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Dino Attack RPG: Tropes G to L
Tropes A-F | Tropes G-L | Tropes M-R | Tropes S-Z

Dino Attack RPG provides examples of:

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    G 
  • G Day Mate: Hunter 2000, Adventure, Sniper, and other Australian characters tend to talk like this.
  • Gas Chamber: The entire XERRD Fortress facility once the Deadly Gas defense system was activated.
  • Gatling Good: Heavy's specialty. Minerva ended up using one after her Fire Hammer was downed by Oswald.
  • Gender Neutral Writing: In the Maelstrom Temple, to reflect the ignorance of his characters, PeabodySam refrained from identifying Pterisa's gender. Amusingly, although PeabodySam struggled to play the trope straight, Brikman McStudz simply averted the trope by using "her" right off the bat.
  • General Ripper: Ronald E. Army used to be one of these (or so he thought), and Rotor comes dangerously close.
  • Genius Bruiser: Blaire Darkling is said to be this.
  • Genius Cripple: Subverted. Shannon Grimton is a biomedical engineer and technology expert, but she learned all this before breaking both her legs in the Dino Attack and being confined to a wheelchair, so her Genius is unrelated to her Cripple.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Evil Ogel appears quite aware that Rex has an uncanny ability to survive.
    • Amanda Claw, when it comes to disposing of bodies.
    • Rex, Reptile, and other characters have mused that XERRD seems to follow nearly every villain cliche, right down to Herr Doktor.
    • Anybody from LEGO Island, apparently. This includes Andrew and Zachary.
    • Stranger too, to a lesser extent.
  • Genre Shift: Granted it's very hard to determine exactly what genre this would be, but different writers lean toward different angles. While it could be consistently classified as a war story, Between That Guy and Atton Rand it comes closer to science fiction of varying degrees of hardness, with efforts to keep things semi-grounded in reality; whereas Andrewnuva treats it more like fantasy. Many of Atton Rand's later posts could almost border on cosmic horror on a potentially Lovecraftian scale, while Andrewnuva199's still opted for the relatively lighthearted tone of the source material.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Doctor Solomon Koplowitz.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • In fiction, swearing is good because it conveys strong emotion. On BZPower, swearing is not good and is censored. The solution? Take non-offensive terms and use them as cusswords.
    • For a LEGO RPG on the family-friendly website BZPower, Dino Attack RPG does contain (some subtle, others not-so-subtle) references to sex, drugs, and alcohol.
    • A minor one, specifically referring to BZPower's radar. At the time At War's End was written, the website's policy still forbid members from so much as mentioning YouTube. Still, Andrew was able to get away with mentioning "the YTP method".
    • In the Maelstrom Temple, Henderson had an Oh Crap moment when he realized that "Kate" was actually a Stromling. What happens when you combine a Last-Second Word Swap with an order to fire? "Holy... Shoot!"
    • In one of Ronald E. Army's nonsensical rants, what exactly stained the white flag so it turned yellow?
    • When Solomon and Trigger are arguing, an amused Shiller asks if he sould get a ruler. It could be a juvenile measure of who is taller, but it could also be a measure of something else...
    • On the eve of the final battle, Wright and Shiller decided that there was some "weird business" they needed to take care of.
    • Generally, BZPower frowns on religious discussion (which is understandable due to it being a family-friendly website). Shaw and Pharisee are both characters who are in a way religious or spiritual. It helps somewhat that Atton Rand and That Guy From that Show, their respective players, are generally vague on exactly what religion they are (Pharisee quotes The Bible, but it's never actually been said that he is Christian or that he believes in God- likewise Shaw wears a cross, but her prayers are never described in detail, and it is partially hinted that while she believes in faith, she is undecided on what faith to believe in).
    • After the initial controversy over the notion of Andrea Jackson being gay, Atton Rand initially opted to continue to include those elements, but to downplay them and keep them as subtle as possible (starting with Maria and Andrea holding hands, references to Andrea's old spouse "Sam", and a brief moment in which it was heavily implied they had been engaging in intercourse, but Maria tried to cover it up). Later on once the disputes were settled he was able to get more explicit with their relationship.
    • Holly Vinyaya and Zelda Frodongan were probably not betting on when Zach and Minerva would go see some landmark on LEGO Island...
  • Giant Squid: The Octosaur and Mutant Vinscale Octomus.
  • The Ghost: In a humorous shout-out to The Usual Suspects, there have been a few passing references to "Keyser Soze", a crime boss (one who Pierce believed to be a myth). Given the film actually treats Soze as a mythical figure (an in the process makes him even more terrifying), a Keyser Soze Captain Ersatz does not appear in the RPG.
  • Ghost City: LEGO City was initially this, although it is been somewhat repaired and some of the population is back. However, it is still played with Sandy Bay and other cities occasionally visited.
  • Ghost Town: Gold City.
  • Ghost Planet: This was pretty much the state of the LEGO Planet in December 21, 2010.
  • Gladiator Games: GAIA Squad was forced to partake in these.
  • The Glasses Come Off: Inverted; Frank Einstein's Wham Line came as the result of him putting on the glasses.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Ben Gunn.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Oswald Fabello finally snapped upon realizing that Baron Typhonus was truly alive.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Amanda and Trouble. Adventure too, according to Word of God.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The Einstein Device is reserved for only this sort of occasion.
  • Going to Give It More Energy: The Overloader's function.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid:
    • Chompy sought the aid of the dinosaurs and TumTum tribesmen during the battle for the Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins.
    • Dino Attack Team asked Alpha Team for aid during the final battle.
  • Gone Horribly Right: XERRD intended to make Rex act like a Minifig. They succeeded... a little too well.
  • Good Is Not Nice:
    • Trigger.
    • Commander Pharisee, Head of Internal Affairs.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars:
    • Greybeard has a cool scar over his eye.
    • General received some nasty burns as General Evil.
    • Scratch also has multiple scars on his face, primarily from his work with Sam Sinister.
    • Talia Kaahs received some nasty scars across her face, harshly averting Beauty Is Never Tarnished.
  • Good Shepherd: Shaw seems to have some elements of this.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Smoking usually designates that a character is either a badass or a jerkass.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Although characters Pardon My Klingon most of the time nowadays, sometimes they resort to this. Usually more common earlier on in the RPG's lifetime.
  • Grand Theft Prototype:
    • As seen in Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG, this was how Alpha Team got hold of the Silver Scorpion.
    • Dino Attack Team stole one of XERRD's Dino Track Transports and, by modifying Iron Predator blueprints, subsequently started building Dino Track Transports of their own.
  • Gratuitous German:
    • Kuru met an unnamed XERRD scientist who only spoke German.
    • Zed Provhezor and Medic will throw in some German (usually "ja" and "und") into their English speech.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Señor Palomar will throw in some Spanish into his English speech.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: The stormy weather during the Final Battle easily turned into this as a result of Rex going into an Angst Coma following Amanda's death.
  • Graying Morality: Many of Atton Rand's earlier posts started off as standard black-and-white morality, with the kind and compassionate Zenna with her loyal friends against definitely evil characters. When the idealist-realist feud broke out, he specifically portrayed the idealists as good and the realists as downright evil. During the Adventurers' Island campaign meanwhile, he introduced Rotor, the aggressive and outright brutal realist as a good guy
  • Great White Hunter: Sniper and Adventure both have traits of this trope, especially in their pre-Dino Attack lives.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Dr. Rex, whose first true act of evil was kidnapping Talia Kaahs on her wedding day out of jealousy.
  • The Grim Reaper: The spirit from Greybeard's dream. To a much lesser extent, Frozeen as The Phantom.
  • The Grotesque: Pterisa.
  • Gun Twirling: Clint Wayne enjoys doing this from time to time.
  • The Gunslinger: Clint Wayne and Angel Eyes.
  • Guttural Growler: Dr. Rex in his Mutant T-Rex form.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Zachary Virchaus used a knife while Minerva Fabello used a gun in the Maelstrom Temple. Zig-Zagged later on during the fight with Blaire Darkling; Minerva and Holly shot, Zach alternated between shooting and smashing, and Zelda smashed.

    H 
  • Had the Silly Thing in Reverse: As a Shout-Out to Independence Day, Rex's first attempt to drive an Iron Predator after several months of inactivity resulted in driving in reverse because the control instructions were accidentally placed upside-down.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Clint Wayne once nearly shot Cabin because of this.
  • Half-Human Hybrid:
    • The Quasifigus Hybrids.
    • Landro, Stealth, and, briefly, Databoard also count.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Poor Randal. Before he died, his lower half was disintegrated by Paulie Gonepus's Maelaser.
  • Halloween Episode: One of PeabodySam's posts, written on October 31, 2010, was intended as a Halloween Episode as it prominently featured Stromlings and Skeleton Mummies.
  • Hand Wave:
    • How did XERRD fit a Mutant T-Rex, LEGO's largest non-Creator dinosaur, in a disguise the size of a Minifig? Some sort of shrinking serum that reacts with oxygen. But, if you think that's bad, PeabodySam's original explanation was even worse: XERRD just somehow stuffed Rex into that disguise really, really well.
    • How did Axle suddenly end up at Eldorado Fortress? Teleporter malfunction.
  • Handicapped Badass: Rex.
  • Hanging Judge: Rotor's already pretty aggressive on the battlefield. If you want the defendant to live, you should keep him out of the court room. French Fries, too.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Dust is a master of this trope.
  • Hardboiled Detective: Bogart.
  • Has Two Mommies: A non-homosexual example; Minerva was raised by her two older brothers for the better part of eight years before Tod died.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Pharisee
  • He's Back: Rex after recovering from his Heroic BSOD during the Final Battle. And he's back... with a vengeance!
  • He's Dead, Jim: Especially in PeabodySam's writing, a sure way to tell if a character was Killed Off for Real is if that character coughs up blood, goes limp (especially if that character's hand is held by another character), and/or stares off into oblivion.
  • The Heart: Zenna, Rex, and Pierce.
  • The Heartless: Stromlings.
  • Heartwarming Orphan:
    • Kate, though she's technically not an orphan seeing as her mother is still alive and well, but she still experienced a rough childhood, never knew her own father, and lost the only other close relative at a young age.
    • Mary Rose, who softened Greybeard's heart after he found her alone in the streets of LEGO City, both her parents killed by Mutant Raptors.
  • Heel Face Door Slam: This was Pterisa's greatest fear. She knew that having a place in a post-war society meant that she had to make sure Dino Attack Team trusted her and knew that she was on their side; however, she feared that the reputation of Quasifigus Hybrids meant that, if they discovered her identity, she would forever lose her chance at gaining their trust. Once the Darkitect figured this out, he attempted to slam the door in her face by revealing her identity and reminding the present Dino Attack agents of the Quasifigus Hybrids' untrustworthy history. Fortunately, thanks to Andrew, Amanda, and Rex, it didn't work.
  • Heel-Face Turn:
    • Of the five villains allied with Dino Attack Team, General is the only one who performed a Heel-Face Turn.
    • Dr. Strangebrick and Dr. Cyborg have arguably performed heel face turns seeing as they are both former XERRD scientists now working with the Dino Attack team.
    • In a very Darth Vader-esque example, not only does Minerva’s suffering force Zach to change his ways but overthrow the big boss and save the girl.
    • XERRD itself pulled a Heel-Face Turn in the final battle, seeing the error of their ways and join the Dino Attack Team in stopping the Mutant Dinos.
  • Heel Race Turn: Subverted by the Quasifigus Hybrids. They appear to have switched sides twice during the war: first a Heel-Face Turn, then a Face-Heel Turn. However, they never actually were on Dino Attack Team's side; they were working for XERRD the whole time, and their Heel Face Turn was just a ploy and thus there was no real Face Heel Turn.
  • Heel Realization: What ultimately led to General's Heel-Face Turn. Rex also had a Heel Realization in the form of a Tomato in the Mirror. Garry also had a turn of sorts, when he started to feel bad about his role in torturing Jenny.
    • Dust had his Heel Realization at the last possible moment. While he stood atop the steps of the temple, he came to the sudden realization he was a jerk. Sadly, he was shot moments later.
    • Many members of XERRD, including Blaire Darkling, William Lee, Robert Nicholas, and Alvin Gadd, began to realize that their so-called destiny to repopulate the planet with dinosaurs was nothing more than a plot by Baron Typhonus to destroy the LEGO Planet. As a result, Blaire Darkling had XERRD align itself with the Dino Attack Team to fix its mistakes.
    • Oswald Fabello had one upon realizing Baron Typhonus was alive and had manipulated the entire Dino Attack.
    • It's debatable, but after nearly being killed by a High-Voltage Half-Track, Dr. Rex might have had one. Rex, at least, was trying to invoke this trope by drawing out Dr. Rex's death long enough for him to reflect upon all the pain and suffering that he caused when he created the Dino Attack. It's also worth noting that Dr. Rex did not want to continue the fight when he was possessed by the Darkitect and allowed himself to be killed by the Einstein Device, though how much of this was affected by a Heel Realization versus affected by being a Death Seeker is unknown.
  • Hellish Copter: The T-1 Typhoon used by Rex, Hotwire, and Zyra to travel to the Goo Caverns was probably the least safe method of traveling to Ogel's Island imaginable.
    • And then there's the Talon after it became Maelstrom-infected...
  • The Hermit: Ben Gunn.
  • The Hero Dies: Rex.
  • Hero Killer: General Evil, prior to his Heel-Face Turn.
  • Hero of Another Story: Many of the recurring NPCs who are off on their own adventures when they are not in the spotlight.
  • Heroic BSOD:
    • The goal of the Darkitect's illusions. He succeeded in giving Rex, Katerina, Minerva, and Hotwire Heroic BSODs, although the effects did not last as long as he had hoped.
    • Andrew hit a minor BSOD upon realizing fully that LEGO Island, his hometown whose salvation was a major factor in him signing up for the team, had vanished into the Torn World.
    • Pterisa suffered a massive Heroic BSOD once the Darkitect revealed her identity to the Dino Attack Team. One moment, she was confident and stoic. Her Heroic BSOD left her extremely fragile and insecure.
    • Sam Race crashed hard after he failed to save his father, and he never fully recovered.
    • Rex was suffering a massive Heroic BSOD after the deaths of Amanda and Trouble, leaving him in an Angst Coma.
    • Minerva suffered a minor Heroic BSOD after Athena's death. She then entered another one after killing Oswald, only forcing herself out of it after being goaded by the Darkitect into keep fighting and to avenge her fallen family.
    • Kate had one for a while but recovered enough to help in the final battle. However, the aftereffects of said Heroic BSOD include PTSD.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: The entire Second Headquarters Squad in one form or another, but Heavy is probably the worst. Of course, it should hardly come as a surprise given their inspiration.
  • Heroic Safe Mode: Rex is prone to this. The results range from rescuing Dr. Einstein from a Mutant Raptor while using only rope to beating a Mutant Lizard to death with a metal pipe after it threatened Amanda Claw.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Trouble's Heroic Second Wind is probably the most notable, since he got up from being mortally wounded, withstood being shot several more times, and was able to kill Michelle Glados with his dying breaths.
  • Heroic Willpower:
    • Amanda Claw is the only known individual to have been infected with Mutant Dino serum and fought off the mental effects through sheer willpower alone. It still transformed her into a Mutant T-Rex, though.
    • Pterisa had enough mental willpower to break free of the Maelstrom's control and Dr. Rex's enslavement.
    • ADO Captain Yena reversed Maelstrom infection with nothing but his own mind.
  • Herr Doktor:
    • Frank Einstein.
    • While they are not actually German, Medic and Zed Provhezor hail from Barron, which is essentially a stereotypical expy of Germany.
  • Hesitation Equals Dishonesty: Every time. For instance, when Rex was bluffing about Dr. Rex being a distant relative, he took very long pauses between his words.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Cabin may be a tough pilot under normal circumstances, but she is still the only agent to have gained any sense of trust from a captured XERRD teenager, and has since gone out of her way to ensure that both XERRD prisoners are given fair treatment.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: Before (the imposter) Pyro's gender reveal, Pyro's wiki page stated that he had a wife and kids. When Pyro was revealed to actually be a woman, this made Pyro the Dino Attack RPG's first explicitly homosexual character. However, as not everyone was not happy with this revelation and wanted Pyro to remain heterosexual, PeabodySam changed Pyro's biography from "wife and kids" to a more generic "family" to avoid any further controversies. This, of course, gave rise to certain Unfortunate Implications. Ultimately, this was averted when Andrea Jackson Orange and Maria shared a kiss.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: Baron Typhonus did not actually appear until the last few months of this seven-year-long RPG. In that time, he revealed himself to be The Man Behind the Man and ultimately took control of Dr. Rex's body.]] Lampshaded by the comm chatter in the Final Battle.
  • Hired Guns:
    • Trigger. He isn't really an agent so much as a mercenary who's willing to fight with them because he was offered money.
    • Also in the past, Silencia Venemosa, as well as Trigger's colleagues Montoya, Deniro, Orange, and Keaton.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Two examples by Dr. Rex in the Final Battle. First, he wore armor fashioned from silge metal, which is completely invincible... but, like all metal, is a high electrical conductor, allowing Adventure to deal a particularly-excruciating almost-death blow upon Dr. Rex with his High-Voltage Half-Track. Then, the Maelstrom experiments he performed plus his self-induced Mutant Dino mutation allowed the Darkitect to take control of his body, giving him a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: The Einstein Device, being an Instant-Win Condition, had to be held back until the very last moment. This has been justified since the Einstein Device was largely experimental, leaving it unfinished and untested by the time of the Final Battle. Most of the later stages of the battle were devoted to finishing the device, which was also dangerously close malfunctioning at the time, and it could not be fired until Viper had a clear shot at Dr. Rex.
  • Holding Hands: Considering the amount of love stories in the seven-year-old RPG, it would be too impractical to list every time this happened.
  • Holier Than Thou: Pharisee.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Rex's chest pains, although slightly justified in that it's not actually a normal heart attack and actually a side effect of the Maelstrom poisoning his body.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Hertz is a type 2.
  • Hologram: The messages contained within the chess pieces from Frank Einstein.
  • Holy Hitman: Pharisee.
  • Hospital Hottie: Naomi Carver.
  • Hostage Situation: Done numerous times to poor Kate Bishop in the Maelstrom, first by Rotor and then by Walter Breen. In Rotor's case, it would have failed to work, because shooting Kate would have prompted Wallace Bishop to shoot Rotor; Walter Breen, on the other hand, was using Kate as a Human Shield.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: Not in Dino Attack RPG itself, but on April Fools' Day 2010, Dr. Rex hacked the wiki and turned it into a XERRD propaganda website.
  • Hot Scientist: Dr. Provencal and Crusher.
  • Human Shield: Stromling!Zachary used Holly Vinyaya as one, and Kate Bishop became Walter Breen's Human Shield as part of his Hostage Situation. Blaire Darkling later used Zachary as one.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Dust's philosophy for most of his life.
  • The Hunter: Scratch.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: The Trope Namer was referenced by Stromling Zachary as he prepared to hunt down Frozeen and Greybeard.
  • Hydra Problem: If one of the Mutant Vinscale Octomus's tentacles were severed, two more would grow back in its place.
  • Hypocritical Humour:
    • Zed Provhezor mockingly told Rex a variation of the Sorry Billy, But You Just Don't Have Legs trope. Look who's talking...
    • Rotor talking to Snake about how absurd it is that they let unrepentant criminals into the team in exchange for pardons... lampshaded when Rotor cuts himself off upon remembering that he himself is a war criminal guilty of attempted murder and torturing a child.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Towards the end of At War's End, that guy from that show started working on a cast list for a hypothetical film adaptation and asked his fellow players for actor suggestions. Note that this cast list is largely based on the actors' credentials rather than their appearances, so the casting picks are not intended to give readers a better mental image of characters' appearances.

    I 
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: In the original version of Rev Raptor's Heroic Suicide, he asked Banchicto to do the deed. However, since Banchicto was retconned into Canon Discontinuity in order to work with modern RPG canon, this trope no longer applies.
  • I Die Free: Trouble.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: As a child, Kate never really had any close friends aside from her mother. She still has trouble getting along with the rest of the team, although she has recently started to form a bond with Pierce.
  • I Know What You Fear: Type 3 example with Baron Typhonus.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Andrew tries this before fighting Stromling Zach during Mutant Dino attack in the camp. It was later used by both Minerva and Andrew while fighting Zach in the Temple of Hotep III.
  • I Let Gwen Stacy Die: How Rex felt after the death of Amanda Claw.
  • The "I Love You" Stigma: In his senior year of high school, Frozeen made the mistake of finally confessing his love to Shannon Grimton... while she was already in a relationship with another man.
  • I Was Quite a Looker:
    • In his youth, General was considerably handsome. Assuming the recurring male figure in Ben Gunn's photographs is a younger version of himself, he was also handsome in his youth.
    • Subverted with Dr. Rex and Katerina Schattenberg, who are ''still'' (to a degree) lookers.
  • I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin: J.D., Tracer, Frank Einstein, and Rex, with the MacGuffin in question being their Creative Sparks which would be used to stop the Maelstrom.
  • I'm Not Afraid Of You: Said by Rex to Rotor during his speech about fear versus respect, to enforce the idea that Rex had greater authority than Rotor.
  • Immortality Begins at Twenty: Dr. Rex began injecting himself with Jugend Serum when he was 27 years old. Kat appears to be in her mid-twenties.
  • Immortality Inducer: Jugend Serum for Dr. Rex, Kat for Katerina Schattenberg.
  • Immortality Seeker: One of the few qualities shared by Dr. Rex and Katerina Schattenberg; neither of them cared to suffer the ravages of age if they could avoid it.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: A whole Maelstrom Temple of XERRD Space Marauders and Sorcerers... and not one of them could hit Rex, Amanda, or Rotor. Lampshaded by Walter Breen.
  • Implacable Man: Between his silge armor and Baron Typhonus's Divine Intervention, Dr. Rex was essentially invincible during the Final Battle.
  • Impossibly Delicious Food: Brickolini's pizza. At least, for everyone not in the Bishop family.
  • Impostor Exposing Test: In a Shout-Out to The Thing (1982), Copper proposed a test for identifying Stromlings that involved mixing their blood with uncontaminated blood. Unfortunately, in yet another shout-out to the same movie, Outpost 31's blood samples were sabotaged before the test could be implemented. Atton Rand toyed with using a similar method to the blood test that ultimately was used in the movie, but this never actually made it into the RPG.
  • Impoverished Patrician: Dust realized he was one after researching his genealogy. He was descended from the kings of Egypt but was born to an alcoholic father and a drug addicted mother. Both were horrible and pathetic people and dishonored the family name. When Dust left, the knowledge of his royal heritage was all he had.
  • Improbable Age: Dust became a respected archeologist at the Cairo museum at age 20.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Silencia Venomosa was able to throw a switchblade at a fleeing Keaton and successfully land it in his spine.
  • In Medias Res: Dino Attack RPG begins anywhere from a week to a month after the Dino Attack officially started in April 2010. At this point, Mutant Dinos are already widespread and Rex is already an Elite Agent.
  • In the Blood:
    • According to Word Of God, this trope was heavily involved in Frozeen's relationship with Baron von Brickthief and decision to go into hiding and become The Phantom.
    • Rev Raptor was afraid that this trope would cause him to follow in the footsteps of his father Landro, so he committed suicide to prevent this from happening.
  • In the Hood: Anyone wearing a Black Cloak.
  • In Your Nature to Destroy Yourselves: The fate of Mutant Dinosaurs in December 21, 2010.
  • Indy Escape:
    • Rex rolled a boulder after Phantom's Blizzard Blaster.
    • Sam Sinister's squad had to escape a rolling boulder.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Manly Tears are not common in Dino Attack RPG. Instead, expect red eyes, runny noses, and uncontrollable sobbing. Hertz, Frozeen, and Rex are all victims of this trope.
  • Inescapable Net:
    • In his days as a Fluffy Tamer, Rex had dozens of Inescapable Nets.
    • ShadowTech used Inescapable Nets quite often... which is why several ShadowTech agents were stumped that Rex managed to escape from one of them.
  • The Infiltration: Perhaps thanks to its Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG predecessor, Dino Attack RPG reeks of this trope. Examples of Infiltrations include Dr. Rex planting Rex in the Dino Attack Team (which led to Rex Becoming the Mask), XERRD planting The Mole in Dino Attack Team, Dino Attack Team planting a Reverse Mole in XERRD, and the infiltration squads Dressing as the Enemy while sneaking about the XERRD Fortress.
  • Informal Eulogy: Doctor Cyborg's informal but heartfelt eulogy of Dust which was carved into the wall of the temple of Hotep III.
    Inside these walls lies Gahiji "Dust" Thutmose.
    May the temple he was
    devoted to in life,
    Become his resting place
    in death.
    He acted like a jerk,
    but seemed to be changing
  • Informed Attribute: Sometimes, the way a character is depicted is not exactly how the character is described.
    • Informed Ability: Rex is incredibly skilled with ropes, even though he only uses ropes about three or four times the entire RPG. Aster Oid, Greybeard, Sam Race, King Joseph Race, and Sir Robert Batrick are apparently skilled racers, but we've only really seen Sam Race behind the wheel. Many other examples exist. Mostly, these are The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.
      • Mutant Lizards (and by extension, Quasifigus lacteriilia) are said to be adaptable, never falling for the same trick twice. This really has not been displayed much in Dino Attack RPG, though. Although, numerous times in the final battle, it was mentioned that Greybeard and Frozeen had to occasionally switch tactics to keep the Mutant Lizards from adapting.
      • Kat, who is supposedly an expert in security systems, has never demonstrated this beyond escaping a pair of handcuffs.
      • Hertz is said to be an expert in cryptology and linguistics but has never exhibited this skill.
      • Trigger is described as cold and logical, but all of his actions so far have shown him to be hotheaded and almost entirely ruled by emotion.
      • Trigger was hired by Dino Attack Team for his driving skills... and we've never seen him behind the wheel.
    • Informed Flaw: Frozeen's Asperger's syndrome, which, despite the character's eight-year-long literary history, never really presented itself until the last few months when Gromtin was introduced.
    • Informed Islam: Word of God says Dust is Muslum, however there is no evidence that he follows the faith since he comes off as a skeptic and drinks liquor. Given his background, a rational explanation would be that he is of Islamic descent, and maybe grew up learning Islamic culture, but Dust himself is not very religious and so does not follow the all of standard traditions.
    • Informed Judaism: Word of God says that Frank Einstein is Jewish. Given his namesake, this shouldn't be too much of a surprise.
      • Dr. Solomon Koplowitz is also Jewish.
    • Informed Loner: Despite Voltage, Kai, Hammer, Magma, and Reptile being Informed Loners, they all ended up working closely with other Dino Attack agents.
  • Innocent Bystander: Trigger's flashback contained a few unfortunate bystanders who happened to be in the way of his illegal job. Of particular note is the unnamed truck driver that was murdered when his cargo was hijacked (though that was self-defense, as he did try to pull a gun), Edward Korrupte's secretary Ursula Bennett who was shot during the heist, and even Dust became one briefly.
    • According to Amanda, one of the reasons that the Korrupte assassination is so infamous is because it apparently involved the deaths of many Innocent Bystanders.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: The scene in which Rex learned that Frank Einstein was no longer working in the Dino Attack Hospital Wing, which ultimately set into motion the events leading up to the reveal of the Reverse Mole.
  • Insane Admiral: French Fries.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Andrew Jackson.
  • Insane Troll Logic: French Fries claimed he chose his codename because "It's a codename so stupid it'll be the last codename anyone expects".
  • Insanity Immunity: Whenever Frozeen goes insane, his mind is essentially shielded.
  • Inspector Javert: Pharisee had a few traits of this during the mole hunt, especially when he was convinced that Silencia Venomosa was behind the murders.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: Valencia and the Maelstrom Dragons.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha: Subverted by the infamous BIONICLE Meets Exo-Force RPG incident.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Kareem Nazareno and Clarke Deadworth.
  • Instant Emergency Response: Justified in most instances. J.D.'s murder recieved a quick response because it was inside the medical tent, right in front of at least three Doctors. The sudden death of Engineer arguably recieved similar, as did Medic.
    • Turned Up to Eleven in a non-justified example that is probably considered non-canon is that Amanda's body was brought in by the medical department... before her body was even retrieved. Atton Rand admitted to somehow missing that crucial fact.
  • Instant-Win Condition: The Einstein Device had (and used) the ability to wipe out practically the entire Mutant Dino army without turning LEGO City into a nuclear fallout zone. Because of this, PeabodySam went to great measures to make sure that preparing the Einstein Device required teamwork and cooperation from other players, and during the Final Battle against Dr. Rex, the Einstein Device could only be fired when Viper had a clear shot at Dr. Rex from aboard the Amanda.
  • Intellectual Animal: Most dinosaurs.
  • Intelligence Equals Isolation: Hertz was like this before he joined the Dino Attack Team, but he developed more social skills since working with them.
  • Intended Audience Reaction: Atton Rand feels repulsed by Andrewnuva199's illustration of Pterisa, which was the exact impression that PeabodySam wanted Pterisa's appearance to invoke.
    • Brikman McStudz's pity for Dr. Rex, understanding that he is a tragic pawn of the Maelstrom, was the intended reaction PeabodySam was hoping for.
  • Intentional Engrish: A few Shout Outs in the comm chatter.
  • Interspecies Friendship: So much of this apparently exists between Minifigs and dinosaurs. There's also the partnerships of Andrew, Pterisa, and Laxus, Stromling Zach and Cranky, and Raptor and Valencia.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Subverted by Rex and Amanda. When they realized that they were not of the same species, they dropped their relationship. On the other hand, after a freak accident that permanently turned Rex into a Minifig, their relationship was free to continue.
    • Played straight by Andrew and Pterisa, ultimately, although somewhat downplayed due to the fact that Pterisa is half-Minifig.
  • Inventional Wisdom: Neither the Brickspider Bot v1.0 nor Cyber-Bully were quite sure why Evil Ogel's underground compounds came with doorbells.
  • It Can Think: Jones, Wilkes, and Henderson had a debate regarding how sentient the Maelstrom could be, with Jones believing that It Can Think. Jones was right.
  • It Runs in the Family:
  • It Will Never Catch On: After Zach gets a pink pony toy for Christmas from a game of Dirty Brickster, Laxus looks up the series its from and notes there's a TV show based around it that's getting positive remarks. Andrew doesn't think much of it.
  • It's A Small World After All:
    • In less than a year, Rex has met some of the biggest names in the LEGO Universe.
    • Somehow Barry Jackson keeps bumping into old army buddies by chance. On Adventurers' Island alone there was Wade, Garry, and Teri.
    • In a flashback intended to develop the relationship between Trigger and Amanda Claw, many other major characters from the Dino Attack made appearances, including Gahiji Thutmose, Kate Bishop, Sarah Bishop, Minerva Fabello, and Walter Breen.
  • It's a Wonderful Failure: December 21, 2010.
  • It's Going Down:

    J 
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Clint Wayne may initially seem ruthless and amoral, but he is still responsible for saving a large group of agents from being executed by Rotor and he did promise Pierce that he would ensure Kate's safety while the two of them were alone in the jungle.
    • Greybeard can be a real jerk at times, such as when he mutinied against Rex and nearly killed Sauro-Hunter because he disagreed with their morals, but he does have a very soft spot in his heart, especially seen when he cares for Mary Rose.
    • While Trigger seems to be pretty cold, his relationship with Snake and Carrie Enderson does seem to suggest that he is in fact capable of making friends.
  • Jerkass: Dust, Lutsky, and Trigger.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Dust was right oh so many times.
    • Atton Rand tried to invoke this with Trigger a few times, notable examples being him pointing out why charging headlong into an army of Stromling in front of the Maelstrom temple was a bad idea and having very good reason to suspect Silencia Venemosa of being The Mole. In the case of the former, everybody hated Trigger so much that they seemed to deliberately ignore and contradict everything he said despite a perfectly legit explanation being given several times, while in the case of the latter it turned out that Silencia Venemosa was just a really good Red Herring Mole, who PeabodySam was deliberately using to throw people off the actual mole.
  • Judge, Jury, and Executioner: This is why you should keep Rotor and French Fries out of the courtroom.
  • Judgment of Solomon: After Rex attacks French Fries, Pharisee resolves to beat up French Fries himself so neither French Fries's supporters nor Rex's supporters would take offense, althought it would have made more sense to beat up Rex.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Dr. Rex always was losing his mental stability, but at a very slow rate. Through the Darkitect's manipulation and the Dino Attack, he's really lost it in the past few months.
  • Just A Flesh Wound: Played straight alot in the earlier RPG. Zenna once got her arm bitten by a Mutant T-Rex and recovered as though nothing happened. Averted more recently, with both Rex and Zenna suffering permanent damage (the latter also very nearly bled to death).
  • Just a Stupid Accent:
  • Just Before the End: The RPG is about a world being destroyed by mutant dinosaurs, with the entire LEGO Planet's population being confined to cramped facilities in Antarctica, which were badly damaged in several riots. Granted, there is hope that the actual invasion will be stopped, but restoring society is easier said than done.
  • Just Friends: Minerva claimed that she and Zach were this. However, it was apparent before and after her statement that their feelings for each other was beyond being "just friends".
    • Averted with Kat and Hotwire, who actually are just friends. Given their behavior, plus Howire's rant to Shiller and Wright about how the word "just" devalues friendship by implying it is somehow less than romantic love, perhaps this is actually more of a subversion.

    K 
  • Kangaroo Court: Rotor's court-martial and French Fries's trial.
  • Kansas City Shuffle: The most obvious evidence towards Scout being The Mole, a shady phone call while he was alone, was used by Ata to distract Specs while he himself continued to operate as a mole right under Specs's nose.
  • Karma Houdini: Rotor almost got punished for his court-martial, but got out due to things getting out of control. Otherwise he's also more or less gotten away scott-free with torturing a child while the Garry (who actually felt bad about it and tried to put a stop to it) ends up taking the blame.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Despite Nazareno's status as a sci-fi ninja-type guy, he primarily uses two golden katanas to fight everything from cutting down fortress guards to shattering the skull of a Mutant Raptor. Enforced by Solomon Koplowitz and Zelda Frodongan.
    • Rule of Cool is definitely at play here as well, given that real-life katanas — while indeed incredibly sharp — are not all that strong.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: Despite Sgt. Ronald E. Army being a Blood Knight who thinks he's a general, the LEGOLAND president allows Army to maintain his rank since it was safer to keep Army in the military and thus always monitor his actions than to discharge him and potentially let him become a loose cannon.
  • Keystone Army: All Mutant Dinos have Maelstrom in their bodies. Imagination is Maelstrom's only known weakness. Meaning, if you have enough Imagination...
  • Kick the Dog: Rotor had a quite a few of these for a good guy. Among such moments are arresting an entire T-1 crew because the pilot disobeyed orders and then trying to have them all shot, ordering Kate (an innocent and inexperienced teenager) to enter a fortress filled with toxins on her own, and of course there is his habit of scaring his enemies by playing classical music.
  • Kill 'em All: December 21, 2010 ended with the entire world blowing up, and an explicit description saying that none of the six main characters survived. It's made more heartbreaking by the references to some of the most likable characters having died long before, meaning this small group of people were the only ones left.
    • While it was established that Minifig life exists on other planets, the destruction of their home world and largest population would be harsh blow to Minifigkind and a major victory for the Maelstrom, which would have spread to the LEGO System and began destroying other worlds such as Mars and Ice Planet 2002.
    • Benton Kabrinsky's last post ended with his entire cast dying in one swift blow.
  • Kill It with Fire: Pyro, Sarah Bishop, Andrea Jackson Orange, and Rex.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Wade knew that J.D.'s gunshot wound was fatal, and Pierce's efforts were only delaying the inevitable, leading him to intentionally give him a morphine overdose to keep him from standing the pain.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Walter Breen.
    • The Infomaniac Andrew saw in the Maelstrom temple died in a similar fashion.
  • The Kirk: Rotor to some extent.
  • Kirk Summation: Clint Wayne's efforts to pursuade Rotor to end his court martial and release the captured agents.
  • Knife Fight:
    • Although not many knife fights have occurred, Dust fits the persona of a knife fighter rather well. Since a hero often gets a sword, the anti-hero is thematically forbidden to use such extravagant weapons. Hence, Dust preferred weapon is the knife. Dust actually does use a scimitar in the fight against the Stromling Crocodile.
    • Sniper versus The Mole Ata. Although Sniper's "knife" was a machete, Ata won.
  • Knife Nut: Dust, Spy, Silencia Venomosa, Ata, and Oswald Fabello
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Solomon fits this trope perfectly.
  • Knight Templar: Pharisee. He answers to no authority except his own, believes in Black and White Morality even in the face of demonstrable evidence to the contrary, and is willing to murder anyone whom he sees as anything short of saintly.
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: Bart Helmutson was very happy to meet Junkbot in Antarctica.

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  • Lack of Empathy:
    • Pharisee's opinion is somewhat hypocritical, he feels no empathy toward the people he kills but on the other hand he uses their humanity to acknowledge the moral ambiguity of his actions. Well he understands that feeling empathy toward his targets is liability, he also knows he should accept it so he can punish himself for sins he commits. He feels empathy toward the victims but rarely those who he sees as unrighteous.
    • Trigger seemed to not care about the man he killed until he died.
    • Dust seemed not to show empathy toward the people he killed and conned until the end when he had a Heel Realization.
  • Lady Mondegreen:
    • In-universe; Semick once referred to Sam Throramebi as "Thornabi". In fact, Sam's bitterness about this suggests that people often mispronounce his last name.
    • Also in-universe, Donnie couldn't remember Dietrich Luzwheit's name. When he tried to tell Walter about it, he ended up saying "Ludwig" (a fairly common German first name, made famous by Ludwig Van Beethoven), "Luftwaffe" (the name given to the German air force during World War II) and "Luxan" (an alien species from the TV show Farscape).
    • Again in-universe, Greybeard mispronounced Anubis's name as "Arubis", subtly referencing a typo that PeabodySam made when first introducing the character.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Carolyne Provencal.
  • Ladykiller in Love: Spy, the typical James Bond-esque spy, genuinely fell in love with Helen Rutherford.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Prone to happen in PeabodySam, Andrewnuva199, and Brikman McStudz's writing, especially whenever a Deadpan Snarker opens his/her mouth.
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: After Rockford grumbled about Dino Attack Team's code being blatant Star Wars references, Mur just remarked that he was glad it wasn't a much more obscure Firefly reference instead.
  • Land Downunder: Hunter 2000, Sniper, Crock, and Adventure.
  • Large and in Charge: Pharisee is the 6'9", over 200 lbs badman head of Internal Affairs.
  • Large Ham: Evil Ogel, Stromling!Zach, and Adventure, to name only a few examples.
  • Laser Blade: The Space Knights' laser saber.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • Rex and Phantom both suffered from this, inflicted upon then by XERRD experiments and General Evil, respectively. While Rex eventually recovered most of his memories, Phantom's current state is unknown, although Word Of God states that Phantom's amnesia was intended to be only temporary.
    • Dr. Cyborg suffered from Laser-Guided Amnesia, too, after XERRD betrayed him and left him to die. He eventually recovered all of his memories during the Adventurers' Island mission.
  • Last Kiss: The kiss between Nazareno and Zelda. Doubled as a First Kiss.
  • Last Minute Hookup:
    • Frozeen finally admits his feelings for Shannon at the end of it all. The same goes for Vinyaya and Bluetooth.
    • Magma and Covert were not hooked up until literally the very last minute, in TakunuvaC01's final IC post.
  • Last Minute Reprieve: Sort of... George was saved just as Rotor was organizing the firing squad.
  • Last Request:
    • J.D.'s final request was that Minerva used his prototype Maelstrom cure to save Zach.
    • Wallace Bishop's Last Request was that Frank Einstein take care of his family.
    • Amanda Claw's Last Request was that Rex find a way to defeat Dr. Rex, since that would bring an end to the Dino Attack and all the death - including her own - that it brought about.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Henderon's Oh Crap moment in the Maelstrom Temple, leading to some Getting Crap Past the Radar.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: If you've never played LEGO Universe, then Dino Attack RPG spoils the plot twist that Baron Typhonus is the Darkitect.
  • Latex Space Suit: Holly Vinyaya's zero suit underneath her Space Police armor.
  • Laughing Mad: Pyro and Dr. Insano.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: In-universe; Holly Vinyaya, according to Zachary Virchaus.
  • The Law of Conservation of Detail:
    • How many people payed attention to the throwaway line that revealed that Pterisa's chess piece was a knight, while all the other chess pieces sent by the Reverse Mole were bishops?
    • The ramblings of the Wallace Bishop in Antarctica revealed that he was once the lab partner of Einstein. Bartholomew Enderson thought that he was talking about Albert Einstein, but from what we later learned from Frank Einstein in the Maelstrom Temple... Other things said by Wallace Bishop foreshadowed the big reveal.
    • Word Of God states that one can easily deduce Ben Gunn's true identity simply by paying attention to the things that he kept in his cave.
    • Rex was having some heart problems throughout At War's End. Guess that meant something important...
    • Minor details about Ata's whereabouts and actions hinted that he was acting a little suspicious...
    • Greybeard was right; there was a very specific reason why, in his flashback/dream sequence, Grisbarba was replaced by Rex and Beatrice was replaced by Amanda. A detail like that cannot possibly be unimportant!
  • Left for Dead:
    • Rex and the Brickspider Bot both left Ben Gunn for dead in the Goo Caverns. However, the Brickspider Bot almost averted this (it was about to make sure Ben Gunn was dead when suddenly the Big Darn Heroes arrived), and in Rex's case, he didn't have time to go digging through rubble to find Ben Gunn still alive.
    • Although he was aware that Dr. Rex was still alive, Rex made a big mistake when he left Dr. Rex for dead during the Final Battle.
    • Had Michelle Glados just made sure that Trouble was dead when she tried to kill Rex, she might have actually succeeded.
  • Legacy Character:
    • King Jayko VIII is the descendant of King Jayko I.
    • Kate Bishop is implied to be the granddaughter of Johnny Thunder RPG's Roy Bishop; by extension, that makes Wallace and Sarah Bishop children of Roy Bishop.
    • Peter "Frozeen" Abody was retconned to be a Legacy Character of Zachary "Frozeen" Abody.
    • Shannon "Gromtin" Grimton is the daughter of Gromit "Gromtin" Grimton from Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: Played with. Garry was initially reluctant to do this in the Maelstrom temple. He relented when it was down to him and Palmer.
  • Lie to the Beholder: Temple Stromlings have this ability, appearing as their beholder's worst fears.
  • Life or Limb Decision: When Hotwire's leg became infected by Maelstrom, he chose the "life" option.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Frozeen and Gromtin both inherited their fathers' Alpha Team codenames.
  • Lizard Folk: Quasifigus Hybrids, especially Minifig/Mutant Lizard Hybrids, fall somewhere between this trope and The Reptilians. Unlike the generally fantasy-based Lizard Folk, Quasifigus Hybrids are more sci-fi, but unlike The Reptilians, the Quasifigus are not aliens.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Not an exaggeration.
  • Locked into Strangeness: A consistent after-effect of close encounters with the Maelstrom, as evidenced with Zelda's black and red hair becoming black and purple and Zach gaining a purple stripe in his red hair. Minerva also gained several white streaks in her hair after nearly being suffocated by the Maelstrom. Blaire Darkling's blonde hair turned white after an accident during the corruption of the Temple of Creation into a Maelstrom Temple.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Katerina Schattenberg turned out to be Ronald Alexander's sister.
  • Long Runners: Now over seven years old, Dino Attack RPG has outlasted every LEGO TBRPG on BZPower.
  • Love Confession:
    • Trigger confessed his love for Carrie Enderson... just before pretending to hold her hostage.
    • Frozeen finally confessed his love for Shannon Grimton during the later stages of the Final Battle.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Hertz proposed to Naomi after only starting a relationship with her three days prior. Neither really knows enough about the other for that level of commitment.
  • Love Redeems: Among a variety of other factors, Zach's love for Minerva prevented him from standing by and watching Ahua kill her and Andrew.
  • Lovecraft Lite: For all its Lovecraftian traits, the Maelstrom was ultimately defeated by the power of just two Creative Sparks. There have also been no confirmed cases of insanity (at least not directly caused by the Maelstrom), though at least two people (Kate and Samuel Race) are left traumatized by it. However, he Maelstrom wasn't rendered "dead" by any means of the imagination, and this is understood in-universe. Its presence on the LEGO Planet, anchored by the Maelstrom temple and the infection in Mutant Dinos, was a weak but threatening connection to its primary location at the remains of Crux Prime, and said presence was eradicated by the Imagination from the Orb and Einstein Device, respectively. It is still a threat to the LEGO Universe, but that is a battle meant to be finished through of LEGO Universe (which unfortunately, due to the game's cancelation, means we never get to see it).
  • Loved Ones Montage: Rex used one in order to break free of the Darkitect's illusions.
  • Lowered Recruiting Standards: The Dino Attack Team has so many crazy people. Some RPG players, such as Andrewnuva199 and that guy from that show, offered commentary on this in regards to Duke and Kuru.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father:
    • Happened twice with Kate, with the reveal that Wallace Bishop is her uncle, and the reveal that Pierce is actually her biological father.
    • Scout finds out that Spy is his father.
    • Rev Raptor learned that Landro, a mutated and maddened XERRD scientist, was actually his father, Jecht Raptor.

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