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Alex (born as Alakay) is the main protagonist of the Madagascar franchise, his role being shared with his best friend Marty in the first film. He is voiced by Ben Stiller as an adult and Quinn Dempsey Stiller as a cub.



Alex is an African lion and was the self-proclaimed king of the New York Central Park Zoo. As a cub, Alex was born on a African wildlife reserve and named Alakay. He was the son of the alpha lion, Zuba, and was constantly given lessons on hunting, though he displayed no interest in the activity. Instead, he would da
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nce around rather than pounce on the toy his father used to train him. During one of the sessions, Alex was captured by poachers. In an attempt to save his son, Zuba pursues the truck. He rips off the safety harness and is shot in the ear, falling off the truck.

As the truck turned, the crate he was contained in fell into a river (due to no harness) and eventually floated to New York. This may have given him the fear of the ocean/water as evidenced in the first film. Alex arrives in New York on April 8th, 1972, after floating over the Atlantic Ocean when his transport crate fell into the sea. He is brought to the Central Park Zoo and proves to be very popular with the public.

The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper

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In The Penguins of Madagascar in A Christmas Caper, a stuffed animal Alex is seen briefly and its head is quickly dismembered by Nana's

Poodle Mr. Chew. Alex has a small cameos with his friends celebrating Christmas and singing a version of "Jingle Bells" at the end.

All Hail King Julien

Alex only ap
peared in the final episode, The End is Here, while King Julien and his people celebrate Clover and Sage's wedding. He is shown being washed ashore by crate and spitting out sand. He then says "Where are we?" leading to the events of Madagascar.


After Marty leaves in an effort to take a train to the wild, Alex, Gloria, and Melman pursue him and are shot with tranquilizer darts by humans. Animal-rights activist pressure the zoo into releasing them back into the wild, but on the ship to the preserve, Alex and his friends fall into the ocean when the penguins take over the ship. They wash ashore on Madagascar, and, while Marty is excited to be free, Alex wishes to g
o home but later changes his mind. He grows very hungry after days of being unable to eat, not realizing that steak is animal flesh, and starts to regain his hunting instincts. Hunger drives Alex into a crazed state, which causes him to hallucinate everyone as steak and tries to eat Marty. After realizing what he did to Marty, Alex barricades himself in the predator area of the island. Marty pursues him, unwilling to leave his friend, but is attacked by the fossa, the native predators of Madagascar. After overcoming his hunting instincts, Alex works to defend Marty, and is later given sushi by the Penguins to satisfy his hunger.

Merry Madagascar

The animals are still stuck on Madagascar, tempted to leave for New York on Christmas Eve. As they go, King Julien selfishly celebrates Julianuary.


mistakenly shoots them down, mistaking them for the Red Night Goblin. Having heard the story and believed it, Alex shoots down Santa, only to discover his identity, and that they've given him amnesia. Feeling guilty, Alex suggests that they can help Santa deliver his presents, but on the way return home, Alex discovers his Italian heritage

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Before Alex (whose birth name is revealed to be Alakay) encounters his parents, Zuba and Florrie, who are overjoyed to see their son and in the end, becomes alpha lion, he re-encounters the old lady and start fighting but allows Nana to win so he could acquire her purse (he later pulls out her cell phone and attempts to reach an operator). Zuba assumes that Alex is strong after hearing that he is the "King" of New York and arranges a rite of passage into the pride. Makunga, Zuba's rival, persuades Alex to challenge Teetsi during Alex's rite of passage. Teetsi was revealed to be a bulky, strong lion and Alex quickly loses. In order to keep from banishing Alex, Zuba transfers his control to Makunga, and in turn Alex, Florrie, and himself are banished. Zuba was mad at Alex after realizing that he is not a fierce warrior. The next day, the watering hole is shown to be dried up and Alex leaves with Marty to find out the cause. They leave the safety of the reserve, prompting Zuba to follow Alex and bring him back. Alex discovers that stranded New Yorkers had created a dam, and through use of dancing, he is recognized by the attacking New Yorkers. With the help of the others, the dam is destroyed and they return to the preserve. His father learns to respect his habits, and they remain in Africa instead of flying home with the penguins.

Madly Madagascar

Valentine's Day is one of Alex's most favorite holidays. Back in the zoo, he was practically showered with valentines from numerous admirers, but now that he's in Africa, he's finding that Valentine's Day is not what he was used to... can he still enjoy the day even though he's not getting the amount of attention he's used to having, especially since his best friend is getting all the attention he himself is used to and more?

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

This film begins on Alex's birthday in Africa. He and his friends decide that it is high time that they returned home to New York, as they are tired of waiting for the penguins to return from Monte Carlo.

The group ends up going to Monte Carlo on their own in hopes of finding the penguins and convincing them to take them home. Unfortunately, they are spotted by the humans in the casino where the penguins are hiding and end up becoming a target for animal control. Luckily, they end up finding Circus Zaragoza and decide to purchase the circus so that they could use it to get a contract for an American tour so that they could return to New York City. In the process, Alex meets Gia the jaguar, and develops an interesting partnership with her when it becomes apparent, the circus is not a very good one and he and his friends have to revamp it in order to win the contract. Alex and his friend
s each come up with new acts.

Alex ends up doing trapeze tricks with Gia for his act, and finds himself falling in love with the beautiful exotic jaguar. When they do get the contract, the group returns to New York, upsetting their new friends in the process, Alex ends up deeply hurting the others, espeically Gia when they find out that he is a zoo animal. When they actually get back to the zoo, the gang finds that it is not as great as they remembered (Alex notices that his rock is much smaller than he remembered) and that, quite frankly, they miss their new friends and decide that they would much rather join the circus and live with their new friends.

The Zoosters, however, are ambushed and knocked out by Captain Chantel DuBois and the animal control and put back in the zoo. The circus animals, the penguins, the lemurs and the chimpanzees come and break them out however, and then Alex grabs Gia during her trapeze and releases the balloons to the children the two of them sharing a loving look. Then Alex and his friends end up joining Circus Zaragoza from now on.

Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie

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Alex only appears for a few moments, dancing with the other zoosters to Afro Circus/I Like to Move It.

The Penguins of Madagascar

Alex only appears in the episode The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole (parts 1, 2, 3 &4) and only appears in Skipper's imagination. Mentioned in Zoo Tube  episode, where he is voiced by Wally Wingert.



Alex in the entire franchise.

Alex is a brown and yellow lion with a glossy mane. Since the second film, he's had an Africa-shaped birthmark on his right hand. He also has blue eyes, just like his mother's, in most of the franchise, it is said that Alex has a soft fur and a silky mane.

Their colors vary as the animation progresses, in the first film their fur was darker and in the third film their fur is lighter.


Alex loves the zoo and was surprised when hearing Marty's wish to leave and live in the wild. As the main attraction of the zoo, he is featured heavily on merchandise and gives an "Alex the Lion" snow globe and other merchandise to Marty for his birthday. He also shows an infatuation with steak, though later remarks that sushi tastes better.

Alex has the personality very similar to that of a celebrity, because at an early age he was a star at the zoo, coming to hate when his fur got dirty. In the first film, he was very scared when he discovered his predatory nature and did his best to isolate himself from others to protect them. Despite his pride and selfishness, Alex is very loyal to his zooster friends, especially Marty. Alex never loses the opportunity to show off and boast that he is a star, but sometimes some situations make him nervous, like when he tries to deal with the penguins or his attempts to flirt with Gia in the circus. He is also determined to fix things when he knows he spoiled them, like when he fights with Marty, or his attempt to re-fit into the lion's pack or to convince the zoosters to return to the circus and apologize to everyone. Alex is also very energetic, he is able to raise morale to everyone around him and also has good leadership, especially in the third film, when he even manages to lead a complete circus.


Physical Strength

Alex seems to be fairly strong, but the fact that Alex loses the challenge in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and is kicked in the crotch by Nana in Madagascar gives the impression that he is weak, but this is not true, because he reveals right after that he let her win in order to get her purse, something that's evident in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa where he has a short but equal fight against Nana.

Indeed, even for a lion, Alex is shown to be unusually strong, such as when he broke the zoo's public telephone, and lifted Melman, Marty and Gloria (a being whose weight is more than enough to break apart a thick concrete wall) all at once almost effortlessly. He also defeated many fossa almost single-handedly.

Great Agility

Alex is also very agile, running on four legs was able to reach a moving jeep. (Though weighing an unusual 250 KG or 550 lbs, according to DuBois) It is also good jumping as when he took a great leap on the movement train, making him an incredible trapeze artist. Alex and Gia could be considered the most agile animals in the circus, both were able to take a great turn together from the trapeze to the flying platform of the circus on the Zoo. Alex's agility may be due to his fascination with dancing since he was young, which is demonstrated when he danced with his father in Africa.



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Alex and Marty are the best of friends, and got through a lot together. They have had a few squabbles, like the Butt Bite Incident, for example, but they’re still buds.

When Alex arrived at the Zoo, Marty said he thought he was a kind of a show-off. When they grew up, they both became best friends.

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They were both neighbors and they even liked to sing. Alex did not support Marty's idea about escaping the zoo but was one of the first to be willing to get it back.

Despite the incident of the bite, Marty decided to go to find Alex in the territory of the Fossas and said he would not leave Madagascar without him, then Alex thanked him for not having abandoned him and later defended them all from the Fossas.

In the end, Marty asked for a toast to Alex, expressing that his heart is bigger than his stomach.

I'm In

In Madagascar 2, both had many conflicts. Alex having been sad for ruining the lives of his parents, did not realize that Marty also had his problems, because of that, he said unintentionally, very hurtful things.

When Alex decided to leave the reserve, he wanted to apologize to Marty before leaving. He recognized it among all the zebras and both were reconciled, leaving the reserve together.

At the end of Madagascar 2, Alex says that seeing him in the eye, he would always know it would be him, although in reality he recognized him by the bite on his butt.


In Madagascar 3, Marty and the others made him a New York city in mud for Alex on his birthday, then decided to go find the penguins at the casino in Monte Carlo.

They had some discussions about who was the leader or who drove the penguin vehicle.

On the circus train, when Vitaly asked who the leader was, Marty pointed to Alex.

When the group arrived at the zoo, Marty said they would not have to be sad if he had never run away, to which Alex denied, telling him that escape was the best thing that could have happened to them.


It expresses quite well that Alex feels something "romantic" for Gia, although his beginnings are somewhat conflicting.

Asking Gia to get away

When Alex sees her for the first time, he is impressed (you could say he was "shot"), Gia believes they are from the circus and lets them climb. Inside the train, Gia is impressed when Alex says he knew how to do a trapeze.

After they bought the circus, the animals prepared to give their show. Alex quietly decides to listen to Gia while she rehearsed alone, she falls down because where she was leaning was paper and is exposed in front of her. Alex refuses to spy on her when she asks him and tries to flirt but fails, accidentally throwing various circus elements around her. Gia finds it rather clumsy and says that no one has spoken of him since they arrived, assuring that everyone felt sorry for the new circus boss.

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Both collide heads accidentally but then Alex sincerely thanks him for letting him get on the train, she seemed happy but when he saw how he imitated Vitaly, threatened him warning him not to do anything that would endanger the circus, because it was everything to they.

Alex gets nervous and accidentally places his paw on one of the ropes of the circus tent that is untied and pulls it to the ceiling, then fall right into Gia's arms causing the other fabrics that kept them hidden to fall and both were shamefully discovered in front of the rest of the circus.

When the circus takes a break to recover from its last shameful act, Gia supports Alex in the idea of improving the circus, later asking him personally to teach him how to use the trapeze. He refuses at the beginning but then gives in.

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Later, both are on a high platform, ready to practice trapeze. Alex says many things while nervously preparing to jump, Gia gives him a push and he ends up giving some tricks something "shameful" that Gia then copies, as they practiced, both improved together. When Alex makes an erratic leap and was about to fall, Gia grabs him and both return to the platform where Alex holds her before she falls, staying close together while being surprised by the act he had practiced. They separate but take each other's hands and then be thrown by Marty who was shot from his cannon. The three fall into the net, Alex and Gia look at each other as they laugh and bounce off the net.

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When the train is about to leave, Alex takes Gia by the hand to help her get on the train.

In the next circus performance, Alex and Gia used pink paints combined. During the presentation, both give different jumps and tricks in the trapeze, many of them where one caught the other. Finally both closed the presentation lacing together.

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After the show, Gia throws herself to hug him excited and Alex holds her spinning, then takes her hand and turns her around, Gia expresses how excited she is that they are both trapeze cats and travel all over the world.

Alex is sad because his plans to return to the zoo seem to change and he sees himself divided between the circus and back home. He tries to tell Gia that he might leave but they are interrupted by Dubois who reveals that Alex belongs to a zoo and that he was coming to take him away.

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The penguins are responsible for throwing it out but Gia finds Alex's note and discovers in anguish that he never went to the circus, discovering with the others that everything was a lie. Alex tries to explain and Gia looks hurt when he learns that the American trapeze was never real. The zoosters were sad but Alex was still trying to talk to Gia but she said they had trusted him, then she walks away with the others from the circus.

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Despite the deception, Gia and Stefano refused to go on stage without their partners. When Julien arrived and assured them that the zoosters had been captured, Gia was among the first to express that they should help them because they were their friends.

When Dubois shot Alex, Gia saved him just in time, he was excited to see her. Both used the trapeze to reach the

flying platform of the circus. When Stefano was in danger, Alex and Gia used the trapeze to save him, but Alex grabbed Dubois and left Gia holding Stefano, she worried when she saw them fly so high. Alex defeats Dubois and uses the thrusters to take Gia and reach the balloons, there they both share a loving look as they celebrate for having achieved it.

Finally the zoosters decide to join the circus, Alex and Gia come back to look at each other while Marty and Julien celebrate with Afro Circus/I Like to Move It


When Alex was young, Zuba gave him lessons in hunting and fighting, but was disappointed
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when "Alakay" (name given to him by his parents before losing him) preferred to dance. In one of his lessons, when Zuba is distracted to fight Makunga, Alakay was captured by the hunters, his father tried to save him but a hunter shot him in the ear and causing him to fall from the truck, Alakay's box fell into the river and Zuba did not notice, going back to chasing the hunters. Zuba spent weeks looking for Alakay out of the reserve, until he reached a certain time where he assumed he would not return because the hunters had killed him. Zuba spent the last years blaming himself for the loss of his son.
When Alex and zoosters show up with the other animals from Africa, Zuba did not receive them well. On the other hand, Alex kept looking at him

because his face was quite familiar, Zuba took Alex's words as a challenge to his alpha leadership and threatened him, but was stopped by his wife, Florrie, who immediately identified him as his son.

Zuba and Florrie recognized him by the birthmark of his paw, thus finally recovering his lost son. Alex was very happy to know that he had parents.

Alex told his parents that he was the "King" of New York, but they interpreted him as really being a true King. Zuba was very happy for the arrival of his son, he even introduced him to the pack, but Makunga said he could not be part until he passed the Rite of Passage hullabaloo.
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At night, Zuba and Florrie show Alex, where he slept when he was a cub, they even told him how he had disappeared at that time. Zuba was still blaming himself for what happened but Florrie always reminded him that it was never his fault. His parents ended up encouraging him and wishing him good luck for the rite of the next day.

Unfortunately, Alex lost the rite because he believed that it was really a dance competition and not a fight. He and his family ended up being banished when Makunga took control. Alex was disappointed when his father told him that he was not a true lion.

Later, Florrie told Zuba that they should not lose their son a second time, in that, Makunga comes to tell Zuba that his son had gone out of the reserve to find out what had happened to the water. Zuba alerted, run to find him.
Zuba rescues Alex from Nana's people but when they are surrounded, Alex uses the "dance" to let people know that he is Alex, the lion from the Central Park Zoo. Zuba finally ends up joining his son to dance. They are rescued by the other zoosters but both collide like the dam to break it.

Later, they are both seen safely meeting the other animals and Florrie. Zuba wanted his son to be the leader of the pack, but when he refused, he decided it would be for both.

After the penguins left, Zuba jokes Alex and now he looks more excited. He and Alex now share a better father-son relationship.



Florrie loves her son, she also felt devastated when she lost it. Coming to believe with Zuba that the hunters had killed him. She was the first to recognize him when he saw him again, she said it was him when he saw the birthmark but he could actually recognize it when he saw his eyes. Alex has his mother's eyes.

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Florrie is really very motherly, she accepts her son as he is, even if he decides to dance and not fight. It proved to be very encouraging when her son decided to do something, like when they introduced him to the pack, she was excited when they named him "King", or when Alex decided to do the rite and Zuba had to choose who would start first, but Florrie was too excited to encourage him, preventing Zuba from concentrating. She and Zuba still remember Alex's habits when he was young, even she let him keep his "foofie” even if Zuba did not want to, letting him be himself.

She has loving habits like kissing him in the forehead when he said "good night", showing that she really loves him. She is also very overprotective and is often terrified of losing him again, as when Zuba told her he was not a real lion, she scolded him and told her not to lose him once again, she was worried when Makunga told them she left the reserve but he was relieved when he saw them both (Zuba and Alex) safe and sound. She and Zuba are still calling him by his real name, "Alakay."


Alex and Melman are very good friends, if it were not for Melman who woke up to pee, Alex and Gloria would never have known that Marty disappeared. Both have enough differences, in Madagascar, Alex seemed to get angry when

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Melman used to be very nervous or worried about the amount of diseases that could be spread, Alex even bothered with him for having burned the statue of freedom when they were stranded, Alex also He tried to eat it with the other animals when he showed his predatory attitude because of not eating for days. In Madagascar 2, Alex is aware of Melman's feelings towards Gloria, even tried to encourage him to tell them when he saw them fight, but seems to be glad that both are finally together. In Madly Madagascar, Alex and Marty distract Gloria so that Melman can plan her surprise for her, Alex even tries to prevent Gloria from using the love potion by arguing that she really does not need her and that she was not losing Melman. In Madagascar 3, Melman and the other Zoosters make a New York City in mud for Alex as a birthday present, then the four of them set off to find the penguins in the Monte Carlo casino, they had a little dispute over who would be leader and Melman argues that it could be because he was a doctor. Later, Alex saves Melman from DuBois by cutting the rope tied to the neck of the giraffe.


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Alex and Gloria are very good friends, she could be considered as an older sister. The Zoosters seem to be afraid of her size, she is often seen scolding the other Zoosters, as when she threatened Alex with hitting him if he did not talk to Marty to cheer him up, arguing that he was her best friend. Her also encouraged Melman to leave the Zoo saying that Marty needed group therapy and that everyone should go look for him.


Gloria seems to be used to and tired of watching the Zoosters fight among them, she is often seen as a mediator between Alex and Marty's fights. She stopped Alex so he would not grab Marty when they discovered they were stranded on the island, Gloria also refused to leave Alex after they escaped him when he tried to eat them, but she also did not let Marty go just because Alex was still too dangerous for them. In Madagascar 2, Alex was aware of Melman's feelings towards Gloria, her even encouraged the giraffe to tell them when he saw them fight but at the end of the movie, Alex is happy because both were finally together. In Madly Madagascar, Alex and Marty distract Gloria so that she does not discover the surprise that Melman had prepared for her. Even Alex tries that Gloria does not get involved in Julien's potion and argued that she did not need it and that she was not really losing Melman. In Madagascar 3, Gloria was still enduring the fights between Alex and Marty and even tired of the situation, she tried to direct them but the glass window under her feet gave way, also the Zoosters were afraid that Gloria would fall on them when she came down the conduit.

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At first, Alex and the others thought KJ and the lemurs were weirdos. But soon they came to befriend the lemurs and even drive away the Foosa for them. They still think they're a bit odd, though.

At the end of Madagascar, Julien gave his crown to Alex as a sign of how grateful he was because he had thrown the Foosas. Alex still believes that King Julien is a bit irritating, when Julien announced that he would go with them to NY, Alex was one of the first to refuse and Julien argued that he would go the same way because it was his plane.


Makunga tricked him into fighting Teetsi, making Zuba quit being Alpha lion when Alex lost in order to not banish his own son. Come to think of it, if Zuba hadn't been challenged by Makunga, he wouldn't have taken his eyes off his son, and he would've been able to stop Alex from wandering off and being captured by hunters. So technically Makunga is to blame for Alex being taken away from his parents. Then again, if Alex hadn't been taken from his parents, he never would've met the other Zoosters or the penguins or the chimps or the lemurs or the circus animals.



Alex seems to get along with the penguins, but even so, he does not seem to understand them at all. He has had some disagreements with Skipper and several were about the crashed plane. Skipper is also tough when dealing with Alex, he possibly finds him as one of the most annoying Zoosters although he recognizes his leadership in the group and often addresses him when they must make a decision, as in Madagascar 3 where Skipper and his group They warned Alex if they saw DuBois but they also pretended to be offended when the group was discovered by the circus. Even so, Skipper was the first to decide to rescue all Zoosters from the zoo.

In the episode of The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole in TPoM, Alex was presented in the imagination of Skipper as a spiritual guide, at the end of the episode Skipper understands why his conscience chose Alex and he sees them both with a good friendship before Alex disappeared.



At first, Vitaly didn’t trust Alex because he was a total stranger and wanted to change the circus. When Vitaly tried to quit, Alex convinced the tiger not to give up on his friends and try his act again. He then used a fireproof conditioner on Vitaly, which successfully caused him to nail his act. Since then, the two have become great friends and Vitaly was the one who convinced the other circus animals to save him and the gang from DuBois.



Stefano really admires Alex because of how amazing and talented he is. When Stefano explains to the lion why the circus went downhill, Alex decides to help improve the circus and save everyone’s jobs.

Chantel DuBois

Alex is Chantel Dubois' prime target, and she wants to hunt him so she can put his head on a plaque. By the end of the film, Alex defeats her and declared that her days of chasing animals are over.

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