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Characters: TaleSpin
List of the many residents of Cape Suzette in the animated series TaleSpin.

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    Baloo 
Voiced by: Ed Gilbert

A slovenly middle aged bear and a top notch pilot, Baloo's key goal is to buy back his beloved plane the Sea Duck from Rebecca Cunningham, who has bought his dying cargo service. Baloo is naturally swiped (and anthropomorphized) from Disney's Animated Adaptation of The Jungle Book.

Tropes associated with Baloo:

  • Ace Pilot: Baloo is a situational bushwhacker/plugger; in open sky, he bushwhacks like a mofo via ridiculous aerial acrobatics, in mountains and cities he plugs like a bastard through terrain manipulation, both supplemented by occasional usage of Abnormal Ammo - pretty much the only option available to him, as he takes on waves of fightercraft with a cargo plane.
  • Acrofatic
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: From The Jungle Book.
  • Badass Boast: In courtesy of Shere Khan in From Here to Machinery after he deactivates a faulty robot pilot.
    Shere Khan: Quiet, Professor. Let a real pilot show how it's done.
  • Big Eater
  • Book Dumb: Baloo can barely read or write, but is extremely resourceful and street wise at times.
  • Chick Magnet: Throughout the show, he's actually quite popular with the ladies.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Determinator: He has the occasional Heroic BSOD, but overall he's unstoppable and suicidally fearless when pushed hard enough. Even when he thought he had days to live he continued with his goals.
  • Genius Ditz
  • Genre Savvy: While not immune to being suckered in himself, Baloo can be rather streetwise and observant at times, he is wary to some of the shady clients Rebecca naively takes offers from, and is more willing to listen the kids' explanations at times (once debunking Rebecca's Not Now, Kiddo moment with Kit).
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: Baloo is so good a pilot he can pilot a plane even if he has to resort to directly manipulating the control cables to a craft's flaps and rudder when the yoke was broke. Furthermore, in one episode, he was able to quickly learn how to fly a prototype helicopter, despite the fact that operating that kind of vehicle is a completely different (not to mention revolutionary for the 1930s) concept in aviation. And don't forget, he was able to successfully "pilot" a prototype jet engine merely by hanging on to it and tugging on it real hard. No wings, no rudder, no plane. Just the engine. He even broke the sound barrier while riding it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Baloo at times can be rather obnoxious and selfish, and will do anything to shy from work, but cares deeply about his friends and family. Do not hurt them.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: While he has Jumped at the Call a few odd times, he is often a somewhat resentful hero, especially since he so greatly lacks the Hero Insurance many other heroes have.
  • Loveable Rogue: Frequently attempting "Get Rich Quick Schemes" or trying to find ways to slack off at work.
  • Man Versus Machine: In "From Here to Machinery", which has him competing with a robotic pilot.
  • Papa Bear: To Kit, and Molly to a lesser extent.
  • Parental Substitute: Again to Kit, with occasional moments with Molly.
  • The Slacker: As true to his Jungle Book incarnation as possible.
  • Stubborn Mule: He's more likely to back down than Rebecca, but he definitely embodies this in some of their feuds.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The Anthropomorphic Shift from The Jungle Book turns Baloo from a normal Indian bear to a highly competent Ace Pilot.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: While still a very sympathetic character, Talespin's rendition of Baloo can also often be more self serving, bad tempered and egotistical than his Jungle Book rendition, albeit nearly all Depending on the Writer.
  • Tsundere: Alternates between friendly and taciturn; the latter often brought out by Rebecca's heckling.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The surrogate wacky parent to Kit's serious child.

    Kit Cloudkicker 
Voiced by: Alan Roberts and/or R.J. Williams, depending on the episode

Baloo's right hand bear and semi-adopted son. Orignally an air pirate, before stealing a treasure from Karnage and making friends with Baloo.

Tropes associated with Kit:

     Rebecca Cunningham 
Voiced by: Sally Struthers

A young entrepeneur woman bear that bought Baloo's cargo service (and as a result his plane, the Sea Duck) and renovated it into Higher For Hire. Often butts heads with her employees, especially Baloo, in early episodes, but she softens up as the series progresses.

Tropes associated with Rebecca:

  • Affectionate Nickname: Refered to as "Becky" by Baloo. Rebecca seems to treat it as such, only accepting the name whenever she is in a good mood with him.
  • The Alleged Boss: Rebecca plays with this. She has Control Freak issues and is perfectly willing to push Baloo and others around in her schemes; however, she is usually all bark and no bite, and usually acts more as a bossy childish friend than an authority figure, something Baloo takes advantage of time and time again.
  • Benevolent Boss/Mean Boss/Pointy-Haired Boss: Rebecca can be considered an unusual mix of all three tropes in one. While she mostly leans towards the first due to her protagonist role and viewing her employees more as her friends, her occasional temperament, superiority complex and outright quirkiness leads to her being less than pleasant to work with on occasion, especially in early episodes.
  • Brainy Brunette
  • Cat Smile: Her default smile.
  • Closer to Earth: Played with. While Rebecca often plays The Straight Man to Baloo's rowdiness and antics, she has her own moments of stupidity and arrogance (most of which Baloo himself plays the voice of reason towards). Depending on the Writer, one or the other may be playing the part of Only Sane Man that episode.
  • Control Freak: Rebecca plays with this. She is frequently very insistent in getting her own way, but is more bark than bite and a lot more lenient and enduring than a usual employer.
  • Damsel out of Distress: She has her moments of this.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Death Glare: She has a pretty good one, which she gives Baloo in "Time Waits For No Bear".
  • Ditzy Genius
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: The show seemed to enjoy having little Rebecca kick around big hefty Baloo. However it is downplayed in terms of violence, and Baloo is at least granted forms of revenge besides his own hand.
  • Expy: Of Rebecca Howe in Cheers. Her role in the series, and her rivalry with Baloo, are both very similar to her namesake.
  • The Finicky One: Especially when acting as a Foil to the lazy, slovenly Baloo.
  • Genre Savvy: She's usually aware of Baloo's zany schemes, and is often prepared to deal with them.
  • Hero Antagonist: Often acts as such in some of Baloo's Loveable Rogue moments. While she can be rather overbearing about it (and not above playing up herself) she usually just wants Baloo to do an honest job of things. A lot of times when she gets the larger Sympathetic P.O.V., Baloo is actually painted as something of a Jerkass.
  • Humanoid Female Animal
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Rebecca is something of a pompous know-it-all who has nothing against pushing her weight around to get Baloo to follow orders. Whenever Baloo is taken out of the picture, however, things often fall apart due to Rebecca's physical and emotional dependence on him to help run the company. Some obvious dents left from being a single mother are also apparent.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A pretentious hot head who frequently clashes with Baloo, and can be very abrasive with him. That's said, it's clear that she really does care for him deep down. She's also a loving mother to go with it.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Something of a grown up variant. Rebecca is extremely snobbish and self important at times, and often looks down on those lower on the chain than her, but is a loving mother and ultimately devoted to her employees. Not to mention her huge showings of humility whenever she realises she's taken things too far.
  • Mama Bear: Literally... and also within the meaning of the trope. Friend or foe alike, you're in big trouble if something happens to Molly.
  • Not So Different: Despite their very contrasting ethics, Rebecca shares more in common with Baloo than she'd like to admit. She will recurring berate him over one of his flaws, only minutes before she makes a similar mistake (eg. chastising Baloo over his temper, before he has to restrain her from assaulting a client).
  • Parental Substitute: Not nearly as prominently as Baloo, but she has her moments with Kit.
  • Pink Means Feminine
  • Positive Discrimination: Averted. She and Baloo juggle the Sanity Ball rather evenly.
  • Sexy Secretary: She may be the boss of Higher For Hire, but she basically doubles as this also.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Oh yes, very much.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Though it doesn't really develop past subtle teases, Rebecca was very much designed to have this relationship with Baloo, when not arguing or berating him (or in some rarer cases outright attacking him) she is very caring towards him and it is very obvious there is some romantic tension between them.
  • Slapstick Knows no Gender: Gets hit with it as bad as Baloo at times. Borders Iron Butt Monkey territory in "The Bigger They Come, The Louder They Oink".
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She knows a lot more about running the company than Baloo, but a lot of her money making schemes are terrible and she has a very high opinion of her business thinking. As she once insisted, she's never wrong.
  • Stubborn Mule: To occasionally insane lengths. She will never admit she is wrong.
    Rebecca: Would so! I'm just never wrong!
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Subtle example. While she still has rather arrogant moments on occasion, Rebecca is more consistantly gentler in many later episodes. A lot of her later appearances also focus on her friendship and devotion to Baloo getting stronger (the hints to it going beyond that also become stronger), at least in comparison to earlier episodes, where she was often at Baloo's throat and could act like an all out Jerkass at times.
  • Tsundere: Once again, Depending on the Writer.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Kind of fills in this role in regard to Baloo.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: As often as she clashes with Baloo, she is often shown to be rather devoted and caring towards him whenever problems occur (at least once she outright tried to sacrifice her life to save him). She even openly refers to Baloo as her best friend.
  • Widow Woman: This was confirmed in the short lived comic book series.

     Molly Cunningham 
Voiced by: Janna Michaels

Bubbly six year old daughter of Rebecca. Occasionally rambunctious and fond of sneaking into some of Baloo's travels. Sometimes pretends to be her favorite superheroine, Danger Woman, complete with a homemade costume.

Tropes associated with Molly:

     Wildcat 
Voiced by: Pat Fraley

Eccentric mechanic for Higher For Hire. Spacey and not too bright, but kind-hearted and extremely competent at his job.

Tropes associated with Wildcat:

     Don Karnage 
Voiced by: Jim Cummings

Spanish-accented captain of the Air Pirates, intent on getting past Cape Suzette's security and plundering the town. A somewhat clownish villain who usually serves as the show's main antagonist.

Tropes associated with Don Karnage:

  • Affably Evil
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT call him "crazy".
  • The Dreaded: Averted, although he yearns for this status.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While Karnage thrives on being seen as ruthless and fearsome as possible, he refuses to Kick Them While They Are Down. He even saved Baloo's life in a scuffle between them, so he could beat him on fair grounds.
    • At once point when he just can't find the rubies on the Sea Duck he was positive Baloo was carrying he and his pirates disembark and leave Baloo unmolested, assuming his info was wrong. Hilariously enough Baloo DID have them, he just hid them very well.
  • Large Ham: Thanks largely to Jim Cummings' voice acting.
  • Laughably Evil: In spades.
  • Loveable Rogue: Charming despite his own self-absorption.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Something of a narcisistic oaf, and prone to Poke the Poodle on many occasions, however he is a genuine menace to those flying in his realms.
  • Sky Pirate: Surely you have heard of the most infamous of sky pirates!?
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Much more intelligent than his crew for the most part. Given his own cluelessness at times however, it can invert into The Blind Leading the Blind.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: A mixture of French, Spanish and Italian.
  • Worthy Opponent: Conveys this treatment towards Baloo at times. On at least one occasion he attacked Baloo without any cargo, seemingly just wanting to spar with him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has no problem throwing Kit off of his flying ship, the Iron Vulture in "Plunder And Lightning". It's a good thing Baloo saves Kit at the last minute.

     Shere Khan 
Voiced by: Tony Jay

A stoic and highly powerful businessman, implied to have enormous power over Cape Suzette's economy. Like Baloo and Louie, Khan is swiped and anthropomorphized from The Jungle Book.

Tropes associated with Shere Khan:

  • Adaptational Badass: Disney's Shere Khan was already a Badass compared to the original version, but The Jungle Book version was implied to be afraid of bullets. This one ain't. See The Stoic below.
  • Affably Ambiguously Evil: While not the nicest person in the world, it's debatable whether he's evil or not. In any case, he's still genuinely polite.
  • Anti-Villain: His villainous roles in the show are actually outweighed by the times he assists Baloo.
  • Badass
  • Bad Boss: When he gets a phone call late at night in "Citizen Khan":
    Shere Khan: (sigh) This will teach me to let my employees go home after a mere sixteen hour workday.
  • Big Entrance: He's very fond of these. "Citizen Khan" has a great example; his plane appears with ominious music, the door opens and he emerges from the shadows. The reaction of the corrupt sheriff and his Bumbling Sidekick is Oh, Crap.
  • Cats Are Mean: At times he falls under this.
  • The Chessmaster
  • The Comically Serious: Khan in personality is rather serious and almost sinister. However, his interaction with a lot of other characters (particularly his employees) has something of a slapstick tone at times.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Though less corrupt and more ruthless.
    • Played straight in one episode where he creates a fake oil shortage with Don Karnage in order to overprize the fuel.
  • Deadpan Snarker: This gem in "Louie’s Last Stand";
    Benson:I plan to invest in glow in the dark sunglasses. They’re easy to find during a power failure.
    Shere Khan: Fascinating, Mr. Benson — and when you find them, you wear them in the dark?
  • Death Glare: Frequently. If it’s meant for you, run!
  • The Dreaded: Even his Yes-Man is scared of him.
  • Khan Has Standards: The episodes "Citizen Khan" and "Louie's Last Stand" proved this quite nicely.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Played with. While not the most antagonising villain (and even prone to acts of good will), Khan is a much more serious and intimidating figure than most of the other more comical Rogues Gallery and is implied to hold a very dangerous amount of power if not for his scruples.
  • Noble Demon
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Khan is merciless to those that get in his way, but savvy enough to know the consequences of Kicking the Dog too many times, and is generally tough but fair to his associates.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: While he will partake in the odd corrupt scheme every once in a while, his moral code prevents him from doing anything exceptionally heinous.
    • He has outright stated that his motto is "to always repay your debts and never break a deal".
  • The Stoic: Big time. The arguably best example of this is in "From Here to Machinery" when he doesn't even flinch when gunfire hits the drinking glass he's holding.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Shere Khan, while always affable, was designed to be an intimidating and gleefully murderous force of evil for the original Jungle Book film. In the series, his villainy was far more restrained, and he is shown as far more sympathetic, or at least pragmatic figure in comparison.
  • Tranquil Fury: The master of it, managing to be an incredibly terrifying figure to those around him, without once raising his voice.
  • Wicked Cultured

     Louie 
Voiced by: Jim Cummings

A jiving orangutan and owner of Local Hang Out for air pilots, Louie is Baloo's best friend and occasional comrade in adventures and Zany Schemes. Similarly anthropomorphized from The Jungle Book.

Tropes associated with Louie:

     Mad Dog 
Voiced by: Charlie Adler

The whiny, brownnosing, but ultimately disloyal lackey pirate of Don Karnage. He is nearly always paired with Dumptruck. He has a very nasal voicetone. While he follows Karnage out of a sense of greed and fear, he'd turn on him in a moment flat if he thought he could get away with it, and stab him In the Back (episodes: "Stuck on You", "A Baloo Switcheroo").

Tropes associated with Mad Dog:

     Dumptruck 
Voiced by: Chuck McCann

He's another lackey pirate, definitely the muscle of Don Karnage. He is nearly always paired with Mad Dog. His gruff side comes out when he's all business, but when he's not on the job or angry, he actually reveals a rather jovial, good-natured side. He is, sadly, not the brightest star in the sky. He speaks with a Swedish accent.

Tropes associated with Dumptruck:

     Gibber 
Voiced by: Chuck McCann

Another of Don Karnage's pirates. Gibber usually stays close to Karnage, ready to whisper some idea or observation to his captain. He seems to be an advisor of sorts.

Tropes associated with Gibber:

  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: Happened at least once when his suggestion for what to do with an experimental jet engine apparently involved selling it in a flea market.
  • Bully Bulldog
  • Captain Obvious: Most of the advice he whispers to his captain tends to make him into this, something said captain finds quite annoying.
  • Only Sane Man: At times. Unfortunately because he doesn't like to speak out loud, he's usually ignored.
  • Power Trio: Big/Thin/Short variant (he's the short one)
  • The Unintelligible: The only time he's ever raised his voice above a whisper too soft to be understood was during the singing scene in the 4 part pilot.

     Katie Dodd 
Voiced by: Ellen Gerstell

A One-Shot Character who became very popular with the fans, Katie is a feisty Adventurer Archaeologist who gets Baloo and Louie to help her find the lost city of Tinnabula. She appears in the two-part episode "For Whom the Bell Klangs".

Tropes associated with Katie:

     Myra 
Voiced by: Liz Georges

Another popular One-Shot Character/Adventurer Archaeologist, Myra is the Minister of Culture and eventual museum curator for the small desert nation of Aridia. During the episode "In Search of Ancient Blunders", Baloo and Wildcat help her defend the upside down pyramid of King Utmost from both a rampaging mummy and the Air Pirates.

Tropes associated with Myra:

    Princess Lotta Lamour 
Voiced by: Kath Soucie

Yet another desert vixen One-Shot Character with a fan following. Lotta is the lovely, lively princess of the titular nation in "The Road to Macadamia", and she teams up with Baloo and Louie to save her beloved kingdom from Evil Chancellor Trample.

Tropes associated with Lotta:


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