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Background information
Feature films Madagascar
The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper (cameo)
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Merry Madagascar
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
Madly Madagascar
Short films
Feature firsts
Feature lasts
Television programs
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Jada Pinkett Smith (adult)
Willow Smith (child)
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Kind, sassy, beautiful, tough, caring, understanding
Appearance Obese gray hippo with brown eyes and large nose with lined spiral nostrils
Age 59 (adult)
8 (child)
Occupation Central Park Zoo animal, Melman's girlfriend, Tight rope dancer
Alignment Good
Goal To return to New York City, then to stay with Circus Zaragoza
Home New York City (upcoming returns), Africa (formerly), Circus Zaragoza (currently)
Allies Alex, Marty, her love interest Melman, King Julien XIII, Maurice, Mort, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, Private, Mason and Phil, Zuba, Florrie, Vitaly, Gia, Stefano, Sonya, Esmeralda, Esperanza and Ernestina, the Dancing Dogs, Manual and Maya, Moto Moto, Po, Shifu, Crane, Monkey, Tigress
Enemies Fossas, Nana, Chantel DuBois, Tai Lung, Po (Formerly)
Likes Dancing, Melman, singing, fruit, relaxing, swimming, tight rope dancing, Moto Moto
Dislikes Danger, arguing, being liked for her appearance, Melman being away from her, Melman dumping her on Valentine's Day (which wasn't actually happening, she just thought so)
Powers and abilities
Weapons her weight, her butt
Fate She and her friends discuss where to go (1st film)
She becomes Melman's girlfriend and boogies off with her friends (2nd film)
She dances with her friends during mash-up of Marty's "Afro Circus" song and "I Like To Move It" (3rd film)
Quote "Uh-huh I know that's right!"

Gloria is one of the two tritagonists in the Madagascar film series. She is the sole female of the quartet and acts as a motherly figure to the males (at least until she becomes Melman's love interest).


As a hippo, Gloria had a passive nature when it came to most problems, and serves as the voice of reason for her friends. At the time of Marty the zebra's birthday, Gloria is another animal in the Central Park Zoo and was one of the many attractions, drawing crowds that enjoyed seeing her swimming about in her water tank. She would also receive the star treatment as one of the zoo's main attractions and attend Marty’s birthday party. At this party, Marty announced his wish upon blowing out the candles on his cake: to go to the wild. Gloria, Alex and Melman tried to have Marty come to his senses by telling him that life out in the wilds was savage and difficult, whereas life in the zoos was adequate. Marty was unhappy at hearing this and Gloria told Alex to go and console Marty.

Later that night, however, Marty acted out his wish and headed straight for the Terminal Station so as to take a train and go to Connecticut, where Marty heard that wide open spaces were found. Gloria urged both Alex and Melman to come with her so as to find Marty and bring him back before any people would notice. They were found, regardless, alongside Mason and Phil, the two chimps; and a troupe of secretive penguins, all ending up tranquilized with darts.

When they all came to, they found themselves in crates bound for Africa. When the penguins hijack the ship, the crates fall into the ocean and wash up on the island of Madagascar. After some confusion, they start to set up their own society and attract the attention of a lemur colony.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Gloria expresses a desire to join in the zoo breeding program, in the hopes of finding a boyfriend. When the animals crash land in Africa, she attracts the attention of a hippo named Moto Moto ("Hot Hot" in Swahili). Though she thinks he's the ideal boyfriend at first, she realizes that he only loves her because she is fat, where's Melman loves her for who she is. Realizing that she loves Melman back, she convinces him not to sacrifice himself into the volcano and Gloria grabs him by the horn and says, "It's crazy to think that I had to go half way around the world to find the perfect guy was right next door..." and then joins the other animals in rescuing Alex from Nana.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

Gloria is excited about doing a circus act with her love life, Melman the giraffe. She loves to dance and wants to do a dancing act with him, but Melman doesn't know how to dance. But when Melman almost falls off a tightrope, Gloria comes to the rescue and teaches him how to dance. Near the end of the movie, Gloria says that their adventures were romantic.


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  • "It's okay. Cats always land on their... face? What kind of cat are you?"
  • "Don't you shush me!"
  • "Alrighty boys, fun's over."
  • "Let's make gas look good."
  • "Come on, we are New Yorkers, right? We're tough! We're gritty! We're adaptable! And we are not gonna lay down like a bunch of Melmans!"
  • "Don't make me come up there, I'll get the whuppin' on both of y'all."
  • "Who's your friend, or is that your butt?"
  • "Hey, I can live with that."
  • Melman, Melman, calm down, Melman, relax!
  • You broke their clock?
  • (as a calf) "Well, I think he's kinda cute."
  • Hold on, Melman, okay, I'll get you down sweetie.

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