Characters / Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

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The Rescue Rangers

    Chip 
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille
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The leader of the Rescue Rangers.

    Dale 
Voiced by: Corey Burton
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Co-founder of the Rescue Rangers.

    Monterey Jack 
Voiced by: Peter Cullen (first season), Jim Cummings (the remainder of the series)
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An adventure-loving, red-haired and luxuriantly moustachioed Australian mouse who spent years traveling the world before a chance meeting with Chip and Dale during their first case.
  • 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.
  • Big Fun: Next to Dale, he's the most cheerful and fun-loving member of the team.
  • 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.

    Gadget Hackwrench 
Voiced by: Tress MacNeille
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A young female mouse and the team's pilot, mechanic and inventor.
  • 10-Minute Retirement: In "The Case of the Cola Cult".
  • '80s Hair: Her big hair is certainly a sign of the times in which the cartoon was made.
  • 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. In "The Case of the Cola Cult", she becomes a one-woman (well, mouse) army, driving a mouse-sized war machine and armed with a suction-cup crossbow and a magnet she can use to reflect metal projectiles back at their throwers. She single-handedly takes down nearly a dozen attackers and the Big Bad while simultaneously rescuing the other Rangers.
  • 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: Although Gadget is the brains of the group, she gets along well when it comes to intervening physically, demonstrating a good physical shape.
  • 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.
  • 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!"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Gadget consistantly wears clothes over her entire body (Err, almost, anyway). In fact, her reaction to her realization her head had been transposed onto Dale's body was to scream and cover his lower-portions.
  • Fur Is Skin: Does she even have fur, besides her Furry Female Mane?
  • 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...
  • 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. However she is a Ditzy Genius. 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 (except for shoes), 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.
  • MacGyvering: Gadget's preferred means of dealing with a given problem is to take a variety of nearby things and kludge them together into a device relevant to the task at hand.
  • Meaningful Name: In STEM circles, a "hack" is an inelegant or unconventional, but effective solution to a problem.
  • Oblivious to Love: Probably deliberately. "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.
  • One of the Boys: She is never shown to have any real female friends, doesn't wear cosmetics or jewelry, and her interests are anything but "girly". Even so, though, she isn't exactly what you would call a "tomboy."
  • 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, she makes 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 Smart Girl: She is the brains of the group.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The main cast of five has only one female.

    Zipper 
Voiced by: Corey Burton
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A tiny bluish-green housefly and a long time friend and sidekick of Monterey Jack.
  • 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.

Villains

    Fat Cat 
Voiced by: Jim Cummings
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A felonious, obese grey tabby cat and one of the Rescue Rangers' most frequent antagonists.
  • 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 Chlordane'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. When a bird is then given top billing, Fat Cat personally deals with the matter himself.
  • 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 Chlordane before going solo after Chlordane is arrested and incarcerated in the pilot.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Which he complains about loudly.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: He has an identical cousin in France, Maltese de Sade.
  • Villain Song: Fat Cat gets two in the series. The first one is in the pilot, and the second one, called the "Fat Cat Stomp", is in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting", which was supposed to be played as a distraction to smuggle the titular squirrels out of the casino. It fails when Fat Cat sees through the ruse and busts the Rangers before they can leave.
  • Wicked Cultured: After the pilot, he is never seen without his suit, plus he operates a casino with a rather luxurious office.

    Fat Cat's Gang 
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Voiced by: Jim Cummings (Wart), Peter Cullen (Mepps), Corey Burton (Mole, Snout)

Fat Cat's gang.

    Professor Norton Nimnul 
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Voiced by: Jim Cummings

The Rangers' other major enemy and a mad scientist who once worked for Aldrin Chlordane.
  • 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.
  • Broken Pedestal: As far as his former lab rat Sparky is concerned. Sparky genuinely believed in Nimnul and respected him, only to discover that he was using his work for evil purposes and to hurt people.
  • Butt-Monkey: Particularly when working for Chlordane, who mocks and abuses him, and starts the artificial earthquake by throwing him against the gelatin mold to trigger the vibrations. And even when he strikes out on his own, you can expect him to suffer some Amusing Injuries during the course of the Rangers' efforts to stop him.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: A lot of his evil schemes are driven by a desire to be taken seriously by people. And while he was working for Chlordane, he would frequently demand to be given what he saw as his due respect.
  • 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.
  • Complexity Addiction: His plot from "To the Rescue" is a prime example: Create a laser, which would in turn create a giant gelatin mold, which would then be used to cause an earthquake under the US Gold Reserve, for Aldrin Chlordane to steal the riches inside.

One-shot characters

    Tammy 
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Voiced by: Noelle North

A fan of the Rescue Rangers, especially for Chip.

    Foxglove 
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Voiced by: Deborah Walley

A pink bat who starts off as an assistant to an evil amateur witch named Winifred alongside a crotchety snake named Bud and a dim-witted spider named Lou.
  • 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.
  • Super Strength: Lampshaded by Dale, who is surprised that a bat could hover while carrying his weight. She promptly realizes he's right and they both plummet to the ground. It becomes clear later in the episode that she does possess this, as seen when she is able to level out a nose-diving Rangerwing by PUSHING it, and when she's able to hover carrying a BRICK, something far heavier than a chipmunk.

    Sparky 
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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, and certainly he considers himself a scientist of a sort.
  • Adorkable: Tall, wild-haired and lovably 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 Professor Nimnul, who uses him to rob banks. When in this mode, he will attack whoever is threatening to interfere with Nimnul's schemes.
  • Broken Pedestal: He genuinely respected Nimnul, and refused to believe the Rangers when told he was evil. He's appropriately enraged when he learns the truth.
  • 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.
  • Hot Scientist: At least as far as Gadget is concerned.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: He's a basically good guy and has blue eyes.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: While he's under Nimnul's influence and about to kill Chip and Dale by electrocuting them, they appeal to his affection for Gadget, asking him what she'd think of what he was doing. It works (although he still drops the wires he was using on himself for an Amusing Injury).
  • Lab Coat Of Science And Medicine: He wears a rat-sized lab coat with the collar turned up (and nothing else).
  • Nice Guy: He helps the Rangers out in his first appearance without being asked and without expecting any reward, seems completely oblivious to Chip and Dale's hostility towards him where Gadget is concerned, .
  • One-Shot Character: He appears in one episode only.
  • Put on a Bus: At the end of his episode, he and Buzz (a guinea pig who'd also been used by Nimnul) leave to go work at MIT. 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. While Brainwashed and Crazy, he can and does use this as a weapon against his enemies.
  • 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.
  • You Dirty Rat!: Averted. Although, yes, he is a rat, he is sweet, kind, moral and completely innocent of any complicity in what Nimnul uses him for.

    Lahwhinie/Lawhinie/Louwhiney 
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Voiced by: Deborah Walley

A nefarious woman who looks exactly like 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.
  • 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.

    Bink 
Voiced by: Noelle North

  • Big Eater: The epitome of this trope! She's only a toddler, but she eats all the time. She eats a whole apple(who is like 3 times bigger than herself) in one bite and she's still hungry, then she's shown eating a lot throughout the episode after that. It's even implied that she frequently eats up to 100 times her own weight for breakfast. And she doesn't hesitate to steal food off people's plates. Her appetite is insatiable, she cannot be full, she's not as much a glutton as she's just a slave to her bottomless appetite. She eats than the whole Goku family combined!
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Yep, in her case it's to get food.
  • Establishing Character Moment: One of her first scenes has her stuffing her face and demanding more food!
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