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->'''Lisa:''' Dad, you can't take revenge on an animal. That was the whole point of ''Literature/MobyDick''.\\
'''Homer:''' Lisa, the point of ''Moby-Dick'' is to {{be yourself}}.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
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A situation in which the Hunter Archetype fixates on an animal as his ArchEnemy as a result of twisted logic, almost always a direct result of a past [[ItsPersonal personal grudge]]. Be it an animal that constantly thwarts his efforts or just some plain old mindless beast that made off with [[AnArmAndALeg one of the human's limbs]], the human dedicates [[RevengeBeforeReason all of his time]] and [[TheDeterminator effort]] toward the capture or [[DisproportionateRetribution killing]] of the beast, [[HeWhoFightsMonsters even if]] it [[TakingYouWithMe kills him]].

A human SuperPersistentPredator -- in some cases, the Hunter is justified in hunting the animal because ItCanThink. In others, the Hunter himself illustrates that HumansAreTheRealMonsters or HumansAreCthulhu. See HeWhoFightsMonsters.

Please note that animals [[SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism with clearly human intelligence, behavior, and ability to communicate with humans]] do not qualify. Someone must be seeking revenge against an animal that acts ''like an animal''.

Frequently, media that [[MobySchtick employ this trope]] will [[WholePlotReference reference]] the TropeCodifier, Herman Melville's ''Literature/MobyDick'', though it would be an oversimplification to say that this trope is the ''whole'' point of the book. It is one of many points.

Compare EnmityWithAnObject.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the film version of ''Manga/NausicaaOfTheValleyOfTheWind'', [[spoiler:Princess Kushana]] has lost an arm (and possibly more body parts) to the insects of the Sea of Corruption. [[spoiler:Hence her attempt to wipe out the Ohmu with the God Warrior]]. This subplot -- origin, motivation, and outcome -- doesn't exist in the manga.
* Grandpa Gohei and Akakabuto, the bear who took his left ear and killed his hunting dogs in ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The original ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' comic did a WholePlotReference to ''Literature/MobyDick'' at one point. The Transformer in question lives on a world far from most of his race and is a Pretender (a Transformer covered in a pseudo-organic shell that allows him to pose as an organic, but is rather difficult to repair) and so cannot get his leg properly restored. [[spoiler:He finally incapacitates the beast responsible but decides against finishing it off.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/TheWitchOfTheEverfree'', after Applejack's parents are killed by [[WhenTreesAttack the Great White Wolf]], she swears revenge on it.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Tick Tock the crocodile is this for Captain Hook in ''Disney/PeterPan'', as he ate the captain's hand and is constantly chasing him in hopes of eating the rest of him too.
* Red and Boingo in ''Hoodwinked''. Their feud starts after Red discovers that Boingo is the Goody Bandit.
* Buck and Rudy in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs''. Their feud starts after Rudy scratches out Buck's eye and Buck knocks out Rudy's tooth. Of course, the "human" in this case is a TalkingAnimal while the "animal" is a SuperPersistentPredator, but that is CarnivoreConfusion for you.
* Kenai and the bear [[spoiler:(Koda's mother)]] in ''Disney/BrotherBear'', later followed by bear-Kenai vs. Denahi. Cute.
* Inverted in ''Disney/TheJungleBook''; BigBad Shere Khan (a tiger) actually wants to kill Mowgli just for being a human.
* Amos Slade (and, to a much lesser extent, Copper) during the second half of ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'', who wants to kill Todd out of revenge for (indirectly) injuring his dog Chief by having him be hit by a train. Originally, he was actually going to be more so, as Chief was originally going to die after being hit by the train.
* Samson and Kazar in ''WesternAnimation/TheWild''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Steve and the shark that ate his partner from ''Film/TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou''. He eventually overcomes his need for vengeance and is satisfied just to see it again.
* Carl Spackler and that gopher from ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}''.
-->'''Carl:''' I smell varmint poontang. And the only good varmint poontang is ''dead'' varmint poontang.
* Jake Cullen (played by Bill Kerr) in the movie ''Film/{{Razorback}}'' hunts and kills razorback boars because a particularly big one killed his grandson.
* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'': Quint, at least, wants revenge against the shark. The others are more motivated by "we need to kill it because it keeps eating people".
* ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' and ''Film/ConanTheDestroyer'' had the camel. Whenever they met, the camel would spit on Conan, Conan would knock out the camel, or both.
* In ''Film/OfUnknownOrigin'', a New Yorker becomes so obsessed with eliminating the pesky rat infesting his apartment that he eventually trashes his own place in frantic pursuit of it.
* Invoked in ''Film/SoulSurfer'' when the shark is shown harpooned and dangling as a trophy. Apparently, Bethany Hamilton's surfing buddies think that when you mess with one of their own, ItsPersonal.
* In ''Film/{{Immortal}}'', Inspector Froebe has had a grudge against the Dayak ever since it bit half of his face off.
* Ahab was referenced in the movie ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', when Captain Picard brutally guns down several Borg in the holodeck and refuses demands to self-destruct the Enterprise in lieu of stopping the mechanical menaces personally, all because of the violations he suffered when they assimilated him and his anger over Starfleet's inability to halt their encroaching on Federation space. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when the 21st-century woman referencing the book admitted that she hadn't actually read it and only remembered the idiom that went with it. Soon after the release of that movie, Patrick Stewart played Ahab in a made-for-TV movie of Moby Dick, mainly because he was so good at a referenced state of mind that they decided he would be good for the real thing.
* Patterson becomes obsessed with taking down the two lions in ''Film/TheGhostAndTheDarkness''. The film was loosely based on the Tsavo Maneaters (see RealLife below).
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'':
** In [[Film/JurassicPark the first film]], we have [[RaptorAttack "The Big One"]] to [[GreatWhiteHunter Muldoon]], who knows just how monstrous the former is and is determined to stop her. [[spoiler:He fails]].
** In [[Film/JurassicWorld the fourth film]], [[RaptorAttack Delta]], one of Owen's trained raptors, expresses a clear hatred toward the main human villain [[BloodKnight Vic Hoskins]]. Played with, due to the fact that Hoskins doesn't seem to realize that she hates him and even tries to calm her just before she [[spoiler:mauls him to death]].
* In ''Film/KongSkullIsland'', Colonel Packard becomes obsessed with hunting down the titular ape after Kong annihilates most of his helicopter squadron. His single-minded obsession endangers the lives of the surviving members of the expedition, most of whom just want to get off the damn island, and ultimately [[spoiler:gets Packard killed without causing any lasting harm to Kong]].

* OlderThanRadio: One of the best known examples is the deadly rivalry between Captain Ahab and Literature/MobyDick. The relationship has been subject to much parody. Ahab himself [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on this trope in the original novel -- he essentially said that if he could not hunt down the abstract fates that ultimately cost him his leg, the eponymous whale - the ''instrument'' of fate - would be the next best thing. The book itself deconstructs this, as its unlikely that the whale even recognized Ahab, much less understood why the loudmouth human was hunting him.
%%* Quint, the obsessed shark hunter from ''Literature/{{Jaws}}''.
* This was Prince Rilian's undoing in ''[[Literature/{{Narnia}} The Silver Chair]]''. Yeah, the snake that killed his mother was [[spoiler:really a ScaledUp mind-controlling witch and thus perfectly capable of forming intent]], but he had no way of ''knowing'' that.
* Invoked in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''[[Literature/IronWarriors Storm of Iron]]'': an Iron Warrior captain imagines that he is hunting a legendary beast while trying to kill a Warhound Titan (Warhounds are the smallest of the [[HumongousMecha Titans]], with a focus on infantry/armour support role rather than a "level cities" role).
* The {{Western}} novel ''Killers of Man'' by Ralph W. Cotton features a wealthy businessman determined to get revenge on the grizzly bear that took his leg.
* Parodied in ''Literature/{{Railsea}}'' by Creator/ChinaMieville, in which Captain Naphi is perpetually hunting Mocker-Jack, the blonde giant mole that took her arm. In the community Naphi comes from, '''every''' real hunter is required to have an Animal Nemesis, and it turns out that [[ObfuscatingDisability she didn't actually lose the arm]].
* This happens a few times in Creator/TerryBrooks' ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' series:
** In ''[[Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara The Druid of Shannara]]'', [[PsychoForHire Pe Ell]] fixates on [[BigCreepyCrawlies The Rake]] after it nearly strangles him to death. He eventually drops it down a hole for [[SummonBiggerFish The Maw Grint]] to eat.
** In ''[[Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara The Elf Queen of Shannara]]'' Wren Elessedil is pushed into a near fatal encounter with [[GiantSpider The Wisteron]], the spider/monkey hybrid that makes its home in the In Ju swamp. In the end she has to track it to its lair and kill it in order to retrieve a magical artifact that it has stolen.
** ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'' sees Redden Alt Mer wracked with fear for the first time in his life after a bad run-in with the [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs Graak]]. Convinced that the only way to shake off his fear is to descend into the Crake rainforest and face the Graak, Redden nearly gets his entire party slain trying to feel tough again.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the TV series ''The New Adventures of Literature/HuckleberryFinn'', Tom, Huck and Becky are lost at sea when they encounter Captain Mordecai, a whaler with a mission to kill a [[NighInvulnerability monstrous unkillable whale]]. His countless failures have driven him mad as a result. All are later [[SwallowedWhole swallowed by the whale]]. The captain holding the trio [[NeverMyFault responsible for his latest failure]], pursues them [[FantasticVoyagePlot through the vast, strange and weirdly colored innards]] of the gigantic mammal. The children manage to escape through the whale's blowhole, but Captain Mordecai is seemingly trapped inside his eternal nemesis for the rest of his life.
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'': Creator/StephenColbert and bears (and owls).
* Gordy and the WeaselMascot of ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide''. In the GrandFinale, [[spoiler:he (with the help of the other teachers) finally catches it after tearing down half the school. Then it turns out to have had babies, so they adopt it as a mascot]].
* Sawyer in ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has managed to do this on two separate occasions. Once chasing after a boar who ransacked his tent and then chasing after a treefrog which annoyed him with its croaking. [[spoiler: He eventually caught up with both of them with help from Kate and Hurley respectively. He decided to let the boar go as it was "just an animal" but then rejected Hurley's offer to relocate the frog and simply [[KickTheDog crushed it in his hand]]]].
* Happens in an episode of ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' in which Lynette spends half an episode hunting down a possum because [[spoiler:Possums = Cancer]].
* Al Bundy went through this in one episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', becoming obsessed with a rabbit that ruined his vegetable garden and trying to kill it. Of course, HilarityEnsues, especially given that the rabbit has the intellectual advantage.
* An episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'' has Walter White acting bizarrely [[FlyCrazy obsessed with killing a fly]] that's somehow entered his laboratory.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' has a sidequest revolving around a clan named House Bowen, whose leader seeks revenge on a gigantic cockatrice for killing his wife.
* The game ''VideoGame/CabelasDangerousHunts 2009'' is about a famed big game hunter who swears revenge on a bear who killed his best friend.
* ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' features an old fisherman named Drachma who chases the giant flying whale Rhaknam for [[spoiler:killing his son decades ago]]. Like the rest of the game, it's an old tale/genre/mentality (obviously ''Literature/MobyDick'' in this case) [[RecycledINSPACE Recycled In]] [[WorldInTheSky Air]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheSimsMedieval'', your hero can be given the "Whale Ate My Parents" trait, which, er, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin speaks for itself.]] The result is that they will become obsessed with whales to the point of occasionally getting a "Whale Rage" buff.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', players can meet a whaler named Hubbub, whose ship was destroyed and crew killed as he tried to kill the blind white whale named Shuma, in revenge for her destruction of human villages in the Eastern Lands, including his own.
* In ''VideoGAme/{{Evolve}}'', Torvald is on a mission to kill the monster that destroyed his ship, killed his crewmates, and left him a ruin of a man. WordOfGod is that that particular monster is a unique adaptation of an as-of-yet unseen breed.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Mocked severely in [[http://pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF149-Svens_Revenge.jpg this]] ''ComicStrip/ThePerryBibleFellowship'' strip: a man believes he's killed a shark that killed his father, but then realizes the "scar" he identified the shark by is a natural feature of a whole ''species'' of shark.
* Belkar of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a grudge against Windstriker, [[KnightTemplar Miko's]] horse. Said horse is one of the characters he asked the Oracle if he'd wind up killing, and he is quite disappointed when he discovers that [[spoiler:Miko has died, leaving Windstriker in the Outer Planes]], meaning he'll never be able to kill Windstriker.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' parodies this with the [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology birdosaurus]], a dinosaur that follows the doctor around and performs minor actions with more serious consequences (e.g. stepping on the stone that sets off all the traps while the doctor is standing in the trapped area), which he has developed an intense, somewhat disproportionate hatred for.
-->'''Doctor [=McNinja=]:''' I hate you. I hate you so much. I will hunt you down forever. When you die, my laughter will be so '''bright''', it will be the last thing you will hear, '''see''', '''smell''' and '''feel'''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'': [[http://oglaf.com/ahoy/ This]] strip has an entire ship of obsessive hunters who are hunting the great white whale which took their legs. As it turns out, [[VisualPun the shark actually]] [[AppendageAssimilation TOOK their legs]], and used them to move onto the land.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}'' and Hugo a Go Go.
* Alfred and the wombat in ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg''.
* There was a character in Disney's ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' that was obsessed with hunting down some sort of desert whale/shark, in what was obviously a homage to ''Literature/MobyDick''. His quest was actually quite practical, as the belly of the sand shark was covered in precious jewels. Far from seeking revenge, the captain was hunting for ''sport'', and when he does catch it, he has no idea what he will do now, so he decides to cut the shark free and hunt it again.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In one episode, Homer is menaced by a bear and constructs a metal "safety suit" in order to kill the creature and regain his respect, which elicits the page quote. However, this gets subverted when Homer realizes the bear is lashing out in pain due to an electronic tracking tag on its ear, so he removes the tag, ends up befriending the now gentle bear, and gives it the suit so it can brave a gauntlet of hunters to get to a wildlife preserve. Which sparks a feud between the bear and a particularly mean-spirited elephant.
** Another episode has Homer try to go after some food-stealing raccoons, only for Bart to remind him about [[NoodleIncident his feud with the worms]]. Not only did Homer lose, ''but the worms made him build a statue of himself bowing before them''.
* Leela in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "Möbius Dick", a WholePlotReference to ''Literature/MobyDick''. It parodies the concept further, as the SpaceWhale she hunts [[spoiler: feeds on obsession, so it naturally antagonizes ship captains. Leela eventually overwhelms the whale's will with a bigger obsession than revenge: finishing her delivery!]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' episode "Ramlak Rising" (yet another WholePlotReference to ''Literature/MobyDick'') gives us a peculiar [[InvertedTrope Inversion]]. Ahab-{{Homage}} Captain Koinelius Tunar, a [[{{Fishmen}} Fishman]] who sails the [[SandIsWater sand sea]], has sworn vengeance on the creature who destroyed his home and took his [[AnArmAndALeg eye and leg]]. His nemesis the Ramlak is a giant {{Planimal}}, a ManEatingPlant that's [[HybridMonster hybridized]] with the ambulatory capabilities of a GiantSquid. Like Captain Ahab, Tunar has degenerated into prizing RevengeBeforeReason and shares Ahab's fate almost exactly, while quoting his dialogue.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'' had the main characters help a [[SkyPirates sky pirate]] hunt down a giant flying whale for eating his ship. At the end of the episode, they successfully capture the whale, and it turns out that the ship said whale ate was a toy ship.
* In the opening of ''WesternAnimation/DanVs Anger Management'', Dan is about to launch a nuclear warhead that will cause World War III at a family of squirrels he's currently upset at.
* [[DastardlyAndMuttleyInTheirFlyingMachines The Vulture Squadron vs. Yankee Doodle Pigeon.]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Predators sometimes, for whatever reason (usually because humans make decent hunters but also slow, easy prey), will imprint upon humans as prey and go out of their way to hunt people even over what they would normally hunt. The only way to deal with such animals, known appropriately as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man-eater Man-Eaters]], is to invoke this trope, hunt them down, and euthanize them. The most notorious and well known example are the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsavo_maneaters Tsavo Maneaters]]. They were killed by Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson, who went full Captain Ahab to bring them down.
** A modern-day example is Gustave, a monstrous Nile crocodile who hunts humans and other animals just for the sake of killing, and has survived countless attempts at killing him. He was last seen in 2015, dragging an entire bull into the water. So far no one has been able to catch him, much less kill him.
* [[CreepyCrows Crows]] not only have the ability to remember faces, they have the ability to hold grudges and to ''transfer that knowledge''. [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19042_6-terrifying-ways-crows-are-way-smarter-than-you-think.html They're also smarter than you expect.]]
* Quite frequently if a human is attacked or killed by a dog/shark/magpie/leopard/whatever, the animal responsible (or thought responsible) will be killed, even though that ends up with nothing but a dead animal.