Inspired by this post from Bogleech’s tumblr. I have plans to make a full region based on his “100 Real-Life Organisms Begging to be Pokemon” post set, with these guys as the starters ;)
I was happy with how the Grass and Water starters came out, but I wasn’t so sure about the Fire starter (the horned lizard) because the Grass one is already a quadrupedal lizard (I know they’re all lizards, but I wanted to give each of them a different body style). So I also drew an alternate design to go with what several other people suggested, a snake (to fit with the Chinese Zodiac theme of the Fire Starters and the all-reptiles standard Bogleech wanted). I chose a blind snake (Leptotyphlopidae) because not all snake Pokemon have to be venomous (Snivy’s line was a good start), and blind snakes really are freaking adorable; I just needed to stylize the scales and put a flame on the tail.
YouTubers as Dinosaurs #5: AntVenom (Gorgosaurus liberatus)
A bit late, but this one was sitting in my backlog for a little while, so up it goes.
This was another really tricky one to work with. Ant doesn’t have as many defining characteristics as, say, Sky or Sparklez. For this one, I decided to choose his species based on his relationship to other people. A lot of fanartists compare him to the other two YouTubers I mentioned above, and their skins do bear a lot of resemblance to each other, come to think of it. I decided to play off his relationship to Jordan in particular by making him into this series’ second tyrannosaur. I also noted that Ant is really good at parkour and survival, so his status as a fast-moving apex predator is pretty much justified. As opposed to Jordan being a tyrannosaurine, Taylor is an albertosaurine, which is similar to the T. rex's body style but has a sleeker, lighter build. I based the color scheme off a combination of his Minecraft skin and a bearded vulture, with the “cape” being represented by a fringe of speculative Psitaccosaurus-style quills coming out of the tail.
Taylor is Jordan’s sleeker and more lightly built counterpart. He therefore has similar strengths and weaknesses, most notably being faster but physically weaker. He is nonetheless formidable in combat on his own, though he is still a mild-mannered and sociable survival expert who respects all forms of life (except for cows, of course, he hates the noises they make, and eats them whenever he can). This depiction keeps his signature golden apple even though he’s an obligate carnivore, which doesn’t sound that farfetched - alligators will eat fruit as a supplement, and there isn’t any reason to believe that tyrannosaurs didn’t do the same.
YouTubers as Dinosaurs #4: MinecraftUniverse (Ludodactylus sibbicky)
Now this one was a bit tricky. Since TrueMU is often depicted flying in the air, I knew I wanted a flying reptile for him. I would’ve used a stock pterosaur but I remembered that TrueMU is popular due to association with Sky rather than by himself. Since he’s associated with Sky and Deadlox as a trio I knew I wanted a contemporaneous species and none of the four stock pteros lived in the early Cretaceous. I would’ve used a Coloborhynchus but ultimately I decided to make an exception to my rule of “species locale dependent on character origin” and picked an even better choice from the same time period: Ludodactylus. I know it’s from Brazil but it’s a lot like a seabird in terms of ecology, and if seabird migrations are anything to go by it would be fun to speculate that like Coloborhynchus, this pterosaur may have turned up in North America as well.
During my brief stint in the Primal Carnage forums back in the day, I proposed a possible role for the Ludodactylus as a distractor/secondary scout, clinging to enemies with its claws and steering them around like the Jockey from Left 4 Dead, or stunning them with its cries. Being the smartest but physically weakest of Team Crafted’s main trio, Jason pretty much does exactly that in PvP, but also has another form of attack. Modern giant petrels spew rancid stomach oil to fend off opponents, and vultures vomit partly digested prey for similar purposes. Jason can shoot either of the two products from his throat pouch; using the stomach oil alone is purely to distract and scent-mark the opponent, while using a mix of oil and crop contents allows him to fly faster as well.
I think I completely screwed up Jeffery here OTL. I had no refs for the Minecraft pig at the time, so I’m sure I got a lot of things wrong. And anyway I don’t think pigs even evolved at the time, I just used the Minecraft model to avoid Furry Confusion though I may end up turning him into a porcine Whateversaurus in the future.
Ant is next!
YouTubers as Dinosaurs #3: Deadlox (Tenontosaurus tilletti)
I decided to do the other members of Team Crafted’s “Big Three” because they’re that closely associated with Sky. With Deadlox in particular it’s hard not to talk about him without bringing Sky up. That and the fact that he’s been part of Team Crafted ever since square one led me to decide to use a species from the same time and place as the one I used for the Butter King.
The choice I went with should be pretty obvious - Deadlox and Sky are very much Vitriolic Best Buds, to go with the common image of Deinonychus hunting Tenontosaurus. Deadlox’s skin looks rather plain in comparison to some of the other YouTubers, so I went with the conventional scaled appearance with the clothing and headphones intact as well as a facial marking to represent his hair. His color scheme is similar to the green iguana (because Tenontosaurus is an iguanadont, ba-dump-tsh!), complete with a spiny dewlap and iguana spines running down the back of the neck. I also interpreted the long tail as a display device and gave it bright yellow and black bands, and gave him osteoderm armor on his face in place of his hair.
Ty is the one who gets the short end of the stick in the relationship between him and Sky, being an herbivore and all. However, he’s also the largest and heaviest of Team Crafted’s main trio, making him the group’s brute muscle/destroyer. He uses his great weight and massive tail to smash things, and if that doesn’t work he hurls blocks of explosive TNT with his strong forelimbs. Though relatively naked-skinned compared to other dinosaurs, the tough scales on his face and back provide some protection from wayward debris as he plows through obstacles and mows down opponents.
TrueMU is next!