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[[caption-width-right:330:See, [[CoolButStupid this]] is what ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' should've done.]]

->'''Roy:''' But the rooster was determined to get it back with the aid of his trained dinosaurs!\\
'''Orson:''' Trained dinosaurs? Where did the trained dinosaurs come from?\\
'''Roy:''' Same place all those ninjas came from.
-->-- ''[[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends U.S. Acres]]'', "The Name Game"

Well, it's true. Dinosaurs are [[RuleOfCool cool]]. No exceptions.

Since dinosaurs [[RealLife actually existed]] in the past, some writers like to throw them into their stories. In many cases, this makes no sense at all, but when dinosaurs show up, we're generally in the realm of [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot awesome for the sake of awesome]]. Generally, the dinosaurs seen will be [[StockDinosaurs restricted to a few well-known types]].

The essence of this trope is the presence of dinosaurs which are not ultimately critical to the plot. If the story would be essentially the same without dinosaurs, it's an example. On the other hand, if [[DinosaurMedia dinosaurs are integral to the premise]], it's not an example.

Note that just because a series [[JustifiedTrope provides a reason]] for there to be dinosaurs does not mean it isn't an example of this trope. Sure, a dinosaur altmode might very well be a good idea for a Franchise/{{Transformer|s}}, but the real reason for a dinosaur form is to [[MerchandiseDriven appeal to young boys]].

Despite the name of this trope, it can cover examples that are not technically dinosaurs. Other extinct reptiles, like pterosaurs, plesiosaurs, and dimetrodons would fall under this trope. And while it may be a stretch, since we don't have individual tropes for Everything is Better with Woolly Mammoths/Woolly Rhinos/Saber-tooth Cats/etc., [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible these examples would get grouped here]].

See also DinosaursAreDragons (in which case this trope overlaps with InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons) and ArtisticLicensePaleontology. Compare DinosaurMedia.
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* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Live Action TV}}
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Tabletop Games}}
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Toys}}
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* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Web Comics}}
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Web Original}}
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Western Animation}}



[[folder: Fan Fic ]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' downplays Calvin's love of dinosaurs (though it still exists). Nonetheless, Hobbes ends up in their era in [[GetBackToTheFuture "Time Terror"]].
* [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-zagged]] to Hell and back in ''Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces.'' The heroes are threatened by a T. rex, then they befriend a genetically engineered PteroSoarer, then they fight raptors, then they encounter [[DemBones animated dinosaur fossils,]] then they visit [[Franchise/JurassicPark an island full of dinosaurs]], then they get attacked and separated by the dinosaurs, [[spoiler:then one of the heroes gets the ability to [[ScaledUp transform into a dinosaur,]] [[WhoWritesThisCrap and it gets a whole lot weirder from there.]]]]
--> '''Violet:''' ''[to Adam]'' No more dinosaurs for a while, OK?
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8085799/1/Pinkassic-Park Pinkassic Park]]'', which is basically ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' crossed with ''Film/JurassicPark''.
* ''TheWorldOfTheCreatures'' takes place in the mind of someone obsessed with dinosaurs and other extinct animals. When they're not trying to save the world, the main characters are usually trying to avoid being eaten.
* The entire reason ''FanFic/MesozoicEffect'' exists. According to the [[WordOfGod author]] the idea of putting sentient dinosaurs into the MassEffect universe was just awesome not to write about, regardless of how [[MST3KMantra little sense it makes.]]

* The ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' gamebook ''Literature/IslandOfTheLizardKing'' involved the reader trying to assassinate the king of a race of lizardmen. For no particular reason, one of said lizardmen is seen riding a ''Styracosaurus'' at one point.

* [[Music/{{Hevisaurus}} Hevisaurus]], a Finnish HeavyMetal band aimed towards children.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh4zvQfDhi0 "Jurassic Park,"]] turning the {{melodrama}}tic ([[{{Narm}} to the point of hilarity]]) "[=MacArthur=] Park" into a [[FilkSong retelling of]] [[Franchise/JurassicPark Spielberg's movie]].
* Music/TheBlackKeys first video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNXwicxlsvI "Tighten Up"]] features a puppet dinosaur named Frank, who returns surrounded by bikini-clad women in "Next Girl." ([[http://pitchfork.com/news/39197-directors-cut-black-keys-next-girl/ "When I had the opportunity to make a second one with Frank, I was like, "Dude, he's got to be a pimp."]])

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' gives us Tyrannosaurs in F-14s, as you can see on this page.
-->'''Calvin:''' This is '''so''' cool!
-->'''Hobbes:''' This is '''so''' stupid.
* Jason Fox of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' has a major dinosaur obsession. He once sent an electronic message to the White House saying "increase dinosaur DNA research" over and over again.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', dinosaurs aren't extinct; [[HesJustHiding they're just hiding in your furniture]]. Bob the Dinosaur managed to evade humans for years thanks to wearing tennis shoes for fast running. All of the "fossils" that are discovered in modern times were purchased at dinosaur prank novelty stores and thrown into tarpits just to fool people.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' used dinosaurs (together with cavemen) as a common subject. In fact, the scientific name for a stegosaur's tail (thagomizer) is derived from a comic where a caveman explains that it is derived from "the late Thag Simmons".

* Creator/{{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball is decorated with space explorers taming a dinosaur-filled LostWorld ... [[NoPlotNoProblem none of which affects the actual game one iota.]]
* Hankin's ''Pinball/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' has a pterosaur flying over Dagobah. Why? Why not?
* The Bronto Crane from ''Pinball/TheFlintstones,'' a fancy way just to return a ball back to the playfield.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* One of Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}}'s big annual events is ''[=Chikarasaurus=] Rex.''
* Wrestling/BrodusClay's RedBaron is "The [=Funkasaurus=]."

[[folder: Theme Parks]]
* At the Ride/DisneyThemeParks:
** ''Ride/EllensEnergyAdventure'' at EPCOT, which is about power sources, contains an extended sequence involving dinosaurs. This in itself was based on the Primeval World diorama at the Disneyland Railroad.
** There's also the ride called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dinosaur.]]
** ''Ride/BigThunderMountainRailroad'' ends with a stop at a dig site where a ''Tyrannosaurus'' skeleton has been uncovered.
* At Ride/UniversalStudios:
** ''Ride/JurassicParkRiverAdventure'' at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Islands of Adventure]], is of course based off the franchise ''Franchise/JurassicPark''. Besides the ride there is a whole island based around the franchise as well. The ride by itself is present in the other various Universal parks as well.
** The primeval sequence in ''Ride/BackToTheFutureTheRide'' features an up and close encounter with a massive ''T. rex''.
** A whole section of ''Ride/TheSimpsonsRide'' is dedicated to an attraction called "Captain Dinosaur's Pirate Rip-Off".

[[folder: Web Video]]
* Lee in ''WebVideo/SourceFed'' loves dinosaurs. This little fact turned into a RunningGag of epic proportions.