Tigers frequently feature in books, cartoons and movies. They can be friendly, fearsome, mischievous, lovable and sly, with many tiger characters being household names. So let’s take a look at 10 top tigers from modern culture.
Imagine if a tiger really did come to your house for tea. Well, that’s exactly what happens in Judith Kerr’s imaginative tale. Sophie opens the door to a smiling tiger who then continues to tuck into virtually everything in her house. Perched at the table like a house-cat, he seems so gentle that it’s hard not to wish he’d popped round to your house instead.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea is currently playing at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London and is one of the best shows for kids this summer.
As Princess Jasmine’s sidekick in the 1992 animated movie Aladdin, Rajah is a sensitive soul that’s prepared to scare off any unwanted suitor. He’s chewed his way through more than one pair of pants and rarely leaves Jasmine’s side. The princess even says, “I’ve never had any real friends – except you, Rajah.”
The mighty Bengal tiger, Shere Khan is the baddy of The Jungle Book. Fearing man and fire, he’s always trying to hunt down the man-cub, Mowgli. He enjoys scaring other jungle creatures too, like Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther.
Winnie the Pooh’s very own Tigger the tiger explains his character in song form:
“The wonderful thing about tiggers
Is tiggers are wonderful things!
Their tops are made out of rubber
Their bottoms are made out of springs!
They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
But the most wonderful thing about tiggers is
I'm the only one.”
A story of friendship and courage, Madagascar 3 centres around Vitaly, a muscular Siberian tiger. Having been burned from jumping through a ring of fire, Vitaly eventually regains his confidence, and is able to once again attempt the jump.
A member of the elite Furious Five, a group of skilled Kung Fu warriors in China, Master Tigress is fearless, heroic and loyal to Master Po Ping. While she never uses her claws in a fight, she’s still unshakably powerful.
Well-known for his catchphrase ‘They’re Grrrrrrreat,’ Tony the Tiger has been the face of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes since the cereal was first introduced back in 1952. He’s a household name and a character both kids and adults instantly recognise.
Calvin and Hobbes was an American comic strip that ran from 1985 – 1995. It documented the lives of six-year-old boy Calvin and his pet tiger Hobbes. To Calvin, Hobbes was a life-size, walking, talking friend, sharing in the mischief but often questioning him or commenting wryly on his behaviour and attitudes. To other people, Hobbes appeared as a stuffed toy.
Pokémon fans will know and love Incineroar, a Fire/Dark Pokémon introduced in Generation VII. Incineroar is a muscular tiger-like creature that’s coloured mostly red and black, with banded stripes covering its arms.
As the star of Daniel Tiger’s Neighbourhood, an animated TV show for young children, Daniel is a super-cute character renowned for wearing a red cardigan and trainers. The series tells of his life, and through doing so, teaches children all sorts of important lessons.
If you and your little ones love tigers, don’t miss The Tiger Who Came to Tea showing at London’s Haymarket Theatre. It’s one of the best children’s shows of the summer with children’s plays of this kind suitable for ages 3+. Experience the retelling of a much-loved story live on stage and make memories to last a lifetime with your family.