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Superman...
~ The Iron Giant's most famous quote.
I am not a gun.
~ The Iron Giant after saving the two kids from falling.
Hogarth.
~ The Iron Giant to Hogarth after regaining his senses.

The Iron Giant is the titular deuteragonist of the 1999 animated film of the same name.

He is a genial 50-foot tall autonomous robot from another world that crash lands on Earth before becoming friends with a young boy named Hogarth who rescues him from his own internal defensive mechanism.

He is voiced by Vin Diesel, who also portrayed Dominic Toretto from The Fast and the Furious series, Xander Cage from the XXX films, Riddick from the film series of the same name, Shane Wolfe from The Pacifier, Bloodshot from the 2020 film of the same name, and Groot from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Description

The Iron Giant is a large 50 foot robot of alien origin, and the main protagonist of the film of the same name, adapted from the original novel by Ted Hughes, The Iron Man. Though built as a weapon, the Giant's crash landing on Earth reset his programming, leaving him with a childlike sense of wonder. The dent on his head is an indicator of this. The Giant is well-armed but will only use his weapons in self-defense, is capable of flight and can also repair himself via a homing beacon in his head. The Iron Giant has eyes that glow and can change to red when threatened or angry and parts that transform and reassemble. He is also indestructible to virtually anything. The Iron Giant's diet consists only of metal.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

  • Superhuman Strength: The Giant possesses tremendous amounts of physical strength, partly because of his enormous size. His titanic strength allows him to rip apart metal structures with his bare hands, lift boulders, uproot trees and even crush vehicles.
  • Superhuman Durability: Made from an unknown alloy, the Giant's armor and suit renders him completely invulnerable to harm. Although he can still feel pain, his metal suit hands and all are like skin to him as he can feel something right in his hand. He has survived being hit by a freight train and can withstand machine-gun and missile fire along with multiple high-caliber rounds from tanks, artillery, and battleships. Perhaps the most impressive display of the Giant's invulnerability was surviving a head-on collision with a nuclear missile.
  • Self-Repairing Function: Whenever the Giant is smashed to pieces, an antenna on his head sends out a homing beacon to the scattered parts, automatically repairing himself by making his pieces roll, crawl or move trying to get back to him. There appears to be no known limit to the beacon's range, and it can be detected as far away.
  • Flight: The Giant's feet have rocket thrusters which allow him to fly. The rockets are powerful enough to leave Earth's atmosphere and travel through space at tremendous speed, and even the Giant himself can fly fast enough to outrun and outmaneuver a military fighter jet.
  • Matter Ingestion: The Giant regularly consumes metallic objects as a form of sustenance.

Weaponry

  • Arm Cannon: On his right arm, the giant's arm retracts to reveal a massive cannon similar to a tank gun. The weapon itself fires a blast of green energy that explodes on contact with the target.
  • Laser Vision: Similar to Superman's heat vision, the giant can emit powerful laser beams out of his eyes that effectively destroys and burns straight through metal surfaces.
  • Tri Scorpion Cannons: Three scorpion tail-like cannons that protrude from the giant's back. The tails appear to target enemies with a spotlight before firing. Although the weapons use spotlights, they appear to not be heavily accurate and more designed to maximize destruction.
  • Energy Claw: On his left arm, the giant's arm retracts to reveal another cannon with a claw mounted at the end. The claw itself fires a bubble-like sphere of green energy that appears to levitate and vaporize a target on contact.
  • Spark Spinner Gun: A rotating disc atop the arm cannon that, when the top spins and is repeatedly poked by two extendable mechanical needles, fires small sparks at multiple targets. The sparks impact and are implied to destroy the vehicles it hits. It was used on several M41 Walker Bulldog tanks, all of which had a cloud of smoke after impact around them.
  • Energy Cannon: In the center of the giant's chest, he can charge a gigantic green plasma ball to fire at a large target. The destructive power of it is unknown, but it can be assumed that it would have at least vaporized its target, as the blast appeared to be several kilometers in diameter. This is assumed to be the most powerful weapon in the Giant's arsenal.

Trivia

  • He is constantly thought to be the tritagonist of the film, with Dean McCoppin as the deuteragonist.
  • The specific creator of the giant is never revealed and unknown. The only hint comes in the opening sequence, specifically that the giant comes from somewhere beyond the Earth's moon. It can also be inferred from his weapons that the giant was sent to Earth for unpeaceful purposes. (Note: From a deleted scene from the film, he has a brief vision of robots similar to him destroying a different planet, which can suggest that the Iron Giant originally was a weapon of mass destruction and the giant's original objective was to destroy the earth.) However, the dream sequence also suggests it arrived on Earth by accident.
  • He is voiced by Vin Diesel with some computer effects added; other actors such as the late Michael Clarke Duncan, Tom Hanks, Robert Patrick, the late Pete Postlethwaite, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tim Allen, Russell Crowe, Ian McKellen, Peter Cullen, the late Paul Scofield, Liam Neeson, the late Sean Connery, John Goodman, Kelsey Grammer and James Earl Jones were also considered to do the voice role.
  • The Iron Giant makes a cameo in the 2018 film Ready Player One alongside several other famous characters in the Oasis. He also has a showdown with Mechagodzilla.
  • The Iron Giant also makes a cameo in the 2021 film Space Jam: A New Legacy alongside other characters from other Warner Bros properties attending the basketball stadium in the Server-Verse. LeBron also suggested putting him on his basketball team and pairing him up with his hero, Superman.
  • Many fans admires the friendship between Hogarth and the giant, since its two people in different size and showing that some giants cares about small people like humans.
  • In an early concept art, the Iron Giant was originally going to look like a toy robot.

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