Lionel's Kingdom

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Lionel's Kingdom (Turma da Mata) is a Brazilian comic strip created in 1961 and part of the Monica's Gang comic strips. The series is a Funny animal comic strip, with mostly anthropomorphic animals who almost all walking on two feet (except for Tim Turtle), wear clothes, and obviously, are able to speak. Their home is a forest, presumably in Brazil, although featuring mostly African animals.


  • Thunder (Jotalhão) – Although the English name of this set of characters is given after Lionel, Thunder is the true main character. He is a green elephant, with human-like hands, and one of the most beloved characters created by Mauricio de Sousa. He is very shy, calm, and a pacifist. He became famous when he appeared in a TV commercial for a tomato sauce of CICA, a defunct and now Unilever-owned Brazilian food company.[1]
  • King Lionel (Rei Leonino) - The king of the forest. This brown lion feels really pleased to be occupying the throne and to be giving orders to his vassals, although he's not a dictator or an authoritarian. He lives in his palace, which is actually a cavern, protected by monkey-guards.
  • Lou Courier (Ministro Luís Caxeiro) – Lionel's most important and loyal vassal and employee. Although he is officially the Minister of Come & Go, he serves Lionel more like a secretary. He serves as a messenger between Lionel and his kingdom, and vice versa, making him also a spokesman. Lou is a blue hedgehog.
  • Tim Turtle (Tarugo) – One of Thunder's best friends. This green jabuti wears glasses, and has his head coming out of the middle of his carapace, instead of the front edge, as a normal jabuti. Also, he has wheels instead of feet (although initially he would have normal feet). His Portuguese name is a pun on the word "Tartaruga", which means Turtle in that language.
  • Mc Fox (Raposão) – Thunder's best friend, a smart fox
  • Ant Rita (Rita Najura) – A small purple ant. She has a crush on Thunder, despite the differences between them, either in size, either in species, and her attempts include creating traps for him to marry her against his will.[2][3] Rita's attempts to date Thunder are almost the only subject of her strips - a similar situation to that of Piteco and Tooga, characters of another set related to Monica's Gang. Her Portuguese name is a joke on the word tanajura (Atta), a Brazilian species of ant.
  • Mr. Zig Zag (Coelho Caolho) – This rabbit also wears glasses and lives under the ground, on a burrow filled with his uncountable children,[4] a reference to the high rates of reproduction of rabbits. The official number of children is 118,[5][6] although there are no instances where all 118 appear together.


  1. ^ Mauricio writes...My Unforgettable Elephant Archived 2008-04-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ de Sousa, Mauricio (2008). "Boa Notícia". Mônica - Romance (in Portuguese) (6 ed.). São Paulo: Panini Comics. pp. 108–112. 
  3. ^ de Sousa, Mauricio (2005). "O Casamento do Jotalhão". Mônica - Festas (in Portuguese) (47 ed.). São Paulo: Editora Globo. pp. 104–109. 
  4. ^ de Sousa, Mauricio (1998). "Um, dois três coelhinhos...Quatro, cinco, seis coelhinhos...". In Solange M Lemes. Mônica (1 ed.). Editora Globo. pp. 67–74. 
  5. ^ Back, Paulo; Mauricio de Sousa (March 2010). "Arquivos do Mauricio". In Erico Rodrigo Maioli Rosa. Cebolinha. Turma da Mônica Coleção Histórica 16. 16 (2 ed.). Panini Comics. p. 22. 
  6. ^ "Turma do Mauricio". Superinteressante (in Portuguese). Editora Abril. February 2004. Retrieved 22 November 2015. 

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