Abdicate the Throne: Despite being next in line as alpha of the Adventurers' Island T-Rex pack, Rex knew that this would conflict with his duties to Dino Attack Team, and so Abdicated the Throne in favor of letting Chompy, his oldest sibling, rule in his stead.
The fate of any character's story when their player leaves Dino Attack RPG. Probably the most infamous example of an Aborted Arc would be Databoard's quest to rescue Stealth, which was left unresolved after Chronicler of Ko-Koro left Dino Attack RPG.
Players do not even need to leave Dino Attack RPG for their story arcs to be aborted. For example, TakunuvaC01 had some plans for the Dino Aliens that were ultimately aborted with the introduction of Dino Attack RPG's story arc formula.
Ace Pilot: Zenna, Prince Samuel Race, Mac, Cabin, Rotor, and Kara.
Achievements in Ignorance: In an effort to get rid of Enter and Return, David gave them some money to go about getting their desired items. Enter and Return somehow managed to go to a store, buy a fishing pole, go the harbor, catch a shark, and then return to the hospital in about 30 seconds.
More of an Author Allusion, but Sam Throramebi drew comparisons between Evil Ogel and Makuta Teridax, who are two of Greg Farshtey's favorite villains to write.
Several of Atton Rand's characters' names follow a Shout-Out Theme Naming, usually consisting of the surname of the character's inspiration and the given name of the actor who played that role.
Similarly, Marco Martinet's surname is derived from the voice actor of Mario, Charles Martinet.
Kurt MacReady was the one sent to catch Snake, and the two of them subsequently got into a brawl. They were inspired by R.J. MacReady and Snake Plissken, respectively, both of whom were played by Kurt Russel, and served as the lead to John Carpenter movies released a year apart from each other.
Hauk and Angel Eyes, both of whom are inspired by characters portrayed by Lee Van Cleef, are revealed to be cousins.
Actually a Doombot: Wondering why Ogel was killed three times during the final battle and yet still managed to survive? Maybe you should read the March-April 2001 issue of LEGO Mania.
Adaptation Expansion: The original LEGO theme had a very simple plot: mutant dinosaurs are attacking the city, and four guys are trying to stop them. However, the Dino Attack RPG revealed that this has happened all over the world, bringing in other LEGO-themed locations and showing the impact that these events have had on them. The Dino Attack Team of the original theme consisted of four men, but the RPG has shown that it is actually much larger and there are women helping out. It's also explained what happened to the citizens of the various places that have been invaded (an issue completely ignored in the original line), and there is even some background as to why the heck all this is happening in the first place.
Edward Korrupte, CEO of Dacta Corporation, may have been a ruthless businessman who was willing to hire a renowned criminal and permitted her to commit murder for a profit, but he sure did know how to make himself sound like the good guy when it came to his rivalry with Mindstorms, Inc.
As Matthew Vherestorm, Blaire Darkling was described as being extremely polite by Nazareno.
Kate Bishop was introduced solely because Atton Rand noticed that all of his characters, sans Zenna and Elizabeth, were male.
Kat was introduced because, at the time, the only other female character in the entire RPG was Amanda, who had been turned into a mutant T-Rex
After Action Patchup: Hertz gets one at the end of both the battle for the forbidden ruins and the battle of the temple of creation.
After the End: December 21, 2010 takes place in horrible post-apocalyptic world that makes The Road look romanticized. All life on the planet has been reduced to six people and a dinosaur, who are all crammed into one temple. The Maelstrom is destroying the entire planet, and cannot be stopped. There are explicit references to the deaths of major characters, and finally concluding with the entire planet being blown up and an explicit statement that "there were no survivors".
The Ageless: Dr. Rex, so long as he is injecting himself with Jugend Serum.
Amusing Alien: Laxus, being a Deadpan Snarker, has several pretty amusing lines.
Descriptively-Named Species: Dino Aliens. Justified because Reptile did not know their true name and, when writing about them in the Dino Attack Database, nicknamed them after their appearance and tactics.
All Crimes Are Equal: Rotor tried to have a whole T-1 typhoon crew shot because the pilot had disobeyed orders, among them were James McGregor (pretty much the one person besides Pierce that Kate got along with).
Not quite, but it is worth noting that, out of four figures from the Fictional Country of Barron (which is essentially a representation of stereotypical Germany), three are villains and one is a Mad Doctor. Additionally, Kuru met a German scientist working for XERRD.
Ironically, the only character who is revealed to actually be German and not Barron, Frank Einstein, is a complete aversion of this trope.
All There in the Manual: The Dino Attack RPG Wiki contains a boatload more information on various characters and events, ranging from Offical LEGO Canon some readers might not be aware of, to backstory of secondary characters like Laxus and Semick that are not fully explored in the RPG proper. There are even some characters, such as Cyber-Bully and Bacon, whose names were never mentioned in Dino Attack RPG and can only be found by looking on the wiki.
Subverted twice by Lance Williams. The first time he attempted to fire and Loop while he was jumping out of a helicopter, only causing minor damage. Later on he tried to fire at two "Stromlings" (in actuality Clint Wayne and Kate Bishop) but somehow managed to avoid hitting either of them despite using a machine gun.
Ambiguous Situation: The entire scene in the hotel with Trigger is up to interpretation. Is it real, or just a hallucination? Is it even canon? No further details can be offered on the subject, as PeabodySam is understandably reluctant to explore themes of afterlife in Dino Attack RPG.
A character analysis of Dr. Rex revealed that ambition is one of his tragic flaws. Every evil act he has committed, from kidnapping Talia Kaahs to starting the Dino Attack, was due to ambition - he wanted something greater than that which he already had.
Many other XERRD scientists, most notably Michelle Glados and Walter Breen, also became evil due to their ambition.
America Saves the Day: After a heated debate on what to do with Rotor after his court-martial, Tesh Carrey wins by calling the American Air Force to pick him up. However it is ultimately subverted, as the man who arrives is Canadian.
To provide a straightforward example, the flashback alternates between the perspectives of Schiess and Silencia. PeabodySam's descriptions of her murder of Orange and Scorsese as well as UŠrlig Sindstorme were all written after Atton Rand had already described Schiess's reactions to them.
This could be used to explain why the Adventurers' Island arc in At War's End took place over the course of a day while the Gold City arc took place over two. However, this could also be justified by taking into account the real-life practice of time zones.
During the 1957 flashback, characters notably spoke with modern slang words and phrases such as "bro", "my man", and "dude". However, this was intentional. PeabodySam wanted the characters to seem much younger than their 2010 counterparts, and so chose these words and phrases since readers would associate them with youth; however, PeabodySam did not want to use slang from The Fifties such as "swell" or "golly", fearing that they would distract readers with their "corniness" and thus detract from the point of the flashback.
In the same flashback, "Duplo School" was mentioned, but Duplo did not exist until 1973.
Katerina Schattenberg when she was essentially being Mind Raped by Lupus Schattenberg.
After Baron Typhonus's Divine Intervention, Dr. Rex was still fully conscious, but suffering a Fate Worse Than Death as he was forced to keep living and keep fighting while suffering terrible pain and agony due to the Darkitect's possession. While he could and did scream, that one scream could not possibly account for every passing second of And I Must Scream suffered by Dr. Rex.
And Now for Someone Completely Different: Players are given the opportunity to change their primary character. If their current primary character is an elite agent, players have the choice whether to avert this trope (their new character is also an elite agent) or play it straight (their new character is a standard agent). To date, only Atton Rand has played this trope straight, with standard agent Trigger replacing elite agent Zenna.
...And That Little Girl Was Me: How PBB introduced himself to Rex. When Rex freaked out at the sight of a Brickster-Bot, PBB began to tell an anecdote about a Brickster-Bot who was built by an Alpha Team agent and helped to battle Evil Ogel... and then revealed that he himself was that Brickster-Bot.
And the Adventure Continues: Jackson Lake's story ends with David O'Neal, Lucy Wright, and Ben Shiller starting a cross-country car trip.
Anti-Hero: Dust and Trigger, both of whom have very little concern for the team. Dust just wanted to find a temple, and Trigger openly admitted that he's only in it for the money.
Anti-Villain: Evil Ogel, Sam Sinister, the Brickster, and Vladek while working with the Dino Attack Team. Also, Katerina Schattenberg and Oswald Fabello.
Sliding Scale of Anti-Villains: The four Anti-Villains listed above are best described as Type I while working with Dino Attack Team. Additionally, General Evil was a Type II example who eventually became a true villain before performing a Heel Face Turn. Oswald Fabello is a Type II.
While most deaths are NPCs, several important NPCs such as PBB and Aravis have been killed off. Primary character deaths are very rare, but Rev Raptor and Sereve both died in the battle against Landro while Louis "Dryptosaurus" was killed by a Mutant T-Rex, both rather early in the RPG. Dust did end up being killed in the Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins. If it were not for a Throw It In situation created by that guy from that show, Atton Rand's primary character Zenna might have been unexpectedly killed off. And then, Rex's Days Are Numbered.
Horrifically exemplified by the Final Battle. The final battle has taken the lives of long-runners such as Rex, Amanda Claw, and Trouble, as well as fan-favorites Adventure, Semick, Septimus/Swerve, and Kareem Nazareno. Other notable casualties of the final battle include King Joseph Race, Trigger, Athena Fabello, Contest, Coral, Anubis, and General.
Apocalyptic Log: Medic had a tape recorder he was presumably using to record the results of his autopsy on Engineer. Instead, it recorded the last few minutes of his life and the immediate aftermath of his murder.
Snake is guilty of "bank robbery, murder, arson, carjacking, mugging, multiple accounts of physical assault including several on officers of the law, smuggling, and selling pirated DVDs."
Matthew Vherestorm/Blaire Darkling is described as having little problem with murder, arson, violence, destruction, chaos, and punting kittens out of airlocks. That last bit apparently really upset humane societies.
The Artifact: Rex's T-Rex body and Frozeen's G.E. Body, which is why they were both nullified in the Dino Island Laboratory battle.
Ascended Extra: Rex, Trouble, Kat, Ata, Helmie, Hertz, Frank Einstein, Zelda Frodongan, and the alpha female T-Rex.
An Ass Kicking Christmas: The Final Battle took place only a few days before Christmas. This was acknowledge by several Dino Attack agents who, fearing they might not survive the battle, decided to celebrate Christmas during the battle.
Asshole Victim: When Trigger died, he was rather unpopular in the RPG.
The Assimilator: The Maelstrom. While Baron Typhonus himself seems more concerned with destruction, Stromlings will often infiltrate the team by assimilating unsuspecting agents, generally quiet characters who will be less likely to be noticed, as was seen with Zelda, Norris, and Palmer.
Amanda, General, George Brown, Solomon Koplowitz, and Blaire Darkling.
Heck, if you want to start bringing in real-life examples, Atton Rand could qualify. He spend much of the Adventurers' Island arc deliberately introducing good realists such as Rotor, Clint Wayne, Cabin, and Garry, in an effort to undo the realist image he had unwittingly created in the LEGO Island arc. Also in order to make up for the damage he unwittingly caused he specifically brought back French Fries so that everyone could get back at him for the trouble he put them through (although admittedly the results were a lot more brutal than anticipated- Atton had expected him to get insulted and maybe eventually arrested... he didn't quite count on Rex's beatdown, which did leave him somewhat shocked).
Kate Bishop more or less acts like anyone who had been sent on their first mission to a tropical island inhabited by mutant dinos probably would.
Pierce could also be considered an example, as his perspective on the issues at hand often reflects that of the players.
In HTTYML, Rex serves as the Audience Surrogate as readers see the Dino Attack from the perspective of someone who just woke up in a collapsed building while suffering from Laser-Guided Amnesia.
Author Avatar: Players often (but not always) model their primary characters after themselves. A classic example would be the characters Canama and Cookieo, who were clearly Author Avatars of their respective players.
avmatoran has explicitly stated that he based Dr. Cyborg on himself.
Zachary and Andrew share the names of their creators, so this trope may also be present there.
Of all of PeabodySam's characters, Frozeen comes the closest to an Author Avatar; PeabodySam is aware of this and has even taken steps to make Frozeen even more similar to himself, such as diagnosing Frozeen as having Asperger's syndrome. However, nearly all of PeabodySam's characters carry some of his different personality traits, making them all Author Avatars to a degree... the only notable exception being Grease, who was specifically modeled as the exact type of person PeabodySam hates the most.
It speaks for itself that that guy for that show would cast Jim Parsons in the role of Frozeen, and PeabodySam's real-life friends often tell him that he reminds them of Sheldon Cooper.
Author Filibuster: Although exaggerated either for storytelling or for humorous purposes, many of the things that in-universe characters complain about, such as the LEGO Power Miners color scheme or the quality of modern music, is just an excuse for their writers to complain about something they don't like.
After completely vanishing following the death of the original Pirates RPG, and not being given so much as a mention in the Dino Attack RPG or even the short-lived remake, Elizabeth's old friend Lt. Robert Maynard was finally brought back in the final story arc, not that anyone really wondered what happened to him.
Back from the Dead: After dying, Frozeen met a mysterious voice which tells deceased Minifigs "It is time" but will revive them if convinced that said Minifigs' friends are in danger. Of course, Frozeen successfully convinces the voice, but finds it harder than either Databoard or Kotua.
Dr. Rex, especially just before the final battle, was well-acknowledged as mad by his fellow XERRD scientists, but ruled over them through fear. He showed little regard for their safety and saw their suggestions as treason. He refused to acknowledge Baron Typhonus's involvement in the Dino Attack, forcing his fellow scientists to continue their work.
Baron Typhonus, who cares very little for his minions and has no second thoughts about killing them if they fail him or if he has no use for them any longer.
Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Three of the four villains working with Dino Attack Team participated in the black ops Antarctica mission because Specs knew that they would have no problem killing the cold-adapted Mutant Dinos and destroying their nests.
Badass In Charge: Commander Pharisee for Dino Attack's internal affairs. Blaire Darkling for XERRD.
Badass Longcoat: Greybeard wears one of the pirate captain variety. Blaire Darkling also sports one carrying XERRD's emblem. During the heist on Dacta Corporation, Silencia Venomosa wore one. Pharisee wears one as head of internal affairs.
Lutsky's plan to use Kate as a means to catch Dr. Wallace Bishop, although it didn't exactly go well with the other agents and it certainly didn't help that he first proposed the idea right in front of her when she was already under extreme stress.
Bait and Switch: XERRD succeeded in pulling off a Bait and Switch against Dino Attack Team thrice. First, Dr. Rex lured the Dino Attack Team into Quadrant 14 of the Goo Caverns with the promise of looking for a powerful weapon, where they were instead ambushed by a Mutant Dino army. Second, Paulie Gonepus led the Dino Attack Team to the Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins, tricking them into thinking that it was the Maelstrom Temple, only for them to eventually discover that it was merely a Red Herring. Third, a random Mutant T-Rex in silver armor was at the front lines of XERRD's Mutant Dino army, and everyone naturally assumed that it was Dr. Rex, while the real Dr. Rex was leading some Mutant Dinos through the subway system and sneaking past Dino Attack Team's front lines.
Type A example: Breen is pointing a gun at Kate. The ensuing gunshot was not Breen firing at Kate, but Wallace Bishop shooting Breen.
Type A example: Dust is killed by Lutsky when he pointed his gun at the Dino Attack members. This is a variation on the trope in which the gunman is killed by a bad guy and the person Dust was pointing the gun at was not the hero in question.
Type B example: Glados is arguing with Rex, then she raises her weapon and fires. While the following paragraph is written to trick the reader into thinking that she shot Rex... she didn't. Instead, as revealed by the very next paragraph, Glados actually shot Amanda instead.
Dust's plans and manipulations of Dino Attack agents to get to the Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins.
Captain Click manipulated the Dino Attack Team into bringing him the Constructopedia.
Dr. Rex and Attila Hunstman collaborated on a Batman Gambit to leak information on a secret Antarctica mission through their android, Cam O'Cozy, to stir distrust and animosity between realists and idealists.
Sam Sinister actually engineered a minor Batman Gambit, counting on the personalities of those involved, to ensure that he saved the alpha female T-Rex from Paulie Gonepus by sending Mr. Cunningham to hunt her.
The Bechdel Test: Let's see... more than two women? Check. Some of them do have a conversation with each other, and there are instances where they talk about stuff other than men... which would mean that Dino Attack RPG passes.
The characterizations of Libo, Amanda Claw, and Katerina Schattenberg underwent massive shifts after their backstories were revealed.
A similar thing happened with Kate, who was initially built up as something of a resourceful young girl with McGyvering skills and the potential to become an action girl. She turned into a much more insecure and sympathetic character once Atton Rand started hinting at her troubled childhood.
Believing Their Own Lies: It is implied that this was the case with Dr. Rex, who, despite mounting evidence that Baron Typhonus was behind this (including Dr. Rex actually hearing Typhonus's voice in his head), refused to believe that the Darkitect was anything more than a myth and asserted that XERRD's purpose was to repopulate the world with dinosaurs, not to destroy LEGO Planet.
Bedlam House: There are hints that the Napoleon XIV Institute would be an example.
Pierce may normally be a calm and decent man, but if you lay a hand on Kate or put her in a risky situation of any kind, he'll be all over you.
Rotor has managed to push the Berserk Buttons of most of the main characters, ranging from facing an angry Pierce after sending Kate alone into an enemy fortress filled with neurotoxins (something he still hasn't forgiven him for) to facing prosecution from every elite agent on Adventurers' Island after attempting to have a group of agents executed.
After Kotua's betrayal, Rex has developed a Berserk Button towards Dino Attack agents who are traitors or try to hurt other agents without reason. Even worse, if you dare to try hurting one of his friends, you're just asking for a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
Semick and Bluetooth don't respond well to complete idiocy (the former to someone actually thinking LEGO Island's disappearance was faked, the latter to French Fries's final folly).
Because of his manipulative skills, Dust knows how to find anyone's Berserk Button and can successfully use it to accomplish his goals, as he did with Carl Lutsky.
Se˝or Palomar takes pride in his Spanish Honor. Insulting it will push his Berserk Button, ironically, to the point where he will break his own code of honor out of anger.
Taken to the extreme with Walter, whose berserk button can literally be triggered by anything, including some guy putting a single toe over the line in a bowling alley.
If you want to call Sergeant Ronald E. Army "Soldier", never do so while he is in earshot.
Ordinarily, Sarah Bishop is a polite, kind and caring woman... just so long as you stay away from her daughter.
Blaire Darkling has only lost his composure when being accused that he still operates as Matthew Vherestorm.
And Nazareno doesn't appreciate it when he is unmasked unwillingly.
Big Brother Instinct: Ultimately why Oswald Fabello chose to care for Minerva after their brother's death and mother's institutionalization.
Even with his mental instability, he still wished to save his sister from the apocalypse.
Even after 76 years of separation, Dr. Rex still felt Big Brother Instinct towards Katerina Schattenberg. However, this Big Brother Instinct was absolutely obliterated during the final battle thanks to Katerina renouncing him as her brother and the Darkitect goading him on.
Big Damn Heroes: Most of the team has become this at some point. Even Kate had one or two moments.
The founding members' T-1 Typhoon during the battle for the power station.
In the Goo Caverns, when Rex was held prisoner in an abandoned Ogel outpost and about to watch the Brickspider Bot kill Ben Gunn, General and Shock barge in with their Ogel Drilling Vehicle and save the day.
Rex, Amanda, Rotor, and Kate lampshaded this trope, hoping to play it straight by going to the Temple of Creation, gathering Imagination, and then arriving at the Maelstrom Temple in the Dino Attack Team's darkest hour to save the day. Unfortunately, due to the Unspoken Plan Guarantee, this trope was ultimately subverted.
Toa Antrakha may have named Ragnorok after a mech from Mech Assault, but it is likely derived from the Norse word Ragnarok. According to Norse Mythology, Ragnarok was essentially the apocalypse in the form of ultimate destruction of the gods and men in a cataclysmic battle with evil, monsters, and darkness. Sounds rather close to the Dino Attack, doesn't it?
If one were to interpret the "L" as the Spanish article "la", Greybeard's real name, Grisbarba L. Pirata, basically translates into "Greybeard the Pirate".note Technically, though, "grisbarba" would translate to "beardgrey", but PeabodySam says that "Grisbarba" sounds better than "Barbagris".
Dr. Rex, Baron Typhonus, and the Mutant Dinos were finally defeated, but at the cost of the lives of Rex, General, Semick, and many others. However, a lot of emphasis is put on the "sweet" aspect of "bittersweet", such as it being said that their deaths should not be mourned but instead celebrated, to prevent this from sounding like a Downer Ending.
The resolution of the Wallace Bishop side plot is that, despite cutting out the part of his brain that should contain his memories, Wallace still remembers his love for his family. Aww, so sweet, right? But don't forget that Wallace Bishop is still unfit for society and must remain in Napoleon XIV Mental Institution for the rest of his life. That's... rather bitter.
Aside from the final post focused on Angel Eyes and Clint Wayne (who have bonded together to the point they are a ruthless duo in Gold City), many of Atton Rand's last posts deliberately tried to focus on the darker elements but as a compromise retained some degree of hope. Montoya goes home to his wife and promises a better life for his kids, but he could very easily come down with PTSD.
Sarah Bishop manages to survive the war with her daughter and is reunited with her daughter's biological father, but she is riddled with guilt over her actions and consequently suffering from insomni. Her daughter meanwhile has a severe case of PTSD and a drug addiction, but now the family has a loving husband and father in Pierce who is very clearly determined to help them.
"Blind Idiot" Translation: Yes, "von" is the German word for "of", but in the context of a title like "Baron von Barron", it does not mean "Baron of Barron". "Baron von Barron" refers to a baron whose name is Barron, not a baron of a place called Barron. However, seeing as Sam's surname is definitely Sinister, since it is also his sister Alexia's maiden name, this "Blind Idiot" Translation was done intentionally as a means to canonize both names for the character. And, seeing as Barron is essentially "not-Germany", it might make some sense that some German words do not mean quite the same thing in Barron, meaning that "Baron von Barron" might mean "Baron of Barron" in Barron.
For the most part, blood and gore has been kept down to minimum.
Of course, one way you could look at it is that there is blood and some degree of gore, but it just is not usually described in depth.
The Einstein Device wiped out an entire army of Mutant Dinos without shedding a single drop of blood.
Body Backup Drive: Katerina Schattenberg has at least two of these, the first one being Kat, and the second one currently in use.
Bolivian Army Ending: A number of Dino Attack agents whose players dropped out shortly after joining, such as GoldEagle, Jordan, Spark, and Zap, were last seen on this note.
Book Ends: A surprising, yet completely unintentional, meta example. Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG, which introduced PeabodySam to Play-by-Post Games and thus directly led to the creation of Dino Attack RPG, its Spiritual Successor, was started on December 21, 2004. Dino Attack: At War's End finally ended on December 21, 2012. Things truly do come full circle after all.
Boot Camp Episode: A short flashback in which James McGregor recalls an incident during his training, which apparently took place in a boot camp straight out of Full Metal Jacket.
Born as an Adult: When Frozeen was reborn after Dr. Rex's fatal Choke Hold, he was restored to a 6-year-older version of his pre-G.E. Body self.
Zig-Zagged with Dino Attack weapons. Just how often is the team seen reloading their weapons? And yet, occasionally a Sonic Screamer or Cosmotronic Ray will run low or even out of ammo.
Averted by Clint Wayne, who's revolver realistically only holds six shots and he usually has to stop and reload.
Most of the team's pirates use flintlock pistols, which are only capable of firing a single shot before one has to clean the barrel, place more gunpowder into the chamber before shoving a tiny metal ball inside. They're not usually seen to reload, but a logical justification is that people like Greybeard simply have multiple pistols so that they can keep shooting while under fire.
Break the Haughty: Sam Race wasn't ever haughty, per se, but he was very confident in his own abilities. His failed rescue attempt of Greybeard and King Race, which resulted in King Race's death, really broke Sam Race.
When talking about Stromlings, Trigger told his companions to "forget everything you've seen in text-based RPGs" and proceeded to explain how a person who was a Stromling is practically dead, and love doesn't work. It's ironic when one considers that he is in a text-based RPG and there actually was a character who overcame his Stromling infection through the power of love. Of course to be fair it might be that the latter was just a once-in-a-lifetime case that only occurs with true, genuine love, and that such a thing does not happen very often, in which case his statement still makes sense.
Mutant T-Rexes that have been mutated beyond their normal capabilities tend to use this trope. For example, both Tex and Crunchbite, who were mutated by Green Goo exposure, and Dr. Rex, who was possessed by the Maelstrom.
Breather Episode: A few of these have taken place, including Atton Rand's focus on the antics of Enter and Return after LEGO Island was sent into the Torn World.
Broad Strokes: How Dino Attack RPG treats the canon of various LEGO Themes, along with fan works such as Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG, LEGO Island 3, and LMS. This is even how, in its later years, it treats its own early canon.
The team did eventually expel the Maelstrom from the planet, but much like Cthulhu it is still very much alive and could come again. Additionally, half the cast died in the process of achieving that temporary victory, as well as the fact that Kate, Sam Race, Sarah Bishop, and untold numbers of other survivors were severely traumatized by the experience.
Built With LEGO: The Dino Attack RPG takes place on a planet literally called the LEGO Planet.
Bullying a Dragon: Greybeard, King Joseph Race, and Sam Race tried to anger and confuse Dr. Rex by driving circles around him and taking turns firing at him. Lampshaded by Laxus, who knew that it would not end well.
Ronald Army: "Spy was obviously the spy! He gave himself away! Oh, he thought he was so tricky and smart, speaking in third-person, but no one would show so much respect towards a cowardly murderer unless that cowardly murderer was himself!"
But Your Wings Are Beautiful: Although Pterisa is very insecure about her appearance, numerous Dino Attack agents have comforted her. Specifically, Dr. Cyborg invoked this trope and Rex even referred to it by name.
Elizabeth claimed she could drive an Iron Predator because she once tried to steal one, referencing her rather controversial theft of an Iron Predator in order to get to LEGO City harbor early in the LEGO Island arc.
In a case used to emphasize a man's stress, Pierce briefly became determined to operate on Amanda. This was intentionally written to set up a miraculous healing like Atton Rand had attempted with Kat. However, it was handled more realistically this time, as Pierce is implied to simply be under stress (which makes sense given he is dealing with massive numbers of casualties at once) and maybe not thinking clearly, as well as the fact that Shaw realistically points out that Amanda was already deadbefore putting her on the operating table. Unfortunately, Atton Rand had tried to invoke Anachronic Order a bit too early, leading to some confusion among his fellow players and forcing this otherwise emotional event to be Retconned into Canon Discontinuity.note It also did not help that Atton Rand seemed surprised to learn that Amanda was still out in the battlefield in a situation where it would be impossible to recover her body.
Canis Latinicus: While lacertilia is Latin, the rest of the Hybrids' species names (quasifigus, pterisa, tyrannus, and velosis) are simply made-up vaguely-Latin-sounding names.note "Quasifigus" is a portmanteau of "quasi" and "minifigure", while "pterisa", "tyrannus", and "velosis" are corruptions of "pterosaur", "tyrannosaur", and "velociraptor", respectively.
Cannon Fodder: Just about every Mutant Dino and unnamed Dino Attack agent.
Cannot Spit It Out: Frozeen still loves Shannon, but could not bring himself to say it out loud prior to the final battle.
At one point in the Alpha Team: Ogel's Last Stand RPG, a man named Bishop was among the trainees learning to defend himself against fresh fruit. He mentioned having a wife and a daughter around the age of twelve. This was initially a reference to Kate (who is in her late teens in the Dino Attack RPG, and probably would have been somewhere around the age of 11 or 12 at the time). However, this is no longer canon due to Kate's backstory revealing Sarah Bishop to be a single mother.
At one point, Amanda was revealed to be telepathic for shock value. It didn't work and was immediately retconned into discontinuity.
Dude, Walter, and Donnie are more or less Ersatzes of the main characters in The Big Lebowski.
The entire Second Headquarters Squad is based off of the main cast of Team Fortress 2. All they're missing is a mysterious voice to tell them how much time they have left in their missions.
While the Second Headquarters Squad is heavily inspired by the Team Fortress 2 cast but intended to be separate characters (for example, although very similar, there are quite a few distinctions between Jane Doe's Soldier and Ronald E. Army's Soldier), Chaos is for all intents and purposes theChaos from the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Right down to seven Chaos Emeralds hidden around the globe that transform Chaos into Perfect Chaos.
Cranky and Kiddy are Dino Attack RPG's versions of Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. Marco Martinet is a Captain Ersatz of Mario, Louie Martinet of Luigi, Pearl of Peach, Primrose of Paulina, Rosalie Mercedes of Rosalina... so on and so forth.
In one particularly confusing case, Atton Rand introduced a Captain Ersatz that got repeatedly mistaken for an Expy of an entirely different character. Many of his fellow players believed Snake to be an Expy of Solid Snake from Metal Gear rather than Snake Plissken from Escape from New York. To be fair, Solid Snake himself is a homage to Snake Plissken, so similarities are inevitable.
More or less the case with Baldrick. However, Blackadder is based around history in general (with each season set in a different time period of British History) meaning that his namesake is not so much one character as a whole bunch of identical grandsons, although if anything Agent Baldrick is probably closest to the version of his namesake seen in Blackadder Goes Forth (from which his "escape kit" was inspired).
Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: Many of the Elite Agents, particularly people like Rex and Zenna are known to try and operate in a humane manner as much as possible, trying to balance their objectives with doing what is best for those under there command. Then you got people like Rotor and Lutsky, who are known to be a lot more aggressive in their strategies, sometimes even placing their ultimate objective over the lives of their men.
Card-Carrying Villain: Ogel, the Brickster, Vladek, Sam Sinister, and Dr. Inferno. Ogel, Vladek, and Dr. Inferno are part of the Control sphere, and the Brickster falls under the Destruction sphere; while Sam Sinister sees himself as a villain and fits the Card-Carrying Villain trope, he does not fall under any of the three main spheres, as his main motivation is personal greed.
Carnivore Confusion: For the most part, we have seen little interaction between carnivores and herbivores. The most we have seen is a T-Rex, four Minifigs, and a pterosaur in the same room, and said T-Rex did not eat or attack any of her fellow roommates, which may invoke (but not necessarily confirm) the idea that non-mutant carnivores are abnormally civil.
A T-Rex and a Minifig (for example, Chompy and Frozeen, the unnamed T-Rex and Taglong, the other unnamed T-Rex and Zachary) will often get along, never mind the fact that, under more realistic circumstances, the T-Rex would likely see the Minifig as prey. However, Chompy can be a brutal predator when he wants to be, an unnamed female T-Rex seemed opposed to helping Minifigs (which, in a case of Fridge Brilliance, she may see as her prey), the other unnamed T-Rex killed Gonnerman, and the queen T-Rex was eager to tear Mr. Cunningham apart on the spot.
Let's not forget that Rex was in fact a Tyrannosaurus rex, and yet he's perfectly fine around herbivores. Although, to be fair, Rex has not really been around herbivores since before the Dino Attack (the closest he has been is watching a Triceratops stampede), and his dinosaur instincts were suppressed by XERRD experiments. Not to mention that he is, in fact, no longer a T-Rex.
Although, it is worth noting that shortly before the freak accident that switched Rex and Dr. Rex's bodies, Rex attacked Dr. Rex and picked him up with his maw. If Rex had not been still reeling from a prior Sonic Screamer attack, would Rex have done to Dr. Rex what any true T-Rex would have done?
Predators Are Mean: There are four main types of mutant dinosaurs (two of which technically aren't actually dinosaurs), all of which are carnivorous breeds. There have been no known sightings of a Mutant Triceratops, a Mutant Stegosaurus, or Mutant Brontosaur.
Cavalry Betrayal: The Hybrids arrived to help the Dino Attack Team in the Goo Caverns, but one of the Hybrids captured Rex so Dr. Rex could lure the team into a trap. Later, they arrived to aid the Dino Attack Team in the Torn World, and then immediately revealed their true allegiance to XERRD after the battle was over.
Cerebus Syndrome: Big time. While the RPG's early days were far from Light and Soft, there was a definite gradual shift to a much darker and more serious tone over the course of the RPG's lifetime.
PeabodySam and Atton Rand both had Cerebus Syndromes of their own, as they both started with very idealistic characters who usually ended up in amusingly absurd situations, and by the RPG's end, their writing was far darker and much more mature and cynical in tone.
A minor note in the LEGO Island Comic Adventures stated that the Brickster wished to be as evil as Evil Ogel. In Dino Attack RPG, the Brickster has been exaggerated to the point of being Ogel's self-proclaimed #1 fanboy.
Especially in Atton Rand and imperial officer's posts, Enter and Return have been exaggerated to the point that the only jokes they are capable of are variations of their "stretcher, megaphone, shark, tree, umbrella, and mailbox" sketch. In some other peoples' posts, their humor extends a little farther (for example, in one of PeabodySam's posts, they were arguing about the color of their shirts), but for the most part, we only hear jokes about bringing a shark.
In the non-canon scene where Papa Brickolini was arrested by the Nick Brick, the Brickolinis were exaggerated heavily. In the original games, the Brickolinis spoke with a light Italian accent and accidentally freed the Brickster twice (and the second time, they were Genre Savvy enough to try to prevent it from happening again). In this scene, the Brickolinis' Italian accents were turned Up to Eleven, and the two chefs were depicted as completely oblivious as they incompetently freed the Brickster again and again over the years by constantly sending super-spicy pizzas to the jail, even after what happened the first two times.
In the Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG, PeabodySam made an explicit point stating that PBB would never be killed off. A year later, PBB was killed off in the Dino Attack RPG.
Rex was originally introduced as the ultimate idealist, who mourned the death of a random Mutant T-Rex he accidentally killed. As Characterization Marched On, the horrors of war eventually drove Rex to a considerably more cynical outlook.
Stranger was going to be more of a tough, no-nonsense kind of hunter person (not unlike Titan, who in retrospect seems more like a Suspiciously Similar Substitute), but his snide remarks about the ludricousness of the situations he found himself in came to define his more humorous Lampshade Hanging attitude.
Rotor was initially introduced in the Alpha Team RPG as a companion to Zenna whose primary role was simply that of a helicopter pilot who could get her and other agents to and from places. While he may still have been a little over-enthusiastic about his job, he was still taking orders and a lot less aggressive, even saving the life of a stranded agent. Then he was introduced to the Dino Attack RPG, where he was suddenly leading squads of helicopters and even attempting to operate behind the backs of his superiors, becoming the tough, battle-hardened, aggressive, classical-music playing Elite Agent with whom most players are familiar.
Kate was initially set up as something of a rookie with the potential to become an Action Girl before evolving into a more deconstructive portrayal of a teenager who joined the team never really knowing what she was getting into.
Garry was originally conceived as a far more brutal character who would not only torture the XERRD prisoners alongside Rotor but blackmail Copper into keeping quiet about their actions. Eventually Atton's posts started to humanize him, making the character somewhat more sympathetic and likeable.
When Jenny first appeared, she was described as being "slightly older than Kate". Given that Kate is 18, that would have put Jenny around 19-20. Later posts implied her to be younger, around 12-14.
Pierce was originally considered as a love interest for Zenna before his backstory with Kate made Sarah Bishop into his love interest.
In a similar situation as Rex, Dr. Cyborg started off a a very idealist agent, thanks to his XERRD background. However, as the game went on, this devolved until it wasn't mentioned much at all.
Chased by Angry Natives: Dust and Zachary had to work together to escape angry TumTum tribesmen after the former escaped their village. This an interesting variation on the trope, since they could not afford to attack the natives, even in self-defense, or else risk forever losing their chances of gaining Achu's allegiance.
Chastity Couple: Zach and Minerva; even while spending the night outside in midwinter — a situation in which cuddling would have been not only heartwarming, but practical — they roll away from one another before going to sleep.
The T-1 Typhoon that was left in the desert after Zenna and George were attacked by Natives ended up having a brief but important role in driving an invading army of Mutant Dinosaurs out of the Dino Attack Team's camp on Adventurers' Island.
Hotwire's PDA malfunctioned after Kat's death. Turns out that's what happens when a human consciousness stores itself in a pocket-sized communication device.
Chekhov's Boomerang: The return of Ata during the LEGO Island story arc, during which time he found the Constructopedia. And again, Ata became important just before the final battle... when it was revealed that he was a mole working for XERRD.
Ben Gunn's "That cake is a lie" was nothing more than an amusing line at first... that Rex later remembered and helped him break away from the Darkitect's illusions. Similarly, Frozeen's insanity from the Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG had a brief relapse to grant him Insanity Immunity.
The idea of a cyborg Mutant T-Rex was first brought up by Laxus as a joke while he was riffing Dino Cop with Andrew, Joike, Pterisa, and Dr. Cyborg before the Final Battle. In the Final Battle itself, Cyrista's Bane showed up... and nobody was laughing at the joke anymore.
Ghost was character that rode on a Fire Hammer with Minerva to the rear guard camp. After Brikman McStudz reread the Dino Attack RPG and remembered the existence of Ghost, he reintroduced him as being a spy for the Maelstrom for his entire existence.
Loop was initially an unnamed Inferno henchman who framed Kat and B for murder, only to later return and be revealed as part of ShadowTech.
Ata, at first, was a seemingly-random unnamed communications expert who thought his GPS was glitching. He ended up helping Rex and Amanda return to the Dino Attack Team. Then, he became a Chekhov's Boomerang... twice.
Ben Gunn, who became M.I.A. at the end of the Goo Caverns mission only to return after the Adventurers' Island mission to warn the Dino Attack Team about the upcoming final battle.
Trouble returned to save Rex in the final battle after being M.I.A. for six years, seven months, and seven days (in real-time).
Chekhov's Volcano: Rather early in the Goo Caverns mission, it was established that Quadrant 14 was home to some rather unstable volcanoes. Guess what erupted at the end of the mission?
Chess Motifs: A few of them surrounding, you'd never believe this, the false Wallace Bishop. Especially in the way that his messages were contained within chess pieces and his declaration that, sometimes, "the bishop must be sacrificed" to win.
Cam O'Cozy, who intentionally created a violent feud between the idealist and realist sides of the team (simply taking advantage of a high period of tension between them at the time), with the ultimate goal of destroying the team. Of course one could also go a step farther and label Dr. Rex himself as such, seeing as he had planted Cam O'Cozy along with some Maelstrom-infected bricks to achieve that goal.
The original Chaos served as The Chessmaster controlling Kotua's actions for much of the early Dino Attack in a grand scheme to get its revenge on the Alpha Team agent and free itself from its Mayan prison.
Dust has had a master plan for some time considering his plains to take the temple of Hotep III ranging from dropping care packages for himself on strategic points across the island, blackmailing members of the D.A., infiltrating the XERRD base and destroying critical data, and falsely translating the blueprints to the temple.
Agent Cane, who surruptitiously hijacked all of Katerina Schattenberg's work in order to settle a feud that started a generation before him.
Then there's Palmer, who tricked Garry both into leading him to the source of the Maelstrom (essentially making him a super-Stromling of sorts, especially now that Zach was cured and Ahua is dead, leaving him to take their places) and made his fellow teammates paranoid to the extent that one of them was murdered... by Garry himself.
Kate is occasionally seen as one. Technically she's in her late teens, but that is still fairly young when compared to the other agents, most of whom are a lot older.
Interestingly, there are thirteen other agents that are officially eighteen-years (three that are Elite Agents) and they are not seen as Child Soldiers.
In the Dino Attack RPGs early days, there were numerous players whose primary characters were Child Soldiers as young as 9 years old. This was something that PeabodySam had not considered when he made the Dino Attack RPGs sign-up form, so he later altered the form to state that primary characters had to be at least 18 years old. The Child Soldiers were later retconned to be 17 years old and lying about their age when listed in the Dino Attack Team/Agents page on the wiki.
Dr. Rex once used one against Frozeen, surprisingly while the latter was in a G.E. Body, to intimidate the other prisoners. Later, he Choke Held Frozeen again, and this time actually strangled him to death.note He got better, though.
In its final moments, the Brickspider Bot v1.0 had one against Rex and nearly succeeded in killing the Dino Attack agent.
Minerva received one from Ahua which involved the Maelstrom choking her as well. She was only saved when Zach refused to watch her die.
This has happened to many characters when the player controlling them leaves the RPG.
Axle had a notable role in the RPG as a member of the Dino Attack Team, something nobody seems to remember anymore.
There was also Trouble, who was a major character at one point before inexplicably vanishing, and PeabodySam openly refused to bring him back because he was secretly saving Trouble for the final battle.
Mort, until he returned during the hunt for The Mole.
This nearly happened to Septimus several times.
"Gene Rick," the body-swapped XERRD scientist whom Andrew and Laxus rescued, got dropped shortly before Zach's camp ambush.
The real Wallace Bishop (the one locked up in Napoleon XIV Mental Institution in Antarctica).
When Frozeen goes insane, it's the Cloud Cuckoo Lander type of insanity. He believes that everyone around him is a leprechaun out to steal his gold; the cows must be defeated to save the monkeys; and everything has to do with Mexican food.
Athena Fabello comes across as this, primarily when meeting Oswald and Blaire in Napoleon XIV and as a nineteen-year-old.
When wearing a helmet, Andrea Jackson Orange thinks that she's in a Sugar Bowl setting populated by cute baby dinosaurs as a result of hallucinations she experienced while suffering from claustrophobia in a makeshift bunker for who-knows-how-long.
Rotor. The trope-naming character was a major inspiration, right down to his frequent habit of playing classical music while attacking his enemies.
Ronald E. Army, to some extent, could also be considered an example.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Green Mutant Lizards are camouflage, red Mutant Lizards are fire-breathing, yellow Mutant Lizards are acid-spitting, purple Mutant Lizards are stealth, and black Mutant Lizards are darkness.
Command Roster: The Elite Agents working operating on Adventurers' Island. Rex serves more or less as the Captain as well as a Cunning Linguist, Zenna serves as The Heart, Rotor is the Marine, Hertz is the Communications Officer, Rotor and Cabin both serve as Ace Pilots, and they have a small but helpful medical staff including a psychologist.
A possible explanation regarding the notable difference in strength between Stromling Agents and Stromling Explorers. There are rarely more than one or two Stromling Agents on-screen at a time, and they prove very hard to defeat. Stromling Explorers almost always act as a group, leaving them as nothing more than Cannon Fodder.
Even noticeable with common Mutant Dinos. Compare how hard it is to kill one Mutant Raptor versus an entire pack of Mutant Raptors.
After hanging out with Cam O'Cozy and French Fries, Zenna helped leak information regarding the Antarctica mission and inadvertently caused riots and an idealist-realist conflict of escalated violence. However, she redeemed herself through working quickly and efficiently to defeat Cam O'Cozy, who was fueling the fires of the idealist-realist conflict, and provide medical aid to those injured in the riots, and received a promotion to Elite Agent as a result.
Tracer was part of a group of realist agents supporting O'Cozy, but managed to redeem himself by working with Hotwire.
Continuity Drift: The Brickspider Bot v1.0 initially denied any connections to Dr. Inferno and referred to the Mad Scientist as a "pitiful fool". When writing later plot developments, PeabodySam forgot about this detail and revealed that the Brickspider Bot was an ally of Dr. Inferno.
Atton Rand says that Baldrick was hired by Dino Attack Team as an example of showing how desperate Dino Attack is, to the point where they'd be willing to hire total lunatics. Yet, Atton Rand also stated that Dino Attack Team rejected Dude for having a stupid codename. Uh... which one is true? The Dino Attack Team that would be willing to hire anyone would not reject someone just for such an inconsequential reason. These two depictions are mutually exclusive, and yet, according to Atton Rand, they're both true...?
Rex and Reptile used Iron Predators to defend a power station from a Mutant T-Rex attack, which culminated in the arrival of the founding members in a T-1 Typhoon to save the day and drive the T-Rexes back across the river. This whole scene was a Continuity Nod to a battle described on the LEGO Dino Attack website.
In the Ugalego temple, there was a wrecked Scorpion Orb Launcher. The last time a Scorpion Orb Launcher was seen on Adventurers' Island was early in the Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG, during the same mission that ended with Frozeen adopting Chompy.
The T-1 Typhoon battle against Dr. Rex and the occasional Mutant Pterosaur atop a burning Dino Attack Headquarters was modeled after the box art for the T-1 Typhoon set.note Although, in the RPG, Specs and Viper are in a separate T-1 Typhoon from the one flown by Shadow and Digger.
According to Frozeen, aside from a mishap involving a billboard and a stray Mutant Raptor, reconstruction of LEGO City has been going smoothly. The incident involving the billboard and Mutant Raptor was a reference to a comic in LEGO Brickmaster Magazine's November-December 2005 issue.
The celebration on LEGO Island is full of these, sure to please any long-time fan of the series.
Continuity Porn: With over seven years of canon, plus references to other RPGs and numerous LEGO Themes, it's not hard to get overwhelmed by all the canon in Dino Attack RPG.
Convection Schmonvection: Lord Sam Sinister could stand at the edge of a volcanic crater with boiling lava below him without any sort of heat-resistant suit.
Cool Airship: Although Dino Attack RPG has seen a large number of these in its early days, including PBB's Airship, the Saber, Villains Headquarters, and the Iron Hammer, the Voltage will always stand out in the minds of Dino Attack RPG's early players as one of the definitive traits of the early Dino Attack RPG experience.
Cool Old Guy: Solomon is in his eighties. General, Ben Gunn, and Frank Einstein are in their late seventies. Greybeard is supposedly older than everyone else, as part of a running joke.note According to Word of God, Greybeard is at least ninety years old.
Cool Shades: Blaire Darkling always wears dark, reflective sunglasses presumably after an accident during the creation of the Mutant Dinos. Trigger also wears them sometimes, as does Viper, Pharisee, and Rotor. True to his inspiration, Paulie Gonepus also wears Cool Shades.
The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: Variation... er... sort of, though the victim in question wasn't actually murdered so much as hidden and too frightened to say anything. To see that Jenny gets proper medical attention without Copper finding out that she'd been deliberately tortured, Garry explained that she tried to escape (she was after all, a prisoner), ran into him, and put up a fight, so he simply acted in self-defense. Somewhat subverted in that he ended up eventually confessing to Copper anyway.
Walter Breen, especially during his days as administrator of Brick League United. Even after he left the company, he retained many traits of a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
Cane had a bit of this in him as well, though in his early characterization by Kotua in Space, he was more of a Colonel Kilgore.
UŠrlig Sindstorme and Edward Korrupte seem to be examples of such, given that they're willing to hire bounty hunters, criminals, mercenaries, and any other form of hired gun to perform armed robberies against each other (which has gotten a few innocent people killed), not to mention the fact that Sindstorme seemed genuinely pleased when his hired guns set up the murder of an innocent bystander as a tragic accident (though it might have been more because he expected to avoid the potential consequences than it was the murder itself). The reason for all this violence? They're trying to steal each other's products for money.
Implied to be the case with Mr. Bonaparte. He prescribes his patients with "classified" medications, but we have not seen anyone at Napoleon XIV Mental Institution whose mental health has improved under his supervision. Napoleon XIV also has a history of security issues, such as when Wallace Bishop escaped and when Athena Fabello went missing; in the latter case, to avoid bad press and investigations into Napoleon XIV, Mr. Bonaparte wrote a formal letter stating that Athena had passed away.
Cosmic Horror Story: Not neccessarily intentional, but let's see. Planet that's relatively small and insignificant in the grand sceme of a vastly infinite cosmos? Check. Eldritch Abomination capable of destroying entire worlds with little to no effort? Check. Chances of said Eldritch Abomination being stopped permenantly being non-existant? Check. Eldritch Abomination being so weird an alien that simply looking at it will drive you mad? Partial check, since it at least leaves those who face it severely traumatized if nothing else. Yeah, we got one. The alternate endingDecember 21, 2012 would also qualify as this taken up a few notches.
The Brickspider Bot v1.0 can only be disabled by destroying its head. Interestingly, if the head is detached from the body but still intact, the body can still function, but as soon as the head is destroyed, the Brickspider Bot ceases to move.
Averted by Aster Oid, whose vital innerworkings were located in his torso, not in his head.
Crate Expectations: Injection needles containing the antidote to XERRD's toxic gases were contained in a crate, which Reptile opened using a crowbar.
Creator Cameo: avmatoran appeared as Mathew Wise, and several people suspect that Samuel Piaker is actually PeabodySam.
Crisis Crossover: If there's a LEGO Theme that does not take place on another planet, it will likely show up in some form or another in Dino Attack RPG. And even if it takes place on another planet (for example, Life on Mars), it still may show up.
Cross Over: Essentially, the Dino Attack RPG has crossed over with the Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG and the original Pirates RPG.
Cruel Mercy: Rex attempted to give this to Dr. Rex, believing that it would be a fate that he deserved. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out as planned, as it gave Baron Typhonus enough time to make his Divine Intervention.
Dust's appearance at his death was partly inspired by the classic death of William Dafoe's character in Platoon.
When Rex's Creative Spark was extracted from his body, his arms were raised in a way that put him in a T-position, which might bring forth imagery of the Cross.
Cry into Chest: Kate while talking to her mother about Frank Einstein's reveal.
Cryptic Background Reference: Dino Attack RPG takes place in 2010 and was first started in 2005. Since the details of what would happen over the next five years (in both official LEGO story and in BZPower LEGO RPG story) could not be predicted, PeabodySam seized the opportunity to make Cryptic Background References regarding the fates of his Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG characters, such as the death of Rebel Drone and the mysterious disappearance of Frozeen. Although some of this background information was intended to be explained by a later Alpha Team RPG (likely Ogel's Last Stand), even in 2012 many questions about what exactly happened in this six-year span between Alpha Team RPG and Dino Attack RPG remain unanswered.
Cue the Sun: Dino Attack RPG's final post ended with sunrise on Adventurers' Island.
General, immediately after discovering the stasis tube of Talia Kaahs. Mind you, this was before the phrase "Son of a MegaBlok" became widely used in the RPG, so at the time it was implied that he did not say "MegaBlok".
Just before leaving the Goo Caverns, Greybeard thought about Ben Gunn and, in order to express his pity for the old hermit, was about to describe him as a "poor bastard". Before he could finish the last word, he was cut off.
Oswald was describing Athena (and by extension, Minerva) with a phrase that would have been ended with a word not appropriate for BZPower, only to be interrupted by Minerva.
In a Shout Out to Half-Life 2, Andrew's message to Baron Typhonus was obscured by Hertz shouting.
Amanda vs. Sam Sinister and the Brickster in the subway station, and Frozeen and Libo vs. Lord Vladek in the subway tunnel.
Rex vs. French Fries and Pharisee vs. French Fries.
Pharisee vs. Trigger was actually a subversion. For most of the fight, it was definitely a Curb-Stomp Battle, as Pharisee easily overpowered Trigger in the fight. However, it was ultimately subverted because Trigger knocked out Pharisee in the end, emerging as the victor of that fight.
Darkest Hour: Did it begin with Baron Typhonus's Divine Intervention, the death of Amanda Claw, or the Mutant Lizard invasion of Dino Attack Headquarters? Regardless of where it began, it's certain that the final battle definitely had its Darkest Hour.
Dating Catwoman: While Covert (as well as the rest of the Agents Defense Organization) is not a villain, she served as an antagonist to Magma for at least two years during the inter-agency rivalry between Alpha Team and the Agents. After the Dino Attack, Magma and Covert openly declared their love for one another, making this too explicit to be Foe Romance Subtext.
A Day in the Limelight: Many of Atton Rand's first posts in At War's End were written from the perspective of the staff of Outpost 4, showing their reactions to the mutant dinos' attack on the Rear Guard camp. His primary character Zenna was reduced to little more than one or two passing mentions.
Amadeus and Rosaria Remous, Alfred the butler, and Bricassius all kicked the bucket in Amanda's origin story.
In the flashback serving as Trigger's origin story, UŠrlig Sindstorme and Edward Korrupte, along with five of the seven people Schiess worked with.
Isaac and Tod Fabello were both killed in Minerva and Oswald's origin story.
Death Equals Emotion: Invoked in Dust's death. In his dying moments, he asked his teammates to tell Rockford that it was an honor to work with him and to send his apologies, something that Dust would never have requested in life.
Death Is Dramatic: Amanda Claw and Athena Fabello were both fatally shot, but still able to deliver heartwarming speeches to their loved ones before they died.
In Amanda's case, this was actually deliberately invoked. Originally, PeabodySam considered having her die immediately after being shot, with no parting speech. However, believing that this felt too much like Dropping a Bridge on such an important long-runner character, PeabodySam decided to opt for Death Is Dramatic instead.
Oswald Fabello started to become this as his insanity began to take hold. He even thanked Minerva for killing him.
After being possessed by Baron Typhonus, Dr. Rex made it his one goal to die as quickly as possible. First, he unwillingly followed the Darkitect's orders, hoping that defeating Dino Attack Team would make Typhonus allow him to die. Then, when the Einstein Device was fired at him, Dr. Rex had an Obi-Wan Moment and did not attempt to dodge.
After finding out that his mother died in the refugee facilities, B decided that he had nothing to live for anymore.
Decapitated Army: The death of Dr. Rex basically negated the threat of the Mutant Dino army. Justified, in that the weapon that took Dr. Rex's life also killed the majority of the Mutant Dinos, and the death of Dr. Rex cut off Baron Typhonus, the one compelling the Mutant Dinos to be destructive in the first place, from the LEGO Planet for good.
Declaration of Protection: Used mutually between Rex and Amanda. A tragically ironic instance was when Rex said this to Amanda just before their Iron Predator was destroyed by a XERRD missile.
Decon-Recon Switch: Placing the zany paramedics Enter and Return in the Dino Attack Hospital Wing, where more realistic doctors like Alan Pierce work, resulted in them constantly being called out on their questionable procedures that would never be allowed in a real hospital. However, this Deconstruction was ultimately Reconstructed, as it turned out that Enter and Return's methods, however zany, are still proven to work quite effectively.
Deep Cover Agent: As Wallace Bishop, Frank Einstein was second-in-command of XERRD.
Dino Attack agents turned into skeletons and reanimated by Skeleton Mummies.
Captain Click and allied Skeleton Drones such as Septimus count as rare non-villain examples.
Demonization: Realist agents are often depicted as overly aggressive or sometimes even downright evil, especially by Atton Rand. It does not help that Kotua, Cam O'Cozy, and Rotor are some of the most well-known examples of realist agents (although Kotua went insane and O'Cozy was just a ploy). Thankfully, there are a number of exceptions such as Tail and Tracer, who are likeable realist characters.
Atton Rand introduced a number of NPCs during the Adventurers' Island story arc, resulting in his own primary character being taken out of focus in favor of stories focusing on the various medics and Kate's efforts to fit in with the team.
While technically they do have a significant part in the story, the four official members of the Dino Attack Team have barely appeared in the RPG.
Libo, who once appeared frequently in the Dino Attack RPG, has barely been seen or mentioned, especially following the idealist-realist debate. He was finally revealed to have had a Bridge Dropped on Him (literally).
Small details will often vary from post to post due to different players interpreting things differently. A good example of this would be in the weapons used. PeabodySam often talks about the characters using "Sonic Screamers" whilst many of Atton Rand's posts describe them to be using standard issue rifles and other conventional weaponry.
When PeabodySam writes Stromlings, they are nothing more than weak Cannon Fodder. When Brikman McStudz writes Stromlings, they range from mindless minions to cunning, intelligent, and ruthless. When Atton Rand writes Stromlings, they are an elusive monster that seeks to assimilate other life forms in a Borg or Thing-esque manner, and frequently manipulate people against each other by fueling their paranoia.
Similarly, Atton Rand's interpretation of the Maelstrom is far more Lovecraftian than what NetDevil probably intended.
When Atton Rand writes Heavy, he depicts Heavy as absolutely obsessed with sandwiches. When PeabodySam writes Heavy, he instead focuses on Heavy's relationship with Medic.
From the perspective of Andrewnuva199's posts during the final battle, the general outlook on Dino Attack Team's progress in the battle was fairly optimistic. However, things looked much bleaker from the points of view of PeabodySam and TakunuvaC01.
A rather noteworthy example is how the post-war world is handled, as most writers believe that a world Built With LEGO will rebuild fairly quickly while Atton Rand wanted a more realistic depiction of a post-war apocalyptic society. This is visible in even minor details; in a post by PeabodySam, Bartholomew Enderson remarked how quickly LEGO City was being rebuilt, and then in a following post by Atton Rand, Carrie Enderson noticed how slowly the construction crews were working.
Literally every player has their own style. For instance PeabodySam, Brikman McStudz and Andrewnuva very clearly try to play up the LEGO-based elements in the style of classic LEGO video games. For instance they'll often make explicit reference to actual LEGO pieces (i.e. "And then he grabbed a 2x4 brick"). imperial officer, Atton Rand, and that guy from that show, on the other hand, both tend to downplay the LEGO elements as much as possible, and focus more on creating a more realistic world.
The exact nature of the mysterious voice that Frozeen heard upon death is unclear, but it originated from Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG as a Deus ex Machina created by Kotua in Space to restore Kotua's Minifig body through death and revival. It was again used as a Deus Ex Machina to restore Frozeen's Minifig body, and its true nature has not been revealed beyond that which Kotua in Space created (aside from a Never Heard That One Before moment). Aside from this one example (which was in fact intended to strip Frozeen of his G.E. Body and thus reduce his strength), PeabodySam does not wish to have this feature reappear in Dino Attack RPG, especially due to its ability to be easily abused (Databoard and Kotua were frequently revived as such in the Alpha Team RPG).
Given the context, the mysterious voice might very well be a literal case of Deus ex Machina.
Spoofed by Atton Rand. When Trigger died, the voice retorted by saying it had to take somebody, and claimed to have revived Databoard "like fifty times".
When the Dino Attack Team arrived at the base of the Ogel's Island volcano, they had no means of ascending the mountainside. Quite conveniently, Reptile's T-1 Typhoon crash-landed into the volcano and dropped off some climbing gear.
Although set up and foreshadowed several posts before it arrived, the stampeding Triceratops herd that ended the battle for the Aztec Village was Lampshaded as a Deus ex Machina. Interestingly, unlike most examples of Lampshading, this was not played for laughs but for drama, since Rex realized that relying on a Deus Ex Machina to save the day is a poor strategy that could easily backfire.
Defied, in that Rex's plan to travel to the Temple of Creation is in response to all the Deus ex Machina examples of the past, intending to avert yet another Deus Ex Machina saving the day. Unfortunately, due to the Unspoken Plan Guarantee, Rex was punished for defying Deus Ex Machina.
When Rex and Chompy were captured and held in the Dino Island Laboratory, Dr. Rex was conveniently brought out of the room to interrogate another batch of prisoners, giving them their opportunity to break free. Then, said batch of prisoners were also able to escape when Dr. Rex was, again, conveniently led away by Libo in disguise.
Amanda's search for "Gun" left Rex alone in the headquarters lobby, allowing the Second Headquarters Squad to rush in and drag him into their mole hunt without Amanda's intervention.
Numerous times, Ben Gunn conveniently exits the scene just before Frozeen enters, preventing readers from ever confirming that one theory regarding Ben Gunn's true identity.
While not actually the end of the story, the conclusion to the LEGO Island Story Arc was a fairly joyous moment (at least from the point of view of those in the Torn World, who didn't know what was happening outside- for others it would have been more of a Bittersweet Ending). They finally got out of the Torn World, LEGO Island is restored, and the Brickspider Bot is gone for good. Then all of a sudden the hybrids turned against the team and things got pretty dark.
Andrew's "dark conciousness" reappearing virtually out of nowhere during his and Minerva's encounter with Zach didn't exactly help matters. At least it proved a minor obstacle.
Things were looking pretty optimistic during the final battle after Dr. Rex's defeat... and then he got possessed by the Maelstrom, and it all went downhill from there.
Hertz and Naomi had a pretty happy ending. And then everything went downhill for them in the teaser for Dino 2012.
In an effort to Get Crap Past The Radar, "bloody" was frequently used as a curse word, since it was not censored by the word filter and most of Dino Attack RPG's players live in North America, where the word is not particularly offensive. When Dino Attack RPG actually had a player from the United Kingdom, imperial officer, "bloody" could no longer be used because he took offense to the word.
This did not stop Sniper from saying "bloody" as a curse word later on. In fact, during the mission brief that he was assigned to Second Headquarters Squad, Sniper referred to the Hybrids as "buggers", which is a seemingly innocent word in North America with a much more offensive meaning elsewhere in the world.
French Fries also referred to Mutant Lizards as "buggers".
Pterisa struck the Darkitect in the chest with a bolt of lightning. It barely hurt him, but the fact that he was actually hit by another being who was turning his own powers against him was a huge insult to the Darkitect. The good news is that it broke his concentration long enough for Rex and Hotwire to realize that they were fighting illusions. The bad news is that Pterisa Broke Her Arm Flipping Off Cthulhu.
Walter Breen, who was willing to use Kate Bishop as a Human Shield to make his escape from the Maelstrom Temple.
Trigger. For someone who takes his jobs so seriously that anyone who interferes must die, Trigger has no problem walking out on his most important job of all time and deserting the Dino Attack Team... during the final battle... and tries to justify it as the money not being worth it.
Andrew and Laxus occasionally dismiss retconned information as faults of the "anybody can edit" system of the Dino Attack Database.
When refusing Baron Typhonus's offer, Sam Sinister talked about how, in the past, he was blind in a metaphorical sense. In fanon material earlier in the Dino Attack RPG which was later retconned into Canon Discontinuity, Sam Sinister actually was blind in a literal sense.
With their Fire Hammers destroyed and an endless number of Mutant Dinos surrounding them, this trope became the primary motivation for Greybeard and King Joseph Race during the final battle. Although Greybeard survived, King Race played it straight.
B, Sucker, Knuckles, Crooks, and Rookie died in a battle against bandits, which ended with Stuff Blowing Up.
Dr. Strangebrick, Rudo Villano, and Pterisa started helping the Dino Attack Team after realizing that they were considered "disposable" by their superiors.
Invoked by Wallace Bishop, who briefly considered turning himself in to Dino Attack Team just so he could lead them to the Maelstrom Temple and get revenge on Se˝or Palomar. Ultimately subverted when he decided against it, placing his mission before his emotions.
Dolled-Up Installment: When Dino Attack RPG first began, it was basically Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPGin a Dino Attack setting. Much of the original expository post was copied from the Alpha Team RPG, and many members of that time were originally members of the Alpha Team RPG.
Doom Magnet: Rex, during the final battle. To elaborate, his attempt to defeat Dr. Rex only made things worse and caused the death of Adventure, and shortly afterward Rex's wife Amanda and close friend Trouble were both killed.
In a more positive meaning of the word "doom", Dino Attack Team will ultimately win the war and, based upon the LEGO set line-up for 2011 and on, the LEGO Planet recovers fairly quickly from the Dino Attack, meaning that any worries about post-Dino Attack anarchy and chaos from having to rebuild society will be laid to rest.
One of Atton Rand's final posts revealed Rotor to be a miserable alcaholic in the aftermath of the war, unable to adjust to modern society and finding his relationship with Cabin rapidly deteriorating.
Wade was forced to perform a mercy kill on J.D. by giving him a morphine overdose. His Saving Private Ryan namesake was also involved in a very similar scene, except he was the one who was fatally wounded.
A group of Dino Attack agents stationed in Antarctica, after expressing worry about the riots in the refugee facilities, heard the sound of thunder and thought nothing of it. The thunder was the result of Vladek trying to get the attention of the Antarctica refugees so Greybeard could end the riots.
After Amanda's death, Frozeen, Greybeard, and Sam Race were listening to the comm chatter and heard someone say that Rex was down, but heard nothing about Amanda. They incorrectly deduced that Amanda survived and Rex was killed.
In Scott's interview of Dr. Cyborg, Dr. Cyborg wanted Contest to know that he was alright. Readers would know that Contest perished in the final battle.
The Driver: Montoya. In the flashback it's implied he is the designated driver for the team (although the others seemed to be capable of driving when neccessary), as he is the one entrusted with driving a stolen Dact Corporation truck to the headquarters of Mindstorms, Inc. (and later making it look like a nasty roadside accident), and later goes on to become the getaway driver during the less than successful heist.
Zach's fight against both Michelle Glados and Carolyne Provencal in the Maelstrom Temple.
Dr. Rex and Cyrista's Bane could be seen as Dual Bosses of the final battle.
Dual Wielding: Kareem Nazareno, Zelda Frodongan, and Blaire Darkling wield two katanas each. Se˝or Palomar wielded two pistols during the Maelstrom Temple battle.
Dude, Where's My Respect?: Andrew Jackson felt this way during the final battle. After helping the Dino Attack Team retake LEGO Island and Gold City, he is rewarded by his teammates telling him to shut up and put some clothes on. Given that he was running around in his underwear and shouting loudly into the radio, while his daughter was posing as him so no one recognized him as agent Pyro, the lack of respect was justified, though.
Happened in two intersecting (but mostly unrelated) segments, both of the "hunted" variety- The Second Headquarters Squad being picked off one by one by Ata until only Pyro and Demoman were left, and also in the Trigger/Silencia flashback, where a seven man-team of criminals (eight-people depending on whether you include Silencia herself) are picked off one-by-one following Silencia's double-crossings until only two remained. The latter arguably continued into the present day, too, with Silencia and Trigger's deaths leaving Montoya as the sole survivor.
On a related note, Atton Rand does somewhat regret not using this with his "Stromling paranoia" sub-plot with the crew of Outpost 4, with the already paranoid cast getting picked off one by one trying to figure out who's a Stromling.
Dying Alone: As punishment for all that he had done, Rex's intended fate for Dr. Rex was to rob him of the dignity of dying with others around him. Unfortunately, Baron Typhonus just had to step in with his Divine Intervention and prevent this from coming to fruition.
Dying Moment of Awesome: With his dying breaths, Trouble killed Michelle Glados, and in doing so saved Rex's life and avenged his own death as well as Amanda's. A surefire awesome way for the beloved Mutant Lizard to go.
It can seem strange reading Atton Rand's early posts, which at best were a rough summary of what was happening, full of contrived coincidences and artistic license in medicine (with his characters repeatedly suffering absurd injuries and recovering quickly) along with his three characters- Zenna, Axle, and Elizabeth- compared to his numerous NPCs now. Also his depiction in the LEGO Island arc of a very clear cut "realists are evil" ideology is noticeably different from his more recent posts, which are more morally gray and tend to be somewhat grounded in reality whenever possible.
Hoo boy. Just read some of PeabodySam's early posts and try not to get weirded out. Most notably, the whole plot twist about a Mutant T-Rex being disguised as a Minifig. No wonder he later retconned so much of it.
Also, it's amusing to mention that, compared to how much Darker and Edgier the RPG currently is, many of PeabodySam's early posts were very... childish. For example, the harshest insult that Fogel could come up with for Amanda Claw is "Mrs. Dumb-Mouth".note Although, given that "dumb" has multiple meanings, this could have potentially been a somewhat-clever insult... if that was how PeabodySam originally intended it.
Not exempt from some of the later posts. Andrew's "dark conciousness", anybody?
Earn Your Happy Ending: Just about every characters went through the death of loved ones, injuries, loss, hopelessness, and more before finally defeating Baron Typhonus and ending the Dino Attack war.
Earth Is a Battlefield: Mutant Dinos have destroyed most of the world with the exception of Antarctica, and even then an invasion was attempted, although some of the damage has been repaired recently.
Noteworthy though is that battles are rarely shown to take place in any locations outside those exclusive to LEGO Canon. One wonders of the untold adventures of Dino Attack fighting in Tokyo, New York, London, Belgium, Billund...
Evil Ogel, Lord Vladek, Lord Sinister, and the Brickster allied with the Dino Attack Team to ensure the defeat of XERRD.
A slightly less intense version occurred after the mutant dinos had overrun the team's camp on Adventurers' Island. A group made up of three men who fled into the jungle turned out to be Rotor (who at the time had gained a significant amount of distrust after court-martialling and trying to execute an agent), George (the man who Rotor had tried to have executed), and Commander Johnson (the man sent to apprehend Rotor for his attempt to execute George), and they now had to work together after getting lost. Of course the tension was lowered once they were joined by Lance and Cabin.
Clint Wayne and Angel Eyes were old rivals in Gold City before teaming up in the Dino Attack.
Enforced Method Acting: In-universe example. Trigger initially did not tell Carrie that the gun he had pressed to her head was loaded with blanks because he wanted a genuine reaction. Later he relented and just asked Carrie to play along.
Ensemble Cast: The Dino Attack RPG has no single main protagonist.
Rotating Protagonist: Every post in Dino Attack RPG shifts the perspective to another character, especially since players are not allowed to post twice in a row due to BZPower forum rules.
It can even happen in just one post. Many players in the RPG have a number of NPC's besides their main character, and a single post will often shift between the perspectives of different characters. For instance, Atton Rand's post frequently switched between the point of view of Rotor, Pierce, Cabin, Kate, and occasionally Clint Wayne.
Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Averted with Oswald Fabello, who absolutely hates his mother for what she did to him and his siblings. After losing all hope and realizing there is nothing left to lose, he shot and killed her.
Although he has not shown true affection towards Kate, Wallace Bishop went out of his way to ensure that Dr. Strangebrick did not harm her. Of course, given what we later learn about "Wallace Bishop", this trope isn't actually played as straight as it first seemed.
Dr. Strangebrick was very close to his daughter Jenny, seeing as he personally tutored her in the ways of science and had a close friendship with her as his lab assistant.
Though Oswald is extremely conflicted, half of him wanted to save his sister from being killed by Mutant Dinos by having her join XERRD.
Despite all that he went through, Dr. Rex still had Big Brother Instinct towards Katerina Schattenberg, even up until the final battle. However, between Katerina renouncing him and Baron Typhonus goading him, the absolute obliteration of his Big Brother Instinct is what absolutely left Dr. Rex past the point of redemption.
Everybody is Single: For the most part, everyone was single upon joining the Dino Attack Team. Subverted with Helm, who has a wife and son; Spy, who had a wife and multiple children; and Wright and Shiller, who were dating prior to the Dino Attack. Also Sarah Bishop and Elizabeth Winsor had been in relationships prior.
Everyone Is Related: Katerina Schattenberg is the aunt of Cane and the biological sister of Dr. Rex, who switched bodies with Rex, who is the brother of Chompy, who is the offspring of the alpha female T-Rex and was adopted by Frozeen, who was created by the Brickster and is the adopted son of Dr. Zachary Abody, who used to work with Dr. Rex and General, who is Evil Ogel's brother... Oy vey.
Everyone Is a Suspect: They did say that anyone could be The Mole, and it's notable to say that Specs and Amanda Claw were both top suspects for a time.
Evil Evolves: An Informed Ability of Mutant Lizards is their ability to adapt, making it difficult to defeat Mutant Lizards with the same battle strategy twice. Additionally, various breeds of Mutant Dinosaurs adapted to the cold arctic climate of Antarctica.
Evil Genius: Of all the XERRD scientists, Zed Provhezor probably best fits this trope.
Evil Versus Oblivion: Pretty much the justification for the above cases of Evil Versus Evil. For example, Ogel wishes to rule the world, while Baron Typhonus seeks to destroy it through XERRD, prompting Ogel to ally with Dino Attack Team to help defeat the Maelstrom.
Kate, Dust, and Zachary all made efforts to explore the XERRD fortress on their own (although the former had no real choice in the matter). Kate and Zachary were captured and Dust was discovered snooping around by Minerva.
On two separate occasions in two separate XERRD establishments, Rex and Amanda Claw were part of groups that Explored the Evil Lair.
A mad, brilliant inventor in control of an airship, an army of robots, and a water monster powered by seven emeralds who later betrays him? Well, when you put it like that, Kotua certainly seems like an Expy of Dr. Eggman.
In a time when Amanda Claw's personality was still severely underdeveloped, she nearly became an Expy of Dino Attack RPG's only female primary character at the time, Dromus. How so? Her weapon of choice, a chain whip, was blatantly stolen from Dromus. However, especially following the revelation of her backstory, Amanda's Divergent Character Evolution led to her dropping the chain whip and picking up the knife, helping to distance her from Dromus as well as most other characters.
Toa Antrakha did this twice to his characters who were turned into villains. While enslaved by Dr. Inferno, Spino was an Expy of Duskmon from Digimon Frontier. As Enox Phorm, Raptor became an Expy of the titular creatures from Alien.
Much of Atton Rand's cast that does not consist of Captain Ersatzes often consists of Expies of movie characters, though many of them manage to break off enough from their inspirations to become seperate individuals. Frank Bowman is loosely inspired by Dave Bowman. Cam O'Cozy started as an Expy of Major "King" Kong from the movie Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and ended as an Expy of Ash from Alien, while Dr. Strangebrick is an Expy of the titular character of Dr. Strangelove. Barry Jackson and Giovanni Wade were loosely inspired by characters in Saving Private Ryan. The staff of Outpost 4 drew inspiration from characters in The Thing (1982). Rotor drew inspiration from Lt. Colonel Kilgore from Apocalypse Now, and Lance also drew inspiration from the same movie (his last name was changed to Williams, rather than Johnson as in the film, to seperate him from the movie), Pierce is an expy of the main character from Mash. Cabin's appearance drew some inspiration from Michelle Rodriguez in Avatar, and Trigger was a loose expy of James Woods' performance in John Carpenter's Vampires.
Firecracker is an interesting case. While he was based on a character from the obscure spaghetti Western Duck, You Sucker!, his depiction isn't so much based on the actual movie's depiction of him as a guilt-ridden ex-terrorist as it is the humorous depictions of him in Atton Rand's Downfall Parodies, where he is shown to be a trigger-happy maniac who loves seeing things explode and has made it his life's ambition to blow up Hitler for reasons unknown.
Stromling!Palmer is basically an Expy of Stromling!Zach and Stromling!Ahua, created to fill the gap by the former's Heel-Face Turn and the latter's death.
Silencia Venomosa and Bricassius are Expies of O-Ren Ishii and the crime boss who killed her parents from Kill Bill.
As a friendly raptor partner who follows Demoman around, See the "prototype" Mutant Raptor was developed into an Expy of Rappy from the Rappy "n" Demo series.
Exty Years from Now: Dust is born in 1977, he kills his dad in 1987, he gets a job at the museum in 1997, and he is fired on new years eve of 2007.
French Fries was briefly seen casually talking to Zenna in the Dino Attack Headquarters... apparently completely oblivious to the fact that members of both the idealist and realist sides of the team are inside trying to kill each other, and for that matter the entire conflict that he unintentionally caused.
When Firecracker tried to pull that Taking You with Me stunt, he failed to notice that only a small fraction of the Mutant Dino army was actually inside the building at that point.
Failure Hero: Just look at Rex in the events following Dr. Rex's apparent defeat.
Failure Knight: Libo bears several qualities of a Failure Knight. Due to hubris, his entire organization was decimated by Ogel's forces, forcing Libo to advocate for a replacement organization (Alpha Team). As Little Bot, he worked from behind-the-scenes in Ogel's bases to ensure that Alpha Team would succeed where his own organization had failed.
Fair Play Whodunnit: XERRD's mole, while not too obvious, can be figured out by paying attention to minor details and allowing oneself to distrust anyone. In fact, it was such Fair Play that PeabodySam had to go out of his way to put less emphasis on the real mole and instead focus on Red Herrings.
Fallen Hero: Kotua, Spino, Raptor, Zachary Virchaus, and Oswald Fabello, to name a few examples.
False Gunshot: This happened at least once while the mutant dinos were invading the Dino Attack Camp on Adventurers' Island. Of course it probably felt like this for everyone in the camp when Rotor suddenly arrived with a T-1 Typhoon and began gunning the dinos from above.
Famous Last Words: Considering all the deaths in Dino Attack RPG, this is not going to be a complete list, but here's a few examples:
Frank Einstein: You've... grown up... Uncle Wallace would have been... so... proud."
Adventure: "Hey, Dr. Rex! I've got a message for you! ZNAP YOU!"
Amanda Claw: "Mom...? Dad...? Alfred...? Roger...? Is... is that really you...? I have... I have waited... so long... to see you... again..."
The extremists of the idealist-realist bordered on this trope, attacking anyone with opposing views.
Non-mutated dinosaurs always refer to Mutant Dinos as "abominations".
Minifigs display Fantastic Racism towards Quasifigus Hybrids. Andrew helping Pterisa integrate into Minifig society are him trying to get people to avert this.
Fascinating Eyebrow: Many characters express confusion or amusement with the raise of an eyebrow.
Fate Worse Than Death: Dr. Rex was unable to die due to Baron Typhonus'sDivine Intervention. However, he was still on the brink of death and suffering terrible agony and pain from his wounds and the Maelstrom, compounded with the knowledge that he was the Darkitect's plaything all along. It's not hard to feel a little pity for him in this state.
The Fellowship Has Ended: After the Final Battle, with the dissolving of Dino Attack Team. Most noticeable in Greybeard's goodbyes to Sam Race and Frozeen, and the goodbyes between Zachary, Minerva, Holly, and Zelda.
An extremely rare example in that it's actually somewhat justified. The whole point of the Dino Attack Team was to eliminate the threat of mutant dinosaurs, namely by destroying them.
A much more brutal case occurred with Duke and Cam O'Cozy, whose plan seemed to involve complete genocide against everyone in the team with the slightest idealistic views. It turned out that the latter's target was actually the entire Dino Attack team, and he simply taken advantage of an already intense rivalry between two sides by manipulating the more aggressive one into violence, hoping that a significant number of both would die in the resulting civil war. Of course the whole thing was planned by Dr. Rex, who in addition to programming Cam O'Cozy used the Maelstrom to corrupt Digger's mind.
Fire Breathing Diner: Never eat super-spicy-tongue-melting-jail-cell-door-opening-hot pizza unless you're Aravis, Helmie, or from LEGO Island.
Hotwire and Kat, though admittedly they did have some sort of platonic chemistry from the moment they met.
There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and saving someone's life on mutliple occations like Andrew has for Zach is one of them.
The First Cut Is the Deepest: After Amanda, Rex's first love, was thought to be killed by Fogel, Rex was left so distraught by the experience that he rebuffed the affections of another... only to later realize that the one he was rebuffing was actually a very-alive Amanda!
A minor note on Heavy's profile on the wiki stated that he opened a sandwich shop after being discharged from the army. He also got into a food debate with other Dino Attack agents and argued that sandwiches were the best food. Apparently, Atton Rand took these two minor notes about sandwiches and blew them completely out of proportion, to the point where sandwiches overshadowed everything else about Heavy when he appeared in Atton Rand's posts.
Happens to minor extents for characters certain players aren't quite familiar with. One post between Digger and Solomon Flanderizes Digger's status and agendas with the rest of the team based on somewhat outdated information, protraying him as feeling mistrusted by the other Founding Members and wanting to collaborate with Solomon in secret to more effectively cure Mutant Dinos and not have to kill them all to ensure victory.
When Kotua appeared in the Maelstrom Temple, he was a mere amalgamation of his negative qualities, with most emphasis put on his violently realist outlook, his obsession with making Rex suffer, and his association with Perfect Chaos. However, this is a deliberate and justified example, since this was not the real Kotua, but rather a Stromling disguised as Kotua by the Darkitect's illusions. Most likely, the Darkitect looked into Rex's mind and only picked out the traits of Kotua that would work best in forcing Rex to Face His Fears. Later, when thinking more rationally, Rex was able to recall some of Kotua's other qualities, including the positive ones, besides the ones that were depicted in the Flanderization.
Flipping the Table: After hearing his sister's name from his interrogator, Oswald Fabello flew into a rage and flipped over a table trying to reach the interrogator, Zach.
The Florence Nightingale Effect: Pierce apparently got close to a young Sarah Bishop while taking care of her injuries following an accident. Interestingly, they later rekindled their old romance when they met again, but their places switched, with Sarah now taking care of Pierce's injuries. It's also heavily implied that the former case is how Kate was born.
Rotor, the aggressive commander who tries to think realistically and practically, putting his own personal morals aside and embracing the dark side of the war makes him the perfect foil for Zenna, the kind and compassionate idealist who thinks things through and puts her friends above all else. It's interesting to even note the two different fates of the characters, Zenna ended up paralyzed in one arm and with every bone in her body broken, while Rotor's so far made through most of the war without a scratch.
Lance. the good-natured but trigger-happy rookie is a foil to Kate, the inexperienced rookie who has trouble adjusting to her surroundings.
When they work together, the cranky, pessimistic, and down-to-earth Greybeard is often a Foil to the idealistic and romantic Rex.
When Atton Rand started planning his new primary character, he intentionally tried to make the exact opposite of Zenna. She is a woman, the new character's a man. Zenna was a kind and compassionate idealist, the new guy is a cold, selfish realist. Zenna actually cared for the good of her planet and the cause of the team, he doesn't give a znap and is only in it for the money. The result was the character of Trigger, whom he found a lot more enjoyable.
Interestingly, in the flashback, Montoya arguably serves as a foil to Trigger/Schiess. Whereas Schiess is professional and practical, Montoya is probably the most moral of the group. While Schiess is simply in it for the money Montoya is actually trying to provide for his girlfriend who he seems to genuinely love and is only involved with crime due to financial problems. For that matter, Montoya was the first person out of the lot who objected when Scorsese refused to pay a waitress's tip. Also Montoya was probably the one person who did the least illegal things out of them all, given that he's simply the driver.
Montgonel was partially intended as a foil for Pharisee. Where Pharisee is very "preachy" acting as though he has divine rights to justice, Montgonel is more calm and professional, preferring to follow protocol. Montgonel also thinks more in shades of grey, unlike Pharisee's perceptions of black and white morality. Finally, where Pharisee judges based soley on the crime itself, Montgonel looks more into the details, i.e. motives, background, ect. so while he probably would have nothing against capturing an agent like say... Snake, who was an unrepenetent criminal already charged with bank robbery who had attempted to desert, he would be a bit more lenient toward Montoya, a family man who attempted to kill the woman responsible for killing five of his partners.
An unintentional example, as the two were created by entirely different people, comes from looking at the two semi-religious characters of Shaw and Pharisee. Shaw is a good person and capable doctor, but she is left shy and somewhat insecure in her beliefs, simply finding comfort in her faith. Meanwhile, Pharisee uses his faith to give his life meaning, believing that the world is black and white, and it is his divine right to impart justice on others.
Greybeard's Rousing Speech in Antarctica was intended as a "preview" of Greybeard's speech before the final battle.
Andrew mentioning that he felt, in spite of being about to face Stromling!Zach in a duel, that all would be well by Christmas when they would partcipate in an island-wide celebration. Cue Andrewnuva199's final posts nearly two years later...
Amanda's death and Rex's Heroic Sacrifice were both heavily foreshadowed in Greybeard's flashback/dream sequence.
As Rex was mourning illusion!Amanda's death in the Maelstrom Temple, Stranger's Mutant Lizard arrived to protect him from illusion!Kotua. Although this was Written by the Seat of Your Pants, it served as perfect foreshadowing towards the scene in which Rex was mourning Amanda's actual death in the final battle, and Trouble arrived to protect him from Michelle Glados.
As of November 2005, Dino Attack RPG had a Foregone Conclusion in that Dino Attack Team had to win the war.
Trigger himself outright stated that Silencia killed five of his six partners at Mindstorms, Inc. Given that we actually see Trigger trying to call Montoya, it becomes clear that it doesn't end well for Orange, Scorsese, Verbal, Keaton, or Deniro.
Due to Silencia Venomosa's threat to Michelle Glados, it's obvious that the flashback won't end well for UŠrlig Sindstorme or Edward Korrupte either.
A Form You Are Comfortable With: When he tried to appeal to Lord Sinister, the Darkitect appeared as Baron Typhonus. Only after Lord Sinister rejected his proposal did the Darkitect reveal his true form.
Four Is Death: that guy from that show likes to use the number four and Lutsky drew the four of clubs in Dust's card trick. Imaginary Dust explained that the four of clubs is one of the most ominous cards becuse it is sometimes called "the devil's bedstead".
Four Lines, All Waiting: Every player writes from a different character's perspective, resulting in various interconnected plot threads.
The Adventurers' Island campaign alone was made up of at least 30 different stories. Aside from the actual mission at hand, there was Zach's corruption, Kate's efforts to fit in with the rest of the team, her gradual relationship with Pierce, Rex's quest to form an alliance with the dinosaurs, Rotor's relationship with the rest of the team, and Minerva's efforts to save Zach.
Similarily, the previous story arc had not one, not two, but three different plots going on. Much focus was on the LEGO Island mission, but it wasn't long before we were jumping back and forth between the agents in the Torn World, the mission in Antarctica, the refugee riots, Zenna's exposure of the Antarctica mission and ensuing chaos, an entire civil war going on as the result of a genocidal maniac wanting to murder anyone with the slightest idealistic beliefs, the comic relief provided by Enter and Return, Zenna's working relationship with Pierce in the hospital, and Hotwire and B gallivanting off to find Kat after Cane returned and captured her.
Some of Atton Rand's more recent posts have played this in a more straight forward fashion, shifting between the actual mission though occasionally switching between different individuals involved, Pierce's arrival in Antarctica and his meeting with Sarah Bishop, and the humorous shenanigans of Clint Wayne, Angel Eyes, and the Second Headquarters Squad.
Lutsky's infiltration squad unwittingly massacred a group of Dino Attack Agents disguised as XERRD personnel.
Sometime afterword, a half-asleep Lance was keeping watch with a machine gun on hand, and panicked when he saw two "Stromlings", and opened fire. Turned out he was actually shooting at Kate and Clint Wayne.
Poor Clark, shot through the head because Palmer tricked his teammates into thinking he was a Stromling.
Kate seems to have experienced this during her childhood.
Michelle Glados literally had no friends, which ultimately led to her becoming a bitter loner.
Before joining Alpha Team, Frozeen had very few friends.
Dust never did nor has any desire to have friends. Likely becuse of the emotional barrers he has placed around himslef
Friendly Enemy: This was roughly the relationship between Angel Eyes and Clint Wayne before the war- the two roughest, toughest gunslingers in town, and the only ones stand a chance against each other- and part of why they're able to work together when they're both assigned to Gold City.
Friendly Sniper: Barry Jackson A.K.A. Shotgun. He's quite a likeable guy... just don't give him any reason to target you.
Dr. Ronald Alexander was just an ordinary scientist who grew up in the Great Depression. He would one day become Dr. Rex, the monstrous and maddened Mutant T-Rex who leads the Maelstrom's forces in the apocalypse itself.
Amanda Remous was only a young and innocent girl when her parents were murdered. She would later become one of the most infamous assassins in LEGOLAND.
Zachary Virchaus was just an average LEGO Island civilian. When he was corrupted into a Stromling, he became one of the most dangerous (and hammiest) generals serving the Maelstrom.
X.E.R.R.D.note Xenon Elite Researchers Regarding Destruction. During the Dino Attack, Destruction was changed to Dinosaurs but the acronym remained the same.
Funetik Aksent: Spy, Heavy, Medic, and Zed Provhezor have varying levels of a stereotypical East European Funetik Aksent. Spy's accent pronounces "th" as "z", Heavy's accent pronounces "w" as "v", Medic's accent combines Spy and Heavy's accents and pronounces "s" as "z" and "f" as "v", and Zed Provhezor's accent is Medic's accent plus replacing "c" with "k". Additionally, Heavy drops his articles, while Medic and Provhezor use a few German words such as "und" and "ja". The sentence "Yes, I was at the car dealership the other day and purchased a Volkswagen, but then I crashed it and it caught on fire" would be pronounced the following ways:
Spy: "Yes, I was at ze car dealership ze ozer day and purchased a Volkswagen, but zen I crashed it and it caught on fire."
Heavy: "Yes, I vas at car dealership other day and purchased Volksvagen, but then I crashed it and it caught on fire."
Medic: "Ja, I vaz at ze car dealership ze ozer day und purchazed a Volkzvagen, but zen I crashed it und it caught on vire."
Provhezor: "Ja, I vaz at ze kar dealership ze ozer day und purchazed a Volkzvagen, but zen I krashed it und it kaught on vire."