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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 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 [[BoxingKangaroo boxing]], [[KangarooPouchRide carrying someone in its pouch]], or just plain jumping really high.

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

The trope is not exactly TruthInTelevision, as 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]]).

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* 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/logos/logos06-4.html kangaroo parents]] and their joey. For no particular reason.
** There are also kangaroos in 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.
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[[folder: Anime and 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 ''TokyoMewMew'' accidentally gets in a fight with a lady kangaroo... you, the reader, probably have guessed how [[CurbStompBattle this]] ended.
* When the ''BoboboboBobobo'' crew travel to Sydney, everyone there is either a kangaroo or a koala.
* ''GGundam'' 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 ''GGundam'' 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, for some bizarre reason it has a fannypack with a smaller Gundam sticking out of it.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'', the main characters are initially stationed at a base in Australia. Naturally, they wear shoulder patches displaying a kangaroo.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/TankGirl'', the title character's boyfriend is a male kangaroo named Booga.
* Marvel has the villain Kangaroo, a {{Spider-Man}} villain who made his first appearance in the seventies. Second character sporting the alias even had a kangaroo-like high-tech suit.
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[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* Not surprisingly, you can find a 'roo in ''TheRescuersDownUnder''.
* ...and in ''FernGully''.
* 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.
* The animated sequel to Kangaroo Jack.
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[[folder:Film - 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.
* ''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.
* ''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.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Sour Kangaroo in ''HortonHearsAWho'' by Creator/DrSeuss is a villain.
* [[PunnyName Kanga and Roo]] from ''Literature/WinnieThePooh''. Kanga is the mother and Roo is her son.
* 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 ''{{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.
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[[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 ''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 TheBBC launched [=BBC2=] TV in 1964, the channel's stationery was headed by a cartoon of a mother kangaroo with a baby in her pouch. For no good reason, the mother was called Hullabaloo and the baby was called Custard. A few months later when DavidAttenborough took over as controller of BBC 2, one of his first acts was to ditch Hullabaloo and Custard for being totally ridiculous.
* ''FlashForward2009'' liked to show a random kangaroo hopping around after flash forwards, as a BookEnds sort of thing.
* One episode of ''{{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 ''AmericasFunniestHomeVideos''. No, they're not always {{Groin Attack}}s.
* ''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!
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[[folder:Music]]
* ''"[[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".
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* One of the recurring characters in the comic ''{{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.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/TheFabulousKangaroos were a pioneering tag team.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''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.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* 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.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* 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.
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[[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.
* Kangaskhan is a kangaroo Franchise/{{Pokemon}}. Naturally, it's AlwaysFemale and always depicted as carrying a joey even after it... um, hatches. Wow, that's a lot of FridgeLogic.
** Naturally, its move set includes punch-type attacks.
* [[http://wikimon.net/Kangalmon Kangalmon]] from ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', also a boxing type.
** Actually, it's just a Veemon in a Kangaroo suit and a motorcycle helmet.
** There is no apparent in-universe explanation for the plushie in its pouch.
*** Odd, considering that all the other digimon with plushies have explanation for them. Usually, it's a representation of another digimon that that one is supposed to be allied with. Perhaps it's supposed to be a Veemon plushie with boxing gloves?
* ''[[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''.
* {{Atari}}'s ''Kangaroo'', a platform game similar to VideoGame/DonkeyKong.
* ''{{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 ''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.
* ''SpyroTheDragon 3'' features playable character Sheila the Kangaroo.
* One of the playable characters in ''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.
* In ''[[VideoGame/MortalKombat3 Mortal Kombat Trilogy]]'', [[FakeUltimateHero Johnny Cage]]'s Animality had him turn into a kangaroo and kick the opponent off screen.
* 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 [[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 ''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.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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 on ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones''.
** A Hoppasaurus.
* 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 second-season addition to ''WesternAnimation/ShirtTales''.
* Splodge the Kangaroo, one of WesternAnimation/BlinkyBill's friends.
* 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 conclude that "[[ThisIsReality it's not like in cartoons]]".
* In FamilyGuy Peter and Lois are at the Zoo and Peter seeing the Kangaroo exhibit climbs into it's pouch "Hey Lois I'm Roo! Hey Kanga let's go help Poohbear get some honey!" while the Kangaroo pouch can't hold his weight and the Kangaroo collapses.
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[[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, Ohio, is a kangaroo named Zippy of indeterminate gender.
* University of Missouri-Kansas City also uses a kangaroo mascot for its basketball team.
* The mascot for the Brockton Rox minor league baseball team in Brockton, Massachusetts, is [[http://southshoremamas.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Brockton-Rox-KO.jpg K-O the Kangaroo]].
* Several of Australia's national sports teams have kangaroo-themed names:
** Kangaroos (RugbyLeague)
** Wallabies (RugbyUnion)
** Boomers (Men's basketball - a male kangaroo is called a "boomer")
** Socceroos (Soccer)
** Hockeyroos (Women's hockey)
* The North Melbourne Kangaroos in AustralianRulesFootball
* 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.
* 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]]
* Averted with the mascots for the Sydney 2000 Olympics - [[SeldomSeenSpecies a kookaburra, echidna, and platypus]]. The organisers felt that kangaroos and koalas were overused.
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