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    Alex the Lion
Voiced by: Ben Stiller, Quinn Dempsey-Stiller (child), Wally Wingert (games, The Penguins of Madagascar), Crispin Freeman (games, All Hail King Julien), Tucker Chandler (child; Madagascar: A Little Wild)

Alex (born Alakay) is an African lion and the protagonist of the series. Alex is headstrong, protective and self-proclaimed leader of his friends. He is best friends with Marty (Zebra). He is used to the life of comfort in the zoo, but learns to adapt to the wild. He is smart, quick thinking and fast on his feet. He is a dancer by nature, often impressing others with his aerobatic feats. He does tend to be a little self-absorbed, often not seeing the problems of others above his own.

  • All Animals Are Domesticated: An aversion is used as one of the film's main plotlines. Alex is mostly harmless when locked in the zoo and given enough meat. He is even still sane when thrown in the wild for a day. However, that doesn't hide the fact he is a freaking lion, who's an obligate carnivore; he will have to hunt meat if he wants to survive. So come the first several days and his instinct activates...
  • Attention Whore: It is very obvious in the first movie that he loves being the center of attention.
  • Butt Biter: Bites Marty on the butt, thinking he is a giant steak, and leaves a visible mark afterwards.
  • Butt-Monkey: Gets put through many injuries in the first movie.
  • Camp Straight: Alex is quite flamboyant and loves to dance, but is in a relationship with Gia.
  • Distinguishing Mark: A birthmark shaped like Africa on his right paw that he gets from his father.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric - passionate, takes the lead, but tends to be egotistical and expects complete devotion.
  • Funny Animal: He walks on two legs and is more anthropomorphic than most other characters.
  • Game Face: When Alex "discovers" himself, his face becomes more eager.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Marty; their friendship is central to the first movie's plot.
  • Horror Hunger: His appetite for meat (and the realization that his friends are made of meat) is one of the main sources of conflict in the first movie.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He is basically Ben Stiller as a lion.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Being the most childlike of the quartet, he has the right coloring.
  • It's All About Me: His idea of a birthday gift is to give them his own merch.
  • Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot: While he was never unlikable, he was mostly a selfish and bratty lion in the first film. In this installment, even when he tried to do something nice for his friends, he still made it focused on him, like getting Marty a snow globe with a model of himself on his birthday rather than of Marty. He is also not great at giving Marty supportive advice when he wants to go out into the wild. He gets worse later on when, being in the jungle, he gives into his carnivore instincts and tries his hardest not to eat his friends. However, he gets much better at the end of the film.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may be a bit selfish, childish and a bit of a show off, but he is still a very friendly guy and does care about his friends.
  • Keet: Loud, hyperactive and somewhat flamboyant.
  • King of Beasts: In the first movie, he is referred to as "the King of New York". The second movie reveals that he is the son of the leader of a lion pride.
  • Large Ham: Alex has a very theatrical side to his personality
  • Leader Wannabe: In Europe's Most Wanted. The fact that he is technically the leader does not mean that others respect him (especially the members of the circus).
  • The Merch: In-Universe example. Alex is quite popular in Central Park.
  • Never My Fault: Of a different stripe than Marty. While Alex is right that Marty leaving the zoo is the cause of what got them transferred, he seems to put the blame solely Marty's shoulders and seems to willfully ignore the fact that by insisting to Melman and Gloria they go after him, they only exacerbated the problem and got transferred too. Indeed, Alex creates far more unrest with the public running around than Marty ever does, and it is implied the mass breakout is specifically what convinced the humans to go through with the transfer.
  • Pretty Boy: Even though he is a lion, Alex fits the bill. At one point in Escape 2 Africa, Skipper refers to him by this nickname, and in the opening scene, young Gloria admits that she thinks young Alex is "kind of cute".
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: As a cub.
  • Sanity Slippage: Alex is an obvious carnivore, but he never harmed any of the other animals while in the zoo because food was always given to him. While in Madagascar, his craving for meat grows stronger and stronger and eventually his predatory nature comes out. Once he finds an alternate food source than steak and his friends, he regains his bearings.
  • Super Strength: He was fully capable of ripping a telephone box off the handle. In the climax, he was able to knock away a large group of fossas in one blow.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Alex started quite inept when thrown out of the zoo. Come the third movie, he is not only able to survive, he even chooses to not go back.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Europe's Most Wanted has Alex shown more positve minded and willing to help anyone in need. One example has him convincing Vitaly into getting Back in the Saddle, compared to how he doesn't bother much with giving Marty a pep-talk about his wish in the first movie.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In the Escape 2 Africa, Alex strives to show his father he is a real lion.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He is not shy about hitting a psychotic old lady. To be fair, the old lady hit first.

    Marty the Zebra
Voiced by: Chris Rock, Thomas Stanley (child), Phil LaMarr (games), Amir O'Neil (child; Madagascar: A Little Wild)

Marty is a plains zebra who used to live at the Central Park Zoo, and is a good friend of Alex. Marty is a hopeless optimist; he usually sees the brighter side of many things, taking every situation in stride. He has black and white stripes, a furry coat, a mane, and a tufted tail. Marty is best friends with Alex and the two are rarely at odds. His carefree lifestyle tends to get on the nerves of his friends, but mostly serves to impress them; he is the one who helps hold the group together when things seem to get down.

  • Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag: He walks quadrupedal throughout most of the movie, but he stands up on his hind legs when he is excited.
  • Catchphrase: "Crack-a-lackin!"
  • Decoy Protagonist: Of sorts. The beginning of the film makes it seem like the movie is about Marty and his curiosity of life in the wild. The movie then turns out to be more about Alex and his struggle to stay away from his wild, carnivorous instinct.
  • Fearless Fool: He is not afraid of going out into the wild, or Connecticut.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine — cheerful, positive and fun, sometimes rebellious and very talkative.
  • Flanderization: In Europe's Most Wanted, his crazy side is played up more and he is not as sensitive or serious as he could be before.
  • Fun Personified: Marty is the only character out of the group who sees the positive of almost every situation and tries to make fun out of it.
  • Funny Afro: The imfamous rainbow wig. Worn in Europe's Most Wanted and sings a very catchy song about it.
  • Gone Horribly Right: He attempts to reach the "wilderness" of Connecticut... only to end up in the certifiably-wild Madagascar. Subverted in that he enjoys it even more; it is just that his friends loathe it (at least initially).
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Alex.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He feels this way in Escape 2 Africa, when he realizes that all zebras look and act like him.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Designed to look like his voice actor Chris Rock.
  • Jive Turkey: He has an African-American accent (courtesy of Chris Rock) and uses a lot of unusual slang (his Catchphrase is "Crack-a-lackin'", for a start.
  • Keet: Almost as hyperactive as his best friend Alex.
  • The Lancer: He jumps at the chance to do something wild and extreme.
  • National Animal Stereotypes: Marty is an African mammal living in America, making him an African-American, and he speaks in a Jive Turkey manner.
  • Never My Fault: When the group gets transferred to another zoo, Alex rightfully calls Marty out for abandoning the zoo (which puts the plot in motion). Marty tries to shift the blame off himself by telling Alex that he shouldn't have come up with the idea of finding Marty after he escaped. Which in fairness, is true: if Alex and the others hadn't run off after him, they would not have been transferred alongside him, and in fact it is hinted that because it was a mass breakout the humans transferred them.
  • Nice Guy: Marty is polite to most animals, loyal to his friends and pretty quick to forgive. At the end of the first movie, he is willing to go back to New York just to make Alex happy.
  • Out of Focus: Just a supporting deuteragonist in Europe's Most Wanted along with Gloria and Melman.
  • Scars Are Forever: After Alex bites him on the butt, Marty retains the bite marks throughout the following movies. Alex even uses them to tell him apart from the other zebras in Escape 2 Africa.
  • Undying Loyalty: In the first movie, he went to go save Alex despite the fact that he wanted to eat him.
  • Wolverine Publicity: He was overexposed in the third film's commercials and advertisements.
  • You All Look Familiar: When he was with the zebras in Escape 2 Africa.

    Gloria the Hippo
Voiced by: Jada Pinkett-Smith, Willow Smith (child), Bettina Bush (games), Shaylin Becton (child; Madagascar: A Little Wild)

Gloria is a hippopotamus who resided in the Central Park Zoo as an attraction, all the while being good friends with Alex and Marty, and Melman's girlfriend (as of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa). She has gray skin, a snout, black fingernails, and a short stubby tail. She acts as the older sister to the gang, often putting her foot down when the boys start to lose control.

  • Acrofatic: And how. Just watch her dancing in the credits of the first film, for starters. And in Europe's Most Wanted, she can even balance on a tightrope without the rope snapping on her weight.
  • The Big Girl: She uses more physical power than any other member of the group.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: According to Smith, she loved Gloria because she was both huge and sexy. Moto Moto also says she is the fattest hippo he has ever met, and from what we see of the reserve's hippo population, he is not lying.
  • Big Eater: Hinted. Melman says her favorite breakfast is six loaves of wheat toast, buttered on both sides, no crusts; however the films never depict her liking food any more than the other characters. However, she is seen scarfing down mangos in Madly Madagascar
  • Big Fun: Gloria is a big hippo, but the other characters are attracted to her and love her personality.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Melman.
  • Fat Comic Relief: Defied for the most part. The filmmakers acknowledged that fat jokes directed at an animal that's normally several hundred pounds in real life would be too predictable. A few times her size is the source of a gag but it is pretty rare.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic — friendly and laid-back Team Mom of the group.
  • Funny Animal: Always walks on two legs and she is very anthropomorphic.
  • Gentle Giant: She is a chubby hippo with a heart of gold.
  • Hartman Hips: Her hips are as wide as her stomach, if her dancing gives any idea.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Gloria slept though the entire plane crash in Escape 2 Africa, not waking up when the engines exploded, or when the plane went into a nosedive, or the crash itself. She only woke up once the plane finally landed.
  • Huggy, Huggy Hippos: A hippopotamus who acts as the good-hearted and protective Team Mom to the other zoosters.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Cute and slender Jada Pinkett-Smith may not be heavy and fat like Gloria, but her ecstatic smile is still very blatant in that heavily-built hippo.
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: In Escape 2 Africa, her butt get stuck in the airplane door and the chair. In Madagascar 3, she gets stuck in a pipe.
  • Interspecies Romance: She (a hippopotamus) becomes an Official Couple with Melman (a giraffe) in Escape 2 Africa.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Despite her massive bulk, she is quite capable of running quickly (as accurate for her species). This is especially true in the video games, where jalapenos can cause her to run at much higher speeds than hippos are physically capable of.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: In Melman's love confession to Gloria in Escape 2 Africa, he tells her that she was the one thing that kept him going while they were at the zoo.
  • Love Revelation Epiphany: It is not until she finds out Melman is in love with her that she realizes she loves him too.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Melman's Feminine Boy.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Invoked/Parodied. A lot of the time, her butt is clearly visible and her curvy figure is played up.
  • National Animal Stereotypes: A large African mammal portrayed as a Sassy Black Woman.
  • Nice Girl: Quite the caring sort. She also acts like the Team Mom of the group.
  • Official Couple: With Melman, from Escape 2 Africa onward.
  • Only Sane Woman: She usually acts as the voice of reason to her more quirky male friends.
  • Out of Focus: Just a supporting deuteragonist in the third film along with Marty and Melman.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Voiced by African American actress Jada Pinkett-Smith.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Gloria becomes a couple with Melman, the giraffe who knows everything about her and only wants her happy, instead of Moto-Moto, the hippopotamus who was only interested in her body.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She is the only female in the main quartet (and the only major female until the sequels came along).
  • Super Strength: True to her species, she is a powerhouse that can smash right through brick walls in a snap.
  • Team Mom: The girl that holds all of the main cast together. Her voice actress has even commented on this, stating that Gloria "sees the rest of the group as being like her kids".
  • Women Are Wiser: She is usually the only major female character of the franchise and she is generally more down-to-earth and level-headed than her friends.

    Melman the Giraffe
Voiced by: David Schwimmer, Zachary Gordon (child), Stephen Stanton (games), Luke Lowe (child; Madagascar: A Little Wild)

Melman Mankiewicz III is a male reticulated giraffe. He has a furry coat, whiskers, a snout, a long neck, brown spots, horns, and a tufted tail. He is somewhat of a hypochondriac, having doses of medicine for meals and doctor's appointments frequently. He even complains about having brown spots on his neck (the spots, in real life, are natural).

  • Ambiguously Jewish: His surname is Mankiewicz.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Does a sudden love confession to Gloria when the plane he boards in is about to crash land. Cut to Gloria sleeping and Alex and Marty's puzzling gazes.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is a clumsy, paranoid and neurotic coward played by the actor of Ross Geller so this trope is naturally given one for a guy like him.
  • Camp Straight: Effeminate, does manicure/pedicure, and is generally neurotic on everything. And, yet, Escape 2 Africa reveals that he has been in love with Gloria since childhood.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: With Gloria. Escape 2 Africa established that Melman had a crush on Gloria since they were little.
  • The Eeyore: Melman is often the sad-sack of the group especially in the second movie when Gloria was in a relationship with someone else.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic - paranoid, insecure, polite, constantly nervous, panicky and a bit shy.
  • Genial Giraffe: This giraffe is one of the main protagonists, and he is very kindhearted and gentle.
  • Gentle Giant: The tallest of the quartet and a sweetie.
  • The Heart: He is very sensitive.
  • Hypochondria: Melman's biggest character flaw due is how obsessive he gets about his medical health and scared of contacting any deadly diseases and being without medicine and medical equiptment like a CAT scan.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Since he is voiced by David Schwimmer, he is basically Ross Geller as a giraffe.
  • Interspecies Romance: He (a giraffe) becomes an Official Couple with Gloria (a hippopotamus) in Escape 2 Africa.
  • The Klutz: He trips almost everywhere he goes with his long legs.
  • Lovable Coward: He is so afraid of everything that he is loved even by Gloria.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Gloria's Masculine Girl.
  • The Medic: He knows all about vaccinations and diseases.
  • Nervous Wreck: He's very anxious, a major hypochondriac and in the first movie, after he founds out he's getting transfered from the Central Park Zoo, he panics about his medical appointments.
  • Nice Guy: He is very soft-hearted, loyal and quite polite.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Besides resembling his voice actor David Schwimmer, he also seems to be inspired by Woody Allen, if being nerdy, neurotic, and Ambiguously Jewish is any indication.
  • Official Couple: With Gloria, by the end of Escape 2 Africa.
  • Out of Focus: Just a supporting deuteragonist in the Europe's Most Wanted along with Gloria and Marty.
  • Sickly Neurotic Geek: Very much so — he is constantly worried about his health and takes a lot of medication.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Melman has only been in love with Gloria and only her.
  • Super Gullible: He always falls for anything that he believes will cure his problems instantly.
  • Terrified of Germs: Melman is oddly scared of sicknesss such as Lyme Disease and yet he washes his face with a urinal and mistakes a urinal cake for a mint.
  • Toothy Bird: A mammalian variant. He has comically large buck teeth (befitting his dorky personality), even though real giraffes completely lack upper incisors.

    The Penguins
Skipper Voiced by: Tom McGrath
Kowalski Voiced by: Chris Miller
Rico Voiced by: Jeffrey Katzenberg (first film, uncredited), John DiMaggio (Christmas Caper, second and third films), Conrad Vernon (Penguins of Madagascar)
Private Voiced by: Christopher Knights

A four-man penguin group that often help out the main characters, and at times wind up overshadowing them.

  • Ascended Extra: Skipper is the only member to speak many lines in the first film. All four penguins speak many lines in the sequels.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Skipper is The Leader and by far the best fighter in the team.
  • Ax-Crazy: All four have a lot of screws loose and are extremely violent, but Rico in particular is very clearly the craziest and most unhinged of the bunch. They have also been called psychotic on more than one occasion.
  • Badass Adorable: They are cute little penguins who can be dangerous when provoked (and even when unprovoked).
  • Badass Bookworm: Kowalski - though, ironically, he cannot read.
  • Badass Crew: All of them pull their own weight and are nothing to sneeze at when united - they broke into Fort Knox just to celebrate Private's birthday, where even their goal was to just steal publicly-discontinued snacks.
  • Big Brother Instinct: All of them towards Private.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In all three movies, no less!
  • Big Good: Despite their various quirks, they are certainly the most competent out of the cast, always the ones responsible for getting the plot going, generally the ones solving the 'bigger' problems (stealing the tanker ship and satisfying Alex's hunger in 1, fixing the plane in 2, and actually running the Circus in 3, though the monkeys helped with the latter two), and are always Big Damn Heroes in all three movies (or at least leading the charge).
  • Breakout Characters: They got their own TV series and movie. They weren't even billed as main characters in the first movie.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: By any objective standard, they are completely insane, yet they are also extremely competent - hijacking a container ship, fixing an ancient aeroplane with wood and creepers, then building a new flying machine out of the remains, and cobbling together a nuclear reactor? All easy.
  • Butt-Monkey: Private, being the youngest and least competent (at first glance) of the team, often ends up as the butt of the jokes.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Nothing will cause these penguins to lose their cool (except for Private sometimes).
  • Character Tics: Kowalski has a habit of repeatedly tapping whatever it is he wants someone else to see or read instead of simply pointing to it.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: With the exception of Private, the suffering of others tends to amuse them, particularly Skipper. This and their antics are invariably Played for Laughs.
  • Destructive Saviour: They are generally the good guys... and they cause mayhem wherever they go, generally leaving a trail of burning rubble in their wake. So far, the destruction includes but is not limited to: one massive transport ship, one passenger plane (twice), at least half a dozen jeeps, the North Wind's 90 million dollar jet, a modified RV, and a Monaco casino.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Private goes through this in Penguins of Madagascar, wanting to be recognized as a meaningful and valued member of the team.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: They pretty much became the breakout characters of the franchise, eventually getting their own movie and TV series.
  • Fantastic Racism: Mild case as the Penguins (especially Skipper) look down on non Avian species but not in a harmful way; just an annoying air of superiority. And they clearly have a low opinion of humans.
  • Flanderization: Rico coughs up a paperclip and a cherry in the first movie. He coughs up a stick of dynamite in the Christmas short, but still realistically struggles, only to be dropped in the second film. The third features a few more Bag of Holding stomach gags as started by the Operation Penguin game and popularized by The Penguins of Madagascar, which had aired since then, and then Penguins of Madagascar takes this gag to the extreme.
  • The Heart: Private is the cutest, kindest, and often most sane of the team.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: They are generally good guys, but they absolutely do not care who they have to hurt in order to achieve their goals - sometimes they even prefer using brute force.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Rico. He keeps a lot of items in his mouth, which he hurls out when needed. Or rather, he regurgitates. He basically just pukes the stuff up whenever they need it.
  • Indy Ploy: The penguins show a remarkable talent for rapid and effective improvisation if caught off-guard or when their initial plans fall apart. The Penguins of Madagascar film is almost entirely based on the team's ability to deal with sudden problems, starting from their earliest days to the present day of the story.
  • Interspecies Romance: In Merry Madagascar, Private falls in love with Cupid the reindeer, while Kowalski develops a crush on Eva the snowy owl in Penguins of Madagascar.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As their movie shows. Really, they are not bad peop-err-penguins, just a little psychotic. Also, they love each other and they always help zoosters.
  • Killer Rabbits: They may look cute and cuddly, but they are 100% capable of spy ops. And building weapons of mass destruction on a whim. See the Nucular reactor in Europe's Most Wanted.
  • Knife Nut:
    • The first thing Rico does when Alex questions the penguins' authority is pull a switchblade out of nowhere.
    • In "A Christmas Caper", he plays a rather intense game of Five-Finger Fillet with a plastic knife at the dinner table, then runs his flipper down the blade with an interesting face.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Private is outright confirmed to be this to the others especially Skipper in Penguins of Madagascar.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Kowalski, the tall, slender penguin who acts kind of stoic through most of the movies, becomes a bumbling, lovestruck dork around Eva.
  • Military Rank Names: Private.
  • Minor Major Character: Rico in the first film is the least developed of the four penguins, having no dialog, a very standard design (the movies do not even show his scar), and very little screentime or personality until he begins taking on aspects of his cartoon counterpart in later films.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Penguins of Madagascar shows that penguins in this setting are universally docile and content to adhere to routine. The young Skipper, Kowalski, and Rico found this to be agonizingly boring, and took it upon themselves to rescue a lone penguin egg when the penguin adults just gave a "it can't be helped" response. They successfully performed a daring rescue of said egg, found it to their liking, and then the three (and then-hatched Private) set off for a life of adventure.
  • The Nicknamer: Skipper. Except for his crew, he calls no one by their actual name.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: The Penguins will do whatever it takes to save a teammate. Private even quotes this in Penguins of Madagascar:
    "Skipper wouldn't care! Plan or no, fancy equipment or no... he'd never leave a man behind!"
  • Officer and a Gentleman: Skipper has the mannerisms of one. Whether he qualifies is another matter.
  • The Quiet One: Rico zigzags this across the franchise. Sometimes he is The Unintelligible, sometimes he gives one responses at random, and the The Christmas Caper, he expressed his one-episode-only pyromania with repeated queries of "kaboom?"
  • Running Gag: Private getting slapped in the head, usually as a result of fumbling a high five.
  • The Smart Guy: Collectively this whenever they work with the Zoosters, as they have the most technical know-how and make the best plans. From the team itself, Kowalski fits the bill, as Skipper always asks him for vital information and more often than not, Kowalski delivers.
  • Token Good Teammate: While none of them are evil, they are quite big jerks except for the naive and kind-hearted Private.
  • True Companions: Penguins of Madagascar shows how strong the bond between them is, to the point where they consider themselves "brothers".

    King Julien
Voiced by: Sacha Baron Cohen (the three major films), Danny Jacobs (specials, games and Penguins of Madagascar)

King Julien XIII is a conceited, selfish, fun-loving ring-tailed lemur. As a self-proclaimed lord of the lemurs, Julien ruled over a great colony of lemurs in Madagascar using mostly his charisma and delegating, i.e. telling other people what they should do since he certainly had very little ability to lead. Nevertheless, he shows more intelligence and calmness compared to the other lemurs (aside from Maurice), which is shown when the very word "Fossa" drives all of them, except himself and Maurice, into a state of panic. He had parties for his people on Madagascar with much frequency.

  • Animal Gender-Bender: Lemur colonies are matriarchal.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Thin to Maurice's Big and Mort's Short.
  • Breakout Character: Julien was actually a minor character in the first film. Fans adored him, and his song, and he has since become one of the most popular characters along with the penguins, appearing with them in The Penguins of Madagascar back in Central Park Zoo in place of the main characters, and starring in his own spinoff, All Hail King Julien.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: All Hail King Julien shows that the lemurs consider Julien the best king they have had in years, despite his eccentricities and self-centred nature.
  • Camp Straight: He was Ambiguously Gay until the third movie, which gave him Sonya the bear as a love interest.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: He talks to sky spirits, is very eccentric, and often has no concept of reality in his kingdom.
  • Cool Crown: King Julien is constantly exchanging his crowns for larger more elaborate models based on what he can find. Losing one doesn't bug him as it is an excuse to trade up for an even bigger one.
    • His most iconic crown is his first crown made of wood and leaves that he gives to Alex as a present at the end of the first movie.
    • His second crown is made entirely out of leaves and, as he is quick to point out, is much taller than his old one, featuring a gecko as the centerpiece. He leaves the gecko in charge of the kingdom in the second movie and loses the crown in a plane crash.
    • He makes a third crown of wood and feathers upon landing in Africa and keeps it for the rest of the movies.
    • He wears an extremely tall wooden tribal crown as part of a volcano sacrifice. This crown seems to be purely ceremonial as he switches back to his feather crown afterward.
  • Expy: Very similar to King Louie from The Jungle Book (1967) in that he is an insane primate king who likes to sing and dance.
  • Fat and Skinny: With Maurice.
  • Flanderization: His selfishness, incompetence, ego, stupidity and weird accent (although the last one could be chalked up to Danny Jacobs replacing Sacha Baron Cohen).
  • Fun Personified: He is a true party animal. Despite being the leader of the lemurs in Madagascar, he seems to be better at leading parties than leading anything else.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: His relationship with Sonya in the third film.
  • Hot Guy, Ugly Wife: With Sonya. Although he is more cute and fluffy than "hot", that's still in stark contrast with Sonya who's a non-anthropomorphic bear.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Sonya the bear.
  • It's All About Me: Even more so than Alex. Not being the protagonist doesn't help matters.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He is egotistical and a bit of jerk to everyone, especially Mort, but his heart is in the right place, especially when he gives his own crown to Alex in the first film, encourages Melman to tell Gloria how he feels in the second film, and helping the circus animals save the zoo animals in the third film.
  • Large Ham: He has lots of this thanks to his dancing skills and charismatic nature.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: The ending of the first film implies this may be the case for Julien. May. The second film also hints at this, as he cannily manipulates the panicking savannah animals into sacrificing Melman (who, to be fair, volunteered) "before [they] come to [their] senses".
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Although all characters in the movies are comedic to some extent, Julien steals every scene he appears in.
  • Spanner in the Works: In Europe's Most Wanted, he wanders back to the circus tent in a tranquilised stupor after being shot by Dubois outside the Zoo in New York in an attempt to atone with Sophia without any knowledge from the Animal Control that he left. The penguins find the dart sticking out of his tail and begin constructing the Afro Circus for their rescue attempt fully aware that the Zoosters are in danger.
  • The Starscream: Played for Laughs in the second film. The moment he arrives on the reserve, he declares himself the new ruler and thinks they have happily accepted him as such (Maurice quips that it is a non-hostile takeover). He spends the rest of the film trying to amass a following among the animals.
  • Those Two Guys: With Maurice - though by the third film, he is clearly hoping his liege will do him a favour and die.
  • Upper-Class Twit: He is a king with no physical knowledge other than knowledge of the Sky Spirits.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Julien speaks with a sort of Indian-meets-African accent.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: When Jumping Out of a Cake, he wears a coconut bra and a grass skirt.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Has appeared in almost everything from the Madagascar film series.


Maurice is a "big boned" (overweight) Aye Aye; he is King Julien's advisor — not that Julien ever listens to him — and is highly skeptical of his ruler's mad plans.

  • Beleaguered Assistant: Due to Julien often mistreating him, he is thrown into this category.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Big to King Julien's Thin and Mort's Short.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As he is much more sane than Julien and the other lemurs, he often makes sarcastic comments on them.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the second sequel, he rarely does anything of importance.
  • Fat and Skinny: The fat to Julien's skinny.
  • Hyper Competent Side Kick: He is a lot more intelligent than his boss.
  • Only Sane Man: Among the lemurs, anyway, being the one to point out that Alex is a predator. However, considering that his fellow lemurs are either idiots or varying degrees of insane, he pretty much has this by default.
  • Out of Focus: He is mostly just there to be a Servile Snarker and rarely ever contributes to the plot. In the third film, even Mort ends up being more useful.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: He is an Aye-Aye, which is an endangered species of lemur.
  • Servile Snarker: He is a loyal servant to King Julien despite being much smarter and snarkier than him.
  • Stealth Pun: He is an aye aye that spends most of his time being Julien's yes man.
  • Straight Man: He is a serious foil to the insane King Julien.
  • The Starscream: Subtly implied. When it appears Julien has fallen to his death early in 3, he starts to break into a smile, only to scowl in disappointment when it is revealed that he survived.
  • Those Two Guys: With Julien.

Voiced by: Andy Richter

Mort is a small cute and cuddly goodman's mouse lemur. Though quite timid, Mort can also be shrill and vocal in confrontations.

  • Ascended Extra: After being a One-Scene Wonder minor character in the first film, he has a bigger role in the first sequel.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Short to Maurice's Big and King Julien's Thin.
  • Butt-Monkey: He gets chewed out by Julien, chased by a shark, and berated by the circus animals.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: He dreams about feet and King Julien at night.
  • Cute Critters Act Childlike: He is a young adult lemur with the face of a cuddly baby.
  • Determinator: He doesn't let the fact that he missed the plane keep him from following Julien to Africa.
  • The Ditz: He loves feet and has the worst brain-power of the lemurs.
  • Fearless Fool: Mostly in Madagascar 2, where he holds on to the wing of the aeroplane without worrying that he will fall off (which he does), and is only mildly scared when an enormous Great White Shark lunges at him.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Julien and Maurice both find him quite hard to deal with at times.
  • Made of Iron: His immunity to pain has been shown multiple times throughout the series.
  • Older Than They Look: According to the movie commentary, he is actually an adult — mouse lemurs all look like babies.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Apparently even more so than Private as seen in the end of the Penguins of Madagascar Movie, where he was used to power the machine to restore Private to normal. He still had side-effects...just not as noticeable as Private's Butt-hand during its first use.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A mouse lemur.
  • Undying Loyalty: Mort could quite possibly be King Julien's most loyal and obsessive follower.

    Mason and Phil
Voiced by: Conrad Vernon (Mason)

Mason and Phil are two sophisticated common chimpanzees at the Central Park Zoo, who prefer to drink cups of coffee and "read" the newspaper in the morning. Mason speaks with a stereotypical British accent, while Phil doesn't speak and communicates through American Sign Language. While Mason is unable to read, Phil can and is used to decipher writing while Mason translates the ASL.

  • Ambiguously Gay: The full extent of their relationship is never disclosed. Made even more ambiguous when Skipper says he could kiss Mason to express his gratitude. Mason then kisses him with no hesitation, with his only complaint being that he finds Skipper "so ugly".
  • 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.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Request maternity leave... despite them both being males. Skipper points this out... after taking a moment to check.
  • Drunk on Milk: Phil drinks Root Beer in the first movie, and generally acts hungover while in his zoo habitat.
  • 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. Phil however only talks in Sign language, necessitating Mason to translate for him on a few occasions.
  • Nice Guy: The two are fairly pleasant and are always loyal team players to the gang.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: They are freed from the ship at the end of the first film and join the main group for the rest of their misadventures in the sequels.
  • Road Apples: Mason mentions throwing poo in the first film but is never seen doing it.
  • Satellite Character: Although they become more important as a part of the penguins' plans in later movies, they also become defined solely by that, to the point where the Odd Couple character traits they show in the first movie disappear.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Phil, of all people, when Dubois bursts into the casino in Monte Carlo.
  • Shown Their Work: Phil's sign language is completely accurate. Though they do admit that what he is actually saying is generally more complicated than what Mason translates (resulting in Bilingual Bonus if you know American Sign Language).
  • The Speechless: Phil, who communicates with American Sign Language instead.
  • Those Two Guys: The translators and spokes-animals of the zoo.
  • 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".
  • Voice for the Voiceless: Mason, who does all the talking for Phil and serves as his translator.

Voiced by: Elisa Gabrielli

Nana is an elderly lady with a Yiddish accent and the archenemy of Alex the lion.

  • Ambiguously Jewish: Her name, along with a thick Yiddish accent, and from Yonkers. However, the prequel short "A Christmas Caper" depicts her celebrating Christmas.
  • Arch-Enemy: Of Alex ever since her beatdown on him in the first movie.
  • Ascended Extra: She appears only in a short gag in the first movie, but plays a much more important role in the second.
  • Badass Bystander: This is a lady who kicked one lion in the wingdings on two separate occasions on two continents and then stared down what was essentially a wrecking ball on a plane without so much as flinching.
  • Big Bad: For the Christmas Caper short film when she kidnaps Private while he is doing some last-minute Christmas shopping, prompting the other Penguins to launch a rescue mission.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Shares the role of main antagonist of Escape 2 Africa with Makunga.
  • Black Comedy Animal Cruelty: Beating up lions is her schtick, always Played for Laughs.
  • Blood Knight: She has it out for bad kitties, including lions.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Hasn't been seen since the second movie.
  • Cool Old Lady: At least the humans from the second movie consider her this, after she gives them a Rousing Speech.
  • Determinator: She won't stop until every bad kitty is punished and/or maimed.
  • Elderly Blue-Haired Lady: Not literally, but the Penguins identify her by the codename 'Bluehair'.
  • Evil Old Folks: Do not expect this old woman to give you cookies and hugs.
  • Girl Scouts Are Evil: "Brownies Troop 416, Yonkers."
  • Jerkass: She goes out her way to torment not only Alex, but the other animals as well. She is not particularly nice with people either; she tells a cab driver to "drop dead" and greets a doorman who wishes her a "Merry Christmas" with a nasty punch.
  • Karma Houdini: Nana is never truly punished for her repeated beatdowns of Alex.
  • Killer Rabbit: That poodle of hers. He even has the incredibly fitting name of Mr. Chew.
  • Made of Iron: While her fight with Alex in the first movie is one sided, she even beats him in the second when he is actively trying to fight back. The penguins throw her out of a moving vehicle and ram her for good measure and she still gets up just fine. In the climax, she gets rammed with what amounts to a wrecking ball and she gets back up.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Or she will beat the crap out of you. Even if you're a lion much bigger than her.
  • Nice Hat: In the Christmas Caper, she wears a large furry hat reminiscent of an ushanka.
  • Psychopathic Man Child: Has elements of this. Her idea of fighting includes noogies, titty-twisters and Indian rub burns.
  • When Elders Attack: A very vicious and nigh-indestructible old woman who can easily beat up a lion.

    The Fossa
Voiced by: Tom McGrath, Eric Darnell

The main antagonists of Madagascar. They terrorize the lemurs and attempt to eat them. According to Julien, "they're always annoying us [the lemurs] by trespassing, interrupting our parties, and ripping our limbs off".

  • Dirty Coward: Instead of fighting back against Alex, the Fossa almost run away in fear without putting up much of a fight.
  • Expy: They are very similar to the Hyenas from The Lion King (1994).
  • Hulk Speak: All of the fossas speak like this.
  • King Mook: Since fighting a horde of them off would not be a fitting final battle in the video game, a Fossa who acts more like Alex is introduced here and serves as the Final Boss. He is the fossa king.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Spelled 'Fossa', pronounced 'Foosa' (although the misspelling "Foosa" also appears in the movie).
  • Seldom-Seen Species: You won't find many people who know what a fossa is.
  • You All Look Familiar: All of the them look the same. The only difference is their fur color.
  • Zerg Rush: They prefer to attack in packs (which is Artistic License – Biology, since real life fossa are solitary).

Introduced in Escape 2 Africa

Voiced by: Bernie Mac

Zuba is a lion who is Alex's father and the alpha lion of the pride in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

  • Adult Fear: Your only child being kidnapped and disappearing for years.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: He managed to remain the alpha lion by defeating anyone who challenged him, like Makunga.
  • Character Development: He starts out wanting Alex to be a fighter like him, but eventually comes around to supporting Alex's choice to being a dancer.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Due to Actor Existence Failure, he is not even mentioned in the third movie.
  • Ear Notch: In the prologue he had part of his left ear shot off by the poachers as he tried to save his son from them. By the time his vision clears from the blow, he doesn't notice that Alex's crate had fallen off the truck into the river and continues to chase the truck.
  • King of Beasts: He is the noble leader of the pride, respected by all animals on the savannah.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Despite being smaller than Makunga, Zuba can overpower him easily.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: While he may have been insensitive towards Alex's choice to dance over fighting, he is a pretty likable Nice Guy and he loves his son and wife dearly and would do anything to protect them.
  • Papa Wolf: His first instinct when baby Alex was kidnapped was to run straight for him...even after being shot. He also doesn't waste time going after his son when he thinks he might be in danger.
  • Parents as People: He loves his son, but was admittedly disappointed of Alex preferring to dance.
  • Sports Dad: Of a sort. While Zuba tried to raise Alex to be a fighter like him, he was disappointed by his fixation with dancing. Part of his Character Development involves him coming to accept it.

Voiced by: Sherri Shepherd

Florrie is Alex's mother, Zuba's mate, and the alpha lioness of the pride in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.

  • All There in the Script: She is never addressed by name in the movie, and is credited simply as Mom. Her name is revealed in the film's novelization.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Along with her husband, she is not even mentioned in the third movie.
  • Good Parents: Unlike Zuba, Florrie accepts Alex for who he is and calls out her husband over his stubbornness in the matter.
  • Nice Girl: Florrie is caring, understanding, and accepting.
  • Parents Know Their Children: Unlike Zuba, she quickly manages to recognize Alex when he returns to the reserve, even though she hadn't seen him since he was a cub.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Florrie is more accepting of Alex for who he is. She is not disturbed at all by the fact that Alex prefers to dance instead of fight. Due to this, she acts as the voice of reason and tries to encourage Zuba that it is better that Alex came back to them at all, dancing or no dancing.

Voiced by: Alec Baldwin

Makunga is a male lion with a large black mane styled in a pompadour (similar to Elvis Presley's hair) and green eyes, and is the main antagonist of the second film. He is Zuba's rival and wants to take his place as alpha lion.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the video game adaptation of the movie, he doesn't do anything truly villainous, and is merely a jerk to Alex.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: He is one of the two main antagonists of the second film as the villain of Alex's storyline, while Nana serves as a wider antagonist whose actions threaten the reserve as a whole.
  • Cats Are Mean: He is a cunning, malevolent lion.
  • Cats Are Superior: He is vain, egotistic, and treats the other animals as inferior.
  • Evil Mentor: Successfully tricks Alex into thinking he is giving him helpful tips for the coming-of-age ceremony, when he is setting him up to take control of the reserve.
  • Expy: Of Scar from The Lion King (1994), with his manipulative nature played up for laughs. Unlike Scar, though, Makunga is just more of a pompous, egotistical jerk instead of outright evil.
  • Genre Savvy: He is aware that Alex is a Camp Straight theatre type, and not a warrior, and exploits it.
  • Hate Sink: Makunga may not be a monster like Scar, but he is still a thoroughly despicable asshole. The way he manipulates Alex to get rid of him and Zuba just to be Alpha Lion is low especially considering that they just reunited. Also when the watering hole dried up, he doesn’t care one bit about the lives of the other animals even cruelly taunting a child to go look for water off the reserve. In the end, that beatdown that Nana gives him is quite well-deserved.
  • Humiliation Conga: The only way to describe his final defeat. He realizes that literally no one on the reserve likes him and everyone prefers Zuba's rule, he has to beg Zuba and his family for help, he is tricked by Alex into taking Nana's handbag so she beats him up, is dragged away in front of everyone, and is finally forced to become Nana's new pet.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: He resembles a caricature of Alec Baldwin as a lion, even sharing his actor's trademark gray streak on his black mane.
  • It's All About Me: His reason of why he wants to become alpha lion. "I'm better looking. I've got better hair. I'm deceivingly smart. And I want everyone else to do what I say."
  • Jerkass: As an arrogant, manipulative and power-hungry narcissist, he is this to the lions and by extension, the entire reserve.
  • Jerk Jock: He wants to be king so bad and he has got the brawn to do it.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He meets his downfall when Alex tricks him into taking Nana's purse, then unleashing the old lady to attack him. Then Nana drags Makunga off the reserve with the other animals cheering.
    • The DVD Commentary confirms that Nana brought Makunga back to New York in a kitty cage!
  • Obviously Evil: Played for Laughs. He is large, imposing, has a darker colour scheme than the other lions, is constantly sneering and manipulating others every chance he gets, and as mentioned above, resembles Scar.
  • Skunk Stripe: One trait he shares with his voice actor Alec Baldwin is a gray streak on his mane.
  • Smug Snake: He relishes the moment when his plan to become leader of the Pride falls into place.

Voiced by: Fred Tatasciore
Teetsi is a very muscular lion who serves as Makunga's henchman and Alex's rival.
  • Advertised Extra: Even though his fight with Alex is shown in many of the trailers, Teetsi only appears during two scenes.
  • The Brute: He acts as Makunga's muscle.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During his fight against Alex, he easily beats him in one blow.
  • The Dragon: He serves Makunga's main (and only) henchman.
  • The Dreaded: Aside from Makunga and Zuba, all the other lions are afraid of him, to the point that they all gasp in terror when Alex challenges him.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: He is a minion of Makunga and has a pretty deep voice, courtesy of Fred Tatasciore.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: "Teetsi" is not exactly the most threatening-sounding name.
  • Growing Muscles Sequence: During the battle, Teetsi bulks up considerably, in contrast to his rather meek appearance.
  • Hard Head: When another lion drops a stone on his head, the only thing it does is wake him up from his nap.
  • Heavy Sleeper: So much so that he needs to be hit on the head with a stone to wake up.
  • Let's Dance: Says this to Alex at the start of their fight. Alex takes it a bit too literally...
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: He is by far the most muscular of all the lions, as well as the strongest (except for maybe Zuba).
  • Roar Before Beating: He makes a mighty roar before going to fight Alex.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After defeating Alex and putting the Hat of Shame on his head, he pretty much disappears from the movie.

    Moto Moto
Voiced by:

Moto Moto is a big-bellied, handsome, muscular hippopotamus with a deep voice, whose main hobby is flirting with anything of the female species.

  • Advertised Extra: He is heavily played up in trailers and advertising to appear like a major new character, but he is more of a supporting character who falls off the map about halfway through the film. Furthermore, he is only a critical character in Gloria and Melman's subplot.
  • Amicable Exes: Though Gloria rejects him, they are still seen working together to dig for water.
  • Big Beautiful Man: He is big and bulky, but also clearly a Mr. Fanservice.
  • Big Ol' Unibrow: Part of his macho appearance.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Implied when Julien is asking for someone to volunteer as the sacrifice, and suggesting someone who's never found love. Moto Moto begins hiding behind the much fatter Gloria to not be seen, perhaps implying that despite being regarded as the hunkiest hippo around, he has failed to find any genuine relationship likely because of how shallow he is.
  • Chubby Chaser: This is the main reason why he is attracted to Gloria. His first scene has the song "Big and Chunky" playing in the background, which is about his attraction to large women.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: sings the film's theme song, "Travelling Song", as well as "Big and Chunky", Moto Moto's personal theme.
  • Dumb Muscle: He is very buff, but not particularly bright, as he cannot even hold up two fingers when he says "twice". He also falls hook, line, and sinker for Julien's sacrifice theory.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The "jerk" part is how shallow he is, since he only likes Gloria because she is the fattest hippo he has ever met. The "heart of gold" factor comes into play in that he is still a pretty nice guy, helping the animals look for water and remaining friends with Gloria after she presumably rejected him.
  • Meaningful Name: According to the November 2008 issue of National Geographic Kids, "Moto Moto" in an African language (they didn't say which one, possibly Swahili) does mean "hot hot".
  • Mr. Fanservice: His sexiness is played up, both in his character design with huge pecs (that he often flexes), and the way the camera pans over him when he is introduced emerging from the water. Also see Meaningful Name above.
  • Pec Flex: Has a habit of doing this to impress Gloria.
  • Put on a Bus: Not seen or mentioned in the third film.
  • Romantic False Lead: He appears to be Gloria's potential boyfriend, but eventually gives way to Melman.
  • Soul Brotha: His voice actor wanted to make him sound like Barry White.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: He has enormous pecs, a fairly large belly, and tiny legs.

Introduced in Europe's Most Wanted

Voiced by: Bryan Cranston

Vitaly is a Russian-accented Siberian tiger that leads a traveling circus in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

  • Beyond the Impossible: After being successful in jumping hoops; He wanted to jump through the next level; this time through rings. As in, too small for all of the daintiest of fingers rings. Everyone constantly comments on how what he does should be physically impossible. He did take it a bit too far by coating himself with olive oil and ordering Stefano to light the hoop on fire. Suffice to say, the result wasn't pretty. Alex helps him overcome this by convincing the tiger to instead use Non-flammable hair conditioner and the result is tremendous; Vitaly jumps through the flaming hoop unharmed this time. For the climax he breaks into Marty's cage by jumping through the keyhole, and breaks Marty out by jumping back out the keyhole while holding Marty.
    • In fact, he specifically overcomes his Heroic BSoD as a Broken Ace by remembering that what he really enjoyed was doing the impossible.
  • Briefs Boasting: He wears blue briefs, and he used to be a showy, proud circus acrobat.
  • Broken Ace: After being burned, he vowed to never do his signature trick again and eat borscht all day.
  • Catchphrase: "So be it!" — which with his accent sounds like "Soviet".
  • Defrosting Ice King: After Alex helps him overcome his fears with his ring act to become a star again, you could not ask for a better male friend outside of the Zoosters for Alex.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: A rare example where the eyes do match the trope, and only in retrospect, but after learning from his Backstory that screwing up the ring jump cost him his fur and had it grow back "bristly" instead of soft, it seems evident that his mockery of Alex's glossy fur is a form of Sour Grapes. He is certainly quite happy to get soft fur "like a kitten" again after using the hair conditioner.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He wears blue briefs and a golden belt. It is less than a half-dressed cartoon animal usually wears, but still beyond being an Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal.

Voiced by: Jessica Chastain

Gia is an Italian-accented jaguar who is part of the traveling circus in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

Voiced by: Martin Short

Stefano is an Italian-accented New Zealand sea lion with curly whiskers. He is part of the traveling circus in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and is a happy, fun-loving Italian sea lion who always looks on the brighter side of things. A true entertainer at heart, he is up for any challenge to save the circus, even convincing Alex that the show must go on.

  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: He wears a colorful ruff around his neck and nothing else.
  • Break the Cutie: In the third act, he suffers a major breakdown after realizing Marty and the others aren't actually circus animals, and can barely stand to go on without his cannonball partner. He recovers when Vitaly and Gia decide to rescue the four from the zoo.
  • Distressed Dude: Twice! First, when he's practicing his "human cannonball" act for the first time, he slams into the side of a mountain and has to hold on for dear life until Marty can rescue him. Later, in the finale, he gets caught by Dubois (who's gone completely nuts by that point). Thankfully, Alex and Gia are able to rescue him.
  • The Ditz: Only slightly below average intelligence (or so he claims).
  • Dumb Is Good: He may be dumb, but he makes up for it with his skill.
  • Funny Foreigner: Acts and sounds like a stereotypical Italian. According to Craig Kellman, one of the character designers of the film: "He talks with his hands, so his shoulders were important".
  • Genius Ditz: He is the one who inspires Alex to reignite the circus animals' passion for performing. Alex even suggests to him that he is smarter than he seems, but he denies it.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Inverted. Character designer Craig Kellman based Stefano's face on his own. On the other hand, Stefano sure does have Martin Short's big elastic smile.
  • Insistent Terminology: Downplayed (since it only gets brought up once) and justified (since it's the truth), but he corrects Skipper when the latter refers to him as a seal instead of a sea lion.
  • Keet: An extremely energetic and talkative sea lion.

Voiced by: Frank Welker

Sonya is the traveling circus’s most ferocious Eurasian brown bear who appears in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted.

    Captain Chantel DuBois

Captain Chantel DuBois is a Monegasque animal control officer. She serves as the main antagonist of the third film.

  • The Ace: She is damn near invincible and unstoppable. She is also stated to have a perfect case record.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: A rare human example: she sniffs like a dog when tracking down the animals.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: The leader of the animal control squad, and an Implacable Woman.
  • Ax-Crazy: She even tries to kill the animals when they are back in Central Park Zoo.
  • Benevolent Boss: She does care for her men to the point of healing the wounds on them via an actually impressive singing voice.
  • Big Bad: The first true example in the franchise. Unlike the fossa who are just predators, or Makunga who's a pompous jerk, she is determined to kill Alex.
  • Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: Inverted. She is a French woman, and also a badass Determinator. If anything, most characters are afraid of her.
  • Dark Action Girl: She punched her first snake at the age of 7. Given everything else she has done during the course of the film alone, this is probably not an exaggeration.
  • Determinator: She will stop at nothing until she catches the zoo gang (in particular that lion), even when they are far outside Monaco and thus out of her territory.
  • Diabolical Dogcatcher: It is pretty much a given that she didn't get into animal control for the money.
  • The Dreaded: When Kowalski finds that she is on the case, he refers to it as a "serious problem".
  • Establishing Character Moment: When she first rides through the smoke, her shadow is that of the Devil.
  • Evil Redhead: She has red curls and is cruel and vicious.
  • Expy: Of Cruella De Vil, although she is arguably even more of a ruthless, animal-hating Determinator.
  • Implacable Woman: She punches through solid brick walls in order to catch up with the aircraft the Zoosters are escaping in.
    Julien: Hey, this lady is really starting to freak me out.
  • Just Desserts: The end of the third film indicates that she is headed for this fate.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Even when her actions are Played for Laughs, it doesn't offset how dangerous she is to the animals. She even tries to saw Alex's head off during the climax.
  • Knight Templar: Her task is to capture escaped animals to keep up safety and order in Monaco. She just takes it a bit too seriously.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Appears to be the strongest, fastest, and most durable human in the setting; in her first encounter with the Zoosters, she gets blown off the car while it is traveling at ultra-fast speed, keeps up with the plane while smashing through several walls, and is finally dropped several stories. All of this is shrugged off.
  • Made of Iron: She takes on more punishment than a normal human possibly could, such as getting thrown off a high-speed car, running through walls and surviving a multi-story drop. And that's just in one scene.
  • Magic Music: Apparently DuBois' singing is so emotional and heartfelt, it heals her injured colleagues instantly, causing them to burst dramatically from their various body casts.
  • The Nose Knows: She can track animals down using her sense of smell.
  • Psycho for Hire: She works with the police, but is completely Ax-Crazy.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: To the point that just from smelling and tasting tracks left behind she can not only identify all sorts of impossible things about her quarry (height, weight, what they last ate), but she actually sees ghostly after-images of them showing their last actions.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Played much darker than the usual example - she rips up the Giant Novelty Check she was given for (accidentally) bringing Alex and co. back to the Zoo and says the quote below... all while preparing to shoot Alex with a poison dart in the next second.
    "It was never about the money. It was about... (Pulls out an "Alex" foam finger, under which she's hiding a poison dart gun) the lion."
  • Super Strength: Is far stronger than any normal human could hope to be - during her first chase, DuBois smashes through several concrete walls and stops the zoosters' plane from flying off before the ground breaks beneath her.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A foreign badass woman with a grudge against Alex? Sounds like a certain old lady.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Averted in both directions. The penguins' file on her says she is the best — and Alex and company quickly agree — and DuBois doesn't take anyone lightly.
  • Taking You with Me: Determined to go down into a pool of cobras with Alex's head.
  • Unflinching Walk: Nothing fazes her.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Occurs at the climax, and hoo boy, it's an outstanding one! It begins when Dubois discovers that the circus animals arrive to rescue the Zoosters, where she lets out a Big "NO!" before she is knocked into a wall by Sonya and Julien by their motorcycle after they first take out her men. Eventually, Dubois rises up from the wall, her hair completely disheveled and now turned into a bloodthirsty rabid animal and starting chasing the circus animals and the Zoosters with a psychotically furious expression on her face, culminating with Alex throwing her into his rock pound as she crawls up, growling and eventually roaring angrily at the top of her lungs as Alex escapes. This practically marks the moment where Dubois changes from an utterly demented madwoman to an animalistic mess, and it is both terrifying and satisfying to behold.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Captain Dubois is out to murder Alex. As in literal, first-degree, premeditated murder. Even after Alex is re-contained in the zoo (at which point her warrant expires, and Alex becomes zoo property), she makes it very clear that she won't be satisfied while Alex still draws breath. Even before they arrive at the zoo, as in leaving Monaco entirely, she and her cronies continue to pursue them far beyond the boundaries of where they would legally be allowed to pursue the Zoosters.
  • Worthy Opponent: Sees Alex as this.

Introduced in Penguins of Madagascar


Classified is a courageous yet slightly arrogant British gray wolf and the team leader of North Wind. He is the North Wind's counterpart of Skipper.

  • 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.
  • Foil: To Skipper. They are both leaders of secret animal organisations and tend to be jerks, but nonetheless do their best to do the right thing. However, while Skipper sees his teammates as family, Classified sees his teammates as friends at best. Also, Skipper loves to joke and doesn't take himself that seriously, while Classified is much more professional and serious.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Has his actor's famous slitted blue eyes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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. Despite this, he truly believes in the North Wind's mission of protecting animals.
  • The Leader: The head of the North Wind.
  • Noble Wolf: A heroic wolf who leads a team that protects animals in danger.
  • No Name Given: His name is classified, in that it is a secret. Skipper, however, assumes he means his name actually is Classified and refers to him as that throughout the film.
  • Not So Stoic: He tries to maintain a veneer of control but can completely fall apart if it looks like there's no escape.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: By the end of the film. He thanks the penguins by giving them jetpacks.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: His lower body is minuscule compared to the rest.
  • Withholding Their Name: He does not give his name, saying that it is classified. Skipper takes it to mean that his name really is "Classified".

Voiced by: Annet Mahendru

Eva is a Russian snowy owl and North Wind's intelligence analyst. Kowalski has a crush on her.

  • Expy: Replaces Doris the Dolphin from The Penguins of Madagascar as Kowalski's Love Interest.
  • Foil: To Kowalski. They are both the smart guys of their respective teams and appear to be little unemotional. That said, Kowalski seems to be slightly more open about his feelings and more prone to making mistakes.
  • Interspecies Romance: She is shown to reciprocate Kowalski's feelings once Dave is defeated, kissing him passionately.
  • 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.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: She is a snowy owl, and she manages the intelligence of North Wind.
  • Satellite Love Interest: She gets very little characterization besides being smart and straight-faced. Yet, Kowalski finds her incredibly attractive.
  • The Smart Girl: She collects intelligence for the North Wind.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only female in the team.
  • 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.

    Short Fuse
Voiced by: Ken Jeong

Short Fuse is a Belgian harp seal. He is the North Wind's explosive and demolitions expert.

  • Child Prodigy: He is only a pup, as evidenced by his white fur. He is also North Wind's demolition expert.
  • Demolitions Expert: For the North Wind.
  • Foil: To Rico. They are both demolition experts of their teams, but Short Fuse is more collected and intelligent, as well as able to talk.
  • Killer Rabbit: He is an adorable seal that carries massive guns.
  • Meaningful Name: Doubly meaningful: he has zero patience for shenanigans, which made his reactions to the Penguins' antics all the more hilarious, and he is a demolitions expert who uses small bombs with short fuse.
  • Motor Mouth: He goes into lengthy rants when he is frustrated.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He is a cute seal pup.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A harp seal.
  • Sweet Seal: Subverted. He looks and sounds the part, but sure doesn't act like it.
  • Throw Down the Bomblet: The explosives he uses are small enough to fit in his flippers.

Voiced by: Peter Stormare

Corporal is a Norwegian polar bear and the muscle of the North Wind team. He seems to like penguins and he freaks out when other penguins are taken.

  • Beary Friendly: He is gentle with those not on his bad side and has a soft spot for penguins in particular.
  • Beary Funny: His obsession with cute animals is Played for Laughs.
  • The Big Guy: The largest member of the North Wind, an enormous polar bear.
  • Cuteness Proximity: During the North Wind's first encounter with the penguins, he hugs and fawns over them.
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: Repeatedly smashes his team's tech and almost hugs the Penguins to death.
  • Dumb Muscle: He is the strongest and least intelligent member of the North Wind, especially losing his mind when he sees cute animals.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Despite his love for penguins, even he is a little miffed that Skipper, Kowalski, and Rico destroyed the North Wind's airship.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Experiences stress eating occasionally. However he tends to grab the nearest object rather than the nearest edible food, which includes flight control panels. This is apparently common enough that his team has a procedure to break the item out of his mouth.
  • Foil: To Private. They are the most kindhearted members of their respective teams, but while Corporal is useful to the team as the physically strongest, Private lacks this strength and often feels completely useless to his team. Also they both have military ranks as their names.
  • Gentle Giant: An enormous polar bear who is incredibly fond of small and cute animals.
  • National Animal Stereotypes: A Norwegian polar bear.
  • Token Good Teammate: While North Wind is far from evil, they do tend to be kind of jerks. However, Corporal is a Gentle Giant who rarely gets angry at the penguins.

    Dave/Dr.Octavius Brine
Voiced by: John Malkovich

Dave is a villainous and disgruntled octopus who serves as the main antagonist of Penguins of Madagascar.

  • Accidental Misnaming: Skipper gets his name wrong most of the time, calling him "Debbie", "Dwight", etc. At one point he calls Dave "Ramirez."
  • Artistic License – Biology: He has a humanlike mouth on the front of his face instead of a beak in the middle of his underside like a real octopus. He also has a few hairs on his head, when only mammals have hair, and octopuses are certainly not mammals. (They are cephalopods.) Also, most of the time he is animated with six arms instead of eight.
  • Big Bad: The main villain of the movie.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even though he hates penguins with a burning passion, he doesn't want to kill them, even expressing shock when he believes his machine blew Private up. He just wants to make them unlikable. Of course he has no qualms letting Animal Control kill them instead in the process.
  • Evil Is Petty: He acknowledges that turning every penguin on Earth into a monster won't make people like him, but it will make them hate penguins, and he will enjoy that.
  • Evil Redhead: He is the Big Bad and his disguise as Dr. Octavius Brine features red hair.
  • Four-Legged Insect: Most of the time he (and his hench-octopuses) have only six arms instead of eight. Interestingly, in one brief gag where Classified counts Dave's arms, he is animated with eight of them.
  • Funny Octopus: Of the Laughably Evil variety. He is a genuine threat to the penguins, but has ridiculously over-the-top mannerisms.
  • Freudian Excuse: Every zoo he went to, his spotlight was stolen by penguins, causing him to hate them with a passion.
  • Humanlike Animal Aging: Dave has humanlike longevity, being an adult when the penguins were still babies. In real life, octopuses do not live longer than a few years. It stands out in a series where animals' lifespans are portrayed accurately.
  • Large and in Charge: He is much bigger than his octopus minions.
  • Laughably Evil: He is vile and vengeful, but his sheer hamminess makes him hilarious to watch.
  • Mad Scientist: Inventor of the Medusa Serum, a chemical that turns animals into monsters.
  • Master of Disguise: He can take on the appearance of a human (whom he calls "Dr Octavius Brine"), by squishing and contorting his body, wearing a wig and glasses, and changing color.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: He is the only octopus character to have near-human facial features as opposed to the more realistic ones his minions have, and no explanation is given as to why (especially considering it is shown he was like this even during his zoo days). He is also a lot more cartoonish when compared to the other cast, who rarely stretches and squashes as he does.
  • Purple Is Powerful: He is a purple octopus, and a cunning villain with an army of smaller octopuses and a master plan to get revenge on the penguins.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He is the Big Bad and has red eyes.
  • Stealthy Cephalopod: Dave the octopus disguises himself as a human by changing his skin color to a Caucasian skin tone, putting on clothes, a wig, and glasses, and standing up straight. He still looks very different in a Gonky way, but none of the humans notice.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Of Dr. Blowhole from the television series: another aquatic animal supervillain with personal vendetta against the penguins.
  • Talking Animal: Besides his Animal Talk, he is also able to speak human language when posing as Dr. Octavius Brine.
  • Tentacled Terror: An octopus Mad Scientist with a personal vendetta against the penguins and the Big Bad of the movie.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: A terrifying Mad Scientist octopus, simply called "Dave".
  • Toothy Bird: He is the only octopus in the film with visible teeth (Heck, a mouth that is placed in the position a human would have).
  • Tragic Keepsake: His collection of snowglobes, each one from a zoo that rejected him.
  • Vengeance Feels Empty: Feels this way at first... Then decides to fill the emptiness with more revenge!
  • Villain Has a Point: Dave's whole plan was intentionally hinged on human kind's fickle treatment of non-cute animals, knowing they'd exterminate the penguins on the spot after he turned them into delirious ugly mutants.

Alternative Title(s): Madagascar Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3 Europes Most Wanted, Penguins Of Madagascar


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