Zorran is regarded as the cunning leader of the Z-Stacks and is the first tug of the fleet. He is renowned for his deviousness and scheming prowess. He is a harbour tug alongside with O.J., Big Mac, Warrior and his Z-Stack companions Zak and Zebedee.
Although he is a steam tug, Zorran's deep, aggressive whistle sounds more like air-horns fitted to modern diesel ships. The majority of the episodes portray him as a leading antagonist in some way. Although he is undoubtedly the most intelligent Z-Stack, his plans usually end up backfiring: either through the incompetence of the other Z-Stacks or his own overconfidence. Zorran has shown to regularly employ fellow Z-Stacks Zip and Zug to carry out his operations, which more often than not results in adverse consequences.
The other Z-Stacks are secretly afraid of him, but he doesn't appear to be afraid of anyone other than Hercules, and has even been known to show insolence towards his boss, Captain Zero ("We're not smiling, Captain Zero!"). Despite his maligned characteristics, there is a very good reason for Zorran's role as the head Z-Stack - he's easily, when not scheming, the most competent and sensible of the fleet, best shown in the episode Munitions when he's given responsibility for overseeing a large delivery of explosives. Zorran ensured the other Z-Stacks followed all correct safety precautions and saw that the job was carried out efficiently. Later at the naval pool he sided with O.J. when arguing with officious Navy tug Bluenose over common sense vs. orders, and when a massive fire broke out he urged rival tug Ten Cents to escape the danger. True to his opportunistic nature however, Zorran then sat back to enjoy the impromptu fireworks display as Navy tramper Kraka-Toa blew herself apart. He has also been shown to scold the other Z-Stacks for messing up, like in Bigg Freeze when he told off Zip and Zug for blocking the Star switchers' path with the fire barge.
Behind the scenes
He is also shown to be able to raise his hat a little giving an added bit of movement. This was a modelling error, but the producers liked it so much that it was not fixed.
He was voiced by Chris Tulloch, who designed the tugs himself, including Ten Cents. Tulloch gives Zorran a neutral Cockney-English accent. He's one of the few characters whose voice actor can be definitively identified. In Salty's Lighthouse, he and Zug had 2 different voice actors; Scott McNeil started but was replaced by Kirby Morrow. His original TUGS actor was credited as writer, director and art director.
Zorran was built by former Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends modelmaker, Jeremy King.
Like the rest of the Z-Stacks, Zorran is based off the Moran Fleet of New York City.
- Jinxed (cameo)
- High Winds
- Bigg Freeze
Books and Annual Stories
- Loading Grain
- Mistaken Identity
- The Race
- The Missing Barge
- Run Aground
- Nothing to Declare (mentioned)
- Treasure Hunt
- Heat Wave (mentioned)
- Ship In Distress
- Quarantine (annual story)
- Ten Cents' Busy Day
- Takara (discontinued)
- His model was sold to The Star Tugs Company.
- It is currently unknown where Zorran's other face masks are.
- The gap in Zorran's front teeth is the result of a dental disorder called Diastema.
|Captain Zero • Zorran • Zebedee • Zak • Zug • Zip|