->''"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}}''.

Rodriguez has also co-created a TV station named El Rey, which specializes in classic grindhouse-style cinema and shows, as well as co-created a new wrestling show named ''Wrestling/LuchaUnderground'', which sports talent from famed Mexican promotion Wrestling/{{AAA}}.

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

!!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
* ''Film/{{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.
* ''100 Years'' - which won't be released until 2115. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, really.]]

!!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.]]
* BerserkButton: Rodriguez ''hates'' shooting movies on film, and can launch into some pretty epic rants about how expensive and inconvenient it is, especially if you're trying to work on a low budget. Since 2003 all of his movies have been shot and edited digitally.
* CoolHat: See above, he seems to always be seen wearing that hat (or a similar one).
* CopiouslyCreditedCreator: Usually directs, writes, produces, and composes the score of his movies. He also mixes the sound, and has some input in special and visual effects and edits. Occasionally, he also manages to have a CreatorCameo. On Planet Terror he's also (half)jokingly credited as his own chef.
* 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.
* RatedMForManly: Oh, very much so. See DashingHispanic above.
* RealLifeRelative: Creator/DannyTrejo is actually his second cousin. They didn't realize this until ''Desperado'' had already wrapped.
* RealMenCook: Many of the DVD releases of his films include "Ten Minute Cooking Schools" in the special features, where he teaches the audience how to prepare some of his favorite meals.
-->''I've got a lot of friends who don't know how to cook, which I could never understand because not knowing how to cook is like not knowing how to [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]].''
* 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.