The Secret Files of the Spy Dogs provides examples of:
- All Hallows' Eve
- Animal Tropes
- Badass Adorable: All of the animals, possibly except for Skribble.
- But Not Too Evil: The worst thing that Catastrophe does is to reversibly turn dogs into cats.
- The Cavalry
- Comedy Series
- Cone of Shame: It is revealed that the device was designed by dogs themselves - it is used by the communication teams for voice amplification.
- Economic and supply tropes:
- Hero Insurance: See Stuff Blowing Up, below.
- Hidden Supplies: Everything in most homes with a dog is actually a hugely expensive piece of spy equipment.
- Infinite Supplies: The spydogs use and lose lots of weapons and vehicles, but never have to collect taxes, bribe politicians, or rob banks to get money. Even Skribble uses a howitzer to plow a backyard. The funding source and industrial base that such a level of destruction and technology needs is never explained.
- There was, however, an episode focused on the dogs' efforts to gather enough money to fund the building of (yet) another moon to replace the previous one after it was unknowingly punctured by an astronaut sticking a flag pole on it.
- The Masquerade: Humans are the master of being oblivious.
- Travel Cool, including lots and lots of cool planes. One transforms from a bunch of garbage into a rocket powered aircraft. Catastrophe's tail transforms into a pogo stick or a segway, depending on the situation.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Almost every episode. If there's a spydog vehicle in an episode, it will usually be destroyed, captured, or out of control by the end of the episode.
- Swiss Army Weapon: Mitzy's bow is her Tertiary Sexual Characteristic, is a double bladed boomerang, binoculars, and a circular saw. It must have Hammerspace and an advanced battery in it or something.
- G-Rated Drug: catnip
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Dog Zero, leader of the Spy Dogs. Even when he had to be in shot, he was pixelated.
- Humans Are Bastards: Because they use waterbowl communicators as toilets.
- Naming Conventions
- Never Say "Die": No matter how much "enemies" risk the lives of spydogs, spydogs usually find a nonviolent solution.
- Rule of Cool
- Rule of Cute
- Rule of Empathy: the fun invincible heroes lose only by not stopping Catastrophe's escape, and the antagonists are sympathetic enough that the spydogs find a nonviolent solution. Catastrophe lost his tail as part of his origin story.
- Rule of Funny
- Rule of Perception
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Mitzy and Erin have bows, and Ayanna has earrings.
- Tuxedo and Martini, except for the BARK Squad.
- Waif-Fu: Agent Mitzy
Episodes of this series provide examples of:
- Cats Are Mean: Catastrophe is the Big Bad.
- Does Not Like Shoes: One of the twin girls in Porkzilla was never seen wearing these. Her shoe-wearing sister cameo'd in the other episodes, though.
- Evil Is Hammy: Catastrophe.
- Hypocritical Humor: In episode DNA, cat-Ralph tells cat-Mitzy that she really needs to control the cat impulse to take a bath in public. He tears furniture. Dogs lick themselves in public also.
- Married to the Job: The leader of the Spy Dogs got out of a Love Triangle this way.
- Mobile-Suit Human: Humanesks
- Monster Is a Mommy with Puppy-Dog Eyes: A giant spider does this to Agent Mitzy. A bunny does this to Skribble.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: All the antagonists, especially Catastrophe, because the name has "cat", his species, and is a correctly spelled, multi-syllable, non punctuated word meaning "large and disastrous event of great significance"
- Non Humans Lack Attributes: Spydogs laugh at Catastrophe for having a naked behind... only when he's more dressed than usual. We see on Mitzy's naked butt in her shower scene ... nothing naughty. All that Agent Ralph must do to get dressed is to put on a collar.(Ralph has just gotten out of the shower and is completely naked)
Dog Zero: Ralph...put some clothes on.
(Ralph blushes and puts his collar on)
Dog Zero: That's better.
- The Slow Walk: A giant spider tries to do this to Agent Mitzy. It doesn't work.
- Stuff Blowing Up: For example, in "B.A.R.K", a military unit of spydogs uses plastic explosive to demolish a flimsy staircase, and replace it just in time. They use a Kill Sat to topple a human skateboarder. They self-defeatingly send him flying past the person that they were trying to protect; the principal deflects him with her character shields. They use a folding bridge to help the principal over a crack in a sidewalk, uselessly making it larger with a mortar first. They also use a Sniper Rifle and a rocket propelled grenade to clear garbage and a ketchup truck from the principal's path. They lay waste to the city, and the human driver of the truck barely escapes.
- Take That and Crowning Moment of Funny: In "Being", Mitzy warehouses an incredibly lucky, silent, and charismatic runaway Super Prototype Mobile-Suit Human "mindless automaton", "Chauncy", by making him the President of the United States.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: Catastrophe does this in every episode in which he is prominent.
- We Can Rule Together: Catastrophe tries this in DNA; because Mitzy and Ralph are biologically cats, Catastrophe welcomes them into his cat-based world government.
- We Need a Distraction: Agent Mitzy does this to a giant spider. She uses an eggplant.
- You Will Be Assimilated: "Catastrophe" tries this with corrupt flea dip in episode DNA, but it gets reversed. Catastophe is temporarily turned into a dog.