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Left to right: Rocky, Rubble, Skye, Chase, Ryder, Marshall, and Zuma. Not pictured: Everest and Tracker.

"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.


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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.
  • Ace Pilot: The aptly-named Ace Sorensen, a stunt pilot whom Skye idolises in the episode "Pups Save an Ace".
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  • 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.
  • Adult Fear: So much that it needs its own page just to cover it.
  • Aerith and Bob:
    • Among the pups, we have Chase, Skye, Marshall, Rocky, and Ar(r)by alongside 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 Save a Genie", "Pups Save Apollo”, “Pups Save a Mayor Frog”), but two were dreamt up by Marshall ("Pups Save a Dragon" and "Pups Save Tiny Marshall").
  • 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 more recent Sea Patrol episodes also feature special antagonists; a kleptomaniac pirate appropriately named Sid Swashbuckle, and his first mate, a dachshund pup named Arrby.
  • 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.
  • 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 – 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 pup-house 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.
  • 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 foreshadowed by the ghost having Marshall's shape.
    • In "Pups Save a Pony", Zuma pulled this off to a couple of children at night back to their tent while 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.
  • Character Development: Danny has been showing development in the latest episodes, due to him being less reckless, as well as acknowledging (and apologizing!) when he screws up.
  • The Chick: In addition to Skye and Everest, there's also Katie (human) and Cali (cat).
  • Childish Tooth Gap:
  • Christmas Episode: "Pups Save Christmas".
  • City of Adventure: Adventure Bay.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Each pup has a color motif which corresponds to his or her job.
  • 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.
  • 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 new mobile base. It can only carry one pup-house 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 new mobile base for water-based rescues introduced in "Sea Patrol: Pups Save a Baby Octopus".
  • Crossover: Three in the form of animated shorts:
  • Cultural Translation: In the UK dub of the show, some of the dialogue is tweaked likely as they are deemed "Too American-English". Words like "super" and "awesome are replaced by "really" and "brilliant", and Zuma says "dude" less often.
  • Curtains Match The Windows:
    • Chase has brown fur and eyes.
    • Rubble's amber eyes match his fur tone very well.
    • Ryder as well, though slightly downplayed as his eyes are more hazel than brown.
  • 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: Minor one, but in season one of the show the pup tags could only receive calls from Ryder, so the pups had to run all the way back to lookout to contact him. The tags also just lit up without audio visualisation, changing brightness based on volume. Doubles as Art Evolution.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome:
  • 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 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.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In specialty episodes, such as Sea Patrol and Mission PAW, Ryder has a noticeably slicker haircut. Don't believe us? Compare this image taken from a normal episode to this one from a Mission PAW.
  • Fictional Video Game: Pup Pup Boogie, which is probably based on Dance Dance Revolution.
  • Filthy Fun: Rubble enjoys being dirty, but also likes bathing.
  • 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.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Birds really like Marshall.
  • 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 Recycle 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.
  • 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). 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 Guy, Tiny Girl: Chase is the biggest pup in PAW Patrol, while Skye is the smallest. There is also a bit of a Ship Tease going between them since Chase has shown numerous times that he has feelings towards Skye. At least, until Everest shows up...
  • 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In some scenarios just like in the episode "Pups Save an Underground Chicken", Mayor Humdinger managed to stop Zuma and Ryder to reach him but his plans were foiled by an alligator living in the sewers back to Ryder and Zuma but instead. The evil mayor gets captured and reclaimed the 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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 to 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 tires 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 "merpups", 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".
  • Precious Puppy: Duh.
  • The Psycho Rangers: The Kitten Catastrophe Crew unleashed by Mayor Humdinger in "Pups and the Mischievous Kittens."
  • Purple Eyes:
    • Skye has pinkish-purple eyes.
    • Sweetie, the evil pup belonging to the Princess of Barkingburg, also has purple eyes.
  • 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.
  • Red Is Heroic: Marshall, and to a lesser extent, Ryder, wear red and are heroes.
  • Rewatch Bonus: "Merpups Save The Turbots". At the end of the episode, Francois tries to show the footage he took of the merpups, 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • "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:
    • Chase and Skye. Chase has been shown to be greatly concerned whenever Skye seems to be in trouble (with Skye calling him "very sweet" for worrying in one episode), and Skye leant tenderly against his chest during the Friendship Song in "Pups Save Friendship Day."
    • 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": See Lost Voice Plot above.
  • 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 merpup-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 merpup plots are possible.
  • 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.
  • 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, and since Chase has kind of a minor hot spot for Skye, fans often like to ship Everest with the other boy pups (especially Marshall). 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Youthful Freckles: Sported prominently on Ace and Danny, while fainter on Sid Swashbuckle and the Princess of Barkingburg.


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