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'''Characters that appeared in 1967's ''Disney/TheJungleBook''. For characters of the 2016 Live Action Adaptation [[Characters/TheJungleBook2016 see here]].'''

!!Main Trio

->'''Voiced by''': Bruce Reitherman (original), Creator/HaleyJoelOsment (''The Jungle Book 2''), Maxim Knight (''VideoGame/KinectDisneylandAdventures'')

Mowgli is the protagonist of ''The Jungle Book'' and its sequel.
* AdaptationalModesty: Spent much of the book stark naked. For obvious reasons, the Disney version gave him red shorts.
* AdaptationalWimp: Mowgli in the original book, as well as every other adaptation survived in the jungle by becoming the strongest and smartest badass the jungle had ever seen. In the original film, he is an ineffectual PinballProtagonist, though the final climax and the sequel show semblances of his book competence starting to arise.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Disney's version of Mowgli is always depicted with no nipples.
* BrattyHalfPint: He obstinately refuses to listen to Bagheera and Baloo when they tell him that he needs to go to the man village where he will be safe from Shere Khan.
* CharacterDevelopment: Gets a lot of this in the sequel.
** He is far more mature and knowledgeable with the jungle.
** Mowgli was forced to make difficult decisions for himself choosing between living in the jungle with Baloo and Bagheera or living in the village with Shanti and Ranjan. Mowgli, knowing it was best for him, chose the village but also decided to simply visit Baloo at the jungle everyday, finally setting an acceptable balance between his life as a jungle boy and a village boy.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: He is always barefoot.
* IdiotHero: Justified because he's a kid. He doesn't listen to Bagheera, and is careless and naive to the point of being TooDumbToLive.
* InkSuitActor: Through {{Rotoscoping}}, Bruce Reitherman (son of the film's director) actually became Mowgli in many scenes.
* KidHero: A kid and the protagonist, although he's hardly seen doing anything heroic in the movie (until the last scene with Shere Khan). He becomes more competent in the sequel.
* LoinCloth: Illustrated editions of the book sometimes depict him this way to avoid showing them naked, but in the Disney film he wears red shorts, which makes Baloo give him the nickname "Little Britches".
* LoveAtFirstSight: Mowgli instantly loses all control of his mental faculties the moment he sees Shanti and hears her singing.
* MagicPants: His loincloth is shown to be made out of pretty tough material. When Bagheera bit down on it to try to drag him to the man village, it stretched about three feet back while Mowgli held onto a small tree. It just snapped back without any evidence of damage after Bagheera lost his grip.
* NiceGuy: Mowgli is kind-hearted, brave, happy-go-lucky, and fun-loving.
* OfficialCouple: With Shanti by the end of the sequel.
* OhCrap: Gets a very prominent one in the climax of the first film when Shere Khan decides to attack in earnest, and the TooDumbToLive boy finally realises how much trouble he's in.
* PinballProtagonist: Because of {{Disneyfication}}, he spends all his time reacting to the other characters and doesn't instigate any plot events. This is totally ironic if you know the character from Creator/RudyardKipling's original stories.
* RaisedByWolves: A literal example, and quite a TropeCodifier (along with {{Tarzan}}).
* StubbornMule: His main personality issue in the film: he is obnoxiously obstinate when Bagheera, or even Baloo, try to place him on the right path.
* TooDumbToLive: Mowgli taunts Shere Khan with extreme overconfidence about his ability to defend himself from the huge tiger. He nearly gets eaten for his stupidity.
* TookALevelInBadass: Mowgli thankfully gets more capable in the sequel.
* {{Wedgie}}: Mowgli ends up becoming victim of this twice in the first film.
** An impatient Bagherra bites down on his loincloth and pulls at one point, while Mowgli held onto a tree and kicked him in the face until the panther lost his grip.
** After the monkeys drop Mowgli, King Louie hooks his fingers in the kid's shorts and holds him up at arms length while Mowgli tries to hit him.
* WildChild: The TropeCodifier, again, along with {{Tarzan}}.

->'''Voiced by''': Phil Harris (original), Creator/JohnGoodman (''The Jungle Book 2''), Scatman Crothers (Disney on Parade), Pamela Adlon (''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs''), Ed Gilbert (''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', ''Jungle Cubs'', adult), Brian Doyle Murray (''Mowgli's Story''), Steve Curtis Chapman (Rhythm'n Groove), Creator/BillMurray (live-action remake), Joel [=McCrary=] (2002--present)

Baloo is the deuteragonist of the ''Jungle Book'' and its sequel. He is a sloth bear and best friends with Mowgli.
* AdaptationalNiceGuy: Whilst a good guy in both versions, Baloo was much more grumpy and stern in the books, instead of the kind, friendly GentleGiant of the Disney version.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: In the original book, Baloo was more of a serious and wise (if somewhat bumbling) old mentor, but here he's a happy-go-lucky, fun-loving slacker.
* AscendedExtra:
** Originally, Baloo was supposed to only have a cameo role as one of the animals Mowgli and Bagheera encountered on their trek through the jungle -- but Phil Harris's voicework made such an impression on the moviemakers that the bear was upgraded to one of the main characters.
** To some extent, in comparison with his book counterpart as well. Baloo of the book was in no way a minor character, but he was never the star of the show the way the Disney version is.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Normally very kind, but harm his friends and he will kick your sorry ass.
* BearsAreBadNews: Averted. Despite Bagheera's fears of his ToxicFriendInfluence on Mowgli, he's not an example of this, see BearyFriendly.
* BearyFriendly: Baloo becomes a friend to Mowgli.
* BearyFunny: He epitomizes the "lovable lug" archetype for bears.
* BigFun: In bear form.
* BoisterousBruiser: Quite often.
* BreakoutCharacter: Baloo eclipsed Mowgli in popularity, being the most heavily merchandised character of the Disney adaptations as well as being promoted to the lead protagonist in spin off ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.
* CatchPhrase: Baloo's "You better believe it".
* DisneyDeath: After his CurbStompBattle with Shere Khan.
* FreezeFrameBonus: During "The Bare Necessities", Baloo uses a jagged rock wall to scratch his butt. If you pause at a few frames, you can clearly see that he using the rock wall to scratch not just ''across'' his buttocks, but ''between'' them as well. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Uuuuuummmmmmm...]]
* FunPersonified: He's very fun-loving and easy-going, in contrast to Bagheera.
* GentleGiant: A gentle, good-natured, big bear.
* HakunaMatata: "Bare Necessities" is the best pre-Disney/TheLionKing example of this trope in Disney.
* IndyPloy: His plan to rescue Mowgli from King Louie. Borders on CrazyAwesome.
* InkSuitActor: Like Shere Khan and King Louie, he's heavily based on his voice actor, Phil Harris.
* TheNicknamer: He calls Mowgli "little britches" and calls Bagheera "Baggy".
* NiceGuy: Is exceedingly kind and friendly.
* PapaWolf: Towards Mowgli. Messing with Mowgli will get you trouble from Baloo. He tells the monkeys outright, "Keep your flea pickin' hands offa my cub!"
* PaperThinDisguise: In drag with the monkeys.
* ParentalSubstitute: He acts as this to Mowgli for the brief time they are together.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red to Bagheera's Blue.
* {{Scatting}}: What Baloo is doing when we first meet him, pointing up his identity as TheSlacker.
* TheSlacker: In contrast to his book counterpart, Disney Baloo is a LazyBum who teaches Mowgli about relaxing, having fun and eating ants.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Bagheera.

->'''Voiced by''': Sebastian Cabot (The Jungle Book), Bob Joles (Rhythm'n Groove, The Jungle Book 2), Creator/ElizabethDaily and Creator/DeeBradleyBaker (Jungle Cubs), Creator/JimCummings (Jungle Cubs, adult), Eartha Kitt (''Mowgli's Story''), Creator/BenKingsley (live-action remake)

Bagheera is the tritagonist of ''The Jungle Book''. He serves as the guardian of "Man-Cub", Mowgli, for most of the original film and the somewhat reluctant companion of Baloo.
* AdaptationalWimp: In the original book, he was one of the jungle's most feared and respected predators. In the Disney version... he isn't. In fact, the universe at large seems to have it in for him, which is only increased in the sequel; [[ButtMonkey if anything bad happens, it tends to happen to him.]]
* BigGood: Serves this role due to being the OnlySaneMan, and very knowledgeable about the jungle and its many dangers.
* ButtMonkey: He's a frequent victim of slapstick in the film: he stumbles backwards into a stream trying to pull Mowgli by his loincloth and then hits his head on a fallen tree trying to raise his head, is accidentally hit by Baloo a couple of times, has a rock fall onto his tail, and those are just a few of his troubles.
* CatsAreSnarkers: Easily the snarkiest character in the movie .
* TheChewToy: He's hit a lot, [[TheWorfEffect probably to show he's enduring]]. He even flew into a creek after the attempt to drag Mowgli to the Village by his loincloth failed.
* TheComicallySerious: Being the OnlySaneMan but also TheChewToy.
* DarkIsNotEvil: A melanistic leopard that is one of the most kindhearted characters in the film.
* DeadpanSnarker
-->'''Baloo:''' Oh, stop worrying, Baggy! Stop worrying! I'll take care of him.\\
'''Bagheera:''' [[SarcasmMode Yes, like you did when the monkeys kidnapped him, huh?]]
* DemotedToExtra: Bagheera in the sequel. Though he's one of the most important characters in both Kipling's book and in the original movie, in the sequel he's barely involved in the plot and [[TheChewToy only shows up to get beat up a lot.]]
%%* GenderBlenderName
* KnightInSourArmor: He grouches and complains almost to the point of being the GrumpyBear of the movie, but all he ultimately wants is for Mowgli to be safe; and he's willing to go through hell in order to ensure the man-cub's survival. He even resorted to dragging Mowgli by his shorts at one point when he stubbornly refused to let go of a small tree.
* {{Narrator}}: In this version.
* OnlySaneMan: He's certainly much saner than Baloo and Mowgli.
* PantheraAwesome: In the book, Bagheera the black panther was born in captivity but escaped into the jungle, becoming one of its most feared and respected predators. His cunning and bravery make him one of the best teachers a young man-cub could ever want.
* PapaWolf: Not as prominent as Baloo, but he does care deeply about Mowgli and is quite overprotective of him, as displayed by his paranoia regarding Baloo and his actions during the temple scene.
* ParentalSubstitute: While Mowgli is RaisedByWolves, Bagheera was the one who found him, and later the one who accompanies him to the man village.
* RedOniBlueOni: Blue to Baloo's Red.
* StealthInsult: He gives a sharp one to Baloo when he tells him he can take care of Mowgli and saying "I'll learn him all I know!"
-->'''Bagheera''': Well, that shouldn't take too long.
* StraightMan: Compared to Baloo, he's a real stick in the mud.
* UndyingLoyalty: Despite how stubborn and arrogant Mowgli can be, he'll do whatever it takes to keep him out of harm's way.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Baloo.


[[folder:Shere Khan]]
->''"'''I''' make my own rules."''
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/GeorgeSanders (''The Jungle Book''), Creator/ThurlRavenscroft (singing), Candy Candido and Clarence Nash (roars) ; Creator/TonyJay (''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', Rhythm'n Groove, ''The Jungle Book 2''), Creator/FrankWelker (roars, Wonderful World of Disney); Creator/JasonMarsden (''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs''); Sherman Howard (''Mowgli's Story''); Creator/IdrisElba (live-action remake)

Shere Khan is the main antagonist of ''The Jungle Book''. A powerful, suave Bengal tiger, Shere Khan had nothing but disdain for his victims. His reputation was such that he needed only to show himself to intimidate the inhabitants of the jungle. His only fears were man's gun and fire.
* AbledInTheAdaptation:
** In the original novel, Shere Khan has a crippled hind leg. He is a man-eater specifically because his disability stops him from being fast enough to catch a deer or a bull. In this movie however, he doesn't have such a disability, making him a more threatening villain.
** Subverted in other adaptations; the Creator/ChuckJones animated short film makes him a white tiger (which would make hunting in the jungle very difficult), and the 2016 live-action movie has him lose an eye [[spoiler: to Mowgli's father's torch]].
* AdaptationalBadass: Shere Khan in the film is far more menacing than he was in the original books. This is especially true in the 2016 movie.
* ArchEnemy: To Mowgli.
* BassoProfundo: Being voiced by Creator/GeorgeSanders and later Creator/TonyJay, this is to be expected.
* TheBerserker: His default mood is thoroughly calm and affable if shrewdly sadistic. Once he actually decides to fight in earnest, he is absolutely savage.
* BigBad: Of the book, Disney movie, and the other film/television adaptations.
* CatsAreMean: Shere Khan's very name is enough to bring a chill down the other animals' spines.
* CatsAreSnarkers: Though he doesn't get many lines, comes across as at least somewhat snarky.
* CharacterExaggeration: While maintaining a menacing presence in all Disney adaptations, it was nuanced slightly in the first film by his more [[LaughablyEvil whimsical, playful demeanor]]. In most later depictions (particularly in the sequel) he is [[KnightOfCerebus much more stoic and sinister in tone]], only having a few subtle comical fluctuations.
* TheComicallySerious: Particularly during his confrontation with Kaa.
* CurbStompBattle: Delivers a nasty one to Baloo in the climax.
%%* DeadpanSnarker
* DisneyVillainDeath:
** Averted in the original film, in which he flees after his tail is tied to a burning branch, and subverted in the sequel, as he survives the fall AND the tiger statue head falling on him.
** [[spoiler: Played completely straight in the 2016 movie.]]
* DoesntLikeGuns: One of the reasons why he hates humans.
* TheDreaded:
** Everyone and their mother is afraid of him. Well, not everyone, but those who [[TooDumbToLive aren't]]...
** Zig-zagged in the book; he is considered a bully and a coward by other animals in the jungle. They just don't bother him because for all that he is a laughingstock, [[BullyingADragon he's still a tiger]].
* EmbarrassingFirstName: In the book, the name his mother gave him is "Lungri", which means [[BilingualBonus "the lame one"]]. His self-given title means "tiger king", and is what all but two characters use to refer to him.
* EvilBrit: He is not the only character to have a British accent (Bagheera and [[HonorableElephant Colonel Hathi]] have one,) but he certainly gives off this vibe.
%%* EvilIsHammy
* EvilSoundsDeep: His one-line VillainSong says it all!
* FauxAffablyEvil: He is well-mannered and polite. Oh, but he still wants to kill you. The fact that he can be so suave and courteous about killing a boy riles Kaa up to no end.
* FinalBoss: In the games.
* GeniusBruiser: A vicious and bloodthirsty, yet also an intelligent and FauxAffablyEvil tiger. This is displayed even moreso in the book when he manipulates the wolves into becoming his minions and turning against Mowgli and Akela.
* HandicappedBadass: He has a limp that prevents him from hunting most other animals in the book - which is why he goes after humans and cattle, things too defenseless or slow to fight back. In the Disney adaptation this is left out, but other adaptations either leave this in or give him a new handicap.
* HeroKiller: Nearly kills Baloo in a CurbStompBattle.
* InkSuitActor: [[http://www.jimhillmedia.com/mb/images/upload/George-Sanders-web.jpg An admitted]] - and [[http://www.wearysloth.com/Gallery/ActorsS/15295-17271.gif downright]] [[http://www.wearysloth.com/Gallery/ActorsS/15295-10082.gif uncanny]] - example.
* JokerImmunity: A rare example of a Disney movie BigBad having this. He not only survives both films, but every Disney adaptation in general, [[spoiler: at least until [[Film/TheJungleBook2016 the 2016 remake]]]] but that's another story.
* KillAllHumans: He hunts down and kills humans who enter his jungle due to his hatred of them.
* KnightOfCerebus: As FauxAffablyEvil as he is, his appearance in the original film stops much of the fun and silly mood and makes things more tense and dark. This is carried UpToEleven where he's concerned in the sequel.
* LargeHam: In the original film.
* LightningBruiser: Is able to nearly outrun Mowgli even while dragging Baloo (who probably weighs more than he does) along behind him.
* ManipulativeBastard: In the book he turns almost the entire wolf pack against Mowgli and Akela.
* MeaningfulName: Shere Khan's name in Hindi means "tiger king" or "king of tigers" ("shere" means tiger, "khan" means king).
* NeverMyFault: In the sequel, he believes Kaa knows where Mowgli is (after hearing the snake grumble "man-cub"), but truthfully, Kaa has no clue where Mowgli is, but Shere Khan won't believe him and continues to threaten the snake. So to save his skin Kaa fearfully lies to the Tiger that Mowgli's at the swamp, allowing him to flee. When Shere Khan arrives at the swamp, with Mowgli, of course, nowhere to be found, he angrily growls "That snake ''lied'' to me!" Well, Shere Khan, you didn't believe Kaa when he told you "I don't know where Mowgli is" Sometimes you just gotta believe the snake when he tells you the truth for once.
* NoNonsenseNemesis: He becomes this in the sequel where his personality is much darker and has no comedic quirks.
* NoSell: Kaa's hypnosis doesn't affect him. Whether's he's naturally immune or just makes sure to break eye contact before any damage is done is not clear.
* OhCrap: [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/villains/images/3/3e/Junglebook-disneyscreencaps.com-7713.jpg Has a moment]] when he realises Mowgli has managed to tie a flaming branch to his tail.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToKillYou: Has this attitude regarding Mowgli and implicitly threatens Kaa under pain of death should he learn that the python has so much as encountered the boy without informing him first, let alone eating him.
* PantheraAwesome: Big time! This tiger is afraid of almost nothing and is implied to be capable to curb-stomp a wolf tribe on his own. And his treatment of Baloo is nothing to sneeze at.
* PreMortemOneLiner: And an incredibly chilling one at that, considering the LighterAndSofter sequel.
-->(''having Lucky by the throat and grinning'')
-->'''Shere Khan''': Isn't it ironic that your name is Lucky?
* RoarBeforeBeating:
** His first pounce towards Mowgli is accompanied by a MightyRoar. Justified because he's not trying to conserve his strength or be sneaky, and has gotten so incensed by Mowgli's defiance that he clearly wants to scare him. [[OhCrap It works]].
** Averted in his opening scene; he stalks a deer in total silence (like a real tiger) rather than loudly charging it, suggesting that he's happy to rely on stealth when he's hunting to eat rather than to satisfy his personal enmity with humans.
* SealedEvilInACan: Becomes stuck in a tiger statue at the end of the sequel. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Had there been a third movie he would have escaped somehow]].
* SissyVillain: Downplayed. He's genuinely feared predators of the jungle (he's mentioned as being stronger than the entire wolf pack combined) however, his wrath is hidden in an amusingly flamboyant, playful and soft spoken demeanor.
* SlasherSmile: Bares a nasty one straight before he mauls Lucky in the sequel.
* SmugSmiler: While he's in FauxAffablyEvil mode however, this is his default expression.
* SmugSnake: While much more dangerous than most examples of this trope (his fearsome reputation is fully justified,) his overconfidence is nonetheless his undoing; in both films he had many chances to kill Mowgli but decided to toy with him instead.
* SoftSpokenSadist: Throughout the first film, he raises his voice only '''twice'''.
* SparedByTheAdaptation:
** He's KilledOffForReal at the end of the original book (though he appears in a flashback story in the sequel), yet he not only survives both animated Disney films, but every adaptation by Disney in general.
** In an alternative ending (storyboarded for the Diamond Edition Blu-Ray), Shere Khan is [[spoiler:killed by Mowgli after Mowgli accidentally pulls the trigger on a hunter's gun.]]
** In the 2013 stage version, [[spoiler: he does in fact burn to death after Mowgli accidentally sets him on fire.]]
* TheStoic: In the sequel.
* SugaryMalice: Almost always outwardly affable and gentlemanly, but his cryptic threats and idle flexing of claws make very clear what his intents are. His interactions with Kaa in particular stand out.
* TranquilFury: While his actual combat behaviour is that of TheBerserker, he is very calm and collected before that times. Particularly pronounced in the sequel, where his slow-burning fury is palpable in every appearance.
* UltimateEvil: For much of the film he isn't seen or heard. We only [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast hear]] and see from other characters that he's [[TheDreaded the most feared]], dangerous creature in the jungle, and even the mention of his name [[KnightOfCerebus often results in a more serious tone]]. Towards the end the tiger finally appears, and while he's FauxAffablyEvil, he's every bit of the Badass he's hyped up to be, especially when he shows his true colors in the final fight. He gets more screentime in the sequel, where he's even more if a KnightOfCerebus.
* WeakToFire: Fire is the only thing Shere Khan truly fears.
* WouldHurtAChild: Why? Because he's human, and still "young and helpless".

->''"He won't be here in the morning."''\\
'''Voiced by:''' Sterling Holloway (''The Jungle Book''); Hal Smith (1977-1983); Creator/JimCummings (1990 - current), Creator/ScarlettJohansson (live-action remake)

Kaa is an enormous python and the secondary antagonist in ''The Jungle Book''.

* AdaptationalVillainy: Kaa provides the trope's page image. In the original book by Creator/RudyardKipling, he was one of Mowgli's friends and a benevolent Badass OldMaster, even saving his life twice.
* AdaptationalWimp: Kaa was also much more badass in the original book - he's not intimidated by anyone, is near-unstoppable, and he's one of the most powerful and feared animals in the jungle because of his [[OldMaster vast knowledge]] and hypnotic powers.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: AdaptationalVillainy aside, the Disney movie's goofy if NotSoHarmless villain is quite different from the wise, serious python from the books.
* AffablyEvil: Despite wanting to eat the hero, he comes off as very polite and soft-spoken.
* BigBadWannabe: He just can't compete with Shere Khan.
* ButtMonkey: Especially in the sequel.
* CharacterExaggeration: Kaa's incompetence and cowardliness are greatly exaggerated in the second movie to the point where he becomes something of a ButtMonkey, whereas in the first he was genuinely menacing yet constantly unsuccessful, and his general fear of Shere Khan (the same as everyone else) is exaggerated to not being able to form full sentences around him.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A known villain who uses a soothing voice/demeanor and the "You can trust me" angle to lure children into his clutches...
* TheDreaded: Not to the same level as his book counterpart, but in the first film Bagheera is genuinely horrified when he sees him hypnotizing Mowgli and is rendered too afraid to move when Kaa turns on ''him'' instead.
-->'''Kaa:''' (''[[TranquilFury in a stern, but calm voice]]'') Look me in the [[HypnoticEyes eye]] when I'm speaking to you!\\
'''Bagheera:''' (''absolutely terrified'') Please, Kaa...\\
'''Kaa:''' ''Both'' eyes, if you please.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: He finds it despicable that Shere Khan wants to kill Mowgli just for being alive, as opposed to him, who wants to eat him to survive.
* EvilIsHammy: Quite fond of EvilGloating.
* HypnoticEyes: He has these type of eyes in the Disney movie, as shown in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-T0I5UepXMA this clip, starting at 0:20]].
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: More so in the sequel. In the original movie, while still ineffectual and LaughablyEvil, he was more threatening.
* LaughablyEvil: A silly, cowardly snake with a lisp who is very funny and entertaining.
%%* ManipulativeBastard: Has his moments.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: People tend to forget that despite Kaa's comical attitude and subservience to Shere Khan, he is considered a very legitimate threat by everyone in the jungle due to his hypnotic eyes, and almost succeeded in eating Mowgli alive ''twice''. In the original film he handily neutralized Baghera, who even cowers before him.
* PlotIrrelevantVillain: Unlike Shere Khan, who causes the plot of the movie with his mere existence, Kaa is nothing more than another obstacle who reminds that danger always lurks in the jungle.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: In the book, Kaa was one of the main mentors for Mowgli. In the Disney adaptation, he was transformed into a villain because apparently it was thought by Disney that audiences wouldn't accept a snake as a heroic character.
* SissyVillain: He's pretty damn camp.
* SnakesAreSinister: A complex example - the original book averted the trope, but all three Disney adaptations play it straight. As a result of AdaptationDisplacement, this has bled into other portrayals of his character. However, more book-faithful adaptations like ''Anime/TheJungleBook'' and ''[[Animation/AdventuresOfMowgli Adventures of Mowgli]]'' also avert the trope by presenting Kaa in his original role as an ally.
* SssssnakeTalk: Particularly during the song "Trust in Me".
* VillainousRescue: He ends up hiding Mowgli from Shere Khan while the latter was looking to kill the man cub, although he did it for obviously selfish and nefarious reasons (he wanted to eat Mowgli for himself).
* VillainSong: "Trust In Me".
* WouldHurtAChild: ...or eat a child.

!Content exclusive to the books

* BadassBoast: Gives one in "Red Dog":
--> '''Kaa''' ''(to Mowgli):'' I have seen a hundred and a hundred rains. Ere Hathi cast his milk-tushes my trail was big in the dust. By the First Egg I am older than many trees, and I have seen all the Jungle has done. [...] [[BadassBoast I have seen all the dead seasons, and the great trees and the old elephants, and the rocks that were bare and sharp-pointed ere the moss grew.]] Art thou still alive, Manling?
* BigDamnHeroes: His arrival at the Cold Lairs completely changes the tide of Bagheera and Baloo's battle against the Monkey-people.
* CoolOldGuy: Kaa is over a hundred years old and thirty feet long. His age hasn't slowed him down one bit.
* CreepyGood: He's one of the most dangerous and feared animals for good reason, and the scene where he hypnotizes the Bandar-log to eat them is deeply unsettling. He's still one of Mowgli's most powerful allies and saves his life twice.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Kaa is noted as often being rather moody and is sometimes easily offended, but he treats Mowgli rather well after Mowgli compliments him for his rescue and the two are rather close afterwards.
* MassHypnosis: He uses a hypnotic dance called "The Dance of the Hunger of Kaa" to hypnotize and consume a large number of monkeys. Only Mowgli is unaffected.
* OldMaster: Kaa is over a hundred years old, and is considered one of the wisest and most powerful animals in the jungle. He is the only animal the monkeys truly fear, and helps Mowgli defeat a pack of dholes who threaten the Seeonee wolf pack. He's also every bit as much a mentor to Mowgli as Baloo and Bagheera are, engaging in friendly wrestling matches.
* TheOmniscient: Kaa is stated to be all-knowing. Again, his age probably contributes to this.

!!Other Characters

[[folder:King Louie]]
->'''Voiced by''': Louis Prima (The Jungle Book), Creator/JimCummings (WesternAnimation/TaleSpin, Rhythm'n Groove), Jason Marsden (Jungle Cubs), Cree Summer (Jungle Cubs), Creator/ChristopherWalken (live-action remake)

King Louie is a rowdy orangutan who was crowned King of the Apes. Unlike most characters in the film, Louie was created by The Walt Disney Company and there was no ape king in the original tale. Louie was animated by Frank Thomas who used Louie's voice artist Louie Prima, to design and animate the character.
* AffablyEvil: Despite wanting to take the gift of Man's Red Flower for himself, he is a genuinely chipper and nice guy who truly loves to party.
* AnimalGenderBender: He does not possess the cheek flanges of male orangutans in real life.
* BreakoutCharacter: Even though he made a small appearance, he's the second most popular character below Baloo. Indeed, he appear also in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.
* CanonForeigner: Louie did not appear in the book.
* CanonImmigrant: He has appeared in a few other works based on the stories that the Disney film is based on, most notably Fables, which, as an afterthought, the creator Bill Willingham described as, "a very good example on why it's best to go back to the source material before one embarks on a major story, rather than rely on often faulty memory of which characters were original canon and which weren't."
* DrivenByEnvy: He kidnaps Mowgli because he wants to become more human - specifically, by making fire.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Disney's original addition to the movie, yet arguably, he feels very much as if he belongs to Mowgli's world.
* FunPersonified: Even more energetic than Baloo.
* IJustWantToBeYou: He sings a musical number "I Wan'na Be Like You" about how much he envies humans.
* InkSuitActor: At least the movements, as the dance of Louie and his apes is based on Prima with his bandmates.
* LargeHam: At least during "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)".
* MisplacedWildlife: The story is set in India, but orangutans live in Indonesia.
* NotSoDifferent: From Baloo, which explains why they're such good friends in the spin-offs.
* OutOfFocus: Louis Prima's widow was unhappy with Jim Cummings' unpermitted likeness to her husband in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' and ''WesternAnimation/JungleCubs'' and threatened a lawsuit. As such Louie was omitted from the sequel, and limited to sparse silent cameos elsewhere to appease this.
* SoulBrotha: Even though he was voiced by an Italian American Jazz Singer named Louie Prima he had some stereotypical African American attributes like speaking street slang also being able to dance really well but since he was an Ape many people found those characteristics offensive.

->'''Voiced by''': J. Pat O'Malley (The Jungle Book), Creator/JimCummings (The Jungle Book 2), Creator/RobPaulsen, Stephen Furst (Jungle Cubs), Marty Ingels (''Mowgli's Story'')

Colonel Hathi is shown to be the leader of a herd of Indian elephants, and he runs the herd similarly to a military squadron. Every day from dawn, Hathi has his unwilling herd march all over the jungle. However, his strict orders and constant marching sometimes cause members to consider a "transfer to another herd". Hathi also has a mate called Winifred and a calf called Hathi, Jr., with both appearing to be part of the army.
* AdaptationalWimp: In the original book he was an aggressive elephant who once destroyed a human village, and is respected by the other animals, even Shere Khan. In the Disney movie he is a pompous and bumbling leader to his troop.
* ColonelBadass: The Disney movie turns him into the Colonel of a pack of elephants.
* DemotedToExtra: Has one scene in the sequel.
* HonorableElephant: Along with his troops.
* MildlyMilitary: The theme, "Colonel Hathi's March", is even a parody of military marches.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Colonel Hathi's "military band" does little else than march around obnoxiously while singing their song.

->'''Voiced by''': Darleen Carr (The Jungle Book), Creator/MaeWhitman (The Jungle Book 2)

Shanti starts off as a minor character in the first movie and was the reason behind Mowgli agreeing to stay in the Man Village. She is Mowgli's best friend and sweetheart.
* AscendedExtra: A OneSceneWonder in the first film, one of the main protagonists in the sequel.
* CharacterisationMarchesOn: In the original film she is basically a pre-teen FilleFatale. Presumably uncomfortable with the implications of this, the sequel's filmmakers remade her into a [[TheDutifulSon Dutiful Daughter]].
* DesignatedLoveInterest: In the original film, since she only appears in one scene.
* DisappearedDad: Her father wasn't seen or mentioned in the sequel, although she mentions him in her song in the first film.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Like Mowgli, Shanti doesn't wear any shoes.
* GenerationXerox: She mentions she's always sent to get the water, and that when she has a daughter, she'll send her to do the same.
* GirlishPigtails: In the original film. In the sequel she has a braided ponytail.
* LoveAtFirstSight: She invokes the trope in Mowgli, but she herself is also quite recipient.
* NiceGirl: A sweet girl who is shown to be very protective of her loved ones.
* NoNameGiven: She wasn't given a name in the original movie.
* OfficialCouple: With Mowgli by the end of the sequel.
* OnlySaneMan: She acts like an adult than most of the other kids in the sequel.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Her dress is dark pink, and she's very much feminine.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: She only has [[OneSceneWonder the one scene]], after all. But it's iconic! It's justified, too; not only is escorting Mowgli to a safe human village the goal of the first film, but she's also the first human girl (if not the first other human, period) Mowgli ever saw, so it makes sense he'd fall for her at first sight.
* ShowSomeLeg: Shanti blatantly does this to Mowgli at the end of the first movie (which she attempts to deny in the second). Lampshaded by Baloo and Bagheera.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Shanti has great fear of the jungle in contrast to Mowgli's obsession of it. She fears nearly every animal the jungle has to offer including snakes, tigers, bears, and even bats. She gets over it at the end.

[[folder:The Vultures]]
->'''Voiced by''' J. Pat O'Malley, Lord Tim Hudson, Chad Stuart, Digby Wolfe

Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy and Dizzy are four vultures and minor characters in ''Jungle Book''. They appear also in the sequel, this time accompanied by a new member, Lucky.
* BlindingBangs: Dizzy has gray hair that covers his eyes.
* CanonForeigner: The vultures aren't present in the book; the most prominent bird character is Chil the Kite.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Averted. Usually (especially in Disney movies) scavengers like vultures are depicted as AlwaysChaoticEvil, but these ones are depicted as friendly and helpful.
* CatchPhrase:
-->'''Buzzie''': So what we gonna do?
-->'''Flaps''': I don't know, what you wanna do?
* CirclingVultures: Averted. While they do show interest when a lonely, depressed and vulnerable Mowgli shows up in their territory, it's more to sate their boredom than their hunger. Aside from a few laughs at his expense, they're otherwise very friendly.
* CowardlyLion: The vultures are terrified of Shere Khan, but that doesn't stop them from directly attacking him when he goes after Mowgli and Baloo. Sort of TruthInTelevision, as scavengers like vultures tend to steer clear of larger, stronger carnivores.
* DeadpanSnarker: Dizzy.
-->'''Buzzie''': Things are right dead all over.
-->'''Ziggy''': You mean you wish they were. (vultures laugh)
-->'''Dizzy''': Very funny.
* {{Nice Guy}}s: They sympathize with sad and alone Mowgli and then sing a FriendshipSong to cheer him up.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: They are patterned after Music/TheBeatles. Oddly, while they do have a musical number, it's a barbershop quartet song as opposed to something sounding similar to the Beatles rock tunes.
* TrueCompanions: They have a musical number about it.
* UnexplainedAccent: For whatever reason, the vultures somehow have English accents and use UK words like "blimey", "lads" and "bloke".

[[folder: Lucky]]
->'''Voiced by''': Music/PhilCollins

A vulture who only appears in the sequel.
* BullyingADragon: In the sequel Lucky gets the brilliant idea of openly mocking Shere Khan to his face. Once he tells Shere Khan where Mowgli is headed just to taunt him... Lucky didn't live up to his name shortly afterwards.
* DisneyDeath: He is attacked and apparently killed by Shere Khan, but near the end of the film it's revealed that he's still alive.
* IronicName: Shere Khan tells him "Isn't it ironic that your name is Lucky?" before attacking him.
* SixthRanger: He joins the other vultures in the sequel.
* TooDumbToLive: He is a brainless ScrewySquirrel who spends the majority of his role taunting Shere Khan over his defeat at the hands of Mowgli as up close as possible inadvertently giving him directions to the mancub's location in the process (before falling victim to a rather nasty beating).

->''"He is our brother in all but blood, and you would kill him. Indeed... I have lived too long."''\\
'''Voiced by:''' John Abbott (''The Jungle Book''); Creator/RobPaulsen (Jungle Cubs); Creator/ClancyBrown (''Mowgli's Story''); Creator/GiancarloEsposito (live-action remake)

Akela is the leader of the wolf pack that adopted Mowgli and raised the child for 10 years.
* BigGood: In the book.
* ADayInTheLimelight: To compensate for his minor role in the film, he gets a prominent appearance in an episode of ''Jungle Cubs''.
* DemotedToExtra: In the Disney movie, along with the rest of the wolf pack. In the sequel he's absent altogether.
* TheMentor: In the book he's by far Mowgli's oldest and wisest ally. While we don't see much of it in the Disney film, it's very much implied with his characterisation.
* NobleWolf: A BigGood wolf.