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[[caption-width-right:269: Australia's national animal: Stampy]]

Ah yes, the kangaroo. Perhaps one of the silliest looking animals around: It hops around on two huge feet, it has a thick tail and, of course, it has a pouch. Because of their almost cartoonish nature, kangaroos are certainly ubiquitous in fiction. Sort of another animalistic RuleOfCool, if you will. Maybe it's just that exotic feel that UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} gives after all, this is the country that's also home to the trope-worthy [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi platypus]]. If the work is set in Australia, this is commonly a way to say "Hey! We're in Australia, ''mate''!"

If it's a male, expect him to be named "Joey", have a comically exaggerated Aussie accent and possibly [[MisterSeahorse have a pouch]] (even though, in reality, [[AnimalGenderBender only the females]] [[ArtisticLicenseBiology have pouches]]). It may also be depicted {{boxing|Kangaroo}}, [[KangarooPouchRide carrying someone in its pouch]], maybe sporting a Australian Army slouch hat with one brim pinned up, or just plain jumping really high.

Occasionally, a wallaby may be used instead. Think of them as fun-size kangaroos.

Be warned: kangaroos have very sharp claws on their huge feet, and will use them on you if you get too close. Although it is rare, they are capable of killing a human being (just like [[EverythingTryingToKillYou pretty much everything else in]] [[http://www.cracked.com/funny-163-australia/ Australia]]).

Subtrope to NationalAnimalStereotypes.



* The Aussie brand of shampoo has a purple kangaroo for a mascot. Some of their ads include a purple animatronic kangaroo puppet.
* Dish Network's Hopper device has a red kangaroo for a logo.
** And within the commercials, kangaroos are present in the most unlikely places!
* Dunkaroos cookies.
* The mascot for Malt-O-Meal's off-brand line of cereal is a blue kangaroo in sunglasses, with a joey in her (?) pouch. Their names are Cool Blue and L'il Oaty.
* As part of Website/{{Google}}'s LogoJoke, the 2006 Christmas ones involved what appear to be [[http://www.google.com/doodles/happy-holidays-from-google-2006-4 kangaroo parents]] and their joey. For no particular reason. There are also kangaroos in [[http://www.google.com/doodles/australia-day-2006 the logo for 2006's Australia day]].
* In the late Seventies, the Australian government ran an advertising campaign aimed at encouraging Australians to be nicer to tourists. It listed a series of [[LandDownunder foreign misconceptions]] about Australia, including the idea that kangaroos catch trams.
* Speedy Cash loans has a mascot named Speedy Roo.
* Yellow Tail, an Australian brand of wine, has a type of Wallaby on it's bottle. However, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-fVgM9P2c8 a Super Bowl ad contains a kangaroo]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Australia from ''[[Manga/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]]'' has a pet kangaroo in one of his sketches, and she has her baby in her pouch.
* In a filler episode of ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'', Rock Lee has to fight a boxing 'roo. [[spoiler: And her baby, who's just as good of a boxer as its mama.]]
* In ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' accidentally gets in a fight with a lady kangaroo... you, the reader, probably have guessed how [[CurbStompBattle this]] ended.
* When the ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' crew travel to UsefulNotes/{{Sydney}}, everyone there is either a kangaroo or a koala.
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' is a story about an international martial arts tourney where each country's fighter controls a HumongousMecha with a motion capture interface. Australia's entry is, of course, a BoxingKangaroo.
** Another ''G Gundam'' spinoff manga shows a different Australian Gundam from an earlier tournament, the Southern Cross Gundam. While it's based on an aborigine warrior with a giant boomerang with a fannypack containing a smaller Gundam sticking out of it presumably to mimic a kangaroo pouch for some bizarre reason.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'', the main characters are initially stationed at a base in Australia. Naturally, they wear shoulder patches displaying a kangaroo.
* ''Anime/AdventuresOfTheLittleKoala'' features an AnthropomorphicAnimal cast and is set in Australia, and although the main protagonist is a koala (another mammal closely identified with Australia), the closest the series has to regular antagonists are three kangaroos, Walter, Horsey, and Colt.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TankGirl'', the title character's boyfriend is a male kangaroo named Booga.
* Marvel has the villain Kangaroo, a Franchise/SpiderMan villain who made his first appearance in the seventies. Second character sporting the alias even had a kangaroo-like high-tech suit.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* One of the recurring characters in the comic ''ComicStrip/{{Pluggers}}'' is a flyer named Sheila.
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' shows a kangaroo on a street amongst some humans, and one of the humans is dead and has a boomerang in his head, and the kangaroo is thinking, "That was meant for me!" Boomerangs were originally Australian hunting weapons.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Not surprisingly, you can find a 'roo in ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder''.
* ...and in ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest''.
* A mother kangaroo and her joey appear as background characters in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''.
* A kind-hearted mother kangaroo was (naturally) a main character in ''WesternAnimation/DotAndTheKangaroo''. Kangaroos also appeared in a few other films in the series.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'', Jack Frost pokes fun at Bunnymund's Australian accent by calling him the Easter Kangaroo. Of course, this is also ironic since rabbits -- of which Bunny is a gigantic ''alien'' version -- are an invasive and highly destructive species in modern Australia.
* The animated sequel to ''Film/KangarooJack''.
* ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho'' (see below under Literature) has a kangaroo as the main antagonist, and has a Creator/ChuckJones TV adaptation as well as a CGI film from Creator/IlluminationEntertainment. {{Averted}} in both versions; aside from the non-Australian setting (the fictional Jungle of Nool), in neither version does the kangaroo have an Australian accent (the TV version, [[AdaptationNameChange Jane Kangaroo]], actually sounds like a snooty Brit). The CGI version even ignores the obvious "Joey" joke and [[NamedByTheAdaptation names the Small Kangaroo]] "Rudy" instead (probably because [[OneSteveLimit there was already a Who named Jojo]]).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Citizens of the titular town in ''Welcome to Woop Woop'' make pet food out of kangaroos, which isn't cool. But then a giant kangaroo god makes an appearance near the end, which is.
* ''Film/CrocodileDundee'' has a scene where some hooligans are shooting kangaroos for fun. So Mick hides behind one of the dead ones and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny convinces them that it's shooting back]].
-->'''Mick:''' Good on ya, [[Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo Skippy]]!
* The above might be a ShoutOut (or TakeThat) to ''Film/WakeInFright'', with its notorious (unstaged) kangaroo hunting sequence.
* ''Film/KangarooJack'' obviously.
* A 1952 Hollywood film called ''Kangaroo: The Australian Story'' augments its banal bushranger story with plenty of wildlife footage, including (you guessed it) kangaroos. It's claimed that an early draft of the script showed [[CriticalResearchFailure roving herds of kangaroos murdering people]]... until Australian crew members informed the director how ridiculous that was.
* A direct-to-DVD movie called ''Joey'' features a boy trying to help the baby kangaroo find its mom in.
* In ''Film/AlexanderAndTheTerribleHorribleNoGoodVeryBadDay'', a kangaroo (along with a crocodile) is one of the animals Ben has hired for Alexander's Australian-themed birthday party. However, the kangaroo escapes and Ben has to chase it along a suburban street, getting punched in the face by the roo in the process.

* {{Averted}} in ''Literature/HortonHearsAWho:'' Sour Kangaroo is the villain (backed up by "the small kangaroo in her pouch"), but the setting is the fictional Jungle of Nool and there's nothing particularly Australian about them except their species.
* [[PunnyName Kanga and Roo]] from ''Literature/WinnieThePooh''. Kanga is the mother and Roo is her son. However, their Australian connection is never referenced except for one of the Disney cartoons, where they have a map of Australia on the wall of their house.
* Scrappy is a magical kangaroo character (and ShoutOut to [[Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo Skippy]]) in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/TheLastContinent''. Actually, he's a magpie called, or at least described as 'trickster', the Kangaroo thing is just his normal early avatar (he also uses a pony and a sheep, pandering to other well-known aussie works). There's also a brand of beer called 'Roo Beer'.
* The ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' novel ''Day of the Dissonance'' has a kangaroo called Snooth who runs a [[BazaarOfTheBizarre magic shop]]. And [[spoiler:a powerful and terrible kangaroo djinn she keeps in her pouch]].
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' had ''The Unexpected'', which landed Cassie in Australia. Cue the kangaroo morph.
* In "The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo" from Kipling's ''Literature/JustSoStories'', Kangaroo pleads with the gods to [[IJustWantToBeSpecial make him different from other animals]], so Nqong sics Yellow-Dog Dingo on him until he starts hopping all over Australia.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* GameShows: Virtually ever game show that has offered a trip to Australia as a prize has, on its graphic, has included a picture of a kangaroo somewhere in the artwork. On the game show ''Series/PressYourLuck'', it was ''the'' only graphic (along with the word "Australia" beneath it). On shows where filmed/video footage is used to illustrate the trip (during the announcer's voiceover), stock footage of kangaroos will invariably be used.
* ''Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo'' - [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCHY6n907OE Skippy is built entirely on this trope.]]
* When Creator/TheBBC launched [=BBC2=] TV in 1964, the channel's stationery was headed by [[https://www.flickr.com/photos/aboutthebbc/6949612836/ a cartoon of a mother and baby kangaroo]]. For no good reason, the mother was called Hullabaloo and the baby was called Custard. A few months later when Creator/DavidAttenborough took over as controller of BBC 2, one of his first acts was to ditch Hullabaloo and Custard for being totally ridiculous.
* ''Series/FlashForward2009'' liked to show a random kangaroo hopping around after flash forwards, as a BookEnds sort of thing.
* One episode of ''Series/{{ER}}'' features news reports about an escaped kangaroo, with Jerry the Receptionist listening to them and planning how to capture/kill it. At the very end of the episode, one of the main characters is walking home when they see the kangaroo in an alleyway.
* There are a good number of videos featuring people bothering and then getting kicked by kangaroos on ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos''. No, they're not always {{Groin Attack}}s.
* ''Radio/GoodnessGraciousMe'' had "Skipinda the Punjabi Kangaroo", which was a GagDub of ''[[Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo Skippy]]''.
* Whazzat Kangaroo from ''Series/ZoobileeZoo''. She's a cool kangaroo in her own right, and boy, can she sing!
* One episode of ''Series/ModernFamily'' has the family vacationing in Australia. Naturally, [[BumblingDad Phil]] gets a kangaroo punch to the face.

* ''"[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGCiYDWGZv4&feature=related Tie me kangaroo down, sport...]]"''
* Music/SteelyDan's song "Black Friday" has the narrator escaping to Australia, where he has "Nothing to do but feed all the Kangaroos".

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TheFabulousKangaroos were a pioneering tag team.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' there is an animal named the Coventry Kangaroo. According to information on it the Australian colonists to Coventry took Red Kangaroos with them and genetically modified them to be larger. So large one can use them as mounts for Cavalry troopers.

* There are ''four'' different kangaroo Toys/BeanieBabies. All four are flyers with joeys in their pouches. Their poems are all written in first person as well.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
%%* MacropodMadness.
* Sheila in ''Webcomic/AtArmsLength'', a four-armed punk kangaroo at that.
* The two main characters in ''Webcomic/BoomerExpress'', plus plenty of supporting characters as well.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Australian video game streamer [[https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwyqAtZfXgsdMDnatgCTHrQ BazzaGazza]] uses a cartoon kangaroo as his YouTube profile pic.
* The biggest Creator/RoosterTeeth fan group outside the US is the Australian [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/roosterteeth/images/e/ea/Roo-teeth.jpg/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/400?cb=20150331082510 Roo Teeth]] (whose founder is [[PromotedFanboy now herself part of RT]]), whose logo replaces the cock in RT's emblem with a BoxingKangaroo.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'' from ''Bomberman '94''[=/=]''Mega Bomberman'' onward has [[SpellMyNameWithAnS roois/ruis/Looeys/Louies]], which can be found inside [[WhaleEgg spotted eggs]] and provide [[PowerupMount a ride]] when found. In later games like ''Super Bomberman 5'', they each have unique abilities, depending on color. And like almost everything else in the game, they're {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s.
** Naturally, its move set includes punch-type attacks.
* [[http://wikimon.net/Kangarumon Kangarumon]] from ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', also a boxing type.
* ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Legend of Zelda]]'' features Ricky the Kangaroo from ''Oracle of Ages'' and ''Oracle of Seasons'', who carries Link in his pouch (despite being a male), can jump over holes and cliffs, and sports a large pair of boxing gloves.
* Jabberoo, a racing monster that resembles a kangaroo with boxing gloves for hands, from the Nintendo DS game ''Monster Racers''.
* Creator/{{Atari}}'s ''Kangaroo'', a platform game similar to VideoGame/DonkeyKong.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' has Roger, and later his nameless wife, with his son Roger Jr. in her pouch.
* The psychotic LaughingMad blue kangaroo in straitjacket, Ripper Roo, from the ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' games.
* One of the mid-bosses in ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage 3'' is Roo, a kangaroo wearing boxing gloves. He can also be one of the playable characters if you [[DualBoss defeat his owner first]].
* Some mooks in the Australia level of ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' are green FunnyAnimal kangaroos.
* ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'' features playable character Sheila the Kangaroo. Her level is called an 'Alp' and looks it, the other inhabitants are all obviously meant to evoke {{Oktoberfest}}, and yet Sheila has an inexplicable Aussie accent.
* One of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/FurFighters'' is a kangaroo. He's a bit dim but a very hard worker. His theme tune is a mix of whatever level you're on an Waltzing Malitda.
* The [[http://images.wikia.com/earthbound/images/8/80/Parental_Kangashark_Battle.PNG Parental Kangashark]] from ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' is, [[{{Portmanteau}} as you might have guessed]], a cross between a kangaroo and [[ThreateningShark a shark]]. In battle, its joey will sometimes cheer it on and help recover some of its health. [[CutenessProximity Aww.]]
* Chipple from the ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'' series appeared as a human-like character at first, but was later re-designed as a kangaroo.
* One of the playable characters in [[VideoGame/ClayFighter C-2: Judgment Clay]] is the World Clay [[BoxingKangaroo Boxing]] Association champion, Kangoo (as well as her EvilTwin, Thunder). The joey in her pouch pops out and helps with special moves.
* Kangaroos are enemies in ''VideoGame/TyTheTasmanianTiger''. There's also harmless wallabies.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': The nucleus of the element "Australium" resembles two kangaroos boxing. It causes those exposed to grow facial hair and can turn human beings into pure gold.
** Australium bars are stamped with a logo of a man boxing a kangaroo, which is how Australia chooses its king.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'' ''Yuri's Revenge'' has the fourth Allied mission in Sydney. While other maps feature [[BlandNameProduct Burger Kong]] fast-food restaurants with a giant ape standing on the roof, on this map they are replaced with giant kangaroos.
* Kangaskhan is a ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' based on a BoxingKangaroo, but aside from the pouch with a baby, she also resembles a more reptilian-based dinosaur. Virtually no references to Australia are made with Kangaskhan though (apart ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'', where that's the only place where she can be found).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'': One of the animals Webby meets in "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E40BackOutInTheOutback Back Out in the Outback]]" is a kangaroo.
* Joey is a recurring kangaroo character on ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''. He is of the "thick Aussie accent" and "pouched male" variety, and rather aggressive.
* ''WesternAnimation/DotAndTheKangaroo'', of course.
* Hoppy, a dinosaur-ish kangaroo (a Hoppasaurus) on ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.
* A RunningGag in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' involved Sylvester pursuing an escaped kangaroo, named Hippity Hopper, whom he mistakes for a giant mouse.
** Similarly, a ''Pixie & Dixie'' cartoon had Mr. Jinks encounter a boxing kangaroo.
** And in the ''WesternAnimation/SaturdaySupercade'' videogame-cartoon series, there's Katy in ''Kangaroo''.
* ''WesternAnimation/OvideAndTheGang'' featured a female kangaroo character named Matilda.
* Rocko, the eponymous character of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', is a wallaby. Similar enough.
* Another wallaby character: Mr. Thickley from ''WesternAnimation/TazMania''.
* Dinny Kangaroo, voiced by Carl Reiner, was a character on ''LinusTheLionhearted''.
* Kip Kangaroo, voiced by Creator/NancyCartwright, was a [[SixthRanger second-season addition]] to ''WesternAnimation/ShirtTales''.
* Naturally, being a show about animals, kangaroos appear in a few episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberrys'', being more anatomically correct, but the Aussie accent is still there.
* Austin in ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans''; one of the few examples that doesn't have an Aussie accent.
* A kangaroo can be seen adopting a frog in the episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Bart is forced to go to Australia to have his butt kicked for prank-calling them. When pursued, Bart and Homer attempt to get away in kangaroos' pouches, only to find that, [[RealityEnsues unlike in cartoons]], they're filled with disgusting slime.
* ''WesternAnimation/SkippyAdventuresInBushtown'', an AnimatedAdaptation of the aforementioned ''Skippy the Bush Kangaroo''. It takes place in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals, and the two main heroes (Skippy and his girlfriend Matilda) are PettingZooPeople versions of kangaroos.
* Now disgraced artist and childrens' entertainer (Australian born) Rolf Harris, when doing a series for British TV explaining how animation works and using classic cartoons as examples, devised an AuthorAvatar animated character called the Rolferoo - a sort of kangaroo-centaur that was a caricatured Harris from the waist up.
* Averted in the ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' episode "Mom's Away". A kangaroo mom (with her joey in her pouch) appears briefly, but she doesn't have an Australian accent.[[note]]She's in the episode for the sake of a gag: Verminous Snaptrap (who's running a shoe sale as part of his EvilPlan to kidnap every mother in the world) insults her by saying he can't find a pair of shoes to fit her huge feet, which she then uses to kick him to the curb.[[/note]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Australian airline Qantas uses a kangaroo in its logo, and is often referred to as the "flying kangaroo."
* The mascot for the University of Akron in Akron, UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}}, is a kangaroo named Zippy of AmbiguousGender.
* University of Missouri-UsefulNotes/KansasCity also uses a kangaroo mascot for its basketball team.
* The mascot for the Brockton Rox minor league baseball team in Brockton, Massachusetts, is [[http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/wile_e2005/16186524/371299/371299_600.jpg K-O the Kangaroo]].
* Several of Australia's national sports teams have kangaroo-themed names:
** Kangaroos (UsefulNotes/RugbyLeague)
** Wallabies (UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion)
** Boomers (Men's basketball - a male kangaroo is called a "boomer")
** Socceroos (Soccer)
** Hockeyroos (Women's hockey)
* The North UsefulNotes/{{Melbourne}} Kangaroos in UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball
* A kangaroo is used in the center of the roundel on [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/88/Ensign_of_the_Royal_Australian_Air_Force.svg the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) ensign]], and is used as the Army's roundel as well.
* During UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, the [[NumberTwo XO]] of a Royal Australian Navy destroyer, sick of being mistaken for British ([[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships with his British-designed ship flying the British naval ensign]] - the RAN wouldn't get a unique flag for another decade), got the biggest sheet of brass he could find, cut a kangaroo silhouette out of it, and stuck it to the top of the ship as a weathervane. Nowdays, all major RAN warships have a red kangaroo icon fitted somewhere visible on the ship.
* The kangaroo is Australia's national faunal emblem and appears (with the emu) on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Coat_of_Arms national coat of arms]] These animals were chosen because neither species can travel backwards! This is meant to symbolize the ideal for Australians to always think and move forward.
* Perhaps not surprisingly, the most iconic of Australia's extinct Pleistocene megafauna is the 2-meter tall kangaroo ''Procoptodon goliah''.
* Averted with the mascots for the Sydney 2000 UsefulNotes/OlympicGames - [[SeldomSeenSpecies a kookaburra, an echidna,]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi and a platypus]]. The organizers felt that kangaroos and koalas were overused.