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Terrortubby by jflaxman Terrortubby by jflaxman

The creatures known as Terrortubbies were purely the stuff of nightmares before the capture of live specimens replaced wild rumours with hard facts. More research has identified their prehistoric ancestors and cast light on the processes that influenced their evolution. Though gaps in the fossil record leave some room for speculation a coherent story has emerged.

Some twenty million years ago a species of small cave-dwelling bat that used radar for hunting and navigation developed bioluminescence – a trait often seen in deep-sea fish but rare in terrestrial vertebrates. As most insects are attracted to light this allowed new feeding strategies. Instead of expending energy actively pursuing prey, these more sedentary prototubbies let their meals come to them. While angler fish grew glowing lures that hung just above their mouths the prototubbies’ light sources were concentrated on their stomachs, perhaps so they could shield them and trap small creatures with their wings. Natural selection favoured individuals with larger, brighter organelles though these brought disadvantages; the fur needed for insulation dulled their luminescence and the light that attracted prey could also bring predators.

The prototubbies overcame these problems through steadily growing bigger and stronger. The fur on their bellies gave way to fine down and larger luminescent patches entirely devoid of hair. A thick layer of subcutaneous fat provided insulation and large eye spots on their foreheads intimidated enemies. Although they lost the power of flight their forelimbs grew better adapted to climbing, seizing and dismembering prey, which came to include baby birds, reptiles and smaller mammals when the prototubbies left their caves and started living in the trees.

Later prototubby species were larger, more formidable, and much more intelligent. Their well-developed nervous systems let them control the colour, tone and brightness of their light sources with more finesse than cuttlefish, and the radar once used for echolocation now allowed communication other species could not hear. Large and bulbous craniums which served as resonating chambers and natural “antenna” increased their signals’ range and strength, and together with their eye spots, changed feeding strategies once more. As dominant tree-dwelling predators, adults no longer feared eagles and owls, and ignored small animals in favour of larger game. Their high round foreheads and false faces made them seem less threatening to young primates who were drawn to the prototubbies’ sophisticated light displays, or watched in a state of hypnosis until they were seized and devoured. This approach to hunting – in which large carnivores benefit from benign physiognomy – may be unique in nature, though many harmless species use distinctive markings and behaviour to appear more dangerous and scare predators away.

The Terrortubbies of today are among the few wild animals that can survive in major cities – an impressive achievement given their size. They evidently benefit from their near-human intelligence, powers of communication, proficiency at hiding by day and moving silently at night. They mostly eat organic refuse – and the occasional lost pet – but when possible exploit the fact the average human child becomes almost immobile when staring at a glowing screen.

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snowy1213 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
My favorite show. Great job. Love that bat neck
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Ethereal-Float Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol that bat neck is kinda funny but overall this was given a genius backstory that only makes this creature more scary when backed up by some facts that are true in our world
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MrTortellini Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2016  Student Artist
I'd rather eat my own fucking legs
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Neutrinon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016
pretty scary (update)
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purpleguynumber2 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno what to say. It's... Terrifing
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FlowerCrownWolfy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
Why this is pretty terrifying
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:iconthedragonitus:
thedragonitus Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
mmmmmmmmmmmmmm no thanks

*burns computer
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SuperLuigiGuy1987 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
the newborn
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:iconcupcakenacho:
Cupcakenacho Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2016
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:iconfanom:
Fanom Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Wow oh my xDDD
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:iconcupcakenacho:
Cupcakenacho Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2016
Das ist wie Sawako's Video sein könnte xD
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner May 13, 2016
Pure Genius speculative evolution here
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DragonsFriend1 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh Hell to the Fucking NO!!! I'm out of here!!! *runs for dear life*
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ChinnART Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
man you genius)
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:iconmoomoobomb:
MooMooBomb Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I enjoy this...
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:iconmomotsukinezumi:
MomotsukiNezumi Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, terrifying, creepily detailed, and more than a little disturbing. I love it!
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Hawkheart29 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, while I'm sick and tired of everyone and their grandmother here on DA turning one of my favorite childhood fandoms, the amount of thought you put into the description is impressive.
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:iconedge-mokku:
Edge-Mokku Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
Interesting
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EvaLawliet Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Student General Artist
This made my day, it's awesome XD Amazing work 
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PlusHeight4PlusGut Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!!!  Keep at it ;)
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CreepySpooky Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Student Artist
but... da cute face ruins it...
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:iconchochi:
chochi Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
This is SCP foundation levels of awesome
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:iconmrkillzo:
mrkillzo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
the text is right out of a nature show.  great job. just everything! 
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TacticalCorgi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
Yoooooooo. I wanna hunt one of these now.

Y'think a 7.62x54R to the dome could take one of these things out? If not, I might just have to take follow up shots.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
7.62x54R sounds ideal. I'd also suggest a night vision scope.

Good luck with the hunt - I hear terrortubby skulls explode spectacularly!
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NukkeaMufiin Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
greatr now i have nightmares thank you heh... :( (Sad) 
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ZeusThunderer Featured By Owner Edited Mar 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Children act like idiots because we treat them like idiots. If you talk to a child in a voice that isn't goofy and treat them with respect then they start to behave very differently.
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the1dragon1girl Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yep! :) finally someone else gets it
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YouGotBloodOnMySuit Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Student Writer
Eh, i always considered the Tele-Tubbies to be creepy. Even when i was just a wee lad. This makes them even more creepier.
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RiRiSqueak Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
this ruins my childhood and the whole concept of my life :)
curiosity killed the cat *m*
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Rewrite98 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Well my childhood is ruined
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:iconasia-simone:
Asia-Simone Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I swear I'm the only person who didn't think the Teletubbies were creepy. I loved them :/
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ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Actually, this makes the subject matter LESS creepy for once.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
The real thing's a hard act to top!
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:iconmullemuh:
Mullemuh Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
thank you
now i will never sleep again^^
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FunnelVortex Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:iconhoryshetplz:!!!

But seriously. I have always hated the teletubbies, even as a kid :stare:  

Whoever thought that show was a good idea!?
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Zigholtul88 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Student General Artist
I hate to say it but this picture right here makes Teletubbies less terrifying, because you cannot possibly get anymore fucked up than the originals.

........and to think there's another show out there aimed at drug induced infants that's even worse.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Can't argue with you there! If anything this backstory makes the insane seem almost rational.

Don't even get me started on Boobahs. They were everything I'd been warned of and worse.
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mivpus Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
This is just...Nope. NopeNopeNope!!
I'm never letting my kids watch Teletubbies after looking at this! Oops! Oops! 
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Zoruaofepic Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so creepy, yet so brilliant. I love the idea as well as the artwork!
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IcanOnlydrawOnpaper Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuse my french,but they have always been fucking scary.WTF.*Goes to wash out mouth* Excuse the word.
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MegaRezfan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly I was very unmotivated and even a little on edge seeing the image, but after reading the description im impressed at the work you've put into this! Although it still is nightmare fuel, well written stories that intrigue me like this always get my praise! :>
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queenmotherbug Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
This is the stuff that nightmares are made of. Wonderful, dark work!  :-)
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:iconjflaxman:
jflaxman Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
I'm still not sure if I've managed to top the horror of the originals!
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Uniraffecornisus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
wonderfully terrifying
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:iconzangaroo:
Zangaroo Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student
My childhood ;___;
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The-Dapper-Scrapper Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
This is too good on so many levels.
Bravo sir, bravo :D
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Deborah-Valentine Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
all I can say is Brilliant
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PixelSwapper Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Childhood Enhanced. 
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llIcyDayll Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Friend: *in a little kid voice* the teltubbies are coming! *collapses*
me: ...       WTF?!
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