|Aliases||Sinisclaire Jintzy (briefly)|
Littlest Pet Shop (day camp)
|Family|| Ling family|
A number of pandas, including Ling Pen, Ling Jun, Jun Ling, and Panda Elder (long lost cousins)
Unknown mother (mentioned by Russell in Seeing Red)
|Debut||Blythe's Big Adventure Part One|
|Voiced by|| Jocelyne Loewen|
Laura Hastings (singing)
Penny Ling is one of the main characters of Littlest Pet Shop. She is a panda with a gift for rhythmic ribbon dancing. Out of all of the characters of the main cast, she is shown to be the most shy and sensitive in nature.
Penny Ling is generally kind-hearted, sweet, and graceful. She tries to be helpful, but her help sometimes causes unwanted results. She is very sensitive and her feelings can be easily hurt as shown in Penny For Your Laughs, when Pepper teased her and made hurtful jokes about her (which resulted in Penny bursting into tears). However, in The Very Littlest Pet Shop, she simply became irritable when the same thing happened.
Her talent lies in gymnastics geared activities, but she is particularly fond of ribbon dancing. She is usually very graceful, but can be a bit clumsy, sometimes as a result of others messing her up.
While Penny is sensitive and harmless most of the time, she is shown to have a temper when pushed too far. In the event that she is angered, she reveals an unstoppable rage. In Mean Isn't Your Color, Penny held a grudge over a clothing design that she thought Blythe intended for her to wear and scared the other pets with her attitude. She also appears to possess a great deal of physical strength, which is demonstrated on multiple occasions. In Mean Isn't Your Color, she angrily tore a chair apart and in Topped With Buttercream, she nearly crushed Russell and Sunil when she hugged them. She also hoisted the rest of the pets in the dumbwaiter in The Treasure of Henrietta Twombly (although she was not able to for very long).
Surprisingly, Penny has shown a narcissistic streak and will make comments regarding her cuteness. She also fantasizes about everyone adoring her in Mean Isn't Your Color. She seems to also enjoy getting compliments on her appearance, shown in Secret Cupet. These traits can make her somewhat of an anti-hero. However, she gradually learned to lose this streak. In later episodes, Penny grows a bit egotistical and mean-spirited; it actually gets taken to a point where she straight up lies to her friends to be the center of attention. However, she still has her softer moments from time to time and eventually learned her lesson.
She is also the most independent of the group, often going out on her own and having her own adventures.
Development and design
Penny Ling was designed by Hasbro designer Kirsten Ulve in 2011. One of her original illustrations shows she was originally black with a light blush on her cheeks and had no visible fingers.
The bonus "A Look Behind The Pet Shop Doors" featurette from the DVD "Little Pets, Big Adventures" revealed that, prior to January 2012, she was named "Lolly."
She is a panda with purple-blue colored markings and very pale purple eyes with gray tint. The inside coloring of her ears are pale-lilac.
Like Pepper, she does not wear any accessories.
- Spy uniform
- During Blythe's fashion show, Penny wore a green dress vaguely resembling a kimono. Underneath the main layer was a pale, mint green layer. While lining it was soft yellow material with a single flower in the center, matching the one worn on her small hat.
- An orange version of the above.
- A black hair bow and a necklace.
- A yellow, green, and orange Scottish outfit with brown belt and simple jewelry. Has a light blue paint on one side of her face.
- When imitating Star Trek, Penny is dressed as Mr. Spock. She does not retain his trademark emotionless personality though.
- A white top with blue and green colorful skirt and pink half layer-skirt on top. Around her waist was a red cloth, and she wore a black cap with flower on it.
- During The Sweet Shop Song, Penny wore the same glittery dress, white gloves, and blue neck piece as the other girls. She was given a lilac colored wig with single white streak, wearing it up in a curly beehive with a big cherry decoration in it to match her cherry earrings.
- In another she wore a big pair of glasses, a collar piece, and a small bow on her right ear.
- In her fantasy she wore a long, flowing pink dress with white boa and a rose decoration on her right ear.
- Frosting and candy markings consisting of white on the tops of her ears with curly brown designs, purple above her ears, her mouth and below the eyes bright orange, green bead work around her waist, and random dabs of lilac and green frosting.
- In Humanarian, she also wears a nurse outfit with orange makeup and a purple puffy 80s style Afro wig, a la Shana from Jem and the Holograms.
- A light pink dress with simple lining and a pink beaded crown.
- An Indian outfit with a layer of gold flowers in the middle and gold lining on the outside of it, making the other two sides pink, and a beaded headband with light and dark pink beads in a pattern and a huge gold bead in the middle.
- A barber shop cortet member.
- Dark pink toga-like dress with lighter pink sash.
- A brown, human size tuxedo.
- A clown nose with blue cowboy hat and pink gem tiara.
- A pale pink dress with white designs and a feathery boa. Worn with a pearl necklace, gem tiara, and white gloves.
- A showgirl-like head piece that is gold with dark pink feathery attachements and white markings. Worn with a gold necklace with single dark pink bead.
- A colorful clown costume consisting of a green and yellow top with an orange collar, red pants worn with a blue cloth belt, brown cowboy boots, and a blue cowboy hat. She also has red cheeks, a clown nose, and a bright purple star over her right eye.
MerchandiseAs a main character, Penny has been seen as a toy multiple times in many sets. Starting in 2012, She is in the LPS logo, until the official release of the Franchise Re-invention in 2014.
- "It's Pandamonium!"
- "Wow! So much like me. You guys really are... family!"
- She is almost always addressed by her full name.
- In Bad Hair Day, Penny Ling is shown to have a big appetite. She managed to eat an entire basket / plate of fruits within a few seconds. In Dumb Dumbwaiter and The Secret Recipe, she finished an entire bowl of popcorn.
- In Frenemies, she is shown to be the seventh pet to join the Pet Shop crew.
- Her name may have been inspired by the title of the Beatles song Penny Lane.
- She was the mascot of the toyline until the Franchise Re-invention.
- Penny's McDonald's toy has her holding a red lollipop, referring to her name in development, "Lolly".
- She also likes to lay on Sunil's belly, as revealed in The Expo Factor - Part 2.
- In the episode Sleeper, she seems to have a crush on Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt.
- In the song Cinepetmatic, she likes cute and adorable cartoon movies, especially ones with ponies and balloons.
- In Blythe's Big Adventure Part One, Penny is the only Pet to not be sung about by Zoe during the musical number, with Penny instead doing a small dance routine with her ribbons before Vinnie trips into her. All Zoe says in relation to her is a quick question about if she's okay.
- In Shanghai Hi-Jinks, Penny Ling reveals that she wears two colours of toenail polish.