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Baron Humbert von Gikkingen, also known simply as "The Baron", is a major character in the 1995 film "Whisper of the Heart" and the title deuteragonist of the 2002 film "The Cat Returns". He is a (living) statue of an anthropomorphic cat who is fully dressed (including a top hat and shoes). At night, he comes to life. He belongs to the owner of an antique shop named Shiro Nishi. In "The Cat Returns", he owns the Cat Bureau. In the original Japanese versions of "Whisper of the Heart" and "The Cat Returns", he is voiced by Yoshihiko Hakamada and Shigeru Tsuyuguchi, respectively, while in the English version of both films, Cary Elwes did his voice.

Whispers of the Heart

In Whisper of the Heart, the Baron was a statue that Shiro Nishi owned. He had a lost female counterpart and Shiro was desperate to find her.

The Cat Returns

Due to his popularity, Baron was given a bigger role in The Cat Returns, where he, along with Muta, aids Haru Yoshioka as she is unwittingly brought into the Cat Kingdom. The Baron works in the Cat Bureau.


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Films
Nausicaä of the Valley of the WindCastle in the SkyMy Neighbor TotoroKiki's Delivery ServicePorco RossoPom PokoWhisper of the HeartPrincess MononokeMy Neighbors the YamadasSpirited AwayThe Cat ReturnsHowl's Moving CastleTales from EarthseaPonyoThe Secret World of ArriettyFrom Up On Poppy HillThe Wind RisesThe Tale of the Princess Kaguya
Characters
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: Nausicaä
Castle in the Sky: SheetaPazuCaptain DolaColonel MuskaDola Gang

My Neighbor Totoro: TotoroMei KusakabeSatsuki KusakabeCatbus
Kiki's Delivery Service: KikiJijiOsonoFukuoUrsulaTombo
Porco Rosso: Porco RossoMadame GinaFio Piccolo
Princess Mononoke: SanYakulAshitakaLady EboshiKiyoJigo
Spirited Away: Chihiro OginoYubabaZenibaHakuLin
The Cat Returns: HaruTotoBaron Humbert von Gikkingen
Howl's Moving Castle: SophieThe Witch of the WasteMadam SulimanPrince JustinMarklHowl
Tales from Earthsea: ArrenTherruGed
Ponyo: PonyoSosukeFujimotoGranmamareLisa
The Secret World of Arrietty: ArriettyShō
The Wind Rises: Jiro HorikoshiNaoko SatomiGiovanni Battista Caproni

Locations
Toxic JungleBathhouse
Vehicles
MehvePorco's Plane
Songs
I'm Gonna FlyMy Neighbor TotoroPonyo on the Cliff by the SeaSanpoSoaringSummertime
See Also
Ghibli ga Ippai Collection
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