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Nonsense, Winifred, old girl. An elephant never forgets.
―Hathi to his mate
COMPANY-Y-Y-Y-Y, sound off!!!!
―Hathi's catchphrase

Colonel Hathi is a supporting character from The Jungle Book. He is a pompous Indian elephant that heads the Jungle Patrol, protectors of the jungle. Despiting being a much minor character, he is one of the three pentagonists alongside Winifred and Hathi Jr. of the film.


At some point in the past, Hathi was a tame elephant, as he recalls fighting in the Maharajah's 5th Pachyderm Brigade. During his time with the brigade, Hathi was awarded the Victoria Cross, for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. At some point, he was released back into the wild where overtime, he built up a contempt for mankind.


Colonel Hathi is the leader of a herd of Indian elephants, which he runs similarly to a military squadron. Every day from dawn, Hathi has his unwilling herd march all over the jungle. However, his strict orders and constant marching sometimes cause members to consider a "transfer to another herd". Hathi also has a mate called Winifred and a calf called Hathi, Jr., with both appearing to be part of the army.

Hathi is portrayed as a pompous, buffoonish, stereotypical British soldier who is not too bright. Hathi can be petty at times, criticizing one elephant for having dust in his trunk and another for smiling too widely. He also refuses to help search for Mowgli as it would interfere with his marching. Hathi believes himself to have an excellent memory, despite his frequent forgetfulness. Later on he is destructive, crushing trees the second time he and the Jungle Patrol sing their song again. However, despite his strict orders he seems quite charismatic and gets command of the Jungle Patrol.


The Jungle Book

Hathi first appears when he and his troops are marching at dawn, and Mowgli wakes up when he hears them marching. Mowgli meets Hathi, Jr., and asks if can join in. Hathi, Jr. agrees, but tells him not to talk in ranks, because it's against regulations. Mowgli marches with them while trying to copy everything Hathi, Jr. is doing. During inspection, Hathi is surprised when he discovers Mowgli is a man-cub, calling it treason and sabotage, due to his resentment towards humans. Bagheera tells Hathi that he is bringing Mowgli to the Man Village.

Hathi reappears when their cross-country marching is interrupted by Bagheera telling him that Mowgli ran away, and Shere Khan returned to their part of the jungle, and he was sure to pick up his trail. Hathi's refuses to help, and Winifred and Hathi, Jr. step out of ranks and Winifred asks Hathi how he would like it if their son was lost in the jungle, but Hathi says that's an entirely different matter. Winifred tells him that Mowgli is no different from their own son, and she threatens to take over command if he refuses to help find him. Hathi is shocked, and he says a female leading his herd is utterly preposterous. Hathi Jr. tells him that he and Mowgli are friends, and he'll get hurt if they find him, and he begs him to help. Hathi gives in, and organizes the herd into a search party which then marches into the deep jungle to find Mowgli.

Hathi doesn't appear again, but it's possible Bagheera told him Mowgli was safe in the Man Village and that he and the rest of the herd could stop searching for him

The Jungle Book 2

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Colonel Hathi in The Jungle Book 2

Hathi and his troop appear when Bagheera calls for "Plan B" to stop Baloo from going to the Man Village. They corner him on a log where he jumps into the water. The other elephants search for Baloo. During this, Hathi walks onto the log and it breaks under his weight. A few moments later, Baloo escapes. Later, Hathi and the other elephants are seen stampeding into a cave with Bagheera saying, "Oh, no, not again!" As the elephants crash, Hathi tells Bagheera that Man was in the jungle. After Bagheera finds out what he's looking for, Hathi doesn't appear for the rest of the movie.

The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story

Hathi appears in the 1998 direct-to-video movie voiced by Marty Ingels.

Hathi is first seen calling the animals to gather at the watering hole where all the animals are gathered, alongside Baloo, Bagheera, and Shere Khan who are all invited. Chil then arrives towards Hathi who gives a reminder that whenever the dry season arrives, any food eaten is strictly vegetarian until the monsoon season arrives to which the animals listening to Hathi obey his orders just as Hathi gives another rule to the animals that prohibits hunting by the watering hole, much to Chil and the other animals reacting in shock to which the reaction was interrupted when the tiger Shere Khan arrives.

The next day, Mowgli finds a fruit and grabs it to which it is known that the fruit belongs to Hathi, much to Raksha's worry to which Hathi also warns Mowgli that there are lots of dangers in the jungle. Mowgli then asks Hathi if he can show the jungle around him to which Raksha agrees, but the most important thing is to stay next to Hathi. As Mowgli rides on Hathi, the elephant explains to the man-cub that the danger the animals mostly fear is wildfire, an object used by humans used to harm the jungle (which the animals call it the Red Flower). As Hathi continues taking Mowgli all across the jungle, it changed Mowgli's life throughout his daily adventures.

The next day, Hathi wakes up Baloo and Bagheera who have rescued Mowgli from Monkey Town which Hathi warns Mowgli about the bad news about his wolf mother Raksha which Mowgli rides on Hathi to arrive at the spot where Raksha was last seen which Baloo and Bagheera follow along where they arrive at Mowgli's home where Mowgli knew the horrible reason about why Hathi took him where they approach Raksha who was killed by Shere Khan, which Akela his family and the friends of the jungle that Raksha's spirits will live in their hearts; Mowgli, who learns about this, then risks himself to leave the jungle after he claims that it was his fault in causing this situation. Later when Mowgli regains his confidence and returns to the jungle to face Shere Khan, Hathi assists Mowgli in battle to which during battle, he banishes Shere Khan for being a very powerful tyrant in the jungle. Afterwards, Hathi then trumpets happily with Mowgli and Li'l Raksha howling after the battle against Shere Khan was successful with Shere Khan and Tabaqui banished. Hathi is not seen again after that.

Jungle Cubs

Hathi appeared as a young elephant in the spin-off series, Jungle Cubs, voiced by Rob Paulsen in the first season and Stephen Furst in the second. He is shown to be friendly with the other cubs Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa, Shere Khan, and Prince Louie. He usually attempts to keep order but is known to stammer when stressed. Early in the show, he meets his future mate, Winifred, and later develops a crush on her. He also has a habit of mixing up his words throughout the show.

During the second season, while still being friends with the rest of the cubs, Hathi begins to spend more time with Winifred and, additionally, becomes slightly taller and has lighter skin.

In Jungle Cubs: Born to Be Wild DVD, Hathi, as an adult, was in the field when Mowgli, Baloo, and Bagheera were traveling to the Man Village.

Other appearances

In Fantasia 2000, an elephant that is believed to be Colonel Hathi makes a cameo along with another elephant that is believed to be Winifred during the "Pomp and Circumstance" segment of the film.

In House of Mouse, Hathi was seen during the opening theme of the show when Timon and Pumbaa run by Daisy's clerk desk.

Video games

The Jungle Book (SEGA Genesis)

Hathi appears as a recurring enemy during Chapter III: The Dawn Patrol where he splashes with water from his trunk to damage the player. Although, Mowgli would dodge the water splash by jumping to avoid getting damaged.

The Jungle Book Groove Party

Hathi appears playing a similar role as he did in the film. Here, Junior wishes to have Mowgli join the Jungle Patrol ranks. To test, Hathi challenges Mowgli to a dance-off.

Kinect: Disneyland Adventures

In Kinect: Disneyland Adventures, Colonel Hathi is briefly mentioned by Mowgli but not seen.[1]

Disney Parks

Colonel Hathi

Surprisingly, Colonel Hathi did make appearances in the parks in the past. He was a meetable character and was seen in some parades. Hathi has since retired and only comes out on special occasions.

Walt Disney World

In the former Animal Kingdom show Journey into the Jungle Book, Hathi and his troops appeared playing the exact role as the film.

Colonel Hathi also has a spell card known as "Colonel Hathi's Righteous Stomp" in the attraction Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.

Disneyland Paris

Hathi's namesake is used for Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost at Disneyland Paris.

In Disney's Once Upon a Dream Parade, Hathi was seen walking in front of the The Jungle Book/The Lion King float.

Differences from the source material

  • In the original novel by Rudyard Kipling, Hathi was actually an old elephant and the de facto ruler of the jungle. He hated humans as a result of him being severely injured by a spike trap he fell into when he was young, although he did tolerate Mowgli to an extent. When the villagers cast Mowgli out, believing him to be an evil sorcerer, and planned to execute Messua for caring for him, Mowgli convinced Hathi to help him destroy the village in order to save Messua. While in the Disney version, Hathi was depicted more comically but nevertheless shared his book counterpart's prejudice towards humans and was outraged by Mowgli's presence there.
  • In the book, Hathi had three sons. In the Disney version, he had only one.


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  • Hathi's animation was used as a reference for animator Sergio Pablos when he animated Tantor in Tarzan.
  • Hathi's name actually means "elephant" in Hindi.
  • Although Hathi is supposed to be an Asian elephant, the book Disney Animals: The Essential Guide for some reason incorrectly claimed that Hathi was from Africa.
  • Hathi's design was actually reused from that of Goliath I's from Goliath II.
  • Hathi is the only character to break the fourth wall in the first Jungle Book film. He speaks directly to the audience when he mentions discipline, though it can be argued he may be speaking to his army (or to himself).
  • Hathi is one of three Jungle Book characters to speak with an American accent as a child and an English accent as an adult. The other two being Bagheera and Shere Khan.
  • Hathi appears scared when Winifred threatens him to take the lead of the herd herself: this is due to the fact that real life elephants have a matriarcal society, which makes Winifred's claim a legitimate one.
  • Hathi is the only animal character that doesn't appear in the 1994 remake.
  • In a few book adaptations of the first Jungle Book film, Mowgli appears to have met and occasionally marched with the elephants while living with the wolves and is apparently even on friendlier terms with Hathi.


  1. Mowgli: "There's a parade? I gotta tell Colonel Hathi."
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Season One: "A Night in the Wasteland" • "How the Panther Lost His Roar/The Humans Must Be Crazy" • "Hathi Meets His Match/Buffaloed" • "Mondo Mungo/Bare Necessities" • "Who Wants to Be a Baboon?" • "Red Dogs" • "The Great Kaadini" • "Hulla Baloo/Shere Bliss" • "Treasure of the Middle Jungle" • "Feather Brains/Benny & Clyde" • "Splendor in the Mud" • "Trouble in the Jungle/Fool Me Once..." • "The Coming of the Wolves"

Season Two: "The Ape Who Would Be King" • "Trunks for the Memories/Kasaba Ball" • "Hathi's Makeover/Curse of the Magnificent Melon" • "The Five Bananas/Birthday Snake" • "Old Green Teeth/The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No" • "Hair Ball/A Tale of Two Tails" • "Waiting for Baloo/Tree for Two" • "Nice Tiger/Sleepless in the Jungle"

Original: "Colonel Hathi's March" • "The Bare Necessities" • "I Wan'na Be Like You" • "Trust in Me" • "That's What Friends are For" • "My Own Home"

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