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Private is a major character of Madagascar, a supporting character in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, one of the central protagonists of The Penguins of Madagascar, a supporting character in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, and one of the main protagonists of Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie. Despite his inexperience and ignorance, he is occasionally 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 of the zoo forget the penguin's spying on them, even his own team). In Eclipsed, King 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 (with some bits and peaces of Australian in Private's tongue) (which Skipper and the others call adorably fake as stated in Hard Boiled Eggy, though Private's accent is later revealed to be genuine in A Visit From Uncle Nigel). He's the only penguin who's ever disobeyed Skipper twice in one episode. (Cute-Astrophe)

Private is a short and chubby penguin. He has a white face with two round eyes and an orange beak. He has black skin except for his stomach area that is white. He has a small tail black and white, two penguin arms black and white and two orange small feet with three toes on each.


Private is the youngest of the penguins, making him more gullible, naïve, and trusting more easily. He was born in front of his older brothers, who adopted him. Despite some mistakes and misadventures with the rest of the penguins, Private loves them a lot.

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. Private also played a big role.

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 through a dangerous obstacle course, 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 in its tracks. 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.

In Mr. Tux Private is revealed to be a fantastic mini-golf player, but had given up when he realized the competition had turned him into something he wasn't. But he later played again when the zoo was in jeopardy and won.

He doesn't appear 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 addiction and loves butterscotch lollipops and Winky's.

He loves watching the show "Lunacorns", along with going to their events, buying their merchandise, and even citing advice and words of wisdom the characters on the show say, much to the annoyance of his fellow penguins and animals.

Usually, if Private team members or others in trouble, he several times shows, how he can save them by himself. Example in: Truth Ache, Untouchable, Stop Bugging Me, Wishful Thinking, Concrete Jungle Survival, A Visit From Uncle Nigel, Operation: Antarctica, Siege the Day and the Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie.

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.

In Tagged he showed that he knew nothing about how a real penguin acts.

In Penguins of Madagascar (movie) when Skipper says ''You are a valued and meaningful member of this team!'' to Rico, Private tried to swallow the paperclip which Rico keeps in his throat so that he can become a valuable and meaningful member of the team.

In Penguins of Madagascar (movie), Private wants to be a meaningful and valued member of the team. Anyway, Skipper looks down Private, because he thinks, Private just a "cute little guy". After Private and later the penguins are captured by Dave, they want to turn Private into a monster. Kowalski says Private "the cute one" and Skipper says "It's all the little guy's got!", Private become upset. Thus, Dave boost the ray and shoot Private. At the last moment, Private has successfully escaped with a paper clip, suffering a minor scald that mutated into a large hand later on. Thereafter, Private saves the North Wind from a death machine. Classified opts to go back to headquarters to get more equipment while Private objects, citing Skipper's ideals, though they leave nevertheless. Private then tries to find a way to get through to his brothers. He starts with Skipper, doing a goofy face that always amuses him. Skipper's normal personality returns, and they get Kowalski and Rico to do the same. Kowalski decided that to reverse the effects of the serum, they need something with ultimate cute power, of which Private volunteers for despite the others' protests. He holds off Dave with his mutated hand until the laser fires, and he was encased in a pink crystal. Corporal retrieves him from the laser and the crystal breaks, revealing Private who is alive and well, though he obtained a pink hue and moose antlers. Impressed by his heroism, Skipper tells Private that he is the most valued member of the team. He was later restored to normal by Skipper with the laser.

Family and friends[]


Private and Skipper appear to have the closest relationship out of all the penguins, with Skipper having saved his life ever since his birth. They have the best brother relationship as well. Skipper helps Private become more and more experienced as he thinks of Private as naive and gullible, and thus more vulnerable than other members.


Private and Kowalski have a good relationship. Private looks up to Kowalski, he is respectful of his knowledge and looks at him as a hero. (This was mentioned in Mask of the Raccoon.) They have learned how to read together and always help each other.


Private and Rico have a good relationship, but Private also believes that Rico would betray his own team to get what he wants or to get a mission fulfilled. Thus, Rico may have exhibited some sort of selfish or disturbing behavior (which is often) for Private to fear him, though they still maintain mutual trust.

Uncle Nigel[]

Private's Uncle Nigel is the only known member of Private's family, who appeared in the TV series in the episode, A Visit from Uncle Nigel. In the beginning, he behaves like a loony older version of private, but actually he is a secret English spy, who wanted Private help to defeat the Red Squirrel. Nigel believes that private's personality is a cover-up and that he's actually a serious dedicated spy.

The Amarillo Kid[]

The Amarillo Kid is the main antagonist of Mr. Tux and the enemy of Private. A long time ago, the Amarillo Kid challenged Private to a game of mini-golf, back when Private was one of the best mini golf players and was known as Mr. Tux. Private quit after the game, which ended in a tie, because he had to hit a little possum girl's ice cream cone (it was a double scoop ) to tie it up. Though Private admitted that the pressure made him quit after all. Several years later, he arrived at the Central Park Zoo to challenge Private to a game to prove he's the best in Mr. Tux. At first, Private refuses to fight him. Enraged by this, the Kid locked down the entire zoo and threatened to blow it up with a thermonuclear reactor. Private battles him, and though the game is close, Private wins with the help of a cricket he had saved early. Ashamed, the Amarillo Kid leaves. He later returns in Showdown on Fairway 18, but this time has a changed personality and requests Private's help. At the end of the episode, The Amarillo Kid and Private agree to put their rivalry behind them.

Sam Fishy[]

According to "Operation Penguin" (video game), Private's father's name is Sam Fishy. However, Private's father never shows up in TV series and movies and in the "Penguins of Madagascar" (movie) reveals how Private is actually orphan. Sam's residence and status are unknown.

Taken from IMDB[]

The eager young Private is the newest member of the Penguin Commandos, and as such his role in the team has not yet been designated, save as cannon fodder. His accent hints at a different nationality, possibly indicating that he was flown into the Central Park Zoo from some other country.

Taken from NICK[]

Private is a bit fuzzy on who he is and his role in the group. Since he's not so sure of himself, Private is completely open to every experience. The zoo can be a rough place (especially the Reptile House) and Private is a little too obviously naïve for his own good. Private's openness makes him the most likely to party with the lemurs for better or for worse.