Rod Runner is an antagonist in Cars 3.
He first appears as a friend of McQueen's. Later, when the race-track is bombed, Rod is stuck in between two blocks and Lightning does not go back to save him. He is later seen as an apprentice of Professor Z's and wants to kill McQueen. He has the choice of pointing the laser at him or not, he chooses not to, and as the rig explodes, he is seen drowning.
- He is the fifth Pixar villain to die.
- He is the first Pixar villain to sing a song.
- He is voiced by the same actor as El Machismo.