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"Feet!"
~Mort

Mortdecai (commonly known as Mort) is a main character in All Hail King Julien. He is an incredibly cute and somewhat innocent mouse lemur, although his age is something upwards of 50. He is a side character in Madagascar, Madagascar Escape 2 Africa, and Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, a side character in Penguins of Madagascar (film), a major character in The Penguins of Madagascar (series), and the tritagonist of All Hail King Julien. He loves King Julien's feet, an obsession which started when he saw King Julien using them to kick some foosa in the first episode of All Hail King Julien. In The Penguins of Madagascar, he is somewhat bothersome toward the other zoo animals.

Mort's love for Julien's feet is so extreme that, while sleeping, he can rip down a tree to get to them, as seen in "Two Feet High and Rising." King Julien also hates it when Mort touches his feet. Mort is protected by a "force field" of ignorance and can't feel pain, but he still hates drowning, as seen in "Assault and Batteries." He laughs hysterically a lot. (In Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, while being chased by a shark and laughing, while at the same time, he says "Why am I laughing?!?") He likes things even if he doesn't know what they are. He says "I like [fill in]!". (i.e. In "Tangled in the Web," he says "I like computers!" despite not having a clue as to what a computer is, and claims "I don't have to know to like.")

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In All Hail King Julien: Exiled, it is revealed that Mort is of a species that can absorb other 'Morts' in the multiverse. However, Smart Mort, and later “Groovy 60's cult leader” Mort, also known as Hippie Mort, are two alternate versions of Mort, created by him due to the effects of both coffee, and tea (also known as brown julien, and gold julien) in both One More Cup and it's sequel episode. Smart Mort is an intelligent character, while “Groovy 60's cult leader”/Hippie Mort is a peaceful character. It is also revealed that Mort absorbed his own grandmother, and now she lives inside his mind. Mort is also portrayed to have some traces of Jewish heritage, as seen in Karl-Mageddon, after his grandfather shows up and a flashback appears of Mort as a child getting a present on Hanukkah from Grandpa Mort.

History

Mort helping Clover to find the source of imposter diapers in All Hail King Julien.

All Hail King Julien

Mort meets King Julien and Maurice for the first time when he falls out of a tree in “King Me”. Mort is depicted as an important character in All Hail King Julien, and is one of the four members of King Julien's royal circle. It is in All Hail King Julien that his love towards King Julien's feet began. Mort is somewhat creepy at times, but also humorous. He claims to live in his own world, and can turn in to many versions of himself inside his mind.

However, in All Hail King Julien: Exiled, he becomes one of the significant characters who assist King Julien, by getting information and spying on the enemy, Koto, while he acted as his jester. Mort was able to plot plans to assassinate Koto, but was unable to be successful due to his bad luck. Mort was clever enough to generate tactful plans in trying to free the prisoners in various ways. He played a crucial role in collecting an army (the Mort Horde) for the war against Koto. His actions helped King Julien, leading to his victory.

It is indicated in Revenge of the Prom that Mort was abused sexually by Grammy Mort, leading to her consumption. He creates a romantic relationship with Zora in the All Hail King Julien: Exiled and marries her in The Day Before Tomorrow. However, in King Julien is Watching You, Zora leaves Mort and decides to live with Uncle King Julien.

Madagascar

King Julien just before kicking Mort

Mort was attending a party with King Julien and the people of the kingdom. Suddenly, the Fossa attacks them and the lemurs were surrounded by the Foosa. When he was just about to be eaten, Alex comes to talk with the Foosa, allowing him to escape. When King Julien want to see the true character of the Zoosters, he kicks Mort towards Alex. Alex tries to cheer him up but causes him to cry. After he was comforted by Gloria, the lemurs surround them.

Back at the plane, he even gets scold by King Julien since he states that he love the Zoosters more than anyone and King Julien hate them compared to how much he love them. This annoys King Julien. Compared to his witty character in All Hail King Julien, he seems to panic easily since he screamed in fear when King Julien reminds them how they were dreaded by the Fossa.

When Alex performs at the foot of the Central Boabab Tree, he bites Marty. When the whole kingdom sinks in silence, he claps which adds humor. Later, when Alex roars, he says that he is "Going savage", causing all to run. At the end of the film, Alex decides to eat Sushie. King Julien offers Mort to Alex, as a Plan B, so he could eat him. This event adds humor.

Merry Madagascar

He is the only lemur to attend the Zoosters' leaving party. This amazes them since King Julien would never miss a party. Later, he is one who is drumming when King Julien, Maurice and the lemurs catch the Zoosters, thinking it is the Red Night Goblin. He was then accused by King Julien and says to stop laughing. Ironically, it was the Red Night Goblin who was laughing.

He appears again when Alex goes to lauch the attack. He was screaming at that time. At the end, King Julien realizes that he must share gifts. Mort is the first lemur to get a gift from King Julien, which is a coconut. At the end, King Julien and Maurice are trying to hit him. He wishes the audience Happy Christmas and Julianuary and then gets hit by a coconut.

Mort arriving at a beach of Africa

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Mort tries to get into the plane, but King Julien tries to stop him using the security. However, he escapes them and tries to get in the plane. But King Julien closes the door in time. Mort hangs on to a wine and end up on the left wing of the plane. Alex sees him and thinks him to Gremlin. Alex says "Hi Mort" and he says "Hi", causing him to fall from the plane.

The 3 friends looking at the falling shark.

In the middle of the film, he crawls and manages to get on to the shore. He says that he is coming "King Julien." Out of the blue, a shark begins to chase him and adds humor. The movie progresses and he ultimately meets King Julien and Maurice. But the shark had followed him, as a result, the shark end up inside the volcano. At the end, King Julien, Maurice and Mort are seen, riding a flamingo.

Madly Madagascar

Mort is the first person to use King Julien's Love Potion No. 09. King Julien persuaded him to take it by saying that he is not popular, which he agrees with. After been sprayed, Maurice comes as a lady to show that he is irresistable and King Julien make Maurice even kiss him. At the end, he smiles when all the fur of King Julien gets lost since he had to bath his own new potion.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Mort first appears when they jump out of Alex's cake with king Julien and Maurice to surprise him. When they were at Monte Carlo, Alex says not to draw attention, but King Julien, Maurice and Mort sets outs fireworks and begins to play a song, when they were in a swan boat.

King Julien, Maurice and Mort were sent out to cut the power and he had a clock strapped to his head so an alarm would ring when the time is ready. When King Julien cuts the power, Mort takes control and pulls up and down the power lever, when King Julien and Maurice dance. Later, when Chantel clings with Melman, King Julien sends Mort to fix the problem. He succeeded.

Later, when the plane crashes, he is stuck to a pipe and searches King Julien. In the circus train, they gets into Sonya's apartment, thinking it is first class. When Julien acts weirdly with Sonya, Mort and Maurice are stunned. Since then, Mort has a much closer contact with Maurice and at the end, Mort takes Chantel's pistol and uses it to tranquilize Chantel at the end.

Mort inside the machine while King Julien is with the remote.

King Julien and Mort just before King Julien was swallowed by Mort.

Penguins of Madagascar

He appears in the mid credit scene. The Penguins use him as the source of cuteness to bring back Private to normal, who now have antlers. King Julien tries to press the button and finally succeeded. After the penguins left, King Julien says to Mort that he expected a "little more pizzazz". Then, Mort eats King Julien in one gulp and amazes King Julien since it is 'pizzazz".

Personality

Mort is so cute and popular that he was put on the cover of the zoo brochure in The Penguin Stays In the Picture. His plush toys are a popular sale in the zoo, and he even has a t-shirt design. Visitors to the zoo comment on how adorable he is just as much as they do on Private.

In the zoo, Mort still has his negative personality. Not many animals in the zoo know who he is, but all of the main characters do. Like in Madagascar, Mort loves to touch feet, especially King Julien's. His love of King Julien's feet started when King Julien kicked the Foosa away, therefore saving Mort's life. This event happened in the first episode of All Hail King Julien, "King Me." Mort is known as an unlucky character who is often a victim of terrible events, in the end of most of his appearances.

Although Mort is both disliked and pushed around by King Julien, he does not seem to be bothered by it. However, he did turn on Julien in Mort Unbound when Kowalski's giant ray granted him super strength and size. He was shrunken down again with an antidote. He didn't want to be himself before, but in the end, he is happy of what size he is.

A big reason why Mort likes King Julien is because of King Julien's feet. Because of this, he always volunteers to help King Julien. Although King Julien dislikes him, he actually enjoys Mort worshiping him, as he has confessed many times. King Julien has also cried over Mort when he thought he was dead, in the All Hail King Julien episode "Diapers are the New Black”.

In the first Madagascar game, however, he seemed to be intelligent like King Julien. Though in the second one, he seemed to be less intelligent than his usual character.

In All Hail King Julien, while he's still depicted as a cute character. He also has some more, let's just say... creepiness, to his personality. But still funny as he always is. For example:

Mort also has multiple versions of himself inside his mind. Sometimes he even talks with these other versions of himself. The known versions of Mort are:

  1. Smart Mort who is seen after Mort consumes coffee
  2. Political Mort
  3. “Groovy 60's cult leader” Mort from One More Cup, Part 2 when he drinks tea
  4. An unnamed violent version of Mort who is never seen in control, but who often poses aggressive ideas to the other Morts inside Mort's head (Seen in Pineapple Of My Eye and The Strife Aquatic). Mort says to his grandpa in Karl-Mageddon that this Mort accuses him for doing crimes that he can't remember of committing.
  5. Cool Mort who is seen in Who Arted?, when he goes to meet King Julien for dinner.

When he talks with his alternate personalities, it often makes the person(s) looking at him feel unnerved, such as in Fast Food Lemur Nation and Who Arted?, because it is seen that Mort moves from place to place and changes his face. It is revealed in All Hail King Julien: Exiled and Lord of the Fruit Flies that there are a large number of different Morts inside his head.

Relationships

King Julien - Mort is one of the most loyal characters to King Julien. Mort is to love him and his feet since the scene in King Me of All Hail King Julien. King Julien saved him from the Foosa and he is to be loyal to him since them. Throughout his adventures in All Hail King Julien and in the films, Mort is to be loyal to King Julien and his feet. Mort is even one of the members of King Julien's Royal Entourage.

Zora - In All Hail King Julien: Exiled, Mort came up with the idea to seduce Zora by telling her that he wants to marry her, so that he can get tools to help the prisoners escape. The next day, Mort and Zora have a fight to the death, which ends with Mort barely moving Zora. Amazed by his “strength” (he was catapulted her way and could barely even get close to her), she licks him and claims him. Mort takes the opportunity to take her key while she is sleeping, but then apologizes and calls her "darling". After Koto's death, they share kisses and marry. However, Mort seemed unhappy with his marriage to Zora in King Julien is Watching You, as it shows him making a schematic drawing of Julien's foot while in Clover's compound prison. After Zora falls in love with King's Julien's uncle, Mort cries out for Zora until he laughs triumphantly, free from Zora for good, explaining Zora's absence in the films and specials.

Abilities

Though his only ability is to dance in the films and TV Series, Mort is surprisingly skilled in All Hail King Julien than in other films or TV Series, particularly in the following ways:



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