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  • Accidental Aesop: "Pingu Runs Away" could be taken as having an anti-spanking message, as doing so only hurts both parent and child, and only makes things worse.
  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Pinga's name is a Spanish slang for "dick".
    • In Brazil, Pinga is the name of an alcoholic drink.
  • Bilingual Bonus: While the show's fictional language, Penguinese, was designed so that anyone from anywhere in the world could watch and understand what was going on, it seems the language has its fair share of loanwords from countless real life languages, including English, Russian, German, Korean and Portuguese; The language also appears to have several alphabets, as the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets show up in written Penguinese on occasion.
    • This led to a (rather amusing in hindsight) minor controversy around the time of the airing of "Pingu's Admirer" in Season 2, since a signpost in the episode quite prominently displayed the words Perestroika and Glasnost in Cyrillic, both terms being quite important phrases at the time given what was happening in the USSR.
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  • Creepy Awesome: The seal/walrus thingy has his fair share of fans.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Despite his overall creepy and unsettling appearance and monstrous behaviour, the seal/walrus from "Pingu's Dream" is quite loved by several fans, mostly because of him being a genuinely frightening antagonist in a dream episode.
  • First Installment Wins: Though the UK and Japanese continuations are praised for their fidelity, the original Swiss made seasons (especially the first two) are often considered the best.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: To the point of saving the show twice over:
    • The show is fairly popular in the United Kingdom, enough that it ended up Uncancelled for another two seasons when HIT Entertainment bought the rights to the series.
    • The series is very popular in Japan, seeing as the Licensed Games that have been released were country-exclusives, and the show itself getting Uncancelled again with a CGI animated reboot in October 2017 entitled Pingu In The City.
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    • It's fairly popular in North America, especially Canada.
    • Latin America has quite a strong love for the series, Mexico in particular, thanks to Pingu being a regular part of the classic "Once Niños" programming block.
    • Even David Hasselhoff loves Pingu. He even released a single in Switzerland in 1993 based on it which ended up the show's title theme.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Pingu can be a real brat sometimes, but you want to see him learn a lesson.
    • In any instance Pingu's not acting up, one of the other kids will often be this. Most instances Robby heckles Pingu end with them reconciling after Robby hurts himself and is left in tears for example.
  • Memetic Molester: The seal in "Pingu Dreams".
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Noot noot!"
    • "Pingu's Lavatory Story"note  has become possibly the most memetic episode of this show, for more reasons than one.
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    • Pinga's name, due to not just being a sexual slang in Spanish, but there are plenty of YTPs associated her name with a certain line well-known amongst YouTube Poopers.note 
    • Adding to its status of being Big in Japan, the series is considered in Japan to be a treasure trove of mondegreens due to the use of "Penguinese". Even "Noot noot!" is best known as a mondegreen ("Maaag-nuuum"!).
    • "Pingu is my favorite anime."Explanation 
    • "Well now I am not doing it!" Explanation 
    • A certain shot taken from the music video for Eskimo Disco's "7-11" became memetic for having Pingu donning emo hair and a miserable look for no apparent reason.
  • Misaimed Marketing: Whoever thought the (ironic) ''Pingu's English'' program was a good idea probably never even watched the series proper to begin with.
  • Never Live It Down: Pingu's mother to some extent, thanks to her harsh out of character behavior in "Pingu Quarrels With His Mother". Nevertheless, she's still a good mother overall.
  • Periphery Demographic: The show has a rather large fanbase, and there are teenage and adult fans in there as well most likely due to the animation and the humour.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The aforementioned Seal nightmare episode.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel:
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • In 2005, the cartoon was partially Screwed by the Network in Britain by reusing Canada's The Pingu Show, and then dubbing over it. This was disliked by many, and stuck with the episodes on their own.
    • The redubbed episodes in general which replace the classic Pingu theme with an excerpt of the Pingu Rap, changes all the music and overdubs much of the original audio. Those are the only versions found on DVD too, so you better hope you have your old British BBC VHS tapes to hand. Unless you decide to search YouTube for original episodes.
    • To some degree, the Pingu In The City reboot. While many like it since it stays true to the original series in spirit and designs and has more variety in penguin species, the transition to CGI and more Animesque gimmicks is still apparent, with it not considered quite the same. The HOT animation produced episodes also get this to a lesser degree, though they faithfully replicate the original far better.
  • Uncanny Valley: The seal in "Pingu Dreams".
  • Viewer Species Confusion:
    • There's a lot of debate whether the giant monster pinniped from "Pingu Dreams" is a walrus or a leopard seal, which doesn't help that he looks nothing like either of them.
    • Pingu is said to be an emperor penguin on the official Japanese page, but the Pingu documentary says Pingu is a king penguin. Adult king and emperor penguins look alike, but Pinga is clearly an emperor penguin chick and Pingu has yellow markings like an emperor penguin (king penguins have orange markings).
  • What an Idiot!: In "Pingu Quarrels With His Mother", Pingu gets a splinter in his foot after continually angering his mother with his repeated pratfalls and misbehaviour. What does Pingu do to try and solve the situation? Kick the table as hard as he can with the affected foot, breaking the crockery neatly arranged on top, then continue to run around the room hollering like a loon. Pingu only breaks out of the stupidity (and straight into tears) when his mother slaps him hard across his face.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: There were many scenes which felt questionable for a children's show (particularly in the older episodes), including one where Pingu was slapped by his mother, and another where blood dripped out from Pingu's beak from an injury.
  • Woolseyism: In spite of the flak towards the remastered series' soundtrack changes, "Pingu Helps With Incubating" has a rather cool example, replacing the copyrighted "Woodpeckers In Space" with the extended version of The Pingu Dance.


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