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King Julien XIII is a conceited, fun-loving ring-tailed lemur.
As a self-proclaimed lord of the lemurs, Julian ruled over a great colony of lemurs in Madagascar using mostly his charisma and delegating; i.e. telling other people what they should do, since he certainly had very little ability to lead. Nevertheless, he shows more intelligence and calmness compared to the other lemurs (aside from Maurice), which is shown when the very word "Fossa" drives all of them, except himself and Maurice, into a state of panic.
Julian had parties for his people on Madagascar with much frequency, the likes of which were interrupted constantly by the foossa, which trespassed onto the lemur territory, devouring all that they could catch.
The day Alex and his friends came to Madagascar, King Julian and his subjects were enjoying one of their parties when it was invaded by the fossa. When the foossa were scared off by Alex, Julian and his people were hiding in the trees and saw this scene, thinking Alex and his friends were giants from some faraway land, with Julian coming forward and presenting himself as the king of the lemurs — once he had ascertained they were not dangerous by tempting them with Mort.
When asked where the people were, Julian pointed to a skeleton of a man caught in a parachute hanging from a tree. Later that night, Julian had a meeting of the lemurs and other creatures of the jungle in the plane. Julian insisted that if they could make friends with Alex and his friends, the foossa would be scared away for good. Maurice was skeptical about this plan, but Julian insisted that, being king, his ideas were the best. Julian's plan failed when Alex started to get out of control and try to kill the lemurs and his friends. Although, Alex then turned back to normal and the foossa were scared away with only the actions of the four main characters and the penguins, Julian took the credits for its success. Interestingly though, when it went wrong, he did not foist the idea back onto Maurice.
When Alex and his friends were ready to go back to New York, Julian gifted them his crown; however he had already made himself a bigger, better one with a lizard.
In Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Julian, along with Maurice and Mort, accompany Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman to New York on the plane built by the penguins. He is in the first class, ordering constant refreshments, and amusing himself with plane crash videos. As the plane crashes down to Africa after running out of fuel and momentum, Julian takes utter pleasure in the feeling of weightlessness caused by the high speed descent. By being in first class, he escapes the crash with a parachute, but loses his crown.
Upon arriving in Africa, Julian at first believes they are in New York, and makes himself a new crown. He manages to gain some power while in Africa, although very few characters actually pay attention to him, getting to ride a flock of flamingos with Maurice, then moving on to riding ostriches and finally an elephant. Later, when the reserve's watering hole dries up, Julian suggests to the animals that they make a sacrifice to "his good friends, the water gods" at the volcano to replenish the water. To convince the masses, King Julian enacts his casual conversation with the Water Gods. Later, Julian persuades Melman to volunteer for the sacrifice, who believed he was going to die soon anyway. But when Melman realized he was going to live, he gave up on being a sacrifice, leaving Julian disappointed at his plan's failure. However, Mort arrives soon after, followed by a persistent shark that had been attempting to eat him. This shark then falls into the volcano, and as Julian comes out of the volcano, he sees the water coming back to the reserve (due, in fact, to a dam constructed by Nana being destroyed by Alex and Zuba), and is convinced of his plan's success. From this King Julian concludes that the Water Gods like sea food more.
Julian appears in The Penguins of Madagascar regularly, often noisily and unintentionally annoying Skipper and pretty much everyone. He is the self-proclaimed "King of the Zoo" no doubt due to his former king status on Madagascar. Only Mort and Maurice truly believe and respect him as their king, the rest just show up to his "proclamation of royal decrees." Julian is proven to be a worthy ally in most episodes, since it is he who sometimes saves the day for the penguins (like in "Dr. Blowhole's Revenge"). Julian hates having anyone touch his feet, such as passing a royal decree that anyone who touches his feet would be banished from his kingdom (the zoo). When the sewer rats went to the zoo and tricked the Penguins out of their home, Julian decided to play for the Penguins in a game of Hockey to try and win their home back. They were losing until one of the rats touched his feet, after that he lost it and beat all of them on his own.
In the episode "Crown Fools", Julian panics when he loses his crown and obsessively longs for it until it is revealed that he had a spare crown all along (prompting Marlene, who was trying to make him new crowns all day, to chase him with a crowbar). Despite his desire for everyone to listen and do what he wants, he hates and ignores Mort, his most loyal follower, who treats him like a god. Mort responds to everything Julian tells him to do as "I like..." followed by whatever Julian said. In the episode "Haunted Habitat" he mentioned that he had a dream that he was "The last mammal on Earth". Mort was just happy to be in the dream despite that he was "road kill" in it.
A recurring gag in The Penguins of Madagascar series is that Julian believes in supernatural beings, which sometimes annoys the other animals. In the episode Misfortune Cookie, Rico gets a fortune cookie that reads "You will soon meet a fowl end." The penguins deny that fortune cookies have any power, despite receiving three accurate fortunes, and dismiss it as superstition. Julian exclaims "these stitions are super," and tries to get the penguins to believe in the supernatural. King Julian actively plots to make a "foul end" fortune come true - by his own doing. It is also known that his believing in spirits can be used against him, seeing that Mason and Phil tricks Julien into believing that the "sky spirits" are angry with the Julien self-centrism, thing that change Julian's personality. But when Skipper notices that kind Julian is more annoying than the narcissist Julian, Skipper makes him come back to his original self.
It is also shown that Julian gains a super-lemur level of strength if he gets mad. Visible when in "Miracle on Ice", Julian spanked and humiliated the Rat King, after one of his henchmen touched Julian's feet; In Happy King Julian Day, Maurice claims that Julian violently used a cane to spank everyone who forgot his self-proclaimed holiday.
In Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, he has a bigger role of falling in love with Sonya the Bear. Also he saved the day by managing to get back to the circus.
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