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* MarySue: Madeline herself, especially in the early specials. Though she later pulled through, especially in the live-action film.
* ToyShip: Madeline and Pepito.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Pepito's a ''boy?!?''

[[folder: Literature]]
* {{Narm}}: "Lord Cucuface, beware! Genevive, noblest dog in all of France, you shall have your [[PainfulRhyme ven-ge-ance]]!" For the record, that line did not appear in the TV special. The movie did include the second sentence, albeit with a normal pronunciation of "vengeance."

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* AdaptationDisplacement: There was a 1950's short, too. It's vaguely remembered, though it was put on the DVD release of the 1998 film.
** In the books and early specials, Madeline's parents are known to be alive, and even appeared in the Christmas special. The live-action film, in which she's an orphan, caused [=DiC=] to retcon her into an orphan, much to the confusion of many. Although to be fair, only in ''Lost in Paris'' was she vividly portrayed as an orphan not unlike the live-action film, while the animated series after the movie does little to nothing about referencing that.
* AdultFear: In "Madeline: Lost in Paris", there's practically a ''musical number'' about it ("Something's not right") when Ms. Clavel and the other girls find out Madeline and her "Uncle Horace" didn't take the train to Vienna. And it's no wonder: essentially, she entrusted the care of one of her surrogate daughters to a man she thought was her family.
* AllAnimationIsDisney: [=DiC=] was with Disney at the time the series and ''Lost in Paris'' was created, which made many people believe that the ''Madeline'' TV series and first DirectToVideo movie were from Disney (It doesn't help that ''Lost in Paris'', at least the original 1999 release before it was rereleased on DVD by Shout! Factory, opens with the text "Disney Presents")
* AwesomeMusic: ''Long Live The King Of Chocolate''. It isn't Aesop-y like most of the songs and is ''very'' catchy.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: ''My Fair Madeline'' isn't very well-liked among fans due to the main character getting put through the wringer for almost no reason whatsoever and the conflict relying on YouHaveToBelieveMe and the AdultsAreUseless tropes as very tiring. This movie is also blamed for possibly [[FranchiseKiller killing the franchise]].
* EarWorm: [[IAmSong "I'm Madeline"]], "A Bad, Bad Hat", "Two Straight Lines", "Something is Not Right", "Have You Seen Our Dog?", "Home Is Where The Heart Is", and every other song.
** "Slovakio, Slovaki-ay, we're on a gyspy carvan!"
** "Trick or Treat! Trick or Treat! Going door to door..."
** "Long live the king of chocolate, mighty is he..."
* FridgeHorror: The last act of "My Fair Madeline" up until [[spoiler:Emma tells the King of England the truth about Madeline's role in the heist]] is full of this in regards to Miss Cleval, Lord Cucuface, and potentially France in general. [[spoiler:As far as the King knew, this French nun who ran a boarding house and the politician who bankrolls her knowingly brought a thief into his country with the backing of the French government, and said thief very nearly steals the Crown Jewels after being caught trespassing in the palace and "assaulting" one of the royal guards. At best, if Emma had not confessed, then the King could have demanded Miss Clavel and potentially the French government as a whole to pay steep reparations for Madeline's "crime". At worse, he could have considered it an ''act of war''.]]
* HarsherInHindsight: Lost in Paris, a story about Madeline being forced to work in a sweatshop, becomes this after the 2007 abduction and [[NeverFoundTheBody possible murder]] of Madeleine [=McCann=].
* HilariousInHindsight: Creator/{{CINAR}} came up with the initial ideas for the specials and partnered with [=DiC=] to execute it. Then Cinar went their way when the partnership ended while [=DiC=] went on to make the the TV series and two specials. Almost two decades later, CINAR became Creator/CookieJar and subsequently bought [=DiC=], and then merged.
* {{Moe}}: Moreso with the animated series than anything else.
* NightmareFuel: According to a number of complaints filed by parents at the time the special was released, ''Lost in Paris'' was full of this to their children. It doesn't help that the movie features [[AdultFear Madeline being lured from the old house to a sweatshop where she is forced to do labor]].
* NoExportForYou: The specials. They have never been broadcasted in a few countries worldwide compared with the rest of the series, and even in terms of DVD releases they have only been available as digital downloads on US-only online stores. Or, at least, that used to be true. As of 2015, they are all on DVD now.
** ''Madeline in Tahiti'' is available to buy on iTunes and Amazon and it can be watched on YouTube but it is not available in every country. It doesn't help that there isn't really much known about the movie.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: In the animated series Chloe, Nicole, and Danielle get more focus and dialogue than any of the other girls aside from Madeline herself.
* TheWoobie: All the orphan girls in ''Lost in Paris''. ''Especially'' Fifi.
** Madeline in ''My Fair Madeline.'' She becomes a ButtMonkey and goes through a lot of bad experiences just to prove that a pair of thieves were going to steal a painting and the crown's jewels.
* WTHCastingAgency: ''My Fair Madeline'' had Creator/WhoopiGoldberg (yes, [[Film/TheColorPurple THAT]] [[Film/JumpinJackFlash Whoopi]] [[Film/SisterAct Goldberg]]) [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0340228/ as Miss Clavel]].