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From left to right, Brody, Swift, Rod, and Penny.

Top Wing is a short-lived Canadian computer-animated Nick Jr. series produced by Industrial Brothers and 9 Story Media Group, in association with Nickelodeon, that premiered on November 6, 2017.

Taking place on Big Swirl Island, an island inhabited by birds, Top Wing follows four eager young birds—Swift, Penny, Brody, and Rod—who work together at Top Wing Academy as new cadets to earn their wings by helping their community. With the help of mentor Speedy, the cadets take on different missions for their rescue skills and also help those in need, all while learning important lessons.

The entire first episode was leaked on the Nick Jr. app on October 7, 2017.

The series was not renewed for a third season and the final episodes burned off from June 15 - July 2, 2020.


This show contains examples of:

  • Odd Name Out: In "Chicks on the Loose", Cheep and Chirp are revealed to have cousins named Chickster, Chuckster, Chitter, Chatter, Clucky and Bob.
  • One-Word Vocabulary: The Banana Bandits can only say "Banana."
  • Pink Means Feminine: Penny wears pink.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Rod.
  • Pokémon Speak: Cheep and Chirp only say their names. As do their cousins, save for Bob who goes "honk".
  • Reality Ensues: Penny's beloved krill pops are considered something of a Stock "Yuck!" by her teammates. Given that none of them would eat krill in real life (Swift and Rod would both lean towards seeds while Brody would prefer a nice fish dinner), it makes sense.
    • In one episode, the cadets are told to practice driving their vehicles backwards. Brody insists that he doesn't need to practice and indeed neglects his practice in favor of surfing; when he's called on to drive backwards in an actual emergency, he fails. Penny on the other hand was diligent in her practice and performs perfectly. Brody sheepishly admits that he can't rely on talent, especially in high-tension situations.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!: PAW Patrol AS BIRDS!
  • Remembered I Could Fly: In "Lemon Pirates", Swift tries to stand on rolling lemons, but then he realizes he could fly.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Followed to a tee. All crocodile characters...Captain Dilly, Matilda, Rocco, and Chomps...are evil. The only good reptile is, per usual for this trope, a turtle.
  • Ship Tease: Swift/Penny, Swift/Shirley, and Rod/Betty
  • The Smurfette Principle: Penny is the only female on the team, if one doesn't count Bea.
  • Treasure Hunt Episode: "Treasure Map Mission"
  • Two Shorts: It's averted with the first episode, which was a half-hour. Subsequent episodes have 2 11 minute stories.


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Top Wing theme

The opening theme to Top Wing.

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