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->''"No man can walk out on his own story."''

''Rango'' is a 2011 film directed by Creator/GoreVerbinski, starring Creator/JohnnyDepp, Creator/AbigailBreslin, Creator/IslaFisher, Creator/AlfredMolina, Creator/BillNighy and others. The film is an ode to {{Spaghetti Western}}s and is also IndustrialLightAndMagic's first feature-length animated film. It won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature that year.

The film plays out as a loving tribute to Westerns of the past, taking its story beats from the classic structure of classic films while maintaining its own course. References to great films of the past abound throughout the film, serving as {{Easter Egg}}s for fans of the genre.

The movie is also noted for its visual contrast with other wide-release CG animated films. Whereas most other films in the genre tend to go for a clean, idealized look for their world, ''Rango'' intentionally avoids this. Most of the characters are based on ugly-looking animals and the whole world seems to have a layer of dirt and grime on it. The result is a setting that looks more "real" in some ways and more cartoonish in others. Either way, it certainly stands out visually.

An unnamed lizard falls out of the back of a car and wanders the desert, eventually reaching the town of Dirt. In an effort to impress the locals, the lizard concocts a {{Badass}} backstory, adopting the name Rango along the way, that impresses everyone and gets him hired as sheriff by the mayor. But Dirt has its own problems, the town is going through a drought and the town's water supply is disappearing, and it's up to Rango find the cause.
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!!Tropes featured in this film:
* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal: While most of the animals are fully clothed, the hawk wears sharpened metal on its beak and claws, the armadillo wears a hat and a small band of cloth, and Rattlesnake Jake wears a flat-crowned hat, some bandoliers, and a gatling gun for a rattle.
* AccidentalHero: After the hawk winds up dead trying to make a meal of Rango, the chameleon is hailed a hero for "killing" the hawk and made the town's sheriff. This isn't the last of his dumb luck either.
* {{Adorkable}}: Rango is ditzy, cuddly sunshine in a bag.
* AffectionateParody: Of the SpaghettiWestern. Basically, Rango is to Spaghetti Westerns as ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is to the MartialArtsMovie.
* AllDesertsHaveCacti: Despite the accuracy in the appearance of the film's Saguarro cacti, this type of cactus does not actually grow in the Mojave desert.
* AllForNothing: After stealing back the water jug, the tarp falls away to reveal [[spoiler:it's filled with nothing but sand]].
* AllThereInTheScript: Many of the characters' names are never said onscreen. Thankfully, the ClosedCaptioning gives a lot of the names.
* AmericanAccents: Aussie Creator/IslaFisher does a pretty convincing Southern twang as Beans.
** The ultra-British Bill Nighy does a stunning accent as Rattlesnake Jake.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Despite that it's the only non-speaking animal in the film, the redtailed hawk tried (almost successfully) to get Rango out of a glass soda bottle by dropping it from a great height, and successfully dispensed Rango from a vending machine he chose to hide in.
** It's not the only non-speaking animal, the bats and the pigs (peccaries?) dragging the carts don't talk either. However the bats count for this trope too, being able to fly like jet planes and [[spoiler: maintain a close enough formation to look like a hawk.]]
* AnalogyBackfire: Why, we'd turn on each other like a bunch of animals!
* AnimalsNotToScale: While animals like Rattlesnake Jake, the metal-beaked hawk, and the wise armadillo are of proper size, the citizens who populate the town of Dirt (more specifically a gila monster, fox, turkey vulture, bobcat, and tortoise) are the size of Rango, the former pet chameleon.
* AntiClimaxCut: "We '''RIDE!'''" Cut to Rango's posse galloping towards... nothing in particular.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: '[[WhoAreYou Who am I]]?' See TheHerosJourney.
* ArcWords:
** "Who am I?"
** "No man can walk out on his own story."
** "People have to believe in something."
** One bullet.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Apparently after a [[NoodleIncident chain reaction]] wherein six Jenkins brothers were killed with one bullet, the seventh Jenkins brother died of infection.
** Secure the perimeter, dust for prints, check for fibers, scan for DNA! I want a urine sample from everyone get me a latte.
*** [[UrineTrouble Don't mix up the two]].
* AshesToCrashes: Rango tasting the contents of jars in Beans' wagon. "You eatin' '''daddy's ashes'''!" (Subverted -- She means his cigarette ashes. [[DisappearedDad They never found the body.]])
* AteHisGun: Subverted in a CrossesTheLineTwice gag
-->'''A kid playing with Rango's pistol, staring right down the barrel:''' There's a bullet in there!
* {{Badass}}: Rattlesnake Jake.
** BadassMustache: He may not have any hair, but the scales on the front of his face have a mustachioed pattern.
* BadassAdorable: Priscilla. With the six-shooters. "Can I gut-shoot someone?"
* BadassBoast: What got Rango into the whole mess in the first place.
* BadBadActing: Rango and his posse disguise themselves as an acting troupe to arrest the mole clan. Given the lack of acting experience his posse seems to have, HilarityEnsues.
* BarefootCartoonAnimals: Some of the supporting characters, including Buford the barkeep and Mr. Merrimack.
* [[DancePartyEnding Beach Party Ending]]: The DVD- and Blu-Ray-exclusive epilogue.
* BecomingTheBoast: [[spoiler: By film's end, Rango lives up to be the hero he makes himself out to be. Made evident when he confronts Jake again and Jake can see no fear in his eyes as Rango holds him at gunpoint.]]
* BerserkButton: Don't you dare say anything bad about Beans's [[DisappearedDad father]].
** Heck, just don't say anything about him ''at all''. Even if it's perfectly respectful, she'll take it the wrong way.
* {{BFG}}: Rattlesnake Jake has a set of ''human-sized'' revolver chambers in place of his rattle. Also counts as MoreDakka.
* BigBad: Not [[TheDragon Rattlesnake Jake]], but the [[spoiler: genial tortoise mayor (voiced, rather appropriately, by Ned Beatty) who's hoarding the town's water.]]
* [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Big in Finland]]:[[invoked]] According to the official website, this is what Wounded Bird is.
* BilingualBonus: If you know Spanish, listen closely to the Mariachi Owl Band. During their scene in the jail cell, one of the verses in their funeral dirge translates into [[spoiler: "Where are your eggs?" ("eggs" is Spanish slang for "balls").]]
** "Cojones" are also mentioned once or twice. The best has to be, though, when Rango makes a crack about Beans's name, he comments that he enjoys a nice [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti_alla_puttanesca puttanesca]], but he wouldn't name his daughter that. As a cognate, in Spanish, "puta" means...[[spoiler:"Whore/Bitch/Prostitute!"]]
* BillingDisplacement: Abigail Breslin is billed pretty high in the credits (third or fourth) despite Priscilla not even really playing that much of a significant role in the movie. Then again, most of the other major characters in the movie were voiced by more obscure actors, and even by some of the movie's production staff.
* BlandNameProduct: The "Golden Guardians." The [[AcademyAward Oscar]] is a registered trademark and can't be duplicated, even for novelty purposes; hence, the similar-looking statuettes.
* BoozeFlamethrower: This happens even though there is no liquor; the cactus juice is the gas. The flame is provided by the cigar Rango eats.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Done a bit with the GreekChorus of owls--at one point they don't play an appropriately exciting musical cue on time, so Rango has to repeat his CallToAdventure. Later in the film, Rango uses them as part of a plan.
** Played with early on in the film. Rango appears to breathe on the fourth wall to fog it up and draw on it. However, it's actually just the glass wall of his terrarium.
* BrickJoke: Rango used to have a [[GirlfriendInCanada girlfriend]], but she couldn't keep her head.
* CaptainObvious: "Seems to me you folks have a water problem."
** "The signal! Something must've gone wrong!" (As they stand surrounded by a huge clan of hostile groundhogs.)
** While ducking a gatling gun, Waffles gives [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Counselor Troi]] a run for her money. "I am sensing hostility!"
* CargoCult: The animals' treatment of human articles, like pipes, because of their "divine" ability to control water. [[spoiler: Subveted in that the mayor and his followers have at least a practical knowledge of the water system, and have intentionally built religious trappings around them to control the town.]]
* CarnivoreConfusion: '''Lots!''' Notice Tortoise John's lackeys and assistant is a gila monster and a desert fox, which eats lizards, rodents and birds - animals that make up almost the entire town! Also, they're wearing boots, which are made from cow hide (and since no one in their right mind would keep cows in such a sweltering desert wasteland, it enters into FridgeHorror when one has to wonder whether they had to use the skins of the dead to make their products).
** They could have used the leather of the non-anthropomorphic peccaries for the latter.
* CastOfSnowflakes: Every critter in the movie (and there are dozens of them) has a very individual face. Even the moles.
* ChekhovsArmoury: Used masterfully. [[spoiler: The climax uses practically everything in the entire film. The road from earlier, Roadkill, the walking cacti, and Spirit Of the West, all of which are seen or mentioned at the beginning of the film help Rango out of his HeroicBSOD. They're used again, along with the Mole family, Jake's fear of hawks, the hole dug by the moles, the pipe underground, and Rango's 'one bullet' each play a huge role in defeating the mayor at the end of the film. The writers practically made everything in the entire film a ChekhovsGun!]]
** [[spoiler: Heck, even the little play Rango does at the beginning of the movie turns out to be a plot point during the canyon scene.]]
** Inverted: Interestingly enough, there is no further mention or reference of the huge eye that Rango and his posse obliviously pass by in the underground tunnels, nor the creature that the eye belongs to. (Seriously, what the heck was that thing?)
*** DontExplainTheJoke
** The "Spirit of the West." Rango recites it a second time to make sure we don't forget it.
* {{Chekhovs Gunm|an}}en: The walking cacti.
* CirclingMonologue: [[spoiler: When Rattlesnake Jake calls Rango out on his lies.]]
* ClintSquint: Delivered by the man himself('s animated counterpart) and Rango.
* CloudCuckooLander: Pretty much every person in the posse sans Rango, Beans and Wounded Bird.
** [[LargeHam Rango]] and [[MotorMouth Beans]] are still only saner in comparison.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: One of the volunteers for the posse, Sgt. Turley, has ''an arrow through his eye'', and Rango sheepishly points out, "You've, uh, got a little something in your eye there." Turley seems to think Rango is talking about his conjunctivitis.
** "Must be that immersive theater."
* TheComicallySerious: [[spoiler: While Rattlesnake Jake definitely [[KnightOfCerebus adds a sinister touch to the movie]], [[HumiliationConga his second faceoff against Rango]] [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes cost him a little]] [[OhCrap of his mystique]]. He is quick to gain it back after [[BullyingTheDragon the mayor screws up a double cross however]].]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: What forms the film's plot from start to finish.
** {{Lampshaded}} by Rango at the very start of the film when trying to figure out how to use one to put a conflict in his story, right before the ContrivedCoincidence does just that for the movie.
* CorruptHick: [[spoiler: The mayor, Tortoise John, who's stealing up the water from the townsfolk so he can kick them out and steal their land to use for his currently-in-construction new city.]] Pretty handy [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass with a firearm, so it was probably best not to get on his bad side.]]
* CrashingDreams: Rango's fever dream ends with the air around him suddenly turning to water, causing him to choke. In the waking world, his body has been washed down a drainage pipe.
** The "alabaster chariot" of the Spirit of the West is, in fact, [[spoiler:a golf cart from nearby Las Vegas]].
* CrucifiedHeroShot: After crossing the highway, an emotionally-drained Rango collapses on the side of the road. A bunch of pillbugs scoop him up and carry him off.
* CrypticConversation: Invoked twice -- The Armadillo, and the Spirit of the West.
* CucumberFacial: Rango is awakened from one of these by an alarm at the bank.
* CurseCutShort: The toad Rango meets out in the desert after he captured by the hawk: "You son of a b-(hawk screech)!"
** Doubles as GettingCrapPastTheRadar as the screech of the hawk made it sound like "bitch".
** Also doubles as a Shoutout to ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: I WILL '''[[TriggerHappy BLOW THAT UGLY CLEAN OFF YOUR FACE!]]'''
** I'm going to slice your face off and use it to wipe my unmentionables.
*** Mind the beak.
* DangerousWorkplace: The Sheriff's office has a high turnover rate.
* DareToBeBadass: Rango receives one from [[spoiler: the Spirit of the West.]]
-->'''Rango:''' I’m a fraud! I’m a phony! My friends believed in me, but they need some kind of hero.\\
'''[[spoiler: The Spirit of the West]]:''' [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Then be a hero]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Beans and Priscilla. Also Señor Flan, the leader of the Mariachi owls.
* DeathByLookingUp: The Hawk getting creamed by a water tower.
** [[TemptingFate Is that ALL YOU GOT?!]]
* DecadeDissonance: The movie is obviously set sometime in the past decade, but the MouseWorld of Dirt seems to have gotten stuck in the classical [[TheWildWest Wild West]] era (roughly 1860 to 1890) - though it ''does'' start to modernize over the course of the film.
* DeepSouth: Even though they're all native to the Southwest, the Mole Clan is pretty much one big satirical look at this trope.
** Also their playing banjos during the mounted bat fight alludes to {{Deliverance}}.
*** [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Playing Ride of the Valkyries on banjos.]]
* DesertSkull: The owl mariachi band stands on one of these while singing about Rango's journey.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Rango at the start.
* DeterminedHomesteader: Beans
* DiagonalCut: When Rango tries to hide from the red-tailed hawk in an outhouse, the hawk slices it to ribbons with one swipe of its talons.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler: Rattlesnake Jake]] is considered to be a Grim Reaper right out of the pits of hell, and he even seems to believe this about himself to some degree. [[spoiler: Rango ultimately defeats him in the end with his wits alone.]]
** At the end, it becomes more like Did You Just Save Cthulhu's Ass? when [[spoiler: Rango prevents the mayor shooting Jake]].
* DisappearedDad: Beans's father disappeared under "mysterious circumstances".
* TheDitz: The little boy that was handling Rango's revolver. Pointing it at his own mother like it was a toy, himself, even staring into the barrel.
-->"There's a bullet in here!"
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Rango mocks the Hawk from inside an empty beer bottle. The Hawk responds by [[NailsOnABlackboard scraping her talons on the glass]], then picking up the bottle and smashing it.
* DontLookDown: Briefly and hilariously done by Rango.
* DontSneakUpOnMeLikeThat: Rango gets a bit too deep in character with an autograph-seeker.
* TheDragon: [[spoiler: Rattlesnake Jake.]]
* DramaticDrop: Rango, glass in hand, turns and sees a flattened Armadillo talking to him. SMASH.
* TheDreaded: Even [[spoiler: the Mayor's hired killers]] are afraid to call Rattlesnake Jake in.
* DreamLand: Once Rango crosses the highway after Rattlesnake Jake banishes him, he seems to have stepped from the real West into the mythical [[TheWildWest West]] -- which accounts for the encounters with spirits and walking cacti.
* DrivenToSuicide: During his HeroicBSOD, Rango walks across the highway without bothering to look out for the huge vehicles roaring past and over him.
* DrowningPit: [[spoiler: The Mayor puts Rango and Beans into a makeshift one via the bank's water vault. Too bad for him it was made of old, non-shockproof glass.]]
* [[DudeShesLikeInAComa Dude, She's Like, Catatonic!]]: When Beans [[HeroicBSOD first freezes up]], Rango sniffs her hair, then puts an arm around her shoulders til she snaps out of it. When she does it again later, he uses it as an opportunity to give her a little kiss on the cheek...[[SubvertedTrope and then it turns out that this time she was only pretending]].
** The closest he'd come to a female inside his terrarium was a headless Barbie doll, so he doesn't have much of a reference pool for proper behavior.
* EndOfAnAge: Evoked by the Mayer during his ''Film/{{Chinatown}}''-inspired speech.
* EnnioMorriconePastiche: Of course HansZimmer's soundtrack consists mostly of this!
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: The Mayor]] is so corrupt that even Rattlesnake Jake, who claims to be from Hell itself, drags him off after [[spoiler: the mayor]] betrays him. His dialogue calling [[spoiler: Rango]] out on his lies also implies that he has a sense of honor and ''hates'' a liar as well.
** Meanwhile [[spoiler: the Mayor]], despite being willing to throw Rango and Beans in a tank to drown, tries to tell [[spoiler: Rattlesnake Jake]] to back off when he's threatening Beans in his office.
** This is more of a case of Even the AlphaBitch Has Standards, but [[spoiler: when the mayor puts Beans and Rango in the drowning tank]], Angelique looks visibly horrified despite clearly not liking Beans.
* EnvironmentalSymbolism: The portraits behind Rango in the Mayor's office.
* [[spoiler: EvilCripple: The mayor]].
* EqualOpportunityEvil: Bad Bill's gang have conspicuously non-American accents (British; German; Mexican; [[spoiler: and since they're on the Mayor's side, we'll throw in his French secretary]]) while the people of Dirt all have easily identifiable Western accents and speech patterns.
** Averted with Ambrose the owl, who has a British accent and is one of the good guys and the creepy Mole/Groundhog/Whatevers [[spoiler: who turn out to be NecessarilyEvil and willing to switch sides.]]
* EveryoneIsArmed: The townspeople of Dirt may not have much, but they have guns...lots and lots of guns.
-->'''Rango:''' Does anybody here know how to use a firearm of any kind?
-->''[[NoisyGuns ]]''
-->'''Rango:''' '''' All right then...
* EvilerThanThou: Rattlesnake Jake and [[spoiler: Tortoise John]] take turns on this one. Utilized first by Jake, who demands a free rein in coercing Beans: later, [[spoiler: Tortoise John gives a "times have changed" speech and attempts to shoot Jake with Rango's gun.]] Flips back to Jake when [[spoiler: Rango defeats Tortoise John and the helpless villain is trying to talk his way out of a well-deserved punishment.]]
* EvilLaugh: Rattlesnake Jake give a truly epic one to Rango before [[spoiler: he gets ready to duel him in the middle of the town.]] This is all followed with him slithering out into the middle of the town, taking the time to load his gun (Which is followed by a healthy dose of DramaticGunCock), looking over at Rango with a SlasherSmile, and chuckling quietly under his breath. The fact that he's voiced by Bill Nighy when he does this really sells it.
* ExactWords: [[spoiler: Tortoise John]] (who has Beans hostage) tells Rango to "hand over the gun". Rango has no choice but to do exactly as he says, and hands over the gun... [[spoiler:without the bullet inside.]]
** Also the Owl band leader saying Rango is definitely going to die. Well, he is... [[spoiler:Everyone does eventually...]]
* ExpospeakGag: He means [[LaymansTerms follow the pipe]].
** "If we was to hit the mother load, [[BlatantLies being prospectors and such]], where exactly do we deposit said annuity?"
** "We are experiencing a ''paradigm shift''!"
* ExpositionDiagram: Using a firelit twig and the night sky, Rango relates the Spirit of the West.
* EyeScream: One of Rango's posse is a chicken with an arrow ''sticking into his right eye and through the back of his head''.
** A fly has a taste of cactus juice in the form of a small spill. It gags and collapses dead in the puddle, with one of its eyes popping out.
** While it doesn't actually happen, [[spoiler: Rattlesnake Jake]] threatens to "squeeze them pretty brown eyes out of [Beans'] skull!"
** Also happens to Waffles during the campfire scene, when Rango accidentally hits him in the eye with a stick.
* EyesNeverLie: The only reason Rattlesnake Jake allows Rango to hold a gun right at his nose and dares him to shoot him is he "doesn't see the killer in his eyes". [[spoiler: He gets an OhCrap moment later when he realizes that Rango ''does'' have the killer in his eyes when in the same situation reoccurs at the climax of the film.]]
* FailedASpotCheck: Wounded Bird pointing out the escape hole of the alleged bank robbers.
* FakeUltimateHero: Rango stumbles into the role and enjoys its benefits - he even runs a few risks out of the sheer joy of it all. Once [[KnightOfCerebus Rattlesnake Jake]] comes to town, Rango must either rise or fall. [[spoiler: He falls.]]
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Hugely averted, seeing how Creator/GoreVerbinski [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean directed this.]]
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether: The Moles.
* FateWorseThanDeath: It's not clear what will happen to [[spoiler: the mayor when he's dragged off by Rattlesnake Jake.]] But nobody expects it to be pretty.
* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Mayor Tortoise John]].
* FeatherFingers: Most of the bird characters. It's especially noticeable on the mariachi owls, who use them to play their instruments, and the red-tailed hawk, who operates a vending machine to get at Rango, who is hiding inside.
* FishOutOfWater: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhtTFwmzm3E Quite literally in the teaser.]]
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Referenced scornfully.
--> '''[[spoiler: The Spirit]]:''' If this were heaven, we'd be eatin' Pop Tarts with Kim Novak!
* FoodSlap: Beans [[spoiler: throws a glass of water in the Mayor's face when he tries to get her to sell her ranch.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The [[DreamingTheFuture dream]] Rango has before he gets to Dirt.
** When [[spoiler: the Mayor]] orders his men to call Rattlesnake Jake, they warn him that Jake's a "grim reaper" and, specifically, "never leaves town without taking a soul." The boss waves it off and orders Jake contacted anyway. Jake indeed does not leave town until he 'takes a soul' - [[spoiler: the Mayor himself, who he drags off with him.]]
* ForegoneConclusion: The mariachi owls periodically assure the audience that Rango will die soon. [[spoiler: Turns out to be ExactWords. Everyone dies... eventually... possibly as the result of a household accident?...]]
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: The "Spirit of the West." Later confirmed by the wise Armadillo, who muses, "We each see what we need to see."
* ForgotICouldFly: The Hawk stares stupidly as the water tower falls on her, instead of flying away.
** RuleOfFunny: And by the time Metalbeak looks and realized she's about to get pancaked, it's too late to do much of anything anyway.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: The film has at least one unambiguous reference to alcohol, but in the saloon all they have is cactus juice.
** Interestingly, the Mayor treats his private stash of water as if it were fine vintage wine.
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: Rango in his western duds. Also Beans, Priscilla, Spoons and the rest of the townspeople of Dirt.
* FunnyAnimal: It subverts the expected tropes when the walking, talking, cowboy hat-wearing animals still happen to realistically resemble their RealLife counterparts. Jake and Rango qualify for HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: most other folks wear clothes.
** Averted rather interestingly with the hawk, who doesn't talk despite displaying problem-solving intellect and an accessory (her metal beak). Even more confusing considering that the avian residents of Dirt have no problem talking.
*** Given that her sole purpose in coming to town is to find food, it's unlikely that the hawk would be interested in starting a conversation.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: There are plenty. In fact, sometimes they're in the foreground. Or the sideground!
** [[spoiler: When the Mayor is telling Rattlesnake Jake that [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness he has outlived his usefulness]], you can see Rango and Beans in the drowning tank behind him, Rango shaking a catatonic Beans and then administering the Heimlich.]]
** This one happens in the foreground (but not at the center of attention), when the tank of water begins to break, the mayor is seen panicking with his wheelchair for a moment, looking for the lever that moves his chair, and accidentally pulls the one that releases his golf club.
** While Beans and Rango are discussing his new position as sherriff, one of the town's dimmer children is playing with Rango's gun - admiring it, looking down its barrel ("There's a bullet in there!"), [[TooDumbToLive chewing on it]] - in general, chewing the scenery.
** Actually more of a Funny Back-sound Event. When the posse introduces themselves as thespians, Waffles can be heard singing "la la la" to the tune that the Mariachi Owls are playing.
** Kinda gross actually; in the extended ending, when Beans says: "You come back with all your digits!" there is a gritty-looking child in the back picking its nose.
** While Rango's being fitted for his clothes, a spider keeps bustling up and measuring the width of his shoulders, sleeve length, etc. He seems to be one of the tailors, until Rango glances aside and sees him busy assembling... a coffin.
* FurryConfusion: Lots and ''lots!'' The intelligent animals like Rango, the shrew girl, the townspeople, and the outlaws wear clothing, wield guns, and have their own American West-style society, while at the same time utilizing roadrunners as horses, bats as flying mounts and javelinas to pull wagons (which brings up whole new levels of confusion when a javelina-like ''blacksmith'' was briefly visible in one scene!). One also can't forget the few bits of 'insect confusion' that occur between the dead cricket in Rango's enclosure, the life-size pillbugs used as golf balls, and the insect (including a spider and a scorpion - although they're not really insects but that's beside the point since neither are pillbugs) denizens that populate the town of Dirt, including in one scene where Rango tries to emulate the walking style of a clothed beetle. See also AnimalsNotToScale above.
* FurryReminder: When a dragonfly buzzes past Rango's face, he sticks out his tongue and eats it.
* GargleBlaster: Probably the cactus juice. One sip kills a fly (and [[EyeScream causes its eye to pop out of its head]]), and it's flammable enough that combining it with a lit cigar results in FireBreathingDiner.
* GatlingGood: One of the many enemies Rango encounters are an entire clan of moles riding bats mounted with little gatling guns. Not to mention Rattlesnake Jake having a [[MoreDakka machine gun]] [[ArmCannon for a rattle]].
* GeniusDitz: Rango is very aware that he's only digging himself deeper with his lies, but he's also very aware of his surroundings and is able to competently think up solutions to his problems. [[spoiler: He's even able to piece together the mayor's water-hoarding scheme.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The film is pretty much built on this trope. Saying they pushed that PG rating as far as they could is an understatement.
** "Thespians"? That's illegal in seven states!
** "It's a puzzle! Like a big ole [[DelusionsOfEloquence mammogram]]!
** ''I'm gonna strip away this mystery and expose its private parts.''
** One of the more subtle being that Beans "swallowed Plan B."
** The "Welcome, Amigo" song ends abruptly with the line [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn ...watch him lose his cojones!]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Followed by the owls shutting up after Rango gives them a short]] DeathGlare.
** This exchange at the Saloon:
-->'''Spoons''': "What's the matter? You missing your mommy's mangos?''\\
'''Rango''': "As a matter of fact, I am... but not as much as '''your daddy's cooking!'''"
** "Know that I will be there, watching you! Sometimes, at inappropriate moments! That's part of the deal."
** At the end of the extended cut, there is a stand that offers baths. The sign says a "Fresca/Melenee Tag Team" is $8 and an "Angelique [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench French]] Surprise" is $6. To top it all off, a scantily dressed mouse women in front of the stand says "Water ain't money, ''money'' is money now! We're talkin' hard cash!"
** Another exchange from the extended cut:
--> ''She got more holes in her than a painted lady on a porcupine.'
--> ''Hey! My daddy took me to her place! Not what I expected... ''(cue awkward stares)''
** The German version kicks the radar square in the nuts and shoots it with a double barrel, since there are at least two instances of the word bitch/whore (Schlampe) being used. The scene where Rango gets his sheriff's clothing is of particular note, as Beans is practically screaming it right at the camera before blanking out, referring to Angelique. The word ass (Arsch) is also used faintly in the background when the Rango is watching the moles through binoculars. The father is hitting his son, and threatens to "beat up his ass." The movie is rated 6 and up...
* GirlishPigtails: Sported by Priscilla.
* GirlyRun: Rango. It rather resembles [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean another character of Depp's]].
** Judging from the [[JohnnyDepp actor involved]] and the director of the movie (Creator/GoreVerbinski), this was fully intentional.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: In the opening, Rango definitely looks like he's reached this point, and maybe even surpassed it, to the point where every inanimate object in his glass box has a name (even the dead bug), and personalities attributed to them, and he hears them talking to him. Which really isn't surprising, since he's probably spent his whole life stuck in that cage without anyone to talk to but himself.
* GondorCallsForAid: Rango enlists the aid of [[spoiler: the mole family]] near the end.
* GreatWayToGo: "Drowned, in the desert?" "What a way to go!"
* GreekChorus: The mariachi owls. Since they're PlayedForLaughs, they aren't very good at it. In fact, at one point they're so ''disappointed'' and disgusted by his actions that they just sit there giving him doleful looks.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Rango receives this warm greeting from the folks of Dirt.
* GunsAkimbo: Priscilla shows her BadassAdorable side this way.
* TheGunslinger: Rattlesnake Jake is a type B and a type D. Rango is a Type A...{{accidental| aiming skills}}ly.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Rango plays this straight at the start of the movie, but almost everyone else is [[FullyDressedCartoonAnimal fully clothed]], and Rango gets a full outfit before long.
** Other characters that apply to this include Wounded Bird, Ambrose and Waffles.
* HannibalLecture: Rattlesnake Jake initiates Rango's HeroicBSOD with one.
* HawaiianShirtedTourist: Rango is wearing a red Hawaiian shirt at the beginning. When he adapts to life in Dirt, he gets himself several sets of cool cowboy outfits.
* HeroKiller: While he doesn't kill any heroes on screen, Rattlesnake Jake is stated to have killed Dirt's previous sheriff, and certainly has the ''reputation'' of a classic HK.
* HeroicBSOD: Rango in spades [[spoiler: after Rattlesnake Jake calls him out. He walks across a road full of traffic and emerges unscathed. He's brought before the Man With No Name, who finally breaks him out of it.]]
* TheHerosJourney: It's all about Rango's, in a very archetypic way.
** In the Extended Cut, Priscilla explicitly [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: The Mayor really should've known better than to turn on Rattlesnake Jake...]]
* HumanoidFemaleAnimal: Beans is considerably more anthropomorphized than Rango, though they're both lizards.
** Angelique is also more humanlike than the rest of the cast, be they male or female.
* HumansAreCthulhu: Subtle, but definitely there. The road and cars, while mundane to humans, are enough of an incomprehensible barrier for the animals to become integral to a spiritual quest. The Mayor talks of controlling water as divine power, and the glimpse of Las Vegas and its sprinklers is like seeing Cthulhu's city. Not to mention the fact that humans stole the water from the valley in the first place, have enough of it to just dump in the desert, and the CargoCult treatment human artifacts like pipes get.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Wounded Bird, to Rango.
* IAteWhat: The cactus fruit...
--> '''Rango:''' [[KnowNothingKnowItAll Ah, yes, the cactus fruit! Used by your people as a seasoning, I believe!]]
--> '''Wounded Bird:''' Also natural laxative.
--> ''(SpitTake)''
* IHaveManyNames / TheUnreveal: The lizard who will become Rango says he has a stage name, a pseudonym, [[ShoutOut an]] Film/{{Avatar}}, and even a maiden name but he never says them on camera.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: When Jake creepily licks Beans while partially strangling her.
* IWantThemAlive: Bathazar clobbers his son for unloading bullets at Rango's wagon. He won't risk hitting the water.
* IfYouDieICallYourStuff: Priscilla nonchalantly lays claim to Rango's boots in the event of his inevitable death just after he becomes sheriff.
-->"Ya got any [[GoldTooth gold fillin's]]?"
* InTheStyleOf: "Walk Don't Rango" is the ''Rango'' theme in the style of DickDale -- specifically, it sounds [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong suspiciously similar]] to his cover of "Misirlou", better known as the theme from ''Film/PulpFiction''.
* IncrediblyLamePun: "What's an aquifer?" "Well, it's [[AccidentallyAccurate fer aqua]]."
* InsigniaRipOffRitual: Rango dropping his badge in the dirt after being ousted by Jake. Once his confidence is restored, the wind uncovers the badge [[RuleOfSymbolism just in time]] for Rango to walk up and reclaim it.
* InsultBackfire:
-->'''Beans:''' Go to hell!\\
'''Rattlesnake Jake:''' Where do you think I ''come from''?
* InterspeciesRomance: Rango is a chameleon and Beans is an iguana. Both lizards, but very different species.
** One of Rango's lies is that he and Jake are brothers, and his mother had an [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar active social life]].
* IronicEcho: Comes up with several lines, each of which changes in significance:
--> "Thirsty, 'brother'?"
--> "Soon no one will believe you even existed."
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Rattlesnake Jake.]]
** Also the Mayor's goons.
* KnightOfCerebus: After Rattlesnake Jake shows up, the movie's tone suddenly becomes a lot darker.
* KubrickStare: About half of Priscilla's screen time is of her looking up at the camera like this.
* LargeHam: Rango. Not even as Jack Sparrow we've seen so much scenery-chewing from Johnny Depp!
* LawOfConservationOfDetail: Pay attention to literally ''everything''. Almost every plot element comes up again somewhere. See ChekhovsArmoury for more details.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: [[spoiler: No, that isn't Creator/ClintEastwood, it's "The Spirit Of The West". (Unfortunately, it's not him voicing the character either).]]
** [[spoiler: Rango did, however, mention that "they used to call you [[Film/DollarsTrilogy the man with no name]]".]]
** Also, Rango hits HunterSThompson's windshield.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Moments before falling out of the car, Rango announces he's had an "epiphany" that what this story needs is something to "[[TemptingFate propel our hero into conflict!]]"
** The Spirit of the West to Rango: "No man can walk out on his own story."
** The mariachi band is constantly following Rango around singing about his exploits as they happen. The other characters are all aware that they're there, but generally ignore them.
* LecherousLicking: Jake creepily licks Beans' cheek when he's partially strangling her.
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Most of the film's music is supposedly provided by the mariachi owls or similar music-playing critters. During the Mole family's air chase, some of them are even playing "Music/RideOfTheValkyries" ... ''on banjos.''
* LetsGetDangerous: Played powerfully in the film's finale.
* [[spoiler: LiarRevealed]] Near the film's end, this happens to Rango.
* LimitedWardrobe: Averted with Rango, since he starts with the Hawaiian shirt, gets his hat, then long-johns, a full caballero outfit, and then the cowboy outfit and poncho. True for everyone else, though.
* LineOfSightName: "Rango" isn't the main character's real name. He just saw it on the back of his cactus juice bottle: ''Hecho en Du'''rango''''' ([[BilingualBonus Made in Durango]]). He had no real name before this (according to the DVD Commentary, there was a misconception about his real name being Lars. Lars was actually just another background character Johnny Depp voiced).
* LinkedListClueMethodology: Shoeprints at the site of Mr. Merrimack's murder, and his glasses left behind in an empty water jug.
* LittleMissBadass: Priscilla wants to be one, and shows Rango she's got a lot of spunk. However, he tells her to stay behind, perhaps too afraid of endangering her. On a side note, their entire dynamic resembles that of Mattie and Cogburn in ''TrueGrit''.
* LittleNo: Used with a double meaning when Rattlesnake Jake terrifies Rango into a confession. On one level, he's honestly answering "no" (as quietly as possible) to Jake's question; on a deeper level, he knows this is the end - the crushing, self-inflicted end to all the friendships and respect that he received from the citizens of Dirt.
* LockAndLoadMontage: It's a Western.
* LogicalWeakness: Rattlesnake Jake's extreme fear of hawks.
* LoudGulp: Rango, several times.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Lampooned by Rango claiming to be Rattlsnake jake's brother. "Mama had an active social life."
* LuddWasRight: [[spoiler: The evil Mayor is trying to create an industrialized city by taking the land from the inhabitants of Dirt.]]
* MadeOfExplodium: Apparently the bats the Moles have domesticated are rare Explodium Bats.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Parodied with [[ShapedLikeItself Wounded Bird's]] character.
-->'''Rango:''' ''(as Wounded Bird scatters feathers into the wind)'' I see you're communicating with the great spirits.\\
'''Wounded Bird:''' No. I'm molting. It means I'm ready to mate.
* {{Malaproper}}: Spoons is prone to them. "It's a puzzle! It's like a big old mammogram!"
* MasochistsMeal: Rango snatching Bad Bill's cigar and eating it.
** He claims to sweeten his coffee with snake venom for "[[BlaseBoast tang]]."
*** This is brought back as Jake delivers Rango a glass of his own venom...
* [[spoiler: MayorPain]]: Type A.
* MessianicArchetype: After Rattlesnake Jake's HannibalLecture, Rango drops his sheriff's badge among the tombstones on Boot Hill; the invented character of "Rango" is dead. He ''crosses to the other side'', and after his encounter with God, [[spoiler: wait I mean the Spirit of the West]], he returns to the cemetery just as the wind exhumes the badge for him to pick up again in a symbolic resurrection.
* {{Metaphorgotten}}:
-->He controls the water! Like a [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkey's]] bladder!
-->But ''how'' does he control the water?
-->Well, you gotta spend some time and train them. Cause you know, monkeys, when they do go, you rub their nose in it.
* MilesGloriosus: How Rango gets into this mess in the first place.
* MindScrew: A good portion of the beginning of the movie, particularly Rango's Dream of Foreshadowing.
* MisplacedVegetation: The Saguaro cacti featured throughout the film grow in profusion only in the Sonoran Desert, not the Mojave Desert.
* MisplacedWildlife: Priscilla is, according to Creator/GoreVerbinski himself, an aye-aye. As in, the type of lemur found in Madagascar.
* MixAndMatchCritters: According to a special on the DVD, Beans has the traits of at least two different lizards. To be fair, the character designers admitted that they were going for RuleOfCool on the species types.
* MoralGuardians: They've bashed the film due to characters smoking. [[http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/health/2011-03-08-rango08_ST_N.htm No, really.]]
** Thus saving us all from the moral decay of ''smoking cartoon animals in the Old West.''
* MotorMouth: Beans can really churn it out when flustered. Some of Rango's boasts are also shot out like crazy.
* MouseWorld: Dirt is your typical western town, but for desert critters, and built out of scrap.
* TheMunchausen: Rango, who is very good at telling tall tales about himself.
** Some wizened old guys in Rango's posse.
-->'''Buford''': "I once coughed up a Dalmatian.\\
'''Elgin''': One time I coughed up an entire tribe of pygmies. They started lookin' at me funny.\\
'''Spoons''': I found a human spinal column in my fecal matter once.\\
[[[TooMuchInformation Everyone looks at him]]]
* NeverSayDie: Averted.
* NiceHat: Just about everybody has one. Par the course for a western setting.
* NobleDemon: [[spoiler: Rattlesnake Jake is bloodthirsty and murderous... but he is true to his word and genuinely admires the few who are willing to stand up to him]].
* [[NobodyHereButUsStatues Nobody Here But Us Cacti]]: Rango strikes a cactus pose to hide from the Hawk. A badly-dressed cactus.
* NonMammalianHair: Lizards, birds, reptiles, amphibians... All the citizens have hair. This also leads to...
* NonMammalMammaries: Plenty of 'em on all the women regardless of species.
** The lady frog in the bar has GagBoobs.
** Similarly, Rango has a belly button.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: Rattlesnake to Rango, one "legend" to another.]]
* ObligatoryJoke: Rango giving direction to a plastic tree. "You were wooden. [[LampshadeHanging There, I said it]]."
* ObviouslyEvil: [[spoiler: The mayor]]. Must be the voice. [[spoiler: Especially when he sounds and dresses like [[Film/{{Chinatown}} Noah Cross]].]]
* OfficeGolf: Tortoise John, using pillbugs as golf balls. Later, he invites Rango to join him out on the green.
* OhAndXDies: Subverted; The musician birds say many times all through out the film that Rango is going to die, [[spoiler: but he doesn't. At the end, [[FromACertainPointOfView they justify it by saying]] that [[LifeWillKillYou (obviously)]] he ''will'' die ... someday.]]
* OhCrap: Just about all the villains get a turn, and Rango almost makes a specialty of it.
** Metalbeak the hawk has one just before she's smashed by the falling water tower.
** Rango's face when Rattlesnake Jake makes his epic entrance pretty much just screams this trope.
** [[spoiler: Rattlesnake Jake's gets a close-up when Rango points his gun at him during the climax, this time with no fear in his eyes.]]
** Rattlesnake Jake gets an epic one when he sees a hawk in the sky, [[spoiler: although he quickly discovers the ruse.]]
** The Mayor after doublecrossing [[TheDreaded Jake]], when he discover that his gun is empty.
* OneBulletLeft: A running theme in the movie based off Rango's lie that he killed seven men with one bullet (sorta...the seventh one "died from infection"). [[spoiler: During the hawk chase scene in town, he accidentally kills it by shooting the licorice that was wrapped around him. The bullet ricochets and hits the tower causing it to fall on the bird. During the climax, Rango uses it to intimidate Jake, then shortly after uses it to get out of the drowning pit the mayor put him and Beans into. Jake also uses this line when it comes to giving Tortoise John his due.]]
* OneHitPolykill: Rango claims to have killed the Jenkins Brothers with one bullet. All seven of them.
** The last one [[MundaneSolution died of infection.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Rattlesnake Jake's dialect tends to briefly slip into something vaguely resembling Irish.
* OwMyBodyPart: I think the metaphor broke my spleen.
* PracticalCurrency: Water is pretty much what the people in Dirt use as money.
* PrecisionFStrike: This film isn't shy about swearing despite being a family film. One particularly jarring scene is when [[spoiler: Rattlesnake Jake is squeezing Beans to death and says, "Sign the damn paper, woman!"]]
** And her reply of "[[{{Badass}} Go to hell]]!"
*** That said, Jake does have the most swearing of any character, which is part of what makes him the KnightOfCerebus.
--->"If I ever ''see'' you again I'll take your soul straight down to '''HELL!'''"
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Scan for '''''D! N! A!'''''
* TheQuietOne: Wounded Bird.
* RainDance: To Hank William's "Cool Water."
* ARealManIsAKiller: Or at least will not hesitate if he has to kill.
* RecklessGunUsage: Rango telling a boy to hold his gun while he signs an autograph. "There's a bullet in there!"
* RecycledINSPACE: Kind of. Much of the film's plot owes a lot to ''Film/{{Chinatown}}''.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Rattlesnake Jake.
* RedHerring: [[spoiler: The mole family who try to rob the bank. While they actually ''were'' trying to steal Dirt's water reserve for themselves and appear to have a water jug when Rango and his posse arrive, at the end of the long chase sequence, everyone learns said jug was empty by the time the moles got there. The BigBad is revealed soon after.]]
** Rango's final showdown with Jake. [[spoiler: He scares Jake by having the bat-riding moles fly in a hawk formation and when Jake figures it out he gets cocky and empties his ammo into the sky, allowing Rango to stroll right up to him and point his revolver right between his eyes.]]
* RidingIntoTheSunset: It's a Western, so of course (Although only in the deleted ending). Even receives a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade.]]
* RuleOfCool: Moles riding bats. That have gatling guns. And ''explode''. While Ride of the Valkyries plays. ''[[UpToEleven On banjos]]''.
* RunOrDie: Pretty much Rango's strategem when dealing with the Hawk.
* ScavengedPunk: The town runs entirely on this trope. It's never alluded to, but the whole town seems to be scavenged.
* SceneryPorn: There are many absolutely stunning settings - lots of mesas in the sunset and such. One notable scene is a salt flat with the silhouettes of clouds blowing across it.
* ScreamingWarrior: The Moles let out a gobbling war cry (possibly inspired by the rebel yell?) before giving chase to Rango's wagon.
--> '''Pappy:''' Mirabelle! Give [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame the holler!]]"
* SeldomSeenSpecies: TheMovie. A plethora of seldom-used desert critters play prominent roles, including a chameleon, a gecko, an armadillo, a tortoise, moles and many more.
* ShoutOut: So many, [[ShoutOut/{{Rango}} they have their own page]].
* ShowdownAtHighNoon: Done twice in the film with Rango and some of his foes.
* ShroudedInMyth: Rango - out of desperation - becomes TheMunchausen to get the rougher element in Dirt to regard him as too dangerous to handle. Rattlesnake Jake has already attained this status (in a dark way), as has the Spirit of the West.
* SlasherSmile: Rattlesnake Jake does a really good one. Same for the coffin-making spider.
* SlipperySkid: Mr. Merrimack and a loose set of golf balls.
* SlowMotionFall: When his aquarium gets smashed, Rango is sent flying as "Ave Maria" plays.
* SneezeOfDoom: After tricking the Hawk into barreling straight into a soup can, Rango stealthy tiptoes away. And steps on a twig.
* SomewhereAHerpetologistIsCrying: Rango's tank at the beginning of the film is a horrible environment for a chameleon.
** Why do you think he starts the film crazy?
** Rattlesnake Jake has very intensely expressive and focused eyes.
* SoundEffectBleep: As the unlucky toad is being carried away he cries, "You son of a bi-[hawk screech]".
* SnakesAreEvil: Rattlesnake Jake plays it very straight, very darkly.
* SpaghettiWestern: Despite being a family animated film, it's pretty much a straight up love letter to all those classic Spaghetti Westerns.
* SpontaneousChoreography: When the townsfolk do the Water Dance.
* StandardSnippet: "Music/RideOfTheValkyries" during an aerial chase. It's even [[SorryILeftTheBGMOn in-universe]], as the moles start playing it as they ride the bats.
** Played on ''[[EverythingIsAnInstrument banjoes and moonshine jugs]]''.
* StayInTheKitchen: Rango's out-of-control ego manifests in telling Beans she'd clean up real nice if she put some effort into it.
* StealthPun: A quite clever, very easy-to-miss one. When Rango is getting his new clothes before the water ceremony, he tells Beans he got "a ten-gallon hat marked down from fifteen." [[DontExplainTheJoke The citizens of Dirt use water, which is measured in gallons, as currency.]]
** During the extended ending, Beans tells Rango that she put lotion in his saddlebag. He then "clarifies" that it is [[StealthPun gun lotion.]] Much like another cosmetics product related to guns: ''gun powder.''
--->'''Rango:''' ''(to Wounded Bird)'' As my deputy, you'll be in charge of all tracking and finding abilities, using your well-developed sense of ''Injun''-uity. No offense taken.
** There is a scene where Beans reveals that there is no water in the bank. One could even say that Beans... ''spilled the beans''.
* StockSoundEffects: For once, the stock call of a red-tailed hawk is [[ShownTheirWork used for a red-tailed hawk.]]
* AStormIsComing: A furious dust storm precedes Rango's return to Dirt.
* SuperPersistentPredator: Double subverted. The metal-beaked hawk pursues Rango all-out at first, until [[spoiler: she ends up grabbing the desert toad instead. Later, the hawk makes a return appearance, chasing him through the town until Rango's one-bullet accident drops the town's water tower on her]]. May actually be a case of FridgeBrilliance, if you consider [[spoiler: Metalbeak not as a random desert predator, but specifically posted to keep outsiders from reaching the town, and keep the townspeople confused and afraid. ''Someone'' gave her the beak-blade.]]
** [[spoiler:Highly likely seeing as the hawk was "the only thing keeping Rattlesnake Jake away" from Dirt. The Mayor would need to stop Jake from interfering in his own plans until he needed him. Certainly the YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness scene implies the Mayor was worried Jake would turn against him at a future point, and decided to get rid of his scaly partner while he was vulnerable.]]
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Beans saying "My daddy was ''not'' drunk when he fell down that mine shaft!"
* TakeOffEveryZig: A squadron of bats.
* TakeTheWheel: Rango handing the reigns of the wagon over to Beans.
* ATankardOfMooseUrine: "Cactus juice is what we got."
* TapOnTheHead: Rango clocking a woman in the face during the rain dance. He's [[ApologeticAttacker very apologetic]].
* TemptingFate: You keepin thinkin' like that, and your hat's gonna catch on fire!
** "What we need is an unexpected, ironic event that will propel the hero into conflict!"
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Beans, as she only wears a dress and has female hair(?!)
* ThirstyDesert: As the owls sing, ''the desert and death are the closest of friends.''
* TonightSomeoneDies: Parodied shamelessly. [[spoiler: At the start of the film, the lead mariachi who serves as the narrator informs us that Rango is going to die. At the end, Rango is still alive and well, and the narrator simply points out that his prediction will come true sooner or later, since Rango is as mortal as the next guy. ]]
* TorchesAndPitchforks: The townsfolk of Dirt get irritable when Rango is slow to find their water.
* TrailersAlwaysLie: A rather bizarre example of GettingCrapPastTheRadar. In one of the trailers, Rango is showing talking to the one-armed torso of a Barbie doll which has a bra covering its chest. In the movie, it's not wearing anything.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: One trailer all but confirms that [[spoiler: the mayor is a bad guy.]]
** It's not a huge spoiler, since we find out [[spoiler:there's something fishy about him in the first scene he appears.]]
* {{Troperiffic}}: All the requisite SpaghettiWestern tropes, except strangely everything involving [[TrainJob train robbery]]. (But judging from the ad on the rental DVD, there might be a train robbery in the video game.)
* {{Tsundere}}: Beans.
* UnflinchingWalk: Used in conjunction with HeroicBSOD during Rango's walk across the highway. Used in conjunction with LetsGetDangerous during the final showdown.
* UnPaused: A variation. A couple of times when she comes out of her trances, Beans says something that sounds random but might ''just'' be related to whatever she was saying beforehand.
* UnreliableNarrator: The mariachi owls, see ''OhAndXDies''
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Rango's plot to steal back the water jug. Invoked again when Rango enlists the help of the moles to save their imprisoned kinfolk.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: While transversing an underground cavern, the townspeople pass... something subterranean... with a luminous alien-looking eye about fifteen feet across. All anyone has to say about it is "That's a big one."
* VerbalBackspace:
--> Now listen to me! We have got six days of water--
--> *Rango leans against the jug, causing the water to shrink down to the five day mark*
-->...We have got ''five'' days...
* VillainSong: The Mole chant.
* VisualPun: Angelique, the only real attractive character in the entire film, is a fox.
** The MagicalNativeAmerican might be from the Crow reservation.
** Rango [[spoiler: trying to escape from a flooded water tank]] while clenching a bullet between his teeth - that's right, he's literally ''biting the bullet''.
** The Dirt Post Office is a mailbox.
*** Also, its tower clock is mounted in an old tin box marked "thyme".
** An outhouse in Dirt is a bottle of Pepto-Bismol.
** Wounded Bird gets [[spoiler: winged by a bullet in his wing/arm]].
* VolleyingInsults:
** Rango's first encounter with Priscilla.
--->'''Priscilla:''' That's a funny-looking shirt.\\
'''Rango:''' That's a funny-looking dress.\\
'''Priscilla:''' You got funny-looking eyes.\\
'''Rango:''' You got a funny-looking '''[[LameComeback FACE]]'''!
** Plainly, Beans and Angélique aren't the best of friends. Tart. Floozy. Trollop.
* WakingNonSequitur: Beans has occasional catatonic fits. When she snaps out of them, she never quite seems to be carrying on the same conversation she left off.
* WaterTowerDown: Used against the hawk.
* WeCanRuleTogether: With Rango ousted and the town in shambles, [[spoiler:the Mayor]] offers Beans one last chance to sell her ranch. She responds by tossing [[FoodSlap a glass of water in his face]].
* WeirdMoon: Hovering over Rango's walk of shame.
* WeirdWest: Talking animals, prophetic dream sequences, spirits, walking cacti, and that giant, unexplained eyeball.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Angelique kinda disappears at the end, although she does show up before [[spoiler: the mayor puts Rango and Beans in the vault to drown. Despite all the bickering she and Beans took part in before, she genuinely seems horrified that her boss is about to kill them.]]
*** She appears again in the Blu-Ray version's extended ending, apparently getting along fine with everyone else...apart from the fact that there's a porcupine enjoying the rapidly-deflating kiddie pool.
--> "We have a problem."
** The GiantEyeOfDoom that they all just casually dismiss down in the caverns. But that was meant to be more of a throwaway gag probably.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Thoroughly subverted--almost none of the characters, good or bad, could be called "cute" or "cuddly", with the possible exception of Abigail Breslin's aye-aye character, but the nice ones are still very likable.
** Though there did seem to be very few carnivores amongst the town people, most were herbivores or insectivores, while carnivores were treated as villains and brigands. So there is a bit of an edge case of this in the movie, as carnivores are seldom seen as "cute" and the only two carnivores are "cute carnivores" (cat and fox).
* WhatsAHenway: "What's an aquifer?" "It's fer aqua."
* WhatTheHellHero: Delivered by Rattlesnake Jake to Rango, when he calls him out on lying to the good people of the town about his exploits and making them believe in a fraud.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Rango, as a part of disguise. And hardly has a male hero kicked so much butt while wearing a ''dress''.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: Rango asks this when Beans reveals her name, and she replies that her father loved beans.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Ironically, Rattlesnake Jake. [[spoiler: He is deathly afraid of hawks, what with them being his natural predator. This is used against him in the climax; the moles and their bats ride in a formation that looks like a hawk. It works initially, but Jake sees through it pretty quickly.]]
** But then, [[spoiler: he was supposed to.]]
* TheWildWest
* WorthyOpponent: [[spoiler: Rattlesnake Jake's impression of Rango by the end of the film.]]
* XanatosGambit: Rango himself pulls one off in the climax: [[spoiler: even though Rattlesnake Jake eventually realizes the "hawk" is actually a flock of bats, Rango ''still'' succeeded in making him waste all his ammo.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:The Mayor tries to pull this on Rattlesnake Jake]] at the end of the film. It didn't work...
* YouRemindMeOfX: Beans confiding that she doesn't meet a lot of folks down on the ranch. "Sorta like being sealed up in a little box." Rango chuckles unconvincingly and claims he wouldn't know anything about that.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Rango looks uneasy during Spoons's prayer to the Spirit of the West, thanking him for sending a brave sheriff to town.
* YouWouldntShootMe: Jake pulls this on Rango the first time they face-off, knowing he doesn't have the nerve to pull the trigger. [[spoiler:When they end up in that situation again, he now sees that Rango ''does'' have the nerve and backs off.]]
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