7 of the best penguins in video game history

Penguins are one of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. They are birds, but they don’t fly. Fantastic swimmers, but they’re not strictly sea creatures. They’re walking puzzles, nicely wrapped up in a cute little tuxedo. Penguins are amazing creatures through and through and even video game developers have taken notice of them.

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Although not as prominent as cats or dragons, there are many penguin characters in video games. That being said, several of these flightless characters stand out among the masses. Those who are stunning visual representations of their species and iconic enough to stand out from the multitude of characters and creatures that inhabit the world of video games.

7 Dr. Akaggy (Starbound)

Starbound: Meet Dr. Akaggy and his terrifying Shockhopper Mk I

Penguins are known for being cute, cuddly, and a little clumsy. They are not, however, described as being particularly intelligent, let alone capable of creating giant robots. That’s what makes Dr. Akaggy, Starbound’s resident mech scientist, so special.

As stated earlier, Dr. Akaggy is a scientist with a passion for mechs. It is found at the Outpost and allows players to access the Mech Assembly Station and the Mech Parts Crafting Table. This talented penguin is also an accomplished mech pilot, using the Shockhopper Mk I to devastating effect. If you are ready to brave this penguin legit your business, then exciting rewards could be in your future. If you survive, it’s…


6 DJ Grooves (A Hat in Time)

A hat in time: DJ Grooves takes center stage

The penguins already look cool. These are birds that look like they’re wearing little tuxedos, what more could you ask for? How about a red jacket, platform sandals, an afro and star-shaped sunglasses? Too far-fetched? Well, DJ Grooves doesn’t seem to think so, and truth be told, he rocks the look.

While his personality leaves a lot to be desired, DJ Grooves is one of the most eye-catching characters in A Hat in Time and the most fabulous penguin in video game history. This director acts like a stereotypical diva who believes the world was promised to him, and he’s not afraid to let everyone know it. While he is an antagonist, DJ Grooves is proof that you can be mean and fabulous at the same time.

5 Paxton and Philbert (RuneScape)

RuneScape: The Old Paxton And Philbert Vs The Newer Versions

Those who played RuneScape in 2006 no doubt found themselves confused when they visited Fred the Farmer’s Farm and encountered this odd pair. While trying to shear the sheep on this farm, players encountered a “thing” as Farmer Fred called it. In reality, it was two penguins disguised as sheep.

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Now, RuneScape is no stranger to weird creatures and weird plots, but having two random penguins dressed as sheep seemed right there. It was later revealed through the Cold War questline that these penguins were spies for the KGP and the penguins in the game were trying to take over RuneScape. Who would have thought that these adorable flightless birds could be so sneaky?

4 Prinny (Disgaea)

Disgaea, Prinny brandishing her knives

When people think of the afterlife, they usually envision eternal bliss or paradise or endless punishment in a field of fire. Most don’t think their souls are being pushed into a penguin-shaped doll, but these folks clearly haven’t played Disgaea. In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, when a human sinner dies, his soul is sewn into the body of a Prinny and he is forced to live out the rest of his afterlife as a servant until he wins his reincarnation.

Prinnies, for the most part, are portrayed as lazy and rather boring. They are usually used as servants or even soldiers, carrying large arsenals of weapons in their pockets. These creatures also tend to explode when thrown, something their Netherworld masters like to do just because they can. If you had to choose between eternal damnation or being a Prinny, damnation looks pretty cool.

3 Cold Penguin (Mega Man)

Mega Man Maverick Hunter X: Chill Penguin Encounter

Although several penguin-like reploids have been introduced in the Mega Man games, none stand out the way Chill Penguin does. On the one hand, its design perfectly combines a royal penguin with a robot, creating a homogeneous and unique character. He even uses ice as his attack mode, playing into his penguin aesthetic.

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Another thing about this character is that her personality is very distinct. He’s not just a villain who just wants to wreak havoc, he’s a real character. He is sensitive to his size to the point that he is actively antagonistic and envious of one of his fellow lieutenants, Flame Mammoth. Although it might be considered one of the easiest bosses, Chill Penguin is one of the most remarkable.

2 The Piplup line (Pokémon)

Anime Pokemon Piplup Admiration

It’s hard to believe it took Nintendo nearly a decade to introduce a penguin Pokémon, but Piplup was well worth the wait. This proud little Pokémon has stolen the hearts of gamers around the world. From his adorable design to the proud and goofy personality he showed in the anime, this spunky little penguin was everything we wanted in a Pokemon and that’s not even including his evolutions.

Prinplup is the perfect intermediate step, taking elements of Piplup and blending them into its final form. Speaking of which, Empoleon was both nothing we expected, but everything we wanted. Seeing the progression from the clumsy and arrogant Piplup to the elegant and majestic Empoleon makes this line so much more appealing. Although there has only been one other penguin-based Pokémon, the Piplup line is more than enough to satisfy penguin lovers.

1 King Dedede (Kirby)

Super Smash Bros: The Basking King

When it comes to video game penguins, none are more iconic than the King of Dream Land. King Dedede puts the “king” in the royal penguin. This big, hammer-wielding penguin has been a staple of Kirby games, as has the pink puffball itself. With his signature red and gold outfit and greedy, arrogant personality, this bulky penguin steals the show, going so far as to mimic Kirby’s abilities while adding his own flair to his attacks.

Although this character is often portrayed as a Kirby antagonist, that’s not all he is. Often, King Dedede’s seemingly evil actions are done for the good of Dream Land. Although he is lazy and gluttonous, he cares a little about his people and his minions. He’s a dynamic character who, despite being mostly used as an enemy, is deeper than he seems. This, coupled with his eye-catching design, cements King Dedede as one of the most beloved characters of all time. Not bad for a penguin.

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