Characters: Rango


"Now, remember son: stay in school, eat your veggies, and burn everything but Shakespeare."
The main protagonist of the film. He is a chameleon with aspirations for the stage and stardom, but most of all desires companionship. After being accidentally thrown out of his owner's car, he starts his journey towards his destiny.

Voiced by: Johnny Depp


A ranch owner, this desert iguana found Rango and brought him to Dirt. She suspects that something has happened to the water supply of the town, that someone is throwing the water out into the desert.

Voiced by: Isla Fisher


A young cactus mouse (or, if you believe Verbinski, an aye-aye) in the town of Dirt. At first she dismisses Rango as "funny-lookin'", she grows to admire him near the end. She has her own pair of revolvers, seems a little too excited about violence and death, and likes to make fun of strangers.

Voiced by: Abigail Breslin

  • Advertised Extra: She was all over the promotional material, almost being advertised as Rango's sidekick. In the movie proper, she's pretty minor.
  • Badass Adorable: She's the cutest (or at the most, the least ugly) character in the whole movie, but she carries a pair of revolvers in her lunchbox.
    "Can I gut-shoot someone?"
  • Creepy Child
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Enfante Terrible
  • Expy: She looks quite a lot like a possum version of Mattie Ross.
  • If You Die, I Call Your Stuff: A running gag is she will claim for Rango's boots anytime he is off to do something dangerous.
  • Kids Are Cruel
  • Little Miss Badass: 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 True Grit.

Tortoise John

He is the mayor of the town of Dirt, who appoints Rango as the sheriff after killing the hawk. He is the wealthiest citizen in Dirt, and is a polite gentleman to the townsfolk, supporting their wishes of a better life. Early in the film, he is the only character with access to the town's supply of water, which makes Beans particularly suspicious. He's also responsible for sealing the water from getting it to the town, which is part of his grand plan to construct a more modern city outside the borders of Dirt (implied to be inspired by seeing the Las Vegas cityscape), which would eventually make it obsolete and the townsfolk forced to move or to face death.

Voiced by: Ned Beatty

Rattlesnake Jake

"You got killer in your eyes, son? I don't see it."

A fearsome, ferocious desert rattlesnake with a gatling gun for a tail and the secondary antagonist. He is called the Grim Reaper and lauded by many as a ruthless killer who "doesn't leave a town without taking a soul." He secretly worked for the Mayor until near the end when the Mayor turned on Jake.

Voiced by Bill Nighy.

  • Badass
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: Finishes off the Mayor in the end.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: His rattle is replaced by an artificial machine gun made of revolver cylinders.
  • The Big Guy
  • Blood Knight
  • The Comically Serious: While Rattlesnake Jake definitely adds a sinister touch to the movie, his second faceoff against Rango cost him a little of his mystique. He is quick to gain it back after the mayor screws up a double cross however.
  • Cool Gun: It's part of his body!
  • Defeat Means Respect: After he loses the battle to Rango at the end, Jake now sees him as a Worthy Opponent.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Tells Rango he'll do this if he ever sees him again. As a result of all the myth surrounding him, it's difficult to question if he can actually carry out the threat or not. Due to this and his character in general, the scene where he drags the mayor away screaming certainly has this vibe.
  • The Dragon: To the mayor.
  • The Dreaded: Just mentioning him freaks people out.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Upon his first meeting with Rango, one gets the distinct impression that he hates liars.
    "Listen to me, you pathetic fraud..."
  • Evil Is Bigger: He's the largest character apart from the Spirit of the West.
  • Expy: Jake seems to be based on Angel Eyes from The Good The Bad And The Ugly, though his sociopathic behavior is very reminiscent of Frank from Once Upon a Time in the West, too.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Comes with the territory of being a rattlesnake.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a thin jagged scar over his left eye. It's easy to miss outside of close ups.
  • The Gunslinger: A cross between Types B and D. He can pump out huge amounts of fire from that tail, but he can also unleash a quick burst with uncanny accuracy and speed. He pops Wounded Bird from halfway across town based on nothing but the sound of Wounded Bird's gun cocking.
  • Hero Killer: It's established that he killed the previous sheriff of Dirt, not to mention what Bad Bill says about him.
    "Jake's the Grim Reaper, he never leaves town without taking blooming soul."
  • Karma Houdini
  • Knight of Cerebus: When he shows up, the tone takes a far more serious turn.
  • Large Ham: He has almost as much a flair for the dramatic as Rango, weaving threats of Hell-fire and damnation into his speech at every opportunity.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To his "brother", Rango.
  • Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: He's a cowboy rattlesnake with a gatling gun grafted onto his tail.
  • Noble Demon: He exhibits a disgust for treachery, underhanded tactics, liars, and seems to respect a hero of genuine strength, but he is a stone cold killer and has no sense of mercy.
  • Oh, Crap: Inspires this reaction from pretty much everyone when he arrives. He gets one himself when he discovers Rango's eyes have changed completely and he's now willing to pull the trigger of the gun now pointed at Jake's face.
  • Psycho for Hire
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His look like the Eye of Sauron from Lord of the Rings.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent
  • Rule of Cool: His Gatling gun/rattle seems to have no realistic way of working (What is the firing mechanism for that thing?) other than that it is very cool.
  • Sadist
  • Shrouded in Myth
  • Slasher Smile
  • The Sociopath: He did not hesitate to kill and have no excuses for what he does.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Though many would say this is what everyone else thinks of Jake, he is afraid of hawks, which is the only thing keeping him away from Dirt. Rango uses this to their advantage by having the moles form a shape of a hawk to fool Jake. It doesn't fool him for long, but it does make him waste his ammo. This is somewhat ironic, considering the trope's name.
  • Worthy Opponent: His opinion of Rango at the end.
    "I tip my hat to you... One legend to another."
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: Not only does Jake give Rango a gun during their first meeting, he aims it at his own face for him and barks at him to pull the trigger, telling Rango that he doesn't have "killer in his eyes". He's right... at that time.


Part of the posse. A horned toad with a simpleton personality and less than appropriate amount of teeth. Regarding to his official information, he writes "surprisingly bad haiku."

Voiced by James "Jim" Ward Byrkit

  • Abusive Parents: His father made him cough up marshmallows he had eaten the last evening for breakfast.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Although everybody (sans Rango, Beans and Wounded Bird) in the town could be considered this, Waffles is perhaps the most prominent example.
  • The Fool
  • Friendly Enemy: Acts as one towards one of the inbred rodents for a very brief moment, warning him that he's about to hit his head.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton
  • Manchild: Waffles has a childlike personality and matching intelligence.

Wounded Bird

Part of the posse and Rango's deputy. A Native American raven who is a quiet bystander and uses a crutch of some sort to help himself walk. His general information from the movie's website states that his tracking skills are legendary and that he's big in Finland for reasons unknown.

Voiced by Gil Birmingham


Part of the posse. An owl of some sort, dresses like a gentleman and, according to his official information, is a professional gambler and can speak in 12 languages.

Voiced by Ian Abercrombie

The Armadillo

The Mariachi Owls

Rock-Eye the Toad

The Hawk

  • Necessary Evil: The townsfolk of Dirt are frightened of the hawk, but if it dies, Rattlesnake Jake might show up. Nobody wants that.
  • Silent Snarker: Has no dialogue outside of screeching, but smirks at Rango while operating the vending machine.

Mr. Johannes "Fluffy Joe" Merrimack III