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  • Bonding over Missing Parents: Inverted. The thing that bonded Spear (a caveman) and Fang (a tyrannosaur) was that they both lost their families. One day while hunting for food for his family, Spear hears screaming and runs to see his wife and children being eaten alive by a pack of Horned Tyrannosaurs. Then after some time has past, he sees the same Horned Tyrannosaurs attacking Fang and her babies. Spear steps in and teams up with Fang to fight them. When it appears that they have slain all the Horned Tyrannosaurs, Fang's babies come and gently play with Spear's hair. Then the Horned Tyrannosaurus alpha appears and before Spear or Fang can do anything, it eats Fang's babies alive, to their shock and horror. Spear and Fang fight together and kill the alpha. Nether of them are satisfied, having both failed to protect their families. Fang just lays down while Spear sadly walks alway. Later, while walking on a beach, Spear sees Fang following him, and after a moment of consideration, Spear accepts Fang, and the two head off into the night as a new family.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: At first they had issues that almost led them to fight over dominance, but after enough time together while saving each other, now they would do anything to protect one another.
  • Interspecies Friendship: A primitive human and an intelligent Tyrannosaurus brought together by shared loss.
  • Not So Different: They're both parents who lost their families to the same predators (Fang lost her babies while Spear lost both his children and his mate). Realizing this brings them together.

Voiced by: Aaron LaPlante
A prehistoric hunter who goes on a journey after losing his family.
  • Action Dad: He was this before his children died. A flashback shows how he taught his son how to hunt.
  • All Cavemen Were Neanderthals: He looks like a stereotypical Neanderthal-like caveman with a bulky physique, hunched posture, thick arms, and enormous fists, as well as thick brows and a flat forehead. He also seems to have Super Strength, considering he fights animals far larger than him with his bare hands. His characterization, however, is decidedly unstereotypical, being a rare example of a Neanderthal-like character who is treated by the story as a connectable person with feelings rather than as a simple brute or the butt of a joke. With the introduction of Mira, a modern human, it's heavily suggested that he is a Neanderthal.
  • Anti-Hero: He brutally kills his opponents, but considering that this is a dog-eat-dog world where our moral standards don't exist yet, it's justified for his situation. Spear is even shown preparing to attack Fang and her family before being interrupted by the horned tyrannosaurs. He does have an altruistic side, however, as he returns the old mammoth's tusk to its herd and he saves one of the cave-dwellers and the food he was bringing despite it putting him at risk.
  • Barbarian Longhair: Spear sports shoulder-long black hair, and he's a powerful, savage hunter struggling to survive in a primordial world.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: He defeats Krog by drinking the same Super Serum that made Krog into a gargantuan ape-man, turning into a giant himself than making mincemeat out of Krog and the rest of the ape-men.
  • The Berserker: It is not a good idea to enrage Spear as he will be rolling with pure brutality and aggression towards his enemies. This in turn causes him to become very ferocious in battle as he often became a force to be reckoned with when angered. Played straight when he drinks the Ape Man serum where he goes into full-on beast mode and absolutely massacres any ape in his way.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: His eyebrows are noticeably bushy and large. They're possibly big intentionally to signify his non-verbal emotions more clearly.
  • Blade on a Stick: His weapon of choice, which he is named for.
  • Blood-Splattered Warrior: After killing the entire tribe of Ape-Men, he emerges from the corpses covered in blood. He later ends up covered in blood, both his own and that of the wild dogs that were attacking him and Fang.
  • Brains and Brawn: Played with. Neither of the main characters are either particularly dumb or weak but while Spear is strong he relies on his weaponry and innovation in combat more than brute strength.
    • In many cases, his brute strength allows him to exercise even more of his brainpower, like ripping the tooth out of a tyrannosaur's head to stab it, or hauling a T-Rex across the landscape with a makeshift stretcher.. A lot of his strategies simply wouldn't work if he weren't insanely strong to begin with.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Spear demonstrates almost superhuman-level feats of strength at times. Probably the most prominent example in the very first episode is when he throws his spear straight through a fully-grown T. Rex like a bullet. Though he was in a full Unstoppable Rage at the time. He later, with the aid of a sled, drags Fang an undisclosed but seeming considerable distance in search of a safe place for her to heal. The bumper before the episode points out Fang weighs about 10 tonnes.
  • Combat Pragmatist: If his trademark spear isn't available to him, he'll use rocks or whatever else nearby he can get his hands on.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After losing his wife and kids to a pack of horned T. rex, Spear climbs a tall cliff and ponders whether or not he should just step off of it. He ultimately doesn't go through, but he did spend many hours at the edge of the cliff thinking about if he should.
  • Due to the Dead: He makes a habit of comforting his prey during their final moments if he's given the opportunity to.
  • Extreme Omnivore: He's shown eating quite a wide variety of critters in the show. Truth in Television, as actual hunter gatherers can't afford to be picky about their diet, and in fact humans in general play this trope pretty strongly compared to other animals.
  • Fantastic Racism: In the first episode, he decides to try and kill Fang not because she's a threat but because she's a dinosaur similar to the dinosaurs that killed and ate his family. He does change his mind about her when he sees that she has a family of her own and helps her fight off the dinosaurs that killed both their families.
  • Force and Finesse: The finesse to Fang's force. His fighting style frequently involves the application of innovation and skill whether by his huge athleticism or inventive tactics.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: By hunter-gatherer standards, at least. In episode 3 he fashions a yoke out of mammoth parts, which logically shouldn't be invented until the domestication of oxen, and in episode 6 he constructs a sort of one-man gurney/sled out of bamboo.
  • Genius Bruiser: He has the intelligence that comes with being a human, but he's also strong enough to kill a T. rex using only his spear and a large stone.
  • Good Parents: He was a loving father to his children, which made their deaths devastating for him.
  • Heroic Willpower: Spear not only manages to roll a multitone dinosaur onto a stretcher, he then carries an unspecified but meaty distance in search of safety. He only stops because his hands are so blistered and bruised he literally can't lift it anymore.
  • Hidden Depths: Spear is a powerful warrior with a tenacious will to survive. In quiet moments, he tends to enjoy cave painting and shadow puppetry.
  • HULK MASH!-Up: In the fifth episode, "Rage of the Ape-Men", Spear drinks a sip of the ape-men's potion and turns into a blue-skinned, muscle-bound giant who goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Hulking Out: In the fifth episode he drinks all of the ape-men's potion, turning him into a rampaging monster looking like a prehistoric version of The Incredible Hulk.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Fang, a tyrannosaur.
  • Javelin Thrower: Naturally. He is very skilled in spear fighting up close, but he is very accurate when it comes to throwing his spear.
  • The Juggernaut: After he drinks all of he ape men's potion. Krog, who had just inflicted a Curb-Stomp Battle on Fang, can't do any real damage to Spear before he rips the apes arms off and beats him to death with them.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: While extremely courageous, in response to certain targets Spear will decide simply to flee, and for good reason. So far these have been limited to the infected Sauropod, which was so massive he and Fang had no chance to win, and the Coven of the Damned, which wielded powers outside his and Fang's comprehension, making them far too risky to challenge.
  • Manly Tears: It's mainly subverted in the first episode, Spear wasn't visibly sobbing but instead sniffles after seeing his family devoured by the horned tyrannosaurs.
    • At the beginning of Scent of Prey, he actually does shed tears. His grieving was so emotionally distressing, he lets out a mournful Skyward Scream when he assumed that Fang passed away from her injuries... Only to figure out that she's still alive, but was in no condition to actually move.
  • Nice Guy: It doesn't get shown too often, what with everything trying to kill him and having to hunt, but Spear has shown to be an affable man outside of that. He was a loving father to his children, allowed Fang to follow him in mutual grief for their lost families, showed remorse in killing an elderly mammoth for food and clothing, returned its tusk to its herd, and saved a cave dweller despite having no reason to. He even has a willingness to save those who he hears the cries of. Such as when he hears the blood curdling screams from a Ceratopsian herd as they're being butchered by The Night Feeder, readying himself to charge to their aid, only to be stopped by Fang. He then shows genuine sorrow and regret when he sees the aftermath of the creature's carnage, failing to save them. He's also quick to show Mira he means no harm, lowering his weapon and making a fire for them to rest.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Spear is normally extremely courageous, charging into battle with animals many times his size and coming up on top. He's absolutely terrified of the plagued Argentinosaurus and spends almost the entire episode in fear from it since neither he nor Fang can do a damn thing to the creature and their only option is to Run or Die.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Curiously, his onscreen diet is almost entirely carnivorous. Only twice does he attempt to eat vegetation, neither attempt being successful (the first time he tries to get some fruit from a tree, but Fang of all creatures eats the fruit before he can. Later he's offered a stewed tuber of some sort by Mira, reacting to it with confusion and unfamiliarity, spitting out his first bite in disgust).
  • Screaming Warrior: He charges into fights with a roar. Sometimes does this even outside of fights as a sign of frustration.
  • Signature Move: Throwing his spear - he cuts, stabs, and slices with it as well, but when he throws it, it's always a special moment of awesome.
    • When he does not have his spear, he will pick up a large rock and attack with it, usually at the leg of the enemy he's fighting. It's not usually a fatal move, but a disabling one that either slows down his enemies, or lets him figure out what they're vulnerable to.
  • Silent Snarker: Spear can convey some truly withering snark with a trademark exasperated look, usually directed at Fang when she annoys him.
  • Stout Strength: Seemingly downplayed. It's not that Spear isn't actually fat or obese in anyway shape or form, but has more of a widened and a typically natural broader and muscular build in a way that male neanderthals are usually drawn. His own bulk doesn't even slow him down in the slightest and he's no slouch in terms of strength.
  • Suddenly Speaking: At the end of the Season 1 finale, he says his first word.
    Spear: Mira.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The "Tiny" Guy to Fang's Huge Girl.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • When Spear finds the T-Rexes that killed his family he utterly lets loose all of his rage and frustration to where he was able to kill them despite him fighting full-grown dinosaurs.
    • During the Ape Man trials when he sees his companion Fang being beaten almost to near death, he downs the entirety of the Apes's serum and transforms into a hulking blueish monster who literally destroys their champion by beating him with his own severed limbs and proceeds to kill every last of the tribe in an extremely bloody rampage.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: He avenged his family by killing the tyrannosaurs responsible. But if his sloping to the ground immediately afterwards is any indication, he felt no joy in it.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He is by no means weak, but as a human faced with the larger prehistoric monsters of his time he's forced to rely on attacking their blind spots, using nearby objects as weapons, or teaming up with Fang to win against them.
    • Special mention should also be given to his skillfulness with his spear. Whether it be accuracy and power in his throws that let him take down tyrannosaurs or his abilities in close combat, being able to dodge, thrust, and cut to kill many different types of monster, Spear's namesake weapon and skill with it is a strong showcase for the human ability to overcome the primal wilderness.
  • When He Smiles: Spear is usual grim-faced and frowning but when he smiles it's a beautiful thing.

A female Tyrannosaur who befriends Spear after she also loses her family.
  • Action Girl: Fang is a ferocious T-Rex who can easily rip her opponents to shreds. She’s also tough to boot, able to take multiple hits and still stand her ground.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Zig-Zagged, while Fang does do some dog-like things (putting her face in Spear's to sniff his food and laying down like one), the show never makes one forget that Fang is very intelligent and a large carnivorous dinosaur that is Spear's equal rather than a pet.
  • Animals Not to Scale: She's generally much smaller compared to humans than an actual full grown T. rex would've been (though this depends on the shot), and we know she's full grown since she's introduced bringing food to her young. Though it's possible that she's not supposed to be an actual Tyrannosaurus Rex per se, but rather some smaller-sized, closely related fictional species.
  • Brains and Brawn: Played with. Fang displays near-human level intelligence but she is far more simple in her approach to situations than Spear. She makes up for this by being the notably more powerful of the pair.
  • Big Eater: Whenever food is involved, chances are is that she'll tend to chow down a lot more than Spear (even on some fruit he finds!). Justified, as she's a much larger creature that would naturally require a lot more food and energy to stay alive than Spear.
  • Cowardly Lion: She's a fierce tyrannosaur and is normally anything but cowardly, but her near-death experience when fighting a giant snake gave her a phobia of anything snake-like so much that she runs in fear from a harmless earthworm.
  • The Comically Serious: Given her menacing appearance, it makes her reactions in more comedic situations all the funnier.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: When she and Spear come to blows in "A River of Snakes", she beats him easily.
    • After she recovers in "Scent of Prey" she slaughters the pack of hyenas who had been chasing them, delivering such an asskicking that they all run away scared.
  • Deuteragonist: She's this to Spear's protagonist. Spear is the main character whom the story focuses on, but Fang is his closest associate and companion during their journey.
  • Dumb Dinos: Inverted; Fang is very intelligent.
  • Everyone Has Standards: She's more selfish and callous than Spear is but when they come across the herd of uneaten dead sauropods, she's just as shocked and horrified as he is.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Evil-Detecting Tyrannosaur in this case. She instantly senses something is wrong when they come across the dead sauropods, just the smell of them causing her shock.
  • Force and Finesse: The force to Spear's finesse. 9 times out of 10 Fang's main tactic is to bulldoze into her enemies and overwhelm them with sheer power.
  • Good Parents: She was shown to be a caring mother for her hatchlings. Just like with Spear, she was greatly saddened by their deaths.
  • Goomba Stomp: In Terror Under the Blood Moon, she (in an awesome/humorous fashion) leaps and crushes the spines of the giant red bats that were flying directly in her path, 3 times in a row.
  • Heroic Willpower: Seeing Spear's wounds from battling the hyenas, Fang tries to force herself to stand on her injured leg. He talks her down but she not only gets on her feet in time to save him, she manages to completely overwhelm the pack.
  • Interspecies Friendship: With Spear, a caveman.
  • It Can Think: It's made clear early on that Fang is very intelligent. She's emotive, stubborn, occasionally selfish, and capable of abstract thinking/planning.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Fang can be notably more selfish and willful than Spear, stealing his kills and leaving him to drag a large pile of meat that logically she would have a much easier time pulling (although this may be a case of her simply not understanding what Spear was trying to do, as he had probably only just invented the yoke then and there). That being said, she doesn't hesitate to risk her life to protect Spear and volunteered as a heat source to protect him from a freezing blizzard.
  • Kill Steal: She devoured most of the boars Spear had hunted (that was clearly his food) in the second episode. Not only that but Fang also eats it practically right in front of his face.
  • King of the Dinosaurs: Of the "heroic badass" variety. She's a tyrannosaur with an enlarged fang, although she's smaller than a fully grown T. rex (closer in size to an Albertosaurus or a Gorgosaurus). She's also very powerful, being able to kill creatures far larger than her.
  • Lightning Bruiser: She's much larger and stronger than Spear, but is still just as fast as him.
  • Made of Iron: Fang can take a serious beating and come back from it relatively uninjured. She's been crushed between two mammoths and body-slammed by a giant spider without serious injury. Her one-sided beating from the enhanced Krog left her near death, but she was back to fighting form in a period of days.
  • Mama Bear: Fang puts up a hard fight to protect her kids. She still fails.
  • Meaningful Name: She's named after the large snaggletooth in her lower jaw.
  • Mighty Roar: Of course she has one, especially when she's ready for battle.
  • Monster Is a Mommy: Well, she was. Spear first believes she's a bloodthirsty predator just like the dinosaurs that killed his family and wants to kill her, but seeing her babies makes him change his mind.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: When she sniffs one of the dead sauropods, which would normally be food, she recoils in disgust and horror. She is also just as terrified of the plagued sauropod as Spear is.
  • Playing Possum: She does this to trick the giant bats into bringing her to their lair, where she knows Spear is.
  • Tail Slap: Whenever she's not using her jaws, Fang uses that tail of hers for good use in combat. Although trying to use her tail as a desperate attempt against Krog wasn't a good idea as he instantly caught it before breaking her leg.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Her brow has ridges that evoke feminine eyelashes, and go up to a point in a similar shape to eyeshadow. Other than that, though, there's really no outward indication of her gender.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The Huge Girl to Spear's Tiny Guy.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: She seems to have a fondness for fish, although she's not picky when it comes to eating other food.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Her main terms of fighting enemies is just to viciously bite into any creature Fang can get her jaws on until they bleed, or adding more weight to her attacks for highly damaging strikes. Fang is still an intelligent predator of her kind, however when it comes to battle she'll make sure to deliver all sorts of pain with her power. Highly justified since because she is a T-Rex, is very large, and has her own natural weapons whilst her partner Spear is more adaptable and strategic to desparate situations.
  • Your Size May Vary: All the animals in this series have fairly fluid sizes from scene to scene with Fang's size shifts throughout the show. Sometimes she's as big as a small tyrannosaur, other times she towers over Spear. Notable examples are episode 1, where her size relative to both the Alpha and Spear shifts constantly, episode 4, where she's medium size throughout, and episode 6, wheres in some shots she appears to be as big or bigger than a real T. rex.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Due to experiencing the river of snakes, Fang comes to fear snakes. So much so that she even gets scared of an earthworm (another legless creature) because it reminds her of a snake. Spear tries to show her there's nothing to fear, to no avail. He then proceeds to eat it.

Family members

    Spear's Family 
Spear's wife, daughter, and son.
  • Death of a Child: Both of Spear's children are eaten by the horned tyrannosaurs.
  • Not Enough to Bury: They are devoured whole by tyrannosaurs, leaving nothing left but bloodstains on the grass.
  • Nubile Savage: Spear's wife looks a lot more like a modern human compared to her Neanderthal-like husband, with an appearance very close to modern beauty standards.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: They are killed early in the first episode, and their death is what sets Spear on his journey.

    Fang's Babies 
Fang's two nestlings.
  • Children Are Innocent: While they're afraid of Spear at first, once he helps Fang kill most of the attacking tyrannosaurs, they come over and play with him.
  • Death of a Child: The two of them are eaten by the alpha tyrannosaur.
  • Stuffed in the Fridge: They are killed in the first episode. Fang's struggle (and ultimate failure) to protect them from the predators is what makes Spear see the two of them are Not So Different.

Other Creatures

    Giant Crocodile (Deinosuchus
A giant water predator that attacks Spear as he's fishing.

A large flying creature trying to take some fish from Spear.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: It has the long neck and body proportions of Quetzalcoatlus, a bony crest on the back of its head similar to Pteranodon, and a toothed bill and fleshy crest-like Pterodactylus.
  • One-Shot Character: It lands, smells Spear's fish, roars at something, and then leaves.
  • Ptero Soarer: It appears to be hairless, has five fingers on its wings (four claws plus the long membrane-holding finger), and is a mix-match of different pterodactyloids. At least it walks (mostly) on four limbs and does not grasp anything with its feet.
  • Shown Their Work: For all its inaccuracies, at least it is quadrupedal, has non-columnar forelimbs, and hunts terrestrially like a large azhdarchid. It is also one of the few pterosaurs in fiction to be depicted with a fleshy crest, which we know some pterosaurs to have possessed in real life.

    Horned Tyrannosaurus
A pack of monstrous predators who kill both Spear's and Fang's families.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The alpha is gigantic, at the size of a sauropod. It's understandable if you mistake its normal-sized pack members as its children.
  • Evil Is Bigger: They are slightly bigger than Fang, the sympathetic Tyrannosaurus, and their leader is humongous, with a body length between 20 and 30 meters.
  • Horns of Villainy: All of them have horns (two of them having a Ceratosaurus-like horn, another a horn arrangement like an African rhinoceros, and the last one small hornlets on the snout similar to Alioramus), which the more sympathetic Tyrannosaurus Fang lacks.
  • Informed Species: Downplayed in that, despite their horns, they possess the general body size (save for the sauropod-sized alpha), proportions, and two-fingered hands of Tyrannosaurus. Although the one with the most (and smallest) horns is the closest looking to a real Tyrannosaurus.
  • King of the Dinosaurs: Of the "terrifying Prehistoric Monster" variety. Despite their horns, all of them are identified in the animatic as T. rex, and they are shown to be fierce, bloodthirsty creatures. Their alpha is also gigantic, at least twice the size of the largest real life tyrannosaurs.
  • Made of Plasticine: As typical for a gory series. Spear can kill one of them by throwing a spear through its torso like a bullet.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: They are the correct size and shape for a T. rex, but they have horns like rhinos, Ceratosaurus, or Alioramus.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: The horned Tyrannosaurus are either the same species as Fang or at least a closely related species. This does not stop them from seeing Fang's offspring as prey. Truth in Television in that their species really were cannibalistic.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: They're just predators targeting what they think are prey.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: Spear bashes one of the horned tyrannosaurs' legs in with a rock, resulting in a compound fracture, but after a few seconds of screaming it just snaps the leg back into place and keeps attacking like nothing happened, though it does seem to have a limp for the short period it survives after fixing its leg.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: They a dark shade of red with prominent black stripes.
  • Starter Villain: The first foes that Spear and Fang fight together.
  • Your Size May Vary: The alpha is enormous, but how big it varies from scene to scene. In its first appearance, it seems gigantic, with the other tyrannosaurs looking like infants next to it; in the scene where it attacks Fang's babies, it only seems slightly larger than its other pack-members.

    Horned Deer (Syndyoceras
A herbivore Spear used to hunt.
  • Animals Not to Scale: The Syndyoceras in the flashback scene of "A Cold Death" is around the size of a large moose. In real life it was as big as a medium-sized deer or antelope, weighing about 60 kg.
  • Gentle Giant: It's an enormous herbivore that shows no sign of aggression, instead fleeing for its life as Spear and his son try to kill it.
  • One-Hit Kill: Killed from a single, well-aimed spear strike.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: One of first times a protoceratid is represented in a cartoon.

    Giant Snakes
A colony of serpents living behind a waterfall.
  • Animals Not to Scale: While the largest one is about the right length for a Titanoboa, it's also much thicker than that species was.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The largest one is about the right size for Titanoboa, a giant constrictor snake from the Eocene.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: They are gigantic snakes and hostile predators.
  • Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying: They resemble pythons or boas, but have fangs like venomous snakes (a common error in constrictor snakes in cartoons). And yet, they seem to be non-venomous just like pythons and boas.

A herd of intelligent giant beasts migrating through a frozen wasteland.
  • Animals Not to Scale: Real-life woolly mammoths were slightly smaller than African elephants. These beasts, especially their matriarch, are at least twice as big, towering over Fang, a Tyrannosaurus.
  • Anti-Villain: The mammoths attack Spear and Fang remorselessly, but it's only because they ate one of their own and took away its tusk. Once Spear gives it to them, they retreat to ceremonial grounds.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Averted. Fang and Spear barely manage to kill the elderly mammoth, and when the rest of the herd attacks, they aren't able to kill a single one of them.
  • Cruel Elephant: Subverted. They're aggressive and try to kill Spear and Fang, but only because they took the tusk of the elderly mammoth with them. Once Spear gives them the tusk, they stop attacking.
  • Due to the Dead: They hold a funeral ceremony for the elderly mammoth, swinging side to side while humming and touching his tusk with their trunks. While it's not known if actual mammoths did this, modern elephants certainly do.
  • Elephant Graveyard: They take the tusk of their fallen herd-mate to one of these, holding some kind of funeral ceremony for him.
  • Eye Scream: Subverted. Spear uses a rock to seemingly smash the eye of the elderly mammoth into a bloody pulp, but the eye itself remains intact.
  • Genius Bruiser: As expected from a herd of elephants. They are giants who can smash rock with their heads, are intelligent enough to track enemies and take advantage of their numbers.
  • Handicapped Badass: The old mammoth who got lost from the herd was old, clearly sick, and missing a tusk. It still put an impressive fight.
  • Honorable Elephant: The mammoths are presented as particularly intelligent prehistoric beasts who mourn for their dead.
  • Implacable Man: When the mammoth herd wants to avenge their dead, they will pursue the object of their vengance and they walk off everything Fang and Spear throw at them.
  • It Can Think: The fact that they can comprehend vengeance and giving Due to the Dead shows that they are not by any means stupid.
  • Large and in Charge: The mammoths are all giants, but the matriarch of the herd is noticeably bigger than the rest.
  • Lightning Bruiser: They aren't as fast as Spear and Fang, but they are by no means slow despite their bulk.
  • Mammoths Mean Ice Age: Not exactly Ice Age, but they are shown living in a snowy environment.
  • Mook Chivalry: Averted hard, the mammoths take advantage of their greater numbers.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The matriarch cares for the rest of her herd, and is convinced by Spear to allow him and Fang to live.
  • Shown Their Work: Elephants will hold funeral ceremonies to a deceased member of the herd. There's no doubt that mammoths did the same since they are true elephants.
  • Super Toughness: The elderly mammoth was resilient despite her age. The younger ones can take getting bitten by Fang and it does no lasting damage to them.

    Saber-toothed Wolves
A pack of scavengers feeding on dead mammoths.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: They look like wolves with Smilodon-like teeth.
  • Oh, Crap!: They quickly scatter when the mammoth herd approaches them.
  • One-Shot Character: They scavenge on the corpse of the mammoth, then retreat when the other mammoths return.
  • Savage Wolves: Averted. Their role is scavenging the body of the elderly mammoth. When the other mammoths come back, they run away.

A pack of dinosaurs living on a savannah who attack Spear and Fang.
  • Book-Ends: They are seen in the beginning chasing down Fang and Spear. They appear in the end when Spear decides to lure the giant bats into the tall grass where the raptors live so they can deal with each other.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: They appear at the start of the episode and become important in the duo's escape strategy from the flock of bats, as the duo lure the bats into the same tall grass they live in.
  • Homefield Advantage: They refuse to pursue Spear and Fang into the territory of the giant bats after sundown and return to the field of tall grass but when the bats are lured into the same field at sunrise, they have no qualms about attacking them and seem to have the advantage.
  • One-Hit Point Wonder: One strike from Spear's weapon or one bite from Fang is usually enough to kill them.
  • Raptor Attack: They have the classic scaly raptor look popularized by Jurassic Park. However, they are roughly correctly sized for Deinonychus.
  • Set a Mook to Kill a Mook: At the end of the episode, Spear and Fang run into the tall grass to get the raptors to engage the bats chasing them.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Based on their size and appearance, they are most likely Deinonychus.
  • Zerg Rush: Their attack strategy is based only on numbers. The pack that attacks Spear and Fang consists of about a hundred individuals (most of which die from a single hit).

    Primitive Men
Voiced by: Aaron LaPlante, Tom Kenny
A tribe of ape-like albinos hiding in caves from the bats.
  • Androcles' Lion: After Spear saves their wounded member and brings in the food he was carrying, one of them returns his weapon to him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: They're ugly albino people who live in caverns, but they help Spear by giving him back his spear.
  • Frazetta Man: Subverted. They are definitely more primitive than Spear, essentially looking like hairless apes, but they are also somewhat intelligent, would rather run from a fight (justified given the world they live in), and actually give Spear his spear back after he loses it. Additionally, while Frazetta Man is usually a muscled apex predator in his natural environment, these people are playing second-fiddle to the Giant Bats and are starved to the point of emaciation.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: When the injured man begins to cry out to the others and another, fitter one comes hurrying towards him, he doesn't reach out for help. Instead, the injured man pushes the dead boar forward. He expects to die, and is urging his fellow to take the boar to the rest of the tribe so they don't starve.
  • Loincloth: Despite their primitive, ape-like appearance, they wear loincloths.
  • Oh, Crap!: When the one carrying the boar breaks his leg, he begins screaming. Then the rest begin screaming. They know what's going to happen next, and who's going to come for the injured one.
  • Primal Chest-Pound: One does this in both the trailer and the episode, as he charges to the rescue of his injured tribe-mate.
  • Primal Stance: They are knuckle-walkers.

    Giant Bats
A flock of monstrous bats terrorizing the savannah during a blood moon.
  • Airborne Mooks: The first flying enemies that Spear and Fang have to face.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: They have blood-red fur.
  • Animals Not to Scale: They are far bigger than any real-life bat species, close in size to the largest pterosaurs.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Their rear legs bend the wrong way for bats. On real bats, the legs face backwards, so the knees bend forward and the toes face towards the tail, and they walk plantigrade, with their heels on the ground. These giant bats have forward-facing, digitigrade legs, making them look more like a wyvern or dragon.
  • Avenging the Villain: After the Giant Spider is killed, the bats sought to avenge its death.
  • Bad Moon Rising: They attack during a blood moon.
  • Bat Out of Hell: They are blood-red, gigantic, and incredibly horrifying.
  • Berserk Button: When the giant spider is dead, they lose it and hunt down Fang and Spear.
  • Big Red Devil: While they are presumably naturally evolved animals and not supernatural, their humanoid anatomy, skull-like faces and bright red skin are clearly meant to make them evoke classical demon imagery.
  • Captain Ersatz: They resemble the vampiric bat-like humanoids from Hotel Transylvania 2 (also directed by Genndy Tartakovsky), except colored red and unable to talk.
  • Decapitated Army: Inverted. The death of the Giant Spider only causes them the entire flock to relentlessly hunt down Spear and Fang.
  • The Dreaded: They are the reason the local primitive humanoids always hide in the dark. Even the raptors flee when they know when the bats are approaching.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When one of the primitive men breaks his leg, another decided to help him out. He gets swooped up in an instant by the giant bats.
  • Fragile Speedster: The bats can be killed easily, but they are fast. So much so that when they are initially picking off the primitive men, the audience isn't even able to see what they look like.
  • Giant Flyer: They can fly and are larger than Fang.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Look closely, and you might notice some simian (or human-like) features, such as a short snout, enlarged craniums, the aformentioned forward-bending knees, and their shrieks sound rather monkey-like in some scenes. Appropriately, the animatic calls them "man-bats".
  • Seldom-Seen Species: They do resemble Necromantis, a relatively large-sized predatory bat from the Eocene, even having its characteristic strong jaw muscles and short snout. However, while the real Necromantis was likely comparable in size to modern carnivorous bats, these guys are the size of a small aircraft.
  • Zerg Rush: While significantly larger than Fang, these creatures prefer to use numbers over size to overwhelm their foes.

    Giant Spider
A monstrous spider living on top of a spire, apparently controlling the bats.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Besides its size (which completely defies the Square-Cube Law), it has a few odd anatomical features, including a toothy lower jaw under its chelicerae, and a silk gland inside its mouth (rather than the end of its abdomen).
  • Evil Tower of Ominousness: Its lair is on top of a large stone spire, giving this impression.
  • Giant Spider: Emphasis on giant. It's larger than a sauropod.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Spear kills it by ramming a Triceratops horn into its head.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Implied - while it does eat the bats' kills, the fact they try to avenge it implies this is an entirely voluntary agreement on their part. The animatic implies that they feed on its leftovers.
  • Mook Commander: Apparently it controls the bats, as they handed Spear over to it instead of eating him themselves.

    Ape Men
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Voiced by: Aaron LaPlante, Jon Olson
A tribe of hominids who capture Spear and Fang and use them in a deadly martial tournament. They return in the season finale.
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Their warriors wear a bit of jewelry, Krog wears a Triceratops skull as a helmet... and nothing else.
  • All There in the Manual: According to the credits, the name of the giant champion is Krog.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: If there are sympathetic ape-men in this world, we've yet to meet them.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Spear rips off the Ape-Man champion's arms, only to bludgeon the giant gorilla to death with his own severed arms.
  • Ax-Crazy: Their whole society. Their champions love to kill, and the smaller apes love to watch the carnage.
  • Asshole Victim: Krog fought his way through a contest held where the winner gets the right to take a Super Serum to beat an innocent captive. Even putting aside the heightened aggression, he still appeared to be plenty Ax-Crazy normally judging by how he licked his lips before drinking it given he licked his lips in anticipation of killing Fang. He deserved to get his arms torn off before Spear smashed him to a pulp.
    • When they return in the finale, they come after Mira only to be killed by her kidnappers.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: After Spear brutally kills their champion, all the smaller apes decide to Zerg Rush Spear. Unfortunately, Spear was at the time juiced up by their Super Serum, and reduced them to Ludicrous Gibs. They decided to do the smart thing and run, but Spear didn't let any of them escape.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: They are the only villains who make a return, and they are killed by the followers of the Scorpion.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The rest of the ape-men immediately Zerg Rush a hulked-out Spear even after he brutally slaughtered their champion. After he effortlessly massacres a few, they get the memo and attempt to retreat.
  • The Bus Came Back: In "Slave of the Scorpion", Mira is abducted by a squadron of similar ape-like creatures, likely the same species, albeit with glowing eyes and more jagged teeth.
  • Cool Helmet: Their champion has one in the form of a Triceratops skull.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Krog the ape champion dishes one to Fang, who only gets in a bite or two before (which does no real damage) being thrown around like a ragdoll after he took a drop of Super Serum that sends him into unstoppable bloodlust. Krog ends up on the receiving end of one when Spear takes all of the serum.
  • Elite Mook: The tribe consists of hundreds of small, white apes (somewhat resembling Japanese snow monkeys) and five huge, powerful black-furred gorilla-like warriors.
  • Evolutionary Levels: Played With. Despite being physically less advanced than the Primitive Men, technologically they are more advanced.
  • Eye Scream: A justifiably enraged Spear socks Krog (rather neatly) through the eye socket of his helmet causing blood to smear out. Not that it didn't do any good.
  • Fangs Are Evil: They have ape-like, pointy canine teeth. After Krog drinks the serum, his teeth grow in length, fitting his bloodthirsty rage.
  • Frazetta Man: Played straight. They look like anthropomorphic apes, have a violent, crude culture, and seem to enjoy hurting others. They kidnap both Fang and Spear for unknown purposes, either as food or entertainment (or both).
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: The shaman wears a long cloak that covers everything but his (or her) face and arms.
  • Hate Sink: In a cruel kill or be killed world, these apes are the first thing that could be considered evil, given they kidnap other creatures and murder them for entertainment. Their champions flat out kill each other, just for the right to murder the victim.
  • Hero Killer: Their champion greatly wounds Fang, seemingly killing her.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The black liquid they used to strengthen their champion was ingested by Spear, strengthening him and starting a killing spree.
  • Horns of Villainy: Krog wears a Triceratops skull as a helmet during his fight against Fang.
  • Kill 'Em All: Pretty much none of them survive after Spear takes the black potion and massacres all of them, even the ones that tried to retreat.
  • Killer Gorilla: All of the champion nominees are giant gorilla-men, and kill each other over the title.
  • King Kong Copy: Krog, the ape-man champion turns into one of these after drinking from the black potion.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Antagonists in the show had previously just been out looking for food or, in the case of the mammoths, out to avenge a member of their herd. These apes kidnap creatures, hold a brutal contest where their larger warriors murder each other, just for the right to drink a black potion and murder their captives. In a series that mostly operates on Grey-and-Grey Morality, these apes have proven the closest thing to characters who can be considered evil. At least until the Scorpion makes his presene knownn.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After seeing a juiced-up Spear massacre their leader and a good number of them, the remaining ones attempt to hightail it out of there. The keyword here being "attempt".
  • Ludicrous Gibs: A lot of these guys are reverted to this.
  • Maniac Monkeys: Unlike most other monsters the duo meet, these simians are not only intelligent, but they also exhibit a culture of violence and cruelty.
  • Mook Horror Show: Their final scene is this, as they run in terror from Spear, who is eviscerating them left and right.
  • No-Sell: Fang took the opportunity to bite Krog's arm while battling him. While she did manage to draw blood from him, the ape didn't even flinch in pain at the slightest and continued to beat her to a pulp regardless.
  • One-Winged Angel: The effect of the Super Serum.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: After brutally beating up Fang to the point where it looks like he killed her, the champion kinda deserved what he got.
  • Primal Chest-Pound: The largest gorilla warrior pounds his chest while fighting Krog. Then Krog also does it directly after drinking the Super Serum.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: After sipping a bit of the Super Serum Krog's eyes morph into blank red eyes, which makes him look monstrous and ruthless.
  • Religion of Evil: They hold strange and violent rituals held by a priest.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After the shaman's and Krog's deaths, the rest of the tribe immediately Zerg Rush a juiced-up Spear in an attempt to take him down despite the discrepancy in power. It ends as well as one, would expect.
  • Strong Empire, Shriveled Emperor: They have a violent society where apparently Asskicking Equals Authority - except for their shaman/high priest, who is the skinniest, most frail member of the tribe, but also seems to be the highest authority, refereeing the tournament and controlling the Super Serum.
  • Super Serum: Have one in the form of black goo that increases the size and muscle mass of the individual affected. It also makes them super-aggressive, doubling as a Psycho Serum.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Ape Men being primitive doesn't really defend them from this trope, unlike it would with other creatures, as the Apes were shown to be the smartest and the most advanced creatures in the series so far. But the fact that the Apes only retreated after Spear immediately overwhelmed them and not after he had drunk the potion or right after he killed their Champion, qualifies them for being some of the dumbest characters in the series compared to Spear or the Primitive Men.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: One of the apes that had his arm broken by Krog randomly disappeared without a trace. Either the small apes that tied up Spear and Fang presumably took him to shelter or he crawled off somewhere else not wanting to be in a worse condition.
    • For that matter, the bodies of the other apes killed by Krog seem to vanish as well.
    • The season finale shows that there are even more clans of them, clans with better weapons and perhaps the ability to enslave other species.

    Wild Dogs
A pack of giggling scavengers that pursue Spear and a wounded Fang after their skirmish with the Ape Men.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Despite the fact that they're identified as wild dogs, they also somewhat resemble hyenas (even using the spotted hyena's famous laugh occasionally). Canines and hyenas are not closely related to each other. They do, however, resemble borophagines, extinct canids with hyena-like bone-crushing jaws.
  • Boring, but Practical: A villainous variety. Chronologically, they enter the story after Spear and Fang have done battle against Ape Men powered by a mystical super serum. The wild dogs, in contrast, are more your typical garden-variety scavengers... but they are still a huge problem for a near-dead tyrannosaur, and Spear rightly regards them as such.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Subverted. Though they have numbers on their side, it's clear that under ordinary circumstances the dogs wouldn't go anywhere near a healthy, adult tyrannosaur but with Fang severely injured and barely able to move, the dogs are emboldened enough to decide to try and make a meal out of her. It's only due to the constant vigilance of Spear that they're kept at bay. Once Fang finally recovers it goes as well for the dogs as you'd expect and their remaining members promptly decide to cut their losses and flee.
  • Heinous Hyena: They have the "giggle" of spotted hyenas.
  • Hell Is That Noise:
    • Their silent, ominous vigil over Spear in the first half of the episode is always accompanied by a horrible, blaring three-note theme.
    • Their giggling also counts... especially in the moments where you can't see the dogs themselves.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: They share traits with both African wild dogs and hyenas.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Their most prominent physical characteristic, seen as they watch Spear from the gloom beyond his campfire.
  • Savage Wolves: Not wolves per se, but they play the part well enough.
  • Scavengers Are Scum: They are a pack of vicious scavengers.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Whilst simply referred to as "wild dogs", they resemble borophagines.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: They stalk Spear and Fang nonstop for days, waiting for an opportunity to strike. Justified, as this is completely normal behavior for predators hunting an injured prey item, especially in the case of a large animal that they would never be able to bring down in a healthy state.
  • Zerg Rush: There are hundreds of them.

A herd of sauropods living peacefully in a valley, until one of them gets infected with a plague.
  • All There in the Manual: David Krentz, who wrote the episode, confirmed the sauropods to be Argentinosaurus. The animatic, however, just calls them "sauropods".
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: They are depicted chewing their food and galloping, neither of which sauropods are capable of in real life. The artists also make the fairly common mistake of putting sauropod nostrils on their foreheads. While this is indeed where the nostril openings are on the skulls of most sauropods, the actual fleshy nostrils would've been in a more typical location further down on the snout.
  • Gentle Giant Sauropod: Normally. They are inoffensive for their large size but will fight back if they have to. For the aversion, see below.
  • Informed Species: Their heads are more like that of Camarasaurus, likely because Argentinosaurus was sometimes restored this way. Their forefeet also have phalangeal bones, whereas real titanosaurs walked on their knuckles.
  • Red Shirt: The rest of the herd end up being killed by their diseased member.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Probably the first non-edutainment cartoon to feature Argentinosaurus.
  • Shown Their Work: They correctly have only a single claw on the forefoot like a real sauropod. They also have brachiosaur-like bodies appropriate for a giant macronarian, and osteoderms found preserved on titanosaur fossils.

    The Plague of Madness 
A virus that drives its victims into a murderous rage and leaves them looking like the walking dead.
  • The Dreaded: Anything even touched by the plague seems instinctively avoided by most living things. The carcasses of the sauropod herd killed by their infected member don't even have any flies around them, which in normal circumstances would quickly become attracted to any carcass in droves.
  • Green Is Gross: Arguably the most distinctive side-effect of this unknown disease, which changes the victim's original color into a shade of yellow-green that not only decays the flesh but said flesh also makes some really disgusting squelching and bubbling sounds for no apparent reason.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Plague’s continued existence relies on its infectees surviving to become moving hosts that can continue to spread it, but by infecting the Sauropod, it effectively doomed itself by infecting something too strong to NOT kill everything it attacks. Assuming the Hadrosaur was patient zero, and the Sauropod was the only other entity it infected, the Plague basically doomed itself.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's unknown as to what exactly the Plague is or where it came from. All we know is that it drives whoever it infects to become a rampaging horror, it rots their body far faster than would happen naturally, and it can seemingly keep its victims alive well beyond the point where they should be dead. It is utterly unnatural and is given no explanation as to how or why it exists.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: It is at no point explained or given an origin. It just exists.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: It turns its host into a Plague Zombie and renders them utterly Ax-Crazy. It's implied the virus' victims are Technically Living Zombies who can run very fast be killed by a broken spine, but they're still far more difficult to put down than they would be in their uninfected state, and the plague causes the infected's flesh to rapidly turn green and putrefy, exposing protrusions in the bones, making the flesh behave as if it's already dead whilst keeping the host up and running.
  • Plague Zombie: It spreads from host to host via bites, which the hosts it turns Ax-Crazy are particularly inclined toward even if they're herbivores. Note that while the plague drives distinctly herbivorous hosts to likely attempt to bite the flesh of their victims, the infected Argentinosaurus didn't eat its fellow sauropods when they were dead, and its massacre implies the infected will settle for brutally killing their victims through any means so long as they're dead.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Once it has full control, this is in effect.
  • Technically Living Zombie: The plague seems only able to take effect on animals that are still living, lacking the ability to re-animate corpses in the usual zombie fashion. As such its victims aren't strictly speaking dead, even if they very much look that way.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Notable for how fast this sets in; it legitimately takes less than two minutes for the infected Sauropod to start look like a walking corpse.
  • The Virus: Naturally.

    Infected Hadrosaur
A hadrosaur (possibly Parasaurolophus) infected with a zombie-like plague.
  • Ax-Crazy: The plague turned it into a raging monster that attacks one of the sauropods and successfully infects it.
  • Body Horror: The plague has rendered it a mutated abomination, with its eyes blood-red and changed to a state of madness, pulsating sores all over its body, a sickly green complexion, and large chunks of flesh missing, with the rest of it rotting and melting off. It gets this even worse than its victim, likely due to having been infected for longer.
  • Killer Rabbit: While looking hideous, it is approximately around Fang's size, which is tiny compared to the sauropods. The sauropod is more curious than scared of it, which proves to be a fatal mistake.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: We never learn how the hadrosaur was infected or what caused it.
  • Raising the Steaks: A dinosaur affected by a zombie-like condition.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Its blood-red eyes indicate that it has gone completely mad.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: It charges into the herd of sauropods and bites one of them, transmitting its horrifying disease to the sauropod before being effortlessly killed by its victim.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Though it was actually still alive, its diseased and rotting condition made its complexion turn a sickly green.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: As noted by a Youtube commenter, the Hadrosaur is clearly in the extremely late stages of the infection, with its brain being almost completely decayed, and is barely aware of what's going on around it, stumbling around in a haze before bumping into the Sauropod and transmitting the disease via reactionary bite.
  • The Virus: It transmits its disease to its victims after biting it, turning them into plague-infected monsters.
  • Zombie Infectee: The plague essentially makes it a zombie dinosaur.

    Plague Monster
An Argentinosaurus infected with a zombie-like plague.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Its death is a somber moment as it burns to ash while failing to escape the lava, Spear and Fang feeling sorry for the creature.
  • Ambiguous Gender: It's never specified if it's male or female.
  • And I Must Scream: It's vaguely implied that the virus is most likely controlling the sauropod, and keeping it alive even if its body was shredded after aggressively squeezing out of the ravine and burning in lava.
  • Ax-Crazy: The plague turned it into a raging monster that attacks everything in sight, driving to murder its own herd, destroy their nests, and chase Fang and Spear for the entire episode.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Its mouth and nostrils constantly dripping blood and mucus, in fact, it projectile vomits a large amount of blood before going into its feral state.
  • Body Horror: The plague has rendered the poor beast a mutated abomination, with its eyes blood-red and changed to a state of madness, pulsating sores all over its body, a sickly green complexion, and large chunks of flesh missing, with the rest of it rotting and melting off. It becomes no less horrifying after it falls into lava the first time, getting cooked until its complexion turns from green into reddish, horribly-burnt flesh. And when it falls into the lava a second time, what's left of its leg burns and melts off the bone.
  • The Dreaded: Fang and Spear are terrified of this thing. The first encounter leaves Spear with nightmares of it killing both of them.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: It makes its presence first known to Spear and Fang when it slowly gets up from behind both of them.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Fang and Spear don't even bother trying to fight it, they know given its size they stand no chance. In its relentless pursuit it does more damage to its own body than they ever could. It only dies when falls into a Lava Pit.
  • Green and Mean: Inverted. Big time. The creature had no intention to be blood-thirsty or insatiably aggressive (let alone evil). The plague itself is to blame for rendering the sauropod's mind into a frantic and rabid beast whose actions weren't entirely his own. Before the infection could fully take over, all it could do was to suffer unspeakable amounts of pain.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Chases Fang and Spear onto a layer of rock over lava. The rock ground is already cracking from Fang's weight, which quickly gives way to the monster's bulk, eventually burning it to ash.
  • Implacable Man: It never stops once it sees something to attack. After falling into a ravine, it got back up. When caught in the narrow exit of the ravine, it pushed so hard it tore apart its own body. Even when sinking into lava, it still tried to pull itself free, but luckily for Fang and Spear, its bulk and the lava burning off its limbs keep it from escaping.
  • Instant Illness: It starts showing signs of infection mere seconds after it was bitten by the infected hadrosaur. This is the first sign that the Plague of Madness is not even remotely a normal virus.
  • The Juggernaut: This thing will not stop. Trees in its path get flattened. It will literally tear itself to shreds in order to get to the nearest live body and its massive size means nothing Spear or Fang could throw at it would slow it down. Even after falling into lava, it still keeps going. It's only done in after it lands into lava a second time and its weight (and limbs burning off) prevent it from escaping.
  • Kill It with Fire: It takes falling in molten lava twice to put the wretched thing out of its misery.
  • Lightning Bruiser: It is FAR faster than any dinosaur its size should be (easily catching up to a fleeing Sauropod), and survives getting submerged in lava the first time. It even jumps, which is even more impossible for a sauropod than just running. Whatever the Plague is, it made it far more agile than it should be. That being said...
  • Logical Weakness: Its massive size and weight made it get its neck briefly stuck in a hollowed tree, fall into a ravine, get stuck in the narrow exit of said ravine, and ultimately does it in when the volcanic rock it jumps on gives way and dunks it into a Lava Pit and prevents it from escaping.
  • No Body Left Behind: All that's left of it after it burns up in a lava lake is nothing but ashes scattered in the wind.
  • Not Quite Dead: Upon falling into a ravine while trying to go after Spear and Fang at one point it slams it's head into the side of the rock wall, causing blood to briefly spray out of it's cranium and seems to be "kaput". After Spear and Fang wake up the sauropod looked immobile almost as if it actually died from the "concussion" earlier. They attempt to sneak past and quietly walk away... until it started to move again meaning that it was knocked out the whole time.
    • During another chase at a Lava Pit the infected sauropod sinks into the magma below which gives Spear and Fang a dosage of hope thinking that it's finally gone... Only for the unkillable abomination to burst out, screaming in intense pain with burnt blood-red cooked flesh still wanting to go after them to no end.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: As if it wasn't horrific enough, we never learn where the plague came from or how it started.
  • Raising the Steaks: A dinosaur affected by a zombie-like condition.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: It's shown succumbing to the final stage of infection when the blood vessels in its eyes burst.
  • Run or Die: The only thing Spear and Fang can do against it is to run, due to how fast and powerful it is.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Once it gets on Spear and Fang's trail, it refuses to give up until they're both dead, or it dies. An odd example, in that it's not technically a predator.
  • Technically Living Zombie: While the disease certainly gives it many of the physical and behavioral traits associated with zombies, it doesn't actually appear to be undead although it does appear to enter a dormant state when there's nothing around to kill.
  • Tragic Monster: It was originally a peaceful sauropod until it was bitten by an infected hadrosaur, after which it slaughtered its entire herd.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Though it's actually still alive, its diseased and rotting condition makes its complexion turn a sickly green.
  • The Virus: A victim of one, thanks to the Infected Hadrosaur.
  • The Worf Effect: When was the last time you saw a goddamn Tyrannosaurus flee in terror of something?
  • Zombie Infectee: The plague essentially makes it a zombie dinosaur.

    The Coven
A group of prehistoric women who perform dark magic who are lead by their supernatural matriarch.
  • Ambiguously Evil: The coven performs dark magic and drains the life out of any cavemen that cross their path but they only appear to use said life to birth a child that they take care of and seem to have genuine love for. That said, it could be a case of Even Evil Has Loved Ones, especially since it hardly mitigates what they do to the ritual victims in the first place.
  • Ambiguously Human: They're shown to have supernatural powers unmatched by other characters in the setting, appear to reproduce asexually through a sacrificial ritual, and apparently evaporate into green ether when they're killed (if Spear even killed them when he struck them). There's also their matriarch, who almost certainly isn't human.
  • Black Magic: This is what the witches practice, allowing them to wither people into corpses, control minds—including of animals—float in the air, travel through time, (though only as observers) and shapeshift.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: They see no issue with sacrificing the souls of others to become infant witches, but otherwise seem to live a rather normal and extremely human life, with genuine family bonds and normal interpersonal interactions despite their disturbing activities. It's quite sobering.
  • Canis Major: The matriarch shapeshifts into a gigantic wolf to attack her rogue sister for freeing Spear.
  • Clever Crows: Lula (the good witch) takes the form of a giant crow in order to challenge the shapeshifted matriarch.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: These witches perform dark rituals that include draining the life of other people, but they seem to be loving and protective parents to their magically-created children.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The witches' eyes glow green when using their powers.
  • Horns of Villainy: The childless witches as well as the matriarch have deer-like antlers (in the former's case, they might be just branches attached to their head as symbolic antlers). They seem to lose their antlers when given a child to take care of.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The matriarch of the Coven at first appears to have a human silhouette but she is unnaturally tall, even standing above Spear, combined with her shapeshifting powers and the form she takes during the ritual where she turns into a shadowy wendigo-like creature, it's possible that she wasn't human to begin with.
  • Large and in Charge: The witches are much shorter than Spear. The matriarch is much taller than him.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: The witches look like elderly women, and are much shorter than Spear, except for their very tall matriarch.
  • Outside-Genre Foe: Compared to the usual adversaries Fang and Spear fight regularly, this coven of shapeshifting, black-magic hags stands out.
  • Ptero Soarer: The matriarch rides a gigantic pterosaur that looks like an oversized, toothy Pteranodon with very sparse pycnofibres.
  • Reality Ensues: Despite being a disturbing cult which regularly engages in human sacrifice, they're shown to have generally normal lives outside this, including close family bonds. To say the least, this was true of any culture which practiced ceremonious human sacrifice in reality as well.
  • Shout-Out: Them wearing branches on their heads and the leader's shadow form seem to invoke the "Sorcerer" cave painting, also known as 'Antler Man'. Given the creator of the series, though, it could just as easily—or additionally—be a reference to Aku; the genuine abomination-form that the matriarch takes even looks like the Aku-ified form forced on Ashi for the series finale of that show, just with more green added.
  • Sickly Green Glow: The color of their magic, and eyes, and the fire in their sacrifices.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: The matriarch conjures a green glowing snake that slithers down the sacrifice's throat and then back into the matriarch's body, so that it can steal the sacrifice's life energy and create a baby from it.
  • Token Good Teammate: The witch who sees Fang and Spear's memories (identified as "Lula" in the credits) is the only one who seems reluctant to take part in the coven's rituals—she also stands out in that she's one of the few members to not have antlers on her head and to not beg for a child from the matriarch. In fact, after learning how Spear and Fang lost their respective families (and how they ultimately ended up bonding), and then remembering how she had lost her own daughter, Lula turns against the coven and frees the duo, ultimately sacrificing herself in the process.
  • Wicked Witch: A prehistoric example, resembling short, elderly women with heavy brows and greenish skin, and performing dark rituals that include stealing the life essence from men to produce babies.
  • Witch Species: A possibility, given their reproduction and their bizarre nature.

    The Night Feeder

A mysterious, nocturnal predator that hunts in some dark woods that Spear and Fang travel through. Its speed and strength are unmatched, as is its sadism.

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: It has huge, therizinosaur-like claws which it uses to cut through animals and trees like they're made of paper. At one point it even manages to perfectly bisect a ceratopsian, snout-to-tail, as though prepping it for an anatomical diagram.
  • Asshole Victim: Unlike the Plague Monster, the Night Feeder has no reedeming qualities whatsoever which is why Spear and Fang stare at its death in Tranquil Fury.
  • Axe-Crazy: It does not kill solely to survive, it just kills because it can, leaving carcasses everywhere. It drives a group of herbivores into a helpless desperate kind of insane panic as it strikes their members one at a time and building their fear to that end.
  • The Dreaded: The dinosaurs seem to be instinctively terrified of the Night Feeder. Even Fang turns and initially bolts for the trees upon first smelling it, passing up a perfectly good kill.
  • Dirty Coward: It seems to intentionally terrify its victims before going in for the kill but when confronted with fire it immediately starts fleeing.
  • Glass Cannon: Incredibly fast and powerful, capable of effortlessly toppling several redwood trees and slicing through an entire herd of ceratopsids, but is killed in one hit by a flaming spear shot.
  • Hate Sink: A sadistic monster that enjoys killing innocent creatures just for the sake of it, not even eating the carcasses of its victims. The Night Feeder is basically a prehistoric serial killer, and as a result it's rather hard to feel sorry for it when it finally dies at the hands of our protagonists.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Emits a warbling, high-pitched shriek that's far from pleasant to listen to.
  • Home Field Advantage: It hunts ravenously at night where it tends to blend within the darkness where any "tresspasser" is unable to make out what the beast even looks like and goes in for the kill. When Spear and Fang are in the middle of a foggy location, it can also be seen as an accidental death sentence where the Night Feeder seems to have depth perception of where its enemies are located.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: It makes the mistake of going after Spear and Fang, and almost succeeds, but they accidentally discover its weakness to light and it's forced to flee. The next night, the Night Feeder is the one running for its life from, and is ultimately killed by, what it intended to be its prey.
  • It Can Think: It has at least enough intelligence to be deliberately sadistic rather than simply killing for survival.
  • Innate Night Vision: Another possible ability the Night Feeder might actually have, as it was able to perfectly see victims from afar without having the need to capture the scent of its prey.
  • Kill It with Fire: How it meets its end, Spear lights his weapon on fire and catches it off guard, impaling it and having it burn from the inside out until its nothing but ashes.
  • Lightning Bruiser: It does not slow down at all once it gets going, to the point it seems almost supernatural. While it does so, it has enough strength and momentum to reduce most animals to Ludicrous Gibs and topple thick pine trees.
  • Made of Evil: Implied. At one point Fang appears to get a bite out of it and the blood covering her face causes her to start reeling. The blood also seems to be black.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Apparently frustrated at how Spear and Fang have been evading it for so long, it unleashes a hellish screech that causes Spear to clutch his head in pain and leaves him vulnerable to attack.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's unclear whether the Night Feeder is just an exceptionally agile, strong and cruel beast or some magically enhanced monster.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: It looks like a hybrid between Baryonyx and Therizinosaurus.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Downplayed. It's called The Night Feeder and while it most certainly only attacks at night, one of its defining characteristics is that it doesn't eat the corpses in its wake, implying that it kills out of sadism.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Its hook, which it takes full advantage of, is being so fast and striking so brutally that no one knows what's actually attacking them. We see everything only from its perspective as it does so and never see it until the last minute of its episode, though still not completely clearly, as it's burning and wreathed in flames.
  • Ominous Fog: Where the Night Feeder usually strikes is by slaying any living thing that are surrounded in misty areas in the forests.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Implied. It’s hinted (though never confirmed) that the Night Feeder is the transformed version of a small bug-eating theropod Fang and Spear see at a river – possibly eating the flies drawn in by its rampages at night.
  • Weakened by the Light: It seems to have an extreme sensitivity to light or fire as a brief spark makes it pull back and a small fire is enough to send it into a full-blown retreat. Since it's covered in some kind of black goo, it may be highly flammable. Spear and Fang use this to their advantage by making strategic sparks to force it into a circle of trees that they ignite and form a ring of fire to prevent it from escaping.
  • Whateversaurus: It seems to be some sort of theropod dinosaur with huge claws on its hands, but is unidentifiable beyond that. It's not even certain if it's a regular animal and not some supernatural monster.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The Night Feeder will attack anything it sees but it quickly retreats at the sight of fire. When Fang and Spear realize this, they turn the tables by exploiting that fear.

A large saber-toothed cat that becomes the Night Feeder's victim.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: The Night Feeder shreds the big cat into pieces and leaves the corpse behind uneaten.
  • Panthera Awesome: A large saber-toothed cat.
  • Shown Their Work: Its body proportions are very accurate, with long forelimbs, shorter hind legs and a hunched back similar to a hyena, as well as a short bobcat-like tail.
  • The Worf Effect: Shows up to demonstrate that the Night Feeder is dangerous enough to kill other apex predators without a fight.

A herd of herbivores who become the Night Feeder's victims.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: While even to this day we don't know for sure what dinosaurs looked like color-wise, it's rather unlikely that some of them were neon green.
  • Animal Stampede: After the Night Feeder attacks them, they stampede through the forest in panic.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: One of them gets sliced in half snout to tail by the Night Feeder.
  • Informed Species: While the animatic calls them Triceratops, they look a lot more like Diabloceratops (though still with Triceratops's nose horn and forward-facing brow horns).
  • Temper-Ceratops: Downplayed. One of them starts acting up when it senses it's being stalked, until it gets a good look at its stalker. The herd as a whole later attempts to mount a defense against the Night Feeder, but only once fleeing proves not to be an option. Not that it does them any good.
  • The Worf Effect: An entire herd of large, powerful dinosaurs who band together for defense. And the Night Feeder kills them all, showing that simply standing your ground won't be enough to stop it.

    Small Theropod
A small, green, insectivorous theropod reminiscent of Compsognathus.
  • Butt-Monkey: Downplayed; while nothing bad happens to it (unless it is, indeed, the Night Feeder itself), he only appears in the episode to fruitlessly try to catch a fly, then gets scared shitless by a very annoyed Fang who roars at the poor thing.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Vaguely implied to be the natural daylight form of the Night Feeder, though never confirmed.

Voiced by: Laetitia Eido-Mollon
A Homo sapiens (modern human) woman whom Spear and Fang save from a pliosaur and later befriend.
  • Bald Woman: Her head appears to have been shaved, with the back of her scalp branded with a tattoo of a stylized scorpion.
  • Barefoot Captives: It's unknown whether her people wore shoes or sandals, but by the time she meets Spear and Fang she has nothing on her feet.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Speaks entirely in Arabic.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She is unsatisfied with eating raw meat, and cooks up a stew from it and some vegetables she finds, though this probably has more to do with her status as a proper Homo Sapiens than her sex. Spear is very confused by the idea, but Fang is enticed by the smell and eagerly gobbles it up.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: When hunting a feathered oviraptorosaur dinosaur, Spear first tries to stab it with his spear, and Mira fires an arrow from her newly-constructed bow. Downplayed in that Spear also throws his spear, but it doesn't have much finesse. It's also justified because Spear has clearly never even seen this sort of advanced weapon before, and he later manages to use the bow perfectly fine (with his spear as the arrow).
  • Last Episode, New Character: She is shown in the Season 1 finale as a new ally to Spear and Fang.
  • Made a Slave: Relates to Spear how she used to have a normal life in a village before an outside civilization raided her village and enslaved those they had not killed.
  • Melancholy Moon: Her people appear to have worshipped the Moon, as she not only prays to it at night, but the symbolism of the crescent moon means enough to her that it was included in her pictograms depicting her capture.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "Kindness" in several languages, and she's the first unfailingly benevolent force that Spear and Fang meet. In addition, her name can mean "Ocean" or "Boundry" in Sanskrit, with the civilization that captured her apparently being from across the ocean.
  • Nice Girl: She very quickly befriends Spear and Fang once she realizes they're not a threat and consistently treats them as equals despite coming from a more advanced civilization.
  • Nubile Savage: Downplayed and Inverted: She is not ugly but also not well groomed, and she isn't even a savage, but comes from a more advanced civilization that enslaved her people.
  • One Head Taller: She already has a long neck and stands a head taller than Spear.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Not Mira herself, as she gets along with Fang and Spear just fine, but her introduction shows that there is a whole wide world out there that is more advanced than the primitive dinosaur-infested world. Mira has the ability to speak a language, the knowledge to season and cook food, knowing the psychology of animals like Fang with how she lures her up a mountain with food, the hinting of religion, shown when she seems to pray to the moon, and the chains and collar on her suggest that there are civilizations that have surpassed the Stone Age and perhaps even the Bronze Age. Civilizations that, if Mira's drawings are accurate, Fang and Spear will have to deal with.
  • Reality Has No Subtitles: The first character to actually speak, but in completely untranslated Arabic. Thankfully, she also draws out what she's saying with a stick into the sand so it's still possible for Spear and the audience to pick up what she's saying.
  • She's Got Legs: She has long, thin legs as her white minidress shows.
  • Slave Brand: The back of her head is tattooed with a stylized scorpion, a symbol associated with those who enslaved her as seen on the sail of the ship that recaptures her.
  • Slave Collar: First appears wearing a large wooden stockade-style collar.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's not at all bad looking and she's taller than Spear.
  • Suddenly Speaking: Halfway through the episode, she suddenly says her own name. Therefore, she is the first character in the series to actually speak, though all of her dialogue is in Arabic.
  • Through His Stomach: Fang starts to tolerate her after tasting some of the food she makes. She later motivates Fang to climb a rocky hill by offering her some huge grubs.
  • World Building: She shows that modern humans exist in this world.

A large marine reptile that attacks Mira.

A large feathered dinosaur hunted by Fang, Spear and Mira.

    The Scorpion 
A mysterious warlord from across the sea, who originally took Mira and her kin as slaves.
  • Ambiguously Human: It's unclear from Mira's artwork whether he's just a large man wearing a horned helmet or some kind of demon or Horned Humanoid. Given the nature of the series, either possibility is just as likely.
  • Big Bad: The series seems to be setting them up as this, as their presence displays an entirely new threat to the universe's survival.
  • The Dreaded: Mira fears him, and he has doubtless destroyed many villages in the same manner as hers.
  • Eviler Than Thou: The savage ape-men who took Mira near the end were completely annihilated off-screen, their bodies filled with arrows, signaling that the Scorpion and his followers are by far the greater threat.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: His existence and the effort his underlings go through to recapture Mira proves that they are a force to be reckoned with for the future of the series. Mira's story seems to indicate that some horned humanoid is their leader.
  • Horns of Villainy: Mira's drawings depict him as a giant of a man wearing a horned helmet (assuming the horns aren't natural, the simplistic style makes it hard to tell).
  • Horny Vikings: His advanced ships, and his brutal method of conquest makes him likely to be one of these.
    • That, or he is from a Sumerian-like culture, since vikings never wore horned helmets, while these were the attribute of the Mesopotamian gods.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Whatever the Scorpion is, he and his followers have ships, bows and arrows. Fang and Spear have never seen any of those things.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: He's the leader of a fierce group of slavers.
  • Satanic Archetype: They're a clearly malevolent, demonic, horned overlord who enslaves others into doing their bidding.
  • Slave Brand: His method of identifying his property. Seen on the back of Mira's head, as well as on the sail of his ships.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Without knowing much else about them, the fact that they run a slaving operation instantly marks them as a particularly despicable villain, especially in this primitive world where Necessary Evils committed only in the name of survival are the norm.
  • The Unseen: He has yet to appear in person in the series proper.


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