List of fictional penguins

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This list of fictional penguins is subsidiary to the list of fictional birds and is a collection of various notable penguin characters that appear in various works of fiction. It is limited to well-referenced examples of penguins in literature, film, television, comics, animation, and video games.

Literature[edit]

Character Origin Author Notes
Captain Cook, Greta, other penguins Mr. Popper's Penguins Richard and Florence Atwater Children's book about a housepainter who ends up with a flock of penguins.
Evil emperor penguin Evil emperor penguin Laura Ellen Anderson Children's book series about an evil emperor penguin and his sidekicks.
Whiteblack Whiteblack the Penguin Sees the World H. A. Rey and Margret Rey Children's book about a travelling penguin
Roy and Silo And Tango Makes Three Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson They are slightly anthropomorphized, slightly fictionalized chinstrap penguins.
Penguins Penguin Island Anatole France Satirical version of French history
Tacky the Penguin Tacky the Penguin[1] Helen Lester A penguin who does things differently than other penguins.
Onk Beakman Skylanders: Mask of Power books Cavan Scott
Misha Death and the Penguin, Penguin Lost Andrey Kurkov A cheeky penguin who gets in over his head in mafia affairs and political intrigue.
Eclair Ecleir Eicler Overlord (novel series) Kugane Maruyama Also appears in anime series based on light novel.

Comics[edit]

Character Origin Creator Notes
Alfred Zig et Puce Alain Saint-Ogan The pet penguin of the title characters. The Angoulême International Comics Festival named the Prix Alfred award after the character.[2]
Duke Boner's Ark Mort Walker One of the passengers on board of Boner's ark.[3]
Frobisher Doctor Who Magazine[4] and two Big Finish audio dramas[5][6] Steve Parkhouse and John Ridgway A humanoid from a shape-changing extraterrestrial race who prefers to take the guise of a penguin.
Opus Bloom County, Outland, Opus Berkeley Breathed A penguin from the Falkland Islands. He is the most recognizable character from the franchise and was the star of many of its spin-offs.
Penguin If... Steve Bell Actual name is Prince Philip of Greece Penguin.
Ping Peter og Ping Storm P. (Robert Storm Petersen) Peter's penguin, who became the breakout character of the series. A Danish comics prize has been named after the character.[7]
Pingo Rasmus Klump Carla and Vilhelm Hansen One of Rasmus' best friends.
Pokey the Penguin Pokey the Penguin Steve Havelka
Professor Percival Penguin The Ongoing Adventures of Rocket Llama Alex Langley, Nick Langley
Sparky the Wonder Penguin This Modern World Tom Tomorrow A fast-talking penguin (sometimes identified as an auk) who wears a red visor and offers political commentary.
Squeak Pip, Squeak and Wilfred Bertram Lamb and Austin Bowen Payne

Theatre[edit]

Character Origin Author Notes
Parker Love Birds Robert J. Sherman The leader of "The Original Quack Pack" barbershop quartet
Presley Love Birds Robert J. Sherman The sexiest penguin in the barbershop quartet, but not the brightest bird in the flock
Pewcey Love Birds Robert J. Sherman The persnickety, judgmental member of the barbershop quartet
Puck Love Birds Robert J. Sherman The youngest member of the barbershop quartet

In media[edit]

Animation[edit]

Character Origin Notes
The Amigos Happy Feet A group of five Spanish-accented Adélie Penguins who befriend Mumble. The group is led by Ramón and the names of the other penguins are Nestor, Raul, Lombardo, and Rinaldo.
Badtz-Maru Sanrio
Esmeralda Mawaru Penguin Drum
Penguin 1
Penguin 2
Penguin 3
Chilly Willy Chilly Willy A penguin who does not enjoy being cold, from the classic Walter Lantz cartoons. In addition to his animated cartoons, also had his own comic book in the 1950s.
Cody Maverick Surf's Up
Cozy Heart Penguin Care Bears One of the Care Bear Cousins. She is lilac with a white face and her tummy symbol is a red heart wearing a pink woolly hat.
Feathers McGraw[8] The Wrong Trousers A silent, yet sinister, penguin who is a notorious criminal mastermind and bird of many faces – long thought to be a chicken, Feathers McGraw is actually exposed as a penguin, when his plan to rob a museum of precious diamonds was foiled by Wallace and Gromit. He disguises himself as a chicken by wearing a red rubber glove on his head.
Fred Sitting Ducks A penguin who migrated from Antarctica to Ducktown.
Gloria Happy Feet She is Mumble's love interest and eventually becomes his mate
Gunter Adventure Time The penguin of the ice king who likes to steal things
Hippo Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch
Helen the Penguin Animal Stories The main character of the episode "Helen the Penguin".
Hubie, Marina and Rocko The Pebble and the Penguin
King Charlatan and Edgar My Little Pony An evil king who seeks to freeze the world with his icy vision and his goodhearted son
Marlon, Rocky and Bluey Avenger Penguins A trio of motorcycling penguins who repel Caractacus P. Doom's evil schemes
Mrs. Penguin Top Wing Penny's mom
Mr. Penguin Penny's dad
Mumble Happy Feet[9] An emperor penguin who is the main character of the movie
Pablo The Backyardigans
Pablo the Penguin The Three Caballeros Features in the segment "The Cold-Blooded Penguin".[10]
Paz The Paz Show
Pecola Pecola
Penny The Koala Brothers
Penny Top Wing A cadet who is an underwater expert with her Aqua Runner
Petey Penny's little brothers and sisters
Phoebe
Precious
Phoenix
Portia
Presley
Pascal
Pen2 Neon Genesis Evangelion
Penguin Waiters Mary Poppins Serve tea to Mary and Bert. Cameo in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
Peso Octonauts The Octonauts' ship's medic
Peggi Tokyo ESP A mysterious penguin with the ability to fly. It is also known as "The Collector" and has the power to remove and eat other people's ESP abilities.
Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, Private Madagascar A crafty group of penguins who try to escape the zoo to go back to Antarctica. The penguins got their own TV series and also a movie.
Penguin Oggy and the Cockroaches The minor character in the series, named Jessica and Alex
Penguin Shirokuma Cafe
Pingu Pingu The title character of the series
Pinga Pingu's sister
Playboy Penguin Looney Tunes A mute skating baby penguin that seeks Bugs Bunny for help
Pororo the Little Penguin Pororo the Little Penguin
Scamper The Adventures of Scamper the Penguin
Spinner Wild Kratts A young emperor penguin chick who was named by Martin. He was named by him because he likes to spin, especially when fed fish.
Tennessee Tuxedo[11] Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales Lives with Chumley the Walrus and has various misadventures at the zoo.
Tootsie the Penguin Donald Duck A baby penguin in the classic 1939 cartoon "Donald's Penguin"
Tux Out Of Jimmy's Head
Tuxedo Sam Sanrio
Tip The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
Wheezy Toy Story 2 A squeaky toy penguin who was broken for most of the film, then fixed by the end but following the third film was sold at a yard sale
Zidgel, Midgel, Fidgel, and Kevin 3-2-1 Penguins!
Peabo "Pudge" Pudgemyer Cats Don't Dance A little penguin and Danny's first friend. He looks up to Danny as a big brother.
Jessica and Alex Oggy and the Cockroaches Jessica is a female that appears in three animated episodes. Alex is a male that only appears in the "Keep Cool".
Topper Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
Unnamed Baby Penguin The Adventures of Blinky Bill A chick who thought Flap was its mother
Caruso The Little Polar Bear A penguin who strangely enough lives in the Arctic and is close with Lars and co. He leads a troop of lemmings in every appearance. In "The Mysterious Island" the villainous polar bear Brutus, who was sick of Caruso's ever constant singing, dancing and cheerfulness, decides to get rid him by trapping him in a train (along with Lars and Robbie who attempt to prevent this). In the Galapagos he falls in love with a female Galapagos penguin and in the end decides to stay in the Galapagos with his love. His origins are revealed in "A Visitor from the South Pole" where he was found lost at sea by Orca who gladly brought him to the Arctic. He becomes liked by many except for Brutus who again tries to get rid of him (but fails this time).
Pamie & Nick Adventures of the Little Koala Twin little blue penguins and close friends with Roobear. Pamie is female and is usually portrayed as gluttonous and having a slight crush on Roobear (though he already has a girlfriend). Nick is male and is typically more level-headed, yet does have a sense of humor.

Video games[edit]

Character Origin Notes
Overbite[12] Penguin Land Commander of a special Penguin Task Force. His mission is to bring fragile eggs back safely to home from a foreign land.
Pentarou Parodius, Yume Penguin Monogatari, Antarctic Adventure, Tsurikko Penta, Super Fisherman Penta, Balloon Penta, Hie Hie Penta: Ice Cream Catcher, and Penta no Tsuri Bōken
Chill Penguin Mega Man X A Ice-Themed Maverick who is one of the eight Maverick bosses.
Killer Penguin Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals Highly aggressive species of penguin (Eudyptes omnicidus) acting as an Easter Egg animal.
King Dedede Kirby's Dream Land One of Kirby's bosses and friends.
Sgt. James Byrd Spyro the Dragon First appearance was in Spyro 3: Year of the Dragon.
Pengo Pengo
Penta Penguin Crash Bandicoot He's based on the penguins in Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back who walk aimlessly and then take a moment to spin.
Paxton and Philbert (also known as "Sheep" or "The Thing") Runescape
Dr. Akaggy[13] Starbound
Don Pygoscelis Kingdom of Loathing Leader of the Penguin Mafia. Named after Pygoscelis, a genus of penguins.
DJ Grooves A Hat in Time A Movie Director who runs Dead Bird Studio. He is a major character in the Battle of the Birds section of the video game A Hat in Time.

Other media (toys, mascots, logos, etc.)[edit]

Character Origin Notes
Iceburgh Pittsburgh Penguins Iceburgh is the official mascot of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He debuted for the 1991–92 NHL season. Iceburgh was known as "Icey" in the 1995 film Sudden Death starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, filmed at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena. In the movie, the Iceburgh costume was worn by Faith Minton. The name is a play on the words "iceberg" and "Pittsburgh". He usually wears a Penguins jersey with the number "00". The costume is almost identical to that of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' team mascot, "Tux." The only differences are that Iceburgh has an orange neck, and Tux's neck is red; Iceburgh wears black gloves, while Tux wears red; and Tux wears the number "99" on his back with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins logo on the front of his jersey.
Tux Linux He is the mascot of the Linux kernel and appears in many other Linux programs, usually in different styles. He has also appeared in his own video games, such as Tux Racer, Extreme Tux Racer, Tux Math Scrabble, TuxWordSmith, Tux Math, SuperTux, SuperTuxKart, and Tux Paint. Tux has also appeared in other video games, including OpenArena, Pingus, FreedroidRPG, Team Fortress 2, FreeCiv and many others. In some games, he has a female counterpart named Penny or Gown. Other female counterparts of Tux include Trixi (Tux 2) and Tuxette, which is the female leader name of the Antarctic civilization in FreeCiv (the male leader name being Tux). Tux also had appearances in other media too, such as appearing in a Froot Loops commercial as a squeaky toy, having an uncredited use in a YouTube video by Toutsmith called "Al Gore's Penguin Army", and appearing in various merchandise, such as having his own October Toys Gwin toy and appearing on a WMF "Sealion" fork.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. August 17, 1990. ISBN 978-0395562338
  2. ^ "Alain Saint-Ogan". lambiek.net.
  3. ^ "Mort Walker". lambiek.net.
  4. ^ McIntee, David A. (1998). Mission: Impractical. BBC Books. p. 280. ISBN 0-563-40592-9.
  5. ^ Shearman, Robert (2000). Doctor Who: The Holy Terror. Big Finish Productions. ISBN 1-903654-10-6.
  6. ^ Shearman, Robert (2002). Doctor Who: The Maltese Penguin. Big Finish Productions. ISBN 1-903654-90-4.
  7. ^ "Storm P." lambiek.net.
  8. ^ "Wallace & Gromit - The Wrong Trousers - Characters". wallaceandgromit.com. Archived from the original on November 3, 2011. Retrieved October 30, 2011.
  9. ^ "Penguin suits up for a cinema hit". The Australian. Archived from the original on 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2008-03-28.
  10. ^ "The Cold-blooded Penguin – Jennette Marie Powell".
  11. ^ Bernstein, Adam, "Actor Don Adams Dies at 82; Starred in Get Smart in '60s", The Washington Post, 27 September 2005. Retrieved 19 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Penguin Land / Doki Doki Penguin Land - Uchuu Daibouken". Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Dr. Akaggy - Starbounder - Starbound Wiki". starbounder.org. Retrieved 2018-03-10.