Western Animation / Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
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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 (1987) (the Donald Duck/Uncle Scrooge comic book universe), TaleSpin (Baloo, Louie and Shere Khan) 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 going to star Bernard and Bianca from 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. In the revised idea from series creator Tad Stones called Metro Mice, the show would center around a new team of heroic animals, which included a chameleon, a baseball-obsessed cricket, a far-sighted eagle, 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 World War II 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. The eagle, cricket and chameleon were dropped, and a fly was added to the mix.

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' 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 to be in some stage of development. No further updates about that were released as of now.

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.

The Parents Television Council praised Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers as one of the best choices when there is nothing else to watch. The Parents Television Council also did positive reviews of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Teletubbies (the US version), Boy Meets World (and its' spin-off), Full House and Sofia the First (among others).


Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers provides examples of:

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  • Adaptational Heroism: In the Classic Disney Shorts, Chip and Dale were usually depicted as troublemakers whose karmic enforcement was mostly just revenge over someone slighting them. In the series, they are altruistic crime fighters, with their mischievous streak much more downplayed.
  • Always Know a Pilot:
    • Chip and Dale have a pilot as part of the team, Gadget Hackwrench. As suggested by her name, she doubles as an inventor.
    • Monterey Jack's old friend Geegaw Hackwrench, Gadget's father, used to be an Ace Pilot. Since Geegaw is absent, Gadget joins the team instead. That said, Monty was rather looking for Geegaw's plane because he is a pilot himself.
    • At the beginning of "Song of the Night 'n Dale", Gadget mentions that she wants everyone on the team to be able to pilot her aircraft (probably except Zipper who doesn't need them in the first place). This introduces Dale as a pilot. And Chip has been seen at the Ranger Wing's helm, too. So the Rangers always know at least one pilot.
  • Anti-Villain: The Pi-Rats, who, other than an obsessive need to guard their treasure, are actually decent folk.
  • Absent-Minded Professor: Sparky, of course. Gadget too. Both can hardly keep one train of thought going.
  • 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," gets squashed and turned into this for a moment.
  • 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 (who apparently worked at a circus at one point) almost always keeps up with the agile chipmunks.
  • 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".
  • Adventurer Outfit: Some unusual mix-and-match variants: Chip wears the archeologist outfit, but with the bomber jacket from the aviator outfit; Monterey Jack has the normal aviator outfit.
  • 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 plays one in "Risky Beesness" while watching a concert of the fictional band Iron Goose.
  • 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", despite being a stegosaur.
    • 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: Darby'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". The whole episode takes place in/around a Hawaiian tourist trap.
  • 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: The setting of "Seer No Evil", complete with requisite fun house, cotton candy, and crooked midway games (one of which jumpstarts the plot).
  • 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. The 5-part pilot is part of Season 2, as is "Good Times, Bat Times" which some consider the chronologically last episode. "The Pied Piper Power Play" came even later, and it shows Nimnul in his dome lair that was destroyed in "Normie's Science Project".
  • Angry Guard Dog: The Doberman who guards the pound in "To the Rescue, Part 4". At least until Monterey Jack clobbers him with trash can lids.
  • 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 Religion:
    • "Zipper Come Home" has a group of insects worshipping a frog called Ribbit as their god. Ribbit is of course a big threat to the lives of these insects because he sees them as food, and it seems like the whole cult is all about them begging him to not eat them.
    • In "Kiwi's Big Adventure", a tribe of kiwi birds see the Ranger Plane as a god that will make them regain their ability to fly.
    • In "The Case of the Cola Cult", Gadget joins a cult with religious overtones (she has to give up all her tools to be able to join).
  • Animal Superheroes: Debatable, considering that none of the characters on the show have anything that could be called a super power, with one exception: in the Superhero Episode "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!", Dale and a human villain both get temporary Rubber Man powers from an alien meteor.
  • 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.)
  • Appropriated Appellation: When Plato said the fate of the federal gold reserved rest with the group, he called them 'Rescue Rangers'. Chip liked the name and it became official.
  • 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. Alien or not.
    • 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, who's basically Rodent Crocodile Dundee with a penchant for cheese.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Dirk Suave. He's an international spy, to boot.
  • 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.
  • Bag of Kidnapping: In "Mind Your Cheese and Q's" when Gadget tries to escape from Rat Capone's hideout after she rejects his advances, his henchman Sugar Ray captures her with this method.
  • 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 is the only main character who fits this (the others are Half Dressed Cartoon Animals.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Gadget, when it's warm outside, normally wears either a swimsuit or a midriff shirt/shorts combo.
  • Batman Cold Open: Used in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian". The episode opens with half of the Rangers being captured by an octopus, and the others are trying to rescue them.
  • 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 Afraid: "Risky Beesness" uses standard elements of this. Justified since the main villain of the episode can mind-control bees.
  • Bee Bee Gun: There's one in "Risky Beesness". Justified since the main villain of the episode can mind-control bees.
  • 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", the latter of which was one of the most noteworthy demonstrations of the trope in television.
  • 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 Chlordane.
  • 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".
  • Blinding Bangs:
    • K. Sera, the dog from the Pound Underground in "To The Rescue, pt. 4", to the point that it's nearly impossible to tell which way he's facing.
    • Also, Gadget when rain flattens her '80s Hair.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Monterey Jack, who loves a good punch-up more than anything (except cheese).
  • 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 suspended on chains.
  • 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" throws tantrums regarding babysitting as well as Chip not flirting with her.
  • 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: Some of the episodes with An Aesop deliver mixed messages at best:
    • "Dirty Rotten Diapers" focuses on Gadget's effort to get the rest of the team to focus on non-violent problem solving. Unfortunately, in the end they end up having to fight the criminal when he injures the team and pushes Gadget's Berserk Button. The moral one ends up with instead is 'non-violent methods aren't effective in some cases'.
    • "Mind Your Cheese and Q's" focused on Monterey's cheese fixation, but Chip and Dale ended up deliberately exposing him to the stuff in order to use him to track down Gadget - although he then had to overcome his fixation to rescue her. The moral one ends up with instead is 'live with your addiction and count on being able to resist it when it really matters.'
    • "The Case Of The Cola Cult" dealt with Gadget having a crisis of self-esteem and seeking new friends among a local cult. The episode ended with her happily reunited with the Rangers, but instead of warning about the peril of allowing a cult to determine your worth, one ends up with 'Stay loyal to your friends even if they don't seem to value you.' (The Rangers do value Gadget, but it's still an awkward message to send.)
  • Broken Echo: Dale looks into a cave and yells "Hello down there!" The echo repeats this. He then says "Say, you're handsome!" The echo says "Thanks!"
  • Building Swing: Rubber Bando, Dale's superhero alter ego with the power to stretch himself out, does this sometimes to move about the city.
  • 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 intellectual 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".
  • 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", an episode which supposedly takes place in a Brazilian cocoa forest, fits most of these stereotypes to a T, right down to the Brazilian parrots and Latino tour bus driver.
  • 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, the latter of whom goes overboard by sending the thing to 12Gs. 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 the use this time is that Gadget at the top of the chain is able to yank the next in the chain (Chip) up to shout into his face - dragging Dale and Monterey along with him! (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 clashes with Chip and leaves in "To the Rescue pt. 4", only to show up less than ten minutes later to save the rest of the team from an Angry Guard Dog.
  • Character Name and the Noun Phrase: Irweena and the Stingers (a band formed by a woman in a bee suit and a bunch of bees) in "Risky Beesness". Justified since the main villain of the episode can mind-control bees.
  • 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: All the male Rangers have had Ship Tease or other female attention - Tammy, Foxglove, Desiree D'allure, and Queenie among others.
  • Children Are Innocent: Or so Gadget believes in most of "Dirty Rotten Diapers".
  • Chinese Launderer: The main location in "To the Rescue, Part 2." It's run by a pair of "Siamese Twins" and involves incredibly racist Oriental cats running fish fighting rings.
  • City of Adventure: While the Rangers often travel to other lands, most of the episodes take place right in their home city (see City with No Name below).
  • 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: The Rangers manage to save Monty from being beheaded by a circular saw in "Mind Your Cheese & Q's". It was so close that he got the back of his head shaved.
  • Clothing Damage: Parodied. Whose dress is ripped in an action scene? Dale's.
  • 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.
  • 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 Ninjutsu, 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:
    • Geegaw Hackwrench's "Screaming Eagle", especially after the modifications obviously applied by Gadget.
    • 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). And this might have happened before Gadget gave Dale his piloting lessons.
  • 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.
  • Creator Provincialism: Ever noticed how much of Los Angeles and particularly Hollywood and Burbank appears in the Rangers' hometown, although neither are ever named? LAPD uniforms and car livery, Los Angeles city hall, Burbank Bob Hope Airport, Lankershim and Cahuenga are mentioned twice and so forth.
  • Criminal Amnesiac: In "Le Purrfect Crime", amnesiac Dale is convinced by Maltese de Sade's henchmen that he is the gun-munk "RamDale in order to use him against his friends.
  • 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 again as "Tootsie" in "S.S. Drainpipe". He's good enough to almost make Gadget jealous.
    • Zipper in "When You Fish Upon a Star". This leaves Monty as the only male Ranger who never crossdresses.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Dale, especially in "S.S. Drainpipe" and "Le Purrfect Crime".
  • Cult:
    • The Cola Cult in "Case of the Cola Cult".
    • The Ranger Plane-worshipping kiwis in "Kiwi's Big Adventure".
  • 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?
    • To be fair, he did try to sell some of his earlier inventions. But they were rejected, and he was referred to as "mad". On the other hand, he could easily have sold some of his later stuff.
    • 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 Chlordane, although that may have been because Chlordane himself was a bit crazy.
  • Cute Kitten: The cat-napped pet kitten Spunky in "Catteries Not Included" and Kookoo's feline friend Boots (based on All Ball, but not a tailless Manx) in "Gorilla My Dreams" are the only exceptions to Monterey Jack's (and mostly this show's) rule that Cats Are Mean.
  • 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.
  • 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: If Gadget starts to explain something, she tends to fall into endless rambling, going deeper and deeper into details. Fans call these ramblings "Gadgetisms".
  • Deserted Island: In "Chipwrecked Shipmunks", the Rangers end up landing on one. It doesn't stay that deserted when the Pi-Rats reappear.
  • 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 after a small meteor ruptures the oxygen line and knocks the pilots into unconsciousness.
  • 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".
    • In "When You Fish Upon a Star", a flock of fireflies is successfully distracted... by Zipper in drag.
  • 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.
    • "Le Purrfect Crime" implies that all dogs in France or at least in Paris are poodles because Maltese de Sade has a city-wide countermeasure against them specifically.
  • Dope Slap:
    • Chip bonks Dale on the head on occasion when the latter 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: The Fleeblebroxian shapeshifter DTZ turns into Dale in "Dale Beside Himself". Also, in a sense, Lahwhinie who looks close enough to Gadget to make her take her place and almost get away with that.
  • Dragon Ascendant: Both Fat Cat and Professor Nimnul previously worked for Chlordane.
  • Dreadful Musician: Irwina Allen and the Stingers. She is an exterminator gone bee-napper with a dreadful singing voice, and her band, the Stingers, are mind-controlled bees. Their music is unbearable for the audience who originally came to see the metal band Iron Goose. The latter, being locked away but able to hear her, somehow don't find her that dreadful.
  • Drive-In Theater: The opening scene of "Good Times, Bat Times" takes place at a human drive-in. That is, the Rangers themselves fly in with the Ranger Wing.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Gadget in the opening scene of "The Case of the Cola Cult". The wheeled invention she test-drives with the other Rangers aboard doesn't even have brakes, but she doesn't seem to mind.
  • Drowning Pit:
    • In "Shell Shocked", the Rangers are trapped inside a boot on a beach that is supposed to be flooded by the rising tide.
    • In "The Case of the Cola Cult", they end up in a soda can that is to be sunk into a bucket of soda.
  • 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: In "Le Purrfect Crime", Dale loses his memory when a falling Paris souvenir hits him on the head. Later on, Chip gives him a bonk, and his memory is back.
  • 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.
  • 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 into the soda pool.
  • Fake Band: The obviously British Hair Metal band Iron Goose in "Risky Beesness". Dale is a big fan of theirs (says a lot about his taste in music), and since this is Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, they fall victim to a crime that the Rangers have to solve.
  • 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 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 is not only tall for a cat, but also on the chubby side, therefore appropriately named by his former owner Aldrin Klordane. And he is one of the two main villains, perhaps even more gruesome than Norton Nimnul who is just plain crazy.
    • He has an almost identical cousin in Paris named Maltese de Sade who is just as evil as him.
  • 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 is Monterey Jack's ex-fiancée whom he left for a cheese truck. She eventually shows up in the Rangers' hometown, already with criminal intentions together with her new partner Erol, and while she is at it, she tries to lure Monty back to her and kill him out of revenge.
  • Fishbowl Helmet: In episode "Out to Launch", Gadget constructs a spacesuit from a rubber glove and a glass jar. Plausible, in that Gadget spent less than a minute outside a pressurized spacecraft.
  • Five-Episode Pilot: The show's pilot "To the Rescue" is a five-parter, recut from a now probably lost film. It is unusual, however, in that it aired as the episodes 41 through 45 in the second season.
  • Five-Bad Band: Fat Cat's gang.
  • 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" takes place in New Zealand where the Ranger Plane ends up with a tribe of kiwis. They worship it as a deity that shall give back the flightless birds the ability to fly.
  • Flower in Her Hair:
    • Gadget's evil Hawaiian Doppelgänger Lahwhinie/Lawhinie/Louwhiney/... always wears a flower in her hair — until she switches places with Gadget and takes her goggles instead.
    • Gadget herself is occasionally seen wearing one along with her goggles, for example in "A Case of Stage Blight" when the Rangers go to the opera. It's her idea of dressing up.
  • 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 carpets with hidden, remote-controllable hover drives in "The Carpetsnaggers" in order to steal valuables down to entire safes out of the mansions of rich people to whom he sold the carpets. They're powerful enough that when the Rangers nail one to the floor, it rips the entire house out of the ground.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: The Big Bad from "Case of the Cola Cult" is a tall, muscular mouse and commander over an army of ninja mice. His name is Bubbles. Then again, he is one of the head figures of a soda-based cult.
  • 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 Chlordane'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 to L 
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Gadget is not only a inter-disciplinary scientist, but also an inventress who builds stuff ranging from a TV to various submarines to a freaking spaceship mostly out of junk.
  • 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: "A Lad in a Lamp" has an oriental genie who tricks Monterey Jack into taking his place. For a change, this goes without intentionally backfiring wishes, but the Rangers have to free their friend and get the original genie back into the lamp. Worse yet, Fat Cat gets his greedy paws on the lamp with Monty inside.
  • 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.
  • 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. They only appear in one episode each ("Adventures in Squirrelsitting" and "Good Times, Bat Times" respectively), but they've got massive fan followings. Also Queenie, the queen bee from "Risky Beesness" and Zipper's major crush.
  • 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, ties 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.
  • 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.
  • Gratuitous 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.
  • 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" is a diner next to a bank from where two crooks try to dig into the bank's basement. However, it's also opposite a police station and frequented by a lot of people in uniform. The fact that Ma lets the likes of Spud and Fry work in her kitchen shows that she isn't too picky about that.
  • Great Detective: Chip. He wears an appropriate fedora, he even possesses a chipmunk-sized magnifying glass, he is the one on the team who would rather investigate on cases rather than jumping right into action, and his role model is the fictional detective Sureluck Jones.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Depending on the episode (and the animation studio) and sometimes within one and the same episode, Gadget's Furry Female Mane is shown in different colors ranging from golden to straw blond to simply orange (yes, without a Coo-Coo Cola shower). Interestingly, the same applies to her Doppelgänger from "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" within that one single episode.
  • Hair Decorations: Applies to almost all cute females in the show with the possible exception of Foxglove. Even Gadget's goggles may count.
  • Hair Metal: Iron Goose from "Risky Beesness" take this to an extreme with their colorful manes. They're kind of Iron Maiden meets Mötley Crüe.
  • 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 non-human 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 which he keeps inside his aviator jacket.
    • Gadget and the glass cutter that's longer than herself in "A Creep in the Deep", and that she carries stashed away in her coveralls when she has to cut glass. Not that it leaves a dent or something.
    • 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".
    • At the end of "Risky Beesness", Queenie sends a few of her bees to make a double Heart Symbol for Zipper.
  • 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 (who is kind of red all over) 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.)
  • Hollywood Acid: In a nod towards the proven corrosiveness of drinks like Coca-Cola, "The Case of the Cola Cult" seems to imply that Coo-Coo Cola can dissolve anything except for its container within less than a minute if used in large enough quantities. The members of the Cola Cult believe they've "fizzed away" their worldly possessions prior to starting a new life with the Cola Cult. Gadget proves them otherwise: It was a ruse set up by Bubbles to get their riches into his greedy fingers.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl:
    • Monterey Jack and Gadget are the friendly variety of this.
    • Also, Shaka Baka is a lot taller than his girlfriend Lahwhinie.
  • Hula and Luaus: "Gadget Goes Hawaiian", only little hula, but a big luau scene and tourists and surfing and volcanoes. Justified in 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. It was originally targeted at sturgeons so that they lay eggs as often as chicken.
    • Queenie's swarm in "Risky Beesness".
    • The jungle animals and the Rangers (sans Dale) in "Chocolate Chips". Dale refers to them as zombies.
  • 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... ...Urkburgles.
  • I Broke a Nail: Lahwhinie says she broke one when trying to operate the gas valve in "Gadget Goes Hawaiian". Mice have fingernails?
  • Identical Stranger: Gadget and Lahwhinie are physically absolutely identical, only dressed differently, having different facial expressions, and only the latter wears make-up. But they have (most likely) never met before "Gadget Goes Hawaiian". Canon Fodder ensues.
  • 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: In the showdown fight in "A Case of Stage Blight", Dale, a chipmunk, has to fence against Sewernose de Bergerac, an alligator several times his size with a weapon several times as large as his. Dale wins.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • Deborah Walley more or less replays part of her role as Gidget from Gidget Goes Hawaiian 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 (Steggy is a dinosaur, and the Fleeblebroxians are shapeshifters).
  • Insect Queen: Queenie is a cartoon queen bee of a happy hive in the episode "Risky Beesness", complete with a crown on her head. 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!" whenever someone refers to Chip and Dale as squirrels.
    • Winifred does NOT want to be called "Freddie".
  • 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 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 or deliberately manipulated by Norton Nimnul, 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 genie in "A Lad In a Lamp" tricks Monterey into taking his place, thereby being able to leave the lamp. He doesn't even get to the point of lots of backfiring wish fulfillments.
  • 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" as part of her femme fatale costume, and one of the few times that she shows awareness of her own sexuality (though later she notes that it's all "part of the act").
  • 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: Monty (and his parents) come from Australia.
  • 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 to 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. He starts with his Nimnul Fruitquake, an earthquake triggered by a gigantic jelly mold that he created for his employer, the villain Aldrin Klordane. He then proceeds with proposals for alternative electricity sources, namely cat fur and a gigantic potato, one of which is rejected while the other one backfires. After that, he uses his inventions for his own criminal purposes.
    • Irweena from "Risky Beesness". What do you do if you want to sing in a band, but you can't get one? You invent a bee mind control device and make an almost entire beehive your band.
  • Magic Music: What Irweena Allen uses on Queenie's bees in "Risky Beesness". Also, what Queenie sings 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. He even "resembles that remark" on screen.
  • 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Crime boss Aldrin Chlordane. Aldrin and chlordane are both types of pesticides, and he's in a show about rodent heroes.
  • 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: If a character or a contraption can fly, it can hover in mid-air. (Exceptions: Cruiser and Bruiser, the Screaming Eagle.) If it does so, it almost always bobs up and down. Justified mostly in the case of the Ranger Plane which is constantly propelled up and down by its wings and actually carried by a gas balloon. Not justified for the Ranger Wing which is held aloft by propellers and Zipper whose wings are too fast for bobbing.
    • Among the few exceptions is the Bagpipe Express which should technically bob, too, as it is kept afloat by pumping air into a bagpipe with a bellows. Its battle opponent, Winifred's hoover, doesn't bob either, probably because it's magical. Foxglove the bat does bob, however.
  • 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:
    • Heinrich von Sugarbottom uses trained mosquitos to drug jungle animals (and the Rangers except for Dale) into zombie-like slaves in "Chocolate Chips".
    • Irweena Allen uses a portable electronic device that hypnotizes bees with sounds in "Risky Beesness". That said, technically speaking, what Queenie does when she sings to her hive isn't that much different.
    • Fat Cat has a chicken-shaped hypnosis spiral in "Parental Discretion Retired" that he uses to make sturgeons lay eggs like chicken and then make a fortune with the caviar. It even works on Dale.
    • Similar to Irweena, Professor Nimnul has a tone generator with a high-pitched sound in "The Pied Piper Power Play" that lures mice (including Gadget and Monty) into a running wheel.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Foxglove for the first half of "Good Times, Bat Times".
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: How many, if not all, of the cases the Rangers go on begin this way,
  • 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: The crocodile from Peter Pan in New Zealand in "Kiwi's Big Adventure".
  • Moment Killer: Dale in "Good Times, Bat Times" when Chip tries to express his feelings to Gadget. Twice — early in the episode when the Rangers are sitting in the Ranger Wing at the Drive-In Theater, and Dale pops a bubblegum bubble, and then near the end when the Rangers are back at the Headquarters, and Dale picks Chip up with his new hang glider.
  • Monster of the Week: Aside from Fat Cat, Professor Nimnul, and Aldrin Chlordane who is limited to the Five-Episode Pilot, 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: Norton Nimnul experiments with everything from meteorology to rodent hypnosis, but always puts this knowledge to criminal ends.
  • 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.
    • A half-live action, half-CGI movie was planned for some point in the second half of the 2010s. Nothing much has come out of it yet, not even preliminary artwork.
  • 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 really 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 — there are two more "official" spellings.
  • Mysterious Past: Monty's always referring to his adventurous past - a few snippets of which do become relevant. A little of Gadget's background is gone into in the pilot. The other characters' pasts are basically blank (unless one regards the theatrical Chip & Dale shorts as Broad Strokes canon.)
  • 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 co-stars 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, high-speed 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: In "Le Purrfect Crime", when Dale is the Criminal Amnesiac RamDale, he calls his crank-operated coffee bean gun with the drum magazine on his back "The Decaffeinator". Both the gun and its naming are a Shout-Out to "Old Painless" from Predator and to Arnold Schwarzenegger's use of the self-same gun in Terminator 2.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Aldrin Chlordane. Named after toxic chemicals and often spelled with a K.
  • The Napoleon: The baby from the episode "Dirty Rotten Diapers", someone Gadget was all too pleased to rough up at the end of the episode.
  • 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 Chlordane 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".
  • 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:
    • The 'munks never really quit fawning over Gadget. Yet, the show ends with her being single, no matter which one is actually the chronologically last episode.
    • In a series that puts the first part of its Five-Episode Pilot on number 41 and thereby into the second series, there is hardly anything resembling a chronological order, so "Good Times, Bat Times" (season 2, no. 46 of 65 in production order, no. 52 of 65 in airing order) may pretty well be the real last episode, and Dale and Foxglove may pretty well end the show as a loving couple. Since "Good Times, Bat Times" is not the last episode aired, this is left unclear.
  • 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.
  • Octopoid Aliens: The urfburgles from the episode "Dale Beside Himself" are small, have four or five tentacles and a single eye. They're Too Dumb to Live, and both look and act like living jelly. The spacefaring aliens that come to Earth consume them alive and whole as a snack, though Ditz tends to make a meal of these junk food critters.
  • 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 notably, "Good Times, Bat Times" when Winifred pulls this out instead of the list of magical items she needs for her brew.
  • Oireland: "The Last Leprechaun" takes place there, complete with the green-clad, mischievous leprechaun Darby Spree.
  • 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, Ignatz Ratskiwatski from "Out of Scale" resembles a bald version of Aldrin Chlordane and one of his minions is identical to Chlordane's henchman Percy.
  • 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.
  • Panda-ing 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:
  • Passing the Torch: In the Five-Episode Pilot "To the Rescue", we learn that Detective Donald Drake and his police dog Plato will soon retire. By helping them first become crime-fighters and then take down Aldrin Klordane, Plato passes the torch on to Chip and Dale who, however, will continue his legacy of crime-fighting without human assistance.
  • Pendulum of Death: "A Lad In His Lamp" had The Villain's henchman Mole attain possession of a magic lamp, complete with obedient genie. When the Rangers attempt to confiscate the lamp, Fat Cat roars at Mole to "wish for something, you ninny!" The next instant shows the captured Rangers affixed beneath an oscillating blade, watching its slow descent. In a Pet the Dog moment, Fat Cat declares, "Why, Mole, you surprise me."
  • 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.
  • Pirate Booty: There is one on the Deserted Island in "Chipwrecked Shipmunks" that both the Pi-Rats and the Rangers want to retrieve. And in the eariler Pi-Rat episode "Piratsy Under the Sea", there is the one the Pi-Rats have had on their own ship for centuries that they go search for whenever they feel like nonetheless.
  • A Pirate 400 Years Too Late: The Pi-Rats are rodent "pirates" on a sailship like those who used to roam the Caribbean. However, CDRR takes place in the late 20th century. That said, if Jolly Roger is to believe, at least some of the Pi-Rats are actually several centuries old.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: All the Pi-Rats ever do is find treasures — that is, "find" the same treasure over and over again ("Piratsy Under the Sea") until they find an actual treasure in "Chipwrecked Shipmunks". They are not, however, involved in any actual piracy.
  • 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: Gadget's father Geegaw Hackwrench. He doesn't appear anywhere outside a framed picture, we learn just enough about him to be Canon Fodder, and he is supposed to be but not officially pronounced dead.
  • Pounds Are Animal Prisons: The dog pound in "To the Rescue, Part 4". Frenchie and K. Sera, the Pound Underground, even try (and eventually succeed) to break out by digging a tunnel.
  • 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".
  • Prophecy Twist: "Seer No Evil" is about this. The Rangers visit an old friend of Monty's, the gypsy moth Cassandra, at a local fairground and ask her to predict the truth. Of course, nothing of what she says can be taken literally. The coat that Monty shall get is cotton candy. The dark-haired stranger she predicts for Gadget is a thievous chimpanzee. It gets even more complicated with Chip's lengthy prophecy that ends with his presumed death.
  • Punched Across the Room: Chip and Dale when they meet Monty for the first time.
  • Punny Name:
    • Chip and Dale themselves are a pun on "chippendale". If that isn't obvious enough, see the scene in "Double 'O Chipmunk" after Dale has taken off his spy tuxedo, wearing nothing but a bowtie.
    • Chip is also one on "chipmunk".
    • Gadget and Geegaw Hackwrench. That is, we don't know whether Geegaw was a Gadgeteer Genius; his daughter surely is.
    • News anchor Stan Blather is an Expy of both Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite.
    • Next, we have the astronauts Roger Houston, Buzz Airfields and Joy Rider, the latter being an Expy of the Real Life NASA astronaut Sally Ride.
    • Sureluck Jones, Private Detective and protagonist of the eponymous novels, is a Shout-Out to Sherlock Holmes.
    • Cruiser and Bruiser are hawks who fly like they've watched Top Gun once too often. Cruiser in particular is a play on Tom Cruise.
    • Aldrin Klordane, the main villain of the Five-Episode Pilot, is named after two chemicals.
    • Also from the Five-Episode Pilot, the little furry dog K. Sera and the martial arts-savvy fish Juice Lee.
    K. Sera: "Sera!"
    • Evil travel agent Seymour's name can also be understood as "see more". He exploits this pun for advertising purposes.
    • Even vessels get punny names in this show: the "Lucitetania".
    • "When Mice Were Men" goes wild with its punny names: Monty's Spanish friend is named Don Quijole (pronouned "keyhole"), and their nemesis bull is named El Emenopio (from "L-M-N-O-P").
    • Sugar Ray Lizard is a play on Sugar Ray Leonard and a lizard. And guess where the name Arnold Mousenegger comes from. Not to mention the comic character Red Badger of Courage.
    • "Pie in the Sky" has Ma Sweeney and her son Todd.
    • Not bad enough? Try Fat Cat's French cousin Maltese de Sade.
    • "Puffed Rangers" has Hong Kong-based Hu Yu ("Who? You?") and Genghis Khat.
    • The final episodes bring us Canina LaFur, Zsa Zsa Labrador (who isn't even one) and Wild Bill Hiccup.
  • Ranger: The Rescue Rangers don't carry that title for nothing. They might be small animals, but they will whoop your poop deck if need be.
  • 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, seeing as Gadget never wears a hair net.
  • 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 Herring: In the Cola Cult episode, it seems pretty obvious to the viewer that Pop Top's cult is a fraud, meant to fleece its members of their valuables. It does later turn out that the cult is a fraud—but not because of its leader, Pop Top, who did seriously believe the cult's message. The con artist is actually Bubbles, Pop Top's right-hand mouse, who figured out how to profit by the cult.
  • The Renaissance Age of Animation: CDRR is a good TV show example.
  • Replaced the Theme Tune: Downplayed example. Certain airings of the series used different variations of the main theme during the closing credits.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Sewernose de Bergerac, and the Mooks Wart and Sugar Ray Lizard, are reptiles.
  • Requisite Royal Regalia:
    • Queenie, the queen bee in "Risky Beesness", wears a crown.
    • Zipper, when he is crowned king of a bug tribe in "Zipper Come Home", is decked out even beyond that: They have a housefly-sized ermine cape for him.
  • Reset Button: At the end of "A Lad in a Lamp", the last wish that Monterey Jack as the genie has to fulfill is to revert everything to how it was at the beginning of the episode.
  • RevengeSVP: The bull who wasn't invited to a festival.
  • Right-Hand Cat: What Fat Cat used to be for Aldrin Chlordane, at least from Chlordane'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: When someone wears one of the meteorite fragments that appear in "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!", they turn into rubber. Seymour uses it for criminal purposes.
    • Rubber Chipmunk: And Dale uses it first for his personal pun and then in order to battle Seymour.
  • 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: Especially (but not only) Chip and Dale do this a lot. Rather unusual and justified examples can be found during the casino chase in "To the Rescue", for example, when they jump onto a pile of cards, and while they try to run, they fling the cards underneath their paws behind themselves instead of propelling themselves forward. Or they try to escape while running on a spinning record player.

     Tropes S to Z 
  • Scam Religion: Although the Coo-Coo Cola Cult wasn't founded as one, it ends up being used in this way.
  • Science Fair: There is one at "Normie's Science Project" for which Norton Nimnul's nephew Normie steals the Molecular Audio Empathizer that his uncle had just invented to attack the city. Gadget mentions she loves science fairs because she often finds interesting inventions in the junk.
  • Science Hero: Gadget. Scientist, Gadgeteer Genius, probably the actual brain on the team, but she's also a Rescue Ranger, and as "The Case of the Cola Cult" demonstrates, she can just as well become an unstoppable One-Mouse Army if she has to.
  • Scooby Stack: A little more justified than usual, since all the Rangers can go on all fours at need.
  • The Scottish Trope:
  • 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". She is a moth, and her crystal ball is whichever light bulb is nearby.
  • 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 nigh 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. She used this in the episode to cause a thug who was controlling a tank with a neural interface helmet to lose control and allow them to escape the villains death trap.
  • Show Within a Show: "Red Badger of Courage", "Flash the Wonder Dog", the "Dirk Suave" movie series, several comic book series.
  • Signature Scent: There are two smells that make Monterey Jack go out of his mind. One is cheese. The other one is the perfume that his French ex-fiancée Désirée D'Allure wears. It always reminds him of her, of the time they spent in Paris, and of how sad he felt when a cheese attack drew him away from their wedding.
  • 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: Although the numbers of episodes in each of the three seasons are not multiples of 13, the show still ended after exactly 65 episodes.
  • Skewed Priorities: Surprisingly, the team was like this in the Five-Episode Pilot when they were only focused on getting the ruby, disregarding Fat Cat's plan to rob fishing boats and ending up foiling him by accident, why Klordane wanted a giant glacier, and even when the federal gold reserve was about to be robbed. Lampshaded when they admit to Plato they failed to get the ruby and he told them it wasn't as important as they thought. Of course it's justified both by following Plato's advice to get the ruby and escape and that they felt that the humans could handle the problem. The experience is what convinced them that there are things they are the only ones can handle.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Monty's parents Cheddarhead Charlie and Camembert Kate fall under this.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: Tammy oh so very much. When Chip catches her after Fat Cat has thrown her out of the tree, she develops a mad crush on him. She tries her best to impress him, she sees Gadget as a rival, and she even goes after Fat Cat, taking her toddler sister Bink with her, just to prove to Chip she's at least as good as Gadget.
  • 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 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.
  • Spanner in the Works: Surprisingly, the first time the Rangers foil Fat Cat's plan was completely by accident; they were only after the ruby he was wearing and didn't even care about what he was up to.
  • 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.
    • "Lahwhinie" is from the official Writer's Bible. It used to be the only "official" spelling known to the Rangerphiles until the subtitles appeared.
    • As has been discovered only a few years ago, VHS subtitles spell her name "Louwhiney".
    • And 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 crime boss doesn't really make things any better.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Foxglove the Bat for at least half of her episode, before Dale and her start to be on more even terms in regards to their feelings.
  • 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 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: Chlordane's train is pulled by a steam locomotive. In The '80s. Through subway tunnels, no less. It's possible it was simply what he had available at the time.
  • Steven Ulysses Perhero: Gadget is a Gadgeteer Genius. Sparky is a walking, talking capacitor, he gives you X-Ray Sparks when you shake hands without proper insulation. Also, his hands have different polarities, and he can create sparks between his index fingers.
  • 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 Chlordane'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. If something has to be cooked or baked, he does it. If not, he does it anyway. Downside: Unless it's bakery, his recipes are always cheese-based. And he tends to bake so many walnut walleroos that you can't help but wonder just how big an oven Gadget has installed at Rescue Rangers Headquarters.
  • 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", Dale in "To the Rescue, part 2" and "Le Purrfect Crime". The only one to never quit is Chip. He doesn't even stay at home for his own safety when he's told to.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Okay, let's see.
    • A few ladies first:
      • Gadget: Only Ranger with eyelashes. Furry Female Mane. Very light fur. Hourglass figure with what has to be boobs. Her coveralls are lavender instead of the regular blue. If she has to dress up for an occasion, or if she goes to the beach, she wears a Flower in Her Hair. When it's hot outside, she bares her midriff in combination with pink shorts. Not to mention the infamous red dress.
      • Lahwhinie: Physical attributes see Gadget. Plus a sarong, eyeshade, and the Flower in Her Hair is standard.
      • Tammy: Eyelashes, pink ribbon in her hair with a little bow, pink shirt.
      • Bink: She's a toddler, so eyelashes and a dress will have to do.
      • Foxglove: Only small mammal in the show that doesn't wear anything. But her fur is kind of two-tone pink. Also, that tuft of hair between her ears that stands in for a Furry Female Mane. Plus eyelashes.
      • Désirée D'Allure: Hourglass figure, though not as much as Gadget and Lahwhinie. Furry Female Mane, just only half as long as Gadget's. Eyeshade. Lipstick. Magenta turtleneck with a visible pair of breasts underneath. Slitted skirt. Perfume.
    • And now some of the gents.
      • Incomplete list of Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals: Chip, Dale, Monterey Jack, Zipper (in other words, all Rangers except Gadget), Geegaw, Cheddarhead Charlie, Fat Cat and his Mooks.
      • Fat Cat not only wears his whiskers as a mustache, he also sports a combover. Unless he is with Klordane, he wears a suit and tie (sans bottoms) in rather dark colors.
      • Chip: Indiana Jones outfit, that is, dark brown aviator jacket plus fedora. No hair other than his fur.
      • Dale: Red and yellow Hawaiian shirt. He is also in possession of multiple suits (sans bottoms) with bowties.
      • Monterey Jack: Lantern Jaw of Justice. Half of his fur is much darker than Gadget's. Dark green turtleneck. Kind of a Badass Longcoat. Also, his Badass Mustache. His hair is usually well-groomed, only that you can't see it under his aviator cap which he wears pretty much always.
  • 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, mostly whenever the city has rejected yet another one of his electricity-generating inventions.
  • They Fight Crime!: It seems like the Rangers are even better at this than the police.
  • 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: Most of the time, the police are represented by the same two officers, Kirby and Muldoon.
  • Three Wishes: "A Lad in a Lamp" comes with just about all genie clichés including the three wishes rule.
  • 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: The Rangers can still do that. It usually occurs when one of them has to go against the bad guys on their own.
    • Having watched too many late late night movies, Dale spends half of "Last Train to Cashville" sleepy or actually asleep, thereby causing the other Rangers to be captured by Fat Cat. Upon realizing this, he decides to go against the rotund feline and his goons alone.
    • The best example has to be Gadget in "The Case of the Cola Cult". When the Rangers are imprisoned by the Cola Cult, and Gadget learns that Bubbles has sabotaged her inventions, the cutest, kindest mouse you may think of breaks free, returns to Rescue Rangers Headquarters, not only fixes the Gyromobile, but hardens it to a freaking tank, gathers some additional weaponry, and then she raids the Cola Cult hideout and takes on Bubbles' ninja army and lastly Bubbles himself alone.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Chip in several episodes. Oftentimes, he's just simply bossy. "Pie in the Sky" takes the cake when he rejects Midge's request to take her to Capistrano because that "case" would be certainly too small, making Midge and the other four Rangers cry in the process.
  • 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.
  • Tunnel King: Ming-Ting and Ting-a-Ling, the pandas from "An Elephant Never Suspects" with their dragon-shaped tunnel digging machine. 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: The Rangers may understand what Zipper says, but the audience doesn't.
  • Unnamed Parent: Tammy and Bink's mother in "Adventures in Squirrelsitting" doesn't have any name in the show. While this ties in nicely with her being considered a Hot Mom, she usual gets one in Fan Fic.
  • 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".
  • Vague Age: The protagonists themselves, particularly Gadget. The closest we get to age verification is that Monty is the oldest.
  • 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, although this is unproven.
  • 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. She wants to take over her peaceful Asian homeland from her bother, Emperor Dim Sun, to turn it into a tourist trap. And she has already got glossy advertising material.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Fleeblebroxian aliens can shapeshift into whatever they want to whenever they want to. They use this ability as camouflage for their holiday on Earth.
  • The Von Trope Family: Heinrich von Sugarbottom from "Chocolate Chips". His English last name doesn't really fit his otherwise Oktoberfest theme.
  • 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".
  • We Work Well Together: After stopping Clawdane, Monty, Zipper, and Gadget were about to go back to their normal lives, much to Chip and Dale's disappointment. When a little girl was heard saying her puppy was missing, they decided to stay to help and became a permanent team.
  • 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 then-recently remade movie The Fly (1986).
  • 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. Originally a cleaning woman, she spent more time at the library reading books about witchcraft than cleaning. She decided that she can do that witchcraft, too. She got herself three stereotypical familiars, the python Bud, the tarantula Lou (Abbott and Costello as animals, essentially) and the bat Foxglove, and she began to work on some brew that shall give her unsurpassed magical powers.
  • 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" when Gadget causes him to fall into the dreaded fizz bucket.
  • 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. The only Ranger-made contraption in the show that isn't her work is Chip's fishing rod. Everything else was invented and built by her.
    • Su Lin uses advanced mechanical gadgetry in "Song of the Night 'n Dale" to convince her brother, Emperor Dim Sun, of being insane.
    • Ming-Ting from "An Elephant Never Suspects". She and her brother Ting-a-Ling have built the peanut-fueled Dragon Digger to dig their way back from the local zoo to their old home China.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Dale puts his alien clone in a Boston Crab.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Has happened to all the Rangers at least once. One of the main causes is the lab rat and living capacitor Sparky in "Does Pavlov Ring a Bell?" whose hand you'd better not shake without rubber gloves. Gadget falls victim to this when she accidentally shocks herself with the electromagnet she built to take down Nimnul's flying carpets in "The Carpetsnaggers".
  • You Can't Fight Fate: "Seer No Evil". Chip thinks Cassandra's prophecies about the Rangers are non-sense, especially the one that ends with his death, and that causes the other Rangers to urge him to stay at home safely while they go on their newest case without him. Of course, he goes after them — just to discover that everything Cassandra has predicted somehow comes true.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Alternative Title(s): Rescue Rangers, Chip And Dale Rescue Rangers

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