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:
- Affably Evil: Doom
- 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.
- Animal Superheroes
- 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.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Usually from Doom and Slime.
- Butt Monkey: Harry Slime
- Cardboard Prison: Exaggerated Trope due to Status Quo Is God. At the end of the first episode Doom and Harry Slime are in prison, and they're free again at the start of the second episode with no explanation whatsoever.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Doom
- Catch Phrase: Marlon has "Penguins! Bike up!" Doom has several.
- City of Adventure
- Chekov'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.
- Classic Villain: Caractacus P. Doom.
- Deranged Animation: Quite a bit, especially from Doom.
- Disorganised Outline Speech: Doom gives one at the end of the first episode as an attempted We Will Meet Again:
Curse you, penguins! Curse you! And remember this: I'm going to get you. Surely as the day is dark, and the night is long— er, the day is...night, and the long is— er, no, the dark
is the...day? Oh whatever! I'LL! GET! YOU!
- Distaff Counterpart: Doom has a female version of himself in the future.
- Don't Explain the Joke: In "The Hog Jamboree" Doom does this when he says his plan will lead the Penguins "to their doom".
- Doomy Dooms of Doom
- 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'.
- Episode Title Card
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The show takes place in 'Big City'
- Expository Theme Tune
- Everything's Better with Penguins
- Evil Gloating: Doom. In the first episode Rocky says he'd win the gold, silver and bronze medals if gloating was an Olympic sport.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: Which transforms into a giant Drill Tank...thing.
- Feather Fingers
- 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.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal
- 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.
- The Igor: Harry Slime.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: 'Big City, Little City'
- Involuntary Shapeshifting: Doom's "Monstertron" machine can turn anything (and anyone) into anything.
- Interspecies Romance: While averted with the Penguin's crush on Bella, they are seen lusting after human women quite often.
- I Take Offence To That Last One:
Cecil Stink: I'm not big, fat, stupid, and ugly!
Rocky: Hey! Less of the 'ugly'!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The Quantum Mechanic, who was a one-episode character.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: The Quantum Mechanic.
- Large Ham: Caractacus P. Doom, and nearly everyone who's seen appearing on TV.
- Lazy Artist: Parodied with the 'Badly Drawn Brothers'.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: The majority of background characters are human or Ambiguously Human, while the Penguins and the Stink Brothers are anthro animals.
- Literal-Minded: A common joke with Rocky, and sometimes with other characters.
- Local Hangout: Slush City.
- Mad Libs Catchphrase: Doom's Verbal Tic of "X? I'll tell you X..."
- Mad Scientist: Doom has shades of it.
- Mad Scientist Laboratory
- 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...
- Minion with an F in Evil: Harry Slime
- Musical Episode: 'Rock and Roll Penguins'
- Name's the Same: In-Universe: In "Computer Chaos" a newsreader refers to Caractacus P. Doom as "Dr.Doom".
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Caractacus P Doom
- Never Say "Die": Averted. Rocky actually says this phrase once or twice.
- Nightmare Sequence: 'Nightmare at Tea Time' is based on this trope. Doom also has nightmares about the penguins.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: In "Big City, Little City" Doom unleashes a flying robot shark made of plutonium on the Penguins.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Doom is loosely based on Orson Welles and Harry Slime speaks like Peter Lorre. A President Target even speaks like Richard Nixon (yet with John F. Kennedy's catchphrases).
- No Fourth Wall: To the point where Doom would explain his plan to the audience.
- The Quantum Mechanic did a few aside glances during the episode, and was aware he was an animated character.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: Bella, the female penguin that runs Slush City
- Ominous Pipe Organ: Like many villains, Doom plays one, and it even seems to be part of his lab's control panel.
- Once an Episode: Doom tries to take over the world and/or destroy the penguins
- Only Sane Man: Marlon is arguably the closest thing to a straightman, albeit a snarky one.
- Oop North: The Badly-Drawn Brothers.
- Parody Episode
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Used and subverted with Harry Slime
- 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.
- Simpleton Voice: Rocky.
- Species Surname: In "The Hog Jamboree", Marlon's full name is given as Marlon Penguin.
- Status Quo Is God: The first season may have ended with Slime becoming good and Doom on Mars, but at the beginning of the second season, the former was inexplicably evil again and Doom was back on earth.
- Stealth in Space: Parodied. In 'The 23rd Century', the Enterprise expy uses its 'cloaking device', which consists of a robotic arm coming out of the side and dropping a black tablecloth with stars painted on it over the ship. It works.
- Stealth Insult: In "Big City, Little City," Doom tells Harry Slime that his Shrink Ray will be mounted on an 'unmanned satellite'...which will be crewed by Harry.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Doom has a cousin who looks exactly like him and even has his own 'Harry Slime'
- Take Over the World: Doom's goal - or as he puts it "I will RUUUUULE the WOOOORLD!"
- Take That, Audience!: Several of Doom's plans revolve around selling toys with sinister secrets to kids portrayed as stupid and materialistic.
- They Called Me Mad!: Doom. In fact it's practically his Catch Phrase.
- Title Theme Tune
- Toothy Bird
- The Unintelligible: Bluey
- Visual Pun: In "The Hog Jamboree", Marlon finds a 'choke' switch on his motorcycle (actually Harry Slime transformed into a motorcycle) and it causes a pair of robot hands to come out of the dashboard and start choking him.
- Weirdness Magnet: Slush City; Bella complains about her customers all being weirdoes in "The Hog Jamboree".
- The Wild West: 'The Wild Wild Wild West' and 'High Doom'
- Violent Glaswegian Cecil Stink.
- Yet Another Christmas Carol: Doom gets the treatment courtesy of the penguins