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The Super Dinosaurs is a DeviantArt original series by user Artapon, featuring well, superpowered dinosaurs. The series follows Rex, a Tyrannosaurus rex, and his other dinosaurian henchmen as they defeat the evil forces of the Every Villain Is Lemons (E.V.I.L.) organization.

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  • Actually Pretty Funny: Campto the Camptosaurus. In fact, he is described as the "Scooby Doo of the Jurassic"
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  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Subverted. Though some one the dinosaurs can transform into robots, every one from the E.V.I.L. organization is a robot.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Most of the dinosaurs have colorful bodies.
  • Animesque: The robot forms of Dolichorhynchops, Huabeisaurus and Atopodentatus. Given, they're inspired by Neptunia.
  • Balloon Belly: Therizinosaurus and Deinocheirus.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal
  • The Cameo: Faded images of mythical creatures appear in the backgrounds of the Legendary creatures' profiles.
  • Character Signature Song: A fan of the series has created a list of songs that he thinks fits with the 12 main factions of dinosaurs.
  • Civilized Animal
  • Dumb Dodo Bird: The Dodo appears... as an Electric type for some reason.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Sometimes an animal will be mentioned before its official profile is revealed. This has been used in the past to determine that Nundasuchus and Charonosaurus will appear.
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  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Each element has its own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Megalodon and Hybodus appear. That's until you realize that the former is on the superpowered Mega rank.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: An ammonite appears as the Guardian of the Sea.
  • Fantastic Racism: Based on its classification, an animal is assigned to one of 12 elements: Fire, Electric, Earth, Fighter, Water, Sky, Ice, Plant, Yin and Yang, Somic, Plasma and Gravity.
  • Father Neptune: The Sauroposeidon. It's even named Poseidon.
  • Feathered Fiend: The raptors, which are properly feathered. Albertosaurus, Gorgosaurus, Yutyrannus and Dilong all have feathers, and so are the non-coelurosaurian Concavenator and Condorraptor.
  • Fun with Acronyms: The Every Villain Is Lemons organization. When shortened, the name reads as "evil".
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  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: One of Chilant the Chilantaisaurus' abilities is to shoot flaming barf.
  • Honorable Elephant: Woolly mammoths, mastodons, Platybelodon, Anacus, Palaeoloxodon (three species in fact!), Stegodon and the obscure Zygolophodon appear.
  • Instant Awesome: Just Add Mecha!:
    • The leader and people of each element can merge into one giant "Megazord".
    • The CPU animals can transform into Animesque robots.
  • Killer Gorilla: The Gigantopithecus. It even has the power of King Kong.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Each element has 31 animals. When combined, all twelve elements will have 372 characters! This is not counting the two Sidekick Ice and Water, the three Titan Yin and Yang, or the two Crystal Yin and Yangs.
  • The Marvelous Deer: The Megaloceros appears.
  • Mythology Gag: Egyptian Carcharodontosaurus has the power of Ra, an Egyptian god, and Sauroposeidon has the power of Poseidon, a Greek god.
  • Naming Conventions:
    • Most of the characters' names are shortened forms of their species' names. Additionally, all the Mega creatures have the prefix "-mega" in their species name (ex. Megalosaurus, Megaraptor, Megalodon etc.)
    • Other non-Mega creatures have this too, such as Supersaurus being in the Super rank, and Aerotitan and Titanoceratops in the Titan rank.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Sarcosuchus, Metriorhynchus, Mahajangasuchus and the obscure Sunosuchus appear. Several stem-crocodiles (basal Archosauria) also appear in the Sonic tribe.
  • One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Inosteve the Inostrancevia is the only leader that isn't a diapsid.
  • Panthera Awesome: Smilodon, Thylacosmilus, Megistotherium and Thylacoleo. A real member of the genus Panthera, the American lion (P. (l) atrox) also appears.
  • Power Levels: The Mega, Supreme and even Spirit ranks tend to be highly OP.
  • Predators Are Mean: Many theropod dinosaurs are shown as ruthless carnivores.
  • Predatory Business: The Every Villain Is Lemons (E.V.I.L.) organization.
  • Ptero Soarer: Most of the pterosaurs (with the exception of Ornithocheirus and Maraadactylus) have no pycnofibres, and the Quetzalcoatlus even stands on two legs. Subverted however, by the few that show the little-known long plams on their hands.
  • Raptor Attack: Averted. The raptors have the correct amount of feathers, and Microraptor is the correct color.
  • Rhino Rampage: Elasmotheium and its obscure cousin, Sinotherium, appear. There's also the giant rhino relative Paraceratherium (refered to as "Indricotherium")
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: Castoroides the Giant Beaver makes an appearance.
  • Rule of Cool: Depending on their element, the dinosaurs can either shoot fireballs, lightning bolts, snowballs and more.
  • Savage Wolves: The Dire Wolf makes an appearance. It's also part of the super-powered Spirit rank.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: My god. The series is chock full of obscure genera. To highlight some: Torvosaurus, Bambiraptor, Ceratonykus, Seymouria, Chilantaisaurus, Aublysodon, Ostafrikasaurus, Tyrannotitan, Rajasaurus, Pyroraptor, Siats, Gojirasaurus, Metriacanthosaurus, Siamotyrannus, and that's just from the first set. The other eleven have even more: Koreaceratops, Xenoceratops, Changyuraptor, Anchiceratops, Eucentrosaurus, Rubeosaurus, Titanoceratops, Medusaceratops, Isanosaurus, Talarurus, Jonkeria, Wuerhosaurus, Rhinotitan, Elephantosaurus, Meiolania, Agustinia, Armadillosuchus, Ischigualastia, Lythronax, Palorchestes, Anacus, Titanosuchus, Dinodontosaurus, Kannemeyeria, Qianzhousaurus, Metriorhycnhus, Platybelodon, Shastasaurus, Pterygotus, Umoonasaurus, Castorocauda, Anhanguera, Turanoceratops, Moganopterus, Maaradactylus, Alexornis, Peteinosaurus, Megapaloelodus, Elasmotherium, Antarctopelta, Kuehenosuchus, Megalonyx, Gualicho, Ichthyovenator, Sinotyrannus, Timimus, Icadyptes, Olorotitan, Pawpawsaurus, Eremotherium, Nipponosaurus, Velafrons, Pararhabdodon, Tsintaosaurus, Spinophorosaurus, Megacervixosaurus, Phuwiangosaurus, Tupuxuara, Afrovenator, Protarchaeopteryx, Nanshiungosaurus, Yingshanosaurus, Zuolong, Wonambi, Prolibytherium, Chilotherium, Huabeisaurus, Alxasaurus, Sunosuchus, Coniophis, Condorraptor, Zaraasuchus, Silvacola, Ticinosuchus, Garudimimus, Nundasuchus, Arganaceras, Inostrancevia, Alioramus, Lexovisaurus, Charonosaurus, Tapuiasaurus, Ophiderpeton, Proburnetia, Atopodentatus, Proganochelys, Zygolophodon, Triadobatrachus, Mahajangasuchus, Elginia, Genoydectes, Scleromochlus, Yi, Icarosaurus, Mecistotrachelos, Sharovipteryx, Ichthyocodon, Xiaotingia, Yixianosaurus, Sahaliyania, Simosthenurus and Paleochiropteryx. Good luck finding those in other documentaries (or other media for that matter)
    • Recent discoveries are also featured, such as Psittacosaurus' coloration, a quadrupedal, semi-aquatic Spinosaurus, bat-winged Yi qi, two-fingered carnosaur Gualicho, strange-horned Spiclypeus, crocodile-like avemetatarsalian Teleocrater, the four-winged, flightless Serikornis, the gliding mammal Maiopatagium and even Patagotitan mayorum (referred to as Titanosaurus)
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Fortress creatures' robot modes are based on characters from Team Fortress 2.
      • With the exception of Triadobatrachus and Sahaliyania, which is based on Star Wars. Ironically, Xenokeryx amidalae, which itself was named after Princess Amidala, doesn't have Star Wars powers.
    • Zygolophodon's color is based on the Pokémon Zygarde.
    • The robot from of Teleocrater is a reference to Doctor Who and the Sonic Screwdriver.
    • The inclusion of Nundasuchus, Umoonasaurus, Bonitasaura and Labyrinthodon appears to be inspired by Jurassic World: The Game.
    • Several of the Plasma Dinosaurs were inspired by the toy line of the same name by Mega Blok.
    • Alioramus - Tyrannogon
    • Edaphosaurus - Sailslice
    • Lexovisaurus - Goliahide
    • Neovenator - Raptillion
    • Pinacosaurus - Ramtail
    • Tapuiasaurus - Razorneck
    • Sinoceratops - Gnawhorn
    • Albertaceratops - Triceradar
      • Note that the species names have changed, this is because the species represented by the toys have already been used in the series.
    • The entire Sonic tribe
  • Shown Their Work:
    • Aside from the long list of obscure species above, there are also interesting things to note, namely:
    • Spinosaurus being able to walk and swim.
    • Many mnairaptorans have feathers attaching to their second finger.
    • Carnotaurus being portrayed with armor.
    • The aforementioned long plams on pterosaurs.
      • While we're on it, the Nyctosaurus has no fingers at all.
  • Supreme Chef: Allo the Allosaurus. Apparently, he sometimes cooks his own poop and shapes it into dinosaur-shapes.
  • Talking Animal: Some of the Super Dinosaurs can speak English.
  • Turtle Power: Archelon, Meiolania, Carbonemys, Stupendemys, Proganochelys and Odontochelys appear. There's also the turtle-like placodont Placochelys.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: The leader of the Super Dinosaurs.
  • Unexplained Accent:
    • El Pelicano, the Pelecanimimus, has a Spanish accent.
    • Another ornithomimid, Ornitho the Ornithomimus, has a Colorado accent, despite some fossils being found in Alberta, Canada.


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