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[[caption-width-right:300:Ruff, Gina Gillotti, Jay Weldon, Dennis Mitchell, Margaret Wade and Joey [=McDonald=]]]

In 1986, ''ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS'' was adapted into a SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon for U.S. syndication by Creator/DiCEntertainment, later moving to Saturday Mornings on Creator/{{CBS}}.

!! The 1980s animated series provides examples of:

* {{Acrofatic}}: Mr. Wilson.
* AdBumpers: Each in the form of a single-panel comic strip and narrated by Dennis.
-->"We'll be right back!" / "Hey, welcome back!"
-->"Hey, gang, stay tuned!" / "And here we go again!"
-->"We'll be back in a flash!" / ''(no narration for the last, followed by closing credits)''
* AndADietCoke: Concerned over Mr. Wilson's health, his wife forces him to enter a gym. When Dennis' antics get him expelled from there, Mr. Wilson is grateful enough to give the kid a sundae. Mr. Wilson has one as well but, wanting to lose weight, gives Dennis his sundae's cherry.
* AnimalAthleteLoophole: There ain't no rule that says a dog can't play football! There is, however, a rule that [=PeeBee=] points out in the episode "Come Fly With Me", where plays cannot be made with a player's ''mouth'', so sadly Ruff is disqualified.
* {{Animesque}}: Not so much the character designs, but the animation style is ''very'' Japanese. It's especially evident in the intro sequence.
* BalloonBurstingBird: A variation happened in one episode where Mr. Wilson parachutes from a plane, but a bird pecks at his parachute - leading to a long drop.
** It happened again in another episode when Dennis gets accidentally caught up in a hot-air balloon race. A flock of birds burst one of the hot-air balloons.
* BanisterSlide
* CanadaEh: However, this plays up to stereotypes.
* CanonForeigner: [=PeeBee=], Jay,[[note]]Get it?...[[/note]] Lars, Mr. Cavallini and Professor Mentalapse.
** Not necessarily in the first two cases. [=PeeBee=] (albeit with blonde hair) had previously appeared in a side story of the second issue of the comic book series, and a young black character who was practically identical to Jay (After the aftermath of the whole "Jackson" incident) named Cleveland, had appeared in several newspaper comics in the early 80's.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The episode ''Trembly Assembly'' is '''[[UpToEleven notorious]]''' for this; not to mention the writing is oft-criticised, and the plain MindScrew situation.
* FiveTokenBand: Dennis, Joey, [=PeeBee=], Jay and Gina. A semi-recurring character named Tommy was [[MightyMorphinPowerRangers ironically]] the SixthRanger. Margaret sometimes fills the SixthRanger as well.
* FullNameUltimatum: Margaret often does this to "Dennis Mitchell!".[[note]]Oh, and his parents have done that too on occasion...[[/note]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** This exchange from "The Abominable Snow Menace":
-->'''Martha''': Isn't it just too lucky for words?\\
'''George''': Well, ''I'' can think of a few words.\\
'''Dennis''': What are they, Mr. Wilson?\\
'''George''': If I told you, you'd have to have your ears washed out with soap.
** Joey apparently flips off Mrs. Wilson in "The Invisible Kid".
** In "Deserted with Dennis", Mr. Wilson discovers Dennis in his suitcase when he flies to a remote island. After Dennis asks where they are, Mr. Wilson says, "I thought it was heaven, now I'm changing my mind!"
* HeadlessHorseman: There was an episode where Dennis scared some people by pretending to be a headless horseman.
* MarketBasedTitle: Just "Dennis" in the UK due to the NamesTheSame ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUK.
** ''All-New Dennis the Menace'' was called ''Incredible Dennis the Menace'' in some countries.
* OffModel: This is a DiC cartoon after all.
* {{Revival}}: 1993's ''All-New Dennis the Menace''. Ran for 13 episodes.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: One episode has Joey mistaking a bar of "Saop" for cheese.
* SecondPlaceIsForWinners: Mr. Wilson enters a contest for a vacation. He wins first prize, but the vacation package is second prize. First prize is... a pet goose or duck.
* ShoutOut: In one episode, Dennis hums the theme to ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget''.
* StealthPun: The original characters [=PeeBee=] and Jay. Think about that for a second.
* TheTonsillitisEpisode: One episode had Dennis in the hospital for a "tonsil-neck-tummy".
* {{Tsundere}}: Margaret (at least in this version) is type A.
* {{Zeerust}}: Dennis sneaks out to see ''The Future in [=3D=]''.
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