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Rico

  • A running joke throughout the series is when something (like a bomb) is thrown off camera and an explosion or a crash is heard, followed by a voice yelling "My car!". In the episode "The Penguins of Madagascar" (2008) {Dr. Blowhole's Revenge (#1.30)}, the shout is in Japanese (with subtitles).
  • The license plate on the penguins' car says 'I love Bonjovi' which they got in New Jersey where the band originate from.
  • Rico is the penguin whose appearance has changed most radically between the movies and the TV series. The scar and Mohawk-feathers are the most obvious changes. Less obvious are darker shadows around his eyes, a double chin and a slightly more bulbous stomach.
  • The reason for Rico's scar has not yet been explained. He had no scar or Mohawk-feathers in the movies, but does have them in A Christmas Caper, which takes place before the movies. Since the Penguins have been growing closer to their spin-off personalities in the movies, it is possible that it will be explained in a fourth movie.
  • His stomach seems to be a hammer-space, as it can hold numerous objects much larger than his body.
  • Rico is shown to be incredibly loyal and emotionally attached to Skipper, often giving up on what he wants because of Skipper's orders. He can't tolerate Skipper getting hurt; in Driven to the Brink, he blew up a car which he loved very dearly because it had hurt Skipper.
  • He has an ongoing obsession with fish, as he tends to yell/sing "FISH!" This could possibly mean that he has permanent Bacterial Pisces Dementia, a brain disorder that the other penguins contract in Herring Impaired that gives them a similar mad craving for fish and gluttonous behavior. Except Rico can control his mad cravings and gluttonous behavior enough to function normally.
  • So far, Rico has been used multiple times as a bazooka cannon firing candy canes/gumballs, a paper shredder and a vacuum cleaner, often with his flipper as the trigger or handle.
  • Rico is the second tallest of the penguins, coming after Kowalski.
  • Rico regurgitated a paper clip in Madagascar to break out of the box. He regurgitated a stick of dynamite with a lit match in A Christmas Caper. He burped out the Nickelodeon Blimp in the Kids' Choice Awards 2009, making the penguins win the burp contest. And in the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards, during their Bollywood routine, Rico regurgitated a beach ball, a high heel, and a black "cartoon" bomb.
  • Rico is briefly shown to be a stamp collector in "Mr. Tux".
  • Rico's beak is shown to be strong enough to snap off a padlock in Untouchable.
  • In Misfortune Cookie, his smile is creepy but, in countless scenes, he can be seen smiling perfectly, though it is possible he does smiles when he's happy or something, but when he does a big grin its creepy.
  • Rico has a teddy bear, shown in Driven to the Brink.
  • Although most of Rico's dialogue is garbled grunting and nonsensical shouting, a great deal of it is possible to interpret into simple sentences. It has improved since the second season.
  • Rico's babbling has been nicknamed "Rico-ese".
  • Rico appears to find amusement and enjoyment at experiences that are disturbing or terrifying. In Roger Dodger he had a interest in watching Roger getting beat up, and in The Hoboken Surprise he seemed to enjoy falling down on their ship, while the others were scared and screaming.
  • It may appear that Rico fancies himself a ladies man. On multiple occasions it shows this, most notably in the episode Hot Ice.
  • Rico is seen to be very good at ice sculpting, as seen twice, once in A Christmas Caper where he sculpts a Christmas tree with knives and another in Byte-Sized where he creates a chainsaw with his chainsaw.
  • He seems to have bad luck with low flying ducks as seen in Misfortune Cookie and The Hoboken Surprise.
  • Rico freaks out when Skipper isn't present and will go in a childish state where he rocks himself and sucks his flipper. The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Blowhole
  • All penguins can regurgitate but Kowalski (Skipper, during The Hoboken Surprise), but Rico is the only one who can take full advantage of this.
  • On multiple occasions it is shown that Rico enjoys and is excited to see animals in possible pain, like in Gut Instinct.
  • Rico tends to sing out words when he is excited; In Go Fish, he sang "Fish!" in an operatic voice, and in Gut Instinct he does the same but sings "Rump whomper!".
  • In Love Hurts, when Skipper asks to the others who hadn't ever fallen for a woman, it is revealed that Rico fell for someone (or something) either named Guatemala or from Guatemala.
  • Along with all the other insanity, Rico may have a dual-personality disorder - he has been shown fluctuating between moments of refined composure and drinking out of china teacups, then switching to his obsession for whole-scale destruction. See Action Reaction and A Kipper for Skipper and even Operation: Big Blue Marble where he ate a furro with a fork and knife. This is actually true to real-life multiple personalities - there is usually a dominant personality and a personality that is more rarely seen.
  • In Operation: Antarctica, when Hunter asked the team whether if any of them had actually tasted penguin meat, Rico was the only one who raised his flipper; he has apparently tasted human blood somehow as shown in Can't Touch This.
  • Rico is shown to get hyperactive if he eats sugar. Strangely, he is apparently affected like this only if he eats Marshmallow Meow Treats.
  • Private also believes that Rico would betray his own team to get what he wants or to get a mission fulfilled. Thus, Rico may have exhibited some sort of selfish or disturbing behavior (which is often) for Private to fear him.
  • As was shown in Operation: Swap-panzee, Rico tends to vomit in weightlessness.
  • In some of the Penguins of Madagascar movie promotional posters, part of Rico's right wing is missing.

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