Characters who appear in the TV series Dinosaurs and their associated tropes.
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- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Most of the characters wear everything but pants, and it's not just the men. Fran and Charlene might wear a nightdress if they were going to sleep, otherwise the female characters all are pantsless too. Lampshaded in the "smoo" episode, when censorship goes amuck, Earl shows that, as part of the push for censorship, the pants that he suddenly is forced to wear, to Fran's horror.
- Averted with B.P. Richfield: While there were never any full-body shots of Richfield on the series, the toy of the character wears pants. He's also frequently shown to wear suspenders, so it'd be pretty pointless of him to wear a garment that's meant to hold up an article of clothing he isn't wearing.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Earl is a Megalosaurus. Fran is, according to Word of God, an Allosaurus. What their children are is anyone's guess. On the behind-the-scenes feature for the DVD, the creators admit that the kids' designs aren't based on any real dinosaurs and are made-up (though Charlene does resemble a Protoceratops).
- Voiced by: Stuart Pankin
Performed by: Dave Goelz (face, season 1), Mak Wilson (face, season 2 onward), Bill Barretta (body)
The not-quite-bright patriarch of the family, who works as a tree pusher for the WESAYSO Corporation.
- Affectionate Nickname: Roy calls him "Pally Boy".
- Apologizes a Lot: He gets like this when faced with his boss, law enforcement, or Elder Dinosaurs.
- Boisterous Weakling: Earl calls himself the "Mighty Megalosaurus" and loves to throw his weight around at home, but several characters can cow him with no trouble. When he *does* fight, he tends to get his ass kicked easily.
- Bumbling Dad: To a T. The show's most common running gag is that Earl simply can't control his youngest son, Baby.
- Butt-Monkey: Emphasized that his life sucks on a daily basis in "The Son Also Rises" what working a minimum wage job to support his family and comes home to get hit in the face by Baby for being not the mama.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Even in the episodes where his complaints seemed to have a certain degree of validity, he was always proved 100% wrong by the coda. Lampshaded/subverted in "License to Parent". In the final scene of the episode Earl gripes about how "you were right, I was wrong... Fran is perfect and Earl learns another lesson." Fran disagrees, saying that perhaps she learned the lesson this time around.
- Cowardly Lion: He once attempted to fight with a dinosaur over a hundred times his size, knowing full-well that he had no possible chance of winning. The situation resolved itself in the end, though he did give the other guy's toe a good walloping.
- Deal with the Devil: He once traded his soul for a mug with a devil. Fortunately, the mug came with a guarantee of refund for unsatisfied customers which Earl found when the devil was about to collect. Earl's refund came as a Reset Button Ending that made time come back at the moment the devil showed up to offer the deal in the first place.
- Dirty Coward / Lovable Coward: Whether his cowardice is meant to be endearing or shameful depends on the episode.
- Expy: He's basically what you'd get if Ralph Kramden were a dinosaur.
- Happily Married: He and Fran bicker, he often takes her for granted, and they only have sex on Thursdays, but he adores her and will do whatever he can when his marriage appears to be threatened.
- Henpecked Husband: Fran can be quite aggressive and condescending towards him.
- I Have No Sister: Earl disowns his twin sister Pearl for getting into the country music business. To him, she abandoned their family at the worst possible time. They're able to patch things up.
- Informed Species: He looks more like an overweight lizard than a Megalosaurus.
- I Was Quite a Looker: In his prime, Earl was incredibly buff.
- Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: In a dream sequence in And the Winner Is... he accidentally causes a nuclear war. Then he causes the end of the dinosaurs for real in Changing Nature.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Megalosaurus is one of the Stock Dinosaurs, but is rarely seen in media.
- Straw Misogynist: When episodes tackled gender relations, Earl (along with other male characters) would often be put into this position.
- Weak-Willed: Earl is browbeaten and manipulated by everyone from his wife to his boss to his infant son. Beyond this, if a tactic is said to only work on the impressionable, rest assured he'll fall for it. In one instance, after insisting he would no longer be swayed by a greedy doctor's smooth talk, Earl is somehow mesmerized by the doctor's excellent penmanship. Unfortunately this is what ended up leading to the extinction of dinosaurs as he couldn't bring himself to object to WESAYSO and Richfield's methods at a critical moment and allowed them to proceed with their plans, which in turn lead to an ice age.
- Voiced by: Jessica Walter
Performed by: Allan Trautman (face), Tony Sabin Price (body)
Earl's wife. The Closer to Earth matriarch.
- Flat Character: She mainly exists just to personify Voice of Reason and Women Are Wiser.
- Happily Married: She truly does love her husband Earl. In "High Noon", she is even offended by her mother suggesting she ditch Earl and says to her suitor's face that Earl is the only man she'll ever love.
- Hypocrite: Defends the religion of Potato-ism in "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" claiming "Some answers are better than no answers" but then chastises it only because it almost ended up getting her son and husband burned at stakes for heresy. Nobody ever notices her hypocrisy.
- Informed Species: Despite being offically identified as an Allosaurus, she more closely resembles an Iguanodon, with a splash of Dilophosaurus due to her crests.
- Not So Above It All: While she's usually more sensible than Earl, there are occasions where she is the one who is reckless or in the wrong.
- In "Wilderness Weekend", she gets drunk because Earl and his friends accidentally left the beer at home and took the coffee with them instead. The inebriation causes her and the other women she's with to be more open about their attraction to the opposite sex. Earl is shown to be a bit disturbed by his wife being forward with him.
- In "Out of the Frying Pan", she becomes rather obsessed with making Baby a star. Even after Earl warns her that she's letting Baby's popularity go to her head, she doesn't snap out of it until she has an Imagine Spot of Baby resenting her in his adulthood.
- In "The Greatest Story Ever Sold", nearly every dinosaur gets brainwashed by the new religion known as "potato-ism", Fran included. Fran doesn't come to her senses until her own son Robbie, the only person to openly dissent with this new religion, is sentenced to being burned at the stake for being a non-believer.
- Stock Dinosaurs: An Allosaurus
- Voice of Reason: She tends to be the sensible one and tries to tell the rest of the family to make the right decisions. Sometimes even the voice of simple logic.
- Women Are Wiser: She's always trying her hardest to steer Earl in the right direction.
- Voiced by: Jason Willinger
Performed by: Steve Whitmire (face), Leif Tilden (body)
- Big Brother Instinct: Depending on the episode, he can be caring about his younger siblings. In "Little Boy Boo", he was genuinely concerned when he thought Baby Sinclair was choking on a cookie and he was willing to make up with his little brother after scaring him. In "Charlene's Flat World", he did his best to help his sister when she was being charged for "malicious thinking".
- A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: The Boy to Charlene's Girl and Baby's Baby.
- Cartoon Creature: Just what kind of dinosaur is he supposed to be? The creators even claimed he's not supposed to be a real dinosaur.
- Not So Above It All: He may be smart, but he's still a teenager, and still at the mercy of his hormones and inexperience.
- The One Who Wears Shoes: Rare male example. His red tennis shoes stand out very strongly against every other character's bare feet.
- Only Sane Man: On quite a few occasions, he is presented as the only rational and reasonable character on the show. The most notable example is in "The Greatest Story Ever Sold", where he's the only dinosaur who knows that the new religion of "potato-ism" is only being used to manipulate everyone and to prevent them from thinking for themselves.
- Sibling Rivalry: He sometimes gets into petty arguments with his sister Charlene.
- Soapbox Sadie: Every social issue that comes up in the series, it's a good bet the one that's crusading for social justice is Robbie.
- Teen Genius: In terms of pure intellect, Robbie is probably the smartest member of the family. He once built a prototype for an endlessly renewable source of energy, and even built a rocket ship.
- Voiced by: Sally Struthers
Performed by: Bruce Lanoil (face), Michelan Sisti (body)
- A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: The Girl to Robbie's Boy and Baby's Baby.
- A-Cup Angst: In "Charlene's Tale," Charlene wallows in self-pity that she is the only girl at school who hasn't grown an adult tail yet, tails essentially being used as a stand-in for breasts. She even tries to buy a prosthetic one until she eventually catches up with puberty.
- Cartoon Creature: She looks like a theropod with a ceratopsian frill.
- Catchphrase: She occasionally says "La-la-la" to herself.
- The Ditz: She's initially very vapid and silly, and even expressing a desire to marry a guy who'll do her thinking for her. She matures as the series goes on.
- Middle Child Syndrome: In "Charlene and Her Amazing Humans", Charlene feels underappreciated by her family since she's the middle child. When her human act becomes a huge success, her parents start praising her and she pushes onward with her act just to bathe in their praise. When she finally lets the human children go, she feels as if she will fade into obscurity again until her parents tell her that she doesn't need to do anything to earn their love.
- Sibling Rivalry: She sometimes argues and fights with her brother Robbie.
- Voiced by: Kevin Clash
Performed by: Kevin Clash (puppetry), John Kennedy (eyes)
- A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: The Baby to Robbie's Boy and Charlene's Girl.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He's the Sinclairs' youngest child and can be quite troublesome. Taken Up to Eleven in "Terrible Twos", where he acts like he's possessed solely because he turned two years old. They're only able to undo the curse by lying and throwing him a fake Third birthday party.
- I'm the baby, gotta love me!
- NOT THE MAMA!
- Again! (after something dangerous/painful happens to him)
- Extreme Omnivore: Even for a dinosaur Baby Sinclair has no standards when it comes to food. He likes to try to eat pests (and pets) in the Sinclair house. If hungry enough he'll even try to eat his own tail.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": "Baby" is his given name. The Sinclairs were so frustrated by the hassle involved in naming him that they took the easy way out.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of often being an irksome pest to his family, he occasionally shows that he does care for them.
- Momma's Boy: He really loves "the Mama".
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: In one episode he becomes violently ill from a tainted pacifier. In the later stages of the illness, Baby deliriously tells Earl that he loves him (and even calls him "daddy" instead of "not the Mama"). This horrifies Earl, making him realize that he was on the verge of death.
- Voiced by: Florence Stanley
Performed by: Brian Henson (season 1), Ricky Boyd (season 2 onward)
Fran's elderly mother.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has a sarcastic outlook on life, especially in regards to her son-in-law.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: To Earl. She's completely ready to die in The Hurling, but as soon as she hears Earl complain that her continued survival would make his life miserable, she decides she does have something to live for after all.
- Sole Survivor: In the episode where Earl drives her to her high school reunion, they spend the trip over arguing, and Ethyl tells Earl that once she meets up with her friends, they will finalize their plans to move in together so she won't have to put up with Earl anymore. At the reunion, the M.C. informs them that she's the last surviving member of her graduate class, and falls into a funk, saying she's alone. On the way home, Earl joins her in singing the song he found annoying, and cheers her up.
- Voiced by: Sherman Hemsley
Performed by: Steve Whitmire
Earl's loud, vehement, tyrannical boss.
- Always a Bigger Fish: There's only one dinosaur that he's truly afraid of... HIS boss.
- Bad Boss: He quite often belittles, threatens, and insults his employees for no reason.
- Big Bad: The closest thing the show has for one, since a lot of conflicts are caused by his actions.
- Carnivore Confusion: He's supposed to be a Triceratops, an herbivore dinosaur, but he ate his daughter's boyfriends and a pair of mammals and occasionally threatened to eat his employees. The only time he ever eats plants like a real Triceratops is in "A New Leaf", but only as a drug addiction.
- Catchphrase: Sinclair! In here, now!
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Reaches its peak in "Changing Nature", where he's willing to bring the world to an end if it will enable him to make a lot of money. It had already been shown how corrupt he is in "Nuts to War", when WESAYSO not only sells weapons to the two-legged dinos government but also to the enemy, four-legged dino army.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He cares deeply about his daughter Wendy.
- Evil Genius: He's far more intelligent than most of the male dinosaurs in the series, but he only uses his intellect for evil purposes.
- Faux Affably Evil:
Richfield: I feed my dogs...to my snakes, that is! 'Cause I'm a cold-blooded guy!
- As Earl and, most of all, the Grapdelites, found out the hard way in Endangered Species, where his promise to take care of the last Grapdelites turns out to mean that he'll devour them.
- His Image Song "Cold-Blooded Guy" is a perfect example of this. He states such things as loving his family because "they were delicious" and responding to Earl's request for some time off by saying "Well, how 'bout the rest of your life?", an implied threat to fire him.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: He tends to get infuriated at the drop of a hat.
- Image Song: Cold-Blooded Guy, which he sings on the album "Big Songs".
- Informed Species: Despite being officially a Triceratops (and has the horns of one), his spiked frill is more akin to a Styracosaurus.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Near the end of Endangered Species he seemed moved by Earl's explanation of the Grapdelites status as the last of their kind and told Earl that the Wesayso will take care of the two creatures. Then we see Mr. Richfield laughing smugly and we, and Earl, hear a horrifying crunch.
- Karma Houdini: He avoids getting punished for every one of his misdeeds, though it's subverted in the series finale. He may have all of that money but he won't be able to enjoy it.
- Karmic Death: He's probably the only character on the show to deserve death by Ice Age.
- Knight Templar Parent: He's eaten every ex-boyfriend his daughter has dated after they broke her heart (not after, while they were dating his daughter). Naturally, this raises problems for the Sinclair family once Robbie starts dating her.
- Large Ham: He tends to speak loudly and with a lot of vigor.
- Let Me at Him!: Richfield tries to murder Earl at the Chief Elder election debate after Earl reveals that he was picked by Richfield to lose the election so Richfield can be elected to the position. He had to be restrained by 3 dinosaurs while the debate was being broadcast live on national television.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: The "B" is revealed to be "Bradley" as his mother calls him that in "Earl's Big Jackpot" but the "P" remains a mystery.
- Not So Above It All: In "The Greatest Story Ever Sold", even he freaks out over not knowing the meaning of life.
- Oh, Crap!: When Earl's body is possessed by the soul of a tree, Mr. Richfield reacts with pure shock and disbelief when he is told "NO" by someone who isn't afraid of him.
- Only in It for the Money: His motivation for almost everything he does is to get a lot of cash.
- Overprotective Dad: Taken Up to Eleven with Mr. Richfield. He's so overprotective, he actually eats his daughters boyfriends. (He claims he only wanted to talk to the first one, but he lost his temper, and "after that, it was like eatin' peanuts.")
- Spikes of Villainy: B.P. Richfield has a lot of horns on his frill.
- Stock Dinosaurs: A Triceratops.
- Villain Song: The aforementioned "Cold-Blooded Guy", where he gloats about what a despicable and cruel individual he is.
- Wealth's in a Name: Despite everyone being named for oil companies, Richfield gets two (BP stands for British Petroleum, and Richfield for the last name), which indicate his status amoung the dinosaurs.
- Voiced by: Sam McMurray
Performed by: David Greenaway (face), Pons Maar (body)
Earl's buddy and co-worker.
- Expy: Of Ralph Norton, right down to the "pally boy."
- Good Is Dumb: Roy is one of the nicest characters on the show, but he also isn't the sharpest tooth in the jaw.
- Honorary Uncle: To the Sinclair children.
- Long-Lost Relative: "Into the Woods" revealed that he was separated from his father at a young age. He eventually meets an elderly Tyrannosaurus who tells a tale of how he lost his son that makes it clear he is Roy's father. They fail to make the connection in spite of the elderly Tyrannosaurus having Roy's father's name and Roy sharing his name with the man's missing son, though Robbie suggests that they may figure it out sooner or later.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: He's a Tyrannosaurus.
- Nice Guy: Roy is one of the few truly selfless characters in the show.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: He doesn't play the common stereotype though.
- Voiced by: Suzie Plakson
Performed by: Julianne Buescher
Fran's friend, and the only four-legged dinosaur seen on the show.
- Does Not Like Men: She doesn't HATE them, but she doesn't much care for them, and prefers her independence. She can get along with them if they aren't willfully ignorant though.
- Meaningful Name: Her last name. As a Brontosaurus, she has a lot of vertebrae.
- Statuesque Stunner: In Roy's eyes.
- Stock Dinosaurs: A Brontosaurus.
- Women Are Wiser: In general. She's about averagely intelligent, but it doesn't help much in this mad world.
- Voiced by: Christopher Meloni
Performed by: David Greenaway
Robbie's best friend, and the local troublemaker.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: He's had quite a few girlfriends in the past, and tries to get Robbie a date with his crush by pretending to get beaten up by him.
- Bad Butt: He's never seen actually committing any crime or beating anybody up.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Never seen without his leather jacket.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite appearing to be the "bad influence" character, he's one of the few other teenage dinosaur to show genuine concern for Robbie's well-being, even going well out of his way to help him.
- Meaningful Name: As a Polacanthus, he's covered in spikes.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: Yelling in Robbie's ear when he had a throbbing headache in "Steroids to Heaven." Though to be fair, Robbie did kind of deserve it.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Polacanthus rarely shows in mainstream media.
- Spikes of Villainy: Subverted. His spikes look menacing, but he's generally well-intentioned.
- The Nicknamer: He calls Robbie "Scooter."