A man-eating Royal Bengal Tiger who is the main villain and the archenemy of Mowgli
Sherekhan
Mowgli's wise mentor and friend, though also feared throughout the jungle for his mesmerising "hunger dance".
Kaa
The leader of the wolf pack.
Akela
A black panther and Mowgli's mentor.
Bagheera
The wife of the richest man of the human village, who decides to adopt the wild Mowgli, believing that he is their long-lost son Nathoo.
Messua
Mowgli's best friend. In Kipling's book, he is described as a sleepy old sloth bear, who teaches Mowgli the law of the jungle.
Baloo
Also called Mother Wolf, she is Mowgli's adoptive mother.
Raksha
The feral child and main character of this book.
Mowgli
The elderly chief hunter of Messua's village and hopes to kill Shere Khan so he can get a substantial reward placed out as a bounty for the tiger's skin.
Buldeo
An Indian jackal who is Shere Khan's sidekick.
Tabaqui