Characters / The Iron Giant

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    The Iron Giant 
Voiced By: Vin Diesel
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A fifty-foot, metal-eating robot. It fell from space, so its creator(s) is presumed to be extraterrestrial. It arrives on Earth slightly damaged and with no recollection of its function. Judging by the capabilities it shows later on, it was designed as a vanguard unit for planetary invasions... although it's not clear if Earth was its original intended target. Unaware of its own function when it arrives, it eventually encounters and befriends Hogarth.

    Hogarth Hughes 
Voiced By: Eli Marienthal
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An energetic, young, curious boy with an active imagination.

    Annie Hughes 
Voiced By: Jennifer Aniston
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A widow and Hogarth's single mother.

    Dean McCoppin 
Voiced By: Harry Connick, Jr.
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A beatnik artist and junkyard owner who "sees art where others see junk".
  • All of the Other Reindeer: As the cool, artistic resident beatnik of the small town of Rockwell, Maine, 1957, where this film takes place, Dean is sort of an outcast. The rest of the town doesn't really take him seriously, but he's cool with that.
  • Badass Pacifist: Dean is portrayed as a man of action, but not of violence (tying into one of the movie's themes.) Culminates with him convincing the military task force that the best way to keep America safe is to not attack the Alien Menace that's currently blowing things up.
  • Be Yourself: "You are who you choose to be".
  • Beatnik: Complete with a job as an artist, and love of espresso.
  • Bully Hunter: He helps out a guy from being mocked at by a couple of jerks.
  • Canon Foreigner: He only appears in the movie version.
  • Cool Shades: Wears them a few times.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: His main clothing scheme is black and he's turns out to be a Badass Pacifist.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When you're dealing with a kid and his massive metal muchacho, the deadpan snarkery just flows.
  • Drink Order: He has a love for espresso.
  • Foil: To Mansley. Dean is very unconventional and hip, while Mansley portrays the ideal manly man of the time - a hard-boiled detective type with a steel jaw. Dean is also a LOT faster on the uptake and more flexible than Mansley. Although he does make the mistake of trusting Mansley to do the right thing...
  • Friend to All Children: His first scene with Hogarth. And whenever danger seems to threaten Hogarth, Dean puts himself bodily in the way.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Comes close to being a tritagonist and it's heavily implied that he's a couple with Annie.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He has his actor's similar hairstyle and Perma-Stubble.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: With Hogarth.
  • Mellow Fellow: A laid-back man. His first appearance has him asleep in a the diner Annie works at.
  • Mr. Fanservice: He's a handsome man. Annie agrees by the film's end.
  • Nice Guy: Believes in people being themselves, protected a man who was being picked on by jerks, a good father figure/mentor to Hogarth, and acts as a gentlemen to Annie.
  • Official Couple: Implied with Annie in the final scene.
  • Papa Wolf: He's not afraid to threaten the Giant when he nearly vaporizes Hogarth with his eye lasers.
  • Parental Substitute: He is a father-figure/mentor to Hogarth.
  • Perma-Stubble: Has a constant 5 o'clock shadow to go with the beatnik look.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: See the Mr. Fanservice section.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Dean's also quite a snarker.

    Kent Mansley 
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An arrogant, ambitious and paranoid government agent sent to investigate the Iron Giant. The logo on his official government car says he is from the "Bureau of Unexplained Phenomena."
  • Didn't Think This Through: Doesn't exactly think all the way about launching a Nuke aimed at the Giant standing about 5 feet away from him.
  • Dirty Coward: When the chips are down, his true colors (mostly yellow) show through.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Smokes a straight billiard, despite being neither distinguished nor a gentleman.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Dean. Besides being foils of each other (see Dean's section above), Kent is also a cowardly man who only wants to prove the existence of the Giant not to keep the citizens safe, but for his own selfish reasons; Dean has proven to a brave man on several occasions and helps Hogarth hide the Giant simply because Hogarth asked him to. Also, while Kent has proven to be someone who Would Hurt a Child, Dean has proven to be a Friend to All Children.
  • Evil Redhead: About as evil as a dipstick G-Man can be.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He tries to put on an affable façade, but it becomes clear that it's all an act as the film goes on.
  • Hypocrite: All summed up in this one line: "Screw our country, I wanna live!"
  • Jerkass: Oh, big time.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: For all his paranoia and fear of anything not related to the US, he's right about the Iron Giant being dangerous. In the remastered version of the movie, there's even a scene where the giant has a nightmare of hundreds of other robots like him destroying a planet. And if his memory hadn't been damaged upon his arrival, then he likely would have done the same to Earth.
  • Large Ham: Well since he's voiced by Chris McDonald, calmness clearly doesn't come easy to him.
  • The Men in Black: A 1957 version.
  • Motor Mouth: Whenever he loses it, he slips into this and rants without stopping for breath.
  • Nice Hat: He is often seen wearing a dark grey fedora.
  • No Respect Guy: Rogard clearly holds no respect for the guy. Nor does anyone else, and this has resulted in Mansley being massively insecure.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Starts off as seemingly harmless Plucky Comic Relief. Then he nearly nukes the city.
  • The Paranoiac: Even though he claims to be worried for the safety and sercurity of America, it becomes clear that he's acting out of self-righteous fear for his own skin, which comes to the surface when he launches a nuclear strike on Rockwell and tries to escape shouting, "Screw our country, I wanna live!"
  • Properly Paranoid: We all know he's right about there being a giant metal man. He even turns out to be right about it being very dangerous... to its enemies. His superiors simply think he's wacko.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: What Rogard threatens him with after Dean and Hogarth's ingenious plan succeeds. It's also a popular interpretation of his status at the beginning of the movie, given his high-and-mighty attitude in spite of clearly being in a dead-end government position that nobody takes seriously.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When he launches the nuke and realizes it can't be stopped, he grabs a jeep and runs about 3 feet before the Giant stops him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Culminating in launching a nuke at the town.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's trying to ensure his country's safety... he's just not very good at handling unknowns. Or evaluating threats. Or pursuing investigations. Or outsmarting small boys.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He threatens Hogarth with harming his mother, uses an chloroform rack to sedate him, and finally outright lies to General Rogard about the Giant carrying Hogarth, and instead recommends they send everything they have against it.

    General Shannon Rogard 
Voiced By: John Mahoney
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The Army (National Guard?) leader in Washington, D.C. who is the military liaison with Mansley's department. He doesn't like Mansley or feel that this 'giant metal man' thing is anything but a hoax. Once he knows the threat is real, he responds bravely and efficiently — though it soon becomes clear that his unit is up against something too hot to handle.
  • Canon Foreigner: Only appears in the movie version.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's a combination of Four-Star Badass and Reasonable Authority Figure, who won't stand for Mansley's shit.
  • Cool Shades: He wears what appear to be green-tinted teashades in the field.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially with regards to Mansley, who he despises.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Despite facing an imminent nuke strike thanks to Mansley, Rogard remains dignified the entire time and calmly informs him that there is no way to escape their fate. Luckily, the Giant saves them.
  • Four-Star Badass: The guy's reaction to a pissed off, gun packing giant is to whip his pistol out and shoot at it.
  • Gender-Blender Name: His given name can also be given to girls.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Mostly averted. He brought infantry, a few tanks, and the ability to call in air support, naval artillery and even a nuclear strike. Given that a substantial threat appeared 'out of nowhere' right in the middle of a civilian population, the military response seems pretty well-planned. A purist might point out that the tanks shouldn't have been sent up close.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he's openly (and cooly) dismissive towards Mansley, General Rogard deeply cares for his country and is a reasonable man. He even personally sends Hogarth a package containing the only part recovered from the Giant, as he believes Hogarth should have it in honor for the Giant's selfess sacrifice for the town.
  • Meaningful Name: "Shannon" is an Irish variant for Sionna, which means "possessor of wisdom". The General later proves to be a Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He knows the Giant is a possible threat, but he doesn't use force until it seems necessary. After it becomes apparent that Mansley lied about the giant killing Hogarth, as well as Dean explaining that the Giant only reacts defensively, he immediately calls off the attack and orders them to stand down.

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