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28th May '17 8:47:42 AM Sharlee
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* As documented in Magazine/ForteanTimes, this is a maddening trait of the Alien Big Cats long speculated to be living clandestine lives in the British countryside, which are glimpsed, which leave identifiable dung, make pawprints, rend sheep and lambs leaving unambiguous proof some sort of large predator is out there - but which manage to avoid traps, know not to walk in front of CCTV, can sniff out hidden cameras and evade pursuit even on the fringes of large cities.

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* As documented in Magazine/ForteanTimes, this is a maddening trait of the Alien Big Cats long speculated to be living clandestine lives in the British countryside, which are glimpsed, which leave identifiable dung, make pawprints, paw prints, rend sheep and lambs leaving unambiguous proof some sort of large predator is out there - but which manage to avoid traps, know not to walk in front of CCTV, can sniff out hidden cameras and evade pursuit even on the fringes of large cities.
* Many leopards in southern Asia have learned to move discreetly through city parks and alleyways by night, preying upon the urban ecosystem's feral pigs and dogs, while avoiding human notice. Only the disappearance of pets or backyard livestock, and the occasional paw print, offers evidence of their intrusion.
26th May '17 1:44:57 PM Morgenthaler
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12th Dec '16 10:10:32 AM Sharlee
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The creature will know not to leave tracks, claw tree bark, or dump a load where it might be found, save by a master tracker who's escorting the heroes. Likewise, this trope ensures that the creature will consistently find unarmed victims (usually [[AssholeVictim confirmed jerkasses]] or [[FanService lone sexy females]]) to prey upon, even as the armed hunters, police, and/or soldiers scouring the woods for the mysterious threat [[FailedASpotCheck walk right by without noticing]]. In extreme cases, the creature might [[MissedHimByThatMuch slip right by dozens of potential witnesses by sheer luck]].

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The creature will know not to leave tracks, claw tree bark, or dump a load where it might be found, save by a master tracker who's escorting the heroes. Likewise, this trope ensures that the creature will consistently find unarmed victims (usually [[AssholeVictim confirmed jerkasses]] or [[FanService lone sexy females]]) to prey upon, even as the armed hunters, police, and/or soldiers scouring the woods for the mysterious threat [[FailedASpotCheck walk right by without noticing]]. In extreme cases, the creature might [[MissedHimByThatMuch slip right by dozens of potential witnesses by sheer luck]].
luck]]. Often used to maintain a MonsterDelay, both in and out of Verse.
1st Dec '16 6:37:23 AM Euodiachloris
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Ser Barristan Selmy get the chills when he starts totting up the tactics Daenarys' dragons use both in hunting and fighting. Because the traditional "take down a boar or bull" approach most fighters or knights would use (and even tried to use, historically) could only ever work to provide dinner to the dragon. And, in the specific case of Rhaegal, he suspects ItCanThink.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Ser Barristan Selmy get the chills when he starts totting up the tactics Daenarys' dragons use both in hunting and fighting. Because the traditional "take down a boar or bull" approach most fighters or knights would use (and even tried to use, historically) could only ever work to provide deliver dinner to the dragon. And, in the specific case of Rhaegal, he even suspects ItCanThink.
1st Dec '16 6:31:28 AM Euodiachloris
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Ser Barristan Selmy get the chills when he starts totting up the tactics Daenarys' dragons use both in hunting and fighting. Because the traditional "take down a boar or bull" approach most fighters or knights would use (and even tried to use, historically) could only ever work to provide dinner to the dragon. And, in the specific case of Rhaegal, he suspects ItCanThink.
15th Sep '16 12:23:59 PM NubianSatyress
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* The Xenomorphs from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise are ''very'' smart if perhaps not fully sapient, they cut the power, sneak past defenses using ducts, lay ''traps'' using bait. It seems they are at least as intelligent as humans, but driven entirely by instinct mainly to kill, but if a queen is around to lay [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong eggs]] they will capture targets ''alive'' instead.

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* The Xenomorphs from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise are ''very'' smart if perhaps not fully sapient, they smart.
** They can
cut the electrical power, sneak past defenses using ducts, lay ''traps'' using bait. bait, and sneak aboard ships to be exported to other locations without the crew knowing before it's too late. It seems they are at least as intelligent as humans, but driven entirely by instinct mainly to kill, but if a queen is around to lay [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong eggs]] they will capture targets ''alive'' instead.instead.
** When alone, a single Xenomorph will hunt and stalk its prey with cautious and carefully-planned cunning, doing everything in its power to stay alive until every other living thing in the area has been killed. When in a group or with a colony, aliens will use ZergRush tactics when possible and make sacrifices to make sure their brethren can get a good shot at their prey.
2nd Jul '16 3:17:03 AM Googolplex20
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***The Beast of Gevaudan was said to be not so much stealthy as just plain fucking unstoppable. She attacked in broad daylight, fought hand to hand (or rather paw to hand) with armed farmers, flaunted royal huntsmen, and was even said to shrug off bullets like nothing.
15th Dec '15 10:46:11 AM AgProv
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* As documented in Magazine/ForteanTimes, this is a maddening trait of the Alien Big Cats long speculated to be living clandestine lives in the British countryside, which are glimpsed, which leave identifiable dung, make pawprints, rend sheep and lambs leaving unambiguous proof some sort of large predator is out there - but which manage to avoid traps, know not to walk in front of CCTV, can sniff out hidden cameras and evade pursuit even on the fringes of large cities.
4th Nov '15 11:43:54 AM REV6Pilot
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* Cats, wolf and trapdoor spiders, snakes, and owls are just a few of the stealthy predators out there that are in fact very good at what they do, maybe not against cameras, but definitely against their prey.

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* Cats, wolf and wolves, trapdoor spiders, snakes, snakes and owls are just a few of the stealthy predators out there that are in fact very good at what they do, maybe not against cameras, but definitely do against their prey.
natural prey. They're usually not seen as such by humans because they're not adapted to evade our senses, much less remote surveillance.
4th Nov '15 11:26:17 AM REV6Pilot
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The flip side to SuperPersistentPredator, this is what happens when a dangerous creature with the intellect and mindset of a wild animal, which has no business knowing what closed-circuit cameras, firearms, vehicles or other man-made devices are, nevertheless avoids these objects like the plague. This guarantees that the heroes who report it to the authorities [[ItWasHereISwear will never be believed]], as no photographic evidence exists to document its presence.

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The flip side to SuperPersistentPredator, this is what happens when a dangerous creature with the intellect and mindset of a wild animal, which has no business knowing what closed-circuit cameras, firearms, vehicles or other man-made devices are, nevertheless avoids these objects like the plague.plague or takes steps to neutralize them. This guarantees that the heroes who report it to the authorities [[ItWasHereISwear will never be believed]], as no photographic evidence exists to document its presence.
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