Dino-Torches, sometimes called Mini-Dinos or Mini-Rhinos, are turquoise, large-eyed dinosaurs encountered in Super Mario World, mostly living on Chocolate Island. Dino-Torches attack by either charging at Mario and Luigi or attempting to roast him with their fire breathing, which can be sprayed upward or forward. A Dino-Torch can be defeated with a stomp or Super Star, but care must be taken that Mario or Luigi does not jump into its flames.
When a Dino-Rhino is jumped on, it will transform into a Dino-Torch. While Dino-Rhinos are immune 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 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 flame 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 Great Mechanasaur.
In "Send in the Clown", two Dino-Torches are shown to inhabit a cage with a Dino-Rhino in Bowser's "Koopa kid 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. Occasionally, the dark green Rex in the episode is mistakenly shown with a Dino-Torch's head.
In the Nintendo Adventure Book Dinosaur Dilemma, a Dino-Torch appears to attack Mario riding Yoshi when they first enter the Valley of Bowser, spewing fire balls. 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.
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