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%% T-Rex: Almost all of the strips (over two thousand!) of the webcomic ''Dinosaur Comics'' by Ryan North contain the same six panels of art:
%% T-Rex: a deliberately poorly-composed sparse and out-of proportion collection of dinosaur-themed clipart!
%% T-Rex: Only the dialogue changes, as T-Rex --
%% Dromiceiomimus: (who is slightly dim)
%% T-Rex: -- has philosophical debates with a more sensible Dromiceiomimus --
%% Utahraptor: -- and Utahraptor!
%% T-Rex and Utahraptor: All while stomping on a woman and a house!
%% T-Rex: ... and it's better than it sounds?
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[[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php Can be found here.]]
!!This comic contains examples of:

* AbsurdlyHighLevelCap: T-Rex theorizes that it would be potentially infinite in an afterlife where ghosts can kill each other.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Ryan North thinks ''everything is awesome!''[[invoked]]
* AlternateUniverse: In which everyone has goatees. The comic is also "''mirror''ed" ([[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[Incredibly Lame Pun ho HO ]]
]]), that is to say, the standard comic image is flipped left to right before dialogue (and goatees) are added.
* AltText: Used for comments or additional punchlines. The strip titles (only found on the [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive.php archive page]] and [[http://www.rsspect.com/rss/qwantz.xml feed]]) and "contact" links for each strip serve similar purposes.
* AndThatsTerrible: [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1790 "sometimes no matter how much we prepare, boats will sink and that is terrible."]]
* ARareSentence: God confirms T-Rex is the first to ever say [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=824 "I've allowed my love of gravy to distract from my prescriptivist linguistic crusade!"]]...and that this will help him get into heaven.
** Also, T-Rex once says the words [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1433 "Sandwichtastic" and "Sandwichocracy"]] in one sentence. God then hints that the entire universe was created just to see if those words could be in the same sentence.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1962 Physics does not work this waaaaay.]]
* ArtShift: In the [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=73 "Origin of the dinosaur comics"]] arc, the art switches to hand-drawn sketches.
* AteItAll: [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2384 Yep, I've got a problem.]]
* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Lampshaded, as demonstrated.[[invoked]]
* {{Bathos}}: Much of the humor.
* BiTheWay: T-Rex, apparently. He's had (offscreen) sex with Dromiceimimus [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=106 at least]] [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1881 twice]] over the comic's run and had an affair with Utahraptor that [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=5 he doesn't actually remember.]]
** T-Rex: an [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2409 OFTEN HETEROSEXUAL DUDE.]]
* BrickJoke:
** T-Rex forgets his wallet on the moon in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=100 this strip.]] 323 strips later we get the AltText to [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=423 this strip]]
** Also, the mention of ex-girlfriend names in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=688 this strip]] results in nostalgia in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1898 this strip]] over 5 years later.
** [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1892 Utahraptor has a very]] [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=470 good memory.]]
* CanonDisContinuity: T-Rex attempts to improve his life by declaring less favourable parts [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=291 non-canon.]]
* CatchPhrase T-Rex's "Today is a good day I think for _____"
* ChekhovsGun: Explained in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1018 this strip]] of the "Literary Technique Comics" series. May involve Pop-Tarts.
* ChooseYourOwnAdventure: [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1027 "CYOA"]] that amusingly features a ButThouMust A [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1486 later guest strip]] by [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures Andrew Hussie]] features T-Rex attempting to do an animated strip version of a CYOA, with Dromiceiominus and Utahraptor discussing with him about the problems with handling a CYOA in said format. [[spoiler:It falls apart in the fifth panel, where T-Rex and Utahraptor end up carrying their conversation through the panel shifts.]] In case you want to read the whole thing at your own pace, [[http://new.megaswf.com/file/1392935 here you go]]. Click the swf(image) after clicking the link and then use the left and right arrow keys (on your keyboard) to navigate.
** Ryan North went on to turn Hamlet into a ChooseYourOwnAdventure.
* ClickbaitGag: The comic has a [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2774 strip]] about a man named Jim, who reacted to headlines as clickbait writers expected everyone too. So, he literally could not forget these five facts about cats, he reacted to this video you could not believe with the Platonically perfect skepticism, and number 6 blew his mind, making him a wholly new man. The dinosaurs agree he sounds awesome, even if he would be a great assassin.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: The "Literary Technique Comics" series [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1866 explains it.]]
%%* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: T-Rex. Also, {{God}}.
* ColonyDrop: The "[[http://qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=thelastdinosaurcomicever the last Dinosaur Comic ever" overlay]] replaces the last panel of every comic with one.
* ContinuityNod: After espousing the benefits of having a truly gender-neutral third person singular pronoun (and deciding that 'thon' [[RuleOfCool sounded coolest]]) T-Rex uses it in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it way later on referring to [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2106 gender-neutral babies.]]
* CursedWithAwesome: Applied to several tragic Greek figures (sometimes in rather contorted ways) in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1152 this strip.]]
* CurseCutShort: As the AltText for [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1457 this episode]] says, "''it's not swearing if you don't enunciate the last phoneme. PRO TIP''"
* CutAndPasteComic: One of the first.
* DadaComics: The premise is played surprisingly straight, and the sheer repetition of the art eventually makes it all feel perfectly normal.
* {{Defictionalized}}:
** Fans occasionally make Choco-Chops and send them to Ryan North.
** In 2005, T-Rex came up with [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=675 an idea for a book]]. In 2010, [[http://machineofdeath.net/ this was published]], known as ''Literature/MachineOfDeath''.
** One intrepid fan actually prepared and ate the recipe invented by T-Rex, which involves frying up equal parts of ground beef and ''ice cream'', throwing in some eggs and salt and then serving it in a bathtub with a cash garnish. This concoction was described as "astonishingly edible".
** One strip mentioned a steel-drum-and-theremin version of the ''{{Series/Cheers}}'' theme song. A fan recorded it soon after.
** [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1135 Another strip]] suggested mashing up [[Music/{{Nirvana}} "Smells Like Teen Spirit"]] and [[Music/EricClapton Layla]]. Fans came up with ''[[http://www.qwantz.com/fanart/laylaspirit.mp3 two]]'' [[http://www.qwantz.com/fanart/SmellsLikeLayla.mp3 versions.]]
* DeusExMachina: T-Rex [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1354 explains it]] in the "Literary Technique Comics" series.
* DisappearedDad: T-Rex [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=210 never knew his father.]]
* TheDitz: T-Rex is a pretty smart dude! However, his boundless enthusiasm for anything that gets in his head leaves him with no self-awareness, self-restraint, sensibilities, or respect for laws of physics.
** Almost the same goes for [[KingOfAllCosmos God]].
* DontExplainTheJoke: Flaunted with [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=631 "Jokes Explained!"]]
* DumbDinos: Averted. All of the dinosaurs can talk and are very philosophical.
* EasterEgg: Add "&butiwouldratherbereading=nedroid" to the end of a Dinosaur Comics URL to change T-Rex and Utahraptor into [[Webcomic/{{Nedroid}} Reginald and Beartato.]] You can also change them into [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=problemsleuth Problem Sleuth and Pickle Inspector,]] [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=xkcd xkcd characters,]] [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=pennyarcade Tycho and Gabe]], [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=onewheretrexgotassimilated make T-Rex into a Borg,]] [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=onewheretrexswearsmore make T-Rex swear more,]] [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=onewheretrexwearsmore make T-Rex wear more]] and [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=somethingmorehistoricallyaccurate give all the dinosaurs feathers.]]
* {{Emoticon}}: T-rex has a particular fondness for [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1057 OGC.]][[note]] Try turning your head sideways[[/note]]
* EmpathicEnvironment: Explained as a part of the concept of the "pathetic fallacy" in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1007 this strip]] of the "Literary Technique Comics" series.
* EvenNerdsHaveStandards: When pestered by the Devil for his favorite videogame system, T-Rex answers with the N-Gage. [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1164 The Devil disagrees strenuously.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: '''Duh.'''
** The fact that the characters are dinosaurs is usually irrelevant, [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2306 except when it's lampshaded.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: It's a comic... about dinosaurs. In some cases, [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=121 it's used as the punchline.]]
* FakedKidnapping: T-Rex in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1800 this guest comic.]]
* FanFic: The subject of [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.pl?comic=417 this strip.]] [[WriteWhoYouKnow You kiss in my story.]]
* {{Fetish}}: Besides his reoccurring interest in 1920s flappers, T-Rex has a fetish for entropy decreasing in a closed system.
* FlatWhat: To the point where other web cartoonists will attribute its invention to Ryan North.
* FloatingAdviceReminder: On the "About" page of the site:
--> '''About Interacting Socially''': This can be tricky! You want to be friendly, but you don't want to come on too strong. My best advice is to carefully observe others, and to relax!
* FriendsWithBenefits: [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1881 Whatever]] is between Dromiceiomimus and T-Rex has inklings of this, but even they are [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=714 not really sure]] about [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1065 the state]] of [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1066 their relationship.]]
** [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2506 SOME REAL TALK!]]
* FurryReminder: Every now and then we get a reminder that these characters are, in fact, dinosaurs.
* {{God}}: Only T-Rex can hear him. He speaks without punctuation, in all-caps, and is [[KingOfAllCosmos something of a ditz himself]].
* AGodAmI: T-Rex [[FreakyFridayFlip swaps places]] with {{God}} for about 2 minutes, until God forces them to swap back after realizing [[spoiler: much to his disgust]] that T-Rex's mouth tastes like T-Rex spit.
** [[spoiler: And just when T-Rex had figured out the controls too >:|]]
* GreatWayToGo: When something is sad--like death--but also awesome--like an arrow managing to hit something not even the size of a quarter when ''dropped randomly from a plane''--it is sawesome.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Every member of the cast aside from T-rex, Utahraptor, and Dromiceiomimus, to varying degrees.
** TheVoice: {{God}}, {{Satan}}, Morris the Bug, the Cephalopods and Raccoons
** TheGhost: Tarbosaurus, among others
* HeavenAbove: Ever since God's [[http://qwantz.com/index.php?comic=264 second appearance]], his text has always been portrayed as coming down from the sky, since of course God lives directly above our two dinosaur protagonists. Also, according to [[http://qwantz.com/index.php?comic=350 this strip]], he used to intervene by reaching down his giant hands from the sky, but reaching that far tired him out and he stopped.
* AHellOfATime: In Hell you can play video games and do whatever you want, but you have to sing songs with all the lyrics replaced by "party".
* HowWeGotHere: {{Parodied|Trope}} in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1590 this strip,]] which begins with T-Rex discovering that everybody died. It then flashes back three weeks earlier, where we find T-Rex... discussing about charging UsefulNotes/MP3 players with his friends. The last panel ends with a message appologising that they went so far back that the events that led to everybody dying haven't started yet, ending with "LISTEN, THANK YOU FOR READING MY COMIC TODAY".
* InsaneTrollLogic: [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2326 "Dinosaurs lived in the past, so they evolved into cats."]]
* JustTestingYou: God asks T-Rex where wind comes from, and then defends himself: "UM OF COURSE I KNOW I JUST WANT TO SEE IF YOU DO"
* KickMePrank: Instead of 'kick me' T-Rex wants to plant a sign that says [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=578 'kiss me'.]]
%%* KingOfAllCosmos: Most depictions of God in the comic.
* LampshadeHanging (every once in a while, a joke about the parameters of the comic, eg [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=51 here]] or [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1056 this one]] lampshading the lampshading.) This was explained/parodied in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1425 this]] strip, also from the "Literary Techniques Comics" series.
%%* LargeHam: T-Rex
* LightGunGame: [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=709 The Devil is a fan of them.]]
* LongTitle: [[http://www.qwantz.com/archive.php Most of the strip titles.]]
* MagicFeather: Turns out it doesn't work [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=293 twice in a row.]]
* MaleGaze: Discussed in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.pl?comic=859 this strip]], especially as it pertains to VideoGames.
* ManChild: T-Rex, at his most childish
* {{Minimalism}}: Of course, given that it has the same six panels on every single issue only with different texts.
* MirrorUniverse: a StoryArc that involves this and one of the few art-changes in the comic's history starts in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=34 this strip.]]
* NeverGiveTheCaptainAStraightAnswer: [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1270 Discussed here.]]
* NewYearsResolution: Discussed twice. [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=227 The first time suggests selecting other people's resolutions.]] The second has God [[MundaneUtility using his omnipotence]] [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1869 to discover T-Rex's secret resolution.]]
* NoodleIncident: T-Rex's idea of a party anecdote is the time he lost someone's baby. Only a NoodleIncident to the people he's talking to, though, not the readers: T-Rex actually lost said baby and discussed it across several strips [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=110 very early on in the comic.]]
** [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=307 In the past T-rex has had parties ruined by God.]]
* NoPronunciationGuide: drom-iss-ee-oh-MY-muss
* [[OhCrap Oh Frig]]: Its not all that uncommon for panel 2 or panel 6 to be T-Rex OhCrap moments.
* {{Prequel}}: Parodied in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.pl?comic=934 this strip]], and further applied to Creator/WilliamShakespeare in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=873 this one.]]
* PaintingTheMedium: God talks in '''BOLD ALL CAPS'''. The Devil meanwhile speaks in '''[[color:Maroon: BIG RED LETTERS]]''', and the raccoons and cephalopods ''ARE UNNERVINGLY ITALICISED''.
* PungeonMaster: T-Rex. It can get ''bad.''
* RecursiveAcronym: "[[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1923 H.A.M.L.E.T's Actually Me; Lshak Espeare Thrust-bottoms]]"
* RemixComic: Technically, every strip after the first one; fan-made Remix Comics of it are, of course, also common.
* RetconningTheWiki: [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=879 It suggests]] that we solve this problem on Wikipedia by only vandalizing the article about chickens, because "dudes already know about chickens."
* RoomFullOfCrazy: The title for [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2053 this strip:]]
-->sometimes i imagine my life where i write the same comics i've been writing, but instead of publishing them online i put them in a big stack, or, you know, wallpaper my house with them and never invite anyone over. hah! WHO IS THE CRAZY ONE NOW
* {{Satan}}: One of the odder incarnations of the Adversary in fiction, he's a nerd obsessed with VideoGames whose voice comes in from the bottom of the panel. Like {{God}}, he talks in all-caps without punctuation.
* SecretKeeper: Parodied in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.pl?comic=749 this strip,]] where T-Rex is "the worst Lois Lane ever".
* SelfReferentialHumor: The strip above, among other things.
* SensoryAbuse: The [[http://qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=somethingthatwilldestroymybrain "Something That Will Destroy My Brain"]] overlay rapidly cycles though all the overlays available.
* ShoutOut:
** A back-and-forth with [[Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures Andrew Hussie]] involves Ryan [[StalkerWithACrush watching him eat dinner]]. (Archived [[http://wooopedia.com/wooo/Andrew_Hussie here]].)
** Another MS Paint Adventures-related ShoutOut can be found in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1574 this comic,]] if you look close enough.
** [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=265 The Dinosaur At the End of This Comic.]]
** Apparently, [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1894 the Greek myths]] were [[WebComic/AxeCop made up by a five-year-old and transcribed onto scrolls by his 30-year-old brother]].
** In a bit of AltText:
---> Toronto's politicians and tourism board will look up and shout, "Boo hoo hoo we can't increase tourism and we've never even tried calling ourselves 'Omega City, Where It's Always Two For One Tacos', tell us what to do, Ryan" [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} and I'll look down and whisper, "No."]]
** [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=onewheretrexwearsmore The one where T-Rex wears more]] features an actual Webcomic/{{Nedroid}} [[http://www.topatoco.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=TO&Product_Code=NED-BEARTATO-SHIRT&Category_Code=NED T-shirt.]]
** [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=811 Apparently,]] "too crazy" is like [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner "fhqwhgads."]]
** There's one to ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2154 here.]]
-->'''T-rex:''' What time is it, {{God}}?!\\
'''God: ADVEN'''--\\
'''T-rex:''' No it's 3:31 pm EST.
** Webcomic/{{xkcd}} get in some good natured ribbing in [[http://xkcd.com/114/ this comic's]] AltText
** A [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2333 short]] [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2334 story]] [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2335 arc]] [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2336 reinterpreting]] Christmas creatures seems to be referencing the Wiki/SCPFoundation.
** [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1707 "Here lies T-Rex /]] [[Film/BackToTheFuture Where he's going, he won't need... roads."]]
** [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2438 "Our bodies are ready."]]
* SlapSlapKiss: Discussed and combined with car chases in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.pl?comic=956 this strip]].
* SophisticatedAsHell: T-rex's entire friggin' speech pattern.
* StraightGay: Utahraptor. It's not a big deal, and is seldom mentioned. Ryan North claims that he "doesn't go on about it that much because he has interests outside of being gay?".
* StylisticSuck:
** The Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff [[http://qwantz.com/index.php?butiwouldratherbereading=sweetbroandhellajeff overlay.]]
** Also, the Webcomic/PokeyThePenguin [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=87&butiwouldratherbereading=pokey overlay.]]
** The comic itself. It's the same 6 panels with the only difference being the dialog changes.
%%* TalkativeLoon: T-rex, from time to time.
* TemptingFate: Subverted in [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=307 this strip.]] In the past, T-Rex has had parties ruined by {{God}}, which led to embarrassment with the ladies.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1654 Used when T-Rex invents a new tense]] and [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2300 discussed when T-Rex brags about his grammatical prowess]]
* TitleDrop:
-->'''[[TyrannosaurusRex T-Rex]]:''' [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1218 I just can't figure out these...these ''Dinosaur Comics''.]]
-->'''{{God}}:''' '''OH GOD'''
* ToiletHumor: T-Rex conceives [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2211 brass knuckles saying PO OP]] when he realizes he only has two knuckles per hand.
** [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1848 Also used literally here.]]
* TotallyRadical: T-rex is quite fond of the word "rad".
* TonightSomeoneDies:
-->'''AltText:''' [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1698 This installment]] of Webcomic/DinosaurComics stars T-Rex, Utahraptor, Dromiceiomimus and a [[CListFodder cat that comes up in conversation]]. Not a dream! Not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! In this issue, one! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Of! These! Characters!]] [[TonightSomeoneDies Will! DIE!]]
* TranslationConvention
-->'''T-Rex:''' "I am a new man, cats and kittens!"\\
''(title: FUN FACT: i do some translating in the comics. t-rex originally said "i am a new tyrannosauroid, protomammals and juvenile protomammals!")''
* TyrannosaurusRex: Pretty obvious who this.
* TheUnpronounceable: Utahraptor does this [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2193 here.]] Made better by T-Rex's reaction coupled with the alt text.
** Also done [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1239 here]] where T-rex pronounces "$".
-->'''Utahraptor:''' "It sounded like the sound dogs make when they're just about to throw up."
-->'''T-Rex:''' "$$$$$"
* UnreliableNarrator: Another trope [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1195 explained]] in the "Literary Technique Comics" series (it even provides the quote for the trope's page).
* VisualPun: [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1222 Mr. Tusks,]] even if he's never actually seen.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: The Devil, [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=472 according to the alt text of this strip.]]
* WolverineClaws: [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2052 God]] has them.
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow : The premise of [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=1598 this particular strip.]]
-->''later: i confess that i write comics by just filling a binary file with about 65k of 1s and 0s and somehow it ALWAYS WORKS''
-->--[[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2036 Title of September 6th, 2011]]