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For DinoTector Spinosaurus, see Spinosaurus/Armor.
For Super Spinosaurus, see Spinosaurus/Super.

Spiny (スピノ Spino) was the Alpha Gang's second dinosaur, and was the first wild dinosaur to become a main dinosaur.


Spiny card

Spiny card

Move CardsEdit

Cancel your opponent's Move Card and attack at the same time. It is first seen in Tanks a Lot!, used against Paris.
Tail Smash
Smack your opponent with your tail twice, then throw them back with a final swing. However, agile dinosaurs can dodge it, as Ace did in Field of Screams.
Futaba Super Cannon
Futabasaurus hits your opponent with a high-powered blast of water. This Move was first used to fight of the D-Team, but Futaba befriended Zoe and turned on the Alpha Gang, returning to a card when he defeated Spiny, who had used his Move Card. Later, Ursula used him again to fight Jobaria and Ophthalmosaurus.
Shockwave/Volcano Burst fusion
A Fusion Move that appeared once in the show when Spiny and Terry combined Shockwave and Volcano Burst to shoot a target for practice. Despite its apparent effectiveness, this attack was never used again.
Water Sword
Use a giant sword of water to attack your opponent. Spiny used it but it was countered by Jobaria's Shockwave.
Ultimate Water
Spiny charges at the opponent after being launched by a wave. It was first used against Jobaria and last used against Gigas.
Anhanguera Dive
An Anhanguera dives at at your opponent. This was obtained after Pachyrhinosaurus's defeat, but it was only used to save the D-Team after they fell off of a bridge and to chase Foolscap away, during which it summoned two Anhanguera instead of one despite likely being the same card.
Hydro Cutter
A beam of water slices through your opponent. This was obtained after Genie' defeat, and only used as part of the Fusion Move to attack the Dark Pterosaur.

TCG LoresEdit

Alpha Slash (Spiny (DKTB, DKAA, DKBD, DKDS))
You can only Dino Slash "Spiny (Battle Mode)" by placing it on top of this Dinosaur.
Pinch Hitter (Spiny (DKTB))
During your turn, when one of your other Dinosaurs battles, you can send this Dinosaur to your discard pile. If you do, use this Dinosaur's Rock-Paper-Scissors icon to decide which Dinosaur has to use a Move first.
Assist (Spiny (DKAA))
When you Dino Slash this Dinosaur from your hand, all of your other Special Dinosaurs in play gain +200 Power until the end of the turn. (You can only use 1 [Assist] ability per turn.)
Elemental Boost: Earth (Spiny (DKBD))
If you have a Earth Dinosaur in play when you Dino Slash this Dinosaur, draw 1 card.
Dinotector On (Spiny (DKDS, DKTA, SAS))
If your Turn Counter is 4 or higher, you can Dino Slash "Spiny (Dinotector)" by placing it on top of this Dinosaur.
Special Assist (Spiny (DKTA))
Water Special Dinosaurs can use this card as a Super Move that gives +500 Power.
Alpha Assistance (Spiny (SAS))
When you Dino Slash this Dinosaur, you can reveal your hand. If you do and there are no Dinosaurs, choose a Special Dinosaur from your deck and put it into your hand. Then, shuffle your deck.
Water Master (Spiny (Battle Mode) (DKTB, DKAA))
This Dinosaur can use all Water Super Moves.
Flood (Spiny (Battle Mode) (DKTB))
When this Dinosaur uses a Super Move, draw 1 card.
Loyal (Spiny (Battle Mode) (DKAA))
While your Character is face up, this Dinosaur's Power is 1700 (from 1500).
Fusion Master (Spiny (Battle Mode) (DKBD))
When this Dinosaur uses a Fusion Move, it gains an extra +300 Power.

Character DesignEdit


Both the names Spiny and Spino in their respective dubs are an allusion to the genus name Spinosaurus. "Spino-" being the prefix for the dinosaur's name and Spiny being the word's translated meaning.


He doesn't seem to be particularly close to any of the Alpha Gang, though like the other dinos is shown to like Rod and Laura better than the A-Team. He has a rivalry with Paris. While he shows to be one of the weaker dinosaurs of the A-Team, he seems to have some the best Move Cards of the team.


Dinosaur KingEdit

He was captured by the Alpha Gang and named "Spiny" in Battle at the Pyramids. He is also the largest unaltered main dinosaur after Brontikens.

He is the second-most common used of the Alpha Gang's dinosaurs after Terry, being part of almost every 2-dinosaur team the Alpha Gang summons, but seems to lose as if not more often than he wins (one of his few easy victories was against Deltadromeus). In Bungle in the Jungle, Spiny becomes weak when he didn't eat breakfast, allowing him to be defeated by Saltasaurus.

Mesozoic MeltdownEdit

Spiny's initial appearance was to fight Spartacus in the Roman Colosseum, but Spartacus had and used the Yellow Cosmos Stone to fight back, almost defeating him. Spiny was recalled as the Alpha Gang retreated soon after Sheer summoned Yangchuanosaurus into the battle.

He first used DinoTector Armor in High Sea Chase, defeating the slightly larger Jobaria, with a reappearing Futabasaurus helping to deal with 5 Ophthalmosaurus. After this 'heroic stand', however, the Alpha Gang's involvement in dino battles decreased, as did their effectiveness in them, and Spiny lost most of his subsequent battles (such as against Achelousaurus, Genie, Afrovenator, and Gigas, and doing poorly against Anchiceratops). However, he made a comeback in The Haunted Hunt, where he managed to defeat Gigas (with the help of Chomp and Ace).

In the final battle of Fate of the Cosmos, he helped break into the Dark Pterosaur with Hydro Cutter, but was quickly defeated by Armatus with Spectral Stinger after he tried to protect Terry.

DS GameEdit


  • Despite being the largest of the six main dinosaurs, he is shown to be easily overpowered in his battles, often even by small and agile dinosaurs, but mostly by the D-Team's Dinosaurs.
    • In Vaccination Vacation, Spiny was shown to be able to nearly beat both Chomp and Ace with little effort, which could suggest that Spiny isn't weak but instead a fairly strong dinosaur that loses by being under the Alpha Gang's inept control. However, Chomp and Ace were severely weakened from sickness at this point, being wholly unable to fight, and the tables quickly turned when Nature's Blessing healed them.
    • In real life, Spinosaurus may not have lost in the battles shown in the anime, possessing an advantage over smaller dinosaurs due to its superior size and power. However, if a recent reconstruction is true, then Spinosaurus may not have been as well-fit for battle as shown in the series, being mostly quadrupedal, aquatic, and piscivorous, not a tall-standing hunter of other large dinosaurs (though all dinosaurs in Dinosaur King have a drastically exaggerated fighting stamina, by virtue of it being based on a fighting game).
  • Spiny was the first spinosaurid to appear in the anime, and the first of two wild dinosaurs to become main dinosaurs, the other being Tank.
  • He was the only main dinosaur that was not attracted by a Cosmos Stone (because he was never nearby the Blue Cosmos Stone).
  • The battle between Terry and Spiny was probably based off the battle between Spinosaurus and Tyrannosaurus in Jurassic Park III although this time, the Tyrannosaurus was the victor.
  • He was the only of the main dinosaurs to not fight with those of the other team as a chibi, as he was the only one not present at the Christmas Party at Max's house in Santa Saurus!.
  • In the English dub, most of Spiny's sounds are taken from grizzly bears, though the Spinosaurus arcade roar can be heard at the tail end of some of his roars. In the Japanese version, Spiny's roars are reused for other dinosaurs such as Acrocanthosaurus, Pachyrhinosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus.
  • Spiny is the only main dinosaur to be activated where his species was found, in his case in Egypt (Paris' card was found in Canada, where Parasaurolophus fossils have been found, but it wasn't activated until later).
  • Spiny, like other Alpha Gang dinosaurs, usually charges straight at his opponent and attempts to attack it, even when he certainly will fail, i.e. when he charges Gigas while the latter is using Spectral Lancer and gets slammed into a castle. This is common to show that Spiny and co. are poor in combat stragety unless given commands.
  • Spiny hardly defeated any dinosaurs around his size (although he did manage to defeat Jobaria and Gigas).
  • A running gag went on during the first season where when he is flung into the air, he would usually end up landing on the Alpha Gang, crushing them flat.
  • He is quiet important to the A-Team(And later Both the Parties) as he is the only dinosaur who is capable of swimming in deep water with ease, being of particular use in Falls Alarm! and High Sea Chase.
  • He has defeated the most dinosaurs of the Alpha Gang in Season 2 with 3. He has also defeated the most assistant dinosaurs with 2.
  • He was used to battle the two other spinosaurids that appeared in the anime (Suchomimus and Baryonyx), but the D-Team got both of their cards. Still, he was the only main dinosaur to fight one of each of his relatives that appeared (though he only faced the first Baryonyx, not the second).
  • Despite being the weakest dinosaur of the Alpha Gang, Spiny is the first dinosaur of them who managed to defeat one of the Space Pirates' altered dinosaurs (with help from 2 of the D-Team's dinos, though).


TCG GalleryEdit


p · e · t Main Dinosaurs
D-Team: Chomp (Max) · Ace (Rex) · Paris (Zoe)
Alpha Gang: Terry · Spiny · Tank
Spectral Space Pirates: Brontikens (Spectre) · Gigas (Gavro) · Armatus (Foolscap) · Maximus (Sheer) · Eocarcharia (Goma)
Others: Saurophaganax (Seth) · Black Tyrannosaurus (Seth) · Cryolophosaurus (Seth)

p · e · t Water Dinosaurs
Normal: Agustinia · Amargasaurus · Ampelosaurus · Baryonyx · Brontosaurus · Camarasaurus · Cetiosaurus · Dicraeosaurus · Futabasaurus · Gondwanatitan · Irritator · Isisaurus · Jobaria · Nemegtosaurus · Opisthocoelicaudia · Patagosaurus · Saltasaurus · Seismosaurus · Shunosaurus · Spinosaurus · Suchomimus · Titanosaurus
Move Card: Futabasaurus · Ophthalmosaurus
Altered/Armored: Amargasaurus/Alpha · Baryonyx/Armor · Baryonyx/Super · Brontosaurus/Armor · Camarasaurus/Super · Dicraeosaurus/Super · Irritator/Alpha · Isisaurus/Armor · Jobaria/Armor · Nemegtosaurus/Alpha · Opisthocoelicaudia/Super · Shunosaurus/Armor · Spinosaurus/Armor · Spinosaurus/Black · Spinosaurus/Super · Spiny/Super · Suchomimus/Alpha · Titanosaurus/Super
Main: Spiny · Genie

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