Western Animation / Extreme Dinosaurs
Because dinosaurs that can talk just wasn't extreme enough.
“Something's really rocking, on planet number three,
modern man's got prehistoric company!"
(1997) is a show, from the creators of the rather similar Street Sharks
, about four dinosaurs taken from prehistoric times and turned into Animal Superheroes
so they could be used as an alien overlord's minions to conquer a planet from Another Dimension
. You can pretty much tell everything you need to know about it
from the title. Compare/contrast with other dinosaur shows like Dinosaucers
, Kung Fu Dino Posse
, Dino Squad
and Jurassic Strike Force 5
Extreme Dinosaurs provides examples of:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Haxx's blades can cut through a foot-thick titanium door.
- Action Prologue: First episode, "Out of Time"
- Always Chaotic Evil: Raptors (as a species, not only Bad Rap, Spittor, and Haxx). Totally averted in Hardrock's reality however, where they are peaceful like every other dinosaur.
- Anachronism Stew: Stegz came from the Late Cretaceous period, despite the fact that Stegosaurus went extinct at the end of the Jurassic period.
- Artistic License – Geography: For some reason, in "Bones of Contention", the Gateway Arch is in Miami, not St. Louis. However, given the size of the thing (the Gateway is MASSIVE compared to it), it might just be a regular arch.
- Artistic License Palaeontology: We'd be here all day if we had to give examples.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: The Raptors, in Episode "Tiptoe through the Tulips".
- Badass Normal: Bad Rap, given that his Wave Motion Gun was broken in the first episode, relies mostly on his teeth and the Villain Ball.
- Big Eater
- Butt-Monkey: Haxx, so many times. Being used as a guinea pig to test the Jurassic Flu virus is just top of the list. In fact, he's usually the first one to be hit, defeated or seperated from the fray. Even his own team mates could be rather firm towards him most of the time. It's usually due to his clumsiness and him being the least smart one.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The Reckless Raptors, especially Bad Rap.
- Catch Phrase: "Cretaceous!", "Let's Fossilise'em!", "Let's Carnivate'em!" (We shudder to think what the last one involves.)
- Cool and Unusual Punishment:
Bad Rap: "Do as I say, or I'll pickle your head in the hottest chili sauce I can find."
- One episode dealt with them teaming up with the Street Sharks
- Another episode had a crossover with Mulder and Scully from The X-Files. Yes, really.
- Doomsday Device: Various machines, chemicals, and other methods used by the Raptors to bring about global warming.
- Dumb Dinos: Averted with the Extreme Dinosaurs, who are intelligent and well-spoken. Ironically, The Smart Guy of the team is a Stegosaurus, a common victim of this trope, and the only truly stupid dinosaur character is Haxx, one of the antagonistic Velociraptors (usually depicted as The Smart Guy among dinosaurs).
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The entire premise of the show.
- Evil Laugh: Bad Rap does these on occasion, usually when he has good reason.
- Fatal Flaw: Titanium: Despite being able to smash through concrete walls and break secure bonds, titanium alloys are unable to be bent or dented by the main characters unless it's a plot requirement
- Fantastic Racism : The Reckless Raptors refer to the humans as "hairless mammals".
- Five Man Band: The Extreme Dinosaurs, while all of them are somewhat The Big Guy, also cover
- Forced Prize Fight
- Fish out of Water: Despite being given sapience and knowledge, they start off very unaccustomed to living from 65 million years ago into the present day. Bullzeye tries to adapt by ordering things of shopping channels and the internet. He repeatedly forgets the things he buys were intended for humans:
T-Bone: Bullzeye, we're dinosaurs. You don't need hair products if you don't have hair.
- Friend to All Children: Haxx is heavily implied to be this in "A Bone To Pick", where he mentions at the end that he enjoyed playing with the kids.
- Genius Bruiser: Stegz is the smart guy of the group and is just as muscular as the other Extreme Dinosaurs.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: What do you think "Son of a Brachiopod" implies?
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Every main character has a grappling hook stored in an item of clothing as small as a bracelet in some cases, with large hooks fired from them.
- Green-Skinned Space Babe: Blue in this case for Chedra.
- Human Aliens: Chedra's interdimensional species resembles humans with blue skin and elf ears.
- Humongous Mecha: Monstersaurus Truckadon, a vehicle made and piloted by Spittor in the episode of the same name)
- Dinosaur Popsicle - Used by all the main character to jump from prehistory to the Present Day
- Incredible Shrinking Man: Two episodes invoke this trope, however one was a Freak Accident on the protagonists and the other from a Transformation Ray
- Irony: Stegz, the highly intelligent member of the gang and arguably the smartest character in the show, is a Stegosaurus. You know, the dinosaur with the small brain.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: They insist on pronouncing "Ankylosaur(us)" "an-kye-loh-saur(us)". It's actually "an-kah-loh-saur(us)" according to The Other Wiki.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Haxx. has proven himself the nicest one out of the trio of Raptors in the episode "Holiday on Ice".
- Implied for Bad Rap and Spittor as well at the end of "A Bone To Pick" where they claim they knew that wasn't Argor giving them those commands to do good deeds even though they did them anyways.
- Joker Immunity: The Raptors have survived falls, been covered in snow, and even were entirely frozen in ice, and yet are always reunited and perfectly healthy in the next episode.
- Kill All Humans: The Reckless Raptors' plots all involve heating up the Earth, making it pleasant for reptiles, but not so good for us humans.
- Large and in Charge: All of the Extreme Dinosaurs and Reckless Raptors, T-bone and Bad-Rap respectively as leaders.
- Last of His Kind: All the dinosaurs. Bad Rap is convinced there's other Raptors out there, and no-one has mentioned this to him.
- Manchild: Haxx and Spittor. Well, mostly Haxx. Haxx believes in Santa Claus and tried to behave himself so he could get presents for Christmas. He was actually the only one on his team with a Christmas spirit.
- Merchandise-Driven: Though The Merch for the series was relatively decent. They were mostly action figures that you put cool looking weapons and combat accessories on, but DANG did they look awesome!
- Our Monsters Are Different: "Weresaur" depicts basilisks as having the ability to turn humans into werebasilisks. They also apparently lack poison and reproduce naturally, in contrast to their mythology.
- Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: It's hinted the catacysm that killed the dinosaurs was caused by Bad Rap using his Wave Motion Gun. Due to the weapon not being adapted to this dimension, the weapon ended up causing a massive cataclysm which the Extreme Dinosaurs and the Raptors barely escaped by being frozen.
- Plot Technology: Usually machines capable of causing global warming.
- Ptero Soarer: Bullzeye. His extra arms are shown to be a result of his mutation, though he was shown to have teeth and bat-wings beforehand.
- Punched Across the Room: All of the Dinosaur characters use their Tails rather than punching and kicking
- Raptor Attack: The three main villains. The lack of feathers might be justified by the time it was made, though.
- Rated M for Manly: Just watch the intro. Hard rock intro coupled with scenes of muscled-up dinosaurs fighting each other pretty much screams this trope.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism
- Shout-Out: T-Bone's vehicle resembles a classic Cadillac, especially with the boot design. Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, anyone?
- Sneeze of Doom: The entire plot of the episode "Saurian Sniffles"
- Stock Dinosaurs: Played mostly straight, although lesser-known dinosaurs are mentioned.
- Spin-Off: The Extreme Dinosaurs and Reckless Raptors both appeared in another animated series, Street Sharks, but their origins among other things were drastically changed when they starred in their own show. In the show, both teams were aliens themselves instead of transformed Earth species.
- Team Spirit Needed for the Extreme Dinosaurs' 'Saurian Stomp' attack.
- Techno Babble Stegz and, to a lesser extent, Spittor.
- Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats: The Reckless Raptors and Extreme Dinosaurs obviously.
- Terrible Trio: The Reckless Raptors.
- The World Is Always Doomed: Constant threats of global warming attempts.
- Transformation Ray: The cause of main characters' anthropomorphism from regular dinosaurs.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Mexican food for the Extreme Dinosaurs.
- Trickster Archetype: Bullzeye.
- Visual Pun: All the dinosaurs* have some sort of Flying Car (or bike). There's a character named T-Bone.note
- Wolverine Claws: Haxx.
- World's Strongest Man