Dinosaurs' most prominent influence in Transformers culture is serving as the altmodes for some of
the most dangerous (and occasionally ludicrous) Transformers of all time.
The Transformers cartoon
Dinosaurs were understood to have been sluggish and stupid. They dragged their tails on the ground, and T.rex walked fully upright.
Dinosaurs survived the mass extinction of 65 million years ago and lived on into the present on the time-displaced, and energy-rich, Dinobot Island.
The most prominent saurians were the Dinobots, five rebellious (yet extremely powerful) Autobots, who proved time and again a match for an army of Decepticons. Other dinosaur Transformers are Trypticon, Sky Lynx, and the cassette warriors, Slugfest and Overkill.
Marvel Generation One comics
Dinosaurs survived in a part of the Antarctic known as the Savage Land.
Beast Wars cartoon
Beast Wars featured two prominent dinosaur transformers, Dinobot (who was either a giant Velociraptor or a small Utahraptor or a regular Deinonychus), and Megatron, whose original and Transmetal altmodes were that of a small Tyrannosaurus. Later, Megatron used the Transmetal Driver to create a drone army of Velociraptors with Cybertronian enhancements.
Terrorsaur transformed into a Pteranodon, an extinct (non-dinosaur) reptile.
Beast Wars II cartoon
Beast Wars Neo cartoon
The Terrorcon Cruellock is a theropod Dinosaur, but with a distinct Japanese giant monster influence.
Dinosaurs were now understood to have been quick and agile, with T.rex holding its body parallel to the ground. Grimlock and Snarl are dinosaurs (a T.rex and a Triceratops), while Swoop is a Pteranodon. They form the Dinobots, based on animatronic robots that had entertained the public.
- Many, if not all, dinosaur-based alt-modes in Transformers fictions are now known to be horribly, horribly outdated.
- The Tyrannosaurus is the most used alt- mode.