Nigel is the main antagonist in Rio and Rio 2. He is not a pretty bird, but used to be quite a looker. Once a popular television star, he was replaced by a young parakeet from Paraguay named Petricious. Since then, he has had it out for all birds of beauty. Nigel put his jealousy and rage to use in his role as "evil henchbird" to Marcel and the smugglers. He is voiced by Jemaine Clement. Nigel also serves as the main antagonist of Angry Birds Rio.
Nigel was first seen as a "patient" at Tulio's aviary. However, his sickness was quickly revealed to be a front; he tricked a guard into picking him up by pretending to be injured, then knocked him out with a chloroform-soaked rag and took his keys. He then let Fernando in so he could steal Blu and Jewel and bring them to Marcel's hideout. When Jewel tried to escape, Nigel pinned her down and returned her to the cage. After Blu and Jewel were locked up, Nigel came to them, explaining his motivations with the song "Pretty Bird." Later, Nigel heard them trying to escape, and tried to stop them. The chase led into the slums of Rio de Janeiro, where Nigel collided with an electrical transformer, blacking out the whole city of Rio in the process.
Nigel was sent by Marcel to retrieve Blu and Jewel, extorting the help of Mauro and his underlings to do so under the threat of "flying lessons for everyone." After they failed to capture the macaws, Nigel found a green bird and asked her a question on the whereabouts of the Blue Macaws, then went after Blu and Jewel himself, capturing Jewel and using her as bait to lure in Blu. After the captives were loaded into the smugglers' plane, they managed to get out of their cages. Nigel is sent to stop them from escaping, pins Blu, and attempts to strangle him. Jewel tries to intervene, but Nigel pushes her aside, causing a cage to fall on Jewel's wing, injuring it. This angers Blu and he manages to hook a fire extinguisher to Nigel's leg and sets it off, sending Nigel flying out of the plane and into one of the propellers, shredding off most of his feathers and eventually causing the plane to crash.
Afterward, Nigel was shown to have survived, but had lost most of his feathers and is humiliated by a "photo finish" by Mauro as payback for his abuse against him and the marmosets earlier.
Though he's lost most of his feathers, wears an Elizabethan vest and now flies like a chicken, our favorite villainous cockatoo is back. We find him in an Amazonian marketplace where he has been relegated to plucking out fortunes for tourists. But an audience is an audience and Nigel takes the stage with Shakespearean flare. However, when he sees Blu and family fly overhead, Nigel finds a new reason to live – revenge on "the blue birds of his unhappiness."
As the main antagonist of the film, Nigel exhibited highly anti-social behavior.
He was very violent, constantly seen using physical force to injure or terrorize other characters. For instance, he threatened to give Mauro and his subordinates "flying lessons" in order to coerce the monkeys into helping him find Blu and Jewel. After the battle in the samba club, Nigel arrived at the scene and terrorized another bird into telling him where the blue macaws went, by threatening to "pop" or "crack" her head.He was also extremely sadistic, often taking great joy and pleasure in others' suffering. For example, he was shown in the poachers' lair to terrorize the captured birds, and he later ridiculed Jewel when her wing was injured. In both situations, he laughed maniacally in response to seeing his victims' fear and injury.
He was also rather ruthless, he showed no pity or mercy to his victims and enemies, and held no remorse for his evil deeds.
He was also intelligent, vengeful, cunning, cruel and greedy.
Nigel has a slender and muscular appearance, and also has greyish-white feathers with a white and sulfur colored crest, brown eyes and pale red facial markings around his eyes. In Rio 2, he wears a bird-sized vest of Elizabethan design.
Nigel was noticeably stronger than most other bird characters in terms of physical strength, considering both his size and sharp talons. He obviously had knowledge about his physical advantage and used this to his own ends throughout the film.
Apart from physical superiority, Nigel was also more devious than average birds, enabling him to sometimes outwit even humans. For example, he used a cloth soaked with Chloroform to disable the guard at Tulio's aviary in an attempt to capture Blu and Jewel.
He was also a skilled manipulator, being able to fool Tulio and his employees into thinking he was sick and injured (no doubt calling upon his old acting skills).
The cockatoo's first encounter with Blu was at Tulio's aviary, during which time Nigel pretended to be a "sick bird." Nigel responded to Blu's "Get well soon" with a sinister glare, which made Blu cringe. Afterwards, at the smugglers' lair, Nigel attempted to terrorize Blu, just like what he did to other captured birds. Since then, Nigel acted in a hostile manner towards Blu until the end of the movie, constantly attempting to capture, humiliate, or injure Blu, who referred to Nigel as "scary, but not cool". In the second film Nigel seeks revenge on Blu for defeating and humiliating him in the first film..
Jewel first encountered Nigel when she tried to escape from the smugglers' lair by playing dead, but she was soon overpowered by Nigel due to the latter's physical prowess. Despite Nigel's constant attempts to terrorize her (just like he did with most other characters), she was not afraid of him. She even fought (but was defeated by) Nigel on several occasions.
The only character towards whom Nigel had shown signs of affection (apart from Gabi in the second film) is the leader of the smugglers. Marcel was often seen petting Nigel. While Nigel responded to Tipa's praise in a hostile manner, he seemed to accept Marcel's praise readily. Nigel also showed some degree of loyalty towards Marcel. However, the latter didn't seem to be particularly concerned when Nigel was blasted out of the plane.
The two subordinates of Marcel seemed to be afraid of Nigel. The two were very reluctant to feed the latter, and they were constantly humiliated or threatened by the cockatoo.
Nico and Pedro seem to be scared of Nigel and couldn't be paid money to tamper with his temper. However, Nigel wasn't seen directly interacting with Nico or Pedro in the movie. During Carnival, Nigel captures Nico, Pedro, and Rafael and locks them up in a cage, but it is not seen in the movie. It is revealed later when Nigel locks up Blu, and Blu stands up to Nigel by saying, "Oh come on, you really think I came alone? I've got three of the meanest, roughest, craziest birds in all of Rio right behind me!" and then his attention is turned towards Nico, Pedro, and Rafael by Pedro celebrating, thinking they were saved, but Nico mournfully says, "I think he means us." Nigel doesn't seem to acknowledge them in the least, barely even looking in their direction.
Rafael is never seen interacting with Nigel, although he, Nico, and Pedro were captured by Nigel before Blu had tried to free Jewel from her cage inside the parade float.
Nigel captured the Angry Birds, but not before they could break out. In the boss fight against Nigel in Jungle Escape, very few birds (most of the time, except the White Bird) could defeat him, they could just add red spots). In the later boss in Smuggler's Plane, even (rarely) the Black Bird could defeat him but the Big Brother Bird could (most of the time) defeat him, and launch Nigel out of the plane and hit the propeller blade.
- Playing Sick
- Physical Strength
- Outwitting Humans
- Manipulation of Torture and Fear
- Nigel liked to torture the birds he captured and to bring fear into their minds.
- Skilled Manipulator
- Able to fool Tulio and his employees.
- Nigel is the main antagonist in the first film and the second film.
- Nigel was thought to be the secondary antagonist of Rio.
- His full name is Cocks "Nigel" Cockatoo. It should be noted that "Cock" means a rooster, or male chicken, and has nothing to do with a cockatoo.
- Although a sulfur-crested cockatoos' diet consists almost entirely of insects or plants, Nigel was seen eating a chicken leg in the film. It is mistakenly said by Tipa to be cannibalism. This is a mistake because Nigel is a Cockatoo and chicken is from a chicken, not of the same species.
- When he was a telenovela star, he starred in TV shows called "Fly Hard", "All My Flock", and "As the Cage Turns", and participated in the Carnival parade. It was also mentioned that he was once popular all across South America.
- The extended version of the song "Pretty Bird" mentions that when Nigel was pushed out of fame, he was replaced by a parakeet from Paraguay named Petricious. This may be the reason he was drawn to criminal activities. However, the reason, just being that "they got a pretty parakeet to fill [his] shoes" was in both that version and the shortened version that actually was in the movie.
- He's the only bird to be plucked of nearly all his feathers.
- Like Blu, he was a pet.
- Although Nigel was a pet like Blu, he was trained to do a certain task (smuggling birds) and Blu wasn't.
- Surprisingly enough, he is somehow damaged by the Mighty Eagle's earthquake in Angry Birds Rio, which is unusual being that he is never even close to the ground in levels when you fight him...
- Nigel has a slender and muscular appearance, and also has greyish-white feathers with white and sulfur color hair, brown eyes, and pale red facial markings around his eyes.
- Nigel is one of the few Blue Sky Studios villains to be sadistic and mean.
- Nigel was the one who pretended to be sick just to fool his enemies.
- Nigel was noticeably stronger than most other bird characters in terms of physical strength, considering both size and sharp talons.
- Nigel likes to torture birds, and bring nightmares into their minds.
- Nigel was the only villain to have his own song.
- He will appear in Rio 2, but he will have a team.
- Nigel had a team in the first one, and now in Rio 2.
- A tree frog named Gabi, will be in love with Nigel in Rio 2.
- For Rio, in the McDonalds Happy Meals toy, there was a toy of him with keys in one of his wings.
- Promotional images for Rio 2 depict Nigel wearing some form of bird-sized garment, possibly to hide some of his missing feathers around his neck.
- In one of the newest pictures for Rio 2, shows Nigel with not just Gabi and Charlie, but also with three monkeys and three red macaws indicating that he will have more henchmen then thought, a whole gang. You can see this picture in his gallery below.
- Recent trailers for Rio 2, shows Nigel wearing a mask (made of leaves), and performing a routine of some kind, suggesting that he will infiltrate Nico and Pedro's talent show auditions.
- Nigel: "Hello, pretty bird."
- Nigel: "What's the matter? Cockatoo got your throat?"
- Nigel: "To be continued."
- Nigel: "Something seems to be lodged in my beak."
- Nigel: "Would you mind?"
- Nigel: "Oh, I know I'm not a pretty birdie. But I used to be quite a looker. A star."
- Nigel: "Sweet nightmares!"
- Nigel: "Going somewhere, pretty bird?"
- Nigel: "Temper, temper."
- Nigel: "Now come along, my dear, we're going to a parade."
- Nigel: "And everybody... loves... a parade."
- Nigel: "Oh, pity. Now we have two useless, flightless birds."
- Nigel: "So kind of you to join our little soireé."
- Nigel: "Ah love, it's such a powerful and... stupid thing."
- Nigel: "One down, and one to go."
- Nigel: "I don't need to find him. He'll find you."
- Nigel: "There are two blue macaws out there, and I need your multitude of eyes to help me find them."
- Nigel: "Well that's a fair question."
- Nigel: "I certainly see your point."
- Nigel: "But what could I possibly do in return?"
- Nigel: "Well that's a thought, yeah."
- Nigel: "But is it enough? I don't want to feel like I'm cheating you."
- Nigel: "All right, you've twisted my wing, deal."
- Nigel: "Now then, anymore questions?"
- Nigel: "No... good."
- Nigel: "You will spread out and you will find these macaws by the end of the day."
- Nigel: "Or it's flying lessons for everyone."
- Nigel: "Go do your monkey business."
- Nigel: "Hello, boys. Seems like you've had a busy day."
- Nigel: "I'm not interested in your nicked knick-knacks."
- Nigel: "Your burgled baubles bore me."
- Nigel: "Let's discuss it."
- Nigel: "What happened?"
- Nigel: "Stop your chirping and talk to me."
- Nigel: "When I bite down on you're head, will it go 'pop,' or will it go 'crack'?"
- Nigel: "Where are the cerulean birds?"
- Nigel: "That means blue by the way."
- Nigel: "Anything else?"
- Nigel: "Did they... liar."
- Nigel: "Never send a monkey to do a birds job."
- Nigel: "Keep celebrating. I'll be pooping on your party promptly."
- Nigel: "It only works when I do it."
- Nigel: "The croaking cockatoo doth bellow for revenge."
- Nigel: "That's Shakespeare, by the way."
- Nigel: "Fair point."
- Nigel: "I will make you ugly... too."
- Nigel: "Get out of here, you putrid poultry!"
- Nigel: "We'll show our blue friends some love."
- Nigel: "I can see why they call you Gabi (gabby)."
- Nigel: "We'll attack at the midnight hour... because it's more evil."
- Nigel: "A star, reborn!"
- Nigel: "I don't think so - now please continue."
- Nigel: "Were are you, you filthy fowl?"
- Nigel: "I've been going about this all wrong"
- Nigel: "I need to search from higher ground"
- Nigel: "A little bit higher, lower, lower now, perfect."
- Nigel: "It´s an infestation."
- Nigel: "It will be a performance to die for."