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Rico is the head of demolition and storage for the Penguins in the Madagascar series. He has feathers resembling a Mohawk on his head and a scar across the left side of his beak, but it is unknown how he got it, since he didn't have it in the first three Madagascar movies. It is shown in A Christmas Caper, which (presumably) took place before the movies, but does not appear in the movies at all.

Rico holds a variety of items in his gut, which is a virtual 'hammerspace' as many of those items are bigger than him. While inside his digestive system,Mort finds a spiral staircase and an elevator. In The Big S.T.A.N.K., he choked up an air-to-ground missile and launching platform. In The Red Squirrel, it was a ringing payphone.

Unlike the other Penguins, Rico usually makes grunting noises rather than speaking actual words (though his speech has improved steadily since Season 2). Rico also cries very much like an infant (as seen on Smotherly Love, What Goes Around, and more.

Bio Edit

Rico has very minor moments in the movies. In the first movie, he was mentioned when the Penguins attempted to break out of the zoo by snagging a plastic spoon from a little boy. Also, when all the escaped zoo animals were being transferred to Kenya, Rico regurgitated a paper clip in order to help the Penguins get to the bridge so they could redirect the ship to Antarctica. In the second movie, he regurgitates a switchblade. In both movies he is shown without a Mohawk or scar. In the third movie he, as well as the other Penguins, more closely reflected his spin-off personality, and was seen repeatedly filling up a cannon up with dynamite, repeatedly choking up matches.

In the TV show, Rico is useful in hopes of giving some stuff to his mates. In the episode "All Choked Up", Skipper had Rico keep an activated time bomb in his belly for later, in order to destroy a robotic tour guide. Alice noticed that Rico was constantly regurgitating and forced him to take a special medicine that would prevent him from throwing up. The Penguins scrambled to get the bomb out within the time it was supposed to take to explode, but every attempt, including the horrible event Number 12, and stuffing Mort down Rico's throat, fails. Skipper, Kowalski, and Private say their goodbyes, and their farewells were so heartfelt that Rico began to gag because of the "mushiness." Perhaps in combination with the Number 12 substance and the medicine wearing off, he finally hacked up the bomb (and Mort), and it exploded on the tour guide.

Rico's fortune cookie in the episode Misfortune Cookie said "You will soon meet a foul end." While Rico and the other Penguins do not believe in curses as a rule, Julien took it upon himself to make them believe by tricking Rico into believing that he was cursed to the point where Rico hid in a small pillow fortress. Skipperthen confronted Julien and they agreed to make Rico think that his curse had been removed by going through with an ancient lemur ceremony. After a duck lands on Rico's face on the way back from the ritual, Private revealed the meaning of the fortune: the duck's bottom is indeed a fowl end.

When all attempts to get Roger to toughen up fail in Roger Dodger, Kowalski switched his and Rico's minds. Unfortunately- he failed to take into account the warm blood/cold blood differentials and the differences in their physiologies, which resulted in Rico's aggression levels increasing greatly, and after he had dealt with the Rats, he went on a rampage all over New York. The Penguins eventually found him, and Roger (in Rico's body) sang a lullaby to pacify him, as he had earlier in the episode. After they had swapped back, Rogerhelped the Penguins sing another song. Rico can't stand how "lovey-dovey" the song is at first, but soon starts to sing along.

In the episode "Herring Impaired", it is revealed that Rico's obsession for fish originated from him catching a rare brain disease called Bacterial Pisces Dementia, which can only be cured by refraining (or being restrained) from eating any fish for a whole day after the first symptoms of the infection. (It should be noted that he may have some self control of this, most of the time.) When the other Penguins catch this disease from eating very old herring, Rico must prevent them from eating any fish for the whole day. When he succeeds in doing this, the other Penguins go back to normal and award him a smoked Alaskan salmon. Rico is sometimes the most inconsiderate team-member - e.g. Marble Jarhead- whereas he can also be a very caring and considerate team-player as portrayed in some other episodes.

MCF Stories Edit

In the early Season 1-2 stories, Rico along with the other penguins made cameo appearences because they concern of the singing-incident that Dr. Blowhole and the Ipod along with Mafiafas and Damien had. THey later appear in Season 2 in a major role where they and the other MCF and zoo animals must save their friends Marty and Stefano from the beasts that threaten their lives only to discover Obliex and his friends are nice. They are set to appear again in Season 5 where they and the girls team up and must team up with North Wind to defeat Dave.

Appearences Edit

  • MCF: The Return of the Revenge of Dr. Plantara(Debut; cameo)
  • MCF: A Musical Nightmare(Cameo)
  • MCF: Families Reunited at Last(Episode: The Zebra, the Sea Lion and the Beasts)
  • MCF and the Penguins of Madagascar(Upcoming)

Trivia Edit

  • ◾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.
  • 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.
  • 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 inGut Instinct.
  • Rico tends to sing out words when he is excited; In Go Fish, he sang "Fish!" in an operatic voice, and inGut 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 evenOperation: 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.

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