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The good hearted king of Celesteville.

  • Adult Fear: Babar is a king and a father with a lot of responsibilities and his family has been in real danger at times.
  • Age Lift: Somewhat inverted. In the original books, Babar returned to the jungle with Celeste and Arthur when they were young adults and old enough to be married. In the tv series, Babar and Celeste appear near their adolesence when they return while Arthur appears about nine or ten, so naturally they didn't get married immediately upon returning.
  • Break the Cutie: He was a playful and innocent little tyke in the twilight of his life, but the death of his mother made him a bit more formal and solemn.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Celeste.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: In the animated series, he's crowned the king of elephants when he's still a pre-teen. Fortunately, he's a competent leader despite his age.
  • Good Parents: Is a very loving father to his children, offering them advice in any way he can, and only being firm when it is absolutely necessary.
  • Heroic BSoD: Babar has one after his mother is shot by the hunter.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Babar's best friend is Zephir, a monkey.
  • It's Pronounced "Tro-PAY": In the books, Babar's named is pronounced as "Buh-BAR", while the animated series pronounces it as "BAB-bar"
  • Limited Wardrobe: Seldom seen without his trademark green suit.
  • Offered the Crown: Babar is not royalty by birth, but after the Old King dies, he is offered to become the King of Elephants because his human upbringing and experience with civilization makes him well-suited for the position.
  • Raised by Humans: Babar was raised by Madame after his mother was killed.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Babar is largely a selfless and responsible king. He did have a few slipups when he was a child due to his young age and inexperience, but was always able to find a solution to them. He only uses more stern tactics when the situations demands it, such as being forced to arrest Arthur when evidence strongly suggests that he stole from Rataxes or putting his foot down on Arthur's disastrous inventions.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Babar wasn't initially this way, but his education from Madame in Paris made him so much of a child prodigy that he was appointed the new king of the elephants. In fact, more often than not, his solutions to problems turn out to be more efficient and wise than those of Cornelius and Pompadour.
  • You Killed My Mother: Babar's attitude towards the Hunter.

Babar's childhood sweetheart and later wife.

    Pom, Flora and Alexander 
Babar and Celeste's triplets.
  • Audience Surrogate: In the first two seasons of the Nelvana series, they are the ones listening to the stories of Babar's adventures. Also, they are around the age of the show's primary target audience.
  • Comic-Book Time: Averted. They started out only slightly older than Isabelle, but aged to about ten in later seasons.
  • Fragile Flower: Flora is rather prone to crying.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Alexander in his older years. He has a very large ego and can be rather inconsiderate of others when he's out to achieve his goals, but he dearly cares about his family and willing to help them in any dilemna they're in at any cost, bet it in need of a snake venom antidote or just encouragement when they feel they are meaningless.
  • Same-Sex Triplets: Averted, Flora is a girl while Pom and Alexander are boys.

Babar and Celeste's fourth child, born in the first episode of Season 3.

Celeste's younger brother and one of Babar's friends.

A monkey who is Babar's best friend.

An elderly elephant who is Babar's royal advisor.

An effeminate elephant who is Babar's royal advisor. Exclusive to the animated series.

Pompadour's personal assistant, also exclusive to the animated series.

The palace chef for Babar's family.

An elderly human lady who raised Babar.
  • Demoted to Extra: She was extremely prominent in the episodes revolving around Babar's childhood, but only appears in a handful of the episodes where Babar is an adult now that her role in the series is more or less complete.
  • Good Parents: Or rather, Good Parental Substitute. She genuinely cares for Babar and is there for him when he needs moral or emotional support.
  • No Name Given: We never learn her actual name. Everyone refers to her as either "The Old Lady" or "Madame".
  • Parental Substitute: After Babar's mother is killed, she adopts and raises the baby elephant.
  • Token Human: She's the only human in Celesteville.



The totalitarian ruler of Rhinoland and Babar's frenemy.

  • Adaptational Villainy: In the movie he's a full-on villain rather than the Anti-Villain and Friendly Enemy he is in the series.
  • Anti-Villain: Rataxes is more of a Jerkass rival to the elephant than a straightforward villain. His "evil" plots are mostly to prove that rhinos are better than elephants or bring minor inconvenience on them for his own amusement. His few more threatening plots are done at the persuasion of another rhino, which he only reluctantly agrees to.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Rataxes is a loud-mouthed, larger-than-life rhinoceros.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He has a rather deep voice.
  • Evil Overlord: In the movie, where he is an aggressive military leader who wants to conquer Elephantland.
  • Fantastic Racism: Rataxes' contempt for all things elephantine is a running gag.
  • Friendly Enemy: He is generally an antagonist, but sometimes teams up with Babar against a greater threat.
  • Heel–Face Turn: He used to be a full fledged Jerkass who saw Babar and his plans as king as nothing but an obstacles towards his own reign of Rhinoland and would sabotoge him whenever he could. But he started to warm up to him as time went on, teaming up with Babar against an even bigger threat, such as the hunter or General Pameer, and even "The Gift", he outright rescues Babar from a quicksand trap because he can't stand the thought of him drowning, but then asks Babar to not tell anyone about the rescue because he's embarrassed about getting soft. He eventually signed a peace treaty with Babar agreeing not to do any more harm, and while still a bit of a Jerkass, he gets along much better with Babar and the other elephants when they're adults.
  • Henpecked Husband: Rataxes won't admit it, but he knows his wife calls all the shots.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Moreso when Babar is an adult. He still lets his selfish tendencies get the better of him from time to time after signing the peace treaty with Celesteville, such as when he cheats at the Father-Son picnic games, or when he sets up an outrageous road toll for any elephant passing through Rhinoland, but he's quick to realize the error. In "Mango Madness" he comforts Flora as she apologizes to him for her Brutal Honesty.
  • Rhino Rampage: He fits the stereotype of the bad-tempered, aggressive and unfriendly rhinoceros.

     Lady Rataxes 

Rataxes' wife.

  • Tsundere: Lady Rataxes is prone to mood swings. At moments she's all lovey-dovey with Rataxes, other times she yells at him at the top of her lung.
  • Women Are Wiser: She's much more level-headed than her husband (which isn't saying a lot).


The son of Rataxes and Lady Rataxes and the prince of Rhinoland.

  • Big Eater: And how!
  • Heroic BSoD: He is absolutely demoralized when his father constantly cheats at the Father Son races, losing all respect for him. It's up to Babar and Alexander to make things right.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's clear his father's jerkish and arrogant tendencies rubbed off on him, but he's still good friends with Pom, Alexander and Flora, and is always willing to do the right thing in the end.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: He isn't always the best influence on the triplets. In "My dinner With Rataxes" he encourages them to go exploring with him in a dark tunnel they discovered behind Rataxes trophy case, only to find that it's a complete labyrinth and they're completely lost in it. Or in "Witch's Potion" when he encourages Pom and Alexander to go cross the gorge to find out if the old lady Mildred is really witch, even though they are not allowed to do so since it's dangerous. This backfires when Flora follows them to try and stop them, only to get bitten by an incredibly poisonous snake.

Rataxes' personal assistant.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: He's the one actually running the country while also putting up with Rataxes' schemes.
  • Canon Foreigner: Created for the Nelvana animated series.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Since Rataxes is not a particularly competent ruler, Basil is the one who actually keeps the country running.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: He's a diminutive rhinoceros who is far more intelligent and competent than his huge boss Rataxes.
  • Yes-Man: As expected from the assistant of a villain. He often acts supportive to Rataxes's schemes, no matter how hare-brained they are.

Past characters

     Babar's mother 
Babar's birth mother who is killed by the hunter in the pilot episode.
  • Adaptational Badass: When she is killed by the hunter in the books, she quickly goes down after one shot. In the series, she manages to charge at the hunter and destroy his gun despite being shot twice (the second being fatal).
  • Bloodless Carnage: When Babar discovered his mother's corpse, she only appeared unconscious with no visible bullet wounds and her ivory tusks still intact. Though it made it look like the Hunter was killing elephants just for the sake of killing.
  • Good Parents: She adored her son, and wanted nothing more than for him to be happy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After getting shot by the hunter, she makes a last ditch effort to charge at him to give the herd a chance to escape.
  • Killed Off for Real: She's shot dead by the Hunter.
  • Mama Bear: She was willing to die to protect her baby.
  • Posthumous Character: She's long dead by the start of TV series, only appearing in a flashback and in a nightmare of Babar's.
  • No Name Given: She was never given a name in the books or the series.

     The Old King 
The first king of the elephants who later dies after eating poisonous mushrooms.
  • Death by Origin Story: His death is the reason why Babar becomes king at a young age.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: In the original books, there's a drawing of him getting poisoned. He looks sickly green and appears to be withering away from the poison.
  • The Good King: He was a bit older-fashioned than Babar, but the herd clearly loved and respected him.
  • Killed Off for Real: He dies from eating a poisonous mushroom.
  • No Name Given: Like Babar's mother, he was never given a real name.

     The Hunter 
A man who hunts elephants and kills Babar's mother.
  • Ascended Extra: In the books, he was merely an ordinary game hunter who killed Babar's mother simply because he noticed her passing by and disappeared from the story completely after failing to do the same to Babar. The series on the other hand made him the Big Bad of the Five-Episode Pilot, being there with the intent of poaching Babar's entire herd from the beginning, with Babar's mother merely being his first victim.
  • Big Bad: Of the Five-Episode Pilot of the Nelvana series.
  • Egomaniac Hunter: He kills Babar's mother and attempts to do this to every other animal in the forest.
  • Evil Poacher: He's willing to continue terrorizing the herd after learning of their sentience and intelligence. He merely returns with more men and weapons.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: He burns to death.
  • For the Evulz: He didn't even remove the tusks of Babar's mother after killing her.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In the Nelvana series, he dies in the fire he himself caused.
  • Karma Houdini: In the book he receives no comeuppance (and vanishes from the story completely after killing Babar's mother).
  • Killed Off for Real: He dies in the climax of the Five-Episode Pilot, burning in the fire he caused.
  • Kill It with Fire: The Hunter attempts to do this to every animal in the forest.
  • No Name Given: He's only known as the Hunter.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: In the books, he appears only on one page - but on that one page he kills Babar's mother, forcing the little elephant to flee to the city.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: In a series that's mostly Slice of Life starring an adorable young elephant, he's a truly terrifying villain whose very first action is murdering the protagonist's mother.
  • The Voiceless: The hunter, until right before his death.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The hunter has no problem with killing young Babar, not even after discovering his sentience.

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