An American animated television series, created by The Fairly Oddparents/Danny Phantom creator Butch Hartman.A "dim-witted dog" named Dudley Puppy is recruited by T.U.F.F. (Turbo Undercover Fighting Force) to protect his hometown of Petropolis with the aid of his partner, Kitty Katswell, against D.O.O.M. (Diabolical Order Of Mayhem).
Accidental Hero: When Dudley first encounters D.O.O.M, he knocked out all the henchmen simply because he was trying to recover his chew toy. He was so good at this trope that it's the reason he was recruited to T.U.F.F
Accidental Marriage: When Snaptrap and Chameleon go on a Wedding Smashers spree, Dudley and Kitty have to fake a wedding to catch them. After all is said is done, it is hinted that Keswick was actually certified and their marriage was real.
All Your Powers Combined: Dudley is a combination of every breed of dog in existence, giving him the skills of each one (i.e. the nose of a bloodhound, speed of a greyhound, strength of a boxer, etc.) He must have quite a family tree.
He's also got a dash of billy goat, though Keswick isn't quite sure how to explain that.
Ambiguously Jewish: Dudley and Kitty. Neither of them show any obvious Jewish traits, but their mothers do.
Keswick: Chief, I've analyzed the blueprint of the mall. The bad news is, there's absolutely no way to stop the mall from hurtling toward the sun.
Chief: Hmm. What's the good news?
Keswick: The food court's open till nine.
Bald Women: Kitty has lost her hair and fur several times to Gag Haircut situations. Fifi (the Chameleon in disguise) briefly had part of her head shaved by a vending machine haircut (in addition to her poodle fur).
Barefoot Cartoon Animals: Verminious Snaptrap, the Chameleon, Chief the flea, Jack Rabbit, and several background characters.
Beard of Evil: Dudley *and* Kitty each wear one in order to resemble their evil twins: Dr. Rabies and Madame Katastrophe.
Berserk Button: Never pull Kitty's tail as the Chameleon learned the hard way in "Bark To The Future".
Big Bad: Snap Trap, though other recurring villains not related to him have their own episodes as well.
Black Sheep: "Diary of a Mad Cat" reveals Kitty has a criminal sister.
Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Kitty tries to warn that Snaptrap's having reformed is probably a scam, and the citizens of Petropolis should not trust his kindness.
Kitty: They could be poisoned, or bombs, or...or poisonous bombs!
Butterfly of Doom: Parodied. Dudley travels back in time two minutes in order to grab the last donut before Kitty gets it. This somehow causes Snaptrap to always have been the ruler of Petropolis and prevents the formation of T.U.F.F.
Its revealed in a later episode that Keswick is actually part of his own species, also called Keswick. They have quite an unusual life cycle, including a 'platypus phase' where they shoot toxic quills when they hiccup.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: When Larry went solo and started his own evil organization (as well as change his name to Murray), the first thing he did to shock T.U.F.F was not tell them his plan.
Dartboard of Hate: In "Doom and Gloom", when Snaptrap is moping in his mom's house and Larry (Murray) is running loose Snaptrap takes out his aggression by throwing darts (and a wood axe) at pictures of him.
Deadpan Snarker: Most of the characters, though Kitty and Keswick do it the most in any given episode.
Disney Death: In "Toast of T.U.F.F.," Keswick was presumed zapped to oblivion when he tried to help defeat Rita in the climatic showdown. It was actually a holographic image of him, as he reappears at the end.
Ditzy Genius: Dudley, who seems to be little more than a hyperactiveIdiot Hero, has flashes of genuine cleverness and defeats villains through outsmarting them almost as often as he out-muscles them.
Episode Title Card: As with Hartman's other works, this one has this, in the form of a case file portfolio.
Even Evil Has Standards: Verminious Snaptrap would never kill anybody on their birthday without letting them celebrate it first. "No one's THAT evil!"
When Snaptrap asks for suggestions on how to get revenge on the "Meanies" at the monotrail for not letting them ride, Fransisco suggests that they eat them. To which Snaptrap claims is just "Dark and Disturbing".
Fun T-Shirt: In "Mall Rat", Dudley wears a blue variation of his shirt with "I ♥" and the graphic of a muffin.
Fun with Acronyms: T.U.F.F. (Turbo Undercover Fighting Force) and D.O.O.M. (Diabolical Order Of Mayhem).
Funny Animal: Dudley is a walking, talking secret agent, but still harbors affection for chewing his own butt and chew toys. Also, Kitty has little to no balance when her whiskers are cut, as the popular (but incorrect) myth states about real cats.
Fur Bikini: In "Hot Dog" Kitty makes herself one by shaving off all her fur except for one big patch in the shape of a one-piece. Dudley leaves a two-pieces bikini of fur after he shaved.
Furry Confusion: In the very first episode we see Verminious Snaptrap, a large anthropomorphic rat, use a mystical Artifact of Doom known as the Kruger Rat to control the minds of all rats in the city. Feral rats.
In Snap Dad, it reveals Snaptrap used to have a pet hamster.
We've also seen an anthro-cow as a TUFF agent, and normal cows drawn to Snaptrap's lair with a giant magnet.
Kitty used to leave dead mice at the Chief's door.
Quacky the Duck is an anthropomorphic duck, but Bird Brain's henchman Duck looks like a common duck.
Gadgeteer Genius: Keswick, by far. He's made a machine that makes donuts out of thin air and redesigned D.O.O.M.'s lair using soup cans and a shark tank.
Kitty has lost her hair and fur several times in a few episodes. In "Hot Dog," she shaved off almost all of her fur (except her hair, tail, and torso) when Petropolis had turned into a hot desert. In "Big Dog on Campus," she (unknowingly) went undercover to Dudley's high school reunion as a girl who had lost all of her hair. Then half of her hair was blown off by a bomb in "Doom Mates." Also, her hair was burned off (though the rest of her was fine) in "Snappy Campers."
Gilligan Cut: Happens in "Kid Stuff" when Dudley comes up with a plan to beat Snaptrap with Quacky the Duck's help.
Dudley: I'm president of his fan club. He can't say no to me.
(Cut to Dudley bruised and bandaged)
Keswick: I can't believe he said no to you.
Dudley: He didn't just say no. He had his bodyguards throw me down a flight of stairs!
Also, in "Booby Trap":
Dudley: What's he gonna do? Put us in jail? (cut to Dudley and Kitty in jail) Dudley: Wow, he put us in jail.
Goggles Do Something Unusual: Subverted at the end of "Mind Trap"; Keswick makes a pair of goggles that allow the wearer to see people's underwear. Kitty promptly throws them down the garbage chute before anyone can use them.
Got Volunteered: Dudley was chosen to go undercover in Snaptrap's School of Evil when Kitty and Keswick stepped backwards.
Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: In "Puppy Love", The Chameleon realizes that he can't stick to walls in the form of a French poodle. Only then does he fall off the side of the building that he has been stuck to for a while now.
Many other characters wear shirt but not pants: Larry, Francisco, Bird Brain, Bad Dog, etc.
Hammerspace: Kitty pulls a cannon that's about ten times her size out from behind her back in "Mall Rat". Later in the same episode, she pulls out two pom-poms to perform a gloating dance after it turns out that she was right about Snaptrap being evil the entire time that he was pretending to have changed after his stay in prison.
I Want Grandkids: According to Kitty's diary her mother is pressuring her to get married.
Jerkass Ball: Dudley and Kitty in "Agent of the Year" where they arrest innocent people just to win an award. It could be argued it's in character for Dudley, but it's definitely out of character for Kitty.
Last of His Kind: Bird Brain, who uses this to his advantage to protect himself from TUFF. Until he violates this by creating a giant mutant Boobie, therefore no longer protected by the law for being the last one.
Possibly Keswick, who is part of his own species. Part of their life cycle is growing a reptilian tail that breaks off and becomes another Keswick, who they must fight to the death.
Left the Background Music On: In "Dog Daze", when Snaptrap was hypnotizing Dudley, eerie hypnotic music was playing in the background. In the end, it turned out to be being played by Larry, who Snaptrap told to knock it off as it was creeping him out.
LEGO Genetics: Dudly is a combination of every breed of dog ever, and somehow a bit of goat. But the all-time winner is Keswick, who has gills, webbed feet, lays eggs, has a pouch, and who knows what else.
Partially justified with Dudley as a long enough blood line could mix every dog breed, the goat is something else.
Lethal Chef: Lunch Lady Bug. Except to Dudley who loves her food.
In "Mind Trap" Kitty bakes fish cookies that even she hates.
Line-of-Sight Name: In The Wrong Stuff, Dudley and Keswick try to hide their identity from Kitty by saying that their name is "Bob" and the name of a sign, such as "Men's Room" or "Don't Feed The Squirrels" or "Stay Off The Grass".
Kitty: We've just been a little disorganized since we lost our secretary.
Chief: The secretary quit?!
Keswick: No, we literally lost her. She took a ten-minute break, stuff piled up, and we never saw her again.
Dudley: Whoa! Your dress is smoking!
The Chameleon, disguised as Fifi: Thank you.
Dudley: No, I mean it's really smoking!
In "Snap Dad", Dudley's mother Peggy isn't too broken up over Snap Trap turning back to his evil ways, saying she saw the writing on the wall...because Snap Trap literally wrote it on the wall.
In "The Rat Pack", when the Chief said that the reviews for a musical were terrible, Snaptrap replied that the critics didn't know anything....because he had their minds erased.
Love Redeems: Invoked and subverted in "Snap Dad" when Snaptrap agrees to go straight because he's fallen in love with Dudley's mom, and was actually sincere about it, trying his best to perform a Heel Face Turn. He eventually breaks it off with her because of his inability to actually act good and the fact he still cares too much for his former D.O.O.M. teammates (except Larry) to turn on them.
Mad Scientist: Bird Brain. Keswick is a heroic version of this, as he often invents things for the sake of inventing them, including dangerous things like an acid spraying waffle maker, which even he questions why he created.
Magic Feather: Kitty gives Dudley a collar that is supposed to reduce fear. The collar is ordinary, however.
Male Gaze: "Puppy Unplugged" starts with a close-up on Kitty's butt.
Dudley and Kitty act more like pre-teen siblings rather than adult agents, one who lives in their own apartment. Even more so with Dudley, he still lives with mom, and joins in with the kids when Snaptrap uses the "no hitting or killing near kids" rule to his advantage, doing kid related stuff along with crimes.
All the main characters seem to qualify when it comes to Quacky the Duck.
My Name Is Not Durwood: Keswick corrects Snaptrap the first couple of times he says his name incorrectly, but quickly gives up. Keswick does it with his own name at the end of the episode, as well as Snaptrap's, with Snaptrap correcting him.
Nobody Can Die: Usually played straight (it's a cartoon by Butch Hartman on Nickelodeon, for crying out loud), but rather surprisingly averted in the second episode. The Chameleon, seeking revenge on Kitty Katswell for capturing him, traps her in a small chamber with a bomb that can be detonated several times. He proceeds to blow her up 8 times, supposedly killing her repeatedly until she's only got one life left (since as a cat she has 9 to start with).
Although the Chameleon survives several explosions from the same bomb, so its lethality is questionable. It was certainly shown as Kitty just getting more frazzled with each blast, rather than dying.
Non Sequitur Causality: In "Watch Dog" Dudley uses a time travel watch to go back and beat Kitty to the last donut. This somehow changes the present so Snaptrap has taken over the world. And at the end, Dudley uses it again when he misses the ice cream truck and this somehow changes the present so he's wearing pants.
Not Even Bothering with the Accent: The Chameleon, despite having the ability to transform into anyone, he (usually) still uses his normal voice, occasionally using phrases related to his disguise. For example, when he infiltrated T.U.F.F. by disguising himself as "Fifi Oui-Oui", a gorgeous French Poodle, he said "French" phrases like "Notre Dame", "Eiffel Tower" and "Jacques Cousteau".
Not in Front of the Kid: TUFF Rule 857 states that agents can't fight bad guys around children. Unfortunately, when Snaptrap found out, he takes advantage of it by attracting kids to him, leaving Dudley and Kitty powerless to stop him from committing his crimes.
Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying Over You: After Keswick "sacrifices" himself to save everybody, Dudley, Kitty and the Chief are all crying in a huddle. Keswick appeared why they were still crying. Kitty then exclaims, "Not now Keswick, we're too busy crying over Keswick!"
Off Model: The animators can't seem to decide whether Kitty's nose is circular or triangular.
Take a look at the page image. Kitty looks really off.
Panty Shot: Kitty's pink underwear in Snappy Campers: Here, Keswick said he had sewed Kitty and Dudley's name in their underwears. So, Dudley and Kitty pulled out their own underwear to confirm it.
Paper-Thin Disguise: The Chameleon - not visually, because he can copy appearance perfectly, but in acting. He's an incredibly bad actor (except when he's not), and his idea of sounding convincingly anything is to litter his talking with random phrases related to the person he's impersonating (when he acts French he inserts French foods into his sentences for no reason, same with impersonating a general with military talk). Surprisingly, this never fails to fool anyone.
Running Gag: Snaptrap throwing Larry into the shark tank.
Chameleon trying to wear glasses.
Hell, there is at least one running gag per-episode! Some examples are Kitty putting people to sleep with her talk about proper health in 'Bored of Education' and Dudley ending every description of how bad the Stinkbug smells with "in Atlantic City!" in 'Law and Odor'.
Scrabble Babble: Snaptrap plays "Schmoodled". When challenged, he zaps the appointment. "There, I schmoodled Larry."
It became a Running Gag for the episode that whenever stuff blew up, they used "schmoodled"
Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Chameleon started dating Dudley's mother Peggy in "Snap Dad", but instantly broke it off and ran for it when he found out she had kids (though it may have been who her son was).
Slapstick Knows No Gender: In full effect. Not only is Kitty the Chew Toy , but even Innocent Bystander women often suffer Amusing Injuries. At one point Dudley, having been tricked into believing she is the shape-shifting Chameleon, beats the living crap out the winner of the Miss Petropolis pageant, and even this is played for laughs, flattened a couple times throughout episodes, eaten by a killer whale in one episode, caught in explosions, complete with her showing up laterin a bodycast.
Spoiler Opening: The Episode Title Card will always have a picture of the episode's main bad guy. Usually it's the last picture. This can be a bad thing with several episodes, such as "The Wrong Stuff" and "Toast of T.U.F.F".
Spy Catsuit: Kitty's usual outfit. Bonus points since she's, y'know, a cat.
Kitty: Just between us, my partner, Dudley, has a crush on you.
The Chameleon, disguised as Fifi: (grimaces) Well, that doesn't creep me out at all.
Sweet Polly Oliver: The episode "Chilly Dog," when Dudley dresses up as a girl to go with Kitty's boy. Boys fall in love with Dudley as a girl. Subverted in that they never actually figure out that Dudley is a male dog.
Forget toaster. He's doesn't even know how a light switch works.
Snaptrap is also a mild example, particularly in "Mission: Really Big Mission" where his get rich quick scheme for the episode will also destroy the entire planet. Even The Chameleon calls him out on his embarrassing case of Didn't Think This Through.
Tricking The Shape Shifter: Dudley does this to the Chameleon by pretending to believe the Chameleon can't pose as a realistic mouse. Chameleon proves him wrong, but unfortunately, the elephant agent was in front of him.
True Companions: The ending of "Toast of T.U.F.F." showed this between the main protagonists. And it was ADORABLE.
Keswick pretty much confirms this in "Snapnapped", calling T.U.F.F his family.
"Snap Dad" hints that D.O.O.M. might be a very dysfunctional version of this (or, alternatively, only one from Snaptrap's point-of-view). Snaptrap even said that Francisco and Ollie were like family to him (though he had no problem blasting Larry).
The Unfavourite: Kitty's mother wishes she was more like her sister, even though said sister is a criminal.
Verbal Backpedaling: In "Puppy Love", right in front of The Chief and T.U.F.F.'s two best agents, no less:
The Chameleon, disguised as Fifi: I look forward to destroying you, I mean working with you!
Welcome Episode: Unlike many of Hartman's works where the show's pilot takes place after the events of the Expository Theme Tune, the first episode of T.U.F.F Puppy explains how Dudley became a secret agent.
Who's on First?: Bird Brain's two henchmen, an owl that only says "Hoo" & a blind bat that only says "Where", tend to cause this much to the booby's annoyance.
Then he gets two more henchmen: a female sheep (or ewe) and a duck named Skip.
Followed by Holey Cow.
Bird Brain: Remind me to hire a henchman named "Everyone Jump Into The Woodchipper"!
Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Keswick says the trope name almost word-for-word where after Dudley's messing around with his cloning machine results in the Chief ordering to get rid of it.
World of Ham: Name pretty much any evil character on this show (Snaptrap, Chameleon, Bird Brain) and they'll fall under Large Ham. Dudley himself also qualifies.
Kitty even shows large ham tendencies in episodes like "Super Duper Crime Busters".
Would Hit a Girl: Dudley doesn't have any problem hitting Kitty, even kicking her in the very same episode, also being seen giving her slaps, bites and, what could be, punches. She doesn't hesitate to do the same to him, though.
The Chameleon, hurting Kitty too.
The Sharing Moose, being seen hitting Kitty on the head with a metal pipe, and even smiling while doing that