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  • Accidental Innuendo: "I wonder what the leash and collar set do for excitement?"
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Aunt Sarah, especially to people who aren't dog lovers. It is possible that Sarah is just prejudiced against dogs and doesn't like them. It is also possible that Sarah didn't want to allow any animals near the baby, since she did leave her cats downstairs (although she brings them upstairs with her after their Wounded Gazelle Gambit). Though many would still call it an overreaction to see a small family dog wag its tail and angrily chase it out of the room as if it was a rodent.
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    • The alligator in the zoo. Trying to eat Lady or trying to help remove the muzzle - and simply not realising his mouth was too big.
    • The rat gets this too, to a much lesser extent. Was it truly trying to kill the baby, or was it only focused on using the house as a shelter? Though if you pay attention in its fight with Tramp, the rat at some point prepares to jump into the baby's crib.
    • The three vicious street dogs and the reason why they chase Lady. They don't like trespassers in their territory - they used to be guard or police dogs before becoming stray so anyone which they see as an intruder can set them off - or in a Fridge Horror example it's possible that Lady was in heat at the moment so explanation needed.
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  • Designated Villain:
    • The dog catcher is perhaps the least evil of the Big Bad Ensemble; his job is to find dogs and put them in his pound to await pickup, but the film generally portrays him as antagonistic for this, particularly when he agrees to have Tramp put to sleep.
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    • Though she may be particularly harsh towards Lady and the Tramp, Aunt Sarah does what she does out of concern for others, particularly for her cats (who get Lady muzzled with a Wounded Gazelle Gambit) and for Darling's child. Plus, she hates runaways (and also, it would seem, strays), to the point of chaining Lady to the backyard doghouse to teach her a lesson, and around the time she arranges for Tramp's euthanasia, she is only aware of two things as far as the surrounding circumstances were concerned: one, that the child's life was in danger, and two, that two dogs, one of them a stray, were at the scene.
  • Ethnic Scrappy: Si and Am, the Siamese cats, who pretty much read as a checklist of every single Chinese stereotype ever: cunning villainy? Check. Buck teeth? Check. Broken English? Check.
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  • Fair for Its Day: Tony and Joe's Italian stereotypes are far more cartoonishly exaggerated than Si and Am's, but haven't seen quite as many complaints because they are arguably the nicest characters in the movie, especially since they go out of their way to make a date for two dogs as romantic as possible.
  • Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales:
    • Despite the characters being criticized for being Oriental stereotypes, there are plenty of actual Asians of Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese descent who enjoy Si and Am and their Villain Song.
    • Likewise, many Italians and Italian-Americans love Tony and Joe for their kindness towards the titular characters and their genuinely funny banter.
  • Narm: When the rat is bitten by Tramp the first time, it squeaks like a chew toy. (It squeaks normally every other time, not even close to narmy.)
  • Narm Charm: Two dogs share a romantic dinner with "kissing", accompanied by an Award-Bait Song. It's the famous Signature Scene of the film for a reason as people adored it.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • All the dogs at the pound (save for Peg and Bull, who appear in one other scene early on).
    • Si and Am, the two Siamese cats Aunt Sarah brings, pretty much only appear in their introduction and yet that one scene is one of the film's most known. They also appear on the cover of the VHS release.
    • Surely, the beaver counts as well, since, despite only appearing once, he still has a fairly significant role, and is very helpful and friendly. It also helps that he was the basis for Gopher.
    • The Hyena in the Zoo, which got a fair amount of recognition in later years from Crash Bandicoot fans due to being the source of the crazy laugh used by long-time series villain Ripper Roo.
  • Popular with Furries: Lady and Tramp themselves have quite a considerable amount of furry fans, Peg also has a few.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Boris, the philosophy-quoting Russian dog, would later be heard as Fred Flintstone.
  • Signature Scene: Take a wild guess.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: The opening sequence with Lady as a puppy. She's so adorable!
  • Values Dissonance: The portrayal of the two Siamese cats. It's no wonder that the live-action remake changes them into Devon Rexes and gives them a new song.
    • The word "tramp" has changed its main colloquial meaning since the movie was made, with its modern connotation being aimed at women and decidedly less family-friendly. It's unlikely the word "tramp" would ever appear in a modern Disney animated movie unless it was specifically referencing this film. It makes the fact that there's an entire song about it Hilarious in Hindsight.
  • Woolseyism: When Lady is upset about Jim Dear having referred to her as "that dog", the word they use in the Norwegian dub is more of a slang word for dog ("bikkja") making her shock even more understandable.


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