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The principal cast since Season 3.

Pororo The Little Penguin is a wildly popular animated series from South Korea.

The series revolves around the adventures of Pororo and his friends who live in the snowy village of Porong Porong Forest, who often encounter challenges and learn practical and moral lessons in each episode.


  • Animate Inanimate Object: Tong-Tong's grandfather clock, which he brought to life with his magic.
  • Art Evolution: Poby dons a pair of overalls in Season 2. All of the main cast (except Harry, who already has clothes) later get full outfits starting in Season 3.
  • Art Shift: The credits sequence from Season 4 onwards shows a Flash animation of the main cast hanging out together instead of using CGI like in the episode proper.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Pororo and Crong in the end of episode, "It's My Toy". The two spent a majority of the episode fighting over Eddie's robot toy. Later Crong wanders off and Pororo tries looking for him as well. They soon are searching for each other. When they finally find each other, they embrace.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: This brief exchange in 'Stomach Ache":
    Pororo: (as Crong is in bed) Does your stomach hurt?
    Crong: (nods head) Crong...
    Pororo: Do you have a fever?
    Crong: (puts ice pack on his head, which melts)
    Pororo: Are you going to the bathroom a lot?
    Crong: (tearfully) Crong.
    Pororo: (closes book) Hmm! You have diarrhea!
  • Baffled by Own Biology: In "Hiccup Cure", Crong gets hiccups and wonders if he'll die from it. He even has an Imagine Spot about it.
  • Balloon Belly: In "Flying Poby", Poby gets inflated by Tong-Tong twice using magic when Tong-Tong tries to bring Poby down.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Most of the cast.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • A number of lesser characters introduced in the first two seasons disappeared and were replaced with similar characters in Season 3 onwards, such as a green dragon who got superseded by Tong Tong the orange dragon.
    • Tutu's creator seemed to exist solely to explain where Tutu came from and is promptly forgotten about past Tutu's introductory episode.
  • Cliffhanger: In "Good Crong, Bad Crong" Crong's Angel and Devil look out the window and want to be part of the party and they look at each other with an expression.
  • Costume Evolution: The main cast start out either naked or wearing accessories, but begin wearing full clothes starting in Season 3.
  • Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: The characters can sometimes be heard singing or humming the show's theme song.
  • Embarrassing Damp Sheets: Crong and then Pororo wet the bed in "I am Not a Bed-Wetter".
  • Embarrassment Plot: In "I am Not a Bed Wetter", Pororo is embarrassed when he wets the bed because he previously told Crong off for wetting the bed.
  • Fairytale Episode: "Petty Red Riding Hood" is a parody of Little Red Riding Hood.
  • First Injury Reaction: In "Rody's Wish", Rody has a dream in which he's an organic being rather than a robot. When he and Eddy accidentally bump into each other, Rody takes a moment to realize that he feels pain for the first time and that this means he's no longer a robot.
  • Furry Confusion: The citizens of Seoul in the "Korea Adventure" episodes don't react much to the talking, bipedal, clothing-wearing animals in their city until they inadvertently shoplift at a produce store, after which the owners call not the police but animal control.
  • Gasshole:
    • Poby gets a gas problem in "What's This Smell", and he desperately tries holding it in when he hangs out with his friends.
    • Poby also let some gas out in "Flying Poby" in order to deflate.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: "Good Crong Bad Crong" & "Pororo The Great Pretender" have these for the main characters Pororo and Crong.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Harry the hummingbird, whose out-of-tune songs always gets everyone covering their ears.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "I am Not A Bed Wetter", Pororo calls Crong out for not using the bathroom before bed, but Pororo does not do this either, and so he too gets a Potty Failure.
  • Jerkass: The fish in "Learning How To Swim". The two even almost manage to drown Eddy. Thankfully, Pororo saves Eddy before he drowns.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Crong. He may be at times a bit mean to Pororo and cause problems for others, but he still cares about everyone despite this.
  • Lethal Chef: Petty when she makes cookies, which get everyone sick.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Humans are rarely seen but they exist, most prominently in the "Korea Adventure" episodes where Pororo and Crong get blasted to the city of Seoul.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Besides Pororo and Petty being neighbors with Poby, Eddy lives in the snowy village despite being a fennec fox, a desert animal.
  • Mourning a Dead Robot: In "We Love You, Rody", Rody jumps into the sea to save Eddy, which causes him to short-circuit. He starts behaving strangely, and later on in the episode, he becomes unconscious. Believing him to be dead, Eddy tearfully begs him to get up and Everybody Cries. One of Eddy's tears lands on Rody and wakes him up.
  • Rejected Apology: "Grumpy Pororo" sees Pororo get upset with his friends after they laugh at him for wetting his bed, then when they go over to his house to apologize, he just says "Whatever!" and shuts the door.
  • The Remake: Season 1 got one to bring it up to the animation standards set by Season 3 and beyond.
  • Sizeshifter: Played with for Tong-Tong. While he doesn't turn into a huge version of his normal form, he does shift into a large dragon when needed to transport to far places.
  • Talking Poo: Crong is paid a visit by the 'Poo Poo fairy' (literally a talking piece of faeces with wings) when he is constipated. The fairy tells Crong why he couldn't "make number two" and gives him advice to help him go more easily.
  • Theme Tune Roll Call: The ending theme from Season 3 onwards:
    Playful Pororo
    Troublemaking Crong
    Strong Poby
    And little Harry are all good friends
    Clever Eddy
    Trustful Rody
    Timid Loopy
    And cheerful Petty are all good friends
  • Toilet Humor:
    • In "Stomache Ache", Crong gets diarrhea after eating too much fish. Several times he runs offscreen, and at one point you even hear his cries of pain along with trombones playing low notes.
    • Crong also gets constipated in "Crong Goes Number Two", and the Poo Poo Fairy visits him to give him advice on how to avoid it.
    • In "What's This Smell" Poby gets a gas problem.
    • In "I am Not A Bed Wetter", Pororo and Crong wet their beds.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: The ending theme from Season 3 onwards sums up how the main cast feels about each other:
    "With different faces and personalities, we're all good friends despite the quarrels and misunderstandings..."


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