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Playing With / Super-Persistent Predator

Basic Trope: A predator will continue to chase very elusive prey in spite of other food that's much easier to catch.
  • Straight: Bloodgulper the World Killer, a tentacled, disgusting telekinetic beast, proceeds to chase Alice and Bob across an entire island.
  • Exaggerated: The duo jumps into an interplanetary xenon-powered spacecraft and fly to Mars. Bloodgulper gets into another rocket and follows them!
  • Downplayed: Bloodgulper merely chases them around a house for a bit.
  • Justified:
    • Alice and Bob are much bigger than other prey and would fill Bloodgulper's highly elastic belly much more quickly than anything else.
    • Bloodgulper's Bizarre Alien Biology makes extremely efficient use of its food, so it can afford to invest a lot of energy in wearing out his prey.
    • Monster Is a Mommy, and Bob has kidnapped Bloodgulper's offspring For the Evulz, prompting it to enter Mama Bear mode.
    • Alice and Bob are the only prey available on the island, and Bloodgulper has to eat too, y'know.
    • Bloodgulper is smart and cunning enough to hold a grudge, and Alice and Bob have sufficiently ticked it off.
    • Bloodgulper was created as a weapon.
    • Bloodgulper is an ultimately evil god from an alternate reality who spied on Bob and Alice and decided to kill them just For the Evulz
  • Inverted: Animal Nemesis.
  • Subverted:
    • Bloodgulper chases both of them for quite a while, but eventually gives up.
    • Bloodgulper chases the two of them and finally catches them...then starts tickling them. Turns out they're really good friends and were just playing around (or perhaps practicing).
  • Double Subverted: ...then Bob taunts Bloodgulper, flipping it off and slapping its bare butt, and prompting it into starting the chase again.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig-Zagged: Bloodgulper chases the duo, then stops when it spots much slower prey. It catches the prey and eats it, then continues to chase them after done with its meal. It then gets tired and stops to take a nap... then wakes up half an hour later, dedicated to finding them again.
  • Averted: Bloodgulper leaves Alice and Bob alone as soon as they leave its territory.
  • Enforced: "We need to give the audience a sense of urgency and the thrill of the ever-lasting chase!"
  • Lampshaded: "What, does this thing think we're a 5-star meal or something?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bob is leading Bloodgulper into a trap.
  • Defied: "Oh, those two aren't even worth it, I'll just butcher this cow instead or something."
  • Discussed: "Knowing our luck, he's not gonna go away 'til we kill him."
  • Conversed: "Ever notice how predators on TV are stubborn when it comes to food?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bloodgulper keeps chasing Alice and Bob until it dies of starvation/exhaustion, which could have been avoided if it had gone after easier prey. When Alice and Bob come up on Bloodgulper's massive, decomposing corpse with a cloud of flies swarming it, they lament the senseless waste of monster life.
    • Alice and Bob quickly tire out and Bloodgulper catches up to them and devours them, happily patting its full, bloated belly before releasing a belch of poisonous gas loud and powerful enough to push the Moon out of its orbit and into a collision course for Earth, and then it teleports out of this reality before the Moon collides into Earth and ends all life on the planet with an Earth-Shattering Kaboom.
  • Reconstructed: Bloodgulper's species is quickly dying out, and its habitat is almost completely devoid of prey. They need to pursue any morsel of food they can find, no matter what the cost.

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