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* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: Lucky, Cookie and Niblet usually disguise themselves as humans using this to blend in by standing upright and each wearing their own individual disguise. Cookie usually wears a dress rather than a coat. Also, Niblet usually wears a fedora on his head while Lucky and Cookie wear wigs. Fans often mistake this for a TotemPoleTrench, even though the dogs are not propping each other up on shoulders.


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* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: Lucky, Cookie and Niblet usually disguise themselves as humans using this to blend in by standing upright and each wearing their own individual disguise. Cookie usually wears a dress rather than a coat. Also, Niblet usually wears a fedora on his head while Lucky and Cookie wear wigs. Fans often mistake this for a TotemPoleTrench, even though the dogs are not propping each other up on shoulders.
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** Squirt had a problem with alligators in "The Really Weird Dog". (Also see BrokenAesop in the episode section.)

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** Squirt had a problem with alligators in "The Really Weird Dog". (Also see BrokenAesop in the episode section.)BrokenAesop)



* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: As compared to the Paper-Thin Disguises mentioned below, twice Lucky's team used the situation to their advantage to blend in with humans by dressing up in human clothes despite looking like, well, dogs dressed in human clothes. Once was in the actual HalloweenEpisode, "Nightmare On Pound Street", and the other was to get into the Poughkeepsie Pups basketball game in "Quintuplets" (also see Conspicuous Trenchcoat in the episode section).

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* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: As compared to the Paper-Thin Disguises mentioned below, twice Lucky's team used the situation to their advantage to blend in with humans by dressing up in human clothes despite looking like, well, dogs dressed in human clothes. Once was in the actual HalloweenEpisode, "Nightmare On Pound Street", and the other was to get into the Poughkeepsie Pups basketball game in "Quintuplets" (also see Conspicuous Trenchcoat in the episode section).Trenchcoat).



* TheUnfavorite[=/=]WellDoneSonGuy: Poor Mr. [=McLeish=]. He manages to be treated dismissively by Agatha, while she dotes on Rebound (when she was initially established as not liking dogs), and is charming toward two men who have fallen in love with her so far (see Easily Forgiven in the episode section for an example [includes a spoiler]).

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* TheUnfavorite[=/=]WellDoneSonGuy: Poor Mr. [=McLeish=]. He manages to be treated dismissively by Agatha, while she dotes on Rebound (when she was initially established as not liking dogs), and is charming toward two men who have fallen in love with her so far (see Easily Forgiven in the episode section for an example [includes a spoiler]).
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%%These are tropes specific to the series as a whole or are otherwise a staple of the series. (Archetypes of major and recurring characters go here as well.) The section below this one contains tropes linked to one or more specific episodes.

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* AbsenteeActor: Cookie is nowhere to be seen or mentioned in the episode, "The Pups Who Loved Me". In fact, Lucky is the only member of the main 5 to be prominently featured in the episode (the other three only appear briefly near the beginning of the episode).
** Alluded in "Hail
to the series as a whole or are otherwise a staple of Chief": Before the series. (Archetypes of major team departs for the White House, Niblet asks where Cookie and recurring characters go here as well.) The section below this one contains tropes linked Squirt are, and Lucky tells him that they're staying behind to one or more specific episodes.watch over the pound while they're gone.



* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: In the episode "Rebel Without A Collar", the tough Cookie decides to leave the team [[spoiler: to roam the desert with Fang, a wily coyote who was captured in the desert and brought back to Shelter 17]].



* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: In the episode "Lucky Gets Adopted", a flashback revealing how humans and dogs came together shows a primitive canine called Woof Barktooth defending a family of prehistoric humans from a Smilodon. There are two problems with this: First of all, Smilodon and prehistoric man never met in real life due to living on different continents (Smilodon lived in the Americas while humans were confined to Europe and Africa at the time) and former dying out by the time the latter came to its territory. The only big cat that humans would have interacted with at the time was the Eurasian Cave Lion. Second, the Smilodon is depicted with a long tail like that of a lion. In reality, Smilodon had a short, stubby tail. On the other hand, it is referred to correctly as a Saber tooth cat instead of the usual, inaccurate moniker of "Saber tooth tiger".
** They also play the AllCavemenWereNeanderthals trope straight in the episode as well.
* TheAtoner: Chucky from "It's Elementary My Dear Pup Club". He used to be a [[TheBully bully]] who also drew unflattering pictures of teachers on his school's whiteboards, but he's reformed and is trying to make up for what he's done.
** FrameUp: When the pictures start appearing again, Chucky insists he's innocent. [[spoiler:He's telling the truth; Pepper and the Super Secret Pup Club [[ClearMyName clear his name]] by proving that Chucky was framed by three nerdy kids he'd bullied who hadn't forgiven him.]]
* BackStory: The episode "The Call Of The Squirrel Dog" explains how Mr. Nut-Nut met Strudel and, in a more general sense, how the team of Shelter 17 came to have squirrel teammates.
* BalloonBelly: All five of the main dogs get these in "Kennel Kittens Return" after they have their big bacon feast provided by the Kennel Kittens (although Strudel called it "Bacon Belly").



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Squirt and his IdenticalStranger Cuddlesworth P. Wigglebottom after switching places with each other in "The Prince and the Pupper". (Also see PrinceAndPauper below.)
* BeYourself:
** "The General" has Cookie try to copy Dolly's tactic of using her feminine charms to motivate the male dogs, but learns in the end that she does her job just fine by being herself.
** The Aesop of the episode "There's Something About Camellia".
* BearsAreBadNews: Played with and ultimately subverted in "Homeward Pound". [[spoiler: While Niblet initially heeds Squirt's advice toward the bears he encountered after their split, he realizes those bears are cubs, and they offer him some of the honey they were eating. Things seem to take a turn for the worse when the MamaBear comes back, but it turns out she's friendly, as she saves Squirt at Niblet's (off-screen) request. When Lucky and the Royal Canadian Pound Puppies find Niblet and Squirt, they were stuffed after eating fish the bears caught for them. The bears were also kind enough to catch fish for the rescue party as well.]]
** PlayedForLaughs in Patches' takes on three previous episodes (including the one mentioned above) in "The Super Secret Pup Club" where the little Dalmatian heroically appears out of nowhere and barks at the bears until they retreat. It gets pretty ridiculous when the second scenario features a bear appearing in a construction yard and the last has ''five of them'' appear out of nowhere in a suburb.
--> '''Rebound''': [[LampshadeHanging Wow, your versions of those stories sure have a lot of bears in them.]]
* BigBallOfViolence: The fight that the Pound Puppies and Kennel Kittens get into after Ace, the Kennel Kittens leader, spit in Lucky's face for a reason he couldn't even give at the end of "Catcalls".



* BigNo: Yipper, once the boy he connected with left without adopting him in "The Yipper Caper." [[spoiler: Come on. You ''do'' know the kid adopted him in the end, right?]]
--->'''Yipper:''' [[DespairEventHorizon That....was him. My person.]] [[HeroicBSOD And now....he's gone.]] [[BigNo NNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!]]
* BlandNameProduct: The Northminster Dog Show that Mrs. [=McLeish's=] pride entered Rebound into in "My Fair Rebound", as well as the Oditaride race the team entered for the sake of Husky puppy Tundra in "Snow Problem".
* BluffTheImpostor[=/=]ImpostorExposingTest: In "The Prince and the Pupper", Madame Pickypuss offers Squirt a treat she knows Mr. Cuddlesworth hates in order to out him as a phony.
* BrandX: Not quite the same as the [[BlandNameProduct Bland Name Products]] above, the Zoomit from "Zipper the Zoomit Dog" is a plastic flying disc. You know the one.
* BreakTheCutie: In "Rebound", Niblet yells at Rebound to leave him alone. She walks away crying and quiet.



* BrokenAesop: In "The Really Weird Dog", Squirt gets a lesson about racism after encountering a friendly alligator. Given the way cats and coyotes are treated on the show, this kind of rings hollow.



* CampGay: Gary, the owner of Pooches, from "I'm Ready For My Close Pup".
* CampStraight: Amy's StageDad in "I'm Ready For My Close Pup".
* CanNotSpitItOut: Lucky has a pretty hard time telling Cookie the team needs her in "Rebel Without a Collar". He finds it impossible to admit to her that ''he'' does as well. [[spoiler:He manages do to the former by the end of the episode. Not so much the latter.]]
--> '''Lucky:''' But... Doesn't she realize how much I... ''(grimaces)'' ''we'' need her?
--> '''Strudel:''' Did you ever tell her?
--> '''Lucky:''' ''(frowning)'' Yeah! ''(beat)'' No. ... I think so.
--> '''Strudel:''' But how can you expect someone to know something if you never tell them?
* CanadaEh:
** The Royal Canadian Pound Puppies in "Homeward Pound".
--> '''Agent Todd:''' Oh, geez. We're zero-for-two. Or oh-for-two as you'd say, eh?
** The musher Jean-Luc Glaciaire in "Snow Problem" is the French Canadian version.
--> '''Jean-Luc:''' Sorry about that, there.
** Rover [[spoiler: the SewerGator]] in "The Really Weird Dog". He even says "aboot".
** Lucky also sometimes has shades of this, due to his voice actor, Eric [=McCormack=], being Canadian. He will spout out an "abote" from time to time.
* [[ChainOfPeople Chain of Dogs]]: Lucky, Cookie, Niblet and Squirt form one to save Strudel's life in the episode, "Toyoshiko! Bark Friend Machine".
* ChristmasEpisode[=/=]MusicalEpisode: "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve".
* ComicTrio: While the Super Secret Pup Club fit this trope to a tease, there is one episode where the main FiveManBand team of dogs becomes a ComicTrio. In "Hail to the Chief", Cookie and Squirt sit out on the mission leaving [[TheLeader Strudel as the schemer]], [[TheFool Niblet as the stupid one]], and [[OnlySaneMan Lucky as the powerless one]].



* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** "Rebound":
*** [=McLeish=] resolves to tell his mother that he's actually a CIA agent working undercover, "If I told you more, Mother, I'd have to make you disappear." Olaf, whom he was testing this out on, asks, "Disappear? So are you a spy or a magician?" Annoyed, [=McLeish=] storms out, leaving Olaf to mumble, "Being a magician's nothing to be ashamed of."
*** Later, once his ruse falls flat, so to speak, [=McLeish's=] mother threatens to cut him out of her will, remove him from the family scrapbook, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and disinvite him from Thanksgiving]]. [=McLeish=]'s comment: "But the turkey!"
** "Barlow": After Barlow's song causes Niblet to take his advice to laze in the sunshine and take a big ol' snooze, Lucky, Cookie, and Strudel hear Niblet sing Barlow's song in his sleep. Lucky and Cookie comment on the direness of the situation, Strudel on the other hand...
--> '''Strudel:''' I know! He's horribly, horribly off key!
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: Nicely [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] in "Lucky the Dunce." After Lucky is hit with Strudel's "data processing scrambler" and made into a simpleton like Niblet, Cookie, Strudel, and Squirt are upset--they need his brain to place puppies--while Niblet is thrilled, because he finally has a friend who's just like him. Rather than simply saying that Niblet is wrong for going against what the majority thinks, the episode is careful to show both sides of the story, including Dunce!Lucky's perspective (he loves his new, simpler self) and Niblet's own hurt feelings. Though Lucky is brought back to normal at the end, the episode as a whole raises interesting questions about friendship, sacrifice, and difficult decisions, instead of stating a simple {{Aesop}} about doing what the group wants.



* CuteKitten: Generally, the adoptees of the Pound Puppies' rival organization, the Kennel Kittens, to potential human companions. (Also see the entry in the episode section.)

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* CuteKitten: CrazyCatLady: A rare male example in "Hello Kitten". The Kennel Kittens places Spoons in one, even though he's not really her special person. The reason is obvious, due to never letting his cats go outside and collects hairballs. He likely didn't even notices Spoons is gone after the Super Secret Pup Club rescue her.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: The adoption fair in "The General". The plan involved getting 60+ puppies adopted by making them look identical so that it seemed like the same puppy was being adopted over and over again, for a start.
* CuteKitten:
**
Generally, the adoptees of the Pound Puppies' rival organization, the Kennel Kittens, to potential human companions. (Also see companions.
** In "Catcalls",
the entry mother and son were cat lovers and preferred the adoptee offered by the Happy Valley Shelter team. [[spoiler:The father comes around, as does the mother with puppies.]]
** Lily in "Kennel Kittens Return" is so much so she manages to completely win over [[spoiler:Squirt, who was pretending to be a cat to steal back Strudel's latest invention that the Kennel Kittens had swiped earlier
in the episode section.)episode]].
** Spoons and Teensy in "Hello Kitten".







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%%These are tropes that are found in particular episodes. Those that are more applicable to the show as a whole are listed above.
* AbsenteeActor: Cookie is nowhere to be seen or mentioned in the episode, "The Pups Who Loved Me". In fact, Lucky is the only member of the main 5 to be prominently featured in the episode (the other three only appear briefly near the beginning of the episode).
** Alluded in "Hail to the Chief": Before the team departs for the White House, Niblet asks where Cookie and Squirt are, and Lucky tells him that they're staying behind to watch over the pound while they're gone.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: In the episode "Rebel Without A Collar", the tough Cookie decides to leave the team [[spoiler: to roam the desert with Fang, a wily coyote who was captured in the desert and brought back to Shelter 17]].
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: In the episode "Lucky Gets Adopted", a flashback revealing how humans and dogs came together shows a primitive canine called Woof Barktooth defending a family of prehistoric humans from a Smilodon. There are two problems with this: First of all, Smilodon and prehistoric man never met in real life due to living on different continents (Smilodon lived in the Americas while humans were confined to Europe and Africa at the time) and former dying out by the time the latter came to its territory. The only big cat that humans would have interacted with at the time was the Eurasian Cave Lion. Second, the Smilodon is depicted with a long tail like that of a lion. In reality, Smilodon had a short, stubby tail. On the other hand, it is referred to correctly as a Saber tooth cat instead of the usual, inaccurate moniker of "Saber tooth tiger".
** They also play the AllCavemenWereNeanderthals trope straight in the episode as well.
* TheAtoner: Chucky from "It's Elementary My Dear Pup Club". He used to be a [[TheBully bully]] who also drew unflattering pictures of teachers on his school's whiteboards, but he's reformed and is trying to make up for what he's done.
** FrameUp: When the pictures start appearing again, Chucky insists he's innocent. [[spoiler:He's telling the truth; Pepper and the Super Secret Pup Club [[ClearMyName clear his name]] by proving that Chucky was framed by three nerdy kids he'd bullied who hadn't forgiven him.]]
* BackStory: The episode "The Call Of The Squirrel Dog" explains how Mr. Nut-Nut met Strudel and, in a more general sense, how the team of Shelter 17 came to have squirrel teammates.
* BalloonBelly: All five of the main dogs get these in "Kennel Kittens Return" after they have their big bacon feast provided by the Kennel Kittens (although Strudel called it "Bacon Belly").
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Squirt and his IdenticalStranger Cuddlesworth P. Wigglebottom after switching places with each other in "The Prince and the Pupper". (Also see PrinceAndPauper below.)
* BeYourself:
** "The General" has Cookie try to copy Dolly's tactic of using her feminine charms to motivate the male dogs, but learns in the end that she does her job just fine by being herself.
** The Aesop of the episode "There's Something About Camellia".
* BearsAreBadNews: Played with and ultimately subverted in "Homeward Pound". [[spoiler: While Niblet initially heeds Squirt's advice toward the bears he encountered after their split, he realizes those bears are cubs, and they offer him some of the honey they were eating. Things seem to take a turn for the worse when the MamaBear comes back, but it turns out she's friendly, as she saves Squirt at Niblet's (off-screen) request. When Lucky and the Royal Canadian Pound Puppies find Niblet and Squirt, they were stuffed after eating fish the bears caught for them. The bears were also kind enough to catch fish for the rescue party as well.]]
** PlayedForLaughs in Patches' takes on three previous episodes (including the one mentioned above) in "The Super Secret Pup Club" where the little Dalmatian heroically appears out of nowhere and barks at the bears until they retreat. It gets pretty ridiculous when the second scenario features a bear appearing in a construction yard and the last has ''five of them'' appear out of nowhere in a suburb.
--> '''Rebound''': [[LampshadeHanging Wow, your versions of those stories sure have a lot of bears in them.]]
* BigBallOfViolence: The fight that the Pound Puppies and Kennel Kittens get into after Ace, the Kennel Kittens leader, spit in Lucky's face for a reason he couldn't even give at the end of "Catcalls".
* BigNo: Yipper, once the boy he connected with left without adopting him in "The Yipper Caper." [[spoiler: Come on. You ''do'' know the kid adopted him in the end, right?]]
--->'''Yipper:''' [[DespairEventHorizon That....was him. My person.]] [[HeroicBSOD And now....he's gone.]] [[BigNo NNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!]]
* BlandNameProduct: The Northminster Dog Show that Mrs. [=McLeish's=] pride entered Rebound into in "My Fair Rebound", as well as the Oditaride race the team entered for the sake of Husky puppy Tundra in "Snow Problem".
* BluffTheImpostor[=/=]ImpostorExposingTest: In "The Prince and the Pupper", Madame Pickypuss offers Squirt a treat she knows Mr. Cuddlesworth hates in order to out him as a phony.
* BrandX: Not quite the same as the [[BlandNameProduct Bland Name Products]] above, the Zoomit from "Zipper the Zoomit Dog" is a plastic flying disc. You know the one.
* BreakTheCutie: In "Rebound", Niblet yells at Rebound to leave him alone. She walks away crying and quiet.
* BrokenAesop: In "The Really Weird Dog", Squirt gets a lesson about racism after encountering a friendly alligator. Given the way cats and coyotes are treated on the show, this kind of rings hollow.
* CampGay: Gary, the owner of Pooches, from "I'm Ready For My Close Pup".
* CampStraight: Amy's StageDad in "I'm Ready For My Close Pup".
* CanNotSpitItOut: Lucky has a pretty hard time telling Cookie the team needs her in "Rebel Without a Collar". He finds it impossible to admit to her that ''he'' does as well. [[spoiler:He manages do to the former by the end of the episode. Not so much the latter.]]
--> '''Lucky:''' But... Doesn't she realize how much I... ''(grimaces)'' ''we'' need her?
--> '''Strudel:''' Did you ever tell her?
--> '''Lucky:''' ''(frowning)'' Yeah! ''(beat)'' No. ... I think so.
--> '''Strudel:''' But how can you expect someone to know something if you never tell them?
* CanadaEh:
** The Royal Canadian Pound Puppies in "Homeward Pound".
--> '''Agent Todd:''' Oh, geez. We're zero-for-two. Or oh-for-two as you'd say, eh?
** The musher Jean-Luc Glaciaire in "Snow Problem" is the French Canadian version.
--> '''Jean-Luc:''' Sorry about that, there.
** Rover [[spoiler: the SewerGator]] in "The Really Weird Dog". He even says "aboot".
** Lucky also sometimes has shades of this, due to his voice actor, Eric [=McCormack=], being Canadian. He will spout out an "abote" from time to time.
* [[ChainOfPeople Chain of Dogs]]: Lucky, Cookie, Niblet and Squirt form one to save Strudel's life in the episode, "Toyoshiko! Bark Friend Machine".
* ChristmasEpisode[=/=]MusicalEpisode: "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve".
* ComicTrio: While the Super Secret Pup Club fit this trope to a tease, there is one episode where the main FiveManBand team of dogs becomes a ComicTrio. In "Hail to the Chief", Cookie and Squirt sit out on the mission leaving [[TheLeader Strudel as the schemer]], [[TheFool Niblet as the stupid one]], and [[OnlySaneMan Lucky as the powerless one]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
** "Rebound":
*** [=McLeish=] resolves to tell his mother that he's actually a CIA agent working undercover, "If I told you more, Mother, I'd have to make you disappear." Olaf, whom he was testing this out on, asks, "Disappear? So are you a spy or a magician?" Annoyed, [=McLeish=] storms out, leaving Olaf to mumble, "Being a magician's nothing to be ashamed of."
*** Later, once his ruse falls flat, so to speak, [=McLeish's=] mother threatens to cut him out of her will, remove him from the family scrapbook, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and disinvite him from Thanksgiving]]. [=McLeish=]'s comment: "But the turkey!"
** "Barlow": After Barlow's song causes Niblet to take his advice to laze in the sunshine and take a big ol' snooze, Lucky, Cookie, and Strudel hear Niblet sing Barlow's song in his sleep. Lucky and Cookie comment on the direness of the situation, Strudel on the other hand...
--> '''Strudel:''' I know! He's horribly, horribly off key!
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: Nicely [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] in "Lucky the Dunce." After Lucky is hit with Strudel's "data processing scrambler" and made into a simpleton like Niblet, Cookie, Strudel, and Squirt are upset--they need his brain to place puppies--while Niblet is thrilled, because he finally has a friend who's just like him. Rather than simply saying that Niblet is wrong for going against what the majority thinks, the episode is careful to show both sides of the story, including Dunce!Lucky's perspective (he loves his new, simpler self) and Niblet's own hurt feelings. Though Lucky is brought back to normal at the end, the episode as a whole raises interesting questions about friendship, sacrifice, and difficult decisions, instead of stating a simple {{Aesop}} about doing what the group wants.
* CrazyCatLady: A rare male example in "Hello Kitten". The Kennel Kittens places Spoons in one, even though he's not really her special person. The reason is obvious, due to never letting his cats go outside and collects hairballs. He likely didn't even notices Spoons is gone after the Super Secret Pup Club rescue her.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: The adoption fair in "The General". The plan involved getting 60+ puppies adopted by making them look identical so that it seemed like the same puppy was being adopted over and over again, for a start.
* CuteKitten:
** In "Catcalls", the mother and son were cat lovers and preferred the adoptee offered by the Happy Valley Shelter team. [[spoiler:The father comes around, as does the mother with puppies.]]
** Lily in "Kennel Kittens Return" is so much so she manages to completely win over [[spoiler:Squirt, who was pretending to be a cat to steal back Strudel's latest invention that the Kennel Kittens had swiped earlier in the episode]].
** Spoons and Teensy in "Hello Kitten".
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* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: As Lucky's father Slick explained in "I Never Barked For My Father", Lucky had to stop thinking about it as a puppy and think about it from his father's perspective, or for you as the viewer, as Slick's role as a pet. [[spoiler:(Slick was actually the dog of Lucky's mother's ''neighbors'', not of his mother's humans as Lucky thought. When the neighbors moved across town, they naturally took Slick with them.)]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: While the Super Secret Pup Club have had episodes that focused heavily on them, their first true episode was "Elementary, My Dear Pup Club".



* DelusionsOfDoghood: Happens to [=McLeish=] in "Good Dog, [=McLeish=]!" due to Niblet's interference while Strudel attempted to use her Mind Control Device [see below].
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Niblet slips into this when his role as King of the Junkyard goes to his head in "King of the Heap".
* {{The Determinator}}s: The five puppy siblings in "Quintuplets" refuse to split up. Lucky understands as he grown up with many siblings as well, which is why he's determined to find them a person who can take all five, and found a home of quintuplet kids.
* DisappearedDad: Slick, in the mind of Lucky, for "five years, six months and three weeks" until meeting him again in "I Never Barked For My Father". (Also see When You Coming Home, Dad? and Daddy Had A Good Reason For Abandoning You [includes a spoiler].)
* DisguisedInDrag: You see that adorable dog with bows in its ears in "The Fraud Princess"? It's a boy. Same with two of the members of The Ruff Ruff Bunch in their eponymous episode.



* {{Expy}}: Lucky in a way resembles [[AllDogsGoToHeaven Charlie B. Barkin]]. He even has a red collar that is similar to the one that Charlie wears in the sequel. Character-wise however, it's subverted. Lucky would never be as selfish as Charlie. Although both do demonstrate a calm, cool, and collected personality. Not to mention that Lucky isn't completely free from having Charlie-like moments (such as "Snow Problem" when he becomes so obsessed with winning the sled dog race that he's initially willing to let a rival team-headed by Tundra's perfect person-get lost and possibly killed going the wrong way).

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* DontSplitUsUp: The reason the adoption in the episode "Quintuplets" was so hard for Lucky and his crew to accomplish at first.
* EasilyForgiven: Walter in "The Fraud Princess". [[spoiler:He planned on robbing Agatha, using his dog as an accomplice. Rebound and the gang manage to get Agatha back home in time to see Walter (in a typical black outfit and mask) playing with Princess. Walter tells his story about him losing his money in the market, gives him a pair of diamond earrings to help him get back on his feet, and offers to makes him tea. True story or not, that's quite generous.]]
* EmbarrassingNickname: In "The K9 Kid", Police dog Sarge teased Squirt with "Pizza Breath", which Squirt got in his days living on the street prior to being a Pound Puppy. It [[BerserkButton angers]] Squirt, but as he's a chihuahua and Sarge is a German shepherd, the latter easily got away with it.
* EurekaMoment: In "Quintuplets":
-->'''Lucky:''' One boy can't take five puppies, unless-- wait a minute... ?
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: In "The General", the fact that the eponymous dog was a pink poodle, and a ''female'' at that, named Dolly initially came as a surprise to the team.
* {{Expy}}: Lucky in a way resembles [[AllDogsGoToHeaven [[WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven Charlie B. Barkin]]. He even has a red collar that is similar to the one that Charlie wears in the sequel. Character-wise however, it's subverted. Lucky would never be as selfish as Charlie. Although both do demonstrate a calm, cool, and collected personality. Not to mention that Lucky isn't completely free from having Charlie-like moments (such as "Snow Problem" when he becomes so obsessed with winning the sled dog race that he's initially willing to let a rival team-headed by Tundra's perfect person-get lost and possibly killed going the wrong way).



* FavorsForTheSexy: Dolly used her feminine charm to get male dogs to do as she asked, which is much of the way she earned the reputation she was reported to have in the episode "The General". Cookie attempted the same thing with her team, and was, well, less successful.



* [[FiveManBand Five-Puppy Band]]: The five puppy siblings in "Quintuplets".
** TheLeader: Whip
** TheLancer[=/=]TheSneakyGuy: Flip
** TheSmartGuy: Blip
** TheBigGuy: Chubbers
** TheChick: Tip



* GenderBlenderName: Princess in "The Fraud Princess".



* GilliganCut: In "Snow Problem", after Tundra announces his plan to enter the Oditaride sled race with the Pound Puppies in order to meet his human:
-->'''Squirt:''' I know it's our job to help puppies, but there's only so far we can go!\\
(''Cut to Squirt being harnessed into a dog sled'')\\
'''Squirt:''' And apparently, just how far we can go is pretty darn far.
* HalloweenEpisode: "Nightmare On Pound Street". It doesn't involve spooky stories and the team only dresses up to help a puppy find a home, but it is set on Halloween. Oh, and the puppy is named [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy]].



* HappilyAdopted: Cupcake in her debut episode, "Mutternal Instincts," actually manages to invoke this [[spoiler: twice; first to Cookie and again to her family at the end.]]
* HereWeGoAgain: Said word-for-word by Lucky at the end of "King of the Heap", when Niblet once again gets adopted in place of another dog thanks to a bee flying up Niblet's nose at the wrong time.
* HeroicSacrifice: When Toyoshiko realizes she has been recording images that could, in Lucky and Squirt's opinion, "ruin the whole operation", she does herself what Lucky insisted should have been done in the first place. [[spoiler:She erases her own memory, via a giant magnet.]] Strudel sheds some tears, and there is a chance [[TearJerker you might as well]]. [[spoiler:Strudel brought Toyo back after removing her capture card.]]
* HeyThatsMyLine: Said word-for-word by Lucky after [[SimilarSquad Kennel Kitten leader Ace]] said "Go, cats, go!" when it came time to repair some damage both teams caused in "Catcalls".
--> '''Lucky:''' ...except for the 'cat' part.
** Lucky also had his CatchPhrase stolen three times in "Snow Problem": once by Niblet and twice by the puppy Tundra, the second of which he didn't mind at all.



* HollywoodNerd:
** Captain Randy in the episode "Zoltron". [[GeekPhysiques Fat physique]], dressed in a uniform similar to those from ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'', paused like Kirk, had a "Captain's Log", wanted to mind-meld with the titular dog, watched "[[Franchise/StarTrek Star]] [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyage:]] [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 90]]", referred to his mother's garage as the Autopod, excited over seeing a [[spoiler:phony]] flying saucer (even going so far as to say he was okay with the beings in the saucer experimenting on him). And this line, after the saucer disappeared [[spoiler:and Zoltron escaped]]:
--> '''Captain Randy:''' The biggest night of my life, and I'm left with nothing at all. Just like prom.
** Mr. Geekman (yes, that's his name) from the episode "Taboo" is another. Skinny with large frame glasses, the clumsy bicycle-riding math teacher had been searching for the "perfect as pi" puppy for seven years. At least he's married.
* HypnoPendulum: The acorn on a string Strudel uses to hypnotize Mr. Nut-Nut into acting more like a squirrel (rather than a dog) in "The Call of the Squirrel Dog". It doesn't work on him. (It ''does'' work on Niblet.)



* IRememberItLikeItWasYesterday:
** In his eponymous episode, Taboo begins his story of becoming an unlucky dog with his birth.
--> '''Taboo:''' I remember it like it was months ago.
--> '''Squirt:''' It ''was'' months ago.
--> '''Strudel:''' Shh.
** During their attempts at housebreaking [[PottyFailure Puddles]], Strudel and Niblet say the trope verbatim as they reminisce about their own housebreaking experiences. Except in Niblet's case, he really did just become housebroken yesterday. And still needs to work on it.
** Once Giblet is taken to the sheep farm in "When Niblet Met Giblet", she reminisces about the flower Niblet gave her like it was yesterday. [[spoiler: If you pay attention to the elapsed time during the episode, you see it ''was'' the day before.]]
* IWasNamedMyName: Sometimes, the new adopters change the name of their dog, such as Yipper!Bob ("The Yipper Caper"), Tyson!Elvis ("King of the Heap"), or Taboo!Lucky ("Taboo"). However, as with Rebound, the adopting human is quite likely to keep the name the dog is called by the other dogs. An interesting instance came in "Catcalls" where the adoptive puppy and kitten, Wagster and Mittens, were initially called Patches and Stripes by the adoptive siblings (to the bemusement of both the Pound Puppies and the Kennel Kittens, as the original names were taken from patterns and the new names... weren't) before the children renamed them their original names the second time around.
--> '''Squirt:''' What? Are these kids ''blind''?
* IWouldSayIfICouldSay: Strudel seems to like this.
** From "The Yipper Caper":
--> '''Strudel:''' ''(to Lucky)'' This is as easy as rolling over. ''(looks down at body and back at Lucky)'' If I could roll over.
** From "Dogs On A Wire":
-->'''Strudel:''' I'm so nervous I could sweat! If dogs sweated, which we don't. So I guess I'll just pant. ''(pants)''
* ImpactSilhouette: Niblet leaves one after falling through the roof of a cargo container in "Homeward Pound".
* TheInfiltration: Squirt's deliberate capture and eventual acceptance into the Kennel Kittens (at least, from the perspective of the Pound Puppies) in order to retrieve Strudel's invention in "Kennel Kittens Return", despite the terrible disguise and (initially) laughable pretense of cat behavior. He even gets a shot in at cats "being indifferent to [their] human" without a reaction by the Kennel Kittens.
* InterspeciesFriendship: Between Spoons the kitten and Bumper the pup in "Hello Kitten", since each of them were alone before they met. Both the Pound Puppies and Kennel Kittens are [[ForbiddenFriendship against any friendships between them]] since they can never work out. But the Super Secret Pup Club and another cat named Teensy disagree.
* InterspeciesRomance: Besides Cuddlesworth and Pickypuss, there is another hinted at in "Kennel Kittens Return" [[spoiler:between Squirt and Fluffy]].
* IveHeardOfThatWhatIsIt: When [=McLeish=] scheduled an adoption fair in "The General", Olaf thought it was a good idea.
--> '''Olaf:''' I just love adoption fairs. Even though I've never been to one before. In fact, I don't even know what one is.



* TheJinx: The eponymous puppy of "Taboo" thinks he is. Bad things just seemed to follow him around....
--> '''Taboo:''' Name's Taboo. And I'm 100% bad luck. ''(air conditioning unit falls behind him)''



* KarmaHoudini:Missy, Molly and Muff-Muff: we never see their reactions to Lucky and Dot [[spoiler:beating them in the school talent show]]. We see their owners reactions, but not their's personally. In fact, [[WhatHappenedtoTheMouse they are never seen again for the rest of the episode after their performance.]]



* LameRhymeDodge: In "Nightmare on Pound Street," Niblet commits one:
-->'''Niblet:''' It's so sad. I mean, just because he's creepy-looking--\\
'''Freddy:''' ''(overhearing)'' What do you mean 'creepy-looking?'\\
'''Niblet:''' Um...did I say 'creepy?' 'Cause I meant *thinks for a minute* 'sleepy!' Yeah, I meant sleepy-looking.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: From "Rebound":
-->'''Squirt:''' It's like they say, "[[HoldYourHippogriffs You scratch my belly, I scratch yours]]." Now excuse me while I take a nap. I've been, uh, scratching a lot of bellies, if you know what I mean.\\
'''Strudel:''' Actually, I don't know what he means.\\
'''Cookie:''' And I don't wanna know.



* LighterAndSofter: The series has more of a SliceOfLife feel and the occasional adventure instead of an overarching story with over-the-top villains.

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* LeftHanging:
** The episode, "Homeward Pound" has kind of an anticlimactic ending. When Lucky finds Niblet and Squirt in Canada, they just have a cooked fish dinner, and that's the end. We never see them return home and never learn if they even do. Though they do seem to be back at Shelter 17 perfectly fine in the next episode.
** The series finale episode, "Lucky Has to Move" left a lot of unanswered questions, plus the ending kind of opened the door for another season in some ways.
* LighterAndSofter: The In contrast to the 1980's Hanna-Barbera cartoon, this series has more of a SliceOfLife feel and the occasional adventure instead of an overarching story with over-the-top villains.villains.
* LittleGirlsKickShins: [=McLeish=] knows that firsthand about his niece, Tabitha (from "A Nightmare On Pound Street").
* LotusPosition: The position Lucky was in at the beginning of the very first episode, "The Yipper Caper". He has yet to be seen in it since.
* LovesMeNot: After Olaf's date with Gertrude in "Olaf In Love" goes badly after listening to some bad advice, he picks the petals of a flower.
--> '''Olaf:''' She hates me, she loves me not...



* MindControlDevice: Strudel uses glasses with swirls in the lenses to trick [=McLeish=] into signing for a package to be shipped in "Good Dog,



* MindControlDevice: Strudel uses glasses with swirls in the lenses to trick [=McLeish=] into signing for a package to be shipped in "Good Dog, [=McLeish=]!"



* DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou: As Lucky's father Slick explained in "I Never Barked For My Father", Lucky had to stop thinking about it as a puppy and think about it from his father's perspective, or for you as the viewer, as Slick's role as a pet. [[spoiler:(Slick was actually the dog of Lucky's mother's ''neighbors'', not of his mother's humans as Lucky thought. When the neighbors moved across town, they naturally took Slick with them.)]]
* ADayInTheLimelight: While the Super Secret Pup Club have had episodes that focused heavily on them, their first true episode was "Elementary, My Dear Pup Club".
* DelusionsOfDoghood: Happens to [=McLeish=] in "Good Dog, [=McLeish=]!" due to Niblet's interference while Strudel attempted to use her Mind Control Device [see below].
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Niblet slips into this when his role as King of the Junkyard goes to his head in "King of the Heap".
* {{The Determinator}}s: The five puppy siblings in "Quintuplets" refuse to split up. Lucky understands as he grown up with many siblings as well, which is why he's determined to find them a person who can take all five, and found a home of quintuplet kids.
* DisappearedDad: Slick, in the mind of Lucky, for "five years, six months and three weeks" until meeting him again in "I Never Barked For My Father". (Also see When You Coming Home, Dad? and Daddy Had A Good Reason For Abandoning You [includes a spoiler].)
* DisguisedInDrag: You see that adorable dog with bows in its ears in "The Fraud Princess"? It's a boy. Same with two of the members of The Ruff Ruff Bunch in their eponymous episode.
* DontSplitUsUp: The reason the adoption in the episode "Quintuplets" was so hard for Lucky and his crew to accomplish at first.
* EasilyForgiven: Walter in "The Fraud Princess". [[spoiler:He planned on robbing Agatha, using his dog as an accomplice. Rebound and the gang manage to get Agatha back home in time to see Walter (in a typical black outfit and mask) playing with Princess. Walter tells his story about him losing his money in the market, gives him a pair of diamond earrings to help him get back on his feet, and offers to makes him tea. True story or not, that's quite generous.]]
* EmbarrassingNickname: In "The K9 Kid", Police dog Sarge teased Squirt with "Pizza Breath", which Squirt got in his days living on the street prior to being a Pound Puppy. It [[BerserkButton angers]] Squirt, but as he's a chihuahua and Sarge is a German shepherd, the latter easily got away with it.
* EurekaMoment: In "Quintuplets":
-->'''Lucky:''' One boy can't take five puppies, unless-- wait a minute... ?
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: In "The General", the fact that the eponymous dog was a pink poodle, and a ''female'' at that, named Dolly initially came as a surprise to the team.
* FavorsForTheSexy: Dolly used her feminine charm to get male dogs to do as she asked, which is much of the way she earned the reputation she was reported to have in the episode "The General". Cookie attempted the same thing with her team, and was, well, less successful.
* [[FiveManBand Five-Puppy Band]]: The five puppy siblings in "Quintuplets".
** TheLeader: Whip
** TheLancer[=/=]TheSneakyGuy: Flip
** TheSmartGuy: Blip
** TheBigGuy: Chubbers
** TheChick: Tip
* GenderBlenderName: Princess in "The Fraud Princess".
* GilliganCut: In "Snow Problem", after Tundra announces his plan to enter the Oditaride sled race with the Pound Puppies in order to meet his human:
-->'''Squirt:''' I know it's our job to help puppies, but there's only so far we can go!\\
(''Cut to Squirt being harnessed into a dog sled'')\\
'''Squirt:''' And apparently, just how far we can go is pretty darn far.
* HalloweenEpisode: "Nightmare On Pound Street". It doesn't involve spooky stories and the team only dresses up to help a puppy find a home, but it is set on Halloween. Oh, and the puppy is named [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy]].
* HappilyAdopted: Cupcake in her debut episode, "Mutternal Instincts," actually manages to invoke this [[spoiler: twice; first to Cookie and again to her family at the end.]]
* HereWeGoAgain: Said word-for-word by Lucky at the end of "King of the Heap", when Niblet once again gets adopted in place of another dog thanks to a bee flying up Niblet's nose at the wrong time.
* HeroicSacrifice: When Toyoshiko realizes she has been recording images that could, in Lucky and Squirt's opinion, "ruin the whole operation", she does herself what Lucky insisted should have been done in the first place. [[spoiler:She erases her own memory, via a giant magnet.]] Strudel sheds some tears, and there is a chance [[TearJerker you might as well]]. [[spoiler:Strudel brought Toyo back after removing her capture card.]]
* HeyThatsMyLine: Said word-for-word by Lucky after [[SimilarSquad Kennel Kitten leader Ace]] said "Go, cats, go!" when it came time to repair some damage both teams caused in "Catcalls".
--> '''Lucky:''' ...except for the 'cat' part.
** Lucky also had his CatchPhrase stolen three times in "Snow Problem": once by Niblet and twice by the puppy Tundra, the second of which he didn't mind at all.
* HollywoodNerd:
** Captain Randy in the episode "Zoltron". [[GeekPhysiques Fat physique]], dressed in a uniform similar to those from ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'', paused like Kirk, had a "Captain's Log", wanted to mind-meld with the titular dog, watched "[[Franchise/StarTrek Star]] [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyage:]] [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space 90]]", referred to his mother's garage as the Autopod, excited over seeing a [[spoiler:phony]] flying saucer (even going so far as to say he was okay with the beings in the saucer experimenting on him). And this line, after the saucer disappeared [[spoiler:and Zoltron escaped]]:
--> '''Captain Randy:''' The biggest night of my life, and I'm left with nothing at all. Just like prom.
** Mr. Geekman (yes, that's his name) from the episode "Taboo" is another. Skinny with large frame glasses, the clumsy bicycle-riding math teacher had been searching for the "perfect as pi" puppy for seven years. At least he's married.
* HypnoPendulum: The acorn on a string Strudel uses to hypnotize Mr. Nut-Nut into acting more like a squirrel (rather than a dog) in "The Call of the Squirrel Dog". It doesn't work on him. (It ''does'' work on Niblet.)
* IRememberItLikeItWasYesterday:
** In his eponymous episode, Taboo begins his story of becoming an unlucky dog with his birth.
--> '''Taboo:''' I remember it like it was months ago.
--> '''Squirt:''' It ''was'' months ago.
--> '''Strudel:''' Shh.
** During their attempts at housebreaking [[PottyFailure Puddles]], Strudel and Niblet say the trope verbatim as they reminisce about their own housebreaking experiences. Except in Niblet's case, he really did just become housebroken yesterday. And still needs to work on it.
** Once Giblet is taken to the sheep farm in "When Niblet Met Giblet", she reminisces about the flower Niblet gave her like it was yesterday. [[spoiler: If you pay attention to the elapsed time during the episode, you see it ''was'' the day before.]]
* IWasNamedMyName: Sometimes, the new adopters change the name of their dog, such as Yipper!Bob ("The Yipper Caper"), Tyson!Elvis ("King of the Heap"), or Taboo!Lucky ("Taboo"). However, as with Rebound, the adopting human is quite likely to keep the name the dog is called by the other dogs. An interesting instance came in "Catcalls" where the adoptive puppy and kitten, Wagster and Mittens, were initially called Patches and Stripes by the adoptive siblings (to the bemusement of both the Pound Puppies and the Kennel Kittens, as the original names were taken from patterns and the new names... weren't) before the children renamed them their original names the second time around.
--> '''Squirt:''' What? Are these kids ''blind''?
* IWouldSayIfICouldSay: Strudel seems to like this.
** From "The Yipper Caper":
--> '''Strudel:''' ''(to Lucky)'' This is as easy as rolling over. ''(looks down at body and back at Lucky)'' If I could roll over.
** From "Dogs On A Wire":
-->'''Strudel:''' I'm so nervous I could sweat! If dogs sweated, which we don't. So I guess I'll just pant. ''(pants)''
* ImpactSilhouette: Niblet leaves one after falling through the roof of a cargo container in "Homeward Pound".
* TheInfiltration: Squirt's deliberate capture and eventual acceptance into the Kennel Kittens (at least, from the perspective of the Pound Puppies) in order to retrieve Strudel's invention in "Kennel Kittens Return", despite the terrible disguise and (initially) laughable pretense of cat behavior. He even gets a shot in at cats "being indifferent to [their] human" without a reaction by the Kennel Kittens.
* InterspeciesFriendship: Between Spoons the kitten and Bumper the pup in "Hello Kitten", since each of them were alone before they met. Both the Pound Puppies and Kennel Kittens are [[ForbiddenFriendship against any friendships between them]] since they can never work out. But the Super Secret Pup Club and another cat named Teensy disagree.
* InterspeciesRomance: Besides Cuddlesworth and Pickypuss, there is another hinted at in "Kennel Kittens Return" [[spoiler:between Squirt and Fluffy]].
* IveHeardOfThatWhatIsIt: When [=McLeish=] scheduled an adoption fair in "The General", Olaf thought it was a good idea.
--> '''Olaf:''' I just love adoption fairs. Even though I've never been to one before. In fact, I don't even know what one is.
* TheJinx: The eponymous puppy of "Taboo" thinks he is. Bad things just seemed to follow him around....
--> '''Taboo:''' Name's Taboo. And I'm 100% bad luck. ''(air conditioning unit falls behind him)''
* KarmaHoudini:Missy, Molly and Muff-Muff: we never see their reactions to Lucky and Dot [[spoiler:beating them in the school talent show]]. We see their owners reactions, but not their's personally. In fact, [[WhatHappenedtoTheMouse they are never seen again for the rest of the episode after their performance.]]
* LameRhymeDodge: In "Nightmare on Pound Street," Niblet commits one:
-->'''Niblet:''' It's so sad. I mean, just because he's creepy-looking--\\
'''Freddy:''' ''(overhearing)'' What do you mean 'creepy-looking?'\\
'''Niblet:''' Um...did I say 'creepy?' 'Cause I meant *thinks for a minute* 'sleepy!' Yeah, I meant sleepy-looking.
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: From "Rebound":
-->'''Squirt:''' It's like they say, "[[HoldYourHippogriffs You scratch my belly, I scratch yours]]." Now excuse me while I take a nap. I've been, uh, scratching a lot of bellies, if you know what I mean.\\
'''Strudel:''' Actually, I don't know what he means.\\
'''Cookie:''' And I don't wanna know.
* LeftHanging:
** The episode, "Homeward Pound" has kind of an anticlimactic ending. When Lucky finds Niblet and Squirt in Canada, they just have a cooked fish dinner, and that's the end. We never see them return home and never learn if they even do. Though they do seem to be back at Shelter 17 perfectly fine in the next episode.
** The series finale episode, "Lucky Has to Move" left a lot of unanswered questions, plus the ending kind of opened the door for another season in some ways.
* LittleGirlsKickShins: [=McLeish=] knows that firsthand about his niece, Tabitha (from "A Nightmare On Pound Street").
* LotusPosition: The position Lucky was in at the beginning of the very first episode, "The Yipper Caper". He has yet to be seen in it since.
* LovesMeNot: After Olaf's date with Gertrude in "Olaf In Love" goes badly after listening to some bad advice, he picks the petals of a flower.
--> '''Olaf:''' She hates me, she loves me not...[=McLeish=]!"
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* MindControlDevice: Strudel uses glasses with swirls in the lenses to trick [=McLeish=] into signing for a package to be shipped in "Good Dog,
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: An in-universe example -- In "I'm Ready for my Close Pup", a child actress named Amy plays a mean little girl named Pippy in ''[[ShowWithinAShow Pippy vs. Pooches]]'', where she and her co-star fight for her parents' affection. Amy wants Pooches as her pet, but Pooches thinks Amy really is mean, until she learn that she likes her.



* MiniatureSeniorCitizen: Agatha [=McLeish=].

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* MemeticMutation: An InUniverse example occurs in "The Accidental Pup Star", when a girl films Rebound singing and the video goes viral. It becomes so popular that [=McLeish=] decides to make a ''movie'' of it. It almost works.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizen: Agatha [=McLeish=].Leonard [=McLeish=]'s mother is much shorter than her son.
* TheMole[=/=]ReverseMole: What was Ralph's role in "Once a Ralph, Always A Ralph"? Was he a dog who wanted to uncover the Pound Puppies operation for the first human who showed him love? Did he work with the Kennel Kittens and have a change of heart, was his true goal to help the Pound Puppies all along, or was he indifferent to the whole thing? For that matter, was he an apathetic, lazy dog that just wanted to chew on shoes, or was he a BrilliantButLazy mastermind... that just wanted to chew on shoes? Maybe... **wink**
--> '''Lucky:''' Did he just wink at me? What does that even mean?



* NeverSayDie: Perhaps pushed ever so much closer to being discredited. In "Homeward Pound", Squirt was struggling to keep from hitting the bottom of a waterfall.
--> '''Squirt:''' ''(after realizing he didn't fall all the way down the cascade)'' I'm alive? ''(sees bear that saves him)'' AAH! I'm gonna die!
** On the other hand, when Toyoshiko decided to delete her own memory in her eponymous episode, Strudel says that Toyo "erased herself". Of course, as Toyo was a robot dog, it was an appropriate description.
* ObliviousToLove: Lucky, in "Olaf In Love". Though both he and Cookie nervously denied their feelings when Kiki, the featured puppy, made mention of them being "more than friends", Cookie pointedly brought up of Lucky's blindness to her feelings (and his own?) in relation to Olaf dating city librarian Gertrude Washburn.
* OddNameOut: The five puppies in "Quintuplets" are named Whip, Chip, Blip, Flip, and Chubbers.
--> '''Chubbers:''' I'm the runt! ''[loud belch]''



* PaperThinDisguise: Despite seeing the Pound Puppies in less-than-convincing cat disguises in "Catcalls", Ace and his team still fall for Squirt's equally wanting disguise in "Kennel Kittens Return".
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In "Kennel Kittens Return", this was the password to the gated community that the Kennel Kittens wanted to place their adoptee into. It's probably worth noting that the code was entered on a ''numerical keypad''.
* PersonalRaincloud: In "Taboo", the puppy Taboo thinks he has one of these following him around. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a bunch of [[CatsAreMean cats]] using a garden hose to convince Taboo he's unlucky.]]
* PetTheDog: In "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve"[[spoiler:, [=McLeish=] and a hard-luck dog named Ralph meet, giving the dog catcher the dog Lucky knew he needed.]]
* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: What happened to Niblet and Squirt in "Homeward Pound" after Squirt had a bit too much of Niblet's complaining, and Squirt got a little too pointed with his insults. (It should be noted that the peril Squirt faced after the split likely would not have happened had Niblet not decided to leave; rather they would have probably continued in the wrong direction.)
* PottyFailure: When one of the captures growls menacingly at Olaf, the assistant dog catcher, in "Rebel Without A Collar", he tells them to play nice while he goes to change his pants. Complete with uncomfortable walk.
** Puddles of "Puddles the Problem Pup" is all about this trope. Half of the plot comes from the Pound Puppies' attempts at housebreaking him.
* PrinceAndPauper: In [[PunBasedTitle "The Prince and the Pupper"]], street-tough Squirt pines for some of the pampered life [[IdenticalStranger look-alike]] Mr. Cuddlesworth enjoys, while Mr. Cuddlesworth wants to escape the confines of his rich owners and get in on the exciting life of the Pound Puppies.
* ProductionForeshadowing: "Lucky Gets Adopted" uses the instrumental of the song "Love Is In Bloom" from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2"]]. Interestingly, both episodes are {{Season Finale}}s.
* ProductionThrowback: "Olaf in Love" uses the instrumental of the "Cutie Mark Crusaders Song" from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers "The Show Stoppers"]].
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: In the episode, "The Truth is Out Hear", Cookie puts [=McLeish=] to sleep by singing "Brahms' Lullaby" with the other dogs joining in.
* PaperThinDisguise: A staple. The ones used to trick animals are mind-bogglingly thin, but work almost every time. (Also see For Halloween, I Am Going As Myself above and the example in the episode section below.)

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* PaperThinDisguise: Despite seeing the Pound Puppies OneSteveLimit: Broken in less-than-convincing cat disguises in "Catcalls", Ace and his team still fall for Squirt's equally wanting disguise in "Kennel Kittens Return".
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In "Kennel Kittens Return", this was the password to the gated community that the Kennel Kittens wanted to place their adoptee into. It's probably worth noting that the code was entered on a ''numerical keypad''.
* PersonalRaincloud: In "Taboo", the puppy
"Taboo". After declaring newly adopted Taboo thinks he has one of these following him around. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a bunch of [[CatsAreMean cats]] using a garden hose to convince Taboo he's unlucky.]]
* PetTheDog: In "I Heard
the Barks on Christmas Eve"[[spoiler:, [=McLeish=] and a hard-luck dog named Ralph meet, giving the dog catcher the dog Lucky knew he needed.]]
* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: What
best thing that's happened to Niblet and Squirt him in "Homeward Pound" after Squirt had a bit too much long time, Mr. Geekman (see Hollywood Nerd above) gave Taboo the new name of... Lucky. (After team leader Lucky's dismissal of Niblet's complaining, and Squirt got a little too pointed with the idea his insults. (It should be noted that the peril Squirt faced after the split likely would not have happened had Niblet not decided name having any bearing on his ability to leave; rather they would have probably continued find puppies homes earlier in the wrong direction.episode, this coincidence was not lost on the rest of the team.)
* PottyFailure: When one of the captures growls menacingly at Olaf, the assistant dog catcher, in "Rebel Without A Collar", he tells them to play nice while he goes to change his pants. Complete with uncomfortable walk.
** Puddles of "Puddles the Problem Pup" is all about this trope. Half of the plot comes from the Pound Puppies' attempts at housebreaking him.
* PrinceAndPauper: In [[PunBasedTitle "The Prince and the Pupper"]], street-tough Squirt pines for some of the pampered life [[IdenticalStranger look-alike]] Mr. Cuddlesworth enjoys, while Mr. Cuddlesworth wants to escape the confines of his rich owners and get in on the exciting life of the Pound Puppies.
* ProductionForeshadowing: "Lucky Gets Adopted" uses the instrumental of the song "Love Is In Bloom" from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2"]]. Interestingly, both episodes are {{Season Finale}}s.
* ProductionThrowback: "Olaf in Love" uses the instrumental of the "Cutie Mark Crusaders Song" from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers "The Show Stoppers"]].
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: In the episode, "The Truth is Out Hear", Cookie puts [=McLeish=] to sleep by singing "Brahms' Lullaby" with the other dogs joining in.
* PaperThinDisguise: A staple. The ones used to trick animals are mind-bogglingly thin, but work almost every time. (Also see For Halloween, I Am Going As Myself above and the example in the episode section below.above.)



* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In "Kennel Kittens Return", this was the password to the gated community that the Kennel Kittens wanted to place their adoptee into. It's probably worth noting that the code was entered on a ''numerical keypad''.
* PersonalRaincloud: In "Taboo", the puppy Taboo thinks he has one of these following him around. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a bunch of [[CatsAreMean cats]] using a garden hose to convince Taboo he's unlucky.]]
* PetTheDog: In "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve"[[spoiler:, [=McLeish=] and a hard-luck dog named Ralph meet, giving the dog catcher the dog Lucky knew he needed.]]



* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: What happened to Niblet and Squirt in "Homeward Pound" after Squirt had a bit too much of Niblet's complaining, and Squirt got a little too pointed with his insults. (It should be noted that the peril Squirt faced after the split likely would not have happened had Niblet not decided to leave; rather they would have probably continued in the wrong direction.)



* PottyFailure: When one of the captures growls menacingly at Olaf, the assistant dog catcher, in "Rebel Without A Collar", he tells them to play nice while he goes to change his pants. Complete with uncomfortable walk.
** Puddles of "Puddles the Problem Pup" is all about this trope. Half of the plot comes from the Pound Puppies' attempts at housebreaking him.



* PrinceAndPauper: In [[PunBasedTitle "The Prince and the Pupper"]], street-tough Squirt pines for some of the pampered life [[IdenticalStranger look-alike]] Mr. Cuddlesworth enjoys, while Mr. Cuddlesworth wants to escape the confines of his rich owners and get in on the exciting life of the Pound Puppies.
* ProductionForeshadowing: "Lucky Gets Adopted" uses the instrumental of the song "Love Is In Bloom" from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2"]]. Interestingly, both episodes are {{Season Finale}}s.
* ProductionThrowback: "Olaf in Love" uses the instrumental of the "Cutie Mark Crusaders Song" from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers "The Show Stoppers"]].



* PublicDomainSoundtrack: In the episode, "The Truth is Out Hear", Cookie puts [=McLeish=] to sleep by singing "Brahms' Lullaby" with the other dogs joining in.



--> '''Olaf:''' She hates me, she loves me not...
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: An in-universe example -- In "I'm Ready for my Close Pup", a child actress named Amy plays a mean little girl named Pippy in ''[[ShowWithinAShow Pippy vs. Pooches]]'', where she and her co-star fight for her parents' affection. Amy wants Pooches as her pet, but Pooches thinks Amy really is mean, until she learn that she likes her.
* MemeticMutation: An InUniverse example occurs in "The Accidental Pup Star", when a girl films Rebound singing and the video goes viral. It becomes so popular that [=McLeish=] decides to make a ''movie'' of it. It almost works.
* MindControlDevice: Strudel uses glasses with swirls in the lenses to trick [=McLeish=] into signing for a package to be shipped in "Good Dog, [=McLeish=]!"
* TheMole[=/=]ReverseMole: What was Ralph's role in "Once a Ralph, Always A Ralph"? Was he a dog who wanted to uncover the Pound Puppies operation for the first human who showed him love? Did he work with the Kennel Kittens and have a change of heart, was his true goal to help the Pound Puppies all along, or was he indifferent to the whole thing? For that matter, was he an apathetic, lazy dog that just wanted to chew on shoes, or was he a BrilliantButLazy mastermind... that just wanted to chew on shoes? Maybe... **wink**
--> '''Lucky:''' Did he just wink at me? What does that even mean?
* NeverSayDie: Perhaps pushed ever so much closer to being discredited. In "Homeward Pound", Squirt was struggling to keep from hitting the bottom of a waterfall.
--> '''Squirt:''' ''(after realizing he didn't fall all the way down the cascade)'' I'm alive? ''(sees bear that saves him)'' AAH! I'm gonna die!
** On the other hand, when Toyoshiko decided to delete her own memory in her eponymous episode, Strudel says that Toyo "erased herself". Of course, as Toyo was a robot dog, it was an appropriate description.
* ObliviousToLove: Lucky, in "Olaf In Love". Though both he and Cookie nervously denied their feelings when Kiki, the featured puppy, made mention of them being "more than friends", Cookie pointedly brought up of Lucky's blindness to her feelings (and his own?) in relation to Olaf dating city librarian Gertrude Washburn.
* OddNameOut: The five puppies in "Quintuplets" are named Whip, Chip, Blip, Flip, and Chubbers.
--> '''Chubbers:''' I'm the runt! ''[loud belch]''
* OneSteveLimit: Broken in "Taboo". After declaring newly adopted Taboo the best thing that's happened to him in a long time, Mr. Geekman (see Hollywood Nerd above) gave Taboo the new name of... Lucky. (After team leader Lucky's dismissal of the idea his name having any bearing on his ability to find puppies homes earlier in the episode, this coincidence was not lost on the rest of the team.)

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--> '''Olaf:''' She hates me, she loves me not...
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: An in-universe example -- In "I'm Ready for my Close Pup", a child actress named Amy plays a mean little girl named Pippy in ''[[ShowWithinAShow Pippy vs. Pooches]]'', where she and her co-star fight for her parents' affection. Amy wants Pooches as her pet, but Pooches thinks Amy really is mean, until she learn that she likes her.
* MemeticMutation: An InUniverse example occurs in "The Accidental Pup Star", when a girl films Rebound singing and the video goes viral. It becomes so popular that [=McLeish=] decides to make a ''movie'' of it. It almost works.
* MindControlDevice: Strudel uses glasses with swirls in the lenses to trick [=McLeish=] into signing for a package to be shipped in "Good Dog, [=McLeish=]!"
* TheMole[=/=]ReverseMole: What was Ralph's role in "Once a Ralph, Always A Ralph"? Was he a dog who wanted to uncover the Pound Puppies operation for the first human who showed him love? Did he work with the Kennel Kittens and have a change of heart, was his true goal to help the Pound Puppies all along, or was he indifferent to the whole thing? For that matter, was he an apathetic, lazy dog that just wanted to chew on shoes, or was he a BrilliantButLazy mastermind... that just wanted to chew on shoes? Maybe... **wink**
--> '''Lucky:''' Did he just wink at me? What does that even mean?
* NeverSayDie: Perhaps pushed ever so much closer to being discredited. In "Homeward Pound", Squirt was struggling to keep from hitting the bottom of a waterfall.
--> '''Squirt:''' ''(after realizing he didn't fall all the way down the cascade)'' I'm alive? ''(sees bear that saves him)'' AAH! I'm gonna die!
** On the other hand, when Toyoshiko decided to delete her own memory in her eponymous episode, Strudel says that Toyo "erased herself". Of course, as Toyo was a robot dog, it was an appropriate description.
* ObliviousToLove: Lucky, in "Olaf In Love". Though both he and Cookie nervously denied their feelings when Kiki, the featured puppy, made mention of them being "more than friends", Cookie pointedly brought up of Lucky's blindness to her feelings (and his own?) in relation to Olaf dating city librarian Gertrude Washburn.
* OddNameOut: The five puppies in "Quintuplets" are named Whip, Chip, Blip, Flip, and Chubbers.
--> '''Chubbers:''' I'm the runt! ''[loud belch]''
* OneSteveLimit: Broken in "Taboo". After declaring newly adopted Taboo the best thing that's happened to him in a long time, Mr. Geekman (see Hollywood Nerd above) gave Taboo the new name of... Lucky. (After team leader Lucky's dismissal of the idea his name having any bearing on his ability to find puppies homes earlier in the episode, this coincidence was not lost on the rest of the team.)
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* BattleDiscretionShot: In "A Nightmare on Pound Street", the scene cuts from [=McLeish=] about to get punched out by a fat guy in a skeleton costume to the dogs trying to get Freddy adopted.



* PaperThinDisguise: Despite seeing the Pound Puppies in less-than-convincing cat disguises in "Catcalls", Ace and his team still fall for Squirt's equally wanting disguise in "Kennel Kittens Return".
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In "Kennel Kittens Return", this was the password to the gated community that the Kennel Kittens wanted to place their adoptee into. It's probably worth noting that the code was entered on a ''numerical keypad''.
* PersonalRaincloud: In "Taboo", the puppy Taboo thinks he has one of these following him around. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a bunch of [[CatsAreMean cats]] using a garden hose to convince Taboo he's unlucky.]]
* PetTheDog: In "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve"[[spoiler:, [=McLeish=] and a hard-luck dog named Ralph meet, giving the dog catcher the dog Lucky knew he needed.]]
* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: What happened to Niblet and Squirt in "Homeward Pound" after Squirt had a bit too much of Niblet's complaining, and Squirt got a little too pointed with his insults. (It should be noted that the peril Squirt faced after the split likely would not have happened had Niblet not decided to leave; rather they would have probably continued in the wrong direction.)
* PottyFailure: When one of the captures growls menacingly at Olaf, the assistant dog catcher, in "Rebel Without A Collar", he tells them to play nice while he goes to change his pants. Complete with uncomfortable walk.
** Puddles of "Puddles the Problem Pup" is all about this trope. Half of the plot comes from the Pound Puppies' attempts at housebreaking him.
* PrinceAndPauper: In [[PunBasedTitle "The Prince and the Pupper"]], street-tough Squirt pines for some of the pampered life [[IdenticalStranger look-alike]] Mr. Cuddlesworth enjoys, while Mr. Cuddlesworth wants to escape the confines of his rich owners and get in on the exciting life of the Pound Puppies.
* ProductionForeshadowing: "Lucky Gets Adopted" uses the instrumental of the song "Love Is In Bloom" from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2"]]. Interestingly, both episodes are {{Season Finale}}s.
* ProductionThrowback: "Olaf in Love" uses the instrumental of the "Cutie Mark Crusaders Song" from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers "The Show Stoppers"]].
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: In the episode, "The Truth is Out Hear", Cookie puts [=McLeish=] to sleep by singing "Brahms' Lullaby" with the other dogs joining in.



* {{Recurring Character}}s: On a show with writers who love continuity, it should come as no surprise that there is no shortage on characters who have made multiple appearances on the show. In short, if you can imagine the character being of possible use in a future plot, he or she probably will.

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* {{Recurring Character}}s: On a show with writers who love continuity, it should come as RedHeadedStepchild: In "The Yipper Caper", Yipper could be considered one, since no surprise that there is no shortage on characters who have made multiple appearances on one initially wanted to adopt him.
* RepeatAfterMe: The adoptee Ginger in "I Never Barked For My Father" when Lucky told her to say goodbye to
the show. In short, if you can imagine the character being of possible use in a future plot, he or team. The look on her face hinted she probably will.knew exactly what she was doing.



* RobotDog: Toyoshiko, Bark Friend Machine from, well, "Toyoshiko! Bark Friend Machine". Toyoshiko is so much like a living dog that Strudel goes from thinking of her as "an endearing piece of technology" to developing a friendship with her. (However, the way Toyo initiates the friendship, and often how she talks, is quite mechanistic.) Suffice it to say that while Toyo is indeed a robot buddy, she's not simply a RobotBuddy.
* RunawayTrain: The peril the Ruff Ruff Bunch find themselves in at the end of their eponymous episode.
* {{Recurring Character}}s: On a show with writers who love continuity, it should come as no surprise that there is no shortage on characters who have made multiple appearances on the show. In short, if you can imagine the character being of possible use in a future plot, he or she probably will.



* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Toyoshiko, possibly as an effect of her being a robot, actually says "bark" and "giggle".



* SecurityCling: Lucky jumps onto Cookie's back for protection in the episode, "Lord of the Fleas" after Squirt startles him.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: The episode "Mutternal Instincts" features an African Wild Dog among a crowd of dogs.



* SimilarSquad: Similar to the Happy Valley Shelter cats above, each of the titular puppies in "Quintuplets" turned out to have a personality corresponding to the dogs of the main team, but not as initially obvious.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: When Olaf sang to the pound's Japanese visitors in "Toyoshiko!", he sang alto/countertenor, as compared to his normal mid-ranged male speaking voice.



* SpitTake: Rebound and Patches' simultaneous one in "I'm Ready For My Close Pup".
* SureLetsGoWithThat: In "Lucky the Dunce":
--> '''Lucky''': C'mon! Let's go, dogs, go! [''He heroically charges offscreen.'']
--> '''Cookie''': {''admiring tone''} I love it when he talks that way.
--> '''Squirt''': Yeah, it's almost like you can see the gears of genius working in his brain.
--> '''Cookie''': {''nervous, eyes shifting''} Uh...sure, that's how I meant it, yeah.



* TastesLikePurple: Niblet in "Toyoshiko!". When Strudel and Toyo have a bonding moment after building a machine, they neglected to give their sheepdog helper the okay to let go of the rope. (To be fair to the big guy, it probably would be rather hard to describe the feeling of potential mouth rope burn...)
--> '''Niblet:''' ''(muffled)'' That's sweet. Can I let go now? My mouth, it tastes like pain.



* ThatCameOutWrong: When the titular "Quintuplets" are introduced to the Pound Puppies, Cookie comments about how "if they were any cuter, [she'd] have to eat them up!" The pups take this as a literal threat and huddle in the furthest corner of the box, prompting a nervous Cookie to apologize.
* ThinkingOutLoud: In "Bone Voyage", Mrs. [=McLeish=] received a day spa treatment during a cruise courtesy of the ship's captain, who was smitten with her. While relaxing after a cucumber facial, Agatha, thinking she was speaking to the ship masseuse, said that while she could appreciate the captain's love of the ship, she couldn't really enjoy herself without her puppy. [[spoiler:Rebound, who was afraid Mrs. [=McLeish=] was leaving her for good and followed her onto the ship, was there to hear her.]]
* ThisIsWhatTheBuildingWillLookLike: In "Toyoshiko!", Milton Feltwaddle took advantage of his bosses' inability to speak English to give [=McLeish=] a model of Shelter 17 with the office building of his employer attached to it as part of a ploy to learn how Shelter 17 was so successful at placing dogs. Unfortunately for Feltwaddle, his scheme played too heavily into the ambitions of [=McLeish=], who wanted to impress the Japanese executives by getting a head start on the building. [[spoiler:The building was only a congratulatory gift from the Japanese executives in recognition of the pound's placement record (Feltwaddle played it up to get [=McLeish=] excited), and robot dog Toyoshiko was the means by which Feltwaddle intended to gather intelligence.]]



* TimmyInAWell:
** In the episode "Snow Problem", Tundra dug out a competing sled dog and musher Jean-Luc Glaciaire, then made his way down a cliff to attach a hook to allow Lucky and his team to pull up a second dog. While it is a fact of the Pound Puppies universe that dogs (among other animals) are smarter and more capable than humans realize, [[TheMasquerade they rarely act so intelligently in front of people]]. Hence while Lucky was impressed, Glaciaire was even more so.
** Also in the episode "Salty" we meet Pelican Kevin who has this exchange with Salty:
-->Salty: Well if it ain't old Pelican Kevin from (our) boat.
-->Kevin: Squawk!
-->Salty: What's that Pelican Kevin?
-->Kevin: Squawk!
-->Salty: Struck a reef?
-->Kevin: Squawk!
-->Salty: and they're SINKING?!?
-->Kevin: Squawk!
-->Salty: Shiver me timbers! Captain Pete and Suds need our help!
** The trope is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the aforementioned ShoutOut during Lucky's pep talk in "Snow Problem".
* TookALevelInJerkass: Agent Ping in "Hail to the Chief", although ''another'' level might be more accurate for her.
* TotemPoleTrench: Performed by Lucky, Niblet and Strudel in the episode, "Hail to the Chief", [[HugeRiderTinyMount with Lucky on the bottom]].



* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Milton Feltwaddle after [=McLeish=] is promoted in "[=McLeish=] Unleashed".
* UglyCute: Used in-universe by the Mayor to describe newly-adopted Freddy in "A Nightmare on Pound Street". (The exact description was reversed: "cute ugly".)
* UncattyResemblance: The way Milton Feltwaddle wanted to match dogs to humans once he took over the pound in "[=McLeish=] Unleashed".
--> '''Daphne:''' That's dopey!



* ViewersAreGoldfish: While singing about how happy she is that Agatha is back home, Rebound repeats the line from the end of the first verse.



* WeaksauceWeakness: In James Bond send-up episode "The Pups Who Loved Me", Bondo and Lucky are temporarily stymied by Puss Puss Galore using two devices: one that produce doorbell sounds and another that simulates a vacuum cleaner.
* WelcomeEpisode: The series premiered with the episode "The Yipper Caper". While the titular character wasn't part of the main cast, he does spend the episode being introduced to the Pound Puppies and brought up to speed on their goal to ensure every dog has a happy home, fulfilling the requirement of the character being given information about the series that is also beneficial for the audience.
* WhatHaveIDone:
** Niblet, essentially word-for-word after he notices Rebound ran into Mrs. [=McLeish's=] limo in "Rebound".
** Pepper says it after she causes the police lieutenant's son Charlie to get into hot water with his father in "The K9 Kid".
** Rebound says it after getting caught singing and dancing by a little girl in "The Accidental Pup Star". She says it again after she learns said video has gone viral.
** Madame Pickypuss, when she realized she called Cuddlesworth a "pussy cat" in "The Ruff Ruff Bunch". She meant it as an endearing compliment, but to a dog it was an insult.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Freddy from "Nightmare on Pound Street" has difficulty being adopted on account of his appearance, despite being nothing other than a complete sweetheart.
* WhatTheHellHero: Lucky gives Strudel an earful when she gets lost in her success as a circus dog in "Dogs On A Wire".
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: When Lucky was a puppy, his father would be gone for hours or even days at a time, until one day he left for good. (Also see Disappeared Dad and Daddy Had A Good Reason For Abandoning You [includes a spoiler].)



* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: Strudel in "Dogs On A Wire". After expressing her frustration on not going on missions, Lucky offers her the chance to help lost dog Chuckles return to the circus.
--> ''(After Cookie, Squirt and Niblet argue with each other about why they should be chosen for the assignment)''
--> '''Lucky:''' Guys! I think the one who should go... is Strudel.
--> '''Strudel:''' ''(rolls eyes)'' Oh, ''sure''. Pick Strudel like you always... ''(brightens)'' Me?! Are you sure?





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\n* YesVirginia: A variant occurs in "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve" where Rebound believes in Kris Jingles, the canine equivalent of SantaClaus, despite Patches and Cupcake telling her she's silly for doing so. [[spoiler:True to the trope, he's proven to exist when he appears before the pups.]]
* YouCanTalk:Dot's reaction to [[spoiler:Lucky revealing he can talk.]]
* YouNeverDidThatForMe: Lucky's feelings in "I Never Barked For My Father" on how Slick treated tagalong puppy Chip as compared to him when he was younger. As you might expect, it's much more complicated than that. [[spoiler:Chip is Slick's son and hence Lucky's brother. Slick never told Chip because he didn't want him to feel the same way about him as Lucky did.]]
* YouWontLikeHowITaste: Squirt when facing a bear in "Homeward Pound".
--> '''Squirt:''' Please don't eat me, Mr. Bear! Honest, I'm stringy and I'm chock full of preservatives!
* YouthfulFreckles: Yipper and Billy from "The Yipper Caper".




* PaperThinDisguise: Despite seeing the Pound Puppies in less-than-convincing cat disguises in "Catcalls", Ace and his team still fall for Squirt's equally wanting disguise in "Kennel Kittens Return".
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: In "Kennel Kittens Return", this was the password to the gated community that the Kennel Kittens wanted to place their adoptee into. It's probably worth noting that the code was entered on a ''numerical keypad''.
* PersonalRaincloud: In "Taboo", the puppy Taboo thinks he has one of these following him around. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a bunch of [[CatsAreMean cats]] using a garden hose to convince Taboo he's unlucky.]]
* PetTheDog: In "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve"[[spoiler:, [=McLeish=] and a hard-luck dog named Ralph meet, giving the dog catcher the dog Lucky knew he needed.]]
* PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure: What happened to Niblet and Squirt in "Homeward Pound" after Squirt had a bit too much of Niblet's complaining, and Squirt got a little too pointed with his insults. (It should be noted that the peril Squirt faced after the split likely would not have happened had Niblet not decided to leave; rather they would have probably continued in the wrong direction.)
* PottyFailure: When one of the captures growls menacingly at Olaf, the assistant dog catcher, in "Rebel Without A Collar", he tells them to play nice while he goes to change his pants. Complete with uncomfortable walk.
** Puddles of "Puddles the Problem Pup" is all about this trope. Half of the plot comes from the Pound Puppies' attempts at housebreaking him.
* PrinceAndPauper: In [[PunBasedTitle "The Prince and the Pupper"]], street-tough Squirt pines for some of the pampered life [[IdenticalStranger look-alike]] Mr. Cuddlesworth enjoys, while Mr. Cuddlesworth wants to escape the confines of his rich owners and get in on the exciting life of the Pound Puppies.
* ProductionForeshadowing: "Lucky Gets Adopted" uses the instrumental of the song "Love Is In Bloom" from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 "A Canterlot Wedding - Part 2"]]. Interestingly, both episodes are {{Season Finale}}s.
* ProductionThrowback: "Olaf in Love" uses the instrumental of the "Cutie Mark Crusaders Song" from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E18TheShowStoppers "The Show Stoppers"]].
* PublicDomainSoundtrack: In the episode, "The Truth is Out Hear", Cookie puts [=McLeish=] to sleep by singing "Brahms' Lullaby" with the other dogs joining in.
* RealAfterAll: [[spoiler:In "Zoltron", it turns out the titular dog's owners really ''are'' aliens.]]
* RedHeadedStepchild: In "The Yipper Caper", Yipper could be considered one, since no one initially wanted to adopt him.
* RepeatAfterMe: The adoptee Ginger in "I Never Barked For My Father" when Lucky told her to say goodbye to the team. The look on her face hinted she knew exactly what she was doing.
* RobotDog: Toyoshiko, Bark Friend Machine from, well, "Toyoshiko! Bark Friend Machine". Toyoshiko is so much like a living dog that Strudel goes from thinking of her as "an endearing piece of technology" to developing a friendship with her. (However, the way Toyo initiates the friendship, and often how she talks, is quite mechanistic.) Suffice it to say that while Toyo is indeed a robot buddy, she's not simply a RobotBuddy.
* RunawayTrain: The peril the Ruff Ruff Bunch find themselves in at the end of their eponymous episode.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Toyoshiko, possibly as an effect of her being a robot, actually says "bark" and "giggle".
* SecurityCling: Lucky jumps onto Cookie's back for protection in the episode, "Lord of the Fleas" after Squirt startles him.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: The episode "Mutternal Instincts" features an African Wild Dog among a crowd of dogs.
* SimilarSquad: Similar to the Happy Valley Shelter cats above, each of the titular puppies in "Quintuplets" turned out to have a personality corresponding to the dogs of the main team, but not as initially obvious.
* SingingVoiceDissonance: When Olaf sang to the pound's Japanese visitors in "Toyoshiko!", he sang alto/countertenor, as compared to his normal mid-ranged male speaking voice.
* SpitTake: Rebound and Patches' simultaneous one in "I'm Ready For My Close Pup".
* SureLetsGoWithThat: In "Lucky the Dunce":
--> '''Lucky''': C'mon! Let's go, dogs, go! [''He heroically charges offscreen.'']
--> '''Cookie''': {''admiring tone''} I love it when he talks that way.
--> '''Squirt''': Yeah, it's almost like you can see the gears of genius working in his brain.
--> '''Cookie''': {''nervous, eyes shifting''} Uh...sure, that's how I meant it, yeah.
* TastesLikePurple: Niblet in "Toyoshiko!". When Strudel and Toyo have a bonding moment after building a machine, they neglected to give their sheepdog helper the okay to let go of the rope. (To be fair to the big guy, it probably would be rather hard to describe the feeling of potential mouth rope burn...)
--> '''Niblet:''' ''(muffled)'' That's sweet. Can I let go now? My mouth, it tastes like pain.
* ThatCameOutWrong: When the titular "Quintuplets" are introduced to the Pound Puppies, Cookie comments about how "if they were any cuter, [she'd] have to eat them up!" The pups take this as a literal threat and huddle in the furthest corner of the box, prompting a nervous Cookie to apologize.
* ThinkingOutLoud: In "Bone Voyage", Mrs. [=McLeish=] received a day spa treatment during a cruise courtesy of the ship's captain, who was smitten with her. While relaxing after a cucumber facial, Agatha, thinking she was speaking to the ship masseuse, said that while she could appreciate the captain's love of the ship, she couldn't really enjoy herself without her puppy. [[spoiler:Rebound, who was afraid Mrs. [=McLeish=] was leaving her for good and followed her onto the ship, was there to hear her.]]
* ThisIsWhatTheBuildingWillLookLike: In "Toyoshiko!", Milton Feltwaddle took advantage of his bosses' inability to speak English to give [=McLeish=] a model of Shelter 17 with the office building of his employer attached to it as part of a ploy to learn how Shelter 17 was so successful at placing dogs. Unfortunately for Feltwaddle, his scheme played too heavily into the ambitions of [=McLeish=], who wanted to impress the Japanese executives by getting a head start on the building. [[spoiler:The building was only a congratulatory gift from the Japanese executives in recognition of the pound's placement record (Feltwaddle played it up to get [=McLeish=] excited), and robot dog Toyoshiko was the means by which Feltwaddle intended to gather intelligence.]]
* TimmyInAWell:
** In the episode "Snow Problem", Tundra dug out a competing sled dog and musher Jean-Luc Glaciaire, then made his way down a cliff to attach a hook to allow Lucky and his team to pull up a second dog. While it is a fact of the Pound Puppies universe that dogs (among other animals) are smarter and more capable than humans realize, [[TheMasquerade they rarely act so intelligently in front of people]]. Hence while Lucky was impressed, Glaciaire was even more so.
** Also in the episode "Salty" we meet Pelican Kevin who has this exchange with Salty:
-->Salty: Well if it ain't old Pelican Kevin from (our) boat.
-->Kevin: Squawk!
-->Salty: What's that Pelican Kevin?
-->Kevin: Squawk!
-->Salty: Struck a reef?
-->Kevin: Squawk!
-->Salty: and they're SINKING?!?
-->Kevin: Squawk!
-->Salty: Shiver me timbers! Captain Pete and Suds need our help!
** The trope is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the aforementioned ShoutOut during Lucky's pep talk in "Snow Problem".
* TookALevelInJerkass: Agent Ping in "Hail to the Chief", although ''another'' level might be more accurate for her.
* TotemPoleTrench: Performed by Lucky, Niblet and Strudel in the episode, "Hail to the Chief", [[HugeRiderTinyMount with Lucky on the bottom]].
* TyrantTakesTheHelm: Milton Feltwaddle after [=McLeish=] is promoted in "[=McLeish=] Unleashed".
* UglyCute: Used in-universe by the Mayor to describe newly-adopted Freddy in "A Nightmare on Pound Street". (The exact description was reversed: "cute ugly".)
* UncattyResemblance: The way Milton Feltwaddle wanted to match dogs to humans once he took over the pound in "[=McLeish=] Unleashed".
--> '''Daphne:''' That's dopey!
* ViewersAreGoldfish: While singing about how happy she is that Agatha is back home, Rebound repeats the line from the end of the first verse.
* ViolenceDiscretionShot: In "A Nightmare on Pound Street", the scene cuts from [=McLeish=] about to get punched out by a fat guy in a skeleton costume to the dogs trying to get Freddy adopted.
* WeaksauceWeakness: In James Bond send-up episode "The Pups Who Loved Me", Bondo and Lucky are temporarily stymied by Puss Puss Galore using two devices: one that produce doorbell sounds and another that simulates a vacuum cleaner.
* WelcomeEpisode: The series premiered with the episode "The Yipper Caper". While the titular character wasn't part of the main cast, he does spend the episode being introduced to the Pound Puppies and brought up to speed on their goal to ensure every dog has a happy home, fulfilling the requirement of the character being given information about the series that is also beneficial for the audience.
* WhatHaveIDone:
** Niblet, essentially word-for-word after he notices Rebound ran into Mrs. [=McLeish's=] limo in "Rebound".
** Pepper says it after she causes the police lieutenant's son Charlie to get into hot water with his father in "The K9 Kid".
** Rebound says it after getting caught singing and dancing by a little girl in "The Accidental Pup Star". She says it again after she learns said video has gone viral.
** Madame Pickypuss, when she realized she called Cuddlesworth a "pussy cat" in "The Ruff Ruff Bunch". She meant it as an endearing compliment, but to a dog it was an insult.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Freddy from "Nightmare on Pound Street" has difficulty being adopted on account of his appearance, despite being nothing other than a complete sweetheart.
* WhatTheHellHero: Lucky gives Strudel an earful when she gets lost in her success as a circus dog in "Dogs On A Wire".
* WhenYouComingHomeDad: When Lucky was a puppy, his father would be gone for hours or even days at a time, until one day he left for good. (Also see Disappeared Dad and Daddy Had A Good Reason For Abandoning You [includes a spoiler].)
* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: Strudel in "Dogs On A Wire". After expressing her frustration on not going on missions, Lucky offers her the chance to help lost dog Chuckles return to the circus.
--> ''(After Cookie, Squirt and Niblet argue with each other about why they should be chosen for the assignment)''
--> '''Lucky:''' Guys! I think the one who should go... is Strudel.
--> '''Strudel:''' ''(rolls eyes)'' Oh, ''sure''. Pick Strudel like you always... ''(brightens)'' Me?! Are you sure?
* YesVirginia: A variant occurs in "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Eve" where Rebound believes in Kris Jingles, the canine equivalent of SantaClaus, despite Patches and Cupcake telling her she's silly for doing so. [[spoiler:True to the trope, he's proven to exist when he appears before the pups.]]
* YouCanTalk:Dot's reaction to [[spoiler:Lucky revealing he can talk.]]
* YouNeverDidThatForMe: Lucky's feelings in "I Never Barked For My Father" on how Slick treated tagalong puppy Chip as compared to him when he was younger. As you might expect, it's much more complicated than that. [[spoiler:Chip is Slick's son and hence Lucky's brother. Slick never told Chip because he didn't want him to feel the same way about him as Lucky did.]]
* YouWontLikeHowITaste: Squirt when facing a bear in "Homeward Pound".
--> '''Squirt:''' Please don't eat me, Mr. Bear! Honest, I'm stringy and I'm chock full of preservatives!
* YouthfulFreckles: Yipper and Billy from "The Yipper Caper".
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* AlphaBitch: Ping. She is especially so in the episode "Hail to the Chief". (Also a pun considering the fact she's a female dog.)
** Missy, Molly and Muff-Muff: the three showdogs who bully Lucky in the episode " Lucky gets adopted " also count.

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* AlphaBitch: AlphaBitch:
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Ping. She is especially so in the episode "Hail to the Chief". (Also a pun considering the fact she's a female dog.)
** Missy, Molly and Muff-Muff: Muff-Muff, the three showdogs who bully Lucky in the episode " Lucky gets adopted " "Lucky Gets Adopted" also count.



* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: In the episode "Lucky gets adopted", a flashback revealing how humans and dogs came together shows a primitive canine called Woof Barktooth defending a family of prehistoric humans from a Smilodon. There are two problems with this
** First of all, as it has been stated numerous times, Smilodon and prehistoric man never met in real life due to living on different continents (Smilodon lived in the Americas while humans were confined to Europe and Africa at the time) and former dying out by the time the latter came to its territory. The only big cat that humans would have interacted with at the time was the Eurasian Cave Lion.
** Also the Smilodon is depicted with a long tail like that of a lion. In reality, Smilodon had a short, stubby tail.
** On the other hand, it is referred to correctly as a Saber tooth cat instead of the usual, inaccurate moniker of ""Saber tooth tiger".
** They also play the AllCavemenWereNeanderthals trope straight as well.

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* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: In the episode "Lucky gets adopted", Gets Adopted", a flashback revealing how humans and dogs came together shows a primitive canine called Woof Barktooth defending a family of prehistoric humans from a Smilodon. There are two problems with this
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this: First of all, as it has been stated numerous times, Smilodon and prehistoric man never met in real life due to living on different continents (Smilodon lived in the Americas while humans were confined to Europe and Africa at the time) and former dying out by the time the latter came to its territory. The only big cat that humans would have interacted with at the time was the Eurasian Cave Lion.
** Also
Lion. Second, the Smilodon is depicted with a long tail like that of a lion. In reality, Smilodon had a short, stubby tail.
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tail. On the other hand, it is referred to correctly as a Saber tooth cat instead of the usual, inaccurate moniker of ""Saber "Saber tooth tiger".
** They also play the AllCavemenWereNeanderthals trope straight in the episode as well.



* ObliviousToLove: Lucky, in "Olaf In Love". Though both he and Cookie nervously denied their feelings when Kiki, the featured puppy, made mention of them being "more than friends", Cookie pointedly brought up of Lucky's blindness to her feelings (and his own?), in relation to Olaf dating city librarian Gertrude Washburn.

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* ObliviousToLove: Lucky, in "Olaf In Love". Though both he and Cookie nervously denied their feelings when Kiki, the featured puppy, made mention of them being "more than friends", Cookie pointedly brought up of Lucky's blindness to her feelings (and his own?), own?) in relation to Olaf dating city librarian Gertrude Washburn.
9th Aug '17 9:31:03 AM Handwaver202
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**Missy, Molly and Muff-Muff: the three showdogs who bully Lucky in the episode " Lucky gets adopted " also count.



* KarmaHoudini:Missy, Molly and Muff-Muff: we never see their reactions to Lucky and Dot [[spoiler:beating them in the school talent show]]. We see their owners reactions, but not their's personally. In fact, [[WhatHappenedtoTheMouse they are never seen again for the rest of the episode after their performance.]]



* PersonalRaincloud: In "Taboo", the puppy Taboo thinks he has one of these following him around. It turns out to be a bunch of [[CatsAreMean cats]] using a garden hose to convince Taboo he's unlucky.

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* PersonalRaincloud: In "Taboo", the puppy Taboo thinks he has one of these following him around. It [[spoiler:It turns out to be a bunch of [[CatsAreMean cats]] using a garden hose to convince Taboo he's unlucky.]]


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* YouCanTalk:Dot's reaction to [[spoiler:Lucky revealing he can talk.]]
9th Aug '17 5:30:31 AM CaptainTedium
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* ArtistLicensePaleontology: In the episode "Lucky gets adopted", a flashback revealing how humans and dogs came together shows a primitive canine called Woof Barktooth defending a family of prehistoric humans from a Smilodon. There are two problems with this

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* ArtistLicensePaleontology: ArtisticLicensePaleontology: In the episode "Lucky gets adopted", a flashback revealing how humans and dogs came together shows a primitive canine called Woof Barktooth defending a family of prehistoric humans from a Smilodon. There are two problems with this
9th Aug '17 5:30:10 AM CaptainTedium
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* Artistlicence-Paleontology: In the episode "Lucky gets adopted", a flashback revealing how humans and dogs came together shows a primitive canine called Woof Barktooth defending a family of prehistoric humans from a Smilodon. There are two problems with this

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* Artistlicence-Paleontology: ArtistLicensePaleontology: In the episode "Lucky gets adopted", a flashback revealing how humans and dogs came together shows a primitive canine called Woof Barktooth defending a family of prehistoric humans from a Smilodon. There are two problems with this



** They also play the AllCavemenWereNeandathals trope straight as well.

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** They also play the AllCavemenWereNeandathals AllCavemenWereNeanderthals trope straight as well.
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