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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 confesses his feelings to her, and the two kiss. The two have been dating as of that moment. She was part of the Treehouse Girls until it was disbanded due to the treehouse being cut down by Tobias and Banana Joe. She is in the school's cheerleading team.
From season 1 to "The Shell," Penny appeared to be an anthropomorphic antlered peanut. Like the rest of her family, she had a set of tan antlers that grew out of her head. The episode "The Shell" revealed that Penny, underneath her shell, is a shape-shifting, fairy-like creature. She can transform into certain creatures depending on her emotions, and most of the time the creatures have a set of antlers, with the exception of her monster arm form and her gorgon form. In her early concept, she did not have a visible mouth and her antlers were darker, as well as having smaller eye holes with no visible eyelashes.
As an antlered peanut, Penny did not normally wear much clothing, aside from a pair of orange and tan sneakers with white socks and brown and white wristbands. However, she is sometimes seen carrying white pom-poms. From "The Shell" onwards, she wears no clothing at all, except for white and red wristbands and headband when practicing her cheerleading routine or playing sports.
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 and her shoes had a pair of thin lines with small circles on the sides as laces. 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 a bit to resemble her sister's and her mother's, and it became seemingly smaller. Her antlers and limbs also became darker and smaller, and the holes in the shell on her arms and where her antlers come out are both dramatically smaller. She, like Darwin after season 1, loses an eyelash. Like other characters in their redesigns, the shadows on her legs are much lighter. Her shoelaces are now thicker, colored white and don't have eyelets anymore. She keeps this appearance in the first few episodes of season 3, until "The Shell."
After Gumball helped Penny break free of her shell, its contents are revealed to be a yellow-orange gradient fairy-like creature, which seems to be her default form. In this form, she can shape-shift into certain creatures, depending on her emotions.
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 pale pink in coloration.
Her real eyes and mouth are now seen, and she also has visible white eyelashes connected to her eyes. She has orange-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 that she can use to hover above the ground, and to fly fully, as seen in "The Bros" (to an extent) and "The Shippening."
After the events of "The Shell," Penny remains in her fairy-like form.
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.
Shapeshifting: 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.
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).
- Main article: Penny Fitzgerald/Relationships
- "The Third": Her debut. She is seen at the schoolyard and later in the cafeteria.
- "The End": Her first speaking role. Gumball tries to marry her before the end of the world.
- "The Dress": She is one of the students who believe Gumball is a girl with the dress.
- "The Pressure": Her first major role. She and Masami try to get Gumball and Darwin to be their respective boyfriends.
- "The Ghost": She is in the cafeteria. Later, she is told by Carrie (possessing Gumball) to stop looking at her.
- "The Mystery": She is one of the students who try to solve the mystery.
- "The Gi": She is one of the few people to not succumb to peer pressure and stands up for Gumball as opposed to ridiculing him.
- "The Kiss": She appears cheering for Gumball.
- "The Party": Her second major role. She tries to get Gumball to be her date for Rachel's party.
- "The Robot": She kisses Bobert, believing him to be Gumball.
- "The Picnic" (cameo)
- "The Sock": She is in class.
- "The Mustache": She is seen in the girls' bathroom and later in the school gym.
- "The Date": Her third major role. She invites Gumball to Mr. Cuddles' funeral while he thinks of it as a date.
- "The Club": She is seen with the synchronized swimming club.
- "The Ape": She messes around in class.
- "The Curse": She makes a cameo in the cafeteria.
- "The Meddler": She tries out for the cheerleading team and makes it after Gumball outdoes her bad performance.
- "The Helmet": She is seen in the gym.
- "The Fight": She cheers for Gumball and Tina's fight.
- "The Knights": Her fourth major role. Tobias and Gumball fight for her.
- "The Fridge": She can be seen in a flashback with Teri and Carmen as Gumball gives her flowers, and later she makes a cameo in another flashback with the marching band.
- "The Flower": Her fifth major role. She is hanging out with Leslie, causing Gumball to become overcome with jealousy.
- "The Banana": She is in class.
- "The Phone": She appears on the school bus for a brief moment.
- "The Apology": She is disgusted by Miss Simian's butt.
- "The Words": She makes a very brief cameo on the school bus and later she appears on one of Tobias' photos.
- "The Skull": She is seen in the hallway, and later briefly speaks to Gumball on the bus.
- "The Bet": She is in class.
- "Christmas": She is sad when Gumball unplugs her family's Christmas lights.
- "The Watch": She can be seen in the cafeteria.
- "The Bumpkin": She watches Hector launch Gumball into the air.
- "The Virus" (mentioned)
- "The Hero": She makes a small appearance in the classroom in a flashback.
- "The Dream": Her sixth major role. She is kissed by Darwin in one of Gumball's dreams.
- "The Sidekick": She is in the yearbook, and later in the cafeteria.
- "The Photo": She looks at her photo in the hallway and later is helping Tina be a cheerleader.
- "The Storm": She berates Gumball when she believes he has kissed Carmen, but later makes up with him to join his crusade against Masami's emotional storm.
- "The Voice": Darwin apologizes to her for Gumball.
- "The Promise" (cameo)
- "The Boombox": She is with Leslie and Carmen.
- "The Tape": She looks at Gumball.
- "The Sweaters": She inadvertently persuades Gumball to fight Carlton and Troy, and is later seen watching them in the crowd.
- "The World": She is seen at a picnic with her family.
- "The Finale": She is gasping when she sees her father fight Richard.
- "The Kids": She asks Gumball why he did not call her.
- "The Fan" (cameo)
- "The Coach": She is surprised when Jamie apologizes to Gumball.
- "The Joy": She is one of the students who get infected by the Joy virus.
- "The Recipe": She appears on the school bus.
- "The Name": Zach is seen flirting with her.
- "The Extras" (cameo)
- "The Fraud": She appears talking to Carmen and Sarah
- "The Void": She listens to Gumball talk about Molly.
- "The Move": She is seen in the library, where Tobias attempts to flirt with her.
- "The Allergy" (cameo)
- "The Mothers": She is in class.
- "The Shell": Her seventh major role. Her shell is cracked open by Gumball, revealing her true form.
- "The Burden": She goes on a date with Gumball.
- "The Bros": Her eighth major role. Darwin attempts to destroy her relationship with Gumball.
- "The Mirror": She is in class. She and Gumball flirt with each other with gestures.
- "The Butterfly": She is in class. She turns down Tobias' "chick-magnet" dance.
- "The Safety": She can be seen on one of Darwin's security cameras.
- "The Society": She briefly appears in the schoolyard.
- "The Spoiler": She talks to Gumball on the phone.
- "The Countdown" (cameo/shell form): She is on the school bus.
- "The Downer" (mentioned)
- "The Return": She is seen on the school bus and in class.
- "The Others": She can briefly be seen near the end of the celebration for Clare.
- "The Pest": She and Carmen walk by Gumball, Darwin and Anais.
- "The Romantic": Her ninth major role. She follows Gumball's clues on a quest.
- "The Uploads": She is seen in class in the "William Exam Fail" video.
- "The Apprentice": She wishes success for Patrick's presentation.
- "The Hug": She can be seen in the schoolyard.
- "The Traitor" (mentioned)
- "The Love": She is one of the people who sing "What is Love?"
- "The Awkwardness" (mentioned)
- "The Nest" (mentioned)
- "The Night": She is seen on the school bus in Hector's dream.
- "The Misunderstandings": Her tenth major role. She waits for Gumball at Dinner at the mall.
- "The Blame": She joins Gumball and their classmates in the library, and then the auditorium, where they rebel against their parents and sing "Books Are Violent."
- "The Slap": She is seen in the schoolyard.
- "The Fury": She can be seen in class.
- "The Compilation": She is one of the people who sing "Weird Like You And Me."
- "The Disaster": She is pushed off the top floor of the mall by Gumball.
- "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": She can be seen at the sports field.
- "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": She makes a cameo when Mike reports that the Wattersons' house is on fire.
- "The Puppets": She appears on the school bus.
- "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): She is on the school bus once again.
- "The Future": She is in a painting with Gumball.
- "The Factory": She is in Gumball's hallucinations.
- "The Agent": Her silhouette is seen during the "Swim Club" credits.
- "The Mess": Her thirteenth and final major role. She asks Gumball to babysit Polly, and later makes her explain what happened.
- "The Decisions": She is on the bus in her shell.
- "The Inquisition": She is turned into a human.
- Teresa Gallagher (UK/US/AUS/NZ/CAN)
- Alina Galindo (Latin America)
- Mai Yamane (Japan)
- Bruna Laynes (Brazil)
- Kriszta Németh (Hungary, seasons 1–3)
- Éva Dögei (Hungary, season 4–present)
- Afrodita Androne (Romania, seasons 1–3)
- Carmen Lopăzan (Romania, season 4–present)
- Orly Tagar (Israel)
- Bronislava Kazantseva (Russia, season 1-4)
- Irina Kilfin (Russia, season 5)
- Lina Ivanova (Russia, season 6)
- Tatiana Shitova (Russia, season 6)
- Ludovica Bebi (Italian, seasons 1-4 and 6)
- Antonella Rinaldi (Italian, season 5)
- Lina Ljungqvist (Sweden)
- Sara Nordahl (Iceland)
- Susa Saukko (Finland)
- Joanna Pach (Poland, season 2–present)
- Anneke Beukman (Netherlands)
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- Main article: Penny Fitzgerald/Quotes
- Penny was originally pitched to Nickelodeon as a potential mascot that had a gun. 
- 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 had the most major roles of any character that is not a Watterson, with thirteen.
- Early in her development, she had darker antlers.
- In "The Flower," it is stated that she has not had her tonsils taken out.
- 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 is revealed to have 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.
- In the Italian dub, she was renamed "Nocciolina."
- 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 bears a striking resemblance to the shadowy figure seen towards the end of "The Comic."