Big boss
Big Boss
Background information
Feature films Rio 2
Video games
Voice Miguel Ferrer
Character information
Species Human
Gender Male
Feather/Hair/Skin color Medium skin
Black hair
Eyes Brown
Friends Emperor Tamarin
The Loggers
Enemies Linda
Spix's Macaw Family
Spix's Macaw Tribe
Red Macaw Tribe
Fate Deceased - Eaten by an Anaconda
Likes Cherry-flavored Lollipops
Illegal Deforestation
Dislikes Snakes, Conservation
Quote "Perhaps the better question is: what are they doing here? Nature freaks. Two million square miles, and they're playing in my backyard? Hmm. I don't think so. As you know, my friends, this logging operation is a little um... illegal. If those two nuts find those birds, we're out of business. And that's why you have got to put an end to their little bird-watching expedition. Find them, and get rid of them! The rest of you! Go cut some trees. Who cares about a bunch of birds!"

Big Boss is the main antagonist of Rio 2 (with Nigel being the secondary antagonist). He was the leader of the illegal loggers who were deforesting the Amazon.


When Linda and Tulio find out that there are more of the rare Spix's macaws living in the Amazon, they bring attention to the spot of the jungle where the loggers are working illegally. To make sure he and his workers are not found by the authorities, Big Boss declares the two his enemies and declares he will deal with them personally before they can prove the macaws live there and bring the media.


Big Boss is first seen watching the news on TV, and learning that Tulio and Linda are looking for the wild Spix's Macaws around the area his loggers are working at. Angered by the realization, he throws the remote control at the TV screen, breaking it, and calling the couple "tree-huggers." He sends a voice mail to someone, requesting for his boat. He then throws the lollipop he was sucking on into the tank of piranhas in his office and leaves. The piranhas aggressively eat the red lollipop, leaving only a white plastic stick after a flurry of bubbles.

Shortly after the Spix's Macaw Family and their friends arrive at the Amazon Rainforest, Big Boss is seen arriving near the area by boat. The trees around there are all cut down. When he enters the tent of his workers, he sees the Logging Foreman playing chess with their Emperor Tamarin friend. The monkey wins, leading Big Boss to comment he had always thought the foreman wasn't smarter than a monkey.

He then shows the loggers a newspaper with a picture of Tulio and Linda, reading, "Pássaros raros na Amazônia" (meaning "Rare birds in Amazon" in Portuguese). He explains that they are a threat to their illegal work. Caressing their variety of chainsaws suggestively and finally grabbing an axe, he tells them not to let the couple "play in his backyard." He tells one of them to put an end to their "bird-watching expedition," and the others to keep cutting down trees. Finally, he throws the axe at the map hanging on the wall and leaves with the words "Who cares about a bunch of birds?!" All his workers are left terrified by his attitude.

Later in Rio 2, Linda and Tulio end up encountering the loggers, and Tulio is held captive. Linda runs back to their camp, only to find Big Boss is there. He has been led there by his pet, the Emperor Tamarin, who had found their camp earlier. Big Boss and his minions tie Linda and Tulio to a tree. He mocks them by wondering aloud if the jungle they worked so hard to protect will return the favor. He then calls them "tree-huggers" once more and leaves. The tree they are tied to is marked with an "X," meaning it will be cut down, and Linda and Tulio along with it.

At the end of the movie, the loggers get scared by the assembled Spix's Macaw Tribe, but Big Boss tells them they're only "pigeons" in a pejorative way, and demands they keep cutting down trees. During the battle, the Red Macaw Tribe also participate as unexpected allies for the Spix's Macaw Tribe. The loggers are then attacked by the flock and eventually flee, causing Big Boss to work by himself, tying dynamite to trees and grumbling "I have to do everything myself!". When he lights the fuse, Blu arrives and grabs the explosives, taking them away as he rapidly gains altitude. Big Boss tries to stop him, but is knocked down by Nigel, who goes after Blu himself.

As he recovers from being knocked down, Big Boss reaches for his hat, which is resting on a giant anaconda's head. He nervously offers a lollipop to the leering snake, clearly terrified by the anaconda.

Later, we see the same anaconda spitting out a lollipop, with a full belly vaguely the size of a human, and Big Boss' hat rests over it, revealing that Big Boss was eaten alive by the huge snake. The Emperor Tamarin appears from under the hat, grabs the lollipop and nibbles on it excitedly, promptly scrambling off.


Big Boss has a mustache, and wears a white suit and hat, with leather boots. He is balding, with a comb over.

Design Concept

"The logger boss was described to me as someone who had worked his way up to the top via bullying and coercion. I tried to give his visual design a very quiet but intimidating presence."
―Jason Sadler, Character Designer[1]


Big Boss is ruthless, intelligent, cruel, selfish, and greedy. Big Boss knows what he wants and he knows how to get people to do it. He does not tolerate anyone getting in his way, and has no regards to the destruction of nature. When his illegal trade is put at risk by Linda and Tulio, he tries to get rid of them. He treats his workers poorly, frightens them, and takes matters into his own hands when he needs to.

He also seems to have an addiction to lollipops, being seen consuming lots of them through the movie. He is also very arrogant and short-tempered; he is rather abusive towards the other loggers, and has no respect for the animals in the Amazon, calling the Spix's Macaws "pigeons" when they arrive at the logging site. However, he is nice and friendly towards his pet Emperor Tamarin, sharing lollipops with him.


  • He is the fourth human to be an antagonist in the series. The first three human antagonists introduced in the series are Marcel, Tipa, and Armando.
  • He is the first antagonist to be classified as "Deceased" in the Rio series.
  • He and Marcel share some similarities:
    • They are both cruel and selfish to their henchmen.
    • They each have a pet that has the same personality as their owners.
    • Both of them each suffered a defeat.
      • Marcel was arrested and put in jail along with his henchmen in Rio's credit screen.
      • Big Boss was eaten by an anaconda is most likely digested.
    • They hosted illegal businesses for money.
      • Marcel was smuggling birds.
      • Big Boss was destroying the Amazon rainforest without legal permission from the local authorities.
        • Legal deforestation is done under permitted authorization by local authorities (such as the Brazilian government) at a sustainable forest.
    • Big Boss and Marcel also only show respect or kindness to their pets; Nigel for Marcel and the Emperor Tamarin for the Big Boss.
  • Big Boss seems to be addicted to lollipops, as he is seen consuming a lot of them.
  • He has a picture of himself standing over a large cut down tree, framed in his office.
  • His office has a variety of animal resources in it (horns, a stuffed capybara, a tank full of piranhas and a bull skull in the bottom of the tank, a bull trophy which might be for livestock farming, and a stuffed snake.)
  • Interestingly, animal by-products are very prejudicial to the environment, which reinforces his personality of being anti-ecological. The trophy might very well be for the practice of livestock farming, since that is the primary reason for deforestation of the Amazon. However, it could be that Big Boss is deforesting the Amazon only to make money off of it; this is why Big Boss is the true main antagonist.
  • Big Boss is sometimes thought to be the main, secondary, and quaternary antagonist. However, this isn't true as Nigel drove the plot of the film, even though Big Boss had bigger plans than anyone else.
  • In Rio 2: The Junior Novel, Big Boss is not eaten by a boa; instead, he is scooped up by a tree harvester (driven by Tiago).


  • "Ugh! Tree-huggers."
  • "Get my boat ready. I need to deal with this personally."
  • "I always suspected you were dumber than a monkey, and now I know."
  • "Perhaps a better question is, what are they doing."
  • "Two thousand square miles and they are spending time in my backyard? I don't think so."
  • "As you can see, this logging operation is a little...illegal."
  • "If those two nuts find their birds we're out of business."
  • "Find them! And get rid of them!"
  • "The rest of you go cut some trees."
  • "Who cares about a bunch of birds?"
  • "Nature freaks."
  • "It's a shame, really. You came all this way to protect the jungle. Let's see if it will return the favor, tree-huggers."
  • "Where do you think you're going?"
  • "It's just a bunch of pigeons!"
  • "Get back to work!"
  • "Lollipop?"
  • "I have to do everything myself!"
  • "Hey, get away from that!" 
  • "I hope you don't mind, I made myself at home."



  1. Bennett, Tara, and Carlos Saldanha. The Art of Rio: Featuring a Carnival of Art from Rio and Rio 2. London: Titan, 2014. Print.

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