->"''Imagine you could travel back in time, to a time long before man.''"
-->-- '''Creator/KennethBranagh''', the show's {{narrator}}.

''Walking with Dinosaurs'' (1999) is a [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] SpeculativeDocumentary series focusing on... well... dinosaurs, using state-of-the-art CGI to recreate Mesozoic life. It was narrated by Creator/KennethBranagh.

It received several equally succesful continuations, specials, and spin-offs:

* ''The Ballad of Big Al'' (2001), which tries to recreate the possible life of a RealLife ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'' named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Big Al]]. Considering his fossil had over 44 broken bones [[spoiler: including the toe injury that killed him]], it wasn't easy.
* ''Series/WalkingWithBeasts'' (2001), focusing on mammal evolution which came after the dinosaurs in the Cenozoic.
* ''Chased by Dinosaurs'' (2002), two specials focusing on two striking dinosaurs, the gigantic ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Argentinosaurus]]'' and the odd ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Therizinosaurus]]''. This was the first in the ''Walking with...'' series to feature a visible presenter (in this case, Nigel Marven, who acted out interactions with the dinosaurs).
** ''Sea Monsters'' (2003), a sequel series to ''Chased by Dinosaurs'' focusing on dangerous prehistoric marine wildlife, from "the seventh most dangerous sea ever" up to "the first" one. This also featured Nigel Marven, and was bundled with the previous Marven specials for a 2004 DVD under the title ''Chased By Dinosaurs''.
* ''Prehistoric Planet'' (2002), a LighterAndSofter version of ''Walking with Dinosaurs'' and ''Walking with Beasts'', aimed at a younger audience and narrated by Creator/BenStiller and later Christian Slater.
* ''Walking with Cavemen'' (2003), focusing on our direct ancestors starting in prehistoric Africa. Also went for the "presenter" format (in this case, Robert Winston).
* ''Series/WalkingWithMonsters'' (2005), this time focusing on what came before the dinosaurs. Returned to the presenter-less format favoured by WWD and WWB.
* ''The Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life'' (2006), a book that producer Tim Haines and consultant Paul Chambers wrote featuring creatures from throughout the series.
* ''Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular'' (opened in 2007), a touring live arena show featuring life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and performers in costume.
* ''Walking With Dinosaurs 3D'' (2013), a theatrical movie, but with [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox a different team]] behind it. Tells the story of the life of a ''Pachyrhinosaurus'' runt of the litter. It has more conventional storytelling mechanics akin to ''WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' sequels, down to BlackAndWhiteMorality and traditional heroism.

''Series/PrehistoricPark'' (2006) and ''Series/PlanetDinosaur'' (2011) can be regarded either as {{spiritual successor}}s to the later Nigel Marven specials and the original ''WWD'', respectively, or as actual {{spin off}}s.

See also:
* [[RuleOfCool/WalkingWithDinosaurs Rule of Cool]]
* [[ScienceMarchesOn/WalkingWithDinosaurs Science Marches On]]
* [[StockDinosaurs/WalkingWithDinosaurs Stock Dinosaurs]]

!!Contains examples of:


[[folder:Tropes used throughout the franchise]]
* AnachronismStew: Some of the animals shown had either gone extinct or not evolved by the time they're shown, mostly in ''Dinosaurs'' and ''Beasts''.
* AnimalsNotToScale: Numerous times, animals are presented as being far larger than what fossil evidence can concretely suggest, often based on fragmentary remains or dubious information. Two of the most well-known examples are the twenty-five metre ''Liopleurodon'' (modern estimates suggest a much smaller length between six and seven metres) and twelve metre ''Ornithocheirus/[[ScienceMarchesOn Tropeognathus]]'' (modern estimates suggest around eight metres in wingspan).
* AntiVillain: All of the "villains" are just predators doing what they have to do to survive.
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: The narrator describes quite a lot of things as "lethal."
** And every predator is an "ambush predator," even if they're shown chasing their prey.
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: The ocean-based episodes make copious use of this, most memorably the [[spoiler: Liopleurodon snapping the Ichthyosaur in half in "A Cruel Sea".]]
* CameraAbuse: Almost OnceAnEpisode, especially in Beasts.
* CarnivoreConfusion: The "predation is just a fact of life" approach, as most predators are treated as any documentary animals should be treated, not as villains. There are a few exceptions though, mainly in the two spinoffs ending with "Monsters".
** However, the large carnivores tend to not survive the episode and often [[KarmicDeath become food for smaller carnivores.]]
** Inverted in the last episode of ''Dinosaurs'', where a mother ''T. rex'' is the protagonist and ''Ankylosaurus'' gets a mild villian treatment.
* TheCretaceousIsAlwaysDoomed: Played straight with the Cretaceous extinction in the last episode of ''Walking with Dinosaurs'' and largely played straight in the third episode of ''Walking with Monsters'' for the Permian extinction (it does not show any single event, but shows the world right around the time of the extinction, with conditions that imply it is in progress). Averted for other episodes and the other mass extinctions.
* DownerEnding: A given, since every animal featured in the program goes extinct eventually.
* GoodBadTranslation: The Italian and Spanish versions. For example, the Spanish changes ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Utahraptor]]'' to ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Velociraptor]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Diplodocus]]'' to ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeHadrosaurs Saurolophus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Postosuchus]]'' to a postosuchid,[[note]]If you want to get techincal, it should be "rauisuchid"[[/note]] and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Megaloceras]]'' to ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Megalosaurus]]''!
** The Hungarian translation, too.
* LighterAndSofter: The Discovery Channel often edited the BBC original to be less graphic, as it was released in North America to coincide with the release of ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}''.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Postosuchus]]'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Deinosuchus]]'' in ''Walking with Dinosaurs'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Sarcosuchus]]'' in ''Chased by Dinosaurs''. [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Phytosaurs]] and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Proterosuchus]]'' are not a close crocodile relatives, but fill the same role in the accompanying book ''Walking with Dinosaurs: A Natural History'' and in the TV series ''Walking with Monsters'', respectively.
** ''Deinosuchus'' gets only a cameo appearance in ''Walking with Dinosaurs'' the TV series, but its badassery is emphasized in the accompanying book, where it's stated that it's even capable of killing a ''Tyrannosaurus'' getting too close to the water [[spoiler:and later a group of them scares the female ''Tyrannosaurus'' away from freshly killed ''Anatotitan''.]]
* NoisyNature: And HOW! All animals in the whole series make continuously sounds of every kind from roars to bellows, screechs, and so on (a major example of the strong RuleOfCool that characterize this series). The most incredible example is perhaps the early "amphibian" ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hynerpeton]]'' which ''makes belch-like sounds without a pause'' and apparently without any good reason.... despite being a very archaic vertebrate, and thus very ''unlikely'' to utter any loud cry.
** Another example: giant arthropods like the scorpion ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Brontoscorpio]]'' and the millipede ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Arthropleura]]'' ''making creaking sounds when walking'' and even when they're ''moulting their exoskeleton''. This kind of sound is heard also during the "Evolution takes over" moments in WWM (just like a horror movie...)
** Averted to a greater extent in the original ''Walking with Dinosaurs'', where most of the predators ''are'' realistically silent when doing things such as stalking prey, instead of screaming like Franchise/{{Godzilla}} while attacking animals 30 times their size.
** In the arena show, all the dinosaur animatronics have speakers in their throats, so all the resonant roars you hear are genuinely coming from their mouths.
* PrehistoricMonster: Averted, with the exception of ''Walking with Monsters'' and ''Sea Monsters''. Prehistoric animals behave like real animals, although a few (like ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Liopleurodon]]'' and the [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals entelodonts]]) are shown in a sinister light. Particularly notable is Big Al in ''The Ballad of Big Al'', whose fate [[spoiler:left many viewers sad]]. Also notable is T. rex in the original series, which were shown more as playful youngsters and good mothers than scary killers.
* RogerRabbitEffect: Some CGI animals share a scene or two with live-acted ones (including ancient humans), but this is used more greatly for comedic effect in all the various ''Making of'' specials.
* RuleOfCool: Several examples throughout the series, especially about speculative animal behaviour. Another example is the fact that only the most spectacular animals of each taxonomic group are usually portrayed in almost all the shows of the series, despite they were probably less common in their environments that their smaller relatives (like what happens among modern animals as well). However, we can see many small-sized prehistoric animals too. Still another example is that many animals are more or less ''oversized'' in the program: the two most striking examples are the swimming ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Liopleurodon]]'' and the flying ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Ornithocheirus]]''.
** Since the list of examples from this trope is ''really'' large, please [[RuleOfCool/WalkingWithDinosaurs go here]] to see them.
* ScavengersAreScum:
** The series, of all things, has a tendency to do the "evil scavenger" trope; while the predatory animals do have a more ominous mood to their presence, they're still depicted in a way that makes them at least somewhat admirable and interesting creatures. The same cannot be said about ''Coelophysis'' (opportunistic protagonist predator from "New Blood"), ''Eustreptospondylus'' (the token land-lubber in "Cruel Sea"), young Ornithocheirus (scavenges the dead protagonist in "Giant of the Skies") or ''Didelphodon'' (an annoying, hyena-like mammal from "Death of a Dynasty"), all of which are depicted in a rather negative, or at least macabre light.
** Its spinoff, ''Walking With Beasts'' is also guilty of this. The "Sabre Tooth" episode of the former paints the terror birds as carrion-eaters (their actual diets were made almost entirely of live prey) to make the sabre-tooth cats more likeable. This is not only biased but also completely incorrect, as terror birds are very poor scavengers and superb predator.
** ''Walking With Beasts'' also has the ''Entelodon'', which is portrayed in extremely negative light as a hog from Hell and TheBully of the ''oligocene'' period.
* SceneryPorn: The shows, by necessity of course, take us to some of the planet's most spectacular-looking, exotic places, and the creators weren't shy in showing them off.
* ScienceMarchesOn: Many new discoveries have been made after this series, which changed our perception about prehistoric wildlife. These discoveries regard animal behaviour, taxonomy, or other issues. See [[ScienceMarchesOn/WalkingWithDinosaurs here]] for examples.
* SexyDiscretionShot: No way, oh no. You get a clear view of ''everything'', including the [[{{Squick}} giant paleo-penises]].
* SmallTaxonomyPools: Averted - the series did feature several creatures that weren't well-known among the general public before.
* SpeculativeDocumentary: Maybe a bit too much on the speculative side.
* StockDinosaurs: Lots, but a few new additions and subversion as well. For every stock dinosaur used, there's one or more creatures that have never been heard of in mass media before--or, substitution for an appropriate relative. Again, see [[StockDinosaurs/WalkingWithDinosaurs here]] for a exhaustive list of examples.
* ThreateningShark: Subverted mostly, as sharks in the series can't hold a candle to larger predators like ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Dunkleosteus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Liopleurodon]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hyneria]]'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Basilosaurus]]''.
** Played straight with the Megalodon from Sea Monsters. Even Nigel starts to sound a bit shaky when the big adult shark approaches his cage, and this is a man who is usually perfectly fine, often even {{Too Dumb To Live}}, in the presence of dangerous animals.

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* AdaptationExpansion: The accompanying book ''Walking with Dinosaurs: A Natural History'' contains a lot of additional information about geography of the world dinosaurs lived in, elaborates on some speculative concepts only briefly mentioned in the TV series, and introduces new ones. The book even introduced some creatures that weren't shown in the TV series.
* AdaptedOut: For obvious reasons, a ''lot'' of animals had to be adapted out of the arena spectacular, but it's noteworthy in that it cuts four of the eight protagonist animals out of the story: ''[[LightningBruiser Coelophysis]]'', ''[[GiantEqualsInvincible Diplodocus]]'', ''[[SeaMonster Liopleurodon]]'' and ''[[SilkHidingSteel Leallynasaura]]''. ''Coelophysis'' actually gets ''replaced'' by ''Liliensternus''.
* AllThereInTheManual: More than a few species not named in the TV show appear in the aforementioned book.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: Happens on several occasions. Perhaps the most memorable of which was the huge marine reptile ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Liopleurodon]]'' snatching the medium-sized carnivorous dinosaur ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Eustreptospondylus]]'' from the shore. Also an example of [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology another trope]] since ''Liopleurodon'' was probably closer to 4.5-6.5 meters rather than the absurd 25 meters noted in the episode.
** In the companion book, a lungfish eats a crayfish, only to be caught by a ''Coelophysis''.
* AnimatedActors: During the behind the scenes segment, the dinosaurs are shown with MediumAwareness, with one short clip showing the ''T. rex'' having its colours painted on with mock paint buckets and "spare parts", another with an animator sculpting a raptor from the living animal and asking it to stand still.
-->'''[[TheStinger Utahraptor]]:''' Hmm... Who did I find it most difficult to work with? [[SelfDeprecation Animators, definitely animators.]] You know, chase this dinosaur, chase that dinosaur, you'd swear we couldn't act. It's so degrading!
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Averted, quite a few species kill members of their own kind. The small carnivorous dinosaur ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Coelophysis]]'' is an ''[[EatsBabies excellent example]]''. The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles cynodonts]] (the ancestors of mammals) make another example.
** The ''Coelophysis'' example is due to the classic (but now [[ScienceMarchesOn mostly discredited]]) interpretation of what appeared to be remains of young ''Coelophysis'' in the ribcage of some adults of the same species, it's not an invention of the show; while the Cynodont one ''is'' invented.
* ApocalypseWow: The meteor impact scene in "Death of a Dynasty" is pretty awesome, and much more realistically shown than most other portraits in other documentaries, with the correct sequence of events: first the light, then the earth tremor, then the dust cloud and wind-storms, finally the melted rocks from the sky.
* ArtEvolution: If you count the two shows as being related, then compare the ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs T. rex]]'' in the [[http://www.abc.net.au/dinosaurs/fact_files/volcanic/images/tyrannosaurus_z1.jpg original series]] and the ones in ''[[http://www.dinosoria.com/cinema/bbc_02.jpg Prehistoric Park]]'' (the same thing about the "[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs sabretooth cat]]").
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: There are plenty of mess-ups.
** Apparently some paleontologists strongly criticized the scene from the first episode of ''Walking with Dinosaurs'' where ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Postosuchus]]'' was shown urinating in a way more similar to that of mammals than that of reptiles and birds, despite it was an ancient relative of both crocs and dinos - so strongly in fact, that one of the series' scientific consultants, Prof. Michael Benton, [[http://palaeo.gly.bris.ac.uk/Essays/WWD/default.html decided to address their criticism]]. The relevant bit: "Another category of WWD-haters, the fact checkers, began compiling lists of errors in the first week. These were gleefully circulated on the e-mail lists. For example, in the first programme, ''Postosuchus'' urinates copiously. There is no doubt that it does so in the programme, and this was a moment that my children relished. However, of course, birds and crocodiles, the closest living relatives of the dinosaurs, do not urinate; they shed their waste chemicals as more solid uric acid. Equally, though, we can’t prove that ''Postosuchus'' did not urinate like this: copious urination is the primitive state for tetrapods (seen in fishes, amphibians, turtles, and mammals), and it might have been retained by some basal archosaurs."
** Also, [[Blog/TetrapodZoology Dr. Darren Naish]] is known to ''strongly'' [[http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2009/05/20/100-years-of-tyrannosaurus-rex/#comment-12409 dislike]] the ''WWD'' reconstruction of ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus]]''.
** Scaly raptors weren't to the paleontologists' liking even back then.
** Reusing models meant that some correct anatomical details that got carried over from one animal to the other suddenly turned erroneous. Case in point: the thumbs on hadrosaurs.
** The book accompanying the series implies that birds are no more related to theropods than ceratopsians are to pachycephalosaurs.
** ''The Complete Guide to Prehistoris Life'' claims that megalosaurs are carnosaurs, when they're more likely [[http://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/G104/handouts/104Neotheropoda.pdf a more primitive branch]].
** ''Coelophysis'' and ''Plateosaurus'' never existed at the same time, but in this case it was truly an artistic decision, just to show how the former grew into the giant beast later in the Triassic.
* BewareMyStingerTail: ''Stegosaurus'' and ''Ankylosaurus''.
* BigDamnHeroes: In ''Walking with Dinosaurs'', the young ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Diplodocus]]'' is attacked by an ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'' and is saved when another ''Diplodocus'' knocks the ''Allosaurus'' down with its tail.
* BittersweetEnding: Ultimately the ending to the series with the K-Pg Extinction event--the prehistoric dinosaurs are gone for good, but their lineage lives on in the birds and their extinction paved the way for the mammals (and by extension humans) to take over in their stead.
* BloodierAndGorier: Several scenes of mild or implied violence and death from the TV series were described in rather graphic detail in the accompanying book ''Walking with Dinosaurs: A Natural History''. Compare, for example, the scene of fight between female ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus]]'' and the armoured herbivore ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Ankylosaurus]]'' from the TV series with their fight in the book. Meanwhile, the poor ''Ornithocheirus''—as if he hadn't [[TheWoobie suffered enough]]—dies not just of exhaustion, but of more or less getting ''torn apart'' by the rival males!
* BookEnds: The ending to the last episode of ''Walking With Monsters'' echoes the end of the first episode of ''Walking With Dinosaurs''. [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome It even has the same music.]]
** The first dinosaur we see (during the scenes in the first episode which outline what the series is going to be about) is a Tyrannosaurus. The last dinosaurs to be shown (unless you count the shots of modern birds at the end) are two juvenile Tyrannosaurus, who get swept away by the blast wave from the comet strike.
* ColonyDrop: At the end of "Death of a Dynasty," naturally.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The book is far more brutal than the television series.
* DyingAlone: Poor ''Ornithocheirus''.
* EarlyBirdCameo: ''Tupandactylus navigans'' (the pterosaur that the ''Tapejara'' was based on) was not formally described until several years after the series aired (it was described as a species of ''Tapejara'' in 2003 and moved to its own genus in 2007). The large ''Ornithocheirus'' (now ''Tropeognathus'') specimen that provided the basis for the (still exaggerated) giant size stated in the show wasn't described until ''2012''.
* EatsBabies: The ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Coelophysis]]'', [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles cynodonts]], ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Didelphodon]]'', andc[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Hell Creek dromaeosaurids]] all get to feed on babies and juveniles. In some cases, [[IAmAHumanitarian those of their own kind]]. (Or even ''their own''.)
** Inverted with Ornithocheirus. The final scene in "Giant of the Skies" shows a juvenile Ornithocheirus eating one of the adult males which died during the mating rituals.
--->But nature is seldom wasteful. They have become food for the next generation.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: The developers originally wanted to do a show about ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals prehistoric mammals]]''. They only got money for one about ''dinosaurs''. Once the dinosaurs series was finished (and a success) they could accomplish their original goal.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures ammonites]] from Cruel Sea.
* FeatheredFiend: The primitive bird ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Iberomesornis]]'' in ''Giant of the Skies'' fit the ZergRush type of this.
** Technically also ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherSmallTheropods Ornitholestes]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Utahraptor]]'', and the [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Late Cretaceous dromaeosaurids]], even though many of them were depicted as [[ScienceMarchesOn unfeathered]] or [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology only sparsely feathered]].
* ForegoneConclusion: The dinosaurs did go extinct and the episode is called "Death of a Dynasty" after all.
** The death of the old ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Ornithocheirus]]''. The first thing we see is his body, and rest of the episode [[HowWeGotHere shows his last journey before he died]].
* {{Gasshole}}: One of the ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Diplodocus]]'' is heard farting during the digestion of plant matter, while the narrator says "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny The activity in its gut produces a lot of excess gas]]".
* GiantFlyer: Several giant [[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs pterosaurs]] (the correct name instead of "pterodactyl"). From the first series, both ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Ornithocheirus]]'' (oversized) and ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Quetzalcoatlus]]'' (not oversized) had a wingspan of 45 feet.
* GracefulInTheirElement:
** The ''Cryptoclidus'' is clumsy on land, but graceful in the water.
** All of the featured pterosaurs (now debunked due to ScienceMarchesOn); cumbersome and ungainly on the ground, expert flyers in the air.
* HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure: The meteor at the end of the Cretaceous. It explodes with a power of 300.000.000 Hiroshima bombs.
* IAmAHumanitarian: Several creatures throughout the series are either seen eating their own kind or are mentioned to do so.
** When their burrow is besieged by the Coelophysis, the Cynodonts, having already lost one pup to the dinosaurs, are forced to eat the remaining two in order to both cheat the Coelophysis of their meal and give themselves the chance to escape.
** The Coelophysis themselves also turn to cannibalism when the going gets tough, though the fossil evidence which inspired this scene was later found to have been misinterpreted.
** The narration mentions that adult Opthalmosaurus will sometimes eat the offspring of others to increase their own young's chances of survival.
** At the end of the Ornithocheirus mating season, the bodies of males who have "lost out in the struggle to reproduce" are eaten by juvenile Ornithocheirus.
** The mother Tyrannosaurus in the final episode will, according to the narration, quickly come to view her offspring as "food", though this turns out to be a moot point as she is fatally injured by an Ankylosaurus's club-like tail. It is also implied that the weakest of the Tyrannosaurus babies was killed and eaten by its siblings.
* InfantImmortality: Averted on a ''grand'' scale.
** New Blood contained the deaths of all the [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles cynodont]] young (one by being eaten by the ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Coelophysis]]'', the rest eaten by their ''own parents'' in the uncut UK Broadcast/DVD). The Coelophysis themselves are also cannibals.
** "Time of the Titans", obviously, with all the ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Diplodocus]]'' youngsters (called "sauropodlets" in the show), very few of whom reach adulthood, the rest having either fallen victim to other dinosaurs (mostly predators, though one is killed when it gets in the way of a Stegosaurus's spiked tail) or died in a forest fire. Even more so in the book, where [[spoiler: only one survives.]]
** "Cruel Sea" focuses on a generation of young ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Opthalmosaurus]]'', a fish-like marine reptile belonging to the ichthyosaur group. The one we mostly follow manages to avoid death by storms, sharks, and drowning, but it's implied that most of his fellows aren't so lucky. There's also the very, very graphic instance of DeathByChildbirth, in which neither mother nor baby Opthalmosaurus are left alive.
** "Spirits of the Ice Forest". Although many of the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeHadrosaurPredecessors Leaellynasaura]]'' clan mate and lay eggs, the only ones that survive long enough to hatch are those laid by the dominant female. Even then, two out of the three hatchlings are killed (offscreen) by predators.
** "Death of a Dynasty" has, (besides the ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus]]'' young killed by the meteor at the end) the ''Triceratops''-like ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeCeratopsids Torosaurus]]'' young killed by [[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs dromaeosaurids]] (commonly known as "raptors") and an implied death of a picked on ''Tyrannosaurus''. And if it counts: the small mammal ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Didelphodon]]'' eating the eggs.
*** In the original cut, the female tyrannosaur goes into heat because a leak of volcanic gas kills her first litter of eggs before they hatch. Then two ''Didelphodon'' come and [[{{Squick}} try to eat the almost-formed tyrannosaur embryos]].
* JustBeforeTheEnd: The final episode begins a few months before the meteor arrives, but the narration makes clear that even without it, dinosaurs and their ilk are on the decline. The environment, turning sparse and poisonous, is killing them faster than they can reproduce.
* KillEmAll: The series ends with the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event, killing 75% of life on Earth.
* LandDownUnder: Cretaceous Australia spends half the year frozen solid, with no sunlight whatsoever during that period.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Utahraptor]]'' pack is accompanied by tribal drums during their ambush on the ''Iguanodon'' herd.
* TheMagicGoesAway: ''Death of a Dynasty''.
* MamaBear: The female ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus]]''. Deconstructed, as her valiant attempt to scare an Ankylosaurus away from her infants ends up killing her, and it's implied that her babies would have starved to death without her to protect them. Only implied, because they're soon killed by the meteorite anyway.
** The female ''Tyrannosaurus'' also displays the trait in the live arena show, when she scares away a ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeCeratopsids Torosaurus]]'' and an ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Ankylosaurus]]'' that are harassing her baby.
* MisplacedWildlife: European dinosaurs ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Plateosaurus]]'', and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeAnkylosaurs Polacanthus]]'' and the equally European pterosaurs ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Peteinosaurus]]'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Anurognathus]]'', all placed in North America in the show, not to mention ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Utahraptor]]'', of all things, in Europe. The ''Peteinosaurus'' and ''Plateosaurus'' examples may be justified, since they lived at the time of Pangaea. They could easily have migrated from Europe into North America or vice versa, although no fossil evidence of this has been found. ''Polacanthus'' in North America may be based on the genus ''Hoplitosaurus'', an ankylosaur often referred to by the European genus. The American narration refers to the ankylosaur as ''Gastonia'', a similar animal from the proper time and place.
* MoodWhiplash: In the arena show, the mother ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus]]'' scares away the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeCeratopsids Torosaurus]]'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Ankylosaurus]]'' harassing her baby. The mother and her baby then share a cute little moment where she goes around roaring at the audience and he tries to mimic her, with underwhelming results. They nuzzle a bit, and then the comet hits.
* {{Narrator}}: Creator/KennethBranagh. He was dubbed over for some releases. In the American dub, Avery Brooks takes over.
* NoFourthWall: Nigel Marven repeatedly addresses the audience.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[spoiler:The fight between female ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus'' and ''Ankylosaurus]]'' ends up this way in the book that accompanied the TV series.]]
* NobodyPoops: Averted in "Time of the Titans". Not only do they show a full view of a ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Diplodocus]]'' defecating twice, but they also show the pile of shit and the dung beetles crawling all over it.
* PaletteSwap: Similar looking animals (like ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Utahraptor]]'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Dromaeosaurus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Australovenator]]'', various ornithopods) were just these. Certain animals (like large theropods and ornithopods) only got new heads. You can tell, because many creatures have the exact same folds and blood vessels on their skin. Then, there is ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Plesiopleurodon]]'', which is just StockFootage of ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Liopleurodon]]'' from the previous episode, only tinted lighter.
** ''Quetzalcoatlus'' is the worst offender, as in its case it's obvious that the animators didn't have much time; it's just the ''Ornithocheirus'' from "Giant of the Skies" with a few minor tweaks. They didn't even edit out the teeth!
* PapaWolf: The male [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles cynodont]]. Until the ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Coelophysis]]'' discover the burrow and he decides that the young aren't worth defending anymore, at least...
* PleaseWakeUp: The baby T-Rexes continue to hang around their dead mother, waiting for the corpse to get up. Averted in the book, where they begin to feed on the body, showing that they are aware that their mother has died.
* RaptorAttack: Scaly raptors appear.
* RealIsBrown: Averted. Much like modern fauna, these dinos are pretty vibrant-looking.
* RedHerring: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Eustreptospondylus]]'' being shown during the opening narration of ''Cruel Sea'', with Kenneth Branagh talking about "the most fearsome predator of the Jurassic" that "is watching his prey". Only a few moments later it becomes obvious that [[spoiler:this narration ''wasn't'' about ''Eustreptospondylus'', but instead about ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Liopleurodon]]'']]
** This is ruined in [[GoodBadTranslation Italian dub]]: here the narrator says [[spoiler:"Eustreptospondylus, the most fearsome predator of the Jurassic..." (sigh)]]
* SeaMonster: The entire third episode, ''Cruel Sea'', though a giant ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Plesiopleurodon]]'' also appears in ''Giant of the Skies'' for one shot.
* SecondarySexualCharacteristics: A few examples occur here and there. For instance:
** Female ''T. rexes'' are portrayed as being [[MoreDeadlyThanTheMale larger and more aggressive]] than their male counterparts. [[ScienceMarchesOn Do note that there's very little support for this nowadays]].
** Female ''Ornithocheirus'' are depicted as lacking the keel-like crests that the males have on their beaks, while female ''Tapejaras'' have smaller head crests than their male counterparts.
* SeldomSeenSpecies:
** '''New Blood:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Postosuchus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Plateosaurus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Placerias'', ''Peteinosaurus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Coelophysis]]''
** '''Time of the Titans:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherSmallTheropods Ornitholestes]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Anurognathus]]''
** '''Cruel Sea:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Ophthalmosaurus'', ''Liopleurodon]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Eustreptospondylus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Cryptoclidus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hybodus'', ''Perisphinctes]]''
** '''Giant of the Skies:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Ornithocheirus'', ''Tupandactylus'' (still called ''Tapejara'' here)]], ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeAnkylosaurs Polacanthus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Iberomesornis]]''
** '''Spirits of the Ice Forest:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeHadrosaurPredecessors Leaellynasaura'', ''Muttaburrasaurus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Koolasuchus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Steropodon]]''
** '''Death of a Dynasty:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeCeratopsids Torosaurus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Dromaeosaurus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Didelphodon]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Deinosuchus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Dinilysia]]''
** '''Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Liliensternus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Ornithocheirus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Plateosaurus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeCeratopsids Torosaurus]]''
* ShootTheShaggyDog: The episode "Giant of the Skies" was about an Ornithocheirus traveling halfway across the globe enduring various hardships in order to reach the mating grounds only to [[spoiler:have it driven away and eventually dying from starvation and exhaustion, and it never got to mate a single time.]]
* ShownTheirWork: The production team went on great lengths to avoid [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures grasses]] during the shooting of ''Walking with Dinosaurs''. [[ScienceMarchesOn Then we found out it first appeared in the Cretaceous]], though it was confined to India at the time, so its absence is still justified.
* SterilityPlague: In "Death of a Dynasty", the atmospheric pollution caused by the increase in volcanic activity at the end of the Cretaceous means dinosaur eggs are not forming properly, leading to clutches either failing completely or producing only a handful of viable eggs. This, along with everything else that was going on in the world, is taken to imply that, even if the comet strike hadn't happened, the dinosaurs were dying out anyway.
* TailSlap: An adult ''Diplodocus'' saves a younger one from an ''Allosaurus'' this way.
* TaxonomicTermConfusion: Branagh refers to the [[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs sauropods]] as "a great family of dinosaurs" in the original WWD. "Infraorder" would be more appropriate.
** Still better than in some of the dubbed versions, which call sauropods a ''species''.
* TyrannosaurusRex: The main character of the final episode.
* TheWorfEffect: A good way to show that an animal is a badass is have it drive off, beat up, or ''kill'' the top predator of the episode, as was the case with ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Stegosaurus]]'' (to ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'') and ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Ankylosaurus]]'' (to ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus]]'').
** If the animal is another predator, another way is to have it [[AlwaysABiggerFish prey on or scare away]] another stereotypically dangerous predator such as a theropod or shark. Most famously done with ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Liopleurodon]]''; and then the several ThreateningShark examples of course (see above).
* ZergRush: The ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Coelophysis]]'' against the dying ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Postosuchus]]''.
** A defensive variant is used by ''[[FeatheredFiend Ibero]][[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds mesornis]]'' on the old ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Ornithocheirus]]''.

[[folder: The Ballad of Big Al]]
* ArtEvolution: Compare the new ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'' model to the old one from ''Time of the Titans''.
* [[CrossingTheDesert Crossing The Salt Plain]]: This trope is used towards the end, near Al's death.
* InfantImmortality: Averted, as one of Al's baby siblings is killed.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeHadrosaurs Dryosaurus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherSmallTheropods Ornitholestes]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Anurognathus'' and ''Othnielia]]''.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: Technically, [[spoiler:Big Al himself.]]
* ShownTheirWork: The second part of the special, which deals with how we learned all this stuff about Al and ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'' in general.
* TemptingFate: Al's a horny teen, but the mature female he approaches is in a ''real'' bad mood, and he finds out quickly that female ''Allosaurus'' are more vicious than any dino he'll ever come upon.
* TraumaCongaLine: Summarizes Big Al's life.

[[folder: Walking with Beasts]]
For tropes relating to this series, please visit ''Series/WalkingWithBeasts''.

[[folder:Chased by Dinosaurs]]
* CirclingVultures: Subverted; a flock of ''Azhdarcho'' (which are referred to as scavengers on the official website) circles over Nigel at one point, but nothing sinister comes of it. Nigel actually seems to like their presence, in fact.
* FeatheredFiend: ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Velociraptor]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Mononykus]]'', and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Therizinosaurus]]'', though in the program, only ''Mononykus'' is depicted with feathers.
* GiantFlyer: ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Pteranodon]]''. And, while they're not focused on or mentioned by name, ''Azhdarcho''.
* KillerRabbit: The herbivorous theropod [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Therizinosaurus]], which honestly looks like a giant goose-but, as [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Tarbosaurus]] finds out, this giant goose has giant claws.
* MisplacedWildlife: ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Velociraptor]]'' being put in the rainforest instead of the desert. It can, however, be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] or [[{{Handwave}} handwaved]], as the forest is located ''right'' next to the desert.
** ''Pteranodon'' in South America? Could be migrating, but then, we've never found any pteranodon fossils there.
* PaletteSwap: Thankfully averted by the [[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs iguanodonts]] and the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Tarbosaurus]]'', as these received new animation models (or at least new details) instead of being straight reuses of almost identical models from the original series.
** Played straight with the ''Azhdarcho'' on the official website's (now long gone) picture; it was basically just ''Pteranodon'' with different colors and a shorter crest.
** Also played straight with the ''Saurolophus'', which is basically just ''Anatotitan'' with a crest, even though the two species actually had very differently shaped skulls.
* SeldomSeenSpecies:
** '''Land of Giants:''' ''Ornithocheirus'', ''Macrogryphosaurus'' (provided that the unspecified iguanodont is this)
** '''The Giant Claw:''' ''Saurolophus'', ''Protoceratops'', ''Mononykus'', ''Tarbosarus'', ''Azdarcho''
* StockDinosaurs: ''Argentinosaurus'', ''Giganotosaurus'' and ''Pteranodon'' in "Land of Giants", ''Protoceratops'', ''Velociraptor'' and ''Therizinosaurus'' in "The Giant Claw" (the latter was ''made'' stock by this series).
* TheWorfEffect: To ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Tarbosaurus]]'', and again, courtesy of another animal (''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Therizinosaurus]]'').
* TooDumbToLive: Nigel Marven is practically the embodiment of this trope. He lives, though.

[[folder: Sea Monsters]]
* AnachronismStew: ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs T. rex]]'' appearing in a {{Cameo}} role 75 million years ago, whereas the oldest known ''rex'' dates from "only" about 68 million years ago. And it's clearly confirmed to be a real ''T. rex'' in the book, not one of its ancestors.[[note]] ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Daspletosaurus]]'' would have been more appropriate.[[/note]] This is especially weird, since some of their earlier material has shown that the creators knew when the ''T. rex'' actually lived.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Nigel refuses to enter "Hell's Aquarium" because it's way too dangerous - but upon sight of a giant turtle, he jumps right in to ride one.
* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler:During the credits of the last episode, a pod of mosasaurs is shown surrounding and approaching the crew's boat.]]
* DeathWorld: While nearly all the seas could counts, the Creataceous Western Interior Seaway, which is actually called ''Hell's Aquarium'' to signify its dangers, particularly stands out.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Orthocones]].
* FeatheredFiend: Subverted with ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Hesperornis]]'', which look aggressive but only serve to get eaten by other predators. Played straight in the book, which lists [[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs dromaeosaurs]] as Cretaceous land menaces.
* FluffyTamer: Nigel and his crew manage to get a ''Pteranodon'' to hang out on their boat. It seems to grow fond of them, given the fact that it appears to be genuinely shocked when it seems that Nigel's about to be eaten.
* GiantFlyer: The ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Pteranodon]]''s.
* GoddamnBats: [[invoked]] Nigel's opinion of the sea scorpions.
* HerbivoresAreFriendly: Subverted by the ''Arsinoitherium'', which charges Nigel when he gets too close.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: No, really, "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Hell's Aquarium]]".
* ''{{Megalodon}}'': The third most dangerous SeaMonster.
* PrehistoricMonster: Played straight, but that's kind of the point. Of course, they're also treated as simply animals, albeit dangerous ones, with Nigel going shark-cage diving with the ''Megalodon''. He does so with ''Dunkleosteus'' as well, and the way the armored fish seriously ''bends'' the thick bars, it's strongly implied that Nigel isn't safe in it.
* RussianReversal: Nigel notes in Hell's Aquarium that while ''pternadon'' would look for fish to catch, in ''these'' waters, sometimes the fish caught ''them''.
* SchmuckBait: Nigel repeatedly states that there's no way he would go into "Hell's Aquarium" - but decides to dive in anyway to ride a giant sea turtle.
* SeaMonster: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The title]] should tell you something.
* SeldomSeenSpecies:
** '''The Seventh Most Dangerous Sea:''' ''Cameroceras'', ''Megalograptus'', ''Astraspis'', ''Isotelus''
** '''Sixth:''' ''Peteinosaurus'', ''Nothosaurus'', ''Cymbospondylus''
** '''Fifth:''' ''Bothriolepis'', ''Stethacanthus'', ''Dunkleosteus''
** '''Fourth:''' ''Arsinotherium'', ''Dorudon'', ''Basilosaurus''
** '''Third:''' ''Odobenocetops'', ''Cetotherium''
** '''Second:''' ''Leedsicthys'', ''Metriorhyncus'', ''Hybodus''
** '''First:''' ''Squalicorax'', ''Xiphactinus'', ''Halisaurus''
* TheStinger: [[spoiler: A pod of mosasaurs attacks the boat after the credits for the last episode.]]
* StockDinosaurs: ''Tylosaurus'', ''Ceolophysis'', ''Pteranodon'', ''Liopleurodon'', ''Elasmosaurus'' and ''Hesperornis''.
* ThreateningShark: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures C. megalodon]]''; unusual given how often the series subverts this.

[[folder: Walking with Cavemen]]
* FrazettaMan: This being a well-researched scientific documentary, it's mostly avoided. But it doesn't stop the protohumans from looking terrifying.
* MaleFrontalNudity: In the British version, at least. An odd case in that only pre-humans are nude, but ''Homo erectus'' and ''Homo ergaster'' are basically ''Homo sapiens'' from the neck down, so there's no functional difference.
* PeopleInRubberSuits: These are used to represent the cavemen.
* SeldomSeenSpecies:
** '''First Ancestors:''' ''Australopithecus afarensis'', ''Ancylotherium'', ''Deinotherium''
** '''Blood Brothers:''' ''Paranthropus boisei'', ''Homo habilis'', ''Dinofelis'', ''Deinotherium'', ''Ancylotherium'', ''Homo rudolfensis''
** '''Savage Family:''' ''Homo ergaster'', ''Homo erectus'', ''Gigantopithecus''
** '''The Survivors:''' ''Homo heidelbergensis'', Irish Elk

[[folder: Walking with Monsters]]
For tropes relating to this series, please visit ''Series/WalkingWithMonsters''.

[[folder: Walking with Dinosaurs [=3D=]]]
* AllThereInTheManual: The ''Edmontonia'' and ''Parksosaurus'' are not identified by name in the film, but their identity is confirmed on the official website.
* AnimalTalk: An unusual variant. While the four protagonist animals are voiced, they never move their lips or make any sort of human-like facial expression. It would appear that the voiceovers are simply the dinosaurs' thoughts being translated into human speech.
* [[spoiler:BabiesEverAfter]]
* BewareMyStingerTail: ''Edmontonia''
* BloodlessCarnage: Despite containing several rather clearly shown scenes of death and violence, never at any point in the movie is a drop of blood shed.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler: The opening and ending scenes of the film are set in the present day, with a dinosaur paleontologist taking his niece and nephew to a dig]].
* BreakTheHaughty: Happens to Scowler when he gets attacked by Gorgon and his pack after leading the herd into Ambush Alley.
* BuffySpeak: Patchi refers to the ''Chirostenotes'' as "Skinny-necked Pecky Things".
* ButtMonkey: The ''Alphadons'' tend to get this treatment, as well as Patchi in his juvenile years.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Pick a scene that demands tension. With a few fleeting exceptions, this trope will be present.
* ChekhovsGun: Because of the hole in Patchi's head, he is the only pachyrhinosaur in the movie who is able to defeat Gorgon.
* DeadpanSnarker: Alex can be this at times.
** Juniper too.
-->'''Scowler:''' Remember, they can smell fear!
-->'''Patchi:''' Sorry, [[ToiletHumor that's not fear...]]
-->'''Juniper:''' (''deadpan'') I think I just stepped in some "fear".
* TheDreaded: Gorgon. Also fire.
-->'''Patchi:''' What is it, Alex?\\
'''Alex:''' [[OhCrap It's fire!]]\\
'''Patchi:''' What's fire? Does it eat meat?\\
'''Alex:''' ''[[NightmareFuel It eats EVERYTHING!]] RUN!''
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: [[spoiler: Just as the credits fade in, a Gorgosaurus breaks through the screen.]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Patchi after Scowler leaves him to die]]. He gets better, though.
* DrunkWithPower: Scowler after he takes control of the herd.
* EatenAlive: Nearly happens to Patchi at the hands of a pack of ''Troodon'' and a pair of azhdarchids, after [[spoiler: his disagreement with Scowler, in which he was shoved into a ditch and had a tree fall on top of him]]. His despair is so great at this point that he's [[DrivenToSuicide willing to let it happen]].
* EatsBabies: ''Troodon''.
* EldritchAbomination: If the exchange in TheDreaded above is to be believed, this is basically what the dinosaurs view fire as. Not without reason, mind you.
* FeatheredFiend: ''Troodon'', ''Hesperonychus'', and ''Chirostenotes''.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: One of the Azhdarchids forgets he can fly at one point. He almost falls off of a cliff as a result.
* GiantFlyer: The azhdarchid pterosaurs.
* HeroicBSOD: Patchi suffers this after Scowler [[spoiler:kicks him out of the herd and leaves him to die]]. In fact, he was willing to be dinner to scavengers...but gets back to his feet after some pep talk from Alex.
* IdiotHero: Patchi is, for much of the movie, a chronic complainer with abysmal survival skills. He starts to shape up after [[spoiler:Scowler nearly loses the herd in an icy lake.]]
* InNameOnly: Overall, the film really doesn't have much to do with its namesake documentary miniseries.
* InterspeciesFriendship: Patchi (a ''Pachyrhinosaurus'') and Alex (an ''Alexornis'' bird), justified since the two genera are implied to have a symbiotic relationship.
* KickTheDog: After the fight between Patchi and Scowler (which end up with [[spoiler:Patchi getting shoved into a ditch]]), Scowler nastily [[spoiler:kicks him out of the herd and leaves him to die]]. When Juniper scolds him for this and says that brothers are supposed to help one another, he coldly tells her "[[IHaveNoSon I don't have a brother]]".
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Gorgon attacks Scowler and mauls him to near death at the climax of the film. Considering what a JerkAss Scowler is and this is just after [[spoiler: he had kicked his own brother out of the herd and left him to die]], it's hard to not think he deserved it.
* KillerRabbit: ''Hesperonychus''.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the other Walking with... installments, very much so.
* {{Narrator}}: Alex the ''Alexornis'' (voiced by John Leguizamo), though he also has dialogue in-story and interacts with the main cast.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailers made it seem as though the movie would center around Patchi leading his herd on a journey to a new home. In reality, we see very few of his leadership skills and even less of him as [[spoiler:leader of the herd.]]
* NobodyPoops: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] by the ''Edmontonia'', who defecates right on top of a curious Patchi.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace[=/=]HatesBeingTouched: On two seperate occasions, one of the Azhdarchids tries to get close to another. The other responds by pecking at it and screeching in its face. The third one doesn't seem to want to get involved and always scoots away before it gets ugly.
* OhCrap: The ''Troodon'' gets this twice at the beginning and end of the film when Bulldust and later Patchi catch it intruding in the nesting grounds.
* PapaWolf: Bulldust, the patriarch of the ''Pachyrhinosaurus'' herd for the first half of the film, is shown to be very protective of his hatchlings (which include Patchi and his older brother Scowler). Near the beginning of the film he chases away a ''Troodon'' that had been menacing Patchi, [[spoiler: and later he sacrifices himself to save Patchi and Scowler from a pack of ''Gorgosaurus'']].
* PredatorsAreMean: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] with Gorgon the ''Gorgosaurus'' and his pack. Since the protagonists are large herbivorous dinosaurs, naturally the gorgosaurs are the [[VillainByDefault Villains By Default]] [[spoiler: and do get a comeuppance near the film's end]]. However, for the most part they're just hungry rather than malicious and sadistic. The other theropods are portrayed in a similar manner, though the ''Troodon'', at least, has an edge of mischief and cowardice to it.
* PteroSoarer: The film features a species of azhdarchid pterosaur. While not bad in terms of accuracy: correctly covered in fuzz and quadrupedal on the ground, it also has pointed wings (pterosaurs had rounded wings in RealLife) and feeds on fish and carrion instead of stalking small vertebrates on land like real azhdarchids.
* RaptorAttack: The maniraptorans, while by far some of the better depictions in the media, still suffer from having their wing feathers incorrectly attaching to the wrist instead of the second finger of each hand.
* RealIsBrown: [[AvertedTrope Averted]], the dinosaurs in the film are depicted in a wide range of bright colours and markings. The ''Gorgosaurus'', for example, has a covering of bright blue, iridescent scales.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Earlier models for the azhdarchids were more correctly proportioned (i.e.: had larger heads) and the ceratopsians had more accurate forefeet, but ended up being changed for this reason.
* SceneryPorn: The film's visuals have been widely praised by critics, and rightfully so.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: ''Pachyrhinosaurus'', ''Alexornis'', ''Gorgosaurus'', ''Hesperonychus'', ''Chirostenotes'', ''Alphadon'', ''Edmontonia'', and ''Parksosaurus''.
* StockDinosaurs: ''Troodon'' and ''Edmontosaurus''.
* TerribleTrio: The Azhdarchids are a textbook example of the comedic variant.
* TwoGuysAndAGirl: Scowler, Patchi and Juniper.
* WhatTheHellHero: Alex scolds Patchi for willing to die out of despair and says that he should live. If not...then he should die fighting for something worth living for like Bulldust did.