The Top 10 Kangaroos in Games
Kangaroos: one of nature's most famous animals and yet very little is actually known about them. The kangaroo is an animal that happens to show up very little in the media of games and yet, when they do, they can be forces to be reckoned with. Of course, their best known feature: the pouch does tend to stand out in their appearances. There's also the well known image of the boxing kangaroo (when fighting kangaroos actually do punch). And let's not forget jumping, which they are believed to do all the time when moving around. You usually end up with these three things being the dominant images when kangaroos show up in games. Here is a list of the Top 10 Kangaroos in video games! WARNING: Spoilers!
10. Variously Named Kangaroos (Animal Crossing)
These animals are amongst the rarest ones you can find in your city. If you happen to run into one, she's always female and she's always a mother. However, they don't actually look anything like real kangaroos and they can only be identified as kangaroos by that second head that's sticking out of her belly. These kangaroos don't actually have fixed names either. In spite of all this, they do make for the most exotic resident of Animal City and get a mention on this list. Now if only that baby head didn't match the mother's head perfectly, they might have made it higher on this list.
9. Ripper Roo (Crash Bandicoot 2)
Whoever came up with this guy really hated kangaroos. He looks more like a dog than a kangaroo, he's a masochist, laughs like a gremlin and with that straight jacket on him you can’t tell if he has a pouch or not. Ripper Roo will bounce around on a cane trying to smash Crash or activate panels on the floor which will explode. If you aren't in the blast range, he is. Ripper Roo then get's his chops burned and laughs it up. Hardly a likeable character but seeing that he's the only true villain kangaroo to actually show up in games he deserves a mention here.
8. Ikanger (Teleroboxer)
Okay not really a kangaroo per-se but instead a robot boxer made to look like a kangaroo. However, this machine looks more like a kangaroo than the previous two mentions. Found only on the ill-fated Virtual Boy system, this character hasn't been seen by most individuals. Ikanger not only has a head that looks like a kangaroo's and boxes like one, "she" also has a robot joey that she carries around in her metal pouch. Of course, this does make her seem more cute than cruel but it helps add to the touch.
7. Thunder (Clayfighter 2)
You can claim that this character is also a villain but she's part of a tournament and even "hero" characters are worse than her in their endings. Thunder is the "evil counterpart" to Kangoo, another kangaroo character to show up in games. She is the first real kangaroo on this list to be a boxer. Thunder fights in the boxing style and is said to enjoy the fight. She does have a joey that rides around in her pouch but he/she doesn't show him/herself much. The joey will peek out her pouch at the start of a match and also shows up at the end of the game. What brings Thunder here over Kangoo is her ending: it's stated that if you are caught breaking her rules you must "spend three months in her pouch with a stale shellfish." Now how she would be able to fit someone in there much less the myriad of people who would probably caught breaking rules I don't know.
6. Roo (Streets of Rage 3)
Yes, yes, you fight this guy too. Roo shows up along with his trainer in level 2 of Streets of Rage 3. As many people have discovered, however, if you beat the trainer and not Roo he becomes a playable character. Here you see, Roo was NOT evil he was just following the orders of his trainer. Roo is unique in this list as he wears clothing that wasn't designed for a kangaroo. His tail clearly tore out of those shorts he wears which does lead to the question about how he got them on in the first place. In the ways of fighting, he's number one but he only shows up in one game and other than being an animal he doesn't really stand out from the other fighters so he's not higher on the list.
5. Ricky (Legend of Zelda Oracle Series)
I don't care HOW you feel about it now. What kid who knows about kangaroos HASN'T fantasized about riding in a kangaroo's pouch? Strangely, Ricky is the only kangaroo character in any game that actually allows your character to do this. Link finds Ricky in need of his boxing gloves and as reward for returning them, Ricky let's you ride in his pouch. He actually has all three defining kangaroo features: a pouch, boxing, and jumping. In fact, Ricky jumps much farther than Link can and that's his primary use in the game. Why isn't he higher on the list? MALE kangaroos don't have pouches! Boy kangaroos don't take care of joeys so they don't need pouches so therefore they don't have one. Something is seriously wrong here!
4. Roger (Tekken 2)
The first male kangaroo on this list that distinctively doesn't have a pouch. Roger is also a boxing kangaroo who is so good he's able to hold up his own in the "King of Iron Fists" tournament but, unlike most of the other kangaroos here he has a back-story. Roger was the result of a genetic experiment designed to create a living weapon. This weapon project granted him human-like intelligence and supposedly increased his strength as well. Roger really stands apart from the other animal fighters in most games as he's actually given an explanation for why he goes so far as to wear boxing gloves and fights at a professional level. Although not currently realistic, he's closer to reality than any other kangaroo character afore mentioned and who knows? With more research… someday?
3. KAO (KAO the Kangaroo)
There was no way around this. KAO (pronounced "Cow" in his games with speech packs) is the only one of these characters with his own series. He was once a happy kangaroo living with his troop until one day a hunter shows up and captures him. He dawns a pair of boxing gloves and makes his way back to save his troop. From then on, he decides to adopt a more human manner and starts wearing clothes along with throwing boomerangs. KAO goes on his adventures usually to stop his arch nemesis the Hunter from making life miserable for other animals. He deals with a wide range of enemies and seems to be an altogether nice guy. The only problems I have are: I think his name should be pronounced, "K.O." (makes the boxing thing sound more linked) and in the first game he's shown to have a pouch. It is really that unknown?
2. Roger Jr. and Mama (Tekken 5 and 6)
Although Roger did show up in this list already he's not his wife and son. The character may be called "Roger Jr." but it's his mother (referred to only as "Mama") that does all the actual fighting. What makes them come here over even KAO? Not only do they have all three "symbols" of kangaroos they are the most accurate, noble characters in the list! Mama does have a pouch and carries a joey around in it, but she's female and Roger Jr. is her son so there's nothing wrong with that image. Mama will jump when fighting but she is also capable of walking around. Contrary to popular belief, kangaroos actually do walk around when traveling over short distances. So what makes them so noble? Roger Jr. and his mother enter into the King of Iron Fists Tournament to save Roger. Money, titles, and glory mean nothing. They go through a ton of trouble all for love. Need more be said?
1. Unnamed Mother Kangaroo (Kangaroo)
She has no name, she has no fancy sprite, and she doesn't even have fame. However, this unnamed mother kangaroo starred in the very first game to feature a kangaroo which was aptly named "Kangaroo." She hops around a screen filled with a number of platforms in order to reach her lost joey who's being threatened by an army of monkeys. Like most game kangaroos she's a boxer and punches out her enemies. Not much is known about this kangaroo but she's the absolute first one, and therefore gets the number one spot on this list. The way must be paved somehow and she did just that. She even goes on her quest for love. How many characters in the old games did that?
Well that's the top 10 kangaroos found in video games. Yes, there were a few facts in there but learning isn't a bad thing.