Tyrannosaurus rex

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Tyrannosaurus rex Copyright Icon
A Tyrannosaurus rex in Rebirth of Mothra III
Tyrannosaurus rex
Species Nicknames
Tyrannosaurus T. rex, T-Rex
Height Length
4 meters 12.3 meters
Weight Forms
7.2 tons None
Controlled by Relationships
None Triceratops (Prey)
Allies Enemies
None King Kong, Triceratops, Cretaceous King Ghidorah
Created by Portrayed by

Stop-motion, Toru Kawai, Puppets
First Appearance Latest Appearance
King Kong Rebirth of Mothra III 
ShodaiTirano, RaishuTirano 
To be added.

Tyrannosaurus rex (ティラノサウルス·レックス,   Tiranosaurusu rekkusu?) is an extinct species of large carnivorous dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period, and one of the most famous dinosaurs ever.

A Tyrannosaurus rex famously appeared in the 1933 film King Kong. Another was featured as the main antagonist of the 1977 film The Last Dinosaur, and a T-Rex also appeared in the film Rebirth of Mothra III in 1998.


King Kong

The Tyrannosaurus rex in King Kong
A Tyrannosaurus was among the prehistoric creatures living on Skull Island in 1933, when the crew of the Venture arrived on the island. While King Kong was trying to fend off a rescue party in search of his "bride," Ann Darrow, the T-rex attempted to eat Ann. Kong heard Ann's screams and rushed to save her, battling the T-Rex in a vicious struggle. Eventually, Kong gained the upper hand and pried the creature's jaws apart, snapping them and killing the T-Rex.

The King Kong Show

A Tyrannosaurus rex in The King Kong Show

The Last Dinosaur

The Tyrannosaurus rex in The Last Dinosaur

During a routine drilling in the arctic, a Polar-Borer found itself boring through the sea floor and suddenly surfacing in a lake. The Borer's crew exited the craft to search the strange area in which they had found themselves, only to be eaten by a huge Tyrannosaurus rex. The crew's sole survivor, Chuck Wade, managed to escape and tell his story to Masten Thrust, head of Thrust Industries, the company that created the Polar-Borers. Thrust, an accomplished big-game hunter, was interested in hunting and killing the Tyrannosaurus, and so organized a research party that he said would travel to the bizarre underground world where the Tyrannosaurus was seen and try to document and study it. When Thrust and his crew arrived in the prehistoric world, they quickly came upon the Tyrannosaurus in the jungle, which proceeded to chase them. Thrust fired several shots from his rifle at the Tyrannosaurus, which only seemed to enrage it. Bunta, an African tracker employed by Thrust, managed to stick a spear into the creature and draw blood, but still could not bring it down. The team escaped from the Tyrannosaurus, which then traveled to their camp and destroyed it. After destroying the camp and killing expedition member Dr. Kawamoto, the Tyrannosaurus came upon the Polar-Borer and brought it to its lair. As the Tyrannosaurus tried to bury the Polar-Borer in a cave, it was suddenly attacked by a Triceratops. The Triceratops gored the Tyrannosaurus with its horns and caused it to bleed profusely, but the Tyrannosaurus gained the upper hand and bit the Triceratops on the neck, causing it to fall on its side. The Tyrannosaurus clawed into its enemy's flesh with its feet, then delivered the killing bite to the creature.

The Tyrannosaurus later came upon a member of the Polar-Borer expedition, Francesca Banks, as well as a Primal Woman called Hazel, while they were near a lake. The Tyrannosaurus chased Francesca into a cave, but its head was too large for it to be able to reach her. Thrust, Bunta and Chuck witnessed the Tyrannosaurus threatening Francesca, and quickly tied a huge boulder to the Tyrannosaurus' tail and tried to get it to chase after them. As the Tyrannosaurus chased the men, the boulder rolled down a hill, pulling the Tyrannosaurus off its feet and dragging it down the hill, after which it wandered off. Determined to kill the Tyrannosaurus once and for all, Thrust followed it into the jungle and constructed a makeshift catapult, which would launch a huge boulder directly at the Tyrannosaurus' head once it appeared from the jungle. Bunta attempted to search for the Tyrannosaurus in the jungle, only for it to appear behind him and eat him alive. When the Tyrannosaurus emerged from the jungle and became entangled in a vine trap, Thrust launched the boulder at the creature's head, causing it to fall over. However, the Tyrannosaurus simply rose to its feet and destroyed the catapult, then left. After Chuck repaired the Polar-Borer and left with Francesca, Thrust stayed behind with Hazel and wandered off into the jungle to continue to hunt the Tyrannosaurus, which he could hear roaring menacingly in the distance.

The Mighty Kong

To be added

Rebirth of Mothra III

The Tyrannosaurus rex in Rebirth of Mothra III
A Tyrannosaurus appeared to hunt a herd of Triceratops. It attempted to kill one of the horned dinosaurs but became a victim of Cretaceous King Ghidorah, which dropped the dinosaur from his grasp when Mothra Leo arrived. A T-Rex and a Triceratops later witnessed the severed tail of Ghidorah burrow underground after he was defeated by Leo.

Kong: The Animated Series

A Tyrannosaurus rex in Kong: The Animated Series

A population of Tyrannosaurus rex lived on Kong Island. They were naturally aggressive and would often attack the Island Guardian Kong if it came too close.

Kong: King of the Apes

Main article: Bionobot.
A Tyrannosaurus rex Bionobot in Kong: King of the Apes

Dr. Richard Remy created an army of Bionobots in the form of several dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus. While Remy used the Bionobots in his attempts to establish a new world order united under his control, real Tyrannosaurus rexs lived on in the center of the earth.



King Kong

Rebirth of Mothra III

Kong: The Animated Series

Kong: King of the Apes


The roars for the T-rex in The Last Dinosaur were produced from a combination of Godzilla and King Kong's roars from King Kong vs. Godzilla.


  • The Tyrannosaurus rex in King Kong is inaccurately depicted with three fingers on each hand. This is because, at the time, it was unknown exactly how many fingers tyrannosaurus had, and it wasn't until later it was discovered that it only possessed two digits on each hand.
    • As a tribute to the T-rex in the original King Kong, members of the fictional Vastatosaurus rex species in the 2005 remake possess three fingers as well.
  • The Tyrannosaurus rex stop motion model used in King Kong was originally created for Willis O'Brien's canceled film Creation, as was the case with many of the creatures featured in the film. The stop motion puppet was based on the famous tail-dragging skeletal mount displayed at the American Museum of Natural History, which was later reconfigured in the 1980's because it was anatomically inaccurate.[1]
  • It has been debated for many years whether or not the theropod that King Kong fought in the 1933 film was actually a Tyrannosaurus or an Allosaurus. The script only labels it a "meat eater". Director Merian C. Cooper referred to the theropod as Allosaurus, while stop-motion animators Willis O'Brien and Marcel Delgado identified it as a Tyrannosaurus.[1]
  • Godzilla's appearance was loosely based on contemporary depictions of Tyrannosaurus rex, along with the characteristics of other dinosaurs like stegosaurus and iguanodon.
  • The Tyrannosaurus suit from The Last Dinosaur would later be recycled in the 'Dinosaur Saga' in Tsuburaya Productions series of heroes and Tokusatsu. In Dinosaur Great War Izenborg, the suit was refitted with red glowing eyes and became Ururu, the Tyrant king, who was re-named Tyranis in Attack of the Super Monsters.The suit was later used in the series Dinosaur Warrior Koseidon, where it was used to portray various saurians. One of these saurians was dubbed Tyrannosaurus Jackie, which went about killing almost all saurians near him.
  • For the Tyrannosaurus suit in The Last Dinosaur, the suit actor's arms are placed above the head, controlling the head movement and the opening and closing of the mouth.
  • According to an interview with special effects designer Shinji Nishikawa, in the film Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Godzilla originally was to be revealed to have been a Tyrannosaurus rex prior to being mutated by radiation. However, Godzilla was later changed to a Godzillasaurus that was mutated instead.[2]
  • In the 2005 version of King Kong, instead of a Tyrannosaurus rex, three similar dinosaurs called Vastatosaurus rex, or "V-rex," appear. According to Peter Jackson, V-rex is the result of Tyrannosaurus rex living isolated on Skull Island and evolving over millions of years.


This is a list of references for Tyrannosaurus rex. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Morton, Ray. (2005) King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon from Fay Wray to Peter Jackson, p. 37
  2. Shinji Nishikawa Interview

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