Zuzo is a spirit fox (chanuel) who guides Elena through the human and spirit worlds.


Sofia the First

Zuzo appears in the special Elena and the Secret of Avalor. When Shuriki seized control of the Kingdom of Avalor following the murder of the king and queen and imprisonment of the surviving members of the royal family, Alacazar, the royal sorcerer, entrusted his chanul Zuzo to send the princess who has the Amulet of Avalor on a journey to free Elena from the amulet so she could free Avalor.

Forty-one years later, Princess Sofia obtains the amulet and travels to Avalor to speak with Zuzo. At Alacazar's old home, Sofia meets Alacazar's grandson Mateo, who helps summon Zuzo from the spirit world. After he is summoned, Zuzo quickly greets them and explains that the only way to free Elena is to place the amulet in the statue of Azaluna with Shuriki's wand. After he finishes his instructions, Zuzo gives Sofia special advice and he then returns to the spirit world. Sofia understands the meaning behind his words later on, when she gets everyone in Avalor to join together and overthrow Shuriki.

Elena of Avalor

Zuzo appears in the show that follows the events of the special. Due to residue magic left over from the Amulet of Avalor after she was freed, Elena is able to see and communicate with Zuzo without having to summon him. In turn, Zuzo is able to offer Elena advice in times of need. Due to his service under Alacazar, Zuzo knows much about the magic of Avalor and so is able to explain Elena's discoveries of her enhanced magic to her.


  • Zuzo is the first chanul that Mateo summoned.
    • Zuzo was also the first chanul Mateo met.
  • Zuzo is based on a chanul, and the belief of a Mayan tribe in southern Mexico that everyone has a spirit double in the animal world, such as the Tzotzil.
  • Zuzo only had one wardrobe change in the entire series in A Day to Remember.
  • In "Spirit Monkey Business", it's revealed that Zuzo also acts as the spirit guide for other people and not just Elena.
  • Zuzo had a different appearance in Elena and the Secret of Avalor because the special was handled by the crew behind Sofia the First instead of Elena of Avalor.


The image gallery for Zuzo may be viewed here.

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Royal Family Princess ElenaPrincess IsabelFrancisco FloresLuisa FloresChancellor EstebanKing Raul and Queen Lucia
Royal Staff MateoGabeNaomi TurnerArmandoHigginsAlacazar
Villagers of Avalor RafaDaniel TurnerScarlett TurnerDona PalomaProfessor MendozaJulioCarmenRoberto NúñezBlanca NúñezSeñorita MarisolQuiqueAmaraSir CassiusOliviaProfessor OchoaTomikoJavier
Other Royalties King ToshiKing JoaquínPrincess CaterinaKing RajaKing LarsKing HectorKing Juan RamónPrince AlonsoPrincess ValentinaPrincess MarisaPrince Marzel
Jaquins Migs, Luna, and SkylarChief ZephyrNicoCielaAviónKing VeragoDulceMingo, Zoom, and Estrella
Spirits ZuzoDoña AngelicaCacahuateBoboQuita MozAmaláyEl Guapo
Creatures JaquinsChanulNoblinsCharocaYacalliZuni, Maya, and LomoLama, Hool, and QapaCharicaCuco
Antagonists ShurikiFieroOrizabaTroyoLord ElrodVictor DelgadoCarla DelgadoMarimondaCruzVestiaDuke CristóbalSalosoAsh Delgado
Outside Avalor Antonio Agama
Sofia the First Sofia the FirstPrincess AmberPrince JamesKing Roland IIQueen Miranda