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5th Dec '17 7:32:06 PM XDiakos
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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_(crocodile) Gustave]]. What's scarier than an enormous Nile crocodile? An enormous Nile crocodile that not only has a taste for eating humans, but enjoys torturing them too. This bastard is reckoned to be nearly 70 years old, and, thanks to hundreds of human corpses dumped in the Rizizi river during Burundi's civil war, he has a taste for ''Homo sapiens''. He is believed to have killed nearly 300 people, and according to locals, doesn't eat them all - he kills because he enjoys it. Also, [[NightmareFuel this horrific abomination is still out there.]] A National Geographic expedition tried to capture him using a steel cage and a live goat. After the camera went out one stormy night, they found the cage the next morning, the goat gone, smashed to pieces at the bottom of a lakebed. So what makes him "super-persistent?" Well, apart from his enormous size, his other distinguishing features are machine gun scars, a grenade wound, and ''having an enormous bullet hole in the middle of his face.'' [[MadeOfIron And he's still going]]...

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_(crocodile) Gustave]]. What's scarier than an enormous Nile crocodile? An enormous Nile crocodile that not only has a taste for eating humans, but enjoys torturing them too. This bastard is He's reckoned to be nearly 70 years old, and, thanks to hundreds of human corpses dumped in the Rizizi river during Burundi's civil war, he has a taste for ''Homo sapiens''. He is believed to have killed nearly 300 people, and according to locals, doesn't eat them all - he kills because he enjoys it. Also, [[NightmareFuel this horrific abomination is still out there.]] A National Geographic expedition tried to capture him using a steel cage and a live goat. After the camera went out one stormy night, they found the cage the next morning, the goat gone, smashed to pieces at the bottom of a lakebed. So what makes him "super-persistent?" Well, apart from his enormous size, his other distinguishing features are machine gun scars, a grenade wound, and ''having an enormous bullet hole in the middle of his face.'' [[MadeOfIron And he's still going]]...
18th Oct '17 10:06:30 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** People often talk about humans as being slow and weak compared to other animals; however, in reality, our bipedal locomotion and long legs allow us to travel longer distances without rest than most other land animals, and our naked skin, upright posture, and watery sweat allow us to run even in hot weather where other animals would overheat, and humans know how to hunt in packs. So providing you are able to track your prey well (which humans can thanks to deductive reasoning and theory of mind), this is a pretty damn effective way of hunting.
** The Tarahumara tribes of Northern Mexico have the Khoi San of the Kalahari Desert (the main African tribe that still hunts like this) beat. A common game for them is essentially a group race where teammates pass a ball to each other while running towards a general goal. The short races are a couple hours nonstop. The long races? A few days (and it's still nonstop, they walk for a break).
** Humans are also this towards ''other humans''. Give a human or group of humans enough of a motivating factor and they can pretty much chase down another human being almost endlessly, for years or decades, only giving up if they know the target human is dead or otherwise completely out of their reach. Popular example: UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden. It took ''ten years'' for the United States to find him, but they eventually did catch and kill their prey.
*** Better example: Nazi hunters. Over ''70 years'' after the end of the Second World War, and there are those who will not rest until all the war criminals are brought to justice or confirmed to have died.
* Besides humans, there is another well-known pack animal which uses persistence as its primary hunting strategy: wolves. Kind of makes sense that these two species would have gotten along fairly well in ancient times, doesn't it? Man's Best Friend might have originated as a pack of wolves and a pack of humans getting to know each other while chasing down the same big game, teaming up to take it down, and sharing in the kill.
** Speaking of canines, African wild dogs are persistent hunters. They will chase their prey until it tires out, sometimes for miles.
* Hyenas are also known to do this.

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** People often talk about humans as being slow and weak compared to other animals; however, in reality, our bipedal locomotion and long legs allow us to travel longer distances without rest than most other land animals, and our naked skin, upright posture, and watery sweat allow us to run even in hot weather where other animals would overheat, and humans know how to hunt in packs. So providing you are able to track your prey well (which humans can thanks to deductive reasoning and theory of mind), this is a pretty damn effective way of hunting.
** The Tarahumara tribes of Northern Mexico have the Khoi San of the Kalahari Desert (the main African tribe that still hunts like this) beat. A common game for them is essentially a group race where teammates pass a ball to each other while running towards a general goal. The short races are a couple hours nonstop. The long races? A few days (and it's still nonstop, they walk for a break).
** Humans are also this towards ''other humans''. Give a human or group of humans enough of a motivating factor and they can pretty much chase down another human being almost endlessly, for years or decades, only giving up if they know the target human is dead or otherwise completely out of their reach. Popular example: UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden. It took ''ten years'' for the United States to find him, but they eventually did catch and kill their prey.
*** Better example: Nazi hunters. Over ''70 years'' after the end of the Second World War, and there are those who will not rest until all the war criminals are brought to justice or confirmed to have died.
* Besides humans, there is another well-known pack animal which uses persistence as its primary hunting strategy: wolves.strategy:
** Wolves.
Kind of makes sense that these two species would have gotten along fairly well in ancient times, doesn't it? Man's Best Friend might have originated as a pack of wolves and a pack of humans getting to know each other while chasing down the same big game, teaming up to take it down, and sharing in the kill.
** Speaking of canines, African wild dogs are persistent hunters. They will chase their prey until it tires out, sometimes for miles.
* ** Hyenas are also known to do this.



** Oh and if you do accidentally damage the hive of ANY type of bee and decide to escape by swimming, it doesn't work. The bees will ''wait for you to surface'' so they can fuck your day up. All those cartoons where the bees fly down the snorkel weren't exactly lying to you.
* "The predator that won't stop chasing you" is an extremely common dream scenario-- sometimes your brain isn't even courteous enough to show you [[NothingIsScarier WHAT is coming after you]]!



** The Tsavo man-eaters, a pair of maneless Tsavo lions, killed/consumed between 35/135 Indian laborers working on the Tsavo railway bridge in British East Africa. Even lighting campfires and building redoubts out of thorns didn't stop them. Eventually, Col. John Henry Patterson, a real-life GreatWhiteHunter, set off to kill them. He shot the first, but it escaped, then started stalking him. He shot it four more times, and it eventually died of its wounds. He found it lying dead in an ambush position where it had been waiting for him. He ambushed the second lion, shooting it five times. ''[[{{Determinator}} It got up and charged him.]]'' Three more bullets put it down. Patterson claimed it died trying to leap over a fallen tree branch, ''still trying to charge him.'' [[WhosLaughingNow Then they spent 25 years as a rug.]] A modern analysis of the attacks shows that the lions may actually have been an ''aversion'' to the trope: the reported attacks were all during the dry period when the lions' normal prey was scarce. During the rainy season, when herd animals were more common, they actually stopped attacking humans.
*** These two were more recently turned into a museum exhibit (with one of them lying down, since the rug didn't include his belly). See the Movies entree for the movie based (somewhat loosely) on the event.

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** The Tsavo man-eaters, a pair of maneless Tsavo lions, killed/consumed between 35/135 Indian laborers working on the Tsavo railway bridge in British East Africa. Even lighting campfires and building redoubts out of thorns didn't stop them. Eventually, Col. John Henry Patterson, a real-life GreatWhiteHunter, set off to kill them. He shot the first, but it escaped, then started stalking him. He shot it four more times, and it eventually died of its wounds. He found it lying dead in an ambush position where it had been waiting for him. He ambushed the second lion, shooting it five times. ''[[{{Determinator}} It got up and charged him.]]'' Three more bullets put it down. Patterson claimed it died trying to leap over a fallen tree branch, ''still trying to charge him.'' [[WhosLaughingNow Then they spent 25 years as a rug.]] A modern analysis of the attacks shows that the lions may actually have been an ''aversion'' to the trope: the reported attacks were all during the dry period when the lions' normal prey was scarce. During the rainy season, when herd animals were more common, they actually stopped attacking humans.
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humans. These two were more recently turned into a museum exhibit (with one of them lying down, since the rug didn't include his belly). See the Movies entree for the movie based (somewhat loosely) on the event.
18th Oct '17 9:44:27 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* The Graboids in ''Film/{{Tremors}}'' are willing to wait out prey for at least long enough for that prey to starve to death or die of dehydration, whichever comes first. As long as they can detect movement, they'll stay there until they can either grab it or it stops moving. It doesn't help that they learn ''very'' quickly, and sitting and waiting for trapped prey to move requires zero energy expenditure compared to searching all over the valley for food. It seems just as likely the Graboids would starve to death themselves trying to wait out prey, but the likelihood of prey outliving them on that front is pretty low.
** Justified in the TV series, where Jodie remarks that Graboids, or at least El Blanco, ''do'' prefer eating people over other potential prey.
** El Blanco himself, in the third movie, seems to only go after Burt. Near the end it's revealed that [[spoiler:El Blanco is just attracted to Burt's new sonic watch]].
** Averted with the captured Ass-Blaster in the series. Apparently, after years of being fed by the best chefs in Vegas, Messerschmitt is no longer attracted to the military rations that Burt typically uses to lure them. It'll still kill people, though.
18th Oct '17 9:42:00 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* One could arguably apply this trope to a number of killers from the slasher genre, the best candidate likely being [[{{Franchise/Halloween}} Michael Myers]], who tracked Laurie Strode for 23 years before finally killing her.
8th Oct '17 10:02:14 PM KeithM
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*** Better example: Nazi hunters. Over ''70 years'' after the end of the Second World War, and there are those who will not rest until all the war criminals are brought to justice or confirmed to have died.
6th Oct '17 11:24:31 AM x_countryguy
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* No one is quite sure why the [[HumanoidAbomination Titans]] of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' prey on humans. It's been shown that they don't even need to eat humans to survive. The most basic definition of an Aberrant Titan seems to be one whose persistence is predicated on some factor other than "closest humans nearby". [[spoiler: It's eventually revealed that titans are former humans that are subconsciously drawn to eat other humans in the hopes that one of them will be a titan shifter, which will grant ''them'' titan shifting powers that will finally allow them to return to human form.]]

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* No one is quite sure why the [[HumanoidAbomination Titans]] of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' prey on humans. It's been shown that they don't even need to eat humans to survive. The most basic definition of an Aberrant Titan seems to be one whose persistence is predicated on some factor other than "closest humans nearby". [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's eventually revealed that titans are former humans that are subconsciously drawn to eat other humans in the hopes that one of them will be a titan shifter, which will grant ''them'' titan shifting powers that will finally allow them to return to human form.]]



* ''VideoGame/{{Limbo}}'' has the game's only boss, a giant spider. [[spoiler: It has ''only one leg'' the last time it shows up, but despite that it still tries to kill you.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Limbo}}'' has the game's only boss, a giant spider. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It has ''only one leg'' the last time it shows up, but despite that it still tries to kill you.]]



* The good old xenomorph in ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation'', which will determinately chase Amanda Ripley across an entire gigantic space station, constantly showing up to plague her even if she's taken in-game traincar-like transport miles away. [[spoiler: Or, considering it is ultimately revealed there's a whole nest of aliens infesting said space station, she might just be encountering a whole bunch of them.]]

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* The good old xenomorph in ''VideoGame/AlienIsolation'', which will determinately chase Amanda Ripley across an entire gigantic space station, constantly showing up to plague her even if she's taken in-game traincar-like transport miles away. [[spoiler: Or, [[spoiler:Or, considering it is ultimately revealed there's a whole nest of aliens infesting said space station, she might just be encountering a whole bunch of them.]]



* The VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}} mission "The Devil's Due" introduces possibly the most persistent Deathclaw in history. Who tracks a group of Gunners across a huge swath of territory to [[spoiler: retrieve its stolen egg.]]

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* The VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}} mission "The Devil's Due" introduces possibly the most persistent Deathclaw in history. Who tracks a group of Gunners across a huge swath of territory to [[spoiler: retrieve [[spoiler:retrieve its stolen egg.]]
17th Sep '17 10:34:23 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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In practice, this is the animal version of the ImplacableMan. The latter trope also applies if this isn't a regular animal but a robot looking like one sent by a villain or otherwise someone specifically tasked with chasing the particular victim(s). The inversion is AnimalNemesis. Compare AttackAttackAttack, when the animal fights irrationally. Usually happens in places with EverythingTryingToKillYou. Biological equivalent of the SpitefulAI. The ''entire universe'' can be like this to TheChewToy or ButtMonkey, and more often than not '''''will'' be''' to someone unfortunate enough to be SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious. If this beast appears at the end to chase the villain away, it's ExitPursuedByABear. This trope has ''nothing'' to do with Franchise/{{Predator}}, although that one ''is'' super persistent, [[{{Determinator}} albeit for different reasons]].

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In practice, this is the animal version of the ImplacableMan. The latter trope also applies if this isn't a regular animal but a robot looking like one sent by a villain or otherwise someone specifically tasked with chasing the particular victim(s). The inversion is AnimalNemesis.AnimalNemesis (especially in a MobySchtick setting). Compare AttackAttackAttack, when the animal fights irrationally. Usually happens in places with EverythingTryingToKillYou. Biological equivalent of the SpitefulAI. The ''entire universe'' can be like this to TheChewToy or ButtMonkey, and more often than not '''''will'' be''' to someone unfortunate enough to be SupernaturallyDeliciousAndNutritious. If this beast appears at the end to chase the villain away, it's ExitPursuedByABear. This trope has ''nothing'' to do with Franchise/{{Predator}}, although that one ''is'' super persistent, [[{{Determinator}} albeit for different reasons]].
13th Sep '17 3:30:36 AM Snicka
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* While all of the predators of Skull Island in ''Film/KingKong2005'' seemed to want to try out the new taste sensation of humanity more than the next one, none were worse than the ''V. Rex'' who actually runs after Ann Darrow ''with the corpse of a current kill in his mouth''. Some of the V. Rexes on the island actually ''sacrifice themselves'' in their attempts to kill her. And when given the chance to bite Kong versus swallowing Ann, they always went for Ann. The ''Venatosaurus'' raptor-pack, which idiotically tried to chomp humans in the middle of a ''Brontosaurus'' stampede, then persisted in chasing down hapless cameramen, rather than gorging on several thousand tons of fresh bronto meat that was lying there waiting for them.

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* While all of the predators of Skull Island in ''Film/KingKong2005'' seemed to want to try out the new taste sensation of humanity white people more than the next one, none were worse than the ''V. Rex'' who actually runs after Ann Darrow ''with the corpse of a current kill in his mouth''. Some of the V. Rexes on the island actually ''sacrifice themselves'' in their attempts to kill her. And when given the chance to bite Kong versus swallowing Ann, they always went for Ann. The ''Venatosaurus'' raptor-pack, which idiotically tried [[RaptorAttack raptor]]-pack comes a close second, trying to chomp humans in the middle of a ''Brontosaurus'' stampede, then persisted persisting in chasing down hapless cameramen, rather than gorging on several thousand tons of fresh bronto meat that was lying there waiting for them.
4th Sep '17 5:11:05 AM Gosicrystal
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* ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' has the SA-X, Samus' Power Suit taken over by an X-parasite which chases you through the entire game with no way to stop it. (The SA-X is fairly easy to fool, though, not being able to find Samus should she slip out of immediate view.) On the other hand, since Metroids ''eat'' X-parasites, Samus effectively plays the role of Super Persistent Predator in the game itself. Although technically Samus is [[BerserkButton also a Metroid in this game]], [[AccidentallyAccurate and only this one]]. And the SA-X has some of Samus's insticts, such as [[OhCrap eliminating all Metroids]].

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* ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'' has the SA-X, Samus' Power Suit taken over by an X-parasite which chases you through the entire game with no way to stop it. (The SA-X is fairly easy to fool, though, not being able to find Samus should she slip out of immediate view.) On the other hand, since Metroids ''eat'' X-parasites, Samus effectively plays the role of Super Persistent Predator in the game itself. Although technically Samus is [[BerserkButton also a Metroid in this game]], [[AccidentallyAccurate and only this one]].one. And the SA-X has some of Samus's insticts, such as [[OhCrap eliminating all Metroids]].
2nd Sep '17 12:54:08 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'': Discussed when a [[{{Kaiju}} chasmfiend]] gets loose to attack the king's party during a hunting trip. Dalinar points out that they could retreat and allow the monster to feed on the party's animals, but the king wants a glorious battle. Once it has taken enough damage, it goes into a blood rage, and Dalinar notes now that it would chase them for miles if they tried to retreat.
** ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'': The chasmfiend Shallan and Kaladin encounter while trapped in the chasms spends an awful lot of time chasing them. They are able to distract it for a few hours by leading it to a pile of corpses, but later it finds them again. It's noted several times that it is acting with disturbing intelligence and malevolence for an animal, hinting that there's something more to it. Considering that humans have been spending the last six years systematically slaughtering chasmfiends while they are in their vulnerable pupating stage, it's not impossible that it's out for revenge.
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