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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 herbivores that are known to have bad eyesight, short tempers, and a tendency to run down and trample (or gore to death) things that piss them off. They're not very smart, but they always use their heads. They are one of the truly badass species of animal in the world. If they appear in a game, expect a Smash Mook or maybe a Bullfight Boss. If they are in a group, they are likely to go on an Animal Stampede. 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 Real Life, a rhinoceros is essentially an armor-plated cow (though as an odd-toed ungulate, it's more closely related to the horse and the tapir). It isn't anywhere near as aggressive or mindlessly violent as it's 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 (and cows). 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".

When a more exotic, powerful or environment-specific variant is desired, woolly rhinos or elasmotheres may sometimes be used in lieu of the regular sort.


Not to be confused with the Rhino tank in the Grand Theft Auto series. Despite the fact that a good deal of players spent most or all of their playtime spawning a Rhino with a cheat code and going on a rampage.

See also Angry, Angry Hippos, Brutish Bulls and Full-Boar Action for similarly violent and aggressive fictional ungulates and Temper-Ceratops for prehistoric creatures with similar stock behaviors. Contrast Honorable Elephant, since rhinos are often portrayed as the Unpleasant Animal Counterpart to elephants. However, elephants are not immune to this portrayal themselves.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Mazinger Z: 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 impaling it or goring it with its large horn.
  • One Piece:
    • One of Zoro's attacks is named "Sai Kuru" (Wheeling Rhino), and was also translated as "Rhino Rampage" in the 4Kids dub of Grand Adventure.
    • One of Impel Down four Jailer Beasts has eaten a still-unnamed Zoan fruit which allows him to become a Rhino Man.
    • Post Time Skip Franky has created a rhino-themed Cool Bike called the Kurosai (Black Rhino) FR-U #4.
  • Kasai from Oumagadoki Doubutsuen is a rhino anthromorph, and is usually shy and quiet until something happens to make him angry, upon which he embodies this completely.
  • One of the earlier creatures in Toriko is the "Dom", a massive, long-tailed rhinoceros-like animal with plenty of spikes, capable of demolishing a whole building with a single charge. And it's far from being the most dangerous beast in that biotope.
  • Naruto: One of the summons of Pain's Animal Path is a giant rhino, using it to rampage in the building of Konoha's Intelligence Division. He later uses it to attack Sage Mode Naruto, who grabs it by the horn and tosses it into the air.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering: Rhinos have been a predominantly Green creature type since Crash of Rhinos from Mirage, and often get the keyword Trample (meaning that if they deal more damage to a creature than would kill it they deal the rest of it to the defending player as if they had steamrolled right over their target), and occasionally an ability limiting the other player's ability to block them.
    • The biggest rhino in the game comes from Khans of Tarkir in the form of Siege Rhino, one of the huge war beasts used by the Abzan Houses.
    • There are also the Rhox, humanoid rhinoceri from Alara that unlike their bestial cousins lean towards White, the color of order, and are known for being fearsome, unwavering soldiers and knights.

    Comic Books 
  • Rhino, although primarily a Spider-Man villain, has also challenged Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics)' Ixis Naugus is one third bat, one third rhinoceros, and one third lobster.
  • Usagi Yojimbo: Gen, a rhino bounty hunter, is consistently shown to be a very aggressive and skilled offensive swordsman, but he often flounders against fighters like Zato-ino and Inazuma, who are equally skilled and more well-rounded.


    Films — Animated 
  • Kung Fu Panda completely inverts this. Tai Lung goes on a rampage and thrashes all 1,000 of his rhino guards without even breaking a sweat.
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • The halberd-carrying Mooks of Prince John in Robin Hood are rhinos. They are not portrayed as terribly bright, but they have a mean charge.
    • In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, 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!
    • The second to last animal Mad Madam Mim turns into during the Wizard Duel from The Sword in the Stone 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 in the form of a...
  • Carl and Frank from Ice Age, a pair of Brontotheres, which despite their appearances, aren't even actual rhinos at all (though they are distantly related). True to form, they're both portrayed as brutish thugs.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Chronicles of Narnia features a rhinoceros intentionally charging ahead of the centaur General Oreius in order to save King Peter from the advancing hordes of the White Witch. The beast handily tosses aside several attackers before being brought down.
  • Avatar has the Hammerhead Titanotheres, enormous six-legged rhino-like alien beasts with a massive flat horn resembling a hammerhead shark's snout (hence their name) and a colorful frill atop their heads used for signaling and as a threat display.
  • 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 Played for Laughs. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle features a herd of albino rhinos during the sequel's group trip to return the Jaguar's Eye to the Jaguar statue.
  • Subverted with the battle-rhinoceros from 300. If the Persians had been fighting anyone other than the frigging Spartans...
  • This trope was going to be used in 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.
  • The Gods Must Be Crazy 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 getting between it and its baby.
  • A rhino is the occupant on one of the cars in the circus train at the start of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. When the action taking place on the roof of the car annoys it, it smashes its horn through the roof and comes very close to hitting Indy somewhere sensitive.
  • In Black Panther (2018), Wakanda has trained attack rhinos!
  • An Erumpent (see below in Literature) goes around rampaging in New York in the first Fantastic Beasts movie, after it escapes Newt's suitcase.

  • Several cultures have folk tales that tell of a rhinoceros putting out a raging fire. By trampling it under its feet.
  • It's generally believed unicorns were based on garbled descriptions of rhinos, which likely explains why in many descriptions of them from antiquity describe unicorns as being of aggressive temperament.

  • The Erumpent in Harry Potter's Fantastic Beasts is basically a rhinoceros whose horn is Made of Explodium.
  • Douglas Adams'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 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 James and the Giant Peach, both of James' parents are killed (specifically, eaten) by an escaped rhino. The Film of the Book makes it worse. The Rhino is basically turned into an Eldritch Abomination made of clouds that represents all of James' fears.
  • The 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 "Rhino Rampage" makes things all the more troperiffic!
  • The rhino from My Father's Dragon. 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 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.
  • In The Just-So Story "How the Rhinoceros Got his Skin", the titular rhino is a foul tempered, bullying jerk.
  • Woolly rhinos crop up a few times in the Earth's Children series. In all cases, they are described as being stubborn, unpredictable and vicious:
    • Broud, the main antagonist of "The Clan of the Cave Bear", has a woolly rhinoceros totem. His personality traits include impulsiveness, being quick to anger and resenting those (especially Ayla) who detract attention from him.
    • In "The Valley of Horses", Thonolan is gored by a woolly rhino, leading to him and Jondalar meeting the Sharamudoi, the tribe into which Thonolan marries.
    • Towards the end of their post-Matrimonial isolation in "The Shelters of Stone", Ayla and Jondalar come across a group of adolescent boys baiting a woolly rhino. Needless to say, none of the boys have any experience hunting rhinos and one of them ends up getting injured.
  • Bravelands has rhinos which resent elephants for having the Great Mother as their matriarch. They even start acting aggressive towards Sky the elephant for stumbling across them and refuse to let her speak reasonably. A case of rhinos actually charging is when Fearless the lion stumbles across a rhino herd while on his travels. The rhinos' aggressive reputation gets harder in Code Of Honor, where it's revealed that Stronghide had murdered the Great Mother, though goaded into doing so by Stinger. Also in this book, Stronghide boasts that a rhino can easily replace an elephant as a Great Parent and is even willing to become the Great Father of the Bravelands.
  • The old children's series Abelard and Liverwurst is about a farmer (Abelard) who finds a baby rhino (Liverwurst) after the latter falls off a circus train. A monster that terrorizes farms and towns in the first book turns out to be Liverwurst's mother, who's angry because she thinks someone kidnapped her baby.
  • Clue: In the Midnight Phone Calls chapter "The Guest Who Couldn't Shoot Straight", a vicious rhino escapes from the nearby zoo and shows up at the mansion, trying to attack the guests and briefly getting stuck in the outside wall of the Billiard Room.
  • Journey to the West: In one of their last adventures, Sun Wukong and co. encountered a trio of rhinoceros demons who impersonated Buddhas to steal sacred lamp oil from monasteries. They ended up pursuing the monsters into the ocean where they had to muster up some of the Dragon King's army and a few of the constellation gods to help defeat them.
  • The Reluctant King: The unicorn inside the Grandduke's menagerie is actually an elasmotherium, or wooly rhinoceros.
  • There's a lesser-known Little Golden Books title from the early 1960s, Rupert the Rhinoceros (which was also adapted into a Golden Book Video in 1985) that has a realistic version of this trope. Rupert keeps charging whenever someone comes near, and after this gets him into a car accident when he ends up in the city (after a series of silly events), the doctor tests his eyesight and diagnoses that he can't see very well, thus prompting Rupert to get nervous and charge, just like in real life. So the doctor prescribes Rupert a pair of eyeglasses to improve his vision and all is well.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Judoon, from Doctor Who, are a race of humanoid rhinoceros Space Police. They're depicted as extremely blunt and no-nonsense, which at worst results in a Judge, Jury, and Executioner attitude.
  • Pushing Daisies. 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...
  • Super Sentai / Power Rangers:
  • Kamen Rider:
  • Also, all across Toku, rhinos are very a popular Monster of the Week choice. Their usual tactic: smash, and then smash some more!
  • Remember Ace Lightning, 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 anvil for a hand.
  • In an episode of Only Fools and Horses, Rodney is trying to come up with an idea for a feature film. Del suggests "There's a Rhino Loose in the City". Once the sheer implausibility of this is explored (How do you lose a rhino and not notice? Where would it hide? And what is it doing in the city?), a deflated Del sarcastically suggests that they change the title to "There's a Rhino Loose out in the Sticks Where No Sod Lives".
  • Prehistoric Park: In "A Mammoth Undertaking", when Nigel goes back to Ice Age Siberia to find a mammoth to take back to the park, he runs afoul of a bull Elasmotherium, which is noted to be — much like modern rhinoceri — prone to charging down anything that surprises it. Nigel later uses this to his advantage by goading the beast into charging him and following him through the time portal, allowing him to get it to the present and into the park.
  • Walking with Beasts: One of the animals featured in the Ice Age segment is a European woolly rhino, a Coelodonta antiquitatis. It features only in one scene, where it spots a passing neanderthal man while grazing, charges him down and hurls him over its shoulder after snagging him with its horns. Luckily, the neanderthal's sturdy body allows him to survive his ordeal.

  • Rhino Records is without a doubt the coolest media company on the planet (though some fans aren't happy with how they remaster classic cartoons). They even created a mascot named Rocky, a rhino done up in full Greaser Delinquent regalia.

  • An old Russian joke: "Rhinos have bad eyesight, but given their weight it's not their problem".


    Professional Wrestling 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000:
    • All Juggernauts of Khorne are unholy rhino-shaped amalgamations of daemon, metal, and hellfire, and, like all of Khorne's daemons, are locked in a state of perpetual homicidal fury. 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?" The result is a breed of creatures resembling shaggy rhinos with two horns side-by-side, noted for their high aggressiveness, violent tempers and extreme stupidity. This suits the Ogres fine — repeated applications of clubs to the head are generally enough to get a Rhinox to bear a rider, and their propensity towards charing anything that moves is quite handy in the thick of battle.
    • Also in Warhammer 40,000 is the Rhino APC, the Space Marines' primary transport vehicle.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The Rhek are a race of hulking, anthropomorphic, Lawful Good humanoid rhinos. Their entry included one with levels in the Monk class. That's right, not only is this one a badass man-rhino, but it knows kung-fu.
    • Normal rhinos and prehistoric woolly rhinos are often statted up in Monster Manuals as among the more dangerous regular animals players can run into.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Regular and woolly rhinoceri, as well as elasmotheres, feature as possible enemies and tend to be among the more dangerous of the regular animals players are likely to encounter. They tend to be quite aggressive, and to attack with little or no provocation.
    • Fire giants are known to build iron rhinoceri, constructs resembling enormous metallic rhinoceri with blazing furnaces in their bellies and smokestack horns, wrapped in coils of prehensile chains and animated by the bound spirits of actual rhinos. They are infamous for their terrible tempers, intense aggression and propensity for viciously attacking anyone who isn't their master or some type of giant, and are very popular among fire giant kings and warlords as powerful battle mounts and Siege Engine/Beast of Battle crosses.
  • The Champions Universe features a villain named Ironhorn, who is basically a Captain Ersatz of Marvel's Rhino.
  • The Fighting Fantasy series features Rhino-Men as the mooks of Big Bad Balthus Dire.

  • In the Ionesco play Rhinoceros, everyone turns into one.


    Video Games 
  • In the Donkey Kong Country games one of your animal buddies is 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 Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze.
  • World of Warcraft: The Wrath of the Lich King expansion introduced rhinos, although they're woolly and live on arctic tundra.
  • Atelier Iris 3 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.
  • Mega Man
    • Tunnel Rhino from Mega Man X3, whose horn and right arm are drills that help him tunnel underground. In true rhino fashion, he mainly fights by ramming the player.
    • In Mega Man ZX, we have Protectos the Goreroid. Unlike your typical rhino, he doesn't try to ram you, as he is very slow and bulky. However, he more than makes up for it by attacking you with his upper horn, which is actually a nuke missile that he can launch out of his body.
  • One of the challenges in Zoo Tycoon 2's "Endangered Species" expansion-pack involves providing for a Javan Rhinoceros and getting it to breed.
  • There is a hero in Heroes of Newerth appropriately named as Rampage who is riding a rhino.
  • The Infinity Plus One Gun in each game of the Ratchet & Clank series is usually called the RYNO. In Name Only as "RYNO" is an acronym for "Rip You a New One".
  • Gohma Chargers from Asura's Wrath, along with charging like a traditional rhino, are capable of causing small tremors by stomping it's front legs.
  • In the Congo Bongo level Rhino Rampage, the enemies are rhinoceroses charging from all directions.
  • The Drill Sye ("sai" meaning "rhino" in Japanese) Dream Eater in Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. They manage to be quite the Goddamned Bats, 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 Spyro: Year of the Dragon are the Rhynocs, a race of rhino-like creature under the employ of the Sorceress. They return in the handheld games as well, this time under the employ of Ripto.
  • In Pokémon: Rhyhorn is a squat, rhino-like Pokémon described as very strong, very fond of charging and very stupid, to the point that it can only remember one thing at a time. As a result, it tends to forget why it started running to begin with, and ends up running in a straight line through any obstacles in its path (it's been known to charge straight through buildings) until it falls asleep. Notably, it and its evolution lines are the Signature Mon of Team Rocket's leader, Giovanni.
  • One of the more dangerous mechanical Chimera you'll encounter in Mother 3 is the 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.
  • Dungeon of the Endless has the Hurna Rider, basically a 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 very dangerous enemy.
  • Rhinos can be one of the potential villagers that can move into your town in Animal Crossing. However one of the most popular villagers is a Rhino named Merengue. She happens to be pink and her head resembles a slice of cake with a strawberry for a horn. Her personality sets her as far away from the rhino stereotype as you can get, but other ones veer more into Jerk with a Heart of Gold territory.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Woolly rhinos, found in the Hebra region, are a downplayed example. They're peaceful herbivores that will flee from Link and monsters should they spot them but, if Link startles one while standing in front of it, it will charge him down and deal a fair amount of damage while doing so.
  • Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft: The Tundra Rhino is a basic Hunter minion that gives Beast-type minions the "Charge" ability, letting them attack the same turn they come into play.
  • In Yoshi's Crafted World, several aggressive rhinos appear in the Rumble Jungle. They ram on Yoshi on sight and are very persistent. This can prove useful, as they can be tricked into destroying obstacles Yoshi would otherwise be unable to pass.
  • Warframe features a rhinoceros-themed warframe called Rhino, using rhino-themed skills like Charge, Iron Skin, Roar and Stomp.
  • Ori and the Blind Forest has Rams, which more resemble rhinos than their real-life namesake, and can only be defeated once Ori has the Ground Pound ability to break their armor. Later variants attack by rolling into a ball and exploding on contact. The sequel has Rhino Beetles filling the Rams' niche.
  • Indian rhinos are one of the many animal species players can encounter in Far Cry 4. Ostensibly a docile herbivore, they're actually one of the most dangerous creatures in Kyrat thanks to their Hair-Trigger Temper, massive health pool, high speed and devastating charge attacks. They're also one of only two animal species (the other being the actually docile elephants) that can attack you while you're in a vehicle, resulting in a One-Hit Kill. Last but not least, rhinos almost never come alone, and if you piss off one, you'll usually have to deal with all of them at once, which isn't helped by how deceptively sneaky they can be - it's not uncommon to get flattened by a rampaging rhino out of nowhere because you moved past it without even realizing it was there.
  • Far Cry Primal, set in prehistoric Central Europe, features woolly rhinoceroses as one of the dangerous animals that try attacking Takkar, the player character. There's also a rare Megacerops living among the rhinoceros herds (admittedly, Megacerops was not a rhinoceros, but close enough). Neither of these animals can be tamed by Takkar, and Sabertooths or cave bears are the only predators that can kill them.
  • Spelling Jungle: One of the four deadly animals in Spelling Jungle, rhinos pace back and forth unless bribed or blocked by another obstacle. Contact with their horn end is lethal.

    Web Comics 
  • Gustine Greene from Endtown was mutated into a rhino during the Class-2 apocalypse, which mutated much of the surviving human population. She demonstrates incredible strength, especially when enraged, despite being fairly mild-mannered most of the time.
  • Prestige Perkins from Rusty and Co. has combined some magical items into a gun that launches a stampeding rhino, which she uses to send a derro flying. The fans were quick to call it her Rhino-Propelling Gun.

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    Western Animation 
  • Rocksteady from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) was a street punk under The Shredder's employ. He got mutated into a rhino, whereas his associate Bebop became a warthog / boar. Though both are portrayed as not being very bright, having the strength to pick up and hurl cars at the turtles more than made up for it.
  • Rhinox from Beast Wars is very badass (and part-time Number Two to Optimus Primal).
    • As a subversion, he is also the resident scientist in the group.
    • The original Transformers had three, Ramhorn for the Autobots and Headstrong and Stranglehold for the Decepticons. In a somewhat unusual twist for a rhino-themed character, Headstrong was noted for being relatively weak physically (especially compared to his fellow Predacons) but was the Determinator.
    • The Japan-only G1 sequel Transformers Victory has the Breastforce, Decepticons whose breastplates can turn into weapons or animal-like minions. One of them is Drillhorn, a four-treaded drill-tank partnered with the mechanical rhinoceros/gun Rhinobreast.
    • Transformers Cybertron has Backstop, the Jamaican-accented pacifistic rhino.
  • The Simpsons:
    • 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 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.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Fire Nation uses Komodo Rhinos as mounts in battle. That's right, a rhino crossed with a freakin' komodo dragon.
  • Subverted with Clam from Camp Lazlo, who's generally more of a Cloudcuckoolander. Played straight if you're Scoutmaster Lumpus, however.
  • Roy from The Penguins of Madagascar is short-tempered, but otherwise a decent fellow.
  • In the Classic Disney Short African Diary, Great White Hunter Goofy goes out hunting for wild game and finds a black rhinoceros. Three guesses as to who wins that match.
  • The Wallop species in Storm Hawks is based on rhinos in appearance.
  • Sea Rhinoceroses from SpongeBob SquarePants, which are drawn to the sounds of a Sea Bear attack, and the only protection from them is to wear specialized undergarments.
  • In The Raccoons Mr. Mammoth who is one of the richest, most powerful characters in the setting and is also presented as ruthless business man. He is also The Unintelligible.
  • Subverted in The Lion Guard where rhinoceroses are usually friendly. Kifaru the white rhinoceros, from the episode "Ono the Tickbird", caused some destruction in his path at the beginning, but that's only because his eyesight is very poor even by rhino standards and he didn't have his tickbird companion Mwenzi around to guide him. Although he does turn dangerous when Makuu threatens Mwenzi.
  • Zig-zagged in The Wild Thornberrys, where Eliza would either befriend a rhino or run from one.
  • Flying Rhino Junior High has Principal Mulligan, who is a humanoid rhino. And no one knows why.
  • Two-Legs Joe from Spliced is technically only half of a rhinoceros with a bird for a rear end, but his Hair-Trigger Temper and superpowered stomping ensure that Authority Equals Asskicking for him.
  • The Monster of the Week of the What's New, Scooby-Doo? episode "Safari, So Good" are African demons that take the form of animals. Naturally, a rhino is among them.

    Real Life 
  • The textbook Special Relativity by T. M. Helliwell has a number of problems (and some cover art) featuring rhinoceros running at relativistic speeds.
  • The rhinoceros family used to be far more diverse then the 5 species that are alive today, including gazelle-like sprinters and hippo-like swimmers.
    • The Elasmotherium was much bigger than the white rhinoceros or woolly rhinoceros, rivaling the contemporary woolly mammoths in size. Its nose bump has been theorized to hold a single horn up to 2 meters in length, earning it the nickname the Siberian Unicorn. Some people think it survived as recently the Middle Ages and gave inspiration to the legend.
  • The Eocene and the Oligocene produced a number of animals that are often mistakenly referred as rhinos, mostly due to superficial resemblance, although some were actual rhino relatives. The most notable of these pseudo-rhinos include:
    • Uintatherium was one of the first truly giant mammals (about as big as a white rhino) and had saber-like fangs and six giraffe-like ossicones on its head. It lived in the marshy forests of Eocene North America and was part of an enigmatic group of early mammals called Dinocerates.
    • Arsinoitherium lived in the coastal mangroves of what is now Egypt during the Late Eocene and Early Oligocene. It had two massive horns over its nose and was part of an extinct group called the Embrithopods, which were probably related to elephants.
    • Megacerops (formerly known as Brontotherium) and Embolotherium were Brontotheres (which were related to rhinos) from Oligocene North America and Late Eocene Mongolia respectively. The former was recognizable by its forked horn, which males used to ram each other with, and the latter had a giant wedge-shaped plate on its nose, which while too fragile for combat, was likely for display or part of an elaborate nasal system. Rivaling modern elephants in size, they were the largest land mammals of their day.
    • Even bigger were the Hyracodonts, very close relatives of rhinoceroses. The most impressive is probably Paraceratherium, a long legged and long-necked treetop browser that grew to be 18 ft tall at the top of its head and weighing in at 16 tons, making it the second-heaviest, and possibly the tallest, land mammal to exist (the heaviest was the straight-tusked elephant Palaeoloxodon namadicus which grew 17 feet at the shoulder and weigh in at 22 tons).
  • Inverted in 19th century South Africa. The colonial authorities decided to open an area for settlement, so they killed all the rhinos, considering them dangerous. In the end, the area was not colonized.


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