Richard Rich - The King and I 1999 - King Mongkut - Profile Picture
King Mongkut
Background information
Feature films The King and I
Short films
Television programs
Video games The King and I Animated Thinking Adventure
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Steven E. Gordon
Voice Martin Vidnovic
Performance model
Designer Elena Kravets
Browen Barry
Inspiration Mongkut from the original musical

Yul Brynner

Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poramenthra Maha Mongkut Phra Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua
Other names Barbarian (referred to by Sir Edward Ramsey with certain countries and parties)
Barbaric king (referred to by Sir Edward Ramsey)
The King of Siam
Your Majesty (referred to by Anna and Kralahome)
Father (referred to by The Royal Children and Chulalongkorn)
Personality Strict (formerly), rude (formerly), fatherly, rough (formerly), stubborn, headstrong, imperious, serious (formerly), unforgettable, arrogant (formerly), angry (formerly), short-tempered (formerly), barbaric (formerly)
Appearance Slender, muscular with tan skin, completely bald head, black eyebrows, brown eyes, wears the Royal Pendant on his neck
Occupation King of Siam
Alignment Neutral, later Good
Nationality Thai
Goal To try to proof to Anna that he's not a barbarian (succeeded)
Home Siam
Relatives Prince Chulalongkorn (son)
Tuptim (daughter-in-law)
The Royal Children (sons and daughters), his First Wife
Pets Rama (black panther)
Allies Anna Leonowens, Louis Leonowens, Chulalongkorn, The Royal Children, Tuptim,
Minions his guards
Enemies Formerly: Tuptim
Currently: Kralahome
Likes Dancing with Anna, proofing to Anna that he's not a barbarian, praying to Buddha to give Anna her architectural brick residence on her own, The Royal Children, aircraft, science
Dislikes Certain countries and parties (with Sir Edward Ramsey) calling him a barbarian, Kralahome describing him as barbaric (towards Anna) and trying to overthrow him, The Royal Children outside the Royal Palace, Anna's difficulty
Powers and abilities
Weapons Whip (which he took from the guard and tried to whip Tuptim until her death)
Fate Dances with Anna at the pavilion during the end of the film and the finale of Shall We Dance?.
Quote "Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera."

King Mongkut is a character, the King of Siam, father of Prince Chulalongkorn and the Royal Children, and the deuteragonist from the 1999 animated film, The King and I.



King Mongkut, ruler of the Kingdom of Siam, is an absolute monarch bound to uphold the great traditions of his country's rich heritage and history. But Mongkut is also a self-taught visionary and a man of science. He realized that the world is changing, and must prove Siam to be a civilized country ready to take its place among the great western nations. He finds himself struggling with one foot in the past and the other in the future.

Siam must be modernized, but the city's change is difficult. The independent, and compassionate thinking English schoolteacher, Anna that was hired to teach the Royal children will be an important part of that change. While Mongkut is initially outraged by Anna's strong independent will, he finds himself attracted to her and impressed by her as well. Anna discovers underneath rough facade a kind and warm father who loves his children and wants the best future for his people.


Describing Mongkut's personality, he is strict, rude, fatherly, unforgettable, headstrong and imperious. But on the other hand of his personality, he used to be arrogant, stubborn, serious, angry, short-tempered and barbaric.

Physical appearance

Describing his appearance, he is slender and muscular with tan skin, bald head, black eyebrows, brown eyes and also wears the Royal Pendant on his neck.

He usually wears his red waist-length robe with gold trimming, brown belt with a gold buckle with a emerald center that holds his red pants, and brown sandals.

Role in the film

Other appearances


The King and I Animated Thinking Adventure

Differences from the source material



  • (in response to Anna's request before he returns to his throne) "You teach in palace, you live in palace."
  • (praying to Buddha) Buddha, please help Anna keep awake for scientific preparation of banquet, even though she is a woman and a Christian and therefore unworthy of your interest.
  • (Upon learning from the Kralahome that Anna took his children outside the palace) What, what, what?! Royal children outside palace?!
  • (telling Anna about the respect to the king) When I shall sit, you sit. And when I shall kneel, you kneel. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. As promised?


Main article: King Mongkut/Gallery


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Richard Rich - The King and I - Transparent Logo
The King and I (Soundtrack/Video) • The King and I Animated Thinking Adventure
Anna LeonowensLouis LeonowensKing MongkutMoonsheeRamaTuskerPrince ChulalongkornTuptimThe Royal ChildrenKralahomeMaster LittleSir Edward Ramsey
I Whistle a Happy TuneHello, Young LoversGetting to Know YouShall I Tell You What I Think of You?A PuzzlementI Have DreamedPrayer to BuddhaShall We Dance?
The Royal PalaceKralahome's Lair
The Royal PendantThe Magic Gong
See also