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->''The rhino is a homely beast, ''
->''For human eyes he's not a feast. ''
->''Farwell, farewell, you old rhinoceros, ''
->''I'll stare at something less prepoceros. ''
-->-- '''Ogden Nash'''

When portrayed in the media, rhinos are always hulkingly big, heavy, and intimidating animals that are known to have bad eyesight, short tempers, and a tendency to [[RammingAlwaysWorks run down and trample]] [[HornAttack (or gore to death)]] things that piss them off. [[DumbMuscle They're not very smart]], but they always [[UseYourHead use their heads]]. They are one of the truly BadAss species of animal in the world. If they appear in a game, expect a SmashMook or maybe a BullfightBoss. If they're depicted in fiction, they're likely to be a dangerous obstacle. If it's a comedy, expect to see someone sent flying.

When a character is based on a rhinoceros, expect a tough brute capable of a lot of violence. If the character is a good guy, expect a lot of trampled {{Mooks}}. If the character is a bad guy, expect running. Lots and lots of running.

In RealLife, a rhinoceros is essentially an armor-plated cow (though its more closely related to the horse and the tapir). It isn't anywhere near as aggressive or mindlessly violent as its been portrayed in the media. It can still be a dangerous animal, but by far more humans are killed each year by elephants and hippopotami. In fact, humans are probably more dangerous to it because all of the living species of rhino are endangered due to poaching and habitat loss. Baby rhinos are especially vulnerable and need to be watched and cared for 24/7, otherwise they'll literally die from the stress of being alone.

Fun fact: A group of rhinos is called a "crash".
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!!Examples:

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': [[{{Robeast}} Mechanical Beast]] Toros D7 resembled a mix between rhino and bull: it was four-legged, its body was armor-plated, and above its head it had a huge horn. It attacked charging at its adversary and [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impaling it]] or goring it with its large horn.
* One of ''[[Manga/OnePiece Zoro's]]'' attacks is named "Sai Kuru" (Wheeling Rhino), and was also translated as "Rhino Rampage" in the 4Kids dub of ''Grand Adventure''.
** Post TimeSkip Franky has created a rhino-themed CoolBike called the Kurosai (Black Rhino) FR-U #4.
* Kasai from ''Manga/OumagadokiDoubutsuen'' is a rhino anthromorph, and is usually shy and quiet until something happens to make him angry, upon which he embodies this completely.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* Rhino, although primarily a Franchise/SpiderMan villain, has also challenged Comicbook/IronMan and the Comicbook/IncredibleHulk.

[[AC:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' completely inverts this. Tai Lung goes on a rampage and thrashes all 1,000 of his rhino guards without even breaking a sweat.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' gives us Master Thundering Rhino, son of famed Master Flying Rhino. Sadly, he pretty much just exists so [[BigBad Shen's]] [[{{BFG}} cannon]] can kill someone strong [[TheWorfEffect as proof of its power]].
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** The halberd-carrying {{Mooks}} of Prince John in ''Disney/RobinHood'' are rhinos. They are not portrayed as terribly bright, but they have a mean charge.
** Originally, ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' was going to feature a rhinoceros character named Rocky (voiced by Frank Fontaine[[note:''[[Franchise/BioShock no, not him]]'']]) that was going to appear at the end of the film (during the scene with the vultures), but the character was ultimately dropped from the final script.
** Rhinos actually appear as background characters in ''Disney/TheLionKing''. One rhino appeared just right after the sunrise at the very beginning of the film (Nants ingonyama! Bagaithi baba, Sithikum ingonyama nyea!...), while two others appeared during the song "I Just Can't Wait to be King" (both of them were pestering Zazu). In the sequel, Kovu and Kiara scare away some birds so Timon and Pumbaa can eat the worms. Unfortunately, the birds happen to have a herd of angry rhinos on their side and like the wildebeests from the original, the rhinos stampede after Kiara and Kovu. Thankfully, no one got trampled!
** A rhinoceros actually disguises itself [[ThatsNoMoon as a rock]] during the song "Following the Leader" from ''Disney/PeterPan''.
** The second to last animal Mad Madam Mim turns into during the WizardDuel from ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' is a pink rhinoceros, which is then thrown off a cliff and into a river by Merlin (now turned into a ram), but then Mim comes out [[LoopholeAbuse in the form of a...]]
* Carl and Frank from ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'', a pair of Brontotheres, which despite their appearances, [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology aren't even actual rhinos at all!]] True to form, they're both portrayed as brutish thugs.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' features a rhinoceros [[HeroicSacrifice intentionally charging ahead of the centaur General Oreius]] in order to save King Peter from the advancing hordes of the [[IceQueen White Witch]]. The beast [[FoeTossingCharge handily tosses aside several attackers]] before being brought down.
* ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'' features several summoned rhinos, including one that casually shoulders aside a police car. This particular rhino gets its own gameplay mechanic in the tie-in boardgame. Simply put, when you land on a space with a rhino on it, you can use the rhino to block your adversaries' path. Subverted with another member of the rhino herd, a short, overweight specimen whose lumbering walk and weary, huffing breath are PlayedForLaughs.
* Subverted with the battle-rhinoceros from ''Film/ThreeHundred''. If the Persians had been fighting anyone other than the frigging '''Spartans'''...
* This trope was going to be used in ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'', but eventually decided against the idea. There were a few reasons for this, mainly lack of time and money, but also because of how unbelievable it is in real life, as the summary above mentions.
* ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy'' features a rhino going around stomping out fires the characters have set up; the {{Narrator}} claims that rhinos are like the fire marshals of the forest. ''The Gods Must Be Crazy II'' features a rhino charging the female lead for [[MamaBear getting between it and its baby]].
* A rhino is the occupant on one of the cars in the circus train at the start of ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.

[[AC:Fanfiction]]
* In the HarryPotter fanfic "The Lie I've Lived," Harry conjures a rhino and rides it ''through'' the Triwizard obstacle course. While the other champions are slowed down by the obstacles, he uses the rhino like a living tank/battering ram.

[[AC:Folklore]]
* Several cultures have folk tales that tell of a rhinoceros putting out a raging fire. By trampling it under its feet.
** As noted above, ''Film/TheGodsMustBeCrazy'' features an example of this.
** It is used again in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' as a DeusExMachina.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* The Erumpent in Literature/HarryPotter's ''Literature/{{Fantastic Beasts|and Where to Find Them}}'' is basically a rhinoceros whose horn is MadeOfExplodium.
* Creator/DouglasAdams's unfinished novel ''The Salmon of Doubt'' has a chapter written from the point of view of a rhino which escapes from a zoo and goes on a rampage, killing several people before being shot to death.
* The Literature/{{Animorphs}} often favored morphing into rhinos (and elephants) for situations requiring lots of collateral damage. Jake originally acquired his when he needed to smash through the walls of a heavily guarded compound, and Marco got one in book 22 for pretty much the same reason (though he only ever used it the one time).
** Though the rhinos (the real ones or the instincts of the ones they morphed) weren't portrayed as being aggressive or mean, they were just ''really'' tough.
* At the start of ''Literature/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'', both of James' parents are killed (specifically, [[ArtisticLicenseBiology eaten]]) by an escaped rhino. TheFilmOfTheBook makes it worse. The Rhino is basically turned into an EldritchAbomination made of clouds that represents all of James' fears.
* The ''Literature/{{Babar}}'' series gave us Rataxes, the aggressive King of Rhinoland and Babar's arch-rival. That the Rhinos have a destructive holiday called (you guessed it) the "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Rhino Rampage]]" makes things all the more troperiffic!
* The rhino from ''Literature/MyFathersDragon''. He's quite fierce and angry, but he mostly just wants people to stay out of his weeping pool.
* The picture book ''A Porcupine Named Fluffy'' features a rhinoceros character with the name of... ...Hippo.
* In ''[[Literature/{{Spellsinger}} Son of Spellsinger]]'', the young travelers recruit an alcoholic rhino as both transport and bodyguard. When he's not drunk off his feet, he's an armor-wearing Badass.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* The Judoon, from ''Series/DoctorWho'', are a race of humanoid rhinoceros SpacePolice. They are so BadAss the TARDIS can't translate their language.
** In the "Judoon platoon on the moon" episode, Martha hadn't traveled by TARDIS, explaining their incomprehensible dialect.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies''. The episode "Window Dressed to Kill" has Ned resurrecting a dead rhinoceros named Aloysius for no reason really connected to the plot. But a rampaging rhinoceros is always badass...
* ''Series/HyakujuuSentaiGaoranger'' / ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce'' features a Rhino-Armadillo tagteam as part of the season's enormous MechaExpansionPack. The Rhino forms an alternative set of legs for the combined mecha, which ''kicks'' the Armadillo at the enemy as part of a soccer-themed finishing move. The pair may or may not be a ShoutOut to two American-exclusive monsters from the original ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'', the UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball-themed Rhinoblaster & the [[TheBeautifulGame Association Football]]-themed Soccadillo.
* Dominic, the (second) SixthRanger in ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'', channels the power of the rhino. Ironically, while the rhino's raw strength is played up as unrivaled in the animal kingdom, Dominic is more of TheTrickster than TheBigGuy you'd expect. His Japanese counterpart, Ken from ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', is much the same.
* Kamen Rider Thrust from ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'' and his Japanese counterpart Gai from ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' have a rhino motif and use the Advent Beast Metalgelas, a hulking humanoid armored rhino.
* Also, all across {{Toku}}, rhinos are very a popular MonsterOfTheWeek choice. Their usual tactic: smash, and then smash some more!
* Remember ''Series/AceLightning'', one of the live action CGI hybrid pioneers? One of Ace's enemies was a Rhino-headed Monster named Anvil, who was physically the strongest character, and had an [[AnvilOnHead anvil for a hand]].

[[AC:Other]]
* An [[RussianHumour old Russian joke]]: "Rhinos have bad eyesight, but given their weight it's not their problem".

[[AC:{{Music}}]]
* Rhino Records is without a doubt the coolest media company on the planet. Except when it comes to remastering old cartoons.

[[AC:{{Pinball}}]]
* Averted in ''Pinball/PopeyeSavesTheEarth'' -- all of the rhinos in the game are friendly, docile, and endangered.

[[AC:ProfessionalWrestling]]
* [[Wrestling/{{Rhyno}} Terry Gerin, aka Rhino[=/=]Rhyno]], who has found success in ECW, WWE and TNA.

[[AC:TabletopGames]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', all Juggernauts of Khorne are unholy rhino-shaped amalgamations of daemon, metal, and hellfire. The Blood Crushers are especially large versions.
** Warhammer Fantasy also has "Rhinoxen" as the answer to the question "what the hell could an Ogre ride on the back of?"
** Also in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is the Rhino [=APC=], the {{Space Marine}}s' primary [[strike:[[MemeticMutation METAL BOX]]]] transport vehicle.
* [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=27249 Crash of Rhinos]] is a hard-hitting card from ''MagicTheGathering'''s Mirage expansion.
** From ''Shards of Alara'' onward, [[RetCon the Rhoxes have been portrayed]] as humanoid rhinos. In earlier editions their design was closer to ankylosauruses.
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' there are the Rhek, a race of hulking, anthropomorphic, LawfulGood humanoid rhinos. Their entry included one with levels in the [[BareFistedMonk Monk]] class. That's right, not only is this one a BadAss man-rhino, but it knows kung-fu.
* [[HeroSystem The Champions Universe]] features a villain named Ironhorn, who is basically a CaptainErsatz of Marvel's Rhino.
* The ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' series features Rhino-Men as the {{mooks}} of BigBad Balthus Dire.

[[AC:{{Theatre}}]]
* In the Ionesco play ''Theatre/{{Rhinoceros}}'', everyone turns into one...

[[AC:Toys]]
* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'': the Vako and Kikanalo
* ''HeroFactory'': Stormer 3.0 has a distinct Rhino motif.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' one of your animal buddies is [[PowerUpMount Rambi]]. He automatically tramples over enemies when running and can charge a, umm, charging attack that can break through some walls. One of the few animal buddies to be in most of the games, and the only one to make it into ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns''.
* The ''Wrath of the Lich King'' expansion of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' introduced Rhinos, although in [=WoW=] they're wooly and live on arctic tundra.
** The Horde has Kodo Beasts which are rhino like creatures of Kalimdor, and are ridden as mounts for Tuarens.
* Not to be confused with [[TankGoodness the Rhino]] in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''. Despite the fact that a good deal of players spent most or all of their playtime [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential spawning a Rhino with a cheat code and going on a rampage]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Iris 3|Grand Phantasm}}'' has a rhino-like Mana called Diemia, which deals physical damage to an enemy row and knocks back the targets when summoned, delaying their turns. Provided the enemies aren't resistant to physical attacks, it is arguably the strongest Mana in the entire game.
* Tunnel Rhino from ''VideoGame/MegaManX3'', whose horn and right arm are [[ThisIsADrill drills]] that help him tunnel underground. In true rhino fashion, he mainly fights by ramming the player.
** In ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'', we have Protectos the Goreroid. Unlike your typical rhino, he doesn't try to ram you, as he is [[MightyGlacier very slow and bulky]]. However, he more than makes up for it by attacking you with his upper horn, which is actually a ''[[NukeEm nuke missile]]'' that he can launch out of his body.
* One of the challenges in ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon 2'''s "Endangered Species" expansion-pack involves providing for a Javan Rhinoceros and getting it to breed.
* Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'s Ixis Naugus is one third [[BatOutOfHell bat]], one third rhinoceros, and one third lobster.
* There is a hero in VideoGame/HeroesOfNewerth appropriately named as Rampage who is riding a rhino.
* The [[InfinityPlusOneSword Infinity Plus One Gun]] in each game of the ''[[Franchise/RatchetAndClank Ratchet & Clank]]'' series is usually called the RYNO. InNameOnly as "RYNO" is an acronym for "Rip You a New One".
* Gohma Chargers from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', along with charging like a traditional rhino, are capable of causing small tremors by stomping it's front legs.
* In the ''CongoBongo'' level Rhino Rampage, the enemies are rhinoceroses charging from all directions.
* The Drill Sye (Sai meaning rhino in Japanese) dream eater in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3D''. They manage to be quite the GoddamnedBats, specializing in attacks that hit multiple times and/or send you flying, leaving you open for abuse from other enemies or in a bad position to fight back.
* The grand majority of the {{mooks}} the player encounters in ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' are the Rhynocs, a race of rhino-like creature under the employ of [[BigBad the Sorceress]]. They return in the [[VideoGame/SpyroSeasonOfIce hand]][[VideoGame/Spyro2SeasonOfFlame held]] [[VideoGame/SpyroAttackOfTheRhynocs games]], as well.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'', one of the Rock/Ground evolution lines is [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Rhyhorn Rhyhorn's.]]
* One of the more dangerous [[CyberneticsWillEatYourSoul mechanical Chimera]] you'll encounter in ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' is the [[http://i.ytimg.com/vi/a7N10W2zVo0/hqdefault.jpg Rhinocerocket]]. It's capable of charging forward and badly hurting multiple members of your party at a time, and then doing even more damage on its return trip.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonOfTheEndless'' has the Hurna Rider, basically a [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Hurna]] riding a Rhinoceros-like creature. It's capable of bashing open doors, which counts as the player taking a turn and hence can spawn ''even more'' waves of enemies (including more Hurna Riders) from dark rooms if it succeeds at doing so. This makes it a ''[[DemonicSpiders very dangerous]]'' enemy.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* In the WebAnimation/HomestarRunner universe, Strong Bad invents a videogame called "Rhino Feeder" which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* "[[http://people.ambrosiasw.com/~andrew/funny/bloodcyber.html Rhinoceroses don't play games. They f**king charge your ass.]]" ('''Warning: NSFW''')
* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has a supervillain named Pygmy Rhino, a super-humanly strong, superhumanly fast, {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le dwarf who gets a kick out of running his opponent's down.
* ''Literature/TheDescendants'' has Embarr, the mount of the Ape Knight. An evil sorceress mistook her of a fat, slow unicorn and used magic to make her faster, smarter and gave her a ton more endurance.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* Rocksteady from ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' is a villainous example.
* Rhinox from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is very badass (and part-time NumberTwo to Optimus Primal).
** As a subversion, he is also the [[GeniusBruiser resident scientist]] in the group.
** The original Transformers had two, Ramhorn for the Autobots and Headstrong for the Decepticons.
** ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' has Backstop, the Jamaican-accented pacifistic rhino. Also, one of the Japan-only G1 sequels has characters who can deploy animal-like minions from their chests a la Soundwave. One of them is a rhino.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds" Kent Brockman reports that a two-ton rhino escaped from the Springfield Zoo, but zoo officials safely put her back in captivity. As people are attacked by a rhino, he notes a three-ton rhino that escaped from the zoo the previous week is still at large.
** In [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E15MargeSimpsonInScreamingYellowHonkers one episode]] Homer sets off a chain-reaction of events at the zoo by shooting a lemur with a slingshot, that eventually culminates in a rhino stampede.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The Fire Nation uses Komodo Rhinos as mounts in battle. That's right, a rhino crossed with a freakin' ''komodo dragon.''
* Subverted with Lulu from ''WesternAnimation/NiHaoKaiLan''.
* Also subverted with Clam from ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo''. Played straight if you're Scoutmaster Lumpus, however.
* Roy from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' is short-tempered, but otherwise a decent fellow.
* In the WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} ''African Diary'', GreatWhiteHunter WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} goes out hunting for wild game and finds a black rhinoceros. Three guesses as to who wins that match.
* The Wallop species in ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' is based on rhinos in appearance.
* Sea Rhinocerous' from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', which are drawn to the sounds of a [[BearsAreBadNews Sea Bear]] attack, and the only protection from them is to wear specialized undergarments.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* The textbook ''Special Relativity'' by T. M. Helliwell has a number of problems (and some cover art) featuring rhinoceri running at relativistic speeds.
* The rhinoceros family used to be far more diverse then the 5 species that are alive today. The most impressive is probably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraceratherium Paraceratherium]], a long legged and long-necked species that grew to be 16 ft tall at the shoulder and weighing in at 16 tons, making it the largest land mammal to exist.
** While obviously smaller, the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elasmotherium Elasmotherium]]'' was still a deal bigger than the white rhinoceros and its nose bump has been theorized to hold a single horn up to 2 meters in length.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in 19th century South Africa. The colonial authorities decided to opean an area for settlement, so they killed all the rhinos for considering them dangerous. In the end, [[HumansKillWantonly the area was not colonized.]]

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