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Puppy Dog Pals is a Disney Junior show that premiered on April 14, 2017. The show is created by Harland Williams, and focuses on two pups named Bingo and Rolly who go on all sorts of adventures. Other characters include Bob (their owner), Hissy (Bob's cat, who's their friend), and ARF (the robot dog).

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  • Abandoned Catchphrase: In the early episode "A.R.F." Hissy keeps saying "I'm okay" after falling from a great height (and presumably landing on her feet, off-screen). She hasn't said it in any other episode.
  • Sick Episode: ARF-CHOO for ARF and The Soup Search for Bob
  • Birthday Episode: Her Royal Pug-Ness for Rosetta, Bingo and Rolly's Birthday for the title characters, and Bob's Birthday Wish for
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Hissy
  • Absentee Actor: Bingo and Rolly are the only 2 characters to appear in every episode.
    • Hissy was absent for 14 episodes: "Polly Wants A Pug", "The Legend Of Old Snapper", "Close Encounters Of The Pug Kind", "Luck Of The Pug-ish", "Bob's Boomerang", "The Fang Fairy", "The Case Of The Missing Caterpillar", , "Bright Lights, Pup City", "Dinner Thief On The Puppytown Express", "Duck, Duck, Dog", "Mr. Bob Goes To Washington", and "Speedy As A Cheetah".
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    • Bob was absent for one episode "Sham-pooch".
  • Adorkable:
    • A.R.F. has this in spades, especially with Tom Kenny voicing him.
    • Bob's excitable personality also puts him in this category.
    • Bingo and Rolly definitely qualify.
  • Adults Are Useless: In "Captain Rolly", there are several grown-up dogs at the Captain Dog convention, but none of them do anything when Cupcake and Rufus try to take over their area, or when the model monorail is damaged, leaving it up to Bingo and Rolly to save the day.
  • All There in the Script: The girl in charge of the Design A Dog store is named Sunny, but it's only mentioned in the credits and not in the episode. The same goes for the characters Chloe's mom and Shannon. Oddly enough, Tara Strong voices all of them.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Hissy is a purple cat with a pink tuft of fur on her head.
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  • Animal Talk: Bob is unable to understand Bingo and Rolly, hearing only barks. Oddly enough, A.R.F. (who Bob built) can understand them and other animals perfectly.
  • Badass Adorable: Both Bingo and Rolly qualify due to their persistence, flexibility, and athleticism.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: "Adventures in Puppy-Sitting" introduces Baby, a puppy who is younger than Bingo and Rolly, but bigger than either of them, due to the fact that she is a Great Dane puppy. She's also very playful, and quickly makes friends with Bingo, Rolly and Hissy.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Being a bit older than the pups, Hissy tries to keep their antics in control, and quickly steps up to protect them from danger.
  • Brick Joke: At the beginning of "Hissy's Big Day", Hissy briefly gets caught in a garden hose. A.R.F. tries to free her, but gets caught himself. By the episode's end, we see that A.R.F. is still tangled up in the hose.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hissy is often on the receiving end of a lot of the slapstick comedy.
  • Catch-Phrase: The pups have two: "Bow to the wow!" and "On your barks, get ready!"
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Hissy. In "A.R.F.", Rolly is catapulted into the air, and lands the couch. Hissy's response is "How was your flight?"
  • The City: the place main characters live in.
  • Clueless Detective: In The French Toast Connection, the detective investigating the theft of all the bread from a bakery in Paris is completely incapable of finding any clues, even overlooking a literal Trail Of Breadcrumbs.
  • Cool Big Sister: Hissy to Bingo and Rolly. They look up to her, often telling her about their adventures, and she doesn't mind joining on on their games (when she's not sleeping, of course).
  • Couch Gag: Whenever Bingo and Rolly go into the doghouse before going out on a mission, there's always a little gag they do before each mission. For example, "Putting It Together" had them all anime-esque while "Bob Loves Mona" had Bingo making a deadpan remark on Rolly chewing again.
  • Dog Stereotype: The two leads are plucky, fun-loving Pugs.
  • Exact Words: A.R.F. is programmed to clean up every mess caused by Bingo and Rolly but won't get involved when someone else causes a mess.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Hissy is this to Bingo and Rolly.
  • Friendly Enemy: Cupcake. Despite antagonizing them most of the time, she sometimes hangs out and plays with the pups, such as in the Playtime with Puppy Dog Pals short "Puppy Pool Party".
  • Fun with Acronyms: A.R.F. is short for Auto-doggy Robotic Friend.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Bob loves to invent and bulid various gadgets for his pets.
  • Genki Girl:
    • Both Nellie the parrot and Funny Bunny are excitable and full of energy.
    • Chloe's new dog Keia (introduced in season 2) is also this.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • In "Pigs And Pugs", a beginning scene shows that Bob invented a machine to clean up Bingo and Rolly. He then says that A.R.F. will go "Whoosh!" on them, followed by a blowing sound. Granted, he's just trying to get the mud off of them and clean them up, but he pretty much said "blow job" in all but name.
    • One of the hexagon shelves in Bob's house resembles the chemical structure for LSD.
  • "Gift of the Magi" Plot: In "Bingo and Rolly's Birthday", the pups, intent on getting each other a great birthday gift, each trade away their favorite things in return for something that goes with their brother's favorite thing (a new spring for Bingo's Captain Dog toy launcher, and a box for Rolly's stick collection). While losing their favorite things makes them both sad, they console themselves with the knowledge that they got each other something they'd really like. Luckily for them, Hissy trades some of her own favorite things to get back the items the pups traded away, to ensure her little brothers are happy.
  • The Glomp: Keia likes to tackle-hug Bingo and Rolly.
  • Group Picture Ending: happens in "A Santa for Bob".
  • Hiccup Hijinks: The episode "Bob's Birthday Wish" has a running gag where Rolly has hiccups, which threatens to blow their cover when spying on Bob's sister Bonnie. In the end, he gets rid of them only for Bingo to get them.
  • Hollywood Chameleons: one appears in "Close Encounters of a Pug Kind".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Hissy is a downplayed example of this trope. She's not particularly mean or selfish, but she is snarky and prefers to keep to herself. With that said though, she still deeply cares about Bob and the pups.
    • Cupcake is implied to be this in "A Very Pug Christmas", with Santa Claus himself seeing good in her.
  • Kangaroo Pouch Ride: happens in "Bob's Boomerang".
  • Laughing at Your Own Jokes: At the end of "Fetch That Fish!", after Bingo and Rolly have saved their new fish sister Olivia, Bingo laughs at his joke about how their mission is "fin-ally" accomplished.
  • Manchild: It's pretty downplayed considering the target demographic, but Bob tends to get frustrated and have a very small tantrum when things go poorly.
  • Mr. Exposition: Frank and Esther Exposition. Usually when they show up in an episode, it's to talk aloud about going on, telling the pups (and the viewers) what they need to know.
    • Also, Bob sometimes.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: Bingo and Rolly look like normal enough Pugs, but Hissy is a purple and pink cat. Her colorful design clashes with the dogs more realistic ones.
  • Only Sane Man: Hissy often keeps the pups' antics in check. Between the pups, Bingo is the more responsible one.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Rolly once fixed his toy by hitting it.
  • Pet the Dog: Cupcake shows her kinder side in "A Very Pug Christmas".
  • Phrase-Catcher: "Leave us alone, Cupcake!"
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Bingo is smarter and calmer, and Rolly is more silly and impatient. Also, they literally wear these colours.
  • Rim Shot: in "The Great Shirt Rescue", some of pups' jokes are followed by "ba-dum-tss".
  • Scout-Out: Chloe is part of the Nature Scouts.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Within a Show: Bingo and Rolly are fans of Captain Dog, a TV show which comprises of 2D animation.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Cupcake and, by association, Rufus.
  • Sixth Ranger: Season 2 adds Keia to the main cast. She is Chloe's pet.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: In "Special Delivery". When Bingo and Rolly hitch a ride to Bob's mom's house in the mail truck, Bingo suggests a series of complicated maneuvers that will get them over to her mailbox so they can post Bob's Mother's Day card. Rolly instead has them hide in the mail carrier's satchel, so they can simply place the card in the mailbox as they pass by.
  • Stepford Smiler: Sunny. Very energetic and perky... until the kids go home, whereupon she drops the smile in favor of a tired frown.
  • Stout Strength: Rolly is slightly pudgier than Bingo, but is shown to be the stronger of the two on several occasions.
  • Smelly Skunk: in the episode "Sham-pooch", it is mentioned that Bingo & Folly once made friends with a skunk, who ended up accidentally spraying them. Bob gave them a bath, but they were still stinky before giving them various baths before they smelled better.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Hissy is the only female of the main cast, at least until Keia joined in season 2.
  • Third-Person Person: A.R.F. refers to himself this way.
  • Those Two Guys: The couple, Esther and Frank, who seem to show up everywhere the puppies go.
  • Title, Please!: As of Season 2, title cards no longer appear onscreen.
  • Tuft of Head Fur: Hissy has pink fluff on her head.
  • Tunnel King: Rolly. "Pyramid Scheme" shows him digging long tunnels with ease, and even uncovering the buried pyramids in barely any time at all.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The show's location is rather interesting. Whenever Bingo and Rolly (and sometimes Hissy) have to go somewhere faraway like France or England, they can seemingly go there and come back within the same day even though they use a plane.

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