Melman is a paranoid giraffe on a contene look out for diseses and sickness, in which he is the secondary tritagonist. He is somewhat of a hypochondriac, having doses of medicine for meals and doctor's appointments frequently. He even complains about having brown spots on his neck, but a good friend to Gloria, Marty, and Alex.

Melman had a residence at the Central Park Zoo, where he would receive constant medical treatment for problems that, oddly enough, were all a figment of his imagination. Melman would undergo MRIs, CAT scans, injections, flu shots, and be put into braces and crutches for no particular purpose at all. In the Central Park Zoo, Melman received treatment, and was so used to his cushy life taking pills and undergoing treatments. One night, however, Marty the Zebra escaped and Melman immediately informed Alex of this. (One of his doctors is/was Dr. Munish.)

In a flashback in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, there is a hint that he had a crush on Gloria as a child (as he seems uncomfortable when she comments that Alex is cute). When the animals nearly die trying to fly back to New York in a salvaged air plane, he screams that he is in love with Gloria, however she is asleep and does not hear this. in africa, his love for Gloria was weaken due to Moto Moto, but his love grew strong again when Gloria returned it, making them the oddest cople in the animal kingdom.

he is like the paraniod but caring uncle of the louge, but he may not do well under extreme pressure.