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Bah! No boxing beast can hold a candle to World Famous Pugilist Tommy Ray Handley!

"A man boxing a kangaroo is a peculiar spectacle, but a kangaroo boxing a robot? Now I'm afraid you've lost me."

Exactly What It Says on the Tin, and Truth in Television. Y'see, during the 1800s (and even into the early 1900s), "boxing matches" that pitted a man against a kangaroo were part of traveling shows in Australia, the Western United States, and sometimes elsewhere. Men were challenged to defeat... or sometimes just last a single round against... a tame kangaroo. Usually, the men got their asses handed to them. Every once in a while, someone will revive the idea. Never mind the fact that a fully grown kangaroo can disembowel and kill their opponent with a single kick. Up for a fight, Skippy?

In media, kangaroos are often portrayed as either literally wearing boxing gloves, or else as capable of boxing moves. The origins of this image lay in the fact that, when defending itself, a kangaroo uses its upper legs (the ones usually thought of as "arms") first, to hold an opponent in place, while it rakes its opponent with its lower legs, thus giving the animal, for a short while, anyway, the appearance of "boxing".


Often Played for Laughs, despite the brutal ass-kicking the humans usually receive. Or because of it, if it's someone whose role is to be laughed at for their suffering, like the Butt-Monkey.

A variant is to depict Kangaroos as Kickboxers, which is much closer to their real-life behavior.


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  • Carlyle Auto Sales commercials feature a boxing kangaroo, appearing with blue eyes, red boxing gloves, a blue shirt in bubble letters reading I CAN!. In these commercials Carlyle Can-Garoo appears to be boxing red words in the future bold font, these words say BAD CREDIT, NO CREDIT, BANKRUPTCY, and CAR REPOSSESION. These are marked to show that the business is the car dealer which gets you a car no matter what.

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    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: In Season 7 episode 22, Ambassador Miao explains one of his ancestors to his daughter Keke and says his nine pockets were a big deal when he was alive and gave him a special rank. Keke comments on a student of hers that has only one pocket - he's a kangaroo wearing Red Boxing Gloves according to the thought bubble that appears near her head.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Joys Bad credit, noof Seasons episode 23, one of the hurt animals the goats help is a kangaroo, who was punching a punching bag before he was hurt, complete with him wearing box

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    Comic Books 
  • In the French comic The Diamond Boomerang, The Butt-Monkey finds himself fighting one of these in an underground Australian boxing rings, and wins.
  • Invoked by the Marvel Comics villain the Kangaroo—two of them, in fact. The first was just an enhanced guy, but the second wears a full suit of kangaroo armor.
  • A Brazilian Disney comic starring Joe Carioca (of Saludos Amigos and The Three Caballeros fame) has his friend Pedrão being punched by such a kangaroo and becoming so angry he starts training to get payback.
  • In the 80s, there was a comic book series called Pre-Teen Dirty-Gene Kung-Fu Kangaroos that were Expies of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles , but in a marsupial sense.
  • In Legends (DC), Beast Boy turns into one when dealing with Captain Boomerang.
  • In the Suske en Wiske comic De Blinkende Boemerang (The Shining Boomerang), Lambik fights a boxing kangaroo in Sydney to win a cash prize. He wins by cheating, so the kangaroo's handlers drop him off in the middle of the jungle.

  • The German silent movie Das Boxende Kanguruh, directed by Max Skladanowsky in 1895, featured a boxing kangaroo.
  • The titular kangaroo from Kangaroo Jack boxes one of the protagonists during a confrontation.
  • Warriors of Virtue had five kung-fu kangaroos aiding the hero on his journey in the land of Tao.
  • 1978's Matilda was a movie based around this concept.
  • 1996's Storybook had an anthropomorphic boxing kangaroo character named Pouch, who also wore a stereotypical outback hunting outfit. Like Matilda above, he was portrayed by an actor/stuntman in a kangaroo suit (the same actor from Matilda, no less), but unlike Matilda, Pouch is an anthropomorphic kangaroo, greatly decreasing the Uncanny Valley.
  • There's a quick shot in All Dogs Go to Heaven depicting two kangaroos fighting in a boxing match. It's just another sporting event the anti-hero Charlie wagers on.
  • The Australian family film Joey (1997) revolves around an underground gambling operation involving poached kangaroos.

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    Newspaper Comics 
  • Older Than Radio: A cartoon titled "Jack, the fighting Kangaroo with Professor Lendermann" appeared in a Sydney newspaper in 1891.

    Video Games 
  • Roger and Roger Jr (actually Mrs. Roger). from Tekken. Minor subversion: they borrow quite a bit (at least in Tekken 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament) from Professional Wrestling. The series also notably features Alex, a boxing velociraptor.
  • Roo, a midlevel boss and unlockable character from Streets of Rage 3 is a boxing kangaroo.
  • Ricky, one of the three Powerup Mounts from The Legend of Zelda: Oracle Games, is a boxing kangaroo. In both games, you had to retrieve his gloves for him before you could ride him.
  • Chipple from the Klonoa series is an anthropomorphic boxing kangaroo. He wasn't at first, though; he was introduced as a humanlike boxer, and inexplicably became a kangaroo between games.
  • There's the titular Kao the Kangaroo. (Geddit? "KO"? Geddit?)
  • One of the Demonic Spiders in their respective areas of Space Station Silicon Valley were the boxing kangaroos.
  • In a very old game for Sega Genesis, Gadget Twins, one of the bosses during the final world is a mechanical kangaroo with boxing gloves piloted by the game's antagonist, Thump.
  • One of the minigames in Lenny Loosejocks Goes Walkabout pits Lenny against a boxing kangaroo. While it takes several hits from Lenny to knock out the 'roo, if she manages to kick you, it's an instant knockout for Lenny.
  • Sierra Championship Boxing (an old PC game from the 1980's) let you create your own boxer, choosing from 4 races: white, black, cartoon, and kangaroo.
  • Kangoo and palette swap Thunder from ClayFighter 2.
  • One of the controllable animal-machines in Silicon Valley for the N64 was a classic boxing kangaroo.
  • Pokémon
    • Kangaskhan can learn a variety of punching attacks, including Comet Punch.
    • Breloom seems partially based on a kangaroo; it's part-Fighting-type, has a very high Attack stat, and learns a variety of punching moves. It even has red "hands" that look like boxing gloves.
  • The Digimon V-Pets gave us Kangalmon.
  • Team Fortress 2: The nucleus of the metal element Australium, named after the country in which it was discovered, resembles two kangaroos boxing. Ingots of Australium are also stamped with the image of a man boxing a kangaroo, which is the method by which Australia chooses its king.
  • The kangaroo-based Maverick Vanishing Gungaroo from Mega Man X7 and his Ride Armor are based on this trope.
  • If you're playing as a Naturalist in Twilight Heroes, the first superpower attack you'll learn is the Kangaroo Punch. It's not very strong, but it's accurate.
  • Monster Racers has one named Jabberoo. Of course, given the game's Wacky Racing theme, it never gets to use them.
  • The Atari rescue-the-Joey game simply titled Kangaroo with a boxing-gloved Mama.
  • Tokyo Jungle features one during a story section.
  • Kangaroon, the first boss of Mole Mania, wears boxing gloves, but instead of directly hitting you with them, he pulls out gloves from his pouch and tosses them at you.
  • Animal Crossing's first (and currently only) two male kangaroo villagers are this; Rooney is dressed up like a boxer and has a house full of training equipment and with boxing ring, while Walt is more discret example of this, featuring Handwraps of Awesome.
  • Etrian Odyssey IV features a FOE called a Bounding Beast. It's a massive (its joey is taller than the average human!) black-and-white kangaroo monster that, naturally, fights using devastating punches and uppercuts. Later in the game, Palette Swaps of it appear as regular enemies.
  • One of the various cards in Plants vs. Zombies: Heroes is the Kangaroo Rider, an undead kangaroo wearing boxing gloves with an Imp in her pouch. She packs a punch, but automatically retreats back into the zombie hero's hand if she's non-lethally damaged.

  • One of the main characters of furry webcomic A&H Club is a kangaroo who teaches martial arts.
  • In Boxer Hockey, the Sydney screamers' goalie is one of these.
  • Spacetrawler: The second time Nogg tries shanghaing a crew from Earth to fix the galaxy's problems he decides to grab a kangaroo from the type of sideshow acts mentioned above. He turns out to be a bloodthirsty psychopath after the translator chip is implanted.

    Western Animation 
  • The Fleischer Brothers cartoon The Boxing Kangaroo (1920) featured, naturally enough, a boxing kangaroo.
  • The Mickey Mouse cartoon Mickey's Kangaroo (1935) has him training the title character, a nonhumanized kangaroo named Hoppy, to be a boxer. It gets hilarious once the kangaroo really gets into the role and starts punching Mickey's face several times per second, while Mickey's still as happy-go-lucky as ever.
    • In the cartoon, Hoppy beats the bejesus out of Mickey alone. But in the comics of the same period, she fights Pegleg Pete's Killer Gorilla Growlio, and wastes no opportunity along the way to pound luckless assistant trainer Horace Horsecollar into the ground.
      • A Donald Duck short also had him taking care of a baby boxing kangaroo named Joey. Despite all the hard time Donald has keeping it in line, the pet really loves him, to the point of attacking him while he was dressed in a bear rug because it thought Donald was eaten by said bear.
      • And a Goofy short, Baggage Buster, had him working at a train station as a baggage handler keeping track of a magician's luggage. While he was messing with the magician's cape, it disgorges a boxing kangaroo which beats the snot out of him before hopping off.
      • In Magician Mickey, Mickey's magic hoop briefly turns Donald into a kangaroo with boxing gloves on.
  • Hippety Hopper from Looney Tunes: Sylvester often mistook him for a giant mouse and ended up on the wrong end of a Curb-Stomp Battle for it.
    • Though ''Bell Hoppy'' represented quite the victory over the "monster" for the lisping "puddy tat."
    • "Pop 'im, Pop" had Hoppy's "mother," Gracie the Fighting Kangaroo.
  • The Van Beuren Studios Little King short "A Royal Good Time" briefly features a boxing kangaroo, and it helps the King escape from the villain of the short.
  • Futurama: Theodore Roosevelt comments on a boxing match between Super King/Bender and a supervillain's trained kangaroo in "Less Than Hero".
  • Barney and Betty Rubble in The Flintstones had Hoppy, a dinosaur boxing kangaroo.
  • In The Simpsons, the logo of the billing service "Hopping Mad Collection Agency" has boxing gloves.
  • An episode of Mr. Magoo had the titular character accidentally walk in on a fight which featured a kangaroo who would start boxing if he heard a bell go "ding ding".
  • The Fairly OddParents has Punchy the boxing kangaroo, who only says "SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE!".
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: The first episode to feature the Monkey Talisman has Jackie, a skilled martial artist even in the cartoon, turned into a kangaroo; naturally, he proceeds to knock out the Dark Hand enforcers one by one.
    • Of course, the fact that he was turned into a female kangaroo with a pouch brings up other questions.
  • An old Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinks short pitted Jinks against a boxing kangaroo, K.O. Kangy. Like Sylvester, Jinks thought K.O. was a giant mouse.
  • Animalympics has Joey Gongolong, a kangaroo version of Muhammad Ali, competing for a gold medal in boxing.
  • Total Drama has Leshawna fight a boxing kangaroo in the World Tour season. Leshawna is a powerful girl, but the kangaroo knocks her out with a single punch. Harold jumps into the ring to fight for his girlfriend's honor, only to share her fate.
  • An episode of the old Rankin-Bass animated series Tales of the Wizard of Oz had one named Boomer Rang (complete with boxing gloves and a heavy Australian accent when he speaks), whom the scarecrow (named Socrates in this series) is a big fan of, but when he accidentally knocks out the champion marsupial, he is forced to fight Boomer Rang in the ring. Needless to say, things don't go well.
  • The Walter Lantz short Punchy Pooch had one of these.
  • Joey the kangaroo on The Penguins of Madagascar would beat up anyone who invaded his habitat.
  • Kangoo is a French cartoon series about about a team of basketball-playing and crime-fighting kangaroos. The Big Guy Kevin is also a "freestyle" martial artist.
  • The Tom and Jerry: The Fast and the Furry movie had Punchy the Boxing Kangaroo, who beats up Tom when he sawed Australia in half.

    Real Life 
  • Averted by the bizarre case of the man who punched a kangaroo to save his dog. The kangaroo didn't punch back.
  • During World War II, boxing kangaroos were stencilled on Australian fighter aeroplanes of the No. 21 Squadron RAAF based in Singapore and Malaya. It would later be adapted as the symbol of the Australian Air Force.
  • A flag featuring a gold-colored boxing kangaroo on a green field, wearing Red Boxing Gloves, was flown by the Australia II during the successful 1983 Australian challenge for the America's Cup. This flag has since been adopted as the (un)Official Australian Sporting flag.
  • A boxing kangaroo was the official mascot of the Australian 2004 Summer Olympic Team.
  • The mascot for the Brockton Rox minor league baseball team in Brockton MA, K-O the Kangaroo, has been known to don boxing gloves from time to time.
  • The kangaroo-shaped ceramic coin-and-watch holdernote  wears little boxing gloves.


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