For tropes regarding the sequel, please see ''YMMV/TheRescuersDownUnder''.

!!The film contain examples of:
* AdaptationDisplacement: You can imagine how many people have even heard of the original books. In fact, there are a good 12 within the series. The final book, ''Bernard Into Battle,'' was made not too long after the first movie.
* {{Base Breaking Character}}s:
** You either feel sorry for Penny or you get annoyed at Penny for not realizing she's in danger most if not all of the time.
** You either can't stand Madame Medusa for [[ChewingTheScenery chewing way too much of the scenery]] or you cherish how much of a memorable villain Madame Medusa is.
* EarWorm:
** "R-E-S, C-U-E, Rescue Aid Society..."
** The cut song ''Peopleitis''. [[note]]The original demo from Louis Prima.[[/note]] "Peopleitis, peopleitis, why the things that people do..."
* FanPreferredCouple: Even though they never meet in either movie, Penny and Cody are a popular couple in fanart and fanfics.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: According to famed Disney animators Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston in their book "Disney Animation and the Illusion of Life", when ''The Rescuers'' was released in Germany, it became the highest grossing picture of all time in that country.
** It is also much beloved in France, thanks to the [[SuperlativeDubbing/FrenchDubs top notch vocal performances]] of Roger Carel (Bernard) and Perrette Pradier (Madame Medusa). There was even a 25th anniversary reunion featurette on the 2002 DVD in France.
* HilariousInHindsight: The film used "I like trains!" years before WebAnimation/ASDFMovie.
%%* {{Moe}}: Penny.
* MoralEventHorizon: Medusa goes from kidnapping an orphan girl named Penny so as to use her to find a diamond in a cave beneath a well to encouraging Snoops to be harsher when Penny doesn't find it to personally making Penny look for the diamond in the cave even though this actually puts Penny's life in danger. Then when Penny gets the diamond and Medusa takes it, Medusa holds Snoops AND Penny at gunpoint to deter them from taking it.
* OlderThanTheyThink: The companion PDF file for ''[[CutSong The Lost Chords]]'' reveals that the movie had been in production since 1962, placing this as the last movie released that was in production during Creator/WaltDisney's lifetime.
* ToyShip: Although they've never officially met, Penny and Cody are a popular couple.
* ValuesDissonance: The film has some mild examples, mostly to do with today's stricter ratings standards. It can be startling to see a HalfDressedCartoonAnimal knocking back moonshine, to say nothing of the villain's carefree attitude toward gun safety. There's also the little issue that, while all of the other mice in the Rescue Aid Society represent individual countries, the only one from Africa we see is just... Africa.
* ViewerSpeciesConfusion / InformedSpecies: Brutus and Nero are called crocodiles by Miss Bianca (and they do have narrow snouts and interlocking teeth like crocodiles, rather than broad ones and overbites like alligators), but viewers often refer to them as alligators. Although [[ the concept art]] ''does'' call them alligators, and an earlier design even gave them overlapping jaws and broad snouts appropriate for a gator. Even the ThisVeryWiki is inconsistent on the matter of what they're supposed to be.
** Seeing as the animators started studying and sketching alligators rather than crocodiles, and that the setting of Devil's Bayou is meant to be in Louisiana, where alligators are found but not crocodiles, it is safe to say that they are supposed to be gators. The crocodile-like features are probably the result of later tweaks to the designs as pre-production went on.
* WinBackTheCrowd: After several years of several films of varying quality that suffered from not having Walt Disney at the helm owing to his death, ''The Rescuers'' was at the time a badly-needed success for The Walt Disney Company and considered one of its better outings of that era which made it an important step toward ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' and the Disney Renaissance; Disney was clearly aware of this due to having the sequel be the second film of the Renaissance and the first film using the CAPS system (though it failed at the box office, the animation pioneering it did bring was crucial to the success of ''Beauty And The Beast'', the third film of the Renaissance).
%%* TheWoobie: [[HeartwarmingOrphan Penny]].

!!The books contain examples of: