Rattlesnake Jake

Rattlesnake Jake

Rattlesnake Jake: "Do what he says! Or by all the fires of the Black Pit, I'll squeeze them pretty brown eyes out of yer skull!"
The Mayor: "Now hold on, Jake, there's no need for--"
Rattlesnake Jake: "Let me do my job! You brought me in now we're gonna play this thing out to the end! Sign the damn paper, woman!"
Beans: "Go to hell!"
Rattlesnake Jake: "Where d'you think I come from? Look into my eyes, I wanna see how you die."
— Rattlesnake Jake talking with the Mayor and Beans

Rattlesnake Jake is the redeemed secondary antagonist of Rango. He is a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake and has yellow-orange-red eyes. The dark scales along his upper lip resemble a mustache.

He was voiced by Bill Nighy.

Role in the Film

And now, I get to play Rattlesnake Jake, and he's pretty scary. I love the way he looks. You know, if you're gonna be a snake, and if you're drawn by Crash, you're in good shape.

Bill Nighy, Jake's actor, describing Jake.

Rattlesnake Jake is the secondary villain in the movie. He seems to be paired up with the Mayor and his other henchman, possibly having an alliance with them long before Rango's arrival. He was called in by the Mayor to expose Rango’s lies to the whole town, causing the chameleon to leave in shame.

, where he “battles” Rango, as the Mayor then tells Jake “Pretty soon no one will believe you even existed.”

Fighting Style

Rattlesnake Jake’s weapons include his gatling gun, which is located on his tail and appears to be a replacement for the rattle which he probably lost. Jake and his fangs, which is seen in the movie that can produce venom.

Personality and Abilities

Like many antagonists, Rattlesnake Jake exhibits significant anti-social behaviors.

He is cruel and vicious; he is mostly seen using violence to threaten others, and shows no apparent mercy to his victims.

Apart from this, Jake is an incredible shot. A prime example of this was shown when he was seen for the first time in the film; he shot down the Sheriff sign with a Gatling gun, without damaging anything or anyone else. This is quite impressive considering the fact that Gatling guns are known for their high firepower and poor accuracy.

It can be inferred that Jake possesses some good information gathering skills. When he met Rango for the first time he knew all about the stories he told to make himself famous and that they were all lies (though the mayor might have told him). He also knew about the story the Rango told about them being brothers, despite the fact that neither he nor the mayor was likely anywhere near the posse when that story was told. He also knew which of the citizens of Dirt that Rango cared about the most, proven when he threatened Beans and Priscilla.

Like all diamondback rattlesnakes, he can inject venom with his fangs, but strangely he never used this as a weapon in the film.


  • "Long time "brother"... how ya been keepin'?"
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  • "This is my town now. If I ever see you again I will drag your soul straight down to hell"!
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  • Jake: "Sign the damn paper, woman!"
  • Beans: "Go to hell"!
  • Jake: "Where do you think I'm from?"
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  • "I'm gonna blow so many holes in you, yer guts'll be leaking lead!!"
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  • (mocking the Mayor)What was that you said..? "Pretty soon no one will believe you even existed!"
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  • "You're gonna kill me little man?"
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  • "One bullet...I tip my hat to you, one legend to another" - Jake respecting Rango for his heroic act


  • Rattlesnake Jake may be based on Angel Eyes (played by the late Lee Van Cleef) from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Both wear similar black cowboy hats, hold prominent mustaches and share similar personality traits and dialect. Angel Eyes was the arch-nemesis of the Man with No Name, aka the Spirit of the West, in that same film, similar to Jake being Rango's nemesis. There is a difference though; unlike Angel Eyes, Jake has a sense of honor and dignity.
  • The upper part Jake's body is covered with additional bullet bands. But due to the lack of arms, it is unknown how is he able to reload his rattle gun (although he may have asked for assitance
  • Bill Nighy and Johnny Depp previously worked together in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, as the antagonist Davy Jones and protagonist Captain Jack Sparrow, respectively.
  • Rattlesnake Jake also shares some traits with Davy Jones considering them being played by the same actor, including speech patterns, how they move their head when they talk etc.