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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.
***
them in one quest. At least one {{N|onPlayerCharacter}}PC NPC notes that the skeevers used to be smaller.
12th Mar '17 5:10:48 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}} Morta]][[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen.htm sheen]]'' has a few, including the amoebic; thieving [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/gravesnitch.htm Gravesnitch]] , the oddly-toothed [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/gnawful.htm Gnawful]], the cold-loving [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/abomignash.htm Abomignash]], and the absolutely disturbing [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/vermoeba.htm Vermoeba]] (Which is based on the Rat King detailed below)


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* ''[[WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}} Morta]][[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen.htm sheen]]'' has a few, including the amoebic; thieving [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/gravesnitch.htm Gravesnitch]] , the oddly-toothed [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/gnawful.htm Gnawful]], the cold-loving [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/abomignash.htm Abomignash]], and the absolutely disturbing [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/vermoeba.htm Vermoeba]] (which is based on the Rat King detailed below)
10th Mar '17 11:04:10 AM erforce
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* Bunch of rats in ''DeadlyEyes'' stow away in a freighter filled with contaminated grain. Once the ship reach its destination, their diet has transformed them into aggressive mankillers the size of small dogs.

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* Bunch of rats in ''DeadlyEyes'' ''Film/DeadlyEyes'' stow away in a freighter filled with contaminated grain. Once the ship reach its destination, their diet has transformed them into aggressive mankillers the size of small dogs.



* Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath has lemmings, which only appear in one level of the official level sets. Most of the rest of the time, this acronym stands for "Roaches Of Unusual Size".

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* Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath ''Videogame/DeadlyRoomsOfDeath'' has lemmings, which only appear in one level of the official level sets. Most of the rest of the time, this acronym stands for "Roaches Of Unusual Size".



** VideoGame/SuperSmashBros has very scary implications if it weren't for the fact that the characters are trophies. Imagine, if you will, dropping a life-sized Pikachu on [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Pop Star]] or [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Hocotate]]. A malicious Pikachu (or however many more) in either of those settings would be a Cthulhuesque horror upon the populations of those worlds, as it fits ALL of the ROUS criteria without the use of [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Super 'Shrooms]].

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** VideoGame/SuperSmashBros ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' has very scary implications if it weren't for the fact that the characters are trophies. Imagine, if you will, dropping a life-sized Pikachu on [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} Pop Star]] or [[VideoGame/{{Pikmin}} Hocotate]]. A malicious Pikachu (or however many more) in either of those settings would be a Cthulhuesque horror upon the populations of those worlds, as it fits ALL of the ROUS criteria without the use of [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Super 'Shrooms]].



* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' has rats the size of the vault dweller's foot.
** For ''starters''. [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil Pig rats are the size of the vault dweller's leg, and mole rats, the vault dweller]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''
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''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' has rats the size of the vault dweller's foot.
** *** For ''starters''. [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil Pig rats are the size of the vault dweller's leg, and mole rats, the vault dweller]].



* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' had giant rats, and in an expansion, tamed giant rats that carried extra stuff for your character.

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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.
9th Feb '17 6:07:35 PM SwampAdder
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* Literature/SherlockHolmes once makes a passing mention of a case involving the giant rat of Sumatra, "a story for which the world is not yet prepared". Many, many pastiche and fanfic writers have picked up this reference over the years and based [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Rat_of_Sumatra#In_Sherlockiana their own stories]] on it. Of the "untold tales" of Sherlock Holmes, this is probably the one that's been told the most often.

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* Literature/SherlockHolmes once makes a passing mention of a case involving the giant rat of Sumatra, "a story for which the world is not yet prepared". Many, many pastiche and fanfic writers have picked up this reference over the years and based [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Rat_of_Sumatra#In_Sherlockiana their own stories]] on it. Of all the "untold tales" of Sherlock Holmes, this is probably the one that's been told the most often.
9th Feb '17 6:06:57 PM SwampAdder
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* Literature/SherlockHolmes makes a passing mention of a case involving the giant rat of Sumatra, "a story for which the world is not yet prepared". Many, many pastiche and fanfic writers have picked up this reference over the years and based [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Rat_of_Sumatra#In_Sherlockiana their own stories]] on it. Of the "untold tales" of Sherlock Holmes, this is probably the one that's been told the most often.

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* Literature/SherlockHolmes once makes a passing mention of a case involving the giant rat of Sumatra, "a story for which the world is not yet prepared". Many, many pastiche and fanfic writers have picked up this reference over the years and based [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Rat_of_Sumatra#In_Sherlockiana their own stories]] on it. Of the "untold tales" of Sherlock Holmes, this is probably the one that's been told the most often.
9th Feb '17 6:06:26 PM SwampAdder
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* Literature/SherlockHolmes makes a passing mention of a case involving the giant rat of Sumatra, "a story for which the world is not yet prepared". Many, many pastiche and fanfic writers have picked up this reference over the years and based [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Rat_of_Sumatra#In_Sherlockiana their own stories]] on it. Of all Holmes' "untold" tales, this is probably the one that's been told the most often.

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* Literature/SherlockHolmes makes a passing mention of a case involving the giant rat of Sumatra, "a story for which the world is not yet prepared". Many, many pastiche and fanfic writers have picked up this reference over the years and based [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Rat_of_Sumatra#In_Sherlockiana their own stories]] on it. Of all Holmes' "untold" tales, the "untold tales" of Sherlock Holmes, this is probably the one that's been told the most often.
9th Feb '17 10:21:27 AM SwampAdder
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* Literature/SherlockHolmes makes a passing mention of a case involving the giant rat of Sumatra, "a story for which the world is not yet prepared". Many, many pastiche and fanfic writers have picked up this reference over the years and based [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Rat_of_Sumatra#In_Sherlockiana their own stories]] on it. Of all Holmes' "untold" tales, this is probably the one that's been told the most frequently.

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* Literature/SherlockHolmes makes a passing mention of a case involving the giant rat of Sumatra, "a story for which the world is not yet prepared". Many, many pastiche and fanfic writers have picked up this reference over the years and based [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Rat_of_Sumatra#In_Sherlockiana their own stories]] on it. Of all Holmes' "untold" tales, this is probably the one that's been told the most frequently.often.
8th Feb '17 2:33:17 PM SwampAdder
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* Literature/SherlockHolmes' biographer Doctor Watson makes a passing reference to the story of the giant rat of Sumatra, for which [[NoodleIncident the world is not yet prepared]].
** And Creator/FredSaberhagen picked up that dropped thread in ''The Holmes/Dracula File'', which reveals ''why'' the world was not prepared. [[spoiler: It's not its size that makes it dangerous, but the virulent plague its fleas carry.]]
** In the Series/DoctorWho[=/=]Holmes crossover ''All-Consuming Fire'', it's an alien being.
** And in Rick Boyer's ''The Giant Rat of Sumatra'', it's a [[spoiler: tapir]].
** See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Rat_of_Sumatra that Other Wiki]] for more examples.

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* Literature/SherlockHolmes' biographer Doctor Watson Literature/SherlockHolmes makes a passing reference to the story mention of a case involving the giant rat of Sumatra, "a story for which [[NoodleIncident the world is not yet prepared]].
** And Creator/FredSaberhagen
prepared". Many, many pastiche and fanfic writers have picked up that dropped thread in ''The Holmes/Dracula File'', which reveals ''why'' this reference over the world was not prepared. [[spoiler: It's not its size that makes it dangerous, but the virulent plague its fleas carry.]]
** In the Series/DoctorWho[=/=]Holmes crossover ''All-Consuming Fire'', it's an alien being.
** And in Rick Boyer's ''The Giant Rat of Sumatra'', it's a [[spoiler: tapir]].
** See [[http://en.
years and based [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giant_Rat_of_Sumatra that Other Wiki]] for more examples.org/wiki/Giant_Rat_of_Sumatra#In_Sherlockiana their own stories]] on it. Of all Holmes' "untold" tales, this is probably the one that's been told the most frequently.
28th Jan '17 12:51:56 AM Dawnwing
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', rats are basically just normal-sized rats, but they're much bigger to cats than they are to humans, and are fearsome and universally loathed. The authors also have joked that the badgers on the cover of ''Twilight'' look like Rodents of Unusual Size.
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