The Penguins of Madagascar
Skipper is reincarnation of Joseph StalinCome on! A warmongering, paranoid, heavy weapon-obsessed commander who claims he is democratic and doesn't act with Private caringly, although he was like a son for him? Sounds like Stalin to me! I guess karma put him in America for more irony.
Skipper and his team are drag queensOkay, I know it sounds crazy, but think about it. They are all males who live together. They seem to have a very strong bond, which according to Wikipedia is one of the factors. It could also explain why Skipper had a ribbon on hand and why Marlene came to him with advice about what she could wear (because they need to know what clothes women wear). Also, let's look at the fact that they get NO money from what they do and they need to fund it. They just save the zoo when they aren't doing shows and they like protecting people.
One of the leads is female...Kowalski's DNA test was wrong; one of the team is female, just as Alice claimed. But the show won't ever reveal which one.
The zoo was supposed to receive a female instead of one of the leads, but there was a mix-up.She's Chekhov M.I.A., and so she'll eventually be introduced as a Mary Sue parody who nearly replaces one of the team, only to be shunted off to much acclaim at the end of her introductory episode because Status Quo Is God and nobody's going to break up the Badass Crew. (On top of that, she'll likely turn out to be one of Blowhole's agents.)
Rico is a transfer from Hoboken ZooThat's where he got the scar, that's why he's a psychopath, and that's why he's got no rank. gender is mutable for the sake of pouch jokes. You would be pissed off, too, if the Rule of Funny screwed over your body and hormones for the sake of comedic timing.
The penguins are members of the OWCA.Or at least Skipper is. He's just waiting for Perry to show up and spring them!
Skipper is running Madagascar in the online game Pandemic.Hence the immense paranoia and reaction to the slightest hint of infection.
King Julien is a self-proclaimed leader.Maurice alludes to this with one line in the movies; while Word of God places movie and series in separate continuities, that doesn't necessarily mean there aren't similar circumstances behind his rule. Any number of things could have happened to the previous leaders, and Julien simply stepped into the resulting power vacuum.
Skipper and Rico fought in Vietnam and had their brains addled by Agent OrangeThis is why Skipper's description of what happened to Manfredi and Johnson keeps changing; sometimes he remembers it one way, sometimes another. His fear of needles was due to the Viet Cong using them to torture him while in captivity. Rico suffered even worse, hence his inability to function in normal society. He could've been subjected to experiments by visiting Russian scientists and gained his ability to hold a seemingly infinite amount of items in his gullet at the cost of normal speech. It is possible that Dr. Blowhole was the one who orchestrated their torture, hence Skipper refers to him as his nemesis.
Whatever really happened to Manfredi and Johnson gave Skipper Trauma-Induced Amnesia.Something horrible happened to those two, and Skipper witnessed it firsthand. While he managed to escape the same fate, he suffered a Heroic BSOD afterwards. All he recalls clearly about the incident is something happened, but he can't recall just what... so he tailors his recollection to whatever's relevant at the moment.
Julien is a TranssexualSpecifically of the Female-to-Male variety. The other lemurs in the movies would obviously do whatever he told them to, which would include treating him like a King rather than a Queen. In the series, the other zoo animals allow him to pretend to still be an authority figure because he would otherwise have no way to maintain his desired gender identity and they are all nice like that.
Doctor Blowhole isn't Skipper's nemesis — he's Kowalski's, by virtue of being his Evil Counterpart.Whether he realizes it or not, Doctor Blowhole is much better at rattling Kowalski than he is Skipper. Skipper may be the leader, but aside from assuming Blowhole having a fin in various plots against the team, he's rarely shaken by the Mad Doctor's posturing and scheming — not like Kowalski. Kowalski takes the doctor's antics much more personally... and the main reason?
Rhonda will return.Marlene may have played right into her flippers, but she'll still have a score to settle with the little "rat". After all, Marlene did nearly get her killed, and in Rhonda's eyes wasn't a very good roomie. Plus, her return would open up the possibility of Marlene learning the truth about the penguins and Doctor Blowhole, though whether or not she actually winds up breaking into the Masquerade is still up in the air...
Marlene is a reincarnation of Marla Singer.That's why she's hanging out with penguins.
Rico is a reincarnation of Rico Rodriguez.Why not?
The Penguins of Madagascar is actually The Big Bang Theory told from the viewpoint of an Unreliable Narrator.
The penguins are KGP agents.Enough said.
Huffin and Puffin was pulled from US circulation because of a 9/11 reference.Hans takes over the penguins' HQ and monologues about how he is in the heart of a major city with their weapons at his disposal. Nick probably freaked at the last minute and pulled the episode, never to see the light of day... except in Canada, and every country that dubs it.
Maurice obeys Julien out of pity.Julien thinks he's the great king, but he's totally desperate without Maurice and Mort. Now Mort mainly obeys Julien because he loves Julien's feet, but what is Maurice's motivation? He pities him. (This is most obvious in "All King, No Kingdom".)
The penguins are a metaphor for the Open Source movement, especially Linux. The lemurs represent the big software corporations, especially Microsoft and Apple.Why not?
Julien is married or was suppose to get married back in Madagascar.Think about it. Julien makes a big deal about king yet he surrounds with people that couldn't care less about his title. Why not just go back to Madagascar where all his adoring fans are? Because if he went back, he would be force to get married. The new queen will get all of Julien's power since lemur have female monarchy, leaving Julien with nothing.
Kowalski can actually readSimply put, there is no way, even as absolutely brilliant as Kowalski is, that he could come up with his inventions without ever being able to read. Skipper probably told him to always pretend not to know how to for a strategic reason (e.g. anyone gathering info on the penguins would get that piece of information wrong). Evidence for this is that he can operate his mini-computer / voice synthesizer perfectly, and get it to say whatever he wants to.
Doris the Dolphin isn't realLet's look at the love lives of the penguins, shall we:
Rico is a powerful psychic capable of creating any object with his mindHe hasn't actually ingested any of the stuff he spits out - he actually has the ability to cause anything he imagines to come into being and fire it from his mouth. This explains his Hammer Space Arsenal, and the fact that he seems to have a Context-Sensitive Button allowing anything the situation calls for to just so happen to be readily available. If he so chooses, he can also store things in this dimension by putting them in his mouth.
The wishing well from the episode "Wishful Thinking" really did work.At the end of the episode, we see that the elephant really had been to Paris. So apparently the wishing well really did work. Perhaps it's the result of a side effect of one of Kowalski's experiments that he himself is unaware of.
Buck Rockgut would be no danger to the plans of Red Squirrel even if he was still around.This is not so much a Wild Mass Guessing. It's rather obvious. Rockgut is paranoid beyond sanity, and completely incapable of logical thinking. Chances are high that if the Red Squirrel would act openly, Rockgut would suspect anyone else but the real Red Squirrel.
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Manfredi and Johnson are Skipper's old action figures.Ever since he was a mere fledgling, he dreamed of adventuring with his own squadron. So he got a couple of
Doris is in league with Dr. BlowholeAll we know about Doris is that she's a dolphin, Kowalski records himself on DVD reciting love poetry about her and breaking into sobs, Skipper has had at least one dream about her which may or may not be based on reality, and Doris likes Kowalski but she doesn't "like him" like him. So, where is she, and why doesn't she "like" like Kowalski? Perhaps she's one of Dr. Blowhole's agents. (They're both dolphins. It makes perfectly logical sense.) She was sent to seduce the "smart one" of the penguins and get whatever info she could out of him. Her absence from the series could be for many reasons: maybe she found what she was sent to find and/or had to abandon the mission, and left; maybe Dr. Blowhole thought she was getting too emotionally involved and ordered her off the mission; or maybe she's currently involved in one of Dr. Blowhole's larger, more nefarious schemes. Quite probably the penguins have yet to learn that she's an agent, or else Skipper's "she doesn't 'like you' like you" line would have been something more like "she's evil, remember?"
Fred the Squirrel really is the Red Squirrel.It went Just as Planned. First, he was Obfuscating Stupidity in order to win the trust of the penguins (especially Private). Then, he manipulated them into finding Buck Rockgut's hideout. Then, he dressed up as the Red Squirrel in order to carry out the final phase of his plan, finally sending Rockgut away to nowhere. You don't believe it? Then you have to learn to think more like Rockgut. Do you know who also doesn't believe it? THE RED SQUIRREL!
The Penguins will eventually get their very own cinema movie.Because that would be awesome.
Buck Rockgut is a Take That not only on paranoia in general, but also specifically on Cold War anti-communist paranoia.Come on, the Red Squirrel? Also, I don't know about the English original, but in the German dub, the Red Squirrel has a slightly Russian accent.
More than one of the penguins is biologically female.Would reduce the Unfortunate Implications mentioned above, and the whole Monstrous Regiment potential is fun. The way with the fewest Unfortunate Implications and/or the most potential for humour would probably be if all of them except Private, who fills The Chick role, were female.
Central Park Zoo is classed by the penguins (and other animals) as a prison.Most really good parks nowadays have wide open spaces. Take San Diego zoo, or Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida. Huge, simulated natrual habitats - designed to fool even the animals there that they are really in the wild. Look at Central Park zoo - small enclosures, constant supervision, and many of the animals are violent or have massive mental problems. And a large number of them are always trying to get out.
Joey is actually a girl.It's suggested above that he could be FTM, but it's also possible he's actually a ciswoman with an unusually masculine voice. The only other marsupials in the zoo are the koalas, who are never awake when Joey is so she doesn't get to talk to them much, and the others aren't familiar enough with marsupial anatomy to know that only females have pouches. The reason "he's" constantly angry is because she's constantly being mistaken for male to the point that she's given up correcting everyone.
Fred's never-seen grandmother is the Red Squirrel.All we know about Fred's grandmother is that she is not the crazy old squirrel hag in "The Lost Treasure of the Golden Squirrel". Rockgut described the Squirrel as "he", but considering both Rockgut's sanity level and the number of other characters on the show who could potentially be of a different biological sex than they present as (see above) ...
The fact that there are no Wild Mass Guessings on the episode "It's About Time" so far is the final and ultimate proof that the reality of quantum physics cannot be understood by human brains.Seriously, this episode screams for Wild Mass Guessings, but there are none so far.
The show isn't, in fact, an alternate universe; Private's promotion in "Concrete Jungle Survival" followed the same line of continuity.The episode occurred before Madgascar, and is a prequel to the entire show and movie story line. Private wanted to be promoted desperately before the trip to Madagascar, so the penguins sent him through that tedious adventure. Why are the lemurs there? Private was lonely, so his confused and exhausted imagination made up three companions for him to be with.
Private is a fan of Princess Luna.Moon Unicorns, anyone?
Rockgut and the Red Squirrel are a parody of the "Red Scare".Rockgut represents America's obsession during the second Red Scare about the infiltration of America by communist spies which is why he accuses everyone of being the Red Squirrel (Communist spy), the Red Squirrel represents Communism as itself. Both are shown as either crazy (Rockgut) or incompetent (the Red Squirrel doesn't seem to do anything at all) which represents the way communism and Patriotism (in the extreme form) are seen nowadays: Communism has proven itself as insufficient and the extreme Patriotism is regarded as risible. Also both are obsolete.
Hoboken Zoo is going to be a force to be reckoned withAll the villains so far in the show have been sent to Hoboken. Maybe Dr. Blowhole is planning his HQ and is going to have a group of Psycho Rangers to help him kill the Penguins?
Buck Rotgut, Nigel, and the Red Squirrel have a very complicated backstory that goes much deeper than "good vs. evil".Okay, so once upon a time the Red Squirrel was a real player and a two-timing jerk. He decided to date both Nigel and Buck, however they found out and, in tears, both dumped him.The real reason they were hunting the Red Squirrel was that they wanted to confess their feelings. Despite the tragedy, they still loved him, and were determined to find him again. Red, however, felt terribly guilty, and certain they would try to find him and give him a beat-down, he fled the town and hid far away. The acorn thing was just a distraction, to try and fool anyone who questioned his reasons. And when Nigel found him, he was too scared to put himself out there, especially with so many people watching, that he forced himself to act like they had no backstory and were only nemeses.
The penguins are really under Kowalski's control, and the whole thing is just an experiment he's overseeing.They were first used in a scientific experiment to make them moer survivable, and smart.
1. Of course the prototype was Rico but the compounds they infused him with didn't make him smart enough but instead he had an excess of testosterone making him human equivalent of manly.
2. Next was private, but in response to Rico's problem they set the testosterone too low, and got, well...
3. Then was Skipper, so close they were. He was well adjusted, great memory, intelligent enough, and had good leadership qualitys, but they wanted more.
4. Finally their greatest acheivement, Kowalski. He showed signs of intelligence that rivaled some human minds, he was a good order taker, and showed excellent leadership qualities.
The original testers were all ready to assimilate the prototypes, when Kowalski wrote, in english, on paper, that the four of them looked like the perfect cover, for the perfect Spy Team, with Skipper, the gruff one, as acting leader, until further notice.
The whole show is a hallucination by one of the penguins.In reality, whichever penguin is doing the hallucinating is a human in a mental hospital. To cope with his horrible surroundings, he retreated into an elaborate fantasy in which all the inmates are zoo animals, and he's able to participate in exciting adventures, help others, and feel like he's doing something to escape. Their adventures are all metaphorical variations on his real escape attempts. And now I want fanfic.
Julien is perpetually stoned off his head.Lemurs have in fact been known to get high from centipede poison; they don't actually eat the centipedes, just lick them. So if the zoo has a bug exhibit ... gotta admit it would explain a lot.
The penguins were there to witness the events of 9/11.Disturbing as this theory may be, it's horrifyingly easy to imagine Skipper convincing the others that it was their duty to defend their hometown of NYC. They were too late.
Rico's last name is Suave.
When Dr. Blowhole returns again, he'll be even worse than beforeHis motivation for his plans was revenge on humanity for using him as a show dolphin, especially the ring of fire trick. Skipper put him back in that situation and eventually, his memories will probably return like Skippers did. Just how do you think he'll react to his archenemy putting him back in the same situation that drove him to evil?
Skipper is a 'Sky Spirit' so to SpeakThat's why he is older then should be physically possible for a penguin (he implied he fought in WWII), why Manfredi and Johnson seem to have died so often (he brought them back to life numerous times until people started to question their immortality), why he and his team can survive things that would kill normal animals (Skipper himself spends hours at the bottom of sea when he can't swim), and explains all the times spirt guide Alex interacted with him and the world, like driving a car and lifting him. He forgot he needed to hide his powers.
Manfredi and Johnson and the Solider and Demoman from Team Fortress 2hence why every time he tells the story it's different, the re-spawn technology make sure they keep coming back to life after dieing in X way. as for why the solider and demo? the Solider is practically Skipper in man form, and Demo is Rico only less insane and more alcoholic.
Private is a Sleeper agentHe has had a good few Crouching Brony Hidden Badass moments over the course of the show (not so much the movies, but we haven't seen the third one yet...) and his Uncle Nigel thought he wasn't as soppy as the show is increasingly trying to play upon. So what if he actually is? What if he has been brainwashed into behaving as he does, but in actual fact is the most elite fighter Penguin HQ has to offer; they're keeping him under the watchful influence of the other three, who are each some of the best themselves, until they need him. Whether or not the others would know of his true self is a different matter...
Kuchikukan created the Brony fandom.It's all part of his next plan to destroy this world (and probably a dozen others).
King Julien is a secret agent who's Obfuscating StupidityHis agency is against the penguins, so when he saw them in the first Madagascar movie he knew he had to follow them to the zoo. He is constantly breaking into their habitat to keep an eye on them and ruin their plans. Maurice is an agent too, but he's not as good at pretending to be stupid, so he just pretends to keep Julien's stupidity in check.