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Left to right: Skye, Rocky, Zuma, Ryder, Chase, Rubble, Marshall, Everest, and Tracker. Not pictured: Tuck and Ella.
"No job is too big, no pup is too small!"

PAW Patrol is an All-CGI Cartoon made by Guru Studio and Spin Master, which made its Nick Jr. debut on August 12, 2013.

Every episode follows a Two Shorts format following the adventures of Ryder and his team of heroic puppies. Each dog's house transforms into a special vehicle which corresponds to their special skills. Together they help save Adventure Bay from many troublesome situations. Essentially, think Precious Puppies meet Thunderbirds, just without the extreme disasters, Stuff Blowing Up, or atomic technology.

PAW Patrol eventually surpassed Dora the Explorer as Nick Jr.'s most lucrative Cash Cow Franchise. It's also sold a lot of The Merch, which isn't surprising considering that Spin Master, the company that makes PAW Patrol toys, owns the property.

The series got its first mini-movie in 2018 in the form of PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups, which involves the cast getting superpowers and all the chaos that comes with it. That same year, a video game titled PAW Patrol: On A Roll! was released.


A theatrical movie is currently in the works and is targeting a release on August 20, 2021.

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  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Adventure Bay's sewer is large enough for one to drive an ATV, or a hovercraft, or carry a giant chicken statue through the tunnels. You don't even have to duck.
  • Accidental Hero: In "Ultimate Rescue: Pups Save A Movie Monster": Okay, all the fires have been put out and the movie monster has been neutralized. But how are they going to finish the movie? Believe it or not, it was Daring Danny X who saved the movie by following the PAW Patrol on their mission and getting enough footage on his helmet camera to finish the movie.
    Danny: Good thing I always forget to turn this off!
  • Accidental Misnaming: In "Pups Save a Goldrush", Uncle Otis mishears Ryder's name as "Spider" and calls him that the rest of the episode.
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  • Ace Pilot: The aptly-named Ace Sorensen, a stunt pilot whom Skye idolizes in the episode "Pups Save an Ace".
  • Adorkable: Marshall is a Precious Puppy like the others, but adding in his dorky clumsiness and often awkward but goodhearted efforts to help just makes him all the more adorable.
  • Adults Are Useless: Most of the adults in the show are quirky at best and downright incompetent at worst, and all of them, including the freaking mayor of Adventure Bay, tend to always rely entirely on the PAW Patrol to solve all their problems, even the most trivial ones.
  • Aerith and Bob:
    • We have pups with common names like Chase, Skye, Marshall, and Ella, pups with more rare names like Rocky, Ar(r)by, and Tuck, and then there's names like Zuma, Rubble, Everest, Tracker, and Sweetie.
    • Among the human children, we have names like Alex, Danny, Katie, Carlos, Harold, and then there's Ryder.
  • Ageless Birthday Episode: "Pups Turn on the Lights" for Chase and "Pups Save Jake's Cake" for Jake.
  • All Just a Dream: There have been several episodes where the mission was all just a dream. Most of them were dreamt up by Rubble ("Pups and the Beanstalk", "Pups Bark with Dinosaurs", "Pups Find a Genie", "Pups Save Apollo”, "Pups Save a Playful Dragon", “Pups Save a Mayor Frog”), but two were dreamt up by Marshall ("Pups Save a Dragon" and "Pups Save Tiny Marshall"). Tracker later has one ("Pups Save Baby Humdinger"), then Rocky ("Pups and the Werepuppy"), and then Chase ("Pups Save a Freaky Pup-Day").
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The episode "Pups Save Friendship Day" has the residents of Adventure Bay celebrate the titular holiday. What many don't realize is that there actually is such a thing as Friendship Day, but the day it happens each year varies in every country.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: Specialty episodes feature new villains rather than Mayor Humdinger. "Mission PAW" features Sweetie, a selfish pup with plans to usurp the throne of Barkingburg. The "Sea Patrol" episodes also feature special antagonists; a kleptomaniac pirate appropriately named Sid Swashbuckle, and his first mate, a dachshund pup named Arrby. "Mighty Pups" and the subseries "Mighty Pups: Super Paws" have Harold Humdinger, Mayor Humdinger's technopathic nephew who intends to take over Adventure Bay, as well as two new villains: Ladybird, who is a thief with an affinity for shiny objects, and Mr. Nibbles/the Copycat, who can use all of the Mighty Pups' powers. The movie "Ready Race Rescue" has a new villain as well: The Cheetah, a villainous racer, Mayor Humdinger's cousin, and Marshall's opponent in the race.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: As of Season 2, any episode dealing with something out of the ordinary will have Chase as the obligatory skeptic. This is a little odd when one considers that he had already encountered a space alien and Mer-Pups.
  • Art Shift: The animations on the bigscreen while Ryder is giving the mission as well as his tablet showing the problem are 2D Flash animated.
  • Artistic License – Biology: In the half-hour episode "Pups Bark With Dinosaurs", three pterodactyls hatch from eggs... that have been fossilized since the K-Pg Extinction Event. It would be impossible for embryos to stay alive for 65 million years. In addition to this, a mother pterodactyl shows up, meaning that there is a breeding population somewhere in the world. And the kicker? Nobody thinks to contact, oh, I don't know, ANY GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION regarding what is possibly the greatest discovery in all of human history. It's Justified, though, since the whole thing turns out to be Rubble's dream.
  • Artistic License Pet Care: In "Mighty Pups Charged Up: Pups vs. the Dome": that pie the Copycat was eating would have made him very sick or even killed him in real life, as it was stated to contain rhubarb, which is toxic to cats.
  • Artistic License – Physics: To keep with the Running Gag of Marshall doing a wipeout, he's tripped and slid on many things, a lot of which shouldn't be able to slide 20 metres along a dirt and concrete surface.
  • Aside Glance: In "Pup-A-Doodle-Do", while watching Hello, Adventure Bay!, Marshall claims watching the team's exploits on TV is fun.
    Marshall: Why can't all our adventures be on TV?
    Ryder: You never know, Marshall...
  • Badass in Distress: The PAW Patrol occasionally has to rescue one of their own members, including Skye ("Pups Save Skye"), Rubble ("Pups Save A Super Pup"), Marshall ("Sea Patrol: Pups Save their Pirated Sea Patroller"), Chase ("Mission PAW: Quest for the Crown") and even Ryder ("Pups Save Ryder").
  • Balloonacy: In "Pups Save a Goodway", Zuma starts flying away while holding on to a bunch of balloons.
  • Base on Wheels:
    • Vehicle No. 8, the PAW Patroller. It's used whenever the PAW Patrol have to travel out of Adventure Bay, and is large enough to hold all 6 puphouse vehicles in a vertical rotary garage.
    • Later seasons added the Air Patroller, which is used mostly for air rescues and when it's too treacherous to drive there, the Sea Patroller, to allow for rescue operations in deeper water, and the Mission PAW Patroller, which is a secondary base while outside Adventure Bay. And the Mobile Pitstop counts too since they fix the Formula One car while moving.
  • Bedsheet Ghost:
    • "Pups Save a Ghost" featured a mysterious canine ghost dressed in a sheet prowling about the Lookout, doing things like taking treats, digging holes, and leaving Pup Pup Boogie on. Rocky devises a trap to catch the ghost, baited with a cookie and set up to drop a sheet on the ghost when he fell for it. Unfortunately, the trap gets triggered, and Ryder is covered in the sheet, making the pups briefly think he's the ghost, then a victim of the ghost. The "ghost" is then revealed to be Marshall sleepwalking around under a bedsheet, which is [[Foreshadowing foreshadowed by the ghost having Marshall's shape]].
    • In "Pups Save a Pony", Zuma pulled this off on a couple of children to get them back to their tent when they were playing around at night.
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: "Pups Save a Friend" has Marshall think that everyone called him a silly pup, presumably since it's the only word mild enough that it'll be allowed on a show aimed at kindergartners.
  • Blush Sticker: With the exceptions of Ryder and Carlos, all human children have one.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: This bit from "Pups Save A Pinata":
    Mayor Humdinger: Jewels? Candy? Candy jewels?
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In "Pups Save the PAW Patroller", after hitching a ride on Ryder's ATV, Chase turns to the camera and says "It's nice to have someone else drive for a change!".
  • Broken Aesop: "Pups Save the Flying Food" claims that the lesson is "not all new things are good", with Mr. Porter going back to his old delivery van after losing control of his new delivery drones. Problem is, the drones only went out of control due to Mr. Porter dropping their remote into one of the pies they were delivering (due to being on the phone at the same time). The problem wasn't with the drones, but with Mr. Porter trying to do too many things at once.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Downplayed, but Marshall is often subjected to slapstick-like comedy due to his clumsiness.
    • The aquaphobic Rocky was often hit with water for the sake of a joke, especially from Marshall's water cannons.
    • Cap'n Turbot often ends up in predicaments and is sometimes a human version of Marshall.
  • Canines Primary, Felines Secondary: The PAW Patrol dogs are all heroic puppies and any of the cats that do show up are either helpless and to be rescued, otherwise minor or supporting characters (like Cali), or rivals (like the Kitten Catastrophe Crew).
  • Catchphrase: Every member of the PAW Patrol has one, and they're almost all uttered Once an Episode. There's even a whole page on the wiki dedicated solely to catchphrases.
    • In season two's "Pups Save A Mer-Pup", Cap'n Turbot introduces his own catchphrase after being called upon as an official PAW Patrol member for the first time ("Turbot tackles trout!"). In season four's "Pups Save Puplantis", he changes his call-out to the catchier "This cap'n can do!"
    • Borrowed Catchphrase: When Zuma is called upon to drive Rubble's rig in "Pups Save a Super Pup", he borrows Rubble's "on the double" line.
  • Cats Are Mean: There are two feline antagonists in the show: Mayor Humdinger's Kitten Catastrophe Crew (counted as a single antagonist) and Mr. Nibbles/the Copycat.
  • Character Development: Danny has been showing development in later episodes, due to him being less reckless, as well as acknowledging (and apologizing!) when he screws up.
  • Chaste Toons: Both Mayor Goodway and Mayor Humdinger don't have children of their own, but they have young relatives (Goodway has a nephew, Julius, and a niece, Julia, while Humdinger has a nephew, Harold).
  • The Chick: In addition to Skye and Everest, there's also Katie (human) and Cali (cat).
  • Childish Tooth Gap:
  • Christmas Episode: "Pups Save Christmas". On the wiki, it's even been the episode of the month for December every year since 2015.
  • City of Adventure: Adventure Bay.
  • Colony Drop: In "Mighty Pups Charged Up: Pups vs. the Copycat", The Copycat tries to use a magnet to take a meteor from space during a meteor shower to make himself even more powerful, but the trope is Downplayed because it's explicitly stated the meteor would only crush Adventure Bay and not the whole world.
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • For the pups:
      • Marshall: Red
      • Zuma: Orange
      • Rubble: Yellow
      • Rocky: Lime green
      • Tracker: Jade green
      • Everest: Teal
      • Tuck and Ella: Sky blue
      • Chase: Royal blue
      • Sweetie: Magenta
      • Skye: Pink
      • Arrby: Brown
    • For the human children:
      • Ryder: Red/white
      • Katie: Pink
      • Alex: Orange/green
      • Carlos: Orange
      • Danny: Yellow
      • Julius: Blue
      • Julia: Purple
      • Harold: Violet
  • Competence Zone: It's a show where a 10-year-old boy and his pack of puppies are the local civil services. Of course the adult characters are going to be quirky at best and useless at worst.
  • Cone of Shame:
    • In "Pups Save an Ace", an overzealous Marshall puts one on Ace Sorensen after examining her.
    • Skye also gets one in "Pups Save Skye" after spraining her paw. She even refers to the trope by name.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In "Pups Save a Sleepwalking Bear", after the mysterious bear snow sculpture turns out to be a real bear named Spot, who spends the entire episode sleepwalking, Rocky recalls how the same thing happened to Marshall back in "Pups Save a Ghost".
    • In "Sea Patrol: Pups Save Puplantis", one of the items on Sid Swashbuckle's ship is the genie-in-a-box from "Pups Find a Genie".
  • Convection Schmonvection: Zig-zagged. During "Ultimate Rescue: Pups Save the Tigers" Francois, Captain Turbot and two tigers are all on rocks floating on magma, playing the trope straight. The team try and save them by knocking stones into the magma so they can hop across, but mention that the stones would be too hot for them to stand on.
  • Cool Airship: The Air Patroller, the PAW Patrol's aerial mobile base. It can only carry one puphouse vehicle unlike the PAW Patroller, but it has the capability of launching the pups, with their flight packs, out the back.
  • Cool Boat: The Sea Patroller, the PAW Patrol's mobile base for water-based rescues introduced in "Sea Patrol: Pups Save a Baby Octopus".
  • Crossover: Three in the form of animated shorts:
    • One with, of all shows, The Jim Gaffigan Show, starring Jim himself as a dog.
    • Another with Rusty Rivets, where Rusty builds a new vehicle for Marshall.
    • A third with Abby Hatcher, where a Fuzzly gets lost in Adventure Bay and Ryder calls Abby to come retrieve him.
  • Cultural Translation: In the UK dub of the show, some of the dialogue is tweaked, likely because it is deemed "Too American-English". Words like "super" and "awesome" are replaced by "really" and "brilliant", and Zuma says "dude" less often.
  • Darker and Edgier: As the series has progressed, the pups have gone from solving everyday problems to going on dangerous missions to save the world. It helps that they have new equipment and powers, as well as higher stakes.
    • The Copycat's debut episode has the threat of a giant meteor potentially crushing the town if the Copycat isn't stopped.
  • Different in Every Episode: Marshall crashes into the elevator in various different ways, most commonly tripping over something.
  • Dogs Love Being Praised: Most (if not all) episodes have Ryder say something along this lines of "You're all such good pups!".
  • Dwindling Party: In "Pups Save a Sniffle", the pups all get sick one by one until Rubble is the only healthy one left. And then Ryder starts sneezing...
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The animation in Season 1 is very different compared to subsequent seasons.
    • Minor one, but in Season 1 of the show, the Pup-Tags could only receive calls from Ryder, so the pups had to run all the way back to the Lookout to contact him. The tags also just lit up without audio visualisation, changing brightness based on volume. Doubles as Art Evolution.
    • In early episodes, the pups were Free-Range Children. In later episodes, they usually always have Ryder or another human (like when Rubble was with Uncle Otis in "Pups Save a Goldrush") with them when they go somewhere.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome:
    • Zuma demonstrates this, largely because his voice actor Alex Thorne has it. It gets more subtle throughout the seasons and Zuma loses it entirely when Alex is replaced by Carter.
    • In the British dub, Alex invokes this instead.
  • Epic Fail:
    • Zuma's attempts to use Rubble's bulldozer in "Pups Save a Super-Pup".
    • Francois trying to steer Cap'n Turbot's boat, the Flounder, in "Pups Save a Floundering Francois". It ended in him falling overboard and losing the ship.
  • Everything Is Better With Dinosaurs: An upcoming PAW Patrol special has the gang finding a land full of Dinosaurs, along with Dino-expert pup, Rex
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Skye is drawn to Francois, partly due to his accent. Her attraction to him is a running gag throughout the show, being briefly referenced at least once a season so far.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Every villain in this show is a ham.
    • The Humdingers (Mayor Humdinger, Harold, and the Cheetah) are all very dramatic and passionate with their villainy. They even all have evil laughs!
    • Sweetie, despite being a sneaky, cunning villain, is still quite hammy in her own right. The snort in her laugh is what sells it.
    • Sid Swashbuckle chomps on every scene he's in, as if the director handed his VA a microphone and said "Go wild".
    • Ladybird gets to be crazy all the time, and it's glorious.
  • Evil Nephew: "Mighty Pups" introduces Harold Humdinger, Mayor Humdinger's nephew, who's just as bad as his uncle.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In specialty episodes (like "Mission PAW" and "Sea Patrol"), Ryder's hair is slicker/thinner than normal. However, as of "Sea Patrol: Pups Save a Frozen Flounder", this is no longer the case.
  • Eye Roll: Cali and the Kitten Catastrophe Crew often resort to this to show off their annoyance at those around them.
  • Fictional Video Game: Pup Pup Boogie, which is probably based on Dance Dance Revolution.
  • Filthy Fun: Rubble enjoys being dirty, but also likes bathing.
  • First-Name Basis: To the point where it would actually take less time to name all the characters with confirmed full names. The list 
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Look closely at the humans' hands. note 
  • Frame-Up: In "Mission PAW: Quest for the Crown", Sweetie frames Chase for the crime of stealing the crown of Barkingburg, and pretends to "recover" it so she can look like a hero. She almost gets away with it, until Chase uses his bowtie camera to show her gloating about framing him.
  • Free-Range Children: In early episodes, the pups were often seen in other locations (often the pup-park) alone. This was phased out in later episodes, likely because it made Ryder look neglectful.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Birds really like Marshall.
  • Full-Name Basis: Daring Danny X will insist that people call him by his entire name (title?) when people refer to him as just "Danny" or "Daring Danny".
  • Fun with Acronyms: The creators have stated that the "PAW" in PAW Patrol stands for either "Protect And Wag" or "Pups At Work".
  • Goggles Do Something Unusual:
    • Skye's goggles can act as binoculars, telescoping out to let her see faraway objects.
    • Chase's goggles have a similar HUD.
  • Green Aesop: Emphasized by Rocky, the recycling pup.
  • Growling Gut:
    • Rubble's stomach growls numerous times in the series.
    • Zuma's stomach growls in "Pups Save a Talent Show".
    • Cali's stomach growls five times in the episode, "Pups Save a Train".
    • In “The New Pup”, Everest’s stomach growls repeatedly. Each time it happens, her rumbling tummy gets mistaken for thunder and an angry bear.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: In "Sea Patrol: Pups Save Tilly Turbot", Marshall slips (again) and slides across the water of the beach, sitting on the surface for about half a second before sinking. Noteworthy in that it's the first time the show really uses Toon Physics, Marshall's improbable crashes into the elevator not withstanding.
  • Gold Tooth: Copycat has one after he gets powers from the meteor.
  • Halloween Episode: "Pups and the Ghost Pirate" in Season One, and "Pups Save The Trick-Or-Treaters" in Season Five.
  • Hair Reboot: In "Pups Save an Underground Chicken", Ryder gets splashed with water and his hair flops in his face. He dries it for about seven seconds and it sticks right back up.
  • Heroic Canines, Villainous Felines: Downplayed. The "Kitten Catastrophe Crew" introduced in "Pups and the Mischievous Kittens" are villainous feline versions of the PAW Patrol (and are also one of the few cases of kittens playing this straight) and "Mighty Pups Charged Up: Pups vs. the Copycat" introduces another cat villain, Mr. Nibbles aka "The Copycat". However, Cali isn't villainous, though she can be cranky at times, and neither are any of the other unnamed cats that appear in the show; Rubble is even implied a few times to be quite fond of cats. There are also some villainous dog characters, most notably Sweetie.
  • Heroic Dog: The whole point of this show.
  • Home Base: The Lookout Tower, where the PAW Patrol live and where Ryder dispatches them on their missions, complete with a slide to get the pups down into their homes/vehicles. In Season 2, the PAW Patroller trailer is a secondary Base on Wheels.
    • Season 3 introduces the Air Patroller, a Cool Airship used to transport the PAW Patrol and their equipment to faraway locations, and Season 4 introduces the Sea Patroller, a Cool Boat used for water-based rescues.
  • Huge Rider, Tiny Mount: In "Pup Pup Boogie", Ryder tries to fit inside Rubble's rig. Key word: tries.
  • Hypocrite:
    • In "Pups Save the Chili Cook-Off", Mayor Humdinger has the nerve to accuse Adventure Bay of cheating when the pups' chili wins the cook-off, despite the fact that he had been cheating the entire episode (and is subsequently exposed as having used store-bought chili in his recipe).
    • "Pups Save A Snow Monster": Ryder spends the episode trying to convince the pups that there's no such thing as a snow monster. Guess who's the first to scream when they find the titular monster?
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Try to find an episode title that doesn't have the word "Pups Save X" or occasionally "Pups..." in it. "Mission PAW: Quest for the Crown", "Mission PAW: Royally Spooked", "Rocky Saves Himself", and "Mighty Pups" are the few exceptions.
  • Implausible Deniability: In "Pups Save the Cat Show", Mayor Humdinger insists that his entry into the show, Meow-Meow, is not a robot, even though Meow-Meow is currently flying above the show on its rocket paws.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: The essential premise of "Pups Save Tiny Marshall".
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals:
    • Mr. Hudson, the train conductor from "Pups Save a Train", has three clones of himself, as evidenced by this screenshot from "Mighty Pups".
    • For some reason, Buddy the dragon from "Pups Save a Playful Dragon" looks identical to the dragon from "Pups Save a Dragon".
  • Instant Costume Change: The pups instantly change into their gear halfway up the tower prior to meeting Ryder.
    • In his second episode when Hailey leaves Mr. Nibbles instantly changes into the Copycat costume in a flash of light.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: What sets Sid Swashbuckle apart from other villains. While both Mayor Humdinger and Sweetie don't care about anyone but themselves, Sid has the heart to take care of (and even steal to provide for) Arrby.
  • Jet Pack: In "Air Pups", Ryder and all the main pups receive some method of Flight, with a few variations between them.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Mayor Humdinger commits several crimes that should land him in jail (including grand theft auto, animal abuse, and even kidnapping!), but he and the KCC always walk after the Patrol stops them. Same with Sweetie, who tries to steal national treasures.
    • "Mighty Pups: Pups vs The Copycat" ends with the titular villain Copycat escaping punishment, with neither the PAW Patrol or his owner Hailey Daily being aware of his secret identity as Mr. Nibbles.
  • Karmic Nod: In "Pups Save a Freighter", Danny admits that he deserved to get splashed by a whale.
  • The Klutz: Marshall, who has a habit of crashing into the elevator's walls and other things. And getting his head stuck in stuff.
  • The Leader:
    • Ryder is a mix of Type 1 and Type 2. He assembles the PAW Patrol for a set reason, has clear goals, and is seen as a mature figure of authority in Adventure Bay.
    • Chase is Type 4. He's The Face of the PAW Patrol, and is one of (if not the) most skilled members.
    • Mayor Humdinger is Type 1. He assembles the KCC or Kitten Catastrophe Crew to sabotage Mayor Goodway or the PAW Patrol, Mayor Humdinger also manipulates to get what he wants and by time later. He is usually exposed and later receives his punishment at the end and episodes later, goes back to square one.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In some scenarios just like in the episode "Pups Save an Underground Chicken", Mayor Humdinger managed to stop Zuma and Ryder from reaching him but his plans were foiled by an alligator living in the sewers. The evil mayor gets captured and the statue is reclaimed... by Chase and Skye. As punishment, he and his kittens were forced to clean the statue, but as he escaped, the same alligator who stopped him appeared, forcing Humdinger back to his punishment.
  • Last-Name Basis: Mayor Goodway, Mayor Humdinger, Mr. Hudsonwho? , Mr. Porter, Mr. and Mrs. Wingnut, and Ms. Marjorie (assuming that "Marjorie" is her surname) all lack a first name.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The PAW Patrol has six main pups, plus Ryder makes seven. Add the four secondary members (Everest, Tracker, Cap'n Turbot, and Robo-Dog), and you have eleven. Then there's the residents of Adventure Bay, including, but not limited to, Mayor Goodway, Katie, Cali, Farmers Al and Yumi, the Porters, Francois, Danny, Jake, Ace, an abundance of animals... and that's not even counting everyone outside Adventure Bay.
  • Lost Voice Plot: "Parroting Pups": Rocky loses his voice, so the patrol has to train a parrot to use Rocky's voice-activated Pup-Pack.
  • Meaningful Name: Most of the pups have names connected to their respective roles. Also, Cap'n Turbot's surname is borrowed from a species of fish, which fits as he is a fisherman. (It doesn't fit, though, for Francois...)
  • Mr. Fixit: Rocky often assumes this sort of role, thanks to the multitude of recycled materials in his truck and the repair equipment in his pack.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • At one point, Skye and Zuma try to keep some kids cooled off while they wait for the pool to be fixed. Zuma runs off and grabs some popsicles; Skye flies up to a nearby mountain and brings back a bucketful of snow.
    • In "Pups Save the Treats", Rubble and Rocky use their packs' respective equipment to build a snowman.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Ryder allows the reporter Hailey Daily to see how the Lookout works and also shows her the meteor the pups use to get their superpowers. Unknown to them, Hailey's cat, Mr. Nibbles, enters and touches the meteor, giving him the same powers as the pups, and making him the Copycat.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Mayor Humdinger is the one who begins destroying the Copycat's tower by just jumping and stomping on it due to it's very poor design (anyone should know that having the thickest part of a tower be on top is a bad idea) causing the Copycat to fly out of the danger, leaving Mayor Humdinger and his kitties behind on the now-collapsing tower.
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • Ella has a pink nose, unlike the other pups, who all have black noses.
    • Mr. Nibbles/The Copycat from the upcoming Mighty Pups Charged Up sub-series has a very different design from the other cats we've seen in the show (here's a pic of Cali for reference).
  • The Nose Knows: Chase's sense of smell is so acute, he can identify jelly beans by color while blindfolded.
  • Not So Above It All: Chase tries to stay "professional" while on missions, but doesn't always succeed.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: "Sea Patrol: Pups Save Their Pirated Sea Patroller" has Marshall playing clumsy (well, clumsier than usual) in order to fool Sid into thinking he's just a harmless klutz.
  • Odango Hair: Justina Goodway (Mayor Goodway's niece) wears her hair like this.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Danny delivers one in "Pups Raise The PAW Patroller".
    Danny: So, I guess for now the PAW Patroller is a boat.
  • One Steve Limit: Done not with characters, but with episodes.
    • "Pups Save the PAW Patroller": Humdinger steals the PAW Patroller and the pups have to get it back. "Pups Raise the PAW Patroller": The PAW Patroller ends up in the bay and the pups have to get it back.
    • "Pups Save a Pizza": The pups save the Porters, who slid off the road while delivering a pizza. "Pups Save a Tower of Pizzas": Adventure Bay tries to make the world's largest stack of pizzas.
  • Origins Episode: "Pups Get a Rubble", wherein Ryder explains to Mayor Goodway how Rubble became a part of the group, and demonstrated excellent digging skills to rescue a trapped snowboarder.
  • Or Was It a Dream?: Season 4 has "Pups Save a Playful Dragon", where Rubble and Alex dream of a dragon (which inexplicably looks just like the one from Marshall's dream in "Pups Save a Dragon") coming out of a storybook that he and Alex were reading and causing trouble in Adventure Bay with its playful tendencies. But after Rubble and Alex wake up from their dream, the illustration of the dragon on the book's cover is shown winking at them...
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: "Pups Save a Mer-Pup" reveals the existence of "mer-pups", which appear under the moonlight during specific conditions, according to Cap'n Turbot. The merpups reappear every once in a while (in season 3's "Merpups Save the Turbots" and season 4's "Pups Save Puplantis").
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: "Pups and the Werepuppy" introduces the titular werepuppy, a werewolf-ish transformation of a pup (in this case, Rocky) into a larger, stronger, furrier version of themselves. Too bad it's All Just a Dream
  • Palette Swap: Sylvia, a one-off character who only appears in "Pups Save a Herd", is a blue recolor of Chase.
  • Parental Bonus:
    • Canadian writers, evil mayor of Foggy Bottom (section of Washington, DC).
    • "Put your metal to the pedal."
  • Plank Gag: In "Sea Patrol: Pups Save Their Pirated Sea Patroller", Arrby, carrying a mop, turns around and hits Sid in the butt.
  • Precious Puppy: Duh.
  • The Psycho Rangers: The Kitten Catastrophe Crew unleashed by Mayor Humdinger in "Pups and the Mischievous Kittens."
  • Reality Ensues:
    • In "Pups Save a Hum-Mover", Mayors Goodway and Humdinger face off in an obstacle course race. Humdinger naturally has his Kitten Catastrophe Crew repeatedly sabotage Goodway. This fails to work for two reasons:
      • Goodway is both athletic and resourceful enough to recover from each sabotage (and even uses one attempt to her advantage).
      • Humdinger was relying entirely on cheating to win, never training for the race (and hadn't bothered to warm up first, or even walk there). Despite getting the lead due to the sabotage, he tires out quickly, slowing down enough for Goodway to catch up to, and even pass him. Out of desperation, Humdinger resorts to faking an injury in order to stop the race.
    • When Zuma is called upon to drive Rubble's vehicle, he struggles at first due to it being different in design to his normal vehicle.
    • Ryder is... less than enthused about eating some of Danny's "Extreme Lunch" after the pups have started to chow down on it.
    • The Copycat made his towering tower of towerness out of random junk around Adventure Bay, that combined with it's poor design meant it falling apart was inevitable.
  • Red Is Heroic: Marshall, and to a lesser extent, Ryder, wear red and are heroes.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni:
    • Marshall is the clumsy, energetic Red Oni to Chase's collected, loyal Blue Oni.
    • Everest is the tomboyish, hands-on Red Oni to Skye's girly girl, kindhearted Blue Oni.
    • Sid Swashbuckle is the loud, selfish Red Oni to Arrby's sweet, quiet Blue Oni.
  • Rewatch Bonus: "Merpups Save The Turbots". At the end of the episode, Francois tries to show the footage he took of the mer-pups, but it's just a black screen. Captain Turbot asks whether he took off the lens cap. Earlier in the episode, one can see that the preview screen on the camcorder Francois was using is also black, which means he hadn't.
  • Running Gag:
    • Marshall crashing into the elevator.
    • Rocky getting sprayed in the face with water.
    • Ryder trying to change his hairstyle, only for it to stick right back up.
  • Save the Villain:
    • During the mayoral race and the search for the outlaw's loot, Mayor Humdinger's attempts to sabotage his competitors lead to him nearly falling off a cliff. The PAW Patrol save him, only for Humdinger to go right back to his crooked acts. This pattern of the pups saving Humdinger and him returning to his crooked ways afterwards is repeated many times in the show.
    • In "Mission PAW: Quest for the Crown", the PAW Patrol save Sweetie after she falls from her hoverboard while trying to escape. Like Humdinger and the Kitten Catastrophe Crew, she goes right back to her villainous ways in the next "Mission PAW" episode, in which she needs to be saved again.
    • In the first "Sea Patrol" episode, the PAW Patrol save Sid Swashbuckle when his submarine gets trapped.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: In "Mission PAW: Royally Spooked", Sweetie uses remote-controlled suits of armor to try and convince the Princess and Earl of Barkingburg that the castle is haunted, so they will leave, allowing her to have the place all to herself.
  • Security Cling:
    • Some of the pups have a habit of jumping into Ryder's arms when they get scared.
    • Similarly, Cap'n Turbot and Francois tend to cling to each other when in danger.
  • Ship Tease:
    • Ryder and Katie. He pushes her on a swing at the end of "Pups Save a Train," and they dance together in "Pups Save Friendship Day" (the lyrics were talking about "best friends", and with others dancing with characters they're often seen with, the song and visuals infer that Ryder and Katie are best friends). In "Pups Save a Dragon," when they learned the play they were rehearsing for required that the princess (Katie) had to be woken by "True Love's Kiss," Ryder was nervous at the prospect, while Katie smiled and giggled at the idea.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Pup Pup Boogie is a doggy version of Dance Dance Revolution, though humans play it too.
    • The Robo-Pup Ryder builds in "Pups Save Ryder's Robot" resembles the Teksta robot puppy toys.
    • "Tracker Joins the Pups" has a definite Indiana Jones vibe, with the monkey temple and a giant coconut acting in place of the iconic boulder. Mandy's theft of the crown also reminds one of Abu.
  • Show Within a Show: Apollo the Super Pup, which is a superhero show starring a dog that the pups (especially Rubble) are huge fans of. There's also Hello, Adventure Bay!, a news program that covers noteworthy events and stories that happen in the titular city.
  • Sick Episode:
    • "Pups Save a Show": Chase has a cold, so Marshall has to take over his part in the show.
    • "Pups Save a Sniffle": The whole patrol (minus Rubble) has a cold, which leads to a Dwindling Party during their mission. At the end, it's implied that Ryder is catching it as well.
    • "Parroting Pups" has Rocky has Rocky getting laryngitis, forcing the other PAW Patrol members to train a parrot to voice-activate his tools until he recovers.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The PAW Patrol features only one female member, Skye, until the introduction of Everest in Season 2.
  • Sneeze of Doom:
    • Chase is infamous for this since he's allergic to cat fur and bird feathers.
    • Skye lets out a big one in "Pups and the Pirate Treasure" when she sticks her head in a dusty knothole.
    • At the beginning of "Pups Get Growing", Mr. Porter is working with Ryder and some of the pups on making the world's largest pizza. When Skye opens a sack of flour, it causes her to let out a big sneeze, blowing flour all over everyone. Mr. Porter then has everyone sneeze all at once, and this blows the flour off everyone.
    • In "Pups Save the Songbirds", when Ryder calls the PAW Patrol to the Lookout, Marshall sniffs a flower, causing him to sneeze so hard that he flies into the Lookout and actually makes it in first this time.
    • In "Pups Get Skunked", when Everest has been sprayed by a skunk, the smell causes Marshall to sneeze uncontrollably.
  • Spell My Name with an "S":
    • Cali's name is frequently misspelled as "Callie" in closed captioning.
    • A few people have misspelled Ryder as "Rider".
  • Spiky Hair: Ryder, and a few episodes (see Hair Reboot above) imply it's natural.
  • Status Quo Is God: Every mer-pup-themed episode ("Pups Save a Mer-Pup", "Merpups Save the Turbots" and "Pups Save Puplantis") ends with Cap'n Turbot's photos of the merpups being ruined in some way so that more mer-pup plots are possible.
  • Sudden Name Change: Mayor Goodway's niece was named Justina in Season 1, but was renamed to Julia in all subsequent seasons.
  • Super Senses: Tracker's talent lies in his heightened sense of hearing, demonstrated with radar sound effects.
  • Talking Animals: Interestingly enough, only the dogs talk, but they still exhibit doggy habits like appreciating rubs and scratches, howling, and eating dog treats.
    • We can't hear it, but some other animals "talk" and can communicate with both dogs and humans. Chickaletta understands Goodway and vice versa (she will properly use her cellphone at request). Humdinger can understand his kittens' meows. Bettina communicates. The Copycat also gains the ability to speak audibly after he gets powers from the meteor.
  • Technicolor Eyes:
    • Skye has pinkish-purple eyes.
    • Sweetie, the evil pup belonging to the Princess of Barkingburg in the "Mission PAW" subseries, also has purple eyes.
    • Ladybird, a villain from the "Mighty Pups: Super Paws" subseries, has magenta eyes.
  • Theme Tune Roll Call:
    "Whenever there's a problem round Adventure Bay, Ryder and his team of pups will come and save the day!"
    "Marshall! Rubble! Chase! Rocky! Zuma! Skye! Yeah! They're on their way!"
  • Tightrope Walking: Francois is revealed to be very skilled at this in "Pups Save a Tightrope Walker".
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Lampshaded, but Everest is the second biggest pup on the team. She is bigger than all the other boy pups except Chase. Everest and Chase's sizes may be related to seniority—Chase is the most mature member of the patrol as the deputy leader under Ryder, with his role as the skeptic enhancing this maturity. As for Everest, she is implied to have had an owner before Jake.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Everest and Skye respectively accept their roles.
  • Tooth Strip: All characters' teeth are animated like this, with the exception of Danny who has a Childish Tooth Gap.
  • Transforming Mecha: The puppies' homes double as vehicles with many functions to support their jobs.
  • Token Human: Obviously, there's Ryder, but we also have Robo-Dog, a robot, and honorary member Cap'n Turbot.
  • Totally Radical: Zuma since he's the water pup talks like this from time to time, usually by referring to people as "dude".
  • Traveling at the Speed of Plot: Many times, the PAW Patrol is called to rescue someone when the person must be saved in a few minutes at most. But then Ryder calls the pups as usual, they gather together from various locations, Ryder briefs them without urgency, and they travel to the often distant location, always arriving in time.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Skye and Everest, until the arrival of Ella in Season 6.
  • Universal-Adaptor Cast: So far the PAW Patrol have been secret agents ("Mission PAW"), a coast guard equivalent ("Sea Patrol"), and even superheroes ("Mighty Pups").
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The conflict of "Pups and the Ghost Pirate" is kicked off when Cali and Chickaletta run about the pirate ship, causing it to drift into the Bay with some of the cast trapped on it.
  • Villain Song:
    • In the build-up to "Mission PAW: Quest for the Crown", Sweetie was given a very James Bond-esque one of these on Nick Jr.'s Youtube channel.
    • She received another one in the build-up to "Mission PAW: Pups Save the Royal Throne".
    • In "Sea Patrol: Pups Save Puplantis", Sid had one that doubles as both an "I Am" Song and his leitmotif.
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: In "Pups Save A Toof", in order to ease Alex's fear of going to the dentist, Ryder and the pups tell him what they're afraid of; Ryder hates eating Brussels sprouts, Rocky doesn't like getting wet, Rubble is afraid of spiders, Marshall is scared of flying, Skye is afraid of eagles, and Chase also fears going to the dentist (Zuma is skipped over for some reason).
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Adventure Bay is someplace with a sunny waterfront and beach. There's a nearby town (Foggy Bottom) with large amounts of fog. Snowy mountains, rocky terrain, forests, and a desert are all fairly nearby. The best odds are somewhere in California.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: It's not an intense fear, but Rocky does have an aversion to water-related activities.
  • World of Ham: Let's see; the mayor of Adventure Bay is a ham, most people who live in Adventure Bay are hams, all the villains are hams... yep, sure seems like it.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In "Pups Save a Hum-Mover", Mayor Humdinger pretends to break a toe, using the "injury" as an excuse to get a mechanized wheelchair specially made, and to take advantage of the sympathy of others.
  • Writing Around Trademarks:
    • Pup Pup Boogie is likely based on Dance Dance Revolution.
    • "Pups Save a Heady Humdinger" featured a bone-stacking game that is very similar to Jenga.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant:
    • In "Pups Save a Parrot," the PAW Patrol are called to the jungle to find Ryder's friend Carlos' missing parrot, Mateo. When they finally find Mateo, they learn that "he" has laid an egg. In all subsequent episodes, Mateo is renamed Matea.
    • In "Pups Save Chickaletta's Egg", Jimmy the crocodile turns out to be a female crocodile who laid eggs some time ago. Upon discovering this, Francois renames her Jenny.
  • Youthful Freckles: Sported prominently on Ace and Danny, while fainter on Sid Swashbuckle and the Princess of Barkingburg.


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Rubble hurt his paw, so Chase takes over as the construction pup.

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