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''Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers'' was one of several AnimatedSeries on the syndicated ''[[WesternAnimation/TheDisneyAfternoon Disney Afternoon]]'' block of the late 1980s into the 1990s. It updated classic Creator/WaltDisney characters, much as ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'' (the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck/[[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Uncle Scrooge]] comic book universe), ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' ([[Disney/TheJungleBook Baloo, Louie and Shere Khan]]) and ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' (WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} and [[WesternAnimation/{{Pete}} Pegleg Pete]]) also did. This one focused on updated versions of the mischievous chipmunks WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale, whom you might remember from the 1950s Donald Duck cartoons.

Originally, the series was going to star Bernard and Bianca from ''Disney/TheRescuers'', which would likely have departed from [[Literature/TheRescuers the books]] in favor of original content. However, when ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'' was greenlit for production, the series was extensively retooled. In the revised idea from series creator Tad Stones called ''Metro Mice'', the show would center around a new team of heroic animals, which included a chameleon, a baseball-obsessed cricket, a far-sighted eagle, an earlier draft of Gadget, and a mouse that was like Monterey Jack, but had a different name. The main character, though, was an ''Franchise/IndianaJones''-type mouse named Kit Colby who sported a fedora and a fluffy collared UsefulNotes/WorldWarII bomber pilot jacket. When he proposed the show in a meeting with Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg, the idea was well-received... except for the character of Kit Colby. At Eisner's suggestion, he was replaced with the chipmunk duo to give the show some established Disney characters to work with. The eagle, cricket and chameleon were dropped, and a fly was added to the mix.

Chip and Dale now led a team of [[TheyFightCrime crimefighters]] called the "Rescue Rangers," which, according to the five-part pilot episode, they started after a police dog they befriended is put behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. The other members are Monterey Jack, or "Monty," a tough but lovable [[LandDownUnder Australian]] mouse with a weakness for cheese; Gadget Hackwrench, a blonde female mouse who was a [[WrenchWench skilled inventor and mechanic]] as well as both chipmunks' unrequited love interest; and Zipper, a small fly (and Monty's best friend) who [[TheUnintelligible could not speak understandably]], but had unusual strength for his small size. The team lived in a tree in a park and saved the day from a variety of villains.

There was [[VideoGame/ChipNDaleRescueRangers a Nintendo video game adaptation]], which was actually pretty good for a licensed game, as was its sequel.

[[Creator/KaboomComics Boom! Kids]] [[http://www.comicbookdaily.com/daily_news/boom-studios-announces-new-disney-title-at-panel/ announced]] a continuation of the series in comic book form which began in December of 2010; this followed on the heels of the successful revival of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' as [[ComicBook/DarkwingDuck a comic series]], which featured [[TheCameo a cameo by Gadget]] in one issue that was likely a foreshadowing of things to come. The comic came to an end after two arcs (eight issues), and there is no word on a future continuation, either by Boom or by Disney-owned Creator/MarvelComics.

In 2014, a live-action/CGI film based on the television series was [[http://variety.com/2014/film/news/rescue-rangers-disney-developing-live-action-chip-n-dale-movie-1201080563/ announced]] to be in some stage of development. No further updates about that were released as of now.

Completely unrelated to ChippendalesDancers, as well as the 70s Saturday Morning cartoon ''[[AnimatedAdaptation Lassie's Rescue Rangers]]''.

Tropes associated with the Boom! Kids comic should go [[ComicBook/ChipNDaleRescueRangers here]].

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!!''Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers'' provides examples of:

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* AdaptationalHeroism: In the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts, Chip and Dale were usually depicted as troublemakers whose karmic enforcement was mostly just revenge over someone slighting them. In the series, they are altruistic crime fighters, with their mischievous streak much more downplayed.
* AlwaysKnowAPilot:
** Chip and Dale have a pilot as part of the team, Gadget Hackwrench. As suggested by her name, she doubles as an inventor.
** Monterey Jack's old friend Geegaw Hackwrench, Gadget's father, used to be an AcePilot. Since Geegaw is absent, Gadget joins the team instead. That said, Monty was rather looking for Geegaw's plane because he is a pilot himself.
** At the beginning of "Song of the Night 'n Dale", Gadget mentions that she wants everyone on the team to be able to pilot her aircraft (probably except Zipper who doesn't need them in the first place). This introduces Dale as a pilot. And Chip has been seen at the Ranger Wing's helm, too. So the Rangers always know at least one pilot.
* AntiVillain: The Pi-Rats, who, other than an obsessive need to guard their treasure, are actually decent folk.
* AbsentMindedProfessor: Sparky, of course. Gadget too. Both can hardly keep one train of thought going.
* AccidentalKiss: Chip and Dale at the end of "Gadget Goes Hawaiian", [[{{Mooks}} Mole and Wart]] in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting".
* AccordionMan: Monty in "To the Rescue, Part 3," gets squashed and turned into this for a moment.
* AcmeProducts: "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" features the ACME Majestic Ultra-light All-Weather Fiberglass Volcano. Which is unusual, because Disney productions usually have "AJAX" as the stand-in every-brand.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Monty (who apparently worked at a circus at one point) almost always keeps up with the agile chipmunks.
* ActionGirl: Gadget can turn into one given the necessity (or opportunity). Best example: "Case of the Cola Cult".
* AdventurerArchaeologist: "Throw Mummy From the Train".
* AdventurerOutfit: Some unusual mix-and-match variants: Chip wears the archeologist outfit, but with the bomber jacket from the aviator outfit; Monterey Jack has the normal aviator outfit.
* TheAhnold: Arnold Mousenegger in "S.S. Drainpipe" and "Mind Your Cheese & Q's". Subverted in that Arnold Mousenegger is only like Arnold in name and body build. He doesn't have the Austrian German accent, the gap in his teeth, or any movie references about him.
* AirGuitar: Dale plays one in "Risky Beesness" while watching a concert of the fictional band Iron Goose.
* AirVentPassageway: Used in a few episodes; {{justified|Trope}} by the small physical size of the Rangers.
* AlienAbduction: Sort of happens to Dale accidentally in "Dale Beside Himself" when the Fleeblebroxians mistake him for DTZ.
* AlienInvasion: Attempted for real by the Fleeblebroxians in "Dale Beside Himself", faked by Norton Nimnul in "Fake Me to Your Leader", and subject of some of the movies Dale loves to watch.
* AlienLunch: Urkburgles from Fleeblebrox. And yes, they're eaten alive.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish:
** The Fleeblebroxians in "Dale Beside Himself".
** Steggy in "Prehysterical Pet" (he did spend a while learning it, though).
* AllAnimalsAreDogs:
** Steggy in "Prehysterical Pet", despite being a stegosaur.
** The guard shark in "One-Upsman-Chip" is wearing a stereotypical spiked collar, even though sharks don't even have a neck.
* AllThatGlitters: Darby's pot of gold in "The Last Leprechaun".
* AllThereInTheManual:
** The official press kit supplied the fans with information such as one possible official spelling of Lahwhinie's name ([[IncrediblyLamePun namely]] Lahwhinie). The official press kit was not even intended for the public.
** The only explanation as to how Chip got his hat that's available anywhere today is an out-of-print comic book. There are rumors that the movie cut of "To the Rescue" has a similar scene in it, but it hasn't been aired anywhere since 1988. Unfortunately those rumors are unfounded; the sequence where Chip first appears wearing his hat is the same in the movie cut as in the mini-series currently available.
* AlliterativeName: Several one-off characters, including Monty's parents, Camembert Kate and Cheddarhead Charlie, plus the regular villain, Professor Norton Nimnul.
* AlohaHawaii: "Gadget Goes Hawaiian". The whole episode takes place in/around a Hawaiian tourist trap.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Monty's mother Camembert Kate in "A Lean on the Property", up to and including [[EmbarrassingOldPhoto baby photos]].
* TheAmazon: "Chocolate Chips" seems to take place somewhere in South America.
* AmbiguousSyntax: Cassandra's prediction for Chip in "Seer No Evil" is this all over. Needless to say, this leads to a ProphecyTwist.
* AmusementPark: The setting of "Seer No Evil", complete with requisite fun house, cotton candy, and crooked midway games (one of which jumpstarts the plot).
* AnachronicOrder: The canonical episode order is an often discussed issue. It is clear, however, that the episodes have been neither produced nor ever aired in their canonical order. The 5-part pilot is part of Season 2, as is "Good Times, Bat Times" which some consider the chronologically last episode. "The Pied Piper Power Play" came even later, and it shows Nimnul in his dome lair that was destroyed in "Normie's Science Project".
* AngryGuardDog: The Doberman who guards the pound in "To the Rescue, Part 4". At least until Monterey Jack clobbers him with trash can lids.
* AnimalJingoism: Maltese de Sade's universal dog hatred in particular. And there has to be a reason behind Monterey Jack's cat phobia.
* AnimalReligion:
** "Zipper Come Home" has a group of insects worshipping a frog called Ribbit as their god. Ribbit is of course a big threat to the lives of these insects because he sees them as food, and it seems like the whole cult is all about them begging him to not eat them.
** In "Kiwi's Big Adventure", a tribe of kiwi birds see the Ranger Plane as a god that will make them regain their ability to fly.
** In "The Case of the Cola Cult", Gadget joins a {{cult}} with religious overtones (she has to give up all her tools to be able to join).
* AnimalSuperheroes:
** Debatable, considering that none of the characters on the show have anything that could be called a super power, with one exception: in the SuperheroEpisode "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!", Dale and a human villain both get temporary RubberMan powers from [[GreenRocks an alien meteor]].
** Some [[ShowWithinAShow Shows Within A Show]] give us Flash the Wonder Dog and his sidekick Conrad Cockatoo, and the Red Badger of Courage.
* AnimalTalk: Almost all animal species seem to be able to talk with one another, including insects. Even Zipper seems to be understood by other animals with ease. ''Almost'' all because there is probably one exception: ''Homo sapiens'' is clearly not able to understand chipmunks (but has no problems understanding dogs and alligators. Since these are bigger, and for that reason, sound deeper, might it be a question of pitch?)
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* AnimationBump: Look at "To the Rescue" (done by [[Creator/WaltDisneyAnimationUnits Walt Disney Animation Japan]]) or "The Carpetsnaggers" (done by Creator/TMSEntertainment), then look at "Case of the Cola Cult" (done by Creator/WangFilmProductions) or any of Creator/SunwooEntertainment or A-1 Productions' episodes.
* {{Animorphism}}:
** In "A Fly in the Ointment", several characters exchange bodies.
*** And ONLY their bodies.. [[http://edge.ebaumsworld.com/mediaFiles/picture/2176519/82547935.png their heads stay the same.]] HilarityEnsues.
** All over "A Wolf in Cheap Clothing".
** Dale being turned into a frog in "Good Times, Bat Times" might count, too.
* AnthropomorphicShift: Remember the classic WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale? (It could be argued the setting had an inverse shift, though. Instead of living alongside Donald Duck, they hide their MouseWorld from the human civilization.)
* AppropriatedAppellation: When Plato said the fate of the federal gold reserved rest with the group, he called them 'Rescue Rangers'. Chip liked the name and it became official.
* ArborealAbode: The Rescue Ranger's Headquarters is one.
* AreYouPonderingWhatImPondering: Chip and Dale in most episodes, frequently resulting in a bop on the head for Dale.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology:
** Steggy's anatomy is completely wrong for a ''Stegosaurus''. Alien or not.
** Apparantly even dinosaurs had aliens among them. Aliens identical to them that were originally small and intelligent but grew big and stupid thanks to earthling food.
* AsideGlance: Chip in "Piratsy Under the Seas" for example.
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: "Fake Me to Your Leader".
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Gadget's focus moves at a hundred miles an hour and turns on a dime. It rarely prevents her from finishing a project but it often makes things interesting for others around her.
* AtTheOperaTonight: "A Case of Stage Blight". Slightly subverted in that Gadget's idea of dressing up is to wear a flower in her hair.
* AwesomeAussie: Monterey Jack, who's basically Rodent Crocodile Dundee with a penchant for cheese.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Dirk Suave. He's an international spy, to boot.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Actually [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] almost whenever possible. The most {{egregious}} example is the criminal mastermind Thaddeus who disguises as a baby.
* BadassFamily: Monty and his parents (Cheddarhead Charlie and Camembert Kate).
* BadassLongcoat: Early drafts of Monterey Jack, then called Colt Chedderson, show him in an open trenchcoat. His final version wears something not that much shorter.
* BadassMustache: Monterey Jack is wearing one. It runs in the family, as he got it from his father Cheddarhead Charlie.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: ''Whenever'' kids are involved, both humans and animals.
* BagOfKidnapping: In "Mind Your Cheese and Q's" when Gadget tries to escape from Rat Capone's hideout after she rejects his advances, his henchman Sugar Ray captures her with this method.
* BaldOfEvil:
** The two most frequent villians (Prof. Nimnul and Fat Cat) seem to be examples.
** Ignatz Ratskiwatski is an example all right, as is the Greatest Spy in the World.
* BalloonBelly:
** "Out to Launch" is a good example.
** This does not happen to Bink from "Adventures in Squirrelsitting", though.
* BambooTechnology: Most of Gadget's inventions.
* BankruptcyBarrel: Percy in "To the Rescue, Part 1", although he was wearing a box.
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Gadget is the only main character who fits this (the others are [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal Half Dressed Cartoon Animals]].
* BareYourMidriff: Gadget, when it's warm outside, normally wears either a swimsuit or a midriff shirt/shorts combo.
* BatmanColdOpen: Used in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian". The episode opens with half of the Rangers being captured by an octopus, and the others are trying to rescue them.
* BatOutOfHell: {{Subverted}} to hell and back in "Good Times, Bat Times". A cleaning woman-turned-witch has three of the standard horror animals as familiars: Bud the snake, Lou the spider, and Foxglove the bat. While Bud and Lou are {{affectionate parod|y}}ies of Creator/AbbottAndCostello and thoroughly evil, Foxglove is cute, nice, kind, chipmunk-sized, in love with Dale, and probably more popular in the fandom than Monterey Jack.
* BeachEpisode:
** "Shell Shocked" does feature Gadget in a (modest one-piece) swimsuit, yes.
** "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" and "Chipwrecked Shipmunks" both have their beach scenes, too, but no swimsuits. The former does feature Gadget in a midriff-baring t-shirt and shorts, though.
* BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame:
** When trying to counter Professor Nimnul in "Weather or Not".
** "Normie's Science Project".
** When confronting Su Lin.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: "A Lad in a Lamp", complete with the ResetButton at the end.
* BearsAreBadNews: Humphrey the Bear (yes, ''that'' Humphrey from the Donald Duck shorts). Averted due to the fact that despite the chaos he accidentally caused, in the end he saves the baby's life.
* BeeAfraid: "Risky Beesness" uses standard elements of this. Justified since the main villain of the episode can mind-control bees.
* BeeBeeGun: There's one in "Risky Beesness". Justified since the main villain of the episode can mind-control bees.
* BeneathTheEarth: Where Darby Spree from "The Last Leprechaun" lives, as do the other leprechauns.
* BerserkButton:
** To a minor extent in "A Creep in the Deep", where Monty's tail keeps getting injured much to his dismay (and his increasing anger). The last time it gets injured in the episode, he goes absolutely berserk.
** Don't call the cleaning witch from "Good Times, Bat Times" "Freddie". Of course, only the nice Foxglove calls her Winnifred.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Gadget in "The Case of the Cola Cult" and "Dirty Rotten Diapers", the latter of which was one of the most noteworthy demonstrations of the trope in television.
* BeYourself: Dale in "The S.S. Drainpipe" who eventually ditches Red Badger of Courage methods in favor of a plan of his own. Also Tammy who tries to impress Chip by being like him.
* BigApplesauce: Chrysler Building in "The Carpetsnaggers", Twin Towers in "Robocat", Rat Capone's Brooklyn accent, and so forth, and still there's no rock solid proof the show takes place in New York City. (There's also quite a bit of evidence that it ''doesn't'' -- see GeographicFlexibility.)
%%* BigBad: Fat Cat, Professor Nimmul, and (in the pilot only) Aldrin Chlordane.
* BigBallOfViolence: In "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing", Monty ends up in a BigBallOfViolence, crawls out of it, picks it up and tosses it away as a whole.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: In "Fake Me to Your Leader", Nimnul enlarged a bunch of pill bugs to six feet and made everyone believe they're InsectoidAliens.
* BigEater: Bink in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting", and of course Monterey Jack, especially when it comes to cheese.
* BigFancyHouse: The Clutchcoin house in "The Carpetsnaggers", for example.
* BirdCaged: Chip, Dale and Gadget are trapped in a bird cage placed in rising water by a tribe of beetles in "Zipper Come Home".
* BlindingBangs:
** K. Sera, the dog from the Pound Underground in "To The Rescue, pt. 4", to the point that it's nearly impossible to tell which way he's facing.
** Gadget when rain flattens her EightiesHair.
* BoisterousBruiser: Monterey Jack, who loves a good punch-up more than anything (except cheese).
* BoobyTrap: Gadget used to live behind what seemed like a Hall of Fame of booby traps. One might wonder how she got all that stuff installed, including a safe suspended on chains.
* BottomlessMagazines: Percy's revolver during the shoot-out in "To the Rescue", up to the point of acting like a [[MoreDakka submachine gun]], but always far from being limited to five or six rounds.
* BoundAndGagged: The primary method of handling prisoners among the animal population seems to be tying them up.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Has happened to all the main characters at some point. Happens to Monty anytime he smells or sees cheese.
* BrandX: Coo-Koo Cola. On the other hand, Shell and Studebaker ''are'' mentioned in the show.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Tammy in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting" throws tantrums regarding babysitting as well as Chip not flirting with her.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** Professor Nimnul's rants tend to have him acting as if he really does have an audience.
** A number of episode endings use this trope.
** There are several in-story occurrences throughout the series.
* BrokenAesop: Some of the episodes with AnAesop deliver mixed messages at best:
** "Dirty Rotten Diapers" focuses on Gadget's effort to get the rest of the team to focus on non-violent problem solving. Unfortunately, in the end they end up having to fight the criminal when he injures the team and pushes Gadget's BerserkButton. The moral one ends up with instead is 'non-violent methods aren't effective in some cases'.
** "Mind Your Cheese and Q's" focused on Monterey's cheese fixation, but Chip and Dale ended up deliberately exposing him to the stuff in order to use him to track down Gadget - although he then had to overcome his fixation to rescue her. The moral one ends up with instead is 'live with your addiction and count on being able to resist it when it really matters.'
** "The Case Of The Cola Cult" dealt with Gadget having a crisis of self-esteem and seeking new friends among a local cult. The episode ended with her happily reunited with the Rangers, but instead of warning about the peril of allowing a cult to determine your worth, one ends up with 'Stay loyal to your friends even if they don't seem to value you.' (The Rangers ''do'' value Gadget, but it's still an awkward message to send.)
* BrokenEcho: Dale looks into a cave and yells "Hello down there!" The echo repeats this. He then says "Say, you're handsome!" The echo says "Thanks!"
* BuildingSwing: Rubber Bando, Dale's superhero alter ego with the power to stretch himself out, does this sometimes to move about the city.
* BullSeeingRed: Was impossible to avoid in "When Mice Were Men".
* BuriedAlive: Gadget suggests the Pi-Rats bury them in the sand and wait for the tide to come. When Chip expresses his shock, she apologizes and says she couldn't resist the intellectual challenge.
* BusmansHoliday: Whenever the Rangers go on one of their many vacations, they will inevitably have to solve at least one case. A few examples: "Gadget Goes Hawaiian", "Shell Shocked", "Kiwi's Big Adventure", "When Mice Were Men", "Chocolate Chips".
* TheCameo: The crocodile from ''Disney/PeterPan'' chases Chip 'n Dale in "Kiwi's Big Adventure".
* CannotSpitItOut: Chip in "Good Times, Bat Times", mostly because he is being constantly interrupted. Also in many {{fanfic}}s he is portrayed this way.
* TheCapitalOfBrazilIsBuenosAires: "Chocolate Chips", an episode which supposedly takes place in a Brazilian cocoa forest, fits most of these stereotypes to a T, right down to the Brazilian parrots and Latino tour bus driver.
* CaptainErsatz: Each of the five main characters is based on a well known 1980s live-action character:
** Chip, with the bomber jacket and fedora, is based on [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk Indiana Jones]].
** Dale, with the Hawaiian shirt, is based on [[Series/MagnumPI Thomas Magnum]].
** Monterey Jack is based on Film/CrocodileDundee.
** Gadget is an almost direct port of Jordan from ''Film/RealGenius''.
** Zipper is based on Rin Tin Tin (who had an 80s revival).
** The Red Badger of Courage from "The S. S. Drainpipe" is a copy of Batman, specifically [[{{Series/Batman}} the incarnation Adam West played in the 1960's]].
* CargoCult:
** In "Kiwi's Big Adventure", the Ranger Plane becomes the object of one.
** "The Case of the Cola Cult" revolves around one.
* CartoonCheese:
** Halfway {{averted}} with the ''slices'' of cheese Monty steals out of burgers and sandwiches and the melted cheese from pizzas.
** Monty's favorite cheese is the Brie '86 (though it was established in "To The Rescue, Part 3" that he likes cheese regardless of what kind it is). Of course, no cheese in the show ever looks remotely like a brie.
* TheCassandra: Played with in "Seer No Evil". When the predictions of the fortune teller (who's actually named Cassandra) start to come true, the whole team (except Chip) gets very worried, since her last prediction was apparently of Chip's demise.
* CatchPhrase: The show is full of them.
** The heroes' battle cry, "Rescue Rangers Away!"
** Dale has his catch phrase, "Wowie Zowie".
** Gadget has several catch phrases: "Golly!", "Should", "No problems". The joke on those last two is that whenever Gadget says 'em, something always goes wrong with her latest invention.
** Monterey Jack's Australian slang. It should be noted that few, if any, RealLife Australians speak like Monty. He does sound somewhat like the Series/CrocodileHunter, however.
** Recurring character Canina Lafur (played by Carol Channing); "Star of stage, screen and the ''occasional'' dog food commercial."
* CatsAreMean:
** Fat Cat, Maltese de Sade, the Siamese Twins, Kismet... averted with most of the kittens though.
** Also {{averted}} with [[IronWoobie Tom]] from the episode "Robocat".
* CentrifugalFarce: Poor Chip and Dale get subjected to the centrifuge with Gadget and Jack at the controls, the latter of whom goes overboard by sending the thing to 12Gs. They are SquashedFlat when the centrifuge finally stops.
* ChainedToARailway: Twice. ("Out of Scale" has Dale in garb ChainedToARailway by Buffy and in "Last Train to Cashville" the whole gang, bar Dale, gets this treatment from Fat Cat). In "To the Rescue" Plato is chained to a train, although not the railway itself.
* ChainOfPeople: "To the Rescue, Part 5". What's remarkable about the use this time is that Gadget at the top of the chain is able to yank the next in the chain (Chip) up to shout into his face - dragging Dale and Monterey along with him! (This could be the SquareCubeLaw becoming an ''advantage'' for such small creatures... or it could simply be RuleOfFunny.)
* ChangedMyMindKid: Monterey Jack clashes with Chip and leaves in "To the Rescue pt. 4", only to show up less than ten minutes later to save the rest of the team from an AngryGuardDog.
* CharacterNameAndTheNounPhrase: Irweena and the Stingers (a band formed by a woman in a bee suit and a bunch of bees) in "Risky Beesness". Justified since the main villain of the episode can mind-control bees.
* ChasteToons: {{Subverted}} by Gadget (who had a father), Monty (who still has both parents), Tammy (who has a mother), and Ignatz Ratskiwatski (who has a daughter), just to name a few. Played straight by Nimnul, though, who only has a nephew.
* ChickMagnet: All the male Rangers have had ShipTease or other female attention - Tammy, Foxglove, Desiree D'allure, and Queenie among others.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Or so Gadget believes in most of "Dirty Rotten Diapers".
* ChineseLaunderer: The main location in "To the Rescue, Part 2." It's run by a pair of "Siamese Twins" and involves incredibly racist Oriental cats running fish fighting rings.
* CityOfAdventure: While the Rangers often travel to other lands, most of the episodes take place right in their home city (see CityWithNoName below).
* CityWithNoName: The show's setting. Although there are hints that it's supposed to be either [[UsefulNotes/LosAngeles Burbank]] or UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, and even a few references to UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, it's just as likely a case of GeographicFlexibility.
* ClearTheirName:
** What Chip and Dale have to do for Detective Drake in "To the Rescue".
** What the Rangers have to do for themselves in "An Elephant Never Suspects".
** When Dale becomes Rubber Bando and is framed for crimes he didn't commit in the episode "It's A Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!".
* CloseCallHaircut: The Rangers manage to save Monty from being beheaded by a circular saw in "Mind Your Cheese & Q's". It was so close that he got the back of his head shaved.
* ClothingDamage: Parodied. Whose dress is ripped in an action scene? [[spoiler:Dale's.]]
%%* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Dale in many episodes.
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience: Most of the villains wear purple: Fat Cat, Rat Capone, Errol, Mr. Gribbish. (Gadget wears purple too, but it's a different shade, more like lavender.)
* ComicBookAdaptation:
** An official series of 19 comic books, the first two of which retell "To the Rescue", and several stand-alone comics in various Disney publications, including quite a few in ''Magazine/DisneyAdventures'' and a compilation collection called "The Secret Casebook". Sadly, Disney has never reprinted any of these, so good luck finding 'em.
** The Boom! Kids comic.
%%* ComplimentBackfire
* CompressedHair: Just exactly how did Gadget stuff all that hair under that wig in "Dirty Rotten Diapers"?
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: Gadget vs. Bubbles' {{Ninja}} {{Mooks}} in "Case of the Cola Cult". Granted, she is heavily armed and doesn't know Ninjutsu, but the principle is the same.
* ConspicuousTrenchcoat: Myron disguises in one in "The Case of the Cola Cult" when he comes to alert the Rangers.
* ContextSensitiveButton: Many controls of the Ranger Plane and the Ranger Wing.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: It's apparently not the slightest bit hot a pair of tongs' length above a barbecue grill ("Gadget Goes Hawaiian").
* ConveyorBeltODoom: Used in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting" and "Pie in the Sky".
* CoolGarage: Gadget's old home in a World War II bomber plane wreck, complete with dozens of death traps against intruders and a dynamite-driven catapult for her father's plane.
* CoolPlane:
** Geegaw Hackwrench's "Screaming Eagle", especially after the modifications obviously applied by Gadget.
** Ranger Plane and Ranger Wing.
** This has to be taken literally with Nimnul's flying iceberg in "To the Rescue". It's so cool that it doesn't even melt on its several-thousand-mile flight.
* CrashCourseLanding: The Rangers manage to pull off not a "simple" landing, but a frieking planetfall and touchdown with a NASA experimental space plane. After about five minutes in a simulator (and crashing twice there). And this might have happened before Gadget gave Dale his piloting lessons.
* CrashIntoHello: Tammy and Bink's mother gets to know Chip and Dale when they crash into her place.
* CrazyPrepared: Gadget has on her person, among other things, a parachute, an inflatable raft, a glass cutter and a lighter. Being a Rescue Ranger kinda justifies it though.
* CreatorProvincialism: Ever noticed how much of Los Angeles and particularly Hollywood and Burbank appears in the Rangers' hometown, although neither are ever named? LAPD uniforms and car livery, Los Angeles city hall, Burbank Bob Hope Airport, Lankershim and Cahuenga are mentioned twice and so forth.
* CriminalAmnesiac: In "Le Purrfect Crime", amnesiac Dale is convinced by Maltese de Sade's henchmen that he is the gun-munk "[[Film/{{Rambo}} RamDale]] in order to use him against his friends.
* {{Crossdresser}}:
** Chip and Dale do this for "The Fat Cat Stomp". In fact, it can be seen in the full opening for the show.
** Dale again as "Tootsie" in "S.S. Drainpipe". He's good enough to almost make Gadget jealous.
** Zipper in "When You Fish Upon a Star". This leaves Monty as the only male Ranger who never crossdresses.
%%* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Dale, especially in "S.S. Drainpipe" and "Le Purrfect Crime".
* {{Cult}}:
** The Cola Cult in "Case of the Cola Cult".
** The Ranger Plane-worshipping kiwis in "Kiwi's Big Adventure".
* CuteLittleFangs: Foxglove. {{Justified|Trope}} by her being a bat, but nonetheless cute.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Professor Nimnul is clearly a brilliant scientist, so why doesn't he just patent his inventions, sit back and watch the money roll in instead of constantly picking fights with a group of rodents?
** To be fair, he did try to sell some of his earlier inventions. But they were rejected, and he was referred to as "[[MadScientist mad]]". On the other hand, he could easily have sold some of his later stuff.
** Subverted when he tried to go straight in "Rest Home Rangers" by showcasing his invention at an expo, only to have it backfire, after which he swears revenge on everyone who laughed at him.
** Additionally, in "The Pied Piper Power Play" he tried to sell his potato generator to the power company, but they just laughed at him.
** In "Catteries Not Included" he mentioned that he attempted to sell his cat-powered generator to the power company, but they laughed at him.
** It seems the only person to have ever believed in Nimnul's crazy inventions was crime boss Aldrin Chlordane, although that may have been because Chlordane himself was a bit crazy.
* CuteKitten: The cat-napped pet kitten Spunky in "Catteries Not Included" and Kookoo's feline friend Boots (based on All Ball, but not a tailless Manx) in "Gorilla My Dreams" are the only exceptions to Monterey Jack's (and mostly this show's) rule that CatsAreMean.
%%* DaChief: Sergeant Spinelli.
%%* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: Rat Capone and his lackeys.
* DarkFic: Many of the most famous FanFiction creations in the Rescue Rangers fandom fall into this category. ''Rhyme and Reason'', ''Gadget In Chains'', Fanfic/TheNowakverse stories including ''Under The Bridge'', the ''Chip Noir Dale'' series, in fact, also ''Fanfic/OfMiceAndMayhem''.
%%* DatingCatwoman: Monterey Jack and Desiree D'Allure.
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Chip and Monty.
%%* DecoyDamsel: Lahwhiney.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: How Chip and Dale met Monty. He picked the fight, they had staying power.
-->'''Monty:''' [recovering from the piano the chipmunks launched at him] Y'know, I'm beginning to like those guys.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Appropriately Queenie, after Zipper helps her save her swarm and she acknowledges his feelings for her.
* DerailedForDetails: If Gadget starts to explain something, she tends to fall into endless rambling, going deeper and deeper into details. Fans call these ramblings "Gadgetisms".
* DesertedIsland: In "Chipwrecked Shipmunks", the Rangers end up landing on one. It doesn't stay that deserted when the Pi-Rats reappear.
* DetailHoggingCover: Done with a lot of CDRR artwork.
* {{Determinator}}: ''Nothing'' will come between Monty and cheese.
* DiagonalCut: Performed by Juice Lee in the pilot.
* DiggingToChina: What the two pandas try to do in "An Elephant Never Suspects".
* DinkyDrivers: One episode has the Rangers trying to land a LawyerFriendlyCameo of the Space Shuttle after a small meteor ruptures the oxygen line and knocks the pilots into unconsciousness.
* DisappearedDad:
** Geegaw Hackwrench, who is only mentioned in the pilot episode(s) as having been absent for more than a year before Gadget met the other Rangers and, according to Gadget, not going to return.
** Tammy and Bink seem to lack a father, too.
* DisguisedInDrag: Chip in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting", Dale ditto plus several more episodes, and even Zipper in "When You Fish Upon a Star". [[AttractiveBentGender And quite successfully]].
%%* DisneyDeath:
%%** Monty in "To the Rescue, Part 2".
%%** Chip in "Seer No Evil".
* DistractedByTheSexy:
** This is played straight in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting"... by Chip and Dale in drag.
** Works in "The S.S. Drainpipe"... with Dale in drag.
** Gadget's famous "red dress" scene in the episode "Double O'Chipmunk".
** In "When You Fish Upon a Star", a flock of fireflies is successfully distracted... by Zipper in drag.
* DistressedDamsel:
** Standard plot element in [[ShowWithinAShow Flash the Wonder Dog]].
** Gadget was this in a number of episodes.
* DitzyGenius: Gadget is a GadgeteerGenius who constructs incredible technology [[BambooTechnology out of junk]], but she can be pretty scattered.
* DodgeByBraking: This is how Gadget avoids the hawks in "Three Men and a Booby".
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Monterey Jack trying to quit cheese in "Mind Your Cheese and Q's" is probably the closest thing Disney (or any American TV show, animated or otherwise) has ever done to doing an addiction show that wasn't {{Anvilicious}}.
* ADogNamedDog: No points for guessing Fat Cat's species (though it's also got a double meaning as he is a wealthy animal businessman/criminal too). Also, his henchman Mole is a mole.
* DogStereotype:
** The Doberman and Frenchie in "To the Rescue, Part 4", for instance.
** "Le Purrfect Crime" implies that all dogs in France or at least in Paris are poodles because Maltese de Sade has a city-wide countermeasure against them specifically.
* DopeSlap:
** Chip bonks Dale on the head on occasion when the latter says something stupid.
** Dale does this to Chip when he hurts Tammy's feelings and makes her cry in the episode "Adventures In Squirrelsitting".
* {{Doppelganger}}: The Fleeblebroxian shapeshifter DTZ turns into Dale in "Dale Beside Himself". Also, in a sense, Lahwhinie who looks close enough to Gadget to make her take her place and almost get away with that.
* DragonAscendant: Both Fat Cat and Professor Nimnul previously worked for Chlordane.
* DreadfulMusician: Irwina Allen and the Stingers. She is an exterminator gone bee-napper with a dreadful singing voice, and her band, the Stingers, are mind-controlled bees. Their music is unbearable for the audience who originally came to see the metal band Iron Goose. The latter, being locked away but able to hear her, somehow don't find her that dreadful.
* DriveInTheater: The opening scene of "Good Times, Bat Times" takes place at a human drive-in. That is, the Rangers themselves ''fly'' in with the Ranger Wing.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Gadget in the opening scene of "The Case of the Cola Cult". The wheeled invention she test-drives with the other Rangers aboard doesn't even have brakes, but she doesn't seem to mind.
* DrowningPit:
** In "Shell Shocked", the Rangers are trapped inside a boot on a beach that is supposed to be flooded by the rising tide.
** In "The Case of the Cola Cult", they end up in a soda can that is to be sunk into a bucket of soda.
* DubNameChange: More often than not, apparently, and usually not even sparing the Rangers themselves. Check them [[http://cdrr.kalaydina.ru/worldwide.php?show=names here.]]
* DumbMuscle:
** Arnold Mousenegger (more like "brain-dead muscle" in his case).
** Subverted when Desiree [=DeLure=] treats Monterey Jack like this, only to find that he was smarter than she thought.
* EasyAmnesia: In "Le Purrfect Crime", Dale loses his memory when a falling Paris souvenir hits him on the head. Later on, Chip gives him a bonk, and his memory is back.
%%* EasyComeEasyGo: Almost all episodes.
* EdibleAmmunition:
** Squeezed-out bananas in "To the Rescue, Part 1".
--->'''Chip and Dale:''' Banana! Banana! Banana!
** Small Easter eggs on a catapult in "Three Men and a Booby".
** [=RamDale=]'s Decaffeinator machine gun from "Le Purrfect Crime" shoots coffee beans.
* EdibleThemeNaming: Monterey Jack's entire (canonical) family is named after sorts of cheese.
* EekAMouse:
** Usually Monty, especially when he attempts to steal cheese or anything cheese-flavored from the police officers. In this case, it's less "Eek! A Mouse!" and more "Get that mouse!" or "Hey, it's that mouse!"
** EekAMouse is played particularly straight in "The Carpetsnaggers", used by Monty to his advantage.
* EightiesHair: Gadget. [[spoiler:Sort of lampshaded in ''FanFic/OfMiceAndMayhem'' when Gadget gets a more modern hairstyle since the story takes place in the 90s]]. And of course [[EvilTwin Lahwhinie]].
* EinsteinHair: Dr. Hibbleman from "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!", Dr. Whitebread from "Double 'O Dale".
* EjectionSeat: Gadget built one into the Screaming Eagle.
* EmbarrassingNickname: Monty is still called "Cheezer" by his mother.
* EnfantTerrible: Buffy Ratskiwatski from "Out of Scale" is so absolutely that.
* EpunymousTitle: "Song of the Night 'n Dale".
* EskimoLand: "A Chorus Crime" sends Nimnul to the Arctic, together with penguins trained in tap-dancing in order to break off an iceberg. [[HilariousInHindsight That was years before]] ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet''.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Some episodes end with this; others don't.
* EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench: Désirée D'Allure from "Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing".
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Gadget is loved by Chip, Dale, [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom and most of the fans actually]].
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Steggy, whose appearance in the late 20th century is {{justified|Trope}} in that [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot he's an alien dinosaur from another planet]].
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Heebie and Jeebie in "An Elephant Never Suspects", [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Kookoo]] in "Gorilla My Dreams". Abbadabba in "Seer No Evil" is actually an exception; unlike Heebie and Jeebie, he is a henchmonkey of the BigBad and not even sentient.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: "A Chorus Crime". ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet'', anyone?
* EverythingsBetterWithPlushies: The long out of production, extremely sought after, and thus outrageously expensive "Gadget Plushie", a figurine manufactured by Applause that isn't even made of plush. If you're lucky enough to acquire the whole set of four, you'll pay at least 90% of the price for Gadget alone and the other 10% for the guys.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: In particular, the sharks in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" that could fit into a pint. And the shark guarding the pearl in "One-Upsman-Chip".
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: The Bagpipe Express in "Good Times, Bat Times".
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: When the Rangers are anywhere near the sea, they encounter squids more often than not. Billy the Squid in "Piratsy Under the Seas", the nameless squid at the beginning of "Gadget Goes Hawaiian", All Hands and Captain Fin's other tentacled cronies in "A Creep in the Deep"...
* EvilIsHammy:
** Fat Cat is a Creator/VincentPrice {{Expy}}.
** Nimnul makes up for his lack of size with even more ham than anyone else in the show. Doesn't work quite as well as intended due to his lisp, but still.
%%* EvilRedhead: Aldrin Chlordane, Winifred, Nimnul...
* EvilTwin:
** Lahwhinie, in relation to Gadget. Might be also considered an EvilCounterpart.
** One could say that Fat Cat and Maltese de Sade from "Le Purrfect Crime" are {{Evil Twin}}s of each other, although they're actually cousins.
%%* ExpositoryThemeTune
* ExpressLaneLimit: In "Rest Home Rangers", Professor Nimnul tries to get a colossal stockpile of prunes out through an express lane, with predictable results (apart from Nimnul's retort: "I've only got one item - prunes!").
* {{Expy}}: All five of the Rescue Rangers are designed to represent a different [[TheEighties 80s]] character:
** Chip is Franchise/IndianaJones
** Dale is Series/MagnumPI
** Gadget is Jordan, from ''Film/RealGenius''
** Monterey Jack is Film/CrocodileDundee
** Zipper is Rin-Tin-Tin
* EyePop: Of all characters, Bubbles has one before falling into the soda pool.
* FakeBand: The obviously British HairMetal band Iron Goose in "Risky Beesness". Dale is a big fan of theirs (says a lot about his taste in music), and since this is ''Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers'', they fall victim to a crime that the Rangers have to solve.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Lahwhinie with Dale (once) and Chip (twice) in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian", Gadget in disguise with Dale in "Double 'O Chipmunk".
* FakeRabies: In the pilot arc, Fat Cat gets Plato out of the way at one point by spraying his mouth with whipped cream and stuffing a visitor's lapdog into the middle of the mess.
* FanDisservice: Monty totally naked in the mini-bath. Chip and Dale in drag varies between this and {{Fanservice}}.
* FanVerse: Most FanFic writers create their own universe with whole series of stories, to which sometimes stories are added by other writers, for example Fanfic/TheNowakverse by John Nowak or the ''Chip Noir Dale's Rescue Rangers'' universe by Matt Plotecher.
* FanWebComics: There are several creations that may count as FanWebComics. None of them are comic strips published regularly, though.
** Chris Fischer's ''FanFic/OfMiceAndMayhem'' was published all at once when the author gave the link to the story; besides, it's a graphic novel rather than a comic strip.
** There are several more graphic novels which are works in progress and updated very irregularly; the latter also applies to the SpriteComic ''[[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover Ranger Days]]''.
** "Cheer Up, Gadget".
** ''[[http://ferazelhosting.net/~amc/amcarchive.html Angry Murine Catharsis]]'', the first comic to feature John Nowak's famous original character [[Fanfic/TheNowakverse Widget Hackwrench]].
* FatBastard:
** Fat Cat is not only tall for a cat, but also on the chubby side, therefore appropriately named by his former owner Aldrin Klordane. And he is one of the two main villains, perhaps even more gruesome than Norton Nimnul who is just plain crazy.
** He has an almost identical cousin in Paris named Maltese [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar de Sade]] who is just as evil as him.
* FeatherFingers: Foxglove's wings even seem to morph into hands and back into wings, depending on what's required by the plot.
* FemmeFatale: Désirée D'Allure is Monterey Jack's ex-fiancée whom he left for a cheese truck. She eventually shows up in the Rangers' hometown, already with criminal intentions together with her new partner Erol, and while she is at it, she tries to lure Monty back to her and kill him out of revenge.
%%* {{Fiction 500}}: The Clutchcoin family.
%%* FieryRedhead: Tammy and Queenie.
* FishbowlHelmet: In episode "Out to Launch", Gadget constructs a spacesuit from a rubber glove and a glass jar. Plausible, in that Gadget spent less than a minute outside a pressurized spacecraft.
* FiveEpisodePilot: The show's pilot "To the Rescue" is a five-parter, recut from a now probably lost film. It is unusual, however, in that it aired as the episodes 41 through 45 in the second season.
* FiveBadBand: Fat Cat's gang: Fat Cat is the BigBad, Wart is TheDragon and the EvilGenius, Mole and Snout are {{The Brute}}s, and Mepps is the DarkChick.
* FlameWar: Some extremely ugly wars about [[ShipToShipCombat which chipmunk Gadget will end up with]] have nearly torn the fandom apart on at least two occasions. Since then discussing the topic seriously is still somewhat of a taboo.
* {{Flight}}: "Kiwi's Big Adventure" takes place in New Zealand where the Ranger Plane ends up with a tribe of kiwis. They worship it as a deity that shall give back the flightless birds the ability to fly.
* FlowerInHerHair:
** Gadget's evil [[HulaAndLuaus Hawaiian]] {{Doppelganger}} [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Lahwhinie/Lawhinie/Louwhiney/...]] always wears a flower in her hair -- until she switches places with Gadget and takes her goggles instead.
** Gadget is occasionally seen wearing one along with her goggles, for example in "A Case of Stage Blight" when the Rangers go to the opera. It's her idea of dressing up.
* FlyingBroomstick: It's a vacuum cleaner that Winifred rides in "Good Times, Bat Times", but she's a cleaning woman from around 1990 after all.
* FlyingCarpet: Nimnul makes carpets with hidden, remote-controllable [[AppliedPhlebotinum hover drives]] in "The Carpetsnaggers" in order to steal valuables down to entire safes out of the mansions of rich people to whom he sold the carpets. They're powerful enough that when the Rangers nail one to the floor, it rips the entire house out of the ground.
* FluffyTheTerrible: The BigBad from "Case of the Cola Cult" is a tall, muscular mouse and commander over an army of ninja mice. His name is Bubbles. [[JustifiedTrope Then again]], he is one of the head figures of a soda-based {{cult}}.
* FollowYourNose: Played straight by Monty during his cheese attacks. Exaggerated on "Out of Scale", when Dale throws a chunk of Limburger cheese into a toy truck, commenting that Monty will love it. Of course, Monty smells it and goes into "cheese attack" mode -- until he finds the shrink ray gun and attempts to drag it back with him, only to have the smell of Limburger literally drag him away. Monty fights it -- until the smell taps him on the shoulder and goes up his nose.
* FortuneTeller: Cassandra. She's a Gypsy all right, and a light bulb serves as her crystal ball.
* FourFingeredHands: Most characters, but a few have five-fingered hands. This is used to comedic effect in "The Pied Piper Power Play" when Chip has to use both hands to indicate the number five.
* FriendlyLocalChinatown: "To the Rescue, Part 2", and "Adventures in Squirrelsitting".
* FunetikAksent: Monterey Jack to a lesser extent in the official comics and to the extreme in FanFic.
* FurryFemaleMane: Most of the anthropomorphic female cast actually, including Gadget, Lahwhinie (naturally), Tammy, Bink, their mother, Cassandra (an insect), Queenie (another insect), Camembert Kate, Désirée D'Allure, and so forth. Foxglove and Ming-Ting are comparatively rare exceptions.
* FurryReminder: Anthropomorphic as the Rangers may be, the rodents among them can still occasionally be seen scampering on all fours.
** Fat Cat shows quite a number of typical feline behavioral traits in "To the Rescue" when he is still Chlordane's pet. However, we don't even see him on his four paws in any of the other episodes.
** Cassandra, the Gypsy moth in "Seer No Evil", flies around the light bulb that serves as her crystal ball much like a real moth would. And this happens in a show in which she replaces the bulb hanging down from the ceiling herself moments earlier.
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[[folder: Tropes G to L]]
* GadgeteerGenius: [[TropeNamer Gadget]] is not only a inter-disciplinary scientist, but also an inventress who builds stuff ranging from a TV to various submarines to a freaking ''spaceship'' [[ScavengerWorld mostly out of junk]].
* GangsterLand: Where Rat Capone pretends to live, complete with [[{{Joisey}} the appropriate accent]].
* GarnishingTheStory: The Pi-Rats don't really fit into the Rangers' era and setting, do they?
* {{GASP}}: Because you can't have Gadget do a WildTake.
* GayParee:
** "Le Purrfect Crime".
** The {{Flashback}} in "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing".
* GenieInABottle: "A Lad in a Lamp" has an oriental genie who tricks Monterey Jack into taking his place. For a change, this goes without intentionally backfiring wishes, but the Rangers have to free their friend and get the original genie back into the lamp. Worse yet, Fat Cat gets his greedy paws on the lamp with Monty inside.
* GeographicFlexibility: What the heck do a barrage ("A Creep in the Deep"), the Chrysler Building ("The Carpetsnaggers"), the World Trade Center ("Robocat"), the Bob Hope Airport ("To the Rescue"), the Los Angeles Town Hall ("To the Rescue"), and LAPD police uniforms do in one and the same city? This is probably what [[WordOfGod Tad Stones]] meant with a "West Coast city with an East Coast flair", only that the city can impossibly be located on the East Coast when the moon rises above the sea.
* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: Nimnul, although he may just be ''really'' good at breaking out of jail.
* GiantEnemyCrab: The lobsters in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" are indeed giants in comparison to mice.
* GiantSpider: And the tarantula baddie Lou is large if compared with the Rangers, too. Not that he's really scary, though.
* GirlOfTheWeek: Tammy and Foxglove are the most widely known examples. They only appear in one episode each ("Adventures in Squirrelsitting" and "Good Times, Bat Times" respectively), but they've got massive fan followings. Also Queenie, the queen bee from "Risky Beesness" and Zipper's major crush.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The sphinx demon in "Throw Mummy From the Train".
* GoGoEnslavement: In "A Case of Stage Blight", after the team is captured by Sewernose, he dresses them up like Wild West people, ties strings on them like marionettes, and puts on a dinner theater with them before choosing to eat them.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Happens to the spy at the end of "Double O'Chipmunk" when he realizes he's been defeated by a group of rodents.
* GogglesDoNothing:
** Most of the time, Gadget wears her goggles upon her head as a [[HairDecorations decoration]]. She even wears them with her nightgown in "Double 'O Chipmunk". A very few times, however, she does use them.
** Monterey Jack has his own goggles. He is even seen once wearing his usual Goggles Doing Nothing in their usual place and a second pair of goggles covering his eyes.
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: They actually even managed to do that with Lahwhinie, who otherwise looks like Gadget.
* AGoodNameForARockBand: Irweena and the Stingers. In fact, also Iron Goose.
%%* GoshDangItToHeck: Gadget.
* GPSEvidence: Subverted in "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!" in how Gadget finds where Seymour's hiding the monuments he's stealing. She takes a flyer from his travel agency, analyzes it chemically, and then tells the Rangers the exact address... which she read on the flyer.
* GrapplingHookPistol: Gadget's suction-cup crossbow. She even uses a suction-cup ''pistol'' in "To the Rescue".
* GRatedDrug and ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin: The episode "Mind Your Cheese and Q's" where Monterey Jack tries to give up his cheese addiction is a perfect example of both of these. Actually, Monty's cheese addiction in general counts.
* GratuitousNinja: Bubbles' {{Mooks}} in "The Case of the Cola Cult" just had to be {{Ninja}} mice so that Gadget had some worthy opponents to fight.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: Lots of instances. The most famous example would be Dale and Foxglove's first scene together in "Good Times, Bat Times".
* GreasySpoon: Ma's Diner in "Short Order Crooks" is a diner next to a bank from where two crooks try to dig into the bank's basement. However, it's also opposite a police station and frequented by a lot of people in uniform. The fact that Ma lets the likes of Spud and Fry work in her kitchen shows that she isn't too picky about that.
* GreatDetective: Chip. He wears an appropriate fedora, he even possesses a chipmunk-sized magnifying glass, he is the one on the team who would rather ''investigate'' on cases rather than jumping right into action, and his role model is the fictional detective [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Sureluck]] [[{{Expy}} Jones]].
* HairColorDissonance: Depending on the episode (and the animation studio) and sometimes within one and the same episode, Gadget's FurryFemaleMane is shown in different colors ranging from golden to straw blond to simply orange (yes, without a Coo-Coo Cola shower). Interestingly, the same applies to her {{Doppelganger}} from "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" within that one single episode.
* HairDecorations: Applies to almost all cute females in the show with the possible exception of Foxglove. Even Gadget's {{goggles| do nothing}} may count.
* HairMetal: Iron Goose from "Risky Beesness" take this to an extreme with their colorful manes. They're kind of Music/IronMaiden [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] Music/MotleyCrue.
* HairReboot: Queenie can do that within a second or so. Unless the plot requires otherwise.
* HairTodayGoneTomorrow: Sort of parodied ''and quoted'' by Winifred when she steals the police chief's wig with her [[FlyingBroomstick flying hoover]].
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: The male part of the cast and many incidental non-human characters. {{Lampshaded}} in "A Fly in the Ointment" when Gadget and Dale switch bodies and Gadget dons a small paper cup to cover her (that is, Dale's) lower half.
* {{Hammerspace}}:
** Chip and his magnifying glasses which he keeps inside his aviator jacket.
** Gadget and the glass cutter that's longer than herself in "A Creep in the Deep", and that she carries stashed away in her coveralls when she has to cut glass. Not that it leaves a dent or something.
** Gadget and the raft in "To The Rescue, Part 5".
** Gadget's head light in "Shell Shocked".
** One of the most baffling examples is Gadget, who, in "Double O Chipmunk", somehow produces a roll of "microfilm" (which, relative to a mouse, means it's the size of her whole torso) while in her infamous "sexy red dress" disguise.
* HandyRemoteControl:
** Nimnul frequently has one of those on himself.
** Gadget's remote control for the Gyrotank in "The Case of the Cola Cult".
* HeartSymbol:
** That one scene on the Headquarters platform in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting".
** At the end of "Risky Beesness", Queenie sends a few of her bees to make a double HeartSymbol for Zipper.
* {{Hellhound}}: [=MacDuff=]'s disguise, type Guardian.
* HeroesWantRedheads:
** Zipper is attracted to Queenie.
** [[InvertedTrope Tammy is attracted to Chip, and Foxglove (who is kind of red all over) is attracted to Dale.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Chip and Dale must have been spending an eternity together even before they became Rescue Rangers. (Though it has been hinted in comics before this series at that they're related, this is probably not canon to the show.)
* HollywoodAcid: In a nod towards the proven corrosiveness of drinks like Coca-Cola, "The Case of the Cola Cult" seems to imply that Coo-Coo Cola can dissolve ''anything'' except for its container within less than a minute if used in large enough quantities. The members of [[{{Cult}} the Cola Cult]] believe they've "fizzed away" their worldly possessions prior to starting a new life with the Cola Cult. Gadget proves them otherwise: It was a ruse set up by Bubbles to get their riches into his greedy fingers.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl:
** Monterey Jack and Gadget are the friendly variety of this.
** Shaka Baka is a lot taller than his girlfriend Lahwhinie.
* HulaAndLuaus: "Gadget Goes Hawaiian", only little hula, but a big luau scene and tourists and surfing and volcanoes. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that the episode takes place behind a hotel, and the volcano is fake, a deliberate tourist attraction.
* HumanityEnsues: When Harry the wolf is turned into a human and Nimnul almost pulls a WolfMan in "A Wolf in Cheap Clothing".
* HumanLadder: Although not done with humans but animals instead, this is the subject of merchandise such as the Electric Tiki statue. Of course, it also appears in the show on several occasions, for example, in "Fake Me to Your Leader" when the Rangers sans Zipper have to press an elevator button.
* HundredPercentAdorationRating: Queenie, albeit only for her own swarm.
* HypnoFool:
** Everyone exposed to the hypnosis device in "Parental Discretion Retired" believes they're chicken. It was originally targeted at sturgeons so that they lay eggs as often as chicken.
** Queenie's swarm in "Risky Beesness".
** The jungle animals and the Rangers (sans Dale) in "Chocolate Chips". Dale refers to them as [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombies]].
* HypocriticalHumor: On the episode "Chocolate Chips", Dale smells chocolate and goes into the same sort of cheese-attack trance that Monterey Jack does whenever he smells cheese. Monty pulls Dale back and has the nerve to comment that it's "...disgusting the way some people can't control themselves." It happens again when an alien transformed into a duplicate of Dale sees his favorite food... ...Urkburgles.
* IBrokeANail: Lahwhinie says she broke one when trying to operate the gas valve in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian". Mice have fingernails?
* IdenticalStranger: Gadget and Lahwhinie are physically absolutely identical, only dressed differently, having different facial expressions, and only the latter wears make-up. But they have (most likely) never met before "Gadget Goes Hawaiian". CanonFodder ensues.
%%* IdiotBall: Dale has held this a few times.
* IfMyCalculationsAreCorrect: Said by both Dale and Gadget in "The S.S. Drainpipe". Dale uses it as a {{catchphrase}} whereas Gadget's calculations ''are'' correct.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: The very reason why Foxglove ended up with Winifred.
* ImperialChina: Lives on in a valley in the Himalaya which has even got its own emperor ("Song of the Night 'n Dale").
* ImplausibleFencingPowers: In the showdown fight in "A Case of Stage Blight", Dale, a chipmunk, has to fence against Sewernose de Bergerac, an alligator several times his size with a weapon several times as large as his. Dale wins.
* ImprovisedLockpick: WrenchWench Gadget occasionally uses her tail as a lockpick.
* InkSuitActor:
** Deborah Walley more or less replays part of her role as Gidget from ''Gidget Goes Hawaiian'' as Lahwhinie's voice actress.
** Dev Ross stars as herself in a mini cameo as an aerobics trainer in "Battle of the Bulge".
* InsectoidAliens: Nimnul sells [[BigCreepyCrawlies gigantic pill bugs]] as just that in "Fake Me to Your Leader". Little does he know that the very same city is visited twice by actual aliens, none of whom are insectoid, by the way (Steggy is a dinosaur, and the Fleeblebroxians are shapeshifters).
* InsectQueen: Queenie is a cartoon queen bee of a happy hive in the episode "Risky Beesness", complete with a crown on her head. Her subjects are drawn away by the hypnotic music of Irwina Allen, an entomologist who would turn the worker bees into her personal mindless minions. Queenie rules her hive by consensus, fulfilling this trope, while Irwina is a usurper befitting the HiveQueen trope.
* InsistentTerminology:
** "Chipmunks!" whenever someone refers to Chip and Dale as squirrels.
** [[WickedWitch Winifred]] does ''NOT'' want to be called "Freddie".
* InstantAIJustAddWater: "Robocat". The titular robot even has different personalities according to what game cartridge is inserted. Yes, its AI runs on arcade game code. That said, it's a good advice to keep Tom away from water.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: So thinks Dale when DTZ turns into one.
* InstantIceJustAddCold: For example, Nimnul's weather machine works that way. It certainly doesn't carry enough water to produce that much ice.
* InterspeciesRomance: All over the place:
** Chip and Dale (chipmunks) are both attracted to Gadget (a mouse), who shows varying degrees of interest in them as well.
** Dale and Foxglove - A chipmunk and a bat.
** Zipper and Queenie - A housefly and a bee.
** Tammy hearts Chipper - A squirrel and a chipmunk.
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: At least when Winifred turns Dale into a frog in "Good Times, Bat Times".
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans: "When Mice Were Men" has the Rangers travel to Spain, or "[[TorosYFlamenco Tramplonia]]", to be more precise.
* ItsAlwaysSpring: Unless stated otherwise or deliberately manipulated by Norton Nimnul, for example in "Weather or Not".
* ItsPersonal: The reason why Monty joins Chip and Dale against Fat Cat is because the latter sunk his living-place.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Chip can be at times abrasive and domineering, but he is a devoted detective and cares deeply about his friends.
* JerkassGenie: The [[GenieInABottle genie]] in "A Lad In a Lamp" tricks Monterey into taking his place, thereby being able to leave the lamp. He doesn't even get to the point of lots of backfiring wish fulfillments.
* JustAStupidAccent: Applies to just about every foreign character in the show. Most prominently Monterey Jack.
* KentBrockmanNews: Stan Blather.
-->'''Stan:''' In a tragic development, the space plane is plunging directly toward the control tower. Wait a minute. ''I'm'' in the control tower! WAAAUGH!
* KingKongClimb: Performed by Kookoo in "Gorilla My Dreams".
* KitchenChase: An episode has a chase scene in a TV studio - they bump into a TV show chef, just as he is in the middle of explaing how much care today's dish requires.
* LadyInRed: Gadget in "Double 'O Dale" as part of her femme fatale costume, and one of the few times that she shows awareness of her own sexuality (though later she notes that it's all "part of the act").
* LampshadeHanging: Happens in "A Creep in the Deep". After Gadget pulls out a larger-than-herself glass cutter seemingly out of nowhere:
-->'''Monty:''' Do you always carry a glass cutter around with 'ya?\\
'''Gadget:''' No. Just when I want to cut glass.
* LandDownUnder: Monty (and his parents) come from Australia.
* LandOfDragons: Main location of "Song of the Night 'n Dale" and hinted at in the first few minutes of "Adventures in Squirrelsitting".
%%* LaResistance: Parodied with The Pound Underground in the pilot.
* LargeHam:
** Professor Nimnul.
** Fat Cat.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: (Ram-)Dale in "Le Purrfect Crime".
* LaughingMad: Professor Nimnul usually does this.
* LeeroyJenkins: Cheddarhead Charlie and often Monterey Jack.
* LethalChef: Dale mentioned in "Good Times, Bad Times" that Gadget's cooking tastes like motor oil.
* LimitedWardrobe: Actually makes sense if you think about how many chipmunk-sized shirts could be cut out of one human-sized one.
* LongLostRelative: Geegaw, whenever he is still alive, and Lahwhinie, whenever she is Gadget's sister, in FanFic.
* LoveAtFirstSight:
** Chip and Dale fall for Gadget pretty much at first sight.
** In "Good Times, Bat Times", Foxglove falls for Dale the moment she sees him fall.
** In "Adventures In Squirrelsitting", Tammy falls for Chip the moment she sees him.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Monterey Jack couldn't even see what the other Rangers were trying to tell him about Desiree being linked with the recent crime they were investigating because he was too smitten with her to see otherwise to the point where he temporarily quits the team.
* LoveTriangle:
** Chip/Gadget/Dale. Then again, there is also the LoveTriangle Tammy/Chip/Gadget, and to a lesser extent Foxglove/Dale/Gadget. Add Sparky, whom Gadget admires a bit too much, making both Chip and Dale jealous, and you've got a borderline LoveDodecahedron.
** Cassandra/Zipper/Queenie.
** Monty/Désirée/Errol.
* LuckyRabbitsFoot: Monterey Jack of has one among his many good luck charms. Bear in mind that he's a mouse, and the rabbit's foot is quite large in comparison to him. Chip comments that it couldn't have been very lucky for its previous owner...
* LukeNounverber:
** Gadget Hackwrench.
** The Clutchcoin family.
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* MadLove:
** Tammy, who falls head over heels for Chip to the point where she endangers the other Rangers, her sister, and herself.
** Monty when he reunites with Desiree, despite the fact that Desiree doesn't seem like she loved him in the first place.
* MadScientist:
** Professor Nimnul. He starts with his Nimnul Fruitquake, an earthquake triggered by a gigantic jelly mold that he created for his employer, the villain Aldrin Klordane. He then proceeds with proposals for alternative electricity sources, namely cat fur and a gigantic potato, one of which is rejected while the other one backfires. After that, he uses his inventions for his own criminal purposes.
** Irweena from "Risky Beesness". What do you do if you want to sing in a band, but you can't get one? You invent a bee mind control device and make an almost entire beehive your band.
* MagicMusic: What Irweena Allen uses on Queenie's bees in "Risky Beesness". Also, what Queenie sings to save her bees in the same episode.
* MagicPants:
** Zipper in "Fake Me to Your Leader".
** All the Rangers in "Puffed Rangers".
* {{Malaproper}}: Dale, to the extreme in FanFic. He even "resembles that remark" on screen.
* ManOfAThousandVoices:
** Creator/CoreyBurton, Creator/PeterCullen, Creator/RobPaulsen, and most of all, Creator/JimCummings.
** Creator/TressMacNeille. For starters, she voiced both Chip and Gadget.
* McNinja: Bubbles' team of henchmen in "The Case of the Cola Cult" are all ninjas for some inexplicable reason.
* MeaningfulName: Crime boss Aldrin Chlordane. Aldrin and chlordane are both types of pesticides, and he's in a show about rodent heroes.
* MessageBoard: The biggest and oldest one is [[http://www.theacorncafe.org the Acorn Cafe]]; it is here where the {{Big Name Fan}}s meet. The Chip 'n Dale (both classic and Rescue Rangers) fan portal [[http://www.chipndaleonline.com Chip 'n' Dale Online]] has its own large forum.
* MessageInABottle: All Hands tries to contact Captain Finn this way in "A Creep in the Deep".
* MidAirBobbing: If a character or a contraption can fly, it can hover in mid-air. (Exceptions: Cruiser and Bruiser, the Screaming Eagle.) If it does so, it almost always bobs up and down. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] mostly in the case of the Ranger Plane which is constantly propelled up and down by its wings and actually carried by a gas balloon. Not justified for the Ranger Wing which is held aloft by propellers and Zipper whose wings are too fast for bobbing.
** Among the few exceptions is the Bagpipe Express which should technically bob, too, as it is kept afloat by pumping air into a bagpipe with a bellows. Its battle opponent, Winifred's hoover, doesn't bob either, probably because it's magical. Foxglove the bat does bob, however.
* MidairRepair: Overdone by Gadget in "Bearing Up Baby" when she rebuilds the plumbing of an RV into a sort of rigid lanyard to rescue it after it falls from a cliff. Within seconds.
* MindControl:
** Heinrich von Sugarbottom uses trained mosquitos to drug jungle animals (and the Rangers except for Dale) into zombie-like slaves in "Chocolate Chips".
** Irweena Allen uses a portable electronic device that hypnotizes bees with sounds in "Risky Beesness". That said, technically speaking, what Queenie does when she sings to her hive isn't ''that'' much different.
** Fat Cat has a chicken-shaped hypnosis spiral in "Parental Discretion Retired" that he uses to make sturgeons lay eggs like chicken and then make a fortune with the caviar. It even works on Dale.
** Professor Nimnul has a tone generator with a high-pitched sound in "The Pied Piper Power Play" that lures mice (including Gadget and Monty) into a running wheel.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Foxglove for the first half of "Good Times, Bat Times".
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: How many, if not all, of the cases the Rangers go on begin this way,
* MissingMom: While Gadget's father Geegaw is mentioned and shown in a picture during the pilot, not a word is said about her mother, and she never appears during the series.
* MisplacedWildlife: The crocodile from ''Disney/PeterPan'' in New Zealand in "Kiwi's Big Adventure".
* MomentKiller: Dale in "Good Times, Bat Times" when Chip tries to express his feelings to Gadget. ''Twice'' -- early in the episode when the Rangers are sitting in the Ranger Wing at the DriveInTheater, and Dale pops a bubblegum bubble, and then near the end when the Rangers are back at the Headquarters, and Dale picks Chip up with his new hang glider.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Aside from [[BigBad Fat Cat]], [[MadScientist Professor Nimnul]], and [[StarterVillain Aldrin Chlordane]] who is limited to the FiveEpisodePilot, there are very few recurring villains. Two examples of the show's one-shot antagonists are eccentric egg collector Mr. Dumpty from "Three Men and a Booby" and a con man named Seymour from the episode "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale".
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Norton Nimnul experiments with everything from meteorology to rodent hypnosis, but always puts this knowledge to criminal ends.
* MoreDakka:
** The crank-operated, coffee-bean-shooting machine gun that Dale wields in "Le Purrfect Crime".
** The shoot-out between Winifred's flying hoover and the Bagpipe Express in "Good Times, Bat Times" once the 'munks go full auto.
* MouseWorld: Explored in the show, but used to a much higher extent in FanFic.
* TheMovie:
** Actually planned, but nixed after ''WesternAnimation/DuckTalesTheMovieTreasureOfTheLostLamp'' bombed. Although the story is believed to have been written, nothing is known about it among the fans.
** A half-live action, half-CGI movie was planned for some point in the second half of the [=2010s=]. Nothing much has come out of it yet, not even preliminary artwork.
* MsFanservice: Gadget in her red dress definitely qualifies for this.
* {{Mummy}}: Subverted in "Throw Mummy from the Train", Hiram is on the Rangers' side.
* MundaneFantastic: Apart from the rodent societies we have Gnomes, malevolent spirits and aliens on vacation. Yet, nobody (beside Dale) seems to make much fuss about them. Of course the humans are always oblivious to everything.
* MustHaveCaffeine: FanFiction frequently makes Gadget a caffeine addict.
* MyLittlePanzer: In "Puffed Rangers", firearms are shrunk and smuggled as action toy accessories while remaining in full working condition. Gadget manages to blast a large part out of the rear door of a van with a toy-sized bazooka.
* MyNaymeIs: Whatever you expect the name of Gadget's EvilTwin in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" to be spelled like, chances are good it's really spelled differently. The first officially established canonical spelling is Lahwhinie, by the way, but even this isn't accepted by everyone because it isn't even the only "official" spelling -- there are two more "official" spellings.
* MysteriousPast: Monty's always referring to his adventurous past - a few snippets of which do become relevant. A little of Gadget's background is gone into in the pilot. The other characters' pasts are basically blank (unless one regards the theatrical Chip & Dale shorts as BroadStrokes canon.)
* MythologyGag:
** In "To the Rescue", the detective and his dog are named Donald Drake and Plato, obviously a nod to WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale's old co-stars DonaldDuck and Pluto; also in that episode, the villain's thug mistakes Dale for his gun, reusing a gag from the 1950s short "The Lone Chipmunks".
** In another episode, the Rangers are going to a movie, and Dale hopes to see some cartoons before the main feature:
--->'''Dale:''' I hope they show the one with the [[DonaldDuck big dumb duck]]!
** Humphrey the Bear in "Bearing Up Baby".
** The friendly rivalry over between Chip and Dale over Gadget is also a nod to the old cartoon "Two Chips and a Miss", also known among Rangerphiles as Episode Zero, with Gadget replacing Clarice.
** Whenever Chip and Dale fight over something, their voices slip into the high-pitched, high-speed squeaky voices they had in their old shorts.
** One episode ("Out of Scale") shares a title with a [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts classic cartoon]], and borrows a few plot elements from it as well, such as a toy train set and the 'munks living in a toy house.
* NameAndName: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
* NamedWeapons: In "Le Purrfect Crime", when Dale is the CriminalAmnesiac [[Film/{{Rambo}} RamDale]], he calls his crank-operated coffee bean gun with the drum magazine on his back "The Decaffeinator". Both the gun and its naming are a ShoutOut to "[[GatlingGood Old Painless]]" from ''Film/{{Predator}}'' and to Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger's use of the self-same gun in ''Film/{{Terminator}} 2''.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Aldrin Chlordane. Named after toxic chemicals and often spelled with a K.
* TheNapoleon: [[spoiler:The baby]] from the episode "Dirty Rotten Diapers", someone Gadget was all too pleased to rough up at the end of the episode.
* NestedMouths: A scene from an obvious ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' parody which takes NestedMouths [[UpToEleven Up to Three]]. The alien in question has three mouths nested in one another, the last one is just big enough to pinch the Ripley look-alike's nose.
* NeverFoundTheBody: How Aldrin Chlordane could return, despite being officially pronounced dead by the police. Also allows Geegaw Hackwrench to return in quite a few {{FanFic}}s.
* NeverSayDie: Played so straight that some fans believe Geegaw Hackwrench is still alive because he couldn't be undoubtedly pronounced dead.
* NewOldFlame: Désirée D'Allure in "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing", sort of.
* NiceHat: Chip's fedora definitely qualifies.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Chip literally does this to Tammy's heart when he yells at her in "Adventures In Squirrelsitting" causing her and her sister Bink to try to retrieve the Maltese Mouse from Fat Cat by themselves.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Steggy once more; a super-intelligent, high-tech-equipped dinosaur from outer space meets [[TheyFightCrime crimefighting]] rodents, one of whom is an [[LandDownUnder Australian]] bush fighter.
* NobodyHereButUsStatues: Chip and Dale in "Song of the Night 'n Dale", Steggy in "Prehysterical Pet".
%%* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed
* NonMammalMammaries: Queenie has a pretty ample bust for a bee.
* NonDubbedGrunts: More than 95% of Zipper's dialogs in the German dub remained English.
* NonFatalExplosions: The blowing up of the kitchen door in "Zipper Come Home" is only one example.
* NoodleIncident:
** Monterey Jack and Gadget's father were once friends that broke up over something that happened in Zanzibar that involved cheesebread.
** It's never explained how Monterey Jack got those "cheese attacks" since it hasn't been implied that it's genetic (otherwise, the writers would have shown it on the two occasions where Monterey Jack's parents were shown).
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup:
** Nimnul's inventions.
** Gadget (partially) subverts this trope, by making blueprints for seemingly ''every''' invention, even if it was just an improvisation on the spot.
* NoRomanticResolution:
** The 'munks never really quit fawning over Gadget. Yet, the show ends with her being single, no matter which one is actually the chronologically last episode.
** In a series that puts the first part of its FiveEpisodePilot on number 41 and thereby into the second series, there is hardly anything resembling a chronological order, so "Good Times, Bat Times" (season 2, no. 46 of 65 in production order, no. 52 of 65 in airing order) may pretty well be the real last episode, and Dale and Foxglove may pretty well end the show as a loving couple. Since "Good Times, Bat Times" is not the last episode aired, this is left unclear.
* NowYouTellMe: Monty mentions to Gadget that her father used to mount skis on the Screaming Eagle when he had to land on ice ''after'' she landed on Glacier Bay's icy ground.
* ObfuscatingDisability: "Kiwi's Big Adventure" had Dale fake a broken toe to get out of doing work, and get spoiled by Gadget. Later in the episode Dale saved the day, breaking his toe for real, and got his comeuppance when he had to miss a party because of it.
* ObliviousToLove: Gadget Hackwrench; not exactly oblivious, more like not ready for the advances she receives yet.
* OctopoidAliens: The urfburgles from the episode "Dale Beside Himself" are small, have four or five tentacles and a single eye. They're TooDumbToLive, and both look and act like living jelly. The spacefaring aliens that come to Earth consume them alive and whole as a snack, though Ditz tends to make a meal of these junk food critters.
%%* OffLikeAShot
* OffModel:
** The episodes "Risky Beesness" and "Bearing Up Baby" definitely had moments of this. Not to mention "An Elephant Never Suspects" in its entirety.
** After Creator/{{TMS|Entertainment}} left the series, the animation became largely sub-par; it really went down the toilet when Creator/SunwooEntertainment came aboard.
* OhWaitThisIsMyGroceryList: Most notably, "Good Times, Bat Times" when Winifred pulls this out instead of the list of magical items she needs for her brew.
* {{Oireland}}: "The Last Leprechaun" takes place there, complete with the green-clad, mischievous leprechaun Darby Spree.
* {{Oktoberfest}}: Heinrich von Sugarbottom's choice of clothes.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Not only does Captain Nemo's pipe organ (complete with ribbon and "N" seal) appear in "A Creep in the Deep", it is even played in that episode. Twice even: once by All Hands, once while misused by the Rangers as a pump. The same music is used as {{BGM}} in other episodes.
* OneHeadTaller: Queenie to Zipper. YourSizeMayVary, though.
* TheOneWhoWearsShoes: Gadget's occasional disguises almost always include high-heels.
* OnlySixFaces:
** Rat Capone ("S.S. Drainpipe", "Mind Your Cheese and Q's") and Francis ("Double 'O Dale") look exactly the same except for the clothes. Some fans believe they're brothers.
** Ignatz Ratskiwatski from "Out of Scale" resembles a bald version of Aldrin Chlordane and one of his minions is identical to Chlordane's henchman Percy.
* OurBansheesAreLouder: The villain of "The Last Leprechaun" is a banshee who has enslaved all the leprechauns.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Nimnul in "A Wolf in Cheap Clothing", for he uses [[AppliedPhlebotinum the Metamorphosizer]] to exchange species with a wolf who then turns into a human.
* OverclockingAttack: Nimnul's generator in "Pied Piper Power Play".
* OverlordJr: Norton Nimnul's [[ChasteToons nephew]] Normie. He even looks like a much younger version of his uncle.
* PackedHero: One episode has Fat Cat using a canning machine as a DeathTrap for the Rescue Rangers, with every implication that the process would result in a bunch of finely-minced Rangers in a cat food can. Not only do the Rangers escape, but they also trick Fat Cat and his goons into throwing themselves into the machine: the end result is Fat Cat and his goons improbably stuffed into tiny cans, humiliated but apparently no worse for the wear.
* PandaingToTheAudience: Ming-Ting and Ting-A-Ling from "An Elephant Never Suspects".
* PantyShot: Technically speaking, Winifred from "Good Times, Bat Times" has plenty of these. But she isn't attractive to start with, nor are her undergarments.
* PaperThinDisguise: Gadget and Lahwhinie only exchange the goggles and the flower. Being {{Doppelganger}}s, such a minor change is really all that's needed to make them look like each other; the "paper thin" part is that they have very different voices and personalities.
* ParentalAbandonment: Gadget. She lost her father a good year before the pilot, and we never get to know anything about her mother who must have been missing for even longer.
* ParentalBonus: The many, ''many'' [[ShoutOut/ChipNDaleRescueRangers movie and literature references in the show]], some of which border on GeniusBonus.
%%* ParentService: The infamous red dress scene.
* ParodyNames:
** Jolly Roger (on the skull & bones flag)
** Billy the Squid (on Billy the Kid)
** Stan Blather (on the news anchorman Dan Rather)
** Joy Rider (on the astronaut Sally Ride)
** Sureluck Jones (on Literature/SherlockHolmes)
** Lord Howard, Lord Howie and Roger Baskerville (all on ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'')
** Iron Goose (probably on Music/IronMaiden)
** Irweena Allen (on Creator/IrwinAllen a.k.a. "Master of Disaster", maker of ''Film/TheSwarm'')
** Mr. Dumpty (on [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Humpty Dumpty]])
** Cruiser & Bruiser (on Creator/TomCruise of ''Film/TopGun'' fame)
** Detective Donald Drake (on WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck) and his dog Plato (on Pluto)
** Juice Lee (on Creator/BruceLee)
** Sewernose de Bergerac (on Literature/CyranoDeBergerac)
** Wexler (on the layout artist Ed Wexler)
** Nemo (on Captain Nemo of ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' whose submarine appears in this episode in its Creator/{{Disney}} appearance)
** Rat Capone (on Al Capone)
** Sugar Ray Lizard (on the boxer Sugar Ray Leonard)
** Arnold Mausenegger (on Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger)
** Ma Sweeney and her son Todd (on ''Literature/SweeneyTodd'')
** Maltese de Sade ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar on Marquis de Sade]])
** Mouseo (FanNickname of an otherwise nameless mouse who looks like [[Creator/TheMarxBrothers Harpo Marx]] dressed as [[Literature/AliceInWonderland the Mad Hatter]])
** Kookoo (on Koko, the gorilla who was trained to communicate with humans)
** The Red Badger of Courage (on ''Literature/TheRedBadgeOfCourage'')
** Genghis Khat (on Genghis Khan)
** Zsa Zsa Labrador (on Zsa Zsa Gabor)
** Wild Bill Hiccup (on Wild Bill Hickock)
* PassingTheTorch: In the FiveEpisodePilot "To the Rescue", we learn that Detective Donald Drake and his police dog Plato will soon retire. By helping them first become [[TheyFightCrime crime-fighters]] and then take down Aldrin Klordane, Plato passes the torch on to Chip and Dale who, however, will continue his legacy of crime-fighting without human assistance.
* PendulumOfDeath: "A Lad In His Lamp" had TheVillain's henchman Mole attain possession of a magic lamp, complete with obedient genie. When the Rangers attempt to confiscate the lamp, Fat Cat roars at Mole to "wish for something, you ninny!" The next instant shows the captured Rangers affixed beneath an oscillating blade, watching its slow descent. In a PetTheDog moment, Fat Cat declares, "Why, Mole, you surprise me."
* PerpetualMotionMachine: Gadget claims she once found a perpetual motion machine in the garbage can after a school science fair; of course, by then, it had stopped moving.
* PhraseCatcher: Canina [=LaFur's=] fans always tell her that they've admired her for years and years. [[OverlyLongGag And years...]]
* PimpedOutDress: The princess at the opera in "A Case of Stage Blight". Chip ''somehow'' finds one that fits him later on, and distracts the villain by singing a duet with him.
%%* PinocchioSyndrome: "Robocat".
* PirateBooty: There is one on the DesertedIsland in "Chipwrecked Shipmunks" that both the Pi-Rats and the Rangers want to retrieve. And in the eariler Pi-Rat episode "Piratsy Under the Sea", there is the one the Pi-Rats have had on their own ship for centuries that they go search for whenever they feel like nonetheless.
* APirate400YearsTooLate: The Pi-Rats are rodent "pirates" on a sailship like those who used to roam the Caribbean. However, ''CDRR'' takes place in the late [=20th=] century. That said, if Jolly Roger is to believe, at least some of the Pi-Rats are actually several centuries old.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: All the Pi-Rats ever do is find treasures -- that is, "find" the same treasure over and over again ("Piratsy Under the Sea") until they find an actual treasure in "Chipwrecked Shipmunks". They are not, however, involved in any actual piracy.
* PlotTechnology: Anything Norton Nimnul ever invents. Just about the only device to ever return is the Gigantico Gun.
* PoliceAreUseless: The reason why the Rangers have so much to do. The police usually show up when the Rangers have solved the case.
** Their best man, Detective Donald Drake, would not have been useless, hadn't his colleagues put him in jail for obviously false accusations.
** Sometimes subverted in fan fiction. ''Fanfic/OfMiceAndMayhem'' is a good example: While the Rangers are only so much as investigating in Nimnul's lab, the FBI shows up and arrests him right away.
* PosthumousCharacter: Gadget's father Geegaw Hackwrench. He doesn't appear anywhere outside a framed picture, we learn just enough about him to be CanonFodder, and he is [[NeverSayDie supposed to be but not officially pronounced dead]].
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: The dog pound in "To the Rescue, Part 4". Frenchie and K. Sera, the Pound Underground, even try (and eventually succeed) to break out by digging a tunnel.
%%* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PowerWalk: Almost, at the end of "To the Rescue". See the screengrab in this article.
* PreviouslyOn: The syndicated version of "To the Rescue".
%%* PrivateDetective: Sureluck Jones. And Chip.
* ProphecyTwist: "Seer No Evil" is about this. The Rangers visit an old friend of Monty's, the gypsy moth Cassandra, at a local fairground and ask her to predict the truth. Of course, nothing of what she says can be taken literally. The coat that Monty shall get is cotton candy. The dark-haired stranger she predicts for Gadget is a thievous chimpanzee. It gets even more complicated with Chip's lengthy prophecy that ends with his presumed death.
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: Chip and Dale when they meet Monty for the first time.
* PunnyName:
** Chip and Dale themselves are a pun on "chippendale". If that isn't obvious enough, see the scene in "Double 'O Chipmunk" after Dale has taken off his spy [[TuxedoAndMartini tuxedo]], [[ChippendalesDancers wearing nothing but a bowtie]].
** Chip is also one on "chipmunk".
** Gadget and Geegaw Hackwrench. That is, we don't know whether Geegaw was a GadgeteerGenius; his daughter surely is.
** News anchor Stan Blather is an {{Expy}} of both Dan Rather and Creator/WalterCronkite.
** Next, we have the astronauts Roger Houston, Buzz Airfields and Joy Rider, the latter being an {{Expy}} of the RealLife NASA astronaut Sally Ride.
** Sureluck Jones, PrivateDetective and protagonist of the eponymous novels, is a ShoutOut to Literature/SherlockHolmes.
** Cruiser and Bruiser are hawks who fly like they've watched ''Film/TopGun'' once too often. Cruiser in particular is a play on Creator/TomCruise.
** Aldrin Klordane, the main villain of the FiveEpisodePilot, is named after two chemicals.
** From the FiveEpisodePilot, the little furry dog K. Sera and the martial arts-savvy fish Juice Lee.
--->'''K. Sera:''' Sera!
** Evil travel agent Seymour's name can also be understood as "see more". He exploits this pun for advertising purposes.
** Even vessels get punny names in this show: the "Lucitetania".
** "When Mice Were Men" goes wild with its punny names: Monty's Spanish friend is named Don Quijole (pronouned "keyhole"), and their nemesis bull is named El Emenopio ([[IncrediblyLamePun from "L-M-N-O-P"]]).
** Sugar Ray Lizard is a play on Sugar Ray Leonard [[CaptainObvious and a]] [[SpeciesSurname lizard]]. And guess where the name [[TheAhnold Arnold Mousenegger]] comes from. Not to mention the comic character [[Literature/TheRedBadgeOfCourage Red Badger of Courage]].
** "Pie in the Sky" has [[Theatre/SweeneyTodd Ma Sweeney and her son Todd]].
** Not bad enough? Try Fat Cat's French cousin Maltese [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar de Sade]].
** "Puffed Rangers" has HongKong-based Hu Yu ("Who? You?") and Genghis Khat.
** The final episodes bring us Canina [=LaFur=], Zsa Zsa [[SpeciesSurname Labrador]] (who isn't even one) and Wild Bill Hiccup.
%%* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Fat Cat's cronies frequently act as one.
* {{Ranger}}: The Rescue Rangers don't carry that title for nothing. They might be small animals, but they will whoop your [[GoshDangItToHeck poop deck]] if need be.
* RapunzelHair: Gadget's hair goes down to her tush. Together with its [[EightiesHair poofyness]], it ''might'' be hazardous in an environment such as a workshop, seeing as Gadget never wears a hair net.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Played straight with Tom when Fat Cat switches his game cartridge about making friends to a violent war game, and changes his eye color from yellow to red.
* RedHerring: In the Cola Cult episode, it seems pretty obvious to the viewer that Pop Top's cult is a fraud, meant to fleece its members of their valuables. It does later turn out that the cult is a fraud--but not because of its leader, Pop Top, who ''did'' seriously believe the cult's message. The con artist is actually Bubbles, Pop Top's right-hand mouse, who figured out how to profit by the cult.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: CDRR is a good TV show example.
* ReplacedTheThemeTune: Downplayed example. Certain airings of the series used different variations of the main theme during the closing credits.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Sewernose de Bergerac, and the {{Mooks}} Wart and Sugar Ray Lizard, are reptiles.
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia:
** Queenie, the queen bee in "Risky Beesness", wears a crown.
** Zipper, when he is crowned king of a bug tribe in "Zipper Come Home", is decked out even beyond that: They have a housefly-sized ermine cape for him.
* ResetButton: At the end of "A Lad in a Lamp", the last wish that Monterey Jack as the genie has to fulfill is to revert everything to how it was at the beginning of the episode.
* RevengeSVP: The bull who wasn't invited to a festival.
* RightHandCat: What Fat Cat used to be for Aldrin Chlordane, at least from Chlordane's point of view.
* RoleCalled: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
* RoundRobin: Has become a tradition of sorts at [[MessageBoard the Acorn Cafe]], just without a pre-defined posting order.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: In the episode "Risky Beesness", Queenie is able to overpower Irweena's hypnosis over her swarm and help Zipper save the other Rangers in the process.
* RubberMan: When someone wears one of the meteorite fragments that appear in "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!", they turn into rubber. Seymour uses it for criminal purposes, and Dale uses it first for his personal pun and then in order to battle Seymour.
* RuleOfThree: The three tests in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" are only one example.
* RuleThirtyFour: Poor Gadget is the subject of a lot of [[{{Yiff}} such material]]: entire organizations within the fandom exist to oppose it. (Tammy and Foxglove, as well as the other Rangers, have their own fair share - but nowhere near the amount Gadget has.)
* RunawayBride: {{Gender Flip}}ped. Monterey Jack missed out on his wedding to Desiree D'Allure in "Love is a Many Splintered Thing" because he was "seduced by his first love" (a truck conveniently stuck in traffic carrying cheese), though considering that Desiree only used Monty to help out her gang of criminals, this may have been a good thing.
* RunningGag: Monty's cheese attacks (it would be OnceAnEpisode, but there are a lot of episodes that don't have Monty's cheese attacks), some of Gadget's quirks, Chip and Dale fighting over Gadget.
* RunningOnTheSpot: Especially (but not only) Chip and Dale do this a lot. Rather unusual and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] examples can be found during the casino chase in "To the Rescue", for example, when they jump onto a pile of cards, and while they try to run, they fling the cards underneath their paws behind themselves instead of propelling themselves forward. Or they try to escape while running on a spinning record player.
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[[folder: Tropes S to Z]]
* ScamReligion: Although the Coo-Coo Cola Cult wasn't founded as one, it ends up being used in this way.
* ScienceFair: There is one at "Normie's Science Project" for which Norton Nimnul's nephew Normie steals the Molecular Audio Empathizer that his uncle had just invented to attack the city. Gadget mentions she loves science fairs because she often finds interesting inventions in the junk.
* ScienceHero: Gadget. Scientist, GadgeteerGenius, probably the actual brain on the team, but she's also a Rescue Ranger, and as "The Case of the Cola Cult" demonstrates, she can just as well become an unstoppable [[OneManArmy One-Mouse Army]] if she has to.
* ScoobyStack: A little more [[JustifiedTrope justified]] than usual, since all the Rangers can go on all fours at need.
* TheScottishTrope:
** Many Rangerphiles refuse to say or write the name of [[WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}} a certain bobcat cop whose name shall not be mentioned]] because the premiere of his show meant the end of the Rangers in American free TV.
** In fact, sometimes they refuse to spell out Lah... Law... Lou... the name of Gadget's EvilTwin from "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" due to the unclear [[SpellMyNameWithAnS spelling]].
* ScrewDestiny: Chip's attitude towards Cassandra's prophecy in "Seer No Evil", no matter how much of it comes true.
* {{Seers}}: Cassandra from "Seer No Evil". She is a moth, and her crystal ball is whichever light bulb is nearby.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Dale vs. Su Lin in "Song of the Night 'n Dale".
* ShapeshifterBaggage: The Fleeblebroxians in "Dale Beside Himself" can shapeshift into anything, no matter how big or small. DTZ, for instance, transforms into both a dragon a dozen times as tall as Dale as well as into Dale.
* SheCleansUpNicely: To carry the role of the classic FemmeFatale in ''Double O Chipmunk,'' Gadget switches to a slinky red dress, a blond(er) wig, heels, makeup etc.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Referenced/used in the meeting scene in "To the Rescue, Part 3":
-->'''Monty:''' Gadget? Geegaw's little girl? Why the last time I saw you you were nigh high to a knee.\\
'''Gadget:''' Well, I've grown up some.\\
'''Chip/Dale:''' I'll say!/And how!
* ShipTease:
** Done on many occasions, both for Chip+Gadget and for Dale+Gadget, but also for potential 'ships involving one-shot characters.
** "Good Times, Bat Times" has quite intense Chip+Gadget and Dale+Foxglove ShipTease. The comics heavily hint at Dale+Foxglove being an OfficialCouple.
* ShoutOut: So many, the show is practically ReferenceOverdosed. Go [[ShoutOut/ChipNDaleRescueRangers here]] for specifics.
* ShowSomeLeg: Gadget's red dress is tailored that way. She used this in the episode to cause a thug who was controlling a tank with a neural interface helmet to lose control and allow them to escape the villains death trap.
* ShowWithinAShow: "Red Badger of Courage", "Flash the Wonder Dog", the "Dirk Suave" movie series, several comic book series.
* SignatureScent: There are two smells that make Monterey Jack go out of his mind. One is cheese. The other one is the perfume that his French ex-fiancée [[FemmeFatale Désirée D'Allure]] wears. It always reminds him of her, of the time they spent in [[GayParee Paris]], and of how sad he felt when a cheese attack drew him away from their wedding.
* SixthRanger: The original show didn't have a character joining for more than a single episode. In fanfic the two most common examples are Foxglove and Tammy. In any case, this is meant literally. There seems to be more FanFiction with Foxy as the Sixth Ranger than not.
* SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon: Although the numbers of episodes in each of the three seasons are not multiples of 13, the show still ended after exactly 65 episodes.
* SkewedPriorities: Surprisingly, the team was like this in the FiveEpisodePilot when they were only focused on getting the ruby, disregarding Fat Cat's plan to rob fishing boats and ending up foiling him by accident, why Klordane wanted a giant glacier, and even when the federal gold reserve was about to be robbed. Lampshaded when they admit to Plato they failed to get the ruby and he told them it wasn't as important as they thought. Of course it's justified both by following Plato's advice to get the ruby and escape and that they felt that the humans could handle the problem. The experience is what convinced them that there are things they are the only ones can handle.
* SlapSlapKiss: Monty's parents Cheddarhead Charlie and Camembert Kate fall under this.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: Tammy oh so very much. When Chip catches her after Fat Cat has thrown her out of the tree, she develops a ''mad'' crush on him. She tries her best to impress him, she sees Gadget as a rival, and she even goes after Fat Cat, taking her toddler sister Bink with her, just to prove to Chip she's at least as good as Gadget.
* SmoochOfVictory:
** At the beginning of "Dirty Rotten Diapers" Gadget gives one to Chip.
** At the end of "Adventures In Squirrelsitting", Tammy gives one to Chip. He's pretty [[ChickMagnet popular with the ladies]].
* SmugSuper: Dale as Rubber Bando. It's not until he's framed for stealing world monuments that he loses his smugness.
%%* TheSmurfettePrinciple
* TheSongRemainsTheSame: "You're the Best Bee for Me" by Irweena & the Stingers isn't translated into German [[WhatSongWasThisAgain whereas all other songs including the theme song are]].
* SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay: Whenever the Rangers travel through space.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Surprisingly, the first time the Rangers foil Fat Cat's plan was completely by accident; they were only after the ruby he was wearing and didn't even care about what he was up to.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: There are a few humans in the show having conversations with animals, that is, both speaking to them and understanding their talk. Winifred from "Good Times, Bat Times" is the most famous example. There are discussions occurring from time to time, though, whether these are special cases of humans who can understand AnimalTalk or whether all humans would understand it if animals actually talked to them because other situations in the show indicate the latter.
* SpeciesSurname: Mole, Rat Capone, Sugar Ray Lizard, Arnold Mousenegger, Conrad Cockatoo, Mr. Starfish. Now if Zsa Zsa Labrador were a Labrador Retriever...
* SpeechImpairedAnimal: Kookoo from "Gorilla My Dreams". Strangely, she is it even to other animals instead of being fluent in AnimalTalk.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: There are at least three variations on "Lahwhinie" which have been referred to as "official" the fandom, plus several dozen more spellings created (and still used) by fans. In fact, it took years for the legit spelling of her name to be determined, because it was only mentioned in the show's promotional materials.
** "Lahwhinie" is from the official Writer's Bible. It used to be the only "official" spelling known to the Rangerphiles until the subtitles appeared.
** As has been discovered only a few years ago, VHS subtitles spell her name "Louwhiney".
** The subtitles for the episode on the DVD spell her name "Lawhinie".
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: "When Mice Were Men" has El Emenopio, El Monty Grande, and at the end also El Dale Grande.
* SpoiledBrat: Buffy Ratskiwatski. Her being the daughter of a crime boss doesn't really make things any better.
* StalkerWithACrush: Foxglove the Bat for at least half of her episode, before Dale and her start to be on more even terms in regards to their feelings.
* StartOfDarkness: Winifred used to be a cleaning woman until she discovered books about witchcraft in the library.
* StationaryWings:
** Cruiser and Bruiser from "Three Men and a Booby". They're too cool to flap, in fact, they're so cool that it's the RuleOfCool that moves them forward.
** Subverted by Foxglove at the end of "Good Times, Bat Times". She takes a moment to stop flapping in order to fawn over Dale, only to fall.
* StealthPun: Zipper is a fly. This is never referenced in the series.
* SteamNeverDies: Chlordane's train is pulled by a steam locomotive. In TheEighties. Through subway tunnels, no less. It's possible it was simply what he had available at the time.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Gadget is a GadgeteerGenius. Sparky is a walking, talking capacitor, he gives you XRaySparks when you shake hands without proper insulation. Also, his hands have different polarities, and he can create sparks between his index fingers.
* StockDinosaurs: Guess where Steggy got his name from.
* StockEpilepticTrees: At least CDRR and Disney/TheRescuers share the same universe.
* StoutStrength: Monterey Jack. Overweight: Check. Gadget even tries to get him to lose some weight. Strength: Check. He's easily the strongest Ranger.
* StrongFamilyResemblance:
** Monty and his father Cheddarhead Charlie.
** Normie and his uncle Norton Nimnul.
* SuperheroesWearCapes: Flash the Wonder Dog and the Red Badger of Courage.
* SuperpowersForADay: Dale becomes the superhero "Rubber Bando" in "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!" Sadly, his source of super powers is smashed before the episode ends.
* SuperSpeed: The Ranger Plane in "Dale Beside Himself", thanks to DTZ.
* SuperStrength: Gadget (as seen in "To the Rescue, Part 5"), Monty, and Zipper. Also, a side effect of wearing one of the red meteorite crystals from "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!"
* SupervillainLair: Aldrin Chlordane's refit of the cave in "To the Rescue, Part 5", which is also an ElaborateUndergroundBase, and to a lesser extent Norton Nimnul's lair in "Catteries Not Included", "The Pied Piper Power Play" and "Normie's Science Project".
* SupremeChef: Monterey Jack.
* SurferDude: Shaka Baka from "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" is, like, way too Californian for Hawaii.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Fat Cat and Francis's henchmen are often TooDumbToLive, which they complain loudly about on several occasions.
* SwordFight: "A Case of Stage Blight" has several unusual variations of this.
* SynchronizedSwarming: "Risky Beesness" has a swarm of bees who not only form flying hearts on behalf of the queen, but also steal musical instruments while hypnotized by a thief playing a mind-controlling tune.
* TakeAThirdOption: Lawhinie's solution to the three deadly challenges is to [[DungeonBypass not do them]], and tricked Gadget to take her place; when the village chief finds out, he considers Lahwhinie's solution and her attempt at LoopholeAbuse as [[NoFairCheating cheating]].
* TalkLikeAPirate: The Pi-Rats, especially Jolly Roger who even refers to the Rangers as "me hearties" in "Chipwrecked Shipmunks".
* TankGoodness:
** The Gyrotank in "The Case of the Cola Cult" and the easter-basket-turned-tank in "Three Men and a Booby", though they are more along the lines of an APC.
** Buffy's toy tank driven by Dale in "Out of Scale" and the raygun tank prototype in "Double 'O Dale" are tanks all right. Also, tanks are used to try and fight Nimnul's giant bugs mistaken as aliens in "Fake Me to Your Leader".
* TeamChef: Monty. If something has to be cooked or baked, he does it. If not, he does it anyway. Downside: Unless it's bakery, his recipes are always cheese-based. And he tends to bake so many walnut walleroos that you can't help but wonder just how big an oven Gadget has installed at Rescue Rangers Headquarters.
* TeamSwitzerland: The so-called Neutrals (as opposed to [[ShipToShipCombat Pros and Antis]]).
* TechnoBabble: Gadget's ramblings do not always make sense.
* TelephoneTeleport: In the episode "A Fly in the Ointment" Dr. Nimnul invents a "modemizer" helmet that allows him to travel through telephone lines so he can escape after committing burglaries.
* TempleOfDoom: Where Heinrich von Sugarbottom has his secret base in "Chocolate Chips".
* TenMinuteRetirement: Monty in "To the Rescue, part 4" and "Love Is A Many Splintered Thing", Gadget in "Case of the Cola Cult", Zipper in "Zipper Come Home", Dale in "To the Rescue, part 2" and "Le Purrfect Crime". The only one to never quit is Chip. He doesn't even stay at home for his own safety when he's told to.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Okay, let's see.
** A few ladies first:
*** Gadget: Only Ranger with eyelashes. FurryFemaleMane. Very light fur. Hourglass figure with what has to be boobs. Her coveralls are lavender instead of the regular blue. If she has to dress up for an occasion, or if she goes to the beach, she wears a FlowerInHerHair. When it's hot outside, she [[BareYourMidriff bares her midriff]] in combination with pink shorts. Not to mention the infamous [[{{Fanservice}} red dress]].
*** Lahwhinie: Physical attributes see Gadget. Plus a sarong, eyeshade, and the FlowerInHerHair is standard.
*** Tammy: Eyelashes, [[HairDecorations pink ribbon in her hair with a little bow]], [[PinkGirlBlueBoy pink shirt]].
*** Bink: She's a toddler, so eyelashes and a dress will have to do.
*** Foxglove: Only small mammal in the show that doesn't wear anything. But her fur is kind of two-tone pink. Also, that tuft of hair between her ears that stands in for a FurryFemaleMane. Plus eyelashes.
*** Désirée D'Allure: Hourglass figure, though not as much as Gadget and Lahwhinie. FurryFemaleMane, just only half as long as Gadget's. Eyeshade. Lipstick. Magenta turtleneck with a visible pair of breasts underneath. Slitted skirt. [[SmellsSexy Perfume]].
** And now some of the gents.
*** Incomplete list of [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals]]: Chip, Dale, Monterey Jack, Zipper (in other words, all Rangers except Gadget), Geegaw, Cheddarhead Charlie, Fat Cat and his {{Mooks}}.
*** Fat Cat not only wears his whiskers as a [[BeardOfEvil mustache]], he also sports a [[FurryBaldness combover]]. Unless he is with Klordane, he wears a suit and tie (sans bottoms) in rather dark colors.
*** Chip: ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' outfit, that is, dark brown aviator jacket plus fedora. No hair other than his fur.
*** Dale: Red and yellow Hawaiian shirt. He is also in possession of multiple suits (sans bottoms) with bowties.
*** Monterey Jack: LanternJawOfJustice. Half of his fur is much darker than Gadget's. Dark green turtleneck. Kind of a BadassLongcoat. Also, his BadassMustache. His hair is usually well-groomed, only that you can't see it under his aviator cap which he wears pretty much always.
* {{Thememobile}}: The famous Ranger Plane, maybe also the Ranger Mobile and the Ranger Wing to a much lesser extent.
* ThemeNaming: Monterey Jack's parents are named Cheddarhead Charlie and Camembert Kate.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: The ''many'' death traps Gadget set up in the old bomber where she lived before the Rescue Rangers. {{Subverted}} by the other Rangers-to-be in that they trigger them all and survive.
* TheresNoBInMovie: Just about every movie Dale watches on TV.
* TheyCalledMeMad: Nimnul, so very, ''very'' much, mostly whenever the city has rejected yet another one of his electricity-generating inventions.
* TheyFightCrime: It seems like the Rangers are even better at this than [[PoliceAreUseless the police]].
* ThingOMatic: Clyde Cosgrove's Meal-O-Matic from "The Luck Stops Here".
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Rat Capone's henchmen Arnold Mousenegger and Sugay Ray Lizard.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Most of the time, the police are represented by the same two officers, Kirby and Muldoon.
* ThreeWishes: "A Lad in a Lamp" comes with just about all [[GenieInABottle genie]] clichés including the three wishes rule.
%%* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur
* TooDumbToFool: In "One-Upsman-Chip" Dale tries to convince Fat Cat's henchmen to let him go because he has psychic powers by having them think of a number between 1 and 3 and guessing that they are thinking of the number 2. Most of the henchmen are amazed that he was right. However, he somehow wasn't even close to Mepps the cat's number, so he doesn't get released.
* TookALevelInBadass: The Rangers can still do that. It usually occurs when one of them has to go against the bad guys on their own.
** Having watched too many late late night movies, Dale spends half of "Last Train to Cashville" sleepy or actually asleep, thereby causing the other Rangers to be captured by Fat Cat. Upon realizing this, he decides to go against the rotund feline and his goons alone.
** The best example has to be Gadget in "The Case of the Cola Cult". When the Rangers are imprisoned by the Cola Cult, and Gadget learns that Bubbles has sabotaged her inventions, the cutest, kindest mouse you may think of breaks free, returns to Rescue Rangers Headquarters, not only fixes the Gyromobile, but hardens it to a freaking ''[[TankGoodness tank]]'', gathers some additional weaponry, and then she raids the Cola Cult hideout and takes on Bubbles' ninja army and lastly Bubbles himself alone.
%%* TookALevelInDumbass: Dale in several episodes.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Chip in several episodes. Oftentimes, he's just simply bossy. "Pie in the Sky" takes the cake when he rejects Midge's request to take her to Capistrano because that "case" would be certainly too small, making Midge and the other four Rangers cry in the process.
* TopHeavyGuy: The animators seemed to love this trope.
* TorosYFlamenco: "When Mice Were Men" is built around this.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: "chEEee''EE''ee'''EE'''ee'''''EESE'''''!"
* TrapDoor: There's one in the secret passage of the Baskerville mansion in "Pound of the Baskervilles". Fat Cat also has one in his office.
* TreasureMap: Used in both Pi-Rats episodes. In "Chipwrecked Shipmunks", they've got an actual treasure stashed away on an island. In "Piratsy Under the Seas", however, it is revealed that they've been hunting the same treasure on their stuck ship for hundreds of years, using the same map over and over again since the treasure has always been in the same place.
* TriangRelations:
** Chip, Dale and Gadget - Type 3, 7, 8 or 9, with Gadget as 'a' or 4 with Gadget as 'b', depending on the interpretation.
** Chip, Tammy and Gadget - Type 4 or 5, with Tammy as 'a', Chip as 'b' and Gadget as 'c', again depending on the interpretation
* TrojanHorse:
** Easter basket with an integrated tank in "Three Men and a Booby".
** The pineapple in "Battle of the Bulge".
* TropeyComeHome: Played not so very straight in "Zipper Come Home". Zipper doesn't really want to return to the Rangers after he has been made king of a bug tribe.
* TruckDriversGearChange: The theme song does this twice. The full-length version additionally changes gears once per chorus.
%%* TrueCompanions
* TunnelKing: Ming-Ting and Ting-a-Ling, the pandas from "An Elephant Never Suspects" with their dragon-shaped tunnel digging machine. The moles from A Lean on the Property also count.
* TuxedoAndMartini: Double-O Dale - sans Martini, of course, but his role model Dirk Suave and the gimmicks built into his tux make up for this.
* UngratefulBastard: Nimnul in "Fly in the Ointment". Once he get his body back, he decides to kill all the Rangers even though they helped him all the time.
* UnhandThemVillain: Fat Cat does it to Tammy and Bink in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting".
* TheUnintelligible: The Rangers may understand what Zipper says, but the audience doesn't.
* UnnamedParent: Tammy and Bink's mother in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting" doesn't have any name in the show.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: A lot of the cats, dogs, mice, chipmunks, birds, etc. wear clothes, but none of the humans seem to notice.
* UnwillingSuspension: Happens to Dale and Foxglove in "Good Times, Bat Times" and again to Dale in "Gorilla My Dreams".
* VagueAge: The protagonists themselves, particularly Gadget. The closest we get to age verification is that Monty is the oldest.
* {{Vaporwear}}:
** Tammy's mom as revealed by hardly more than one frame in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting". And even Gadget while lying upside-down in a skimpy dress in "Double 'O Chipmunk". Yes, they're both covered in fur, and the next scene with Gadget in that dress in that episode has her suddenly wear her coveralls under the dress, but still.
** Lahwhiney's Hawaiian skirt, although this is unproven.
* VerbalTic: When Chip and Dale get angry and start fighting, their voices get higher and faster.
* VillainSong:
** Fat Cat gets two out of the show's five songs, namely "The Best of Everything" in "[[FiveEpisodePilot To the Rescue]]" and "The Fat Cat Stomp" in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting"; ironically, the Rangers gave him the latter.
** There is also Irweena Allen from "Risky Beesness" who had her own song, namely "You're the Best Bee for Me".
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Su Lin. She wants to take over her peaceful Asian homeland from her bother, Emperor Dim Sun, to turn it into a tourist trap. And she has already got glossy advertising material.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Fleeblebroxian aliens can shapeshift into whatever they want to whenever they want to. They use this ability as camouflage for their holiday on Earth.
* TheVonTropeFamily: Heinrich von Sugarbottom from "Chocolate Chips". His English last name doesn't really fit his otherwise {{Oktoberfest}} theme.
* WalkingTheEarth:
** Although the Rangers live in a CityOfAdventure, their cases have taken them all over the world, and even outer space (in "Out to Launch").
** Pre-Rangers Monterey Jack and his parents, Cheddarhead Charlie and Camembert Kate.
* WalkThePlank: The Pi-Rats make the Rangers walk a human saber in lieu of a plank in "Piratsy Under the Seas".
* WeatherControlMachine: Nimnul has one in "Weather or Not".
* WeHelpTheHelpless: The team's motto being "No case too big, no case too small".
* WeWorkWellTogether: After stopping Clawdane, Monty, Zipper, and Gadget were about to go back to their normal lives, much to Chip and Dale's disappointment. When a little girl was heard saying her puppy was missing, they decided to stay to help and became a permanent team.
* WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon: The Jamaican fruit bats from "Battle of the Bulge".
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo: Toggle the hover mode on the Ranger Wing ("Song of the Night 'n Dale").
* WholePlotReference: "A Fly in the Ointment" is one big reference to the then-recently remade movie ''Film/TheFly1986''.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes:
** In the case of Monty, it's cats instead of snakes. Fat Cat and his feline crony Mepps don't seem to bother him too much, though.
** Flash the Wonder Dog has a fear of heights in which he needed a stunt dog.
* WickedWitch: Why, Winifred from "Good Times, Bat Times" of course. Originally a cleaning woman, she spent more time at the library reading books about witchcraft than cleaning. She decided that she can do that witchcraft, too. She got herself three stereotypical familiars, the python Bud, the tarantula Lou (Creator/AbbottAndCostello as animals, essentially) and the bat Foxglove, and she began to work on some brew that shall give her unsurpassed magical powers.
* WigDressAccent: Used in several episodes. Not always with an accent, though. Dale is particulary famous for this.
* WildTake: Even villains do them, see Bubbles at the end of "Case of the Cola Cult" when Gadget causes him to fall into the dreaded fizz bucket.
%%* {{Wishplosion}}: "A Lad in a Lamp".
* WorldOfPun:
** Many of the episode titles and a couple of lines.
** The most important character names in "When Mice Were Men", Don Quijole (pun on "key hole") and El Emenopio ("LMNOP").
* WrenchWench:
** Gadget. The only Ranger-made contraption in the show that isn't her work is Chip's fishing rod. Everything else was invented and built by her.
** Su Lin uses advanced mechanical gadgetry in "Song of the Night 'n Dale" to convince her brother, Emperor Dim Sun, of being insane.
** Ming-Ting from "An Elephant Never Suspects". She and her brother Ting-a-Ling have built the peanut-fueled Dragon Digger to dig their way back from the local zoo to their old home China.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: Dale puts his alien clone in a Boston Crab.
%%* WunzaPlot
* XRaySparks: Has happened to all the Rangers at least once. One of the main causes is the lab rat and living capacitor Sparky in "Does Pavlov Ring a Bell?" whose hand you'd better not shake without rubber gloves. Gadget falls victim to this when she accidentally shocks herself with the electromagnet she built to take down Nimnul's [[FlyingCarpet flying carpets]] in "The Carpetsnaggers".
%%* YodelLand: Where Heinrich von Sugarbottom comes from.
* YouCantFightFate: "Seer No Evil". Chip thinks Cassandra's prophecies about the Rangers are non-sense, especially the one that ends with his death, and that causes the other Rangers to urge him to stay at home safely while they go on their newest case without him. Of course, he goes after them -- just to discover that ''everything'' Cassandra has predicted somehow comes true.
* YouDirtyRat: Rat Capone, Snout, Francis and his henchrats on the one side, pretty much all mice on the other side. The sole exception would be Sparky the lab rat.
%%* YoureJustJealous: Dale to Chip so many, many times.
* YourSizeMayVary:
** The best--but certainly not sole--example would be Queenie from "Risky Beesness". She is meant to be [[https://web.archive.org/web/20140910171738/http://cdrr.kalaydina.ru/trivia/img/b_09-QueenySize1_small.jpg about twice as tall as Zipper]], but she is depicted so inconsistently that she seems to have temporarily grown [[https://web.archive.org/web/20150428004931/http://cdrr.kalaydina.ru/trivia/img/b_09-QueenySize3_big.jpg taller than Gadget]] in a scene near the end of the episode.
** "Bearing Up Baby". The size dissonance is so extreme that [[https://web.archive.org/web/20140910173659/http://cdrr.kalaydina.ru/trivia/img/b_10-MontyBaby_big.jpg Monty is about three quarters as tall as Jeremy]]. [[https://web.archive.org/web/20140910233357/http://cdrr.kalaydina.ru/trivia/img/b_10-MontyBaby_small.jpg This]] would be more realistic.
** Winifred's list in "Good Times, Bat Times" which varies from handy size for rodents to way larger than Foxglove. This is particularly obvious because Foxy gets to hold the same list in several different sizes.
** The astronaut training equipment in "Out to Launch" is surprisingly tailored for rodents, even though it was meant for humans.
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