44 PM 4444jdm
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* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', while there are Pokémon designed after dinosaurs, a number of them are extinct and can only be attained by reviving them from fossils, making them ''true'' Prehistoric Monsters. However, this is zigzagged - while most fossil Pokémon are based on predators, Amaura and Aurorus are based on herbivores, and have calm personalities. In addition, though the Pokédex describes a number of said predators as dangerous, they still remain loyal to the player, and are even capable of showing affection towards them like any other Pokémon via Pokémon-Amie in Gen VI.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', while there are Pokémon designed after dinosaurs, a number of them are extinct and can only be attained by reviving them from fossils, making them ''true'' Prehistoric Monsters. However, this is zigzagged - while most fossil Pokémon are based on predators, Amaura and Aurorus are based on herbivores, and have calm personalities. In addition, though the Pokédex describes a number of said predators as dangerous, [[LovecraftLite they still remain loyal to the player, and are even capable of showing affection towards them them]] like any other Pokémon via Pokémon-Amie in Gen VI.
14th Dec '17 12:03:03 AM PaulA
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* The documentary series ''[[Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs Walking With...]]''' played straight the trope in two cases (''[[Series/WalkingWithMonsters Walking With]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Monsters]]'' and ''Sea [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Monsters]]''), but averted it in most part of the series: the original ''Walking With Dinosaurs'', ''Series/WalkingWithBeasts'', ''Ballad of Big Al'', but above all ''Prehistoric Park''. In this spinoff prehistoric animals are described as "something which is missing in our world, amazing animals that time has left behind" and worth to be brought to life; moreover, they show up later in the park ''alongside their living relatives'' (Martha the mammoth with African elephants, dinosaurs with birds and crocodiles, sabre-toothed cat with cheetahs and so on). Here the discrimination between extinct and non-extinct animal is totally absent (a ''very'' rare example in media). The trope is even ''inverted'' in one case: keeper Bob being affectionate with the giant millipede relative ''Arthropleura'' and saying "this is not like spiders and other small modern creepy-crawlies, this is a proper animal".

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* The documentary series ''[[Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs Walking With...]]''' played straight the trope in two cases (''[[Series/WalkingWithMonsters Walking With]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Monsters]]'' and ''Sea [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Monsters]]''), but averted it in most part of the series: the original ''Walking With Dinosaurs'', ''Series/WalkingWithBeasts'', ''Ballad of Big Al'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBalladOfBigAl'', but above all ''Prehistoric Park''.''Series/PrehistoricPark''. In this spinoff prehistoric animals are described as "something which is missing in our world, amazing animals that time has left behind" and worth to be brought to life; moreover, they show up later in the park ''alongside their living relatives'' (Martha the mammoth with African elephants, dinosaurs with birds and crocodiles, sabre-toothed cat with cheetahs and so on). Here the discrimination between extinct and non-extinct animal is totally absent (a ''very'' rare example in media). The trope is even ''inverted'' in one case: keeper Bob being affectionate with the giant millipede relative ''Arthropleura'' and saying "this is not like spiders and other small modern creepy-crawlies, this is a proper animal".
13th Dec '17 12:04:31 AM schoi30
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* 1925's ''Film/TheLostWorld'' features the earliest Kaiju attack -- a ''Brontosaurus'' that goes on the rampage in downtown London with little provocation. At least it doesn't try to eat anyone.

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* 1925's ''Film/TheLostWorld'' features the earliest Kaiju attack -- a ''Brontosaurus'' that goes on the rampage in downtown London with little provocation. At least it doesn't try to eat anyone. In this case it's actually justified -- it's a panicked animal that suddenly found itself in an unfamiliar and unsuitable environment.
11th Dec '17 5:42:46 AM Cryoclaste
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* [[http://www.trilobites.info/anohome.html Anomalocaris]] has gained a certain degree of popularity in Japan; often depicted as a huge monster with ''four'' grasping appendages, such as in ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' and ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', or highly stylized, like Anorith in {{Pokemon}} and Scorpiomon/Anomalocarimon in ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''.

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* [[http://www.trilobites.info/anohome.html Anomalocaris]] has gained a certain degree of popularity in Japan; often depicted as a huge monster with ''four'' grasping appendages, such as in ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' and ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', or highly stylized, like Anorith in {{Pokemon}} ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' and Scorpiomon/Anomalocarimon in ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''.
7th Dec '17 10:21:22 AM FGHIK
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* ''VideoGame/DinoDDay'' has Nazi cloned dinosaurs be used to great effect agaibst the allies, certainly far more than any modern animal. Many are equipped with [[WeaponizedAnimal additional weapons and armor]], but others are deadly enough without them.

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* ''VideoGame/DinoDDay'' has Nazi cloned dinosaurs be used to great effect agaibst against the allies, certainly far more so than any modern animal. animal could. Many are equipped with [[WeaponizedAnimal additional weapons and armor]], but others are deadly enough a serious threat to heavily armed soldiers without them.
6th Dec '17 10:40:28 PM FGHIK
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* ''VideoGame/DinoDDay'' has Nazi cloned dinosaurs be used to great effect agaibst the allies, certainly far more than any modern animal. Many are equipped with [[WeaponizedAnimal additional weapons and armor]], but others are deadly enough without them.
8th Oct '17 9:33:17 PM ElSquibbonator
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* ''Velociraptor'' ("swift thief" or "swift murderer") and all the other ''-raptor''s. Ironically, ''Gigantoraptor'' ("gigantic murderer"), despite its name was probably vegetarian and behaved like a modern-day ostrich. Though it would likely have entered this trope [[PapaWolf if you messed]] [[MamaBear with its eggs]].

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* ''Velociraptor'' ("swift thief" or "swift murderer") and all the other ''-raptor''s. Ironically, ''Gigantoraptor'' ("gigantic murderer"), despite its name was probably vegetarian and behaved like a modern-day ostrich. Though it would likely That said, ostriches are one of the few modern-day birds know to ''kill people'', so Gigantoraptor's name may have entered this trope [[PapaWolf if you messed]] [[MamaBear with its eggs]].been appropriate after all.
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