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  • Americans Hate Tingle: The series is unknown in France, which is a big surprise for anyone who thinks it's of French origin. In fact, Madeline is an American franchise that just happens to be set in France.
  • "Common Knowledge":
    • Miss Clavel is not a nun. Yes, she dresses the part, but she's never once been referred to as 'Sister'.
      • The Filipino dub refers to her as "Sister Clavel", though.
    • The place the girls are staying at isn't an orphanage, it's a boarding school.
  • Older Than They Think: Lord Cucuface's name being changed to Lord Covington in the 1998 film was preceded by the Shirley Temple's Storybook episode in 1960 which changed his name to Mr. Murgittroyd. Likewise the idea of a Setting Update also originates with that episode, setting it in the then present day if the mention of Frankie Avalon is any indication. The Adaptational Heroism for the Gypsies in the animated special of "Madeline and the Gypsies" also originates from this episode.
  • Toy Ship: Madeline and Pepito.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Pepito is male, but the books and DiC animated series give him a more feminine appearance, with hair just as long as Madeline's. The film averts this.

  • Narm: "Lord Cucuface, beware! Genevive, noblest dog in all of France, you shall have your ven-ge-ance!" For the record, that line did not appear in the TV special. The movie did include the second sentence, albeit with a normal pronunciation of "vengeance."

     Western Animation 
  • Adaptation Displacement: There was a 1950's short, too. It's vaguely remembered, though it was put on the DVD release of the 1998 film.
    • In the books and early specials, Madeline's parents are known to be alive, and even appeared in the Christmas special. The live-action film, in which she's an orphan, caused DiC to retcon her into an orphan, much to the confusion of many. Although to be fair, only in Lost in Paris was she vividly portrayed as an orphan not unlike the live-action film, while the animated series after the movie does little to nothing about referencing that.
  • Adult Fear: In "Madeline: Lost in Paris", there's practically a musical number about it ("Something's not right") when Ms. Clavel and the other girls find out Madeline and her "Uncle Horace" didn't take the train to Vienna. And it's no wonder: essentially, she entrusted the care of one of her surrogate daughters to a man she thought was her family.
  • All Animation Is Disney: DiC was with Disney at the time the series and Lost in Paris was created, which made many people believe that the Madeline TV series and first Direct-to-Video movie were from Disney (It doesn't help that Lost in Paris, at least the original 1999 release before it was rereleased on DVD by Shout! Factory, opens with the text "Disney Presents")
  • Awesome Music: Long Live The King Of Chocolate. It isn't Aesop-y like most of the songs and is very catchy.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: My Fair Madeline isn't very well-liked among fans due to the main character getting put through the wringer for almost no reason whatsoever and the conflict relying on You Have to Believe Me! and the Adults Are Useless tropes as very tiring. This movie is also blamed for possibly killing the franchise.
  • Ear Worm: "I'm Madeline", "A Bad, Bad Hat", "Two Straight Lines", "Something is Not Right", "Have You Seen Our Dog?", "Home Is Where The Heart Is", and every other song.
    • "Slovakio, Slovaki-ay, we're on a gyspy carvan!"
    • "Trick or Treat! Trick or Treat! Going door to door..."
    • "Long live the king of chocolate, mighty is he..."
    • "Dinosaurs, dinosaurs, big and tall! They make the Eiffel really small!"
  • Fridge Brilliance: In The Movie, someone claiming to be Madeline's relative from Austria brings suspicion to Madeline because he trips on a suitcase and says "Sacre bleu!". It seems weird, considering that Translation Convention is in play and they would already be speaking French to one another... but then you realise that he is saying it in a french accent - it's not the fact that he temporarily spoke in French that made Madeline suspicious, it was the Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping.
  • Fridge Horror: The last act of "My Fair Madeline" up until Emma tells the King of England the truth about Madeline's role in the heist is full of this in regards to Miss Cleval, Lord Cucuface, and potentially France in general. As far as the King knew, this French nun who ran a boarding house and the politician who bankrolls her knowingly brought a thief into his country with the backing of the French government, and said thief very nearly steals the Crown Jewels after being caught trespassing in the palace and "assaulting" one of the royal guards. At best, if Emma had not confessed, then the King could have demanded Miss Clavel and potentially the French government as a whole to pay steep reparations for Madeline's "crime". At worse, he could have considered it an act of war.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Lost in Paris, a story about Madeline being forced to work in a sweatshop, becomes this after the 2007 abduction and possible murder of Madeleine McCann.
    • And In-Universe example in the movie: when Uncle Horace brings the girls lace collars as gifts, it seems like a sweet sentiment from a relative who just met his niece just now. ...And then later in the movie, you learn about the Lace Factory, and all those orphaned girls who slaved to make them.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: CINAR came up with the initial ideas for the specials and partnered with DiC to execute it. Then Cinar went their way when the partnership ended while DiC went on to make the the TV series and two specials. Almost two decades later, CINAR became Cookie Jar and subsequently bought DiC, and then merged.
  • Moe: Moreso with the animated series than anything else.
  • Nightmare Fuel: According to a number of complaints filed by parents at the time the special was released, Lost in Paris was full of this to their children. It doesn't help that the movie features Madeline being lured from the old house to a sweatshop where she is forced to do labor.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: In the animated series Chloe, Nicole, and Danielle get more focus and dialogue than any of the other girls aside from Madeline herself.


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