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[[caption-width-right:315:Waddle around and meet new friends!]]
This little browser game, launched in 2005 and bought by Disney in 2007, centered on users' personal penguin avatars, and their little lives. The game was somewhere in between a social network and a life simulation. Players could chat with other people, buy and care for a pet, buy clothes, buy and furnish your igloo, and even change the color of your little penguin avatar. All of this was paid for by little minigames you could play in the little world. Some games were competitions with other penguins, while some were solo games. However, most of the interesting things you could buy, you could get [[AllegedlyFreeGame only if you paid for your account]].

The game itself didn't provide much in terms of story. The closest thing to a plot the game provided came in the form of the Penguin Security Agency's missions, in which the player had to protect the island from any threats. Most of these threats came from Herbert P. Bear, a polar bear who floated to the island via iceberg and tried to wreak havoc on the islanders, and Klutzy, his pet crab. After the eleventh mission, the PSA was disbanded and turned into the Elite Penguin Force.

In 2014, a Christmas special called ''We Wish You a Merry Walrus'' was broadcast for the first time. It stars a group of penguins working together to save Christmas and stop Herbert's latest EvilPlan.

The game was shut down on March 29, 2017 and was replaced by the mobile-based ''Club Penguin Island''. The original game lives on through private servers that dedicated old fans have set up, a list of which can be seen [[http://www.speedycppshq.com/cppslist/ here]].

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!!This game provided examples of:

* AchievementSystem: Stamps. If you have a membership, you can even show them off by decorating your stamp book cover with them.
* AcidTripDimension: The Box Dimension. There are boxes everywhere, physics rarely works, and everything is floating in a purple swirly flow.
* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal: You can invoke this with your very own penguins and puffles, by giving them items like clothes and hats. The meetable characters (like Gary, Cadence, Rockhopper, etc.) also play this straight.
* {{Adorkable}}: Gary and Rookie are quite often seen as this by the fans.
* AllCheeringAllTheTime: ''Club Penguin'' used to have a play called "Team Blue's Rally 2", in which one of the characters was a cheerleader named Bella, who put everything that happened during the play in her cheers, and all she ever did was cheer.
* AllegedlyFreeGame: Here's some stuff that only members can do.
** Buy clothes.
** Go to member-only rooms. (Not that there are many of them by default, though.)
** [[AnInteriorDesignerIsYou Decorate and upgrade your igloo.]]
** Continue to the next level on games such as Jetpack Adventure.
** Own puffles colored differently from red and blue.
** Transform into magical things like ghosts, reindeer puffles and Jack Frost, dinosaurs, and as of February 2013, movie stars.
** Get clothing for your puffle and get upgrades in the mini-games like Hydro Hopper and Jetpack Joyride.
** ''Island'' takes this UpToEleven. Practically everything that isn't related to the main story is blocked behind a paywall. With microtransactions on top of that. It's to the point that even the most basic actions you can do in the original, are locked off. Better hope you can afford $6 a month.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Penguins and puffles can be purple, yellow, red... You name it!
* AnIcePerson: The Puffle Handbook describes White Puffles having the ability to "freeze liquids at will".
* ArtEvolution: The game's art style has definitely changed a lot throughout the years, which gets pretty funny when the newer clothing and items don't jell very well with the old ones, comparing the early items to the later ones is like night and day!
** Want examples? [[http://clubpenguinwiki.info/wiki/Penguin_Style#Gallery Just take a look at the catalogs throughout the years]]. Scroll down to the gallery section. Try comparing the first one to the last one.
** Also, check out how much the [[http://clubpenguinwiki.info/wiki/Map#Gallery map]] has changed from the beta ages in 2005 to today. Again, scroll down to the gallery.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Herbert P. Bear is a vegetarian polar bear who can't stand the cold and can't swim, as opposed to real life polar bears who are carnivores,are adapted to cold temperatures and are great swimmers.
* AscendedMeme:
** There was once a rumor where if you stand in the Dojo for 30 minutes, you will become a ninja. Now, we have Card-Jitsu.
** The "tipping the iceberg" rumor (if many people use the Hard Hat and jackhammer one side of the Iceberg, it will tip over) was untrue until the final month of the game. Doing so revealed a floating dance party, a free hard hat, and a message that reads "Together, we can build an island, create a community, change the world... and even tip an iceberg. Waddle on.".
* BearsAreBadNews: Herbert P. Bear.
* BigBad:
** Herbert P. Bear in the PSA and EPF Missions.
** Protobot, which Herbert rebuilt.
* BigNo: Herbert, if you completed Operation Blackout.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: The server names. Rainbow, Hot Chocolate, Beanbag... ''Hypothermia?''
* CheckpointStarvation: The minigame ''Puffle Launch'' has checkpoint cannons that ([[CaptainObvious obviously]]) change your puffle's spawnpoint. Because of how the cannons are spaced out, this is bound to happen, and it's more annoying if you're going for OneHundredPercentCompletion.
* ClamTrap: In the game "Aqua Grabber", a giant clam will close down on the player if they take its pearl, causing them to lose air, unless they pull a WeightAndSwitch with a pearl-shaped rock.
* CollectionSidequest: Stamps, Pins and Free Items.
* {{Crossover}}: The Take Over events, which basically brings many Creator/{{Disney}} media to the game.
* DarkerAndEdgier: You'll notice it when you look at Operation: Blackout. Herbert kidnaps Gary (and plans on kidnapping the other EPF agents as well), takes him to his lair, and [[HumanPopsicle freezes him alive]]. Then, he builds a ray that can control the sun, which he uses to focus the sun on his lair alone, darkening and pretty much freezing the rest of the island. He declares himself the island's ruler, and demands the island's inhabitants obey him. Anyone who disobeys him gets the same punishment that Gary got. Also, as the days continued on suing the event, the ice caused by the blocked-out sun built up more and more, until by the last few days, the map was COVERED in ice.
* TheDragon: Protobot was for Herbert. [[spoiler: Until Herbert double-crossed him.]]
* EasterEgg: While many have been removed over the years, some are still present, and new ones are added occasionally.
** Mousing over Aunt Arctic's icon in the "Ask Aunt Arctic" column of any of "Club Penguin Times" issue gives her CoolShades.
** In Dance Contest, clicking on Cadence before selecting a difficulty unlocks Expert Mode.
** Almost every catalog has hidden items that can be obtained by clicking on certain things on the pages. This has somewhat died down over the years, but they still pop up from time to time.
** Pressing "et" outside the chat bar causes your penguin to fart.
** At certain times, a penguin can get abducted by aliens. The room of which this occurs in changes every five minutes. Unless you're on an empty server, [[LuckBasedMission being the one abducted is entirely random]].
** If you look through the binoculars at The Cove, you'll eventually see a penguin playing Hydro Hopper pass by, and later, Fluffy jumping out of the water.
** Every 30 minutes, a bird comes out of the Cuckoo Clock in the Ski Lodge.
** The homepage pre-2012 had a few clickable spots on it.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Card-Jitsu is basically this: Water extinguishes fire, fire melts snow/ice, snow/ice freezes water.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Take a wild guess what everyone plays as.
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep: The Puffle Handler, who is otherwise called "PH".
* ExtremeOmnivore: Orange puffles eat everything, including boxes and food bowls.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: You.
** TheLancer: Jet Pack Guy.
** TheSmartGuy: Gary the Gadget Guy.
** TheChick: Dot the Disguise Gal.
** TheBigGuy: Rookie, though more out of idiocy than strength. Usually he's just TheLoad though. And TheDitz.
* FragileSpeedster: The yellow bots from the minigame "System Defender" are the fastest bots in the game, but not very strong and can be taken down rather easily, especially by yellow cannons. From the same game, red cannons also count, as they shoot fast, but don't take a lot of damage.
* FriendlyGhost: The music video for "Ghosts Just Wanna Dance" is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. The ghosts of Cadence and the Penguin Band greet 3 innocent penguins as friendly and music-loving. [[InvoluntaryTransformation They even turn them into ghosts.]]
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: This can be invoked by your own penguin with shirts, pants, dresses, formal wear, swimsuits and even [[NonMammalianHair wigs]]. This trope is fully emphasized in promotional artwork and media especially in the 2013 redesign, by using [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman "miniature teenagers]] [[UncannyValley with beaks and big eyes"]].
* FunnyAnimal: The penguins and Herbert P. Bear fits this the best, although they might be {{Civilized Animal}}s too.
* GadgeteerGenius: Brown puffles. Also, if the name is of any indication, Gary the Gadget Guy, who made most of the field agents' equipment.
* GameWithinAGame: The mini-games. You earn coins from them, too.
* GassHole: A penguin can fart by pressing "et" outside the chatbox.
* GeniusDitz: Rookie is the most absent-minded member of the EPF, but can speak fluent crab using nothing but a typewriter.
* GratuitousNinja: ''Card Jitsu'' allows your penguin to be one, complete with card playing, ElementalPowers of [[PlayingWithFire fire]], [[MakingASplash water]], and [[AnIcePerson snow]], ElementalRockPaperScissors, and cool ninja accessories.
* HarderThanHard: Club Penguin's [[AchievementSystem stamp system]] has stamps in four levels: Easy, Medium, Hard, And Extreme, [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience which are green, yellow, blue, and red, respectively]]. Most of the former three aren't too bad, but Extreme stamps require '''a lot''' of patience and many of them can easily feel like ThatOneAchievement for some players.
** Some Minigames have this as well. ''[[RhythmGame Dance Contest]]'' has standard DifficultyLevels selectable in the difficulty menu, each of which gives each song a specific arrow pattern. [[spoiler: Expert, however, requires that you click on Cadence in the difficulty menu, then confirm your choice.]] In this mode, arrows are faster and the pattern is randomized each time you play, denying the ability to memorize the pattern!
** Another minigame example: ''Bean Counters'' has ''two'' levels of this above Hard in [[spoiler: the secret Jellybean mode]]: Expert and Extreme; as well as having more colors to sort by than on Hard, all objects are tossed out ''super fast'' in these modes, ''especially'' Extreme! [[spoiler: Jellybean Mode]] has HardModePerks such as invincibility powerups and faster scoring!
* HighSchoolDance: The Penguin Prom in early June of 2014. [[AgeInappropriateArt This was a little controversial due to the fact the target audience are school-age children]].
* HisNameReallyIsBarkeep: EPF agent Jet Pack Guy really is named "Guy".
* IdiotBall: When Rookie is tricked into [[spoiler:letting Herbert go free in Mission 10 by lending him his Spy Phone, which has a teleportation functionality built in.]]
* JackOfAllStats: The Fire Ninjas from Card Jitsu Snow have balanced stats, unlike the Water and Snow ninjas who excell in one area, but are terrible in another.
* KaizoTrap: In the [[TimedMission time trial mode]] for the minigame Aqua Grabber, the time can expire (signaled by the clock walking away) while the "Stage Clear" message is displayed. This causes you to have to retry the mode to unlock [[OneHitPointWonder Compressed Air Mode]]. The way to avert this, of course, is by moving quickly enough to spare 6-7 seconds minimum by the end [[note]]Note that the remaining time isn't displayed numerically[[/note]]. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], however, in that you don't actually lose a sub from this, but you are still disqualified from the timer.
* LampshadeHanging: A screen in the EPF headquarters can be tuned in on two penguins having a conversation. Cue a caption on the bottom of the screen...
--> This conversation would probably be a lot more interesting in sound... huh?
* MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame
* MeaningfulName: "Cadence" (the DJ penguin's name) is a musical term describing a progression of chords.
* MightyGlacier: The purple bots from the minigame "System Defender" are slow, but take a lot of damage and require a lot of/powerful shoots to be taken down, which is why the purple cannons (which also count for this trope) are the best option when you have to deal with them.
* MinecartMadness: You can play a third-person version of this, called "Cart Surfer", in the Mine.
* MoeAnthropomorphism: Used a lot in fan-art and fan fiction.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Some of the comics in the "Fun Stuff" section on the website feature a penguin who combines several mini-games to make it more extreme (like combining Jetpack Joyride, Cart Surfer and Catching Waves to make [[http://cpassets-a.akamaihd.net/images/comic/original/105_lrg-en.gif "X-Treme Jetpack Surf Cartz"]]).
* NonMammalianHair: Subverted. Penguins can wear wigs, which makes them appear to have hair.
* OldMaster: Sensei, who taught players the art of Card-Jitsu.
* OneHitPointWonder: Compressed Air Mode in the Aqua Grabber minigame; if you hit ''any'' obstacles (terrain, fish, etc.), your sub will be destroyed, costing you a life.
* PerpetualFrowner: Black puffles are rarely seen smiling [[note]]They smile when pleased, such as when they catch on fire[[/note]]. Jet Pack Guy is similarly grumpy.
* PerplexingPearlProduction: In "Aqua Grabber", there is a giant clam with a pearl. The player can steal the pearl by performing a WeightAndSwitch with a rock.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Shadow Guy and Gamma Girl[[note]]Originally named Joe and Amy[[/note]] in the play, "Squidzoid vs. Shadow Guy and Gamma Girl", and their own graphic novel, ''Shadow Guy and Gamma Girl: Heroes Unite!''
* PlayingWithFire: Black puffles will catch fire when given O-berries.
* PolarBearsAndPenguins: Downplayed. There's one polar bear, Herbert P. Bear, on an island populated with penguins, and he came from the North.
* TheProfessor: Gary the Gadget Guy.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Herbert and Klutzy. Though considering Club Penguin a children's game to begin with, this is expected.
* RedOniBlueOni: Teams on Club Penguin are almost always divided into reds and blues.
* TheReveal: At the end of Operation: Blackout, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Aunt Arctic is the director of the Elite Penguin Force.]]
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Puffles.
* SailorEarth: You wouldn't believe how many fanfictions there are about penguins who join the PSA/EPF. Most of which end up going through the exact same story.
* SecretIdentity: The Director of the EPF is better known by their secret identity, [[spoiler:Aunt Arctic]].
* ShrinkingViolet: Gary switches back and forth on this. On one hand, he's perfectly fine with just about everyone in missions and okay with getting interviewed. But if a decently sized crowd of people gather around him outside of missions, he'll run into another room or hide behind things.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: Club Penguin itself. When the Ice Rink is up, this trope is played relatively straight, as you sliiiide from point A to point B.
* {{Snowlems}}: The basic Mooks you'll face in Card-Jitsu Snow.
* SurferDude: Red puffles seem to embody this. Their favorite minigame are Catching Waves, and their bathing animation involves surfing a wave inside the tub.
* TacticalSuicideBoss: [[spoiler: The cardboard dragon]] in the ''Puffle Launch'' minigame launches explosive boxes that you use to attack Klepto.
* TerribleTrio: The Test Bots.
* ThoseTwoGuys: A couple of the penguins in one of the PSA missions.
* Trope2000: Gary ''loves'' adding big numbers to his inventions. Usually it's "3000", but he also uses "2000" and "1000" for prototypes.
%% * UnreliableNarrator: Herbert.
* VideoGame3DLeap: Done with ''Club Penguin: Game Day!'', the mobile app for Club Penguin, and ''Club Penguin Island''.
* VirtualPaperDoll: Players can exchange coins to dress their penguins up in various outfits.
* WarmHeartedWalrus: In ''We Wish You A Merry Walrus'', the Merry Walrus is kind and generous, and is essentially the FunnyAnimal version of SantaClaus.
%% * WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Now you know the truth."]]
* WilyWalrus: Tusk is a massive walrus with [[AnIcePerson ice powers]] who created an army of snowmen to destroy Sensei and the other penguins.
* XtremeKoolLetterz: A recurring joke in the comics was a penguin who would create "X-Treme" versions of games by adding jetpacks.
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