I Love: Private ‘The Penguins of Madagascar’


Character Information
NickName 1. Mr. Tux
2. Slippy
3. Dough Boy
4. Young Private
5. The Private
6. New Cute Guy
7. Mr. Cute and Cuddly
8. Mr. Nice Guy
9. Young Mr. Tux
Gender Male
Species Penguin
(lives in)
TV: Penguin Habitat
Central Park Zoo, NY
Movies: Circus Zaragoza
1. Has a British Accent
2. Shortest of the Penguins
Talent(s) 1. Karate Chops
2. Secret Weapon: Adorability
3. Good at Mini Golf
Production Information
A Christmas Caper
Merry Madagascar
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
(Regular) The Penguins of Madagascar
Christopher Knights
(Movies, Specials,
Movie Video Games)
James Patrick Stuart
(Series, Series Video Games)

Private is the youngest, shortest, chubbiest, and the most inexperienced member of the team. Despite his inexperience, sometimes he is the only penguin able to resolve the main issue (episode) in the series. He is able to reach an end that has both parties in a ‘win-win’ situation (giving Barry a hug and making the rest Zoo forget the penguin’s spying on them, even his own team). In EclipsedKing Julien states that Private is the nicest animal in the zoo. However, he is an excellent fighter (he was easily able to defeat Skipper in a training session in The Hidden). He has light blue eyes and speaks with a British accent (which Skipper and the others calls adorably fake as stated in Hard Boiled Eggy). He’s the only penguin who’s ever disobeyed Skipper twice in one episode.


  In A Christmas Caper, Private is the one who was captured. Even in the movie Madagascar Skipper states that it is unlikely that Private will survive when they go off to fight the fossa. In the movie, he was not actually treated well by Skipper because Private, at first, couldn’t get the password for the ship correct. Private’s job was activating the ship’s computer.

The episode Paternal Egg-Stinct reveals that Private is much better at normal parenting than the rest of the team who have no clue about how to take care of an egg (Skipper put it though a dangerous obstacle coarse, Kowalski tried to increase its intelligence with an electric shock, and Rico flew it with a hang glider).

Being the youngest and unsure of himself, Private sometimes gets himself into some “sticky” situations. In the episode Tangled in the Web Private slipped on a roller skate and earned himself a large stage with the nickname “Slippy.”

Mort Unbound depicted Private trying to reason with a giant Mort, who was under the effects of a ray Kowalski invented. After Mort throws Private aside (using King Julien as a weapon), he, too, becomes big. After some tough love, Mort drinks an antidote Kowalski created and reverts to normal. Julien confronts Mort with a lesson, but Maurice said that Julien used Mort to bully the other zoo animals. Julien doesn’t want to admit it, but does when Private was about to sit on him. However, when it is Private’s turn to take the medicine, he refuses to, as he enjoys being big. Then, Rico says, “Oh boy.”

In Skorca! Private is put on aerial recon duty. He brings a sugary snack of Peanut Butter Winkies for the trip, though he knew he wasn’t allowed to, as Skipper said sugar went straight to the brain. Private sees a flying orca (actually a parade float). He alerts all of the zoo animals to the presence of the predator, which Julien dubs a “Skorca”, a combination of the word “sky” and “orca”. While the penguins set off to track down the Skorca, Julien engages the services of Joey the kangaroo to eliminate the threat. After discovering that Private consumed an entire box of “Winkys” during his patrol, the penguins believe the Skorca sighting was a hallucination created by a sugar rush. They change their minds when they see the Skorca, which is actually just a large parade balloon. During a fight with Joey for the privilege of destroying the Skorca, when Private pierced the balloon with his beak, it flew away and took Private with it. Believing he was dead, the penguins held a tearful memorial service for Private, but he returned during the service with part of the Skorca (the Skorka’s tail) and was treated as a hero.

He doesn’t seem to get angry at the lemurs like the other penguins, even offering to help them in several episodes and is even proud of doing something good for them (even though the other penguins aren’t), for example: In Lemur See, Lemur Do, the penguins broke a robot who was friends with King Julien which made them feel guilty, and, after repairing it, Private said that repairing the robot for King Julien was a good thing, however the other penguins didn’t agree with him. One other time,though, he got annoyed by the lemurs’ loud music. Contributions licensed as CC-BY-SA. More details.


  Private has a sugar addictation, and loves butterskotch lollipops and Winkys. He has also been in love twice. The first time was in Merry Madagascar with a reindeer called Cupid. The second time is in Love Hurts, where he fell in love with a pretty nurse named Shauna.