Characters: Rio

A list of characters appearing in Rio and Rio 2.

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Heroes

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

Voiced by: Jesse Eisenberg

  • 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 Parent: 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).
  • 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 turns into disliking. His romantic feelings for her do return after their dance, though.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The non-actiony, shy Feminine Boy to Jewel's aggressive, action-y 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. Despite being awkward, unable to express himself and even a bit clumsy with words, he is very softhearted and sweet.
  • Official Couple: With Jewel. They have a Big Damn Kiss in the first movie and have three children together.
  • 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 shy, quiet Blue to Jewel's hot-tempered, somewhat violent 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!" Guy: A son-in-law version, but he seemingly becomes this to Eduardo during the second movie.

Jewel the Blue Macaw

Voiced by: Anne Hathaway

  • Action Girl: She used physical force against Nigel twice in the first movie. Although she was overpowered both times, she is still a bird that doesn't give up a fight.
  • Anti Heroine: Type II with some hints of Type III. She, like Blu, grows out of this by the end of the first movie.
  • Badass Adorable: A bird not afraid to get her wings dirty and has been called the "Gem of the Forest".
  • Badass in Distress: Both when Nigel captures her and hurts her wing. Rather legitimate reason for the latter though, considering it was damaged quite badly at the end.
  • Break the Cutie: Like her mate, Jewel has her own share of tragic events in her life. See Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Broken Bird: Because of her Dark and Troubled Past, she became aggressive, cynical, and overall, a little rough around the edges. Becomes a literal example after her wing gets badly injured.
  • Chained Heat: Throughout half of the first movie, Blu is chained with Jewel. At first, they didn't like it (or each other), but gradually get use to it as they fall in love.
  • Character Development: She becomes more trusting and patient through her adventure with Blu, and learns to accept the differences they have. She is also much kinder and caring by the beginning of the sequel.
  • The Chief's Daughter: Her father is the leader of a flock of blue macaws.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Implied in the first movie, but the sequel reveals that as a chick, Jewel was separated from her flock by a fire started by loggers, and believed herself to be the only survivor.
  • Deadpan Snarker: A funky attitude with a witty tongue.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She grows more comfortable around Blu as their journey progresses, with them eventually becoming husband and wife at the end of the movie.
  • Deuteragonist: Of the "Rio" franchise, which focuses on her love of the wild.
  • Gaussian Girl: In one scene, right before showing her actual personality.
  • Good Parent: Jewel is a supportive mother and has a close relationship with all her children.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: She hates humans, is rather intolerant of Blu (at first), is aloof toward the others (Nico, Pedro, Rafael), and does not like dogs (at least when they're drooling on her). She gets better though.
  • The Hero: Between her and Blu, the latter being the protagonist, she is the one who takes action and more prone to violence in self-defense. Right up until she injured her wing.
  • I Just Want To Be Free: In the first film, all Jewel wanted to do was escape the bird sanctuary.
  • Ineffectual Loner: She is perfectly capable of living in the wild on her own, showing how she managed to survive from the fire during her childhood to the day she met Blu. However, all those years of being the last of her kind seem to have taken a toll on her mental and emotional health, as well as her social life.
  • In-Series Nickname: Roberto calls her "Ju-Ju" while her aunt Mimi calls her "little wildflower."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can come as rather aggressive, rude, even a bit selfish, but she also has a sweet heart to her and does everything she can to help Blu when it counts. The heart of gold becomes more apparent as the movie progresses, with the jerk part mostly gone by the beginning of the sequel.
  • Last Of Her Kind: Turns out not to be this.
  • Like Father, Like Daughter: Like her father, Jewel is aggressive and ha (or had) a disdain for humans and pets.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The aggressive, action-y Masculine Girl to Blu's non-actiony, shy Feminine Boy.
  • Missing Mom: According to the Rio 2 novel, Jewel's mother died during said fire above.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: At first. While she is considered The Hero for most of the story, she hates humans to the bone for taking everything from her as well as being very prejudicial against pets (which causes her initial conflict with Blu). Fortunately, she gets better thanks to Character Development.
  • Official Couple: With Blu. They have a Big Damn Kiss in the first movie and have three children together.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The hot-tempered, somewhat violent Red to Blu's shy, quiet Blue.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Initially, Jewel was put off by Blu, due to his domestic origins, inability to fly, and their terrible introduction. During their adventure throughout Rio however, she discovers his bravery, kindness, and ingenuity, and gradually begins to fall for him. The greatest moment that made Jewel realize her love was when Blu jumps out of the smugglers' plane after her, she realizes he loves her, since Blu risked his life to save her.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the sequel, Jewel loses her prejudice against humans and pets.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In Rio 2, it's revealed that Brazil nuts are her favorite food.
  • Tsundere: Type A in the first movie; tsuntsun most of the time but giving occasional hints of deredere towards Blu from time to time, eventually becoming fully deredere towards him after the dance. She evolves into a Type B in the sequel, where she is sweet most of the time, but will bring out her tougher side if she feels it's necessary.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Jewel does not take kindly to threats against Blu.

Rafael the Toco Toucan

Voiced by: George Lopez

  • Brown Eyes: Rafael has brown eyes, which may serve to represent his kindness and down-to-earth nature.
  • The Charmer: He easily manages to sweet-talk Eva into letting him take Blu and Jewel to Luiz.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shades of this. Specifically when Blu fails at admitting his feelings for Jewel or commenting on his children's behavior.
  • Happily Married: Despite being a literal Henpecked Husband, he's very content in his marriage.
  • Henpecked Husband: A literal example by his wife. However, he still loves her with all his heart.
  • The Lancer: To Jewel and Blu.
    • Rafael is more nice and open than Jewel's Jerk with a Heart of Gold nature and reclusiveness.
    • He's more "go with your feelings" type of guy, contrasting with Blu always thinking with his head.
  • Life of the Party: When he was younger. Even still, Rafael is fond of carnival and celebrations, and is enthusiastic, encouraging others if they are hesitant or nervous about something.
  • The Mentor: He served as this when trying to teach Blu how to fly. In a more personal note, he gives Blu advice on following his heart, instead of his head.
  • Nice Guy: A lover of romance and friendship. Always willing leading to lend a hand for his friends. He even admitted that he would give up the chance to go to Carnival (the place he was called "The King"), because he rather be with his wife and kids.
  • Red Baron: "The King of Carnival" in his younger days.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Blu and Jewel. He gives the former numerous amounts of advice to woo the latter.

Pedro the Red-Crested Cardinal

Voiced by: will.i.am

Nico the Canary

Voiced by: Jamie Foxx

  • Brown Eyes: Nico has brown eyes that serve to symbolize with his intelligent nature.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's as laid-back and comical as Pedro, but has proven to quite smart when faced with the marmosets.
  • Those Two Guys: With Pedro. They don't really have a specific role, except for some comic-relief and musical moments.

Villains

Nigel the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

Voiced by: Jemaine Clement

  • Badass: Manages to take out a security guard of the animal hospital.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He relishes the fact he's sadistic, evil and monstrous. And he's one of the few characters that can manage both this and being absolutely terrifying.
  • Carnivores Are Mean: Justified, however, in that he uses his taste in bird meat to torment the birds his owner has captured.
  • Catch Phrase: PRETTY BIRD.
  • Coincidental Accidental Disguise: His attempt to attack a blue macaw he thought was Blu ends up giving him a leaf mask and cape, leading Rafael, Nico and Pedro to think he's auditioning for their talent show.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Has shades of this. Smart enough to realize that his captives might escape and decides to dump the marmosets after their first failure. Shows more during the final part of the film where he successfully captures all the heroes singlehandedly and is smart enough to realize how Blu and Jewel escaped the first time, using a real lock the second time to make sure it didn't happen again. Really his only mistakes were either his owners' fault or things he couldn't have seen coming. Might be justified by the fact he used to be a show bird himself.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: A pretty parakeet stole his thunder while he was in show business and he blames his current mistreatment of other birds solely on this.
  • The Dragon: Subverted in that he's actually more competent and menacing than his master, making him a Dragon-in-Chief.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Forcing a tiny bird to pick bird meat out of his beak, just so he can try to snap the poor thing's leg off.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Subverted. He flies into a plane propeller and is implied to have been Killed Off for Real, but he turns out to be Not Quite Dead at the end. Subverted again in the second movie, where he is hit with Gabi's toxins, and most surely would have died if Gabi weren't poisonous at all.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: His motivation for vengeance in Rio 2, with his supposed death actually clipping his wings & leaving him flightless. He gets it again at the end of the film when he's dragged off by Gabi after she finds out she's not poisonous. Meaning she can touch him without worry much to his horror.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's rather polite and calm in his speech... even when choking someone or dropping someone from several hundred feet to "convince" them to be his Mook.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He became this after his former life as a TV star, when he got replaced by a prettier bird. Now he wants to take out his bitterness on all the pretty birds in the world.
  • Ignored Epiphany: In the graphic novel Rio: Snakes Alive:
    Nigel: "I must ask, was all that evil worthwhile? Perhaps, when once again adored by millions, I'll look upon those less fortunate with kindness. Or, maybe... not! Ha-ha-ha!"
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In one scene, he is seen eating a chicken drumstick. While this is actually common in Real Life Cockatoos, he uses it to terrorize other birds for sadistic pleasure.
  • "I Am" Song: "Pretty Bird". Also serves as his Villain Song.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Says this before he begins his Villain Song. Judging from the poster, he wasn't lying.
  • Jerk Ass: And given his actions and personality, this is probably putting it lightly.
  • Karmic Rape: Dragged off by Gabi at the end of Rio 2.
  • Large Ham: Justified, as he used to be a superstar with his own television show and appeared in movies.
  • Laughably Evil: By the sequel he's not the major villain, but the major baddie used for laughs.
  • Made of Iron: Survives flying face first into a power transformer (which causes nearly all of Rio to lose electricity) with only some burnt feathers. At the end of the movie, he survives being hit by a plane propeller, but lost most of his feathers.
  • Man in White: More like "Bird in White Feathers". Considering he's a cockatoo, it's not like he has a choice.
  • Never My Fault: Blames his predicament in the second movie entirely on Blu, despite the fact he was antagonizing them in the first place and never seeming to realize his downfall was his own doing.
  • Not Quite Dead: He gets this twice! At the end of the first film, he flies into an air plane propeller and lives, though with most of his feathers gone. Then, in the second, Gabi accidentally fires a needle laced with her toxins at him. Cue a dramatic death scene that is soon botched when it is revealed she wasn't poisonous at all.
  • Oh, Crap: He gets a good one before getting hit by the plane's propeller in the climax. Also gets one earlier when he flies into an electrical transformer.
  • Poke the Poodle: "I poop on people and I blame it on sea gulls! (it was him!)"
  • Polite Villains, Rude Heroes: The polite villain to Jewel's rude hero (though he's never too polite).
  • Revenge: His goal in the sequel is to kill Blu for costing him his ability to fly.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His attitude after learning that the marmosets failed to capture Blu and Jewel.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In the first movie, he poses as a wounded bird to get into a animal sanctuary and later let in Marcel so he and his assistants can kidnap the birds within.

The Marmosets

Voiced by: Brian Baumgartner

Gabi

Voiced by: Kristin Chenoweth

  • Abusive Parents: When she learns she's not actually poisonous, she mentions that her parents always told her she was. Carla then quips "You just have really mean parents." It's not confirmed, though.
  • Affably Evil: She's adorable and perky and also stark raving bonkers
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Gabi admits that she loves it when Nigel gets all "dark and brooding".
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's got surprising strength for a frog that could fit in your shoe, at least enough to drag a struggling cockatoo five times her size.
  • Poisonous Person: She's a poisonous frog or so it seemed. It's just that people mistake her for a truly poisonous frog, and her parents raised Gabi making her believe the fact.
  • Villain Song: "Poisonous Love", which is also a Villain Love Song to another villain!
  • Yandere: To Nigel. "There isn't a bird that I wouldn't KILL for you!"

Charlie

Voiced by: N/A

  • Informed Flaw: His official profile states that red ants "make him crazy." This is not shown in Rio 2, though the novelisation shows him receiving a burst of energy (and intense pain) from eating one.
  • Meaningful Name: The bowler hat, lack of voice and pantomime makes him "Charlie Chaplin as an anteater".
  • Nice Hat: Wears a "bowler" hat.
  • Overly Long Tongue: Which is used to not only capture things, but as a climbing rope, a sling elastic...
  • Punch Clock Villain: He's only an adversary because since Nigel released him, Charlie opted to come along with him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Gabi learns she's not really poisonous, she pounces on Nigel, smothering him with affection. Nigel calls Charlie for help, but Charlie just dances offscreen.

Allies

Luís the Bulldog

Voiced by: Tracy Morgan

  • Animal Stereotypes: Luíz is often seen drooling, which was used to free Blu and Jewel from their bounds. However, he states its a medical condition in his case.
  • Bully Bulldog: Subverted in that he's actually friendly to Blu and the gang.
  • Demoted to Extra: In part two, he only shows up at the beginning and end of the movie. Having spent the majority of it trying to catch up to the birds when they leave him behind for the Amazon.

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!

Bia

Voiced by: Amandla Stenberg

Carla

Voiced by: Rachel Crow

Tiago

Voiced by: Pierce Gagnon

Eduardo

Voiced by: Andy Garcia

  • Doting Grandparent: Eduardo enthusiastically embraces being the grandfather to Jewel and Blu's chicks, wanting 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!
  • 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 Brother: More like "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.
  • Chick Magnet: Pun not intended. Roberto manages to make a some females faint just by looking at them.
  • Foil: He's almost everything that Blu isn't.
  • Get Ahold 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.
  • Honorary Uncle: Tiago takes to calling him "uncle Beto" quite quickly.
  • In-Series Nickname: When they were kids, Jewel would call him "Beto."
  • 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.

Felipe

Voiced by: Phillip Lawrence

  • Enemy Mine: He and the rest of the red macaw tribe show up to help the blue macaws fend off the loggers.
  • 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!"
  • 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

  • Action Girl: Not so much in the beginning, but in the end, she hijacks a Carnival float and drives it at a plane.
    • Ups it in the sequel She commanders a bulldozer and prevents a logger from nearly crushing Eduardo. Girl loves her birds!
  • Badass Bookworm: Proves to be quite the badass biker later on.
  • Biker Babe: Revealed to be one when she and Tulio go to find Blu and Jewel. Though more due to the fact that bikes and snow mobiles are pretty much the same thing to her.
  • Cute Bookworm: In Moose Lake, she was the owner of a bookstore "Blu Macaw Books".
  • Mama Bear: Towards Blu. When she learns that Blu had been kidnapped, her first order of business is to look for him. And when she's found him, she will NOT hesitate to hijack an entire parade float and drive it into a plane if it means getting Blu back.
  • My Beloved Smother: While he never outright states it, Tulio does imply that it was Linda's doting that caused Blu to be so introverted and never learn to fly.
  • Nice Girl: Linda is kind, empathetic, and loving.
  • Pardon My Klingon: When she calls Tulio out for letting the birds get captured, she gets in his face and gives a few angry squawks of her own.
    "Squawk squawkity squawk squawk! [beat] I'm sorry, I didn't mean to curse!"
  • Took a Level in Badass: Does a lot more later on: During the search, Linda shows herself capable of daring feats, such as driving a motorcycle (claiming it is "just like driving a snowmobile") and hijacking a Carnival float, later attempting to ram the smugglers' plane with it.

Túlio Monteiro

Voiced by: Rodrigo Santoro

  • Adorkable: So very very much. Tulio loves birds, to the point where he often imitates their calls, "communicating" with them.
  • Brainy Brunette: An expert ornithologist.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He is very eccentric and even acts like a bird, but he is very serious about his line of work, with it being protecting and rescuing birds.
  • Butt Monkey: Especially in the beginning.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He can be eccentric at times, such as when he was dressed as a blue macaw: Seeing himself in the mirror, he started squawking and walking around bird-style.
  • Friend to All Living Things: After getting to the center in the first film, one of the first things he does is give the birds under his care birdseed from his own mouth. All of the flock up to him.
  • Happily Married: To Linda in the sequel.
  • Mad Scientist: A heroic version.

Villains

Fernando

Voiced by: Jake T. Austin

  • Heel-Face Turn: He works for the villains at first, but he eventually turns around and helps Linda and Tulio locate their hideout and even confesses to stealing the birds.
  • He Is All Grown Up: In the sequel, he now is taller and his voice is deeper.
  • Nice Guy: He's actually a sweet kid despite working for the smugglers.
  • Only in It for the Money: The only reason he worked with the villains. Otherwise, he is a kind-hearted kid who gets his redemption in the end.

Marcel

Voiced by: Carlos Ponce

  • Big Bad: On the human side of the story in the first movie.
  • Evil Poacher: But a more realistic one. He's not a sadist who gets a kick out of hurting animals. He's just a greedy and uncaring human.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to his bumbling henchmen, he's the most serious and doesn't bother being humorous.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: So much so that he trusts Nigel more then he does his own men.

Marcel's Assistants, Tipa and Armando

Tipa voiced by Jeff Garcia, Armando voiced by Davi Vieira

Big Boss

Voiced by: Miguel Ferrer

  • Big Bad: Of the sequel. He is the one actively pushing the logging operation and stands in the way of stopping it.
  • Eaten Alive: He ultimately gets eaten by a python.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: With the gravely husky voice of Miguel Ferrer.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In the Rio 2 junior novel, Big Boss is picked up by a tree harvester (piloted by Tiago) after lighting the dynamite.
  • 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.