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This article is about the enemy from Super Mario Odyssey. For the T-Rex from the Super Mario World television series, see Evil dinosaur.
Super Mario Odyssey artwork
A T-Rex under the control of Mario.
First appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
Derived subjects
“T-Rex, most terrible of all dinosaurs, can pulverize a boulder with a single blow. On the other hand, most people don't realize how much time they spend napping.”
Cascade Kingdom brochure, Super Mario Odyssey

The T-Rex, also known as Dinosaur or the Prehistoric Tyrant[1], is an enemy from Super Mario Odyssey that can be controlled by Cappy. It is an artistically realistic Tyrannosaurus rex, making it a unique enemy in contrast to the more fantastic designs of most other enemies in the Super Mario franchise. T-Rexes are indigenous to the Cascade Kingdom[2] and the Deep Woods of the Wooded Kingdom[3], two of the last locations in the world where they still live.[2]

Two T-Rexes can be found in the Cascade Kingdom: one on a hill in the western half of Fossil Falls, and one in an optional subterranean area called Dinosaur Nest. These particular T-Rexes are found napping and will not attack Mario or damage him on contact. A fedora-wearing T-Rex can be found patrolling a path around a large tree in the Deep Woods of the Wooded Kingdom and will chase Mario when it makes visual contact. This one can either be stunned by tricking it into ramming its head into a stone wall or throwing a seed at its head to knock it out, making it possible to be captured for a short time before it wakes up. A fourth T-Rex in an Aviator Cap can be found in a hidden area within the Metro Kingdom called T-Rex Alleyway, where it chases down Mario along a stretch of street. Unlike the other captures, T-Rexes can only be controlled for a limited time due to Cappy requiring a lot of energy to keep such a large creature captured. Once the time expires, the T-Rex returns to the spot where it was originally captured. However, this can be circumnavigated by releasing and recapturing it quickly. The one in the Metro Kingdom cannot be captured and exists solely for a motor scooter-based chase sequence, and eventually falls down a bottomless pit.

According to Kenta Motokura, the director of Super Mario Odyssey, the T-Rex's realistic design was influenced by Super Mario World, another game where Mario is alongside dinosaurs. The development team wanted to include a dinosaur never seen in a Super Mario game before in hopes of surprising the player, causing the developers to steer away from the more cartoonish and caricatured dinosaur designs used in Super Mario World.[4]

In a My Nintendo-exclusive poll conducted during E3 2017, the T-Rex was voted the top enemy that account owners wanted to capture and play as, well above the Goomba, Bullet Bill, Hammer Bro, Chain Chomp, and Cheep Cheep which were also part of the poll. In an interview with Game Informer, Shigeru Miyamoto likened Mario's ability to capture and control a T-Rex in Super Mario Odyssey to riding Yoshi.[5]



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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ティラノサウルス[6]
Chinese (Simplified) 暴龙
Bào lóng
Chinese (Traditional) 暴龍
Bào lóng
Dutch T. rex T. rex
French T-Rex T-Rex
German T-Rex T-Rex
Italian T-Rex T-Rex
Korean 티라노사우루스
Russian Тираннозавр
Spanish Tiranosaurio
Tiranosaurio Rex
Tyrannosaurus Rex


Toad as he appears on The Super Mario Bros. Movie poster
Toad as he appears in The Super Mario Bros. Movie, with a pin showing a Fossil Falls logo and a T-Rex on his backpack (bottom-left)
  • The realistic design philosophy applied to the T-Rex permeates throughout Super Mario Odyssey. Other examples of realistic character designs include Sphynx, New Donkers, Nintendog, and the Ruined Dragon.
  • The brochure for the Cascade Kingdom says the T-Rex found sleeping aboveground on the western hillside is believed to be female and is a subject of field research.[7]
  • In the Metro Kingdom, a few newspapers may be spotted around the cafe. An article and picture of a T-Rex appears to be displayed on the front page of each.
  • In The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Toad's backpack includes a pin designed after the Fossil Falls sticker, which depicts the T-Rex.


  1. ^ As derived from the subtitle in the Cascade Kingdom's brochure
  2. ^ a b Nintendo EPD (trans. Nintendo Treehouse). (October 27, 2017). "The biggest draw for tourists to this area is that dinosaurs still live here." - Brochure. Super Mario Odyssey. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Nintendo EPD (trans. Nintendo Treehouse). (October 27, 2017). "The Steam Gardeners do not speak of it, but rumor has it they discourage visiting this place because of the danger posed by the giant creatures that call it home." - Brochure. Super Mario Odyssey. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Nintendo. (June 15, 2017). Super Mario Odyssey - Co-Op Demonstration - Nintendo E3 2017. YouTube. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Kyle Hilliard. (June 15, 2017). Miyamoto On Breath Of The Wild, Nostalgia, And If Yoshi And A T-Rex Can Co-Exist. Game Informer. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  6. ^ Official Super Mario Odyssey Japanese website
  7. ^ Nintendo EPD (trans. Nintendo Treehouse). (October 27, 2017). "Researchers believe this specimen is female." - Brochure. Super Mario Odyssey. Retrieved December 19, 2020.