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


Dino Attack RPG provides examples of:

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    M 
  • MacGuffin: Green Goo during the Goo Caverns mission and the Constructopedia during the LEGO Island mission.
  • Mad Doctor: How Medic is often viewed. The Deadly Doctor subtrope also applies, and he seems to have a Morally Ambiguous Doctorate.
  • Mad Scientist: Nearly every member of XERRD.
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: The Dino Island Laboratory, the LEGO Island Laboratory, and the XERRD Fortress all qualify.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Jenny Strangebrick.
  • Made of Evil: The Maelstrom.
  • Made of Indestructium: On their own, G.E. and Ssol are two Nigh Invulnerable metals. Combined, they form the completely-indestructible Silge.
  • Made of Iron:
    • This happened a lot in the early days of the RPG, with characters getting into potentially lethal scenarios and only taking on minor damage.
      • It was averted a lot more by the end. Rex didn't get away from LEGO Island without partial paralysis, Zenna took on severe wounds on Adventurer's Island that left her in a coma, Hotwire was forced to wound his leg to the point of amputation being necessary after getting a Maelstrom infection, Hertz and Raider both broke arms that never fully healed, and so on. Then of course came the death toll...]
    • Blaire Darkling. Could possibly be explained (or Hand Waved) that he's dealt with much worse attacks as Matthew Vherestorm.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Garry and Rotor covered up their torture of Jenny by making it appear that they fought back in self-defense when she tried to escape and put up a fight. Granted they didn't actually kill her, but poor Jenny is probably too traumatized to tell anyone. He also later performed a less sinister variation, where he sent Jenny off of Adventurers' Island for further medical care, but set it up to look like she'd died from her injuries.
  • Make-Out Point: Barry and Teri... somehow ended up making out in a Fire Hammer in the parking lot outside Outpost 4.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: Even among the Dino Attack Team, wearing a mask is usually a warning of a dangerous character.
    • Dust wore a cowl, balaclava, and goggles when he first arived on the island.
    • Cowls and Hoods: Spy wears a cowl, while Frozeen and the Future Villains were all In the Hood.
    • Domino Mask: The Brickster.
    • Ski Masks: Specs and X wear balaclavas, and of course Spy has his cowl.
  • The Man Behind The Monsters: Dr. Rex.
  • Mama Bear:
    • Sarah Bishop was driven to the brink of insanity by her determination to protect her daughter.
    • Athena Fabello tackled, fought, and strangled to death a Mutant Lizard for attacking her son.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Dust.
  • Master of Disguise: Spy reportedly is good at it.
  • Master Swordsman: Greybeard bested Fullmetal in a swordfight and is implied to be a master swordsman even while drunk.
  • The Matchmaker: Minerva Fabello to Bluetooth and Vinyaya.
  • Mauve Shirt:
    • Engineer, Medic, Sniper, Spy, Soldier, Scout, and Heavy, all of the "more likely to be Killed Off for Real" variety.
    • Hertz, who was initially introduced as a Red Shirt but did not die, and ultimately proved successful enough to graduate from Mauve Shirt to become a member of the main cast.
  • Mayan Doomsday: Because of Dino Attack's post-apocalyptic setting, the date December 21 had great significance in Dino Attack RPG, although in-universe the prophesied date was two years earlier to coincide with the 2010 setting.
    • December 21, 2010 is an alternate ending to Dino Attack RPG, showing what would have happened if the Darkitect got hold of the Maelstrom Crystal. Appropriately enough, it's a Class X apocalypse.
    • In the primary continuity, December 21, 2010 is the date of the Final Battle. Had Dino Attack Team lost the battle, the Class X apocalypse of the alternate ending could very well have been put into place, albeit a few days late.
    • A meta example. On midnight (EST), December 21, 2012 - the actual Mayan Doomsday - PeabodySam posted the final IC post of Dino Attack RPG. Before the day was done, Black Six closed the topic, ending Dino Attack RPG for good.
  • The McCoy: Pierce and Wade.
  • Meaningful Background Event: How exactly did Amanda's knife get from inside her sheath to planted in Sniper's back? Carefully pay attention to a throwaway line in the prose.note 
  • Meatgrinder Surgery:
    • Medic apparently doesn't believe in anesthetics, and he will perform heart transplants on fully conscious patients. He also somehow removed a man's skeleton, though to this day nobody knows how or why he did it.
    • Enter and Return to a lesser extent, although they have yet to actually be seen performing surgery, they still hold the strong belief that sharks, trees, and umbrellas are vital tools for the job.
    • Some of Atton Rand's post focusing on Zenna in the hospital after LEGO Island disappeared tended to slip into this. Of particular note was a patient who couldn't feel his legs because he didn't have any, resulting in Zenna casually asking for another pair of legs and then placing them on the patient (who was, after all, a LEGO minifigure). He even tried to do this with another character's arm but was stopped by PeabodySam. However it has been subverted in the Adventurers' Island plot arc, where the medics are much more serious and operate somewhat realistically (at least as realistic as one can get when nobody in the RPG actually knows anything about medicine).
  • Mediator: Rex, Dr. Pierce, and Dr. Saran.
  • The Medic: Pierce, Wade, Crusher, J.D., Zenna, Enter and Return, Carver, Copper, Medic, and Shaw.
  • Medieval Stasis:
    • Combined with Schizo Tech. Due to Dino Attack RPG's timeline, this has happened all over LEGO Planet. Medieval Stasis is literally found in Castle Cove, although the Tropical Sea still uses 1700s technology and Adventurers' Island still uses early-1900s technology, not to mention that Gold City still resembles the post-Civil War American West of the 1870's, complete with 19th-century technology.
    • Many of the characters from such locations prefer to use their outdated weapons. For instance, Elizabeth still uses a cutlass, Greybeard still uses flintlock pistols even though they are extremely unreliable and can only fire one shot before requiring a lengthy reloading process, and Clint Wayne is only ever armed with his old revolver.
  • Mle Trois:
    • During the Kotua crisis, there were usually three factions fighting each other: Dino Attack, Kotua, and ShadowTech. Not to mention the Mutant Dinos caught in the crossfire.
    • The battle in the Maelstrom Temple, and the Adventurers' Island mission as a whole, is a fight between the Dino Attack Team, XERRD, and the Maelstrom.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Most, if not all, Red Shirts are male. Somewhat justified, as there is a greater ratio of men to women in the team.
    • Interestingly, at one point during the Adventurers' Island arc, a female Red Shirt was mentioned, but she was only wounded and never explicitly said to have died.
  • Men Don't Cry: After Naomi rejects him, Hertz does not cry... until he is out of her sight.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: Pyro, demonstrating that Insane Equals Violent.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard:
    • This is why Frank Einstein had to die.
    • Kareem Nazareno as well.
  • Merchandise-Driven: To a degree, given its source material.
  • Mercy Kill:
    • While testing his old rocket launcher, Wallace Bishop killed a Dino Attack agent. Why? He saved the agent from a slow, painful death by neurotoxins and Skeleton Mummies.
    • Wade also found himself reluctantly injecting J.D. with several doses of morphine at his request, apparently with the intent that he would die quickly from the overdose and thus would thus not have to stand the pain from from his gunshot wound. It's made all the more ironic by the fact that this event was inspired by a very similar scene in which Wade's namesake met exactly the same fate.
    • Minerva, despite her reluctance, killed Oswald because she knew he would institutionalized if she captured him, something that would have destroyed him more than he already was.
    • The deaths of all the Mutant Dinos who were killed by the Einstein Device were described as Mercy Kills.
  • Messy Hair: Andrea Jackson Orange after being unmasked.
  • Metaphorgotten: Most of Adventure's metaphors go this way, as well as some of Ben Gunn's senile philosophies.
  • Mexican Stand Off:
    • In the Maelstrom Temple, Rotor pointed a gun at Kate Bishop, Wallace Bishop pointed a rocket launcher at Rotor, Rex pointed a Sonic Screamer at Wallace Bishop, Amanda Claw pointed a knife at Rotor, and Seor Palomar pointed his dual pistols at Rex and Amanda Claw. Lampshaded by Seor Palomar.
    • A smaller-scale Mexican Stand Off took place immediately after Engineer's death. Trigger pointed a gun at Amanda Claw, Dr. Cyborg pointed a gun at Trigger, and Hotwire pointed a gun at Snake.
  • M.I.B.: ShadowTech.
  • Million to One Chance: According to Glados, this is how unlikely it is that Dino Attack Team will win the final battle. Of course, given this trope, we all know what it really means.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: After Rex's mutation was cured, he gradually lost the ability to understand the language of the Mutant Dinos, which was an instinctual part of his brain while he was a Mutant T-Rex. It became even more difficult for him to understand after he became a Minifig.
  • Mind Rape:
    • Dust plays with Lutsky's mind to such a degree that he turns him into a paranoid psychopath. Eventually, that comes back to bite him.
    • More or less what Loop was doing to Katerina Schattenberg just before he died.
  • Minifigs Are Yellow: Justified, as LEGO people tend to be yellow-skinned by default. Pharisee and Naomi Carver are exceptions, however.
  • Minor Major Character: Frank Einstein.
  • Minored In Ass Kicking: Solomon is an esteemed graduate from a prestigious collage. He has a doctorate in philosophy and teaches classes as a professor. He also has training as a Samurai, fought in the Ninja wars, and was a member of Nexus Force.
  • Misaimed Realism: In his push for realism in Dino Attack RPG, Atton Rand sometimes goes a little too far...
    • Rotor was introduced as part of an effort to balance out the depiction of realist agents with a more "realistic" realist, to show that not all realists are evil. After his introduction, he became so over-the-top (complete with war crimes and child abuse) that he became just plain ridiculous. Luckily, he's cleaned up his act somewhat since the Maelstrom Temple battle.
    • Karma Houdinis are Truth in Television, right? So, in his push for "realism" in Dino Attack RPG, Atton Rand wanted to make Firecracker a Karma Houdini rather than let him be punished for numerous acts of blatant carelessness and disregard for the safety of others when working with explosives. So, when the other players had Firecracker arrested, how does Atton Rand keep a "realistic" Karma Houdini in the picture? By having a drunkard riding a mutated raptor come in and blow up the people arresting him, setting him free, and Riding into the Sunset together. Yeah, sounds like a realistic portrayal of a Karma Houdini to me.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: XERRD, especially Dr. Rex.
  • Mission from God: Pharisee belives he is on one from whatever deity is acceptable in the RPG.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Dr. Strangebrick, Pterisa, Tyrannus, and Velosis.
  • The Mole:
    • XERRD had a Mole planted in Dino Attack Team: Ata.
    • Palmer turned out to be working for the Maelstrom.
    • At Mindstorms, Inc., Silencia Venomosa was actually working undercover for Dacta Corporation.
    • Red Herring Mole: PeabodySam has numerous Red Herring Moles planted in Dino Attack Team. For a list of them, see the Wild Mass Guessing page.
      • There was also Clark, who Palmer fooled people into thinking was infected by the Maelstrom.
    • Reverse Mole: Dino Attack Team had a Reverse Mole planted in XERRD: Frank Einstein, under the identity of "Wallace Bishop".
  • Monochrome Casting: The fact that everyone is yellow aside, the characters whose races have been revealed have been mostly white. With the exception of Dust (Arabic), Naomi (Black), Pharisee (Black), and Cabin (Latino).
  • Mood Dissonance: The conversation between Crusher and Shaw about their beliefs was supposed to be a very emotional talk about believing in faith and a major step in developing Shaw's character. It still didn't stop Brickman McStudz from bursting into laughter when Shaw mentioned "PeabodySam" as a possible deity.
  • Mood Whiplash: The tone can literally go from being incredibly dark and serious in one post to light-hearted and goofy in the next, often as a result of Depending on the Writer.
    • Early in the RPG, amidst all the chaos and fighting created by Kotua's betrayal, Rex suddenly has a... love interest? It was Lampshaded by Greybeard during the Goo Caverns mission as a result of being pointed out by Jackson Lake.
    • The LEGO Island Story Arc went between the serious efforts to recover survivors from the island after its disappearance, an investigation into the disappearance of the island, the efforts by Zenna and Pierce to take care of the wounded patients, a top secret mission in Antarctica, Andrew's despair over the loss of his hometown, mass chaos caused by an insane psychopathic agent trying to exterminate everyone in the team with the slightest idealistic views (which later turned out to be part of a Xanatos Gambit by Dr. Rex) as well as the exposure of the Antarctica mission which resulted in riots in the refugee facilities and... Enter and Return's persistent efforts to get LEGO City's hospitals to start using sharks, trees, and umbrellas.
    • Immediately after the LEGO Island mission, the triumph and joy over saving LEGO Island was suddenly interrupted by the betrayal of the Minifig/Mutant Lizard Hybrids.
    • The serious tone of Garry trying to get his feelings of guilt over torturing Jenny off his chest was briefly interrupted when he tried to speak to Copper privately in a fire hammer... only to find his old war buddy Barry Jackson making out with his girlfriend inside.
    • First, there was a very somber scene of Chompy accepting the role of alpha male after the death of his mother, the alpha female... then came a Mood Whiplash and suddenly we're dealing with the amusing antics of the Second Headquarters Squad.
    • Rex is hit with the hard and devastating news that His Days Are Numbered. While he's trying to cope with it in a very somber scene, everyone else is incredibly overjoyed to learn that the Brickolinis are now serving pizza in the Dino Attack cafeteria... and then that is interrupted by Engineer's sudden death and an intense Mexican Standoff as a result of the Whodunnit.
    • A deliberate example during the Final Battle, to illustrate the dire hopelessness of the situation. Rex was pretty high, having just married Amanda and defeated Dr. Rex. Then suddenly, Dr. Rex gets back up, Adventure sacrifices himself, the Iron Predator explodes, Amanda is murdered, and Trouble is killed. Just like that, Rex went from rather high to very low.
  • Mooks:
    • Mutant Dinos, Quasifigus lacertilia, and guards for XERRD.
    • Stromlings for the Maelstrom.
  • Mook-Face Turn:
    • Despite working for XERRD, Tom is fairly cooperative with the team once captured.
    • Pterisa, the prototype Mutant Dinos, and tamed Mutant Dinos all performed Mook Face Turns.
  • Mook Horror Show: Resident Scary Black Man Pharisee is a terrifying sight to behold when he unleashes his justice.
  • Moral Dissonance:
    • As a medic, Pierce is responsible for helping his patients, yet he was the one who tried to keep J.D. alive when it was clear that his wound was fatal, probably also keeping him in extreme, simply so that he could get some information that might have been written down.
    • Trigger has made it very clear that finishing a job is one of the only things in the world that matters to him, and when Silencia Venomosa him from completing one job, then he vows revenge and won't rest until she is killed, holding the grudge for eight years. Then, despite the fact that he was hired by Dino Attack Team, Trigger deserts them in the darkest hour when they need him the most, because apparently a battle that will decide the fate of the planet is not only "just another job", but also not worth the money.
  • Morality Kitchen Sink: The team contain tons of different people with their own philosophies. For example Rex is an idealist and A Father to His Men who prefers to tame mutant dinosaurs rather than kill them. Now contrast him to Rotor, the ruthless Colonel Kilgore who will massacre the enemy whilst happily listening to classical music, and put an entire T-1 crew on trial because the pilot disobeyed orders, and tries to have them executed publicly to make an example hoping to use fear to keep the team together. He was even willing to have two unarmed XERRD prisoners shot when he knew that one of them was an innocent child. However, neither of these characters are shown as being fully good or evil. Rotor does in fact mean well in his methods and gets the job done, whilst Rex has had moments of cruelty.
  • Mordor: The Maelstrom-corrupted region of Adventurers' Island.
  • More Dakka: Heavy. Rotor arguably has a habit of this as well, using helicopters.
  • More Deadly Than The Male: Silencia Venomosa, Michelle Glados, and Carolyne Provencal.
  • More Hero Than Thou: Rex and Greybeard got into a brief argument over whose Creative Spark should be sacrificed to power the Einstein Device. Rex won the debate; although Greybeard is elderly, Rex was Secretly Dying anyways, and Greybeard still had Mary Rose to look after.
  • Mr. Exposition:
  • MST: Andrew, Laxus and the Captain Ersatz Joike take a moment at one point to show Pterisa the wonders of this by riffing the Brick Film ''Dino Cop''.
  • Mugged for Disguise: A pair of XERRD scientists and a group of XERRD grunts were either killed or knocked unconscious by a group of Dino Attack agents so they could steal their clothes.
  • Mugging the Monster: Sam Sinister and the Brickster had no idea what they were getting into when they threatened Amanda Claw in the subway station.
  • Muggles: In Trigger's flashback, basically anyone who appears that wasn't involved in any of the illegal activities that took place.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: Zachary and Faith Abody. If they had any idea about Peter's relationship with the Brickster, they never told him.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: General, Frozeen (formerly), and Paulie Gonepus.
  • Multicolored Hair: Zelda Frodongan had a red (later purple) streak running through her black hair. Zachary Virchaus has a purple streak running through his hair that he has dyed to match his normal hair style. Raine Dashworthy, considering her inspiration, has her hair dyed with a multitude of colors.
  • Multinational Team:
    • The Dino Attack team includes pirates, gunslingers, knights, ninjas, space aliens, and civilians from LEGO City.
    • Could extend to real-life too. The active players in the RPG (at least those who revealed their nationality) included at least three Americans, a Brit, and a Canadian.
  • Multiple Choice Past: Before the Adventurers' Island story arc, every time the origin story of Greybeard's hook was brought up, it was different, with some examples including being locked up by Islanders to losing it in battle against Skeleton Pirates, to the point where it was turned into a minor Running Gag with Greybeard. Ultimately, the "correct" choice of this Multiple Choice Past was revealed during the flashback/dream sequence.
  • Mummy:
    • Skeleton Mummies engineered by XERRD.
    • The mummy of Pharaoh Hotep III also had a humorous cameo appearance in a brief cutaway gag.
  • Musical Spoiler: The demo version of In The Maelstrom Temple contained several Musical Spoilers regarding what PeabodySam was planning (including What Could Have Been the original death of Michelle Glados), but most blatantly was the use of the Sonic Generations Perfect Chaos Revival music, spoiling what would have otherwise been the surprise appearance of Chaos in the Maelstrom Temple.
  • Mutagenic Goo:
    • Mutant Dino serum, a solution containing Mutant Dino DNA that is capable of transforming Minifigs into Mutant Dinos.
    • The Green Goo can mutate unhatched Mutant Dinos, causing them to develop unique traits and immunity to Green Goo upon birth. The best-known examples are Tex and Shade.
  • Mutual Kill: Michelle Glados fatally shot Trouble, and Trouble snapped Glados's neck in his dying moments.
  • My Beloved Smother: While it's clear that Sarah Bishop really does genuinely care for her daughter she does seem to go to some unusual lengths to keep her safe. It may be justified by Sarah's feelings regarding her long-gone parents and her brother pulling his own brains out and getting stuck in an institution, leaving Kate as her only remaining family, but still.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: The team of three Fire Hammers and one Dino 4WD Trapper was referred to by Sam Race as "LEGO Racers... and Anubis". Justified, in that while Greybeard, King Joseph Race, and Sam Race all originated as custom LEGO Racers characters, Anubis was never connected to the LEGO Racers line.
  • My Future Self and Me: The villains and Future Villains.
    • Future Me Scares Me: Lord Sam Sinister made it known that he was afraid of Fssinister. Even Evil Ogel felt uncomfortable around Fogel.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Pterisa, when compared to most other Quasifigus Hybrids.
  • Mysterious Antarctica: In this word, if you know where to look and you can survive the cold, you might just stumble across an intelligent, sentient, ice snake. There were also mysterious encounters with cold-adapted Mutant Dinosaurs. Most of the crew of Outpost 4 worked here in the past, and Mac's page mentions him once finding a flying saucer.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When writing Trigger's flashback, Atton Rand was originally just going to have him hijack a car belonging to a regular family before deciding to tie it in with the main narrative. The result ended up being a cameo by a young Dust, which also poked fun at many comparisons between the two characters when Trigger was first introduced.
    • Time flows much slower in-universe than in real time, and there have been plenty of nods to this, especially with characters saying that this eight-month-long war has felt like it has lasted for over seven years. Also see Reality Subtext on the Trivia page.
    • The temple of Tribe Ugalego is a nod to a deleted scene from LEGO Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge.
    • At one point, Minerva Fabello mispronounced Zed Provhezor's name as "Ze Professor", which is the name of the Conkers Bad Fur Day character whom Provhezor is based upon.
      • Similarly, Sam Sinister kept mispronouncing Paulie Gonapus's name, and one such mispronunciation was "Octo Gonapus". Dr. Octogonapus serves as the inspiration for Paulie Gonapus.
    • The last known sighting of Evil Ogel was apparently aboard his personal rocket en route to Nimbus System. File divers have discovered a Dummied Out NPC named "Ogel" in the LEGO Universe files, who appears to be modeled after Evil Ogel but bearing the Paradox emblem on his sleeve, hinting that LEGO Universe developers intended to bring Ogel back as a Paradox operative had the game not been cancelled. Based on this, it is most likely that Evil Ogel is traveling to Nimbus System so that he can join the Paradox faction of Nexus Force.

    N 
  • Naming Conventions: Conventionally.
    • Appropriated Appellation:
      • The "zeen" in "Frozeen" came from a kindergarten teacher's botched attempt at reading Zachary Abody's handwriting.
      • The origin of Amanda's nickname "Amanda Claw".
      • The name "Fogel" was originally coined as an insult, but Fogel decided to bear it with pride.
    • Captain Colorbeard: Greybeard, Goldbeard, and Redbeard.
    • Code Name: Many Dino Attack agents signed up under codenames.
    • Embarrassing Nickname: Ronald E. Army, whose nickname "Soldier" is actually an insult to his status as a sergeant.
    • First Name Basis: Kate, David, Zachary, Jenny, and Rex.
    • Full-Name Basis:
      • Sam Throramebi, Sam Sinister, and Sam Race are victims of this trope for obvious reasons.
      • When referred to by his real name, Andrew Jackson, Pyro falls under this trope in order to avoid confusing players, what with two other Dino Attack agents named Andrew and Barry Jackson.
    • Gender-Blender Name: While multiple characters are named "Sam" (all being male), Andrea's spouse Sam Orange's gender was originally left ambiguous in part due to Hide Your Lesbians. Ultimately, "Sam" was revealed to be short for "Samantha".
    • Given Name Reveal: Greybeard's real name was left unknown until illusion!Beatrice referred to him as "Grisbarba" in the Maelstrom Temple.
    • I Have Many Names: A major character trait of Trigger, although we've only seen two of his names in-universe (the other name being "Schiess").
    • Ironic Name: An unintentional example, but one of Trigger's old partners who was killed by Silencia Venomosa was named "Verbal". While it was never actually stated if this was his last name, a nickname, or just an alias, it's interestingly ironic on two fronts. First, the guy didn't talk much. Second, it's funny when you consider his name was meant as a shout-out to Verbal Kint, Kevin Spacey's character in the 1995 film The Usual Suspects. In that film, Verbal Kint was the only survivor of a job organized by a shady criminal mastermind, with most of the plot centered around him telling the story of how it all happened.
    • Ironic Nickname: Soldier, who is a sergeant, and Shotgun, who is a sniper.
    • A Kind of One: It's unclear whether the egg came before the chicken, but what is known is that the species names for the three unused Quasifigus species (Quasifigus tyrannus, Quasifigus velosis, and Quasifigus pterisa) also happen to be the names of the three specimens created by Wallace Bishop (Tyrannus, Velosis, and Pterisa, respectively).
    • Last Name Basis:
      • Most of the medics as well as the majority of XERRD's scientists.
      • Also applies to Dino Attack agents Remous, Wright, and Shiller.
    • Let X Be the Unknown: Agent X.
    • Meaningful Name:
      • General Evil, Little Bot, Rex, Trouble, Stealth, Dr. Rex, Greybeard, Dr. Wolf, Pilot, Gunner, Dr. Cyborg, Colonel, Scratch, Hacker, the entire Second Headquarters Squad... the list goes on.
      • Dust's surname, Thutmuse, is a reference to his royal heritage.
      • Anyone who'd seen John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) should have quickly realized the significance of the names Clark and Palmer.
      • Many of Trigger's former colleagues had names referring to crime films. Two of them (Deniro and Scorsese) were named after famous people associated with them, while another three were named after specific characters. The one exception to this rule is Montoya, who was named after Daniel Baldwin's character in John Carpenter's Vampires, which was nothing more than a shout-out to the inspiration behind Trigger/Schiess, as the characters look similar but are otherwise completely different.
      • Interestingly, Montoya's name has an unintentional double meaning. While it was originally intended as a shout-out to Trigger's inspiration, he also shares the name with Inigo Montoya, a swordsman from The Princess Bride. Much like how Inigo was determined to find the man who killed his father, Montoya is determined to find revenge on the woman who killed his partners.
      • The name Amanda means "having to be loved," "deserving to be loved," or "worthy of love." When you consider Amanda Claw's role in Dino Attack RPG, you realize that there could not have possibly been a more fitting name.
    • Meaningful Rename:
      • When Agent X renamed himself Xeke.
      • From George Ogel to General Evil to simply General, a rename for this character means a significant change in personality.
      • Shed the Family Name: Blaire did this after falling out with his parents and running away from home.
    • Mysterious Middle Initial: Ronald E. Army, Tex S. Holdem, and Grisbarba L. Pirata.
    • Named by Democracy: Soldier and Medic.
    • Named After Somebody Famous: Many examples of this trope, most notably including Ronald E. Army and Clint Wayne.
    • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Anyone familiar with the namesakes of Dr. Breen and Dr. Glados would know to stay far away from them.
      • Adjectives: Evil Ogel, the Darkitect, and Blaire Darkling.
      • Ancient Dead Languages: Zachary's last name, Virchaus, is an amalgamation of "Virtus Chaos", which roughly means "Power of Chaos" in Latin.
      • Animal: Dragon and Brickspider Bot v1.0.
      • Body Part: "Robo-Limb" (also known as the Frickster).
      • Conquerors: Ivan Tzenovich, Napoleon XIV Mental Institution, and Mr. Bonaparte.
      • Foreign Language Names: Schattenberg ("schatten" is German for "shadow"), Silencia Venomosa ("silencio" and "venomosa" are Spanish for "silent" and "venom"), Gahiji Thutmose ("Gahiji" is Arabic for "hunter"), Doctor Dunkelheit ("dunkelheit" is German for "darkness") Dino Attack Agent Verrat ("verrat" is German for "betrayal"), Tod Fabello ("tod" is German for "death"), Grisbarba L. Pirata ("barba gris" and "pirata" are Spanish for "gray beard" and "pirate"), Edward Korrupte ("korrupte" is Danish for "corrupt"), and Urlig Sindstorme ("urlig" and "sind storme" are Danish for "dishonest" and "mind storms").
      • Name of Cain: Canis "Cane" Schattenberg
      • Notorious Killers: Bricassius.
      • Religious Names: Bonus points goes to the Mutant T-Rex named Ragnorok, since "Ragnarok" of Norse Mythology essentially refers to the apocalypse.
      • Titles: Doctor Bishop (covering both the Bishop and Doctor categories), "Boss" (also known as Fogel), Doctor Breen, Doctor Provencal, Doctor Glados, Doctor Gonepus, Doctor Strangebrick, Sergeant Army, Colonel Quartich, and Baron Typhonus.
      • Weapons: "Hooks" and "Dark Sword" (also known as Fssinister and Fladek).
      • Xtreme Kool Letterz: XERRD and Enox Phorm.
      • Mix And Match: Doctor Wolf (Animal and Titles), Doctor Ronald "Rex" Alexander (Animal, Conquerors, and Titles), Doctor Dunkelheit (Foreign Language Names and Titles), Doctor Zed Provhezor (Titles and Xtreme Kool Letterz), General Evil (Adjectives and Titles), and Lord Sam Sinister von Barron (Adjectives and Titles).
    • No Need for Names: Many characters never have their names revealed.
      • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep:
      • The Bartender in Greybeard's flashback/dream sequence.
      • Helmie was simply referred to as "the barge helmsman" during the beginning of the Goo Caverns story arc.
      • Only Known by Their Nickname: The majority of Dino Attack Agents are only ever referred to by their codenames. Most of the time, we never find out their real names.
      • A major part of Trigger's character is that he never gives his real name. Every job he's done he's operated under a codename or pseudonym.
    • Non-Indicative Name:
      • Barry Jackson's codename is "Shotgun" even though he's a professional sniper and his main weapon is a sniper rifle. This is largely due to the codename "sniper" already being taken by Brixton Hale.
      • There's also Clint Wayne, who draws a lot out of inspiration from Clint Eastwood, but almost nothing out of John Wayne.
    • Only Known by Initials: Formerly A.J. Orange (A.J. was eventually revealed to be short for Andrea Jackson).
    • Only One Name: Dr. Strangebrick, Andrew, and Maria. Formerly Katerina "Kat" Schattenberg, Zachary Virchaus, Jenny Strangebrick, and Rex Alexander.
    • One Steve Limit: Zig-Zagged. There have been at least two agents operating under the codenames of Pilot and Alpha, and at least three agents with the codenames Hunter and Snake. Played straight when Barry Jackson received the codename Shotgun because Sniper was already in use.
    • Punny Name: Pick any member of Second Headquarters Squad. His real name is a pun. Bart Helmutson, Cameron O'Cozy, Gonnerman, Mailstorm, and Bartholomew Enderson are a few other examples of pun-based names.
    • Real Name as an Alias: Played with in a case of Leaning on the Fourth Wall. Rex and Zero both adopted variants of their players' usernames ("Peasam" from PeabodySam and "Norik" from Norik the Silver Toa) while trying to hide their identities from Phantom.
    • Red Baron: Rex, who earned his name by showing the bravery of a T-Rex.
    • Robot Names: A5T3R-01D falls under the category of "A similar string of numbers or letters which resembles a word or name, either as written, or when read aloud" since it reads aloud to "asteroid". Purple-Headed Frozeen's Model of a Brickster-Bot (PBB) and Brickspider Bot fall under the category of "Something-tron or Something-bot".
    • Shout-Out Theme Naming: Many of Atton Rand's characters were inspired by characters from other works. Their names are often a combination of the first name of the actor who played the character and the last name of the person. For example:
    • Spell My Name with a "The": The Brickster, The Frickster, The Phantom, and The Darkitect.
    • Spell My Name with an S: Paulie's surname swings back-and-forth between Gonapus and Gonepus.
    • Steven Ulysses Perhero:
      • With a name like Grisbarba L. Pirata, who would have guessed that he one day would have become a pirate with a gray beard?
      • Although it was not his real name, Ronald Alexander loved going by his nickname Dr. Rex. Who would have ever guessed that he would not only be a scientist, but also a T-Rex one day?
    • Stock Foreign Name: As Long as It Sounds Foreign.
      • German: Dietrich Luzwheit.
      • Russian: Ivan Tzenovich.
    • Theme Naming:
      • Most Dino Attack agents' codenames are based upon dinosaurs, including Reptile, Tail, and Rev Raptor.
      • Rotor and Cabin are both helicopter pilots whose names refer to parts of a helicopter.
      • All of Enter Fishstick's characters have names that begin with the letter Z.
    • Tuckerization:
      • Kara Wise seems to be based on and named after a friend of avmatoran.
      • While his name was created in a name generator, Kareem Nazareno's initials were intended to reference KillerNinja7, the former username of a friend of Brikman McStudz's who created Nazareno's minifig. Desiree and Kayla Virchaus are named after two of Brikman McStudz's friends and James Virchaus is named after Brikman's father.
      • Amanda Claw and Shannon Grimton are named after two of PeabodySam's friends. Zachary Abody is named after PeabodySam's friend Stormcrow926, while Faith Abody is named after PeabodySam's cousin flamingchibi.
    • Two First Names: The Alexanders (Ronald, Catherine, Rex, and Amanda), Joe Harry, and Athena Chase.
    • The Von Trope Family: An interesting variation with Lord Sam Sinister von Barron. Dino Attack RPG interprets the "von" of "Baron von Barron" as the German word for "of", making "Baron von Barron" a title meaning "Baron of Barron" rather than a Baron with the surname Barron; this is because Lord Sinister's surname seems to be truly Sinister, since his sister is named Alexis Sinister. This lead to the creation of Barron, a Fictional Country seemingly populated by Herr Doktors with stereotypical East European Funetik Aksents (a nod to the Baron's accent in LEGO Racers).
    • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Gates Crusher seems like a pretty strange name, made all the more bizarre by the fact that her first name was taken from a real-life actress.
  • Nave Newcomer: Kate Bishop.
  • Narnia Time: Word of God states that this exists between the real world and the Torn World, explaining why so much happened in the real world while so little happened in the Torn World.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: "cursed under his breath" is a common phrase used in the prose.
  • Naval Blockade: The entire planet Earth has been placed under quarantine by the Galactic Council to prevent the spreading of the Maelstrom's forces to other planets, and the quarantine is enforced by a fleet of Space Police ships blockading the planet. Unlike most examples, other ships are allowed to travel to Earth despite the blockade, but the Space Police are enforcing the rule that nothing is allowed to leave the planet until the threat of the Maelstrom has been dealt with.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name:
    • XERRD comes close, but ShadowTech comes closer. Not to mention that its founders were German, because All Germans Are Nazis.
    • If it weren't all just a ploy by XERRD to stir distrust in the Dino Attack Team, Cam O'Cozy's alleged ideas about dealing with idealists can become shockingly similar to the events leading to the Holocaust when one things about it at length.
  • The Neidermeyer:
    • Ronald E. Army.
    • Lutsky started out caring for his men but he became a Neidermeyer once his newfound authority got to his head.
  • Nerd Action Hero: Hertz.
  • Neutral Female: As revealed in Greybeard's Pensieve Flashback, the infamous pirate "Bad Luck" Beatrice took on this role while Grisbarba and Anton Gaston dueled in a swordfight, doing nothing but standing off to the side and shouting at them to stop. Justified in that she could not do more because she was unarmed; once Anton was disarmed and Grisbarba prepared to kill him, she did grab Anton's fallen sword and step in, accidentally cutting off Grisbarba's hand in the process. Besides, even if she tried to step in before Anton was disarmed, it would have done more harm than good since Grisbarba was too drunk and would likely have killed her in his stupor.
  • Never Found the Body: Should have been a clue towards the fact that Ben Gunn survived the Goo Caverns mission...
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: There was a huge Stromling Crocodile in the Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins.
  • New Old Flame: Teri, Barry Jackson's ex-military girlfriend and army buddy. Also Sarah Bishop toward Pierce.
  • New Old West: Sort of, the Wild West still exists in the modern day, but if Engineer is anything to go by than at least some modernization has taken place in that region.
  • New Meat: Kate Bishop and James McGregor. Lance Williams could also be considered a case of this.
  • Nice Guy: Pierce, Kate, and David.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Dino Attack agents attacking the XERRD Fortress eventually realized that some of the XERRD grunts they killed were actually disguised Dino Attack agents.
    • Garry travelled halfway across Adventurers' Island and narrowly survived a crash landing just to get to the real Maelstrom Temple and help Rex. Turns out all he did was bring a power-hungry Stromling to the source of Maelstrom itself, and of course with Zach and Ahua out of the picture...
    • Rex and Adventure's plan to defeat Dr. Rex resulted in Baron Typhonus's Divine Intervention, making things go From Bad to Worse.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Ahua planned bring Minerva to the Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins in hopes that she would weaken and leave Zach defenseless so he could kill him. His plan ended up freeing Zach from the Maelstrom's corruption and resulted in his own death at the hands of the Darkitect.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: The whole purpose of the Skeleton Mummies is to zombify their victims and reanimate corpses as undead minions.
  • Ninja: Kareem Nazareno, Zelda Frodongan, Clarke Deadworth, Attila Huntsman, and Blaire Darkling.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot:
    • As a space ninja who is skilled with prosthetics, Kareem Nazareno comes close.
    • The Dino Attack Team as a whole can be considered this, combined with Schizo Tech. Agents and allies include ninjas (i.e. Kareem Nazareno), pirates (i.e. Greybeard), zombies (i.e. Septimus), and robots (i.e. Aster Oid).
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Clint Wayne is heavily based on Clint Eastwood. Soldier also bears some similarities to R. Lee Ermey's various military roles.
    • A much more literal case occurs in the form of various rock bands arriving to calm down the refugees. Among the rock stars were David Bowie and Queen (including their lead singer Freddie Mercury, despite the fact that he's been dead for 20 years) who both appeared in person during the climax of the Antarctica story arc.
    • Also, Bogart is heavily based off of Humphrey Bogart, though mainly his Private Detective roles.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In one of Dino Attack RPG's more brutal moments, Rex beat a Mutant Lizard to death with a metal pipe. While PeabodySam did not go into much detail regarding the lizard's death, picturing the event itself can be unsettling.
    • A more traditional example occured early in At War's End in the form of Rotor and Garry beating the crap out of Jenny. Tom attempted to get revenge on Garry, except the latter being ex-military, he was able to fight back.
    • Colonel beat the crap of Commander Vinyaya outside of the Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins.
    • Ghost decided to viciously beat Minerva in hopes of knocking her unconscious so he could take her to Ahua.
    • Extreme Melee Revenge: Rex let loose bottled-up anger from Kotua and Rotor upon French Fries in a particularly brutal moment of Dino Attack RPG.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: According to Word of God, the Einstein Device. This is intentionally so, since Specs is well aware that, while the Einstein Device's intended payload was Imagination, the device could theoretically be altered to release much more devastating effects. He did all in his power to keep the Einstein Device from ever falling into the hands of someone like Evil Ogel.
    • In early story plans, before the Doctor Device was redesigned into the Einstein Device, PeabodySam considered Specs going to great extremes to accomplish this, even going so far as to order the executions of the engineers who designed the Doctor Device to ensure that Evil Ogel could never extract their memories.
  • No Swastikas: While designing the XERRD emblem, PeabodySam went out of his way to ensure that the Maelstrom's curves were pointing in the opposite direction of the Nazi Germany swastika.
  • No Waterproofing in the Future:
    • One of the few weaknesses of Kotua's robot army was water, which would immediately cause them to short-circuit.
    • The Frickster, whose Artificial Limbs are from the future, stays away from water out of fear it will cause his limbs to short-circuit.
    • Evidently subverted by the likes of Dr. Gonapus, Dr. Cyborg, and Cyrista's Bane during the Final Battle, who were all unaffected by the rain.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Depending on which one he's working with, Rex or Frozeen may be the Noble Male to Greybeard's Roguish Male.
  • Nominal Hero: Trigger, Dust, Snake, and Firecracker. One was in it for money, one just wanted to find a temple belonging to an ancestor and was using the team to get him there, one is an unrependent criminal trying to get out of a prison sentence, and one only joined the team because he wanted to blow stuff up and the Dino Attack Team (fortunately) got to him before XERRD did.
  • Non-Action Guy: Most of the medics with the exceptions of Zenna and Medic. Hertz is a techy so his skills tend to be confined to whatever he can do in the command tent. Kate could also be considered an unusual female version of this.
  • Non-Human Undead: The Mutant Pterosaur skeletons reanimated by the Skeleton Mummies.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: The Mutant Dinos. Although the Maelstrom drove their urges to destroy, the dinosaurs themselves were not actively malicious and more akin to confused animals acting on instinct.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: Pterisa apparently has hair as her Tertiary Sexual Characteristics, although to be fair she is half-Minifig.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Libo, who barely resembles anything that can be assembled with LEGO bricks. For a while, this was the case with the G.E. Body, until a recent "Minfigization" of its design. However, in Libo's case, he became even less standard following a redesign in mid-2011, since beforehand he could be easily visualized with TECHNIC and BIONICLE pieces.
  • Noodle Incident: We never did find out exactly what happened to Pyle, beyond the fact that it "did not end well". Of course, considering what happened to his namesake, it's probably for the better.
    • Ronald E. Army believed that he was a general after a Noodle Incident involving the Black Falcons. Although this incident will not be elaborated upon, Word of God states that it did not end well.
    • Trigger wasn't exactly too keen to elaborate on just what jobs he committed against Paradox. Then again, he did also seem to imply that there was a very specific reason to keep quiet about it.
    • Similarly, Silencia Venomosa did not go into much detail regarding what happened to the Brickfather. Commander Pharisee looked in Silencia Venomosa's files and saw something pertaining to a hospital fire, but did not go into further detail. Her jobs with Mindstorms, Inc. and Dacta Corporation were originally intended to be Noodle Incidents as well... until Atton Rand decided to help PeabodySam flesh out these events in a flashback.
    • We never did find out about that LEGO Studios incident in which Bluetooth apparently demonstrated his leadership capabilities.
    • Who exactly rebuilt Matthew Cyrista as a cyborg after a Raptor Hunter pack nearly killed him? Who knows, other than the fact they had great technology!
  • Noodle Implements: Atton Rand had to abandon the idea of Pierce completing Medic's failed examination of Engineer because he couldn't figure out a way to work with the process described (sticking two needles in the person's eyes and somehow projecting the last thing they saw onto a screen) without it sounding incredibly stupid and unrealistic.
    • According to the comm chatter, you can apparently put a mutant t-rex to sleep by rubbing bacon on it.
    • We never did find out just what happened with Edward Korrupte. We saw the background to Silencia Venomosa's most infamous assassination, but we never did find out just what exactly what made it so infamous beyond the fact that it had to do with Korrupte getting police escorts after Trigger tried to burn down his office.
      • PeabodySam originally intended for the Mindstorms, Brickfather, and Dacta incidents to be completely Noodle Incidents, believing that it would be best if left up to players' imaginations as to what made them so infamous. When Atton Rand chose to expand upon the Mindstorms incident, PeabodySam planned on detailing the events of the Dacta assassination, but once again decided that it would be most effective if it remained unwritten. However, based upon what Amanda told Dr. Cyborg, the police escorts and even a number of innocent bystanders were all killed in what she referred to as a massacre... so whatever happened that day, it was not pretty.
    • A half-asleep Shaw gets the job of keeping an eye on Enter and Return. From what little she could gather their operation involved the use of a megaphone, a pineapple, a DVD copy of The Hurt Locker, a basketball, two lumps of sugar, a steering wheel, a baseball bat, a film camera, a mailbox, a pine tree, a shrubbery, a herring, 16 tons of TNT, a frying pan, a model train, a bicycle wheel, a single dollar, a map of LEGO Island, a book on aeronautics, a toy car, a lunchbox, a suitcase, a spoonful of honey, a bananna, a pointed stick, a fedora, running into each other and then arguing over whose clothes were whose, a sandwich, a copy of the complete works of H.P. Lovecraft, a bag of nitroglycerin, a rolled up magazine, a few raspberries, a chicken leg, a turkey dinner, another bush, a brick, a can of soda, a wafer thin mint, a slip of paper, and a jolly roger. Too bad Shaw wasn't awake enough to observe the process for medical research.
    • We're not told what exactly happened to Enderson's bar in the initial Dino Attack, but apparently it involved a pack of hungry Mutant Lizards, a Mutant Raptor that was too smart to be locked in the wine cellar, and a Mutant T-Rex with poor eyesight.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Sam Throramebi's distaste towards Power Miners mostly stems from this.
  • Not as You Know Them:
    • While PeabodySam wrote the character before the mask came off, Andrew Jackson "Pyro" Orange was undoubtedly a man who Jumped Off The Slippery Slope and became a psychotic and Ax-Crazy pyromaniac who lusted for revenge against the Mutant Dinos by fighting fire with fire for killing his wife and kids. Once the mask came off and Atton Rand took over writing the character, Andrea Jackson "Pyro" Orange became a woman who acts calm and rather sane unless she's actually on the battlefield and armed with a flamethrower, in which case she sometimes gets carried away and hallucinates about a Sugar Bowl setting in which she is acting nice to Mutant Dinos, and may or may not be homosexual depending on whether or not we're choosing to Hide Your Lesbians today... Are they even the same character anymore?
      • Guess what? They aren't the same character anymore, after all. As a result of all this, it was ultimately revealed that Andrew Jackson and Andrea Jackson Orange are two separate characters, with the former being the real agent Pyro who participated in the LEGO Island and Gold City missions, and the latter posing as him during the mole hunt to protect him from the mole.
    • Over the years, Dino Attack RPG has taken some rather... notable liberties with the characterizations of Specs and Digger. Most notably, in the original Dino Attack line, Specs was depicted as an extreme idealist scientist whose arguments with Shadow could only be broken up by Viper. In Dino Attack RPG, Specs holds a much more balanced view of idealist and realist morals, and his role as a scientist is downplayed in favor of focusing on his leadership of the team. His original "extreme idealist" stance was instead given to Digger, who, despite being a paleontologist like Specs, was less interested in studying the dinosaurs and more interested in the thrills and excitement of battle, which is again downplayed in Dino Attack RPG. During the final battle, there were a few attempts by PeabodySam to rectify this, such as Specs privately admitting that he's a scientist at heart and Digger choosing to join Shadow and Viper on the battlefield while Specs works on the Einstein Device, but it probably won't be enough.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Dust, Trigger, and Snake.
  • Not Quite Dead: The Brickspider Bot v1.0 and Raptor were both seemingly killed, only to return several pages later as quite alive, if not always in the same body. Kat, after she became a computer-dwelling disembodied consciousness.
    • Cam O'Cozy initially appeared to be a case of this, seeing as he inexplicably survived riding a bomb. However, considering his later reveal as an android, a logical explanation is that the version who had been responsible for the idealist-realist feud was a separate model with the same appearance.
  • Not So Different: When Digger took over the Dino Attack Team and fought against the realists, Libo told him that he was acting Not So Different from his Demonization of realist agents. However, Digger's negative emotions were influenced by the Maelstrom at the time, and the whole conflict was part of a Xanatos Gambit by Dr. Rex, so a calmer, more rational Digger may have acted differently.
    • Even Pierce has slipped into this occasionally. Rotor sends Kate (whom he has a particularly strong bond with) alone into a fortress filled with neurotoxins, so what does Pierce do? Walk up to Rotor and punch him in the face.
  • Not So Invincible After All: Played with in the case of the Grendelwulf brothers. Despite being portrayed as Memetic Badasses, they were both killed fairly mundanely — at least in comparison to many of the situations they survived — and more or less due to twists of bad luck.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: Fuchs was ordered to work in the operating room despite technically being a biologist. Somewhat justified as Garry was simply trying to get the doctors as much help as possible, and Fuchs was the only other person around with a PH.D.
  • Nothing but Skulls: Gathered at the base of the wrecked Scorpion Orb Launcher in the Ugalego Temple. Implied to be the skulls of the Ice Drone army that attacked Adventurers' Island in Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG.
  • Now It's My Turn: When confronting the Darkitect, Pterisa dodged his bolts of Maelstrom energy and then followed up by firing one of her own lightning bolts back at him. She even said, "My turn," just before she did so. The Darkitect then got another turn and, in his fury, successfully struck back at Pterisa.

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  • Obi-Wan Moment: Semick, Rex, and even Dr. Rex had Obi-Wan Moments when they died.
  • Obligatory Swearing: If it weren't for the fact that most of the swears are humorous LEGO curses like "MegaBlok", Dino Attack RPG would have dropped more f-bombs than an R-rated movie.
  • Obligatory War Crime Scene: Rotor's court martial, when he tried to have several agents executed to make an example. There was also the scene where he and Garry tortured Jenny and Tom.
  • Oblivious to Love: Kareem Nazareno.
  • Off the Rails: Despite repeated warnings about the consequences of failing to keep the Antarctica mission a secret, Atton Rand's characters spilled the beans. PeabodySam had not originally intended for this to happen, but decided to roll with it.
  • Offhand Backhand: When Ben Gunn attacked Rex, Greybeard tried to intervene, but Ben Gunn knocked him to the ground without even looking at him.
  • Official Couple: Rex and Amanda, General and Talia, Zachary and Minerva, Shiller and Wright, and Frozeen and Gromtin.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
  • Oh Crap: Ahua after he realized Zach had escaped the Maelstrom's control. Ahua later has another one when the Maelstrom intended to kill him. Yet another Maelstrom-related instance occured when Garry realized Palmer was a Stromling and when Henderson realized that "Kate" was a Stromling.
  • Older than They Look: Dr. Rex and Katerina Schattenberg.
  • Old Soldier: Barry Jackson. He's not really that old, but due to his service in the army he certainly has more combat experience than most of the rest of the team.
  • Ominous Crack: Invoked when a pair of Mutant T-Rexes began smashing in the gate of the Aztec Village.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Can be heard in "Divine Intervention", "Eye to Eye", and "Redemption", courtesy of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Conker: Live & Reloaded, The Dark Knight Rises, Ninjago, and Imaginaerum.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Baron Typhonus.
  • One Degree of Separation: Minerva Fabello once knew and stole from a couple that is heavily implied to be the couple that adopted and trained Blaire Darkling.
  • One-Hit Kill: Carolyne Provencal's Sorcerer staff.
  • One-Man Army: Blaire Darkling.
  • Only in It for the Money: Trigger. Dust also came seeking riches, just a different kind...
    • Downplayed somewhat, but one of Atton Rand's preludes to At War's End revealed that Angel Eyes was actually paid in hard cash to assist in Gold City. This was later alluded to when he was first seen back at Dino Attack Headquarters- trying to split his money evenly with Clint and Maria.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Zenna after being shot by an enemy sniper.
  • Only Sane Man: Clint Wayne and Angel Eyes appear to be such while working with the Second Headquarters Squad, though it could be argued that Spy also qualifies.
  • Oo C Is Serious Business: If someone acts out-of-character, pay attention. It's important.
    • Batman Grabs a Gun: Rex, the extreme idealist who swore to never kill Mutant Dinos, went into Heroic Safe Mode, grabbed a metal pipe, and beat a Mutant Lizard to death with it. Followed by a moment of My God, What Have I Done?
    • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Seor Palomar has his Spanish Honor.
    • Several high-ranking XERRD scientists, most notably Dr. Breen and Dr. Bishop, seemed opposed to the idea of abandoning XERRD Fortress and leaving the lower-ranking scientists for death.
      • Dr. Strangebrick is more than willing to help XERRD take control of the Maelstrom, but when he's betrayed by his superiors that's where he draws the line.
      • Evil Ogel, whose minions are literally zombies, expressed disgust at the concept of the Quasifigus Hybrids.
    • Not So Stoic: As an anonymous samurai, Pterisa appears to be The Stoic... but as soon as her identity is revealed, she is revealed to actually be Not So Stoic after all.
      • Under great stress, Michelle Glados will break character and show her true emotions.
      • Whenever Silencia Venomosa acted Not So Stoic, Bartholomew Enderson was surprised.
    • Old Master: When angered, Ben Gunn single-handedly bested Rex and Greybeard.
    • Suddenly Voiced: Amanda Claw forsakes her vow of silence during the LEGO Island mission upon learning about Roger's death.
    • You Called Me X, It Must Be Serious: Variation. If Chompy says "please", it must be serious.
      • Rex usually refers to Zachary Virchaus as "Zachary" or "Virchaus". He called him "Zach" just before he sacrificed his Creative Spark.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Although Greybeard's pirate accent has slowly become heavier and heavier over the course of Dino Attack RPG, there was one moment where PeabodySam intentionally slipped up his accent: during his Shout-Out to Admiral Ackbar. After all, "It's a trap!" sounds much funnier than "It be a trap!"
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Upon arriving in the emergency room, Fuchs, a biologist, was ordered to help a psychiatrist.
  • Orwellian Retcon: Given the nature of BZPower, wherein players can edit their own posts at will, this has taken place every now and then, usually when a player is adding in a piece of information he originally forgot or when a player is decanonizing something he wrote. For example, Dr. Cyborg's revelation of Pterisa's origins vanished without a trace after Andrewnuva199 asked avmatoran to retcon it.
  • Our Dragons Are Different:
    • The dragons of Castle Cove are primarily Western Dragons, although Valencia depicts dragons as more civilized than the average wild dragon encountered in the Fright Knights region.
    • There are also Maelstrom Dragons, which were corrupted by the Maelstrom and appeared to serve the Fright Knights.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Spike, being a Captain Ersatz of the character of the same name, is of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer variety. This seems a little out-of-place when compared to the Classical Movie Vampires of LEGO canon, such as the Vampire from LEGO Studios, Rutger Hemoglobin from Minifigures Series 2, and Lord Vampyre from Monster Fighters.
  • Out of Focus: Whenever a player leaves Dino Attack RPG, his or her characters become Out of Focus.
    • PeabodySam has taken steps to ensure that no other player can decide the fate of another former player's character, since there is still a chance that said former player might return and want to reuse their character. For example, while characters can discuss the fact that Databoard's whereabouts are currently unknown, players are prohibited from revealing Databoard's fate.
  • Outrun the Fireball: Dino Attack Team fleeing the Goo Caverns during the eruption of Quadrant 14.
  • Outside Ride: Silencia Venomosa hitched a ride on the side of Schiess and Montoya's getaway car, during which she slashed their tires before they could shake her off.
  • Overly-Long Gag: Contrary to popular belief, the original joke behind the super-spicy-tongue-melting-jail-cell-door-opening-hot pizza was not its incredible spiciness... it was how many times Vladek was forced to repeat its overly-long name when talking to the Brickster, to the point that Rex and Chompy (whom the villains were spying upon) walked away in the meantime.

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  • Papa Wolf:
    • Pierce might be a good-natured doctor whose main focus is on healing, but you lay one hand on Kate and you're in for a world of pain. For example, Pierce punched Rotor in the face just for sending Kate alone into an enemy fortress filled with toxic gas.
    • This trope is Inverted by Frozeen; speak dismissively of his father, and Frozeen will teach you the true meaning of pain.
    • Although he is not Kate's father, the false Wallace Bishop is very protective of her, even threatening his fellow XERRD scientists in an attempt to keep her safe.
    • Greybeard shows shades of this toward Mary Rose.
  • The Paragon Always Rebels: While Dr. Rex was never really a Paragon, Word of God says that he was the first member of XERRD to fall victim to Baron Typhonus's grand scheme, and the rest of XERRD followed suit.
  • Pardon My Klingon: MegaBlok, Znap, and 4+ Figures are examples of LEGO swears.
    • Some writers' posts take this a bit farther and use specific words in place of specific cusses. "Znap" in particular is often used as a replacement for the f and s words (as in "What the znap" or "Oh znap"). "Megablok" is more often used as a substitute for a variation of the f word with the prefex "mother" (as in "megabloking" or "megabloker", though "motherznapper" isn't too uncommon a phrase either).
    • Also MegaBlokland is often used in place of "Hell".
  • The Paralyzer: Rex was impaled by a fully-charged electro-spear and paralyzed from the waist-down; while these spears are designed to stun enemies on impact, a direct stab can kill enough nerves to cause permanent damage.
    • Subverted with Frank Einstein's revelation that Rex's Days Were Numbered. It was revealed the electro-spears were designed only for stunning. Rex's paralysis mostly came from the Maelstrom poisoning in his body.
  • Parental Substitute:
    • Pierce has become this towards Kate. Ironically subverted when he turned to actually be Kate's father.
    • Over the years, Bartholomew Enderson became a father figure to Silencia Venomosa, or at least the closest she had to a father since the murder of her parents.
    • Greybeard inadvertently became a Grandparental Substitute to Mary Rose, especially because she was too young to realize that he is not actually her grandfather.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Pharisee's idea of justice
  • The Password Is Always Swordfish: Dr. Inferno's password is "password".
  • Peaceful in Death: Amanda and Trouble.
  • Peer Pressure Makes You Evil: Carolyne Provencal was extremely hesitant about working with XERRD prior to and after the Dino Attack began. A little coaxing from her colleagues turned her into a sadistic monster that shows little regard to both her allies and enemies.
  • Pensieve Flashback: Greybeard's flashback was presented as a dream sequence to allow present-day Greybeard to offer commentary on Grisbarba's actions.
  • People Jars: XERRD keeps some subjects contained in stasis tubes filled with Jugend serum. These subjects included Talia Kaahs and Pterisa.
  • Percussive Maintenance: As a humorous Shout-Out to Team Fortress 2, all it took was a single hit from Engineer's wrench to fix the bomb cart's engine.
  • Personal Effects Reveal: Pierce and Wade went through J.D.'s few belongings after he died, although mainly with the intention to find any trace of his research. Wade still has several letters from him which he hopes to send eventually.
    • Rex, Frozeen, and Amanda looked through Spy's briefcase after he died, discovering a love letter addressed to Helen Rutherford.
  • Pirate: Just about everyone from Pirates Forbidden Island. They are almost always Type 2 examples.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Considering that there are several pirates working with the Dino Attack Team, they really have not committed much piracy.
    • Zenna is apparently a good pilot, but how often has she actually been seen flying something?
    • Rex is skilled with rope, but went for a long time without actually using this. Following a Lampshade Hanging of this trope, Rex tied himself to a Mutant Lizard with, you guessed it, rope.
  • Pistol-Whipping: In the Goo Caverns, Greybeard commandeered an Ogel Drilling Machine after Pistol Whipping Rex into unconsciousness.
  • Platonic Life Partners: Hotwire and Kat.
  • Playful Hacker: Hertz has his moments.
  • Plot Armor: How else do you think that so many important characters live while so many minor characters are Red Shirts?
    • Subverted with Amanda Claw, who was a long-runner in the RPG thanks to her Plot Armor only to be killed in the final battle.
  • Plucky Comic Relief:
    • Enter and Return.
    • Dude could also qualify, as so far all he's done in the story is humorously ruin the romantic moments between Pierce and Sarah, and of course there's Walter.
  • Pointy-Haired Boss: French Fries, the crazy Elite Agent who apparently thought that upon discovery of the Antarctica mission it would be a smart move to broadcast it all over LEGO City.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Trigger's openly criticized Hotwire and Rex for continuing to fight despite physical disabilities (the former being right in front of him at the time).
    • Possibly justified, though, as it doesn't seem to be quite so much out of prejudice (although there hasn't yet been anything suggesting he isn't prejudiced against cripples) so much as the impracticality of relying on people who can't walk properly. After all, he is technically a soldier, a soldier for hire whose loyalties can be bought by anyone but a soldier nonetheless, so he's probably got a lot of experience to draw on.
  • Pop The Tires: During her Outside Ride scene, Silencia Venomosa was climbing all over Montoya's car to slash the tires with her knife, and neither Montoya nor Schiess caught on until it was too late. By the time they managed to shake her off, the tires were all slashed and subsequently popped, sending the car crashing into a ditch.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: When Page 24 of At War's End turned into a shipping harbor, pretty much every fan nickname for a ship was a Portmanteau Couple Name. Vinyareno (Vinyaya/Nazareno) actually was mentioned in canon by the comm chatter.
  • Post Final Boss: Blaire Darkling.
  • Posthumous Character: Edward Korrupte and Urlig Sindstorme, as well as Orange, Keaton, Deniro, Verbal, and Scorsese, all of whom meet rather nasty ends in the flashback.
  • Posthumous Collaboration: Long after Kotua in Space left the RPG, Jackson Lake wrapped up the story of ShadowTech and Canis Schattenberg.
    • In a way, the Dino Attack RPG itself can be considered a Posthumous Collaboration of the Dino Attack line, as it answered many questions raised by the original LEGO Theme such as the very cause of the Dino Attack. This particular question remained unanswered for years until PeabodySam realized that LEGO was never going to provide an official answer, leading to the introduction of Dr. Rex, XERRD, and the Maelstrom.
  • The Power of Rock: In a nod to LEGO Rock Band, various rock groups such as David Bowie and Queen attempted to calm the Antarctica riots with rock music. Lampshaded by Greybeard, who doubted that it would work, and Lord Vladek, who reminisced about times when The Power of Rock meant dropping a boulder on someone.
    • Technically, it's Classical music that Rotor always plays, but that still doesn't change the fact that if you're an enemy of the Dino Attack team, and you hear "'Ride of the Valkyries" in the distance, you'd better start running.
  • Power Trio:
    • Early in the RPG, Atton Rand only had three characters; Zenna, Axle, and Elizabeth. However, Axle's role was dropped in favor of focusing on characters that were introduced by Atton Rand himselfnote  rather than the LEGO Company after his return from hiatus, and Zenna was critically wounded in the Adventurers' Island campaign, leaving Elizabeth as the only one of them to still be present in At War's End.
    • Even though we never saw them in action, Alex Tage, Dyno, and Jet are apparently a Power Trio.
  • Prayer Is a Last Resort: Dr. Noomi Shaw finds enough comfort in faith (even if she's not sure exactly which deity to believe in) that she wears a cross and sometimes tries to get a prayer in during surgery, though she does try not to draw attention from her fellow doctors by doing so.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Specs and Viper worked together to deliver one to Dr. Rex: "The Mutant Tyrant Lizard King... now extinct!"
    • A bit of a Running Gag with Adventure during the final battle is that he kept trying to deliver Pre-Mortem One-Liners to Dr. Rex, but the trope would always be subverted. On his first attempt, Dr. Rex did not show up, rendering the one-liner useless. On his second attempt, the one-liner appeared to work at first (although it nearly worked against Adventure, giving himself away to Dr. Rex in what should have been a surprise attack), but then it was horrifically subverted by the Darkitect's Divine Intervention, which turned the Pre-Mortem One-Liner into just a One-Liner.
  • Preacher Man: Sort of. Given it's on a family friendly board there isn't much religious discussion. As a result, the closest people in the cast to an actual preacher are probably Pharisee and Shaw, the former of whom uses the Bible to justify his actions, while the latter is a doctor who wears a cross and tries to find comfort in faith and the belief in a deity.
    • Interestingly, Shaw subverts many elements commonly associated with depictions of Preachers (though she was never explicitly said to be Christian), having conducted a homosexual wedding.
  • Prehistoric Monster: The Mutant Dinos.
  • Precision Z-Strike: Whenever Garry gets mad.
    • An example of Oo C Is Serious Business: Rex rarely swears out loud, but after Dr. Rex survived a near-death experience due to Baron Typhonus's Divine Intervention and subsequently killed Adventure, Rex dropped a few MegaBloks.
    • Minerva, who does not swear frequently, let out one precise "znapping" when called by her family nickname by Oswald while fighting him.
  • Previous Player-Character Cameo:
    • Samuel "Lay" Go and Ben Baseplate, both from LEGO Island RPG.
    • Although not exactly cameo appearances, Frozeen, Magma, Greybeard, Coral, and Elizabeth Winsor are all former RPG primary characters who returned as NPCs in the Dino Attack RPG.
    • The cameo appearance of Sir Robert Batrick, who originated as "Bob the Bat", one of PeabodySam's custom characters in LEGO Racers.
  • Principles Zealot: Pharisee
  • Private Detective: Bogart.
  • Professional Killer: Silencia Venomosa.
  • The Professor: Frank Einstein and Fuchs.
  • Promotion to Parent: Oswald to Tod, Minerva, and even Athena Fabello after their father's death and mother's decline in mental health. Tod promoted himself to a parent over Minerva as he grew older.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Nearly every character working for the Agents, who wished to take care of the Dino Attack themselves rather than fund a new Dino Attack Team's foundation, is depicted as snobby and pretentious. The Dino Attack RPG Wiki page for the Agents Defense Organization notes that, because Dino Attack RPG is told from the perspective of the Dino Attack Team, the depiction of Agents in the RPG has been biased against them. In reality, the Agents just want to stop the Mutant Dinos and bring peace to the world; unfortunately, because of the inter-organization disputes, they have been depicted as more antagonistic. Nonetheless, following the decision by Agents and Dino Attack to put aside their differences and work together, the Agents have been portrayed in a better light.
  • Psycho for Hire:
    • In keeping with their inspiration, the Second Headquarters Squad has some elements of this, though Soldier, Heavy, and Pyro might be the worst of the lot.
    • Rotor also comes pretty darn close.
    • For supposedly being cold and only caring about money, Trigger certainly has proven to be violent and unpredictable toward whoever is closest.
    • The first thing Snake did once he arrived at the headquarters is beat up a man just because said man had the same name as him.
  • Psychotic Smirk:
    • Dust really smiles a lot. Usually when he's freaking somebody out.
    • Palmer had one just before his reveal, as did a Maelstrom projection of Kate Bishop.
    • When Silencia Venomosa smiles, it's most likely a Psychotic Smirk.
    • Blaire Darkling frequently did this.
  • Ptero Soarer: Mutant Pterosaurs.
  • Punch Clock Villain:
    • Trigger's former partner Montoya is implied to be simply trying to make a living for him and his waitress girlfriend. He also got very defensive when one of his partners refused to pay for a waitress's tip.
    • Even Silencia Venomosa has some traits of a Punch Clock Villain, seeing as she won't go out of her way to kill someone unless she is hired to do so.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • Lord Sam Sinister while rejecting Baron Typhonus's proposal.
    • Rex during his No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of French Fries.
    • Michelle Glados while reiterating her belief that emotion is weakness, then proving her point by killing Amanda.
  • Punctuated Pounding: A serious example, during Rex's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of French Fries.
  • Punishment Detail: Played with by Digger following the idealist-realist conflict. He is officially demoted to Standard Agent rank by Specs, Shadow, and Viper, but he also chooses to punish himself by volunteering to be a janitor. Of course, following the revelation that the Maelstrom was behind Digger's mutiny, Digger was relieved of these duties and allowed to resume his status as Elite Commando Agent.
  • Purple Is The New Black: Stromlings and the Maelstrom.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • When a player stops contributing to Dino Attack RPG, their characters are Put on a Bus until their return. It's usually said that they're still presumably active, just going on adventures and missions off-screen while the story continues to focus on the characters of players who are still active.
    • When PeabodySam realized that he had accidentally subjected Trouble to Chuck Cunningham Syndrome, he instead decided to officially Put Trouble on a Bus until his inevitable return in the final battle.
    • After the Adventurers' Island mission, Chompy was left behind on the island to lead the T-Rex pack, as part of an effort by PeabodySam to reduce his number of NPCs for the Final Battle.
    • Characters who have been teleported to Antarctica during the Final Battle, such as Talia Kaahs, Sam Throramebi, Ben Gunn, and Naomi Carver, are considered to be Put on a Bus until the final battle is over.
    • The Bus Came Back: Trouble and Zenna, both in a Back for the Finale fashion.
    • Bus Crash:
      • If a player is banned from Dino Attack RPG, their characters are said to be formally discharged by Specs.
      • Libo was killed off-screen sometime during his absence, a la Dropped a Bridge on Him.
    • Put on a Bus to Hell: While there doesn't seem to be any malicious intent on Atton Rand's part, Zenna was Put on a Bus after having nearly died from blood loss and has not even been mentioned in Dino Attack: At War's End, with all of Atton Rand's posts focusing on his NPCs instead. Additionally, had Atton Rand not decided to just Throw It In after that guy from that show confirmed that Zenna survived, Zenna might have even died. Luckily, though, Zenna was ultimately able to catch a bus leaving from Hell and was Back for the Finale.
  • Putting on the Reich: Brikman McStudz's interpretation views the XERRD guard uniforms as strikingly similar to the uniforms worn by the Nazi Schutzstaffel. Blaire Darkling's trenchcoat also sports XERRD's emblem on his shoulder as a reference to soldiers wearing a swastika armband.
  • Pyromaniac:
    • Pyro and Andrea Jackson Orange.
    • Kat in her earliest appearances in the RPG.

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  • Race Against Time: A few examples of this include the XERRD Fortress's six-minute countdown to toxins flooding the base and Zachary Virchaus's You Have Sixty Hours proposal, although the latter was ultimately subverted because Virchaus kept pushing the deadline back.
  • The Radio Dies First: You know things are heating up whenever the radio goes kaput. However, while this seemed like a Type 2 example played by Rule of Drama at first, it was eventually revealed to be a Type 3 example when the ex-communications officer, Ata, revealed that he was intentionally sabotaging the radio signals.
  • Rage Against the Author: Aster Oid's dusty memory card rant.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Rex has been holding on to a lot of anger, dating back to the Kotua era. Unfortunately for French Fries, he pushed Rex's Berserk Button at just the wrong time.
  • Railroading: When Atton Rand did the sensible thing by trying to keep the Second Headquarters Squad safe, this interfered with PeabodySam's plans, and so the Second Headquarters Squad was immediately removed from their safe location, largely due to incompetence on Soldier's part.
  • Rampage from a Nail: Rex's only tamed Mutant T-Rex, Maw, suddenly went on a maddened rampage and, in the process, nearly kill Dino Attack Team's founding members. When Rex was able to calm Maw down, he discovered that the T-Rex had been stabbed in the foot by Sam Sinister.
  • Rapid Fire No:
    • Zed Provhezor's response to seeing a bunch of grunts protecting just two scientists, unaware that those grunts and scientists were actually disguised Dino Attack agents infiltrating the XERRD Fortress.
    • Rex's reaction to Michelle Glados shooting Amanda.
  • Raptor Attack: Mutant Raptors.
  • Rasputinian Death: Maria tries snooping around a bedroom where a mutant hybrid officer just happens to be sleeping. Her solution? Smother him with a pillow, shoot him twice through the head, and then slit his throat.
  • Ray Gun: Nearly every weapon in the game.
  • Reality Ensues: It happens a lot with Hertz. He makes absolutely no progress with his arm injury while it continues to be under stress. After fighting at the temple of creation and later at the headquarters, the injury actually worsens as any broken arm would when it is constantly brought through more and more pressure and trauma.
    • It happens to a greater degree after he survives the explosion in the lounge. It would be impossible to live through a blast such as that without major trauma, and as result he sustains serious hearing damage from the blast. Impaired hearing following an explosion is not uncommon and it becoming permanently deaf is a real possibility.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic:
    • The pirates, knights, and other such anachronistic populations are presented as aware of modern technology but deliberately choosing to forsake it in favor of a more anachronistic lifestyle modeled after the golden age of piracy, the medieval ages, etc. This might seem like a unrealistic choice, until you remember that there is a group of people in real life who forsake modern technology in favor of a more anachronistic lifestyle: the Amish.
    • While LEGO City's coordinates are never confirmed, it is located far enough north to receive snowfall in the winter, as shown in LEGO promotional material. It seems odd that, in a city located that far north, there would be a thunderstorm instead of a snowstorm as late as December 21. Yet, in real life, cities as far north as New England can experience thunderstorms in late December or even early January.
  • Recruiting the Criminal:
    • Dino Attack Team allied with Evil Ogel, Sam Sinister, the Brickster, and Lord Vladek.
    • Dust could also be considered a criminal, to a degree, since he often ended up in jail and bribed his way out before ended up working with the Dino Attack Team.
    • Trigger isn't neccessarily a criminal, but he has participated in a few illegal activities (his involvement in the Mindstorms, Inc. affair quickly springs to mind).
    • And, of course, there's Snake.
  • Recursive Acronym: D.I.N.O. stands for Dino Invasion Neutralization Organization.
  • Recycled INSPACE: In the Dino Attack RPG's early days, it was essentially Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG Recycled IN DINO ATTACK!
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over:
    • Evil Ogel's empire.
    • XERRD in general.
    • Some Mutant Dinos, usually Mutant T-Rexes but also Mutant Raptors and Mutant Pterosaurs, have black and red scales.
  • Redemption in the Rain:
    • Pharisee could have had a Heel Realization after shooting Carrie. Whether or not this is redemption is debatable, but he now has to live with his failure and understands that Montoya and Carrie did not deserve what he did to them.
    • It seems Trigger may also have experienced one after being fatally shot.
    • Ingrid had one after she sacrificed herself to save Solomon.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
  • Red-Headed Hero: Frozeen, Hotwire, and Zachary Virchaus.
  • Red Herring:
    • Turns out the Pharaoh's Forbidden Ruins wasn't the Maelstrom Temple after all. It really was the Temple of Creation the whole time.
    • Quadrant 14 of the Goo Caverns contained nothing but an ambush.
    • Dr. Rex is exceptionally fond of Red Herrings, it seems. He dressed a random Mutant T-Rex in silver armor and sent it to the front lines of his Mutant Dino army, knowing that the Dino Attack Team would naturally assume that this T-Rex was Dr. Rex. While they concentrated on fighting the Red Herring, the real Dr. Rex led some Mutant Dinos through the subway system.
  • Red Shirt:
    • There is literally a Dino Attack agent codenamed Redshirt. Or, at least, there was.
    • Roger Remous was basically introduced so that he could be eliminated only a few posts later. Unlike most Red Shirts, Roger received much more posthumous importance, ultimately leading to a moment in the LEGO Island arc where news of his death caused the Dino Attack Team to hesitate long enough for the Brickspider Bot to take the Constructopedia. Interestingly, "Roger" was also the first name of another one of PeabodySam's Red Shirts introduced in Two Worlds.
    • Pointman was basically introduced so that he could try to perform a Heroic Sacrifice against Dr. Rex.
    • Red Shirt Army: Most unnamed NPCs are considered Red Shirts, including an entire group of unnamed Dino Attack agents disguised as XERRD grunts.
  • Redemption Equals Death:
    • Played with by Frank Einstien/Wallace Bishop. He never needed to be redeemed, since he was good all along. However, it wasn't until after everyone realized that he was a good guy that he was killed by the Darkitect.
    • Amanda Claw joined Dino Attack Team to redeem herself of all the crimes she committed as Silencia Venomosa. Before all was said and done, she kicked the bucket.
    • Okay, how many of you seriously thought that General, who was the Atoner and trying to redeem himself of his past, was going to live happily ever after?
  • Redundant Parody: The battle between Snake and Plastic Serpent would have been a humorous satire of Solid Snake and a scathing commentary by Atton Rand about the similarities between Solid Snake and Snake Plissken... if it weren't for the fact that the Metal Gear series already openly acknowledges and fully embraces this fact, and John Carpenter actually gave his blessing to the series.
  • Reforged into a Minion: Raptor, after meeting his supposed end at the jaws of a Mutant T-Rex, was reforged into Enox Phorm by XERRD.
  • Reimagining The Artifact: When adapting older RPG canon to fit in with current RPG canon, especially for the wiki, PeabodySam and his fellow writers try to reinterpret that which is out-of-place, rather than completely toss it into Canon Discontinuity. Here are a few examples:
    • Originally, the G.E. Body was a robot possessed by the ghost of a deceased person. It has been reimagined as an exosuit shell encasing the body of the badly-wounded, but still living, host.
    • Some details of the "Kotua and Chaos" era were Rewritten to better connect some plot elements to more recent plot developments. For instance, ShadowTech's creation of Chaos was connected to their study of the Maelstrom, and the mysterious tower that inexplicably (and never was explained) showed up in place of the destroyed Dino Attack Headquarters has been changed to a new Dino Attack Headquarters built by Brick League United.
    • The story of Jecht "Landro" Raptor and Bailey/Banchicto received a major renovation in order to fit in with modern RPG canon. Rather than Landro being an alien king of the Mutant Dinos, he is now a mere XERRD scientist who was horribly mutated in a lab accident and went mad (an adaptation of the original story claiming that Landro was behind the Dino Attack). Banchicto was Retconned into Canon Discontinuity and much of Landro's dialogue was Retconned into maddened rambling, now including a claim that he supposedly mutated Bailey (instead of the original revelation that he and Banchicto were brothers).
    • In Dino Attack RPG, the Future Villains travel back in time using a formula that Zero once wrote on a piece of cardboard. On Dino Attack RPG Wiki, this was reimagined as the Future Villains traveling back in time through illegal use of a Hypno Disc.
  • Reluctant Psycho: Oswald was fighting against his own mental instability before losing it after realizing the Darkitect was manipulating him.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Mutant Dinosaurs.
  • Retcon: As a story that has constantly evolved over the span of over seven years, there were some inevitable Retcons made in Dino Attack RPG. See also Canon Discontinuity for entire sections of the RPG that were removed from the canon by Retcons, such as the BIONICLE content.
    • Cerebus Retcon:
      • Some of Chompy's dialogue in Dino Attack RPG suggests that he suffered some emotional scarring as a result of Dr. Kilroy giving him to Frozeen in Alpha Team: Mission Deep Freeze RPG. Even though Dr. Kilroy did it out of gratitude to Alpha Team and Frozeen was a Nice Guy who always cared for Chompy, being taken from his family at such a young age without any say in the matter was probably not the best thing for Chompy.
      • Roger Remous was literally introduced for no purpose other than to introduce Amanda Claw and then get killed off without much fanfare. As of the LEGO Island story arc, his death has taken a far more serious toll on Amanda.
      • It's unknown if this will be canonized, but Andrewnuva199 expressed interest in explaining BZP Noob #30000's now non-canon BIONICLE-related material as Zero slowly suffering a mental breakdown.
    • Rewrite:
      • Chompy's sibling who appeared to freeze to death during Mission Deep Freeze? He actually survived, and he is none other than Rex.
      • Due to unpronounceable names, the Fbrickster and Fvladek were renamed the Frickster and Fladek.
      • PeabodySam has expressed interest in rewriting the scene where Rex first meets Amanda to make the Romantic Plot Tumor a little more believable.
      • After the introduction of Andrew Jackson, Pyro's role in the RPG was Rewritten so that Andrew Jackson was the real agent Pyro and A.J. Orange was posing as him. The Pyro we saw on LEGO Island and at Gold City was the real Pyro. The Pyro we saw during the mole hunt and beyond was Retconned to be the imposter. Additionally, while the real Pyro's name was originally Andrew Jackson Orange, this was Rewritten so that "Orange" was only the surname of the false Pyro, meaning any references to "A.J. Orange" prior to the mole hunt are considered non-canon.
    • Remember the New Guy:
      • Rex apparently worked with Hotwire at some point before the Goo Caverns mission, even though Jackson Lake joined Dino Attack RPG around the time that Rex was discharged from Dino Attack Team and revealed his true Mutant T-Rex form.
      • Rex also recognized Scout and Sniper from the LEGO Island mission, even though they were not introduced until after the mission ended.
      • Barry Jackson's biography mentions that he was present at the battle against the skeleton mummy, although that occured before he was introduced. Justified, in that there were a number of anonymous agents present, so he could very well have been among them.
      • Frozeen instantly recognized Shannon Grimton when she was first introduced. This was Lampshaded by Greybeard, who referred to this trope by name when he was confused about how Frozeen and Shannon knew each other.
      • Zelda Frodongan and Scratch are described as having participated in the Goo Caverns, LEGO Island, and Antarctica missions despite Brikman McStudz not joining the RPG until the Adventurers' Island story arc.
      • Semick met Zero at one point, even though BZP Noob #30000 was banned from BZPower long before Andrewnuva199 joined the RPG.
  • Retirony: Inverted. Out of all the criminals in Trigger's flashback, Montoya is clearly the most morally sound, and is the one man out of the lot who was planning to go straight and settle down with his girlfriend. As it happened, not only was he one of the only survivors of the heist, but as of the final battle he's now the last surviving participant.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better:
    • Clint Wayne seems to think so, seeing as he is only armed with his old revolver.
    • While Greybeard and Sam Sinister occasionally use modern weapons when in dire need, they prefer using classic pistols.
    • Carl Lutsky likes to fight with big guns but a revolver is his preferred sidearm.
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: Not specifically any of the in-game characters (although Frozeen admitted to being one in Alpha Team RPG: Ogel's Last Stand), but many of Dino Attack RPG's writers are notorious for this reason, to the point where they stopped referring to it as "procrastination" and started referring to it as "PeabodySam's Disease".
  • Ring Around the Collar: Cranky.
  • Robot Buddy:
  • Robotic Reveal: Cameron O'Cozy.
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: If it weren't an alternate ending, December 21, 2010 could easily be seen as an example of this.
  • Ron the Death Eater: In-universe; Digger, under the influence of the Maelstrom, revolted against Specs and commanded the Dino Attack Team with an iron fist.
  • Rope Bridge: There was one leading to the Maelstrom Temple. Of course, it snapped.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Unfortunately, while that guy from that show is one of the RPG's best writers, his work is peppered with these Rouge Angles, so any Grammar Nazis will have to wear a gas mask when reading that guy's work. A couple common examples of these Rouge Angles are "well" (intended to be "while") and "latter" (intended to be "later"). Other Rouge Angles, which are thankfully much fewer in number, tend to be not so innocent, such as "grope" (intended to be "group") and "raping" (intended to be "wrapping"). A more amusing instance was the use of "suet" in place of "soot."
  • Rounded Character: Dust, Minerva, Lutsky, Zachary, and Amanda Claw.
  • Rousing Speech:
    • Considering that Greybeard is probably the RPG's least eloquent English speaker, he's pretty darn good at coming up with Rousing Speeches on the spot, especially in Antarctica and just before the final battle.
    • Specs and Semick are also fond of Rousing Speeches.
  • Rule of Cool: Comes into play at times. For example, why does Dino Attack Headquarters have a glass roof over the science labs? Because it's cool!
  • Rule of Drama: Often put into effect, in order to make the story more dramatic.
    • As with many stories, liberties are taken in what would otherwise be "realistic" or "practical" to go for a more dramatic route instead. There was a debate that Atton Rand had with Brikman McStudz over whether or not Zelda should walk to her destination or take a T-1 Typhoon. Atton argued that taking the Typhoon was far more practical, but Brikman wanted Zelda to walk because it would be more dramatic. Atton Rand and Brikman McStudz also butted heads over Holly Vinyaya being able to leave the hospital wing and returning to battle so soon after having her wounds treated, again with the former arguing that she should not be allowed to leave for the sake of realism but the latter pushing for her to leave for the sake of drama.
  • Rule of Funny:
    • When Enter and Return are on-screen, anything goes.
    • Ronald E. Army's comical ineptness and status as a Straw Character allows him to be abused by the Rule of Funny. The results range from him learning that he was never actually a general, to him going on long and pointless monologues that end up getting himself confused, to him constantly being beaten up by anyone whom he insults.
  • Rule of Symbolism:
    • Dust appears to Lutsky dressed entirely in black and wearing a suit. In one hand he carries a green apple and in the other he bears a deck of cards that only contains black 4s and Aces.
    • Shortly before Baron Typhonus's Divine Intervention and Demonic Possession of Dr. Rex, the clouds overhead just happened to be swirling in a vortex-like shape.
    • The date December 21 appears to be very symbolic of "the end" to Dino Attack RPG, to the point where it is used thrice over the course of Dino Attack RPG. Is it contrived coincidence? Nah, just symbolism.
  • Rule of Three: The RPG is too long to list every example of this trope, but here's a few of them:
    • There were three story arcs before the final battle.
    • XERRD pulled three Bait And Switches against Dino Attack Team.
    • Evil Ogel was apparently killed three times by Dr. Rex over the course of the final battle.
    • December 21 represents three endings of Dino Attack RPG: the date of an alternate ending, the date of the Final Battle, and the day on which Dino Attack RPG's final post was published.
  • Runaway Bride: Subverted. General believed that Talia Kaahs stood him up on their wedding day, but did not realize until many years later that she was kidnapped by Dr. Rex.
  • Running Gag:
    • If Evil Ogel ever gets angry, somebody's going to be tossed out a window.
    • Anybody order the super-spicy-tongue-melting-jail-cell-door-opening-hot pizza?
    • You should never EVER under any circumstances allow Enter and Return into an operating room, because their first move will always be to try and replace the equipment with sharks, trees, and/or umbrella. On Adventurers' Island they even got seperated from the team just so they could stop by a river to catch a shark, never mind the fact that sharks only live in salt water.
    • While not a Running Gag within Dino Attack RPG, a brief moment in which Elizabeth got rid of a pursuing policeman by telling him there were free donuts in the tavern was a reference to a bizarre running joke in the second Pirates RPG, where Elizabeth would escape from Imperial soldiers by shouting "drinks on the house", a statement which the soldiers would promptly take literally leading them start climbing on top of a tavern roof while Elizabeth would make her escape.
    • Rex has tried on numerous occasions to propose to Amanda. Every time, a more urgent matter comes up and distracts him. He only finally managed to succeed during the final battle.
    • "Lance Williams, the surfer?" is the most common response to anyone hearing his name, regardless of whether they should logically know a thing or two about surfing.

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