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''Amsterdamned'' is a Dutch horror thriller movie from 1988 by Dick Maas (''The Lift'', ''Film/{{Flodder}}'').

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''Amsterdamned'' is a Dutch horror thriller movie from 1988 by Dick Maas (''The Lift'', (''Film/DeLift'', ''Film/{{Flodder}}'').
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* SilentAntagonist: [[spoiler:The killer]] never says a single word throughout the film.



* TheVoiceless: [[spoiler:The killer]] never says a single word throughout the film.
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* BowtiesAreCool: Willy, because he couldn't possibly be [[HollywoodGeek nerdier]] otherwise.



* NerdGlasses: For the same reasons as BowtiesAreCool, Willy's simply obliged to wear spectacles.

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* NerdGlasses: For the same reasons as BowtiesAreCool, Willy's simply obliged to wear spectacles.
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->''"Somewhere, somewhere in the black night\\
Shining, eyes that follow your stride\\
You can't hide\\
From the monster reptile"''
-->-- "Amsterdamned" by '''Lois Lane''', the end credits theme

''Amsterdamned'' is a Dutch horror thriller movie from 1988 by Dick Maas (''The Lift'', ''Film/{{Flodder}}'').

The film is set in the eponymous (damned!) capital, where a SerialKiller wearing scuba gear is prowling in the city canals and uses them to get to his victims.

!! Amsterdam was damned by:

* EightiesHair: ''Everyone'', except perhaps [[spoiler:the killer]].
* AbsoluteCleavage: Laura's date wear.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Eric chases the killer into one.
* AloneWithThePsycho: Happens multiple times, such as [[spoiler:John squaring off against him inside the sunken boat and when Eric chasing him into the sewers]]. It usually ends badly for the receiving party.
* AnimalReactionShot: From a cat, during the raft attack.
* AnkleDrag: After his partner's demise, the second environmentalist swims to the shore to call for help. Just after a truck driver notices him and comes in for closer look, he is grabbed by the killer, and is dragged off into the water.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Eric's daughter Anneke is introduced by trying to scare her father with his gun, which he just left lying around, apparently loaded.
* AteHisGun: [[spoiler:Just before the police reach the killer in the end, he puts his harpoon gun into his mouth and kills himself.]]
* AttemptedRape: A taxi driver tries to force the prostitute he's accompanying to perform oral sex on him. Unfortunately for him, she bites.
* BigDamnHeroes: Just as Laura is about to be dragged under by the killer, Eric and Vermeer arrive and chase him away.
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: Anybody anyone ever dies in this movie, blood ''will'' trickle into water somewhere.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: The prostitute's body is hung from a bridge, and ends up entering a tour boat filled with (among others) young children and nuns.
* BowtiesAreCool: Willy, because he couldn't possibly be [[HollywoodGeek nerdier]] otherwise.
* BusFullOfInnocents: Appear throughout the boat chase.
* ButtMonkey: Vermeer, the geeky cop who fails horribly at absolutely everything badass Eric manages with ease.
* CarryABigStick: After bein convinced that [[spoiler:Martin]] is the killer, Laura ambushes him from behind beats him with a boat oar.
* ChaseScene: Two; the first one has the police chasing a suspect on a motorcycle, and the second one has Eric chase the actual killer on boats they commandeer.
* TheCoroner: Sam the morgue director.
* CoversAlwaysLie: One makes it look kind of like an alien invasion film.
* CrazyHomelessPeople: The bag lady. It didn't exactly add any credibility to witness testimony about the "canal monster".
* ADateWithRosiePalms: "He's in the john, I expect that he's masturbating."
* DaylightHorror: The raft victim and John's deaths.
* DisposableSexWorker: The first victim is a prostitute.
* DisturbedDoves: Or ducks, in this case.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:The killer, per harpoon gun.]]
* TheDrunkenSailor: One of the victims goes down with his sabotaged boat because he's too sozzled not to.
* EpicFail: The main suspect tries to jump an opening bridge on his motorcycle, and fails rather badly.
* EveryoneIsASuspect: [[spoiler:And the first two of them are a RedHerring]].
%%* EvilOverlooker
* EyeScream: "Her eyes were already fish food." There's also ''something'' wrong with one of the sailor victim's eye.
* FacialHorror: When the killer's face is finally revealed, it's pretty fucked up.
* FanDisservice: The prostitute's naked, mutilated body on the coroner's slab.
%%* FanServiceWithASmile
* FightScene: An underwater one, between John and the killer.
* FriendToPsychos: [[spoiler:Martin]], though rather unknowingly.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: The killer's gear is black, and he steals a black speedboat, while John's gear is yellow, and Eric chases after the killer's boat with a yellow one.
* GoodCopBadCop: Geeky Vermeer and Badass Eric, respectively.
* GoryDiscretionShot: The killer [[spoiler:committing suicide]]. The result is shown later, however.
* GratuitousEnglish: It's the Netherlands, so it's more of a given than normally.
* GrimyWater: 1980s Amsterdam canals were far from the cleanest waterways, which makes hiding in them much easier.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: The main suspect lost his job when he attacked someone with a broken bottle in a drunken rage.
* GroinAttack: The taxi driver gets bit by the prostitute when he tries to force her to perform oral sex on him, and the raft victim gets knifed between her legs.
* HarpoonGun: Vermeer gets shot in the arm with one, while Eric sustains a shot to the shoulder a bit later. [[spoiler:The killer also commits suicide with one]].
* HazardousWater: The killer operates from inside the ''Grachten'' and drags his victims inside before finishing them off.
* HollywoodNerd: Willy. He's even got round glasses and a ''bowtie'', for crying out loud.
* HopeSpot: The second environmentalist swims to shore and flags down a passing truck, but is dragged underwater before help can reach him.
* HostileWeather: It suddenly becomes stormy during the finale.
* IKnowKarate: "No reason to be afraid, I do judo."
* JerkAss: The taxi driver, and the suspect.
* KidDetective: Anneke and Willy try finding the killer on their own. [[spoiler:Thankfully, they fail.]]
* KnifeNut: The killer likes his knifes almost as much as his harpoon. He uses a butcher knife that he stole from a Chinese restaurant on his first victim, and after its tip breaks off, changes to his diving knife.
* LittleMissSnarker: Anneke. Though with a slobby dad like that, it's hardly surprising.
* LockAndLoadMontage: The killer gets one.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: The killer wears a full-body neoprene suit and goggles.
* ManBitesMan: The first victim deals with the taxi driver trying to force her to perform fellatio on him via biting.
%%* MirrorScare
* MoeGreeneSpecial: Averted. Eric manages to shoot the killer right in the diving goggles, but they stop the bullet from reaching his eye.
* MrExposition: [[spoiler:Martin reveals the identity of the real killer, who turns out to have been a good friend, in the end.]]
* MurdererPOV: The opening shows a long shot of the killer emerging from the canal and spying on the people on the street.
* NerdGlasses: For the same reasons as BowtiesAreCool, Willy's simply obliged to wear spectacles.
* NoNameGiven: Most of the victims, and the killer.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The mayor doesn't want the romantic image of Amsterdam to suffer from the attacks, which is why he wants results asap.
* OffWithHisHead: The first environmentalist is dragged down from the boat, and when his pulls up the anchor, he finds his severed placed on it.
* OnceIsNotEnough: Averted. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it's the wrong guy she hammers]].
* OneWordTitle
* PeekABooCorpse: After his buddy disappears from their boat, the second environmentalist pulls in the anchor, and discovers his friend's head impaled on it. Later on, John is scared when a dead sailor pops out of a closet while he is exploring a sunken ship.
* PermaStubble: Eric sports a 5 o'clock shadow that practically shouts CowboyCop.
* PerpSweating: The first [[spoiler: RedHerring suspect gets a rather pointless session]].
* PieInTheFace: Eric stops a bakery robbery by handcuffing the robber, and slamming his face into a cake. It is evidently delicious.
* PipePain: While doing her own little investigation with Willy in a possible location of the killer, Anneke grabs a pipe to defend herself with.
* {{Portmantitle}}: Amsterdam + damned.
* RampJump: With boats!
* RedHerring: The most prominent one being [[spoiler:Martin]], who's implied to be the killer when Laura investigates his mansion and finds scuba gear hidden away somewhere. He's not, though, the real killer [[spoiler:was actually one of Martin's patients.]]
* SceneryPorn: Ammsterdam ([[HollywoodDoubling and Utrecht]]) are very pretty places.
* TheScourgeOfGod: The Salvationist is dragged into a canal after stealing some money.
* ScreamDiscretionShot: Used on the raft victim getting knifed between the legs.
* {{Seers}}: Willy claims to be one, and tries to use his gift to locate the killer. Turns out that he picked the correct spot,
* SerratedBladeOfPain: "He used a similar instrument, but the knife was another type. One important difference is it had a serrated edge."
* SerialKiller: Our killer, naturally.
* ShirtlessScene: Eric gets one during [[spoiler:his hospital recovery after the killer shoots him in the shoulder with a harpoon gun]].
* TheShrink: Martin, [[spoiler:though even he couldn't heal the killer]].
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:The killer ambushes John in a sunken boat, stabs him several times and cuts his throat.]]
* SpitefulSpit: While being interrogated, a suspect spits in Eric's face, and he almost punches the guy in retaliation.
* SpookySeance: Willy tries to hold one with Anneke during his introductory scene, only to be interrupted by Eric arriving home.
* StealingFromTheTill: A Salvationist pockets some of the donations she's collected.
* StrangerBehindTheMask: The killer is [[spoiler:a random ex-diver pissed off at society because he was disfigured in a toxic waste-related incident]].
* StuffBlowingUp: The killer crashes his own boat into another, resulting in a fiery explosion.
* TearsOfBlood: When the sailor's dead body is found, blood appears to be leaking from one of his eyes.
* ToxicWasteCanDoAnything: [[spoiler:The killer was disfigured by contents of a toxic waste barrel underwater, and the radiation from it affected his brain, turning him into a homicidal maniac]].
* UngratefulBastard: After Eric stops a bakery robbery and cuffs the perp, its owner only has complaints to give.
--> "You used excessive force, and you ruined my cake!"
* VaderBreath: A given since the killer is a diver.
* TheVoiceless: [[spoiler:The killer]] never says a single word throughout the film.

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->''"Somewhere, somewhere
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->''"Awaken an era."''
[[caption-width-right:200:Can you dig it?]]

A {{Mons}} series from Creator/{{Nintendo}} and Creator/RedEntertainment, ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Kaseki Horider'', or "Fossil Hunters", in Japan) is a collection Mon RPG/paleontology sim series for the DS and 3DS.

On the tropical Vivosaur island, the Richmond archaeological foundation has built a fantastic resort. Using the brilliance of Dr. Diggins, they have developed a process to revive dead animals from fossil fragments. ([[Film/JurassicPark Sound familiar?]]) As a side-effect of this process, the dead animals are not complete copies of the creatures they originally were in life--they gain unusual appearances and best of all--superpowers. Vivosaur Island has become a playground for the rich where wealthy young dinosaur fanatics can revive extinct animals
in the black night\\
Shining, eyes
form of superpowered monsters and fight them against each other for glory and fame.

Like most games, this one stars a [[KidHero young boy]] (or girl, starting with the second game) who aspires ToBeAMaster. You hunt fossils, battle other fans, and raise in the ranks, with the help of his friends. But the island is lousy with groups of fossil thieves and general schemers who, naturally, want to TakeOverTheWorld.

Games in the series:
* ''Fossil Fighters'' (''Bokura wa Kaseki Horider'', or "We Are Fossil Hunters", in Japan), 2008 JP/2009 US Nintendo DS
* ''Fossil Fighters: Champions'' (''Super Kaseki Horider'', or "Super Fossil Hunters" in Japan), 2010 JP/2011 US Nintendo DS: This game features improved, [[CelShaded cel-shaded graphics]] (with FMV cutscenes), a female player character, a revamped movement system, new islands, new villains, and the ability to Super Revive certain Vivosaurs into evolved forms.
* ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' (''Kaseki Horider Mugengear'', or "Fossil Hunters Infinite Gear" in Japan), 2014 JP/2015 US Nintendo 3DS: The new feature for this title is the ability to fight wild Vivosaurs and to drive around in customizable vehicles. The combat system has also been entirely overhauled.
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!! This game provides examples of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Dr. Diggins in the first game, Professor Scatterly in ''Champions''.
* AbsurdlyLowLevelCap: In the first game, it's set surprisingly low at just twelve, and you can get as high as rank eight by fossil cleaning alone (''ten'' if you get a full set of rare red fossils). The second game ups the cap to 20, though viviosaurs gain stats more slowly to go with it.
* AcceptableHobbyTargets: InUniverse. The three commanders of the Barebones Brigade? They're a hipster, a hippie, and a metalhead. The game especially has fun taking potshots at Cole, the hipster, and Todd remarks
that follow your stride\\
You
it's no wonder everyone was so terrified of him.
** [[spoiler: It's later {{deconstructed}}. The fact that they were such acceptable targets meant [[FriendlessBackground no one wanted to have anything to do with them]], meaning they desperately attached themselves to the first charismatic figure who appeared to them and had no trouble [[WhosLaughingNow turning on those who mocked them]]. But it's also why, despite the fact that they were used, they
can't hide\\
From the monster reptile"''
-->-- "Amsterdamned" by '''Lois Lane''', the end credits theme

''Amsterdamned''
stay mad at said figure--they know he tried to do what he thought was right, and they were ecstatic that they'd been shown ''any'' [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe kindness at all]].]]
* AdventurerArchaeologist: Nevada Montecarlo, who
is a Dutch horror thriller movie from 1988 by Dick Maas (''The Lift'', ''Film/{{Flodder}}'').

The film is set
DarkSkinnedRedhead version of [[Franchise/TombRaider Lara Croft]] (with Franchise/IndianaJones' whip).
** ''Champions'' has an even more direct CaptainErsatz of Franchise/IndianaJones called Joe Wildwest.
* AllNaturalGemPolish: Everything you find
in the eponymous (damned!) capital, where a SerialKiller wearing scuba gear is prowling in the city canals and uses them to get to his victims.

!! Amsterdam was damned by:

Jewel Rocks.
* EightiesHair: ''Everyone'', except perhaps [[spoiler:the killer]].
* AbsoluteCleavage: Laura's date wear.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Eric chases the killer into one.
* AloneWithThePsycho: Happens multiple times, such as [[spoiler:John squaring off against him inside the sunken boat and when Eric chasing him into the sewers]]. It usually ends badly for the receiving party.
* AnimalReactionShot: From a cat, during the raft attack.
* AnkleDrag: After his partner's demise, the second environmentalist swims to the shore to call for help. Just after a truck driver notices him and comes in for closer look, he is grabbed by the killer, and is dragged off into the water.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Eric's daughter Anneke is introduced by trying to scare her father with his gun, which he just left lying around, apparently loaded.
* AteHisGun: [[spoiler:Just before the police reach the killer in the end, he puts his harpoon gun into his mouth and kills himself.
AncientAstronauts: [[spoiler:The dinaurians.]]
* AttemptedRape: A taxi driver tries to force AndYourRewardIsClothes: The first two games include a series of masks that your character can collect and wear.
* AgentPeacock: Ryne from
the prostitute ''Champions'' DLC. He wears the only pink Brigade suit in the game and draws attention to himself because of it. But he is also the first character in the franchise to actually make his own Vivosaur, discounting [[spoiler: Zongazonga and his [[PurpleIsTheNewBlack purple evil]] zombiesaurs. [[WordSchmord Magic shmagic.]] [[MemeticMutation Booo!]]]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Cole in ''Champions''. It's hard to tell which parts of his campness just come from his obsession with fashion, and which parts come from... somewhere else.
* AnnouncerChatter: In the first two games, the two announcers like to prattle on with each other about nonsensical things only tangentially related to the battles taking place.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: ''Frontier'' cleans up some of the issues with finding fossils in the field; identifying fossils on sight and allowing immediate excavations, rather than requiring the player to haul an entire inventory back to base before they even know what they have. Vivosaurs can also be revived from any fossils, not just the heads.
* ArtEvolution: ''Champions'' featured a much more detailed, and more {{Animesque}}, art style than the original's more cartoony look.
** ArtShift: [[spoiler: Rosie's icon in ''Champions'' is in the same style as the first game, making her stand out next to the anime-style characters from the second game.]]
** ''Fossil Fighters: Frontier'' seems to have significant change in the design of... just about everything, really.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Fully justified by the fact that vivosaurs are explicitly stated to be dinosaur-''like'' creatures and not actual dinosaurs. Beyond that, it's generally averted since the creators have ShownTheirWork and keep their data as accurate as possible.
* AuthorAvatar: The first game's announcers are the game's two creators, and the idea of putting them in the game started out as a joke.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Many high-level vivosaurs with really high Attack or LP are devastating from the Attack Zone... but if they end up in the Support Zone somehow, they'll turn your attacker into a quivering pile of useless mush. T-Rex is a perfect example--he has the highest attack in the game and can attack all of your enemies at once, but, if he ends up in the support zone, he reduces all your attacker's stats by ''30%!''
** Zino and Centro. Every hit from them will be a critical-but their accuracy is so terrible that the rest of the team needs to be focused around buffing accuracy/evasion stats to get them to even land a hit. In other words: CriticalHitClass meets ATeamFiring.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Joe Wildwest in ''Champions'' and Captain Stryker in ''Frontier''.
* [[BadJobWorseUniform Bad Sidequest, Worse Costume]]: So... how 'bout that Hare Club? Y'know, the one where you have to wear a bunny mask, then clean 100 fossils to 80 points or higher?
* BagOfHolding: We really have ''no'' idea how a twelve-year-old can lug around up to ''64'' fossils as long as his entire body and not get sore, esecially when some of those rocks contain an ''entire skeleton''. Justified and averted in ''Frontier'', where A) you travel by car, which can much more easily accommodate the size and weight, and B) fossils are processed automatically, so you're not even carrying them around in the first place.
* BigOlEyebrows: The samurai, with a BigOlUnibrow chaser.
* BittersweetEnding: Subverted in the first game. [[spoiler:Guhnash]] is defeated, but your partner didn't quite make it out of [[spoiler:stone sleep]]. You've saved the world, at a cost, and that's how it has to be... [[spoiler:and then the Digadig chieftain shows up and tells you to use the hip-shaker dance!!]]
* BlackAndNerdy: Dr. Diggins in the first game is a professional-grade [[Series/{{Scrubs}} blerd]]. Who's dorky enough to wear shorts and a Hawaiian shirt beneath his lab coat, no less.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: It's no wonder Nick Nack mangles foreign languages so bad--he barely gets ''English!'' "I can have my snacks and feet them too!"
* BodySurf: This is how [[spoiler:Zongazonga's immortality spell]] works in ''Champions''. His latest victim is actually [[spoiler:the owner of the Fossil Park, Joe Wildwest.]]
* BonusBoss: After you beat the final boss of the first game, almost ''every character you've fought before becomes a BonusBoss.'' Almost all of them have maxed-out teams, some of them you have to fight one right after the other, and the prizes for beating them range from "BraggingRightsReward" to "OlympusMons." You can even take on the FinalBoss again as often as you like! The most difficult BonusBoss fight, however, is probably against [[spoiler: Dynal, Duna, and Raptin]] ''all at once.''
** There's also an {{Early Bird|Boss}} BonusBoss named Petey, who requires you fight him with three very specific vivosaurs. If you take the time to max out said three and wait until you're near the end of the game,
he's accompanying to perform oral sex on him. Unfortunately for him, she bites.
* BigDamnHeroes: Just as Laura is about
not so tough... But try him ''without'' copius LevelGrinding, and he proves to be dragged under by quite the killer, Eric KillerRabbit.
* ABoyAndHisX: Thanks to the player getting a sidekick, ''Frontier'' is a "Boy/Girl
and Vermeer arrive his/her dinosaur" story.
* ButtBiter: A RunningGag in ''Frontier'' involves your little vivosaur sidekick chomping down on Nate's butt. In the little guy's defense, Nate is usually literally asking for it by sticking his butt out
and chase him away.
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: Anybody anyone ever dies in this movie, blood ''will'' trickle into water somewhere.
* BloodSplatteredInnocents: The prostitute's body is hung from a bridge, and ends up entering a tour boat filled with (among others) young children and nuns.
* BowtiesAreCool: Willy, because he couldn't possibly be [[HollywoodGeek nerdier]] otherwise.
* BusFullOfInnocents: Appear throughout the boat chase.
taunting him.
* ButtMonkey: Vermeer, Rosie.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The names have been changed to emphasize that Vivosaurs aren't really dinosaurs, and to trim down
the geeky cop {{Overly Long Name}}s that real dinos often have. There's a mode that gives detailed information on the animals that inspired each dinosaur.
* CanonName: The main character of the first doesn't really have one, but Nintendo's guide suggests "Buckland", after an early paleontologist. The official mini-manga gives his name as "Hunter." The second game's protagonists, though, are [[AnimalThemeNaming Dino and Dina]].
** ''Frontier'' has nameable protagonists "Jura" and "Tria". The puns just don't stop. The canonical name for their little dino sidekick is "Nibbles".
* CardboardPrison: Only in the first game, but it's exaggerated. [[PoliceAreUseless What happens in that police station is anybody's guess.]]
* CelShading: ''Champions'' uses cel-shaded graphics, as well as more detailed graphics in general.
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler:The hip-shaking dance, used to revive Rosie/Duna from tainted stone sleep.]]
* [[TheChiefsDaughter The Chief's Granddaughter]]: [[spoiler:Pauleen.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Trip Cera in the second game. His first name [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs seems appropriate]].
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The vast majority of Vivosaurs are absent in ''Frontier'', in particular nearly all of the non-dinosaur Vivosaurs are gone, with the exception of a few pterosaurs.
* CollectorOfTheStrange: Since you can't use them to revive vivosaurs, nobody wants dropping fossils. Except Nick Nack...
** John Guano replaces him in the sequel. John's even ''weirder,'' if that's possible. He's standing not three feet away from a lady
who fails horribly offers dropping fossils in exchange for fossil cleaning. The only catch is, he'd have to wear the Hare Mask to join the club to do so. EveryoneHasStandards?
* CombatCommentator: In ''Fossil Fighters'', they're {{Author Avatar}}s. In ''Champions'' we have a two talking Vivosaurs. ''Frontier'' doesn't have any announcers.
* ContinuityNod:
** In ''Champions'', Pauleen is a throwback to the first game's Digadig tribe. [[spoiler:You also get to fight Rosie in the post-game.]] [[spoiler:Duna, Raptin, and Dynal]] also make appearances in some bonus content.
** In ''Frontier'', the Vivosaur Island and Caliosteo Fossil Parks from the first two games get mentioned occasionally. Characters from ''Champions'' (or
at least people with the same names) can show up in the in-game tournaments; one such team is Joanie, Pooch, and Tonzilla and another is Todd, Rupert, and Pauline.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: Mt. Lavaflow in the first game, and Mt. Krakanak in the second.
* CowardlyLion: Todd in ''Champions''.
* CrooksAreBetterArmed: Wanted vivosaur thief Blambeau carries around a shotgun. The [[PoliceAreUseless unarmed and largely ineffective police force]] send [[KidHero Hunter]] after him. Thrice.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Nevada Montecarlo, who also likes to WhipItGood.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Rosie can be seen as a deconstruction of TheLoad[=/=]DamselInDistress. She is those things, but realizes it, and is sorry for the times when you have to save her. After one instance she even asks if you hate her.
* DefiedTrope: The final boss of ''Fossil Fighters Champions'':
-->''"Yes, well, [[BondVillainStupidity let's not waste any more time with empty threats]] or [[JustBetweenYouAndMe the revealing of plans]], mmm?"''
* DemBones: The [=BareBones=] Brigade's boneysaurs in ''Champions''.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Averted. When the bad guy pulls out an {{Olympus Mon|s}}, you need to get your own before you can properly challenge him. (Unfortunately, you can't keep it - see NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup below)
** However, it's later played straight with [[spoiler:Guhnash--apparently, all you have to do is destroy his brains. Easy-peasy.]]
** In ''Champions'' [[spoiler:The FinalBoss, Zongazonga, is pretty much exactly this. A body-snatching skull that turns into a literally on fire zombie T-Rex with giant, bloody skeleton arms coming out of it? Just send some kid with his pet dinosaurs to beat it up.]]
* DinosaursAreDragons: The Fire-type Vivosaurs breathe fire, but remember - they're no longer Dinosaurs, they're ''[[CallARabbitASmeerp Vivosaurs]]''.
** In ''Champions'', the Super Revive function in the sequel plays this to the hilt, essentially morphing your Vivosaurs from dinosaur-like creatures into more draconic monsters. Also, [[spoiler:the BigBad Zongazonga literally refers to the dinosaurs as dragons in his magic chant in the penultimate battle.]]
* [[AnimalMotif Dinosaur Motif]]: In ''Champions,'' the male PC has a T-Rex motif, while the female PC has a triceratops motif.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Frigisaur, and the leader of the BB Bandits with him.
* DiscOneFinalDungeon: Boy, isn't Mt. Lavaflow climactic! The lava! The HeelFaceTurn! The impending epic battle between the opposing forces of Frigisaur and Ignosaur! ...Wait, whaddiya ''mean'' half the plot threads still haven't been followed up on?
* DiscOneNuke: The Spinax you're given at the beginning of the first game is strong enough to last you until endgame.
** In ''Champions'' the starters are powerful enough to last you the entire game, particularly Dimetro.
** The 'Donation Point' dinosaurs also count, particularly Compso in the first game. There's nothing to stop you from grinding all the way to him the moment you get access to your first dig-site, and his support-effects will make you basically unstoppable for the rest of the game. To a lesser degree, Stego - being the cheapest of the DP-dinosaurs, you can, again, fairly easily get all 4 parts of him, in [[RareRandomDrop 'red' quality]], for an instantly high-level 'Tank' who can solo practically anything up to late-mid-game if needs be.
** Giga Raja in Champions, which is created by evolving Raja (available in the first area) with a gold fossil (can be found early with some dedication). Giga Raja's already powerful attacks can be bolstered by his ability to Charge-Up for a turn, causing him to hit like a meteor and deal damage exceeding the highest possible Life Points for anything in the game!
* DoWellButNotPerfect: In ''Champions,'' there's a man who wants your help making hard-boiled eggs in the hot springs. They need to be in there for 10 seconds ''exactly,'' and hardly a millisecond longer. However, boiling the eggs for ''9.9 seconds exactly'' is the only way to get the [[spoiler: elemental chick]] fossils. Better bring a stopwatch. Or learn how to count to 7-1.
* DownloadableContent:
** The original game briefly featured four of the five Mysterious Egg fossils available for download on the Nintendo Channel, but they were taken down eventually. (They're still available in-game, though; it just takes longer.)
** ''Champions'' features [[OlympusMons Frigisaur and Ignosaur]] from the first game, along with sidequests from a... ''strange'' character named Ryne, and downloadable fights with [[spoiler: Duna, Raptin, and Dynal.]]
** ''Frontier'' distributed its bonus content through AR cards rather than actual downloads; including some Bone Buggys, versions of Yutie in all four elements, the villains' dark vivosaurs, and some ''actual'' dinosaurs.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Averted. The [=NPC=]s' dialogue changes to praise you as you progress through the story and ranks.
* {{Eagleland}}: The Fossil Park America in ''Frontier''. The whole place is lit up like Las Vegas, the Warden in charge is TotallyRadical and [[AmericansAreCowboys dresses like a cowboy]], and the first dig site is in a southwest canyon. To its' credit, the Starry Falls dig site is a South American jungle instead of being a US stereotype. Fossil Parks Asia and Europe aren't all that much better when it comes to cultural stereotypes.
* ElementalPowers: It turns out that the cloning process gives these to animals as a [[CursedWithAwesome side-effect]].
** BlowYouAway
** DishingOutDirt
** MakingASplash
** PlayingWithFire
** NonElemental
** InfinityPlusOneElement: "Legendary" in the first two games, though in practice these vivosaurs are treated as Neutral; they just have better stats. The first game has [[spoiler:Frigisaur, Ignosaur, and all the parts of Guhnash]] and ''Champions'' has [[spoiler:Zombie Tricera, Zombie Ptera, Zombie Rex, Zombie Plesio, and Zongazonga; plust the return of Frigi and Igno]]. ''Frontier'' drops the designation.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Fire beats Air, which beats Earth, which beats Water, which beats Fire. Neutral has no advantages or disadvantages.
* ElvisImpersonator: Rockin' Billy from ''Champions.'' Did you catch the PunnyName?
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Duh!
* [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Everything's Better With Princessaurs]]: Maia (Maiasaurus) is a pink dinosaur with a feminine face and a princess-crown. She's also a support-skill powerhouse, the only one in the game to have both healing and anti-status-ailment skills.
* EvolutionaryLevels: [[spoiler:The Dinaurians have a devolution beam. It turns humans into "triconodonta", a ratlike mammal ancestor.]]
** The three "Transformation-Class" Vivosaurs also transform into later descendants of theirs: Guan turns into T-Rex, and Proto turns into Tricera. Aoptryx is somewhat more confusing--it can turn into ''any'' neutral-type Vivosaur. Even those that technically came before it. And even those it ''could not possibly be related to'' (Apato isn't even a ''theropod!'').
** In ''Champions'', some vivosaurs can "Super Evolve" into stronger forms.
* {{Expy}}: Pauleen in ''Champions'' has a lot in common with Rosie from the first game. In addition to being your designated female hanger-on and being surprisingly powerful for such a young age, both have bright pink TwinTails... and the same (accidental, in Rosie's case) VerbalTic.
* FeatheredFiend: Aopteryx. It can semi-reliably steal FP with Thieving Talons, recover LP with Life Drain and as mentioned above, transform into any Neutral vivosaur. [[JokeCharacter Unfortunately, it needs significant support to dish out and/or take damage...]]
* FetchQuest: AND HOW. The first game is loaded with these. Thankfully, most of them go by quickly enough to keep the story rolling.
* FireWaterJuxtaposition: Frigisaur and Ignosaur in the first game represent the Fire/Ice version.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: And [[WaterIsAir inverted]] when fighting in [[UnderTheSea Bottomsup Bay]].
* FossilRevival: ...It's the backbone of the series.
* GeniusSweetTooth: Dr. Diggins has a weakness for Dino Cakes.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Professor Scatterly in the second game manages to slip a [[DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch "Sod it"]] past the radar. Similarly, the game goes to
absolutely everything badass Eric manages with ease.
* CarryABigStick: After bein convinced
''zero'' lengths to disguise the fact that [[spoiler:Martin]] is Pauleen has a [[HoYay girl crush]] on the killer, Laura ambushes him from behind beats him with a boat oar.
* ChaseScene: Two;
female protagonist. She grabs the first one female PC's hands, stares deeply into her eyes, and then admits she has no idea why she's blushing.
* GlobalCurrencyException: Redundant fossils are donated to
the police chasing a suspect museum, which gives you donation points based on a motorcycle, how good they are. These points are the only currency the cleaning station store accepts. Averted in ''Frontier'', where you just get cash for extra fossils.
* {{Gonk}}: Baron von Blackraven, especially compared to his two PrettyBoy associates.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Don Boneyard
and the second one has Eric chase [=BareBones=] Brigade, trying to stop the actual killer on boats they commandeer.
* TheCoroner: Sam
Caliosteo Cup in order to stop Zongazonga's scheme. Well, the morgue director.
* CoversAlwaysLie: One makes it look kind of like an alien invasion film.
* CrazyHomelessPeople: The bag lady. It
Brigade didn't know Don Boneyard was a good guy, but they don't have a problem with it when they find out.]]
* GottaCatchEmAll
* GreenHillZone: Greenhorn Plains in the first game, Treasure Lake in ''Champions'', and Paradise Beach in ''Frontier''.
* HarmlessFreezing: Frigisaur freezes you and Rosie completely after your first fight with it. But you're still OK.
* HarmlessVillain: The Barebones Brigade aren't
exactly add any credibility what you'd call menacing at first. Their eeeeevil plans involve such plots as "Pampering girls so they forget to witness testimony about participate in a tournament," and "Fill the "canal monster".
* ADateWithRosiePalms: "He's in the john, I expect that he's masturbating.
hot springs up with powdered gelatin so people get stuck and can't participate."
* DaylightHorror: The raft victim and John's deaths.
* DisposableSexWorker: The first victim
** NotSoHarmlessVillain: [[spoiler: Their fourth plan, the one Don comes up with, is a prostitute.
* DisturbedDoves: Or ducks, in this case.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:The killer, per harpoon gun.
to destroy the ''entire Caliosteo island system''. Egads.]]
** [[spoiler: It's later {{justified|Trope}} when you learn that Don Boneyard is, in fact, the real Joe Wildwest in disguise. He didn't want to hurt anybody. When he [=OKed=] the third plan, things were getting ''extremely'' desperate, and it went slowly enough to give the people plenty of time to evacuate.]]
* TheDrunkenSailor: One HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: The BB Bandits - well, the TerribleTrio team, anyway; the {{Mooks}} don't seem to turn.]]
** [[spoiler: The entire [=BareBones=] Brigade.]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: All games actually allow you to change your main character's name at any time! The first game doesn't allow you to name your {{Mon}}s, strangely, though this was changed in the second.
* HopelessBossFight: [[spoiler: Round one against Frigisaurus.]]
* HotSpringsEpisode: In the second game, there's a hot spring-themed dig site called Hot Spring Heights. Not surprisingly, most
of the victims plot in that area revolves around the hot springs.
* HumansAreSpecial [[spoiler: Not only do they have the sci-fi standard "pluck," but the dinaurians are impressed by their capacity for both compassion and forgiveness.]]
* HypnotizeThePrincess: Comes into play late in Champions. [[spoiler: It's Todd.]]
* InconsistentDub: ''Frontier'' changes a couple names from previous games. The coin-like items vivosaurs are stored in were "Dino Medals" but are now "Dino Gears", and Becklespinax's vivosaur name
goes down with his sabotaged boat because he's too sozzled not to.
* EpicFail: The main suspect tries
from "Spinax" to jump an opening bridge on his motorcycle, and fails rather badly.
* EveryoneIsASuspect: [[spoiler:And
"Beckles" - of course, the first two of them games identified it as an Altispinax, and its Japanese name was "Altis", which would explain the change.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: T-Rex in the first game, natch. Also, [[KillerRabbit Compso, who debuffs the enemy's attack power by 90%]]. Even moreso
are [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal, and Raptin]], with their ridiculous support effects, and crazy abilities.
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:Before the final battle with Guhnash, you can choose to bring either Rosie or Duna with you. Choosing Duna leads to this. And considering that little mishap with the devolution ray, Rosie technically counts for this too.]]
* ItemGet: Every last fossil is one of these in the first two games. The hero bends over, picks up the rock, faces the camera and thrusts it above his/her head triumphantly. The fanfare plays, and
a RedHerring]].
%%* EvilOverlooker
blurb appears stating the nature of the rock found. It's a thing of beauty.
* EyeScream: "Her eyes were already fish food." There's JokeCharacter: In the first game, Anato. Its expression can only be described as "derpy," and even the ''game'' goes out of its way to point out how stupid it looks. It's a vivosaur who tries to sell itself based ''solely on'' the fact that it looks ridiculous. From a gameplay perspective, it also ''something'' wrong with tries to lay claim to having a 100% effective [[StandardStatusEffects Confusion skill]], but said skill also does no damage and costs ''240 FP.'' Similar skills on other vivosaurs not only do damage, they also cost ''over 100 FP less.''
** LethalJokeCharacter in ''Champions '' It gets an [[TookALevelInBadass upgrade]] to gold confusion which means that the vivosaur inflicted has a chance of attacking itself or any of its allies. In addition its super evolver form Papygon, is widely accepted as
one of the sailor victim's eye.
* FacialHorror: When
best in the killer's face is finally revealed, game.[[note]]However, it's pretty fucked up.
worth nothing that Papygon's PaletteSwap brother Teffla is much more the fan favorite of the two, and can deal heavier direct damage.[[/note]]
* FanDisservice: JustifiedTrope: The prostitute's naked, mutilated body on game goes out of their way to emphasize that Dinosaurs didn't really have superpowers, and a great deal of the coroner's slab.
%%* FanServiceWithASmile
* FightScene: An underwater one, between John and the killer.
* FriendToPsychos: [[spoiler:Martin]], though
Vivosaurs aren't even really revived from Dinosaurs, per se, but are rather unknowingly.
* GoodColorsEvilColors: The killer's gear is black,
other forms of prehistoric life.
** Driven home in ''Frontier'', where [[spoiler:you travel back in time
and he steals a black speedboat, while John's gear is yellow, encounter ''real'' dinosaurs. Unlike vivosaurs, dinosaurs are all Neutral-type, [[RealIsBrown have brown skin]], and Eric chases after the killer's boat with a yellow one.
* GoodCopBadCop: Geeky Vermeer and Badass Eric, respectively.
* GoryDiscretionShot: The killer [[spoiler:committing suicide]]. The result is shown later, however.
* GratuitousEnglish: It's the Netherlands, so it's more
are identified by their full names (like "Triceratops" instead of "Tricera")]].
* KatanasAreJustBetter: Mihu,
a given than normally.
* GrimyWater: 1980s Amsterdam canals were far from the cleanest waterways, which makes hiding
ceratopsian found in them much easier.
Japan, has ''katanas for horns.''
* GrievousBottleyHarm: KidHero: The main suspect lost his job when he attacked someone characters.
* KingIncognito: During ''Champions'', you're tasked
with a broken bottle in a drunken rage.
* GroinAttack: The taxi driver gets bit by
finding the prostitute when he tries to force Princess of Nomadistan, who has quietly entered the tournament; and are shown a picture of a girl and her to perform oral sex on him, and the raft victim gets knifed between her legs.
* HarpoonGun: Vermeer gets shot in the arm with one, while Eric sustains a shot to the shoulder a bit later.
dog that you ran into earlier. [[spoiler:The killer also commits suicide Princess turns out to be ''the dog''; the girl's her retainer. Both the fact that this would have been good to know earlier and the absurdity of [[CaligulasHorse appointing dogs as royalty]] is lampshaded.]]
* LampshadeHanging: The {{Combat Commentator}}s sometimes do this.
-->'''P.A. Leon''': I was wondering, why do we talk through every fight?
-->'''Slate Johnson''': I'm wondering how we can ''see'' every fight happening!
-->'''P.A. Leon''': Excellent point, Slate.
* LargeHamAnnouncer: All the announcers, but special mention must be given to Trip Cera. A couple choice quotes:
-->Not as excited as me! BOOYAH, GRANDMA!

-->'''Trip:''' Just like my wife
with one]].
* HazardousWater: The killer operates from inside the ''Grachten'' and drags his victims inside
a credit card! Zing!\\
'''Ty:''' You're not married, Trip.\\
'''Trip:''' I'M SO LONELY!

-->There is a literal river of sweat running over my laptop! Seriously, I may electrocute myself
before finishing the day is over!
* LastLousyPoint: The five elemental [[spoiler:baby birds]] in the first game, who can only be obtained by getting every other vivosaur in the game and then ''maxing their levels.'' Yikes! They used to be downloadable from the Nintendo Channel on the Wii, but have since disappeared, as the aforementioned channel is no longer supported.
** More generally, you may find yourself gritting your teeth over the last lousy point of every single fossil you can clean. Properly-cleaned fossils are worth a ton of experience points, way more than you can reasonably give any specific vivosaur through combat. It's not ''mandatory'' to get everything perfect, but for perfectionists...
* LeakedExperience: Three vivosaurs participate in each fight, but all five that you're carrying (including defeated ones) get the experience. Averted in ''Frontier'', where all vivosaurs are available to use at all times but only the one used in battle gets experience.
* LizardFolk: In the second half of the game [[spoiler:a race of dromaeosauridae that evolved into hyper intelligent humanoids become the main antagonists after the BB Bandits are defeated. They want to KillAllHumans, naturally.]]
* [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Foreign]] {{Malaproper}}: Nick Nack does this. Airy cat oh! Donkey shine!
* MaskedLuchador: There seems to be a thriving masked-battler community, since each game involves some:
** Saurhead in the first game, who wears [[RefugeInAudacity no less than]] ''[[RefugeInAudacity thirty]]'' full-head dinosaur masks at any given time. [[TheUnreveal Can't risk]] [[DramaticUnmask being unmasked]], after all.
** Pauleen from ''Champions'' also wears a mask. [[spoiler: She wears it because it's shy, and it helps her feel more confident--but the mask is enchanted to bestow confidence, and ''evil,'' so it takes over the wearer's body in a rather literal case of BecomingTheMask.]]
** In ''Frontier'', it's Dino Gigante. You have to find his old rival, the Flying Smile Kid, and draw him out of retirement to try and win his belt in order to get the piece of MacGuffin on it.
* MetalDetectorPuzzle: This is your entire means of finding {{Mons}}--you have sonar and need to search the ground for stuff.
* MisterMuffykins: Joannie and Madame Pooch in ''Champions''. [[spoiler:Joannie's pampering is justified as Madame Pooch is legitimately royalty as "Princess Pooch"; see KingIncognito above.]]
* {{Mon}}: It's a dinosaur-collecting and battling game.
* MythologyGag: Many visual details of the Vivosaurs are based on facts about their dinos:
** Some are [[PunnyName name puns]] (Krona is covered in clock-like Roman numerals, and Coatlus was made to look like its namesake, Quetzalcoatl.)
** Others are based on the location of their discovery (U-Raptor (''Utahraptor'') has feathers that look like a Native American headdress, Carchar has Egyptian details, Chinese Shanshan is designed to look like a ChineseGirl crossed with an Asian dragon.)
*** The fact that Breme (''Bradycneme draculae'') is vampiric is both a name and location reference, as it was discovered in Transylvania and and consequently named after {{Dracula}}.
** And more have their own fun facts (M-Raptor was exceptionally bird-like and so resembles a parrot; Megalo was one of the first discoveries ever, so according to the graphic designer "[[http://www.fossilfighters.com/html/making-of/5/ I deliberately used the design of a dinosaur as it was conceived by people long ago.]]")
* {{Nerf}}: Support effects were nerfed quite heavily in ''Champions.'' In the first game, vivosaurs had their full support effects regardless of their level, making things like [[GameBreaker Compso]] incredibly dangerous. In the sequel, support effects grow when your levels do... meaning the game gives you a Compso in the ''very beginning of the game,'' and feels no remorse.
** But there's also an inversion, as some game mechanics got stronger in the transition from the original game to ''Champions''. In the original game, only the vivosaur in the Attack Zone could have a negative status effect put on them, and switching zones got rid of status effects. This made attacks whose only purpose was to cause a status effect somewhat weak, but this hurt poison attacks especially--you would need to use a chain of either knockback or [[StandardStatusEffect excite]] skills to get a poison attack to work, and the extra damage frequently wasn't that spectacular. In the sequel, however, all zones can have status effects and rotating doesn't get rid of them, meaning the extra damage from poison is more likely to stick around.
** A similar inversion applies to counterattacks. In the first game, counterattacks only had a 40% chance of working, making
them off.
a rather weak and luck-based strategy. In the sequel, counterattacks were upped to a 70% success rate, making them far more dangerous.
* HollywoodNerd: Willy. He's NinjaPirateZombieRobot: The Dinomatons are robot dinosaurs, and the aforementioned Breme is a vampire dinosaur.
** And the sequel brings us skeleton [[spoiler:and zombie]] dinosaurs.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: A rare living example in [[OlympusMons Frigi(saur) and Igno(saur)]]. As soon as you defeat the former, the latter vanishes as well due to them cancelling each other's powers out. Still, it removes a god-like power from your party to prevent a Game Breaker. [[spoiler:Until you can win them from post-game {{Bonus Boss}}es, anyway.]]
* NothingIsScarier: When [[spoiler: the BB Bandits take over Vivosaur Island]], no music plays
even got round glasses in friendly areas.
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: Poor Rosie. The other girl's ending shows she hasn't fully thrown off the effects of the Digadig charm ''or'' the [[spoiler: deevolution ray]].
* OddNameOut: Three of Holt's V-Raptors in the mini-manga are Odin, Thor,
and a ''bowtie'', Steve.
* OlympusMons: Frigisaur and Ignosaur.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:The main villains of both ''Champions'' and ''Frontier'' turn themselves into monstrous dino-beasts
for crying the final battle.]]
* OverlyLongName: Avoided. Many dinos have these, but their Vivosaur counterparts have them cut short.
* PaletteSwap: In ''Frontier,'' certain dinos have variants (based off famous specimens) that are colored differently. They sometimes differ in elements and skills, too--Hypsi comes in Air, Water, and Fire versions.
* {{Panspermia}}: Subverted. [[spoiler: The Dinaurians seeded the planet with life, but it was Earth's own species that survived instead.]]
* PeninsulaOfPowerLeveling: There's a bonus boss post-game that most people have trouble with. However, with the right team (ex. Seismo, Hoplo, and Compso) you can consistently defeat said bonus boss over and over again in about 6 turns each time by abusing a team skill and how long-range attacks work, making leveling up all your vivosaurs to rank 12 easy.
** In the second game, there's the three Barebones Brigade officials. They use teams made up entirely of Boneysaurs; although Boneys have powerful support effects, they're also extreme {{Glass Cannon}}s, meaning vivosaurs several levels lower of them can take them
out loud.
with some decent planning. They grant a full 30 points (in a game where level-ups come every 50 points) on defeat, making them great for grinding.
** Also in the second game, after you beat the game, you can talk to Prof. Scatterly to "reenact" the final battle with Zongazonga. By thee end of the game your vivosaurs will probably be strong enough to take him out no problem, and he gives you 50 points, so any dinosaurs can be leveled up just by being put in the support group.
* HopeSpot: PlanetEater: [[spoiler:Guhnash.]]
* PlayableEpilogue: A whole crop of stuff opens up after you beat the game. UnusableEnemyEquipment becomes [[InfinityPlusOneSword usable]], new areas open up, everyone becomes a BonusBoss, you get ''both'' the OlympusMons...
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: [[spoiler:Inverted; Dinosaurs were introduced on Earth by the Dinaurians.]]
* PopQuiz:
The second environmentalist swims go through the Secret Tunnels has you correctly answering dinosaur trivia to shore advance in the maze.
** In ''Champions'' there's a roaming quiz show sidequest run by Tess Score.
* PowerTrio: Hunter, Rosie,
and flags down Holt become one of these in the mini-manga. In ''Champions'', it's the player, Todd, and Pauleen; with Rupert as SixthRanger.
* PowerupLetdown: Getting the upgrade for Dark Fossils lets you find red fossils, which you could already find anyway, jewels, which you could find anyway, and dino droppings, which you ''couldn't''. Also, dark fossils have an outer shell that can only be broken with
a passing truck, hammer. If there's a speck of outer shell covering that perfect red fossil, expect to lose some points smashing it.
** Yes,
but you don't get challenged for finding Dark Fossils in the original. Meaning you don't have to fight tooth-and-nail for every [[VendorTrash Emerald and Diamond]] that you dig up. In addition, the best jewels are available in Dark Fossils, meaning you can now get those all-important case, sonar, and cleaning tool upgrades without running around swinging a pickaxe like a maniac for hours on end. BoringButPractical.
* PunnyName / MeaningfulName: Where to start? We've got name changer Ty Tull, advice giver Tipper, Sam Inaro who teaches seminars... And these are just from the ''first'' game.
** Gets lampshaded:
--->'''Rosie:''' Oh, I can't believe I didn't make the connection before... Knickknacks... ''Nick Nack''. Ugh. Waa ha ha! To think we're out looking for knickknacks for a guy named Nick Nack... It's like some awful joke!
** NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Even the [=NPC=]s warn you that "We've heard all the jokes" about Bea Ginner (who teaches novices).
* PurelyAestheticGender: Your gender has no effect on the plot in ''Champions'' or ''Frontier''.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: In ''Champions,'' both Professor Scatterly and Rupert show signs of it. Rupert
is dragged underwater more of a nascent one, though he certainly shows signs of Britishness.
* RandomlyDrops: Some fossils are ''much'' rarer than others, and you'll have to go back and forth between the main town and the area where they're found if you want to complete your fossil collection. Averted in ''Frontier'', where fossils for a specific vivosaur can be counted on to show up near each other and always in the same areas; plus they're identified on sight and you no longer need to go back to town to excavate them.
* TheReptilians: [[spoiler:The dinaurians in the original game.]]
* RibcageRidge: Treasure Lake in the second game has a gigantic skull of some variety, smack dab in the middle of the lake.
** Could also be a parody DesertSkull. Food for thought.
* RichBitch: Bling sisters Ruby and Sapphire, aka "the Posh Pair", in ''Frontier'''s postgame; who consider the player a commoner and recruit him/her in a few schemes to get rare jewels. Averted with [[spoiler:Penny]], who is only revealed to come from a rich family in the postgame and is SpoiledSweet.
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: A great deal of the Fossil Fighters are implied to be this.
* RoadApples: Yes, you can dig up fossilized dino dung. Nick Nack and John Guano are the only ones who want it for whatever reason (the shop will ''accept'' it, but will pay next to nothing).
* RobotBuddy: [=KL-33N=], the cleaning robot. Rupert has a prototype digging robot called [=Di66-R=]. In ''Frontier'', the Bone Buggies have an onboard AI called [=VR-00M=] (whose picture looks like the robots from the prior games).
* RoseHairedSweetie: Nate from ''Frontier'' is a RareMaleExample, in {{Adorkable}} flavor.
* RuleOfCool: Dinosaurs battling it out is cool enough, but the sequels give them even more powerful, awesome-looking forms.
* RunningGag: In ''Champions'', every time [[spoiler: someone's skull jumps into your pocket]], it is always described as "lumpy."
* SamusIsAGirl: In ''Frontier,'' it's revealed that the MascotMook T-Rex--the big red, yellow, and black one that appears on the box art of every game--is specifically a female version (named [[GeniusBonus Sue]]). The male version is a [[RealMenWearPink purple]] variant named [[FluffyTheTerrible Stan.]]
* SaveScumming: If you save
before help you talk to the cleaning robot, you can reach him.
reload the save until he gives satisfactory results. No longer the case in ''Frontier'', where you do all the cleaning out in the field where you ''can't'' save.
* HostileWeather: It suddenly becomes stormy SchmuckBait: The Secret Tunnels of the Mole Brothers contain several treasure chests, but a nearby plaque warns you that "greed is its own setback." Opening them keeps you from advancing in the maze. It's later confirmed that opening these chests is why Lemo and O'Mel got separated in the first place.
* SetBonus: Putting three vivosaurs with something in common on the field can unlock a special attack for each.
* ShoutOut:
** One poor nameless NPC is tasked with standing guard over a warehouse, and nothing else. Keep talking to him, and he'll eventually reveal the "deep, philosophical" thoughts he's been having: "'''What is a man''''s life worth? Nothing but guarding '''a miserable pile of secrets?'''"
** The cleaning robots resemble Japanese emoticons.
** A cinematic from the sequel shows [[Film/JurassicPark a helicopter transporting new people to the island.]]
** In ''Champions'', one park staffer is trying to come up with new ideas:
-->Fast cars are exciting, right? Maybe we could [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds have people battle while driving around a racetrack]]! [[TakeThat No, you're right. That's a dumb idea.]]
** Stella, Staff leader of Ribular Island informs the Hero(ine) that "[[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1 Your dig site is on another island!]]" once they progress past Round 2 of the Cup. She then wonders why that sounds familiar.
** ''Champions'' also features a fisherman who became lost at sea. His name is [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe Robinson,]] and he also talks to [[Film/CastAway a ball, whom he calls his best friend]].
** When its programming goes haywire, Rupert's robot says things such as "[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda I AM ERROR.]]" and "[[Videogame/ProWrestling A WINNER IS YOU.]]"
** In ''Frontier'', if you talk to a shopkeeper about cleaning a daily random fossil, they'll say [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda "It's a secret to everybody."]] During a tournament during one of the postgame quests, one character will also reference [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem "playing with power"]].
* ShownTheirWork: The information on the extinct animals, also see MythologyGag above.
* SignificantAnagram: The Mole Brothers' names are Lemo and O'Mel. Hm. I wonder what ''those'' [[SarcasmMode are anagrams of]]?
* SinisterSchnoz: Snivels, no question.
* SkullForAHead: Don Boneyard [[spoiler:and anyone else who became a victim of Zongazonga]].
* SlasherSmile: [[spoiler: Guhweep]] has one, but it's not immediately obvious until it [[spoiler: uses Tears of Dark Light... and turns upside down]].
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: The Glacier dig site from the first game, though it doesn't open up until the endgame.
** All of the Ilium Island digsites in ''Champions'' apply. Ilium isn't called "The island where warmth goes to die" for nothing!
* TheSlowPath:
** In the first game, [[spoiler:Dr. Diggins after he's sent back to the Jurassic. Thank goodness he manages to find the Stone Sleep device!]]
** Also seen in ''Frontier''. [[spoiler:While time-traveling, your vivosaur partner gets left behind in the late Cretaceous in order to make sure you get home safely. Eventually, you realize that a fossilized Dino Gear-like artifact you'd found earlier in the game really ''is'' your partner's Dino Gear.]]
* StanceSystem: Used in ''Frontier''. While previous games had tactical systems based on a vivosaur's placement on the field, ''Frontier'' instead focuses on how your vivosaur is standing: straight ahead, rearing up, ducking down, or turned around and baring its tail. Each vivosaur has a different set of strong and weak stances, and different attacks can change your or your opponents' stances (though a vivosaur's stance is always reset when it takes its turn).
* StarterMon: Each game in the series does it differently:
** ''Fossil Fighters:'' You start the game with a Spinax who, while common, is decently powerful. However, at the game start, you also get a free bonus fossil of a dinosaur based on how you answer some questions about what you like in your dinos.
** ''Champions:'' Joe Wildwest lets you pick between dinos of the four basic elements, which are hard to get until late game. All can [[MagikarpPower Super Evolve.]] Plus, boys get a T-rex and girls get a Tricera.
** ''Frontier:'' You befriend Chomp, the most traditionally mons-like dino in the series. He's no recognizable dinosaur species, he's quite powerful, and he evolves at certain points in the game. Plus, he's your TeamPet and your close friend.
* StatGrinding: A mild case in the first game; most stat gains are at levelups but vivosaurs also gain HP gradually between levels. ''Champions'' removes this.
* StockDinosaurs: But also includes any new prehistoric mammals and dinosaurs discovered
during the finale.
* IKnowKarate: "No reason
creation of the game.
** The sequel appears
to be afraid, I do judo.continuing this, including many other prehistoric creatures from before and after the age of dinosaurs.
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[{{In-Universe}} Rupert]] in ''Champions''. After witnessing Todd take his loss to you in stride, he's baffled as to why Todd's not upset about losing. Though it turns out it's less arrogance that his way is the right one and more ignorance that there are other ways in the first place.
** Turns out it comes from his dad, who tried to drive the "have fun" mentality out of him and wanted him to bail out when facing even a 50% chance of failure. [[spoiler:This game being high on the idealistic end of the scale, this was just dad trying to protect Rupert from the pain of losing. [[ManipulativeBastard Or so he says...]]]]
* StrangelyEffectiveDisguise: [[spoiler: Somehow, the majority of the Dinaurians are fooled by yours and Dr. Diggins' masks.]]
** See also ''Champions'', where the hero(ine) receives a Ty Ranno mask for disguise purposes. No other mask keeps [=NPC=]s from immediately knowing who he/she is; how is this mask different?
* SummonBiggerFish: Calling up Ignosaur to fight Frigisaur.
* TakeThat: After completing the main quest and all the sidequests of ''Frontier'', you'll take a group photo with the main cast; to which Dahlia comments "And it's a PICTURE, got it? Not a selfie. That word is so overused these days.
"
* JerkAss: TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:The [[LizardFolk dinaurians]] have technology that can do this. The taxi driver, and technology that un-stones them is also responsible for how you can revive dinosaurs in the suspect.
* KidDetective: Anneke and Willy try finding the killer on their own. [[spoiler:Thankfully, they fail.
first place.]]
* KnifeNut: ATasteOfPower: Do you go straight to the confrontation with [[spoiler: Ignosaur]] in your party... or do you have some fun with the [[OlympusMons godlike beast]] beforehand?
* TerribleTrio:
The killer likes his knifes almost BB Gang. Also counts as much as his harpoon. He uses a butcher knife that he stole from a Chinese restaurant on his the GoldfishPoopGang for the first victim, and after its tip breaks off, changes to his diving knife.
* LittleMissSnarker: Anneke. Though with a slobby dad like that,
half of the game. In the sequel, it's hardly surprising.
the Barebones Brigade. ''Frontier'' has Baron von Blackraven and his gang.
* LockAndLoadMontage: TheTetrisEffect: Expect to see fossils in various states of cleaning every time you close your eyes.
* TyrannosaurusRex:
The killer gets one.
* MalevolentMaskedMen: The killer wears a full-body neoprene suit
game's mascot, and goggles.
* ManBitesMan: The first victim deals with the taxi driver trying to force her to perform fellatio on him via biting.
%%* MirrorScare
* MoeGreeneSpecial: Averted. Eric manages to shoot the killer right in the diving goggles, but they stop the bullet from reaching his eye.
* MrExposition: [[spoiler:Martin reveals the identity
somewhat of the real killer, who turns out to have been a good friend, in InfinityPlusOneSword. One NPC ensures the end.player near the end of the game that "all the hype you've ever heard about it is true!"
* TheUnintelligible: Rex of the BB Bandits.
** EloquentInMyNativeTongue: [[spoiler:His true speech patterns tend toward SesquipedalianLoquaciousness. Those kooky English bulldogs...
]]
* MurdererPOV: The opening shows a long shot of UnknownItemIdentification: In the killer emerging from the canal and spying on the people on the street.
* NerdGlasses: For the same reasons as BowtiesAreCool, Willy's simply obliged to wear spectacles.
* NoNameGiven: Most of the victims, and the killer.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The mayor doesn't want the romantic image of Amsterdam to suffer from the attacks, which is why he wants results asap.
* OffWithHisHead: The
first environmentalist is dragged down from two games, fossils had to be brought back to base and excavated before they could be identified. In ''Frontier'', fossils are "unknown" the boat, first time they're excavated but the sonar will be able to ID them afterward.
* UnusableEnemyEquipment: Boy, the Dinatomatons sure are cool, aren't they? Who wouldn't want a [[VideoGame/RobotDinosaursThatShootBeamsWhenTheyRoar Robot Dinosaur That Shoots Beams When It Roars?]] Well, sorry, but ''you don't get none.'' And you'll have to keep your paws off [[spoiler:Duna, Dynal,
and when his pulls up the anchor, he finds his severed placed on it.
* OnceIsNotEnough: Averted. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, it's the wrong guy she hammers]].
* OneWordTitle
* PeekABooCorpse: After his buddy disappears from their boat, the second environmentalist pulls
Raptin]] too... [[spoiler:until they all become available in the anchor, and discovers his friend's head impaled on it. Later on, John is scared when a dead sailor pops out of a closet while he is exploring a sunken ship.
* PermaStubble: Eric sports a 5 o'clock shadow
postgame, that practically shouts CowboyCop.
* PerpSweating: The first [[spoiler: RedHerring suspect gets a rather pointless session]].
* PieInTheFace: Eric stops a bakery robbery by handcuffing the robber, and slamming his face into a cake. It is evidently delicious.
* PipePain: While doing her own little investigation with Willy in a possible location of the killer, Anneke grabs a pipe to defend herself with.
* {{Portmantitle}}: Amsterdam + damned.
* RampJump: With boats!
* RedHerring: The most prominent one being [[spoiler:Martin]], who's implied to be the killer when Laura investigates his mansion and finds scuba gear hidden away somewhere. He's not, though, the real killer [[spoiler:was actually one of Martin's patients.
is.]]
* SceneryPorn: Ammsterdam ([[HollywoodDoubling VendorTrash: Digging up and Utrecht]]) are very pretty places.
* TheScourgeOfGod:
cleaning gemstones is the only way to make money. The Salvationist is dragged into a canal after stealing some better the gem, the more money.
* ScreamDiscretionShot: Used on the raft victim getting knifed between the legs.
* {{Seers}}: Willy claims to be one, and tries to use his gift to locate the killer. Turns out that he picked the correct spot,
* SerratedBladeOfPain: "He used a similar instrument, but the knife was another type. One important difference
VerbalTic: The Digadigs, including Pauleen in ''Champions''. Rosie [[GotMeDoingIt picks it up]] when she is it had a serrated edge."
* SerialKiller: Our killer, naturally.
* ShirtlessScene: Eric gets one during [[spoiler:his hospital recovery after the killer shoots him in the shoulder with a harpoon gun]].
* TheShrink: Martin, [[spoiler:though even he couldn't heal the killer]].
* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:The killer ambushes John in a sunken boat, stabs him several times and cuts his throat.]]
* SpitefulSpit: While being interrogated, a suspect spits in Eric's face, and he almost punches the guy in retaliation.
* SpookySeance: Willy tries to hold one with Anneke during his introductory scene, only to be interrupted by Eric arriving home.
* StealingFromTheTill: A Salvationist pockets some
mystically made part of the donations she's collected.
* StrangerBehindTheMask: The killer is [[spoiler:a random ex-diver pissed off at society because he was disfigured in a toxic waste-related incident]].
* StuffBlowingUp: The killer crashes his own boat into another, resulting in a fiery explosion.
* TearsOfBlood: When the sailor's dead body is found, blood appears to be leaking from one of his eyes.
* ToxicWasteCanDoAnything: [[spoiler:The killer was disfigured by contents of a toxic waste barrel underwater,
tribe, and the radiation from it affected his brain, turning him into a homicidal maniac]].she is very ''diga-''displeased.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: Roise asks "you probably hate me now, don't you?". You actually are ABLE to say "yes".

* UngratefulBastard: After Eric stops a bakery robbery ** In ''Frontier,'' when you [[spoiler: travel back in time]], you can encounter dino nests. You can cheerfully drive your Bone Buggy over them and cuffs shatter them to pieces, for no other reason than they're there. (Though they magically reform themselves if you wait.)
* XMeetsY: ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' meets {{Mon}}s. (''Magazine/NintendoPower'' said "meets ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''", but "meets ''VideoGame/{{Spectrobes}}''" is much more apt.)
* WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou: In
the perp, its owner only has complaints first game's Master-rank Level-Up Battles, losing even one vivosaur makes you lose the whole fight.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Rupert's father is... difficult
to give.
--> "You
please, shall we say.
* {{Whateversaurus}}: Along with the term "vivosaur" itself, this is
used excessive force, liberally for the various made-up species.
* WindIsGreen: Air-type Viviosaurs are revived from green fossils.
* WombLevel: The Bonehemoth in ''Champions.''
* WordSaladTitle: In ''Champions,'' all the songs in the sound test have silly
and you ruined my cake!"
non-indicative names, like "Sleepy Robin," "Chocolate Soiree," or "Raspberry Bell."
* VaderBreath: A given since the killer YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Rosie's pink hair could be passed off as an [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis artistic rendtion]] of a strawberry blonde, but there's ''really'' no explaining why Dr. Diggins' hair is ''green.''
** Siamo actually has blue hair, despite being
a diver.
* TheVoiceless: [[spoiler:The killer]] never says a single word throughout the film.
dinosaur.
8th Apr '17 1:36:34 AM erforce
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->''Somewhere, somewhere in the black night''
->''Shining eyes follow your stride...''
-->-- "Amsterdamned" by '''Lois Lane'''

to:

->''Somewhere, ->''"Somewhere, somewhere in the black night''
->''Shining
night\\
Shining,
eyes that follow your stride...''
stride\\
You can't hide\\
From the monster reptile"''
-->-- "Amsterdamned" by '''Lois Lane'''
Lane''', the end credits theme



----



* EightiesHair: ''Everyone'', except perhaps [[spoiler:the killer]].



* AnkleDrag: Happens to the second environmentalist.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Eric's daughter Anneke is introduced trying to scare him with his gun, which he just left lying around, apparently loaded.
* AteHisGun: [[spoiler:The killer, and a harpoon gun at that.]]

to:

* AnkleDrag: Happens to After his partner's demise, the second environmentalist.
environmentalist swims to the shore to call for help. Just after a truck driver notices him and comes in for closer look, he is grabbed by the killer, and is dragged off into the water.
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: Eric's daughter Anneke is introduced by trying to scare him her father with his gun, which he just left lying around, apparently loaded.
* AteHisGun: [[spoiler:The killer, and a [[spoiler:Just before the police reach the killer in the end, he puts his harpoon gun at that.into his mouth and kills himself.]]



* BaldOfEvil: The killer, a part of [[spoiler:horrible disfigurement]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Eric and Vermeer arriving just as Laura is about to be dragged under by the killer.

to:

* BaldOfEvil: The killer, a part of [[spoiler:horrible disfigurement]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Eric and Vermeer arriving just Just as Laura is about to be dragged under by the killer.killer, Eric and Vermeer arrive and chase him away.



* CarryABigStick: When she thinks he's the killer, Laura beats Martin with a boat oar.

to:

* CarryABigStick: When she thinks he's After bein convinced that [[spoiler:Martin]] is the killer, Laura ambushes him from behind beats Martin him with a boat oar.



* EightiesHair: ''Everyone'', except perhaps [[spoiler:the killer]].



* FanDisservice: The prostitute's naked, mutilated body.

to:

* FanDisservice: The prostitute's naked, mutilated body.body on the coroner's slab.



* GoryDiscretionShot: The killer [[spoiler:committing suicide]].

to:

* GoryDiscretionShot: The killer [[spoiler:committing suicide]]. The result is shown later, however.



* GroinAttack: The taxi driver getting bit, and the raft victim getting knifed.

to:

* GroinAttack: The taxi driver getting bit, gets bit by the prostitute when he tries to force her to perform oral sex on him, and the raft victim getting knifed.gets knifed between her legs.



* ImpendingDoomPOV: The opening shows a long shot of the killer emerging from the canal and spying on the people on the street.



* KnifeNut: The killer likes his knifes almost as much as his harpoon.
* LittleMissSnarker: Anneke. Though with a dad like that, it's hardly surprising.

to:

* KnifeNut: The killer likes his knifes almost as much as his harpoon.
harpoon. He uses a butcher knife that he stole from a Chinese restaurant on his first victim, and after its tip breaks off, changes to his diving knife.
* LittleMissSnarker: Anneke. Though with a slobby dad like that, it's hardly surprising.



* MoeGreeneSpecial: Eric manages to shoot the killer right in the diving goggles.

to:

* MoeGreeneSpecial: Averted. Eric manages to shoot the killer right in the diving goggles.goggles, but they stop the bullet from reaching his eye.



* MurdererPOV: See ImpendingDoomPOV.

to:

* MurdererPOV: See ImpendingDoomPOV.The opening shows a long shot of the killer emerging from the canal and spying on the people on the street.



* OffWithHisHead: The first environmentalist's death.

to:

* OffWithHisHead: The first environmentalist's death.environmentalist is dragged down from the boat, and when his pulls up the anchor, he finds his severed placed on it.



* PipePain: While doing her own little investigation with Willy, Anneke grabs one.

to:

* PipePain: While doing her own little investigation with Willy, Willy in a possible location of the killer, Anneke grabs one.a pipe to defend herself with.



* TheScourgeOfGod: The Salvationist died after stealing some money.
* ScreamDiscretionShot: The raft victim getting knifed between the legs.
* {{Seers}}: Willy claims to be one.

to:

* TheScourgeOfGod: The Salvationist died is dragged into a canal after stealing some money.
* ScreamDiscretionShot: The Used on the raft victim getting knifed between the legs.
* {{Seers}}: Willy claims to be one.one, and tries to use his gift to locate the killer. Turns out that he picked the correct spot,



* ShirtlessScene: Eric gets one during [[spoiler:hospital recovery]].

to:

* ShirtlessScene: Eric gets one during [[spoiler:hospital recovery]].[[spoiler:his hospital recovery after the killer shoots him in the shoulder with a harpoon gun]].



* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:John's death.]]
* SpitefulSpit: While being interrogated, a suspect spits in Eric's face.
* SpookySeance: Held by Willy.

to:

* SlashedThroat: [[spoiler:John's death.[[spoiler:The killer ambushes John in a sunken boat, stabs him several times and cuts his throat.]]
* SpitefulSpit: While being interrogated, a suspect spits in Eric's face.
face, and he almost punches the guy in retaliation.
* SpookySeance: Held Willy tries to hold one with Anneke during his introductory scene, only to be interrupted by Willy.Eric arriving home.



* UngratefulBastard: The bakery owner.

to:

* ToxicWasteCanDoAnything: [[spoiler:The killer was disfigured by contents of a toxic waste barrel underwater, and the radiation from it affected his brain, turning him into a homicidal maniac]].
* UngratefulBastard: The After Eric stops a bakery owner.robbery and cuffs the perp, its owner only has complaints to give.
2nd Nov '16 4:21:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Eric. Just to demonstrate, he stumbles upon an armed robbery in the beginning and single-handedly ends it in less than three seconds.



* ButtMonkey: Vermeer, the geeky cop who fails horribly at absolutely everything {{Badass}} Eric manages with ease.

to:

* ButtMonkey: Vermeer, the geeky cop who fails horribly at absolutely everything {{Badass}} badass Eric manages with ease.
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* CaliforniaDoubling The movie was actually filmed in Utrecht, another Dutch city with an abundance of canals.
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