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  • Anvilicious: While the TV series has An Aesop in most episodes, they never jammed them into your head. The episode "Smoke Detectors"note , on the other hand, falls right under this.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The sudden and one-time uses of a studio audience laugh track in "You Slipped a Disk" and "Chow About That?"
  • Crack Pairing: Lucky/Rainbow Dash has cropped up within the fandom.
  • Creator's Pet: Spot is mostly disliked because she's a main character and Ensemble Dark Horse Two-Tone isn't (or Patch, thus filling out the four characterized puppies from the original book.)
    • The farm animals, who got way more focus and characterization than the other 96 puppies.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: 'Citizen Canine' seems to have the aesop "All politicians will become corrupt to win, so you're better off going with the more experienced candidate over the novice idealist."
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Lucky/Rebecca and Cadpig/Mooch are two notable examples in the TV series fanbase.
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  • Foe Yay: Cadpig and Mooch had this going on for a while, particularly in "My Fair Moochie".
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • In the series, the episode "Coup De Vil" actually turns Cruella into one.
    • Several episodes of the series portray Cruella as a Jerkass Woobie / Jerk With A Heart Of Gold combination.
    • Lucky. Sure, he has a massive ego and a tremendous stubborn streak. Also, he can be quite the brat as evidenced in "Splishing And Splashing" where he outright refuses to apologize to Lucy for splashing her but then there are episodes like "Lucky To Be Alone" "Watch For Falling Idols" and "Cone Head" where he gets hit with a pretty heavy dose of Break the Haughty.
    • Mooch. He pretty much has the reputation of a thuggish gang leader and bully on the farm but in "Twelve Angry Pups", he's blamed for a crime he didn't commit and in "My Fair Moochie", Cadpig crushed his heart pretty hard after he tried to make a genuine attempt to change. It's perfectly understandable why he bursts into tears and sobs on Lucky's shoulder after Cadpig dumps him.
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    • Dipstick. Sure, he's part of Mooch's gang but just watching him cry in "Twelve Angry Pups" kind of makes you want to cuddle and pet the poor thing. He also had his collar stolen by Swamp Rat in another episode.
    • Lt.Pug is one of the most hated characters on the show. But after the torture Persian Pete put him through as a pup, it's easy to see why he's such a shell-shocked, bossy, mentally unstable loudmouth of a jerk.
    • Lucy The Goose. She has a very irritable and grumpy attitude but she only wanted to swim in peace without being splashed by the pups.
    • Fetch and Kelly from the episode Trick Track Toe. Sure, they laugh at Gogo for his bunny phobia but they themselves also clearly have issues.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "Yard sale? I love yard sales! Actually, I hate yard sales. Of course, the pros of a yard sale are the bargains, but the cons of a yard sale are that the items are used. Ick!"
    • Cadpig's comment about "day old pizza"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Pretty much everything Dimsdale De Vil does in De Vil-Age Elder, including trying to use his descendant Cruella as a replacement to be trapped in Devilville for all eternity.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Rebecca, the adorable Scottish-accented carriage pup of "De Vil-Age Elder"
  • The Scrappy:
    • Lt. Pug for being a loud, insufferable Drill Sergeant Nasty and major Jerkass with an unappealing design and virtually no redeeming qualities.
    • And Dumpling for being a surly and obnoxious Spoiled Brat.
    • And Swamp Rat to a lesser extent for his Jerkass tendencies and frequent Karma Houdini status.
    • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The episode "Hog Tied" did portray Dumpling in a somewhat positive and sympathetic light and she did save Cadpig's life. So maybe she could be excused from this.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The main message of "Full Metal Pullet" which is that true friends don't abandon each other for their own selfish needs, or watch each other get humiliated by others without standing up for them.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: All of the other puppies. Granted, it would've been impossible for them to characterize every single one of the pups but, aside from the main trio, only a handful of pups (Two-Tone, Tripod, Dipstick, Whizzer, and Patch) had names and personalities.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Rolly, with his blue collar (which only females wear). His weight and low voice offsets this somewhat, though.
    • How many here didn't know Spot the Chicken was a female until her gender was actually mentioned?
    • The same could be said about Cadpig, since her voice and small size fit the requirements of the young boy character voiced by a female voice actress.
  • The Woobie:
    • This varies, but Rolly and Spot usually qualify for this.
    • The episode "Hog Tied" actually turns Dumpling into one pretty effectively.
    • Also Amber in "Beauty Pageant Pandemonium" when her dress is destroyed.
    • And surprisingly Mooch in "Twelve Angry Pups" considering the fact that he was accused for a crime that he didn't actually commit.


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