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Life finally found a way.
"The park is open."

Jurassic World is a 2015 American Science Fiction Adventure film and the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, released fourteen years after Jurassic Park III. It is the first of a revival era in the series, still following the continuity set by the three previous films. Colin Trevorrow directed it, while Steven Spielberg remained on as an executive producer. Like the third film, it uses concepts and characters created by Michael Crichton, but is not directly based on any novel of his.

Twenty-two years after the disastrous events at Isla Nublar in the first film, the late John Hammond's dream has finally come to fruition: the island now hosts a fully-functioning, popular, hardly-deadly-at-all theme park with dinosaurs, run by the Masrani Corporation, of which Hammond's InGen is now a subsidiary. However, the public has gotten used to the idea of cloned dinosaurs and attendance is slowly declining. Simply introducing new species to the park isn't enough anymore. Therefore, the latest attraction to be brought in isn't just a new species—it's a genetically modified hybrid created by the park's asset development team. And then it backfires disastrously, as the park's ventures always do...


Chris Pratt stars in the male lead role of Owen Grady, an ex-Navy man hired to study the behavior of the Velociraptors, and Bryce Dallas Howard as the female lead and park operations manager, Claire Dearing. The film also stars Irrfan Khan as Simon Masrani, the new owner of the park after the death of John Hammond, and Vincent D'Onofrio as the main human antagonist and head of the security staff, Vic Hoskins. Zach and Gray Mitchell are Claire's nephews and the main kids played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins. B.D. Wong is the only actor reprising his role from the original trilogy, as geneticist Dr. Henry Wu. Other actors for the movie include Omar Sy, Brian Tee, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus and Jake Johnson.

The first official trailer was released on November 25, 2014, and the movie opened in American cinemas on June 12, 2015 (slightly earlier elsewhere). It also has two separate Viral Marketing websites, one the "official site" of the Jurassic World park itself, another the website for Masrani Global Corporation.


A sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, was released on June 22, 2018 and is the second film in what Trevorrow intends to be a new trilogy based on the Jurassic Park franchise. A third film, officially titled Jurassic World: Dominion, is set for release in June 2022. Not to be confused with Jurassic Galaxy, which has dinosaurs IN SPACE!

An animated series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous began airing on September 18, 2020, detailing the adventures of a group of children who were camping at Jurassic World during the time of the movie's events.

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  • A-Team Firing: The helicopter-mounted minigun, thanks to Masrani's unsteady piloting. Averted for the rest of the movie; the professional mercenaries have no trouble hitting the Indominus rex with their rifles and submachine guns, it just fails to do anything to her. She manages to dodge a rocket-propelled grenade, though.
  • Abandoned Area: The original park is located deep within the Restricted Area and has mostly been reclaimed by the jungle at this point.
  • Action Dress Rip: A variant, in that Claire loosens her belt, opens her jacket to tie the edges and rolls up her sleeves instead of ripping her clothes outright as Owen affirms that she is out of her element and won't survive. At first it seemed almost like she was actually stripping and his reaction is more confused than impressed at her gung-ho attitude. (Note that one of his snarky remarks included her wearing heels, which she continues to wear to the end.) The dress does ends up ripped, but due to Clothing Damage.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: A few lightly scattered, but a notable one happens when Owen and Claire come across a wounded Apatosaurus, comforting her as she dies. It's implied this is one of the few (if not the first) times Claire physically interacts with the dinosaurs, but also leads to the discovery that the Indominus was killing for sport.
  • Action Girl:
    • One of the ACU security force is a woman, who also happens to be one of the few to survive the attempt to capture the I. rex with non-lethal weapons.
    • Subverted with Claire. For much of the film she averts the usual Action Girl tropes, so when she does do something heroic it's suitably awesome. She even doubles as a surrogate Mama Bear (Auntie Bear?) after she's reunited with her nephews.
    • All four of the raptors as well, technically.
    • The Indominus rex, Mosasaurus, and the Tyrannosaurus rex can all be considered Action Girls, since all of the dinosaurs in the park are female. The T. rex is this in the fight with Indominus, as is the Mosasaurus, since after all, she drags the I. rex to her doom. On the other hand, the I. rex is this against the Ankylosaurus, the ACU team, and likely countless other dinosaurs across the island.
  • Action Survivor: Almost all of the main characters, and by extension, the guests who weren't killed after the evacuation.
  • Actionised Sequel: Especially compared to the first film, this one has more guns, more deaths, more fights, etc.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Masrani is terrified by the Indominus rex, but he can't help but admire the kind of fear she is capable of instilling.
    Claire: Think it'll scare the kids?
    Masrani: The kids? This'll give parents nightmares.
    Claire: Is that... good?
    Masrani: It's fantastic.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: Claire goes from stiff and sleek to a disheveled woman of action during the course of the film.
  • Adult Fear:
    • "It'll give the parents nightmares." Masrani had no idea how prophetic this claim would be.
    • Claire finds out her nephews are missing in the jungle. The same jungle the I. rex is currently loose in.
    • Owen's constant fear that someone will underestimate his raptors and be mauled or killed because of it. Many real-life animal handlers, especially of large predators, have the same fear since this often results in the animal being euthanized.
    • Dozens of people get killed and injured during a mass freak accident at a theme park for adults and children. Zara dies because she's trying to protect her boss's kids.
    • After everything that's happened, Claire is convinced that her sister will hate her for not spending time with the boys in a park that nearly killed them. So when Zach and Grey's parents show up, Claire hangs back awkwardly. Her sister then pulls her into a hug as well, relieved that Claire is okay.
    • Seeing the closure of the world's first and only live-action dinosaurs zoo and theme park.
  • Adults Are Useless: With the exception of Owen, pretty much every adult is either incompetent at best or greedy and self-serving at worst. Even Claire is more concerned at first with the success of the park than the potential safety risks of genetically engineering a highly intelligent hybrid dinosaur. It takes her nephews almost getting eaten by said dinosaur for her to come to her senses.
  • Aesop Amnesia: A Foregone Conclusion, considering how bad things went in the original film. But to the Masrani Corporation's credit, the park has been running successfully for enough time that the dinosaurs are beginning to lose their wonder with the public. And the one dinosaur that actually did break loose was a Living Weapon created to be such under their noses. If it wasn't for Claire's referring to all the dinosaurs as "assets" and "it," one could almost call this averted.
    • An ambiguous example with John Hammond, when we last saw him in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, he had come to agree with Ian Malcolm and believed that the dinosaurs should be left on the islands without human interference and was against the building of another park, however Masrani claims that John entrusted his dying wish with him, this either means that John backslided his character growth between films or Masrani was lying and John never agreed to a new park.
  • Affably Evil: Hoskins treats everyone like an old buddy—even when Owen disrespects him to his face (up to punching said face), Hoskins shrugs it off and continues on being friendly. Events go south for him when he tries this on Delta the Velociraptor. She ain't buying it.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Averted, despite the raptors having some dog-like qualities - their pack structure, and the way they seem to sense how their "owner" feels about other people and treat those people the same way. But In-Universe, Hoskins seems to think this is the case consistently describing the Raptor pack as if they are no different than having a super-powered K9 unit and thinking they can be tamed like dogs, when the truth is that they are trained only to respond to one or two particular humans who have been with them since they hatched and are definitely not tame or safe.
  • All There in the Manual: The accompanying websites, viral marketing or not, provide a lot of background information on the film, such as when the park opened, how Hoskins became head of security, Hammond's passing (see below), and Dr. Wu's future projects for genetic research (namely an endeavor to recover DNA to clone Ice Age-era mammals).
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Zara. From what we see of her she's really uninterested in her job, and seems to be annoyed with her charges (even Gray, who's a really sweet kid). And from what we hear from her talking about her wedding, she might be a tad condescending and domineering towards her fiance and his friends. Of course she loses the aloofness when the pterosaurs break out of the aviary, becoming panicy and frantic, and starts scolding Zach and Gray for "just stand[ing] there (when they only stopped because she was screaming at them) right before she gets snatched up to become dino-chow.
  • Always a Bigger Fish:
    • The great white shark, one of the largest and most infamous predators in our world, is just a snack for the colossal sea reptile Mosasaurus, SeaWorld style.note  She also ends up being this for the I. rex, as well.
    • Director Colin Trevorrow was asked about the logistics of feeding the Mosasaurus great whites, given that those sharks are endangered. His response was that he'd actually considered that, and reasoned that logically, if InGen is able to clone extinct dinosaurs back to life, they're also capable of cloning endangered animals as food for the dinosaurs in their park.
    • Discussed during Dr. Wu's Shut Up, Kirk! to Masrani:
      Dr. Wu: “Monster” is a relative term. To a canary, a cat is a monster. We've just gotten used to being the cat.
  • Amusement Park of Doom: Just as with Jurassic Park, a series of unprecedented but ultimately preventable events turns Jurassic Word into one of these.
  • And Then What?: Claire and Owen ask each other this at the end of the movie, with having escaped the park and knowing it will be closed. Owen just says they'll move forward and adapt.
  • Animal Gender-Bender: Averted this time around with the Pteranodons, whose crests are very small because they're all female. Played straight with the Parasaurolophus, however, as they all have male crests (females have shorter crests).
  • Animals Hate Him: The raptors really dislike Hoskins and become aggressive every time he comes near them. Delta especially seems to hate him.
  • Anthropic Principle: As much as the story seems to be an Idiot Plot to allow the dinosaurs to escape, especially considering that there were previous catastrophic incidents, the basic principle of the movie is that you're watching a story where dinosaurs inexplicably get loose from human control despite being set in a world where this has happened before. Some suspension of disbelief from the audience is necessary for the film to at all function. The alternative is a film where the humans have sufficient levels of redundant controls with failsafes and backup plans, the dinosaurs never get loose, and nothing at all happens.
  • Apathetic Citizens: In a world where the last three Jurassic Park films' plots happened... people still manage to open the park and families come in droves with their kids.
  • Arc Symbol: There are several lingering shots of water throughout the film...
  • Arc Words: "More teeth."
    Claire: (discussing the Indominus rex with potential investors) Audiences want them bigger. Scarier. More teeth.
    Dr. Wu: (later, calling Masrani out for being upset that I. rex is more vicious than expected) You didn't ask for accuracy, you asked for more teeth!
    Gray: (at the climax, realizing Blue is outclassed by I. rex) We need more. More teeth.
  • Armies Are Evil: Played with. The Asset Containment Unit are very paramilitary, and some even have military backgrounds, but they are portrayed like people just doing their jobs. Hoskins' mercs seem to be a bit more sadistic, as indicated by their introduction with one taking out a Dimorphodon that's flying alongside their chopper on the way in and smiling about it, but they prove to be just as professional. One, seriously wounded, even warns Claire to run away from the raptors, saving her and the boys.
  • Artistic License – Biology: The I. rex, obviously, being a product of LEGO Genetics. Also see Artistic License – Paleontology below.
  • Artistic License – Cars: Zach and Gray find a 1992 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, Jeep 29 from the first movie in the garage in the Abandoned Area of the park which, over what is implied to be a few hours at most, they fix up and drive off. A vehicle left for twenty years on a Central American island in heat and humidity would have rusted away into nothing. Even in a less temperate climate, the engine would likely be seized from old oil, the fuel would have gone bad after 6 months, moisture and corrosion would have damaged electrical systems and spark plugs, hoses would be completely eaten through. Getting a 23 year old (the Jeep is explicitly stated to be a 1992 model, and the movie takes place in late 2015) vehicle road-worthy would require far, far more than a few hours work by two children with little experience, though Jeep's 4.0 straight six did have a very well deserved reputation for durability, as did their five speed manual transmission, and Zach and Gray are shown taking a battery and gasoline from a newer, wrecked Kawasaki ATV, though the Jeep's tires would be deflated and rotted beyond use. Then there's the issue of why InGen didn't remove equipment from the area, especially given the freak-out over the Jurassic Park t-shirt (the novelisation also states the Army firebombed the park facilitiesnote ).
  • Artistic License – Engineering: As the airborne ACU troops are getting the helicopter set to go hunt the Indominus, we see them bolting an M134 minigun to the floor, followed by a shot of the gunner slinging a belt dangling from the gun onto the floor. The belt is the ammunition feed guide, not the ammunition supply; it should be hooked to an ammunition can of several thousand rounds. The short feeder would only hold about 200 rounds of linked ammunition at most, which the gun would blow through in seconds at most.note  Since the ammo supply of a minigun is big, bulky, and in no way photogenic, it was probably omitted for the sake of the visuals, but requires a strong invocation of the MST3K Mantra. May also qualify as a case of Bottomless Magazines, even though the magazine technically isn't even present.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology:
    • Par for the course, and a point of disgruntlement for some viewers, though justified by the geneticists' use of frog DNA to fill in gaps coupled by the fact that some of the dinosaurs were left over from the original park. Aside from the unfeathered raptors, Gallimimus with flexible wrists, and frilled poison-spitting Dilophosaurus inherited from the first film, the Pteranodon have no pycnofibres (hair-like filaments used for insulation) and are shown being able to carry off full-grown humans with just their feet similar to the third movie (although at least this time, they don't have teeth). (Real pterosaur feet were pretty inept at grasping just about anything.) Not to mention there's also Stegosaurus that frequently lower their tails on the ground and Ankylosaurus with large spikes along its sides.
    • However, some bloggers have pointed out that aside from her exaggerated size, the Mosasaurus is possibly the most accurate animal in the entire park. She's correctly shown with two rows of teeth, although her tongue would have probably been forked like modern-day monitor lizards. That said, the Mosasaurus also has some crocodile-like features (her jaw design and rows of spikes along her back and tail), which are completely made-up and probably unlikely, although possibly justified by being a genetic Mix-and-Match Critter.
    • Invoked in the film. The inaccuracy and Super-Persistent Predator traits are to be expected considering:
      Henry Wu: "Bigger." "Scarier." Um... "Cooler" I believe is the word that you used in your memo. You cannot have an animal with exaggerated predator features without the corresponding behavioral traits. ...You are acting like we are engaged in some kind of mad science. But we are doing what we have done from the beginning. Nothing in Jurassic World in natural. We have always filled gaps in the genome with the DNA of other animals. And, if their genetic code was pure, many of them would look quite different. But you didn't ask for reality. You asked for more teeth.
    • Played with in regards to the long-running use of preserved mosquitoes in the franchise. They retrieve dinosaur DNA from blood in mosquitoes trapped in amber. How would a mosquito ever get blood from an aquatic Mosasaurus? Answer: they don't. While the kids are in line for the Gyrosphere, it's mentioned that the park now has the ability to extract DNA directly from fossils, eliminating the need to find amber-encased insects. Although that explanation raises further questions, like how you'd manage to extract organic material from literal rock.
  • As Himself: Jimmy Fallon appears in a video for the Gyrosphere. This is a reference to Jimmy Fallon having videos on the Universal Studios tour.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Dr. Henry Wu has a larger role than he had in the first film.
    • The Ankylosaurus that appeared in the third movie were basically a cameo. This time around they have a full set of scenes to themselves.
  • An Asskicking Christmas: The film is set during the Christmas vacation/break season, as indicated by the opening scenes of the film.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: The Indominus rex convinces Owen's Velociraptors to join her side, presumably by discussing her badassery with them. In doing so she becomes Alpha. Owen realises this was possible because I. rex is part-raptor. Commence problem time.
  • Attack Animal: In the same vein as Living Weapon, Hoskins wants to use Owen's raptors as this in combat situations. He believes that since Owen has taught the raptors basic commands, they will be able to function on the battlefield as attack drones who cannot be hacked by the enemy. Owen points out the insanity behind this, since he is the only person that they will not kill on sight (and even that's iffy), none of their relationship is based on control, and unlike machines, raptors will eat you if they are hungry.
  • Attack Its Weak Point:
    • The I. rex is smart enough to find one on the Gyrosphere. The glass had been cracked earlier by an Ankylosaur tail, and the I. rex actually rotates the sphere 180 degrees to get at the cracked part, then sticks a claw through to break it.
    • She did the same barely a minute earlier in her fight with the very same ankylosaur, by flipping the reptilian tank on its back to get at the unarmored underside. Strangely (probably for the rating's sake), instead of gutting the defenseless ankylosaur, she instead goes for the head to snap its neck.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Hoskins wants to mass-produce Owen's raptors for military applications. Awesome? Unarguably. Impractical? Yes, and Hoskins finds this out the hard way. He thinks of them like giant dogs, as opposed to pack-hunting predators who see humans as prey. Kind of understandable after he sees Owen's interactions with his four Velociraptors; anyone not in the know about dinosaur behaviour could easily see that and be persuaded of the merits of dinosaurs as Living Weapons, not realizing they were looking at a Deceptively Simple Demonstration.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Indominus rex, chosen deliberately as something scary but easy to pronounce.
    Claire: You should hear a four-year-old try to say "Archaeornithomimus".
    Owen: You should hear you try to say it.
  • Badass Boast: Regarding the raptor pack:
    Gray: Where's the alpha?
    Owen: You're looking at him, kid.
  • Badass Bystander: Lowery. Decides to stay behind during the evacuation to help until Claire and Grady returns, and opens Paddock 9 when she orders it, despite his misgivings.
  • Badass Crew: Owen and his pack of hunting raptors.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Poor Zara, first forced to chaperone two boys that ditch her, and while trying to get them to safety she gets attacked by a Pteradon and eaten by a Mosasaurus.
  • The Bait: Claire uses herself as bait, while armed with a flare, to draw Rexy into battle against the I. rex. Food animals are often placed near windows by the park to attract predators for visitor viewing pleasure.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Claire's assistant Zara is attacked by a Pteranodon, and dropped into the Mosasaurus tank. Obviously, the big lizard is going to eat her. Except that the Pteranodons come in after her, and one gets a hold of her. Then the Mosasaurus eats both of them.
  • Bash Brothers: When the T. rex is at the mercy of the I. rex, Blue returns to the fight. Rexy gets a second wind and they work together to put I. rex on the ropes, Rexy matching her strength and Blue clawing at her back and eyes. After getting knocked off, Blue even rides the ''T. rex'' for another chance to transfer over. When it's all done, Rexy note  decides to simply walk away.
  • Beak Attack: Non-bird variant — there is a scene where the saurian Big Bad releases a swarm of highly territorial Pteranodons and scares them into a panicked frenzy, prompting them to descend upon the titular park's most populated area. Throughout the scene that follows, the pterosaurs can be seen pinning people down and pecking at them with their enormous beaks. Before that, one of them kills a hapless security guard by stabbing him in the chest with its beak.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished:
    • Claire's makeup and (especially oddly) high heels remain unmarred throughout the entire movie, even though she spends a third of the film running through a hot, uncultivated South American island. Her hairdo becomes only slightly frizzy and wavy. Even her perfectly white suit stays clean until she and Owen reach the old visitor's center!
    • Zara's death is a rather rough, what with getting carried off, then fought over like a hamburger patty by a couple of Pteranodons, dropped into a saltwater enclosure, then dunked over and over before being Eaten Alive. However, outside of being completely drenched, she still looks remarkably together before getting swallowed whole. Justified because none of the damage she receives is the kind that would leave any marks.
  • Behemoth Battle: Tyrannosaurus rex versus Indominus rex at the film's climax.
  • Berserk Button: Seeing Owen's Velociraptors as anything but incredibly dangerous and natural creatures shifts Owen from being a laid-back Casanova Wannabe to a stern and snappy hardass. Hoskins gets Owen in a bad mood with constantly talking about how he can tame raptors and use dinosaurs for military applications, and earns a punch to the face when he presses the issue.
  • Beta Couple: Subverted. Lowery tries to kiss Vivian, but she pulls away and tells him she has a boyfriend. Much awkwardness ensues.
  • BFG:
    • Zig-Zagged by the park's Asset Containment Unit. They primarily use non-lethal firearms, such as tranquilizer darts and net guns. When things get hairy, they do break out live ammunition, but their small arms have about as much effect as thrown rocks. They fare better with rocket launchers and a minigun, however.
    • Played straight with the personal firearms of Owen (who carries a customized .45-70 Marlin lever-action) and Barry (who packs a Smith and Wesson Model 460.)
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Hoskins and the I. rex. The I. rex is just causing trouble, while Hoskins wants to weaponize dinosaurs.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Blue gets KO'd by the I. rex pretty much straight-out in the final fight. Delta and Echo are killed. Ol' Rexy has been knocked over and is pretty slashed up as well, and the I. rex hovers over her for the kill. Owen, Claire, and the nephews look on in horror as their last best hope is about to be killed. Then a raptor bark is heard: Blue has come to and charges back into the fray at top speed! Rexy gets a second wind, and the two tag-team the I. rex! Then the Mosasaurus finishes the I. rex off!
  • Big Damn Kiss: Owen gives one to Claire about halfway through, after she rescues him from a Dimorphodon with his tranquilizer rifle. The movie also later has a subversion: Lowery attempts one on co-worker Vivian, but she rejects him.
    Vivian: Uh, I have a boyfriend.
    Lowery: Oh, you guys are together-together...
    Vivian: Yeah... yeah, we are.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Owen, Claire, and her nephews manage to escape Jurassic World alive after the I. rex is finally taken down, but dozens of people are possibly dead, hundreds more are injured and will likely sue, the park is completely destroyed, Blue is the Sole Survivor of Owen's raptors, and Hammond's dream has been destroyed yet again. On top of that, if InGen and Masrani Corp. don't choose to reclaim the park, then it's likely many or all of the remaining dinosaurs will starve to death. The chances of another park being built after the incident in the film are slim to none, and it is highly likely that Jurassic World will be either abandoned or bulldozed to the ground. Also, The InGen people left with Dr. Wu and his research, with very ill intentions to use them for military purposes.
  • Black Comedy:
    • The deaths of Nick, Zara and Hoskins could qualify; Nick's because of his stupidity in picking a hiding spot, Zara's because of the sheer overkill of it all, and Hoskins' because it was well-deserved and completely karmic.
    • The first attempt at taking down the I. rex (with non-lethal weapons) is such an Epic Fail that it falls into this trope.
    • Charlie the raptor getting blown up with an anti-tank missile right when Owen appears to be successfully bonding with her.
  • Black Dude Dies First:
    • Played straight. The first person to be killed is a Latino (presumably Costa Rican) worker. Additionally, of the named/central characters, Masrani is the first to die.
    • Averted, however, with Barry, who is nearly killed by Blue but survives to the end of the movie.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Vivian, Zara, and Claire, respectively.
  • Bloody Handprint: One of Hoskins' men plants one on the window of the armored carrier that Claire and her nephews are sitting in. He warns her to start fleeing, and is killed while trying to get into the back of the truck.
  • Bloody Hilarious: Nick, the Indominus rex paddock worker spurts so much blood when he's eaten that it's as if Indominus ate a human-sized Gusher's Fruit Snack.
  • Bowdlerise: When Barry says "Merde," the subtitles say "[SPEAKS FRENCH]".
  • Brains and Brawn: Claire and Owen respectively. The former deals with science and comes up with a pragmatic method of defeating the I. rex, the latter deals with combat and intends to go after the I. rex with "everything he's got". However, it should be noted that Owen's ability to train and connect with his raptors involves a whole lot of knowledge about animal behavior and psychology, which he uses far more effectively than anyone else in the film.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: After Jurassic Park and The Lost World (and Jurassic Park III), Jurassic World.
  • Break the Cutie: When people start dying, most every other character responds with either shock or grim seriousness. But Vivian, one of the command center employees, cannot stop crying every time it happens.
  • Break the Haughty: Claire believes that she can treat powerful and large predators like a possession. She learns the hard way that is not the case.
    • Hoskins likewise seems convinced that velociraptors can be tamed and trained like big, scaly dogs to obey humans. Delta violently disabuses him of this notion.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: Owen goes through one after his Velociraptors (Blue, Echo, Charlie, and Delta) are put under the Indominus rex's control.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Hoskins does this to the raptors on several occasions and it's clear that Delta and Blue aren't happy with him touching them in the ready-cages. Delta especially throws a snarling fit whenever he comes anywhere near her. He's not taunting them from his perspective, but you can't bond with a raptor the same way you can a wolf-cub.
  • The Bus Came Back: Three from the first film: Dr. Henry Wu, the head geneticist of InGen; Mr. DNA, the cartoon character who explains the de-extinction process; and the T. rex from that film.
  • Call-Back:
    • The ending hearkens back to the first film, with Rexy and Velociraptor fighting and a bigger fish appearing, only this time the former two are on the same side and the fish in question is actually a Mosasaurus.
    • Though it was only briefly touched on, Lex and Tim Murphy also got sent to visit a family member at Jurassic Park because their parents were going through a divorce.
    • There are two different shots of a pursuing dinosaur reflected in a mirrored surface from the vehicle being pursued, presumably in reference to the famous "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear" joke in the original film.
    • An early discussion between Owen and Hoskins brings up Peter Ludlow's notion of extinct animals having no rights upon being revived.
    • The entire first round between Rexy and Indominus is very similar (almost scene-for-scene) to the T. rex/Spinosaurus battle from Jurassic Park III, with Rexy biting into Indominus's neck and throwing her around before the latter breaks free and gets the upper hand. It probably would have ended the same way, if not for Blue.
    • "Don't go into the long grass!" Not the quote in specific, but events following the I. rex converting the raptors to its side plays out quite similarly to that famous scene from The Lost World.
  • The Cameo:
    • Jimmy Fallon (see As Himself above) is the obvious one, but Jimmy Buffett also appears as a man eager to save his margaritas during the pterosaur attack. Makes sense considering they came from his own restaurant (and if a soda costs $7 US, how much is a cocktail going to be?).
    • The Dilophosaurus from the first movie makes an appearance via hologram.
  • Canon Immigrant:
    • The Masrani website talks about the Bribri natives of Isla Nublar relocated to the mainland in The '80s, who were first represented in Jurassic Park: The Game in the character of Nima Cruz. The Suchomimus also makes an appearance, having been previously shown in the obscure fighting game Warpath: Jurassic Park, as does the Baryonyx, which has showed up in the Lost World video game and the toyline.
    • Dimorphodon made her first appearances in Jurassic Park 2: The Chaos Continues and The Lost World: Jurassic Park game as well.
  • Capitalism Is Bad: The Indominus rex, according to Colin Trevorrow, symbolizes consumer and corporate excess. To quote the director, the I. rex is "meant to embody [humanity's] worst tendencies. We're surrounded by wonder and yet we want more, and we want it bigger, faster, louder, better. And in the world of the movie, the animal is designed based on a series of corporate focus groups." He also stated, "There's something in the film about our greed and our desire for profit. The Indominus rex, to me, is very much that desire, that need to be satisfied."
  • Car Fu: Claire uses the armored truck she's driving to slam into one of the raptors running up along-side, causing it to crash into a tree.
  • Casting Gag: Seeing as Bryce Dallas Howard's recent characters Rachel, Victoria, and Hilly weren't very nice people it's possible viewers would assume the same of Claire, who's portrayed as a chilly Neat Freak executive in the trailers (she's actually a very nice person with a ton of responsibilities).
  • Cell Phones Are Useless:
    • Much of the devastation and death could have been avoided early on if cell and radio reception didn't suddenly have problems working. In fact, radio reception is possibly worse than in the original film. Maybe part of the Verizon sponsorship was so they could get some decent cell towers up. The Gyrosphere in particular seems to interfere with cell reception despite being a plastic ball. The brothers accidentally lose their (broken) cell phone while running in terror, and jump in a river shortly afterwards, so there's a good chance they would've been screwed either way.
    • This is also subverted when the plot demands it. After several incidents of cellphones being useless, Claire is able to call the control room as she drives her car.
    • There's a fan theory that one of the things I. rex was designed to do is disrupt electronic communications, since most of the bad cell/radio reception occurs while it's around, and it would be a handy skill for a military attack animal to have.
  • Central Theme:
    • Lacking control—be it a teenage son, or the killer instincts of a dinosaur.
    • The importance of family ties, teamwork and social interaction; Owen knows it (through working with the raptors), Claire and Zach have to learn it (Claire through saving her nephews and Zach through getting closer to his brother) and the I. rex never learned it (leading to her insanity and her downfall).
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: The Mosasaurus is shown leaping out of the water after prey near the beginning. Later, it finishes Zara's Family-Unfriendly Death. Then it comes back in the finale to finish off I. rex.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The piece of flesh with the transponder that was recovered from the I. rex from the first ACU team is used to help the raptors obtain her scent later in the film. Unfortunately, the raptors do a Face–Heel Turn when they run into her.
    • The flare used to lure Rexy to her feed is also used by Claire to direct her to the rampaging I. rex. This also functions as a Call-Back to the first film, when Dr. Grant and Ian Malcolm distracted Rexy's attention away from the kids using flares. Rexy is already conditioned to respond to flares.
    • Gray triggers a holographic image of a Dilophosaurus (spitter) to distract the raptor chasing them through the visitors' center. Works like a charm.
    • On the I. rex's side, it stops pursuing the boys when they dive down into water, hinting that it's not equipped for water survival, hence why the Mosasaurus is perfect to deliver the final blow.
  • The Chew Toy:
    • Jimmy Fallon makes a cameo and his appearance can be treated as such. He acts like an idiot in a safety video for comedy (i.e. holding up real poison without safety gloves while telling the audience not to touch poison without safety gloves, etc.)
    • Zara becomes a literal one for the Pteranodons and the Mosasaurus.
  • Clones Are People, Too: A big theme of the movie is that the dinosaurs, while genetically engineered clones, are every bit as alive as any other animal. Owen quickly notes in seconds of seeing the Indominus's enclosure that the staff not treating her as an animal (namely isolating her completely in a compound too small for an animal her size) is likely bad for her psychological well-being. Needless to say, he's right.
  • Closer Than They Appear: The trope is given an encore appearance—reflections of predatory dinosaurs (well, pterosaurs in one instance) behind vehicles appear twice.
  • Clothing Damage: Claire suffers quite a bit of it. Not that that's a bad thing, mind you.
  • The Coconut Effect:
    • As is common in films with large creatures, they stomp everywhere—a large dino walking nearby you can often hear the footsteps. Of course this is not the case in reality. As anyone who has seen an elephant walk at the circus or in a zoo, they place their feet down gently without a "boom" because their heavy weight is already supported by the feet on the ground—when their foot is already down they shift their weight onto it.
    • This comes into play when the M134 is being used on the I. rex. A real M134 doesn't go 'ratatattattattat', it's more like a loud zipper than anything else thanks to it's rate of fire of over 6,000 rounds per minute.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The individual raptors have different color patterns. Charlie has distinctive stripes and the classic greenish-brown color of the raptors in the first film, Delta is greenish, Blue is blue-grey, and Echo is sandy yellow.
  • Combat and Support: The team-up between Rexy and Blue at the end. Rexy is the Combat, dealing heavy damage to the I. rex, while Blue is the Support by distracting and diverting the I. rex's focus so that it cannot attack Rexy, allowing Rexy to get good hits on it.
  • Combat Stilettos: Claire manages to keep up with Owen scampering through the jungle and outrun a T. rex, all in 4-inch pumps. (as summed up by Bryce Dallas Howard, juxtaposing actress and character: "I trained running with heels like it was for the Olympics. It was a life or death sitation.") Hilariously lampshaded by Owen early on:
    Owen: You won't last two minutes out here. Especially in those ridiculous shoes.
  • Combination Attack: Blue and Rexy tag-team the Indominus in the final battle, with Blue distracting her so that Rexy can land the heavy blows, with the Mosasaurus delivers the finisher by leaping from the water and dragging her down into the lagoon.
  • Concealment Equals Cover: Owen hides under a truck. Nick hides behind another truck, as he's too fat to get underneath. I. rex doesn't even bother walking around it, just picking up the truck and throwing it away, then eating Nick. Owen has an Oh, Crap! when he realises his own cover is no good at all. He then cuts the brake line and covers himself in brake fluid to conceal his scent, and is not discovered.
  • Continuity Nod: Has its own page.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Several of the more prominent characters in the cast are clearly written to contrast similar characters in the original Jurassic Park, likely to avoid accusations of rehashing its plot. Claire Dearing is an efficiency focused park manager while Mr. Masrani has the John Hammond "wonder and excitement" vision. Owen Grady is similar in skills and personality to Robert Muldoon but has a much larger role in the story. Lowery Cruthers seems a little like the nerdy and slobby Dennis Nedry but nowhere near as selfish. The kids have their own character arc as they grow as brothers, and prove to be slightly less "scream and run" that prior kid characters were. See the "Characters" tab for more details.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Every fight the Indominus rex gets in with another dinosaur that is able to fight back. Even if some of them only last a few seconds, such as against the Ankylosaurus.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Subverted with the wise Simon Masrani. Though he holds off on alerting the guests, as that would be a PR disaster, his suggestions are otherwise quite reasonable. He refuses lethal options in the first attempt to recapture the Indominus rex because it is a significant financial investment and the park is supposed to be prepared for such contingencies. When that fails miserably and gets most of the ACU killed, he switches to lethal. Unfortunately, he is killed when the helicopter that he is flying gets knocked out of the sky by escaping Pteranodons. Played straight with Hoskins and Dr. Wu, although the latter is more of a Mad Scientist.
  • Covers Always Lie: More like "The Merch Always Lies"; the LEGO sets were said to represent key moments from the film and indeed, they include the I. rex's escape, the Pteranodons attacking Masrani's chopper, the I. rex becoming the raptors' new alpha and the Gyrosphere attack. Three however depict a Dilophosaurus attacking Gray (the Dilophosaurus only appears as a hologram, ironically triggered by Gray), Hoskins and a couple of ACU guys trying to capture the T. rex (which never happens in the film, though it could be an idea of how the rex was captured for the park in the first place), and a Gallimimus trap (the Gallimimuses appear for all of two seconds just to show off how impressive the park is and the animal depicted in the set looks nothing like a real Gallimimus).
  • Creating Life Is Bad: Dr. Wu crafted an entirely new breed of dinosaur to have a more frightful attraction for the park and to experiment for potential military use for Hoskins. His creation results in the deaths of countless park workers and patrons.
  • Creepy Crows: Crows appear a surprising amount in the film. First a blackbird invoking the ominous presence of crow, but on a smaller scale for comedy, in a fake-out in the opening and later actual crows scavenging the remains of the Apatosauruses that were killed by the I. rex. It seems that the raptors and the I. rex aren't the only intelligent dinosaurs featured in this film.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • This is a given, being a movie about dinosaurs on the loose, but the most disturbing death in the film goes to Zara, who is snatched up by a Pteranodon, dropped in the Mosasaurus tank—and then picked up and dropped again and again before the Mosasaurus finally gobbles them both up.
    • Poor Echo does not fare too well either, as she is bashed into a gas grill and burned alive while trying to battle the Indominus. The Apatosaurus herd and Ankylosaurus also suffer at I. rex's hands.
    • Hoskins gets a pretty brutal death at the jaws of Delta, who can be seen eying him with hatred for a good chunk of the film. She backs him into a corner and no matter how calmly he tries to duplicate Owen's commands, she rips his hand off and then proceeds to turn him into a bloody smear on the wall.
    • Nick, the worker at the Indominus rex paddock who hides behind a truck is a pretty inoffensive guy (aside from being the guy that let it out of its paddock), and his death is quite gory and brutal, especially considering the look he and Owen exchange right before he gets eaten.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • When the Indominus Rex attacks the ACU, about half of the troopers die instantly when they are smashed against the trees or whacked by the dinosaur's tail. While the others are trampled or ripped apart, this scene reminds us that human bodies are not supposed to withstand such forces in real life.
    • After she gets her second wind, it must be admitted that Rexy beats the shit out of the I. rex. Aside from this however, the Indominus basically bulldozes every single opponent she faces with very little effort.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: Played straight when they enter Paddock 11 to see how the Indominus escaped leading to two people getting killed and her escaping. Subverted later when Zach and Gray decide to go off the grid and enter the restricted zone whereupon they're attacked by Indominus, but survive.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: InGen is perfectly willing to sacrifice the definitely successful theme park for the sake of a potential, highly unlikely-to-succeed military contract, in the process tarnishing their own reputation.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Indominus rex embodies this aspect quite nicely, and really sets the tone for the rest of the story in comparison with the other films. Her creation is by far the most questionable in the series compared to the other creatures, and she's also the first giant dinosaur antagonist in the series that is unquestionably and actively malicious rather than merely a very dangerous animal. For the first time ever, we also have direct confirmation that certain of the persons responsible for creating these creatures have ulterior and devious reasons for doing so. The film also features what could possibly be the highest body count in the series. Not just for human victims, but easily for dinosaurs as well. A number of these deaths (especially Zara's) are exceptionally brutal even by the series' standards—and mind you, this is the same series that would tear a man in half onscreen.
  • David Versus Goliath: Owen's remaining Velociraptors take on the Indominus rex near the end of the film.
  • The Dead Have Names: When the Asset Containment Unit gets wiped out trying to recapture the I. rex. As each operative dies, the people in the control room see their vitals flatline on a readout next to their name and ID photo.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Owen gets a few good lines.
      Owen: You just went and made a new dinosaur?
    • Claire's retort is pretty good, too.
      Claire: Yeah, that's kind of what we do here.
    • When Owen criticizes the I. rex's paddock and lack of enrichment, Claire fires back again:
      Claire: So, we should schedule play-dates?
  • Death by Irony:
    • Literally seconds after he went on a motive rant about weaponizing dinosaurs, Hoskins is cornered and brutally killed by one of the creatures he mistakenly thought he could control. Maybe he shouldn't have called Delta a boy when she had him cornered.
    • While running for her life amid the crowd, Zara stops in mid-flight to yell at Zach and Grey for "just standing there" since they've been on the run from her for most of the episode. She's whisked away by an incoming Pteranodon as soon as she does this and a rather Cruel and Unusual Death scene ensues.
  • Death by Pragmatism: Nick's decision to go for Paddock 11's large maintenance door because Indominus blocks the other one seemed like a good idea at the time. Although he gets out, Owen unintentionally leads Indominus right out the door, whereupon she quickly finds and kills Nick.
  • Death from Above: The Main Street attack, wherein a swarm of escaped pterosaurs fly into the park's most populated area (thanks Indominus) and attack everything in sight.
  • Death Glare: Owen has one permanently painted on his face whenever Hoskins is anywhere near him or his raptors. And he looks positively murderous when Hoskins tries to take the raptors on a field test against the I. rex without his permission. Owen even punches him for it.
  • Death of a Child: It is implied that many children were hurt or even killed in the Pteranodon and Dimorphodon attacks on Main Street.
  • Decoy Protagonist: A sort of meta example; the first trailer seemed to be implying that Gray was going to be the protagonist. All trailers afterward hoisted Owen as the film's hero. In the film proper, the real protagonist is Claire. Also in the film proper, this trope is played with, as Claire is introduced first but the audience is still initially expected to see Owen as the protagonist.
  • Defiant to the End:
    • The I. rex in her last moments. After being double-teamed and severely injured by Blue and the Tyrannosaurus, she manages to get back to her feet and give one last roar, before Mosasaurus leaps out of the water to deliver the final blow. Even then, she's clearly trying to fight for a few seconds.
    • Zara can be seen trying and failing to climb out of the Mosasaurus's mouth right as she gets eaten.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Claire the Ice Queen has learned to open up thanks to the folksy charm of Owen, but mostly by having her life priorities violently reorganized. It's easy to sacrifice time with your sister and nephews for your career when you know they'll be there tomorrow; being confronted with the potential of them being immediately killed multiple times over the course of less than 24 hours causes one to realize its more important to spend time with the people in your life while they're still there.
  • Destructive Savior: Rexy smashes up Main Street in her fight with the I. rex, not that anyone is ever likely to use the facility again anyway.
  • Deus ex Machina: Two back-to-back, at that. When T. rex is being beaten by Indominus, Blue (who was thrown offscreen 10 minutes ago) charges, and the two team up against Indominus THEN, Mosasaurus rises from the depths of her lagoons and delivers an unlikely assist to Rexy and Blue by dragging Indominus to her doom.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: In an earlier contrast to the above, Mosasaurus settles things between Zara and the Pteranodon that's assailing her by eating them both.
  • Did I Mention It's Christmas?: The movie takes place during the Christmas season, which is only indicated in the first couple scenes with snow on the ground and Tony Bennett singing "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" in the background. Once the movie shifts to Isla Nublar, there are no further hints of anything Christmas-y.
  • Disney Villain Death: The I. rex is grabbed by the Mosasaurus by the neck, and is then dragged underwater to its death as it emits one final roar. The last thing we see is the Mosasaurus heading back into the water, taking the Indominus with it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: What many people felt about the unusually drawn out death scene for Zara was. She's depicted as an Asshole Victim, but her main "crimes" are losing track of two teens/pre-teens that were deliberately trying to escape her and being rather stuffy about her Fiancee not being allowed to have a Bachelor Party.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: During Claire's quick Action Dress Rip, Owen is speechless. Claire notices this and glares at him.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Jurassic World's constant search for investors to fund new dinosaurs, as well as the conflict between park safety and park reputation, can serve as an analogy for modern theme parks with identical concerns, like Disney World and Universal Studios.
    • How the Pterosaurs attack Zara when they toss her in the Mosasaurus tank is disturbingly similar to how orcas in captivity have killed trainers, with her struggling to get to the surface to breathe and screaming for help as they keep carrying her under. It looks like they're playing with their food.
  • Domesticated Dinosaurs:
    • Complex example. Owen is on very familiar terms with a number of Velociraptors, and has trained them to the point that he can order them to back off if they're about to attack someone. However, it is clear that they are still dangerous predators who will bite your head off if you make the wrong move, and they are still confined to the Restricted Zone. Part of the reason Owen was hired seems to be to determine whether it's possible to tame them enough to put on public display. They are less like the dinosaur equivalent of dogs and more like tamed lions. And the I. rex is capable of communicating with and recruiting them, even if only for a brief period of time.
    • Most of the dinosaurs (those with low "Aggression Indices" on the website) are tame enough to ignore the tourists who go rolling or kayaking past them without any barriers. The Petting Zoo of baby dinosaurs even includes Triceratops with saddles for kids to ride!
    • Even the ones with medium "Aggression Indices" are trusted around people. The Ankylosaurus can be seen in the Gyrosphere Valley and the carnivorous Baryonyx and Suchomimus can be seen on the Cretaceous Cruise, both of which allow people to see the animals up close.
    • The Mosasaurus is frequently fed SeaWorld-style in front of large crowds (and her feeder is even capable of standing on a platform directly above her tank without worrying about being eaten) and the website implies that some human/pterosaur contact is permitted in the Aviary, as a Pteranodon apparently flew off with a man's hat at one point.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": Owen tells Claire not to call him "Mr. Grady."
  • Double-Meaning Title: According to Colin Trevorrow, the movie title refers to the park, how bringing back dinosaurs and making them easily accessible to the public has made them a mundane part of the world, and the idea that the technology and resulting creatures once confined to InGen's Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna facilities could proliferate in an "open source" manner, as evidenced by the Sequel Hook of Henry Wu escaping the island with his embryos as well as excised dialogue between Wu and Masrani anticipating that others would soon be able to clone dinosaurs.
  • The Dreaded:
    • The in-universe promotional materials and guides for the park indicate that Velociraptors, being the vicious surplus hunters they are, have been excluded from the list of creatures tourists can view, even while other predators such as Rexy and Mosasaurus have not.
    • Everyone is scared of the I. rex. Even the Pteranodons, which are stated to be highly territorial, are terrified of the I. rex enough to flee their enclosure.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: In-universe, Claire considers Lowery sporting a classic Jurassic Park t-shirt after what happened in the first film to be in poor taste, and orders him not to wear it again. Because re-opening the park as Jurassic World after what happened is not.
    • Lowery's constant gushing about the original park - one that was a total failure that never even launched and had even greater safety issues - completely alienates him from rest of his co-workers and is considered highly unprofessional by his employers. Being aggressively nostalgic doesn't make you cool - it makes you look like a lunatic.
  • Dumb Dinos: Averted — the raptors are still as dangerously intelligent as always, and the intelligence of the I. rex is a good part of why she's so terrifying. Rexy is also smart enough to strategize and team up with Blue to fight the I. rex, deliberately driving the latter to the mosasaur pool.
  • Enemy Eats Your Lunch: Hoskins reaches across Lowery's workspace and takes his soda. Lowery looks annoyed but doesn't (or can't) do anything about it.
  • Enemy Mine: The raptor Blue, the T. rex Rexy, and the Mosasaurus all work together to take down the I. rex.
  • Escaped Animal Rampage: Just like in the first film, the unintended release of several dinosaurs sends everything into complete chaos, which was likely planned by the rampaging I. rex herself. It is the Pteranodons and Dimorphodons that really send the park into a frenzy, though. And this time, there's thousands of people caught up in the rampage instead of just a few dozen.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Zach barely shows any interest in his brother Gray, and instead is seen as a Casanova Wannabe, eyeing various girls despite already having a girlfriend.
    • Claire is not seen greeting her nephews when they arrive at the park, and instead sends her assistant Zara. And even when she does finally run into them, she is still booked with meetings until late in the evening, despite having promised to spend time with them. This is also the first time she has seen them in seven years, and she even has a hard time remembering what they look like, when asked to describe later. Also, everyone in the building tries to walk around the dinosaur holograms, but Claire walks right through them, showing her disregard for the creatures.
    • Owen is first shown trying to direct the raptors, and later helps to rescue a worker who accidentally falls into the raptor den. He also is not happy about Hoskins' attempt to weaponize the raptors after he manages to barely control them. Shortly after, when the Indominus gets loose and is mere feet away, he keeps his head by dousing himself in brake fluid to mask his scent.
    • Within moments of his introduction at the raptor paddock, Hoskins starts talking about how war is the natural state of the world and that Velociraptors could be the perfect field weapon in modern warfare. This is in contrast to Owen and Barry, who both genuinely care for the raptors' well-being and think attempting to control wild animals is insane. Hoskins, on the other hand, comes across as uncaring and obsessed with the animals' applications, not the animals themselves.
    • Simon Masrani arrives via helicopter. Unfortunately, he was the one flying it and is still training, so when he takes Claire to the new Indominus rex paddock, its movements are a little jerky. While impeccably dressed and clearly filthy-rich, he's genuinely polite and friendly to everyone. He also references John Hammond, not worrying too much about the rising costs of the park so much as making sure the guests are entertained. He even mentions how Hammond "entrusted me with his legacy," and obviously wants to honor Hammond's original dream.
    • Late in the film, one of Hoskins' men shoots a flying Dimorphodon as they are flying towards the island. Unlike the ACU, his men do not mind using lethal means to contain the dinosaurs.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: while the I. rex is duking it out with the raptors and Owen, Gray points out they need more teeth (i.e. dinosaurs) on their side. The fact that there is a raptor, plus a few other events that she has been present in, make Claire realize there is a way: Rexy, the T. rex from the first movie.
  • Everybody Owns a Ford: Although there's exceptions (Owen's Triumph, a Chevrolet truck, the Textron Tiger and Hummer the InGen Mooks bring, etc.), almost all of the vehicles on Isla Nublar are either Mercedes or Kawasakis.
  • Everyone Has Standards: As everyone on the camera nervously watches Owen preparing the raptors to hunt Indominus, Hoskins leans over Lowery's shoulder and says, "Awesome". Lowery in response gives him a funny look.
  • Everything Is an iPod in the Future: The park's buildings and other structures have this aesthetic in contrast to the jungly safari theme used for Jurassic Park. Justified, in that the new park is more in line with an aquarium aesthetic than a safari.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Sort of. The raptors, especially Delta, seem to despise Hoskins. They were likely reacting to Owen's very obvious dislike of Hoskins, but this phenomenon is thought to be responsible for many Real Life examples of Evil-Detecting Dog too.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy:
    • The I. rex puts the lie to Hoskins' assertion that dinosaurs can be tamed, controlled, and used as attack animals by the army. Not only does she eat any humans she comes across and kill fellow dinosaurs for the fun of it (thus showing that she has no empathy, no taste for companionship outside of Mooks and a malicious streak on top of it), she also proves smarter than the humans trying to kill her and even persuades other dinosaurs to take her side.note  The fact that she was designed from inception to be a Living Weapon and still did all those things only serves to further illustrate the point.
    • Despite having managed to position himself as the raptors' alpha, Owen regularly reiterates to others that, no, they are not tame. They are still wild carnivorous animals. And when put to use to track the I. rex, as soon as she establishes herself as their new alpha, they quickly turn on the human soldiers.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: Hoskins is last seen being ripped to shreds by a Velociraptor towards the end of the movie. Also happens to the I. rex, which is dragged into the lagoon by the Mosasaurus during the finale.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Most of the film takes place in a single day, stretching from early morning to late night.
  • Eye Scream:
    • During her last attack on the I. rex, Blue is trying to claw its eyes out, and seems to have succeeded on the left one.
    • At least one of the guests shown in the crowd getting medical treatment and meeting their families has a bandage over his eye.

  • Failed a Spot Check: Somehow, no one noticed the I. Rex clawing up the wall of its enclosure right next to the guard post. It's almost like she's mocking them.
  • Failed Attempt at Drama:
  • Failsafe Failure: When Owen and others try to escape the I. rex's exhibit, there is a door panel on the inside, allowing them to open the exit. While one worker gets out, the control room has to try and shut the door after that because the I. rex is too close behind Owen. The door closes very slowly, allowing both Owen out and the dinosaur to stop it from closing all the way.
  • Fanservice:
    • Claire effectively disrobing to more "practical" attire for the island jungle. Owen's briefly at a loss for words at this.
    • Owen sports an unbuttoned henley shirt during his and Claire's first scene together. In the same scene, the camera briefly focuses on Owen's butt—immediately after both he and Claire say the word "asset". Whether or not this one was intentional is not known.
  • Fat Bastard: Vic Hoskins, taking over for Dennis Nedry from the first film.
  • Fearsome Foot: Subverted at the start. What looks like a predatory dinosaur's clawed feet stomp down on the ground. Then the camera pulls back to reveal that it's actually a tiny bird.
  • Feet-First Introduction:
    • Subverted; after the egg hatching opener, two wicked claws slam down like a Giant Foot of Stomping. What terrible creature do they belong to? A blackbird.
    • How we're introduced to Claire Dearing, with the camera panning from her feet up as she's riding an elevator.
    • Also the Velociraptors and Owen. The raptors' trademark sickle-claws are shown when they're training in the paddock and Owen's booted feet are shown as the camera pans up to the enclosure's catwalks.
    • How we're introduced to the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo, starting with another seemingly Giant Foot of Stomping before panning up to reveal a baby triceratops and its young rider.
  • Five Rounds Rapid: The Asset Containment Unit and InGen Security troopers are mostly equipped with assault rifles and shotguns, which seem rather inadequate for killing 40-foot-long genetically engineered monsters, and barely cause any damage to the I. rex. The M134 minigun and an AT4 missile launcher might have taken her out if they hadn't missed in the chaotic combat conditions, and it seems like the disaster could have been mitigated if management had had the foresight to stock more of those high caliber and explosive weapons.
  • Five Stages of Grief: When Gray reveals to Zack that their parents are getting a divorce, intially tries to deny the fact, then gets angry with Gray for being upset with the situation and tries to bargain with him that having divorced parents means he'll get two of everything. Meanwhile, Gray who has had more time to process the information is already depressed. In the end the two brothers accept that they'll always have each other.
  • Flatline: When the ACU team gets taken out one-by-one while fighting the I. rex, their vitals flatline on the screen back at Mission Control.
  • Flipping Helpless: The Indominus rex picks a fight with a group of Ankylosaurus. Most of them scatter, but one stands her ground and uses her armor and tail to fend off the invader. After failing to bite through her back, the Indominus flips her over to kill her.
  • Forbidden Zone: The Restricted Area, which is located along the northern reaches of Isla Nublar. It hosts the overgrown ruins of the original Jurassic Park, and also contains dinosaurs that are considered too dangerous to be showcased in the main park, like the Indominus rex, Ankylosauri and Owen's Velociraptors.
  • Force and Finesse: Blue and Rexy teaming up against I. rex. Blue uses her speed and Rexy her brute strength.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Just as with the first film, throughout the earlier parts of this one we see numerous subtle signs that the park is not being run as competently as it should be, given the severe threat represented by the animals being contained within. The woman in charge of most of the place is more interested in bottom lines and financial issues than the fact that she is essentially in charge of several animals, many of them extremely dangerous. It is implied that certain dinosaurs (like the Pachycephalosaurus) are frequently getting out of containment and need to be retrieved manually. Communication problems are rampant with phones and radios not reaching areas where they might really be needed. On the whole, the whole place gives off an air of complacency that seems to suggest that everyone has lowered their guard after running the park successfully for several years.
    • The I. rex has Velociraptor-like quill feathers on her back. She later recruits the raptor pack to her side.
    • The ViewMaster reel that Gray plays with at the beginning shows the ending of the movie: a dead Brachiosaurus, and two rexes fighting each other.
    • Earlier in the film, it is made abundantly clear that Delta, one of the Velociraptors, has it out for Hoskins after he pets her a little. Hoskins gets attacked and killed by Delta towards the end of the film.
    • The guide mentioning that the Mosasaurus hunted by snatching prey from the surface/shoreline.
    • Hoskins claims that Masrani's corporation is too big and diversified for him to know everything about it; Hoskins himself and Dr. Wu are experimenting with Living Weapons without Masrani's approval.
    • When Claire is being flown to the Indominus's paddock by Masrani, she briefly panics when a few birds get a little too close to their flight path. Later, Masrani is killed when a flock of Pteranodons cause him to crash his helicopter.
    • Claire asking if the I. rex will scare kids and him responding that it will give parents nightmares. It ends up doing a lot more than just scaring her nephews (nearly devouring them twice) and Claire will likely never be able to sleep peacefully again because of this.
    • Shortly before the escape of the Indominus, Lowery is yakking up a storm telling Viviane about his perceived true father, and Viviane appears to be only passively paying attention, focusing on her computer for the most part. She generally seems somewhat uncomfortable hearing Lowery go on and on about his personal life. When Lowery attempts to kiss her towards the end, she stops him and says she has a boyfriend, and that she never brought him up because she didn’t want to speak about her personal life at work.
    • Immediately after hearing that the I.Rex (which was only refereed to as 'an asset' not anything specific) had escaped Hoskins said "They'll see what their new asset can do now." telling us that he knew more than he was letting on, ultimately setting up the reveal that he and his allies were responsible for releasing the I.Rex as a test of it's abilities.
    • When he confronts Owen, Claire and the boys in Wu's lab Hoskins draws attention to schematics of the Indominus Rex, talking about replicating it at a fraction of the size, to make it a more useful weapon. While it is further modified from the I. Rex, this is the basic idea of the Indoraptor, the final antagonist for the sequel.
  • For Science!: Dr. Wu gives a short speech talking about the crazy advances they've made in cloning and how the hybrid Indominus rex is really no different than any other dinosaur on the island because all of them were manufactured to be a certain way.
  • Four-Philosophy Ensemble: Owen is The Realist, Claire is The Cynic, Zach is The Apathetic, and Gray is The Optimist.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Owen is Choleric (caring little for the parks' exploitation of the dinosaurs and more for their well-being), Claire is Melancholic (work-obsessed and almost always in a bad mood), Zach is Phlegmatic (a moody teenager who steps up to take care of his younger brother), and Gray is Sanguine (a little boy ecstatic about anything and everything dinosaur-related).
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus:
    • In a second of the trailer a map of the island is in the background. The northern area is called the Restricted Area. It's where the I. rex. enclosure and the original Visitor's Center is located.
    • Twice the book God Creates Dinosaurs, written by Ian Malcolm, can be briefly seen (there's even a picture of Jeff Goldblum on the back cover).
    • One of the screens in Wu's lab displays a second hybrid dinosaur called Stegoceratops, a hybrid of Stegosaurus and Triceratops. It was originally going to appear in the movie but was cut early in development, although it's been featured in the toy line and video-game adaptations.
    • When Claire runs off to release the T. rex for the fight against the Indominus, a gift-shop tee with a cartoon T. rex and the word balloon "I'm back!" is noticeable next to her nephews' heads.
    • During the Pteranodon attack, Zach has a brief Oh, Crap! moment actually sees the Pteranodon coming for them and pulls Gray down to avoid it. Unfortunately for Zara, she's the next target...
    • Immediately after the Mosasaur scoops up Zara and the Pteranodon, Zara's arm can be seen beneath the Pteranodon, trying and failing to climb out before its jaws shut.
  • Freudian Excuse: Hoskins has one, not so much a justification for his behaviour as an explanation for why he thinks dinosaurs would make good Living Weapons. He discusses at one point how he rescued a wolf cub and raised it like a tame dog, to the point it slept in bed with him; the wolf would later save his life when his wife tried to murder him by getting her first. With that in mind, he's probably sincere in his admittedly misguided belief that maintaining a pen of loyal dinosaur shock troopers would be a fitting substitute for drones and a way of lowering human casualties, because personal experience has taught him that animals a) can bond with humans enough to view them as family and obey their commands, and b) will violently defend their masters and/or surrogate human family against perceived threats. The only question is, what value did he place on all the lives who were lost in the name of putting his theory to the test?
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Gallows Humor, to be sure, but in the background of the pterosaur attack on Main Street, you can a sign for the petting zoo that reads "GENTLE GIANTS." Yeah...
    • While Gray and Zack talk in the gyrosphere, there are two Parasaurolophus squabbling behind them.
    • When Owen and Hoskins are bickering about dinosaurs and their military applications, a crouched Delta can be seen watching them from the paddock with a disturbing level of interest. No one seems to notice her over-eager behavior, either. Or, if they do, they hate Hoskins enough to ignore it.
  • Gambit Roulette:
    • The I. rex's plan to escape her cage relies on some humans going in there and one of them opening the main gate, both of which require incredible stupidity on the part of her captors. However smart, though, she's still an animal; one can't expect her to see all the angles.
    • Claire's plan to release Rexy from her paddock and lure her to the I. rex depends on a lot going right, mainly Claire being able to run faster than Rexy (in heels, no less) and Rexy deciding to fight I. rex, though the latter is fairly predictable animal behavior.
  • Gatling Good: One of the weapons used against the I. rex when she escapes is a minigun door-mounted on a helicopter. Unfortunately, they do not get to use the gun very long before she escapes into the Aviary to avoid the gunfire. And during the brief time they do get to fire on her, the gunner fails to properly lead his target (having a barely-trained pilot at the controls doesn't help). It doesn't even sound like a M134 should, with very distinguishable shots and thus like a typical stock machine gun rather than the loud constant roar a gatling-type weapons usually has.
  • Genre Blind:
    • Owen lampshades this when he hears about a new genetically modified dinosaur, and more so when he sees her enclosure. Masrani really embodies the good and bad sides of Hammond.
    • Zach really doesn't know what movie he's in when he gets the idea to go off-tracks and through a broken fence with a RESTRICTED AREA sign with his brother.
  • Giant Flyer: Pteranodon, like the real thing.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping:
    • Happens when I. rex grabs Hamada, drops him after being shot at, then crushes him underfoot in the water.
    • Parodied by the Feet-First Introductions of a blackbird in the opening sequence and a baby Triceratops in the Gentle Giants Petting Zoo, both of which are shot at such close range that their feet appear to be giant.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Rexy in the light of Claire's flare, when released from the pen. When seen through FLIR, the I. rex's and Velociraptor's eyes glow.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Owen immediately suspects that this is one of the I. rex's major problems. Any animal will become psychologically damaged if they are never socialized with humans or other animals, and the I. rex has spent her entire life confined to a paddock that is far too small for her massive size. The only positive relationship the I. rex has is with the crane that brings her food; she even ate her own sibling. We later learn that this was part of Hoskins and Wu's plan all along, to create the perfect living weapon.
    Owen: Animals raised in isolation aren't always the most functional.
    Claire: Your raptors were born in captivity.
    Owen: With siblings. They learn social skills and I imprint on them when they're born. There's trust.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The Indominus rex breakout and her subsequent Curb-Stomp Battle against the ACU causes several characters to take drastic measures as the situation grows worse; Hoskins, Owen and Claire in particular. For Owen, it is to use his raptor pack. For Claire, it is releasing the old Tyrannosaurus rex, Rexy, from her pen. Ultimately, this trope is revealed to have been Invoked all along; we learn that Hoskins planned for this. He wanted to pit Owen's raptors and the I. rex against each other and take the winner as a candidate for his Living Weapon program.
    Gray: We need more teeth.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Where the Indominus rex is concerned. They wanted to create the most lethal predator ever, so they combined genetic information from T. rex, Velociraptor, cuttlefish, snakes, Giganotosaurus, and abelisaurids such as Carnotaurus. It is a surefire recipe for a giant, armored, hyper-intelligent, camouflaging, and murderous predator that kills for sport and swallows her prey whole.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: What Masrani initially thinks has happened with his latest theme park attraction; turns out there's a hidden agenda among those who created the I. rex.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • Just as the I. rex decapitates an Ankylosaurus.
    • While some human deaths are shown onscreen, a few suffer from this, with blood splattering on nearby walls and trees, or the sounds of their deaths heard instead.
    • We don't actually see what ultimately causes Zara's death either, just her being Swallowed Whole and the Pteranodon being chomped on.
  • Grandfather Clause: In the years since the first film came out, new scientific discoveries have changed the accepted look of many dinosaurs, most notably with the fact that dromaeosaurs such as Velociraptor had feathers. However, this film has not changed the dinosaurs to fit these new discoveries in order to keep them in line with their looks in the previous films. In-Universe these creatures are genetic chimeras, which Dr. Wu states is the reason behind discrepancies between the park dinosaurs and real dinosaurs.
  • Guns Are Worthless: For the most part in the Jurassic Park movies, dinosaurs are either impervious or just plain lucky when it comes to firearms.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Any animal listed as having a high Aggression Index on the website. I. rex and the Velociraptors have "Very High" Aggression Indices.
  • Hand Signals: Hoskins tries waving his hand at Delta as he's seen Owen do. Delta promptly eats his hand, as Hoskins had given the wrong signal—see Too Dumb to Live.
  • Harmful to Minors: The young Gray ends up seeing what happens when dinosaurs get to hunt humans. In particular, the film goes out of its way to show you they saw everything that happens in Zara's Cruel and Unusual Death. The park itself also discourages parents from letting their younger kids see more violent attractions such as the T. rex and Mosasaurus feedings.
  • Hassle-Free Hotwire: Zach and Gray manage to get one of the old jeeps from the original park to work and escape back to the resort with it. Amazingly it drives, considering that the there should have been a whole host of problems with it considering its age. The novelisation explains that they cannibalised a second jeep outside of the visitor's centre for gas and working parts.
  • Hate Sink: Vic Hoskins is an arrogant, manipulative braggard who engineered the catastrophe on the island to steal the dinosaur embryos for military use, and dies pathetically begging for his life to a Velociraptor. Like many monster movies before it, this is essentially the creators hedging their bets. The Indominus rex is a terrifying unstoppable killing machine, but was designed for exactly that reason. Hoskins on the other hand is genuinely loathsome on a human level.
  • He Is Not My Boyfriend: Averted when the boys congratulate Claire on how her boyfriend is a badass. Even though Owen is not her boyfriend (their first date was a disaster), Claire just smiles at the thought instead of making a vehement denial. They're already shared a Big Damn Kiss after all.
  • Headbutting Pachy: Not seen, but it is discussed that when pachycephalosaurus butt heads they temporarily disable their implants note  without harming themselves. Possibly Justified for the same reason listed in The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
  • The Heavy: While there are plenty of other dinosaurs (and a few humans) that cause death and destruction over the course of the film, the Indominus rex is the main antagonist and the danger is treated as pretty much over as soon as I. rex is killed, despite the fact there is still a T. rex, some number of pterosaurs, and one remaining raptor wandering around. And it's unknown if the other large predators (Suchomimus, Baryonyx, and Metriacanthosaurus) are still in their pens or were released by the I. rex during her rampage.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: The supposedly trained raptors try to pounce on Owen early on when he rescues a worker who falls into their enclosure, but behave themselves thereafter until they decide that the I. rex's raptor blood makes her a better alpha. And then their life-long bond wins out and they switch sides to help Owen again.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • In as much as a species can have one. After years of being studied and trained, the previously Always Chaotic Evil Velociraptors can now work with and around humans with a (very small) degree of safety, with Owen specifically working with a pack of them during the movie.
    • And in the finale, Ol' Rexy saves the lives of everyone else once again by attacking the I. rex as soon as she is released, with Blue's help.
  • Hellish Copter: Masrani's blue EC 120 helicopter comes to a rather bad end.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Owen, who tried to date Claire though it proved comically unsuccessful. Played straight after the movie's halfway point.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Miller, an ACU soldier stands his ground against the I. rex despite his shotgun doing little to hurt the dinosaur, to cover his teammates carrying away a wounded comrade.
    • Masrani goes in the helicopter with the big guns despite not having completed his training, wanting to personally protect the park when no other pilot is available. He dies for his efforts and makes things worse.
    • Zara inadvertently provides one by making herself a target for the Pteranodons so that they attack her instead of Zach and Grey.
  • Heroic Second Wind: Rexy takes a hefty beating from the I. rex despite drawing first blood; she comes back with much more ferocity after Blue manages to distract the I. rex long enough for her to recover.
  • High Heel Hurt: Infamously subverted when Claire manages to hike through brush and outrun a T. rex in high heels without ever complaining about them or having attention drawn to them. In fact, this was done on her actress's own insistence. The script initially called for Claire to ditch her heels when she and Owen start hiking to find Zach and Gray, doing basically the whole second half of the move barefoot. Seeing the kind of terrain she'd be working with, Bryce Dallas Howard decided that some kind of foot protection was preferable to none at all.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hoskins strongly believes that the raptors will be very desirable weapons once they manage to get them under control. Owen warns him against that, saying that they're wild beasts and even he can barely control them. Hoskins ends up getting killed by one of those "weapons" near the end.
  • Homage: The entire film is one giant homage to the original to the point that it is pretty much an updated remake.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The story takes place over the Christmas holidays although the intense action, taking place in a tropical location, will make most people forget this.
  • Hot Potato: Two Pteranodons play this with Zara. And Zara is the potato!
  • Humanlike Hand Anatomy: The Indominus rex has at least four claws on her hands, including a thumb, and her hands are noticeably larger than those of Rexy. This allows the I. rex to deal several blows to Rexy with her claws, while Rexy's claws are hardly useful in a fight.
  • I Am Not Lefthanded: As the ACU finds out, I. rex can camouflage itself when they prepare to go after it with tranquilizers. Cue Mass "Oh, Crap!" from the ACU.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side!: Turns out imprinting the raptors on an alpha male might have some problems if there's a much bigger alpha out there.
  • Ice Queen: Claire starts the movie as a cold, distant corporate executive. Owen manages to warm her up by the end of the movie.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • The entire plot hinges on the fact that the I. rex, a dangerous predator and a $25 million investment, is not constantly monitored. While the fact that it could evade thermal detection is unexpected, that entire system should at best be a secondary detection method since they have a GPS tracking device embedded under its skin. Instead, the enclosure only uses thermal detection, only has a single bored supervisor who is not constantly watching the screens, and does not even have a way to monitor the tracking device from the enclosure. This allows the I. rex to make it look like it scaled the walls (a fact the supervisor himself lampshades to be rather implausible), tricking the humans into wandering in and opening the doors. By the same token, Claire does not call the control room immediately, but hops in her car and drives a considerable distance first, which is the only reason why Owen and the others have the chance to enter the enclosure.
    • One has to wonder why ANYONE would think a new dinosaur theme park would be a good idea after the incidents from the first three films have already proven how stupid mixing humans and dinosaurs is. That said, the park was wildly successful for ten years until they made the I. rex, so they learned from Hammond's mistakes.
    • The Idiot Ball is clung tightly by basically every human barring perhaps Owen, in the whole movie.
      • Zach drives off in the gyrosphere (including going outside the paddocks) after being recalled, despite Gray warning him.
      • Said gyrosphere has no automatic recall ability or even a simple kill switch in the event of an emergency (go-karts at amusement parks have such a thing, and they aren't surrounded by dangerous predators).
      • Claire repeatedly ignores everyone who says that the dinos are dangerous animals rather than 'assets' (not to mention the aforementioned 'driving off to Mission Control rather than simply calling them' incident).
      • Cell phone and radio reception for the park is inexcusably spotty, there are no redundant fences on the dangerous animals enclosures, crappy fences in general on the paddocks, as well as a whole host of other issues. Most of the security relies on an implant that shocks the animal if it passes out of its zone, which is shown to be flawed at the same time they explain its existence.
      • The GPS tracker on the I. Rex was implanted when this extremely dangerous creature was conscious (evidenced by the fact that she remembers when they did it) and it was put in a place of easy access for her to be able to remove it.
      • The CEO of the company is somehow 'not authorised' to know what genetic modifications were made to the I. rex. And while he may not have been in on the whole make genetic hybrid living weapons to sell to the military plan, he does give Wu and Hoskins perfect cover for it, asking for a "bigger, scarier, cooler" dinosaur for Jurassic World.
      • Hoskins planning to weaponize either the I. rex or the Velociraptors — whichever comes out of their fight the winner — and pitch them to military operations. Leaving aside the stupidity of allowing the I. rex to be raised in captivity and isolation, meaning she would be impossible to control, what military on the planet would want to use a huge, expensive, unreliable, and vicious animal (that would happily eat a human being) in combat?
  • If You Won't, I Will: Hoskins tells Owen that he's going to use his raptors for the hunt regardless, so he might as well play ball. Owen reluctantly agrees to protect his girls.
    Hoskins: This is happening, With or Without You.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: A Pteranodon does this to a Red Shirt, and another nearly does it to the kids before skidding to an ungainly and awkward stop.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: An ACU guard in a helicopter fires at a 40-foot I. rex with a fully automatic minigun and somehow doesn't even hit it once.
  • Implacable Man: The only thing that even fazes Indominus is a near-miss from an anti-tank rocket launcher. And being ganged up on by a Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor, and Mosasaurus.
  • Imprinting: Owen says that this is the reason why he is able to interact with the raptors on a semi-friendly basis. Bird DNA was used to fill in the holes this time around instead of frog, and birds often imprint on the very first person they see after hatching, so the four sisters view Owen as a Parental Substitute.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: A mercenary in a helicopter flying at high speed manages to shoot an airborne pterodactyl from long range with a single shot from his HK 417 rifle. This guy appears to be the only competent soldier in the entire film.
  • Instant Sedation: Played painfully straight in the pterosaur escape scene. The InGen security team rushes out with tranq guns (including a semi-automatic tranquilizer rifle, a gun which doesn't exist), and one shot instantly brings each pterosaur down the moment it hits, dropping them right out of the sky like rocks.
  • Interface Spoiler: A cross-media example—the tie-in LEGO Jurassic World game has two achievements obviously referring to events during this movie. A new Alpha, which shows a raptor, and Main Street Showdown, that shows Rexy, that are not to hard to guess what happens in them.
  • Ironic Echo:
    • At the beginning of the film, Karen jokingly tells her sons to "run" if anything chases them. At the climax, Claire screams for them to run while the I. rex and Rexy are battling.
    • In the beginning, Claire explains to several businesspeople about park goers wanting an attraction with "more teeth" as a reason for creating Indominus rex; later, after watching the raptors fare poorly against it, Gray tells her that they need something with "more teeth" to beat the I. rex, leading to Claire ordering Rexy's release.
    • In between the two, Wu climaxes his Shut Up, Kirk! speech to Masrani with "you didn't ask for accuracy, you asked for more teeth!"
  • It Can Think:
    • As to be expected, given that the Velociraptors in the first movie are a Trope Codifier for this. In this installment, they designed the hybrid Indominus rex to be both hyper-aggressive and hyper-intelligent. The park had enough foresight to fit the I. rex with a sub-dermal tracking device in case she broke loose, but the I. rex claws it out. She remembers where they put it in, and actually reasons that this is how they are tracking her.
    • When Owen and Claire come across the corpses of maimed, but uneaten dinosaurs killed by the I. rex in an Oh, Crap! moment of terrifying proportions, Owen realizes that the I. rex is killing not for survival, but for sport. Not only is she hyper-aggressive and hyper-intelligent, she's sadistic as well.
    • Later in the film, Henry Wu's lab has a chameleon that's implied to be this, as it stares intently at Gray while grabbing an insect from a bowl with its hand.
  • "It" Is Dehumanizing: Downplayed, but present. The park employees refer to their "assets" using "it" behind the scenes a lot, while in front of the paying audiences they seemingly make sure to use the friendlier-sounding "she". Owen noticeably refers to all the dinosaurs as "she" except for a couple of times later in the film where he uses "it" for the Indominus rex.
    Owen: The dinosaurs, they’re not numbers. They're living beings.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Upon being accused of giving I. rex unnecessary adaptations to make her a perfect killer, Dr. Wu condescendingly points out that by mixing in genes from so many different animals to produce desired traits, some unintended additions were inevitable. He also notes that none of the dinosaurs are technically "natural", since they all have DNA from other animals. Later subverted when it is revealed that Wu had colluded with Hoskins to turn the I. rex into a living weapon.
    • Even Hoskins isn't exactly wrong about how useful a powerful well-trained creature could be in warfare and how it could save the lives of soldiers to be able to avoid sending humans into certain dangerous situations. The problem is that he only focuses on how good that hypothetical outcome would be - he refuses to listen to any criticisms of the idea, or to any doses of realism about how difficult bringing it about will be, in his rush to use the first half-trained creatures he has available.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Most of the main characters, actually.
    • Claire is an aloof businesswoman who forgets how long it's been since she saw her family, forces her assistant to play babysitter for her and refers to living creatures as "assets" and "it"—but she is shown to genuinely love her family and is willing to put herself in danger to save human lives, and she even cries a little at the senseless death of an Apatosaurus.
    • Owen is a swaggering tough guy who deliberately terrifies a young employee after saving him from raptors and mocks Claire for her innocent preference for order over chaos, but the instant things go wrong he does everything in his power to help keep people alive and he's shown to be something of a Friend to All Living Things in the process.
    • Zach is an Aloof Big Brother who is introduced brushing off his girlfriend and more than once tells his kid brother to shut up when the latter gets excited about the dinosaurs, but he also does his bit to keep the same kid brother's spirits up and keep him safe when things get urgent, and eventually admits that he intends to remain a part of his brother's life forever, no matter what.
  • Jumping the Shark: In-universe example. The creation of the genetically modified Indominus Rex was the idea of the Park's executives. Seeking to rekindle interest in the Park and attract new visitors. Lampshaded by one visitor
    "Jurassic Park didn't need Indominus Rex!"
  • Just Desserts: Hoskins gets ripped to shreds by one of the raptors he sought to breed as a weapon, and becomes her dinner. Later, the Indominus rex is dragged to her doom by the Mosasaurus.
  • Just Think of the Potential!: Hoskins thinks that the raptors, which Owen has demonstrated can be trained to follow commands, would make fantastic weapons for the military, being more versatile and less vulnerable to compromise than drones. Owen points the obvious flaw in this logic: a drone won't eat you if it's hungry.
  • Karma Houdini: Dr. Wu escapes the film completely unharmed, with his lab shut down but all of his embryos still intact. And given he was brought out by the shady people under Hoskins' command, it certainly serves as a Sequel Hook.
  • Kick the Dog: It's one thing for Zack to help Grey try to cope with their parents' divorce by saying all his friends have divorced parents, and now it means they get two of everything now. But he quickly turns cold and uncaring when he chides his brother for crying, for having a natural reaction to a life-changing event in his life.
  • Kidnapping Bird of Prey: Downplayed. The Pteranodons pick up people with their feet, but they drop every human (and the occasional dinosaur) they try to grab. It looks more like they are over-excited by their escape and testing their strength than actually trying to hunt, and that their feet are in no way suited to pick up large prey.
  • Killer Rabbit: The Dimorphodons are small but deadly.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The Indominus rex is notable for being the first dinosaur in the series that is openly malicious, as opposed to attacking others due to hunger or in self-defence. The film builds up tension by not fully revealing it on screen during the scene in its paddock, and its behavior makes it The Dreaded to the others characters. It also has blatantly shady motives behind its creation.

  • Laser-Guided Karma: Hoskins is killed by Delta, one of the Velociraptors he wanted to weaponize. After invoking the Godzilla Threshold, Hoskins was able to manufacture a situation that justified releasing the raptors into the combat zone, only to learn first-hand just how effective the Velociraptors are.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall
    • The predicament the park managers face at the beginning is the fact that attendance has been gradually decreasing as people come to take living dinosaurs for granted. This mirrors how in real life the CGI revolution sparked by this franchise in The '90s has resulted in big budget special effects no longer being the major, automatic audience-attractor they used to be beforehand. It can also be interpreted as a parallel to how the franchise itself has suffered over time, with both the second and third movies not nearly achieving the success the first film had. The response of the park management is a delicious meta-narrative send-up, though a plausible line of thought for execs: get people to come back to Jurassic Park (both the in-universe visitors and out of universe movie-goers) by hooking them with a new super-cool artificially created hybrid dinosaur. Even Claire's dialogue matches perfectly: A direct quote from her is "Twenty years ago, de-extinction was right up there with magic. Nowadays kids look at a Stegosaurus like an elephant from the city zoo". Just replace "de-extinction" with "CGI" and the effect is still the same.
    • Lowery wearing a Jurassic Park shirt, expressing fondness for the old park and calling it "legit", is a nod to the original film. Indeed, considering how poorly things at the original park went, one could say that the moment makes more sense if he's talking about Jurassic Park the movie rather than the in-universe park.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Is an I. rex threatening you and your family? No problem. Just open Paddock 9 and let Rexy handle it. It worked wonders for Claire. Bonus points if you can get a semi-trained Velociraptor and a Mosasaurus to lend a hand.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Owen and Claire have failed in dating each other, but they argue as if they were married.
    Owen: Who prints an itinerary for a night out?!
    Claire: I am an organized person.
    Owen: And what kind of a diet doesn't allow tequila?
    Claire: All of them, actually. And what kind of a man shows up in a date in board shorts?
    Owen: It's Central America! It's hot!
  • Living Weapon: Hoskins really wants to use raptors as shock troops. Owens justifiably thinks he is a moron for it. The I. rex was actually created to be one, hence the reason she has certain abilities and is so aggressive.
  • Lock-and-Load Montage: When ACU prepares to go after Indominus rex.
  • Loophole Abuse: Dr. Wu points out that Masrani asked for him to make a dinosaur that was bigger, scarier and cooler. He just didn't give any specifics.
  • Lonely Piano Piece: The trailer features a piano rendition of the Jurassic Park main theme.
  • Made of Iron:
    • Blue. She gets violently thrown into several concrete walls and storefronts during the final showdown between the I. rex and Rexy. This does not stop her from charging right back into the fray and clawing at the I. rex's eyes, though.
    • The I. rex itself gets a door shut on its head, takes a truly ridiculous number of bullets, is caught within shrapnel range of at least two explosions, and withstands three Velociraptors, then a T. rex, then a T. rex and a Velociraptor in tandem before it finally starts showing signs of fatigue. Even then, it still might have come out on top in the end if it hadn't been interrupted by a genetically-engineered giant Mosasaur considerably bigger than I. rex herself dragging it bodily underwater where it presumably either drowns or gets bitten in half.
  • Male Gaze: Courtesy of Claire's Action Dress Rip. It even gets an In-Universe one from Owen when she did it.
  • Mascot: Besides Rexy portrayed in its logo, Jurassic World also has Mr. DNA, who even has a live actor in a suit portray him and meet with younger visitors. The I. rex herself was created in large part to be the park's new mascot.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • The ACU, when the I. rex reveals that she can camouflage.
    • The Ankylosauruses freeze up in horror when they see the I. rex for the first time.
    • The pterosaurs fly away in a panic when the I. rex crashes into the Aviary.
    • And the tourists in Main Street react the same way when they see the pterosaurs flying towards them. When a pleasant female voice asks them to take cover, they look around curiously, then the air raid siren goes off and they run for cover.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Indominus rex" roughly means "fierce king" or "untamable king." When Owen questions the name, Claire explains that they wanted something scary but, at the same time, easily remembered and pronounced than some of the extremely-long scientific names given to dinosaurs.
    • "Jurassic World" is a take on "SeaWorld." The Mosasaurus scene drives this home.
  • Mega-Corp: The Masrani Corporation, the park's new sponsors, very much fit here. In fact, it is even implied that Jurassic World represents only a tiny percentage of the Corporation's annual revenue, as their main business investments are in oil, renewable energy, and telecommunications. Hoskins even remarks that the corporation is so big Masrani himself doesn't even know about everything he owns, such as InGen, now a Masrani subsidiary, wanting to apply its genetic techniques for military purposes.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: It initially appears the movie will play by this when Meyers the female ACU trooper is one of the few survivors of the I. rex's attack on the capture crew, but ultimately subverted for the first time in the series since one of the nastiest deaths in the film by far goes to Zara; she gets scooped up by a Pteranodon, dropped from a dizzying height into the Mosasaurus lagoon, pecked and dunked again and again by more Pteranodons, and is probably still alive when the Mosasaurus turns up to snack on both of them. Also, presumably quite a few female visitors were killed/eaten when everything goes to hell.
  • Missed Him by That Much:
    • Owen and Claire hear the kids taking off in an original park gas Jeep seconds before they are able to reach them.
    • Before that, the kids got on a Gyrophere and ventured out into the park, mere seconds before the ride attendant receives a phone call that orders him to shut the ride down because there's a dangerous dinosaur loose.
  • Mission Control: Lowery and Vivian guide Claire through the monitors.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters:
    • The Masrani Corporation, seeking to revive dwindling interest in the park, commissions something bigger and nastier to be genetically bred in a laboratory, incorporating traits from various species, prehistoric and modern. The Indominus rex is a T. rex primarily, but she has genetic code from cuttlefish (making her capable of camouflaging her skin), tropical frogs (making her capable of camouflaging her heat signature), and Velociraptors (making her capable of communicating with actual Velociraptors). Put that all together and you've got one terrible lizard. Note that this is a similar premise to the Jurassic Park: Chaos Effect toyline.
    • Owen and co. discover a whole host of these, presumably the I. rex's precursors, in Dr. Wu's evacuated lab, including a furry lizard and an odd axolotl hybrid with a tall dorsal fin.
    • Only appearing in a Freeze-Frame Bonus on one of the screens in Wu's lab, but prominently featured in the toy line and video-game adaptations, is the Stegoceratops, a hybrid of Stegosaurus and Triceratops that was cut from the script early in development.
  • Monstrous Cannibalism: Indominus rex, the dinosaur Big Bad, killed and ate her sister.
  • Morality Chain: Owen is this to the raptors. He's the only person they won't kill on sight and none of them directly attack him after their Heel–Face Turn.
  • More Dakka:
    • The helicopter-mounted gatling gun used against the Indominus rex.
    • Invoked, but in a different way during the climatic confrontation with the Indominus rex:
      Gray: We need more teeth!
  • More Expendable Than You: Zara ignores her self-preservation instinct on seeing Zach and Gray alive, running towards them and then standing still to tell them "Don't just stand there!" rather than fleeing with the crowd, since they're her responsibility. This ends up getting her killed.
  • Morton's Fork: Why Owen is forced to release the raptors to hunt down Indominus. Hoskins has taken over the island after Masrani's death, and he's going to use the raptors anyway. Owen at least can stop his raptors from getting hurt by friendly fire.
  • Mother Nature, Father Science: Averted. Owen is far more attuned to nature and the dinosaurs themselves while Claire relies more on the science behind them to run the park.
  • Musical Nod: The main theme to The Lost World: Jurassic Park is used briefly when Blue rushes back in to back up the T. rex against Indominus. The main theme from Jurassic Park plays when Gray and Zach ride to their hotel, again on soft piano when they find the ruins of the original park, then much later when Rexy is released and during the battle for Isla Nublar, as well as a few notes of that same theme in the movie's final shot.
  • Mythology Gag: Has its own page.
  • Nature Is Not a Toy: Henry Wu at one point offhandedly mentions he could have utilized and manipulated the dinosaurs' genetic code to make them look and behave much more accurately to the genuine article, but Masrani wanted something more thrilling, and was coincidentally unaware that Wu and Hoskins were already conspiring to create a living biological weapon. Thus the Indominus Rex was created, and because of her incredibly high intelligence, combined with her ability to camouflage and hide from thermal radiation, she eventually broke out and went on a rampage that destroyed the park.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Word of God is that the T. rex in the movie is the same specimen we saw in the original Jurassic Park. The estimated lifespan of a T. rex is at most 30 years, and considering that 22 years have passed since the events in the first film, and Rexy was already an adult back then, the old girl is actually in her twilight years, still kicking ass and taking names.note 
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The trailers make it look like the pterosaurs will act as I. rex's Mooks. It actually ends up being the Velociraptor pack, while the pterosaurs are frightened Non-Malicious Monsters.
    • The trailers and TV spots portray Indominus with the T. rex's roar and Velociraptor growls. It actually has its own unique vocalizations, although it does a reasonably accurate enough facsimile of raptor hoots to give them orders.
    • The trailers and some of the TV spots gave the impression that Owen is the main protagonist of the film, but Claire is the one who has the character arc and development over the course of the film, while Owen is mainly static and functions partially as Claire's Love Interest instead of the other way around.
    • The trailers also imply that it was Owen's idea to use the raptors to hunt down the Indominus and that he has control over them. However, in the actual movie, he only leads the raptors because he had no other choice and was heavily against the idea, and in reality can just barely keep the raptors from eating him for a few seconds at a time. He was only in the pen with them because one of the handlers fell in and he had to save him.
    • The trailers also imply that the raptors are Owen's pets and completely under his control. Despite imprinting, the raptors are barely under his control, and his control is more of dominant suggestion than commands.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: The Indominus is stupidly smart, can hide from infra-red scanners, camouflage itself, and communicate with the Velociraptors. This was unexpected by the main staff and explained by the scientists as side-effects of the DNA splicing from other animals. Owen berates them, as what else did they expect from an animal with all its predatory elements enhanced. It's later revealed the Indominus traits were intentional, at the very least a prelude to military applications.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
    • Masrani not keeping a closer eye on Dr. Wu while demanding a bigger, scarier dinosaur hybrid leads to the first time the park suffers a major crisis.
    • Owen, after noting the claw marks on the I. rex's wall, does not wait for the control room to confirm its location before heading inside its holding area to inspect the wall.
    • Zach encouraging Gray to ditch Zara and then go off-tracks with the gyrosphere nearly leads to them getting killed by Indominus and indirectly to Zara getting killed when she tries to reunite with them during the Pterosaur stampede. Judging by the expression on Zach's face, he very well knows this.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Hoskins's insistence on using raptors to fight I. rex is what helps bring it down. As a bonus, one of the raptors gives him a fitting end.
  • Night-Vision Goggles: Zach and Gray find Tim's old ones in the Restricted Area of the park, along with several other things from the first film. Both the ACU troops and the raptors themselves are equipped with night-vision cameras that transmit back to Mission Control.
  • No OSHA Compliance: As befitting a park of the franchise, Jurassic World seems to have taken some rather lax security measures.
    • The Mosasaurus is capable of leaping out of its enclosure, which it does to eat the I. rex when it gets too close to the edge. It could have eaten a passing tourist long before the events of the film.
    • Neither the Velociraptor, I. rex, nor T. rex enclosures feature a moat — something real life zoos have had for decades for their predator enclosures and, in fact, the T. rex in the original book had.
    • Workers atop the raptor enclosures don't strap themselves to something before using the rods to try and catch a pig, despite the fact that raptors are known to be clever enough to pull things down.
    • The paddock door for the Tyrannosaurus opens directly into a path in the visitor pavilion, meaning that if the door somehow got opened unintentionally while the park was open, there'd be nothing to stop the T. rex from eating herself fat on guests.
    • In dialogue, it's mentioned that Pachycephalosaurus regularly short out their implants meant to keep them in their enclosures, which means it's a reproducible problem they have yet to correct. Doubles as Foreshadowing.
    • One of the park attractions seems to be a large general herbivore paddock where various different species are allowed to roam free and intermingle with each other. Visitors are allowed to roam unsupervised in the herbivore paddock in glass gyrospheres that would not be able to withstand a sustained assault from an enraged herbivore. Following suit from its predecessor, Jurassic World demonstrates shocking ignorance regarding the aggressive potential of a large herbivore. There is a reason zoos don't stick elephants, hippos, and antelope in the same pen nor do they allow visitors to walk around in said pen.
    • The Nostalgia Critic commented that the Gyrospheres don't seem to be entirely safe for the dinosaurs either, noting that it would be like putting animals in a bumper cars arena. The website claims that the Gyrospheres have an automated failsafe wherein they immediately move out of the way when too close to one of the animals, but this doesn't appear evident in the film, as Zach and Gray's Gyrosphere is able to get within a hair's length of an Apatosaurus.
    • The gyrospheres also seem to have unlimited usage time per guest and can go anywhere in the park without restrictions, and seem to rely entirely on good faith that the guests won't hog them for as long as they want and don't go somewhere they shouldn't.
    • The guys at How It Should Have Ended had fun listing all the ways the park could've been made safer.
    • And just like in 28 Weeks Later, when a threat to a population is introduced, everyone is herded to a now-overpopulated central location (a "buffet", if you will), instead of asking everyone to return to their rooms where the danger would have to ride elevators and go through multiple doors to get to people. Invoked in-universe when Masrani wonders why the I. rex is tracking south, and is told it can sense the thermal radiation of congregating the entire park's attendees in one location.
    • For such an obviously aggressive and intelligent predator, the precautions put in place around the Indominus are extremely lacking, such as the fact there is seemingly only a single unfit and unarmed guard that watches her.
      Honest Trailers: Why do you have one fat, lazy security guard for the most dangerous animal on the planet?
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • Rexy might have come out of the gate swinging hard and getting first blood, but the I. rex is still a superior predator with all of her best strengths and more, so she nearly gets killed in their first round as a result; it's only when Blue comes back that they turn the tables together and deliver one of these to the I. rex.
    • The Pteranodons give a rather nasty one to Zara in her final moments.
    • The raptors give a particularly nasty one to the InGen mercenaries after their Face–Heel Turn. Just like in The Lost World, even a large team of heavily-armed soldiers prove to be no match for them, as Owen has been trying to make clear for the entire film.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Averted with the I. rex, who really does have an evil streak. Played straight with the pterosaurs, who attack because they're in a panic, naturally aggressive besides, and the T. rex, who's mostly just ticked off there's a rival in her territory. Same goes for the raptors, who hesitate to attack their handlers even after their Face–Heel Turn, and the Mosasaurus, who reacts how any marine predator confined to a tank would when something foreign falls in, dives in, or is standing right at the edge.
  • The Nose Knows: Claire snidely tells Owen to change his shirt, as the Indominus rex has a good sense of smell. Fortunately, Owen remembers this when hiding under a vehicle. He punctures a fuel line and douses himself in petrol.
  • Not Wanting Kids Is Weird: During a conversation between Claire and her sister, Claire declares that it's unlikely she'll ever have children. Her sister tells her that'd be a pity, as it's worth it.
  • Nothing Is Scarier:
    • The movie's website is playing this up after the film's release. On the "live feed webcams", people are being evacuated or running in panic, but you don't see what's happening to cause all of it. Granted, you're expected to know anyway, but to anyone in-universe they most likely have no idea what might be happening.
    • In the film, I. rex remains in hiding for much of the beginning, with the audience only seeing glimpses. The trailers also held off on showing her until the Global Trailer (presumably because her appearance was leaked early on and the producers figured that they couldn't hide her forever).
  • Novelization: Although it's a Junior Novelization and not a "proper" one, it is emphatically a "Special Edition," in glossy hardcover format (rare for such a book). An actual novelization was rumored to be forthcoming but hasn't reared its head yet.
  • Obliviously Evil: Like most Jurassic Park movies, the dinosaurs and other creatures are largely acting out of natural instinct. The obvious exception is the I. rex, but even her actions are somewhat understandable due to being raised in complete isolation.
  • Odd Name Out: The raptors; Charlie, Delta, and Echo vs. Blue instead of Bravo.
  • Off with His Head!: After flipping over and immobilizing an Ankylosaurus, rather than attack her exposed underside, Indominus wraps her jaws around her head and bites, in a Gory Discretion Shot.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Barry after being stranded in the jungle makes it to safety despite the out-of-control dinosaurs running around, carnivores and herbivores alike.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Owen and Claire's reaction when they believe the Indominus rex has escaped its pen.
    • Owen's reaction when they realize it hasn't—and it's still in there with them!
    • Nick the worker's face when Indominus rex flips over the truck he was hiding behind. No words pass between him and Owen, who is hiding nearby, but when they lock eyes, Nick's expression just screams, "I'm dino fodder!"
    • When Claire arrives back after the I. rex escapes, everyone in the room turns to her with this kind of expression.
    • Hamada, the leader of the Asset Containment Unit, practically shits himself when he realizes the Indominus can camouflage itself.
    • When Zack and Gray are off-road checking out the Ankylosaurs, they spot the Indominus in the reflection of the windshield. Gray has another one when he sees the pterosaurs flying above the jeep.
    • The Ankylosaurus herd when they spot the Indominus rex approaching.
    • The two rangers at one of the gates outside the main park have this reaction when they notice the flock of pterosaurs following Zack and Gray.
    • Owen's angry "Sonuvabitch!" when he learns that Hoskins plans to pit his raptors against the I. rex is a pissed off version of this. He's not only concerned for the well-being of his raptors, but also the fact that they're in no way tame and will probably misbehave after being placed in such an unfamiliar situation. This is immediately followed by Owen trying to conceive of somewhere at Jurassic World the kids might be safe, saying all that needs to be said about what that misbehavior could look like.
    • Owen is the first to realize one of the "secret ingredients" in the Indominus is Velociraptor and everyone else learns what that means when the raptors see the I. rex as the new alpha.
    • The expression on Hoskins' face as he's interrupted during his umpteenth speech about the viability of weaponized Velociraptors by said dinosaur right before it eats him is priceless.
    • Zack and Gray are waiting in the back of an armoured truck that even a raptor can't get into. Unless a mercenary was killed getting into the back, leaving the doors flapping open as you're chased down the road, unable to stop and close them.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: For the loosest definition of "hero": Rexy, the T. rex from the first movie, now in her 20's, as the older (anti-)hero vs the I. rex's younger villain in the climax.
  • The Oner: In the climatic battle, from the moment Blue enters the fight until the I. rex is defeated is one shot. You see Blue attacking the Indominus, then Rexy rejoining the fight, the protaganists trying to flee the scene, and again the fight until it finishes. At 70 seconds, it is not as long as other notable examples, but it still increases the awesomeness of the climax.
  • Only Sane Man: Owen is the only person who thinks logically throughout the film. He understands animals in general, while everyone else treats them as artificially created attractions that is under their control. He points out in precise terms why the Indominus rex is a really bad idea in multiple ways. He asserts the Raptors simply respect him as their alpha and treats Hoskins like he's insane every time he brings up using them as field weapons. When the I. rex escapes, he immediately suggests evacuating the island and using every BFG they have against it before it reaches the main park. His assistant, Barry, is the second-most rational person on the island, agreeing with Owen's assessment of the Raptors' danger potential.
  • Opposites Attract: Initially averted with Claire and Owen; they didn't go on a second date because they were too different (he showed up in board shorts, she showed up with an itinerary).
  • Our Founder: The late John Hammond has a statue erected of him outside the Hammond Creation Lab, complete with a hue-accurate replica of his famous amber-topped walking stick.
  • Papa Wolf: If you try to take or harm his raptors, Owen will punch you in the face, as Hoskins learns the hard way. He goes through a whole lot to protect Zach and Gray, too.
  • Perma-Stubble: The tech guy Lowery amusingly has this with a Porn Stache, kind of fitting his offbeat personality.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Played straight with Hoskins. In his backstory he rescues a wolf pup and does not put it down despite it ripping ff a part of his wife's arm. He also looks sorrowful when Marsani dies. When Owen punches him he does not sic his men on Owen or retaliate. He is also horrified watching his men get torn apart.
    • Lowery, who doesn't get much respect from his co-workers, volunteers to stay behind and make sure that everyone makes it to safety before shutting down the control room. He goes in for a farewell kiss form Vivian and gets rebuffed as she already has a boyfriend. Vivian then takes pity on him and hugs him instead, telling him to stay safe.
    • After previously treating Grey's reaction to their parents' divorce insensitively, Zack decides to treat his younger brother to an off-course tour of the dinosaurs.
  • The Place: Jurassic World is the name of the holiday resort.
  • Precision F-Strike: Owen blurts out "Sonuvabitch!" upon realizing Hoskins' intent to use his raptors as hunting dogs on the I. rex. A little later, Claire makes the same insult to Hoskins' face when they catch up with him.
  • Predators Are Mean: Almost all of the carnivores (except Baryonyx, Dimorphodon, and Suchomimus) have high Aggression Indexes. The ones with low Aggression Indexes are all herbivores (and one omnivore).
  • Predator Turned Protector: It's made abundantly clear that Owen is the only person (except maybe Barry) the Velociraptors won't kill on sight, even after their Heel–Face Turn to the I. rex's side. However, when Owen's life is truly threatened at the end, Blue and her sisters return to Owen and fight against the I. rex to protect him.
  • Prehistoric Monster: According to Word of God, they wanted to avert this trope, at least with the dinosaurs not named "Indominus rex". Indeed, even the raptors, depicted as Always Chaotic Evil in the first film, are depicted as being trainable (but not tame), while most of the other animals are only attacking because they're scared (the Ankylosaurus), hungry (the Mosasaurus), angry (the Tyrannosaurus rex), or all three (the Pteranodon flock).
  • Product Placement:
    • In-Universe example. The park is a massive, corporate-sponsored resort and effectively its own city. You can see real stores, brands, and restaurants everywhere. Companies also sponsor specific exhibits and the I. rex was a test run for customized dinosaurs. Claire and Dr. Wu are introduced pitching "Verizon Wireless Presents the Indominus rex" to Verizon executives. Lowery at one point even snarks that they should just name the dinosaurs after corporations and be done with it. However, most of the various corporate tie-ins in the film were done without monetary sponsorships, in order to show that the park was slowly "selling out" to corporations.
      Lowery: Pepsisaurus... Tostitodon.
    • The park main street has locations like Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Ben & Jerry's, Pandora Jewelry and a Hilton Hotel. And Starbucks too, which is pretty much inevitable.
    • Just like in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the park's vehicles are supplied by Mercedes-Benz.
    • All ATV's and motorcycles (except Owen's custom Triumph) are made by Kawasaki.
    • Dairy Queen is also a part of the movie, and is advertising its own Jurassic World sundae.
    • Early in the film, Zach puts on "Beats by Dre" headphones.
    • Samsung products are also prominently featured. In one of the park's museums, (the Samsung Innovation Center), guests are shown an informational video on an array of Samsung televisions, and most of the major characters use Samsung smartphones.
    • When working on his motorcycle, Owen is clearly drinking a Coke from a classic bottle.
  • Properly Paranoid: Masrani on seeing Indominus's enclosure and hearing that she ate her sibling immediately orders that Claire bring in Owen Grady to check out the habitat. It only takes the dinosaur a few minutes to escape her enclosure thanks to Owen insisting on going inside.
  • Ptero Soarer: Pteranodon and Dimorphodon. Pteranodon's design is fairly ugly but the designers at least had the decency to remove their teeth, shorten their crests (because they're all female), make them quadrupedal and depict them as competent divers/swimmers. The Dimorphodons are depicted as vicious predators, while real Dimorphodons were harmless insectivores/predators of small prey. On the other hand, the Dimorphs are correctly portrayed with pycnofibres. The website also falls into the trap of referring to pterosaurs as "flying dinosaurs" and has the annoyingly common misnomer of "Pteradon," though both of these might have been accidental.

  • Ragnarök Proofing:
    • Jurassic Park-era Jeeps still work more than two decades later despite being left unmaintained. The film makes an effort to address it by having both the battery swapped out and fresh gas added (from sources also abandoned), but it would almost certainly require more than that to get them moving—to say the least the tires should be long flat.
    • Also, the old night-vision goggles seem to still have power somehow, though the telescoping lenses do come loose the second they're extended. (Well, Hammond said they spared no expense.)
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": Lowery, when the Indominus breaks into the aviary and allows the Pterosaurs to escape.
  • Raptor Attack: Considering Jurassic Park was the Trope Maker, it only makes sense the raptors retain their now inaccurate look. The human/raptor alliance lasts for all of five minutes before the I. rex takes over. It isn't until near the end that the three remaining raptors do yet another Heel–Face Turn and attack the I. rex, which is solely due to Owen finally being present and in immediate danger.
  • Rasputinian Death: It takes quite a bit of firepower, teeth, and claws to finally bring down the Indominus rex. And a bigger fish.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Living dinosaurs have lost their novelty only ten years after the opening of Jurassic World. Zach and Gray were both born after the events of the second movie, meaning that dinosaur cloning would have been mentioned in history textbooks.
    • In the climax of the film, the protagonists hide in Henry Wu's lab while the dinosaurs are currently searching for them. When Vic Hoskins encounters them, he doesn't even get halfway through the Motive Rant he attempts to deliver before it alerts Delta, who quickly ambushes and disembowels him.
    • As mentioned above, invoked by Dr. Henry Wu when confronted about the Indominus Rex.
      Henry Wu: You cannot have an animal with exaggerated predator features without the corresponding behavioral traits. [...] Nothing in Jurassic World in natural. We have always filled gaps in the genome with the DNA of other animals. And, if their genetic code was pure, many of them would look quite different. But you didn't ask for reality. You asked for more teeth.
  • Reclaimed by Nature: What's left of the original park.
  • Recycled Title: From Jurassic World, the compilation of Michael Crichton novels Jurassic Park and The Lost World.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning:
    • The Indominus's eyes are a blood red.
    • How the audience is re-introduced to Rexy at the climax battle.
  • Red Herring: Owen mentions that the I. rex associates the crane with food. The other major food-giving crane seen is the one that dumps sharks for the Mosasaurus to eat. While it's eventually eaten by the Mosasaurus, the crane doesn't show up.
  • Redemption Equals Death:
    • After Owen manages to reestablish his bond with the raptors, Echo and Delta die while fighting Indominus rex and not much earlier, Charlie dies due to her hesitance to attack Owen. Blue is left as the Sole Survivor.
    • Zara, after having been introduced as aloof and neglectful to Zach and Gray, dies because of her ill-fated attempt to get them to safety.
  • Redshirt Army:
    • The ACU (Asset Containment Unit) get slaughtered by the I. rex. Averted later on when they seem mostly effective when assembled to take down the attacking Pteranodons with tranq rifles.
    • The InGen mercenaries at the hands of the raptors when the I. rex turns them against the humans.
  • Relationship Upgrade: After she rescues him from a rampant pterosaur, Claire and Owen. Subverted with Lowery, who attempts to kiss Vivian as InGen is evacuating the island, but gets politely turned down when she tells him she has a boyfriend. They share an awkward hug instead.
  • Remote Vitals Monitoring: A team of ACU soldiers goes into the park to hunt down the I. rex, with the park personnel monitoring them from the central command station. Along with a camera feed, each team member is represented by a digital picture and an EKG. When the I. rex attacks, the team leader's EKG flatlines after he's crushed, and other members flatline as they're killed.
  • Rescue Romance: Awesomely enough, this trope is gender-flipped. Despite having been attracted to her already, Owen officially falls in love with Claire when she saves him from an angry Dimorphodon.
  • Revealing Reflection: When in the gyrosphere, the kids are aware of the Indominus' presence a few seconds before it attacks by seeing its snout reflected on the window.
  • Revisiting the Roots:
    • After the second and third movies focused on people navigating Isla Sorna and surviving the wild, uncontained dinosaurs there, Jurassic World returns to the first movie's focus on the logistics and ethics of operating a dinosaur theme park.
    • The actual first park is revisited as well... overgrown with roots and vines.
  • Revival: The Jurassic Park franchise was moribund since Jurassic Park III back in 2001. Jurassic World revived it.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: A nonsentient example; when the raptors go back to Owen the I. rex rips into them.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • If one looks at the Main Street attack again, Zach can be seen making a split-second "Oh, Crap!" face and motioning for Gray to duck, just before a Pteranodon swoops in and carries Zara off. This suggests that Zach saw the Pteranodon coming and ducked with Gray to keep either of them from getting caught.
    • This one is very subtle, but look closely at the raptors every time Hoskins is in the vicinity and calls them "he" or "boy." Whether a big growl or a small eye twitch, the raptors clearly understand him and always react badly to him getting their gender wrong. Which makes it all the more fitting when Hoskins calls Delta (who already hates him) "good boy" right before she snaps and guts him.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The petting zoo, including baby Triceratops rides!
  • The Rival: Hoskins is this to Owen, at least in his own mind. As the raptors' primary caretaker and imprinted alpha, Owen is the only person they won't kill on sight and has a great deal of say in what happens to them. He also respects that they're animals and have feelings, personalities, and control over their own actions. Hoskins, on the other hand, desperately wants to use the raptors as weapons of war and sees Owen as nothing more than an irritatingly soft-hearted obstacle that's keeping him from making this dream a reality.
  • Rock Beats Laser:
    • The I. rex is an animal that manages to outwit some of the most advanced tracking and takedown methods available to the staff at the park using its natural abilities. It helps that it was engineered for precisely this purpose.
    • A helicopter gets taken down by a swarm of pterosaurs.
    • The raptors (now under I. rex's control) easily shred the armed InGen team.
    • Vic Hoskins' rationale for weaponizing dinosaurs is that they would be immune to modern-day cyber warfare and won't be prone to malfunctions, expensive maintenance, and replacing of delicate systems.
  • Rule of Cool: This is precisely the reason given for why the "dinosaurs" Dr. Wu and his team create are they way they are: their superiors told them to make cooler dinosaurs, not realistic ones; if they bothered with the latter their attractions wouldn't look anything like what they're trying to sell.
  • Rule of Symbolism: At the beginning of the film, Claire is conservatively dressed and shows that she is driven by an attention to detail and planning. Throughout the film, however, she loses more and more of her composure, freaking out when her nephews go missing and performing an Action Dress Rip to help Owen track them down. By the finale, she's tied her coat around her waist, is scuffed up and sweating, and outruns Rexy in high-heels after deciding to perform an impromptu plan during the fight between I. rex and the raptors.
  • Rule of Three:
    • The three meals of Mosasaurus: Breakfast: a shark during a show; lunch: Claire's assistant and a pterosaur, and dinner: Indominus rex.
    • Owen hides from the Indominus three times, all of which have a shot of her teeth filled jawline right next to him. He is less successful each time.
  • Running Gag: The security guard to the main computer room who seems to exist only to be ignored.
  • Sacrificial Lamb:
    • Subverted since Zara isn't really given much character development. But it's really hard not to feel sorry when she gets horribly killed off basically just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Essentially, the only purpose her demise serves is to demonstrate that Pteranodons are formidable hunters and adequate swimmers and to remind us that Jurassic World has a Mosasaurus.
    • The Apatosaurs suffer this trope as well, being slashed to death or nearly so by the I. rex — offscreen at that — simply to show that she's hunting for sport.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Masrani, Jurassic World's owner, dies trying to put down the monster he was partially responsible for creating. On the dino side, there's Delta and Echo, who die protecting Owen from the I. rex in the finale. Charlie's hesitation to attack Owen also gets her killed by InGen mercs.
  • Same Plot Sequel: Jurassic World, taking place two decades after the original Jurassic Park, borrows many elements from it. Two children visit a park of genetically engineered dinosaurs run by a relative of theirs. Due to an error in the security system, dangerous dinosaurs escape and attack people, and the children get lost. The main antagonistic dinosaurs get defeated by the very same Tyrannosaurus rex in both movies. Also, the general theme of human greed and interfering with nature is the same.
  • Say My Name: When Barry calls out Blue's name during her attack on the log, she pauses at the familiar voice and takes a look inside at him. It ends up saving his life.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Owen's raptor pack, naturally. Owen himself? Not so much.
    Claire: You can track them by smell, or footprints?
    Owen: ... I was with the Navy, not the Navajo!
  • Scenery Gorn: The Main Street attack and the final battle. Never before have major population centers being destroyed by prehistoric reptiles looked so magnificent.
  • Scenery Porn: The backgrounds, the island, and the aerial views are gorgeous and breathtaking.
  • Schmuck Bait: On the Safety First page of the film's website, visitors are reminded to not tap on the glass, cross barriers, throw objects into exhibits, or tease the dinosaurs. To emphasize this point, they show the Tyrannosaurus rex Kingdom entrance immediately below this text.
  • The Scream:
    • Claire lets out a horrifying scream when a rampaging Velociraptor crashes into the ambulance's cab.
    • Zara lets out an anguished sounding scream of her own when the Pteranodons snag her and drop her into the Mosasaurus tank.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: One of the workers in the Indominus rex's compound gets killed by the creature offscreen while Masrani and the tech operators hear his screams in the control room.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • Nigh-Invulnerable demon that she is, the I. rex takes off after a near miss from an anti-tank rocket and leaves the raptors to do her dirty work.
    • The surviving ACU members grab their wounded comrade and put as much distance as they can between themselves and I. rex when they realize that everything's gone to hell. So do the remnants of Hoskins' team after the raptors decimate most of them. Hoskins and Wu also attempt to escape being held responsible for the incident. Wu makes it, Hoskins doesn't.
    • The pterosaurs seem to have this reaction when the I. rex invades the Aviary.
  • Schrödinger's Canon: John Hammond was planned to pass away by the end of The Lost World, but the scene was cut from the film, leaving Hammond's status unknown during Jurassic Park III. The Masrani Corporation's website accepts the deleted scene as canon, stating that Hammond passed away in 1997 (the year The Lost World was released), and InGen was acquired by Masrani a year later. In August 2014, after the death of Lord Richard Attenborough, Colin Trevorrow tweeted a picture of a statue of Hammond in the new Visitor's Center.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Metriacanthosaurus, Baryonyx, Suchomimus, Microceratus, and the flying reptile Dimorphodon make their debuts as park attractions (although only Dimorphodon is seen in the film). Indominus rex also has Giganotosaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops, and Therizinosaurus DNA. Archaeornithomimus is mentioned by Claire.
  • Sequel Escalation:
    • From a handful of VIPs taking a preview tour of a few barely functioning attractions in Jurassic Park, to a fully open and populated resort zoo with hundreds of dinosaurs and thousands of guests in this film. The effects, action, and deaths scale up commensurately.
    • Part of the "meta" satire built into the film, too. Jurassic World (the park) is something that is obviously a bad idea but inevitable because there's too much money involved to let Jurassic Park lay dormant. The public that attends the park has grown cynical and bored with dinosaurs, wanting more and more thrills; the I. rex also evokes the "grimdark" trend in cinema that has happened since the 1990s. I. rex is just like the film as a whole, a corporate-ordered abomination that never existed in nature (and which has no origin in literature), stitched together from parts of other things. Colin Trevorrow says this was all in his original pitch for the rebooted/resurrected franchise in his appearance on The Nerdist podcast.
  • Sequel Hook: Dr. Wu escaping with his dinosaur embryos, and his "deal" with Hoskins.
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page.
  • Show, Don't Tell: A significant plot point is made about making the dinosaurs more dangerous because audiences have grown complacent and adopted a bit of "been there/done that" attitude. However, the film shows that the actual audiences attending are very impressed with the dinosaurs they're seeing (predators or not) and that visiting the resort would be very expensive as it's on a private island on top of being an expensive operation to run and thus unlikely to have over-exposure. This is on top of the fact that it's never explained why making dinosaurs who are more lethal in actuality would have more attractive appeal for the audience.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The Mosasaurus is portrayed with a second row of teeth on her palate and a somewhat shark-like tail.
    • The Apatosaurus has the proper forefoot shape, lacking any toes except a single claw.
    • Due to being all female, the Pteranodon are depicted with short crests. They're also shown diving like gannets, something that they're believed to have been capable of in life.
    • While Pteranodon is naked, Dimorphodon is portrayed with pycnofibres.
    • Despite its infamous lack of feathered dinosaurs, the film at least makes a reference to dino-integument with Indominus rex, who has quill feathers on her head and arms.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    • After spending half of the film listening to Hoskins ramble on and on about how his raptors should be used as war weapons, Owen's so pissed off by the time he returns to the paddock that he just hauls off and punches Hoskins before he can start rambling again.
      Hoskins: The mother hen has finally arrived—
      Owen: [punches him in the face] Get the hell out of here and stay away from my animals.
    • Later, Hoskins is giving yet another Motive Rant ... and Delta comes in and proceeds to eat him.
    • In response to Dr. Wu's speech below, Masrani orders a stop of all work at the lab pending an investigation, and warns Wu that John Hammond isn't there to protect him this time around.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: When Masrani blows up at Wu over the I. rex's rampage, Wu throws it all back in his face, telling him that he was the one who demanded a "cooler" dinosaur, that you can't expect the I. rex to have exaggerated predator features without the corresponding behavioral traits, and that none of the dinosaurs are "natural" due to having DNA from other animals. It falls rather flat when we find out that this is exactly what he wanted to happen.
  • Single Specimen Species: Jurassic World’s Mosasaurus is a one of a kind and is seemingly the sole individual of her species that was cloned for the park.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer:
    • Considering the fact that he's pretty vital to the plot, it's rather odd that Dr. Wu does not appear at all in the debut trailer.
    • The trailer doesn't showcase the Tyrannosaurus at all, despite being a prominent part of the franchise.
    • Vic Hoskins, Vincent D'Onofrio's character, doesn't appear in the first trailer, though his voice is heard in the Super Bowl TV Spot.
    • Both of the aforementioned humans and the head and feet of a T. rex make appearances in the global (April 20) trailer.
  • Skewed Priorities:
    • When the Pteranodons and Dimorphodons descend upon the resort, one guest (a cameo by Jimmy Buffett outside his own restaurant) takes extra care not to spill his margaritas, one in each hand, while unhurriedly taking shelter.
    • There's also Claire when the I. rex wipes out the first capture team.
      Owen: Evacuate the island.
      Claire: We'd never reopen.
      Jeremy: Oooooh, okay. Keep it open.
  • Slasher Smile:
    • There are several incidences where the I. rex seems to be sadistically smiling at all of the death and chaos she's caused on the island.
    • Hoskins also sports one when watching the Pteranodons attack the park visitors.
  • The Smart Guy: Dr. Wu, naturally, for InGen. His genetic work is described as usually shattering investors' expectations.
  • Smooch of Victory: Owen plants one on Claire when she saves him from a Dimorphodon.
  • Smug Snake:
    • Hoskins, most notably when he finally manages to get his hands on Owen's raptors, using the excuse that he needs them to hunt down the I. rex. However, this smugness disappears when the raptors turn on his security team and start slaughtering everyone in sight (except Owen), with Delta eventually killing Hoskins himself.
    • Dr. Wu is inordinately proud of his achievements, even when everything goes to hell.
      Dr. Wu: All of this exists because of me.
  • So Was X: When Claire boasts to Masrani that they have the best structural engineers in the world while assuring him that the I. rex cannot escape, Masrani points out that Hammond did, too. We know how well that went.
  • Spanner in the Works: Hoskins intentionally engineered the Indominus rex's escape so that he could have an excuse to market dinosaurs as living weapons, and attempted to use the Velociraptors to take them down. It didn't matter if the Indominus was taken down by InGen, the ACU or the Velociraptors themselves, as he would win either way. Unfortunately for him, he didn't realize that the Indominus was created with raptor DNA, which allowed the monstrosity to hijack control of the entire pack and set off a chain reaction inevitably resulting in Hoskins' death.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Dr. Wu makes a return appearance, having gotten off the island in the original film; he wasn't so lucky in the novel. He again makes it out alive.
    • A minor one in the form of the ACU machine gunner who fires live ammo at Indominus rex during their encounter with the creature. He lives in the junior novelization.
  • Spreading Disaster Map Graphic: The park's control room has a large screen on one wall showing a map of Isla Nublar. Every scene in the control room includes a shot of the map as more and more areas go offline, containment methods fail, and dinosaurs are killed by the I. rex's rampage.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Gallimimus, Pachycephalosaurus, and the flying reptile Pteranodon all return for the film, with the new addition of classic Stock Dinosaur Apatosaurus, and the sea reptile Mosasaurus. The skeleton of Spinosaurus, the main antagonist of the third film, is on display on the Main Street of the island. Dilophosaurus makes an unexpected cameo as a hologram. Indominus rex's DNA includes that of Carnotaurus.
  • Stock Footage: Footage from Last Day of the Dinosaurs is briefly seen playing on a tv when a guy is talking to some kids about the extinction of the dinosaurs.
  • Stuka Scream: Played with—sirens sounding just like the classic 'air raid' type blare as the pterosaurs swoop down on the packed resort area.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Two of the Velociraptor pack are killed by the I. rex (one of them having been killed earlier while under her control), so Claire decides to call in the Tyrannosaurus. And when Rexy and Blue still aren't able to land a final blow, the Mosasaurus leaps out of the water and drags the I. rex into the aquarium with her.
  • Super-Persistent Predator:
    • Subverted in that the Indominus rex isn't all that persistent, she's actually rather easily distracted by the next thing to kill or cause chaos. But, being genetically engineered to be big, super-intelligent, and super-aggressive, she is like a dinosaur version of the Implacable Man. It is mentioned outright that she is "killing for sport."
    • Played straight with Mosasaurus which attacks anything that comes close to its enclosure. And that's despite the fact that she's well fed. When we first see her, we are told she's been fed today already so she might not take the bait shark. She does. Later the same day she takes a Pteranodon carrying a human, and come the movie's climax, she leaps out of her enclosure to kill the I. rex.
  • Swallowed Whole: Zara's ultimate fate after falling into the Mosasaurus enclosure is to be swallowed whole by said creature along with a pteranodon.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Security at Paddock 11 is lax at best. Despite it being the most dangerous dinosaur in Jurassic World, only Nick (the enclosure's supervisor) is on duty in the control room both times the movie shows us the enclosure, and he isn't even monitoring the computer screens the second time. It takes Owen asking where the dinosaur even is for Nick to finally start paying attention to his computer. And apparently there are no guards, since Nick's response to noticing I. rex isn't registering on the thermal imaging scan is to personally enter the enclosure with Owen and only one other guy. In addition, despite the insanely high wall, there isn't a secondary barrier of any kind in case the first one is breached, and the doors are naturally large enough for the I. rex to get through. Although in Jurassic World's defense, that door didn't seem to be the primary entrance Owen et. al. use to go in initially since they originally run for a different, smaller door while the huge door Nick opens to get himself and Owen out, accidentally allowing I. rex to get free, could have been intended to move the dinosaur in and out if she ever needed medical treatment at another facility. See also No OSHA Compliance.

  • Tag Team: During the final battle, Blue and Rexy team up to take on the Indominus rex, with Blue even perching on Rexy's back. Owen also did this earlier in the battle with Delta and Echo, shooting at the I. rex while his raptors attacked her head-on.
  • Take That!:
    • There is one seemingly aimed against the ending of Jurassic Park III, where Grant and co. watch in awe as several Pteranodon fly past their helicopter to freedom. In World, a Dimorphodon, another pterosaur, flies alongside a helicopter loaded with InGen mercenaries, who mercilessly shoot her out of the sky.
    • There's also some subtle ones towards the Spinosaurus in that film. Not only is it not among the featured attractions, the only notable appearance of the creature is a skeleton that gets effortlessly destroyed by the original Tyrannosaurus rex, turning the much-reviled Curb-Stomp Battle from that film on its head.
    • Owen and Claire find out that Zach and Grey have jumped off a waterfall to escape the I. rex into the jungle below, and Claire shouts out their names, prompting Owen to immediately shut her up and reminding her that if she keeps doing that, they're gonna wind up dead. The whole situation is a jab to the third movie's Too Dumb to Live character Amanda Kirby, who keeps shouting out her son's name in the middle of a dinosaur-infested jungle despite repeatedly being told what a bad idea it is.
    • Wu's speech can be seen as one towards those who think Jurassic World should feature a real dinosaur antagonist star instead of a genetically-modified hybrid or to those who think Jurassic Park dinosaurs are supposed to be real dinosaurs, namely that the cloned dinosaurs have always been hybrid creatures made cool and that if the DNA had been pure or closer to the real thing, they would be completely different.
    • While we're on the subject of Dr. Wu, did anyone notice the human spinal cord in the lab where he keeps his hybrid specimens? It could count as a Take That! to all of those who dreaded (and still dread) that the Jurassic franchise might visit the concept of dino-human hybrids somewhere down the road. And just to further needle them, said spinal cord is in a DNA extraction tank, being actively harvested of its genetic material.
    • Zara's death, the first (onscreen) female casualty in the film franchise, is possibly one to Ellie's semi-famous line about "woman inheriting the earth" while the men become dino-fodder.
  • Taser Tag Weakness: While the raptors are attacking their vehicle, Zach and Gray find a cattle prod, and after finally turning it on, zap a charging Velociraptor enough for her to fall out.
  • Taught by Experience: The Jurassic World park managers have learned from Hammond's mistakes, something that Masrani lampshades. They have procedures in place for when and if dinosaurs get loose, the employees are shown to be one hundred percent loyal rather than corporate spies, and the enclosures for the wilder carnivores like the raptors are kept far away from the main guest areas. The only non-loyal one was the only survivor from the original Jurassic Park, and thus could evade detection.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Gray and Zach's mom jokingly telling them to run if anything starts chasing them. This comes back to bite her, of course.
    • Their father saying "you're not going off to war" while Zach was getting tearful goodbyes from his girlfriend probably counts, too.
    • Indominus rex was manufactured by the genetic labs because Rexy was same old, same old for park visitors, and to test the viability of a Living Weapon. They got what they asked for.
    • When asked if he thinks the Indominus rex will be scary enough for the kids of their tourist crowd, Masrani states that she will end up giving the parents nightmares as well. Given that the creature ends up breaking loose, causing death and destruction, he really couldn't have picked a more fitting choice of words.
    • While flying in the helicopter to go and kill Indominus rex, Masrani tells his men, "Look alive!" All of them, including Masrani, die horribly not even one minute later.
    • From the hamster ball scene:
      Jimmy Fallon: [on a safety video] You should be just alright.
      [Zach and Gray go through a KEEP OUT sign]
    • "Okay, that's it. We're safe now." Cue the flock of pterosaurs descending on them.
    • In one of the most quickly executed examples of this trope, Zara gets snatched away to her doom immediately after she stops running to tell Zach and Gray to "Don't just stand there!" during the pterosaur attack.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: In a nod to Rexy saving Grant and co. in the first film, the main bar of the theme for The Lost World: Jurassic Park plays when Blue rushes onscreen in time to stop Indominus from slaughtering her. Rexy immediately gets back up and starts kicking ass with a vengeance.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: Claire knocks a Dimorphodon off Owen and then empties a full clip from his gun into it, when a couple of shots would've sufficed.
  • This Is Not a Drill: Claire says this while issuing a containment alert when it looks like the Indominus rex has escaped from her cage. Then it turns out that she's still in the cage...and so are three workers...
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Owen has one after seeing his youngest raptor, Charlie, blown to pieces right in front of him. Only the sounds of Barry screaming knock him out of it.
  • Token Romance: Claire and Owen's romance has little place in the film. Refreshingly, in contrast to many other films where a token romance dominates the plot, it is not shoved into the viewers' faces (indeed, it's actually understated for the most part). The couple shares just one somewhat awkward onscreen kiss after she kicks a pterosaur off of him, in a downplayed example of Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • When Owen sees the claw marks on the cage wall, he just assumes the I. rex escaped and walks into the cage with park workers without actually verifying the rex isn't inside, even though the thick foliage is more than sufficient to hide it from view. If he had just waited a few seconds for the control room to report the position of the I. rex before going inside the cage, instead of just assuming the thermal scan was accurate, the entire disaster at the park could have been avoided. Instead it gets the two people who went in with him killed.
    • Hoskins seems to believe that because the raptors have imprinted on Owen as their Alpha, that means they're trained, despite being repeatedly told that they're still wild, aggressive animals that cannot be controlled. He ends up paying for it.
    • While the ACU certainly has good equipment, it's just not enough to deal with the I. rex, which has been deliberately designed to be the park's biggest predator. No one thought to consider that this new creature, in every way superior to the park's biggest land predators, might be harder to take down than the next best thing. Justified, since it's revealed that the Indominus was actually engineered for a military project to weaponize dinosaurs. Furthermore, an official image graphic of her genetic makeup states that she has dense bony plating under her skin for protection, meaning she can stand up to more abuse than other theropods.
    • When Owen and his squad see the I. rex is communicating with the raptors, they just stare ahead and let it happen. Hoskins has to order them to open fire, and by this point the I. rex has convinced the raptors to switch sides. Or maybe the humans opening fire convinced the raptors to switch sides.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Dr. Wu, who seems to remember the events of the first film all too well, and seems to think that dangerous consequences will result in For Science! anyway, so he may as well go along with it.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Dr. Wu, who was friendly enough in the first film, is justifiably more cold in his extended screentime—Masrani is dressing him down for following his own directives, namely, making bigger, scarier, flashier (and more dangerous) dinosaurs. Less charitably, Wu is under orders from Hoskins, and what's left of InGen, to make extremely dangerous hybrids, such as the I. rex, for military usage, though Wu seems to justify it as furthering science and research. And that if he doesn't do it, then someone else will.
  • Toothy Bird: Averted with Pteranodon, a relief after the previous film played it straight (the toys, oddly enough, give them extremely ugly teeth). Also averted with the Gallimimus, although the website plays this straight and yet at the same time claims that they have no teeth.
  • Tragic Monster: The I. rex, given that she was deliberately engineered to be as aggressive, vicious and intelligent as possible, and raised in total isolation. Owen theorizes that her actions are driven by the fact that she has no idea how to interact with her environment; therefore, she sees any living creature as a threat and is learning the truth that she is the biggest and toughest thing out there.
  • Trailers Always Spoil:
    • The ACU members' deaths were spoiled in early trailers. Although it's hard not to see it coming. Starting with the Super Bowl spot, the trailers and TV ads have frequently depicted Zara getting lifted up by a Pteranodon. A more complex example is present with Simon Masrani's death. The second full trailer shows a helicopter crashing through the Aviary and exploding on the ground, which doesn't reveal much by itself. But anyone who later goes to the movie and sees Masrani flying his own chopper both to reach the island and to help hunt down the Indominus rex will probably fill in the dots and conclude that he goes down in the crash.
    • Leading up to the movie's second weekend in theaters, Universal released a TV spot showing, among other things, the Big Entrance of the T. rex.
    • And then there's the TV spot that actually shows part of the fight between Rexy and the I. rex.
  • Try and Follow: When the I. rex attacks the kids in the bubble car, they manage to sneak away only to find themselves at the top of a waterfall. With only a split second to decide, they both leap as the I. rex snaps at them. Rather interestingly, after looking on the I. rex doesn't follow them in any way, subverting Super-Persistent Predator, and they only see each other again after a lot of other things happen.
  • Understatement: The pre-recorded audio warning of a "containment anomaly", right before over a hundred pterosaurs attack the park guests.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • In the end, Owen's life-long relationship with the raptors wins out and Blue leads them in a suicidal charge against the I. rex. Delta and Echo are both killed protecting their alpha while Charlie, who had clearly been conflicted about attacking Owen, died earlier at the hands of InGen mercs. Then, after the battle, Blue looks at Owen, and then to the three humans he is protecting, as if to ask, "Can I eat them now?" (Or "Can I come with you?") Owen silently shakes his head and she almost shrugs as if to say, "Okay, boss," then she just walks away from them.
    • Despite his better judgement and annoyance at her more questionable decisions, Lowery is loyal to Claire and the park through and through. Indeed, she would never have been able to release Rexy and save everyone if he hadn't chosen to stay behind to help her.
  • Unfortunate Implications:
    • Invoked. When Hoskins is laying out his plans for weaponizing the raptor pack, he casually mentions not letting disloyal ones breed, bringing forth images of slavery. Barry gives a bitter "do you hear yourself talk?" laugh, while Owen just whistles an 'impressed' "Wow dude, you're really digging yourself deep with that" note. Hoskins doesn't get either of their reactions.
    • There's also an amusing scene in which Claire points out the Unfortunate Implications of people wearing Jurassic Park merchandise in-universe, considering what actually happened to that park.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Subtly plays with this between Owen and Claire. There is a mention they went on a date before, which went badly, but their arguments seems like genuine personality clashes and not sexual tension. When Claire realizes Owen is the best man to find her nephews, they both soften up around each other and it gradually becomes romantic.
  • Unstoppable Rage:
    • Indominus rex is in a perpetual state of this throughout the film.
    • Indominus herself finds out the hard way if Rexy gets enraged enough, she'll thrash you around like a ragdoll before ramming you to the Mosasaurus tank.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: A major plot point is that the public has gotten used to the spectacle of cloned dinosaurs, hence the Masrani Corporation's turn to further genetic experimenting to try to revitalize interest in the park.
  • Upgrade vs. Prototype Fight: The battle between Indominus and Tyrannosaurus. The T. rex is the original specimen from the first park, the I. rex is a brand-new creature designed to surpass her in every way. The fight is closely fought, but T. rex manages to win—with some help from Blue and the Mosasaurus.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Double subverted with Claire (uptight) and Owen (wild). It's mentioned that she brought an itinerary to their first date and he wore board shorts. However, the date didn't work out and they're not quite on good terms at the beginning. Then they realize their mutual attraction in the middle of the film.
  • Villain Opening Scene: The very first scene in the film shows the Indominus rex and its sibling as they're just emerging from their eggs in the InGen genetics lab.
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • Just before Delta kills him, Vic Hoskins goes from fake, frigid cheeriness to desperately and pathetically begging for his life. Justified because it's generally very difficult to maintain composure when one is being menaced by one of the most lethal killing machines nature ever created.
    • The I. rex begins to go through a subtle one of these during the final battle. After clearly being overpowered by the T. rex and Blue, she soon shows signs of fatigue and roars furiously at them just before the Mosasaurus finishes her off.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: Hoskins wants to use the dinosaurs for military purposes and he seems downright giddy when normal park measures fail to stop the I. rex's rampage(most likely because it means he has an opportunity to test the raptors in the field). But though he's in a position where he could do a lot of damage, Hoskins never actually does anything villainous or illegal throughout the film and shows a remarkable amount of restraint even after he's punched by Owen.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: After Masrani's rather rough flying and bumpy landing, his flight instructor runs off to barf into the bushes.
    Claire: Is he okay?
    Masrani: He's just being dramatic!
  • Wardrobe Flaw of Characterization: In the very first scene with Hoskins and Owen, we see that both characters carry hunting knives at their backs here. The difference, however, is that Hoskins has his strapped perpendicular to his belt, with the handle pointed upward. It would be rather difficult to draw the weapon effectively this way (and downright impossible if, say, his back were to a wall). By contrast, Owen has his strapped parallel to his belt, where he can draw the blade quickly from a myriad of positions. This illustrates the contrast between the two: Hoskins is an "armchair" badass, pretending to have a warrior's understanding, while Owen is the one with actual, practical experience.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: The website features a cheery little message from Mr. DNA of this during the official airing of the film.
  • We Have Become Complacent: The success of the park has caused (most of) the staff to become overconfident. Pachycephalosaurus regularly escaping their enclosures is treated as a minor annoyance by Claire instead of a major security problem. Even the I. rex's violent tendencies like nearly killing her feeders and trying to break out of her enclosure don't raise an eyebrow from anyone except Masrani. When the park does have to shut down, none of the staff really know what to do.
  • Wham Line:
    • A minor one that occurs when Zach and Gray leave for the park, showing that this "happy family" may not be so happy after all:
      Scott: So much for our last family breakfast.
    The way Judy Greer's face drops into a utterly stony expression and she snaps back "Why do you have to say things like that?" really cements it.
    • When our heroes realize just where the I. rex's current location really is:
      Vivian: It's in the cage! It's in there with you!
    • When Owen and Claire find a herd of Apatosaurs killed by the I. rex.
    • When Owen and the raptors are facing the I. rex:
      Owen: I know why they wouldn't tell us what it's made of ... that thing's part-raptor!
    • Claire to Lowery, while everything is going mad: "I need you to open Paddock 9."
  • Wham Shot:
    • The raptors turning to give Owen a Death Glare after the I. rex turns them against him.
    • The return of the original T. rex.
    • After Zach and Grey have escaped from the I. rex, they first stumble across a jeep from the disastrous containment mission, and then look ahead of them to see a familiar looking entrance barely visible through the overgrown vegetation.
    • Towards the end of the final battle, the I. rex ending up at the edge of the Mosasaurus tank, which had everyone in the audience realizing just what would happen next...
  • What Did You Expect When You Named It ____?:
    • Indominus rex practically has "indomitable" right in the name. Owen is incredulous once Claire reveals what the it's called.
    • The high-level threat index and alert code used by the park is called "Real World".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Masrani is originally introduced with his helicopter piloting coach. Said coach is last seen going in the bushes and vomiting (due to Masrani's terrible piloting) outside the I. rex paddock when Masrani gets there. Once the evacuation's started; Vivian mentions that they're unable to make contact with him. He's never seen again, with a subsequent plot point occurring out of desperation for helicopter pilots... (Masrani does mention he's probably assisting with the evacuation, hence him being unreachable).
    • While on safari in the park, Gray reveals to Zach that he has discovered that their parents are getting divorced—a development which is never mentioned again in the movie. The director must have had to trim the character development to make way for more dinosaurs.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Claire sees the dinosaurs as merchandise to be kept in storage until they're ready for display, and Hoskins sees them as potential weapons of warfare. At least at first. Before Claire's Character Development, both fail to realize that not only are the dinosaurs living, breathing animals that feel pain and fear like any human, but they have rather complex psychological and social structures that need to be respected for not only their own mental and emotional well-being, but the park's as well, since a dinosaur that isn't maladjusted (like the I. rex) or underestimated (like the raptors) is less likely to go berserk and/or kill people.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Owen telling Masrani and Claire that the Indominus rex is a bad idea when he finds out more about her.
    • A minor one with Claire being way too busy to actually spend time with her nephews Gray and Zach. Their mom, Claire's sister, ends up chewing her out slightly over it, as does Owen when he says she doesn't even know how old they are.
    • Masrani tries giving one to Wu, who then shoots it down by reversing it on him.
  • Where It All Began: Jurassic Park takes place on Isla Nublar, Lost World and Jurassic Park III took place on a sister island, Isla Sorna or "Site B," where the dinosaurs were bred before being taken to the actual Jurassic Park. Jurassic World is on Isla Nublar and the Restricted Area is actually where the original park headquarters was located. The kids even find the abandoned visitors center where the climax of the original film took place (using the fallen banner as material for a torch). In it, among other things, Zach and Grey find the old night vision goggles, the raptor mural and even the old jeeps!
  • White Shirt of Death:
    • Hoskins, Zara, and the I. rex supervisor are all wearing white and all suffer nasty deaths.
    • The I. rex's natural color, when it's not using its camouflage, is white, and its own end is rather nasty as well.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: There are numerous times Owen is confronted by hostile raptors and doesn't shoot them because he's reared them from birth and doesn't want them hurt. There is also the part where Owen and his squad of guards have the raptors and the I. rex in their sights, but don't fire even after they realize the I. rex is turning the raptors against them.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Owen makes a case for the I. rex being this, pointing out that being raised in total isolation with no other creatures to bond with, and possibly not even knowing what she is, likely contributed to her insanity and seeing the world outside her paddock as one big hunting ground.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Hoskins's plan to let the raptors hunt I. rex, since he'd be able to market the winner as a bioweapon. Subverted since he didn't count on I. rex establishing herself as the raptors' alpha and siccing them on his men. On a larger scale, there is his and Dr. Wu's plan to facilitate I. rex's escape and field test it in a real life situation since if he's able to bring it down with JW's ACU unit, it would be a huge step up for him in the security department and he'd come out looking like a hero who saved the day.
  • Zeerust Canon: The dinosaurs in this film are just like ones in the previous movies, despite the fact that they no longer fit with the current scientific theory that many dinosaurs had feathers. Dr. Wu even states that if they had followed the DNA exactly, the dinosaurs in the park would look completely different. He also subtly implies that those genetic modifications may have been necessary to survive in the modern world, pointing out that some of the ingredients of I. rex were to help her adapt to Costa Rica.
  • Zerg Rush: After being freed/chased from their confinement by the I. rex, the pterosaurs of the park descend on the thousands of tourists on Main Street en masse.


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