[[caption-width-right:338:Bah! No boxing beast can hold a candle to [[WebVideo/GameGrumps World Famous Pugilist Tommy Ray Handley]]!]]

->''"A man boxing a kangaroo is a peculiar spectacle, but a kangaroo boxing a robot? Now I'm afraid you've lost me."''
-->-- '''UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt's Head''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, and TruthInTelevision. Y'see, [[OlderThanRadio during the 1800s]] (and even into the early 1900s), "boxing matches" that pitted a man against a kangaroo were part of traveling shows in Australia, the Western United States, and sometimes elsewhere. Men were challenged to defeat... or sometimes just last a single round against... a tame kangaroo. Usually, the men [[CurbStompBattle got their asses handed to them]]. Every once in a while, someone will revive the idea. Never mind the fact that a fully grown kangaroo can ''disembowel'' and kill their opponent with a single kick. Up for a fight, Skippy?

In media, kangaroos are often portrayed as either literally wearing boxing gloves, or else as capable of boxing moves. The origins of this image lay in the fact that, when defending itself, a kangaroo uses its upper legs (the ones usually thought of as "arms") ''first'', to hold an opponent in place, while it rakes its opponent with its lower legs, thus giving the animal, for a short while, anyway, the appearance of "boxing".

Often PlayedForLaughs, despite the brutal ass-kicking the humans usually receive. Or because of it, if it's someone whose role is to be laughed at for their suffering, like the ButtMonkey.



[[folder:{{Anime}} And {{Manga}}]]
* In ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' there was a kangaroo (the gloved variety) in one early episode. It attacks [[ButtMonkey Nanami]], but [[BigDamnHeroes is knocked down by Touga]] who is wearing boxing gear for God knows what reason.
* A [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot boxing kangaroo Zombie]] appears in the "Thriller Bark" arc of ''Manga/OnePiece''.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** A short scene in the third movie shows two kangaroos boxing each other.
** Rock Lee getting his butt kicked by a mom-and-joey double-teaming!
* Ryohei's CoolPet [[PunnyName Kangaryu]] from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''.
* While it never appears in the TV series, one of the ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' mangas features the Jumping Gundam, a Gundam that not only looks like a boxing kangaroo, it is ''piloted'' by a boxing kangaroo using a motion capture interface.
* One of the {{monster|OfTheWeek}}s in the [=SuperS=] season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' was a boxing kangaroo.
* A travelling circus in ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin'' has a boxing kangaroo. They give Michiko a bruised eye which [[AbuseMistake causes a man to think someone at the circus did it]].

[[folder:Card Games]]
* The ''Tabletopgame/YuGiOh'' monster Des Kangaroo is this, along with a PaletteSwap called Kangaroo Champ. Des Kangaroo is also used as one of the fusion materials for Master of Oz, a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot giant green boxing koala/kangaroo hybrid]].
* ''Franchise/Digimon'' has [[https://wikimon.net/Kangarumon Kangarumon]], which is exactly this trope.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the French comic ''The Diamond Boomerang'', The ButtMonkey finds himself fighting one of these in an underground Australian boxing rings, and ''wins''.
* Invoked by the Creator/MarvelComics villain the Kangaroo--two of them, in fact. The first was just an enhanced guy, but the second wears a full suit of kangaroo armor.
* A Brazilian Creator/{{Disney}} comic starring Joe Carioca (of ''Disney/SaludosAmigos'' and ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros'' fame) has his friend Pedrão being punched by such a kangaroo and becoming so angry he starts training to get payback.
* In the 80s, there was a comic book series called ''[[TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats Pre-Teen Dirty-Gene Kung-Fu Kangaroos]]'' that were [[Expy/ComicBooks Expies]] of the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles , but in a marsupial sense.
* In ''ComicBook/LegendsDC'', Beast Boy turns into one when dealing with Captain Boomerang.
* In the ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'' comic ''De Blinkende Boemerang'' (The Shining Boomerang), Lambik fights a boxing kangaroo in Sydney to win a cash prize. He wins by cheating, so the kangaroo's handlers drop him off in the middle of the jungle.

* The German silent movie ''Das Boxende Kanguruh'', directed by Max Skladanowsky in 1895, featured a boxing kangaroo.
* In ''Film/AlexanderAndTheTerribleHorribleNoGoodVeryBadDay'', Alex's dad Ben tangles with one after escaping from the yard.
* The titular kangaroo from ''Film/KangarooJack'' boxes one of the protagonists during a confrontation.
* ''Film/WarriorsOfVirtue'' had five kung-fu kangaroos aiding the hero on his journey in the land of Tao.
* 1978's ''[[SimilarlyNamedWorks Matilda]]'' was a movie based around this concept.
* There's a quick shot in ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' depicting two kangaroos fighting in a boxing match. It's just another sporting event the anti-hero Charlie wagers on.
* The Australian family film ''Joey'' revolves around an underground gambling operation involving poached kangaroos.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/TheBeverlyHillbillies'' when [[NeverMessWithGranny Granny Clampett]] gets into a fist-fight with a kangaroo that had escaped from the zoo and wandered onto their property: she mistakes it for a "giant jackrabbit" and wants to catch it for stew.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Creator/WoodyAllen fights a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LP3qZhdmhGQ real boxing kangaroo]] in a comedy skit for the TV show ''Europe’s Big Top Circus Stars Live from the Hippodrome'' – AKA ''The Hippodrome Show''.
* The Killeroo from an episode of ''Series/TheMightyBoosh'', which Howard is blackmailed into fighting.
* ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' had an episode with a monster named "Boxing Boparoo", a kangaroo who boxed.
** Later in ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', the ''Pachycephalasaur'' zord often behaved just like a boxing kangaroo (it's bipedal with a large tail and even its 'hands' were permanently molded as bronze fists).
* ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'' had a MonsterOfTheWeek like this named [[PunnyName Roothless]]. Ironically, this one was actually competent, but [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters couldn't be controlled]], requiring the only real EnemyMine situation in the series.
* An episode of ''Series/AndyRichterControlsTheUniverse'' had him going up against a boxing kangaroo. He thought it was unfair that it really used its feet.
* An episode of ''[[Series/HannahMontana Hannah Montana Forever]]'' has Jackson in a demeaning job where he is forced into one of these matches.
* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' has the Kangaroo Medal, a JokeItem exclusive to the Hyper Battle DVD (and the Ganbaride arcade game) which can be used as an Arm Medal that grants OOO RedBoxingGloves or as a Leg Medal that grants OOO red sneakers with [[InASingleBound enhanced hopping ability]] (and a penchant for performing Music/MichaelJackson dance moves).
* ''Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo'' shows Skippy wear boxing clubs at the end of an episode, but as a joke. She never actually boxes.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* OlderThanRadio: A cartoon titled "Jack, the fighting Kangaroo with Professor Lendermann" appeared in a Sydney newspaper in 1891.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Roger and Roger Jr (actually Mrs. Roger). from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''. Minor subversion: they borrow quite a bit (at least in ''Tekken 2'' and ''Tekken Tag Tournament'') from ProfessionalWrestling. The series also notably features Alex, a ''boxing [[RaptorAttack velociraptor]]''.
* Roo, a midlevel boss and unlockable character from ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage 3'' is a boxing kangaroo.
* Ricky, one of the three {{Powerup Mount}}s from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'', is a boxing kangaroo. In both games, you had to retrieve his gloves for him before you could ride him.
* Chipple from the ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'' series is an [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic]] boxing kangaroo. He wasn't at first, though; he was introduced as a humanlike boxer, and inexplicably became a kangaroo between games.
* There's the [=titular=] ''VideoGame/KaoTheKangaroo''. ([[DontExplainTheJoke Geddit? "KO"? Geddit?]])
* The cleverly named ''Kangaroo'' featured a kangaroo in RedBoxingGloves.
* One of the DemonicSpiders in their respective areas of ''VideoGame/SpaceStationSiliconValley'' were the boxing kangaroos.
* In a very old game for Sega Genesis, ''GadgetTwins'', one of the bosses during the final world is a mechanical kangaroo with boxing gloves piloted by the game's antagonist, Thump.
* One of the minigames in ''VideoGame/LennyLoosejocksGoesWalkabout'' pits Lenny against a boxing kangaroo. While it takes several hits from Lenny to knock out the 'roo, if she manages to kick you, it's an [[OneHitKill instant knockout]] for Lenny.
* ''Sierra Championship Boxing'' (an old PC game from the 1980's) let you create your own boxer, choosing from 4 races: white, black, cartoon, and kangaroo.
* Kangoo and palette swap Thunder from ''VideoGame/ClayFighter 2''.
* One of the controllable animal-machines in ''Silicon Valley'' for the N64 was a classic boxing kangaroo.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Kangaskhan]] can learn a variety of punching attacks, including Comet Punch.
** Breloom seems partially based on a kangaroo; it's part-Fighting-type, has a very high Attack stat, and learns a variety of punching moves.
* The ''Digimon V''-Pets gave us [[http://wikimon.net/Kangalmon Kangalmon]].
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s Engineer Update introduced us to Australium, an element that has a man boxing a kangaroo engraved onto its ingots, and its nucleus features two kangaroos boxing.
** It's also apparently how Australians choose their king.
* The kangaroo-based Maverick Vanishing Gungaroo from ''VideoGame/MegaManX7'' and his [[MiniMecha Ride Armor]] are based on this trope.
* If you're playing as a {{Natur|eHero}}alist in ''VideoGame/TwilightHeroes'', the first superpower attack you'll learn is the Kangaroo Punch. It's not very strong, but it's accurate.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterRacers'' has one named Jabberoo. Of course, given the game's WackyRacing theme, it never gets to use them.
* The Atari rescue-the-Joey game simply titled ''VideoGame/{{Kangaroo}}'' with a boxing-gloved Mama.
* ''VideoGame/TokyoJungle'' features one during a story section.
* Kangaroon, the first boss of ''VideoGame/MoleMania'', wears boxing gloves, but instead of directly hitting you with them, he pulls out gloves from his pouch and tosses them at you.
* Rooney, ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'''s first male kangaroo, is dressed up like a boxer and has a boxing ring in his house.
* ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey IV'' features a [[BossInMookClothing FOE]] called a Bounding Beast. It's a massive (its ''joey'' is taller than the average human!) black-and-white kangaroo monster that, naturally, fights using devastating punches and uppercuts. Later in the game, {{Palette Swap}}s of it appear as regular enemies.

* In ''Webcomic/BoxerHockey'', the Sydney screamers' goalie is one of [[http://boxerhockey.fireball20xl.com/?id=60 these.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Fleischer Brothers]] cartoon ''The Boxing Kangaroo'' (1920) featured, naturally enough, a boxing kangaroo.
* The WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse cartoon ''Mickey's Kangaroo'' (1935) has him training the title character, a nonhumanized kangaroo named Hoppy, to be a boxer. It gets hilarious once the kangaroo really gets into the role and starts punching Mickey's face several times per second, while Mickey's still as [[ThePollyanna happy-go-lucky]] as ever.
** In the cartoon, Hoppy beats the bejesus out of Mickey alone. But in the comics of the same period, she fights Pegleg Pete's gorilla Growlio, and wastes no opportunity along the way to pound luckless assistant trainer Horace Horsecollar into the ground.
*** A WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck short also had him taking care of a baby boxing kangaroo named Joey. Despite all the hard time Donald has keeping it in line, the pet really loves him, to the point of attacking him while he was dressed in a bear rug because it thought Donald was eaten by said bear.
*** And a WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} short, ''Baggage Buster'', had him working at a train station as a baggage handler keeping track of a magician's luggage. While he was messing with the magician's cape, it disgorges a boxing kangaroo which beats the snot out of him before hopping off.
* Hippety Hopper from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Sylvester often mistook him for a giant mouse and ended up on the wrong end of a CurbStompBattle for it.
** Though [[WhoWillBellTheCat ''Bell Hoppy'']] represented quite the victory over the "monster" for the lisping "puddy tat."
* The Creator/VanBeurenStudios Little King short "A Royal Good Time" briefly features a boxing kangaroo, and it helps the King escape from the villain of the short.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Theodore Roosevelt comments on a boxing match between Super King/Bender and a supervillain's trained kangaroo in "Less Than Hero".
* Barney and Betty Rubble in ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' had Hoppy, a dinosaur boxing kangaroo.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the logo of the billing service "Hopping Mad Collection Agency" has boxing gloves.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MrMagoo'' had the titular character accidentally walk in on a fight which featured a kangaroo who would start boxing if he heard a bell go "ding ding".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' has Punchy the boxing kangaroo, who only says "SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE!".
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': The first episode to feature the Monkey Talisman has Jackie, a skilled martial artist even in the cartoon, turned into a kangaroo; naturally, he proceeds to knock out the Dark Hand enforcers one by one.
** Of course, the fact that he was turned into a ''female'' kangaroo with a pouch brings up other questions.
* An old ''Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinks'' short pitted Jinks against a boxing kangaroo.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animalympics}}'' has Joey Gongolong, a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed kangaroo version of Muhammad Ali]], competing for a gold medal in boxing.
* [=LeShawna=] is forced to fight one in ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]]'', the kangaroo knocks her out, Harold then jumps into the ring to fight for his girlfriend's honor... only to be knocked out as well.
* An episode of the old [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin-Bass]] animated series ''WesternAnimation/TalesOfTheWizardOfOz'' had one named Boomer Rang (complete with boxing gloves and a heavy Australian accent when he speaks), whom the scarecrow (named Socrates in this series) is a big fan of, but when he accidentally knocks out the champion marsupial, he is forced to fight Boomer Rang in the ring. Needless to say, things don't go well.
* The Walter Lantz short ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2I08Qz24lU&feature=player_embedded#! Punchy Pooch]]'' had one of these.
* Joey the kangaroo on ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' would beat up anyone who invaded his habitat.
* {{Kangoo}} is a French cartoon series about about a team of basketball-playing and crime-fighting kangaroos. TheBigGuy Kevin is also a [[GoodOldFisticuffs "freestyle"]] martial artist.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry: The Fast and the Furry'' movie had Punchy the Boxing Kangaroo, who beats up Tom when he sawed Australia in half.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Averted by the bizarre case of the man who [[https://youtu.be/FIRT7lf8byw?t=28s punched a kangaroo to save his dog]]. The kangaroo didn't punch back.
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, boxing kangaroos were stencilled on Australian fighter aeroplanes of the No. 21 Squadron RAAF based in Singapore and Malaya. It would later be adapted as the symbol of the Australian Air Force.
* A flag featuring a gold-colored boxing kangaroo on a green field, wearing RedBoxingGloves, was flown by the ''Australia II'' during the successful 1983 Australian challenge for the America's Cup. This flag has since been adopted as the (un)Official Australian Sporting flag.
* A boxing kangaroo was the official mascot of the Australian 2004 Summer Olympic Team.
* The mascot for the Brockton Rox minor league baseball team in Brockton MA, K-O the Kangaroo, has been known to [[http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/wile_e2005/16186524/280225/280225_600.jpg don boxing gloves from time to time]].
* The kangaroo-shaped ceramic coin-and-watch holder[[note]]as seen in ''Film/PulpFiction'', but also [[AluminumChristmasTrees a real thing]][[/note]] wears little boxing gloves.