- “The goal for you I'll recite in verse; return the jewel and lift the curse. If you wish to leave the game, you must save Juamnji, and call out it's name.”
- —Nigel Billingsley
Because Nigel is an NPC, his ability to respond to the players actions is limited; possessing only a set pool of dialogue from which he cannot deviate. This is because his character exists primarily to provide exposition and set up details. Similarly he cannot go beyond his role in the story, as while Nigel within the background, could have attempted to return the jewel himself before Van Pelt was ready to resist, doing so would invalidate the main mission for the player characters rendering the game pointless.
Upon completing the game. Nigel will arrive to shake the player's hand to send them home.
In the story of the game, Nigel was hired by Professor Russell Van Pelt to guide him and his army through Jumanji on a quest to find the Jaguar Shrine, resting place of the Jewel of Jumanji, claiming he wished to document the jewel in his writings. However, he was instead there to claim the jewel for himself, causing a curse to befall Jumanji and possessing him with a dark power, granting him control over the jungle creatures.
Nigel begged Van Pelt to put the jewel back, but he refused due to his corruption, so while the camp slept that night, Nigel stole the jewel and ran after his cover was blown by Van Pelt's Vulture. After Nigel escaped Van Pelt and his army, he sent a letter to Dr. Smolder Bravestone to come and help him return the jewel and lift the curse.
Once the four adventurers entered the game, Nigel arrived in his jeep in the nick of time to help them flee from agitated Hippopotamuses. Nigel proceeded to drive the quartet as as possible while briefing them on their adventure objective, but then abandoned them to their fates part his programming.
After the now five avatars succeeded in lifting the curse on Jumanji's realm, Nigel arrived at the Jaguar Shrine to shake their hands individually to congratulate them on their success and return them home safely for winning the game.
- Like Shelly, Nigel is essentially another adaptation equivalent of the original Jumanji book's Guide, as Nigel is a field guide himself, and is ignorant of most interactions that do not correspond with his pre-programmed automated script.
- Nigel's script involves rhyming verses, akin to the Jumanji board game's riddled messages.
- His symbol next to his actor's credit on the Map of Jumanji is a Jeep.
|Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle|
|Jumanji||Smolder Bravestone • Ruby Roundhouse • Franklin "Mouse" Finbar • Shelly Oberon • Seaplane McDonough • Nigel Billingsley|
|Brantford||Bethany Walker • Spencer Gilpin • Martha Kaply • Anthony Johnson • Alex Vreeke • Principal Bentley • Coach Webb • Lucinda • "Old Man" Vreeke|
|Antagonists||Russell Van Pelt • Russell Van Pelt's Army|
|Animals||Rhinoceros • Elephant • Monkey • Crocodile • Bat • Mosquito • Spider • Jaguar • Hippopotamus • Zebra • Snake • Vulture • Orangutan|
|Objects||Board Game • Video Game • Jaguar's Eye • Pound Cake|
|Locations||Jumanji Realm • Brantford • Brantford High School • Bazaar • Jaguar Shrine • Parrish Treehouse • Transportation Shed • Vreeke House|