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  • Adaptation Displacement: Or what could be product displacement this case. "Home is Where the Heart Is," was featured in the movie version of the pilot, but edited out of the syndicated version (although if you concentrate you can a hear a few notes from it at one point). This causes many people to think it was created for the Disney Afternoon album.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Rebecca a social climber, or is her desire to acquire wealthier, classier clients simply an attempt to boost business and her company's reputation by establishing higher paying contacts? Also, is Rebecca an abusive Mean Boss who exploits her ownership of the Sea Duck to get labour from Baloo, or a charitable Extreme Doormat who constantly ensures employment and a living for her incompetent Jerkass friend? Similarly, is Baloo only working at Higher For Hire as a means to buy back the Sea Duck and bail out, or is he a provider and guardian for his surrogate family that only holds onto said vow out of stubborn pride?
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  • Awesome Music: Courtesy of Christopher Stone, whose orchestral score manages to be atmospheric, uplifting, energetic, and grand.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Rebecca. To one half of the fanbase she's the most endearing character in the show; to the other half, she's a stuck-up Jerkass. It doesn't help that her behavior varies from one episode to another, Depending on the Writer.
    • Her daughter Molly as well. Fans either like her just fine or find her to be the most irritating character and wish that the writers had utilized and explored her sneakier, more manipulative side and Little Miss Snarker qualities more often rather than writing her as the second coming of Webby Vanderquack.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: "The Time Bandit" has Rebecca arrested and sentenced to death by Thembrians. First by hanging and then by a firing squad. That's just sad and cruel. But Spigot presenting her different types of rope she can be hanged with, like a clothing store employee presenting ties and said firing squad being a bunch of tanks, however? Oh, and did we mention the This Is Your Life-esque presentation that precedes the execution?
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Don Karnage. Seriously, he's the Furry Fandom equivalent of Jack Sparrow!
    • Shere Khan to a lesser degree. This is what happens when you give a already cool and suave villain a suit.
    • Mad Dog has his own share of fanboys and fangirls as well. It helps with all the fanart portraying him as a Jerkass Woobie.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: More than a few characters in the show have gained a plausible fanbase. However, Don Karnage may be the most outstanding example, (even gaining his own solo outing in Raw Toonage).
  • Evil Is Cool: Shere Khan isn't always a villain, but he still has the trappings of a villain and milks it for all its worth.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Kitten Kaboodle in "A Star Is Torn."
  • Fanon: Myra's last name, Foxworthy.
  • Foe Yay: Baloo and Plane Jane have plenty of this going on in "Waiders Of The Wost Tweasure".
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Whenever Rebecca (voiced by Sally Struthers) goes into a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme, it's not hard to imagine her saying, "Do you want to make money? Sure, we all do!"
    • The episode involving two crooks named Muffy and BUFFY. In 1990? An excuse for 'uffy' puns. Nowadays, you just keep waiting for the crook to pull out a stake.
    • During the "A Bad Reflection on You" two-parter, Dumptruck (voiced by Chuck McCann) shouts, "It's clobberin' time!" Some years later, McCann would voice Ben Grimm/The Thing on Fantastic Four and as a guest spot on The Incredible Hulk (1996).
  • He Really Can Act: Jim Cummings' performance as Louie was so perfect, that Gia Prima (Louis Prima’s widow) threatened legal action, should Louie have another speaking role.
  • I Am Not Shazam: "Don" is a Spanish title and form of address.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Colonel Spigot may be a jerk, but considering he combines aspects of Determinator and No Respect Guy to the point where most people don't even remember his name, and that he is constantly mocked about his small size, and the fact that he does everything to please the High Marshall (who constantly insults and threatens him) so that he won't be shot, that definitely puts him under this trope. It's hard not to feel sorry for him sometimes.
    • Even Baloo, who is hardly the most sensitive of bears, tends to put him down a bit - though he obviously regards him as an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain.
    • Also Douglas "Dougie" Benson from the episode "Louie's Last Stand" since he's been constantly harassed and humiliated since he was five years old, which can have unfortunate effects on one as adult, so his excess zeal is somewhat forgivable. His meanness when he thinks he's gotten the upper hand? Not so much. Probably.
    • Mad Dog is sometimes seen as this by fans. Sure he's one of Don Karnage's henchmen but the poor guy just can't catch a break. Just looking at this fanart pic of him is enough to want to hug him.
    • Kit Cloudkicker was heavily implied to be this when he used to work for Don Karnage but he's mellowed out a lot since then.
  • LGBT Fanbase: Baloo, Don Karnage and even Mad Dog have gotten this.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Shere Khan is the intimidating but charismatic head honcho of Khan Industries. A shrewd and capable business magnate whose company has greatly expanded and prospered under his administration, Khan has made himself one of the most powerful figures in the world, enough to make his own rules. Ruthless but pragmatic, he has a burning drive to make money and increase his power and authority, and will do so by fair means or foul. He and the main characters have frequently dealt with one another, sometimes as enemies, other times as allies. Morally ambiguous but not without honor, Shere Khan commands respect wherever he goes.
  • Memetic Mutation: Ask anyone about this show, and probably the first thing they'll think of is DON KARNAGE!. Preferably with as many Trrrilling Rrrs as they can manage.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Oh boy is Shere Khan terrifying in his first scene. All Khan has to do is remain in the shadows and simply reacting to his very employee coming by simply sitting at his desk and simply commanding in a low authoritative voice, "Speak."
    • Baloo's Nightmare Sequence in "From Here to Machinery" that symbolizes what's at stake if he loses to the robotic pilot... by showing him being transformed into one of the pilots.
    • The jackal, grown to a huge size and sporting Glowing Eyes of Doom, proclaiming with a demon voice.
  • One-Scene Wonder/One-Shot Character: The series contains several guest star characters who have fan followings.
  • Popular with Furries: Rebecca, Baloo, Don Karnage and several of the Girl of the Week characters have followings.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: In contrast to a lot of other Disney tie-in games from this era, the games based on this show have a pretty mediocre reputation. The NES game by Capcom is regarded to be an okayish side-scrolling shooter that's probably Capcom's weakest Disney tie-in — albeit still the best game based on this show. The Sega Genesis game is a generic platformer with murky, unappealing graphics, and boring level design. The TurboGrafx-16 game is seen as the bottom of the barrel, however, as despite having better graphics than the Genesis game, it's brought down by atrocious controls, severely faulty collision detection, and all-around uninspired gameplay (faults it shares with the even more notorious Darkwing Duck tie-in game on the same system, which was developed by the same company).
  • Retroactive Recognition: Minor character Joe Cropduster from the episode "Save the Tiger" is voiced by Patrick Zimmerman, the then-future voice of Revolver Ocelot.
  • Ship Tease: The show was very fond of giving some blatant tension between Baloo and Rebecca. For instance, "A Star is Torn" clearly establishes that they have dated more than once and they clearly enjoy the experience.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Compare the theme song to "Some Fun Now" from the movie version of Little Shop of Horrors: not only are both Caribbean-style songs but the choruses are near-identical.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: How some fans view Molly, though at least being a bit of a Little Miss Snarker tones it down slightly.
  • Toy Ship: Kit and Molly, even though the show portrays them as Like Brother and Sister.
  • Ugly Cute: Name one of Don Karnage's pirate crew. Any of them.
  • Viewer Species Confusion: Nobody seems to agree on Don Karnage's species. He's some sort of canine, but fans call him a fox, wolf or coyote. Some fans compromise and make him a hybrid of at least two of those species and may even turn it into a plot and character point. Sometimes the fans can take him as a jackal, much like Tabaqi from the original Jungle Books to fit in with Baloo, Shere Khan, and Louie being from the film.
    • Not helped, admittedly, by Karnage once saying, "You are trying to outfox the fox, yes-no?". That said, Word of God says he's a wolf.
  • The Woobie:
    • Again, Kit and Molly, on several occasions.
    • Baloo and Rebecca lean the fine line between this and a Jerkass Woobie in some of their sympathetic moments.


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