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My lord, you are perfect. But in your perfection, you cannot know how imperfect humans are... like snakes, spineless and slippery. They are as untrustworthy as rats, stealing and cheating with no remorse! Spinning webs of lies... like SPIDERS!
~ Tzekel-Kan's hypocritical hatred of humans.
Now everyone will know the truth of your "divinity"!
~ Tzekel-Kan as he controls the Jaguar to destroy El Dorado.

Tzekel-Kan is the main antagonist of DreamWorks' 3rd full-length animated feature film The Road to El Dorado.

He was a native from the city of El Dorado, being its high priest and self-appointed "speaker for the gods". Deeply disdainful of all humans for their vices, he was very eager to sacrifice his fellow citizens in the name of the "gods" Miguel and Tulio, who are really Spanish conmen, upon their predicted arrival in the city.

He was voiced by Armand Assante.

What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • As El Dorado's fanatical high priest, Tzekel-Kan is implied to have committed several sacrificial murders prior to Miguel and Tulio's arrival to please the gods of the underworld Xibalba. Although sacrifice rituals were a commonality, Tzekel-Kan is the only one of the natives observed to be gleeful about the occasion, not only out of religious servitude but out of intense hatred for humanity because of their imperfections; his fanaticism is how he expresses his lust for bloodshed.
  • He secretly planned to have Chief Tannabok deposed or even killed, as indicated by them constantly butting heads, Tzekel-Kan's threatening remarks, and his suggestion to Miguel to have him sacrificed.
  • He attempts to sacrifice a man to Xibalba in Miguel and Tulio's honor until stopped by them.
  • Unbeknownst to Miguel or Tulio, Tzekel-Kan orders a cleansing of the city of heretics on their behalf. Guards are seen menacing a man who allegedly went against the orders of the "gods".
  • After setting up an Ollamalitzli game between the "gods" and the cities best ballplayers—which consisted of the chief's strongest warriors—and Miguel and Tulio win by cheating, Tzekel-Kan tries to have the losing team sacrificed.
  • Though he was fond of the two at first, after discovering Miguel and Tulio are mortals, Tzekel-Kan conducts a dark-magic ritual that makes a jaguar statue his avatar to kill them with, killing his henchman by pushing him into the concoction to finish the spell, even though his henchman was completely loyal to him and definitely one of the very few inhabitants of El Dorado who liked him.
  • After taking control of the jaguar statue, he attacks the city simply to get to the aforementioned characters, and declares everyone will now know of Miguel and Tulio's deception, destroying buildings and nearly devouring someone before chasing down Miguel and Tulio, confronting them on their lie and attempting to claim their lives before falling down into the whirlpool to "Xibalba".
  • When he washes up in the jungle, Tzekel-Kan meets up with the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and his men, whom he believes to be a true god due to his powerful and vicious demeanor, subsequently submitting to his "lord". When Cortés inquires about Tzekel's gold earrings, he tells him about El Dorado and leads him to the city's secret entrance without hesitation, betraying the natives as they would undoubtedly be slaughtered by the Spaniards.
  • While he does have a few comedic moments, they do not detract him from his heinous deeds because he is still taken completely as a serious threat.


  • He is the only DreamWorks Animation Pure Evil to come from a traditional animated film.
  • Tzekel-Kan is, alongside General Mandible, one of the two DreamWorks Animation Pure Evils, not counting TV shows, who come from a DreamWorks animated film that is not an installment of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, as both Drago Bludvist and Grimmel the Grisly have come from the second and third installments of that franchise.
  • He was originally on the Near Pure Evil Wiki since it was widely assumed that he failed the system standard for doing the sacrifices as part of his job, committing mostly offscreen villainy and failing the Heinous Standards to Hernan Cortes. However, Tzekel-Kan sadistically enjoys his job and is the only one fine with the human sacrifices, commits many heinous crimes throughout the film and Cortes barely does anything in the story, so Tzekel-Kan qualifies.


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Animated Movies
General Mandible | Tzekel-Kan | Drago Bludvist | Grimmel the Grisly

Live-Action Movies
General Roth'h'ar Sarris | Commodus | Robert Turner | Assef | Judge Turpin | The Fallen | Jerry Dandridge

TV Shows
Ke-Pa | D-Stroy | Sendak | Bloodwolf | Horde Prime | White Bone Demon | Dr. Emilia

See Also
Tales of Arcadia Pure Evils