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Western Animation: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers

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! Kids announced 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.


Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers contains examples of:

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  • Anti-Villain: The Pi-Rats.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: Sparky, of course. Gadget too.
  • Accidental Kiss: Chip and Dale at the end of "Gadget Goes Hawaiian", Mole and Wart in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting".
  • Accordion Man: Monty in "To the Rescue, Part 3".
  • 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.
  • Acrofatic: Monty.
  • Action Girl: Gadget can turn into one given the necessity (or opportunity). Best example: "Case of the Cola Cult".
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: "Throw Mummy From the Train".
  • 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.
  • Air Guitar: Dale in "Risky Beesness".
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Used in a few episodes; justified by the small physical size of the Rangers.
  • Alien Abduction: Sort of happens to Dale accidentally in "Dale Beside Himself" when the Fleeblebroxians mistake him for DTZ.
  • Alien Invasion: Attempted for real by the Fleeblebroxians in "Dale Beside Himself", faked by Norton Nimnul in "Fake Me to Your Leader", and subject of some of the movies Dale loves to watch.
  • Alien Lunch: Urkburgles from Fleeblebrox. And yes, they're eaten alive.
  • Aliens Speaking English:
    • The Fleeblebroxians in "Dale Beside Himself".
    • Steggy in "Prehysterical Pet" (he did spend a while learning it, though).
  • All Animals Are Dogs:
    • Steggy in "Prehysterical Pet".
    • The guard shark in "One-Upsman-Chip" is wearing a stereotypical spiked collar, even though sharks don't even have a neck.
  • All That Glitters: Darbie's pot of gold in "The Last Leprechaun".
  • All There in the Manual:
    • 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.
  • Aloha Hawaii: "Gadget Goes Hawaiian".
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Monty's mother Camembert Kate in "A Lean on the Property", up to and including baby photos.
  • The Amazon: "Chocolate Chips" seems to take place somewhere in South America.
  • Ambiguous Syntax: Cassandra's prediction for Chip in "Seer No Evil" is this all over. Needless to say this leads to a Prophecy Twist.
  • Amusement Park: "Seer No Evil".
  • 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.
  • An Aesop: Many episodes had these.
  • Angry Guard Dog: The Doberman in "To the Rescue, Part 4".
  • 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  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?)
  • Animated Shows
  • Animation Bump: Look at "To the Rescue" (done by Walt Disney Animation Japan) or "The Carpetsnaggers" (done by TMS Entertainment), then look at "Case of the Cola Cult" (done by Wang Film Productions) or any of Sunwoo Entertainment or A-1 Productions' episodes.
  • Animorphism:
    • In "A Fly in the Ointment", several characters exchange bodies.
    • All over "A Wolf in Cheap Clothing".
    • Dale being turned into a frog in "Good Times, Bat Times" might count, too.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: Remember the classic Chip 'n Dale? (It could be argued the setting had an inverse shift, though. Instead of living alongside Donald Duck, they hide their Mouse World from the human civilization.)
  • Arboreal Abode: The Rescue Ranger's Headquarters is one.
  • Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?: Chip and Dale in most episodes, frequently resulting in a bop on the head for Dale.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology:
    • Steggy's anatomy is completely wrong for a Stegosaurus. Then again, he is an alien.
    • And apparantly even dinosaurs had aliens among them. Aliens identical to them that were originally small and intelligent but grew big and stupid thanks to earthling food.
  • Aside Glance: Chip in "Piratsy Under the Seas" for example.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: "Fake Me to Your Leader".
  • 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.
  • Awesome Aussie: Monterey Jack.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Dirk Suave.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Actually subverted almost whenever possible. The most egregious example is the criminal mastermind Thaddeus who disguises as a baby.
  • Badass Family: Monty and his parents (Cheddarhead Charlie and Camembert Kate).
  • Badass Longcoat: Early drafts of Monterey Jack, then called Colt Chedderson, show him in an open trenchcoat. His final version wears something not that much shorter.
  • Badass Mustache: Monterey Jack is wearing one. It runs in the family, as he got it from his father Cheddarhead Charlie.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Whenever kids are involved, both humans and animals.
  • Bald of Evil:
    • The two most frequent villians (Prof. Nimnul and Fat Cat) seem to be examples.
    • Ignatz Ratskiwatski is an example all right, as is the Greatest Spy in the World.
  • Balloon Belly:
    • "Out to Launch" is a good example.
    • This does not happen to Bink from "Adventures in Squirrelsitting", though.
  • Bamboo Technology: Most of Gadget's inventions.
  • Bankruptcy Barrel: Percy in "To the Rescue, Part 1", although he was wearing a box.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Gadget.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Gadget when it's warm outside.
  • Batman Cold Open: Used in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian".
  • 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.
  • Beach Episode:
    • "Shell Shocked" does feature Gadget in a (modest one-piece) swimsuit, yes.
    • "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" and "Chipwrecked Shipmunks" both have their beach scenes, too, but no swimsuits. The former does feature Gadget in a midriff-baring t-shirt and shorts, though.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game:
    • When trying to counter Professor Nimnul in "Weather or Not".
    • "Normie's Science Project".
    • When confronting Su Lin.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: "A Lad in a Lamp", complete with the Reset Button at the end.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Humphrey the Bear (yes, that Humphrey from the Donald Duck shorts). Averted due to the fact that despite the chaos he accidentally caused, in the end he saves the baby's life.
  • Bee Bee Gun: "Risky Beesness".
  • Beneath the Earth: Where Darby Spree from "The Last Leprechaun" lives, as do the other leprechauns.
  • Berserk Button:
    • 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.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Gadget in "The Case of the Cola Cult" and "Dirty Rotten Diapers".
  • 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.
  • Big Ball of Violence: In "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing", Monty ends up in a Big Ball of Violence, crawls out of it, picks it up and tosses it away as a whole.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: In "Fake Me to Your Leader", Nimnul enlarged a bunch of pill bugs to six feet and made everyone believe they're Insectoid Aliens.
  • Big Eater: Bink in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting", and of course Monterey Jack, especially when it comes to cheese.
  • Big Fancy House: The Clutchcoin house in "The Carpetsnaggers", for example.
  • Bird Caged: Chip, Dale and Gadget are trapped in a bird cage placed in rising water by a tribe of beetles in "Zipper Come Home".
  • Blessed Are the Cheesemakers: At least, to Monterey Jack.
  • Blinding Bangs: K. Sera.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Lahwhinie definitely qualifies for this.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Monterey Jack.
  • Booby Trap: Gadget used to live behind what seemed like a Hall of Fame of booby traps. One might wonder how she got all that stuff installed, including a safe.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Percy's revolver during the shoot-out in "To the Rescue", up to the point of acting like a submachine gun, but always far from being limited to five or six rounds.
  • Bound and Gagged: The primary method of handling prisoners among the animal population seems to be tying them up.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Has happened to all the main characters at some point.
    • Happens to Monty anytime he smells or sees cheese.
  • Brand X: Coo-Koo Cola. On the other hand, Shell and Studebaker are mentioned in the show.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Tammy in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall
    • Professor Nimnul's rants tend to have him acting as if he really does have an audience.
    • A number of episode endings use this trope.
    • There are several in-story occurrences throughout the series.
  • Broken Aesop:
    • "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.
  • Building Swing: Rubber Bando.
  • Bull Seeing Red: Was impossible to avoid in "When Mice Were Men".
  • 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.
  • The Cameo: The crocodile from Peter Pan chases Chip 'n Dale in "Kiwi's Big Adventure".
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Chip in "Good Times, Bat Times", mostly because he is being constantly interrupted. Also in many fanfics he is portrayed this way.
  • The Capital Of Brazil Is Buenos Aires: "Chocolate Chips".
  • Captain Ersatz: Each of the five main characters is based on a well known 1980s live-action character:
  • Cargo Cult:
    • In "Kiwi's Big Adventure", the Ranger Plane becomes the object of one.
    • "The Case of the Cola Cult" revolves around one.
  • Cartoon Cheese
    • 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.
  • Catch Phrase: The show is full of them.
    • The heroes' battle cry, "Rescue Rangers Away!"
    • Dale has his catch phrase, "Wowie Zowie".
    • Gadget has several catch phrases: "Golly!", "Should", "No problems".
      • The joke on those last two is that whenever Gadget says 'em, something always goes wrong with her latest invention.
    • Monterey Jack's Australian slang also qualifies.
      • It should be noted that few, if any, Real Life Australians speak like Monty. He does sound somewhat like the Crocodile Hunter, however.
    • Recurring character Canina Lafur (played by Carol Channing); "Star of stage, screen and the occasional dog food commercial."
  • Cats Are Mean: Fat Cat, Maltese de Sade, the Siamese Twins, Kismet...averted with most of the kittens though.
    • Also averted with Tom from the episode "Robocat".
  • 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.)
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Monterey Jack does this during the Five-Episode Pilot.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Irweena and the Stingers in "Risky Beesness".
  • 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.
  • Children Are Innocent: Or so Gadget believes in most of "Dirty Rotten Diapers".
  • Chinese Launderer: The main location in "To the Rescue, Part 2".
  • City of Adventure: Most of the episodes take place right there.
  • City with No Name: The show's setting. Although there are hints that it's supposed to be either Burbank or New York City, and even a few references to San Francisco, it's just as likely a case of Geographic Flexibility.
  • Clear Their Name:
    • What Chip and Dale have to do for Detective Drake in "To the Rescue".
    • What the Rangers have to do for themselves in "An Elephant Never Suspects".
    • When Dale becomes Rubber Bando and is framed for crimes he didn't commit in the episode "It's A Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!".
  • Close-Call Haircut: Monty in "Mind Your Cheese & Q's".
  • Clothing Damage: Parodied. Whose dress is ripped in an action scene? Dale's.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Dale in many episodes.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Most of the villains wear purple: Fat Cat, Rat Capone, Errol, Mr. Gribbish. (Gadget wears purple too, but it's a different shade, more like lavender.)
  • Comic Book Adaptation:
    • 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.
    • The Boom! Kids comic.
  • Compliment Backfire
  • Compressed Hair: Just exactly how did Gadget stuff all that hair under that wig in "Dirty Rotten Diapers"?
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Gadget vs. Bubbles' Ninja Mooks in "Case of the Cola Cult". Granted, she is heavily armed and doesn't know Ninjitsu, but the principle is the same.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: Myron disguises in one in "The Case of the Cola Cult" when he comes to alert the Rangers.
  • Context-Sensitive Button : Many controls of the Ranger Plane and the Ranger Wing.
  • Convection Schmonvection: It's apparently not the slightest bit hot a pair of tongs' length above a barbecue grill ("Gadget Goes Hawaiian").
  • Conveyor Belt-O-Doom: Used in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting" and "Pie in the Sky".
  • Cool Garage: Gadget's old home in a World War II bomber plane wreck, complete with dozens of death traps against intruders and a dynamite-driven catapult for her father's plane.
  • Cool Plane:
    • Ranger Plane and Ranger Wing.
    • 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.
  • Criminal Amnesiac: (Ram-)Dale in "Le Purrfect Crime".
  • Crossdresser:
    • Chip and Dale do this for "The Fat Cat Stomp". In fact, it can be seen in the full opening for the show.
    • Dale as "Tootsie" in "S.S. Drainpipe".
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Dale, especially in "S.S. Drainpipe" and "Le Purrfect Crime".
  • Cult: The Cola Cult in "Case of the Cola Cult".
  • Cute Little Fangs: Foxglove. Justified by her being a bat, but nonetheless cute.
  • 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".
  • Da Chief: Sergeant Spinelli.
  • Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster : Rat Capone and his lackeys.
  • 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.
  • Dating Catwoman: Monterey Jack and Desiree D'Allure.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Chip and Monty.
  • Decoy Damsel: Lahwhiney.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: How Chip and Dale met Monty. He picked the fight, they had staying power.
    Monty: [recovering from the piano the chipmunks launched at him] Y'know, I'm beginning to like those guys.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Appropriately Queenie, after Zipper helps her save her swarm and she acknowledges his feelings for her.
  • Derailed for Details: Gadget frequently is.
  • Deserted Island: "Chipwrecked Shipmunks".
  • Detail-Hogging Cover: Done with a lot of CDRR artwork.
  • Determinator: Nothing will come between Monty and cheese.
  • Diagonal Cut: Performed by Juice Lee in the pilot.
  • Digging to China: What the two pandas try to do in "An Elephant Never Suspects".
  • Dinky Drivers: One episode has the Rangers trying to land a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo of the Space Shuttle.
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • Geegaw Hackwrench, who is only mentioned in the pilot episode(s) as having been absent for more than a year before Gadget met the other Rangers and, according to Gadget, not going to return.
    • Tammy and Bink seem to lack a father, too.
  • Disguised in Drag: Chip in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting", Dale ditto plus several more episodes, and even Zipper in "When You Fish Upon a Star". And quite successfully.
  • Disney Death: Monty in "To the Rescue, Part 2", Chip in "Seer No Evil"...
  • Distracted by the Sexy:
    • This is played straight in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting"...by Chip and Dale in drag.
    • Also works in "The S.S. Drainpipe"...with Dale in drag.
    • Gadget's famous "red dress" scene in the episode "Double O'Chipmunk".
  • Distressed Damsel:
  • Ditzy Genius: Gadget is a Gadgeteer Genius who constructs incredible technology out of junk, but she can be pretty scattered.
  • 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.
  • Dope Slap:
    • Chip bonks Dale on the head on occasion when he says something stupid.
    • Dale does this to Chip when he hurts Tammy's feelings and makes her cry in the episode "Adventures In Squirrelsitting".
  • Doppelgänger: See the episode "Dale Beside Himself". Also, in a sense, Lahwhinie.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Both Fat Cat and Professor Nimnul previously worked for Klordane.
  • Dreadful Musician: Irwina Allen and the Stingers.
  • Drive-In Theater: The opening scene of "Good Times, Bat Times" takes place at one.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Gadget in the opening scene of "The Case of the Cola Cult".
  • Drowning Pit: The boot in "Shell Shocked".
  • Dub Name Change: More often than not, apparently, and usually not even sparing the Rangers themselves. Check them here.
  • Dumb Muscle:
    • Arnold Mousenegger (more like "brain-dead muscle" in his case).
    • Subverted when Desiree DeLure treats Monterey Jack like this, only to find that he was smarter than she thought.
  • Easy Amnesia: Dale in "Le Purrfect Crime".
  • Easy Come, Easy Go: Almost all episodes.
  • Edible Ammunition: For example,
    • Squeezed-out bananas in "To the Rescue, Part 1".
    Chip and Dale: Banana! Banana! Banana!
    • Small Easter eggs on a catapult in "Three Men and a Booby".
    • RamDale's Decaffeinator machine gun from "Le Purrfect Crime" shoots coffee beans.
  • Edible Theme Naming: Monterey Jack's entire (canonical) family is named after sorts of cheese.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!:
    • 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.
  • '80s Hair: Gadget. Sort of lampshaded in Of Mice And Mayhem when Gadget gets a more modern hairstyle since the story takes place in the 90s. And of course Lahwhinie.
  • Einstein Hair: Dr. Hibbleman from "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!", Dr. Whitebread from "Double 'O Dale".
  • Ejection Seat: Gadget built one into the Screaming Eagle.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Monty is still called "Cheezer" by his mother.
  • Enfant Terrible: Buffy Ratskiwatski from "Out of Scale" is so absolutely that.
  • Epunymous Title: "Song of the Night 'n Dale".
  • Eskimo Land: "A Chorus Crime".
  • Everybody Laughs Ending: Some episodes end with this; others don't.
  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French: Désirée D'Allure from "Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing".
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Gadget is loved by Chip, Dale, and most of the fans actually.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Steggy, whose appearance in the late 20th century is justified in that he's an alien dinosaur from another planet.
  • 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 Penguins: "A Chorus Crime". Happy Feet, anyone?
  • 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 Even Worse with Sharks: In particular, the sharks in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" that could fit into a pint. And the shark guarding the pearl in "One-Upsman-Chip".
  • Everything's Louder With Bagpipes: The Bagpipe Express in "Good Times, Bat Times".
  • Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels: Tammy and Bink.
  • 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"...
  • Evil Is Hammy: Fat Cat. Nimnul. Full stop.
  • Evil Redhead: Aldrin Klordane, Winifred, Nimnul...
  • Evil Twin:
    • Lahwhinie, in relation to Gadget. Might be also considered an Evil Counterpart.
    • One could say that Fat Cat and Maltese de Sade from "Le Purrfect Crime" are Evil Twins of each other, although they're actually cousins.
  • Expository Theme Tune
  • 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
  • Eye Pop: Of all characters, Bubbles has one before falling onto the soda pool.
  • Fake Band: Iron Goose in "Risky Beesness".
  • Fake-Out Make-Out: Lahwhinie with Dale (once) and Chip (twice) in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian", Gadget in disguise with Dale in "Double 'O Chipmunk".
  • Fake Rabies: In the pilot arc, Fat Cat gets Plato out of the way at one point by spraying his mouth with whipped cream and stuffing a visitor's lapdog into the middle of the mess.
  • Fan-Art: And how!
  • 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.
  • Fan Web Comics: There are several creations that may count as Fan Web Comics. None of them are comic strips published regularly, though.
    • Chris Fischer's Of Mice And Mayhem was published all at once when the author gave the link to the story; besides, it's a graphic novel rather than a comic strip.
    • There are several more graphic novels which are works in progress and updated very irregularly; the latter also applies to the Sprite Comic Ranger Days.
    • "Cheer Up, Gadget".
    • Angry Murine Catharsis, the first comic to feature John Nowak's famous original character Widget Hackwrench.
  • Fat Bastard: Fat Cat.
  • Feather Fingers: Foxglove's wings even seem to morph into hands and back into wings, depending on what's required by the plot.
  • Femme Fatale: Désirée D'Allure.
  • Fiction 500: The Clutchcoin family obviously.
  • Fiery Redhead: Tammy and Queenie.
  • Five-Episode Pilot: "To the Rescue", Parts 1-5.
  • Five-Bad Band: Fat Cat's gang.
  • Five-Man Band: There are five of them, but Gadget pulls double duty, while Zipper is the Team Pet.
  • Flame War: Some extremely ugly wars about which chipmunk Gadget will end up with have nearly torn the fandom apart on at least two occasions. Since then discussing the topic seriously is still somewhat of a taboo.
  • Flight: "Kiwi's Big Adventure".
  • Flying Broomstick: It's a vacuum cleaner that Winifred rides in "Good Times, Bat Times", but she's a cleaning woman from around 1990 after all.
  • Flying Carpet: Nimnul makes those in "The Carpetsnaggers".
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Bubbles, the Big Bad from "Case of the Cola Cult".
  • 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.
  • Friendly Local Chinatown: "To the Rescue, Part 2", and "Adventures in Squirrelsitting".
  • Funetik Aksent: Monterey Jack to a lesser extent in the official comics and to the extreme in Fan Fic.
  • 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.

     Tropes G-L 
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Gadget.
  • Gangster Land: Where Rat Capone pretends to live, complete with the appropriate accent.
  • Garnishing the Story: The Pi-Rats don't really fit into the Rangers' era and setting, do they?
  • GASP!: Because you can't have Gadget do a Wild Take.
  • Gay Paree:
    • "Le Purrfect Crime".
    • The Flashback in "Love Is a Many Splintered Thing".
  • Genie in a Bottle: The Genie from "A Lad in a Lamp".
  • Genre Savvy: Chip in "Pound of the Baskervilles".
  • 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.
  • "Get out of Jail Free" Card: Nimnul, although he may just be really good at breaking out of jail.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • The infamous "red dress scene".
    • 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.
    • Dale seems to enjoy his drag disguise too much not to be a transvestite in "Adventures and Squirrelsitting".
    • The outfits Iron Goose wear seem to be partly inspired by Judas Priest, what with all the black leather. Judas Priest wear gay fetish outfits.
    • In "Fake Me to Your Leader", the investigating police officers are implied to have accidentally walked in on a woman in a changing room.
  • Giant Enemy Crab: The lobsters in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" are indeed giants in comparison to mice.
  • Giant Spider: And the tarantula baddie Lou is large if compared with the Rangers, too. Not that he's really scary, though.
  • Girl of the Week:
    • Tammy and Foxglove are the most widely known examples.
    • Also Queenie.
  • Girls Need Role Models: Gadget.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: The sphinx demon in "Throw Mummy From the Train".
  • 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.
  • Goggles Do Nothing:
    • Most of the time, Gadget wears her goggles upon her head as a decoration. She even wears them with her nightgown in "Double 'O Chipmunk". A very few times, however, she does use them.
    • Monterey Jack has his own goggles. He is even seen once wearing his usual Goggles Doing Nothing in their usual place and a second pair of goggles covering his eyes.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: They actually even managed to do that with Lahwhinie, who otherwise looks like Gadget.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: Irweena and the Stingers. In fact, also Iron Goose.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!: Gadget.
  • 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".
  • Greasy Spoon: Ma's Diner in "Short Order Crooks".
  • Great Detective: Chip.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Gadget, Lahwhinie.
  • Hair Decorations: Applies to almost all cute females in the show with the possible exception of Foxglove. Even Gadget's goggles may count.
  • Hair Reboot: Queenie can do that within a second or so. Unless the plot requires otherwise.
  • Hair Today Gone Tomorrow: Sort of parodied and quoted by Winifred when she steals the police chief's wig with her flying hoover.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: The male part of the cast and many incidental characters.
    • Lampshaded in "A Fly in the Ointment" when Gadget and Dale switch bodies and Gadget dons a small paper cup to cover her (that is, Dale's) lower half.
  • Hammerspace:
    • Chip and his magnifying glasses.
    • 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.
  • Handy Remote Control:
    • Nimnul frequently has one of those on himself.
    • Gadget's remote control for the Gyrotank in "The Case of the Cola Cult".
  • Heart Symbol:
    • That one scene on the Headquarters platform in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting".
    • The end of "Risky Beesness".
  • Hellhound: MacDuff's disguise, type Guardian.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Zipper is attracted to Queenie.
    • 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.)
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Monterey Jack and Gadget are the friendly variety of this.
  • 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.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Queenie, albeit only for her own swarm.
  • Hypno Fool:
    • 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.
  • I Broke a Nail: Lahwhinie in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian".
  • Identical Stranger: Gadget and Lahwhinie
  • Idiot Ball: Dale has held this a few times.
  • If My Calculations Are Correct: Said by both Dale and Gadget in "The S.S. Drainpipe". Dale uses it as a catchphrase whereas Gadget's calculations are correct.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: The very reason why Foxglove ended up with Winifred.
  • Imperial China: Lives on in a valley in the Himalaya which has even got its own emperor ("Song of the Night 'n Dale").
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Dale, a chipmunk, manages to defeat Sewernose de Bergerac, an alligator several times his size with a weapon several times as large as his.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • 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.
  • Insistent Terminology: "Chipmunks!"
  • 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.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: So thinks Dale when DTZ turns into one.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Bubbles' Mooks in "The Case of the Cola Cult" just had to be Ninja mice so that Gadget had some worthy opponents to fight.
  • Instant Ice, Just Add Cold: For example, Nimnul's weather machine works that way. It certainly doesn't carry enough water to produce that much ice.
  • Interspecies Romance: All over the place:
    • Chip and Dale (chipmunks) are both attracted to Gadget (a mouse), who shows varying degrees of interest in them as well.
    • Dale and Foxglove - A chipmunk and a bat.
    • Zipper and Queenie - A housefly and a bee.
    • Tammy hearts Chipper - A squirrel and a chipmunk.
  • Involuntary Shapeshifting: At least when Winifred turns Dale into a frog in "Good Times, Bat Times".
  • It's Always Mardi Gras in New Orleans: "When Mice Were Men" has the Rangers travel to Spain, or "Tramplonia", to be more precise.
  • It's Always Spring: Unless stated otherwise, for example in "Weather or Not".
  • It's Personal: The reason why Monty joins Chip and Dale against Fat Cat is because the latter sunk his living-place.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Chip can be at times abrasive and domineering, but he is a devoted detective and cares deeply about his friends.
  • Jerkass Genie: The episode "A Lad In His Lamp" has one.
  • Just a Stupid Accent: Applies to just about every foreign character in the show. Most prominently Monterey Jack.
  • Kent Brockman News: Stan Blather.
    Stan: In a tragic development, the space plane is plunging directly toward the control tower. Wait a minute. I'm in the control tower! WAAAUGH!
  • "King Kong" Climb: Performed by Kookoo in "Gorilla My Dreams".
  • Kitchen Chase: An episode has a chase scene in a TV studio - they bump into a TV show chef, just as he is in the middle of explaing how much care today's dish requires.
  • Lady in Red: Gadget in "Double 'O Dale" and "Mind Your Cheese & Q's".
  • Lampshade Hanging: Happens in "A Creep in the Deep". After Gadget pulls out a larger-than-herself glass cutter seemingly out of nowhere:
    Monty: Do you always carry a glass cutter around with 'ya?
    Gadget: No. Just when I want to cut glass.
  • Land Down Under: Where Monty and his parents hail from.
  • Land Of Dragons: Main location of "Song of the Night 'n Dale" and hinted at in the first few minutes of "Adventures in Squirrelsitting".
  • La Résistance: Parodied with The Pound Underground in the pilot.
  • Large Ham:
    • Professor Nimnul.
    • Fat Cat. It kind of helps that both characters were voiced by Jim Cummings.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: (Ram-)Dale in "Le Purrfect Crime".
  • Laughing Mad: Professor Nimnul usually does this.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Cheddarhead Charlie and often Monterey Jack.
  • Lethal Chef: Dale mentioned in "Good Times, Bad Times" that Gadget's cooking tastes like motor oil.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Actually makes sense if you think about how many chipmunk-sized shirts could be cut out of one human-sized one.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Geegaw, whenever he is still alive, and Lahwhinie, whenever she is Gadget's sister, in Fan Fic.
  • Love at First Sight:
    • 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.
  • Love Triangle:
    • 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.
    • Cassandra/Zipper/Queenie.
    • Monty/Désirée/Errol.
  • 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...
  • Luke Nounverber:
    • Gadget Hackwrench.
    • The Clutchcoin family.

     Tropes M-R 
  • Mad Love:
    • Tammy, who falls head over heels for Chip to the point where she endangers the other Rangers, her sister, and herself.
    • Monty when he reunites with Desiree, despite the fact that Desiree doesn't seem like she loved him in the first place.
  • Mad Scientist:
    • Professor Nimnul.
    • Irweena from "Risky Beesness".
  • Magic Music: What Irweena Allen uses on Queenie's bees in "Risky Beesness". Also, what Queenie uses to save her bees in the same episode.
  • Magic Pants:
    • Zipper in "Fake Me to Your Leader".
    • All the Rangers in "Puffed Rangers".
  • Malaproper: Dale, to the extreme in Fan Fic.
  • Man of a Thousand Voices: Corey Burton, Peter Cullen, Rob Paulsen, and most of all, Jim Cummings.
  • McNinja: Bubbles' team of henchmen in "The Case of the Cola Cult" are all ninjas for some inexplicable reason.
  • Message Board: The biggest and oldest one is the Acorn Cafe; it is here where the Big Name Fans meet. The Chip 'n Dale (both classic and Rescue Rangers) fan portal Chip 'n' Dale Online has its own large forum.
  • Message in a Bottle: All Hands tries to contact Captain Finn this way in "A Creep in the Deep".
  • Mid-Air Bobbing: Way too many occurrences to list.
  • Midair Repair: Overdone by Gadget in "Bearing Up Baby" when she rebuilds the plumbing of an RV into a sort of rigid lanyard to rescue it after it falls from a cliff. Within seconds.
  • Mind Control:
    • Used by Heinrich von Sugarbottom in "Chocolate Chips".
    • Used by Irweena in "Risky Beesness".
    • Used by Fat Cat in "Parental Discretion Retired".
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Foxglove for the first half of "Good Times, Bat Times".
  • Missing Mom: While Gadget's father Geegaw is mentioned and shown in a picture during the pilot, not a word is said about her mother, and she never appears during the series.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: A crocodile in New Zealand in Kiwi's Big Adventure.
  • Moment Killer: Dale in "Good Times, Bat Times". Twice.
  • 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".
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Professor Norton Nimnul.
  • More Dakka:
    • The crank-operated, coffee-bean-shooting machine gun that Dale wields in "Le Purrfect Crime".
    • The shoot-out between Winifred's flying hoover and the Bagpipe Express in "Good Times, Bat Times" once the 'munks go full auto.
  • Mouse World: Explored in the show, but used to a much higher extent in Fan Fic.
  • The Movie: Actually planned, but nixed after DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp bombed. Although the story is believed to have been written, nothing is known about it among the fans.
  • 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.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Fan Fiction frequently makes Gadget a caffeine addict.
  • 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".
  • Mythology Gag:
    • 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:
    Dale: "I hope they show the one with the big dumb duck!"
    • Humphrey the Bear in "Bearing Up Baby".
    • The friendly rivalry over between Chip and Dale over Gadget is also a nod to the old cartoon "Two Chips and a Miss", also known among Rangerphiles as Episode Zero, with Gadget replacing Clarice.
    • Whenever Chip and Dale fight over something, their voices slip into the high-pitched squeaky voices they had in their old shorts.
    • One episode ("Out of Scale") shares a title with a classic cartoon, and borrows a few plot elements from it as well, such as a toy train set and the 'munks living in a toy house.
  • Name and Name: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
  • Named Weapons: The Decaffeinator.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Aldrin Klordane. Named after toxic chemicals and often spelled with a K.
  • The Napoleon: The baby from the episode "Dirty Rotten Diapers".
  • Nested Mouths: A scene from an obvious Alien parody which takes Nested Mouths Up 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 Hat: Chip's fedora definitely qualifies.
  • 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.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Steggy once more; a super-intelligent, high-tech-equipped dinosaur from outer space meets crimefighting rodents, one of whom is an Australian bush fighter.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: Chip and Dale in "Song of the Night 'n Dale", Steggy in "Prehysterical Pet".
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Too many examples to list.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Queenie has a pretty ample bust for a bee.
  • Non-Dubbed Grunts: More than 95% of Zipper's dialogs in the German dub remained English.
  • Non-Fatal Explosions: The blowing up of the kitchen door in "Zipper Come Home" is only one example.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • 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).
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup:
    • Nimnul's inventions.
    • Gadget (partially) subverts this trope, by making blueprints for seemingly every' invention, even if it was just an improvisation on the spot.
  • No Romantic Resolution
  • 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.
  • Off Like a Shot
  • Off Model: The episodes "Risky Beesness" and "Bearing Up Baby" definitely had moments of this. Not to mention "An Elephant Never Suspects" in it's entirety.
    • After TMS left the series, the animation became largely sub-par; it really went down the toilet when Sunwoo Entertainment came aboard.
  • Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: Most noticeably, "Good Times, Bat Times".
  • Oireland: "The Last Leprechaun".
  • 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.
  • One Head Taller: Queenie to Zipper. Your Size May Vary, though (see the end of the list).
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Gadget's occasional disguises almost always include high-heels.
  • Only Six Faces: Rat Capone ("S.S. Drainpipe", "Mind Your Cheese and Q's") and Francis ("Double 'O Dale") look exactly the same except for the clothes. Some fans believe they're brothers.
    • In addition, the villain of the episode "Out of Scale" resembles a bald version of Aldrin Klordane and one of his minions is identical to one of Klordane's minions.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: The villain of "The Last Leprechaun" is a banshee who has enslaved all the leprechauns.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Nimnul in "A Wolf in Cheap Clothing", for he uses the Metamorphosizer to exchange species with a wolf who then turns into a human.
  • Overclocking Attack: Nimnul's generator in "Pied Piper Power Play".
  • 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.
  • Pandaing to the Audience: Ming-Ting and Ting-A-Ling from "An Elephant Never Suspects".
  • 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.
  • Parental Bonus: The many, many movie and literature references in the show, some of which border on Genius Bonus.
  • Parent Service: The infamous red dress scene.
  • Parody Names: Lots.
  • Passing the Torch: From Plato to Chip and Dale.
  • Perpetual Motion Machine: Gadget claims she once found a perpetual motion machine in the garbage can after a school science fair; of course, by then, it had stopped moving.
  • Phrase Catcher: Canina LaFur's fans always tell her that they've admired her for years and years. And years...
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The princess at the opera in "A Case of Stage Blight". Chip somehow finds one that fits him later on, and distracts the villain by singing a duet with him.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: "Robocat".
  • Pirate Booty: "Chipwrecked Shipmunks".
  • A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: The Pi-Rats.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: The Pi-Rats.
  • Plot Technology: Anything Norton Nimnul ever invents. Just about the only device to ever return is the Gigantico Gun.
  • Police Are Useless: The reason why the Rangers have so much to do. The police usually show up when the Rangers have solved the case.
    • Their best man, Detective Donald Drake, would not have been useless, hadn't his colleagues put him in jail for obviously false accusations.
    • Sometimes subverted in fan fiction. Of Mice And Mayhem is a good example: While the Rangers are only so much as investigating in Nimnul's lab, the FBI shows up and arrests him right away.
  • Posthumous Character: Supposedly, Geegaw Hackwrench.
  • Pounds Are Animal Prisons: "To the Rescue, Part 4".
  • The Power of Friendship
  • Power Walk: Almost, at the end of "To the Rescue". See the screengrab in this article.
  • Previously On: The syndicated version of "To the Rescue".
  • Private Detective: Sureluck Jones. And Chip.
  • Prophecy Twist: "Seer No Evil".
  • Punched Across the Room: Chip and Dale when they meet Monty for the first time.
  • Punny Name: Too many to list.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Fat Cat's cronies frequently act as one.
  • Ranger
  • Rapunzel Hair: Gadget's hair goes down to her tush. Together with its poofyness, it might be hazardous in an environment such as a workshop.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Played straight with Tom when Fat Cat switches his game cartridge about making friends to a violent war game, and changes his eye color from yellow to red.
  • Red-Headed Hero: Tammy.
  • The Renaissance Age of Animation: CDRR is a good TV show example.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Sewernose de Bergerac, and the Mooks Wart and Sugar Ray Lizard, are reptiles.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia: Queenie in "Risky Beesness", Zipper in "Zipper Come Home".
  • Reset Button: At the end of "A Lad in a Lamp".
  • Revenge SVP: The bull who wasn't invited to a festival.
  • Right-Hand Cat: What Fat Cat used to be for Aldrin Klordane, at least from Klordane's point of view.
  • Role Called: Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
  • Round Robin: Has become a tradition of sorts at the Acorn Cafe, just without a pre-defined posting order.
  • 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.
  • Running on the Spot

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  • Scam Religion: Although the Coo-Coo Cola Cult wasn't founded as one, it ends up being used in this way.
  • Science Fair: "Normie's Science Project".
  • Science Hero: Gadget.
  • Scooby Stack: A little more justified than usual, since all the Rangers can go on all fours at need.
  • The Scottish Trope: Many Rangerphiles refuse to say or write the name of a certain bobcat cop whose name shall not be mentioned.
    • In fact, sometimes they refuse to spell out Lah... Law... Lou... the name of Gadget's Evil Twin from "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" due to the unclear spelling.
  • Screw Destiny: Chip's attitude towards Cassandra's prophecy in "Seer No Evil", no matter how much of it comes true.
  • Seers: Cassandra from "Seer No Evil".
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Dale vs. Su Lin in "Song of the Night 'n Dale".
  • 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.
  • She Is All Grown Up: Referenced/used in the meeting scene in "To the Rescue, Part 3":
    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.
  • Shout-Out: So many, the show is practically Reference Overdosed. Go here for specifics.
  • Show Some Leg: Gadget's red dress is tailored that way.
  • Show Within a Show: "Red Badger of Courage", "Flash the Wonder Dog", the "Dirk Suave" movie series, several comic book series.
  • Sixth Ranger: The original show didn't have a character joining for more than a single episode. In fanfic the two most common examples are Foxglove and Tammy. In any case, this is meant literally.
  • 65-Episode Cartoon
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Monty's parents Cheddarhead Charlie and Camembert Kate fall under this.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Tammy oh so very much.
  • Smooch of Victory:
    • At the beginning of "Dirty Rotten Diapers" Gadget gives one to Chip.
    • At the end of "Adventures In Squirrelsitting", Tammy gives one to Chip. He's pretty popular with the ladies.
  • Smug Super: Dale as Rubber Bando. It's not until he's framed for stealing world monuments that he loses his smugness.
  • The Smurfette Principle
  • The Song Remains the Same: "You're the Best Bee for Me" by Irweena & the Stingers isn't translated into German whereas all other songs including the theme song are.
  • Space Does Not Work That Way: Whenever the Rangers travel through space.
  • 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...
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: Kookoo from "Gorilla My Dreams". Strangely, she is it even to other animals instead of being fluent in Animal Talk.
  • 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".
  • Spell My Name with a "The": "When Mice Were Men" has El Emenopio, El Monty Grande, and at the end also El Dale Grande.
  • Spoiled Brat: Buffy Ratskiwatski. Her being the daughter of a Big Bad doesn't really make things any better.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Foxglove.
  • Start of Darkness: Winifred used to be a cleaning woman until she discovered books about witchcraft in the library.
  • Stationary Wings:
    • Cruiser and Bruiser from "Three Men and a Booby". They're too cool to flap, in fact, they're so cool that it's the Rule of Cool that moves them forward.
    • Subverted by the Ranger Plane, as the source of lift for the craft is mainly the balloon and the wings only flap because it looks cool.
    • Subverted by Foxglove at the end of "Good Times, Bat Times". She takes a moment to stop flapping in order to fawn over Dale, only to fall.
  • Stealth Pun: Zipper is a fly. This is never referenced in the series.
  • Steam Never Dies: Klordane's train is pulled by a steam locomotive. In The Eighties. Through subway tunnels, no less.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Gadget and Sparky both qualify.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Guess where Steggy got his name from.
  • Stock Epileptic Trees: At least CDRR and The Rescuers share the same universe.
  • Stout Strength: Monterey Jack. Overweight: Check. Gadget even tries to get him to lose some weight. Strength: Check. He's easily the strongest Ranger.
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
    • Monty and his father Cheddarhead Charlie.
    • Normie and his uncle Norton Nimnul.
  • Superheroes Wear Capes: Flash the Wonder Dog and the Red Badger of Courage.
  • 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".
  • Supreme Chef: Monterey Jack.
  • Surfer Dude: Shaka Baka from "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" is, like, way too Californian for Hawaii.
  • Surrounded by Idiots:
    • 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.
  • Take a Third Option: Lawhinie's solution to the three deadly challenges is to not do them, and tricked Gadget to take her place; when the village chief finds out, he considers Lahwhinie's solution and her attempt at Loophole Abuse as cheating.
  • Talk Like a Pirate: The Pi-Rats, especially Jolly Roger who even refers to the Rangers as "me hearties" in "Chipwrecked Shipmunks".
  • Tank Goodness:
    • 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".
  • Team Chef: Monty.
  • Team Switzerland: The so-called Neutrals (as opposed to Pros and Antis).
  • Techno Babble: Gadget's ramblings do not always make sense.
  • Telephone Teleport: In the episode "A Fly in the Ointment" Dr. Nimnul invents a "modemizer" helmet that allows him to travel through telephone lines so he can escape after committing burglaries.
  • Temple of Doom: Where Heinrich von Sugarbottom has his secret base in "Chocolate Chips".
  • 10-Minute Retirement: Monty in "To the Rescue, Part 4" and "Love Is A Many Splintered Thing", Gadget in "Case of the Cola Cult", Zipper in "Zipper Come Home".
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: The majority of animal characters.
  • 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.
  • There's No "B" in Movie: Just about every movie Dale watches on TV.
  • They Called Me Mad!: Nimnul, so very, very much.
  • They Fight Crime
  • Thing-O-Matic: Clyde Cosgrove's Meal-O-Matic from "The Luck Stops Here".
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Rat Capone's henchmen Arnold Mousenegger and Sugay Ray Lizard.
  • Those Two Guys: Officers Kirby and Muldoon.
  • Three Wishes: "A Lad in a Lamp".
  • Through a Face Full of Fur
  • 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".
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Dale in several episodes.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Chip in several episodes.
  • Top-Heavy Guy: The animators seemed to love this trope.
  • Toros y Flamenco: "When Mice Were Men" is built around this.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: "chEEeeEEeeEEeeEESE!"
  • 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.
  • Triang Relations
    • Chip, Dale and Gadget - Type 3, 7, 8 or 9, with Gadget as 'a' or 4 with Gadget as 'b', depending on the interpretation.
    • Chip, Tammy and Gadget - Type 4 or 5, with Tammy as 'a', Chip as 'b' and Gadget as 'c', again depending on the interpretation
  • Trojan Horse:
    • Easter basket with an integrated tank in "Three Men and a Booby".
    • The pineapple in "Battle of the Bulge".
  • Tropey Come Home: Played not so very straight in "Zipper Come Home". Zipper doesn't really want to return to the Rangers after he has been made king of a bug tribe.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: The theme song does this twice. The full-length version additionally changes gears once per chorus.
  • True Companions
  • Tunnel King: Ming-Ting and Ting-a-Ling, the pandas from "An Elephant Never Suspects". The moles from A Lean on the Property also count.
  • Tuxedo and Martini: Double-O Dale - sans Martini, of course, but his role model Dirk Suave and the gimmicks built into his tux make up for this.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Nimnul in "Fly in the Ointment". Once he get his body back, he decides to kill all the Rangers even though they helped him all the time.
  • Unhand Them, Villain!: Fat Cat does it to Tammy and Bink in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting".
  • The Unintelligible: Zipper.
  • Unnamed Parent: Tammy and Bink's mother.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: A lot of the cats, dogs, mice, chipmunks, birds, etc. wear clothes, but none of the humans seem to notice.
  • 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.
  • Villain Song:
    • 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".
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Su Lin.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Fleeblebroxians again.
  • The Von Trope Family: Heinrich von Sugarbottom.
  • Walking the Earth:
    • Although the Rangers live in a City of Adventure, their cases have taken them all over the world, and even outer space (in "Out to Launch").
    • Pre-Rangers Monterey Jack and his parents, Cheddarhead Charlie and Camembert Kate, are even better examples.
  • Walk the Plank: The Pi-Rats make the Rangers walk a human saber in lieu of a plank in "Piratsy Under the Seas".
  • Weather Control Machine: Nimnul has one in "Weather or Not".
  • We Help the Helpless: The team's motto being "No case too big, no case too small".
  • Welcome to the Caribbean, Mon!: The Jamaican fruit bats from "Battle of the Bulge".
  • What Does This Button Do?: Toggle the hover mode on the Ranger Wing ("Song of the Night 'n Dale").
  • Whole Plot Reference: For example, "A Fly in the Ointment" is one big reference to the recently remade movie The Fly.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • In the case of Monty, it's cats instead of snakes. Fat Cat and his feline crony Mepps don't seem to bother him too much, though.
    • Flash the Wonder Dog has a fear of heights in which he needed a stunt dog.
  • Wicked Witch: Why, Winifred from "Good Times, Bat Times" of course.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Used in several episodes. Not always with an accent, though. Dale is particulary famous for this.
  • Wild Take: Even villains do them, see Bubbles at the end of "Case of the Cola Cult".
  • Wishplosion: "A Lad in a Lamp".
  • World of Pun: Many of the episode titles and a couple of lines.
    • The most important character names in "When Mice Were Men", Don Quijole (pun on "key hole") and El Emenopio ("LMNOP").
  • Wrench Wench:
    • Gadget.
    • Su Lin in "Song of the Night 'n Dale".
    • Ming-Ting from "An Elephant Never Suspects".
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Dale puts his alien clone in a Boston Crab.
  • Wunza Plot
  • X-Ray Sparks: Has happened to all the Rangers at least once.
  • Yodel Land: Where Heinrich von Sugarbottom comes from.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: "Seer No Evil".
  • You Dirty Rat: Rat Capone, Snout, Francis and his henchrats on the one side, pretty much all mice on the other side. The sole exception would be Sparky the lab rat.
  • You're Just Jealous: Dale to Chip so many, many times.
  • Your Size May Vary:
    • 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.
    • "Bearing Up Baby". The size dissonance is so extreme that Monty is about three quarters as tall as Jeremy. This would be more realistic.
    • 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.

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