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Chip 'n Dale are {{Disney}} cartoon characters, a pair of mischievous chipmunks. Chip is the relatively smart ([[SurroundedByIdiots albeit more neurotic]]) one; Dale is the [[CloudCuckooLander less smart one]] with the tendency to do the clumsiest or least sensible thing possible at any given moment.

Their initial turn in the spotlight came in the ClassicDisneyShorts, usually giving DonaldDuck a reason to demonstrate his famous BerserkButton. (You probably remember that one cartoon where Donald was an apple farmer.) In the late 1980s, they were dusted off and given revised characters, more comprehensible voices and their own TV show, ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''. Like many other Disney regulars, they returned to perform their original roles in revivals such as ''HouseOfMouse''.

Their name may be a pun on the famous 18th-century furniture style. It certainly ''isn't'' anything to do with the ChippendalesDancers, whom they predate by many, many years.

See also ''[[Characters/ChipNDaleRescueRangers Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers]]'' for tropes that refer to them specifically in said cartoon.

Not to be confused with Warner Bros.' Goofy Gophers, Mac and Tosh. (Mac and Tosh are the ultrapolite ones.)

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!!Tropes:
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering?
* ArtEvolution: In their debut in Private Pluto. The two both looked the same and looked more realistic.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: A couple of shorts ended on civil terms between them and Donald or Pluto.
* BreakoutCharacter
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Dale.
* CrossDressingVoices: In the earliest shorts, both chipmunks were voiced by various (uncredited) female members of the office staff at Disney. In modern-day appearances, Chip is voiced by Tress [=MacNeille=].
* CuriousAsAMonkey: When they're not bothering someone intentionally, they're usually just this.
* EscalatingWar: Usually against Donald, who had no problem utilizing cruel pranks of his own against them. Their bouts against Pluto were more one sided, though he could still bite back at times.
* GeniusDitz: Dale is often the brainless troublemaker of the two, though in some cases actually concocts very elaborate stunts to give the two the upper hand.
* GrumpyBear: Chip, who is often irritated by Dale's stupidity and occasionally responds with violent discipline.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: However, some comic stories indicate that they're brothers, sharing the same relatives.
* {{Invincible Hero}}es: Though they took blows in most of their shorts, they were the victors in all of their appearances (or at least came to a stalemate or truce in exceptions).
* IronButtMonkey: While Chip and Dale often made the winning blow, they were often portrayed as almost as bumbling as their adversaries and usually took as many blows as they dished out.
* KarmaHoudini: In some cartoons, the chipmunks are clearly the ones instigating the trouble, for no other reason than because they think it's funny to pick on their chosen adversary (usually Donald or Pluto). They still invariably come out on top.
** IdiotHoudini: In other shorts, while not intentionally meaning harm, they still managed to irritate others by [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace nosing around their property]] or performing other collateral damage in their curious bumbling. When their adversary finally bites however, it is free game for them to retaliate for [[MoralMyopia bothering]] ''[[MoralMyopia them]]''.
* KarmicTrickster: In the shorts where Donald is the one who starts trouble.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Chip and Dale's three solo shorts that did not pair them up with Donald or Pluto were some of the rare Disney shorts not to be released on the otherwise fairly thorough Disney Treasures sets. Two of these, "Two Chips and a Miss" and "Chicken in the Rough" were put on one of the Cartoon Classics DVD releases, but the third, "The Lone Chipmunks" has never seen a DVD release to this day.
* LiteralAssKicking: Chip's version of a GibbsSlap toward Dale is to pick him up by his tail and administer one of these.
* LoveableRogue: More often just after food and shelter, they do have a mischievous side however.
* LoveTriangle: With Clarice in ''Two Chips and a Miss'' and Gadget in ''Rescue Rangers''.
* OverlyPolitePals: In the first animated shorts they act this way towards each other. In later shorts and the [[ReTool ReTooled]] [[WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers Series]] they acted more like VitriolicBestBuds.
* NoNameGiven: Until the 1947 cartoon [[ExactlyWhatItSaysontheTin Chip N Dale]] when they were given names.
* [[ScrewySquirrel Screwy Chipmunks]]
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: In the earliest shorts, Chip and Dale were identical in looks and mannerisms. Eventually, Dale gained his red nose, buck teeth, and goofier personality to set him apart from Chip.
* SpeakingSimlish: In the classic shorts, they spoke in varying forms of heavily-accented, barely understandable English, to complete gibberish. ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' and ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' has them speaking normal English.
* SpinOff: ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''.
* TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Acorns, or nuts in general. Though their discovery of peanuts certainly turned them off of acorns in the short ''Working For Peanuts''.
* TheUnintelligible: In their earliest appearances, their dialogue was recycled quotes sped up to an incoherent speed (most of these were made for their first short, to the point slowing them down to intelligible speed in later ones shows the quotes have no bearing to the plot). In later shorts they were voiced with new slightly more coherent dialogue for each short.
* TooDumbToLive: Dale, at times.
* VitriolicBestBuds
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17th Mar '14 7:02:57 PM ChrisCmoney
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* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Chip and Dale's three solo shorts that did not pair them up with Donald or Pluto were some of the rare Disney shorts not to be released on the otherwise fairly thorough Disney Treasures sets. Two of these, "Two Chips and a Miss" and "Chicken in the Rough" were put on one of the Cartoon Classics DVD releases, but the third, "The Lone Chipmunks" has never seen a DVD release to this day.
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* TooDumbToLive: Dale, at times.
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* CuriousAsAMonkey: When they're not bothering someone intentionally, they're usually just this.
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* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: A couple of shorts ended on civil terms between them and Donald or Pluto.



* GeniusDitz: Dale is often the brainless troublemaker of the two, though in some cases actually concocts very elaborate stunts to give the two the upper hand.



* OverlyPolitePals: In the first animated shorts (not on the [[ReTool ReTooled]] [[WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers Series]], where they acted more like VitriolicBestBuds), they act this way towards each other.

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* OverlyPolitePals: In the first animated shorts (not on they act this way towards each other. In later shorts and the [[ReTool ReTooled]] [[WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers Series]], where Series]] they acted more like VitriolicBestBuds), they act this way towards each other.VitriolicBestBuds.



* VitriolicBestBuds

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* VitriolicBestBuds
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** IdiotHoudini: In other shorts, while not intentionally meaning harm, they still managed to irritate others by [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace nosing around their property]] or performing other general collateral damage from their curious bumbling. When their adversary finally loses patience however, it is free game for them to retaliate for [[MoralMyopia bothering]] ''[[MoralMyopia them]]''.

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** IdiotHoudini: In other shorts, while not intentionally meaning harm, they still managed to irritate others by [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace nosing around their property]] or performing other general collateral damage from in their curious bumbling. When their adversary finally loses patience bites however, it is free game for them to retaliate for [[MoralMyopia bothering]] ''[[MoralMyopia them]]''.
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** IdiotHoudini: In other shorts, while not intentionally meaning harm, they still managed to irritate others by [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace nosing around their property]] or performing other general collateral damage from their curious bumbling. When their adversary finally loses patience however, it is free game for them to retaliate for [[MoralMyopia bothering]] ''[[MoralMyopia them]]''.
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* CrossDressingVoices: Chip is voiced by Tress [=MacNeille=].

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* CrossDressingVoices: In the earliest shorts, both chipmunks were voiced by various (uncredited) female members of the office staff at Disney. In modern-day appearances, Chip is voiced by Tress [=MacNeille=].


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* KarmaHoudini: In some cartoons, the chipmunks are clearly the ones instigating the trouble, for no other reason than because they think it's funny to pick on their chosen adversary (usually Donald or Pluto). They still invariably come out on top.
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