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A CCG arcade game from Japan. The player pays for a starter deck and scans the cards into an arcade cabinet. Then they play a fighting game where dinosaurs (real ones ranging from obscure to well-known) with superpowers fight both each other using both a literal rock-paper-scissors and an ElementalRockPaperScissors battle system. As the player progresses, the arcade cabinet dispenses newer and rarer cards for them to add to their deck.
Oh, and the superpowers? They're never really explained. We're just supposed to accept the fact that dinosaurs all had superpowers and the ability to [[DinosaursAreDragons breathe fire, electrify their bodies, and change in size.]] RuleOfCool, of course, applies.

A [[TheAnimeOfTheGame tie-in anime]] was eventually developed. It features the adventures of Max, Rex and Zoey, a trio of dinosaur-loving kids who search for dinosaur cards scattered all over the world before the Alpha Gang--[[spoiler:a team of stranded time-travelers responsible for the appearance of the cards]]--can retrieve them. The series has been brought to the U.S. by [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]] and is considered to be one of their best dubs. You can watch it for free on [[http://www.youtube.com/show/dinosaurking YouTube]] (although strangely, [[NoExportForYou some episodes aren't available to watch in the US]]). A Nintendo DS video game has been made that is based on the anime.

[[TheWikiRule In the grand tradition of the internet]], the show [[http://dinosaurking.wikia.com/wiki/Dinosaur_King has its own Wiki]]. .

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!!Tropes used in ''Dinosaur King'':

* OneHundredPercentCompletion: Acquiring all 72 regular dinosaurs in the DS game rewards you with the ''Eoraptor lunensis'', which can use move cards of all elements.
* ActionGirl: Zoe.
* AerithAndBob: As is usually the case with [=4Kidz=] dubs, only certain characters have their names westernized, so you end up with things like Max's family, which includes himself, his father Spike, and his mother... Aki.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: Zoe, who was created from whole cloth for the anime.
* AlmightyJanitor: Seth goes for most of season 1 unactive, but even before [[spoiler:he turns out to be TheStarscream]], it's obvious he is ten times more competent than Dr Z.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: It's a 4Kids dub, so you should expect this to happen.
* AntagonistTitle: "Dinosaur King" is a title that Dr. Z wants to give himself once he [[TakeOverTheWorld takes over the world]]. Despite what the dub theme song implies, the goal of the series is ''not'' ToBeAMaster.
* ArbitraryHeadcountLimit: The DS game limits you to three dinosaurs loaded into your [=DinoShot=].
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: In one episode, Rex's father is somehow able to drive from the Museum of Natural History in [[BigApplesauce New York City]] to the Statue of Liberty, even though they are on ''two different islands'', and the Statue can only be accessed by ferry. He also makes the distance in about five minutes or so.
** Even moreso in the DS game, which uses real-life continents, but reduces them to a small town and three other areas at most.
* AwesomeButImpractical: In the DS game, most 10 MP moves, as well as most mystery elemental move cards.
* BadassLongcoat: Dr Z and Seth, but the latter is the real badass.
* BagOfSharing: Move cards are shared between dinosaurs in the DS game.
* BareYourMidriff:
** Zoe. A few episodes set in colder climates show that her shirt is full-length, she just rolls up the bottom to show her midriff.
** Ursula too, though not her whole midriff, only a diamond-shaped cutout around her navel.
* BeenThereShapedHistory: The second season of the anime involves the D-Team and the Alpha Gang together traveling through time to rescue the team's kidnapped parents. The very first story arc puts them in Ancient Rome at the start of the Spartacus Rebellion, and they proceed to get similarly involved in other historical events as the season goes on.
* BerserkButton: Every time Ursula is called an old lady, she can even be heard from the other side of the planet.
* BlondBrunetteRedhead: Rex, Max, and Zoey.
* BloodlessCarnage: Not surprising given its target audience.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: It's [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]], deal with it.
** The HotSpringsEpisode has some curious behavior, given that the characters have been seen wearing swimsuits before without being embarrassed.
* BossRush: In the DS game, all members of the Alpha Gang are refought in their lab in Antarctica, with some droids thrown in for good measure.
* CaptainErsatz/ ShoutOut: Aladdin looks so damn much like Disney Aladdin.
* CapcomSequelStagnation: The games. Version 2 didn't introduce any new storylines, only new cards, slightly tweaked gameplay, and the ability to take on Dr. Z, who is the final boss.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Though they can't speak normally, the dinosaurs are established to be nearer human sentience than that of other animals. They also eat species-appropriate diets. It's implied carnivores would eat other dinosaurs/humans with no qualms, but in practice their diet tends to be fish.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Dr. Owen. He's so amazed to see a real live dinosaur that he doesn't even acknowledge the Alpha Gang's threats to have it eat him, he only chases after the Alpha Gang afterwards because he fell in love with Ursula, and he thinks he can convince Dr. Z to give back the relic he stole as a wedding present.
-->'''Dr. Z:''' Good grief, man! What planet do you ''come'' from?!
* CommonTongue: Inexplicably, everyone in the anime speaks the same language... despite the fact that nearly every episode takes place in a different country.
* ConspicuousCG: The full-sized dinosaurs.
* DancingTheme: While the anime originally had one, 4Kids didn't bother adapting it, but you can spot bits of it in the 4Kids OP.
* DemotedToExtra: Zoe in the DS game.
* DinosaursAreDragons: Partly thanks to the Japanese word for dinosaur meaning "fear dragon".
* DoggedNiceGuy: Dr. Owen is infatuated with Ursula; Zander with Reese.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The Brazilian children playing soccer in the episode "Field of Screams" are all barefoot. Later on, Max, Zoe, and Rex are convinced to play a game of soccer with them. To play fair, they indulge in the barefooted fun, leaving their shoes and socks on the sidelines.
* DopplegangerAttack: Ace's Ninja Attack.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Jim from season 2, who declares Zoe to be the most beautiful person he's ever seen immediately upon meeting her, and is willing to fight the infamous Blackbeard all by himself for her sake.
* DumbassHasAPoint: Ed may be the dimmest of Dr. Z's minions, but even he knows the disastrous results of a forest fire in the Jurassic.
* EnigmaticMinion: Seth
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Quite literally.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** In one episode Ursula, mistreated by Dr. Z and lost in Australia, meets and befriends the Iguanadon she's supposed to retrieve. At the end of the episode she purposely lets the D-Team have Iguanadon's card, knowing she'll be punished for it, because she feels Iguanadon deserves better than to be mistreated and brainwashed by Dr. Z.
** Also Dr. Z, for all the awful things he's done, never wanted to send his grandkids out on missions where they could get hurt, even after it becoming clear they were far more competent than the trio he usually does send. When he finds out Seth has been sending the kids into danger without his permission he gets angrier than he ever has before.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Yes, obviously.
* {{Expy}}: Team Alpha, they are similar to Team Rocket both in anime and videogame status:
** While Zander and Ed don't look like James or Meowth, Ursula is very similar to Jessie.
*** She's even voiced by the same voice actress in the English dub.
* EvilutionaryBiologist: [[spoiler:Seth, especially after his [[TheStarscream Starscream]]. His goal is not to control dinosaurs, rather he wants to see a world ruled by hyper-evolved dinosaurs that never died off... even though that will almost certainly mean the extinction of humanity.]]
* FighterMageThief: The main trio's dinosaurs fit this pretty well, with Chomp's toughness, Paris's healing move, and Ace's speed used strategically in several battles.
* FireIceLightning: Averted. Chomp is affiliated with lightning, but Paris is earth/grass and Ace is wind. Fire is almost exclusively used by Alpha Gang.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: In one episode, Ursula scams Alpha Gang's way into a swanky hotel. At dinner, she suggests they have some more "cherry pop".
* GottaCatchEmAll: Collecting all the dinosaur cards is a big part of the game. It's never really played up in the anime. The D-Team do spend the entire first season trying to catch 'em all, but it's less about being a master and more about keeping the Alpha Gang from abusing them.
* HappilyMarried: Max's parents, Spike and Aki Taylor. Also Zoe's parents.
* HarmlessVillain: While they have their moments of NotSoHarmlessVillain, the Alpha Gang essentially is barely more dangerous than the anime incarnation of [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} Team Rocket]]
* HealingHands: Paris, with her Nature's Blessing ability.
* HiddenInPlainSight (In the anime, the {{Muggles}} are usually made to believe that the little dinosaurs are dogs.) Most people don't seem to believe it, though.
* HotBlooded: Zoe. Even Dr. Taylor knows better than to mess with her when she's angry. Max and Rex are positively mellow in comparison.
* HopelessBossFight: After defeating Seth for the first time, he immediately battles you again with an "Irritator". Said dinosaur has the basic move cards, yet wins the rock-paper-scissors every time.
* IdiosyncraticWipes: Featuring either the D-Team's or Alpha Gang's symbol depending on where the focus was shifting next.
* KnightOfCerebus: [[spoiler:Seth, when he betrays Dr Z.]] And is a big example since once he decides to get into action, the series went really serious.
* LockedOutOfTheLoop: Annoyingly, Aki Taylor. (She eventually learns the truth about them.)
* LuckBasedMission: Finding a specific dinosaur in the DS game depends mosly on how lucky you get with the fossils.
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler:Seth]]
* MechaMooks: The Alpha Droids.
* MiniGame: The fossil cleaning in the DS game.
* MonumentalDamage: When the heroes go to Spain, the Sagrada Familia winds up completely destroyed.
** In Pisa, a certain tower loses its most distinguishing feature, though it seems perfectly fine otherwise.
* MsFanservice: Ursula. Also, Zoe in the uncut Japanese anime. Those poses she makes when swiping those cards doesn't exactly help keep this under wraps.
* MumLooksLikeASister:
** Inverted. Zoe is much younger than her big sister, Reese. Combine this with their mother rarely ever appearing, it's easy to forget they're sisters and not mother and daughter.
** Also played straight, when Zoe's mother ''does'' appear she really doesn't look much older than Reese at all.
* TheNapoleon: Dr. Z
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
** One episode has Dr. Owen falling out with a Hollywood director over how dinosaurs are represented in his movie. The director's name? [[Creator/StevenSpielberg Stanley Speilgman]], whose past works include one with a guy [[Film/{{Jaws}} attacking a shark]][[Franchise/IndianaJones with a whip]], and one with [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial a bug-eyed alien]]. The movie he was working on at the time? Not-Film/JurassicPark.
** Another episode makes mention of soccer player David Beckham... or rather, Nathan Deckham.
* NoticeThis: Most things that can be interacted with outside of towns in the DS are marked with a sparkle.
* NPCRoadblock: All over the place in the DS game, where most areas outside of towns are blocked until something is completed in the previous one.
* PaletteSwap: See {{You ALL Look Familiar}} below.
* [[{{PaperThinDisguise}} Paper-Thin Disguise]]: Dr. Taylor as Dinoman.
* ParentalAbandonment: Averted: the three protagonists' parents are accounted for, and play parts (of varying importance) within the story. Also played straight with Rex, who was found abandoned by his adoptive father.
* PowerTrio
* RealAfterAll: The Loch Ness Monster, of course. It is explicitly stated that it is ''not'' a dinosaur or plesiosaur.
* RoboticReveal: Occurs with both [[spoiler:Helga and Jonathan]].
* RunningGag: Zoe: (about Ursula) "It's the old lady!" Ursula: "I'M NOT AN OLD LADY!!" This was used to the extent that she could hear someone calling her an old lady on the other side of the globe.
** Zoe used it once to [[GenreSavvy trick Ursula into dropping her]] PaperThinDisguise.
** A minor one in early episodes was the D-Team getting Helga's name wrong.
** Also in early episodes, Ed mentioning that something was lucky, with Zander responding "Lucky for YOU! We put that on ''my'' credit card!"
* SatelliteCharacter: Patrick, Dr. Owen's assistant.
* ShownTheirWork: Given the amount of different countries visited in the series and the multitude of obscure dinosaurs used, there's a good amount of educational material in the series.
** Also, most of the [[RaptorAttack maniraptorans are at least feathered]].
** In one episode, Rod mentions "Riemannian geometry, from the theory of Relativity". Which is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riemannian_geometry a real thing]].
* SpinOff: The game is actually a spin-off of an earlier game, MushiKing, which was more or less the same thing but with beetles in place of dinosaurs. MushiKing wasn't imported to America beyond its arcade version, as the bug collecting hobby is much more perennially popular in Japan than in the US, but everyone loves dinosaurs.
* StockDinosaurs: Averted: while the main character's dinosaurs fall under the definition of stock dinosaurs, many of the other dinosaurs (and assorted Mesozoic beasties) in the show are fairly obscure, especially when compared with the dinosaurs that the target audience (young children) is familiar with. Notably, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, arguably the most popular dinosaur ever, is used by the GoldfishPoopGang ''villains'' rather than the heroes.
* TakeThat: One against ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' in episode two. Terry the ''Tyrannosaurus'' easily defeated Spiny the ''Spinosaurus'' in battle.
** The whole series may be a TakeThat against ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', as [[ButtMonkey Spiny almost always gets beaten up when fighting other dinosaurs]]. Even by smaller ones like Ace the ''Carnotaurus'', something that's estimates put at best being under a FIFTH of its size. Often as not, its the inoffensive ''Parasaurolophus'', Paris, who usually battles him and wins.
** Though to be fair, all 3 of the Alpha Gang dinosaurs get beaten pretty regularly, and this is due more to Alpha Gang's incompetence in battle than to the dinosaurs' abilities as fighters. Whenever Spiny is under Rod or Laura's control he actually fares a lot better.
* TeamRocketWins:
** In the episode "Alpha's Zeta Point" the D-Team unknowingly transports into the Alpha Gang's secret hideout chasing a dinosaur and are soundly trounced for it. Turns out all of Dr. Z's followers are actually super-competent... except the ones he actually sends on missions.
** More generally, even though the Alpha Gang's TerribleTrio routinely lose their fights against the D-Team, they usually end up winning in the end, getting away with the lost dinosaur cards more often than not.
* ThreeAmigos: Max, Rex, and Zoe fit perfectly.
* TerribleTrio: All three of the [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} former trope namer]]'s VA's work on this show, coincidentally.
* TransformationSequence: The series' main dinosaurs all have these for their tranformation from their chibi selves into their full-sized forms.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Several of Dr. Z's dinosaurs, particularly ninja dinosaur trio Dino, Dano, and Sue.
* VillainOverForDinner: Rod and Laura trick Max's mom into inviting them over for dinner in the ChristmasEpisode.
* YouALLLookFamiliar: All dinosaurs of the same general group, such as the ceratopsids or sauropods, share the same model in the DS game. The model isn't even scaled to match the dinosaur's size, leading to an ''Opisthocoelicaudia'' (12 metres long) being the same size as an ''Isisaurus'' (18 metres long).
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Seth has blue hair, Ursula hair is green, Laura has pink hair.

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