Video Game / Club Penguin
Waddle around and meet new friends!
This little browser game, now owned by Disney, centers on users' personal penguin avatars, and their little lives. The game is somewhere in between a social network and a life simulation. You can 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 is paid for by little minigames you can play in the little world. Some games are competitions with other penguins, while some are solo games. However, most of the interesting things you can buy, you can get only if you pay for your account.

The game itself doesn't provide much in terms of story. The closest thing to a plot the game provides comes in the form of the Penguin Security Agency's missions, in which the player has to protect the island from any threats. Most of these threats come from Herbert P. Bear, a polar bear who floated to the island via iceberg and is now trying 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 Evil Plan.

This game provides examples of:

  • Achievement System: Stamps. If you have a membership, you can even show them off by decorating your stamp book cover with them.
  • Adorkable: Gary and Rookie are quite often seen as this by the fans.
  • All-Cheering All the Time: 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.
  • Allegedly Free Game: 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.)
    • Decorate and upgrade your igloo.
    • Continue to the next level on games such as Jet Pack Adventure.
      • It wasn't always this way. All players used to be able to play every game fully until some time since Disney bought CP.
    • Own puffles colored differently from red and blue.
    • And now, transform into magical things like ghosts, reindeer puffles and Jack Frost, dinosaurs, and as of February, movie stars.
      • Luckily, it seems as though they're being kinder to non-members, by actually allowing them to buy certain clothing from the Clothing Catalog and giving them some furniture for their igloos.
    • Get clothing for your puffle. Get upgrades in the ingame games like Hydro Hopper and Jetpack. At least this is getting better, with clothing items and furniture, but the parties have considerably less things for non-members to do. Oh, well. It's a start. Coincidentally, things started to get better as soon as Billybob retired and Spike Hike moved in.
  • Art Evolution: 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!
  • Ascended Meme: 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.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Herbert.
  • Big Bad:
    • Herbert P. Bear in PSA and EPF Missions.
    • Protobot, which Herbert rebuilt.
  • Big Eater: Orange puffles.
  • Big "NO!": Herbert when you beat operation blackout.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: The server names. Rainbow, Hot Chocolate, Beanbag... Hypothermia?
  • Collection Sidequest: Stamps, Pins and Free Items.
  • Darker and Edgier: 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 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.
  • Development Gag: In one of the PSA missions, a penguin calls the Hydro Hopper "you old biscuit", a reference to the game's original name, "Ballistic Biscuit"
  • The Ditz: Rookie.
    • Genius Ditz: He can speak CRAB. Using nothing but a TYPEWRITER.
  • The Dragon: Protobot was for Herbert. Until Herbert double-crossed him.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Take a wild guess what everyone plays as.
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Card-Jitsu is basically this: Water extinguishes fire, fire burns snow/ice, snow/ice freezes water.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Brown puffles.
  • Game Within a Game: The mini-games. You earn coins from them, too.
  • Gass Hole: A penguin can fart by pressing "et" outside the chatbox.
  • Idiot Ball: When Rookie is tricked into letting Herbert go free in Mission 10 by lending him his Spy Phone.
  • Lampshade Hanging: 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?
  • Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game
  • Moe Anthropomorphism: Used a lot in fan-art and fan fiction.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Jet Pack Guy. Even Gary doesn't know what his name is.
    • We eventually find out that his real name is Guy.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Black puffles.
    • Jet Pack Guy could also count. Most of the time, anyway.
  • The Professor: Gary the Gadget Guy.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Herbert and Klutzy. Though considering Club Penguin a children's game to begin with, this is expected.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Team Vs. Blue Team and the Dodgeball play at the stage. Nowadays, the Blue team seems to be the most popular. Seriously, Team Red, Green and Yellow needs some love too! It's impossible to have a real match on the Ice Rink/Stadium nowadays. Why? Practically everyone's on Team Blue and acts like sassy high school cheerleaders and/or football/soccer jocks for some reason.
  • The Reveal: Aunt Arctic is the director.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Puffles.
  • Sailor Earth: 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.
    • Also, most of these tend to be females that fall in love with Herbert.
  • Secret Identity: The Director.
  • Shrinking Violet: 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.
  • Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Club Penguin itself. When the Ice Rink is up, this trope is played relatively straight, as you sliiiide from point A to point B.
  • Terrible Trio: The Test Bots.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Herbert.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: Pretty much the basis of the game. That, and "Waddle Around and Meet New Friends!". (Which was their slogan, just in case you didn't know.)
  • Warm-Hearted Walrus: In We Wish You A Merry Walrus, the Merry Walrus is kind and generous, and is essentially the Funny Animal version of Santa Claus.
  • Wham Line: "Now you know the truth."