I think I'm higher on the food chain.

—Animan, "Animan"

Otis Césaire[1] is a zookeeper at Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes and the father of Alya, Ella, Etta, and an unnamed child. In "Animan", as a result of Kim's mockery, he is akumatized by Hawk Moth and becomes Animan, a shape-shifting supervillain.[2]


Physical appearance

Otis is a plump man with a light brown skin tone. He has short brown hair with a full beard and sideburns.

Civilian attire

He rests glasses with large black frames on his forehead, but never wears them. He appears to be wearing a Hawaiian shirt that is pale yellow with pale pink palm designs. On his left wrist he wears a bracelet that features the tooth of an unknown animal. He also wears pale green jeans and brown work shoes.

As Animan

Animan can transform into any animal he chooses, but will retain purple glowing eyes and the akumatized bracelet on his wrist. The most common form he takes is that of a black panther.

For more of Otis's outfits and designs, see Otis Césaire/Designs.



Otis feeding a panther in its exhibit.

Otis is very serious about his job as a zookeeper, and he feels that the animals there deserve respect. He doesn't like it when someone insults him and/or the animals. At the same time, Otis is loving and helpful, caring about his wife and daughters. He helps in the search for Adrien, who is missing, in "A Christmas Special", and he and his family come to check on him once he is safe at home.

As Animan, he supports the animals, setting them free. He goes for revenge against Kim for making fun of him and the zoo's new panther. Animan carefully chooses the animals he shape-shifts into to help him succeed, whether to get Kim or defeat Ladybug and Cat Noir.

  • Animan as a black panther.
  • Animan as a bald eagle.
  • Animan as a ladybug.
  • Animan as a bear.
  • Animan as a tyrannosaurus-rex.


As a civilian

As a zookeeper, Otis is trained to work with and take care of a wide variety of animals, like panthers.

As Animan

Animan has the ability to shape-shift into any animal he desires, even those that are extinct, however, transforming too often between forms wears him out. In addition to shape-shifting, he has the ability to clearly communicate with other animals.



Cesaire FT Otis
Otis Césaire
Cesaire FT Marlena
Marlena Césaire
Cesaire FT Alya
Alya Césaire
Cesaire FT Ella
Ella Césaire
Cesaire FT Etta
Etta Césaire
FT Unknown
Unnamed sibling

Otis Césaire
Marlena Césaire
Alya Césaire
Ella Césaire
Etta Césaire
Unnamed sibling

    = Male

    = Female

    = Gender Unknown


  • It is currently uncertain which twin is Ella and which twin is Etta. The images associated with each twin's name are guesses not to be taken as fact.
  • The unnamed sibling's age is unknown.
  • All of the Césaire's first names are based on jazz singers.




  • Otis' name is a reference to Otis Redding, just as the rest of his family's names are references to jazz singers.[3]
  • His name is never mentioned in "Animan".
    • Even though his name has been confirmed to be Otis Césaire, his name tag reads "Otis R." in the aforementioned episode.
  • Along with Wang Cheng and Lila Rossi, Otis is one of three characters who gets akumatized but does not appear in the Season 1 theme song. However, he and Wang Cheng make an appearance in the theme song animatic.
  • When asked what Otis' relationship is to Alya's family, Thomas Astruc jokingly replied that he is "Alya's younger brother."[4]


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ve Characters
Miraculous holders and related characters
French Miraculous superhero team

Marinette Dupain-Cheng/LadybugAdrien Agreste/Cat Noir


Hawk Moth


Master Fu


TikkiPlaggNoorooWayzzTrixxPollenDuusuRat kwamiOx kwamiTiger kwamiRabbit kwamiDragon kwamiSnake kwamiHorse kwamiGoat kwamiMonkey kwamiRooster kwamiDog kwamiPig kwami

Previous Miraculous holders

Ancient Chinese Bee Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Cat Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Fox Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Ladybug Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Moth Miraculous holderAncient Chinese Peacock Miraculous holderAncient Egyptian LadybugAncient Egyptian Miraculous holderBọ rùaCernunnosHeraklesHippolytaJeanne d'ArcLa CoccinelleLa MariquitaMicazoyolinMudekudekuPied Piper of HamelinSasuke SarutobiSun WukongTentomushiTomoe Gozen

Future Miraculous holders

CarapaceLe PaonQueen BeeRena RougeUnknown Miraculous holder

Non-Miraculous superheroes
Camilla Hombee/VictoryDoormanKnightowlMajestiaSparrowUncanny ValleyUnnamed superheroes
Main villains

AkumaHawk MothTrash Krakken

Akumatized villains

AnimanAntibugThe BubblerCopycatDark CupidDarkbladeGamerGuitar VillainHorrificatorThe EvillustratorKung FoodLady WifiThe Magician of MisfortuneThe MimeMr. PigeonThe PharaohPixelatorPrincess FragranceThe PuppeteerReflektaReplayRogercopSanta ClawsSilurusSimon SaysStoneheartStormy WeatherTimebreakerVanisherVolpina

Unknown and/or future villains

BefanaBlack and red villainBlack and white villainCaptain HardrockThe CollectorDark OwlDespair BearFrozerGagotorGigantitanGlaciatorGorizillaMalediktorPink villainPrime QueenQueen WaspRiposteRobustusRossignobleSapotisSmall purple villainStyle QueenTroublemakerVillain with hair sticksZombizou

Other characters

AdamAlix KubdelAlya CésaireAurore BeauréalChloé BourgeoisIvan BruelJean DuparcJuleka CouffaineLê Chiến KimLila RossiMax KantéMireille CaquetMylène HaprèleNathaniel KurtzbergNino LahiffePrince AliRose LavillantSabrina Raincomprix


Ella CésaireEtta CésaireKenyaManon Chamack


Adrien's bodyguardAlec CataldiAndré BourgeoisArmand D'ArgencourtBob RothBreakerButler JeanCaline BustierChrisDoormanFire captainFishermanFred HaprèleGabriel AgresteGhetto BlasterHowardJagged StoneJalil KubdelJean TretiensJørgenKenya's fatherKillabeeMaidMarlena CésaireMetal Face DMrs. AgresteMr. DamoclesMr. KubdelMs. MendeleievNadja ChamackNathalie SancoeurOtis CésairePenny RollingPublic EnemyPrince Ali's chaperoneRoger RaincomprixSabine ChengSanta ClausSarahShaolin SoulSimon GrimaultThéo BarbotTom DupainVincentVincent AzaWang ChengWealthy womanXavier RamierXY


FangMinor animals

Characters from the past


Future characters

AlbertAnansiAndréArletteAudrey BourgeoisAugustAugust's motherCésaire siblingCharacter in blue clothingChris LahiffeClara ContardGina DupainJuleka's motherKagami TsurugiKagami's motherLaura MaranoLindalee RoseLuka CouffaineMarkovOrder of the GuardiansSabine's motherThomas AstrucVivicaWayhem

Non-canon characters
Félix AgresteUnused Quantic Kids members (GavrocheKid MimeMelodieMercury)