[[caption-width-right:320:Life, [[Creator/JeffGoldblum uh]], finds a way.]]

->''"Oh yeah, 'oooh, ahhh.' That's how it always starts. Then later there's running, and screaming."''
-->-- '''[[Creator/JeffGoldblum Dr. Ian Malcolm]]''', in ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'', neatly summarizes each of the movies in the series.

Scientists discover the ability to bring extinct animals back to life via a complex cloning process. To make a profit off this technology, the [=InGen=] company decides to build a theme park featuring living dinosaurs.

This in itself would not be such a bad idea, except the organizers rush to get it open, build it on a remote island, and have almost no security personnel, deciding to automate the whole thing with unreliable computers -- even refusing to tell the software designer what the system is for.

Naturally, [[GoneHorriblyWrong everything that can go wrong does go wrong]].

The 1990 book [[index]] ''Literature/JurassicPark'' [[/index]] was written by Creator/MichaelCrichton, while the 1993 movie [[index]] ''Film/JurassicPark'' [[/index]] was directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg. Both were insanely popular then and are considered modern classics now, and the film spawned three sequels.

While the second film shared the name of the second book ''Literature/{{The Lost World|1995}}: Jurassic Park'', it had a wildly different storyline, mostly due to characters that originally died in the first book coming back. ''Jurassic Park III'' came out several years later. While neither rose to the 'classic' status of the first film, both were fairly well received. The same basic story exists in all of the films, only separated by what characters are involved and certain action scenes. A fourth cinematic installment was in DevelopmentHell for nearly a decade - it was even considered that it would not come through after [[AuthorExistenceFailure Michael Crichton's death]] in 2008. But it all worked out, and the fourth film, titled ''Film/JurassicWorld'', was released in 2015. A fifth film, ''[[Film/JurassicWorldFallenKingdom Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom]]'' is to be released on June 22, 2018, followed by another sequel set to be released on June 11th, 2021.


[[folder: Books ]]

* ''Literature/JurassicPark''
* ''Literature/{{The Lost World|1995}}''


[[folder: Films ]]

* ''Film/JurassicPark'' (1993)
* ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' (1997)
* ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' (2001)
* ''Film/JurassicWorld'' (2015)
* ''[[Film/JurassicWorldFallenKingdom Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom]]'' (2018)
* ''Jurassic World 3'' (2021)


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''Jurassic Park'' (1993)
* ''Jurassic Park: Raptor'' (1993)
* ''Jurassic Park: Raptors Attack'' (1994)
* ''Jurassic Park: Raptors Hijack'' (1994)
* ''Return To Jurassic Park'' (1995-1996)
* ''The Lost World: Jurassic Park'' (1997)
* ''Jurassic Park: Redemption'' (2010)
* ''Jurassic Park: The Devils in the Desert'' (2011)
* ''Jurassic Park: Dangerous Games'' (2011-2012)


[[folder: Pinball Tables ]]

* Pinball/JurassicPark
* Pinball/TheLostWorldJurassicPark


[[folder: Theme Park Attractions ]]

* ''Ride/JurassicParkRiverAdventure''
* ''Jurassic Park Discovery Center''
* ''Camp Jurassic''
* ''The Flying Dinosaur''
* ''Pteranodon Flyers/Canopy Flyers''
* ''Raptor Encounter''
* ''Dino-Soarin'''
* ''Triceratops Discovery Trail''
* ''[[Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights JP Extinction/Project Evilution]]''


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/JurassicPark2TheChaosContinues''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkRampageEdition''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkArcade''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkSegaMasterSystem''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkSegaCD''
* ''VideoGame/TheLostWorldJurassicPark''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTrespasser''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkOperationGenesis''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTheGame''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkChaosIsland''
* ''VideoGame/WarpathJurassicPark''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicParkBuilder''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicWorldTheGame''
* ''VideoGame/LEGOJurassicWorld''
* ''Jurassic World: Alive''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicWorldEvolution''

!!This series provides examples of:


* UsefulNotes/AcademyAward: The first film won 3 Academy Awards; Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.
* AdaptationalBadass:
** In the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem game, instead of trying to escape the island, Grant is called to fight and capture the dinosaurs. At the end of the game, he [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome defeats the]] ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Tyrannosaurus rex]]'' [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome and the park is allowed to open as planned.]]
** Both human female characters in the first film are more capable than their counterparts in the book. In the book, Ellie is mostly passive and stays out of the action; in the film, she is involved just as much as the men around her and even calls out Hammond when he tries to imply he should take a dangerous mission [[MenAreTheExpendableGender because of his gender]]. Lex meanwhile was a pre-pubescent in the book and little more than TheLoad. The film ages her up to her teens and gives her computer skills key to getting the survivors out alive.
* AdaptationDistillation: Pretty much all of the sequences from the two novels (mostly the first one) find their way into the movies in some way or another, albeit under slightly different circumstances.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange:
** In the original book, Gennaro the lawyer ends up turning into TheLancer for Alan Grant, and he even punches out a ''Velociraptor''! The film turns Gennaro into a DirtyCoward that gets eaten by a ''T. rex'' whilst sitting on a toilet, by way of fusing him with Ed Regis, who is ''exactly'' like Gennaro in the film.
** John Hammond in the original book is TheScrooge (FauxAffablyEvil who maintains an air of niceness until Malcolm peels it away and the disaster sets in) and a tyrant who shortchanges people (giving fat programmer Dennis a reason to betray him, though it's clear they were both assholes), has a NeverMyFault mentality, and then suffers KarmicDeath. The film turns Hammond into a kindly old man who truly thinks that what he's doing is a good idea (which it isn't), and one result of the change is that Dennis comes off as more of a {{Jerkass}} for betraying him!
* AllMenArePerverts[=/=]ChivalrousPervert: Each movie has at least one male character who flirts openly or outright states that their motivation behind doing certain things is to score with the ladies. In ''Jurassic Park'', it's Ian. He gets better by ''The Lost World'', so the trope goes to Nick. ''Jurassic Park III'' has Billy. Owen takes up the mantle in ''Jurassic World''.
-->'''Ian:''' I'm always on the lookout for a future ex-Mrs. Malcolm.
* AmusementParkOfDoom:
** Isla Nublar definitely qualifies. Isla Sorna (in the film continuity, at least) is more of a Wildlife Preserve of Doom.
** Possibly tempting fate, a (traditional) amusement park was built to cash in on the mantra of the film.
* ArtifactTitle: Only the first film takes place at Jurassic Park, on Isla Nublar. Justified in the book because the Costa Rican Air Force[[note]] which doesn't actually exist, since Costa Rica [[ActualPacifist has no military]][[/note]] destroys Isla Nublar after the survivors escape. This does not happen in the films, however[[note]]possibly due to the aforementioned Costa Rican Air Force's continued failure to exist[[/note]]. This allowed the franchise to return to Isla Nublar and rebuild the park in its fourth entry, ''Film/JurassicWorld''.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology:
** ''Dilophosaurus'' was actually about as tall as a man and around 20 feet long. The individual in the film was made a juvenile so that it doesn't take away from the raptors or the ''T. rex''. The venom the ''Dilophosaurus'' has in the film as well as the frill are completely fictional.
** In reality, ''Velociraptor mongoliensis'' was only a few feet tall. To be fair, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velociraptor#In_popular_culture the raptors in the film]] were modelled after the larger dromaeosaurid ''Deinonychus'' (Michael Crichton used the name Velociprator instead simply because he thought it sounded better), which at the time was considered by paleontological consultant Gregory S. Paul to be a member of the genus ''Velociraptor'' [[note]]Even at the time, this was not a widely accepted opinion with other paleontologists.[[/note]] This is also why Grant's dig site in Montana is able to find Velociraptors, which have only ever been found in Asia.
** Though awesomely enough, shortly after the film's release a new genus called ''Utahraptor'' was discovered, which is somewhat close to the film's Raptors (twice as big). It was originally going to be named ''Utahraptor spielbergi'', but it ended up being called ''Utahraptor ostrommaysorum'', after lawyers threatened the team (but who wouldn't want a dinosaur named after them though???).
** Invoked and justified at several points throughout the franchise. The Creator/TelltaleGames video game, ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', and ''Film/JurassicWorld'' among others invoke this trope, claiming that all of the dinosaurs are scientifically inaccurate hybrids or "genetically-engineered theme park monsters" because of the foreign DNA used to complete their gene sequences.
** The use of frog DNA itself, to the extent it is explained in the film, is a major instance of artistic license: why use frogs when many other animals have a much greater evolutionary proximity to dinosaurs? ([[JustEatGilligan To facilitate the plot twist]], obviously.) The book averts this by asserting that multiple different animals were used to complete the dinosaurs' gene sequences (mostly reptilian and avian DNA), [[AdaptationInducedPlotHole but the film attempts to simplify it by leaving it at frog]].
** Enforced by the animator who, in his own words, decided to "[[ArtisticLicensePhysics throw physics out the window]] and create a ''T. rex'' that moved at sixty miles per hour even though its hollow bones would have busted if it ran that fast".
** In the first novel (and in later instances of the franchise), it's explained that the dinosaurs have been genetically modified so they can't produce the essential amino acid lysine, so that they would be unable to survive in the wild if they escaped since they have to rely on provided lysine supplements in captivity. The only problem with this? An essential amino acid is specifically an amino acid that ''can't'' be produced by the body; no animal can produce lysine naturally anyway. So how do animals in real life get lysine? From food, which is exactly what the dinosaurs end up doing by the end of the novel (and in the films, by the second movie).
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Discussed and intentionally invoked. [=InGen=] had to extrapolate from the decayed DNA, on top of some intentional alterations to the genetic code. Dr. Wu wanted to take it even further by altering the dinosaurs into basically what visitors would expect based on existing pop-cultural depictions of dinosaurs. He believed visitors wouldn't be satisfied with dinosaurs that were so different from what they imagined. Hammond insisted they keep the current ones on the basis that it wouldn't be honest to show something different than real dinosaurs. ''Jurassic Park III'' and the novels discussed the fact that they weren't ''actual'' dinosaurs -- just abominations of nature with genetic material from obsolete organisms that couldn't survive in the real world.
** There's also the fact that, even though "Jurassic Park" sounds [[RuleOfCool cool]], the most emblematic dinosaurs of the franchise (the TyrannosaurusRex, the [[RaptorAttack Velociraptors]] and the Spinosaurus) lived during the ''Cretaceous'', not the Jurassic.
* AscendedExtra: Gerry Harding, the chief veterinarian from the first film, plays a major role in the Creator/TelltaleGames game. Ironic, since he also played a major role in the book, but was DemotedToExtra in the movies.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: John Hammond]] in the first book, as well as [[spoiler:Dennis Nedry]] in the first movie and book. [[spoiler:Donald Gennaro]] in the first movie. [[spoiler: Peter Ludlow and Dieter Stark]] in the second movie. [[spoiler:Lewis Dodgson]] in the second novel. [[spoiler: Vic Hoskins]] in ''Jurassic World''.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:Robert Muldoon]] in the Topps comic series. In the new IDW comic series, [[spoiler:Peter Ludlow from ''The Lost World'']]. [[spoiler:Ian Malcolm]] in the second novel, though he was a case of [[NeverFoundTheBody Never Saw the Body]].
* BackgroundMusic: One per movie, all played during the first act of their respective films. They include: ''Las Gaviotas'' (the Costa Rican bar in Jurassic Park); Beethovenís ''Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor'' (Hammond's suite in The Lost World: Jurassic Park; ''Big Hat, No Cattle'' (the bar & grill in Jurassic Park III); and ''Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'' (Zach and Gray's car radio/the airport in Jurassic World).
* BadassBookworm: Alan Grant in ''Jurassic Park'', Jack Thorne in ''The Lost World''.
** Grant might be the most Badass character in the whole first novel, [[spoiler:killing ''three Velociraptors'' only with his wits, among other things.]]
--->The girl saw the dying ''Velociraptors'' and quietly said: "Whoa!"
* BehindTheBlack: The ''T. rex's'' out of nowhere materialization at the end of the first film is perhaps the most prominent example of all time. It's certainly the biggest...
* BeingWatched: Muldoon and his [[SpiderSense "raptor sense"]]. It's too late when he's killed by a raptor ambush, in the movie. In the book, he survives by backing into a pipe where they couldn't climb in after him. Somehow, he survived in one of the comics. He and the raptors knew each other so well that they were essentially just playing around.
* BigBad: Lewis Dodgson, in the books and first movie. The ''I .rex'' in the fourth movie.
* BlackAndNerdy: Arby in the ''The Lost World'' novel, Ray Arnold in the first movie, and Franklin in the fifth.
* BreakoutVillain: The ''T. rex'' and ''Velociraptor'' have been featured in every ''Jurassic Park''-related feature to date, and they are by far two of the most [[StockDinosaurs popular dinosaurs]] in the media thanks to ''Jurassic Park''.
* TheCenterpieceSpectacular: All four films have an attack that signifies things have gone down, involving a death of the cast and destruction of vehicles.
** The first is the ''T. rex'' attack on the two cars that gets Gennaro killed.
** The second is the combined ''T. rex'' attack that destroys all the equipment, and claims Eddie.
** The third is the first ''Spinosaurus'' encounter that destroys the plane and gets the mercs killed.
** The fourth is the breakout of the ''Indominus rex'' from her enclosure, involving the deaths of two park workers, a totaled truck, and a close call for Owen.
* CharacterExaggeration: In the film ''Film/JurassicPark'', Ian Malcolm was a [[AdaptationalComicRelief comical]] DeadpanSnarker. In [[Literature/JurassicPark the original novel]], he was a much more serious character, although he did have some humorous moments -- such as dismissing the argument comparing reviving dinosaurs to using cloning to save the California Condor by pointing out the obvious fact that condors don't eat people. Although, perhaps as a nod to this change, while delirious from drugs and severe injury in the sequel novel, ''Literature/{{The Lost World|1995}}'', he temporarily takes on a talkative, wisecracking persona similar to his movie one, although much more over-the-top.
* ChekhovsGun: A couple in the first novel and movie; a considerable number in the second novel; the most egregious being Kelly's gymnastics in the second film. The frog DNA is the most consistent one across the literature and film.
* ChekhovsHobby: One in each of the first three movies. Lex is savvy with computers. Kelly mentions being cut from the the gymnastics team. Billy has experience in base jumping.
* ContrastingSequelAntagonist: Every sequel has created contrasts between the preceding Theropod and Velociraptor antagonists.
** The original Tyrannosaurus Rex, Rexy, was a solitary creature who killed for food. The first Velociraptors only numbered 3 and went out of their way to kill.
** The Lost World Rexes are a family who continue to attack the heroes when they take the child. The Raptors are a decent sized pack who only attack when their territory is invaded.
** 3's theropod is a Spinosaurus who contrasts not only by being a different species but also by being aquatic and having it's climatic showdown taking place in the water. The Velociraptors have a distinct reason to hunt down the heroes beyond food, one of them stole eggs from a nest.
** Jurassic World's theropod is the hybrid ''Indominus Rex'' who is notably smarter than the others and conjoles the raptors to work with it. Interestingly it dies being dragged into water.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Hammond is noticeably more corrupt and uncaring in the book, [[spoiler: where he suffers a KarmicDeath]]. The movie version is more Walt Disney-esque (well, Walt Disney's charming public persona at any rate). It helps a lot that he was played by Creator/RichardAttenborough. ''The Lost World'' has Hammond's evil, greedy nephew. Additionally, Lewis Dodgson, head of research of [=InGen=]'s rival company Biosyn, precipitates the plot of the first book/movie by hiring the disgruntled Dennis Nedry to steal embryos for him ... then goes to Isla Sorna to do the job himself in the second novel.
* DeathByAdaptation: Muldoon survives the novel, but is killed by the raptors in the film. Gennaro was spared by the first novel, but his film character was merged with some aspects of the novel's Ed Regis and so he caught Regis' death in the film. The second novel revealed that Gennaro died of dysentery on the way back to America.
* DeathWorld: The dinosaur-filled islands themselves. Isla Sorna is even part of an island chain known to Costa Rican locals as "Las Cinco Muertes" (the five deaths).
* {{Deconstruction}}: The franchise can be seen as a deconstruction of AttackOfThe50FootWhatever. It shares many thematic similarities with ''Film/KingKong'', while playing it a lot more realistic and dark.
* DespairEventHorizon: Shortly after Arnold realizes that he needs Nedry in order to get the park back online, Nedry is attacked and killed by the ''Dilophosaurus''. Eddie being eaten and the trailers/radio being destroyed by the ''Tyrannosaurs'' in the second film also qualifies. In both cases, the one person who could fix things and provide a relatively quick/easy means of calling for help has been brutally killed off, driving home the point that the survivors are now stranded on a dinosaur-infested island with virtually no means of escape.
* {{Determinator}}: Life itself. ''Life finds a way'' to bypass the safeguards against propagation and self-preservation, namely sexual isolation and lysine dependency.
* DevouredByTheHorde:
** The second film, ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' had a scene taken from the original ''Literature/JurassicPark'' novel, where a small child is attacked and nearly eaten by a pack of Compsognathus.
** The same film had one of the hunters from Ingen killed by a compy pack later on.
** Another character, Dunbar, is eaten by a family of T Rexes. The mother breaks his leg, and the babies finish him off.
* DigitalHeadSwap: Possible TropeCodifier for stunt effects, CGI was used to put an actress's head on a double's body.
* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler:Ed Regis]], who abandons the Hammond children in a car with the door open to save his own ass when the ''T. rex'' shows up [[spoiler:and gets eaten for his trouble.]] Donald Gennaro takes on the role in the movie, despite having been very much the opposite in the book.
* DisasterDominoes: This tends to happen a ''lot'', but the most prominent example is the first film. In the middle of a raging storm, Nedry turns off the power, stealing dinosaur embryos. Already bad. This allows the dinosaurs outside of the raptors to escape, and Alan and co. are trapped outside the ''T .rex'' pen, and thus the ''Dilophosaurus'' to kill Nedry, preventing him from fixing the power (which was only supposed to be off for fifteen minutes or so. The solution requires them to reset the power, setting the raptors free...and the raptor pen is between the humans and the circuit breakers needed to reactivate the power.
* TheDogBitesBack: Dennis Nedry's motivation for betraying [=InGen=] to Biosyn was how poorly he was treated by Hammond and [=InGen=] supervisors. He was given incredibly broad objectives (e.g. "design a feeding system. period.") in the name of secrecy and then ordered to work uncompensated overtime to fix the errors caused by his inadequate instructions.
* DynamicEntry: Frequent with the large carnivores, like ''Tyrannosaurus'' and ''Spinosarus'', as well as the ''Velociraptors''.
* EatenAlive: Too many times to count, with [[spoiler: Zara's]] demise possibly being the most memorable instance.
* FantasticNatureReserve: The park.
* FatBastard: In the films, a fat (or chubby) guy seems to be nearly as much a bane to the existence of everyone as the dinosaurs themselves. There's Dennis Nedry in ''Jurassic Park'', and then Vic Hoskins in ''Jurassic World''.
* FatIdiot: Along with the type just described previous, this type also seems to be a curse in the films. Dennis Nedry was shown to both this and the previous type, then there was Carter (Dieter's assistant) in ''Lost World'', and then the ''I. rex'' compound's security guard comes off as being this in ''World''.
* FilkSong:
** Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh4zvQfDhi0 Jurassic Park]]", a parody of "[=MacArthur=] Park".
** Benjamin Newman's "Jurassic Park Sunset" [[http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/01/bnewman/songs/lyrics/JurassicParkSunset.txt Lyrics]], [[http://www.sccs.swarthmore.edu/users/01/bnewman/songs/music/JurassicParkSunset.mp3 mp3]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il85E-ms-44 Holy fucking shit it's a dinosaur!]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The ''Dilophosaurus'' is mentioned to be able to spit blinding venom at its prey. [[spoiler:It proves to be effective against Nedry.]]
* ForScience: The motivation of [=InGen=]'s geneticists, and Ian Malcolm's main beef with them.
* FossilRevival: By way of fossilized mosquitoes, well-preserved enough in amber to still have recoverable dinosaur DNA.
* FromBadToWorse:
** The situation is bad enough with most of the dinosaurs running wild and no way of contact with the main land. Then the ''Velociraptors'' get loose...
** In general, the movies love the "frying pan -> fire" approach. Interestingly, in all four movies there's at least one instance where it involved ''Velociraptors'' making things worse -- in the first, as noted, the bad situation gets worse when everyone realizes the raptors, already noted as very intelligent and cunning, are loose. In the second, the camp is attacked by two ''Tyrannosaurs'' at once and the entire RedshirtArmy runs for the hills ... directly into a colony of raptors, which makes short work of the survivors. In the third, the troupe is lost on the island and has no way of knowing where they are, and things only get worse when another colony of raptors starts tracking them throughout the island after [[spoiler: one of them steals raptor eggs]]. In the fourth, semi-trained raptors are used to hunt the ''Indominus rex'', only for [[spoiler:the ''I. rex'' to [[FaceHeelTurn recruit them]] when she's found]]. And that's not getting into all the times they run with the "our machinery is messing up/our vehicle has been disabled when suddenly the ''T. rex''/''Spinosaurus'' shows up to make things worse" angle.
** From ''The Lost World'':
--->'''Dr. Ian Malcolm:''' Mommy's very angry.
*** ...and then ''[[PapaWolf Daddy]]'' ''T. rex'' showed up on the doorstep.
** The novel talks about the FromBadToWorse phenomena being a consequence of chaos theory. It's even given the status of a scientific theory, named after Ian Malcolm. When modeling chaotic systems, Malcolm tended to include a nonlinear equation that included a point where a small change in input would cause a sudden and dramatic change in output, and often not for the better. In other words, he essentially included a mathematical OhCrap into his models. Hammond's scientists don't believe the Malcolm Effect applies to living systems, but they're, of course, dead wrong.
** ''Film/JurassicWorld'': So you created an OmnicidalManiac MixAndMatch monster that can [[ItCanThink think]] and it got loose on you. Can't get any worse than that right? Dead wrong! [[spoiler: Turns out it can release other dangerous animals to wreak havoc in its name. Oh, and it can communicate with your trained ''Velociraptors'', too!]]
* GiantFlyer: The various pterosaurs that feature as background characters. The ''Pteranodons'' get ADayInTheLimelight in ''III''. They also feature very prominently in ''Film/JurassicWorld''.
* GoryDiscretionShot:
** The series loves the "character gets attacked by a dinosaur and dragged offscreen, where a [[SoundOnlyDeath bloodcurdling scream]] (and maybe a trickle of blood) is used to show that they've been horribly killed" method. Nearly every death that isn't caused by a big dino happens this way.
** A notable inversion of this trope occurs in the second film: a man is horribly torn asunder ''onscreen'' with [[BloodlessCarnage nary a visible drop of blood.]]
** Subverted with the little rich girl from ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark'' and Billy in ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' -- GDS shots initially lead us to believe that they were killed, but both are later revealed to have narrowly survived.
** Played straight once more in ''Film/JurassicWorld'', where we see ''I. rex'' tearing into an ACU team with blood spattering all over the place but the actual deaths not shown. Later, it fights an ''Ankylosaurus'' and bites down on the poor animal's head, but the scene cuts away right before the actual "Chomp".
*** Ditto for [[spoiler: Zara]] being presumably crushed to death or swallowed alive by the Mosasaur, while we see the Pteranodon holding onto her being chomped on...all without any blood.
* GratuitousLaboratoryFlasks: In the SNES game, there's one room in the visitor's center that has shelves and shelves of flasks and test tubes. Neither they nor the room they're in serve any purpose to the story or the gameplay. You can't do anything in the room except look at the pretty bubbling chemicals.
* GreaterScopeVillain: The heads of Biosyn in the books: Steingarten in the first and Jeff Rossiter in the second.
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: The Creator/TelltaleGames series takes place during and shortly after the events of the first film, from the perspectives of one minor film character and a whole bunch of new ones.
* GunsAreUseless: Strangely enforced -- the first three films have a good number of guns, but no one ever seems to be able to effectively ''use'' them against dinosaurs (with the exception of a tranq gun in ''The Lost World''. Averted somewhat in ''Film/JurassicWorld'', as several dinosaurs are killed by lethal gunfire.
** ''Jurassic Park'': Muldoon is killed before having a chance to shoot anything, and Grant gets three shots off with his shotgun, misses and it jams as the ''Velociraptors'' attack. Foreshadowed earlier when the [=InGen=] workers fire uselessly at one of these same raptors while it's mauling one of their co-workers to death.
** ''The Lost World: Jurassic Park'': Possibly the most egregious use of this trope. A ''T. rex'' attacks a camp full of sleeping hunters. All of whom are well armed. Instead of raking it to death with a concentrated hail of bullets, they panic and run for their lives, some of them shooting their guns wildly in the air while fleeing the rampaging dinosaur. The only one who thinks to actually shoot his gun ''at'' the ''T. rex'' is Roland Tembo, but the cartridges of his elephant gun were secretly stolen by Nick Van Owen.
*** Eddie Carr's venom gun is this on a couple of instances: when the stegosaurus charges after Sarah, Ian yells at him to shoot it; he doesn't want to because they're "just protecting their baby." Later, the ''T. rexes'' attack him in his car (also "just protecting their baby"). He's quite willing to shoot them then, but since his gun picks that moment to get stuck on some netting, well, ... Nom-Nom!
** ''Jurassic Park III'': Armed mercenaries bring many weapons to the island, including an ''anti-tank rifle''. The only thing that is ever used against any dinosaur of any kind (albeit successfully) is a flare gun.
** Holds up in the book as well -- Muldoon tranqs a ''T. rex'' with a rocket launcher (ItMakesSenseInContext) but it doesn't take effect until a good bit later simply because he didn't have much idea of the right dosage. He points out that shooting the dinos wasn't very effective because of their biology. [[ScienceMarchesOn Most of the information he gives out is now known to be wrong, but at the time it made sense.]]
** In ''Jurassic World'', this trope is mostly avoided with park guards and soldiers being able to gun down several pterodactyls, but when Owen and his raptors confront the ''Indominous rex'', it is once again in full effect: Owen's 45-70 lever rifle, which is capable of bringing down big game, can't even make the ''I. rex'' flinch with repeated shots, although the ''I. rex'' previously shrugged off a blow to the head from an ''Ankylosaurus'' club.
* IconicLogo: Illustrated on top of this page. The third movie replaces the ''T. rex'' with a ''Spinosaurus'', but the ''World'' trilogy (despite using different dinosaur BigBads) return to using the ''T .rex''.
* InNameOnly: The franchise's ''Velociraptors'' are infamous for not closely resembling their real life namesake. Their shape more resembles ''Deinonychus'' (which at the time of the original novel's writing, was considered by one paleontologist as a species of ''Velociraptor'')[[note]]although it's rendered a moot point because the species present in the park are explicitly said to be ''Velociraptor mongoliensis''[[/note]], while their size is on par with the largest known dromaeosaurs such as ''Utahraptor'' and ''Achillobator'', both of which were unknown at the time of the first novel and film. Crichton himself even admitted he used the name because it was "more dramatic", and the novel's ''Velociraptor'' is ''Deinonychus'' in everything but name.
* InfantImmortality:
** Pretty much played straight with Tim, Lex, Kelly, Eric, and any baby dinosaurs seen in the film series (baby ''Stegosaurus'', baby ''T. rex'', baby ''Pteranodons'', stolen raptor eggs, etc.) The only real exception was [[spoiler:that poor dog]] in the second movie and possibly the boy of the family that owned said dog who took a flash photo of the ''T. rex''. Chances are, the boy and his parents were killed, though this is never shown explicitly in the movie. [[WordOfGod According to the final script]], the ''T. rex'' smashes its head into the boy's bedroom, sniffs the entire family and [[spoiler:goes on its way, leaving the kid and his understandably terrified parents completely unscathed]]. This part of the scene was either not shot or deleted for reasons unknown, and has not turned up in any releases of the film.
** This is in the movies only. Sucks to be the baby that gets its ''face ripped off'' by compies in the first book. It extends past humans, too: [[spoiler:when Tim tried to distract two ''Velociraptors'' that followed him and Lex by sending a baby raptor found in the [=InGen=] lab to them. The adult raptors immediately slaughtered the baby.]] This scene was roughly adapted for the screen... by an episode of ''Series/{{Primeval}}''.
*** ''The Lost World'' novel elaborates on this, saying that by basically being cloned and left to their own devices, most of the raptors were cannibalistic, lacked the maternal instinct of their ancestors, and saw their own offspring as just another prey item.
** The little girl in the intro of the second movie [[GoryDiscretionShot was obviously seriously injured, judging by the mother's screams]]. Peter Ludlow points this out during his business meeting with [=InGen's=] Board of Directors and Hammond later mentions her to Malcolm. In both cases, the listening parties have to be assured that she survived.
** Questionable at best in ''Jurassic World''; we don't see any kids (besides Gray and Zach) being attacked onscreen, but the ''Pteranodons'' are shown attacking baby dinosaurs in an area where there were numerous children that could have gotten carried off as well. The ''I. rex'' also [[MonstrousCannibalism ate her infant sibling]] sometime prior to the film.
* IronicEcho: Towards the beginning of the first film, Ian heckles Alan and Ellie over "digging up dinosaurs" and mocks a ''T. rex'' roar to mess with them during the helicopter ride to the park. At the beginning of the second film, a random person on the train does the same thing to Ian over his media appearances following the incident, complete with a fake dinosaur roar.
* IslandOfMystery: Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna, and to a lesser extent, the rest of the island chain that makes up "The Five Deaths" (of which Sorna is a part).
* JustDesserts: Given this is a series involving man-eating dinosaurs, this trope is to be expected.
** In the books, [[spoiler:Lewis Dodgson gets devoured by infant ''T. rexes'' in the second novel, as do two of his henchmen, although one of them has a change of heart only to get violently killed by raptors anyway.]]
** In the films, [[spoiler:Nedry totally counts for this, while his book counterpart wasn't explicitly eaten by the dinosaur, just [[CruelAndUnusualDeath blinded and gutted]] by the creature while his remains were later eaten by a compy horde]]. [[spoiler:Ludlow suffers Dodgson's fate, being crippled by a ''T. rex'' father and devoured by the son]] in ''The Lost World''. In ''Film/JurassicWorld'', Hoskins gets ripped to shreds by one of the raptors he sought to breed as a weapon, and becomes her dinner. [[spoiler: Later, the ''Indominus Rex'' is dragged to her doom by the ''Mosasaurus'']].
** In [[VideoGame/JurassicParkTheGame the video game]], [[spoiler:Yoder and, depending on player actions, Nina get eaten by the ''T. rex'' at the end of the final episode. Could also count for Dr. Sorkin, since she takes a FaceHeelTurn and becomes an environmental extremist by releasing the ''Mosasaurus'', only to have it [[DeathByIrony eat her instead]].]]
* JustifiedTutorial: ''Jurassic Park'' for the Sega CD contains information kiosks which play video footage of [[TheCameo Robert T.]] [[Literature/RaptorRed Bakker]], who explains various dinosaur behaviors, cluing the player in on how to deal with them when encountered.
* KarmicDeath:
** A fair few people in the films (e.g., Nedry and Gennaro), although there are also undeserving victims (e.g., Muldoon, who was smart enough to realize that even having the raptors exist was a disaster waiting to happen). The trope is very evident in the novel, as not one of the responsible persons has thought of the consequences of [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong reviving the largest predators ever to walk the Earth]]. [[spoiler:All of them save two die horribly.]]
** A notable example would be [[spoiler:Stark]], who callously tasers a compy just for the hell of it. Later, he is ambushed and killed by a horde of compies.
** Ludlow in the second movie and Hoskins in the fourth movie -- they both are killed by the very animals they hoped to exploit.
* KillAllHumans[=/=]ToServeMan:
** ''Tyrannosaurs'' and ''Velociraptors'' come running for the great taste of human!
** In the first novel, the ''Tyrannosaurus'' appears to always be a step ahead of every move Grant and the kids make.
** Probably justified. In the raptor transport scene, it's being handled rather roughly. Mistreated animals often attack humans when they get loose. The attacks may be more about revenge than food.
** Actually discussed in the first novel. After some raptors try to attack the protagonists through their electrified enclosure, Malcolm mentions that lions and tigers typically only become man-eaters if they discover that humans are easy to kill, and wonders if the raptors made the same discovery at some point. Early on in the first novel, a worker is brought to the local doctor after being mortally wounded by the raptors, likely the way they learned human were easy prey.

* LegoGenetics:
** The main reason why the park fails -- they used amphibian DNA, the closest thing possible to insert into the damaged DNA code without causing mutations. Except it did. The type of amphibian used can change sexes in unequal-gender conditions. In the first book, Dr. Wu's internal monologue states that, because 90+% of DNA is the same across all animals on Earth, he could freely mix-and-match whenever he needed to. The species on the island that are breeding are ones that included frog DNA to replace sequence gaps. Since just about everyone involved in the Park at the higher levels is grossly incompetent in some manner, this is just par for the course.
** Taken to an extreme in a ''Jurassic Park''-themed haunted house/scarezone from [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights back in 2002, where a rogue [=InGen=] scientist is able to create gruesome half-human/half-dinosaur monstrosities by mixing some DNA together.
** The trope name becomes a pun in Lego Jurassic World. Tutorials are accessed by finding DNA strands made out of Lego. Literally Lego genetics.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The opening tune from the first film gets repeated ''a lot'' during the sequence involving the ''Velociraptors''. And listen carefully for it in the sequels whenever someone even mentions the ''Velociraptors'', especially if the topic is brought up before the raptors have even appeared.
* LicensedPinballTables: Two, one for ''Pinball/JurassicPark'' and another for ''Pinball/TheLostWorldJurassicPark''.
* LimitedWardrobe: Malcolm's signature all-black ensemble. In the novel, he jokes about how his clothes are all grey and black, so he can get changed in the dark. He also said something about not wasting any time choosing what color to wear.
* LivingMotionDetector:
** ''Tyrannosaurs'', though only in the first movie. In the book, a paleontologist named Roxton theorized this was the case, and Grant acts on it to protect him and Lex from one. It's stated that ''all'' the park's dinosaurs have this problem, due to the frog DNA used to patch holes in their genetics.
** This became a subject of discussion in ''The Lost World.'' It's pointed out that Grant was working off ''really'' bad data out of sheer desperation, as there really wasn't any other way for him to have gotten out of that situation alive. Levine, a more well-read genius, states that, "Roxton is an idiot. [[ArtisticLicenseBiology He doesn't know enough anatomy to have sex with his wife.]]" The reason the ''T. rex'' didn't chow down on Grant and Lex was because the goat it had eaten moments before was enough to fill its appetite for several hours. [[spoiler:Baselton isn't aware of this, and tries the same stunt with a ''hungry'' ''T. rex''. While '''stealing eggs from its nest.''' It eats him whole.]]
* MenAreTheExpendableGender:
** Every human death in the film and novel is male.
** Lampshaded with a comment from Ellie:
--->'''Ellie:''' Dinosaur eats Man; Woman inherits the Earth.
** Subverted in ''Jurassic World'', which had the guts to brutally kill off [[Creator/KatieMcGrath Zara]]. Could also count as TakeThat to Ellie's quote in the first film.
* MisplacedWildlife: ''Velociraptor'' bones in Montana. Acknowledged in ''The Lost World'' and in the novel.
* MythArc: The films quietly hint at a deeper scheme in place for [=InGen=], especially in a scene where Grant identifies the ''Spinosaurus'' (a dinosaur not on their list of cloned dinosaurs) and wonders what they're up to. ''Jurassic World'' doesn't clarify the extent of Wu's deal with Hoskins and the Masrani Backdoor also has a lot of cryptic tidbits about the timeline of the films.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Paleontology example: Bob Bakker was namedropped in the first book and film, but got {{Exp|y}}ied into the character of "Robert Burke" in the second film. See TakeThat below.
* NonMaliciousMonster:
** The dinosaurs aren't evil, just hungry and/or territorial. Except raptors -- at least in the first book, where it's stated that they kill even when they are not hungry, just for pleasure, and sometimes they kill their own. This is later explained as the result of the raptors being bred artificially, thus lacking the social development they'd have gone through if raised in a natural environment, with the benefit of a parent and other peers teaching them proper dino social skills. In short, they were basically creating intelligent, sadistic sociopaths with sharp teeth and big claws.
** The ''Spinosaurus'' from the third film also averts this as it moves far beyond simple hunting for hunger, seemingly taking a sort of sadistic glee in pursuing the protagonists all over the island, even though it has far more readily available and more nourishing prey all around it. More than once it ignores large food sources just to chase down the tiny humans. [[spoiler:Marketing for the later films has implied that it was a prototype hybrid similar to the ''Indominus rex'', which may explain this savagery]].
** The ''[[BigBad Indominus rex]]'' from the fourth film averts this entirely; she's specifically identified a straight up malicious killer that attacks everything she sees just for fun and not food. Being a genetically engineered hybrid of multiple species of dinosaur and other animals specifically intended to be a new, scarier dinosaur, it's no surprise they created an actually villainous dinosaur.[[spoiler:Except it turns out the Indominus isn't just extra-aggressive, it's also part raptor. And was raised unsocialized, recreating the same problem seen in the original raptors. ''Deliberately'', we might add.]]
* NonIndicativeName: In-universe example: the park is called "Jurassic" despite the fact that several of the dinosaurs didn't live in that period (such as the ''T. rex'' and the raptors that lived in the Cretaceous period). Presumably "Triassic Park" or "Cretaceous Park" just don't have the same ring to them.
* ObliviouslyEvil: Practically every dinosaur in the franchise. What, did you think ''T. rex'' knew she was harming people by eating them? She was just hungry! Did the ''Dilophosaurus'' realize it was wrong to blind and maul [[spoiler:Nedry]]? Of course not, it was hungry and curious! Did the ''Pteranodon'' stop to question how morally sound it was for her to snatch up Eric Kirby? No, because she was too busy thinking about what a tasty take-out meal he'd be for her kids! The only real aversions would probably be the raptors and the ''Spinosaurus'', who take almost sadistic glee in killing and eating people. The ''Indominus rex'' in the fourth film also averts this, and is the closest in the franchise to being a straight up evil dinosaur. It kills everything and everyone around it for sport (for example, it slaughters an entire herd of ''Apatosaurus'' without eating a single one), and appears to take great pleasure in causing chaos and death throughout the park.
* OddlyNamedSequel2ElectricBoogaloo: ''Jurassic Park'' > ''The Lost World'' ('': Jurassic Park'' in the movie) > ''Jurassic Park III'' > ''Jurassic World''.
* PeekABooCorpse: In both versions, a hand falls on Ellie and they both think the man the limb belongs to is alive ... until they turn around.
* PlayfulHacker: Dennis Nedry. "Uh uh uh, you didn't say the magic word!" Even has signs of this in the book with "wht_rbt.obj".
* PhlebotinumDependence: The dinosaurs are deliberately deprived of lysine. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
* PteroSoarer: The ''Pteranodons'', the ''Dimorphodons'', and the ''Cearadactyls''.
* RaptorAttack: {{Trope Maker|s}} and TropeCodifier.
* ReactionShot: [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} A wild]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc88zKVHZ4I&feature=related Raptor]] [[MemeticMutation appeared!]]
* RecycledSoundtrack: Not in the movies themselves, but the trailers for both ''Jurassic Park'' and ''The Lost World: Jurassic Park'' reuse music from ''Film/{{Backdraft}}''.
* {{Revision}}: Why the ''T. rex'' in ''Jurassic Park'' "couldn't see" people standing still. The second novel explains why she probably could, and why she didn't chow down on the immobile buffet.
* RoarBeforeBeating: Each movie has at least one scene that exists pretty much just to show off the dinosaurs (the "Ooh, aah" part of Malcolm's above quote), [[ThemeMusicPowerUp usually set to the main theme]].
* RuleOfScary: Boy howdy, this is in full effect, particularly with the ''Dilophosaurus'' and the hybrids, the latter of which outight invoke it.
* RunningGag: Oft overlooked, but phones in-universe always tend to be the center of misfortune and chaos; in each film they manage to directly, or at least indrectly, cause mayhem in some form or another.
* ScavengersAreScum: Averted in the books, which go out of their way to point out how important scavengers are to the ecosystem, all the way down to finding creatures who can live off of and further process the not-very-thoroughly-digested mountains of waste the giant herbivores leave behind. Mostly averted in the films (the few that bother to mention them) with the ''Procompsognathids''. They aren't depicted as any more "evil" than the rest of the dinosaurs, though this is in keeping with the general trend of attempting to portray the dinosaurs as animals, instead of monsters. The Compys actually manage to look fairly cute, and give a dose of LaserGuidedKarma to one rather nasty character in ''Film/TheLostWorld''.
* SceneryPorn: It was filmed in Hawaii.
* ScienceIsBad: Stronger in the books than the movies, though not as strong as some of Crichton's later novels.
* SeeNoEvilHearNoEvil: It fails in the first movie, and it's {{lampshaded}} in ''The Lost World'' book.
* SequelLogoInRuins: ''The Lost World: Jurassic Park'' and ''Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'' feature more weathered logos compared to their immediate predecessors to mirror how much DarkerAndEdgier they are.
* ShoutOut: The male raptors of the second and third films bear similar designs to [[VideoGame/PrimalRage Talon]] with tiger stripes and head feathers, respectively.
* SoundOnlyDeath: Pretty much every casualty. Averted with Gennaro in ''Jurassic Park'', Eddie in ''The Lost World: Jurassic Park'', and the mercenaries in ''Jurassic Park III'', and taken UpToEleven in ''Jurassic World'', which featured the franchise's ''first female casualty'' up close and personal.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/{{Westworld}}'', another Michael Crichton work about an amusement park built around unusual or unique atractions -- [[RecycledInSpace robots instead of dinosaurs]] -- that outgrow their design, ensuing chaos and murder.
* StarringSpecialEffects: The first film may well be the TropeCodifier, particularly in the case of the larger dinosaurs. Keep in mind that the effects still hold up fairly well despite the film being made in 1993.
* StayInTheKitchen: Hammond to Ellie in the first book/movie. Although in the movie, it was more well-meaning chauvinism (saying he, not her, should be risking his life to get the power back on) instead of being a jerk. Ellie, who is a healthy, athletic young woman (whereas Hammond is an elderly man) notes how dumb this is: "We'll discuss sexism in survival situations when I get back."
* StockDinosaurs: ''TyrannosaurusRex'', ''Triceratops'', ''Brachiosaurus'', and ''Parasaurolophus'' all make appearances in the first film, and ''Velociraptor'' itself became a stock dinosaur because of the movie, along with ''Dilophosaurus'' and ''Gallimimus''. In the novels, they are specifically chosen to appeal to people. The sequels add ''Apatosaurus'', ''Stegosaurus'', ''Ankylosaurus'', ''Pachycephalosaurus'', and ''Pteranodon'', and brought ''Spinosaurus'', ''Compsognathus'', and ''Mosasaurus'' to prominence.
* SuperPersistentPredator: Goes between subverting and using quite a lot in both the novel and film. In the second novel, it is mentioned that the raptors, born without a pack mentality and "code" due to no pre-existing raptor to teach them on Site B, are cruelly intelligent and kill for sport -- and often kill each other over food.
** Overall the films subvert this with the raptors as little of the behavior is "predatory." Grant has concluded by the start of "III" that InGen created a sentient species, foreshadowing that most of that movie's raptors problems aren't about food at all. [[spoiler:They're about the raptors trying to recover an offspring egg one of the humans is carrying. This is ''human'' cost-benefit behavior.]]
* TakeThat: A bit of a GeniusBonus: The Robert Bakker {{Expy}} gets killed, and the technical advisor was Jack Horner, who feuded with Bakker over dinosaur biology.
** Real life Bob Bakker, however, is said to have loved the scene. Specifically, Bakker and Horner at the time were not just rivals, but on opposite sides of the ''T. rex'' as predator (Bakker) vs. scavenger (Horner) debate. After seeing his expy nom'ed by the ''T. rex'', [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Bakker called up Horner]] and triumphantly announced "I ''told'' you it was a predator."
** The TakeThat goes further in the book. The main characters discuss the ''T. rex'' not being able to see motionless objects and animals (something that was tried in the first film, to no avail). One of them calls the paleontologist who proposed this "an idiot".
* TooDumbToLive: Anyone who would (a) follow a ''Velociraptor'' into dense forest, regardless of how well-armed they might be; (b) run headlong into a field of tall grass in which God knows what might be lurking -- after having been briefed that this was near a raptor nesting site; (c) knowingly steal raptor eggs for profit before even knowing if they'll make it off the island alive; or (d) thinks that they can automatically give commands to a raptor that it has taken someone else ''years'' of imprinting, bonding, and establishing himself as "alpha" to said raptor (who, by the way, has been dropping hints that she wants to ''kill'' this particular TDTL person) to be able to do (and very tenuously, at that), probably has a subconscious death wish.
* TropeOverdosed
* VillainousRescue: Seen in the first film, one of the most iconic moments of the franchise. Grant, Sattler, and the kids are cornered by the ''Velociraptors'', who are just about to attack [[spoiler: when the ''T. rex'' comes out of nowhere and slaughters them.]]
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong:
** Really, what could possibly happen if you were to let giant animals you know nothing about inhabit an entire island and show them as part of a theme park? (And rely entirely on automation to keep it safe?) [[SarcasmMode Surely they wouldn't bite anyone if they had the chance.]]
** In the book, every one of Hammond's department leads realize that their containment methods are inadequate since they were planning on slow, stupid animals. They even give him a range of possible solutions, from equipment upgrades to modifying the dinosaur genetics to make them slow and stupid but he blows them off.
** Or at least he does to their face. Later on, they discover that he'd ordered a stash of stronger weapons and hidden them in a secret bunker that some of the highest level folks in the park didn't know about. Perhaps he planned on telling them if he ever thought it was serious enough, but by the time he was at all worried it was too late.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Vince Vaughn's character Nick from ''The Lost World'' disappears from the film before the ''T. rex'' makes it to the city. His disappearance is never explained. It's possible that he just got the hell out and never looked back.
** It's never mentioned what happened to the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar after the events of the first movie. In the book, they were [[spoiler: all killed by Costa Rican Air Force]], but in the movie ... they were just left free? In the second film, it is implied that everyone expected the dinosaurs to die by themselves after a short time, them being lysine dependant and all that.
*** The junior novelization also mentions Alan internally lamenting that the dinosaurs "would have to be destroyed", thus, one can assume this does indeed happen. Of course, keyword here being junior, that's probably because it omits the discussion about the lysine contingency.
*** The fourth film confirms that at least the original ''T. rex'' survived, and she currently lives in the new park. The rest, however, are unaccounted for (except for [[BigBad Clever Girl]] and her pack, who we know are dead).
** In a deleted scene in the second film, we see Ludlow addressing the [=InGen=] board about the lawsuits associated with the deaths of Nedry, Muldoon, Gennaro, and others. He also mentions the costs of dismantling the Isla Nublar facility.
*** Any "dismantling" of Isla Nublar seems to have been either handwaved or retconned by the third movie -- at least in the ''JP III'' novelization, which mentions both islands as being populated by dinosaurs and declared no-fly zones. Udesky briefly mentions it in film, but gets shouted down before receiving any confirmation.
** ''Film/JurassicWorld'' takes place on the first island, which is now under the management of the Masrani Corporation along with any surviving dinosaurs.
** In the first film, we never actually learn why the ''Triceratops'' got sick, as Ellie's theory is disproven before the storm hits. She's shown picking up smooth stones off the ground, though, alluding to the correct theory she eventually figures out in the novel.
** Nedry's can of dinosaur embryos. Spielberg even thought that the sequel would pick up on that, but Michael Crichton chose another path. It eventually was picked upon in ''Jurassic Park: The Game''.
* AWinnerIsYou: Many ''Jurassic Park'' games don't bother with endings and just show players a lame and often lazy cutscene of the hero escaping the dinosaurs' island.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Played straight with the reactions of everyone to the mere mention of ''Velociraptors''--at least in the first three films.
** ''Jurassic Park'': When Alan and co. find out that Hammond and Wu bred raptors, and then later, when Muldoon and Ellie discover than shutting the park's entire power grid has allowed said raptors to get loose into the park.
** ''The Lost World: Jurassic Park'': The two stranded teams learn that they'll have to hike through a raptor pack's nesting area in order to reach the abandoned village and call for help.
** ''Jurassic Park III'': The group discovers that they're in the middle of raptor territory when hiking toward another abandoned facility. Another one pops up later when Alan learns that [[spoiler: Billy stole two of the raptors' eggs]].
** ''Jurassic World'' seemingly averts this with Owen managing to tame four raptors...barely. It ultimately gets subverted about halfway through with TheReveal that [[spoiler: ''I-rex'' is part raptor]].
* TheWorfEffect:
** The raptors. They kill Muldoon the GreatWhiteHunter in the first film and almost all of Ludlow's {{Mooks}} in the second ... which would probably make it all the more embarrassing that they are defeated by ''[[InfantImmortality Lex and Timmy]]'' in the first film, and ''[[LittleMissBadass Kelly]]'' in the sequel.
** The ''T. rex'', after dominating the first two films, is rather implausibly killed by the ''Spinosaurus'' early on in the third film. The ''Spinosaurus'' itself is driven away by a flare gun and not seen again for the remainder of the movie. Some rumors persisted that earlier versions of the film would have had the ''Spinosaurus'' return for the ending and a final battle with the army.
*** The ''T. rex'' in the third film is a sub-adult male. It is obviously much smaller than any of the previous ''T. rex'' examples. [[spoiler:The ''Spinosaurus'' has also been retroactively implied to be a prototype hybrid]].
*** Something of an AuthorFilibuster, as the paleontological consultant, Jack Horner, not only believed that the ''T. rex'' was a scavenger, not a predator, but held a personal animosity toward the species. Guess which large, meat-eating dinosaur he thought was much more awesome?
** The infamous example from the third film receives a TakeThat in the fourth, where a ''Spinosaurus'' skeleton is displayed in the visitor's main courtyard, and [[spoiler:as the ''T. rex'' (the same ''T. rex'' from the first film, no less) makes her entrance for the final showdown with the ''Indominus rex'', she barrels straight through the ''Spinosaurus'' skeleton, smashing it to bits]].
** The ''Indominus'' proves to be a walking WorfEffect, managing to kill off 6 Apatosaurs, one Ankylosaurus, a good portion of a rather well-armed ACU containment team, two raptors, and nearly killing a mature T-rex. It takes the T-rex and a lone raptor ''working together'' just to tire the thing out.
*** [[spoiler: And then the Mosasaurus delivers a WorfEffect of her own, dragging the ''Indominus'' into her tank without much effort.]]
* TheWormGuy: Alan Grant in the first installment, Dr. Levine in the second novel, Sarah Harding in the second installment, and Owen Grady in the fourth film.