History Main / PrehistoricMonster

27th Nov '16 8:05:22 PM nombretomado
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* Averted by the ''{{Dinotopia}}'' series, in which all the dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures are [[IntellectualAnimal Intellectual Animals]] that for the most part exist peacefully alongside humans. The exceptions are the large uncivilized theropods of the Rainy Basin and even they get portrayed as [[NobleSavage Noble Savages]] that can be bargained with. Contrast the miniseries.

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* Averted by the ''{{Dinotopia}}'' ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}'' series, in which all the dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures are [[IntellectualAnimal Intellectual Animals]] that for the most part exist peacefully alongside humans. The exceptions are the large uncivilized theropods of the Rainy Basin and even they get portrayed as [[NobleSavage Noble Savages]] that can be bargained with. Contrast the miniseries.
21st Oct '16 11:53:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/TheLostWorld'', by ''SherlockHolmes'' creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has its various prehistoric animals almost entirely united in their desire to eat the heroes. There's also a war between a society of human hunter-gatherers and a group of dryopithecoid "ape-men", and the MightyWhitey heroes side entirely with their fellow humans (the 2001 miniseries adaptation makes this conflict considerably less one-sided). It's important to mention that, to contemporary Britons like Sir Arthur, prehistoric life wasn't just monstrous; it was ''inferior'', since dinosaurs went extinct and we didn't.

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* ''Literature/TheLostWorld'', ''Literature/TheLostWorld1912'' by ''SherlockHolmes'' creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Doyle has its various prehistoric animals almost entirely united in their desire to eat the heroes. There's also a war between a society of human hunter-gatherers and a group of dryopithecoid "ape-men", and the MightyWhitey heroes side entirely with their fellow humans (the 2001 miniseries adaptation makes this conflict considerably less one-sided). It's important to mention that, to contemporary Britons like Sir Arthur, prehistoric life wasn't just monstrous; it was ''inferior'', since dinosaurs went extinct and we didn't.
12th Oct '16 8:53:51 PM MagnusForce
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* The original 3rd Edition rules for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' classified all prehistoric vertebrates as "beasts", not "animals", thus lumping them together with fantastical monsters such as the ankheg. This meant that dinosaurs and other creatures extinct on Earth couldn't be affected by magics or class abilities targeting the "animal" creature-type, even if they still constituted a natural part of their native game-worlds' contemporary ecosystems. This distinction lasted until the 3.5 revisions abolished the "beast" creature type. This gave less weight to being extinct on Earth but more to appear on Earth at any time.

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* The original 3rd Edition rules for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' classified all prehistoric vertebrates as "beasts", not "animals", thus lumping them together with fantastical monsters such as the ankheg.ankheg (a giant burrowing insect that spews acid) or the griffon. This meant that dinosaurs and other creatures extinct on Earth couldn't be affected by magics or class abilities targeting the "animal" creature-type, even if they still constituted a natural part of their native game-worlds' contemporary ecosystems. This distinction lasted until the 3.5 revisions abolished the "beast" creature type. This gave less weight to being extinct on Earth but more to appear on Earth at any time.
11th Oct '16 2:13:35 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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See also DinosaursAreDragons, DumbDinos, ReptilesAreAbhorrent, EverythingIsTryingToKillYou, OurMonstersAreDifferent. If you want to see some RealLife infos about extinct critters, [[UsefulNotes/{{Dinosaurs}} see]] [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLife here]]. For a popular way of averting this, see DomesticatedDinosaurs.

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See also DinosaursAreDragons, DumbDinos, ReptilesAreAbhorrent, EverythingIsTryingToKillYou, OurMonstersAreDifferent.OurMonstersAreDifferent, and HistoricalVillainUpgrade. If you want to see some RealLife infos about extinct critters, [[UsefulNotes/{{Dinosaurs}} see]] [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLife here]]. For a popular way of averting this, see DomesticatedDinosaurs.
5th Aug '16 8:24:30 PM MrMediaGuy2
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* The upcoming video game ''{{VideoGame/Saurian}}'' averts this with all its creatures, which are depicted as normal animals that wouldn't be out of place in a nature documentary. Being a game aimed at accuracy and education, they wouldn't have much of an excuse for playing this straight.
13th Jul '16 12:35:13 PM schoi30
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* The ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' movies (the first of them comes from 2002) avert this as far as mammals and birds from the Cenozoic era are concerned. Dinosaurs and other mesozoic reptiles, however, get this treatment whenever they appear, be it [[HumanPopsicle frozen over and thawed]], as in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown'', or located in a LostWorld, like in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs'' (with the exception of, ironically, the ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]'').

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* The ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' movies (the first of them comes from 2002) avert this as far as mammals and birds from the Cenozoic era are concerned. Dinosaurs and other mesozoic reptiles, however, get this treatment whenever they appear, be it [[HumanPopsicle frozen over and thawed]], as in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown'', or located in a LostWorld, like in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs'' (with the exception of, ironically, the ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]'').rex]]'' and raptors).
10th May '16 9:28:30 PM SpinAttaxx
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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 Auroros 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 Auroros 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.
10th May '16 9:27:53 PM SpinAttaxx
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* Several ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' play with this. Obtaining them requires the player to obtain their fossils[[note]]in [[StockDinosaurs Aerodactyl's]] case, its DNA was stored in amber[[/note]] and use the DNA extracted from them to resurrect the creatures. However, none of the ancient Pokémon are treated as dangerous monsters, and most don't even look more scary than average.(With the exception of Kabuto/Kabutops.) In the anime a couple of them are mean, but it's not a general rule. However, Pokémon that look like dinosaurs are usually treated as extremely destructive, even if their stats say otherwise.(Such as Aggron, which is more in the vein of a [[StoneWall bulky defender]] than a destructive attacker. But it looks scary...and is therefore treated as scary.)

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* Several ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' play with this. Obtaining In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', while there are Pokémon designed after dinosaurs, a number of them requires the player to obtain their fossils[[note]]in [[StockDinosaurs Aerodactyl's]] case, its DNA was stored in amber[[/note]] are extinct and use the DNA extracted can only be attained by reviving them from fossils, making them to resurrect the creatures. ''true'' Prehistoric Monsters. However, none of the ancient this is zigzagged - while most fossil Pokémon are treated as dangerous monsters, based on predators, Amaura and most don't Auroros 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 look more scary than average.(With the exception capable of Kabuto/Kabutops.) In the anime a couple of showing affection towards them are mean, but it's not a general rule. However, like any other Pokémon that look like dinosaurs are usually treated as extremely destructive, even if their stats say otherwise.(Such as Aggron, which is more via Pokémon-Amie in the vein of a [[StoneWall bulky defender]] than a destructive attacker. But it looks scary...and is therefore treated as scary.)Gen VI.
23rd Apr '16 11:56:20 AM TVRulezAgain
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* 2000's Disney ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' averted this trope (like the similar ''LandBeforeTime'') with the herbivorous dinosaurs, having several humanized characters, many of them are gentle and likable, such as Aladar and Neera, but also Eema, Baylene, and Url. Even the villain, Kron (an Iguanadon), was a villain for actual, character-based reasons, and not simply because he was evil. Played straight, on the other hand, [[CarnivoreConfusion with Carnotaurs and raptors]], which never spoke and mostly just wanted to eat everybody else. Furthermore, one can note a crucial difference in portrayal between the social, humanitarian lemurs and the self-centered "Social Darwinism" that permeate ''all'' the dinosaur of Kron's herd (even the old and the young ones, which should actually be the ''victims'' of this mentality). Please note that the lemurs are ''modern'' Sifaka lemurs and not prehistoric primates at all.

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* 2000's Disney ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'' averted this trope (like the similar ''LandBeforeTime'') ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'') with the herbivorous dinosaurs, having several humanized characters, many of them are gentle and likable, such as Aladar and Neera, but also Eema, Baylene, and Url. Even the villain, Kron (an Iguanadon), was a villain for actual, character-based reasons, and not simply because he was evil. Played straight, on the other hand, [[CarnivoreConfusion with Carnotaurs and raptors]], which never spoke and mostly just wanted to eat everybody else. Furthermore, one can note a crucial difference in portrayal between the social, humanitarian lemurs and the self-centered "Social Darwinism" that permeate ''all'' the dinosaur of Kron's herd (even the old and the young ones, which should actually be the ''victims'' of this mentality). Please note that the lemurs are ''modern'' Sifaka lemurs and not prehistoric primates at all.
18th Apr '16 6:09:49 AM ironcommando
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* ''Film/TheJungleBook2016'': King Louie received an AdaptationSpeciesChange from an orangutan to the ''much larger'', India-native ''Gigantopithicus'', as well as [[AdaptationalVillainy being more malicious, menacing and serious]] than his Disney Animated counterpart.
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