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You're not even a real rhino! You're just a lot of smoke and noise! I'm not afraid of you!
~ James to the Rhino

The Rhino is a minor antagonist from the 1961 children's novel, James and the Giant Peach, and a major antagonist in the 1996 film of the same name.

Its vocal effects were provided by Frank Welker.

Description

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

Powers and Abilities

  • Intangibility: The rhino's body is made of clouds, so it probably can't be harmed.
  • Atmokinesis: 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.
  • Fear Embodiment: The rhino also uses fear as a weapon; the more a person fears it, the stronger it gets. In fact, it represents James's fear.

Biography

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's parents, forcing James to live with his two evil aunts, Spiker and Sponge.

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

That night, James had a nightmare about his aunts whose came to attacks him with their pesticide weapon to summons their rhino, he rans away from them rushes into a tunel-like canned turnip soup and hides inside a rock then their rhino kills him to death.

Mr. Grasshopper: Could it be!
Mr. Centipede: No, it can't be!
James: It's the Rhino!
~ James, Mr. Grasshopper, and Mr. Centipede's exchange after seeing that the Rhino has appeared once again.

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. It is later revealed that James's insect friends are still alive and have survived the rhino's lightning bolt after the giant peach finally landed in New York, and they proceed to get rid of Spiker and Sponge.

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