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"Tyrannosaurus is the most superb carnivorous mechanism among the terrestrial Vertebrata, in which raptorial power and speed are combined."
Henry Fairfield Osborn, the paleontologist who coined the new genus in 1905

Ever since its discovery in 1905, Tyrannosaurus rex became the single most well-known and popular dinosaur, the greatest stock of Stock Dinosaurs. While it may not have been the biggest carnivorous dinosaur ever, it was probably among the most powerful and dangerous. It is certainly the most famous, mainly because it looks badass with its massive head, powerful jaws and sharp teeth. For this reason, it is often seen as one of both the scariest and most majestic creatures that ever lived.

Notably, it is also the only dinosaur popularly known for the whole scientific name (genus Tyrannosaurus, species rex) instead of just the first term. The meaning of the name is "tyrant lizard king", which helps its majestic image as King of the Dinosaurs. The correct scientific abbreviation of the name is T. rex, but in media, the variants T. Rex, T-rex and T-Rex also often show up.


Fictional T. rexes will almost invariably be presented as immensely strong and powerful, with thundering steps and a Mighty Roar (nevermind the fact that making so much noise would make them a very ineffective predator). Some works portray it as a horrifying Prehistoric Monster which, like all carnivorous dinosaurs, seems to really like the taste of humans, despite the fact that we're fricking tiny compared to it (imagine passing on a turkey dinner to run a mile for Chicken McNuggets). In works starring herbivorous dinosaurs, T. rex will often be portrayed as the villainous predator. However, other works tend to portray it in a more sympathetic light, as a badass, powerful, but noble creature, sometimes even a Gentle Giant. These works often pit it against less sympathetic carnivorous dinosaurs, such as raptors or Spinosaurus. In works where dinosaurs are anthropomorphized, T. rex will often be portrayed as a literal king or leader, especially if there is only one present in the story.


The only thing that undermines the badass image of T. rex is its short arms, which are often subject to ridicule, thought of as useless, scrawny, and weak. It is a common joke that T. rex is so ferocious because it is frustrated about its puny arms. As with all theropods, its hands are almost always depicted as pronated, when this is now considered impossible in real life. They are supposed to face each other, like a person about to clap.

A staple of fiction featuring Time Travel, Lost World, Living Dinosaurs or just gratuitious dinosaurs. For more information about the animal, see the Useful Notes Tyrannosaurus rex page. For creatures that aren't T. rex but obviously inspired by it, see T. Rexpy. See also Raptor Attack and Savage Spinosaurs for other carnivorous dinosaurs with similarly badass, terrifying reputation. See King of Beasts for lions getting a similar treatment among extant animals. For the glam rock band known as Tyrannosaurus Rex or T.Rex, see here. For the book sharing a name with the trope, see King of the Dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus rex. Not to be confused with the video game Dinosaur King or its anime adaptation, though both of these feature an example of this trope.

Note: Just because a work features a T. rex, it is not automatically an example of this trope. As with other Animal Stereotypes, the examples should describe how the T. rex is portrayed as either fearsome or as noble and majestic.


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  • Charles R. Knight's paintings of T. rex often depicting it as squaring off with some potential prey. The widespread usage and popularity of Knight's work was a big influence on how the creature would be depicted in films such as King Kong and Fantasia

    Anime & Manga 
  • Daikyouryu no Jidai: A T. rex serves as the main threat to a trio of kids, hunting them to no end (even somehow time-travelling all the way to the Stone Age) out of revenge for damaging its eye. The Neanderthals worship the tyrant lizard as a dreaded god that must be appeased with Human Sacrifice until the kids persuade them to fight back.
  • Dinosaur King: Terry the Tyrannosaurus is the first dinosaur owned by the Alpha Trio, a villainous group under Dr. Z who plans to use dinosaurs to Take Over the World. Terry is one of the most powerful dinosaurs and thus frequently used by the Alpha Trio against the heroic D-Team. He even has a rivalry with Max's dinosaur companion Chomp the Triceratops. That said, Terry has been on the receiving end of the Worf Effect on more than one occasion.
  • DinoZaurs: Dino Tyranno, the leader of the Dino Knights, takes the form of a T. rex.
  • My Girlfriend is a T-Rex: Churio is a T-Rex (misspelled as such in the title) in the modern world and, where dinosaurs survived and evolved into human/dino hybrids, alongside actual humans. And she's the girlfriend of Yuuma Asahikawa, the main protagonist of the story. While most of the rest of the dinos are integrated and act human, Churio is a bit of a throwback to savage interpretation of T. rex (initially eschewing clothing and regularly mauling technology).
  • Seton Academy: Join the Pack!: Gigas Terano is a T. rex and the homeroom teacher of Seton Academy. He's a pretty Nice Guy to his students... unless if they behave unreasonably, at which threats of extinction will ensue.
  • You Are Umasou:
    • The story follows a Tyrannosaurus rex named Heart, who was adopted as an egg by a Maiasaurus and ends up adopting a baby Ankylosaurus he names Umasou,note  having intended to eat him but not being able to bring himself to do so. Unlike the other T. rexes, who rely on animalistically attacking with their fangs and claws, Heart practises martial arts until he's able to curb-stomp even a group of other "Big Jaws". Raising Umasou brings out Heart's repressed noble tendencies, bringing him into conflict with the other more vicious "Big Jaws", particularly his rival Gonza.
    • The leader of the Big Jaws, Baku, is a massive T. rex who is initially presented as a terrifying, ferocious, almost legendary figure capable of singlehandedly waging war against whole groups of large therapod dinosaurs. Despite this, he is revealed to be Heart's biological father and displays a noble, honorable side — offering a young Heart meat after noticing he was starving, and keeping his word to let Heart's foster family live.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman: An animatronic T. rex is featured as a centerpiece trophy in the Batcave and is often the first thing mentioned by newcomers. It was a gift given by Murray Wilson Hart, owner of Dinosaur Island theme park, to Batman and Robin after the latter stopped a criminal named Stephen Chase, who hijacked the theme park's animatronic dinosaurs to kill the Dynamic Duo. Hart actually gave two animatronic dinosaurs, a T. rex and a Brontosaurus. But only the T. rex is featured in the Batcave, likely because it fits with Batman's cool and intimidating motif. Night of the Owls reveals that he calls it "Fido". In the same story, he gets it to stomp on some attacking Talons to buy himself some time.
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  • Flesh: Old One-Eye might well be this trope incarnate. She's already 120 years old when the comic begins, and her age doesn't stop her from being established as the absolute ruler of the prehistoric world where the comic takes place, easily outclassing any and all other predators in the setting. Even after she dies— of old age, not from being killed by anyone— she still manages to kill an unlucky paleontologist who was crushed by her fossilized jaws.
  • Super Dinosaur is a T. rex genetically modified to be smaller and smarter - close but not-quite-human in both respects. Also, many of the villains are anthropomorphic dinosaurs; and one of the major ones is Tyrannosaurus X.
  • XTNCT: The leader of the group of rogue dinosaur soldiers is a Tyrannosaurus rex named Rex.

    Comic Strips 
  • The Far Side: One strip depicts the "the awesome Tyrannosaurus Mex" ruling the land South of the Border.
  • In Calvin and Hobbes, Calvin in his fantasies often imagines himself as a Tyrannosaurus gorging himself on hapless humans or picking a fight with the ferocious saber-toothed tiger (Hobbes). Later strips has him more accurately terrorizing other dinosaurs in the Late Cretaceous. When asked to write a report of whether T. rex is a predator or scavenger, Calvin always sides with the predator angle on the grounds it makes the T. rex more cool. Then there was also the strip where Calvin put Tyrannosaurs in F-14s.

    Fan Works 
  • In It's not the Raptor DNA, the Tyrannosaurus rex known as Rexy is recognized by human and dinosaur alike as the "Big Boss"/Alpha of Isla Nublar, and she has the size, ferocity, and fighting experience to back her up.
  • In Prehistoric Earth, several T. rexes are amongst the animals rescued for the titular park in the style of Prehistoric Park. Over the course of this story, the species is portrayed as equal parts fearsome and majestic; with one particular individual named Sharptooth being an abnormally large individual that falls in line with the more fearsome side of the spectrum during his earlier appearances in the story (to the point of engaging in an Escaped Animal Rampage that allows him to showcase heavy resemblance in personality and behavior to Godzilla) before than showcasing the more noble and majestic side of his species' portrayal by virtue of being largely more of a Grumpy Old Man similarly to the Monsterverse incarnation of Godzilla while also forming a bond with and protecting petite blonde Kindly Vet Yolanda Hall in a style similar to King Kong.
  • Prehistoric Park Reimagined, much like the above mentioned Prehistoric Earth, features the species as being equal parts fearsome and majestic, with the family that gets encountered and rescued in their debut mission serving as The Dreaded to the majority of the local herbivores in Cretaceous Period Hell Creek and a fearsome Knight of Cerebus for the rescue team to encounter during their first three scenes in which they appear before then showing off their more noble and majestic side when feasting peacefully together on a kill directly before their rescue. And over the course of their subsequent time as residents of the park, the adolescent siblings Terrence and Matilda showcase opposing sides of the portrayal as they start to become increasingly antagonistic against each other as they grow older (with the former showcasing the more noble aspects while the latter showcases the more fearsome aspects) while their parents Tyrannor and Rexy continue to showcase a more balanced mixture of both the fearsome and noble portrayals.
  • Prehistoric Park: Returned from Extinction: Much like both Prehistoric Earth and Prehistoric Park Reimagined, there are several tyrannosaurs living in the park. Of particular note is Terence, who is functionally a sort of Sixth Ranger to the park staff and rescue team, who not only has several segments detailing his own life at the park, but has fought and defeated a variety of fearsome creatures, ranging from another Tyrannosaurus to a prehistoric dragon!
  • Brought up and defied in the Lord of Sorna special from the Amalgam'verse. Hammond's love of this trope almost doomed Isla Sorna before the animals were even released in the days before Site B was abandoned in 1994. Dr. Wu realized it would take time for the herbivorous dinosaur populations to stabilize and gain defensive behaviors to react to the Tyrannosaurus predation among other threats; and with the large number of T.rex right out of the gate, he knew they'd crash the ecosystem unless something could put pressure on them. This led to him creating the Spinosaurus later encountered in 2001; with it being a hybrid gestalt tailor made to be able to keep pressure on the carnivores, T.rex especially, until the herd populations could get their footing.
    • The T.rex encountered in the Lost World RPG that took place in 1997 in place of the second film are also a subversion. While dangerous and persistent, especially when trying to reclaim their infant, the Tyrannosaurus couple are no more or less brutal or noble than any other carnivore. In fact compared to some more persistent Carnotaurus and Troodon, some extremely aggressive herbivores, the aforementioned Spinosaurus, and later the hybrid monstrosities encountered; they actually were one of the less dangerous and tense scenarios the players found themselves in. They also only appeared for two sequences, took their infant back, and left.

    Films — Animation 
  • Fantasia features the T. rex as a nightmarish monster that all dinosaurs feared. It gets into a fight with a Stegosaurus and wins decisively. Though some fans mistake the creature for an Allosaurus, they pretty explicitly call it a Tyrannosaurus in the intro to the Rite of Spring sequence, and concept art also refers to it as a rex. It has three fingers simply because Walt thought it looked better that way.
  • The Good Dinosaur features a family of T. rex cattle ranchers as supporting characters. They are definitely the most badass dinosaurs that Arlo and Spot encounter, driving off other predators with sound of their mighty roars and teaching Arlo the concept of courage. Butch, the The Patriarch of the family, tells a story of how he drowned a crocodile in its own blood and has the scars to prove it.
  • The Land Before Time:
    • The Sharptooth is a feared Tyrannosaurus that hunts a group of young dinosaurs separated from the herd. This vicious T. rex can leap at great distances, survive great falls, and never gives up hunting its prey. Oh, and it killed the main protagonist's mother with one fatal bite on her back.
    • The film's many sequels would occasionally feature the Tyrannosaurus in either a cameo or as a typical predator trying to hunt the young dinosaurs. But none are as prominent or iconic as the baby T. rex named Chomper, who befriends Littlefoot and friends (due to somewhat being raised by them at first) and serves a Token Heroic Orc member of the group in the TV animated series. His parents, influenced by their son, demonstrate the nobler side of the Tyrannosaurus in sharp contrast to the original Sharptooth.
  • Minions: The Minions' only goal in life is to serve the most despicable master they could find and naturally, in the Mesozoic era, their master is a T. rex. And also naturally, they end up accidentally killing the tyrant lizard with a volcano, foreshadowing the unpleasant fates that await their future villainous masters (except Gru).
  • Speckles: The Tarbosaurus: Speckles is technically a Tarbosaurus rather than a Tyrannosaurus but they're both part of the Tyrannosauridae family. His Arch-Enemy is One-Eye, a villainous T. rex who personally murdered Speckles' family in a bid to rule their homeland uncontested and kill as much as he likes.
  • We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story: A friendly and clumsy Tyrannosaurus named Rex (voiced by John Goodman) is a deliberate subversion on Spielberg's part,note  but he's still the leader (and thus king) of the dinosaur group and tries his best to live up to his name. Rex does behave like a tyrannical brute in prehistoric past (before time travelers evolved his brain) and during his tenure as a freak attraction for Professor Screweye's circus.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Animorphs: In a time-traveling Megamorphs special, the Animorphs encounter a T. rex and use the dinosaur as their go-to battle morph once they managed to acquire one (that morph was lost in the transition back to the present). Ax takes down a T-Rex on his own, but when the others congratulate him he stresses just how lucky he got. Two of them, however, only had Deinonychus morphs. Rachel complains about this.
  • Camp Haunted Hills: Bluto the T-rex, who serves as a major threat in book 3 during the time the characters are in the past, chasing them twice with the intent of eating them, and they're still wary of him when he's brought forward in time and a little stunned by the trip (plus Robert's ability to talk to him and keep him calm). However, he's quickly supplemented as a main threat by the time vortexes and Flash Milligan's desire to exploit the dinosaurs (rather than send them back to where they belong), which together could have disastrous consequences.
  • The Dinosaur Lords: In a world where knights and dinosaurs live together, it would be surprising to not see the tyrant lizard king. There aren't many Tyrannosaurs, but each of them (except for the old, toothless and blind Imperial Executioner) is feared and causes awe in all onlookers — and for a good reason.
  • Dinotopia: T. rex are portrayed as feared predators of the Rainy Basin that must be appeased with an offering of fish and eels for safe passage through the swamps. The only thing that scares off a T. rex is the larger Giganotosaurus. Journey to Chandara portrays some T. rexes who are scavengers, and don't actually hassle the unarmored human and tiny ceratopsian passing through.
  • Dinoverse: In the first set of books, a boy ends up inhabiting the body of a Tyrannosaurus rex, while three others ended up possessing different prehistoric creatures. On their quest to get back to their own time and bodies, they are menaced by "Moriarty", a giant Tyrannosaurus based on a T. rex fossil that was once suggested to be classified as a new species of tyrannosaur called Tyrannosaurus imperator. This one is perhaps justified, since it was one of the Imperator's bones added to the time machine which got it to take the kids back to that period in the first place. Other books feature different kids in the bodies of different dinosaurs from other periods of time, but there's always someone in each group in a huge theropod — Acrocanthosaurus, Carcharodontosaurus — which gets compared to T. rex.
  • The Dresden Files: During the events of Dead Beat, Harry Dresden needs to do necromancy in order to be able to stop the novel's Big Bad Ensemble's plans. In order to get enough of a punch to do it, he revives Sue, the T. rex skeleton in Chicago's Field Museum, and goes to town riding it.
  • Jurassic Park: In the novel, InGen manages to breed two T. rex clones for the titular park, an adult and juvenile. The large rex in particular, nicknamed Rexy by Muldoon, is considered to be the crown jewel of the park, so much so that the park staff prioritizes all their resources to recapture Rexy after it escapes its paddock. For most of the story, it serves as the primary dinosaur antagonist. Until it prematurely succumbs to the tranquilizers shot by Muldoon just before the story's climax, and this is where the novel introduces the readers (and to a lesser extent, dinosaur media in general) to the Velociraptors as the true dinosaur antagonists.
  • The Magic Treehouse: A T. rex serves as the main antagonist for Jack and Annie, and an obstacle between them and the magic treehouse that could take them back to present day.
  • Nightside: The Museum of Unnatural History has a live T. rex in a cage and at one point, the Collector moves the entrance to his hideout there, knowing that the dinosaur's fearsome reputation will protect his most prized treasures.
  • A Sound of Thunder: A hunting party goes back in time to the late Cretaceous to hunt the T. rex, one of the greatest predators that walked the Earth. Then the T. rex shows up, causing one of the hunters to panic and accidentally step on a small butterfly which in turn causes a ripple effect across time where a Hitler-esque figure wins the US presidential election instead of the moderate candidate. Moral of the story: Don't hunt the king of the dinosaurs or you'll end up coming back to a dystopian future.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Referenced in Dinosaurs where Fran Sinclair puts down her Megalosaurus husband Earl's boast that he is the king of the dinosaurs, stating that she personally dated a T. rex in high school to know firsthand who's the real king. However, it's averted with the regular T. rex character Roy Hess, who is depicted as Earl's friend and co-worker rather than say, his Mean Boss who threatens to fire/eat him for the tiniest infractions (ironically, that would go to a Triceratops, one of T. rex's favorite preys, instead).
  • The final episode of Dinosaur Revolution focused on a family of T. rexes and an antagonistic T. rex, fighting to survive in the harsh Cretaceous Period. They all have white patterns on their heads, giving them the appearance of a skull. Naturally, it takes place just before the asteroid strikes the Earth, thus dooming whatever conflicts these mighty titans would have against each other.
  • Kamen Rider Revice (that is Kamen Rider Revi and Kamen Rider Vice together) is the first Kamen Rider to have the Tyrannosaurus as the center motif.
  • In Land of the Lost (1991), the dinosaur that the Porters fear most is a T. rex named Scarface. One episode featured a Knight in Shining Armor who wanted to slay Scarface, thinking him to be a dragon. Kevin had to convince him to Run or Die.
  • Prehistoric Park: The first episode has Nigel Marven going after a T. rex to be safely rescued from extinction, alongside a teenaged Triceratops and a flock of Ornithomimus, to be put on display in the titular Fantastic Nature Reserve. He manages to get two orphaned baby T. rexes (named Matilda and Terrance) to safety but their fast-pace growth and increasing aggression as the series goes on proves to be a constant park issue, culminating into Matilda going on a rampage across the park when her paddock is accidentally destroyed by a sauropod.
  • Any time Super Sentai/Power Rangers does a prehistoric theme, the Tyrannosaurus rex gets The Hero treatment as the Red Ranger's patron dinosaur. It's honestly easier to list exceptions to the rule because of how prevalent this trend is.
  • In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, Tyrannosaurus rex is one of the many dino species inhabiting the plateau, and poses a constant threat to our heroes.
  • Walking with Dinosaurs: The final episode is called "Death of a Dynasty" and naturally, it focuses on a female Tyrannosaurus as the central protagonist. She is trying to raise a new generation of T. rexes in an environment that has been slowly suffocating the populations of dinosaurs with volcanic fumes and hungry mammals. Her efforts are all for naught as she ends up being killed by an Ankylosaurus and her chicks are swept away by the blast of the comet that begins the K-Pg extinction event.

  • Jurassic Park (Data East): The T. rex is depicted as more fearsome than many other dinosaurs. Its multiball mode starts with dramatic rain appearing on the display before it attacks, and its toy on the playfield eats the ball while sound clips of a scared man crying "No!" play.
  • Jurassic Park (Stern): The various T. rex-centric modes generally show it in a fearsome light. They start with a depiction of it eating a goat via Second Person Attack, then escalate to things like chasing after the player's Jeep and wrecking the park's museum.
  • Police Force: In a World of Funny Animals where the player assumes the role of a police officer, the Big Bad is "Mafiosaurus Rex", a T. rex in charge of various lesser criminals.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering: On Ixalan, certain immortal dinosaur avatars serve as living embodiments of aspects of the plane's magic and of the Threefold Sun, the plane's main god. These can be of essentially any species of dinosaur or dinosaur-like creatures, but the most powerful ones that embody the god in its totality, such as Gishath, Sun's Avatar and Zacama, Primal Calamity, appear as large tyrannosaurs.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The strongest monsters of the Dinosaur type are all inspired on the T-Rex. They're all part of a pseudo-archetype known as the "Tyrannos". Though all of them have the very outdated three toed front leg design.
    • The first one is Black Tyranno a 2600 ATK Lv. 7 monster, who can attack the opponent directly if only defense position monsters are present on the opponent's side of the field. It received an anime-exclusive counterpart with the same effects in Dark Tyranno
    • The second one is Ultimate Tyranno a 3000 ATK Lv. 8 monster, who can attack all monsters your opponent controls and if it does, only it can attack during that Battle Phase.
    • The third one is Super Conductor Tyranno a 3300 ATK Lv. 8 monster that can either attack with its massive offensive capacity or sacrifice one your monsters for 1000 direct LP damage to your opponent.
    • The fourth and last one is Ultimate Conductor Tyranno a 3500 ATK Lv. 10 monster that needs to be special summoned by removing 2 Dinosaur type monsters from your graveyard, who has all the strengths of the above Tyrannos and more as by destroying any monster on your hand or field it will flip all monsters your opponent controls face-down, even if it's in their turn, and if it attacks defense position monsters it can send them straight to the graveyard (without destroying) to deal 1000 of damage to the opponent's Life Points and can do so as long as there are monsters in defense position on the field. It also serves as the overall boss monster (that is, the strongest monster card of the deck) of modern Dinosaur decks and is even depicted in the cover of the Dinosaur support Structure Deck Dinosmasher's Fury, signifying its status as the true king of dinosaurs.

    Theme Parks 
  • Back to the Future: The Ride: The former attraction at the Universal Studios parks involved the riders getting sent back to a primeval Hill Valley at the climax, where they were briefly menaced by an oversized T. rex that lives near a volcano and can almost swallow a DeLorean whole.
  • Jurassic Park River Adventure: The Tyrannosaurus rex is always the big finale of the ride, emerging from the waterfall to eat the guests just as the boat plunges down the 85-foot vertical drop to safety. Even when the ride is rethemed to a Jurassic World setting, featuring the bigger and badder Indominus rex, the T. rex's role remains unchanged.

  • LEGO: Starting in the late 1990s, the Tyrannosaurus rex began making its appearance in LEGO products, debuting in the DUPLO toyline but gained codified prominence in the Dino Island sub-theme of the LEGO Adventurers series. The T. rex later appeared in LEGO's other themes in various forms, often as the central piece of the sets.
  • Transformers: The T. rex is a popular alt-mode for many Transformers, especially Transformers of high authority:
    • Grimlock is an unruly Autobot who can turn into a robotic Tyrannosaurus rex as his alt-mode. He often commands a team known as the Dinobots in various continuities and sometimes, he even gets to command the Autobot faction as a whole. However, his temperament and not-so bright mind always brings trouble for the Autobots, especially for Optimus Prime.
    • Transformers Victory featured Goryu, the leader of the Decepticons' Dinoforce.
    • Beast Wars: Megatron, leader of the Predacons, transforms into a purple T. rex. Naturally, his Maximal Arch-Enemy, Optimus Primal, transforms into a gorilla.
    • Transformers: Rescue Bots: Optimus Prime once adopted a T. rex alt-mode.

    Video Games 
  • Dino Crisis: The T. rex serves as your first true boss encounter (namely breaking through a window and trying to eat you), and you will have many encounters with that same T. rex, culminating into a Final Boss chase sequence. Dino Crisis 2 also features a T. rex as a primarily threat... until the Giganotosaurus shows up and kills it with ease.
  • E.V.O.: Search for Eden: The boss of the third chapter are Tyrannosaurus ("Tyrasaurus" in the English version), which are portrayed as the strongest of the dinosaurs. Subverted with survivng populations in later chapters, which are demoted to mere enemies.
  • Jurassic Park: Naturally, games based off the movies would feature a T. rex in some capacity or form. But these specific examples highlight the dinosaur's majestic and feared reputation:
    • Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis: In this park builder simulation, the Tyrannosaurus rex, based off the third movie's design, is a five star attraction and one of the most difficult dinosaurs to keep in its enclosure. The only dinosaur that surpasses the T. rex in terms of in-game popularity with guests is the Spinosaurus. However, unlike Jurassic Park III, it is possible for the T. rex to win a fight against the Spinosaurus.
    • Jurassic World: Evolution: A Spiritual Successor to Operation Genesis, the game features the T. rex as one of the most popular dinosaurs to feature in your parks. With a base dinosaur rating of 234, its presence will significantly boost the park's rating, though at the cost of high maintenance and security. A complete T. rex genome is need to create the Indominus rex and in the DLC pack Return to Jurassic Park, the T. rex is the last mission dinosaur to be added in the park and the only dinosaur capable of killing the rampaging raptors.
  • In the Fossil Fighters games, the Vivosaur version of Tyrannosaurus rex, T-Rex, is one of the strongest and most popular species and serves as the Series Mascot. In battle, it uses skills like "Tyrant's Roar" and "Law of the Jungle", and statistically has the highest attack in the game; as a trade-off, its signature fearsome traits make it terrible in the Support Zone, as it will heavily debuff the current Attack Zone Vivosaur if it ends up there. It avoids being a complete T. Rexpy by being revived from T. Rex fossils, and Fossil Fighters Frontier lets you fight a real T. Rex (along with other non-Vivosaur dinosaurs) late in the game and acquire it via an AR code, which uses similar moves but is Non-Elemental.
  • Lost Eden: The Tyrann, though in size and mobility they more resemble Albertosaurus with war claws than the classic Tyrannosaurus Rex. Either way, if they find you at least before you get your Instruments Of Fear, you're hamburger.
  • Luigi's Mansion 3: A caveman ghost boss named Ug possesses the central dinosaur skeleton in the Unnatural History Museum to attack Luigi. It's naturally a T. rex skeleton and you have to break open its ribcage to smack Ug out of there.
  • Of the three types of Prehistoric Monster encountered in Oakwood, the T. rex is by far the biggest and most physically powerful. And every scene featuring it is very much Played for Horror.
  • Tyrannosaurus is given an elevated status in Parkasaurus; it's one of the hardest dinosaurs to unlock, and it has one of the highest base appeal ratings.
  • Super Mario Odyssey: The big selling point of Mario gaining the ability to posses creatures with his hat is a T-Rexnote  that appears early on in the game. It spends most of its time sleeping but when controlled by Mario, it's a force to be reckoned with. It's so powerful that you can only control for a short time before being forcibly expelled from the body. There are other encounters with the T-Rex later in the game in secret areas, but those feature the T-Rex wide awake and very hostile to Mario.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex is an adoptable dinosaur in both Zoo Tycoon games. This is one of the most expensive and hardest to keep happy/enclosed animals, but it's also one of the most popular with the guests. The first game has it lose only against the orca/killer whale and the Deinosuchus, while the sequel also makes it a potential pray for the Killer Penguin and for some unknown reason the way more expensive giant ground sloth.

    Web Animation 
  • Mighty Magiswords: The Dinosaur Kingdom is ruled by King Rexxtopher, a cartoonish tyrannosaur wearing a crown.

    Western Animation 
  • Darkwing Duck: The Villain of the Week in "Extinct Possibility" is the leader of a gang of motorcycle-riding dinosaurs, a Tyrannosaurus named Johnny T. Rex.
  • Dinosaucers: A T. rex named "Genghis Rex" serves as the leader of the Tyrannos. Funnily enough, the leader of the heroic Dinosaucers is an Allosaurus, the first of many Bash Brothers-ish counterparts that make up the cast.
  • Dino Squad: Max, the team’s leader and the school’s football captain can transform into a Tyrannosaurus rex.
  • Dink, the Little Dinosaur: The main antagonist is Tyrannor, a ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex feared by all the other dinosaurs who often pursues Dink and his friends.
  • Dinosaur Train: A Pteranodon family is the main focus of the show, but the lead protagonist is Buddy, a young Tyrannosaurus rex who was adopted by them. There's also a T. rex family featuring a young Tyrannosaurus named Annie.
  • DuckTales:
    • In the original series, a Tyrannosaurus played the role as the main threat of two episodes, "Dinosaur Ducks" and "Time is Money — Part 1". As with most depictions at the time, it was portrayed as a giant, slow-moving, tripodal-stanced lizard.
    • While no living Tyrannosaurus appear in the reboot series, Emma Glamour's party in the episode "Louie's Eleven!" features a stage flanked by a pair of Tyrannosaurus skeletons to give a majestic air to it. They are correctly shown in the horizontal ostrich-like postures with running legs and raised tails, unlike the tyrannosaurs in the original series.
  • Extreme Dinosaurs: T-Bone, the leader of the heroes, is an anthropomorphic T. rex.
  • Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous: Rexy, the mascot T. rex of the franchise and the undisputed ruler of Isla Nublar plays a prominent role in the second season. The fourth season introduces a mother and daughter T. rex nicknamed Big Eatie and Little Eatie.
  • Kung Fu Dino Posse: Kane, the leader of the group, is a human-sized T. rex.
  • The Legend of Tarzan: In one episode Tarzan, Jane, the Professor and his rival Samuel T. Philander journey into an underground Lost World which is home to a variety of dinosaurs, including a fearsome T. rex who relentlessly pursued the group when the professor took one of its eggs. Even Tarzan, who has defeated giant snakes and rogue elephants, was only able to temporarily distract it.
  • The Magic School Bus: In the episode "The Busasaurus", the class goes back in time 67 million years ago for a dinosaur field trip. Naturally, being the Late Cretaceous period, the T. rex appears at the climax of the episode, where it tries to eat the titular school bus thinking it's a Triceratops. It takes an enlarged Arnold showing his karate moves to scare the dinosaur away, with the lesson that even the biggest predators would rather avoid fights when they can.
  • Primal: The show features the two variants of Tyrannosaurs depicted in fiction; the noble variant in the form of Fang, Spear's partner, and the fearsome variant in the form of the horned Tyrannosaurs, who are responsible for the death of both Fang and Spear's families.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: In the episode "Oil in the Family", Wuya uses the Rio Reverso to revive a female T. rex from a massive oil drum with the intent of creating a dinosaur army to devour her enemies. But when the tyrant lizard gets her intelligence boosted, she turn on her master and plans to revive the dinosaurs for her own agenda. This newly hyperintelligent T. rex acts like British upper-classman and is apparently well-versed in the rules of Jurassic Chess during her Xiaolin Showdown with Raimundo.


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After being left behind on Isla Nublar during the events of Jurassic World, six teenagers are forced to survive and evade the recently escaped dinosaurs, including the island's ruler and apex predator -- the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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