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Resistance is futile! You are no match for the Great Zeebad!
~ Zeebad to Dougal and his friends.

Zeebad (also known as Zabadie in the French release) is the main antagonist of The Magic Roundabout franchise.

He made his debut appearance as the main antagonist of the 2005 British/French film adaptation The Magic Roundabout (also known as Doogal in North America and Pollux, le manège enchanté in France), which is Pathe's second full length animated feature film and has appeared in several tie in books from the same continuity once again as the main antagonist.

He is an evil winter sorcerer who casts ice magic and a twin counterpart of Zebedee, who defeated and imprisoned him millennia ago. Like Zebedee, Zeebad channels magic through his mustache. Zeebad's magic powers are ice-based, as opposed to his heroic enemy Zebedee's fire-based powers.

In the UK release, he was voiced by the legendary actor Tom Baker. In the US release, he was voiced by the popular actor/TV presenter Jon Stewart. In the French release, he was voiced by the late Michel Galabru.

Biography

Past

Zeebad originally reigned over the world for millennia in prehistoric times. According to Zebedee, Zeebad kept the world frozen in ice for thousands of years (suggesting Zeebad may have caused the ice age), until 10,000 years ago, Zebedee ended Zeebad's rule, and imprisoned him in the magic roundabout carousel to prevent him from freezing the world over again.

The Magic Roundabout

In the present day, after Dougal accidentally crashed a sugar cart into the magic roundabout carousel, Zeebad was freed from his prison and released back into the real world. After having found the soldier figurine by the name of Sam the Soldier, Zeebad (unaware that Sam was the roundabout's original guard) brought Sam to life as his right-hand man, and set about finding three magic diamonds; both to avert his reimprisonment by Dougal and the gang, and to fully freeze the world again by using the diamonds to freeze the sun.

Zeebad captures Dougal, who unwittingly let slip that the gang had a map which gave the locations of the diamonds, before the gang arrived to rescue him. The gang summoned Zebedee, who fought against Zeebad once more, but was defeated and trapped in ice by Zeebad, who then allowed Zebedee to fall to his presumed death (although it was later revealed in the climax that Zebedee had survived the fall). Zeebad and Sam afterwards followed Dougal, Brian, Dylan, and Ermintrude to a volcano where the first diamond was located. There, they took both the diamond and the map from the gang, then destroyed the bridge on their way out, leaving the gang behind to die in the volcano.

Afterwards, as Zeebad's return from imprisonment caused the world to begin to freeze over again, he and Sam, following the map, rowed to an island filled with monsters where the second diamond was located. When the gang arrived shortly behind them as they haved escaped the volcano, Zeebad and Sam let the gang clear the way through the island temple, past the booby traps and skeleton guards, to the diamond for them.

Zeebad then seized the diamond, and confronted the group that they give him the third diamond's location, but they use a trapdoor to get rid of the two by dropping Zeebad and Sam into the temple's underground tunnels. Zeebad and Sam immediately pursued the gang out of the temple using a giant, drill-headed railway machine they found in the tunnel, and learned during the chase that the last diamond was supposed to be located at the roundabout, before the machine's boiler overloaded and exploded.

Zeebad immediately set about reaching the roundabout before the gang - leaving an injured Sam behind for dead - and successfully returned to the now-frozen village the next day. However, Zeebad was unable to find the third diamond anywhere on the frozen roundabout, and Sam (having survived and realized the truth about Zeebad) returned riding on an elk to fight against Zeebad. Zeebad easily defeated Sam, and after learning that Sam had been part of the roundabout, Zeebad discovered that the final diamond was hidden inside Sam the entire time. Zeebad then removed the last diamond from Sam's body, killing Sam and removing his life force in the process.

As Dougal and the gang made it back to the frozen village, Zeebad used the three diamonds to fulfil his plans and complete his freezing of the world, by using the diamonds to freeze the sun itself. However, the gang refused to give up and fought against an enraged Zeebad for the diamonds. Despite Zeebad's ice magic attacks, the gang succeeded in severing the diamonds' sun-freezing beam and getting two of the diamonds back into their slots on the roundabout.

Though Zeebad managed to beat the gang to the third diamond and seemingly secure his victory, the timely arrival of Train knocked the diamond from Zeebad's hand, sending it flying into the air. Despite Zeebad's efforts to stop Dougal, the latter managed to beat him to the diamond and knock it into its slot on the roundabout. With all three diamonds returned to their places on the roundabout, Zeebad's magic came undone which caused the world to be thawed and reverted to normal, allowing Zeebad to get pulled back into the roundabout.

After being imprisoned once again, Zeebad was shown back in his prison, which, to his chagrin, was a lava-filled cavern.

Personality

Zeebad is an evil, sly, cruel, vengeful, manipulative and iniquitous ice wizard who despises all of the warmth and beauty in the world. He is unable and refuses to understand the value of allies, loyalty, and friendship even calling compassion a weakness.

Powers and Abilities

  • Cryokinesis: Zeebad's powers are elementally ice-based, and he can fire ice blasts of his magic powers from his mustache. He can freeze anything he blasted and/or produce icy traps and bonds with his blasts, and when free in the world, his powers seem to cause the world to slowly freeze over into a frozen wasteland.
  • Reanimation: Zeebad can reanimate and give life to inanimate objects to serve as his henchmen, such as Sam, although he cannot control their personality, conscience, or free will.

Quotes

Free at last!
~ Zeebad escaping his roundabout prison.
Soon the diamonds will be mine and I'll be able to change this hideous green planet into a lovely frozen wasteland.
~ Zeebad monolouging.
I've waited 10,000 years for my revenge, and as you know, revenge is a dish best served cold!
~ Zeebad to Zebedee.
Your days in the sun are over Zebedee now it's time for Zeebad!
~ Zeebad to Zebedee.
So it ends my nemesis finally vanquished forever!
~ Zeebad to Zebedee before presumably killing him.

Trivia

  • Zeebad and Zebedee have similarities to Sub-Zero and Scorpion from the Mortal Kombat franchise as they both have fire and ice-based powers.
  • The lines on either sides of Zeebad's head resemble a cartoon illustration of a Christmas tree without any decorations, Zeebad's intentions include making the world a permanent winter, the season in which Christmas occur.

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