Mama Scarface
Mama Scarface - Infobox


Terraformed planet


Immense size, two fingered claws, scarred face

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Mama Scarface, also spelled Momma Scarface in the game's files, was a gigantic female Tyrannosaurus rex that attacked both Whiskey Company and Mendel-Gruman troops during the events of Turok. She was the main creature antagonist of the game and had a giant, bleeding scar over her right eye, resulting in a loss of sight. How she received her scar is unknown.

This T. rex had grown to immense size — be it due to age, some kind of genetic experimental mutation, other biotic factors, or possibly all of the above — originally placing her as the largest known terrestrial carnivore on the planet before her death. She notably surpassed the Giganotosaurus in terms of size.


2007 buildEdit

In many prerelease screenshots, there are depictions of Mama Scarface prior to a major, and obvious, redesign. In this pre-release stage, the T. rex was way larger and had a much more angular, and sharp appearance, especially around the skull and jaw, which were not nearly as rounded as they are in the current release.

Mama Scarface in this stage of development also possessed black eyes with yellow irises and was shown to be very strong and durable, with her hunting a Dilophosaurus despite having massive holes blown out of her side and neck. Unlike the final release, Scarface could actually stand with her head higher than her tail, giving her even more height against adversaries.

Overall, she was much more lean, angular, and larger in appearance, especially around the facial region, where her teeth were much more large and jagged and her eye crests were very edgy compared to the much more rounded appearance she bears now.

2008 buildEdit

Mama Scarface in the final build still appeared as a massive Tyrannosaurus rex. As such, she had a massive skull; short, two fingered arms; and a massive and bulky body. The dinosaur was brown in coloration with a beige color on the lower areas, including the stomach, the bottom of the tail, and the bottom jaw. Changes to her design involved a much more rounded form, with her size being shrunk down slightly, compared to the pre-release version of the game.

This dinosaur had a large mangled scar over the right side of her face that obstructed most of her eye and went into the fenestrae. It is unknown what caused this scar; however, it was probably a recent injury as it was shown to be bleeding when Joseph Turok encountered her in the "The Lost Land."


In gameplay, Scarface can be seen on a few occasions under a few differing circumstances: during scripted in-game animations or as a boss battle. 

For the former, she is invulnerable; however, she will usually move on a scripted path, which is intended to kill or remove high amounts of opposition. During these times, she will not pay attention to the player or friendly NPCs, though the former will undoubtedly shoot at her on instinct.

For the boss battles, she will be encountered in arena style areas, where the player will be required to down her and knife her to continue the main quest. She has massive amounts of health and will require the player's full arsenal to take her down; however, scattered around both boss battles will be safe havens, or areas meant to at least slow the T. rex down.



Mama Scarface made her presence known immediately after Whiskey Company crash landed on the planet—with her footsteps being heard echoing through the jungle, sometimes followed by an occasional loud roar. As Turok and Slade were confronted by a dozen or so MG soldiers, Mama Scarface emerged from the treeline, roaring loudly before attacking the soldiers. She ended up devouring one who accidentally ran into her path before crushing the others underfoot as they attempted to shoot her, while finally eating the last as he tried to flee from the scene. Apparently satisfied, with no desire to attack Turok or Slade, Mama Scarface walked off into the jungle.

She later appeared again as Gonzales, Foster, and Turok were forced deeper into the jungle in search of the communications unit. As the group scouted the area, her loud footsteps echoed through the forest, causing rocks to crumble and smaller dinosaurs to flee. Once Joseph and Gonzales eliminated all the MG soldiers in their proximity and found the communications unit, Mama Scarface appeared out of the forest, ambushing and snatching up Gonzalez, before returning to her nest. Turok followed and confronted several of her offspring.

Once he reached the center of Mama Scarface's nest, he was confronted by Scarface herself. Turok took shelter in a dead tree, firing at Scarface as she attempted to grab and devour him. Eventually, Turok weakened the dinosaur enough, which caused Mama Scarface to collapse, allowing Turok to climb onto her face and stab her already wounded eye. However, Mama Scarface recovered and threw Turok off beyond the nest, not making any effort to eat him beyond this.

Mama Scarface appeared later again as the remnants of Whiskey attempted to infiltrate an MG complex. She emerged from behind several large rocks and began slaughtering the MG soldiers guarding the gate, buying Turok and the remainder of Whiskey Company enough time to fight the other MG soldiers. After killing several soldiers, Scarface left the immediate area, allowing Turok and the rest of Whiskey Company to enter the MG base. She apparently continued stalking the outskirts of the facility, as the dull thuds of her footsteps could be heard as Whiskey Company made their way toward a large grate at the front of the base.

Mama Scarface made her final appearance following the death of Roland Kane. Having apparently been lured to the region by the recent commotion, the dinosaur attacked Turok immediately upon seeing him.


During this final fight, Turok weakened her enough so that, like his previous encounter, she collapsed to the ground. This time, however, instead of just stabbing her eye, he primed and shoved a grenade into her skull. Mama Scarface successfully shook Turok off, dazed, however her skull exploded, killing her, with her still intact body collapsing in a heap by Turok.

Achievements and TrophiesEdit

Big Game RibbonEdit

The Big Game Ribbon achievement is a story-related reward, and is earned by surviving the first encounter with Mama Scarface during her boss battle in the level "Mother Superior".


  • Despite having a name, Mama Scarface is never explicitly named in Turok's storyline, with the only reference to her name being the Big Game Ribbon in the game's achievements, and her file names on the PC port of the title.
  • Mama Scarface was originally meant to be encountered in "Death Valley" instead of the Giganotosaurus. Why this was changed is unknown, however, the "Death Valley" load screen still shows Mama Scarface and not the Giganotosaurus.
  • Occasionally in "End of the Road," Scarface will not go back behind the rocks but will continue to stay near the gate of the MG facility. This can occur if the player or an MG soldier with the shotgun shoots the flare directly at Scarface the instant before Cowboy says "Looks like she's leaving," or if Scarface is still eating a soldier when Cowboy speaks.
  • In the Xbox 360 version of Turok, Mama Scarface's head is shaped in a different manner than in the PS3 and PC versions.
    • Mama Scarface's undamaged eye also has a different color scheme in the Xbox 360 version of Turok than in the PS3 and PC versions.
  • The desert T. rex of Turok 2 shared a model with Scarface, as seen in the Turok 2 teaser.

List of appearancesEdit

  • Turok (First appearance)
Enemies of Turok
Saurian Creatures BrachiosaurusDilophosaurusEchindonGiganotosaurusLurkerMini-RaptorParasaurolophusTyrannosaurus rex (Juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex) • Unidentified giant theropodUtahraptor
Various Species PteranodonRazor WingSoldier Bug
Humanoid Enemies
Standard Infantry Grunt/VeteranRPGSniper
Heavy Infantry EliteHeavy WeaponsPyro
Miscellaneous Scientist
Wildlife Bosses Mama ScarfaceWater Beast
Humanoid Bosses Roland KaneSpider Tank
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