The Rescue Rangers
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille
- All Work vs. All Play: All Work to Dale's All Play.
- Amateur Sleuth: A big fan of the 'Sheerluck Jones' method, and usually the one to notice and interpret clues.
- Badass Adorable: Chip does some pretty fearless things.
- Cartoony Tail: He has short tails that end in a point, sort of like deer tails.
- Control Freak: He's not really comfortable unless they have a plan, and he's not totally comfortable until he's the one giving directions.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's usually the one to comment when something particularly ludicrous happens.
- Detective Animal: A crime-solving chipmunk.
- Fedora of Asskicking: In as much asskicking as a series like this would allow.
- Great Detective: Played with: it's his aspiration to be one.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Dale.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's usually the one with the bad attitude (in his cute little way). Sometimes he learns better, and sometimes he is the only sane chipmunk.
- The Leader: Fairly subtly, since he passes the job to other characters whenever they'd do it better.
- Nice Hat: He wears a Fedora hat.
- Not So Above It All: Has his moments.
- Only Sane Man: With the possible exception of Zipper, he's the only team member who can stay focused.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Dale's red.
- The Straight Man: As the responsible and reliable one, he tends to end up on the receiving end of jokes and wackiness.
- Through a Face Full of Fur: Gadget and Tammy have both made Chip blush on occasion.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Crosses this line in a few episodes, perhaps most notably in "Adventures in Squirrel-sitting" and "Pie in the Sky".
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Constantly fights with Dale. But at the end of the day, they're always still Heterosexual Life-Partners.
Voiced by: Corey Burton
- Adorkable: A goofy, well-meaning slacker.
- All Work vs. All Play: All Play to Chip's All Work.
- Badass Adorable: He has his moments.
- Big Eater: Of acorns as usual.
- Bumbling Sidekick: Dale is the comedy relief in the series.
- Balloon Belly: In "Out To Launch".
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He may be clumsy and eccentric, but he is really good in things he is good at, like crossdressing.
- Cartoony Tail: He has short tails that end in a point, sort of like deer tails.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The most extreme case on the team. He doesn't have much of an attention span.
- Crossdresser: Not ordinarily. On the other hand, when a plan calls for disguises, somehow he's the one thinking 'dresses'.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: See Let's Get Dangerous.
- Fun Personified: His only consistent interest is in having a good time.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Chip.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Dale's the one who enjoys comic books, watches scary movies in secret, doesn't see the point in cleaning his room, etc. etc.
- The Lancer: To Chip.
- Let's Get Dangerous: On a couple of occasions, Dale has been the team's only hope. He'll save the day readily, but then return to his habitual lazy joking attitude.
- More Dakka: RamDale and his Decaffeinator.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Chip's blue.
- Rubber Man: During his brief stint as 'Rubber-Bando'.
- The Slacker: He's greedy, lazy and usually ignorant (which does make him handy when exposition is required).
- Smug Super: He got pretty overconfident during his time as 'Rubber-Bando'.
- Stock Scream: He always had the same scream, and it oddly never sounded like his normal voice.
- Stock Superpowers: As Rubber Bando.
- Sweet Tooth: His love of candy comes up in a number of episodes.
- Took a Level in Dumbass: A couple of times.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: See Chip's entry above.
Voiced by: Peter Cullen (first season), Jim Cummings (the remainder of the series)
- Acrofatic: He doesn't look like much of an acrobat, but he's just as skilled as the others at getting around.
- And This Is for...: In "Three Men and a Booby" Monty yells "This is for the Parmesan we left behind!" before launching a plunger at a cage with the mother booby.
- Australian Accent: He's from Australia. Therefore, the accent.
- Australian Slang: His speech is peppered with it.
- Awesome Aussie: Virtually fearless, extremely strong (by mouse standards) and always ready for more adventure.
- Badass Family: Cheddarhead Charlie and Camembert Kate (both of whom appear in the series).
- Badass Mustache: The very large variety usually associated with British officers.
- Berserk Button: On "A Creep From the Deep," there was a Running Gag where Monty's tail has been "slammed, singed, kinked, and crushed." When an octopus yanks on it, he goes ballistic.
- Big Eater: Especially when it comes to cheese.
- The Big Guy: Fairly standard use of the trope.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Relentlessly cheerful and the only member of the team to seriously consider hand-to-hand combat against some of the (much bigger) villains.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Whenever he smells cheese, he goes into a trance and (sometimes) causes a path of destruction in his wake. The local police precinct recognize him from the many times he's stolen cheese slices off their sandwiches and burgers, cheese hunks from the mouse traps, and even a bag of cheese-flavored popcorn.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not as often as Chip, but he likes to make side comments to Zipper when somebody's being foolish.
- Dinner Deformation: An episode has Monterey Jack unwittingly eating a piece of dehydrated cheese. When it rehydrates in his stomach, he's comically stretched out into a large brick shape. .
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Monty's appetite for cheese has been subtly compared to a drug addiction in "Mind Your Cheese and Q's."
- Embarrassing Nickname: His mom still calls him "Cheezer".
- Funetik Aksent: The Disney comic series used this method as a reminder of his accent.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Huge Guy to Gadget's Tiny Girl.
- Land Down Under: Monty's homeland.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Varies a bit by episode: when 'look before you leap' is supposed to be the lesson of the show, Monty's the bad example.
- The Navigator: Unsurprising, considering the number of times he's been around the world, and is shown to be skilled at navigating by the stars.
- Noodle Incident: Monty only half-remembers the adventures he's been on, and there was an incident involving cheesebread and Gadget's father, Geegaw, that led to a friendship dissolution. Then there's the matter of Monty's cheese attacks — how exactly did Monty come to have them if it's not genetic (both his mom and dad have been shown in the series and there were no signs of either Cheddarhead Charlie and Camembert Kate having them).
- Papa Wolf: He is implied to be much older than the other Rescue Rangers and is very protective of them.
- Punny Name: Monterey Jack (a real type of cheese)
- Runaway Groom: He missed out on his own wedding to Desiree D'Allure because he had a cheese attack and chased after a cheese truck that was parked across the street.
- Spell My Name with a "The": El Monty Grande in "When Mice Were Men."
- The Storyteller: Almost everything he encounters reminds him of a previous exploit. Although his memory isn't the best.
- Stout Strength: Overweight: Check. Gadget even tries to get him to lose some weight. Strength: Check. He's easily the strongest Ranger.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He does look a lot like his father Cheddarhead Charlie (who coincidentally was voiced by Jim Cummings. "Parental Discretion Retired," the episode that introduced Cheddarhead Charlie, was one of the episodes that had Peter Cullen as Monterey Jack).
- Super Strength: Courtesy of cartoon physics, he's definitely got more lifting power and leverage than his size suggests.
- Team Chef: He's usually the cook. The others have gotten accustomed to a certain... cheese element... in their usual menu.
- Team Dad: Has an avuncular fondness for the whole crew, although he's pretty irresponsible for this trope.
- Theme Naming: Monty's name, as well as his parents', are taken from cheese. "Cheezer" sort of fits in here, too.
- Top-Heavy Guy: And heavy he is, for a mouse at least.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cheeeeezzzze!!!
- Weaksauce Weakness: See Trademark Favorite Food above and Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? below
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Or in this case, cats (though kittens and Fat Cat's goons don't bother him).
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille
- Absent-Minded Professor: Mechanical engineering, computer science and vector analysis are easy. Remembering that you're in danger is hard.
- Action Girl: With Monty and Chip on the team she doesn't have to display it often, but there are episodes in which she takes a direct hand.
- Adorkable: A sweet-natured, cross-eyed Wrench Wench.
- Badass Adorable: She's hilarious when she gets angry, but she also tends to win when that happens.
- Badass Bookworm: The brains of the group.
- Balloon Belly: In "Out To Launch", the Rangers eat so much aboard the spacecraft that they all show much rounder shapes while relaxing and digesting. This does not exclude Gadget, she looks like she's pregnant.
- Bare Your Midriff: She does wear a couple outfits like that...Gadget: Well, not what I'm wearing right now, obviously. Other things I wear. Well, not all of them. Some of them. Beach things and things.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: In contrast with her teammates, who are Half Dressed Cartoon Animals.
- Berserk Button: Never deceive her - or harm her friends.
- Beware the Nice Ones: You do not want to get on her bad side. Just see "The Case of the Cola Cult", which features her going into full Action Girl mode to rescue her friends.
- Buffy Speak: Once in a while she loses the thread of what she was saying.
- Catchphrase: "Golly!"
- The Chick/The Smart Girl: More the latter than the former. It can even be said that since Gadget very rarely acts girly, the team has a woman but no Chick.
- Cloudcuckoolander: At times. As Monty put it, "Gadget's elevator doesn't go all the way to the top floor."
- Crazy-Prepared: Not typically - it's more common for her to pick up whatever's lying around and turn it into the device she needs. But there have been occasions.
- Derailed for Details: Her famous rants are also known as Gadgetisms.
- Ditzy Genius: She can make almost everything from almost anything, including rebuilding a plane out of garbage, but she simply does not register that in certain circumstances, certain behaviors are socially necessary or unusual.
- Dude Magnet: Both Chip and Dale fell in love with her. She's also caught the eye of villain Rat Capone, who keeps urging her to sign up with him.
- '80s Hair: Her big hair is certainly a sign of the times in which the cartoon was made.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: In "Double O'Chipmunk" she dressed as a spy with a red dress, heels and a blonde wig. She looks very sexy to Dale (and later to minions of that episode's Big Bad).
- Expy: Tad Stones says her personality was based on that of Jordan Cochran, the Genki Girl Hollywood Nerd of the 1985 film Real Genius.
- Fur Is Skin: Does she even have fur, besides her Furry Female Mane?
- Tad Stones also once claimed jokingly she does have fur — and tattoos underneath it.
- Furry Female Mane: A rather extreme version which provides the current image for that page.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Her main niche on the team. She's the one who provides all the Rats of NIMH-style improvised technology - radios, submarines, dirigibles...
- Genius Bruiser: Although Gadget is the brains of the group, she gets along well when it comes to intervening physically, demonstrating a good physical shape.
- Genki Girl: She's very cheerful and energetic.
- Goggles Do Nothing: She does wear them over her eyes occasionally when flying the Ranger Wing, but that's no excuse to be wearing them on her head all the time.
- Bear in mind her status as Ditzy Genius, however. She may leave them on her head so she doesn't forget them... and then forget that she left them on her head.
- Hair Color Dissonance: Gadget's hair color switching between almost anything from gold to orange is a particularly Egregious example of Animation Bump.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Gadget fits this stereotype; she's innocent, kind, young and attractive.
- Hammerspace: Most notably in the glass-cutter incident, but she also seems to have tools when she needs them.
- Heartwarming Orphan: A little older than the standard example, but who doesn't feel bad for her when she looks at a picture of her Disappeared Dad and tears up?
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tiny Girl to Monty's Huge Guy.
- Humanoid Female Animal: Usually bipedal, fully dressed, hair as well as fur, and so forth.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: They represent her innocence and kindness.
- Lethal Chef: Referenced: Dale tells Foxglove that Gadget's cuisine always tastes like machine oil.
- Meaningful Name: In STEM circles, a "hack" is an inelegant or unconventional, but effective solution to a problem.
- Oblivious to Love: Very much so. Double-O Chipmunk made it obvious that Gadget knows she's attractive (and, at her team's request, uses it as a last resort) but she seems to avoid relationships - she may be shy of losing another loved one. She was pretty obviously attracted to Sparky (from Does Pavlov Ring A Bell?)... but he was even more Oblivious to Love. Fanon has been all over the place with this.
- Only One Name: Yes, Gadget has a last name, but after the Five-Episode Pilot it's never used again, and even then it was only used when naming her father, Geegaw Hackwrench; meaning Gadget's last name being Hackwrench is really only a logical assumption.
- Parental Abandonment: Gewgaw's disappearance is unexplained and her mother is simply never mentioned, but To The Rescue shows that Gadget was effectively orphaned and took it hard.
- Science Hero: Hilariously true to the trope. If a solution doesn't exist, make one.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: To carry the role of the classic Femme Fatale in Double O Chipmunk, Gadget switches to a slinky red dress, a blond(er) wig, heels, makeup etc.
- The Smurfette Principle: The main cast of five has only one female.
- Techno Babble: She'll start in on this at times.
- 10-Minute Retirement: In "The Case of the Cola Cult".
- Tomboyish Name: Insofar as 'Gadget' implies a gender at all.
- Took a Level in Badass: When she changes into Orange Gadget in "The Case of the Cola Cult".
- Wrench Wench: A do-it-yourself machinist/electrician usually clad in lavender coveralls.
Voiced by: Corey Burton
- Badass Adorable: Tiny even by the Rangers' standards, but pretty dauntless.
- Balloon Belly: In "Out To Launch" the Rangers eat so much aboard the spacecraft that they all show much rounder shapes while relaxing and digesting.
- Fingerless Hands: Close to it: his hands are mitten-shaped.
- Forgot I Could Fly: Has to be reminded he has this ability sometimes.
- Four-Legged Insect: He only has four legs, and barely resembles a real fly.
- Super Strength: Well, call it "higher than realistic fly strength".
- Team Pet: Of the group.
- Timmy in a Well: His main job in the Rescue Rangers.
- The Unintelligible: Zipper can speak, but his speech is incredibly fast and high-pitched. Monty can interpret, and the other Rangers seem to be able to get the gist.
Voiced by: Jim Cummings
- Big Bad: He drops in and out of focus, but he was set up as the primary villain during the pilot and appears more often than any villain except, possibly, Nimnul.
- Cats Are Mean: In a show where the heroes consist of two chipmunks and two mice, it's natural that some villainous cats are going to show up.
- Deadpan Snarker: Mainly to his minions.
- Dragon Ascendant: Following Klordane's defeat in the pilot.
- Evil Is Petty: In "Flash the Wonder Dog," where he attempts to destroy the titular character's reputation simply because he wants a cat protagonist instead.
- Fat Bastard: He's a villain and obviously not underfed.
- Fat Cat: It is his name after all.
- Large Ham: From his evil lair to his maniacal laugh.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He has a whole Villain Song about it in the pilot.
- Right-Hand Cat: Was one to Klordane before going solo.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Which he complains about loudly.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: He has an identical cousin in France, Maltese de Sade.
Fat Cat's Gang
Voiced by: Jim Cummings (Wart), Peter Cullen (Mepps), Corey Burton (Mole, Snout)
- The Brute: Mole and Snout share this position.
- Butt Monkey: Mole
- Cats Are Mean: Averted with Mepps, who is notably more mellow than his boss.
- A Dog Named Dog: A mole named Mole.
- The Dragon: Wart (who holds this position mainly by being the least stupid).
- Goldfish Poop Gang: Their incompetence is extremely evident.
Professor Norton Nimnul
Voiced by: Jim Cummings
- Alliterative Name: Nimnul is brought to you by the letter 'N'.
- Bad Boss: As seen in "Catteries Not Included" towards his robot dogs and "Fake Me to Your leader" towards his giant bugs.
- Bald of Evil: Balding of Evil to be more accurate, as he still has some hair around his temple.
- Cardboard Prison: Despite being arrested in every episode, he inexplicably returns to hatch a new evil scheme.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Ever since he has fully embraced evil.
- Evil Redhead: The hair he has left is orange.
- Large Ham: One of the largest in the series.
- Laughing Mad: His grating giggling is quite distinctive.
- Mad Scientist: In a classic style.
- The Napoleon: He appears to be about three feet tall. Of course, since he's human, he still towers over the Rangers as much as any human would tower over mice and chipmunks.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: According to a "Making Of" special it was revealed that Nimnul was a caricature of Bruce Talkington (1949-2000), who wrote for Rescue Rangers and several other Disney Afternoon series. Seeing the "real" Nimnul is rather uncanny.
- No Indoor Voice: He follows the villainous ham tradition of the monologue.
- They Called Me Mad!: He actually uses this classic line during the weather machine incident.
- Top-Heavy Guy: He might be short, but even then his legs are way too tiny.
Voiced by: Noelle North
- All Love Is Unrequited: She had a huge crush on Chip, though his reaction to it is one of Chip's Jerkass moments.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Blouse, pants, barefoot.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: She seems to be quite a handful for her mother to cope with.
- Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels: She is a squirrel.
- Fiery Redhead: Her idea of a way to win Chip's attention is to charge into a villain's lair and save the day.
- Girl of the Week: She has a crush on Chip, but she does not reappear in the series.
- Humanoid Female Animal: Bipedal, largely clothed, human-like hair. (Yes, the same list as Gadget's.)
- One-Shot Character: She appears in one episode only.
- Sixth Ranger: She often becomes one in fanfic, but not quite as often as Foxglove.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: Played for laughs. Chip is extremely uncomfortable with this.
Voiced by: Deborah Walley
- Achievements in Ignorance: See Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress
- Ascended Extra: Has been given a bigger role in the comics.
- Bat out of Hell: Subverted Trope. She's one of the nicest, most likable characters in the entire series.
- Cute Little Fangs: Part of the overall design in producing a 'harmless villain' bat.
- Feather Fingers: She uses her wingtips, not the foreclaws which a real bat employs as makeshift grippers.
- Girl of the Week: She has a crush on Dale, but she does not reappear in the series. She does return in the official (but short-lived) comic revival.
- Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: She can carry anything while flying as long as nobody points out that it should be impossible for her, at which point she plummets.
- Heel–Face Turn: Though admittedly she was a reluctant heel to begin with.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: She's written as a very lonely character whose only 'friend' is her manipulative boss.
- Love at First Sight: With Dale.
- One-Shot Character: Though much like Tammy, she's still very popular with the fandom. Made a full-time return in the 2011 comics.
- Sixth Ranger: Literally, and more often than any other One-Shot Character.
- Stalker with a Crush: She comes on a little too strong to Dale at first.
- You Said You Would Let Them Go: Her interest in saving Dale leads to a classic use of this trope.
Voiced by: Danny Gans
- Absent-Minded Professor: Played with a bit, since he's an absent-minded test subject. However, he seems to have picked up a lot of electrical engineering in the course of his work.
- Adorkable: Tall, wild-haired and loveably amnesiac.
- Amusing Injury: He's suffered so many shocks that he's a living capacitor.
- Berserk Button: When he found out Nimnul was using science for evil purposes, he was pretty ticked off.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: By Dr. Nimnul, who uses him to rob banks.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Pretty bad. It seems to have eased up once he stopped receiving daily electroshock.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Yellow-haired and (when sane) an honest, decent guy.
- One-Shot Character: He appears in one episode only.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of his episode. Gadget was sad: Chip and Dale were relieved. (Sparky had, without any real effort, drawn Gadget's attention.)
- Shock and Awe: Suffers from pent-up static discharges. Pretty resilient when it comes to touching bare wiring, too.
- Shout-Out: Sparky is based on Dr. Emmett L. Brown from Back to the Future.
- Spear Counterpart: To Gadget, in a lot of ways.
- X-Ray Sparks: His skeleton shows up now and then when he's zapped.
Voiced by: Deborah Walley
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: A Hawaiian-style wrap and no footgear.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She uses her resemblance to Gadget to trick the Rescue Rangers into thinking she's Gadget.
- Blondes Are Evil: Deliberately evoked to increase her contrast to Gadget.
- '80s Hair: Naturally, she has the same hair as Gadget.
- Evil Twin: She looks exactly like Gadget, only her personality is effectively a polar opposite. Though whether or not she's actually related to Gadget is left to Fanon.
- Fake-Out Make-Out: She distracts Chip and Dale a couple times this way, to keep from answering awkward questions.
- Flower in Her Hair: Pretty standard for her: Gadget adding one to her hair just before the switch was convenient.
- Hair Color Dissonance: They even failed at keeping her hair color constant in one single episode.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Her boyfriend Shake'a'bake'a is several times her size.
- Humanoid Female Animal: Say it with us: bipedal, largely clothed, human-like hair.
- Identical Stranger: To Gadget.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Her voice actress, Deborah Walley, pretty much redid her role as Gidget from Gidget Goes Hawaiian.
- My Nayme Is: Go ahead, try to spell her name correctly. See Spell My Name with an "S" below.
- No Matter How Much I Beg: Lahwhinie knew Gadget would try to escape when the dangerous challenges started, so she tells Shaka Baka that she's scared and might chicken out, but wants him to make sure she goes through with it.
- One-Shot Character: She appears in one episode only.
- The Scottish Trope: The spelling of her name sometimes leads to this.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Apparently it's All There in the Manual somewhere (said manual being extremely hard to come by), but no one is 100% sure just how her name is really supposed to be spelled. The Writer's Bible spells it "Lahwhinie", the DVD subtitles spell it "Lawhinie" which is just how most people spell it, and some closed-captions during TV airings spell it "Louwhiney". That's three practically official sources which contradict each other.
- The german synchro actually managed to give her a new name that is just as unspellable.
- Twin Switch: She tricks Gadget into switching places with her so she wouldn't have to be put through the ceremonial tests that would qualify her to be queen of a Hawaiian tribe.