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YMMV: The Penguins of Madagascar
  • Accidental Innuendo: Given how much the writers enjoy Getting Crap Past the Radar and loading the show down with Ho Yay, this may not actually be accidental, but the slang term isn't widely known outside the fanfic community ... a wildcat known as the Red Rhodesian Slasher?
  • Base Breaker: Doris. Deliberate heartbreaker, or a flawed character who's fickle nature has her making the same mistakes over and over, but still likeable enough?
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Subverted in "Eclipsed." King Julien gets a big, long musical number about his "congaga." Although this musical number has all the trappings of a BLAM in its over-the-top, out-of-nowhere-ness (keep in mind the show almost never does musical numbers), it sets up the plot.
  • Cargo Ship: Rico is in a long-term relationship with "Ms Perky". Julien flirted with both Rico's doll and a fruit smoothie in "Hello Dollface" and had some slight narcissistic Ho Yay with the robot version of himself in "Lemur See, Lemur Do", and Kowalski had a thing for the animal control officer's van.
  • Cliché Storm: After a while, the plots become very generic and predictable not that it really keeps the show from being enjoyable though.
  • Crazy Awesome: Rico, obviously.
  • Designated Villain: The John Travolta Pigeon in "in the line of doody" wanted to poop on the parks and recs manager... for trying to get rid of all the pigeons around all the parks. Pigeons are being treated as Always Chaotic Evil while the Penguins support this man.
    • Officer X. It's hard to argue with his grudge against the penguins given the constant scorn and public humiliation he goes through because of the penguins while he's doing his job
  • Draco in Leather Pants: King Julien. While certainly one of the funniest characters in the show, he's also an utter Jerkass who constantly abuses Maurice and Mort while ruining everyone else's lives at the drop of a hat for his own selfish gain or momentary satisfaction. Despite this see Launcher of a Thousand Ships below...
  • Ear Worm: "Pull up a seat and sit a spell, while this spooky tale I relate.."
    • All the songs in Return of the Revenge of Dr Blowhole.
  • Fandom Rivalry: When "In the Happy Little Land of Hoboken Surprise" took the Emmy Award for Best Original Song, the Brony community wasn't pleased as it won against two of FIM's songs.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: All the jokes in "The Hoboken Surprise" about Hoboken being a terrible place are a lot less amusing after Hurricane Sandy.
  • Ho Yay Shipping: And how. There's an awful lot of subtext between Kowalski and Rico, and they're just the most obvious...
  • Jerkass Woobie: One episode features a poison dart frog with such potent venom that the merest touch renders one temporarily paralytic and with a comical rash; he uses this power to keep all the other animals at his pettiest whim. Private eventually realizes the real root of the problem-a Freudian Excuse. So he knocks up a protective suit that will allow him to give the slimy little chap a hug. Nearly subverted, until it's pointed out that the line between "hug" and "Let's see how far your eyeballs will fly" is a thin one indeed.
    • Officer X. His antagonism toward the penguins is because they thwarted him in the process of doing his job.(In their defense, they WERE protecting someone they considered a friend) While you can't blame the penguins for trying to keep themselves safe, anytime he's not opposing the penguins, he's really just doing his job, and his "reward" for this is constant public humiliation and scorn.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • King Julien, hands down. Not only do fans pair him up with Mort and Maurice, but every single penguin too. The show provides plenty of examples and has even paired him with Marlene and Rico at various times. It's only a matter of time before they pair him with himself.
    • As the closest thing the show has to a female lead, Marlene gets a lot of play as this, though pairing her off with Skipper is by far and away the most popular.
  • Memetic Mutation: Know who else mutates memes? THE RED SQUIRREL!
  • Moral Event Horizon: Dr. Blowhole letting Skipper fall into the ocean, relishing the fact he won't remember how to swim and likely drown.
  • One-Scene Wonder/Ensemble Darkhorse: The penguins and lemurs were this in the movies. That's why they have their own show and not Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: "Skilene" for Skipper/Marlene, by far the most common shipping.
  • Shipping:
    • Fans pair up Skipper and Marlene based on the fact that the two spend so much time together. There are 80+ fanfics about this couple alone.
    • Just about anyone can be shipped to anyone else; as mentioned above, King Julien gets shipped with just about everyone, and the penguins with each other. Of course, the healthy doses of Ho Yay and Ship Tease help.
  • Squick: In Friend-in-a-Box, Julien happily tells Kowalski that he never learned the Potty Dance, because as king he's entitled to go wherever he happens to be at the time. Kowalski backs away from him with a disturbed look.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: "Paternal Egg-Stinct" uses one of "Brahms's Lullaby."
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Leonard the koala.


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