Dino-Torch

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Dino-Torch
DinoTorch.jpg
First Appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest Appearance Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World (2001)

Dino-Torches, sometimes called Mini-Rhinos,[1] are green, large-eyed dinosaurs encountered in Super Mario World, mostly on Chocolate Island. Dino-Torches attack by either charging at Mario or attempting to roast him with their flame breath, which can be sprayed upward or forward. A Dino-Torch can be defeated with a single jump, but care must be taken that Mario does not jump into its flames.

Dino-Torch sprites from Super Mario Advance 2.

When a Dino Rhino is jumped on, it will transform into a Dino-Torch; this is odd, as Dino Rhinos display no fire breathing abilities in their regular form. While Dino Rhinos are impervious to fire; their smaller counterparts are not. The Dino-Torches are also more agile and mobile; they can jump higher and move faster.

Dino-Torches, though often referred to simply as "Dinosaurs," appear quite frequently in the Super Mario World animated series.

A Dino-Torch first appeared in the episode The Wheel Thing, where one is used by Kooky Von Koopa as a welding torch while he is building his Mega Mechanasaur. Later in the episode it is revealed that the source of the Mega Mechanasaur's fire breath is an oddly winged Dino-Torch hidden in its mouth; this Dino-Torch is not seen again after the destruction of the Mega Mechanasaur.

In Send in the Clown, two Dino-Torches are shown to inhabit a cage with a Dino Rhino in Bowser's "Koopaling Bros. Circus"; after Mario is forced into this cage by Bowser, the chair he is given to defend himself with is burnt to a crisp by these Dino-Torches, which Mario later defeats by blasting them with fireballs as Fire Mario.

In King Scoopa Koopa, several Dino-Torches, along with some Rexes, are shown to be employed as chefs at Bowser's fast-food stand. Later in the episode, Mario, after breaking into Bowser's stand, is attacked by Bowser, who wields a Dino-Torch as a flamethrower. After he is defeated by Cape Mario, Bowser and his Dino-Torch and Rex minions manage to escape down a Warp Tube.

In the Nintendo Adventure Book Dinosaur Dilemma, a Dino-Torch appears to attack Mario and Yoshi when they first enter the Valley of the Koopas, spewing fireballs. If the duo decides to hide from the Dino-Torch instead of fleeing from it, it will find and singe the two with its fire, sending them running and causing Mario to lose his items when they fall out of his charred pocket.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese チビライタ
Chibi Raita
"Tiny Lighter". Also comes from the name of Dino Rhino, Raita, effectively making the name also carry the meaning of "Tiny Dino Rhino".
Spanish Dino-Antorcha Dino-Torch
German Mini-Rhino -

References[edit]

  1. ^ e.g. in Nintendo Power Volume 28, p. 11