12 Popular Penguin Characters

Did your favourite penguin character make the list? We've rounded up the most loved fictional penguins of all time.


April 25th is World Penguin Day. To commemorate such a special day, here are some of the most loved penguins from around the world, all in one article.



Pingu is a young cheeky and charming penguin living in a snowy world with his Mum, Dad, little sister Pinga, and all his friends. Though mostly well-behaved, Pingu finds himself in a number of comical mischievous situations in each episode.



Mumbles from Happy Feet

Mumbles is a young Emperor Penguin who lives deep in Antarctica. In their world, 'a penguin that cannot sing is not a penguin at all'. Sadly, Mumbles cannot sing. He does have another special talent however, tap dancing!



Chilly Willy

Chilly Willy is a tiny penguin who lives in Alaska.  Ironically, he doesn't like the cold and always looks for different ways to stay warm, where he meets opposition from a dog named Smedley.



Wheezy from Toy Story

Wheezy is a squeaky rubber toy penguin with a red bowtie. In the movie Toy Story, he was almost sold at a yard sale due to his broken squeaker but was saved by Woody and Buzz Lightyear.



Mr. Poppers Penguins

Mr. Popper's Penguins tells the story of a poor house painter named Mr. Popper who is sent a male penguin by the great Admiral Drake. Thanks to the arrival of a female penguin, Mr. Popper soon has 12 penguins living in his house (oh boy!) The classic children's book was recently retold in a movie starring Jim Carrey.



Penguins of Madagascar

The lovable penguins from the movie Madagascar are inspired by Adélie penguins who live in the Arctic. Though it is quite impossible for them to have reached Madagascar, (here is an article about the real penguins of Madagascar), the Penguin quartet -  Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private - are so lovable that they have their own film titled Penguins of Madagascar. In their film, the four penguins perform various commando-like missions to protect their home at  Central Park Zoo.



Cody Maverick from Surf's Up

Cody Maverick  is a 17-year-old rockhopper penguin who lives in Shiverpool, Antartica. His dream is to be a professional surfer, ever since he met his hero, professional surfer, Big Z.



The Penguin from Batman

Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, known as The Penguin is a fictional supervillain from Gotham City and one of Batman's greatest foes.  He is an eccentric criminal mastermind, known for his love of ornithology, his trick umbrellas that contain a number of deadly weapons, and his shady business dealings. 



The Mascot of Penguin Books

Penguins Books is a British publishing house founded in 1935 and is now a publishing conglomerate under the name Penguin Random House. Their iconic logo, the penguin, is recognisable all over the world and is a trademark for good quality published books.



Gunter from Adventure Time

Gunter is the personal assistant of the main antagonist in Adventure Time - The Ice King. In truth, Gunter is the primordial cosmic entity known as Orgalorg and feared as the Breaker of Worlds.



Bad Badtz-Maru from Sanrio

バッドばつ丸, (Baddo batsu maru), one of the Sanrio characters, is a penguin with distinct spiky hair. Badtz-Maru has many different facial expressions and poses, but a common expression is when he pulls one eye down and sticks out his tongue.




Oda from Avecmavoix

We can't end this article without including our lovable penguin mascot Oda, caught here with a bowl of macarons! Oda loves going on adventures around the world while learning the French language and interacting with francophiles and French learners on their French learning journey. 




Bonus Penguin

Though not fictional characters, these penguins deserve a shout out. This award winning photo by Tobias Baumgaertner shows two widowed penguins who often meet and comfort each other while looking at the city lights. What a beautiful reminder to us all to cherish the ones we love and how being compassionate with each other can make the world a whole lot better.




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