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Penguins appear in fanworks from time to time (they're more popular in some fandoms than others) and are an important part of certain canons, such as the films March of the Penguins, Penguins of Madagascar and Happy Feet, the comic Bloom County[1], the animated TV series Pingu, and to a lesser extent the Wallace and Gromit short films[2] and Doctor Who comics[3]. Despite minor canon penguin appearances in the source material, fanworks in the following fandoms currently appear to have few or no penguins: Cthulhu Mythos[4], Anita Blake stories[5], Justice League[6], and Monty Python[7]. The opposite is true for Drake's Venture fandom: while no penguins appear in the movie, lots of fanworks have them.

In Hockey RPF, the Pittsburgh Penguins team is very popular with fans and has many fanworks.

from "Enter the Penguins," a Blake's 7 story in Trooper Orac's Fantastic Plastic Army (2001).

Example Fanworks



Fan Art

Note - results from these searches include images scanned from comics etc. as well as fan art.

Penguins in Stargate Atlantis

cover art by mashimero for lavvyan's story Bipeds and the Deep Blue Sea

Penguinfic is a subgenre of Stargate Atlantis crack fanworks (mostly fic) notable and common enough to have its own thematic list.[8] This is no coincidence; the heyday of SGA fandom coincided with the release of both March of the Penguins (2005) and Happy Feet (2006).

The stories mainly feature SGA characters being transformed into penguins, though some are AUs in which the characters have always been penguins, and occasionally the canon characters just deeply ponder (the meaning of) penguins.

Example SGA Fanworks


  1. ^ See Opus the penguin Bloom County character page at wikipedia. (Accessed 9 Dec 2011)
  2. ^ The Wrong Trousers features the penguin master-criminal Feathers McGraw. A possible source for Wallace himself is the series Send For Dithers (1966, accessed 13th July 2015), which featured a bumbling handyman, Dithers, aided by his pet, Mr. Perkins, a king penguin.
  3. ^ Doctor Who magazine ran a 1980s comic strip which included Frobisher, an alien shape-changing private detective and companion of the Doctor, who preferred penguin form. He has subsequently appeared in books, audio recordings, etc. Frobisher on Wikipedia (accessed 19 June 2015)
  4. ^ Penguins appear in H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness.
  5. ^ Anita collects toy penguins, mugs with penguins, etc.
  6. ^ Killer penguins attack in the one-off Justice League Antarctica special.
  7. ^ A giant radioactive killer penguin appears briefly in one episode which includes the Hollywood spoof Scott of the Sahara.
  8. ^ Penguinfic: it's a genre... by thirdblindmouse, March 2008. (Accessed 24 April 2011)