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->"''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 {{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'' (2000), which tries to recreate the possible life of a RealLife ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'', named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Big Al]].
* ''Walking with Beasts'' (2001), focusing on mammal evolution which came after the dinosaurs in the Paleogene, Neogene, and Quaternary Periods.
* ''Chased by Dinosaurs'' (2002), two specials focusing on two striking dinosaurs, the gigantic ''[[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).
* ''Prehistoric Planet'' (2002), a revised version of the ''Walking With Dinosaurs'' and ''Walking With Beasts'' documentaries, aimed at a younger audience and narrated by Creator/BenStiller.
* ''Sea Monsters'' (2003), focusing on dangerous prehistoric marine wildlife, from "the seventh most dangerous sea ever" up to "the first" one. This also featured Nigel Marven.
* ''Walking with Cavemen'' (2003), focusing on... [[CaptainObvious guess.]] Also went for the "presenter" format (in this case, Robert Winston).
* ''Walking with Monsters'' (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.

''PrehistoricPark'' (2006) and ''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:
[[index]]
* [[Badass/WalkingWithDinosaurs Badass]]
* [[RuleOfCool/WalkingWithDinosaurs Rule of Cool]]
* [[ScienceMarchesOn/WalkingWithDinosaurs Science Marches On]]
* [[StockDinosaurs/WalkingWithDinosaurs Stock Dinosaurs]]
[[/index]]

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!!General 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.
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: The narrator describes quite a lot of things as "lethal."
** And every predator is an "ambush predator."
* BadAss: Where to begin? [[Badass/WalkingWithDinosaurs There's at least one per setting!]]
* 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.
* DownerEnding: A given, since every animal featured in the program goes extinct eventually.
* GoodBadTranslation: The Italian and Spanish versions. For example, the Spanish changes ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Utahraptor]]'' to ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Velociraptor]]'', ''[[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 ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Megalosaurus]]''!
** The Hungarian translation, too.
* 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 {{badass}}ery 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 an 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 ''[[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 ''[[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.
* 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]]'', ''[[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.

!!''Walking with Dinosaurs'' provides examples of:

* 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.
* 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 ''[[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''.
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Averted, quite a few species kill members of their own kind. The small carnivorous dinosaur ''[[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 ''[[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 "[[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/2009/05/100_years_of_tyrannosaurus_rex.php#comment-1647519 dislike]] the WWD reconstruction of ''[[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]].
* AustralianWildlife: One ''Walking with Dinosaurs'' episode centers on Australian wildlife during the Late Cretaceous, the small plant-eating dinosaur ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeHadrosaurPredecessors Leaellynasaura]]'', the larger plant-eating dinosaur ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeHadrosaurPredecessors Muttaburrasaurus]]'', the large Temnospondyl Labyrinthodont ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Koolasuchus]]'', the monotreme mammal ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Steropodon]]'', an unnamed [[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs pterosaur]] and [[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs carnosaur]] (known only from fragmentary remains), and a weta (a large flightless insect, representatives of which are still alive today).
* BewareMyStingerTail: ''Stegosaurus'' and ''Ankylosaurus''.
* BigDamnHeroes: In ''Walking with Dinosaurs'', the young ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Diplodocus]]'' is attacked by an ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'' and is saved when another ''Diplodocus'' knocks the ''Allosaurus'' down with its tail.
* 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 ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus]]'' and the armoured herbivore ''[[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.]]
* ColonyDrop / RocksFallEveryoneDies: At the end of "Death of a Dynasty," naturally.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The book is far more brutal than the television series.
* 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 ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Coelophysis]]'', [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles cynodonts]], ''[[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''.)
* 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]]'', ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Utahraptor]]'', and the [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Late Cretaceous dromaeosaurids]], even though many of them were depicted as [[ScienceMarchesOn unfeathered]] or [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology only sparsely feathered]].
* FollowTheLeader: After ''Walking With Dinosaurs'', there came a whole onslaught of documentaries with CGI dinosaurs. ''WesternAnimation/WhenDinosaursRoamedAmerica'', ''Series/DinosaurPlanet'', and ''Series/JurassicFightClub'', to name a few.[[note]]The latter show gave the [[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs allosaurs]] and ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Utahraptor]]'' identical color schemes to the original show.[[/note]]
** Every post-WWD toy of ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Liopleurodon]]'' has been given the colour scheme it had in WWD.
* 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 ''[[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 [[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs pterosaurs]] (the correct name instead of "pterodactyl"). From the first series, both ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Ornithocheirus]]'' (oversized) and ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Quetzalcoatlus]]'' (not oversized) had a wingspan of 45 feet.
* HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure: The meteor at the end of the Cretaceous. It explodes with a power of 300.000.000 Hiroshima bombs.
* HemisphereBias: The end of ''Dinosaurs'', where Montana somehow transforms into the ''African savanna''.
* InfantImmortality: Averted on a ''grand'' scale.
** New Blood contained the deaths of [[spoiler:all the [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles cynodont]] young (one by being eaten by the ''[[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 ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Diplodocus]]'' youngsters (called "sauropodlets" in the show), very few of whom reach adulthood. 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" implies an aversion, mentioning that although many of the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeHadrosaurPredecessors Leaellynasaura]]'' clan mate and lay eggs, usually the only young that will survive is the dominant pair's children. ''Leaellynasaura'' was a tiny bipedal herbivorous dinosaur from Cretaceous Australia and Antarctica.
** "Death of a Dynasty" has, (besides the ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus]]'' young killed by the meteor at the end) the ''Triceratops''-like ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeCeratopsids Torosaurus]]'' young killed by [[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]].
* 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 ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Utahraptor]]'' pack is accompanied by tribal drums during their ambush on the ''Iguanodon'' herd.
* TheMagicGoesAway: ''Death of a Dynasty''.
* MamaBear: The female ''[[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 ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Ankylosaurus]]'' that are harassing her baby.
* MisplacedWildlife: European dinosaurs ''[[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 ''[[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 ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus]]'' scares away the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeCeratopsids Torosaurus]]'' and ''[[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 ''[[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 ''[[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 ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Utahraptor]]'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Dromaeosaurus]]'', 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 ''[[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 ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Coelophysis]]'' discover the burrow and he decides that the young aren't worth defending anymore, at least...
* 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 ''[[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.
* SeldomSeenSpecies:
** '''New Blood:''' ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Postosuchus]]'', ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Plateosaurus]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Placerias'', ''Peteinosaurus]]'', ''[[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]]'', ''[[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]], although it may not have been very widespread at the time.
* TailSlap: An adult ''Diplodocus'' saves a younger one from an ''Allosaurus'' this way.
* TaxonomicTermConfusion: Branagh refers to the [[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
* 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 ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Stegosaurus]]'' (to ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'') and ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Ankylosaurus]]'' (to ''[[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 ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Liopleurodon]]''; and then the several ThreateningShark examples of course (see above).
* ZergRush: The ''[[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]]''.

!!''The Ballad of Big Al provides examples of:''
* ArtEvolution: Compare the new ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'' model to the old one from ''Time of the Titans''.
* [[CrossingTheDesert Crossing The Salt Plain]]
* 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 ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'' in general.

!!''Walking with Beasts'' provides examples of:

* AnAesop: Creator/KennethBranagh's delivery of the final line in the series is potent.
-->'''Narrator:''' We have since built museums to celebrate the past, and spend decades studying prehistoric lives. And if all this has taught us anything, it is this: [[HumansAreAverage no species lasts forever]].
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Averted again, as an invading ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' kills another ''Smilodon'''s cubs, behaviour based on modern lions.
* BewareMyStingerTail: ''Doedicurus''.
* BigDamnHeroes: A ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' cub is chased by a pair of ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Phorushracos]]'' at the beginning of the ''Saber Tooth'' episode, but then Half-Tooth appears out of nowhere and scares the Terror Birds away just when they're about to eat the cub.
* CurbStompBattle: Giant sloth, meet ''Smilodon''. One slap later, ''Smilodon'' meets the Grim Reaper.
* DarkReprise: A double one. When the neanderthals begin their plan to drive the mammoths off a cliff, the music shifts from the usual "travel" theme used in the episode to a more suspenseful version with rather ominous tribal chanting and drums. The chants are similar to, but slightly more sinister than the ones during the humans' ''Megaloceros'' hunt, leaving it sounding like the unholy fusion of both tracks.
* EatsBabies: Young animals are very vulnerable, and convenient targets. The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures giant ants]] and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Basilosaurus]]''. The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Hyaenodon]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Phorusrhacos]]'', and [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals cave lion]] try to, but fail.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Godinotia'' and ''Apidium]]'' may be subversions, as they either serve to get killed or only have very minor roles that don't influence the plot. ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Australopithecus]]'' fare better, as they get a full episode devoted to them.
* FeatheredFiend: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Phorusrhacos]]'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Gastornis]]''.
* FullBoarAction: The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals entelodonts]], even though strictly speaking they aren't pigs.
* HemisphereBias: The last episode ends with a pull-out from the United Kingdom (due to the last scene being a pull-out from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.)
* InfantImmortality: Averted again. The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Gastornis]]'' chick gets eaten by [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures giant ants]], some ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' cubs are killed by other ''Smilodon''s, a good many ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Dorudon]]'' calves are eaten by ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Basilosaurus]]'', a [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals brontothere]] calf is shown dead, some baby [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals bear dogs]] are killed in a flood, and a baby ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Macrauchenia]]'' gets downed by a [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds terror bird]]. In the book, the latter is replaced by a ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Hippidion]]'' calf. Also, while it doesn't happen in the program or the book, there exists a promo image which shows a ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Hyaenodon]]'' dragging a dead [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals indricothere]] calf.
* KillerRabbit: It turns out, the elephant-sized sloth ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Megatherium]]'' can kill a ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' with a swipe of its claws. Then again, it is the size of an elephant, has armour-plated skin, stands 3 metres high, and has huge claws.
* MamaBear: The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals brontothere]] and [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals indricothere]].
* MegaNeko: ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Dinofelis]]''.
* MisplacedWildlife: The only example is the Indian ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Ambulocetus]]'' being put in Germany, though it gets a weak {{Handwave}}.
* RhinoRampage: The [[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs woolly rhino]].
* [[CarnivoreConfusion Scavengers Are Mean]]: One example in Beasts: The pig-relatives [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals entelodonts]] are portrayed ''as scary as possible'', with enormously wide mouths, always-screeching behaviour, and described as "the Hogs from Hell" which do nothing else but bullying other animals; while true WWB predators like ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' tend to receive a more neutral, sometimes even heroic, portrait.
* SeaMonster: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Basilosaurus]]''.
* SeldomSeenSpecies:
** '''New Dawn:''' ''Leptictidium'', ''Gastornis'', ''Ambulocetus'', ''Propalaeotherium'', ''Godinotia'', ''Titanomyrma''
** '''Whale Killer:''' ''Basilosaurus'', ''Andrewsarchus'', ''Embolotherium'', ''Dorudon'', ''Moeritherium'', ''Apidium'', ''Physogaleus''
** '''Land of Giants:''' ''Paraceratherium'', ''Hyaenodon'', ''Chalicotherium'', ''Entelodon'', ''Cynodictis''
** '''Next of Kin:''' ''Australopithecus'', ''Dinofelis'', ''Ancylotherium'', ''Deinotherium''
** '''Saber Tooth:''' ''Macrauchenia'', ''Phorusrhacos'', ''Doedicurus'', ''Megatherium''
** '''Mammoth Journey:''' Irish Elk, European Lion
* SexyDiscretionShot: The scene of the mating ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Australopithecus]]'' even had to be censored with a ''huge'' blur for the American release (but strangely did't cut it entirely, like in Australia), because it looked exactly like the way humans do it.
** Otherwise averted practically OnceAnEpisode in ''Beasts''.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The second ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' brother is fatally wounded in the original episode, but in the corresponding chapter of the book, he just runs away.
* TheWorfEffect: In ''Land of Giants'', a mob of [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals entelodonts]] have this on a lone ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Hyaenodon]]'', but a lone entelodont is then scared away by the indricothere calf. Meanwhile in the book, it's a pair of ''Hyaenodon'' that drive off a single entelodont.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Among the proposed episode ideas for ''WWB'' was one based around the Riversleigh fossil site from Australia. They chose to abandon it, as they already had enough stories planned.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: 'Next Of Kin' focuses on the human ancestors Australopithecus.
** Averted in 'Mammoth Journey', where the humans (neanderthals ''and'' modern humans) are treated like any other predator, and the mammoths are the clear protagonists.
*** Just to be clear how much this is averted, in "Mammoth Journey" a mammoth bull casually finds two cave lions ''feeding on a dead man.'' We don't even see how he died, only the mammoth scaring the lions away because they are on his path.
* ZergRush: Most gruesomely, [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures giant ants]] against the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Gastornis]]'' chick.

!!''Chased by Dinosaurs'' provides examples of:

* FeatheredFiend: ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Velociraptor]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Mononykus]]'', and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Therizinosaurus]]'', though in the program, only ''Mononykus'' is depicted with feathers.
* GiantFlyer: ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Pteranodon]]''.
* 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: ''[[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 [[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.
* SeldomSeenSpecies:
** '''Land of Giants:''' ''Argentinosaurus'', ''Giganotosaurus'', ''Ornithocheirus'', ''Macrogryphosaurus'' (provided that the unspecified iguanodont is this)
** '''The Giant Claw:''' ''Saurolophus'', ''Protoceratops'', ''Mononykus'', ''Tarbosarus'', ''Therizinosaurus'', ''Azdarcho''
* 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.

!!''Sea Monsters'' provides examples of:

* AnachronismStew: ''[[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.
* 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 [[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 ''[[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.
* ''{{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''.
* 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:''' ''Hesperornis'', ''Squalicorax'', ''Xiphactinus'', ''Halisaurus''
* TheStinger: [[spoiler: A pod of mosasaurs attacks the boat after the credits for the last episode.]]
* ThreateningShark: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures C. megalodon]]''; unusual given how often the series subverts this.

!!''Walking With Cavemen'' provides examples of:
* FrazettaMan: This being a well-researched scientific documentary, it's mostly avoided. But it doesn't stop the protohumans from looking terrifying.
* PeopleInRubberSuits
* 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

!!''Walking With Monsters'' provides examples of:

* AlwaysABiggerFish: The huge eurypterid ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Pterygotus]]'' killing the alleged BigBad of the episode, ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Brontoscorpio]]''.
** Literally with the huge fish ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hyneria]]'' swallowing a [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures prehistoric shark]] whole.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: The mistakes about ancestor -> descendant relationship: the jawless, armoured ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Cephalaspis]]'' becoming a primitive amphibian missing two passages ([[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures jawed armoured fish and and non-armoured lobe-finned fish]]), and the early lizard-like ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Petrolacosaurus]]'' (portrayed as the "first reptile") wrongly becoming an ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Edaphosaurus]]'' (a ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]'' relative, thus a ''mammal'' ancestor). Another example is ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Euparkeria]]'' mentioned as the ancestor of all the dinosaurs (it was only a distant relative). And [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles chasmatosaurs]] ''were not'' the ancestors of crocodiles and alligators, and perhaps they weren't even aquatic as shown in the program.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Meganeura, Brontoscorpio, Arthropleura, Mesothelae]]'', and all the other arthropods in this spinoff.
* BookEnds: See above.
* CrapsackWorld: The late Permian.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Has a scarier edge to the fight for survival than ''Dinosaurs'' and ''Beasts''.
* DeathBySex: The male ''[[UsefulNotes/PRehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hynerpeton]]'' gets eaten by a ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hyneria]]'' right after it mates. In an interesting subversion, this only happens because it failed to mate the previous night, so in a way, it's a case of "death by belated sex".
* EatsBabies: The ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]''s.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures orthocones]].
* EyeScream: A female ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]'''s eye is knocked out of her head while defending her nest.
* InfantImmortality: Yet more aversions. A juvenile ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Edaphosaurus]]'' gets eaten by a ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]'', a bunch of baby ''Dimetrodon'' get eaten by the adults, and a mesothelae spider butchers an entire nest of ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Petrolacosaurus]]'', save for the few that got away.
* {{Leitmotif}}: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hyneria]]'' is accompanied by a ''Film/{{Jaws}}''-esque theme.
* MamaBear: The mother ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]''.
* MisplacedWildlife:
** '''Carboniferous Period:''' ''Proterogyrinus'' was likely extinct by the time chronicled in this segment.
** '''Early Permian Period:''' ''Edaphosaurus'' is unknown from Europe, including the Bromacker Quarry.
** '''Late Permian Period:''' ''Rhinesuchus'' and ''Gorgonops'' are unknown from Russia and probably were restricted to the Southern hemisphere.
** '''Early Triassic Period:''' ''Euchambersia'', ''Proterosuchus'', and ''Euparkeria'' are all unknown from Antarctica.
* PrehistoricMonster: It's even titled ''Walking With [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Monsters]]''! Predators here are represented in a scarier way than the original ''Dinosaurs'' and ''Beasts''.
** The idea is kind of that this is before the Earth had a ruling class, so different groups of animals were ferociously and graphically battling it out to be the dominant species. Things become more relaxed by the Mesozoic and Cenozoic, as seen in ''WWD'' and ''WWB''.
* {{Prequel}}: Can be seen as one to ''WWD''.
* SeldomSeenSpecies:
** '''Cambrian Period:''' ''Haikouichthys'', ''Anomalocaris''
** '''Silurian Period:''' ''Cephalaspis'', ''Brontoscorpio'', ''Pterygotus'', ''Cameroceras''
** '''Devonian Period:''' ''Hynerpeton'', ''Hyneria'', ''Stethacanthus''
** '''Carboniferous Period:''' Mesothelae, ''Petrolacosaurus'', ''Meganeura'', ''Arthropleura'', ''Proterogyrinus''
** '''Early Permian Period:''' ''Edaphosaurus'', ''Seymouria''
** '''Late Permian Period:''' ''Gorgonops'', ''Diictodon'', ''Rhinesuchus'', ''Scutosaurus''
** '''Early Triassic Period:''' ''Lystrosaurus'', ''Euparkeria'', ''Proterosuchus'', ''Euchambersia''
* ZergRush: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Haikouichthys]]'' against the injured ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Anomalocaris]]''.

!!''Walking With Dinosaurs 3D'' provides examples of:

* 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".
* 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''.
* FeatheredFiend: ''Troodon'', ''Hesperonychus'', and ''Chirostenotes''.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Patchi
** TheLancer|TheSmartGuy: Alex
** TheBigGuy: Scowler
** TheChick: Juniper
* 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.
* 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.
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