->''"I think that logo probably cost more than my entire movie"''
->-- '''Describing the Creator/ColumbiaPictures VanityPlate in the commentary to ''Film/ElMariachi'''''

[[DescribeTopicHere Describe Robert Anthony Rodriguez (born June 20, 1968) here]].

Easy. He's that hard-edged filmmaker who directed the ''Film/ElMariachi'' trilogy, ''Film/{{Machete}},'' ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn,'' ''Film/SinCity'' and half of ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}''.

No, wait! He's that family-friendly guy who gave us the ''Film/SpyKids'' tetralogy, ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkboyAndLavagirl'', and ''Film/{{Shorts}}''.

Or, [[TakeAThirdOption he's both?]]

Whoever he is, he does [[ControlFreak most of the work on his films]], [[CopiouslyCreditedCreator directing, screenwriting, editing, composing, production designing and just about everything else aside from being the actual cameraman. No, wait, he does that too.]] He's also [[PatrioticFervor very proud to be Mexican]], as most of his movies can attest.

His diaries from the shooting of ''Film/ElMariachi'' were published as ''Rebel Without A Crew'', a book which is absolute required reading for all aspiring indie/low budget filmmakers.

He and fellow director Creator/QuentinTarantino have worked together on a couple of each other's projects, their biggest collaboration being ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}''.

Rodriguez is the founder of the El Rey Network, an American television network co-owned by Creator/{{Univision}} which specializes in classic grindhouse-style cinema and shows, as well as the co-creator of the professional wrestling promotion and El Rey original series of the same name, ''Wrestling/LuchaUnderground'', which sports talent from famed Mexican promotion Wrestling/{{AAA}}.

See also Creator/HybrideTechnologies, the VFX firm that Rodriguez works with in most of his films.

!!Partial Filmography:

* ''Film/ElMariachi''
* ''Film/{{Desperado}}''
* "Room 309 - The Misbehavers", one segment in ''Film/FourRooms''
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn''
* ''Film/TheFaculty''
* The ''Film/SpyKids'' series.
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInMexico''
* The ''[[ShowWithinAShow Stab]]'' segment in ''Film/{{Scream 2}}''.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfSharkBoyAndLavaGirl in 3-D''
* ''Film/SinCity''
* ''Film/PlanetTerror'', one half of the ''Film/{{Grindhouse}}'' collab with Creator/QuentinTarantino
* ''Film/{{Shorts}}''
* ''Film/{{Predators}}'', as producer (but still enough to evoke fandom rejoicing)
* ''Film/{{Machete}}'', a spinoff from one of the fake trailers featured in ''Grindhouse'' and takes place in the Spy Kids universe.
* ''Film/AlitaBattleAngel'', a Creator/JamesCameron's pet project, for which he was given the helm by the man himself, once it turned out that Cameron would be tied by the ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' franchise longer than he'd like.
* ''100 Years'' - which won't be released until 2115. [[http://variety.com/2015/film/news/john-malkovich-robert-rodriguez-100-years-1201644846/ Yes, really.]]
* ''Toys/{{Uglydolls}}'', directing an animated adaptation of the popular stuffed toy line, releasing in May 2019.

!!Robert Rodriguez provides examples of:

* AlliterativeName: Himself. Taken UpToEleven with his children.
* BerserkButton: Rodriguez ''hates'' shooting movies on film, and can launch into some pretty epic rants about how expensive and inconvenient it is, especially if you're trying to work on a low budget. Since 2003 all of his movies have been shot and edited digitally. (This is in sharp contrast to his friend Creator/QuentinTarantino, who vastly prefers shooting on film.)
* BlackAndGreyMorality / GreyAndGrayMorality: His more adult films. His kids films are either BlackAndWhiteMorality or WhiteAndGreyMorality.
* CoolHat: See above, he seems to always be seen wearing that hat (or a similar one).
* DashingHispanic: Take any Mexican-themed Rodriguez film and you'll find plenty of really badass macho men.
* GoodParents: He deeply loves his kids and he has made numerous films out of their own ideas.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Creator/QuentinTarantino.
* NiceGuy
* RatedMForManly: Oh, very much so. See DashingHispanic above.
* RealMenCook: Many of the DVD releases of his films include "Ten Minute Cooking Schools" in the special features, where he teaches the audience how to prepare some of his favorite meals.
-->''I've got a lot of friends who don't know how to cook, which I could never understand because not knowing how to cook is like not knowing how to [[PrecisionFStrike fuck]].''
* RuleOfCool
* ShoutOut: The names of three of his children are revealed to be part of Juni Cortez's full name in ''[[Film/SpyKids Spy Kids 2]]''.
* SouthOfTheBorder: Loves having fun with Mexican stereotypes.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: His family films are incredibly idealistic. His more adult films can be in the middle or a tad closer to the cynical end.
* WhiteAndGreyMorality / WhiteAndBlackMorality: The morality in his kids films.
* WhoNamesTheirKidDude / ThemeNaming: His children are called Rocket, Racer, Rebel, Rogue, and Rhiannon.
* WorldOfBadass: Again, there is hardly a character in his action movies who isn't badass in some form.