Video Game: Dinosaur King
A CCG arcade game from Japan. The player pays for a starter deck and scans the cards into an arcade cabinet. Then they play a fighting game where dinosaurs (real ones ranging from obscure to well-known) with superpowers fight both each other using both a literal rock-paper-scissors and an Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors
battle system. As the player progresses, the arcade cabinet dispenses newer and rarer cards for them to add to their deck.Oh, and the superpowers? They're never really explained. We're just supposed to accept the fact that dinosaurs all had superpowers and the ability to breathe fire, electrify their bodies, and change in size. Rule of Cool
, of course, applies.
A tie-in anime
was eventually developed. It features the adventures of Max, Rex and Zoey, a trio of dinosaur-loving kids who search for dinosaur cards scattered all over the world before the Alpha Gang—a team of stranded time-travelers responsible for the appearance of the cards
—can retrieve them. The series has been brought to the U.S. by 4Kids
and is considered to be one of their best dubs. You can watch it on their website
or on YouTube.In the grand tradition of the internet
, the show has its own Wiki
Tropes used in Dinosaur King:
- Affirmative Action Girl: Zoe, who was created from whole cloth for the anime.
- Almighty Janitor: Seth goes for most of season 1 unactive, but even before he turns out to be The Starscream, it's obvious he is ten times more competent than Dr Z.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: It's a 4Kids dub, so you should expect this to happen.
- Antagonist Title: "Dinosaur King" is a title that Dr. Z wants to give himself once he takes over the world. Despite what the dub theme song implies, the goal of the series is not To Be a Master.
- Artistic License – Geography: In one episode, Rex's father is somehow able to drive from the Museum of Natural History in New York City to the Statue of Liberty, even though they are on two different islands, and the Statue can only be accessed by ferry. He also makes the distance in about five minutes or so.
- Badass Longcoat: Dr Z and Seth, but the latter is the real badass.
- Bare Your Midriff: Zoe.
- Ursula too, though it's really just her navel.
- Berserk Button: Every time Ursula is called an old lady, she can even be heard from the other side of the planet.
- Blond Brunette Redhead: Rex, Max, and Zoey.
- Bowdlerization: It's 4Kids, deal with it.
- Captain Ersatz/ Shout-Out: Aladdin looks so damn much like Disney Aladdin.
- Capcom Sequel Stagnation: The games. Version 2 didn't introduce any new storylines, only new cards, slightly tweaked gameplay, and the ability to take on Dr. Z, who is the final boss.
- Conspicuous CG: The full-sized dinosaurs.
- Dancing Theme: While the anime originally had one, 4Kids didn't bother adapting it, but you can spot bits of it in the 4Kids OP.
- Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Partly thanks to the Japanese word for dinosaur meaning "fear dragon".
- Dogged Nice Guy: Dr. Owen is infatuated with Ursula; Zander with Reese.
- Does Not Like Shoes: The Brazilian children playing soccer in the episode "Field of Screams" are all barefoot. Later on, Max, Zoe, and Rex are convinced to play a game of soccer with them. To play fair, they indulge in the barefooted fun, leaving their shoes and socks on the sidelines.
- Doppleganger Spin/Attack: Ace's Ninja Attack.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Ed may be the dimmest of Dr. Z's minions, but even he knows the disastrous results of a forest fire in the Jurassic.
- Enigmatic Minion: Seth
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs (duh!)
- Expy: Team Alpha, they are similar to Team Rocket both in anime and videogame status:
- While Zander and Ed don't look like James or Meowth, Ursula is very similar to Jessie.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Seth, especially after his Starscream
- Gotta Catch 'Em All
- Happily Married: Max's parents, Spike and Aki Taylor. Also Zoe's parents.
- Harmless Villain: While they have their moments of Not-So-Harmless Villain, the Alpha Gang essentially is barely more dangerous than the anime incarnation of Team Rocket
- Healing Hands: Paris, with her Nature's Blessing ability.
- Hidden in Plain Sight (In the anime, the Muggles are usually made to believe that the little dinosaurs are dogs.) Most people don't seem to believe it, though.
- Hot-Blooded: Zoe. Even Dr. Taylor knows better than to mess with her when she's angry. Max and Rex are positively mellow in comparison.
- Idiosyncratic Wipes: Featuring either the D-Team's or Alpha Gang's symbol depending on where the focus was shifting next.
- Knight of Cerebus: Seth, when he betrays Dr Z.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: In the anime, the fact that the Alpha Gang (and Rex) are from the future is kept a secret until midway through the first season, but this information is unspoilered in the description above.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Annoyingly, Aki Taylor. (She eventually learns the truth about them.)
- Manipulative Bastard: Seth
- Mecha-Mooks: The Alpha Droids.
- Monumental Damage: When the heroes go to Spain, the Sagrada Familia winds up completely destroyed.
- Ms. Fanservice: Ursula. Also, Zoe in the uncut Japanese anime. Those poses she makes when swiping those cards doesn't exactly help keep this under wraps.
- The Napoleon: Dr. Z
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: One episode has Dr. Owen falling out with a Hollywood director over how dinosaurs are represented in his movie. The director's name? Stanley Speilgman, whose past works include one with a guy attacking a shark with a whip, and one with a bug-eyed alien. The movie he was working on at the time? Not-Jurassic Park.
- Parental Abandonment: Averted: the three protagonists' parents are accounted for, and play parts (of varying importance) within the story. Also played straight with Rex, who was found abandoned by his adoptive father.
- Power Trio
- Real After All: The Loch Ness Monster, of course. It is explicitly stated that it is not a dinosaur or plesiosaur.
- Robotic Reveal: Occurs with both Helga and Jonathan.
- Running Gag: Zoe: (about Ursula) "It's the old lady!" Ursula: "I'M NOT AN OLD LADY!!" This was used to the extent that she could hear someone calling her an old lady on the other side of the globe.
- Satellite Character: Patrick, Dr. Owen's assistant.
- Shown Their Work: Given the amount of different countries visited in the series and the multitude of obscure dinosaurs used, there's a good amount of educational material in the series.
- Spin-Off: The game is actually a spin-off of an earlier game, Mushi King, which was more or less the same thing but with beetles in place of dinosaurs. Mushi King wasn't imported to America beyond its arcade version, as the bug collecting hobby is much more perennially popular in Japan than in the US, but everyone loves dinosaurs.
- Stock Dinosaurs: Averted: while the main character's dinosaurs fall under the definition of stock dinosaurs, many of the other dinosaurs (and assorted Mesozoic beasties) in the show are fairly obscure, especially when compared with the dinosaurs that the target audience (young children) is familiar with.
- Take That: One against Jurassic Park III in episode two. Terry the Tyrannosaurus easily defeated Spiny the Spinosaurus in battle.
- The whole series may be a Take That against Jurassic Park III, as Spiny almost always gets beaten up when fighting other dinosaurs. Even by smaller ones like Ace the Carnotaurus, something that's estimates put at best being under a FIFTH of its size. Often as not, its the inoffensive Parasaurolophus, Paris, who usually battles him and wins.
- Though to be fair, all 3 of the Alpha Gang dinosaurs get beaten pretty regularly, and this is due more to Alpha Gang's incompetence in battle than to the dinosaurs' abilities as fighters. Whenever Spiny is under Rod or Laura's control he actually fares a lot better.
- Team Rocket Wins: In the episode "Alpha's Zeta Point."
- Terrible Trio: All three of the former trope namer's VA's work on this show, coincidentally.
- Transformation Sequence: The series' main dinosaurs all have these for their tranformation from their chibi selves into their full-sized forms.
- Tykebomb: Several of Dr. Z's dinosaurs, particularly ninja dinosaur trio Dino, Dano, and Sue.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Seth has blue hair, Ursula hair is green, Laura has pink hair.