For child abuse/neglect mention, mentions of cannibalism and bestiality but real brief/non-specific
There’s a legend that not many people believe, about a society deep in the wilds of Madagascar made up entirely of animagi. Well, people absolutely should believe it because it’s true – there really are enough magic folk who want to live their lives as animals to sustain a decent population. Established centuries ago by a member of the Addams clan, King Julien, the village of Fanjakana can be seen as a sort of sub-cult with members who desire to live a simple life as one with nature. And they are very serious about it – many never reverting back to humanoid form at all (except in cases of pregnancy, but that’s more due to a logistical problem). Though the species were originally extremely varied, over the generations the animagi types shifted to reflect primarily indigenous fauna; most notably the several species of lemur exclusively native to the island and the fossa – who branched off into their own clan for… reasons. One exceptionally rare breed of lemur, the ring-tail, brought with it a sort of reverence. The ring-tailed lemur was the animagus form of the village founder and though that founder was eaten by a fossa-animagus, they were deified and so was the breed. And it certainly helped that the type was so rare – with only 13 ring-tailed lemur animagi appearing in the village in as many generations. In fact, that form became a symbol of a person’s divine right to rule – a sort of reincarnated state of the original King Julien. Thus, all ring-tailed lemur animagi were instantly crowned king and given the title King Julien.
Surprisingly, this worked quite well as a system of government, until the reign of King Julien the 12th. A particularly harsh king who ruled through fear, King Julien the 12th enacted laws against all loud noises – including laughter, singing, music, talking above a whisper (and fun in general) – after a fossa attack cost them nearly half of the village lemur population – including the King’s sister and her husband. The cause of this tragedy was traced back to the loud tantrum of the King’s nephew, Prince Razafindrandriatsimaniry. Or Ra for short.
Ra was never told of his involvement in the incident – nor even that his parents were dead. He was still a young boy – incapable of an animagus form and generally unable to take care of himself. As nobility he had a personal attendant – Maurice – who ended up becoming a surrogate father figure once the child’s parents ‘went away to live on a farm’. Ra was a difficult child to control and, frankly, impossible to keep silent. The child very regularly made a lot of noise – despite Maurice’s constant attempts to quiet or placate him. The response was always the same – Ra would be locked away in the decapitated remains of Amelia Earhart’s missing plane (which had crashed into the middle of the village sometime in the 30s). While the cockpit was used as a makeshift jail-cell for any who defied the silence law, Prince Ra was pretty much the only consistent occupant of that room (excluding Amelia’s skeleton). The frequent use of solitary confinement (which occasionally lasted months) did a number on Prince Ra’s young psyche. It had the opposite effect than was desired – the prince soon became almost incapable of shutting up. In the cockpit he would talk to himself, to the Sky Gods, to Amelia Earhart, to the walls – anything. And during these times, young Ra began to have a dream. Almost a vision: one day he would become the next King Julien and bring Sound back to his people. He wasn’t sure what sound exactly, but he knew it had to happen.
Of course, this was widely thought to be impossible, as there was already one King Julien and it was widely thought to be impossible for there to be two ringtailed lemur animagi at the same time. Thus, he wasn’t paid much attention to. The only one who did seem to pay him any mind was Maurice, who was still pretty exasperated with him. So, despite the fact that the village by and large homeschooled their children, when Ra received his invitation to Uagadou he was overwhelmingly urged to go. Ra was thrilled to be going on ‘diplomatic mission’ into the ‘Human Kingdom’ and he vowed to return one day to liberate his people. Thus the eleven year old very enthusiastically left the island with Maurice to travel to Uganda. It was there that Ra heard music for the first time, an experience which would change his life forever.
Ra was an absolutely horrible student – he wasn’t entirely literate first of all, and he also generally refused to pay attention or care at all about his studies. The sole exceptions where Tranfiguration and Care of Magical Creatures, in which Ra proved he wasn’t quite as stupid as people generally took him for. However, despite his abysmal grades, tendency to get in trouble, and general oddness, he was actually fairly well-liked at his school. He very commonly threw parties at the oddest times, causing all sorts of trouble but also bringing some much needed levity to the otherwise rigid school system.
However, when he tried to bring the same gift to his people, he was always immediately shut down and locked away. It became a very frustrating problem – and so Ra focused on the one thing he thought would really make a difference: gaining the favor of the Sky Gods and attaining the form of a ring-tailed lemur. And he WAS a ring-tailed lemur, he knew it. He could feel it in his BONES. He was meant for greatness.
And, oddly enough, he was right. In Ra’s 3rd year of school he achieved an (illegal) animagus transformation – an incredible feat even for the Transfiguration experts that made up his entire village. And, even more surprising, he was right about the type of animal – against all odds, Ra was a ring-tailed lemur. Ra was, in fact, a King Julien. … which, was a bit of a problem since there already was a King Julien? After some civil unrest, it was decided by the current King that Ra was, in fact, just a spare King. The title of Prince Julien was made specifically for him – a designation which carried with it absolutely no authority, though quite a lot of acclaim. An extremely early admirer of the new Julian was the mouse lemur-animagus, Mortdecai, who became a bit obsessed with the young prince.
But the thrill of being suddenly very popular among his people wore off soon enough in the face of the soul-crushing silence that still permeated the village. Nothing had really changed and it soon became clear to Prince Julien that he might never truly fulfil his dream. The prince fell into a bit of a slump for the remaining years of his schooling, just barely passing any of his classes. At seventeen he was beginning to question what there was to live for – when suddenly, fate thrust something incredible at him.
Or, more precisely, Fate itself was thrust at him. It all started when Masikura, a chameleon-animagus and Seer foretold of a tragic event. The prophesy stated that on the final day of the month the King would be eaten by a fossa. King Julien the 12 tried all he could that month to find a loophole in the prophesy – and finally settled on one the day before the end of the month. Thus, very suddenly, the teenage Prince Julien found himself crowned King Julien the 13th – with all the authority that entailed, which happened to be absolute authority. And so, naturally, the new King Julien kicked off his new rule with the SICKEST PARTY EVER. Loudness and fun was immediately legalized as he declared that the fossa would no longer be a problem.
This, naturally, attracted a whole pack of fossa which immediately attacked the village dragging off almost everyone except for King Julien, who fled, and Maurice. Julien became distressed once he realized that everyone was going to get eaten because of him – but Masikura informs him that it wasn’t entirely his fault, as the former King knew this would happen. Julien hears the prophesy – that he is to be eaten tomorrow – and decides that if his destiny is to be eaten alive while saving his people, then so be it. It’s the very first time Julien ever shows any indication that he knows what it takes to be a leader.
Of course, King Julien really had no idea what he was doing, and his one saving grace was the fact that Mort, having complete faith in his new king, taunted the fossa for long enough for Julien to come up with a plan. The first plan doesn’t work, but eventually with the help of Julien’s deceptively powerful dance moves, he is able to liberate his kingdom – and earn the absolute adulation of Mort. Before the end, KJ has gets a chunk of his booty bitten off and eaten - thus fulfilling the terms of the prophesy.
Once they get back to the village the celebration continues, and King Julien makes a speech. He notes that the fossa will likely come back – but, that didn’t mean they should be afraid. Since they were lemurs (and various other small critters) basically everything wanted to eat them, and life was exceedingly dangerous – but that was what they wanted to be – so, if they might be eaten tomorrow, the ought to live doubly well today! This is the philosophy King Julien the 13th brought to his people – that and a bunch of kickin’ tunes.
KJ-13’s rule is punctuated by frequent parties, several re-adopted human habits like mixed drinks, water-slides and playing music from an old washed-up boombox. It’s also characterized by the crazed monarch’s tendency toward pointless and nonsensical shenanigans aimed to make the kingdom a better place, though usually just making things worse. King Julien proved himself to be narcissistic and illogical, but his insistence that everyone have a good time and dedication to making that happen actually made him insanely popular among his people – with 99% of the kingdom “Like”ing him. Though Julien almost crashed his popularity entirely in his mission to uncover the one “hater-lemur” and convert them, it turned out that that one lemur who said he didn’t like King Julien was Mort – because he didn’t like King Julien, he LOVED HIM. Because of this popularity, most of the village sided with him despite his uncle’s frequent attempts to return and assassinate or trick his nephew out of the crown.
King Julien the 13th ruled Fanjakana for ten years with relative success, until a strange event changed the course of the young king’s life. A small group of outsiders from New York City become castaways stranded in their desolate part of the island. At first the kingdom is unsure about these newcomers, but once they prove to be able to scare off the fossa, they’re welcomed. At least until the issue of cannibalism comes up – again – though, fortunately that issue is resolved internally. The foreigners, which King Julien affectionately nicknames the Freaks, eventually scare away the fossa for good, beginning an unprecedented era of peace among the kingdom. Pleased by this and curious about his new friends, Julien agrees to help the group return home, leaving an ordinary gecko in charge of the kingdom while he’s away visiting New York.
King Julien does not actually make it to New York, however, as they arrive first on a nature reserve in central Africa, which King Julian attempts to annex into his own kingdom. They then make it as far as Europe, where they join a travelling circus. In an event that, sadly, isn’t even unheard of among Julien’s ancestors, the king falls in love with a circus bear and decides to denounce his throne for her – to the complete bewilderment of Maurice and Mort.
Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on who one’s talking to – their love was not meant to be. Disheartened, Julien abandons the goal of getting to New York City and instead decides to stay in Paris, France. He uses the funds gathered from his time in the circus to open up a magical zoo, which doubles as a dance hall, and despite some rumors that some of the animals there are not animals at all, it did pretty well for itself. Though Julien had planned to return to Madagascar and his kingdom as soon as possible, he finds himself sort of embarrassed to go back as he felt like he was missing something. When pressed about this by Maurice and Mort he announces that not enough people worship him yet, and that a single village of lemurs isn’t enough. So, when it was announced that they were seeking applicants for the new Minister of Europe, Julian came to the conclusion that he could only be satisfied knowing that everyone in Europe also loved him.
King Julien is pretty nuts, which is par for the course when considering Addams relatives. Even without the traumatizing events, Julien comes from a culture of basically magic furries, and he considers that to be the most normal thing. In fact, Julien considers himself mostly lemur and only adjacently human. Despite this, he isn’t entirely bad at being human, and was by and large more interested in human activities and products than he was with living truly as a wild animal. He gets around this paradox primarily by claiming that he, himself, invented everything.
Growing up as a sort of nobility and then ascending to a sort of living godhood once he became an animagus, Julien has an extremely high opinion of himself. He completely buys into destiny and divine law – and does consider himself to be of a higher class than anyone else. Paradoxically, Julien also wants to be everyone’s friend and for people to like him for who he is. He’s consistently torn between being confident that he is literally gods-gift to Earth and being desperate for everyone’s approval to the point where even a 99% approval rating fills him with despair. He’s pretty dramatic, easily shifting from one extreme emotion to the next at the drop of a hat.
His brain is nearly always buzzing with new ideas, which keeps him almost constantly moving and constantly talking – even when it’s only to himself. His tendency to have internal conversations out-loud and for making up whole dialogues between separate parts of himself is a habit he gained from the Era of Silence his Uncle King Julien enforced – particularly when he was punished for being too loud with solitary confinement. Usually he doesn’t even realize he is doing it and he comes off as a bit unhinged. This event also damaged his ability to listen to others well – occasionally intellectually not being able to hear what others are saying even when attempting to listen.
The isolated childhood he had, and later his Uncle’s betrayal, leads him to constantly seek validation and love. However, even when he gets it he is very rarely satisfied with it, struggling with the concept of empathy from time to time. For instance, while fully willing to sacrifice himself for his people and prioritizing their happiness above all things, he is unable to understand why saving a baby is more praiseworthy than saving a mango (because you can’t eat a baby). Also, despite caring deeply for those closest to him, he can be extremely rude and disdainful even to them when he isn’t getting his way. For example, despite seeing Maurice as a father figure and best friend, he usually treats him as a servant and dismisses his ideas when they run counter to his own. And, though Mort is often shown to be his most devoted follower, Julien outright despises him for being so annoying.
Julien believes he has a divine right to rule by nature of his royal blood and magic. He’s the king of what is definitely an unrecognized and really weird animagus-based village in the middle of the largely-unexplored areas Malagasy wilds. His sincere belief is that he is capable of handling anything with the trusty help of his friends, the Sky Gods.
His platform pretty much consists of two major points: Don’t Worry and Always Party. His first point insists that, eventually everything will turn out fine, so there is no reason to worry. He’s going to solve everything, no problem, ok? Literally on every point – don’t worry about it. Worrying only makes you feel bad and gross and not good. Just leave everything to him, it’ll all work out fine.
The second platform, Always Party, paradoxically comes from the other viewpoint. Things won’t work out fine, basically we are all doomed in the end. Life has no real meaning except to live this moment right now, regardless of all consequence. So, since there’s the possibility of there being no tomorrow, then they better have the best party they can have tonight.
King Julien, despite being a monarch, tends to be very laissez-faire about ruling and tends to allow most everyone to do what they want – though that includes himself, and his tendency to drag everyone into his shenanigans anyway. It’s a platform that really only seems preferable to those who just don’t want to have a Minister and would rather have a figurehead there to appease the masses. Unfortunately, even that strategy wouldn’t work with Julien, if only for the fact that he can never leave well enough alone.
So, I tried to connect King Julien as literally as possible in this. Like, he's as close to actually being a lemur as humanly possible at this point. The weird village represents KJ's lemur kingdom in the Madagascar movies, and much of his history is taken from the TV series All Hail King Julien - particularly the part about how Julien ended up as king. Going to Uagadou was something I put in to explain why Julien knows so much about humans, which is largely unexplained in the series. Julien spending a lot of time in solitary confinement is my explanation for Julien's odd tendency to talk to himself, and how he managed to exist through his uncle's reign.
Though Julien first appears in the Madagascar movies, I gloss over those movies in this app because Julien is such a minor character in those, and I only use them to serve as an explanation for what he's doing in Europe. A lot more of his personality is explored in the tv series, so that's where I drew the bulk of his app. Finally, the magical zoo he runs is a reference to the Penguins of Madagascar series, where King Julien proclaims himself king of the zoo.
I used Stromae as a FC because he is French-speaking (which doesn't match with Julien's odd Sri Lankan-esque accent, but does match the main European language in Madagascar) and he's half Rwandan, which isn't Malagasy, but I thought it might still work. Also Stromae's great. Finally "Razafindrandriatsimaniry" is a real Malagasy name and so I thought I'd put that in there despite it literally being too long to register.