Why people shouldn't try this.
Many works like to feature exotic animals, and nothing is a cooler way to introduce a weird beast than by using it for transportation
. One unusual class of mammals with natural potential for transport are marsupials - after all, they come with their own pockets. And every so often, a character gets the bright idea of using that potential, and climbs into the pouch of a fast-moving pouched creature, typically a kangaroo. A few short hops later, character is safely at their destination, ready to resume the plot.
Given that a marsupial's pouch is something like an incubator for its embryonic infants much of the time, and is very rarely empty of young, this trope means Artistic License - Biology
. Extra discredit if the marsupial is supposed to be male
: the pouch is part of the female reproductive suite. In truth, trying to ride in a kangaroo's pouch would get a much... squickier result.
Even if the kangaroo is indeed female and not carrying young, unless the intended passenger is a small Talking Animal
itself, there just wouldn't be room to hitch a lift. And, if they are
small enough to fit, the rider won't be able to get out unless the kangaroo allows it: mother roos can constrict the pouch's entrance to restrain unruly joeys. Wait, for some people that's probably... Oh....
of Kangaroos Represent Australia
Compare Horse of a Different Color
, Fur Is Clothing
- While there are no kangaroos in Pokémon per se, there are Kangaskhan. They are much larger and exclusively female. In an episode of the anime, they adopt and raise a human child who could easily fit inside the pouch. Furthermore, as seen in the end of the episode, the pouch could fit the child, his birth parents, and a baby Kangaskhan, with room to spare. Note that Kangaskhan are 7'1" in size and fricking tough. Furthermore, all Pokémon hatch from eggs, so a pouch used as an incubator wouldn't need to be wet, just warm. But then all Kangaskhan hatch fully grown with a "joey" already in their pouches.
Live Action Film
- Subverted in one of Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger novels when the intelligent kangaroo has a large, powerful, ill-tempered genie living in her pouch.
- In an Encyclopedia Brown story, a kid tells a bunch of stories about his travels around the world in order to secure membership in some sort of club only for Encyclopedia to claim he's lying his ass off. The "male kangaroo with marsupial pouch" mistake is one of the many errors in the kid's stories.
- Subverted in Sterling Lanier's The Unforsaken Hiero. Giant kangaroos are used as mounts in D'alwah, but people ride on their backs with highly specialized saddles.
- In Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit kidnaps Roo by dropping Piglet into Kanga's button-up pouch when she isn't looking (they're about the same size, so she just thinks Rabbit put Roo in for her). Piglet doesn't enjoy the ride at all.
- In Deltora Quest Dread Mountain, the heros meet a small number of creatures called the Kin, large, winged, intelligent creatures whom were hunted to near extinction by the Gnomes and Grey guards respectively. After rescuing one of their young three of the largest of the Kin volunteer to fly the characters to the titular mountain in their pouches.
- In the children's movie Napoleon, the titular puppy is given a ride through the Australian outback in a kangaroo pouch.
- This early 90s song by a Dutch children's choir.
- A panel in The Far Side features Hannibal's first attempt at crossing the Alps. It involves his men riding kangaroos along the narrow ledges (with predictable results).
- Pearls Before Swine had Rat do this in an attempt to conserve energy.
- Cartoon History of the Universe, when talking about the spread of Cro-Magnons throughout the world, shows a map including, in Australia, a woman riding in a kangaroo's pouch. The kangaroo looks a bit puzzled about this.
- The nation of Jetstone uses "cloth golems," large, animated plushies, as heavy war machines. The so-called "Tankeroos" are used as mounts with this technique; justified, since they're custom-built for this purpose.
- Faux Pas references this trope (and the differences in roo gender) here.
- Not so much a kangaroo as a vaguely feline marsupial alien but in Last Res0rt Jigsaw's Robot Buddy Gangrel usually hides in her pouch, where she also keeps a Bag of Holding.