- Adaptation Displacement: A surprising number of millennials didn't know that the two were from Classic Disney Shorts and did not, in fact, debut in Rescue Rangers.
- Base-Breaking Character: There's little middle way between these two with the fan base. They're either loveable little wise acres that compensated for the bland or repetitive main stars, or irritating little Karma Houdinis with equally irritating voices who exacerbated the mischievous animal formula that was taking over the Disney series. Their role in later medias only complicates matters.
- Designated Hero:
- Some of the shorts pitting them against Donald Duck can make them appear as such. While there are shorts where Donald deserves whatever abuse they subject him to there are also shorts where he's just minding his own business and Chip and Dale decide to torment and antagonize him for no better reason than he's there.
- In most of their bouts with Pluto especially, they usually antagonize him first or take the role of nuisances instead of provoked tricksters.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Clarice only appeared in one short, but she's fairly popular in the fandom.
- Michael Demcio gave them the surnames Maplewood and Oakmont, respectively.
- In Disney canon their relationship is vague, but fans often depict them as twins.
- Many fans view "Two Chips and a Miss" as part of the Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers canon, as the episode bears more resemblance to the later show from the other shorts in a number of ways:
- Chip and Dale are both Half Dressed Cartoon Animals and Clarice is a Barefoot Cartoon Animal. Whereas previous shorts only dressed as part of a gag.
- There's a fully developed Mouse World, including a night club.
- None of the traditional support cast like Donald or Pluto appear.
- Chip and Dale are fully intelligible now, whereas in prior shorts their speech is so fast and high pitched they border on The Unintelligible. Clarice's speaking and singing voice can also be fully understood.
- Chip and Dale are far more anthropomorphized than in the earlier shorts. They and Clarice are all literate, and Chip and Dale are demonstrably competent musicians.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Chip and Dale are very popular Disney Characters in Japan (alongside Marie, Daisy Duck, and Minnie Mouse). So much so that even Clarice from "Two Chips and a Miss" returned to being a meetable character in the parks starting at Tokyo Disney Resort in 2005.
- Moment of Awesome: Dale gets a big one in "Chips Ahoy". He secretly dismantles all of Donald's boats just before heading off with Dale. When Donald does uses them, Dale merely goofs around, awaiting the former's fall.
YMMV / Chip 'n Dale