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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

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

  • Ax-Crazy
  • 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 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.
  • Evil Brit: Actually an evil New Zealander.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Even more so in the sequel, where he paraphrases Shakespeare.
  • Evil Laugh
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Feathered Fiend
  • For the Evulz: He takes perverse pleasure in torturing and abusing the living crap out of other birds, to the point that he becomes obsessed with making sure Jewel and Blu don't escape his clutches.
  • Freudian Excuse: Explains it in song:
  • Going Native: After being accepted into the talent show, he walks right past Blu without even noticing him, yelling out that he needs glitter.
  • Giggling Villain
  • 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.
  • 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: At the end of the film, he flies into an air plane propeller and lives, though with most of his feathers gone.
  • Obfuscating Disability
  • 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!)"
  • Revenge: His goal in the sequel is to kill Blu for costing him his ability to fly.
  • Smug Snake
  • Surrounded by Idiots: His attitude after learning that the marmosets failed to capture Blu and Jewel.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show
  • Villain Song: See the "I Am" Song example above.
  • 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

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.
  • Foil: He's basically 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been: He was originally going to be a tough, intimidating bird. His character was rewritten after Bruno Mars was cast.
  • 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 Deserts / 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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