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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 [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja ninjas came from]].\\
-- ''[[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends U.S. Acres]]'', "The Name Game"

Well, it's true. Dinosaurs are [[RuleOfCool cool]]. No exceptions. (Well, almost [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology none.]])

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 Transformer, 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., these examples would get grouped here.

See also DinosaursAreDragons and ArtisticLicensePaleontology. Compare DinosaurMedia.
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* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Film}}
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Literature}}
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Live-Action TV}}
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Tabletop Games}}
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Toys}}
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Video Games}}
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Web Comics}}
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Web Original}}
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs/{{Western Animation}}
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[[folder: Fan Fic ]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' downplays Calvin's love of dinosaurs.
** 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 ''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.
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[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* The ''FightingFantasy'' gamebook ''Island of the Lizard King'' 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.
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[[folder:Music]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aovaRsVV28 Hevisaurus]], a Finnish Music/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]].
* 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."]]).
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[[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.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* {{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?
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* One of Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}}'s big annual events is ''[=Chikarasaurus=] Rex.''
* Wrestling/BrodusClay's RedBaron is "The [=Funkasaurus=]."
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[[folder: Theme Parks]]
* ''Ellen's Energy Adventure'' at [[DisneyThemeParks EPCOT]], which is about power sources, contains an extended sequence involving dinosaurs. This in itself was based on the Primevil World diorama at the Disneyland Railroad.
** There's also the ride called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dinosaur.]]
* ''Jurassic Park: River Adventure'' at [[UniversalStudiosThemeParks Islands of Adventure]], is of course based off the franchise Jurassic Park. Besides the ride there is a whole island based around the franchise as well. The ride by it self is there in the other various Universal parks as well.
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[[folder: Web Video]]
* Lee in ''SourceFed'' loves dinosaurs. This little fact turned into a RunningGag of epic proportions.
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[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'' has velociraptors in many of its comics.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* No museum, theme park, or children's book is complete without dinosaurs.
** Yup. Even museums devoted to fine art. They ''gotta'' have a dinosaur.
* There are actual realistic dinosaur suits you can find online. However, they are deathly expensive if you want to get one of your very own.
** You know why paleontology is more popular among kids than, say, epidemiology. Yup. it's the dinosaurs. Every kid has a dinosaur phase. Of course if they pursue their interest at an academic level, they'll find out it's hard work. that's not to say that JurassicPark wasn't hard work too.
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