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Steele
Steele profile
General Information
Gender: Male
Age: Adult
Species: Siberian Malamute
Hair Color: Black/White
Eye Color: Blue
Family and Friends
Friends:

Nikki
Kaltag
Star

Series Information
First Appearance: Balto
Voiced By: Jim Cummings
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I'll get us back. I'm the lead dog! I'm in charge!
— Steele
Steele to Balto is a Siberian Malamute and the lead dog of the fastest dogsled team in Nome. Selfish and aggressive, he serves as the main antagonist of the first film, often instigating the bullying of  Balto over his wolf heritage. He was voice by Jim Cummings

Personality

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.

Appearance

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.

Biography

Balto

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.

Out of jealousy, Steele felt Balto was a threat so he bullied Balto. When the town became sick, there was a relay race to choose who would be on the sled dog team that would relay the medicine.

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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 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.

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 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.

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.

Relationships

(If certain characters aren't here, that means that they've not had any thoughts about them nor interacted with them. Feel free to summarize their perspective. (Fanfictions NOT included))

Balto

Steele hates Balto for making the public rethink about him, he was disappointing to see Balto outrun him and would cause him to have hatred for Balto. He would show his true personality when he's not seen nor supervised. He would get jealous of Balto to see that Jenna is seen with him and it angers him more when she admits that she loves Balto. However, Balto would help him but Steele would deeply refuse and if he is left-out of the sled-team he would cause him to be lost. He would also make lies about him and what he hasn't done. In the end, Steele would be shocked to hear Balto's back and would cause his reputation as a hero to be forcefully transferred to Balto.

Steele bully


Jenna

Steele likes Jenna but she doesn't like him. Steele wanted to ask her out but was rejected by her which would make Steele make an insult towards her. He tries to get Jenna anything if it meant Stealing but Jenna wouldn't accept his offer again. He would feel a bit angry about knowing that she loves Balto and by that Steele wouldn't care how Jenna feels in certain situations. Steele even try to lie if that would give her a reason to spend time with him but he fails.
Steel asking jenna out

Star, Nikki and Kaltag

Steele hangs around with them a lot but he doesn't know they talk behind his back.

Dixie and Sylvie

Despite being his huge fans, Steele ignores them and he doesn't care about them at all.

Steele's Musher

Coming soon


Trivia

  • 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.
  • A lot of people confused him over a husky due to his similar markings.
  • Brendan Fraser was originally supposed to voice Steele but was discarded.
  • Steele has won a lot of races according to the story.

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