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Pingu is the main character of the TV show of the same name and Pingu in the City .


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Pingu a is cheery fun-loving penguin who lives with his family in the South Pole. He sometimes helps his mother and father out with chores, and he often takes care of Pinga when Mother and Father are busy.

Despite a genuine caring nature, Pingu can be very troublesome and mischevious as most children are. There is a recurring gag in the series where Pingu refuses to eat or misbehaves at the dinner table. It was part of the plot in Pingu Runs Away. When Pinga is born in The New Arrival, Pingu is upset that he couldn't see the birth, and tries as much as he could to get to Pinga. In the episode Jealousy, Mother wants Pingu to stop behaving badly while she looks after Pinga and Pingu becomes upset and hides in a toy box.

As the series progressed, Pingu became a much more mature and responsible penguin. He later has a crush on Pingi. He hangs out with his friends more and takes responsibility, as seen in Pingu and Pinga at the Kindergarten.


Pingu is a black and white round penguin with orange/yellow feet and a red beak. Although he can change his appearance by changing his size or turning into a ball. Very rarely, he can detach his head as seen in Pingu Looks After the Egg.


As the title character, Pingu appears in every episode of Pingu and Pingu in the City.


Pingu's catchphrase is "Nug, Nug!", most commonly known as "Noot Noot!". In doing this, his beak becomes a sort of horn shape. He uses this to show affection, anger, happiness or even to attract attention.


  • When Pingu walks, the sound he makes when his flippers slap against the ground is really the sound artist slapping the top of his other hand during the recording session.
  • It's unknown what type of penguin he is, though the Cartoon Network Japan website says that Pingu is an emperor penguin.[1] This is probably true as his sister Pinga's appearance shows a similar resemblence to an emperor penguin chick.
  • Pingu and Pinga can roll into balls for many purposes, for instance; cheating on a bowling game.
  • Pingu was originally going to be called Hugo.
  • In 2009, Pingu appeared in Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band music video on "Children in Need".
  • He also appeared in the 1998 Perth ABC Concert, speaking english.[2]
  • In 2016, two models of Pingu from the TV series were displayed at the "Plot in Plastilin" exhibition in Gewerbemuseum, Winterthur.[3]



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Main Characters
Pingu · Pinga · Pingu's Mother · Pingu's Father · Grandpa
Recurring Characters
Robby · Pingo · Pingg · Pongi · Pingi
Minor Characters
Pingu's Aunts · The Twins · Grandpa (Maternal) · Mr. Peng-Chips · Mr. Peng-Hoven · Miss Peng-Hoven · The Baker · Mr. Peng-Mail · The Salesman · Pengy · Mrs. Peng-Sniff · Punki · Mr. Pengatel · Mr. Penganaide · Mrs. McGreedy · Mother Peng-Pride · The Famous Artist · Baby Penguins · The Strangers · The Yellow Beaked Penguin · The Strikers · The Disabled Penguin · The Sad Penguin · The Mayor · Pingi's Mother · Pingo's Father · Pingo's Grandfather · Pingg's Father · The Seagull · Green Penguins (Pingj) · The Bride's family · Bajoo · Popoff · Giant Walrus · Polar Bear
Pingu in the City Characters
Pikuru · Pen-Pen · Chef Fred · The Coach

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