Created By: SharleeD on June 24, 2011 Last Edited By: SharleeD on July 1, 2011
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Suspiciously Stealthy Predator

An animal-intelligence creature shows unlikely cunning in avoiding guns, cameras, or witnesses.

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The flip side to Super-Persistent Predator, 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 will never be believed, as no photographic evidence exists to document its presence. 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 confirmed jerkasses or lone sexy females) to prey upon, even as the armed hunters, police, and/or soldiers scouring the woods for the mysterious threat walk right by without noticing. Sometimes clumsily justified as the creature disliking the smell of weapons or machinery, although it'll always lose that aversion in time for a climactic battle with the heroes.
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  • June 24, 2011
    JimCambias
    There's a very creepy Real Life example: the Lions of Tsavo. There were no cameras, but they did do things like avoiding an ambush to go attack helpless people in a hospital, avoided bait, and alarmingly good tactics.
  • June 25, 2011
    Bisected8
    • The Xenomorphs from the Alien franchise. It's left up in the air how intelligent they are on their own terms. Somewhat justified as it's implied that they're some sort of Living Weapon.
  • June 26, 2011
    SharleeD
    Somehow the T. rex in Jurassic Park 2 was able to wander into a suburban neighborhood without being spotted by anyone but a dog. It's only when it actually started looking for food instead of water that it began striding openly through a busy street, which is more in keeping with how a wild animal at the pinnacle of its food chain would act when it's not hunting.
  • June 26, 2011
    fluffything
    • The American Remake of Godzilla has the titular monster somehow being able to hide in the middle of New York City.
  • June 26, 2011
    SharleeD
    • Seems to apply to most of the creatures on Primeval, even the ones that otherwise act incredibly stupid due to low brain/body ratios.
  • June 26, 2011
    SharleeD
    • In Alligator, the gator always retreats to the sewers unseen after its nightly hunts, rather than staying outside to bask in the sun as any real alligator would.
  • June 26, 2011
    Hadashi
    There's a whole list of these on Cracked
  • June 28, 2011
    EternalSeptember
    Title is an example of the Adverbly Adjective Noun index.
  • July 1, 2011
    SharleeD
    Hadashi, what title are the Cracked examples listed under?
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