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''Creator/{{Animal Planet}}'s'' version of ''TheBlairWitchProject'', ''Series/LostTapes'' is a {{Mockumentary}} series which asks "WhatIf there really ''are'' monsters like Bigfoot, the Chupacabra and other beasties out there?" Each episode starts with a disclaimer pointing out that it's merely "[[BasedOnAGreatBigLie inspired by the possibility that hidden creatures exist]]". Normally the monsters aren't actually shown, save for glimpses of ConspicuousCG, Props or Costumes. To justify its airing on '''Animal Planet''', the series laces its footage with factoids about real animals supposedly related to the featured monster. Sometimes in an attempt to lend an air of plausibility to the scenario, other times the factoids end up being [[RealLife scarier]] than the film.

Currently the series is aired back to back, with two half-hour episodes strung together, and has received a budget upgrade (or at least, a heavier reliance on practical FX).

The FX still look mildly silly at their best, but it can be effective on rare occasions. It helps that most of the PeopleInRubberSuits effects are hidden by the shaky camera work.

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!!This series has examples of:

* ActionGirl: Elise of the Enigma Corporation, to survive [[strike: two]] three supernatural monster attacks you have to be a Badass. And in ''Q: The Serpent God''.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Quetzalcoatl, although this might be more due to [[CriticalResearchFailure research failure]] or [[SadlyMythtaken artistic license]].
** The Dover Demon; in RealLife, sightings of it almost always ended with it running away from the human witness. In the show, it mauls all of the main characters in a messy and almost sadistic way.
* AlphaBitch: Annabel Lilith is a rare goth example who appears in ''Hellhound''. [[spoiler:Needless to say, she doesn't last very long]]...
* AmbiguouslyEvil: At the end of "Hellhound", [[spoiler:Nora]] is seen petting the titular animal, hinting that they may have been working together.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: [[spoiler: Nora Callarman]] from ''Hell Hound''. The epilogue notes that no record of her enrollment at the university (or her existence) was ever found and so her true identity was a mystery. For what it's worth, TheOtherWiki claims that she might be [[spoiler: a ghost]].
** The titular creature of "Wendigo". It's not made clear whether it's a human with [[ImAHumanitarian Wendigo Syndrome]], or whether the transformation was supernatural. Though those ''teeth'' sure as hell didn't look human...
* AnimalisticAbomination: The Hellhound and the Owlman (if one doesn't consider it a HumanoidAbomination).
* AnimalWrongsGroup
* ApocalypticLog - The formula for the series, but actually only applies to about half the episodes.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The flimsy justification given for rapid shape shifting of the Werewolf, a cursory situation of amphibian/insect metamorphosis and the minor changes of the Mandrill.
** The Anaconda is an aquatic snake that can barely sustain its own weight outside of water, much less move and attack. The Megaconda episode takes the same route as the famous movies, making the giant anaconda into an arboreal creature, attacking from above and moving overland with incredible speed. And this isn't taking into account that a reptile predator is unlikely to eat more than once every few days, not attack and consume several victims over the course of an hour or two.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology:
** The Thunderbird episode. However, the ''Megalania'' of ''Death Dragon'' is surprisingly well depicted if [[MisplacedWildlife in the wrong habitat]]. It helps that ''Megalania'' has a close relative living today (referenced above).
** During ''Thunderbird'', mention is made of pterosaurs, "giant birds of prey that lived 115 million years ago". Pterosaurs are not birds.
*** More of a missed opportunity, but why reference pterosaurs at all, when ''Argentavis magnificens'' (aka the Giant Teratorn) was an actual '''bird''', with a wingspan of about seven meters, that lived just 6 million years ago?
* AssholeVictim: The EvilPoacher in ''Bigfoot'', [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Ken Tobar]] in ''Megaconda'', [[{{Jerkass}} Tyler]] in ''Oklahoma Octopus'', and [[AlphaBitch Annabel Lilith]] in ''Hell Hound''. You won't feel sorry for any of them, this is a fact.
* {{Badass}}: Conner and Mooney
** Also count as BadassNormal, they've got nothing really special but training and Connor fought off a vampire with nothing but a pointed piece of wood. What makes it truly badass is the Strigoi ran away ''from Connor'' when it had been shown to easily overpower other adult males.
** Firefighter Trevor Andrews from Lizardman as well. [[OffScreenMomentOfAwesome Fights and kills the titular Lizardman armed with a small hatchet and the only light being the flashlight on his helmet]].
** The [[PregnantBadass pregnant mom]] from ''"Jersey Devil"''. She drove away the titular beast hassling [[MamaBear her kids]] by ''hitting it with a block of wood!''
** How 'bout Dennis Redding from the ''Vampire'' episode? He not only holds off one of them, if only for a brief moment, ''after'' it breaks the basement door off its hinges, manages to run past ''all'' of them to get back to his family, and then ''kills'' one of the vampires!
* UsefulNotes/AztecMythology: In "Q: The Serpent God". Also falls under SadlyMythtaken, as it portrays Quetzalcoatl as an evil deity that demands human sacrifices. Despite the fact that Quetz was the only Aztec god who repeatedly said he ''didn't'' want people sacrificed to him.
* BigBad: It's easier to count the ''humans'' who qualify as this, really.
** The Poacher from ''Bigfoot''.
** Ken Tobar from ''Megaconda''.
** [[spoiler: Nora]] in ''Hellhound'' is up to interpretation
** [[spoiler: Sophie]] in ''Werewolf''
** Charles in ''Poltergeist''
** [[spoiler: Matthew]] in ''Wendigo: American Cannibal''
** Lucas Marzo in ''Q: The Serpent God''
** the Reptilians in their respective episode
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti - Bigfoot, the Honey Island Swamp Monster AKA "Swamp Creature" (who is depicted as [[LizardFolk semi-reptilian]]), and the Fouke Monster AKA "Southern Sasquatch", who has the personality of a Grizzly Bear. There's also the Yeti, who is just as bloodthirsty as the Sasquatch. The Devil Monkeys may qualify.
* BigCreepyCrawlies - ''Deathcrawler'' and ''Alien'' both feature arthropodal organisms. The first is a 3 foot long centipede, while the other is a [[spoiler:wasp-like organism]] about the size of a softball. Also, "Death Worm", showcasing the Mongolion Death Worm.
* BigBudgetBeefUp - The Second series appears to be this, with a greater reliance on practical effects and more visible 'hidden' creatures. Sometimes, the monsters have a full 2 minutes of screen time, over the 10-seconds of the previous season.
* BlackDudeDiesFirst - [[spoiler:Mexican Survey team in ''Death Crawler'', in this case, get bitten to death by 3ft centipedes. Subverted in ''Alien'' but...see below.]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: In keeping with the legend, there's still no clue as to the Mothman's motives.
* CameBackWrong: A popular theme in several episodes, like ''Wendigo''.
* CatchPhrase - Narrator: "[[OnceAnEpisode Do They Live Among Us?]]"
* ConspicuousCG - Monterey Monster, Chupacabra and Megaconda are the worst offenders. The only image we get of the Chupacabra is through an Infrared Camera. Quetzalcoatl has the benifit of Night Vision to hide its budgetary problems.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Ken Tobar in ''Megaconda''.
* ChestBurster- How the alien emerges in its episode.
* {{Chupacabra}} - Featured Creature--it is the Southwestern version of the creature opposed to the more bizarre South American and Caribbean version.
* CrapsackWorld: Since all the episodes seem to take place in the same universe, this means that the world is infested with monstrous supernatural beings, a large majority of which eat people for lunch.
* CreepyChild: Su Ann Mills from the ''Owlman'' episode, although she's only this way due to the trauma of getting an up-close and personal encounter with the Owlman himself...
-->'''Su Ann''': It knows you're here to stop it. [[ParanoiaFuel And it's coming back to stop you]].
* DanBrowned: combined largely with RuleOfDrama
* DaylightHorror: Sometimes.
* DeadlineNews: [[spoiler: Happens in ''Lizard Man'', when the IntrepidReporter and her cameraman are killed and partially devoured by the monster]].
* DeathByIrony: Oh so many...
** [[spoiler:The Poacher]] in ''Bigfoot'' [[spoiler:dies when he falls into his own trap]].
** [[spoiler:Ken Tobar]] in ''Megaconda'' [[spoiler:is eaten by one of the animals he plotted to make a quick buck off of]].
** [[spoiler:Tyler]] in ''Oklahoma Octopus'' [[spoiler:impersonated a sea monster to pick on one of the girls, then gets eaten by a sea monster]].
** [[spoiler:Annabel Lilith]] in ''Hellhound'' [[spoiler:mocks Nora for believing in monsters, only for a monster to indirectly cause her demise]].
** A non-villainous one, but the cast of ''Dover Demon'' had wanted to film a hoaxed documentary for the titular monster. Then [[KillEmAll the REAL Dover Demon shows up...]]
** [[spoiler: Lucas Marzo]] in ''Q: The Serpent God'' [[spoiler: was killed by the very god he summoned]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Mooney [[spoiler: grabbing an Aztec dagger, just used to kill a friend of hers then use it to lure in and stab Quetzalcoatl. She and Conner then proceed to drive it off with an onslaught of machine gun fire.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Owlman is a HumanoidAbomination that traumatizes small children (and implicitly wants to eat them), refuses to allow any record of its existence reach the outside world, stalks people relentlessly until they go insane and dwells in a dark forest. [[TheSlenderManMythos Now where have we heard of that before?]]
* DoingInTheWizard - Most of the monsters have naturalistic explanations that work up to a point. Except when noted below.
* DontLookBack: Seeing the Hellhound three times means a quick, untimely death. Unfortunately, most of the Goth teens saw it ''twice'' before finishing their faux ritual when it attacks again.
-->'''Nora:''' [[spoiler: Severin? ''Severin''? ''(sad)'' You looked.]]
* DownerEnding / GainaxEnding: Gainax Ending... if you're ''lucky''.
** ''Skinwalker'' is the most optimistic ending. No one hurt, cute baby lamb saved, son goes to college, and changes major to study Native American mythology.
* EldritchAbomination: A good deal of the creatures featured. The most notable examples are the Owl man, Moth Man, and Quetzalcoatl.
* EvilPoacher - Featured in two episodes, none live to see the end.
* [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Everything's WORSE with Monkeys]] - In the case of the ''Devil Monkey'', who seem to prefer tearing into soft/vital spots.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods - The ''Oklahoma Octopus'' and ''Kraken'' are both evil examples.
* {{Expy}}: Tim in ''Devil Dragon'' is an Expy of SteveIrwin, [[spoiler: which makes his death an UnfunnyAneurysmMoment and HarsherInHindsight for some.]]
* {{GASP}}
* GenreSavvy - the lead diver in "Kraken" repeatedly tells the film crew in tense situations to "Put the camera down" and help save crewmen from the monster. Of course, he insists on sending people down to retrieve the people already attacked. Twice. HonorBeforeReason or IdiotBall. You decide.
** Connor and Mooney are, enough to know that when entering a dark, spooky room, it's a bright idea to have your gun ready to fend off monsters. They're also smart enough not to trust someone coming with a more 'logical' explanation and actually double check what's going on, they even don't fall for the old 'clothing switch' disguise the Strigoi tries on them. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] because the Enigma Corporation are specially trained to deal with the unexplained. Also, likely the reason they've lived through three supernatural monster attacks.
** Also shown in ''Q: The Serpent God'' when [[spoiler: Mooney realizes that if an ancient dagger brought Quetzalcoatl into the world, odds are its your best chance of taking him out.]]
** Being Genry Savvy doesn't help the reporter in ''Monterey Monster''.
** Nora in ''Hellhound''.
--->'''Annabelle:''' I knew I shouldn't have let you in.
--->'''Nora:''' ''(firm retort)'' It isn't ''me'' you should be worried about.
** Ernest Tybee in "Devil Monkey" is smart enough not to leave a local legend ''completely'' out of the equation.
* GhostlyGoals: The ghost in ''Poltergeist'' seems to be type A. [[spoiler: Horrifyingly subverted as the climax reveals that it was just screwing with the protagonists and is actually a type B.]]
* GiantFlyer - The Death Raptor (Owlman), Mothman (proposed to be one-and-the-same), the "Cave Demons" (Giant Bats, implicit [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]]), Thunderbird (Implicit [[StockDinosaurs Pterosaur]]) and Jersey Devil. Quetzalcoatl is also able to fly.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom - Chupacabra, Mothman, HellHound, Dover Demon--usually a variety of natural eyeshine found in most nocturnal/twilight active animals.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Some of the cryptid encounters are, in the epilogue, revealed to have been covered up by the government of the nation involved. ''Alien'' is the most clear as [[spoiler: all records of the even where taken by the government]]. ''Zombie'' may feature one [[spoiler: after the two survivors escape, the city destroys the building and never files a report on the event.]]
** Yeti may count as well; as the epilogue reveals that [[spoiler: the ship housing it is redirected to a government island that studies biological specimens.]]
** And, of course, ''Reptilian'', which is practically a love letter to the conspiracy theories of DavidIcke, complete with [[spoiler:the government confiscating all the footage and then closing down the task force at the end of the episode.]]
* GunsAreWorthless - Averted, While many of the victims are either too shocked to just shoot the monsters or are unarmed at the time, most of the creatures lack bullet immunity (with the exception of the blatantly supernatural creatures such as Q and the skinwalker). Even the supernatural Strigoi was harmed enough by gun fire to retreat for a brief moment.
* GunsDoNotWorkThatWay: For some odd reason, the [=MP5=] that Elise often uses acts like a shotgun rather than a submachine gun: it fires once, and there is even the sound of a slide being racked between each shot.
* HateSink: Several episodes feature at least one of these. You can't hate a cryptid, but you can hate terrible human beings.
* HellHound - Focus of one episode.
* HeroicSacrifice - [[spoiler: ''Death Raptor'' climaxes with the elderly Hazel calmly walking out and letting herself be killed instead of the Owlmans's original target, a little girl. She also believed the thing followed her there from England, so she felt responsible for it.]]
** In ''Alien'' [[spoiler: a doctor tells the nurse to run while he tries to hold off the creature with acid...too bad she doesn't listen well enough.]]
** Ernest Tybee in ''Devil Monkey'' tells the female reporter to run, whilst he holds off the creatures...[[spoiler: too bad it doesn't work]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard - A [[EvilPoacher Poacher/Stalker]] is stuffed into one of his own traps [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome courtesy of Bigfoot]].
* HordeOfAlienLocusts - ''Alien'' is implied to be doing this at the end.
* HumanoidAbomination: With ape-men being the exception, almost any human-like cryptid is like this in some way, shape or form. The Owlman and Mothman are the most notable examples.
** And [[spoiler: Nora]] from ''Hellhound''. [[AmbiguouslyHuman Maybe]].
** Special mention goes to the Wendigo, which [[spoiler: starts out as one of the campers seen at the beginning but turns ''into'' the monster]].
* IncomingHam: The NarmCharm monsters can fall into this when they make their first appearances.
* InfantImmortality - They won't be killed, but they sure as hell are getting traumatized by the experience. The vampire at least tried to avert this by going for the child first, even if it ultimately failed.
* IntrepidReporter - Several, though the early ones were documentarians. They usually don't make it through with their [[GoingForTheBigScoop story]] or lives intact.
* ImAHumanitarian - Lots of these monsters seem to think humans are tasty. [[spoiler: The Wendigo is a human who's got this idea.]]
-->" When was the last time... that you had something to eat?"
* {{Jerkass}}: Tylor Shuman, in Oklahoma Octopus. He insists on playing pranks faking drowning that nobody thinks is funny, then when he gets called out on his crap he throws a fit and steals the canoe to leave his friends stranded out in the middle of the lake all night. It would almost be a KarmicDeath when the titular monster drags him to his death... except it basically means he ''helps it'' eat Bruce Delroy and Ruthie Simple as well.
* TheJerseyDevil
* KillEmAll - Despite the series' name, this is actually {{Subverted}}...most of the time. Many episodes end with at least one survivor, and at least one has all the [[NominalImportance viewpoint characters]] survive, and in one case, the Cryptid saved the point-of-view character. Season 3 seems to be doing more of this, as so far, only four survivors so far the entire season, and two of those were sole survivors, the other two were [[BadassNormal Connor]] and [[ActionGirl Mooney]]...three times.
* LaserGuidedKarma - ''Oklahoma Octopus'', ''Bigfoot''.
* LateToTheTragedy: A few episodes have the protagonists discovering... ''something'' having happened, like ''Monterey Monster''.
* LizardFolk - Lizardmen and the Swamp Monster are reptilian (even if the later is covered in [[YouFailBiologyForever hair]]).
* MonsterIsAMommy - ''Swamp Monster'' and ''White River Monster''. MamaBear applies in both instances, even though the later is a ''[[spoiler:fish]]''.
* MamaBear - The above, plus the odd human who, in one instance--drives off a monster with a two by four to save her kids--''while pregnant''.
* ManiacMonkeys: In ''Devil Monkey''
* MeaningfulName: Mooney is one letter off from Looney, and has the same meaning of someone crazy. It used to denote someone that saw things that weren't real. Doubles as a StealthPun given her profession.
* NegativeContinuity: The first two seasons never showed true continuity. The Third season averts this, introducing the Enigma Corporation, which reappears at least three times throughout the season.
* NeverFoundTheBody: A few episodes end this way, like ''Monterey Monster''.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero - in ''Alien'' [[spoiler:the surviving medical staff woman panics and breaks quarantine, allowing an extremely venomous, softball sized parasitoid wasp-like alien to escape into the wild after it killed 3 people. The ending implies that the wasps are capable of asexual reproduction to boot.]]
* NothingIsScarier - In the first season. In the second, this is combined with Practical FX, Surprise Scares and gore.
* OminousOwl - The Owlman, naturally. Not only is he speculated to be a demon, the viewpoint characters actually retrieve a pellet (regurgitated undigested foodstuff) from the creature containing a human jawbone.
* OnlySaneMan: Ernest Tybee in ''Devil Monkey'' as he is GenreSavvy enough to not leave a local legend completely out of the equation and at least tries to hold the creature off (and would've succeeded if he hadn't turned round), instead of simply doing nothing, like the ATF agents.
** The lead diver in "Kraken" repeatedly tells the film crew in tense situations to stop filming and help save crewmen from the monster. [[spoiler:Probably why he survived when everyone else didn't]].
* TheOmniscient: The Owlman somehow figures out that the researchers were looking for it, and [[CreepyChild Su Ann]] implies that ''[[FridgeHorror it knew all along...]]''
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Hazel Van Lear in "Death Raptor" spends almost all of her screen time teetering on the edge of hysterics, at ''best'', but becomes TheStoic the minute she starts her HeroicSacrifice.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent - Sometimes they link them to animal facts to make them seem more plausible. Other times, they imply supernatural agents and give up legitimizing them.
** The {{Chupacabra}} is depicted as a canine creature, unlike the more exotic-alien like creature often reported further south than Texas and the United States.
** OurDemonsAreDifferent - Hellhound, Skin Walker, Jersey Devil. Each one has its own unrelated explanation, few of which are natural (if one is given at all). The Dover Demon, despite its name, is just not explained. Given how Weird it is, that makes perfect sense. A Strigoi is featured as well, and, unlike the first Vampire, it doesn't have a logical explanation, it's apparently supernatural.
** OurDragonsAreDifferent - The titular ''Death Dragon'' is basically a Komodo Dragon with the mass of a polar bear. Then there's Quetzalcoatl, who could be called dragon-like in appearance, but may be a bit more than that.
** OurGhostsAreDifferent - a murderous variant of a {{Poltergeist}} appears in season 3. No natural explanation provided.
** OurVampiresAreDifferent - In the first season, large, vampiric/semi-predatory bats are features with some ties to vampirism. In the second season, a true Vampire is seen--as a savage, nocturnal vaguely-humanoid predator that sleeps in an [[HauntedHouse old house]], [[spoiler: killed the way normally depicted, stabbed through the heart]]. A second species of Vampire, the Strigoi, is far more human in appearance...unless its shapeshifting into an animal form (it prefers a black dog) and is far more supernatural. The epilogue implied that after he jumps Mooney, she proceeds to kick his ass through the truck windshield. But what do you expect when a vampire jumps an ActionGirl these days?
** OurWerewolvesAreDifferent - One episode devotes it to the SkinWalker, which is accurate to the legend. In The Beast of Brey Road episode a "dog man" clings to a more classic visual design. The ''actual'' Werewolf, however, is much closer to the original legends, being a human who turns into a beast when the full moon is out (even when the moon isn't visible to them).
** OurZombiesAreDifferent - A combination of types. Created by Voodoo toxins (Type V), Flesh eaters (Type F) with a slow gait and NASTY lunge, they are also Type P (implied to be the Parasite subtype) that acts pretty quickly for an infection. The episode gains bonus points for having the writer of WorldWarZ on as a guest commentator. But it loses points for shamelessly conflating traditional vodun ''zombi'' beliefs with Romero-style shambling cadavers, in a way that implies the former ''also'' portray them as contagious flesh-eaters. YouFailReligiousStudiesForever or RuleOfScary or Both?
* PeopleInRubberSuits - Vampire, Lizardman, Bigfoot, Skunk Ape, Swamp Monster, Dover Demon (as well as CGI smaller ones).
* PerkyGoth: A group of them in "Hellhound".
* PrehistoricMonster - ''Monster of Monterey'' (Elasmosaur), ''Bear lake Monster'' (mosasaur-like animal), ''Devil Dragon'' (Megalania), ''Thunderbird'' (Quetzalcoatl/Pterosaurs) and ''White River Monster'' (Xiphactinus). ''Death Crawler'' has giant centipedes compared to ancient ones that grew to massive sizes as well (6+ft to the 3ft monsters featured).
* PrivateMilitaryContractors - the season 3 Recurring "Enigma Corporation".
* PsychoElectricEel - The [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Mongolian Death Worm]] acts like a combination of this and piranha, but in sand.
* RealityWarper: The Wendigo; [[ParanoiaFuel it bends time, space and reality to its will so that no matter where you run it will always find you.]]
* TheReveal - [[spoiler: The werewolf is the girl the suspected killer brought home. She was hunting him.]]
* SandWorm - Not epic in size, but the Mongolian Death Worm more than makes up for its relatively small size (about as thick as human large intestines) with Acidic Spit and [[ShockAndAwe Electrical currents]] like the electric eel.
* SadlyMythtaken - ''Q'' is portrayed as demanding human sacrifices, when the Aztek god was one of the few that didn't. They do get points, though, for pointing out that the Aztec Calender is cyclical.
** Which isn't surprising as the episode is obviously based on (if not totally ripped off of) the old monster movie of [[QTheWingedSerpent the same name.]]
* SealedEvilInACan: The frozen corpse of a yeti is thawed and turns out to be not a corpse after all
* SerkisFolk - ''Monterey Bay Monster'', Chupacabra (Via Infra-Red), ''Megaconda'', ''Mothman'', small Dover Demons and the Kraken.
* {{Shapeshifting}} - The Skin Walker. The Werewolf has a VERY mild version of this.[[spoiler: Matt transforms slightly when he finally becomes a Wendigo. Though he looks human, those teeth do not.]] The Strigoi is able to transform into various animals, it prefers a black dog.
* SeaMonster - Several different kinds.
** StockNessMonster in ''Monster of Monterey'', as a [[IAmAHumanitarian people-eating]] Elasmosaur. ''Bear Lake Monster'' is more like a Semi-Aquatic Mosasaur.
** ''White River Monster'' has a giant fish implicitly defending its brood identified as a descendant of Xiphactinus.
** GiantSquid or...Octopus, really, in ''Oklahoma Octopus''. [[KrakenAndLeviathan Kraken]] has a proper Giant Squid--albiet, one bigger than previously encountered--with eye lenses the size of softballs.
* SkinWalker: One episode devoted to the legend.
* StealthMentor: The series is a way Animal Planet gets to get in Strange Animal Facts, as a framing story. You'll learn about, for example, pleiosaurs and living fossils in ''Monterey Monster'' and coyote behavior in ''Skin-Walker''.
* SuperPersistentPredator - ''Southern Sasquatch'', ''Death Raptor'' (Owlman), ''Oklahoma Octopus'', ''Jersey Devil'' Justified in ''Devil Dragon'' since that is how [[RealLife Komodo Dragons hunt]]. Also justified in ''Kraken'' as it knew there were more tasty treats on the boat and it was big enough to eat multiple people and still be hungry for more.
** Justified with the Wendigo as well, as its mentioned a Wendigo never gets full and must eat nonstop.
** It might actually be justified in the other cases too. The Fouke Monster seemed curious about the hunters, and watched from a distance. Then someone shot him, and he viewed them as a threat that he needed to chase out of his territory. They wouldn't leave, and he was forced (in his eyes) to kill them.
** The Owlman is specifically stated to be sentient, possibly a demon, and is attacking the characters so that they can't prove its existence.
** In Oklahoma Octopus, it's implied that there may be more than one creature, meaning that one human wasn't going to feed all those hungry beaks.
** The Jersey Devil is clearly a solitary creature, with the abandoned house being the center of its territory. It tried to chase the humans out, but they ran right into its house. After it tried entering the house to smoke them out, it was driven away by the [[BadassNormal pregnant mom]], only increasing its rage. Additionally, it can fly. If it really wanted to kill them, it would have flown after their car. Instead it just watches them leave, implying that they've passed the border of its territory and it no longer sees them as a problem.
* TemptingFate - Many times, including the classic "I'll be right back."
* TheEndingChangesEverything: Frequent. Especially in "Hellhound", when it is revealed in the last few minutes that [[spoiler: Nora [[AmbiguouslyHuman may or may not be human]], and [[AmbiguouslyEvil may or may not have been in league with the titular beast.]]]]
* TooDumbToLive - About 80% of the victims literally fall under this category. Two of the most shameful are the ATF agents in "Devil Monkey". Not only do they ignore strange animal calls and ''mangled human bodies'', they go out ''unarmed'' and, obviously, end up killed by the titular creatures. The Sheriff has this to a lesser extent as, instead of blasting the damn thing with a shotgun, he turns around to tell the reporter to flee and then gets jumped. However he has some sanity points, as he is Genre Savvy enough to not leave a local legend ''completely'' out of the equation and at least tries to hold the creature off.
** How about our divers in ''Kraken'' (except the captain), who begin with violating the Cardinal Rule of Diving: '''Never dive alone!!''' from the get go. After the first guy goes in... by himself... and becomes a snack for the giant squid, what is the group's next move? Why, to send the girl in... by herself. True, given that the thing [[spoiler:ripped the ship apart at the end and was implied to have sunk the wreck they were trying to raise at the beginning,]] it was probably a moot point. But that still doesn't change the fact that these supposedly experienced divers/treasure hunters were acting like total amateurs from the start.
** Averted in ''Monterey Monster''. The protagonist doesn't fall for any of the {{Idiot Ball}}s like trying to board the other ship after seeing ''blood trails on it'' or going back in the water to fix her prop. She tells her boyfriend to call the Coast Guard, and adopts the proper ScrewThisImOuttaHere attitude, and goes to raise sails. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, she's knocked into the water by ''something'' jolting her ship, and she's unable to catch up to the drifting boat. Talk about YankTheDogsChain.]]
** Justified in ''Thunderbird''; the cast of that episode was a group of terrified preteen boys, so of course they're going to make dumb decisions.
** Pretty much everyone besides [[TheSpook Nora]] in ''Hellhound'', but [[AlphaBitch Annabel]] deserves a special mention.
* TheUnreveal: Occurs often. The series purposefully leaves many things ambiguous to the viewer regarding the creatures. Where did the Dover Demon come from? No one knows and no one ever finds out. And if we were able to find out, would we ''want'' to?
* UrbanLegend - The source for most of the monsters.
* VoiceChangeling - [[spoiler: The Wendigo.]]
** [[spoiler: Skin Walker, too.]]
** [[spoiler:The Poltergeist is a particularly cruel one]].
* WeirdnessMagnet - [[spoiler: Our intrepid Enigma Corporation employees just can't catch a break. First they fight zombies in New Orleans, then they encounter a strigoi and then an Aztec god. [[TemptingFate Can't get much worse than that, can it]]?]]
** Justified, [[spoiler: the Enigma Corporation specializes in investigating the unexplained, naturally they're [[WeirdnessMagnet Weirdness Magnets]].]]
*** [[spoiler: Doesn't that make them into the weirdness ''magnetized'' since they are the ones going out and looking for these things?]]
* {{Wendigo}} - [[spoiler: [[WasOnceAMan is or ''was'' a Man, once]].]]
* WhatDidYouExpectWhenYouNamedIt: ''Skinwalker'' takes place in... Skinwalker Ranch.
* WhoYouGonnaCall - The Enigma Corporation.
* YankTheDogsChain: Particularly in the first season, a lot of stories end like this as part of the horror.
** Episodes 3 and 6 (Monster of Monterey and Devil Dragon) are particularly bad, the former because the protagonist actually avoids any and all IdiotBall behaviour (letting the proper authorities handle the problem, instead of trying to solve it herself) and only dies because the monster knocks her out of her boat, the latter because of how sympathetic a character he was and the fact it turns out he gets brought down and eaten a mere quarter-mile away from the village he had been desperately trying to reach.
** Ironically, both the Thunderbird and Death Raptor episodes do this and then turn out okay, when we think the giant bird-monster has taken a child for dinner, but they actually survive. Though in Death Raptor, this does result in an old Englishwoman pulling a HeroicSacrifice to ensure the others are safe.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness - [[spoiler: Q does this to his would be cult. Once he has the needed sacrifices, he kills them all.]]

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