''The Most Extreme'' is a long-running documentary television series on the American cable television network, AnimalPlanet. It first aired on July 1, 2002. Each episode focuses on a specific animal feature -- strength, speed, flirtation, appendages, diet, etc. -- and examines and [[TopTenList ranks 10 animals]] that portray extreme or unusual examples of that quality. The rankings are not arrived at by a scientifically rigorous process; they serve only to give a broad depiction.

Along with each animal on the countdown, the program presents a computer graphics segment which compares the animal's ability with something equivalent in humans by computer animation in green (in the short-lived half-hour mode, blue) also color of both logos, followed by an interview segment with people who share some common trait.

The series is made in New Zealand by a small production team at NHNZ. As of March 2008, there have been 77 episodes.
!!!! '''Tropes used for this series''':

* KillerRabbit: Many of the highest ranking animals are also the smallest (example: The Most Extreme Fighter was the [[StrongAnts ant]], while The Most Extreme Predator was the ''shrew'').
** And the winner for "[[PantheraAwesome Killer Cats]]"? [[spoiler: Your [[CatsAreMean average house cat]]!]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: How the show usually pronounces its title.
* StockFootage: Used often to set up a comparison between the animal and something else, like a human ability or a monster.
* TopTenList: Of the most Badass animals in a category, no less.

!!!! '''Tropes used for each individual episode''':

!!! Episode 1: '''Jumpers'''
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The narrator's voice is noticeably quieter than in later episodes, and he doesn't yell when he says "The Most... Extreme".
* InASingleBound

!!! Episode 2: '''Gluttons'''
* BigEater
* ExtremeOmnivore

!!! Episode 3: '''Speed'''
* SuperSpeed

!!! Episode 4: '''Births'''
* ExplosiveBreeder

!!! Episode 5: '''Cheats'''
* TricksterArchetype
* YouDirtyRat: They're number 9.

!!! Episode 6: '''Survivors'''
* NighInvulnerable: The water bear, which can survive extreme temperature, lack of water, high radiation, and even in a vacuum!

!!! Episode 7: '''Fighters'''
* ZergRush: The ants won this one, as they attack in numbers ''and'' use co-operation (and in one case, ''[[ActionBomb self-destruct]]'') to defeat their opponents.

!!! Episode 8: '''Builders'''

!!! Episode 9: '''Horrors'''
* BearsAreBadNews: Bears were in seventh place.
* BeeAfraid: Third.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: They're sixth.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: The snake won second place, as many people fear them due to not knowing whether the snake they're looking at is venomous.
* YouDirtyRat: Mice won ninth place.

!!! Episode 10: '''Thinkers'''
* IntellectualAnimal

!!! Episode 11: '''Strength'''
* SuperStrength: Um... ''duh''...

!!! Episode 12: '''Lovers'''

!!! Episode 13: '''Biters'''

!!! Episode 14: '''Moms'''
* DeathByChildbirth: The Most Extreme Mom was the sea louse, whose young ''eat their way out'' of the mother.
* MamaBear: Most of the contenders. Literally, in the case of #7 (the polar bear).
* {{Understatement}}: "Playing with [alligators] can be bad for your health."

!!! Episode 15: '''Dads'''
* MisterSeahorse: The most extreme dad was the seahorse, due to this trope.

!!! Episode 16: '''Venom'''
* AustralianWildlife: Box jellyfish, Sea snake, Cone Snail, Blue-ringed octopus, Stonefish, Scorpion, Platypus, and Stingray.
** Out of the 10 animals here, the Gila Monster and [[BeeAfraid Killer Bee]] are the only two that weren't from Australia. Australia is a DeathWorld indeed.
* BeeAfraid: Killer Bees.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Sea Snake, and Gila Monster.
* ScaryScorpions: Especially the venomous ones!
** All scorpions are venomous. [[ExactWords It's just that only a few are dangerous to humans.]]

!!! Episode 17: '''Disguise'''

!!! Episode 18: '''Swarms'''

!!! Episode 19: '''Body Parts'''

!!! Episode 20: '''Predators'''
* BearsAreBadNews: Polar bears were eighth.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Fourth place.
* HyperactiveMetabolism: In the literal sense. The shrew was the winner, as its metabolism is so hyperactive that it is ''required'' to eat three times its own body weight in one day to survive. And that means ''lots of killing'', hence giving it the title.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Crocodiles in tenth and snakes in sixth.

!!! Episode 21: '''Stinkers'''
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: When introducing the Hooker's sea lion:
-->'''Narrator''': To find the next contender in our countdown of extreme stinkers, we're traveling to the Southern coast of New Zealand, and going on a search for Hooker's. You'll smell them before you see them, because these Hooker's are huge, fat, and hairy.
* SmellySkunk: No surprise that the skunk was the winner.

!!! Episode 22: '''Super Senses'''
* SuperSenses: It's right there in the title!

!!! Episode 23: '''Eaters'''

!!! Episode 24: '''Daredevils'''

!!! Episode 25: '''Defenders'''
* YouShallNotPass

!!! Episode 26: '''Oddities'''
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: The male [[AlluringAnglerfish anglerfish]] is tiny, and attaches itself to the female anglerfish so that it can ''suck her blood and reproduce with her''. (Unsurprisingly, the anglerfish was the winner.)

!!! Episode 27: '''Gross Outs'''
* ShoutOut: The narrator states that "vultures are psychic scavengers. [[Film/TheSixthSense They see dead things...]] [[{{Pun}} and eat them.]]"

!!! Episode 28: '''Home Designers'''

!!! Episode 29: '''Tough Babies'''
* EnfantTerrible: The cuckoo was #3 because the first thing it does after hatching is push any other eggs out of the host bird's nest. Likewise, the hyena was #2 because the first thing newborn hyenas do is attempt to kill their siblings.
** FetusTerrible: And the sandtiger shark was the winner because it eats its own siblings ''BEFORE'' it's born.

!!! Episode 30: '''Wild Parties'''

!!! Episode 31: '''Monster Myths'''
* PiranhaProblem: The piranha's aggressiveness is exaggerated. When they're not hungry or are asleep, they flee from anything that disturbs them, including humans. This got them second place.
* SavageWolves: The wolf won this one. When people heard a wolf howling, people think the wolf is out to get them. That is why they believed in werewolves, even though there has never been a healthy wild wolf killing a human in North America. NeverLiveItDown, indeed.

!!! Episode 32: '''Killer Cats'''
* PantheraAwesome: However, the winner of the category was the [[spoiler:[[CatsAreMean house cat]]]]
* [[spoiler:CatsAreMean]]: [[spoiler:The house cat was the most extreme killer cat, as it can hunt and kill over 1000 species of animals. ''[[ForTheEvulz FOR FUN]]''.]]
** Justified, in that [[spoiler:house cats are more likely to engage in what is known as "Surplus Killing" (IE: When an predator kills another animal without eating it). House cats were originally domesticated to hunt rodents in farmhouses and storage areas that were eating the crops. However, thanks to modern-day cat food, cats no longer need to hunt mice for food. Their predatory instincts are still there, however, and said instincts are so strong that they'll simply hunt and kill rodents even when they don't need to.]]

!!! Episode 33: '''Battle Of The Sexes'''
* OneGenderRace: The winner was the Whiptail lizard, where the women were the winner as no males exist.

!!! Episode 34: '''Troublemakers'''

!!! Episode 35: '''Big Mouths'''

!!! Episode 36: '''Odd Couples'''

!!! Episode 37: '''Outrageous Flirts'''

!!! Episode 38: '''Super Dogs'''
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The reason why the Chihuahua won -- it was the dog that was the most different from its ancestor, the wolf.

!!! Episode 39: '''Killers'''

!!! Episode 40: '''Poison'''
* [[PoisonousPerson Poisonous Animal]]: Again, '''duh!'''

!!! Episode 41: '''Super Sharks'''
* ThreateningShark

!!! Episode 42: '''Bloodsuckers'''

!!! Episode 43: '''Athletes'''

!!! Episode 44: '''Deadly Snakes'''
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Though it does end on the note that snakes are important to keep the rodent population, and the diseases they carry, in check.

!!! Episode 45: '''Global Conquerors'''

!!! Episode 46: '''Movers'''

!!! Episode 47: '''Hissy Fits'''
* BerserkButton: The episode is all about these.
* GroinAttack: The Honey badger is rumoured to attack animals by biting their most private parts.
* UnstoppableRage: The reason why the bull elephant won- almost nothing in RealLife can stop one when it gets pissed off.

!!! Episode 48: '''Living Dead'''
* AndIMustScream: The fates of these animals, all three of which get stuck in suspended animation before they get killed.
** Ant It can stay in suspended animation for as much as eight weeks when it ingests a liver fluke.
** Earthworm They are paralyzed by one of the venomous mammals, the shrew. They can stay in suspended animation for three weeks.
** Tarantula They are paralyzed by a tarantula hawk and used as storage for its young, and can stay in suspended animation for as much as two weeks until it gets eaten by the baby wasp.

!!! Episode 49: '''Divers'''

!!! Episode 50: '''Dieters'''

!!! Episode 51: '''Loudmouths'''
* CuteButCacophonic: All of the animals are loud. Several of them (the kakapo, for example) are also kind of cute.
* MakeMeWannaShout: The pistol shrimp was #1 because it's able to use its sound to stun prey.

!!! Episode 52: '''Appendages'''
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: The anglerfish won for having the ''male'' as an appendage of the female (see "Oddities")

!!! Episode 53: '''City Slickers'''
* [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Everything's Worse With Monkeys]]: Monkeys were the Most Extreme city slickers, as they had become dependent on humans there. To the point of stealing food and clothing from humans -- if the human didn't give food to the monkey, the monkey would run off with their clothing!

!!! Episode 54: '''Transformers'''
* BodyHorror: Pretty much every animal after the first two could qualify, but the animal at the #1 spot (''Ribeiroia'') really takes the cake, as it doesn't just transform its own body, but also its host's.

!!! Episode 55: '''Workaholics'''

!!! Episode 56: '''Slime Balls'''

!!! Episode 57: '''Animal Myths'''
* NeverLiveItDown: In-Universe: the lemming and its false reputation for committing suicide gave it the 1st place.

!!! Episode 58: '''Gourmets'''

!!! Episode 59: '''Diggers'''

!!! Episode 60: '''Weird Weapons'''
* PsychoElectricEel: Its weird weapon was [[ShockAndAwe electric shocks]]. (It won the category because of this.)
* ShockAndAwe: The electric eel.

!!! Episode 61: '''Cleaners'''

!!! Episode 62: '''Pirates'''
* MadeASlave: The Amazonian ant does this to other species of ants by raiding their victims' nests and stealing their eggs. The ants that hatch are then made slaves to the Amazonian ants. (It won because of this ruthless behaviour)

!!! Episode 63: '''Gardeners'''

!!! Episode 64: '''Freeloaders'''

!!! Episode 65: '''Awesome Ancestors'''
* FeatheredFiend: The Terror bird, which won second place.
* StockDinosaurs: TyrannosaurusRex, Smilodon and Wooly Mammoths.
* TyrannosaurusRex: Not the winner, though.
* YouFailBiologyForever / ArtisticLicensePaleontology: TyrannosaurusRex was more closely related to ''your standard chicken'' than it was to the Komodo dragon. A more appropriate ancestor for the Komodo dragon would be the mosasaur, a sea-going lizard that lived around the same time as the last dinosaurs and are thought to be distantly related to modern-day monitor lizards. It would be like saying the Andrewsarchus was the ancestor of the Gray Wolf just because they were mammalian apex predators.
** Not to mention that T.rex had many traits similiar to those modern-day birds and was most-likely warm blooded, unlike the cold-blooded Komodo dragon which has more standared reptilian traits. Oops.
** Also, Saber-toothed cats were not the ancestors of the clouded leopards, but instead went extinct leaving no descendants.
** [[SomewhereAMammalogistIsCrying Wooly Mammoths were not the direct ancestors of elephants.]] They were contemporaries with modern day elephants, and were actually ''cousins''. A more accurate example would be instead the ''Paleomastodon''.
*** In fact, most of the animals listed are not only not ancestors, but some of them lived ''at the exact same time'' as the animals professed to be their "descendants". The terror bird, Haast's eagle, and the ground sloth qualify as well.

!!! Episode 66: '''Fashion Disasters'''
* BlessedWithSuck: The premise of the episode is animals whose body plans actively hinder their chances of survival or reproductive fitness.

!!! Episode 67: '''Inventors'''

!!! Episode 68: '''Nightlights'''
* BioluminescenceIsCool: The entire focus of this episode.

!!! Episode 69: '''Leaders'''

!!! Episode 70: '''Medics'''
* HealingFactor: The ability of the salamander, which gave it first place.

!!! Episode 71: '''Freaky Fliers'''
* {{Flight}}
* NotQuiteFlight: The entire episode was about the top 10 animals that flew without the use of "proper" wings.

!!! Episode 72: '''Body Snatchers'''
* PuppeteerParasite: Toxoplasma.
* TaxonomicTermConfusion: Toxoplasma, the "animal" at number one, is actually not an animal at all, but a member of a group of protists called alveolates.

!!! Episode 73: '''Crazy Collectors'''

!!! Episode 74: '''Gadgets'''
* [[ImprovisedWeapon Improvised Tool]]: The main focus of the episode.

!!! Episode 75: '''Psychics'''

!!! Episode 76: '''Dirty Jobs'''

!!! Episode 77: '''The Best Of the Best'''
* GrandFinale