Pingu is the main character in the British-Swiss series of the same name. His name comes from the German word for penguin (Pinguin). His original name was Hugo when he premiered in a short created by Otmar Gutmann in 1984. His full name is unkown, however, he has had many fanmade full names, a popular one being "Pingu J. Penguin". The J has been said to be Jeffery, but the fact that Pingu the show is from Switzerland makes this unlikely.
Pingu lives in Antartica with his parents and younger sister Pinga. He also has two grandfathers, several aunts and two cousins. He is best friends with a seal named Robby and other penguins named Pingo, Pingg and Pongi.
In the episode Pingu's Admirer, he catches the attention of a female penguin named Pingi. At first, Pingu didn't like her, but by the end of the episode, he falls in love with her and they eventually start a relationship.