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You are a bad kitty.
~ Nana's catchphrase.

Nana is a minor antagonist in DreamWorks' 10th full-length animated feature film Madagascar, the central antagonist turned anti-hero of The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper, the secondary antagonist in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, and the main antagonist of its eponymous video game tie-in.

She is an old yet formidably lady who lives in New York City. While initially a minor character in the first film, she gets a larger role in the second one, becoming the leader of all stranded New Yorkers in Africa while trying to capture and/or get rid of the Zoosters. She is the former archenemy of Alex the Lion.

She was voiced by Elisa Gabrielli in all of her appearances. While in the videogame adaptation of Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, she was voiced by Marion Ross.


Nana is a mean, violent, aggressive, short-tempered, and cantankerous old lady. She is very cruel to her enemies such as Alex and Makunga, beating them up in a comically violent way. However, she can be polite and friendly to others as shown when she thanks the tour guide for opening the jeep door for her after she defeats Alex in their fight. She calls a tourist a good boy when he returns Nana's handbag to her.

Powers and abilities

She is very tough for her age, and is incredibly resistant to injury, as she was able to have a short fight with Alex right after being tugged out of the back of a speeding tour jeep as well as being thrown out of it a second time by the penguins, who reversed over her in the jeep after noticing that she did not die. Even after the penguins slam the jeep on her, she shows no sign of injury. Though she beats Alex in a rather brutal way, she warns him that she won't go so easy on him next time, implying that she wasn't fighting at her full strength.

However, despite this evident resilience, she is still portrayed as a "little old lady"; she has a waddling gait and is knocked onto her back when firing a rifle.



In the first film, Nana is an elderly woman who encounters Alex the Lion in Grand Central Station, where she assaults him and angrily calls him a "bad kitty". She also hits the giraffe named Melman with her handbag, causing his head to get stuck in the Grand Central Station Clock. When the animals are surrounded by police, she somehow gets past and kicks Alex in "the batteries" (or his groin). She was quickly taken away by police. As shown in the sequel, she was not arrested, as she was interviewed as a witness.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

In the second film, Nana has a larger role, where she is the secondаry antagonist. She first shows up in a tourist jeep spotting Alex, as Alex and his friends crash landed into the African savannah in a plane and were seeking help. Alex, upon seeing Nana again, challenges her to another fight and they exchange lots of punches and blows to each other, but Nana gains the upper hand and badly bruises Alex before returning to her jeep.

Later on, the penguins while looking for automobile parts to repair their plane decided to start stealing cars from the humans. The penguins start their car-hijacking rampage with the tourist jeep Alex ran into, and literally throw Nana out of the jeep when they notice that she did not fall for their distraction like everyone else did. The penguins soon carjack dozens of people who were tourists in the savannah leaving them stranded. The tourists just about start panicking that they lost their transportation to get back home, but Nana hushes them to calm down and offers to guide them.

Nana becomes the leader of an army of tourists and she soon instructs the tourists to take all of the water that they can from the resort that the African wildlife (lions, elephants, hippopotamuses, giraffes, rhinoceroses, wildebeest, buffaloes, gazelles, zebras, ostriches, and flamingos) drink from. After he usurped the role of Alpha Lion away from Alex's father Zuba, Makunga refuses to do anything about the water shortage and taunts the animals must either retrieve the water themselves or just find more water outside the reserve which is poacher territory. The animals argue that both options are fatally dangerous, but Alex and Marty volunteer to go find the water because the water must be elsewhere. Nana manages to capture Alex and stop him from taking back the water while Marty escapes to get help. Nana then hogties Alex and starts roasting him on a barbecue as a means to feed herself and the hungry tourists, as well as a bonus revenge on Alex (although the tour guide objects to Nana eating a lion).

Luckily, Zuba arrives to rescue his son. Alex and Zuba then distract and entertain the tourists with their dancing, but Nana is unenthusiastic about it and still tries to shoot the lions using the tour guide's gun.

Before she can kill the lions, however, the penguins and Marty arrive in their chimp-powered plane and pull away Alex and Zuba to safety inside a bucket with the intent to take back the water. Nana climbs up on the water dam that she and the tourists built and starts waving her handbag, aiming it at the lions. However, the penguins smash the bucket holding the lions into the water dam, making Nana fall and collapsing the dam which makes the water flow back to the resort, seemingly killing Nana in the process.

Near the end of the film, once they make it back to the reserve, Alex gives Makunga Nana's handbag. Makunga admires it but tells Alex that he has still banished, which prompts Alex to drop the bucket which releases Nana. When Nana sees Makunga holding her bag, she starts kicking, foot-stepping, hand-whacking with a ruler, wet-willying, arm-burning, and spanking him before taking him away.

The DVD commentary confirms that "Nana brought Makunga back to New York in a kitty cage".





  • Nana is one of the most formidable antagonists from the Madagascar film series and perhaps from all DreamWorks films overall. So far, only the Penguins have been depicted to be able to defeat her by force.
  • In the film Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, one of the tourist called her one tough cookie, and she responds by saying: "Brownies, troop 416, Yonkers". There is really a girl-scout group called the Brownie Scouts in certain cities in America, but it was never explained if she's a former member of them, a den-mother, or just comparing herself to a literal cookie (possibly all three, as she has great camping skills and is perky despite getting everyone lost in the wild looking for shelter).
  • Taking into account what Alex said to Makunga at the end in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, it can be implied that Alex and Zuba only brought Nana with them to the reserve after destroying the dam to offer Makunga a chance of redemption by accepting them back to the herd, only releasing Nana to beat up Makunga after he foolishly turns them down, but had Makunga accepted, it is unknown how Alex and Zuba were intending to dispose of Nana, yet it is possible that they did not have a backup plan as they deduced that Makunga was likely going to turn them down anyway due to his jerkish ego.
  • Nana owned a pet white poodle named Mr. Chew, who served as the main antagonist of the mini-film The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper.
  • Nana's love for her poodle Mr. Chew and her hatred for Alex may mean that she is a dog person.
  • She does not appear in Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, neither does she appear in any spinoffs to the Madagascar franchise afterwards. As such, it is unknown if she is still alive or died. However, it is possible that Nana was not included in the film because Chantel DuBois, its main antagonist, is obsessed with killing Alex and having Nana in the film would have complicated the plot with the presence of the two antagonists who hate Alex.


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See Also
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Madagascar: Fossas | Nana
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: Makunga | Nana | Teetsi | Tour Guide | Poachers
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted: Chantel DuBois | DuBois' Men
Penguins of Madagascar: Dave | Octopi
Shorts: Mr. Chew | Tour Guide | Nana

The Penguins of Madagascar: Dr. Blowhole | Joey Kangaroo | Officer X | Savio | Clemson | Stacy | Rhonda | Falcon | Rat King | Archie | Kuchikukan | Hans the Puffin | Frances Alberta | Vesuvius Twins | Barry
All Hail King Julien: King Julien XII | Fossas (King Fossa) | Karl | Doctor S | Koto | Crimson | Wigman Wildebeest | Pam | Karen | King Julien the Terrible | Butterfly Queen | Captain Ethan | Magic Steve | Crocodile Ambassador | Chauncey | Rob McTodd | Bruce | Andy Fairfax | Morticus Khan | Grandpa Mort