Rico first appears at the penguin base with Skipper and Private doing their smile and wave act and after Kowalski tells Skipper their last shovel is broken he orders Rico to get more shovels after the zoo is closed He, Skipper, Kowalski and Private dig into Marty's Habitat and after Skipper has a short chat with Marty He and the rest of the Penguins go to Central Station it is there where they are captured and they are among the animals getting transfered to Kenya when Skipper and Kowalski find out they are going to Kenya Skipper tells Rico to open their crate and then they hijack the ship headed to Antarctica when they reach Antarctica they have a few drinks and when they land on Antarctica they are excited but only to find out that all the penguins are gone disappointed they set sell to find an island paradise that's when they notice Madagascar.
It is revealed that Rico has little tolerance for "mushy" stuff, and often becomes sick when Private gets overly emotional and "lovey-dovey" about something. On the other hand he seems to be the second most emotional penguin next to Private and is deeply in love with a doll called Ms. Perky. Another characteristic of Rico is that he might be incredibly superstitious. He also loves fish since of eating herring which had bactarian fomoly.
Rico has spiky hair, a scar on his beak, a white belly, and a orange beak.
- Throughout the Madagascar franchise, Rico rarely speaks, instead of this he babbles and mumbles, a trait he shares with Ed from The Lion King.
- The first Madagascar website mistook Rico for Kowalski and vice versa.
|Alex • Marty • Melman • Gloria • King Julien XIII • Maurice • Mort|
|Skipper • Private • Kowalski • Rico|
|Mason and Phil • Gia • Stefano • Vitaly|
|The North Wind|
|Classified • Eva • Short Fuse • Corporal|
|Lemurs • Ted • Florrie • Zuba • Moto Moto • Sonya • Esmeralda, Esperanza and Ernestina • Manu and Maya • Dancing Dogs • Marlene|
|Fossas • Nana • Makunga • Teetsi • Mr. Chew • Chantel DuBois • Dave • Octopis • Karl • Chauncey|