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14th Jun '17 1:31:58 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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14th Jun '17 1:28:54 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* The speculative pop-biology book ''Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture'' posits a world 50 million years hence where carnivores have gone extinct and rodents have evolved to fill the niches left by felines, canines, bears, weasels, wolverines, and so on.

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* The speculative pop-biology book ''Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture'' posits a world 50 million years hence where carnivores have gone extinct in much of the world and rodents have evolved to fill the niches left by felines, canines, bears, weasels, wolverines, and so on.
14th Jun '17 1:27:16 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* In ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' when everyone got a clone, said clones were all mini-sized.. except Pip's, who went the other way.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' when everyone got a clone, said clones were all mini-sized..mini-sized... except Pip's, who went the other way.
11th May '17 10:25:43 AM Mhazard
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* ''Dark Souls''
** ''Videogame/DarkSouls'' has Plague Rats. Very predictable and easy to kill but inflict poison. The biggest one is a single Giant Rat in the Depths, which is roughly the size of a bus.

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* ''Dark Souls''
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** ''Videogame/DarkSouls'' ''Videogame/DarkSoulsI'' has Plague Rats. Very predictable and easy to kill but inflict poison. The biggest one is a single Giant Rat in the Depths, which is roughly the size of a bus.


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** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsIII'' has Hound Rats. Unlike the Plague Rats, they cannot inflict poison.
** ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' has Labyrinth Rat, malformed rats with [[BodyHorror enlarged eyes and lumps on their back]].
11th Apr '17 8:26:44 PM Sharlee
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* In the Creator/JimHenson TV adaptation of ''Literature/EmmetOttersJugBandChristmas'', the members of Emmet's band are all similarly-sized Muppets, even though one of them is a ''muskrat'' and should be less than a quarter as large as the other three (an otter, a porcupine and a beaver).
10th Apr '17 10:36:34 AM Theriocephalus
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* "Dire rats" are a common low-level monster in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' that often show up in caves and city sewers. They're scavengers who won't hesitate to attack live prey if they think they can get away with it and carry disease more often than not. There are also [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent wererats]], humanoids cursed to change into dire rats much like werewolves.
** Related monsters include rat swarms, skeletal rat swarms, corpse rat swarms (Zombies!!!), spectral swarms (incorporeal undead that typically result from careless fireball-flinging adventurers inflicting large amounts of collateral damage on the local rat population), cranium rat swarms (psychic rats!!!), moonrats (rats that become more or less intelligent depending on the phases of the moon), and the Tamer of Beasts prestige class from the book Masters of the Wild, who is depicted in the artwork as controlling a massive army of rats.
** And there's the Rylkar from Version 3.5's ''Monster Manual V''. They're basically a nest of giant, evil rats who are connected via a hive mind to their harridan, the huge, disease and corruption spreading, blind matriarch of the nest.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
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"Dire rats" are a common low-level monster in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' that often show up in caves and city sewers. They're scavengers who won't hesitate to attack live prey if they think they can get away with it and carry disease more often than not. There are also [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent wererats]], humanoids cursed to change into dire rats much like werewolves.
** Related monsters include rat swarms, skeletal rat swarms, corpse rat swarms (Zombies!!!), spectral swarms (incorporeal undead that typically result from careless fireball-flinging adventurers inflicting large amounts of collateral damage on the local rat population), cranium rat swarms (psychic rats!!!), moonrats (rats that become more or less intelligent depending on the phases of the moon), and the Tamer of Beasts prestige class from the book Masters of the Wild, who is depicted in the artwork as controlling a massive army of rats.
** And there's the Rylkar from Version 3.5's ''Monster Manual V''. They're basically a nest of giant, evil rats who are connected via a hive mind to their harridan, the huge, disease and corruption spreading, corruption-spreading, blind matriarch of the nest.
9th Apr '17 11:39:30 PM Theriocephalus
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** The underhive in ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' (and in most [[LayeredCity Hive Cities]] around the galaxy, most likely) is infested with these. And not just any giant rats -- intelligent, mutated giant rats. Some are spiky, some have two heads, but they all are happy to eat lone humans if they think they can get away with it. Of course, humans are more than happy to return the favor. While the uppermost Hive Dwellers might feast on food exported from agri-worlds, the average Underhiver has a distinctly less pleasant variety of foodstuffs to choose between, and rat meat will serve just fine. The Underhive even hosts a faction known as the Ratskin Renegades, whose theme is based on First Nations plains tribes, with ROUS filling in for bison and horses.

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** The underhive in ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' (and in most [[LayeredCity [[LayeredMetropolis Hive Cities]] around the galaxy, most likely) is infested with these. And not just any giant rats -- intelligent, mutated giant rats. Some are spiky, some have two heads, but they all are happy to eat lone humans if they think they can get away with it. Of course, humans are more than happy to return the favor. While the uppermost Hive Dwellers might feast on food exported from agri-worlds, the average Underhiver has a distinctly less pleasant variety of foodstuffs to choose between, and rat meat will serve just fine. The Underhive even hosts a faction known as the Ratskin Renegades, whose theme is based on First Nations plains tribes, with ROUS filling in for bison and horses.
9th Apr '17 11:38:21 PM Theriocephalus
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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' world, between the Winds of Magic and underground [[GreenRocks Warpstone]] deposits, it's no surprise that sewer rats can grow to the size of wolves. Some say there is even an entire race of RatMen called the Skaven that walk upright and breed ferocious mutant rodents the size of ogres, or even as enormous war beasts, [[FlatEarthAtheist but any credible scholar will dismiss these claims as the raving of lunatics.]]
* The underhive in ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' (part of the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' setting) is infested with these. And not just any giant rats - more intelligent, mutated giant rats. Some are spiky, some have two heads, but they all are happy to eat lone humans if they think they can get away with it.
** Of course, humans are more than happy to return the favor. While the uppermost Hive Dwellers might feast on food exported from agri-worlds, the average Underhiver has a distinctly less pleasant variety of foodstuffs to choose between. The most "normal" foods are fungi and edible slime-molds. "Meat" in the Underhive generally comes from rats... or snakes... or spiders... or, really, anything made of meat that fails to climb out of the pot. The nastier folks are even willing to add their fellow man to the list. To say nothing of such delights as "Wild Snake", a popular booze made from a certain species of giant snake.
** The Underhive also hosts a faction known as the Ratskin Renegades, whose theme is based on First Nations plains tribes, with ROUS filling in for bison and horses.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' world, between the Winds of Magic and underground [[GreenRocks Warpstone]] deposits, it's no surprise that sewer rats can grow to the size of wolves. Some say there is even an entire race of RatMen called the Skaven that walk upright and breed ferocious mutant rodents the size of ogres, or even ogres as enormous war beasts, some covered with spikes or with blades instead of arms or with multiple heads, [[FlatEarthAtheist but any credible scholar will dismiss these claims as the raving of lunatics.]]
lunatics]].
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
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The underhive in ''TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}'' (part of (and in most [[LayeredCity Hive Cities]] around the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' setting) galaxy, most likely) is infested with these. And not just any giant rats - more -- intelligent, mutated giant rats. Some are spiky, some have two heads, but they all are happy to eat lone humans if they think they can get away with it.
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it. Of course, humans are more than happy to return the favor. While the uppermost Hive Dwellers might feast on food exported from agri-worlds, the average Underhiver has a distinctly less pleasant variety of foodstuffs to choose between. The most "normal" foods are fungi between, and edible slime-molds. "Meat" in the Underhive generally comes from rats... or snakes... or spiders... or, really, anything made of rat meat that fails to climb out of the pot. The nastier folks are even willing to add their fellow man to the list. To say nothing of such delights as "Wild Snake", a popular booze made from a certain species of giant snake.
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will serve just fine. The Underhive also even hosts a faction known as the Ratskin Renegades, whose theme is based on First Nations plains tribes, with ROUS filling in for bison and horses.
19th Mar '17 10:49:29 AM supergod
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* ''Videogame/EverquestII'''s Ratonga are prime examples of what happens when you give a ROUS opposable thumbs and knives. An entire race of automatically Evil aligned [=ROUSes=] with a penchant for being thieves and assassins. Throw in Roekillik, their Minime counterpart race, and it seems someone at Sony [[AuthorAppeal rather likes this trope]]. There are also regular giant rats (also found in the first ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'').

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* ''Videogame/EverquestII'''s Ratonga are prime examples of what happens when you give a ROUS opposable thumbs ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'' and knives. An entire race of automatically Evil aligned [=ROUSes=] with a penchant for being thieves and assassins. Throw in Roekillik, their Minime counterpart race, and it seems someone at Sony [[AuthorAppeal rather likes this trope]]. There are also ''Videogame/EverquestII''' have regular giant rats (also rats, usually found in the first ''VideoGame/{{Everquest}}'').sewers and other dark areas.
17th Mar '17 8:35:46 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' had giant rats, and in an expansion, tamed giant rats that carried extra stuff for your character.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' had a vast array of underground catacombs and Romantic secret passages lit by torchlight. [[Literature/{{Discworld}} It was damp. There were rats.]]
*** There's also a woman in one of the cities that keeps pet rats. Her rival hated them, and so put out meat to lure them, which had the effect of attracting mountain lions which came and killed a few of the rats. The lions were surprisingly weak in battle compared to the ones you usually fight in the wild.
*** That's because they were starved.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsvSkyrim Skyrim]]'' they're called skeevers. They're so big that people lay down bear traps to catch them. One crazy guy underground tried to create an army of them.
*** At least one {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PC notes that the skeevers used to be smaller.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' had giant rats, and The series in an expansion, tamed giant rats general has these as a standard for all rats. Most games also include at least one RatStomp quest dealing with them.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** Has them as a low level enemy
that carried extra stuff for also frequently carries disease. The ''Tribunal'' expansion allows you to but a trained "Pack Rat" as a pet, who will follow you and help carry your character.
gear/loot.
*** In the Grazelands, there is a bugged creature spawn point that causes creatures spawned there to be twice their normal size. One of the creatures that can be spawned there is a rat, making for a [[UpToEleven Rodent of Exceptional Size]].
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' had a Oblivion]]'':
*** Has a
vast array of underground catacombs and Romantic secret passages lit by torchlight. [[Literature/{{Discworld}} It was damp. There were rats.]]
*** There's also a woman in one of the cities that keeps pet rats. Her rival hated hates them, and so put out meat to lure them, which had the effect of attracting mountain lions which came and killed a few of the rats. The (The lions were surprisingly weak in battle compared to the ones you usually fight in the wild.
*** That's because they were starved.
wild due to being starved.)
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsvSkyrim Skyrim]]'' they're called skeevers. "skeevers". They're so big that people lay down bear traps ''bear traps'' to catch them. One crazy guy underground tried mage even tries to create an army of them.
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them in one quest. At least one {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PC NPC notes that the skeevers used to be smaller.
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