->'''Ripley:''' They cut the power...\\
'''Hudson:''' What do you mean ''they'' cut the power? How can they cut the power, man? They're animals!
-->-- ''Film/{{Aliens}}''

The flip side to SuperPersistentPredator, this is what happens when a dangerous creature with the intellect and mindset of a wild animal, which has no business knowing what closed-circuit cameras, firearms, vehicles or other man-made devices are, nevertheless avoids these objects like the plague or takes steps to neutralize them. This guarantees that the heroes who report it to the authorities [[ItWasHereISwear will never be believed]], as no photographic evidence exists to document its presence.

The creature will know not to leave tracks, claw tree bark, or dump a load where it might be found, save by a [[ScarilyCompetentTracker master tracker]] who's escorting the heroes. Likewise, this trope ensures that the creature will consistently find unarmed victims (usually [[AssholeVictim confirmed jerkasses]] or [[FanService lone sexy females]]) to prey upon, even as the armed hunters, police, and/or soldiers scouring the woods for the mysterious threat [[FailedASpotCheck walk right by without noticing]]. In extreme cases, the creature might [[MissedHimByThatMuch slip right by dozens of potential witnesses by sheer luck]]. Often used to maintain a MonsterDelay, both in and out of Verse.

Sometimes clumsily justified as the creature disliking the smell of weapons or machinery, although it'll always lose that aversion in time for a climactic battle with the heroes. If this goes on long enough, viewers and/or characters may eventually deduce that ItCanThink.


[[folder: Film ]]

* The Xenomorphs from the ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' franchise are ''very'' smart.
** They can cut electrical power, sneak past defenses using ducts, lay ''traps'' using bait, and sneak aboard ships to be exported to other locations without the crew knowing before it's too late. It seems they are at least as intelligent as humans, but driven entirely by instinct mainly to kill, but if a queen is around to lay [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong eggs]] they will capture targets ''alive'' instead.
** When alone, a single Xenomorph will hunt and stalk its prey with cautious and carefully-planned cunning, doing everything in its power to stay alive until every other living thing in the area has been killed. When in a group or with a colony, aliens will use ZergRush tactics when possible and make sacrifices to make sure their brethren can get a good shot at their prey.
** In one proposed ending for the first film which was never used, it would have been revealed that the Xenomorphs can mimic human voices....to communicate over a radio transmission and lure more humans to find the ''Nostromo.'' Yes, they were almost sentient.
* The first American remake of ''Film/{{Godzilla 1998}}'' has the titular monster somehow being able to hide in the middle of New York City. Quickly revealed to be because it uses the City's subway systems to burrow around Manhattan Island.
* In ''Film/{{Alligator}}'', the gator always retreats to the sewers unseen after its nightly hunts, rather than staying outside to bask in the sun as any real alligator would.
* Many, many AttackOfTheKillerWhatever movies from the Syfy Channel play this trope 100% straight.
* {{Bigfoot|SasquatchAndYeti}} in ''Film/NightClaws'', the Creator/RebBrown movie. It seems to hide BehindTheBlack sometimes and just straight up murders people in clearings of forests. The latter is {{Justified|Trope}} because [[spoiler: there's a pack of them.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Tremors}}'' movies:
** The Graboids in ''Film/{{Tremors}}''. Justified since they live and hunt underground and are therefore invisible to most tracking techniques.
** ''Film/Tremors2Aftershocks'' subverts this. Earl and Grady have a major OhCrap moment at how smart the Graboid hatchlings seem to be after they destroy a running car engine to block any escape and take out the radio tower so they can't call for help. Then someone observes that their rudimentary vision is based on heat signatures, and they only went after the car and the tower because both were putting off heat.
--->'''Grady:''' [[AchievementsInIgnorance You mean they've been acting so smart 'cuz they're so]] ''[[AchievementsInIgnorance stupid]]''?
* One would think that ''somebody'' in ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'' would've immediately noticed the arrival of hundreds of venomous serpents in the passenger cabin, but it takes so long that they infiltrate every inch of the aircraft and even the purse a woman ''is holding'' before anyone catches wise. This is especially jarring, given how many of the snakes are brightly-colored and would '''want''' bigger animals such as humans to spot this warning-coloration and keep away, so have no particular reason to hide.
* ''Film/DeepBlueSea'': One of the first things the super-intelligent mako sharks do that proves their intelligence is when they take out all the cameras in their pen so they can't be tracked, despite there being no reason why they would even understand a technology like that or ability to communicate it to each other.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Ser Barristan Selmy get the chills when he starts totting up the tactics Daenarys' dragons use both in hunting and fighting. Because the traditional "take down a boar or bull" approach most fighters or knights would use (and even tried to use, historically) could only ever work to deliver dinner to the dragon. And, in the specific case of Rhaegal, he even suspects ItCanThink.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Seems to apply to most of the creatures on ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', even the ones that otherwise act incredibly stupid due to low brain/body ratios.
* For brainless corpses that shouldn't have a clue how to be sneaky, walkers on ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' are remarkably good at lurching past sentries right when the humans' attention is distracted.


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* There's a very creepy Real Life example: the Lions of Tsavo. There were no cameras, but they did do things like avoiding an ambush to go attack helpless people in a hospital, avoided bait, and alarmingly good tactics. Modern experts in lion behavior who investigated the incident concluded that at least part of it was because many of the actions that were taken to try to protect the workers and stop the lions were based on assumptions of lion behavior that were widely believed at the time but were actually false. The Lions of Tsavo were given the movie treatment in ''Film/TheGhostAndTheDarkness''.
** Actually rather true of a ''lot'' of RealLife maneaters, [[HadToBeSharp at least the ones who last long enough]] to get names like the Champawat Tigress, the Leopard of Rudraprayag, and the Beast of Gevaudan (which served as the inspiration for ''Film/BrotherhoodOfTheWolf'').
*** The Beast of Gevaudan was said to be not so much stealthy as just plain fucking unstoppable. She attacked in broad daylight, fought hand to hand (or rather paw to hand) with armed farmers, flaunted royal huntsmen, and was even said to [[MadeOfIron shrug off bullets like nothing]].
* Cats, wolves, trapdoor spiders, snakes and owls are just a few of the stealthy predators out there that are in fact very good at what they do against their natural prey. They're usually not seen as such by humans because they're not adapted to evade our senses, much less remote surveillance.
* As documented in Magazine/ForteanTimes, this is a maddening trait of the Alien Big Cats long speculated to be living clandestine lives in the British countryside, which are glimpsed, which leave identifiable dung, make paw prints, rend sheep and lambs leaving unambiguous proof some sort of large predator is out there - but which manage to avoid traps, know not to walk in front of CCTV, can sniff out hidden cameras and evade pursuit even on the fringes of large cities.
* Many leopards in southern Asia have learned to move discreetly through city parks and alleyways by night, preying upon the urban ecosystem's feral pigs and dogs, while avoiding human notice. Only the disappearance of pets or backyard livestock, and the occasional paw print, offers evidence of their intrusion.
** Leopards in general own this trope. They're listed among the Big Five Game for African hunting (along with the obvious lion, elephant, rhino, and the vicious Cape Buffalo) just for being that hard to [[{{Pun}} spot]]. Leopard-hunters often don't see their target until they're a few ''feet'' away, and no other hunter type has as high a rate of stress-related breakdown.