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-->''"Well, ever since George Shaw wrote the first description of the platypus for highly skeptical European scientists in 1798, this unique creature has become synonymous with the word 'impossible'."''
-->-- '''Ferb''', ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' "Where's Perry? Pt. 2"

Much like [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Monkeys]], [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Penguins]] and [[PandaingToTheAudience Pandas]], the duck-billed platypus has achieved a certain level of popularity.

The platypus is probably the [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative most iconic aquatic Australian mammal]]; many advertisements for pools, swimming lessons and fishing gear will use one. It is also used on the Australian 20-cent piece.

Some believe that the platypus proves [[Film/{{Dogma}} God has a sense of humor]], or [[MadGod He's a total psycho]], or He's [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs rockin' the ganj]], or that evolution is 100% real, because [[BlasphemousBoast not even God]] could make that nonsense up. The reasons are myriad. This is an animal that, upon being sent to a British natural history museum to catalog, was believed to be a taxidermist's prank until a live specimen was sent to them. It looks like [[MixAndMatchCritters a beaver crossed with a mole with a duck's bill added for laughs]]. They belong to a group of mammals known as Monotremes, a group consisting of it and the echidna, which means they lay eggs. Additionally, they're an offshoot of mammals that evolved before teats/nipples evolved, so while they produce milk, they simply... [[{{Squick}} sweat it out]] for their young to lap up. They also have ten sex chromosomes, where in most mammals there're simply two (X and Y). And their duck-bill? It's actually quite soft, and it acts as an electrical receptor. See, platypus eyes aren't too useful, especially underwater, so they use an electrolocation system in their bills to hunt shrimp and other aquatic invertebrates. Sharks have a similar sense, [[ThreateningShark in case they weren't scary enough]]. Of course, a real platypus tail looks nothing like a beaver's tail, but that doesn't stop the majority of cartoon depictions from showing one anyway, often complete with thumping behavior.

And to top it off, they're venomous. Yup, [[GenderRestrictedAbility male]] platypi have venomous spurs on their feet, and while not lethal to humans, the cocktail of venom will usually incapacitate people, and can cause you to be in excruciating, incapacitating pain that can develop into a persistent ache for weeks or months. So it won't kill you, [[FateWorseThanDeath but you'll wish it did]].

So, in short, it's easy to see how humans can become so interested in this goofy-looking creature. Odd appearance, cool features, and the ability to cripple you if you get stupid. What better metaphor for [[LandDownUnder Australia]]? And it's an {{Inherently Funny Word|s}}. And they [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=innjUqxG6Aw swim weirdly]]. Also, baby playtpi are called "puggles," which is quite possibly the cutest word ever invented, and have been called so since before pugs were crossed with beagles to make the dog breed of the same name (Note: This isn't the ''official'' name for a baby platypus, just the most commonly used one. Another just-as-adorable name is "Platypup".).

All good things must come to an end, however. This is slowly becoming a DiscreditedTrope, because it's gotten so that the platypus has become too popular to be considered "obscure" anymore. When a show is supposed to start including a "weird animal" in its cast, expect it to be a platypus.

Plus, if you want to talk about them in the plural, [[PerplexingPlurals expect to confound linguists until the end of time]]. Is it ''Platypusses''? "Platypi?" [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb ''Platypeople''? Whatever.]] Platypodes, platypi, and platypuses [[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/platypus are all acceptable spellings]]. ("Platypus" being a [[http://books.google.ca/books?id=MowCAAAAQAAJ&dq=%22latin%20grammar%22%20%22Greek%22%20%22latinized%22&pg=PA35#v=onepage&q&f=true Latinization]] of the [[http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0057%3Aentry%3Dplatu%2Fpous original Greek word]], "platypodes" is correctly regular, and "platypi," with a [[http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Latin_second_declension Latin second-declension]] [[http://books.google.ca/books?id=Qk7foW63cO0C&lpg=PA17&dq=latin%20grammar%20greek%20nouns&pg=PA32#v=onepage&q&f=true ending]], is [[GrammarNazi commonly considered incorrect]] in the same way as "octopi" [[DelusionsOfEloquence despite the fact]] that the second-declension inflection for the [[http://books.google.ca/books?id=qB1LAAAAIAAJ&dq=%22pus%22%20grammar%20latin%20%20%22podis%22&pg=PA29#v=onepage&q&f=true Greek-derived "-pus"]] is also [[http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showpost.php?p=4464243&postcount=26 perfectly grammatical]] in Classical Latin, as seen in various attested forms as "[[http://books.google.ca/books?id=mFP1cpQ5CP0C&lpg=PA80&ots=ZwPFIc4sEz&dq=eteocles%20oedipi%20hyginus%20fabulae&pg=PA80#v=onepage&q&f=true Oedipi"]] ("[[http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0059%3Aentry%3DOedipus Oedipus]]"), [[http://books.google.ca/books?id=pyQDCESHgzoC&dq=%22quam%20coronopum%20vocant%22&pg=PA79#v=onepage&q&f=true "coronopum"]] ("[[http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0059%3Aentry%3Dcoronopus coronopus]]"), "[[http://books.google.ca/books?id=yt2zAAAAMAAJ&dq=%22polyporum%20cirris%22&pg=PA558#v=onepage&q&f=true polyporum]]" ("[[http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.04.0059%3Aentry%3Dpolypus polypus]]").)
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': In one arc, show up giant platypus. And they were awesome (and cute).
* Manga/{{Sabagebu}}: The survival club has a platypus as a pet or member.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* Norm T. Platypus of ''ComicStrip/MyCage''
* Sanz Pantz: Ninja Platypus is MadeOfWin
* The main character of ''Toto l'ornithorynque'', which has not been translated into English.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The movie ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' opens with a disclaimer that religious people who may be offended by the film look at the duck-billed platypus and consider that God must have a sense of humor. This is followed by another disclaimer, apologizing to the "noble" platypus and emphasizing that "it is not our intention to slight these stupid creatures in any way."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Umberto Eco wrote a book called ''Kant and the Platypus: Essays on Language and Cognition''. He noted in the very beginning that Immanuel Kant had nothing really to do with platypus, but it's just a good title.
* ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'' promises that readers may find out why the duck-billed platypus. Not why anything, just... ''why.'' As it turns out the wizards, stuck in the past Fourecks decide to help the local god in creating new species, by drawing a duck on a rock, but can't really reach consensus on what a duck looks like. The Platypus results from their squabble, playing to the old joke that the Platypus is a duck designed by a committee.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DotAndTheKangaroo'', the platypus is described as "the wisest animal in the bush" and helps Dot find her way home. He and his wife also sing a song based on their Latin name.
* The last book in ''Literature/TheImmortals'' has a platypus god named Broad Foot--only he's called a duckmole. (This is a {{justified}} case of CallARabbitASmeerp, because [[AluminumChristmasTrees British settlers]] called them that when they first got to Australia.)
* The ''Literature/TortallUniverse'' book ''In the Realms of the Gods'' has a platypus - er, [[CallARabbitASmeerp duckmole]] god as a fairly major character. His name is Broad Foot.
* ''Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise'', when discussing [[AttackOfTheKillerWhatever animal attack]] movies, suggests that one could be made where all animals attack all humans, because the scene with the platypus alone would be worth the price of admission.
** In the sequel, ''Literature/MoreInformationThanYouRequire'', the author claims that someone else is now making this movie. Because it's so vague a premise, he is not going to sue, but only asks that he be given a cameo as the guy who gets killed by the duckbilled platypus. IT'S ONLY FAIR.
* There is a child's book featuring a lost platypus with the other animal characters picking up on his individual features and assuring him that he's a duck, a rabbit, a frog, etc. The story ends with him finding his place in life. [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop As a sideshow freak.]]
* A short story, "The Platypus of Doom," collected in ''[[http://theentropytango.wordpress.com/2008/12/22/the-platypus-of-doom-and-other-nihilists-by-arthur-byron-cover/ The Platypus of Doom and Other Nihilists]]'', featured the narrator seeking to have a wish granted by the all-powerful [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Platypus of Doom]]. Who, unfortunately, admitted that there's a difference between "all-powerful" and "ALL-POWERFUL," and therefore he couldn't grant the original wish.
* According to the Franchise/StarTrek ExpandedUniverse, [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien Q]] created platypi as a sort of joke while rebuilding the Earth's ecosystem (which the other Qs forced him to fix after he [[PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs wiped out the dinosaurs]].)
* Ogden Nash wrote a short poem called "The Platypus":
-->I like the duck-billed platypus\\
Because it is anomalous.\\
I like the way it raises its family,\\
Partly birdly, partly mammally.\\
I like its independent attitude.\\
Let no one call it a duck-billed platitude.
* The ''{{Literature/Cryptozoologicon}}'' jokingly speculates that Gambo, a "sea monster" that washed up on a Gambian beach in the 80s, is actually a giant sea platypus.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Platypus Family in ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood''.
* A "Safari Solitaire" sketch on HBO's ''[=BrainGames=]'' had a platypus as its (correct) answer, and the narrator went into great length to describe how the platypus "lays eggs like a bird, nurses its young like a mammal, and the male has venom like a snake."
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/GreenDay doesn't seem to share this opinion, judging by the band's song "Platypus (I Hate You)".
* Rolf Harris's dying stockman in "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" sings:
-->Mind me platypus duck, Bill\\
Mind me platypus duck\\
Don't let it go running amuck, Bill\\
Just mind me platypus duck.
* Commonly used theme by the band Flobots, in such songs as ''Handlebars'', ''The Moon'', ''No W''... Hell, one of their albums is even called ''Flobots Present: Platypus.''
* Music/TomLehrer would prefer to "marry a duck-billed platypus than end up like old Theatre/OedipusRex".
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[[folder:Radio]]
* When they did their version of ''SongOfTheSouth'' on ''ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'', a representative of Animals' Equity interrupted the proceedings to complain that there were too few parts for wallabies, marsupials and other lesser mammals and lead a group of protesters who successfully demanded: "Brer Rabbit out! Brer Platypus in!"
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons has a [[PsychicPowers psionic]] monster called a Thought Eater. It looks like a floating, skeletal platypus that attacks from the ethereal plane. And it, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin eats your thoughts.]]
* The upcoming (as of this edit) ''Animal Archive'' for Pathfinder presents platypi as an option for a spellcaster's familiar. [[http://paizo.com/image/content/PathfinderPlayerCompanion/PZO9429-Seoni.jpg For Seoni's sake, I hope that's a female one she's holding.]]
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The musical ''Prozak and the Platypus'' is about a depressed young woman trying to deal with ParentalAbandonment (her mother is dead and her scientist father is distant both emotionally and physically). It also has a platypus as a major character. Why not.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Patti the Platypus was one of the first nine Toys/BeanieBabies.
** Oddly enough, it doesn't have a tail- one of the platypus' defining features.
* The Webkinz stuffed animal line has an animal known as a "Googles" which is basically a platypus with no tail and only two flippers. It has yet to retire, can easily be considered one of the cutest in their line, and comes in three different colors.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Platypus venom is mentioned in both ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
** Although they're mentioned as having "poisonous claws" rather than venomous spurs.
* Rex and Elle, from the Aussie video game series ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger'', exercises in playful stereotyping.
* [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars Mio Sasuga's]] familiars
* Creator/{{Infocom}}'s ''VideoGame/{{Wishbringer}}'' had platypus royalty (they're also given a cameo in ''[[VideoGame/{{Zork}} Beyond Zork]]'').
* Poyu-Poyu, Nana's pet in ''VideoGame/VanguardBandits'', is a small, pink platypus.
-->'''Andrews:''' Ummm... Bastion? One question. What the hell is that thing on the table?
* Debate is up whether the Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Psyduck is one.
* The BrainInAJar in ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max: The Penal Zone]]'' claims to have looked a lot like a platypus when he had a body.
* The plot of the Flash game ''Cellcraft'' involves platypi from outer space.
** More specifically, it posits that this is the actual origin of platypi; their planet was in for a major, extinction-level cataclysm, so platypus genetics were encoded into some microbes. The goal of the game is to breed microbes that can take what Earth has to throw at them.
* Cuz from ''[[VideoGame/{{Gex}} Gex 3]]'' is an overweight platypus in a hawaiian shirt.
* The development team for ''VideoGame/{{Academagia}}'' and its fanbase are in full agreement with this trope. The ability to have a platypus {{Familiar}} was later patched in to the base game.
* ''VideoGame/ToTheMoon'' has a toy platypus that has its freakiness [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by the funny guy, Dr. Neil Watts, which [[ChekhovsGun turns out to be important later]].
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Deponia}} Chaos in Deponia]]'' has you joining the local chapter of the Platypus club and raising the mystical Platypus Guardians of [[FourElementEnsemble Fire, Water, Air, and Earth]].
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Very early in ''Literature/TheDescendants'', a villain breaks into a zoo, steals a platypus, and uses the platypoison to cripple another character and steal her body.
* There is a website called [[http://www.fredthemonkey.com Fred the Monkey]] where the local EnsembleDarkHorse is Clydex the Platypus. Who never says anything other than "I'm a platypus." EVER.
* Chaz "Platypus" Villette from ''ShadowUnit'': bizarre and hard to explain ''even compared to others with freaky mutant powers'', unexpectedly dangerous, looks sort of like he was put together from spare parts, and capable of eating half his body weight in a day. Not too much of a stretch, really.
* Website/SpecWorld has about a dozen species of giant marine platypi for no real reason other than the RuleOfCool.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gM5TjSOQ48&feature=related P-p-platypus!]]
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Leonard in ''Webcomic/SequentialArt''
* In ''Webcomic/LifeAndDeath'' the personification of Chaos likes them.
* [[http://www.drunkduck.com/The_Maniac_Chainsaw_Wielding_Duckbilled_Platypus/index.php The Maniac Chainsaw Wielding Duckbilled Platypus]]
* Website/PlatypusComix, named so merely because creator Peter Paltridge thought it would be a funny name for a comic publisher.
* WTB Dignity has Kel'thar (better known as Frumpy), a cranky but adorable platypus with a spiked collar, who is revealed as ranger Kylianna's animal companion. Though Kylianna thinks he's "kind of useless," Razputhen the undead soldier is immediately charmed when the platypus shows up.
* Lothar's adopted brother Kyle in ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' is a platypus. His bizarre appearance combined with his foolish decision to sell weapons to cultists behind his mercenary dad's back got him captured and tortured by the Inquisition who think he's some kind of chaos mutant.
* Eponymous character Platypus in ''Webcomic/{{Vinigortonio}}''.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb:'' Perry the Platypus is a quiet, faithful family pet...until he daily dons his fedora as Agent P, secret agent extraordinaire.
** It's even better in the Spanish dub, where he's Perry el Ornitorrinco. That's how platypus is said in Spanish. Yes, it ''does'' sound funny. "un australiano, mamífero, semi-acuático, agente."
** ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerbTheMovieAcrossThe2ndDimension'' has a song called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEHHW0_kHfg Everything's Better with Perry]]" It be a ShoutOut to TVTropes, considering that the authors [[OneOfUs go on this site.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'', set in Australia, had the Platypus Brothers.
* A ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' parody on ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' shows Dot taking on the "Power of the Platypus".
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' features the titular character dressing up as the 'Easter platypus' during the Christmas Episode and making the people of Earth ignore Dib's attempt at making AnAesop out of the episode. Instead, he convinces them to beat him up.
** It's worth noting that in Australia, they have the Easter Bilby. Aussies hate bunnies.
*** Chocolate Bilbies are generally sold to raise funds for their conservation. Only the adults hate bunnies.
* Edward Platypus from ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo''
* The titular Ovide from ''WesternAnimation/OvideAndTheGang''
* A Platypus was mistaken for an alien invader in ''[[WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey My Gym Partner's a Monkey]]''. [[spoiler:However, it's double subverted as it turns out Rick Platypus was an alien all along.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has the ferocious [[MixAndMatchCritters Platypus]] ''{{Bears|AreBadNews}}''.
* Kato Platypus, a [[MixAndMatchCritters half-cat, half-platypus]] superhero from Wharf City's past on ''WesternAnimation/SushiPack''.
* In the episode of the animated ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' where the titular hero misappropriates the legend of Circe, Circe turns the main characters into an entire menagerie of animals, rather than just the regular pigs. Icarus gets turned into a platypus; when he gets into an argument, he threatens the other party with his poisonous spurs, then storms off because he "has some eggs to bury". [[AnimalGenderBender Um...]]
** Well, this ''is'' [[CloudCuckooLander Icarus]]...
* A platypus briefly appeared among [=McLeach=]'s captured animals in ''[[Disney/TheRescuers The Rescuers Down Under]]'', but never speaks.
* Patricia from ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}''. No reason not to believe that she's actually a beaver/otter/duck/whatever, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/The13GhostsOfScoobyDoo'' had an episode wherein one of the targeted ghosts invades the newspaper comic strips, including Scooby's fave, Platypus Duck. Of course, they meet him and the others--and IIRC, they left the papers to stay in reality at the end.
* An episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel Super Secret Secret Squirrel]]'', had the Platypus, an anti villain who illegally leaks the city's power plant to power his invention that would turn him into a normal animal. The heroes and the chief chase him down after accidentally getting their body parts mixed up by the device. Platypus eventually redeems himself after the heroes introduce him to a platypus girl, and he discovers that he was BeautifulAllAlong.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' featured Damien, the spawn of Satan, turning Kenny into a platypus. Stan's Uncle Jimbo shot Kenny after shouting that Kenny was going right to him.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Inverted for anyone who's been the victim of platypi venom, one of the most potent venoms on Earth. While it won't generally kill you, it will make you wish it had as the venom goes to your pain receptors and cranks UpToEleven. One victim of the venom had been shot in WorldWarII and said without any hesitation that the platypus sting was far more painful.
* Platypus babies are named puggles. Puggles is an official word in the English language. That should make you smile in its own right.
* An interesting fact: During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill decided he'd like some brought to the United Kingdom. This required special facilities being fitted out on a ship and navigation halfway round the world during a war. Nevertheless, this was attempted and the ship made it all the way to the mid-Atlantic when it was discovered that the measures taken to protect the animals didn't completely mitigate the effect of anti-submarine depth charges; they died a few days before arriving.
* Kinda sums it up with this FunTShirt [[http://www.snorgtees.com/ourpowerscombined-p-512.html?osCsid=dba357e2b2c9780a1938f72282f0657a]]
* Sanrio has tried at least three times to launch a platypus character for the HelloKitty universe, but it's never taken off.
* The trophy for the Oregon-Oregon State football rivalry game is the Platypus Trophy, because the platypus has characteristics of both schools' mascots, Oregon's duck and Oregon State's beaver.
* The official emblem of the Australian Federal Police is the platypus. The AFP official web site spends several paragraphs explaining why the platypus symbolises all the best qualities of the force, before finally admitting that it might also have something to do with the literal English translation of "platypus" being "flatfoot".
* The Platypus is also the unofficial mascot of [[http://www.sjca.edu St. John's College]] in Maryland.
* Comedian Creator/RichardJeni had an HBO special called "Platypus Man." He described watching a ''National Geographic'' special about them ("a confused, short-legged night feeder") and identifying with the creatures.
* USAF Basic Training uses "platypus" as a duress word.
* A platypus appears on the Australian 20 cent coin.
* One of the mascots for the Sydney 2000 OlympicGames was a platypus.
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