Study Guide

The Jungle Book Characters

By Rudyard Kipling

Mowgli

Mowgli is the most recognizable character from The Jungle Book, thanks in part to all the movie...

Kotick (The White Seal)

Kotick, the protagonist of "The White Seal," is the seal version of Mowgli. Like Mowgli, a boy...

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Rikki-tikki-tavi is the most famous Jungle Book character who didn't star in a Disney flick. He...

Little Toomai and Kala Nag (the elephant)

Little Toomai's chapter might be called "Toomai of the Elephants," but the elephants are arguably...

Bagheera (the Black Panther)

Bagheera is the second person (well, animal, but they're all so personified, it's hard to think...

Baloo (the Brown Bear)

Baloo is a "sleepy brown bear" (1.52) who wakes up long enough to speak for Mowgli at the Wolf...

Shere Khan (the Tiger)

Shere Khan might be the least scary tiger ever. Seriously, this tiger is scarier than Shere Khan....

Kaa (the Rock Python)

Kaa has just molted when Baloo and Bagheera find him sunning himself on a rock. He's thirty feet...

Akela (the Lone Wolf)

Akela is "the great grey Lone Wolf" (1.47) who leads the Wolf Pack. He's kind and...

Mother and Father Wolf and Grey Brother

Mother and Father Wolf are the first characters we meet in Chapter One. We see Father Wolf,...

The Bandar-log—(The Monkeys)

The monkeys of the jungle, also known as the Bandar-log, think they're above everyone...

Sea Catch (a Seal)

Sea Catch is Kotick's father, and he represents the "old guard" of the seals. He's a "huge grey...

The Viceroy's Animals

We meet a few arguing animals in the "Her Majesty's Servants" chapter: Billy the mule, another...

The Villagers

Mowgli briefly lives in a village near the jungle he was raised, and during his time here, we...