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[[caption-width-right:258:Hong Kong Phooey immediately after a costume change, and Spot.]]

Creator/HannaBarbera produced this AnimatedSeries for Creator/{{ABC}} in 1974 as a response to the ChopSockey martial arts fad of that time, especially the AdventureSeries ''Series/KungFu''.

%%It would reappear in reruns a few years later on Creator/{{NBC}}.

TheHero, Hong Kong Phooey [[ExpositoryThemeSong "number one super guy"]] posed as mild-mannered police janitor Penrod Pooch, and listened in on dispatcher Rosemary's responses to crime reports. It wasn't until [[DaChief Sgt. Flint]] took off after the criminal that "Penry", as he was called, engaged his TransformationSequence. As his super-hero alter ego, Hong Kong pursued crooks in his shape-shifting Phooeymobile, accompanied by Spot the cat.

Despite HKP's impressive displays of martial arts, it was Spot who [[HyperCompetentSidekick did most of the work]] and got none of the credit. Neither Sgt. Flint nor Rosemary ever suspected that Penry led a double life.

Benjamin "Scatman" Crothers (no, not ''that'' [[Music/ScatmanJohn Scatman]]) voiced the title character and performed the show's theme song. Later in the decade, Hong Kong Phooey joined Franchise/ScoobyDoo's team on ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''.
!!This series provides examples of:

* HundredPercentHeroismRating: Pretty much the only thing that keeps Phooey branded as a hero.
* TheAce: Spot, who is arguably the real hero of the show.
* AlliterativeName: '''P'''enrod '''P'''ooch.
%%* AlmightyJanitor: The title character himself.
%%* AnimalSuperheroes: Natch.
* CaninesPrimaryFelinesSecondary: Spot the cat is the sidekick of Hong Kong Phooey. All of the plot lines revolve around the dog and the cat plays a supporting role.
* CatchPhrase: Sgt. Flint's "Ooh, ooh!"
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: When Phil the Farmer disguises himself as Hong Kong Phooey to claim the rewards offered to the real one, the viewers can always tell who's who because the real one wears a red kimono and the false one wears a black one.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Nine issues by Charlton. Whatever wasn't simple model sheet poses were simply poorly drawn. Phooey also made appearances in Marvel's take on ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics''.
* ConfrontingYourImposter: [[MasterOfDisguise Doctor Disguise]] impersonates several people while trying to escape from Hong Kong Phooey. Phooey is confused when Disguise impersonates Penrod Pooch because he ''is'' Penrod Pooch. Phooey decides to let the villain become Penrod while he becomes Hong Kong Phooey full time but [[HyperCompetentSidekick Spot]] uses the villain's device to revert him to his real form with prison clothes instead of the regular outfit he's seen wearing while not disguised. Phooey just thinks the villain decided to surrender once hearing his name.
%%* CoolButInefficient: That would be Phooey.
%%* CoolCar: The [[{{Thememobile}} Phooeymobile]].
%%* DogsAreDumb
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Poor Spot. You can't help feeling bad for him because he saves the day and his master just reads stupid Chinese sayings.
* EpicFail: A number of Penry's screw-ups in his janitor job qualify. One time he got some important papers wet and when he tried to dry them with a hair dryer, the letters blew off.
* FacePalm: Spot notably does this quite a bit, even during the DoItYourselfThemeTune, mostly when Hong Kong Phooey does something stupid.
* FakeUltimateHero: As mentioned, Spot always does the work, and Hong Kong Phooey takes all of the credit. It shows just how brainless he really is. He's not doing this maliciously, mind you; he actually believes he won all on his own and never notices Spot's help. Moreover, ''neither does anyone else watching the fight, including the criminals he defeats.'' Luckily, Spot doesn't seem to mind much that Phooey gets all the credit, which makes sense, given his established reputation as the city's "hero" and that he wouldn't want to ruin that (even though he obviously isn't too thrilled about it).
%%* FilmFelons: On one episode.
* TheFool: Hong Kong Phooey; his crazed attacks always get him in danger, during the time of which Spot effectively thwarts the BigBad of the episode, which Hong Kong Phooey never notices, and when the enemy has his bum handed to him on a silver platter he replies with something like, "I moved so fast, I didn't even see myself catch him!"
* FunnyBruceLeeNoises: At least once an episode, during one of Hong Kong's inevitably failing attacks.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** An example from "Storm Watch": "Hello, Hello! Police Headquarters! This is Rosemary, the lovely lassie with the classy chassis!"
** Also, from another episode, "Hello, hello! Police Headquarters! This is Rosemary, if you want a date, I'm off at 8:00. ({{beat}}) Hong Kong Phooey! For you, I'd get off at 7:30!"
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: The "Hong Kong Book of Kung Fu", covers a lot more than just martial arts.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Hong Kong's kung fu costume includes an orange gi jacket, a gold belt and a mask over his eyes.
** His alter ego, Penry, sports a long-sleeved shirt and red cap.
* HeroInsurance: Hong Kong Phooey is worshipped by so many that the citizens who suffer damage from his actions are actually ''flattered'' by this.
* HeroicDog: Well, if you can really call Penry a hero, that is. Spot definitely qualifies.
* HypercompetentSidekick: Spot in one of the most exaggerated examples of such. Phooey's incompetence just exaggerates the trope further.
* InterspeciesRomance: Rosemary made it pretty clear she was interested in Phooey. Of course, this being a kids' cartoon, nothing really came out of that.
* TheKlutz: The protagonist, both in and out of his costume.
* LatexPerfection: One episode features a character pretending to be Hong Kong Phooey to claim the rewards the real one refuses. The viewers can't realize he's not even a real anthropomorphic dog before he takes off his mask onscreen.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Rosemary is less interested in Penry than in his heroic persona.
* NonIndicativeName: Spot has striped fur; no spots at all.
* PaperThinDisguise: Penry/Hong Kong Phooey appears to be the only anthropomorphic dog [or anthropomorphic animal in general] in the town where the show takes place, but this doesn't arouse any suspicion from anyone who knows both.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The double-length last episode functioned as a pilot for several TV shows; only one, ''Posse Impossible'', took off, as a segment of ''CB Bears''.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: One episode features a criminal who can become invisible and uses this power to steal a set of rare rings. The last two rings belong to people who live in Genova and Rosemary believes the first owner whose ring the thief will steal is the opera singer because even criminals follow the "ladies first" policy. The singer's ring is indeed the first of the last two the criminal steals but that's because [[spoiler:the other ring already belongs to the criminal]].
* SexySecretary: Rosemary that has an ''incredibly'' [[{{Fanservice}} short uniform]]. Surprising, given that the AnimationAgeGhetto was taking television by force at the time.
%%* SexySpectacles: Rosemary wears them.
* ShesGotLegs: Rosemary was intentionally designed this way.
* ShoutOut: Penry is described as [[Franchise/{{Superman}} "mild-mannered"]].
%%* SidekickExMachina: Too many times to count.
* TheSpeechless: Spot prefers to let his actions do the talking.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: The final episode has Hong Kong Phooey in jail after being framed while the PoorlyDisguisedPilot heroes save the day.
* SuperHero: Again, Hong Kong Phooey isn't exactly super. Granted, he tries, but either he doesn't try hard enough, or he tries a bit too hard.
%%* TalkingAnimal: Only Phooey himself.
* TickertapeParade: The opening sequence starts with a ticker tape parade for the title character.
* ToTheBatpole: In this case, a filing cabinet whose drawers have a distressing habit of getting stuck, requiring a quick bit of PercussiveMaintenance from Spot.
** That's right--the "hero" can't even ''change into his costume'' without help.
*** In one episode, the help was from a termite, who gnawed a tunnel and led Penry out of it, becoming HKP upon exit.
*** In another, the help was him bouncing the cabinet into a wall in an attempt to escape (after Spot was cat-napped).
*** In another, he got out without help by using the middle drawer. (The cabinet has three drawers: Penrod usually enters through the bottom one and HKP leaves through the top one) Then he somehow fell into it and Spot had to help him as usual.
*** He also got out without help when he crawled his way out under a carpet on which the cabinet was placed.
* TheUnchosenOne: "The great" Hong Kong Phooey (unbeknownst to the entire world).