Villains Wiki

Hi. This is Thesecret1070. I am an admin of this site. Edit as much as you wish, but one little thing... If you are going to edit a lot, then make yourself a user and login. Other than that, enjoy Villains Wiki!!!

READ MORE

Villains Wiki
Advertisement
           KeyLocker.png

This Villain was proposed and approved by Villains Wiki's Pure Evil Proposals Thread. Any act of removing this villain from the category without a Removal Proposal shall be considered vandalism (or a futile "heroic" attempt of redemption) and the user will have high chances of being terminated blocked. You cannot make said Removal Proposal without permission from an admin first.
Additional Notice: This template is meant for admin maintenance only. Users who misuse the template will be blocked for a week minimum.

Villain Overview

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.
Pretty soon, no one will believe you even existed.
~ Tortoise John's most famous quote.

Johnathan Carlton Lynch, also referred to in the film as simply Tortoise John or The Mayor, is the main antagonist of Nickelodeon's 23rd feature film Rango.

He is the wheelchair-bound tortoise mayor of Dirt, where there is a major water shortage. He also has Rattlesnake Jake as his (former) enforcer and Bad Bill as his servant. He is Rango's arch-nemesis.

He was voiced by the late Ned Beatty, who also played Otis in the 1978 Superman film and Superman II, Charles Meachum in Shooter and Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear in Toy Story 3.

Biography

From the very start, Mayor 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 while the rest of the town of Dirt is going through a severe drought), although he appeared to be like a grandfatherly figure towards Rango.

When Tortoise John 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 the Mayor is building a modern city over the desert surrounding Dirt, and that he has 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.

The Mayor murdered the town bank-keeper Johannes Merrimack III by drowning him and when Rango starts to deduce his schemes, he hires the bounty hunter named Rattlesnake Jake to drive Rango out of town by exposing him as nothing but a fraud due to all his lies he made up (such as claiming that he killed the Jenkins Brothers with a single bullet even though he didn't, as well as claiming that Rattlesnake Jake is his brother), 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 Jake by pointing Rango's gun at him, telling him that he is also part of the obsolete Western era that he intends to destroy and that he's no different from Rango; but when he pulls the trigger, he finds that the last bullet was secretly taken by Rango as a plan B option should he be captured, who uses it to break open the water bottle, flooding the town hall and sending them all outside. The mayor is left on his back at the mercy of Rango who he pleads to but the latter turns him over to an angry Rattlesnake Jake, who then acknowledges Rango as another great desert legend worthy to save his life.

With Tortoise John at his mercy, Rattlesnake Jake uses the Mayor's previous words "Pretty soon no one will believe you even existed" in a show of cruel irony to him for his betrayal. Jake then takes Tortoise John away into the desert to severely punish him and/or most likely kill him for his treachery, as the Mayor screams in terror, thus taking a soul as Bad Bill said. It could also be implied that his modern day city project soon dissolved and his accomplices were presumably arrested for their crimes, while according to the extended ending featured in the Rango DVD, the town of Dirt became a paradise town called Mud.

Personality

The mayor feigning kindness.

At first, it was thought that Tortoise John was a nice, caring, authentic and protective mayor. When he met Rango, the people were happy to see him, meaning he was trustworthy as he showed a desire to give them a protector as he gave Rango his sheriff badge as a reward for killing the hawk.

Later on, it turned out that he was actually a manipulative, traitorous, corrupt, greedy, hypocritical and ruthless sociopath who maintained his position by depriving the town of its water. This was seen when he had Rattlesnake Jake force Rango out of town by having him expose his lies or when he drowned the town bank-keeper and tried to drown both Rango and Beans for uncovering his plans. After Jake fulfilled his purpose, he then betrayed him and attempted to kill him while calling him an old relic. The mayor having lived the beginnings of the city, he has never liked the fact that the city has remained in the era of the western and thinks that one must focus on the future, even if it means making the inhabitants suffer during the transition.

When defeated by Rango, he pleaded to him for mercy before the latter turned him over to Jake who used his words against him, thus proving him to be a coward. Tortoise John then frantically pleaded to him before he was dragged away screaming, presumably killing him in the process.

However, despite his attempt to drown Beans along with Rango, he called out Jake for his rough treatment of her, proving he had some hypocrite standards (yet it's actually pragmatic so as not to stain his office or to present himself as the more reasonable one). Outside of this, however, John shows no redeeming traits as he is nothing more than a greedy coward who would do anything to prevent the town from knowing about his corruption. Even his praise towards Rango was likely nothing more than an attempt to sway him.

Quotes

This is from my private stock: vintage rain water from the great deluge. Oh, not Noah's deluge. Good heavens, I'm not that old.
~ The Mayor.
Rango: I guess power has its privileges.
Mayor: You make a good point, son. But with privilege comes responsibility.
~ Rango and the mayor talking about power.
Hell, I was mayor here before there was a Dirt. And I might be just a sentimental old turtle, but I think there's a future for this town, and I hope you'll be part of it. To Dirt!
~ Mayor proposing a toast.
You see them, Mister Rango? All my friends and neighbors? It's a hard life here, very hard. You know how they make it though each and every day? They believe. They believe it's going to be better. They believe that the water will come. They believe against all odds and all evidence that tomorrow will be better than today. People have to believe in something, and now, they believe in you. Pick it up, Mr. Rango. Your destiny awaits. People have to believe in something.
~ The mayor to Rango.
He's not a problem, William. He's a solution.
~ The mayor 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.
~ The mayor reveals his true nature.
Your father's ranch is nothing but a wasteland now. Sign the deed, and relieve yourself of your father's burden.
~ Tortoise John
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. How fitting.
~ The mayor betraying Rattlesnake Jake.
Now sheriff, I'm sure if we work together, we can reach a mutually beneficial solution to our current situation.
~ The mayor trying to manipulate Rango into joining him, before Rango kicks him to Rattlesnake Jake.
No, Jake! NO!
~ Tortoise John's last words as he is dragged out of Dirt by Rattlesnake Jake.

Trivia

  • Tortoise John was inspired by Noah Cross, the main antagonist of Chinatown. Unlike Cross, however, John does not get away with his crimes.
  • Though the film leaves ambiguous whether Tortoise John had a role in the deaths of Dirt's previous sheriffs, the film's novelization by Ronald and Justine Fontes confirms that Rattlesnake Jake killed Rango's predecessors under John's orders and that the badges John had in his briefcase had all belonged to them.
  • Despite being called Tortoise John, he is never referred to as such throughout the film. Instead, he is solely referred to as "The Mayor".

Navigation

           Paramount-pictures-print-logo.png Villains

Animated Features
Holli Would | The Goons | Beavis and Butt-head | Dallas Grimes | Muddy Grimes | Principal McVicker | Angelica Pickles | Eric Cartman | Saddam Hussein | Sheila Broflovski | Satan | Mr. Garrison | Chef | Randy Marsh | Shelly Marsh | Gerald Broflovski | Coco LaBouche | Jean-Claude | Robosnail | King Goobot | Ooblar | Poultra | Alphonse Perrier du von Scheck | Nick Vermicelli | Big Bob Pataki | Sloan Blackburn | Bree Blackburn | Poachers | Siri | Sheldon Plankton | Karen Plankton | Mr. Krabs | Dennis | Cyclops | Victor | Boat Jacker | The Thug Tug Gang | Kim Jong-il | Film Actor's Guild (Alec Baldwin) | Vincent | Gladys Sharp | Dwayne LaFontant | Dag | Nora Beady | Coyotes | The Toad | Le Frog | Spike & Whitey | Thimblenose Ted | Fat Barry | Ladykiller | Henchfrogs | Prince Charming | Rapunzel | Pirates (Captain Hook) | Evil Queen | Cyclops | Headless Horseman | Stromboli | Steve and Ed | Mabel | Black Knights | Witches | Gnomes | Layton T. Montgomery | Ken | Tai Lung | Criminals | Makunga | Teetsi | Nana | Tour Guide | Poachers | Gallaxhar | Robot Probes | Red Death | Rumpelstiltskin | Griselda | Baba | Pied Piper | Megamind | Minion | Tighten | Tortoise John | Rattlesnake Jake | Bad Bill | Hawk | Balthazar Douglas Peterson | Lord Shen | Lord Shen's Wolf Army (Boss Wolf) | Jack and Jill | Humpty Alexander Dumpty | Maybelle | Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine | Allan | Tom | Pedro | Falcon | Aristides Silk | Red Rackham | Chantel DuBois | DuBois' Men | Pitch Black | Nightmares | Burger-Beard | Moriarty | Reggie and Ronnie | Chimpanzombies | King Poseidon | El Diablo | Mayor Humdinger | Kitten Catastrophe Crew | Ruben and Butch | Tentacular | Jimothy Brett-Chadley III | Lady Mayhem

Live-Action Films
Pod People | Don Altobello | Emilio Barzini | Emilio Barzini Jr. | Fabrizio | Jack Woltz | Luca Brasi | Francesco Ciccio | Carmine Cuneo | Michael Corleone | Vito Corleone | Sonny Corleone | Fredo Corleone | Connie Corleone | Vincent Corleone | Peter Clemenza | Carmine Cuneo | Don Fanucci | Paulie Gatto | Archbishop Gilday | Moe Greene | Tom Hagen | Rocco Lampone | Licio Lucchesi | Mark McCluskey | Al Neri | Frank Pentangeli | Carlo Rizzi | Hyman Roth | Virgil Sollozzo | Victor Stracci | Philip Tattaglia | Bruno Tattaglia | Salvatore Tessio | Joey Zasa | Petrox Corporation (Fred Wilson) | Orca | Captain Nolan | Mr. Firat | Assassins (Moras) | Katahdin | Pamela Voorhees | Bluto | The Miner (Axel Palmer) | Jason Voorhees | Vermithrax Pejorative | Tyrian | Adolf Hitler | René Belloq | Major Arnold Ernst Toht | Herman Dietrich | Gobler | German Mechanic | Otto | Satipo | Barranca | Mola Ram | Chief Guard | Chattar Lal | Lao Che | Eh Tar | Mrs. Dribb | Victor Maitland | Curly Shepard | Tim Shepard | Texan Thugs | Maxwell Dent | Karla Fry | Walter Donovan | Elsa Schneider | Ernst Vogel | Panama Hat | Garth | Koji Sato | Carl Bruner | Willy Lopez | Benjamin Oliver | Holli Would | The Goons | Bobby Cahn | Mr. Curran | Ellis DeWald | Orrin Sanderson | Steve Fulbright | Paul Barish | King Edward I | Prince Edward | Robert de Brus | Craig | Mornay | Marion Hawthorne | Agatha K. Plummer | Governor Tracy | Aaron Stampler | John Shaughnessy | Archbishop Richard Rushman | Jim Phelps | Franz Krieger | Max Mitsopolis | Claire Phelps | Matthias | Castor Troy | Pollux Troy | Kurt Bozwell | Troy and Griffin | Roxanne | Dr. William Weir | Cal Hockley | Spicer Lovejoy | Ruth DeWitt Bukater | Steamboat Willie | Christof | Lady Van Tassel | Headless Horseman | Reverend Steenwyck | Sean Ambrose | Hugh Stamp | John C. McCloy | Wallis | Ulrich | Michael | Simon | Henry Gates | Richard and Jay | Plankton | Karen Plankton | Mr. Krabs | Dennis | Cyclops | Victor | Boat Jacker | The Thug Tug Gang | Count Olaf | Hook-Handed Man | Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender | Bald Man | White-Faced Women | Zateb Kazim | Yves Massarde | Zakara | Martians | Owen Davian | John Musgrave | Brownway | Kimbrough | Ramses | Brooks & Elwyn | Megatron | Decepticons (Starscream, Barricade, Frenzy, Blackout, Scorponok, Bonecrusher, Brawl, & Dispensor) | Charles Meachum | Issac Johnson | Mikhaylo Sczerbiak | Officer Timmons | Grendel | Grendel's Mother | Dragon | Sweeney Todd | Mrs. Lovett | Judge Turpin | Beadle Bamford | Jonas Fogg | Adolfo Pirelli | Clover | Parasites | Irina Spalko | Antonin Dovchenko | George McHale | Mulgarath | Red Cap | Goblins | Mole Troll | Lindsay Marlings | Jake | Max | Jason Voorhees | Romulans (Nero, Ayel) | The Fallen | Decepticons (Soundwave, Sideways, Grindor, Ravage, Alice, & Scalpel) | Constructicons/Devastator (Demolishor, Rampage, Long Haul, Mixmaster, Scrapper, & Scavenger) | Theodore Galloway | Cobra Commander | COBRA/M.A.R.S. Industries (Destro, Storm Shadow, Baroness, Zartan, Dr. Mindbender & Cobra Troopers) | Fire Nation (General Zhao, Ozai & Zuko) | Therman Murch | Darla | Sentinel Prime | Decepticons (Dylan Gould, Laserbeak, Shockwave, Driller, Igor, Watch-Out, Crankcase, Crowbar & Devcon) | Kurt Hendricks | Marius Wistrom | Sabine Moreau | Brij Nath | Bogdan Anasenko | The Zec | Charlie | Emerson | Muriel | Firefly | Zandar | Jordan Belfort | Donnie Azoff | Gordon Gekko | Colonel Nelec | Cooper | Khan Noonien Singh | Alexander Marcus | Zombies | Harold Attinger | Cemetery Wind (Lockdown, James Savoy, Steeljaw, & Shadow Raiders) | Kinetic Solutions Incorporated (Joshua Joyce, Stinger & KSI Drones) | The Creators | Noah | Tubal-Cain | Shredder | Foot Clan (Eric Sacks & Karai) | Dr. Mann | Burger-Beard | The Syndicate (Solomon Lane, Janik Vinter, Kagan, Saif, Richter, & Atlee) | T-3000 | T-5000 | T-1000 | T-800 | Skynet | Howard Stambler | Krang | Baxter Stockman | Bebop and Rocksteady | Krall | Manas | General James Harkness | The Hunter | Reece Tenneson | Burke | Quintessa | Infernocons | Decepticons (Nitro Zeus, Mohawk, Berserker, Onslaught & Dreadbot) | Transformers Reaction Force (Commander Santos) | Unicron | Death Angels | August Walker | White Widow | Zola Mitsopolis | Nils Debruuk | Rev-9 | Legion | Shatter | Dropkick | Blitzwing | Agent Jack Burns | Dr. Powell | Alejandro Gutierrez | Swiper | Powell | Viper | Christina X | Clayton Verris | Dr. Robotnik | Agent Stone | Echidna Tribe (Pachacamac) | Lyfegro (Zac Tieran & Colette) | Ghostface | Richie Kirsche | Amber Freeman | Abigail Fairfax

See Also
Amblin Entertainment Villains | Avatar Villains | Avengers Villains | Beavis and Butt-Head Villains | Beverly Hills Cop Villains | Captain America Villains | Chinatown Villains | Clone High Villains | CSI Villains | Danny Phantom Villains | Dimension Films Villains | DreamWorks Villains | Friday the 13th Villains | G.I. Joe Villains | Henry Danger Villains | Indiana Jones Villains | Invader Zim Villains | Iron Man Villains | Jack Ryan Villains | Jerry Bruckheimer Villains | Jimmy Neurton Villains | King Kong Villains | Kung Fu Panda Villains | Legendary Entertainment Villains | Lemony Snicket Villains | Lucasfilm Villains | Madagascar Villains | Marvel Cinematic Universe Villains | Miramax Villains | Mission Impossible Villains | N.C.I.S. Villains | Nickelodeon Villains | Nickelodeon Movies Villains | Rango Villains | Rugrats Villains | Ridley Scott Villains | Scream Villains | Sherlock Holmes Villains | Shrek Villains | Sonic the Hedgehog Villains | South Park Villains | SpongeBob SquarePants Villains | Star Trek Villains | Syfy Villains | Sweeney Todd Villains | Tim Burton Villains | Terminator Villains | The Fairly OddParents Villains | The Godfather Villains | Thor Villains | TMNT Villains | Transformers Villains | Transformers Cinematic Universe Villains | XXX Villains

           Nickelodeon Movies 2020 Print.png Villains

Animated Features
Angelica Pickles | Coco LaBouche | Jean-Claude | Robosnail | King Goobot | Ooblar | Poultra | Alphonse Perrier du von Scheck | Nick Vermicelli | Big Bob Pataki | Sloan Blackburn | Bree Blackburn | Poachers | Siri | Plankton | Karen Plankton | Mr. Krabs | Dennis | Cyclops | Victor | Boat Jacker | The Thug Tug Gang | Dag | Nora Beady | Coyotes | Mayor Tortoise John | Rattlesnake Jake | Bad Bill | Hawk | Balthazar Douglas Peterson | Maybelle | Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine | Allan | Tom | Pedro | Falcon | Aristides Silk | Red Rackham | Burger-Beard | Chimpanzombies | King Poseidon | El Diablo | Mayor Humdinger | Kitten Catastrophe Crew | Ruben and Butch | Morag | Aggie

Live-Action Films
Marion Hawthorne | Agatha K. Plummer | Kurt Bozwell | Troy and Griffin | Roxanne | Roger Stubblefield | Henry Gates | Richard and Jay | Plankton | Karen Plankton | Mr. Krabs | Dennis | Cyclops | Victor | Boat Jacker | The Thug Tug Gang | Count Olaf | Hook-Handed Man | Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender | Bald Man | White-Faced Women | Ramses | Brooks & Elwyn | Mulgarath | Red Cap | Goblins | Mole Troll | Lindsay Marlings | Jake | Max | Fire Nation (General Zhao, Ozai & Zuko) | Shredder | Foot Clan (Eric Sacks, Karai, Baxter Stockman & Bebop and Rocksteady) | Burger-Beard | Krang | Reece Tenneson | Burke | Alejandro Gutierrez | Swiper | Powell | Viper | Christina X | King Poseidon | El Diablo

Original TV Movies
Dr. Shiela Voss | Paulina Von Eckberg | Sheldon "Shell-Shock" | Mr. Delvin | Brittanica | Natacha | Perfect | Gustavo Rocque | Atticus Moon | Caitlyn | Caitlin O'Leary | Cactus Pete | Lasombra | Lasombra's Pirates (Paulo, Steve & Che) | Harry Houlihan | Mr. Dupette | Ed Bighead | Zim | GIR | Mini Moose | Gaz Membrane | Almighty Tallests | Irken Empire Senior Andres

See Also
Avatar Villains | Danny Phantom Villains | Henry Danger Villains | Invader Zim Villains | Jimmy Neurton Villains | Lemony Snicket Villains | Netflix Villains | Rango Villains | Rugrats Villains | SpongeBob SquarePants Villains | The Fairly OddParents Villains | TMNT Villains

           Rango logo.png Villains

Town of Dirt
Mayor Tortoise John | Rattlesnake Jake | Bad Bill

Rodent Clan
Balthazar Douglas Peterson | Maybelle

Other
Hawk

Advertisement