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|First Appearance:||Balto II: Wolf Quest|
|Voiced By:||Mark Hamill|
Niju was a vicious wolf who served as the main antagonist of Balto II: Wolf Quest.
Physical Traits and Appearance
Niju was impressively built, being the second largest (Nuk being larger due to his massive appetite) and almost certainly being the strongest member of the wolf pack which allowed him to intimidate and defeat other wolves, easily tackling and overpowering Aleu and throwing off Nava. His fur was brown with a gray underbelly. His only markings were dark patches around his eyes. In the film, his whiskers were purposely made more noticeable.
Unlike the elderly leader Nava, Niju was a very militant and arrogant wolf, fully willing to break the rules of the land and steal for what he desired, though seemingly doing so because of the desire to live. He was also shown to suffer from a fear of change (cainotophobia) which probably caused his cruel actions as Nava claimed that Niju would willingly starve or die than leave his homeland. He's led by fear rather than greed, though. And he was also known as negative, intelligent, judgmental, uncompromising, narcissistic, ill-tempered, jealous and unkind.
Niju planned to take over the wolf pack with the aid of his followers, Nuk, Yak, and Sumac. Eventually the wolf pack started to turn towards Niju and started to follow him, but when the ice bridge that led to the caribou formed, the entire pack including Nuk, Yak, and Sumac turned back to Nava, Balto and Aleu. Niju also attempted to kill the pack leader Nava as well as Aleu, but his plans were foiled by Balto. When Niju was given the opportunity to lead the pack, his "fear Of change" got the better of him and he fled into the forest. Nava claimed to Balto after they were off the ice that he would go and find Niju and that "one would not be whole without the other."
Niju was voiced by veteran voice actor Mark Hamill.
- Niju is modeled after Steele from the first movie, and also bears an uncanny resemblance to Lip Lip from a 1997 White Fang adaptation, and Balto ripoff.