List of fictional pachyderms

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This list of fictional pachyderms is a subsidiary to the List of fictional ungulates. The list includes elephants, rhinoceroses, and hippopotamuses as well as extinct mammals such as woolly mammoths, mastodons, etc. Characters from various fictional works are organized by medium.

Literature[edit]

Name Species Author Work Notes
Babar Elephant Jean de Brunhoff Babar the Elephant An elephant prince
Elmer Elephant David McKee Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Character of children's story books
Horton Elephant Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who! A fictional character from the books Horton Hatches the Egg[1] and Horton Hears a Who![2], both by Dr. Seuss. Horton is a kind, sweet-natured elephant who cares about other animals or people.
"Jumbo" (given name)[3] Asian elephant Mark Twain "The Stolen White Elephant" White elephant's actual name: Hassan Ben Ali Ben Selim Abdallah Mohammed Moist Alhammal Jamsetjejeebhoy Dhuleep Sultan Ebu Bhudpoor
Lord Rataxes Rhinoceros Jean de Brunhoff Babar the Elephant King of Rhinoland
Tantor African elephant Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan
Kabumpo Elephant Ruth Thompson Kabumpo in Oz Also known as the Elegant Elephant of Pumperdink he was originally a christening gift to the king of Pumperdink, Pompus.[4]
Kala Nag Asian elephant Rudyard Kipling The Jungle Book In "Toomai of the Elephants" (Kala Nag means "Black Snake").
Hathi Asian elephant Rudyard Kipling The Jungle Book Head of the jungle elephant troop; featured in several adventures with the boy, Mowgli.
The Elephant Child Asian elephant Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories "How the Elephant Got His Trunk"
Strorks Rhinoceros Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin"
Unnamed Elephant Elfrida Vipont The Elephant and the Bad Baby [citation needed]
Mud (She-Spurns) African elephant Barbara Gowdy The White Bone An adult fantasy story about African elephants; centered on Mud, a young adopted female.
Zenobia Asian elephant Henry Cuyler Bunner "Zenobia's Infidelity" Short story adapted to Zenobia (1939 film) by Hal Roach Studios

Comics[edit]

Name Species Work Author Notes
Snoots Elephant Baby Snoots "Baby Snoots squeaks through with Uptite Mouse in a trunkful of fun."[5] Continued by: Snoots the Forgetful Elephant.[6] Published by Gold Key Comics.
Stewart Elephant Marsupilami André Franquin
Hieronymus (Hip) Flask Hippopotamus/human hybrid Elephantmen Richard Starkings Created by The MAPPO Corporation; IA advisor.
Ebenezer Hide Elephant/human hybrid Elephantmen Richard Starkings Created by The MAPPO Corporation; IA advisor.
Obadiah Horn Rhinoceros/human hybrid Elephantmen Richard Starkings Created by The MAPPO Corporation; businessman.

Mythology[edit]

Name Species Origin Notes
Ganesha Elephant God Indian mythology God with human body, four arms and an elephant's head.
Gajendra Elephant God Indian mythology An elephant that was attacked by a crocodile and eventually saved by Vishnu
Airavata Elephant Indian mythology The creator of clouds.

Media[edit]

Film[edit]

Name Species Origin Notes
Bo-Tat Asian elephant Operation Dumbo Drop Bo-Tat portrayed by Tai (elephant)
Kala Nag Asian elephant Elephant Boy Adaptation of Kipling's "Toomai of the Elephants"
Lucy Asian elephant Hannibal Brooks Based on the true story of Olga the elephant, rescued from Vienna Zoo in 1944
Rosie Asian elephant Water for Elephants Rosie portrayed by Tai (elephant)
Vera Asian elephant Larger than Life Vera (also) portrayed by Tai

Television[edit]

Name Species Origin Notes
Elephant Elephant "The Elephant Show" In season 1-2 Elephant was male, but later, in season 3-5 Elephant is female.
George Hippo Rainbow A pink hippo with blue eyes. A puppet character.
George Hippo George and Martha Best friends with Martha.
Martha Hippo George and Martha Best friends with George.
Mr. Snuffleupagus Woolly mammoth Sesame Street Big Bird's once-then imaginary friend. A puppet character.
Nelly Elephant Nellie the Elephant 1989–90 UK TV cartoon series, based on the 1956 children's song
Snorky Elephant The Banana Splits Member of The Banana Splits, an all-animal band. He played the keyboard.

Animation[edit]

Name Species Origin Notes Nickname
Clam Rhinoceros Camp Lazlo In the show
Jason Rhinoceros Black Rhinoceros Is a Crocodile a Reptile? Jason is a Rhinoceros. It has grey skin and apricot-colored horns and toes. Jason Cuffmorse
Degger Elephant African Elephant Is a Crocodile a Reptile? Degger is an Elephant. It has grey skin, hypnotizing-like wrinkles on each foot, apricot-colored tusks and toes, a long trunk, and big ears. Degger Jam Packera
Raj Asian elephant Camp Lazlo In the show
Dumbo Elephant Dumbo
Ellie Woolly mammoth Ice Age: The Meltdown At first thinks she's a possum, until Manny convinced her that she's just like him; a mammoth. Is Peaches' mother and Manny's wife. Is more openhearted to Peaches than Manny is when her only daughter becomes an adolescent.
Elmer Elephant Elephant Silly Symphonies Disney cartoon short. (Not to be confused with Elmer the Patchwork Elephant)
Elephanchine Elephant Fantasia A ballet dancing elephant who leads other dancing elephants and gets a bubble stuck on her foot.
Flavio and Marita Hippos Animaniacs Known as "the Hip Hippos", a wealthy, Spanish hippo couple obsessed with being trendy. Sometimes they have been in dangerous situations, but usually remain unaware of it and rarely suffer harm, mainly due to their large frames.
Gloria Hippo Madagascar A hippo, she acts as an older sister to the gang, often putting her foot down when the boys start to lose control.
Hyacinth Hippo Fantasia A ballet dancing hippo who leads other dancing hippos and tries to avoid Ben Ali Gator.
Roy the Rhino Rhinoceros The Penguins of Madagascar
Goliath II Elephant Goliath II A very small elephant who has trouble fitting in with the herd
Mr. Hornbill Rhinoceros My Gym Partner's a Monkey
Khan Kluay Elephant Khan Kluay (franchise) 2 Thai film features and Thai TV series about a blue elephant.
Lotsa Heart Elephant Elephant Care Bears A Care Bear Cousin. He is pink and his tummy symbol is a pink weight with a red heart on it.
Lulu Rhinoceros Ni Hao, Kai-Lan A rhinoceros with balloon flying
Lumpy "Heffalump" Winnie-the-Pooh (Heffridge Trumpler Brompet "Lumpy" Heffalump, IV). Heffalumps strongly resemble elephants. In: Pooh's Heffalump Movie and Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie
Mr. Mammoth Rhinoceros The Raccoons
Manny Woolly mammoth Ice Age A woolly mammoth, shown as one of the main protagonists in all Ice Age films. He can be serious, but is otherwise caring and friendly.
Peaches Wooly mammoth Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Is the only daughter of Manny and Ellie.
Peter Potamus Hippo Peter Potamus Big, purple, and friendly. Uses his Hippo Hurricane Holler technique to blow away his opponents.
Commander Vachir Rhinoceros, Javan Kung Fu Panda A chief of security at Chorh-Gom Prison and the leader of Anvil of Heaven, an one-thousand strong army of elite battle rhinos.

Video games[edit]

Name Species Origin Notes
CJ Elephant CJ's Elephant Antics
Ellie Elephant Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
Murray Hippo Sly Cooper Murray or "the Murray" is a strong, muscular, but slightly dim-witted and rotund Hippopotamus who serves as both the getaway driver and later team tough guy and fighter for Sly's gang. He met both Sly and Bentley when the three of them were growing up in the same orphanage.
Rolo Elephant Rolo to the Rescue

Other[edit]

  • Nellie the Elephant, a song written in 1956 by Ralph Butler and Peter Hart about a fictional intelligent elephant of the same name.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Seuss, Dr. (1968). Horton hatches the egg. Random House. ISBN 978-0-394-80077-6. 
  2. ^ Seuss, Dr. (1982). Horton hears a Who!. 2, reissue, illustrated. Random House. ISBN 978-0-394-80078-3. 
  3. ^ Twain, Mark. The Stolen White Elephant (EBook (No. 3181)) (Project Gutenberg ed.). p. 3. 
  4. ^ Jack Snow, Who's Who in Oz, Chicago, Reilly & Lee, 1954; New York, Peter Bedrick Books, 1988; p. 115.
  5. ^ Catalog of Copyright Entries. Third Series: 1970: January-June. Copyright Office, Library of Congress. p. 1360. 
  6. ^ "Reading Room Index to the Comic Art Collection". Special Collections Division. Michigan State University Libraries. Retrieved 21 February 2014.