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"Once, the center of communication and friend making. Now, a dead zone, dangerous to the unwitting scavenger."
Club Penguin Shutdown is a series created by people at Near Human Intelligence which focuses on Club Penguin weeks after its shutdown. To sum the world up now? A terrible place to live. Violent attacks happen often, one wrong move will get you killed, and if you're not fast enough... Game over. The series currently has one season of 14 episodes, as well as two bonus episodes, with a second season currently being uploaded as of mid 2018.

The videos of it can currently be found on Near Human Intelligence's Youtube Channel, the entirety of season 1 can be found here and a full compilation of all season 1 episodes can be viewed here. In addition, the teaser to the second season can be viewed here and you can watch its first episode here. There's also a fan Discord server of it.

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Tropes about Club Penguin Shutdown

  • Abnormal Ammo: The game's snowball function has been transformed into in-universe firearms, which are used in inter-gang conflicts and other such instances.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Penguins in the Purple Republic don't seem to be nearly as malicious nor obnoxious as they were in the actual game. Well... at least some of them do, and said few actually join Lil_Jeffy's side, which causes some serious problems when they reunite with the other members in The Reunion (Season 2, episode 2). However, on the other side you have...
  • Adaptational Villainy: The Tuba Gang were originally a peaceful social club on the main game; here they’re a very powerful and very dangerous gang that envokes fear to almost all the penguins, even among the Cannibal. It takes an accidental massacre by Lil_Jeffy to put an end to this, turning the leader into a joke among the other remaining penguins which begins his mass hatred of Lil_Jeffy. However, during The Chase (episode 14), the leader also says that they "were the ones protecting the island," so maybe they're not all that bad in their view.
    • Rockhopper ends up being the gang leader above the Tuba Gang, along with Aunt Arctic, and Rookie, although what he done on The Hunter (Season 2, episode 1) suggests that he's the big leader of it.
    • Numerous other gangs also seemed to have fallen under this, as shown in "The Leaders" , although most of them have been killed off as a result of a gang war that erupted between then and episode 3 of the second season.
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  • After the End: The series was set after Club Penguin's shutdown that caused massive societal collapse.
  • Anyone Can Die: The series makes it very clear that this is the case. At least 80% of the characters have died throughout the series.
  • April Fools' Day: The 15th episode, where Disney restores the original Club Penguin, bans the Tuba Leader for swearing, and turns the Pizza Parlor into a veggie store. They revealed it to be a prank when the episode ended, although one announcement in the Discord server shows that Lil_Jeffy isn't all that forgiving about it.note 
  • Audience Participation: The series uses ideas based on what people have written in comments about them, and shows those ideas in the Aftershow.
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  • Bad-Guy Bar: The Coffee Shop seems to have been turned into one, with the narrator saying its the hangout for Mercenaries and Bounty Hunters, and it's also where we first see Big_Jeff.
  • Becoming the Mask:
    • Lil_Jeffy attempts this in The Leaders (episode 13) by confronting the gang leaders. He ends up becoming their laughing stock until he accidentally kills one of the gang leaders in seconds, silencing everyone. Lil_Jeffy's reaction to this strongly suggest him becoming a braver, more confident penguin.
    • Lil_Jeffy actually does become the mask in episode 14, where he pounces on the Tuba Gang leader to save the Agent, and also takes his now busted tuba.
  • Big Bad: The leader of the Tuba Gang whose gang was (accidentally) wiped out by Lil_Jeffy. After his death, this role has been given to many other penguins, namely Rockhopper, Big_Jeff, the leader in the Ski Village, among others.
  • Bigger Bad: Rockhopper, Rookie and Aunt Artic are revealed to be this at the end of episode 14.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: This happens in season 2, episode 5, "The Gathering", as a whole bunch of Penguins on various sides end up fighting each other over Lil_Jeffy before Big_Jeff breaks it up by leaving with Lil_Jeffy tied on the sled. Then again, it could be because they claimed that they were all his to take.
  • Big Damn Heroes: A collaborate effort between the Orange Puffle and the Cannibal saves Lil_Jeffy from the Tuba Gang leader.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Compared to the original Club Penguin by a lot.
    • In general, any scene involving the Cannibal is this, considering what they do is... well, fairly self explanatory.
    • The Hunter (Season 2, episode 1) starts this off by having the NHI brain don the Cannibal's mask instead of its regular nose glasses... only for the screen to flicker as a chainsaw starts up, with the brain shortly then being sliced in half.
  • Body Horror: There's quite a lot of it in this series, especially with the Hybrid Sea Monster.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Several members of both gangs in The Sale (Episode 4) get this in the shootout.
    • This happens again in The Reunion (Season 2, episode 2) with the survivor boy being shot right in the face by a Purple Republic member.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: This happened with Lil_Jeffy two times in Season 1; first when he saw the penguin war that happened in The Sale (episode 4), and in The Leaders (episode 13), he proceed to defecate in terror when he met all of the gang leaders on Penguin Island, much to their disappointment over witnessing the truth of the dreaded version. Sadly, it escalated into situation where everyone died from his mishaps that his reputation will live on.
  • Canon Immigrant: Rockhopper, Rookie and Aunt Artic appear at the end of The Chase (episode 14) and are highly implied to be the Bigger Bads, and what the former actually does in the first season 2 episode and beyond solidifies his role.
  • Catchphrase: The narrator says his upon the end of a scene when he sees anything immensely crazy happens.
    "Now that... was freaking nuts."
  • Chase Scene: This is likely going to happen in season 2, episode 6 after it's shown that Big_Jeff escapes with Lil_Jeffy and one of them says to go after him in "The Gathering" (season 2, episode 5).
  • Crapsack World: The Club Penguin after the shutdown has been harsh for penguins as their society collapsed without any support from outside. The closest thing to society is multiple Gang of Hats who controlled drugs, food, and even Penguins that were unfortunate enough to be Made a Slave. In addition, the lack of food has forced many survivors to eat puffles, Puffle Food, and even other Penguins.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Lil_Jeffy accidentally had the blue penguin in The Gang (episode 2) killed when he fell into the minecart as the Tuba Leader had him killed to send a message that he shouldn't be messed with, making his sister want to avenge him in episode 5.note 
    • Not long later, Lil_Jeffy accidentally causes a cave-in and wipes out the Tuba Gang, making their leader the Sole Survivor and turning him into the Big Bad of season 1.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: It wouldn't be a stretch to say that this happens every episode.
    • The blue penguin in the second episode gets beaten, and nailed to a tree with the words TUBA GANG written in his blood.
    • This later applies to his sister who tries kill Lil_Jeffy as revenge, only to be pushed into the inferno by the Cannibal and is burned alive.
    • Entire gang leaders gathered at the Dance Club in Episode 13, appropriately titled "The Leaders". The first leader died from falling on his blade after slipping on Lil_Jeffy's poop, and the second and third died from pieces from the explosion of shooting gallery. Finally, all but two leaders died horribly from poisonous fumes from an overloaded generator.
    • After the Tuba Gang Leader finds the two red penguins eating the remainder of his stuff, he proceeds to burn one of them alive, drowning him soon after, and then beats the second penguin into a quivering pulp.
    • The very first episode of the second season doesn't cut slack; a likely former Club Penguin moderator gets thrown off a cliff!
    • The Tube Gang Leader is highly implied that they were murdered by the Cannibal in The Reunion (Season 2, episode 2).
    • The former leader of the gang that now follows Rockhopper gets burnt alive from the inside with hot sauce in The Wasteland (Season 2, episode 3).
  • Darker and Edgier: Set in After the End helps the series' setting.
  • Dark Reprise: If you listen closely to the theme inside the Pizza Parlor in the very first episode, it's actually the normal theme to it except horribly distorted.note  The same happens to the other building themes.
  • Defector from Decadence: Several members of The Purple Republic defect to Lil_Jeffy's side after they've had enough of the Tuba Leader's destructive ways, and because they want to get back at him for killing their leader and taking over. Unfortunately, this also causes some major problems by the time the survivors reunite with the rest of the Purple Republic.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: In Episode 3, Lil_Jeffy eats the stuff in the minecart, which happens to be some sort of drug. He becomes incredibly high as a result.
    • Likewise, the red Penguins consumed these and used it as kindling. They also forcefully feed their puffle it, which makes it high and also brings another sequence as it effectively shoots itself into a bunch of rocks.
  • Dog Food Diet: Some penguins (most notably, the Agent in the underground pool) have resulted to eating pet food, such as Puffle-O's in order to survive.
  • The Dreaded:
    • The Tuba Gang serve as this, with nobody wanting to mess with them, not even the cannibal.
    • Over the course of the series, Lil_Jeffy's actions and consequences of said actions have resulted in him being feared by most penguins on the island.
  • Driven to Suicide: The Agent almost kills himself twice. First, when he decides to break the windows in the sewers to drown himself, but stops to save Lil_Jeffy as soon as he sees him drowning. Then, after he sees the bodies from the war over the minecart, he almost decides to throw a snowball at his head, but tells himself to get a hold of himself.
    • Even in his brain damaged state, the poor guy still has a breakdown and would have likely tried to kill himself if it wasn't for the flappy "penguin" slapping him unconscious in The Wasteland (Season 2, episode 3).
  • Eat the Puffle: Some penguins have resulted to eating puffles as a source of sustenance. Needless to say, the surviving puffles aren't pleased by this and the narrator even calls them out on this.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Hybrid Sea Monster that debuts in Halloween is definitely this; it's made entirely out of dead penguins! Its body and limbs are made out of eyeless penguin corpses, its eyes are are the eyes from said courses except clustered together and its teeth are the remaining beaks from the corpses, and it also seeks to eat penguins! To say that's not disturbing for a Penguin (or a viewer) would be a bit of an understatement.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Oh, if only that were true. If only that were true.
  • Heel–Face Turn: A handful of Purple Republic members join Lil_Jeffy's side after the Tuba Gang Leader kills their leader and try to get him. Unfortunately, this does cause problems with a remaining survivor by the time they reunite with the other members...
  • Fearless Fool / Good Is Dumb: The narrator says many times that Lil_Jeffy isn't very intelligent, and he does a LOT of stupid things throughout the series.
  • Feathered Fiend: Pretty much every penguin except for Lil_Jeffy.
  • For Want of a Nail: The events of the series wouldn't have transpired if it wasn't for Lil_Jeffy's empty stomach.
  • Hive Mind: The Hybrid Sea Monster is made out of several drowned penguins.
    • The wrinkly green (and later purple) penguin is also revealed to be several puffles hiding inside a gutted penguin.
  • Hope Spot: Trying to list all of them would be very time consuming, but to put it simply, if you think Club Penguin island is going to get better with each installment, you'd be horribly wrong.
  • Holodeck Malfunction: In Halloween, a ringing bell as part of the Halloween party appears and upon being thrown out of the Puffle Hotel, it travels into reality, falls into the sewers and activates a machine in the now flooded underground pool which... well, let's just say the results aren't pretty.
  • I Am A Penguintarian: There is a cannibal on the island, although whether or not there's more has yet to be said.
  • I'll Kill You!: The girl (whose brother was killed because of both Lil_Jeffy and the Tuba Gang) says this before she's burned to death.
  • Jump Scare: An In-Universe example is with the Hybrid Sea Monster popping out of the ground of the Forest in The Chase (Episode 14) and it's simultaneously In-Universe and played straight with Rockhopper in The Hunter (Season 2, episode 1).
    "YARR!"
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Both the dealer from the Clothes Shop and the bearded penguin from the Cove get this treatment during episode 4's shootout.
  • Kill It with Fire: The Girl in episode 5 attempts this on Lil_Jeffy, only for it to turn around on her after The Cannibal pushes her into the flames.
  • Klingon Promotion: The Tuba Leader was this to the Purple Republic after no-one bothered to take the leader's place.
  • The Puffle Bites Back: A puffle gets back at one of the Dock survivors (who were responsible for killing and eating many puffles) by smashing his face into the ground.
  • The Lancer: The leader of the Strangers becomes this to the the Tuba Leader after three of his gang were killed by The Agent at the Puffle Hotel in Episode 7.
  • MacGuffin: The Minecart full of a questionable substance that Lil_Jeffy accidentally stole from the Tuba Gang, which was then responsible for wiping out two gangs in a matter of seconds.
    • It later falls in the hands/wings of two red penguins, who use the substance as kindling. This later gets their puffle and themselves killed by the Tuba Leader.
  • Misblamed: In-Universe example. When in the mine shaft, Lil_Jeffy falls into the mine cart with... A mysterious substance in it, causing it to be gone. The 3 in the cave when the Tuba Gang return are blamed for it.
  • Mushroom Samba: Lil_Jeffy ate the mysterious substance (presumably hallucinogenic mushrooms) from the minecart and suffers from this. As a result, when he managed to escape the minecart, he unwittingly ate cooked puffle in his hallucination of it as fish burger and saw the penguins at the cove as beach girls. Needless to say, he was very disgusted by it when he got out of it.
    • This also happens to two thugs who use the substance as kindling for their fire, as well the puffle they feed them too. The puffle died as a result of what it did during its samba, using its cannon and firing it towards a blocked off wall, causing it to explode and water from the now flooded underground pool to slowly flood the room. In addition, the two penguins, still in a mushroom high, get beaten to death by the leader of the Tuba Gang when he discovers they used the substance as kindling.
  • Not Quite Dead: The Agent was presumed to have died after one of the purple penguins hits him in the head with a case, but Episode 13 reveals he is actually live, but with major brain damage. However, he can still recall all the deaths he thinks he caused during 'The Wasteland'' (Season 2, episode 3) and talked fairly normally during his panic attack, so it may not be an extremely major case.
  • Nuke 'em: According to the season 2 teaser, it's implied that a nuclear snowball is planning to be dropped on the now desolate Club Penguin island.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: At the beginning of the first special episode (Halloween), presumably one of the game servers tries to activate the Halloween party... but it doesn't really work out quite that well as the Plaza constantly flickers back and forth rapidly to the now commended Club Penguin and the Halloween party alongside with glitchy sounds being played until Lil_Jeffy throws a bell out of the door to stop it.
  • Reality Ensues: The Agent's head injury reducing him to a babbling, helpless mess is disturbingly accurate to what injuries of similar nature can do to a person in real life.
    "I got your nose! Honk Honk! *giggling* ... Need-eaaaaaaat! Bel-ly..." (Episode 13)
    "Little... Jeef? Little Jeef!! Little Jeef! Little Jeef!" (Episode 14)
  • Red Shirt: Most (if not all) of the ocean blue penguins end up as this; There's the penguin in the first episode (beaten by 2 thugs), one in the second episode (beaten to death and nailed to a tree), the first victim of the Eldritch Abomination, and the leader of Team Blue (also one of the first killed).
  • Red Shirt Army: The Strangers. All but a handful of them are still alive by the end of episode 10.
  • Safe Zone Hope Spot: There's supposedly one near the ski hill... although as revealed in The Reward (Season 2, Episode 4), it's been completely frozen over, and those penguins in the Ski Lodge? Well... let's just say their appearances aren't as they seem.
  • Scare Chord: One is played when one of the Purple Republic members is about to fire a snowball at the survivor girl and boy.
  • Scenery Gorn: The amount of detail put into making the place look desolate and destroyed is honestly pretty great.
  • Shrouded in Myth: How other penguins see Lil_Jeffy compared to how he actually is couldn't be more different.
  • Silent Protagonist: Lil_Jeffy, except for saying out emoticons, doesn't speak throughout the series.
  • Something Else Also Rises: The Tuba Gang leader has a female penguin blow on his tuba, which he very much enjoys.
  • Special Guest: A variant of this is featured in The Wasteland (Season 2, Episode 3) as a penguin known only as "The Freak" debuts with a minor appearance as he proceeds to burn the Nachos Leader from the inside out. He was actually created by one of the users over on the Discord server before being hired by NHI.
  • Promoted Fanboy: A few fans of the series actually got to collaborate with NHI to have their penguins appear in the series.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: This happens to the Pizza Parlor in The Girl (episode 5) after the Girl tries to kill Lil_Jeffy, only for her to get burnt alive in her own oil pit by the Cannibal as her can of oil rolls directly to the furnace. When the flames hit the hot sauce container above it... well, you can guess what happened.
  • Sugar Apocalypse: The island was so welcoming and friendly back then...
  • Surprise Creepy: While the series has its moments, let's just say that the formation of... whatever that thing is in Halloween may be pretty offputting to some viewers.
    • The floppy skinned green (and later purple) "penguin" (really just a bunch of puffles controlling it) that debuts in The Strangers (episode 7) can also be this. Even the narrator is horrified to see it until Lil_Jeffy and the "penguin" wave out to them to tell them that it's friendly.
    "Screw the paper, Lil_Jeffy! That thing is disgusting!"
    • Even the first episode of season 2 has this right from the very beginning as the NHI brain that appears in the intro gets cut right in half by a chainsaw.
  • Toilet Humor: Lil_Jeffy craps himself in fear twice. The second time ends up saving his life in episode 13.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Lil_Jeffy early on in season 2 where he's willing to let penguins for dead in order to get what he wants (pizza).
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Lil_Jeffy really likes pizza. Unfortunately, he can't find any throughout the series. This also contributes to the above trope.
  • Trashcan Bonfire: There's one in the Plaza.
  • Trash Talk: After all the various sectors of Penguins try to claim Lil_Jeffy is theirs in "The Gathering" (season 2, episode 5) and how they insult each other, you can likely tell that one heck of a battle is going to happen.
  • Try Not to Die: The lone survivors on the island have to do this, but it's far easier said than done considering that almost everything is trying to kill them.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The narrator didn't seem to be paying attention to what happened at the Clothes Shop at the end of The Girl (episode 5) where the Tuba Leader kills the leader of the Purple Republic and takes over, setting the scene for the next 6 episodes.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Lil_Jeffy pukes after seeing a penguin being cooked in the pizzeria, and he also almost vomits upon learning he ate puffles.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: the Gang leaders in "The Leaders", some of them don't even get any lines before they're killed.
  • Wham Line: There are a handful of them in the series:
    • In The Chase (episode 14), we get this comment that puts a new perspective on the Tuba Gang Leader.
    Tuba Gang Leader: You really have no idea what you've done. The Tuba Gang... We were the ones protecting the island. And you've killed us all. When THEY get here and THEY don't get the stuff... Everyone will pay... You screwed us all, LIL-JEFFY!
    • Even Rockhopper has his own in The Hunted after he gets other penguins to throw a hapless penguin (implied to be a former moderator) down a cliff to land in jagged rocks.
    Rockhopper: I'm not here for you to be fixing mistakes. You made the mistake in the first place! That leaves the mistake fixing to me... ...One would think a former moderator would be able to keep things under control... ...this ought to send them a pretty clear message.
    • The remaining members of the Purple Republic don't seem to take one of the ex-members of it very well, and what they say can make you wonder if it was a good idea for them to even do a Heel–Face Turn.
    Purple Republic member: Oh, I don't know, but you sure were able to betray your own people now, weren't you? This is what's left of our family and it's all your fault! (the Ex-Purple Republic member tries to speak up, mentioning that "we are the Purple Republic", only to get slapped before continuing) Don't you dare say the name! You're not worthy of it.
    • In the same episode, that Purple Republic member... well, it's mentioned below although here's what they said (and done):
    Purple Republic member: Ah, it does appear that we do indeed have a problem then. Lucky for you, I'm good at solving problems. (they proceed to shoot the survivor boy right in the head as he then drops right down to the ground and bleeds) Problem solved!
    • The Agent, despite being brain damaged, reveals that in The Wasteland (Season 2, episode 3), he still recalls all the deaths he unintentionally caused and gets sent into a frenzy until the flappy "penguin" knocks him unconscious.
    The Agent: ...Lil...Jeef...? Jeef! Jeeef. Jee... [he turns around and sees all the dead penguins in the dock] Jee... Jee... [he starts violently shaking] Why doesn't this end?! WHY DOESN'T IT EVER END?! I'm sorry. I'M SO SORRY! I'M SO SORRY! [he trips over his broken leg] AHHHHH!! My leg! AHHHHH MULLET! It hurts! This is it... This is what I deserve at last. I have caused so much death. So much! I'M SO SORRY! [he's slapped unconscious by the flappy "penguin"]
    • In The Reward (Season 2, episode 4), when Lil_Jeffy gets into the Lodge Attic, one of the "penguins" (loosely, considering it's a mutant) nears Lil_Jeffy and says the following. It's probably a warning for things to come of what he was going to get himself into.
    Mutant Penguin: "While....you...still have....[the] chance... ESCAPE!"
  • Wham Shot: As said above, there are a handful of wham shots every now and then.
    • The shot of the mascots and their army about to wreck havoc on the island in the season 1 finale.
    • When Rockhopper gets the members that joined him to throw a moderator off a cliff in The Hunter (Season 2, episode 1). This shows that he's definitely not messing around.
    • In The Reunion (Season 2, episode 2), the same Purple Republic member as mentioned above corners both the survivor girl and boy and lets the latter free. The girl tries to escape, and the Purple Republic member says that there's a problem and that he's good at solving them. He then proceeds to shoot the survivor boy in the head with a snowball, sending the survivor girl to tears as he says that the problem is "solved".
    • Rockhopper gets yet another in The Wasteland (Season 2, episode 3) as he literally gets an assistant to burn the former leader of his gang inside out with hot sauce via directly injecting it into his body.
    • As revealed in The Reward (Season 2, episode 4), the Ski Village is very far from its claimed Safe Zone Hope Spot status as it looks like it's been through numerous harsh snowstorms. The Ski Lodge's inhabitants aren't that pretty either; between some horrifying mutants and penguins that seem friendly enough but end up to be lying jerks who use Lil_Jeffy and his pizza craving to do just about anything to their advantage, it's not much that's out of place in Club Penguin Shutdown.
    • Also during the same episode, The Cannibal recalls their previous experiences with Lil_Jeffy and co and saves a penguin from being assumingly sacrificed.
  • You Monster!: The narrator occasionally calls out some of the penguins for their bad actions if he sees them.
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