Playing With / Raptor Attack

Basic Trope: Dromaeosaurids, troodontids and long-tailed birds are portrayed inaccurately.
  • Straight: The Velociraptor does not have feathers and is Deinonychus-sized.
  • Exaggerated: The Velociraptor does not have feathers, is Utahraptor-sized, extremely intelligent, and lives in North America in the Triassic.
  • Downplayed: The raptors only have slight deviations from their real species's appearance.
  • Justified:
    • The Velociraptor has been specifically bred to be featherless and huge.
    • The dinosaurs that the protagonists encounter are explained to be a species of Deinonychosaur that has secondarily lost feathers and has reached a large size.
  • Inverted:
    • The raptors are too birdlike.
    • Things that should be scaled, like crocodiles, are portrayed as having feathers.
  • Subverted: It turns out only a few Velociraptors are featherless
  • Double Subverted:..but they are all still Deinonychus-sized.
  • Parodied: It turns out the Velociraptor has shaved.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • The show keeps on switching between accurately-feathered Velociraptors and featherless ones.
    • Velociraptor, Deinonychus, Utahraptor, and Troodon do not have feathers, while Saurornitholestes, Graciliraptor, Buitreraptor, and Xixiasaurus do.
  • Averted: The Velociraptor is correctly-sized and correctly-feathered.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Look, see, he doesn't have feathers!"
  • Invoked: Bob plucks feathers out of the Velociraptor.
  • Exploited: The Velociraptors let the silly tropers think they're Utahraptor-sized monsters of destruction; it helps them get sweet movie deals.
  • Defied: Someone glued feathers onto the scaly Velociraptor.
  • Discussed: "Should our raptors have feathers..." "NO!"'
  • Conversed: "I told you, make the raptors have feathers, goddammit!"
  • Deconstructed: Said genetically-engineered Velociraptors, without insulating feathers, cannot survive in our present-day climate
  • Reconstructed: ...But, introduced further south, the featherless Velociraptors do great.

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