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Top Four Fictional Depictions of Tyrannosaurus-Rex

Updated on February 8, 2015
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An Awesome Dinosaur

Dinosaurs have been characterized as powerful entities. Originating during a time where all of the fauna could look large and scary, this makes sense. Now that dinosaurs only exist as birds, people do not have access to learn about dinosaurs as they were millions of years ago, except for fossilized records. As a result, various depictions of dinosaurs in fiction could look surreal. One of these dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus-Rex, has had various depictions in fiction. Some were awesome and had depictions where Tyrannosaurus-Rex could breathe fire, potentially control the ground it walked on/ Basically some of the more awesome and epic depictions of Tyrannosaurus-Rex had it act like a walking arsenal of weapons. There were some negative depictions of Tyrannosaurus-Rex, but those depictions were either meant for a very young demographic that never saw some of the more physically imposing depictions of Tyrannosaurus-Rex, or meant to teach children life lessons through an entity that children would appear safe to interact with. Either way this depiction or gave way to hilarious parodies. Below is a list of various depictions of Tyrannosaurus-Rex in various works of fiction. This list does not reflect my favorite depictions, but just lists them. All of the entries were organized at random. Although the list will start with one of the most well-known fictional depictions of Tyrannosaurus-Rex.

Jurassic Park

  • Made in 1993, Jurassic Park told the story of a theme park whose gimmick was that it was filled with resurrected dinosaurs. Before letting the public experience the park themselves, certain individuals were chosen to examine the park.
  • After seeing the resurrection process, the adult scientists, along with some kids, got to ride in automated vans to watch the dinosaurs. Strangely, none of the dinosaurs, except for a sic triceratops, appear.
  • Due to electrical sabotage, all of the safety restraints were turned-off. Which coincidentally allowed the Tyrannosaurus-Rex of this movie to make an appearance.

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  • Here was where Tyrannosaurus-Rex shined in this movie. It was powerful, it had a roar that emphasized its power, and it ate a lawyer. Throughout Jurassic Park this Tyrannosaurus-Rex symbolized just how bad the situation was for the humans.
  • Tyrannosaurus-Rex was so epic in its first appearance, not only was its introductory sequence where its footsteps caused water to ripple repeated a few time in the first Jurassic Park movie, it was used in some of the sequels to let the viewer know that someone was going to either experience a chase sequence, or be eaten.
  • Even acting as a surprise protagonist at the end of Jurassic Park made Tyrannosaurus-Rex awesome. It easily defeated two velociraptors, one of the most deadliest dinosaurs in the franchise, in a few moments.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron

  • In the 2012 third-person shooter Transformers: Fall of Cybertron the player got to control Grimlock, leader of the Lightning Strike Coalition Force.
  • In Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Grimlock was presented as an Autobot who possessed a more violent personality compared to the other Autobots. He kept the decapitated heads of fallen Decepticons, a noticeable collection of weapons, and huge amounts of the Cybertronian equivalent to alcohol laying around his room.
  • When the player actually gets to control Grimlock as a playable character, he and the other members of the Lightning Strike Coalition Force forcefully turned-into the Dinobots Transformers fan were familiar with.

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  • Here was where the player got to experience a new and overly destructive form of fighting as Grimlock. Instead of a gun, the player only possessed a sword to slash at enemies and a shield to deflect against enemy gunfire. For projectiles, Grimlock was able to use other Decepticons as living, throwing weapons. Which ended up destroying them at the same time. As a reference to Grimlock's predatory form, he essentially ate the energy leaking-out of his enemies corpses once he reduced them to piles of scrap.
  • While rescuing the other Dinobots, Grimlock discovered a new ability. When he got angry enough, he was capable of actually transforming into a robotic Tyrannosaurus-Rex. Here, Grimlock had the ability to bite and eat his opponents, breathe fire, and destroy everything that tried to hurt him.
  • Basically, the player had the opportunity to be a walking, talking weapon of mass destruction.

Pokémon

  • In the original 1996 role-playing game Pokémon Red and Green, one of the more interesting mechanics was the player's ability to collect fossilized pokémon samples, take them to a lab, and get the fossil resurrected as a living pokémon to add to one's team.
  • For a while the prehistoric pokémon one could receive did not include pokémon based on actual dinosaurs until Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum. And even then those fossils were only herbivores. Nothing too extravagant.
  • In the October 2013 worldwide release of Pokémon X and Y the evolutionary line of Tyrunt and Tyrantrum was introduced.

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  • The designers for the pokémon basically took the concept of Tyrannosaurus-Rex as the king of the dinosaurs and ran with it. When Tyrunt evolved into Tyrantrum its head gains horn that form a crown, its body gains markings that make its body look like it was wearing royal garbs, and it even had a feathers that made it look like an old and wise king. It was even classified as the Despot Pokémon.
  • To make it unique among the other fossilized pokémon, it was a Rock/Dragon type. This meant that it was weak to Ice, Fighting, Ground, Dragon, Steel, and Fairy type attacks.
  • Fortunately, Tyrantrum had a special ability called Strong Jaw, which basically meant that any attack that involved biting would do extra damage. Which, added to Tyrantrum's huge physical attack stats and the ability to learn elemental biting attacks that were super-effective against Ice,Ground, Dragon, Steel, and Fairy types, meant that Tyrantrum could easily cover its weaknesses.
  • With the addition of learning even more attacks that could cover all of Tyrantrum's weaknesses, players reacted to the addition of Tyrunt and Tyrantrum to the official Pokémon roster.

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  • Some portrayals of Tyrannosaurus-Rex in fiction were not giant lizards that could make miniature earthquakes with every step they made. Nor were they giant fire-breathing monster that people could get excited about when they saw it in action. Some were meant to appeal to young children and entertain them.
  • Created in 1987, Barney & Friends had a group of children sing songs and learn life lessons from Barney, a stuffed Tyrannosaurus-Rex doll that spontaneously came to life. For the duration of the episode the children only had this dinosaur, his friends, and random people take care of them.
  • For most older viewers, Barney has become somewhat a joke. With an annoying personality, annoying cast of characters, and awkward sounding songs, it made sense that Barney would be seen negatively.
  • Some parodies implied that other people thought the same thing.

  • Originally airing in 1993, Animaniacs featured the Warner Brothers, named Yakko and Wakko, and the Warner Sister, named Dot, getting into various shenanigans.
  • Here all three of them were forced to be in an episode of Baloney & Kids, basically a parody of Barney & Friends. Rather than make the parody like an actual episode, the Warner siblings tried to get out of the classroom.
  • Here was the hilarious part. Yakko had Boloney sing a song that resulted in an anvil falling on his head. When one anvil failed to knock Baloney unconscious, all three siblings sang the same song with Baloney, with the same results. That did not work, either.
  • What did work was the actual end of a Barney & Friends episode. While singing a friendship song, the Warner siblings were able to twist the I Love You song to say how dumb Baloney was, and end with an anvil dropping on his head. Even the people who dropped the anvils on Baloney's head wanted to get away from Baloney.
  • And the parody ended with Baloney still conscious.

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    • Jake Peralta profile imageAUTHOR

      Jake Michael Peralta 

      3 years ago from Indio, California

      Eh, maybe someday.

    • Besarien profile image

      Besarien 

      3 years ago

      No Megatron from Beast Wars? I protest! Not really, it is still a good list.

    • Jake Peralta profile imageAUTHOR

      Jake Michael Peralta 

      3 years ago from Indio, California

      They'd probably be exotic pets.

    • alancaster149 profile image

      Alan R Lancaster 

      3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Jake, lad - this is good coverage of realism vs cartoon. I wonder what the result would have been if Looney Tunes had ever pulled T-Rex or any of the other pre-historic raptors into a cartoon like Road Runner or Daffy Duck. Maybe even if one of the Flintstones had brought an egg home from the Stone Age supermarket, it could turn into T-Rex or a Pterodactyl.

      They had all kinds of creatures doubling up as cranes and household pets, but never the obvious terror-inducing creatures.

      Thumbs up and in'erestin'!

    • alancaster149 profile image

      Alan R Lancaster 

      3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Jake, lad - this is good coverage of realism vs cartoon.

      I wonder what the result would have been if Looney Tunes had ever pulled T-Rex or any of the other pre-historic raptors into a cartoon like Road Runner or Daffy Duck. Maybe even if one of the Flintstones had brought an egg home from the Stone Age supermarket, it could turn into T-Rex or a Pterodactyl. They had all kinds of creatures doubling up as cranes and household pets, but never the obvious terror-inducing creatures.

      Thumbs up and in'erestin'!

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