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    The Dinosaurs 

In general

  • All Animals Are Dogs and All Flyers Are Birds: Most of the dinosaurs act like dogs. Madonna acts something like a parrot.
  • Cool Pet: They're baby dinosaurs that are completely tame and will never grow up. Can you say every ten year old's dream come true?
  • Domesticated Dinosaurs: Docile little creatures kept as pets by a pair of kids.
  • Five-Man Band: They seem to have this dynamic, at least:
    • The Leader: Elvis, being the most prominent of the group.
    • The Lancer: Jagger, due to contrasting with Elvis the most in personality.
    • The Smart Guy: Madonna, the one who takes action the most, as well as the most cautious.
    • The Big Guy: Hammer, who does most of the grunt work among the group.
    • The Chick: Paula, the most demure and friendly of the group.
  • Fun Size: They've been stuck in their eggs for so long that their growth has been stunted. In short, they will never grow any bigger than they are now. Good thing too, seeing as all of them would be pretty huge if they did (especially Paula).
  • Happily Adopted: By Ruby (the Taylors' dog).
  • Musical Theme Naming: All of them are named after musicians, with Jerry naming the T. rex after Elvis Presley and the Stegosaurus after Mick Jagger while Monica named the Pteranodon after Madonna, the Chasmosaurus after MC Hammer and the Brachiosaurus after Paula Abdul.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: They're all super adorable.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Their eggs were sealed in that temple for a reason.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Elvis (Tyrannosaurus rex), Jagger (Stegosaurus), Paula (Brachiosaurus) and Hammer (Chasmosaurus). Zig zagged with Madonna (formerly an obscure subspecies of Pteranodon, now considered its own distinct genus).

Elvis the Tyrannosaurus rex

  • Big Eater: While all of the baby dinos have gluttonous appetites, Elvis trumps them all.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: One of the more easily angered members of the bunch.
  • Killer Rabbit: Being a miniature T. rex, this is to be expected.
  • The Leader: Of the dinosaurs.
  • Meaningful Name: The King of Dinosaurs is named after the King of Rock and Roll.
  • Predators Are Mean: Subverted. He's rambunctious and sort of snappish, but also harmless.
  • Pride: Certainly has shades of this.
  • The Trickster: The most mischievous of the dinos.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Played with. He's happy to eat raisins and potato chips, but he's still primarily a carnivore, being just as happy to eat dogfood or flies snatched out of the air.

Madonna the Pteranodon/Geosternbergia

  • Animal Gender-Bender: She's a female pterosaur, but has the large crest of a male.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She often flies in to save her adoptive siblings when danger threatens.
  • Morality Pet: A literal one, even; before she showed up, Monica bordered on being a Bratty Teenage Daughter.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: She can mimic human speech like a parrot. Ironically, her mimicry is actually more accurate than that of a movie parrot.
  • Ptero Soarer: For the time, she's fairly accurate design-wise, but she's erroneously referred to as a dinosaur and acts more like a parrot than a pterosaur.
  • Shoulder-Sized Dragon: A shoulder-sized pterosaur.
  • Supporting Protagonist: She and Elvis are the most prominent of the dinosaurs.
  • Two Girls to a Team: She and Paula are the only girls among the dinosaurs.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Implied, as she seems to be as enthusiastic as her siblings when they stumble upon a box of raisins, despite her species being known to have fed almost entirely on fish.

Jagger the Stegosaurus

Hammer the Chasmosaurus

Paula the Brachiosaurus

  • The Chick
  • The Heart: A very gentle little creature.
  • Herbivores Are Friendly: The sweetest and calmest of the dinos.
  • Long Neck: Goes without saying, as she's a sauropod. The Scotland-fangirl protagonist of the third movie even lampshaded it by comparing her to the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Nice Girl: The dinosaur equivalent to one.

    Characters introduced in Prehysteria 

Jerry Taylor

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Monica.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Besides Sarno (who is obviously the villain), Jerry and Monica are the first characters we meet, implying that they're the human protagonists of the picture. The story centers more around their father, however.
  • Fanboy: Is a huge fan of Elvis Presley.
  • Kid Hero: Along with his sister.
  • Nice Guy: Kind of annoying, but he's a good kid all things considered.
  • Sibling Team: He and Monica work well together, despite how often they may clash.

Monica Taylor

  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: At first, but this is mostly based on the fact that she still isn't over the death of her mother.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: She says that Frank hates her boyfriend Danny, though seeing as she goes out of her way to warn him about this, this might not be to denote her as a rebel.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    Frank: If Brain-Dead Danny were to pass away, you'd want a new boyfriend someday, wouldn't you?
    Monica: I want a new boyfriend now.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Is sort of snobbish and rude, but she loves her family and the dinosaurs.
  • Mama Bear: Is probably the one who is most protective of the dinosaurs.
  • Missing Mom: A major plot point for her, as she very much misses her late mother and is not happy when she learns that her father is interested in someone else.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Even she doesn't seem to know why she's dating Brain-Dead Danny.

Frank Taylor

  • Good Parents: He's fairly stern and does not take well to the dinosaurs, but he genuinely wants what's best for his children.
  • Official Couple: With Vicki.
  • Papa Wolf: To both his own kids and the baby dinosaurs.
  • Parent with New Paramour: A plot point, as Monica doesn't like the fact that he's interested in Vicki.


  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially when Sarno is around.
  • Hot Scientist: Is a paleontologist and quite beautiful.
  • Official Couple: With Frank.
  • Team Mom: Friendly and always willing to help the Taylors out. It's implied that she'll become the family's actual mom somewhere along the way too.

Ruby Taylor

"Brain-Dead" Danny

  • Brainless Beauty: He's not called "brain-dead" for nothing, and one can assume that Monica is only interested in him because he's cute.
  • Official Couple: With Monica.
  • Satellite Character: Exists solely to be Monica's boyfriend. Although to be fair, he does help her get back to the house after she sees Rico and his goons driving past them.


  • Almighty Janitor: A literal example. He's just a janitor, but he also manages to knock Rico out and keeps a shockingly calm demeanor when the guy is strangling him. And if it weren't for him, the dinos would never have escaped from Rico.
  • Nice Guy: A bit odd, but genuinely helpful.

Rico Sarno

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Vicki, though he later reveals he'd be willing to kill her if it means he'll win.
  • Big Bad: The first film's antagonist, due to wanting the dinosaurs for his own selfish reasons.
  • Evil Is Hammy: "MY EGGS! WHERE ARE MY EGGS!?"
  • Fat Bastard: Is overweight and a pretty big jerk.
  • Greed: His main motivation.
  • Humiliation Conga: The dinosaurs are rescued without his knowledge and their spot in the cage is filled by Ruby instead, rendering him a laughing stock.
  • Jerkass: Treats the Taylors, Vicki and the dinosaurs like dirt and is just generally unpleasant.
  • Kick the Dog: One of the first things he does when he sees the Taylors? Yell at their dog.
  • Obviously Evil: He's so thoroughly unpleasant that it's impossible to not see him as anything other than the villain.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Is legitimately concerned for the dinosaurs' safety, but this is purely because they'd be have no monetary value to him unless they were all in one piece.
  • Smug Snake: Is trounced at nearly every turn, yet is convinced he's a genius.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Freaks the heck out after his Humiliation Conga.
  • Villainous Glutton: Certainly appears to be this.

    Characters Introduced in Prehysteria 2 

Brendan Wellington


Mr. Wellington


  • Cool Old Guy: Helps Brendan take out Ms. Winters.
  • Green Thumb: The Wellingtons' gardener.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Hated Brendan because he played tricks on him, but had a change of heart when he saw how much Brendan missed his father.


  • Heel–Face Turn: Hated Brendan because he played tricks on him, but had a change of heart when he saw how much Brendan missed his father.
  • Running Gag: Often shown singing when he cooks. Brendan takes advantage of this at one point.
  • Supreme Chef: The Wellingtons' chef.

Ms. Winters

  • Abusive Parents: She's not Brendan's mother, but she is emotionally abusive towards Brendan for no apparent reason.
  • Bald Woman: Her hair is actually a wig.
  • Big Bad: The antagonist of the second film.
  • Humiliation Conga: Suffers one from her own coworkers and Brendan.
  • Jerkass: Treats Brendan and her coworkers harshly and is just all around unpleasant.
  • Karma Houdini: With the exception of the above mentioned Humiliation Conga, she pretty much gets off scot-free.
  • Plot Allergy: Is allergic to animals. The dinosaurs end up setting off her allergies. Somehow.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Attempts one on Brendan. It doesn't work.
    Ms. Winters: (fighting with Brendan) You're nothing but a troublemaker! That's why your father spends so little time with you. He despises you!
    Brendan: THAT'S NOT TRUE!

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