The Penguin Personality

Portrait of a Penguin Personality

Scientific Name

Aptenodytes patagonica

Collective Term

A colony of penguins

Now you see it, now you don't. Aggressive yet gentle, outgoing but shy, stable yet flighty - everyone sees the penguin in a different way. It's that black and white thing: the penguin only reveals the side that it wants to you to see. So whether you like this darling-devil or not, you have to concede that it's a fascinating and enigmatic individual.

Penguins are birds condemned to live out their days on the ground. Unable to fly, their excess energy has no outlet save their creative talents and emotional outbursts. Penguins are poetic, artistic, and intellectually gifted, and as writers penguins have no equal.

Penguins are deceptively intelligent and are particularly animated when intellectually challenged. They excel at word games and puzzles but are modest about their abilities and are generally underestimated by others.

With their misunderstood personality, penguins find writing an ideal tool for expressing their true feelings. They have a natural aptitude for languages and penguin personalities dominate the world of publishing as writers, editors, and journalists.

With a natural aptitude for languages, penguin personalities dominate the world of publishing as writers, editors and journalists. A strong sense of drama draws them to the theater and cinema, although unlike typical bird personalities they avoid the spotlight unless they're able to hide behind the characters they play. Once on stage however, they prove to be excellent performers with their multifaceted personalities conveying the full gamut of emotions.

However, in many cases a lack of confidence affects their work. Penguins tend to give up on tasks they were otherwise capable of and are frequently disappointed with their performance. Still, work never dominates their lives and they always put their family first.

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Famous Penguin Personalities

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was one of London's most celebrated playwright and novelist. A spokesman for aestheticism, after he wrote The Importance of Being Earnest, he was sued for libel, which led to his arrest for homosexuality. He served two years in jail with hard labor and died destitute at the age of 46.

Truman Capote

Truman Capote was an American novelist, actor and screenwriter who wrote Breakfast at Tiffany's and In Cold Blood. His distinctively flamboyant speaking style helped maintain his celebrity status until his death. He died at the home of Johnny Carson's wife.

Danny Devito

An American actor, comedian and director, Danny Devito made his name playing Louie De Palma in the TV series Taxi. Danny also made a mark playing The Penguin in Batman Returns -- for which he won a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor.

Careers & Hobbies

  • Writer

    It takes a special person to make a living a writer. Penguins are those special people. Its a lonely, frustrating and boring job. Alcohol and drugs seem to help.

  • Herbalist

    Herbalists believe that plants in their raw form can be used as replacements for modern medicines, which typically only use the active ingredients. There is documented evidence that herbalists have plying their trade for thousands of years. Herbalism is perfect for penguin personalities who are very nature-bound.

  • Journalist

    Penguins are known for seeing both sides of an issue and make ideal journalist. But the field of journalism is undergoing rapid change... from being unbiased reporters of the truth, to taking an eloquent stand on issues of social importance. Known as the fifth-estate, journalists are recognized to be an essential element in a functioning democracy.

  • Actor

    It takes the emotional intelligence of a penguin to be an actor, and while it's true that some of the most overpaid people in society are in showbusiness, it's equally true that 99% of actors survive without waiting tables. So it's a great gig when you can get it.

  • Designer

    Penguins naturally think out of the box. They have a deep understanding of the human condition and know how to push all the right buttons. Design and fashion are perfect for them.

  • Waiter

    It's not just because waiters tend to wear black and white so much that penguins make good waitstaff. It's mainly because waiting tables is what many actors must do while waiting for the right role.

  • Gambling

  • Board games

  • Reading

  • Family time

Best Mates for a Penguin

All animal personalities relate to each other differently - some better than others! Here are the three best matches for a Penguin.


Perfect synergy. Both of you are water animals.


Water animals tend to be very loyal. The otter is a winner for you.


Scha-wing! It's wet and wild in the water.


These relationship dive deep.


Love will be forever interesting.


The dolphin is right up your alley.


The quirky peacock is perfect for the hard-to-define penguin. Birds of a feather ...


Till death do us part? Ha! Don't count on loyalty.


An exquisite connection

Animal Matchmaker

Choose any two animal personalities from the lists below and see how they match up.