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 eaten by a anaconda (most likely deceased)
Likes Lollipops, 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 was the hidden true main antagonist of Rio 2. 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 rare macaws around the area his loggers are working. 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, asking 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.

Shortly after the Spix's Macaw Family and their friends arrive at the Amazon jungle, 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 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" ("Rare birds in Amazon"). 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 very scared by his attitude.

Linda and Tulio end up encountering the loggers, and Tulio is held captive. Linda runs back to their camping, only to find Big Boss is there. He has been led there by their little friend 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. The loggers are then attacked and defeated by the flock, so Big Boss works by himself, tying dynamite to trees. When he lights them on fire, Blu arrives and grabs the explosives, taking them away. 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 boa's head. He nervously offers a lollipop to the leering snake.

Later, we see the same boa spitting out a lollipop, with a full belly the size of a human, and Big Boss' hat 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 sucks on it.


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. The first three are Marcel, Tipa, and Armando.
  • He is the first antagonist to have (possibly) died.
  • 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's in jail along with his henchmen.
      • Big Boss got swallowed by a snake and is probably digested.
    • They hosted illegal businesses for money.
      • Marcel was smuggling birds.
      • Big Boss was destroying the Amazon rainforest.
    • Big Boss and Marcel also only show respect or kindness to their pets; Nigel for Marcel and the emperor tamarin for 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).


  • Big Boss: "Ugh! Tree-huggers."
  • Big Boss: "Get my boat ready. I need to deal with this personally."
  • Big Boss: "I always suspected you were dumber than a monkey, and now I know."
  • Big Boss: "Perhaps a better question is, what are they doing.
  • Big Boss:Two thousand square miles and they are spending time in my backyard. I don't think so.
  • Big Boss: "Who cares about a bunch of birds?"
  • Big Boss: "Nature freaks."
  • Big Boss: "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."
  • Big Boss: "Where do you think you're going?"
  • Big Boss: "It's just a bunch of pigeons!"
  • Big Boss: "Get back to work!"
  • Big Boss: "Lollipop?"
  • Big Boss: "I have to do everything myself!"
  • Big Boss: "Hey, get away from that!"



  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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