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A Rex.
Species Origin Dragon/Dinosaur
First Appearance Super Mario World (1990)
Latest Appearance Super Princess Peach (2005)
Sad Rex
Shroob Rex
Notable Members
Tyrannosaurus Twins

Rexes are purple and orange dinosaurs who inhabit Dinosaur Land and other places. They are dinosaur-like dragons because they have wings which they have yet to be seen to be able to fly with. They are notable for their horn and fang, and they also wear big red shoes, similar to Yoshi. A recurring trait with all Rexes are their compressive bodies, as their stature becomes flatter when jumped upon. They first appeared in Super Mario World.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario World[edit]

Artwork of Mario jumping on two Rexes in Super Mario World.

Rexes are rare enemies in Super Mario World who, just as Goombas, put no effort into attacking Mario other than walking into his direction. In order to defeat a Rex, Mario would need to jump on it twice. After being jumped on once, a Rex will simply become flattened and move slightly quicker. A Spin Jump would destroy them with one hit. A Rex could also be defeated by shooting a fireball, hitting it with a cape or running into it while using a Starman. Rexes can also be eaten by Yoshi.

Super Mario World television series[edit]

Rexes, though simply referred to by the generic term Dinosaurs, make several appearances in the Super Mario World animated series. The Rexes of Super Mario World come in different colors, such as green, red and yellow.

"Send in the Clown"[edit]

Rexes first appeared in the episode "Send in the Clown", where several are shown disguised as clowns in King Koopa's "Koopaling Bros. Circus". After several misadventures in their circus act, that the clowns are accidentally revealed to be Rexes, who, upon tearing off their costumes, begin to herd all the circus audience members into a large pit.

"King Scoopa Koopa"[edit]

In "King Scoopa Koopa", several multi-colored Rexes are shown to be working as employees at King Koopa's fast-food stand. After it is revealed that King Koopa had planned on mutating the inhabitants of Dome City into Chickadactyls, which he plans on deep-frieing and selling to Rexes, King Koopa sends several Rexes to capture Mario and Princess Toadstool. Mario and Princess Toadstool escape using the Star Path, only to return later to defeat the Rexes using a cape. The Rexes that were not defeated by Cape Mario later escaped down a Warp Tube, along with King Koopa.

"Born to Ride"[edit]

In the episode "Born to Ride", two Rex bikers named Duke and Rockman appear. Duke and Rockman, along with their ally, Lulu, attempted to manipulate Yoshi into capturing Mario and Luigi for them, only to be beaten in the end.

"Rock TV"[edit]

In a later episode entitled "Rock TV", two other Rex characters named the Tyrannosaurus Twins appear. The Tyrannosaurus Twins, who were wrestlers, after pummeling Mario and Luigi for sometime, are eventually defeated by Cape Mario.

Nintendo Adventure Books[edit]

In Brain Drain, Mario and Luigi, while looking for Iggy Koopa in his base, pass a Rex that has had its mind switched with a German opera singer's due to the Synapse Switcher.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Super Mario-Kun

A Rex has appeared in volume 3 of Super Mario-Kun. He captures the Mario Bros., thinking they're working for Bowser. A stung Yoshi then convinces him that the Mario Bros. are allies. The four then go into Rex's house, as Rex promises to give them food as a apology. However, Kamek and a Koopa then use the kamemeka to brainwash Rex. Rex then makes an inedible material, which Yoshi quickly digests. After some groaning, Yoshi claims it was "delicious". Furious that he did not succeed, Rex then uses a flamethrower to burn Mario and Yoshi, while Luigi dodges in time. Kamek then uses his power to make Rex grow. After the kamamaka falls off, Rex and the others put the kamemeka on Kamek instead, thus ending the chapter.

Super Mario Adventures[edit]

Rexes also appear in the Super Mario Adventures comic, where several of them are seen among the attendees at Bowser's wedding to a brainwashed Princess Toadstool. Later on, after Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and a herd of Yoshis crashed Bowser's wedding, a lone Rex is seen among the creatures trying to defeat the Yoshis, only to be trampled by them.

Super Mario Bros. film[edit]

In the Super Mario Bros. film, a building with a neon sign displaying the word REXX can be seen in Dinohattan.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

Superstar Saga Enemy
Three forms rex.png
Location(s) Hoohoo Mountain
Level 6
HP 16
Defense 24
Speed 10
Fire Heal
Thunder Normal
Stun? 60
Burn? 0
Stat Down? 100
Experience 8*
Coins 3*
Item 1 Drop Normal - Syrup, 32.26%
Flattened - Mushroom, 16.13%
Item 2 Drop Normal - Syrup, 32.26%
Flattened - 1-Up Mushroom, 32.26%
(Green Pepper, 64.52%)
What is gained upon winning the battle (denoted with *) can be changed by Badges or Equipment from E. Gadd.
Stats in parentheses are from the Japanese version (if they differ from the original American and European stats).
Stats in gray are those found in the game's coding and are not available during "normal" gameplay.

Rexes reappeared in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga as enemies located on Hoohoo Mountain. Like in Super Mario World, Rexes will attack Mario or Luigi by charging into them; Rexes could also be decreased in size by repeatedly jumping on them in this game as well. When they are at their full size, the Rexes' attacks cannot be dodged or countered.

Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time[edit]

Though regular Rexes do not appear in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, a Shroob-variant of them, called Shroob Rex do appear. Shroob Rexes are encountered in Shroob Castle and have a different appearance, having pincers, purple scales and glowing red eyes.

Super Princess Peach[edit]

A Rex.

Normal Rexes appeared in Super Princess Peach as well. Rexes who have been affected by the Sad Vibe also appeared. They are known as Sad Rexes. Sad Rexes will simply sit and weep to themselves, until they are approached by Princess Peach. They will then proceed to charge at her.

Other appearances[edit]

In the Nintendo Monopoly, Rexes only make a very small cameo. They appear on the background of the board, in a screenshot, where Mario is riding a Green Yoshi that is spitting out fire at the Rex. They appear in Mario's FUNdamentals as a playing card when the player plays Go Fish with Mario.

Notable Rexes[edit]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ドラボン
From 「ドラゴン」 doragon (dragon);
officially romanised as "Dorabon"
French Drabon From the Japanese name
German Rex -
Portuguese Rex -


  • The name "Rex" is most likely a reference to Tyrannosaurus Rex, a dinosaur species.