(Unknown first name[3]) Kowalski is one of the main characters in the Madagascar franchise. He is one of the four main protagonists of the Penguins of Madagascar animated series and the tritagonist of Penguins of Madagascar: The Movie.

Kowalski is usually the brains/knowledge of their operation. He is presumably is the second-oldest and the tallest of the group. is voiced by Chris Miller in the film and by Jeff Bennett in the TV series.

Kowalski was voiced by Chris Miller in the film series and by Jeff Bennett in the TV series

Background Edit

Early life Edit

Kowalski was born in Antarctica with his other two brothers, Skipper and Rico and raised in a family of penguins. Kowalski first realizes that they appear to be flightless after trying to get to the front of the line. Skipper sees an egg passing by and goes to rescue it with Kowalski and Rico following behind. The egg falls in the old boat, which Kowalski claims that no one ever comes back in alive.

Skipper says that there is another bird down there, but leopard seals come and eat the bird. He lists their options on how to survive a situation to saving the egg, before the trio of Penguins land via someone pushing them with their microphone. The three manage saving the egg, but are also stuck on the cannon. Kowalski insists they fire, but Skipper tells them to when they see the whites of their eyes. He intervenes by pushing the leopard seal to the right and fires.

Kowalski and the others find that they are drifting away from Antarctica left with the egg. It hatches, bringing out a baby boy, who questions if they're his family. He comes out saying that he has no family and that they're going to die. However, Skipper and the other two penguins adopt the baby penguin into their family as they drift out to sea. They eventually name the baby Penguin Private.

Zoo Residency Edit

Eventually, Kowalski, Rico Skipper and their new baby brother Private are found by humans while drifting to sea. They are later sent it the New York City Zoo. Unknowingly, Kowalski and his brothers had attracted all the attention from Dave, an octopus who swore revenge on the penguins, even though it wasn't their fault.

Breaking outEdit

Several years later, the penguins grow tired of living at the zoo and wish to go to Antarctica. Kowalski uses shovels, which really are plastic spoons, to bust them out of there. He reports back to Skipper that they had just broken their last plastic spoon. They later break out and return to their mammal friends in Madagascar. Kowalski helps distract them before they celebrate the downfall of their foes.

Personality Edit

Kowalski is an intelligent individual.

He is arrogant and boastful, mostly about his intelligence. Kowalski gets easily jealous, seeing that he claims the bad guys "always get the good stuff". He doesn't believe in any supernatural things, because he is a man (or penguin) of science. Kowalski is nerdy, but helpful in the worse situations. He is also highly sensitive. He is usually loves more than one person. He claimed a truck beautiful, before Skipper slapped him. He had a crush on a dolphin named Doris (who is the opposite of her brother). Later, Kowalski falls in love with an owl named Eva in the movie, who returns her affections in return.

Sometimes, his intelligence is his weakness. He doesn't know how to read, which is odd for a man who knows science and math Sometimes he comes out telling the cold hard truth, difficult for letting out emotion. For example, he tells Private that he has no family members left and that they're all going to die. Ten years later, he says Private looks disfigured and could be hunted for sport.

He is known to be very emotional, as he cries every time his friend, Doris wants to stay in the friendship zone.

Girlfriends/Dates/Crushes Edit

Eva Edit

Doris Edit

A female dolphin who Kowalski is in love with. However, she wants to remain in the friendship zone with Kowalski. However, he doesn't and always forgets that she had given him the friendship speech over a dozen times.

Relationships Edit

See Kowalski's relationship page here

Abilities Edit

Combat skills Edit

At first, Kowalski shows being a terrible at combat skills because of his mind easily weighed down on knowledge. During one exercise Private easily even defeats him in it (which is kind of embarrassing to see a younger brother defeat his older one so easily. Kowalski easily overcomes combat skills while fighting the chameleon's tongues.

Inventor Edit

Kowalski invents good things but it always backfires. He created an enlargement ray and while intending to hit a fish, it hit Mort, causing him to become stronger and bigger but later created an antidote for it with Private's assistance. He creates a shrinking ray, which was used to shrink his creation, Giggles. He also created a device he never knew what it did. It was stolen by Rhonda, known as Agent 12, working for Dr. Blowhole. He also created a time machine, which was later destroyed by him and his brothers.

Episodes focused on Kowalski Edit


Other note(s)

A Kipper for Skipper Shared with Private and Rico
Body Double Shared with King Julien
Endangerous Species Shared with Skipper
Friend-in-a-Box Shared with Julien
Goodnight and Good Chuck Shared with his brothers
I Know Why the Caged Bird Goes Insane Shared with Marlene
Invention Intervention Shared with Julien
Operation: Big Blue Marble Shared with his brothers and Julien
Operation: Good Deed Shared with SKipper, Private and Rico
Our Man in Grrfurjiclestan Private-Rico-Skipper
Smotherly Love Shared with Private, Rico and Skipper
The Most Dangerous Game Night Shared with Private, Rico and Skipper
Time Out Shared with King Julien
Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole shared with his brothers and the lemurs


  • Kowalski is the second common surname in Poland, translating to "Smith's son".
  • "Kowalska" is a feminine form of the name
  • Kowalski is derived from the word Kowal, and is forms derived from the word "Kowal" is Kowalczyk, Kowalewski, and Kowalewicz
    • Skipper states that Kowalski is his last name in the series.

Behind the scenes/TriviaEdit

  • Kowalski was voiced by Chris Miller in the trilogy, the spin-off film, the short film "A Christmas Caper" and the special. Jeff Bennett replaced him in the first spin off TV series and its same video game.
  • Seems a bit more taller and boastful in the TV series.
  • Kowalski's name is actually his surname.
  • Loves candy more than the other penguins, shown in "Happy King Julien Day.
  • Has a hard time thinking on his feet.
  • Has a tattoo of Doris the Dolphin (Love Hearts)
  • Has dentophobia, fear of dentists, as revealed in "Needle Point", much to the animals' confusion.
  • Claims that he can read lips, butnot very well.
  • Kowalski cannot read, but is shown that he learns to reads. 
  • Is a deep sleeper.  (The Helmet, Operation Break-Speare)
  • Kowalski can do the impression of the Red Squirrel (this is because both Kowalski and the Red Squirrel share the same voice actor. 
  • Is ambidexterous
  • Prone to babling nonsense when shock
  • Uses an abacus to calculate things

Gallery/Images Edit

The wiki has a series of images relating to Kowalski here.

References Edit

  1. Uses this alias to confuse Agent Rockgut while he was under control of the real Red Squirrel.
  2. Refers to this in "A Christmas Caper" commentary
  3. In The Trouble With Jiggles, Skipper says "Anyone whose last name doesn't end in -OWALSKI have any options [to stop the jiggli]?" referring that it is his last name