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List of the many residents of Cape Suzette (and elsewhere) in the animated series TaleSpin.

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Higher for Hire and other main characters

Voiced by: Ed Gilbert

A slovenly middle-aged bear and a top notch pilot, Baloo's key goal is to buy back his beloved plane the Sea Duck from Rebecca Cunningham, who has bought his dying cargo service. Baloo is naturally swiped (and anthropomorphized) from Disney's Animated Adaptation of The Jungle Book (1967).

  • Ace Pilot: Baloo is a situational bushwhacker/plugger; in open sky, he bushwhacks like a mofo via ridiculous aerial acrobatics, in mountains and cities he plugs like a bastard through terrain manipulation, both supplemented by occasional usage of Abnormal Ammo - pretty much the only option available to him, as he takes on waves of fightercraft with a cargo plane.
  • Adaptational Badass: The Anthropomorphic Shift from The Jungle Book turns Baloo from a normal Indian bear to a highly competent Ace Pilot.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: While still a clearly heroic character, Talespin's rendition of Baloo can also often be more self-serving, bad-tempered and egotistical than his Jungle Book rendition, albeit nearly all Depending on the Writer.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: From The Jungle Book (1967). In that movie he was a Nearly Normal Animal that lived in a jungle looking for food (although he walked bipedally and was prone to breaking into musical numbers); here he's a fully-blown Funny Animal living in a town and working as a bush pilot.
  • Badass Boast: Courtesy of Shere Khan in "From Here to Machinery" after he deactivates a faulty robot pilot.
    Shere Khan: Quiet, Professor. Let a real pilot show how it's done.
    • Also in the show's pilot, after taking down Don Karnage's fleet of fighters by flying through downtown Cape Suzette.
    Baloo: "If you can't fly, don't mess with the Eagles!"
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Big to Rebecca's Thin and Kit's Short.
  • Book Dumb: Baloo can barely read or write, but is extremely resourceful and street wise at times. "Sheepskin Deep" shows he was a grade-school dropout.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's lazy, slovenly, fiscally irresponsible, clumsy, never graduated grade school.... and is the best pilot you'll find anywhere.
  • Chick Magnet: Throughout the show, he's actually quite popular with the ladies.
  • Determinator: He has the occasional Heroic BSoD, but overall he's unstoppable and suicidally fearless when pushed hard enough. Even when he thought he had days to live he continued with his goals.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Buying the Sea Duck back from Rebecca, at least permanently.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: Several times an ideal opportunity to get back the Sea Duck comes into view, another character (usually Kit) will come into harm's way. As much as he wants his plane back, it can wait a little longer.
  • Genius Ditz: Baloo may be Book Dumb, but his knowledge of piloting is high level.
  • Guile Hero: Not always the best with common sense, but he can outwit almost anybody - pirates, mobsters, even wily con-artists. And including himself, sometimes.
    Baloo: "When the bad guys start using their muscles, you've gotta start using your head."
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: Baloo is fond of Buzzing the Deck with the Sea Duck, even trimming hedges in the opening. When he gets buzzed by Ace London, he's enraged. Baloo is right to be enraged, however, as Wildcat was performing critical repairs and adjustments outside the plane, without a parachute, miles above sea-level, and Ace London's little stunt nearly got Wildcat killed!
    Baloo: "Pilots are supposed to have eyes!"
  • Improbable Piloting Skills: Baloo is so good a pilot he can pilot a plane even if he has to resort to directly manipulating the control cables to a craft's flaps and rudder when the yoke was broke. Furthermore, in one episode, he was able to quickly learn how to fly a prototype helicopter, despite the fact that operating that kind of vehicle is a completely different (not to mention revolutionary for the 1930s) concept in aviation. And don't forget, he was able to successfully "pilot" a prototype jet engine merely by hanging on to it and tugging on it real hard. No wings, no rudder, no plane. Just the engine. He even broke the sound barrier while riding it.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Baloo initially thought of Rebecca renaming his business "Higher for Hire" as one, but he's gotten used to it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Baloo at times can be rather obnoxious and selfish, and will do anything to shy from work, but cares deeply about his friends and family. Do not hurt them.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: While he has Jumped at the Call a few odd times, he is often a somewhat resentful hero, especially since he so greatly lacks the Hero Insurance many other heroes have.
  • Loveable Rogue: Frequently attempting "Get Rich Quick Schemes" or trying to find ways to slack off at work.
  • Man Versus Machine: In "From Here to Machinery", which has him competing with a robotic pilot.
  • My God, What Have I Done?:
    • In "Last Horizons", Baloo flies off to find the fabled Panda-La, which he does, in order to prove that he's a success. Unfortunately, he also winds up leading the seemingly friendly inhabitants of Panda-La back to Cape Suzette—where they reveal that they were Evil All Along and start a full-scale invasion!
    • In "The Time Bandit", Baloo concocts a scheme to trick Rebecca (and unknowingly Thembria) into thinking it is Saturday rather than Friday just so that he could get paid earlier. Baloo, Kit, and Rebecca get jailed by the Thembrians for flying in their airspace with an expired passport (which was actually still good and had a day left). Baloo and Kit are released, but Rebecca is jailed and sentenced to execution for being the employer.
  • Papa Bear: To Kit, and Molly to a lesser extent.
  • Parental Substitute: Again to Kit, with occasional moments with Molly.
  • The Slacker: As true to his Jungle Book incarnation as possible.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: It's revealed in "The Balooest of the Bluebloods" that Baloo is the 13th successor to the Bruinwald family and the latest heir to the family castle. However, ever since he stayed there, there had been many attempts at his life by the ones who would inherit the estate once all the Bruinwalds are gone. It's slightly averted since Baloo managed to survive unlike his predecessors, but then played straight again since he also loses the castle due to the family's back tax delinquency and it is repossessed to pay it all off. To add insult to injury, he still owes $1.89.
  • Tsundere: Alternates between friendly and taciturn; the latter often brought out by Rebecca's heckling.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Every single time he is in a position to buy the Sea Duck back, something will happen that leaves him back at square one.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: The wacky surrogate parent to Kit's serious child.

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

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

  • Cool Big Bro: A surrogate one to Molly.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When he affectionately teases Baloo.
  • Defector from Decadence: Prior to joining with Baloo, Kit was a member of Don Karnage's Air Pirates.
  • Expy: Though he has rather differing personality traits in places, he has more than a few connections to Mowgli from The Jungle Book (1967), especially in his relationship with Baloo. The latter even refers to him as "Lil' Britches" as he does Mowgli. And just like Mowgli, Kit often calls Baloo "Papa Bear".
  • Fatal Flaw: His desire to prove himself. While it makes him enterprising and hardworking, he's more than once rushed off into a dangerous situation because it might give him the chance to become a pilot or get recognition.
  • Guile Hero: Often he's better at it than his mentor, although there are a few episodes where their roles reverse.
  • Heartwarming Orphan: At the beginning of the series.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Begins the show doing so, defecting from the Air Pirates and joining up with Baloo.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Kit is often rather intelligent, and sometimes shown to have more common sense than his peers, his occasional childlike naivete or rambunctiousness shows at times however.
  • Kid Sidekick: An example of the Kid-Appeal Character being done without inspiring loathing in the audience. Kit is brave but not entirely fearless, clever but not flawlessly so, and has better people skills than Baloo or Rebecca.
  • The Navigator: He even gets a trophy for it in one episode.
  • Nice Hat: He wears a blue and red baseball cap worn backwards.
  • Only Sane Man: While he does have Idiot Ball moments, he more consistently plays the voice of reason between Baloo and Rebecca when they are at each other's throats.
    Kit: You're both nuts!

    Rebecca Cunningham
Voiced by: Sally Struthers

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

  • Action Girl: Ironically, despite presenting herself as more refined and less uncouth than the others, she's actually more likely to get violent with the bad guys than Baloo or Kit are.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Refered to as "Becky" by Baloo. Rebecca seems to treat it as such, only accepting the name whenever she is in a good mood with him.
  • The Alleged Boss: Rebecca plays with this. She has Control Freak issues and is perfectly willing to push Baloo and others around in her schemes; however, she is usually all bark and no bite, and usually acts more as a bossy childish friend than an authority figure, something Baloo takes advantage of time and time again.
  • Benevolent Boss/Mean Boss/Pointy-Haired Boss: Rebecca can be considered an unusual mix of all three tropes in one. While she mostly leans towards the first due to her protagonist role and viewing her employees more as her friends, her occasional temperament, superiority complex and outright quirkiness leads to her being less than pleasant to work with on occasion, especially in early episodes.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: The Thin to Baloo's Big and Kit's Short.
  • Cat Smile: Her default smile.
  • Characterization Marches On: Although the series does not maintain a strict continuity, an early episode has Rebecca trying to learn to fly with Baloo's reluctant instruction. In a later released episode, Rebecca has apparently learned a lot since she is able to operate the Seaduck with decent skill in pressing circumstances.
  • Closer to Earth: Played with. While Rebecca often plays The Straight Man to Baloo's rowdiness and antics, she has her own moments of stupidity and arrogance (most of which Baloo himself plays the voice of reason towards). Depending on the Writer, one or the other may be playing the part of Only Sane Man that episode.
  • Control Freak: Rebecca plays with this. She is frequently very insistent in getting her own way, but is more bark than bite and a lot more lenient and enduring than a usual employer.
    Rebecca (after listening to Baloo's latest ludicrous excuse for needing a day off): It's another treasure hunt, isn't it? Well, you have some time off coming. Go get it out of your system.
  • Damsel in Distress: Has moments of this. Some act as a subtle Ship Tease when Baloo rescues her.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Some others convert into this however.
  • Death Glare: She has a pretty good one, which she gives Baloo in "Time Waits For No Bear".
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: The show seemed to enjoy having little Rebecca kick around big hefty Baloo. However it is downplayed in terms of violence, and Baloo is at least granted forms of revenge besides his own hand.
  • Expy: Of Rebecca Howe in Cheers. Her role in the series, and her rivalry with Baloo, are both very similar to her namesake.
  • The Finicky One: Especially when acting as a Foil to the lazy, slovenly Baloo.
  • Furry Female Mane: While the other bear characters have scruffy fur on top of their head, she has long humanlike hair.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Despite her professional demeanour, she can be stroppy or outright eruptive at times. Even Baloo usually knows to stay clear when she's really mad.
  • Hero Antagonist: Often acts as such in some of Baloo's Loveable Rogue moments. While she can be rather overbearing about it (and not above playing up herself) she usually just wants Baloo to do an honest job of things. A lot of times when she gets the larger Sympathetic P.O.V., Baloo is actually painted as something of a Jerkass.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Rebecca is a better judge of profit than people, and has on more than one occasion delivered Higher for Hire's services into the hands of criminals due to a mix of ignorance and indifference. This always comes back to bite them later.
    Rebecca: (upon being told their client is shifty) "As long as his money's green, who are we to judge?" (said client later tries to blow up the city)
  • Humanoid Female Animal: Much less bearlike than Baloo.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Rebecca is something of a pompous know-it-all who has nothing against pushing her weight around to get Baloo to follow orders. Whenever Baloo is taken out of the picture, however, things often fall apart due to Rebecca's physical and emotional dependence on him to help run the company. Some obvious dents left from being a single mother are also apparent.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: A pretentious hot head who frequently clashes with Baloo, and can be very abrasive with him. That's said, it's clear that she really does care for him deep down. She's also a loving mother to go with it.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Something of a grown up variant. Rebecca is extremely snobbish and self important at times, and often looks down on those lower on the chain than her, but is a loving mother and ultimately devoted to her employees. Not to mention her huge showings of humility whenever she realises she's taken things too far.
  • Mama Bear: Literally... and also within the meaning of the trope. Friend or foe alike, you're in big trouble if something happens to Molly.
  • Not So Different: Despite their very contrasting ethics, Rebecca shares more in common with Baloo than she'd like to admit. She will recurring berate him over one of his flaws, only minutes before she makes a similar mistake (eg. chastising Baloo over his temper, before he has to restrain her from assaulting a client).
  • Parental Substitute: Not nearly as prominently as Baloo, but she has her moments with Kit.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Though it doesn't really develop past subtle teases, Rebecca was very much designed to have this relationship with Baloo, when not arguing or berating him (or in some rarer cases outright attacking him) she is very caring towards him and it is very obvious there is some romantic tension between them.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Gets hit with it as bad as Baloo at times. Borders Iron Butt Monkey territory in "The Bigger They Come, The Louder They Oink".
  • Small Name, Big Ego: She knows a lot more about running the company than Baloo, but a lot of her money making schemes are terrible and she has a very high opinion of her business thinking. As she once insisted, she's never wrong.
  • Subordinate Excuse: Reversed example. Rebecca is Baloo's boss, though unshrewdly values him as a friend. The one time it seemed he'd finally managed to buy back the Sea Duck and leave her employment, she was clearly saddened for more reasons than losing a serviceable business pilot.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Subtle example. While she still has rather arrogant moments on occasion, Rebecca is more consistently gentler in many later episodes. A lot of her later appearances also focus on her friendship and devotion to Baloo getting stronger (the hints to it going beyond that also become stronger), at least in comparison to earlier episodes, where she was often at Baloo's throat and could act like an all out Jerkass at times.
  • Tsundere: Once again, Depending on the Writer.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: As often as she clashes with Baloo, she is often shown to be rather devoted and caring towards him whenever problems occur (at least once she outright tried to sacrifice her life to save him). She even openly refers to Baloo as her best friend.
  • Widow Woman: She's a single parent whose husband is never mentioned in the cartoon, suggesting this trope. This was confirmed in the short lived comic book series.
  • Will They or Won't They?: It is highly unlikely that Rebecca and Baloo will ever become an official couple, since they are both basically boss and employee.

    Molly Cunningham
Voiced by: Janna Michaels

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

Voiced by: Pat Fraley

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

  • Expy: His character design and quirky personality are inspired by Tigger.
  • Friend to All Living Things: He's shown befriending dinosaurs ("Paradise Lost") and a group of enslaved Cartoon Creatures of indeterminate species ("The Sound and the Furry").
  • Genius Ditz: As spacey as he is, he knows what he's doing when it comes to repairing machines (especially the Sea Duck). Demonstrated during his Establishing Character Moment in "Plunder and Lightning": Baloo smashes a phone, and Wildcat has it working again in seconds.
    Baloo: (handing a bucket of broken phone parts to Wildcat) Three... Two... One... (phone rings)
    Wildcat: (handing the receiver to Rebecca) It's for you.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: The most consistently kind character in the show; however, this is played alongside his completely brainless demeanor.
  • Machine Empathy: One of his skills.
  • Manchild: His innocent, guileless nature makes him seem like a kid in an adult's body.
  • One of the Kids: He spends a lot of screentime bonding with Molly.
  • Percussive Maintenance: His favorite repair technique seems to be hitting whatever the problem is with a mallet. And most of the time it works!

Voiced by: Jim Cummings

A jiving orangutan and owner of Local Hang Out for air pilots, Louie is Baloo's best friend and occasional comrade in adventures and Zany Schemes. Similarly anthropomorphized from The Jungle Book (1967).

  • Adaptational Heroism: He wasn't necessarily evil in The Jungle Book, but he nevertheless served as an antagonist who was opposed by Baloo. In Talespin, he and the bear are best friends.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: Zigzagged. The original Louie was already pretty anthropomorphic (on account of wanting to become a human), often walking upright, but contextually he was just an ape living in the jungle. This Louie wears clothes (or at least a shirt and a hat) and owns a bar, but at the same time has a more hunched, ape-like posture.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: To many of the show's female characters, including Rebecca (who is less than flattered). Occasionally, he and Baloo will compete for the same woman (as in "For Whom the Bell Klangs" and "The Road to Macadamia").
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Louie doesn't like it when his Aunt Louise addresses him as Luis.
  • Jive Turkey: Ya dig, cuz?
  • Nice Hat: He's rarely seen without it. But when he is, he turns out to be Bald of Awesome.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: "Pizza Pie in the Sky" reveals that he's highly allergic to anchovies.

The Air Pirates

    Don Karnage
Voiced by: Jim Cummings

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

  • Affably Evil: He's a ruthless thief, but he's generally shown to be a fun guy to be around with his crew, and while Baloo does keep thwarting his plans, he's shown he won't kill him unless he's getting in his way.
  • Ambiguous Species: His species was argued among fans for years, since he resembles a wolf, but his coloration is more like a fox, jackal or dingo. Many years later, he was confirmed as a red wolf.
  • Ax-Crazy: Whenever things aren't going to his liking, Karnage is quick to start acting aggitated, impulsive, and downright deranged, barking orders at his crew to shoot all their enemies down.
  • Berserk Button: Do NOT call him "crazy".
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Something of a narcissistic oaf, and prone to Poke the Poodle on many occasions, but he is a genuine menace to those flying in his realms.
  • Big Bad: The series' chief antagonist.
  • Butt-Monkey: Karnage tends to take a fair amount of physical abuse in his appearances, and most of his schemes to get past Cape Suzette's guns end with him ordering a panicked retreat while Iron Vulture gets shot to pieces around him.
  • Comically Missing the Point: He's not terribly bright.
    Kit: Giant mirrors! How'd you build them?!
    Carnage: Do not be ridiculous! We did not build them: we stole them!
  • The Dreaded: Varies. He has this reputation in the pilot, whereas he does not in various later episodes.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While Karnage thrives on being seen as ruthless and fearsome as possible, he refuses to Kick Them While They Are Down. He even saved Baloo's life in a scuffle between them, so he could beat him on fair grounds.
    • In "I Only Have Ice for You", when he just can't find rubies on the Sea Duck that he was positive Baloo was carrying, he and his pirates disembark and leave Baloo unmolested, assuming his info was wrong. Hilariously enough Baloo did have them, he just hid them very well.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He does not have any kind of restraint with his theatrics.
  • Large Ham: Thanks largely to Jim Cummings' voice acting.
  • Laughably Evil: In spades. He's quite possibly the goofiest villain in the series, and yet he's also the most consistently dangerous.
  • Loveable Rogue: Charming despite his own self-absorption.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In "I Only Have Ice For You", he and his crew hack apart the arctic ice "Higher for Hire" are carrying to a desert country, looking for diamonds, reducing the cargo a fine powder of snow. The crown prince of said country actually considers this snow to be a superior product than the solid blocks of ice Baloo and Rebecca were originally hired to deliver.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: While he's a goofy Butt-Monkey, he can be a genuine threat.
  • Off Screen Villain Dark Matter: It doesn't matter how beat up the Iron Vulture gets or how many planes he loses, he always has more. It's implied when Baloo isn't involved, his piracy is a lot more successful.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives Baloo a brutal one in "A Bad Reflection On You" after breaking into the Sea Duck, mocking him for; after claiming he's the best pilot in the world, he crash landed, upside down. On top of this he figures out that the entire reason Baloo was sent on a very dangerous mission by Shere Khan was because the tiger had lost enough of his own planes on the run, so he sent Baloo out instead. He also points out the gold trophy Baloo got from Shere Khan is fake.
  • Sky Pirate: Surely you have heard of the most infamous of sky pirates!?
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Much more intelligent than his crew for the most part. Given his own cluelessness at times however, it can invert into The Blind Leading the Blind.
  • Villain Ball: His ego and narcissism is the cause of many of his defeats, even when he has victory in his grasp. In one instance he was smart enough to refit the Iron Vulture so it could fly above Cape Suzette's anti-aircraft guns, succeeding without so much as a fight - but then decides to make his demands in person because it's more glorious that way, despite his minions insisting that the radio is safer. Unsurprisingly, this causes the whole plan to go sour despite him having already won.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: A mixture of French, Spanish and Italian. Worked HORRIBLY against him when he gets the unwanted attention of Aunt Louise who "just loves men with accents".
  • Worthy Opponent: Conveys this treatment towards Baloo at times. On at least one occasion he attacked Baloo without any cargo, seemingly just wanting to spar with him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has no problem throwing Kit off of his flying ship, the Iron Vulture in "Plunder And Lightning". It's a good thing Baloo saves Kit at the last minute.

    Mad Dog 
Voiced by: Charlie Adler

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

Voiced by: Chuck McCann

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

Voiced by: Chuck McCann

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

  • Captain Obvious: Most of the advice he whispers to his captain tends to make him into this, something said captain finds quite annoying.
  • Only Sane Man: At times. Unfortunately because he doesn't like to speak out loud, he's usually ignored.
  • Phrase Catcher: As part of his Repeating So the Audience Can Hear Running Gag:
    Gibber: (unintelligible mumbles)
    Karnage: "What do you mean [whatever Gibber is trying to warn him about]."
  • Power Trio: Big/Thin/Short variant (he's the short one).
  • The Unintelligible: The only time he's ever raised his voice above a whisper too soft to be understood was during the Pirates' musical number in "Plunder and Lightning".


    Colonel Ivanod Spigot
Voiced by: Michael Gough

The short, ill-tempered and frequently put-upon head of Thembria's air force, Colonel Spigot is another character who like Shere Khan can be Baloo and friends' ally or enemy depending on the story. Like all Thembrians, he's a blue boar/warthog.

  • Accidental Misnaming: No one can seem to remember Col. Nozzle's true name, which is a common frustration for him.
  • Bad Boss: Spigot doesn't treat his loyal aide, Dunder, very well. He forces him to work long hours without additional pay and pins all his failures onto the big guy.
  • Catch Phrase: "Perhaps you've heard of me?"
  • Berserk Button: It's Col. Spigot! Not Nozzle. Or Drainpipe. Spigot!
  • Early Installment Weirdness: His first appearance is the only instance he isn't victim to his usual misnaming.
  • General Failure: How he frequently turns out, at least as far as the High Marshal is concerned.
  • General Ripper: Can be surprisingly vicious and singleminded in his drive to annihilate Thembria's enemies (mostly to advance his own career).
  • Glory Hound: Will steal credit, create corruption or even attempt family friendly genocide just to further his good name with the High Marshall.
  • Hanging Judge: Whenever he's presided over the main characters' (or anyone's) "trial."
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Sometimes he's a villain, other times he's just a grouchy acquaintance. The show never could quite make up its mind.
  • The Napoleon: One of the shortest Thembrians (which Baloo never lets him forget) and a military officer with an incredibly gigantic ego, he definitely fits the bill.
  • Satellite Character: Dunder to some extent.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Small in stature with a high opinion of himself because of his position. However not many respect him much considering not even his own countrymen can get his name right.
  • Speech Impediment: He talks with a really slobbery lisp, almost as though his tusks are preventing him enunciating properly. He's one of the only Thembrians to do this, though.
  • Sycophantic Servant: To the High Marshal, much to the High Marshal's eternal annoyance.

    Sergeant Dunder
Voiced by: Lorenzo Music

Colonel Spigot's tall, extremely laid-back aide who, although loyal to his commanding officer, seems as though he finds military life dull and would rather just chill out with his friends. Even when it's Thembria's enemies Baloo and the gang!

  • Apologetic Attacker: He'll obey orders if told to do something evil, but calmly and politely apologize to whoever is his victim, especially if it's Baloo or Kit.
  • The Big Guy: Despite frequently being on the bad guy team (due to Thembria's Heel–Face Revolving Door) and being a big one even by their standards, even when the Thembrians are villains and Dunder is present, he's just too sweet and chillaxed to be The Brute.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Despite seeming slow and uninterested in military matters, he displays great competence as a soldier when actually shown doing soldier stuff.
  • Mildly Military: Due to being The Slacker.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: He just can't be mean even when he tries.
  • Mook Lieutenant: Frequently finds himself in this role if Spigot brings other Thembrians with him.
  • Satellite Character: To Spigot, but only insofar as he only shows up when Spigot does. Otherwise he's his own individual with a name, personality and desires of his own.
  • The Slacker: He often seems like he's more interested in relaxing and having fun.
  • Token Good Teammate: He's a genuine Nice Guy who's on very good terms with Baloo and company, even when their two countries are at odds with one another.

    The High Marshal 
Voiced by: Jack Angel

The large and ruthless ruler of Thembria. Everyone in that nation fears him, and people who displease him often get shot (off-screen of course). Ironically, he can actually appear to be more easy-going at times than his underling Spigot. The keyword being appear, because the fact that Spigot and everyone else is continuously afraid of him let's you know he's one seriously bad dude. Unlike Spigot and Dunder, he speaks in a Russian accent the way most of his countrymen do.

A Running Gag in the series is the High Marshal always forgetting Spigot's name, usually calling him some other plumbing-related name like "Nozzle".

  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has thick black eyebrows resembling those of Russian dictator Leonid Brezhnev.
  • Chubby Chaser: Judging by his wife, and his reaction to Baloo in drag, he likes plus-size women.
  • The Dreaded: Among Thembria's military and civilian populace. Mess up in anyway and you will be shot, or he may even come up with a worse punishment. However, it's unclear what his reputation outside of Thembria is.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first time we get introduced to the High Marshal, he asks who Spigot is. When his aide says that he is the head of Thembia's Air Force, the High Marshal simply replies "Didn't I have him shot?" to which the aide nervously replies: "Not yet."
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In "Flight School Confidential", he seems genuinely appalled when he finds out Spigot was using children to fly airplanes in an air show (the factory sent the wrong sized planes and Spigot hilariously decided to recruit 12 year olds). Although Spigot didn't actually let the kids fly planes, instead bolting them all together so a very small adult pilot would do the flying for them, the High Marshal is NOT pleased.
    • He will also reward people he thinks have helped him.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He is only ever referred to by his title, we never hear his name. Probably justified given who he is. Anyone that doesn't call him by his title probably gets shot.
  • Evil Overlord: Of Thembria.
  • The Generalissimo: His official title is a military rank. One he may or may not have made for himself.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: He usually serves this role in episodes where Spigot serves as the antagonist. He seldom ever crosses paths with the heroes, but Spigot's villainous actions are usually driven by the High Marshal's threats to execute him for every petty little thing.
  • Large and in Charge: And don't you forget it!
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: As the leader of a Soviet-esque dictatorship with Big Ol' Eyebrows, he appears to be a caricature of Leonid Brezhnev (who was 8 years dead by the time the show was made).
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Among Thembria's government, he seems to be the smartest, which is probably how he came to power. One has to wonder just why he puts up with continued incompetence from his minions like Spigot.
  • You Have Failed Me: Fail in your task or disappoint him in any way? You will be shot. With how often he gives Spigot this threat, it's a miracle the little guy is still alive and kicking.

Shere Khan and one-shot villains

    Shere Khan
Voiced by: Tony Jay

A stoic and highly powerful businessman, implied to have enormous power over Cape Suzette's economy. Like Baloo and Louie, Khan is swiped and anthropomorphized from The Jungle Book (1967).

  • Adaptational Badass: Disney's Shere Khan was already a badass compared to the original version, but The Jungle Book (1967) version was implied to be afraid of bullets. This one ain't.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Shere Khan, while always affable, was designed to be an intimidating and gleefully murderous force of evil for the original Jungle Book film. In the series, his villainy was far more restrained, and he is shown as a far more sympathetic, or at least pragmatic figure in comparison. He is rarely if ever an outright antagonist and has a degree of genuine respect towards the other members of the cast.
  • Affably Evil: While not the nicest person in the world, it's debatable whether he's evil or not. In any case, he's still genuinely polite, and a courteous businessman.
  • Ambiguously Evil: While he's a ruthless individual who mainly seeks money and power, he has a sense of honor and generally won't cross the line. However, he does have his more outright crooked moments, such as when he collaborated with Don Karnage to create a fake oil shortage so that he could overprice his fuel.
  • Anti-Villain: His villainous roles in the show are outweighed by the times he assists Baloo. Khan himself says he desires only money and power, not the end of the world or the heck of it.
  • Badass Baritone: Comes with being played by Tony Jay. Khan is a competent and intimidating character with a unflappingly deep, calm voice, but too much of a Anti-Villain to (usually) count for Evil Sounds Deep.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Wears a very nice suit and isn't afraid of getting his hands dirty while wearing it.
  • Berserk Button: Never try to lie to him. He takes that as more offensive than cheating him out of money.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: A bit downplayed, in that Khan is arguably the least evil of the show's major antagonists but he still holds a significant amount of clout and is capable of manipulating the heroes to serve his own ends.
  • Big Entrance: He's very fond of these. "Citizen Khan" has a great example; his plane appears with ominous music, the door opens and he emerges from the shadows. The reaction of the corrupt sheriff and his Bumbling Sidekick is Oh, Crap!.
  • Cats Are Mean: Downplayed Trope. While usually a villainous character, he's hardly the worst of them.
  • Child Hater: Implied; when a bunch of kids stumble into his office, he goes into Tranquil Fury and tells them to leave.
  • The Chessmaster: Is well capable of running things in his favour, by either siding with the heroes for mutual goals or getting away when things don't work out.
  • The Comically Serious: Khan in personality is rather serious and almost sinister. However, his interaction with a lot of other characters (particularly his employees) has something of a slapstick tone at times.
  • Consummate Liar: He can fool almost anybody, even people who don't trust him.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive:
    • Not usually, but in "On a Wing and a Bear", he creates a fake oil shortage with Don Karnage in order to overprice the fuel.
    • In both the video game adaptations for the NES and Sega Genesis, he tries to acquire Higher for Hire in a hostile takeover. In the NES version, he hires Don Karnage and his air pirates to stop Baloo from making his deliveries, and in the Genesis version, he enters a contest to win a lifetime work contract from the city, which Higher For Hire can only win if they beat his seven day delivery record.
  • Deadpan Snarker: This gem in "Louie’s Last Stand";
    Benson: I plan to invest in glow in the dark sunglasses. They’re easy to find during a power failure.
    Shere Khan: Fascinating, Mr. Benson — and when you find them, you wear them in the dark?
  • Death Glare: Frequently. If it’s meant for you, run!
  • Distressed Dude: In "Bullethead Baloo," he is targeted for abduction by Dr. Axolotl, a Mad Scientist he fired. Axolotl's Killer Robot kidnaps Khan along with Kit's "friend" Ernie (who was honestly just in the wrong place at the wrong time). At Axolotl's lab, the two are Bound and Gagged. In true Khan fashion, though, his reaction to getting kidnapped is "I am not amused..."
  • The Dreaded: Even his Yes-Man is scared of him.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • The episodes "Citizen Khan" and "Louie's Last Stand" proved this quite nicely. Khan only wants money or power, and avoids intentionally hurting others because it's bad for business.
    • At the end of "A Bad Reflection On You", while he lied to Baloo and sent him out on a possible suicide mission, he did still pay him for the job.
  • Expy: To post-Crisis Lex Luthor.
  • Fiction 500:
    • He outright states that "Khan Industries is the biggest corporation in the world." In the pilot, he offers Baloo a hundred thousand dollars to recover some stolen treasure (which, given the time period, would be almost $1.2 million in late 1980s money); by Khan's tone, this is barely a drop in the bucket to him.
    • Not only is he shown to have his own fleet of airplanes, he has own personal navy. He calls his warships "gunships" but in terms of size and armament they more so resemble battleships.
  • Genius Bruiser: Smart enough to run a successful company, and strong enough to hold someone by the collar outside a moving plane with one hand.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: If a very ruthless one.
  • I Gave My Word: In his own phrasing: "I always pay my debts, and I never go back on a deal." In another episode, he schemes with the Finance Minister of a foreign country to earn an exclusive delivery contract with the nation; when the Minister asks what guarantee he has that the illegal plot won't be discovered, Khan snarls "I have given you my word. That should be enough."
  • Knight of Cerebus: Played with. While not the most antagonising villain (and even prone to acts of good will), Khan is a much more serious and intimidating figure than most of the other more comical Rogues Gallery and is implied to hold a very dangerous amount of power if not for his scruples.
  • Made of Iron: Shere Kahn once had a firework explode within close proximity to himself, and all he suffered from it was a dislocated finger.
  • Mean Boss: When he gets a phone call late at night in "Citizen Khan":
    Shere Khan: (sigh) This will teach me to let my employees go home after a mere sixteen hour workday.
  • Nerves of Steel: Nothing ever phases Shere Khan, not even getting shot at in his private plane by air pirates as seen in "From here to Machinery". When his then business partner was panicking insanely for help on the radio, Shere Khan throws him aside and simply summarizes their situation over the radio lines and would humbly request assistance which will be well rewarded.
  • Noble Demon: Though merciless and occasionally ruthless, he has a strict moral code of repaying his debts, and generally acts out of business interests and monetary gain rather than For the Evulz. In "Citizen Khan," he remarks the he only cares about "money and power," and he's well-aware that being evil for evil's sake is the fastest way to lose those things.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Khan is merciless to those that get in his way, but savvy enough to know the consequences of Kicking the Dog too many times, and is generally tough but fair to his associates. His stated goals are money and power, and his villainy (or lack of it) is directly proportional to how much it will help him gain either one.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: While he will partake in the odd corrupt scheme every once in a while, his moral code prevents him from doing anything exceptionally heinous. His personal code is "Always repay your debts, and never go back on a deal."
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: When you're the CEO of the world's biggest corporation, you can pretty much do whatever you like. As he explains in the pilot:
    Rebecca: There are rules about this sort of thing, you know!
    Shere Khan: I make my own rules.
  • The Stoic: Big time. The arguably best example of this is in "From Here to Machinery" when he doesn't even flinch when gunfire hits the drinking glass he's holding.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: A subversion in that when there are bumbling lackeys around him, he a) doesn't even raise an eyebrow, b) he makes sure they're dealt with quickly and harshly.
  • Tranquil Fury: The master of it, managing to be an incredibly terrifying figure to those around him, without once raising his voice.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: He's a very competent and serious villain compared to the general tone of the show and the other antagonists.
  • Villain Team-Up: While he and Don Karnage are usually enemies, Shere Khan did hire him to cause an oil shortage just so he could jack up gas prices.
  • Wicked Cultured: Wears expensive suits, breeds rare plants, maintains a massive personal library, and generally seems exceptionally learned and posh. Though how "wicked" he is depends on interpretation.
  • You Have Failed Me: At the end of the above mentioned Villain Team-Up, after Baloo thwarts Don Karnage, Shere Khan sends the pirate an angry letter that somehow explodes.

    Chancellor Trample
Voiced by: Jim Cummings

The adviser and chancellor to Lotta's father, King Amok, who is plotting to seize power for himself and force the Princess to marry him. He is a large and menacing vulture.

    Trader Moe 
Voiced by: Jim Cummings

A diminuative crocodile who runs all the smuggling in and out of Cape Suzette. A recurring villain - Baloo runs across his bad side multiple times due to either blundering in the way of one of his schemes, or simply taking a payday that Moe thinks he deserves instead.

  • Brooklyn Rage: Has the accent, which adds to his whole "mafia" motif.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Moe typically spends his episodes in a perpetual state of "pissed off," devolving into Angrish frequently.
  • The Mafia: As close as the series gets without being explicit about it. Moe runs a gang with its toes in smuggling, robbery, and all sorts of other criminal activity. He and his minions are also some of the few characters in the series who routinely carry around realistic guns, including tommy guns.
  • The Napoleon: A tiny hothead who obssesses over throwing his weight around and not being disrespected.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Trader Moe is never seen without his gigantic goons, both of whom are extremely strong but complete dunderheads. Baloo usually beats Moe by outwitting them into sabotaging his plans.

     Ace London
Voiced by: Phil Hartman

The Rival to Baloo when the two were in flight school together. Now an obnoxious Ace Pilot who flies top secret missions for the government who has entirely let his success go to his head, leading to trouble when a screw up of his gets Baloo stuck in the middle of a jam. Appears in "Mach One for the Gipper".

  • Broken Pedestal: To everyone. At the end of the episode featuring a prototype jet engine, the fact that he mishandled top-secret government cargo, shot at civilians, and very nearly got the experimental jet engine into the hands of sky pirates, lands him in so much hot water, he's lucky the episode ended with him delivering the pickles that was originally Baloo's charter.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Ace London is a Dingo. Baloo's a bear. Yet whenever the two are within 100 miles of each other, Ace London goes out of his way to harass, provoke, and torment Baloo. It eventually catches up with him.
  • Catchphrase: "I'll do X, or my name isn't-" (Everyone) "ACE LONDON!" (snaps fingers) "Ya got that right!"
  • Everyone Has Standards: Subverted. When he first realizes he accidentally swapped cargos with Baloo, he throws Baloo under the bus - but once he hears his bosses plan to arrest him, Ace scrambles to get it back himself without getting Baloo in trouble. However, once it becomes clear that he can't do so without damage to his reputation, this small bit of good grace vanishes and he becomes increasingly violent and unreasonable.
  • Famed in Story: He's well known as an Ace Pilot in the series, with many fans, including Wildcat.
  • Humble Pie: At the end of the episode featuring a prototype jet engine, the Air-force general asks what favor the airforce can do for Baloo, who recovered and successfully test flew the engine... without a plane. Baloo replies that he has cargo to deliver, but no plane. Ace London has to do a humiliating cargo run, and his punishment hasn't even started yet.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: He's spent the entirety of his flight-school tenure, and quite some time afterwards, harassing Baloo, and stealing the glory of Baloo's accomplishments. The episode he appears in the story proper, he screws the pooch so badly, karma catches up with him, hard.
  • Miles Gloriosus: As Baloo puts it best.
    Baloo: "In flight school, London was good at only two things, getting the glory, and my goat!"
  • Never My Fault: As Ace London himself proclaims. He goes from trying to peacefully solve the issue with Baloo to trying to kill him, because doing the former would require admitting he was wrong.
    Ace London:"What? Ace London at fault? NEVER!"
  • Stealing the Credit: He became a famous Ace Pilot by stealing Baloo's accomplishments, while rubbing Baloo's nose in it.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: He let his stolen glory and press as an Ace Pilot go to his head, and believed he could never be beaten, fail, or screw up. He was so wrong, it's painful.
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: When he realizes he's accidentally loaded Baloo's pickles and shoved the experimental jet engine onto Baloo's cargo parcels, as he's searching for Baloo, he broadcasts the specifics of the engine on an unsecured radio frequency, in plain English. When his wing-men caution him, here's what happens.
    Ace London: "Who could possibly be listening to us?!"
    Don Karnage: "Who could possibly be listening? Indeed!"

Assorted guest star characters

    Katie Dodd
Voiced by: Ellen Gerstell

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

  • Bound and Gagged: How she meets Baloo and Louie. Hilariously, she's actually left gagged for the first few minutes after they rescue her! They do quickly free her though.
  • Determinator: She's determined to find the lost city of Tinnabula no matter what.

    Myra (aka Mira) the Archaeologist
Voiced by: Liz Georges

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

  • Adventurer Archaeologist: She's an expert in her field, she wears an Adventurer Outfit, and she spends the episode running around with Baloo and Wildcat, dealing with the Air Pirates and the mummy.
  • Badass Bookworm: She seemingly disappears from a fight scene... but when Dumptruck is about to clobber Baloo, a piano suddenly falls on Dumptruck's head from above. Cut to a shot of Myra, who rushed upstairs to drop the piano, smiling and waving from the balcony.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Her epic confrontation with the mummy.
  • Brainy Brunette: She has dark hair, is very knowledgeable about Aridian history and culture, and is able to read and translate ancient hieroglyphics.
  • Meganekko: She wears glasses and is a likable, kind-hearted character.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: She's smart, she's kind, she's a Meganekko, and she's appeared in plenty of Rule 34 art.
  • Nice Girl: She's as friendly and polite as you could hope — as long as you're not trying to steal Aridian treasures, or threatening her or her friends.
  • One Name Only: Her last name is never revealed in the episode, or in the script which simply calls her "Mira the Archaeologist." Some sources give her surname as "Foxworthy", but this was never official; the name was give to her by fan and future troper Mark Lungo, and Fanon has taken it and run with it.

    Princess Lotta Lamour
Voiced by: Kath Soucie

Lotta is the lovely, lively princess of the titular nation in "The Road to Macadamia", and she teams up with Baloo and Louie to save her beloved kingdom from Evil Chancellor Trample.

  • Pretty Princess Powerhouse: She's not afraid to confront Trample ("Touch me and you're dust, buster!"), and during a fight she knocks out several of the chancellor's Mooks with a big mallet.

Voiced by: Whitby Hertford

Kit's friend, a bucktoothed hyena boy and the self-proclaimed leader of the Jungle Aces Secret Midnight Club, a group of kids who are adventure enthusiasts. A thoroughly unpleasant little snotball, he appears in two episodes, "Captains Outrageous" and "Bullethead Baloo," although he has a much bigger role in his second appearance.

  • Animal Stereotypes: Averted. Despite being a hyena, he isn't The Hyena.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He's an impulsive, jeering kid who considers himself more of an authority on what's adventurous than people like Kit or Baloo who actually live adventurous lives, just based on what he's read in comics. He always gets better, though: he lets Oscar lead the Aces at the end of "Captains Outrageous" and changes his tune on pilots at the end of "Bullethead Baloo."
  • Distressed Dude: His role in the climax of "Bullethead Baloo," along with Shere Khan, complete with being Bound and Gagged.
  • Heinous Hyena: Downplayed Trope; as obnoxious as he is, he's just a little Jerkass who eventually grabs the Kindness Ball.
  • Hero-Worshipper: He adores the comic book superhero Bullethead. Later on, Baloo becomes his new (real) hero after helping rescue him from the clutches of a Mad Scientist and his Killer Robot.
  • It's All About Me: Well, all about him and his friends except for Kit anyway. His justification for wanting to steal Baloo's jetpack is "We deserve to ride it more than he does!"
  • Keet: He's a bundle of energy in comparison to the more laid back Kit.
  • Nice Hat: Either wears a cooking pot or a funnel on his head.
  • Off-Model: In "Captains Outrageous," he has a tail. In "Bullethead Baloo," he doesn't. What happened to his tail between episodes?
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Wears purple pants.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After being rescued from Dr. Axolotl, he becomes far nicer to Baloo and Kit.


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