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Kent with Rogard shooting
General Rogard
Biographical information
Full name General Kenneth Rogard
Alternative name(s)
Status Alive
Physical Description
Gender Male
Personality Snarky, intolerant, later kind
Personal Information
Allies Kent Mansley (formerly)
Chronological and political Information
Occupation US Army General
Voice John Mahoney
That's lovely, Kent, but let me try to explain how this works... If you told me you found, let's say... um, a giant footprint, I might send over an expert to make a plaster cast of it. Hell, you get me a photograph of this thing and I could probably get some troops over there! But you told me you got a "feeling".
―General Rogard to Kent Mansley

General Rogard is the military leader and the former secondary antagonist of The Iron Giant .

He is voiced by the late John Mahoney.


He doesn't tolerate Kent Mansley's paranoia, initially disbelieving the latter's claim of a "giant metal monster" near Rockwell, Maine, and even accuses him of "blowing millions of Uncle Sam's dollars out of [his] butt" for wasting both his own time and the Government's money for a worthless trip to the town.

However, Rogard finally learns the truth about the giant after seeing him walking through town, and Mansley takes the opportunity to manipulate Rogard into firing at the Giant, lying to the General that it has killed Hogarth and is attacking the town. After the Giant's defense mechanism was activated by the gunfire, Mansley convinces Rogard to authorize a nuclear missile launch to destroy the Giant, but when the Giant calms itself and shows a very much alive Hogarth to everyone to prove that's it's not a threat, Rogard orders his men to stand down. Rogard is then about to abort the missile launch, but Mansley (still believing that the Giant is a threat) orders the launch anyway, causing the angry general to remind Mansley that the missile is targeted to the Giant's current position, meaning that not only will the Giant be destroyed, but also the entire town of Rockwell. Despite realizing this, Mansley refuses to face the consequences of his actions and tries to drive away, but the Giant stops him, allowing Rogard to have his soldiers arrest Mansley for his crimes. Rogard later acknowledges the Giant's sacrifice and tells the army to go home.

Months later, in the spring of 1958, the General, having returned to work in Washington, personally sends Hogarth a package containing the only part recovered from the Giant, as he believes Hogarth should have it in honor of the Giant's selfess sacrifice for the town.


That missile is targeted to the Giant's curent position! Where's the Giant, Mansley?!

There's no way to survive this, you idiot!

To die, Mansley, for our country.

Let's go home.



  • General Rogard is a lieutenant general in the army (LTG), as he is a three-star general officer rank. [1]
  • The pistol General Rogard uses against the Iron Giant is a M1911A1 pistol. [2]

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