Film / Jurassic World

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Life finally found a way.
"The park is open."

After over a decade of Development Hell, Jurassic World is the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, after the release of Jurassic Park III in 2001. It is intended to be the first of a new era in the series. Colin Trevorrow takes over as director, while Steven Spielberg remains on as an executive producer. Like the third film, it uses concepts and characters created by Michael Crichton, but is not directly based on any novel of his.

Twenty-two years after the disastrous events at Isla Nublar in the first film, the late John Hammond's dream has finally come to fruition: the island now hosts a fully-functioning, popular, hardly-deadly-at-all theme park with dinosaurs, run by the Masrani Corporation, of which Hammond's InGen is now a subsidiary. However, the public has gotten used to the idea of cloned dinosaurs and attendance is slowly declining. Previously it was enough simply to introduce new species to the park but even that isn't enough any more. Therefore the latest attraction to be brought in isn't just a new species - it's a hybrid created by the park itself. And then it backfires disastrously, as things done by the park's owners always do...

Chris Pratt stars in the lead role of Owen Grady, a man hired to study the behavior of the Velociraptors, and Bryce Dallas Howard as the female lead and park operations manager, Claire Dearing. It also stars Irrfan Khan as Simon Masrani, the new owner of the park after the death of John Hammond, and Vincent D'Onofrio as the main human antagonist and head of security staff, Vic Hoskins. Zach and Gray are Claire's nephews and the main kids played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins. B.D. Wong is the only actor reprising his role from the original trilogy, as Dr. Henry Wu. Other actors for the movie include Omar Sy, Brian Tee, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus and Jake Johnson.

The first official trailer was released on November 25, 2014, and the movie opened in American cinemas on June 12, 2015 (slightly earlier elsewhere). It also has two separate Viral Marketing websites, one the "official site" of the Jurassic World park itself, another the website for Masrani Global Corporation.

A sequel will be released on June 22, 2018.


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  • Abandoned Area: The original park is located deep within the Restricted Area and has mostly been reclaimed by the jungle at this point.
  • Action Dress Rip: Almost parodied, Owen affirms that Claire is out of her element and needs to follow his lead, her response is loosen her belt, open her jacket but tie the edges and roll up her sleeves. At first it seemed almost like she was actually stripping and his reaction is more confused than impressed at her gung-ho attitude. (Note that one of his snarky remarks included her wearing heels, which she continues to wear to the end.) She isn't shown ripping her dress, but it can be seen ripped later on.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: A few lightly scattered, but a notable one happens when Owen and Claire come across a wounded Apatosaurus, comforting her as she dies. It's implied this is one of the few (if not the first) times Claire physically interacts with the dinosaurs, but also leads to the discovery that the Indominus was killing for sport.
  • Action Girl:
    • One of the ACU security force is a woman, who also happens to be one of the few to survive the attempt to capture the I. rex with non-lethal weapons.
    • Subverted with Claire. For much of the film she averts the usual Action Girl tropes, so when she does do something heroic it's suitably awesome. She even doubles as a surrogate Mama Bear (Auntie Bear?) after she's reunited with her nephews.
    • All four of the raptors as well, technically.
    • The Indominus Rex, Mosasaurus, and the Tyrannosaurus Rex can all be considered this, since all of the dinosaurs in the park are female. The T-rex is this in the fight with Indominus, as is the Mosasaurus, since after all, she dragged the I-rex to her doom. On the other hand, the I-rex is this against the Ankylosaurus, the ACU team, and likely countless other dinosaurs across the island (it is also worth noting that up until the Mosasaurus' assist, the I-rex was giving the T-rex a good ol' ass beating).
  • Actionised Sequel: Especially compared to the first film, this one has more guns, more deaths, more fights, etc.
  • Action Survivor: Almost all of the main characters, and by extension, the guests who weren't killed after the evacuation.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Masrani is terrified by the Indominus rex, but he can't help but admire the kind of fear she is capable of instilling.
    Claire: Think it'll scare the kids
    Masrani: The kids? This'll give parents nightmares.
    Claire: Is that...good?
    Masrani: It's fantastic.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: Claire goes from stiff and sleek to a disheveled woman of action during the course of the film.
  • Adult Fear:
    • "It'll give the parents nightmares." Masrani had no idea how prophetic this claim would be.
    • Claire finds out her nephews are missing in the jungle. The same jungle the I. rex is currently loose in.
    • Owen's constant fear that someone will underestimate his raptors and be mauled or killed because of it. Many real-life animal handlers, especially of large predators, have the same fear since this often results in the animal being euthanized.
  • Adults Are Useless: With the exception of Owen, pretty much every adult is either incompetent at best or greedy and self-serving at worst. Even Claire is more concerned at first with the success of the park than the potential safety risks of genetically engineering a highly intelligent hybrid dinosaur. It takes her nephews almost getting eaten by said dinosaur for her to come to her senses.
  • Aesop Amnesia: A Foregone Conclusion, considering how bad things went in the original film. But to the Masrani Corporation's credit, the park has been running successfully for enough time that the dinosaurs are beginning to lose their wonder with the public. And the one dinosaur that actually did break loose was a Living Weapon created to be such under their noses. If it wasn't for Claire's referring to all the dinosaurs as "assets" and "it," one could almost call this averted.
  • Affably Evil: Hoskins treats everyone like an old buddy — even when Owen disrespects him to his face (up to punching said face), Hoskins shrugs it off and continues on being friendly. Events go south for him when he tries this on Delta the Velociraptor. She ain't buying it.
  • All There in the Manual: The accompanying websites, viral marketing or not, provide a lot of background information on the film, such as when the park opened, how Hoskins became head of security, Hammond's passing (see below), and Dr. Wu's future projects for genetic research (namely an endeavor to recover DNA to clone Ice Age-era mammals).
  • Always a Bigger Fish:
    • The great white shark, one of the largest and most infamous predators in our world, is just a snack for the colossal sea reptile Mosasaurus, SeaWorld style. note  She also ends up being this for the I. rex, as well.
    • Director Colin Trevorrow was asked about the logistics of feeding the Mosasaurus great whites, given that those sharks are endangered. His response was that he'd actually considered that, and reasoned that logically, if InGen is able to clone extinct dinosaurs back to life, they're also capable of cloning endangered animals as food for the dinosaurs in their park.
    • Discussed during Dr. Wu's Shut Up, Kirk! to Masrani:
      Dr. Wu: “Monster” is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We've just gotten used to being the cat.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Just as with Jurassic Park, a series of unprecedented but ultimately preventable events turns Jurassic Word into one of these.
  • An Asskicking Christmas: The film is set during the Christmas vacation/break season, as indicated by the opening scenes of the film.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: Averted this time around with the Pteranodons, whose crests are very small because they're all female. Played straight with the Parasaurolophus, however, as they all have male crests (females have shorter crests).
  • Animals Hate Him: The raptors really dislike Hoskins and become aggressive every time he comes near them. Delta especially seems to hate him.
  • Apathetic Citizens: In a world where the last three Jurassic Park movies plots happened... people still manage to open the park and families come in droves with their kids.
  • Arc Symbol: There are several lingering shots of water throughout the film...
  • Arc Words: "More teeth."
  • Armies Are Evil: Played with. The Asset Containment Unit are very paramilitary, and some even have military backgrounds, but they are portrayed like people just doing their jobs. Hoskins' mercs seem to be a bit more sadistic, as indicated by their introduction with one taking out a Dimorphodon that's flying alongside their chopper on the way in and smiling about it, but they prove to be just as professional. One, seriously wounded, even warns Claire to run away from the raptors, saving her and the boys.
  • Artistic License – Biology: The I. rex, obviously, being a product of LEGO Genetics. Also see Artistic License – Paleontology below.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology:
    • Par for the course, and a point of disgruntlement for some viewers, though justified by the geneticists' use of frog DNA to fill in gaps coupled by the fact that some of the dinosaurs were left over from the original park. Aside from the unfeathered raptors and Gallimimus with flexible wrists inherited from the first film, the Pteranodon have no pycnofibres (hair-like filaments used for insulation) and are shown being able to carry off full-grown humans with just their feet. (Real pterosaur feet were pretty inept at grasping just about anything.) Not to mention there's also Stegosaurus that frequently lower their tails on the ground and Ankylosaurus with large spikes along its sides.
    • However, some bloggers have pointed out that aside from her exaggerated size, the Mosasaurus is possibly the most accurate animal in the entire park. She's correctly shown with two rows of teeth, although her tongue would have probably been forked like modern-day monitor lizards.
    • Invoked in the film. When confronted about the Indominus by Mr. Masrani, Dr. Wu mentions that the utilization of non-dinosaur DNA to fill in the gene sequence gaps has been done all along and that if the dinosaur DNA was purer the creatures would look very different. He also remarks that they were never aiming for accuracy to begin with, making changes to the appearance of some dinosaurs to make them look scarier/cooler, and addressing a popular criticism by stating that dinos don't have feathers because when the general public thinks of dinos, they think of hairless lizards. It also makes an effort to justify them being Super Persistent Predators; if you exaggerate the predator features, of course they're going to be more violent than normal animals.
    • Played with in regards to the long-running use of preserved mosquitoes in the franchise. They retrieve dinosaur DNA from blood in mosquitoes trapped in amber. How would a mosquito ever get blood from an aquatic Mosasaurus? Answer: they don't. While the kids are in line for the Gyrosphere, it's mentioned that the park now has the ability to extract DNA directly from fossils, eliminating the need to find amber-encased insects.
  • Ascended Extra: Dr. Henry Wu has a larger role than he had in the first film.
  • As Himself: Jimmy Fallon appears in a video for the Gyrosphere. This is a reference to Jimmy Fallon having videos on the Universal Studios tour.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Hoskins, while a Well-Intentioned Extremist in wanting the raptors as weapons for war to save lives, sees how effective at killing they are firsthand despite all the warnings from Owen not to do it.
    • Zig-Zagged with Claire's assistant Zara gets a totally over-the-top death scene; attacked by multiple Pteranodons, juggled between them, dropped in water and juggled some more, and then finally eaten by a Mosasaurus. All she did was get distracted and let an Emo Teen and his little Keet brother scamper away. Possibly retaliation for the Adult Fear of a minder losing track of kids, which results in them absent-mindedly wandering right into I. Rex's path, putting them through pretty much the entire movie. But it should also be noted that Claire was the one too busy to watch them herself. And that Claire is the one who ended up saving the day by luring a T. Rex to attack the I. Rex! Whoo... that's enough zigs to make you dizzy.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The Indominus rex convinces Owen's Velociraptors to join her side, presumably by discussing her badassery with them. In doing so she becomes Alpha. Owen realises this was possible because I. rex is part-raptor. Commence problem time.
  • A-Team Firing: The helicopter mounted minigun, thanks to Masrani's unsteady piloting. Averted for the rest of the movie; the professional mercenaries have no trouble hitting the Indominus rex with their rifles and submachine guns, it just fails to do anything to her.
  • Attack Animal: In the same vein as Living Weapon, Hoskins wants to use Owen's raptors as this in combat situations. He believes that since Owen has taught the raptors basic commands, they will be able to function on the battlefield as attack drones who cannot be hacked by the enemy. Owen points out the insanity behind this, since he is the only person that they will not kill on sight, none of their relationship is based on control, and unlike machines, raptors will eat you if they are hungry.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The I. rex is smart enough to find one on the Gyrosphere. The glass had been cracked earlier by an Ankylosaur tail, and the I. rex actually rotates the sphere 180 degrees to get at the cracked part, then stick a claw through to break it.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Hoskins wants to mass-produce Owen's raptors for military applications. Awesome? Unarguably. Impractical? Yes, and Hoskins finds this out the hard way. He thinks of them like giant dogs, as opposed to pack-hunting predators who see humans as prey. Kind of understandable after he sees Owen's interactions with his four Velociraptors; anyone not in the know about Dinosaur behaviour could easily see that and be persuaded of the merits of dinosaurs as Living Weapons, not realising they were looking at a Deceptively Simple Demonstration.
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Indominus rex, chosen deliberately as something scary but easy to pronounce.
    Claire: You should hear a four-year-old try to say "Archaeornithomimus".
  • Badass:
    • Owen is former Navy and trains Velociraptors, when the time comes he rides alongside them on a motorcycle while hunting the Indominus. When the kids meet him they both agree staying next to him is the safest place to be.
    • The animals in the park itself, especially the ones that play a major role; the Velociraptors are swift and cunning, the Indominus is so intelligent that she can solve complex problems in a matter of seconds, the Pteranodons attack in sheer numbers, the Tyrannosaurus rex requires no explanation and the Mosasaurus is 60-feet-long and eats great white sharks for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Badass Boast: Regarding the raptor pack:
    Gray: "Where's the alpha?"
    Owen: "You're looking at him, kid."
  • Badass Crew: Owen and his pack of hunting raptors.
  • The Bait: Claire uses herself as bait, while armed with a flare, to draw Rexie into battle against the I. rex. Food animals are often placed near windows by the park to attract predators for visitor viewing pleasure.
  • Bait and Switch: Claire's assistant Zara is attacked by a Pteranodon, and dropped into the Mosasaurus tank. Obviously, the big lizard is going to eat her. Except that the Pteranodons come in after her, and one gets a hold of her. Then the Mosasaurus eats both of them.
  • Bash Brothers: When the T. rex is at the mercy of the I. rex, Blue returns to the fight. Rexie gets a second wind and they work together to put I. rex on the ropes, Rexie matching her strength and Blue clawing at her back and eyes. After getting knocked off, Blue even rides the T. rex for another chance to transfer over. When it's all done, Rexie even shows respect to Blue and walks away.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Claire's makeup and (especially oddly) high heels remain unmarred throughout the entire movie, even though she spends a third of the film running through a hot, uncultivated South American island. Her hairdo becomes only slightly frizzy. Even her perfectly white suit stays clean until she and Owen reach the old visitor's center!
  • Behemoth Battle: Tyrannosaurus rex versus Indominus rex at the film's climax.
  • Berserk Button: Seeing Owen's Velociraptors as anything but incredibly dangerous and natural creatures shifts Owen from being a laid-back Casanova Wannabe to a stern and snappy hardass. Hoskins gets Owen in a bad mood with constantly talking about how he can tame raptors and use dinosaurs for military applications, and earns a punch to the face when he presses the issue.
  • Beta Couple: Subverted. Lowery tries to kiss Vivian, but she pulls away and tells him she has a boyfriend. Much awkwardness ensues.
  • BFG:
    • Zig-Zagged by the park's Asset Containment Unit. They primarily use non-lethal firearms, such as tranquilizer darts and net guns. When things get hairy, they do break out live ammunition, but their small arms have about as much effect as thrown rocks. They fare better with rocket launchers and a minigun, however.
    • Played straight with the personal firearms of Owen (who carries a customized .45-70 Marlin lever-action) and Barry (who packs a Smith and Wesson Model 460.)
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Hoskins and the I. rex. The I. rex is just causing trouble, while Hoskins wants to weaponize dinosaurs.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Blue gets KO'd by the I. rex pretty much straight-out in the final fight. Delta and Echo are killed. Ol' Rexy has been knocked over and is pretty slashed up as well, and the I. rex hovers over her for the kill. Owen, Claire, and the nephews look on in horror as their last best hope is about to be killed. Then a raptor bark is heard: Blue has come to and charges back into the fray at top speed! Rexy gets a second wind, and the two tag-team I. rex! Then the Mosasaurus finishes I. rex off!
  • Big Damn Kiss: Owen gives one to Claire about halfway through, after she rescues him from a Dimorphodon with his tranquilizer rifle. The movie also later has a subversion: Lowery attempts one on co-worker Vivian, but she rejects him.
    Vivian: Uh, I have a boyfriend. Don't usually mention him, but I do!
  • Bittersweet Ending: Owen, Claire, and her nephews manage to escape Jurassic World alive after the I. rex is finally taken down, but dozens of people are possibly dead, hundreds more are injured and will likely sue, the park is in complete disarray, Blue is the Sole Survivor of Owen's raptors, and Hammond's dream has been destroyed yet again. On top of that, if InGen and Masrani Corp. don't choose to reclaim the park, then it's likely many or all of the remaining dinosaurs will starve to death. The chances of another park being built after the incident in the film are slim to none, and it is highly likely that Jurassic World will be either abandoned or bulldozed to the ground. Also, The InGen people left with Dr. Wu and his research, with very ill intentions to use them for military purposes.
  • Black Comedy: The deaths of Nick, Zara and Hoskins could qualify; Nick's because of his stupidity in picking a hiding spot, Zara's because of the sheer overkill of it all and Hoskins' because it was well-deserved and completely karmic.
    • The first attempt at taking down the I. rex (with non-lethal weapons) is such an Epic Fail that it falls into this trope.
    • Charlie the raptor getting blown up with an anti-tank missile right when Owen appears to be successfully bonding with her.
  • Black Dude Dies First:
    • Played straight. The first person to be killed is a Latino (presumably Costa Rican) worker. Additionally, of the named/central characters, Masrani is the first to die.
    • Averted, however, with Barry, who is nearly killed by Blue but survives to the end of the movie.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Vivian, Zara, and Claire, respectively.
  • Bloody Handprint: One of Hoskins' men plants one on the window of the armored carrier that Claire and her nephews are sitting in. He warns her to start fleeing, and is killed while trying to get into the back of the truck.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Nick the Indominus rex paddock worker spurts so much blood when he's eaten that it's as if Indominus ate a human-sized Gusher's Fruit Snack.
  • Brains and Brawn: Claire and Owen respectively. The former deals with science and comes up with a pragmatic method of defeating the I. rex, the latter deals with combat and intends to go after the I. rex with "everything he's got". However, it should be noted that Owen's ability to train and connect with his raptors involves a whole lot of knowledge about animal behavior and psychology, which he uses far more effectively than anyone else in the film.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: After Jurassic Park and The Lost World (and Jurassic Park III), Jurassic World.
  • Break the Cutie: When people start dying, most every other character responds with either shock or grim seriousness. But Vivian, one of the command center employees, cannot stop crying every time it happens.
  • Break the Haughty: Claire believes that she can treat powerful and large predators like a possession. She learns the hard way that is not the case.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: Owen goes through one after his Velociraptors Blue, Echo, Charlie and Delta are under Indominus rex's control.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Hoskins does this to the raptors on several occasions and it's clear that Delta and Blue aren't happy with him touching them in the ready-cages. Delta especially throws a snarling fit whenever he comes anywhere near her. He's not taunting them from his perspective, but you can't bond with a raptor the same way you can a wolf-cub.
  • The Bus Came Back: Three from the first film: Dr. Henry Wu, the head geneticist of InGen; Mr. DNA, the cartoon character who explains the de-extinction process; and the T. rex from that film.
  • Call Back:
    • The ending hearkens back to the first film, with Rexy and Velociraptor fighting and a bigger fish appearing, only this time the former two are on the same side and the fish in question is actually a Mosasaurus.
    • Though it was only briefly touched on, Lex and Tim Murphy also got sent to visit a family member at Jurassic Park because their parents were going through a divorce.
    • There are two different shots of a pursuing dinosaur reflected in a mirrored surface from the vehicle being pursued, presumably in reference to the famous "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear" joke in the original film.
    • An early discussion between Owen and Hoskins brings up Peter Ludlow's notion of extinct animals having no rights upon being revived.
    • The entire first round between Rexy and Indominus is very similar (almost scene-for-scene) to the T. rex/Spinosaurus battle from Jurassic Park III, with Rexy biting into Indominus's neck and throwing her around before the latter breaks free and gets the upper hand. It probably would have ended the same way, if not for Blue.
    • "Don't go into the long grass!" Not the quote in specific, but events following the I. rex converting the raptors to its side plays out quite similarly to that famous scene from The Lost World.
  • The Cameo:
    • Jimmy Fallon (see As Himself above) is the obvious one, but Jimmy Buffett also appears as a man eager to save his margaritas during the pterosaur attack. Makes sense considering they came from his own restaurant (and if a soda costs $7 US, how much is a cocktail going to be?).
    • The Dilophosaurus from the first movie makes an appearance via hologram.
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • The Masrani website talks about the Bribri natives of Isla Nublar relocated to the mainland in The '80s, who were first represented in Jurassic Park: The Game in the character of Nima Cruz. The Suchomimus also makes an appearance, having been previously shown in the obscure fighting game Warpath: Jurassic Park, as does the Baryonyx, which has showed up in the Lost World video game and the toyline.
    • Dimorphodon made her first appearances in Jurassic Park Part 2 The Chaos Continues and The Lost World: Jurassic Park game as well.
  • Car Fu: Claire uses the armored truck she's driving to slam into one of the raptors running up along-side, causing it to crash into a tree.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless:
    • Much of the devastation and death could have been avoided early on if cell and radio reception didn't suddenly have problems working. In fact, radio reception is possibly worse than in the original film. Maybe part of the Verizon sponsorship was so they could get some decent cell towers up. The Gyrosphere in particular seems to interfere with cell reception despite being a plastic ball. The brothers accidentally lose their (broken) cell phone while running in terror, and jump in a river shortly afterwards, so there's a good chance they would've been screwed either way.
    • This is also subverted when the plot demands it. After several incidents of cellphones being useless, Claire is able to call the control room as she drives her car.
  • Central Theme:
    • Lacking control — be it a teenage son, or the killer instincts of a dinosaur.
    • The importance of family ties, teamwork and social interaction; Owen knows it (through working with the raptors), Claire and Zach have to learn it (Claire through saving her nephews and Zach through getting closer to his brother) and the I. rex never learned it (leading to her insanity and her downfall).
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The Mosasaurus is shown leaping out of the water after prey near the beginning. Later, it finishes Zara's Family-Unfriendly Death. Then it comes back in the finale to finish off I. rex.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The piece of flesh with the transponder that was recovered from the I. rex from the first ACU team is used to help the raptors obtain her scent later in the film. Unfortunately, the raptors do a Face–Heel Turn when they run into her.
    • The flare used to lure Rexy to her feed is also used by Claire to direct her to the rampaging I. rex. This also functions as a Call Back to the first film, when Dr. Grant and Ian Malcolm distracted Rexy's attention away from the kids using flares. Rexy is already conditioned to respond to flares.
    • Gray triggers a holographic image of a Dilophosaurus (spitter) to distract the raptor chasing them through the visitors' center. Works like a charm.
    • On the I. rex's side, it stops pursuing the boys when they dive down into water, hinting that it's not equipped for water survival, hence why the Mosasaurus is perfect to deliver the final blow.
  • The Chew Toy:
    • Jimmy Fallon makes a cameo and his appearance can be treated as such. He acts like an idiot in a safety video for comedy (i.e. holding up real poison without safety gloves telling the audience not to touch poison without safety gloves, etc.)
    • Zara becomes a literal one for the Pteranodons and the Mosasaurus.
  • Clones Are People Too: A big theme of the movie is that the dinosaurs, while genetically engineered clones, are every bit as alive as any other animal. Owen quickly notes in seconds of seeing the Indominus' enclosure that the staff not treating her as an animal (namely isolating her completely in a compound too small for an animal her size) is likely bad for her psychological well-being. Needless to say, he's right.
  • Closer Than They Appear: The trope is given an encode appearance.
  • Clothing Damage: Claire suffers quite a bit of it. Not that that's a bad thing, mind you.
  • The Coconut Effect: As is common in films with large creatures, they stomp everywhere - a large dino walking nearby you can often hear the footsteps. Of course this is not the case in reality. As anyone who has seen an elephant walk at the circus or in a zoo, they place their feet down gently without a "boom" because their heavy weight is already supported by the feet on the ground - when their foot is already down they shift their weight onto it.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The individual raptors have different color patterns. Charlie has distinctive stripes and the classic greenish-brown color of the raptors in the first film, Delta is greenish, Blue is blue-grey, and Echo is sandy yellow.
  • Combat and Support: The team-up between Rexy and Blue at the end. Rexy is the Combat, dealing heavy damage to the I. rex, while Blue is the Support by distracting and diverting the I. rex's focus so that it cannot attack Rexy and allowing Rexy to get a good hit on it.
  • Combat Stilettos: Claire manages to keep up with Owen scampering through the jungle and outrun a T. rex, all in 4-inch pumps. Hilariously lampshaded by Owen early on:
    Owen: You won't last two minutes out here. Especially in those ridiculous shoes.
  • Combination Attack: Blue and the Tyrannosaurus tag-team the Indominus in the final battle, with Blue distracting her so that Rexy can land the heavy blows, with the Mosasaurus delivers the finisher by leaping from the water and dragging her down into the lagoon.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: Owen hides under a truck. Nick hides behind another truck, as he's too fat to get underneath. I. rex doesn't even bother walking around it, just picking up the truck and throwing it away, then eating Nick. Owen has an Oh Crap! when he realises his own cover is no good at all. He then cuts the brake line and covers himself in brake fluid to conceal his scent, and is not discovered.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The film opens on two dinosaur eggs hatching like in the first ''Jurassic" film, then is immediately subverted by the fearsome claws that emerge, followed by the menacing eye that peers out, turning the scene into a moment of absolute dread.
    • Both Zara and Lowery have a copy of Ian Malcolm's book, which was first mentioned in Jurassic Park III. The former is reading it during the monorail ride in the opening, the latter has it on his desk.
    • The park's T. rex is the same one from the original Jurassic Park, complete with scars from the injuries she sustained from the raptors at the end. And she's still being fed goats in front of a live (albeit larger) audience.
    • The raptors Imprinting to a human and possibly being trainable is discussed in both the original novel and the first film. The former involves a baby Velociraptor who is playful and enjoys body contact with her caretakers, while the latter has Hammond bring up the subject of dinosaurs imprinting on the first thing they see at birth.
    • The East Dock sign that Dennis Nedry crashed his Jeep into also makes an appearance during Claire and Owen's escape from the raptor pack.
    • The top item on the menu for Winston's Steakhouse is Chilean sea bass, the fancy meal that the characters didn't eat in the first film.
    • The Main Street on the island features as its centerpiece a skeleton of a Spinosaurus, the main antagonist from Jurassic Park III. And Rexy smashes through the skeleton, as a jab toward the one-sided nature of the fight between the two dinosaurs in that movie.
    • Another nod to the third movie is the "birdcage" that contains the Dimorphodons and Pteranodons — a major setpiece in that film, which plays a similarly important role in this one.
    • This will not be the first time that a dinosaur capable of camouflage has appeared in the franchise. The arcade version of The Lost World had a Carnotaur (based on the novel's short cameo of the Carnotaurs, which were also capable of camouflage), obviously inheriting genes from a chameleon, as one of the level-ending bosses.
    • Suchomimus and Baryonyx both showed up in Jurassic Park tie-in video games — a little-known fighting game called Warpath and the video game for The Lost World, respectively.
    • The Indominus rex attacking the kids' gyrosphere much like the Tyrannosaurus attacked Lex and Tim's touring car.
    • Mr. DNA shows up again as part of the educational hologram displays.
    • When Zach and Gray are stranded in the restricted zone, they stumble across the ruins of the old Jurassic Park. In there, they build a torch out of one of the bones from the skeleton exhibit and a fallen banner (both resulting from the climatic fight), find the night vision goggles Tim wore in a scene, and fix one of the old Jeeps.
    • When they are starting up the evacuation, Claire runs up to Owen and asks him to find her nephews, much like Hammond asking Muldoon to find Timmy and Lex in the first film.
    • While escaping from Delta in the Visitor Center, Gray activates a hologram of a Dilophosaurus from the first film, complete with her iconic frill, to distract the raptor. It works.
    • Claire "summons" Rexy by attracting her with a flare, just like Grant and Malcolm.
    • Once again someone dies by being stepped on.
    • Owen pointing out to Vic that drones don't get hungry and eat people echoes Ian's comment to Hammond that malfunctioning park attractions aren't supposed to eat the tourists.
    • Lowery is a big fan of the original park incident and wears a shirt with the original logo on it — which Claire amusingly treats as the equivalent of having a shirt about Auschwitz or something.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Several of the more prominent characters in the cast are clearly written to contrast similar characters in the original Jurassic Park, likely to avoid accusations of rehashing its plot. Claire Dearing is an efficiency focused park manager while Mr. Masrani has the John Hammond "wonder and excitement" vision. Owen Grady is similar in skills and personality to Robert Muldoon but has a much larger role in the story. Lowery Cruthers seems a little like the nerdy and slobby Dennis Nedry but nowhere near as selfish. The kids have their own character arc as they grow as brothers, and prove to be slightly less "scream and run" that prior kid characters were. See the "Characters" tab for more details.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Every fight the Indominus rex gets in with another dinosaur that was able to fight back. Even if some of them only lasted a few seconds, such as against the Ankylosaurus.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Subverted with the wise Simon Masrani. Though he holds off on alerting the guests, as that would be a PR disaster, his suggestions are otherwise quite reasonable. He refuses lethal options in the first attempt to recapture the Indominus rex because it is a significant financial investment and the park is supposed to be prepared for such contingencies. When that fails miserably and gets most of the ACU killed, he switches to lethal. Unfortunately, he is killed when the helicopter that he is flying gets knocked out of the sky by escaping Pteranodons. Played straight with Hoskins and Dr. Wu, although the latter is more of a Mad Scientist.
  • Covers Always Lie: More like "The Merch Always Lies"; the LEGO sets were said to represent key moments from the film and indeed, they include the I. rex's escape, the Pteranodons attacking Masrani's chopper, the I. rex becoming the raptors' new alpha and the Gyrosphere attack. Three however depict a Dilophosaurus attacking Gray (the Dilophosaurus only appears as a hologram, ironically triggered by Gray), Hoskins and a couple of ACU guys trying to capture the T.rex (which never happens in the film, though it could be an idea of how the rex was captured for the park in the first place), and a Gallimimus trap (the Gallimimuses appear for all of two seconds just to show off how impressive the park is and the animal depicted in the set looks nothing like a real Gallimimus).
  • Creating Life Is Bad: Dr. Wu crafted an entirely new breed of dinosaur to have a more frightful attraction for the park and to experiment for potential military use for Hoskins. His creation resulted in the deaths of countless park workers and patrons.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • This is a given, being a movie about dinosaurs on the loose, but the most disturbing death in the film goes to Echo the Velociraptor, who is bashed into a gas grill and burned alive while trying to battle the Indominus. The Apatosaurus herd and Ankylosaurus also suffer at I. rex's hands.
    • Poor Zara does not fare too well either, as she is snatched up by a Pteranodon, dropped in the Mosasaurus tank — and then picked up and dropped again and again before the Mosasaurus finally gobbles them both up.
    • Hoskins gets a pretty brutal death at the jaws of Delta, who can be seen eying him with hatred for a good chunk of the film. She backs him into a corner and no matter how calmly he tries to duplicate Owen's commands, she rips his hand off and then proceeds to turn him into a bloody smear on the wall.
    • Nick, the worker at the Indominus rex paddock who hides behind a truck is a pretty inoffensive guy (aside from being the guy that let it out of its paddock), and his death is quite gory and brutal, especially considering the look he and Owen exchange right before he gets eaten.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: Played straight when they enter Paddock 11 to see how the Indominus escaped leading to two people getting killed and her escaping. Subverted later when Zach and Gray decide to go off the grid and enter the restricted zone whereupon they're attacked by Indominus, but survive.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Indominus rex embodies this aspect quite nicely, and really sets the tone for the rest of the story in comparison with the other films. Her creation is by far the most questionable in the series compared to the other creatures, and she's also the first giant dinosaur antagonist in the series that is unquestionably and actively malicious rather than merely a very dangerous animal. For the first time ever, we also have direct confirmation that certain of the persons responsible for creating these creatures have ulterior and devious reasons for doing so. The film also features what could possibly be the highest body count in the series. Not just for human victims, but easily for dinosaurs as well. A number of these deaths being exceptionally brutal even by the series' standards.
  • David Versus Goliath: Owen's remaining Velociraptors take on the Indominus rex near the end of the film.
  • The Dead Have Names: When the Asset Containment Unit gets wiped out trying to recapture the I. rex. As each operative dies, the people in the control room see their vitals flatline on a readout next to their name and ID photo.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Owen gets a few good lines.
    Owen: You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea.
  • Death by Irony: Literally seconds after he went on a motive rant about weaponizing dinosaurs, Hoskins is cornered and brutally killed by one of the creatures he mistakenly thought he could control. Maybe he shouldn't have called Delta a boy when she had him cornered.
  • Death by Pragmatism: Nick's decision to go for Paddock 11's large maintenance door because Indominus blocks the other one seemed like a good idea at the time. Although he gets out, Owen unintentionally leads Indominus right out the door, whereupon she quickly finds and kills Nick.
  • Death from Above: The Main Street attack, wherein a swarm of escaped pterosaurs fly into the park's most populated area (thanks Indominus) and attack everything in sight.
  • Death Glare: Owen has one permanently painted on his face whenever Hoskins is anywhere near him or his raptors. And he looks positively murderous when Hoskins tries to take the raptors on a field test against the I. rex without his permission. Owen even punches him for it.
  • Decoy Protagonist: A sort of meta example; the first trailer seemed to be implying that Gray was going to be the protagonist. All trailers afterward hoisted Owen as the film's hero. In the film proper, the real protagonist is Claire. Also in the film proper, this trope is played with, as Claire is introduced first but the audience is still initially expected to see Owen as the protagonist.
  • Defiant to the End: The I. rex in her last moments. After being double-teamed and severely injured by Blue and the Tyrannosaurus, she manages to get back to her feet and give one last roar, before Mosasaurus leaps out of the water to deliver the final blow. Even then, she's clearly trying to fight for a few seconds.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Claire the Ice Queen has learned to open up thanks to the folksy charm of Owen.
  • Destructive Savior: Rexy.
  • Deus ex Machina: Two back-to-back, at that. When T. rex is being beaten by Indominus, Blue (who was thrown offscreen 10 minutes ago) charges, and the two team up against Indominus THEN, Mosasaurus rises from the depths of her lagoons and delivers an unlikely assist to Rexy and Blue by dragging Indominus to her doom.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: In an earlier contrast to the above, Mosasaurus settles things between Zara and the Pteranodon that's assailing her by eating them both.
  • Disney Villain Death: The I. rex is grabbed by the Mosasaurus by the neck, and is then dragged underwater to its death as it emits one final roar. The last thing we see is the Mosasaurus heading back into the water with the Indominus with it.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: During Claire's quick Action Dress Rip, Owen is speechless. Claire notices this and glares at him.
  • Domesticated Dinosaurs:
    • Complex example. Owen is on very familiar terms with a number of Velociraptors, and has trained them to the point that he can order them to back off if they're about to attack someone. However, it is clear that they are still dangerous predators who will bite your head off if you make the wrong move, and they are still confined to the Restricted Zone. Part of the reason Owen was hired seems to be to determine whether it's possible to tame them enough to put on public display. They are less like the dinosaur equivalent of dogs and more like tamed lions. And the I. rex is capable of communicating with and recruiting them, even if only for a brief period of time.
    • Most of the dinosaurs (those with low "Aggression Indices" on the website) are tame enough to ignore the tourists who go rolling or kayaking past them without any barriers. The Petting Zoo of baby dinosaurs even includes Triceratops with saddles for kids to ride!
    • Even the ones with medium "Aggression Indices" are trusted around people. The Ankylosaurus can be seen in the Gyrosphere Valley and the carnivorous Baryonyx and Suchomimus can be seen on the Cretaceous Cruise, both of which allow people to see the animals up close.
    • The Mosasaurus is frequently fed SeaWorld-style in front of large crowds (and her feeder is even capable of standing on a platform directly above her tank without worrying about being eaten) and the website implies that some human/pterosaur contact is permitted in the Aviary, as a Pteranodon apparently flew off with a man's hat at one point.
  • Don't Call Me Sir: Owen tells Claire not to call him "Mr. Grady."
  • Double Meaning Title: According to Colin Trevorrow, the movie title refers to the park, how bringing back dinosaurs and making them easily accessible to the public has made them a mundane part of the world, and the idea that the technology and resulting creatures once confined to InGen's Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna facilities could proliferate in an "open source" manner, as evidenced by the Sequel Hook of Henry Wu escaping the island with his embryos as well as excised dialogue between Wu and Masrani anticipating that others would soon be able to clone dinosaurs.
  • The Dreaded:
    • The in-universe promotional materials and guides for the park indicate that Velociraptors, being the vicious surplus hunters they are, have been excluded from the list of creatures tourists can view, even while other predators such as Rexy and Mosasaurus have not.
    • Everyone is scared of the I. rex. Even the Pteranodons, which are stated to be highly territorial, are terrified of the I. rex enough to flee their enclosure.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-universe, Claire considers Lowery sporting a classic Jurassic Park t-shirt after what happened in the first film to be in poor taste, and orders him not to wear it again. Because making Jurassic World after what happened is not.
  • Dumb Dinos: Averted - the raptors are still as dangerously intelligent as always, and the intelligence of the I. rex is a good part of why she's so terrifying. Rexy is also smart enough to strategize and team up with Blue to fight the I. rex, deliberately driving the latter to the mosasaur pool.
  • Enemy Eats Your Lunch: Hoskins reaches across Lowery's workspace and takes his soda. Lowery looks annoyed but doesn't (or can't) do anything about it.
  • Enemy Mine: The raptor Blue, the T. rex Rexy, and the Mosasaurus all work together to take down the I. rex.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: Just like in the first film, the unintended release of several dinosaurs sends everything into complete chaos, which was likely planned by the rampaging I. rex herself. It is the Pteranodons and Dimorphodons that really send the park into a frenzy, though. And this time, there's thousands of people caught up in the rampage instead of just a few dozen.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Zach barely shows any interest in his brother Gray, and instead is seen as a Casanova Wannabe, eyeing various girls despite already having a girlfriend.
    • Claire is not seen greeting her nephews when they arrive at the park, and instead sends her assistant Zara. And even when she does finally run into them, she is still booked with meetings until late in the evening, despite having promised to spend time with them. This is also the first time she has seen them in seven years, and she even has a hard time remembering what they look like, when asked to describe later. Also, everyone in the building tries to walk around the dinosaur holograms, but Claire walks right through them, showing her disregard for the creatures.
    • Owen is first shown trying to direct the raptors, and later helps to rescue a worker who accidentally falls into the raptor den. He also is not happy about Hoskins' attempt to weaponize the raptors after he manages to barely control them. Shortly after, when the Indominus gets loose and is mere feet away, he keeps his head by dousing himself in gasoline to mask his scent.
    • Within moments of his introduction at the raptor paddock, Hoskins starts talking about how war is the natural state of the world and that Velociraptors could be the perfect field weapon in modern warfare. This is in contrast to Owen and Barry, who both genuinely care for the raptors' well-being and think attempting to control wild animals is insane. Hoskins, on the other hand, comes across as uncaring and obsessed with the animals' applications, not the animals themselves.
    • Simon Masrani arrives via helicopter. Unfortunately, he was the one flying it and is still training, so when he takes Claire to the new Indominus rex paddock, its movements are a little jerky. While impeccably dressed and clearly filthy-rich, he's genuinely polite and friendly to everyone. He also references John Hammond, not worrying too much about the rising costs of the park so much as making sure the guests are entertained. He even mentions how Hammond "entrusted me with his legacy," and obviously wants to honor Hammond's original dream.
    • Late in the film, one of Hoskins' men shoots a flying Dimorphodon as they are flying towards the island. Unlike the ACU, his men do not mind using lethal means to contain the dinosaurs.
  • Everybody Owns A Ford: Although there's exceptions (Owen's Triumph, a Chevrolet truck, the Textron Tiger and Hummer the the InGen Mooks bring, etc.), almost all of the vehicles on Isla Nublar are either Mercedes or Kawasakis.
  • Everything Is an iPod in the Future: The park's buildings and other structures have this aesthetic in contrast to the jungly safari theme used for Jurassic Park. Justified, in that the new park is more in line with an aquarium aesthetic than a safari.
  • Evil-Detecting Raptors: Sort of. The raptors, especially Delta, seem to despise Hoskins. They were likely reacting to Owen's very obvious dislike of Hoskins, but this phenomenon is thought to be responsible for many Real Life examples of Evil-Detecting Dog too.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: The I. rex puts the lie to Hoskins' assertion that dinosaurs can be tamed, controlled, and used as attack animals by the army. Not only does she eat any humans she comes across and kill fellow dinosaurs for the fun of it (thus showing that she has no empathy, no taste for companionship outside of Mooks and a malicious streak on top of it), she also proves smarter than the humans trying to kill her and even persuades other dinosaurs to take her side.note  The fact that she was designed from inception to be a Living Weapon and still did all those things only serves to further illustrate the point.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Hoskins is last seen being ripped to shreds by a Velociraptor towards the end of the movie. Also happens to the I. rex, which is dragged into the lagoon by the Mosasaurus during the finale.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Most of the film takes place in a single day, stretching from early morning to late night.
  • Eye Scream:
    • During her last attack on the I. rex, Blue is trying to claw its eyes out, and seems to have succeeded on the left one.
    • At least one of the guests shown in the crowd getting medical treatment and meeting their families has a bandage over his eye.

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  • Failed Attempt at Drama
  • Failsafe Failure: When Owen and others try to escape the I. rex's exhibit, there is a door panel on the inside, allowing them to open the exit. While one worker gets out, the control room has to try and shut the door after that because the I. rex is too close behind Owen. The door closes very slowly allowing both Owen out and the dinosaur to stop it from closing all the way.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • Hamada's "IT CAN CAMOUFLAGE!" when the I. rex reveals herself and Zara's "Don't just stand there!" moments before she is snatched away by a rogue pterosaur. Though both of them scream a lot after their killers grab them.
    • After spending most of the film incorrectly using male pronouns to refer to the raptors and mistakenly complimenting Owen for his ability to control the raptors, Hoskins finds himself cornered by Delta, the Velociraptor that's been glaring at him all throughout the film. He attempts to calm her by reaching his hand towards her face and imitating the phrases and motions he's seen Owen perform. For a moment it seems to be working, but then he pushes his luck. His last words are confidently calling her a "Good boy," for obeying him, and that's the last straw for Delta; she bites off his hand and then mauls him to death.
  • Fandom-Specific Plot: Fanfics detailing Owen's relationship with the Raptor Squad became popular even before the film came out. Afterward, stories about Rexy, Blue, and sometimes the Mosasaurus becoming friends also became fairly popular.
  • Fanservice:
    • Claire effectively disrobing to more "practical" attire for the island jungle. Owen's briefly at a loss for words at this.
    • Owen sports an unbuttoned henley shirt during his and Claire's first scene together. In the same scene, the camera briefly focuses on Owen's butt—immediately after both he and Claire say the word "asset". Whether or not this one was intentional is not known.
  • Fat Bastard: Vic Hoskins, taking over for Dennis Nedry from the first film.
  • Feet-First Introduction:
    • Subverted; after the egg hatching opener, two wicked claws slam down like a Giant Foot of Stomping. What terrible creature do they belong to? A crow.
    • How we're introduced to Claire Dearing, with the camera panning from her feet up as she's riding an elevator.
    • Also the Velociraptors and Owen. The raptors' trademark sickle-claws are shown when they're training in the paddock and Owen's booted feet are shown as the camera pans up to the enclosure's catwalks.
    • How we're introduced to the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo, starting with another seemingly Giant Foot of Stomping before panning up to reveal a baby triceratops and its young rider.
  • Five Rounds Rapid: The Asset Containment Unit and InGen Security troopers are mostly equipped with assault rifles and shotguns which seem rather inadequate for killing 40 foot long genetically engineered monsters, and barely cause any damage to the I. rex. The M134 minigun and an AT4 missile launcher might have taken her out if they hadn't missed in the chaotic combat conditions, and it seems like the disaster could have been mitigated if management had had the foresight to stock more of those high caliber and explosive weapons.
  • Flatline: When the ACU team gets taken out one-by-one while fighting the I. rex, their vitals flatline on the screen back at Mission Control.
  • Forbidden Zone: The Restricted Area, which is located along the northern reaches of Isla Nublar. It also contains dinosaurs that are considered too dangerous to be showcased in the main park, like the Indominus rex, ankylosauri and Owen's Velociraptors.
  • Force And Finesse: Blue and Rexie teaming up against I. Rex. Blue uses her speed and Rexie her brute strength.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Just as with the first film, throughout the earlier parts of this one we see numerous subtle signs that the park is not being run as competently as it should be, given the severe threat represented by the animals being contained within. The woman in charge of most of the place is more interested in bottom lines and financial issues than the fact that she is essentially in charge of several animals, many of them extremely dangerous. It is implied that certain dinosaurs (like the Pachycephalosaurus) are frequently getting out of containment and need to be retrieved manually. Communication problems are rampant with phones and radios not reaching areas where they might really be needed. On the whole, the whole place gives off an air of complacency that seems to suggest that everyone has lowered their guard after running the park successfully for several years.
    • The I. rex has Velociraptor-like quill feathers on her back. She later recruits the raptor pack to her side.
    • The ViewMaster reel that Gray plays with at the beginning shows the ending of the movie: a dead Brachiosaurus, and two rexes fighting each other.
    • Earlier in the film, it is made abundantly clear that one of the Velociraptors has it out for Hoskins. Hoskins gets attacked and killed by the very same raptor, Delta, towards the end of the film.
    • The guide mentioning that the Mosasaurus hunted by snatching prey from the shoreline.
    • Hoskins claims that Masrani's corporation is too big and diversified for him to know everything about it; Hoskins himself and Dr. Wu are experimenting with Living Weapons without Masrani's approval.
    • When Claire is being flown to the Indominus's paddock by Masrani, she briefly panics when a bird when one gets a little too close to their flight path. Later, Masrani is killed when a flock of Pteranodons cause him to crash his helicopter.
  • For Science!: Dr. Wu is given a short speech talking about the crazy advances they've made in cloning and that the hybrid Indominus rex is really no different than any other dinosaur on the island because all of them were manufactured to be a certain way.
  • Four Philosophy Ensemble: Owen is The Realist, Claire is The Cynic, Zach is The Apathetic, and Gray is The Optimist.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Owen is Choleric, Claire is Melancholic, Zach is Phlegmatic, and Gray is Sanguine.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In a second of the trailer a map of the island is in the background. The northern area is called the Restricted Area. It's where the I. rex. enclosure and the original Visitor's Center is located.
    • Twice the book God Creates Dinosaurs, written by Ian Malcolm, can be briefly seen (there's even a picture of Jeff Goldblum in the back cover).
    • One of the screens in Wu's lab displays a second hybrid dinosaur called Stegoceratops, a hybrid of Stegosaurus and Triceratops. It was originally going to appear in the movie but was cut early in development, although it's been featured in the toy line and video-game adaptations.
    • When Claire runs off to release the T. rex for the fight against the Indominus, a gift-shop tee with a cartoon T. rex and the word balloon "I'm back!" is noticeable next to her nephews' heads.
  • Freudian Excuse: Hoskins has one, not so much a justification for his behaviour as an explanation for why he thinks dinosaurs would make good Living Weapons. He discusses at one point how he rescued a wolf cub and raised it like a tame dog, to the point it slept in bed with him; the wolf would later save his life when his wife tried to murder him by getting her first. With that in mind, he's probably sincere in his admittedly misguided belief that maintaining a pen of loyal dinosaur shock troopers would be a fitting substitute for drones and a way of lowering human casualties, because personal experience has taught him that animals a) can bond with humans enough to view them as family and obey their commands, and b) will violently defend their masters and/or surrogate human family against perceived threats. The only question is, what value did he place on all the lives who were lost in the name of putting his theory to the test?
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Gallows Humor, to be sure, but in the background of the pterosaur attack on Main Street, you can a sign for the petting zoo that reads "GENTLE GIANTS." Yeah...
    • While Gray and Zack talk in the gyrosphere, there are two Parasaurolophus squabbling behind them.
    • When Owen and Hoskins are bickering about dinosaurs and their military applications, a crouched Delta can be seen watching them from the paddock with a disturbing level of interest. No one seems to notice her over-eager behavior, either. Or, if they do, they hate Hoskins enough to ignore it.
  • Gambit Roulette:
    • The I. rex's plan to escape her cage relies on some humans going in there and one of them opening the main gate, both of which require incredible stupidity on the part of her captors. However smart, though, she's still an animal; one can't expect her to see all the angles.
    • Claire's plan to release Rexy from her paddock and lure her to the I. rex depends on a lot going right, mainly Claire being able to run faster than Rexy (in heels, no less) and Rexy deciding to fight I. rex, though the latter is fairly predictable animal behavior.
  • Gatling Good: One of the weapons used against the I. rex when she escapes is a minigun door-mounted on a helicopter. Unfortunately, they do not get to use the gun very long before she escapes into the Aviary to avoid the gunfire. And during the brief time they do get to fire on her, the gunner fails to properly lead his target (having a barely-trained pilot at the controls doesn't help). It doesn't even sound like a M134 should, with very distinguishable shots and thus like a typical stock machine gun rather than the loud constant roar a gatling-type weapons usually has.
  • Giant Flyer: Pteranodon, like the real thing.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Happens when I. rex grabs Hamada, drops him after being shot at, then crushes him underfoot in the water.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Rexy, when released from the pen. When seen through FLIR, the I. rex's and Velociraptors' eyes glow.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The Indominus rex breakout and her subsequent Curb-Stomp Battle against the ACU causes several characters to take drastic measures as the situation grows worse; Hoskins, Owen and Claire in particular. For Owen, it is to use his raptor pack. For Claire, it is releasing the old Tyrannosaurus rex, Rexy, from her pen. Ultimately, this trope is revealed to have been Invoked all along; we learn that Hoskins planned for this. He wanted to pit Owen's raptors and the I. rex against each other and takes the winner as a candidate for his Living Weapon program.
    Gray: We need more teeth.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Owen immediately suspects that this is one of the I. rex's major problems. Any animal will become psychologically damaged if they are never socialized with humans or other animals, and the I. rex has spent her entire life confined to a paddock that is far too small for her massive size. The only positive relationship the I. rex has is with the crane that brings her food; she even ate her own sibling. We later learn that this was part of Hoskins and Wu's plan all along, to create the perfect living weapon.
    Owen: Animals raised in isolation aren't always the most functional.
    Claire: Your raptors were born in captivity.
    Owen: With siblings. They learn social skills and I imprint on them when they're born. There's trust.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Where the Indominus rex is concerned. They wanted to create the most lethal predator ever, so they combined genetic information from T. rex, Velociraptor, cuttlefish, snakes, Giganotosaurus, and abelisaurids such as Carnotaurus. It is a surefire recipe for a giant, armored, hyper-intelligent, camouflaging, and murderous predator that kills for sport and swallows her prey whole.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: What Masrani initially thinks has happened with his latest theme park attraction; turns out there's a hidden agenda among those who created the I. rex.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • Just as the I. rex decapitates an Ankylosaurus.
    • While some human deaths are shown onscreen, a few suffer from this, with blood splattering on nearby walls and trees, or the sounds of their deaths heard instead.
    • We don't actually see what ultimately causes Zara's death either, just her being Swallowed Whole and the Pteranodon being chomped on.
  • Grandfather Clause: In the years since the first film came out, new scientific discoveries have changed the accepted look of many dinosaurs, most notably with the fact that dromaeosaurs such as Velociraptor had feathers. However, this film has not changed the dinosaurs to fit these new discoveries in order to keep them in line with their looks in the previous films. In-Universe these creatures are genetic chimeras, which Dr. Wu states is the reason behind discrepancies between the park dinosaurs and real dinosaurs.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Any animal listed as having a high Aggression Index on the website. I. rex and the Velociraptors have "Very High" Aggression Indices.
  • Hand Signals: Hoskins tries waving his hand at Delta as he's seen Owen do. Delta promptly eats his hand, as Hoskins had given the wrong signal — see Too Dumb to Live.
  • Harmful to Minors: The young Gray ends up seeing what happens when dinosaurs get to hunt humans. The park itself also discourages parents from letting their younger kids see more violent attractions such as the T. rex and Mosasaurus feedings.
  • Hassle-Free Hotwire: Zach and Gray manage to get one of the old jeeps from the original park to work and escape back to the resort with it. Amazingly it drives, considering that the there should have been a whole host of problems with it considering its age. The novelisation explains that they cannibalised a second jeep outside of the visitor's centre for gas and working parts.
  • Hate Sink: Vic Hoskins is an arrogant, manipulative braggard who engineered the catastrophe on the island to steal the dinosaur embryos for military use, and dies pathetically begging for his life to a Velociraptor. Like many monster movies before it, this is essentially the creators hedging their bets. The Indominus rex is a terrifying unstoppable killing machine, but was designed for exactly that reason. Hoskins on the other hand is genuinely loathsome on a human level.
  • The Heavy: While there are plenty of other dinosaurs (and a few humans) that cause death and destruction over the course of the film, the Indominus rex is the main antagonist and the danger is treated as pretty-much over as soon as I. rex is killed, despite the fact there is still a T. rex, some number of pterosaurs, and one remaining raptor wandering around. And it's unknown if the other large predators (Suchomimus, Baryonyx, and Metriacanthosaurus) are still in their pens or were released by the I. rex during her rampage.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: The supposedly trained raptors try to pounce on Owen early on when he rescues a worker who falls into their enclosure, but behave themselves thereafter until they decide that the I. rex's raptor blood makes her a better alpha. And then their life-long bond wins out and they switch sides to help Owen again.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • In as much as a species can have one. After years of being studied and trained, the previously Always Chaotic Evil Velociraptors can now work with and around humans with a degree of safety, with Owen specifically working with a pack of them during the movie.
    • And in the finale, Ol' Rexy saves the lives of everyone else once again by attacking the I. rex as soon as she is released, with Blue's help.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Averted when the boys congratulate Claire on how her boyfriend is a badass. Even though Owen is not her boyfriend (their first date was a disaster) Claire just smiles at the thought instead of making a vehement denial. They're already shared a Big Damn Kiss after all.
  • Hellish Copter: Masrani's blue EC 120 helicopter comes to a rather bad end.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Owen, who tried to date Claire though it proved comically unsuccessful. Played straight after the movie's halfway point.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: An ACU soldier stands his ground against the I. rex despite his shotgun doing little to hurt the dinosaur, to cover his teammates carrying away a wounded comrade.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Rexy takes a hefty beating from the I. rex despite drawing first blood; she comes back with much more ferocity after Blue manages to distract the I. rex long enough for her to recover.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hoskins strongly believes that the raptors will be very desirable weapons once they manage to get them under control. Owen warns him against that, saying that they're wild beasts and even he can barely control them. Hoskins ends up getting killed by one of those "weapons" near the end.
  • Homage: The entire film is one giant homage to the original to the point that it is pretty much an updated remake.
  • Hot Potato: Two Pteranodons play this with Zara. And Zara is the potato!
  • Humanlike Hand Anatomy: The Indominus rex has at least four claws on her hands, including a thumb, and her hands are noticeably larger than those of Rexy. This allows the I. rex to deal several blows to Rexy with her claws, while Rexy's claws are hardly useful in a fight.
  • Ice Queen: Claire starts the movie as a cold, distant corporate executive. Owen manages to warm her up by the end of the movie.
  • Idiot Ball: The entire plot hinges on the fact that the I. rex, a dangerous predator and a $25 million investment, is not constantly monitored. While the fact that it could evade thermal detection is unexpected, that entire system should at best be a secondary detection method since they have a GPS tracking device embedded under its skin. Instead, the enclosure only uses thermal detection, only has a single bored supervisor who is not constantly watching the screens, and does not even have a way to monitor the tracking device from the enclosure. This allows the I. rex to make it look like it scaled the walls (a fact the supervisor himself lampshades to be rather implausible), tricking the humans into wandering in and opening the doors. By the same token, Claire does not call the control room immediately, but hops in her car and drives a considerable distance first, which is the only reason why Owen and the others have the chance to enter the enclosure.
    • One has to wonder why ANYONE would think a new dinosaur theme park would be a good idea after the incidents from the first three films have already proven how stupid mixing humans and dinosaurs is.
    • The Idiot Ball is clung tightly by basically every human barring perhaps Owen, in the whole movie.
      • Zach drives off in the gyrosphere (including going outside the paddocks) after being recalled
      • The park having no automatic recall ability for the gyrospheres in the event of an emergency
      • Claire repeatedly ignores everyone who says that the dinos are dangerous animals rather than 'assets' (not to mention the earlier stated 'driving off to control rather than simply calling them' incident)
      • The entire setup of the park, having dodgy radios, no redundant fences on the dangerous animals enclosures, crappy fences in general on the paddocks, and a whole host of other issues.
      • The CEO of the company somehow 'not authorised' to know what genetic modifications were made to the I. rex.
      • Hoskins planning to weaponize either the I. rex or the Velociraptors — whichever comes out of their fight the winner — and pitch them to military operations. Leaving aside the stupidity of allowing the I. rex to be raised in captivity and isolation, meaning she would be impossible to control, what military on the planet would want to use a huge, unreliable, and vicious animal in combat?
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: Turns out imprinting the raptors on an alpha male might have some problems if there's a much bigger alpha out there.
  • If You Won't, I Will: Hoskins tells Owen that he's going to use his raptors for the hunt regardless, so he might as well play ball.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: A Pteranodon does this to a Red Shirt, and another nearly does it to the kids before skidding to an ungainly and awkward stop.
  • Implacable Man: The only thing that even fazes Indominus is a near-miss from an anti-tank rocket launcher. And being ganged up on by a Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor, and Mosasaurus.
  • Imprinting: Owen says that this is the reason why he is able to interact with the raptors on a semi-friendly basis. Bird DNA was used to fill in the holes this time around instead of frog, and birds often imprint on the very first person they see after hatching, so the four sisters view Owen as a Parental Substitute.
  • Improbably Cool Car: Any reason that a theme park would use high-end Mercedes-Benz SUV's as their fleet vehicles is beyond me.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. It is implied that many children were hurt or even killed in the Pteranodon and Dimorphodon attacks on Main Street. Played straight with our leads, though.
  • Interface Spoiler: Of a cross media example, the tie in Lego Jurassic World game has two achievements obviously referring to events during this movie. A new Alpha, which shows a raptor, and Main Street Showdown, that shows Rexy, that are not to hard to guess what happens in them.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • At the beginning of the film, Karen jokingly tells her sons to "run" if anything chases them. At the climax, Claire screams for them to run while the I. rex and Rexy are battling.
    • In the beginning, Claire explains to several businesspeople about park goers wanting an attraction with "more teeth" as a reason for creating Indominus rex; later, after watching the raptors fare poorly against it, Gray tells her that they need something with "more teeth" to beat the I. rex, leading to Claire ordering Rexy's release.
  • It Can Think:
    • As to be expected, given that the Velociraptors in the first movie are a Trope Codifier for this. In this installment, they designed the hybrid Indominus rex to be both hyper-aggressive and hyper-intelligent. The park had enough foresight to fit the I. rex with a sub-dermal tracking device in case she broke loose, but the I. rex claws it out. She remembers where they put it in, and actually reasons that this is how they are tracking her.
    • Later in the film, Henry Wu's lab has a chameleon that's implied to be this, as it stares intently at Gray while grabbing an insect from a bowl with its hand.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Downplayed, but present. The park employees refer to their "assets" using "it" behind the scenes a lot, while in front of the paying audiences they seemingly make sure to use the friendlier-sounding "she". Owen noticeably refers to all the dinosaurs as "she" except for a couple of times later in the film where he uses "it" for the Indominus rex.
    Owen: The dinosaurs, they’re not numbers. They're living beings.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Upon being accused of giving I. rex unnecessary adaptations to make her a perfect killer, Dr. Wu condescendingly points out that by mixing in genes from so many different animals to produce desired traits, some unintended additions were inevitable. He also notes that none of the dinosaurs are technically "natural", since they all have DNA from other animals. Later subverted when it is revealed that Wu had colluded with Hoskins to turn the I. rex into a living weapon.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Most of the main characters, actually.
    • Claire is an aloof businesswoman who forgets how long it's been since she saw her family, forces her assistant to play babysitter for her and refers to living creatures as "assets" and "it" — but she is shown to genuinely love her family and is willing to put herself in danger to save human lives, and she even cries a little at the senseless death of an Apatosaurus.
    • Her harried personal assistant, Zara, is visibly annoyed at having to babysit Claire's nephews (although whether it's because she feels Claire should value her family more or because she has better things to do isn't made clear) and shows some hints of being a Bridezilla. She ends up sacrificing her personal safety for theirs during the pterosaur attack and gets killed for her efforts.
    • Owen is a swaggering tough guy who deliberately terrifies a young employee after saving him from raptors and mocks Claire for her innocent preference for order over chaos, but the instant things go wrong he does everything in his power to help keep people alive and he's shown to be something of a Friend to All Living Things in the process.
    • Zach is an Aloof Big Brother who is introduced brushing off his girlfriend and more than once tells his kid brother to shut up when the latter gets excited about the dinosaurs, but he also does his bit to keep the same kid brother's spirits up and keep him safe when things get urgent, and eventually admits that he intends to remain a part of his brother's life forever, no matter what.
  • Just Desserts: Hoskins gets ripped to shreds by one of the raptors he sought to breed as a weapon, and becomes her dinner. Later, the Indominus rex is dragged to her doom by the Mosasaurus.
  • Just Think of the Potential: Hoskins thinks that the raptors, which Owen has demonstrated can be trained to follow commands, would make fantastic weapons for the military, being more versatile and less vulnerable to compromise than drones. Owen points the obvious flaw in this logic: a drone won't eat you if it's hungry.
  • Karma Houdini: Dr. Wu escapes the film completely unharmed, with his lab shut down but all of his embryos still intact. And given he was brought out by the shady people under Hoskins' command, it certainly serves as a Sequel Hook.
  • Kidnapping Bird of Prey: The Pteranodons pick up people with their feet.
  • Killer Rabbit: The Dimorphodons are small but deadly.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Indominus rex is notable for being the first dinosaur in the series that is openly malicious, as opposed to attacking others due to hunger or in self-defence. The film builds up tension by not fully revealing it on screen during the scene in its paddock, and its behavior makes it The Dreaded to the others characters. It also has blatantly shady motives behind its creation.

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  • Laser-Guided Karma: Hoskins is killed by Delta, one of the Velociraptors he wanted to weaponize. After invoking the Godzilla Threshold, Hoskins was able to manufacture a situation that justified releasing the raptors into the combat zone, only to learn first-hand just how effective the Velociraptors are.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The predicament the park managers face at the beginning is the fact that attendance has been gradually decreasing as people come to take living dinosaurs for granted. This mirrors how in real life the CGI revolution sparked by this franchise in The '90s has resulted in big budget special effects no longer being the major, automatic audience-attractor they used to be beforehand. It can also be interpreted as a parallel to how the franchise itself has suffered over time, with both the second and third movies not nearly achieving the success the first film had. The response of the park management is a delicious meta-narrative send-up, though a plausible line of thought for execs: get people to come back to Jurassic Park (both the in-universe visitors and out of universe movie-goers) by hooking them with a new super-cool artificially created hybrid dinosaur. Even Claire's dialogue matches perfectly: A direct quote from her is "Twenty years ago, de-extinction was right up there with magic. Nowadays kids look at a Stegosaurus like an elephant from the city zoo". Just replace "de-extinction" with "CGI" and the effect is still the same.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Is an I. rex threatening you and your family? No problem. Just open Paddock 9 and let Rexy handle it. It worked wonders for Claire. Bonus points if you can get a semi-trained Velociraptor and a Mosasaurus to lend a hand.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Owen and Claire have failed in dating each other, but they argue as if they were married.
    Owen: Who has an itinerary for a date?!
    Claire: I am an organized person.
    Owen: What kind of a diet doesn't allow tequila?
    Claire: All of them, actually. And what kind of a man shows up in a date in board shorts?
    Owen: Well, it's Central America! It's hot!
  • Living Weapon: Hoskins really wants to use raptors as shock troops. Owens justifiably thinks he is a moron for it. The I. rex was actually created to be one, hence the reason she has certain abilities and is so aggressive.
  • Lock and Load Montage: When ACU prepares to go after Indominus rex.
  • Made of Iron: Blue. She gets violently thrown into several concrete walls and storefronts during the final showdown between the I. rex and Rexy. This does not stop her from charging right back into the fray and clawing at the I. rex's eyes, though.
    • The I. rex itself gets a door shut on its head, takes a truly ridiculous number of bullets, is caught within shrapnel range of at least two explosions, and withstands three Velociraptors, then a T. rex, then a T. rex and a Velociraptor in tandem before it finally starts showing signs of fatigue. Even then, it still might have come out on top in the end if it hadn't been interrupted by a genetically-engineered giant Mosasaur considerably bigger than I. rex herself dragging it bodily underwater where it presumably either drowns or gets bitten in half.
  • Male Gaze: Courtesy of Claire's Action Dress Rip. It even gets an In-Universe one from Owen when she did it.
  • Mascot: Besides Rexy portrayed in its logo, Jurassic World also has Mr. DNA, who even has a live actor in a suit portray him and meet with younger visitors. The I. rex herself was created in large part to be the park's new mascot.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • The ACU, when the I. rex reveals that she can camouflage.
    • The Ankylosauruses freeze up in horror when they see the I. rex for the first time.
    • The pterosaurs fly away in a panic when the I. rex crashes into the Aviary. And the tourists in Main Street react the same way when they see the pterosaurs flying towards them.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Indominus rex" roughly means "fierce king" or "untamable king." When Owen questions the name, Claire explains that they wanted something scary but, at the same time, easily remembered and pronounced than some of the extremely-long scientific names given to dinosaurs.
    • "Jurassic World" is a take on "SeaWorld." The Mosasaurus scene drives this home.
  • Mega Corp.: The Masrani Corporation, the park's new sponsors, very much fit here. In fact, it is even implied that Jurassic World represents only a tiny percentage of the Corporation's annual revenue, as their main business investments are in oil, renewable energy, and telecommunications. Hoskins even remarks that the corporation is so big Masrani himself doesn't even know about everything he owns, such as InGen, now a Masrani subsidiary, wanting to apply its genetic techniques for military purposes.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: It initially appears the movie will play by this when Meyers the female ACU trooper is one of the few survivors of the I. rex's attack on the capture crew, but ultimately subverted for the first time in the series since one of the nastiest deaths in the film by far goes to Zara; she gets scooped up by a Pteranodon, dropped from a dizzying height into the Mosasaurus lagoon, pecked and dunked again and again by more Pteranodons, and is probably still alive when the Mosasaurus turns up to snack on both of them. Also, presumably quite a few female visitors were killed/eaten when everything goes to hell.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Owen and Claire hear the kids taking off in an original park gas Jeep seconds before they are able to reach them.
  • Mission Control: Lowery and Vivian guide Claire through the monitors.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters:
    • The Masrani Corporation, seeking to revive dwindling interest in the park, commissions something bigger and nastier to be genetically bred in a laboratory, incorporating traits from various species, prehistoric and modern. The Indominus rex is a T. rex primarily, but she has genetic code from cuttlefish (making her capable of camouflaging her skin), tropical frogs (making her capable of camouflaging her heat signature), and Velociraptors (making her capable of communicating with actual Velociraptors). Put that all together and you've got one terrible lizard. Note that this is a similar premise to the Jurassic Park: Chaos Effect toyline.
    • Owen and co. discover a whole host of these, presumably the I. rex's precursors, in Dr. Wu's evacuated lab, including a furry lizard and an odd axolotl hybrid with a tall dorsal fin.
    • Only appearing in a Freeze-Frame Bonus on one of the screens in Wu's lab, but prominently featured in the toy line and video-game adaptations, is the Stegoceratops, a hybrid of Stegosaurus and Triceratops that was cut from the script early in development.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: Indominus rex, the dinosaur Big Bad, killed and ate her sister.
  • Morality Chain: Owen is this to the raptors. He's the only person they won't kill on sight and none of them directly attack him after their Heel–Face Turn.
  • More Dakka:
    • The helicopter-mounted gatling gun used against the Indominus rex.
    • Invoked, but in a different way during the climatic confrontation with the Indominus Rex: "We need more teeth!"
  • Mother Nature, Father Science: Averted. Owen is far more attuned to nature and the dinosaurs themselves while Claire relies more on the science behind them to run the park.
  • Musical Nod: The main theme to The Lost World: Jurassic Park is used briefly when Blue rushes back in to back up the T. rex against Indominus. The main theme from Jurassic Park plays when Gray and Zach ride to their hotel, again on soft piano when they find the ruins of the original park, then much later when Rexy is released and during the battle for Isla Nublar, as well as a few notes of that same theme in the movie's final shot.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The description for Isla Nublar's golf course describes it as "the only golf course that was sixty-five million years in the making," a callback to the tagline of the original film.
    • Among the locations is a restaurant called Winston's Steakhouse, after the late Stan Winston who worked on the animatronic dinosaurs for the previous films.
    • The blurb for the Creation Tour on the park website says, under the Nursery heading, "Life will always find a way".
    • A Spinosaurus skeleton appears in the main street, referencing Jurassic Park III. May also be a Take That considering how unpopular the movie (and the Spinosaurus in particular) was, especially when Rexy smashes it.
    • A few references to the book make appearances, for example the Aviary containing an "enclosed viewing area", possibly a reference to the cancelled "Pteratops Lodge" from the novel.
    • Kids can ride baby Triceratops at the petting zoo, a reference to a deleted scene from the original film in which Lex would've ridden one herself, which itself was a Mythology Gag to a scene in the original novel.
    • The tiny Compsognathus dinosaurs (the "Compies"), which were shown to be dangerous, even lethal, in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, can be glimpsed roaming freely with the children and the baby dinosaurs at the petting zoo. The park seems to have developed ways to make it safe having the Compies around.
    • Lowery's "edge of chaos" justification for his cluttered workstation is paraphrased from a speech Malcolm gives at the beginning of the second book.
    • Lowery's cluttered workstation, his haircut and his glasses are all reminiscent of Dennis Nedry.
    • Vic Hoskins and his militarized InGen goons are reminiscent of the force gathered in The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
    • Claire Dearing, after her Action Dress Rip (here), rolls up her sleeves and ties the lower ends of her shirt in a manner identical to Dr. Ellie Sattler from the original movie (here).
    • Charlie being taken out by a rocket launcher, which is precisely how Muldoon killed multiple raptors in the original Jurassic Park novel.
    • The reason why I. rex is so viciously hostile to everything it meets (to the point that it killed and ate its sibling), due to being raised in isolation with no contact with any kind of parental figure or any positive relationships, is the exact same reason why the raptors on Isla Sorna were so feral and self-destructively vicious in The Lost World novel.
    • Wu's speech to Masrani regarding how all the dinosaurs are engineered lifeforms and completely unauthentic thanks to blended DNA and engineering to make them look "cooler/scarier" is in essence the exact same speech that the Wu from the original novel gave Hammond about his own dinosaurs.
    • The hyper-stylized control room with the movement/migration patterns and progress of all dinosaurs, status updates for maintenance and systems, live video feeds of the ACU hunters and other personnel, and the overall map of Isla Nublar, is taken from the loading screens for the Lost World's tie-in video game.
    • Owen, naturalist with a massive respect and love for nature (and hatred for those that don't share that respect), shares a name with a similar personality from The Lost World — and both fought against InGen forces who sought to control the dinosaurs for their own end.
    • Late in the film, we can see miniaturized dinosaurs, pet-friendly hybrids, and other genetic oddities in the lab. Hammond in the book discussed this with Wu as a possibility for more profit.
    • During the climatic fight, the I. rex and the T. rex use a couple of moves on each other that are straight out of Warpath: Jurassic Park.
    • The way I. rex breaches containment — charging through doors meant to contain it after being opened by a Fat Idiot — mimics the way the T. rex breached the cargo ship and went on a rampage in San Diego in The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
    • The subplot of the raptors and other dinosaurs being used for military applications is an adaptation of several failed Jurassic Park sequels that involved raptors fighting with guns or dinosaur-human hybrids used by the military.
    • The way Masrani's helicopter is taken down is exactly how Alan Grant wound up back on the island in the Game Boy adaptation for Jurassic Park III — angry pterodactyls crashing into it. It was also one of the original storyboards for The Lost World.
    • Claire shouting for her missing nephews is similar to Mrs. Kirby shouting for her missing son (and treated the same way, with Alan/Owen yelling at her) in Jurassic Park III.
    • The InGen crew called in by Hoskins making a flashy amphibious landing is similar to the Marines moving in during the ending of the third movie, as well.
    • Barry surviving a raptor attack by backing into a log references both Harding surviving a Stegosaurus attack by hiding in a log in The Lost World and Muldoon surviving a raptor attack by accidentally backing up into a storm drain in the original novel.
    • Zach and Gray's parents are getting divorced and the boys are sent to the park to take their minds off it, much like Tim and Lex were in the original novel and, presumably, in the film version (it's mentioned near the start that Hammond's daughter is getting a divorce). The Kirbys were also on the rocks when their son went to go paragliding on Isla Sorna.
    • There are several nods to the IDW Jurassic Park comic series. Including:
      • A human forming a bond with and becoming the Alpha to a pack of raptors;
      • Pteranodons attacking a large number of humans (with one being killed by a large marine predator);
      • A Mosasaurus attacking and killing a Big Bad that's been drive out to it by raptors.
    • Speaking of the Mosasaur, the way the Indominus is defeated is the exact same way a raptor is taken out by the Deinosuchus in ''Jurassic Park Arcade'.
    • The restraints the raptors are placed in are the same from the Lost World anywhere Chaos Effect toy lines.
    • Nick is glimpsed munching snacks at his post shortly before the catastrophe starts, just like Dennis Nedry did shortly before he unleashed his sabotage.
      • Also, Owen gulps a soda while having a talk with an annoyed Claire, just as Nedry gulped a soda during his rant at an annoyed Hammond.
    • After roaring, the I. rex looks up as if expecting a Jurassic Park banner to drop down, like the end of the original movie. The banner has already been used as a torch, as it happens.
    • One of the indoor attractions allows kids to "dig up" fossils. The camera focuses on one child brushing a curved Raptor claw like the one found at the start of the original film.
    • Hoskins' plan is to make a smaller, weaponized version of the I. rex. In the original novel, the possibility is raised of making smaller, domesticated versions of the dinosaurs to use as pets.
    • The Gyrospheres are pretty similar to the first film's automated jeeps. Down to having an escaped I. rex try and get at two kids through plexiglass after the vehicle is broken.
    • When Owen walks up to Hoskins (just prior to socking him in the face), he walks the exact same way Ian Malcolm walked in the first film... toward something unpleasant.
    • The website mentions that the old version of the T. rex paddock was meant to accommodate both an adult and a juvenile Rex, another reference to the book.
    • Several of the Pteranodons sport a metallic blue-faced color scheme similar to that of the unused ones from The Lost World: Jurassic Park and the giant Pteranodon action figure from that movie's toyline.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Word of God is that the T. rex in the movie is the same specimen we saw in the original Jurassic Park. The estimated lifespan of a T. rex is at most 30 years, and considering that 22 years have passed since the events in the first film, and Rexy was already an adult back then, the old girl is actually in her twilight years, still kicking ass and taking names.note 
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The trailers make it look like the pterosaurs will act as I. rex's Mooks. It actually ends up being the Velociraptor pack, while the pterosaurs are frightened Non-Malicious Monsters.
    • The trailers and TV spots portray Indominus with the T. rex's roar and Velociraptor growls. It actually has its own unique vocalizations, although it does a reasonably accurate enough facsimile of raptor hoots to give them orders.
    • The trailers and some of the TV spots gave the impression that Owen is the main protagonist of the film, but Claire is the one who has the character arc and development over the course of the film, while Owen is mainly static and functions partially as Claire's Love Interest instead of the other way around.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The Indominus is stupidly smart, can hide from infra-red scanners, camouflage itself, and communicate with the Velociraptors. This was unexpected by the main staff and explained by the scientists as side-effects of the DNA splicing from other animals. Owen berates them as what else did they expect from an animal with all its predatory elements enhanced. It's later revealed the Indominus traits were intentional, at the very least a prelude to military applications.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Owen, after noting the claw marks on the I. rex's wall, does not wait for the control room to confirm its location before heading inside its holding area to inspect the wall.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Hoskins. His insistence on using raptors to fight I. rex is what helps bring it down. As a bonus, one of the raptors gives him a fitting end.
  • Night-Vision Goggles: Zach and Gray find Tim's old ones in the Restricted Area of the park, along with several other things from the first film.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • Rexy might have come out of the gate swinging hard and getting first blood, but the I. rex is still a superior predator with all of her best strengths and more, so she nearly gets killed in their first round as a result; it's only when Blue comes back that they turn the tables together and deliver one of these to the I. rex.
    • The Pteranodons give a rather nasty one to Zara in her final moments.
    • The raptors give a particularly nasty one to the InGen mercenaries after their Face–Heel Turn. Just like in The Lost World, even a large team of heavily-armed soldiers prove to be no match for them, as Owen has been trying to make clear for the entire film.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Averted with the I. rex, who really does have an evil streak. Played straight with the pterosaurs, who attack because they're in a panic, naturally aggressive besides, and the T. rex, who's mostly just ticked off there's a rival in her territory. Same goes for the raptors, who hesitate to attack their handlers even after their Face–Heel Turn, and the Mosasaurus, who reacts how any marine predator confined to a tank would when something foreign falls in, dives in, or is standing right at the edge.
  • No OSHA Compliance: As befitting a park of the franchise, Jurassic World seems to have taken some rather lax security measures.
    • The Mosasaurus is clearly capable of leaping out of its enclosure which it does to eat I. rex at the end. Clearly, it could've leaped and snagged someone on the walkway surrounding its tank at any time.
    • Neither the Velociraptor, I. rex, nor T. rex enclosures feature a moat — something real life zoos have had for decades for their predator enclosures.
    • Workers atop the raptor enclosures don't strap themselves to something before using the rods to try and catch a pig, despite the fact that raptors being clever enough to pull things down is a known fact.
    • In dialogue, it's mentioned that Pachycephalosaurus regularly short out their implants meant to keep them in their enclosures. Doubles as Foreshadowing.
    • One of the park attractions seems to be a large general herbivore paddock where various different species are allowed to roam free and intermingle with each other. Visitors are allowed to roam unsupervised in the herbivore paddock in glass gyrospheres that would not be able to withstand a sustained assault from an enraged herbivore. Following suit from its predecessor, Jurassic World demonstrates shocking ignorance regarding the aggressive potential of a large herbivore. There is a reason zoos don't stick elephants, hippos, and antelope in the same pen nor do they allow visitors to walk around in said pen.
    • The Nostalgia Critic commented that the Gyrospheres don't seem to be entirely safe for the dinosaurs either, noting that it would be like putting animals in a bumper cars arena. The website claims that the Gyrospheres have an automated failsafe wherein they immediately move out of the way when too close to one of the animals, but this doesn't appear evident in the film, as Zach and Gray's Gyrosphere is able to get within a hair's length of an Apatosaurus.
    • The guys at How It Should Have Ended had fun listing all the ways the park could've been made safer.
    • And just like in Twenty Eight Weeks Later, when a threat to a population is introduced, everyone is herded to a now-overpopulated central location (a "buffet", if you will), instead of asking everyone to return to their rooms where the danger would have to ride elevators and go through multiple doors to get to people.
  • The Nose Knows: Claire snidely tells Owen to change his shirt, as the Indominus rex has a good sense of smell. Fortunately, Owen remembers this when hiding under a vehicle. He punctures a fuel line and douses himself in petrol.
  • Nothing Is Scarier:
    • The movie's website is playing this up while the film is in theaters. On the "live feed webcams", people are being evacuated or running in panic, but you don't see what's happening to cause all of it. Granted, you're expected to know anyway, but to anyone in-universe they most likely have no idea what might be happening.
    • In the film, I. rex remains in hiding for much of the beginning, with the audience only seeing glimpses. The trailers also held off on showing her until the Global Trailer (presumably because her appearance was leaked early on and the producers figured that they couldn't hide her forever).
  • Not Wanting Kids Is Weird: During a conversation between Claire and her sister, Claire declares that it's unlikely she'll ever have children. Her sister tells her that'd be a pity, as it's worth it.
  • Novelization: Although it's a Junior Novelization and not a "proper" one, it is emphatically a "Special Edition," in glossy hardcover format (rare for such a book). An actual novelization was rumored to be forthcoming but hasn't reared its head yet.
  • Obliviously Evil: Like most Jurassic Park movies, the dinosaurs and other creatures are largely acting out of natural instinct. The obvious exception is the I. rex, but even her actions are somewhat understandable due to being raised in complete isolation.
  • Odd Name Out: The raptors; Charlie, Delta, and Echo vs. Blue instead of Bravo.
  • Off with His Head!: After flipping over and immobilizing an Ankylosaurus, rather than attack her exposed underside, Indominus wraps her jaws around her head and bites, in a Gory Discretion Shot.
  • Oh Crap!:
    • Owen and Claire's reaction when they believe the Indominus rex has escaped its pen.
    • Owen's reaction when they realize it hasn't...and it's still in there with them!
    • Nick the worker's face when Indominus rex flips over the truck he was hiding behind. No words pass between him and Owen, who is hiding nearby, but when they lock eyes, Nick's expression just screams, "I'm dino fodder!"
    • When Claire arrives back after the I. rex escapes, everyone in the room turns to her with this kind of expression.
    • Hamada, the leader of the Asset Containment Unit, practically shits himself when he realizes the Indominus can camouflage itself.
    • When Zack and Gray are off-road checking out the Ankylosaurs, they spot the Indominus in the reflection of the windshield. Gray has another one when he sees the pterosaurs flying above the jeep.
    • The Ankylosaurus herd when they spot the Indominus rex approaching.
    • The two rangers at one of the gates outside the main park have this reaction when they notice the flock of pterosaurs following Zack and Gray.
    • Owen's angry "Sonuvabitch!" when he learns that Hoskins plans to pit his raptors against the I. rex is a pissed off version of this. He's not only concerned for the well-being of his raptors, but also the fact that they're in no way tame and will probably misbehave after being placed in such an unfamiliar situation. This is immediately followed by Owen trying to conceive of somewhere at Jurassic World the kids might be safe, saying all that needs to be said about what that misbehavior could look like.
    • Owen is the first to realize one of the "secret ingredients" in the Indominus is Velociraptor and everyone else learns what that means when the raptors see the I. rex as the new alpha.
    • The expression on Hoskins' face as he's interrupted during his umpteenth speech about the viability of weaponized Velociraptors by said dinosaur right before it eats him is priceless.
    • Zack and Gray are waiting in the back of an armoured truck that even a raptor can't get into. Unless a mercenary was killed getting into the back, leaving the doors flapping open as you're chased down the road, unable to stop and close them.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: For the loosest definition of "hero": Rexy, the T. rex from the first movie, now in her 20's, as the older (anti-)hero vs the I. rex's younger villain in the climax.
  • The Oner: In the climatic battle, the moment Blue enters the fight till the I. Rex is defeated is one shot. You see Blue attacking the Indominus, then Rexy rejoining the fight, the protaganists trying to flee the scene and again the fight until it finishes. With 70 seconds it is not as long as other notable examples, but it still increases the awesomeness of the climax.
  • Only Sane Man: Owen is the only person who thinks logically throughout the film. He understands animals in general, while everyone else treats them as artificially created attractions that is under their control. He points out in precise terms why the Indominus rex is a really bad idea in multiple ways. He asserts the Raptors simply respect him as their alpha and treats Hoskins like he's insane every time he brings up using them as field weapons. When the I. rex escapes, he immediately suggests evacuating the island and using every BFG they have against it before it reaches the main park. His assistant, Barry, is the second-most rational person on the island, agreeing with Owen's assessment of the Raptors' danger potential.
  • Opposites Attract: Initially averted with Claire and Owen; they didn't go on a second date because they were too different (he showed up in board shorts, she showed up with an itinerary).
  • Our Founder: The late John Hammond has a statue erected of him outside the Hammond Creation Lab, complete with a hue-accurate replica of his famous amber-topped walking stick.
  • Papa Wolf: If you try to take or harm his raptors, Owen will punch you in the face, as Hoskins learns the hard way. He goes through a whole lot to protect Zach and Gray, too.
  • Perma Stubble: The tech guy Lowery amusingly has this with a Porn Stache, kind of fitting his offbeat personality.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • When a new employee falls into the raptor pen, the team had taser rifles trained on them but Owen jumps in himself to hold them at bay while the employee slips away. Owen asserted they would never listen to him again if they get tased.
    • Subverted with Hoskins, who attempts to do this by being nice to one of the raptors, but she rebuffs him. He had more success with a wolf cub.
  • The Place: Jurassic World is the name of the holiday resort.
  • Precision F-Strike: Owen blurts out "Sonuvabitch!" upon realizing Hoskins' intent to use his raptors as hunting dogs on the I. rex. A little later, Claire makes the same insult to Hoskins' face when they catch up with him.
  • Predators Are Mean: Almost all of the carnivores (except Baryonyx, Dimorphodon, and Suchomimus) have high Aggression Indexes. The ones with low Aggression Indexes are all herbivores (and one omnivore).
  • Predator Turned Protector: It's made abundantly clear that Owen is the only person the Velociraptors won't kill on sight, even after their Heel–Face Turn to the I. rex's side. However, when Owen's life is truly threatened at the end, Blue and her sisters return to Owen and fight against the I. rex to protect him.
  • Prehistoric Monster: According to Word Of God, they wanted to avert this trope, at least with the dinosaurs not named "Indominus rex". Indeed, even the raptors, depicted as Always Chaotic Evil in the first film, are depicted as being trainable (but not tame), while most of the other animals are only attacking because they're scared (the Ankylosaurus), hungry (the Mosasaurus), angry (the Tyrannosaurus rex), or all three (the Pteranodon flock).
  • Product Placement:
    • In-Universe example. The park is a massive, corporate-sponsored resort and effectively its own city. You can see real stores, brands, and restaurants everywhere. Companies also sponsor specific exhibits and the I. rex was a test run for customized dinosaurs. Claire and Dr. Wu are introduced pitching "Verizon Wireless Presents the Indominus rex" to Verizon executives. Lowery at one point even snarks that they should just name the dinosaurs after corporations and be done with it. However, most of the various corporate tie-ins in the film were done without monetary sponsorships, in order to show that the park was slowly "selling out" to corporations.
      Lowery: Pepsisaurus... Tostitodon.
    • The park main street has locations like Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Ben & Jerry's, Pandora Jewelry and a Hilton Hotel. And Starbucks too, which is pretty much inevitable.
    • Just like in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the park's vehicles are supplied by Mercedes-Benz.
    • All ATV's and motorcycles (except Owen's custom Triumph) are made by Kawasaki.
    • Dairy Queen is also a part of the movie, and is advertising its own Jurassic World sundae.
    • Early in the film, Zach puts on "Beats by Dre" headphones.
    • Samsung products are also prominently featured. In one of the park's museums, (the Samsung Innovation Center), guests are shown an informational video on an array of Samsung televisions, and most of the major characters use Samsung smartphones.
    • When working on his motorcycle, Owen is clearly drinking a Coke from a classic bottle.
  • Ptero Soarer: Pteranodon and Dimorphodon. Pteranodon's design is fairly ugly but the designers at least had the decency to remove their teeth, shorten their crests (because they're all female), make them quadrupedal and depict them as competent divers/swimmers. The Dimorphodons are depicted as vicious predators, while real Dimorphodons were harmless insectivores/predators of small prey. On the other hand, the Dimorphs are correctly portrayed with pycnofibres. The website also falls into the trap of referring to pterosaurs as "flying dinosaurs" and the annoyingly common misnomer of "Pteradon" though both of these might have been accidental.

    Q-S 
  • Ragnarok-Proofing:
    • Jurassic Park-era Jeeps still work more than two decades later despite being left unmaintained. The film makes an effort to address it by having both the battery swapped out and fresh gas added (from sources also abandoned), but it would almost certainly require more than that to get them moving - to say the least the tires should be long flat.
    • Also, the old night-vision goggles seem to still have power somehow. (Well, Hammond said they spared no expense.)
  • Raptor Attack: Considering Jurassic Park was the Trope Maker, it only makes sense the raptors retain their now inaccurate look. The human/raptor alliance lasts for all of five minutes before the I. rex takes over. It isn't until near the end when the three remaining raptors do yet another Heel-Face Turn and attack the I. rex, which is solely due to Owen finally being present and in immediate danger.
  • Rasputinian Death: It takes quite a bit of firepower, teeth, and claws to finally bring down the Indominus rex.
  • Reality Ensues: Living dinosaurs have lost their novelty only ten years after the opening of Jurassic World. Zach and Gray were both born after the events of the second movie, meaning that dinosaur cloning would have been mentioned in history textbooks.
    • Lowery decides to stay behind, and dramatically goes to kiss his coworker Vivian. Turns out she already has a boyfriend, whom she never mentions at work because it would be unprofessional.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Richard Attenborough's health was in rapid decline during production of this film, negating any chance of reprising his role as John Hammond. That said, it is pure coincidence that Hammond was already written out as having passed away, only for Attenborough to indeed pass away in real life.
  • Recycled Title: From Jurassic World, the compilation of Michael Crichton novels Jurassic Park and The Lost World.
  • Redemption Equals Death:
    • After Owen manages to reestablish his bond with the raptors, Echo and Delta die while fighting Indominus rex and not much earlier, Charlie dies due to her hesitance to attack Owen. Blue is left as the Sole Survivor.
    • Zara, after having been introduced as aloof and neglectful to Zach and Gray, dies because of her ill-fated attempt to get them to safety.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Indominus' eyes are a blood red.
    • How the audience is re-introduced to Rexy at the climax battle.
  • Red Herring: Owen mentions that the I. rex associates the crane with food. The other major food-giving crane seen is the one that dumps sharks for the Mosasaurus to eat. While it's eventually eaten by the Mosasaurus, the crane doesn't show up.
  • Redshirt Army: The ACU (Asset Containment Unit) get slaughtered by the I. rex. Averted later on when they seem mostly effective when assembled to take down the attacking Pteranodons with tranq rifles.
    • The InGen mercenaries at the hands of the raptors when the I. rex turns them against the humans.
  • Relationship Upgrade: After she rescues him from a rampant pterosaur, Claire and Owen. Subverted with Lowery, who attempts to kiss Vivian as InGen is evacuating the island, but gets politely turned down when she tells him she has a boyfriend. They share an awkward hug instead.
  • Rescue Romance: Awesomely enough, this trope is gender-flipped. Despite having been attracted to her already, Owen officially falls in love with Claire when she saves him from an angry Dimorphodon.
  • Retcon: John Hammond was planned to pass away by the end of The Lost World, but the scene was cut from the film, leaving Hammond's status unknown during Jurassic Park III. The Masrani Corporation's website accepts the deleted scene as canon, stating that Hammond passed away in 1997 (the year The Lost World was released), and InGen was acquired by Masrani a year later. In August 2014, after the death of Lord Richard Attenborough, Colin Trevorrow tweeted a picture of a statue of Hammond in the new Visitor's Center.
  • Revisiting the Roots: After the second and third movies focused on people navigating Isla Sorna and surviving the wild, uncontained dinosaurs there, Jurassic World returns to the first movie's focus on the logistics and ethics of operating a dinosaur theme park.
    • The actual first park is revisited as well... overgrown with roots and vines.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: A nonsentient example, when the raptors go back to Owen the I. rex rips into them.
  • Rewatch Bonus: If one looks at the Main Street attack again, Zach can be seen making a split-second "Oh Crap!" face and motioning for Gray to duck, just before a Pteranodon swoops in and carries Zara off. This suggests that Zach saw the Pteranodon coming and ducked with Gray to keep either of them from getting caught.
    • This one is very subtle, but look closely at the raptors every time Hoskins is in the vicinity and calls them "he" or "boy." Whether a big growl or a small eye twitch, the raptors clearly understand him and always react badly to him getting their gender wrong. Which makes it all the more fitting when Hoskins calls Delta (who already hates him) "good boy" right before she snaps and guts him.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The petting zoo, including baby Triceratops rides!
  • The Rival: Hoskins is this to Owen, at least in his own mind. As the raptors' primary caretaker and imprinted alpha, Owen is the only person they won't kill on sight and has a great deal of say in what happens to them. He also respects that they're animals and have feelings, personalities, and control over their own actions. Hoskins, on the other hand, desperately wants to use the raptors as weapons of war and sees Owen as nothing more than an irritatingly soft-hearted obstacle that's keeping him from making this dream a reality.
  • Rock Beats Laser:
    • The I. rex is an animal that manages to outwit some of the most advanced tracking and takedown methods available to the staff at the park using its natural abilities. It helps that it was engineered for precisely this purpose.
    • A helicopter gets taken down by a swarm of pterosaurs.
    • The raptors (now under I. rex's control) easily shred the armed InGen team.
    • Vic Hoskins' rationale for weaponizing dinosaurs is that they would be immune to modern-day cyber warfare and won't be prone to malfunctions, expensive maintenance, and replacing of delicate systems.
  • Rule of Cool: This is precisely the reason given for why the "dinosaurs" Dr. Wu and his team create are they way they are: their superiors told them to make cooler dinosaurs, not realistic ones; if they bothered with the latter their attractions wouldn't look anything like what they're trying to sell.
  • Rule of Symbolism: At the beginning of the film, Claire is conservatively dressed and shows that she is driven by an attention to detail and planning. Throughout the film, however, she loses more and more of her composure, freaking out when her nephews go missing and performing an Action Dress Rip to help Owen track them down. By the finale, she's tied her coat around her waist, is scuffed up and sweating, and outruns Rexy in high-heels after deciding to perform an impromptu plan during the fight between I. rex and the raptors.
  • Rule of Three: The three meals of Mosasaurus: Breakfast: a shark during a show; lunch: Claire's assistant and a pterosaur, and dinner: Indominus rex .
  • Running Gag: The security guard to the main computer room who seems to exist only to be ignored.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Subverted since Zara isn't really given much character development. But it's really hard not to feel sorry when she gets horribly killed off basically just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Essentially, the only purpose her demise serves is to demonstrate that Pteranodons are formidable hunters and adequate swimmers and to remind us that Jurassic World has a Mosasaurus.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Masrani, Jurassic World's owner, dies trying to put down the monster he was partially responsible for creating. On the dino side, there's Delta and Echo, who die protecting Owen from the I. rex in the finale. Charlie's hesitation to attack Owen also gets her killed by InGen mercs.
  • Say My Name: When Barry calls out Blue's name during her attack on the log, she pauses at the familiar voice and takes a look inside at him. It ends up saving his life.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Owen's raptor pack, naturally. Owen himself? Not so much.
    Claire: You can track them by smell, or footprints?
    Owen: ... I was with the Navy, not the Navajo!
  • Scenery Gorn: The Main Street attack and the final battle. Never before have major population centers being destroyed by prehistoric reptiles looked so magnificent.
  • Scenery Porn: The backgrounds, the island, and the aerial views are gorgeous and breathtaking.
  • Schmuck Bait: On the Safety First page of the film's website, visitors are reminded to not tap on the glass, cross barriers, throw objects into exhibits, or tease the dinosaurs. To emphasize this point, they show the Tyrannosaurus rex Kingdom entrance immediately below this text.
  • The Scream:
    • Claire lets out a horrifying scream when a rampaging Velociraptor crashes into the ambulance's cab.
    • Zara lets out an anguished sounding scream of her own when the Pteranodons snag her and drop her into the Mosasaurus tank.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: One of the workers in the Indominus rex's compound gets killed by the eponymous creature offscreen while Masrani and the tech operators hear his screams in the control room.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Nigh Invulnerable demon that she is, the I. rex takes off after a near miss from an anti-tank rocket and leaves the raptors to do her dirty work.
    • The surviving ACU members grab their wounded comrade and put as much distance as they can between themselves and I. rex when they realize that everything's gone to hell. So do the remnants of Hoskins' team after the raptors decimate most of them. Hoskins and Wu also attempt to escape being held responsible for the incident. Wu makes it, Hoskins doesn't.
    • The pterosaurs seem to have this reaction when the I. rex invades the Aviary.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Metriacanthosaurus, Baryonyx, Suchomimus, Microceratus, and the flying reptile Dimorphodon make their debuts as park attractions (although only Dimorphodon is seen in the film). Indominus rex also has Giganotosaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops, and Therizinosaurus DNA.
  • Sequel Escalation: From a handful of VIPs taking a preview tour of a few barely-functioning attractions in Jurassic Park to a fully open and populated resort zoo with hundreds of dinosaurs and thousands of guests. The effects, action, and deaths scale up commensurately.
    • Part of the "meta" satire built into the film, too. Jurassic World (the park) is something that is obviously a bad idea but inevitable because there's too much money involved to let Jurassic Park lay dormant. The public that attends the park has grown cynical and bored with dinosaurs, wanting more and more thrills; the I. rex also evokes the "grimdark" trend in cinema that has happened since the 1990s. I. rex is just like the film as a whole, a corporate-ordered abomination that never existed in nature (and which has no origin in literature), stitched together from parts of other things. Colin Trevorrow says this was all in his original pitch for the rebooted/resurrected franchise in his appearance on The Nerdist podcast.
  • Sequel Hook: Dr. Wu escaping with his dinosaur embryos, and his "deal" with Hoskins.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The Mosasaurus is portrayed with a second row of teeth on her palate and a somewhat shark-like tail.
    • The Apatosaurus has the proper forefoot shape, lacking any toes except a single claw.
    • Due to being all female, the Pteranodon are depicted with short crests. They're also shown diving like gannets, something that they're believed to have been capable of in life.
    • While Pteranodon is naked, Dimorphodon is portrayed with pycnofibres.
    • Despite its infamous lack of feathered dinosaurs, the film at least makes a reference to dino-integument with Indominus rex, who has quill feathers on her head and arms.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • After spending half of the film listening to Hoskins ramble on and on about how his raptors should be used as war weapons, Owen's so pissed off by the time he returns to the paddock that he just hauls off and punches Hoskins before he can start rambling again.
    Hoskins: The mother hen has finally arrived—
    Owen: [punches him in the face] Get the hell out of here and stay away from my animals.
    • Later, Hoskins is giving yet another Motive Rant ... and Delta comes in and proceeds to eat him.
    • In response to Dr. Wu's speech below, Masrani orders a stop of all work at the lab pending an investigation, and warns Wu that John Hammond isn't there to protect him this time around.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: When Masrani blows up at Wu over the I. rex's rampage, Wu throws it all back in his face, telling him that he was the one who demanded a "cooler" dinosaur, that you can't expect the I. rex to have behavioral traits from certain animals without the corresponding genetic traits, and that none of the dinosaurs are "natural" due to having DNA from other animals. It falls rather flat when we find out that this is exactly what he wanted to happen.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer:
    • Considering the fact that he's pretty vital to the plot, it's rather odd that Dr. Wu does not appear at all in the debut trailer.
    • The trailer doesn't showcase the Tyrannosaurus at all, despite being a prominent part of the franchise.
    • Vic Hoskins, Vincent D'Onofrio's character, doesn't appear in the first trailer, though his voice is heard in the Super Bowl TV Spot.
    • Both of the aforementioned humans and the head and feet of a T. rex make appearances in the global (April 20) trailer.
  • Skewed Priorities: When the Pteranodons and Dimorphodons descend upon the resort, one guest (a cameo by Jimmy Buffett outside his own restaurant) takes extra care not to spill his margaritas, one in each hand, while unhurriedly taking shelter.
    • There's also Claire when the I. rex wipes out the first capture team.
    Owen: Evacuate the island.
    Claire: We'd never reopen.
  • Slasher Smile:
    • There are several incidences where the I. rex seems to be sadistically smiling at all of the death and chaos she's caused on the island.
    • Hoskins also sports one when watching the Pteranodons attack the park visitors.
  • The Smart Guy: Dr. Wu, naturally, for InGen. His genetic work is described as usually shattering investor's expectations.
  • Smooch of Victory: Owen plants one on Claire when she saves him from a Dimorphodon.
  • Smug Snake:
    • Hoskins, most notably when he finally manages to get his hands on Owen's raptors, using the excuse that he needs them to hunt down the I. rex. However, this smugness disappears when the raptors turn on his security team and start slaughtering everyone in sight (except Owen), with Delta eventually killing Hoskins himself.
    • Dr. Wu is inordinately proud of his achievements, even when everything goes to hell.
      Dr. Wu: All of this exists because of me.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Dr. Wu makes a return appearance, having gotten off the island in the original film; he wasn't so lucky in the novel. He again makes it out alive.
    • A minor one in the form of the ACU machine gunner who fires live ammo at Indominus rex during their encounter with the creature. He lives in the junior novelization.
  • Spreading Disaster Map Graphic: The park's control room has a large screen on one wall showing a map of Isla Nublar. Every scene in the control room includes a shot of the map as more and more areas go offline, containment methods fail, and dinosaurs are killed by the I. rex's rampage.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Gallimimus, Pachycephalosaurus, and the flying reptile Pteranodon all return for the film, with the new addition of classic Stock Dinosaur Apatosaurus, and the sea reptile Mosasaurus. The skeleton of Spinosaurus, the main antagonist of the third film, is on display on the Main Street of the island. Dilophosaurus makes an unexpected cameo as a hologram. Indominus rex's DNA includes that of Carnotaurus.
  • Stuka Scream: Played with — sirens sounding just like the classic 'air raid' type blare as the pterosaurs swoop down on the packed resort area.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Two of the Velociraptor pack are killed by the I. rex (one of them having been killed earlier while under her control), so Claire decides to call in the Tyrannosaurus. And when Rexy and Blue still aren't able to land a final blow, the Mosasaurus leaps out of the water and drags the I. rex into the aquarium with her.
  • Super-Persistent Predator:
    • Subverted in that the Indominus rex isn't all that persistent, she's actually rather easily distracted by the next thing to kill or cause chaos. But, being genetically engineered to be big, super-intelligent, and super-aggressive, she is like a dinosaur version of the Implacable Man. It is mentioned outright that she is "killing for sport."
    • Played straight with Mosasaurus which attacks anything that comes close to its enclosure. And that's despite the fact that she's well fed. When we first see her, we are told she's been fed today already so she might not take the bait shark. She does. Later the same day she takes a Pteranodon carrying a human, and come the movie's climax, she leaps out of her enclosure to kill I. rex.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Security at Paddock 11 is lax at best. Despite it being the most dangerous dinosaur in Jurassic World, only Nick (the enclosure's supervisor) is on duty in the control room both times the movie shows us the enclosure, and he isn't even monitoring the computer screens the second time. It takes Owen asking where the dinosaur even is for Nick to finally start paying attention to his computer. And apparently there are no guards, since Nick's response to noticing I. rex isn't registering on the thermal imaging scan is to personally enter the enclosure with Owen and only one other guy. In addition, despite the insanely high wall, there isn't a secondary barrier of any kind in case the first one is breached, and the doors are naturally large enough for the I. rex to get through. Although in Jurassic World's defense, that door didn't seem to be the primary entrance Owen et. al. use to go in initially since they originally run for a different, smaller door while the huge door Nick opens to get himself and Owen out, accidentally allowing I. rex to get free, could have been intended to move the dinosaur in and out if she ever needed medical treatment at another facility.

    T-Z 
  • Tag Team: During the final battle, Blue and Rexy team up to take on the Indominus rex, with Blue even perching on Rexy's back. Owen also did this earlier in the battle with Delta and Echo, shooting at the I. rex while his raptors attacked her head-on.
  • Take That:
    • There is one seemingly aimed against the ending of Jurassic Park III, where Grant and co. watch in awe as several Pteranodon fly past their helicopter to freedom. In World, a Dimorphodon, another pterosaur, flies alongside a helicopter loaded with InGen mercenaries, who mercilessly shoot her out of the sky.
    • There's also some subtle ones towards the Spinosaurus in that film. Not only is it not among the featured attractions, the only notable appearance of the creature is a skeleton that gets effortlessly destroyed by the original Tyrannosaurus rex, turning the much-reviled Curb-Stomp Battle from that film on its head.
    • Owen and Claire find out that Zach and Grey have jumped off a waterfall to escape the I. rex into the jungle below, and Claire shouts out their names, prompting Owen to immediately shut her up and reminding her that if she keeps doing that, they're gonna wind up dead. The whole situation is a jab to the third movie's Too Dumb to Live character Amanda Kirby, who keeps shouting out her son's name in the middle of a dinosaur-infested jungle.
    • Wu's speech can be seen as one towards those who think Jurassic World should feature a real dinosaur antagonist star instead of a genetically-modified hybrid or to those who think Jurassic Park dinosaurs are supposed to be real dinosaurs, namely that the cloned dinosaurs have always been hybrid creatures made cool and that if the DNA had been pure or closer to the real thing, they would be completely different.
    • While we're on the suubject of Dr. Wu, did anyone notice the human spinal cord in the lab where he keeps his hybrid specimens? It could count as a Take That to all of those who dreaded (and still dread) that the Jurassic franchise might visit the concept of dino-human hybrids somewhere down the road.
      • And just to further needle those against dino-human hybrids, said spinal cord is in a DNA extraction tank, being actively harvested of its genetic material.
  • Taser Tag Weakness: While the raptors are attacking their vehicle, Zach and Gray find a cattle prod and after finally turning it on, zap a charging Velociraptor enough for her to fall out.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Gray and Zach's mom jokingly telling them to run if anything starts chasing them. This comes back to bite her, of course.
    • Their father saying "you're not going off to war" while Zach was getting tearful goodbyes from his girlfriend probably counts, too.
    • Indominus rex was manufactured by the genetic labs because Rexy was same old, same old for park visitors, and to test the viability of a Living Weapon. They got what they asked for.
    • When asked if he thinks the Indominus rex will be scary enough for the kids of their tourist crowd, Masrani states that she will end up giving the parents nightmares as well. Given that the creature ends up breaking loose, causing death and destruction, he really couldn't have picked a more fitting choice of words.
    • While flying in the helicopter to go and kill Indominus rex, Masrani tells his men, "Look alive!" All of them, including Masrani, die horribly not even one minute later.
    • From the hamster ball scene:
      Jimmy Fallon: [on a safety video] You should be just alright.
      [Zach and Gray go through a KEEP OUT sign]
    • In one of the most quickly executed examples of this trope,Zara gets snatched away to her doom immediately after she stops running to tell Zach and Gray to "Don't just stand there!" during the pterosaur attack.
  • The Oner: The whole of the final showdown between the T. rex and the I. rex, starting immediately after Blue's Big Damn Heroes moment, takes place over one long and epic continuous shot, at least a minute long. It certainly helps to emphasize the truly intense atmosphere of the fight.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Claire knocks a Dimorphodon off Owen and then empties a full clip from his gun into it, when a couple of shots would've sufficed.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Owen has one after seeing his youngest raptor, Charlie, blown to pieces right in front of him. Only the sounds of Barry screaming knock him out of it.
  • Token Romance: Claire and Owen's romance has little place in the film. Refreshingly, in contrast to many other films where a token romance dominates the plot, it is not shoved into the viewers' faces (indeed, it's actually understated for the most part). The couple shares just one somewhat awkward onscreen kiss after she kicks a pterosaur off of him, in a downplayed example of Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • Hoskins seems to believe that because the Raptors have imprinted Owen as their Alpha, that means they're trained.
    • While the ACU certainly has good equipment, it's just not enough to deal with the aggressive megafauna on the island. They're sent out with non-lethals after the I. rex and they'd have trouble bringing down Rexie, too. The park has gone without incident for so long that they believe they have full control, even as they continually strive to top themselves with bigger, badder creatures.
      • There's also the fact that two people, acting alone in separate instances, have been able to single-handedly bring down a rampaging T-rex with 1-2 well-aimed tranq darts. Masrani's confidence in an entire ACU team using non-lethals against the Indominus might have been misguided, but it wasn't completely without merit. The mistake was in not fully researching the animals' capabilities and weaknesses, which is paramount for any zoo or other facility housing live animals. Arguably justified when it's revealed that Indominus was actually engineered for a military project to weaponize dinosaurs. Furthermore, an official image graphic confirming Indominus genetic makeup states that she has dense bony plating under her skin for protection, meaning she can stand up to more abuse than other theropods.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Dr. Wu, who was friendly enough in the first film, is justifiably more cold in his extended screentime — Masrani is dressing him down for following his own directives, namely, making bigger, scarier, flashier (and more dangerous) dinosaurs. Less charitably, Wu is under orders from Hoskins, and what's left of InGen, to make extremely dangerous hybrids, such as the I. rex, for military usage, though Wu seems to justify it as furthering science and research. And that if he doesn't do it, then someone else will, anyways.
  • Too Soon: In-Universe, when Lowery shows Claire his t-shirt bearing the original Jurassic Park's logo (one of the unused original shirts from the first park, which he paid a lot for on eBay), Claire responds with distaste at how the original logo serves as a reminder of all the people who died in the events of the first film.
  • Toothy Bird: Averted with Pteranodon, a relief after the previous film played it straight (the toys, oddly enough, give them extremely ugly teeth). Also averted with the Gallimimus, although the website plays this straight and yet at the same time claims that they have no teeth.
  • Tragic Monster: The I. rex, given that she was deliberately engineered to be as aggressive, vicious and intelligent as possible, and raised in total isolation. Owen theorizes that her actions are driven by the fact that she has no idea how to interact with her environment; therefore, she sees any living creature as a threat and is learning the truth that she is the biggest and toughest thing out there.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • The ACU members' deaths were spoiled in early trailers. Although it's hard not to see it coming. Starting with the Super Bowl spot, the trailers and TV ads have frequently depicted Zara getting lifted up by a Pteranodon. A more complex example is present with Simon Masrani's death. The second full trailer shows a helicopter crashing through the Aviary and exploding on the ground, which doesn't reveal much by itself. But anyone who later goes to the movie and sees Masrani flying his own chopper both to reach the island and to help hunt down the Indominus rex will probably fill in the dots and conclude that he goes down in the crash.
    • Leading up to the movie's second weekend in theaters, Universal released a TV spot showing, among other things, the Big Entrance of the T. rex.
    • And then there's the TV spot that actually shows part of the fight between Rexie and the I. rex.
  • Try and Follow: When the I. rex attacks the kids in the bubble car, they manage to sneak away only to find themselves at the top of a waterfall. With only a split second to decide, they both leap as the I. rex snaps at them. Rather interestingly, after looking on the I. rex doesn't follow them in any way, subverting the Super-Persistent Predator and they only see each other again after a lot of other things happen.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • In the end, Owen's life-long relationship with the raptors wins out and Blue leads them in a suicidal charge against the I. rex. Delta and Echo are both killed protecting their alpha while Charlie, who had clearly been conflicted about attacking Owen, died earlier at the hands of InGen mercs. Then, after the battle, Blue looks at Owen, and then to the three humans he is protecting as if to ask, "Can I eat them now?" Owen silently shakes his head and she almost shrugs as if to say, "Okay, boss," then she just walks away from them.
    • Despite his better judgement and annoyance at her more questionable decisions, Lowery is loyal to Claire and the park through and through. Indeed, she would never have been able to release Rexie and save everyone if he hadn't chosen to stay behind to help her.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • Invoked. When Hoskins is laying out his plans for weaponizing the raptor pack, he casually mentions not letting disloyal ones breed, bringing forth images of slavery. The black Barry gives a bitter "do you hear yourself talk" laugh, while Owen just whistles an 'impressed' "Wow, you're digging yourself deep with that" tone. Hoskins doesn't get either of them.
    • There's also an amusing scene in which Claire points out the Unfortunate Implications of people wearing Jurassic Park merchandise in-universe, considering what actually happened to that park.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Subtly plays with this between Owen and Claire. There is a mention they went on a date before, which went badly, but their arguments seems like genuine personality clashes and not sexual tension. When Claire realizes Owen is the best man to find her nephews, they both soften up around each other and it gradually becomes romantic.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: A major plot point is that the public has gotten used to the spectacle of cloned dinosaurs, hence the Masrani Corporation's turn to further genetic experimenting to try to revitalize interest in the park.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: The battle between Indominus and Tyrannosaurus. The T. rex is the original specimen from the first park, the I. rex is a brand-new creature designed to surpass her in every way. The fight is closely fought, but T. rex manages to win with some help from Blue, and the Mosasaurus.
  • Villain Opening Scene: The very first scene in the film shows the Indominus rex and its sibling as they're just emerging from their eggs in the InGen genetics lab.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Just before Delta kills him, Vic Hoskins goes from fake, frigid cheeriness to desperately and pathetically begging for his life. Justified because it's generally very difficult to maintain composure when one is being menaced by one of the most lethal killing machines nature ever created.
    • The I. rex begins to go through a subtle one of these during the final battle. After clearly being overpowered by the T. rex and Blue, she soon shows signs of fatigue and roars furiously at them just before the Mosasaurus finishes her off.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: After Masrani's rather rough flying and bumpy landing, his flight instructor runs off to barf into the bushes.
  • Wardrobe Flaw Of Characterization: In the very first scene with Hoskins and Owen, we see that both characters carry hunting knives at their backs. The difference, however, is that Hoskins has his strapped perpendicular to his belt, with the handle pointed upward. It would be rather difficult to draw the weapon effectively this way (and downright impossible if, say, his back were to a wall). By contrast, Owen has his strapped parallel to his belt, where he can draw the blade quickly from a myriad of positions. This illustrates the contrast between the two: Hoskins is an "armchair" badass, pretending to have a warrior's understanding, while Owen is the one with actual, practical experience.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: The website features a cheery little message from Mr. DNA of this during the official airing of the film.
  • We Have Become Complacent: The success of the park has caused (most of) the staff to become overconfident. Pachycephalosaurus regularly escaping their enclosures is treated as a minor annoyance by Claire instead of a major security problem. Even the I. rex's violent tendencies like nearly killing her feeders and trying to break out of her enclosure don't raise an eyebrow from anyone except Masrani. When the park does have to shut down, none of the staff really know what to do.
  • Wham Line:
    • A minor one that occurs when Zach and Gray leave for the park, showing that this "happy family" may not be so happy after all:
    Scott: So much for our last family breakfast.
    • When our heroes realize just where the I. rex's current location really is:
      Vivian: It's in the cage! It's in there with you!
    • When Owen and Claire find a herd of Apatosaurs killed by the I. rex.
    • When Owen and the raptors are facing the I. rex:
      Owen: I know why they wouldn't tell us what it's made of ... that thing's part-raptor!
    • Claire to Lowery, while everything is going mad: "I need you to open Paddock 9."
  • Wham Shot:
    • The raptors turning to give Owen a Death Glare after the I. rex turns them against him.
    • The return of the original T. rex.
    • After Zach and Grey have escaped from the I. Rex, They first stumble across a jeep from the disastrous Containment mission, and then look ahead of them to see a familiar looking entrance barely visible through the overgrown vegetation.
    • Towards the end of the final battle, the I. rex ending up at the edge of the Mosasaurus tank, which had everyone in the audience realizing just what would happen next...
  • What Did You Expect When You Named It ____?:
    • Indominus rex practically has "indomitable" right in the name. Owen is incredulous once Claire reveals what the it's called.
    • The high-level threat index and alert code used by the park is called "Real World".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Masrani is originally introduced with his helicopter piloting coach. Said coach is last seen going in the bushes and vomiting (due to Masrani's terrible piloting) outside the I. rex paddock when Masrani gets there. Once the evacuation's started; Vivian mentions that they're unable to make contact with him. He's never seen again, with a subsequent plot point occurring out of desperation for helicopter pilots..
    • While on safari in the park, Gray reveals to Zach that he has discovered that their parents are getting divorced - a development which is never mentioned again in the movie. The director must have had to trim the character development to make way for more dinosaurs.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Claire sees the dinosaurs as merchandise to be kept in storage until they're ready for display, and Hoskins sees them as potential weapons of warfare. At least at first. Before Claire's Character Development, both fail to realize that not only are the dinosaurs living, breathing animals that feel pain and fear like any human, but they have rather complex psychological and social structures that need to be respected for not only their own mental and emotional well-being, but the park's as well, since a dinosaur that isn't maladjusted (like the I.rex) or underestimated (like the raptors) is less likely to go berserk and/or kill people.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Owen telling Masrani and Claire that the Indominus rex is a bad idea when he finds out more about her.
    • A minor one with Claire being way too busy to actually spend time with her nephews Gray and Zach. Their mom, Claire's sister, ends up chewing her out slightly over it, as does Owen when he says she doesn't even know how old they are.
    • Masrani tries giving one to Wu, who then shoots it down by reversing it on him.
  • Where It All Began: Jurassic Park takes place on Isla Nublar, Lost World and Jurassic Park III took place on a sister island Isla Sorna or "Site B," where the dinosaurs were bred before being taken to the actual Jurassic Park. Jurassic World is on Isla Nublar and the Restricted Area is actually where the original park headquarters was located. The kids even find the abandoned visitors center where the climax of the original film took place (using the fallen banner as material for a torch). In it, among other things, Zach and Grey find the old night vision goggles, the raptor mural and even the old jeeps!
  • White Shirt of Death:
    • Hoskins, Zara, and the I. rex supervisor are all wearing white and all suffer nasty deaths.
    • The I. rex's natural color, when it's not using its camouflage, is white, and its own end is rather nasty as well.
  • Woman in White: Claire is introduced wearing all-white business clothes.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Owen makes a case for the I. rex being this, pointing out that being raised in total isolation with no other creatures to bond with, and possibly not even knowing what she is, likely contributed to her insanity and seeing the world outside her paddock as one big hunting ground.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Hoskins's plan to let the raptors hunt I. rex, since he'd be able to market the winner as a bioweapon. Subverted since he didn't count on I. rex establishing herself as the raptors' alpha and siccing them on his men. On a larger scale, there is his and Dr. Wu's plan to facilitate I. rex's escape and field test it in a real life situation since if he's able to bring it down with JW's ACU unit, it would be a huge step up for him in the security department and he'd come out looking like a hero who saved the day.
  • Zeerust Canon: The dinosaurs in this film are just like ones in the previous movies, despite the fact that they no longer fit with the current scientific theory that many dinosaurs had feathers. Dr. Wu even states that if they had followed the DNA exactly, the dinosaurs in the park would look completely different. He also subtly implies that those genetic modifications may have been necessary to survive in the modern world, pointing out that some of the ingredients of I. rex were to help her adapt to Costa Rica.
  • Zerg Rush: After being freed/chased from their confinement by the I. rex, the pterosaurs of the park descend on the thousands of tourists on Main Street en masse.