- “Oh, here. This guy is Superman. Sure, he's famous now, but he started off like you. Crash-landed on Earth, didn’t know what he was doing… but he only uses his powers for good, never for evil. Remember that.”
- ―Hogarth to the Iron Giant
The Iron Giant is the deuteragonist of the Warner Bros. 1999 animated science fiction film of the same name. He is a genial 50-foot tall autonomous robot from another world that crash lands on Earth before becoming friends with a young boy named Hogarth who rescues him from his own internal defensive mechanism.
The Iron Giant is loosely based on the title character of The Iron Man, a 1968 novel by Ted Hughes.
The Iron Giant is a well-made and sturdy robot with an agile frame similar to that of a real human. His body design features thick protective armor of an unknown kind (it is not iron), thin joint pieces for mobility, and a round waist and neck for full rotation. His eyes as confused in the film by Earl Stutz, are similar to light house lamps and his lower jaw is held in place by two screws. In his normal state, his legs and arms are smooth and rounded, his chest is locked together tightly, and his arms are equipped with hands.
In his Offensive Mode state, the giant’s eyes become red and dilated and two large energy weapons replace his hands. His chest also opens to reveal a protective shield for his head and a extremely large energy cannon accompanied by three snake like laser cannons.