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This article is about the enemy from Super Mario Odyssey. For the character from the Super Mario World television series, see T-Rex (character).
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A T-Rex under the control of Mario.
First Appearance Super Mario Odyssey (2017)
Parent Species Dinosaur

The T-Rex[1][2], also simply known as Dinosaur and also dubbed the Prehistoric Tyrant[3], is an enemy from Super Mario Odyssey that can be controlled by Cappy. It is based on the Tyrannosaurus rex. T-Rexes are indigenous to the Cascade Kingdom[4] and the Deep Woods of the Wooded Kingdom[5], two of the last locations in the world where they still live.[4]

Two T-Rexes can be found in the Cascade Kingdom: one napping on a hill in the western half of Fossil Falls, and one napping in an optional subterranean area called "Dinosaur Nest". A fedora-wearing T-Rex can be found prowling a path around a large tree in the Deep Woods of the Wooded Kingdom. This one must be stunned by tricking it into ramming its head into a rock or wall before it can be captured. A fourth T-Rex in an Aviator Cap can be found in another bonus area within the Metro Kingdom.[6] 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 stop where it was originally captured. However, this can be circumnavigated by releasing them and recapturing them quickly. The one in the Metro Kingdom exists solely for a 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 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.[7]

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ティラノサウルス[8]
Spanish Tiranosaurio Tyrannosaur
French T-Rex -
Dutch T. rex -
German T-Rex -
Italian T-Rex -
Russian Тираннозавр
Chinese 暴龙 (Simplified)
暴龍 (Traditional)
Bào lóng


  • President Koopa in the Super Mario Bros. film had evolved from a T-Rex, and appears as an actual T-Rex late in the film.
    • Concept art for the film reveals that Yoshi was going to be a young T-Rex at one point in development.
  • 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 also part of the poll.[2]
  • 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.[9]
  • Despite Motokura's intention to include a realistic and believable dinosaur in Super Mario Odyssey,[7] the T-Rex's design does not reflect the current scientific understanding as to what Tyrannosaurus rex most likely looked like. Prominent differences include the lack of teeth-covering lips, complete lack of feathers, and the ability to roar.[10]


  1. ^ Super Mario UK Twitter post. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Official My Nintendo poll for day 3 on Nintendo's E3 2017 website
  3. ^ As derived from the subtitle in the Cascade Kingdom's brochure
  4. ^ a b Nintendo EPD. (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.
  5. ^ Nintendo EPD. (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.
  6. ^ GameXplain. (October 10, 2017). Tons of New Super Mario Odyssey Gameplay Revealed (Japanese Ad Compilation). YouTube. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Nintendo. (June 15, 2017). Super Mario Odyssey - Co-Op Demonstration - Nintendo E3 2017. YouTube. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  8. ^ Official Super Mario Odyssey Japanese website
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Jacqueline Ronson. (May 20, 2016). The Tyrannosaurus Rex Had Lips and It Probably Didn't Roar. Inverse. Retrieved January 5, 2018.