* AdaptationDisplacement: The animated series appears to he more well-known compared to the original book by AmyTan.
* {{Anvilicious}}: Aside from a few episodes like "[[GreenAesop The Birds, The Bees, and The Silkworms]]" and "[[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped Sagwa Rules]]", the show pleasantly averted this, teaching strong lessons but rarely ever shoving them in the viewers' faces.
* ContinuityLockout: This applies to the SequelEpisode, as fans who watch that episode before would get confused about Sagwa's connection with the Rat.
* DorkAge: The final quarter is considered to lack the brilliance that the majority of the first 30 episodes had. Justified, however, as the writers likely hadn't had a break to refresh and come up with better ideas.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Jet-Jet (and possibly the other alley cats besides Hun-Hun) gets this a lot.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: The alley cats, as well as the one shot characters. Ping Wing the pigeon and Feng the cat are pretty good examples.
* FanDisservice: Any time the Foolish Magistrate appears in his underwear. As it is an undergown, it's a downplayed example, however.
* LoveToHate: Tai-Tai's [[TsunDere character]] ,is built upon this.
* MemeticMutation: Depending on whose WebAnimation/{{YouTube Poop}}s you watch, you may have heard Sagwa saying "Don't forget your umbrella!",[[OverusedRunningGag ,multiple times before...]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Tai-Tai crossed this when she kidnapped Tung, the Magistrate's cricket, and convinced the magistrate that Tung had died. And while by the end of the episode, the magistrate is ''still convinced'' that his cricket is dead, unaware that the new replacement cricket Tai-Tai supposedly found is actually Tung. And Tai-Tai gets away with it completely!
* MostAnnoyingSound: Dongwa yelling "Oww!" while pretending to be injured.
* NeverSayDie: In one episode, Tai-Tai talks about her father, and while not directly stated, it's pretty heavily implied that he passed away at some point. An online summary for the episode ever referred to him as her "dear, departed father".
** [[DoubleSubvertedTrope the episode]] ,”Tung The Singing Cricket", does say that Tai-Tai found a dead cricket in the garden, however.
* NightmareFuel: In "Sick Day", the story scene where Sagwa gets captured and has a scared reaction because of Sheegwa telling her that she didn't play with her. Throughout the episode, Sagwa is heard screaming in fear.
** Ping-Wing's face at 2:42 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHnFX1YlJRw
** At 0:24 into the theme song: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpr63Z6eN7c This shot, featuring Tai-tai's sleeve dogs,being thrown around,with one of them, flying towards the camera, screaming,mouth wide open....and transition cue...]] Imagine seeing that in FiveNightsAtFreddys.
** Tung the cricket's banshee-screaming is pretty nerve-wracking.
* PeripheryDemographic: While NostalgiaFilter has given it older audiences, it's also a show with a unique setting, good animation, score and writing, and well-written characters with good choices of voice actors.
* SympathySue: Arguably Tai-Tai in "Precious Gift".
* ToyShip: Fans often ship Sagwa with Fu-fu and Dongwa with Hun-Hun.
* UncannyValley: Sagwa without her collar in "Sagwa The Stray"
* TheWoobie
** Since Sheegwa is the youngest character in the show [[note]] aside from the baby panda that appeared once, who is the youngest character to ever appear in the show [[/note]], it's logical that she is this the most. The most notable examples are in "Princess Sheegwa", "Precious Gift", and "Sick Day".
** Haiyo (the bird that Dongwa befriends in one episode) would end up like this when Dongwa makes fun of him.
** Baba Miao can be viewed as this. In one episode, he punishes Dongwa by writing tons and tons of scrolls. Dongwa decides to ask Saga for help, which she accepts by tells him that she will not be doing that again only for the two to get scolded by their father. Later in the episode, he starts having a nightmare/flashback showing a young Baba Miao with his grandfather scolding him about the same mistake that his son would later do. After the dream ends, he apologizes to Dongwa and tells him that he was a little too hard on him.
** Ba-do after getting stung in episode 20.
** Fam, as well. You definitely want to give him a hug when he tells Sagwa about how he and his family sometimes go hungry.
** Sagwa herself in the first episode. She accidentally changes the Magistrate's rules and spends the entire day scared that he'll find out she did it and throw her family out on the street. And even though everything works out well, Mama Miao later says after telling the story how Sagwa "[[CantGetAwayWithNothing did something she shouldn't have]]." She is also this for similar reasons in "Sagwa's Good Deed".