Characters: The Iron Giant

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    The Iron Giant 
Voiced By: Vin Diesel

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

An energetic, young, curious boy with an active imagination.

    Annie Hughes 
Voiced By: Jennifer Aniston

A widow and Hogarth's single mother.

    Dean McCoppin 
Voiced By: Harry Connick, Jr.

A beatnik artist and junkyard owner who "sees art where others see junk".

    Kent Mansley 

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 Redhead: About as evil as a dipstick G-Man can be.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He tries to put on an affable fašade, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

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
  • 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 most of the time.
  • 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.
  • Hollywood Tactics: Mostly averted. He brought infantry, a few tanks, and the ability to call in air support, Navy 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.
  • 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.