|Family and Friends|
|Voiced By:||Jim Cummings|
|“|| I'll get us back. I'm the lead dog! I'm in charge!
The most famous dog in Nome, Steele takes pride in his popularity amongst both the village humans and the dogs, often showing off in front of his admirers. He is incredibly arrogant, often swaggering up to females in the hopes of impressing them with nothing but his looks and reputation.
He also likes Jenna, but she sees through his lies and loves Balto the pure-hearted instead which further strengthens Steele's hatred and jealousy towards Balto. He was also a crafty liar, claiming that Balto and the rest of the team had died and at the end of the film, when everyone finds out of his lies causes him to be shunned and disliked by those who used to respect him. He was mean and sarcastic when he gets on Balto's nerves. He is sneaky, treacherous, envious, extroverted, loathsome, eccentric, smart, temperamental, empathetic, egotistical, loud-mouthed, somewhat of a pervert and energetic as well.
Steele is a large, muscular Siberian Malamute. He has black fur, with white socks, a white "mask", and a white underbelly. His eyes are ice blue and his nose is black. Among other dogs, females in particular, he is considered enviable and desirable.
Steele was the lead dog on the best dog racing team in Nome, he first encountered Balto (in the movie, Steele's behavior towards Balto is an obvious indication that they have met on prior occasions) after being defeated by the latter in a race while rescuing Rosy's hat. After her dad makes Balto go away, Steele starts asking Jenna out but she'll reject it then Steele makes an insult that maybe he has feeling for Balto, Jenna was presumably going to deny it but her owners tell her to that they're going back home.
Steele wasn't giving up to earn Jenna's love so he decides to steal sausages in hopes that Jenna would go out with him but he'll see her with Balto. Steele would become jealous and would try to get Jenna away from him while Balto tried to bite it off but was stopped by her, Steele actually thought that Jenna was going to like him but was surprised that Jenna tricked him.
Out of jealousy, Steele felt Balto was a threat so he bullied Balto. When the town became sick, there was a relay race for the fastest dog and to choose who would be on the sled dog team that would relay the medicine.
Despite being deliberately kicked off the course by a competitor, Balto was the rightful winner of the race (by taking a special & longer route to catch up), but right after the race ended, Steele would be shocked and would tells Balto that he'll never be a sled dog which Jenna scolds Steele for being a glory-hound.
Shortly after that, Steele stomped on Balto's paw as a musher reached to pet him, forcing Balto to growl in pain and bare his teeth, making the humans believe that the wolf-dog to be aggressive and dangerous especially with his teeth.
This causes Balto to be disqualified from the race despite being the victor. While Steele will smirk on it! Steele became the leader of the sled team to return the medicine to Nome, managing to lead the team successfully to Nenana and halfway back to Nome before becoming lost.
Balto discovered that Steele and his team at the edge of a large ravine. Despite Balto's pleas for Steele to let him help them back to Nome (knowing that the children would die if the medicine does not get there in time), Steele attacks Balto, making obvious that he thinks Balto as a threat to his position.
Balto refused to fight back, but still managed to escape Steele who ends up tumbling off the nearby cliff in his unstable mindset when Steele grabbed for the orange bandana around Balto's neck that Jenna gave to Balto. Having demonstrated his good nature and noble intention to bring the serum back to Nome at all costs, Balto gains the unconditional support of the other dogs on the team. They pick up the trail and head back without Steele.
Despite his state, Steele managed to follow Balto's trail back to Nome, along the way marking all of the trees to disorient him. On his return to Nome, he claimed that Balto and the rest of the team had frozen to death and that Balto demanded him to give him the medicine but he had fallen off of a cliff and also stating that Balto made Steele promise to take care of Jenna. Then, Jenna realizes that Balto would have never told Steele such a thing and tells all the other dogs who believe Steele's story that he's lying. But no one believes her due to her love for Balto.
Steele's strategy initially managed to catch Balto off his guard, resulting in him becoming lost as well. Despite this, Balto manages to believe in who he truly is, catches on to Steele's trick and follows the trail he himself had marked (using only his smell) back to Nome. Balto's return results in him being accepted as a beloved hero and the undoing of Steele's lies cause the other dogs of Nome to consider Steele as a glory hound and a jealous liar, leaving him behind alone in the boiler room as he tried to explain to them but they angrily refuse to listen at the climax of the movie.
This is a complete reversal of their roles in the beginning of the movie where Steele was the town's most popular dog and Balto was the hated outcast.
It is unknown what became of Steele after the events in Balto for he was never seen or mentioned in the sequels.
- People assumed that Balto's mom was infact a wolf as he says that he gots a massage for his mother and proceeds to howl.The fact is, he was assuming that, as Steele doesn't know ANYTHING about Balto other that he's part wolf.
- Niju, the main antagonist of Balto II: Wolf Quest, is based off of Steele.
- Phil Weinstein explained that in the original script for Balto III: Wings of Change, Steele was one of the volunteers who would help Balto on his search for Duke.
- After the events of the first film Steele's whereabouts are currently unknown for he did not appear in the other two films.
- Steele was originally gonna die in 'Balto' but was scraped due to how dark it was. This also makes him the first character who's death was planned then scraped.
- Steele is the second tallest while Doc being first.
- Steele is often confused for an Siberian Husky due to him having blue eyes and having similier markings but malamutes CAN have blue eyes but it's considered a flaw.
- Brendan Fraser was originally supposed to voice Steele, but was discarded.
- Steele has won a lot of races according to the story.
- Steele would've actually died when he fell off the cliff.