"I mean, have you ever seen anyone not laugh at a chicken? Chicken laugh! Chicken laugh! It's obligatory."Chickens — small flight-inhibited birds with a tendency to break out in screeching panics over the smallest things — are inherently funny, like penguins and monkeys, maybe because they're being Comically Serious. Unlike penguins and monkeys, they're also regularly eaten (they taste like chicken). And that's pretty much it. This isn't really a family of tropes that has a whole heck of a lot of logic behind them. Some useful notes on chickens. The domesticated chicken is known scientifically as Gallus gallus domesticus. They were most likely domesticated in India and Southeast Asia 8000 years ago, bred from the Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) found in the region's rainforests, probably with some Grey Junglefowl hybridization tossed in. The domesticated chicken passed from India to the whole Old World, reaching China in prehistoric times, the Middle East by 2000 BCE, Africa by 1400 BCE, and Europe by 1000 BCE. They are the most common bird on the planet, some 24 billion strong — in other words, they outnumber human beings more than three to one. Also, the Romans practiced augury: reading the future from the acts of birds. Chickens were the most common; the state had official flocks of fortune-telling chickens, as did each ship and legion. "Chicken" is also slang for Dirty Coward, possibly due to their tendency to run away squawking from any sign of danger (and they're surprisingly fast runners). Imitating a chicken's "bawk, bawk, bawk," is thus a classic way to tease someone for being scared, which may lead to the retort "Nobody Calls Me "Chicken"!" Alternatively, someone might play a Game of Chicken to see who's the first to chicken out. Then of course there's the venerable Chicken Joke that raises the conundrum of why she decided to cross the road. Interestingly, it's believed that the joke was originally an example of Anti-Humor, beginning with what appears to be a standard setup for a comical punchline, but instead offering the mundane factual answer "To get to the other side." The effect is somewhat diluted since we've all heard it a million times, but tons of variations on the premise exist. This is an overlap with this trope since the reference to the chicken is funny in itself. Recently, palaeontologists extracted fragmentary DNA from preserved T. rex collagen. The surprising result? T. rex shared more than ninety percent of its DNA with the common farm fowl. Repeat: THE CLOSEST LIVING RELATIVE OF THE TYRANNOSAURUS REX IS THE CHICKEN.note Chickens deserve more respect due to this. Not to be confused with What's a Henway? See also Tastes Like Chicken.
— Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, Phineas and Ferb
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Anime & Manga
- Ayanoi Gakuen in GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class apparently has chickens in their courtyard worth tens of millions of yen each and everyone calls them the very respectful name of "oniwatori-sama," or Lord Chickens.
- In the dark fantasy manga D Grayman, Jasdevi's hunt for General Cross ends at one point with the General leaving his hat (and a bill for $20,000) on a chicken for them to find. They don't take it well.
- Generally averted in Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger; Tart the Chicken is one of the most mature and competent members of the team. She was turned into a laughingstock once, but that was more sad than funny. Played straight, however, during moments where she accidentally gets hit in the face in her second form, forcing her beak to show up again out of nowhere.
- Slayers features a chicken demon who first appears to be ridiculous, fat rooster, then transforms into a scary giant-chicken-thingy.
- Kasugano-sensei from Sketchbook has a pet chicken, which she endearingly calls "P-chan". She also takes that bird everywhere—including to school.
- One episode of Lost Universe involves the cast taking a flight that is hijacked by religious fanatics in chicken suits. They were apparently trying to force a dignitary in first class to publicly state that chickens were more inherently holy than cows (Don't ask).
- Averted with Chicken George of Fourteen, (At least in intention) who is a horrifying abortion of science, a featherless Toothy Bird, and a Mad Scientist in his own right as well.
- The Magic: The Gathering joke set Unglued had a chicken subtheme, with cards such as Poultrygeist, Free-Range Chicken, and, of course, Chicken Ã la King. There's also an aura called Fowl Play, that turns creatures into chickens.
- In the "Transfer of Power" arc of The Authority after a year of hell at the hands of the G7 nations and some of the richest people in the world, as well as having "The Twenty Billion Dollar Bastard" Seth beating everyone on the team, including virtually killing the Midnighter (only a combination of the Doctor's magics and Engineer's surgical skills saved him), Swift (a nominal pacifist) has the Doctor turn Seth into a coop of chickens and dumps them on the doorstep of his own inbred rapist hillbilly family. His future was short.
- Filipino comic book artist Gerry Alanguilan (who inked Superman: Birthright) has a self-published work called Elmer, about what happens when chickens achieve sentience and fight for their rights.
- Chickens are Serious Business in the world of Chew, because of their tasty-but-illegal-due-to-bird-flu-meat. That or their superior cock-fighting skills in the case of Poyo!
- Gyro Gearloose from the Disney Ducks Comic Universe and DuckTales. He's a fairly competent inventor, but still provides plenty of funny moments.
- Gary Larson's The Far Side comics sometimes involved chickens, usually portraying them as farm animals with an attitude. One collection, titled The Chickens Are Restless, has a cover of a chicken mob wielding Torches and Pitchforks and throwing eggs at a cow.
- A chicken is how Popeye comes to be. In a Thimble Theater arc, Castor Oyl comes upon a breed of poultry called a Whffle Hen, which, on top of being unkillable (something he learns over the course of several strips), can also bring good luck to those who rub its three hairs. Deciding to get rich by taking advantage of this, Castor decides to sail to Dice Island, location of a deluxe casino. After buying a boat, he hires a crew of one...
Castor: Hey, you there! Are you a sailor?
Popeye: Ja think I'm a cowboy?!
- One of the recurring characters in the comic Pluggers is a hen named Henrietta Beak.
- The almighty Clucky from Naruto: The Abridged Series. It's Naruto's ultimate weapon after all.
Films — Animation
- Chicken Joe from Surf's Up is clearly there just for the humor. Doubles as The Stoner.
- The movie Chicken Run. Pretty much The Great Escape with chickens!
- As a twofer, the penguin in the Wallace & Gromit short The Wrong Trousers disguises himself as a chicken by wearing a rubber glove on his head.
- "Baby" Brent's rebirth as Chicken Brent in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
- Both Lady Kluck and Alan-A-Dale from Robin Hood.
- One of the animals Mad Madam Mim turns into during the Wizard Duel from The Sword in the Stone is a red chicken. It Makes Sense in Context because Merlin had just escaped an attack by turning into a caterpillar.
- At the very beginning of Mulan, the title heroine ties a bag of chicken feed to her dog Little Brother to feed the chickens. Little Brother then leads the chickens all around the Fa Family residence and into the Ancestors' shrine.
- Don Bluth's Rocka Doodle.
- Toy Story 2 has main antagonist Al dressing up in a chicken suit for commercials. The Living Toys find him creepy.
- Kung Fu Panda 3 has Master Chicken.
- Panchito Pistoles from The Three Caballeros is a Mexican cowboy rooster.
- In Rio, about all animals, especially birds, are intelligent and able to communicate with each others... except for chickens, who are portrayed as google-eyed and stupid.
- Moana has Heihei, the idiot rooster who accidentally ends up tagging along on Moana's journey.
Films — Live-Action
- In Hot Shots! Part Deux, Topper Harley runs out of arrows for his bow and decides to use a chicken instead. It turns out to be more effective than an arrow.
- In Sleeper, Woody Allen's character encountered a giant chicken.
- Several chickens can be seen running around the background of Labyrinth. They've become a meme within the fan community, spawning chicken-centric fics, art, and more. All hail Rosalinda, dread chicken of destiny. Viva la revolution!
- Probably the reason the chicken that is chased in City of God (leading to a confrontation between drug dealers) got in the poster.
- Stroszek. Just... Stroszek.
"We have a 10-80 out here, a truck on fire, we have a man on the lift, we are unable to find the switch to turn the lift off, we can't stop the dancing chickens."
- Borat carried a chicken with him (in a suitcase) for a large portion of the film.
- In OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, Agent 117 goes undercover as the owner of a poultry business. At some point he fights a bad guy by hurling chickens at each other. They also start panicking whenever the lights turn on, leading to a scene where 117 does it over and over.
- At the beginning of U.S. Marshals, we see Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard staking out the suspected residence of a fugitive disguised as a the mascot of a chicken-based food chain giving away free samples. Making Tommy Lee Jones possibly the only person in film history capable of looking badass in a chicken suit. Ironically, originally the scene was supposed to have Gerard disguised as a priest.
- Juli, the lead female character in Flipped, oversees the birth of five baby chickens for a science project and raises them on her own after they hatch. The chickens end up playing a role in one of the film's subplots.
- An epic case of Getting Crap Past the Radar in the The Muppets when Camilla and her fellow hens cluck out Cee Lo Green's "F**k You". Although, you can tell from the amount of syllables, that they were actually clucking the censored version of that song "Forget You". Still, that's one heck of a Stealth Pun: "Cluck You".
- Princess Diaries 2: "Do you have a chicken for my table?"
- One of Jack Sparrow's multiple hallucination-clones in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End wanders around the deck clucking, flapping, and laying eggs. There's also the part from Curse of the Black Pearl when Will regains consciousness in the street surrounded by chickens.
- In the novel The Last Continent, a carnivorous dinosaur spontaneously "evolves" into a chicken, in an effort to make itself useful enough for the Unseen University faculty not to blast it with fireballs. They end up roasting and eating it instead of just roasting it.
- Moving Pictures in its parodies of movie tropes included a wheelchair crashing into a barn and emerging surrounded by clucking chickens... much to the farmers' surprise, since the last time they looked it was full of cabbages.
- In Wintersmith, a mishap with a cornucopia leads to Nanny Ogg's house being filled with hundreds of live chickens. Werk... Not a bad thing, as Rincewind in The Science Of Discworld II has accurately observed that the chicken is Lancre's standard unit of currency.
- Methodia Rascal, the Mad Artist appearing in flashbacks in Thud!! thought he was being stalked by a giant chicken. And that he was the giant chicken himself. He was found dead, mouth full of chicken feathers, with the paint of his greatest work, "Battle Of Koom Valley" still wet (he also thought he could hear the sounds of that battle). It turns out the Ancient Dwarfish word to activate indestructible recorder cubes sounds a lot like "Awk!".
- Quetzovercoatl, the Feathered Boa, is, or rather was, a demon worshiped by the Tezumen, described by Rincewind as half man, half chicken, half jaguar, half serpent, half scorpion and half mad (for a total of three homicidal maniacs).
- Reaper Man has an unforgettable dyslexic rooster.
- In Snuff, there's a parody of the Stock Phrase "Don't hurt me, I'm a simple..." from a character who claims to be a "complicated chicken farmer". It eventually transpires that it's the chickens that are complicated, not the farmer. They lay square eggs.
- In Jingo, Lord Vetinari performs a spontaneous comedy juggling act to convince the Klatchian guards that he, Colon and Nobby are traveling performers. His routine includes making a baby chick appear under Colon's hat.
- Averted in Witches Abroad, where Legba actually gives Greebo pause, despite being an ordinary black cockerel (with two-inch spurs). Greebo, who's fought wolves and makes local alligators go away by staring at them.
- Harry Potter:
- The Weasleys create fake wands that turn into other objects when you try to use them. Among the alternatives: rubber chickens.
- The Weasleys have chickens in their garden. It's a pretty funny coexistence with their gnomes.
- In the grim darkness of A Song of Ice and Fire, there is not only war. They can appreciate a good joke, such as those told by trained Fools. One of them is named Butterbumps, an enormously fat man who tends to wear a chicken suit.
- The Chicken That Was Not A Chicken in the Sword of Truth series. Supposed to be scary, ended up as Nightmare Retardant. "This was no chicken... This was evil manifest!" Worst ultimate incarnation of evil ever. It's more an example of failure to get across the unnerving nature of a humble domestic animal behaving strangely. People who have never dealt with animals, especially farm animals, have no idea how nightmarishly creepy it can be. And city folk especially tend to overrate their own competence in a situation like that. People who have never experienced the rural lifestyle get scared absolutely spitless by cows, sheep, squirrels. Plus, it's easy to laugh at the protagonist being scared by a chicken, till you consider that, comedy tropes about flightless fowl to the contrary, it was still a large, angry bird with sharp claws, a beak, and that was possessed by a demon a few feet from her face. The problem was that Goodkind presents it as a rational fear, while from a rational point of view, it's a chicken.
- A chicken plays an important role in Gordon Korman's The Chicken Doesn't Skate.
- Three guesses what the main characters become in Chicken Chicken.
- In The Golden Compass, there's a brief reference to a maid running out of a house (that's just been attacked by a polar bear looking for his armor) with her chicken daemon squawking alongside her.
- In the first Hank the Cowdog book, chickens are described as being so dumb that they only have six words in their own language, three of which are just different cries for help. J.T. Cluck, the head rooster, is shown speaking fluently on other occasions, so he may be smarter than your average hen. Of course, it's Hank describing the Chickens, an Unreliable Narrator who affects a jaundiced viewpoint.
- In Ozma of Oz, Dorothy is accompanied by a talking yellow hen called Billina.
- In John Moore's Bad Prince Charlie, one running gag is a discussion of how a wizard tried to banish all the snakes from the kingdom, but botched the spell and banished all the chickens instead (And since he never figured out why the spell went wrong, he couldn't reverse it). As a result, it is impossible to get any kind of food that involves chicken or eggs, except on an annual festival where they import the meat and eggs from a neighboring country.
- In one chapter of I'll Mature When I'm Dead, Dave Barry tells that when he and his friend Gene Weingarten felt they wanted to write a movie, they wanted to write something really original, and so came up with the concept of evil mutant superhuman chickens wreaking havoc on Iowa during the caucuses. One of the notes they wrote down was "METHANE—chickenshit raining down on Wolf Blitzer in Des Moines," though Dave Barry couldn't recall why; "maybe we were just responding to the universal human longing to see Wolf Blitzer inundated by chickenshit." Eventually they realized that their movie would actually be better without chickens, so they wrote them out.
- Jimpy the cock from Escape From Warsaw.
- Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost: When the Otis family tricks and out-wits the Ghost, he swears a terrible oath that shall start his revenge when a rooster crows twice: "When Chanticleer had sounded twice his merry horn, deeds of blood would be wrought, and murder walk abroad with silent feet." One crow comes immediately, but the cock, for some strange reason, did not make a sound again. The Ghost later found that on every other occasion when this oath had been used, a rooster had always crowed a second time. The Ghost's response? "Perdition seize the naughty fowl!"
- Our Miss Brooks: In "The Egg", Walter Denton brings a hen to school.
- When the characters meddle with a DNA-altering machine in Red Dwarf, they briefly turn Lister into a chicken.
Cat: What was it like, being a hamster?
Lister: Better than being a chicken. You've seen an egg. You've seen the size of a chicken's bum. I was trying to say, in chicken, "For god's sakes give me an epidural!"
- The iCarly episode "iHatch Chicks"; and in "iPsycho" and its sequel "iStill Psycho" the antagonist Nora had a pet chicken named Maurice.
- Mork & Mindy: Orkans are implied to have evolved from some sort of space chicken. This explains the constant egg motif, but not the fact that they sit on their face, or drink with their fingers, or anything else about them.
- My Name Is Earl: Earl Hickey inadvertently develops a bad and costly gambling habit trying to "man up" his gay pal Kenny, that he ends up in a dirty back room spending his last dollar on chicken bingo — which apparently involves putting a live chicken on a giant gameboard and betting on which number the bird will take a dook on.
- In Monty Python's Flying Circus season 1, Terry Gilliam's Knight would march into scenes and hit someone with the (real, deceased) chicken he carries, generally when they couldn't think of another way to end a sketch. He was also shown slinging it over his shoulder when told he wouldn't be necessary for an episode.
- As a child, Sayid stepped in and killed a chicken when his brother Omar couldn't bring himself to do it, thus starting a lifelong pattern (and an unhealthy co-dependent relationship).
- There's also the chicken raised by the Others in the island. An Easter Egg (heh) in the Season 2 DVD shows the tail section survivors struggling to capture a hen, and it's fairly hilarious.
- Doctor Who:
- The Made-for-TV Movie has a truck full of chickens in the traffic jam scene.
- The principle of Scaroth's time altering machine makes use of a chicken regressing into an egg and back again, making light of the "chicken or the egg" question.
- The Eleventh Doctor, while in Venice apparently makes note that he owes Casanova a chicken.
- "Blink": It's not pretty when they blow.
- Mongrels has a song and dance routine explaining why everything isn't better with chickens
- Hee Haw:
- Often if someone would tell an especially lame joke, someone else on the cast (or offstage) would hit them with a rubber chicken.
- There was also a regular animated segment on the show, with a chicken mistaking anything and everything for an egg. The chicken would sit on items, such as a ringside bell, a man's bald head, a billiard ball, a football, a golf ball, and even a bomb, with various disastrous results.
- The DVD commentary for the Firefly episode "Serenity" features Joss Whedon and Nathan Fillion going into an entertainingly irrelevant digression about the chickens pecking around the marketplace on Persephone.
- Merlin's (technically Arthur's) "It's destiny, my love. Destiny and chicken, what a lovely combination."
- At the end of The Aquabats! Super Show! episode "Mysterious Egg!", Jimmy the Robot entrusts Jimmy Jr. to a random chicken he found on a nearby farm.
- Horatio Hornblower, "The Frogs and the Lobsters":
- When a French royalist soldier aboard the Indefatigable tries to take an officers' chicken and cook it for himself, our lower-deck seamen get violently protective. Oldroyd offers his most sincere advice in English tinged with French accent: "No steal-ie, savvy! You steal-ie, get chop! plenty!! damn!! vite!!!" Horatio settles the issue, and Styles then inconspicuously attempts to take the chicken for themselves, and Horatio must reprimand him. Cuts from this scene appear in Fan Vids and Styles' love for chickens gets mentioned in Fan Fic.
- Marquis Moncoutant is a French Royalist, attempting to restore the monarchy in France. When he returns to his château, he's horrified to find out that peasants have been living there, using his paintings as fuel and raising their animals in his rooms. When a frightened chicken, poor thing, runs through the room, jumps on the table and clucks aloud, he does not find it funny. Some viewers do.
- Friends: Chandler and Joey kept a chick and a duck as their pets for some time. They got the chick when s/he was a cute yellow ball of fluff, but the little Yasmine grew up into a nice and loud rooster. Hilarity Ensued, many times. One guy who dated Rachel had a serious bird phobia, though, and he did not find them cute, funny or mildly disgusting. He was genuinely scared of them.
- House: One episode features Drs. House and Wilson's bet that whoever manages to keep a chicken in the hospital longer without getting caught wins. It is a thing to behold: chickens in the office of the head of oncology department. Check this video.
- Chickens appeared frequently on The Muppet Show either as assistants to Gonzo or as part of the Swedish Chef's recipes. Gonzo would frequently hit on them.
- British documentary series The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door had an episode that showed that everything is not always better with chickens. A man moved into a house with hundreds of chickens and was given an Anti-Social Behaviour Order due to the noise from constantly clucking chickens. It got so bad that animal-welfare agencies considered the birds mistreated and had to take them all away! But... the sheer amount of them meant that it took weeks to get every single chicken.
- There was actually a chicken-themed Monster of the Week on Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. (No, seriously, take a look.)
- Get Smart - KAOS, making Max look mentally unstable to undermine his credibility as a court witness, alerts him to a (fake) assassination plot at an official function costume party, resulting in him crashing a formal dinner party in a chicken suit.
- On MythBusters, the gang once fired a chicken out of an air cannon to test whether a bird strike could bring down an airplane. They successfully punched through the plane's windshield only to later learn upon RTFM'ing that the windshield they'd bought wasn't rated as bird-resistant to begin with. They did discover an amusing way to de-bone an oven-stuffer, though. That said, they did eventually confirm the point of the experiment; it makes a difference if the birds are frozen first before firing.
- Saturday Night Live: The sketch "Spaceship" features a super-intelligent chicken being the captain of a spaceship, which causes some friction with the human crew. And Chris Hemsworth has been dating her since the Academy.
- Just once, there was a live chicken on board the USS Enterprise-D. In this case, brought on board by a bunch of Irish throwback colonists who were being evacuated from an unstable star. Ridiculous enough for you yet? They were just getting started.
- A recurring gag on Svengoolie has the Horror Host pelted with rubber chickens whenever he makes a particularly bad pun. He also sometimes has a wisecracking rubber chicken puppet named "Kerwyn" as a sidekick who helps him read viewer mail.
- "Chicken Reel". In fact, it is a Standard Snippet whenever chickens appear in old cartoons.
- The solo guitarist Buckethead has named many song related to chickens, such as "Chicken for Lunch", "Chicken" and "I can only carry 50 chickens at a time". He also wears a KFC bucket on his head.
- Many a child of the 90's could tell you about that era's favorite embarrassing dance, the Chicken Dance.
- Ray Stevens has done plenty of chicken songs, including "Teenage Mutant Kung Fu Chickens" and renditions of "Also sprach Zarathustra" and "In the Mood" entirely in chicken clucks.
- Hasil Adkins has an album called "Poultry In Motion".
- Celtic Folk Rock band Emerald Rose has "The Chicken Raid of Cymru", a very bizarre and funny song in the style of ZZ Top, about a Celtic livestock raid that decided to go after chickens instead of the traditional cattle or sheep.
- In the Jimi Hendrix instrumental "Third Stone From The Sun", an alien fleet arrives at Earth to search for intelligent life and somehow conclude that the only creature that qualifies is the chicken. At the end, they make off with all off the chickens before blowing up the planet.
- Chinese pop star Wang Rong Rollin's song Chick Chick is all about chickens, accompanied by an equally bizarre music video .
- A staple of "comedy" is the rubber chicken.
- As in the CSI episode "Two and A Half Dead", where one is found stuffed inside a corpse and the assistant coroner wants Grissom to use "I suspect fowl play" or "This is poultry evidence" as a Quip to Black. He goes for "Dying is easy. Comedy is hard".
- Garfield also once had a rubber chicken who he eventually named Stretch.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, "Boneless" is the Companion Cube of party pony Cheese Sandwich. One Medium-Shift Gag even shows Boneless as a live-action rubber chicken.
- Having volunteers cluck like a chicken during stage-hypnosis acts is practically a Truth in Television trope of its own.
- Luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz came up with a brilliant idea to advertise their new suspension system for their S-Class line: jiggle some chickens around, because one of the quirks about the birds is while their bodies can move in all sorts of directions, their head stays in the same position.
- Their competitor, Jaguar, topped them with an replica of the commercial ending with their titular mascot eating one of them.
- In Medieval Madness, a chicken is one of the items you can catapult at the castle.
- While training to face "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Shane McMahon urged his father Vince McMahon to chase a chicken around a pen. Exactly what this was supposed to accomplish, neither seemed to know, but it resulted in wrestling fans everywhere getting to watch the 50-year-old CEO of the company hunched over, running through snow and mud after an uncooperative chicken. An obvious shout-out to the Rocky series, where Mickey makes Rocky chase a chicken to become more agile.
- Chicken Neck!
- ECW's "The Angry Amish Warrior" Roadkill's Catch-Phrase, said at the end of every promo with his Tag Team partner "Dastardly" Danny Doring, was "CHICKENS!"note
- As part of The Blue Meanie's parody of Scott Hall during the BWO's debut at the start of ECW November to Remember 96, he had a chicken bone in his mouth taking the place of Hall/Razor Ramon's toothpick.
- There's lots of chickens in The Muppet Show:
- The Great Gonzo (who may himself be some sort of bird, although probably not a chicken) is in love with Camilla the Chicken, and has chased other chickens romantically (namely out of confusion). Don't think about it too hard.
- While Gonzo is a Whatever (or an alien, if you take Muppets from Space as canon), his interest in chickens actually comes from an improvised joke. Originally they were trying to use dancing chickens, but none of the so-called "trained chickens" could dance, so it just showed Gonzo auditioning them. The line that established his chicken fetish was "Nice legs, though."
Statler: How come chickens are so big on this show?
Waldorf: Well, chickens thrive on corn!
- This trope is taken to its natural extreme when, during one episode, EVERYBODY turns into a chicken, so that all the skits and acts have to be done as chickens. Well, Jim Henson thought chickens were the funniest animals in the world, so naturally, an episode devoted to chickens makes sense.
- In The Muppet Christmas Carol, Fozziwig (the movie's version of Fezziwig, Scrooge's old boss) runs a rubber chicken factory.
- The Funday Pawpet Show: BAWK!
- Chica the chicken, a kazoo-voiced puppet who interacts with human hosts in the live "Sunny Side Up Show" block, is the mascot of PBS Kids Sprout and has toplined her own series, The Chica Show, since 2012. In that show, the supporting cast includes her parents, who can speak English but are also large hams (or chickens as the case may be).
- Dungeons & Dragons has a commoner-only flaw: "chicken infested". A character with this flaw must roll whenever he reaches for something, and on a failure, pulls out a chicken. It is possibly the silliest rule in D&D, which has not stopped optimizers from doing terrifying things with this unlimited conjuration power. From Dragon Magazine #330, page 87.
- Post-apocalyptic TTRPG After The Bomb (which originated as, if you'll believe it, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TTRPG) uses the chicken-dinosaur connection in the backstory to explain the monstrous enemy allosaurs roaming the countryside: they were the... unexpected results... of an experiment in bioengineering a better chicken.
- There was a rather excellent modification that gave you a chicken launcher (complete with feathers, clucks and screams). Nothing quite like rounding a corner and eating a high-velocity chicken.
- There was also a somewhat less excellent, but still very funny, mod for the original Doom that turned the rocket launcher into a chook launcher.
- Space Quest III featured an arcade minigame called "Astro Chicken," the purpose of which was to land a chicken on a trampoline. The soundtrack was the aforementioned "Chicken Reel." The sequel game, "Ms. Astro Chicken," appeared in Space Quest IV.
- Live chickens form the base of your dungeon's food chain in Dungeon Keeper. You can also just swat or possess them for fun, though there's generally not much point to it.
- The Platform Game Flood featured an awesomely destructive flamethrower, but after drawing it a few times, your character Quiffy would pull out a rubber chicken instead, which clucked loudly to Quiffy's shock. (Then you pull out the flamethrower again.)
- The ultimate Random Encounter is the Evil Chicken. It plays its role well.
- It gets better than that! One quest has you infiltrate the chickens lair to which you are greeted by Black Dragons some of the most feared creatures in the game.
- There was also a chicken sword given out for an event at some point.
- Typing "idkfa" as a cheat code in Heretic, instead of giving all weapons, full ammo, and max armor, turns the player into a chicken. There also exists an item called the Morph Ovum that does this to all monsters but the bosses.
- The MMORPG Warhammer Online solves the problem of ganking in an innovative way: if a player tries to enter a PvP zone that he or she is too high a level for, a powerful debuff hits them that, among other things, turns them into a chicken.
- The South Park video game:
- It allows you to use a chicken as a sniper rifle. (It fires eggs with deadly accuracy.)
- For some reason, a bunch of turkeys were led by one murderous cock.
- The cross-platform computer game Tribal Trouble pits Vikings against natives, with three tiers of raw material for building increasingly powerful weapons: wood, iron, and... chickens.
- In Final Fantasy Tactics, if your persistent Brave stat (measured on a scale of 0-100) drops too low during a battle, you literally chicken out and become a fowl. The AI takes over your character and makes him or her run to a corner of the battlefield to escape the conflict, and about 1/4 of all changes to Brave remain after the battle. (Click here for an explanation of the mechanics.) There is a spell, "Chicken," designed to make someone's Brave score plummet. It's on your side, and it's awesome.
- The otherwise-forgotten Fighting Game Mace: The Dark Age gave us the fire-breathing chicken Pojo. In his ending, he acquires the titular artifact, grows gigantic, and is said to inspire the legends of dragons. In Gauntlet Legends and its Updated Re-release Dark Legacy, grabbing an Egg power-up briefly turns you into Pojo.
- Entering "EGG" as your initials in Gauntlet Legends makes you Pojo for the entire duration of the game.
- The Final Fantasy franchise gives us Chocobos, giant adorable (mostly) flightless birds used as mounts.
- World of Warcraft has a few chicken-related things:
- There is an easter egg to acquire a chicken pet. It involves the /chicken taunt.
- Engineers can make a Gnomish Battle Chicken. It usually hits for pitiful amounts of damage but occasionally enrages. It may also buff its owner with extra attack power. A non-combat version is also available from a series of quests
- Engineers can also build a Gnomish Poultryfier, which will temporarily turn the target into a chicken, making it unable to attack. It has a chance to malfunction and turn the user into a chicken or turn the target into a giant chicken, increasing it's attack power.
- A warlock quest chain involves a gnome trying to summon a mighty demon... but the result is a giant chicken aptly named El Pollo Grande.
- The Legend of Zelda. Cucco blitz: Best. Video game death. Ever.
- Not to mention the trading quests and minigames involving cuccos, and the fact that you can use them as gliders.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, you turn into a Cucco instead. Also insanely awesome.
- In the manga based on Oracle of Seasons, Link has a pet Cucco chick named Piyoko.
- Hyrule Warriors has cuccos spawn on some maps as friends, neutrals, or enemies depending on the mission. Lana can summon them with an alternate weapon.
- The Curse of Monkey Island: "Madre de Dios! Es el Pollo Diablo!"
- Not to mention the rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle from The Secret of Monkey Island.
- A Silliness Switch power of Age of Mythology is a rain of meteor chickens. That explode. Into purple slime.
- The campaign "Valley of the Mad" in Rise of Legends features Chicken Hallucinations - which are dwarfs in gas masks riding armored chickens and carrying spears. Giacomo, your mind is a dark and scary place...
- In Baldur's Gate, there's a shop that's overrun with deranged, violent chickens, and you can summon the swarm with a cheat code. (The code? "thegreatgonzo".)
- Further, in one area of the game you can come across a talking chicken, who claims to be a mage who tried out a new spell that went awry. If you bring him back to his master (as the mage is a mere apprentice), there's a chance he can be turned back via a spell called "antichickenator". The PC can be a Jerkass and make several unkind puns about the situation.
Protagonist: This bird is possessed! This chicken is FOWL!
- Also, if you click many times a chicken, its joke quote reads "Nobody here but us chickens."
- Further, in one area of the game you can come across a talking chicken, who claims to be a mage who tried out a new spell that went awry. If you bring him back to his master (as the mage is a mere apprentice), there's a chance he can be turned back via a spell called "antichickenator". The PC can be a Jerkass and make several unkind puns about the situation.
- The Morph-O-Ray in Ratchet & Clank (2002) game turned enemies into chickens. In Going Commando, someone apparently got the idea to turn all the resulting chickens into killer robots.
- In later games this evolved into phoenix ducks from hell.
- You know what would've improved Crysis a lot? If it had been more like this.
- The Fable series embraces this trope. In each game, there are plenty of chickens in rural areas that you can violently punt to relieve boredom/laugh at the pain of helpless animals. There are achievements for chicken-kicking, and there is one Demon Door that can be opened by kicking a chicken into it. Each game also has at least one sidequest involving chickens, and each game has some kind of wearable chicken suit. A chicken is also featured as the protagonist of Fable III's opening FMV.
- WANT ... MEAT!
- The Bard's Tale has chickens running around the first town, which can be killed for meat. If you kill too many, though, you get to fight a rather peeved boss chicken.
- Everything's better with... the Rowdy Roosters!
- The Torchic family of Pokémon. Although they are based on the badass blood-sport chickens from Thailand, rather than the silly aspects of chickens.
- Total Overdose has many, many chickens running around, which of course can be shot. The nice twist is ammo is rare so you have to balance blasting bad guys to destroying fowl.
- Everything is not better with General Tsao in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves, despite being a chicken. Instead he's an armored warlord who abducts women and kicked a puppy. Twice.
- There's a level in the first game where you have to kill a large number of chickens in a fixed time period in order to get one of the treasure keys to the third boss. The roosters carried explosives.
- In Redneck Rampage, first you would find dynamite, a standard grenade type weapon. Then, you find a crossbow, and tie the dynamite to its ammunition. Redneck Rocketlauncher, a la The Dukes of Hazzard. Then... you find a chicken. You tie the chicken to the arrow and jam a stick of dynamite into the then-obvious place. Guided Redneck Rocketlauncher.
- Darkstone has chickens in the player character's hometown, from which a Thief character has the option of stealing eggs. One of the dungeons includes a room populated by nothing but chickens which prove to be inexplicably hostile. Possibly a Shout-Out to The Legend Of Zelda and its deadly cuccos, but this is unconfirmed.
- If a roasted kind counts, then Tekken 3's Tekken Force heath powerup had to be mentioned.
- Foreign Legion: Buckets Of Blood has chickens hidden in each of the levels. Finding all the chickens in a single level nets you an achievement.
- Drakan: The Ancients' Gates had, as a semi-hidden mini-Bonus Boss, a ten-foot tall man-eating chicken with glowing red eyes. It was actually a bit nightmarish, as its cave was littered with blood and dead bodies, and it was perfectly possible to run into it in the beginning of the game without knowing about it.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has a map which includes, amongst other things, many caged chickens. Of course, there is an achievement you can get for killing a certain number of chickens in so many seconds.
- In the first Police Quest game, a prankster known as "The Gremlin" leaves a live chicken on Sgt. Dooley's desk while he's gone. It flaps around and shits all over the place. This does not make Dooley happy.
- Donkey Kong Country Returns has a boss called 'Feather Fiend', which is a chicken controlling some kind of giant mecha, which also happens to shoot enemy robot chickens. As you can see in this IGN video, the sheer concept looks absolutely hilarious.
- Some of the enemies found in Level 2 of Stinkoman 20X6 are robotic chickens known as Terrells (the ones that resemble bouncing, disembodied chicken heads), Grundies (the ones that run back and forth), and Stobats (the ones that spit bones at you). The level's boss is even a giant chicken robot called Brody, who actually tries to stomp Stinkoman with his feet!
- Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg.
- Mort the Chicken, a low-budget platformer released near the end of the PS1's lifespan (in America), was about a chicken who has to rescue the farm's chicks from evil cubes. Seriously.
- Gears of War 3:
- The multiplayer map "Old Town" has chickens wandering around aimlessly. You can shoot them, kick them, and even grenade tag them to make them explode in a puff of red mist.
- The single-player campaign has a chicken on the first level that, if you shoot it, will transform into a giant golden chicken that chases you around the level and breathes fire. If you manage to kill it, it explodes into confetti. Later, in Act IV, if you're playing on the highest difficulty there's storeroom containing a chicken wearing a pirate hat. This one skips the fire-breathing golden chicken phase and goes straight to confetti.
- Burn Rooster of Mega Man X 8 gives the term "fried chicken" a new meaning.
- A bug in early versions of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim caused chickens to report crimes if they happened to be in the area when it was committed. Though it's since been removed, amused players resolved to mod it back in once the game is released.
- Super Mario Galaxy featured chicken-like enemies found in various desert levels that threw bombs at the player instead of eggs.
- A Random Encounter in Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir had you run across a flock of chickens, one of which carried a note in its beak. Turns out it was an adventuring party that had been turned into chickens.
- Monday Night Combat introduced an arena specific boss: A big mechanical chicken named Chickey Cantor (a play on the announcer's name Mickey). While a pretty serious thing game wise, the whole presentation plays the Rule of Funny.
- In Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars and its sequel, Rhasta the Shadow Shaman has an ability which turns his target into a chicken. He can get pretty excited over it.
- The Bonus Dungeon in the original Dungeon Siege is filled with crazed chickens named after several of the developers and executives. The boss of them drops the Chicken Gun, a super-powered ranged weapon that fires chickens at your target. The expansion, Legends of Aranna, has in its bonus room the nature magic spell "Bubberjack's Orb of Poultry," which causes a chicken to fly around your head firing eggs at any enemies that are in range.
- In Minecraft, there's a very rare chance that a Chicken Jockey spawns in place of a zombie. It's pretty hilarious seeing a tiny zombie riding on a chicken.
- Guacamelee!: Chickens appear as a recurring visual theme, and as the butt of jokes as well.
- In the MMORPG Seal Online, there are creatures called Piyas that have many chicken motifs. As pets, they have a rare chance of evolving into King of All Chicken or Queen of All Chicken in their fifth stage.
- Diablo III's Witch Doctor has the Angry Chicken Hex which turns them into a chicken for two seconds before exploding for massive damage and it's not entirely useless.
- Alchademy: In contrast to most of the other alchemists, who look just a little creepy, Chicha is a plump, silly-looking chicken. She admits to the player that she sometimes tries to drink the cauldron's water when no one is looking.
- The Medieval Cop series first gave us Mel Vin, sworn protector of humanity against the evil chickens, then in the spin-off series it turned out that there is actually a chicken maffia planing to take over the world... To be fair it was also revealed in that game that the rabbits are trying to seize the means of production.
- Say what you will about Leeroy Jenkins, but at least he has chicken.
- 100 Ways to Die in Skyrim, Part 1 starts with the execution scene in Solitude, only the condemned has been modded out in favor of a rather confused-looking chicken. Also, somewhere around Way to Die #45 is "trampled by giant chicken".
- Romulus, the spoiled brat from Of Weasels And Chickens is a small yellow chick with an annoying voice. The hens in the henhouse also appear often as minor comic-relief characters.
- In the Cartoon Hooligans episode "What if Doctor Strange Ripped His Clothes", a reverse-evolution process is used to depict Doctor Strange shrinking Hulk's penis using Visual Puns, with each evolution stage having a chicken sound playing, going from a full-grown cock (Mega Blaziken) to a chick (Torchic).
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Digital Series: In "Fluttershy's Butterflies", the "Ask Applejack" ending has Applejack advise Fluttershy to imagine everyone in the audience as a chicken to help her get over her stage fright.
- Bad Days: At the end of Thanos's episode, he is turned into a chicken (still wearing his helmet) by Deadpool using the Infinity Gauntlet, and left to cluck powerlessly on an asteroid.
- DSBT InsaniT: Perry, Snake, and Duck get chased by a giant chicken in their game in 'VRcade'. Duck ends up using it as a Beast of Battle against their Darkness counterparts later on.
- Beyond the Canopy. The Chez Cluck-Off employs chicken chefs. Said chickens turn out to also be full partners in Greliz's confidence schemes. This leads to sight gags with chickens in aprons and chef hats, or ties and fedoras.
- In Emergency Exit, Eddie believes the chickens are evil and eventually fights a giant chicken.
- Girls Next Door has... well... RBCs (Random Black Chickens) running around. They are evil and actively plotting to take over the magical land of the resident fae, who developed chicken phobia because of them and really doesn't appreciate the humor the other cast members finding in it.
- Housepets! has a character called "what chicken" that always appears (and looks indignant) when a chicken-related joke is made.
- This Lightning Made of Owls strip renders two of the main characters as chickens.
- This Morning Improv comic by Scott McCloud mentions Chicken Pepsi.
- One The Parking Lot Is Full comic involves a linguist regretting her creation, a one-word language which had become universally accepted. The word? Well, it's in this trope, so guess.
- Savage Chickens, naturally.
- Venus Envy has a chicken teaching hard science.
- Chicken Maker runs on this.
- Chicken Chicken Chicken: Chicken Chicken. The paper is available for a more in-depth examination.
- Dragon Cave includes, amongst well, dragons, the occasional chicken egg at the front of the cave, which always grows into a hen. There are, similarly, chubby and cartoonish dinosaurs that are just as comically out of place. The source of both is unknown, but one wonders what fate has befallen the chickens' parents, living so close to a cave full of dragons and all...
- Every Topic In The Universe Except Chickens. Basically, Ryan North (author of Dinosaur Comics) thinks that the problem of vandalism on Wikipedia can be solved if all Wiki Vandals agree to focus their vandalism exclusively on the article about chickens. Because "Dudes already know about chickens."
- Techno Chicken
- Auto-Tune the News: Schmoyoho recently released the hilarious "Chicken Attack" featuring world-famous Japanese yodeler Takeo Ischi.
- World Domination in Retrospect: Where would Psycho Gecko be without his rubber chicken grenades? Pull their head off to arm them, but they'll attempt to cross the nearest road. Despite inventing them, Gecko is clueless as to why they cross roads.
- Le Donjon de Naheulbeuk has a song where the Ranger fights a chicken. It ends badly for him.
- Disturbingly averted in one user's dream in Nightmare Beings, which featured a mud-covered headless human body that walked around on its hands making clucking sounds.
- Cow and Chicken combines this trope with Everything's Better with Cows
- Ed from Ed, Edd n Eddy loves chickens more than anything else in the world (with the possible exception of buttered toast and gravy), and given that one of his neighbours is Funny Foreigner and suburban farmer Rolf, chickens appear in many episodes.
- Eddy, on the other hand, is terrified of them.
- Animaniacs has Chicken Boo, who wears a Paper-Thin Disguise to look like human guys, but there's always one character who sees through his disguise and tries to convince everyone "He's a chicken, I tell you! A giant Chicken!"
- Ernie The Giant Chicken from Family Guy.
- There is also a giant chicken on Dora the Explorer. Naturally, his name is Big Red Chicken.
- Garfield and Friends had some instances of people dressed in chicken suits.
- One episode had a bit analyzing the humor content of certain words. "Chicken" came up as "extremely funny."
- There's also Roy, a chicken who featured prominently in the US Acres segments. Booker was also a young chicken, as presumably was Sheldon (though he never fully hatches).
- The Real Ghostbusters had at least two episodes based on this trope: one where Egon becomes a "werechicken," and one where an eccentric man makes a magical wish that causes all the chickens in the world to disappear.
- Writer J. Michael Straczynski's bosses were very worried about him when he turned that one in....
- Dib from Invader Zim encountered "Chickenfoot". He's not a freak, he's just stupid.
- Zim once put a pair of chickens into a centrifuge and fired one into the sun, for no readily apparent reason.
- Robot Chicken of course. The intro features a Mad Scientist finding a dead chicken who failed to cross the road, turns it into a cyborg, and forces it to watch a bunch of random crap.
- There was also one skit which featured anthropomorphic chickens acting out a Law & Order episode. The humor comes from the fact that all dialogue is "buk buk bagok!" and the story can only be told through the title cards and context.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Arise, chicken!
- Foghorn Leghorn, the blowhard rooster from Looney Tunes (not to mention Miss Prissy, Egghead, and his other fowl adversaries).
- For completeness' sake, we should also add Fowlmouth from Tiny Toon Adventures.
- VeggieTales: "Dave and the Giant Pickle": Bob, giving the aesop, explains that "with God, all things are possible." Larry promptly asks if God can turn him into a chicken.
- Larry would later attempt to invoke the trope in "The Wonderful World of Autotainment" by randomly wearing a chicken hood by the basis that it was unexpected, thus making it automatically funny. It wouldn't have been funny if it was expected.
- There is a chicken hidden somewhere in every episode of Storm Hawks. A recurring one has a crush on Radarr.
- Samurai Jack got turned into a chicken in one episode.
- A minor recurring character on Futurama is "a simple Hyperchicken from a backwoods asteroid".
- In one episode of The Simpsons, Homer accuses a chicken of hustling him at checkers. Also, in one of the Halloween episodes, Homer becomes part-chicken. In yet another episode, Cletus faces the classic Fox-Chicken-Grain Puzzle.
- In "Homer's Barbershop Quartet", a chicken replaced Homer at the power plant.
- In an episode of King of the Hill, Peggy entered a Boggle tournament and performed miserably. Still, she did better than "Boggle-Playing Chicken."
- In the Jimmy Two-Shoes episode "Pop-Sicles", Beezy dresses up in a chicken suit and goes about annoying people to prove to his father, Lucius, that he could create misery too. Needless to say, Lucius was unimpressed. Beezy would be seen in the chicken suit in a few later episodes.
- Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: Scratch.
Robotnik: Hmm...perhaps I made you too chicken.
- An episode of SpongeBob SquarePants ended with a live action baby chick hatching out of an animated egg.
- South Park demonstrated that the most logical way to get someone else to read is to make love to chickens.
- Spot, the neurotic chicken who thinks she's a dog from 101 Dalmatians: The Series
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Chick Bantam from The Moo Family Holiday Hoedown.
- Nanny from Count Duckula.
- Lady Baden-Baden from The Raccoons.
- French series Avez-vous déjà vu... ? is a firm believer in this trope, judging by the amount of the episodes they dedicate to chickens. These include (but are not limited to): a chicken who wants to become an elephant, a chick visiting his grandma (a rotisserie chicken), an extremely rich chicken, a racechicken, a boy band of chicks.
- An episode of Atomic Puppet has Joey and AP fight a creation of Mintenberg called the werechicken, a mutant chicken that becomes a monster when exposed to moonlight.
- Camp Lakebottom: When a hulking were-chicken stalks the camp, McGee must lead the hunt to prove his innocence in "Curse of The Were-Chicken''.
- Chicken: The Poor Man's turkey.
- Werner Herzog has a crippling fear of chickens and includes them in several symbolic scenes in his movies.
- There is at least one scientific paper consisting entirely of the word chicken, "Chicken Chicken Chicken: Chicken Chicken" by University of Washington's Doug Zonker. (The paper also been presented at AAAS.) It emulates much of the structure of a real computer science paper (right down to citing sources, or in this case, appearing to), and at a distance might even be mistaken for one, but upon careful review, it does not advance any novel research, and the programming flowchart isn't particularly useful for software development (read: chicken chicken chicken, chicken chickens chicken).
- Sue Lowden made headlines by suggesting that, instead of progressive health care reform, America should revert to the good old days when people paid for health care by bartering with chickens, although it could be argued that this is in fact a subversion of the Trope.
- When Plato gave Socrates' definition of man as "featherless bipeds" and was much praised for the definition, Diogenes plucked a chicken and brought it into Plato's Academy, saying, "Behold! I've brought you a man." After this incident, "with broad flat nails" was added to Plato's definition.
- Mike the Headless Chicken.
- Cockfighting. A very brutal sport where two roosters fight to the death. Two enter a pit or arena where they precede to kick, scratch and peck each other. In communities where cockfighting is the preferred choice among Beastly Bloodsports, spurs are attached. This allows for quick kills instead of long drawn out disfigurement. Abhorrent to the modern Western person but a very quick source of entertainment in parts where cows outnumber people.
- Although cockfighting is looked down upon in modern Western society, it's thought to have been instrumental in the introduction of chickens to much of Oceania: eggs and bird meat aren't exactly hard to come by on tropical islands where seabirds roost in huge numbers, but gamecocks could be used for gambling, not just dinner. It's still considered the unofficial national pastime among many Filipinos.
- Interestingly, one theory of the domestication of chickens suggests that chickens were originally tamed for purposes of cockfighting, and that the meat and egg uses were secondary to the fighting use for centuries.
- How numerous are chickens? When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, over a million chickens were lost as a result of damage to chicken farms in that part of the country. How much effect did this have on the cost of chicken in grocery stores due to this loss of supply? None whatsoever, as a million chickens wasn't even a statistic, as far as supply and demand went.
- An Urban Legend claims that an aeronautics company was testing their latest fighter jet and wanted to see how it would deal with running into a bird in midair. A chicken was duly bought at the supermarket and fired at the aircraft, where it promptly shattered not only the windshield but also the crash dummy before embedding itself in the seat. There was much wailing and pointing of fingers as the engineers tried to find out why the cockpit had not held up. After numerous rounds of expensive tests, each ending with the chicken winning against the jet, the solution was finally found: thaw the chicken before testing.
- Every formally-recognized country in the world has chickens, including ones with no other livestock. Even the Vatican maintains a small indoor coop of hens for fresh eggs.