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|“||Poor, poor animals. You should never have left the forest. Now you deal with me!||„|
|~ Captain Chantel DuBois|
Captain Chantel Shannon DuBois, simply known as Chantel DuBois, Captain Chantel DuBois, or also known by her surname Dubois, is the main antagonist of DreamWorks' 24th full-length animated feature film Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted. She is a French animal control officer from Monaco who relentlessly pursues the animal protagonists so that she can mount their heads as trophies, particularly Alex the Lion. She is also Alex's archenemy.
DuBois is the head of animal control. While she is doing her job to capture escaped animals, DuBois goes above the law and is utterly ruthless, aggressive, prejudicial, determined, and relentless in her goals. She is incredibly vituperative and cruel towards animals, which goes from mercilessly hunting them down and then using their decapitated heads as trophies. Her only goal was to catch a lion for one of her trophies.
In her zeal to capture the escaped zoo animals, DuBois reveals to be somewhat calculating, psychopathic, schizophrenic, and manipulative, holding the law in an extremely low regard, as she puts innocent bystanders in harm's way and even broke out of a jail in Italy, all to find "her" escaped animals. Near the end, DuBois reveals to be extremely inattentive and reckless, as she tries to kill Alex in front of a crowd, but is smart enough to mask the poison dart gun with a foam finger. She also proves herself to be very a vengeful woman, as she tries to kill Stefano simply out of vengeance for helping Alex escaping her.
DuBois is the best animal control officer in Monaco with a perfect success record. She claims to have strangled her first parrot, flushed her first goldfish, and punched her first snake when she was 7 years old.
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
DuBois first appears near the beginning being called by hotel security about the animals; including the lion named Alex, the zebra named Marty, the giraffe named Melman, and the hippopotamus named Gloria. She and her henchmen pursue them to catch the animals, and mount their heads on the wall as trophies. She mainly prefers to hunt Alex because he's the one animal that will complete her collection, a lion. She sniffs for them in the same manner as a dog, and upon picking up Alex's scent, follows them in a long chase scene that ends when the animals try to escape on their plane. DuBois lassos Melman's neck, only for the rope to be cut by Alex, and she falls into the pool. As they fly away, she resurfaces, saying "Well-played, lion. Game on.".
She was later seen at the railroad that the animals were just at and uses her smell and a puddle of water to find out they have joined the circus heading for Rome and London and promptly jumps aboard the next train heading for the same place. She is briefly arrested in Rome but escapes by hiding in the bed while creating several other escape routes to trick the police. They jump down a hole that they have believed that DuBois went down, and she cuts out from the bed, locks the police in the jail cell, and uses the computer to search up Alex and realizes his origins as a lion from Central Park Zoo.
She uses her singing voice to appeal to the patriotism of her henchmen (who had been injured during the chase at the beginning) and rouse them up, seemingly healing them instantly. They follow the animals once more, forcing them to retreat. She catches up to them with a paper of Alex, only to be catapulted away, though the circus animals see the paper and feel used and betrayed.
When the animals finally arrive in New York, DuBois finally intercepts them and tranquilizes them. The zoo staff thanks her, incorrectly believing that she tried to return Alex. DuBois attends a celebration for Alex's return, concealing a poison dart inside a foam finger and almost fires it at him, but the circus animals, being alerted by King Julien, arrive and rescue him and his friends. After a long fight between the animals and DuBois and her henchmen, DuBois sees that Alex and his friends are successfully escaping with the circus animals while her henchmen are knocked out. As revenge, DuBois tries to kill Stefano, but Alex and Gia perform "Trapeze Americano" to save him before Alex and DuBois are thrown into the mid-air where they battle. Deciding to teach her a lesson, Alex dumps DuBois in his animal cage where she starts acting like an animal with his commands after she is tranquilized by Mort. DuBois is last seen trapped in a crate by the penguins, being shipped to Madagascar along with her henchmen as punishment for their threats, much to Dubois' shock and horror.
Whether she and her henchmen survive in Madagascar is completely unknown, but it is likely that the humans released them after being discovered in their boxes, and later returned to Monaco, but with a sad DuBois for not killing Alex and also gets fired from the animal control office for her crimes.
Powers and Abilities
- Flexibility: DuBois is extremely agile, being able to dodge incoming objects with ease. She managed to duck underneath a moving train without batting an eyelash.
- Durability: Dubois is very durable, being able to go straight through solid walls.
- Gun: Like the rest of her henchmen, DuBois is equipped with a tranquilizer gun which she can also load with deadly poison darts, but does not have particularly great aim.
- Tracking: DuBois' behavior when it comes to tracking is much like that of a dog's; she can sniff the ground and follow the scent of an animal that is miles away even if they had departed from the scene hours before she tracks them.
- Singing: Chantel DuBois has a bizarre singing talent. She can arouse people with her singing by appealing to their patriotism. Her voice can also shatter objects, such as her henchmen's casts, and can heal wounds.
- Chantel DuBois is so far Frances McDormand's first and only villainous role.
- Chantel DuBois is, by far, the most evil main antagonist of the Madagascar trilogy. While the Fossas and Makunga, the main antagonists of the first two films, were a group of predators and a pompous jerk respectively, DuBois is more sadistic and competent than them. Unlike them, DuBois was willing to kill any animal who crossed on her way to achieve her goals and even formed an obsessive rivalry with Alex the Lion to the point of tracking him down to the Central Park Zoo even though Alex belonged there.
- Additionally, DuBois is the second human in the Madagascar film series to be an antagonist after Nana (who was the secondary antagonist in Madagascar and the central antagonist of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa). They are both women, are formidable opponents and also happen to be archenemies of Alex the Lion, but DuBois is a lot worse while Nana is the best.
- DuBois could be schizophrenic due to her ability to see multiple time frames at once in the form of hallucinations, a known symptom of schizophrenia.
- It should be noted that had DuBois succeeded in killing Alex at the end, she would have been most likely arrested for animal murder as she had spoken to the crowd in a sinister tone, barely hinting what she was going to do with Alex. Likely, DuBois did not realize this as her obsession to kill the lion was her top priority above all.
- The late Carrie Fisher and Bette Midler were both considered for the role of Chantel DuBois before Frances McDormand was cast.
- DuBois' last name comes from the French words "du bois", meaning "of (the) wood".
- DuBois is the fourth animated character in a DreamWorks Animation film to be a female antagonist after Mrs. Tweedy from Chicken Run, Eris from Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, and the Fairy Godmother from Shrek 2. She is followed by Ms. Grunion from Mr. Peabody and Sherman, Chef from Trolls and Dr. Zara from Abominable.
- Fitting with the film's circus theme, DuBois's figure, pale facial make up, and even her hair, along with her wicked nature, makes her resemble an evil clown.