Water, Mr. Rango, water. Without it, there's nothing but dust and decay. But with water, there's life...That's the immutable law of the desert. You control the water, and you control everything. But I don't have to tell you that, being a true man of the West as you are.
~ Tortoise John, explaining his motives and his plan to Rango
That's what the future holds. You can either be part of it or you can be left behind.
~ Tortoise John

Mayor Tortoise John (real name: Marlon Carlton Lynch) is the main antagonist of Nickelodeon's 23rd feature film, Rango. He is the wheelchair-bound tortoise mayor of Dirt, where there was a major water shortage. He also has Rattlesnake Jake as his enforcer, and Bad Bill as his servant.

He was voiced by Ned Beatty, who also played Charles Meachum in Shotter, Lots-O' Huggin' Bear in Toy Story 3, and Otis in the 1978 Superman movie.


From the very start, Tortoise John is made out to be very untrustworthy, duplicitous, menacing, greedy, and corrupt (such as keeping a large personal supply of water for himself), although he appeared to be like a grandfatherly figure towards Rango.

When he first appears after Rango kills a hawk and defeats Bad Bill, he appoints Rango as the new sheriff and mentions that "whoever controls the water controls everything". He believes that Rango is not a problem, but a solution.

Later in the movie, it is shown that Tortoise John is building a modern city over the desert surrounding Dirt, and that he's been intentionally cutting off the town's water supply by using an emergency valve, which is actually connected to Las Vegas, and making citizens believe that there is actually a drought, intending to let the town die out to make way for his new plans.

Tortoise John murdered the town bank-keeper, Johannes Merrimack III, by drowning him and when Rango starts to deduce his schemes, he hires the bounty hunter, Rattlesnake Jake, to drive Rango out of town, but he comes back to stop them after fully discovering the mayor's plan. He captures Rango and Beans and starts to drown them in the town's water supply bottle. He then later betrays Rattlesnake Jake by pointing Rango's gun at him, telling him that he's also part of the obsolete Western era that he intends to destroy; but when he pulls the trigger, he finds that the last bullet was taken by Rango, who uses it to break open the water bottle, flooding the town hall and sending them all outside. There, Rango finally manages to subdue Tortoise John and he turns him over to Rattlesnake Jake, who then acknowledges Rango as another great desert legend worthy to save his life.

With Tortoise John at his mercy, Rattlesnake Jake vehemently paraphrases the mayor's previous words to him that "No one will believe you even existed", and he takes Tortoise John away screaming into the desert to severely punish him for his treachery, most likely killing him.


At first, it was thought that Tortoise John was a nice, caring, authentic, protective, and trustworthy mayor when he gave Rango his sheriff badge as a reward for killing the hawk. But later on, it turned out that he was actually a manipulative, traitorous, corrupt, greedy, selfish, and ruthless mayor.


People have to believe in something, and now, they believe in you. Pick it up, Mr. Rango. Your destiny awaits.
~ Tortoise John to Rango.
He's not a problem, William. He's a solution.
~ Tortoise John and Bad Bill discussing Rango.
The future, Mr. Rango. The future. One day soon all of this is going to fade into myth. The frontier town, the lawman, the gunslinger. There's just no place for them anymore. We're civilized now.
~ Tortoise John reveals his true nature.
You and the sheriff are more alike than you think. Ain't nothing but legends. Pretty soon, no one will believe you even existed. One last bullet to kill one last outlaw. (chuckling evilly) How fitting.
~ Tortoise John betrays Rattlesnake Jake.
Now sheriff, I'm sure if we work together, we can reach a mutually beneficial solution to our current situation.
~ Tortoise John trying to manipulate Rango into joining him, before Rango kicks him to Rattlesnake Jake.
No, Jake! NO, NOOO!!!!
~ Mayor Tortoise John's last words as he is dragged out of Dirt by Rattlesnake Jake.



  • Tortoise John's voice actor Ned Beatty also voiced Lotso in Toy Story 3 released a year before Rango. Coincidentally both villains are quite similar.
    • They are both liars who rule their territory with an iron fist
    • Both are the masters of a hero
    • Both only care about themselves and use faux kindness to blind others to their horrible ways.
    • Both are crippled and they are both betrayed by their top henchmen moments after demonstrating treachery themselves. But the fact that they're both voiced by the very same person makes this truly noteworthy, plus both their films won the best animated feature Oscar and feature a character voiced by Blake Clark and a sheriff.
  • He is inspired by Noah Cross, the villain from Chinatown.
  • His defeat is similar to Makunga from Madagascar 2.


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