Tyrannosaurus rex (ティラノサウルス·レックス is an extinct species of large carnivorous dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous period. A renowned predator in popular culture, it has been featured in countless films and TV series, including Tiranosaurusu rekkusu)Fantasia, The Land Before Time, the Jurassic Park franchise, and Walking with Dinosaurs. King Kong battled a Tyrannosaurus-like theropod in his debut film, and they have appeared in other pieces of Kong media since then. Another was featured as the main antagonist of the 1977 Rankin/Bass-Tsuburaya co-production The Last Dinosaur.
During routine drilling in the Arctic, a Polar-Borer found itself boring through the seafloor 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.
After Kong departed into the jungles of Skull Island with Ann Darrow, the enormous primate paused for a moment to inspect her after she briefly passed out. While tending to her, a Tyrannosaurus rex ambushed the ape and charges it. The two had a brief battle in which the dinosaurs headbutted the ape before toppling him with a tail smack. Trying to bite Kong in the face, the theropod was thrown off and the two squared off once more. After the Tyrannosaurus charged its rival again, Kong ended the duel by landing a powerful blow to its head that knocked it out. The ape then gathered up Ann before leaving.
As Rainbow Mothra arrived in the Late Cretaceous period, a Tyrannosaurus rex pursued a herd of Triceratops nearby. As it bit into a straggler's neck, Cretaceous King Ghidorah seized it in his central head. Before it could be devoured, Rainbow Mothra made his presence known with a volley of Cross Heat Rainbow Lasers, causing the space monster to drop the screaming dinosaur.
After Rainbow Mothra severed part of Cretaceous King Ghidorah's tail with another Cross Heat Rainbow Laser, a Triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus observed the appendage as it burrowed underground and stared at each other in concern.
- Main article: Biono-bot.
Dr. Richard Remy created an army of Biono-bots in the form of several dinosaurs, including the Tyrannosaurus. While Remy used the Biono-bots in his attempts to establish a new world order united under his control, real Tyrannosaurus rexes lived on in the center of the earth.
A Tyrannosaurus rex will appear in Terror from Beyond Beyond.
- The Ghost of Slumber Mountain (1918)
- The Lost World (1925)
- The King Kong Show (TV 1966)
- The Last Dinosaur (1977)
- The Mighty Kong (1998)
- Rebirth of Mothra III (1998)
- Kong: The Animated Series (TV 2000-2001)
- Kong: King of the Apes (TV 2016)
- Terror from Beyond Beyond (TBA)
- Main article: Tyrannosaurus rex/Gallery.
The roars for the Tyrannosaurus in The Last Dinosaur were produced from a combination of Godzilla and King Kong's roars from King Kong vs. Godzilla. In Rebirth of Mothra III, the T-Rex uses Kaishin Muba's roars.
- It has been debated for many years whether or not the three-fingered theropod dinosaur that King Kong fought in the 1933 film was actually a Tyrannosaurus or an Allosaurus. In the film's script and novelization, it is only referred to as 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. The dinosaur is also referred to as a "meat eater" in the 2005 rewrite of the novelization by Brad Strickland and Joe DeVito, while the novel's prequel and sequel Kong: King of Skull Island features another dinosaur that is referred to as a "meat eater." The description of the meat eater in this novel more closely matches that of a T-Rex, as it is said to possess two short arms with two digits on each.
- Rudolph Zallinger's depiction of the Tyrannosaurus was used as a reference for Godzilla's design in the 1954 film
- The Tyrannosaurus suit from The Last Dinosaur would be recycled for two Tsuburaya Productions tokusatsu shows. For Aizenborg, it was refitted with red glowing eyes and became Ururu, who was re-named Tyranis in the American film made from episodes of the show, Attack of the Super Monsters. The suit returned in 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, for 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.
- 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.
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