Although they [[OneSceneWonder only appear as comic relief]] in the movies, the penguins have proven to be {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s to the point that they received their own show, ''ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' and a solo movie. After all, EverythingsBetterWithPenguins.

Note that this character sheet applies only to the TV series canon. For tropes related to the characters in the movie franchises, go [[Characters/{{Madagascar}} here]].
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!Skipper
The leader of a BadassCrew of Commando Penguins, voiced by Creator/DreamWorks animator/TV series co-creator Tom [=McGrath=]. He speaks in a crisp, hard-edged tone like a cool spy from a ''film noir'' movie. In the TV series, Skipper is somewhat abrasive with the other three penguins, often chastizing them and {{Dope Slap}}ping them to keep them in line.
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Tropes associated with Skipper:
* AfraidOfNeedles: In "Needle Point," he goes well out of his way to avoid getting a shot.
* BadAss
* BerserkButton: Okay, so he doesn't go berserk, per se, but Skipper really doesn't like it when you call him fat, or any of its synonyms. He likes to claim it's muscle.
** He '''''really''''' doesn't like Hoboken, NJ.
*** Or Denmark.
* TheCaptain
* DeadpanSnarker
* DopeSlap: Used often on his comrades. Sometimes all three in one swing.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Has shades of this in ''A Kipper for Skipper''. He subjects his comrades to all sorts of difficult and impossible tasks.
* FantasticRacism: He occasionally makes less-than-complimentary remarks towards mammals. He especially dislikes humans.
** Despite this he genuinely respects Marlene, and has openly said that she's smart, despite claiming that mammals have low intelligence
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Choleric.
* GoodIsNotNice: Technically the penguins are the heroes of the series. ''Technically.''
** "Technically" nothing, they ARE openly heroic and have good intentions...even if they are usually [[HeroicComedicSociopath needlessly ruthless and have little concern for collateral damage]]
* TheHero: Occasionally, he and the others ''do'' come off as [[JerkAss jerks]], but they almost always save the day in the end.
* ItsAllMyFault: Done twice. The first time was when he poked a hole in Julien's bouncy house causing him to lose his crown (though he blamed part of it on Marlene for provoking him); the other, when one of the chimps causes him and the penguins to spin out and lose a race to the lemurs. In the latter episode, also he accepts full responsibility despite the fact he did nothing to cause it. He even said they would have his resignation in the morning because of his shame and guilt.
** NeverMyFault: The one time it was his fault, he pinned the blame on Private.
* LargeHam: Lots of dramatic closeups and exaggerated gestures accompany his powerful paranoia and give the impression that Skipper has trained at the WilliamShatner school of acting. His tendency to clutch a flipper to his chest when upset gives one the permanent suspicion that he's suffering from some sort of heart condition.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: He fell for Arlene (Marlene in disguise due to chlorine accident) and became kinda StalkerWithACrush.
* TheNicknamer: He almost always refers to Julien as "Ringtail," Mort as "Sad Eyes" and Max as "moon cat."
* NoodleIncident: The Danes don't like him for some reason.
** As one episode showed, it apparently had something to do with it ending in a fish-sword fight, among others.
* OddCouple / OddFriendship: With Marlene. They are certainly friends and honestly respect and trust one another. Even though Marlene's friendly and level-headed nature clashes with Skipper's raving paranoia
** Also with King Julien. The two were described as ''best friends'' by Dr. Blowhole and Skipper's fellow penguins end up more or less ''agreeing''.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Mostly Officer.
* [[PersonaNonGrata Penguin Non Grata]]: As stated above, he can't set foot in Denmark due to Hans the Puffin making him Public Enemy Number One.
* ProperlyParanoid: Sometimes. Other times, he wears the paranoia cap too long.
** His tendency to overreact to situations new to him gets subverted in its own right: in one of the specials the show had, he and the other penguins get stuck in Hoboken's Zoo, which has all of their former villains reformed. Skipper's thoughts about this? He comes up with a plot about them being taken over by robot clones. [[spoiler:He was right.]]

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!Kowalski
The team genius and gadgeteer, voiced by Creator/JeffBennett. Kowalski builds all of the crazy technology that the other penguins use (and quite a lot that they don't use) and helps come up with plans.
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Tropes associated with Kowalski:
* {{Adorkable}}: Especially when he's excited.
* BambooTechnology: Kowalski reguarly builds amazing things out of elastic bands, coffee cups, lollipop sticks and duct tape.
* BerserkButton: Skipper learned the hard way what that was in the ep Goodnight and Good Chuck.
* BiTheWay: He dated a female dolphin once, but in "Pet Peeved" he shouts out "I love you" to Skipper when he is taken away.
* BunglingInventor: His invention do have a AWFUL tendency to backfire, with Skipper showing skepticism of them working.
* ButtMonkey: Often receives the brunt of Amusing Injuries, SanitySlippage and just being a BunglingInventor.
* CannotTellAJoke:
-->'''Private''': There's two of you! That's a great trick!
-->'''Kowalski''': Private, can you recall a time when I have ever played a trick or even told a joke?
** He ''has'' attempted to tell jokes since that episode... but they tend to fall flat.
* CaptainObvious: "Kowalski, report!" Followed by Kowalski making a blatantly obvious statement.
* TheChewToy: His massive ego always makes sure he has it coming to him every time.
* DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments of this.
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* DitzyGenius: Many of his inventions and plans are...questionable.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Melancholic.
* GadgeteerGenius: The team's primary source of HomemadeInventions.
* HomemadeInventions: His specialty.
* IHaveNoIdeaWhatImDoing: Practically his CatchPhrase. Apart from, "For SCIENCE!"
* InsufferableGenius: Kowalski is ''incredibly'' arrogant about how intelligent he is, bordering on narcissism.
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* LargeHam: Not particularly to Skipper's degree, but he's keeping up.
* LoveHurts: his one-sided love of Doris the dolphin.
-->'''Julien''': Ooh, the dolphin-lady who broke him? Yes, he does go on and on about her.
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* MadScientist: A more low-key version, but still as mad as it can get.
-->'''Skipper''': Kowalski, have you ''ever'' invented anything that doesn't eventually threaten to destroy us all?
-->'''Kowalski''': Let me think. Uhhhhh... No.
* MagicVersusScience: Is extremely skeptical of anything with a 'supernatural' bent. ''Can'', however, be convinced of its veracity if the problem persists long enough.
* NerdsAreSexy: Arguably, he's the one with the most fans.
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The things he does ForScience sometimes result in this, such as his KickTheDog moment in "Friend-in-a-Box" (taking the circuit board from Mort's video game) that earns him a WhatTheHellHero from the others.
* NumberTwo: With the rank of Lieutenant, when Skipper goes AWOL, Kowalski does his best to take charge.
* PapaWolf: To Jiggles.
* PhraseCatcher: In early episodes, Skipper would often say "Kowalski, options." or "Kowalski, report." to him. This catch phrase has cropped up again halfway through season 2.
* PuppyDogEyes: Sports a particularly huge pair in the animatic for "It's About Time".
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Rico's red.
* SanitySlippage: Is prone to this in most of his ButtMonkey instances.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Inverted, as he's the tallest of the four.
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* SniffSniffNom: His usual method of handling evidence, including chameleon footprints and a strand of King Julien's fur.

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!Rico
The big, dumb guy of the team, voiced by JohnDiMaggio. Usually, he speaks in short grunts, but his speech has become a little more coherent in later episodes of the series. Rico's main job is to spit up any sort of device that the other penguins need. Look closely and see that Rico actually has a scar over his beak, possibly from too much hacking up of stuff.
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Tropes associated with Rico:
* AllergicToLove: In one episode, it's stated that he has "mushy love sensitivity."
* AscendedExtra
* AxCrazy: Rico ''really'' loves StuffBlowingUp and anything else that's destructive.
** Taken to the extreme in "Kaboom and Kabust"; the other three penguins have to '''constantly''' keep him under control (which is why they almost never let Rico explode things,) otherwise Rico loses it completely and destroys everything he can find.
* BerserkButton: His berserk buttons are messing with his dolly or hurting his friends, especially Skipper.
* TheBigGuy: He's a bit sturdier than the other three.
* BiTheWay: Lots of characters suggest this, but as well as having a toy doll girlfriend, Rico probably has the most moments of being attracted to the other penguins.
* ChainsawGood: As Private said in one episode, "Oh, Rico! Chainsaw's YourAnswerToEverything!"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: See DumbMuscle below.
* DumbMuscle: The episode "Friend In A Box" has Kowalski make a mind-reading device. When the other two penguins are disgusted with Kowalski (and he with himself), Rico thinks only "Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiish". When the other two penguins are proud of him, Rico ''still'' thinks, "Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiish". There are many other examples of Rico not being too bright...
* {{Flanderization}}: In the movies, the only thing Rico ever spits up is a paper clip. Somehow, this got magnified to him being a StomachOfHolding. [[TropesAreNotBad Not that this is a bad thing]] - on the contrary it's hilarious.
** Admittedly in the second movie Rico does start pulling other things - like a switchblade, for example - out of nowhere, and then putting them away again, and regurgitation is as good a reason as any. But nothing particuarly lol-worthy comes up - it's still majorly flanderised.
*** A promo for the third movie has him smoothly vomiting up a match. Maybe they are starting to take cues from the show?
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Sanguine.
* HoYay:[[invoked]] "Kaboom and Kabust" very blatantly ships him with King Julien.
** I always thought it was him being shipped with explosions.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: At times, his speech can be understood fairly easily, especially in later episodes. Either way, if what he's saying is important to the plot, the other penguins will usually [[RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear provide some sort of translation]].
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Or ''crazier''. See "Hello, Dollface" or "Kaboom and Kabust".
* MadBomber: He has periods when his first response to ''anything'' is to cough up a stick of dynamite and a match.
-->'''Rico''': ''Kaboom kaboom kaboom?''\\
'''Skipper''': ''Rico, '''enough''' with the dynamite already.''
* NightmareFetishist: Rico is perfectly happy with things that give the other penguins nightmares. Like serenely munching away on popcorn while watching a brutal NatureDocumentary with penguins getting gobbled up by leopard seals. And when Kowalski and Private are clearly horrified/nauseated at Skipper's broken flipper in "I Was a Penguin Zombie," Rico looks… a little too interested.
** In "Roger Dodger", as Roger is being pummeled offscreen by the rats, Rico stares at said beatdown, a blank smile on his face, his left eye twitching, and licks his beak at the end.
* OverlyLongTongue: Possibly concealed within the StomachOfHolding most of the time.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: So very much.
* RedOniBlueOni; The red to Kowalski's blue.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Later episodes add a running gag of him randomly singing "Fiiiiiiiiiissssh!" in a deep and clear voice.
* [[SilentSnarker Unintelligible Snarker]]: Frequently.
* StomachOfHolding: Exaggerated; he can spit up almost ''anything'' he or the other penguins need. In one episode, Mort requires an ''elevator'' to get to the bottom of his stomach to remove a bomb. There's also a staircase, but the elevator is faster.
* TokenEvilTeammate
* TooKinkyToTorture: In "Needle Point", after Rico gets his shot, he actually doesn't seem to mind the pain too much, scooching his butt around on the floor. Or perhaps he just likes comforting the pain. Either way he looks really kinky.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: ''Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiish!''

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!Private
The youngest member of the team. Voiced by James Patrick Stuart, he tends to be the most sane and logical — at least in comparison to Skipper's paranoid delusions, Kowalski's mad science, and Rico's love for explosions. Sometimes he's also got a little bit of childish naïveté. He has a tendency to get the sucker jobs.
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Tropes associated with Private:
* {{Adorkable}}: There seems to be an in-universe consensus on this, with both Skipper and Kowalski reassuring him of being "Adorable!" on separate occasions. They also use this trait as a tactic once in awhile, and it even features as a plot point in one of the episodes, wherein he becomes jealous that his "title" has been handed over to someone else.
* BadassAdorable: His cuteness is actually ''weaponized'' in "Cute-astrophe".
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Private can pull off a MomentOfAwesome just as easily as any of the other penguins. Betraying his belief that [[RousseauWasRight all animals are basically good]] also serves as a BerserkButton for him.
* BishieSparkle: Parodied, his weaponized cuteness includes a spontanously generated ''rainbow''.
** In High moltage where he was molting, it had the opposite effect of REALLY grossing people out.
* CheerfulChild
* CloserToEarth
* TheConscience: Though usually holding the moral high ground, he also tends to be rather timid when first voicing his concerns, gradually losing his patience as HilarityEnsues.
* CutenessProximity: Honed to the point of becoming an incredibly effective weapon in "Cute-astrophe".
* DarkAndTroubledPast[=/=]TheGunslinger: Parodied when Private's {{backstory}} is revealed in "Mr. Tux". He used to be a hardcore miniature golf player in Florida.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: The cause of his crush on student nurse Shawna.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Supine.
* TheHeart: Spelled out in "Command Crisis."
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: His crush on HospitalHottie Shawna in "LoveHurts" led him to deliberately injure himself. When the others threaten to come between them, he improvises a [[WoundedGazelleGambit Wounded Penguin Gambit]].
* NiceGuy: According to Julien, he's the nicest guy in the zoo.
* SanityBall: Most often, it's in his flippers. "Skorca!" inverts the situation by having him paranoid about the title character and the other penguins not believing him.
* SweetTooth: See below.
* TokenGoodTeammate
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Peanut butter winky. Also butterscotch lollipops.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: He's afraid of badgers, and not fond of cockroaches.
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!Jiggles
A gelatinous Green Cube creation of Kowalski that nearly killed the penguins twice

* BlobMonster: Well he more gelatinous than a blob but he does fit it.
* DubNameChange: "Flubbi" in the German dub.
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!King Julien XIII
A ring-tailed lemur and (apparently self-proclaimed) king. Egomaniacal and ditzy, he's the closest thing the show has to a recurring antagonist. But at the same time, the penguins tolerate him when he's not being ''that'' big of a jerk. Julien "rules" over a small empire also comprising Maurice and Mort (see below). Voiced by Danny Jacobs.
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Tropes associated with King Julien:
* AmbiguouslyGay[=/=]BiTheWay: He likes to dance; he's obsessed with his own booty; he gives bedroom eyes; he's [[{{Crossdresser}} dressed in drag on occasion]] (though that may be even less significant to his actual sexuality than in RealLife crossdressers, as he normally wears nothing but his crown); despite his attempts at maintaining a ladies' man image, he was unfamiliar enough with females that he didn't know where mammal babies come from, and was disgusted to find out the truth (though that may just be simple CloudCuckooLander status); and one episode blatantly ships him with Rico. Oh yeah, and he even said that he has a GirlfriendInCanada. On the other hand, he "courted" Marlene twice and has hit on Rico's Ms Perky doll. WildMassGuessing has also pegged him as Ambiguously {{Transsexual}}, thanks to the AnimalGenderBender mentioned below.
** Taken to its limits with Julien in "It's About Time," when he sees Skipper and Private wrestling over the episode's MacGuffin and begins poking Maurice.
-->'''Julien''': Ah, look at them Maurice. Why can't we play affectionately like that?
* AnimalGenderBender: RealLife lemur groups are ruled by females. Then again, now he's in a zoo with only two other lemurs, both of which are male, and he's probably the nearest thing they've got. Also, when he claims Eggy is his, Kowalski says mammals can't lay eggs and asks if he's part platypus, without mentioning that males don't lay eggs either. (Then again, see above.)
* AntiHero: The closest thing the show has to a recurring antagonist - but he also repeatedly helps out the penguins when it benefits him.
** NominalHero
* AnythingThatMoves: Forget AmbiguouslyGay or BiTheWay, it's easier to believe that Julien just loves to be admired, and doesn't care whether that admiration is sexual or otherwise.
* AttentionWhore
* BerserkButton / HatesBeingTouched: Never, EVER touch King Julien's feet. And if you ever decide to ''skate'' over them... well, say hello to Julienderung.
** "Friend-in-a-Box" suggests that a FreudianExcuse may be involved. After Mort becomes obsessed with a portable video game, Julien goes out of his way to try and force Mort upon his feet, claiming that he wants to experience the joy of kicking Mort off. Eventually, he even goes so far as to beg Maurice and the penguins to pay attention to the royal feet.
** NEVER forget or ignore King Julien Day, for that matter... "Which forgetter is next for the whooping?! Come on, I want you to hurt LIKE I DO! [[EvilLaugh UAHAHAHAHAA!]]"
* BuffySpeak: A normal part of his speech pattern, along with Malaproping; he frequently makes comments like "What is up with the unbig tiny-littleness of my royal estate?"
* TheCaligula: Parodied by his existence.
* CastingGag: When the celebrity voice actors were replaced in the transition from the film to the series, Creator/SachaBaronCohen (Julien's voice actor in the movies) was replaced by Danny Jacobs. Jacobs previously played an impersonation of Cohen's ''Film/{{Borat}}'' character in ''EpicMovie''.
* [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous King]]: Thanks to his believing that [[ItsAllAboutMe It's All About Him]], he quickly gets jealous when somebody/something else is getting the attention he thinks he deserves.
** He also doesn't like that Marlene is crushing on Fred rather than him. He doesn't give a reason ''why'' this makes him so upset, other than that Marlene was "in love with Julien" the whole time before... which was another lie.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Part of King Julien's regular speech pattern.
* DistressedDude
* EvilLaugh: Not as amazing as other Nicktoons, but pretty close. Usually PlayedForLaughs, much like most of the tropes on this page.
* FatAndSkinny: Skinny Julien is the silly one, and fat Maurice is the StraightMan.
* {{Flanderization}}: A bit more of a JerkAss than in the movies, but he still has his moments (such as saving [[spoiler:Skipper]]'s life in one episode). His dialect is also noticeably stronger.
* FriendlyEnemy: To Skipper. The two spend most of their shared screentime arguing and generally being annoyed by each other, but Skipper will go out of his way to help Julien, and Julien has gone to Skipper to have his problems fixed. They were actually mistaken as 'BFF's by Skipper's ArchNemesis Dr. Blowhole... and the other penguins said he had a point.
-->'''Julien:''' So I face danger and the adventure of a lifetime and nobody will ever know about it?!
-->'''Skipper''': Welcome to my world. That makes you an honorary penguin.
-->'''Julien''': Does that mean I am your BFF?
-->'''Skipper''': Eehh... we'll keep that code on the QT.
* IAmNotWeasel: In one episode, he tries to tell a CrazyCatLady that he is not a kitty.
* IncidentalVillain: Being a spoiled ego-maniacal control freak, he's the most common antagonist on the show, with his schemes often being the catalyst for larger plots or being the main threat of the episode. But, despite being something of a JerkAss, he is only casually disliked by the rest of the cast. The other characters tolerate him when he's not doing anything antagonistic, since he's not generally a bad guy, just a spoiled jerk who occasionally screws with people to get his own way.
* InSeriesNickname: "Ringtail."
* ItsAllAboutMe: He is the King, and so ''obviously'' is more important than any non-kingly animals, right?
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He has his moments of being... less mean to the others.
* LargeHam: With a side of {{Keet}}
* {{Malaproper}}: He is a bit of a word mangler. Examples include "These stitions are very super!" and "No one will be [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar sucking seed]]!"
* ManChild: He has a tendency to throw childish tantrums, and on one occasion starts talking to his cuddly toys when he's depressed.
* {{Narcissist}}: To the point that he has distinct ho yay with a robot copy of himself.
* NiceHat: His crown. He loves it a lot.
* PapaWolf: To save the baby Fusa from a snake. He even tells the snake to eat him first when they get cornered, hoping his fuzzy build will make it choke so it can't eat the baby.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: Nothing major, but the end of his short Congaga song in 'Eclipsed' is rather impressive, especially considering his usual voice is not all that pleasant.
* SixthRanger: When the squad is lacking in numbers, Julien often comes in as a substitute.
* TheSociopath: King Julien displays far too many of the typical sociopathic qualities to ignore this trope.
* TokenEvilTeammate
* TrueCompanions: Among himself, Maurice and Mort. Arguably.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist
* UpperClassTwit
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: The same general quasi-African accent in the movie, only (as mentioned above) more exaggerated.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: He dressed as a cheerleader in the episode "Miracle On Ice" and was jealous of Skipper's "pretty pink bow" in "Miss Understanding". The "wholesome" is debateable, but his un-wholesome characteristics are not related directly ''to'' the crossdressing.

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!Maurice
An aye-aye who serves as King Julien's right hand man and advisor, although Julien rarely follows his advice. Although he seems easily annoyed by Julien's antics, Maurice isn't above saving his life. Voiced by Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson.
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Tropes associated with Maurice:

* TheBigGuy: See FatAndSkinny, above.
* ChessmasterSidekick: Has shades of this. At times, it seems that he ''really'' doesn't want to be part of Julien's world, but for some reason he stays faithful.
* CloserToEarth: He is easily the sanest of the three lemurs.
* FourFingeredHands: A strange aversion. Maurice has five fingers/toes, yet Julien and Mort each have four.
* FunnyAnimalAnatomy: [[http://www.google.co.uk/images?um=1&hl=en&rlz=1T4ACAW_enGB342GB344&biw=1345&bih=481&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=aye+aye&aq=f&aqi=g10&aql=&oq= This is what a real aye-aye looks like.]] Eek.
* OnlySaneMan: When you're working for someone like Julien, of course someone has to be there to rationalize with him.
* ServileSnarker

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!Mort
A mouse lemur who is also part of Julien's companions. He is pretty much there to be the victim of physical comedy, although Marlene in particular seems to care for him. Voiced by Andy Richter.
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Tropes associated with Mort:
* BadassAdorable: Although small, dumb and pathetic, he's shown to be capable of beating Skipper at arm wrestling. Another episode has him ''uprooting trees''.
* BerserkButton: Not surprisingly, King Julien's feet, as indicated by his reaction to being separated from them.
* TheChewToy: To the point where he's declared [[FeelNoPain too dumb to feel pain]]. Lampshaded in one episode, where he says, "Yay, I'm expendable!"
* CloudCuckooLander
* DisabilitySuperpower: In "Sting Operation", it's revealed that he's literally too stupid to feel pain.
* TheDitz:
-->"Which of the colours is blue?"
* FearlessFool: See above.
* FeelNoPain: Also see above.
* ICallHimMisterHappy: Non-genital example. He's named his tail "Rodney".
* InSeriesNickname: "Sad Eyes".
* OlderThanTheyLook: WordOfGod is that he's actually the lemur equivalent of a thirty-five-year-old. Mouse lemurs simply [[http://www.google.co.uk/images?rlz=1T4ACAW_enGB342GB344&q=mouse+lemur&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi&biw=1345&bih=481 look like babies their whole lives]].
* PasteEater:
-->"I'll get the glue."\\
"To eat?!"\\
"NO!"
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter
* SmallAnnoyingCreature
* TagalongKid: Quite often.
* TeamPet: He's either TagalongKid, this or both.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: A completely unidentifiable one. It usually comes across as heavily warped BabyTalk.
* {{Yandere}}: Mort is quite devoted to King Julien, and not just to the royal feet.

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!Mason and Phil
A pair of chimpanzees. Mason is a stuffy British-accented one (voiced by Conrad Vernon), while Phil is mute and communicates only through sign language.
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Tropes associated with Mason and Phil:
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: Thanks to greater focus on them (compared to their OneSceneWonder status in the original movies), Mason's NeatFreak nature and Phil's relaxed and slovenly behavior have been revealed and developed.
* FourFingeredHands: Averted for the sake of Phil's sign language.
* NeverLearnedToRead: Mason is illiterate. Phil, on the other hand, is the penguin's go-to translator, with Mason translating his signing.
* OddCouple: Phil is a total slob, much to NeatFreak Mason's chagrin.
* RoadApples: Mason mentions throwing poo a couple of times, though this is never seen on-screen.
* ShownTheirWork: Phil's sign language is completely accurate.
* TheSpeechless: Phil.

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!Marlene
A female otter who tolerates the penguins. Playful and kind, she tries to see the best in others and is one of the only characters who cares for Mort's well-being. Voiced by Creator/NicoleSullivan.
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Tropes associated with Marlene:
* ActionGirl: Has saved Skipper and Kowalski's lives on separate occasions.
* TheChick
* {{Expy}}: Arguably, she's one for Gloria the hippo and/or Alex the lion.
* HartmanHips: At the very least, she's obviously more curvy than your average otter.
* JekyllAndHyde: If she leaves the zoo grounds, she becomes feral. Creator/DeeBradleyBaker voices her feral side.
* OnlySaneMan: Along with Maurice, she seems to be the only one trying to reason with the main characters. She even tries to provide some stable ground when Skipper seems to be losing it.
* PlayfulOtter: Love of clams? Check. Playful and cute? Check.
* SlidingScaleOfBeauty: World Class Beauty as Arlene.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: She's the only protagonistic female character.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: Due to being born in captivity, whenever she leaves the confines of the zoo's walls she goes 'feral', which results in an increase in strength, speed, and ferocity, but a decrease in intelligence.
* WomenAreWiser: In comparison to the penguins (save for Private). Often overlaps with OnlySaneWoman.

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!Alice
Voiced by Mary Scheer. She is a zookeeper who doesn't seem to care too much for her job, and expresses annoyance at tour groups.
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Tropes associated with Alice:
* {{Jerkass}}: And she usually [[ButtMonkey suffers]] for it.

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!Dr. Blowhole
A mad scientist and primary antagonist to Skipper. At first, he was only mentioned in passing by Skipper, leading to Marlene's belief the Cat he didn't exist. The half-hour "Dr. Blowhole's Revenge" showed him to be real. Voiced by Creator/NeilPatrickHarris.
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Tropes associated with Dr. Blowhole:
* ArchEnemy: To Skipper. Also, at least with the technology and science department, to Kowalski.
* BiggerBad: Is mentioned as Skipper and the Penguins' ArchEnemy, but rarely appears or has a large effect on the series.
* BadAssBookworm: He might be an extremely intelligent scientist who doesn't fight often, but when we actually see him fight, he's able to go toe to toe with Skipper in a prolonged fight.
* DisproportionateRetribution: He tried to flood the world in revenge for being used as a show dolphin.
* FriendlyPlayfulDolphin: Subverted.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Francis.
* EvilIsBigger: He towers over the penguins.
* EyeBeams: Can fire a laser from his cybernetic eye.
* GiantEnemyCrab: Has lobster henchmen, and also made Crome Claw, a giant lobster with a metal claw.
* GenreSavvy: He's smart enough to know to NOT leave his enemies in a DeathTrap and then leave the room, he stays to watch unless it'd kill him as well.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Has a scar over his right eye that's just barely visable under the metal plate covering it.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Ultimately has his memory erased by his own machine.]]
* InsistentTerminology: No, Julien, he's ''not'' a fish.
* LargeHam
* MadScientist
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:He and Doris are siblings.]]
* SapientCetaceans
* TailfinWalking: He stands on his tail-fins on an electric scooter.
* VerbalTic: He has habit of pronouncing penguins as "peng-you-ens". According to Kowalski, he probably does it just to tick them off. While not exactly verbal, he also has a habit of having his computer dramatically announce the names of his creates.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: He fits it to an E.
** Debatable, after all, half the main protagonists are [[HeroicComedicSociopath Heroic Sociopaths]] with little to no concern for collateral damage
* VillainSong: Get's a few in "Doctor Blowhole Strikes Back" (ItMakesSenseInContext). It's actually a ''plot point'' that he gets the best songs. Most noteable being "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b67O9qr8NXA&feature=related Brand New Plan]]", which is a pretty straight up VillainSong. Helps he's voiced by Creator/NeilPatrickHarris.
* WeHaveReserves
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: Kowalski [[RunningGag complains about]] [[GreenEyedMonster bad guys]] ''[[GreenEyedMonster always]]'' [[GreenEyedMonster getting the coolest stuff]], but it's never explained where he gets the resources required for them.
* XanatosSpeedChess: He normally has a plan to begin with, but is far from incapable of improvising on the fly. Refrenced in "[[VillainSong Brand New Plan]]", where he points out that, despite things having not gone as he planned, it'll work out perfectly for him and makes up a new plan on the fly.

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!Fred
A not-too-bright squirrel who lives in the park. When the penguins leave the zoo, they often cross paths with him. Voiced by Fred Stoller.
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Tropes associated with Fred:
* TheDitz
** GeniusDitz: He actually does know the answer to the question that scientists have been trying to figure out for years; how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
* EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels: Averted, as he's both dumb and pretty mellow.
* LiteralMinded: Spelled out in one episode where Marlene tries to date him. She asks him to show her the town and he answers by pointing and saying, "That way."

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!Joey
An ill-tempered, violent kangaroo with a stereotypical Australian accent. Antagonist to both the penguins and the lemurs most of the time.
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Tropes associated with Joey:
* AnimalGenderBender: He has a pouch.
* AustralianAccent: He shares a voice actor with British-accented Private.
* HairTriggerTemper: He'll beat up other animals just for being in his habitat... and deliberately keep them there so that he can beat them up some more if they try to escape.
* StupidEvil: When fighting the "skorca", he beats off the penguins first because he doesn't want ''them'' to win against it. Skipper calls him out on it, but Joey dismisses him on the grounds that "Joey doesn't share".
* ThirdPersonPerson: Lampshaded in "Kanga Management".
* TheWorfEffect: Officer X and Eggy have pulled one on him.

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!Max
A stray cat whom the penguins first meet in a failed attempt to fly to the moon. Max has reappeared in several episodes, often seeking help from the penguins. Voiced by Wayne Knight.
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Tropes associated with Max:
* TheCameo: He appears for about two seconds in "The Helmet".
* InSeriesNickname: "Moon Cat". It's lampshaded by him when he points out that he's not really from the moon.
* LovableCoward: Nearly always appears when fleeing a threat of some sort.
* TastesLikeFriendship: In his debut, he gives up trying to eat the penguins (who are unaware of his intentions) when they hand him some food. He so rarely gets food on his own that he is grateful, and pretty much remains their friend after that.
* YankTheDogsChain: In his introduction, he falls for SchmuckBait; a pigeon trolls him by pretending to be unable to fly. The pigeon then rubs it in his face and flies off, leaving a starving Max to wish for a bird that couldn't fly. He spends an awful lot of time being the ButtMonkey even after the penguins give him food.

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!Officer X
An animal control officer who has made repeated, failed attempts to capture the penguins while they're out on the town. After getting thwarted by the penguins in one episode, he loses his job and reappeared later on as an exterminator and so on. Voiced by Cedric Yarbrough.
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Tropes associated with Officer X:
* BadassBeard: [[spoiler:before it was ripped out by tape thanks to the penguins]]. It grew back though.
* BaldOfEvil
* Cloudcuckoolander: most people think he this cause lets face it, when you hear you keep losing to Penguins, it doesn't send the image of a sane person.
* CoolShades
* NoNameGiven:
-->'''Alice''': X, eh? Is that the name your ''mommy'' gave you?
-->'''Agent X''': Mother never told me my real name. Said it was [[ClassifiedInformation classified]].
* RealMenWearPink: His exterminator uniform is pink.
* ScaryBlackMan
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Because of the penguins, of course!
* TheWorfEffect: Pulls one on Rico and one on Joey.

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!Rat King
A large, muscular sewer rat with a heavy East-Side accent and a tendency to say "Dude!" and "Awesome!" a lot, who often antagonizes the penguins. Voiced by DiedrichBader.
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Tropes associated with Rat King:
* DumbMuscle
* GullibleLemmings: In "Rat Fink", he blindly follows what he believes to be the true rat king, despite the PaperThinDisguise. He only becomes confused when the invasion plan is put into action.
* HustlingTheMark: See ObfuscatingStupidity.
* {{Mook}}s: The other sewer rats who follow him.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He and the rats pretend not to know the rules of ice hockey before the penguins challenge him to a game. It turns out they were hustling the penguins, and the rats curb-stomp them.
* RecurringCharacter: So far, he's appeared in a total of eight episodes.
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Exaggerated; he's ''taller than the penguins''. This is because he's a genetically modified lab rat.
** LargeAndInCharge
* TheWorfEffect: He seems to exist only for the Penguins to have moments of awesome against him.
* YouDirtyRat

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!Roger
A large, friendly alligator. Although the others are terrified of him at first, they grow to like him once they find that he is pacifistic and friendly. Eventually he moves into a habitat in the zoo. Voiced by Richard Kind.
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Tropes associated with Roger:
* AmbiguouslyGay: A friendly, sensitive, soft-voiced alligator who wants to sing Broadway tunes and bake muffins to placate his enemies…
* ChekhovsGun: His singing in "Roger Dodger".
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: When he's in a confined space with the penguins, he becomes a menace simply by turning around.
* GentleGiant: He has to undergo a mind-swap with Rico at one point because he's simply not aggressive, which makes him an easy target for the sewer rats.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: He seems genuinely annoyed at Julien's pranking in the "April Fools" episode.
* ReluctantMonster
* SewerGator: Roger is a sewer gator who is good friends with the penguins.

!Burt
The resident elephant at the zoo. Though normally an easygoing guy, he's easily annoyed by anyone messing with his food. But if you ''do'' manage to set him off...
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Tropes associated with Burt:
* BewareTheNiceOnes
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Peanuts.

!Leonard
A paranoid koala who first appears in "Night and Dazed". He is rather afraid of the penguins in their attempts to be nice to him, mainly because he's often the target of unintentional injury. Voiced by Dana Snyder.

* AustralianAccent: Strangely averted.
* NotSoDifferent: as seen in "Kanga Management". Because he's nocturnal and Joey's diurnal, Joey is angered by Leonard always doing something when trying to sleep...but at the end, they bond when they realize that they [[spoiler:both hate the penguins]].
* ProperlyParanoid: You would be too, if the penguins accidentally blew up your habitat.

!Eggy
An adorable little duckling whose egg came under the penguins' care during "Parental Egg-Stinct". After hatching and being returned to Mama Duck, he showed an innate talent for Skipper's style of leadership.
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Tropes associated with Eggy:
* AllYourPowersCombined: Thanks to being cared and trained by the penguins while still an egg. At the end, Julien teaches him how to dance, resulting in Eggy talking like Julien (see BuffySpeak above).
* BadassAdorable
* BuffySpeak: He copies Julien's idiosyncratic speech patterns.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: With King Julien.
* TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour: How Mama Duck views his obsession with combat and commando operations.
* {{Tykebomb}}: Leads to DefusingTheTykebomb in "Hard Boiled Eggy".

!Kitka
A falcon who crash-landed in the zoo, setting off the events of "The Falcon and the Snow Job" and serving as Skipper's TemporaryLoveInterest as he fought to clear her good name.
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Tropes associated with Kitka:
* CarnivoreConfusion: Directly acknowledged and the root of the others' distrust. She tries to allay concerns by swearing not to eat anyone in the zoo. [[spoiler: She didn't know that they also had friends ''outside'' the zoo, like Fred.]]
* ClearTheirName
* FallingInLoveMontage
* GirlOfTheWeek
* LoveAtFirstSight
* ShipSinking: Didn't make any impact on the Skipper/Marlene fanbase. Possibly lampshaded by Skipper; even he admits that it wasn't working out.

!Hans
A puffin who has a dark history with Skipper. Whatever happened in Denmark is between Skipper, him and the Danes.
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Tropes associated with Hans:
* AffablyEvil: His first episode revolves around him trying to make peace with [[spoiler: Skipper, but it turns out to be an act.]]
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Played with in the ep Smotherly Love.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: Attempted to [[InvokedTrope Invoke]] this, [[EpicFail but]]:
--->'''Hans''': --And I kissed your ''sister''! On the ''lips!''\\
'''Skipper''': I don't ''have'' a sister. And if I did, she wouldn't have lips.\\
'''Hans''': ...Oh. Then who ''did'' I kiss?
* DubNameChange: To "Lars" in the German dub. [[SarcasmMode Since villains could never have a good traditional German name, like Hans, or Adolf, or...]]

!Clemson
A lemur who was mailed from Hoboken Zoo to Central Park and back.
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Tropes associated with Clemson:
* SycophanticServant: [[spoiler: He comes off like this at first towards Julien, but it turns out to be a rather non-fatal version of...]]
** [[spoiler:TheStarscream]]

!Savio
A boa constrictor who was temporarily transferred from Hoboken Zoo to Central Park.
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Tropes associated with Savio:
* Badass: Unlike Dr. Blowhole, Savio didn't need to use any gadgets to take down the penguins by himself. In "All Tied Up With A Boa", and "The Terror of Madagascar" he was able to outsmart and defeat them every time, with the penguins barely even making a scratch on him. In "All Tied Up With A Boa", he dispatched the zoo keepers sent to catch him after escaping from the Hoboken zoo, and swam the Hudson River from New Jersey all the way towards Manhattan just to take revenge on the ones responsible for sending him there.
* DashingHispanic: Has a strong Spanish accent, and always acts charming and witty even when he's gloating about taking his revenge on his enemies by swallowing them one by one, regurgitating them and then swallowing them in reverse order
* DiabolicalMastermind: His intellect could possibly rival Dr. Blowhole's, since in each appearance he always managed to find ways to outsmart the penguins and take down previous threats. Not only did he figure out how to unlock the locks in his habitat in his first appearance, but the next episode "All Tied Up With A Boa", he took down the zookeepers at his enclosure, swam the Hudson River all the way towards the Central Park Zoo presumably on memory alone, got Burt the elephant (who beat him up in the first episode) out of the way by mailing [[EekAMouse him a mouse]], evaded every single trap devised by the penguins, and overpowered them by using said traps to incapacitate them along with Marla, Maurice and Mort (who were also armed). He would have won if it weren't for Julien and a bucket of old popcorn butter.
* DisproportionateRetribution: {{Lampshade}}d by Marline when they learn Savio has escaped from Hoboken Zoo to take revenge on the animals for sending him there, even though most of them were just his victims.
* TheDreaded: News of his escape in "All Tied Up In The Boa" sent the penguins (with the exception of Skipper) into {{Troubled Fetal Position}}s, even Rico who was the {{Axe Crazy}} of the group.
* FauxAffablyEvil
* HurricaneofPuns: Always makes constant food related puns when he's about to eat someone. {{Lampshade}}d by Savio himself, when Julien makes fun of one his lamer ones.
* PickyEater: Has a predilection towards mammals. However he had no trouble eating Skipper disguised as a mammal.
* RoaringRampageofRevenge: Goes on a truly epic one against the penguins when he escapes from the Hoboken Zoo. A herpetologist on the breaking news of Savio's escape even goes to state that his breed has a biological insatiable desire for vengeance, nursing a grudge for months before wreaking hideous retribution.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Very deceptive and sly.
* VillainousBreakdown: In "The Terror of Madagascar", Savio gets a taste of his own medicine when the baby fossa he was planning to eat uses him as a chew toy, forcing him to flea in terror screaming in fear and pain all the while.
* VillainousGlutton: Savio's most consistent trait is his desire to eat, either out of hunger or revenge.
* TheWorfEffect: Possibly the only villain the penguins were never able to defeat on their own. They only managed to gain an edge on him with the help of Burt the elephant, Julien, popcorn butter, and a baby fossa. {{Lampshade}}d by the penguins in "The Terror of Madagascar".


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