|“||That's what you do in a herd, you look out for each other.||”|
|—Manny after saving Diego [src]|
Diego is the tritagonist in the Ice Age films. He is a male saber-tooth who appears in all Ice Age films. He is voiced by Denis Leary.
- Main article: Soto's saber pack
He is originally from a pack of 10 sabers, from which half were killed by humans. It is unknown if all the sabers are relatives. Diego was close with Soto, the pack leader, and he was given the mission to retrieve the baby and bring it to him so that Soto could kill him and eat him as his revenge.
It is revealed that he did have a family in the Christmas special Ice Age A Mammoth Christmas. Manny asked if sabers had Christmas traditions. He said "Every year his father brought back the biggest, fattest gazelle he could find and they (most likely the rest of his family) would rip in to their (he meant to say their skin.) ..." he paused realizing Peaches was listening, terrified and then finshed saying "...rip into our presents and we would play games with the gazelle and not eat them.", but sort of made it noticeable that he was lying.
Diego is a smilodon (commonly known as a "saber-toothed tiger"), the most distinctive characteristics are his long canine teeth, locks of hair as sideburns and a short tail. He also has a peculiar straight line of hair in his back that is darker than the rest of his fur.
In Ice Age, Diego is first shown as being the sinister and serious type, but he softens as he travels with Manny and Sid to return a baby to his human tribe. He also has a playful side, harassing Sid for fun and actually enjoying sliding in the ice cavern. Diego shows great bravery in several scenes, showing a calm attitude when Manny had his tusk point to Diego's throat after pinning him to a rock wall. By the end of the movie, Diego bonds with Manny and Sid and joins them in their migration to the south.
In the second film, Diego is less hostile, showing a calm, cool-acting personality; but he hides his fear of water, which Sid finds out about. The sloth teaches Diego how to swim, an ability the tiger later used to rescue Crash and Eddie, the twin opossum "brothers" of the mammoth Ellie.
At the beginning of the third film, Diego is experiencing poor physical performance, being unable to hunt down a gazelle. In a conversation with Manny, Diego decides to leave the herd as he thinks that hanging out with them has caused him to go soft. However, when Sid is being taken by Momma Dino, Diego joins the herd in the underground Dinosaur World in order to rescue him. Near the end of the movie, he helps Ellie deliver her baby, and even sheds a tear when Peaches is born. He later informs Manny that he has decided to stay with the herd, since he's realized that all the adventure he could ever want is with them.
Diego is always the one to step in whenever his friends are in danger. And he goes to great lengths to do it, as shown when Diego almost lost his life in an attempt to save Manny's.
Roles in the filmsEdithumans. The remaining five comprised Soto the leader, Diego, Zeke, Oscar and Lenny. In an act of revenge, the pack decide to kill and eat the tribes baby. Diego was sent by Soto to steal the baby while the other three were fighting off the humans. However Diego lost hold of the baby when the mother snatched it off him. At the ridge of the waterfall and no escape, she jumped off the ridge rather than facing off the beast. Soto was so infuriated that Diego came back with nothing. He threatened Diego that he would be killed by his own pack if he didn't return with the baby by Half-Peak.
On the search at the bottom of the waterfall, he discovered the baby had already been found by a mammoth called Manfred and a sloth called Sid. The mother floating in the river injured, entrusted the baby to the duo as a sacrifice of escaping from the beasts. She then drifted down the river deceased.
Sid suggest they should return the baby. Diego says he will be the one giving back the baby to the humans, but Manny refuses and decides to go with Sid up to the campment to return him. When they reach where the humans where, the humans were already gone, and Diego appears again, saying he can go to Glacier Pass to return the baby most efficiently since he's the one that knows how to track, and it's not easy to travel through a blizzard. Manny accepts him to join them to be the guide, which makes Sid nervous as Diego's intentions of eating him were evident since the first time they met.
In the way to the Glacier Pass, in the first day's night, Diego is visited by Zeke and Oscar, who remind him how impatient Soto is getting from waiting him in the Half-Peak, Diego tells them to tell Soto he'll bring the baby and a mammoth, thing that later seems to cheer up the complete pack who is waiting in Half-Peak.
In their way to the human tribe, Diego finds the humans only some steps after them, and he tricks Manny and Sid to go into a "shortcut", an ice cavern. After arguing with Sid, Diego provokes accidentally a small avalanche that threatens the heroes, which forces them to go inside and follow a long cavern with ancient animals frozen solid in ice, a lengthy slide and human paintings in the end.
Shortly after exiting the cavern, an unknown source of lava sprouts from the ice and threatens the herd, Diego finds himself hanging from a cliff of ice and is saved by Manny, who was very close to death, Diego then starts to feel affection for the other guys.
In the night, the herd has to stop for camping so that they finish their job the next day, in that span of time, Manny shows that the baby is learning to walk, and he first walks to Diego, which puts Diego in an uncomfortable condition, as he seems to enjoy more being with Manny and Sid than with his pack. Diego realises however, that if he sides with Manny and Sid, he would be killed by his pack. Diego stuggles painfully to make the right decision before falling asleep.
The next day, when they are reaching Half-Peak, Diego admits it was all a plan to trap them and kill them, which provokes Manny. The Mammoth uses his tusk to pin Diego against the wall by the neck, restraining his front legs as well (Although Diego used his front legs to try to keep Manny's tusk from choking him) and presses his other tusk's point against Diego's throat, intending to kill him. Diego struggles to tell them that they couldn't fight off the pack as Manny had intended. Manny ignores him and presses the tusk restraining Diego harder into his neck, making him bare his teeth in pain. As Manny continues to push the tusk even harder into Diego's neck making him close his eyes tightly, Manny notices the pain he is causing Diego and loosens his tusk allowing Diego to speak easier (However he was still intending to kill him). Diego tells him he has to trust him. Manny once again presses his tusk harder into Diego's neck, asking why they should trust him, believing Diego would still try to help his pack kill them. Diego replies that he was their only chance. It is unknown whether Manny kept Diego pinned as he discussed their plan, or if he released him and let him explain.
Diego arrives with the sabers, at the same time, Sid is traveling with the baby in front of the tigers at a distance. Diego teases Zeke about the sloth and provokes him to go and chase him, and the other sabers, excluding Soto and Diego himself, go to chase Sid.
Sid manages to escape and he is shown to be carrying a fake baby, Manny helps by throwing a log against the sabers to knock them out, Diego appears with him and they are decided to go for Sid and leave now, but Soto appears and Diego refuses to attack the mammoth, but the other sabers appear and Diego and Manny are forced to fight.
Diego fights Soto but is thrown away and knocks into a jutting rock knocking him out. As Soto is about to kill Manny, Diego uses the last of his strength to leap in fornt of Manny, intercepting Soto's attack. Diego is stabbed by Soto's saber teeth and collapses at Manny's feet When Soto is about to finish Diego, Sid appears with the baby and Soto is distracted, and when Manny sees a chance he knocks out Soto into a wall from which there were hanging icicles that fall on Soto, instantly killing him.
The sabers then leave, Sid's happy spirits are soon turned to sorrow after seeing Diego wouded. Sid pleads for Diego to pull through and he tells them to return the baby, apologising that he set them up. Manny tells Diego that he didn't have to take the hit, and Diego replies "That's what you do in a herd." before he dies from his injuries. Later, Manny and Sid meet the humans in the Glacier Pass and return him, Manny, still sad about Diego's death, turns away sadly telling Sid it was time to head south. He then sees Diego, limping towards them (Sid did not see this as he was to sad to see Roshan, the baby, go). When the baby and his tribe are leaving, he makes the peekaboo hand sign and when he opens his eyes he sees Diego, who somehow managed to meet up with the herd again.
Diego joins them, just in time to give the baby a silent farewell with the peekaboo hand sign, and the three go together to the south, in search for warmer weather.
In the second film, Diego is considerably calmer and less hostile, and his eye color has changed for unknown reasons. It also is EXTREMELY hard to notice, but he has a scar on his neck from when Manny pinned him against the wall in the first film.
After Manny and Diego joke about Sid's capability to take care of other children, Sid goes up to the top of the Eviscerator, a very large waterfall attached to a cliff of ice. Manny and Diego meet up at the top of the cliff to try and talk Sid out of it. He attempts his jump but is caught by Manny's trunk. However, in this process, Manny slides backward, knocking Diego into an open patch of thin ice. The ice begins to crack under Diego's feet and he scrambles back away from the ice to safety, terrified, and on top of Manny. Diego's fear of water gets introduced.
On their way to the valley, the herd hears what they think is a mammoth. Finding out that it's not, Manny asks for some time alone. As Diego and Sid turn around to leave Manny alone, they get picked on by Crash and Eddie. Diego doesn't take this too kindly, and gives chase. After a bit of chasing, Diego, Sid, and Manny regroup, and meet Ellie for the first time. The herd finds out about Ellie's misunderstanding of who she is, and Sid encourages the travel of both groups.
Traveling together, both groups have to cross a long stretch of ice. Diego travels extremely slowly, navigating as carefully as possible around each small puddle of water. Halfway across this long section of ice, the entire herd runs into Cretaceous and Maelstrom for the first time. Maelstrom's entrance separates pieces of the ice, leaving Diego stranded on one piece, petrified and motionless. Sid bites Diego's tail to get him out of Maelstrom's path and onto safer ground. Diego's fears of water become more apparent.
When the herd rests for the first time, Sid not only tries to break Diego's fear of water, but also attempts to show him how to swim. Diego refuses to listen for very long. However, this small scene between them two is very crucial to Diego's actions at the very end of the movie.
The herd is seen in a fog but the two rocks break crating a cliff with three levels. Diego yells at everyone to stop moving ,and than thanks everyone for listening. Diego is seen hanging from his front legs on the very top.The rock breaks and he tells Manny and Ellie to lock trunks with a little persuasion. He is able to see Crash and Eddie and tells them to grab an end of the path. At first they don't trust him but then he convinces them. Then when Ellie loosens her grip on Manny's trunk, Crash loosens the grip on the path. After Ellie apologizes to Manny, Diego stops Manny from saying anything else that would make Ellie mad. Then because Sid falls on to the path, the cliff then begins to fall. Diego then tells Manny and Ellie to jump. He misses but Manny and Ellie are there to catch him by his front legs. At first they forget to pull him up(because of a little romance connection) he reminds them that he is still their hanging of a cliff ,and they pull him back up.
Manny's herd splits up from Ellie, Crash, and Eddie. Ellie gets trapped by a collapsing cave, and the two opossums are forced to seek help from Manny's herd. During the rush back to reach Ellie, the ground collapses beneath their feet, separating the herd. Crash and Eddie jump on to an exposed tree branch in the middle of the rising water. Sid makes an attempt to save them but lands head first on a small block of ice, incapacitating him. After thinking about Sid's previously mentioned advice, and a quick fight within himself to face his fears, Diego dives into the raging waters and saves all three of them.
At the very end of the movie, Manny and Ellie decide to stay together and the two groups combine, forming one large herd.
At the beginning of the third film, Diego is shown hunting down a gazelle, but he starts to have health problems (bad vision, heavy breathing) and fails in his hunt. When he meets the herd he is first seen prefering not to talk with them, Ellie thinks Diego has a problem and tells Manny to talk to him. When they do, Diego says he thinks he is becoming too soft and is losing his tiger nature, and decides to leave the herd. Sid, with noticable fake sadness, trudges beside Diego sadly saying that it was now just the two of them. Diego tells Sid it wasn't the "two" of them and walks off. Sid hopefully asks if Crash and Eddie were coming along and Diego walks off, sadly saying farewell to Sid.
However, when Sid is Slothnapped by Momma, Diego sees when Momma is taking Sid, and enters the underground world shortly after the herd does, joining them when they are attacked by an Ankylosaurus dinosaur. He tries to protect them but quickly gives up and retreats when he sees how the odds are heavily against him.
The herd is saved from an angry mob of dinosaurs by Buck, a weasel who is wise to the ways of the dinosaur jungle as he has been living there for quite some time. Buck rudely opens Diego's mouth to inspect his fangs and quickly remarks that they are a little dull, causing Diego to look resentful and depressed, but he regains confidence after he quickly discovers Momma's tracks. While they continue searching for Sid, Manny thinks Ellie needs food and goes to pick a very bright fruit for her. Diego tries to explain how it's not a good idea but is ignored and they both end up getting trapped inside a giant carnivorous plant. Buck decides to rescue them again which prompts the group to ask Buck for help as a guide. Diego comes to admire Buck for having an adventurous lifestyle living down there alone, using his wits and having no responsibilities. Buck affirms that "...it's the greatest life a single guy could have", which makes the jungle as a home appeal greatly to Diego, however Buck's apparent insanity does give him some doubts about a life alone.
In the Chasm of Death when they become trapped and are affected by a deadly laughing gas Diego thanks Manny for getting them into this mess and says (perhaps sarcastically) that it's the most fun he'd had in years. Manny sarcastically thanks Diego for abandoning the herd. Later that night when they are resting, Diego is shown to have some private reluctant thoughts after he overhears Buck telling Manny what a great friend he is for risking everything dear to him (such as his mate and unborn child) to rescue Sid.
When they are about to reach Sid at the Lava Falls Ellie gets separated from the herd after several brittle rock platforms shatter. At this point she starts to feel the baby is going to be born and Diego and Manny have to stay to protect her while Buck takes Crash and Eddie to rescue Sid. Diego convinces Manny to trust him to protect Ellie on the upper platform she is resting on while Manny deals with the majority of the guanlong pack that is arriving from below to attack her. On the way up Diego gives chase to one speedy guanlong in a race to the platform and he once again becomes affected by his poor health symptoms. He pulls himself together, speeds up and pounces the dinosaur as it's about to attack, throwing it over the ledge. After a brief victory dance he then shows great ferocity in fighting off any guanlong that make their way up to the top. During this fight he is periodically trying to give moral support to Ellie while she is in labor( knowledgeably becoming an unofficial midwife for a brief period). Also, for a few seconds, Diego is shown sitting in the human female birthing position, whilst Ellie shouts "Push! Push!" as if he were giving birth. He even replies with strain in his voice that "You have no idea what I'm going through!" He is then revealed to be pushing back a log with his hind legs with 2-3 guanlong behind it.
After the birth of Peaches on the platform Diego is watching the new family with a fond expression. Ellie notices Diego wipe away a tear and when she jokingly says that she saw that, he tries to pass it off as a scratch wound at first. As Buck and company arrive with Sid and Diego also admits to missing him. They make their way back to the entrance and are finally prepared to leave the dinosaur world when they are stopped by Rudy, the dinosaur Buck hunts and hates because it took out his right eye. Buck draws Rudy away so that they can escape. Manny tells Ellie take care of the baby while he, Diego and Sid go to lend a hand. Buck was at the point of falling into Rudy's waiting mouth when Diego appears in a dramatic leap and grabs the weasel out of the air at the last second. The herd work together at trapping Rudy in vines but it breaks free faster than they expected. Momma arrives to save the day by launching a surprise headbutt attack and using her momentum to forcefully push Rudy over the edge of a massive cliff.
The group thanks Buck for helping them and they ask him whether he wants to join the herd. Buck eventually agrees since he has no other purpose in life with Rudy being dead. They all make their way out together and Buck hangs behind to reluctantly make his goodbyes to Rudy before trudging away. There is a sudden roar that indicates Rudy is still alive which causes him to stop and look back while the others hurry on out. Diego is the only one who turns around and comes over to find out what's holding up Buck. Buck tries to explain why he wants to stay but Diego understands. He goes on to state that the underground world should really stay apart and for Diego to take care of Manny. Diego smiles and acknowledges this before turning around and running off.
As Diego races to catch up with the others Buck destroys the skeleton bridge linking the worlds and the cavern leading to the surface begins to collapse. Diego dodges many boulders, barely making it out alive, but for once he isn't suffering so badly from poor health and appears to have enjoyed that brief thrill. When Crash and Eddie ask him what had happened to Buck, he says he returned to where he wants to be and that he'll be fine. Manny makes an effort to have an heartfelt talk with Diego, explaining that he's willing to support him in whatever he chooses to do, but Diego interrupts him with his decision to not leave the herd and insists that there is plenty of adventure for him right where he is.
While at sea, Diego meets a female saber tooth pirate named Shira, and begins to have a strange new feeling:
Shira is left behind by her pirate crew, and is saved by Manny. When the herd reach an island, they soon find out the pirates are building a new ship. The herd safely gets on the boat... all except Diego, who runs to catch up to the ship but Shira pins him down by pushing her paws onto Diego's chest. Diego invites her to join the herd and she agrees. But, instead of getting on the boat, she stays behind and stops the pirates. And Diego wonders if he had made the biggest mistake of his life...
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Originally, Diego was suppose to die in the first film, but he survived in the final cut because it was too depressing for the children in the test audience.
- Ice Age
- "Let's show that human what happens when he messes with sabers..."
- (To Sid behind Manny's back) "You won't always have jumbo around to protect you. and when that day comes, I suggest you watch your back.... cuz' I'll be chewing on it..."
- (Complaining about the baby's crying)"I've eaten things that didn't complain as much!"
- (After the ice slide) "YES! Whoo! (punches Manny's shoulder) Yeah! Who's up for round two?!"
- (Returns to Manny & Sid after his "death")"Nine lives, baby!"
- Lord of touch me and you're dead! (Sid gasps) AWW, I'm just kidding your little knuckle head! (Noogies Sid's head)
- Come on Sid, let's play tag, You're it.
- Move Sloth!
- Where's the baby...there he is....where's the baby...THERE HE IS!
- (Right after what Sid just said before) "Not you........the baby."
- (Manfred has Diego pinned against a rock wall with his tusk) "Listen, (He bares his teeth and closes his eyes for a moment) I can help you."
- "You can't." (Manfred presses his tusk harder into Diego's neck, making him groan) The pack's too strong. You have to trust me."
- "Leave the mammoth alone."
- (Diego is on his side, badly wounded. He lets out a sigh of relief) Ah... We were, some team, huh?
- "I'm... I'm sorry I set you up."
- (To Roshan, who is stroking Diego's snout) "Hey, knock it off Squirt."
- (Takes a deep breath) "You gotta be strong. You have to take care of Manfred and Sid. Especially, Sid."
- "That's what you do in a herd." (His apparent last words).
- Ice Age: The Meltdown
- "Then the hungry tiger ate the pesty little kids." [roars].
- (After realizing Manny is sad about his family) "You OK, buddy?"
- "Maybe we'll have a little snack before we hit the road!"
- "If anyone asks, there were fifty of them and they were rattlesnakes!"
- (To Crash and Eddie) "Boo!"
- (To Crash and Eddie along with Sid) "Never!"
- (To Sid) "If anyone asks, there were fifty of them... and they were rattlesnakes."
- Congratulations, you're now an idiot in 2 languages.
- Manny, don't squash their creativity.
- Can I say something?
- Don't make me come up there or I'll take you duff!
- "I'm going to go out on a limb and say you were sleepwalking"
- "Correction, you're sinking, kinda like a rock!"
- "Fear is for prey..."
- "I wonder why?"
- "Possum? About 11 foot tall?"
- Nothing to it, most animals can swim as babies, you know
- (To everyone) "Stop... MOVING!"
- (The mountain of rocks are collapsing) "Manny! Ellie! run! RUN!"
- (To Manny about Ellie) "Maybe she's already onboard!"
- "Manny! Get back! It's a minefield out there!"
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
- -(High on the fumes of the Chasm of Death) "Thanks for getting me into this mess! It's the most fun I've had in years!"
- Err, Buck I think you miss a little clue over here.
- That's not poison.
- Diesel weasel!.......What!? He is!
- Are you nuts!? Sid's not violent or coordinated!
- She's ordering fruit cocktail!
- "Woo! My paws are burning baby, they are burning!"
- "Err...no not really, but Manny's coming!"
- "That's its tail."
- "Always listen to Buck."
- Isn't Ellie supposed to be the one with then hormonal imbalance?
- For the record, I blame you for this!
- I feel tingly...
- Not that kind of tingly!
- (Manny asks him what he's doing in the dino world whilst getting chased by a dino.) "Sightseeing! Looking for Sid same as you!"
- You have no idea what I'm going through!
- (A dinosaur has the herd cornered. Diego leaps in front of the herd, trying to protect them. He roars at the dino. It roars back. He runs back to the herd.) "Whoa! Never mind."
- Ice Age: Continental Drift
- "We made it through storms, tidal waves, and a vicious assortment of sea food. What more could they hit us with?"
- "There's your proof."
- "What's the life expectancy for a female sloth?"
- Was this before she abandoned you? (asking Sid about his mother)
- "That, they got?"
- "Excuse me, I happen to be a remorseless assassin." (when Shira asks him about his tiger nature)
- "Here to join our scurvy crew?"
- (to Shira) "I don't fight girls!"
- "Okay, I won't... Kitty."
- "I don't know what's wrong with me. I can't eat, can't sleep..."
- (Diego is tied up. He looks at Manny) "Welcome to the party."
- (Shira has her paws on Diego's chest, pinning him down) "Why are you doing this?"
- Diego is shown to be afraid of water in the second film, but in the first he walks over it while chasing Nadia, the human who was carrying the baby.
- Before Continental Drift, Diego was the only major character who hadn't had a love interest.
- Diego's poor physical performance at some points of the third film were caused because of "being treated like a house-cat" (as it was stated on the Ice Age Official Website) meaning he was getting out of shape, not aging.
- Ice Age promotional posters called Diego by the nickname "Double Agent".
- For unknown reasons, Diego's eye color was changed from its original green in the first film to hazel in the sequels but it was still green sometimes.
- Diego is not the only carnivore in his herd, Sid and the opossum brothers are technically omnivores, but Sid is always shown eating fruit to keep his friendly appearance.
- Diego is voiced by Denis Leary, voice actor in Small Soldiers and A Bug's life, also lead role in Rescue Me.
- Although Denis Leary voiced Diego in the Ice Age 2 video game, he was unable to voice in the Ice Age 3 game due to prior commitments. Rick Pasqualone took over for voicing Diego in that game.
- It's odd that Diego thought that he was loosing his predatory instincts as a tiger when he failed to kill the gazelle because like all modern-day big cats, Smilodon likely had only one successful kill without a pack, so it was perfectly natural that he failed.
- Diego is the forth mammal to fall in love, the first is Sid, the second is Manny, the third is Peaches.
- Diego was originally meant to die in the early drafts of the first film.
- If Diego DID die in the first film, many other characters would be dead too:
- Sid, as Diego saved him from drowning.
- Crash and Eddie, as Diego saved them from drowning.
- Manny, as Diego saved him from Soto (Manny would only have died if HE killed Diego when he pinned him against the wall with his tusk).
- Buck, as Diego saved him from being eaten by Rudy.
- Ellie, as Diego saved her from being killed by dinosaurs.
- Peaches, Because if Manny killed Diego when he pinned him to the wall, Diego would not have lived to stop Soto from killing Manny and Peaches would not have been born.
- Granny, as she would have had to walk into the ocean if Diego did not snap the vine.
- Of all the members of the Herd, Diego is the one to have the most near death experiences:
- He was threated by Soto that he would serve as a replacement if Diego did not bring him the baby.
- He almost fell into lava.
- Manny pinned him to a rock wall, intending to kill him for his misdeeds.
- He apparently died of his wounds after his fight with Soto, but pulled through in the end.
- He almost fell off a cliff edge.
- He was nearly killed by Maelstom (because he wasn't moving due to his fear of water).
- Diego, Crash, Eddie, Sid, Ellie and Manny almost drowned.
- When the dinosaur threatned to kill them, Diego tried to protect them all (but soon saw that the odds were heavily against him).
- He almost died trying to save Buck from Rudy.
- Diego, Manny, Crash and Eddie, all nearly died laughing in the chasm of death.
- He was, countless times, almost killed by Gutt.
- Shira pinned Diego to the ground by pushing her paws onto Diego's chest, apologising as she had to kill him, but Diego pleads for her to join them, pushing her off of him, she agrees and stops Gutt.
|Ice Age (2002) • Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) • Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) • Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)|
|Scrat • Manny • Sid • Diego • Others|
|Gone Nutty (2002) • No Time for Nuts (2006) • Surviving Sid (2008) • Scrat's Continental Crack-up (2010) • Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011) • Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (2015)|
|Lost Historical Films during the Ice Age period • Falling for Scratte • Unearthing the Lost World • Buck: From Easel to Weasel|
|Ice Age • The Meltdown • Dawn of the Dinosaurs • Continental Drift|