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The Rhino
The Rhino
Background information
Feature films James and the Giant Peach
Short films
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Frank Welker
Performance model
Inspiration Rhinoceros
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Powerful, devilish, evil, greedy, mysterious
Appearance Giant black cloud that is shaped like a rhino with yellow eyes
Occupation James' tormenter
Alignment Bad
Goal To scare James
Enemies James, Mr. Centipede, Mr. Grasshopper, Earthworm, Mrs. Ladybug, Miss Spider, The Glowworm
Likes Scaring James, shooting lighting bolts, clouds
Dislikes Being defeated
Powers and abilities Lightning
Weapons Fear
Fate Dissolves after shooting a lightning bolt at the giant peach.

The Rhino is the climax's secondary antagonist of Disney's James and the Giant Peach. It is voiced by Frank Welker.


Physical Description

The rhino is a giant black cloud that is shaped like a rhino with yellow eyes.

Powers and Abilities

  • The rhino is made of clouds, so it probably can't be harmed.
  • The rhino seems to have the ability to control the weather, because when it is seen, a strong wind comes and a storm cloud appears; and when it arrives, lightning appears afterwards followed by thunder.
  • The rhino also uses fear as a weapon; the more a person fears it, the stronger it gets. In fact, it represents James' fear.


In the book

In the book, the rhino is a normal rhinoceros that escaped from the London Zoo.

In James and the Giant Peach

In the film, the rhino came out of nowhere and gobbled up James' parents, forcing James to live with Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge.

Spiker and Sponge used the rhino to scare James. It is unknown whether it was once a real rhinoceros when it killed James' parents or if it is just a spirit haunting James (more likely the second one since rhinoceroses are herbivores and do not eat meat).

When James and his insect friends finally reach New York, the rhino appears and tries to slow down their progress. Slowly, it approaches the giant peach, using the power of fear. When James manages to muster up the courage to say he isn't afraid of the rhino, it ultimately dissolved, but not before shooting a final bolt of lightning at the giant peach.


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Media: James and the Giant Peach

Characters: James Henry Trotter | Aunt Spiker | Aunt Sponge | Magic Man | Crocodile Tongues | Innocent Girl | Mr. Centipede | Mr. Grasshopper | Earthworm | Mrs. Ladybug | Miss Spider | Glowworm | Rhino | Robot Shark | Jack Skellington | Skeleton Pirates

Locations: New York | The Empire State Building | Giant Peach

Songs: My Name is James | That's the Life for Me | Eating the Peach | Family | Good News

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