Pygmies are a tiny, primitive race of people are the subject of the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad/Kindle Fire game Pocket God, the comic series based on the app, the iPad-exclusive app Pocket God: Journey To Uranus, and the version of the app on Facebook. The point of Pygmies is to provide the player subjects to rule over as god.
The most Pygmies that can be an an island is six, though there are ways of getting around this rule (please see the "Trivia" section). The Pygmies can live on several islands: Sand Island, Rock Island, Graveyard Island, Ice Island, The Island of Misfit Crossovers, Ape Mountain, God Island and Apocalypse Island. They can also go in the Underwater Area and in the Coral Reef when you make a tsunami. They can also access to the Chamber of Time, the Locust Room, the Dance Room, the Plague Room and the Purification Chamber by entering the Apocalypse Temple.
They tend to interact with the environment by fishing, collecting firewood, watching the sunset, sleeping and other interactions that can be turned on and off by the player, their god. Pygmies were temporarily referred to as 'islanders' due to the Pacific Islander controversy (see below).
The Pygmies are subject to the gods' every whim and therefore can be killed off in many ways, but can always be re-spawned onto the island by the little plus button in the left hand corner of the screen.
When the player starts out with Pocket God, the default tribe is known as Tribe Ooga Chaka and contains the following six Pygmies. These characters are also the focus of Pocket God Merchandise, including the comic book. Note: They are identical in the game, but in other Pocket God forms such as the comic book they are given distinct personalities and somewhat different appearances so it is easier to tell them apart when reading the comics than when playing the game.
The only non-Tribe Ookga Chaka Pygmies are "guest Pygmies" named Charlie (introduced in Ep 38: Two and a Half Pygmies) - a parody of Charlie Sheen with many alternate forms and catchphrases - and Tom (introduced in Ep 47: Apocalypse, Ow!) - a parody of Tom Cruise with many references to the Scientology religion.
There are two guest pygmies in the game, Charlie and Tom. There names cannot be changed.
Charlie is a parody of Charlie Sheen. Charlie walks around the island saying various phrases, turning into tigers and warlocks, and killing pygmies. There are sacrifices that won't kill him that would ordinarlit kill pygmies
Tom is a parody of Tom Cruise, he can begin the apocalypse on apocalypse island. Unlike Charlie, he can be killed as a normal pygmy.
Alternate Pygmy Forms
- Vampire Pygmy - Allow a Pygmy to be bitten by a vampire bat.
- Marshmallowed Pygmy - Hold a Pygmy over the campfire on Rock Island.
- Zombie Pygmy - Bury a Pygmy in the grave on Graveyard Island.
- Ghost Pygmy - Allow a Pygmy to die with the ghost interaction enabled on Graveyard Island.
- Possessed Pygmy - Possess a Pygmy using a Ghost Pygmy on Graveyard Island, or by putting them on the winch or bongos on Ape Mountain.
- Half Pygmy - Have a Pygmy be sliced in half by Charlie in his tiger form.
- Old Fart Pygmy - Put a Pygmy on the golden pedestal inside the Chamber of Time, set it to the leftmost position and activate the time energy.
- Baby Pygmy - Put a Pygmy on the golden pedestal inside the Chamber of Time, set it to the central-left position and activate the time energy.
- Ginger Pygmy - Put a Pygmy on the golden pedestal inside the Chamber of Time, set it to the central-right position and activate the time energy.
- Fast Pygmy - Put a Pygmy on the golden pedestal inside the Chamber of Time, set it to the rightmost position and activate the time energy.
- Mutant Locust- Have a Pygmy swallow a single locust, by dragging the swarm from above to him.
- Mutant Pygmy- Have a Pygmy swallow a group of locusts, by dragging the swarm in front of him.
- Infected Pygmy- Put a Pygmy (or a time altered one) iside the Plague Fountain.
- Purified Pygmy- Put a Pygmy (or a time altered one) inside the Purification Fountain.
- Plague Corpse- Make an infected Pygmy die from the disease.
- Possessed Pygmy (Apocalypse)- Drag an angry Thetan to a pygmy.
Pygmies wear green grass skirts and have black hair with a bone in it. In the Pocket God Facebook version, their outfits are re-accessorised, this time with sandals, and the possibility to alter hair color. Pygmies are short, stubby and slight. They have tanned skin with lighter skin around the eyes, mouth and chest/belly and a spot on each side of their face. They have brown eyes and black hair. They also have comically large heads.
Pygmies are generally happy, cheerful, and somewhat simple-minded. They are easily pleased, as they are seen laughing and smiling despite the many gruesome ways in which they are killed repeatedly. Pygmies can also be somewhat dimwitted at times, a major example is their eating habits. They will eat food while it is still alive, like fish, even though they possess the technology to cook it (a Campfire). They will eat burnt food, which they will choke on, and yet they will still eat burnt food that is provided. Also, they will eat swordfish, which stabs them in the chest after swallowing, and, like the burnt food, will still eat one when the opportunity arrises. Seeing a Double Rainbow in the sky of their island will excite them quite a bit. Pygmies are a primitive race, and thus are equipped with only the most basic of survival skills.
Pygmies are devout followers and worshippers of group of Gods known as "Gene Simians", with each being the god of certain aspect of Pygmies life, and are constantly being killed in sacrifice to these gods. In the comics, they are seen to put up offerings of fish to their all-powerful, omnipotent gods.
In the Comics
In the Pocket God Comics, Ooga doesn't believe or honor these deities, so one might go so far as to say that he is an atheist. In the climax of the comics, however, Ooga comes in contact with the gods, which are swirling vortexes of color but act like actual players of the game.
- Main article: Fishmas
Because the Pygmies live in "prehistory", they have never heard of religion or holidays. However, in light of the holidays, Bolt Creative have decided to release an animated short and a custom pack known as "Fishmas", where the Pygmies sing carols and hang fish from their trees.
Pocket God Comics
The Pocket God Comics star the same Pygmies as the original game, though they are each drawn slightly different to fit each of the Pygmy's new personalities. Ooga acts as a sort of leader of the Pygmies in the comic strips, though originally Klik was the one who led and took care of the tribe.
Journey to Uranus
Pocket God (Facebook)
- Main article: Pygmy (Facebook Version)
Pocket God (Facebook) features Pygmies who are not part of Tribe Ookga Chaka and their names vary from player to player.
The biggest difference for Facebook pygmies, besides the addition of females, is the ability to customize their hair and clothing. You have a wide selection of new pygmy designs you can try on or purchase for Pocket Change and Sacrifice Points.
Pygmies in other iOS Apps
Pygmies can appear in 'Doodle Jump' if you use any of the default Pygmy names as your highscore name. When playing as a Pygmy, the only real difference is that it attacks by throwing coconuts, which will be thrown up in the air and will fall back down.
The Creeps!Pygmies can appear in 'The Creeps!' if you wait for 30 seconds-1 minute inside the credits and touch the now-appearing Dino Egg. Then they can be toggled on and off.
Some people report seeing a character that looks like a Pygmy, with a bone in its hair and a grass skirt, in the game "Uggles". 
If you hold down the logo on Harbor Master's main menu for three seconds, all the boats are replaced with swimming Pygmies.
While ordinary Pygmies don't actually appear in 'Trenches', Zombie Pygmies do in the game mode 'Zombie Horde'.
The Moron Test
- For the article on how the Moron Test affected Pocket God, please go to Ep 37: The Moron Pests.
In DistinctDev's "The Moron Test", the pygmies make a cameo in their own test called "Ooga School." It is almost identical to the original test, except for the questions all relating to Pocket God in some way.
Pacific Islander Controversy
Pacific Islanders were highly insulted by Pocket God, calling it a 'arrogant slap in the face to their people'. One of a few changes by Bolt Creative was naming the Pygmies, then called 'Islanders', to 'Oogs' in order to ease these issues. It was later changed back to 'Pygmy' when it was found that the name didn't cause friction with Pacific Islanders. The Moai Statue did. It was from Easter Island, where most Pacific Islanders originated from.
- Interestingly, most of the alternate Pygmy forms are based on undead creatures (Vampire, Zombie and Ghost).
- Additionally, when a Pygmy is in one of those forms, it is hostile towards fellow Pygmies.
- Ep 35: Double Rainbow All The Way Across The Sky marks the first time the Pygmies have ever had voice-acting (according to Bolt Creative, the Pygmies are only lip-singing in the Pocket God Update Song).
- As addressed by The Pygmy Peril, the pygmies in the title cards progressively became thinner as the episodes advanced. (Compare Episode 3's title card to Episode 32's title card!)
- The most pygmies that can be visibly seen on one island is eight: all six pygmies plus the guest pygmies Charlie from Ep 38: Two and a Half Pygmies and Tom from Ep 47: Apocalypse Ow!
- Before being called Pygmies, they were called simply "Islanders", and, for a very short time, "Oogs".
- There is also a way to get "nine Pygmies":
- Buy the Holiday Skin Pack.
- Change the Meteor to the pygmy in an iceball.
- Go to Sand Island.
- Put the meteor on the island.
- Add all eight pygmies (including the guest Pygmies) and there are now a total of nine, though one is the meteor.
- Ooga may have gotten his name from the Sega Dreamcast game, Ooga Booga.
- Each Pygmy has one Pygmy that has a similar name. Ex:Ooga and Booga, Klik and Klak, or Nooby and Dooby.