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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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'sHeroic 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Alexander family has an aversion to aging, which is one of the few things that Dr. Rex and Katerina Schattenberg have in common.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Although Medic and Zed Provhezor throw in some Gratuitous German words every now and then, all they do is speak English with a very heavy accent; they are never seen speaking a full sentence in German.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.