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Characters: Rio
A list of characters appearing in Rio and Rio 2.

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    Animals 

Heroes

Blu the Blue Macaw (Full name: Tyler Blu Gunderson)

Voiced by: Jesse Eisenberg

  • Acrophobic Bird: A literal example. He gets over it by the end of the first movie, though.
  • Adorkable
  • Badass Adorable/Badass Bookworm: Awkward, geeky and sheltered as he might be, he can become a badass in a heartbeat when his loved ones are threatened.
  • Break the Cutie: Goes through a lot over the course of both movies.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Jewel in the first film.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Even Blu has his limits.
  • Chained Heat: Same as above.
  • Character Development: A little more confident and outgoing in the sequel, especially when around his family.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Most of the skills he he learned while growing up in Minnesota proved to be quite useful.
  • The Chick: Right up until he Took a Level in Badass near the end.
  • Classical Anti-Hero: Initially.
  • Cowardly Lion: Was this at first.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes.
  • Die or Fly: It's the only way to save Jewel and himself.
  • Fish out of Water: Somewhat, he hails from Rio but was kidnapped at a young age and brought to the U.S. So it is pretty awkward for him when he returns to his homeland after so long.
  • Good Father: His parenting skills are a bit unorthodox (for birds, anyway), but he's a very kind and loving father who always holds the needs of his family to his heart.
  • Hikikomori: Due to his timid nature and that it's freezing in Minnesota.
  • Instant Expert: Zig-zagged. In the second film, he fails to use his beak to break free of some vines the first time around, but manages to pull it off the second time (and even cuts some rope that had trapped Linda and Tulio inbetween).
  • Last of His Kind: Turns out he's not.
  • Love at First Sight: Subverted. He is briefly attracted to Jewel when they first meet until she attacks him when he starts to make his move. Afterwards it pretty much turns into disliking. His romantic feelings for her do return after their dance, though.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Jewel's Masculine Girl.
  • Meaningful Name: Blu is...well, blue.
  • Missing Mom: We never see her or any of his other family in either movie.
  • Nice Guy: He was raised in Minnesota after all.
  • Official Couple: With Jewel.
  • Papa Wolf: In the Rio: Snakes Alive! graphic novel, he twice leaps to defend his family from the giant snake Ssssalbatore.
  • Platonic Life Partners: An interspecies example. With Linda (a female human).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Jewel's Red.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Justified since he was raised by humans (particularly Linda) and what little time he is seen interacting with other birds have presumably mostly been negative.
  • Spiders Are Scary: In the original film, Blu is freaked out by the thought of a spider on his back. In the sequel, he gets scared by them twice.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Linda has raised him a bit too protectively (sunblock against beak burns??), but Blu is rather well-trained with other humans and friendly with other animals (provided they don't treat him badly).
  • Took a Level in Badass: At the climax of the film. Though he does show signs of this during the brawl with monkeys.
  • Well Done Son-In-Law Guy: Seemingly becomes this to Eduardo during the second movie.

Jewel the Blue Macaw

Voiced by: Anne Hathaway

Rafael the Toco Toucan

Voiced by: George Lopez

Pedro the Red-Crested Cardinal

Voiced by: will.i.am

Nico the Canary

Voiced by: Jamie Foxx

Villains

Nigel the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Voiced by: Jemaine Clement

The Marmosets

Voiced by: Brian Baumgartner

Gabi

Voiced by: Kristin Chenoweth

Charlie

Voiced by: N/A

Allies

Luís the Bulldog

Voiced by: Tracy Morgan

Eva

Voiced by: Bebel Gilberto

  • Almighty Mom: Lampshaded by her husband in the fact she's the only one that can scare her mischievous, rambunctious children.
  • Ascended Extra: Has a main role in the video game adaptation and more of a presence in the sequel.
  • Happily Married: Even with her harshness and having the ability to scare her kids and husband, Eva does have a happy union with Rafael.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: And how!
    Rafael: Like a river of the sweetest honey!
    Jewel: Wow, I guess love is deaf, too!
    • Even ironic considering the fact that her voice actress is a very talented singer.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It shows.

Bia

Voiced by: Amandla Stenberg

Carla

Voiced by: Rachel Crow

Tiago

Voiced by: Pierce Gagnon

Eduardo

Voiced by: Andy Garcia

  • Defrosting Ice King: Towards Blu.
  • Doting Grandparent: Eduardo enthusiastically embraces being the grandfather to Jewel and Blu's chicks and wanted them to call him "pop-pop".
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: While trying to teach Blu how to live in the wild. He even has a "buzz-cut" to make the military analogy clearer!
  • Green Eyes: What Jewel inherited from him.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Doubles as a Freudian Excuse. He believes all humans are like this as loggers burned down his initial home and separated him from Jewel. As such he does all he can to keep his tribe separated from humanity and won't allow any human items (like bottle caps and fanny packs) to enter his domain. He's ultimately proven wrong when Linda and Tulio save him from loggers after he's knocked out of the air. By the end of the movie he's seen wearing a fanny pack as well.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's tough and short-tempered, especially toward Blu, but he does deeply love and care about his family and tribe.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: As much as he loves his daughter and grandchildren, son-in-law Blu is abused in many ways.
  • Overprotective Dad: Judging from how he reacts to Blu, he's this for Jewel.
    Eduardo: (to his grandkids) You will call me pop-pop!
    Blu: Kids, go easy on old pop-pop!
    Eduardo: (to Blu and speaking in a very serious tone) You can call me sir.

Mimi

Voiced by: Rita Moreno

  • Big Little Sister: She's shorter than Eduardo, but is the older sibling.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Averted. She actually adores her nephew-in-law, despite his flaws and is even the only one who accepts him into the clan with open arms.

Roberto

Voiced by: Bruno Mars

  • Abusive Parents: Well, Abusive Pet Owners. The reason he's so afraid of humans is because he was apparently captured by humans, sold as a pet and treated way worse than Blu.
  • The Charmer: He's very suave.
  • Chick Magnet: Pun not intended. Roberto manages to make a some females faint just by looking at them.
  • Childhood Friends: with Jewel.
  • Foil: He's basically everything that Blu isn't.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Blu has to slap him when he starts freaking out at seeing human loggers. Likewise Mimi once the final battle gets going so he can join in the fight.
  • Heroic BSOD: For most of the film he's portrayed as Ace and the go-to guy for Eduardo However when human loggers near their home, he panics and is entirely useless.
  • Hidden Depths: He's apparently set up to have a secret that will throw off his status as a Foil to Blu. Turns out he's afraid of humans. From what little dialogue he tells Blu, it seems he was originally a pet as well. Just treated far worse.
  • New Old Flame: Judging from the trailers, he's this for Jewel. He's actually more of an old friend, but his status does make Blu more than a little intimidated.
  • Nice Guy: Though he is kind of a show off.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: While his "hair" is pretty obviously made up of a bunch of feathers, it's maintained in a way that would be nigh impossible for a real-life blue macaw, no matter how great its groomer is.
  • Pretty Boy: By bird standards, anyway. Being voiced by Bruno Mars probably helps.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Just before Blu pulls him out of the way of a bulldozer.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's terrified of humans.

Felipe

Voiced by: Phillip Lawrence

  • Enemy Mine: He and the rest of the scarlet macaw tribe show up to help the blue macaws fend off the loggers.
  • I Shall Taunt You
  • Rhymes on a Dime: "Today, in the pit of doom, at high noon. Oh, I'll make some room. Sweep you up like a broom!"
  • The Rival: To Eduardo (And in "air soccer", Roberto).
  • Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Really rubs Blu accidentally scoring the winning goal in the blue macaws' net in Eduardo's face.

Tiny

  • Ascended Extra: Somewhat, she gets a name in the sequel but her role pretty much amounts to a small joke.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Luis sticks her with the job of watching Blu and Jewel's kids. The next we see of her they've tied her to a bottle rocket and are about to light it.
  • Butt Monkey: Getting interrogated by Nigel in the first movie and nearly strapped to a bottle rocket in the second.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: In the first movie, when the fight with the Marmosets starts, she quickly proclaims she doesn't know what's going on and ducks into a hiding spot as the birds and monkeys begin to rumble.

    Humans 

Allies

Linda Gunderson

Voiced by: Leslie Mann

Túlio Monteiro

Voiced by: Rodrigo Santoro

Villains

Fernando

Voiced by: Jake T. Austin

Marcel

Voiced by: Carlos Ponce

Marcel's Assistants, Tipa and Armando

Tipa voiced by Jeff Garcia, Armando voiced by Davi Vieira

Big Boss

Voiced by: Miguel Ferrer

  • Big Bad
  • Flat Character: He's barely on screen and makes his motives pretty clear right from the outset. But otherwise he's not really all that interesting.
  • Just Desserts / Eaten Alive: He ultimately gets eaten by a python.
  • Lack of Empathy: Doesn't care about endangered macaws or anyone trying to help them. Only that they're in the way of his logging operation and he wants them gone by any means necessary.
  • Nice Hat: Sports a nice fedora which the python that eats him is later seen wearing.
  • No Name Given: Never given a name onscreen, and is credited as "Big Boss".
  • Sweet Tooth: Often seen sucking on cherry lollipops.
  • Tempting Fate: After capturing Linda and Tulio, he mocks them saying "It's a shame really, you came all this way to protect the jungle. Let's see if it will return the favor, treehuggers." It does in the climax with Blu leading the charge.
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