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After its appearance in the third film of the Jurassic Park franchise made it famous, the Spinosaurus has become one of the Stock Dinosaurs and appears in plenty of media. However, because of its notorious fight against a Tyrannosaurus rex in the movie, it seems that pretty much every time a Spino shows up somewhere, it is required to have a confrontation with a T. rex. Every. Single. Time.

Due to the Spinosaurus's victory from the movie being rather controversial to say the least, most (but not all) of the following fights have the T. rex winning instead, usually as an obvious Take That! to the film. For the same reason, the Spino tends to be often portrayed as the "villain" between the two dinosaurs (though this can also be partly attributed to the fact that the Spinosaurus has a more sinister, crocodile-esque appearance compared to the Tyrannosaurus).

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Note that in Real Life, such a fight could never have happened considering the two dinosaurs lived at different periods (they were separated by over 30 millions years), on different continents (Tyrannosaurus lived in North America while Spinosaurus lived in Africa), and that since The New '10s Spinosaurus has been discovered to be an amphibious predator with tiny hindlimbs and finned tail. See here and here. If such a fight between these two animals were ever to take place, it wouldn't be fair from the outset: the Tyrannosaurus would be heavily favored on land, while the Spinosaurus would dominate in the water.

See also Animal Jingoism, Behemoth Battle, Cool vs. Awesome, The Worf Effect, Stock Shout-Outs and Take That!.

Compare Primate vs. Reptile, another Stock Shout-Out inspired by a fight scene involving a T. rex from a different movie. See also Savage Spinosaurs.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Doraemon seems to really like this trope:
    • In the episode "Running Away to the Cretaceous Period" of the 2005 anime series, Suneo gets lost in prehistoric times and befriends a Tyrannosaurus. Towards the end, he is attacked by a hungry Spinosaurus, but the T. rex comes to his rescue. The two reptiles first circle around each other, and then run at one another. Like in Jurassic Park III, the Spino manages to put down its opponent by biting its neck and tries to twist it. However, Suneo and Doraemon make noise to get his attention, so it goes after them instead of finishing off the Tyrannosaurus. Before it can devour them, the T. rex thankfully gets up, rushes headlong at the Spinosaurus and pushes it off a cliff with a headbutt.
    • During the climax of the movie Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur 2006, the dinosaur hunters unleash their pet Spinosaurus to kill the heroes and their tamed Tyrannosaurus. Of course, the T. rex goes face the Spino, and the two have a fight suspiciously similar to the one from Jurassic Park III. First, the Tyrannosaurus headbutts its opponent, then the two dinosaurs try to bite each other. Eventually, the Spinosaurus succeeds in biting its enemy's neck and starts gripping it with its arms (probably in order to kill it in the same way that in JPIII), however this time the Tyrannosaurus manages to free itself and overpower its foe, effectively sending it crashing against a wall. While it survives, the Spino is unable to get back on its feet despite its masters' insistence and lashes, and is arrested along with them by the Time Patrol shortly after.
  • Dinosaur King
    • A quick fight between Spiny the Spinosaurus and Terry the Tyrannosaurus happens during episode two. When Spiny is discovered in Egypt, the Alpha Gang sends Terry to attack and capture him. The two beasts start roaring at each other, then Terry charges his adversary and strikes him with his head, sending him flying a few meters away. Defeated, Spiny returns to his card which is promptly reclaimed by the Alpha Gang. Once again, the fact that the Spinosaurus got beaten so easily by the T. rex is clearly meant to be a Take That! to Jurassic Park III, but at least this is a rare case where the Spino is arguably the less villainous of the two fighters.
    • Inverted during the rest of the series, as Spiny becomes one of the primary dinosaurs of the Alpha Gang and therefore Terry's ally, even fighting alongside him against other dinosaurs on occasions.
    • Played straight again in the finale of Series 1 (although the JPIII reference isn't as obvious this time), as Spiny is one of the numerous dinosaurs that take part in the battle against the Black Tyrannosaurus and join their forces to defeat him. It's also inverted at the same time, considering Terry is fighting at his side.
  • Inverted in Katekyō Hitman Reborn!, where Kikyou, who has Spinosaurus powers, and Zakuro, who has Tyrannosaurus powers, are actually on the same side. The closest thing we got to a fight between the two is when Mukuro takes control of some of Kikyou's Spino heads and uses them to attack Zakuro.

    Asian Animation 
  • Shows up several times in the Thai All-CGI Cartoon shows Dino Master, as well as its successor Dino Master Enigma. Indeed, during the course of both shows, Touch's blue Tyrannosaurus rex and Feel's red Spinosaurus are pitted against one another on more than one occasion (it is notable that just like most of the creatures from the show, both of them have Godzilla's roar, for some reasons...).
    • In particular, Touch and Feel have a card duel in the penultimate episode of Dino Master Enigma during which Touch sends his Tyrannosaurus against Feel's Spinosaurus after the latter has beaten his Giganotosaurus, and the two dinos have a rather lengthy battle. Unusually, the fight is fairly even, with each combatants headbutting, striking with their tail, biting and using their special moves on the other, culminating into a Beam-O-War. Ultimately, the T. rex manages to bite and crush its opponent's neck, resulting in the Spino's defeat once again.
    • Another episode has the protagonists' teacher showing her class a video presenting the Tyrannosaurus and the Spinosaurus that ends with the two dinosaurs running at each other and having a clash.
  • Downplayed In the Korean cartoon Dino Mecard. In episode 52, the heroes use a Spinosaurus among many of their dinosaurs to fight the villains' three dinosaurs, an Ankylosaurus, a Triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus. However, there is little direct confrontation between the T. rex and the Spino, except for when the Tyrannosaurus becomes the villains' only remaining combatant and goes to smash all its enemies at once, including the Spinosaurus. It's an odd example, though, in that the Spinosaurus is portrayed as the hero for once.
    • Apparently played straight in the movie Dino Mecard: The Island Of Tinysaurs, if this image is any indication.

    Card Games 
  • Unsurprisingly, both the Spinosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus are among the dinosaurs in the Dinosaur King Trading Card Game, allowing them to fight one another.
  • Likewise, the Prehistoric Life Trading Card Game The Past Happened includes both dinosaurs, so it is possible to have them oppose each other.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Subverted in the "Dinomists Howling" card illustration, which depicts two machines based on a T. rex and a Spinosaurus roaring menacingly while the battlefield is devastated by a volcanic eruption. Since the card's effect is to fetch two Dinomist monsters in order to protect the field, it's implied that the robots are actually working together to shield their allies from the cataclysm.

    Comic Books 
  • Amazingly, this shows up not once, but twice on Godzilla: Rulers of Earth:
  • Parodied in the first volume of the French humoristic comic book Les Dinosaures during the one-page gag appropriately named "Spinosaurus vs. Tyrannosaurus rex". A T. rex and a Spino spend half the page in their corner preparing to challenge the other... only to then realize that this fight cannot happen since they both live in different time periods.
    • Also, the first page of the fourth volume has a Spinosaurus recalling proudly how he wiped the floor with the Tyrannosaurus in Jurassic Park 3.
  • The Spino/T. rex rivalry is Discussed during a flashback at the beginning of Issue 152 of Venom Volume 1, in which a bully breaks young Eddie's T. rex toy while telling him that Spinosaurus are cooler because they are bigger and stronger than Tyrannosaurus, and that he and his toy are too wimpy to get into real dinosaur fights.
    Bully: Pfff. T-Rexes are lame, Spaghetti. Spinosaurus was way bigger and stronger!

    Documentaries 
  • While usually averted in most documentaries for obvious reasons, this trope is bizarrely present in National Geographic's Bizarre Dinosaurs. Just after being described as being bigger than T. rex, a Spinosaurus is shown having an encounter with a Tyrannosaurus towards the beginning. The T. rex makes a growl, but the Spino straighten up and roars menacingly. Terrified, the Tyrannosaurus turns the other way and starts running for its life.
    • Furthermore, the documentary mentions how the Spinosaurus literally stole the show from the T. rex in Jurassic Park III by killing one, and even shows images from the movie of the Spino standing above the corpse of the defeated Tyrannosaurus while paleontologist Jack Horner explains that he recommended Steven Spielberg to use the Spinosaurus in the film and get rid of T. rex, as it has enough press already.

    Eastern European Animation 

    Fan Films 
  • In the fan film Jurassic Park: Prime Survival, the main characters encounter a Tyrannosaurus on several occasions and witness a confrontation between it and a Spinosaurus late in the movie (of course, both dinosaurs look almost exactly like those from the film series). Oddly enough, their fight happens in pretty much the inverse way that it did in Jurassic Park III. After scratching its head with its claws, the Spino bites its adversary and puts it on the ground, only for the T. rex to get up in a short time and strike back. This time, the Tyrannosaurus is the one that ends up grabbing its opponent's neck in its jaws and performing a Neck Snap to kill it. The Spinosaurus's corpse then falls next to the protagonists while the T. rex roars triumphantly.
  • At the end of the fan film Jurassic Park - Life Finds A Way, a Spinosaurus attacks the two protagonists, but it gets interrupted when a Tyrannosaurus suddenly appears. The two beasts roar aggressively and then run at each other to have a vicious fight. What ensues is a Curb-Stomp Battle in the T. rex's favor, with the Spino not even landing a single hit (in its defense, it had just been hit by an flare's explosion, so it probably wasn't in the best of shape). The Tyrannosaurus bites its opponent's neck several times, headbutts it, and finally throws it against a tree, causing it to fall on the ground. Right after, the rex breaks the Spinosaurus's leg before doing the same with its neck, killing it.

    Fan Works 
  • It's not the Raptor DNA: It shows up fairly often, actually.
    • Sobek, the Spinosaurus from Jurassic Park III, has fought and killed several T. rexes, including the one who tried to attack Bridges's mother in the past. His ultimate goal is to challenge Rexy, the Tyrannosaurus from the first Jurassic Park, who is considered to be the most powerful of all. He finally gets to face her in Chapter 70 and manages to put a good fight, but he ends up losing. However, he survives and is quite pleased with the fight, to the point that he befriends Rexy afterwards and even agrees to share their territory.
    • Years ago, a female Spinosaurus named Madre del Diablo was brought to Jurassic World, but she broke out her paddock on her first day and tried to pick a fight against Rexy. Predictably, she got promptly killed by the old Tyrannosaurus, and her skeleton was subsequently put on display in the plaza (only to be destroyed by Rexy later on).
    • Carnifex, the son of the two aforementioned Spinosaurus, frequently kills juvenile T. rexes that his master Bridges feeds him with. Unlike his father Sobek, he has no respect towards them and views them as easy kills. However, he eventually faces off Limper (the baby Tyrannosaurus from The Lost World: Jurassic Park all grown up) and gets thrashed so brutally that he flees in terror into the jungle. Thereafter, he starts reconsidering his opinion about T. rexes.
  • Discussed in Jurassic World The Animated Series. During the second episode, the Team discovers a Spinosaurus in South Africa and Allan Grant has a conversation with Zia in which he recalls how much the one he encountered was aggressive towards Tyrannosaurus. Apparently, this was because of the fact that it was in reality a hybrid between a Spinosaurus aegypticus and a Tyrannosaurus rex (nicknamed Spinosaurus rex by Grant), and the T. rexes are known to be extremely territorial.
    • In addition, both the sixth and seventh episodes' opening credits include a scene of Zia witnessing Rexy and the Spinosaurus rex roaring at each other defiantly in the middle of the savannah, probably about to have a fight.
  • The Massive Multiplayer Crossover fanfic Shinnen New Year has the Spinosaurus from JPIII appearing in Ch. 29, where it has been brainwashed and empowered by purple Apocalypse Virus crystals (which gave it three horns on its forehead and spikes all over its body), and teams up with The Big One (the Velociraptor leader from the first film) to fight Rexy and Blue (you can guess who fight who). During its fight against Rexy, both dinosaurs repeatedly bites, claws, strikes with their tail and headbutts each other, but at the end Rexy manages to throw the Spino off the platform they were on, causing it to die from the fall.
    • In Ch. 34, various scenes from Jurassic World are depicted, including the scene of Rexy destroying the Spinosaurus skeleton (see below).
  • A large number of other fanfics depict fights between Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus:
  • Inverted in Dinosaur King: Retold, just like in the anime, where Terry and Spiny are allies and friends - only they're on the D-Team's side this time. The worst they get is Terry occasionally being annoyed by Spiny teasing him.
  • The Bridge: Subverts it with the Lost World RPG and extended short stories detailing the Jurassic Park side of the Amalgam'verse. While the parent T.rex from The Lost World and the Spinosaurus from Jurassic Park III both appear, they don't fight or encounter one another. The Spinosaurus, nicknamed "Snoke" by the players, does however fight the hybrid "Ultimasaurus" which is based off a Tyrannosaurus and is presented in a rare anti-heroic role when the players help it kill the hybrid monster. The prequel short story "Emperor of Sorna", plays the ideas for the third film straight, where Dr. Wu intentionally engineered the Spinosaurus as a hybrid itself to control the Tyrannosaurus population so they didn't overrun the ecosystem by being their natural counter; hence why it's much stronger or resilient than a normal Spinosaurus. While neither species is presented as any better or worse than normal animals, the "Snoke" is considered a crucial part to maintaining the Isla Sorna ecosystem.

    Films — Animation 
  • While officially supposed to be a Baryonyx (which is still a member of the Spinosauridae family anyway), Rudy from Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is really more of a Spinosaurus without a sail, not only due to his appearance but even moreso because of the fact that he's portrayed as even bigger in size than a T. rex. During the climax of the movie he attacks the protagonists, however Momma Rex comes to their rescue and engages in a brief brawl with him, during which she starts by headbutting him before forcefully pushing him through the jungle while he tries to strike her with his claws and bite her. She eventually wins the fight by knocking Rudy off a cliff, though he manages to survive. This may or may not be a Take That! against the Spinosaurus/Tyrannosaurus fight from Jurassic Park III.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Jurassic Park:
    • Of course, Jurassic Park III is the very reason this trope exists. Shortly after their arrival on Isla Sorna, the Spinosaurus attacks the plane of Dr. Allan Grant and his group, and then starts pursuing them through the jungle. Dr. Grant and the others eventually bump into a Tyrannosaurus, which decides to chase them as well. When the two gigantic theropods are brought face to face, they roar defiantly and charge at each other to have a fight. The T. rex is the first to strike, biting its opponent's neck and putting it to the ground. However, after a brief struggle, the Spino manages to get up and free itself, knocking down a few trees in the process, and snaps at its adversary. Then, the two dinosaurs try to bite eack other's flanks, and the Spino strikes the T. rex's leg with its claws. The Tyrannosaurus retaliates by headbutting the Spino, pushing it forward, but the Spinosaurus takes the opportunity to out-maneuver the T. rex and bite its neck. It proceeds to use its jaws and arms to twist its rival's neck, killing it instantly. The dead body of the Tyrannosaurus tumbles to the ground, and the Spinosaurus places its hands on it before making a triumphant roar.
      • Originally, the fight scene was supposed to be much longer, with the Spinosaurus throwing its opponent into the ground multiple times as it tried to get up, and the Tyrannosaurus biting its enemy's leg to push it down only to get swatted by the Spino's tail. Unfortunately, the T. rex's animatronic ended up decapitated by the Spino's more recent and more powerful animatronic, damaging it beyond repair. As a result, the fight had to be significantly shortened.
      • Extended parts of the fight can be seen in some of the trailers and the special features of the DVD, notably a shot of the Spinosaurus striking the T. rex's head with its claws and another of the Tyrannosaurus using its head to hit the Spino.
    • In Jurassic World, the Tyrannosaurus/Spinosaurus rivalry receives a nod at the end of the film when Rexy (the Tyrannosaurus from the first Jurassic Park) destroys a Spinosaurus skeleton shortly before her fight against the Indominus rex, as a blatant Take That! to the previous movie.
      • In addition, the climactic confrontation between Rexy and the Indominus rex is surprisingly similar to the T. rex vs. Spinosaurus fight from the last movie. Just like in the other scene, a Tyrannosaurus follows the protagonists until it encounters an even bigger and stronger theropod. After roaring aggressively, the two beasts run into each other and try to bite one another. Once again, the Tyrannosaurus gives the first blow by biting its opponent's neck, but the latter manages to free itself and strikes it with its claws. Eventually, the T. rex gets overpowered by its adversary, who puts it to the ground and bites its neck. However, this time Rexy is saved at the last second by the intervention of Owen's raptor Blue, and together they defeat the Indominus (with a little help from the Mosasaurus). Even the way the two dinos knock down lampposts during their brawl is very reminiscent of how some trees were knocked down by the Spinosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus in the previous fight.
    • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom: As shown in some concept arts, a Spinosaurus was supposed to make an appearance, apparently to have a fight with Rexy and get killed.
  • Implied in Transformers: Age of Extinction. During the second scene of the film, the corpses of a Tyrannosaurus and a Spinosaurus are discovered next to each other by geologists somewhere in the Arctic (which is of course a huge case of Artistic License – Paleontology since none of them lived there), both covered in the metallic substance called Transformium (oddly, no Spino or T. rex were shown in the opening when the Creators cyberformed the dinosaurs). Considering the aggressive and territorial behaviors of the two species, it's very likely they were having a fight before their deaths.
    • Also inverted in the same movie with the Dinobots Grimlock and Scorn. Despite turning into a Tyrannosaurus and a Spinosaurus respectively, they are teammates who frequently fight side-by-side.
  • A good example occurs towards the end of the movie Adhisaya Ulagam, which is known for being the first Indian 3D film featuring dinosaurs. Just when the protagonists are about to make their time machine work and quit the prehistoric time they're trapped in to return to present day, a Spinosaurus appears and goes after them. However, a Tyrannosaurus rex suddenly comes out of nowhere and attacks it, leading to a ferocious battle between the two dinosaurs. Contrary to expectations, their fight is rather long (or at least, longer than the one from Jurassic Park III and most of the other examples on this page) and involves a lot of the two dinos biting, striking with their head or tail, and pushing the other to the ground. Finally, the Tyrannosaurus bites the Spinosaurus's sail and roars fiercely, causing the Spino to leave while the T. rex follows it.

    Literature 
  • Jurassic Park:
    • To no one's surprise, the battle between the Spinosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus is present in the Jurassic Park III junior novelization by Scott Ciencin.
    • The fight also occurs in Jurassic Park III Movie Storybook, although it happens a bit differently than in the film. In this version, the two dinosaurs start by circling around each other while roaring loudly. The Tyrannosaurus is the first to attack and uses its tail to hit the Spinosaurus, which then retaliates by biting its opponent in the throat, injuring it. The two dinos continue to fight afterward, but the protagonists take this opportunity to flee the scene, leaving the winner unclear (though it's easy to assume it was the Spino just like in the movie, considering it reappears later on, unlike the T. rex).
    • Jurassic Park: Adventures:
      • Oddly averted in Jurassic Park Adventures: Survivor. Despite telling the story of the few months that Eric Kirby spent on Isla Sorna, the Spinosaurus is completely absent, including when Eric got the Tyrannosaurus's urine (even though he stated in the movie that this urine tends to attract the Spino).
      • Possibly alluded in Jurassic Park Adventures: Flyers. In the first chapters, Alan Grant participates in the capture of a Spinosaurus to relocate it in another part of the island, and explains to Roger Hearne that this specimen was eradicating numerous other dinosaur species in the area. Considering the Spino's attitude towards T. rexes in the movie, it is very possible that Tyrannosaurus was one of the species Dr. Grant was talking about.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Downplayed in Dino Dan, but the episode "Ready? Set? Dino!" has a Tyrannosaurus and a Spinosaurus competing for the same prey and having a dispute in front of Dan, though they don't exactly come to blows and simply roar at each other instead.
    • Later in the episode, Dan sets up a race opposing the two dinosaurs in order to determine which one is the fastest. The T. rex ends up winning, if only by a few seconds.
  • Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger: The Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger Gaburincho Of Music movie contains an action scene in which Tobaspino (who's basically a Spinosaurus converted into a Humongous Mecha) fights against the Zyudenryu in the middle of the city, including Gabutyra (who's based on a Tyrannosaurus). The confrontation between the two is strikingly similar to the Jurassic Park III fight, as Gabutyra first attacks his foe by biting his head, only for him to quickly break free and push him away. Then, both fighters try to bite the other, and Tobaspino manages to bite his rival onto his neck. The Spino subsequently throws the T. rex against a building, thus winning the fight for once.

    Theme Parks 
  • The statues of a Spinosaurus and a Tyrannosaurus fighting one another are featured in The Lost World theme park of Universal Studios Singapore.

    Video Games 
  • Jurassic Park:
    • Believe it or not, there is an example of this trope in the Jurassic Park franchise that actually predates the release of JPIII. In the 1999 fighting style video game Warpath: Jurassic Park, the Spinosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus rex are among the playable dinosaurs, and the two can fight one another at any time.
    • Jurassic Park III: Dino Defender: Towards the end of Level 4, the Spinosaurus attacks the player, who has to flee away from it by climbing to the highest vines. The Spino still tries to reach him, however it hears a noise and looks back, only to see the Tyrannosaurus roaring at it defiantly. The T. rex then gets closer and tries to bite its enemy, but the Spino manages to dodge. The player takes this opportunity to escape while the two dinosaurs are fighting each other. Even though most of their fight is unseen, it's implied the Tyrannosaurus won since he starts chasing the player shortly after (it could also have been a draw, considering the Spinosaurus also reappears alive and well in the next two levels).
    • Strangely, averted in Jurassic Park III: Island Attack. Despite being based on the Jurassic Park III movie and featuring the T. rex and the Spinosaurus (who both look a lot like their movie counterparts) as major enemies in several scenes, the two never fight or even encounter each other during the game.
    • Naturally, the 2002 video game Jurassic Park: Dinosaur Battles features both the Spinosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus among the dinosaurs who can fight each other. The game's cover even shows a Spino attacking a T. rex.
    • Likewise, one of the covers of Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis features a fight between the Spinosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus in the middle of the jungle.
      • Both dinosaurs also appear in the game, and they tend to battle each other for territorial reasons whenever they meet, though any of them can end up as the victor. It's possible for them to coexist peacefully for a short period of time, but sooner or later the two will eventually fight to the death.
    • Tyrannosaurus and Spinosaurus are some of the available dinosaurs in Jurassic Park Builder, therefore any of them can fight the other during the game.
    • In the fourth level of 2015 Jurassic Park (Arcade), the player is on a mission to capture a Tyrannosaurus rex. When they find one, it's in the middle of a fight against a Spinosaurus. After they roar at each other, the Spino pounces on its opponent and tries to bite it, but it manages to dodge. The T. rex then grabs the Spinosaurus's neck with its jaws and drags him to the edge of a cliff where he pushes it over.
    • Jurassic World: The Game: It's possible to create Spinosaurus or T. rexes in this mobile simulator and have one of the two fighting the other at any point during the game.
    • Naturally, this happens in the Jurassic Park III section of LEGO Jurassic World. Like in the film, Dr. Grant and the others are chased by the Spinosaurus after their plane crash and encounter a T. rex, leading the two predators to have a vicious battle. After roaring aggressively, both dinos go on the attack and repeatedly try to bite, scratch and headbutt each other. The Spino eventually bites the Tyrannosaurus's neck and put it on the ground, but the protagonists decide to help it (seeing it as the lesser threat) by distracting the Spinosaurus. Thanks to their help, the T. rex gets back on its feet and resume the fight, and both dinosaurs manage to overpower the other several times (usually by grabbing its neck and tossing it around), with the player constantly helping the rex in various ways when it's losing. In the end, the protagonists flee the scene by running between the two dinos while they are busy fighting. We don't see who wins the battle this time, though the fact that the Spino reappears afterwards and the T. rex doesn't heavily implies it was the former.
      • In addition, it's possible to play both the Tyrannosaurus and the Spinosaurus and have them fight one another.
    • Jurassic World Alive: The Spinosaurus as well as the T. rex are two of the dino species featured in the game, allowing them to have matches against each other.
    • Jurassic World: Evolution:
      • As a clear nod to the third movie, two of the Species Profiles include a fight between Tyrannosaurus rex and Spinosaurus.
      • Both videos about the T. rex show it having a duel in the rain against a Spino.
      • In the first, the Tyrannosaurus is rushing on its adversary and bites its head, but the Spinosaurus manages to break free from its grasp. Right after that, the two dinos pounce on each other at the same time.
      • The second has the T. rex circling around the Spino before suddenly biting its neck and putting its foe on the ground, apparently killing it.
      • Likewise, the first of the videos about the Spinosaurus features it opposing a Tyrannosaurus under the rain and roaring at it aggressively.
      • Within the game itself, the Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus are two of the dinosaurs present, so it's a possibility for them to fight one another at any moment.
  • Just like the film, the video game Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ends with Rudy attacking the heroes, only for Momma Rex to show up and hit him with her head before engaging the fight against him. This time, their confrontation is actually quite longer and involves the two dinosaurs constantly trying to bite and strike each other, while the player has to help Momma in defeating Rudy. The fight still ends up in the same way though, with Momma winning by pushing Rudy off a cliff (and him being revealed to be alive shortly after).
  • During the Boss Fight against Spike the Spinosaurus in Jurassic: The Hunted, a Tyrannosaurus rex appears at the moment Spike is losing too much health. When they see each other, the two dinosaurs immediately have a fight that's nearly-identical to the one from JPIII. The Tyrannosaurus attacks first by biting Spike's neck, however the Spino manages to free himself and repel his enemy. Then, Spike strikes back and bites his foe's neck before snapping it, effectively killing the T. rex just like in the movie. Apparently, Spike eats his rival's carcass afterward.
  • Primal Carnage: One of the game's promotional videos features a battle between the two dinosaurs. While a Tyrannosaurus is walking near a river, a Spinosaurus suddenly emerges from the water and bites its head. The T. rex manages to get free, but the Spino then bites its neck. However, the Tyrannosaurus fends off its adversary by headbutting it and makes a loud roar, to which the Spinosaurus answers by roaring back. After roaring several times, the two dinos subsequently charge each other and try to bite one another. Finally, the T. rex strikes its opponent before crushing its neck with its jaws and roaring victoriously. Considering the Spino gets killed in a very similar way to the Tyrannosaurus from Jurassic Park III (while the rex itself shrugs it off when its foe tries this move against it), this scene is a clear Take That! towards the film.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved: The Tyrannosaurus and the Spinosaurus are both among the creatures that appear in this game, so it's possible to have them fight one another.
  • Both the Spinosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus are featured in The Archotek Project, making it possible for the two dinos to clash with each other.

    Web Animation 

    Web Videos 
  • The subject of who would be the winner in a fight between a Tyrannosaurus and a Spinosaurus is addressed on BBC video channel's Spinosaurus VS T-Rex: Who Would Win?. They conclude that the Spino would have dominated the fight in a swamp, but otherwise the T. rex would probably have won thanks to its stronger bite force.

    Western Animation 
  • In the fourth season finale of Teen Titans, Beast Boy is confronted to a demonic clone of himself with the same power of shapeshifting into animals. After fighting by turning into various creatures, Beast Boy finally takes the form of a Tyrannosaurus rex, which had been portrayed throughout the series as his most powerful form. What does the clone choose to turn into in order to counteract this? A Spinosaurus of course! While most of the ensuing fight takes place offscreen, from what we're shown it seems to be very similar to the one from Jurassic Park III, with the T. rex taking the first shot by biting the Spino's neck and putting him to the ground, only for him to eventually free himself and overpower his adversary. At the end of the fight, Beast Boy's T. rex form gets thrown into some rocks and has to turn into a spider to escape from the Spino's sight. It is notably one of the few times beside the movie where the Spinosaurus actually wins the fight.
  • The Futurama episode "A Clockwork Origin" has the Planet Express Crew exploring a metallic jungle full of robotic versions of prehistoric animals. At one point, they are attacked in quick succession by a robotic creature with a sail on its back that seems to be a (quadruped) robotic Spinosaurus (though it can also be some sort of Dimetrodon) and a robotic Tyrannosaurus (the latter of which has the same roar as the one from Jurassic Park). The two robot-dinosaurs then turn around each other, clearly preparing to fight, however a solar flare suddenly strikes and causes an EMP that kills both of them.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): In the special episode "Half Shell Heroes Blast To The Past", the turtles manage to tame some dinosaurs, including a Tyrannosaurus, and use them to attack a Triceratons' base. Upon seeing them coming, the Triceraton General decides to counterattack by activating their most powerful weapon, a gigantic robot-Spinosaurus. An inevitable confrontation between the T. rex and the Spino ensues, although this time the other dinosaurs participate in the battle as well. At first, the Spinosaurus has no problem taking on all the dinos, even grabbing the Tyrannosaurus by its tail and throwing it around like a ragdoll. However, after a while the dinosaurs finally land some serious hits on the Spino, especially when the T. rex strongly headbutts it (twice!) and bites its arm. As a result, the robot-Spinosaurus starts malfunctioning and the turtles take the opportunity to kill it with a giant drill.
  • More or less subverted in the Dinosaur Train episode "The Old Spinosaurus and the Sea". The young Tyrannosaurus Buddy and his adoptive Pteranodon family go fishing in the Big Misty Sea, but they are worried of the old Spinosaurus who live there as he is known to have a bad temper and may possibly be dangerous for them. When they end up encountering him, he yells at them for causing the fishes to go away, however he doesn't attack them and eventually turns out to be much nicer than he looks, to the point that he even befriends Buddy and teaches him his fishing techniques.
  • Dino Squad inverts this— surprisingly, given the show's usual willingness to regurgitate every dinosaur cliche imaginable. Max, who turns into a T. rex, is good friends with Fiona, who turns into a Spinosaurus, and they often fight together against other prehistoric creatures.

    Real Life 
  • As previously mentioned, this couldn't have happened in real life. However, the Spinosaurus did live at the same time and location as another large carnivorous theropod, the Carcharodontosaurus, whose size was comparable to that of Tyrannosaurus rex. According to palaeontologists, while the two had different diets, they could occasionally clash with each other over food or for territorial reasons, though any of them was just as likely to win as the other (such fights between the two dinosaurs are depicted in some documentaries such as Monsters Resurrected or Planet Dinosaur).

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