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Penny Fitzgerald

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Character Information
Gender: Female ♀
Species: Shape-shifting fairy

Antlered peanut (formerly)

Age: 12
Friends: Gumball (boyfriend), Darwin, Masami, Teri, Molly, Carrie, Alan, Carmen, Leslie (cousin), Sussie, Sarah, Nicole
Enemies: Jamie, Miss Simian, Tobias, Jealousy, The Woodland creatures
Relatives: Patrick (father), Judith (mother) Polly (sister), Mr. Cuddles (pet), Leslie (cousin), unnamed paternal grandmother
Occupation: Student, school cheerleader
First Appearance: "The Third"
Voice: Teresa Gallagher
Maisy Luk ("The Disaster")
Gallery Quotes
Color Scheme
coat Shoes (Season 1-3) eye Shell (Season 1-3)

Penny Fitzgerald is a supporting character in The Amazing World of Gumball. She is a shape-shifting fairy, formerly a peanut, who is in Miss Simian's class in Elmore Junior High.

Gumball and Penny have always had massive crushes on each other, but the two of them had always struggled to express their feelings until the events of the episode "The Shell," when Gumball finally confessed his feelings and kissed her. After the kiss, the two have been dating ever since. She was part of the Treehouse Girls until it was disbanded due to the tree being cut down by Tobias and Banana Joe. She is currently on the school's cheerleading team.

Appearance

From Season 1 to "The Shell," Penny was an anthropomorphic peanut. Like the rest of her family, she had a set of tan antlers that grow out of her head. In Season 3, the episode "The Shell" revealed that Penny underneath her shell is a shape-shifting, fairy-like creature. She can transform into certain creatures and most of the time the creatures have a set of antlers with an exception of her monster arm form and her Medusa form. In her early concept, she did not have a visible mouth and her antlers were darker.

In Season 1, Penny had a straight, round shell similar to her father's, with noticeable holes where her arms and antlers came out of. Similar to other characters in their Season 1 appearances, she also had a black shadow on the tops of her legs from her shell.

In Season 2, the design of Penny's shell was curved to resemble her sister's and her mother's and her shell became seemingly smaller. Her antlers also became darker and smaller. Also, the holes in the shell on her arms dramatically smaller, and the holes her antlers come out of are smaller. Like other characters in their redesigns, the shadows on her legs are much lighter. Her laces on her shoes are also different.

As an antlered peanut, Penny did not normally wear much clothing, aside from a pair of orange sneakers with white knee socks and red and white wristbands. However, she is sometimes seen carrying white pom-poms. From "The Shell" onwards, she wears no clothing at all, except wrist and headbands when practicing her cheerleading routine or playing sports.

In Season 3, her design is the same as Season 2 until in "The Shell." After breaking free of her shell, thanks to Gumball, the contents of her shell are revealed. She can shape-shift into certain creatures, depending on her emotions, but her default form seems to be a yellow-orange gradient fairy-like creature with antlers. Her body somewhat takes on the shape of her shell, having a round head with a slim body, and the upper half of her body gets progressively lighter shades of yellow, orange, and sometimes pink in coloration.

Her real eyes and mouth are now seen and also has visible white eyelashes connected to her eyes. She has brown pupils and an orange mouth and eyebrows. Her body generates a dim glow, giving her skin a slightly reflective appearance. She also has wings which she can use to hover above the ground, and to fly fully, as seen in "The Shippening."

After the events of "The Shell," Penny remains in her fairy-like form.

Personality

Penny is very nice and friendly. She sticks up for her friends often, implying she has a strong sense of integrity. Such can be seen in "The Gi," in which she was one of the few people to not succumb to peer pressure and stand up for Gumball as opposed to ridiculing him. She also seems to be a pretty selfless and forgiving person, as evidenced in "The Bros," where she was willing to sacrifice her relationship with Gumball in order to make sure Darwin was happy and could cope with his own troubles. She also showed no anger when Darwin made several attempts to sabotage her relationship with Gumball, but rather sympathized with him.

She is one of the few people to understand Gumball, whom she has a massive crush on. The feeling is mutual, but neither of them has ever had a chance to properly express their feelings, despite that it is clearly evident, that is, until "The Shell."

Penny, however, is also very sensitive, as she can be easily hurt. Such can be seen in "The Meddler," in which Gumball's accidental slip-up of words cause her to cry, and later, she messes up her cheerleader performance. "The Storm" showcases this trait again, as she has nothing but cynicism after she is misled into believing Gumball intentionally kissed Carmen. Penny also tears up when Rob changes the language in "The Disaster" that caused Gumball to sound like he is shouting at her.

Her sensitive side is further exemplified when her true form is revealed in "The Shell." Without her shell, she is very self-conscious and shy, running away from society, believing everyone thinks she is a monster. Even worse, she transforms into the said monster as she runs away, fulfilling their expectations. After Gumball helps her come to terms with herself, though, she has become more open and enthusiastic than she was previously.

Penny, although not nearly to the same extent as Gumball, can resort to snarking. Her typical sarcasm is directed towards Tobias and his poor attempts to woo her. Such can be seen in episodes such as "The Move" and "The Butterfly," in which she cleverly turns down his advancements to get closer. She also seems to constantly belittle the conflict between Gumball and Tobias in "The Knights," having nothing but apathy and snark to share.

Abilities

When she is out of her shell, Penny can transform into certain creatures depending on her emotions, though thus far she has only transformed when feeling certain emotions such as anger, sadness, or fear. In each form, she gains the abilities that form has, for instance, flight in the case of her dragon form, gargoyle form, and her flying squirrel form, extreme strength in her Minotaur form and monster arm form, and the ability to sprint fast with her jackalope and her mouse form.

Penny has a functional pair of wings, yet she has only been seen using them beyond just hovering twice, in "The Bros" and "The Shippening."

Forms

Since Penny is a fairy-like shapeshifter, she is capable of transforming into certain creatures based on her emotions. In every form, she has a set of antlers except for two forms, her Gorgon form where no antlers are shown but replaced with snakes, and her monster arm form where no antlers are shown (though this could be due to only its arm being shown).

Relationships

Main article: Penny Fitzgerald/Relationships


Episode Appearances

Season 1

Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

  • "The Rerun": She is pushed off the top floor of the mall by Gumball.
  • "The Vision": She is one of the students who vote for Alan in his vision.
  • "The Test": She is seen in class, and later is seen talking with Tobias in the park during Gumball's dream sequence.
  • "The Loophole": She is one of the students who walk out of Miss Simian's class.
  • "The Outside" (as a tattoo, mentioned)
  • "The Matchmaker": She is seen in the schoolyard.
  • "The Console": The cellphone she bought from the Awesome Store takes control of her. She is later rescued by Gumball.
  • "The Catfish": She is seen in the classroom and later in a painting class.
  • "The Grades": She is seen in class.
  • "The Ex": Her eleventh major role. She tries to help Gumball cope with Rob not being his nemesis anymore.
  • "The Sorcerer" (cameo)
  • "The Uncle": She is seen in class during "Goodbye."
  • "The Weirdo": She is in the schoolyard.
  • "The Best": She is seen in the schoolyard, in the bus, and is seen at Joyful Burger when Darwin slaps her phone and then kisses her on the cheek.
  • "The Petals": She is in the hallway and later explains the "cheerleader effect" to Gumball, Darwin, and Leslie.
  • "The News" (cameo)
  • "The Puppets" (cameo)

Season 6

  • "The One": A picture of her in her Season One design can be seen in Gumball's gym locker.
  • "The Cringe": She is seen talking to Sarah in the hallway. She is also seen married to Gumball and then giving birth to their first child.
  • "The Neighbor": She is seen in class.
  • "The Pact": She develops an odd laugh that serves as the basis of Gumball and Principal Brown's pact. She is also seen in the schoolyard twice, walks out of Miss Simian's classroom, and later appears at the end of the episode glaring at Gumball and Principal Brown.
  • "The Shippening": Sarah ships her with Banana Joe.
  • "The Spinoffs": She appears in the school corridor along with Sarah.
  • "The Transformation": Her twelfth major role. She is arguing with her parents about a personal dispute between having the shell kept on or off.
  • "The Understanding": She looks at Peter.
  • "The Stink": She is in class when Principal Brown informs the students about Mr. Small's absence.
  • "The Drama" (mentioned)
  • "The Buddy": She is in the schoolyard.
  • "The Silence" (cameo/Shell form)

Comic


Voice Actors

  • Teresa Gallagher (UK/US/AUS/NZ/CAN)
  • Alina Galindo (Latin America)
  • Mai Yamane (Japan)
  • Bruna Laynes (Brazil)
  • Kriszta Németh (Hungary, Season 1-3)
  • Éva Dögei (Hungary, Season 4-present)
  • Afrodita Androne (Romania, Seasons 1-3)
  • Carmen Lopăzan (Romania, Season 4-present)
  • Orly Tagar (Israel)
  • Ludovica Bebi (Italian, Season 1-4)
  • Lina Ljungqvist (Sweden)
  • Sara Nordahl (Iceland)
  • Susa Saukko (Finland)
  • Joanna Pach (Poland, Season 2-present)

Gallery

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Quotes

Main article: Penny Fitzgerald/Quotes

Trivia

  • Penny was originally pitched to Nickelodeon as a potential mascot that had a gun. [1]
  • Penny is allergic to blueberries, as seen and revealed in "The Dream." She mentions this allergy again in "The Voice." It is then seen again in "The Romantic."
  • In Project Exonaut, Penny is available as an exosuit for 1,000 coins.
  • As seen in "The Club," Penny is enrolled in the synchronized swimming club that also includes Darwin, Leslie, and an unnamed dog.
  • She has the most major roles of any character that is not a Watterson, with twelve so far.
  • Early in her development, she had darker antlers.
  • In "The Flower," it is stated that she has not had her tonsils taken out yet.
    • In the same episode, it is revealed that Leslie is her cousin.
  • In "The Void," it is shown that in her peanut form, her limbs can fall off if she falls from a great height.
  • In "The Romantic," it is revealed that Penny and Gumball first met at the mall.
    • In the same episode, she first talked to Gumball on the school bus.
  • In the Icelandic dub, Penny was renamed "Jenný" due to the fact that "Penny" is unfit for the Icelandic declension.
  • She often chokes in front of Gumball, who is oblivious to her choking as a running gag.
  • Although she only can shapeshift depending on her emotions as stated in "The Romantic," she shapeshifts into her wolf form during "Books Are Violent" even though she did not feel emotional at all.
    • It is possible that, by the time of this episode, Penny had gained better control of her powers.
  • She is one of the two characters to canonically undergo a permanent physical change in the show, the other being Rob.
  • Penny's Gorgon form was cut in some dubs.
  • She is the only member of her family to have broken out of her shell.
  • Penny's hairy creature form shares a striking resemblance to the shadowy figure seen towards the end of "The Comic."

References

ve Characters
Italicized characters are considered extremely minor
The Wattersons GumballDarwinAnaisNicoleRichardGranny JojoLouieEvil Turtle (family pet) • Frankie
The Robinsons GaylordMargaretRocky
The Fitzgeralds PennyPatrickJudithPollyMr. Cuddles (family pet)
The Wilsons TobiasJackieHarold
The Bananas Banana JoeBanana BarbaraBanana Bob
The Rexes Tina RexMr. Rex
The Keanes AlanDexterJessica
The Jötunheims HectorMrs. Jötunheim
The Parhams FelicityBilly
The Yoshidas MasamiMr. YoshidaYuki
School faculty Nigel BrownLucy SimianSteve SmallCoachJoan MarkhamLibrarianMoonchild CorneilleTree Librarian
Student body CarrieBobertSarahLeslieTeriColin and FelixCarmenMollyJamieIdahoAntonOchoJukeSussieClaytonWilliamRobHot Dog GuyJuliusGreen BearMushroomFuzzballRazor8-Bit DogReaperMowdownRotten CupcakeScytheClareJaredWilsonJodieRainbow OctopusBulldogGorillaMoleJoshPeter
The Senior Citizens MarvinGaryAlison Sandra GatorBlue ElephantBettyDonald
Other Elmore Residents LarryDoughnut SheriffSal Left ThumbCupcake WomanKennethKarenPantsbullyTonyHexagon LadySanta ClausPaperballLenny SmithConstruction MenHoboShooting StarRosieClipboard MenEggmanCube DogsCyclops DogRatsThe SunEarthThe MoonPurple SquirrelPink SquirrelThe CreaturesOrange GuardsBandage DoctorMelted Cheese GuyHamburger CopCowboyJeffSusanSicilianaQuattroFloppy DiskThe InternetExercise BaconShape PeopleTeal Tow Truck DriverSaturnSausage DogTan DogCarltonTroyGreen Security GuardBandage ParamedicsGhostsCoffee CopCarmen's fatherRachelIdaho's familyFrench FriesAnton's ParentsRichwood High StudentsGumball's BrainDr. ButtSussie's parentsRipley 2000 ManagerGoblinDolphin ManSpray-Paint BottleButterknifeManly WarriorPest ControllerSoulless Office WorkerOval FamilyTimmyCharlieDrum Kit GuyHot Dog Guy LookalikeCupcake ManMikeCamKip SchlezingerClownHand Security OfficerSallyEarlSphere CitizensLeonard DanielsVan ShopkeeperHumanMilk GuyOld DoctorGargarothByrdieMayor of ElmoreFlight AttendantDanielMaryMariaJoaoPhilKayvonCharlie-AnnDoctor Literature
Single appearance JealousyBlitzerVirusMr. KreeseDaniel LennardAnt-OneAnt-TwoAnton ClonesZachScary Old ManScary Old LadyMr. ChanaxChicken BucketChris MorrisVladSluzzle DudeButterflyChimeraNew BobertAbraham Lincoln GoatEvil Turtle's BabiesChi ChiRibbitChi Chi's ParentsTrollGame ChildHowdyFrankGradyRussian AgentsEthel and BernieMr. GruberAzrael
Objects Daisy the DonkeyElmore's DollarPlanet Cosmos