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1[[quoteright:250:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/XenozoicTalesDarkHorse01small.jpg]]께->''In the 26th century, mankind faces an epic struggle for survival. The forces of nature have spun wildly out of control. Mighty cities have crumbled, and the dinosaurs have returned to reclaim the earth. In this savage land, one man stands alone: Jack Tenerc. Defending humanity in a world gone mad. A world where only the strong survive. A world of... [[TitleDrop Cadillacs and Dinosaurs]]!''께In 2020, the Earth is shaken by upheavals and disaster. Mankind retreats underground, hiding in shelters, waiting for the end, kept alive by the mechanics working on the machines. So dependent are the survivors on the mechanics that they become a cult, a religion.께450 years later, mankind emerges to find a world that should not exist, filled with animals and plants from all ages of Earth's history. A world where dinosaurs hunt sabertooth cats and pterosaurs wheel above oceans filled with trilobites. Welcome to the Xenozoic age.께The world first appeared in ''Death Rattle'' #8 in a short story called ''Xenozoic!'' which introduced the characters and concepts. This was rapidly spun off into its own series under the name ''Xenozoic Tales'', which premiered in February, 1987 and ran through issue 14, published in October 1996. Never officially canceled, creator Mark Schultz (not the Christian singer ''or'' the [[Film/{{Foxcatcher}} wrestler]]) still insists he'll be getting issue 15 out at some point. Don't hold your breath. Issue 14 didn't show up until two years after issue 13, largely due to the lushly detailed artwork Schultz drew. It's somewhat better known under the label "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs", which was the title of the first trade and rapidly supplanted the actual title in the minds of many fans.께The series focused on Old Blood Mechanic Jack Tenrec, who seeks to protect mankind against another catastrophe by working with the environment instead of against it. He also enjoyed working on classic cars, buried in the underground chambers with humanity during the long retreat from the surface. He lives in the City In the Sea (the remains of New York, now mostly submerged), protecting people from dinosaurs and dinosaurs from people and driving his precious ancient cars (modified to run on dinosaur guano) around the nearby deserts.께Alternately working with and against Jack is Hannah Dundee, ambassador from the city of Wassoon (Washington, D.C.), who has come to the City In The Sea for hidden reasons. While Jack is the NatureHero, Hannah is the pragmatic type, believing in scientific explanations. Together, they struggle against poachers, corrupt politicians, and the wilderness while coming ever closer to understanding the mysteries of their world, including the sentient, reptilian Grith, who apparently knew far more than they ever let on.께The series was popular enough to have several [[SpinOff spin-offs]], usually under the ''Cadillacs and Dinosaurs'' label, including a Saturday morning cartoon by Creator/{{Nelvana}}[[note]] and animated by Creator/{{APPP}}[[/note]], an RPG setting, two video games (an arcade beat 'em up ''VideoGame/CadillacsAndDinosaurs'' by Creator/{{Capcom}} and a visual novel ''The Second Cataclysm'' for the UsefulNotes/SegaCD), and even comics published by other companies during the lengthy gaps between issues of the main title.께In 2015, Mark Schultz released '''''Storms At Sea''''', an illustrated novella which is not directly connected with ''Xenozoic Tales'' and is set in what appears to be an alternative twentieth century. But in a trope of RecursiveCanon, the characters in ''Storms'' find a prediction warning of the world becoming exactly as shown in ''Xenozoic'', including the causes of this dire future to come. ----!!Contains examples of:* AfterTheEnd: The basic setting.* AmazonBrigade: Big Red and her all-female biker crew in "The Wild Ones". Subverted in that the reason it's all-female is because a mystery disease wiped out the men in their population when they were still underground as opposed to them actively shunning men. Not that this keeps Big Red and her crew seeing the men they do encounter (i.e. Jack and co.) as the weaker gender and expendable breeding stock.* AndManGrewProud: Whether the Old Blood Mechanics story of what caused the end is true or not is a matter of debate.* AnimatedAdaptation: It's based on a comic book, it's got dinosaurs, what better to do with it than put it on Saturday Morning?* AppliedPhlebotinum: The world's random mix of wildlife from all different stages of earth's history is explained by [[spoiler:a mysterious substance found in some meteorites that [[EvolutionaryLevels "speeds up evolution"]].]]* ArtEvolution: Mark Schultz' skill at drawing improves dramatically between the first ''Death Rattle'' story and the last issue of the series. Unfortunately, there's an inverse relationship between his skill drawing and the length of time between issues.* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: It has to be admitted. Not because Schultz didn't know better, but because he very consciously chose to discard it to make a better story. Schultz dinosaurs, at least in the later issues, are actually very well-researched and as accurate as he could make them.* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: That's the second biggest [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvestmen harvestman]] I've ever seen.* BarbieDollAnatomy: Used in the dream sequences when Hannah ends up unclothed. Jack gets the SceneryCensor treatment.* BareYourMidriff: Hannah a majority of the time.* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Jack and Hannah. Argue LikeAnOldMarriedCouple? Check. Have sex with each other in several issues? Check. Go back to old-married couple mode in the issue following--if not just the later in-- the one they just had sex in? Check.* BettyAndVeronica: Very thinly implied with Jack as the Archie caught between Hannah and Gov. Dahlgren. Who is the Betty and who is the Veronica depends on which woman's point of view you take. There's also the briefly explored but much clearer love triangle between Hannah (Archie), current partner Jack (Betty) and ex-lover Lord Baclutha (Veronica).** The Topps Comics storyline entitled "The Wild Ones" toys with this between Jack (Archie), Hannah (Betty), and Big Red (Veronica).* BerserkButton: ''Don't abuse the dinosaurs while Jack's watching.''* CallARabbitASmeerp: Different names have developed for the dinosaurs (slithers), which makes sense if you assume that dinosaur books weren't a priority inclusion in the underground shelters. Examples include ''Tyrannosaurus'' (shivats), ''Allosaurus''/''Deinonychus'' (cutters), ''Triceratops'' (macks), and pterosaurs (zekes). Inexplicably, every isolated city seems to have independently used the same names. Averted in the case of mammoths which are called mammoths.* BothSidesHaveAPoint: While Jack is correct in that over reliance on industry and technology will simply repeat the errors made that caused the Cataclysm in the first place and that generally make the Earth a toxic place to live in any case if allowed to progress unchecked, his opponents' contend that over reliance on the mechanics to the point of fanaticism and completely shunning technology designed to make human survival easier isn't necessarily a good thing, either.* CoolCar: Modified to run without gasoline. Any car that has to outrun a charging mammoth, ''Brontotherium'', or ''Styracosaurus'' is automatically cool.* CoolGuns: Lovingly emphasized are the large holsters with large revolvers worn on nearly everyone's hip all the time.* CoolPet: Hermes, Jack's pet [[CallARabbitASmeerp "cutter"]]. In the comics and the cartoon, he's portrayed as an ''Allosaurus''; in the toy line and the video game he's a ''Deinonychus'', probably to cash in on the ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' raptor's popularity.* CorruptPolitician: Gorgostamos and Scharnhorst. Nock, already questionable, becomes more of one after Scharnorst is elected. Hannah forewarns Jack when he seeks Wassoon asylum that her own leaders are constantly power-playing against each other and shouldn't be trusted. Averted with Dahlgren, who sympathizes with the Old Bloods, and Toulouse, who simply wants what's best for the City and its people but is easily manipulated because of this.* CrouchingNiceGuyHiddenJerkass: Gov. Nock starts out as a nice enough fellow, but gradually shows his opposition to Jack, Hannah's presence, and the Machinatio Vitae as the series goes on, to the point that he sycophantically sides with everything Scharnhorst says and does. ''Everything''.** Likewise, Gov. Gorgostamos seems [[AffablyEvil sympathetic]] to helping Hannah reach a peaceful resolution with Jack by meeting privately with him. It's a ploy to get Gorgostamos close enough to assassinate the mechanic.* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Well, dreaming of things that are currently happening, but which the characters are unaware of, at least.* DreamSequence: Used at least twice.* EgomaniacHunter: Lord Balclutha.* EvilPoacher: The primary antagonists for the early part of the series and in the cartoon, especially the Terhune family.* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: For obvious reasons. * FatBastard: Gorgostamos, Scarnhorst and Hammer Terhune are prominent villains, and all morbidly obese. I sense AnAesop about overconsumption...* FieryRedhead: Big Red from "The Wild Ones". Notable because nearly every Caucasian woman portrayed in the series is an AloofDarkhairedGirl, Hannah notwithstanding on the aloof part.* FurBikini: Hannah wears a fur-one-piece swimsuit at one point. It is, however, a swimsuit, not her typical clothing.* GreenAesop: Talk to an Old Blood Mechanic, any Old Blood Mechanic.* HerosClassicCar: Jack is a mechanic who enjoys restoring classic Cadillacs (which by this point are over 400 years old) and uses a red 50s era one to get around a dinosaur infested jungle.* HotScientist: Hannah is a downplayed example. She is never seen actually '''doing''' anything scientific, but she represents science as a positive force in the series.* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: Hannah's jealous ex-lover, Lord Baclutha, plays this with Jack as the prey.* {{Hypocrite}}: Jack openly opposes nearly all technology, seeing it as an evil that endangers the natural balance. However, he has no problem resurrecting mid-20th century gas guzzling cars that certainly contributed to pre-Cataclysmic Earth's pollution for his own enjoyment. To be fair, he's refurbished them to run on "slither guano", as in dinosaur excrement, of all things.* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Hannah is particular about how she is insulted. Not that reminding her about the rest of the insult is a good idea.* LicensedGame: Both an RPG and two video games, one of which was an arcade side scrolling BeatEmUp by good ol' Creator/{{Capcom}} and is considered a classic in its genre. The other is a visual novel for the UsefulNotes/SegaCD is which less well remembered.* LizardFolk: The Grith, who apparently have been living in hiding beneath Earth's surface since the Mesozoic Era. * LostTechnology: Less advanced than most lost technology, but still lost, including an atomic bomb...* LowerDeckEpisode: The backup stories not only allowed the comic to be filled-in with a faster artist, but gave some screen time to people besides the main characters (both minor and just new).* ManipulativeBitch: How Scharnhorst goes from being a lowly Mole(not [[TheMole that kind]], but a person who keeps the ancient literature and artifacts safely tucked away in underground vaults) to being one of the City's governors.* MisplacedWildlife and MisplacedVegetation: Justified by the AppliedPhlebotinum. As long as [[BellisariosMaxim you don't think about it too hard]].* MotherNatureFatherScience: Hannah and Jack both invert and subvert this.* MysteriousProtector: The Grith, to Hannah.* NatureHero: Jack Tenrec has some elements of this, as do most of the other Old Blood Mechanics.* NiceJobBreakingItHero: When attempting to speak on Mustapha's behalf during the gubernatorial election, Jack lets his temper get the better of him and launches into an angry tirade against Mustapha's less than scrupulous competitor, [[CorruptPolitician Scharnhorst]]. This ends up swaying the other three governors to elect Scharnhorst, which in turn leads to Jack being incarcerated (and forced to seek asylum in Wassoon after he's sprung) and Scharnhorst calling open season on the City's Old Blood population.* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: According to WordOfGod, Jack and Hannah have been designed with slight inspiration from classic Hollywood stars Creator/BurtLancaster and Creator/BarbaraStanwyck, respectively.* NoNewFashionsInTheFuture: And don't ask where Hannah gets pants that fit her that well.* NotGoodWithPeople: Jack. In fact, it's his Achilles heel throughout the series.* OrphanedSeries: *sniff* As of the last issue, we see Jack forced to seek asylum in Wassoon where he plots with its leaders to retake the City in the Sea by force, while the other Old Bloods organize a resistance to Scharnhorst's environmentally destructive policies.* PrehistoricMonster: Averted. The dinosaurs and various other prehistoric animals are treated as normal animals and part of the setting.* PulpMagazine: Not an actual pulp adventure, but clearly influenced by them.* RagnarokProofing: Miles and miles and miles of Earth have been wiped clean of any sign humanity ever existed, continents have been reshaped, and the sea level has risen. But New York's skyscrapers are still standing, despite having all the lower levels soaked.* RaisedByWolves: Hannah finds a child who was raised by the Grith and doesn't understand other humans.* TheResistance: After Scharnhorst's rise to power, the Old Bloods form this to slow down her agenda of wiping them out and attempting to conquer nature, which they fear could lead to a second cataclysm.* RuleOfCool: Oh, come on, Cadillacs AND dinosaurs! In the future! After the apocalypse!* SceneryPorn: Mark Schultz drawing style is so detailed by the end of the series it can take several minutes to absorb each panel.* SchizoTech: Justified in that the 20th century technology is recovered from the vaults.* ScienceIsBad: Jack's opinion. Hannah disagrees in a good way, Scarnhorst disagrees in a bad way.* StockDinosaurs: Averted, many, many types of dinosaurs are used in the series, beyond the commonly known few.* TyrannosaurusRex: The shivats.* UnresolvedSexualTension: Hannah and Jack.** In the cartoon series, yes. In the comic, [[spoiler: Baclutha hunts Jack because he wants Hannah, and he caught Jack and Hannah doing the nasty (this is shown on-panel). This comes several issues after a story in which they spend the night in a tent together, and the narrator of that story says in no uncertain terms that not only were they having sex then, but that it's pretty well-accepted among their friends and acquaintances that the two run off and go at it whenever the mood strikes them. The series doesn't clearly define the boundaries of the relationship, but sex is certainly not where the tension lies for those two.]]* TheVoiceless: The Grith do not speak, but communicate with humans using Scrabble tiles. It's also implied they have some kind of telepathy. Neither does the human child they raised.께----

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