"I may only have a brain the size of a peanut... wait what was I saying again?"
— Traumador the Tyrannosaur
The Tyrannosaur Chronicles is a blog written by Traumador the Tyrannosaur about his many exploits.Traumador is a tyrannosaurid who hatched from an egg that magically survived the K/Pg Extinction Event and was discovered in Alberta by Craig, an aspiring paleontologist (and the mastermind behind the blog in real life). He eventually gets a job at the Royal Tyrell Museum and things get interesting from there. His attempts to fit in with modern society and get along with humans as well as fellow living dinosaurs (known as Vivus specimens) has landed him in many adventures over the years in several parts of the globe, some of them mysteriously dangerous…Unfortunately, it is now on officialhiatus due to Craig deciding to focus on his other projects for the time being.
This work provides examples of the following tropes:
Accidental Truth: When Traumador is trying to discourage Larry from killing him, he claims that a certain someone wouldn't be happy to hear about his death. By chance, he picks Professor Paradigm to be that someone, and the lie works. Professor Paradigm happens to be among the Pack's greatest opponents, but at the time Traum wasn't aware of it.
Affably Evil: Most tyrannosaurids are this to humans. To keep up their image they enjoy scaring humans, but because they are also celebrities they can't actually kill anyone. Their attitude towards other dinosaurs, however, is a different thing.
Ambiguous Gender: Boom and Rang the Leaellynasaura. Lampshaded by Traumador. The rules of the paired ice skating competition in the Dinosaur Winter Games imply that one of them is male and the other female at least, but at the moment there's no telling which is which.
Amplified Animal Aptitude: All the dinosaurs appear to be able to understand what humans are saying, even though most of them can't actually speak human languages. Dip the Serendipaceratops even has a PhD. (She's the first literal dinosaur paleontologist in the world!)
A Lighter Shade Of Gray: While Professor Paradigm is the top-secret guardian of all paleontology, he has been described by Craig and "Ruffled Feather" as emotionless and in some respects as self serving as his opponents.
Alliterative Name: Traumador the Tyrannosaur, Desdemona Deinonychus, Valor Velociraptor, Lance the Lambeosaur, Sternberg Styracosaurus, Gloria Giganotosaurus, Samson Spinosaurus, Elinor Einiosaurus, Helma Hypacrosaurus, Theodore Thescelosaurus, Teresa Tyrannosaur, among others.
All of the Other Reindeer: Traumador and Norman generally don't get along with other tyrannosaurids and ceratopsians, partly on account of their friendship.
Anonymous Benefactor: No one knows who gave Traumador his plane ticket to Canada for his fifth hatching day.
“Ruffled Feather”, a mysterious informant of Traum’s who claims to be a displeased member of the Pack of the Primordial Feather.
Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Averted. Larry is quite willing to kill Traumador, and would have if Traum didn't have the protection of Paleo Central.
Bad Ass: Lance the Lambeosaur, who is said to have bested tyrannosaurids and carnosaurs in battle and practically wiped the floor with the Crimson Talons, a group of well-trained dromaeosaurid assassins. Granted, he’s nearly twenty tons, but he’s a “defenseless” hadrosaur!
Badass Army / Badass Crew: Paleo Central might be one or the other (we don't really know how big an organization it is), particularly the divison known as the "Taskforce".
Badass Bookworm: Valor Velociraptor, who appears to be the most level-headed of the Crimson Talons. She helped Desdemona Deinonychus come up with and carry out a plan to defeat both Traumador as well as their political rivals. She was also the only member of the Crimson Talons to do any significant damage to Lance the Lambeosaur. (Lance was momentarily letting her do so in order to buy time for Tramador and Tony to escape, but still.)
Razi Saurornithoides is said to be one, although we haven't yet seen her in action.
Battle Cry: Uttered by Lance before his smackdown on the Crimson Talons in an attempt to call Sternberg Styracosaurus to his aid. Sternberg comes too late to fight the Crimson Talons, but is just in time to fend off an Albertosaurus that's menacing Lance and Traumador.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Craig and Dan call Traumador a puppet a few times in the Royal Tyrell Museum training video, even though Traum is meant in universe to be a real tyrannosaurid, to the point that Craig even denies that Traumador has a voice actor on Facebook.
Craig: "I don't know where you'd get such an odd idea in your head. Traum is clearly a real T. rex."
In the earlier posts on his other blog, Craig often portrayed Traumador as being a real dinosaur that he lives with, even having an online "chat" with Traum. More recently, however, he's decided use his blog to showcase the behind-the-scenes work he does to create The Tyrannosaur Chronicles instead. This transition is even lampshaded by him in a post called "Dropping the Fourth Wall".
The Cavalry: Traum often relies on these to get him out of a jam. A (so far nameless) Maori god, Professor Paradigm, Dan and Amanda, Lance, and Sternberg have all had their moments.
Chekhov M.I.A.: Norman. Hints of Zendin making an actual appearance as well often get dropped (and is good as confirmed by Word of God) but the Series Hiatus has prevented him from yet making an appearance.
Dinosaur Talk: All dinosaurs have a common language, although they prefer not to speak it if possible.
The Ditz: Traumador at times. Also, Dollie Stegosaurus.
Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: Against Ms. Rhonwyn's instructions, Traum opens one of the baskets that he has been told to dispose of. The magic that emnates from the open basket attracts Whiro, who proceeds to chase Traum all over New Zealand...
Dumb Muscle: Dollie Stegosaurus isn't all that bright, but she can really play hockey. Her thagomizer can send the puck at such high speed and accuracy that it's extremely difficult (and painful) for an opposing goalie to block it.
Early-Bird Cameo: Norman A Centrosaur was first mentioned when Traumador did a post on his pre-blog life. Zendin the Troodon, who was also featured in that post (and occasionally referenced now and then) is likelyalso one. Similarly, the mosasaur, which appeared once in 2007 but has yet to have any followup.
Hogan the Muttaburrasaur first appeared in a list of names. He's now a player in the Dinosaur Winter Games, although not yet a significant character.
Emotionless Girl: Valor Velociraptor is thought to be one by many others in the Pack of the Primordial Feather.
Enemy Mine: Layla calls on Desdemona to help get rid of Traumador, even though they generally think of each other with disdain. Ultimately, they still don't get along, leading to Desdemona and Valor's plan.
Razi Saurornithoides and Layla Oviraptor from the Pack of the Primordial Feather.
Evil Laugh: Dr. Spectre has one, which is described as being extremely disturbing and malicious.
Exact Words: Traumador often interprets metaphors literally and gets confused by them.
Peter Bond does the same on occasion.
Face-Heel Turn: Dr. Spectre used to be a close friend of Professor Paradigm.
Fantastic Racism: The various theropod Packs (gangs). Traumador wants nothing to do with any of them, but by turning down his cousin's coelurosaur-only Pack of the Primordial Feather, he is not only becoming their enemy but also attracting the attention of rival Packs.
Genius Ditz: Traumador (with his “peanut-sized” brain) often has trouble understanding human concepts or metaphors, but is fairly knowledgeable about paleontology thanks to his training at the Royal Tyrell Museum, and can speak six languages (being one of the few dinosaurs we’ve seen so far who actually speaks English, even though other dinosaurs can still understand it).
Genus Surname: All the dinosaurs. And most of the middle names happen to be “The”, with the exception of Norman A Centrosaur.
Hand Wave: The real-life Traumador was known as "Trogador" when he was used as an educational prop at the Tyrell museum. Therefore, Traumador's videos that were filmed during his Tyrell days use his older name. Traumador has said on his blog that this is because the camcorder picked up his name funny.
Handicapped Badass: Both Professor Paradigm and Dr. Spectre need to wear breathing masks due to one of their past encounters, which involved Paradigm being forced to blow up a chemical tank.
Hard Head: Dr. Spectre defeats Professor Paradigm when he grabs Traumador and bashes Traum's and Paradigm's heads together.
Heel-Face Turn: Lance to Traumador. Lance has always been on the good side, but until the Crimson Talons attacked he had thought that Traumador was The Mole.
Hope Spot: Twice Traumador expects Professor Paradigm to bring forth an awesome weapon that will oneshot Dr. Spectre, but Paradigm instead takes out a digging awl or a scientific paper. Subverted in that in both cases Paradigm actually put these to good use. Double subverted with the digging awl. Even though Professor Paradigm succeeds in disarming Dr. Spectre, Dr. Spectre still beats him eventually.
Played straight with Professor Paradigm's timely arrival when Traumador is captured by two fossil poachers. Paradigm knocks out one poacher but is ambushed and handily defeated by the other.
Idiot Ball: Traumador's agent Peter Bond is a well-meaning guy who tries to make Traumador famous through varied (and sometimes extreme) methods. Sadly, he has a tendency to overlook crucial facts, and as a result his plans aren't always the best.
Traumador himself doesn't always make the best decisions.
Improbable Weapon User: Professor Paradigm uses a tiny digging awl to fight Dr. Spectre, who is using a katana. Paradigm actually succeeds in disarming him, but then Spectre resorts to using Traumador as a weapon, knocking both Traum and Paradigm out.
Land Downunder: At one point Traum went to Melbourne on vacation. (By chance, he also avoided a yet-to-be-revealed trap that the Pack of the Primordial Feather set for him in New Zealand.) His boss Ms. Rhonwyn is Australian.
Team Australia in the Dinosaur Winter Games.
Left Hanging: There are still many, many plot threads left hanging, but it'll probably be a while (if ever) before they are wrapped up.
Meaningful Name: Professor Paradigm and Dr. Spectre. Many of the dinosaurs also have names based on real paleontologists and paleontological formations.
Mistaken for Badass: The Pack of the Primordial Feather regards Traumador as a serious enemy even though he was absolutely clueless about their "Crate" plan until almost at the last minute, and is still unaware of a trap they set for him in New Zealand.
The fact that Traumador turned down the Pack and survived has made him somewhat famous among all Vivus dinosaurs.
Non-Action Guy: For all the dangerous adventures he gets into, Traumador relies a lot on luck and Big Damn Heroes to get him out of jams. Justified as he's been sheltered his entire life and has next to no experience in combat.
Noodle Incident: The reason both Dr. Paradigm and Dr. Spectre need to wear breathing masks. All we know is that it involved a chemical tank being blown up during one of their conflicts.
Traumador might also qualify. He stopped growing much earlier than is normal for Tyrannosaurus, which usually grow into their teens. The reason for this is because he's not a Tyrannosaurus rex but his own species, Tyrannosaurus traumadori.
Only a Flesh Wound: In spite of their best efforts, the Crimson Talons could inflict only these on Lance. According to him, carnosaurs and tyrannosaurids can (somewhat predictably) cause far more serious injuries.
Painting the Medium: Although Traumador writes most of the blog entries, we occasionally see the thoughts of other characters, too, as indicated by a change in the color of the text. Different characters have varying degrees of grammatical accuracy and distinctive styles of wording. (For example, Traumador's green text never contains any capital letters and is often rather conversational in tone, while Professor Paradigm's white text is not only more grammatically correct but also carries an air of seriousness and and greater literacy.)
Partially Civilized Animal: Vivus dinosaurs. One of the few cases of this trope where the animals also integrate themselves into human society. The dinosaurs can get jobs (usually at museums) and at least some of them occasionally use human facilities, to the point where the Pack of the Primordial Feather claims they have control over certain museum collections. This may well be because the dinosaurs, being prehistoric animals, no longer have natural habitats to live in.
Coelurosaurs in general are more manipulative and deceptive than carnosaurs.
Proud Warrior Race Guy: Dromaeosaurids. Desdemona feels underused and disrespected when Layla and Razi's "Crate" plan (the details of which have yet to be fully disclosed) is being carried out.
Carnosaurs appear to be this.
Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: The three remaining Crimson Talons that Lance hasn't dispatched outmaneuver and begin tearing into him with great gusto. Then Lance reveals that he had intentionally allowed the "raptors" to attack him successfully to cover Traum and Tony's escape. Once Traumador and Tony are safe, Lance proceeds to kick more "raptor" butt.
Rule of Cool: In real life, Craig does not really agree that dromaeosaurids had a highly complex social structure, but he still makes the Crimson Talons coordinated group hunters because they're "more fun" that way.
Schedule Slip: Often happens, unfortunately, especially in the more recent adventures, due to the large amount of CGI work that must be done as well as other complications in Craig's real life. The current Dinosaur Winter Games adventure, for example, has been going on ever since February 2010. It is now on official hiatus.
Science Hero: Dr. Paradigm saves Trauamdor by beating Dr. Spectre to the punch on publishing a description of Traumador's species.
Science Marches On: This educational video filmed during (the real-life) Traum's Tyrell days back in 2006 was cutting edge at the time, but now shows its age.
The Leaellynasaura have a generic ornithopod design, but new research shows that they may have been much, much weirder.
Lance the Lambeosaur's large size was probably based on Magnapaulia, formerly considered a species of Lambeosaurus.
In a way subverted, as Craig can update character designs as Art Evolution takes place.
Seldom Seen Genera: Saurornithoides, Einiosaurus, Pinacosaurus, Thescelosaurus, Hypacrosaurus, Heterodontosaurus, Stegoceras, and Serendipaceratops.
Series Hiatus: Unfortunately, in spite of Traum's and Craig's best efforts, there hasn't been any new blog posts since February 2011. An official hiatus was announced in April 2011 to allow Craig to work on his other projects.
Shown Their Work: Traumador occasionally inserts “Fossil Facts” in his posts to expand on a certain tidbit of information he mentions. He also frequently brings up discrepancies between human and theropod anatomy or culture when appropriate. (For example, he notes that hugging can be painful to theropods due to them carrying their vertebrae horizontally instead of vertically.)
Special Guest: Dr. Alan Hildebrand, Dr. Donald Brinkman, Dr. François Therrien, Darren Tanke, Dr. Phil Currie, Ryan North, Brian Cooley, William Stout, and Dr. Scott Sampson, among others.
Stereotype Flip: Dr. Spectre to the Pack of the Primordial Feather. While the Pack views most humans (and mammals in general) as being weak, they acknowledge Spectre as being on par with their top hunters (warriors). It's been said that even though any of the various theropod Packs could overwhelm Spectre with their superior numbers, he'd be able to cause such damage in return that any Pack who tried would be left too weak to defend itself from the other Packs.
The Strategist: Razi Saurornithoides is this to the Pack of the Primordial Feather.
Also Layla, to some degree. She prefers to be a tactician and monitor battles from the sidelines instead of getting into the thick of things. Alternatively, according to Desdemona Deinonychus, she's just a coward.
The Germ Man calls Traum, Lillian, and Larry “lizards”.
Team Spirit: Subverted. Traumador's team in the Dinosaur Winter Games hasn't been working together too well. Double subverted by Team Gondwana, who are similarly divided amongst themselves but appear to be able to cooperate when they must.
Played straight with the other teams, especially Team America.
¡Three Amigos!: The various dinosaur Winter Olympics teams. Subverted for a few of the teams in that the members don't actually get along that well.
To Serve Man: Subverted by the tyrannosaurids. Due to being movie celebrities they can't actually kill anyone in real life. However, they should still be scary.
Tyrannosaurus rex: Several show up in Traum’s adventures, especially his cousin Larry. Traumador himself turns out to be a distinct species of Tyrannosaurus, T. traumadori.
Underestimating Badassery: Some of the Crimson Talons (as well as Traumador) to Lance. Averted by the higher-ranking Pack members, who know perfectly well what he's capable of.
The Unreveal: Traumador finds "the crate", opens it, and howls in anguish. He's about to say what he found inside... and then Peter Bond suddenly calls him on his cellphone to ask him to go to Vancouver for the Winter Olympics. We stilldon't know what was inside the crate.
Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Traumador's plan to take the mysterious "Crate" from the Pack of the Primordial Feather. Subverted as it works mainly because Desdemona Deinonychus and Valor Velociraptor have been pulling a few strings.
Write Who You Know: Craig is the real mastermind behind the blog. Nearly all the humans who appear are friends of his or Special Guests. And Traumador himself is a puppet owned by Craig that he used as an educational prop of sorts while he was working at the Tyrell Museum.
Professor Paradigm was also an educational character there. And Lillian is the Albertosaurus statue that used to be at the museum.
Zerg Rush: Whiro's minions are a swarm of mosquitos and sand flies that attack by doing this. They can even cause severe damage to other gods.