- "All right, so I'm not made of stone."
- ―Diego on his tough appearance.[src]
Diego was a saber-toothed tiger that was part of a herd of animals after living out a number of experiences that united them all. He is the secondary antagonist-turned-deuteragonist of Ice Age, the tetartagonist of Ice Age: The Meltdown and Ice Age: Continental Drift and a supporting character in Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Ice Age: Collision Course.
Initially a cunning and remorseless hunter in a pack of other sabers, Diego was to deliver a human baby to his pack leader, Soto, as revenge upon the humans. During his interception of the child, Diego met a mammoth named Manfred and a sloth named Sid, who had already taken the child and, in time, convinced the saber to leave his old pack and join up with them as part of the herd.
Some time later, Diego and his herd resided in a valley that would soon flood over, due to the large amounts of melting ice. As the herd journeyed along with the other herds of animals, they met a female mammoth named Ellie, who lived with her adopted possum brothers Crash and Eddie. Manny, through Sid's urgings, took Ellie as a wife, making her and her possum brothers new members of the herd.
Within time, Diego grew upset with his complacent life in a herd, having lost his edge as a hunter and so considered leaving his herd behind. However he rejoined as they went out on a search for Sid, who had taken three dinosaur eggs as his adopted children. After their adventure in the Dinosaur World, Diego decided to stay with his herd and returned to the surface.
Years later, Diego remained a member the herd and stayed with them through it all. Unfortunately, he, along with Manny and Sid, was separated from the herd as an ongoing continental drift divided them. After reuniting with Granny, the four going on to meet a group of animal pirates, led by the viscous seafaring ape, Captain Gutt. Among the pirates was a beautiful female saber named Shira who caught Diego's eye. In time, Diego convinced Shira to leave the crew and join the herd as his mate. After Gutt was defeated, Diego and the rest of the herd left their old home to find a new one due to the continents shifting.
For the next couple of years, Diego lived happily married to Shira in the Herd Valley. He ends up experiencing a strange new feeling: The urge to start a family with Shira. However the herd would once again find their home endangered when they discovered a massive asteroid was headed for the planet. After reuniting with Buck, the herd began their journey to stop the asteroid before it's too late.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Early Life
- 1.2 Revenge
- 1.3 Ambush on the Humans
- 1.4 Deception
- 1.5 The Journey
- 1.6 Redemption
- 1.7 The Meltdown
- 1.8 Leaving the herd
- 1.9 Rudy
- 1.10 Sid's Family
- 1.11 Captured by Pirates
- 1.12 Switchback Cove
- 1.13 Stealing Gutt's Ship
- 1.14 Returning Home
- 1.15 Egg Adventure
- 1.16 Women
- 1.17 Manny and Ellie's Anniversary
- 1.18 Finding Buck
- 1.19 Bonding
- 1.20 Geotopia
- 1.21 Peaches' Wedding
- 2 Relationships
- 3 Personality and Traits
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Behind the Scenes
- 6 References
A gruff saber-toothed cat, Diego had a change of lifestyle, leaving the pack he once ran with to join a ragtag herd of animals. Through this, Diego learned to be caring, gentle and anger management.
- "Every year, my dad would bring home the biggest, fattest gazelles he could find and then we'd all rip into their..."
- ―Diego describing his childhood Christmas dinner.[src]As a cub, Diego was brought up in a pack with other sabers, including his father. Diego's father, being an adept hunter, would bring back a gazelle for Christmas as a feast for the whole family.
- "Look at the cute little baby, Diego. Isn't it nice he'll be joining us for breakfast?
It wouldn't be breakfast without him.
Especially since his daddy wiped out half our pack and wears our skin to keep warm. An eye for an eye, don't you think?"
- ―Diego and Soto discussing revenge.[src]
At some juncture in the past, a pack of humans had attacked Diego's pack, taking the lives of half of them so as to use their skins to fashion warm clothing. Soto, the pack leader, was driven furious by this, choosing to exact revenge by killing and devouring the pack leader's baby, Roshan. Diego, being appointed Soto's lieutenant, agreed to assemble the pack for an oncoming attack at dawn, also motivated by revenge.
That evening, the others in the pack, Zeke, Lenny and Oscar, all balked at their leader's fixation with the human pack, wondering why they could not follow the animal herd migrations heading south, but Diego asserted his leader's decisions, despite his pack-mates deriding him for it, asking why they couldn't take orders from Soto himself. Soto then appeared, asserting that they followed Diego's orders because Diego was the only saber that Soto trusted. Soto maintained that the attack on the humans would give them all a chance to teach the humans a lesson.
Ambush on the Humans
- "I want that baby, Diego!
I'll get it!
You'd better, unless you want to serve yourself as a replacement."
- ―Soto and Diego on Diego's failed attempt.[src]
Early the following morning, the pack moved on for an ambush on the humans' camp. As the sabers moved in to attack, the tribe's dogs barked and alerted the humans to the sabers' presence, the humans led by their chief, a man named Runar. While Soto and the others engaged the humans and their dogs in a fight, Diego crept into the human leader's tent, where he found the baby, sleeping in his bed.
As Diego moved in on his target, the chief's wife, Nadia, quickly grabbed her son out of the bed and struck at the saber with a club. The woman then fled the tent as the men of the tribe fought the sabers, with Diego in hot pursuit as he chased her away from the camp. Diego chased Nadia away from the camp and through a stream, lashing out at her, hitting only the baby's charm necklace, which he swatted away onto the ground and continued to give chase. He then succeeded in chasing Nadia onto a rocky ledge atop a waterfall where, holding her baby closely, Nadia was cornered. As Diego moved in closer, Nadia, holding her baby tightly, jumped from the rock down the waterfall.
Having failed to retrieve the baby, Diego headed back to Soto, who was angered to hear that Diego had lost it over the falls. Before either could say much more, a spear was thrown at the sabers, and Soto led his pack away. Diego assures that he'll find the baby, to which Soto retorted that he better or serve himself as a replacement; the pack then agreed to regroup at Half Peak, where Diego was to produce the baby, alive and well. As the others in his pack were chased off by the humans, Diego left to find the baby.
- "Uh that pink thing is mine."
- ―Diego tries to decieve Manny and Sid into handing over Roshan.[src]
When Diego found the baby, he saw it with Manny and Sid. After unsuccessfully trying to convince them that the baby was his, Diego formally introduced himself. Manny and Sid then learn from Diego that their too late to return Roshan, as the tribe just left this morning.
- "You won't always have "jumbo" around to protect you. And when that day comes, I suggest you watch your back, cause I'll be chewing on it."
- ―Diego threatens Sid.[src]
Knowing he would never be able to take the baby by force, Diego kept close to Manny and Sid waiting for an opportunity. Seeing as they had trouble knowing how to find the humans, Diego offered to use his tracking skills to help. Angry at Sid for mocking him earlier, Diego warned him Manny wouldn't always be around to protect him.
After a fight with some Dodos over food, the group went to sleep for the night. Diego attempted to take the baby, but Manny had it wrapped up tightly in his trunk. Diego then realised he was being watched. He pounced, only to find Oscar and Zeke. They inform him that Soto is getting impatient and reminded him of the mission. Diego told them that he was bringing Soto both the baby and Manny.
The next day, Diego was awoken abrubtly by Manny, who thought he had taken the missing baby (It turned out Sid took him to impress some ladies). Shortly after, Sid, running from a pair of rhinos, begged Diego to pretend to eat him. Diego turned away in disgust, but a kick from Sid changed his mind. He held the sloth in his jaws, convincing the rhinos he was dead, and only spat him out when Manny and the baby came by. When Sid said he thought Diego was going to eat him, the saber coldly replied "I don't eat junk food."
The group continued on their journey, Diego doing everything he could to keep Manny from finding the humans. He even lead to an Ice Cavern, claiming it was a shortcut. Sid voiced his refusal, and Diego's angry rebuttal caused an avalanche, forcing inside. Once inside, the baby slipped away from them. During the chase, Diego tried to get the baby, but was beaten to him by Manny. Afterwards, they came across a tunnel filled with cave paintings.
Not long after going outside, the group was caught in an underground eruption. Diego almost fell into a river of lava, but was saved by Manny, who almost died in the process. Confused, Diego asked Manny why he did it. Manny replied "That's what you do in a herd," touching Diego deeply. That night, they took shelter in a cave. The baby started to walk, and, despite Diego's protests, walked over to him.
The next morning, Diego stopped Manny and Sid from going further, revealing that there was an ambush waiting at the bottom of Half Peak. Manny became furious that Diego had set them up and pinned him to a wall. However the saber convinced them to let him help, as he was their only chance.
When Soto's pack attacked, Diego came to Manny's defense. Soto questions his actions, only for Diego to respond to leave Manny alone. Realizing Diego has betrayed the pack, Soto decided to kill Diego first. Diego, badly wounded and unable to move, told Manny and Sid to keep moving, so that Roshan could be reunited with his father. Diego's wounds weren't as bad as they seemed, however, and he recovered in time to say goodbye to Roshan and reunite with Manny and Sid. The three of them decided to follow the herds south.
- "Come on Manny, he's not that stupid. But I've been wrong before."
- ―Diego assures Manny Sid won't jump the Eviscerator but is quickly proven wrong.[src]
Some time later, the trio had taken up resident near a water park. After saving Sid from a foolhardy attempt to impress others, they discovered that the ice dam was about to break.
As the animals fled to a Boat at the end of the valley, the herd picked up three new members: the possums Crash and Eddie, and Ellie, a mammoth who thought she was a possum. Along the way, they were attacked by Cretaceous and Maelstrom, Diego's fear of water revealing itself. Sid later attempted to talk to Diego about it, but Diego refused.
As the journey continued, Ellie discovered her true identity, but had a falling-out with Manny. When the group were in danger, it was Diego who convinced her to bury the hatchet in order to save everyone.
- "Hey! I'm stalking the prey!"
- ―Diego learns to swim.[src]
As they neared the boat, Ellie and the possums seperated from them, but Crash and Eddie returned, teling them she was trapped. As the dam broke and flooded the valley, Diego overcame his fear of water to save Sid, Crash and Eddie, while Manny saved Ellie. Afterwards, the arrival of a mammoth herd made it seem like Manny and Ellie would leave with them, but the group stuck together. Diego smirked giving Crash and Eddie a ride on his back.
Leaving the herd
- "So I guess it's just the two of us.
No, Sid. It's not the two of us."
- ―Diego rejects Sid's offer to accompany him.[src]
Some time later, after the animals had settled into a new home, and Manny and Ellie were expecting a child, Diego found himself unable to catch an Elk. Believing he had lost his edge. Diego decided to leave the herd and go out on his own, a decision that angered Manny.
Just as as he was leaving, Diego saw Sid being carried away by a T-Rex, and followed the rest of the herd in a rescue attempt, which led them into an underground world where Dinosaurs still existed. They were attacked soon after, but saved by a deranged weasel called Buck, who was convinced to help them search for Sid. Along the way, Diego, alongside Crash and Eddie, developed an admiration for Buck's survival skills, and Diego contemplated staying in the dinosaur's cavern.
- "My paws are burning baby!"
- ―Diego getting his confidence back.[src]
As the group started to close in on Sid, Ellie went into labour, and was targeted by a pack of Guanlongs. Diego leapt to her defense, keeping the dinosaurs away from her until Manny arrived. Moments later, the baby was born, elicting a tear of joy from Diego. At the same time, Sid had been saved by Buck, Crash and Eddie.
As they made their way out of the cavern, they were attacked by Buck's arch-enemy Rudy. Diego, Manny and Sid helped Buck fight the Baronyx, with Momma Dino helping by pushing him off a cliff. As they reached the entrance to the cavern, Buck heard Rudy's roar, and decided to stay. Diego informed the others that Buck was "where he wants to be." As Peaches was introduced to her home, Diego reconciled with Manny, declaring that the life of adventure he sought was right there.
- "That was fun. Now who should I eat first?"
- ―Diego enraged that he almost got killed.[src]
Some years later, Diego, back at the top of his game, was scaling a mountain when he heard the ground rumble. He laughed it off, only to get caught in a Sloth family's log car. As the log came close to hitting Peaches, Diego manages to stop it, and angrily decided to eat one of the sloths, only stopping when Sid recognised him as his Uncle Fungus. Diego and Manny looked on as Sid's family dumped Granny on him, then quickly left, with Diego remarking "That explains a lot about Sid."
As Sid returns, Diego attempts to lie that his family was wiped out by an asteroid. Shoving the saber aside, Manny tells Sid the truth. Diego tries to comfort the heartbroken sloth saying he still has Granny. Unfortunately, they then realize Granny had disappeared due to her tendency to wonder.
During the search, Manny got into an argument with Peaches. As the argument went on, there was another rumble. The ground broke apart, seperating Diego, Sid and Manny from Ellie and Peaches. Diego stopped Manny from trying to jump across the gap, as he knew the irate mammoth wouldn't have made it. The chunk of ground they were on floated out to sea, despite their attempts to turn it around. After weathering a storm, they discovered that Granny had inadvertently come with them, having been sleeping inside a tree that was part of the chunk of land that broke off.
Captured by Pirates
- "Aw. You almost made it.
I don't fight girls.
Haha! I can see why."
- ―Diego is knocked down by Shira[src]
Soon after, they were accosted by a crew of pirates, who declared their intention to take their "vessel." During the scuffle, Diego was confronted by Shira, telling her "I don't fight girls." Offended, Shira released the rope she held under her paw, smacking Diego in the face and then pinned him, snarking "I can see why." The herd were taken to the pirates' ship, where their leader, Gutt, tried to convince them to join. When Manny refused, Gutt decided to have Sid and Granny fed to his pet Narwhals. While the crew watched, Diego and Manny escaped, and went to save their friends.
- "No go away! I'd rather drown!
Whatever the lady wants."
- ―Diego mocks Shira's predicament.[src]
In the ensuing scuffle, the pirates' iceberg was destroyed. The herd found a piece of ice to ride on. They saved Shira, who was less than happy at their actions. Diego took the chance to mock Shira calling her the punch line of a "bad joke" since they were the ones who saved her. Shira snapped after Diego called her kitty and pounced him. Though Diego overpowered Shira, he released her when Granny said "If they kiss, I'm gonna puke!"
Some time later, Sid accidentally made a crack in the ice after a clam closed around his hand, causing the floe to split in half. Taking note of the condition of their floe, Diego states that they won't be able to make it home. An argument between him and Shira breaks out when she says they shouldn't have destroyed the ship. Fortunately, an island was nearby, and the group paddled toward it.
- "Switchback Cove. It's the way home."
- ―Diego discovers the current that can bring the herd back home.[src]
As soon, as the herd reached shore, they tried to rest, before Manny told them they needed to make a new raft. Before Diego could voice his complaints, Sid pointed out that Shira was trying to make a run for it. Immediately, Manny told Diego to go ran after her as she could help them get back home. After a long chase, Diego eventually succeeded in catching Shira. He then discovered that the Switchback Cove's currents could lead them home. Unfortunately, he also learned that Gutt and his crew were also on the island, using the native of hyraxes to load food onto their new ship.
- "Well that's a flawless plan. You want to pirate a pirate ship from pirates.
It pains me to say this, but our prisoner has a point."
- ―Diego agrees with Shira about their situation.[src]
As Diego points out the currents that could carry the herd back to the continent, Manny decided they should try and steal Gutt's new ship. Having been imprisoned in a tree to prevent another escape attempt, Shira tells them their plan is terrible, to which Diego reluctantly agrees. Luckily Sid was able to enlist the help of the hyraxes who managed to avoid capture, offering to help them rescue their enslaved friends in return.
- "We both might have wanted out a pack life but at least I didn't trade one pack for another. I got something more.
Oh yeah, what's that?
- ―Diego explains the difference between him and Shira's decision to leave their packs[src]
That night, Diego brought Shira some water, which she refused not wanting to be turned into a charity case. However she changed her mind when Diego replied he wouldn't care if she died of thirst. Shira then told him for a saber, he was pretty soft. Diego quickly shot back, claiming he wasn't, before Sid came and put a Coral Necklace around his neck much to Diego’s embarrassment and Shira's amusement. Shaking off the humiliation, Diego then learned that Shira had left her pack as he did his. He then pointed out that, unlike her, he hadn't traded one pack for another, but instead he found a herd. Shira didn't see much of a difference until Diego specified that they looked out for one another, unlike Gutt who hasn't even bothered to look for her. This took Shira aback but she nevertheless warned Diego that he and his friends have no idea what they're up against.
Stealing Gutt's Ship
- "Guys that's not necessary, really. I-I love you too, yeah."
- ―Diego embarrassed as the hyraxes he frees hug him.[src]
The next morning, the group saw that Shira had escaped, and went ahead with their plan to steal Gutt's new ship. While Manny and the Hyrax distracted the pirates, Diego freed their captives. The hyraxes then climbed all over their savior to thank him, which Diego reluctantly accepted.
Sid was assigned to unwind and hold the ship vines until the rest of the herd arrived. Unfortunately the sloth became distracted by a berry. Diego, who still had hyraxes clung to him, attempted to warn Sid the berry was a lotus berry and would paralyze him if he ate it, but Sid didn't listen.
- "Come with us! Come with me."
- ―Diego urges Shira to leave Gutt's crew.[src]
Without anyone to hold the vines, the ship began to drift away on its own and the herd ran to catch up to it. Gutt and his crew quickly catch on to their plan and took chase. Before Diego could get onto the ship, Shira tackled him, attempting to redeem herself to Gutt. Diego asked her why she was doing this, to which Shira responded that she had no choice. Diego assured Shira she didn't have to live this way and she would be treated much better if she joined the herd. A few seconds of thinking, Shira agreed to come with him. However, as they ran to the ship, Shira noticed Gutt was closing in on them and stayed behind. After Diego questioned her actions, she told him she has his back before pushing some ice in front of Gutt, causing the ape to slip. Once Diego realized what Shira had done the sabers stare at each other heartbroken as they are drifted apart.
- "Diego and Shira sitting in a tree K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
Real mature guys, real mature."
- ―Sid and Manny tease Diego after he falls in love with Shira.[src]
As the herd floated back to the continent, Diego paced back and forth saying he feels weird. Manny and Sid realized Diego has become charmed by Shira's beauty, but Diego denies it. Though they continue to tease him, Diego just calls them immature. They then encountered Sirens, one of whom took the appearance of Shira to lure Diego in. Manny managed to get them to safety.
Finally returning to the continent, the herd unfortunately found that the Land Bridge has been destroyed. To make matters worse, they discovered that even though Ellie and Peaches had survived, Gutt and his crew were holding them hostage. Diego noticed Shira was alive, but injured, presumably having been punished for her betrayal. In the battle that ensued, Shira joined the herd in their fight. After the pirates were defeated, Diego personally welcomed Shira into the herd. Together, the animals travel led to a new home. Diego would later marry Shira sometime after the herd got settled into the valley.
Later, Manny and Diego were watching a hawk and hornets game with Crash and Eddie. The hawks lost and Manny asked if they could watch another game at Diego's den. Diego said they couldn't because Shira was still sleeping because she was up all night hunting with The Cougars. They later go on an egg adventure.
- "Does Shira ever just giggle?
Uh... Shira's not a big giggler."
- ―Diego to Manny after seeing Shira chase an elk.[src]
Diego met up with Manny at a fruit bar, where tiny hyraxes were giving them various fruity drinks. Manny began talking about how weird Ellie acted and asked Diego if Shira ever giggled. Diego glanced to the side, where he saw his wife ferociously chasing an elk. Somewhat disturbed, Diego responds that unlike Ellie, Shira isn't much of a giggler. Manny and Diego found Sid, with poison ivy burns. Despite the sloth's attempt to convince his friends that everything was fine, Diego accurately guessed that Sid's girlfriend, had dumped him. Manny then took Sid to get him cleaned up.
Manny and Ellie's Anniversary
- "I keep picturing our own kid in there. He'd be the best one.
I think you meant "she".
Either way, we've been over this Diego, kids are afraid of us."
- ―Diego and Shira discuss starting a family.[src]
At Manny and Ellie's anniversary party, Diego grabbed some grapes, along with Shira. The sabers watched some kids play around. The grape juice dripped down on their chins. Diego told Shira he keeps imagining their own kid and that he'd be the best one. Shira disagreed, saying he meant "she". Unfortunately, they are reluctant to have kids because as Shira points out, children run away every time they see them. Two kids, a start named Lily and an aardvark named Andrew, came across Diego and Shira and saw the juice dripping down their chins and their glowing eyes. Even though Diego and Shira acted friendly, the kids thought the juice was blood and ran away in fear. This left the sabers confused, as Shira points out that she even smiled this time.
- "Does that look like a problem to you?
A ball of fire heading directly towards us? Why would that be a problem?"
- ―Diego and Sid realize they have a situation.[src]
Sid then pointed out a "fiery ball" in the sky. Diego went to go tell Manny that they had a problem. However, displeased with the news of Peaches leaving home after the wedding, Manny ignored him saying his problem was more important. Diego eventually got Manny's attention and they made a run from the meteor and went into an Ice Cave but unfortunately became trapped. With that, Manny decided they would have to go underground to find a way out.
- "Hey Buck, welcome back buddy!"
- ―Diego to Buck during his reunion with the herd.[src]
Later, they found their old weasel pal, Buck. Buck told them an asteroid was coming and lead the herd. They later were stuck in an electrical storm. Diego saw his fur was puffing up by his paw. Later Diego whole fur fluffed up. Manny and Ellie got stuck by the lightning and Diego saved them. Buck heard a baby crying and ran into the forest. He came out of the forest with a baby pumpkin named Bronwyn. The herd thought it was strange. Before the herd continued off on their journey, Diego caught the scent of some scattered feathers lying around, sniffing them suspiciously until they were blown away. Buck told the herd to rest the night and Diego and Shira rested together.
- "Well I'm glad the apocalypse is bringing you together.
He's a good kid Manny, I like his philosophy. Give him a chance. Bond with him."
- ―Diego persuades Manny to connect with Julian.[src]
After escaping the forest, Diego is seen having a friendly conversation with Julian. The two even perform a cool "peace-out" gesture. When Manny shows displeasure towards this, Diego attempts to convince him that Julian is a good kid and he should try bonding with him. During a hockey match, Manny accidentally hits Julian with the puck and causes him to fall through the ice. Displeased at this, Diego sarcastically says it's a mystery why Peaches wants to move away after the marriage.
In the morning they found that Granny was missing and that there were more scattered feathers lying around where the herd slept. Buck ended up revealing that there was a family of Dino-Birds that have been chasing after the herd the entire time. The herd suspected that the Dino Birds must of eaten Granny, and thought she was gone for good. That was until they heard her yells and followed Diego after he picked up her scent.
- "Doesn't look like a lot of doomsday planning going on in here."
- ―Diego about how peaceful Geotopia is.[src]
They found Granny was getting massages by a prehistoric rabbit called Teddy. They found themselves in Geotopia, a place of crystals, and where people stayed in their youth. Brooke, a ground sloth, fell in love with Sid, and called her squad of minicorns, called Bubbles and Misty. The minicorns tapped their hooves on the crystal ground, causing a crystal hoverboard to be released, to take them to the Geotopian leader, Shangri Llama. Granny voiced her disgust saying llamas spit and smell bad. Diego took the chance to amuse Shira by pointing out Granny isn't very different. The herd tries to warn Shangri Llama about the asteroid, but end up having to stretch to get his attention. Even after managing to tell the Llama about the asteroid, he doesn't take the situation seriously, and thereby refuses to help them. With their last hope gone, Diego then grumbles that all they got out of their visit was a free yoga class.
- "That's a crazy plan.
You're a crazy plan!
That doesn't even make any sense."
- ―Diego doubts Buck's plan will work.[src]
With no more hopes on stopping the asteroid, Diego along with the rest of the herd decided to use his last moments exploring Geotopia and is seen snuggling with Shira as they watched the crystals. After Sid accidentally breaks the Geotopian wall, the Shangri Llama throws a fit. Seeing this Buck gets the idea to seal the steam vents around a nearby volcano to throw the asteroid elsewhere. Diego voices doubt at the plan so Buck continuously pokes his nose until he roars, demonstrating "tremendous pressure leads to a tremendous explosion". However the Shangri Llama isn't willing to give up the eternal youth that the crystals provide. With some convincing from Brooke however, the Geotopians go along with Buck's plan. After the asteroid is sent back into space, the herd celebrate their victory.
- "It was five minutes to midnight, and we were up against volcanoes, dino-birds, and the end of the world."
- ―Diego tells Lily and Andrew of about their journey[src]
As Diego and Shira wait for Peaches to get ready, Sid walks by talking into a twig like a telephone, which he doesn't realize until Diego points it out. The two sabers are approached by the same start and aardvark from the anniversary party who ask about their adventure. The sabers begin to tell the kids how they came to stop the asteroid. With their new bond with the kids, Shira happily told Diego they'll make wonderful parents.
Diego is seen alongside the rest of the herd smiling for Peaches as she stepped out for her marriage. After she officially became Julian's wife, Brooke sang My Superstar, for which Diego and Shira danced to along with Lily and Andrew.
Diego loves his wife, Shira very much. While she was still a member of Gutt’s crew, Shira saw Diego as the enemy and repeatedly insulted him and his friends. However when Diego finally managed to convince Shira to leave her abusive crew, they developed feelings for one another, though Diego attempted to hide it from his friends. Once Shira learned that Gutt never cared for her, her newfound love for Diego led her to focus on helping the herd. The sabers confessed their love for one another and got married after Gutt’s defeat. After years of living together, Diego begins to consider starting a family with Shira.
Manny & Sid
Sid and Manny are Diego's best friends. Manny often finds himself annoyed with Sid when they first meet. After going on an adventure, Diego realizes that Manny would risk his life for him and looks out with him, so finds himself being very conflicted. Later, Diego reveals his plans to Sid and Manny and eventually, after some mistrusting, Diego betrays his pack and Manny, Diego, and Sid create a herd. After this, Sid and Diego are very supportive of Manny and want him to get over his past and get in a relationship with Ellie. Meanwhile, Sid makes it his goal to teach Diego how to swim and later Diego saves Sid. The mini-sloths return to have Sid as their fire king once more, but Diego expresses that he doesn't want Sid to go, for which they hug. After Manny and Ellie expecting, Diego is very troubled with being in a herd and wants to be on his own, so leaves, which Sid does the same. Manny and Diego have to work together to save Sid from being kidnapped by a dinosaur and later make up as Diego remarks he likes the adventures he has with the herd. Years later, They end up getting stuck together and sail out to sea. Manny and Sid tease Diego for his crush on Shira and some time later, it is mentioned that Manny, Sid, and Diego hang out a lot. Manny and Diego bond over how confusing women are and the best friends all celebrate saving the world with their mates.
Soto and Diego were close in their pack, as Soto says Diego is the only one he trusts. Soto trusted Diego with bringing them back Roshan, only to be betrayed. Upon realizing of his lieutenant's betrayal, Soto attacked Diego without a second thought.
Personality and Traits
- "You're pretty soft for a saber."
- ―Shira regarding Diego.[src]
As a saber-toothed tiger, Diego was made for action, with a usually curt demeanor: short for words, Diego was not one to be trifled with. Initially a sharp hunter and a harsh speaker, Diego's demeanor softened as he joined a herd with Manny and Sid. Loyal to the herd, Diego was always one to step in and take action. Diego at times, can be abusive, mainly towards Sid as the latter would often joke with him. Nevertheless, Diego still cares about Sid and everyone else in the herd.
Even after joining the herd, Diego maintains his pride and therefore is shown to have a short temper when he is insulted. He once angrily choked Sid when the sloth made fun of his fear of the water. His pride is also displayed when he had a discussion with Shira who called him soft for caring about others. He denied it when Manny and Sid saw that he had fallen in love with Shira.
Though Diego lived with other herbivorous animals, he curbed his natural instincts as a hunter. As a result he was able to live peacefully with other animals and only hunted when necessary. His composure, however, was shaken when Shira caught his eye. As time passed, Diego and the pirate developed feelings for each other, and later got married after Shira's captain, Gutt was defeated.
Like his mate, as time passed, Diego develops a fondness for children and plans on starting a family with Shira. After stopping the mother asteroid two kids, Lily and Andrew began to admire the sabers and Diego takes the chance to entertain them with a story about the journey.
Diego was built like other sabers, including a compact, muscular build and powerful running legs, retractable claws on all four paws, a short set of ears and tail, and, most notably, his set of long canine teeth, with which he hunted other animals. Diego's pelt was burnt orange with a lighter underbelly and light facial fur, and with a short brown mane along his neck and upper back. Diego's eyes were vivid green and were ideal for hunting or looking out at night, as in the darkness they would glow brighter like other cats' eyes.
- Ice Age (First appearance)
- Ice Age: The Meltdown
- No Time for Nuts
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
- Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
- Scrat's Continental Crack-up
- Ice Age: Continental Drift
- Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe
- Ice Age: Collision Course
Behind the Scenes
The initial plan with Diego was that he would die in the first Ice Age film: when younger test audiences saw this, they burst into tears, and so the directors decided to let Diego live.
|Manny • Ellie • Peaches • Sid • Diego • Crash • Eddie • Louis • Shira • Granny|
|Buck • Manny's family • Shelly • Egbert • Yoko|
|Soto • Oscar • Lenny • Zeke|