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4th Nov '17 2:33:42 PM Malady
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** The color scheme used on the ''Ouranosaurus'' is identical to the one used in ''DinosaursTheMostCompleteUpToDateEncyclopedia''.

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** The color scheme used on the ''Ouranosaurus'' is identical to the one used in ''DinosaursTheMostCompleteUpToDateEncyclopedia''.''Literature/DinosaursTheMostCompleteUpToDateEncyclopedia''.
3rd Jun '17 10:51:11 PM CJCroen1393
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* AlasPoorVillain: For a given definition of "villain", we get two noteworthy examples from the first and last episodes:
** ''[[SeaMonster Spinosaurus]]'' meets a rather grisly end in episode one, when a ''Carcharodontosaurus'' breaks off the tip of one of its neural spines and it slowly bleeds out.
** After the [[KillEmAll K/Pg Extinction event]], ''[[GiantFlyer Hatzegopteryx]]'' goes from a feared and mighty predator to a desperate, starving scrounger.
11th Dec '16 11:37:57 AM Sleeping_Beauty
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** An aquatic crocodilian attacks one of the ''Centrosaurus'' when they are swimming. It's presumably meant as a RedHerring, as Hurt pauses during this segment after delivering the enigmatic line "there's an even more deadly killer at work here".

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** An aquatic crocodilian The gigantic ''Deinosuchus'' attacks one of the ''Centrosaurus'' when they are swimming. It's presumably meant as a RedHerring, as Hurt pauses during this segment after delivering the enigmatic line "there's an even more deadly killer at work here".
8th Dec '16 1:21:43 AM Morgenthaler
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In the wake of the [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]] documentary craze of 2011, the Creator/{{BBC}} has released their contribution to the phenomenon, a TV show titled '''''Planet Dinosaur'''''. Following in the footsteps of the BBC's very own ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'', this docu-show is also broadcast as a six-episode MiniSeries, but unlike its famous predecessor, it doesn't merely tell six half hour-long stories, but a whopping ''24'', putting onto the screen 50 (that's ''fifty''!) different types of {{prehistoric monster}}s, from dinosaurs to [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles pterosaurs and marine reptiles]]. The lack of {{talking heads}} means the narration, provided by Creator/JohnHurt, plays a crucial role in bringing the prehistoric stories to life.

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In the wake of the [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]] documentary craze of 2011, the Creator/{{BBC}} has released their contribution to the phenomenon, a TV show titled '''''Planet Dinosaur'''''.''Planet Dinosaur''. Following in the footsteps of the BBC's very own ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'', this docu-show is also broadcast as a six-episode MiniSeries, but unlike its famous predecessor, it doesn't merely tell six half hour-long stories, but a whopping ''24'', putting onto the screen 50 (that's ''fifty''!) different types of {{prehistoric monster}}s, from dinosaurs to [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles pterosaurs and marine reptiles]]. The lack of {{talking heads}} means the narration, provided by Creator/JohnHurt, plays a crucial role in bringing the prehistoric stories to life.
8th Dec '16 1:21:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}:
** Subverted at first with the ''Spinosaurus''. The narration makes it out to be the most fearsome predator of all time, and the music score plays along too. Then it walks past the scared herbivores and goes fishing. Later, however, as the river recedes, [[spoiler:it manages to beat up a giant ''Carcharodontosaurus'']]. Then again, the fish it eats are bigger than great white sharks, so it was indeed a badass all along.
** Other candidates include ''[[ImAHumanitarian Majungasaurus]]'', ''[[HornAttack Chasmosaurus]]'', ''[[GiantEqualsInvincible Argentinosaurus]]'', ''[[BewareMyStingerTail Stegosaurus]]'', ''[[PapaWolf Gigantoraptor]]'', ''[[GiantFlyer Hatzegopteryx]]'' and ''[[SeaMonster Pliosaurus]]''.



* PrehistoricMonster: Being a SpiritualSuccessor of ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'', it comes to no surprise that ''Planet Dinosaur'' takes similar pains to [[AvertedTrope avert]] this trope. It is a little DarkerAndEdgier, however, and contains some scenes that are quite violent. Furthermore, since the environments were created entirely with CGI, they got the chance to look more...ominous: many of them being choked with dark cloudy skies and erupting volcanoes. There are also parts where they play it straight by reffering to carnivores as "killers" on several occasions. Played straight with the ''Hatzegopteryx''. Every scene with them involves a ScareChord and PsychoStrings, their hunting scene plays out like something out of a horror movie and the narrator even refers to them as "monsters".

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* PrehistoricMonster: Being a SpiritualSuccessor of ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'', ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'', it comes to no surprise that ''Planet Dinosaur'' takes similar pains to [[AvertedTrope avert]] this trope. It is a little DarkerAndEdgier, however, and contains some scenes that are quite violent. Furthermore, since the environments were created entirely with CGI, they got the chance to look more...ominous: many of them being choked with dark cloudy skies and erupting volcanoes. There are also parts where they play it straight by reffering to carnivores as "killers" on several occasions. Played straight with the ''Hatzegopteryx''. Every scene with them involves a ScareChord and PsychoStrings, their hunting scene plays out like something out of a horror movie and the narrator even refers to them as "monsters".
31st Oct '15 5:11:52 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Averted with the cannibalistic ''Majungasaurus''. To a lesser extent, the ''Daspletosaurus'' and ''Carcharodontosaurus'' are not remotely shy about fighting each other with vicious gusto, and Hurt mentions that the ''Zunityrannus'' will eat one of their own "whether they've killed it or not".

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* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Averted with the cannibalistic ''Majungasaurus''. To a lesser extent, the ''Daspletosaurus'' and ''Carcharodontosaurus'' are not remotely shy about fighting each other with vicious gusto, and Hurt mentions that the ''Zunityrannus'' "Zunityrannus" will eat one of their own "whether they've killed it or not".



** ''Rugops'' is claimed to be an obligate scavenger, but studies on energy efficiency show that only large soaring animals can be obligate scavengers. At the same time, however, this may actually be [[ShownTheirWork based on an unpublished study]] showing that ''Rugops'' was at least ''well built'' for scavenging, rather than just wild speculation. However, a 2006 Creator/DougalDixon book made a similar claim, so the producers aren't necessarily aware of the new study.

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** ''Rugops'' is claimed to be an obligate scavenger, but studies on energy efficiency show that only large soaring animals can be obligate scavengers. At the same time, however, this may actually be [[ShownTheirWork based on an unpublished study]] showing that ''Rugops'' was at least ''well built'' for scavenging, rather than just wild speculation. However, a 2006 Creator/DougalDixon book made a similar claim, so the producers aren't necessarily aware of the new study.



* NoisyNature: Averted during most of the hunting scenes. For instance, the ''Spinosaurus'', ''Carcharodontosaurus'', ''Sinornithosaurus'', ''Daspletosaurus'', ''Allosaurus'', and ''Zunityrannus'' make virtually no noise when stalking prey, save for the occasional breath. Played straight in other scenarios, however, as the dinosaurs will seemingly roar, moan, screech, grunt, bellow, hiss, and even snort at every opportunity.

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* NoisyNature: Averted during most of the hunting scenes. For instance, the ''Spinosaurus'', ''Carcharodontosaurus'', ''Sinornithosaurus'', ''Daspletosaurus'', ''Allosaurus'', and ''Zunityrannus'' "Zunityrannus" make virtually no noise when stalking prey, save for the occasional breath. Played straight in other scenarios, however, as the dinosaurs will seemingly roar, moan, screech, grunt, bellow, hiss, and even snort at every opportunity.
30th Oct '15 6:17:31 PM CJCroen1393
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** Other candidates include ''[[ImAHumanitarian Majungasaurus]]'', ''[[TheBigGuy Chasmosaurus]]'', ''[[BewareMyStingerTail Stegosaurus]]'', ''[[MamaBear Gigantoraptor]]'', ''[[GiantFlyer Hatzegopteryx]]'' and ''[[SeaMonster Pliosaurus]]''.

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** Other candidates include ''[[ImAHumanitarian Majungasaurus]]'', ''[[TheBigGuy ''[[HornAttack Chasmosaurus]]'', ''[[GiantEqualsInvincible Argentinosaurus]]'', ''[[BewareMyStingerTail Stegosaurus]]'', ''[[MamaBear ''[[PapaWolf Gigantoraptor]]'', ''[[GiantFlyer Hatzegopteryx]]'' and ''[[SeaMonster Pliosaurus]]''.
8th Aug '15 8:31:55 AM CJCroen1393
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* TyrannosaurusRex: Subverted. The king itself is frequently mentioned but never actually shows up. It is, however, used as essentially a measuring stick for how tough all the other animals are, showing that its legendary reputation still precedes it.
1st Aug '15 6:27:58 AM PCAwesomeness
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* SeldomSeenSpecies: ''Gigantoraptor'', ''Daspletosaurus'', ''Microraptor'', ''Sinornithosaurus'', ''Saurornithoides'', ''Epidexipteryx'', ''Majungasaurus'', ''Rugops'', ''Sinraptor'', ''Magyarosaurus'', ''Centrosaurus'', ''Chasmosaurus'', ''Ouranosaurus'', ''Jeholosaurus'', ''Rahonavis'', ''Saurophaganax''[[note]]Unless it turns out it's just a large ''Allosaurus''[[/note]], ''Camptosaurus'', ''Skorpiovenator'', ''Mapusaurus'', ''Bradycneme'', ''Alectrosaurus'', "Zunityrannus" (an undescribed tyrannosauroid), ''Nothronychus'', the sawfish ''Onchopristis'', the gliding lizard ''Xianglong'', the gigantic pterosaur ''Hatzegopteryx'' (the chaoyangopterid pterosaurs being even more of an example), the angelshark ''Squatina'', and the plesiosaur ''Kimmerosaurus''. Note that a few of these may already be on their way to becoming StockDinosaurs, having appeared in recent media a handful of times.

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* SeldomSeenSpecies: ''Gigantoraptor'', ''Daspletosaurus'', ''Microraptor'', ''Sinornithosaurus'', ''Saurornithoides'', ''Epidexipteryx'', ''Majungasaurus'', ''Rugops'', ''Sinraptor'', ''Magyarosaurus'', ''Centrosaurus'', ''Chasmosaurus'', ''Ouranosaurus'', ''Jeholosaurus'', ''Rahonavis'', ''Saurophaganax''[[note]]Unless it turns out it's just a large ''Allosaurus''[[/note]], ''Camptosaurus'', ''Skorpiovenator'', ''Mapusaurus'', ''Bradycneme'', ''Alectrosaurus'', "Zunityrannus" (an undescribed tyrannosauroid), ''Nothronychus'', the sawfish ''Onchopristis'', the gliding lizard ''Xianglong'', the gigantic pterosaur ''Hatzegopteryx'' (the chaoyangopterid pterosaurs being even more of an example), the angelshark ''Squatina'', and the plesiosaur ''Kimmerosaurus''. Note that a few of these may already be on their way to becoming StockDinosaurs, having appeared in recent media a handful of times.



* StockDinosaurs: ''Allosaurus'', ''Stegosaurus'', ''Spinosaurus'', ''Argentinosaurus'', ''Edmontosaurus'', and ''Troodon''.

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* StockDinosaurs: ''Allosaurus'', ''Stegosaurus'', ''Spinosaurus'', ''Argentinosaurus'', ''Edmontosaurus'', ''Microraptor'', and ''Troodon''.
29th Apr '15 7:23:55 PM CJCroen1393
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* DeathByIrony: [[spoiler:The ''Gigantoraptor'' dies because his own paternal instincts worked against him; he's buried alive by a sandstorm because he couldn't willingly leave his eggs unprotected]].
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