Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers was one of several Animated Series on the syndicated "Disney Afternoon" block of the late 1980s into the 1990s. It updated classic Walt Disney characters, much as DuckTales (the Donald Duck/Uncle Scrooge comic book universe), TaleSpin (Baloo, Louie and Shere Khan from The Jungle Book) and Goof Troop (Goofy and Pegleg Pete) also did. This one focused on updated versions of the mischievous chipmunks Chip 'n Dale, whom you might remember from the 1950s Donald Duck cartoons.Originally, the series was actually going to be about The Rescuers, which would likely have departed from the books in favor of original content. However, when The Rescuers Down Under was greenlit for production, the series was extensively retooled. Other sources indicate that when show creator Tad Stones first came up with the idea of the Rescue Rangers series, Chip and Dale were not part of the show. In the original idea, the show would center around a team of animals, which included a chameleon, an earlier draft of Gadget, and a mouse that was like Monterey Jack, but had a different name. The main character, though, was an Indiana Jones-type mouse named Kit Colby who sported a fedora and a fluffy collared WWII 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.Chip and Dale now led a team of 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 Australian mouse with a weakness for cheese; Gadget Hackwrench, a blonde female mouse who was a skilled inventor and mechanic as well as both chipmunks' (and the Furry Fandom's) unrequited love interest; and Zipper, a small fly (and Monty's best friend) who 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 a Nintendo video game adaptation, which was actually pretty good for a licensed game, as was its sequel.Boom! Kidsannounced 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 Darkwing Duck as a comic series, which featured 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 Marvel Comics.In 2014, a live-action/CGI film based on the television series was announced as being in development.Completely unrelated to Chippendales Dancers, as well as the 70s Saturday Morning cartoon Lassie's Rescue Rangers.Tropes associated with the Boom! Kids comic should go here.
Acme Products: "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.
The Ahnold: 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.
The official press kit supplied the fans with information such as one possible official spelling of Lahwhinie's name (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.
Alliterative Name: Several one-off characters, including Monty's parents, Camembert Kate and Cheddarhead Charlie, plus the regular villain, Professor Norton Nimnul.
Anachronic Order: 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 (though it has been said that season one . After all, the pilot is part of Season 2.
Animal Jingoism: Maltese de Sade's universal dog hatred in particular. And there has to be a reason behind Monterey Jack's cat phobia.
Animal Superheroes: Debatable, considering thatnote except in the episode "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!", in which Dale and a human villain both get temporary Rubber Man powers from an alien meteor none of the characters on the show have anything that could be called a super power.
Animal Talk: 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?)
Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: 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.
At the Opera Tonight: "A Case of Stage Blight". Slightly subverted in that Gadget's idea of dressing up is to wear a flower in her hair.
Bat out of Hell: 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 parodies of Abbott and Costello and thoroughly evil, Foxglove is cute, nice, kind, chipmunk-sized, in love with Dale, and probably more popular in the fandom than Monterey Jack.
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.
Also, don't call the cleaning witch from "Good Times, Bat Times" "Freddie". Of course, only the nice Foxglove calls her Winnifred.
Be Yourself: 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.
Big Applesauce: 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 Geographic Flexibility.)
Big Bad: Fat Cat, Professor Nimmul, and (in the pilot only) Aldrin Klordane.
"Dirty Rotten Diapers" does not work as a lesson against resorting to violence.
In its defense, it could be interpreted as a lesson on how non-violent methods are not always effectual.
"Mind Your Cheese and Q's" was trying to show that addictions can really mess up your life — but it all fell apart when Chip and Dale were trying to get Monty's cheese attacks back just so they can rescue Gadget.
To be fair, Monty's cheese attacks did end up later making it difficult to save Gadget's life and Monty had to fight his urges to rescue her.
"The Case Of The Cola Cult" was trying to promote finding a place where you belong in an episode about a cult. That's definitely not the best message to send to people.
Buried Alive: 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 challenge.
Busman's Holiday: 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".
California Doubling: It's not quite clear where the Rangers are based, but that place looks a lot like Burbank and Hollywood. Although it is animated.
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.
The Cassandra: 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.
Centrifugal Farce: Poor Chip and Dale get subjected to the centrifuge with Gadget and Jack at the controls. They are Squashed Flat when the centrifuge finally stops.
Chained to a Railway: Twice. ("Out of Scale" has Dale in garb Chained to a Railway 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.
Chain of People: "To the Rescue, Part 5". What's remarkable about this scene is that Gadget on top of the chain is able to yank up Chip to shout into his face and the other three Rangers with him with only one hand (This could be the Square/Cube Law becoming an advantage for such small creatures... or it could simply be Rule of Funny.)
Chaste Toons: 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.
Chick Magnet: Most of the male characters are lucky with women. Chip has received affection by Gadget and Tammy, Dale has received affection from Gadget and Foxglove, Monterey Jack has received affection from Gadget and Desiree D'Allure, and Zipper has received affection from Queenie and Cassandra.
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 Disney Adventures and a compilation collection called "The Secret Casebook". Sadly, Disney has never reprinted any of these, so good luck finding 'em.
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.
Crash Course Landing: 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).
Crash-Into Hello: Tammy and Bink's mother gets to know Chip and Dale when they crash into her place.
Crazy-Prepared: 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.
Cut Lex Luthor a Check: 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?
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 Klordane, although that may have been because Klordane himself was a bit crazy.
Cute Kitten: Spunky in "Catteries Not Included", Boots in "Gorilla My Dreams".
Dark Fic: Many of the most famous Fan Fiction creations in the Rescue Rangers fandom fall into this category. Rhyme and Reason, Gadget In Chains, The Nowakverse stories including Under The Bridge, the Chip Noir Dale series, in fact, also Of Mice And Mayhem.
Dodge by Braking: This is how Gadget avoids the hawks in "Three Men and a Booby".
Does This Remind You of Anything?: 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.
A Dog Named Dog: 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.
Dog Stereotype: The Doberman and Frenchie in "To the Rescue, Part 4", for instance.
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!"
Eek, a Mouse!! is played particularly straight in "The Carpetsnaggers", used by Monty to his advantage.
Everything's Better with Monkeys: Heebie and Jeebie in "An Elephant Never Suspects", Kookoo in "Gorilla My Dreams". Abbadabba in "Seer No Evil" is actually an exception; unlike Heebie and Jeebie, he is a henchmonkey of the Big Bad and not even sentient.
Everything's Better with Plushies: 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.
Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: 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"...
Express Lane Limit: 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 80s character
Fan Disservice: Monty totally naked in the mini-bath. Chip and Dale in drag varies between this and Fanservice.
Fan Verse: Most Fan Fic writers create their own universe with whole series of stories, to which sometimes stories are added by other writers, for example The Nowakverse by John Nowak or the Chip Noir Dale's Rescue Rangers universe by Matt Plotecher.
Follow the Leader: The comic book parodied this by having several knock-offs of the Rescue Rangers actually appear within the stories. The first group they encountered was revealed to be working for Fat Cat, though.
Follow Your Nose: 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.
Fortune Teller: Cassandra. She's a Gypsy all right, and a light bulb serves as her crystal ball.
Four-Fingered Hands: 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.
Furry Female Mane: 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.
Furry Reminder: 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 Klordane'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.
Geographic Flexibility: 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 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.
In "Double O'Chipmunk" Dale, after his devices wreck the Ranger HQ, in shown wearing only a bowtie, like a Chippendales dancer. This also qualifies as a Visual Pun.
In "Adventures in Squirrelsitting" Bink steals Dale's shirt. Yes, it's his only clothing and we see him chase her naked.
In "Mind Your Cheese and Q's", Monty locks himself in the vault of cheese and sings a variation of "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall", replacing "beer" with "cheese". Might not seem like much, but it does seem like something that modern cartoons (unless they're adult-oriented) wouldn't dare put in.
Ditto the end to "Battle of the Bulge". Yes, Chip, Dale, and Gadget were wearing clothes when they jumped into the mini-bath, but the only thing Monty had on was that helmet with the goggles.
How did a character named Maltese de Sade make it past the media watchdogs?
The episode A Fly in the Ointment has a scene where Dale (Who, I would like to remind everyone, is male, and a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal) and Gadget (Who is female and generally goes around fully dressed), get hit by a ray that swaps their heads. Gadget's reaction upon realizing what happened is to panic and turn a nearby paper cup into an improvised skirt.
Not to mention her reaction to seeing Dale's head on her body. (Keep the hands off the body!)
In "Shell Shocked", after the Rangers fall to the floor.
Go-Go Enslavement: In "A Case of Stage Blight", after the team is captured by Sewernose, he dresses them up like Wild West people, puts strings on them like marionettes and puts on a dinner theater with them before choosing to eat them.
Go Mad from the Revelation: Happens to the spy at the end of "Double O'Chipmunk" when he realizes he's been defeated by a group of rodents.
Gosh Hornet: "Risky Beesness" uses standard elements of this.
GPS Evidence: 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.
Grappling-Hook Pistol: Gadget's suction-cup crossbow. She even uses a suction-cup pistol in "To the Rescue".
G-Rated Drug and I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: 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.
Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Lots of instances. The most famous example would be Dale and Foxglove's first scene together in "Good Times, Bat Times".
Gadget and the glass cutter that's longer than herself in "A Creep in the Deep".
Gadget and a lot of things, actually, such as the raft in "To The Rescue, Part 5".
Or her 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.
Heroes Are Wanted By Redheads: Tammy is attracted to Chip, and Foxglove is attracted to Dale.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: 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.)
Hula and Luaus: "Gadget Goes Hawaiian", only little hula, but a big luau scene and tourists and surfing and volcanoes. Justified that the episode takes place behind a hotel, and the volcano is fake, a deliberate tourist attraction.
Humanity Ensues: When Harry the wolf is turned into a human and Nimnul almost pulls a Wolf Man in "A Wolf in Cheap Clothing".
Human Ladder: 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.
Everyone exposed to the hypnosis device in "Parental Discretion Retired" believes they're chicken.
Queenie's swarm in "Risky Beesness".
The sturgeons in "Parental Discretion Retired".
Hypocritical Humor: 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... ...Earthburgles.
Deborah Walley more or less replays part of her role as Gidget as Lahwhinie's voice actress.
Dev Ross stars as herself in a mini cameo as an aerobics trainer in "Battle of the Bulge".
Insectoid Aliens: Nimnul sells 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.
Insect Queen: Queenie is a cartoon queen bee of a happy hive in the episode "Risky Beesness." 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 Hive Queen trope.
Instant A.I., Just Add Water: "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.
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.
Love Makes You Dumb: 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.
Chip/Gadget/Dale. Then again, there is also the Love Triangle 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 Love Dodecahedron.
Lucky Rabbit's Foot: 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...
Monster of the Week: Aside from Fat Cat, Professor Nimnul, and Aldrin Klordane, 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".
Ms. Fanservice: Gadget in her red dress definitely qualifies for this.
Mummy: Subverted in "Throw Mummy from the Train", Hiram is on the Rangers' side.
Mundane Fantastic: 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.
My Little Panzer: 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.
My Nayme Is: Whatever you expect the name of Gadget's Evil Twin in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" to be spelled like, chances are good it's 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.
Mysterious Past: Gadget's past, only a few hints are given in "To the Rescue, Part 3".
In "To the Rescue", the detective and his dog are named Donald Drake and Plato, obviously a nod to Chip 'n Dale's old costars Donald Duck 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:
The Napoleon: The baby from the episode "Dirty Rotten Diapers".
Nested Mouths: A scene from an obvious Alien parody which takes Nested MouthsUp 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.
Never Found the Body: How Aldrin Klordane could return, despite being officially pronounced dead by the police. Also allows Geegaw Hackwrench to return in quite a few FanFics.
Never Say "Die": Played so straight that some fans believe Geegaw Hackwrench is still alive because he couldn't be undoubtedly pronounced dead.
New Old Flame: Désirée D'Allure in "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing", sort of.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: 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.
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).
Now You Tell Me: 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.
Obfuscating Disability: "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.
Oblivious to Love: Gadget Hackwrench; not exactly oblivious, more like not ready for the advances she receives yet.
Oktoberfest: Heinrich von Sugarbottom's choice of clothes.
Ominous Pipe Organ: 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.
Overlord Jr.: Norton Nimnul's nephew Normie. He even looks like a much younger version of his uncle.
Packed Hero: One episode has Fat Cat using a canning machine as a Death Trap 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.
Panty Shot: Technically speaking, Winifred from "Good Times, Bat Times" has plenty of these. But she isn't attractive to start with, nor are her undergarments.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Gadget and Lahwhinie only exchange the goggles and the flower. Being Doppelgangers, 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.
Parental Abandonment: 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.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: 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.
Rubber Man: "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!"
Rule of Three: The three tests in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" are only one example.
Rule 34: Poor Gadget is the subject of a lot of 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.)
Runaway Bride: Gender Flipped. 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.
Running Gag: Monty's cheese attacks (it would be Once an Episode, 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.
Shapeshifter Baggage: 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.
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.
Monty: Gadget? Geegaw's little girl? Why the last time I saw you you were night high to a knee. Gadget: Well, I've grown up some. Chip/Dale: I'll say!/And how!
Ship Tease: 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" takes the cake, however, with its quite intense Chip+Gadget and Dale+Foxglove Ship Tease.
Speaks Fluent Animal: 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 Animal Talk or whether all humans would understand it if animals actually talked to them because other situations in the show indicate the latter.
Species Surname: Mole, Rat Capone, Sugar Ray Lizard, Arnold Mousenegger, Conrad Cockatoo, Mr. Starfish.
Now if Zsa Zsa Labrador were a Labrador Retriever...
Spell My Name with an "S": 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.
And for the record, the subtitles for the episode on the DVD spell her name "Lawhinie".
Superpowers For A Day: 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.
Super Speed: The Ranger Plane in "Dale Beside Himself", thanks to DTZ.
Super Strength: 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!"
Supervillain Lair: Aldrin Klordane's refit of the cave in "To the Rescue, Part 5", which is also an Elaborate Underground Base, and to a lesser extent Norton Nimnul's lair in "Catteries Not Included", "The Pied Piper Power Play" and "Normie's Science Project".
Fat Cat's henchmen are often Too Dumb to Live, which he complains loudly about on several occasions.
He shares this fate with Francis.
Sword Fight: "A Case of Stage Blight" has several unusual variations of this.
Synchronized Swarming: "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.
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".
Thememobile: The famous Ranger Plane, maybe also the Ranger Mobile and the Ranger Wing to a much lesser extent.
Theme Naming: Monterey Jack's parents are named Cheddarhead Charlie and Camembert Kate.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: 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.
Too Dumb to Fool: 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.
Took a Level in Badass: Gadget in the episode "The Case Of The Cola Cult", and Dale in the episode "Last Train To Cashville".
Trap Door: There's one in the secret passage of the Baskerville mansion in "Pound of the Baskervilles". Fat Cat also has one in his office.
Treasure Map: 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.
Unwilling Suspension: Happens to Dale and Foxglove in "Good Times, Bat Times" and again to Dale in "Gorilla My Dreams".
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 counts as well.
Verbal Tic: When Chip and Dale get angry and start fighting, their voices get higher and faster.
Fat Cat gets two out of the show's five songs, namely "The Best of Everything" in "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".
The best—but certainly not sole—example would be Queenie from "Risky Beesness". She is meant to be about twice as tall as Zipper◊, but she is depicted so inconsistently that she seems to have temporarily grown taller than Gadget◊ in a scene near the end of the episode.
Also, 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.