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->''"I think that logo probably cost more than my entire movie"''
->-- '''Describing the Creator/ColumbiaPictures VanityPlate in the commentary to ''Film/ElMariachi'''''

[[DescribeTopicHere Describe Robert Rodriguez here]].

Easy. He's that hard-edged filmmaker who directed the ''Film/ElMariachi'' trilogy, ''Film/{{Machete}},'' ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn,'' ''Film/SinCity'' and half of ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}''.

No, wait! He's that family-friendly guy who gave us the ''Film/SpyKids'' tetralogy, ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkboyAndLavagirl'', and ''Film/{{Shorts}}''.

Whoever he is, he does most of the work on his films, directing, screenwriting, editing, composing, production designing and just about everything else aside from being the actual cameraman. No, wait, he does that too. He's also [[PatrioticFervor very proud to be Mexican]], as most of his movies can attest.

His diaries from the shooting of ''Film/ElMariachi'' were published as ''Rebel Without A Crew'', a book which is absolute required reading for all aspiring indie/low budget filmmakers.

He and fellow director Creator/QuentinTarantino have worked together on a couple of each other's projects, their biggest collaboration being ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}''.

See also Creator/HybrideTechnologies, the VFX firm that Rodriguez works with in most of his films.

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!!Partial Filmography:

* ''Film/ElMariachi''
* ''Film/{{Desperado}}''
* "Room 309 - The Misbehavers", one segment in ''Film/FourRooms''
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn''
* ''Film/TheFaculty''
* The ''Film/SpyKids'' series.
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico''
* The ''[[ShowWithinAShow Stab]]'' segment in ''Film/{{Scream 2}}''.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkBoyAndLavaGirl in 3-D''
* ''Film/SinCity''
* ''Film/PlanetTerror'', one half of the ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' collab with Creator/QuentinTarantino
* ''{{Shorts}}''
* ''Film/{{Predators}}'', as producer (but still enough to evoke fandom rejoicing)
* ''Film/{{Machete}}'', a spinoff from one of the fake trailers featured in ''Grindhouse'' and takes place in the Spy Kids universe.

!!Robert Rodriguez provides examples of:

* AlliterativeName: Himself. Taken UpToEleven with his children.
* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder: Rodriguez suffers from this from time to time. After ''ComicBook/SinCity'' came out, he began talking about a pair of sequels filmed back-to-back with new original material written by Frank Miller. After Miller failed to produce (mostly due to his new love of film directing) the sequels hit a major snag and even Mickey Rourke publicly announced he wasn't waiting up. Then, after ''Grindhouse'' was released Rodriguez was not only attached to ''SinCity 2/3'' but a ''Film/{{Machete}}'' feature film (which happened years later) and a remake of ''Film/{{Barbarella}}''. The ''Sin City'' sequel only came out of DevelopmentHell in 2012. Nobody believes any news regarding future Rodriguez projects until the cameras start rolling.
** Just another thing him and his buddy Tarantino [[BirdsOfAFeather share in common.]]
* CoolHat: See above, he seems to always be seen wearing that hat (or a similar one).
* DoingItForTheArt: Rodriguez left the Director's Guild of America so that FrankMiller could work and be credited as the co-director of ''SinCity.'' It is against the Guilds policy for non-members to be credited as co-directors, and Rodriguez decided to leave rather than compromise his principles.
* DashingHispanic: Take any Mexican-themed Rodriguez film and you'll find plenty of really badass macho men.
* [[PlayingAgainstType Directing Against Type]]: When SpyKids first came out, his name on the posters provoked numerous [[DoubleTake DoubleTakes]]. By now, his family-friendly films may represent an alternative type.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Creator/QuentinTarantino.
* ProductionPosse: There is a set of actors that Rodriguez is using in nearly every film he made. Most prominent examples are Creator/DannyTrejo, Cheech Marin and Creator/TomSavini.
* RealLifeRelative: Creator/DannyTrejo is actually his second cousin. They didn't realize this until ''Desperado'' had already wrapped.
* RuleOfCool
* ShoutOut: The names of three of his children are revealed to be part of Juni Cortez's full name in [[SpyKids Spy Kids 2]].
* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Why he directed ''SpyKids'' and all that lot.
* SouthOfTheBorder: Loves having fun with Mexican stereotypes.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude / ThemeNaming: His children are called Rocket, Racer, Rebel, Rogue, and Rhiannon.
* WorldOfBadass: Again, there is hardly a character in his action movies who isn't badass in some form.

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