- “If there's anything we've learned from this delightful adventure, Kowalski, it's that looks don’t matter. It’s what you do that counts. And look at what you did. Yes sir. You are the most meaningful and valued member of this team”
- ―Skipper to Private[src]
Private is one of the penguins in the Madagascar franchise. He appears in Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted and Penguins of Madagascar, the latter of which he was the main protagonist.
Private, along with the other Penguins serve as the main characters and go on missions at the Zoo. In the episode A Visit From Uncle Nigel he is revealed to have an uncle called Nigel who works as a secret agent for MI6.
Throughout the franchise, Private's personality is described him being sensitive, emotional, and happy of the group and rookie of the group, who is sometimes prone to accidents. Despite his personality being shy and emotional, Private is "sticky" and sometimes brave in really bad situations. Private doesn't seem to be concerned about the lemurs. He is gentle, loving, as well as caring to the extend that he was ready to take another shot in place of Skipper.
Private is extremely in love by his favorite foods: Peanut Butter Winky and Fish. Private seems to be overly-protective sometimes. In "Skorca!", Private has a sugar rush after eating his favorite caramel chocolate Butternut Winky. In "Mort Unbound," Private was shown to give life lessons and tell Mort that being buff and bad is not what life is. Private has an abnormal fear of badgers. Private is observant and loyal to the Penguins.
- This penguin also appears on the Pengle game developed from Cookapps on Facebook. He has blue coloring instead of black.