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  • Adorkable: Marshall is a Precious Puppy like the others, but adding in his dorky clumsiness and often awkward but goodhearted efforts to help just makes him all the more adorable.
  • Ass Pull: As awesome as it otherwise is, absolutely nothing ever implied that the PAW Patrol could get new powers by having two pups touch each other's paws.
  • Awesome Art: The animation in later seasons is very detailed. The characters have carefully animated ears and hair that often move around when they move their head. Not only that, but if you look closely at certain clothing items (ex. Mayor Goodway's jacket, Ryder's vest and pajamas), you'll see actual stitches.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Chase. While he's popular with a good amount of fans, some feel that he hogs the spotlight too much and leaves less-often used pups like Zuma and Rocky Out of Focus.
    • Mayor Goodway. Some fans like her for her position/appearance, others don't due to her overdramatic voice and her choices compared to everyone else.
    • Mayor Humdinger gets a huge amount of backlash, if not more than Goodway due to his zany schemes and arguably being more of an airhead to Goodway, who at least tries to be a good mayor.
    • While Ms. Marjorie is a popular character, a few people think she was overused in Season 5.
    • Ladybird, a villain in the Mighty Pups Super Paws subseries. Some fans like her for being a cunning, good-looking, and interesting villain, while others hate her for having an ear-grating voice and basically being a more annoying clone of the Sea Patrol villain Sid Swashbuckle, who was absent from the series for over two yearsnote .
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  • Broken Base: Some fans don't like the show's more bizarre turn it took in its later seasons. Others think that the new turn is just as fun, if not more fun, than the early days of the show.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Sid Swashbuckle of all people gets this treatment among fans; many believe his evilness is rooted in a mental illness and he would greatly benefit from therapy sessions.
    • There's also an in-universe example, with Rubble thinking that the kitties from the Kitten Catastrophe Crew are cute, despite them usually following Mayor Humdinger's orders.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Even before her debut episodenote , Everest gained a pretty sizable fandom of her own.
    • Chickaletta surprisingly has a big fan base too.
    • Tracker was announced over a year before his debut, but at first, the fans didn't talk about him very much. After his debut in "Tracker Joins the Pups!", however, he became very popular and was gladly welcomed into the fandom.
    • The Mer-Pups, who have so far only appeared in three episodes, have also gained a fairly impressive fan base.
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    • Sweetie has become quite popular due to being the first villainous pup on the show, and a genuinely cunning and competent villain to boot.
    • Sid Swashbuckle has garnered a decent fan base for being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Large Ham.
    • Rex got tons of fanfare months before the Dino Rescue series started. Most of it has to do with his Handicapped Badass status.
  • Evil Is Cool: Sweetie, and to a lesser extent, Sid Swashbuckle, have garnered a lot of fans for being interesting (and in Sweetie's case, genuinely evil) villains.
  • Fandom Rivalry: The majority of fans of Thomas the Tank Engine hate PAW Patrol for multiple reasons, chief among them being the latter stealing a large amount of the former's market share, thus leading to a kneejerk reaction from Mattel that saw them make controversial changes to Thomas in an attempt to copy elements of the PAW Patrol formula.
  • Fanfic Fuel: Dino Patrol: Pups Save the Dino Eggs introduces Rex and the Dino-Lands to the show, and unlike Everest, Tracker and Tuck & Ella, it's stated Ryder has already met Rex before... so when did he find the Dino-Lands and meet Rex then? What caused him to see that he was PAW Patrol member material? Also, how did Rex become paraplegic?
  • Faux Symbolism: At the end of "Sea Patrol: Pups Save a Soggy Farm," after the PAW Patrol drains all the water that flooded Farmer Al's farm, a rainbow can be seen.
  • Franchise Original Sin: Talking dogs aside, the show has always had a few fantastical episodes, such as "Pups and the Ghost Pirate" and "Pups Save Christmas" in Season 1, or "Pups Save a Mer-Pup" and "Pups Bark with Dinosaurs" in Season 2. It wasn't until Season 6, however, that some fans began saying that the show had become unrealistic, mainly due to this season's gimmick being the superpower-focused Mighty Pups, Super PAWS subseries, resulting in far more fantastical episodes. What isn't helping is that the older fantastical episodes were usually All Just a Dream, but Mighty Pups, Super PAWS, despite obviously being fantastic in nature, is somehow considered "realistic" by the show's standards, making fans question the logic there.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Several bronies also like PAW Patrol (which is not surprising, seeing as My Little Pony writer Amy Keating Rogers wrote several episodes), as well as several fans of Pokémon.
    • Despite the Thomas the Tank Engine fandom's hatred for the franchise, there are still some TTTE fans who like PAW Patrol, mainly those who also like Keith Chapman's other major work, Bob the Builder.
    • In Japan, the fandom, which mostly consists of women older than the target demographic, overlaps with the fandoms of cute animal character franchises like the ones created by Sanrio, with My Melody fans being the most common overlap.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • This show, which was originally created for TV Ontario in Canada, is absolutely huge in the United States to the point where most people don't know that it's from another country. You can't walk into a store in the United States without seeing merchandise of PAW Patrol, it gets a ton of airtime on its American network and has even had touring live shows there! It's also worth noting that Marshall and Skye are more popular than lead dog Chase in the United States, to the point where most merchandise made for the US market is mostly of these two characters, and may have lead to one of the Ultimate Rescue toys being themed after him.
    • It's also big in the United Kingdom as well, to the point where the Big Screen Tails theatrical release actually outgrossed Journey Beyond Sodor, which was released the same weekend. There's also merchandise EVERYWHERE and the UK even got a tour of the live show in Summer 2017. And it doesn't stop there-when Mighty Pups got released in theaters in the country, it was so popular that it was shown again two months later.note 
    • It's also become very popular in Japan, where it's been used as a tool for teaching Japanese kids English. Of course, this all happened before an official Japanese dub was announced. Like in the U.S., it didn't really become popular until YouTubers began promoting the toys sent to them by Takara Tomy and those videos amassed many views. This, combined with rival Shinkansen Henkei Robo Shinkalion getting Screwed by the Network, lead to increased ratings and TV Tokyo putting the show in a preschool block that also comprised of the already-existing Disney Sunday block and the addition of another preschool block on Thursday evenings. It was then moved to Friday evenings, in the same block as Yo-kai Watch Jam - Yo-kai Academy Y: Close Encounters of the N Kind and Pokémon Journeys. The Ready, Race, Rescue! movie also broke the top 10 of the box office on the week it was released despite only playing at AEON theaters in Japan.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Marshall's Air Patrol suit has a water-propelled jetpack.
    • A Child Prodigy with dark hair that sticks straight up who serves as the show's deuteragonist/Token Human. Did we just describe Ryder, Nathan Adams, or AJ?
    • It's also not the first preschool show with a toy dog who is a superhero.
    • Mighty Pups. The pups first gained superpowers and fought robots in the fanfiction Tomica Hero Rescue Pups. Ironic, as Takara Tomy made Tomica Hero Rescue Force (the series the fanfic crossed over with) and also imported the pups' series and merch.
    • At the 2018 Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel jokes that Timothee Chalmet was "missing PAW Patrol to be here tonight". Fast forward to the next Oscars ceremony, and the official Twitter for the franchise posts this image. And then he wound up getting cast in the show's Big Damn Movie.
    • "Pups and the Ghost Pirate" way back in season 1 features the pups dressed up in various costumes for Halloween. Rubble was Elvis, Skye and Ryder were a princess and a knight, Zuma was a pirate, and Chase was a superhero, which is a lot of unintentional foreshadowing for future episodes and seasons where they went from playing pretend to real: saving a famous musician (Luke Stars), Mission PAW, Sea Patrol, and Mighty Pups, respectively.
    • In the Season 2 episode Pups Leave Marshall Home Alone, Rubble recounts that he once had a dream where cats could talk, followed by Skye finding the idea "weird." Now that we have a villainous cat called The Copycat (known as Mr. Nibbles before he gets his powers), who gains the ability to speak after a chip of the meteor gets stuck on one of his teeth, Rubble's dream comes off as being prophetic in hindsight.
    • The early episodes "Pups Save the Dinosaurs" and "Pups Save Apollo" were both It Was All A Dream stories, implying that such fantastic elements as dinosaurs and superheroes couldn't possibly exist in the PAW Patrol's world. Then later seasons introduced a superpower-granting meteor, and a Lost World full of living dinosaurs... One has to wonder if the writers will someday make dragons real too.
    • One could argue that Disney's show Puppy Dog Pals was created in an attempt to catch some of that puppy marketing that this show keeps jutting out. Ironically though, they had a quadriplegic pup before PAW Patrol did. Better yet, Lollie from Puppy Dog Pals and Rex from this show look almost exactly the same. The only thing that makes them different is Rex's brown spots and Rex and Lollie both being different genders.
  • Ho Yay: Rocky/Zuma may be one of the most popular ships in the entire fandom. The fact that the two of them are seemingly best friends on screen seems to help matters, and of course, lead some fans to believe that it might stretch a bit beyond that.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Chase? Chase? CHAAAASE!
    • People like to jokingly say that Chickaletta is the best member of the PAW Patrol, despite her being the mayor's pet chicken.
    • Ryder is often compared by people to Bruce Wayne.
    • Another common joke is calling the show "Papa Troll", which is a common mispronunciation of the show among the target demographic. Adults will often wonder what a show with the mispronounced name would actually be like.
    • A frequent joke is that the show is police propaganda meant to indoctrinate children, which gained media attention after the death of George Floyd, as mentioned under the Distanced from Current Events entry on the trivia page. Some people may be taking this seriously, but thanks to Poe's Law it's very hard to tell.
    • In regards to the Mighty Twins, a common joke is to compare Ella, who can grow to enormous sizes, to Clifford the Big Red Dog.
  • Periphery Demographic: Although it's a show aimed largely at 3-year-olds, PAW Patrol has been steadily receiving attention and love outside its target audience. That it's a series about Precious Puppies with Transforming Mecha probably helps, and also the fact that it's unlike other preschool shows, not talking down to its audience and sometimes featuring situations in which someone could get seriously injured or even killed. The fandom has also received some nods from the general public, with the show's adult fans being mentioned on the website for Nickelodeon's own resort in Punta Cana and even on the 2018 Academy Awards Ceremonies! Also, as of September 2018, there are at least 15 officially-licensed t-shirts available in adult sizes, all of which can be bought online on Amazon. This is unprecedented for a preschool-oriented cartoon.
    • In Japan, the show is popular with teenage girls, of all people.
    • It's also popular with girls despite the franchise mainly being aimed at boys.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name: Skase (Skye and Chase), Everall (Everest and Marshall), and Kader (Katie and Ryder).
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Neither Chase nor Skye have any feelings towards each other outside of friendship. Hasn't stopped a majority of the fandom from misinterpreting their interactions with each other as Ship Tease, though. The same can be said for Marshall and Everest, too.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Danny seems to be heading in this direction, since in his most recent appearances ("Pups and the Mystery of the Driverless Snow Cat", "Pups Save an Out-of-Control Mini-Patrol", "Ultimate Rescue: Pups Save a Movie Monster", and "Pups Save A Windy Bay"), he actually doesn't try to do any dangerous stunts, and the trouble caused is by accident (in Windy Bay's case, the trouble was caused by Humdinger and not Danny). In "Ultimate Rescue", he even ended up becoming an Accidental Hero by leaving his helmet camera on and getting enough footage to finish the movie.
    • Solidified as of "Pups Save a Mascot". Episodes featuring him are now receiving a warm reception, and there are even a handful of fans saying they like him.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Daring Danny X. A reckless, wannabe daredevil who constantly attempts life-threatening stunts and throws himself into dangerous situations, inevitably requiring the PAW Patrol to bail him out of whatever trouble he gets himself into. It doesn't help that he flat-out ignores any warnings he gets from more level-headed characters who try (and fail) to keep him from endangering himself, and never learns from his mistakes.
    • His predecessor Alex got similar hate, though mostly downplayed since Alex usually had the excuse of being a young child leaping before looking.
    • And then there's Travelling Travis, an "explorer" with No Sense of Direction whatsoever, who mistakes the arctic for a desert (and Chickaletta for a seagull), and often "discovers" animals that most people already know exist (and gives them ridiculous names to boot). All of which often leads to the PAW Patrol having to save him from his own mistakes. While Danny and Alex have the excuse of being kids, Travis' blunders have no such explanation.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Sweetie x Arrby, despite them never interacting on-screen. This is based on the fact that they are both 'evil' pups.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: Thunderbirds with puppies.
  • Squick: "Pups In A Jam": Ryder putting the spoon he had his mouth on back into a pot of jam. And then using that same spoon to put said jam in a dish. Praise God this wasn't a Sick Episode and that the jam ended up having to be used to get rid of an invasion of ants.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: In the UK, there are several fans who heavily dislike the localized dub, finding it unnecessary and disliking how much different the new voices sound (with Chase, Danny, and Sid being among the worst offenders), not to mention finding the uniform "posh" accents off-putting; these same fans will go out of their way to watch the American version because they feel it's truer to the characters.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: While Tracker certainly isn't a wasted character, some fans are upset that he never got a chance to become a Mighty Pup even though other Sixth Ranger Everest got them first with the main cast. What's worse? The toyline does feature Tracker as a Mighty Pup. This just makes fans wonder what was stopping that from happening in the actual show.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Although Spin Master later made other preschool series such as Little Charmers, Rusty Rivets, and Abby Hatcher, and they have seen moderate success, none of them were nearly as successful as PAW Patrol.
  • Toy Ship: A few, but most notably Ryder×Katie.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Zuma is a boy, despite apparently seeming otherwise.
  • Vindicated by History: When Drew Davisnote  was originally cast as Marshall, the fandom cringed at how he didn't even remotely sound like Marshall's original VA, Gage Munroe. Nowadays, his performance as Marshall is better received, and the fandom was sad to see him go when Season 5 ended.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • During the first Mighty Pups special, Mayor Humdinger is betrayed by his nephew Harold, who takes the power-granting meteor for himself.
      You'd expect: That Humdinger would remember this, and not be so keen to team up with Harold in the future.
      Instead: Humdinger keeps trusting Harold, who goes on to double-cross him again and again in future appearances.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • As mentioned above, when Marshall's original VA, Gage Munroe, was replaced with Drew Davis in Season 2, many fans complained that Davis didn't sound a bit like Marshall. This eventually died down as the series went on.
    • Justin Paul Kelly, Chase's VA from Season 5, has gotten a similar reaction from fans, again saying that he doesn't sound much like Chase.
    • Ace Sorenson's Season 3 VA, Megan Fahlenbock of Total Drama and 6teen fame, was criticized for making Ace sound a bit too old.


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