''Gon'' is a manga, set in a different setting every time, that allows the creator to draw absolutely breathtaking SceneryPorn on nearly every page.

The main character, [[CharacterTitle Gon]], is a diminutive TyrannosaurusRex who was forgotten by time. [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime Unlike certain other creatures]], Gon is a SilentProtagonist. In fact, despite there being no humans whatsoever, and a notable amount of communication occurring in every story, there is absolutely no dialogue whatsoever, by ''any'' of the animal characters.

Gon is also a stalwart {{Determinator}}, who can be sent crashing ''through'' a tree with no harm done -- to him. Whatever just attacked, though, [[DisproportionateRetribution won't end up unscathed]].

Typically, each story tells of Gon encountering some more modern animal species, how the individuals react to him, and for those where he's sticking up for the weaker, he uses their natural abilities with his own brute strength for some rather unique battles. Examples include a ball of hedgehogs rolling ''over'' an assaulting dingo (Gon acting as propulsion) and the dinosaur using a kangaroo's pouch to give a kick some extra wallop.

For some reason, he appeared as a hidden character in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 3''. We're still not sure what to make of that, besides the fact that he's utterly [[GameBreaker Game Breaking]] (despite being considerably weaker than in the manga).

[[http://www.jefusion.com/2012/03/gon-cg-anime-to-air-this-april.html A 50 episode CGI series]] premiered on Creator/TVTokyo on April 2, 2012. A kid-friendly video game and a manga aimed at a younger age set will accompany this new series. To the surprise of many, the CGI series was also picked by Netflix recently and it was given an English dub to go with it. Fans of the old school Gon aren't completely left out, thankfully: [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2012-02-24/masashi-tanaka-gon-dinosaur-manga-to-resume-in-march as the original manga is set to continue in March in the seinen magazine Kodansha Afternoon.]]

!! This series provides examples of the following:

* AnthropomorphicShift: In the anime, animals known for standing on two legs for brief periods in real life move and emote exactly like humans, and almost never go to all fours.
* AnyoneCanDie: In stories where Gon teams up with a group of animals, especially young ones, don't expect all, or in some cases even ''most'' of them to make it to the end.
* ArtEvolution: Gon was originally far more realistic and tyrannosaur-like than the cute and cuddly monster we all know and love, and lacked the spikes on his back.
* AbusiveParents: Gon may seem like this when he raises Ho (biting him, eating all but one of the fish he's caught, giving the rest to Ho), but one must realize he's raising a wild animal, and in order to survive in the wild, you'd have to be tough. He also apparently has no idea there's a nest on his head and inadvertently exposes them to all sorts of trauma. The birds do get out of it tough-as-nails, though.
%% * AnimalsLackAttributes: Averted in the original manga.
* AntiHero: While not quite a villain due to little of his violence being unprovoked, Gon is an intensely unlikable protagonist in the manga. Early escapades include destroying a forest to make a tree mound for himself, and beaching a shark that has swallowed him and feeding it a small piece of banana as it suffocates to death.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Underground animals are huge...
%% * BadassAdorable: Gon. Oh, Gon...
* BearsAreBadNews: The first Gon comic revolved around Gon kicking the shit out of a grizzly and stealing his fish, then using him as a cuddly bed.
%% ** Most bears don't learn...
%% ** Subverted with Ussu in the anime.
* BigBad: Most of the stories have one. Gon Underground has the huge tarantula, a story about Gon raising wolves in the wilderness had a tiger, while a story about Gon with penguins in the Arctic has the Great Auk.
* CowardlySidekick: The Albatross [[HeelFaceTurn becomes one]] after having its feathers stripped away by Gon, making it become flightless.
* CowardlyLion: The Dingo mother, who ''would'' be extremely brave if it wasn't for Gon organizing the local wildlife into an anti-dingo army. Boy, does she try.
* DarkestAfrica: Gon wanders through this twice, and ends up here after the events of "Gon Underground".
* TheDrifter: Almost {{Ronin}}like in a way, Gon will oftentimes introduce himself to a pack or flock, brutalize predators and help raise the newborns ([[PromotionToParent though sometimes, he has to raise recent orphans]]), all while eating his fill. He'll part ways with his new families as soon as they can fend for themselves.
* EyeScream: Gon and his companions in "Gon Goes Through the Underground" bite down on the eyes of a giant spider as retribution for it cocooning a dingo's pup.
* GentleGiant: The Orangutan Mother and Orangutan King. Averted with the underground dwellers in Gon Underground, who are violently destructive - especially the giant tarantula.
* HumiliationConga: That poor bobcat in ''Gon Goes Flying''. Several other predators besides.
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: In his game for the UsefulNotes/SuperFamicom he cannot die, but each hit he takes makes him angrier. In the GameOver animation he destroys the ''whole planet'' before [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace madly hopping around in space.]]
* LastOfHisKind: Gon is the last remaining dinosaur.
* LighterAndSofter: The new CGI adaptation is this to the sometimes graphically violent original series, the same goes for its accompanying manga.
* MixAndMatchCritter: Metakei from the anime appears to be a dog-armadillo-chalicothere hybrid.
* NoCartoonFish: The fish are depicted realistically - but are given anime expressions from time to time.
* NominalImportance: Ho the Albatross is the first character apart from Gon to get a name, and he continues to appear in the rest of the stories in the volume.
* PantheraAwesome:
** Several show up in the manga, and Gon even rides on a lion in one chapter.
** Leader from the anime, who appears to be some sort of saber-toothed lion.
%% * PintSizedPowerhouse: Gon himself.
* PokemonSpeak: Gon in the CGI adaptation. Everyone else speaks normally.
* PromotionToParent: Gon occasionally halts his wandering to raise orphaned baby animals that he's come across, until adulthood. Gon himself never ages though.
* SceneryPorn: Oh god, yes! This is part of the reason why the Gon comics suffer ScheduleSlip - Tanaka exhausted a lot on drawing the scenery, and insisted on working alone, taking up to months or years between updates.
* SeldomSeenSpecies:
** There's a giant anteater and an ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auk auk]]'' of all things featured in these stories, among others.
** An ''Elasmotherium'' appeared in the seventh episode of the anime.
* SilenceIsGolden: There is no speech or onomatopoeia at all.
** As such, one could call Gon an embodiment of ShowDontTell.
* SilentSceneryPanel: A good portion of the panels - at least one issue will have a shot of the setting, without Gon or friends.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The CGI adaptation has Gon voiced by Creator/MotokoKumai, with a cast of speaking animals as opposed to the original manga's silent ones.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type One. Grumpy little thing that smashes things at the slightest provocation, but enjoys cute things and ''will'' murder anything that threatens his friends/adoptive family.
* TyrannosaurusRex: The video game has one as the final boss. It gets beaten up by Gon as well. Gon himself is supposed to be a pint-size T-Rex... ''supposed''.
%% * {{Xenofiction}}
* WickedWeasel: A bunch of mustelids in the first episode of the anime.