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->'''Lester:''' You're aware of the work we do here?\\
'''Becker:''' You detect anomalies and fight dinosaurs, when necessary.

'''''Primeval''''' (2007-) is {{ITV}}'s answer to the revived ''Series/DoctorWho''[[note]]''Series/TheTomorrowPeople'' being their weapon against the classic ''Doctor Who'' series[[/note]], with less traveling through the cosmos, but more death (of recurring characters, anyway) and more underwear. Or, more accurately, {{ITV}}'s answer to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.

''[[http://www.itv.com/primeval/ Primeval]]'' involves a group of crack scientists and experts [[note]](well... depending on your series, a paleontology professor, his TA, one of his students, an ex-zookeeper, an SAS guy, and a couple of Home Office boffins; or [[spoiler:an ex-copper]], an archaeologist, a PR lady, the student and the zookeeper, the Home Office guy and an Army guy; or a time-traveling ex-army guy, the student, the zookeeper, the army guy, now ex-army and with a shiny new guilt complex, a computer whiz and the Home Office guy, and occasionally a time-traveling Victorian Lady)[[/note]] protecting modern Britain from [[TimeTravel trans-temporal]] threats. These mostly consist of extinct, usually prehistoric, beasties trolling around the South of England after coming through magnetic time portals known as "anomalies".

Actual dinosaurs didn't appear till the second season (despite the show being often initially billed as ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' [[XMeetsY with dinosaurs]]); Season One focuses primarily on the more ancient time periods, with some dodos, a pterosaur, a sea reptile, and a predatory creature from the future thrown in for flavor. In the later seasons, some completely fictional prehistoric species and more future creatures appear along with the dinosaurs.

The series launched in 2007 and ran for three seasons until its cancellation in 2009 due to budget problems. Two years later, it was revived and ran for two more seasons, the last of which ended in late 2011. A sixth season is possible, but not currently planned.

However, a DarkerAndEdgier Canadian spinoff, ''Series/PrimevalNewWorld'', started broadcasting on Space on October 29th and is scheduled to air on SyFy and Hulu in early 2013. An American BigDamnMovie (currently in DevelopmentHell) was also announced. Unfortunately, New World was {{cancelled}} in February 2013.

[[Recap/{{Recap}} Episode Guide]] pages for both [[Recap/{{Primeval}} the main show]] and [[Recap/PrimevalNewWorld New World]] have started.

'''Spoiler Warning:''' The vast majority of the spoiler tags on this page relate to the finale of Season 3. If you are watching the series and have not got to this point yet, you do not want to highlight these. Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned.
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!!''Primeval'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbortedArc
** The Jenny/Claudia arc from series 1 and 2 has gone this way as of series 3, mainly due to [[spoiler:Douglas Henshall leaving the show]]. The whole thing with Sarah at the end of Series 3. The creators couldn't have filmed the scenes with [[spoiler:Sarah dying]] ''BEFORE'' moving to Dublin, could they? No, it doesn't seem like they could... so, [[spoiler:she dies]] off-screen (we see a little of [[spoiler:her death in the first webisode]]; she's in a car, [[spoiler:trapped, mauled by a Future Predator]] and cries "Becker! ''BECKER!''") in what was, apparently, her plan.
** Jess moving in with Connor and Abby looked like the set-up for a comedy arc, then... nothing.
** [[spoiler:Nearly everything involving Cutter disappeared after his death.]]
** Danny Quinn [[spoiler:chasing Patrick Quinn through the anomaly]]. Presumably, [[spoiler:they both died]].
* ActionDressRip: Abby and Sarah in episode 6 of S3. "Great for dancing, not so much for cross-country."
* ActionGirl: Abby becomes one, YMMV on when. Emily from the Victorian era is also a notable example; when she returns to her era she becomes Spring Heel Jack to hunt down a Raptor, getting the blame for its wrongdoings, but is still capable at killing it.
* ActorAllusion: Abby is played by Hannah Spearritt, who before this was best known for being a member of the band S Club 7. In the Season 4 premier, when she turns on music in an arena to distract a dinosaur, what plays? "Don't Stop Moving" by S Club 7.
* {{Adorkable}}
** Connor is a textbook example.
** Jess Parker, who joined in between seasons 3 and 4.
** Conner's New Dawn Assistant plays this up [[spoiler:but is really [[BitchInSheepsClothing just pretending]].]]
* AdultFear:
** A season 4 episode has a pack of prehistoric creatures loose in a school during Saturday detention. A parent who sent their child off to do detention in an empty school and find out that there is some kind of wild animal or dangerous person on the loose. To make matters worse, the teacher is the first to die leaving the students alone. To make matters even worse [[spoiler: one of the children wanders off and gets eaten before the team can save her]].
** A season 2 episode has a little girl and her dog disappearing through an anomaly. The girl in question had lost both her parents and was being taken care of by her neglectful older brother. And she was outside and found the anomaly because he wouldn't play with her. Imagine having someone in your care lost somewhere where they can't get back as a result of you neglecting them.
* AffirmativeActionGirl
** Sarah in season 3.
** Jess and Emily in season 4.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Philip]]. Unlike [[spoiler:Helen, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation who went crazy]] and tried to kill humanity, Philip]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist really believed he was saving the future and only wanted to do good]]. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone After he realizes the mistake he made]], he goes through a VillainousBSOD just moments before [[spoiler:[[RedemptionEqualsDeath he sacrifices his life in an attempt to undo all the wrong he's caused]]]].
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: [[TeamPet Rex]] often exhibits some very doglike behaviour despite being a prehistoric Coelurosauravus lizard. He is extremely playful and curious, begs for attention, crouches low to the ground and quivers when scared, and frequently wags his tail and cocks his head in a doglike manner. Subverted, however, in that he displays just as many typically reptilian behaviours.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Connor --> Abby --> Stephen --> Helen --> Nick --> Claudia. At first, anyway.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Or at least some of them. The animals that travel through the anomalies explain gaps in the fossil record, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lazarus_taxon Lazarus taxa]], the Loch Ness monster, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRTs8q7GlHc mermaids]], chupacabra, [[DinosaursAreDragons dragons]], sea serpents and other monsters, thunder birds, [[AncientEgypt Egyptian]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhr3Grl_wC0&feature=related mythical beasts]] and even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvG9mtZKtaQ gremlins and haunted houses]].
* AllThereInTheManual: Miscellaneous character trivia. Some of it (like Helen's maiden name and Claudia being a LethalChef) never showed up in the series proper, some (like Lester having kids) showed up in very minor ways, and some (like Stephen being in a relationship that ended badly: [[spoiler:with Helen]]: prior to the series proper) played a role.
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs
* AlwaysABiggerFish
* [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl Always Save Rex]]: Abby repeatedly goes back into danger to save Rex.
* AnachronismStew
** In episode 4.1, a Spinosaurus is seen in the same forest as raptors and Pteranodons, although this is more a case of {{Misplaced Wildlife}}.
** Also, in episode 1.5 a flock of Jurassic Anurognathus come out of the same anomaly as a Cretaceous Pteranodon (though they were apparently a new species evolved to feed on flesh rather than insects.
** Though really it's possible that these can be explained by the anomolies, something that is mentioned frequently throughout the series.
* AnimalsLackAttributes: Mostly played straight, but averted with the Mer; the alpha has noticeable small breasts.
* AnimalNemesis: A minor example in the Canadian spin-off with Evan Cross and the ''Albertosaurus''.
* AnimalsNotToScale: Many of the prehistoric creatures are larger than their real-life counterparts for RuleOfCool.
* AnimalTesting: [[spoiler:Horrific examples of this take place in Project MAGNET's experiments in the Canadian series.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: At least four major characters and many minor characters died. Taken to the furthest extreme with [[spoiler:the death of the]] ''[[spoiler:main character]]'' in Series three.
* ApocalypseHow: [[spoiler:It appears the future might hold a Level 2 or even 3 (probably 3a)...]]
* ApocalypticLog: In 3x06.
* AppealToInherentNature: Orphaned sabretooth tiger upholds its natural instincts when it comes to the woman who raised it. [[spoiler: At least for a while.]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: The creators do this knowingly and willingly for the sake of RuleOfCool.
** Most notably, the ''Dracorex'' looks less like an ornithischian dinosaur and more like a [[DinosaursAreDragons dragon]], with wing-like dorsal crests, exaggerated horns, and no cheeks.
** Also, while the time for tranquilizer darts to take effect varies, it's usually more than ten minutes, as opposed to less than five seconds.
** In the first episode, Cutter comes across a human skeleton. He is initially worried that it may be [[ChekhovMIA his missing wife]], but he soon realizes that it's a male skeleton and thus can't be her. Fair enough, but ''the way he checks'' is by ''[[LamarckWasRight counting the number of ribs]]''. Never mind that this is based solely on the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical account]], which even then only affected one individual from who knows how long ago (it was never said to be a ''hereditary'' trait). Checking the shape of the hipbones would be easier.
* AssholeVictim: The person who dies at the beginning of most of the episodes is usually exaggeratedly unpleasant for the sake of [[BlackComedy comedic effect]].
** Notable examples include the cocky golfer at the beginning of 1.5 and the obnoxious paintballer in 2.3.
** [[spoiler:The journalists]] from series 3.
** Also, [[spoiler:Christine Johnson, who was killed by a Future Predator after she was pushed into an anomaly leading into the future, by Helen Cutter]]. She [[spoiler:had orchestrated a military takeover of the ARC,]] and was previously described by Lester as "like a Velociraptor, only better-dressed".
** The guy on the beach in the penultimate episode of season 2, who refuses to turn down his loud music when asked, in fact turns it ''up'', and draws a Silurian scorpion right to him.
** the AlphaBitch who gets eaten by a ''Therocephalian''.
** [[spoiler:Henry Merchant]] definitely counts.
** So does [[spoiler:April.]]
* ATeamFiring: Lester tries to kill a Future Predator with an [=L110A1=] Light Machine Gun. Despite firing an entire belt of ammunition, he only manages to hit it twice. Lester was a home office agent (the British equivlent of the CIA, FBI, and DEA) meaning he probably had light firearms training and could probably rock a 9mm or an smg -- but those don't have the stopping power for a Future Predator.
** Though that was probably more a case of the Predator being [[SuperSpeed so fast]] that he literally couldn't hit it even with that many bullets.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Lester has done this at least once with ''every single other protagonist''. For one of the best instances of this, take a look at how many times he asks about Abby and Connor in 4x01.
* BadassBookworm: Conner, after he gets [[TookALevelInBadass a few levels of badass]] under his belt.
* BadFuture
** [[spoiler:In the third season's future, hordes of Future Predators and [[BigCreepyCrawlies huge insects called Megopterans]] have eaten humanity to extinction.]]
** [[spoiler:According to Matt, humans live underground, because the surface is sterile and can't sustain life anymore.]]
** [[spoiler:Even more worrying, it's implied that this Future was caused by Helen in her attempts to prevent a ''different'' BadFuture where humanity has mysteriously disappeared, Future Predators and giant wasp-like insects now rule the world, and there's evidence to suggest this was all the ARC's fault.]]
* BaldOfEvil: Captain Ross (one of Christine's soldiers) sports one.
* BallsOfSteel: Used in Series 3, Episode 7, where Danny tricks a knight with the old [[LookBehindYou Look Up]] routine, only to discover out his groin is armour-protected.
* BenevolentBoss: Lester, albeit one hiding behind a JerkassFacade. And if you think that the [=ARC=] employees don't know this, take a look at the round of applause he gets after his (forced) TenMinuteRetirement.
* BerserkButton:
** Threatening Rex will likely result in Abby beating the crap out of you.
** Threatening Abby, or even just making her unhappy, will result in Connor coming after you with whatever he can find - oars, rocks, Becker, anything handy.
** Lester is normally a very composed guy, who will nevertheless use every means at his disposal to take you down if you either a) usurp his authority or b) threaten his Jag. The former involves political connections and clever subordinates. The latter involves an EMD.
*** An understated bonus point: don't try to usurp his authority while simultaneously implying that the [[TeenGenius genius]] he's a bit of a TeamDad towards should fetch you coffee.
** Even {{Team Pet}} Rex seems to have one of these. Call him "that thing" and he will bite your finger off, as Caroline learned the hard way.
** Jenny, crash her wedding, and you ''WILL'' pay, as the Hyaenodon found out.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: While she never exactly gets ''serious'', it's probably not a good idea to underestimate [[MissionControl Jess]]. She is able to keep relatively composed while being instructed to dismantle a bomb, she was able to shoot a two-inch beetle from about ten feet away while hallucinating and half-unconscious, and she even managed to, [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome somehow]], [[spoiler: go from one side of the [=ARC=] to the other, while running into about four Future Predators, and with an injured Lester, and do all of this without getting so much as a scratch]]. And she also had to have ''switched guns'' between Point A and Point B, which is important to note because when the whole incident started, ''[[spoiler: only one gun in the entire building was loaded]]''.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: more than a few, including Carboniferous arachnids and a massive centipede, wasp-like Megopterans and burrowing beetles from the future.
* BigBad: Season 1 is the only one that doesn't have a main villain. Season 2 has [[spoiler: Oliver Leek]], Season 3 has [[spoiler: Helen Cutter]], Season 4 has Ethan Dobrowski[[spoiler:/Patrick Quinn]], and Season 5 has [[spoiler: Philip Burton]].
** The novel ''Primeval: Fire and Water'' has [[spoiler:Tom Samuels]].
** There are also one-episode Big Bads in each season: [[spoiler: Connor's friend Tom]] in Episode 1.4, [[spoiler: Valerie Irwin]] in Episode 2.3, [[{{BigBadDuumvirate}} Katherine Kavanagh and Mick Harper]] in Episode 3.4, Sir William de Mornay in Episode 3.7, [[{{BigBadDuumvirate}} Ray and Moria Lennon]] in Episode 4.5, and [[spoiler:Henry Merchant]] in Episode 5.3.
* BigDamnHeroes: Stephen is pretty much a ''walking'' Big Damn Heroes moment. Even comic relief Connor gets one of these moments in Season 2, episode 4.
** Connor gets another in Season 3 [[spoiler:when he saves Abby from a Raptor]]
*** Matt and Becker get several of these in Series 3 (Becker) and Series 4 and 5 (Becker and Matt).
* BigDamnKiss: [[spoiler:Cutter and Claudia in Season 1. Connor and Abby in season 3.]]
* BigDamnMovie: In an interview on [[TheBBC Radio 2]] the cast revealed a BigDamnMovie is [[DevelopmentHell in the planning stages]].
* BigDamnVillains
** In the first season finale, the Gorgonopsid shows up at the exact right moment.
** As does the Raptor in the third season finale.
** The giant mutant ants emerge from the tunnels just in time to [[EvilVersusEvil distract the Future Predators]].
* BigNo: Abby does this in S2, episode 4. Impressively enough, Hannah Spearritt ''actually makes it work.''
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: The episode where [[spoiler:Cutter dies]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: April
* BizarreAlienSenses: The "future predators" use echolocation, represented on-screen with distorted false-color imagery and concentric, pulsing rings of sonic energy. This is probably due to their bat ancestry.
* BlackComedy: The death that takes place at the beginning of most episodes to introduce the creature is often PlayedForLaughs, often showing the victim screaming exaggeratedly and making them an AssholeVictim.
* BodyHorror
** The fungus monster. "[[DeadpanSnarker I'll never look at athlete's foot the same way again.]]"
** The parasite from 1.4, which literally destroys its host from the inside. It's even seen ''crawling under the skin''.
* BondOneLiner: [[AlwaysABiggerFish "Good boy."]]
* BoomHeadshot: The first [[spoiler:Future Predator]] is killed in this way.
* BriefAccentImitation: Well, Jenny ''did'' ask for Cutter's ''exact'' words...
* BringItBackAlive: What they do with animals they can't send back through their anomaly or are forced to kill.
* BritishBrevity: Every series is six or seven episodes long, except series three which went for ten.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The whole ARC crew according to Lester (and probably Lester too, given his relations with {{Whitehall}}).
-->'''Lester:''' You will be dealing with a highly strung and temperamental team of rank amateurs who just happen to be brilliant at what they do.
* TheBusCameBack
** Jenny reappears when the team detects an anomaly at her wedding. She is really not happy about that... the Anomaly, I mean, not the team; she doesn't mind seeing them, invites them to the wedding and beats a Hyaenodon with a candlebra.
** Danny reappears at the end of season 4.
* ButtMonkey
** Connor... sort of.
** Jack Maitland
* CainAndAbel: [[spoiler:Danny and Ethan. Because Ethan is Patrick, Danny's long lost brother.]]
* TheCameo: Nigel Marven, star of ''[[WalkingWithDinosaurs Chased By Dinosaurs]]'' and ''Prehistoric Park'' has a nice cameo... [[DeathByCameo in which he's eaten by a dino]].
* CannotSpitItOut: Helen seems to be trying to prevent the end of the world, but instead of explaining that to the ARC team she prefers to drop cryptic hints that serve only to antagonize them and hurt her cause. Probably because [[spoiler:her idea of saving the world involves eradicating humanity.]]
* CarFu
** Used by Stephen in the first episode against the Gorgonopsid. It saves Nick and Claudia from becoming monster food, but doesn't actually kill the creature. [[MoreDakka Liberal application of dakka]] is what kills it.
** Used by Matt in Season 5 against a ''T. rex''.
* CatFight: Abby vs. Caroline toward the end of Season 2
* CelebrityParadox: The S Club 7 song "Don't Stop Movin" is heard in the first episode of Series 4, thus creating the possibility that Hannah Spearitt exists in this universe.
* CharacterDevelopment
** Most notably Lester who goes from SmugSnake to to BenevolentBoss and walking [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment of Sarcasm]] as the series progresses.
** Also Abby has undergone a transformation into an ActionGirl, and Connor is [[TookALevelInBadass Taking a Level in Badass]], on an installment plan.
* TheCharmer: Danny
* ChekhovsGun: The [[spoiler:numbers on the artifact]].
* ChekhovMIA
** Helen Cutter at first.
** In season 4 [[spoiler:Danny's long lost brother returns (as does Danny himself)]]
* CliffHanger
** Season 1 ends with the disappearance of Claudia.
** Season 2 ends with Helen creating an army of clones.
** Season 3 ends with [[spoiler:Connor and Abby stuck up a tree in the Cretaceous, Danny in the Rift Valley at the Dawn of Humanity, and Sarah [[UnspokenPlanGuarantee having a plan]] to save them]].
** Season 4 ends with Matt leaving [[spoiler:the anomaly to Victorian London (to which he had sent Emily back through)]] to plan his next move to save the future while Philip takes Connor into his automobile to discuss Connor's theory of convergence.
** Season 5 ends with [[spoiler:Matt being warned by a battered future version of himself that he has to "go back".]] [[LeftHanging A very bad place to leave it.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Danny. However HeyYouHaymaker / GroinAttack [[CrowningMomentOfFunny fails against knight in plate armor.]]
* ContainerMaze: In episode 4.2, featuring an extended face-off against a Kaprosuchus.
* ContinuityNod: In 5x05, after dealing with a ''T. rex'', Becker makes a comment about the [=EMDs=] actually being able to take one down. In the first episode of season four, while arguing with Matt over the effectiveness of [=EMDs=], Matt said that they could take down a fully-grown tyrannosaur.
* [[CoolGate Cool Anomaly]]: It looks like shattered glass and is very bad luck.
* CoolCar: In Season 3, the anomaly appeared at Racetrack full of [[http://men.style.com/theupgrader/gear/sport-coupes/Lotus-Exige-S Lotus Exige]]s.
* CowardlyLion: Connor, before beginning his installment course in {{Badass}}.
* DaChief: Lester slips into it every so often.
* DeadpanSnarker
** Lester gets the all best lines in the show.
** Cutter and Becker have had their moments as well, but Lester is still the king of this trope.
** Connor develops a tendency to do this under stress.
-->'''Connor:''' That's funny Matt, I thought we could all just stick our hands out the portholes and paddle back to the 21st century.
* ADeathInTheLimelight: Poor Tom...
* DiggingHerselfDeeper: Jess discussing Becker's relationship status in episode 4x02.
* DinosaursAreDragons: The Dracorex was understandably mistaken for a dragon when it wandered through medieval England.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A parasite that causes its host to become [[Film/TwentyEightDaysLater very aggressive, spreads itself through bites and alters the colour of their eyes?]]
* DoublingForLondon: Season 4 was filmed mostly in Dublin but is set in London. (In a particularly jarring instance for Irish viewers, the second episode of series has numerous shots of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poolbeg_Generating_Station unmistakable Poolbeg Power Station chimneys]] in what is supposedly London Docks.)
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: As befits an AnyoneCanDie show, ''Primeval'' likes dropping bridges.
** The most egregious example so far is probably Sarah, who was last seen saying she had "a plan" to get Connor and Abby back from the past. A year later, they get back on their own, to discover she died offscreen at some point, apparently in some undescribed attempt to save them. [[AntiClimax Yeah.]] As it turns out, her plan was to go to the future and find Abby, Connor and Danny... great idea! You die. In a car. Mauled by a predator, while crying out for Becker...
* TheDulcineaEffect: Emily has one on Matt.
* DyingToBeReplaced: [[spoiler:Nick Cutter]] bites it to make way for [[spoiler:Danny Quinn]] early in Season 3.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove
** Matt and Emily, crosses "Now or Never Kiss".
** Claudia and Nick in series 1.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: When asked by a fan, [[WordOfGod ITV revealed that]] Captain Becker's first name is [[spoiler:Hilary]].
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: {{Word of God}} is that Lester's middle name is Peregrine.
* EndangeredSpecies: Until-recently-extinct species. Also, the dodo birds were endangered in the time they came from.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: [[spoiler:Lester and Becker end Christine Johnson's takeover of the ARC by recording her less-than-complimentary comments about the Minister of Defence.]]
* EurekaMoment: Sarah talking Egyptology lets Cutter figure how to plot anomalies appearances, or at least begin to.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: "All right, Leek. [[YourLittleDismissiveDiminutive You've had your nasty little joke]]." This comes from Helen Cutter, of all people.
* EvilChancellor: In many ways, this is Leek's role in Season 2.
* EvilGloating
** Done by Leek to Lester in Season 2 with a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. Of course, Lester comes out of it with a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, taking out Leek's Future Predator assassin with a mammoth, so that kinda backfired.
** In in the SeasonFinale of Season 3 [[spoiler:Helen gives Danny a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and MotiveRant that is cut short by a Velociraptor just as she reaches the gloating stage]].
* EvilutionaryBiologist: [[spoiler:Helen]]
* ExactEavesDropping: Done enough times it is practically the preferred way of getting information.
* ExpandedUniverse: There are four ''Primeval'' novels based on the TV series. The novels are canon, and each one is set between two episodes of the TV series.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Helen between Seasons 1 and 2, Nick between 2 and 3, and Abby between 3 and 4.
* ExtraStrengthMasquerade: The series veered into this pretty soon with either the mammoth on the (crowded) motorway, the Egyptian prehistoric crocodile on the rampage in central London, or at the very latest the prehistoric rhino stampede over a camp ground.
* ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation: The anomaly detector in the ARC.
* FaceHeelTurn: During Christine's takeover of the ARC, Becker switches sides and becomes her loyal soldier. [[spoiler:Or at least she thinks he does, in reality he is a ReverseMole for Lester]].
* FacePalm: Abby does this right after Connor throws dirt in the eyes of a raptor in the last episode of series three. "That was a stupid idea; I've just aggravated him!"
* FacingTheBulletsOneLiner
** "Oh, and one last thing? You really are a tiresome little man." Of course, Lester doesn't actually die, but still.
** [[spoiler:Cutter]]'s death. "You know what, Helen? You're not as smart as I thought you were..." (Beat, then Helen pulls the trigger; even ''SHE'' is crying.) Note, these aren't actually his last lines, (which were, "Tell Claudia Brown ... oh, never mind ..."), as he had a conversation with Connor, but his last lines before being shot.
* FamousLastWords: From Sarah... sort of. "I have an idea." Yeah... apparently that idea is getting killed! (Technically, according to The first webisode episode, she was trapped in a car, mauled by a Future Predator and her last words were actually "Becker! ''BECKER!"'') Also [[spoiler: Cutter, "Tell Claudia Brown that....never mind, it doesn't matter."]]
* {{Fanservice}}
** Abby wanders around her apartment in her underwear because she needs to keep the temperature on high for her pet prehistoric lizard. Riiiiight. We stopped seeing this in Season 2 (after the actress found out what a big deal was made over what she thought would be just a short scene).
** Then Helen took over that role. [[spoiler:Sans any underwear at all]].
** Most of Abby's regular outfits qualify though, and her kickboxing practice affords many more opportunities.
** Jenny's outfits in series 2 and 3 as well as her very short dress in series 4.
** For the ladies, Becker taking his shirt off towards the end of 4.04. And ''how.''
** Same goes for Connor, three episodes earlier. Yum.
** Actually 4.04 featured BOTH Matt AND Becker shirtless. (And the extent of Matt's state of undress is left to the audience to ponder.)
* FantasticRomance
** For a show making use of TimeTravel and with a few {{Official Couple}}s, it's kinda strange that Matt and Emily in S4/5 is the first example. He's from the [[BadFuture far future]], she's from Victorian London, and they meet in the 21st century. It's all a bit "Time Traveller's Wife" isn't it?
** One could argue the UST between Cutter and Jenny in Series 2 was a FantasticRomance. It's certainly not ''normal'' for the main source of angst in a relationship to be that one party can't tell whether the other party looks lovingly at her because he actually loves her or whether it's just because she reminds him of the girl he loved in a timeline that he accidentally destroyed by changing the past.
* FeatheredFiend: The phorusrachids, and to a lesser extent, the Hesperornis and the raptors, which did have some light feathers, which you will notice, if you look closely, enough. Also, the dodo bird (albeit only [[spoiler:when infected with a fast-acting and deadly parasite]]).
* FishOutOfTemporalWater
** Sir William in S3, mistaking modern London for Hell. Easy mistake to make, though. Not that it breaks his spirit much as he promptly shows a few minutes later as he scares the shit out of some allegedly badass bikers in a bar, forcing them to cower under the table.
** Emily, a lady from the Victorian era, in modern London in S4. Her and Ethan also reference groups of time-displaced humans who wander through anomalies and manage to be every variant of FishOutOfTemporalWater at once. However, Emily, since she was from a time closer to our own, and a time that wasn't as superstitious as the Middle Ages, became accustomed to life in the 21st century more easily than De Mornay did.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero -- Cutter, then Danny. Most recently, Matt.
** TheLancer -- Steven, then Abby. Becker might double as this in series 4.
** TheSmartGuy -- Connor.
** TheBigGuy -- Tom (and occasionally Steven), then Becker.
** TheChick -- Claudia, then Jenny. [[MissionControl Jess]] in series 4.
** TheSixthRanger -- [[SixthRangerTraitor Oliver Leek]], then Sarah. Partway through Series 5, [[spoiler:Emily]] becomes this.
** TeamPet -- Rex.
* {{Flanderization}}
** James Lester originally was more serious while making a few sarcastic comments in Series 1. In Series 2 and 3, his sarcasm and comedy was a bit more obvious, but in Series 4 and 5, he is a complete goof.
** In Series 5, Abby's tendancy to keep cool in tough situations disappears.
** Connor was [[TheSmartGuy always very intelligent]], though his intelligence was exaggerated in the fourth and fifth series, to the point where he can even [[spoiler:create machines that can ''open anomalies''.]]
** Helen has also grown more psychotic as the series progresses.
** It could be argued that her psyche is simply degrading, though, and she just does keep getting crazier.
* {{Flynning}}: Danny and a couple of iron bars + Knight with broadsword = {{Flynning}} in large quantities.
* FullBodyDisguise: A hologram that obscures the face with a totally different one, as used by [[spoiler:Eve/Helen]].
* FunWithAcronyms:
-->'''Jenny:''' I have to get back to the ARC.\\
'''Sarah:''' The Ark?\\
'''Connor:''' Not [[Literature/TheBible that one.]]
* GallowsHumor:
-->'''Jenny:''' There was an eyewitness: a young woman in the museum.\\
'''Lester:''' Well, you know, have her shot and dispose of her body discreetly. ''(as he's leaving)'' [[RefugeInAudacity Just kidding.]]
* GeniusBruiser: Nick Cutter
* GenreBlindness:
-->'''Lester:''' This isn't over, Christine.\\
'''Christine:''' When people say that James, it usually is.
* GenreSavvy
** Cutter correctly assumes Leek keeps his cells bugged and uses it to convince an eavesdropping Helen that he still loves her.
** Also:
-->'''Danny:''' We should split up.\\
'''Connor:''' ''Split up?'' I'm not splitting up! Have you not seen the horror movies?
* GettingHotInHere: Abby keeps her flat at high temperatures during Season 1 for Rex's comfort, so she goes around in her underwear (even when she has company...). This is also Helen's excuse for frequently stripping--she travels in time periods with higher temperatures than the present day.
* GiantFlyer: Giant Flying Praying Mantis' from the future in Season 3 and the Pteranodon in Season 1. Also subverted the predatory subtrope by not having the big ''Pteranodon'' as the human killer, [[spoiler:but small, probably-insectivorous ''Anurognathus'']]. In the Canadian series, the species of ''Pteranodon'' featured was deadly during its mating season.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Phillip's Security Lockdown program. It locks down very well... UN-locking, however...
* GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals: Animals from the past are good, though they may be panicked in their new environment and likely to strike out. Animals from the future are evil monsters bent on exterminating humanity.
* GovernmentConspiracy: Tossed around a few times.
** Subverted in Season 2. [[spoiler:Leek wasn't stockpiling creatures on behalf of the British government, he was just creating a small conspiracy ring ''within'' the ARC and the government]].
** Done a little more deliberately in Season 3 with [[spoiler:Christine Johnson's plan to take over the ARC and gain power]].
** Finally played straight in a spin-off book of all things. ''Primeval: Fire and Water'' has [[spoiler:a conspiracy within the government to use anomalies to go back in time and get oil from the past, using an oil refinery in South Africa as a front]].
* GuardingThePortal
* HandBehindHead: Connor and, lately, Abby seem quite fond of this.
* HappyEndingOverride: Lester fought against Christine's plans in Series 3 to insist that the ARC team be replaced with military-trained soldiers. In Series 4, we learn that he put the same rule in place himself after Connor, Abby and Danny got stuck in the past. Needless to say, Connor and Abby were not pleased when they got back.
* HappyPlace: Abby encourages Connor to find his [[spoiler:when they're both stuck in a Cretaceous tree.]] She suggests a beach and Connor runs with the idea: He starts with the beach, adds Abby to the HappyPlace, makes the water warm, and then puts Abby in a bikini. She's mildly amused, while we get pissed cause we know we're never going to see it.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: In the pilot and 3x01.
* HeelFaceTurn
** Helen flirts with this trope throughout Season 3 and [[spoiler:even briefly plays it straight to save some campers from stampeding prehistoric rhinos]], but in the end [[spoiler:it's all a fake as virtually all the other spoiler tags on this page confirm]].
** Played straight with [[spoiler:Caroline]].
* HerbivoresAreFriendly: For the most part. They're just as prone to panicking as any animals, though, which can cause them to become violent at times. The ''Dracorex'' and ''Pachycephalosaurus'' are prime examples.
* HeroAntagonist: [[spoiler:Philip Burton. He does have his villainous moments: [[TheNeedsOfTheMany trying to blow up the ARC team to prevent an infestation of beetle monsters]], [[FailureToSaveMurder leaving Connor trapped in a car while prehistoric monsters are roaming around]]: but they're all done in the name of saving the world from the threat of Anomaly Convergence. When it turns out he was duped by Helen, and that in saving the world he opened a stable Anomaly leading to a BadFuture full of Future Predators and toxic winds, he attempts a HeroicSacrifice, proving that even though he is willing to let people die to save the world, he's at least decent enough to include himself in that.]]
* HeroicBSOD: The time-displaced Sir William has one during the episode with the Dracorex during which he briefly becomes a DeathSeeker. [[spoiler:He is redeemed by ThePowerOfLove though (and a StableTimeLoop)]].
* HeroicSacrifice
** [[spoiler:Stephen]] in the finale of Season 2.
** Season 3 finale: [[spoiler:Connor is prepared to pull one of these to save Abby, but {{Indy Ploy}}s his way out of it]].
** Becker a couple of episodes earlier, but he's NotQuiteDead.
** [[spoiler:Phillip]] tries to perform one at the end of Series 5, but it isn't enough.
** [[spoiler:Matt riding off into an apocalyptic anomaly]]. Fortunately for him, it wasn't actually lethal.
* HeroStoleMyBike: In the first episode of Season 2.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: A particularly jarring example in Caroline who was clearly depicted as amoral and even outright sadistic (including stuffing Rex into a fridge) but then suddenly developed sympathetic qualities.
* HijackedByGanon: Invoked by Carter in season 2 when a "Cleaner" mook is killed while infiltrating the ARC. He states that it has to be Helen, and that it's always Helen.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Oliver Leek,]] the villain of series 2, is [[spoiler:killed by his own army of mind-controlled Future Predators after the mind-control device is broken]].
* HolyBacklight: When Emily goes back through the anomaly in series four.
* HoneyTrap: Caroline for Connor in season two. (She's working for Leek.)
* HonorableElephant: A Columbian mammoth once saves James Lester's life.
* HonorBeforeReason: Nick Cutter
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter
** Stephen. What else can you say about a man who trusts Helen Cutter?
** Nick is a minor example of this, at first. He pretty quickly stops trusting her.
** [[spoiler:Connor in Series 4-5. Stops trusting him [Philip] in episode 4 of series 5.]]
** [[spoiler:And Philip himself is yet another guy who trusted Helen.]]
* HospitalHottie: Abby is a qualified vet.
* HotScientist: Sarah Page; Connor; Cutter...
* HowDoYouLikeThemApples: Helen often eats an apple with the help of her oversized knife.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: [[spoiler:Which is why Helen wants to kill us all.]]
* ICallItVera: [[spoiler:Danny's stick is called "Molly"]]. Not sure if he's still sane; he's been gone almost two years...
* IdenticalStranger: Jenny Lewis and Claudia Brown. Justified by InSpiteOfANail.
* IdiotBall: The defining plot point for almost any given episode.
** Stephen is saddled with a particularly {{egregious}} one in Season 2. (See HorribleJudgeOfCharacter.)
** Connor in Series 5. [[spoiler:He's working on ''creating'' Anomalies... despite knowing that they are in some way tied to both the Artifact and Future Arc he himself witnessed in Series 3. Well done Connor, you probably just took everyone one step further to whatever accident caused them to appear through history ''in the first place!'']]
** Special mention should go to the idiot in the fungus infection episode who, stumbling back through an anomaly after being infected, choking and unable to speak, [[GeorgeJetsonJobSecurity calls his boss]] instead of the local emergency number.
* ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: Passed over from [[spoiler:Nick to Connor]].
* ImprobableAge: Jess is just 19 and holds an vital post in the super secret ARC. It's said that she's a superb team co-ordinator but while she certainly seems capable enough she hasn't displayed the sort of [[TeenGenius brillance]] that would justify someone so young holding a position like hers. In fairness she does seem excellent at keeping an eye on the ARC operatives and making important connections. 5x05 shows us that she's [[spoiler:really, ''really'' good at what she does. She sets up multiple tactical teams in minutes and coordinates all of them, only losing her cool briefly. She's quickly talked out of her panic by [[JerkassFacade James]] [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther Lester]], and goes right back to work.]]
* ImprovisedWeapon
** Connor does this a lot.
** He's not the only one. Golf club, anyone?
-->'''Claudia''': [[BondOneLiner Hole in one!]]
** Once again, Lester and the mammoth count. Sort of.
** I think a 15-ton charging mammoth with 10-foot tusks is just as, if not more, an effective weapon than any firearm, especially considering that Future Predators seem fast enough to dodge bullets.
* IndyHatRoll: Connor does one (sans going back for anything) in S2, episode 1.
* IndyPloy: Several, but Danny Quinn [[spoiler:hijacking a helicopter to lead the Giganotosaurus back into the anomaly]] is the most well-known example. Hell, virtually any and all episodes with Danny Quinn in them. He carries this trope in his pocket.
* InfantImmortality: Children and cute animals don't die. Even if they wander into the Silurian or are directly in the path of a Columbian mammoth. [[spoiler:Subverted in Season 4. Therocephalians are loose in a school, and one of them [[TearJerker kills a child]] before Matt and Becker can save her.]]
* InnocuouslyImportantEpisode
** Season 3 episode 7 re-introduces the concept of a [[spoiler:StableTimeLoop with Sir William's grave, and the finale takes it to its logical conclusion with the fossil records in the rift valley]].
** Episode 2 of series 5 directly references what happened to Emily when she returned to the 1860s, but also indirectly references the murder spree of "Spring Heel Jack" at the same time. Both these things are hugely important in episode 3.
* InspectorJavert: Danny is introduced as one of these. He gets better.
* InSpiteOfANail: Leaving baby Future Predators in the past specifically switches Claudia Brown with Jenny Lewis, introduces Oliver, and gives the team a new home base? Okay. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] repeatedly. Early on, Stephen points out how odd it is that so little changed, as do several other characters (including Cutter) later on. Toward the end of Season 2, it's suggested that the sheer implausibility of it all is significant to the understanding of the anomalies.\\\
There were also other things that changed, or may have, that were never mentioned. Abby has a different apartment, no longer walks around in her underwear, and seemed to have no romantic feelings for Stephen. Connor seems a bit more shy: compared to him asking Abby for a kiss is Series 1: and his friends are never mentioned, which could imply he never had them [[spoiler:One of them (ie, the surviving one) pops up in 4.2]]. His taste in clothing also changes as instead of button downs and sweaters/sweater vests, he wears mostly tee shirts, hoodies, and button vests. Also, instead of being a dinosaur expert, he instead becomes a computer genius. Lester's suits are a lot less tacky, and he's no longer a knight (check the credits) or an asshole. There are other things as well (the gorgonopsid never died, the scutosarus never returned to its time, etc.).
* IrrelevantSideQuest: In the Season 3 finale, [[spoiler:the second anomaly at Christine's former HQ is a RedHerring to justify the team splitting up and Becker and Sarah staying behind.]]
* ItsQuietTooQuiet
** Where are all the predators?
** In episode 1.5, Abby notes that they can't hear any birdsong... out in the country... on a clear day.
* {{Jerkass}}: Leek, Christine, and Helen. Jack Maitland, a little, albietly unintentionally in 3.8 as he's not sad about Becker's apparent Death.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Both Cutter and Lester are examples of this trope. They aren't expressly unlikable people, just a bit acerbic. Cutter seems a mild example of a JerkassWoobie later on in the series.
* JumpedAtTheCall
** After learning about the existence of the anomalies, Danny went out of his way to pester the ARC crew until they let him join.
** Connor did this, too, in Season 1.
* KarmicDeath: Several.
** [[spoiler:Mick Harper and his boss, Oliver Leek, Christine, and finally Helen herself]].
** [[spoiler:Philip Burton]] pulls a vaguely-[[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice in the final episode of series 5, and is killed by the anomaly he created.]]
** [[spoiler:Henry Merchant]]. Should have paid more attention to the raptor instead of threatening Matt and Emily.
* KickTheDog
** Caroline's treatment of [[spoiler:Rex]]
** A presumably unintentional one, but in Episode 2 of Season 4, a woman finds a small reptile-like creature in her house at night. Being TooDumbToLive, she tries to pick up the wild animal with visibly sharp teeth, and [[CaptainObvious it bites at her]]. She responds to this how? Trap it under a box? Call the RSPCA? Of course not. She grabs the little thing and flushes it down the toilet. ''Bitch.'' Hasn't she ever heard those sewer gator legends? They all start with baby alligators being flushed down the toilet.
* KillAllHumans: [[spoiler:What Helen is really up to.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:So far, Cutter, Stephen, Helen, Ryan, Sarah, and a whole host of minor characters.]]
* KillerBunny
** In a way, the hyaenodon pups. They are absolutely adorable, but wherever they are, their ferocious parents can't be far behind. However, the worst the pups themselves do is playfully tug at Connor's ankles.
** Also, the juvenile raptors from the final episode of season 3. In the words of Danny Quinn: "They don't look too bad". Really, Danny? Really? In case you didn't notice, they were eating one of their own pack mates!
* KillItWithFire: Subverted, as the fungus monster [[FeedItWithFire reproduces faster when exposed to high temperatures.]] "DO NOT USE THE FLAMETHROWERS!"
* KillItWithIce: Works on the fungus monster. ''[[HoistByHisOwnPetard Almost]]'' [[HoistByHisOwnPetard works on Connor]]. [[OnlyMostlyDead Sorta works on Jenny]]. Oddly no-one thought of fungicides or even bleach.
* KnifeNut: Emily; Helen
* KnightTemplar: A literal one in Sir William's case. A straighter example of this trope in the case of [[spoiler:Helen Cutter]], who eventually ends up as a NietzscheWannabe.
* LampreyMouth: The giant pre-Cambrian worms.
* TheLancer: Stephen. Abby occasionally slips into this trope, too.
* LandMineGoesClick: Used to blow up a [[FeatheredFiend phorusrachid]], as well as [[spoiler:Captain Ross]].
* LastNameBasis: Nick Cutter, James Lester, Oliver Leek, and both Captains. Each of these have exceptions. Understandable in the case of Becker, given that [[spoiler:his first name is Hilary]].
* LastSecondWordSwap: "Smells like... something rotten."
* LingerieScene:
** In the first series, Abby has to keep her flat very warm for the prehistoric lizard she is keeping as a pet, so at home she usually wears a T-shirt, knickers and nothing else.
** When staying at Abby's flat, Connor also tried stripping down to his undershirt and boxers. This was played more for comedy than for FanService.
* LizardFolk: Episode 4.3 features Treecreepers, apelike theropod dinosaurs. They are implied to be at least semi-sentient, as they travel in family groups and communicate in primate-like hooting and chittering.
* LoopholeAbuse: How Lester keeps Connor and Abby in ARC employment after they return in season 4. [[GrandfatherClause Since they were employed before the military background rule was implemented]], and technically never quit, it doesn't affect them.
* LostHimInACardGame: Not a person, but TeamPet Rex, lost by Abby's brother in a poker game.
* LoveableRogue: Danny Quinn
* MacGuffin: The Artifact.
* MacGyvering: [[spoiler:Fixing Helen's OmniscientDatabase with torch batteries, amongst other things.]]
* MamaBear
** Mama Embolotherium in this case.
** Abby's relationship with Rex sorta counts, too.
* ManipulativeBastard: Oliver Leek
* {{Masquerade}}: The team uphold it the best they can, but you can't help but wonder when it's going to come apart at the seams. Mammoth -- hu, escaped large circus elephant on the M25, anyone?
* MeanwhileInTheFuture: Mostly averted.
** A notable exception is in season 4 episode 3, where a creature is shown stalking Matt in the Cretaceous after he goes into an anomaly, while repeatedly cutting to the present where it shows Connor and Abby arguing with Becker over whether they should open it to let him out.
* MegaNeko: The Smilodon.
** More an example of {{Panthera Awesome}}, since Smilodon is of the standard big cat variety.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: An {{egregious}} user of this trope, especially early on. All deaths in the first series (whether special forces or civilian bystanders) are male and it takes until the third episode of the second series for a female one-shot character to die. [[spoiler:And even though she's a ''[[WellIntentionedExtremist villain]]'' responsible for several deaths her own death is apparently so much more tragic than the two men that die in the same episode that Cutter goes into HeroicBSOD.]] A few episodes later a giant scorpion attacks a beach. Despite the ''dozens'' of women around the only visible victims it eats are men. The show's been getting better about this: one episode of series 4 has the heroes fail to save a girl while managing to save two boys, although the heroes are upset about their failure, they don't dwell on it ''too'' much.
* MetamorphosisMonster: In season 3, the team encounters a nastily infectious fungus that converts its hosts into hideous mutants which of course are infectious as well.
* MidSeasonTwist: The seventh episode of series 4 (which like ''Series/DoctorWho'' is the finale thanks to BritishBrevity -- 4 and 5 are treated like one large series) reveals that Matt Anderson is [[spoiler:from a future Earth that is a sterile wasteland (except for a few lifeforms)]], and that he and his father came to the present to [[spoiler:prevent the disaster that destroyed the Earth.]] Connor also finds out that the anomalies are [[spoiler:growing more frequent]].
* MissionControl: In the revival the ARC employs Jess as the VoiceWithAnInternetConnection variety.
* MrFanservice: ''Becker.'' Stephen and Connor normally get this treatment too.
* TheMole: Connor's girlfriend in Season 2.
* MonochromeCasting - Until Sarah, and then again [[DroppedABridgeOnHim after her]]. This was Creator/RussellTDavies' single criticism of the series, who otherwise called it excellent.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Just what will come through the [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Anomaly]] this week? Gorgonopsid? Mammoth? Velociraptor? Future predator? KnightInShiningArmor? The show also has a StoryArc that ran parallel, with the heroes battling human villains while still handling the Monsters Of The Week, who filed both sides under "dinner".
* MoodWhiplash:
** Episode 1.4 contains this: the tension is broken when the dodos come through. [[spoiler:Then Tom gets infected, and the show goes darker than it's ever gone before when he dies.]]
** Episode 3.3: the first half of the episode is very light-hearted with non-violent cute creatures running around a hospital whilst Cutter and Abby successfully help a woman give birth. The mood changes when they return to the arc to find that Helen has taken it over. [[spoiler: Helen then proceeds to blows the arc up and kill Cutter.]]
* MoralityPet: Jess acts like this for No-Nonsense Becker, as notable in the episode he's almost crying when she nearly dies from her allergy to bug bites.
* MoreExpendableThanYou: The reason behind Stephen's HeroicSacrifice.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Becker is a strong advocate of this approach.
* MustMakeAmends: [[spoiler:Connor]] does this in episode 5 of series 5, though he shows the intention a little before hand.
-->'''Connor:''' I helped build this. I need to make it right.
* MyCarHatesMe: Jenny tries to start up her car. There is a Giganotosaurus trying to eat her. Predictably, the car fails to start.
* MyFavoriteShirt: Connor, Danny and Abby lose Becker's favourite gun.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: [[spoiler:Matt]] is warned to [[spoiler:"go back"]] by what is apparently a battered future version of himself at the end of Season 5.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Phillip when he realises Matt's predictions were right and his anomaly is going to destroy the world.]]
* NeverSayGoodbye: Between [[spoiler:Danny and Sarah when they split up to tackle two separate anomalies]].
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: The show features a Pristichampsus in episode 3.1, and later includes a Kaprosuchus in episode 4.2. Both are large, prehistoric terrestrial crocs. If you thought crocs were bad in the water, just wait till you have to deal with them on land.
* NiceHat: Connor's brown trilby.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero
** season 5 episode 3, they accidentally send a raptor back to the Victorian era. [[spoiler:Matt has to go in after it, which results in his being reunited with Emily.]]
** Also, Connor throughout season 4 and up to episode 4 of season 5, by helping Philip [[spoiler:who was tricked by [[BigBad Helen Cutter]] and almost destroyed the world.]]
* NightSwimEqualsDeath: A couple is swimming in a public pool at night, when a [[SeaMonster mosasaur]] joins them...
* NoPeripheralVision
** Seriously. It's like Predators have the ability to turn off their target's peripherals or something. Amusingly Lampshaded by Helen, who states that the Predator has "an almost ''supernatural'' ability to stalk its prey."
** A human version pops up late in series 5: [[spoiler:a {{Mook}} manages to catch Matt completely off-guard by ''running straight at him from the side.'' Emily's attacker grabs her from behind, saving her from being a victim of this trope.]]
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: A few minor characters in seasons 4 and 5 don't bother attempting accents and we have a strange situation in one episode where a son has an English accent but his mother is Irish. Could be justified for episodes in the city since Britain does have a lot of Irish immigrants.
* NotImportantToThisEpisodeCamp: The Season 3 finale sent Lester to this.
* NotSoAbandonedBuilding: Most prominently in Season 3, with the vacant house taken pretty much straight out of AmericanHorrorStory. It is, of course, inhabited by a creature, that may or may not have gone mad during its long stay in our time period.
* NotSoDifferent: Connor says he's taking risks because he's like Cutter, who wanted to change the future.
-->'''Abby:''' No he didn't. He really didn't, Connor. That was what ''Helen wanted''
* NotUsingTheZWord: Future Predators could totally be called Chupacabras. The dodo worms? "Mongolian" death worms.
* NowOrNeverKiss: Between [[spoiler:Matt and Emily]] in series 5, right before [[spoiler:Matt runs off to drive an anomaly into another one in order to blow them up.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Leek puts on a convincing show of incompetence during his employ at the ARC which disguises his [[BitchInSheepsClothing true intentions]].
* ObliviousJanitorCut: In the pilot.
* OddCouple: Implied, when Connor briefly moves in with Lester. We don't get to see much of the shenanigans, but we see plenty of exasperated Lester, which is just as good.
* OhCrap: The expression on [[spoiler:Helen]]'s face just before [[spoiler:her KarmicDeath by Raptor]]. Beautiful, just beautiful.
* OminousLatinChanting: The music (name unknown) that accompanies the Alpha Mer-creature.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. Season 1 has two characters named Tom. They both die.
* OnlySaneEmployee: Becker is flat-out told that this will be his job description by Lester. This is fair description of Lester's role, too.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The "Camouflage Beast" of Season 3 is an intelligent primate-like creature with highly advanced camouflage that lets it all but disappear at will. They also speak in [[BlackSpeech creepy whispering noises]]. They are implied to be the basis for legends of ghosts, spirits, poltergeists and demons.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The ''Dracorex'' in Season 3 is a kind of [[DinosaursAreDragons dinosaur]] that gave inspiration to the actual dragons of medieval myth after they made a habit of traveling to the Middle Ages through an anomaly.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: The "Mer" creatures are seal-like marine apes. Cutter jokingly suggests that they may have evolved from humans.
* OutrunTheFireball: Helen, after she blows up the hotel in Episode 5. Nick does something similar in Season 3.
* PacManFever: Averted. Connor plays ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' on the Xbox 360 at one point with actual gameplay and sound effects.
* {{Paparazzi}}
** Journalist Mick Harper in Series 3. [[spoiler:Fortunately, he only bothers the team for a few episodes, before he and his boss suffer a KarmicDeath while GoingForTheBigScoop.]]
** The masquerade finally is bust right open in season 5 episode 5, when [[spoiler:a ''T. rex'' attacks London city centre]].
* PapaWolf
** Subverted with the raptor in the Season 2 premiere: It eats the baby raptor after the little critter gets used as bait to try and draw it out.
** Played straight with the Future Predators.
* PermaStubble: Cutter
* PhlebotinumRebel: Valerie mistakenly thinks the Smilodon is this.
* PietaPlagiarism: [[spoiler:Connor, when Nick Cutter dies.]] [[TheWoobie His expression]] [[TearJerker makes it so much worse]].
* ThePlan: Most characters are pretty good at this.
* PlausibleDeniability: Jenny Lewis' job is to maintain this for Lester. Which she does mainly through BlatantLies. People seem to buy it, though. Possibly because the reporters that didn't ended up getting eaten by a Giganotosaurus.
* PluckyComicRelief: Connor
* PluckyGirl: Taylor in 2x05.
* PortalCut: Happened once, to a dinosaur.
* PortalToThePast: Time on either side of an anomaly is synced until the anomaly evaporates (when you are dealing with multiple interlinked anomaly trips [[TimeyWimeyBall try not to think about it]]).
* PostKissCatatonia: [[spoiler:Connor in Season 3, episode 8 after Abby kisses him. Finally.]]
* PraetorianGuard: In the Season 2 finale, Oliver Leek refers to the small army of Future Predators he's gathered as his "very own Praetorian Guard". Of course, as soon as they're free of his control, they promptly eat him.
* PrecisionFStrike: "You know what I'd forgotten, Helen? Sometimes you can be a real bitch." Not exactly the grade of swear that's often used, but the profanity in this series generally doesn't rise above "Damn it!", so it probably qualifies.
* PrehistoricMonster: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. While most of the creatures have some dangerous aspect to them, they tend to be presented more as lost and frightened animals than as rampaging monsters. An exception can possibly be made for some of the large predators, but even they are not quite portrayed in a villainous manner.
* PteroSoarer: The ''Pteranodon'' from Season 1 is actually quite accurate, if a little large. In Seasons 2 and 3, they are shown to be aggressive toward humans only if [[MamaBear their eggs are in danger.]] The little ''[[ZergRush Anuragnathus]]'' aren't as friendly. In the Canadian spinoff, a far more aggressive species of ''Pteranodon'' appears, though [[spoiler:it was only killing humans to collect things to decorate its nest with.]]
** Furthermore, the pterosaurs shown are all bipedal and lack pycnofibres (though the anurognathids are at least quadrupedal enough to duck under a door in episode 5.5 of the original series, and the Pteranodon from the spinoff does have a few pycnofibres if you look closely).
* PutOnABus: Jenny puts herself on one, Connor's two geeky friends are either PutOnABus or [[DroppedABridgeOnHim have a bridge full of prehistoric parasites dropped on them]]. Either way, they are gone. [[spoiler:Until the second episode of the 4th season which features Duncan...as a homeless wreck tracking creature sightings. Yay?]]
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits
* RaptorAttack: Season 2 has the first one; a few minor examples occur in other seasons. The raptors are never named on-screen, but are variously called ''Velociraptor'', ''Dromaeosaurus'', and ''Deinonychus''. Seasons 4 and 5 feature a [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology featherless monkey-like tree-climbing "raptor" with a stick-thin tail still capable of lifting a human off the ground and lynching them effortlessly.]] In the Canadian spin-off, the raptors are confirmed to be ''Utahraptor'' and are marginally more accurate than the original ones.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath
** [[spoiler:Stephen]] at the end of Season 2.
** [[spoiler:Philip]] as well at the end of Season 5, though, unlike [[spoiler:Stephen]]'s, his was all in vain.
* {{RedShirt}}: The ARC goes through a few of these.
* RedshirtArmy: Christine's security forces
* RedshirtReporter: Not being smart enough to come in out of a storm is one thing, but not being smart enough to run away from a rampaging Giganotosaurus? [[IdiotBall Come on!]]
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Averted with Rex, who is easily one of the cuddliest reptiles you'll ever find in Fictionland. However, the crocodilians and carnivorous dinosaurs fit this trope nicely.
* RetGone: Claudia's fate and [[spoiler:Helen's plan for humanity]].
* ReTool: At the end of Season 1 the creators took the opportunity to [[RetGone tweak the casting]] slightly, give the team a wider scope, and gift them with a new base. More slight tweakage occurs in Season 3 where they quietly drop the Claudia/Jenny arc in the wake of [[spoiler:Cutter]]'s death.
* {{Revenge}}: Danny's brother was killed by a gremlin. Danny kills the gremlin. [[spoiler:Except Danny's brother wasn't killed...]]
* ReversePolarity: How Connor's device works to freeze the anomalies.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter
** The Diictodon. They're basically the [[Series/DoctorWho Adipose]] of Primeval.
** Rex, too.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Cutter recalling Claudia.
* RoadsideWave: Done to [[ButtMonkey Connor]] in Season 2, courtesy of a roller coaster.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: In episode 4x02, Connor's friend Duncan has been keeping track of creature sightings on a Wall of Crazy in his flat.
* RuleOfCool: While the show's website (at least the older version of it) and interviews makes it clear that the filmmakers do their homework, they occasionally enlarge the creatures for dramatic purposes (''Pristichampsus'', for instance, was about ten feet long in real life, but the creators acknowledge that they enlarged it for the show). They had raptors chasing characters who were riding motorbikes through a mall. RuleOfCool indeed.
* SacrificialLamb
** Tom Ryan was originally supposed to die at the end of the first episode, in a classic example of this trope. However, the creators liked the actor's job so much that they kept him around until the SeasonFinale. Douglas Henshall (who plays Cutter) says that he was pushing for the character to be [[TheyKilledKenny killed in every single episode, and then back again with no explanation]].
** If anything, Connor's friend Tom ([[NamesTheSame yes, they coincidentally have the same name]]) is one, especially since the last episode he was in was spent around the team trying to save him, but ultimately failing.
* SeasonFinale
* SeeTheWhitesOfTheirEyes: "Don't fire 'till you see the whites of his teeth."
* SelectiveMagnetism: The Anomalies tendency to emit magnetic fields as and when the plot requires it.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: [[spoiler:Matt and his father Gideon came from the future to prevent destruction of mankind by stopping the one who is responsible for it.]]
* ShellShockedSenior: Season 2 Cutter has definite elements of this. Comes of being the only one with RippleEffectProofMemory. It's fully there in season 3, after [[spoiler:Stephen's death]].
* ShoutOut
** The future predators are quite similar to the nightstalker of ''Literature/AfterManAZoologyOfTheFuture'', which are also blind, flightless futuristic bats. Incidentally, the author of the book, DougalDixon, was pretty much of an influence on speculative creature concepts (as Creator/PeterJackson can tell), so its likely that the authors of ''Primeval'' got the idea from the book.
** The Anomaly Research Center (ARC) is shaped like a large [[TheArk ship.]]
** Episode 5.6, James Lester gets a call from the Minister, who reports that a train left from King's Cross Station and disappeared into thin air.
-->'''Lester:''' Sorry, does that sound [[Literature/HarryPotter familiar]] to anyone...? ''({{beat}})'' ...Anomalies! Chop chop!"
* ShutUpHannibal: From the episode 3 of season 1:
-->'''Helen:''' I offer you the Key to Time. ''The Key to Time, Nick.'' And you turn your back on it. Call yourself a scientist!\\
'''Cutter:''' I call myself a human being.
* ShutUpKiss
** [[spoiler:Connor and Abby]] leading to the aforementiond PostKissCatatonia in a textbook perfect example of these tropes.
** 5.06 gives us one involving the "finger to the lips" gesture between [[spoiler:Matt and Emily]]. It crosses a bit with [[spoiler:NowOrNeverKiss]].
* SinisterSubway: Season 1, Episode 2. It was full of big bugs.
* SkywardScream: Lester waits until he's in his office before letting out one, when he realises that the person the government want to give a Knighthood to is ''Philip Burton'' and not himself.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: In spite of the AnyoneCanDie status, high KarmicDeath count and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim Bridge Dropping]], ''Primeval'' manages to stay pretty well on the Idealistic side of the scale.
* SmugSnake: Leek. He would be a MagnificentBastard if he didn't sneer quite so much. We're almost sorry when he meets his death at the [[spoiler:[[HoistByHisOwnPetard the teeth of his own predators]]]].
* SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb
* [[SpidersAreScary Protosolifugids Are Scary]]: Especially when they're a meter across and falling on you.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Connor and Abby. Their relationship is the only subplot with no direct relation to dinosaurs or anomalies that lasts more than a couple of episodes. By Season Four, they're arguably the main characters, even if they're not in charge yet. The first two episodes of Season Four are largely devoted to [[spoiler:their return from the Cretaceous and reintegration with the new team]].
* StableTimeLoop
** Originally, the predators and Megopterans may have been a result of this. A few hundred years in the future, humanity is [[KillEmAll eaten into extinction]] by these creatures. Where did they come from? The future, through anomalies [[spoiler:opened by the ARC]]. They then hung around until the anomalies appeared to let them into the past to eat humanity in the first place. Something similar happens in the alternate timeline of Seasons 4-5, also with the predators and other future creatures. It's confirmed that all life on Earth died out with the exception of three or so carnivorous species, which would eventually starve to death from lack of food, and that's only a few decades in the future--they couldn't have evolved in that time.
** The campsite seen in the first episode [[spoiler:was left there by the cast in the first season finale. The camera taken by Nick was later used in the finale to take the exact pictures that were downloaded from it in Episode 1.1, then left there alongside Tom Ryan's skeleton for Nick to find.]]
** Sir William knows to go back and marry Elizabeth because the writing on his own grave tells him to.
** And also because of Helen, [[spoiler:the totality of human history.]]
** Connor also [[spoiler:figured out how to create Anomalies, thus potentially [[TimeyWimeyBall being the cause of the very reason he joined the ARC in the first place...]] ]]
** Episode 5.6: The [[spoiler:BadFuture that Matt came from]] is caused by the anomaly that [[spoiler:Phillip opened]] expanding and swallowing up the entire planet. Said anomaly opens to... [[spoiler:Matt's BadFuture]].
* TheStarscream: In Season 2, Helen spends her time playing the Starscream to Leek.
* StealthInsult: Subverted, as Claudia spots it.
-->'''Helen:''' You know, I can see why Nick likes you... you're his type, Claudia. Strong, independent, reasonably intelligent...\\
'''Claudia:''' Shall we stick to the point?
* StockDinosaurs: This show actually manages to play this trope totally straight while averting it at the same time; While almost all of the prehistoric creatures to appear are more obscure than those seen in most media, the first actual ''dinosaurs'' to appear are the ever-popular raptors. (Unless one counts the birds from Season 1, ''Hesperornis''.)
** Averted in Season 3 with Giganotosaurus, used instead of ''T. rex'' because it's [[BiggerIsBetter bigger]], faster and meaner. Later in the season, a Dracorex shows up.
** [[{{Lampshading}} Connor runs down a list]] of popular dinosaurs they might bump into in S3's finale including ''T. rex'', Raptors, Spinosaurus and Giganotosaurus. [[spoiler:Turns out to be raptors again]]
*** Spinosaurus does show up in the premiere of Series 4.
** There are quite a few Stock Not-Dinosaurs used, however. Cases in point: Pteranodon, Smilodon, Mammoth (although not a Woolly Mammoth), and Mosasaurus.
** Series 5 features a ''T. rex''.
* StockNessMonster
** The Mosasaur.
** Liopleurodon appears in one of the novels and in episode 5.2.
* StockScream: Used liberally. Every episode of the first two seasons has a "Wilhelm".
* TheStoic
** Cutter after Season 2.
** [[spoiler:His clone is an even bigger one]].
* StringTheory: In Season 3, Nick creates the Matrix, a three-dimensional map that attempts to chart the anomalies across time and space. Later, [[spoiler:the team discovers an artifact from the future: referred to, in fact, as the Artefact: which, among other functions, projects a holographic map of all the anomalies encountered by the future ARC.]]
* SummonBiggerFish: [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Summon Columbian Mammoth.]]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Despite ''Primeval'' being an AnyoneCanDie this is pretty much averted with the exception of Becker replacing Tom Ryan (this could be a JustifiedTrope as the role is (para)military minder so you wouldn't expect much variation).
* SuspiciouslyStealthyPredator: It sometimes gets hard to believe that displaced creatures aren't showing up on youtube or the evening news every day.
* TeamPet: Rex
* TeenGenius: Jess is just 19 but is the head ARC team coordinator.
* TelevisionGeography
* TemporaryBlindness: Claudia
* TemptingFate
** Done repeatedly, although the stand out moment is [[spoiler:Becker hoping that getting to Christine's anomaly is as easy as getting in the unguarded gate. It isn't.]]
** Poor Connor seems the victim of this more often than anyone else. The monsters seem to wait on cue for him to say something reassuring.
[[subscript:Connor:I think we're all right.*giant worm swallows his head*]]
* TenMinuteRetirement: Lester is forced into one of these during Season 3. His return was both a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moment Of Sarcasm]] and a CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming.
* TerseTalker: [[spoiler:The clone of Cutter,]] most likely due to Helen only bothering to teach him the bare minimum to communicate.
* TheyDo: Connor and Abby, and Matt and Emily. {{UST}} is now being provided by Becker and Jess.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Geeky Tom and Duncan.
* TimeyWimeyBall: Ran into this early on with the Jenny/Claudia thing, but this got lost in the AbortedArc, so presently the show is remarkably consistent in it's portrayal of TimeTravel. YouAlreadyChangedThePast, it's just the characters aren't quite aware of this yet. When time travel is explained by such lines as "The creatures are proof that the past exists as a fourth dimension..." you know that nobody knows what's going on.
* TooDumbToLive: Any and all deaths at the beginning of the episode to introduce the MonsterOfTheWeek. These are intentionally moronic to make it [[BlackComedy funny]].
** The best one? The business agent from 3.5 ''entering the anomaly'' and, instead of hurrying back into the present, ''putting his face directly over the fungus''.
** The guy in the same episode who got the fungus virus. After he sneaks into the ARC's lab and finds the fungus growing inside a sealed container, he sticks his hand inside and touches it. [[IdiotBall Because he clearly couldn't just find a pair of gloves lying around.]]
** The [[AssholeVictim reporters]] from season 3 insisted on filming the Giganotosaurs that was trying to eat them, standing directly in its path and practically begging for it to eat them. Predictably, it does.
** [[spoiler:Valerie]], although she wasn't exactly in a good frame of mind.
** The real estate agent from 3x02. Connor and Abby find him hiding in a bathroom screaming and tell him to be quiet so he won't alert the gremlin in the house. After he nods and shuts up, what does he do? Run down the stairs screaming like a moron. The gremlin quickly pounces on him and claws at his back.
** The fat guy at the barbecue in 5x01. If you see a gigantic insect coming out of the ground and slowly moving towards you, get off your ass and run away. ''[[GenreBlindness Do not offer it your half-eaten hot dog]]''.
** The girl running from [[spoiler:the ''T. rex'']] in series 5 [[spoiler:''should'' count, since she basically makes all of the wrong decisions when it comes to surviving, but Matt manages to save her.]]
** One of the most hilarious examples occurs in series 5 episode 4. An ARC employee flings a beetle back through Connor's New Dawn prototype which it emerged from. Almost immediately, thousands more start literally pouring from the anomaly. What do you think the guy does? He frickin' ''stands there and watches'' as they move toward him in the millions. He does panic once they start to crawl on him and eat him alive, but anyone in real life who wasn't commiting suicide would have reacted sooner!
* TrappedInContainment: Season 3, episode 5. With TheVirus.
* {{Tsundere}}: Jenny Lewis (Type B) is clearly cut from this mould (making her relationship with [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Cutter]] the ever-popular duo with BelligerentSexualTension, albeit cut short by the events in season 3). Abby occasionally acts like this towards Connor.
* TyrannosaurusRex: [[spoiler:Season 5, episode 5.]]
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Subverted; whatever Sarah's plan was to get Danny, Connor and Abby back, it doesn't work and gets her killed offscreen. (Prequel webisodes show that she and Becker went into the future anomaly, where Sarah gets trapped in a car and mauled to death by a Future Predator.)
* VillainousRescue: Helen does this to Claudia once.
* TheVirus: The fungus in S3.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The future Predators hunt by echolocation, which opens up some avenues for a canny [=ARCer=] to get the better of them.
** [[spoiler:Lester]] turns an iPod dock up very loud, which briefly causes the Predator extreme discomfort, allowing him to escape.
** [[spoiler:Cutter]] comes up with an even cleverer solution: when cornered by the Predator in a greenhouse, he [[spoiler:shoots out the glass, causing the poor Predator to go nearly catatonic with confusion.]]
** [[spoiler:In the Season 5 finale, Abby plays a sound on a laptop at a certain frequency, which causes a Predator to literally freeze where it is, until Becker blasts its brains out]].
* WellIntentionedExtremist
** Helen in Season 3. Her motivation is to [[spoiler:stop us from wiping ourselves out with Future Predators, by doing a RetGone to the entire human race, apparently. Shame that when we say "WellIntentionedExtremist", we [[MoralEventHorizon really,]] ''[[MoralEventHorizon really]]'' mean the "extremist" bit.]]
** Philip Burton. He genuinely wants to help the world solve the energy crisis, [[spoiler:however he's going to do with a machine that will draw power from Anomalies. Possible side-effects may include accidental creature incursions, temporal paradoxes and TheEndOfTheWorldASWeKnowIt.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** So, Rex is still hanging around the ARC, but we've not seen a peep out of Diictodons Sid and Nancy. It has been confirmed by the producers that Sid and Nancy are currently "keeping their heads low" in the menagerie along with the Dracorex and the Mammoth.
** The room full of all the various monsters in [[spoiler:Leek]]'s secret base. Certainly, most of them will kill each other, but there may well have been a last monster standing which now has a plentiful food supply and, if it is a Future Predator, problem-solving intelligence.
** Various examples of people getting attacked with no resolution. One example was 3.5 where one of the soldiers was infected by the Future Fungus. Although the team knew how to stop it at that point, they were a long way from any treatment and the Fungus moves very quickly. The last we ever hear of him, a containment unit is being called for him.
** Also Captain Wilder, last seen glaring ineffectually as Helen kidnaps the woman he's supposed to be protecting. There's a throwaway line later that all Christine's people have been stood down, but nothing specific about Wilder, who was conspiring with Christine against a lawful Government department.
* WhamEpisode:
** The end of Season 1, where [[spoiler: Nick gets back from the past and finds Claudia has been [[RetGone Retgoned]]]].
** The finale of Season 2, with [[spoiler: Stephen's redemption, HeroicSacrifice, and Cutter's salvation]].
** A rare mid-season example - 3.3, where [[spoiler: Nick is murdered]].
*** Then there's 3.10, with [[spoiler: Helen's plan to wipe out the human race, her death, and Connor, Abby & Danny being trapped in the past.]]
** The finale of Season 4, when [[spoiler: Ethan's identity is revealed, Danny arrives back through the anomaly to the past,]] and [[spoiler: Matt reveals his identity to Emily]].
** The penultimate episode for Series 5. [[spoiler:Anomalies open all over the world. Connor's attempts at stopping Philip fail, and he gets sucked into the future]].
*** And then, of course, the finale of the entire series. [[spoiler: Specifically, the end]].
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Quite a few of the extras from season 4 onwards where the show was filmed in Ireland so you get some pretty woeful attempts at English accents. April from season 5 is probably the most glaring example.
* WhereItAllBegan: The Season 1 finale.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes
** Sarah ''really'' doesn't like insects.
** Abby isn't too fond of spiders either.
** Connor has expressed fear of rats, museums, and a ZombieApocalypse at different points. He apparently had a phobia of bathrooms for a while, too, but was forced to get over that.
** Jess hates insects, but she has reason: she's allergic and [[spoiler:almost dies in one episode.]]
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Helen is pretty much in the perfect position to shoot Christine in the head point blank, but finds it much more befitting to send her to be killed in the dystopia she caused. [[spoiler: Inverted in that this actually works.]]
* WildCard: Helen Cutter
* WireDilemma
** Connor says to cut the red one. Cut to a cluster of a dozen red wires. (The IncrediblyObviousBomb is actually disarmed when Cutter rips out the car battery, depriving the bomb of its power source.)
** Repeated in 4x06, with Jess trying to defuse Ethan's bomb.
* TheWorfEffect
** The Future Predators have fallen into this; they often get used simply to make something else scary or awesome.
*** Ironically, they were initially established as formidable using this same trope, when the first to appear in the series took a full-grown ''lion'' as its first present-day meal.
** If it is a human threat, then professional soldier Becker will be the one to get beaten up and/or shot to show how dangerous things are.
* {{Wormsign}}: The Silurian scorpions.
* XanatosSpeedChess: A particular gift of Helen Cutter and Oliver Leek.
* YouCanKeepHer: Lester tells [[HostageSituation Helen she can shoot Christine]], but since he is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold he was only joking and does tell his men to [[PutDownYourGunAndStepAway lower their weapons]]. It [[spoiler:doesn't save Christine from getting chomped to death by a future predator, though]].
* YouCantFightFate: [[spoiler:As Helen finds out the penalty for trying to is death by raptor.]] However, in Season 1, the characters were able to successfully (albeit unintentionally) alter the past and come home to a different present day. Also, the future has been altered a few times, most prominently by means of New Dawn.
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: Helen's [[spoiler:grand plan to destroy humanity only contributes to its history]]
* YouNeedToGetLaid
** Danny's response to Becker having a "favourite" gun.
** Also one of the many ways that Cutter tries to blow off [[ButtMonkey Connor]] in Season 1 Episode 1.
* ZergRush: The ''Anuragnathus'', future beetles, and prehistoric beetles feed this way.
* ZombieApocalypse: Well, there's two instances that could have turned into full-scale variations: a parasite that spreads through its host biting people and a fungus that spreads incredibly rapidly, turning its host into some kind of... fungoid... thing.
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