‘Furiosa’: Rictus Erectus, Explained

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Some characters just stick in your mind, whether it’s due to their striking appearance, memorable quirks, or, in some cases, their peculiar names. Rictus Erectus from “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” falls squarely into the latter category.

While fans of “Mad Max: Fury Road” may already be acquainted with Rictus and his brother Scrotus, newcomers to “Furiosa” may find themselves taken aback by their bombastic introduction. The duo proudly proclaim their names—Rictus and Scrotus—with gusto, making quite the impression. But if you’re unfamiliar with the Mad Max universe, fear not; we’ve got you.

 

So, who exactly is Rictus Erectus in “Furiosa”?

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Rictus Erectus serves as one of the primary antagonists in “Furiosa,” and he’s also a significant adversary in “Fury Road.” His name hints at his grotesque and rigid demeanor, and he’s portrayed as the heir of Immortan Joe, fighting fervently for his father’s cause alongside the War Boys.

In “Fury Road,” Rictus sets his sights on Imperator Furiosa, engaging in relentless pursuit and combat against her. However, “Furiosa” offers a deeper dive into their dynamic, showcasing their initial encounter when Rictus inappropriately interacts with a young Furiosa, even going so far as to kidnap her. Suffice it to say, he’s a certified weirdo, and his name only adds to his unsettling presence.

Physically imposing and skilled in firearms and hand-to-hand combat, Rictus Erectus proves to be a formidable opponent. Despite his strength, he meets his demise in “Fury Road” during Nux’s sacrifice—an apt conclusion for someone involved in acts of terrorism, mass murder, and assault.

While Rictus may be detestable, there’s a hint of comedic flair to him and his brother throughout “Furiosa.” Nevertheless, “Fury Road” reveals his most despicable traits, ensuring he leaves a lasting impression on audiences, for better or for worse.