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Voiced by: Bruce Reitherman (original), Haley Joel Osment (The Jungle Book 2)Mowgli is the protagonist of The Jungle Book and its sequel.
- Adaptational Wimp: 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 Pinball Protagonist, though the final climax and the sequel show semblances of his book competence starting to arise.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Disney's version of Mowgli is always depicted with no nipples.
- Bratty Half-Pint: He flat-out 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.
- Character Development: 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.
- Does Not Like Shoes: He is always barefoot.
- Idiot Hero: Justified because he's a kid. He doesn't listen to Bagheera, and is careless and naive to the point of being Too Dumb to Live.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Through Rotoscoping, Bruce Reitherman (son of the film's director) actually became Mowgli in many scenes.
- Kid Hero: 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.
- Loin Cloth: 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".
- Love at First Sight: Mowgli instantly loses all control of his mental faculties the moment he sees Shanti and hears her singing.
- Magic Pants: His loincloth is shown to be made out of pretty tough material. When Bagherra 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 Bagherra lost his grip.
- Nice Guy: Mowgli is kind-hearted, brave, happy-go-lucky, and fun-loving.
- Official Couple: With Shanti by the end of the sequel.
- Oh Crap!: Gets a very prominent one in the climax of the first film when Shere Khan decides to attack in earnest, and the Too Dumb to Live boy finally realises how much trouble he's in.
- Pinball Protagonist: 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 Rudyard Kipling's original stories.
- Raised by Wolves: A literal example, and quite a Trope Codifier (along with Tarzan).
- Too Dumb to Live: Mowgli taunts Shere Khan with extreme overconfidence about his ability to defend himself from the huge tiger. He nearly gets eaten for his stupidity.
- Took a Level in Badass: 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.
- Wild Child: The Trope Codifier, again, along with Tarzan.
Voiced by: Phil Harris (original), John Goodman (The Jungle Book 2), Ed Gilbert (TaleSpin), Pamela Adlon (Jungle Cubs)Baloo is the deuteragonist of the Jungle Book and its sequel. He is a sloth bear and best friends with Mowgli.
- Adaptational Heroism: Baloo is a full-on Nice Guy, in contrast to his book counterpart, who was a lot grumpier and more obtuse.
- Ascended Extra:
- 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.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Normally very kind, but harm his friends and he will kick your sorry ass.
- Bears Are Bad News: Averted. Despite Bagheera's fears of his Toxic Friend Influence on Mowgli, he's not an example of this, see Beary Friendly.
- Beary Friendly: Baloo becomes a friend to Mowgli.
- Beary Funny: He epitomizes the "lovable lug" archetype for bears.
- Big Fun: In bear form.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Quite often.
- Breakout Character: 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 TaleSpin.
- Catch Phrase: Baloo's "You better believe it".
- Disney Death: After his Curb-Stomp Battle with Shere Khan.
- Fun Personified: He's very fun-loving and easy-going, in contrast to Bagheera.
- Gentle Giant: A gentle, good-natured, big bear.
- Hakuna Matata: "Bare Necessities" is the best pre-The Lion King example of this trope in Disney.
- Indy Ploy: His plan to rescue Mowgli from King Louie. Borders on Crazy Awesome.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Like Shere Khan and King Louie, he's heavily based on his voice actor, Phil Harris.
- The Nicknamer: He calls Mowgli "little britches" and calls Bagheera "Baggy".
- Nice Guy: Is exceedingly kind and friendly.
- Papa Wolf: Towards Mowgli.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In drag with the monkeys.
- Parental Substitute: He acts as this to Mowgli for the brief time they are together.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Bagheera's Blue.
- Scatting: What Baloo is doing when we first meet him, pointing up his identity as The Slacker.
- The Slacker: In contrast to his book counterpart, Disney Baloo is a Lazy Bum who teaches Mowgli about relaxing, having fun and eating ants.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Bagheera.
Voiced by: Sebastian Cabot (The Jungle Book), Bob Joles (The Jungle Book 2), Elizabeth Daily and Dee Bradley Baker (Jungle Cubs)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.
- Adaptational Wimp: 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; if anything bad happens, it tends to happen to him.
- Big Good: Serves this role due to being the Only Sane Man, and very knowledgeable about the jungle and its many dangers.
- Cats Are Snarkers: Easily the snarkiest character in the movie .
- The Chew Toy: He's hit a lot, 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.
- The Comically Serious: Being the Only Sane Man but also The Chew Toy.
- Deadpan SnarkerBaloo: Oh, stop worrying, Baggy! Stop worrying! I'll take care of him.
Bagheera: Yes, like you did when the monkeys kidnapped him, huh?
- Demoted to Extra: 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 only shows up to get beat up a lot.
- Knight in Sour Armor: He grouches and complains almost to the point of being the Grumpy Bear 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.
- Only Sane Man: He's certainly much saner than Baloo and Mowgli.
- Panthera Awesome: 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.
- Papa Wolf: 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.
- Parental Substitute: While Mowgli is Raised by Wolves, Bagheera was the one who found him, and later the one who accompanies him to the man village.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Baloo's Red.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Baloo.
Voiced by: Louis Prima (The Jungle Book), Jim Cummings (TaleSpin), Jason Marsden (Jungle Cubs), Cree Summer (Jungle Cubs)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.
- Breakout Character: Even though he made a small appearance, he's the second most popular character below Baloo. Indeed, he appear also in TaleSpin.
- Canon Foreigner: Louie did not appear in the book.
- Canon Immigrant: 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."
- Driven by Envy: He kidnaps Mowgli because he wants to become more human - specifically, by making fire.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Disney's original addition to the movie, yet arguably, he feels very much as if he belongs to Mowgli's world.
- Fun Personified: Even more energetic than Baloo.
- I Just Want to Be You: He sings a musical number "I Wan'na Be Like You" about how much he envies humans.
- Ink-Suit Actor: At least the movements, as the dance of Louie and his apes is based on Prima with his bandmates.
- Large Ham: At least during "I Wan'na Be Like You (The Monkey Song)".
- Misplaced Wildlife: The story is set in India, but orangutans live in Indonesia.
- Not So Different: From Baloo, which explains why they're such good friends in the spin-offs.
- Out of Focus: Louis Prima's widow was unhappy with Jim Cummings' unpermitted likeness to her husband in TaleSpin and Jungle Cubs and threatened a lawsuit. As such Louie was omitted from the sequel, and limited to sparse silent cameos elsewhere to appease this.
Voiced by: J. Pat O'Malley (The Jungle Book), Jim Cummings (The Jungle Book 2), Rob Paulsen, Stephen Furst (Jungle Cubs)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.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the original book he was an aggressive elephant who once destroyed a human village. In the Disney movie he is a pompous and bumbling leader to his troop.
- Badass: In the book he is considered the ONE animal of the entire jungle that you don't want to piss off.
- Colonel Badass: The Disney movie turns him into the Colonel of a pack of elephants.
- Demoted to Extra: Has one scene in the sequel.
- Honorable Elephant: Along with his troops.
- Mildly Military: The theme, "Colonel Hathi's March", is even a parody of military marches.
- The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Colonel Hathi's "military band" does little else than march around obnoxiously while singing their song.
Voiced by: Darleen Carr (The Jungle Book), Mae Whitman (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.
- Ascended Extra: A One-Scene Wonder in the first film, one of the main protagonists in the sequel.
- Characterisation Marches On: In the original film she is basically a pre-teen Fille Fatale. Presumably uncomfortable with the implications of this, the sequel's filmmakers remade her into a Dutiful Daughter.
- Designated Love Interest: In the original film, since she only appears in one scene.
- Disappeared Dad: Her father wasn't seen or mentioned in the sequel.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Like Mowgli, Shanti doesn't wear any shoes.
- Generation Xerox: 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.
- Girlish Pigtails: In the original film. In the sequel she has a braided ponytail.
- Love at First Sight: She invokes the trope in Mowgli, but she herself is also quite recipient.
- Nice Girl: A sweet girl who is shown to be very protective of her loved ones.
- Official Couple: With Mowgli by the end of the sequel.
- Only Sane Man: She acts like an adult than most of the other kids in the sequel.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her dress is dark pink, and she's very much feminine.
- Satellite Love Interest: She only has 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.
- Show Some Leg: 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.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: 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.
Voiced by J. Pat O'Malley, Lord Tim Hudson, Chad Stuart, Digby WolfeBuzzie, 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.
- Blinding Bangs: Dizzy has gray hair that covers his eyes.
- Canon Foreigner: The vultures aren't present in the book; the most prominent bird character is Chil the Kite.
- Carnivore Confusion: Averted. Usually (especially in Disney movies) scavengers like vultures are depicted as Always Chaotic Evil, but these ones are depicted as friendly and helpful.
- Catch Phrase:Buzzie: So what we gonna do?Flaps: I don't know, what you wanna do?
- Circling Vultures: 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.
- Cowardly Lion: 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 Truth in Television, as scavengers like vultures tend to steer clear of larger, stronger carnivores.
- Deadpan Snarker: Dizzy.Buzzie: Things are right dead all over.Ziggy: You mean you wish they were. (vultures laugh)Dizzy: Very funny.
- Nice Guys: They sympathize with sad and alone Mowgli and then sing a Friendship Song to cheer him up.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: They are patterned after The Beatles. 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.
- True Companions: They have a musical number about it.
Voiced by: Phil CollinsA vulture who only appears in the sequel.
- Bullying a Dragon: 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.
- Disney Death: He is attacked and apparently killed by Shere Khan, but near the end of the film it's revealed that he's still alive.
- Ironic Name: Shere Khan tells him "Isn't it ironic that your name is Lucky?" before attacking him.
- Sixth Ranger: He joins the other vultures in the sequel.
- Too Dumb to Live: He is a brainless Screwy Squirrel 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).
"I make my own rules."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.
->Voiced by: George Sanders (The Jungle Book); Tony Jay (TaleSpin and The Jungle Book 2); Jason Marsden (Jungle Cubs)
->Voiced by: George Sanders (The Jungle Book); Tony Jay (TaleSpin and The Jungle Book 2); Jason Marsden (Jungle Cubs)
- Adaptational Badass: Shere Khan in the film is far more menacing than he was in the original books. This is especially true in the 2016 movie.
- Arch-Enemy: To Mowgli.
- Badass Baritone: Being voiced by George Sanders and later Tony Jay, this is to be expected.
- The Berserker: His default mood is thoroughly calm and affable if shrewdly sadistic. Once he actually decides to fight in earnest, he is absolutely savage.
- Big Bad: Of the book, Disney movie, and the other film/television adaptations.
- Cats Are Mean: Shere Khan's very name is enough to bring a chill down the other animals' spines.
- Cats Are Snarkers: Though he doesn't get many lines, comes across as at least somewhat snarky.
- Character Exaggeration: While maintaining a menacing presence in all Disney adaptations, it was nuanced slightly in the first film by his more whimsical, playful demeanor. In most later depictions (particularly in the sequel) he is much more stoic and sinister in tone, only having a few subtle comical fluctuations.
- The Comically Serious: Particularly during his confrontation with Kaa.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers a nasty one to Baloo in the climax.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: He was nearly correct that Kaa has Mowgli.
- Disney Villain Death:
- 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.
- Played completely straight in the 2016 movie.
- Doesn't Like Guns: One of the reasons why he hates humans.
- The Dreaded: Everyone and their mother is afraid of him. Well, not everyone, but those who aren't...
- Evil Brit: He is not the only character to have a British accent (Colonel Hathi has one,) but he certainly gives off this vibe.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His one-line Villain Song says it all!
- Faux Affably Evil: 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.
- Final Boss: In the games
- Genius Bruiser: A vicious and bloodthirsty, yet also intelligent and Affably Evil tiger. This is displayed even moreso in the book when he manipulates the wolves into becoming his minions and turning against Mowgli and Akela.
- Hero Killer: Nearly kills Baloo in a Curb-Stomp Battle.
- Ink-Suit Actor: An admitted◊ - and downright◊ uncanny◊ - example.
- Joker Immunity: A rare example of a Disney movie Big Bad having this. He not only survives both films, but every Disney adaptation in general, at least until the 2016 remake but that's another story.
- Kill All Humans: He hunts down and kills humans who enter his jungle due to his hatred of them.
- Knight of Cerebus: As Affably Evil 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 Up to Eleven where he's concerned in the sequel.
- Large Ham: In the original film.
- Lightning Bruiser: Is able to nearly outrun Mowgli even while dragging Baloo (who probably weighs more than he does,) along behind him.
- Manipulative Bastard: In the book he turns almost the entire wolf pack against Mowgli and Akela.
- Meaningful Name: Shere Khan's name in Hindi means "tiger king" or "king of tigers" ("shere" means tiger, "khan" means king).
- Never My Fault: 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 Kahn 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.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: He becomes this in the sequel where his personality is much darker and having no comedic quirks.
- No Sell: 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.
- The Only One Allowed To Kill You: 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.
- Panthera Awesome: 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.
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: And an incredibly chilling one at that, considering the Lighter and Softer sequel.(having Lucky by the throat and grinning)Shere Khan: Isn't it ironic that your name is Lucky?
- Roar Before Beating:
- His first pounce towards Mowgli is accompanied by a Mighty Roar. 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. 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.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Becomes stuck in a tiger statue at the end of the sequel. Had there been a third movie he would have escaped somehow.
- Sissy Villain: 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.
- Smug Smiler: While he's in Faux Affably Evil mode, this is his default expression.
- Smug Snake: 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.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Khan always treats his enemies with respect and acknowledge their spirit.
- Spared by the Adaptation:
- He's Killed Off for Real 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 killed by Mowgli after Mowgli accidentally pulls the trigger on a hunter's gun.
- In the 2013 stage version, he does in fact burn to death after Mowgli accidentally sets him on fire.
- The Stoic: In the sequel.
- Tranquil Fury: While his actual combat behaviour is that of The Berserker, he is very calm and collected before that times. Particularly pronounced in the sequel, where his slow-burning fury is palpable in every appearance.
- Ultimate Evil: For much of the film he isn't seen or heard. We only hear and see from other characters that he's the most feared, dangerous creature in the jungle, and even the mention of his name often results in a more serious tone. Towards the end the tiger finally appears, and while he's Faux Affably Evil, 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 Knight of Cerebus.
- Would Hurt a Child: Why? Because he's human, and still "young and helpless".
"He won't be here in the morning."Kaa is an enormous python and the secondary antagonist in The Jungle Book.
Voiced by: Sterling Holloway (The Jungle Book); Hal Smith (The Wonderful World of Disney); Jim Cummings (The Jungle Book 2, Jungle Cubs)
Voiced by: Sterling Holloway (The Jungle Book); Hal Smith (The Wonderful World of Disney); Jim Cummings (The Jungle Book 2, Jungle Cubs)
- Adaptational Villainy: Kaa provides the trope's page image. In the original book by Rudyard Kipling, he was one of Mowgli's friends and a benevolent Badass Old Master.
- Adaptational Wimp: Kaa was also much more Badass in the original book.
- Affably Evil: Despite wanting to eat the hero, comes off as very polite and soft-spoken.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He just can't compete with Shere Khan.
- Butt Monkey: In the sequel.
- Character Exaggeration: Kaa's incompetence and cowardliness are greatly exaggerated in the second movie to the point where he becomes something of a Butt Monkey, 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.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: A known villain who uses a soothing voice/demeanor and the "You can trust me" angle to lure children into his clutches...
- Even Evil Has Standards: 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.
- Hypnotic Eyes: Kaa the python has these type of eyes, as shown in this clip, starting at 0:20.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: More so in the sequel. In the original movie, while still ineffectual and Laughably Evil, he was more threatening.
- Large Ham: Quite fond of Evil Gloating.
- Laughably Evil: He is a funny villain and praised as one of the most entertaining villains in Disney Animated Canon.
- Manipulative Bastard: Has his moments.
- Not So Harmless: 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.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: 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.
- Sissy Villain: He's pretty damn camp.
- Sssssnake Talk: Particularly during the song "Trust in Me".
- Villainous Rescue: 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).
- Villain Song: "Trust In Me".
- Would Hurt a Child: ...or eat a child.
"He is our brother in all but blood, and you would kill him. Indeed... I have lived too long."Akela is the leader of the wolf pack that adopted Mowgli and raised the child for 10 years.
- A Day in the Limelight: To compensate for his minor role in the film, he gets a prominent appearance in an episode of Jungle Cubs.
- Badass: He had to be pretty tough to be the leader of The Free People, the biggest wolf pack in the jungle.
- Big Good: In the book.
- Demoted to Extra: In the Disney movie, along with the rest of the wolf pack. In the sequel he's absent altogether.
- Noble Wolf: A Big Good wolf.
- The Obi-Wan: 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.