Western Animation / Avenger Penguins

Created by Cosgrove Hall in 1993 and lasting for two seasons, Avenger Penguins seemed to be made as an Affectionate Parody of the Teenage Mutant Samurai Wombats trope. It revolved around a trio of motorcycling penguins — Marlon, the brash leader, Rocky, a large penguin lacking in brains, and Bluey, a small penguin that spoke in a nearly indechiperable language. When they weren't challenging the 'Stink Brothers' or hanging out at their favourite ice cream joint, they were trying to stop evil genius Caractacus P Doom (no relation), along with his henchman Harry Slime, from trying to Take Over the World.

This animated series provides examples of:

  • Aliens Speaking English: Mildy subverted, an alien speaks in a strange language only Bluey can understand, but some of what it says can be recognised as a variation on English
  • America Takes Over the World: Implied in the first episode, "The President is a Fish", where Doom plans to replace the President of "The United Republics of the World", who is a parody of several American Presidents rolled into one.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Doom creates a huge monster made of disgusting things, then Marlon becomes large himself.
  • Badass Biker: The Avenger penguins themselves.
  • Bad Boss: Caractacus P. Doom. For instance, his first instinct after testing his Shrink Ray on Harry Slime is to threaten to step on him for no reason.
  • Bond Gun Barrel: In 'Fishfinger', which spoofed James Bond.
  • Brainless Beauty: Recurring character Delores Divine. Fittingly, she's a love interest for Rocky.
  • Brandishment Bluff: In "Computer Chaos" the penguins, about to be squished in a press by Doom, bluff that they have explosives in their shorts (in a particular Refuge in Audacity, they don't wear shorts). Doom to his credit doesn't fall for it...but Harry Slime does.
  • Catch Phrase: Marlon has "Penguins! Bike up!" Doom has several.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Subverted in the episode 'Cat Pig: Cat Of Iron'. Rocky buys an 'executive penguin grooming kit' (a broken used comb) at the start of the episode. Marlon rubbishes it as useless. When Rocky reveals it again later in the episode during a Death Trap as a possible means of escape, Marlon points out that it's still useless and it's of no help. 'Maybe we could...flick dandruff at them?'
  • City with No Name: It's simply called "Big City". In The Future seen in "The 23rd Century", it becomes either "Mega City" (according to the signs) or "Mega-Big City" (judging from the dialogue). However, it's claimed to be an Expy of Salford. Yes, the one in Greater Manchester.
  • Dumb Is Good: Rocky, the dumb penguin, is usually cheerful and chipper, while Marlon, who is smarter, is more cynical and grumpy. Likewise, Harry Slime, who is quite stupid, is also less evil than the genius Doom.
  • Easily Conquered World: After Marlon is disposed with in 'I Married An Android', Doom takes over the world quite quickly.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Doom keeps one in his cellar - 'Drongal the Gargantuan'.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The word 'Hell' shows up a few times. The show was even originally called 'Hell's Penguins' before there was an opposal to such a title.
    • "Hello, I'm Harry, I'm single and a vir....."
  • Good Feels Good: Something Harry Slime actually discovers in 'A Winter's Tale'.
    • Same for The Quantum Mechanic too.
    • To be fair, QM was only persueing the penguins because Doom convinced him they were the bad guys. He wised up eventually.
  • Happy Fun Ball: Doom manufactures these in the pilot.
  • Heel–Face Turn: The Quantum Mechanic does this in his eponymous episode as does Miss De Meanor in her episode.
  • Identical Grandson: In 'The 23rd Century', the penguins, Doom and Harry all have descendants who resemble them exactly.
  • May the Farce Be with You: Doom dresses up as Darth Vader in 'Starstruck', and 'The 23rd Century' has the 'Doom Star' and 'Bow Tie Fighters'
    • Which, however, are attacking an obvious expy of the Starship Enterprise...
  • Mook–Face Turn: Harry Slime again. He sends Doom down a pit to apparently get eaten by a monster in the final episode.
  • See You in Hell: Doom. Or his James Bond parody Fishfinger, said this to Marlon and Bluey while in his Death Trap. You read that right.
    • The original title for the series was going to be 'Hell's Penguins' but was changed due to Executive Meddling. They managed to sneak in the H-word in other ways throughout the series.
  • Shout-Out: Harry Slime's name is a reference to Welles movie 'The Third Man'.
  • Shrink Ray: Doom invents one as the plot device of "Big City, Little City". Notably it has the reverse effect on beings made of antimatter.