Richard Rich - The King and I 1999 - Kralahome - Profile Picture
Background information
Feature films The King and I
Short films
Television programs
Video games The King and I Animated Thinking Adventure (with Master Little)
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Steven E. Gordon
Voice Ian Richardson
Performance model
Designer Elena Kravets
Bronwen Barry
Inspiration The Kralahome from the original musical
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name Kralahome
Other names Stingy, traitor, O Conniving One, O Soiled One (referred to by Master Little)
Personality Evil, treacherous, villainous, antagonistic (towards Anna), powerful, diplomatic
Appearance Slender, muscular, tan skin, black hair, thin eyebrows, hazel eyes, one earring in his right ear
Occupation Sorcerer
Prime Minister of Siam (formerly)
Alignment Bad
Nationality Thai
Goal To become king of Siam by overthrowing King Mongkut (foiled)
Home His lair
Pets His pet chameleon
Minions Master Little, The Sea Serpent
Enemies Anna Leonowens, Louis Leonowens, King Mongkut, Tuptim, Chulalongkorn, Moonshee, Rama, Tusker
Likes Overthrowing King Mongkut to take over the throne and becoming King, using Tusker's mother's tusk for the Royal Pendant
Dislikes Pets (especially King Mongkut's pet black panther, Rama), Master Little's bumbling and dim-witted idiocy, happy endings, Master Little beating him up
Powers and abilities Telekinetic and illusory powers
Weapons Cannon and spear (to shoot fireworks into the air balloon)
Fate Gets arrested and was forced into cleaning up elephant dung along with Master Little, permanently.
Quote "No! I hate happy endings!"

Kralahome is a character, a monarch and the main antagonist from the 1999 animated film, The King and I. He is voiced by the late Ian Richardson.







The Kralahome is the Prime Minister of Siam and a very powerful advisor, sorcerer and a diplomatic figure. Also, describing his personality, he is evil, treacherous, villainous and antagonistic (towards Anna).


He has designs to taking over the rule of Siam. Under his rule, things would have been backwards, not forwards. The people would be ruled by superstition and fear, just the kind of atmosphere that makes people fall prey to his dangerous sorcery. But he first get rid of King Mongkut by overthrowing him.

His plan is to prove to the British that King Mongkut is a barbarian and should be removed from the throne. Someone more in touch with what the people really need should be put in his place, someone like him.

Physical appearance

Kralahome is an slender and muscular man with tan skin, black hair, thin eyebrows, hazel eyes, and has one earring in his right ear.

He wears an crimson-red long-sleeved shirt with a blue stylized medallion with gold edging, black pants, and brown sandals.

For the film's climax where Kralahome plans to kill the king, He wears a black tuxedo jacket, white dress shirt with an red dickey, red waistband, black pants and brown sandals.

For his different attire when he is forced to clean up elephant litter, he now wears a straw hat, dark blue tunic, and brown sandals.

Powers and abilities

He is also the Royal Astrologer and possesses the power to create powerful and nightmarish telekinetic illusions that prey on the fears of his enemies.


Role in the film

Kralahome is an evil sorcerer whose main goal and plan is to become king of Siam by overthrowing King Mongkut by sabotaging his reputation a good leader. He believes if harm is done to Anna Leonowens, Louis, Tuptim, and Prince Chulalongkorn then King Mongkut would be considered to be a horrible person and that he would be eliminated from the throne. He could then proceed take over the kingdom and rule it for himself.

Master Little does not feel appreciative of Kralahome as his henchman, hence calling him "stingy" by not sharing the wealth when he becomes king. Kralahome has the power to create illusions with the help of a magical gong that can see all as sort of like a crystal ball and mind powers.

Towards the climax of the film, Kralahome is foiled by Anna's partner, Sir Edward along with the guards for trying to kill King Mongkut, and his plans were uncovered. After he was arrested, his punishment would be permanently working the elephant stables by cleaning their dung with master Little as his boss. He then gets beaten up by Master Little after getting angry about his last tooth falling out.

Other appearances


The King and I Animated Thinking Adventure

Differences from the source material




Warner Bros. Entertainment Wiki has a collection of images and media related to Kralahome.


  • Kralahome appears in the original Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and associated adaptations thereof, but not as a villain; at most, he is mildly antagonistic toward Anna due to cultural differences.
  • Throughout the climax, The Kralahome's clothing can sometimes change between the shots.
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