- Fair for Its Day: Most of the toyline was praised for being so detailed and realistic for the time, that the Smithsonian Institution actually purchased the rights to the molds and sold them as toys in their official Smithsonian gift shops for almost a decade after the Dino Riders franchise had died.
- Fridge Logic: The Rulons' base/ship was called the "Dreadlock". Cool name, but does that mean there are other ships in the armada with names like the "Cornrow" or the "Afro"?
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The color scheme of the rare Rulon Quetzalcoatlus (black blots on yellow ground◊) resembles the fur pattern of a leopard - or a giraffe. We now know that pterosaurs of this kind were quite giraffe-ish when walking on the ground.
- Inferred Holocaust: Krulos deemed the Valorians as "useless to him", since they are immune to the effect of the Brain Boxes and can't be used as slaves. Only Questar and his crew escaped Valoria, meaning that the rest of the planet's population were being exterminated by Rulon's armada... unless, as one episode implies, with Krulos missing, a civil war erupted within Rulon and that put a hold on the genocide.
- Memetic Mutation: Images of the show are usually added to things like a Fauxtivational Poster with captions like "Holy shit, this is awesome!"
- The Scrappy / Creator's Pet: Llahd and Yungstar.
- What an Idiot!: Krulos in the finale. He finally has the STEP crystal and can return to the future, but he decides to remain so he can destroy the Dino-Riders before leaving. It never crossed his mind that he could do both: return to the future to get reinforcements, then go back to the past and destroy the Dino-Riders with the armada.
YMMV / Dino-Riders