Characters: Madagascar

This list applies only to the film franchise and its respective canon. For the character traits applicable to the The Penguins of Madagascar canon, go here.

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    Introduced in Madagascar 

Alex the Lion (born Alakay)

Voiced by: Ben Stiller

Marty the Zebra

Voiced by: Chris Rock

Gloria the Hippo

Voiced by: Jada Pinkett Smith

Melman the Giraffe

Voiced by: David Schwimmer

The Penguins

Voiced by: Tom McGrath (Skipper), Chris Miller (Kowalski), John DiMaggio (Rico), Christopher Knights (Private)

King Julien


Voiced by: Cedric the Entertainer


Voiced by: Andy Richter

Mason and Phil

Voiced by: Conrad Vernon (Mason)

  • Ascended Extra: Their screentime is fairly minimal throughout the series, but their role becomes more important in the later movies, being responsible for repairing the plane in 2 and pretending to be a human to represent the animals in 3.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Averted for the sake of Phil's sign language.
  • Never Learned to Read: Mason is illiterate. Phil, on the other hand, is the penguin's go-to translator for reading things.
  • Road Apples: Mason mentions throwing poo in the first Madagascar but is never seen doing it.
  • Shown Their Work: Phil's sign language is completely accurate.
    • Though they do admit that what he's actually saying is generally more complicated than what Mason translates (resulting in Bilingual Bonus if you know American Sign Language).
  • The Speechless: Phil.
  • Those Two Guys
  • Totem Pole Trench: When they try to buy train tickets in the first movie. In Europe's Most Wanted they dress as the "King of Versailles".


Voiced by: Elisa Gabrielli

The Fossa

Voiced by: Tom McGrath, Eric Darnell

    Introduced in Escape 2 Africa 


Voiced by: Bernie Mac


Voiced by: Sherri Shepherd


Voiced by: Alec Baldwin

Moto Moto

Voiced by:

    Introduced in Europe's Most Wanted 


Voiced by: Bryan Cranston


Voiced by: Jessica Chastain


Voiced by: Martin Short


Voiced by: Frank Welker

Captain Chantel DuBois

Voiced by: Frances McDormand

    Introduced in Penguins of Madagascar 


  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: After the North Wind are captured by Dave's forces and about to be killed, he desperately tries to talk one of Dave's henchmen into letting them go in exchange for a fish.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: He has the North Wind retreat and leave Skipper, Rico and Kowalksi in Dave's clutches, to Privates chagrin. Later on, they arrive just in time to give the penguins a little help during the final battle.
  • Jerkass: He has a very low opinion of Skipper's team to begin with, dismissing them as "helpless", taking credit for their accomplishments, and he even has them drugged and carted off to a safehouse rather than let him interfere in the clash against Dave. He would later taunt Skipper over losing Private.
  • The Leader
  • Noble Wolf
  • No Name Given
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of the film. He thanks the penguins by giving them jetpacks.


  • The Chick
  • Interspecies Romance: She is shown to reciprocate Kowalski's feelings once Dave is defeated, kissing him passionately.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: She's a snowy owl, and she manages the intelligence of North Wind.
  • Smurfette Principle: She's the only major female character.
  • The Stoic: The most composed and straight-faced among the North Wind. She even retains the same serious facial expression for most of the film.
    • Not So Stoic: Her composure does slip a few times, like when Classified is pelted with the contents of a chemical toilet, or when she kisses Kowalski.

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