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''[[PhraseCatcher HOORAY FOR POKEY!!!!]]''

''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/ Pokey The Penguin]]'' is an [[DadaComics absurdist]] {{webcomic}} created by Steve Havelka (aka "The Authors"), crudely drawn using MS Paint (or something similar). Irregularly updated [[LongRunner since 1998]], it chronicles the (mis)adventures of [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins a bunch of penguins]] [[PolarBearsAndPenguins living in the Arctic]], along with [[MisplacedWildlife other creatures that usually don't live there, either]]. Oh, and a [[StockBritishPhrases very British]] snowman. Everybody speaks in ''ALL CAPS''.

In the [[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index1.html first strip]], Pokey The Penguin is described as ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index38.html "AN EDUCATIONAL CHILDRENS CARTOON!"]]'' in which ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index35.html "POKEY AND HIS PALS HAVE FUN AND LEARNING ABOUT THE HAZARDS OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE!"]]''.

The main recurring characters are Pokey (the titular penguin), [[NoNameGiven "little girl"]] (Pokey's little sister), Mr. Nutty (the [[{{Schemer}} ever scheming]] British snowman), Headcheese (a [[CanadaEh french-canadian]] female penguin, sometimes Pokey's "girlfriend", sometimes a victim of his random acts of violence), Skeptopotamus ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a skeptical hippopotamus]] that [[ImplausibleDeniability denies being one]]), Gustavo (a [[SouthOfTheBorder mexican]] potato with [[SpiderLimbs long, prehensile]] [[MagnificentMoustachesOfMexico moustaches]] named [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic "Democracy" and "Stalin"]]), and [[BitPartBadGuys the Italians]], which often come to the Arctic in their ships to steal the penguins' "Arctic Circle-Candy". There's also a boxing glove (apparently posessed by the devil) [[RunningJoke appearing at random to deliver a flying punch to someone]].

Most of the secondary characters are penguins identical to Pokey. A bear is depicted as a brown penguin, a [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]] as a green one, and [[DealWithTheDevil the devil]] as a red one with horns. Even "little girl" and Headcheese are just smaller Pokeys [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics with ribbons]]. While, for example, Stephen Hawking is depicted as a penguin wearing a wizard's hat, and {{Superman}} is another penguin with a blue cape, others, like Franchise/{{Batman}} and "Bobdole" are completely indistinguishable from Pokey. There are also variations of other characters, like Old Man Nutty (Mr. Nutty's grandfather, a [[MiniatureSeniorCitizens smaller]], gray-outlined snowman) and Nostrapotamus (a Skeptopotamus with a [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman wizard's hat]]).

''Pokey the Penguin'' also made appearances as an EasterEgg in ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Contracts'' and ''Hitman: Blood Money''. ''Pokey the Penguin'' has also made a [[TheCameo cameo]] in ''Webcomic/{{Hoofstuck}}''.

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!!Pokey the Penguin contains examples of the following:

* AbandonedWarehouse: Pokey visits one in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index37.html San Quentin Holds the Key]]''.
* AllJustADream: At the end of ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index22.html Pokey and the Boxing Glove]]'', the scene abruptly cuts to Pokey's sister telling him "IT WAS NOTHING MORE THAN A DREAM!!!!!", followed by a blank panel of the Boxing Glove with the words [[TheEndOrIsIt "OR WAS IT!"]] crossed out.
* AreWeThereYet: Pokey's sister asks this in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index18.html Pokey in Ancient Scotland]]'', and again (albeit crossed out) in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index89.html Pokey Finds an Artifact]]''.
* BeatPanel: Rare, but [[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index163.html not unheard of]].
* BilingualBonus: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index55.html Pokey is Relaxing (Heirate Mich)]]''
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers:
--> '''Pokey:''' "''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index15.html THIS MOON-CHEESE WILL MAKE ME VERY RICH! VERY RICH INDEED!]]''"
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma: In ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index58.html Best Trip Ever]]'', Little Girl offers to fire up the Time Canoe. [[KillItWithFire Unfortunately...]]
--> '''Little Girl:''' "''POKEY I HAVE FIRED UP THE TIME CANOE!!''"
-->'''Pokey:''' "''[[labelnote:GOOD JOB!!!]](struck out)[[/labelnote]]''"
* BreakingTheFourthWall: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index44.html Pokey in Monochrome]]''
--> ''WHO TOLD YOU TO STOP WRITING YOUR RESEARCH PAPER???''
* BulletTime: A true deconstruction in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index51.html Slow Motion]]''.
* CanadaEh: Headcheese
* CerealInducedSuperPowers: "Clot-Busting Megapower" in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index76.html Pokey and the Breakfast Cereal]]''. The ingredients are bread crumbs and caffeine.
* ChainedToARailway: The Italians do this to Pokey in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index6.html Pokey and the Train]]''.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Little Girl manages this in a ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index118.html a single comic.]]'' [[note]]Pokey Is Camping[[/note]]
* CutAndPasteComic: Sometimes you can see the outlines around pasted characters.
* {{Cyberspace}}: Pokey is "learning handshakes from around the world" through VR in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index28.html Happy Birthday Pokey]]''. Also, ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index23.html Pokey the Penguin in Cyberspace]]''
* DadaComics
* DealWithTheDevil: Pokey is tricked into this in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index100.html The Devil]]''.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index44.html Pokey in Monochrome]]'', natch.
* DramaticThunder: In ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index7.html The Big Storm]]''.
* DrowningMySorrows: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index119.html A Drink to Solve Problems]]''
--> '''Little Girl:''' "''POKEY IF YOU ARE SAD THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE A DRINK!!!!''"
* EdutainmentShow: ''Pokey the Penguin'' is an educational children's cartoon about the hazards of the Arctic Circle.
* [[ThreateningShark Everything Is Even Worse With Sharks]]: Averted. They just fin the shark and eat the fin for "lunch" ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index86.html Pokey and the Shark]]''
* FillerStrips: The comic features guest artists such as WilliamGibson in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index23.html Pokey the Penguin in Cyberspace]]'', the ghost of Claude Monet in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index415.html The Waterfront on a Summer Day]]'' Mary Lou Retton in an [[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index229.html eponymous strip]] and a propaganda strip from Laos: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index92.html Our Glorious Leader]]''.
* GainaxEnding: The last panel often has fuck all to do with the rest of the strip.
* GenieInABottle: Averted in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index73.html Pokey and the Magic Lamp]]''
* GlobalWarming: Something akin to it occurs in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index2.html POKEY THE HIS FRIENDS]].
--> '''Pokey:''' "''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index2.html IT IS A GOOD THING WE ESCAPED FROM THE OZONE LAYER!!!!!!!]]''"
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: Often. You're lucky if there's just one.
* HalloweenEpisode: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index9.html Happy Halloween]]''
* HatShop: Pokey wears a mortarboard on his graduation in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index14.html Pokey the Penguin and Harvard]]''.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Mr Nutty in some of his incarnations. In others he is a criminal or a MegaCorp [=CEO=].
* HumanCannonball: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index63.html Pokey and the Cannon]]''
* IHaveManyNames: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index100.html The Devil]]''
* ImAHumanitarian: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index25.html Chicken Delicious Is a Bad Influence]]''
* ItsProbablyNothing: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index118.html Pokey Is Camping]]'' Subverted in that there actually is no noise.
* JetPack: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index121.html Headcheese and the New Haircut]]''
* LongLostRelative: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index10.html Pokey Has an Identical Twin!]]'' or ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index30.html Grampa Is Alive]]''
* MathematiciansAnswer: [[CatchPhrase ''YES.'']]
* MegaCorp: Nutty Industries
* MindScrew: Most of them, sometimes with a helping of GainaxEnding.
* MundaneAfterlife: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index30.html Grampa Is Alive]]''.
* NegativeSpaceWedgie: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index27.html Pokey and the Anomaly]]''
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: "Bobdole" in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index48.html Pokey the Penguin Meets Bobdole]]'' and ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index190.html Pokey and Bobdole]]''
* NoSmoking: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index24.html Let Us Meet Chicken Delicious]]''
--> '''Chicken Delicious:''' "''POKEY LET'S RELAX [[labelnote:WITH A CIGARETTE!]](struck out)[[/labelnote]]''"
* OmnicidalManiac: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index42.html Pokeyzilla]]''
* OrWasItADream: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index22.html Pokey and the Boxing Glove]]''.
* PaletteSwap: [[SdrawkcabName Yekop]] and Yttun in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index80.html Pokey and Yekop]]''.
* PirateBooty: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index91.html Pokey and the Buried Treasure]]''
* PolarBearsAndPenguins: Pokey lives with his family in the Arctic Circle.
* PrepareToDie: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index37.html San Quentin Holds the Key]]''
* RedBoxingGloves: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index22.html Pokey and the Boxing Glove]]''
* RipVanWinkle: Parodied in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index87.html Rip Van Pokey]]''
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index30.html Grampa Is Alive]]''
--> '''Pokey:''' "''[[labelnote:IT'S PAYBACK TIME, GRAMPA!]](struck out)[[/labelnote]]''"
-->'''Grampa:''' "''LET'S ROCK AND ROLL!!!''"
* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index18.html Pokey in Ancient Scotland]]''. ...Sort of.
* SnakeOilSalesman: [[SdrawkcabName Yttun]], literally. ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index80.html Pokey and Yekop]]''
* StockBritishPhrases: Mr Nutty
* StockYuck: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index12.html Pokey and the Broccoli]]''
* TalkLikeAPirate: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index91.html Pokey and the Buried Treasure]]''
* TechnicolorScience: Pokey's test-tubes in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index14.html Pokey the Penguin and Harvard]]''
* TheBigBoard: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index116.html Pokey and the Situation]]''
* TimeMachine: The recurring "Time Canoe" that first appears in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index18.html Pokey in Ancient Scotland]]''.
--> '''Pokey:''' "''WITH A FEW SMALL MODIFICATIONS, ANY CANOE CAN TRAVEL THROUGH TIME!!!''"
* TheFaceOfTheSun: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index16.html Lo, spake Pokey, and thusly did come the bus]]''
* TheGreatFlood: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index115.html No ID Means No Whiskey]]''
* TheInfiltration: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index116.html Pokey and the Situation]]''
* TheTalk: [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index35.html Pokey Has Unternet]]''.
* {{Wackyland}}: Pokey visits one in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index90.html King of the Podium]]''.
* WantedPoster: ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index54.html Mr Nutty and the New Money]]''
* WeaksauceWeakness: The [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz rain melts the witch]] in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index31.html Pokey Was Correct]]''
* WhatHaveIBecome: Inversion in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index88.html Someone Has Stolen My Face]]''
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman:
--> '''Little Girl:''' "''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index21.html DON'T WORRY POKEY!! SHE WAS JUST A ROBOT!]]''"
* WretchedHive:
--> '''Batman:''' "''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index11.html THIS CITY IS NO PLACE FOR LITTLE GIRLS!!]]''"
* WronglyAccused: Pokey in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index37.html San Quentin Holds the Key]]''.

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